can we help
+44(0)1983 296060
+1 757-788-8872
tell me moreJoin a rally

Daily Logs

Filter by..
Search


22/05/2012

Serendipity - Going Bananas

v\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} .shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);} @font-face { font-family: Calibri; } @font-face { font-family: Tahoma; } @page WordSection1 {size: 612.0pt 792.0pt; margin: 72.0pt 72.0pt 72.0pt 72.0pt; } P.MsoNormal { MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; FONT-FAMILY: "Calibri","sans-serif"; FONT-SIZE: 11pt; mso-fareast-language: EN-US } LI.MsoNormal { MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; FONT-FAMILY: "Calibri","sans-serif"; FONT-SIZE: 11pt; mso-fareast-language: EN-US } DIV.MsoNormal { MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; FONT-FAMILY: "Calibri","sans-serif"; FONT-SIZE: 11pt; mso-fareast-language: EN-US } A:link { COLOR: blue; TEXT-DECORATION: underline; mso-style-priority: 99 } SPAN.MsoHyperlink { COLOR: blue; TEXT-DECORATION: underline;. read more...


22/05/2012

Ensemble - Day 133 (Monday 22 May 2012): Suwarrow

Greetings from yacht Ensemble.We had a nice relaxing day at Suwarrow. The water here is crystal clear - and the snorkelling is very good. We also have lots of reef sharks around the boats. They are very curious - and are not afraid of us at all.After a bit of sleep - and a small clean - I helped Mike and Carson set up for a beach BBQ. After a snorkel, Magali made her way to the nearby beach and joined the World ARC beach BBQ. The BBQ went well - with Glamorous Galahs, Matilda, and many of the boats from Group 2 and an tourist boat 'Discovery'. The island itself is interesting - with the currently deserted Caretaker's hut - and a statue to a Kiwi who lived here in this 'island paradise' for 10 years and covered with hermit crabs and coconut trees. We also discovered that hermit crabs like. read more...


15/01/2011

Voyageur - Log day 211 - Day 8 : Going up the Great North Road

15 January 2011 This is our seventh ocean crossing and now we realise that for the first time we are going in a north westerly direction, up as well as across east west. St Helena lies roughly halfway between Africa and South America and unlike the other oceans that we have crossed there are far fewer islands to visit en route, but this one probably fascinates me more than any other. The trip is tinged with a little sadness though. For one thing we are now definitely on our way home but more than that we will probably never experience such isolation at sea after this crossing is complete. We have seen only Tzigane and one ship in eight days. This has been the magic of the Pacific, Indian and now the South Atlantic Oceans. But we count ourselves lucky to have experienced it all......My. read more...


21/09/2008

Cleone - Leg 16 Day 4 - We Survived!

The Skipper cooked, we survived. Much to our surprise, the Skipper's evening meal was edible, and it did not actually poison anyone.  At least, nobody has reported in sick this morning, so presumably all is well.  However, he gets a second chance; he who cooks supper gets to prepare lunch the next day, so we are not out of the woods yet.  But tonight, it's the Big One.  Alex Armitage gets to cook again.  And he's warming up by making pancakes for breakfast.  It looks awesome, but I will report back. Apart from that, it was the usual sort of day at the office.  The sun shone, the current was with us (our friends in Viva reported two and a half knots yesterday evening), the wind was behind us and we shot along eating up the miles.  The wind went light for a bit (Bruce calls it "pulsing" in. read more...


12/05/2012

Hanami II - Bermuda. Is it just about shirts and short pants?

Samedi 12Enfin nous voici arrives a St Georges.A 19:25 local time nous franchissions la ligne d'arrivee après avoir subit un orage que je qualifierait de 3/5 question pluie et vent.Donc, dans competition Depression contre Hanami 2, nous avons perdu. La depression est arrivee avant nous.Bien sur, après le front chaud et l'orage le vent de Sud a vire subitement NW comme il se doit et le changement de voiles avec le tangon a enlever a ete fait en un temps record.Bien sur après tout cela le vent est tombe, reste de face et nous avons fini au moteur dans une mer creusee.Temps total 6 jours et 7 heures dont 88 heures de moteur.Peut etre aurions nous pu aller plus vite au moteur mais nous voulions economiser le fuel au cas ou...A St George les formalites de douanes sont effectuees en 15' sans. read more...


13/05/2012

Voyageur - 11th May

Bumpy ride to Bermuda.In the end it was a fast, downhill ride into Bermuda with Voyageur surfing in the following seas. It was just like old times, we were all having fun. The winds were steadier now a satisfying force five.  In the late afternoon we passed our third weather buoy, barely to be seen as it bobbed up and down in the white frothing wave crests. It always seems miraculous that we have never run into one. For supper I cooked a dish of macaroni cheese. It meant I did not need to spend any great length of time below in the preparation. At 17.30pm we had just 99nm to go, always a really important milestone on a long ocean passage. But sleep that last night continued to evade me. I was like “Goldilocks” as I tried various different berths, but it always comes back. read more...


