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15/08/2014

American Spirit II - Day 221; Dinner with Nexus; Thursday, August 14, 2014

Up at 7:35 AM. Coffee for me. Joel and Jeanine were still sleeping. Overcast and cool out. No rain...yet.Breakfast at 9:10 AM: scrambled eggs, cut up potato and raisin bread.After breakfast Joel and I 'fueled' the boat using a siphon hose with a check valve. We added the diesel from 3 jerry cans into the main tank. Then we took a tour of the town; and ate lunch at a Mexican restaurant that had very good guacamole, according to the boat's guacamole expert...Joel. He also had his favorite beer from home; Negro-Modelo. His first one since we ran out of it somewhere in the Caribbean Sea last January. After lunch and our tour of the town, we headed back to the boat and Joel and I got a 4 wheeled trolley from the marina and loaded the 3 empty 20 liter (5 gallon) jerry cans onto it. We then. read more...


16/08/2014

Aislig Bheag - La Gomera To Tenerife 4th - 8th August

Monday 4th AugustJohn and I got organized and headed off from Santa Cruz in La Palma at around 08.30 using twin head sails which we soon had to set to one side as wind veered round to port stern and full main sail.  As wind increased John reefed in the main to second reef and then almost knocked himself out hitting his head on the boom.  Despite this we sailed all day with wind gusting to 24 knots in the acceleration zone off La Gomera. Arrived in San Sebastian just before 18.00 in time to book in to the marina and go through the formalities yet again. Enjoyed a tuna pasta bake I prepared yesterday washed down with a chilled Chardonnay outside.  5th to 7th AugustWe stayed in San Sebastian for a few days during which time we travelled on the public bus to Vellehermoso in. read more...


Till - Klintholm - On the jetty
Till - Klintholm - On the jetty
Till - Mön - The chalk cliffs
Till - Mön - The chalk cliffs
Till - Mön - Bank in Klintholm
Till - Mön - Bank in Klintholm
Till - Kalmar to Mön - Thunderstorm followed
Till - Kalmar to Mön - Thunderstorm followed
15/08/2014

Jennie B - Stockholm, Kalmar and beyond.

We are now on our way to Klintholm on Møn, our final stop in the ARC Baltic 2014 rally.It's been so busy we've not had the time or the Internet access to post about our wanderings through the beautiful Swedish Archipelago.Lots of sheltered anchorages to choose from although you do have to watch out for rocks - we gave Mother Sweden a gentle kiss at one point!It's hard to pick out highlights from this section of our trip. Sailing into Stockholm to see this Venice of the North from the water was great fun.The amazing Vasa museum is really good - it's ironic that a ship that sank within minutes of setting sail has survived to tell its tales.Meandering through the well marked channels of the archipelago with a new vista at every turn requires attention to pilotage but is fascinating.The. read more...


15/08/2014

Flomaida II - 10. und 11.8.- zwei besondere Tage auf Aneityum/Vanuatu

Der Sonntag ist hier heilig, und Alles dreht sich um den Kirchgang. Auchwir beschließen, daran teil zu nehmen. Ordentlich angezogen, Schultern undKnie müssen bedeckt sein, werden wir fröhlich und freundlich erwartet.DieMenschen sind wirklich sonntäglich hübsch und farbenfroh gekleidet. Diekleine presbyterianische Kirche ist schon recht gefüllt, aber wir werdensofort an die Hand genommen und- Männer rechts, Frauen links,dievielen Kinder toben kreuz und quer dazwischen- Jeder an seinen Platzgeführt. Christoph schaut etwas hilflos, als sein Nachbar ihm dasGesangbuch hinhält, damit er mitsingen kann!! Der Priester ist ein sehrcharismatischer kleiner Mann, der auch uns ab und zu anspricht mit einempaar Wörter in englisch/französisch. Er springt herum wie ein Kobold undfuchtelt mit den Armen,. read more...


15/08/2014

Flomaida II - 9.-14.6. Parkplatz Musket Cove- Nachtrag! in Entwürfen hängengebliebener Bericht vom Juni, den ich Euch nicht vorenthalten möchte- sorry!

There are certainly worse Park / waiting places! After Christoph repaired the Genuafurler to zigstenmal had (he may have in his sleep and his head now !!), the faulty alternator was reinstalled, the riggers, the new lower shrouds had been recovered and thereby the electric Winch had been broken, did we finally start to the days of waiting for spare parts in Musket Cove spend. But since the riggers came with the police and wanted our ship to let put the chain until we paid is his COMPLETE invoice. We wanted to pay him minus the spare parts for the destroyed Winch. His version also opposed to police: We were there when he worked had (which was not true), and we had carved with a hammer on the Winch! We could even take a chance on a negotiated !! Yes you can you imagine Christoph with his. read more...


