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11/03/2013

Anastasia - Brazil to Grenada - Day 3 (Ripped mainsail)

03:04N 047:16W  680 miles covered Today’s sad news is of the demise of our mainsail.  Last night the wind died away and veered to the south east, forcing us to turn dead downwind and goosewing the sails.  With the low wind, plus a current from behind, this meant that the mainsail would flog occasionally on the bigger waves.  It seemed quite gentle flogging at the time, but I guess with over a year of continual use the mainsail was in no condition to take the punishment and it ripped just below the second reefing point.   The good news is that we can still continue reasonably well on reef 2, just a knot or two slower then before.  The bad news obviously that we are out of the race to arrive first (and probably not second either) and also it is. read more...


Anastasia - Brazil to Grenada - Trompeta on the Start Line
Anastasia - Brazil to Grenada - Trompeta on the Start Line
Anastasia - Brazil to Grenada - Day 3 (Ripped mainsail)
Anastasia - Brazil to Grenada - Day 3 (Ripped mainsail)
10/03/2013

Anastasia - Brazil to Grenada - Day 2 (The Northern Hemisphere)

01:32N 045:22W  530 miles covered We crossed the equator last night and now we are are back in the Northern Hemisphere, with only about 1200 miles to go to Grenada.  Good wind, good current and we are speeding along at over 11 knots.  Currently my chartplotter is telling me it will take about 4 days and 4 hours to get there, but 6 days is a more realistic estimate.  We only need to average 8.4 knots now to hit our ETA target of 16:00 on the 16th. Andrea baked a cake today, to celebrate the equatorial crossing.  As is customary, we tossed a slice overboard for Neptune.  Unfortunately the SSB radio net was switched back to the 4 megahertz band and so we are already out of range of most of the fleet.  There are some boats with particularly. read more...


10/03/2013

Matilda - Mustique, Bequia, Tobago Cays and Saltwhistle Bay

9 MarchThe last night on Mustique was very special. We stayed on for the Sunday night jazz at Basil's, which turned out to be Jan, a very down to earth lady from Yorkshire and her partner, Louis. She had once come to Bequia on holiday, ended up staying and becoming a diving instructor and then landed the job of Social Director for Mustique (what a job!). Jan also played a pretty mean jazz saxophone with Louis on the keyboards. We got to Basil's early and ended up helping them set up after we were really taken with her dog called Stump (due to having not a lot of tail). Stump was a real character she clearly felt she was overseeing operations and I took it as a joke when she was described as the singer with the band. It turned out not to be joke at all because as soon as Jan played the. read more...


10/03/2013

Anastasia - Brazil to Grenada - Day 1

00:39S 041:55W  290 miles covered The fleet left Fortaleza at 12:00 yesterday on our final competitive leg of the World ARC.  The wind and current look good for the crossing and we are hoping to complete the 1700 miles in around 8 days.  Finding the areas of good current is crucial for this leg.  It should be possible to find 2 to 3 knots of current at the right distance from the Brazilian coast. The start was quite exciting because the planned committee vessel was unavailable, so Paul an Suzana headed out in an inflatable to do the start.  Their outboard broke down half way out and Paul asked for a volunteer to act as committee vessel, which we did.  We picked them up from the inflatable and got to the start line with 15 minutes to spare, time for. read more...


06/03/2013

Anastasia - Fortaleza

3:43.1S 038:31.8W The marina at Fortaleza is med-style, mooring being done stern to the pontoon with the anchor holding you off.  The problem is getting your anchor to hold in the slime.  We tried to lay our anchor twice, dragging it about 80 meters both times, and in the end we ran a shore line across to the seawall instead of using our anchor.  I dived to take a look and the anchor was happily sitting on its side in about two feet of slime, dragging nearer every time we pulled on it.  I guess it is just the wrong type of anchor for slime.  The shore line was obstructing other boats, but the marina staff attached a couple of lumps of iron to it to sink it and now the other boats can come and go just as if it was anchor chain. Today we went on a dune. read more...


Anastasia - Fortaleza
Anastasia - Fortaleza
03/03/2013

Matilda - Farewell Barbados, Hello Bequia, St Vincent and Mustique

The last few days in Barbados were quite interesting. The MacBook developed a problem and the only authorised fixer was on the other side of the island. As we no longer had a hire car we decided to take the local buses. There are 3 kinds of bus in Barbados, the official blue 'Government busses', the yellow private busses and the white private minivan-type busses. All fares going anywhere cost 2 Barbadian dollars (around 1 US). By far my favourite were the private yellow busses as, although they are noisy, the interiors and choice of music reflect the taste of the owners and they will pretty much stop for you and let you off anywhere you want to along the way. The government buses are fine, but a bit staid and officious, and the minivan ones are way too tightly packed for any sane person. read more...


