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29/05/2015

Euphoria - Dag 9: Med luft i tankarna

Veckan inleddes medatt fira Simon som fyllde 29 år. Besättningen med skepparen i spetsen samladesför att i grupp sjunga Happy Birthday för Simon när han väcktes. Efter en kortpresentutdelning och gemensam frukost i en solig sittbrunn så beslötbesättningen sig för att ta en bad. Detta var möjligt då vattnet var heltspegelblankt, inte en krusning så långt ögat kunde nå. En snabb kontroll avsjökortet visade att vattendjupet var 5000m, så även de mest exklusiva klockornafick stanna på båten denna gång. Efter en halvtimme med brummande motor kom såden vind som ska föra oss mot Azorerna. Det lugna vädret hargett oss tid att noga studera vädret, detta ledde till att rutten justerade tillen något nordligare version. Igår var vi ca 400 nautiska mil från New Foundland,vilket också var närmaste. read more...


29/05/2015

Jambo - Totally becalmed but we have a visitor!

2.5 knots of wind and 1000 miles from anywhereso it's engine onOur weather routertells us we will get wind next Tuesday- gulp ! We hope he is wrongas the fuel will run out before then. We had a very jolly chat with a Frenchman in a Yacht on its way up from St Martin and he thought we would get usable wind a "little sooner" , whatever that meant It seems almost surreal to be this far from civilisation in mirror glass waters but yesterday evening we had a wonderful experience as we heard the noise of a large whale as it blew out alongside Jambo as she made her way in the opposite direction - they look so majestic.I quickly grabbed my whale book and decided it was probably a Minke whale or a small Fin back whale which can grow up to 24 metres. This visitor was about the size of Jambo-. read more...


29/05/2015

Free Spirit - Log 19: 29 May 2015

I have learned that there exists photographicevidence of the light-fingered culprit in flagrante delectostealing chocolate from the, rapidly depleting, Captainsstore. The photo has not reached me yet and I suspect acrooked deal to stop it getting into my hands - in which case twoindividuals are likely to experience the pleasure of mycat-o'-ninetails across their backs. I may have to indulge in a little'persuasion' myself to get it but get it I will. I have also had it, from avery reliable source, that the young whipper-snapper, whodefinitely looks guilty to me, has a lifelong history of snafflingchocolate. Apparently he developed an extraordinarily strong attraction toit before he was out of nappies. The case is. read more...


29/05/2015

Dala - Rock and Rolling day! Fishing day!

Hi, all,The past day was another multifaceted pleasure:I ended my morning watch at noon, just lo leave me enough time to finish the Horta chapter in my Azores tourist guide.And then, delicious lunch: Anthology salad, eggplant cream, tapenade, two different styles of hummus. All this, followed by various French cheeses, fatty and greasy just as they should be. In addition, Joelle has been bold enough to make bread on board. No, not that easily done bread that any dummy can make in those bread making machines. No, I am talking about real bread delicately done in the oven, and she added into it organic chia!After this treat, I had the easy job to make a coffee for Richard and myself, Joelle declined my offer, with an outrageously good dark chocolate. In the meantime, Joelle had started the. read more...


29/05/2015

Luna Quest - Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 29.5.15

Position: 18.39S 173.59WSince Tuesday, we have had an avalanche of squalls, making our passage to Vava’u, Tonga, very frustrating, but late Tuesday evening the wind and rain kicked in seriously with a strong breeze from the Southeast. The breeze forbade a good sail as we would have made too much speed to make landfall in daylight hours on Wednesday. We took in as much sail as we dared without losing direction. It was a tricky balance that required constant attention in the driving rain. Very little sleep was had, but many soakings. When daylight appeared we were only about 7 miles off and could just about make out the outlines of Vava'u in between curtains of rain. As we approached the island, we noticed two more World ARC fleet yachts coming from the Niue direction. Together we sailed. read more...


