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27/04/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - ARC Europe and the count down continues.............

Well we are here in Nanny Cay on Tortola and now getting ready for the start of the trip East.  Andromeda is dressed (honestly) and can just about be seen from the webcam! We are now getting the provisioning and last moment stuff organised. The sea is wonderfully warm though and that and the sand and the blue sea and the blue sky and the pool are a major distraction. Brendan was, though, correct, the showers are brilliant! More in due course as we get ready for the safety inspection and final prep - the APC worked very well and we are really pleased with it........ Looking at the weather and it looks like light conditions initially on Saturday and Sunday, but who knows what happens next........ More in due course........ Andrew & SusanS/V Andromeda. read more...


27/04/2014

American Spirit II - Day 112; Laundry (Again), an All Day Bus Tour of Tahiti, the Electrical 'Bust,' Dinner with Nexus and Getting Ready for Company; Friday, April 25, 2014

Up at 6:00 AM because I have to be at the laundry by 6:15 AM to finish one wash and one dry cycle before out tour starts today. During this process I head back to the boat and cook and eat breakfast. When I put in 8 coins (800 French francs) for the dryer, the machine recognizes 4 coins, not 8. No surprise there. During this process I head back to the boat and cook and eat breakfast.We board a bus at 8:30 AM. It is raining, at times heavily. There are 3 busses taking us around the island today. Our tour guide, Jean Baptist, speaks very good English, so we'll understand what he says. Good. During the tour we learn the following: that there are 300,000 people living in French Polynesia; that 175,000 of them live in Tahiti; that they drive 35,000 cars; that France gives $1.1 Billion in aid. read more...


27/04/2014

American Spirit II - Day 111; Stephen Kirk Last Day, Laundry, 1st Day Downtown, 3:00 PM Skippers Meeting, Rendezvous Party and Dinner in Papeete Rouletee (SP?); Thursday, April 24, 2014

Up at 6:40 AM. Breakfast at 7:20 AM. Stephen finishes packing and departs for home to Bend, Oregon. Today is 'sheet' laundry day. The only items on the boat we can't really laundry ourselves because they're so big. I got to the laundry at the marina, which has 4 washing machines that hold 22 pounds of laundry; and one dryer. The cost to operate is 800 French francs (8 coins); and it takes 45 minutes for a wash cycle. My intention was to get to do laundry before anyone else got there. Even though there is only one dryer, it seems like that isn't a problem as a lot of boats like to hang out their clothes to dry instead of using the dryer. I stay in the laundry room, reading my kindle. While I'm doing the laundry, Joel is changing the oil and fuel filters on the Onan Generator and Yanmar 54. read more...


27/04/2014

Defyr - Towards Bermuda: Day four

Pretty relaxed day with 6-8ms downwind. The waves have calmed down enormously from yesterday, which was great since I and Ansgar were getting bit seasick in the cabin yesterday night during the worst banging. Today all is better and food is excellent again. American theme day included hot dogs during the day and pizza at night. We made one hot dog pizza, which was bit weird with vegeterian sausages, fried onions and pickles...image.. read more...


Defyr - Towards Bermuda: Day four
Defyr - Towards Bermuda: Day four
Flomaida II - Abschied von Galapagos
Flomaida II - Abschied von Galapagos
Flomaida II - Abschied von Galapagos
Flomaida II - Abschied von Galapagos
Flomaida II - Sie durften zueinander nicht kommen!
Flomaida II - Sie durften zueinander nicht kommen!
Flomaida II - Liebesgeflüster der Schildkröten
Flomaida II - Liebesgeflüster der Schildkröten
Flomaida II - Schweinchen, die irgendwann im Erdloch gekocht werden
Flomaida II - Schweinchen, die irgendwann im Erdloch gekocht werden
Flomaida II - Auch Schildkröten haben Bedürfnisse!
Flomaida II - Auch Schildkröten haben Bedürfnisse!
Flomaida II - Paradisische Marquesas 1
Flomaida II - Paradisische Marquesas 1
Flomaida II - Glückliche Inselwelt
Flomaida II - Glückliche Inselwelt
Flomaida II - Traumhafte Kulisse
Flomaida II - Traumhafte Kulisse
Flomaida II - Schon wieder im Paradies gelandet!
Flomaida II - Schon wieder im Paradies gelandet!
Flomaida II - Nette Begrüßung in Nuku Hiva
Flomaida II - Nette Begrüßung in Nuku Hiva
Flomaida II - Abschied von Galapagos
Flomaida II - Abschied von Galapagos
Flomaida II - Abschied von Galapagos
Flomaida II - Abschied von Galapagos
Flomaida II - Tahuata-Marquesas
Flomaida II - Tahuata-Marquesas
Flomaida II - Wie schön!
Flomaida II - Wie schön!
Flomaida II - Brotfrucht mmmhhhhhh
Flomaida II - Brotfrucht mmmhhhhhh
Flomaida II - Auf Entdeckungsreise.......
Flomaida II - Auf Entdeckungsreise.......
Flomaida II - !!!!!!!!!!!!
Flomaida II - !!!!!!!!!!!!
Flomaida II - Glückliche Kinder auf Tahuatu/ Marquesas mit Lollis aus Panama, die ich gerne verteile
Flomaida II - Glückliche Kinder auf Tahuatu/ Marquesas mit Lollis aus Panama, die ich gerne verteile
Flomaida II - Unser Frischeeinkauf für 20 Tage- alles grün, mal sehen, wie lange es reicht und hält
Flomaida II - Unser Frischeeinkauf für 20 Tage- alles grün, mal sehen, wie lange es reicht und hält
Flomaida II - Nur wir.........
Flomaida II - Nur wir.........
Flomaida II - Kein schlechter Fang!
Flomaida II - Kein schlechter Fang!
Flomaida II - Die Reste für die Haie
Flomaida II - Die Reste für die Haie
25/04/2014

