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22/07/2008

Jus'Do It 3 - Leaving vanuatu - and the ARC!......wednesday 16th July

st1\:*{behavior:url(#default#ieooui) }Wednesday 16th July & Thursday 17th July  The Jus’do it’s ARE leaving today… but first of all we’ve arranged to have breakfast at the little French café with  Paul, Andy and Andreas. There we meet Gerry and Izolda of Northern Skies – more farewells. Then it’s a quick trip to the duty free to buy an ipod station as the music system has packed in and all have the distinct impression Kevin that will not survive without music! Phil gets his supply of booze and fags, then we’re back to the boat – more goodbyes to Phil and Fay, James , Andreas, Jens, Johanna and others, then we’re untied and waved off. While motoring out Andante radio to warn of big seas and a lot of wind. The sails are up before leaving the bay and. read more...


07/04/2012

BRIZO - 8 April 2012 HOT-HOT-HOT!!!

We are over halfway to the Tuamotu Islands, there is no wind and we are experiencing very hot and humid conditions whilst at sea. We have been motoring nearly the entire distance since departing Nuku Hiva and are looking forward to our arrival on the island of Manihi. Unfortunately we did not have a chance to clean our hull's bottom in the Marquesas and the heavy fouling is slowing our speed by approximately one knot! We had originally expected to arrive Sunday but it now looks like Monday morning at dawn.We have all agreed that this has probably been the most boring passage of the Rally so far: the drone of the engine, the inescapable heat day-and-night, and the lack of energy to do much of anything. Somehow Corinne persuaded the girls to work on their special reports for school. read more...


07/04/2012

BRIZO - Daily Log, Thursday, March 22, 2012

Its been a few days since we last sent an update so I include all our exciting news in this log. Unfortunately, we will not make it to Hiva Oa today. The winds disappeared early yesterday morning and we sailed for most of the day at a painstaking slow pace. We have 79 miles to go and will plan to get into Hiva Oa very early tomorrow morning.On Tuesday, we finally caught another fish! As Audrey and Kathryn describe it, "it was the most beautiful turquoise, green, blue and yellow 43" Mahi Mahi." It was very tasty! We had sashimi as an appetizer and nice fillets for dinner last night. Hubs rigged up a new lure and with any luck we'll catch another fish before we arrive in Hiva Oa.We set the spinnaker for the second time on this leg on Tuesday. We had light winds and the spinnaker did a nice. read more...


22/07/2008

Jus'Do It 3 - Friday 18th

st1\:*{behavior:url(#default#ieooui) }Friday 18th JulyWe decide to spend the day relaxing on the island and leave tonight at sunset. Stewy, Phil and Kevin head off round the island in the hire car leaving Annie, Ian and Alex aboard. Ian carries out some outboard repairs, Annie catches up with correspondence and Alex cleans the rudder. The three then go snorkelling on the reef. It’s good snorkelling; Alex sees a sea snake and Ian and Annie see a moray eel. The water is very clear (if a bit cold) and turtles and small squid are in good view all around the boat. After the shore party returns, Ian, Annie and Alex do a whistle stop tour to a couple of places of interest. Notre Dame Church involves a short uphill walk to where there are great views all over the island. The church is in. read more...


06/11/2010

Lady Ev.VI - Dailylog 05. Nov.2010, Lady Ev. Vi

Eigentlich gibt es nichts Neues zu berichten.Waehrend des 0900 Uhr Round-calls mit Positionsabfrage hat die Yacht "EOWYN" unterbrochen, um moeglichst aledie Nachricht zukommen zu lassen.Eowyn hatte E-Mail-Kontakt zu Bruce Buckley, unserem Wetterberater, der uns schon viele gute Vorhersagen, genau auf unsere Flotte zugeschnitten, zugesendet hat. Bruce warnt davor, bei dem vorausgesagten Suedwest-Wind, der dann genau gegen den Agulhas-Strom entlang des Kueste Suedafrikas bei Richards Bay stehen wuerde, nicht der Kueste mehr als ca. 200 sm zu naehern, da dann eine schwere, grobe, brechende See entstuende. Nette Aussichten...Du naeherst dich der mit Sehnsucht erwarteten Kueste mit frischem Brot (unseres haben wir wieder einmal gesamt ueber Bord geworfen...Frage:" Mag jemand einen blauen Wald. read more...


