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16/06/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - I can see paradise by the nav station light.............

  ............and whilst we may wish all sorts ofthings its actually a couple of bottles of wine from ARC Europe and courtesy ofthe Horta Marina - thanks folks, its most welcome and we are looking forward toimmersing ourselves in your largesse!   So in the spirit of recovery we hiked up the hillto the supermarket yesterday - and very nice it was too - to get a few bits apieces before heading off to Peters Bar to spend our hard earned free drinksvouchers and to use the internet - the marina wifi is non-existent at themoment. Then, its a tough life you know, it was off to Aditi for anevening of conversation and wine along with folks from Low Profile andBeagel - thanks to Paul, Claire and Sophie for hosting a greatevening.   We also caught up with Jan and AnnaLiese who,. read more...


16/06/2014

American Spirit II - Day 161; Rough Ride to Port Denarau Continues & Port Denarau Marina Area is Lovely; Sunday, June 15, 2014

Joel went on watch at 1:00 AM. Since we knew that we'd be making our most trying passage around 4:00 AM, I knew that I wasn't going to get more than 3 hours sleep. During Joel's watch, the wind increased to 27 knots and the waves to 11 feet. Joel woke me at 4:00 AM as we were getting ready to enter Navula Passage. If the wind and current in this passage were contrary, we could be in for a rough ride. But they weren't. Not only did the land knock down the waves, we were riding a 2 knot current with us thru the passage. And the pass had 2 red range lights and a green and red flashing buoy on each side of the pass, so getting in was easy. Different that the US, where when entering a port its 'red, right returning;' outside the US the green buoys are always on the right when entering, not. read more...


15/06/2014

Free & BrEasy - Passage to Fiji

We have arrived on the west coast of Fiji but due to new quarantine regulations we cannot berth at Vuda Marina near Lautoka until we have been fumigated! The 500 mile passage from Tonga was uneventful apart from the constant motoring which gave us all headaches. We went up the mast in Tonga to attach a new type of rope that's reported to be stronger than steel (Dynema), as added security for our damaged shroud, but decided against hoisting the sails, just in case! It worked because here we are in one piece. Hopefully next week we will be able to get both shrouds replaced and be back to sailing fit.Our last job in Neiafu, Tonga was a visit to the vegetable and fruit market. We were greeted with the sight of huge water melons and casavas too big to carry so we concentrated on buying little. read more...


15/06/2014

Celebrate - Delightful All-Day Car Tour of Native Villages & Major Towns while Circling the Main Island of Viti Levu, Fiji

Stellar driving tour of the main island of Fiji, Viti Levu.With many native villages and religious temples along the way, we went from the west coast north to Lautoka through the sugar cane fields and mills, then down the rainforest east coast to the south through the national capital of Suva (a very modern busy city) and back up the west coast through to the airport at Nadi and returning to Port Denarau.Our terrific driver, Kamal, from Rosie's Holiday Tours picked us up at 8am and the tour lasted until 6:30pm.Also, we had a great lunch in Suva, drove past the beautiful Ambassadors homes, Colonial style government buildings and saw the Royal Yacht Club.What a wonderful tour!Cathy  . read more...


15/06/2014

Persistent Lady - Sunday June 15, 2014

Well, it’s overcast again today.Pretty much ever since we installed the solar panels that Kris and D sent us the sun has been hiding.The one day we had full sun, we went 17 hours between charges, which is almost double our average, so we know they work well, just need the sun. Kris andD did a great job of picking out all the small incidental things we needed to install the panels, we literally just opened the box and took out the things we needed, everything was there.THANKS, Kris and D!!!It is a brisk day in shorts and tee shirt; yesterday I was in long johns, sweatshirt and jacket for my 10:00 PM to 3:00 AM watch, but I was not feeling well, alternately freezing and then too warm and a headache.No interest in eating, did not even try the lemon pie.This morning, I feel much better and. read more...


