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15/03/2015

Free & BrEasy - Goat Racing in Tobago

Tobago is a lovely green hilly island with lots of place names that sound familiar to English ears such as Scarborough, Plymouth and Richmond. The Scots and Welsh also had fun as places were called Speyside, Cambletown, Culloden Bay, Stonehaven Bay, Glamorgan and Pembroke. Even the Irish got in with Hillsborough Bay. No wonder we felt at ease in the tropical heat!Arriving in Scarborough, the main port, we were advised by the port authority to anchor close in shore rather nearer to some fishing boats than we liked. After exchanging gesticulations and eventually a radio conversation with a neighbouring boat from Belgium, we realised that they meant, really close in shore. Ten minutes later we learnt why when an enormous ferry smartly executed a handbrake turn just where we were going to. read more...


15/03/2015

Makena - Pacific Crossing - 11 days done

All is good aboard. We’re on a peaceful but not too speedy gibe now with our patched gennacker. Dave made a white bread AND a spelt flour brown bread today. We’re going to tuck in for an early lunch and wind our clocks back to UTC-8. Not much to report! Thinking of our family and friends. . read more...


15/03/2015

Karma Wins - Blog 2 - The Secont Third

Blog 2 The Second ThirdTrue to form the seas and wind picked up at supper time so the balancing act was required.We seem to be thriving on meat that has been defrosted and re-frozen several times….touch wood.Dawn and I have called a truce and it is now wedged behind the tap.Two sausages made a break for freedom and got down the stairs to our cabin and almost made it there.Per and Barry fortunately didn’t notice!They also haven’t realised that I am using the slightly off milk in the sauces.Some of the long-life milk seems to be short-lived and is a little bit sour.It makes brilliant yogurt, just a spoonful of natural yogurt mixed in, leave it out on deck all day and it is delicious.We had a brilliant night sailing, winds around 20 knots, Karma Wins doing about 9 knots, seas a tiny bit. read more...


15/03/2015

American Spirit II - Day 432; Another Great Day of Sailing; Saturday, March 14, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 70; Kon-Tiki Lure, Joel Radio Transmission Techniques & Low Side Pole Explained; Friday, March 14, 2014. Sunrise consisted of scattered trade wind clouds. A small rain cloud drifted by and dropped a mist of rain. Came and went in 5 minutes. Not enough of a rain shower to even wet your clothes, but had to close up boat main cabin hatch and zipper the dodger window to prepare for the worst.Three flying fish on deck, forward of the dodger. Even though I could see them, I did not go forward to retrieve them until someone else on the boat was up and in the cockpit. A rule on the boat, no one goes forward, even when wearing a harness and hooked to the boat, when they are alone on deck. Why is that? Because if you're harnessed to the boat and fall overboard, if. read more...


15/03/2015

Exocet Strike - Day 10 from Galapagos to Marquesas

Another great sailing day 192 miles noon to noon. Lit will be interesting to see what happens now  since the wind has droppeda little and gone more to the east. We are now on a run, with the genoapoled out. After 11 days of sailing Juno is approx 20 milesahead of us and Garlix 16 miles behind, in fact Garlix is now on our AIS, itsquite nice to know we are in reasonable close company with other boats. Some of the other boats in our fleet are now 5 to 600 miles to oureast.   On another subject we are saddened to hear that theisland group of Vanuatu has been hit hard byTropical Cyclone Pam, it was a category 5 storm, the highest on the grading, inthe Atlantic it would be called a hurricane.  We are scheduled to call atthis island chain in July, it remains to be seen if. read more...


15/03/2015

GarliX - Die Fragen hören einfach nicht auf?.

Tour: Santa Cruz - Hiva Oa - Gesamtstrecke ca. 2980sm, aktuell noch ca. 1.150 smEs ist stockdunkel - wir haben es 3:30 in der Nacht… oder so ähnlich. Das mit der Uhrzeit an Bord ist ein ständiges Diskussionsthema. Wie viel Uhr ist es? 3:30 ist es jetzt auf Galapagos, 9:30 ist es lt. UTC und 10:30 ist es in Deutschland. Aber hier müsste es jetzt eigentlich ca. 1:30 sein. Hinter uns liegen ca. 1800sm und ca. alle 900sm ist eine Stunde Zeitverschiebung. Auf den Marquesas beträgt die Zeitverschiebung UTC -9,5h. Also alles klar? Es ist Nacht - das zumindest ist richtig - weil es dunkel ist. Bei uns in der Koje hängt immer noch die Funkuhr mit der deutschen Zeit. Damit wir auch immer wissen, wann wir nicht stören dürfen. Häufig wird an Bord auf die Frage „Wie spät ist es“ geantwortet… z.B.. read more...


