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09/05/2012

Luna - Log 4 - The smallest whale in the world...

Man siger, at intet nyt er godt nyt, og vi har jo ikke skidt nyt at berette...blot status quo: Ingen vind og ingen fisk :-)I går morges fik båden følgeskab af (eller vi opdagede det i alt fald først da) af verdens mindste hval. Ok...det er måske ikke så meget en hval som en knap 30 cm lang, turkisblå fisk, der svømmer lige til venstre for boven. Og her (nærmest midt) på Atlanten blev det ombord på Luna til en hval. Dejligt med lidt selskab...den har indtil nu fulgt os i i alt fald 24 timer :-)Lidt senere på dagen spottede hvalspotterens (Sune) far (det må ligge i generne) en hval (formentlig en spækhugger) helt ude i horisonten, som sprang lystigt og dermed også sprøjtede med masser af. read more...


13/05/2012

Ensemble - Day 126 (13 May 2012): Bora Bora - Still Here

Greetings from yacht Ensemble.We have decided to change from the first start - scheduled for lunch time today - to the Wednesday start. There are two starts for this leg because of limited space in the anchorages in Suwarrow and Niue - and we've felt a bit rushed in our preparation - so decided it was prudent to wait until the second start. This gives us time to get the boat in order and set up the rigging for the new sail (a Parasailor). Mike from Wind Dancer has been kind enough to help with the rigging issues (we've now fitted soft shackles on the mast head for both the Parasailor and genakker) - and today we will hopefully sort out the mast head chafe issues.The generator went into alarm again the day before yesterday - a temperature alarm - that turned out to be the water pump. read more...


27/08/2008

Cleone - Leg 14 Day 5 - Our luck holds

We caught the tides just right, and arrived in Darwin in good order and good time. The last miles along the coast were sailed in good style, with all plain sails set, a decent breeze and in comfortable seas.  As we bowled along, we were able to catch up with our mates (Australian word meaning friends), several of whom pulled into the lee of the Wessel Islands to enjoy a day or so comfortably anchored after the maelstorm of the Gulf of Carpantaria.  Sitting in Fannie Bay (no, that's its real name) in the bright early morning sunshine and the flattest of flat calms, the Skipper's assessment (and that of the crew) is that the Gulf of C remains will remain in memory as one of the most uncomfortable (if not the most uncomfortable) pieces of water we have ever sailed in. In comparison, the. read more...


26/08/2008

Cleone - ARRIVAL IN DARWIN

Cleone arrived in Darwin at 0355 GMT. All well - we are anchored in Fannie Bay (and for Robert Rogers, the answer to your obvious question is none). Best wishesJames and Chris. read more...


09/01/2011

A Lady - Sailing around the World, ( presently in Cape Town. )

FRIDAY   7th  JANUARY   2011 07.30hrs  Skipper hopped out of the scratcher and wandered up to the shower rooms to have a shower and shave. it was a beautifull morning and Herman from " Destiny " was also there getting in a good start to the day. Talking about good starts, We had a great start to our christmas holiday in Ireland when we flew into Dublin on Thursday the 9th of December and our daughter " Leah" collected us and drove us back to her house in Sandymount around 5pm, There skipper met his new grandson " Jamie " for the first time, ( Aileen having already met him last year )  ahhhh, what can you say !  adorable, thats what..... Later , while the dinner was cooking, Leah, her husband Johnny, our other son Stefan, Caroline. read more...


30/04/2012

Hanami II - 30 April

Hanami II is now getting close to Tortola, 1 night left before we get there, sailing from St. Barth. So far it has been a smooth, even if windy and sometime bumpy trip from St. Lucia.Our crew is now complete: Daren who did the ARC 2011, Ian, new on board and I plus Barry our trusted windvane that will be set up in Tortola. Just a few things left to do for chafe prevention on the sails an double checking electricity. The hull has been scrubbed, the winches serviced a few ropes were changed, looks fine so far. One night left then, 115 miles ans we will leave around 18:00More to come latter.hanami. read more...


12/05/2012

12Moons - Die Gesellschaftsinseln in französisch Polynesien

Die Gesellschaftsinseln – die Summe aus Marchesas und TuamotusNachdem wir dank Gunvör wieder in Besitz eines intakten Autopiloten sind, und Stefan das ein oder andere Ersatzteil in Papeete aufgetrieben hat, geht es weiter: Es gilt die Gesellschaftsinseln zu entdecken.Unsere erste Station ist Mo’orea, die herzförmige Insel, die in der Übersetzung „Geschenk der Götter an die Polynesier“ heißt. Wir ankern in der wunderschönen Cooks-Bay, direkt vorm kultigen Bali Hai Hotel. Die Eigentümer dieses Hotels, drei smarte Boys aus Kalifornien erfanden aus Platznot in den 70er Jahren den Over-Water-Bungalow. Jahre später kamen sie auf die Idee, auch noch einen Glasboden einzubauen, und vermarkteten Ihre Bungalows mit dem Slogan:. read more...


