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12/11/2012

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

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


17/06/2012

Scolamanzi - I’m talking rubbish!

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


12/03/2009

Windflower III - Wieder in der Karibik

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


16/04/2011

Crazy Horse - April 16 -crossing the finish line

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


23/06/2012

Moonstream - A cracking good sail!

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


13/05/2012

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

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


04/11/2012

Anastasia - Volcanoes of the world #9 and #10

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


04/11/2012

Anastasia - Reunion

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


12/11/2012

Miramar - Monday Nov 12

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


12/05/2012

Comocean - departs Bermuda

Goodbye BermudaAuthor Toby HynesComocean left the St. George's Dingy and Sports Club at 7:40 A.M.After three-four great days, one of which. yesterday, we bus and boat toured the island in 35 knot breezes and occasional downpours (squalls), we thanked ourselves for pushing our start one day.While in Bermuda we all got to know Ed and Mary Roland, staying at Aunt Neas Bed and Breakfast, and Bob Fields, who arrived a day later at the Grotto.We all shared great meals together including a lunch in Hamilton, a dinner at Wahoo's in St. George's, and dinner at Griffins.There were plenty of trips to Dingy Club to party with the other Atlantic Cup boats, and get two skippers meetings to discuss weather and routing through the Gulf Stream.Both have great sailing backgrounds:Ed, USCG, sailing on the. read more...


23/06/2012

Gertha 4 - Oeiras

38.40 N : 9.19W   The weather has moved to warm, blue skies and wind from the north.Gertha buzzed down the coast rounding a headland with max speed of 14.4kn , in the words of that silly cook program sailing does not get better than this.Today is the first day that we are not trying to catch up with the delayed start, Gerrty has had a clean and polish and we have a wifi that works.The world cruising team laid on a meal last night complete with plastic plates, I checked whether they needed to be returned for cleaning; the answer cannot placed in the public domain. We look foward to the final meal in Lagos may be we will have paper plates.All is good with our world and hope all is good with everyone out there.S. read more...


17/06/2012

Voyageur - Leg 3 - Log 4 Motorway Madness

14 June The gale lasted twelve hours with the barometer bottoming out at 1010. During the early hours the reefs were gradually shaken out so that as we approached the traffic separation scheme 40nm off Cape Finisterre we were carrying full sails once more averaging over seven knots. It was now dawn and although still very overcast the visibility had improved much upon yesterday so we could clearly see them as they kept coming. This shipping lane is a big one, twenty five nm across double lanes each way, a dual carriageway of the high seas. Donald stayed up, an extra pair of ears and eyes. The north to south lanes went without a hitch, nipping between the ships with plenty of room to spare. We counted eight ships on the AIS for these lanes. The south north was a cause for concern when one. read more...


15/04/2011

Voyageur - Log day 279 - Sunshine in St. Lucia

14 April 2011 The man in Bequia was right. On Thursday there would be a change of weather. Always listen to the locals I say. Sure enough by lunchtime all the dark rain clouds of the past week have cleared away and the sun came out. For the first time for quite a while we are a full complement of yachts once more as Kalliope, Lady Ev VI, Tucanon, Jeannius, and Chessie arrive during the course of the day. Elaine Bunting, the journalist from Yachting World has arrived and has spent most of the day chatting with all the crews. I have agreed to write a second article for her on money matters or at least David will tell me what to say and I will put it into my own words. And..... I have a deadline. I love deadlines. It focuses the mind, it get things done. It is a bit like the World Arc. read more...


12/03/2009

Windflower III - Wieder in der Karibik

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


21/11/2012

Ceilidh of Lorne - Ceilidh of Lorne at Las Palmas 28:09N 15:25W

Ceilidh arrived alongside the fuel berth at 07:00 hours at   LasPalmas marina   this morning.   We were met by our shore team and ARC crew so it was great to catch upagain after so many weeks at sea.   It was a feeling of some achievement that all the equipment and weatherissues have been overcome to arrive safely at our destination.   For the record we have completed 2,746NM since departing Kos on 25 October,this seems like a very long time ago now!   The last days run has been under mainsail and engine only as the NW breezewas mainly around F2   Richard was aloft in the bosun’s chair to unfurl and then recover thedamaged genoa, a large section of the luff had come away at the seam which lookslike a fair bit of work for the sailmaker.  . read more...


