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13/06/2014

American Spirit II - Day 159; Arrived Suva, Fiji & the Big Tonga Screw Up!; Friday, June 13, 2014

Today is Friday the 13th, and it would live up to its (bad) reputation for us as the day unfolded. Up at 6:00 AM. Suva, Fiji on starboard bow. A cruise ship, the Paul Gaughin, passed us around 5:00 AM while Joel was on watch. Joel had to talk to the ship as it looked like it was going to collide with us. Good job Joel. Its common for cruise ships to enter their next port early in the morning so the cruise passengers can tour the island during the day time hours. We've actually seen this ship before...in Bora Bora 2 months ago. Small world.Joel went to bed at 6:00 AM while I rolled the jib and main up. Almost no wind. Boat speed 4.5 knots. Dark clouds overhead. Locally in Fiji it is one hour earlier, so we'll change our watches and clocks now; and my log will use the 'new' time. read more...


13/06/2014

American Spirit II - Day 158; Motor Wouldn't Start, Pull Cord on Chartplotter Disconnected, Fell Asleep on Watch & No SSB Connection; Thursday, June 12,2014

At 6:00 AM turned engine off, put jib out, mainsail still on 2nd reef. Wind 17 knots, boat speed 5.7 knots. Put hydro generator in water and turned wind turbine on. Could sail with both because on starboard tack, which doesn't stress broken shroud. A little while later shook out 2nd reef to lst reef on mainsail. The upper limb of the sun broke thru the horizon at 7:21 AM Tonga time. I thought I might have seen a green flash, but wasn't sure enough to call it a definite. 50/50 doesn't count. Too bad. A partial cloud obstructed part of my vision. I woke Joel at 9:15 AM, and we conducted the morning communication's net at 9:30 AM. Unfortunately, no one answered my call.Breakfast at 9:40 AM consisted of scrambled eggs, chilled pear halves and Tongan bread. The bread had to be cut as it was. read more...


12/06/2014

American Spirit II - Day 157; Heading to Fiji; Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Up early, 5:40 AM. Joel had coffee ready for me. Starboard tack, wind 16-19, boat speed 6.1 knots. Seas down a little. No moon, stars out. Uranus bright behind boat to the northeast. Dawn approaching. Temperature cool. Had socks, pants, jacket and hat on. Its winter south of the equator. Low 70's. Sunrise at 7:18 AM. Clouds. No green flash. A lone tern tried to land on the spreader two times. Must be tired. Gave up too soon. Circled the boat a few times then flew away. I started reading a new daytime book at 7:50 AM. American Sniper. I try to read paper books in daylight and my Kindle at night. During the 9:00 AM net only Hebe and us connected. Hebe is heading to Port Denarau Marina to clear into; we're heading to Suva. At 10:30 AM jibed boom, then put preventer back on. The preventer is. read more...


13/06/2014

Starship - Last-Leg-2-Lagos (day 05)

SUN: Oh, what a night. Tagelang hat sich die Sone nicht blicken lassen. Die Wolkendecke war zu dick. Aber jetzt, nach Einbruch der Dämmerung, reisst der Himmel auf, und der Vollmond bleibt die ganze Nacht über unser Begleiter. Das tut gut, denn ...RUN: ... wir haben 22 Knoten Wind, 2 Meter Welle und Böen bis 25 Knoten. Wir rauschen mit bis zu 8,5 Knoten dahin, trotz 2. Reff im Groß und leicht gereffter Genua.FUN: Der Plotter ist wie ein Gameboy. Und das Spiel heißt: geht es sich aus? Schaffen wir es vor dem Frachter zu queren oder nicht?. read more...


13/06/2014

Anettine - 13. June

We are still chasing our tuna dinner. We had a fantastic sailing night under blue sky, stars and a full moon. With the wind from north at 16-26 knots the speed has been very good between 7- 9 knots throughout the night.At 0900 we have approx 85 nm to the finishing line and we are some 10 nm behind our tuna dinner. Since the dinner not was delivered as agreed we are looking forward to a proper treat in Lagos.-------------------------------------------------Do not push the "reply" button to respond to this message if that includes the text of this originalmessage in your response.Messages are sent over avery low-speed radio link. The most concise way to reply is to send a NEW messageto:LK9431@sailmail.comIf you DO use your reply button, be sure to deletethe original message text and these. read more...


