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08/11/2012

Anastasia - Reunion to South Africa - Day 5

27:13.1S 038:43.0E 1050 miles covered, 360 to go Today we were motoring along on a calm sea waiting for some wind when Anastasia turned round and started back for Reunion. I grabbed the helm and turned her back on course, re-engaged the autohelm and around she went again. Looking in the engine room, the arm of the autohelm was hanging down, vainly pushing on thin air while the rudder swung free. It was just a split pin that fell out allowing the arm to pop off. Easily reconnected, but it is amazing how lucky we have been with such failures happening when they are easily dealt with. Just hours earlier we were flying the parasailor, which would probably have been torn apart if we did a 180 degree turn with it up. I have no idea why the autohelm arm would jump off when cruising along in a. read more...


20/03/2009

Cleone - CLEONE in Grenada Part II

Confusingly, Cariacou and Petite Martinique are a part of the Grenadinesbut are also a part of Grenada and not St Vincent.  And Petit St Vincent,only a spin-pass and a drop-kick from Petite Martinique, is part of St Vincent,not Grenada!   We motor-sailed up from Grenada, reaching the well-sheltered Tyrrel Bay onthe south-west corner of Carricou at six in the evening.  Surrounded as wewere by a plethora of World ARC and other yachts, it was just as well that theprotection was good.  It blew a steady twenty five knots or so through thenight.  Before many of them had stirred, we up-anchored and moved round toHillsborough, the only town on the island.  It was a sleepy place, but theImmigration and Customs were very friendly and, despite warnings on Grenada, amodel of efficiency.  They. read more...


20/03/2009

La Boheme - 20 March - 1400 miles behind us, 350 miles to go

We are making good progress in squally weather, and we are considering visiting The Grenadines before Saint Lucia. Yesterday we had a pair of white gannets staying with us for some time. They must have enjoyed our company as they were catching up to us for several hours. This morning we were surrounded by fleets of flying fish, they look like little birds and fly quite a distance before landing in water with a big splash, sometimes the poor creature lands on our deck and we collect the dead ones in the morning. Poor things! Few days ago on his morning watch, Greg saw yet another magic sunrise. Presently, La Boheme relentlessly pierces the waves at speed of 8.5 kn as she closes the distance to our destination. Both boys for some unknown reason think this romantic.Anna, Greg & BenLa. read more...


17/04/2011

Tucanon - It rained on our parade

Sorting through the boat cleaning products, it was possible to throw away a bucket full of rubbish making room for 5litres of heavy duty boat cleaner, purchased while in Durban. The original container had been squeezed into the generator locker and pressure had broken the screw top, causing the very expensive contents to escape and damage other items. Decanting it into two smaller vessels did the trick. We found Clarks Court Bay yachting community to be very friendly and accommodating but it was time to move on so, after returning to the boat from the Tuesday mini bus trip to the mall, we departed.It was pouring with rain on the morning of the 12th April which didn’t bode well for a shopping trip, less so for the five mile passage round to the bay where Grenada marina is located. read more...


15/11/2012

Miramar - (no subject)

It's Thursday morning, 8 am. We just shook two reefs out of the main, and fully unfurled the Genoa. We're making a comfortable 5+ knots with 10.5 knots of breeze. Nice and mellow after yesterday and last night's race in 22 knot winds and somewhat chaotic seas. We've hung some towels and clothes from the lifelines to dry in the rising sun.We're taking advantage of the calm to catch up on a little cleaning and organization. We've also put two hand lines in the water, fishing for the first time in days. People look a little groggy after a long night, but generally in good spirits. Even Quixote is finally looking sane; the world has stopped moving beneath his feet enough that he's no longer afraid of his litter box.We made some much needed easterly progress yesterday, currently at 69 degrees. read more...


22/11/2012

Bardeau - Supermarket sweep

5 trolley loads of caviar, mateus rose, truffles and Dom Perignon there is rebellion brewing amongst the motleys. Why no Cristal? Why no Moët I hear? The foie gras shelf was empty and the yacht is dangerously low in the water. In true cool hand Luke-style I have issued strict instructions that all crew members drink 15 cans per hour whilst facing downwind on the boat until our feet are dry again and we can stop keeping watch for submarines out of the saloon window. Tonight is the Jeanneau owners dinner... I shall go dressed in ragsEl venerable skipper. read more...


