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02/06/2012

A Lady - LOG DAY 28 : Painting is hard work

FRIDAY  1st  JUNE 2012  Looking back at yesterday, a day which was spent mostly with skipper painting a muralon the quay wall, they say here that it is bad luck to leave without painting your logo on the quay, Last night was the prize giving , we did not feature in the prizes, but it was just not our day. we werefirst boat to arrive in " Horta" but we had too much motoring,  ahh well, we cant win them all, and over the last3 years , we have had a more than our fair share of firsts and prizes.   Going back to the quay walls and the paintings results in millions of pictures being painted on the quays and walls, just fantastic, what artists, displaying their talentsin every nook and cranny, many of them we know from the home ports,  Today , we did a. read more...


16/10/2012

Persephone of London - 12TH - 14TH SEPTEMBER - PORTO SANTO

On Friday evening we  set off to take a mile long walk  along the beach of golden sand (this beaches stretches along the southern shore for 4 miles)  to explore the town of Vila Baleira.  Not sure what to expect from this island,  we were pleasantly surprised to find a charming town of white buildings, red roofs and palm trees.  As usual, we stopped off in a local bar for a quick beer.  The bar was close to an attractive white church with its colourful blue paintings on the outside walls.       It was obvious something was about to happen as the bells of the church called the locals to worship.    The church obviously filled up quite quickly as the people poured in from all directions and soon there was standing room only. read more...


02/09/2012

Ruby - Queensland to the north territory

Margaret et Régine sont rentrées à Villedieu . Nous remontons par étapes de 50 à 60 miles vers le Cap York, probablement une des dernières régions vierges de la planète. La navigation dans cet immense lagon avec un vent bien établi SSE est un vrai régal. Le Parasailor est de sortie tous les jours. Première étape à Cooktown  (c’est ici que le capitaine Cook a fait réparer  son bateau l’Endeavour après s’être échoué sur un récif en 1770) : petit bourg du bout du monde dont la principale activité est la pêche pratiquée depuis la jetée. Puis étapes dans les îles  désertes de Morice et Flinders. Sur la cote nous ferons un stop à Portland Road et Margaret Bay (une obligation !!!) avant de remonter l’Escape River sur 3 kilomètres en espérant voir des crocodiles. Notre seule. read more...


27/08/2012

Anastasia - Arrived in Darwin

12:27.1S 130:49.2E  We have arrived in Darwin after a smooth traversal of the Van Dieman Gulf. The only problem we encountered was a total loss of wind, which meant we had to motor the last 20 hours.  Anastasia has had her seawater orifices treated for mussel growth, which apparently causes issues with the lock gates on the marinas. The marinas all have lock gates because Darwin has 6 meter tides so presumably it would be prohibitively expensive to use piles and floating docks like marinas do in areas with lesser tides.  We have to wait six hours before using our engines which means we are on the temporary dock until 6am tomorrow morning. Then we will go and refuel before entering the "Duck Pond" marina, which is the only marina with lock gates wide enough. read more...


16/10/2012

Persephone of London - AWAY ON THE HIGH SEAS (REAL BLUE WATER SAILING) - 8th - 12TH OCTOBER

So Monday arrived and we were off at 3.15pm  leaving behind the hustle and bustle and  the consumerist  Vilamoura.      The planned passage to Madeira, via the Island of Porto Santo situated NE of Madeira, was 535 nautical miles and we estimated it would take about 3 ½ days which would actually be our longest passage since Biscay and certainly the longest trip we had done double handed. We downloaded a weather grib (an electronic weather forecast for you land lubbers) which can be read on our chart plotter and it forecast light winds throughout the passage but stronger and more favourable wind south of the rhumb line (direct route) where as north of the rhumb line the winds were going to be very light to negligible and variable in direction by. read more...


24/01/2009

Quasar V of Lleyn - Quasar V's log 23.1.09

23rd January 2009 ASSAULT AND BATTERY Wind abandoned us again last night, but by 04.00 hrs, just as I was coming on watch there was sufficient wind enabling us to cast aside the rumble of the engine and hoist the sails.  The wind was coming from the south (on our left, or to our port!), so we needed to rig the Yankees for a port tack.  Given that the wind has been predominantly behind us coming from the east, we?ve either had the spinnaker up or twin headsails (the Twistle), So Sam and I scrambled around in the dark on the foredeck, lowering the spinnaker pole and tidying away the spinnaker guys and sheets; tying the yankee clews together and setting the sails for a pleasant reach (a reach is when the wind is at a right angle to the boat).  Far too much exertion for 0400 hrs but it gave. read more...


