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05/05/2012

Ensemble - Day 118 (Saturday 5th May 2012): Raiatea revue

Greetings from yacht Ensemble.Yesterday we arrived at Raiatea after an overnight sail / motor from Moorea. The seas were flat, the wind at our backs at 10-12 knots, and a big bright full moon. It would have been perfect weather for the parasailor - but we hadn't managed to get a rigger in to change the blocks on the mast head - and with Peter and Carmen being 'first timers' prudence won out over my desire to play with my new toys...We arrived at Raiatea and went through the reef at the Teavapil Pass to the town of Utaroa. We anchored off the marina until we were able to catch up with Dominique at the Municiple Wharf, refuel, and drop off the outboard to be repaired. We pick it up again on Monday - so have the weekend to explore.We saw Mike and Karson (Wind Dancer) in their dinghy on the. read more...


17/08/2008

Graptolite - Cook's Look

14:34.27S 145:02.72E Sunday 17th August, North of Lizard Island, Great Barrier ReefWe arrived at Cape Bedford late evening Thursday but Andante had already moved on to more sheltered waters at Cape Flattery. We anchored there anyway but it was a bit bouncy. There were one or two lights on the beach probably from Aboriginal fishing camps but otherwise the bay was deserted. On Friday we arrived at Lizard Island where there were already a few boats we knew. Lizard Island is a very attractive place with granite hills and a coral lagoon, reef and really good beaches. We parked up in Mrs. Watson's Bay. The eponymous Mrs. Watson was attacked here by unfriendly natives and she had to escape to sea in a big tub used for boiling up sea-slugs. She and her child and a wounded Chinese servant drifted. read more...


03/01/2011

Tucanon - New Year 2011

The night of 26th December was very windy which meant not a lot of sleep onboard the boats as the water crashed against the hulls, the lines jerked and the boat shivered. Once again our plans to do the bus tours and take the cable car to the top of Table Mountain were thwarted. Despite the 35knot wind, the surrounding mountains are topped with billowing, white clouds. The hillside, where the fire had broken out yesterday afternoon, is black and devoid of any plant-life.David and Susan went away for a few days so we made sure that their boat remained safe in their absence. Likewise, Michael and Basia were away for the day and we checked the lines etc. regularly. We had to readjust the fenders on our own boat twice. One near the bow of the boat had somehow blown across another but with the. read more...


16/08/2008

Cleone - in the Great Barrier Reef - Part 1 Lizard Island

We saw the Lizard. It is easy to get distracted when you are working hard and playing hard.  But we realised that if we stayed much longer in Cairns, we would take root.  So, and bearing in mind we are one of the slow-coaches, we left Cairns slightly ahead of the pack.  To get back into the swing of it, so to speak, we had a short first day, spending the night at the little town of Port Douglas.  It is a charming place, mainly given over to the tourist trade, but it is not until you leave it that you realise it's the most northerly real town on the East Coast of Queesland; after that you are on your own.  Our friends from Andante helped us into the very friendly but rather shallow marina, and we spent a quiet night.  Next day, we had a lazy start, hoping to have lunch on the move after. read more...


05/05/2012

Sapphire II - 4 May, Moorea

Jerry arrived in Papeete on Sunday, 29 April, and brought the Florida sunshine with him. Beautiful weather since then.We did a drive around Tahiti, stopping to see a number of interesting sites.After extensive re-provisioning in a first class French supermarket, we left Tahiti on the 2nd May, a little later in the day than we wanted. The result was that we arrived at the pass through the reef in Moorea in darkness! Also the Port hand markers were either non-existent, or un-lit. Anyway, we found our preferred spot and anchored safely.We have now been in this magnificent bay for 2 days. Yesterday we literally swam with dolphins (one hand on their fin, the other under their belly). What a thrill that was.....and we have a DVD of the experience.Today we had an extraordinary experience. We. read more...


08/05/2012

Kinship - Wallowing Along

We 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

Talisman LII - Day 2

We are slowly accepting the fact that motor sailing is the only way we will make any progress.We have tried to sail whenever the winds were 6 to 7 knots or higher but it is a challenge to keep the boat moving at a decent speed.We are also slowly losing touch with the larger boats that have been motor sailing from the beginning.The compromise is to put up as much sail to get the most out of the wind, motor sail & try and position ourselves for the wind that will eventually come.Today we have a glass-like sea that moves up & down everywhere.It is a very unusual, hopefully the pictures will do it justice.The fishing has been a shut out so far.There is a lot of plant life that likes to be caught so this gets a bit frustrating after a while.The crew remains well rested & well. read more...


