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09/06/2014

Shenanigan - Azores Cruise

We arrived in Horta in the early hours (00:27) of 29th May, greeted as wecame into the marina by a cacophony of congratulatory fog horns and cheers fromthose already there – we felt like true ocean sailors and we had just crossedthe Atlantic ocean for the second time in 6 months.  We rafted up to waitfor customs to open and were greeted by ‘yellow shirts’ Victor and Johnny whowere waiting with welcome ice cold beers. We sat and chatted with them for acouple of hours as they waited for the next arrival.  The next afternoon wewandered around the town.  In the evening met everyone in the famous PeterCafe Sport bar, Peters has been the bar of sailors here since 1918, beforeenjoying the welcome meal at Canto da Doca where we cooked our supper on hotrocks. It is tradition and. read more...


Shenanigan - Azores Cruise
Shenanigan - Azores Cruise
09/06/2014

Arcarius of Plymouth - Arcarius. Spoken to soon!!!!

"Spoken too soon"Why did I end the last blog with the immortal words "It was good to be at sea again"?Pontadel Garda, on San Miguel, The Azores largest Island.A beautiful, green place where the winds howl and yachts cling tightly to the pontoon, sailors wrap their oilies around them and then seek refuge in a tot or two of warming rum.The tired cold sailors, arriving that morning toured the Island, on a coach, learning the farming techniques of the area, pineapple growing in greenhouses and dairy farming for the export of powdered milk.Some learnt more on this trip than others, the rolling of the coach around the hairpin bends sent some tired sailors off to sleep.Rested, Arcarius welcomed on board for pre-dinner drinks, very thirsty crews from Shenanigan, Webster, Jonny and Lyle from the. read more...


Arcarius of Plymouth - Arcarius Spoken to soon!!!!
Arcarius of Plymouth - Arcarius Spoken to soon!!!!
09/06/2014

Ca Canny - ARC Portugal Ca Canny - days 6-9

After a quick decision yesterday morning we pressed on out of Camarinas andarrived in Bayona at about 2am local time this morning. So what’s been happeningover the last few days?   Last Thursday was a day of down-time and relaxing before meeting up withthe other crews in the bar of Club Nautico. High winds and rain dictated littleprogress over the next few days and the daily rota was to have breakfast potterabout and then head to the bar and bemoan the lack of decent sailing conditions.Up until yesterday morning (Sunday 8th) the wind was constantly over 30 knots,day and night. On Friday we concluded that it might be worth trying to organisea trip to Santiago de Compostella. Discovering that the barman (and President ofthe marina/yacht club and probably the whole town) spoke German,. read more...


Ca Canny - ARC Portugal Ca Canny - Rounding Finisterre
Ca Canny - ARC Portugal Ca Canny - Rounding Finisterre
Ca Canny - ARC Portugal Ca Canny - Bad Weather...What bad weather?
Ca Canny - ARC Portugal Ca Canny - Bad Weather...What bad weather?
Ca Canny - ARC Portugal Ca Canny - Trevor gets a tickle
Ca Canny - ARC Portugal Ca Canny - Trevor gets a tickle
Ca Canny - ARC Portugal Ca Canny - Little known beach in Santiago
Ca Canny - ARC Portugal Ca Canny - Little known beach in Santiago
Ca Canny - ARC Portugal Ca Canny - Relaxing in Santiago
Ca Canny - ARC Portugal Ca Canny - Relaxing in Santiago
09/06/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - Boom bang a bang - ah the rythmn of the waves........

N37:36:040 W38:17:230 Boat miles:- 1372 Miles to go:- 461    Well there is no rythmn and there is lots of boombang a bang as the waves come at you from all directions it seems at the moment in current conditions. We have 20-25ktsfrom the SW with gusts to 27 kts, seas are large and from the samedirection so every now and then pick up our stern and throw it sidewayscausing significant rolling. However the sun is shining and we are mainly dry,though the hissing sids keep catching us out unawares, both during the day andthe night - that water is getting chilly!    Last night was very lumpy, very breezy, very rollyand very dark (the phrase pitch black springs to mind here) as we continue headeastwards in strong winds. Vanessa was in charge and did sterling work. read more...


09/06/2014

Ca Canny - ARC Portugal Ca Canny - prop wrap recovery

As promised, we’ve now retaken some prop photos and some actions shots ofGeoff clearing the remainder of the rope. It’s clear that the rope cutter on theprop did a good job so the majority of the mess had already been thrown off –the initial flayling noises coming from the prop when the engine was engagedsuggests that there was significantly more around it previously!   Either which way a couple of photos for you......more Ca Canny updatesshortly (most of my fellow crewmates have disappeared off to the bar withoutme....).   Steve G0014636 G0034853 G0034879. read more...


