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30/05/2014

Andromeda V - Desde Vava'u

Estamos en un bareto, llamado Bellavistarodeados de MANOLOS,tomando unas Cervecitasy unas patatas fritas.La navegada desde Niue fue muy Buena y la entrada en Vava'u la hicimos por la noche entre islotes y canales, fue muy entretenida y bonita. Por la mañana tuvimos la visita de aduanas, inmigración cuarentena sanidad......Una trupe de gente en nuestros aposentos. Nos han quitado dos días de vida y nos han regalado trece horas, un lío. Llegamos en domingo /lunes pero era martes.El miércoles de vueltas por la ciudad y reconocimiento de la zona.El jueves hicimos dos inmersiones con un centro de buceo Beluga Diving, muy bonitas, coral espectacular, mucho pescado y un tiburón paseando por su cueva. Por la noche cena del rally con música local.Hoy es viernes, eso lo tenemos claro. Día. read more...


29/05/2014

Ballytrim - Ballytrim final day 25/25th May 2014

Our final few days of the rally proved to be very exciting indeed.We were sailing on our fastest point of sail, a beam reach, and the occasional fetch. Ballytrim just loves these points of sail and she excelled - almost continuously surfing above her hull speed. We felt privileged and somewhat awe inspired by the performance. It was almost as if we were in charge of a horse that had sensed its stables were nearby and it was up and galloping - heading for home...... It was very impressive for us all to be part of this finale.Much of the time we had dolphins for company: All sorts of shapes and sizes. Some playing tricks with each other, whilst others simulated displays like the Red Arrows, darting in from opposite directions - seemingly to collide, but somehow avoiding each other. They. read more...


29/05/2014

Anettine - 28. May

The captain came on watch at 0000. It was dark, very dark. Nothing to see in any direction, just dark. Anettine was cruising along in 6 + knots, so a sharp watch was required. As the light came a few hrs later so did the rain and the gusty winds. Jonn and Daniel had e very wet watch from 0400 to 0800. The wind disappeared just as they left the watch to the captain. We started motoring. It was somewhat unpleasant in the old sea with some large waves and swells, but at least the sky cleared up and it became sunny. After a while also moderate wind. We decided to motorsail since we still try to catch up with the boats before they leave Horta. We also need time to get the main repaired. It's a minor damage, but it will get bigger if we use the sail as is. As the captain was checking the oil. read more...


29/05/2014

Anna Sophia - Oceaandagboek deel 2, dag 8

Postitie: 36 03.650 N 044 36.129 WCOG: 85 grSOG: 5,4 ktsDagafstand: 116 nmZeilvoering: GZ + GWind: 10.5 ktsWeer: regenbuienZicht: matigGolven: 1 mWatertemperatuur: 20,1 grZeezieken: 0Sterren sieren de hemel, ikzelf zit verscholen in mijn digitale boek. Er isweinig wind, het grootzeil klapt zo nu en dan, maar met elke tik stuur ik deweergoden een schietgebedje. "Aub 5 knoopjes meer wind, we moeten natuurlijkwel aankomen."Wat een schril contrast en wat is deze oceaan thuis in uitersten! Te veelwind, te weinig wind, geen wind of wind uit de verkeerde hoek, je krijgt hethier allemaal bijna chronologisch voorgeschoteld. De wachten gaan over ineen vroege ochtend; we laten er opnieuw een rekensommetje op los. Weinigvoortgang, wellicht trekt het front te snel weg, laten we zeggen zaterdag alin. read more...


29/05/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - Sweet Dreams are made of this...

Here we are at sea once again and very quicklythere will be three occupations, keeping Andromeda moving, sleeping and eating,everything else will revolve around these. As we are two up on Andromeda thingsget a bit complicated sometimes believe it or not.  Over the years we havetried various watch patterns and slowlly come round to our present one thatseems to suit us. Once it gets dark we go two on two off, until daylightwhen we change over each hour.  There is a certian amount offlexibility to enable either of us to have some extra shuteye if we needit.  So far it has worked, the real challenge comes if we have issues todeal with and mess up the system. Getting comfortable is the next challenge,again because there are only two of us we don't like to be far away. read more...