15/08/2008

Kasuje - Log 16th August

Hi, from skipper SteveWe are now two days into the passage north up the Queensland coast to Thursday Island, which is on the eastern tip of Oz just before the Torres straight. After our great time in Sydney,Cairns and Oz I was sad and low when Anne, Jenny, Mike, Chris, Dawn and Robert left at Marlin Marina and felt very home sick after their departure, but I've pulled myself together and apart from a raging sore throat and cold I'm on top form again. (Although it does seem a long time and a lot of miles until I will be home at Christmas.) We all had a great time whether on land or sea and really thank them for making this period of the journey so enjoyable and such great fun. Hopefully Dawn and Robert will be able to rejoin Kasuje for the trip across the Atlantic next year. Let's hope. read more...


27/12/2010

Tucanon - Christmas in Cape Town

In the marina, there appear to be three seals, two of which spend most of their time sunbathing on an inflatable wave breaker. From time to time they frolic in the water. They are the centre of attraction when the tripper boats pass them on their way back and forth to the quayside. Holiday makers lean over the side of the boats taking photographs of the seals.We arrived back at the marina around 6pm from Franschhoek and Stellenbosch. By the time we had loaded the wine onto the boat, we were all quite worn out. We had a wonderful weekend and David did all of the driving so must have been more exhausted than the rest of us. We knew that the wind was due to come up and it was blowing quite hard as we drove past the beach from whence the sand was being blown across the road. David and Susan. read more...


04/05/2012

Serendipity - Ta Ta Tahiti!

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04/05/2012

Trompeta - Tahiti Luxury!

Trompeta was hauled out of the water yesterday morning and Bob from Serendipity came along for the ride which was useful as we had an extra pair of hands when we got to the boat yard. The lift out went smoothly with no hitches and work started straight away to investigate our cracked skeg. The fibreglass surrounding the skeg was ground off and all appears to be in order so no problem evident which was a relief. We did notice a mark about 6 inches up on the rudder which we think was when a long fishing line from a Galapagos boat went uner the boat and popped out the other side but it is easily fixed with a bit of filler. So our skeg has already been re glassed and after a lick of paint she wll be good as new. The antifouling is holding up well and apart from the odd patch will not need. read more...


08/05/2012

Zingara - Zingara af Reisen

Guten Morgen bzw guten Tag Ihr Beobachter,   was gibt es Neues??? Eigentlich nicht viel, denn die Situation ist noch immer die Gleiche.... wenig Wind, ein wunderschön anzuschauender glatter Atlantik und eine Flotte motorender Segelyachten. Na, ob der Sprit reicht?? Wir fahren mit ordentlich gedrosselter Drehzahl, der Verbrauch halbiert sich damit. Die Platzierungen auf diesem Leg rücken nun in den Hintergrund, baldiges Ankommen zählt!Die Wettervorhersagen liegen ganz schön daneben, richtig gut sind die Daten von GRIB US. Wie auch immer, wir tuckern also  gemächlich gen Bermuda, das Schiff wiegt sich ganzsanft und angenehm in den Wellen, die Zubereitung der leiblichen Genüsse bereitet also keinerlei Schwierigkeiten.Heute werden wir Spare Ribs. read more...


14/08/2008

Graptolite - G'day Low Islets

16:22.38S 145:33.82E AM Thursday 14th August North of Low Islets, GreatBarrier ReefOur useless chart-table chartplotter remains broken despite being reprogrammed and now needs a new motherboard that is no longer available so we are still without radar to detect incoming hostiles.We set off from Cairns yesterday morning in lighter winds than forecast and found a mooring under the pretty lighthouse at Low Islets. We are now heading north again to Lizard Island. 'Andante' has reported having a bit of trouble with sails about 65 miles further on from us so we are going torendezvous with them to see if we can be of any help.M. read more...