05/11/2010

Voyageur - Log day 189 - Slowly to South Africa

3 November 20102am, again, my watch. We have been motor sailing all day on a calm sea. Gradually the wind had backed more to the south so we tentatively unfurled a small section of genoa to test our repair. It looked remarkably good and we were mightily relieved. Without it our ETA in Africa was looking more like Christmas! The wind suddenly filled in from the east south east. We unfurled the rest the sail. Off we went, the engine silenced at last. We reveled in the peace and quiet and Voyageur's easy downwind motion. We still have three knots of current against us so instead of her eight knots through the water we are only going a slow five. We must be patient. I think we will not pick up a favorable current until we are well past Madagascar and on across the bottom of the Mozambique. read more...


22/07/2008

Jus'Do It 3 - Tuesday 15th July

Tuesday 15th JulyWe spend the morning finishing off jobs, getting final shopping and saying more goodbyes….this is becoming a bit of a long drawn out process. In the afternoon we hire a taxi man to take us on a little tour out of town. Alex is staying in town to spend her last Vanuatuan cash. We visit the waterfalls which are a 20 minute hike up from the main road. Ian, Annie, Kevin and Phil set off up-hill (Stewy decides to stay put). It turns into a steep climb very quickly – Phil decides to opt out and gets left behind while the others press on. When we get there we’re glad we did as the falls are probably the most spectacular we’ve seen – a 100’ treble cascade of clear water onto rounded turquoise boulders and into shallow pools. Shortly afterwards, Phil arrives at. read more...


07/04/2012

Anastasia - Cocktail hour on the foredeck

In preparation for our trip to the waterfall in the morning we rationed ourselves to one cocktail on the foredeck.  It was a full moon and Bertie decided to try the 3200 ASA setting on his camera to see if he could photo us in the moonlight.  Here is the result.  The shutter time was still about three seconds which is why it is a bit blurry.  I don't know how Estella can hold a smile for three seconds.  I always end up looking like I just ate a lemon. A55. read more...


21/07/2008

Cleone - in Vanuatu - Part 4, Espiritu Santu

Diving and Sails pre-occupy us in Port Vila. It is a hundred and sixty miles or so from Port Vila to Espiritu Santo, and our voyage was, inevitably, more like a forced march than a gentle cruise - we had no time to enjoy the islands where we made our short over-night stops.  We did not see Harmonie again until our arrival in Luganville (and Lady Kay has now left the Rally), the Capital of Espiritu Santu and the second largest town in Vanuatu.  It was a windy night, but our anchorage in Crab Bay on the island of Malakula was perfectly sheltered, and we slept soundly.  As we drank our early morning tea in the cockpit whilst waiting for the dawn sun to give us enough light to see the reefs, we cast our minds back and realised that this was the first ever anchorage where we had been entirely. read more...


05/11/2010

Crazy Horse - Nov. 5

Dear Friends,Big Mama has been asking me to do this blog for quite some time now. I know its been eleven months. I just never felt the need to say anything. I realize that her legion of loyal readers may stage an uprising when this is posted, but I need to explain in my own words what happened yesterday when our beloved A-sail needed to come down.As it is every a sail change takes place aboard Crazy Horse, first there is a long heated debate about how we need to sail faster (Bill), how the sail won't work in these conditions (Me), or how everything we do is too damn dangerous and we're crazy for wanting to fly the spinnaker in these winds (Big Mama). After we have had sufficient time to anger ourselves to an alarming degree, the sail inevitably goes up so we can prove the Captain wrong.. read more...


07/04/2012

Anastasia - Daniel's bay

8:56.6S 140:09.8W  Daniel's bay in Nuka Hiva is the starting point for a hike to a waterfall which we will be doing tomorrow.  It is two hours each way, so we plan to set off at 8:00 am, so we can walk there before it gets too hot.  We will get hot walking back, but there is no easy way to schedule a five hour trip during daylight hours without some overlap with the mad dogs and Englishmen. A53. read more...


07/04/2012

Sapphire II - 2 April, Au Revoir to Paradise

We depart today for the 500 mile passage to Ahe, at the northeastern end of the Tuamotus archipelago.We have seen so many beautiful sights over our 12 days in the magnificent Marquesas that words alone cannot describe what we've experienced.The overriding memories are of the incredible bounty of nature at its most magnificent: fertile, fruitful, and floral. The bays we anchored in were wide, deep and with good holding, generally surrounded by high, emerald green peaks with masses of coconut palms on the lower slopes. The meals we have experienced in private homes and modest restaurants have been delightful. And perhaps most memorable have been the Polynesians, who are gentle and seemingly always smiling. And why wouldn't they. They live in a beautiful, natural, unspoiled paradise. Sad to. read more...


