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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‚Äôs 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
Lady Ann - Ingo at the wheel
Lady Ann - Ingo at the wheel
Lady Ann - Davide hoisting the ARC flag
Lady Ann - Davide hoisting the ARC flag
Lady Ann - Caught without any wind
Lady Ann - Caught without any wind
Lady Ann - Thomas making a post watch entry in the logbook
Lady Ann - Thomas making a post watch entry in the logbook
Lady Ann - Fritze happily helming in the rain
Lady Ann - Fritze happily helming in the rain
Lady Ann - Midway happy hour
Lady Ann - Midway happy hour
Lady Ann - Frank taking the sun's altitude
Lady Ann - Frank taking the sun's altitude
Lady Ann - Ronald at the helm
Lady Ann - Ronald at the helm
Lady Ann - Maria happily helming
Lady Ann - Maria happily helming
Lady Ann - Skipper Edo
Lady Ann - Skipper Edo
Lady Ann - Lady Ann at the start
Lady Ann - Lady Ann at the start
Lady Ann - Mid Ocean Swell
Lady Ann - Mid Ocean Swell
29/01/2013

BRIZO - Tuesday 29 Jan 2013

We are just over 600 nm from Fortaleza, continuing to make very good progress for an expected arrival on Saturday around lunch time. The wind has been fairly good; 11-16 kts from the SE. We are still configured for wing-and-wing sailing and will likely continue that way for the remainder of the trip based on the current weather forecast. Our sweet spot seems to be 13 kts of wind, at or above which we sail very nicely at 6+ kts of boat speed. Below that we generally turn on the engine at low rpm's to keep going faster than 5 kts.The sail repairs done last week while underway seem to be holding up: the sticky-back upper spreader patches solved the problem of the tear and Lew's Frankenstein stitches on one of the upper seams are still holding nicely. Based on the limited availability of. read more...


29/01/2013

Matilda - Hospital Ship

The last month aboard matilda has been like living aboard a hospital ship. My cold started just as we left Cape Town almost a month ago, and Heather has been struck down since we left St Helena. I seem to be having a relapse, so with all the coughing and complaining going on, there's no place we'd rather be... in fact pretty much anywhere would do.The 26th of january was Australia Day, and we celebrated by officially completing our circumnavigation. We passed the line of longitude for Lanzarote in the Canary Islands, which is as far East as we sailed matilda during our shake down in 2011. So whatever happens now, we have at least ticked "sail around the world" off our bucket lists.Thoughts of Barbados are keeping us going at the moment. There is a nice new marina there and they say they. read more...


29/01/2013

Anastasia - South Atlantic - Days 17/18

11:45S 024:10W  1133 miles covered The weather continues to be sunny and calm with winds of 8 to 10 knots, so we are just cruising along behind the Parasailor at around 5 knots speed over ground.  Thank goodness we have over half a knot of current to add to our speed.  The Parasailor is excellent at handling these conditions, maintaining shape even down to 5 or 6 knots of wind, although it droops and dances at those levels. The clunking of the rudder is more pronounced.  The continual impacts have stressed the junction of the rudder arm to the autopilot and it is starting to wobble, which is giving the loose rudder even more freedom to flop around.  On close inspection it looks like there has been a repair in this area in the past.  If that part. read more...


Anastasia - South Atlantic - Days 17/18
Anastasia - South Atlantic - Days 17/18
27/01/2013

Anastasia - South Atlantic - Days 13-16

12:46S 020:07W  882 miles covered At 11 oclock this morning we will have been sailing for a week.  In normal conditions we should have covered about 1400 miles, with just 500 to go.  As it is, we are not yet half way there, with over 1000 miles left.  There is not much we can do about it, it is too far to motor even if we did want to burn up about a ton of diesel.  We will get there, it will just take a week longer than expected.  Andrea has agreed to not ask if we are nearly there until we have passed the half way mark.  She is already down to the dregs of our audiobooks and is studiously working on her South African crossword puzzle book.At least we have lots of ice.  We will make a fresh batch tomorrow, ready to celebrate the half way point. read more...



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