01/06/2012

Irena - Horta

Zadnjih 12 ur plovbe do Horte je bilo zelo zahtevnih. Iz skoraj brezveterja smo "uleteli" v vetrove do 38 vozlov in valove vec kot 4-5 metrov. Jadra smo zmanjsali na minimum in v takem se vedno jadrali med 6 in 7 vozli. Jadrnica se je res izkazala. Obcasno smo seveda dobili udarec valov v bok, pa vodo v kokpit, vendar hujsega ni bilo. Zjutraj ob 8 smo zagledali Horto inpotem vpluli v pristanisce. Vse to je bilo pred dvema dnevoma. Vmes sem urejal nekaj okvar, vibracije propelerja, bel dim iz izpusne cevi motorja, alternator. Vendar ni bilo nic posebnega in sedaj cakam samo se na popravilo alternatorja. Obcutki po drugem precanju Atlantiko so seveda prijetno, ob tem, da je precanje zahod- vzhod mnogo bolj zahtevno kot vzhod-zahod. Upam, da je sedaj pred menoj bolj umirjeno obdobje.. read more...


26/05/2012

Ailsa - 50:21.865N 4:10.035W

50:21.865N 4:10.035W     Now in Plymouth but back at work. Typical trip down the Channel but we arenot deterred – the home baked brownies and Bakewell tart kept us going. Met upwith old friends Gordon and Sandra in St Mawes whose lovely house on the hill,sea views and promise of occasional punts up the Carrick Roads have greatattractions. Onwards and upwards, the collection of snap shackles builds andenough is enough unless the safety checkers bowl us a googly!   Richard and Shelley Kennedy. read more...


17/03/2011

Voyageur - Log day 260 - Two Difficult Days

15 March 2011The last forty eight hours have been both tiring and tiresome. With the wind straight out of the north we spent the night motor sailing into a short choppy sea, every now and then Voyageur's bow would smash into a big oncoming roller and her speed would fall away. Then the sheets would vibrate, the sails flog, making sleep, for me at least, an impossibility. At dawn the lights of two other yachts off to our port turned out to be Chessie and Tzigane. Throughout the morning one squall followed another, and at midday, with the sky ahead leaden and threatening we prepared once more for yet another blow. Suddenly the wind was going round in circles and we tacked this way and that trying to keep Voyageur moving through the water. As we entered this vortex we were hit by hammering. read more...


17/03/2011

A Lady - Sailing around the World.

 THURSDAY  17th March 2011    ( St. Patricks Day )  00.00hrs, A great sailing night. A close starboard fetch with 25knots of breeze, A good moon, although it was partly hidden by clouds. Skipper did the 12 to 03 watch, Suzana did the 03 to 06 watch and Aileen did untill 09.00 hrs.  At 06.00hrs  The flippen wind suddenly changed direction into the NW, directly on the nose. this was followed shortly by torrential rain which lasted for 7 hours,  Ohhh , things could not be worse, we were all soaked again, and then the port plastic window in the " Spray Hood " just blew in , exposing us to the full force of the elements. Did you ever think to your self  " I hate this sailing lark " well , we were close to that. Poor suzanna was not good.. read more...


01/06/2012

Freedom Found - Log Day 8 & 9 - Wed-Thurs - First casualty!

Strong winds and waves have continued up to 30kts and 10ft seas. Running SE to avoid worst of storm with reports of gusts to 50kts. Need to keep away from that if possible. Mark tried some gymnastics in preparation for the pensioners Olympics and decided to levitate whilst have his afternoon siesta. Unfortunately hes not perfected the art and came down stronly against the edge of a foldaway table - Ouch lots of blood but a quick hair cut revealed a 1 1/2 inch gash which was cleaned and steri-striped. He was then put on light duties but seems OK today having just served bacon sarnies. Phew can't go without our 'head' chef! ha ha. Curently 971 nm to go as at Fri 15:00 UTC Grant, Mark(o) /patch), Marisa & Jorge. read more...


16/05/2012

Moonstream - We're getting ready!

Ashore at Swanwick Marina on the Hamble after our winter refit; now with a clean and smooth sliver grey bottom and dark blue hull lines with silver cove line and lettering - no more green!Jim. April 2012[see boat gallery pages for picutures]. read more...