28/05/2015

Widago - Bermuda-Azore Leg Day 9: Dolphins, Turtles, & Lamb

Another slow steady day motoring across the North Atlantic for WIDAGO and her crew. We spent most of the morning discussing what time we thought it should be. Since leaving Bermuda, morning keeps coming earlier and earlier. Apparently that's what happens when you keep traveling (I can't say "sailing" since we can't remember what wind feels like) eastward.At the end of my mid-watch, (3AM to me) the sky was already beginning to lighten.Since I hit the rack early for these fun-filled 11-3 shifts, I find myself slowly becoming vampire. Only sleeping when it's light out, tan fading, and no desire to attempt a viewing of my reflection in the mirror. But I digress.. Back to the day's adventure...Yeppers, pretty much the samsies as yesterday. True wind on our nose at a whopping speed of 2-3. read more...


Widago - Bermuda-Azore Leg Day 9: Dolphins, Turtles, & Lamb
Widago - Bermuda-Azore Leg Day 9: Dolphins, Turtles, & Lamb
Widago - Bermuda-Azores Leg Day 9 - Sunset
Widago - Bermuda-Azores Leg Day 9 - Sunset
Widago - Bermuda-Azores Leg Day 9
Widago - Bermuda-Azores Leg Day 9
29/05/2015

Mahe' 3 - Ottavo giorno

Ho sempre pensato alla traversata atlantica di ritorno come un'impresa quasi impossibile; tempeste, mare forte, freddo, barche affondate.Oggi il mare è così calmo che sembriamo in porto. Il vento leggero spinge la barca molto lentamente, ed il pilota automatico timona senza sforzo. Non si è neanche rotto niente. Mi sto annoiando.In compenso questa mattina ho visto tantissime tartarughe immobili che si facevano trasportare dalla corrente e migliaia di Meduse con la vela. Credo si tratti delle "Caravelle Portoghesi". Sono grandi, hanno una vela e dei tentacoli grossi. A pranzo ho cucinato un risotto ai funghi porcini, niente di eccezionale. Raphael ha fatto il pane, ed una torta stupenda, ma quello che ha cucinato Stefano per cena ha superato ogni aspettativa: gnocchi di zucca fatti a. read more...


28/05/2015

Agua Dulce - Supplement to "Looking for Wind"

I goofed! For all of you pulling out your charts and saying, "Well, Charleston, SC and Cape St. Vincent, Portugal aren't on the same latitude!" - you are right! I guess I can use a sextant, but I can't read a chart. We are at the latitude between the mouth of the Chesapeake and Cape St. Vincent, Portugal. I have been duly reprimanded by the crew and will not be allowed any more "fun" size candy bars for the rest of this leg. Mea culpa.Gretchen CunninghamS/V Agua Dulce. read more...


28/05/2015

Agua Dulce - Looking for Wind - in All the Wrong Places (apparently)

When I showed up at my morning watch today, I walked into a very lively debate between Bill and Cap'n Charlie about whether we have ample fuel if we had to motor for rest of this leg (which we won't - it was a theoretical discussion). The captain was under the opinion that we would come within 10 miles of the Azores and then we'd have to all jump in, hold on to the stern, and kick our way into Horta. Bill, on the other hand, felt like we had so much fuel that we could sell some to anyone out here needing it. Clearly, there was a divided opinion. Jim arrived on the scene to add his scientific two-cents worth and answer the question, if we used sails while motoring, would our engine actually use less fuel? Seems a little gray, but the consensus was that we PROBABLY would use less fuel if. read more...


28/05/2015

Gozwoz - Day 9 from Bermuda

A celebratory glass (or two) of wine and a night of motoring required to avoid an area of easterly wind resulted in a good night's sleep for all, which left the crew fresh and theoretically in need of new adventures. The motoring has, however, brought us into the northern part of the Azores high where light winds prevail and in consequence it has been necessary to plan the future course with care. In his graciousness Our Great Leader has permitted the crew to consider the latest GRIB files he has downloaded via the SSB. Advice has also been received from Clive Sparkes in St Maarten and Harald on Sophie. The decision has been taken to continue motor-sailing on a course of 75 degrees true of thereabouts with a view to meeting a north-westerly wind in three days. The alternative would have. read more...