21/07/2008

Kasuje - Log Tuesday 22nd

Hi from Skipper SteveA short report to let you know we hit Australia at 01.00 today!!!! Mackay was our land fall and we are now sitting in quarantine awaiting the arrival of the multitude of officials who hopefully will prove us satisfactory to step on their lands!!!The 6 1/2 day passage from Vanuatu has been wonderful ,great sailing ,a little bumpy at first, brilliant company and we have kept laughing all the way. So now it's some sleep and then we are off on a week of Northy's tours up to Cairns.All are well.Kind RegardsSkipper Steve. read more...


04/11/2010

A Lady - Sailing around the World (Presently at sea south of Madagascar, heading to South Africa)

Thursday, 4th November 2010   (Day 6 at Sea) 00.00hrs We are crossing the Mozambique channel, just SW of Madagascar. The wind is blowing 35/40 knots from the E and the seas are very, very rough, however we are scooting along at 9 to 10 knots. Down below, things are flying in all directions, cups, glasses bottles are rattling around in the presses despite all the tea towels stuffed around them. We are rattling ourselves, and the beautiful A Lady is shuddering under the pressure of it all. Neil and Skipper are on deck, and there are gale warnings flying in all directions to match everything else. We even had to venture into the Lazarette to secure the diving bottle, which had broken free of its straps, and was banging all over the place........... This is. read more...


05/11/2010

Lady Ev.VI - Dailylog Lady Ev. VI, 4. November 2010

Hallo, Ihr Lieben daheim und vor den Computern,unser "vesseltracker" sagt euch, genau, wo wir sind, nicht wahr? Also, wir segel gerade suedlich von Madagaskar Richtung Richard´s Bay zum afrikanischen Festland hin.Aber ihr seht nicht, wie es um unsere weltumseglungsgestaelten Gemueter steht!!!So schwer ist uns noch keine Passage gefallen wie diese, und diese haben wir noch nicht einmal zur Haelfte "bezwungen".Erinnert ihr euch an den launigen Song "Wir lagen vor Madagaskar..."?Ich kann euch ein Lied davon singen:Die Passage ist lang, ca. 1350 sm, aber das waren andere Ueberfahrten auch und noch laenger.Es sind wohl die seltsamen Stromverhaeltnisse, z.B. 2 bis 3 kn Strom gegenan, die uns nahezu verzweifeln lassen. Stellt euch mal ein Schiffchen vor, das mit 5 kn den Rhein hinauffaehrt; der. read more...


20/07/2008

Jus'Do It 3 - leaving do!

Sunday 13th JulyAn Arc lunch do and prize-giving at the Anchor Inn – we win first prize for the Muscat Cove to Tanna leg. There’s a few speeches (Kieron’s farewell speech) and announcements, birthdays etc. Afterwards this inevitably turns into a party with champagne flowing and ends up at the Waterfront bar – officially our leaving the Arc do!The night ends with a hilarious discussion between Andreas (Strega - another Beneteau 47.7) and Ian regarding who has the biggest spinnaker.  Andreas,of course, knows exactly how big his spinnaker is whereas Ian has no idea but is adamant that his is by far the biggest (and best) !. read more...


06/04/2012

Anastasia - Anastasia's snowdome

8:54.9S 140:05.9W Our first evening in Nuka Hiva was spent just chilling out.  We found some Tahitian gin and tonic water in a supermarket (the Gordens gin costs $60 a bottle here) and went back to Anastasia to see how it compared with "real" gin.  It is a cross between gin and ouzo but quite drinkable after a couple.    The chilling out evolved into defrosting the icemaker, at which point Bertie discovered that sticking your face in the ice bucket and blowing the snow around feels like snow in your face when skiing.  Here is Andrea "skiing" with Bertie throwing more snow at her to enhance the experience.  Sapphire may have a snooker table and Ensemble a tennis court but only Anastasia has a snowdome. 95A. read more...


06/04/2012

Anastasia - Leaving Ua Pou

Yesterday morning we left Ua Pou to head across to Nuka Hiva, the last island we will be visiting in the Marquesas.  Ua Pou made a good Polynesian backdrop as we sailed away. 954. read more...


20/07/2008

Jus'Do It 3 - sail to Port Vila - curry night!