21/11/2012

Bardeau - Roast lamb

Yet another shock. Two of the world's finest cooks on board and we will be setting sail Sunday without roast lamb. As yet no satisfactory explanation ... Just the odd uncomfortable mutter... Other minor stuff such as engine, rigging, generator sorted and ready easily enough. Lecture today on how to find St Lucia. Just as well really as I thought we were heading for BarbadosEl venerable skipper Sent from my iPhone. read more...


16/06/2012

Zingara - Zingara, nun sind wir in Lagos

Eine toller Segeltörn nähert sich dem Ende entgegen.Leider, müssen wir jetzt sagen, haben wir unser Ziel mit dem Einlaufen in die Marina Lagos am Freitagabend erreicht, einmal über den Atlantik in die Karibik und zurück nach Europa. Leider deswegen, weil trotz gelegentlich wenig gemütlicher Segelei auf der Route zu den Azoren das gesamte Programm überwältigend positiv zu werten ist und der immer persönlicher werdende Zusammenhalt unter uns Seglern und der ARC-Crew des Organisators so viel Freude und neue Erfahrungen mit sich brachte. Ich kann nur jedem, der daran denkt , auch einmal eine solche Überquerung des großen Wassers erleben zu wollen, empfehlen, sich dem Organisator World Cruising Club anzuschließen und im Verbund mit. read more...


23/06/2012

Seraphina - Getting closer - Oerias nr Lisboa

Glorious sail yesterday - 1 reef in the main - poled out genoa (most others opted for jib alone). Blue sky and blue sea big seas, average speed 8.26 knots, max over 12. Round the cape the winds gusted to 38 kn - had to reef the genoa and fortunately seas became smoother. Rest day today - really needed and off to Sines tomorrow.Ian and Sally. read more...


14/04/2011

Voyageur - Log day 278 - Landfall in St Lucia

13 April 2011Oh me oh my! Last night we had rain, thundering, torrential, tropical rain. They are having wonderful weather back home in the UK. What on earth is going on with the weather here? The latest theory put forward is that it is a tropical wave, but as we have heard on so many occasions now "it is not normally like this"! Last night I could not sleep for the sound of the hammering rain on our coach roof. Normally it is the cacophony of sound from the wind that keeps me awake. We slipped our mooring line from Young Island at 6am on the dot. Ah, my skipper is a stickler for time keeping is he not! We have 55nm to go and who knows what we are in for. We set off in a complete calm, moderate to poor visibility and under engine. We plod our way north up the west coast of the island. read more...


11/03/2009

Cleone - Leg 24 Day 13 - Arrival in Tobago

Cleone arrived in Tobago today at 1200 Greenwich Mean Time. And immediately was faced with Caribbean bureacracy redoubled in Spades.  (Whoops!).  As well as fantastic infrastructure, much of which, despite instutionalised neglect, is still intact today all over the world, an excellent education system, cars with steering wheels on the right (the left, of course) side, a sound legal and fair political system, the British Empire, for all its faults, also left behind it a marvellous legacy of a painstaking, paper-ridden bureacracy.  And many Commonwealth countries have taken this to new levels, never dreamt of by our grandfathers and their ilk.  This is so much so, that simply clearing in a small yacht with a crew of only three people can be spun out so that it takes up the whole morning to. read more...