02/03/2013

Anastasia - Fernando de Noronha

03:49.2S 032:24.5W Fernando de Noronha is a small island off the coast of Brazil, with a single anchorage that is described as being prone to swell.  We arrived at night and anchored on the outskirts of the main anchorage to wait for morning.  In the morning we found ourselves a sheltered place to anchor inside some big rocks that I thought should block the swell, but we got moved again by the port captain because the swell was predicted to be bad and would come straight over the rocks.  He told us to anchor as far out to sea as we could, so we moved to the centre of the bay and anchored in 21 metres of water. I was a bit nervous about starting the outboard on the tender because it has not been running well on Brazilian petrol and in Recife I had to flip an. read more...


Anastasia - Fernando de Noronha
Anastasia - Fernando de Noronha
Anastasia - Fernando de Noronha
Anastasia - Fernando de Noronha
Anastasia - Fernando de Noronha
Anastasia - Fernando de Noronha
27/02/2013

Anastasia - Recife

08:04.8S 034:53.3W The first thing that strikes you as you approach Recife is the huge expanse of high rise buildings.  Not huge buildings, mostly twenty stories or so, but they are not confined to any specific downtown area, spreading along the coast as far as the eye can see in both directions. m_P2242840[1] The harbour has a “rip rap” breakwater across the entrance, which makes it quite a confined space for big ships to manoeuvre.  We waited a little while to let a German navy vessel come out before entering (and Corinne posed for a photo m_P2232902[1]).   Most of the World ARC boats chose to anchor in the harbour outside the first yacht club you come to.  We decided to go up the river to a second yacht club, the Cabanga club, which has pontoon. read more...


Anastasia - Recife
Anastasia - Recife
Anastasia - Recife
Anastasia - Recife
Anastasia - Recife
Anastasia - Recife
Anastasia - Recife
Anastasia - Recife
25/02/2013

Matilda - Beautiful Barbados - Rum and Polo

We arrived safely in Barbados late afternoon on Tuesday 19th after 4 weeks to the day of sailing. We were feeling pretty pleased with ourselves until a few hours later a boat arrived with a group of 6 Brits and New Zealanders who had just ROWED across the Atlantic - certainly put our efforts in the shade. It was great sharing in their celebrations though. There is no mistaking where we are, the best rum punches ever and Rihanna on the radio 24/7.We spent the first night in a temporary berth surrounded by super-yachts, in fact one of them, Salute, had probably the largest mast and boom furler we have ever seen. We were told that the mainsail alone cost half a million US dollars - jeez! If we had arrived a few weeks earlier we would have apparently been parked next to Brangelina's yacht.. read more...


24/02/2013

At Last - New Blog Posts

At Last just updated their blog with more on St. Helena, our crossing to Brazil and our time at Carnival. Please visit the site at www.sailingatlast.com.. read more...


22/02/2013

Anastasia - Salvador to Recife

10:02S 035:30W For the past two days we have been slogging up the coast from Salvador to Recife.  The downside of making landfall in Salvador after crossing the Atlantic is that you then have to sail northeast up the Brazilian coast, against the prevailing east-northeasterly winds, which means you are beating into waves.  The problem is aggravated because close inshore there is a danger of encountering small unlit fishing boats at night, so we need to keep tacking out to sea to get off the continental shelf and into the deep water where there are no little boats. Heading into waves is not a great direction for Anastasia.  Because of our lightness and high freeboard we go over the top of waves, rather than diving into them, but if we are travelling at any speed. read more...


19/02/2013

Anastasia - Morro de Sao Paulo

13:23.3S 038:56.1W We spent two nights at anchor near Morro de Sao Paulo.  The only downside to the anchorage is that there is a stream of tourist boats that pass quite close by, but the location is beautiful and the town of S. Paulo is worth a visit.  It is only accessible by boat and so it has tiled streets and porters that are continually moving people’s luggage around in wheelbarrows.  It is touristy but in a quaint way.  The beaches are fringed by reefs that block the waves and create warm pools of water for swimming.    Sao Paulo also has a cliff with a land slide of supposedly therapeutic mud.  I am not convinced of the therapeutic properties but everybody got covered in mud just in case it made them look 20 years younger.  There. read more...


Anastasia - Morro de Sao Paulo
Anastasia - Morro de Sao Paulo
Anastasia - Morro de Sao Paulo
Anastasia - Morro de Sao Paulo
18/02/2013

Matilda - Tomorrow Barbados!

