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Flomaida II - !!!!!
Flomaida II - !!!!!
Flomaida II - Da freuen sich aber 2 über meine Kekse!
Flomaida II - Da freuen sich aber 2 über meine Kekse!
Flomaida II - Zwei Spuren im .... Sand!
Flomaida II - Zwei Spuren im .... Sand!
Flomaida II - Egal ob Groß oder Klein - für Manche dauert der Kirchgang einfach zu lange!
Flomaida II - Egal ob Groß oder Klein - für Manche dauert der Kirchgang einfach zu lange!
Flomaida II - Mmmhh, die leckeren Grapefruits- frisch vom Baum
Flomaida II - Mmmhh, die leckeren Grapefruits- frisch vom Baum
Flomaida II - Wie wahr!!
Flomaida II - Wie wahr!!
Flomaida II - Glückliche Kinder von Aneityum/ Vanuatu
Flomaida II - Glückliche Kinder von Aneityum/ Vanuatu
Flomaida II - Blick aus der Kirche auf die "Yachties"
Flomaida II - Blick aus der Kirche auf die
20/08/2014

American Spirit II - Day 226; Lot of Ship Traffic As We Make Our Way to Cape York and the Torres Strait at the Top of Australia; Tuesday, August 19, 2014

At 3:40 AM the auto pilot released itself from 'track' mode and jibed the boat. First time in a long time that that had happened. Jeanine was on watch. I got up at 5:25 AM. Shower, shave and coffee. At 5:54 PM I noticed the Rally boat Polaris coming up behind us at 1.75 miles,wing on wing with a reefed mainsail. The wind was 14 knots, and our speed 5.0 knots. Our movement thru the water was 3,9 knots, so we had a helping current of 1.1 knots. I spent some time going over the navigation chart plotter with Jeanine by having her stop and then put in new waypoints. At 7:08 AM the Ghena, a 623 cargo ship, was heading our way, 5.4 miles away. Its CPA (Closest Point of Approach) was .2 mile. Too close for comfort. At 7:13 AM I called the Ghena on VHF channel 16, and we agreed that we would pass. read more...


20/08/2014

American Spirit II - Day 225; Pleasant Sailing Towards the Tip of Cape York; Mondy, August 18, 2014

Up at 6:00 AM. Relieved Jeanine who was on the 3:00 AM to 6:00 AM watch. At 6:15 AM I jibed the main from starboard to port tack and changed our course heading to go under the Ripley Inlets instead of going around. That would save us 10 or 15 miles. A cloudy sunrise. At 7:05 AM Jeanine went to bed. At 7:11 AM the New Grace, 361 foot cargo ship, was coming up behind us. They passed our starboard and then angled 30 degrees away from us, at 1.4 miles. Its going to be mostly sunny today. Wind 11 knots and speed 5.4 knots. By 7:47 AM the wind had dropped to 5.4 knots and our boat speed was 3.4 knots. I think Cape Melville to my southeast may have cut off the wind. At 8:30 AM a commercial fishing boat was coming up behind us pulling a skiff. I heard that boat's engines at 8:45 AM. At 9:00 AM. read more...


18/08/2014

American Spirit II - Day 224; A Ride by Nexus, Green Flash #12 & Our Last Day at Lizard Island; Sunday, August 17, 2014

What I didn't mention yesterday is that Captain James Cook discovered Lizard Island in 1770; and that the island was devastated by a cyclone on April 11 of this year. Up at 7:34 AM. Turned the generator on at 7:40 AM to recharge the boat's batteries. No wind last night, so the wind turbine didn't keep the batteries charged up. Then I typed the previous day's log for SSB transmittal after breakfast.Breakfast at 9:00 AM consisted of scrambled eggs, cut up potato and chilled, chopped pineapple. At 10:17 AM I turned the AIS off and the SSB on. I turn off the AIS when I use the SSB because the radiation from the SSB is so great that it has already fried 3 previous AIS units. In the process of transmitting I was disconnected 5 times by the Sail Mail station in Australia. I finally gave up.. read more...


