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17/10/2014

American Spirit II - Day 284 Supplemental; Thank You Merlyn of Poole; Thursday, October 16, 2014

Date: Thursday, October 16, 2014From: Brian Fox, American Spirit II To: Jonathan Crowe, Merlyn of Poole; Sigi Hahn & Geoff Ascott-EvansTopic: The 'Longest' EscortOn behalf of myself, Joel Heyne and Jeremy Nance I want to thank you for your incredible support in standing by to assist and escort us in our moment of greatest need and peril all the way to Mauritius; 1,481 miles over a period of 12 days. With our forestay breaking at 1:20 PM on October 5, you jibed over, sailed back to us and came up on our AIS at 10:13 PM that same day, 9 hours later. Such a welcome sight did ever we see!With high winds and confused and at times mountainous seas, and especially during the first few days when the outcome of our misfortune was still in doubt, it was with great relief that we saw your. read more...


17/10/2014

American Spirit II - Day 283; Crisis in the Indian Ocean - Day 11 of 12; & Green Flash No. 21 ; Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Eleven days down with our mast still up and only 1 more day to go until we get to Mauritius and safety.Up at 6:00 AM. I relieved Jeremy whose been on watch from 3:00 AM to 6:00 AM. We're 2 miles ahead of Merlyn, so I slow the boat down for them to catch up.The sun rises at 7:57 AM Cocos Keeling start time (local time is 2 1/2 hours earlier). Clouds obstruct the horizon, so no green flash. But its a beautiful sunrise with a big green hue around the clouds adjacent to therising sun. Joel from American Spirit II hosts the 10:00 AM net. Besides Merlyn and us, only Civetta II is tuned in. The other boats have arrived at Mauritius already. Breakfast consists of 9 pieces of bacon; 5 scrambled eggs; chilled peach slices; and breakfast crackers in lieu of bread as the bread is all gone.I'm. read more...


Helen - Palma 2013
Helen - Palma 2013
15/10/2014

Firefly - Rough passage to New Caledonia

Since leaving our home port of Salcombe, England, in late September 2013, Firefly has clocked up over 15000 nautical miles and most of this has involved glorious downwind sailing, a high proportion with our sails 'wing on wing' as the wind has been right behind and very little has been challenging. However, going from Luganville on Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu to Noumea on New Caledonia was always likely to be a more difficult 475nm passage. The course is due south and the prevailing winds are 25 to 30 knot south easterlies with notoriously choppy seas - almost head on. In fact its more logical to reach Noumea from Port Vila on Efate or even Anatom as the wind angle is much better. However, the best way to cruise Vanuatu is to start at Anatom and depart from Santo as the prevailing wind takes. read more...


15/10/2014

Selene - Blogs Selene

The blogsite from the  "Selene" Malö 43   The Netherlands - Las Palmas 2014selenelog.blogspot.nlGreetings  Henny Zomerdijk, blog writer and Tjerk Koops, skipper. read more...


15/10/2014

American Spirit II - Day 282; Crisis in the Indian Ocean - Day 10 of 12; & Another Tripple Green Flash (No. 20); Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Ten days down with our mast still up but two more days to go until we get to Mauritius and safety.I've changed the days of this adventure from 11 to 12, in case you haven't noticed. October 5 thru October 16 is 12 days,not 11. Oops. I relieved Jeremy, who stood the 3:00 AM to 6:00 AM watch, at 7:10 AM. Jeremy was kind enough to let me 'sleep in' past 6:00 AM. Civetta II is to starboard; and Merlyn of Poole is 1.5 miles astern. The wind is 9/12 and we're moving at 3.9 knots thru the water and 4.8 knots over the land. We're 315 miles from Mauritius. I notice a movement on the port gunwale. It's still dark, but I see something moving. I move closer and see that it's a 7 inch flying fish. Its lucky day, as I pick it up and flip him into the ocean. A beautiful fish, silver and dark blue, with. read more...


