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Free Spirit - Log 1: 09/05/2015
Free Spirit - Log 1: 09/05/2015
09/05/2015

Jambo - We are off!.... Well in two hours

2 hours before we leave and all the final checks done- weather forecast looks with good winds for 2/4 days then we could get lighter winds and then headwinds- ho hum.All the boats are going off at the same timeso with 50 or so yachts and Cats going off at once it should be a picture if a bit chaotic.What to wearon such an occasion ? "bob has chosen his Armanired slacks with matching top whilstTom and are are wearingco ordinated Versace deck ware from the summer collectionPhilip. read more...


09/05/2015

Dala - Log Day 1: Delay of our departure

Hi, allIt seems we are going to miss by a few hours up to two days the official departure of the rally: We received a mail a few hours ago by our one and only crew, Richard: He is stuck at Porto Rico Airport, after his flight from New York was delayed due to the heavy fog.As of now, he doesn't know exactly when he'll arrive.... In addition, if this goes until Sunday, we may not be able to clear out Customs and immigration (I still have to check that) until Monday...What a mess...Let's keep smiling,Albert & Joëlle. read more...


09/05/2015

Free Spirit - Log Day 1: 9 May 2015

Log Day 1: 9 May 2015News of the Conservative victory and the meltdown of the other parties, SNP excepted, has reached us. However, here in the BVIs, we have other preoccupations. Today is the day we cast off finally from Nanny Cay and head for the open sea of the Atlantic Ocean. First stop Bermuda in about 5 days' time. It has taken much hard work to get 'Free Spirit' and her crew prepared for the potential rigours ahead. All sorts of eventualities, good and bad, have been thought through and plans made accordingly. But we know that unanticipated happenings may be encountered to test our resources and ingenuity during the next few weeks and it is this element of uncertainty, greeted with a mixture of excitement and anxiety in varying proportions, that binds us. We are six; Peter,. read more...


09/05/2015

GarliX - Abschied von Französisch Polynesien

(8. Mai 2015 - Gedenktag!!) Wir nehmen Abschied von dieser begnadeten, üppigen, sagenhaften, wunderschönen Landschaft. Begnadet, weil es täglich regnet, die Natur getränkt wird und es immer warm ist. Und ja… wir waren nicht in Bora - Bora, DER Südseeinsel überhaupt. Es ist so schwierig mit den Superlativen, ständig sind wir in der schönsten Bucht gewesen. Wo war es nun wirklich am Schönsten? Vielleicht - nein sicher - auf den Marquesas. Es ist nicht ganz so busy; irgendwie urgewaltiger, etwas roher und ehrlicher. Nicht so ganz haben wir uns mit den Riffen angefreundet; alles nett bei Sonne und haltendem Anker. Andererseits ist man innerhalb der Riffe auch geschützt vorm Pazifik… ein wenig wie „Segeln auf der Having". Nur selten gefunden haben wir die schlanken. read more...


09/05/2015

Mahe' 3 - Il Giorno prima della partenza

Tutto è pronto su Mahè3.Gli ultimi acquisti sono stati fatti, il nostro cuoco Raphael, ha tutto sotto controllo.Il meteo sembra buono, fin troppo.Prima del Brifing, decido di andare a fare il pieno di Carburante, e quando ritorno al posto barca, mi accorgo che c'è qualche cosa che non va; esce poca acqua dal tubo di scarico. Dopo un controllo generale, ho un sospetto: la girante!!Apro la pompa dell'acqua, operazione al quanto complicata visto dove è posizionata, e con pazienza smonto la vecchia girante: è completamente spappolata.Che fortuna ! Se fosse capitato in mare, sarebbe stato sicuramente tutto più complicato.Cena fantastica, ovviamente in barca e poi letto, domani sarà una lunga giornata !. read more...