Defyr - Towards Bermuda: Day three

We got wind!!image.. read more...


Defyr - Towards Bermuda: Day three
Defyr - Towards Bermuda: Day three
25/04/2014

Reberth - Return from refuelling. Next stop Tortola.

Our crew has safely arrived and the preparations nearly completed. This morning saw Reberth refuelled ready for our very early departure from Antigua on Sunday. The temperature here on Antigua is thirty four degrees, which makes for debilitating working conditions. Such that this afternoon we are sitting relaxing till it becomes a bit cooler. Sounds good to me!!After all the preparations it will be good to "get on the road".photo. read more...


Reberth - Return from refuelling. Next stop Tortola.
Reberth - Return from refuelling. Next stop Tortola.
24/04/2014

Defyr - Towards Bermuda: Day two

And still no wind! Yesterday's weather forecast promised wind for today, but today's forecast is promising wind for tomorrow. Fingers crossed we continue eating superb food and listening to the Beatles.We also took a dip in the Atlantic.image.. read more...


Defyr - Towards Bermuda: Day two
Defyr - Towards Bermuda: Day two
24/04/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - The countdown contiues

We have missions to follow, and, yes, the world is a little more orange!So with the auto-pilot installed and the alternator fixed, we planned to head off to the US Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands before heading north once more.We had eventually set off from Trinidad with the idea that we would spend at least a month in the Virgin Islands, 4 weeks cruising then at least a week in Tortola before leaving for Bermuda, in the meantime we had spent 3 weeks in St. Martin....... .On a final raid on the chandlers we saw two very nice orange chairs for the cockpit that had just arrived in Budget Marine – they must have known we’d be around.The trip to the Virgin Islands began quite smoothly but before long the sea was rolly again, we had the genoa out and the mizzen up and were. read more...


24/04/2014

American Spirit II - Day 110; Agent Visits, Electricity at Dock Problem, Folie a Deux Visits for Dinner, and First East German Contact; Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Woke up at 2:30 AM. Indigestion. Ate too much for dinner the night before. Took computer to cockpit and typed up logs for last 2 days. Went back to bed at 5:00 AM. Up at 7:50 AM when our agent, Laurent, arrived at boat. We gave him the stainless steel anchor roller, which needed a weld and a backing plate made for it. He said he'd have it back to us in a day or two. Joel then went to the nearby Mobil station and dropped off our propane tank to get filled with propane. We had to switch to our alternate propane tank, which was filled with butane instead of propane, because that's all we could fill it with in Nuku Hiva. You can fill a propane tank with butane because butane has a lower psi. But you can not fill a butane tank with propane, as its not safe to do so. Butane burns less. read more...


24/04/2014

Persistent Lady - Two weeks until Bermuda :)

So how do I begin? It's hard to keep a log a week into a trans-Atlantic sailing trip, but I will try my best. For the past week I have been living aboard Persistent Lady. The boat is a 1981 Hardin 45. The boat is amazing with just as amazing owners. I willskip the shake down trip we had from New York to Portsmouth (Hopefully will be told in a future post) and skip to what happened today. We had a lot of work to complete on Persistent Lady. The trip down south created a big mess on the boat; which we have beentrying to clean up for the past two days. We have gotten to the point where we can all consider the boat a truly comfortable home for the next few months. Today Andreas and I took out the dinghy for a ride to the nearest mall to buy some new equipment forthe trip. Long story short,. read more...