25/08/2012

Anastasia - En route to Darwin

10:12.5S 134:57.7E  437 miles covered, 300 miles to go  So far this leg has been a classic trade wind sail, downwind in 15 to 20 knots of wind and silky smooth waves. Anastasia would have done better with another five knots of wind, but we can't really complain about these conditions.  The interesting part comes at Cape Don which is 200 miles ahead. We round the cape and then head south through the Van Diemen Gulf. Melville Island blocks off a large part of the mouth of the gulf, so it causes strong tidal currents as the water ebbs and flows around the island to fill the gulf. The ideal timing is that you enter through the north passage while the gulf is sucking in water and make your way to the south passage by the time the gulf is emptying. To catch. read more...


24/01/2009

La Boheme - 24 January 2009 - half way

Today, we have crossed an invisible half way mark between St. Helena and Salvador, 950 miles to go. Yesterday, Paul and Andy from Talulah Ruby, celebrated 1st anniversary of their circumnavigation from Rodney Bay. We have joined in the celebration and at 18.00, all of us toasted on HF. Ours was gin and tonic.This trip will be the longest at sea, as it will take us 15 days due to lack of wind. The temperature have risen substantially, the sea water is 26C and air 28C, not a lot of difference. Yesterday, Mike and Donna from Baccalieu caught 7kg marlin, we are trying to fish as well but without success. Today, we will have our last St. Helena lettuce, but tomatoes will last us till Salvador. We are taking advantage of the calm sea and all of us are catching up on different tasks, Greg is. read more...


16/10/2012

Persephone of London - Guardiana and Back 29th September

Safely tucked up in Vilamoura, we met up with Francis and Carol Brand, who spend a good deal of time here at their second home. Nigel has helped them with investment work for a number of years and we made a loose arrangement to meet up when we had reached the Algarve.Francis and Carol showed us the town and scenery around Vilamoura, before we all set off in the car down to explore the neighbouring town of Albufeira. We had a light lunch and then climbed the cliff above Albufeira old town to inspect the access channel and new marina which has opened there. We had been dissuaded from actually staying in the marina due to it's remote location and sketchy design etc, but all seemed well, looking down from above. This all seems to go to show that there is nothing quite like a first hand. read more...


25/08/2012

Matilda - Horn/Thursday Island and On to Darwin

I finally arrived on Horn Island after 3 days of travelling via 5 flights from the UK (due to flight cancellations etc) to have Jonathan waiting for me at the airport - what a lovely welcome. The final flight was in a small propeller driven plane that was a bit white knuckle (to me anyway) when it landed in the strong winds - Jonathan had heard from a local that a bit fell off the plane that came in the previous! My fellow passengers mostly consisted of kids from the Sacred Heart School on Thursday Island returning from a school trip, and volunteer teachers going to the 'Deadly Ears' kinder school based in one of the more remote communities (I hope the translation of its name into the local dialect is a mite less alarming) .Due to weather conditions, all the World ARC boats were anchored. read more...


01/06/2012

Time Bandit - The fat Lady is singing

Horta 30th MayThat's it. The fat lady has sung and we're tied up, rested and partying with 2,440 miles behind us.Pouring with rain for last few days and this mornign 45 knots through the marina as some of the last boats fought their way in through some pretty heavy weather and very large seas. Quite glad we're in ahead of it.The partying has started and we have various tours and social events this week before starting our Azorean cruise, heading for Ponta Delgada then flights home on 8th.Hopefully you enjoyed some of the woffle and it gave a flavour of what we've been doing.The blog will resume around 8th July.S&A. read more...


12/05/2012

Ailsa - Departure from Gosport

I have always thought blogs to be pretentious. Well if they bring a smile to those daft enough to read them then I guess it is OkThis morning we boarded the care of the elderly express for Costa Geriatrica – or so it seemed in the “quiet coach” on the 9.25 train from Coventry to Bournemouth train. Thankfully neither of the couple opposite suffered a stroke en route and we dutifully arrived in Gosport in time for Waitrose to have run out of my favourite pastry. Alas we would have to make do with the left over home baking from a leaving do during the week.So final preparations are all but complete. Shelley – posterior in photo – has found a home for the last can of baked beans somewhere in the bilge – has the gps been fixed to it I ask myself as that is. read more...