14/08/2014

American Spirit II - Day 220; A Quick Run from Cairns to Port Douglas; Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Up at 7:00 AM. Breakfast of scrambled eggs, chilled fruit cocktail and raisin bread. I ran into one of the crew from a Rally boat who had gone scuba diving yesterday and he said that the trip was 'disappointing.' We were considering going snorkeling/diving but thought that due to the high winds the previous days that the water clarity might not be good. Apparently that was the case; as well as the condition of the reef was not 'pristine.' A lot of dead coral. Too bad. Ghost, Chicka-lu, Saphir, NDS Darwin, Free & BrEasy and maybe one other Rally boat were still in Cairns. Ghost and Saphir were leaving for Lizard Island Saturday, waiting for the rainy and windy weather to pass thru. Lizard Island was also one of our target destinations. Its considered the northern terminus for a lot of. read more...


14/08/2014

American Spirit II - Day 219; A Slow Day in Cairns, Australia; Tuesday, August 12, 2014

I went to a whale watch tour company and was able to get their 'whale watch fact brochure' which describes whale behavior; the size of different sex and types of humpback whale behaviors; their physiology; and whale songs. Humpback whales grow can grow 12-16 meters (39-53 feet) and weigh up to 40,000 kilo's (88,000 pounds). That's almost 5 times heavier than our boat. Whales exhibit a number of surface behaviors which are either 'relaxed'; 'social/interactive'; or 'aggressive/threatened.' Relaxed behaviors include blow, pectoral slap and the fluke up dive. The latter behavior, the fluke up dive, is what the whale did behind the boat a few days ago. Social/interactive behaviors include the breach and spy hop. And the aggressive/threatened behaviors include the Peduncle arch, tail slap and. read more...


11/08/2014

Carango - 11th August 2014 - Carango Starts the Preparation

39-33.90N 20-08.10ESo - We are going to go - what an adventure.Sitting at home now it seems a long way off but then I start reading the WCC notes and instructions and other blogs of yachts en route and I think that I am very happy to be starting the preparation 15 months out from departure. There is a lot of thinking, planning to do and more actions to complete than I ever imagined.Here is CARANGO who will carry us round the World.P1000965. read more...


Carango - 11th August 2014 - Carango Starts the Preparation
Carango - 11th August 2014 - Carango Starts the Preparation
13/08/2014

Tomanita II - Bokö anchorage

After a short break in Stockholm, we joined the fleet again in Saltsjöbadenfor the last two legs down to Moen. First anchorage was Ringsöarna, a lagoonthat will take several hundreds of boats in summer time. Southerly winds meant alot of tacking, but this is to be expected for the rest of the trip. Waking upin the lagoon with water as a mirrow, we set course for Bokö Hamnvik , our nextstop – we thought...   As we approached the inlet to Bokö, we touched a rock, a place where wehave been so many times before! Of course, Anita was totally unprepared and felldown from the cockpit and hit her face against the saloon table. We anchored andthe costguard helped Anita to hospital for care. So, this is where such a finesailing in the Rally had to end – we have no chance of catching up, no. read more...


13/08/2014

Tomanita II - Saltsjöbaden

Inför starten av de sista etapperna till Kalmar och Mön flyttade vi nerbåten till Saltsjöbadens gästhamn. Vilket fint ställe och fantastiskt bramottagande! Bra reklam för Svensk segling med bar/restaurant på bryggan itrevlig miljö! Vi fick lift till båten av Per och Agneta med tvillingarna frånUSA som varit hemma på semester i Sverige och besökt oss – väldigt trevligkväll. På fredagen seglade vi ner till Ringsöarna i motvind och ankradetillsammans med många andra i Rallyt. Fin vik och spegelblankt vatten påmorgonen. Nästa dag gick vi för motor mot Oxelösund och kunde sen segla söderuti E-fyran mot Bokö där vi tänkte ankra för natten. Tråkigt nog var vi inte uppmärksamma nog utan gick på grund i inloppet tillBokö Hamnvik, ett ställe där vi varit så många gånger förut! Anita. read more...


Till - Kalmar - Castle
Till - Kalmar - Castle
Till - Kalmar - Cathedral
Till - Kalmar - Cathedral
Till - Öland bridge from Kalmar to the island
Till - Öland bridge from Kalmar to the island
12/08/2014

Starblazer - 11/08/2014 - A week in the Mamanucas

We spent three nights anchored off Musket Cove and snorkelled over the reef near to the sandbank twice.On our second visit I spotted a magnificent Lionfish, I managed to get John's attention and we both took several photos.From Musket Cove we travelled northwards inside the reef then made our way to Monoriki, the island where the Tom Hanks film Castaway was filmed.The beach looks really inviting and sweeps across towards a small rocky islet. There is an extensive reef system around the end of the island on on the other side but was far too rough to snorkel over.A tripper boat had dropped off its passengers on the beach and they were snorkelling just off the beach so we followed their example.The coral was quite good and there were lots of fish!The anchorage, however, left a bit to be. read more...


