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01/06/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - Hey big boat maintenance and repair spender.....

N33:31:343    W55:46:028 Boat miles: 486 Distance to go: 1349   Well it is interesting what pops into you heardwhen in the middle of a rather large storm.......this one lasted about 9 hours,included the usual suspects of thunder and lightning, had lots of torrentialrain and included, just for the joy of it, winds gusting to 34kts. very nicereally, so we are now waiting for some sunshine to dry us out once again. Wewere advised of gusts and showers, but nothing like what we experienced. Ah, thecruising life.   We have been mulling over the costs of our journeyso far, hence the title - ho hum. Had we known then what we know now, would wehave still done it? Well this is a debating question round a table set fair withfood and drink.   We have also noticed. read more...


01/06/2014

Anna Sophia - Oceaandagboek deel 2, dag 11

Positie: 38.03.154 N 35.51.831 WCOG; 84 grSOG: 5,2 ktsDagafstand: 127 nmDTF: 341 nmZeilvoering: MWind: 9.0 kts @ 204 grWeer: halfbewolktZicht: goedGolven: 0,5 mLuchtdruk: 1035 mbarWatertemperatuur: 21,3 gZeezieken: 0"Jan ik geloof dat we de motor maar moeten starten." De Schip ligt breeduitop het 2persoonsbed en slaapt diep, heel diep. Een rustige wacht loopt om6.30 uur deze morgen bijna teneinde, wanneer ik mijn poging nog windtevangen resoluut opgeef. Vannacht ging het eigenlijk prima! Doordat weplotseling halve wind konden varen, was het voltuig voldoende de 11 knopenwind om te zetten in een snelheid van net boven de 5 kts. Maar nu,mistroostig staar ik naar de snelheidsmeter, 3,6 , 3,7 3,4. Het is over,gedaan en definitief tijd de zo zorgvuldig bewaarde diesel aan te spreken.Jan is. read more...


01/06/2014

Webster - Spiderman no match for a Webster!

Monday 26th May 2014. Position : horizontal after only two tinniesCorrected finish place: Third overall. 13 days 13 hours 40 minutes, that's how long it took us to arrive safely in Horta. 0140 to be precise local time. Seems like two weeks to me but we are here!! The last day at sea was quite eventful despite the fact that the wind had gone a bit lighter. The Blue Peter Badge this time goes to Neal who spotted what on the horizon seemed like a dark conical cloud appearing sporadically between white cumulus. The island of Pico can indeed be spied from miles off as it reaches some 2350 metres and although not obvious, he was right and a loud "Land Ahoy" was bellowed with about 50 miles or so to go. The island of Faial is right next to Pico so we knew we were on track much to the surprise. read more...


01/06/2014

Nexus - Kapa and Nuku Island, and Swallow's Cave

We spent the last two nights at Kapa and Nuku Island, just south of Port Maurelle, in Vava'u, Tonga. It is a beautiful spot with a white sand beaches nearby, crystal clear water where you can see your anchor 20M on the bottom, with dramatic island landscapes all around. We look forward to uploading more pictures once we have Wifi access again. We spent yesterday exploring with Kiapa and played Mexican Train dominoes with them in the evening, which was great fun. This morning, Russ and Brian had the opportunity to take their 52' Gunboat for a performance sail with the guys all morning offshore, where we flew every sail in their locker...who gets to do that? The ladies spent the day on shore andenjoyed meeting the locals and attending a very long church service. This evening, NDS Darwin. read more...


01/06/2014

American Spirit II - Day 146; Final Provisioning and Leaving Niue for the Kingdom of Tonga; Friday, May 30, 2014

Up at 7:30 AM. First order of business before breakfast was to apply the 'temporary fix' to our broken shroud. Joel did this using 2 bear clamps borrowed from the boat Chez Nous, and some Dynema line. Strong as steel. If the shroud breaks before we get a new one, hopefully our temporary fix will hold the mast up long enough for us to drop our sails. Next we called a company in Florida called Yacht Power. Used the satellite phone. Ordered 6 new generator impellers, a gasket, and some other generator parts. Will be delivered to my daughter Angela in Charlotte, North Carolina. She's visiting us in Fiji June 29. She'll be bringing so many spare parts with her that she'll need an extra large suitcase just to handle them. We also ordered a new ICOM radio for Nexus since they gave us a spare. read more...