08/05/2015

Firefly - Anchored out in the Pacific Ocean

Firefly is anchored at 23 degrees 40 minutes south and 178 degrees 58 minutes west. Unless you scroll down to considerable detail on electronic charts it will look as if we are anchored in the middle of the ocean.We are in fact inside North Minerva Reef and are sharing the 2 mile diameter lagoon with about 20 other yachts, most of whom are sailing with the ICA rally. We are anchored in 15 metres of clear water on a sandy bottom. Initially as we approached Minerva we could see yacht masts before we could see the reef - a bizarre sight. We arrived here at 1100 on Friday 8th June and it has been fantastic to get out the uncomfortable waves we encountered en route here from New Zealand.Minerva is a coral Atol similar to many we have visited during our time in the Pacific. Here is a short. read more...


08/05/2015

Agua Dulce - Waiting on Ana...

We were looking forward to the start of the rally tomorrow, but now we’re looking forward to attending an Arts Festival in Portsmouth benefiting a local children’s hospice. As we wait for Sub Tropical Storm Ana to move out, we’ve got more time to make sure our safety gear is in good order, do more laundry, and top off our provisions. We’re a little bit envious of the rally participants at Nanny Cay that are leaving tomorrow, but know that waiting is the best course of action for now. More later!Gretchen CunninghamS/V Agua Dulce. read more...


08/05/2015

Jambo - Ready to go

All checks done , provisions on board and customs cleared so good to go tomorrow morningWeather forecast looks ok at least for the first 3/4 daysNanny Cay has been a good venue whilst we get ready but it's steamy hot so tom , bob andme are keen to get on the move. We need to make good speed to get to Bermuda in time for the dinner and to meet Nick and Carol- fly Jambo!PhilipSent from my iPhone. read more...


08/05/2015

Abigail - Abigail Ready to go

All of the crew has arrived.David and Mary Bows arrived yesterday evening.Yesterday was Pam's birthday and we celebrated by going to Brandywine, an excellent restaurant here on Tortola.We also celebrated Mary's birthday, which was a couple of days ago and David's, which is today.We are stowing final bits of gear and food and checking systems and rigging.We just got new sails last week over in St. Thomas.The guys at Quantum did a great job making sure the sails were ready for our scheduled departure.We've only sailed a little since we got the sails, but they look great and we're looking forward to putting them to good use. Right the weather looks ideal for a fun passage to Bermuda.. read more...


04/05/2015

Defyr - Getting ready to sail home

Here we are in Nassau waiting for our  crew to join us. Ossi and Ville have already arrived and Nina will be with on thursday. After we have the whole gang on board we will set our sails to Bermuda, where we will meet the ARC Europe fleet. We have followed ARC Europe’s facebook pages and seen the sunny pictures from Nanny Cay, where the fleet is getting ready. Welcoming parties, rhum tastings, safety checks. In a meanwhile here in Nassau, it’s been raining cats and dogs for three days in row. And the rainy days seem to continue. Well at least we will be read for the wet conditions at sea… so beware! 😊Our plan is to leave Bermuda on friday or saturday and at the moment the weather looks like that could happen. We have had two Norwegian boats beside us on the dock, who aim to cross. read more...


07/05/2015

Windswept - Almost Ready

With less than 48 hours to go the Windswept crew is on board and the boat is provisioned. With just a few things to put away and have the crew safety briefings we'll be ready to go. Yeah!. read more...


07/05/2015

Crazy Horse - Getting READY for start

Hello out there to all interested readers!The Crazy Horse and crew have been madly getting the boat prepared to return to sea and north to the Chesapeake Bay. She has had a major facelift after some long trips around the globe.Miles and co. have done an absolutely superb job of painting her hull,bottom , mast and boom . She looks ever so much better! She has a new attitude as well- we can just feel it ! Wefinally had the time to get back onto the blog site after shopping, cleaning, putting sails back on, cleaning, andgetting all parts into working order.Of course we have had a tasteof the local rum punch, painkillers,and some great food right here at Peg Legs. Surely, you can imagine that hasn't affected us in any way of getting our jobs completed as crew members!We have met some of the. read more...