25/08/2008

Andante of Mersey - New South Wales to Darwin

Couldn't wait any longer in Port Douglas and set sail for a night passage, along the busy sometimes very narrow shipping lane, northwards, with a strong wind warning continuing to be in force.  During the night an incident finished up with us progressing downwind under a scandalised main sail stuck up the mast only lowered a few feet. We eventually went into Bedford bay which offered a little shelter and slept for four hours on anchor with the main still up.  When dawn broke we haul it down two feet at a time using slip knots tied into the luff and the powerful electric winches.  It was in tatters. That afternoon we moved 25 miles up the coast to Flattery bay for a reasonably calm night, before visiting Lizard Island, well known by Capt Cook fans, and BBQing ashore on a deserted beach. read more...


08/01/2011

A Lady - Sailing around the World with World ARC (presently in Cape Town )

THURSDAY    6th   JANUARY   2011   Well, well, here we are back again from Christmas at home in Ireland, and was it cold, brrrrrr brrrrr  blooming freezing, apart from all the snow which we very rarely see in Ireland, the frost caused so much damage and broken watermains that half the country were without water for almost 2 weeks.  but apart from that , we enjoyed the trip very much..... We got to see our new grandchildren , our children ,our mothers, brothers and sisters, and our friends, the weddings, the parties, the dinners, and the Christmas dinner of course, but more on all that in bits and pieces over the next while.   Looking back over the last 12 months since we left St. Lucia on the 6th Jan 2010 , exactly a year. read more...


11/05/2012

Samsara - It's been a busy week

May 11We have had a busy week. On Monday we fed rays in Moorea. There were tons of rays and lots of black tipped reef sharks hanging about too. The girls got to feed the rays and even pet/feel a pregnant ray and feel the baby inside - it was really cool.Monday afternoon we headed back to Tahiti because we had a surf lesson on Tuesday. We went with the girls from Brizo and we all had a great time working on our surfing. We all got up a bit - even if just for a few seconds! We will definitely schedule another lesson when we can.Wednesday we shopped - 2 trips to Carrefour to restock food. It's a good grocery but pricey (as is everything in French Polynesia). Thursday we finished up last minute provisioning, I spent a few hours scrubbing the cockpit, we had lunch with the Brizo crew, then we. read more...


09/05/2012

Gwawr - Day 1 first fish of the trip

3.5 hrs after the start of arc europe  skipper dennis caught our first fish a small tuna. this has to be the first catch of the rally? Sara. read more...


09/05/2012

Gwawr - Day 3 fishing

At 1520 on day 3 Dennis successfully landed an 8.6lb dorado,which is being much enjoyed by all Gwawr crew,ie: Martyn,Delyth,Sara and skipper Dennis. Sara. read more...


08/01/2011

Crazy Horse - Jan 8 in am

Today is the day the World ARC officially starts the next leg of the rally which ultimately ends in Salvador. Then we cruise around Brazil for about a month. This should be a good sailing leg with some good downwind sailing. But, Crazy Horse is not ready to go due to Visas and a burned starter to repair.These two things make it impossible for us to leave until Tues.or Wed. Today we and the crew of Ocean Jasper (OJ) will drive up to Hout Bay and bid them all bon voyage. It will be sad to not be with them all but we will meet up with some in St. Helena and others in Brazil. We all hope to see some other sights along the way to Hout Bay. We hope to see the penguins? and the baboons by Cape Point.Yesterday Matt made some headway in cleaning and polishing the outside of the CH. The starter. read more...


10/05/2012

Ensemble - Day 123 (10 May 2012): Bora Bora - Bloody Mary's - Rays - MOB2

Greetings from yacht Ensemble.We are now moored off 'Bloody Mary's' bar and restaurant to the south of the island.We went to BM's for dinner night before last - and met Rick, the owner since 1985 - a colourful character who claims the business operates at a loss but is a great lifestyle. The visitor board boast a host of celebrities - and the signature drink is certainly worth a try. The restaurant itself is very 'eco friendly' - being made of mainly coconut trees - with a sand floor and no walls. The sacrifice made is that it can be warm - the chairs are a little wobbly (particularly after a few of their signature drinks) - and the mosquitoes seem to love ankles at around sunset. The food was good - being a selection of grilled dishes based on what's fresh and available - and the. read more...