29/05/2014

Sea Eagle - Sea Eagle - Thursday 29th 10am

Great sunrise this morning which makes a change from the past few days. The skies have cleared and not a squally cloud in sight. A little traffic around this morning. Mackie has been adjusting course to keep clear of an offshore fishing boat doing circles in our path and we have a 200m tanker heading to New York on our port side. The crew are getting more and more excited as the miles roll by. We're down to 453 as I type this blog. The navigation software on the Mac is continually trying to work out the number of hours to go which is averaging around 55. That puts us in Horta late Saturday night. It's looking increasingly unlikely we will make the ARC prize giving and gala dinner on Saturday which starts at 19:00 although the winds are due to build a little from the West which would put. read more...


29/05/2014

Skyelark of London - what day is it?

It's been a few years since I've lost a whole day of my life -university perhaps -but at 16:00 wednesday afternoon 16:01 , ships time, just as the afternoon scones were coming out of the oven -in less than a bite it became Thursday and 16:01.. Out here on the ocean, we know every minute, every watch change, our menu is planned out, its Debbie's turn in the galley!... What happened to Wednesday's dinner!? seriously, it's difficult to get our head round, but Em says it's true and we must accept it.The explanation being the International date line, not only are we in Autumn as you're Spring (i'm told, though it is sunny) - We have gone from being 12 hours behind England, to 12 hours ahead-the sun now warms our backs before it reaches yours. After months of being behind, we are ahead!So we. read more...


Skyelark of London - what day is it?
Skyelark of London - what day is it?
29/05/2014

Flomaida II - 23.- 27. 5.Niue- www.niueisland.com (zur Orientierung) -,ein kleines Hideaway Inselchen!

Jaja diese kleine Insel, eins der wenigen Atolle über Wasser- mitten imweiten Pazifik hat einen besonderen Charme.Ein schlimmer Zyklon mit 15 mhohen Wellen und einer Windgeschwindigkeit von 300 km/ Std. hat 2004 dieInsel fast platt gemacht. Man sieht überall Gedenktafeln und nur nochFundamente. Die leichten Häuser wurden buchstäblich weggefegt. Es kamen 2Menschen ums leben. Es leben heute 1600 Menschen auf der Insel, davon 200Grundschüler und 200 Gymnasiasten. 600 Menschen arbeiten, davon 400 für dieVerwaltung der Insel, die zu Neuseeland gehört und von da auch finanziellstark unterstützt wird. Jeder kennt Jeden, undKriminalität istnicht vorhanden. Den Polizisten wurde sogar einmal eine Psychologin zurSeite gestellt, um sie wieder zu motivieren, ihren Dienst zuversehen.Ärzte, Lehrer,. read more...


28/05/2014

Celebrate - Edge of the Hemisphere in Fiji!

It's been said that "East is East and West is West and never the twain shall meet."But, we are not sure it's true.Having sailed West for four months, we've just crossed the 180 degree meridian and entered the Eastern Hemisphere.It turns out we have gone East by going West! Also, we have crossed the International Date Line and lost a day.Yesterday was Tuesday and we will arrive tomorrow, Friday, in Port Denarau. So that makes today what day ??Changes you don't think of every day.On to Port Denarau...Charlie and Cathy. read more...


28/05/2014

Waterval - First part: getting to Plymouth

When Sisca, my wife, and I where a/ convinced that we like sailing the Med better than the North Sea and b/ I decided to retire from work relatively early ( at 62) from my work as an ophthalmic surgeon, we bought a brand new boat with an interior for the Med and a stern-platform to easily come to the cay backside first. She is a Catalina 445, shallow (wing) keel version, that was instantly available at a moment that the dollar was low. After over 20 years of sailing relatively under-canvassed boats she was a handfull, being much bigger an óver-canvassed. I learned to reef down earlier and decided to order a high-aspect focsail in stead of the huge genoa. Now she is reasonably docile to handle, apart from being blown aside when waiting for one of the many sluices in The Netherlands. Thank. read more...


28/05/2014

Anna Sophia - Oceaandagboek deel 2, dag 7

Positie: 35 50. 045 N 0437 08.110WCOG: 79 grSOG: 6,1 ktsDagafstand: 135 nmZeilvoering: GR + GWind: 16 kts 236 grWeer: onbewolktZicht: goedGolven: 1,5 mLuchtdruk: 1028 mbarWatertemperatuur: 20.5 grZeezieken: 0Speurend tasten we de lucht af, op zoek naar een nieuw front. Dit hebben we nodig snel verder Oost te komen, de vlagerige dwarrelende wind komt momenteel niet verder dan een schamele kr. 4! De giek klapt net iets te vaak en die nacht van de 6e dag vermaken we ons dan ook met het stellen van de zeilen!.Rond het middaguur van de 7e dag, geschiedt dan eindelijk wat we verwachtten. De wind draait naar de 240 graden en trekt iets aan tot 19 knopen. De snelheid is plotseling weer boven de 6 en we liggen .......op koers!Het kriebelt; we willen naar de stal! Zijn over de helft nu en beginnen. read more...


