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Flomaida II - Ein schattiges Plätzchen, um den Blick aufs Meer zu geniessen- besser diese Stühle als gar keine!!!
Flomaida II - Ein schattiges Plätzchen, um den Blick aufs Meer zu geniessen- besser diese Stühle als gar keine!!!
Flomaida II - Ein herrlicher Blick über die Bucht auf Waya-Fiji
Flomaida II - Ein herrlicher Blick über die Bucht auf Waya-Fiji
Flomaida II - Waya- Yasawa Island, die Insel zum Wandern und Klettern
Flomaida II - Waya- Yasawa Island, die Insel zum Wandern und Klettern
Flomaida II - Gearbeitet wird früh am Morgen wegen der Hitze
Flomaida II - Gearbeitet wird früh am Morgen wegen der Hitze
14/07/2014

Jumbuck - ARC Baltic - Ronne, Bornholm, Denmark

It's now early Saturday. Half the fleet and it's mainly the bigger boats, have either departed before dawn or preparing to do so this morning.Ronne is a lovely island but after five days, we've also had enough of this harbour and will be pleased to move on to Visby, but we will stay here one more night as the NE winds are still howling above 20 knots creating short steep seas. To depart and beat up into that makes little sense, as all the forecasts still say it will swing to the west around midnight tonight.Meaning if we leave here 0600 tomorrow, we should enjoy a rollicking fast reach / run for the whole 200 miles up to Visby on the Swedish Island of Gotland. Won't make it in time to watch the soccer final, but won't have our brains beaten out either.So today's going to be a mix of hand. read more...


Flomaida II - Jedem sein Strand: Christoph rechts und ich links!
Flomaida II - Jedem sein Strand: Christoph rechts und ich links!
13/07/2014

Jumbuck - ARC Baltic - First days in Ronne

Well the stronger NE winds have arrived, but so far it's not gone much above 25 knots day times, and with the sun giving us 28C, the wind can feel nicely cooling. It's a little different at night when we've felt 30+ knots scudding through.But I'm pleased we are not out beating our way anywhere out to sea. Jumbucks ok as a cruiser reaching and running, but beating to windward for more than a day trying to cook, eat, sleep in a bouncy 35 footer heeled over at a substantial angle, has got knobs on it.Even parked where we are in Ronnes (pronounced Rhunni) south harbour, we are seeing bullets of N/NE breeze coming through that are moving all the boats around and making it uncomfortable for some. When the boat alongside moved yesterday, we grabbed his buoy to moor up to two, making it ok for. read more...


Flomaida II - Die hübschen Mädels haben wirklich Spaß bei der Tanzvorführung für uns. Der BH aus Cocosnusshälften sieht nicht gerade bequem aus!
Flomaida II - Die hübschen Mädels haben wirklich Spaß bei der Tanzvorführung für uns. Der BH aus Cocosnusshälften sieht nicht gerade bequem aus!
13/07/2014

Jumbuck - ARC Baltic Leg 1 - Kiel Germany to Ronne Bornholm Denmark

It was at the official opening dinner on Sunday evening that our leader Hans advised he was departing once ceremonies were over, as opposed to the scheduled start at 0900 Monday. Apparently a NE'ly gale was forecast for early Tuesday near our first destination of Bornholm, and he was concerned that some of the slower boats might get caught out.So we all had the choice to leave when we felt fit. Most chose to follow the leader. But as I'd already had a couple of cleansing ales late arvo, and both enjoyed the freebie wine at the excellent evening dinner, we thought it best for us to have a last brandy on the boat :-), tuck down for a good nights sleep, and then head off pre-dawn Monday fully refreshed........After all, we felt we could sail quick enough to get in before any gale arrived.I. read more...