Saturday 12th JulyPhil gets the team up before dawn and we’re heading out of the bay as the sun is rising – the sails are up by 6.15am. It’s 70 miles to Port Vila with a big sea and 20-25 knots of wind. We’re averaging 8- 10 knots on a broad reach and after a good sail we make good time arriving in Port Vila at 3pm. There are lots of big boats anchored in the mouth of the bay and we hear over the radio that Kealoha is too big to get under the power cable to get to the main anchorage. This causes a bit of concern but when we get close Mandy kindly manages to get us a slot before the power cable where we can tie stern to next to Into the Blue. This suits us perfectly as we’re right by the centre of town. Our new crew member, Kevin is waiting on the quayside to help. read more...


04/11/2010

Voyageur - Log day 188 - A slow boat to South Africa

2 November 2010 At 2am, my watch again, I had to get David up. A ship although still 9nm away was coming up behind. His CPA (closest point of approach) was just over 1nm so we wanted to make sure that he had seen us on his radar. I prefer not to talk to big ships. Once in the Atlantic I found myself being "chatted up" by the watch keeper and he started to ask a lot of questions. It may have been innocent enough but now I always think it best if David does the talking. Suddenly we had a wind shift of 130degrees, then heavy rain. Now the wind was coming straight out of the south west, bang on the nose. Luckily it was light, seven to eight knots, so the swell was minimal. We furled the genoa and motored on our rhumb line. But we could make no more than four and a half to five knots with the. read more...


05/04/2012

Anastasia - The beach at Oa Pou

Some of the beaches in Oa Pou have "flower stones" which are a unique form of black volcanic rock, like snowflake obsidian with yellow snowflakes instead of white.  Andrea and I walked from the anchorage to a nearby beach on a rock hunt.  We found some interesting rocks but none were flower stones.  Still, it was a nice walk and a beautiful beach. 94D. read more...


20/07/2008

Jus'Do It 3 - bound for Erromango - Friday 11th

st1\:*{behavior:url(#default#ieooui) }Friday 11th JulyAfter a restful night we breakfast on bacon sandwiches then the dinghy’s stowed and we’re bound for Erromango by 8.15am. Sailing conditions are perfect – we’re on a broad reach with 20-25 knots of wind, 8-9 knots speed and clear blue skies cruising along the coast of Tanna . Leaving the Tanna coast we alter course for a downwind run and goose-wing the sails heading for Dillon Bay on the west coast of Erromango. Both Annie and Alex take a turn on the helm; Alex hits a top speed of 13.5 knots as we’re surfing down the waves – a great sail, the best for a while. We arrive at 3pm and are accompanied briefly by some dolphins who play with our bow. There are 5 other Arc boats already anchored and 2 others arrive. read more...


04/11/2010

Crazy Horse - Nov. 4

We are rolling along now with no engine and only the Asail. We had much discussion whether to use it or use the jib. Bill won out with the spinnaker. We are making good progress toward our waypoint to the south of Madagascar. We are trying to stay away from the currents and the waves off the coast. Then we will head toward a more westerly direction toward Richard's Bay. We heard that the lead boats might be close to a weather system off the coast of Africa that is producing gale force winds and dangerous breaking waves. We wish them well and that they can stay well away from that system. They should be aware of the system through our weather service and the net.Now we have winds from ENE from 15-22kts. We are still about 100 miles from the rest of the fleet.Rosemary , Bill and. read more...


04/11/2010

A Lady - Sailing around the World

Wednesday, 3rd November 2010      (Day 5 at Sea) 00.00hrs Another beautiful night at sea, but miss a full moon. However, the wind is steadily increasing so we decided to take down the "Bag of Fear" and set up a goose wing, ie headsail out on a port pole, mainsail out to starboard and the staysail inbetween. The wind was now blowing a steady 26knots from the E. 06.00hrs As mentioned previously, there is a lot of ships passing at all times, but now, with Aileen and Skipper on deck a container ship passed just a mere 300m away, and that was after we altering course. For us, that was too blinking close. Sunrise was spectacular, this huge ball of fire creeping up over the eastern horizon, words cannot describe the view...... The. read more...


20/07/2008

Jus'Do It 3 - more kava and roasted pig - thursday 10th

Thursday 10th JulyA lot of the boats are leaving this morning – Kieron comes for  Palmerston photos and boiled eggs. Rosie from Kealoha has arranged another car tour but when everyone arrives the itinerary has completely changed as there’s been a family fallout in one of the villages. While alternatives are being discussed – Ian, Annie, Stewy and Alex all go to the little local museum where we learn more about local customs and see a painting of a cannibal feast that a British artist witnessed in this very village in the 1800s. On the car tour there’s a visit to a tree house built high in a huge banyan tree – both very common here. Everyone is squashed into a pick- up truck and we’re again hanging on for dear life while also trying hard to avoid a whipping from branches. read more...