13/06/2014

Ca Canny - ARC Portugal Ca Canny - day 12 (ish)

So, after multiple requests I’ve been persuaded to write one more blogentry. I am more than a little surprised by the enthusiasm for our regularupdates but am happy to go with the flow and am glad you have enjoyed reading asI have enjoyed writing them. What you don’t realise is that its become moredifficult to write them in recent days after the deck washing incident. Sufficeto say that its important to ensure that all windows are closed before washingthe deck especially those over the chart table (which happened to have thislaptop on). Since then the computer has had a mind of its own and only decreesto wake as and when it can be bothered. Two other interesting impacts was thatthe screen started to display upside down (fairly easily fixed but still a pain)and the keyboard worked. read more...


13/06/2014

Webster - ARC EUROPE - A TALE OF (MIS) ADVENTURE MAY/JUNE 2014

We came to Tortola in the BVIThe ARC Europe looming tallTo Nanney Cay to prepare WebsterFor Bermuda first port of call.The crew comprised Charlie as Skip,Treacle miners Dave and Neal,Igor from Slovenia was last to finalise the deal.Fun and mischief on the cardsSkinny dipping with 'Neet from ArcariasYoung Johnny took some photographsof someone's hairy arse.To save said photos from the websome money did discourseElse wives at home may take a dim viewand ban us from future tours.ARC flags they were a target fairfor when we'd drunk much beerTreacle miners werein full crydid make them disappear.So from the start we led the packuntil faster boats found their gearBut only after Jos Van Dykedid they leave us in their rear.En route Igor went to top of mastto rescue chute there stuckand Charlie. read more...


13/06/2014

Webster - Final night at sea

Thursday 12th June 2014 Noon position 37 43'N 12 49'W DTD 201nmWelcome to the last blog written at night on this North Atlantic circuit as we shall hopefully be in Lagos tomorrow afternoon sometime. I have fairly mixed emotions about it but that may be because I made Thai chicken curry this evening for dinner and ate quite a lot of it only then to try to get some sleep in the forepeak, more akin to a tumble drier than a bunk! The forecast wind did come in and we have been sailing direct to destination in N/NE winds of up to 25 knots, gusting more and seas that built to around 4 metres or so, a bit rough and beam on. I came on deck this morning at 0600, not because it was the start of my watch with Igor but because I looked at my watch and thought it 0700.......oh dear. The sun soon came. read more...


12/06/2014

Celebrate - Super Yachts, Restaurants,Luxury Resorts and Amazing Activities at Port Denarau, Fiji

We arrived just before daylight at the reef entrance to Port Denarau.With an abundance of well lit markers and a huge entrance we decided to make the entry.The good news was we had no problems and were in our marina slip two hours later with a handful of super yachts, the biggest at 223ft, Lady Christine.Eli of the Yacht Help Agency visited within a few minutes to say the customs, immigration and bio personnel would be on board shortly to clear us in.They checked us in quickly and we were on our way,thanks to Eli!Port Denarau Marina reminds us somewhat of Rodney Bay Marina in St. Lucia because of the handful of good restaurants at the top of the dock with some shopping and nearby resorts.Also, there is a commercial dock for a small cruise ship, ferries and other activity boats at the. read more...


Spirit III - Amazing sailing from Povoa to Porto
Spirit III - Amazing sailing from Povoa to Porto
Spirit III - Amazing sailing from Povoa to Porto
Spirit III - Amazing sailing from Povoa to Porto
Spirit III - Amazing sailing from Povoa to Porto
Spirit III - Amazing sailing from Povoa to Porto
Spirit III - Amazing sailing from Povoa to Porto
Spirit III - Amazing sailing from Povoa to Porto
Spirit III - Amazing sailing from Povoa to Porto
Spirit III - Amazing sailing from Povoa to Porto
12/06/2014