15/06/2014

Shenanigan - Whales and Stowaways

We are now a week into our journey back to Blighty from the Azores. The first few days we enjoyed fabulous sailing before the wind died and the sunvanished. We motored and we motored in search of wind, eventually managing tosail again in a millpond sea.  The still sea meant that we were easily ableto spot lots of whales which appeared all around us. An enormous whale (finwhale we think)surfaced a bit too close for comfort when it came alongside; afabulous sight, but as advised we turned the engine on to deter it especially asit was bigger than the boat! Nothing much else to report until a racing pigeondecided to hitch a lift last night for the night. Christopher spoke to him (?)and tried to feed him.  Brian was flapping his arms and making strangepigeon noises to try and. read more...


Shenanigan - Whales and Stowaways
Shenanigan - Whales and Stowaways
15/06/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - Boat from another planet

Noon position: Well we think we are in Hortastill....   First of all A Happy Father's Day to the Dad's outthere, we hope you have a great day.   After a second night's sleep we are still feeling abit 'spaced' and new aches seem to be appearing, plus the odd bruise we didn'tremember getting but on the whole we have nearly got our land legs back, thoughthey seem to feel heavier at the moment.   We didn't do nearly as much as we thought we wouldyesterday but did wander along to the town to stretch our legs and buy some allimportant paint.  Good to see that the local shop sells small cans of thestuff especially as we had to get two colours to mix....we shall leave it to youto decide which two colours they were. We then had to go back for a littlesiesta before meeting up. read more...


15/06/2014

Aislig Bheag - Still leaving!

Due to multiple teething problems following launch on Friday, we are still at Rhu Marina sorting them out. All New plumbing and electrics making for many challenges. Maybe we shall get away today. Alison. read more...


15/06/2014

Flomaida II - 9.-14.6. Parkplatz Musket Cove

Es gibt sicher schlechtere Park/Warteplätze!Nachdem Christoph den Genuafurler zum zigstenmal repariert hatte (kann er schon im Schlaf und auf dem Kopf mittlerweile!!), die kaputte Lichtmaschine wieder eingebaut war, der Rigger das neue Unterwant eingezogen hatte und dabei die elektrische Winch kaputt gemacht hatte, wollten wir endlich los, um die Tage des Wartens auf Ersatzteile in Musket Cove zu verbringen. Doch da kam der Rigger mit der Polizei und wollte unser Schiff andie Kette legen lassen, bis wir seine KOMPLETTE Rechnung bezahlt ist. Wir wollten ihn bezahlen minus der Ersatzteile für die zerstörte Winch. Seine Version auch der Polizei gegenüber: Wir seien dabei gewesen, als ergearbeitet hatte (was nicht stimmte), und wir hätten mit dem Hammer auf die Winch gehauen!Wir könnten. read more...


14/06/2014

Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze

Fishing has been pretty good on our crossing with ARC-Europe. We have put in the line the water only a few times on each crossing and lucky were enough to fill our table with delicious meal provided by the sea. Just on this last crossing to Lagos, we fished only monday and tuesday and then stop since our freezer (please read stomach!) was full! We had Mahi Mahi, Wahoo and tons of Tuna?It was taking us an average of two hours per fish from the time of the byte, cleaning and preparing the fish and finally CLEAN and SCRUB the cockpit!...but it was all worth it.Below you will find a picture sample of what we have caught (and eaten!) on the high seas. We will also give you an idea of the kind of meals we had crossing to Europe...We also caught 2 birds...yes yes birds!!!...but we will refrain. read more...


14/06/2014

American Spirit II - Day 160; Tonga Customs Issue Resolved and a Rough Ride to Port Denarau; Saturday, June 14, 2014

Up at 6:20 AM. Breakfast me only. Eggs and bread. At 7:20 AM Joel drove me in the dingy to the yacht club, where I went to get a cab to go to the Customs office in downtown Suva. Getting a cab was difficult because every taxi cab that passed by out front was occupied already. I finally got one. Traffic was really heavy, like rush hour on a weekday, because today was market day and everyone was going downtown to buy fruits and vegetables. The market was right adjacent to where I was going, which didn't help in my getting there any faster. I got to the Customs office before 8:00 AM, and no one was there. 9:00 AM,no one there. 9:30 AM,no one there. Finally, a lower level employee arrived and let me into the office around 10:00 AM. No matter. I had already talked to Lisa from the Tropicana. read more...


Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
14/06/2014

Morning Haze - Pictures from Morning Haze

Did you ever see a "Portuguese Man-o-war? Rebecca took a picture for you during leg #2image. image. image. image. image. image. image. read more...