05/04/2012

Anastasia - Galapagos crabs in residence

You may recall that Lonesome Booby only stuck with us for three days after leaving Galapagos.  The baby Galapagos crabs, on the other hand, that took up residence in our swim ladder have successfully clung on across the Pacific and are now getting quite big.  Mostly they are the standard black crabs, but there is one albino amongst them.  I am afraid all the crabs will have to go before Australia because they are very strict there about not introducing foreign species.  Despite growing fast, it seems unlikely that they will get to edible size before Australia so we will just have to encourage them to abandon ship. 944. read more...


05/04/2012

BRIZO - 5 April 2012 - Kathryn's Okay!

We went to the hospital again yesterday morning and got the go-ahead from the doctor to depart based on Kathryn's improved condition. We decided to stay another day to rent a double-cab pickup truck and tour the island. It was a worthwhile trip, visiting a large archaeological reconstruction of a ceremonial village. The air conditioning in the cab was nice also!We plan to have breakfast ashore, one more visit to the creperie. The forecast is for very light winds so we may end up motoring much of the way to the Tuamotu's, expecting to arrive Easter morning. We've had a great two week visit here in the Marquesas, look forward to the low-lying islands of the Tuamotu's and better snorkeling. BRIZO Crew . read more...


20/07/2008

Jus'Do It 3 - a formal welcoming to Tanna

st1\:*{behavior:url(#default#ieooui) }Wednesday 9th 2008After another rocky, rolly night at anchor it’s breakfast aboard then packing for the day ashore. The village has arranged a formal welcome for the visiting yachties which will involve a ceremony, exchange of gifts and a feast at night. This turn’s out to be one of the most memorable and colourful days of our whole trip. After an initial dancing display on the village meeting area, the villagers lead us singing (the villagers) to the yacht club green where everyone is presented with a neck garland. The yachties then go to one side of the green while the villagers go to the other. The skippers are asked to stand at the front where they are presented with hats. The villagers then place all their gifts on one pile (woven. read more...


04/11/2010

Lady Ev.VI - Von Mauritius bis Südafrika

Liebe Leser und Anteilnehmer unserer Weltumsegelung, Ihr Lieben zuhause.Leider konnten wir in der letzten Zeit keine mail loswerden. Das lag hauptsächlich daran,daß wir sowohl in Mauritius als auch in Reunion länger im Hafen lagen und uns die Masten der anderen Yachten an der einwandfreien Funkübertragung (Kurzwelle) hinderten. Auf Mauritius fand wieder ein Crew- Wechsel statt. Frank, Axel und Peter verließen die lady Richtung Heimat, aus der Dieter 1 und Dieter 2 mit dem Flieger angereist kamen. Uli Kramer wechselte von der Destiny auf unsere Planken. Die neue Crew besteht also aus: Dieter Dahlmann, Dieter Bressel, Jörg Schöddert und Dr. Uli Kramer.Mauritius ist erstaunlich gut touristisch entwickelt mit tollen Hotels und Ferienanlagen und das alles zu günstigen Preisen. Der Bevölkerung. read more...


20/07/2008

Jus'Do It 3 - Tanna

Tuesday 8th July Everyone is up early after a proper night’s sleep (rolling a bit on anchor). Over breakfast the morning’s jobs are listed; canopy repair, life-belts, port navigation light, replace anchor rope, check alternator and engine oil (a warning light has come on), clear water from the bilges, dry off everything, tighten up the propeller and do a general tidy and clean after the last 2 days hammering. Ian and Alex do customs and get cash.  Stewy fixes the outboard propeller ashore while Annie stays aboard. The Arc have arranged for Customs to enter the boats at the Port resolution Yacht club and have also arranged a bank facility. The Yacht Club and village is like no-where else. There’s no electricity or running water and very few vehicles. People here live in. read more...


05/04/2012

Samsara - sushi - mmmm.....

April 4Tonight we went over to Brizo for sushi for dinner. Tuna was scrumptious! We attempted to fix the shroud and we anticipate leaving tomorrow for the Tuamotos. Time will tell if the fix works.The turnover in the anchorage is interesting. We've met with a number of non-rally boats repeatedly. One boat was in front of us in St. Pete and we met up with them in the Galapagos and here in Marquesas.... They are here now on the way to Australia. Another boat we've run into repeatedly since Panama. The trade wind route means we are all often on the same route........We have to hoist the dinghy and prepare for passage in the morning and it looks like 3 rally boats will leave tomorrow. Hopefully there will be enough wind to sail!Pauline. read more...