EH01 - Chasing the girls! Global Yacht Racing follows TeamSCA to the start line of the Volvo Ocean Race
EH01 - Chasing the girls! Global Yacht Racing follows TeamSCA to the start line of the Volvo Ocean Race
EH01 - Global Yacht Racing enjoys front row seats at the Volvo Ocean Race start
EH01 - Global Yacht Racing enjoys front row seats at the Volvo Ocean Race start
15/10/2014

EH01 - Volvo Ocean Race

Blog from EH01 owner - Global Yacht RacingEH01 is one of the ARC’s most well travelled yachts - annually she competes in an international program of regattas and offshore races and completes a circuit of up to 10,000 miles. She is currently on passage to Gibraltar after taking part in the glamorous Les Voiles de St Tropez with two trainee skippers onboard who are taking part in a ten month program of offshore racing and RYA training. The trainees and crew on EH01 recently had the time of their lives during a stop over in Alicante where they got front row seats to one of the most well known race starts in the world - the Volvo Ocean Race! Taking a couple of days out from the passage from St Tropez to Gibraltar the crew of EH01 enjoyed the buzz of the race village and joined the hundreds. read more...


15/10/2014

Arrayan 2 - ARRAYAN 2 Lorient-Las Palmas

September 21 to september 30 with one day stop in A Corugna. Staying into the wind …. read more...


15/10/2014

Tosca - Moxieyachts Tosca

VPLPMoxie61 Tosca splash in Lisbon.Sea trials now before heading to Gran Canaria.Tosca making a splash. read more...


Tosca - Moxieyachts Tosca
Tosca - Moxieyachts Tosca
15/10/2014

Juno - World ARC preparation

Another directorship resigned, another tie severed. It is now the start of October and only days until we leave the shores of Europe. However, I don’t feel excitement or relief, but instead butterflies in my stomach, reminiscent of the feeling of going back to boarding school on a Sunday evening. Despite my best efforts, there are still a thousand things to do before we leave Palma de Mallorca. But when I consult my list, I reassure myself that the important items will be completed and the rest aren’t essential to crossing oceans.This blog entry is a catalogue of the preparation that we have completed. Not of great interest to many, but I feel the need to get it down in writing so here goes. The big important items have all been inspected, serviced and where necessary replaced. Working. read more...


Juno - World ARC preparation
Juno - World ARC preparation
13/10/2014

American Spirit II - Day 280; Crisis in the Indian Ocean - Day 8 of 11 & a Tripple Green Flash Sunrise; Sunday, October 12, 2014

Seven days down with our mast still up but 4 more days to go until we get to Mauritius and safety.During the 3:00 AM to 6:00 AM watch Jeremy was hallucinating about the blackened, grilled chicken we'd had the evening before for dinner. He couldn't get it out of his mind during his watch, and was so involved in the olfactory experience that he thought he could still smell the chicken. It was that good! Actually, Jeremy figured out during his watch that he was sitting next to the barbecue grill, the same one that the sumptuous chicken had been cooked on. No wonder he couldn't get the chicken out of his mind! It was still radiating a sweet smell. I guess someone who will go unidentified (Joel) forgot to clean the grill. Go figure. Up at 6:10 AM, I relieved Jeremy and noticed on the chart. read more...


13/10/2014

Sweet Pearl - Cocos Islands -->Mauritius - 14.Tag - Bald ist bald

Wir kommen gut voran, wenn auch der Wind nachlässt und wir ab und dann den Motor zur Hilfe nehmen müssen. Aber die Zeit vergeht schnell und das Ziel ist zum Greifen nah. Heute Nacht sollten wir an Rodriques Island vorbeikommen - der zweit grössten Insel des Staates Mauritius. Der Crew an Bord gehts gut - dem Waschi auch:-). Trotzdem sind alle froh bald anzukommen - der Waschi auch:-). Cheers, Tom. read more...


Flomaida II - Sehr schöne Collage über Vanuatu
Flomaida II - Sehr schöne Collage über Vanuatu
Flomaida II - Sehr schöne Collage über Vanuatu
Flomaida II - Sehr schöne Collage über Vanuatu
Flomaida II - WIR haben sie NICHT gegessen, weil sie so schön ist (auch steht sie unter Naturschutz, aber wird trotzdem angeboten auf Märkten und in Restaurants!)
Flomaida II - WIR haben sie NICHT gegessen, weil sie so schön ist (auch steht sie unter Naturschutz, aber wird trotzdem angeboten auf Märkten und in Restaurants!)
13/10/2014

Celebrate - Pretty Basket of Fruit & Rum Taste Welcome from World ARC in Mauritius!

