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25/05/2015

Dala - Right in the middle

Hi, all,We are now in the 6th day of this leg, Bermuda to Azores, the longest and most significant, 1800 NM (for non sailors: NM is Nautical Mile and equals 1852 meters).And we are right in the middle, my instruments are telling me that we are 933 NM from destination.I've never done such a long crossing in my whole sailing life and I've never been so far from any piece of land. It's thrilling!I've been asked a few times if you get bored on such a long trip. The short reply is: Not for a second!The longer reply is that you have to plan and plan again your route constantly, reading and interpreting the weather forecast, trim your sails several times a day, etc... Because everything around you, the waves, the wind strength, the wind direction, the swell, the currents and more are changing. read more...


25/05/2015

Zingara

Tag 6 1000Restseemeilen Moin und hallo von Bord der Zingara. Der fuenfteTag hatte es in sich - 24Stunden Amwind Segel Richtung Azoren mitdurchgehend 20 - 25Konten Wind. Wir haben gut Strecke gemacht und aucheinige Positionen aufgeholt. Heute Vormittag hat der Wind deutlichnachgelassen - welch eine Wohltat! Wir mussten kurzzeitig sogar diegusseiserne Genua bemuehen um nicht stehen zu bleiben. Die versprocheneWinddrehung kam dann wie angekuendigt und kurz vor unser 1000 RestseemeilenMarke konnten wir wieder Segel setzen. Nun ist easy sailing, Halbwind ausSuedOst 14ktn, angesagt. Das soll erstmal so bleiben und langsam - mitzunehmenden Einfluss des Azorenhochs - auf Sued drehen und zunehmen. Nebender Erholung haben einige Delfine und der Magarita von Ernst fuerHighlights gesorgt. Nun freuen. read more...


Windswept - ARC USA- Big Catch
Windswept - ARC USA- Big Catch
25/05/2015

Jambo - rough old night

We are bashing through a low trough but I to headwindsso Jambo is taking apounding for not much forward progressSleep still at a premium and a moral boosting bacon wrap is required!Watching the birds swooping around the boat leaves you with admiration of their agility.Carol just planning to bake bread which will be good for lunch.Problems with the domestic batteries indicates that the Caribbean sun may have killed themPhilip. read more...


25/05/2015

Widago - Bermuda-Azores Day 6: Whale of a Time

Beautiful day out here somewhere in the North Atlantic, as WIDAGO slowly makes progress towards Horta. Winds continue to be light & variable, seas rolling with broad, smooth swells. We've two different whale sightings in two days. Yesterday was a pair of pilots, followed by a sleeping Goliath on the surface today - not sure of her species, but for sure the blowhole was in working order. Boys continue to keep themselves busy with games (mancala is hot right now) and movies (seriously, how many times have we seen Cars???). Yesterday it was so calm, I had no excuse to forego cleaning the salon. Luckily with three Tweens on board, all it takes is one round of chips & guacamole, and I'm back in the cleaning business. I think they are taunting me... Just crumbling tortilla chips, and. read more...


25/05/2015

Free Spirit - Log 15: 24 May 2015

I have noted the young whipper-snapper's denials but they cut no ice with me. And, as for that lawyer. Like all of his ilk he will sing anyone's tune for the right 'consideration'. When I do catch the little blighter with chocolaty fingers he will have to be taught a lesson but I'm thinking that keel-hauling might be a bit harsh, especially as not many keel-haulees survive. Sixty lashes of me ol' cat-o-nine tails should be sufficient to see justice done.It's been the devil's luck on this trip so far. Thieving crew being just one of a whole load of aggravations. Today Mr. Mainsail had an enforced rest. And tomorrow too by the looks of it. He's not too unhappy about that but the rest of us are not best pleased. All of the bolts holding the in-mast furling system sheared in the night last. read more...