Ca Canny - ARC Portugal Ca Canny - prop wrap recovery
Ca Canny - ARC Portugal Ca Canny - prop wrap recovery
Ca Canny - ARC Portugal Ca Canny - prop wrap recovery
Ca Canny - ARC Portugal Ca Canny - prop wrap recovery
Ca Canny - ARC Portugal Ca Canny - prop wrap recovery
Ca Canny - ARC Portugal Ca Canny - prop wrap recovery
09/06/2014

Morning Haze - Sushis again on Morning Haze!!!

Fishing with the magic lure...We will be forced to have sushi and tartare tonight...life is tough! ;-)Morning Haze stanby on 16image1. read more...


Morning Haze - Sushis again on Morning Haze!!!
Morning Haze - Sushis again on Morning Haze!!!
09/06/2014

American Spirit II - Day 155; About Tonga, Clearing Out, Minor Surgery and Dinner with one of Neiafu's Celebrity's; Monday, June 9, 2014

I'd be remiss if I didn't mention some more facts about Tonga in my logs. Tonga consists of 171 islands, spread over 4 'groups' of islands. The one we're in is the Vava'u Group. And these islands are aligned in a north south manner. They are so close together that you can visit all of them just by day sailing, except for a couple of overnighters. Monetarily, 1 Tonga 'dollar' equals $.50 US. Tongan's are very religious and conservative in behavior. Public displays of affection are discouraged, unless the couple are of the same gender. They are a very patient people; and if you try to hurry them, they will just take twice as long to accomplish what you want. And they don't seem to have much of a business sense. Tonga is only one of three countries in the world where it is legal to swim. read more...


09/06/2014

American Spirit II - Day 154; Windy Trip to Neiafu & Dingy Flips Twice; Sunday, June 9, 2014

Alarm went off at 6:00 AM. The plan was to go back to Neiafu and for me to go to the 10:00 AM services at St. Joseph's Cathedral. However, when I got up the wind was howling at 25-30 knots and rain squalls were pounding the boat. Joel got up, and I told him we're sleeping in. No reason to head out is such lousy conditions. Back to bed. Got back up at 9:20 AM. At 9:40 AM saw a 'double ender' horizontal rainbow bracketed by Starblazer and Avocet, just above the island, with the island in the background. A 6 on a 10 scale. Took a picture. I'll have to email to Starblazer and Avocet.Breakfast at 10:15 AM consisted of scrambled eggs, chilled chopped pineapple and bread. At 10:44 AM Harry from Hebe came by in a dingy and gave us our host, David's, leather bound guest book to sign, which I. read more...


08/06/2014

Gertha 4 - The Desolate Turtle and Other Stories from the End of the Rainbow

LAT 41.17 N LON 20.06 W   Well hello there! And sorry I’ve not been about to blog. Been a touch busyemptying my intestines into the Atlantic ocean. Matty too, though she’s far morecivilised about it than I am and has been using the facilities. Shoes and boatfor me, I’m afraid. Anyhow! Now that we’re out of that ‘orrible, boiling mess ofa sea (and into big swells and intermittent squalls), I can share with you abrand new story:   Once upon a time there was an Emma, and a fair and brave maiden was she,nursing back to good health the two younger crew aboard that mighty vessel,Gertha 4. And one day, after quite the evening of appalling squalls, as ourheroine sat her watch with the proper dedication, and as the two sicklings sleptwith their arms bent over their foreheads and as the. read more...


09/06/2014

Starship - Last-Leg-2-Lagos (day 01)

SUN: Sonnig und schöne Wolken in allen Formationen. Nur halt wenig Wind (vorhersagegemäß). RUN: wenig Wind => wenig Speed (jedenfalls bei uns). Aber kein Grund zur Klage. Denn die Vorteile der 14 t merken wir, wenn es wirklich bläst, und die Wellen hoch sind. Dann liegen wir immer noch vergleichsweise ruhig im Wasser.FUN: BINGO-Time. Und da sind wir super motiviert und haben bald die erste Linie zusammen.. read more...