Sea Eagle - Mastering the Cube

Its been a great ride since our last blog, with everyone very happy, well fed and enjoying the trip. Still meat in the freezer and enough eggs and bacon for at least one more full English.Wayne took on the challenge of mastering the Rubiks Cube by the time we arrive in Portugal and with guidance from the Grand Master(David) he cracked it within a few days. Ben has now taken up the challenge and is not far behind. I think by the time we get in he'll have mastered it as well. Problem is Wayne and Ben share a watch and they were so distracted on Wednesday night as Wayne instructed Ben that we actually started heading back to the Azores as neither had noticed that the autohelm had cut out. Quite worrying really!!Although we have spotted whales we have not yet had one as close and for as long. read more...


12/06/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - By the time we get to Horta you'll be snacking/lunching ....in Trini they'll be sleeping maybe eating doubles

N38:22:646  W30:51.592 GPS miles to go: 105 Boat miles done: 1734   WhooooHooo!  I have studiously avoided referring to the next dayor so in case I slowed us down again but yes, I must say it looks so verypromising, and that, in the fullness of time, with the wind in the right quarterand a good sea, we shall, indeed, taking all relevant things into consideration,actually, and in fact, make landfall tomorrow, at some stage.   Lighter winds are predicted for later today withmore wind forecast tomorrow so there may be a small sleigh ride to take us inthe last few miles, we shall let you know.   Crikey! Land! Suddenly a whole new vista is openingup again - making tea in a flat environment, even allowing for the odd rockyanchorage. Being able to divest ourselves of. read more...


12/06/2014

Anettine - 12. June

We finished the last evening with an excellent 3 course dinner that included a small taste of local Port with the dessert. The captain made an ones on the journey exception to the none alcoholic policy. The night brought good sailing condition upwind with good speed. Defyr became "long legged", and unfortunately they passed us in the very early morning. We can still see their keel water, and with another 225 nm to go they better watch out. We will be on their tale, to get the promised tuna.. read more...


11/06/2014

Gertha 4 - Surprise Visit

Coming up onto my watch this morning it seemed like little had changed; thefog was close, the sky was grey, it was cold and wet. But it seems something maybe happening. The wind is shifting a little, and we had a surprise visit fromsome long-finned pilot whales! One of them even popped its head out so we couldsee it properly. Apparently they can travel in groups upwards of 50 animals.It’s so easy to forget how much is happening beneath the surface. One of whichmight be the appearance of the Gulf stream, and hence some slight changes.   Settled into the routine now. Wake, watch, eat, drink, sleep. Repeat,repeat, repeat. I am finding this leg tougher than the last. Maybe it’s thecold, or maybe it’s the accumulated tiredness of so many months on the road andnow at sea. Or perhaps the. read more...


12/06/2014

Ca Canny - ARC Portugal Ca Canny - day 11

So our real skipper, Geoff, decreed last night that I was to be skipper forthe day for our journey out of Bayona and down to Povoa de Varzim. This was adecision the crew later came to regret.   We made an early start off the berth in order to get our racing line acrossthe start line. I’d decided to keep to the Northern end of the line so that wecould make a nice starboard tack which would take us completely out of the ria(and probably get in the way of everyone else). Unfortunately there was notenough wind to make such a dynamic start and so we rev’d engines instead. Thestarter horn sounded and we were all off to the sound of marine diesel enginesstraining at their mountings....well almost all of us, one or two brave soulsattempted to sail off the start line – quite a challenge in. read more...


12/06/2014

Starship - Last-Leg-2-Lagos (day 04)

SUN: Die Front bringt WInd. Sonne fehlt. Und das merkt man/frau. Ohne Jacken ist es untertags nicht zu machen. Weil es so kalt ist, essen wir erstmals im Salon zu Mittag. Super nett und gemütlich.RUN: Ein Durcheinander. Der Wind dreht im 10-Minuten-Abstand um 30-40 Grad. Gerade noch mit 6,5 Knoten und COG 75°,dann wieder nur 4,5 Knoten und südöstlich auf 115°. Das ist mühsam. Ganz besonders bei der Nachtwache.FUN: Wieder hören wir Duck am Funk und besprechen - trotz der Entfernung - das Wetter. Duck hat wegen eines Wasserschadens kein Iridium und auch kein AIS. Also kein Wetter und keine anderen Boote/Schiffe am Plotter. Am späten Nachmittag backen wir noch einen Schokolade-Kuchen, der so sehr an Volumen beim Backen gewinnt, dass er übergeht und am Rand runter rinnt. Der Rest schmeckt. read more...