28/05/2015

Aislig Bheag - An Introduction to The Crew (In rhyme)

I must go down to the sea again on a yacht called Aislig Bheag, Seven aboard since Bermuda, To the Azores on the second leg, And all I ask is a gentle breeze, Maybe 10-15 knots, and a hearty meal, and a steady wind, and a crew awaiting rum tots.   I’ll introduce first John the skipper, A salty old seadog indeed, He rules his ship with a clear command, Unless he spins up in his “heid”, And all he asks is a peaceful night, with the helmsman steady, and a full sail, and a good course, and a great crew ready.   So back we go out to the sea again, To meet the next in command, Aiison’s found in the galley, at the wheel, up the mast, cloth in hand, And all she asks is a comfy bed, and to cook in an upright position, and a quiet sleep, and a sweet dream, and a working toilet to pish. read more...


28/05/2015

Aislig Bheag - Be careful what you wish for...

So after fatefully asking Neptune for ‘a bit of wind’ in our last blogentry and Gaetano even more  dangerously saying to Alison during dinnerthat “he’d like to see a storm very much!” we sailed straight into a bit ofweather.  Luckily it wasn’t a storm, but it was still a pretty drearytwenty four hours of strong squalls, grey skies and heavy rain. Clearly oursacrificial offerings to the Gods had not worked or more likely our cheek had tobe aptly rewarded!  But despite a wet day and night for most of the crew we managed to havesome fun with silly principal among them was how we’d missed a trick by notgetting Pringles to sponsor us.  During bad weather it turned out to be thefavourite snack (lunch) of choice for the crew on watch.  Owen wasdelighted to discover that. read more...


28/05/2015

Free Spirit - Log 18: 28 May 2015

The only bad thing that happened yesterday was thatthe knob 'fell' off the trash bin draw in the galley. I think I'll get Ian torepair it. He has a degree in agricultural engineering, which could come inhandy. Knobs must fall off tractors all the time. Ian is an Ulstermanwith the demeanor of a terrier on speed. The noise of a winch inthe middle of the night and he's at the companionway steps in seconds wanting toknow what's happening. "Nothing Ian, just tightening the sail. Go back to bed".Or the motor is is turned off, "S'happening? Why has the motorstopped?" "We switched it off Ian Go back to bed". Keen as mustard he is.Does more helming than anyone else and when there's a job to be done he'sthere, spanner and oily rag in hand. Top chief. read more...


28/05/2015

Jambo - the plan from here

Well it looks like we have light and unfavourable winds I.e on the nose for at least the next 3/4 daysand we do not have enough fuel to get to Horta . Plan A is therefore to make best use of the winds in the day and motor forFlores the most westward of the Azores Islands at night when it is difficult so see the tell tails on the sail and the sea settles down a bit .Our weather Guru thinks we might get some winds that will help us around then so bingo!we could then review wether we go into Flores to re fuelor sail on to Hortato aim to get there before the gate goes down on this leg of the rally. Well that's plan A and we are working on plan B as I type this It's a beautiful day in theMid Atlantic with very light winds so it's a time to catch up on jobs ,audit what food we have .Carol is. read more...


28/05/2015

Tara - Motor Motor Motor

Ok, serious boredom has set in.Definition: I just cleaned out the pencil box! Why does a boat of 800 square feet need 14 highlighters, 8 sharpies, and a fifty cent pen from damn near every hotel that Lisa and I have ever stayed in?Oh, and most importantly I found the missing chart-plotter chip that provides the detailed navigational information of reefs, harbors, marinas, etc. for The Azores and the Western Med.For those friends that have been involved in the search, it is FINALLY over! (Hey Diana!)This is no small thing!Well, the chip is tiny but its importance is huge.The little bastard was $400.00+ and I had to special order the thing from the UK because I guess there is not a big market of buyers crossing the Atlantic Ocean at the local West Marine.Anyway, we had this computer chip. read more...