25/05/2015

Free Spirit - Log 14: 24 May 2015

Sunday morning. A time for lie-ins, bacon and eggs,coffee and the morning papers. For some, a chance to recover from last night'sexcesses and for others, the time to get stuck into a long run, or a wholesomewalk in the park. Traditionally, the Day of Rest was even observed atsea - the crew were obliged to don their best uniforms and, after a briefSunday service, were given the rest of the day off...   This, however, was not the case on Free Spirit thisSunday morning. Michael and I, having come off watch at 0400, were shaken awakeby the Skipper at 0630 and hauled on deck.Overnight, the rod that supports thein-mast furling mainsail had fractured at its base, meaning that the sail couldnot be reefed or extended without it jamming. With increasing winds and seas,. read more...


Flomaida II - Flomaida passt nicht durch!
Flomaida II - Flomaida passt nicht durch!
Flomaida II - Zum Abschied von Neuseeland gibts den besten "Flat White"
Flomaida II - Zum Abschied von Neuseeland gibts den besten
Flomaida II - Unglaubliche Stimmung in den Bergen
Flomaida II - Unglaubliche Stimmung in den Bergen
Flomaida II - Abendstimmung in den Bergen der Südinsel von NZ
Flomaida II - Abendstimmung in den Bergen der Südinsel von NZ
Flomaida II - Sushi selbstgemacht an Bord
Flomaida II - Sushi selbstgemacht an Bord
Flomaida II - Auch so kann es ausschauen in der Bay of Islands und zwar ganz schnell!
Flomaida II - Auch so kann es ausschauen in der Bay of Islands und zwar ganz schnell!
Flomaida II - So schön, dass ich fast mein "Schwindelfreisyndrom" vergessen habe
Flomaida II - So schön, dass ich fast mein
Flomaida II - Unglaubliche Ausblicke auf die Inselwelt der Bay of Islands/NZ
Flomaida II - Unglaubliche Ausblicke auf die Inselwelt der Bay of Islands/NZ
Flomaida II - Gut, dass man es abund zu zu lesen bekommt!
Flomaida II - Gut, dass man es abund zu zu lesen bekommt!
Flomaida II - Die Südinsel von Neuseeland
Flomaida II - Die Südinsel von Neuseeland
Flomaida II - Eines meiner vielen Lieblingsbilder
Flomaida II - Eines meiner vielen Lieblingsbilder
Flomaida II - Bungi jumping! Nichts für mich!
Flomaida II - Bungi jumping! Nichts für mich!
Flomaida II - So soll es mal aussehen in Whangarei, wenn es denn gebaut wird! Schön wärs!!!
Flomaida II - So soll es mal aussehen in Whangarei, wenn es denn gebaut wird! Schön wärs!!!
Flomaida II - Harley Davidson Treffen in Queenstown
Flomaida II - Harley Davidson Treffen in Queenstown
Flomaida II - Hier kommt der gute Sauvignon Blanc her
Flomaida II - Hier kommt der gute Sauvignon Blanc her
Starblazer - 25/05/2015 - Exploring the Ha'apai. NB lemons are on the right not the left!
Starblazer - 25/05/2015 - Exploring the Ha'apai. NB lemons are on the right not the left!
Flomaida II - Tiefe Bergseeen
Flomaida II - Tiefe Bergseeen
25/05/2015

Starblazer - 25/05/2015 - Exploring the Ha'apai

In the introduction to Ken's Cruising Guide to Tonga he describes the Ha'apai as like the Tuamotus, of French Polynesia, a sentiment with which I agree to some extent.There are a lot of islands, a lot of reefs and a lot of long sandy beaches, there are also a number of passes between islands and reefs.The one missing feature is the narrow pass into a circular atoll, something I can do without though we entered Minerva Reef quite easily, exiting was an altogether rougher experience!.The Ha'apai are divided into several island chains.From Ha'apai Beach Resort on Lifuka we wriggled our way between reefs and shallows and went south to the next island, Uoleva.The anchorage toward the southwest of the island, tucked between two reefs, gave access to Serenity Beach Resort run by Jackie and. read more...