12/05/2012

Surprise - we're off on the final leg home

Well we're off on the final leg home.We left BDA in a brisk ne wind at 8:30 AMand are sailing at 7.2-7.5 kts close hauled.Torrential rains yesterday and multiple small boat issues.  But we are having a great sail in blue skies with a warming sun.We look forward to being home but miss our many new friends We are lucky to be sailing in company with Comocean whose home base is only 10 miles from us at MV.Toby et al summer in Osterville on the cape. ETA at Stoningotn is Wednesday PMOur special thanks to the great WCC crew who worked so hard to make this a fruitful and rewarding experience.CH, Cathy and Tony. read more...


12/11/2012

Turbo's Tub - Sunday November 11th

Not too much to report today.  We flew a reefed main and jib all night and made really good time.  Wind was blowing 15-20 knots and we were moving 5-6 knots course over ground.  Today the seas got much more rough.  Chop and size.  We haven't been able to head exactly like we have wanted, and it's tough to keep up speed in the chop/waves.  Still making pretty good time.  About 5 knots course over ground and that's with a double reefed main on a preventor.  Wind has been 20-30.  It's supposed to continue like this through the night and then calm in the morning.   At our current pace we now think that we will see the Abacos on Tuesday morning.  However the conditions create a rage in the entrances next to Green Turtle Cay, so it is. read more...


02/11/2012

Matilda - Glorious Reunion

Take a hack saw to France, chop off a bit of the coastline, preferably a mountainous bit, tow it South to the Indian Ocean, add rum and you have Isle de la Reuinion. There is an African/Indian Creole influence to the food and the people which makes it an even more interesting a place to visit. The food over the last week has been delicious and the places we have visited spectacular. We had a Halloween party on Wednesday night which we think may have been the best party of the World ARC so far, with pretty much everybody making a great effort (check out our sailblogs photo gallery for a taste).The World ARC tour to the active volcano in the North was great - a bit like visiting a moonscape. We had hired a car, so we carried straight on to a village in another caldera called Cilaos where. read more...


21/06/2012

Enterprise - The Bucket List

42.07.602N 008.50.556W 0215hrs 14 June 2012   We arrive in Baiona. The final approach was taxing. A pitch black night; a ribbon of distant town lights; and leading lights to home in on. I don’t trust the chart plotter (GPS may be out of position) or my charts (could be out of date)... I focus my tired brain and weakening eyesight on the ..leading light Oc.4s.19m.9M...now what does occulting mean!...we gingerly glide past the submerged rocks (unlit) I cant see any cardinal marks...just town lights and sinister shadows....it would be very inconvenient if I ran aground or sank within a few miles of the marina after crossing Biscay. Eventually we make out the marina breakwater and call up Rally Control. Poor Andrew Bishop he tries to explain to a befuddled skipper how to approach. read more...


14/04/2011

Crazy Horse - April 14, 2011

Only two more days to the official end of the 2010-2011 World ARC. It seems so unreal that this is coming so "fast". When we started it seemed at times as though it would never end. And here we are now having to say goodbye to so many people that helped get us through the journey. The more we all talk about this rally amongst ourselves, the more we all agree that this is the only way we would do an around the world trip. It is fast but it helps to have such an excellent staff and fleet of sailors to give support and encouragement and help in solving all the challenges we have faced.Last night the hotel and marina where we are staying in Marigot Bay put on a cocktail party for us and the hotel guests. It was great to see Nick, Suzana, and Paul there from Rally Control. As we all mingled. read more...


11/03/2009

Talulah Ruby II - Talulah reaches Tabago

We have just arrived in Scarborough,Tabago,what asunny chilled back place .Can't really believe we are back in the Caribbean,wehave now been all the way round and soon to be in St.Lucia where it all began 14months ago.Our sail from Recife was very mixed ,with some big seas and typical25 to 30 knots of trade winds from the North East to calm hot motoring days,butwe did have masses of squalls with heavy rain.Our fresh food managed to last allthe way here,even without the freezer,only having to catch fish twice onroute,the last one being a double whammy with a fish on each rod.Anyway got togo,as off ashore for a large rum punch,it is Jenny and Shayne's first time inthe Caribbean.Lots of love to you all.. read more...


