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Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
14/06/2014

Morning Haze - Pictures from Morning Haze

Did you ever see a "Portuguese Man-o-war? Rebecca took a picture for you during leg #2image. image. image. image. image. image. image. read more...


Morning Haze - Pictures from Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Pictures from Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Pictures from Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Pictures from Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Pictures from Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Pictures from Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Pictures from Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Pictures from Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Pictures from Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Pictures from Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Pictures from Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Pictures from Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Pictures from Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Pictures from Morning Haze
14/06/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - By the time we got to Horta...........

By the time we got to Horta We can tell you our aorta Had danced a jig and kicked its heels withglee. Susan's glutteous maximus and Andrew ribs still afuss Were all relieved after 16 days atsea.   Well we wobbled ashore - thats the only way todescribe our odd walk which is partly swagger, partly stagger and partly movingin anticipation that a wave is on its way, only it isn't! So we appear to wobblearound as we try to move from one piece of solid ground to another. Takes awhile to overcome!  After a short recovery we wobbled up to Peter's Barfor a quick meal before falling into bed and sleeping for nearly 12hours straight. We said hello to Paul and Clairefrom Aditi, with whom we had exchanged e-mails during the crossing, and to Janand AnnaLiesse from Anna Sophia whom we. read more...


14/06/2014

Zoonie - Bayona to Pavoa de Varzim and on to Porto

40:55.2N 008:44.3W  Is the spot we have just passed as we motor,without wind towards  Figueira da Foz at 6 knots and in thick fog. Rob ison watch and has just spotted some weary racing pigeons, sitting exhausted onthe water.   Our departure time this morning was in doubt as we couldn’t even see theother side of the river. Andrew decided on a review meeting at 11.00 as the fogextended all the way down the coast where we are going. Five minutes later thefog cleared in the harbour and we were ready for the off. A strong last twohours of the ebbing tide meant we had to motor astern firmly against it and oneyacht did have a problem , impaling itself on the bow sprit of a gulet typetourist boat.   Going back a little, we left Bayona on the 11th after a constructive dayspent. read more...


14/06/2014

Starship - Last-Leg-2-Lagos (FINISH)

SUN:Super Wetter, Wind und .... RUN: ... wir setzen den Parasailor in der untergehenden Sonne – alsGennaker – zusätzlich zum Großsegel. Wir wollen noch einmal so richtig Metermachen. Absoluter Wahnsinn. 184 sm gutgemachte Distanz in 24 Stunden.FUN: Foto-Finish nach 5 Tagen 12 Stunden 43 Minuten und 43 Sekunden. Duckund Morning Haze sind nur wenige Meter hinter uns, dann kommen Bonnie Lass, SeaEagle und Reberth. Unglaublich. Und wir sind einmal mehr superglücklich.. read more...


14/06/2014

Celebrate - Haul Out, Westin Resort Stay, Back in the Water & the Aukland to Fiji Race boats at Port Denarau, Fiji...

Haul out at Port Denarau was perfect for our boat repairs, new bottom paint & waxing the hull & topsides.Also, it was a great excuse for a lovely stay at the Westin Resort nearby.Now, we are back in the water and several other Rally boats are coming & going like Flomaida, Dinghy & Hebe.Also, the Aukland to Fiji Race boats are arriving at the marina.This is New Zealand's premier ocean race with gold-plated ocean boats and the first one arrived yesterday afternoon.As the crew left the boat, it seemed like there were thirty beefy guys to do the sailing.How nice!Cathy. read more...


14/06/2014

Persistent Lady - Thursday, June 12

Sherrin was making a pie this morning during her morning watch.She has promised us an Eagle Brand Lemon pie and a chocolate pecan pie before we arrive in Gibraltar.Jake and I are secretly hoping for the lemon pie because it will require refrigeration and we don’t have room in the fridge for it.We have planned out a pie eating contest; save one slice for Sherrin and split the rest.Then set a timer and the first one to yell “DONE” wins.Can’t wait!However, the fresh water pump is not working and right now Jake and I will have to attend to that.Sherrin asked us to get the Karo syrup out of the bilge while we were down there, so I think we will have chocolate pecan pie today.Not a bad choice, as it is one of my absolute favorite pies, but no pie eating contest.The pump turned out to be bad.It. read more...


13/06/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - All the way to Horta

N38:31:033 W28:44:001   GPS miles to go: 0, Zero, Nada, None, zilch, nilpoint, nothing yipeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee   Boat Miles done: 1842   Yabba dabba doo we are here.   We arrived in the harbour here about 11.30 thismorning and anchored for a time as the office shut at 12 and the reception dockwas busy.. Boo hoo we thought as we now had to get the anchor sorted and thenthe dinghy off the deck and into the water and then fingers crossed the outboardwould work.  But first back to last night.  We had awonderful afternoon enjoying the sunshine and doing a couple of little jobs whenwe weren't on the wheel.  We had lamb for tea and very tasty it was too.Andrew then bought up the large scale chart of the Azores and there was ourlatest position fix. read more...


