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30/04/2014

American Spirit II - Day 116; Tour of Moorea, Albert and His 3 Wives and our Departure Delayed a Day due to High & Building Winds; Tuesday, April 27, 2014

Up at 6:30 AM. David and Paul got up 15 minutes later. Eggs, grapefruit, French bread and coffee for breakfast. At 10:15 AM we started a tour of the island with Folie 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. Our first stop was at a pineapple distillery, where we were able to sample some of their 'wares. One of the liqueurs on sale was pineapple rum in the most attractive bottle I have ever seen. I almost bought it just for the bottle; but at $57 took a pass.Next we. read more...


30/04/2014

American Spirit II - Day 115; Sailed from Tahiti to Moorea in Bumpy Seas; Monday, April 28, 2014

Paul and David were up at 6:00 AM; followed by me at 6:30 AM. At 7:40 AM our agent, Laurent, came by the boat to deliver an invoice for his services and the cost for the repairs to our anchor roller. His fee is 10% of such repairs and an hourly rate of %50.00 per hour. He's very good at what he does and worth every penny. 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. We arrived. read more...


30/04/2014

American Spirit II - 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. Around 9:00 AM we departed for our 4 wheeled drive around the island, looking for the road that would take us to the top of Tahiti's highest mountain, at 7,340 feet. The highest mountain in French Polynesia. We looked for this road first alongside the west side of Tahiti, but after a half dozen forays down dead end roads, we opted to drive to the east side of the island to find the road. We found it; and it even had a sign pointing to the direction we needed to go in. This road started out paved, then paved with a lot of pot holes, then dirt and gravel, and finally rutted with 12 inches of grass growing between. read more...


30/04/2014

American Spirit II - Day 113; Paul and David Fox Arrive; for Their Second Leg; Saturday, April 26, 2014

Up at 6:30 Am. Typed 1 1/2 logs. Get further behind when anchored because there are more 'distractions' to impede the writing of the logs. Breakfast at 8:00 AM; followed at 9:00 AM by a cab ride to downtown Papeete. Before leaving I offered a ride to 2 other sailors, one of whom was on Dasha Away. We split the cab ride, which totalled 2,300 French francs. Once downtown I went shopping for me black pearls. While downtown I also ventured into the 'market' where all sorts of fruits, meat and fish are sold. 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. read more...


30/04/2014

Starblazer - 29/04/2014 - A week in Tahiti

As planned, we arrived in Papeete on Easter Monday morning, then had to find a berth.There were quite a few spaces on the pontoons but, unfortunately, many were lacking pick up lines to hold the boat away from the pontoon.On our fifth attempt we managed to secure stern to the pontoon with a pick up line forward.The good news is that John successfully took Starblazer stern to the pontoon five times.This is a manoeuvre he hates!We took the rest of the day off.On Tuesday we started work.John removed both the alternators and took them off to be checked.I filled the water tanks.John could hear running water so lifted a floor board to have a look, only to find a bilge full of fresh water.This time he looked a little closer and discovered the leak.It is, unfortunately, our worst case. read more...


29/04/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - It's Tuesday so it must be safety inspection day

We are certainly noticing that it is getting lighter earlier and earlier and this morning we were awake well before 6 and Susan in a real fit of eagerness decided to go and do some noodling before even having a cup of tea. She was in the sea pool just after the hour noodling away to her hearts content then back on board after a shower before 7.30, must be the pain killers last night. This meant we had plenty of time to get ready for our safety inspection at 11.00am. In the meantime Susan had the ladies round table to attend for a good chinwag with the other lady crew members.We passed the inspection and to celebrate went out to lunch at the Genaker Cafe where we had the tastiest mushroom soup and chicken and mushroom pie, its going to be so hard to settle for sandwiches. read more...


29/04/2014

Defyr - Bermuda

We have now arrived to Bermuda! Where's the rest of the ARC fleet?!image.. read more...


Defyr - Bermuda
Defyr - Bermuda
29/04/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - Welcome Party

We are just back from a great welcome party, the food was great the painkillers delicious and company terrific, view from the deck20140428_191033. read more...


Andromeda of Plymouth - Welcome Party
Andromeda of Plymouth - Welcome Party
28/04/2014

Defyr - Towards Bermuda: Day six

The wind is picking up and we are taking in sails A LOT! Not only because of the wind, but we need to slow down under 6knots, so we won't arrive to Bermuda in the dark. We finally caught a fish after five days trying. It was a messy event in the rolling waves, both killing and eating stained the boat. There's going to be some serious cleaning and waxing to do when we get to ashore. Hopefully the island gives us good protection to enter the harbour. image.. read more...