14/05/2012

Comocean -

Ground Hog DayWe awoke this morning to another glorious sunrise. We went to sleep to a glorious sunrise. Ed shot some Sights (stars) in the evening and attempted Sun in the morning. Ed Made Coffee. Bob had Oatmeal. Toby made sandwiches for lunch. Toby made a seafood stir fry for dinner (think out of a bag…but he did add some shrimp and Veggies from Tortola). Norm did the SSB call at 6:30…Toby chirped in with Seth’s weather information). Ed plotted our course and did a log entry. Toby entered a log entry 15 minutes after Ed’s. Norm slept through dinner (on the prescribed crew schedule). Toby put a dinner for Norm in the micro wave for when he would awake. Norm passed on the dinner and ate a Snicker (Lee, I forced it on him). We motored along for the second day at. read more...


19/06/2012

Voyageur - Leg 3 - Log 6 Off across Biscay

17 June David has plotted a course on the computer to Dublin, 590nm away. Our grib file is showing headwinds by the time we reach that latitude so a couple of days in Howth just south of Dublin may be on the cards but we are keeping our options open and ideally would like to complete the passage in one hop. The alarm was set for 6.45am but we cheated having an extra five minutes. The mornings and nights are cold so I don’t leap out of my warm bunk with the quite the same enthusiasm. We are almost looking forward to putting on our central heating. We left just after 8am, Emilia and Pinta already away. The skies were still overcast but at least the wind had fallen away overnight. We motorsailed until a useable breeze came up from the south west. It turned into the most lovely sailing. read more...


26/06/2012

Seraphina - Arrived Lagos

After 1300 nm from Portsmouth finally arrived at Lagos - light winds forced a long motor with a few hours of sailing around Cape Vincent. Weather grey spray definitely warm then it got cold. At Lagos suddenly turned warm. At the Cape we remembered to dip the ensign to honour Nelson. Now however, there are a few unanswered questions e.g will the land stop moving - Seraphina now stable, will Ian's sealegs last until next time?At last wifiIan & Sally via wifi. read more...


08/11/2012

Matilda - Down Madagascar Way...

It has been a few days since we posted, but hardly surprising considering the conditions so far. We are now crossing the Mozambique Channel and as far as we can tell the systems seem to come through on average every 48 hours or so. We now expect the winds to spin the full 360 degrees with each cycle (but not in an orderly fashion) and then we do it all again. The seas are generally so seriously confused they are in need of deep therapy. To add to the fun, we are in a major shipping lane where some of the commercial vessels have a reluctance to put on their legally required AIS (must want to save their batteries) and love to come up at speed from behind. So with all the sail changes, strong winds, rock and roll and general low level stress, the pair of us are knackered. In fact, its a. read more...


07/11/2012

Anastasia - Reunion to South Africa - Day 4

27:04.5S 041:59.5E 870 miles covered, 540 to go Andrea has been bored today, which means she oscillates between bursts of productivity, and bouts of craziness. She took a walk around the deck looking for things that needed changing/fixing, finding some useful things but, more importantly, having fun waiting until I had settled down and then dragging me out once more to inspect something else. She stooped to reading Estella's trashy magazines that Caroline (Peat Smoke) gave us before we left Reunion. She spent some time moulding a bit of blue tack into little animal forms before finally sticking it to her nose and declaring she was a warty witch. Bertie joined in the spirit of the day, declaring at dinner that his dessert (rice pudding and oranges) was making a noise. He listened closely. read more...


14/05/2012

Trillium - Half way to Hampton!

It's Monday morning and we just had our morning roll call for the Atlantic Cup Rally. I could only hear Escapade, Brizio, and Kia Orana. We are all in a 50 square mile range so the reception on the SSB was a little challenging. All is well with this portion of the fleet. We lost track of Surprise and Comocean after the first day. The winds have been good most of the time. On Sunday, we sailed with the beautiful blue and white spinnaker. It pulled us along at 8-9 knots all day. We have done some motoring periodically when the winds are light or in the wrong direction. Our crew has been taking advantage of the calmer seas and pleaseant sailing. We are reading, resting, fishing and cooking. Life is good! No, I take that back. Life is great!Skipperette (Sherry Day). read more...