14/03/2015

Makena - Pacific Crossing - 14 days done

Sorry about the irregular blog rate. Things are all going very well aboard. Dave just made us a salad+ for lunch and he’s made more lovely bread since the last time I wrote also. Oliver is the clean-up king - much appreciated. There’s been lots of rust patrol also. Sarah made her first banana (& raisin & walnut) cake and that is definitely being added to the repertoire. No more bananas now. No more lots of things. We can have no fruit or veg for our arrival in Hiva-Oa anyway so that should not be a problem.We’ve had some beautiful moons, sunsets and sunrises. We often see flying fish and the odd bird. The waves are very tame. We saved one flying fish that jumped aboard but as usual there have been many casualties among his comrades and lots of squid washing on deck to cook also!. read more...


14/03/2015

Makena - Pacific Crossing - Eventful Pi Day!

Update to the previous entry is that after our halyard repair we blew our spinacker out after less than 2 hours flying in no strong winds to speak of. :( So then we repaired (patched) the gennacker that had been for a swim and hoisted that unfurled. Sailing again now ok - just have 14 kts ESE. Eventful day! Dave made bread at some point in the middle of this and Kai graciously slept for the gennacker fiddling. Hopefully no more sail damage to come! Here’s to a peaceful rest of the Pacific crossing!. read more...


14/03/2015

Allegro - TERÇA-FEIRA 10 DE MARÇO DE 2015 A SÁBADO 14 DE MARÇO DE 2015

GeradoresO tempo tem-se passado à volta do gerador e dos seus problemas.Apesar de uma “alguma” má fama que o material Fisher Panda tem, confesso que sempre acreditei que não íamos ter problemas. O gerador é novo, tem-lhe sido feita a manutenção, enquanto em Portugal nunca falhou, etc. Por isso tudo ia correr bem, com certeza! Mas não tem corrido, não.É verdade que os primeiros problemas não tiveram a ver com o gerador propriamente dito - o buraco na panela de escape e depois os fusíveis velhos e mal (?) dimensionados.Mas agora está a ser diferente. Em menos de 15 dias já vai no 3º impeller, há agora mais uma fuga na tubagem da bomba de água salgada e por último trabalha mas não produz 220V nem para a sua própria bateria, coisa que nunca tinha acontecido.O problema é que do gerador. read more...


14/03/2015

Sweet Pearl - Kap Verden --> Azoren - 10. Tag - Und durch die Hälfte

Wir kommen super voran; die Hälfte haben wir auch schon hinter uns gelassen. Das Wetter ist super, wenn auch ein wenig kühl. Alle sind gut drauf...und mehr gibts dazu auch nicht zu sagen:).Ciao, Tom. read more...


14/03/2015

American Spirit II - Day 431; Another Great Day Sailing; Friday, March 13, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 69; Just Sailing; & Two Joel Mini Lessons; Thursday, March 13, 2014. Sunrise. 14-15 knots of wind; speed 5.5 knots. Shook reef out of main and picked up 1/2 to 1 knot of boat speed. Because boat speed down, hydro generator not charging as much as we like. Low voltage turned freezer off. Too much east in wind, so wehave to steer left of Hiva Hoa. Right after sunrise the 2 fishing lines were put in the water: a silver spoon and a yellow rebella. The rebella submerges to 15 feet or so when trolled. The silver spoon slips on the surface. Then a large flock of terns were seen concentrating on a patch of ocean, going after a school apparently. No flying fish on deck today."*****************************Relieved Heidi at 6:09 AM. Wind 14 knots and we're sailing at 4.6. read more...


14/03/2015

American Spirit II - Day 430; A Meteorite Breaks Up Inside the Southern Cross and a Great Day Sailing; Thursday, March 12, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 68; Sleigh Ride at Night; Wednesday, March 12, 2014. Great sunrise. Lost of blue sky, low wispy trade wind clouds. Wind 16-20 knots, seas 8 feet, speed 7 knots. A small .2 to .3 knot helping current. No flying fish on deck this morning. The reason is because with a 3/4 moon the fish fan see the boat and therefore they can miss it. We'll know if this hypothesis is accurate when we have no moon again."*********************************At 12:15 AM Joel sees a huge flash out of the corner of his eye. Second time he's seen this recently. At around 1:00 AM Joel sees a meteorite break up into 3 separate pieces inside of the Southern Cross constellation, over a 2-3 second period. Some stuff you can't make up. Clouds came in around 5:00 AM. I relieve Heidi at 5:55 AM. At. read more...