Morning Haze - Pictures from Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Pictures from Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Pictures from Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Pictures from Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Pictures from Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Pictures from Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Pictures from Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Pictures from Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Pictures from Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Pictures from Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Pictures from Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Pictures from Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Pictures from Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Pictures from Morning Haze
14/06/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - By the time we got to Horta...........

By the time we got to Horta We can tell you our aorta Had danced a jig and kicked its heels withglee. Susan's glutteous maximus and Andrew ribs still afuss Were all relieved after 16 days atsea.   Well we wobbled ashore - thats the only way todescribe our odd walk which is partly swagger, partly stagger and partly movingin anticipation that a wave is on its way, only it isn't! So we appear to wobblearound as we try to move from one piece of solid ground to another. Takes awhile to overcome!  After a short recovery we wobbled up to Peter's Barfor a quick meal before falling into bed and sleeping for nearly 12hours straight. We said hello to Paul and Clairefrom Aditi, with whom we had exchanged e-mails during the crossing, and to Janand AnnaLiesse from Anna Sophia whom we. read more...


14/06/2014

Zoonie - Bayona to Pavoa de Varzim and on to Porto

40:55.2N 008:44.3W  Is the spot we have just passed as we motor,without wind towards  Figueira da Foz at 6 knots and in thick fog. Rob ison watch and has just spotted some weary racing pigeons, sitting exhausted onthe water.   Our departure time this morning was in doubt as we couldn’t even see theother side of the river. Andrew decided on a review meeting at 11.00 as the fogextended all the way down the coast where we are going. Five minutes later thefog cleared in the harbour and we were ready for the off. A strong last twohours of the ebbing tide meant we had to motor astern firmly against it and oneyacht did have a problem , impaling itself on the bow sprit of a gulet typetourist boat.   Going back a little, we left Bayona on the 11th after a constructive dayspent. read more...


14/06/2014

Starship - Last-Leg-2-Lagos (FINISH)

SUN:Super Wetter, Wind und .... RUN: ... wir setzen den Parasailor in der untergehenden Sonne – alsGennaker – zusätzlich zum Großsegel. Wir wollen noch einmal so richtig Metermachen. Absoluter Wahnsinn. 184 sm gutgemachte Distanz in 24 Stunden.FUN: Foto-Finish nach 5 Tagen 12 Stunden 43 Minuten und 43 Sekunden. Duckund Morning Haze sind nur wenige Meter hinter uns, dann kommen Bonnie Lass, SeaEagle und Reberth. Unglaublich. Und wir sind einmal mehr superglücklich.. read more...


14/06/2014

Celebrate - Haul Out, Westin Resort Stay, Back in the Water & the Aukland to Fiji Race boats at Port Denarau, Fiji...

Haul out at Port Denarau was perfect for our boat repairs, new bottom paint & waxing the hull & topsides.Also, it was a great excuse for a lovely stay at the Westin Resort nearby.Now, we are back in the water and several other Rally boats are coming & going like Flomaida, Dinghy & Hebe.Also, the Aukland to Fiji Race boats are arriving at the marina.This is New Zealand's premier ocean race with gold-plated ocean boats and the first one arrived yesterday afternoon.As the crew left the boat, it seemed like there were thirty beefy guys to do the sailing.How nice!Cathy. read more...


14/06/2014

Persistent Lady - Thursday, June 12

Sherrin was making a pie this morning during her morning watch.She has promised us an Eagle Brand Lemon pie and a chocolate pecan pie before we arrive in Gibraltar.Jake and I are secretly hoping for the lemon pie because it will require refrigeration and we don’t have room in the fridge for it.We have planned out a pie eating contest; save one slice for Sherrin and split the rest.Then set a timer and the first one to yell “DONE” wins.Can’t wait!However, the fresh water pump is not working and right now Jake and I will have to attend to that.Sherrin asked us to get the Karo syrup out of the bilge while we were down there, so I think we will have chocolate pecan pie today.Not a bad choice, as it is one of my absolute favorite pies, but no pie eating contest.The pump turned out to be bad.It. read more...