Our "Celebration" song played across the finish line on the VHF radio adding to the festiveness of arriving in Mauritius!Also, Joel of rally control, the crew of Alpheratz and crew from CHIKA-lu helped us tie up to the dock.Next, Joel gave us an additional fun welcoming with a bright pink covered basket of fruit and a taste of local rum in World ARC inscribed shot glasses.We loved it!Then it was time to put up the signal flags for "dressing overall" and finish clearing into the country.After a good night's sleep we expect be ready to start sight sighting this beautiful island!Charlie, Cathy and Peter. read more...


13/10/2014

Firefly - Blue holes every morning on Santo

We arrived at the large Island of Espiritu Santo in Vanuatu over a week ago. Riding on a mooring off the Aore Resort on the island directly opposite the main town of Luganville was a welcome return to civilisation. The resort was well organised, supportive of visiting yachts, the wifi worked, happy hour was well attended and the night we ate there, the restaurant produced some great food. We visited Luganville on the Aore resort ferry to get supplies and our bearings in this area that was once the Allies base during WW11, with over half a million service personnel, mainly Americans, stationed here waiting to head into battle in the South Pacific. Today Luganville is a bustling place and as elsewhere, the locals are very friendly but unlike Port Vila on Efate it was not a place to linger. read more...


12/10/2014

American Spirit II - Day 279; Crisis in the Indian Ocean - Day 7 of 11; Saturday, October 11, 2014

Six days down with our mast still up but 5 more days to go until we get to Mauritius and safety.Up at 6:00 AM. Relieved Jeremy coming off the 3:00 AM to 6:00 AM watch. Almost a full moon, with clouds all around. What else is new. Merlyn is 1.5 miles astern. At 7:00 AM the wind is 15 knots and our speed thru the water is 3.9 and over the land 4.5 knots. The lightest wind we've seen in a week. Thank God. I call Jonathan on Merlyn at 7:07 AM and he advised me they're getting ready to put a pole out, go wing on wing. Will call me back when they're ready to go. We're 732 miles from Mauritius and will start motor sailing once Merlyn is set. We should be able to stay up with them, whereas before when it was blowing 25 knots they'd have to shorten sail or they'd leave us behind. If Merlyn starts. read more...


12/10/2014

Free & BrEasy - Indian Ocean Blues

Another Sunday finds us on the 15th day of our passage from Cocos Islands to Mauritius across the Indian Ocean. There are only just over 300 miles to go and the thought of port is already getting us excited. Cerveza fresca, daily showers, parties with the World ARC fleet, in to tourist mode to enjoy the Mauritian delights, exercise, shopping and much much more. Mind you there are also the long list of boat issues to check and repair - Roger already has a long list -the freezer - the auto pilot - the engines- and the …..!The passage has been very relaxing after a bit of a damp start. We have mostly enjoyed beautiful sunny days with moderate winds and the odd tempestuous rain squall to keep us on our toes. An occasional raft of plastic rubbish flotsam and jetsam has floated passed,. read more...


Flomaida II - Hier wächst etwas, was ich leider noch nicht kenne. Essbar oder nicht?
Flomaida II - Hier wächst etwas, was ich leider noch nicht kenne. Essbar oder nicht?
Flomaida II - Unglaublich vielseitige, "unbearbeitete"Vegetation auf Ile Casy. So wunderschön!
Flomaida II - Unglaublich vielseitige,
Flomaida II - Ein Kugelfisch! Gut, dass er tot ist, gut, dass das Wasser zu kalt ist zum Schwimmen!
Flomaida II - Ein Kugelfisch! Gut, dass er tot ist, gut, dass das Wasser zu kalt ist zum Schwimmen!
Flomaida II - Eine natürliche Treppe auf der unbewohnten, wilden Insel Casy im Prony Golf
Flomaida II - Eine natürliche Treppe auf der unbewohnten, wilden Insel Casy im Prony Golf
Flomaida II - Die wilde, unbewohnte Inselwelt in der Baie de Prony/ NC
Flomaida II - Die wilde, unbewohnte Inselwelt in der Baie de Prony/ NC
Flomaida II - oder doch eher die irische See???
Flomaida II - oder doch eher die irische See???
Flomaida II - Schottisches Hochland oder Südsee?? Faszinierende Stimmung!
Flomaida II - Schottisches Hochland oder Südsee?? Faszinierende Stimmung!
11/10/2014

Flomaida II - 6.-10.10. Südsee oder doch vielleicht eher irisches Hochland???