14/03/2015

Exody - Days 60-63 - Halfway point - Pam's not for us

Cyclone Pam is apparently the top news story today and folks at home are worried for us - but she is the best part of 5000 miles away to the west and the World ARC route and timing is of course carefully designed to avoid suchseasonal threats! When we get to Vanuatu in July (after the cyclone season), we hope to find the damage not too severe - World ARC participants past and current will be doing whatever they can to support the locals.Yesterday evening (Friday 13th) at 21.00 hours boat time (UTC minus 7 hours) we passed the halfway mark - 1500 miles down after nine days and ten hours, 1500 to go. As I write this (Saturday 14th, 14.00) its down to 1400 miles - it feels good to be counting down now to the finish - it's a vast place this Pacific Ocean!We are into a third day of mostly. read more...


14/03/2015

Luna Quest - Saturday, 14th March, 2015

Noon Position: 7.37S 111.42WDaily run: 123 milesThe daily roll call showed that LUNA QUEST had made least progress in the last 24 hours, which was not surprising as we had 3 reefs in the mainsail and several rolls in the genoa, while wind speeds never exceeded 23 knots. I have therefore taken two reefs out and unrolled the genoa, which has improved our speed to over 6 knots. Not that we are in a hurry, but there is an underlying feeling of competition and nobody wants to arrive last, so we are competing with the last three boats not to trail the other two, although by rights LUNA QUEST ought to be last, as she is the smallest in the fleet by several feet.Every morning the sun rises over the stern of LUNA QUEST, passes directly overhead and sets over the bows in a sky usually very red on. read more...


14/03/2015

Exocet Strike - Another Sunny Day

Great day sailing today, sun was out, hot in thecockpit and down below, sea temp is around 28 deg C, wind 18 to 25 knots on thebeam, bliss, all we need to improve is for the tide to be with us. After 8 days of sailing we are less than 20 milesaway from one boat Juno and less than 35 from Garlix. A Plus 2 is over100 miles away but in distance to Hiva Oa, A Plus 2 are 20 miles behind us,amazing how close some of us are. Further to the east several of the otherboats are similarly close together.  Its great to have the SSB (short waveHam like radio) net, where we have a role call twice a day. As the fleet is morespread out this is becoming more difficult, today Juno was the net controller,and ourselves, Pentagram and Aretha were all helping out by relaying info fromother. read more...


13/03/2015

Luna Quest - Friday, 13th March

Noon Position: 7.29S 109.33WDaily run: 122 milesThe boisterous seas made for uncomfortable sailing yesterday. All hatches and windows were closed making the cabin quite warm (32C). Every time a large wave attacked Luna Quest and passed under her, she rolled off the other side giving her a reverse heel. The heavy genoa then collapsed before crashing back again under pressure of the wind. Furling a few rolls in genoa helped, but not as much as making the boat point up a little, but that at the cost of adding distance to Hiva OA. In the night dark clouds were packing around us, while the moon tried to come up at about 1am. She showed a bottom half only when free from clouds. Whereas we at home can easily see by the slant of the moon whether the moon is waning or waxing, one could not. read more...


13/03/2015

Exocet Strike - two contrasting days on the way to the Marquesas

Wednesday was afunny day, full of minor squalls with not too much wind but plenty of showers.Four of us managed to get a shower in the rain, leaving only dirt Dain, bit likea comedy version of East Enders, for anyone that remembers DirtyDen! Yesterday was a lovely moonlight night followed bya sunny day all day, not too many clouds and great progress made. Yes Brian itdoes look easy, its been a bit choppy, but you would be enjoying this, hope allis well back home. We passed the halfway mark yesterday and celebratedin style with some extra chocolate bars. Stella has been wondering why we have all thechocolate still, then remembered that Kieron isn't on board, so thatswhy! By yhe end of today, our time we should be 60% ofthe way there, the time seems to be slipping away rapidly. We hear. read more...


13/03/2015

Firefly - Cyclone Pam heading to NZ

Its Friday the 13th of March and we are heading to Marsden Cove Marina near Whangerei to seek shelter from some bad weather that is forecast to arrive later on this weekend. It will be the remnants of Cyclone Pam that originated in the Solomons and is currently passing close to Vanuatu. Its likely to be upgraded to a Cat 5, the highest and most destructive level and depending on its path, will reek absolute havoc in the Southern Vanuatu Islands. The Cyclone is then predicted to pass to the east of NZ on Sunday and Monday, and although Pam will be down graded by then, as it will lose energy passing over colder water it could still potentially cause some serious gales.We are sailing from Great Barrier Island having spent 3 days there in 3 different anchorages. It was Firefly's 2nd visit to. read more...