22/05/2012

Glamorous Galah

Still enjoying the serenity of Suwarrow. The sunset BBQ's have/are a experience in themselves. Went exploring other motu's today. Found a righthander...just needs a swell...hope so!   Bernie. read more...


15/01/2011

A Lady - Sailing around the World (Presently at sea between Cape Town and St Helena)

Friday, 14th January 2011 00.00hrs  Overall distance from Cape Town to St. Helena ..................................1,714 miles               Distance traveled ............................................................................1,114 miles               Distance to destination ........................................................................600 miles It was a very, very windy night, with winds blowing up to 36 knots,  we were well reefed down and had an exciting sail , to say the least. The sea state was rough , with breaking waves everywhere. But, not a bother to A Lady. Later, about 08.00hrs, we started. read more...


20/09/2008

Talulah Ruby II - Loves Bali

As we are now on our way to Christmas Island then Cocos we reflect on our days in Bali. What an incredible and extremely busy place, we have never seen so many motorbikes and scooters with over 3 million, carrying entire families of 4 to 5 (children without crash helmets) or long Bamboo poles or entire shop contents. All seems chaos as no road signs or rules!! The other side of Bali is tranquillity, miles of rice fields being worked by hand, and Temples in all directions. Needless to say none of this stopped the ARC fleet from partying, and we had some wonderful food and saw exquisite dancing.  24 of us went on a 4 day tour and stayed in the most fantastic hotel in a calm valley high up in the hills, each villa with its own infinity pool, plus the biggest bathroom you ever saw. We all. read more...


20/09/2008

Cleone - Leg 16 Day 3 - Sail and Sail

What a cracking day's sailing. It's not often that Cleone has topped a hundred and seventy miles in a day, but we achieved 176 miles in the last twenty four hours.  The Skipper's not checked yet, but this could be a record.  To be fair, there has been a west-going current to help us, but even so it has been great sailing.  Not only fast, we have also had sunshine, light clouds and a comfortable swell.   And to top it all, we had a Norfy feast in the evening; it was a starlit affair (the moon is rising late at the moment for those interested) in the cockpit, but no candles or orchestra.  During the day, we had full Main and Genoa, with the Mizzen Staysail doing its lusty bit, and mindful of the previous day's set-back, we took the Mizzen Staysail down just after sunset.  Interestingly (as. read more...


15/01/2011

Crazy Horse - Jan 15,2011

Seems like we are adjusting to the routines of the boat again. We are all on our same watches that we had before. Bill takes 8-12shift, Matt the 12-4 shift, and me the 4-8 shift. We are all sleeping well and I seem to be adjusting to the movement once again and eating well. It is amazing how quickly I forgot how many muscles just sitting still it takes to be on the ocean. We are in constant movement. That is good because at our ages we need to keep them all moving to ensure their working order.Right now we are wing and wing with SE winds blowing 9-20kts. Our heading is 324 d. and we are going at a speed of 6-8kts. We are trying to stay far off from the seamounts that seem common to this area of the ocean. Most of them are quite deep but others could be 23meters. But most of the depth of. read more...


12/05/2012

Irena - Dan 7 in 8

Smo pred Bermudo. Za nami je tezek vcerasnji popoldan in noc. Ujelo nas je slabo vreme , veliko dezja z grmenjem in bliskanjem. Ob vsem tistem cirkusu smo se se ogibali velikemu tankerju, V usesih mi je bobnelo se danes zjutraj.Dobra novica je, da barka nikjer ne pusca, ceprav je bilo dezevje res obilno. Sem pa vmes se iskal kje nam avtopilot skripa in se najdel en del, k ga je bilo treba podmazati. Zdaj je v redu. Kljub vemu smo uspeli skuhati testenine z buèkami in bolonsko omako. Med dvema plohama je prav prislo malo okrepitve. Ko je bilo vsega konec, je pa veter ponehal in spet smo obstali. Malo smo spet motorili, ko nas je udarili severovzhodnik z 20 vozli. Tocno iz smeri v kateri naj bi pluli.In tako smo vse do sedaj krizarili. Deset milj pred ciljem smo spet zagnali motor in sedaj. read more...


21/05/2012

Serendipity - Suwarrow

v\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} .shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);} @font-face { font-family: Calibri; } @font-face { font-family: Tahoma; } @page WordSection1 {size: 612.0pt 792.0pt; margin: 72.0pt 72.0pt 72.0pt 72.0pt; } P.MsoNormal { MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; FONT-FAMILY: "Calibri","sans-serif"; FONT-SIZE: 11pt; mso-fareast-language: EN-US } LI.MsoNormal { MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; FONT-FAMILY: "Calibri","sans-serif"; FONT-SIZE: 11pt; mso-fareast-language: EN-US } DIV.MsoNormal { MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; FONT-FAMILY: "Calibri","sans-serif"; FONT-SIZE: 11pt; mso-fareast-language: EN-US } A:link { COLOR: blue; TEXT-DECORATION: underline; mso-style-priority: 99 } SPAN.MsoHyperlink { COLOR: blue; TEXT-DECORATION: underline;. read more...