01/06/2014

American Spirit II - Day 145; Toured Island, Whale Behavior & a Strange Usage for Duck Tape; Thursday, May 29, 2014

Up until 3:15 AM. Lot on my mind. Infection, rigging, batteries, charging, etc. 8:00 AM got up. Breakfast at 9:00 AM. In dingy by 10:30 AM heading to wharf. Stopped by house where laundry is being done. No one home. Walked by post office and mailed post cards. I wonder if they'll ever reach America. Have to go to New Zealand first. Rented a car at 11:30 AM. Fifty seven dollars. Half the price of a car rental in Moorea and Tahiti. Stopped by the hospital at 11:45 AM, trying to catch the doctor before he went to lunch. Successful. Suggested that my right calf infection was a contamination exposure from my Bora Bora infection, requiring a stronger prescription than I was taking to get rid of. Gave me a prescription of Ciprox. I asked for one for Doxycyline, also. For 'future' use. Got it.. read more...


Flomaida II - Das Washaway In Niue
Flomaida II - Das Washaway In Niue
Flomaida II - Vorsicht, es pieckst!
Flomaida II - Vorsicht, es pieckst!
Flomaida II - Leider ziemlich ungemütliches Wetter in Niue, aber dafür die Menschen um so gemütlicher!
Flomaida II - Leider ziemlich ungemütliches Wetter in Niue, aber dafür die Menschen um so gemütlicher!
Flomaida II - Die Höhlen in Niue unter Wasser
Flomaida II - Die Höhlen in Niue unter Wasser
Flomaida II - Die wilde Küste von Niue
Flomaida II - Die wilde Küste von Niue
Flomaida II - Da kommt unser Abendessen
Flomaida II - Da kommt unser Abendessen
Flomaida II - Attemberaubend
Flomaida II - Attemberaubend
Flomaida II - Immer wieder die Farben von blau bis grün und türkis
Flomaida II - Immer wieder die Farben von blau bis grün und türkis
Flomaida II - Gibt es ein schöneres Plätzchen zum Essen?
Flomaida II - Gibt es ein schöneres Plätzchen zum Essen?
Flomaida II - Happy Hour mit Blick......
Flomaida II - Happy Hour mit Blick......
Flomaida II - So lässt es sich aushalten im Pool der MaiKai Marina
Flomaida II - So lässt es sich aushalten im Pool der MaiKai Marina
Flomaida II - Christoph und Dagmar ausgesetzt im Paradies!
Flomaida II - Christoph und Dagmar ausgesetzt im Paradies!
Flomaida II - Großeinkauf mit Fahrrad und Dinghi
Flomaida II - Großeinkauf mit Fahrrad und Dinghi
Flomaida II - Die kleine und um so feinere MaiKai Marina in Bora Bora
Flomaida II - Die kleine und um so feinere MaiKai Marina in Bora Bora
Flomaida II - MaiKai Marina mit Flomaida und dem Wahrzeichen von BoraBora
Flomaida II - MaiKai Marina mit Flomaida und dem Wahrzeichen von BoraBora
Flomaida II - Ach wie schön ist MaiKai - diesmal nicht Panama!
Flomaida II - Ach wie schön ist MaiKai - diesmal nicht Panama!
Flomaida II - Oder für die Siesta?
Flomaida II - Oder für die Siesta?
Flomaida II - Da hol ich mir mein Schiff zum Reparieren doch in den Garten! Niue
Flomaida II - Da hol ich mir mein Schiff zum Reparieren doch in den Garten! Niue
Flomaida II - Mmhhhh in Nuie
Flomaida II - Mmhhhh in Nuie
Flomaida II - Der größte kleinste Yachtclub der Welt- da bin ich jetzt Mitglied!
Flomaida II - Der größte kleinste Yachtclub der Welt- da bin ich jetzt Mitglied!
Flomaida II - Bilderbuchfarben in Bora Bora
Flomaida II - Bilderbuchfarben in Bora Bora
01/06/2014