03/11/2010

Destiny - 3.11.2010

Gründe zum Feiern gibt es heute auf der Destiny einige! Beim Frühstück stellen wir fest, dass Andreas vor zwei Tagen Geburtstag hatte, er wurde 45 und hat das nicht kund getan, was einen Eintrag ins Logbuch zur Folge hat. Herzlichen Glückwunsch und alles Gute!!! (1. Grund) Mit eisgekühltem Sekt stoßen wir auf dieses Ereignis an.Später stellt Udo fest, dass wir nur noch ein Viertel der Strecke bis Richards Bay vor uns haben (2. Grund). Der Wind ist gut, wir kommen mit 7 bis 8 Knoten dem Ziel zügig näher. Und Drittens scheint die Sonne vom strahlend blauen Himmel und viertens inszeniert Hermann heute Münchener -Oktoberfest, es gibt frischen Radi, warmes Brot mit Butter, dazu ein kühles Blondes. Zugegeben, wir hinken dem heimischen Zeitplan etwas hinterher, zuhause leuchtet bestimmt schon. read more...


03/11/2010

Voyageur - Log day 187 - Off to Africa

31 October 2010It is with great excitement and anticipation that we make our final preparations to leave. For one thing it is the final leg of the voyage across the Indian Ocean. It is my first ever visit to the African continent and our good friends Sue and Donald Fraser are to join us there, Donald to sail the Richards Bay to Cape Town leg and then we go touring with them both after that. It is one year to the day that we last saw them when we visited their estate in Glen Affric in the Scottish highlands. It seems quite incredible to us that we have crossed nearly three oceans in that short space of time.Last night was the prize giving for leg 18 with a party to follow. Held in the Dodo Cafe, just metres from the boats, it was, as always another good evening with a three course. read more...


20/07/2008

Lady Kay - Farewell to Harmonie

HiWe are at an anchorage on a small island just north of Efate, under a rather a classic shaped volcano (no longer active) called Taputoara. We and Harmonie are the only boats in the bay and we are about to leave. Anne cooked us a wonderful farewell meal last night on Harmonie as they are heading North from here to join the ARC boats for one last time, and we are heading South back down to Villa. We shall really miss them, but plan to meet up again in New Caledonia when we come back out at the end of September. Our new blog can be found on http://sailblogs.com/member/ladykay/We had a great sail down to a beautiful cove we had planned as our half-way stop. The cove has white sandy beaches and you enter very carefully between two coral reefs, avoiding a third in the middle as you go in.. read more...


05/04/2012

Matilda - Iles Marquises - Breadfruit Bashing, Tattoos and Pig Hunts

Is this Paradise? - it cannot be far off. The scenery is stunning, the climate tropical, the people friendly, French baking, Euro standard cleanliness and the local beer isn't bad. The cons are the nonos (a small insect that swarms around at twilight - looks like a midge, bites like a piranha) and most things to buy from outside the islands are tres cher (very expensive). We arrived in Hiva Oa early on Monday 26 March after a very bumpy and sleep deprived night. What a bay to enter - verdant high mountains sheltering this little inlet. The other remaining World ARC boats gave a wonderful welcome in the harbour, or at least those that had surfaced, it was a great finish to a frustrating leg.The following night we went up to Alex's place to celebrate Joachim (of Chessie's) birthday. Alex's. read more...


20/07/2008

Andante of Mersey - Australia here we come

After leaving Tanna, which so far has been one of the highlights of the trip, we made for Port Villa on Efate. We had a very fast passage with a good beam wind. This gave us time to stop for a few hours in Dillons Bay on Erromango Island to have a roast chicken meal.We arrived at Port Villa at 0930 to be shown to our mooring by Moses in a small yellow boat. We had to cross two bars where the depth went down to 1.6m below keel.By 1100 we had cleared all the formalities and were on the way to the races. These are held once a year in aid of charity. It was great fun I actually won on the first race but the winnings were hardly worth collecting as it was the favourite and I had stood in the wrong queue, placing an each way bet instead of to win. We soon found the chamagne tent and were able. read more...