12/03/2015

Luna Quest - Thursday, 12th March, 2015

Noon Position:7.18S 107.18WDaily run: 147 milesAnother good day’s run with some long lazy seas and a fresh breeze on the port quarter. The sun has been out in full today and the batteries have been devouring its energy through the two solar panels mounted on the gantry over the cockpit. Julia forgot to take her Ibuprofen this morning and has been up and about most of the morning attending to little tasks and holding on at all times. She is definitely on the mend with any internal bruising subsiding. We found our potato locker and the carrot cache we keep in the f’castle infested with fruit flies. For weeks I have been bashing the little things around the boat. We cleaned out the locker, cleaned the potatoes and hung them up under the gantry in the shadow of the solar panels. The carrots. read more...


12/03/2015

Sweet Pearl - Kap Verden --> Azoren - 8. Tag - Genau eine Woche auf See

Jetzt sind wir genau eine Woche auf See; nach den anfänglich etwas mühsameren Tagen, haben wir seit 3 Tagen schöne Segeltage mit blauem Himmel und Sonne und so;-). Gestern gabs Röschti vom Fritz, heute Carbonara vom Alex; ja, und was macht der Tom? Der lässt es sich gut schmecken:). Liebe Grüsse, Tom. read more...


12/03/2015

Makena - Pacific Crossing - Halfway to go!

Writing this on the morning of March 12th, just over 1400 nm from our destination. This means we have less than halfway to go! Yesterday was an eventful day on Makena to say the least. We had to fix an electrical furler, we lost one bolt from that and then later our rear nav light, we didn’t climb the mast to fix the spinnacker halyard but we hooked a 2m+ long striped marlin! To say that Luc had fun would be a massive understatement. On this crossing so far we’ve hooked 9 fish but only had one for dinner. We’ve lost 7 lures…We have this marlin on video so we’ll upload something if we ever get good internet again ;)We battled the marlin for slightly over two full hours - we have video evidence and a very funny Raymarine track - unfortunately it snapped the line right at the very end,. read more...


12/03/2015

American Spirit II - Day 429; 1 Month Until Rally is Over & We Have a Great Day Sailing; Wednesday, March 11, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 67; Fish Fly in for Lunch ; Fixing the Hydro Generator under Sail; & Halfway to Marquesas; Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Awakened abruptly today with Mike and Joel talking about the hydro generator. It had stopped working. Why? Because the line holding it down has snapped. Second time this has happened. With 10 foot seas running up behind us, attaching a new line is doable but taking safety precautions are a must before doing so. No need to fix it now. The wind turbine is turned on, then Joel is back to bed. It's the middle of his night since he got off shift at 3:00 AM. Because the wind turbine can't generate all the electricity we need under sail, I turned off the refrigerator and freezer until we either start the electric generator later or fix the hydro. read more...


11/03/2015

Aislig Bheag - Antigua to British Virgin Islands Feb t March 2015

19th February 2015 Today we were joined by Michael, a friend of John’s sister from Pennsylvania and Fred from Tennessee, both keen sailors retired from their respective jobs.  On day one of our planned two week voyage, we sailed north in Antigua to Jolly Harbor where we spent a night in the marina next to our good friends Nigel and Tracy.  Surprisingly they are still our friends despite us swapping their St Georges cross flag for our Saltire from their mast.  We later entertained them in the evening and served them dinner on our new table cloth, their St Georges Cross flag. It took them a while to notice but despite the hilarity I have a feeling they will be working on a pay back! The following day we moved further north for a final stop over in Dickenson’s Bay before the. read more...


11/03/2015

Aislig Bheag - St Lucia to Antigua Jan to Feb 15

19th January 2015For the second time of the journey, we had Aislig Bheag lifted out the water to have some work done on the rudder stock to try to resolve the leak.  The boat yard in Rodney Bay seems quite well run and ‘China Man’, a skilled boat repair worker.  However, I hate boat yards.  So does John.  I think it is partly due to time spent preparing Aslig Bheag for the trip and our experience as mosquito magnets of being eaten alive by them in boat yards.  Despite this we survived three days of living on board in the aforementioned boat yard whist the repair was carried out and John, Eilidh and I worked on hull cleaning and various other maintenance tasks below water line.  We were relieved to have the boat re-launched in late afternoon of the 21st. read more...


12/03/2015

Juno - Pacific, the southeast trades

It is the hottest part of the day in the South Pacific and the air is thick and heavy below decks. In the cockpit it is cool in the shade of the bimini, but still warm enough to prove the dough that seems to expand before my eyes, ready for the oven in time for supper.The sky is a washed out pale blue; bunches of towering white cumulus cloud gather on the southern horizon, greedily consuming the warm evaporating sea water that will transform them from harmless white cotton-wool balls into demonic black squalls.We are in the southeast trade winds; formed by cool air from the south and drawn into the low-pressure heat sink around the equator, they are deflected to the west by the force of the earth spinning on its axis.The sea is cobalt blue, a long slow swell from the southeast rolls past. read more...