13/06/2014

Defyr - Towards Lagos: ALMOST THERE

We are only 50nm from the Finnish line. We are hitting the traffic separation area for big ships and we are gladly finding a good corridor to pass all the boats. We needed to alter a course for one, but I hope that is all!image.. read more...


Defyr - Towards Lagos: ALMOST THERE
Defyr - Towards Lagos: ALMOST THERE
13/06/2014

American Spirit II - Day 159; Arrived Suva, Fiji & the Big Tonga Screw Up!; Friday, June 13, 2014

Today is Friday the 13th, and it would live up to its (bad) reputation for us as the day unfolded. Up at 6:00 AM. Suva, Fiji on starboard bow. A cruise ship, the Paul Gaughin, passed us around 5:00 AM while Joel was on watch. Joel had to talk to the ship as it looked like it was going to collide with us. Good job Joel. Its common for cruise ships to enter their next port early in the morning so the cruise passengers can tour the island during the day time hours. We've actually seen this ship before...in Bora Bora 2 months ago. Small world.Joel went to bed at 6:00 AM while I rolled the jib and main up. Almost no wind. Boat speed 4.5 knots. Dark clouds overhead. Locally in Fiji it is one hour earlier, so we'll change our watches and clocks now; and my log will use the 'new' time. read more...


13/06/2014

American Spirit II - Day 158; Motor Wouldn't Start, Pull Cord on Chartplotter Disconnected, Fell Asleep on Watch & No SSB Connection; Thursday, June 12,2014

At 6:00 AM turned engine off, put jib out, mainsail still on 2nd reef. Wind 17 knots, boat speed 5.7 knots. Put hydro generator in water and turned wind turbine on. Could sail with both because on starboard tack, which doesn't stress broken shroud. A little while later shook out 2nd reef to lst reef on mainsail. The upper limb of the sun broke thru the horizon at 7:21 AM Tonga time. I thought I might have seen a green flash, but wasn't sure enough to call it a definite. 50/50 doesn't count. Too bad. A partial cloud obstructed part of my vision. I woke Joel at 9:15 AM, and we conducted the morning communication's net at 9:30 AM. Unfortunately, no one answered my call.Breakfast at 9:40 AM consisted of scrambled eggs, chilled pear halves and Tongan bread. The bread had to be cut as it was. read more...


12/06/2014

American Spirit II - Day 157; Heading to Fiji; Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Up early, 5:40 AM. Joel had coffee ready for me. Starboard tack, wind 16-19, boat speed 6.1 knots. Seas down a little. No moon, stars out. Uranus bright behind boat to the northeast. Dawn approaching. Temperature cool. Had socks, pants, jacket and hat on. Its winter south of the equator. Low 70's. Sunrise at 7:18 AM. Clouds. No green flash. A lone tern tried to land on the spreader two times. Must be tired. Gave up too soon. Circled the boat a few times then flew away. I started reading a new daytime book at 7:50 AM. American Sniper. I try to read paper books in daylight and my Kindle at night. During the 9:00 AM net only Hebe and us connected. Hebe is heading to Port Denarau Marina to clear into; we're heading to Suva. At 10:30 AM jibed boom, then put preventer back on. The preventer is. read more...


13/06/2014

Starship - Last-Leg-2-Lagos (day 05)

SUN: Oh, what a night. Tagelang hat sich die Sone nicht blicken lassen. Die Wolkendecke war zu dick. Aber jetzt, nach Einbruch der Dämmerung, reisst der Himmel auf, und der Vollmond bleibt die ganze Nacht über unser Begleiter. Das tut gut, denn ...RUN: ... wir haben 22 Knoten Wind, 2 Meter Welle und Böen bis 25 Knoten. Wir rauschen mit bis zu 8,5 Knoten dahin, trotz 2. Reff im Groß und leicht gereffter Genua.FUN: Der Plotter ist wie ein Gameboy. Und das Spiel heißt: geht es sich aus? Schaffen wir es vor dem Frachter zu queren oder nicht?. read more...