25/08/2008

Graptolite - A Ray of Sunshine

11:04.52S 136:43.55E Monday 25th August AM, Wessel Islands, Arafura Sea, AustraliaIt was a rollercoaster ride across the Gulf of Carpentaria but other than that there were only a few memorable moments. Heike caught her first fish, a barracuda which was deemed safe to eat as it was caught in open water. After briefly passing through Papua New Guinea and Indonesian waters yesterday, we rounded a bleak and windy Cape Wessel and anchored in good shelter at Two-Island Bay. Many large Spotted Rays came and said hello by waving their fins at us. Apart from the fish and a few yachts the bay has no sign of life even though there are perfect little beaches all around, flanked by red sandstone slabs; a pretty but desolate spot.We spent a pleasant evening last night aboard Kasuje with the crews of. read more...


25/08/2008

Cleone - Leg 14 Day 4 - And on we go!

The weather's improved and it's been a cracking day. The wind moderated and veered yesterday afternoon, out came one reef in the tired (but not very old) Mainsail, out went the rest of the Genoa, and up went the Mizzen staysail.  Since then, we have been making excellent progress along the top of Australia.  The only slightly spooky thing is that of Australia itself there is no sign.  This part of the Northern Territories must be very flat, and we are wondering what Darwin has in store for us.  And this morning the sun put his hat on so we removed the other two reefs, and the Mizzen Staysail is poised in the cockpit ready to go aloft if needed. Norfy is cheerful; the food stocks are holding out well, and there has not been a single crisis or near crisis with warm or non-existant beer in. read more...


08/01/2011

Voyageur - Log day 215 - A walk in the woods and a last lobster lunch in Cape Town...

7 January 2011It is the last day with our hire car and David and I suddenly realise that that the time has come to make choices. Do we have a last lunch at one of the many fantastic wineries within easy driving distance of our base here in Hout Bay or do we do something less sophisticated but nonetheless enjoyable and what is more, healthy, go for a good long walk to stretch those legs that are going to be going nowhere for the best part of a month, with a lunch at a favourite venue in Cape Town. The latter option won, but only because we were held up for over an hour at the fuel pontoon. In spite of the fact that we were told it was open from 6am, by 9am there was no sign of life. Of course David and I had set our alarm for 6.45am and we waited patiently, well maybe in David's case not. read more...


10/05/2012

Purrr-fect - Day 5 - Still no wind -swimming stop

It is hard to believe that any ocean can be this calm.Water has been like glass at times, tempting the guys on board to stop mid-ocean again and take a second swim.The indigo color can't be described.The moon rise last night was a huge orange moon, providing wonderful nighttime brilliance.Despite all the beauty, we are frustrated to be motor sailing because of the lack of wind.Yesterday Dave, Jim and Paul transferred our large spare diesel tanks to the main engine tanks so we can keep motoring.That task took most of the afternoon.Life onboard is a continual saga of challenges to be overcome and persistence toward the goal.This morning we enjoyed a full bacon and egg breakfast, complete with home made fresh bread made by Jim yesterday evening.We are now over half way to Bermuda....and. read more...


10/05/2012

Wind Dancer - LOG 22: Bora Bora

After a week or so of island hopping, we are in Bora Bora getting ready for the start of the fourth leg of the trip. On the way we have stopped again at our favorite Moorea, where our last day consisted of a morning snorkel, hike up a hill to a fruit and botanical garden for some freshly juiced ananas, then up the hill a bit more for a waterfall. It ended with a nice stand up paddle before getting ready for an evening sail over to Huahine. Due to being in the lee at Opunohu Bay, we didn't expect the winds to be as high as they were, which allowed for a really nice sail over to Fare on Huahine Hui. Once to hook was dropped we went ashore in search of bikes. It was a Tuesday, but many of the shops were closed. We inquired and were informed it was a holiday for the island, a sort of labour. read more...


07/01/2011

Voyageur - Log day 214 - Rally Revival!

3 January 2011 The sun shines out of a clear blue sky. Paul and Suzana returned today from an icy cold Britain. Here the temperatures are into the high thirties, the hottest yet. They joined us for a sundowner, along with Basia. They have a new crew member on board, Les, who will help them sail their boat to Brazil. But there are only nine boats from the rally here, less than half. Spring cleaning came early to Voyageur. I have spent the last two days with my head upside in lockers.... cleaning. Then all the cushion covers were washed. The new genoa was delivered on time. Everything is in order. Voyageur is like a new pin. We are all set to go.....A champagne and mussels reception held at the yacht club was an excellent start to World Arc 2011. The mussels, in a delicious cream and. read more...