03/11/2010

A Lady - Eating our way around the World (Presently at sea, between Reunion Island and South Africa)

  Tuesday, 2nd November 2010  (Day 4 at Sea) 01.00hrs A beautiful night, Terry is on watch and called skipper, the wind had died down to 6 knots, so time to roll upthe headsail and motor for a while, we set a course of 239T back towards the rum line and waypoint. 04.00hrs We now have the benefit of a small moon, and it is still a beautiful night, even if we are only motor sailing............. The sea is flat, the stars are dancing in the sky, and we are heading in the right direction (distance traveled so far, 428 n miles). But, but, but, we have a 2 knot current against us, which is making our passage slow,  however, this gets worse and an hour later the current is 3.6 knots against us. Blast the bleedin thing...  Its supposed to go in the other direction. read more...


05/04/2012

Ensemble - Day 86 (3 April 2012): Oa Pua - Taiohae Bay, Nuka Hiva

Greetings from yacht Ensemble.We had a pleasant sail from Baie Hanamoenoa, Tahuata to Ua Pou. It was an early start (6:30am) - but we got off ok (and Magali went back to bed). We sailed almost the whole way with the genakker up - except the last 2 hours where we ran an engine. We saw a big pod of dolphins who had nothing better to do than follow us for an hour (and scare away my fish).We arrived at sunset - just before 6pm - and found Anastasia already at anchor - and Southern Cross followed in just behind us. So all three World ARC catamarans at the same harbour!We ended up all going for dinner at the cafe / pizza bar (once we found it). Food was good.There was much discussion about the need for a stern anchor. When we'd arrived we hadn't noticed any - so you can imagine our relief when. read more...


04/04/2012

Samsara - check please...

April 3We're enjoying our time in Nuku Hiva - we believe we've even come up with a way to jury rig the broken shroud until we get to Tahiti. Lee will make multiple trips up the mast tomorrow to work on this (he made two trips up today).Tonight we went to dinner at a pizza place with the crew from Brizo. All went well and we enjoyed the meal. After a suitable amount of time, Lee asked for "two more beers and the check please" - in English - French is the language here. So - they promptly brought 2 beers and a jack (as in Jack Daniels) - Lee just looked at it for a minute until it registered "check" had become "jack"! Too funny. Luckily he likes Jack Daniels so we all enjoyed a good laugh!So we did buy a few provisions today for the trip to the Tuamotus, we'll get some more fresh baguettes. read more...


03/11/2010

Crazy Horse - Nov. 3

This is our third day out from Reunion and we are 285 miles from our waypoint off of the coast of Madagascar. We have heard there are some strange currents pushing against the fleet in some cases. We have been warned to stay a good bit off the southern tip of Madagascar to avoid those currents. Therefore, we have plotted our course 80 miles off the coast. Hope that is far enough off. Then we have heard about a positive current that is pushing others in the southwesterly direction.Think we had some of that last night because the wind was surely not that strong. We motorsailing now trying to make good time toward our destination.The clock is ticking and we are feeling the pressure to make our flight on the 16th of Nov. at Capetown. We might be right down to the wire. We won't take any. read more...


18/07/2008

Graptolite - Crewed But Not Ready To Go

17:44.87S 168:18.66E Port Vila, Efate, Vanuatu. 18th July PMHeike arrived back onboard this morning after an epic journey. She was loaded with very necessary spare parts for the boat but the most critical spare, the shroud wire, is probably still gathering dust in the corner of a warehouse in Brisbane. Most of the WARC fleet has already gone north to Espiritu Santo where they will start the next leg to Cairns on Sunday. I think Grapto will now have to leave for Cairns direct from here sometime early next week.Had a nice lunch today of baby octopuses (octopi?) and a walk around Port Vila looking for ceremonial penis-sheaths (Sorry Jacqui, nobody seems to sell them so you might have to rethink your Xmas pressie list).Colin is on a PADI course and has been night diving and wreck diving and. read more...


02/11/2010

Voyageur - Log day 186 - Reunion tour continued

29 October 2010Although only 130nm distant this island is nothing like Mauritius. Ile Maurice, Rodrigues and La Reunion are collectively known as Les Marcareignes, but from we have seen so far they are vastly different. Although it is the biggest of the group the population is less with around three quarters of a million inhabitants, mainly living on or near the coast as the island's interior is very mountainous. The influence here is very definitely French, the main and what seems like the only language spoken, French! However the cuisine was much more Creole and very good it was too. Being a department of France it is subsidised by them and the European Union but it did give the impression of being fairly self supporting also with exports from the production of sugar cane, coffee,. read more...


