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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...


16/07/2008

Kasuje - Log 17th July

Hi from Skipper Steve,We are back in the groove on the 1200nm passage from Port Vila, Vanuatu - Makay in Queensland, Australia, (where I can finally wear my personally signed Shane Warne cricket shirt!!!). A 6-7 day passage over the Coral sea. The main fleet have headed north to the Northern end of the Vanuatu group and are making the direct passage to Cairns from there. We decided, however, that we would like to visit the Whit Sunday Islands within the Great Barrier Reef and so, are making a more southerly crossing. The first 48 hours have been once again exhilarating with constant winds in the high twenties gusting to 35knts with two 200+nm day runs. Robert and Dawn are now thinking this is usual and have become quite the old sea dogs, ignoring the lack of sleep, bumps, bruises and. read more...


03/04/2012

BRIZO - 3 April 2012 - Change in Plans!

Kathryn's dog bite did in fact become infected and we took her to the hospital here in Nuku Hiva. We were given an assortment of medicine to cure the infection and advised to delay our departure a couple of days to confirm the medications are working. We now plan to depart Wednesday for Tuamotu's. The hospital experience was interesting, there is no charge for visitors if the problem being treated originated while in French Polynesia. For pre-existing conditions you are required to pay in advance for treatment or repatriated to your home country using the bond each of us had to post for a one way air ticket back home!We spent the entire afternoon yesterday refueling our boat and assisting SOPHIE and SAMSARA refuel also. The fuel facility is designed for large ships and pleasure craft are. read more...


01/11/2010

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

Sunday, 31st October 2010  (Day 2 at Sea) Our first waypoint is about 30 miles south east of Madagascar. Madagascar is the 4th largest Island in the World. We are still trying to find ou what the other 3 are. It is thought that this Island was part of the African continent originally, but drifted apart over the centuries. The political scene there is fragile and yachts are discouraged from visiting the Island. Meanwhile, back on the boat...01.00hrs (Skippers watch) A clear night and a harvest 1/2 moon appeared over the eastern horizon. This gave us a lovely shimmering reflection across the sea and helped light up the place in general. The wind was NNW  8k and we were scooting along at 6.6knots with the blue spinnaker flying, mind you, we were also. read more...


31/10/2010

Voyageur - Log day 185 - Mists of the Mountains

26 October 2010La Reunion is a lovely island and having just returned from three wonderful days touring with John and Jenny we are wishing that we had had a couple of days less on Mauritius and a few days more spent here. There is so much to see and do. Our hire car, the second choice was a battered old thing, the first one rejected because there was no air flow of any sort. However it did get us around and the brakes did not fail on the hairpin bends that are such a feature of travelling into the interior of this island. It is so French and by that I mean that they are quite unused to English speaking tourists and therefore it was good to brush up on our long lost French. This island is a walkers paradise and reminded us very much of Madeira. It is not so much for the golfers and beach. read more...


03/04/2012

Serendipity - Ua Huka

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16/07/2008

Graptolite - Visits the Bat Cave

17:44.87S 168:18.66E Port Vila, Efate, Vanuatu. 16th July PMLast night we went to a restaurant called L'Hostalet which is fairly famous in Port Vila for its exotic menu. I had flying fox (fruit bat) in a red wine sauce that was really good. There's plenty of meat on one fruit bat and there's no wings, fur, little pointy teeth or a face like Peter Cushing to deal with on the plate. It's a bit gamey, a bit like hare. Colin had the coconut crab which he tells me has an unusual taste for crab as they mostly scuttle about in the rain forest.Today we had an abseil down a 50 metre waterfall with Gerrie (Wizard), Petra (Viva) and Val (Blue Flyer). Fun but a bit chilly. It was all very safely organized but that didn't stop me falling over a rock at the bottom and twisting my ankle. It occurs to. read more...