12/05/2012

Zingara - 12/05/2012

Das ist mal wieder ein Tag wie.....???!   leider erst heute sendefähig...12.05.2012Erst einmal ein riesiges Prosit auf Lexi, Du hast heute Geburtstag und trotzdem Deinem Malte einige freie Tage für dieses Leg geschenkt ! Danke dafür!Was ist nun los hier , unter uns hoffenden und doch etwas frustrierten Seglern?? Immer wieder machen uns die voraussegelnden schnelleren Yachten Hoffnung aufbald einsetzende Winde... , wir werden sehen, in einigen Meilen erreichen wir diese Zone.Oh Wunder oh Wunder, die Spende aus der Flasche für Neptun am heutigen Morgen hatgewirkt, wir haben unseren ersten Angelerfolg zu melden. Eine hübsch anzuschauendeGoldmakrele, 60cm lang, wird unsere abendliche Mahlzeit vergolden. Woran lag es ?Wir hatten kurz aufgestoppt,. read more...


19/09/2008

Cleone - Leg 16 Day 2 - Whale and Sail

A day of contrasting fortunes! You don't see whales everyday at sea, and the one we saw this morning was Alex's first, and only the third whale that Cleone has spied since leaving UK.  Unfortunately, photographing a grey mass that appears briefly out of the sea and then re-submerges is not easy, and we are having difficulty deciding what type of whale it was.  Nevertheless, it was an exciting moment.  The beast was only a hundred metres or so from Cleone, and seemed to be about the same size as the boat.  She or he was totally uninterested in us, and merely seemed to be cruising by.  But our friends on La Boheme, at that stage some five miles ahead of us, had radioed us to report a similar sighting half an hour or so before, so we were hoping to see something, and were not disappointed. . read more...


15/01/2011

Lady Ev.VI - Daily-Log 14. Januar 2011

Ihr Lieben!Jeden Morgen um 0900 Uhr ruft uns einer aus unserer Flotte auf, unsere Position per Kurzwelle so durch zu geben, dass alle ihre Liste ausfuellen koennen und so einerseits der Zusammenhoerigkeits-Gedanke erhalten bzw. gestaerkt wird, andererseits eine, hoffentlich nicht truegerische Sicherheit erhalten wird. Zu wissen, nur 10 Meilen backbord von mir und 7 Meilen hinter mir folgt die oder die Yacht, wiegt unsrereinen in Sicherheit: Sollte mir/ uns etwas passieren, so koennten die Anderen mir helfen. Bisher hatten wir noch keine Situation, in der wir auf Hilfe Anderer angewiesen waren, aber wir erinnern uns mit Grausen an den Funkverkehr, den wir kurz vor Bali, von Darwin/Australien kommend in Sachen Yacht Drummer und angenommener Piraterie hatten.Drummer ist eine hollaendische. read more...


14/01/2011

Crazy Horse - Jan 14

This is the second time today that I am writing this blog. The last time all my writing got lost in cyberspace as the minute I finished the computer lost its power. That is one thing on this boat-one must put the inverter on if the generator is not on. Well, we all forgot and the battery power on the computer was used up. Only my blog for today was lost so I guess that's not so bad. We are all adjusting to the movement again of being on a boat. Seems my body in particular lost this ability as I am having some problems with queasiness, headache and sleepiness. Think it is getting better but I am not used to this feeling. WE are all still eating but the strength I had in my legs to get up and down that companionway is gone. Back to rebuilding those muscles again.We have been having winds. read more...


21/05/2012

Ensemble - Day 133 (Monday 21 May 2012) - Suwarrow

Greetings from yacht Ensemble.Early this morning we arrived in Suwarrow. We had to wait a few hours off-shore until sunrise - then followed Wind Dancer into the anchorage. Beatoo was just behind us - having also waited for sunrise.Suwarrow is a deserted island atoll that is un-inhabited for most of the year. Robinson Crusoe here we come! We plan a few days of relaxing before moving on to Niue (subject to an approaching storm from the South West).The sailing started off promising - but by lunch time the winds had dropped and we pulled down the sails and turned on the engine. The seas were glassy calm - and we motored all the way.During the middle of the night, Magali kept hearing a 'mewing' noise. It took her some time to realise that it wasn't a stow away cat - but a small bird that was. read more...