12/06/2014

Sweet Pearl - Tonga --> Fiji - 4.Tag - Morgige Ankunft

Wir kommen gut voran, obwohl wir seit gestern abend motoren müssen, da der Wind nachgelassen hat. Wir hatten mehrere harmlose, aber nasse Squalls. Jetzt ist das Schiff sicher sauber;). Morgen Vormittag sollten wir in Vuda Point ankommen. Wir freuen uns wieder in einem Hafen zu sein. Liebe Grüsse nach hause. Tom. read more...


12/06/2014

Firefly - A night in the Blue Lagoon

The strong winds blowing through Vava'u finally started to drop yesterday and we headed a few miles south west to the Blue Lagoon, timing our arrival so that the sun was both high and behind us. The entrance to the lagoon is strewn with coral heads and while the Navionics electronic charts are good - the principal navigation becomes visual as the coral areas show up so well.According to the pilot book we are using, this is the most beautiful anchorage in Vava'u and we certainly would not disagree. The water depth varies and creates a kaleidoscope of blues and this contrasts with the pristine white sand beaches. The lagoon is formed by several islands and coral reefs and we anchored in about 10 metres. For once we managed to find some sand without any 'bommies' - small coral heads that. read more...


11/06/2014

Aislig Bheag - Pre-trip Log

After several frustrating delays, we hope to leave Rosneath on Friday or Saturday this week.  Not sure if we will manage to catch up with  ARC Portugal before the finishing date but we shall see how it goes.  We look forward to completing some logs on this site once we are under way. Alison & John. read more...


11/06/2014

Webster - Resurrections!

Wednesday 11 June 2014 Position 37 51'N 16 17'W DTD 366It was predicted to be light winds last night and we were not disappointed, well actually we were disappointed as our speed reduced significantly, but it was as expected maybe. The upside was that with our resurrected spinnaker pole with metal bits filed flat by our on board filing clerk Igor, we could pole out the jib again and get some decent speed relative to the wind. Neal was not for the spinnaker stating that the pole may not take it but I am sure this is more to do with his phobia about the kite than anything else besides, he has packed it so nicely it would be a shame to spoil it. Still, its more comfortable with jib boomed out this way I agree.The early evening saw fog patches and a ship blasting her fog horn knowing there. read more...


11/06/2014

Salsus - A sense of foreboding - entering the Biscay night

This picture I wanted to share with everyone, as I think it sums up our time in the Bay of Biscay so well. It was taken a couple of hours before the winds really built up, but the initiated can already deduce what is coming. I think it captures the essence of our crossing very well. It is a positive picture, as we came out of what came later so enriched and more experienced. But it instills a respect for nature. Which is only just. We would not change the crossing we experienced for anything. It was intimidating, humiliating, exhilarating, cold, warm, slow, fast, hard, soft, flooding, pumping, humbling, empowering, loud and quiet all at the same time. It was just a regular crossing of Biscay. SALSUS_140603_01. read more...


Salsus - A sense of foreboding - entering the Biscay night
Salsus - A sense of foreboding - entering the Biscay night
12/06/2014

Persistent Lady - Wednesday June 11, 2014

On our way to Gibraltar, a short hop; only 1,100 miles.Seems strange to say 1,100 miles is a short hop, but after the long trip across to the Azores, made even longer because we had to hand steer over 1,500 miles of the trip and could not leave the helm unattended, 1,100 miles with the autopilot to do the steering and the ability to leave the helm unattended for 10 – 15 minutes at a time really does seem short.We left Horta Monday about 6:00 PM and headed out keeping PICO to port and sailing a little south to also keep Sao Miguel to port and leave Santa Maria to starboard.After that we only had to worry about a natural preserve that is protected and has several shallow spots of between 100 and 300 feet.We steered north of that then set a course of approximately East, which is the rhumb. read more...