04/07/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - Doh Ray Me

N38:10:647 W20:36:140   Doh a deer - well not around here there isn't, nowildlife at all that we can see,   Ray a drop of golden sun - we sure would liketo see some of these instead of the dark grey, light grey, charcoal grey, slategrey, pearl grey........   Me a name I call my self - and so does everyone,but do the whates and dolphins?   Fah a long long way to run - and to sail, hike,sail, climb, row, sail, drive, sail, dive, sail, swim, sail, skate, sail, float,sail, ski, sail, hop, sail, dance, sail,   Soh a needle pulling thread - sure comes in mightyhand and we have extra strong ones with extra strong thread,   Lah a note to follow so -  sha la la la la lala la la la la la la ti da, sha la la la la la la la la la la ti da,la ti. read more...


04/07/2014

Anna Sophia - Oceaandagboek deel 3, dag 2

Positie: 42.32.045 N 023.52.682WCOG: 32 grSpeed: 7Dagafstand: 156,2Zeilvoering GR + GWind: 17,7 kts@271 grWeer: lichtbewolktZicht: goedGolven: 1,5 mLuchtdruk: 1029 mbrZeeziekte: 119.00 Uur; de first mate ligt ter ruste, wanneer ook Huib-Jan (Seaquest) en de Schipper, na een geweldige zeildag besluiten de motor bij te zetten. De wind is praktisch op en tempo willen we met nog ruim 1000 nm te gaan natuurlijk wel houden. Zo zaten we opeens middenin een motorsailend groepje Nederlanders.Tot 01.00 uur houden we dit zo. Maar wanneer de wind weer wakker wordt, zetten we resoluut de motor uit. Mijn uitrustmoment tot 4.00 uur vanmorgen, slaap ik dus in een heerlijke boordstilte op een deinende oceaan.Het gaat allemaal prima zo. Wel heeft helaas de marifoon opnieuw kuren; het ding zendt alleen met. read more...


Flomaida II - Abendstimmung auf Robinson Crusoe Island- Fiji
Flomaida II - Abendstimmung auf Robinson Crusoe Island- Fiji
Flomaida II - MahiMahi gegrillt mit fijien Spinat und Vanille-Cocosnusssauce ist ein Augen-und Gaumenschmaus!
Flomaida II - MahiMahi gegrillt mit fijien Spinat und Vanille-Cocosnusssauce ist ein Augen-und Gaumenschmaus!
03/07/2014

Zoonie - To the Azores 37:10.50N 14:59.16W

Passing Ships.  Hille Torsten Geoff, Roger and Siscia saw us off andto our amazement, despite wind and tide on her stern, Zoonie made a perfectbackwards exit in a straight line. We saw that Waterval would be the last todrop her colours. Thank you all for your kind wishes.   Once clear of the funnelling winds along the Algarve coast our reefs seemedirrelevant as Zoonie moved into lighter winds and the Atlantic swell. Butnothing lasts and a few hours later we were reefed in the same high pressure 20knot winds that funnel across the Marina Lagos and are called the Nortada (northwind).   One gas carrying ship was bearing down on us and drove us to call him andask his intentions. When he stated he would pass to our stern Rob confirmed thatwas very reassuring.  Our first. read more...


03/07/2014

Jumbuck - Baltic Rally - Delivery Cruise Rendsberg to Kiel

The last leg of the delivery did not even see us hoist sails.It was a 15 mile motor up the top end of the Kiel Canal, starting with zero wind under a hot sun, and ending the canal under a chilly downpour. That was the first real rain, apart from one overnight shower, that we've had since we left Lymington. Sadly only one of four locks at Holtenau was working today, so we joined maybe 30 other yachts circling in the canal (in the pouring rain), until the lock became free.Well. It's not actually free. For a 10 metre boat the canal and lock fees are €16, so goodness knows what the container ship skipper had to cough up.Interesting chance, with the majority of waiting yachts being German, to see how they reacted en mass. They seemed to keep bright eyes on each other as they jockeyed closer. read more...


