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Two Fish - Sailing sailing
Two Fish - Sailing sailing
22/06/2015

Luna Quest - Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday 22/6/15

Position: 17.46S 177.23EPort Denarau MarinaRun from Suva: 134 mliesWe were glad to be in Suva Harbour securely tied up to one of the yacht club’s mooring buoys as the weather unleashed fierce gales with masses of rain. It was cold and we needed to dress warmly. The Royal Suva Yacht Club is a grand name for the shabby conditions and services the club provided. The jetty was half worn away with rusty bolts sticking out and threatening any yacht that might want to come alongside for watering or fuelling up. As the tide went out, Luna Quest settled in the mud alongside for the night. The following morning the damage had been done; not irreparably, however. So we were glad to find one of the club’s mooring buoys available in Suva harbour as there was no space in the dirty and crummy marina,. read more...


21/06/2015

Widago - Father's Day 2015

Father’s Day 2015 OK… Before we start, go grab a coffee (or beer if you’re in the right time zone) and put your feet up because this might take a few minutes. Been a very busy Father’s Day… First of all, justa big Happy Father’s Day to all you dads out there, especially ours: Popeye & Granddaddy Pawpaw. thanks for your love, support, and awesomeness. …it all started out with a best of intentions, in the wee hours. At this lat/long, sunrise is at 3:30am, which means the skies begin to get dusty by 1:30. My normal night shift has me on lookout for pirates, vessels, and weather from 11-3. So lucky for me, I’m the only one these days who is on watch in the pitch dark and pitching seas. Normally, I hear Ahab begin rumbling by about quarter ’til, my drooping eyelids yearning for the sleep.. read more...


Widago - Father's Day 2015
Widago - Father's Day 2015
21/06/2015

Firefly - Riding the 'Bangowali' to Savusavu

Firefly passed another milestone en route to Savusavu from Port Vianni. She clocked up 40,000 nautical miles since her launch back in 1999. The first 10,000 was when she was with the original owner, Andrew Bray, who undertook an 'Atlantic Circuit' - to the Caribbean and back. The other notable milestones are that when we left Salcombe to start our circumnavigation the log was at 20100 and at the start of the World ARC in St Lucia it was right on 25,000.Interestingly another record was set at the same time - our maximum recorded wind speed. Due to the weather situation we have been experiencing some enhanced trade winds - known in Fiji as Bangowali and translated as '8 day winds'. We had made the passage from Lau to Vianni ahead of the stronger winds and then spent 3 nights anchored in. read more...


21/06/2015

Two Fish - Ahoy

Cool ship entering the Potomac to our starboard FullSizeRender. read more...


Two Fish - Ahoy
Two Fish - Ahoy
21/06/2015

Two Fish - Ready ,Set,Go.......

After the torrential storms last night the skies have cleared the winds gently blowing the temps cooled a bit ,for now we are not long from our departure.Waiting for our crew to arrive. We are thrilled to have Kelly& Howard with us on the journey.Stay tuned for more. read more...


20/06/2015

Flomaida II - Cooktown mit Bodenberührung

Das war schon eine spannende Sache, da wir bei Niedrigwasser ankamen!Gut, dass wir einen starken Motor haben, sodass wir wieder frei kamen. Die Einfahrt nach Cooktown ist extrem flach und eng, sodass wir froh waren, es noch im Hellen geschafft zu haben. Es ist die letzte Stadt vor dem Nord Cap und für uns vor Darwin, das bedeutet, dass wir auch kein Netz mehr haben, was auch seinen Reiz hat!In Cooktown sind wir nun zwei Tage, da es uns mal wieder sehr gut gefällt! Wir ankern vor dem kleinen Ort und genießen die Kleinstadtatmosphäre ohne viele Touristen und Souvenierläden.Wir waren auch auf dem Grassi Hill Look Out. Von dort hat Captain Cook 1770 bei Ebbe seine Weiterfahrt aufgezeichnet, denn man kann sehr gut die Riffe vor der Bucht von Cooktown sehen.Die ganze Stadt lebt in Erinnerung. read more...