21/11/2011

Jade - Log written Monday, 1pm

Jade has been sailing at or near hull speed for three days straight. She is handling well today on a triple reefed main and a full Yankee. Swells from the rear port quarter give us a roll to starboard occasionally and then we glide to an upright position. Occasionally when the swell is big enough water washes over the deck and the starboard toe rail skims through the water.  The sensation is like a smooth galloping horse. We have owned Jade for 5 years. We spent four years upgrading her, especially focusing on replacing the chain plates and rigging. Since January 2011 we have cruised on Jade up the east coast as far as Maine. However, ocean sailing is a completely different and wonderful experience. It is incredibly rewarding and satisfying to experience this boat for an extended. read more...


24/04/2014

Celebrate - Tahiti Reef Sharks etc.

I went for a scuba dive last Saturday and the dive boat anchored just outside the reef near the village of Puna'auia.You could see the bottom clearly with the depth about 40 ft.when we reached the bottom, the white-tipped reef sharks came by on queue.Several came by to check us out, determined we were too big to eat, and departed.For the remainder of the dive, we explored the edge of the reef to the drop-off.Visibility was outstanding and I saw a number of new reef fish species as well as all the usual suspects.This was my first dive with just a shorty instead of a full wetsuit and it was wonderfully warm with the water about 28C (82F). I had a grand time! Charlie. read more...


24/04/2014

Defyr - Towards Bermuda: day 1

Today (wed 23th of April) we left from Georgetown, Bahamas. We were looking at the weather for a week and were getting excited to get a good weather window just when the rest of the crew arrived to Georgetown. We were so concentrated on the high winds near Bermuda and how to avoid them that didn't really pay enough attention on the fact that there was nearly no wind near Bahamas. So here we are in the stillness of Atlantic motoring away and making the most of a quiet day with culinaristic masterpieces.. read more...


Defyr - Towards Bermuda: day 1
Defyr - Towards Bermuda: day 1
23/04/2014

American Spirit II - Day 109; On to Papeete in Tahiti, Anchor Roller Problem & Follie a Deux Dinner Party; Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Up at 6:30 AM. Stephen already up drinking coffee. An early breakfast today as we're moving from Moorea to Papeete, Tahiti, only 10 miles away. Before leaving we had to deflate the dingy, take off the oars and seat, dry it off and then roll it up in its stowage wrap, and put it below. Then we had to weigh anchor, which took about 10 minutes; mainly due to the mud that Joel had to 'bucket off' the chain and anchor. Once underway we put up the mainsail and headed out of the bay, following the large catamaran Vivo which had departed ahead of us. We put 2 fishing lines in the water before we left the bay, and once thru the pass, with breakers on each side of us crashing into the reef, we emptied the holding tank and started making water with our water maker. Water production was very good,. read more...


23/04/2014

American Spirit II - Day 108; Last Day in Moorea, Made Bread and Bali Hai Pool; Monday, April 21, 2014

Up at 7:00 AM. Best morning in Moorea so far. No cloud, which means no raid and no wind. Beautiful. Breakfast consisted of eggs and bacon, plus chilled grapefruit and French bread. After breakfast Stephen and Joel took the dingy and headed down the bay, looking for a store to buy some beer. They returned a couple of hours later empty handed. Seems the Monday after Easter is a national holiday. Stores closed. A bigger holiday than Good Friday. However, they managed to borrow 2 six packs from Nexus. I worked on itinerary for David and Paul, arriving late April 26 from Chicago and Phoenix. Early afternoon I took Tracy Ramsey's bread recipe and made my first loaf of bread on boat. Missing a couple of items, like a mixing bowl and had to use butter in place of shortening. One of the problems. read more...


22/04/2014

Persistent Lady - New Yoek Is Behind Us Now

Tuesday, April 22, 2014Well, New York is behind us, and the adventure has begun.  Liberty Landing Marina in NY Harbor is truly one of the nicest experiences we have had and we thoroughly enjoyed our year there.  All the people were great and the marina itself was outstanding.  We left Saturday and set sail for Portsmouth VA.  Our weather router, Chris Parker, said we should expect about a day of 30-35 knot winds, preceded by and followed by light air.  He was right.  We had some tough weather, and we had an issue with the sheets being caught in the dinghy lashing, so we had to motor through the weather; definitely not a good way to go, but we survived and even had a glorious sail after the conditions abated enough to send Jake forward to free the. read more...