18/07/2008

Kasuje - log 18th July

Hi from Skipper Steve We have just three days to go and we should be in Oz. We are making for a town called Mackay about 300 miles south of Cairns where we can complete all the entry formalities and then head off north up the great Barrier Reef to arrive in Cairns on the 27th/28th in order to catch my flight on the 29th to Sydney, to meet up with Anne and Jenny. This passage so far is going really well, it was a bit blowy to start with but has now settled down and after 24 hrs of blissful sailing the winds have dropped further and we are now easing along under the sweet hum of the in line six. So far my engine repairs are holding out. We are keeping a very close eye on them with frequent checks but hopefully all will be ok. Robert & Dawn are happy and enjoying the ride. It is quite a. read more...


04/04/2012

Serendipity - Ua Huka - Addendum

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17/07/2008

Lady Kay - Exploring port vila

Port Vila is a very pleasant town. There are three languages spoken, English, French and Bislama. The town follows the arc of the large inner harbour. Today we went on a visit to a museum run privately by the local catholic priest which is claimed to be superior to the national museum. It is full of artefacts created by the indigenous people. The most striking are probably the statues carved out of dead tree ferns. These can be found outside lots of buildings in Port Vila. There are also numerous masks and special sticks for killing pigs. Pigs are the main indicant of wealth in the villages. We had good internet access in Port Vila and our new blog is now set up on http://www.sailblogs.com/member/ladykay/ so that is where future news will be stored. Now the winds have dropped we are. read more...


02/11/2010

A Lady - Eating our way around the World (Presently at Sea between Reunion Island and South Africa)

Monday, 1st November 2010 There is a Cyclone building around the Cocos Islands, and looks like being a category 3. This is a strong Cyclone, and has not been seen in this area for a long time. It seems that the Cyclone season has arrived early with a bang, all because of the "Indian Ocean Dipole" which is similar to "El Nino" which we have all heard of over the years. The waters of the ocean are warmer than normal and therefore cause the weather in general to be erratic, and this in turn also affects the currents, which we know all about. Right now we have a 3.2 knot current against us, where as normally here the current would be with us, pushing us along nicely. 01.00hrs Big clouds appear from the SW, bringing with it lots of rain and stronger winds, all hands on deck and we. read more...


03/04/2012

Ensemble - Day 85 (2 April 2012): Baie Hanamoenoa, Tahuata, Marquesas Islands

Greetings from yacht Ensemble.We've spent the day in Baie Hanamoenoa, Tahuata, Marquesas Islands. The water is lovely and clear, and we've used to opportunity to give the hull another cleaning (and scrape the barnacles off). Definately time for another anti-foul (so much for 18 months protection!).We also used the time to clean the boat and reorganise - and of course do some running repairs. This included replacing (another) Lewmar block whose case had cracked in the sun and and was gouging the rope. One of the hand held radios had also a bit of a dip (water in the dinghy) - but we're hoping to dry it out (I won't hold my breath).Yesterday there were some 9 boats in the bay. This morning there was only Southern Cross and At Last - plus a couple of sharks - one quite large - that took. read more...


03/04/2012

Glamorous Galah - Via Inmarsat:

Nuka Hiva. We are still in the marquesas but intend to leave this afternoon for a 4 day passage to Ahe in the Tuamotus. Ted. read more...


01/11/2010

Crazy Horse - Nov. 1

It is hard to believe it is already Nov. 2010. Last year at this time we were getting ready to leave Hampton, VA ,USA on the Caribbean 1500. We were about to head off on our long trip around the world via the 1500 rally to get us to Tortolla, BVI. After that we left Tortolla on our own to get to St. Lucia in plenty of time for the start of the World ARC on Jan. 6. Now we are heading off from Reunion in the Indian Ocean for South Africa. That is a long way from Hampton, VA. But that is still not as far from home as we have been over the last year. We are well beyond the halfway point in our journey. Many of us from the World ARC are thinking about our plans for the holidays and beyond. Last year Bill, Matt, and I spent Christmas in St. Lucia anticipating what we would be facing in the. read more...


17/07/2008

Andante of Mersey - Vanuatu Onwards

No we havent sunk - we are still firing on all cylinders except the communication one.  Currently we are 24 hours out of Vanuatu on route to Mackay in Queensland.  The journey started as usual with very rough seas and gale force gusts. Dawn brought sunshine and we've managed to pole out the genny which has steadied the boat so things are looking up. Ann's in the galley preparing the evening meal which is always a good sign! Should be in Aussie in 7days.Vanuatu used to be a French/British condominion called the New Hebridies.  In 1980 it got its independence.  We visited two of the many islands Tanna with its live volcano and Port Vila the capital. In Tanna we spent alot of time in the local village - meeting the chief, gift exchanging, feasting, dancing and of course knocking back the. read more...



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