12/05/2012

Outer Limits - Bermuda

st1\:*{behavior:url(#default#ieooui) } position 32:22:46N 64:40:45W We zijn in Bermuda !! Dacht ik gisteren we zijn rond half acht in de ochtend in de haven , kregen we nog een 20mijl recht op de neusmet golven van 2-3 meter en 20 wordt dan zomaar 35 mijl……………enfin 12.40 lagen voor de haven ingang.Dat hier de Town cut channel heet met 30 knopen wind en de een na de andere tropische regenbui.Ik ben hier al een keer de andere kan op gevaren dus kon het enigszins herkennen.Even los van het weer is dit een top 5 haven qua aanloop …..erg mooi blauw water. We hebben een ruige tocht aardig de rug, met 700 mijl aan de wind, 20 knopen noorden windtegen de golfstroom, van de achterstag een blok gebroken , reeflijn gebroken , flikkerend toplicht en. read more...


19/09/2008

Windflower III - Es geht durch den Indischen Ozean

Auf diesem Wege mal wieder ein Lebenszeichen von uns.Nachdem wir unseren Aufenthalt in Australien ausgiebig genossen haben ,sind wir nach einer sehr ruhigen Ueberfahrt vergangene Woche in Bali angekommen.Hier erlebten wir zum ersten Mal den Hauch Asiens.Gepraegt ist Bali zum Einen von einer wunderschoenen Ruhe ausstrahlenden Landschaft.Reisfelder Regenwald,Vulkane.Zum Anderen erlebt man eine emsige Betriebsamkeit,die im Strassenverkehr ihren Hoehepunkt erreicht.Soviele Mopeds,zum Teil abenteuerlich beladen und die ganze Familie auf einmal transportierend (teilweise 5 Personen ) haben wir noch nie gesehen.Bali ueberwiegend hinduistisch ,hat darueberhinaus an jed moeglicher Stelle Tempel,an denen die Bevoelkerung staendig Opfergaben niederlegt.Insgesamt war unser Aufenthalt erholsam und. read more...


14/01/2011

A Lady - Sailing around the World

Thursday, 13th January 2011    (Presently at Sea, Destination.............  St. Helena) 00.00hrs We sailed 200 miles in the last 24 hrs from midnight Tuesday to midnight Wednesday.We still have a current of 1 knot against us all the time. The weather is poor, with plenty of showers, strong gusts, very uncomfortable choppy seas, but the speed is good. It was so soooooo cold, that skipper had on 3 layers of clothes, plus a full set of oil skins over the lot, not to mention the boots, hat and gloves, brrrrr, brrrrr, the sooner we are back in the tropics, the better. 08.00hrs Emily spotted a trawler a few miles away and caused such excitment, skipper thought that we had discovered a Mermaid, or something very rare, like the Allbatrosses. read more...


21/05/2012

Anastasia - The boat that rocks

  13:25.8S 163:04.5W   We have just left the beautiful island of Suwarrow, headed for Niue.  Suwarrow is everything you would expect of a desert island.  It has the most crystal clear waters we have seen so far, and they are teeming with sea life.   Yesterday evening we had a barbecue on the beach.   After the barbecue nearly everyone came back to Anastasia to carry on the party, and we danced until midnight.  There were 27 people onboard, but the saloon and foredeck were fairly empty, so we estimate that Anastasia's party-making capacity is about 50 people (although we had to limit the trampolines to eight people at any one time).   This morning, before setting off, we went to visit gull island, a nesting site for frigates,. read more...


12/05/2012

Voyageur - Day 6 - 10th May

Rolling along The thrill of sailing downwind on the ocean, long forgotten, returned last night, that lovely sensation of going down following seas. We knew the forecast was for the wind to veer to the south east, then south west. Having previously prepared our poles with all the lines in anticipation for poling out, we knew it was just a matter of time before we would deploy it. Voyageur began to roll a little in building seas swinging those hips of hers as ladies do when they are in the rhythm of the dance. I had a very busy watch, not for me the luxury of star gazing or reading by the light of the torch. Sitting at the helm position, I was constantly having to reef and unreef the sails, as gusts swept over us.  Finally with the wind coming more on the stern quarter I put the main. read more...


18/09/2008

Cleone - Leg 16 Day 1- Delayed Departure

On the bus, off the bus, and finally on again but then off All of which means that we eventually got our clearance papers to leave last night, but the Skipper decided that since everyone was now geared to staying, we would risk Midnight Express type imprisonment and remain illegally in Bali untill the morning.  So far so good; we slipped our moorings at just after six thirty am, and pausing only to allow a coaster to pass us and dock at the commercial quay, we were soon in the fairway leading out of Benoa.  It was just after low tide, and the mud-banks loomed on either side.  But the channel was plenty deep enough for Cloene, and for the large tanker who left us just enough room to squeeze past her as she negotiated a tight turn in the chanel.  The wind was not enthusiastic, but with a. read more...