Flomaida II - Der schöne und aktive Bahnhof von Duniden
Flomaida II - Der schöne und aktive Bahnhof von Duniden
Flomaida II - Die Farben sind echt!
Flomaida II - Die Farben sind echt!
Flomaida II - Flomaida's Zuhause für 3 Monate
Flomaida II - Flomaida's Zuhause für 3 Monate
24/05/2015

Luna Quest - Sunday, 24 May, 2015

Noon Position: 16.53S 169.47WDaily run: uncertain; est. 120 miles (cross over charts and unreliable log reader)The wind backed yesterday from south east to east so that we could no longer sustain our goose-winged sail configuration. The rough seas in the strong winds nearly jibed the boat and if that had happened we might well have had a few breakages. As the night was upon us, we took down the mainsail and just carried on with the one poled out and reefed Genoa (jenny). Our progress diminished dramatically while the boat began to roll in the rough seas, but there was nothing we could do about it other than suffer the ignominious rocking and rolling, all night. Sleep was difficult to come by as one’s body and head were rolled from side to side with much clattering and banging of items. read more...


24/05/2015

Euphoria - Dag 4, mer fokus på segling än bloggande

Vi inledde med att gå nordöst efter starten i onsdags (20.05.2015),sydvästliga vindar förde oss snabbt ut från Bermuda. Under dag två ändrade vikurs till en mer östlig för att undvika dåligt väder. Seglingen har i stort settskett med fulla segel, spinnaker på dagtid och genua/code zero på nätterna. 600nautiska avklarades efter 3 dagar med bra vind och fina förhållanden. Euphoriassnabba frammarsch har gjort att vi nått ett område med svagare vindar, dessavindar väntas hålla i sig till på tisdag (26.05.2015).  Under anmarschen till Bermuda så fick Euphoria problem med en delinstrument. En tekniker var på plats i Bermuda som hjälpte oss med dessa menunder natten mellan lördag/söndag så återkom problemen. Idag har vi felsöktinstrumenten då vädret vart lugnare, vi tror oss ha hittat. read more...


24/05/2015

Gozwoz - Day 5 from Bermuda

The day started with the arrival of the weather front which we had seen to the north west all the previous day. During the night we had heavy persistent rain. At one point in the dark cockpit the Coxswain was alarmed to hear distressed exclamations from the Navigator only to learn that he had sat down on a wet seat having forgotten to don his waterproof trousers. The Coxswain stood the early morning watch and was later described by the Bosun as a drowned rat. The wind rapidly veered from the SW, which had been blowing us along since Bermuda, to north-east as foretold by the so-called weather GRIB files which Our Great Leader has been downloading daily via the SSB shortwave radio. Having sailed on the other tack during the morning we resorted to engine in the afternoon.  A comment on. read more...


24/05/2015

Gozwoz - Day 4 from Bermuda

The next few days are likely to be interesting as e reach the end of the weather system we have enjoyed since Wednesday. Following a long discussion between Our Great Leader and Harald from Sophie, who has done several ARCs and the World ARC, the decision has been taken to turn somewhat to the south with a view to picking up a favourable south-easterly wind in a few days time. It is likely that we will have some motoring to do. After a day's steady sailing we are almost back on the line of our original Great Circle Route. The difference from previous days is that there has been a definite chill in the wind today and warm clothes are a necessity, particularly at night.On the subject of navigation the Navigator has worked out in conjunction with the cerebral Cox'n that one is always on a. read more...


24/05/2015

Aislig Bheag - Dramatic Rescue on the High Seas!... of an old Fender...

The crew of the Aislig Bheag can today report the dramatic rescue on thehigh seas of a highly distressed fender:  The rescue effort began in earnest a little after 4pm on the first DogWatch (Rover) after John spotted the white head (of said Mr. fender) bobbing offthe port side.  Conditions were challenging with high seas (1ft swell) andgale force conditions (3.5knts) but in spite of these adverse conditions theskipper’s fast reactions, (think well oiled mechanical gears not fibre opticcables), kicked into gear as he brought the yacht head to wind and a text bookemergency stop (backing the jib under full canvas and heaving in themain).  John shouted out “all hands on deck!” and the crew speedilyassembled in the cockpit as the yacht charged towards the bobbing victim. read more...


