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Firefly - Some pictures of Leg 3!
Firefly - Some pictures of Leg 3!
Firefly - Some pictures of Leg 3!
Firefly - Some pictures of Leg 3!
Firefly - Some pictures of Leg 3!
Firefly - Some pictures of Leg 3!
Firefly - Some pictures of Leg 3!
Firefly - Some pictures of Leg 3!
10/06/2015

Widago - Barnacles

Yum! (photo credit: DALA)IMG_4597. read more...


Widago - Barnacles
Widago - Barnacles
Zingara - Zera vor uns....
Zingara - Zera vor uns....
Zingara - Erinnerungen
Zingara - Erinnerungen
Zingara - Faial, Pico
Zingara - Faial, Pico
10/06/2015

Widago - Azores Cruise

ARC EUROPE: Azores Cruise 2015Yesterday, I ate a barnacle. Yes, you read it right. You know those gnarly attachments you’d find growing along the bottom of a neglected hull? Yes, indeed….and it was worth the flash of horror that crossed my mind as the waitress delivered our lunch.Unfortunately, you cannot really expect your kids to venture off the kiddie menu in foreign countries, if you do not exemplify the same adventurous spirit. Luckily it worked, and the boys were asking for seconds. If you had asked me six months ago if I would ever eat the crusty turd scraped off the bottom of boat, I’d have said, “Not in a million….”So let’s back this up a bit. WIDAGO successfully completed a 1800nm journey from Bermuda to Horta, Faial (Azores) in 14 days. Our passage was very calm with light. read more...


Zingara -
Zingara -
10/06/2015

Firefly - Povoa

All arrived safe and sound in Povoa after 55 mile sail! Nice day but with alittle cloud! Sienna played in the cockpit (photos to follow) and she alsodecided that the Almanac was a better read than the beatrix potter books... Position currently 41:22:30N 8:45:89   We leave tomorrow and head to Porto where we pick Anna’s sister up for somecrew help! Should be fun! Again the boat is performing well and keeping us safeand sound! Thanks Firefly.... read more...


10/06/2015

Free Spirit - Log 25: 10 June 2015

I went to bed early Monday night in preparation fora 0600 start next morning. The crew went to a strip club. Not all  - I'llleave it to the reader to guess which ones. Some, not all, didmanage to emerge from their bunks at dawn, eyes bleary and bloodshotfrom insufficient sleep, too much intoxication and seeing things theyshouldn't, to lend a hand getting out of port. This was tricky because wewere hemmed in by other boats and the wind was blowing at 20 kts but we made itwithout mishap and are now back on the open sea with just over 900NM to go tothe Strait of Gibraltar.One of the attractions of Angra, in additionto its rich history, the beauty of its buildings - and its stripclub - is the bull fight, which takes. read more...


10/06/2015

Zingara - Via Inmarsat:

Weiter gehts....nach einigen schoenen tagen auf faial und tercheira segelnwir,- ja, wir segeln - bei idealem halbwind kurs durch die nacht nach saomiguel, marina ponta delgada. Dieses mal ist es keine wettfahrt, so konntejeder starten wann er wollte. Uns geht es prima, auch zingara funktionierteinwandfrei.So, das war s fuer den moment, beste gruesse von den azoren,ernst, wolle u ingo mit einem hallo zu nils in fra beim geldverdienen!. read more...


10/06/2015

Luna Quest - Wednesday, 10th June, 2015

Noon Position: 17.52S 177.05WDaily run: 63 milesA strong breeze is sending big blue rollers onto the port quarter of Luna Quest. It is difficult to keep her speed down to under 5 knots. She only carries a scrap of genoa. A near gale is forecast soon and our passage through the pass is due tomorrow morning. All night we have been hove-to to allow us to time our passage. This morning at 07.30am we only had a 130 miles to go to the pass from our hove-to position, a distance Luna Quest would cover in about 16 hours in this wind, but we have been told not to enter the pass at any time other than in the morning hours from 9am, when the sun is behind us and obstacles (bommies and rocks) can be spotted by the naked eye or with the help of polloroid sunglasses.The rollers are magnificent with. read more...