Widago - Pre-Game Day 3: Safety Day - Flares & Flags
Widago - Pre-Game Day 3: Safety Day - Flares & Flags
Widago - Pre-Game Day 3: Safety Day - Flares & Flags
Widago - Pre-Game Day 3: Safety Day - Flares & Flags
07/05/2015

Widago - Pre-Game Day 3: Safety Day - Flares & Flags

Whoa…getting closer by the minute to our departure. The remainder of our crew for the Tortola-Bermuda Leg arrived Tuesday. Just a slight delay as the luggage compartment on their flight from San Juan failed to close. Luckily their luggage containing, 30 pounds of gravy mix, did not plummet into the Sir Francis Drake Channel. That would have been most unfortunate.Wednesday was officially “Safety Day” here in Tortola as we prepare for the Atlantic crossing. ARC Rally Yellow Shirts, Lyle, Jake, & Peter gave explosive presentations on pyrotechnics and life rafts. Obviously, the rally kids were eager volunteers. William & Adelaide experienced first hand the importance of wearing protective gloves and googles while deploying flares. David & Adelaide made it look easy hoisting. read more...


07/05/2015

Gozwoz - The Crew at Nanny Cay

This is our very first blog as crew of GOZWOZ. We are having a great time meeting the other crews and are ready to go on Saturday. Hopefully our SSB radio will be able to send updates! Please follow our Yellowbrick!image1. read more...


Gozwoz - The Crew at Nanny Cay
Gozwoz - The Crew at Nanny Cay
07/05/2015

Firefly - Rough Passage to North Minerva

Up until this afternoon (Thursday 7th May 2015) its been too rough to contemplate writing a blog. However, the wind is finally on the beam as opposed to being well in front, the sun is out and we have 18 knots of breeze and finally Firefly is going really fast. Its less than 150 miles to North Minerva Reef and we will be anchoring inside the lagoon from tomorrow.Due to the conditions its taken a full day longer to cover the distance but the timing should now work out well, enabling us to enter the entrance to the lagoon when the sun is high. The original plan was also to first make a stop at South Minerva some 20 miles closer to NZ. However, John Martin the ICA rally leader on his boat Windflower has advised (via e mail that we pick up using our SSB radio) that with the forecast. read more...


07/05/2015

Dala - Log Day minus 3 - Emotions: the start is nearing!

Hi, all,Wow! The emotions are intensifying: The start is nearing!This is our very first log. I know, we are lazy... No that's not true... simply we have been so busy preparing our boat and ourselves for this adventure.And suddenly, it seems to happen: This morning I raised the Rally flag (see the attached picture).Joëlle my lovely lady and myself, for the ones of you who do not know us yet: It will be our first crossing, so now you better understand our emotions.Good wind to all of us,AlbertIMG_6864. read more...


Dala - Log Day minus 3 - Emotions: the start is nearing!
Dala - Log Day minus 3 - Emotions: the start is nearing!
Zingara - wird es wieder sooo schön ?
Zingara - wird es wieder sooo schön ?
Zingara - endlich, in 4 Tagen legen wir ab
Zingara - endlich, in 4 Tagen legen wir ab
05/05/2015

Jambo - At the start and getting organised

Jambo's at Nanny Cay and Tom and I working through a long list of jobs - good news is we appear to have sorted out the problem with the generator.Safety checks tomorrow so hopefully good to go on SaturdayPhilip. read more...


04/05/2015

Exody - Days 107-113 : ".......et le premier prix pour categorie cruising - Exody !"

So came the announcement to our great surprise and pleasure as we picked up the only 'gong' as part of the World ARC Fleet participating in the 12th annual Tahiti Pearl Regatta.Exody came top on points over the four races for the 14-strong cruising class and we received our locally produced half model boat award at a beach ceremony and party on the tiny Motu Mahaea last night, Saturday 2nd May. Five World ARC boats with crew representation from several others, including ARC yellowshirt Joel as Exody's regatta crew, joined the thirty five boat fleet. We are based in Raiatea which shares its encircling reef and lagoon with neighbour Tahaa. Huahine is clearly visible about 20 miles to the east and BoraBora a similar distance to the northwest.Together with Maupiti these make of the Leeward. read more...