16/06/2012

Voyageur - Leg 3 - Log 3 On course for La Coruna

13 June Day four at sea we always knew would be a motoring day. At precisely 500nm along the way the engine was fired up and after 98nm of that the wind filled in from the south and ..... off we went again. The low in the middle of the Atlantic is deepening and we and Emilia are still on course for La Coruna. Pinta, Halo and Endo 2 are keeping their options open and hope to turn left before La Coruna and head straight for Falmouth. But Noel from Emilia has a personal weather forecaster who is adamant that La Coruna is the place we must go until this very deep low has passed through. All day we watched as the barometer recorded a steady drop of two millibars every three hours from 1025. I look skywards and see strong wind clouds. We know we are in for stronger winds tomorrow.  . read more...


21/11/2012

Caryali - wonderful smell of home made bread

Dopo vari tentativi siamo riusciti a fare un buon pane in barca. Grande soddisfazione mia e staff soddisfatto. I preparativi ormai sono agli sgoccioli finita la cambusa oggi ci si dedica al rigging, si sostituiscono le scotte, si preparano le ritenute boma e targone, si controllano le coppiglie ecc…. Sono tutti al lavoro. Meno di 4 giorni alla partenza. IMG_0828. read more...


11/11/2012

Miramar - Miramar is off the dock!

After a week of hard work (which was preceded by a month of hard work!) Miramar is under way.With our time delay we had to say goodbye to Bill Read, our 4th crew member, so that he could return home for Thanksgiving family plans.Bill was a wealth of knowledge and a great help in the week we had to work and play together, and we're sorry that he was not able to enjoy the fruits of his hard labor.We were fortunate to find a great replacement in Sam Daly, who rushed down from DC at the last minute and is proving to be a great hand aboard.As of 1200 AST on Sunday, November 11 we are at position 34 degrees 40.03 minutes N, 74 degrees 35.67 degrees W.It's beautiful sailing, with winds N/NE at 10-15.Our goal is to be across the Gulf Stream by dark, where we will continue to gain some easting. read more...


28/10/2012

BRIZO - The girls make the start

On Friday, October 26th the fleet departed from Mauritius to La Reunion. The determined female crew of BRIZO wished to make the start and welcomed the invitation to participate aboard the committee boat.  It was quite an experience to watch the boats get underway. At one point, we thought Mr. Blues was coming about to pick us up. Sadly, that was not the case, and we were a tad melancholy when we had to return to the dock.BRIZO will start on Monday, as soon as Lew arrives, and we anticipate to arrive in Reunion Tuesday before lunch!Over,BRIZO crew. read more...


12/05/2012

Brizo - BVI to Bermuda Day 6 (Tuesday) – Bermuda & Ruben our first Grandchild & pending trip to USA

The last day was spent mostly motoring with a wind not quite at the angle to sail directly to Bermuda we are set on getting in before nightfall as entry into the very narrow ‘town cut’ in St Georges can be tricky first time and at night so we arrived late afternoon, first Yacht in and managed to get onto the Customs dock and checked in before choosing to go to the anchorage rather than a dock. On Wednesday it was a catch-up morning of work then, as it was Pats birthday we spent an afternoon Taxi around the island – wow the houses are amazing and mostly very very expensive. All painted in pastels with very few exceptions. We are anchored off St Georges town in a delightful ‘protected’ bay, the town is very pretty – (pictures to come – when we get. read more...


09/05/2012

Escapade - Blue marlin landed!

On day five, in the middle of a squall, ourreel started screaming and losing line.  We were down to 10 wraps on thereel before we were able to heave to and slow the boat.   We then foughtthe fish 360 degrees around the boat, watching over 20 acrobatic jumps beforelanding him. See the boat gallery pages toview the prizecatch!. read more...