28/05/2015

Dala - Merci, Bernard!

Hi, all,Oui, merci, Bernard!Yes, thank you, Bernard!Who is this Bernard I am talking to in the middle of a quiet night? Some of you may have guessed: I'm talking (in my imagination) to Bernard Moitessier. This guy is one of the best seamen France has ever produced. I thank him because if I am sitting right now in my boat sailing bound Horta, I owe this to him. Forty years ago, I was 22 years old and I read some of his books, among them "La longue route" (I think it was translated in English under the title "The long way"). When I finished that book, while closing it I promised to myself to sail around the world some day in my life time. Apparently this day has arrived, in spite of the fact that this crossing is only a sub-project for me and my Lady Joelle. The real project is a 3 to 6. read more...


28/05/2015

Widago - Bermuda-Azores Leg Day 8: Morale Booster

When it comes to morale on a long passage, you've really got two options: sail very fast all the time, or bribe crew with treats. Since Mother Nature has blessed us with a striking high pressure system, fast sailing is fond memory, replaced by loud lumbering motoring. So naturally, I turn to food porn in order to keep spirits high. Since I am galley wench to an all male, predominantly tweenage crew, delectable delights may differ than other vessels in the fleet.The afternoon cheese plate of Brie and olives, is exchanged for cheesy poofs. There will be no yelling today from the wench about taking care not to wipe their grease laden cheese product encrusted stubby fingers on my fancy new cushions. Oh no, I must resist and silently defunk the pillows as to not disturb morale. "Mom, can I. read more...


Widago - Bermuda-Azores Leg Day 8: Morale Booster
Widago - Bermuda-Azores Leg Day 8: Morale Booster
Widago - Morale booster
Widago - Morale booster
Widago - Morale booster
Widago - Morale booster
Widago - Morale booster
Widago - Morale booster
28/05/2015

White Wave III - White Wave - Day Six

Currently Six days at sea, mostly easy, sometimes bumpy especially on a different tack.Fresh fruit + veggies now in short supply.Last night most gorgeous evening....veggie curry w baked spuds, crisp bottle of white, on deck listening to Adele while watching yet another gorgeous sunset.Leaks plugged --- until the next big crash of water.Medic seems to holding on to the rum for "MEDICINAL PURPOSES ONLY".Now crew all complaining of various aches, pains and mysterious illnesses.Suspect, I say.Another 8 days of this, perhaps. Depending on wind.- kjc. read more...


25/05/2015

GarliX - Niue - ein Land… nicht größer als ein Dorf

Vorab… falls Ihr unsere Route verfolgt habt… und uns nicht gefunden habt… unser Yellobrick war kaputt. Deswegen waren wir plötzlich mitten im Pazifik verschwunden. Jetzt ist alles wieder top… !!Es ist unwirklich hier; ein ganzes Land, aber nicht größer als ein Dorf. Niue hat rd. 1.400 Einwohner, die sich auf 14 Dörfer verteilen. Es leidet unter der großen Abwanderung nach Neuseeland, so dass die Dörfer bei allem Nationalstolz sehr traurig aussehen mit den vielen verlassenen Häusern. Die Einwohner von Niue haben automatisch die Staatsbürgerschaft von Neuseeland, so dass die Einwanderung kein Problem ist. Wir sind sehr überrascht, über die Publicity von diesem Land… www.niueisland.com; ein Land mit Schule, Gymnasium, Universität… Polizei, eigene Justiz - und Quarantäneland für. read more...


GarliX - Niue - ein Land… nicht größer als ein Dorf
GarliX - Niue - ein Land… nicht größer als ein Dorf
27/05/2015

Mahe' 3 - Riparazioni effettuate

Il sole sta tramontando e dopo una dura giornata di lavoro in sala macchine, siamo riusciti ad aggiustare il Generatore ed un tubo del dissalatore, che nel frattempo si era spaccato. E' incredibile come ogni giorno si rompa qualche cosa, la barca è sottoposta a stress continui. Ho fatto il conto che in meno di un anno io e Mahè abbiamo percorso oltre 8 mila miglia, la stessa distanza che una barca normale percorre in 8 anni (se viene usata abbastanza). Comunque, adesso che tutto è a posto (almeno, così sembra) ed i serbatoi d'acqua sono stati riempiti, mi merito una bella doccia.C'è poco vento, questa notte faremo un bordo a scendere in quanto dalle previsioni meteo sembra che nei prossimi giorni ci sarà un buono a sud dei 38°N. Ma mentre noi avanziamo piano piano, vediamo barche che. read more...


