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15/07/2015

Starblazer - 15/07/2015 - A rushed few days in Vanuatu

We left Tanna on Friday afternoon to pay a fleeting visit to Avokh, one of the Maskelyne Islands which we visited last year.The problem with the trip was the timing, it's 230 miles and unsafe to arrive in the dark.Leaving at about 4.00 pm should have been OK but we flew along in rather confused seas.Saturday afternoon we anchored off the west coast of Efate for nearly 5 hours.We chose to anchor there because there were no hazards to avoid when we wished to leave after dark.We had another fantastic sail overnight and anchored north of Avokh Island at about 1000 on Sunday morning. George paddled alongside in his outrigger and asked if we could charge his mobile phone which he brought out to us late afternoon.Sunday is a day of rest, nobody was out fishing, no children came visiting and we. read more...


15/07/2015

Gertha 4 - Gotska

58.23.89 N 19.12.00 E   Now at the island of Gotska Sadon, small nature reserve sand bank with afew trees in the middle of the Baltic. Yesterday we achieced a new record time, 55 miles in 15 hours. Promise ofwind tommorow should blast us to Talin, hope to be there on fridaymorning. Sun is shining, sand is beconing, could be Bermuda if you let your minddrift and forget the sea is 18 and not 28, and the air is 20 not 25.   Simon. read more...


14/07/2015

Lyonesse - Ronne to Visby

Heute nur in Stichpunkten (keine Zeit, langsames Internet ...)Entspannter Overnight-Trip von Ronne nach Gotland – Parasailor-Wetter, viel gelernt beim Trimmen – etwas viel Motoren für unseren Geschmack – Visby: Mallorca und Mittelalter – Party auf riesigen Motorbooten im Hafen, DJ und tanzende Mädels an Deck – spektakulärer Stadtkern, Kirchenruinen, pittoreske kleine Biergärten und Cafes – Hauptgewinn: Auto vom Hafen zum Einkaufen geliehen (Service der Marina – cool!) – BBQ am Dock – Rotwein im Cockpit – alles super!- Doerte. read more...


13/07/2015

Luna Quest - 10th, 11th, 12, 13th July, 2015

Position: Run from Port Resolution in Tanna to Port Vila in Efaté(Vanuatu): 135 milesThe weather did improve a little on Friday last week to enable us to visit the live volcano in Tanna. The ride was in an Izuzu 4x4 where 10 of us sailors including 2 ladies were squashed in the open flatback while 6 of our ladies sat inside the double cab. We were meant to have gone in two 4x4s, but the second never turned up. On the way, to stretch our legs, we stopped at an indigenous village, where the men, women and children performed a welcoming dance. They were naked except that their front was covered by ‘une paille’, the French word for a kind a straw loin cloth. The women were jumping up and down outside the circle of stamping and clapping men holding their overused breasts. We soon moved on to. read more...


11/07/2015

Firefly - Squall in Port Resolution Bay

Firefly dropped anchor in Port Resolution, Tanna, Vanuatu at 0730 on Tuesday 7th July after 3 days at sea on passage from Musket Cove, Fiji. The wind had gradually dropped away during the final night at sea and the weather was poor with rain. We had decided to wait unto first light to enter the anchorage and had a comfortable night at sea with sails reefed down despite a reducing wind speed - trying to keep the speed low. As it happened the wind died away completely and we motored the last 30 minutes but this is always useful in order to arrive with the batteries charged. Having been to Tanna before we knew to expect but the contrast to Musket Cove, with its modern resort facilities and sunshine compared to Port Resolution in the rain was still surprising. The local villagers here use. read more...


11/07/2015

Starblazer - 11/07/2015 - The second part of the passage to Vanuatu.

No, we didn't get lost; life got in the way of log writing! .All day Monday we sailed well, averaging 7 knots, however we didn't want to go so fast because we didn't want a nighttime entry to a port where the electronic charts were frankly laughable.Both our electronic charting systems had the coast marked with straight lines and the entry to the bay completely covered with reefs whereas the chartlet provided by Hugh showed a clear entry with safe waypoints and a detailed jagged coast.Our paper charts are no better than the electronic ones.We bought a Cruising Guide and installed it on the laptop but have been unable to validate the download due to lack of reliable wi-fi..Monday evening we rolled away the genoa and slowed a bit, our eta at the finish line was creeping later, towards 0600. read more...