24/08/2008

Cleone - CLEONE Leg 14 Days 2 & 3 - Water in the Cockpit

So far, it's been a rough passage.   As you know, Cleone is a dry boat.  She is heavy for her size,with a small central cockpit that is well protected by the fixed, not verypretty but eminently practical, doghouse.  We are not used to being delugedby floods of salt water, though the helmsman inevitably gets wet when itrains.  And it has so far - everywhere - been warm enough to be able tostand and get wet in your shirt-sleeves then dry off in the breeze.  Thistime it has been different, and we have been wearing full oilskins for the last48 hours.  Crossing the Gulf of Carpantaria the wind builtsteadily, and by nightfall of the second day we had put in the third reefon the mainsail, got rid the mizzen and rolled away all but. read more...


09/05/2012

Voyageur - Day 4 - 8th May

A morning offfrom motoring.All the signs were there or so I thought. We had justcompleted our second night ofmotoring, having motored throughout two long days as well. But as I looked outat dawn I could see a change in the clouds. They were more solid, denser,darker, more widespread. Could this be at last what we were waiting for, wind.We still had only four to five knots, but I could sense the signs of a changewere on the way. The direction had changed too, a shift round to the west, thebarometer up a couple of notches. Just after breakfast we shut down the engine.We had had more than enough motoring and were willing to try anything. It wastime to play with the sails. We dragged the mizzen stay sail from the darkrecesses of the cockpit locker. Up it went. Now we were flying four sails.. read more...


10/05/2012

Sapphire II - 9 May, BoraBora

This is what it's all been about.....coming into the lagoon of BoraBora. We had a fantastic tour around Tahaa island today. We met Alain in his Polynesian compound. We were anchored in a gorgeous bay and tendered in to his jetty. He has lived here for 27 years and knew everything about the Polynesians from time immemorial. We drove with him across the island with frequent stops to allow him to explain the origin and use of the various plants, trees and shrubs. A most magisterial commentary on the Polynesian islands.Unfortunately, he loved his subject so much, the 12"00 finish time turned out to be 1330, and we had to rush to leave the bay,We left at 1400 hrs and with the wind dead astern,decided to motor the 21 miles to BoraBora. After apt of faffing about, we arrived at the passage. read more...


09/05/2012

Wild Goose - Happy Anniversary to us!

Linda and I are celebrating our 25th anniversary exactly where we want to be; on the Wild Goose in the ocean.We sailed on our 2nd date on our Coronado 27' in 1987, and we sailed on our honeymoon in 1988. The water feels natural to us - even on those uncomfortable sleepless days like we had a few days ago.We are about about 180 miles from Bermuda, and the wind is now from the South so we are able to go East today, which is good. Yesterday was one of the best sailing days I have ever had. 15-20 knot winds that allowed us to sail comfortably with all three sails up.Fun Fun.We have been sailing near "Outer Limits" today.We got real close and took some pictures that I will post later.They are doing great and having fun too.We talked to "First Edition" today and I think they are about 25 miles. read more...


10/05/2012

Anastasia - Tahaa

16:36.4S 151:33.5W   We are currently anchored off Motu TauTau which houses the exclusive Hotel Taha'a.  Andrea and I went there for lunch and nearly got politely ejected from the restaurant because we were not hotel guests.  However, the manager made an exception for us, partly I suspect because we had already started on our drinks.  It meant that they had to open an account for us at the front desk so they could generate a bill at the end of the meal.  But it was a very nice lunch.   We came to Tahaa because it was recommended to us (by Serendipity) as having an excellent snorkelling site,  We were not disappointed.  The place is called the Coral Garden and it lies between two motus.  You walk to the seaward side of the passage and then. read more...


24/08/2008

Gray Lady - No more in Prison

700 dollars paid to quarantine to spend one week in 5 star Cage !!!! I really do not like Australia.I will see you in Indonesia .Freedom !!!!!Miao GIGI. read more...


07/01/2011

Voyageur - Log day 213 - HAPPY NEW YEAR from Hout Bay!

2 January 2011On New Year's Eve we dined at Luigi's, a local Italian restaurant with Jenny and John and their daughter and partner, Leila and Chris who have joined Tzigane to sail from here to Brazil. Then we welcomed in the New Year's at the Hout Bay Yacht Club along with Ariane and Basia and Anna and Udo from Destiny. The theme was music from the sixties, seventies and eighties and feeling nostalgic we all danced the night away. We woke to pouring rain, early on New Year's morning, the first since arriving here from Richards Bay, and wind from the north-west but it did not last too long. By lunchtime it was once more hot and sunny, not a breath of wind. It is hard to believe it is the same place of two nights ago. Basia invited us for sundowners and then for once David and I had a. read more...