Defyr - Towards Bermuda: Day six
Defyr - Towards Bermuda: Day six
28/04/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - The Adventure starts here

The Office is now open so we are checked in, safety inspection and Ladies round table tomorrow, gas, flares and volley ball on Wednesday....thank goodness for happy hour........ read more...


28/04/2014

Anettine - Anettine first boat to Safety clear for ARC Europe

Anettine was the first boat for safety check this morning. Anettine was cleared for the ARC+ in December so the check went well as expected. However, the skipper was caught with an outdated lamp in his Life vest. The gas tube was also starting to get some corrosion that could have developed to a useless vest.  The last was probably caused by wet finish we had on the ARC+ in December. The lesson learned is to air the vest once in a while, once a year is not enough.  We had a very good experience with the ARC +, and is now looking forward to meet old and new friends over the next few days.  The picture is taken after the safety check with Johny, Joel and Victor from the ARC Europe team, and Jonn from. read more...


Anettine - Anettine first boat to Safety clear for ARC Europe
Anettine - Anettine first boat to Safety clear for ARC Europe
28/04/2014

Free & BrEasy - Tahiti Culture Shock

When we arrived at the next atoll, Rangiroa we immediately headed for the dive shop Rangiroa is famous for its resident troop of dolphins which can be clearly seen frolicking in the surf in the pass through the coral into the lagoon. That afternoon we were back in the water diving a steep drop off teeming with a wondrous array of different coloured fishes. Below us a carpet of thousands of yellow fish moved rapidly back and forward seemingly in panic - were they being chased by dolphins? No just barracuda and tuna. We tried going out into the blue in the hope that our bubbles would attract the dolphins but no luck. We were not to dive with dolphins. Realising that we needed to get to Tahiti to be in time for the World ARC briefing and trips, we up anchored and left the dolphins of. read more...


28/04/2014

Firefly - Tahiti, Huahine and more of Moorea

Since our last log we have covered a lot of water and ground. Susie arrived back from the UK and with Paul they returned to Moorea for a few days. Meanwhile Peter set out to re-acquaint himself with Tahiti.Peter had been in Tahiti almost 20 years ago sailing with friends Gavin and Nadine (and a very young Pamela) but a lot has changed since then and is hardly recognisable. The capital Papeete is such a contrast from the remote islands and atolls we have visited over the last 3 weeks in the Marquesas and Tuamotos. The city with a population of over 50,000 suffers from traffic congestion and migration from the inner city to the suburbs. Two features that have not changed are Papeete Market; which from early morning is a very cheerful place full of fresh produce and 'Les Roulottes' the. read more...


28/04/2014

Defyr - Towards Bermuda: Day five

Paul really wanted to see the genaker up and today he got his wish! In the light wind we were able to have it up for couple of hours before sunset.image.. read more...


Defyr - Towards Bermuda: Day five
Defyr - Towards Bermuda: Day five
27/04/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - ARC Europe and the count down continues.............

Well we are here in Nanny Cay on Tortola and now getting ready for the start of the trip East.  Andromeda is dressed (honestly) and can just about be seen from the webcam! We are now getting the provisioning and last moment stuff organised. The sea is wonderfully warm though and that and the sand and the blue sea and the blue sky and the pool are a major distraction. Brendan was, though, correct, the showers are brilliant! More in due course as we get ready for the safety inspection and final prep - the APC worked very well and we are really pleased with it........ Looking at the weather and it looks like light conditions initially on Saturday and Sunday, but who knows what happens next........ More in due course........ Andrew & SusanS/V Andromeda. read more...


27/04/2014

American Spirit II - Day 112; Laundry (Again), an All Day Bus Tour of Tahiti, the Electrical 'Bust,' Dinner with Nexus and Getting Ready for Company; Friday, April 25, 2014

Up at 6:00 AM because I have to be at the laundry by 6:15 AM to finish one wash and one dry cycle before out tour starts today. During this process I head back to the boat and cook and eat breakfast. When I put in 8 coins (800 French francs) for the dryer, the machine recognizes 4 coins, not 8. No surprise there. During this process I head back to the boat and cook and eat breakfast.We board a bus at 8:30 AM. It is raining, at times heavily. There are 3 busses taking us around the island today. Our tour guide, Jean Baptist, speaks very good English, so we'll understand what he says. Good. During the tour we learn the following: that there are 300,000 people living in French Polynesia; that 175,000 of them live in Tahiti; that they drive 35,000 cars; that France gives $1.1 Billion in aid. read more...