We should be arriving in Barbados late tomorrow afternoon (touch wood) after 4 weeks at sea to the day from St Helena- hurrah! We will have sailed around 5,350 nautical miles since leaving Cape Town on 5 January, with just a few days in St Helena and only 42.2 engine hours, so we are feeling quite proud of ourselves. Matilda has behaved beautifully with no real issues despite sometimes trying circumstances. Conditions over the past 48 hours have been superb so we are back in love with sailing, but still can't wait to get there. Its looking good that we will have a place in Barbados's only marina (that usually only takes superyachts - clearly times are hard everywhere).Life on board has been very routine, the highlight of the days being mealtimes where we have eaten very well, if rather. read more...


15/02/2013

Anastasia - Waterfalls and sandbanks

14:05.9S 39:01.1W For the past three days we have been cruising in the bay of Camamu.  The first couple of nights we spent anchored off Campinho, an island between the Marau river and the ocean. The local boats take tourists from the Campinho anchorage to the Barra Grande beach. m_P2132757[1] The third night we spent anchored off the town of Marau, in preparation for a trip up the river to the Tremenbe waterfalls. m_P2142763[1] Marau by day and  by night. m_P2142768[1]  This morning we set off up the river to the waterfall, armed with a diagram of the river from our Brazil cruising guide.  Not so much of a chart as a rough sketch.  We left Mr Blues anchored off Marau and both crews travelled on Anastasia, because our draft is only 1.3 metres. read more...


Anastasia - Waterfalls and sandbanks
Anastasia - Waterfalls and sandbanks
Anastasia - Waterfalls and sandbanks
Anastasia - Waterfalls and sandbanks
Anastasia - Waterfalls and sandbanks
Anastasia - Waterfalls and sandbanks
Anastasia - Waterfalls and sandbanks
Anastasia - Waterfalls and sandbanks
12/02/2013

Matilda - The Alternate World ARC Awards

8 Feb We are a few hours from arriving back at the Equator, but not much else been happening. The wind is reaching new levels of non co-operation and seems to want to give up the ghost completely. Yesterday it was either no knots and rain or 25 knots from all directions when squalls passed through. However the really sad part is that in the last 24 hours we have had to use the motor after sailing all the way from Cape Town (3,600 nautical miles!) with only 7 engine hours. We have just put the spinnaker up again, but it is a sorry sight in such light winds. Ah would you believe it, just as I am writing this, a bit of a bang and the spinnaker falls in the water. Fortunately with so little wind it wasn't too much of a problem to retrieve; we had been nervous of using our second spinnaker. read more...


11/02/2013

Anastasia - Salvador

12:58.3S 038:30.9W Salvador is a city on two levels, the port down by the sea and the main part of town at the top of a steep hill.  There is an elevator that links the two parts.  Our marina is a few hundred yards from the foot of the elevator, which makes it easy to get up into the main part of the city where you find most of the historic buildings and restaurants.  View of the boats moored at the foot of the elevator up to town. m_P2072666[1]  The World ARC provided a city tour, which gave us some background to Salvador and its history.  It was the capital of Brazil throughout during the time of slavery.  It has 365 churches, and we visited one amazingly ornate Franciscan monastery.The church at the Franciscan monastery m_P2072686[1]. read more...


Anastasia - Salvador
Anastasia - Salvador
Anastasia - Salvador
Anastasia - Salvador
Anastasia - Salvador
Anastasia - Salvador
Anastasia - Salvador
Anastasia - Salvador
Anastasia - Salvador
Anastasia - Salvador
04/02/2013

BRIZO - Miss Brazil Visits BRIZO!

A beauty pageant was being held this weekend at the hotel/marina where we are staying in Fortaleza. The winner was crowned Saturday night and she and the runners-up were being photographed by the pool on Sunday. The photographers stopped by BRIZO to ask if they could bring Miss Brazil on board for a photo shoot. Although he wouldn't ordinarily let anyone on board wearing platform heels, Lew was a gracious host and welcomed Miss Brazil and her entourage on board. After finishing their photos on the foredeck, the last photos were of Miss Brazil giving Lew a big hug and kiss by the helm. Our first day in Fortaleza was busy: completing all of the clearance formalities, arranging to have fuel delivered dockside, and getting settled for what will be a one month stay at the marina. The marina. read more...


03/02/2013

Matilda - Water Water Everywhere

Jonathan is counting the miles - he doesn't like these long crossings and I think it will take some persuading for him to do an ocean crossing again once we get back. I am not so bad, but this is the longest we have done so we will both be very glad to see land again (roll on Barbados). The wind is behaving itself and, although it is not the quickest, it is comfortable and has picked up from the very slow conditions initially (although that was quite good when we were both down with colds/various plagues). We are pretty much healthy again so that is making life a lot easier. Haven't seen too many boats around, and are only picking the other boats up intermittently on the radio-net now we are getting out of range, but we are still keeping in contact via emails and can get world service. read more...