12/08/2014

American Spirit II - Day 218; Terry from Australia Stopped By, Repair Day & a Great Dinner Ashore; Monday, August 11, 2014

Up at 7:00 AM. Coffee and tea. I called the Ray Marine repair person at 9:03 AM, and he indicated that he would not be at the boat at 10:00 AM as expected by would try to get here by 2:00 PM. 'Island time' in Australia. Oh well.Breakfast at 9:10 AM. Scrambled eggs, potato cut up, spiced and cooked in olive oil and chilled fruit cocktail; plus raisin bread. I stopped by and visited with Ghost and Free & BrEasy. Ghost had had winds of up to 37 knots on their overnight passage. Free & BrEasy indicated that they had gone snorkeling in the Whitsunday Islands, but had only 6 feet of visibility due to th high winds and 5-7 foot seas. Once back on the boat I called a number of dive operators and they were all booked Tuesday, but had openings for Wednesday. The winds will still be up. read more...


11/08/2014

Boisbarbu - Re: Pot luck BBQ in Ronne

Yesterday night when we arrived in Borgholm (isle of Oeland) just before midnight, we could hear very strong rock music from many nautical miles away !!! We almost decided to keep sailing to Kalmar, as the music was so loud ! Fortunately as soon as we moored in Borgholm marina, the concert completed with a song of Johnny Halliday, translated to Swedish. Then, we had a wonderful fireworks. Of course, we believe this was to welcome Boisbarbu ! Thanks to Cecilia and Joel, for this kind organization !. read more...


Till - Kalmar - Always helpful and friendly
Till - Kalmar - Always helpful and friendly
Till - Stockholm - BBQ
Till - Stockholm - BBQ
Till - Stockholm - Gamla Stan
Till - Stockholm - Gamla Stan
14/08/2014

Jumbuck - ARC Baltic - Leg 10 Kalmar Sweden to Mon Denmark

I'm guessing it was the Nordic Gods either giving us a farewell display or warning us not to come back, but this time they all came out to show off. This last leg of the Baltic Rally was a leg that will be hard to forget.We had all ummed and ahhed Tuesday on Kamlars jetties, everyone asking everyone else what their route plans might be, as it was pretty obvious from all forecasts that along the way, we were going to have to deal with some heavy weather. It was simply each skippers choice of when and where.The rally team had allocated three days to make this 180 mile passage, but with even heavier weather due to arrive by the weekend, our decision was to complete the leg in one hop, as we wanted to be well tucked up in Mons before the really bad stuff arrived. So first question was, when. read more...


Till - Stockholm - At the harbour office of KSSS
Till - Stockholm - At the harbour office of KSSS
Till - Stockholm - Nobel Museum
Till - Stockholm - Nobel Museum
Till - Stockholm - The old town with Storkyrkan
Till - Stockholm - The old town with Storkyrkan
11/08/2014

Aislig Bheag - 26th July – 4th August: La Palma

At 8am on Saturday the 26th we headed into the port of Santa Cruz in the Canary island of La Palma.  The marina seemed to be well organizes and fairly quiet. We tied up at the pontoon and after completing the formalities, headedoff in search of a cooked breakfast.  We arranged a hired car for the following day to allow Tony time to explore the island with us before he had to head home on the Monday.  After a refreshing beer at the marina, we enjoyed a welcome shower and headed intotown for dinner in a lovely wee restaurant.  The following morning after a great night’s sleep we headed out to explore in the hired car with John driving and acting as tour guide as he had previously visited the island.  It offers a very diverse landscapewith rich, green vegetation to. read more...


11/08/2014

Aislig Bheag - 24th to 26th July, Madeira to La Palma

On the morning of Thursday 24th July we checked the forecast which looked good for our sail south to the Canaries.We changed sails from the genny to the new twin headsails as it looked like a following wind. As we didn't want to arrive in La Palma in the middle of the night, we waited until just after 11am before heading off.We started with the main and twin head sails and made good progress for first few hours before the wind died and we folded away the head sails and continued under engine and flapping main for the next few hours.We commenced a three hour watch system from 12 mid day. By mid afternoon we were back under sail with 2 head sails and main which was later taken down as the wind increased. By the following morning the wind had gone to the North East and we were on a broad. read more...