16/10/2012

Persephone of London - SUNDAY - TUESDAY 16TH - 19TH SEPTEMBER - LAGOS

This is the first really “touristy” place we have visited. The Marina is excellent, all facilities and good wifi connections.   Karen managed a huge load of laundry on Sunday.There seems to be a large British expat community here and the bars around the marina are full of English voices, though we doubt that many of them are mariners of any sort.The old town is a delightful maze of whitewashed houses, originally defended by a huge bastion town wall from the 14th Century. But the town spilled over those confines a long time ago....Loads of little restaurants, a smart “ribiera” district, and a lot of “seafari” boats offering RIB rides to see dolphins. But somehow it all seems to fit, and the local people and food are equally delightful.There are some delightful, and quiet beaches. read more...


17/03/2011

Crazy Horse - March 17

Our net controller today happens to be Stephen Hyde, who hails from Ireland and on St. Patty's Day but of course! We all wish him an especially good day. He did a good job of trying to keep in touch with Eowyn at the morning check in. It was difficult to hear Basia and Eowyn so far off and power is a concern for them all. Eowyn and Tucannon must stick close to Basia since they have limited lights and power due to the collision. Using the SSB requires lots of power from the boat and when one is using the engine in some cases it is harder to transmit.Eowyn and Tucannon are trying to sailalong with Basia but there are many storms and in some cases the engine must be used. But it sounds like everyone is in good spirits in spite of the circumstances. All these people are very special and very. read more...


24/01/2009

Cleone - CLEONE Leg 22A Day 6 - First Anniversary

We departed from St Lucia on 22nd January 2008.   And naturally we celebrated this auspicious anniversary last night with aparty.  Now in case any of you don't know how to organise one when at sea,it's really very easy.  All you do is to tell your friends about it, andyou all celebrate at the same time on your own yachts (separated by up to 800miles of sea) and tell each other about it on the radio.  We could hear thecorks popping and the increasingly raucous singing whilst we lifted our tinmugs towards each other.  For once, the water was merely brackish, andwe passed a stale loaf between us, tearing off chunks in our hunger.  Theskipper made sure we did not have more than a half cup each, and thenretired to his cabin and opened a bottle of champagne, which he drank his waythrough to. read more...


23/01/2009

Quasar V of Lleyn - log for 22nd January 2009

22nd January 2009 ABS I'll get back to the title in a minute.  Just a brief précis of last nights and today's sail first.  Last night, we had a strong breeze, filling the spinnaker and pushing us along at a steady pace.  That was before the squalls descended upon us and provided us with absolutely no wind in their aftermath!  The spinnaker hung sadly from its halyard, not even a breath of air could nudge it in to life.  Even the mainsail flapped in consternation; so down it had to come and on came the engine. It was only at about 09:30 that a sufficiently modest breeze tapped us on the shoulder and pressed us in to action.  She was an easterly breeze, relatively shy throughout the day, rising to a confident 12 knots when she fancied it but she coaxed us in to putting the spinnaker up and. read more...


16/10/2012

Johanem - Arrival of Johanem in Las Palmas

Las Palmas - Tuesday 16th October 2012 18-00Moody 47 "Johanem" has arrived safely in Las Palmas. A slow sail due to southwesterlys on the nose saw us take longer than expected to Madeira. Great sailing from Madeira south to Teneriffe and then Gran Canaria. Everyone enjoyed good sailing great food particularly the fresh tuna 2 fish caught to date.Excellent entertainment in Santa Cruz with singing of the highest quality.We are all now looking forward to the ARC start in a months time.. read more...


31/05/2012

Luna - Log 17

Log 17 - Business as usualDagene begynder nu i ekstra høj grad at flyde sammen. Der sker ikke så meget nyt, men det er vel også fint, så længe vi nyder tilværelsen og i øvrigt kommer tættere og tættere på mållinjen :-)Her følger en liste med gårsdagens hændelser og observationer:afslapninglæsningmiddagslurebesøgende delfineren skildpadde på besøg NY!bølger, der ruller os megetinstrument, der skulle nulstilles (plotteren så enorm sjov og spøjs ud, da den viste en medstrøm på 26 knob...)latter og god stemningvin chaud NY!lidt regnlidt solischkold, blæsende vindpassering af mærkepunkt; der er nu mindre end 25% af distancen tilbageDet var vist en kort opsummering af det sidste døgn :-)Alt er altså status quo og fortsat vel her ombord./Luna & Besætning--The days really start to look like. read more...


24/08/2012

Anastasia - Thursday Island and Horn Island

10:35.6S 142:14.5E  The World ARC rendezvous was arranged to be in a hotel on Thursday Island, but for better shelter from the wind we (and the rest of the World ARC fleet) chose to anchor off Horn Island and take the ferry across the channel to neighbouring Thursday Island. Actually we took our tender over to Thursday Island just because it was more fun, if a bit wetter.  Another reason to anchor off Horn was that Karsten (Gunvor XL) had invited everyone to his birthday party at the hotel there, and if we had anchored at TI it would have meant taking the tender across the channel in the dark. Karsten's party was a boisterous affair, with everyone letting off some steam before the passage to Darwin. We did stop partying relatively early (about. read more...