28/05/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - The boat is packed, the fuel is stowed........

N32:22:741   W64:33:663   .....and we're ready to go - off on the next leg tothe Azores.   We enjoyed our brief stay in Bermuda and would haveliked to have had more time to explore its 181 islands. It is a verycosmopolitan island and our bus trip to and from Hamilton was fun. We evenstopped at one point and the bus was filled of school children - lots of them.Hamilton is an interesting place but I think we preferred the quieter and morelaid back charm of St. Georges. It did however have Marks and Spencer for Susanto browse.   Bernie helped with the lines leaving CaptainSmokey's and was there at the Custom Dock as well to help - what a really niceman. Our neighbours on the German boat waiting for their forestay are no nearerleaving after two weeks on the. read more...


28/05/2014

Sojourner -

5/28:I could describe very pleasant sailing weather for SOJOURNER three days ago and for right now.In between, not so great.Two days ago we had productive winds but seas from mixed directions.The boat was twisting and rolling simular to the weather we had a few days out of Bermuda.Not as bad, but not comfortable.Last night, about 45 minutes before Paul and I ended our watch at 1am boat time, we were hit by a squall that had 40knts of wind.The off watch came up early and we cope as best we could.The storm did settle down a little so the care of the vessel was turned over to Bob and James.The report at 8:30 this morning was that they had one squall line after another; both looked exhausted. James, who had hoped he was over his seasickness, had a relapse. Paul and I were able to hand steer. read more...


28/05/2014

Sea Eagle - Rain, rain go away

Yesterday we could quite easily have sat in the cockpit, added some bubble bath and had a good soak, we've had so much rain.At last we have had a clear night, watched a nice sunset and could once again see the stars. Today is a gloriously sunny day. Only problem is we have no wind and the boat is rocking and rolling all over the place. With any luck it will pick up soon and we can get the power sail up.Everybody on board still seems happy and these calmer conditions should help us catch up on sleep and let us dry our gearand air the boat. Mackey is knocking up a nice tuna salad for us and we'll eat this on the pristine freshly washed and dry deck.Rally control have stated that Persistant Lady is having some engine problems so we have set a course in her direction. We are 150 miles behind. read more...


27/05/2014

Gertha 4 - Floating Engines, Knots and Eating Butter

LAT 38.28 N LON 33.14 W   Emma here today, Anthony is currently otherwise engaged with making scones,which I have just heard have an obscene butter content and are currently meltinginto a buttery mess. Too much Barefoot Contessa for Anthony. I guess we can dipbiscuits into them and call it a butter sauce? I cannot mock though. I tried tomake muffins the other day and they turned into fruit and nut butter bars. Weshould just cut out the middle man and just eat butter straight out of thepack.   After a quiet day yesterday we all hoped for a little more action todaywhich has not really materialised. So, with our arrival imminent we are alltaking the quiet time to read and the like (I have been drawing, not as hard asI thought it would be with the rocking, but still no easy feat). read more...


28/05/2014

American Spirit II - Day 143; Tour of Niue, Rally Lunch, Hospital & a Second Day of Rock and Roll on the Mooring Ball; Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Up at 5:00 AM. No reason, just done sleeping for the night. Typed a log and some emails. Boat still rocking and rolling on the mooring ball. Woke Joel at 7:00 AM as we had a tour today and had to get into the island. Breakfast was the usual: bacon, eggs and bread.Departed the boat at 8:00 AM to go to the wharf. The water was choppy. At the wharf we lifted the dingy out of the water using the crane. In the process as I was standing on some concrete steps holding onto the dingy, a wave came in and before I knew it I was in water up to my waist. So I will have a full day of 'dingy butt.' Wet, salt water soaked, underwear. Not a pleasant way to start the day. There were two vans holding 7 persons each for the Commodore half day tour. Our driver was Sue, wife of the Niue Yacht Club Commodore;. read more...