22/04/2014

Defyr - Heading towards Bermuda tomorrow

Here is our happy crew from Defyr eating our last meal before leaving to Bermuda tomorrow morning. We'll meet the rest of the ARC fleet there.. read more...


22/04/2014

Celebrate - Terrific Tahiti Dinner Show at the Intercontinental Hotel

What a grand view from the Intercontinental Hotel!We started at their Tiki Bar with a sunset cocktail of yummy mango margaritas.The beautiful buffet had every kind of tasty Tahitian dish you could imagine from sashimi to coconuts filled with marinated pork.The two dessert tables were heaven from chocolate fountains, fabulous fruit to pretty pastries.Then came the perfectly performed Taitian dancing and singing show with amazing costumes.We had a wonderful time!Cathy. read more...


21/04/2014

American Spirit II - Day 107; Tough Morning at Anchorage, Easter Sunday Services, Lauren and Brian Visit & Chef Stephen Strikes Again; Sunday, April 20, 2014

Up at 3:08 AM. No, that's not a typo. That's what happens when you go to bed too early. I typed three logs that I was behind on and did a bunch of emails. As the morning sun approached it got cloudy, windy and started to rain. Unlike other cloud meeting mountain situations, the clouds and associated rain and wind were from a 'larger' system. The wind began to howl in the bay, and the boat swung back and forth as the wind swirled down the mountain passes. The wind increased in gusts to over 30, probably some over 40. The anchor chain, instead of lying limp and weighty at the bow, was stretched out to its maximum. Its times like this that your sole thought is, is the anchor going to hold? Since the bottom is mud, we should be OK. We're parked closer than we should to land, with a coral. read more...


20/04/2014

American Spirit II - Day 106; Computer Problem, Belvedere View Point, Looking for the Waterfall, Top Dive & Stephen Cooks Fabulous Dinner; Saturday, April 19, 2014

Up at 6:07 AM. Turned navigation computer on at 7:28 AM and couldn't get the cursor to work. Microsoft had just 'updated' some programs. Thanks Microsoft. Joel finally fixed the problem by pushing the 'windows' keyboard button and doing a regular shutdown using something other than the on/off button.We left for an island tour in the Avis rental at 9:00 AM. We drove by a spectacular view spot where busses and cars had pulled over to take pictures. A high overlook over the ocean, with fabulous colored reefs and thatch huts (hotel rooms) over the water. These thatched huts have glass for some of their floor space, so you can see fish swim by from your room. How cool is that! An expensive resort. Probably the most expensive one on the island. The view was spectacular, and included some. read more...


20/04/2014

American Spirit II - Day 105; Car Rental, Good Friday Services and Bali Hai Hotel Party; Friday, April 18, 2014

Up at 4:48 AM. Saw a cruise ship all lit up crossing from west to east towards Tahiti. Went back to bed and got up at 7:12 AM. Went to the Mobil gas station 100 yards from us in search of eggs and bread. No luck. Returned with 3 glorious French pastries, though. Received email from Lauren and Brian. Young couple off of Ko-Ko. Looking for another boat as Ko-Ko is ending their participation in the rally prematurely and returning home. The boat will eventually be shipped home on a freighter at a cost of $50,000+. Lauren and Brian may join American Spirit II for 2 months from Fiji to Vanuatu. The hotel, which is allowing the rally boats to use their dingy dock, called Avis Car Rental for me and I was told that I would be picked up and driven to the car rental agency by the ferry dock in 20. read more...


20/04/2014

American Spirit II - Day 104; Arrived Captain Cook's Bay, Moorea & Pearls; Thursday, April 17, 20114

Stephen had flashes of lightning on the 3:00-6:00 AM watch. I had him wake me at 5:45 AM so I could watch the sun rise, looking for my second green flash sun rise. No luck. Clouds on the horizon.Wind 8 knots, speed 6.0 knots. ETA Moorea 4:45 PM. Skylark, another Rally boat, 1.3 miles away from us to leeward. Firefly is 3.7 miles behind us. At 6:18 AM I increased the engine RPM from 1,600 to 1,800 to give us .2 or 3 more knots in speed, to make sure we arrive in Moorea in daylight. That increase gets us in one hour sooner.7:10 AM Land Ho! Sighted Tahiti 48 miles away. Still no sign of Moorea. Clouds on that part of horizon. Have to take what you can get. Mount Orohena rises to 7,340 feet on Tahiti. I could see the lower left and right sides, and extreme top, of this mountain, as the. read more...