17/09/2008

Kasuje - Southwest bound to Mauritius

Subject: Southwest bound to MauritiusHi from Skipper Steve Hope everyone is well and that the English summerhas not proved to disappointing. It would seam weather wise I have been luckyand picked a good couple of years to be out of the country and in thetropics. We are currently awaiting customs clearance so thatwe can leave Bali and commence the long passages southwest to Mauritius and thenon to Cape Town. A total distance of some 5500 nm and will take over a month!However we hope to make a few landfalls along the way, firstly at ChristmasIsland (that's the one in the Indian Ocean, not the more famous island in thePacific) then Cocos Keeling, Mauritius, Reunion Island, Durban and on to CapeTown. Hopefully making Cape Town around the 20th November. It roughlyfollows the classic tea. read more...


21/05/2012

Glamorous Galah

Ahh...Suwarrow! the actual visualization of a South Pacific island. Great beach BBQ with group 1 last night. Sundowners on the beach tonight with Matilda & Sapphire..AhhBernie. read more...


03/05/2012

Zingara - 03 Mai

Guten Tag Ihr Lieben in der Heimat, da sind wir wieder!nach wunderschönen Wochentörns und einer insgesamt sehr gelungenen Zeithier in der Karibik hatten wir uns - leider - entschlossen, mit der ARC-Europe die Heimreise anzutreten. Leider deswegen, weil wir eigentlich viel länger in diesem Revier hätten bleiben sollen. Aber,.... wir können ja wieder kommen.So, nun sehen wir erstmals seit November eine geschlossene Wolkendecke und müssen wohl für das erste Leg nach Bermuda mit nicht gerade günstigen Wetterverhältnissen rechnen. Wir werden sehen, der Optimismus hat noch immer gesiegt. Am heutigen Abend kommt unser dritter Mann eingeflogen, der hochmotivierte Malte aus Kronberg. Soviel zunächst, ich breche jetzt ab, weil die gemeinsame Abendveranstaltung der Atlantik Race und derARC-Europe -. read more...


13/01/2011

Voyageur - Log day 220 - Day 5 : High hopes for St Helena

13 January 2011Having goose winged almost since leaving South Africa we brought in the pole. We have to put Voyageur on to a broad reach until we reach waypoint five which will take us to the south of Valdivia Bank. We are due to arrive opposite the first of the sea mounts in the early evening. Stretching for over 100nm, we will not clear them all until tomorrow morning. The sunny skies of the last three days have been replaced by heavy cloud cover. Last night was stormy and once the moon had set, profoundly black. I strain my eyes in the dark to check the sails and scan the horizon. We were being buffeted by some big breaking waves but nothing serious enough to encroach into the cockpit. However we are clocking off the miles towards our destination. All the yachts are making good. read more...


13/01/2011

Crazy Horse - Thurs. Jan.13,2011

We successfully left Capetown today with the help of the Frenchman and Charles handling our bow lines due to the high winds. Both OJ and Crazy H are on the path to St. Helena. We are about 5 days behind the fleet. We have the engine on now passing through the traffic separation lanes. Once past that we will raise our sails and be off. It is a beautiful sunny day with the wind out of the SW at 8kt. That is certainly a lot different than the winds we faced in the harbor. All the lines and fenders are stowed away and we set out on a path across another ocean-the Atlantic. That is where we started from by Virginia Beach, VA. Quite a few miles away but now we are on the path back.Matt and I already had the conversation of what's for dinner? We decided we deserved a steak for tonight so that's. read more...


21/05/2012

Matilda - Sweet Suwarrow

We didn't have particularly high expectations of Suwarrow, in fact we almost decided to go to Rarotonga instead, but we're so glad we didn't. Once again we have found another "best so far" destination. The water is even clearer, which we wouldn't have thought possible, the fish and sharks more abundant, and the parties more fun!When we arrived yesterday morning (19 May) we were the last boat to enter the anchorage from our group. Luckily the other 7 boats traveling with us held off until last night for a big barbecue and party. We helped the guys from Glamorous Galah get the fire going and explored the old cabin left over from WW2 "watchers" and subsequently occupied by Tom Neale of "An Island to One's Self" fame. The rest of the fleet joined us ashore at about 4pm and a wonderful Aussie. read more...


12/05/2012

A Lady - LOG DAY 7 ; ASHORE

FRIDAY  12th  MAY  2012   07.00hrs  Skipper was up like a shot out of a gun,The Catamaran on the quay was leaving and promised us his slot, we did not want anyone else jumping the Q. We raised the anchor in squally conditions and slipped over to the dock and tied up to the Cat, An hour later, they left and we tied onto the Quay wall, at least we can step ashore,Tom walked over to the Dock office and settled  our a/c & berth to next Wed. with Sandra, the dock master,  later , Voyaguer came alongside following a little confusion with rally control. the wind was soooo strong and blowing us all up against the quay wall, We saw this very unusual fish, solid black in colour and at firstwe thought it was a black plastic bag, then we noticed it. read more...