28/05/2014

American Spirit II - Day 142; About Niue, Sea Snakes, Another Infection, Torrential Rains & Rocking and Rolling on a Mooring Ball; Monday, May 26, 2014

Slept in today, up at 6:58 AM. Really 7:58 AM 'sleep' time because we moved our clocks an hour last night before going to bed. Breakfast of bacon, scrambled eggs and toast. Had to get moving 'early' because we had to clear in with customs and immigration on the wharf at 9:00 AM. About Niue. Niue is one of the smallest countries in the world and has the largest raised coral atoll in the world. Discovered by Captain Cook in 1774 it lies about 1,100 west of Bora Bora and 1,850 from New Zealand. The elevation on Niue is fairly constant - 200 feet of limestone. Nick named 'The Rock.' Due to a lack of water run off, the waters around the island are reputed to be some of the clearest in the world, with visibility of as much as 240 feet. And Niue is one of only 3 places in the world where it is. read more...


28/05/2014

Skyelark of London - On to Nuie

Our second ocean passage, 540nm from Suwarrow to Nuie, proved a little more challenging than the previous journey.We set off well enough, with a following trade wind and all plain sail.Sadly the wind died and we had to call upon the engine- for those interested in such things, a rather solid and utterly reliable Perkins 4236 with a delightfully reassuring low revolutions grumbling noise.True to forecast, GRIB files by satellite email download, the wind filled in and indeed rose steadily to a good F6 - but less enjoyably, from forward of  the beam.None of us had signed on for upwind sailing, but it made a change to be heeled instead of rolling, and we cracked along at 7.5 knots or more, under 2 or 3 reefs in the main and reduced head sail.Later, as the wind eased, fishing was. read more...


28/05/2014

Anettine - 27. May

More unstable conditions to day with wind changing from S to W and up to gale force and rain in periods.In the morning we had a shark beside the boat for a few seconds.In the afternoon we were cruising along in 20-2 4 knots wind doing 7-8 knots with one reef in the main and two in the genua when we discovered a small damage in the main. We had three option, carry on and hope it would hold until Horta, go up in the mast(furling) and try to repair with tape or mount the trysail and use that instead. After two trips in the mast trying to repair, we gave that up and mounted the trysail instead.A very good learning experience. The trysail had only been up ones before, and that was in the harbor with no wind. The average speed of course went down, but it was a good setting in the periods with. read more...


28/05/2014

Celebrate - Spectacular Sailing to Fiji Islands from Niue!

Arriving at the Oneata Passage we are in the Fiji Islands!What spectacular downwind sailing we had out of Niue with a wing-on-wing sail set and the whisker pole out.We were seeing 14.1kt of speed surfing on the waves!South Pacific Ocean sailing is great!Nexus and Vivo who had left the anchorage just ahead of us were seeing 16 and 15 knots of speed.Coming into Oneata Passage the wind had clocked around and we were doing 7-8kts of speed on a close then reach.Now, we are slowing ourselves to get into Port Denarau in the daylight hours.To celebrate our Fiji arrival Charlie made crab wraps for lunch with capers, olives and cucumbers.So far, fantastic!Fiji time is currently 10am on Wednesday, May 28th due to the International Date Line.Cathy  . read more...


Flomaida II - Zum Knutschen!
Flomaida II - Zum Knutschen!
27/05/2014

Starblazer - 28/05/2014 – We’ve lost a day in our lives!

We bade a sad farewell to Niue on Sunday at lunchtime, our 72 hour stopover had come to an end.We hired a car on Saturday to tour the island and stock up on duty free! The whole island is an amazing coral structure rising about 30 metres out of the sea with some interesting coral features.We went, first of all, to the Talava Arches described as a moderate to hard walk. The pathway through the trees was dotted with coral outcrops to be negotiated and led to a large open cave with stalactites and stalagmites.We descended through the cave to reach the reef at sea level to get a good view of the huge coral arch jutting out to sea.It was rather a scramble!From the same car park we took a different path down to the Matapa Chasm (easy) where fresh water enters at one end and sea water at the. read more...


27/05/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - The Only Way is UP

In the middle of the night when you find yourself on the floor of the cabin having somehow fallen out of your bunk yes...the only way is up...It was a bit of a shock as I managed to stay firmly in place when rocking and rolling about on the high sea although I did fall off in the cockpit once in Barbados and really bruised my back....but last night, there we were tied up to a dock, I was having a great sleep and suddenly I am on the floor very confused. I didn't wake Andrew so he thinks I may have dreamed it.Anyway today we decided to catch a bus down to Hamilton, the capital of Bermuda and have a look round whilst we were here. What a surprise, a very modern city which felt very like home, mainly due to the Marks and Spencers I expect, and I spotted GAP too. We had to go have a look. read more...