07/01/2011

Voyageur - Log day 212 - And now for the Western Cape....

29 December 2010My Christmas present from David was a two night stay at the Shelley Point Country Club. Not having enough time to visit Namibia this at least would give us an opportunity to see a small glimpse of the west coast. Heading north out of Cape Town we entered the gate to the West Coast National Park paying our 80 Rand for the privilege. The price goes up even more when all the spring flowers are out but it must be well worth it for the whole region becomes a carpet of flowers. The sun shone down from a clear blue sky and the shallow Langebaan lagoon was many shades of turquoise. At Kraalbaai beach in the north western part, dozens of Capetonians were here to picnic, swim or kitesurf. On the Atlantic side there is a beach that stretches for sixteen miles. Today the wind was. read more...


23/08/2008

Kasuje - Log Saturday 23rd August

Hi all from SkipperSteve Well!! what an eventful couple of days we havehad!! We left Thursday Island at the tip of EasternAustralia on Thursday at 11.00am along with the remaining fleet of just 10yachts to make the 4 - 5 day passage to Darwin. We had an excellent time up inthe Torres Straight with an Ozzie bar and motel straight out of CrocodileDundee, a great briefing form Claire of world ARC and a talk from some guy shehad dragged along who had made this passage numerous times and put the fearof god into us with stories of crocodiles on steroids! and 80 mph catablacticwinds  from central Australia!! The fleet is much reduced at the moment and it issuch a shame that so few made the leg start. There is much talk amongst theskippers of the growing lack of confidence in WARC. read more...


10/05/2012

Anastasia - Raiatea

16:43.4S 151:26.7W   Raitaea is notable for having the only navigable river in French Polynesia.  Yesterday we teamed up with the crew of Serendipity and went up the river in our tenders.  It was a bit punishing on our outboard motors, occasionally hitting submerged logs and river banks, but it was a very pretty trip being surrounded by the jungle.  In some parts there were masses of flowers that had fallen off the trees and were just floating down the river.  The river is lined with breadfruit trees and everywhere you looked there were breadfruits that had fallen in the water and drifted down until caught up in branches.   We picked a fresh breadfruit from a tree overhanging the river, to take back and cook for dinner.   A scary guy with a. read more...


09/05/2012

Aniara II - Aniara, May 9

9 May Stilla tiny fraction of our diesel left and we are using it with great care. We havetried all possible combination of sail sets with or without support from themotor. We are not moving with a great speed, our average is around 5 knotsduring the last 24 hours. We get weather forecasts every day but they are notthat accurate at all. Out here, in the reality, we have, so far winds between 0– 5 knots (up to 2,5 m/s) from all possible directions. Our expectations andhopes for wind coming are great, and we plan to be in Bermuda in time for HappyHour on Friday. We still enjoy great meals onboard; you might believe we are agang of Master Chefs on vacation. As you can understand we have a great time forreading, we probably consume one book per person a day. And so far, George isthe master. read more...


07/01/2011

Voyageur - Log day 211- 'Tis the season to be jolly!

26 December 2010Boxing Day and now we were invited for a traditional Christmas lunch aboard Tucanon. Crackers, party hats, turkey with all the trimmings, Christmas pud, mince pies and Christmas cake, throughout which we played endless silly games of charades. The afternoon into evening concluded with a DVD, 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding' on their big flat screen TV. Dick has over 1000 DVD's on board! A good time was had by all. David and I returned to Tzigane for a few rounds of Rummycup by which time the wind was gathering strength for another post Christmas blow whence we scurried quickly back to Voyageur. We thought it was about time we had another wine tasting and a top up of our onboard "cave", so along with Jenny and John we headed over to Constantia Valley, the cradle of South African. read more...


22/08/2008

Graptolite - Thursday on TI

10:37.84S 141:44.82E Friday 22nd August, Gulf of Carpentaria, AustraliaWe anchored in Escape River on Wednesday night. The crew went off in search of crocs in the mangroves with dinghy and spotlight but fortunately didn't find any, although we did see some salties the following morning basking on the sand when we were on our way out.The Albany Passage, which had so much discussion of its dangers on the radio, turned out to be very pleasant and then we were through to Cape York and the most northerly point of mainland Australia. A short hop further on and we were at Thursday Island which had a certain symmetry to it because it was actually Thursday. We anchored off Horn Island and caught the ferry across to TI (as it is known). We shopped for a few provisions (beer, chocolate, the usual). read more...