02/01/2011

Crazy Horse - Back in Capetown, reunion w/Crazy Horse Jan 2, 2011

What a journey we have had over the last few days from our home in Maryland, USA.! We made it back to Capetown and onto Crazy Horse after 24 hours of travel time to get here. When you think of the fact that it took us 1 year to sail here that is pretty amazing. Of course, we all have major jet lag and I have one horrendous cold. Other than that we are excited to get on with the rest of our trip around the world. Bob engineered lots of work by different folks to get Crazy Horse fixed up and ready to go. Sails have been mended, engine repaired, and halyards replaced-at least started. Now we have the cleaning, Visas to get, hatches to fix, and provisioning to complete.Lots to do before our scheduled departure on Jan. 8th. We are hoping to keep to that timetable. The biggest challenge might. read more...


03/05/2012

Ensemble - Day 116 (Thursday 3 May 2012): More Moorea...

Greetings from yacht Ensemble.We arrived in Moorea, Cooks Bay on Tuesday 1 May, after a leisurely motor from Taina Bay marina. No wind, but the first bright and sunny day for a week.Peter and Carmen had arrived from Sydney on the Wednesday (25th) - and it had rained ever since. They went on a very wet tour of the island while I stayed on the boat and started to work down the long 'fix it' list.Laurent was a great help - and we made good progress on the tasks including servicing the generator, repairing the dive compressor, and cleaning the boat. Unfortunately we were not able to get a rigger to help fix the mast head roller, and the outboard engine repair guys from Honda, while they got the engine running, were not able to fix it so it idles. While the Taina Marina was wonderful - and. read more...


08/05/2012

Aniara II - We are sailing !

8 May We are sailing ! And has done so for a couple of hours, and are forced to continue like that since our diesel meter is down to ¼. As you can understand the wind conditions are not the best for any of us out here. We get weather forecasts every day but the real wind has never reached the magnitude our weathermen predict, at least not up to now. We have travelled almost half the distance to Bermuda right now and we all have a great time onboard. People back home wonder how we spend our days on Aniara. It is hard to explain but we are mostly strolling around on deck trying to find a good position for liming and resting. We have individual breakfast every morning but we enjoy lunch and dinner together. Today we even have had a common brunch with scrambled eggs and bacon. Last. read more...


01/01/2011

Voyageur - Log day 202 - Blog back on line......Out into Africa

Our South Africa holiday began with a howling wind from the south east. We secured Voyageur to her pontoon berth with lines galore and hoped for the best leaving our friendly next door neighbour John, as her minder. He promised he would keep an eye on her and regularly check the shore power. It had a habit of tripping out and with batteries to keep topped up and a freezer full of meat which I did not to want to go to waste, we did not want to take any chances. From Chapman's Peak Drive we looked out over the Atlantic Ocean. The sea was very rough but at the same time we could admire its raw beauty. We took the coast road around False Bay but at Muizenberg a diversion inland was forced upon us. The road was blocked by sand blowing from the beach. We rejoined the coast once more however on. read more...


25/12/2010

Ariane - Safari

Safari in Zimbabwe und Botswana Liebe Segelkollegen Wir flogen über Johannesburg, wo wir sogar eine A380 der Air France sahen, zu den Victoriafällen. Die Lodge dort war im einheimischen Stil gebaut und lag an einem Teich, der viele Tiere anzog. So konnte man vom Hotel aus etwa Elefanten und andere Tiere beobachten. Unser Heliflug über die Fälle war eindrücklich. Leider führte der Zambesi nicht sehr viel Wasser, wodurch die Fälle nicht in ihrer ganzen Pracht zu sehen waren. Der Höhepunkt war aber unser Besuch in einem riesigen Park, der allerlei Tiere beherbergte. So waren dort freilebende Löwen, die aber von klein auf von Menschen aufgezogen und gefüttert wurden. Sie blieben freiwillig in der Nähe ihrer geliebten Menschen und eigneten sich dadurch auch für Besuche von. read more...


08/05/2012

Ninfea - Three days at sea….and….no wind

Three days at sea….and….no wind   We are just about to complete our third day at sea, destination Bermuda, and till now the motor has been the principal actor. With the exception of a night on the second day we have been motoring most of the time. We anticipated this and loaded plenty of fuel, so we should be ok. The good news has been that the absence of a big swell has allowed us to maintain an average of 6 kn on a minimum cruising speed, so consumption has been very good, little over four liters an hour. Fishing has been poor with only one, fairly large, wahoo that has provided a distraction as well as an excellent meal. And we have plenty left! The fishing is made difficult by the presence of a lot of floating algae that foul the lure very frequently. Pino, our. read more...