13/06/2014

Anettine - 13. June

We are still chasing our tuna dinner. We had a fantastic sailing night under blue sky, stars and a full moon. With the wind from north at 16-26 knots the speed has been very good between 7- 9 knots throughout the night.At 0900 we have approx 85 nm to the finishing line and we are some 10 nm behind our tuna dinner. Since the dinner not was delivered as agreed we are looking forward to a proper treat in Lagos.-------------------------------------------------Do not push the "reply" button to respond to this message if that includes the text of this originalmessage in your response.Messages are sent over avery low-speed radio link. The most concise way to reply is to send a NEW messageto:LK9431@sailmail.comIf you DO use your reply button, be sure to deletethe original message text and these. read more...


13/06/2014

Ca Canny - ARC Portugal Ca Canny - day 12 (ish)

So, after multiple requests I’ve been persuaded to write one more blogentry. I am more than a little surprised by the enthusiasm for our regularupdates but am happy to go with the flow and am glad you have enjoyed reading asI have enjoyed writing them. What you don’t realise is that its become moredifficult to write them in recent days after the deck washing incident. Sufficeto say that its important to ensure that all windows are closed before washingthe deck especially those over the chart table (which happened to have thislaptop on). Since then the computer has had a mind of its own and only decreesto wake as and when it can be bothered. Two other interesting impacts was thatthe screen started to display upside down (fairly easily fixed but still a pain)and the keyboard worked. read more...


13/06/2014

Webster - ARC EUROPE - A TALE OF (MIS) ADVENTURE MAY/JUNE 2014

We came to Tortola in the BVIThe ARC Europe looming tallTo Nanney Cay to prepare WebsterFor Bermuda first port of call.The crew comprised Charlie as Skip,Treacle miners Dave and Neal,Igor from Slovenia was last to finalise the deal.Fun and mischief on the cardsSkinny dipping with 'Neet from ArcariasYoung Johnny took some photographsof someone's hairy arse.To save said photos from the websome money did discourseElse wives at home may take a dim viewand ban us from future tours.ARC flags they were a target fairfor when we'd drunk much beerTreacle miners werein full crydid make them disappear.So from the start we led the packuntil faster boats found their gearBut only after Jos Van Dykedid they leave us in their rear.En route Igor went to top of mastto rescue chute there stuckand Charlie. read more...


13/06/2014

Webster - Final night at sea

Thursday 12th June 2014 Noon position 37 43'N 12 49'W DTD 201nmWelcome to the last blog written at night on this North Atlantic circuit as we shall hopefully be in Lagos tomorrow afternoon sometime. I have fairly mixed emotions about it but that may be because I made Thai chicken curry this evening for dinner and ate quite a lot of it only then to try to get some sleep in the forepeak, more akin to a tumble drier than a bunk! The forecast wind did come in and we have been sailing direct to destination in N/NE winds of up to 25 knots, gusting more and seas that built to around 4 metres or so, a bit rough and beam on. I came on deck this morning at 0600, not because it was the start of my watch with Igor but because I looked at my watch and thought it 0700.......oh dear. The sun soon came. read more...


12/06/2014

Celebrate - Super Yachts, Restaurants,Luxury Resorts and Amazing Activities at Port Denarau, Fiji

We arrived just before daylight at the reef entrance to Port Denarau.With an abundance of well lit markers and a huge entrance we decided to make the entry.The good news was we had no problems and were in our marina slip two hours later with a handful of super yachts, the biggest at 223ft, Lady Christine.Eli of the Yacht Help Agency visited within a few minutes to say the customs, immigration and bio personnel would be on board shortly to clear us in.They checked us in quickly and we were on our way,thanks to Eli!Port Denarau Marina reminds us somewhat of Rodney Bay Marina in St. Lucia because of the handful of good restaurants at the top of the dock with some shopping and nearby resorts.Also, there is a commercial dock for a small cruise ship, ferries and other activity boats at the. read more...


Spirit III - Amazing sailing from Povoa to Porto
Spirit III - Amazing sailing from Povoa to Porto
Spirit III - Amazing sailing from Povoa to Porto
Spirit III - Amazing sailing from Povoa to Porto
Spirit III - Amazing sailing from Povoa to Porto
Spirit III - Amazing sailing from Povoa to Porto
Spirit III - Amazing sailing from Povoa to Porto
Spirit III - Amazing sailing from Povoa to Porto
Spirit III - Amazing sailing from Povoa to Porto
Spirit III - Amazing sailing from Povoa to Porto
12/06/2014

Sea Eagle - Mastering the Cube

Its been a great ride since our last blog, with everyone very happy, well fed and enjoying the trip. Still meat in the freezer and enough eggs and bacon for at least one more full English.Wayne took on the challenge of mastering the Rubiks Cube by the time we arrive in Portugal and with guidance from the Grand Master(David) he cracked it within a few days. Ben has now taken up the challenge and is not far behind. I think by the time we get in he'll have mastered it as well. Problem is Wayne and Ben share a watch and they were so distracted on Wednesday night as Wayne instructed Ben that we actually started heading back to the Azores as neither had noticed that the autohelm had cut out. Quite worrying really!!Although we have spotted whales we have not yet had one as close and for as long. read more...