09/05/2012

Ensemble - Day 121 (8 May 2012): Bora Bora

Greetings from yacht Ensemble.Today we sailed from Raiatea to Bora Bora. Well - motored actually. We had some sail up for show - but the wind soon dropped from 10 knots to 6 knots - and we decided it was more important to arrive in good light than save the fuel.This morning we went a local river through the jungle in the dinghy - very scenic - and bought a couple of coconuts.Yesterday we'd had a frustrating day waiting for Dominique with the Honda outboard to show up. We had been waiting at the city wharf since midday. He wasn't answering his phone. At 3pm I finally called Laurent who managed to track Dominique down... Someone showed up at the marina only to tell us that the outboard wasn't ready as promised but would be on Wednesday (They'd had it since Friday and had promised it would. read more...


09/05/2012

Hanami II - A summary after 4 days.

Wednesday 09 05 2012     14:27 UTC 10:27 Local   26 13.24 N 64 34.22 W Heading 9 degres Speed 5.2 kts   The wind is still not here and according toforecasts from both Chris and my friend PYC, who are experienced transatlanticskippers with dozens of crossings from E to W or W to E, this may stay for a bitmore. The wind should be here on the 10th or11th. It is a bit like the "Tomorrow we shave for free"poster one could see in French barber's shop when they existed. You came thefollowing day, asked for the free shave and were shown the poster... We are now in the second half of the BVI to Bermudapassage and according to the MaxSea software on the Furuno NavNet we have 365miles to run, about 3 days at 5 kts.But, asindicated on the disclaimer of welcome. read more...


22/08/2008

Cleone - in the Great Barrier Reef - Part 3 - Escape to Horn Island

We went in, escaped, and fair flew to Horn Island. As planned, we pulled into the Escape River mid-morning; overnight progress had been fast and furious, with the wind gusting at over 30 knots behind us.  The river entrance was wide, there was more water than expected and we found none of the reported hazards.  But when we reached the recommended anchorage, just off the Pearl Farm, the wind was howling across the estuary and the anchorage was beset by little black buoys marking the pearl beds.  The farm itself appeared deserted, and when we got close we realised that the lone yacht already anchored had long been abandoned.  Her hull was streaked and shabby, her sail covers mouldy and her mizzen mast flogged to and fro, hanging off one shroud and a triatic stay.  It was like the opening. read more...


07/01/2011

Voyageur - Log day 210- And so this is Christmas...

25 December 2010Up went the Christmas tree and the fairy lights. Like its owners our tree is a much travelled tree. Bought originally in Antigua it next appeared in Phuket. Then having circumnavigated, it was once more back up in the Carib, last year in St Lucia. Now in its third season it is here in Hout Bay! Christmas Eve was also Tzigane John's birthday so we celebrated in grand style once more with a lovely lunch at La Colombe restaurant, in the Constantia Uitsig vineyard. With a taxi to take us there and back many bottles of wine were drunk, the whole bill most generously paid for by John. It must have cost a small fortune. We were also joined by BWR friends John and Marian Morse who are in South Africa on vacation. Christmas day festivities began with champagne on Tzigane, followed. read more...


09/05/2012

Kinship - Wallowing Along

May 8 2012We have now been sailing for 3 days.The start of the rally found most of the 25 yachts motor-sailing across the starting line in calm winds and seas.But as we rounded Jost Van Dyke to starboard & poked our bowsprit into the great Atlantic, Kinship's sails bellied with the moderate breeze, and though the winds weren't as feisty as we would have liked for a fast passage, they were in the 7 knot range--a force adequate to propel our moderate displacement performance cruiser.That first glorious night found us gliding like a giant lunar moth in the light of the full moon.Life was good.But what nature giveth, nature taketh away, and with each passing hour, the wind lessened until mid-morning, when the sails slatted with the last sigh & the wind held her breath.Shuffling along at 2. read more...


08/05/2012

Sapphire II - 8 May, Raiatea

May 08We left Moorea at 1630 hrs for the 100 mile passage to Raiatea. It happened to be Supermoon Saturday. What a night sail we had: a huge, clear moon made it like day time and the breeze stayed friendly on the beam. So, despite repeated furling of sails to slow Sapphire down, she ran like a thoroughbread and we had to stand off the pass until it was light enough to enter the lagoon.After breakfast, we took the RIB up the river at the head of the bay. Raiatea is quite different from Moorea. Heavily wooded, with trees you would find at higher latitudes. Last evening we drove to the biggest Marae (temple complex) of Polynesia. Located along the shores at the headland of a bay, it was fascinating to stroll around the structures of an earlier civilization at dusk.Sapphire is today on the. read more...