03/04/2012

Anastasia - Anchored in Ua Pou (pronounced wapoo)

9:21.5S 130:02.8WSerendipity's blog from yesterday is worth a read: http://blog.mailasail.com/serendipity/131  Today we sailed from Hiva Oa to Ua Pou. There was not much wind and so it was sunset by the time we reached the anchorage.  Even so, a local guy come over in a canoe to give us a photocopy of the town plan so we will know how to buy our arts/crafts and pizzas tomorrow.  Here is a picture of the anchorage as we came in, showing the huge volcanic plugs that form the center of the island (723). read more...


31/10/2010

A Lady - Sailing our Oyster around the World (Presently about to leave Reunion Island)

Saturday, 30th October 2010   (Bank holiday weekend at home) DAY 1 at Sea. LEG 19 of the World rally. Distance to Richards Bay, South Africa........................................................1,365 n milesOur estimated time to do the trip ................................................................8 days 3hrs 06.00hrs All hands on deck as we leave today. We washed down the decks again and had a light breakfast and then set up all the sheets and guys for the "Bag of Fear" if required. 09.00hrs Rally control morning radio broadcast. It became a fact that the two  U.S. Sundeer 60's are going to stay for another few days. 10.15hrs Our neighbors Chessy let go her lines and now we were free to leave the dock. We already had. read more...


16/07/2008

Lady Kay - Port Vila

Hi allWe had another rough night sail to Port Vila, with no winds for 3 hours, then stong winds and big seas for the rest of the way. It was great to come into the large, sheltered harbour of Port Vila. We arrived in morning with plenty of time to get showered etc. for the ARC luncheon and prizegiving. The food was good and we were able to enjoy it with good NZ wine. We were suprised and pleased to win first prize for multihull section in the last leg, especially so as it was a bottle of wine rather than another plaque!Port Vila is the main town on the island of Efate. It is actually a proper town with shops (a good French supermarket, Duty free shops etc.), cars, roads and hotels. It is a beautiful setting based on an inner harbour on one side and a lagoon on the other side - our first. read more...


15/07/2008

Graptolite - Up the Mast in Port Vila

17:44.87S 168:18.66E Port Vila, Efate, Vanuatu. 15th July PMWe now have engine and sails in working order but the mast is still a bit wobbly. Rigging parts are being made up and airfreighted from Brisbane but we are going to be here in Port Vila for a while yet before moving on to Espiritu Santo. There are worse places to be and there is still lots to dohere.Last night Petra (Viva) and Bob (Andante) had a joint birthday cake and champagne party on a beach on an island in Port Vila harbour. Apart from that it was a quiet night for the master and crew of Graptolite. Wear and tear doesn't just affect the boat.New photos should have been added to www.graptolite.euM. read more...


03/04/2012

Serendipity - April begins

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30/10/2010

Crazy Horse - fleet leaving

Yesterday , the fleet left for South Africa. We all stood out on the quay and watched the start of the race. The winds were light so it was a slow start but still a grand sight . We and Ocean Jasper will leave on Monday for Richards Bay, South Africa. The winds are supposed to be light for the next few days so perhaps we will catch up if we have the wind in our favor.Today we hope to see the volcano from the other side and another waterfall. The aquarium was very nice though all the exhibits were written in French but very well done.Sometimes just ordering from the menu has been a challenge here. But all the people are very helpful and patient with us. As Americans we are so spoiled thinking that the world should all be speaking our language. Many of the other participants of the World. read more...


02/04/2012

BRIZO - 2 April 2012

Our trip to the waterfall at Hanavave was great, the trek was indeed strenuous but worth it! After hiking up through the humid tropical jungle we went swimming in the cold, clear pool of water and felt wonderfully refreshed. Once again we were pleasantly surprised with few biting insects and relaxed for a bit before descending back to the village. The only troublesome part was a dog bite to Kathryn's leg as we walked past a remote house. It doesn't appear serious but we are monitoring for any infection. We sailed overnight to arrive at Nuku Hiva Sunday morning. This is by far the most developed town in the Marquesas, the seat of government and (of course) the best-kept and most modern. After some exploring yesterday we had a very nice dinner ashore with the crew from Trompeta at a. read more...