28/10/2012

Matilda - Safely in Reunion

Who would have thought that a 24 hour crossing could be such a pain in the behind. Oh it all started well, they always do when they are about to go pear shaped something to do with a false sense of security and all that! We launched our Parasailor, taking off on a course that we thought would avoid the wind shadow of Mauritius and with the strength of the winds, who knew, perhaps we could keep it up all night (this is usually a prelude to a disaster but we never seem to get wiser, just visibly older due to the extra grey hairs). We flew and looked to be neck and neck with Gunvor and some of the faster division one boats. Yippee, perhaps we really did deserve our overall victory in the Indian Ocean leg. Yes, in a 20 year old Hallberg-Rassy you really can still be that deluded. It didn't. read more...


11/11/2012

Turbo's Tub - Night 1 & Day 2 in the Blue Water

Turbo’s Tub made it out of the gulf stream on Night 1.  They were greeted with lovely warm air and calm seas.  Sailing was not very fast as the wind was pretty calm, but compared to Day 1, I don’t think they are complaining.  It gave them a chance to rest.  The breeze is forecasted to pick up tonight and into tomorrow so with the wind comes the waves.   Michael was at the helm last night during some of the rough seas, while Hutch worked hard to grill some filet mignon and asparagus.  Thanks to Kyle for getting all of the delicious food.  The fresh cooked food on The Tub in the middle of the ocean is delicious.   The sunset last night and sunrise this morning were amazing.  Last night’s moon was particularly beautiful and looked like. read more...


15/06/2012

Irena - Lagos

Imava se 25 milj, vendar je sedaj priloznost za zakljucek tega bloga.Ke nekaj simbolike je v vsem, saj bova v Lagosu okoli druge ure zjutraj. Ob enaki uri sem pred letom in pol pristal na St. Luciji. In tako se je krog zakljucil. Ob vsem tem niti ne vem kaj tocno cutim. Verjetno zadovoljstvo in tudi olajsanje. KOncno sem le dva krat preplul Atlantik in drugic je bilo mnogo bolj zahtevno kot prvic. Toliko in hvala, da ste me brali. -------------------------------------------------. read more...


14/04/2011

A Lady - Messing about in the Caribbean having completed sailing around the World.

Thursday, 14th April 2011 Since the last blog, we have done a number of interesting things including travelling back to Ireland for the ICC (Irish Cruising Club) annual get together and dinnerThe first mate is in good shape today, but still she is not up to flying, feeling that most of her sickness was due to the flight from London. So skipper had to abandon and cancel the trip next saturday night to St Lucia for the final night of the World ARC........  a goodbye night. Such a pity, but we wish all the friends we made on that trip a "Bon Voyage"  and good luck to Rally control, Paul & Suzana, on all their future trips and adventures.  Thats all for now,  Signed  :-   Stephen  Hyde   (Skipper) . read more...


21/06/2012

Scarlet Lady - Log Day 19 - Sail to Peniche

The race start today was at 8am.  Unfortunately, there was very little wind so we had to once again turn on the engine and motor sail for a few hours.  In the early afternoon, the wind picked up to about 15 knots and we had a cracking sail for the rest of the way to Peniche.  Those in the rally fleet with spinnakers and cruising chutes put them up and it made for quite a spectacular site.  Sadly, we didn't see any dolphins today.   We arrived in Peniche at about 6pm and had to raft up to the yacht Moonstream.  After tidying up the boat and hoisting our code flags, we headed into the town for a drik and a bite to eat.  We are planning to have another early night as we will be sailing to Oeiras tomorrow morning.Lynne, Steve. read more...


21/11/2012

Katerina - Showing the Flag

Shelley 'Ailsa' is organised as usual and brought her own Union Flag for the opening ceremony.  Scott and I impressed ourselves by actually being up and about in time to attend! The pontoons are getting more and more hectic with crews running back and forth to the chandler like good natured headless chickens.PS Hope you're impressed with the number of blogs we've done -new wi-fi aerial works!Scott and JuliaWCC2.. read more...