Isabella of Portsmouth - Photos start Arc Portugal 2015
Isabella of Portsmouth - Photos start Arc Portugal 2015
09/06/2015

Firefly - Some pictures of the trip so far! -

We are now in Baiona which is around 70 miles north of the Portuguese border and have a lovely berth at the yacht club! Sienna is very happy as shehas been reunited with all her toys... Boat looks great and really finally feelall the hard work prep has paid off as we are now so self sufficient. Current position 42:07:33N 8:50:86W   Leaving for Porto WednesdayAgain big breeze from the North so Sienna is excited  LOL   Crew Firefly    m_IMG_2401 m_IMG_2380 m_IMG_2363 m_IMG_2400 m_IMG_2424 m_IMG_2421 m_IMG_2410. read more...


Firefly - Some pictures of the trip so far! -
Firefly - Some pictures of the trip so far! -
Firefly - Drinks in Bayona
Firefly - Drinks in Bayona
Firefly - Dinner
Firefly - Dinner
Firefly - Fishing tackle
Firefly - Fishing tackle
Firefly - Night out
Firefly - Night out
Firefly - Crew in Plymouth
Firefly - Crew in Plymouth
Firefly - Fishing tackle
Firefly - Fishing tackle
Dala - Touring Terceira, North-East view
Dala - Touring Terceira, North-East view
09/06/2015

Firefly - Fast passage to Fiji's Lau Group

As we approach the end of a passage we are normally pushing Firefly as fast as possible in order to arrive in time for a deadline - normally its to arrive before it gets dark. Its different this time - we are going to need to slow down on our second night at sea in order that we have good light to enter the Tongan Passage, our planned route into the lagoon of Vanua Balavu, part of the Lau Group of Fiji - we are going too fast! Firefly cast off her mooring in Neiafu, Vava'u, Tonga at 1030 on Monday 8th June to start this passage of just over 300 miles. The destination is a village called Lomolomo, which in this case is a 'sufferance' port. It is called this because its not an official port of entry for Fiji - the ICA have special permission to arrive here and have arranged to fly the. read more...


09/06/2015

Luna Quest - Tuesday, 9th June, 2015

Noon Position: 18.07S 175.53WDaily run: 128 milesIt seems that most of the time ashore is taken up with effecting small repairs, socialising, trying to get an internet signal and deciding where to have an evening meal. However, we did manage an excursion to a vanilla farm, where there were more pigs than evidence of growing vanilla. We also had a boat trip out to the coral gardens, where we snorkelled to admire the landscape and the thousands of multicoloured fish that abound in these tropical waters and a huge cave that we entered by boat. The Kingdom of Tonga is a stretch of hundreds of small, mostly uninhabited, islands, where one could be cruising an entire season, seeking shelter from the trade winds behind the islands, but not all of them have a shelving seabed so that anchoring. read more...


Dala - Crossing the finish line in Horta
Dala - Crossing the finish line in Horta
Dala - DALA peacefully waiting for the next leg, in Horta
Dala - DALA peacefully waiting for the next leg, in Horta
Dala - Joelle painting our mark upon arrival un Horta 2
Dala - Joelle painting our mark upon arrival un Horta 2
Dala - Joelle painting our mark upon arrival un Horta 1
Dala - Joelle painting our mark upon arrival un Horta 1
Dala - Our two broken halyards
Dala - Our two broken halyards
Dala - That?s what remains of our Code zero's halyard sheave!
Dala - That?s what remains of our Code zero's halyard sheave!
Dala - Architecture, sea and hill, Horta
Dala - Architecture, sea and hill, Horta
Dala - My birthday near our painting, and close by a very old painting of a Boat named ESSAOUIRA, my birth city, in Morocco!!!!!!
Dala - My birthday near our painting, and close by a very old painting of a Boat named ESSAOUIRA, my birth city, in Morocco!!!!!!
Dala - And now: Verso!!
Dala - And now: Verso!!
Dala - Beautiful embroidered bench, in Angra: Recto
Dala - Beautiful embroidered bench, in Angra: Recto
Dala - Paintings view, Horta Marina
Dala - Paintings view, Horta Marina
Dala - Our painting, Made by Joelle
Dala - Our painting, Made by Joelle
Dala - DALA's mainsail, torn right at mis-mast height!
Dala - DALA's mainsail, torn right at mis-mast height!
Dala - Horrible chafing on the batten pockets
Dala - Horrible chafing on the batten pockets
Dala - Broken block, cutting like a knife!
Dala - Broken block, cutting like a knife!
Dala - Faial rocks: Awesome to look at, to be avoided by your Boat!
Dala - Faial rocks: Awesome to look at, to be avoided by your Boat!
07/06/2015

Free Spirit - Log 24: 7 June 2015

Fourth in our class! Not too bad considering wehad just one functioning sail for much of the trip. The northroute had been the way to go for a faster passage but would therepairs we cobbled together at sea have stood up to the battering ofstrong winds? Maybe not. According to Mrs.Trouble we were protectedfrom worse disasters by divine providence. Not sure about the 'divine'but she might have a point otherwise. Once in port there was muchwork to be done to effect repairs with a better chance of standing upto the heavy weather that may be encountered on the final leg ofour voyage. This entailed removing the entire furling system from the mastin order to redrill and tap holes in the metal. read more...