19/08/2014

Jumbuck - Baltic Rally - Klintholm, Mon, Denmark

Klintholmm is a small pretty holiday village, resident population 210, set on the south coast of the island of Mon. The Baltic Rally team chose this as our final port of the event, closest to Copenhagen yet still on a route back to the North Sea, and last night we enjoyed a bus trip, lunch and tour of the big smoke, then a wind up dinner and party in a local restaurant in Klintholm.Only 16 boats were represented out of the original compliment of 28. The others had either pulled out earlier to get back to home ports influenced by recent adverse weather, or left their boats at Kalmar aiming to winter them there, and return for more baltic cruising next summer.The pilot books say Klintholm allows 24 hour access but I have to say, with these gales / near gales raging from the SW, the narrow. read more...


19/08/2014

Nexus - Cormorant Pass, Great Barrier Reef

Once we heard that the repair of the locks at our destination marina in Darwin might be delayed, we decided to stay an extra day at Lizard Island enjoying it's many attractions. We snorkeled the Clam Garden, with many giant clams and large schools of colorful reef fish. The giant clams are just amazing and we're glad to see they are still growing and protected. We took a second hike up to the top of Cooks Lookout as the sky was completely clear, and we were rewarded with horizon to horizon views of the reef and it's many passages, as well as the reefs surrounding Lizard Island and the mainland. It's a cardiac workout but well worth it! Last night, we turned the underwater lights on NEXUS on, and had 5 giant trevali swimming around our boat. This morning we left the harbor as the sun was. read more...


19/08/2014

Sweet Pearl - Cairns -->Darwin - 4.Tag - Slalom durchs Reef

Unsere Slalomfahrt vorbei an Felsen, Reefs, Sandbänken, Wracks etc geht weiter. Der Wind ist meistens zur Stelle, soll aber dann konstant zur Stelle sein nachdem wir den Kap morgen im Laufe des Tages erreichen sollen und es westwärts geht. Alle sind wohl auf und immer sehr beschäftigt;-). Obwohl wir der Küste entlang segeln, haben wir seit Cairns & Townsville kein Handyempfang mehr (ich überprüfe es regelmässig persönlich); das wird auch so bleiben, da keine grossen Städten mehr auf unserer Route stehen - der Nordosten und Norden ist vielerteils Aborigines Land mit nur kleinen Dörfern/Städten. Cheers, Tom. read more...


Flomaida II - Hier wird das Gemüse angeliefert
Flomaida II - Hier wird das Gemüse angeliefert
Flomaida II - Die Halbstarken von Aneityum /Vanuatu
Flomaida II - Die Halbstarken von Aneityum /Vanuatu
Flomaida II - Etwa keine Fenster für die erste Klasse der Grundschule????
Flomaida II - Etwa keine Fenster für die erste Klasse der Grundschule????
18/08/2014

Folie a Deux - tracks of a killer

we have heard time and time again about the sharks, the box jelly fish, poisonous snakes, even the female platypus is venomous.We have been told the crocodile dundee scene where it leaps out of the water is accurate (they can move 2/3 of their entire body length in a split second). We have also noticed that most of the dingys here are metal, not inflatable like ours.Even so we have held all of this hearsay with that "healthy" American skepticism.But this afternoon, our "healthy" American skepticism was given a nice slap in the face. We stopped at a small group of islands in Australia's great barrier reef today. Our secluded anchorage at Macarthur Island was perfect, out of the swell of the channel waves, a days pleasant sail to our next destination, and a great chance to beach-comb. We. read more...


Till - Many thanks Hans
Till - Many thanks Hans
Till - Many thanks Cecilia and Joel
Till - Many thanks Cecilia and Joel
Till - Kopenhagen - Den Lille Havfrue
Till - Kopenhagen - Den Lille Havfrue
Till - Kopenhagen - Opera house
Till - Kopenhagen - Opera house
Flomaida II - Cava- auch ich habs getrunken und zwar auf ex!!! Ziemlich gewöhnungsbedürftig!
Flomaida II - Cava- auch ich habs getrunken und zwar auf ex!!! Ziemlich gewöhnungsbedürftig!
Flomaida II - und nach dem Essen war die Cava Bar für Alle eröffnet
Flomaida II - und nach dem Essen war die Cava Bar für Alle eröffnet
Flomaida II - Es geht! und Alle schauen fasziniert zu. Wenn mal ein Streichholz fehlt, können wir aushelfen.
Flomaida II - Es geht! und Alle schauen fasziniert zu. Wenn mal ein Streichholz fehlt, können wir aushelfen.
Flomaida II - Unser Essen ist angerichtet mmmhhhh.....
Flomaida II - Unser Essen ist angerichtet mmmhhhh.....
Flomaida II - Vorsicht! Da sitzt Jemand auf dem Sprung!
Flomaida II - Vorsicht! Da sitzt Jemand auf dem Sprung!
Flomaida II - Jede Abendstimmung ist anders.
Flomaida II - Jede Abendstimmung ist anders.
18/08/2014