30/10/2010

A Lady - Eating our way around the World (Presently in Reunion Isalnd, South Indian Ocean)

Friday, 29th October 2010 07.00hrs Skipper dragged himself out of the scratcher and had a shower, shave etc.07.30hrs Aileen got out of the scratcher and went for a short walk.  10.00hrs Skipper and Terry drove the two girls to St. Gilles-les-Bains so they could do the beach for the day, while Terry and Skipper returned to the boat via the supermarket for some provisions.We had to undo the whole inside of the boom and reload the mainsail outhaul. As outlined previously, this outhaul was replaced in Mackay and the rigger made a complete mess, the outhaul not only crossed a steel bar that cause it to fray, but the rope was crossed a number of times inside the boom, thus causing further chafing along the outhaul. All this today took another 3 hours, but we were happy when. read more...


02/04/2012

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...


14/07/2008

Jus'Do It 3 - arrival in Tanna

st1\:*{behavior:url(#default#ieooui) } Monday 7th JulyBy morning the sky has cleared and it’s typical trade wind conditions; blue skies, puffy white clouds and 25 knots of wind from the SW. By mid-day Monday 228 miles covered in 24 hours with a reduced headsail and one reef in the main. Ian repairs the spray-hood. In sight are Akoya and one other – possibly Strega. The sailing is much more enjoyable today - racing along trying to get to Tanna before sunset. Annie feeling much better, still not hungry but happy not to be eating for a change! We pass Mission Station 10 miles to port in the afternoon and soon afterwards, the Island of Tanna comes into view. After the sun has set the volcano can be seen spurting red hot lava into the sky in the distance. We arrive at the. read more...


29/10/2010

Tucanon - The blessing of the fleet

The last night that we were in Mauritius, after a sumptuous meal at an Indian restaurant in the precinct next to the marina, with Bev, Moe, and Bev’s parents, we went to the casino and played blackjack using the last of the local currency. When the chips were cashed in, we were paid out in local currency, so it wasn’t too much of a disappointment not to win. Next morning Moe went ashore to try to change the local currency that he still held, into dollars. The banks and money changers were not interested but he finally found that Thomas Cook would do the deal. Checking out formalities took place between 8am and 9am. Then, at 9.30, at the end of the quay, the ministers from six different denominations came to bless the fleet. The Roman Catholic priest introduced each minister. read more...


14/07/2008

Jus'Do It 3 - wild and windy

Sunday 6th JulyAs forecasted, the wind has increased throughout the night to 25 – 30 knots. Some boats are reporting 30 to 40 knots, Annie is feeling queezy. As the wind is now stronger and the seas are building it’s now double watches; Ian and Alex, Stewy and Annie. The decision is made to reef the main-sail late afternoon – still surfing down the waves, occasionally hitting 13- 14 knots (Alex on the wheel!), but averaging 9 – 10. Annie manages to cook some pasta for the bolognese she prepared earlier but by the time she’s serving it out can no longer look at it herself! Wave heights have increased and there’s some huge crashers over the deck. At 3am a massive wave takes out the spray hood during Annie and Stewy’s watch. They manage to save the. read more...


02/04/2012

Trompeta - Paradise in Marquesas

Arrived in Hiva Oa Sat 24 March just in time for the welcome dance and fruit buffet which was excellent. Local dancers dressed in colorourful costume entertained us and invited Peter to join in with several other crews! Whilst staying in Hiva Oa we discovered a very good Hotel the Hanakee Pearl Lodge which has fantastic views from the top of the hill and from their infinity pool which we had to take advantage of before a very good dinner shared with Phil & Andrea (Anastasia). Stayed in Hiva Oa to welcome Caroline & David (Peat Smoke) when they eventually made it in to the anchorage around 4pm on Friday afternoon to a fanfare of fog horns!! We whisked them away to the Hanakee Pearl Lodge and a sumptious dinner was enjoyed by Pete & Jane (Trompeta) Phil & Andrea. read more...