09/05/2012

Irena - Dan 5

Nocem ponavljati, vendar je še vedno enkako. Nic oziroma zelo malo vetra. Sicer obstaja vzorec, in to je, da okoli desetih zveèer malo zapiha, vendar kmalu po polnoci tudi poneha. Vmes je ena samo bonaca. Z gorivom smo poèasi pri kraju, saj ga imamo še 100 litrov, tako da bomo kmalu obstali. Nekaj rezerve goriva potrebujemo za konec, ko se bomo bližali Bermudi. Do tja imamo še 408 milj, se pravi, da smo bili ponoci na polovici naše plovbe. Današnja vremenska karta, ki sem je dobil pred nekaj minutami ne obeta nic posebnega. Mogoce jutri ali pa v petek. Prihod na Bermudo v soboto tako postaja neuresnicljiv. Ritem na barki poteka normalno, 3 ure straza, 3 ure pripravljenost in 3 ure spanje. Hrane in vode imam še vedno vec kot dovolj.. read more...


08/05/2012

Matilda - Tahaa , Society Islands - Meet Our New Crew, Tilly The Turtle

This morning we at last got the boat pet we have been yearning for; no, Jonathan hasn't succeeded in adopting another cat or dog - but a turtle named Tilly. Don't believe us? We have the video to prove it. Check out hereYesterday evening we ended up at the Hibiscus restaurant, bar, boat moorings, and rather oddly, turtle sanctuary. After tying up we went in for a meal and got talking to the owner about his 8 green turtles in a holding pen. This elderly French gentlemen has been buying turtles from local fishermen, usually from the Tuomotos, for some years. This saves them from the pot and he then brings them back to health (if needed), tags them and sends them back into the wild. They are usually older juveniles (under 9 years old) as they are the ones that get stuck in the nets (it. read more...


05/01/2011

Crazy Horse - Jan 5 and 6, 2011

Time is going quickly here in Capetown and we have many busy bees hammering, tightening, hauling, all over the boat. We found out that all the soot on the inside of the engine room was due to a burned up starter. No one knows how it could have happened but it did and so we will deal with it. Lucky that the boat didn't burn up but there are safety features onboard that saved the boat. Charles is one of the worker bees attending to that and is rebuilding the starter mechanism and wiring for us. All the halyards are now replaced. The sails are still getting repaired. The bottom must be cleaned on Thursday. So far the real holdup is the visas. The start for this leg is Sat and our visas won't be ready until Tues. That is the bottom line.We went to the party on Tues. night and met up with. read more...


22/08/2008

Cleone - Leg 14 Day 1 - Departure from Thursday Island

Nine yachts left on time from Thursday Island, bound for Darwin; we hope several more will follow! We started from Thursday Island in a strong breeze, but a mercifully slack tide.  There was a strong wind - and the threat of the flood tide - to carry us over the line, and Branec wisely stayed well up wind.  The rest of us hovered nearer, and in the end, all played it safe; no-one was over the line before the start, with Branec charging magnificently through the fleet to snatch an early lead.  Assisted by our ex-crew Nicky, Clare was in an aluminium dingy to do the honours, and we were happy to notice the correct flag sequence - Clare's earlier worries were unfounded and the procedures were perfect. We played it cautiously, being one of the back-markers, but the fleet kept pretty well. read more...


07/05/2012

Samsara - We're back in the water and in Moorea

May 6We're back in the water! We checked out of the hotel on Thursday. I advised the girls "don't be concerned if you hear mommy crying herself to sleep tonight" and we stayed on the boat overnight even though it was on the hard. I didn't cry but that's only because we went to dinner at a great little hole in the wall restaurant "Chez Nous" and had a delicious poisson cru for dinner with the crew of Southern Cross and a member of the Eva crew. That being said I do miss the bed, the a/c and the ice!So Friday they launched us in the afternoon. The crew of Southern Cross was very helpful - they kept the girls occupied for hours so Lee and I could finish the last items before launch. The girls loved helping them (helping them wash/hang clothes is exciting - helping mom with that not so. read more...


09/05/2012

Hanami II - BVI - Bermudes phase 2 ...