27/05/2014

Puerki - Spanning en Sensatie

Na verloop van tijd krijg je vanzelf ontzag voor De Oceaan. Met zijn wisselende golflandschap, diepduistere donkere nachten maar bovenal zijn overweldigende aanwezigheid. Alleen de eigenaar schreeuwt “KOM OP DAN! IS DIT ALLES WAT JE HEBT!?” tegen die oceaan. Maar van binnen beseffen wij goed hoe afhankelijk we zijn. Men zegt niet voor niets ‘de oceaan neemt, de oceaan geeft’. Aan boord van S/Y Puerki gaan namelijk allerlei dingen kapot en verloren aan de oceaan.  Drie volle A4’tjes ‘Kluslijst’ lagen in de BVI op tafel en werden puntsgewijs doorlopen. Langzaam werd de Francaise opgeknapt en begon ze weer te stralen. De ARC safety check werd behaald.  Het kon niet lang duren. Tussen BVI en Bermuda begaven het bakboord navigatielicht en het toplicht het, nam de zee marifoonantenne. read more...


27/05/2014

Anna Sophia - Oceaandagboek deel 2, dag 6

Positie: N36 18.207 W049 46. 452COG: 60 grSOG: 4,2 ktsZeilvoering: GR+GWind: 10 kts@ 300 grWeer: onbewolktZicht: goedGolven: 1,5 mLuchtdruk: 1024 mbarWatertemperatuur: 19,9 grZieken: 0Fluistering wekt me om 19.30 uur. "Annelies, Annelies, ik maak je wakker, dit moet je zien." Met de snelheid dieeen continue-achterwacht betaamt, grijpt mijn linkerhand de fleece en zoeken 2 paar voeten de koude salonvloer. Bijna benik helder, wanneer we achter elkaar de kajuittrap opsnellen."Kijk, daar achter ons, het front, we zijn eruit! We komen uit die zwarte dunne strook die als een halve maan de horizon markeert". Voor ons strekt zich de andere helft van de cirkel uit... lichtblauw met noordwest de ondergaande zon. Ditaan de oceaan voorbehouden beeld zullen we nooit meer zien. Het klopt, het klopt. read more...


27/05/2014

Anettine - 26. May

Another great day at sea with blue sky and good wind! Anettine just takes care of it all herself so it's just for us to enjoy it all. The wind increased up to 30 knots during the night. We took one reef in the main and two in the genua as the captain left his watch at 0000. Jonn then had his first watch with a gale on his tale. It all went very well and the captain enjoyed his rest undisturbed. Unfortunately one crew member is struggling with seasickness again.SY Anettine. read more...


27/05/2014

American Spirit II - Day 141; Arrivaed at Niue After Hard Sail and a Lower Shrowd Wire Broke; Sunday, May 25, 2014

12:05 AM wind down a little, 18-22 knots, boat speed 6.7-7.0 knots. Twenty-five minutes later the wind was back up and a heavier set of clouds was upon us.At 1:00 AM after Joel relieved me I was successful in sending out our latest log and emails and receiving same. After that I took a shower and went to bed. I woke up early and relieved Joel at 5:51 AM. The wind was 16-20 and our boat speed was 6.8-7.0 knots. Joel had let out more jib before leaving his watch. I'll probably let out more main in a little while once I can get a feel for what the wind is doing. And after I finish my coffee. There was a low cloud cover with the 1/3 moon casting a faint light on the surrounding clouds, 20% up from the horizon. The planet Uranus was to the right and up from the moon, very close to it. An. read more...


26/05/2014

Gertha 4 - This Particular Day

LAT 38.26 N LON 35.48 W         Today has been, by most accounts, a slow day. We have seen next to nowildlife, the weather has been consistently lovely, the routine has ticked byquietly. We’ve sat around reading and chatting and eating. Emma has been doingsome carving. I had a knots lesson and I can now tie a few, which isgreat.   Strangely, this is not a standard day. It is, for us, a quiet day. Ofwhich, I believe, this is the first of this exact calibre. Obviously all of thedays are different. The sun moves slightly that way, we receive differentvisitors, the constellations are in different places according to your watchshift. Today, though, has had its own aspect, its own feeling. No one has feltcompelled to write up a blog post, so I’m. read more...