12/06/2014

Persistent Lady - Tuesday, June 10, 2014

We are back in touch!It has been a while, but I won’t bore you with the details of everything; suffice it to say we had no power (a manual switch to select which battery bank failed and it looked like we were charging, but we were not).We were able to sail on to Horta (almost … we were becalmed 35 miles out and was lucky enough to get a tow from another sailboat for the last part, good thing because we had lost all the meat in the freezer and fresh vegs and we were looking at cooking pasta in seawater for our evening meal as we stared at the peak of PICO just 35 miles away).Our weather router said we had 24 hours with no wind then we would be able to sail on in, but we gladly accepted the offer of a tow for the last part. We had plenty of beans, rice, pasta, etc. but we felt like we were. read more...


11/06/2014

Salsus - Arrival at Bayona!

What a heartwarming reception! We were overwhelmed. After 5 days of frustration, and a very long day motoring (albeit, we do have to admit, in wonderful sunny weather), it was an amazing entrance and mooring at Bayona with so many fellow participants there to welcome us in. Even well after midnight! Sorry guys – we were so busy with the stern-to mooring (a first...) that we didn’t really get a chance to give you the reciprocal to your heartwarming hooting. We had to forego today’s leg to Pavoa de Varzim as we were just so behind the times in all respects, but we’ve victualled today, prepped the boat and are ready for an early departure to Porto. Tomorrow evening we’ll have caught up with the rest, finally, and we can start – hopefully! – to relax. It was a lovely sunset off. read more...


Salsus - Arrival at Bayona!
Salsus - Arrival at Bayona!
11/06/2014

Happy Destiny - Eastbound and down

Last night's dinner was Robbie's chicken couscous amandine.Tonight is John's beef stroganoff, followed by poached pears.Yes, we are still on the boat.We gybed the boat at 2am to put the wind on our port side and get back toward the north. The wind has clocked around all day and we are currently sailing just5 degrees north of east.The forecasts called for calm winds today, but we have been able to keep enough way on that we have not needed the motor.No sightings so far today, but we passed a turtle yesterday.That is the only thing we have passed so far on this leg, but we are gearing up for a big stretch run.. read more...


11/06/2014

Flomaida II - 7./8. 6.die Negativphase geht weiter

Der Tag ging noch rabenschwärzer zu Ende! Da wir organisiert hatten,dassuns ein Boot abschleppen sollte, nachdem wir durch die RiffeinfahrtRichtung Marina Delarau mit eigener Motorkraft fahren sollten, nahmen wirden Parasailor runter kurz vor der Einfahrt mit der Riffkante in Sichtnäheund wollten den Motor starten,der nun plötzlich auch den Dienst verweigerte.Damit hatten wir den Supergau, von dem Christoph seit vielen Nächten träumt!Gut,dass der Abschlepper, der uns innerhalb der Riffeinfahrt erwartete,unsere Manövrierunfähigkeit erkannte und uns zu Hilfe kam.Das Schiff warrecht klein mit Außenborder und eigentlich nicht geeignet, um außerhalb desRiffes ein viel schwereres Schiff abzuschleppen wegen des Seegangs. 4 Std hat er uns dann bis zurRiffeinfahrt geschleppt mit einer. read more...


Spirit III - From Plymouth to Povoa
Spirit III - From Plymouth to Povoa
Spirit III - From Plymouth to Povoa
Spirit III - From Plymouth to Povoa
Spirit III - From Plymouth to Povoa
Spirit III - From Plymouth to Povoa
Spirit III - From Plymouth to Povoa
Spirit III - From Plymouth to Povoa
Spirit III - From Plymouth to Povoa
Spirit III - From Plymouth to Povoa
11/06/2014

Spirit III - Finally out of Biscay

We are out of Biscay having felt that we have had a right couple of bashings!It was such a relief to round Finisterre yesterday afternoon and start heading South and hopefully into more favourable wind conditions!Finally today we have managed to catch up with the rally after a small detour to Viveiro and L'Coruna in northern Spain.Neither of which were our intended ports on setting out from Plymouth last Sunday.Our trip across Biscay has been frustrating at times and the wind has been on the nose all the way with some uncomfortable and large seas at times.This has made it all very hard work.We were lucky not to have sustained any damaged to the boat - just a sea cock left open which allowed a lot of sea water into the bilge and left a big clearing up job!We are now looking forward to. read more...