29/10/2010

A Lady - Eating our way around the World (Presently in Reunion Island)

Thursday, 28th October 2010 05.30hrs Aileen sprang to life and took off for a long walk into the center of Le Port this is the town associated with the marina we are presently located at.  The return journey here must be a good 4/5 miles. 06.30 Skipper and Terry got out of the scratchers and Skip decided to catch up with the blogs and emails, Terry did some scouting around and observing the locals and what they were up to ! 08.30 Collette and Neil arose and appeared to the rest of us. All this was followed by a healthy breakfast before we decided to head off again in the "sardine can" to the beach at St- Gilles-les- Bains. We fiddled around the place before we managed to get organised and eventually left the boat around 11.30 and headed. read more...


02/04/2012

Samsara - Snorkelling then onward.......

April 1On Friday we went snorkelling at the bay at Tahuata - saw a number of angelfish that were just beautiful as well as a lot of other fish. Walking along the volcanic outcroppings along one side of the bay there were fish and eels in the rock pools. When we swam back to the boat Lee stayed in the water to do a bit of bottom cleaning and a small (4-5 ft) manta ray swam by.After the day snorkelling and playing on the beach we intended to sail south overnight to another island, but when we pulled out and unrolled the genoa to head south the intermediate shroud on the port side snapped. It was the fitting at the top of the shroud that broke, not the wire. Both the fittings and wire were replaced in October so it's surprising that it failed so quickly. So we furled, and turned north to. read more...


14/07/2008

Jus'Do It 3 - back to sea!

st1\:*{behavior:url(#default#ieooui) } Saturday 5th JulyUp early feeling not too bright – lots to do before the start of the leg to Vanuatu at 11am today. Alex arrives and is welcomed onto Jus’do it!  It’s off the berth then out onto a mooring in the bay. Alex and Annie dinghy ashore to get the final shopping, beer and laundry and to settle the account. Alex does most of the lugging while Annie goes to the office. Ian and Stewy are busy plotting the course and putting on the sheets and guys – Ian’s hoping for a spinnaker run today! The forecast is for light airs, followed by thunder and lightening and rain. By the chat on the radio, it’s clear that a few boats and going to wait until tomorrow to leave. After a delayed start due to a torrential. read more...


28/10/2010

Ariane - Réunion

RéunionHallo liebe SeglerDer Ausflug auf dieser Insel hat sich ebenfalls sehr gelohnt. Wieder haben wir auf halber Strecke übernachtet und konnten so die Zeit gut ausnützen. Wodurch unterscheidet sich Réunion NICHT von Mauritius? Beim Zuckerrohr! Ihr seht, wir beginnen ganz brav am Anfang der Produktion und denken noch gaaaar nicht an den Rhum... Sonst aber ist alles anders. Der Landschaftscharakter ist viel härter, tropischer, vulkanischer. Die Strasse im Osten führt immer wieder durch riesige Lavafelder. Daneben steht dann eine nette Tafel, die besagt, in welchem Jahr diese Lava noch flüssig war! Man wirft da schon mal einen Blick nach oben ? in der Hoffnung, dass der Oktober 2010 nicht ausgerechnet auf der nächsten Tafel stehen wird... Eindrücklich war eine Kirche, die ganz knapp vor. read more...