Juno - Pacific, the southeast trades
Juno - Pacific, the southeast trades
12/03/2015

Karma Wins - Week one. The first thousand miles.

Carol and Barry have made us feel so welcome on Karma Wins and she already feels like a home. There were quite a few jobs to do on Karma Wins so Per set about the batteries, solars and wind generator to see why they weren’t charging very well.Later we walked up to the market and bought some fruit and veg.There is always some confusion between bananas and plantains which are only edible once they are almost totally black and then they have to be cooked.Back on Karma Wins it was hot so I was went in for a swim and a hull cleaning session but had to get out quick because today we had blue jellyfish around.Being on the boat is great, always some activity, seabirds fishing, rays, sharks, turtles, iguanas and sea lions all floating quietly around. I can sit for hours watching them.The iguanas. read more...


11/03/2015

GarliX - Warum wir das das nördlichste Boot sind

Tour: Santa Cruz - Hiva Oa - Gesamtstrecke ca. 2980sm, aktuell noch ca. 1.700 smEs ist nicht so, dass wir das Abbiegen vergessen haben…nein, nein - es gibt natürlich Gründe, warum wir zur Zeit das nördlichste Boot der Flotte sind. Unsere Segelstrategie setzt sich aus folgenden Punkten zusammen: 1) performen der Segel (hier haben wir mit dem gerissenen Genacker und dem problematischen Furler natürlich erstmal Minuspunkte gesammelt), 2) tägliche Wetterdaten von „WetterWelt“, 3) der kürzeste Weg 4) Strömung und WellenhöheDas Wichtigste sind allerdings die Segeleigenschaften von unserer XP44; die nicht soviel Wind benötigt, um schnell zu segeln. Unsere GARLIX erreicht den besten Speed bei ca. 130° wahren Wind (die Windrichtung, wo der Wind wirklich herkommt), bzw. 90° scheinbaren Wind (die. read more...


11/03/2015

Luna Quest - Wednesday, 11th March, 2015

Noon Position:7.17S 104.41WDaily Run: 149 milesWe have covered around a third of the distance to Hiva OA (Marquesas). The bigger boats are now a few days ahead of us and they will have longer to cruise French Polynesia on arrival, but we are making good progress and the sun is out. Unfortunately, we cannot open any of the windows or hatches, because the sea is quite rough in the 20kn of SE trade wind on our port quarter and every now again a wave will leap aboard. It is therefore quite hot in the cabin and it is a pleasure to go into the cockpit for a scanof the horizon or adjust the Hydrovane. The sea has a long deep swell with waves on their tops and some breaking, but whatever their size, Luna Quest rides over them easily. All night long we have been creaming along at around 7 knots. read more...


11/03/2015

American Spirit II - Day 427; Not a Great Sailing Day, but it Could be Worse; Monday, March 9, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 65; Flying Fish , Birds , First Green Flash & Over 1/3 Way There; Sunday, March 9, 2014. At 1:00 AM we passed the 1,000 nautical mile mark on this leg. With the entire leg being 2,980 miles, we're over 1/3 of the way from the Galapagos to the Marquesas Islands."*****************************************I relieved Heidi a little early today, at 5:40 AM. Heidi says she's really tired this morning. The wind is blowing 24 knots. At 6:09 AM the wind is 16 knots and we're sailing at 5.1 knots thru the water and 5.5 knots over the land. And I can see a few small patches of blue sky. But mainly I see gray and black low fast moving clouds. The gray and black clouds are under higher, white, wispy white clouds. I'm wearing my foul weather pants with suspenders and a short. read more...


11/03/2015

American Spirit II - Day 428; A Bad 10 Hours of Sailing; Tuesday, March 10, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 66; Fast Sailing; Monday, March 10, 2014. Between 4:00 and 5:00 AM Mike saw a Chinese ship on AIS, on our chart plotter. A freighter heading east towards Panama. Surprised any ships traverse these seas in that direction. Not a shipping route. However, the Chinese manage the Panama Canal Zone, so doesn't surprise me one of their ships is heading there from the South Pacific."****************************Joel runs the generator to charge batteries from 12:00 AM to 3:00 AM. During his watch he has winds up to 28 knots. I relieve Heidi at 5:45 AM. The wind is blowing at 25/26 knots, and its not changing. The wind speed indicator is stuck on 25 or 26 knots. Not good. I turn the generator on. At 6:05 AM a big wave rounds the boat up thru the wind. This is interesting.. read more...