27/05/2015

Gozwoz - Day 8 from Bermuda

After a gentle night's sail on a north-easterly course, the wind dropped and the engine started. Grinding noises were heard when it was put in gear and the engine stalled. Another problem to add to the repairs left over from Sunday night's Examination.As usual the resourceful Bosun led the way in setting about the repairs. The starboard lazy line had parted at the highest joint and had to be threaded through a sheave on the second spreader, requiring the Bosun to be lifted to that point using, of course, the bosun's chair. The Bosun was duly hoisted to that level while GOZWOZ sailed on in a very gentle wind, the boat rolling much less while sailing than she does with the sails down.That task having been accomplished, the first reef was taken out in the course of doing which it was. read more...


27/05/2015

Tara - Mid - Atlantic Blues

The last couple of days have been a little bi-polar.Light winds one hour and high winds just a bit later.Oh btw, we have this all figured out now.When the winds lighten and the weather forecast has called for long-term calm, we turn on the engine.With the engine running we have an abundance of power from the alternator to charge the batteries.One of the worst battery sucking hogs that we have aboard is the ice machine. So, when I remember to turn the ice machine on so that we have fresh ice for ‘Captain’s Hour’ (just a term to lean authority to what is actually a good excuse for a cocktail while underway). On three successive occasions, within thirty minutes of firing up the ice machine, the winds inexplicably picked up and the engine was doused. (Don’t worry about us losing ‘Captain’s. read more...


27/05/2015

Agua Dulce - Learning how to use a sextant

Today has been a beautiful day on the water with smooth seas and sunshine, but a little more of a breeze would be nice. It's been quite pleasant, but we'd like to arrive in the Azores before Thanksgiving, so we're hoping that the breeze freshens soon!In the meantime, Charles and I have been trying to learn to use the sextant to find out our position taking noon sightings. First try, 120nm off. But, I think we have a much better grasp on how it works now, and I think I will be able to get the settings better tomorrow. The trick is figuring out exactly what is Local Apparent Noon which is when the sun is at it's zenith wherever you are. We don't even know what time zone we are in right now, so that was a little tricky. But, we're going to try again tomorrow and see if we can get closer. I. read more...


27/05/2015

Jambo - 1000 miles to go but there is a catch

Ok7 daysinto this little adventure and we hoped to be half way but we are just short of this A- decided that the difference is due to a nasty current. Carol asked what was the raisin for this boom boom!Anyway that's the good news .The bad news is we gather from Stokey ,our expert on weather that we are about to sail into a massive black hole with not a zephyr of wind for 500 miles - blistering barnacles I say check the food and water rations . The problem for Jambo is we have a lovely old Volvo 60 hp engine that guzzles diesel so our range is about350 miles. At the end of today we will be about 900 miles short so the maths is not greatWe may end to look at plan Band plan C me thinksPhilip. read more...


27/05/2015

Zingara - Via Inmarsat:

Doch kein wind ... Nun sind wir sooo weit noerdlich und doch noch zudicht am vor uns liegenden hochdruckgebiet. Also nur sehr schwacher wind,der sich aber am abend zu unseren gunsten verstaerken soll. Der motorsollte ne lange pause haben, nun aber muss er doch einige stunden schieben.Nils muss ja letztlich seinen flieger von horta aus erwischen! Immer diesezwaenge...! Uns geht s blendend, entspannung und ruhe pur. Heute wirdwieder gegrillt, morgen knabbern wir coq au vin. Oh, das bier wird knapp. Tee schmeckt auch. Genug fuer heute, gruesse in die heimat, ernst u crew. read more...


