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22/06/2014

American Spirit II - Day 167; Haircut, Groceries, Laundry, Mast Climbing and Infection Update; Saturday, June 21, 2014

7:55 AM Up. Coffee then breakfast: scrambled eggs, chilled pear halves and bread.10:45 AM. At hair salon for haircut. Maybe the quickest hair cut I've ever had. 10 minutes? Wish I'd timed it. No shave back of neck and side burns , like is customary at home. Short. Not military short, but short. Cost 25 Fijian dollars, or about $12.50 US. Joel got haircut after me, and the same lady gave him a shampoo first. Same charge - 25 Fijian dollars. Go figure. I think Joel's curly hair scarred the barber. Female barber. On way back to boat stopped at grocery store. Bought sirloin steaks, chicken, 'American' hot dogs (which cost as much as the sirloin steaks), mandarin oranges in a large can (bought 3 of them - hard to find), BBQ sauce and fruit: pears, apples and bananas. We already had plenty of. read more...


Flomaida II - ....das darf natürlich nicht fehlen dazu
Flomaida II - ....das darf natürlich nicht fehlen dazu
Flomaida II - Gemütliche Bar im Octopus Resort
Flomaida II - Gemütliche Bar im Octopus Resort
Flomaida II - Navigation durch die Riffe der Yasawa Islands
Flomaida II - Navigation durch die Riffe der Yasawa Islands
Flomaida II - Beim Besuch mit Cavawurzel bei der Klanchefin ( rechts) war die Tageszeitung dann doch interessanter
Flomaida II - Beim Besuch mit Cavawurzel bei der Klanchefin ( rechts) war die Tageszeitung dann doch interessanter
Flomaida II - Meine Lollies sind immer wieder ein Highlight für die Kinder
Flomaida II - Meine Lollies sind immer wieder ein Highlight für die Kinder
Flomaida II - Im Luxus Resort Musket Cove auf Malolo Lailai Island werden die Gäste eingeflogen- Maike und Mizi finden das sehr Schild witzig!
Flomaida II - Im Luxus Resort Musket Cove auf Malolo Lailai Island werden die Gäste eingeflogen- Maike und Mizi finden das sehr Schild witzig!
Flomaida II - Das unglaublich transparente Wasser.....
Flomaida II - Das unglaublich transparente Wasser.....
Flomaida II - Blaue Lagune, da wurde der Film gedreht mit Booke Shields!! Sie ist wirklich intensiv blau!
Flomaida II - Blaue Lagune, da wurde der Film gedreht mit Booke Shields!! Sie ist wirklich intensiv blau!
Flomaida II - Mmmmhhhhh Fisch im Bananenblatt auf Fijiart mit Cocos- und Vanillesauce
Flomaida II - Mmmmhhhhh Fisch im Bananenblatt auf Fijiart mit Cocos- und Vanillesauce
Flomaida II - Inselhopping zu Fuß bei Niedrigwasser
Flomaida II - Inselhopping zu Fuß bei Niedrigwasser
Flomaida II - Die extrem schöne und sichere Ankerbucht in Musket Cove
Flomaida II - Die extrem schöne und sichere Ankerbucht in Musket Cove
Flomaida II - Bei der Cava Zeremonie- eigentlich schmeckt es nach nix, aber Maike und Christoph haben trotzdem Spaß
Flomaida II - Bei der Cava Zeremonie- eigentlich schmeckt es nach nix, aber Maike und Christoph haben trotzdem Spaß
Flomaida II - Dagmar nun mit Profiwerkzeug am Werk, dank Maike
Flomaida II - Dagmar nun mit Profiwerkzeug am Werk, dank Maike
Flomaida II - Cava Wurzel muss gekauft werden als Geschenk für Besuche auf den Inseln- der Klanchef bekommt es, eingewickelt in der neuesten Tageszeitung, die ihm offensichtlich wichtiger war als die Wurzel)
Flomaida II - Cava Wurzel muss gekauft werden als Geschenk für Besuche auf den Inseln- der Klanchef  bekommt es, eingewickelt in der neuesten Tageszeitung, die ihm offensichtlich wichtiger war als die Wurzel)
Flomaida II - Markt in Nadi- buntes Durcheinander, aber wenig Ausbeute
Flomaida II - Markt in Nadi- buntes Durcheinander, aber wenig Ausbeute
Flomaida II - Geschäftiges Gewusel beim Einkauf
Flomaida II - Geschäftiges Gewusel beim Einkauf
Flomaida II - Maike und Lisa mit ihren "Lieblingen" in der Denerau Marina
Flomaida II - Maike und Lisa mit ihren
Flomaida II - Abschleppen vor dem Riff der Einfahrt in die Bay der Denerau Marina (7Std für 20 Meilen)
Flomaida II - Abschleppen vor dem Riff der Einfahrt in die Bay der Denerau Marina (7Std für 20 Meilen)
Flomaida II - trotz der Abschlepparie haben wir Augen für die wunderschönen ersten Eindrücke von Viti Levu/Fiji- Farben und die sanften Hügel erinnern an die Toscana.
Flomaida II - trotz der Abschlepparie haben wir Augen für die wunderschönen ersten Eindrücke von Viti Levu/Fiji- Farben und die sanften Hügel erinnern an die Toscana.
Flomaida II - .....allerdings diese Abendstimmung gibt es nur auf dem Meer
Flomaida II - .....allerdings diese Abendstimmung gibt es nur auf dem Meer
22/06/2014