11/03/2015

Exocet Strike - Galapagos to Marquesas 10 to 11th March 2015

Nothing too exciting to report today. We had somefun with Japanes fishing boats, we guess they are long lining for Tuna, so wetry to go ahead or a long way behind, ie 4 miles, in case they are trailingfloating fishing lines. At one point I saw an AIS target moving towards us at88 knots, wow thats an impressively fast bat, then read the description HC-204,and guessed it was a helicopter from a fishing boat. Impressive that a fishingboat has a helicopter though, and confirmed by our friends on Juno since itbuzzed them. Other than this it has been great sailing weather,16 to 20 knots of wind from a great direction, ie abaft the beam meaning we havea beam reach, our fastest point of sail. so we are averaging 8 knots towardsHiva Oa, it would be more if the tide was with us. People often ask. read more...


11/03/2015

Exody - Days 57 to 59 - "an area to be avoided"

So says the World ARC Cruising Notes about the 250,000 square mile area of Pacific Ocean that we and the rest of the fleet are making our way through!I have now had the time to re-read these notes carefully and it advises this large patch as having a reputation for frequent unsettled weather conditions.However we are all in the zone necessarily to catch the SE Trades, now filled in as we are south of 5 South but we have had one day of continuous squalls and resultant variable winds, then one of puffy cloud tradewind skies and then today a mixture of both and we haven't seen much of the sun!It's great to still be on a broad reach and the last three days (Sunday 8th to Tuesday 10th) we have logged noon to noon runs of 183, 165 and 161 - ie an average of 7 knots. For the last two days we. read more...


11/03/2015

GarliX - Warum heißt die Erde nicht Wasser?

Tour: Santa Cruz - Hiva Oa - Gesamtstrecke ca. 2980sm, aktuell noch ca. 1.900 smUns gibt’s noch… als kleiner Punkt auf diesem großen Wasser. Hinter uns liegen schon mehr als 1.000sm - rd. 2.000 noch vor uns. In unserer Kajüte hängt ein (Badeball)Globus… da ist die Fläche des Pazifiks ausgesprochen dominierend. Der Pazifische (Stille) Ozean erhielt seinen Namen vom portugiesischen Seefahrer Magellan, der in diesen Gewässern mehrfach Flauten erlebte. Die Ausmaße des Ozeans sind beeindruckend und aus unserer Position heraus etwas erschreckend. In Nord - Süd Richtung erstreckt er sich über 15.000km und von West nach Ost sind es ca. 18.000km. Sämtliche Landflächen hätten in seinem inneren Bereich Platz. Die tiefste Stelle misst 11.022m (Mariannengraben); im Durchschnitt ist er 4.200m tief. Er. read more...


10/03/2015

Sweet Pearl - Kap Verden --> Azoren - 6. Tag - Und weiter gehts

Der Wind und die Wellen haben ein bisschen nachgelassen und morgen abend soll es sogar fast gar kein Wind geben. Wir können auch langsam mehr auf Kurs gehen und heute gab es sogar blauer Himmel mit Sonne - trotzdem merken wir dass es langsam kälter wird. Heute gab es Couscous-Salad à la Sandra und als Dessert ein Bier für jeden:-). Gruss, Tom. read more...


10/03/2015

Makena - Pacific Crossing

About an hour before sunset, as we were sailing with the gennaker and the main sail, we saw our gennaker slowly fall down in the water! Arghhh!We immediately jumped into action, and in about 20 minutes got the sail back in the boat. We were like fishermen bringing abord a net! The halyard shared by the gennaker and the spinnaker broke near its attachment point near the mast. We spent the rest of the evening discussing how to climb the mast to reattach the halyard. We enjoyed a lovely tasty dinner by guest chef Dave and since the winds are much too strong to be flying a spinnacker anyway we might leave the mast climbing off for a bit ;) We're sailing a bit more south now without the gennacker but we have under 1800nm to go and we're still making good speed. Trivia for the day is that. read more...


10/03/2015

Luna Quest - Tuesday, 10 March, 2015

Position: 7.16S 102.21WDaily Run: 142 milesJulia remains incapacitated. It is not unlikely that she has fractured a rib. She has appointed me as cook under close supervision. Yesterday, we intended to have sandwiches for lunch, but found that all our bread supply had gone green and white, so together with a bucket of bananas that we shipped in Santa Cruz and gone into a squidgy mess, I dumped the lot over the side. There were quite a few flying fish chased by dolphins that leapt for joy and outpacing Luna Quest by an easy margin. Alas, the little sunshine we had did not last long and by night fall a huge squall chased us from the East. I reefed the sails in anticipation, but there was less bite in it than we thought. Once it had passed I made full sail again to give the boat some. read more...


10/03/2015

Nexus - Almost to Grenada...flying along on big waves!