11/06/2014

Defyr - Towards Lagos: Fantastic five

Our home team and our favourite stalker Paul have been bit confused who's on board, so here's a little introduction of De Fyra plus one.image.. read more...


Defyr - Towards Lagos: Fantastic five
Defyr - Towards Lagos: Fantastic five
11/06/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - (Dear Mr/Mrs Dolphin) Is this the way to Horta through the Tumblin' Waves?

N38:17:342  W33:06:798 Boat Miles:- 1626 Miles to go:- 212   Well, what to say about yesterday evening. Theforecast said that the currentl winds in the high 20's would diminish lateafternoon and evening. Well they did, eventually. But not before delivering amajor kick. We had winds gusting to 32 knots for about 5 hours as the frontpassed over us, but the highest observed was a whapping 38kts! This combinedwith very large seas, made the evening a bit of tobogan run. We had a smallamount of genoa out and were still trundling along at 6kts - doesn't sound muchbut in these conditions it was pretty nerve racking stuff as the last thing weneeded to do was broach the boat! However, the winds did diminish and thismorning at first light we had nothing, so are motoring for a while. read more...


11/06/2014

Morning Haze - Tuna number 3 and 4 abord Morning Haze!

Okay...yesterday was like the day before...we put the line in the water and we get a big fish on after 30 minutes. We fight it for 35 minutes before it escapes. At 1100, fish on. We land a beautiful Tuna...that is number 3! We get another bite at 1400 and we lose this one again but now we know why we lose so many fish...probably because of our speed...we never slow down when we have one on the line. After number 3 is in the freezer and the cockpit clean again, we decide to change our "magic lure" to catch something else....We throw our line in the water at 1555...At 1600, we are full sail out and doing 7,5 knots...Fish on!!! What??? This time we roll in the genoa and slow down. Guess what?...A nice 25 pound Tuna...number 4!So far, we have had Tuna Tataki, Sushi, Tartare and Rebecca made. read more...


11/06/2014

Anettine - 11. june

We had good and stable sailing speed through the night. In the early morning the wind dropped to 5 knots, and we had to take down the main to let the spinnaker have all the wind. We were able to maintain a speed of 2-2,5 knots for some hrs. The captain was were pleased with the crews dedication to keep Anettine going in the little wind and treated them with an English breakfast with sausages, pan-fried potatoes, beans, eggs and warm bread. The wind turned on NW and the spinnaker was replaced with the genaker and we are now at 1200 doing 4-6 knots in the light wind. Defyr caught a tuna last night and has promised to deliver meat for our dinner today.. read more...


11/06/2014

Nexus - Never been more worked over, by a more friendly bureaurcracy

Well...Savusavu is very nice, and the people are lovely, but I haven't been worked over by this much bureaucracy in a long time. First of all, the quarantine buoy was a half mile up river from the location given in the instructions. It was a simple buoy..orange with a yellow flag, right across from the first marina and just past the ferry dock, not out in the channel where the instructions gave its waypoint. We had the first wave of quarantine inspectors arrive, consisting of one nice Fijian gentleman, and two nice young peace corps volunteers who appear to have started this whole bureaucracy by "educating" the locals on the dangers of mosquito borne illness. They carefully explained the dangers of dengue fever to us, didn't even mention Chicken Gonya, and closed up and bombed our boat. read more...