03/07/2014

Jumbuck - Baltic Rally - Delivery Cruise Vlieland to Rendsberg

Had our first taste of berthing, German style.Seems it's popular across most Baltic states.It's called a box mooring and quite normal in this region. It scared the life out of us today. You enter between two posts and drop a couple of stern lines over the posts as you come in, then someone dashes forward and secures the bow to the dock, whilst the driver stops the boat whilst juggling the two stern lines. Sounds easy eh? Well it's not. Not in a stiff breeze.It didn't help that Sue refused to jump the gap from the bow to the dock, so we are in negotiations to resolve who does what next time round.Then to get ashore you've no option but to clamber over the pulpit and spread your legs, knuckles white as they try to grasp the furled headsail. So. Note for tomorrow. Remove the anchor and bow. read more...


03/07/2014

Jumbuck - Baltic Rally - Delivery Cruise Den Helder to Vlieland

Vlielands only the second island along the North Friesland chain, but we fetched up here yesterday evening after logging nearly 60 miles from Den Helder. It's not actually that far, but for some reason we found we were pushing against the tide all the way.I'm assuming it's because of the shape of the bay, the Helgoland Bucht, into which we are heading eastward. In it's far corner three rivers, the Elb, the Weser and the Jade, all flow out. I am guessing the inward flowing tide meets those outward flowing rivers, and create a contra current that runs through the island chain in a virtually consistent east to west direction. But I'm only guessing. Tomorrow we really do need to get further east, so I will sail further out away from the Islands before turning eastward, and see if that's. read more...


03/07/2014

Jumbuck - Baltic Rally - Delivery Cruise Breskens to Den Helder

We decided on one last attempt to catch up with our French pals on Boisbarbu who left Lymington one day in front, so chugged out of Breskens at 4am aiming to sail most of the Netherlands west coast in one day. Having used the marinas free wifi to check the current location of the other rally entrants, we were beginning also to feel paranoid as we were clearly the furthest away from Kiel and our 6th July start!Pitch black as we nudged out of the marina and hauled up the mainsail in the Westerschelde. It's a busy waterway normally, due to Antwerp being located 12 miles inland, but this morning only one coaster, and a solitary fishing boat patrolling back and forth across the estuary mouth.Absolutely flat water, and nice and warm even pre-dawn. We headed north, picking up the winding. read more...


03/07/2014

Jumbuck - Baltic Rally - Delivery Cruise Oostende to Breskens

Breskens lies on the southern shore of the Westerschelde River, and we chose it as opposed to Vlissingers marina on the north shore, because from here we can leave at any state of the tide.We got in shortly after 2:45 EU time, having left Oostende at 10:30. It was only a 26 mile sail, which included a few tacks out.Great sail up. Building northerlies with the tide flooding from behind saw Jumbuck top 10 knots at one stage on our north easterly boards!All under a gloriously warm sun, semi racing in company with three Dutch yachts who left the same time. Slid around the headland into placid waters on the Westerschelde, and hung a hard right into Breskens Marina.We've been here before, as it's where we purchased our first Swagman - a Grand Soliel 42. I can recall sailing her back to the UK. read more...


03/07/2014

Jumbuck - Baltic Rally - Delivery Cruise Ramsgate to Oostende

Tuesday saw us depart Ramsgate in a blustery NE wind under sunny sky's, to enjoy a rollicking 55 mile tight reach across the English Channel towards the Belgium coast. Sue commented that in two days she'd experienced her two worst nightmares at sea. Twenty four hours motoring - then a bashing to windward across lumpy seas. Me? I enjoyed it all.Jumbuck seemed to ignore the weight of cruising gear we were carrying as she dipped the lee rail and powered along. We've got our cruising sails on - Kevlar main and a No 2 headsail - and we slid across the shipping lanes making good time.Leaving at 10 am we had an hour or so of ebb tide, before it flooded back up Channel to help speed us along. The combo of wind and tide saw us topping 8 knots over the ground on a more or less direct route to. read more...