10/07/2015

Northern Light - Kiel - Bornholm

6th July - nautical miles to date 380We dropped James off at Dusternbrook marina, Kiel, where we had moved to from the British Kiel YC (don’t go there, no bar and no breakfast). The only positive I saw was the very handsome meter yacht which is I believe the last remaining one that the Brits commandeered from Field Marshall Goering in 1945!Rick and I then motor-sailed in light winds to Warnemunde, at the entrance of the Rostock estuary, a distance of 70 nm to the East. On the way we passed under the bridge connecting Fehman Island passing a forested coastline with lots of sandy beaches. We then stayed for three nights at the Hohe Duene Marina, an impressive development built originally for the unsuccessful German Olympic bid a decade or so ago. The most impressive thing for me was the. read more...


Northern Light - Cecilia from WCC
Northern Light - Cecilia from WCC
Northern Light - Another round church, a rather special one!
Northern Light - Another round church, a rather special one!
Northern Light - A round church, one of 7 on the island. More defensive than spiritual!
Northern Light - A round church, one of 7 on the island. More defensive than spiritual!
Northern Light - Bornholm
Northern Light - Bornholm
Northern Light - Hohe Duene - interior
Northern Light - Hohe Duene - interior
Northern Light - Hohe Duene Conference Centre, Warnemunde
Northern Light - Hohe Duene Conference Centre, Warnemunde
Northern Light - James and Rick looking cool!
Northern Light - James and Rick looking cool!
Northern Light - Now for some real food - Will and Livy
Northern Light - Now for some real food - Will and Livy
Northern Light - James and Rick looking cool!
Northern Light - James and Rick looking cool!
Northern Light - Northern Light - British Kiel YC
Northern Light - Northern Light - British Kiel YC
10/07/2015

Lyonesse - Rostock to Ronne

Thursday, July 9th – First week on board Whilemy dad was already on board of Lyonesse for a week, my mom and me joined him inKiel. We used the following days to sail to Warnemünde for that’s the placewhere the ARC Baltic starts. Yeah, the ARC Baltic... The rally turnedout to be even more exciting and amazing than I thought it would be, and I already thought it was great. We spend the firstevening in Warnemünde meeting other crews in the rally and trying tomemorize about a thousand names (probably only 10 or so, but I’m horrible at memorizing them). The rally started on Monday but wehad a dinner and a briefing on Saturday and Sunday. It’s hard todescribe the two days but I can say that I met some amazing people and I am happy to spend the next four weeks with a friendlyand impressing. read more...