03/05/2012

Anastasia - Encounters in Moorea

17:29.4S 149:51.1W  We are now anchored in Opunohu bay on the north side of Moorea.  The anchorage is just inside the lagoon pass, in what is the clearest water we have seen to date.  The water here is 20 feet deep and yet we could see the bottom quite clearly in the moonlight last night.  This morning we went with the crew of Working on a Dream to check out a dolphin encounter, turtle sanctuary and stingray experience at the Intercontinental hotel. The dolphin experience was $150 per person for 15 minutes standing in the water with the dolphins.  It seemed a bit expensive, but you did not have to pay anything to stand on a platform by the dolphin area and watch other people in with the dolphins. At first we though it was sad to keep the dolphins in what seemed. read more...


08/05/2012

Irena - Dan 4

kaj naj napišem? skoraj nic vetra in motorimo in upamo :)). Še dobro, da je motor servisiran v Nanny Cay.. read more...


25/12/2010

Chessie - Greetings

Merry Christmasaus Knysna, SüdafrikaJutta, Jochem und Eline. read more...


03/05/2012

Matilda - Prelude to Bora Bora

Yes, we are still alive and kicking; we've just been a little busy hence the lack of blogs from matilda lately. We sailed from Rangiroa to Papeete in two days, and of course we had the second half of the passage without wind as usual!Tahiti was good, but very wet. In fact it didn't really stop raining from the moment we arrived until just a day or two ago; so the better part of a week of rain. The World ARC get-together was great fun, especially the dancing. This was made even more entertaining by the inclusion of one of Zoe's crew, Kelsey, who we were afraid might not leave Tahiti after the experience (the male dancers paid her quite a lot of attention...)We did the tour of Tahiti, which was arranged by the World ARC and would have been great if we had seen anything. Pretty much. read more...


22/12/2010

Tucanon - 70knot wind

We stayed 2 nights at the fishing port of Gansbaai, waiting for the gales to abate. We were so glad that we had made the decision to seek a port of refuge rather than continue onwards towards Cape Town and into the gales. We heard subsequently of the problems which two other World ARC boats, only a few hours ahead of us, had faced. We spoke to the manager at Hout Bay marina and he advised us that both Chessie and Brown Eyed Girl had to seek the assistance of the rescue team who sent out a boat to help them in on Saturday night. Chessie had no steering as the rudder had been lost. Brown Eyed Girl could make no progress against 70knot winds. They made news, the incident being reported in the Weekend Argus and the Cape Times.While we were moored safely at Gansbaai, tied for and aft to. read more...


07/05/2012

Irena - Dan 3

Jadramo. Sicer bolj po malem, vendar smo le ugasnili motor. Zjutraj smo šli lepih 5 vozlov, kasneje pa je veter padel. K sreci je veter zapihal iz vzhodne smeri in smo dvigniligenaker. Vreme je jasno, sonèno, prijetno toplo. Upam, da se bo veter le obdržal. Na barki niè novega, vse gre po ustaljenjem redu. Spim zelo dobro tako, da sem tudi spocit. Ob takem tempu, se vedno racunam, da bom na Bermudi v soboto, najkasneje nedeljo. Po vremenskih kartah sodec je vetra vec bolj proti severu. Mi smo se vedno kar dalec. Imamo se 617 milj do Bermude.. read more...


02/05/2012

Samsara - "Papeete is closed today"

May 1   This morning we called the desk to ask for a taxi into town - when we said we wanted to go to Papeete she said "but Papeete is closed today" - however we assured her we still wanted to go. May 1 is a holiday here - all of the businesses and most restaurants were closed. We still went to the boatyard and finished sanding/prepping and then painted the first coat of bottom paint on. Lee will go to the boatyard tomorrow to do a second coat. It's hard to have the girls there when the yard is open as it's pretty busy with forklifts and travel lifts darting about. Today wasn't so hard as the gates were closed and no machinery operating.....   We think the boat is going back into the water on Thursday.   I'm going to miss the air/bed/shower here!  We won't have. read more...