Sweet Pearl - Cairns --> DarwinMackay - 2.Tag - Hopp Australia

Gestern sind wir bei schönem blauem Himmel aus Cairns rausgefahren in Richtung Lizard Island. Nach einer windstillen Nacht, konnten wir in den frühen Morgenstunden endlich die Segel setzen und ereichten am Nachmittag Lizard Island, wo wir einen Schnorchelstopp von einigen Stunden eingelegt haben. Das Wasser war sehr sauber und die Koralen schöner als wir erwartet haben:). Nach einem warmen Essen vor Anker, haben wir uns jetzt wieder aufgemacht Richtung Norden, immer der australischen Ostküste entlang. Liebe Grüsse. Tom. read more...


Flomaida II - Die Spendenbox fürs Klimpergeld
Flomaida II - Die Spendenbox fürs Klimpergeld
Flomaida II - Immer wieder! 2 im Paradies........
Flomaida II - Immer wieder! 2 im Paradies........
Flomaida II - Tschüss Aneityum - kleines Paradies am Ende der Welt!
Flomaida II - Tschüss Aneityum - kleines Paradies am Ende der Welt!
Flomaida II - paradiesische Inselchen vor paradiesischen Inseln!
Flomaida II - paradiesische Inselchen vor paradiesischen Inseln!
18/08/2014

Nexus - Lizard Island, Australia

We've just enjoyed two days at Lizard Island, on the northern Great Barrier Reef, where Captain Cook named it for its local fauna. The goana's are plentiful, and the reefs and fish are spectacular due to the fact that no river tributary empties out from the mainland near here. We met the staff and students at the Lizard Island Research Station, including a Penn State Graduate Student who was studying the effects of increased acidity on reef organisms, and another who was discovering that the little fish that clean larger fish can remember the peculiar requirements of over 100 client fish! We ran our tender around the island to find the reefs that were spared the cyclone that swept through here earlier this year and did major damage. We were rewarded with a spectacular reef just south. read more...


17/08/2014

Celebrate - Helicopter AIS, Glacier Bay like Humpbacks & Sophie's Story Book!

Just passing Cairns on our passage up to Darwin, Australia from Mackay.The Mackay Marina people were so good to us we gave them three large gift bags of cookies & other treats.They gave us the "Sophie" book, a famous dog owned by Bridget.Great people!Also, we saw a helicopter AIS icon flying around for the first time on our electronic chart.It looks like a helicopter shadow moving around.Much more detail than the boat icons.Two more humpback whale sightings.It reminds us of our sailing trip into Glacier Bay, Alaska with many humpback whales around.They are BIG!!  . read more...


17/08/2014

Free & BrEasy - Care Less in Cairns

The 3 day passage from The Whitsundays to Cairns was windy (+35 knots) and bumpy despite being in the protection of the Great Barrier Reef. Blue skies and light winds greeted us on arrival in Cairns Marina and we quickly went into port mode with the four of us unashamedly getting in to heavy internetting and Skyping followed by showers.Cairns is a delightful city with a beautiful beach esplanade kitted out for promenading, swimming, jogging and exercising. Every young person in Cairns seemed to be out paying homage to the gods of sunshine.At night the Banyan trees are highlighted with blue, green and red lights giving the area a carnival atmosphere. Further into town, street entertainers were in force with fire eaters, violins, guitars and even flamenco dancing. Next day we were off to. read more...


17/08/2014

Trillium - Another Rendezvous in Musket Cove!