16/03/2011

A Lady - Sailing around the World

Wednesday 16th  ( part 2 )  By 15.oohrs, we heard from " Eowyn" that BASIA had effected some underwater repairs that reduced the leaks substantially. They now had recieved enough cans of fuel from other boats in the fleet to motor all the way to Granada, or at worst Trinidad. This is a distance of 1,200 miles or perhaps even more for them.  Terrry and Neil will have to do a new book called " Avoiding Pirates and Collisions "  This trip has so many interestingincidents that would be a good start in any book. They were always plotting new books, their most interesting one was " making sailing language user friendly " or how about this, " Sick of winning" by Terry & Neil,  We ourselves, had a great day sailing with the " KITE" 22 / 26 knots of. read more...


16/03/2011

Crazy Horse - March 16

Our position 1608 UTC 3 28.N 46 23.WToday at 7am when I went to check the email we had received mail from Eowyn that one of our boats from the fleet, Basia ,was transmitting a Mayday from their position. They said they had been dismasted and although the hull was intact there may be some damage and water leaking in. We immediately turned on the SSB and there was Graham from Eowyn speaking to the crew of Basia.They had reported that they were hit by a freighter in the early am hours. All the crew was reported to be safe. Graham from Eowyn organized the whole rescue and assessment of damages and volunteering of fuel so they could safely get into the nearest harbor. Several of the fleet close to their position including Eowyn, Jeannius, Destiny, Arriane and Tucannon were offering to make a. read more...


21/08/2012

Anastasia - Escape River

10:57.5S 142:41.2E Tonight we are anchored in "Escape River" for an brief overnight stop, assuming the crocodiles don't get us.  We arrived just after dark, which made it interesting trying to find a spot to anchor, given the charted depths did not seem to match the river bed at all.  We would have got here sooner but we blew out the new Parasailor yesterday and so we were just using the white sails, conserving the remaining spinnakers for an actual race leg.   Dinner was pie and mash, followed by dessert wine and fortune cookies. In the morning we set off at 6am to go to Thursday Island, which lies in a group of islands off the northern tip of Queensland.  To reach it we round Cape York (the northernmost point of the Australian. read more...


05/06/2012

Scarlet Lady - Log Day 1 - Plan B

Due to adverse weather conditions, the Rally organisers have postponed plans to head out to Biscay today.  Instead, it is likely we will head further west over the next coming days, with a view to heading to Biscay at the end of this week. We have a fully stocked fridge and several meals I spent all day yesterday cooking so we won't starve! Thanks to all our families who drove all the way to Plymouth to wave us off (to make sure we actually left!).  We apologise you are going to have to put up with us a bit longer :) Lynne, Steve, John & Peter . read more...


31/05/2012

A Lady - LOG DAY 26 : Stormey Weather

WEDNESDAY  30th  May2012   Ohhhh my gawd, what a wild night last night, But , BUT ,but, before all that we had dinner onboard last night starting off with a selection of  voul-u-vonts which included prawns, egg ones, and tuna ones, allyum, yum,This was all followed by roast belly pork,crackling, creamed patatoes, roast stuffing with peppers, carrots, onions, celery & apple sauce, all localproduce,  But , what a night, the wind screemed through therigging as all the boats on our raft grinded together for the entirenight, the flags making a racket as the wind reached 55knots plus. not to mention the waves lapping against the transome like someone playing a tune with water.  Morning came and we could hear boats on the VHF whowere just arriving, having. read more...


16/10/2012

VIA CON ME - Participants VIA CON ME - ARC 2012 - Part 3

v\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} .shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);}   Participants Sailing Yacht VIA CON ME -  ARC 2012   Dieter image001  Dieter Vogt, Crew, age 47, Certificate of competency as Master of Sport and Pleasure Yachts at seaNautical Miles: Approx. 3’000 NM (Mediterranean Sea)Hobbies : sailing, motorsports, traveling and much moreProfession : business managerPhilosophy : “simple : I love the live !”  Diese E-Mail und allfällige Anlagen können Betriebs- oder Geschäftsgeheimnisse, dem Anwaltsgeheimnis unterliegende oder sonstige vertrauliche Informationen enthalten. Sollten Sie diese E-Mail irrtümlicherweise erhalten haben,. read more...