Flomaida II - Buntes Marktgewusel in Nadi-Fiji
Flomaida II - Buntes Marktgewusel in Nadi-Fiji
02/07/2014

Starblazer - 02/07/2014 - Second impressions of Fiji

Everyone we have met has been smiling, helpful and efficient, rather at variance with the bureaucracy.Never mind, we must move on.Quarantine helpfully e-mailed a copy of the receipt....The cruising permits arrived by 0900, quicker than we had been led to expect.Kevin, a friend of Jonathan and Donna, was waiting on the dock for them when we came in on Monday evening.He had a hire car so, first thing Tuesday morning, he kindly took Donna, Elizabeth and me shopping.Most men try to avoid grocery shopping with their wives but Kevin was extremely helpful and patient (he was amused by three women's reactions to seeing a very good supermarket for the first time in months!).After the supermarket we went to a good butchery where he was recognised because he used to live and work here.From there we. read more...


Flomaida II - Glückliche Kinder auf Fiji
Flomaida II - Glückliche Kinder auf Fiji
Flomaida II - Kokoda mmmmh
Flomaida II - Kokoda mmmmh
Flomaida II - Kochkurs beim Profi- Kokoda (roher Fisch mariniert in Cocosnussmilch)
Flomaida II - Kochkurs beim Profi- Kokoda (roher Fisch mariniert in Cocosnussmilch)
02/07/2014

Starblazer - 02/07/2014 - Order, Counter order, Disorder!

Sunday was a challenging day in many respects.We motorsailed all day, trying to maintain 5.5 knots, and finally switched off the engine at 1650. The wind didn't last!It taunted us, switched direction causing us to drop the main after dark, and finally gave up at 2305.At this point we were playing catch up, both Chez Nous and Caduceus were ahead but we could just make out their lights.During the morning Chez Nous called us to say the fish were biting, they'd landed a Yellowfin Tuna and a Bluefin Tuna.Shortly after that, while I was in the shower, John shouted that he had a fish on the line.It fought, John fought back, I reeled in the slack as John pulled the line in.Halfway to the transom the fish got away.During the afternoon Chez Nous called up to say they just caught 2 Mahi Mahi, some. read more...


01/07/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - Happy Happy Birthday......do de do de dum.......

It's Andrew's 60th birthday today and for the next10 weeks he is the same age as me before I once again creep ahead......So fartoday I think he has had a nice day.  This morning for the one time of theyear, well maybe a couple of other occasions too, I made him a cup of tea first- well it is his birthday.  Scouring Ponta Delgada I managed to find somethings to surprise him with as well - and not just my singing, wellnot yet, I am lulling hiim into a false sense of security that maybe I willforget to do it.   The phone started tweeting early this morning andthere has been a stream of texts, emails, facebook comments and phone calls toremind him of his big day.  But as you know we still have to do the otherstuff too and with our departure planned for. read more...


01/07/2014

Aislig Bheag - Porto to Lagos 23rd June to 1st July - Better late than never

On the morning of 24th June, we decided to spend time on maintenance and then visit the town of Porto in the afternoon.  Eilidh, in preparation for leaving, decided to make good use of the shore power by plugging in her hair straightners, (yes, she did bring them).  Unfortunately the electricity must have been higher as on her first attempt at the left hand side of her fringe, it not only singed, but totally removed a large clump of hair leaving it smoldering on the ceramic plate.  After some quick restyling with a blunt pair of kitchen scissors, she was finally able to leave the boat. We spent a lovely afternoon sightseeing in Porto, an extraordinary interesting and enjoyable town.  We enjoyed dinner in the square by the river and a cable car ride back up the. read more...


01/07/2014

Tomanita II - Heiligenhafen

Vi är nu bara 45 Nm från Kiel, väntar på bättre vind för att slippa kryssa! Tomanita. read more...