26/05/2014

Puerki - Aftellen

Nog een tweetal zeezeilschoolse mijlenmakertjes en het is daar. De Azoren. Vers voedsel. Een douche. Het prachtige eiland Flores slaan onze helden over, S/Y Puerki vaart linea recta naar Peters Sport Café op Faial. Wat is er mooier daar te zijn in de dagen dat Nederlandse zeilers en masse in de Butt ’n Oyster zitten? Een update over mens en machine op weg naar de Europese tektonische plaat.   Voordat onze drie helden en hun bootjongste de zoekgebieden van de US Coastguard verlaten, enige uren nadat de tekst werd verstuurd over de keerzijde van ‘t zeezeilen, zien ze een blauw voorwerp in ‘t water drijven. Een blauwe tas? Een of andere visserijbenodigheid? Het valt nog niet mee het object terug te vinden nadat het gespot is. Het blijkt –weer hervonden- duidelijk geen drijver van een. read more...


26/05/2014

Shenanigan - Does it get any better than this?

We are enjoying perfect sailing in the middle of the biggest infinity poolever, with a glass of ice cold Pinot Grigio! The sun is shining, the sea isflat, the wind is just right, the boat is perfectly flat, balanced and roaringalong. We are about 375nm away from Horta so hope to be there in a couple ofdays. Cheers! CSC_0546. read more...


Shenanigan - Does it get any better than this?
Shenanigan - Does it get any better than this?
26/05/2014

Sea Eagle - Good Gawly Miss Squawly

Skipper has moved shifts on 2 hours and my shift now starts at 3am. I woke up at 1am and even though we were smashing along and the water volume past the hatches was huge it was no match for Ian. I put ear plugs in, industrial ear defenders on, punched him, switched the lights on. tap danced, undone the lee cloth in an attempt to make him fall out of bed and still couldn't stop him or wake him. In fact I could no longer hear him, it was the vibration through my bunk from his rumble keeping me up now.Yep I give up, here I am on deck a good half an hour before my watch and the solitude is bliss. Just Ali and Ben, offering a master class in steering through squalls that are absolutely everywhere and keeping course, wind gusting up to 35 knots and from all directions, horizontal rain and. read more...


26/05/2014

Anna Sophia - Oceaanlogboek deel 2, dag 5

Positie: 34 398.864 N 50 39.966 WCOG: 0SOG: 6,1 ktsDagafstandZeilvoering: GR + GWind: 22 @ 230Weer: zwaar bewolktZicht: matigGolven: 3 mLuchtdruk: 1026 mbarWatertemp. 20.9 gr.Zieken: 0Naar het oosten varend, wisten we de 1e depressie van deze reis te vermijden! Het daaropvolgende koudefront leken we net voor te zijn, de natuur besliste anders. Gisteren kregen we een voorproefje met regen, golven van 3 meter en wind tot 30 kts (kr. 7). Met kotterfok en gereefd grootzeil zeilden we vlot door de dag en nacht.Het werd een echte zondagmiddag, met chips, chocolade en pizza 'quatre frommage'. Natuurlijk hadden we ontzag voor de maag van de schipper door het toedienen van muizehapjes. Nog voor de nacht vond diezelfde maag zijn evenwicht terug en de wachten verliepen al even relaxed als de dag. read more...


26/05/2014

Anettine - 25. May

Yet another nice day at sea. The sail has hardly been adjusted for three days and we keep sailing in 6-7,5 knots. We have done 1100 nm and have 700+ to go. This is the first day Daniel is free from sickness and takes part in the work below deck, and prepared the dinner.Jonn has been doing the main part of the cocking so far, and have become a specialist in healthy salads. He even says that this trip will have impact on his diet back home as well.In the afternoon we had an unpleasant collision with a timber log.We heard two loud, but still soft bangs. First from the bow, and then from the keel. From the sound and the fact that it didn't really influenced the boat speed, the captains first thought was that we had "touch" a whale.Looking back we discovered the timber log, about 10 feet long. read more...


26/05/2014

Anettine - 24, May

The captain was called on watch 0100 instead of 0000. Appreciated! We are running with two shifts.One shift with Jonn and Daniel, and one with the captain. We are sailing very conservative due to the experience level on the two crew. We are still sailing with good speed, even the sails not have been adjusted since yesterday! The tell-tales are still fine. It became a quit and enjoyable watch under the stars and moon.In the morning, as we coming to the south end of the search area, we got the sad message that Chekki Raffi was found with the life raft on board. It's terrible. We joined the rest of the ARC fleet for a minute silence at sun set.In the afternoon passed something1oo meter away on SB. We decided two turn to check if it was from Chekki Raffi. It turned out to be a marking buoy,. read more...