24/06/2012

Seraphina - Arrive Sines - cracking sail

Light winds at the start at Oeiras forced us to deploy the bimini whilst sailing. Yet another first. After a couple of hours of light winds they increased until a cape where it dropped for a bit but then blew up to force 4/5 down wind. Cracking sail under cruising chute however some big waves made it exciting for a bit.2 days with no head winds however do expect some once rounding Cape Vincente. There we must remember to dip the ensign as a salute to Nelson.. read more...


18/06/2012

Asteroid - Final Blog - Asteroid Arrives in Ireland

Well we arrived - finally.On Wednesday 13th June at about 5am UTC we passed Mizzen Head lighthouse and officially completed our transatlantic.After two days of winds gusting up to 36knots and high, confused seas which occasionally swamped the cockpit, we were greated with that rare thing - a sunny, calm Irish summer morning.We motored into Schull harbour and set the anchor with great smiles all around.The skipper went ashore for supplies and we feasted on Irish bacon, sausages and eggs - absolutely delicious.The crossing had felt long - I think because we all wanted to get home.Leaving the Azores we had a very lumpy sea but then it settled down into a north atlantic roll.The north atlantic is grey - grey sea, grey sky and very big and cold.We did have the occasional blue slit in the. read more...


18/03/2009

Cleone - CLEONE in Grenada

Grenada - a Caribbean jewel.   It's great to be properly back in the Caribbean.  And our stay inGrenada has turned out to be a celebration of just that.  The new marina isnot yet finished, but there is enough of it to be comfortable. Sure thereare not enough showers and lavatories, the electric plugs (if you canfind one) are £75 each or so (can you believe it?) and not everythingworks.  But it is well sheltered (at least on the inside berths where weare lying), it is clean and neat, the water is drinkable, there is a lively barand restaurant, with a swimming pool beside it, and the staff werebrilliant. And St George's is a pretty town, with the cruise-ship dockwell out of sight of the marina and the old town.  The brain-child of Peterde Savaray, the new marina is in the deepest. read more...


22/11/2012

Sam III - Pirat Pit

Schade, meine Mitreisenden haben mich gestern entdeckt, nur weil ich mich immer ein wenig über die Menschen lustig mache indem ich die Menschen nach - sprechen muß. Sie wollten mich schon an die Luft setzen, aber ich konnte sie überzeugen, dass ich ein perfekter Ausguck bin. Gut das meine Crew nicht gemerkt haben,daß ich perfekt E-mailen kann. Habe ich mir beigebracht als ich 6 Monate in einem Geschäft in London zugebracht habe bis mich unser Kapitän Christoph dort gekauft hat.So kann ich meinen Papageikollegen in der Welt ein wenig über meine Reisen berichten und über die Menschen lästern. Die Crew sitzt übrigens gerade in der PLICHT und wirft sich Worte wie." 1 kg Nudeln,2-3 kg Hackfleisch, Obst usw..." an den Kopf. Scheint sich also um unseren Proviant für die Überfahrt zu handeln.. read more...


14/11/2012

Miramar - Sailing

Our winds died Tuesday morning around 5am, so we dropped all sails but the staysail and motored East (unpleasant to say the least). At 11pm last night (Tue Nov 13) we picked up some forecast NE winds, and have been riding them ESE at 6+ knots ever since. Far more comfortable ride.. read more...


06/11/2012

Anastasia - Reunion to South Africa - Day 2/3

26:44.0S 045:18.8E 700 miles covered, 700 miles to go So far, the most striking thing about this leg has been the variations in the weather. This part of the world is dominated by low pressure systems moving up the coast of South Africa and then pushing east across Madagascar. These can be vicious storms along the South African coast, but they die down as they move northeast. We encountered a small example of these depressions just off the tip of Madagascar. It was almost spent and so all it produced was an uncomfortable night of 30-35 knot winds, rough seas and a bit of rain. Fortunately the winds were in the right direction (south) so we just had to reef down, follow our course and wait for the depression to blow over. Once it had passed we entered the center of the depression, where. read more...