Tomanita II - On our way!
Tomanita II - On our way!
30/06/2014

American Spirit II - Day 176; Rafting in the Fiji Mountains of Viti Levu; Monday, June 30, 2014

The day started really early - at 4:50 AM. No time for breakfast on the boat, as we were being picked up by a 20 person bus at 5:40 AM. We arrived at Pacific Harbor, located at the southeast corner of the island just short of the capital, Suva; at 8:15 AM. There we exited our bus onto a dirt road, where we boarded the RiversFiji bus. There were 38 customers, so we would be using 10 rafts. Each raft held 4 passengers and one oarsman, who maneuvered the raft from the back with two oars. It took about 1 to 1 1/2 hours of driving on dirt, gravel and rutted roads, up and down inclines of 20 degrees; until we reached our debarkation point from the bus. Then we had to don our life jackets, helmets and one paddle and walk 20 or 30 minutes up and down a steep, muddy trail with earthen steps along. read more...


29/06/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - Did you miss us whilst we were away........

Did you miss us yesterday? We decided to get out of the marina for a while and had a great walk round Ponta Delgada wandering up and down many of the little cobble streets.It was interesting to start remembering various places plus finding some new ones too. We ended up at the shopping centre and picked up some supplies and I found some lovely orange sandals, and they had them in my size.Last time we were here I couldn’t find anything that I liked in my size – the Portuguese seem to have such small feet. We still haven’t been able to bring ourselves to buy closed in shoes, but I don’t expect it will be long until we have to succumb.The rest of the afternoon we spent sitting in the cockpit reading and boat watching.Ponta Delgada is a great place for that with all the commercial traffic,. read more...


29/06/2014

American Spirit II - Day 175; New Crew Arrive and a Sunset Dinner Cruise; Sunday, June 29, 2014

4:50 AM up. Naudi, my driver, picked me up at 5:20 AM. At the airport at 5:40 AM. Angela and Chet made it to the waiting area by 6:30 AM. They had been delayed because one of the two checked bags didn't make the plane in time; and will be put on the same flight arriving Monday. Naudi will pick that bag up because we will be rafting all day Monday. We made it to the boat around 7:15 AM. After putting their things away, Chet took a nap for awhile while Angie put on her swim suit and read in the cockpit. I unloaded the parts bag she brought with her, which contained an ICOM VHF radio; Sweet and Low; Liquid Crystal drink mix; copies of insurance documents; coffee creamer; 6 Impellers for the generator; binnacle light bulbs;miscellaneous generator parts; prescription drugs and extreme. read more...


29/06/2014

Free & BrEasy - Fiji A Tale of Two Shrouds

Here we are still in Vuda Marina in Fiji. New shrouds have been fitted but there are problems - more about that later! The Marina is the nearest thing to a resort hotel that can be imagined. There is a pool to chill by, bars to drink in, restaurants to eat in, live music to listen to, and of course world cup matches to watch. Added to that Tuesday is half price pizza night and Thirsty Thursday is half price happy hour. The Wifi is cheap and works (most of the time) so that we can Skype partners. There is even a nearby railway track for the daily jog. The track is only used for part of the year to transport sugar cane to the sugar factory and luckily the season has not started. You could not find a better place to relax. Michael has been gobbling up books and jogging while Alejandro has. read more...


28/06/2014

Starblazer - 29/06/2014 – Halfway around the world.

I was correct, in that the day’s run to 1000hrs Saturday morning was slow. We covered about 115nM, an average of just under 5 knots, and that was with the help of 6 hours of motoring at 5.5 – 6.0.The engine stayed on for the rest of Saturday though we did get a little drive from the mainsail from about 2000 onwards.We spotted Totoya Island from nearly 40 miles away though didn’t reach our waypoint between the two islands until 2200, now we are on a course to a waypoint in the middle of the Kandavu Passage.It was lucky that we weren’t depending on the navigation light, allegedly visible for 20nm.Someone forgot to put the money in the meter, or change the light bulb or…The island was totally invisible in the dark.We should reach the next waypoint in daylight.We are still on track to reach. read more...