27/04/2014

American Spirit II - Day 111; Stephen Kirk Last Day, Laundry, 1st Day Downtown, 3:00 PM Skippers Meeting, Rendezvous Party and Dinner in Papeete Rouletee (SP?); Thursday, April 24, 2014

Up at 6:40 AM. Breakfast at 7:20 AM. Stephen finishes packing and departs for home to Bend, Oregon. Today is 'sheet' laundry day. The only items on the boat we can't really laundry ourselves because they're so big. I got to the laundry at the marina, which has 4 washing machines that hold 22 pounds of laundry; and one dryer. The cost to operate is 800 French francs (8 coins); and it takes 45 minutes for a wash cycle. My intention was to get to do laundry before anyone else got there. Even though there is only one dryer, it seems like that isn't a problem as a lot of boats like to hang out their clothes to dry instead of using the dryer. I stay in the laundry room, reading my kindle. While I'm doing the laundry, Joel is changing the oil and fuel filters on the Onan Generator and Yanmar 54. read more...


27/04/2014

Defyr - Towards Bermuda: Day four

Pretty relaxed day with 6-8ms downwind. The waves have calmed down enormously from yesterday, which was great since I and Ansgar were getting bit seasick in the cabin yesterday night during the worst banging. Today all is better and food is excellent again. American theme day included hot dogs during the day and pizza at night. We made one hot dog pizza, which was bit weird with vegeterian sausages, fried onions and pickles...image.. read more...


Defyr - Towards Bermuda: Day four
Defyr - Towards Bermuda: Day four
Flomaida II - Abschied von Galapagos
Flomaida II - Abschied von Galapagos
Flomaida II - Abschied von Galapagos
Flomaida II - Abschied von Galapagos
Flomaida II - Sie durften zueinander nicht kommen!
Flomaida II - Sie durften zueinander nicht kommen!
Flomaida II - Liebesgeflüster der Schildkröten
Flomaida II - Liebesgeflüster der Schildkröten
Flomaida II - Schweinchen, die irgendwann im Erdloch gekocht werden
Flomaida II - Schweinchen, die irgendwann im Erdloch gekocht werden
Flomaida II - Auch Schildkröten haben Bedürfnisse!
Flomaida II - Auch Schildkröten haben Bedürfnisse!
Flomaida II - Paradisische Marquesas 1
Flomaida II - Paradisische Marquesas 1
Flomaida II - Glückliche Inselwelt
Flomaida II - Glückliche Inselwelt
Flomaida II - Traumhafte Kulisse
Flomaida II - Traumhafte Kulisse
Flomaida II - Schon wieder im Paradies gelandet!
Flomaida II - Schon wieder im Paradies gelandet!
Flomaida II - Nette Begrüßung in Nuku Hiva
Flomaida II - Nette Begrüßung in Nuku Hiva
Flomaida II - Abschied von Galapagos
Flomaida II - Abschied von Galapagos
Flomaida II - Abschied von Galapagos
Flomaida II - Abschied von Galapagos
Flomaida II - Tahuata-Marquesas
Flomaida II - Tahuata-Marquesas
Flomaida II - Wie schön!
Flomaida II - Wie schön!
Flomaida II - Brotfrucht mmmhhhhhh
Flomaida II - Brotfrucht mmmhhhhhh
Flomaida II - Auf Entdeckungsreise.......
Flomaida II - Auf Entdeckungsreise.......
Flomaida II - !!!!!!!!!!!!
Flomaida II - !!!!!!!!!!!!
Flomaida II - Glückliche Kinder auf Tahuatu/ Marquesas mit Lollis aus Panama, die ich gerne verteile
Flomaida II - Glückliche Kinder auf Tahuatu/ Marquesas mit Lollis aus Panama, die ich gerne verteile
Flomaida II - Unser Frischeeinkauf für 20 Tage- alles grün, mal sehen, wie lange es reicht und hält
Flomaida II - Unser Frischeeinkauf für 20 Tage- alles grün, mal sehen, wie lange es reicht und hält
Flomaida II - Nur wir.........
Flomaida II - Nur wir.........
Flomaida II - Kein schlechter Fang!
Flomaida II - Kein schlechter Fang!
Flomaida II - Die Reste für die Haie
Flomaida II - Die Reste für die Haie
25/04/2014

Defyr - Towards Bermuda: Day three

We got wind!!image.. read more...


Defyr - Towards Bermuda: Day three
Defyr - Towards Bermuda: Day three
25/04/2014

Reberth - Return from refuelling. Next stop Tortola.

Our crew has safely arrived and the preparations nearly completed. This morning saw Reberth refuelled ready for our very early departure from Antigua on Sunday. The temperature here on Antigua is thirty four degrees, which makes for debilitating working conditions. Such that this afternoon we are sitting relaxing till it becomes a bit cooler. Sounds good to me!!After all the preparations it will be good to "get on the road".photo. read more...