13/06/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - All the way to Horta

N38:31:033 W28:44:001   GPS miles to go: 0, Zero, Nada, None, zilch, nilpoint, nothing yipeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee   Boat Miles done: 1842   Yabba dabba doo we are here.   We arrived in the harbour here about 11.30 thismorning and anchored for a time as the office shut at 12 and the reception dockwas busy.. Boo hoo we thought as we now had to get the anchor sorted and thenthe dinghy off the deck and into the water and then fingers crossed the outboardwould work.  But first back to last night.  We had awonderful afternoon enjoying the sunshine and doing a couple of little jobs whenwe weren't on the wheel.  We had lamb for tea and very tasty it was too.Andrew then bought up the large scale chart of the Azores and there was ourlatest position fix. read more...


13/06/2014

Defyr - Towards Lagos: ALMOST THERE

We are only 50nm from the Finnish line. We are hitting the traffic separation area for big ships and we are gladly finding a good corridor to pass all the boats. We needed to alter a course for one, but I hope that is all!image.. read more...


Defyr - Towards Lagos: ALMOST THERE
Defyr - Towards Lagos: ALMOST THERE
13/06/2014

American Spirit II - Day 159; Arrived Suva, Fiji & the Big Tonga Screw Up!; Friday, June 13, 2014

Today is Friday the 13th, and it would live up to its (bad) reputation for us as the day unfolded. Up at 6:00 AM. Suva, Fiji on starboard bow. A cruise ship, the Paul Gaughin, passed us around 5:00 AM while Joel was on watch. Joel had to talk to the ship as it looked like it was going to collide with us. Good job Joel. Its common for cruise ships to enter their next port early in the morning so the cruise passengers can tour the island during the day time hours. We've actually seen this ship before...in Bora Bora 2 months ago. Small world.Joel went to bed at 6:00 AM while I rolled the jib and main up. Almost no wind. Boat speed 4.5 knots. Dark clouds overhead. Locally in Fiji it is one hour earlier, so we'll change our watches and clocks now; and my log will use the 'new' time. read more...


13/06/2014

American Spirit II - Day 158; Motor Wouldn't Start, Pull Cord on Chartplotter Disconnected, Fell Asleep on Watch & No SSB Connection; Thursday, June 12,2014

At 6:00 AM turned engine off, put jib out, mainsail still on 2nd reef. Wind 17 knots, boat speed 5.7 knots. Put hydro generator in water and turned wind turbine on. Could sail with both because on starboard tack, which doesn't stress broken shroud. A little while later shook out 2nd reef to lst reef on mainsail. The upper limb of the sun broke thru the horizon at 7:21 AM Tonga time. I thought I might have seen a green flash, but wasn't sure enough to call it a definite. 50/50 doesn't count. Too bad. A partial cloud obstructed part of my vision. I woke Joel at 9:15 AM, and we conducted the morning communication's net at 9:30 AM. Unfortunately, no one answered my call.Breakfast at 9:40 AM consisted of scrambled eggs, chilled pear halves and Tongan bread. The bread had to be cut as it was. read more...


12/06/2014

American Spirit II - Day 157; Heading to Fiji; Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Up early, 5:40 AM. Joel had coffee ready for me. Starboard tack, wind 16-19, boat speed 6.1 knots. Seas down a little. No moon, stars out. Uranus bright behind boat to the northeast. Dawn approaching. Temperature cool. Had socks, pants, jacket and hat on. Its winter south of the equator. Low 70's. Sunrise at 7:18 AM. Clouds. No green flash. A lone tern tried to land on the spreader two times. Must be tired. Gave up too soon. Circled the boat a few times then flew away. I started reading a new daytime book at 7:50 AM. American Sniper. I try to read paper books in daylight and my Kindle at night. During the 9:00 AM net only Hebe and us connected. Hebe is heading to Port Denarau Marina to clear into; we're heading to Suva. At 10:30 AM jibed boom, then put preventer back on. The preventer is. read more...


13/06/2014

Starship - Last-Leg-2-Lagos (day 05)

SUN: Oh, what a night. Tagelang hat sich die Sone nicht blicken lassen. Die Wolkendecke war zu dick. Aber jetzt, nach Einbruch der Dämmerung, reisst der Himmel auf, und der Vollmond bleibt die ganze Nacht über unser Begleiter. Das tut gut, denn ...RUN: ... wir haben 22 Knoten Wind, 2 Meter Welle und Böen bis 25 Knoten. Wir rauschen mit bis zu 8,5 Knoten dahin, trotz 2. Reff im Groß und leicht gereffter Genua.FUN: Der Plotter ist wie ein Gameboy. Und das Spiel heißt: geht es sich aus? Schaffen wir es vor dem Frachter zu queren oder nicht?. read more...