Starblazer - 01/06/2014 – Success

We have successes on several fronts to describe.We arrived in Neiafu harbour on Vavu’a early on Wednesday afternoon, having had to motor the last 6 miles to the finish line.If John had a fit, enthusiastic crew he could have sailed all the way, short tacking the last 6 miles, however this crew was more than happy to motor in!The formalities were completed on the customs dock where we had 4 smiling officials on board, representing health, customs, immigration and quarantine (I think).Thursday was a slightly destructive day, I unpicked the zips from the sprayhood because one needed replacing and the newer one needed strengthening work done to the surrounding canvas.John, meanwhile, sleeved the boom end fitting where the stainless steel pin had worn away the aluminium casting, allowing the. read more...


Flomaida II - Nach Niue mit Parasailor
Flomaida II - Nach Niue mit Parasailor
Flomaida II - reservierter Parkplatz vor einem besonders guten Restaurant in Bora Bora
Flomaida II - reservierter Parkplatz vor einem besonders guten  Restaurant in Bora Bora
Flomaida II - Christoph füttert einen Rochen
Flomaida II - Christoph füttert einen Rochen
Flomaida II - Seeballett bei Nordseewetter
Flomaida II - Seeballett bei Nordseewetter
Flomaida II - Luxus Resort in traumhaft schöner Lagune mit Blick auf das Wahrzeichen von Bora Bora
Flomaida II - Luxus Resort in traumhaft schöner Lagune mit Blick auf das Wahrzeichen von Bora Bora
Flomaida II - Unser Dinghi wird in Niue per Kran an Land gesichert, wegen des starken Schwells
Flomaida II - Unser Dinghi wird in Niue per Kran an Land gesichert, wegen des starken Schwells
Flomaida II - Hi, Hai!!!
Flomaida II - Hi, Hai!!!
Flomaida II - Die Tropfsteinhöhlen von Niue
Flomaida II - Die Tropfsteinhöhlen von Niue
Flomaida II - Hai trifft Ray- die besondere Begegnung
Flomaida II - Hai trifft Ray- die besondere Begegnung
Flomaida II - die Pilotfische immer dabei, als seien sie angewachsen
Flomaida II - die Pilotfische immer dabei, als seien sie angewachsen
Flomaida II - Haie unter sich, aber bei mir!
Flomaida II - Haie unter sich, aber bei mir!
Flomaida II - Einfach nur schön, trotz schlechtem Wetters
Flomaida II - Einfach nur schön, trotz schlechtem Wetters
Flomaida II - Ich, der "Bordaffe", entwirre die Ankerkette
Flomaida II - Ich, der
Flomaida II - Das glasklare Wasser und die Korallen
Flomaida II - Das glasklare Wasser und die Korallen
31/05/2014

Firefly - Firefly crosses the International Date Line

Crossing the International Date Line, like transiting the Panama Canal, was another key milestone of Firefly's circumnavigation. Although it takes some thinking about to understand the technicalities - this one was over in a few seconds and Friday 30th May was crossed off the calendar and it immediately became Saturday 31st.Leaving Niue our clocks were set at UTC -12, that being 11 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time, 12 hours behind British Summer Time. The Date Line will be crossed at some point before we reach Tonga so we decided to change the date as soon as we left in order to avoid any confusion regarding what day we will arrive. So we moved forward by 24 hours, the clocks were not changed and we are now at UTC +13, 12 hours in front of UTC and 13 hours in front of BST.If our. read more...


31/05/2014

Salsus - Get set! Ready! Go!