23/01/2009

Kasuje - A reflection.

Hi from Skipper Steve. For those of you who have been following our progress you would have noted the very short daily passage distances and therefore our obvious slow speed. This is all caused by a strong depression 1000's of miles away in the Southern Ocean, preventing the normal trade winds developing and subsequently pushing us on to our destination. Hence we are drifting along, blissfully happy and fast running out of wine and provisions...!!!.There is little else I can report........!!! , no stories of storm and tempest or breakages to man or machine, you could easily think that our lives are boring and monotonous. FAR FROM IT....!!!! It is, to the day, 12 months since we left St Lucia and 18 months since Troon. We have completed a longitudinal circumnavigation crossing the. read more...


23/01/2009

Cleone - Leg 22A Day 5 - Frustration

Out here, frustration is light and variable winds. Where you are, this probably means sunshine, rapidly drying washing, sunbathing, picnics (in January? Where've you been recently - Ed), no trees or branches falling onto your car and general happiness.  For the technical, it probably means you are under the influence of a stable, high-pressure system.  But here, although the observable effects are similar, the reaction tends to be the reverse.  We've been beset by light and variable winds.  None of us have anything against sunshine, but we've had showers which should be squalls but are not, winds that shift constantly (where are the steady, trade-winds blowing?), sails to trim incessantly (the ghoster has been up and down twice this morning) and general frustration.  None of this is good. read more...


16/03/2011

Voyageur - Log day 259 - Down in the Doldrums.....

13 March 2011There is no mistaking it. We are in the doldrums geographically and emotionally. There has been no wind and rain, lots of it. Low cumulous clouds hang over us and seem as if to squeeze the very air from our lungs. The Doldrums begin north of 5 degrees south. The Inter Tropical Convergence Zone, its correct name, thickens as it gets towards the Brazilian coast and manifests itself by calms and squalls. What little wind there is, always contrives to prevent us from going in the direction in which we want to go. The prevailing wind is predominantly southeast to east gradually becoming more north easterly as you leave the South Atlantic, but the winds come from north to northwest. Consequently many of the boats are recording high engine hours but we are endeavouring to sail. read more...


05/06/2012

Scarlet Lady - Log Day 2 - Off to Falmouth

Headed West today to Falmouth, which will now be the springboard for our Biscay crossing (hopefully, this coming Saturday). It was good to eventually get sailing and enjoy the views of the Cornish coastline.We are now rafted up at Mylor Yacht Harbour and spent the evening enjoying a chilli con carne and watching the Queen's Diamond Jubilee concert. Lynne, Steve, John & Peter . read more...


30/05/2012

First Edition lll - We are OK!!!

1500 UTC May 30 Most of the gale has passed, the waves still huge, winds 20+.I am in the cockpit and notice one of the snaps on the dodger is loose and I reattach it, just tidying up. .Susan laughs till tears roll down her cheeks - Why does she laugh at my absurd attempt to tidy up??? Because several hours earlier we were hit with a powerful rogue wave that crushed and tore the dodger.WE had been in "hove to" throughout the night and then after daylight while Susan was typing an email to friends and family - BANG - the wave hit - KNOCK DOWN!!! - The dodger was crushed onto the companionway top, gallons of water sprayed through a closed leaky port light, the rub rail on the leeward side of the boat was torn loose and everything that was not nailed down "and mean everything including the. read more...


20/08/2012

Anastasia - Snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef

 14:38.74S 145:38.14E  One of the reasons we stopped at Lizard Island is that it is the closest anchorage to Ribbon Reef Number 10, the north end of which is the location of the famous Cod Hole dive site.  Yesterday we sailed out to the ribbon reef to go snorkelling there.  It was cloudy and windy when we set off, and when we got to the dive site there was 28 knots of wind, with a lot of swell coming in through the pass in the reef.  Rather than going to Cod Hole we picked up a mooring buoy at Cormorant Reef, which is more sheltered from the waves.  So, in the end, despite having some doubts when we were sailing out there, everyone got to snorkel on the outer barrier reef.  The visibility was pretty good (not as good as we have had in some. read more...