Mercredi 09 05 2012 09:00 UTC 03:00 local   N 25 35.7 W 64 34.04   Et bien nous voici a mi parcours apres 85 heures de voyage plein nord, ... dont probablement plus des 2/3 au moteur. Reste 400 miles pour arriver au way point "Sud Bermudes" puis un douzaine pour la ligne d'arrivee a l'Est de la passe d'acces a l'ile. Maintenant il va falloir du vent car du gazoil, il n'en reste que pour un jour et demi environ.   Hier soir nous avons fini les bananes achetees a Road Harbour qui se conservent moins bien que celles de Montserat que nous avons encore. Nous les avons faites flambees: beurre, sirop de sucre de canne, canelle et ruhm vieux pour finir, du ruhm Clement s'il vous plait. Ce fut la premiere exception/entorse a la regle "bateau sec" mais ca valait le coup.. read more...


21/08/2008

Kasuje - Log 21st August

Hi from Philip and the crew We have now arrived in the Thursday Islands after an over night passage from Stokes Bay, to get round the tip of Australia we had to negotiate Albany Straits which acts as a funnel between the Pacific Ocean (Coral Sea) into the Indian Ocean (Torres Straits). To catch a positive tide through the straits is crucial hence our overnight passage and diligent passage making, it was very much in the lap of the gods whether we could make the distance to catch the fair current but we made it with time to spare and led Cleone through the pass. Richard planned our route to perfection and Skipper Steve kept Kasuje powered up and we averaged over 8 knots for the whole passage. This was our first overnight sail with "proper" watches and completed (we think) to the skippers. read more...


05/01/2011

Voyageur - Log day 209 - Days of vines and roses....

20 December 2010Dick had arranged for a private wine tasting at a boutique vineyard on the outskirts of Stellenbosch so we decided to make a proper weekend of it, do a little more sightseeing and stay overnight at a guest house. We drove the Chapman's Peak Drive always a good start to any trip. The views over Hout Bay and the Atlantic beyond were, as always, quite stunning, especially as it was a still clear day. We spent the remainder of the morning at the Naval Museum in Simon's Town and returned to The Harbour House Restaurant in the tiny fishing village of Kalk Bay where we had previously lunched with Sue and Donald. Driving around the huge expanse of False Bay, this time the coast road remained open for us, then we dived inland on a long detour to ascend Sir Lowry's Pass and on. read more...


05/01/2011

Voyageur - Log day 208 - Cape Town Carols by Candlelight

18 December 2010Thinking it was about time we got into the festive spirit we attended an open air carol concert sponsored by Pick and Pay, a major supermarket chain and organised by the local branch of the Rotary Club. Along with Irene and Dick (Tucanon) we set off to the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. We bought our tickets and our Santa hats (nobody is turned away), and squeezed ourselves into a small patch of grass along with nine thousand others. Everybody was given a song sheet and a candle with a plastic coated bag to wrap around it. The atmosphere was wonderful. A real family occasion, many had made an event of it, spreading out their picnic rugs, baskets laden with goodies. As darkness fell everyone lit up their candles. The sight of nine thousand candles flickering high above us. read more...


19/08/2008

Graptolite - North to the Torres Strait

11:57.35S 143:12.12E Tuesday 19th August, Margaret Bay, Cape York, Great Barrier ReefThere is something up with my engine.  It seems to know when there is a situation where it is indispensable and then stops working until it has had a bit of attention.  It always works at other times but twice recently on entering narrow channels under sail it has let us down.  Duncan and Tom have got good at sorting it out before we pile up on rocks.  I said I would 'mention you in dispatches' Duncan, so here it is.  An extra ration of grog for the men, huzzah!This Cape York coastline is bleak. I don't remember seeing anything quite like it. There is no sign of human activity for hundreds of miles. It seems worse somehow than being thousands of miles from anywhere in the middle of an ocean. And it's. read more...


08/05/2012

Luna - Log 3 - Carribean Green Light

Der er godt nok stille herude...tænk endnu en gang at opleve olievand på en tur over Atlanten!Endnu en hel dag og nat for motor, da vi stadig ingen vind har. Ind i mellem kan vi sætte Genoaen eller det lille stag og få ½-1 knob ekstra fart, men i løbet af et par timer, må vi rulle ind igen, når vinden dør hen.Men - der er intet, der er så skidt, at det ikke er godt for noget. Og humøret er fortsat højt ,og så må vi jo nyde, at vi kan slappe lidt af og nyde sol og varme.Fiskene vil fortsat ikke bide på de udsatte lækkerbidskener for enden af fiskelinerne, men vi fortsætter derimod det store indfang af overfladetang, så vi trods alt bliver beskæftiget med at hive linerne. read more...



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