09/03/2009

Cleone - CLEONE Leg 24 Day 11 - Head Winds

Gentlemen don't go to windward.   Apparently.  But if that is the case, how on earth do gentlemen getback to Cowes, where of course they all start from (the Royal Yacht Squadron,obviously) in the first place?  Putting that thought aside (as if, andanyway, these days there are lots of answers, eg a gentleman's helicopter or hisfriend's Sunseeker (NO.  Gentlemen do not have friends who ownSunseekers - Ed), it is a fact that we have probably only had to go to windwardon this world cruise for less than ten percent of the distance we havesailed.  So the last day or so has been a little bit disconcerting, not tomention slightly uncomfortable!   Inevitably, Bruce predicted that all this would come to pass.  After a"soft" morning, the wind backed around to the north and freshened. Soon Cleone. read more...


20/11/2012

Katerina - Shopping shopping shopping

First major shop complete so we shouldn't go thirsty on the voyage.  Have even bought some fizzy pop!  Looking at the quantity of stuff for only 2 of us makes us glad we haven't got a crew of 6.  Some boats will be sitting very low in the water!  Click: http://www.worldcruising.com/arc/gallery_boat.aspx?EIValue1=11559 to see Katerina's photos!Scott and Julia. read more...


07/05/2012

Trillium - Log 6-It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood!

For those who grew up with Mr. Rogers, you would understand. It has been a wonderful three days of sailing. Good wind most of the time, sunshine, full moon ... Whatelse could you ask for? All is peaceful and serene in our mid-ocean neighborhood. Unfortunately we cannot see any of our neighbors anymore. We hear from them every morning and every evening. After leaving the lulls at noon yesterday, we have been moving along at a very comfortable 6-8 SOG with little heeling. You could not ask for more perfect sailing. We have only had to motor for 34 hours and 37 minutes overall. Trillium is a happy gal! And the crew is happy to be less than 300 km from Bermuda.It has been nice to have everyone eat in the cockpit at the same time. We have been fishing everyday. So far we have had a tuna and a. read more...


10/11/2012

Habits of Health - Greetings from the Habits of Health Journey entry #5

Journal entry #5Greetings from the Habits of Health,We are now in our 7th day of sailing and bearing down on the finish line of the Caribbean 1500 race. It’s been nearly one week since the Habits of Health last saw land and we are anxiously anticipating seeing the peaks of the British Virgin Islands later tonight. I must say that it’s always thrilling to spot land after such a long trip.We haven’t seen any yet today, but we know we are getting closer with each passing second.Everyone is excited knowing that in less than 70 miles we’ll be arriving at our destination in Tortola. Last EveningLast night we probably observed the most spectacular of all of the sunsets we’ve seen on this trip.To just say it was “spectacular” does not do it justice.I am not going to take the time to. read more...


15/06/2012

Voyageur - Leg 3 - Log 2 - Keeping ahead of the weather

12 June It has been three days of hard sailing, in winds on or forward of the beam. Last night we had the strongest blow with winds gusting to 30 knots true for a couple of hours and all day today we have had consistent winds of 20 to 25 knots so our progress is good. But with the winds blowing out of the northwest we have seas which are moderate to rough and life is a little testing down below. We move around carefully, always one hand for the boat, as she slides down off a wave. I am frustrated that I cannot blog but now I have to prioritize, eating and sleeping being the most important aspects to concentrate on. It is wonderful and an absolute luxury to have the extra rest with Donald on board. Yesterday the grib files showed a weakening of the low but this morning it is strengthening. read more...


14/04/2011

Voyageur - Log day 277 - Not so beautiful Bequia!

12 April 2011Suddenly all hell broke loose. A tender had collided with our bow, hitting the anchor in the process, then the chain started paying out, creating a terrible commotion. David leapt to the bow with the flashlight. No damage was done except for our rude awakening. What is wrong with the weather? It has rained almost continuously for the past two days now. And... it almost chilly too. Certainly we have had the chill out time we had so long longed for! I have spent the mornings with my head deep in lockers, cleaning and tidying, the afternoons lazing around reading. Now we are impatient to be on our way again. There are just two days left before we are due to arrive in Marigot Bay in St. Lucia. When you have zipped around the globe in fifteen months it is actually not so easy to. read more...