5 Tge Regen, Nebel und Kälte!Es sieht hier aus wie Irland im Herbst.Gut, dass wir wenigstens segeln können von Ile des Pins in die PronyBucht auf Grande Terre. Und gut, dass wir unser geschütztes Cockpithaben, sodass wir keinen "Friesenpelz" anziehen müssen, wie diemeisten Anderen.Als wir in der hintersten Ecke der Bucht ankommen, ist es, als hätteJemand den Wind abgeschaltet. Bald sieht die Wasseroberfläche aus, alswäre sie mit einer Lage Frischhaltefolie überzogen, so spiegelglattist sie, und um uns herum breitet sich der Nebel aus, es erinnertwirklich an schottisches oder irisches oder auch deutsches Wetter!Trotzdem ist es eine faszinierende Stimmung,und trotzdem erkunden wirdie verlassene Insel Casy und freuen uns danach auf eine warme Duscheund was wohl??? einen Teller. read more...


11/10/2014

American Spirit II - Day 278; Crisis in the Indian Ocean - Day 6 of 11; Friday, October 10, 2014

Six days down with our mast still up but 5 more days to go until we get to Mauritius and safety.From 2:50 AM to 6:00 AM did not sleep. Too much groaning noise from the auto pilot. My aft cabin is right next to the machinery and noise. I'm moving out to the main cabin tomorrow. Once in the cockpit I shook out one reef in the mainsail (from 2 to 1). At 7:23 AM a great sunrise above the clouds. Like one of those biblical pictures with the rays emanating from the clouds and shining towards the earth. Joel got up at 9:00 AM and Jeremy at 9:15 AM. Tim from Ghost hosted the 10:00 AM net. Breakfast at 10:40 AM was scrambled eggs; potato; cut pineapple pieces; and bread. After cooking the first batch of 6 eggs I decided that they didn't smell right so I threw them out and went to my emergency. read more...


11/10/2014

Celebrate - Alternative story from Adela

I received the following story from Peter on Adela in response to the "Use many World ARC Boat Names in a Story" contest.I'll let Peter explain how it is different:Hi Charlie,The following story is a variation on your original idea.It was written by Jan as a challenge to see whether people can spot words that sound like the boat names, no actual boat names are included.Some words may have to be spoken with a slight accent (German, Italian, whatever) but I have proofed it and managed to find most of the boat names.Jan has now inserted the boat names in brackets for you only to see, to help modify your story pronunciation accordingly...Kind regards,Peter.Do you know Ingo? He lived a long long time ago. So, maybe Peter knows him. That was in the times, when the world got cold. There was. read more...


11/10/2014

Celebrate - Pizza and Karaoke fun

As we approach Mauritius its time to clear out the fridge,freezer and half empty jars. What better way than for Peter to cook up his terrific pizzas for lunch. The pizzas involve Pitta bread bases (or Pitta's Pizza) and a lot of hope that in this rolling sea they stay under the grill long enough to cook the topping without jumping across the saloon. Fortunately they arrived in the cockpit in one piece, right side up and were yummy!Over the last few nights we have seen a procession of freighters heading North East from the Cape mostly bound for China and Singapore. One evening we were entertained on the VHF by the various ship's radio officers singing Mandarin songs to each other. Strangely the chapter on karaoke communications is missing from our radio manual. Nuno on NDS Darwin mistook. read more...