04/05/2015

Widago - Pre-Game Day 1: Mighty Preparations

I can tell we are getting close to departure: there is an increased energy to everything. The fact that we were up, showered and caffeinated by seven, while not uncommon for most, was way out of character for us. The volume and rough-housing coming from the port side hull continues to increase exponentially as we approach Saturday’s departure. To say that the boys are excited would be an understatement. In preparation for our safety inspection this morning, Skipper reviewed all manner of safety procedures: fire, flooding, rigging failure, tethering, and my personal favorite - Man Overboard. MOB discussions are really great if you've been sleeping too much and need something to keep you awake lying in pool of sweaty twisted sheets from 1-4am.  Needless to say, Yellow Shirt Lyall. read more...


Widago - Pre-Game Day 1: Mighty Preparations
Widago - Pre-Game Day 1: Mighty Preparations
04/05/2015

Juno - Tahiti

Our pilot book states that the southern pass into Papeete, the capital of Tahiti, is accessible at all times – other than when there is a big swell from the west.  We are now accustomed to the swell in the South Pacific; it normally sets from the south, but today - well today it seems to be coming out of the west and I estimate it to be between two and three metres – that’s quite big.  A mile away from shore I scan the horizon through my binoculars and all I can see is surf breaking. Now we are only a few hundred metres away and I can clearly make out the channel markers, and nearby, surfers lie on their boards, waiting to catch the waves – always a bad sign. I am thinking of aborting the entry when I see a catamaran enter the pass ahead of us. There is a gap between. read more...


04/05/2015

Juno - Moorea

On watch in the early morning one can truly appreciate the slow and uplifting wonder of dawn. It starts with a faint light in the eastern sky; colour seeps from the horizon, spilling into the clouds, lilac at first, then pink and gold as the kaleidoscope revolves. As the first orange crescent appears above the horizon, the colours deepen and become rich and vivid. On the island ahead the dark peaks light up first, high above they are first to see the new sun; then slowly, the light spills down the eastern slopes, long dark shadows withdrawing into the deep green ravines cut into the hillside. The sun enjoys its first glimpse and now climbs quickly, increasing in power and splendour as it rises to create the new day.After a night sail from Fakarava we are approaching Moorea, brooding and. read more...


04/05/2015

Firefly - New Zealand to the Minerva Reef

Firefly started the passage to Tonga at 1030 on Saturday 2nd May. Leaving the Bay of Islands in beautiful weather with very light winds we motored away as part of the ICA's Pacific Circuit Rally. A start line had been set off the Opua Boat Club and as the signal sounded the fleet crossed the line with their engines roaring away - all except for Firefly who gently sailed across at the far end of the line - and then started the diesel.During the preparations we had reviewed the weather forecast on many occasions to ensure we were leaving at a good time for this potentially difficult trip. We therefore anticipated 24 hours motoring and during that spell that it would pay to head out to the East as much as possible. The expected point of sailing once the wind arrived was a close or beam. read more...


04/05/2015

American Spirit II - Day 481; The Last Day , We See Something We've Never Seen Before, the Welcome Home Party & the Last Log; Saturday, May 2, 2015

Up at 6:00 AM. Darlene is next up at 7:20 AM, followed by Joel at 7:30 AM. Breakfast at 8:00 AM consists of bacon, 3 eggs, chilled pear halves and multi-grain bread. This is the last meal on the boat Joel and I will have after 483 days on the boat. After breakfast Joel and I finish up the pictures for the media that we expect will be at the Boca Ciega Yacht Club today. Then Joel 'dresses' the boat; meaning we put up a lot of signal flags on halyards at the front of the boat and the stern. It was something we did a lot of in our trip in foreign ports. I've received some more emails from around the country. Thank you for your thoughts, Bill from Texas; and Bob from Ohio. I also received an email from Kathleen and Marc from Toronto. I have to post their email here because they've written. read more...