20/06/2015

Flomaida II - Cairns, die Touristenmetropole Queensland' s

Nun haben wir das Kontrastprogramm zu Townsville erreicht. Überall werden Touren angeboten, es gibt exklusive Boutiquen und auch eine Ballermann Zeile, also für Jeden etwas!Und natürlich massenhaft Touristen von Kreuzfahrtschiffen etc.Trotzdem muss ich sagen, dass besonders die Marina einen gewissen Flair hat mit gemütlichen Restaurants und Cafés.Da Cairns kaum Strand hat, gibt es eine kostenlose, öffentliche Badelagune direkt am Strand- im Meer wird eh nicht geschwommen wegen der Krokodile- sehr schön angelegt, sodass man den Eindruck hat, man schwimmt im Meer, da Tonnen von weißem Sand verteilt sind. Auch findet man am Boardwalk Trimmgeräte und wieder Grillstationen, die frei nutzbar sind.Entgegen unserer normalen Gepflogenheiten waren wir diesmal "touristisch" unterwegs.Wir haben. read more...


20/06/2015

Firefly - random photos of the trip (LIsboa)

We are now in Lisbon and it is great! lovely marina and very funcity. we are heading to Sines tomorrow and then our minds turn to where we storethe boat for a few weeks whilst we return to London for a few weeks.38:40:60N 9:19:04W m_IMG_2463 m_IMG_2464 m_IMG_2469 m_IMG_2472 m_IMG_2476 m_IMG_2481 m_IMG_2485 m_IMG_2487 m_IMG_2490 m_IMG_2492 m_IMG_2501 m_IMG_2503 m_IMG_2504. read more...


Firefly - random photos of the trip (LIsboa)
Firefly - random photos of the trip (LIsboa)
Firefly - random photos of the trip (LIsboa)
Firefly - random photos of the trip (LIsboa)
Firefly - random photos of the trip (LIsboa)
Firefly - random photos of the trip (LIsboa)
Firefly - random photos of the trip (LIsboa)
Firefly - random photos of the trip (LIsboa)
Firefly - random photos of the trip (LIsboa)
Firefly - random photos of the trip (LIsboa)
Firefly - random photos of the trip (LIsboa)
Firefly - random photos of the trip (LIsboa)
Firefly - random photos of the trip (LIsboa)
Firefly - random photos of the trip (LIsboa)
Firefly - random photos of the trip (LIsboa)
Firefly - random photos of the trip (LIsboa)
Firefly - random photos of the trip (LIsboa)
Firefly - random photos of the trip (LIsboa)
Firefly - random photos of the trip (LIsboa)
Firefly - random photos of the trip (LIsboa)
Firefly - random photos of the trip (LIsboa)
Firefly - random photos of the trip (LIsboa)
Firefly - random photos of the trip (LIsboa)
Firefly - random photos of the trip (LIsboa)
Firefly - random photos of the trip (LIsboa)
Firefly - random photos of the trip (LIsboa)
Flomaida II - So ein schöner Beach in Townsville, aber leider nur zum Anschauen
Flomaida II - So ein schöner Beach in Townsville, aber leider nur zum Anschauen
19/06/2015

Widago - Azores-Europe Leg Day 8: Part Two

Bless his little heart.....Get a load of this freeloadin', hitchhikin' stowaway. I think the term "bird brain" may need to be reviewed by Mr. Webster and his etymologists. Clearly, this little fella is no dummy. Guyon found him hiding in a perfect spot - he could have been there for days. We have these small alcoves in the forward cockpit where Peter the Pigeon was convalescing.In calmer, downwind sailing we might be hanging out forward, but we have been moving along at a pretty smart clip, somewhat close reaching, so no one is going forward. Except for Ahab. He was exercising his OCD prerogative, washing the exterior windows. And whaddaya know? He came across this little fella, all snugged up hiding out and hitching a ride. Poor Peter probably plunked down to rest his weary hollow. read more...