11/06/2014

Starship - Last-Leg-2-Lagos (day 03)

SUN: Wenig Sonne, jede Menge Wolken und immer wieder Nieselregen. Wir sind "angebertelt". Minimum 3 Schichten, oftmals sogar 4.RUN: Wir bergen den Parsailor bei über 22 Knoten Wind. Segeln wäre ja noch möglich, aber das Bergen wird mit jedem 10-tel Knoten Wind schwieriger, daher muss er runter. Wir setzen Großsegel und Genua. Anfangsbei gutem Wind segeln wir noch mit über 7 Knoten dahin, dann nimmt der Wind ab, und das ewige Schlagen der Segel wird immer nerviger. Schließlich bäumen wir die Genua aus und schleichen im Schmetterling dahin. Bis wir irgendwann bei 4 Knoten angelangt sind, der Wind wieder dreht, der Kurs zu südlich wird, und wir mitten in der Nacht bei Nieselregen wieder den Rückbau auf "raumen Wind" vornehmen. So viel zu einem geordneten Wachsystem :-).FUN: Wir haben schon. read more...


11/06/2014

American Spirit II - Day 156; Leaving Tonga for Fiji, a Poisonous Snake Boards Hebe & Wind Forecast Wrong, Again; Tuesday, June 10, 2014

7:40 AM up. Throat sore. Seems as though I got the sore throat from Joel, who had one a week ago. He had told me before. I forgot. I'm over 50. Had breakfast on board, then we dingied into the Aquarium Cafe at 8:45 AM. Joel to check the internet and me to go to the medical clinic to see if I needed any thing for my throat. At the clinic I was first in line. The doctor said I had a virus, and that the Doxycyline I was taking for my leg might help my throat. He also told me to look in the mirror, and if the back of my throat turned white and pussy, to take the medication I had for such a malady. I went to pay the pharmacist on my way out and was told 'no charge.' Cool.I then walked to the market and bought one more dozen eggs, then back to the Aquarium Cafe, where Joel and I dingied back. read more...


11/06/2014

Ca Canny - Bye bye Bayona

And so our brief time in Bayona is coming to an end – a couple of lovelywalks around the hills and fort took up much of yesterday. Trousers were dulyprocured and we had a fantastic reception with the Commodore of the MRYC lastnight – lots of stories swapped and tales expanded upon. Many many thanks to ourhosts!   Almost all of the boats are now with us – Salsus arrived to a slightlymuted reception (in comparison with the raucous daytime welcomes – foghorns areprobably not great to be honked at just after midnight) and it looks like wewill be catching up with Spirit III later on today when the rally arrives inPovoa de Varzim. Winds are looking very light so we’ll have to see if we canmake the most of it today – I certainly don’t fancy much more motor “sailing”.What we do have to look. read more...


11/06/2014

Starblazer - 11/06/2014 – Update from Vava’u

First I must apologise for the lack of logs, I really thought I had written one last week.If I had, it would probably have had some expletives deleted, but more of that later.The first part of the week was taken up with rally events, the leg prize giving with a very good buffet on Tuesday evening, followed on Wednesday by a trip to the very interesting Botanical Garden, followed by a Tongan feast at lunchtime, then the Skippers’ briefing for Fiji.To my great surprise, we won the fun competition, guessing the date and time of our arrival in Tonga.I’d guessed at 0815 Bora Bora time but was a few hours out because the wind wasn’t very helpful during the preceding night! I was also presented with a Kava Bowl as one of the (fairly) regular bloggers, I’m not sure we will buy any Kava root for. read more...


10/06/2014

Webster - Worse things happen at sea

Tuesday 10th June 2014 Position 37 48'N 19 17'W 507 DTDLast night we settled in for a hopefully comfortable ride with the spinnaker up to make up the average speed necessary to get to Lagos in good time for Igor to make his flight home on Sunday. The wind started to build but we decided to stick with it hitting 10 knots at times and never really dropping below 8 knots, we were really eating up the miles and putting some in the bank ahead of the forthcoming light patch due Wednesday. We were probably too reliant on the auto pilot however and around 0500 in the pre dawn light we broached heavily in a gust. I was in the forepeak cabin as Neal came in to say we needed to get the spinnaker down, rather stating the obvious. I struggled to get into my track suit bottoms managing to do a. read more...


Orion - Practicing Spanish with locals
Orion - Practicing Spanish with locals

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