28/10/2010

Ariane - Mauritius - zum dritten

Mauritius - zum dritten...Liebe SegelfreundeZiemlich unvergesslich wird uns die Segnung sein, die wir am Starttag erleben durften. Da sassen doch tatsächlich die Vertreter der Weltreligionen zusammen an einem Tisch und jeder segnete die Flotte auf seine Weise. Dies war sehr eindrücklich. In einem anschliessenden Gespräch mit dem islamischen Vertreter habe ich diese Aktion als vorbildlich für die ganze Welt bezeichnet, was der Mann freudig bestätigte! Auf dieser Insel sei dies möglich, meinte er. Ist es nicht grossartig, wenn diese an sich konkurriernden Religionen miteinander zusammenarbeiten und sich nicht bekämpfen? Uns hat es sehr beeindruckt. Nun hoffen wir natürlich auf eine nachhaltige Wirkung dieser Segnung, so dass wir gesund wieder zurückkehren dürfen!Mauritius - ich. read more...


02/04/2012

Ensemble - Day 84 (1 April 2012): Baie Hanamoenoa, Tahuata, Marquesas Islands

Greetings from yacht Ensemble.Its been a week since our last blog and there is a lot to catch up on.It was great catching up with the other World ARC boats and crews - and needless to say there were plenty of gatherings and get togethers. The three main venues where 'Alex's' (ex French Foreign Legion who settled here and set up a hotel and bar - with good WiFi), Pearl Lodge (- nice hotel and restaurant overlooking the bay), and the Pizza Place (huge pizzas with lots of creme fresh).The first couple of days were spent cleaning the boat - and sorting out provisions. Joel was great - and we also had help fron David and Alison off Trumpetta. Both Joel and David went up the mast - Joel fixing the Genakker halyard - and David took the last 1m off the main halyard (more chafing from a roller on. read more...


14/07/2008

Jus'Do It 3 - July 4th!

st1\:*{behavior:url(#default#ieooui) }Friday 4th JulyAnnie’s off diving first thing leaving Stewy and Ian to fuel up with the cans, order more beer (as Ian has seen Kasuge next door getting a big beer delivery and has panicked that we may not have enough!),and clean the hull. Again, by the time Annie gets back all the jobs are done and the crew head off for a nice lunch at Dick’s place where they join some of the crews of Andante, Kealoha and Cleone. Alex arrives at 2pm then it’s a trip to Customs to get her signed on the boat – she’s having a final night with Kim on WMD and joining us first thing in the morning. There’s a wee session developing in the Island bar – the Americans are getting fired up for their Independence day celebrations – Annie leaves them. read more...


14/07/2008

Jus'Do It 3 - Muscat Cove

st1\:*{behavior:url(#default#ieooui) }Thursday 3rd JulyInside jobs morning ; Ian and Annie clear and stow all the kit in the spare room in preparation for Alex’s arrival. Stewy polishes the heads! At lunchtime the crew meet up with Phil and Fay at the Island bar where they have arranged to have a lunchtime BBQ to use up the fodder that didn’t get used last-night. A cheery wee BBQ, it’s then fond farewells to Phil and Fay who are leaving for Vanuatu today. It’s a relaxing afternoon – Annie goes for a wander and books a morning dive and an afternoon massage for tomorrow. This is a really lovely place; although it’s a marina within a resort it’s very low key and has a great ambience. Everyone says “bula”, when passing. At night it’s a roasted. read more...


28/10/2010

A Lady - Sailing around the World (Presently in Reunion Island)

  Wednesday, 27th October 2010  Up early, and no blog typing today, we are going off early, well early is around 09.00hrs, even though we (Skipper and Aileen) are up since 06.00hrs, to do the blog and emails, plus having breakfast, shower, and doll ourselves up would normally take us to 10.30 hrs, but today we are off early. We squeezed ourselves into the sardine tin and raved up and took off down the motorway heading south this time towards St-Gills-les-bains. There we found a beautiful beach and immediately went for a swim, We spent some time wondering around the beach afterwards and the nearby marina and harbour, there was also a pond where you could rent a small electric boat and scoot around the place in it. It reminded us of the "Bumpers" at the. read more...


01/04/2012

GUNVØR XL - World ARC Village

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01/04/2012

Serendipity - Report on Day One of the World ARC Snooker Tournament

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