27/05/2015

Free Spirit - Log 17: 26 May 2015

Having spent the best part of 2 days astride theboom or dangling from the mast drilling out sheared-through bolts and replacingthem, very laboriously, I am pleased to report that Mr. Mainsail is back onthe job again. He has been spruced up with a couple of new patches stitchedonto his leech, which was looking a bit tatty (holey), to say theleast, and he now looks almost presentable. Anyway, he is back inharness again and we have 3 fully functioning sails once more. Onlytrouble is we have no wind!! We have entered theAzores 'High" where, in the summer, the air circulates in a clockwisedirection - very slowly. Right now the centre of this system is tothe north of the Azores putting us into. read more...


27/05/2015

Dala - Am I a lucky man?

Hi, all,I've always thought about myself that I was a lucky guy.However, look at list of problems I ran into these last weeks:Even before this crossing, after I sailed from Florida to the Bahamas and then to the British Virgin Islands, I had a series of repeated failures of my water maker, a sequence of stop-and-work-and-stop-again with my satellite communication system, a shower pump out of order, a fan stubbornly silent. And I certainly forgot a few unpleasant additional occurrences of that kind...And since the start of that crossing, you already know if you read this blog. Short partial list reminder: We broke a batten (French: latte) and the headboard connector, together with a few mainsail cars (French: coulisseaux), experienced an overriding of the genoa sheet on the winch (French:. read more...


27/05/2015

Mahe' 3 - 37°N

"Finalmente un po' di vento. Mahè ha trovato le sue condizioni ideali ed è partita in volata. E' bastata una giornata per farci avanzare e riprendere qualche posizione che avevamo perso nei giorni precedenti. Nel pomeriggio di ieri infatti, sono arrivati 20 nodi da Sud e mare bello formato. Tutta la notte a 9 nodi, la prua tagliava le onde senza sbattere grazie alla potenza ed al peso della barca. Il vento ci ha accompagnati fino all'ora di pranzo, poi via via è calato, è girato ed ora siamo di nuovo con poco vento da SE e mare calmo, ed ovviamente su un bordo di bolina che ci porta in Irlanda !!.Il nostro cuoco francese con il passare del tempo sta perdendo la sua fantasia e dopo il Cassulet di ieri sera, una specie di miscuglio di carni di maiale, anatra e non so che altre schifezze,. read more...


26/05/2015

Luna Quest - Tuesday, 26 May, 2015

Noon Position: 17.29S 171.31WDaily run: 70 measured milesSquall after squall played havoc with us yesterday, making it extremely difficult to set a course and the sails. All day we wrestled with the appalling weather conditions and towards the late afternoon, I had almost given up trying to set the sails. The wind would come from the east, then from the west, now from the south and then from the north. To us it is important to have the sails set for the night. I don’t like going out on deck at night and Julia has a morbid fear that I could fall overboard. As she is a little deaf, she probably would not hear the splash or my cry for help. In our final attempt to set the sails before dark, the wind seem to stabilise from the Southeast, feebly at first, but becoming more robust just before. read more...


26/05/2015

Gozwoz - Day 7 from Bermuda

Following the visit from the Great Examiner we had a wind-free period where we were motoring overnight - peaceful sleep! With the moans and groans that emanate from the twisting hull it does take some time to get used to and to fall to sleep. But all of us sleep during the day at some time.This morning we were suddenly in a force 5 wind from the SSE. Where did this come from? Only after downloading the GRIB files and ARC weather report did we see the big picture across the North Atlantic. Coalescing highs from east and west are forming a large high that will extend to the UK. Presumably better weather at home! For us it leaves a quandary - do we go the north route or the south (Thanks for the tip Clive)? Today the decision was made for us by the winds and it will be interesting to see. read more...