25/05/2014

Morning Haze - Fishing on Morning Haze

Fishing has been very good aboard Morning Haze since the start of the Rallye. So far , a 30 pound Mahi-Mahi, a 35 pound Wahoo and a 25 pound black fin tuna. A lot of Omega 3 in our diet! Now here is our latest catch... We are puzzled to find a recipe for this one.... Any suggestions?;)image1. read more...


Morning Haze - Fishing on Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing on Morning Haze
26/05/2014

Starship - ED heading EAST - day 11

SUN-FACTOR: Fast Wolkenlos. Sonne und Glitzermeer.RUN-FACTOR: It is magic. Hier auf dem 39 Breitengrad weht untertags kaum Wind. Wir schleichen mit 4-5 Knoten dahin. Nach Einbruch der Dunkelheit stellt sich eine günstige Current ein, sodass wir auf einmal gute 6 Knoten machen. Aber dann - etwa zur Geisterstunde - setzt auf einmal Wind ein. Bis zu 20 Knoten. Wir sausen mit bis zu 8,5 Knoten dahin. Bei Tagesanbruch ist der Spuk vorbei. Wind und Current verlieren sich wieder. FUN-FACTOR: Zur Nachspeise gibt es Schokopudding aus der Dose der Marke "Mont Blanc". Da werden bei Dietmar Erinnerungen an seine Kindheit wach. Mont Blanc war seine Lieblingsmarke. Und wo haben wir diese drei kostbaren Dosen (richtige Antiquitäten) gefunden? In einem Minisupermarkt auf Marie Galante in Guadeloupe.. read more...


26/05/2014

American Spirit II - Day 140; Lost Satellite Fix, Rough Weather & Flying Cap; Saturday, May 24, 2014

At 12:05 AM wind 25-30 knots, boat speed 5.7 knots. Off watch 1:00 AM. Slept until 5;00 AM when Joel turned off generator. That woke me up. He had thought of not turning it off until 6:00 AM when I went on watch, but didn't. Bad choice. One hour less of sleep. On watch 6:00AM, speed 5.5 to 6.0 knots. Wind 20-25 with a lot of gusts 25-30 knots. Low cloud cover. Not a good visual picture. At 8:15 AM I let out more main sail and speed increased 2 knots from 4.8 to 6.8 knots. In hindsight, we had shortened sail too much last night, slowing the boat down too much. One BIG advantage of sailing faster, even if sailing faster is scary, is that by going faster you get to your destination sooner, spending less time in lousy weather. A lesson well learned.At 9:00 AM a large wave came aboard and. read more...


26/05/2014

Celebrate - High Commissioner Party and Rally Dinner with Dancers & Singers in Niue!

What a warm welcome at the High Commissioner's home in Niue.Drinks and snacks on the veranda, a welcoming talk, and insight into life on the island world.Then, we went to a Rally buffet dinner with dancing and singing with the locals and high school students.Food in great variety with local dishes in abundance.It was a festive night ashore for all!Next, passage to FijiCharlie. read more...


26/05/2014

Free & BrEasy - A Boat of One's Own

After 4 days of the easy life on the ocean waves we approached the deserted coral atoll called Suwarrow which is one of the northern islands of the Cook Island archipelago.The passage was a bit too easy and we were forced to decrease our speed overnight so that we arrived in the daylight and could make a safe entry through the pass into the coral lagoon. The only option was to take down all the sails as there are no brakes! Surprisingly, Free & BrEasy was able to make 3 to 4 knots with a 15-20 knot wind behind us, thanks to the "sail effect" of the large cockpit enclosure that we spend all day under sheltering from the sun. Worth knowing for the future! As we approached in the dark we could see a small village of lights despite Suwarrow being uninhabited. This turned out to be the. read more...


26/05/2014

Firefly - Approaching Niue after a difficult passage

This passage, despite being one of the shorter ones at 540nm, has proved to be difficult going. In the last post we described ideal broad reaching conditions for the first part of the trip but noted that we were concerned in case it got breezy. During the first night at sea it did - and it lasted for 36 hours with gusts up to 34 knots. As the light was fading during the first evening the wind backed putting Firefly onto a beam reach, the wind increased as we entered a line of squalls and the sea became very rough. With 2 reefs in the main and the jib reefed down to a hankerchief, Firefly, bounced happily along averaging 8 knots - the only problem being for the crew in trying to hang on and stay dry when in the cockpit.Before departure there had been a lot of debate amongst the World ARC. read more...