Free & BrEasy - Fiji World Cup Blues

Disaster has struck. Both Spain and England are out of the World Cup. The crew of Free & BrEasy can hardly believe it. Even The boats mascot, Pedro the Polar Bear, is depressed. Have we come half way round the world to be treated so painfully by our National teams? We were looking forward to a Spain vs England final and the creative tension this would bring to the boat! Here we are in Fijian heaven and we are sorrowful. Even the Fijian national team lost an important rugby match (the national sport) against Samoa. To complete our story, the repairs to the rigging are taking longer than we thought and nothing is straight forward. New fittings have to delivered from New Zealand and Roger is becoming concerned to say the least.We started off so well with a peaceful "bob" outside Vuda. read more...


Spirit III - Wall Painting Activity
Spirit III - Wall Painting Activity
Spirit III - Wall Painting Activity
Spirit III - Wall Painting Activity
Spirit III - Wall Painting Activity
Spirit III - Wall Painting Activity
Spirit III - Wall Painting Activity
Spirit III - Wall Painting Activity
Spirit III - Wall Painting Activity
Spirit III - Wall Painting Activity
21/06/2014

Spirit III - Portuguese Ice-creams

It is hard to believe that we have been on the way from Plymouth 3 weeks tomorrow!Time has flown by, sailing, socialising, checking out a variety of different Portuguese marinas and sampling as usual the ice-cream on offer in this part of the world!The sailing has relaxed somewhat with very variable wind but a much calmer sea state which has suited Spirit III well and we have been flying along at times. The wind has still had far too much South in it and therefore our sailing to windward habit (that happened all last year as well) seems to have continued!However, we have tried to sail as much as possible and it is great that it has been warm and sunny for most of it as well.We are hoping for 2 more great days sailing as we sail towards Lagos.The social side of the rally is fab both on. read more...


21/06/2014

Zoonie - Pictures update

Zoonie Dive time Garrety Nikita Porto in fog Remedy Seclusion Tuk tuk tour. read more...


Zoonie - Tuk Tuk tour
Zoonie - Tuk Tuk tour
Zoonie - Seclusion
Zoonie - Seclusion
Zoonie - Remedy
Zoonie - Remedy
Zoonie - Porto in fog
Zoonie - Porto in fog
Zoonie - Nikita
Zoonie - Nikita
Zoonie - Garetty
Zoonie - Garetty
Zoonie - Dive Time
Zoonie - Dive Time
21/06/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - Sunshine of your Horta

Here we are on our last day in Faial, we were awake early again this morning, a good sign that we are recovered from the journey here.After a leisurely couple of cups of tea and a Saturday morning read in bed, (oh I do miss the newspaper everyday - and checking on line is just not the same....still maybe I shall treat myself to a subscription once we get somewhere with relaible internet) we went to get a bit more fuel just to be sure. This time we timed it just right and there was no delay in filling our cans. Next stop was to get the gas refilled as inspite of carrying several different containers when we changed over to the 'St. Lucia' filled one a few days ago we didn't think there would be a problem as it is a big tank, however when we had all the trouble with the regulator a bit of. read more...