26/05/2015

Gozwoz - Day 6 from Bermuda

Yesterday evening we met the promised north-easterly wind and subsequently underwent a visitation from the Great Examiner. A feature of the visitation was the duration and weight of the rain which fell in biblical quantities for about 10 hours and undoubtedly helped us by keeping the sea flat despite the wind. Since the bimini, the shelter over the cockpit, provided much needed shelter from the rain it was not put away as it usually is at night until it reached the point of beginning to lift off at which point it started to disassemble itself. It appears to have survived unscathed.We are now supposedly moving to an area of south-easterly wind which we hope to reach later tomorrow. The plan is to use it to recover the northing we lost to the north-easterly. We will then need to position. read more...


26/05/2015

Exocet Strike - We're on the move again

What a fabulous place Niue is. We are so glad thatwe made sure we visited. The Polynesian and New Zealanders who live thereare just so welcoming and friendly. The Commodore of the Niue Yacht Club, Keithand his wife Sue are just so helpful, they helped to make the stay brilliant, sothanks to them. The one thing we thought would be a nightmare, iewhere you have to lift out the dinghy on an electric crane, actually proved lessdifficult than we expected, although since Brian and I were trying to behelpful, Someone managed to run over his toes with the trolley, lookedpainful.Its a shame to leave but there is a schedule to keep to and agood weather window, so it was the right time to go. I think 11 of the World ARCboats went yesterday afternoon / evening, so there are only two boats. read more...


26/05/2015

Agua Dulce - Half way to the Azores!

As I am typing this, we have just hit the halfway mark! We're closer to the Azores than to Bermuda, and we are sailing along nicely on a starboard tack with full genoa and half main right now and averaging 7.5 kts. After a day with more motoring than anyone enjoys, the winds picked up in the evening and we sailed through the night. They've continued in the 15-20 kt range all day, and we are making nice progress toward our destination. It's a little more boisterous down below in the galley, so we're going to enjoy one of our frozen pre-prepared meals tonight - King Ranch Chicken Casserole (or chicken enchilada casserole if you're not from Texas and have no idea what King Ranch Chicken is).We haven't seen any boats from the rally for the past 24 hours. A couple of tankers have gone past in. read more...


26/05/2015

Jambo - nearly through the trough!

We are starting to feel that this leg is very much up hillWe punched into headwinds and seas all day yesterday and at 4 am when I came on watch the wind died and we resorted to using the Iron Lady for two hours to motor through to the se winds that we knew must be on the other side of the trough.pleased to report that we are now sailing into se winds which is taking us towards Horta- Always good for team moral to be pointing in the right direction.double bonus is we are on the other tack so we can put backall the food that flew out the lockers on the other tack when you opened the doorsWe are going to change the ships clock today by one hour as we are over a third of the wayLight winds are are about 18 hours away which will present the next challenge as our range under engine will not be. read more...


26/05/2015

Free Spirit - Log 16 25 May 2015

Considering the only sail we had yesterday was theGenoa we managed to keep up a good pace throughout the night.  Good! Yes..but..the boat was heeling and tossing violently through the waves. Moving anywere required iron grip determination.  So I held on tightly as Icame down the steps from the cockpit but at the bottom, although I did not letgo, I twirled round the corner in to the galley.  Bash!  Ouch! ! The pain of it all!. (I now have the bruise to prove it).  No one heardme.  Every one was "sleeping" apart from Peter who was still on our watchin the cockpit. When it came to sleeping - that was anothermatter.  The relentless clanging and banging of the unfurled rigging alonemight have been enough to cause sleep deprivation but the. read more...


26/05/2015

Widago - Bermuda-Azores Day 7: High Pressure, Low Stress

Greeting from just past midway. With 850nm to go until Horta, WIDAGO is enjoying a speculative bright sunny day of sailing in the North Atlantic. Currently sailing with full sail, close reaching on a starboard tack in 12-13 kts of winds from the ESE.This morning's delight included sighting of a long lost sea turtle, a pod of Dolphins, a whale, and some weird tall shiny object bobbing about - don't worry, no contact was made :). read more...