12/03/2009

Cleone - Leg 24 Day 12 - Too Fast!

You won't hear that from me very often.But the plain fact is, we are going too fast at the moment.  It is eight-thirty, Tobago time, and we have 106 miles to run.  Even at five knots, we will arrive early in the morning, and well before Customs and Immigration opens at 8 o'clock.  And, assisted by the current which has returned in our favour, we are doing between 7 and 8 knots over the ground at the moment.  If we get in early, the threat is that we have to pay overtime to the Customs and Immigration officials, reported by Kealoha 8 as US$60.  The Skipper is a Scot (so he claims - Ed), so this is an anathma to him.  But there is a Cunning Plan (there is always a Cunning Plan).  The trick will be our choice of when to slow down.  On Sunday, Bruce predicted lighter winds today, though the. read more...


21/06/2012

Seraphina - Crossed the 40N parallel going S

A little later start - 08:00 hours. Light / no wing for 36 minutes then a glorious down wind sail with cruising chute until the autohelm broached. At that time 20 kn over mast head so reverted to white sails - a bit slower but happier crew. Weather improving but hard going with little rest as we lost 6 days. Off again tomorrow.Ian and Sally. read more...


25/10/2012

Matilda - Our Last Days in Mauritius

We have really enjoyed it here in Mauritius and to crown the whole experience, last night Matilda won again. In fact on corrected handicap, we beat the whole fleet on the Indian Ocean leg. We are still not sure how we managed that, but are delighted all the same. The prize was a model of a traditional local boat - a lovely gift that we have dismantled for travelling purposes. We hired a car for a few days when Brian was here and got to see a bit of the island before the 'official' tour. The highlight for us was visiting the Casela Leisure Park where we got to walk amongst the giant tortoises (unfortunately extinct on this island, but these are from the Seychelles), zip wire flying fox, but best of all, we interacted with the big cats. A South African couple set it up a few years ago and. read more...


20/06/2012

Seraphina - Another leg south 19th

Great day sail to Figueira da Foz after light wind start yesterday. Had to motor for 4 hours then 8 hours with the cruising chute flying (10-15 kn true). Sun came out and in sight and contact with yachts in the rally for most of the sail.Love to get some photos onto the web but poor or no wifi causing problems.Ian and Sally. read more...


15/06/2012

Voyageur - Leg 3 - Log 1 Focusing on Finisterre

9 June The previous day was spent in a hive of activity. I went off in search of a decent sized supermarket, the one at the marina being limited in its products and found one in the old quarter of the town packed with little old ladies doing their shopping and so I joined them too. Two more trips and I had everything I needed. I still am amazed at the prices here and can buy double the amount for my money than I ever could in the Caribbean and as far as I could see none of the produce is imported. They even grow cherries and kiwi fruit. Donald put David up the mast for a rigging check and changed the mizzen outhaul which was showing signs of chafe. David did all his usual engine checks, fuel filters, impellers etc. Then they checked out and studied the weather again. There is much. read more...


10/11/2012

Turbo's Tub - Day One in the Open Water--Friday Nov 9th

It was an early departure for Turbo’s Tub this morning.  They were up at 3:30am and pushed off of the Morehead City dock at 4:16am.  Their hope was to make it to the Gulf Stream by sunset.  They set out through Bougue Inlet and sailed past Cape Lookout heading East to the Gulf Stream, quickly greeted with 20-30 knots of breeze and waves reaching 8-10’ and were reported as being quite intimidating…very choppy and making it feel like sailing in a washing machine.  Afternoon arrived and they hit the Gulf Stream…it was time to make their first passage through the Gulf Stream.  About an hour in, the waves cleaned up and they were well on their way. The Tub wasn’t alone in this voyage/passage.  Aside from T’ai Chi, who they met up with in Morehead City and. read more...



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