08/05/2012

A Lady - LOG DAY 3 :--- FLAT CALM

MONDAY  7th  MAY 2012   06.00hrs  Beautifull morning, not a cloud to be seen, but its flat calm and we are still motoring. the engine is running at 1800 revs and we have a speed of 7knots over ground and with a cross current of 0.5kts There are still 2 boats in front of us,  " Asteroid" and some other french boat, also heading for Bermuda,   Skipper got into the computer early and wrote up the blog, did some emails and got the weather from the" Grib Files" plus weather and advice from Arnaud,One thing for sure, we are not going to have much wind, if any at all, despite all the old tricks like whistling, sticking a knife in the mast, which is difficult anyway as the mast is made of carbon fibre.   We put out the fishing line in the hope of catching a. read more...


13/08/2008

Jus'Do It 3 - Sydney harbour Bridge...... .

st1\:*{behavior:url(#default#ieooui) }Monday 11th AugustWe all sleep solidly throughout the night but can’t get out of bed because it’s soooo cold! Eventually we have to move as there’s a knock on the hull – it’s Kelvin Rabbit – the man who bought Jus’do it 2 after it was wrecked in Hurricane Ivan. He was on his way to work and saw the red mast – Ian goes out and chats to him then cooks up a big breakfast while we try to get ourselves heated up with more layers and hot drinks. John Cowpe arrives next and introduces himself. Annie apologises for the state of the boat explaining that we haven’t had a chance to clean up yet and she’s sorry the boat is such a “coup”- she’s mortified – it just popped out! He’s the selling agent. read more...


12/12/2010

Tucanon - Port of Refuge

We left the marina at Durban around 1pm. Chessie had left about four hours earlier and Brown Eyed Girl a couple of hours before us. We had to wait to leave the harbour as two ships were entering then, with a catamaran which had a number of trippers aboard and two monohulls, not part of the World ARC, we departed.We motor-sailed five miles past the 200metre contour, where we had expected to find the current but to no avail. The current was slightly in our favour briefly, but for the rest of that day and until the afternoon of the following day, we had an adverse current of up to 2.4knots. While I was on watch and sailing on a bearing of 218º, in the course of less than 10 minutes, the current moved from 114º to 349º and back to 78º.At 8.45pm, a shrill, constant alarm. read more...


01/05/2012

Southern Cross - April 30, 2012

April 30, 2012So two weeks ago we were in the Tuamotu's. This group of 78 islands, all but two being coral atolls are part of the French Polynesia, and are administered from Tahiti. In contrast to the lush vegetation of the Marquesas, the atolls have little greenery except for palm trees and short grass.Our first stop in the Tuamotu's was Manihi. It was an easy access on our route. This is a small atoll, measuring 5 miles by 3miles with a population of 200. As we entered in through the pass, there was a very strong currant.I am thinking a least 5 knots, as we are working our way into the lagoon we see what must be a pearl farm, cages sticking up in the middle, looks more like a fish trap fence that funnels at one end, you might see on the Chesapeake Bay. We see several young men with. read more...


06/12/2010

Tucanon - Visit Lesotho

We went into town Friday afternoon to look for a replacement backpack/haversack for Dick. The one that he has been using is getting somewhat worse for wear. We also need a new white board as the frame on the existing board keeps falling off.The first Friday afternoon in December is not an ideal time to go shopping, not even window shopping. It is nearly as bad as the previous weekend, the last Friday and Saturday in the month, when everyone has just got paid. We identified where we could purchase a whiteboard on Monday. Couldn’t bear to join a queue at any of the checkouts, we would never have got away for the weekend. We also found a backpack which seems to be quite suitable, which we bought from a street trader. One of the straps needed sewing and they both needed reinforcing so. read more...


13/08/2008

Jus'Do It 3 - the last leg..

st1\:*{behavior:url(#default#ieooui) }Saturday 9th August & Sunday 10th AugustWe’re up at dawn and motor out of the bay at 7.30am. There’s not a lot of wind but we hoist the sails and motor-sail on a broad reach. The wind is from the SW, 10-12 knots true and another sunny but cold day, not a cloud in the sky. Phil’s not feeling too well so Ian and Annie agree 3 hour on, 3 hour off single watches for the next 24 hours. We’re aiming to get to Broken Bay, just North of Sydney, before sunset tomorrow. Bruce, the weatherman, has advised us to get in close to shore before mid-afternoon tomorrow when there’s 30 knots plus forecasted for the area South of Port Stevens. It’s an enjoyable sail throughout the day. Dolphins come and play with the bow and. read more...