23/06/2012

Scarlet Lady - Log Day 20 - Free day in Oeiras

Today was a free day in Oeiras, to do as we pleased.  Most people spent the day catching up on jobs on the boat, laundry and shopping.  Some of the rally participants painted a picture on the harbour wall using oil paints.  As neither of us on our boat is artistic, we opted out of this.  By lunchtime, Karma Wins, Miss Charlotte and Firedrake had all painted masterpieces on the wall and Steve and I wandered over to take some photos.   After a lovely lunch in one of the marina cafes, we headed off on a tour of Oeiras.  This took us to the Poets Park, a park dedicated to Portugese poets, past and present.  The park was stunning.  It was laid out as a tree, with the pathways being the treetrunk and branches and each poet had a. read more...


17/04/2011

Voyageur - Log day 280 - Last day, last log, last blog

16th April 2011I am in an emotional turmoil. Today is our last day of the World Arc Rally. I woke earlier than normal and couldn't settle to any particular thing. At ten o'clock we made our preparations to leave. With all our bunting and assorted club flags we made a colourful sight as we formed a procession outside the entrance to Marigot Bay, Eowyn the lead boat with Wild Tigris, the biggest at 72 ft bringing up the rear. We remarked that trying to sail in an orderly line at such close quarters was just about the hardest thing we had had to do on the entire trip! Our wind instrument suddenly came to life after a long absence, how contrary is that! We slowly made our way up the west coast to Castries where we were joined by many local boats. As we circled around the harbour a huge dark. read more...


17/03/2009

La Boheme - We have crossed the Equator

On Friday the 13th of March at 23.30, we have crossed the Equator. We celebrated the event with the Australian sparkling rose, smoked oysters and olives, the almost full moon was illuminating our cockpit. We had wind from NE for the previous 60 miles, it looked like we may have come out of ITCZ already. Today is Tuesday 17th and the wind is still NE, we are definitely in trade winds. Our progress is quite fast, averaging between 160 - 185 miles per day. At this speed we should get to the Caribbean in 5 days.Anna, Greg and BenLa BohemeLat 06.55N Lon 48.14W. read more...


18/06/2012

Voyageur - Leg 3 - Log 5 One day in Spain

15 June The following morning after a quiet start the wind suddenly intensified just as predicted. David called Pinta on the VHF to check on their ETA. They could see the breakwater and were motoring with full engine revs hard against a wind of up to 47 knots, sometimes only managing as little as 0.9knots of speed over the ground. Such painfully slow progress but at last we saw their mast come into view at the marina entrance and went to help with their lines. Lying beam on to the wind it took full throttle and bow thrusters to push the boat in. They were still so upbeat in spite of their last few difficult hours but obviously very tired and thankful to be here.We spent the morning doing laundry but everybody else had the same idea and with too few machines and driers I ended up doing. read more...


14/05/2012

Surprise - Quiz Question

We are about half-way to CT. there has been little wind for the past day.We were rewarded this AM with a astronomical delight consisting of the rising sun in a bright orange eastern sky that blended into a pale blue overhead sky that still had a crescent moon shining brightly.A quiz: when the moon is waning as it is which side ( upper vs lower) of the moon is brightly lit?We expect southerly winds to pick up today to speed us home/ CH Surprise. read more...


14/11/2012

Turbo's Tub - First night in the Bahamas

Although they have not reached land or civilization yet, the crew on Turbo’s Tub is very excited to have reached the Bahamas.  As of last night, they were anchoring in protected waters, enjoying a great dinner and could all go to sleep at the same time.  They were about 30 miles from Green Turtle Cay.  At daybreak, they would pull anchor and set sail for Green Turtle Cay, where the other boats and ARC Bahamas crew would be waiting on them.  The ARC Bahamas has a special dinner planned for tonight and I am certain the crew will be happy to step foot on solid ground.  They should arrive around lunch time or early afternoon.  Mike & Michael will head for the airport tomorrow and arrive back in Norfolk late tomorrow night.  Hutch and Capt Turbo. read more...


22/11/2012

Ailsa - Blog 1 - T-3

Captains log T-3; Stardate 2012-11-21 – 07.30 UTCT-3 and counting...First blog of the trip and I am rusty but I will give it a try. Preparations are well advanced – or rather we keep thinking we have done everything and something else crops up. Have we cooked enough spag bol? Will it be four loaves or five? Have we finally abandoned fresh milk for UHT? What are the special treats we have told to plan for at what intervals? – my suggestion of sausage beans and chips did not go down well with the crew – indeed when are the intervals for special treats? perhaps surviving the acceleration zone at the South end of Gran Canaria intact? Perhaps 24 hours without using a motor through the “wind shadow”?The last ten days have flown by and there has been little time for looking back however we will. read more...