16/10/2012

La Capitana - Log 1 -> Preparing for the ARC

S/y La Capitana is presently on the dry in its second home port of Garrucha, Spain (Finnish flag, port of registry is Porvoo). Installation of satellite telephone, SSB receiver, fitting solar panel, engine maintenance, new sails, acquisitions of new and additional equipment, inspection of check lists etc. etc. What an enormous amount of money and work!  My wife Pirjo and I will set sails towards Las Palmas on November 2nd. The plan is to sail via Benalmadena, Casablanca and Lanzarote with an ETA to Las Palmas on November the 12th.                                        The crew for. read more...


13/10/2012

Indulgence - Blog 4 Leixoes to Lisbon

Todays blog is going to be a little bit different. Because we have an international crew we decided we will have an international blog as well. Our Irish skipper and one of our English crew-members already wrote something for you and today our Dutch friend will be contributing to the daily log.Donderdag 11 oktober 04:15 UT. Ik wordt ruw gewekt door een startende motor, vrij snel opgevolgd door een rammelende ketting en een ratelende lier. Een kleine drie kwartier later slaat de motor af en komen alleen de fluisterende wind in de zeilen en het voorbijtrekkende water nog boven de stilte uit. Na 3 dagen in Leixoes gewacht te hebben tot de mist weggetrokken was zijn we nu dan eindelijk op weg naar Aveiro dat een slordige 40 mijl zuidelijker ligt. Als ik 2 uur later opsta en naar buiten loop. read more...


30/05/2012

Freedom Found - Log Day 6 & 7 - Mon 29 Tues 28 - Strong winds but Sailing!

Strong winds and waves finally meet us so we have been able to sail most of time. Well reefed at night with winds sustained at 25-27 kts. Now moderated so getting steady 5 kts. Most loose items now on floor :-). Looking after genoa retricts our speed som what but its a long way to go. Curently 1106 nm to go as at Wed 15:00 UTC Grant, Mark(o), Marisa & Jorge. read more...


05/06/2012

Katerina - Log 3 The Land of Pasties

Well, we're still in the UK then, thank you very much weather gods. We're in a place known as Falmouth in Cornishland. Had a great sail yesterday down from Plymouth with lovely sunshine and a perfect 10 wind. After several sextant sights on passage I could confirm that we were still somewhere in the English Channel. That combined with still seeing land made us feel reasonably safe.Tonight's highlight, not that we have cabin fever, is fish and chips in a local pub. This has been organised by our new friend Steve on Scarlet Lady. In fact I spent last night dreaming of mushy peas, tartar sauce and crispy batter, thanks Steve.. read more...


22/01/2009

Quasar V of Lleyn - 21st January 2009

Wednesday 21st January 2009 CONFUSED WINDS, DRIZZLE, SQUALLS AND RAIN This morning we were presented with dull, grey clouds and dark seas.  The winds, whilst initially consistent, started to collapse in to a state of confusion as several murky clouds loomed behind us in menacing fashion. We had the spinnaker up and had been steering 282 degrees true (our destination is 276 degrees), but within about half an hour, the wind backed, veered, backed again, dropped and increased in strength from 5 knots to 20 knots.  The main sail and spinnaker cried out in distress as the wind whipped behind to the leeward side.  We ended up altering our course to 240 degrees to steady the sails and assess what the wind was doing.   It started to drizzle; then it started to rain heavily.  The thicket of dark. read more...


16/03/2011

A Lady - Sailing around the World

WEDNESDAY  16th  MARCH  2011  A good night at sea, a steady NE breeze of 20 nkots on our starboard side, Better still, Aileen and Suzanna did the watches from 00.00hrs to 06.00hrs betwwen them , so skipper had a reasonable nights sleep,, 06.00hrs, Distance travelled ...................................983 miles, ( 193 in the last 24hrs )               Distance to destination...........................1,126 miles 08.00hrs  Skipper and Suzanna hoisted the KITE, ( Parasail ) this increased our speed by 1.5 knots, but we are still shy of our rum line, sailing a course of 281 degrees , we need to sail 299 degrees, soooo , we will hope the wind will go more easterly later,  08.30hrs, . read more...


18/08/2012

Anastasia - Lizard Island

14:39,7S 145:27.1E  After an overnight reef-dodging run up from Cairns we are now anchored at Lizard Island, in Watsons bay.   This morning we went snorkelling on a reef called the clam garden.  In the afternoon we walked up to the highest point of the island, Cook's Lookout.  Captain Cook anchored here and walked to the highest point to try and work out how to get out of the "labrynth of reefs".  In the end he found a way out (Cooks passage), sailed for a while outside the reef and then decided it was better to be inside the reef and came back in through Providence Channel.  Cook called this Lizard Island because the only animals he saw on the island were monitor lizards.  We were lucky enough to see a lizard on our walk up the island.. read more...