07/05/2012

Voyageur - Day 2 - 6th May

Not the nine o’clock net? Only fifteen out of twenty five yachts tuned into the SSB net today to give a position. We actually want people to know of our whereabouts!A waiting game All day we have been motoring. There is absolutely no wind. I have even seen 1.1kts on the digital display. It was so hot too, the Atlantic never looked more inviting for a dip. We had cold showers instead and felt much the better for it. At least there are no mosquitoes out here. The motoring allows us to open up the windscreen for more air into the cockpit and of course the wind forward of the beam also helps to catch what little breeze there is, keeping us cooler. Like in the Pacific we are oh so grateful for our all round cockpit screens. For lunch we had an omelette accompanied by salad, for supper,. read more...


01/05/2012

Sapphire II - Misleading! 30 April

We are headed for Bora Bora in a week or so and expect to get there on 9 May. A note from Webmaster: There was a gremlin that caused Sapphire's blog post of 02 April to appear out of sequence. If you missed it, ts now back where it should be, in date order. . read more...


29/04/2012

Sapphire II - 29 April, Still Raining

Since our last Blog on 10 April, Gavin and I have been to Cumbria for the wedding of a family friend, while Sapphire visited 3 more atolls in the Tuamotus.  The first stop was Apataki where a book was given to Mr & Mrs Assam, (local entrepreneurs) who featured in the book, whose title is The Islands that Time Forgot, describing the author's sailing adventures on the same route we are following.  Next came Fakarava and then Rangiroa.  Apparently a very enjoyable time was had in all 3 atolls, with shark swimming, sandy beaches and Polynesian dancing. From the Tuamotus the 200 mile passage to Papeete was covered in 24 hours with sparkling sailing at over 8 knots all the way. We are now in a marina in Tahiti, and it hasn't stopped raining for the last 6 days since we. read more...


07/12/2010

A Lady - Sailing into Christmas time on our way around the world (Presently in Cape Town)

Monday, 6th December 2010 07.00hrs We woke up to a bright and breezy morning here in Cape Town. The gusts were reaching 40 knots as all the boats on the marina strained heavily on their marina lines. They say here that Cape Town Bay is the wildest Leward harbour in the world and over 2,700 boats and ships have been lost along the coast here since records began, frightening statistics...... Aileen went off exploring more of this wonderful place (remember, most places we visited on this extraordinary trip were wonderful places). Skipper and Neil decided to have a final shot at fixing the forward loo. We decided that we have tried everything and the only other possibility that could cause this problem is the internal pipe in the holding tank. It must be choked,. read more...


13/08/2008

Cleone - in Cairns

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Only I hope not.  There have been great changes since I last put fingers to keys.  When we anchored off the Marina in Cairns waiting to be allowed to enter the Marina and clear Customs and Quarantine, we were pleasantly surprised; the fleet was not in Yorkey's Knob, they were in Cairns!  For us this was great; Cairns was where we needed to be.  It's a holiday city - the place really buzzes - but one where there is everthing for the care of the yachtsman and his yacht.  There are boatyards which were ready and willing to lift any sized vessel out of the water, chandleries full of all the bits and pieces you could ever need and skilled tradesmen, who, at a price, could fix anything at all that was broken or missing. Cleone wasn't really tired,. read more...


08/05/2012

Wild Goose - Day 4 - Beautiful and calm seas!

We have had a nice night of sailing in relatively light winds and calm seas. We all slept good I think.Last night Lisa cooked a wonderful pasta dinner with tomato and basil and garlic and who knows what all, but after a day at sea it sure was good. She also made some fresh baked bread.I know she is disappointed and surprised to not have caught any fish, but we still have 300 more miles for that.We are in the "passage routine" now where everyone knows their time on watch. For instance, last night Mike was on from 9PM-12, Lisa 12-3AM, Hugh 3-6AM, and Linda is on now from 6-9AM.Winds should be good today from the East, and shifting to the SE tomorrow. I just checked in with "First Edition" on the SSB and they are Northeast of us by about 30 miles. "Outer Limits" i s near us and about 5. read more...