We're 167 miles from Grenada, flying along on 12ft waves in 27kts of wind. We're double reefed on the main and quad reefed on the head sail and still making 9.5kts as we slow the boat down to stop her from sailing off the wave tops. It's a squally but nice day and at this pace we'll be in the Port Louis marina tomorrow morning. We had very large squalls last night and the night before, which brought heavy rain and waves but not the power you would expect from their radar images. All in all we've had a good ride and will be glad to be in port. All is well on NEXUS.Russ and Laurie 14:00 3/10/2015 at 11 18.1'N:59 13.5'W. read more...


10/03/2015

Makena - Pacific Crossing Day 4

I’m writing this after my watch to start day 5 of this crossing. The waves are much smaller as the wind is less but I still managed to get 20nm extra behind us during the 2 hours I had the helm. For me it is really to strange to think about the fact that on this three thousand mile journey, twenty miles in two hours is really the best we can hope for. It seems so little but I do realize that there are boats in the fleet that would be happy with half of that progress. Their journey will be twice as long as ours, twice as many meals to make and days of sleep with all the noises of boat and sea. Anyway, at the start of my watch our “track” of the path travelled so far according to GPS was 999nm. So we are over one thousand miles from anywhere now. The sun is rising behind me and the moon. read more...


10/03/2015

Exocet Strike - Update for 8th and 9th March 2015

We are well on our way towards the Marquesas,tonight we pass the 1/3 distance, in just over 5 days and the past two days haveseen better progress in the right direction. The current has just turned againstus, hopefully that will reverse sometime soon and help again. Yesterday although a fast day for passage makingwas not great on other count, we took a wave inside the boat, no damage justsome wet bedding etc, someone put a wet wipe down the toilet and blocked it, andI had to remove the various pipes to remove it, thanks Dain! Various other smallissues but al in a days sailing, like the DuoGen drive coupler failed again,second time this trip, fortunately we carry spares and after an hour playing onthe back of the boat it was fixed.  We also gave some advice to another boat in. read more...


10/03/2015

Allegro - DOMINGO, 8 E SEGUNDA-FEIRA, 9 DE MARÇO DE 2015

A noite de Sábado para Domingo foi uma noite de chuvadas. Foram squalls uns atrás dos outros, com os respectivos aguaceiros e ventanias.O Allegro ficou todo molhado (e lavado) por fora, e todo húmido, escorregadio e peganhento por dentro! Além disso, o mar também se tornou mais desencontrado, e o barco rolava de um bordo para o outro constantemente. Andar lá dentro significava andar aos bordos, a bater nas paredes e nos vários obstáculos pelo caminho. As tentativas para se dormir dentro do barco significavam rolar na cama aos sacões, de um lado para o outro, sem posição estável. Tentar dormir cá fora, era igual a ficar todo molhado. Enfim, muito desconfortável.Felizmente, durante a manhã de Domingo, o céu desanuviou-se e acabou por ser um dia de sol, que contribuiu para secar o barco por. read more...


09/03/2015

Juno - Pacific, in the Doldrums again

There is a long swell running from the south, four metres high at the crests, rolling in under our beam and lifting us high before we slide down into the trough as it pulses north. Angry black squalls march overhead, bringing heavy rain that bounces off our decks and drips into the cockpit off the bimini. There is little wind; the engine is running and we roll drunkenly in the swell, the mast creaking, the boom snatching at the mainsheet as it swings from side to side. We are back in the Doldrums.It is two days since we left the Galapagos Islands and we are still searching for the trade winds. The forecast tells us that the wind will kick in at 4 degrees so we head south, towards Antarctica, a curious notion given that we are in sweltering heat.Down below it is hot and airless with all. read more...


Juno - Pacific, in the Doldrums again
Juno - Pacific, in the Doldrums again
09/03/2015

Luna Quest - Monday, 9 March, 2015

Position: 05.56S 100.29WDaily Run: 138 milesJulia’s ribcage, sore from a fall 2 nights ago, has kept Julia in her berth while her discomfort is being kept at a reduced level by taking Ibuprofen tablets. We do not suspect anything broken, but a fracture is not impossible. Luckily, the weather today is benign with sunshine and a moderate breeze, enabling us to sail under full sail, so different from yesterday when it rained all day and the wind had difficulty finding stability in direction. At one point it was so poor that last night we found ourselves sailing 147 degrees rather than the desired 235 degrees. In the rain and in the dark with my head torch on, I managed to house the port pole, take down the staysail, roll up the genoa and bring in all the pole lines. The wind by then was no. read more...