03/02/2013

Anastasia - South Atlantic - Days 22/23

12:52S 036:02W  1877 miles covered, 160 miles to go Today we have been pushing it, trying to get into Salvador before dark tomorrow.  What this has meant is flying the asymmetric spinnaker and gybing downwind.  Gybing is a labour intensive process because it means bringing the spinnaker down, rethreading lines for the other tack and then re-launching.  That plus gybing the mainsail.  It takes over half an hour to complete one gybe and we had to gybe four times during the day, trying to make the most of 10 degree shifts in wind direction. We are continuing to fly the asymmetric through the night, which is reasonably safe because, although the autohelm allows it to collapse about once an hour, the spinnaker recovers without intervention.  The only. read more...


01/02/2013

BRIZO - Excitement is Building!

It's been 13 days since we departed St Helena and we are less than 100 nm from our destination of Fortaleza, Brazil. Sailing conditions have been extremely favorable for us and now we are trying to slow down by reducing sail so that we don't arrive in the wee hours of Saturday morning. This leg has perhaps been our best sailing conditions of the entire Rally, a leg known for light winds and slow progress. Much of our good fortune may have to do with our destination of Fortaleza instead of Salvador where everyone else is heading per the Rally itinerary. The other boats are experiencing light winds and slow progress, but the first boats have already arrived.Everyone on board is excited about arriving tomorrow morning. None of us has ever been to Brazil before and we think it will be an. read more...


01/02/2013

Anastasia - South Atlantic - Day 21

11:52S 031:10W  1565 miles covered Another day of gentle breezes and sunshine.  We put up the asymmetric spinnaker again for a few hours during the day, but there was not enough wind to really make a difference.  We might try again tomorrow, if we get over 15 knots of wind, otherwise we will just be going all the rest of way with the Parasailor.  The rudder clunking was louder this morning and I was concerned that the bearing had gone completely and we might be getting damage to the housing that would be hard to fix later.  If so, it might be better to take the starboard rudder out completely and continue with just the port rudder until we can fix the bearing.  It was time to go for a snorkel to see what was going on underneath.   The sea was. read more...


Anastasia - South Atlantic - Day 21
Anastasia - South Atlantic - Day 21
31/01/2013

At Last - New Blogs Posted!

At Last just updated their blog for their trip from Cape Town to the current crossing we are on to Salvador, Brazil. Please visit the site at www.sailingatlast.com.. read more...


31/01/2013

Anastasia - South Atlantic - Days 19/20

11:32 S 028:58 W  1424 miles covered With about 600 miles left to go we have just passed a psychological milestone.  The chart plotter is now showing a coastline with crinkly bits and towns and cities, rather than just the outline of South America.  We are not quite smelling the land yet, but it feels like we are getting there. We had a great day of sailing today.  The wind got up to 16 knots so we put up the old asymmetric spinnaker, which was written off by the sailmaker in Mauritius after it exploded in the Indian Ocean, but which was beautifully repaired by Quantum sails in South Africa.  We set the autohelm to the optimum wind angle and let the written-off rag pull us along at 9 or 10 knots for a few hours.  It made a change from plodding. read more...


Lady Ann - Lady Ann safely docked at Rodney Bay Marina
Lady Ann - Lady Ann safely docked at Rodney Bay Marina
Lady Ann - Rum punch upon arrival!
Lady Ann - Rum punch upon arrival!
Lady Ann - Maria admiring a mid ocean sunset
Lady Ann - Maria admiring a mid ocean sunset
18/11/2011

Morning Star - Michael blog 3

Morning Star Log 3 Sun to Tues Well Neptune sweemed to be unhappy with us. Winds remained below 10 kts and out of the southeast. That's the direction we need to go. We either tack back and forth in light winds or start the motor. Cptn decided on motor.  By Tues we had had enough of the engine. The noise became like white noise so wekind of got used to it but we keep waiting for the winds to improve. Hard to believe but the ocean was calm enough at times that you could water ski on it.  Tues 1045 first water tank empty of 4 Tues 1245 second water tank empty Tues 1345 3rd water tank is empty!! We have one tank left and it holds about 60 gallons. We stopped the engine to look for the leak and of course we found it.Couldn't have ask for a worse spot,behindthe engine which is still. read more...


Lady Ann - Ingo at the wheel
Lady Ann - Ingo at the wheel

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