08/05/2012

Sookie - Daily Logs 2 & 3

Hello all.   After a good overnight's sail in the company of a few other boats the sun arose yesterday with a red sky and sucked away all the wind.  The Iron sail (mister Lister, Perkins or in our case Dutch tin sailor Yan Mar was fired up and is still grumbling along now 34 Hours later.  Yesterday we had the privilege of witnessing a group (bunch?, school? Gaggle? Herd) of dolphins rounding up and containing a fish ball for feeding upon less than a hundred yards off of our starboard bow. Just like the real thing on telly.  Four big fish got away with two expensive lures and two through amazing knot untying agility.  We have also worked it out that it is cheaper for us to eat out at an expensive fish restaurant than to catch our. read more...


12/08/2008

Kasuje - Log 13th august

Hi, from Skipper SteveWe are now safely back on board after a couple of great weeks, exploring the delights of Sydney and Cairns. Sadly Anne and Jenny left yesterday for the long flights home and I am busying myself preparing Kasuje for the passages ahead. Sydney was everything we had read and heard about a beautiful city and it was good to meet up with some old friends. The other cities visited of Mackay and Cairns were also quite exceptional and we now fully understand, why English folks fall in love with this country. I am joined for the next stage by Philip Ireson and crew, who are with us until Darwin, a passage of some 1250nm around the top of Queensland ,through the notorious Torres Straight, across the Gulf of Carpentaria and on down to Darwin. It promises to be an interesting. read more...


06/12/2010

A Lady - Wineing and Dining our way around the world (Cape Town)

Sunday, 5th December 2010 Up early, another beautiful day in Cape Town, Aileen made the now usual porridge for breakfast while Neil and Skipper toddled up to the shower rooms which are top class on this marina. 09.00hrs Jeremy Peacock arrived again, this time to redo the relay for the new 12v/5amp/8litrepm pump for the refrigeration cooling system. It took some time to fit the pump as it was a different make to the last one, so we had to drill new holes for screws and all that sort of thing, eventually, after 2 hours, we had it all done and working to our satisfaction. 10.45hrs Knock, knock, who is there? Its Robin Clapham (Kevin Dwyer's first cousin). Robin promised to take us out for lunch, so here we are. Neil was meeting some of the others and going present shopping. read more...


29/04/2012

Anastasia - Tahiti island tour

Thursday was the day for our action packed coach tour around the entire island.  The tour included visiting the point at the most northerly end of the island, a couple of museums, a blow hole, a waterfall, a Polynesian garden and a restaurant for lunch.  Unfortunately it was also the day for an unseasonal rainstorm that lasted for most of the day (and most of Friday as well), so some of the activities were a bit damp. Of course the advantage of torrential rain is the waterfalls are really impressive, provided you don't mind getting wet (1FD)  There are some well-maintained Polynesian temples (marae) in Tahiti.  In the Marquesas the temples were built from huge boulders but in Tahiti they are more recent ones, built from manageable and uniformly sized stones. read more...


05/12/2010

A Lady - Almost sick of boats again. Sailing around the World (Presently in Cape Town)

Saturday, 4th December 2010 Up early, we are off to play golf in the royal Cape G.C. which have a recriprocal arrangement with "Las Brisas G.C." in Spain where we are members, so we got to play on a Saturday (members day only) and also for nothing. We arrived there at 08.30hrs and were introduced to our two playing partners, Luther & Karin Thomas from Germany, they like many other people we met down here are considered "Swallows" ie: They spend 6 months in Europe and 6 months in South Africa, and they do that every year. The course was excellent, and we played well enough for people that did not play for bleeding ages, we even managed a few pars. The course was well surrounded with mature pine trees and the place had thousands of Egyptian Geese all. read more...


12/08/2008

Jus'Do It 3 - last day in Coffs

Friday 8th JulyIt’s another crisp, fresh morning – almost frosty, sunny and bright. The Ray-marine man arrives first thing and takes away some bits to repair. Annie wanders off to visit a gallery of aboriginal art and pick up some groceries while Ian and Phil go back to the balcony restaurant for breakfast. By the time we get back the headsail has been returned and Ian and Phil put it back on. A beer at the yacht club then Annie heads into town to buy a new duvet while Ian and Phil refuel and fill the water tanks. The Ray-marine man is back working on the boat until sunset and appears to have done a good job. Annie prepares some food for the next leg and we amuse ourselves watching the huge black and white pelicans and cormorants in the bay. At night we go for a Thai meal ashore. read more...


07/05/2012

Purrr-fect - Log Day 2 - Electical - Computer Triumphs!