09/03/2015

American Spirit II - Day 426; A Day Full of Storm Cells, Rain and Squalls; Sunday, March 8, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 64; Found the Wind; Saturday, March 8, 2014. Up 7:15 AM. Lot o f motion on boat during the night. A little uncomfortable. Tropical Trough to our right, skies clearing to our left. Wind 19 knots from SE. Speed over ground 7.3 knots."**************************Joel rolled the jib mostly up and turned the engine on, to give Heidi an easier 'ride' during her 3:00 AM to 6:00 AM watch. At 5:30 AM I jumped out of bed as a torrent of sea water cascaded down into my cabin from the hatch. I had thought I'd closed and dogged it the day before, but I was wrong. No harm. The water only landed on the floor. What's a little sea water?I relieved Heidi at 6:00 AM and turned the engine off; and rolled out more jib. The wind is 19 knots and we're doing 6.5 knots SOG.At 6:58 AM the. read more...


09/03/2015

Luna Quest - Thursday, March 5th, 2015

Position: 02.02S 91.59WDaily Run: 82 milesNext Destination: Hiva OA - French PolynesiaMost unexpectedly, Luna Quest was deemed the fastest boat from Contadora to the Galapagos on handicap, deserving a Galapagos shopping bag as first prize. However, we are unlikely to be the fastest boat to Hiva OA, a distance of some 3000 miles, the longest of any passage on our way round the world. The area that we are in currently, produces gentle breezes and we cannot wait to get further south to pick up the SE trade winds that blow considerably more strongly. Some boats have chosen a more direct southerly course, but we are headed southwest. Yesterday we tried every sail combination to optimise our speed, but none achieved a great deal more than 3kn. Today we took down every sail and hoisted the. read more...


09/03/2015

GarliX - ? nach Hiva Oa - es gibt auch mal blöde Tage

Tour: Santa Cruz - Hiva Oa - Gesamtstrecke ca. 2980sm, aktuell noch ca. 2230 smTag 4: Echt, der Pazifik ist weder still, noch ruhig… bei uns ist er grau, „squallig“ und „Stimmungsmiesmacherig“. Dabei ist noch nicht mal sooooviel Wind. Wir haben ca. 15-25kn Wind, im Squall mal etwas mehr, aber es ist ok. Die Wellen sind kabbelig und nehmen eine direkte Verbindung zum Magen auf. Ein Blick in den Himmel, es ist einfach alles grau. Ein Blick Richtung Horizont - da ist nur Wasser…überall. Die Stimmung steigernd ist auch nicht die Tatsache, dass sich unsere Fock nicht mehr auf- oder zurollen lässt. Aber das Problem haben wir heute Problem sein lassen und haben uns darauf konzentriert, uns an diese Schaukelei zu gewöhnen. Nur mit Großsegel segeln wir auch immer über 7-9 kn… reicht ja. Da. read more...


08/03/2015

Luna Quest - Sunday, March 8th

Position: 4.58S 98.03WDaily Run: 138 miles (135 miles for 7.3.15)Yesterday was a busy and exhausting day with many sail changes and little sleep the night before. The parasailor had demanded a lot of attention in the night although our progress was good with a full moon veiled by a thin cloud cover providing us with plenty of light to manage the parasailor, but yesterday the wind veered to the Southeast making the use of the big sailuntenable for our course to Hiva Oa. As fellow fleet participants had been reporting much stronger winds further south, we decided to take the parasailor down while we still could in a moderate breeze and go into the night with two reefs in the mainsail and a full genoa. There had been no sun to cheer us and replenish our batteries enabling me send a posting. read more...


08/03/2015

Firefly - South Island Road Trip

Way back in Fiji in July 2014, the crews from all of the World ARC boats that were breaking off the rally to go to New Zealand had a meeting to compare plans. Firefly was the only yacht that had the South Island in its itinerary and we were at that time considering cruising to Fiordland, way down south and on the windy and isolated west coast.Over the following months we discussed our sailing plans with numerous New Zealand sailors and only about 20% recommended sailing south, all but a few ruled out Fiordland and most agreed that traveling by car was the best way to see that half of NZ. So common sense prevailed, Firefly was rested at the excellent Fairway Bay Marina near Gulf Harbour and we flew to Christchurch and hired a car.Another option would have been to hire a camper van.. read more...


09/03/2015

Free & BrEasy - Gathering the Flock

A casual observer of the progress of the World ARC fleet from Cape Town, as viewed through the lens of our Yellow Brick satellite tracking system, might wonder why the fleet gradually dispersed across the Southern Atlantic Ocean and are now converging again on Grenada in the Caribbean. Some boats did not go to Salvador or Fortaleza in Brazil, while many left early from these ports and are already in Grenada. We were one of the last to leave Salvador but as we did not go to any of the Brazilian islands, we left early from Fortaleza and should be in Scarborough, the main port of Tobago, by late afternoon on Sunday 8th March.For once we are not at the back of the fleet. We were tempted to go straight up to St Lucia and claim line honours for the whole circumnavigation but then we remembered. read more...



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