10/10/2012

Indulgence - Blog 3 Leixoes to Leixoes

At the break of dawn our intrepid Skipper arose to walk along the harbour wall to examine the ever changing foggy conditions.  He returned to INDULGENCE to tell us that his years of sailing experience and gut instinct told him that we could not venture out of the safety of  Leixoes Marina. Reluctantly the crew set about entertaining themselves with Spanish lessons, by discussing the merits of mahogany coffee tables and reliving how the outboard engine had been fully stripped earlier that day.Post lunch saw the majority of the crew retire to the balcony of the local hostelry where beverages were consumed whilst we examined, in detail, the ever changing weather conditions. The remaining crew member rowed intrepidly throughout the harbour identifying various types of crafts. read more...


15/03/2011

A Lady - Sailing around the World

MONDAY   14th  MARCH  2011  01.13,22 hrs   We crossed the Equator. The weather was misearble, and we had on all the foul weather gear. We are now 285 miles east of the Amazon River. We had head winds for a while during the day, then going SW, then W, then NW, then N  and finally settled into the NE. We had a tough day, but then, so did the rest of the fleet. During early afternoon, it started to rain, well, it just came down and down, for hours on end, we had torrential rain, but so did everyone else, as they said, we all had soggy arses, rain, Rain Rain,,  ohhhhhh,  By 6pm, we had a strong NE wind, like 28 / 30 knots, but worse to come. We were sailing on a Stb, beam reach , with 3 reefs in the Mainsail, the Genny. read more...


22/01/2009

Quasar V of Lleyn - log 20th January 2009

Tuesday 20th January 2009 OVERTAKING BOAT KEEP CLEAR Wow, last night's sail was exciting.  We had the spinnaker up all night with the wind pulsing to 20 - 25 knots, at times coming forward of the beam forcing us to bear away on a more northerly route.  We were gathering the speed of a thousand gazelles - well 8.5 - 9 knots to be precise.  I couldn't sleep at all and got up intermittently throughout the night.  At 5.30am, Malcy was sitting with gleeful smile in the cockpit: 'we're just about to reel in our first fish.'  I looked to our port and about half a mile away was another yacht.  We were overtaking her at a fast pace.  We called her up on the VHF and heard the dulcet tones of Gerry on Northern Sky.  He's one of our favourite skippers on the rally, with his warm personality and. read more...


05/06/2012

Usquabae of Fife - Monday 4th June: An unexpected anchorage

Monday 4th June and it was good to be off at last. We were glad to take the opportunity of the weather window for a sail to Falmouth, where we will sit out the expected bad weather prior to crossing Biscay. We had a relaxing start to our journey, taking time to get more familiar with some of our newer equipment on board. Although initially motor sailing we enjoyed a good few hours sailing as the wind picked up slightly. About six miles off Falmouth and getting ready to head in, we suddenly were making no way and investigation showed us to be made fast to a fishing buoy with rope around our rudder. Try as we could we were unable to free ourselves and having informed Rally Control of our plight, we sought advice from. read more...


30/05/2012

Common Sense - Mostly there

‘We joined the Navy to see the world, And what did we see? We saw the sea.’ (South Pacific)That about sums it up: we’ve seen a lot of sea. In all its moods from calm to calamitous, from a dream of surfing dolphins and soaring shearwaters to a nightmare of inky peaks and canyons. It feels as though we’ve made very slow progress – well behind the ARC fleet, most of which have arrived in the Azores or will do so shortly. This is due, I guess, to a combination of inexperience, minor misfortunes and a boat untested in open ocean conditions. But hey! We’ve sailed over 1400 nautical miles on this passage (plus 900 to Bermuda before that, 400 through the Bahamas & 1200 down the US East Coast) and we’re ‘almost’ there! We’re all. read more...


17/08/2012

Anastasia - Cairns Skyrail and Kuranda village

 While staying in Cairns we took the Skyrail cable car up to Kuranda village.  The cableway runs over the rainforest so you can get to see the tree canopy close up from above.  There are walkways through the forest at each of the stops.   Kuranda village was larger and more touristy than we expected.  Andrea bought a silver wire necklace at one of the craft stalls.  We managed to resist buying a certified authentic digeridoo.We visited the butterfly house, which is the largest in Australia, and where they breed local species of butterfly for display to the public.  One of these is the bright blue Ulysses butterfly, which is the unofficial emblem of Queensland.  It only lives for three days so there has to be a. read more...



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