17/09/2008

Kealoha 8 - Bali

As we come to the close of a wonderful time in Bali, it is difficult toput into words what we have seen.Bali is a calm island away from the tourist bits. Religion, Hindu iseverything, so there are so many Temples, varying in sizes scatteredacross the island. Each has daily gifts outside from the worshipers. Thetemples are either private, for a family group, owned by a village, oropen to everyone.We had a great tour, organised by a wholly owned group of skippers inthe WARC. Two nights away in some great hotels, were we spoilt! So wehave seen the island, the rice fields, and great feats of engineeringlaying them out so that they hold the water. We have been in nativecanoes to look at the coral, seen waterfalls.The skills of the islanders in fabrics, woodwork, and stonework areexceptional.. read more...


11/01/2011

Tucanon - Farewell Cape Town

We returned to the boat late afternoon 1st January, having been away for a couple of nights, we didn’t really have anything at hand for supper so with Bob and Ann, we toured the local part of town for a restaurant which was open. Eventually, finding everywhere closed, we opted for the restaurant on the wharf, where we had eaten Christmas lunch.The only seats available were outside on the terrace so, despite the swirling mist, we ate outside, wearing jackets to keep warm.It rained again during the night and was still raining when we got up next morning. The mist still enveloped the marina and it felt cold even thought the temperature shown on the barometer read 20.5º. I can’t believe that this is mid summer in Cape Town. This weather just has to be unprecedented. We have. read more...


20/05/2012

Ensemble - Day 132 (Sunday 20 May 2012): Squalls, Wind, No Wind, Fishing Boats

Greetings from yacht Ensemble.Today we have only 120nm to go. Unfortunately - that is just a bit too far to make it in daylight - so we'll pace ourselves and try and get in on Monday morning.The weather has been unpredictable - with wind ranging from 5 to 25 knots, from the North to the South - blue skies to grey, and the temperature from a comfortable mid 20C to a stifling 35C. If I didn't know better I'd say we were in Melbourne!As we are in no rush we sailed the whole day (We normally will put the engine on when we drop to less than 5 knots for more than 1 hour). The Parasailor worked well - but in the evening just at the start of Magali's watch we thought with the number of squalls around - and the wind direction went from the East to the North - making it a difficult sail angle for. read more...


13/05/2012

Purrr-fect - Day 5 - B'day Celebration

The Purrr-fect crew celebrated Jim's B'day on May 10 in style!Picture is of the birthday boy at the helm, hitting speeds of 8 - 10 knots.Winds have continued to provide good travel of 6-8 knots under sail and we are anticipating arriving in Bermuda by early Saturday morning and are looking forward to a well deserved break in safe harbor.Have not caught any fish yet, except for the one small flying fish that "flew" into our galley window -> made for some good bait though.Greetings to all friends and family from the crew of Purrr-fect.:) Jim on Bday at Helm. read more...


11/09/2008

Cleone - Leg 15 Day 7&8 - Arrival in Bali

Cleone arrived in Bali at 0610 Bali time, or 2210 GMT The last day and night was almost non-stop motoring.  The wind would get up a little bit, and we would fly the sails, only for it to drop again.  And what wind there was was right behind us, which made for very slow sailing.  But we managed to time our traverse of the very strong currents flowing southwards through the straits between Bali and Lambok, and we arrived at the Fairway Marker into Bali Harbour just as dawn was breaking.  And the icing on this particular cake was to see the great Branec astern of us as we made our way up into the harbour! We were soon alongside in the small but very friendly marina, and greeting all our friends from the fleet.  It's great to be here, and great to see them all again. We are off with Norfy's. read more...


11/05/2012

A Lady - LOG DAY 6 :

THURSDAY   19th  MAY  2012   00.00hrs :--  3/4 Moon looked good up their in the sky sweeping us with its silver glow, The wind was now gusting 30 knots and with the boat well reefed down , we were still scooting along with all the happy Bunnies on board, Why not, It looks as if we are the leaders of the pack.   03.00hrs :-  Our course and wind direction were taking us east of our rhum line, so we will hold this course until we reach 10miles from St. Head on Bermuda. then we will gybe and sail to the finish line at the entrance to St. Georges,   We had to adjust the clock 1hr to -3 GMT , this usually puts everyones time line out of sinc.A great way to confuse the crew,   09.00hrs ;-   Radio roll call on the. read more...


20/05/2012

Samsara - Au revoir Bora Bora!

May 19   We just left Bora Bora after a few wonderful days there. We spent a lot of time at the MaiKai Yacht Club - lots of fun. We went to Bloody Mary's  - that was really cool - the best tuna steak I've ever had in my life. Everyone enjoyed the food and the atmosphere was great. I'd recommend that one if you are ever in Bora Bora.  The dinghy race was a lot of fun - the girls were on the kayak, Lee in the walker bay dinghy and the rest of the groups in their various dinghys and a few swimmers. There were eggs thrown, water gun fights, buckets of water tossed on the competitors and the boat hook used to pull other boats that were ahead. A good time had by all. Sam and Sarah were taking it a bit seriously and were screaming as they couldn't remember the course (it was a. read more...