Flomaida II - Ein Mausoleum für die letzte Herrscherin Hortense, Tochter des letzten Häuptlings und dann Königin bis Ende des 19. Jahrhunderts
Flomaida II - Ein Mausoleum für die letzte Herrscherin Hortense, Tochter des letzten Häuptlings und dann Königin bis Ende des 19. Jahrhunderts
Flomaida II - Der einzige Markt auf Ile des Pins in Vao um 7:30 Uhr leergefegt!
Flomaida II - Der einzige Markt auf Ile des Pins in Vao um 7:30 Uhr leergefegt!
Flomaida II - Ausruhen nach dem Marktverkauf, der um 5 Uhr anfängt
Flomaida II - Ausruhen nach dem Marktverkauf, der um 5 Uhr anfängt
Flomaida II - Der Tunfisch, der kein Tunfisch war! Filets und Sud satt- nun brauchen wir erstmal nicht mehr angeln
Flomaida II - Der Tunfisch, der kein Tunfisch war! Filets und Sud satt- nun brauchen wir erstmal nicht mehr angeln
Flomaida II - Liebevoll geschmücktes Strandbistrot
Flomaida II - Liebevoll geschmücktes Strandbistrot
Flomaida II - "Unsere" Bucht Kanumera auf Ile des Pins
Flomaida II -
Flomaida II - Ausruhen nach dem Marktverkauf, der um 5 Uhr anfängt
Flomaida II - Ausruhen nach dem Marktverkauf, der um 5 Uhr anfängt
11/10/2014

Celebrate - Colorful Genniker Sail Rises Again and We Pass Rodiquez Island

Only 250 miles to the way point just off of Maurituis.We are expecting to arrive on Sunday, after a 14 day passage.Peter repaired the Gennaker sail and it filled beautifully all day.A spectacular day of sailing with bright sunshine and plenty of wind!Also, we have told American Spirit II since their forestay incident that when they arrive in Mauritius we will meet them with comfort food and beverages.It will have been an especially long trip for them and some of the other boats that stayed near to them to help.We are all looking forward to seeing Paul and Joel of rally control and having the fleet reunited in Mauritius with boats dressed overall.Peter spent his honeymoon here and will be enjoying the memories! Charlie, Cathy & Peter. read more...


10/10/2014

American Spirit II - Day 277; Crisis in the Indian Ocean - Day 5 of 11; Thursday, October 9, 2014

Five days down with our mast still up but 6 more days to go until we get to Mauritius and safety.Relieved Jeremy at 7:00 AM. The wind is 20-25, and were moving at the 'breathtaking' speed of 4.3 knots thru the water and 5.7 over the land. In case anyone is wondering, going slow, on purpose, is very trying and tiring. Especially when you're going over 1,400 nautical miles. Like driving from Miami, Florida to Iowa in first and second gear. The first thing I see as I climb up the stairs to the cockpit besides the low, overcast gray clouds is Merlyn of Poole 1/2 mile behind us. What a beautiful sight!During the night in my aft cabin I hear a new noise, a groaning type noise. Something associated with our auto pilot or steering. Never a dull moment. I find out later, after Joel does some. read more...


10/10/2014

Sweet Pearl - Cocos Islands -->Mauritius - 12.Tag - Und weiter gehts

Es läuft gut und wir spüren Mauritius näher kommen. Der Wind ist gut, die Wellen ok - wenn auch hoch - die Sonne ist da, und wir lassen es uns gut gehen. Gerade wieder einen Film geschaut und jetzt geht alles wieder seinen Lauf. Ansonsten gibts nichts Besonderes. Cheers, Tom. read more...


10/10/2014

Nexus - Slowing down...

Well, as predicted, the weather turned last night and took the wind out of our sails...literally. We're now chugging along downwind at 5-7kts, which if it persists, will delay our arrival until tomorrow evening...bummer. However on the bright side, the fishing has been really good at this speed, and nobody is able to rest very long before a reel starts singing my favorite tune! We just had one take a huge amount of line off a reel, then snap our 80lb test line and escape with my lure, leader and swivels. Since it hit twice, we are imagining it was a marlin as that is their pattern of attack, but we don't really know as all we saw was the smoking reel! They're back in the water with fresh lures now...here fishy fishy!Russ, Laurie, Jeannie and Finnbar on NEXUS at 17:00 10/10/2014 at 19. read more...


09/10/2014

Flomaida II - 1.- 5.10.paradiesische Buchten um Ile des Pins.

