facebookTwitterYou TubeNoonsiteOcean Crew LinkForum
can we help
+44(0)1983 296060
+1 757-788-8872
tell me moreJoin a rally

Menu

Daily Logs

Filter by..
Search


19/10/2014

Celebrate - Reflections on Maritius

Although a new landfall for Charlie and Cathy it was a return visit for Peter. He and Jane had their honeymoon in Mauritius 16 years ago. Many of the local people we have met on the dockside had told us that a lot had changed since 1998 with greater prosperity on the island. We certainly sensed a vibrancy , or perhaps this was something to do with our visit coinciding with the Hindu festival of Diwali or 'Festival of Lights' where they celebrate victory of light over darkness.Here is an account of Peter's a three day drive across the island rediscovering familiar places and some new ones;We had a great honeymoon but came away feeling that all was not right in paradise, this could have been the absence of the dodo, ebony forests, or sugar cane fields totally dominating the island's. read more...


19/10/2014

Firefly - New Caledonia

Captain Cook and his crew, aboard HMS Resolution, anchored off the north east coast of the largest Island, Grand Terre, on September 4th 1774 and spent 10 days exploring, receiving a friendly welcome. He named it New Caledonia as it reminded him of the Highlands of Scotland (incidentally called Caledonia by the Romans). It certainly does look like Scotland and we are really enjoying our first few days here, the views while sailing around the south eastern tip of Grand Terre have been stunning. It was never part of the British Empire and in 1853 Napoleon ordered the annexation, renamed it Nouvelle Caledonie and it remains French. The original Melanesian settlers, the Kanaks, have been fighting hard for independence for a long time and are making progress, although having significant. read more...


18/10/2014

Loni 3 - Blog Loni3 From Finnland to Las Palmas in 5 Monaten

SY Loni3 Skipper und im Moment Blogschreiber Eckhard SchöbelIm Mai starteten wir in Turku Finnland mit unserer neuen Nauticat42. Die Crew sind Ilona und Eckhard Schöbel. Loni ist für die Kombüse zuständig und verwöhnt die Crew mit gutem Essen , Eckhard ist für die Aufgaben des Skippers zuständig. Für die Wache wechseln wir uns ab.Der Start erfolgte bei 0 Grad Celsius und 3 Grad Wasser in Finnland. Über die Ostsee ging es in den Nord Ostsee Kanal und danach in die Nordsee. Erste Ziele waren Helgoland und Borkum. Danach ging es nach Südengland und zu den Kanalinseln. Nächstes Ziel war Brest und die Biskaya. Die Biskaya hat es uns relativ leicht gemacht mit Wind und Wetter. In La Coruna sind wir dann 3 Wochen geblieben um danach die Westküste bis Lissabon langsam hinunter zu segeln.. read more...


18/10/2014

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

Dear Brian, Joel and Jeremy, Thank you so much for this great e-mail.  It was a real pleasure to be of service and delighted that you appreciated it so much. We all really enjoyed the contact we had with you across the vast expanse of Indian Ocean; keeping in touch every couple of hours, swapping comments about the weather, dinner menu and likelihood or otherwise of green flashes.  I was so pleased to see you pop up on AIS that first evening because it meant that your mast was still up, we could find you easily and we could be on hand to help if things did not turn out well.  Every day that we came on watch and either could see your tricolour light or the mast and sails was a great day. Beer transfer was also hugely appreciated by all of us aboard. read more...


Zulú - La tripulación del Zulú se prepara en la Bahia de Cádiz
Zulú - La tripulación del Zulú se prepara en la Bahia de Cádiz
17/10/2014

Zulú - Dia -40

body{font-family:Helvetica,Arial;font-size:13px}Los preparativos remotos están ya hechos. Me refiero a los que implica la decisión de ir,  disponer de los días necesarios, seleccionar y empastar un buen grupo  y crear la ilusión colectiva indispensable para el éxito de la travesía. Ahora quedan otras muchas otras cosas, las operativas, todas ellas cruciales que, sin embargo,  se van cumpliendo con una razonable programación.El Zulú está en Las Palmas, sometido al mantenimiento anual, antifouling, revisión de los equipos, remodelación de la toldilla y renovación de butacas de la cámara. Fernando, uno de los nuestros, le hará una visita en compañía del armador en los próximos días. Esperamos ansiosos ver las detalladas fotos que nos ha prometido.Mientras tanto, se ha. read more...


17/10/2014

A Plus 2 - ARC already started..

Did everybody realize that ARC has started ? Even before Las Palmas !Flying ARC flags makes immediate participants meetings on the pontoons when stopping on the way to reach Las Palmas.That's the way in Gibraltar now !Preparation time has almost ended ! "Make new ARC friends time" starts !Fair winds to everybody sailing to Las Palmas !. read more...


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...


16/10/2014

Antares - 16-Oct-14 The Med

Antares, our Island Packet 380, entered the Med at Gibraltar on 24-Jul-08 after sailing across the Atlantic with the ARC-Europe.  She wintered over (while we returned to Dallas, Texas) in Mahon Menorca, El Kantaoui Tunisia, Marmaris Turkey (for two winters), Kalamata Greece, and finally Riposto Sicily.What a great trip!  Antares exited the Med on 05-Oct-14 when we left La Linea, Spain for the sail (mostly motor) to the Canary Islands. We are currently in Puerto Calero, Lanzarote.    Joe Novotnaksv.Antares IMG_0105. read more...


Antares - 16-Oct-14 The Med
Antares - 16-Oct-14 The Med
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
14/10/2014

Sweet Pearl - Cocos Islands -->Mauritius - 16.Tag - Morgen kommen wir an!

Nach 16 vollen Tagen sollten wir morgen Nachmittag in Mauritius ankommen. Dies ist auch gut so, weil es hat hier draussen auch gar keinen Wind mehr. Wir haben den ganzen Wind des indischen Ozeans bereits weggesegelt;-). Zuerst warm duschen, dann einen guten Drink - das ist unser Plan bei Ankunft:-). Ein richtig guter Plan:-). Wir freuen uns.Cheers, Tom. read more...


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...


14/10/2014

American Spirit II - Day 281; Crisis in the Indian Ocean - Day 9 of 11; Monday, October 13, 2014

During the 3:00 AM to 6:00 AM watch, Jeremy's watch, the wind went really fluky at around 5:00 AM. A passing rain shower cuts off the wind and changed direction for a while.I relieved Jeremy at 6:00 AM. The wind is still variable due to the passing rain shower. We're motoring at 1200 RPM with Merlyn 2 miles behind us. The wind is 12 knots and we're moving at 4.5 knots thru the water and 5.3 knots over the land. I go from 1 reef to 2 reefs on the mainsail to slow the reef down. I'mhoping once the sun rises the wind and clouds will hopefully sort themselves out. I'm in full foul weather gear, pants and jacket; as its still cool out. October 13 is the equivalent of April 13 back home in the northern hemisphere. Time wise, when Jeremy gets me up at 6:00 AM its really 4:00 AM local time. As I. 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

13