05/11/2012

BRIZO - Leg 14 La Reunion to Richard's Bay South Africa

We departed on Saturday, November 5th at 11am, local time, for the 1,380 nm passage to South Africa. The start was a fast one with 25-30 knots of wind and choppy seas. It was an exciting start but we paid for it later - a few of the crew experienced varying degrees of uneasiness. Sunday gave us light winds and a more comfortable ride and I'm happy to report everyone is in good spirits on board. Lighter winds have come from the northeast, which makes a difficult sail for BRIZO, so we started the engine early Monday morning and will motor through the light wind phase, hopefully returning to full sailing this afternoon.Looking forward to hearing the results of the U.S. Presidential campaign early Wednesday morning.. read more...


18/06/2012

Freedom Found - catch-up

Finally left Horta in Azores yesterday pm after another prolonged stay. This time we had a gearbox drive failure on trying to leave Horta for Terceria another Azorian island. We only had limited forward thrust so had to return to Horta harbour backwards not easy in a long keel boat. You may notice a few piroets on our track if it's still showing. Found excellent (& reasonable) mechanic who whipped off gearbox and swapped clutch cone. Horta was great very friendly and dare I say cheap! Now motor sailing through past other islands of Pico (never did see the top of the volcano), Sao Jorge, & passing Graciosa last night. Interesting fishing boats......... & lights on nets. Crew changed course to avoid as skipper slept! Now heading due North to hopefully pick up some westerly w. read more...


23/06/2012

Scarlet Lady - Log Day 19 - Exciting sail to Oeiras

Last night, we found an excellent seafood restaurant.  Steve and I enjoyed prawn and fish kebabs and John had the fish of the day, which was sea bass.  As Portugal were playing football in the European Cup, the restaurant were showing the match on several TV screens.  Just as we finished our dinner, the match ended, with the score being 1-0 to Portugal.  There was a huge cheer and then all the locals started honking their car horns outside whilst driving past with Portugese flags proudly flying.  It was quite a scene and it looked like many would be celebrating well into the early hours.  Sadly, we headed back to the boat to get a good sleep before our next sail.   This morning there was a gate start for the sail to Oeiras, meaning all boats had to. read more...


17/03/2009

Cleone - CLEONE in Tobago

Tobago - an unexceptional island?   Or maybe I am become blasé.  After the protracted signing-inceremony, we made to recover from our trip and to see something of Tobago. Naturally, this process started with a beer.  We sat in a little bar, andwatched the world go by.  Scarborough is a busy, dirty little port, and thetown was enlivened by the influx of cruise-liner passengers who crowded palelythrough the streets and market stalls, being pestered by taxi-drivers as well asswarms of traders of tourist tat.  Our tour of the town revealedneglected tin-roofed buildings, modern well-stocked supermarkets and colonialrelics such as the police and fire-stations.  The numerous churches weredivided into pre-and post hurricane buildings, with the newish Anglican churchbeing a particularly poor. read more...


17/04/2011

Ariane - Schlussfeier

Gratulationen aus aller Welt!Liebe SegelfreundeDer Abend war unvergesslich. In dem ansprechenden Hotel Royal fanden die Schlussfeierlichkeiten der World ARC statt, nachdem wir am gleichen Tag die Segelparade von Marigot Bay über die Start- und Zielline in Rodney Bay miterleben durften. Neben politischen Grössen, Tourismus- und Hafenautoritäten waren natürlich Suzana und Paul und Nick anwesend wie auch der Direktor des Worldcruisingclubs, Andrew Bishop. Alle Yachten bekamen die gleichen Andenkenpreise mit, u. a. einen beschrifteten Bildband, der an alle Stationen und die World ARC-Mitglieder erinnert. Wirklich super gemacht - typisch Nick - herzlichen Dank dafür! Sehr gut gemacht war auch eine Diashow, die Schnappschüsse von unserer grossen Reise zeigte. Eingeflechtet waren. read more...