26/05/2015

Firefly - Limu, Ha'afeva, Koto, Oua, Luangahu and Uhia

Firefly has anchored in many beautiful places in the last week and we have really enjoyed the southern part of the Ha'apai Group of Tonga, it really is very special here.Limu was a day anchorage at a perfect South Pacific deserted island. Taking the dinghy to the island we strolled around the perimeter looking out for clam shells, a good number of which had washed up on the beach. In the rock pools we saw a small eel peeking out and on the rocks there was a large group of Noddys, both common and black intermingled with a few white Terns. It was bit exposed to stop for the night so in about 15 knots of breeze we sailed on a broad reach for a couple hours to Ha'afeva Island. Arriving just half an hour before sunset and at the same time as the supply ship. The docked ship was surrounded by. read more...


26/05/2015

Exody - Days 128-132 : The Queen of Scotland

.......came the swift reply when I asked the Customs man who was head of state for this tiny self-governing islandcountry of Niue (pronounced Nuwhey)- having a bit of a dig at Scotland's lack of the independence they value. This country is financially supported by New Zealand and its flag is a yellow ensign with some stars added to the union jack bit.We have met several Niueans who were in Glasgow for the Commonwealth Games, where their delegation of 38 represented nearly 3% of the whole population! This is one of the largest raised coral atolls in the world - a limestone cap on a sea mount that broke the surface- high point only 68 metres, where lies the well signposted Tsunami refuge. With its population of 1600, its Yacht Club proudly has not a sailor or a boat amongst its local. read more...


26/05/2015

Luna Quest - Monday, 25 May, 2015

Noon Position: 17.29S 171.31WDaily run: 108 measured milesThe two foresails performed beautifully overnight giving us hope that we might make landfall on Tuesday late afternoon. However, this morning a large slow-moving squall has been shadowing us from breakfast time gradually forcing the boat on a more southerly course when at lunchtime it began to rain.Another squall on the near horizon is awaiting its turn to attack us. The seas are very disturbed as a result of the many squalls that dominate this sea area. After a squall has passed, the wind passes with it leaving Luna Quest pitching and rolling uncontrolled with the sails banging and everything on the move inside the boat. We are here for our pleasure...The portable Honda generator is a godsend. Whereas on our passage from the. read more...


26/05/2015

Dala - The Halyard Story

Hi, all,I just can't believe it: Yesterday the mainsail halyard broke!!!!(French: La drisse de la grand-voile, corde qui fait monter la voile au mat et la maintient).How could that have happened? I had a full rigging inspection back in Tortola and everything was fine. Richard our team mate went up the mast in Bermuda and found nothing suspicious. OMG! I am going to start believing in those Bermuda Triangle stories. But even this doesn't fit: We are no longer in that triangle, and if you read this blog you know we enjoyed it. Anyway, back to my halyard: We heard an enormous BOOM! and the whole mainsail fell in the lazy bag, the boom started dancing and the reef ropes together with it.First, we straightened the boom in the axis of the boat and pulled in the reefs ropes, in order to stop. read more...


Flomaida II - Willkommen in Australien!
Flomaida II - Willkommen in Australien!
26/05/2015

Flomaida II - Willkommen im Känguruland! Von Bundaberg nach Mackay 19.-23.5.2015

Angekommen im Känguruland, gleich in den ersten Tagen hat uns eine Kängurufamilie hautnah begrüßt und bestaunt, haben wir uns erstmal ausgeruht und neu verproviantiert, nachdem Biosecurity unsere restlichen Frischeprodukte leider mitgenommen hat.   Auch Basilikum musste leider in den Müllsack, aber vieles Andere war " verhandelbar", da der         freundliche und gemütliche Wesley vorwiegend auf der Suche nach Holzwürmern war. Da    wurde er natürlich nicht fündig!!! Also waren wir Beide am Ende sehr zufrieden!   Nun wollten wir aber endlich los, um die vielen kleinen und unbewohnten Inseln zwischen    Bundaberg und Mackay zu erkunden. Leider hatten wir die ersten 3 Tage keinen Wind und mussten. read more...



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