12/06/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - By the time we get to Horta you'll be snacking/lunching ....in Trini they'll be sleeping maybe eating doubles

N38:22:646  W30:51.592 GPS miles to go: 105 Boat miles done: 1734   WhooooHooo!  I have studiously avoided referring to the next dayor so in case I slowed us down again but yes, I must say it looks so verypromising, and that, in the fullness of time, with the wind in the right quarterand a good sea, we shall, indeed, taking all relevant things into consideration,actually, and in fact, make landfall tomorrow, at some stage.   Lighter winds are predicted for later today withmore wind forecast tomorrow so there may be a small sleigh ride to take us inthe last few miles, we shall let you know.   Crikey! Land! Suddenly a whole new vista is openingup again - making tea in a flat environment, even allowing for the odd rockyanchorage. Being able to divest ourselves of. read more...


12/06/2014

Anettine - 12. June

We finished the last evening with an excellent 3 course dinner that included a small taste of local Port with the dessert. The captain made an ones on the journey exception to the none alcoholic policy. The night brought good sailing condition upwind with good speed. Defyr became "long legged", and unfortunately they passed us in the very early morning. We can still see their keel water, and with another 225 nm to go they better watch out. We will be on their tale, to get the promised tuna.. read more...


11/06/2014

Gertha 4 - Surprise Visit

Coming up onto my watch this morning it seemed like little had changed; thefog was close, the sky was grey, it was cold and wet. But it seems something maybe happening. The wind is shifting a little, and we had a surprise visit fromsome long-finned pilot whales! One of them even popped its head out so we couldsee it properly. Apparently they can travel in groups upwards of 50 animals.It’s so easy to forget how much is happening beneath the surface. One of whichmight be the appearance of the Gulf stream, and hence some slight changes.   Settled into the routine now. Wake, watch, eat, drink, sleep. Repeat,repeat, repeat. I am finding this leg tougher than the last. Maybe it’s thecold, or maybe it’s the accumulated tiredness of so many months on the road andnow at sea. Or perhaps the. read more...


12/06/2014

Ca Canny - ARC Portugal Ca Canny - day 11

So our real skipper, Geoff, decreed last night that I was to be skipper forthe day for our journey out of Bayona and down to Povoa de Varzim. This was adecision the crew later came to regret.   We made an early start off the berth in order to get our racing line acrossthe start line. I’d decided to keep to the Northern end of the line so that wecould make a nice starboard tack which would take us completely out of the ria(and probably get in the way of everyone else). Unfortunately there was notenough wind to make such a dynamic start and so we rev’d engines instead. Thestarter horn sounded and we were all off to the sound of marine diesel enginesstraining at their mountings....well almost all of us, one or two brave soulsattempted to sail off the start line – quite a challenge in. read more...


12/06/2014

Starship - Last-Leg-2-Lagos (day 04)

SUN: Die Front bringt WInd. Sonne fehlt. Und das merkt man/frau. Ohne Jacken ist es untertags nicht zu machen. Weil es so kalt ist, essen wir erstmals im Salon zu Mittag. Super nett und gemütlich.RUN: Ein Durcheinander. Der Wind dreht im 10-Minuten-Abstand um 30-40 Grad. Gerade noch mit 6,5 Knoten und COG 75°,dann wieder nur 4,5 Knoten und südöstlich auf 115°. Das ist mühsam. Ganz besonders bei der Nachtwache.FUN: Wieder hören wir Duck am Funk und besprechen - trotz der Entfernung - das Wetter. Duck hat wegen eines Wasserschadens kein Iridium und auch kein AIS. Also kein Wetter und keine anderen Boote/Schiffe am Plotter. Am späten Nachmittag backen wir noch einen Schokolade-Kuchen, der so sehr an Volumen beim Backen gewinnt, dass er übergeht und am Rand runter rinnt. Der Rest schmeckt. read more...


12/06/2014

Sweet Pearl - Tonga --> Fiji - 4.Tag - Morgige Ankunft

Wir kommen gut voran, obwohl wir seit gestern abend motoren müssen, da der Wind nachgelassen hat. Wir hatten mehrere harmlose, aber nasse Squalls. Jetzt ist das Schiff sicher sauber;). Morgen Vormittag sollten wir in Vuda Point ankommen. Wir freuen uns wieder in einem Hafen zu sein. Liebe Grüsse nach hause. Tom. read more...



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