14/05/2012

Brizo - Bermuda to USA Day 2 (Sunday) – Supplement

Sunday has been a frustrating day to some extent, Limey the furling spinnaker went up 1st thing and managed to furl itself back up while being unfurled! so we had a twist which we had to unfurl with the spinnaker laid all over the deck. Of course the spinnaker had other ideas and never wanted to stay on the deck so this exercise took the best part of two hours. We eventually launched it behind the Genoa and managed to furl it correctly. The other thing we were waiting for was Lloyd to mail us the Gulf Stream diagram – of course he is a bit pre-occupied with the new baby at the moment so we did not get that till 13:30.It’s a bit of a story as to why we did not have a copy of the current Gulf Stream route so I will save that for another day but once we had these strong current. read more...


13/11/2012

Turbo's Tub - Boo Ya...

Just got a text message:"Boo Ya. We are in shallow green water. Should see land any minute"This next day of sailing to get to Green Turtle Cay will most likely be the most enjoyable they have had after being on the Tub since November 4th.Welcome to the Bahamas, Turbo’s Tub!. read more...


21/11/2012

Bardeau - Food and foie gras

Ok so myself and several motleys attended the 'how to find St Lucia' lecture. Further than I thought. Bought t shirt with map on back in case of electronics failure. Wine and beer being delivered tomorrow. Life raft and all safety equipment being ditched to make room. Went to masked ball: not easy to tell who was wearing a mask. Supermarket day tomorrow to finalise foie gras and black caviar supplies. Hyperdino supermarket doing special on the Cristal. Using it to fill reserve tank. The staying alive while doing stupid things lecture yesterday said spare liquid needed to be carried in case of emergencyEl illustrious Skipper. read more...


21/11/2012

Williams - Gran Canaria 21 nov 2012

Na een lange reis goed aangekomen op de Williams met 3 van de 4 bemanningsleden. Paul komt vrijdag aan.Vandaag de technische inspectie goed doorgekomen danzij de goede voorbereiding van Rob en Toine. De gestelde eisen zijn niet mis.Vanmiddag een seminar gevolgd over de route van de Arc en de te verwachten weersomstandigheden. Gelukkig worden er geen orkanen verwacht, maar het weer is wel wat ontregeld, zaterdag horen we meer by de schippersbriefing.Einde dag hebben we wat boodschappen gedaan en getest by de borrel, deze dingen kunnen we wel meenemen in veelvoud tijdens de reis.We hebben erg veel zin om te vertrekken en kunnen eigenlijk niet nog langer wachten, het heeft nu al zo lang geduurd.... Nog een drankje in de Sailors Bar wat muiltjes sturen, windverwachtingen ophalen en dan. read more...


04/11/2012

Anastasia - Reunion to South Africa - Day 1

23:46.9S 051:00.8E  305 miles covered, 1080 to go The leg started with a dash from the quayside to get to the start in time and then getting the sails up in the strong winds outside the port.  It was an exciting start, crashing over the waves.  We were all reefed quite heavily but even so we broke a jib sheet soon after the start.  One of the boats (1+1) broke a jib halyard and had to return to port to rethread it. Our broken sheet just snapped in the middle, which is not something I have seen before.  Usually it is the knots that are the weak spots.  Looking closely at the break I think it snapped at a flaw in the braiding of the rope core. Anyway we opted to take a more westerly (downwind) course to reduce the stress on the. read more...


13/05/2012

Comocean - New Shades of Green

Our auspicious start from Bermuda left Norm at the helm and Toby reviewing Comocean safety procedures.The major storm front, having just crossed St.George's Club, had created seas coming out of the harbor and on the Atlantic, that looked a lot like the view I had last seen looking at the upright washer in the hotels laundry.That, combined with looking at the laminated cards I use for my briefing, had some of the crew looking about the shade of the last Mahi Mahi we caught headed to the BVI's.It's a beautiful green, not made for humans. I must admit, the combination of Joanne's electronic watches (which no one believed really worked), a seasickness patch, and sleep, has the crew in great form.This morning, Ed has worked diligently to to help me learn to operate the sextant I had purchased. read more...


23/06/2012

Murphy - What a difference a day makes – or “the best day’s sailing – ever” (Charles A M Calvert)

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17/06/2012

Scolamanzi - I'm Talking Rubbish ! The picture of our rubbish after 12 days at sea!

Johann & Henriëtte Scholtz Gone Sailing again....the blue waters of the MED is for the moment our backyard ! Yacht: Scolamanzi www.scolamanzi.infoIMG_5705. read more...