21/06/2014

Ca Canny - Ca Canny - ARC Portugal - Oiesras Near Lisbon

Just 2 more legs to Lagos.The Northerly trade winds have not established so we found ourselves motor sailing or beating into a Southerly wind to get to Oiesras which is down river from Lisbon. On the trip we rounded what is apparently Europe's most Westerly point Cabo da Roca. One of the challenges we have been given is to paint a mural on the harbour wall - non of us claim to be artistic but after some general harrumphing about the task we came up with a good result based on a viking long boat sporting a Cornish Flag - Brian come from Mevagissey. The boat is from Sweden and it has a Celtic name Ca Canny meaning Go carefully. The biggest challenge was however wrestling the dwindling supplies of paint and brushes from other crews who also left the job to the last day. So we are now the. read more...


21/06/2014

Shenanigan - Falmouth

A night of precision steering in very light winds ensued because of theEngland match deadline! A glorious morning and with 35nm to go the wind pickedup within seconds from 3.9 knots to 17 and then over 20. Shenanigan respondedwell and we were back to the sort of sailing we have become accustomed to, withspeeds of 7-8 knots.  After two hours it dropped again as quickly as it hadarrived, thankfully to pick up again shortly after. We were still beating intowind but able to make a good heading.  As we rounded the Lizard winds wereconstant at 20 knots – welcome to the English Channel off the Cornish Coast!With some exhilarating tacking around anchored cargo ships, and amazingly, giventhe wind direction, the sea was flat. We are sure our keel was on full view dueto our heeling. read more...


21/06/2014

American Spirit II - Day 166; Wrong Dates in Log This Week, Back Stay Replaced, Indian Ocean Leg Open & Other Minor Repairs; Friday, June 21, 2014

Joel got an email indicating that the dates on my logs since last Monday (June 16) have all been wrong. He's right. The watch I have has a day/date function and though the day is always correct on it the date sometimes doesn't roll over. Don't know why. So I won't rely on my watch anymore for dates. I'll use my phone. But that's also the reason why I list the day with the date. The day is always right, so always go with that to start with. Up at 7:00 AM. Boy, we're getting a lot of sleep. We certainly don't get a huge amount when we're under sail. Solid overcast, windy, actually too cool to sit in the cockpit without a shirt on. Temperature about 65. Remember, its winter here. Looks like rain. The high should be around 80.Moved the boat to a dock, side tie to, so the riggers can get on. read more...


21/06/2014

Nexus - Bay of Islands, Northern Lau Group, Fiji - the coolest anchorage we've been in so far!

Vanua Balavu, Northern Lau Group, Fiji has a bay on the North side of the Atoll, called "The Bay of Islands" which is the coolest anchorage we've been in so far. We did a very long overnight sail from Albert Bay on the northwest coast of Rabi, all the way here last night. We struggled to keep the boat slow enough to arrive at daylight but for most of the trip the wind was under 7 kts which was perfect for doing a bash to windward back to the Lau Group. We motorsailed some and sailed some on and off through the night, and sailed through a strong squall that brought 23kts on the nose toward morning. Most people don't backtrack this far after clearing in on the main islands, but we were intrigued from sailing past the Exploring Island group on our way in, and it is well worth the trip! We. read more...


20/06/2014

Celebrate - Two Super Scuba Dives near Musket Cove, Fiji!

Conveniently picking me up at CELEBRATE for the two morning dives plus adding a couple from Norway staying at a different resort, Subsurface Fiji located at Musket Cove Marina did a great job of making the dive trip enjoyable.Out by Mana Island we did a drift dive along a reef wall at the "Marketplace" dive site where we saw black tipped sharks and eagle rays.For our second dive at the "Barrel Head" site, there were spectacular colors of coral and many interesting reef fish I hadn't seen before.Also, the weather really cooperated with calm and super visibility for both dives.Another great adventure!Charlie. read more...