13/01/2011

A Lady - Sailing around the World and avoiding the economic blizzard and weather blizzard in Europe.

Wednesday, 12th January 2011   (Presently at Sea) 00.00hrs Distance to destination.......................... 1033 milesWe had a good nights sailing, the wind never going below 26 knots, but it was cloudy and very chilly, brrrrrrr, brrrrr... The seas were moderate, which always makes life on the high seas much more pleasant (ie, one can have a simple thing like a cup of tea without it spilling down your front like a drunk spilling his pint all over himself). Talking about simple things, or things taken for granted at home, like the garbage... Garbage at sea is a big problem. We do not want to pollute the seas with our rubbish, so this is what we have to do:1. All food waste goes into the sea to feed the fish and other sea creatures;2. All plastic bottles. read more...


17/11/2011

Sialia

This passage on Sialia has been a great experience for a fresh water sailor from Vermont.Unlike my first offshore passage last spring, this one has been "hands on" at the helm instead of watching auto pilot direct the boat.Each crew member steers for their watch. The weather has been beautiful with multiple brilliant sunsets and sunrises.The moon has shone brightly every night so far, lighting our route across the water. My only regret is that my wife Carol couldn't make the passage.Since the rally started late, we will not be together on our anniversary.We'll have to celebrate when I return.  Jim In addition to our blog post, which I pasted in above, I thought I'd let you know that we have had a LOT of wind over the past 12-18 hours.Its been steady in the 20 plus range with many. read more...


10/09/2008

Cleone - CLEONE Leg 15 Day 7 - But it's Gone Again

So we are - figuratively - back where we started.   There has been a numbing similarity to the weather pattern on thisleg.  The wind gets up a bit towards the early afternoon (query: seabreeze?) strengthens towards late afternoon, backs and then dies during thenight.  What is unfair is that many - if not all - of the faster boatsenjoyed decent winds most of the way!  Ah well, at least the sun shines andthere is plenty of things to do on the boat.  Most of the other boatsare already in Bali.  We are at the back of the fleet, with Branec a fewmiles ahead (and if he gets some wind, that will soon be many), and Viva,Windflower and Northern Sky ahead again.  These latter three should allarrive in Bali some time today, thought it will be a close-run. read more...


13/01/2011

A Lady - Gunpowder at Hout Bay

SAILING AROUND THE WORLD This is a message from Kevin Dwyer in Ireland and he got this clip from his cousin in Hout Bay, S.A."Hi Stephen, Thanks for your eMail and just to let you know the link you put on your site to Oyster works perfectly. Robin Clapham took a video from just behind the cannon of it being fired for the start of the leg at Hout Bay, it is quite dramatic and when the smoke clears he zooms in on A LADY going over the line, it really is excellent. Your blog followers can see in on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bx5JfWM_HNM All the best Kevin". read more...


19/05/2012

Ensemble - Day 132 (Saturday 19 May 2012): Squalls and Cannibals

Greetings from yacht Ensemble.We are now just 270nm from Suwarrow - more than half way - and should be arriving on Monday morning.The winds are slight at 8 - 10 knots from the E / SE and the seas calm (<1m swell) - so very cruisy sailing downwind with the Parasailor. About half the fleet seems to be using Parasailors in preference to the more traditional spinnakers - and about half that number (including ourselves) has dropped the Parasailor in the water due to failure in the halyard - either from chafe (or in our case) were the metal u-bolt holding fixing the block has worn through. To address this we are using dynema shackles - hoping the rope against metal will result in less wear.We are also very mindful of were wind speeds can suddenly jump up 20 or 30 knots and blow the sail. read more...


11/05/2012

Aniara II - May 11

11 May Aniarahas just set a new record in her speed sailing life. The last 24 hours we sailed177 NM, which gives an average of 7,4 knots. The longest 24-hours-distance wesailed between the Canaries and the Caribbean was 169 NM. We have both the windand waves coming in from the aft and we have, at one magic moment been up to11,7 knots. George has seen whales and Stefan got us safely through athunderstorm and lightening during the past night. In total we sailed this 845NM long leg in exactly 144 hours (of which 75 hours motoring) and we are nowsoon going to pass all necessary immigration procedures and get a place forAniara to rest. After that we are ready to explore Bermuda, and you can expectsome more detailed reports after we get some own internet connection.. read more...