Flomaida II - Gemütliche Abendstimmung in der Marina von Cairns
Flomaida II - Gemütliche Abendstimmung in der Marina von Cairns
Flomaida II - Ein wunderschön angestrahlter Baum im Park
Flomaida II - Ein wunderschön angestrahlter Baum im Park
Flomaida II - Wer kein Dinghi hat wie wir, der nimmt sich halt ein Wasserflugzeug
Flomaida II - Wer kein Dinghi hat wie wir, der nimmt sich halt ein Wasserflugzeug
Flomaida II - Keine Angst, wir verloddern nicht!
Flomaida II - Keine Angst, wir verloddern  nicht!
Flomaida II - Ohne Worte!
Flomaida II - Ohne Worte!
Flomaida II - Herrlicher Ausblick auf Regenwald und Wasserfall
Flomaida II - Herrlicher Ausblick auf Regenwald und Wasserfall
Flomaida II - Die Wurzeln der Bäume im Regenwald sind gigantisch!
Flomaida II - Die Wurzeln der Bäume im Regenwald sind gigantisch!
Flomaida II - Die sehr enge und flache Passage durch den Hinchinbrook Chanel
Flomaida II - Die sehr enge und flache Passage durch den Hinchinbrook Chanel
Flomaida II - Klein-Wallabi scheint es ja recht gut zu gehen!
Flomaida II - Klein-Wallabi scheint es ja recht gut zu gehen!
Flomaida II - Ist er nicht süß???? Und zufällig mal wach!
Flomaida II - Ist er nicht süß???? Und zufällig mal wach!
Flomaida II - Ankern in der Abendstimmung vor Low Island
Flomaida II - Ankern in der Abendstimmung vor Low Island
Flomaida II - Wer sagt denn, dass sie böse ausschauen?? Das sind aber Süßwasserkrokodile
Flomaida II - Wer sagt denn, dass sie böse ausschauen?? Das sind aber Süßwasserkrokodile
Flomaida II - Im Papaya Garten, nur leider hängen die Früchte zu hoch......
Flomaida II - Im Papaya Garten, nur leider hängen die Früchte zu hoch......
Flomaida II - Entweder sind sie zu schnell, oder die Krokos mögen ihr Fleisch nicht
Flomaida II - Entweder sind sie zu schnell, oder die Krokos mögen ihr Fleisch nicht
Flomaida II - Wir haben Nemo gefunden
Flomaida II - Wir haben Nemo gefunden
Flomaida II - So fängt man in Cooktown Köderfische
Flomaida II - So fängt man in Cooktown Köderfische
Flomaida II - Ankern vor dem stimmungsvollen Städtchen Cooktown
Flomaida II - Ankern vor dem stimmungsvollen Städtchen Cooktown
Flomaida II - Einmal muss es sein- Aborigines in kunstvoller Bemalung
Flomaida II - Einmal muss es sein- Aborigines in kunstvoller Bemalung
Flomaida II - Herrlicher Segeltag vor der Küste von Queensland
Flomaida II - Herrlicher Segeltag vor der Küste von Queensland
Flomaida II - besondere Morgenstimmung beim Ablegen um 7 Uhr
Flomaida II - besondere Morgenstimmung beim Ablegen um 7 Uhr
Flomaida II - Wir würden Fish and Chips durch Spaghetti-Vongole ersetzen! Welch wahrer Spruch!
Flomaida II - Wir würden Fish and Chips durch Spaghetti-Vongole ersetzen! Welch wahrer Spruch!
Flomaida II - Abendvergnügen der Bewohner von Cooktown
Flomaida II - Abendvergnügen der Bewohner von Cooktown
Flomaida II - Man sieht, es geht uns gut!
Flomaida II - Man sieht, es geht uns gut!
Flomaida II - Die Aborigines haben ihren eigenen Kalender
Flomaida II - Die Aborigines haben ihren eigenen Kalender
Flomaida II - Ein waiser Captain Cook!
Flomaida II - Ein waiser Captain Cook!
Flomaida II - Eine Aborigines Familie beim Picknick am WE
Flomaida II - Eine Aborigines Familie beim Picknick am WE
Flomaida II - Überall stehen diese Schilder! Also auch im Dinghi aufpassen!!!
Flomaida II - Überall stehen diese Schilder! Also auch im Dinghi aufpassen!!!
Flomaida II - Das haben wir so ungefähr in Vanuatu erlebt!
Flomaida II - Das haben wir so ungefähr in Vanuatu erlebt!
Flomaida II - Mein Job, wenn Flomaida zu teuer wird!
Flomaida II - Mein Job, wenn Flomaida zu teuer wird!
Flomaida II - Direkt vom Fischtrawler :1kg Shrimps schon fertig gekocht hoch und Geld runter !
Flomaida II - Direkt vom Fischtrawler :1kg Shrimps schon fertig gekocht hoch und Geld runter !
Flomaida II - Frühschoppen am Samstag in Cooktown
Flomaida II - Frühschoppen am Samstag in Cooktown
09/07/2015

Luna Quest - Wednesday July 8th and Thursday July 9th

Position: Port Resolution in Tanna, VanuatuAt anchorSince our arrival on Tuesday, it has not stopped raining despite being in the dry season! El Nino is definitely playing games. Yesterday the ARC fleet had been invited to help restore some of the destruction and some of the braver participants ventured ashore to lend a voluntary hand. In the afternoon a violent squall came through with masses of rain, sending one or two boats dragging their anchor. One of them, whose crew were ashore, collided with another boat that as a result collided with a third. Julia and I were on board Luna Quest listening to nostalgic songs from the 1930s upwards on Julia’s powerful Mac Pro and were largely unaware of the turbulence outside aided by the fact that we were anchored closer than anybody else to the. read more...



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