Orion - Orion
Orion - Orion
Orion - Porto
Orion - Porto
Orion - Figeuira da Foz at sunset
Orion - Figeuira da Foz at sunset
20/06/2014

Orion - Bayona to Oeiras

How things have changed! The Bay now a distant memory. Portugal is displaying all her finery and we are loving the gentle breezes, gorgeous weather and enchanting towns. Santiago was a joy! Porto fun on the tuk-tuk tour and great port wine. Peniche a nice break and now, Oeiras! Greg is really looking forward to the sardine BBQ tonight! (Well, some of us are!) Sadly, the days are now numbered and the wind-down beginning. The group meals, great company, interesting stories to listen to, banter and friendship. All that we were hoping for on this rally! And it didn’t disappoint! It is hard to name a favourite place. I have purchased a unique momento…a book of Portuguese folk guitar tunes, something that with lots of practice, will help me remember this lovely country and accommodating. read more...


20/06/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - Whale meet again.........

Leviathans, denizens of the deep  - yes we'vefinally seen a few. Today we decided to go Whale Watching as there was no windforeast and we had wanted to take a trip for some time - in all the time we havebeen sailing we have only seen two, and that was near Bermuda. The folks outhere have a series of watchers who let them know if there are whales anddolphins about so if there are none, you don't waste a trip. However conditionswere very misty and the sea calm and while some whales had been seen we weretold the decision had to be ours - so we went with about 7 others.   At first it wasn't very promising as just outsidethe harbour the whale watching catamaran caught a blue fishing line around oneof his props! It must be us. So we returned to Horta where the rope was dulyremoved by. read more...


20/06/2014

Zoonie - By way of a PS

38:40.6N09:18.76W. We have a very conscientious satphone who sends messageseven when they are awaiting completion in the outbox before we pressSend/Receive.  Yesterday, on our way from Peniche to Oreiras the sail started in the samepattern of the last few days, light headwinds forcing us to motorsail or lag farbehind the fleet. It is part of the mentality to stay with the fleet, keep up,which can make you sail completely differently and use the motor much more. Eventhe decision to sail on days when there is little wind and sight see when thewinds direction is good for sailing is dictated by the itinerary, and that isfine because the original decision to join the rally was ours and we would nothave missed any of the meetings and experiences for anything.   Yesterday had some. read more...


20/06/2014

Firefly - Clearing into Savusavu, Fiji

Firefly arrived at Savusavu at 0300 on Thursday 19th June - approaching at night was relatively easy as there were no major hazards and we had some moonlight to light the way in. The passage from Tonga took just over 2.5 days and of this the last 10 hours were motoring as the wind faded away as forecast. We are therefore pleased we left Tonga when we did, despite the windy start to the trip as we did sail most of the way.Customs, Immigration and Biosecurity were all conducted very efficiently - Firefly being closed up for 20 minutes after being sprayed with 'aircraft' insecticide to avoid any mosquitos successfully hitching a ride from Tonga. Co ordination of all this was skillfully arranged by the Copra Shed Marina, and once cleared we moored stern to in their small marina.Savusavu is. read more...


20/06/2014

American Spirit II - Day 165; A Slow Day in Denarau & a Medical Update; Thursday, June 18, 2014

Slept in today. Up at 8:00 AM. No pressing appointments coming to boat early AM. Called rigger, Bruce, to confirm he's coming today to install new starboard back stay. Said he'd be here around noon.Breakfast at 9:15 AM.Scrambled eggs, chilled peach halves and bread. Took pictures of leg wound to send to doctor in US. Had trouble sending to cell phone and then even via the internet. Surprised because our internet has been outstanding here so far. As Joel might say, 'must be an apple thing.' Called the rigger back around noon to nail down exact time he was coming to the boat and he said he wasn't coming today; that he'd 'try' to get to me tomorrow when he comes back to the marina to work on another boat at 9:00 AM. Great. He said he had the new back stay made and would try to get it. read more...