Aislig Bheag - La Palma Night Sky
Aislig Bheag - La Palma Night Sky
Aislig Bheag - La Palma lifebelt
Aislig Bheag - La Palma lifebelt
Aislig Bheag - John relaxing La Palma
Aislig Bheag - John relaxing La Palma
Aislig Bheag - Cliff restaurant
Aislig Bheag - Cliff restaurant
Aislig Bheag - Above the clouds La Palma
Aislig Bheag - Above the clouds La Palma
American Spirit II - view from the Skyrail Cableway
American Spirit II - view from the Skyrail Cableway
American Spirit II - View from the Skyrail cableway
American Spirit II - View from the Skyrail cableway
American Spirit II - A view from the gondola
American Spirit II - A view from the gondola
American Spirit II - Djabungay Tour, Rain forest floor
American Spirit II - Djabungay Tour, Rain forest floor
American Spirit II - Djabunga Forest tour, Do you see a boomerang here?
American Spirit II - Djabunga Forest tour, Do you see a boomerang here?
American Spirit II - Djabugay Forest tour by Arron an Aborigine
American Spirit II - Djabugay Forest tour by Arron an Aborigine
American Spirit II - Barron Falls view from the Scenic Railway Barron Falls Station
American Spirit II - Barron Falls view from the Scenic Railway Barron Falls Station
American Spirit II - A picture of the Scenic Railway
American Spirit II - A picture of the Scenic Railway
American Spirit II - Scenic Railway to Kuranda, Stoney Creek Falls
American Spirit II - Scenic Railway to Kuranda, Stoney Creek Falls
American Spirit II - We had a plethora of tankers on the way to Cairns
American Spirit II - We had a plethora of tankers on the way to Cairns
American Spirit II - Whitehaven Beach, You put one teabag in the water and everyone wants a free lunch!
American Spirit II - Whitehaven Beach, You put one teabag in the water and everyone wants a free lunch!
American Spirit II - Whitehaven Beach, does anyone have lifejacket?
American Spirit II - Whitehaven Beach, does anyone have lifejacket?
10/08/2014

Longbow of Argyll - Longbow in the Baltic; Helsinki .

Longbow in the Baltic; Helsinki .Arriving at the very central Nylandska Jaktklubben with its wonderful view across the harbour to the city was a delight. The clubhouse and its marina occupy the small island of Blekholmen with a dedicated ferry service to the city. We had one of our more difficult instances of getting Longbow stern to on a corner of the pontoon, but were then grateful that Clupea moored next to us and allowed us to board using their stern deck. The skyline is dominated by the beautiful Helsinki Cathedral which Ted and I enjoyed visiting on Thursday.We were pleased to welcome Hilary, Ted's cousin and her husband Rusty in time for the dinner in the historic clubhouse of the NJK. A beautifully Scandiavian wood clad building in muted white and green, it made us think of the. read more...


08/08/2014

Longbow of Argyll - Longbow in the Baltic; St Petersburg to Helsinki.

Longbow in the Baltic; St Petersburg to Helsinki.Motoring out of St Petersburg on Sunday morning proved much quieter than our busy entrance and we enjoyed catching a glimpse of the Summer Palace at Peterhof. Clearing customs at Kronstadt went smoothly as did the long trail out to the "rotary" from which one was permitted to branch off in a north westerly direction towards Finnish waters. It wasn't too long before we swopped the Russian courtesy flag for the Finnish flag, not without a little relief.It was 2315 when we tied up at the Customs quay on the quiet island of Haapasari. There the Border guards " welcomed us back to Europe ". The skipper was breathalysed! After clearance we had to creep into the anchorage aided by a powerful torch - we were glad of a dram and our beds after 92. read more...


10/08/2014

Flomaida II - 09.08.- seit 3 Tagen 30 Knoten Wind und mehr in Böen!

Gut, dass wir in der Bucht von Aneityum sehr geschützt liegen. Den Wind mitüber 30 kn bekommen wir zwar voll mit, aber das Gefährliche ist ja die Welle,die den Anker aushebeln könnte. Am ersten Tag sind wir noch mutig mit Flomiunserem Dinghy) an Land gefahren, wurden allerdings pitschenaß! Wir musstenunbedingt Geld wechseln - in Fiji gab es keine Vanutas, und auf den nächstenInseln gibt es keine Möglichkeit mehr bis zur Hauptinsel Efate ca 180 Meilen.Allerdings kann man hier auch kaum Geld ausgeben. Es erinnert michhier sehr an die Marquesas. Die Menschen sind unglaublich freundlich undfröhlich, sie machen einen sehr zufriedenen Eindruck, winken uns strahlend zuund freuen sich über ein kleines Schwätzchen. Englisch ist für uns ganz gutzu verstehen, es ist Piginenglish - ein Mix zwischen. read more...



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