04/05/2015

American Spirit II - Day 480; Almost There, Really; Friday, May 1, 2015

Up at 8:00 AM. Coffee. We have to depart the marina by 9:00 AM because a fishing tournament is transplanting us. At 9:00 AM we depart the marina and while heading out of the channel to the bay we run aground in 4.6 feet of water. Who knew?! We're in the middle of the channel. As I learned in Australia, 'No Worries' in backing up and getting off the sand and mud. We then anchor 500 yards, or meters as my European friends would say, from the marina so we can have breakfast.Off in the distance is the Sunshine Skyway, a 200 foot bridge spanning Tampa Bay. Breakfast today is bacon, 3 eggs, chilled pear halves and multi-grain bread. No potatoes as I saving them for dinner tonight in the form of French fries. During breakfast Joel offers some advice on life, what I call 'The World According to. read more...


02/05/2015

GarliX - Tahiti Pearl Race… Fazit: nicht nachmachen

Klingt doch gut… Teilnahme an einem Race in der Südsee… Unser Fazit ist… macht es bloß nicht nach….Zum Skippermeeting wurde Vieles geklärt… wann sind die Partys, welches Outfit ist zu tragen, auch das Brot für den nächsten Tag war organisiert, wie sind die Starts… zuerst die Kat’s, dann die Racer, dann die Cruiser… alles wurde lange erklärt. Nur die Frage, WANN der Start ist war zu schwierig. Dazu sollte man auf den nächsten Tag 7:00 auf die Funkansage warten. Diese war 30 Minuten zu spät; also um 7:30 - für den Start, der dann um 8:00 sein sollte. Da wir aber blickig sind, war uns schon klar, dass der Start früh sein muss, wenn wir im ersten Rennen 7sm segeln sollen und im 2. Rennen 25sm mit Wind von vorne. Also waren wir schon draußen und mit uns auch die anderen Boote. Aber… jetzt. read more...


GarliX - Tahiti Pearl Race… Fazit: nicht nachmachen
GarliX - Tahiti Pearl Race… Fazit: nicht nachmachen
Zingara - Startklar nach Bermuda, Besuch bei Bootswäsche
Zingara - Startklar nach Bermuda, Besuch bei Bootswäsche
Zingara - Startklar nach Bermuda, Besuch bei Bootswäsche
Zingara - Startklar nach Bermuda, Besuch bei Bootswäsche
Zingara - Startklar nach Bermuda, Besuch bei Bootswäsche
Zingara - Startklar nach Bermuda, Besuch bei Bootswäsche
01/05/2015

Zingara - Wir melden uns zurück

Gestrandet in Port Canaveral 2014 wollen wir nun endlich wiedermit dabei sein. New York blieb uns verwehrt im letzten Sommer,hatten wir doch kurz nach dem Ablegen in Fort Lauderdale dashoffentlich einmalige Erlebnis, im Pulk von 6 Yachten als Einzigevom Blitz erwischt zu werden.So hangelten wir uns mit nem Handfunkgerät und dem LaptopDank Nimble Navstick durch bis Port Canaveral, wo wir in derOcean Club Marina einen schönen sicheren Liegeplatz bekamenund dort mit den Reparaturen der gesamten Elektrik und Elektronicbegannen.Nun ist alles neu und wir sind bereit, in Bermuda die ARC Truppe zutreffen, um dann gemeinsam ein weiteres Mal den großen Teich zuüberqueren.Ingo aus Obermörlen, Nils aus Friedberg, Wolfgang aus Friedrichsdorfund ich, Ernst auch aus Friedrichsdorf wollen unser Bestes. read more...