28/06/2014

Zoonie - Languishing in Lagos 37:06.8N 8:40.1W

You may remember we have two rather important matters to sort out whilehere in Lagos. By mid morning on Wednesday, the day after our arrival, we hadopened an account at the Nautical Centre Sopromar and their top engineer was onboard playing with the chartplotter. Very quickly he found the problem with thetouch screen not liking to be touched but the GPS fix being more lost than foundtook a little longer. He worked for three hours coming and going to the yard forhis converter etc. Our converter was working and so was our old aerial butsomething was blocking the signal to the Chartplotter.  A software upgrade and restoration of factory settings and reconfigurationlater and all was well. We left it on for 24 hours and it kept signal and didn’tsqueak once. Also we are findings all sorts. read more...


28/06/2014

American Spirit II - Day 174; Final Day Before Angela and Chet Arrive; Saturday, June 28, 2014

7:38 AM up. Called Angela. She was already at the Charlotte, NC airport getting ready to board a plane to LA, then to Nadi, Fiji. Found out later her plane left 1 hour late;or was it 2 hours? Breakfast at 9:00 AM. Scrambled eggs, breakfast sausage and bread. Left mooring ball and headed out to sea to empty head (bathroom holding tank). Returned an hour later. One of the few inefficiencies of the marina we're in is that they don't have a pump out station to empty your head; and there is no barge coming by to pump out your holding tank, either; like there is in Key West for boats on mooring balls or anchored off shore. The day was primarily spent getting the boat ready for Angela (daughter) and her husband, Chet. Joel was moving out of the V-Berth to a main cabin quarter berth, so a lot of. read more...


28/06/2014

Zoonie - Oeiras to Sines and the end of the Rally in Lagos 37:06.62N 08:40.48W

Oeiras gave us some happy/fun memories. From our berth we could sit andview Lisbon, the tour de Belem and the bridge through the often turbulent marinaentrance.  You could not imagine that a factory built over two hundreds years ago toproduce dynamite for multi purposes not the least being to blow up the enemy,could today be a place of such beauty and tranquillity. Built understandably along way from the nearest homes, in a river valley (to provide water in case ofaccidents, and there were a few, the last being a few years ago and killing sixwas the deciding factor in closing down the production) the factory embracedbeauty in architectural style along classical Portuguese lines. Workers valuedtheir jobs and their lives intermingled with their work through marriages andbirths. A. read more...


28/06/2014

Capraia III - Beautiful

Capraia is moving south again. We had a very nice day at sea yesterday. We sailed from Juelsminde to Assen. We left harbour at 0645 in the morning and enjoy a calm morning while having breakfast on the way. We saw loads of “Nise” (no cluewhat the English name is) which is a small version of a Dolphin. Our Volvo Penta got some exercise as we motored through Lillebelt in 3 knots of head current. Very unusual for us coming from the Southern part of Norway. Tides and currents are nothing we worryabout (except when we are racing).   This part of Denmark is beautiful and unfortunately the butcher shops has loads of fantastic food and I am sure we already have gained quite some weight. We are now getting ready for breakfast before we leave Assen. No idea where we endup today. Let’s see. read more...


28/06/2014

Celebrate - Charlie's Reef Diving, Dick's Nightly Music with Masterpiece Margarita's and Fun Anchorage Neighbors at Musket Cove, Fiji!

More excellent diving with Subsurface Fiji.This trip showcased the Charlie's Reef dive site (my favorite!) and the Gotham City site.Dick's Restaurant has a nightly string combo and the frozen margarita's are a work of art!A Taswell 56 sailboat anchored next to us.They have just finished their world circumnavigation.Also, Flomaida, Brizo and Nexus have just come in to the anchorage.We can't wait to catch up with their stories!    Charlie. read more...