24/05/2015

Tara -

Saturday was another beautiful day of sailing even though the winds lightened as the day progressed.Just before lunch I noticed a sail pretty far ahead in the distance.We all commented about how big the sails looked and wondered if we’d have any chance to catch her. Well, as it turned out, we were on a near parallel, but eventually, intersecting course that lead us together after about an hour.Our big yacht that we were chasing had metamorphosed into a tiny 30’ sailboat named ‘Django’ with a French husband and wife aboard as only crew.For comparison sake, the smallest boat in this rally is 39’ and that is about twice the size of a 30’ when you consider practical living conditions.It was a real reminder of how big this ocean is. When there is nothing to be seen in 360 degrees for three. read more...


24/05/2015

Agua Dulce - Light winds - no fish - good food

Not much has been happening out here in the big, blue ocean. We have had light winds, but fairly steady, until yesterday when they all but died. I think we jinxed it, because someone thought it would be a good idea to have a contest to see who could guess most accurately when we would have to turn the engine on - we haven't had to use it (other than to enter Town Cut at St. George's harbor in Bermuda) for 1200nm. So, of course we all placed our bets, and in less than 24 hours, we were running the engine. Guess who won? Captain Charlie. The man whose ultimate decision it was to turn the engine on. Hmmmmm..... Anyway, with 1200nm to go, I guess we had to do something if we want to get to the Azores before Christmas. We have caught no fish. Nothing is even interested. We've tried a variety. read more...


24/05/2015

Dala - The daily problem

Hi, all,Today, except for about two hours without wind, we continued to enjoy our ride.You may remember, in one of my former messages to the blog, I wrote that a friend of mine once told me that when sailing, every day brings with it a new problem!Today was no exception, and we got an overriding of the genoa starboard sheet around the winch! (French: Un "surpattage" de l'ecoute tribord du genois autour du winch, une grosse galere!).It took us four or five different attempts with an equivalent number of possible solutions to solve the problem. At one moment we even considered to CUT the sheet!Finally, after about a tough fight, we succeeded to free this overriding...Of course, all this occured under a super strong rain, the strongest we had since the beginning of the Rally...I said to my. read more...


24/05/2015

Jambo - saturday night

It was pitch black last night and I was on watch at midnight when it started to rain shortly followed by a 70 degree wind shift. That would have been fine if we were not underfull sail with the Genoa poles out. So I had to get everyone up from their bunks to gybe the main, drop the pole and change course in the rain anddark- everyone obliged in good spirits - international yachts men and women are like that!We All agreed it was one of the best nights out we had experienced on a Saturday but did ask why are we doing this? .....""living the dream baby" came the answer from TomDid about 120 miles which was not bad either so nearly one third of the wayPhilip. read more...


Widago -
Widago -
23/05/2015

Free Spirit - Log 13: 23 May 2015

It is with great regret that I have toannounce that there is a thief  on board. The following notice has beenposted on the refrigerator door:   NOTICE:   ANYONE CAUGHT STEALING THE CAPTAIN'S CHOCOLATE WILLBE KEEL-HAULED   You might consider keel-hauling, which wasabolished by the Admiralty in the mid-eighteenth century, rather severe, butgiven the heinous nature of the crime I personally consider this to be anentirely appropriate punishment. I suspect the young whipper-snapper and amwatching him very carefully.  To other things: Today the material that blockedthe main outlet pipe from the holding tank migrated to become lodged in themacerator pump.So, another hour or two was spent in the bilges, once moredismantling the pump and disimpacting it by. read more...


22/05/2015

Widago - Bermuda-Azores: Day 3

Fantastic day sailing the North Atlantic. WIDAGO finally took down her parasailor, and it was a whole family affair. Luckily we were able to sail it even as winds came around at 90 apparent. But speed was being sacrificed for comfort, and we have nice little side bet with DALA, so we needed to make haste! With winds at starboard beam and full sails, we are cruising now at 8.5kts, a little bumpier ride. The currents are brisk out here, edging us southward off our easterly track. No fish (yet) today. We landed a MahiMahi last night just around dinnertime/SSB net call, but the stinker jumped ship after we removed the gaff. Fish 1, WIDAGO 0 - back to the seas, to live another day (or get eaten by something bigger).-Ali image1. read more...