After an exciting start we are moving along, mostly under power as the wind is very light and on our nose.The weather has been fair (not good for sailing, but great for beautiful sunsets / sunrises and quiet motoring) and the sea so calm it is like glass (we have considered water skiing on it).Have plenty of fuel on board thanks to Dave rigging three external fuel tanks.Also making our own water and solar provides lots of power for us.All in all it is good here and all are feeling purrrfect so far.Linda has been baking great meals and even cookies for captain and crew.Dave keeps moving from "job to job" keeping our systems going.The most recent was getting the electrical and computer issues resolved so that we can now utilize this sail-mail system to post blogs, send emails, get weather. read more...


29/04/2012

Anastasia - The World ARC get-together

Wednesday was the day of the official World ARC get-together.   It kicked off with a demonstration of a traditional sailing canoe.  Sorry, there was no angle to get blue water and palm trees in the background.  Papeete is a fairly large port, so mostly the views here are of ferries and container ships (1EA)  The canoe demonstration was followed by a useful briefing on the other Society Islands.  We will be visiting several of these in the next couple of weeks, as we work our way to the next rendezvous in Bora Bora (1EB)     Then we moved on to Papeete town hall where the mayor greeted us and we were entertained by Polynesian dancers (1EC)   The dancers presented us with leaves to attach to our bowsprits, which. read more...


29/04/2012

Wind Dancer - LOG 21: No Leftovers

We have found a gem.  We have a beautiful anchorage to ourselves, snorkeling in the coral off the back of the boat, a gang of eagle rays who circle and play. And not far off is a beautiful bungalowed resort that offers phenomenal food and service.  Our favorite on the menu is the degustation, consisting of poison cru (of course) tuna tartare with seafood salad, taro salad, shaved green papaya with shrimp, smoked salmon and thon rouge sashimi. This platter made for two or three was pure decadence. photo (1). read more...


07/05/2012

Hanami II - Une mer d'huile dans laquelle se refletent les nuages.

07 05 2012    16:44 local, 19:44 UTC   Il n'y a pas un poil de vent, les nuages se refletent dans la mer! jamais vu ca.   On fait donc tout au moteur en restant entre 1500 et 1800 tours pour economiser le carburant. Nous avons consomme 2/3 d'un reservoir soit 166 litres depuis le depart ce qui fait du 5.5 litres heures avec une partie a 2200 tours ce qui etait trop haut. Nous avons donc bien fait de prendre 90 litres de plus en bidons et je pense que 180, donc 4 bidons de plus n'auraient pas ete de trop, enfin on verra.   Tant qu'a bruler du gasoil, j'en ai profite pour faire du pain et comme faute de vent il fait chaud, la cabine a un petit air de four de boulanger.   Voila, a part cela pas grand chose si ce n'est que si l'on se fie aux Gribs, nous. read more...


05/12/2010

A Lady - sailing around the world

Friday, 3rd December 2010 Aileen took off early and did a tour of the town again, while skipper was left to sort out the forwad toilet/loo. What a job, but someone has to sort this thing out, and skipper is not doing well here. This time we took the pump apart and that was also totally clogged, so cleaned the lot and put it all back together again, and it still failed to work properly... Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh... the poor shepperd's dog will be kicked to death shortly. Neil went off again with his friend Ray and did a tour of Franschoek, a wine region near Stellenbosch, a well known region. This is a far cry from the days us of sailing or driving to France, to the nearest wine store and filling up with the cheapest plonk we could buy and bringing it home thinking we were. read more...


10/08/2008

Graptolite - Wind and Toad Generator

16:55.23S 14:46.91W Sunday 10th August Cairns Marlin MarinaIt's been a busy week. Colin left the boat as planned to reenter real life with Belinda. Thanks Colin. It's been good having you along and I'm sorry to see you go. Australian brother Duncan joined on Monday as crew to Darwin as did son Tom currently on his own World tour by air (Colorado, Hawaii, Queensland). Duncan was put to work fixing things on the boat and even seems to have fixed the busted generator.A night out on Wednesday in Cairns took us to that prestigious floodlit sporting event - Cane Toad Racing. Only in Australia.All of us went diving on the Great Barrier Reef yesterday. It was the first time for Tom. He seems to like it. The water was cold though. Who would have expected that in the Tropics? The weather here has. read more...



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