25/05/2014

Webster - One Hunderd and Eight-teeee

Sunday 25th May 2014Position 37 37'N 32 59'W DTD 213nmLast night we ran the whole night under spinnaker which was fully powered up throughout in 15 knots of SE/S breeze, and we thought we may need to spend most of the night hand steering but the self steering came up trumps mainly because the waves were fairly benign. The boat just wanted to go and was returning speeds of 8-9 knots very comfortably. It was a beautiful clear night albeit someone has made off with the moon during the past few nights. Where does it go when you need it most? Come daylight we were flying and hit a high of 10.7 knots but it's a shame the sun took so long to appear from behind clouds as this would have been spectacular sailing in the sunshine. We were hand steering at this time as she was becoming over powered. read more...


26/05/2014

Defyr - Towards Azores: Last Nite

It's hopefully our last night at sea and we are able to make it to Horta before sunset tomorrow. My last night shift is the darkest possible 00-03, but the night is clear and the horizon visible, so it's all good.I am also given a nature's special treat with dolphins in bioluminescent sea! The dolphins are swimming next to Defyr leaving a britht sparkly trail behind them. It looks so amazing, kind of like a movie special effect, but for real. I have seen this once before last time we crossed the Atlantic, but it was not this strong and not so many dolphins! I am so happy to witness this and would hope to have all my family and friends here gasping to this sight. On camera it's just black on black...We have had the genaker up since sunday morning and the wind is getting calmer and calmer.. read more...


25/05/2014

Sweet Pearl - Suwarrow --> Niue - 4.Tag - Morgen kommen wir an

Der viele Wind lässt langsam, ganz langsam nach und wir reiten nicht mehr so hoch über die Wellen. Es hat auch noch viel geregnet die letzten Tage; alles ist ein wenig nass. Deshalb freuen wir uns anzukommen, zu lüften, zu waschen und zu trocknen. Uns, die Kleider und das Schiff!Liebe Grüsse nach hause - von uns allen;-)CheersTom. read more...


25/05/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - Saturday Night at the downpour...but it wasn't raining Men....it was Andromeda and the Amazing Techinicolour Light Show.....and yes we made it......

N32:22:685 W64:40:937   All we can say is what a 24hours. Yesterday morningwe were a bit tired because of the difficulty holding a course in the lumpy sea,however we had made so much better progress that at 9am had only 54 milesto go. There was now an outside possibility that we could make it justbefore dark.  The wind held steady and less time was spent swinging upand down the waves, but even so after a few hours we got fed up with theboom snatching  back and forth and took the main down finding the ridemuch smoother flying only the genoa.   Early afternoon a voice broke thesilence, we were picking up transmissions from Bermuda Radio.  Itwas great to hear another voice but more importantly we knew we were. read more...


25/05/2014

Starship - ED heading EAST - day 11

SUN-FACTOR: Kaum Wolken, Sonne ohne Ende. Wenig Welle (und leider auch wenig Wind), aber super entspanntes Segeln.RUN-FACTOR: Heute Nacht hatten wir bis zu 8,5 Knoten SOG, aber jetzt schleichen wir mit knappen 4,5 Knoten dahin.FUN-FACTOR: Dass wir noch immer "mitten am Atlantik" sind, vergessen wir bei diesen Bedingungen schnell. Wir lesen, sehen Filme an, backen Brot und genießen die Ruhe.. read more...


25/05/2014

Sojourner -

5/25,Another wonderful day sailing the North Atlantic.We have been wing on wing all day travelling about 5.5knts.Haven't touched the sails.Nothing to do except eat!About noon a pod of dolphins saw us and sprinted over from 50 yards out.A group of 20 or so crisscrossed the bow wave, before eventually getting tired and going back to what ever dolphins do.I'm sure one of them signaled,"hey!What's that going by?Let's go check it out!. . . Oh, it's only a boat.I'm going back."Current projection is that we will be at the Customs dock in Horta sometime Friday morning.We have a pump for the water maker we have to get and install and then we will plan cruise around the islands.Ken----This e-mail was delivered via satellite phone using GMN's XGate software.Please be kind and keep your replies short.. read more...