Another Rendezvous in Musket CoveAfter exploring more of Fiji and enduring high winds more often than we like, we have managed to return to Musket Cove. The generator issues seem to finally be resolved. It is amazing what a few missing bolts and loose clamps can do to create problems. Obviously the men working on it earlier failed to do a proper job when reinstalling it. To test it again, we set off for Mana Island where we heard the snorkeling was good. Our beautiful day of motoring over and getting into the lagoon through the reef was uneventful. A trip ashore helped us scope out activities for the next few days. With plans in mind, we returned to the boat for a restful night.NOT! The winds kicked up and the rocking and rolling began. By sunlight, we determined it was not looking like. read more...


17/08/2014

American Spirit II - Day 223; A Fantastic Day on Lizard Island; Saturday, August 16, 2014

At 4:11 AM Joel turned the boat engine back on. He did this by turning the ignition key far enough to the right to activate the blower and prime the fuel pump, but not so far as to start the engine. The high pitched wine that I head below in the aft cabin was so loud it almost made my ears bleed. I'd never been in my cabin before when the engine was in the process of being turned on, since we got our new tachometer in MacKay Bay. It was so loud I thought the boat was going to explode. I rushed up on deck (in the middle of my night I might add as I was off watch and 'sleeping' until 6:00 AM), to see that Joel was struggling with the helm. He had engages the auto pilot in the 'track' mode and the boat was doing a 180 unanticipated turn. It had done that for me twice during my watch just. read more...


17/08/2014

American Spirit II - Day 222; Departed Port Douglas for Lizard Island; Friday, August 15, 2014

Up at 8:00 AM. Coffee and tea and then breakfast at 9:00 AM: 6 scrambled eggs; cut up potato and raisin bread. Went to marina office to get OK to stay past check out time (10:00 AM); then dropped off garbage by shower area. Walked by Nexus on a different dock and talked to Russ about our next destination - Lizard Bay. He said he'd talked to a 'local' who recommended Watson's Bay as an anchorage there, not inside of the lagoon. Valuable information as I was considering anchoring in the lagoon if other sail boats were already in there. We all showered after breakfast and then went to Target for one last internet (Jeanine and Joel), while I went to the Post Office to drop off some post cards. Stamps were $2.60 each. I then bought some more eggs and bread. I meant to buy 1 dozen eggs and 2. read more...


15/08/2014

American Spirit II - Day 221; Dinner with Nexus; Thursday, August 14, 2014

Up at 7:35 AM. Coffee for me. Joel and Jeanine were still sleeping. Overcast and cool out. No rain...yet.Breakfast at 9:10 AM: scrambled eggs, cut up potato and raisin bread.After breakfast Joel and I 'fueled' the boat using a siphon hose with a check valve. We added the diesel from 3 jerry cans into the main tank. Then we took a tour of the town; and ate lunch at a Mexican restaurant that had very good guacamole, according to the boat's guacamole expert...Joel. He also had his favorite beer from home; Negro-Modelo. His first one since we ran out of it somewhere in the Caribbean Sea last January. After lunch and our tour of the town, we headed back to the boat and Joel and I got a 4 wheeled trolley from the marina and loaded the 3 empty 20 liter (5 gallon) jerry cans onto it. We then. read more...


Till - Klintholm - On the jetty
Till - Klintholm - On the jetty
Till - Mön - The chalk cliffs
Till - Mön - The chalk cliffs
Till - Mön - Bank in Klintholm
Till - Mön - Bank in Klintholm
Till - Kalmar to Mön - Thunderstorm followed
Till - Kalmar to Mön - Thunderstorm followed
15/08/2014

Jennie B - Stockholm, Kalmar and beyond.

We are now on our way to Klintholm on Møn, our final stop in the ARC Baltic 2014 rally.It's been so busy we've not had the time or the Internet access to post about our wanderings through the beautiful Swedish Archipelago.Lots of sheltered anchorages to choose from although you do have to watch out for rocks - we gave Mother Sweden a gentle kiss at one point!It's hard to pick out highlights from this section of our trip. Sailing into Stockholm to see this Venice of the North from the water was great fun.The amazing Vasa museum is really good - it's ironic that a ship that sank within minutes of setting sail has survived to tell its tales.Meandering through the well marked channels of the archipelago with a new vista at every turn requires attention to pilotage but is fascinating.The. read more...