01/05/2015

American Spirit II - Day 479; Almost There & Thank You Log Readers for Your Emails; Thursday, April 30, 2015

One year ago today:I can't find that log in my archives, so there's nothing to report 'one year ago today.' *******************************Up at 7:42 AM. Its cloudy and windy. The forecast, according to Joel, is for winds from the northwest at 15-25 knots. How's that for a forecast? What a big wind spread. There is a free Herald Tribune newspaper in our cockpit. Nice touch Marina Jack. Joel gets up at 8:30 AM.Breakfast is at 10:00 AM. Bacon, 3 eggs, cut up and spiced potato, non-chilled pineapple slices and the last of our cinnamon bread. Darlene has one slice of brown bread with mayonnaise and bacon. At 10:55 AM I send out a log and one email. The Wifi is very, very fast. Amazing. We depart Marina Jack at 11:22 AM. I'm concerned when we leave that the wind will blow us into a piling at. read more...


12/11/2014

Club Carp - Club Carp: Zen and the Art of Sailboat Maintenance

Well, it's been another wonderful sail, taking a little over eight and a half days.We've ate and drank well; had more laughs than a barrel full of monkeys; advanced our personal knowledge of sail trimming and boat performance; and added another 1200 miles to our sailing resumes.Club Carp sets a high bar when it comes to zen and the art of sailboat maintenance.She outperforms when asked and keeps us safe in all conditions.As for the crew, I can't say enough about them.Captain Jeff and Woody, the "maintenance twins," are an amazing duo.They might bicker at times like the two old guys in the balcony on the Muppet Show, but they always come to a shared solution in the end. Beyond their mechanical, electrical and carpentry expertise, I can only hope to someday obtain the same depth of sailing. read more...


Club Carp - Club Carp: Zen and the Art of Sailboat Maintenance
Club Carp - Club Carp: Zen and the Art of Sailboat Maintenance
01/05/2015

American Spirit II - Day 478; We Travel from Venice to Marina Jack in Sarasota; Wednesday, April 29, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 116; Tour of Moorea, Albert and His 3 Wives and our Departure Delayed a Day due to High & Building Winds; Tuesday, April 29, 2014. At 10:15 AM we started a tour of the island with Follie a Deux in an 8 person taxi/mini van driven by Albert, who advised as we started the tour that he had 3 wives and numerous children and grand children. Not sure if polygamy is legal in French Polynesia, but Albert certainly believes its OK. His oldest wife is 67 and the other two are 42 and 39. He's 75 and by his own account is the biggest tour operator on the island."*****************************Up at 7:00 AM. Joel and Darlene are up at 8:10 AM. Breakfast at 8:45 AM consists of bacon, 3 eggs, potato, chilled pear halves and cinnamon bread. Darlene had a protein shake.We. read more...


30/04/2015

Exocet Strike - Tahiti to Moorea

The obserant followers will haven noticed that we have moved 12 milesfrom Marina Taina on Tahiti to Cooks Bay on the nearby island of Moorea. Its famed, rightly for its beauty, unfortunately asyet we havent been able to sign onto wifi here! Never mind we may move toanother bay tomorrow where there is more chance and its equallybeautiful. It rained very heavily and got pretty windy on theway here yesterday, and last night it felt cold, well 27 deg C is cold to usnow. Today it rained again, pretty torrential but we managed to get ashore thisafternoon for a wander around. Several small supermarkets with lots of goodies,not quite as good as the Carrefour on Tahiti but still pretty good. Hopefully be able to book another dive course withTop Dive, or maybe just go snorkelling tomorrow.. read more...


29/04/2015

Exody - Days 102-106: Fleshpots of Tahiti

Nearly three months since the last alongside berth at Panama, we are enjoying being plugged into mains electricity, unlimited use of fresh water on the dock, stepping ashore into the middle of Papeete and all from a split new marina with a pristine shower and toilet block just out the wrappers - we are just about the first users - only about a dozen boats here with space for 100+ so what's not to like?Only downside is a bit of traffic noise from the adjacent dual carriageway that is busy from before 6am. Much landscaping work in evidence on the quayside walkway with 'guyed' semi-mature coconut palms, new grass, endless tropical flowering shrubs all being completed for the imminent formal opening.We arrived here Wednesday afternoon 22nd April, mostly motorsailing the 18 miles upwind from. read more...