13/03/2009

La Boheme - Friday - 13th of March

After 9 days delay, waiting for parts and fixing problem, timidly we left Fortaleza at 7am on Thursday. There was not much wind and we were motor sailing. The engine was happily purring away, of course we had to check constantly that all is still OK. We were low on water and wanted to make some more the moment we got to deep water and far away from land and pollution. We put the water maker on, only to discover that it does not work... no pump pressure. Panic stricken Greg and Ben checked all manuals and then the water inlet and internal filters. To our amazement, out of the split filter we have recovered several plastic bags, jar labels and an old rug. We were lucky that this rubbish did not manage to get any further... better not to think what could have happened and it was only. read more...


13/11/2012

Turbo's Tub - Oh, the Places You'll Go!

I don't know about you, but I wait patiently for the updates on the www.Carib1500.com website showing the current location of Turbo's Tub. It appears that as of the last update, they should be seeing those crystal clear waters of the Bahamas any time now. The look to be about 10 miles from entering the western end of the Bahamas. I am certain they will be happy to see land. It also looks like they will be joining up with T'ai Chi again to make their journey through the Abacos into Green Turtle Cay. I bet that Rum Punch waiting for them at the dock will be the best Rum Punch they have ever enjoyed.I spoke to them yesterday afternoon and they sounded great. It has been a long journey and something they will not forget. They have come a long way from a crazy idea to sail 800+ miles (when we. read more...


21/11/2012

Thaleia - 4 days to and counting

4 days to go. Security check passed with good advice and 2 notes;missing space blankets from grab bag - were not available at store.Done now. Connections testing ok, still some issues in receiving theGRIB files, but will be sorted out - courtesy to David - before thestart.The Skipper has kept a strict work camp policy this far, but otherwiseeverybody we have met have been nice people.Participation in ARC seminars yesterday and today has really paid out.Emergency rigging, emergency management, provisioning, weather androuting, first aid at sea. Great! As the Master chef on boat,(although Peik claims HE is the Master and I'm the sous-chef - remainsan arguable fact) the most releaving fact was Clares opening line onprovisioning: basically the only thing you need is water, man cansurvive 3. read more...


12/11/2012

Turbo's Tub - We're sailors, not fisherman

For the 3rd straight day the fish have eluded us!!  We've snagged several fish on our hook, but can't seem to get them in the boat.  Usually we drag them around for awhile and then when they get about 25 yards off the back of the boat we see them do a leap out of the water, and then they are gone.  We've tried setting the hook fast and reeling them in quickly.  We've tried trying to tire them out and then drag them in, but neither is working.  The bigger fish are gigantic. They look like Tuna to us and  I would guess 3' long, and that's not a fisherman's story.  We've snagged a few smaller mahi-mahi, maybe 10-15 lbs, but haven't gotten them in the boat either.  We had one right on the stern and somehow Michael and I managed to leave him in the. read more...


17/06/2012

Scolamanzi - I’m talking rubbish!

As we have arrived at the end of a fabulous North Atlantic crossing, I thought to share this (rubbish) hint with you! :-)   This is how Scolamanzi managed to only have ONE small bag (the size of a shopping bag) and 3 water bottles of rubbish after 7 days at sea, with 3 crewmembers on board! (see picture)   Organics and Biodegradables: All food scraps, paper, cardboard, and glass items (provided it has been filled with water in order to sink - it will eventually disintegrate to sand) has been discarded to the bottom of the ocean where it will perish in time. The sea here is a few kilometres deep – contributing to no pollution to any divers, snorkelers, fishermen or yachtsmen. Plastics: All plastic containers (mayo tubs, water bottles etc) were kept to use in the. read more...


12/03/2009

Windflower III - Wieder in der Karibik

Gestern sind wir,13 Tage nach unserem Verlassen von Recife,in Grenada eingelaufen. Die Karibik hat uns wieder !!Von unserer 2140 sm (ca.4000 km)langen Ueberfahrt gibt es zwei wesentliche Dinge zu berichten. Zum Einen haben wir den Aequator ueberquert,und sind damit wieder auf der Nordhalbkugel. Zum Anderen riss uns, natuerlich mitten in der Nacht ,das Spifall und unser Parasailer flatterte mit seinen 140 qm Tuch ins Meer.Mit einer gemeinsamen Kraftanstrengung konnten wir das Segel bergen.Welch ein Schreck,und welch eine Maloche.Zur Vollendung unserer Weltumsegelung fehlen uns jetzt noch 126 sm bis St.Lucia.Diese wollen wir gemaechlich und entspannt von Ankerplatz zu Ankerplatz bis zum 28.03.zuruecklegen.Bis dahinViele liebe Gruessedie Windflowercrew. read more...