15/08/2014

Flomaida II - 10. und 11.8.- zwei besondere Tage auf Aneityum/Vanuatu

Der Sonntag ist hier heilig, und Alles dreht sich um den Kirchgang. Auchwir beschließen, daran teil zu nehmen. Ordentlich angezogen, Schultern undKnie müssen bedeckt sein, werden wir fröhlich und freundlich erwartet.DieMenschen sind wirklich sonntäglich hübsch und farbenfroh gekleidet. Diekleine presbyterianische Kirche ist schon recht gefüllt, aber wir werdensofort an die Hand genommen und- Männer rechts, Frauen links,dievielen Kinder toben kreuz und quer dazwischen- Jeder an seinen Platzgeführt. Christoph schaut etwas hilflos, als sein Nachbar ihm dasGesangbuch hinhält, damit er mitsingen kann!! Der Priester ist ein sehrcharismatischer kleiner Mann, der auch uns ab und zu anspricht mit einempaar Wörter in englisch/französisch. Er springt herum wie ein Kobold undfuchtelt mit den Armen,. read more...


15/08/2014

Flomaida II - 9.-14.6. Parkplatz Musket Cove- Nachtrag! in Entwürfen hängengebliebener Bericht vom Juni, den ich Euch nicht vorenthalten möchte- sorry!

There are certainly worse Park / waiting places! After Christoph repaired the Genuafurler to zigstenmal had (he may have in his sleep and his head now !!), the faulty alternator was reinstalled, the riggers, the new lower shrouds had been recovered and thereby the electric Winch had been broken, did we finally start to the days of waiting for spare parts in Musket Cove spend. But since the riggers came with the police and wanted our ship to let put the chain until we paid is his COMPLETE invoice. We wanted to pay him minus the spare parts for the destroyed Winch. His version also opposed to police: We were there when he worked had (which was not true), and we had carved with a hammer on the Winch! We could even take a chance on a negotiated !! Yes you can you imagine Christoph with his. read more...


14/08/2014

American Spirit II - Day 220; A Quick Run from Cairns to Port Douglas; Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Up at 7:00 AM. Breakfast of scrambled eggs, chilled fruit cocktail and raisin bread. I ran into one of the crew from a Rally boat who had gone scuba diving yesterday and he said that the trip was 'disappointing.' We were considering going snorkeling/diving but thought that due to the high winds the previous days that the water clarity might not be good. Apparently that was the case; as well as the condition of the reef was not 'pristine.' A lot of dead coral. Too bad. Ghost, Chicka-lu, Saphir, NDS Darwin, Free & BrEasy and maybe one other Rally boat were still in Cairns. Ghost and Saphir were leaving for Lizard Island Saturday, waiting for the rainy and windy weather to pass thru. Lizard Island was also one of our target destinations. Its considered the northern terminus for a lot of. read more...


14/08/2014

American Spirit II - Day 219; A Slow Day in Cairns, Australia; Tuesday, August 12, 2014

I went to a whale watch tour company and was able to get their 'whale watch fact brochure' which describes whale behavior; the size of different sex and types of humpback whale behaviors; their physiology; and whale songs. Humpback whales grow can grow 12-16 meters (39-53 feet) and weigh up to 40,000 kilo's (88,000 pounds). That's almost 5 times heavier than our boat. Whales exhibit a number of surface behaviors which are either 'relaxed'; 'social/interactive'; or 'aggressive/threatened.' Relaxed behaviors include blow, pectoral slap and the fluke up dive. The latter behavior, the fluke up dive, is what the whale did behind the boat a few days ago. Social/interactive behaviors include the breach and spy hop. And the aggressive/threatened behaviors include the Peduncle arch, tail slap and. read more...


11/08/2014

Carango - 11th August 2014 - Carango Starts the Preparation

39-33.90N 20-08.10ESo - We are going to go - what an adventure.Sitting at home now it seems a long way off but then I start reading the WCC notes and instructions and other blogs of yachts en route and I think that I am very happy to be starting the preparation 15 months out from departure. There is a lot of thinking, planning to do and more actions to complete than I ever imagined.Here is CARANGO who will carry us round the World.P1000965. read more...



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