Widago - Bermuda-Azores: Day 3
Widago - Bermuda-Azores: Day 3
24/05/2015

Widago - Bermuda-Azores Day 5: hurts my motor to go so slow

Almost becalmed out here, just about 1200nm from Horta. The parasailor did the best it could in very light winds of 9-10kts true. By 9pm last night, we decided it was too light and variable to keep sailing, so we fired up the engine. This is great because now we have a seemingly endless supply of scalding hot water. Unfortunately, this means I really don't have a good excuse not to shower...The past two evenings during sundowners, we have had some lovely guests visit. It's incredible that in this vast expanse, these pods find us for some sunset surfing. Once we get land-based internet, I'll put some more pictures/videos up. Weather forecast has us motoring for awhile. Following seas are gently pushing us along with broad smooth 8-10 ft rollers. Still no luck on the fishing front, but we. read more...


Widago - Bermuda-Azores Day 5: hurts my motor to go so slow
Widago - Bermuda-Azores Day 5: hurts my motor to go so slow
22/05/2015

Free Spirit - Log 12: 22 May 2015

Yesterday evening we caught a large tuna. It wasa struggle to get him aboard, not only because of his large sizebut also because, as a result of heaving-to to stop the boat, the line wascaught under the hull. However, the beast was eventually overcome, gaffed aboardand dispatched with a dose of gin poured into its gills. Sadly,  anyterminal inebriation that may have resulted was scant compensation forthe suffering that went before but this is the most humane way of killing alarge fish and he died within seconds. It is tempting to make the observationthat in humans the end result of imbibing gin is potentially thesame but in most cases there there is at least more time to appreciate theside effects. He (the tuna) was very. read more...


24/05/2015

Firefly - PLYMOUTH MAYFLOWER ARRIVAL -

Firefly left hamble at 15hrs on Friday 22nd May and we completed the tripto Plymouth in 18 hours averaging 7.5 knots – Excellent sailing but extremelycold with a Northerly blowing Force 4 gusting 5 through the night. No moon andvery dark!The boat is now tucked up in Mayflower and all crew are due back Friday forthe start of the Arc Portugal – very exciting!Need a rig check though as one of the intermediates looks a little slackbut nothing too serious.   50:21:86N 004:10:006W m_FullSizeRender m_FullSizeRender_1 m_FullSizeRender_2 m_FullSizeRender_3. read more...


Firefly - PLYMOUTH MAYFLOWER ARRIVAL -
Firefly - PLYMOUTH MAYFLOWER ARRIVAL -
Firefly - PLYMOUTH MAYFLOWER ARRIVAL -
Firefly - PLYMOUTH MAYFLOWER ARRIVAL -
Firefly - PLYMOUTH MAYFLOWER ARRIVAL -
Firefly - PLYMOUTH MAYFLOWER ARRIVAL -
Firefly - PLYMOUTH MAYFLOWER ARRIVAL -
Firefly - PLYMOUTH MAYFLOWER ARRIVAL -
24/05/2015

Starblazer - 22/05/2015 - On our way back to the islands

Starblazer is on her way back to rejoin World ARC in Musket Cove, Fiji where we said goodbye last July to our friends who continued around the world..We have learnt some interesting lessons on this leg.Perceived wisdom says leave New Zealand on the back of a low pressure to get favourable winds to the islands.Our departure on 02/05/2015 was into the middle of a high so the routing suggested motoring east for 2 days before picking up south easterly to easterly winds to bear off towards Minerva Reef and Tonga.I'm sure weather forecasting is one of the dark arts (though we have friends who will quite rightly disagree), the wind filled in from the east north east instead of southeast somewhat sooner than expected and it was a beat all the way..Yes, you can anchor in the middle of the ocean. read more...