Nun haben wir uns doch in eine mit Riffen übersäte Bucht "gearbeitet", jaes ist wirklich mit Konzentration und Anspannung verbunden, denn wir müssenein gutes Auge entwickeln, da das Schiff nicht wie ein Auto anhält, sondern"Auslauf" braucht. Es gleitet langsam über einen farbenprächtigenKorallenteppich, da können wir bis zu den kleinsten Verästlungen der flachwachsenden Korallen hinab schauen. Die Korallenköpfe dürfen allerdings nicht zunah sein. Und vor Allem dürfen wir sie nicht verwechseln mit den dunklenFlecken, die von den Wolken produziert werden!Diese Bucht ist wirklich eine Traumkulisse und unsere Mühe wert. Ganzversteckt im letzten Eckchen befindet sich das einzige Luxusresort derInsel, das Meridien (www.lemeridieniledespins), sehr sensibel eingebettet.Nach einem herrlichen. read more...


09/10/2014

American Spirit II - Day 276;Crisis in the Indian Ocean - Day 4 of 11; Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Four days down with our mast still up but 7 more days to go until we get to Mauritius and safety.Up at 7:00 AM. Relieved Jeremy. Blue sky above us, but we're surrounded by squally clouds. Like we're in the middle of a hurricane or cyclone, as they say down here. I see Merlyn 5 or so miles on the port bow. Their white sail is like a beacon of hope. A sight for tired eyes. I turn left 7 degrees and pick up some speed. The wind is 20/22; and we're doing 5.5 thru the water and 6.0 over the land and up to 6.7 knots in the gusts. The seas are a little better now. Before sunrise we were violently rocking with the onset of a new wind direction (SE) and the confused seas which always seem to develop when you get a new wind direction in the Indian Ocean. At 8:33 AM a big slapper wave hit the port. read more...


09/10/2014

Celebrate - Today's 3-Word Radio Challenge Update

For the "Boat-Status-in-3-Words" game, I have also received from Sweet Pearl and Adela some clarification:From SWEET PEARLChuchichästli (kitchen cupboard, Swiss German)Echkatzeschwof (squirrel tail, German dialect)eddi (goodbye, Luxemburgish)From ADELAJan...........Do it tomorrowPeter....... Sea swell sucksEdward... Add more butterIrina........ Skolka mozhnia spat(Russian) [roughly meaning "always sleeping" which is what sailors do when not on watch.]Today's evening radio call-in challenge was to give the boat's status report in just three words.A great job for all participants!!Here are the responses I received:Adela:[Unprintable in Russian]American Spirit: Nicely Making WayCelebrate: Sailing to MargaritavilleCHIKA-lu: Sun Waves FunCivetta: Sixteen Foot WavesFree&BrEasy: In Your. read more...


09/10/2014

Nexus - A beautiful day for surfing!

We are surfing along on large following rollers on a beautiful day with good winds, the kind of day you dream of sailing in when it finishes raining! We're making good progress with 325miles to go, and as of this morning the nearest boat was Chika Lu, who has matched our speed over the last 24 hours, is astern by 84miles. It looks like we will make Port Louis in the early morning hours on Saturday the 11th, but the winds are expected to ease somewhat so that could change. Our friends on American Spirit are still making progress with their jury rig at 5kts supported by Merlyn and Follie A Deux. I had a tear in my eye when I read the crew of Merlyn tossed a line and sea bag over to American Spirit containing tools and homemade fudge! Its people like this that make us love the World ARC. read more...


08/10/2014

American Spirit II - Day 275; Crisis in the Indian Ocean - Day 3 id 11; Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Three days down with our mast still up but 8 more days to go until we get to Mauritius and safety.I go on watch an hour later today as I was up until 1:52 AM last night. I get up at 7:00 AM and relieve Jeremy. I see Merlyn on our port bow and on our AIS. They're 4.7 miles away. We have one reef in the mainsail and since the wind is only 12/13 knots I shake out the reef and go with a full mainsail. That picks our speed up to 4.6 knots. Hopefully the wind will pick up to 15-20 knots (and not 20-25); and we'll be able to get our speed over 5 knots, to between 5.5 and 6.0 knots. We still have our storm sail flying just inside of the jib halyard. Its tacked to the port bow cleat, hoisted on our whisker pole topping lift line about 5 feet off the deck, and sheeted to the aft, starboard winch.. read more...



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