Well hello and welcome to S/Y Salsus’ first blog on the ARC Portugal rally. We have been ridiculously busy with all sorts of things, which prevented us from starting the nice tradition of blogging on the rally until now. The route of getting to Plymouth from Holland has been convoluted and rushed at the same time, but we did manage to get in some great sailing around Jersey, Guernsey and the fantastic ports of Paimpol and Lezardrieux in Brittany. The boat has behaved fantastically well – the things that were not working were not crucial to the sailing and it looks like everything is now up and running except for our miniVSAT. Too bad about that last one – we wanted to be the best informed boat out there and get there first even though we are the smallest boat (shared) in the rally!! So. read more...


31/05/2014

Orion - first blog

The trip to Plymouth was a very small taste of the good things to come! Our new crew member John enjoyed the delights of England including the start point, Eastbourne, then Brighton, Weymouth and Dartmouth. All great places! Keith joined us in Plymouth in time for us to finish the little jobs necessary before setting out. Already we have made some great friends and have had some “too good” nights! The party boat has been determined and it is not ours. The rally crew are very helpful and a preview of the visiting ports in Spain and Portugal are tantalising. Tomorrow is the big day. We head out at 9. Be great to start after all the preparations. Our first big ocean crossing! Bayona, here we come!. read more...


31/05/2014

Anna Sophia - Oceaandagboek deel 2, dag 10

Positie: 37.46 799 N 38.30 249 WCOG: 80 grSOG: 5.2 ktsDagafstand: 148 nmDTF: 451 nmZeilvoering: GR + GWind: 12 kts @ 214 grWeer: lichtbewollktZicht: goedGolven: 2 mLuchtdruk: 1032 mbarWatertemperatuur: 20,9 grZeezieken: 0Zaterdagmorgen 31 mei; 04.00 uur. Een rustmoment op de kajuittrap. Vannacht;de wind bleef net boven de 20 knopen hangen, om na 01.00 uurlangzaam naarbeneden te zakken. Omhooggehesenbeleef ik de rustige voortgang in eennieuwe morgen.Laura Dekker zei ooit na een langdurige oversteek: "Snel zalik nu het land ruiken, maar zo deinend op de mij zo vertrouwde oceaan, vindik dat stiekem toch een beetje jammer." Met de euforie van 'het aankomen' ingedachten, was dat destijds moeilijk te begrijpen. Maar deze morgen hier op de kajuittrap trekt hetzelfdegevoel zomaar door met. read more...


31/05/2014

Spirit III - Day 0 ? Final preparations

The last few days have involved crossing off all the ‘operation critical’ jobs from the jobs list. It seems like we'’ve been going non-stop, making sure we have everything we need before we leave and doing the final bits of testing. We'’ve also been meeting the other boats on the Rally and exchanging tips and some friendly banter.Ali, our final crew member who is joining us for the Biscay crossing arrived on Thursday.Yesterday (Friday) we went out for a brief sail to practice sail handling with the four of us and to test our new Storm Jib which arrived on Thursday morning. Thanks go to Sanders Sails for making it at the last minute and having it ready before departure.This morning Keith went up the rig for the final time to check the shrouds whilst Alice headed off to the shops to do the. read more...


Spirit III - Day 0 ? Final preparations
Spirit III - Day 0 ? Final preparations
31/05/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - Tie an Orange Ribbon round the sea Folks Queues

N:32:45:579   W58:02:432   Boatmiles  360                               GPS miles to go      1473   Andrew wrote about the corkscrew effect yesterdaybut it had nothing on what awaited us this morning, if any one wants any ideasfor a new ride at a theme park,  they should come out here to this cornerof the Atlantic and try out the sea, she is awesome.  We were bucking anddiving and rising and falling and twisting back and forth, good job Susanappears to have got over her sea sickness is all we cansay.   Busy day today, first of all we are going to say. read more...


Zoonie - Sunshine at last
Zoonie - Sunshine at last

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