09/09/2008

Cleone - CLEONE Leg 15 Day 6 - A Bit More Wind

These titles are getting a bit repetitive   But the wind is very important when you are trying to sail, and sofar this wind has been remarkably inconsistent.  The Skipper isuncertain why, but apparently it's not that uncommon up here (up?  surelywe are nearly Down Under - Ed).  Whatever, we have also been warned bythose boats now in or near Bali that there are very strong counter-currents tocontend with when we get near Bali itself.  Between us and Bali is theLombok Strait.  This busy waterway acts as a funnel, which most of the timespews water southwards into the Indian Ocean.  We have to cross this,probably at night, before making our way northwards and into BenoaHarbour.  At this morning's Roll Call (with the Skipper in the chair. read more...


08/09/2008

Cleone - Leg 15 Day 5 - Some, but not much, Wind

I nearly left the title unchanged again. We have actually managed to sail for the majority of the last 24 hours, but as I type, the engine is back on as the wind blows at a miserly 5 knots or so from behind us.  Our total mileage for the day, at 123 miles, gave us an average speed of a fraction over 5 knots, but this was very hard-won.  We used the Ghoster throughout much of the afternoon and night, and initially this gave us over 7 knots of boat-speed.  Since we were, unusually, un-hindered by a counter-current, these few hours gave our average a much needed boost.  But sadly the wind softened (as Bruce put it in his ever-accurate forecast) and even with the Ghoster we were only able to sail at about five knots.  And by dawn this had diminished to a steady three, so we bowed to the. read more...


13/01/2011

Lady Ev.VI - Daily log 12.1.11

Südafrika Rückschau:Zur Zeit befinden wir uns auf dem Weg nach St. Helena im Südatlantik auf der Höhe von Walfisch Bay in Namibia und lassen noch einmal das herrliche Land Südafrika Revue passieren. Im November 2010 kam Eva nach Kapstadt. Sie wurde von unserer guide Hildegard, einer tour operatorin, vom Flughafen abgeholt und nach Stellenbosch zu einem stilvollen Land guesthouse gebracht, wo ich, Dieter, am gleichen Tag von Port Elizabeth kommend, eintrudelte. Schon am nächsten Tag startete unsere Tour zunächst in das umliegende Weinland mit unglaublich vielen Weinproben (gut, dass ich nicht fahren musste). Herrliche traditionsbehaftete Weingüter mit hervorragenden Restaurants, Hotels und guest houses erwarteten uns hier. Mit unseren Vorstellungen von Afrika hatte diese gepflegte. read more...


18/05/2012

Anastasia - Nearly at Suwarrow

13:30.6S 161:41.5W 627 miles covered, 85 miles to go   The last couple of days have been light wind days, which do not suit Anastasia very well.  Yesterday we had one two hour period where some heavy clouds passed over and brought 20 knots of wind, which meant we could surf the waves for a while, but it didn't last for long enough to make a difference.  Sublime to ridiculous, it was followed by an overnight spell of zero wind which had us motoring for seven hours.   Today the wind has been veering north and south and we have had to switch spinnakers several times, which is sweaty work in the middle of the day.  Overnight we don't try and change the spinnaker, we just go where the wind takes us and sort out our course during the day.   It is. read more...


11/05/2012

Luna - Log 6 - Rock'n'ROLL

Så er der bare vind, skønne vind. Vi har sejlet for sejl hele dagen med en herlig vind på 8-12 m/s fra ca. ØSØ, og det har betydet, at vi har gået med en fart på 6-7,5 knob hele dagen. Der har dog været en hel del dønninger fra flere retninger, så vi har også rullet en hel del. Op ad bølge, kræng skib og glid ned ad bølge, op ad bølge...Men vi klager på ingen måde - dette er ren rock'n'ROLL, og med en nat der fortsatte i næsten samme stil (vinden løjede noget af, og vi rebede ind for natten), bliver det til 155 sømil i alt for døgnet :-)Vi kom også i tanke om, at vi havde glemt at fejre halvvejs-mærket, så da vi passerede 3/4-del (og. read more...


11/05/2012

Irena - Dan 7

141 milj do Bermude. Za nami cela noc jadranja in guncanja v sorazmerno visokih valovih. Veter imamo iz jugovzhoda do 25 vozlov. Gremo solidno hitro in racunam, da bomo jutri dopoldan na Bermudi. Dovolj zgodaj, da bomo lahko natocili "duty free" gorivo. Se bo kar poznalo. Potem nas pa èaka pospravljanje barke, od zunaj in znotraj. Ter nakupi za naslednjo etapo do Azorov. Tam se nam bo pridruzil Vasilij, ki bo na barki vse do prihoda v Umag.Smo ze zelo utecena ekipa in vse se vrti okoli straze, hrane, pocivanja in branja. Po treh urah straze je vsak se 3 ure na "standby-u", ter nato ima 3 ure spanja. Vmes se se kuha, poje, pomije posoda. Ce je sreca lahko oboje zdruzi v spanje ali v kaksno drugo opravilo. Kot skipper pa imam seveda se druge obveznosti, ki mi jemljejo kar nekaj. read more...



Page 124 of 287  122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143