30/04/2015

American Spirit II - Day 477; 'Dolphin Day,' We Get Wet as a Front Crashes Thru, & We Make It To Venice; Tuesday, April 28, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 115; Sailed from Tahiti to Moorea in Bumpy Seas; Monday, April 28, 2014. We departed the marina at 9:30 AM and sailed under jib only, and a reefed jib at that, the 10 miles to Moorea. Along the way we encountered winds up to 28 knots and seas of 3 to 5 feet. 'Bad' weather is coming. Too bad. We averaged between 6 and 7.3 knots. One of the galley cabinets wasn't properly locked so its contents went flying out and all over the floor. Paul's Kindle also went flying, but because he had just bought a rubber cover, it wasn't destroyed."*******************************Up at 7:00 AM. At 8:00 AM I checked us out of South Seas marina. At 8:13 AM we left the dock and after departing the marina area headed south, following the channel until we could head east and then get into. read more...


29/04/2015

Tara - Arrival Into Nanny Cay Tomorrow!

TARA will be heading into Nanny Cay Marina tomorrow morning for some final repairs/maintenance before the rally begins.Our crew arrives Sunday. We are excited to bring them aboard and meet the other boats next week!. read more...


28/04/2015

American Spirit II - Day 476; We Arrive at South Seas Plantation on Captiva Island After Completing Our Last Overnight Sail; Monday, April 27, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 114: The Car Tour thru the Clouds and 20 Waterfalls; Sunday, April 27, 2014. Paul and David were early (6:30 AM) risers. Breakfast at 8:00 AM was special in that besides eggs, we had bacon for the first time on our trip. Along with French bread, of course."********************************As I said in the subject line above, we just completed our last overnight sail. We had somewhere between 170 and 200 of these on our trip. Of course, whenever you have an 'overnight' sail, you're sailing 24 hours a day.Up at 5:55 AM to relieve Darlene. We're a couple of miles off the coast of Sanibel/Captiva Island. I call on my cell phone South Seas Plantation and found out that the marina personnel come in at 8:00 AM.The wind is 8 knots and we're motor sailing at 5.5 knots thru. read more...


27/04/2015

Firefly - Preparations for the passage to Tonga

Firefly was left moored at the Bay of Islands Marina in Opua, New Zealand, while we spent 4 weeks in England. Arriving back completely shattered we are gradually getting back into life onboard. Our visit back to 'Blighty' was well timed, coinciding with some great spring weather and we really enjoyed spending time with family and friends. it was somewhat of a shock to return to an autumnal NZ which is getting cooler, gets dark early and has at times been exceptionally wet. Today is Tuesday 28th April and our departure is currently planned for 1030 on Saturday 2nd May. We have joined the Pacific Circuit Rally organised by an Opua based yacht rally company known as the Island Cruising Association. Run on a smaller scale than World Cruising, ICA are similar in being both very well organised. read more...


Jambo - Jambo back in the water today
Jambo - Jambo back in the water today
27/04/2015

American Spirit II - Day 475; We Leave Key West for South Seas Plantation on Captiva Island; Sunday, April 26, 2015

New tracker information from Rally Control:Now that the World ARC has finished, the rally reporting and mapping has also finished. Yourself, family and friends can follow the progress of American Spirit on your YB private page http://my.yb.tl/americanspirit*****************************One year ago today:"Day 113; Paul and David Fox Arrive; for Their Second Leg; Saturday, April 26, 2014. Back at the boat at noon; then left again to walk to McDonald's near the boat. Ordered a double cheeseburger, fries and coke. First time in a McDonald's since leaving on the trip. Only problem was that I expected the double cheeseburger to be smaller than it was. Ate it, but shouldn't have. Joel ordered a frappe and got a serious case of ice cream forehead. I'm glad he didn't pass out because I wasn't. read more...