16/04/2011

Crazy Horse - April 16 -crossing the finish line

The last couple of days have been extremely ecstatic. The boats are all stationed along the dock and everyone files down the walk. As they pass by they notice the flags from the World ARC flying everywhere. They can't help but notice and ask about this group of boats and people. Our excitement fills every crack and crevice of this marina. The smiles on our faces can't be missed. I think there is a sense of accomplishment, pride, and relief. Many of the crews have already started to go home and many will leave tomorrow after the parades, speeches, food, music, and prizegiving. Some won't know what to expect going home and there will most certainly be a re-entry phase to our lives.But all the people we have met over the past year just remind me that if you really want to do something bad. read more...


23/06/2012

Moonstream - A cracking good sail!

Moonstream was late on parade leaving Peniche, due to mechanical problems with our steering gear box.  We found all bolts had worked loose and we could  only fix half of them properly.  Thanks to Andrew and Nick from WCC and to a local hardware store we effected a repair with cable ties and a twenty inch jubilee clip.  Leaving about three hours behind the rest of the fleet, we set sail with poled out genoa,  two reefs in the main and full mizzen, blasting our way south to Oeiras in 7hrs 4 mins covering 53 nm. Brilliant sail, sunshine all the way, but without our two lovely sunny ladies who opted to check the mileage competition in Andrew and Nick's car.. read more...


13/05/2012

Brizo - Bermuda to USA Day 1 (Saturday) – Further than we thought !

Saturday we had hoped to get away at 09:00 or so, there is no official start time as the 9 Yachts or so who participated in the Leg 1 from the BVI go separate ways to various parts of the US coastline. There are a few heading to Newport Road Chesapeake, and as I write this piece of the blog at 02:45 Sunday (local time) we are running parallel to Trillium who are just over the horizon to our port side. The watermaker issue set us off late on Saturday as I replaced the saline sensor to no avail, so we have limited water supplies and unless it rains and we can use the deck collection system, which cannot be used when sea water is coming on deck at the same time from waves – showers will be limited.We had a good first 8 hours after leaving Bermuda winds were on the beam (at right. read more...


04/11/2012

Anastasia - Volcanoes of the world #9 and #10

Mauritius and Reunion are both volcanic islands. Mauritius is an old island, where erosion has levelled the calderas and created a plateau which contains a large part of the population. Reunion is a young island and some calderas are still inaccessible by road, although there are small villages scattered about inside the valleys.A well-vegetated crater on Mauritius 1776One of the Reunion calderas was filled with small particles from a later eruption, creating a black desert 1777Hikers visiting an eruption site within one of the calderas 1778The site of the most recent eruption of the Reunion volcano 1779. read more...


04/11/2012

Anastasia - Reunion

20:56.4S 055:16.9E It is a short hop (less than 24 hours) from Mauritius to Reunion, but the waves were quite nasty and this led to seasickness and sail damage on many boats. We had our share of seasickness on Anastasia and the wave motion caused the clew ring to be ripped off the mainsail, meaning we had to sail reefed for half the trip. Also the autohelm started randomly disconnecting with a message about rudder position loss and one of the winches jammed up with all the salt they have absorbed on our travels. We had a few repairs to sort out on arrival in Reunion. Reunion is technically just another region of France which means there are good connections to Europe and a lot of facilities for tourists on the island (although, surprisingly, the worst internet support I have. read more...


12/11/2012

Miramar - Monday Nov 12

Monday morning, under sail in 15-20 knots of wind. Heading south currently, we'll do our easting when winds permit. The crew is happy and healthy. A bit bumpier last night and today, stomachs are still finding their equilibrium. We're seeing lots of falling stars at night, and we've seen dolphins and flying fish by day. We also had a Warbler join us for chips and salsa, driving Quixote (the ship cat) to a frenzy, unhappy we didn't allow him a fresh lunch.. read more...



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