07/06/2015

Flomaida II - Die Whitsundays zwischen Mackay und Airlie Beach

Nach den herrlichen Segelrevieren in Neuseeland sind die "world famous"Whitsunday Islands für uns nichts Besonderes. Der Whithaven Beach ist halt sehr lang und sehr weiß, dass man wirklich geblendet ist. Am besten gefallen hat uns Hook Island mit dem Nara Inlet, da haben wir in einem tiefen Einschnitt wie in Abraham's Schoß gelegen. Auch konnten wir einen schönen Spaziergang machen und ein wenig über die Geschichte der Eingeborenen lesen, die offensichtlich hier noch nicht so integriert sind wie die Maoris in Neuseeland.Andere Inseln sind mit teilweise sehr unpassenden Hotelkomplexen zugebaut. Es gibt eine Insel, die nur einen Golfplatz beherbergt (Dent Island). Sicher sind die Luxus Resorts vom Feinsten, aber von See aus sieht das nicht besonders schön aus.Airlie Beach mit angekündigten. read more...


06/06/2015

Kinni Rossi - Farewell & Fair Winds

Sadly, Kinni Rossi had to divert into Brest with a sick crew member.This left only two onboard, and the prospect of crossing Biscay became untenable.They decided to retire and Malcolm and I will spend the month cruising down the coast of France to La Rochelle when I arrive in Brittany on Sunday. Sad not to be with you all, and we wish you a great trip down the Portuguese coast, with lots of fun along the way. We will watch your progress on the tracker with interest.....I think Chanto must have wings!! But well done for a speedy crossing and indeed well done to you all...Barbara. read more...


07/06/2015

Agua Dulce - On to Terceira

After a wonderful time in Faial, it is time for us to move on to Terceira and begin our Azores cruise. Faial is a delightful island that looks like something you would use as the background for illustrations in a children’s fairytale. The rolling hills are lush and green and dotted with cows - many of them black and white jersey cows that supply the milk for the island’s delicious cheese. The plots on the hillsides are divided by hedges of hydrangeas giving the island it’s nickname, the Blue Island. The houses and buildings are white with red tile roofs, and the blue sea sparkles around the edges. And there is no trash to be found! The people of Faial are warm, friendly and welcoming and seem genuinely glad to meet you. Charles and I went out for out 28th anniversary dinner two nights. read more...


07/06/2015

Starblazer - 6/06/2015 - My words came back to haunt me!

The minor problem concerning water in the petrol was very minor however the rest of our cruising in Vava'u was not as easy as we had hoped.The few days following my last log threw up more problems than we would have liked.John states that he likes solving problems but even he would have not wished for what we have experienced..We had a couple of very peaceful nights anchored off Kanutu then set off in perfectly calm conditions for the Blue Lagoon, an anchorage where sunlight from behind is essential to see the reefs alongside and ahead as you enter.We had two minor problems with coral before we reached Blue Lagoon but managed to reverse off both times (remember my comments about reversing off for later) and entered the lagoon exceedingly carefully and anchored successfully, setting the. read more...


07/06/2015

Exody - Days 139-147: Taste of Tonga

.........is the name of one of the several mainly 'incomer' - owned businesses here specialising in foods - prepared (at least this season) specially for yachties in transit - but it is also a good description of the ten day June stopover here in the 'Friendly Islands' - a misnomer coined by Captain Cook who was apparently unaware of the Tongans' foiled plan to kill him - mainly because they could not agree on a method of despatch!Our fleet here is enlarged to about 36 boats as we coincide with the Islands Cruising Association (ICA) from New Zealand on their, comparatively leisurely five month South Pacific rally circuit.We sail and clear (ie with Tonga and then Fiji authorities) in company for the next 280 mile leg to the Lau Group within Fiji, leaving Monday 8th June.The several. read more...


Dala - Horta
Dala - Horta

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