Flomaida II - Das ist Luxus in Tonga: noch keine 5 Sterne Resorts
Flomaida II - Das ist Luxus in Tonga: noch keine 5 Sterne Resorts
Flomaida II - Wieviele verträgt das Boot?
Flomaida II - Wieviele verträgt das Boot?
Flomaida II - Wilde Natur in Tonga
Flomaida II - Wilde Natur in Tonga
Orion - rescuing the genoa
Orion - rescuing the genoa
Flomaida II - Gaby's tolle Collage, gemacht aus unseren selbstgeschossenen Bildern
Flomaida II - Gaby's tolle Collage, gemacht aus unseren selbstgeschossenen Bildern
Flomaida II - Die ersten Eindrücke von Vava' u/Tonga
Flomaida II - Die ersten Eindrücke von Vava' u/Tonga
Flomaida II - Die Mädels glänzen und hoffen, dass ein paar Geldscheine kleben bleiben
Flomaida II - Die Mädels glänzen und hoffen, dass ein paar Geldscheine kleben bleiben
Flomaida II - Gemüse und Obst Markt, da ist Improvisation gefragt beim Kochen
Flomaida II - Gemüse und Obst Markt, da ist Improvisation gefragt beim Kochen
Flomaida II - Sonntagsspaß!
Flomaida II - Sonntagsspaß!
Flomaida II - Der Schmuck wartet auf uns
Flomaida II - Der Schmuck wartet auf uns
Flomaida II - Die hübschen Mädels wollen lieber ein Schwätzchen halten, trotzdem hören sie die wichtigen Dinge des Pfarrers durch die offenen Türen und Fenster
Flomaida II - Die hübschen Mädels wollen lieber ein Schwätzchen halten, trotzdem hören sie die wichtigen Dinge des Pfarrers durch die offenen Türen und Fenster
Flomaida II - Wie wäre es mit getrocknetem Tunfisch?
Flomaida II - Wie wäre es mit getrocknetem Tunfisch?
Flomaida II - Tonga's Sonntagsstaat. Der Bastüberrock bedeutet, dass ein naher Verwandter kürzlich gestorben ist.
Flomaida II - Tonga's Sonntagsstaat. Der Bastüberrock bedeutet, dass ein naher Verwandter kürzlich gestorben ist.
Flomaida II - Nach dem Kirchgang schnell zum Familienfest
Flomaida II - Nach dem Kirchgang schnell zum Familienfest
Flomaida II - Die Tongaflotte und.....
Flomaida II - Die Tongaflotte und.....
Flomaida II - Babysitter für den kleinen Bruder während des Kirchganges
Flomaida II - Babysitter für den kleinen Bruder während des Kirchganges
Flomaida II - Gewichtige Ladies, aber die Kirche ist voll
Flomaida II - Gewichtige Ladies, aber die Kirche ist voll
Flomaida II - Die wunderschöne Kirche mit den hübsch herausgeputzten Menschen
Flomaida II - Die wunderschöne Kirche mit den hübsch herausgeputzten Menschen
Flomaida II - So lässt sichs aushalten während des langen Gottesdienstes
Flomaida II - So lässt sichs aushalten während des langen Gottesdienstes
Flomaida II - Vater und Töchter in der Kirche
Flomaida II - Vater und Töchter in der Kirche
Flomaida II - Trotz Regen wird verkauft und gehandelt
Flomaida II - Trotz Regen wird verkauft und gehandelt
Flomaida II - Wie weit ist Zuhause?
Flomaida II - Wie weit ist Zuhause?
Flomaida II - Wie wärs mit einem Paar neuer Schuhe?
Flomaida II - Wie wärs mit einem Paar neuer Schuhe?
Flomaida II - Hier trübt der Regen die Stimmung nicht- Hauptsache ein trocknes Plätzchen!
Flomaida II - Hier trübt der Regen die Stimmung nicht- Hauptsache ein trocknes Plätzchen!
Flomaida II - Hier hält man sich Schweine, wie bei uns Hunde
Flomaida II - Hier hält man sich Schweine, wie bei uns Hunde
09/06/2014

Salmo Salar - Three Old Men and One Old Lady

Observing the hectic last minute preparations in Plymouth aboard Salmo Salar, few would have rated her chances of finishing near the front of the Rally in Bayona. Boat of the year in 1965, designed by Laurent Giles, built of wood by Moody, she was the doyenne of the fleet, and her crew were older still. However appearances can be deceptive. After the weather briefing in Plymouth, her skipper, Richard, showed a steely determination to get to Bayona before the incoming low expected on Thursday. His secret weapon was SS's ability to sail to windward like an America's Cup yacht provided the engine was running. This ability he exploited ruthlessly whenever the wind was inconveniently light or ahead. He was equally single-minded about going below and changing. read more...


Flomaida II - Hatten wir das nicht schon mal???
Flomaida II - Hatten wir das nicht schon mal???
Flomaida II - Unser Patent zum Verhindern das das Tau aufgescheuert wird an der Kante
Flomaida II - Unser Patent zum Verhindern das das Tau aufgescheuert wird an der Kante
Flomaida II - So sieht ein Ledergürtel nach 6 Monaten aus, der nicht benutzt wurde und nur im Schapp lag!
Flomaida II - So sieht ein Ledergürtel nach 6 Monaten aus, der nicht benutzt wurde und nur im Schapp lag!

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