American Spirit II - Entertainment at Vuda Point Marina
American Spirit II - Entertainment at Vuda Point Marina
American Spirit II - Vuda Point Marina
American Spirit II - Vuda Point Marina
American Spirit II - Port Denarau Marina
American Spirit II - Port Denarau Marina
28/06/2014

American Spirit II - Day 173; Work Day and a Trip to the Vuda Point Marina; Friday, June 27, 2014

Up at 7:12 AM. Coffee followed by a breakfast of scrambled eggs, breakfast sausage and chilled pineapple pieces.Today was 'small project day.' As I cleaned the dodger windows with vinegar and water to remove the accumulated salt and dirt, Joel taped all the lifeline fittings on the boat and checked cotter pins and shackles on the boom. A cotter pin on the gooseneck was broken, so finding that was a good find. The gooseneck fitting connects the boom to the mast. If it ever fails, having a flying boom banging into the mast and shrouds would not be pretty. Next I put the canned fruit and vegetables I'd bought the day before away; and stacked cokes and beer in the refrigerator. We each (sans bun) on the boat for lunch; then went ashore to shower at 1:30 PM. I settled up the last invoice from. read more...


28/06/2014

American Spirit II - Day 172; Fiji Golf Day; Thursday, June 26, 2014

Up 7:00 AM. Breakfast, then met our driver, an Indian named Naudi, for a trip to the Nadi Airport Golf Course at 9:30 AM. When we got to the golf course, it was closed. So Naudi took us to a 9 hole par 3 course called Novotel Nadi Golf Course. For Joel and I to play cost us 88 Fiji dollars, or about $44.00 US. Green fees were 15 F$ each; one set of rental clubs 15 F$; trolley rental 10 F$; and balls 30 F$ for a total cost of 85 F$. I thought the trolley rental was for an electric golf cart. It wasn't. It was for a pull cart. Joel hadn't played golf in 30 years or longer. At any rate, it was a fun day. Besides us, there were only two other golfers on the course. All the holes were par 3's except 1, a par 4. However, two of the par 3's were quite long - 180 and 191 yards. And there were. read more...


28/06/2014

Starblazer - 28/06/2014 – A slower day

Sometimes it is advantageous to sail slower, let me explain.The Fiji waters are dotted with hazards, not all charted, so it is best to arrive in any tricky area in daylight.Our first 24 hour run to 1000 hrs yesterday was a stunning 156.6 miles, an average speed of 6.5 knots.If we had continued at this speed we would definitely have arrived in the dark, we needed to average just over 7 to arrive Sunday evening, which is only achievable with half a gale behind us!We weren’t worried because the wind was forecast to drop.It slowly subsided during the day and our rapid progress was hampered, eventually John put on the engine at 0345, probably several hours later than necessary.We are now in Fijian waters, having reached our waypoint a safe distance south of the Lau group at about midnight.Our. read more...


26/06/2014

Starblazer - 27/06/2014 – Leaving Tonga for Fiji

We started the process of ‘clearing out’ bright and early on Wednesday, well about 9.30ish which is early for us!Our first task was to visit immigration. Easy.Next stop was Tropicana for a coffee and a final bit of wi-fi to post the blog I’d written the day before.Then there was a bit of last minute shopping at the market.To clear out with customs and purchase duty free fuel yachts have to go alongside the fishing dock and here there was a problem.A large fishing boat from Nuk’alofa, the capital, has taken up residence for another 5 or 6 days.Ahead of him there is a small fishing boat.Between the two we might have just squeezed in but the thick rope from the big boat would have caught in our arch and held our stern out. Ahead of the small boat there was almost enough length for us but. read more...


American Spirit II - Joel golfing, first time in over 30 years; June 26, 2014
American Spirit II - Joel golfing, first time in over 30 years; June 26, 2014
American Spirit II - Port Denarau Marina, June 26, 2014
American Spirit II - Port Denarau Marina, June 26, 2014
American Spirit II - Super Yachts Port Denarau Marina, June 26, 2014
American Spirit II - Super Yachts Port Denarau Marina, June 26, 2014