13/06/2014

Anettine - 13. June

We are still chasing our tuna dinner. We had a fantastic sailing night under blue sky, stars and a full moon. With the wind from north at 16-26 knots the speed has been very good between 7- 9 knots throughout the night.At 0900 we have approx 85 nm to the finishing line and we are some 10 nm behind our tuna dinner. Since the dinner not was delivered as agreed we are looking forward to a proper treat in Lagos.-------------------------------------------------Do not push the "reply" button to respond to this message if that includes the text of this originalmessage in your response.Messages are sent over avery low-speed radio link. The most concise way to reply is to send a NEW messageto:LK9431@sailmail.comIf you DO use your reply button, be sure to deletethe original message text and these. read more...


13/06/2014

Ca Canny - ARC Portugal Ca Canny - day 12 (ish)

So, after multiple requests I’ve been persuaded to write one more blogentry. I am more than a little surprised by the enthusiasm for our regularupdates but am happy to go with the flow and am glad you have enjoyed reading asI have enjoyed writing them. What you don’t realise is that its become moredifficult to write them in recent days after the deck washing incident. Sufficeto say that its important to ensure that all windows are closed before washingthe deck especially those over the chart table (which happened to have thislaptop on). Since then the computer has had a mind of its own and only decreesto wake as and when it can be bothered. Two other interesting impacts was thatthe screen started to display upside down (fairly easily fixed but still a pain)and the keyboard worked. read more...


13/06/2014

Webster - ARC EUROPE - A TALE OF (MIS) ADVENTURE MAY/JUNE 2014

We came to Tortola in the BVIThe ARC Europe looming tallTo Nanney Cay to prepare WebsterFor Bermuda first port of call.The crew comprised Charlie as Skip,Treacle miners Dave and Neal,Igor from Slovenia was last to finalise the deal.Fun and mischief on the cardsSkinny dipping with 'Neet from ArcariasYoung Johnny took some photographsof someone's hairy arse.To save said photos from the websome money did discourseElse wives at home may take a dim viewand ban us from future tours.ARC flags they were a target fairfor when we'd drunk much beerTreacle miners werein full crydid make them disappear.So from the start we led the packuntil faster boats found their gearBut only after Jos Van Dykedid they leave us in their rear.En route Igor went to top of mastto rescue chute there stuckand Charlie. read more...


13/06/2014

Webster - Final night at sea

Thursday 12th June 2014 Noon position 37 43'N 12 49'W DTD 201nmWelcome to the last blog written at night on this North Atlantic circuit as we shall hopefully be in Lagos tomorrow afternoon sometime. I have fairly mixed emotions about it but that may be because I made Thai chicken curry this evening for dinner and ate quite a lot of it only then to try to get some sleep in the forepeak, more akin to a tumble drier than a bunk! The forecast wind did come in and we have been sailing direct to destination in N/NE winds of up to 25 knots, gusting more and seas that built to around 4 metres or so, a bit rough and beam on. I came on deck this morning at 0600, not because it was the start of my watch with Igor but because I looked at my watch and thought it 0700.......oh dear. The sun soon came. read more...


12/06/2014

Celebrate - Super Yachts, Restaurants,Luxury Resorts and Amazing Activities at Port Denarau, Fiji

We arrived just before daylight at the reef entrance to Port Denarau.With an abundance of well lit markers and a huge entrance we decided to make the entry.The good news was we had no problems and were in our marina slip two hours later with a handful of super yachts, the biggest at 223ft, Lady Christine.Eli of the Yacht Help Agency visited within a few minutes to say the customs, immigration and bio personnel would be on board shortly to clear us in.They checked us in quickly and we were on our way,thanks to Eli!Port Denarau Marina reminds us somewhat of Rodney Bay Marina in St. Lucia because of the handful of good restaurants at the top of the dock with some shopping and nearby resorts.Also, there is a commercial dock for a small cruise ship, ferries and other activity boats at the. read more...