Widago - Azores-Europe Leg Day 8: Part Two
Widago - Azores-Europe Leg Day 8: Part Two
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19/06/2015

Two Fish - DelMarVa or Bust!

Still packing………What did I forget?  Pringles, check, unknown. read more...


Two Fish - DelMarVa or Bust!
Two Fish - DelMarVa or Bust!
19/06/2015

Gozwoz - Stop Press! The Incident of the Bucket

Some of the qualities of the Bosun will have become apparent to the reader over the last few weeks. Resourcefulness has been mentioned. A willingness to lead with his head has been mentioned. Also there is a tendency towards hyperactivity. Finally there is a desire to excel, if possible on a public stage.We were motoring towards the mainland, having crossed the shipping lanes and were looking forward to our first view of the cliffs of Southern Portugal when the Navigator, who was engaged on the swimming platform in scrubbing the fenders which had become encrusted with chicken manure in Ponta Delgada, dropped the bucket he was using which floated off behind the boat. Instantly the crew went into man overboard mode, OGL kept his eyes on the precious object and directed the skilful Coxswain. read more...


19/06/2015

Gozwoz - Days 5 and 6 from Santa Maria

Last night the Navigator had the good fortune to sleep, though not simultaneously, with both the Bosun and Roger, who kindly allowed me to share their double berth in the stern while we were sailing upwind and they were respectively on watch. It was good to sleep somewhere that did not involve episodes of weightlessness as the bow came down. The Bosun, who seems to have kept a possessive eye on proceedings, commented that the Navigator was appropriately positioned on his edge of the bed, as he had been trained, but that Roger was in the middle. Her explanation was that the Navigator was monopolising the duvet. That allegation, which is familiar to the Navigator, is no doubt relied upon by all women when appropriate.Sadly Our Great Leader did not have an enjoyable start to the day,. read more...


19/06/2015

Widago - Azores-Europe Leg Day 8: Frogger in the English Channel

We are getting close, well closer. The target/destination changes daily, sometimes hourly depending Ahab's strategy and information. After 42 years as the youngest child of three, and almost 20 years in the Moseley clan, I have very little problem just going with the flow. In this case, where the tide takes me - literally. Today's updated target, as of thirty minutes ago, is now to all the way into, and maybe even through, the Kiel Canal. I was only slightly let down, as I had fantasized about a spot of afternoon tea with my pinky out, the other hand cramming crumpets with strawberries & cream in my face. But the UK will just have to wait. In the meantime, we have to get our game face on. We are just entering the English Channel. After weeks of crossing the open ocean (as D-Bro. read more...


Widago - Azores-Europe Leg Day 8: Frogger in the English Channel
Widago - Azores-Europe Leg Day 8: Frogger in the English Channel
19/06/2015

Gozwoz - Day 4 from Santa Maria

The Bosun's reason for being on the rally is that he wanted some proper ocean sailing which the westward ARC had not provided. He then complained that the previous legs on ARC Europe had not provided what he wanted. He accepts that the present conditions are meeting his expectations, although they are not such as to induce merriment.Since 4pm yesterday we have been sailing on a course for Cape St Vincent hard into a NNE wind of F4/5. The sea is choppy and GOZWOZ is going at it like a lopsided hobby horse, albeit a very seaworthy one. While the conditions are no worse than you might find in the Irish Sea with the same wind, coping with them for the unexpected 48 hours or so is the challenge. The positive factor is that we are making good speed and preserving our northing. An arrival late. read more...


18/06/2015

Dala - salut les terriens

Bon tout va bien, personne n'a mange personne mais ca a ete juste heureusement que nos talents de peche nous ont sauves.D'abord, il faut que je vous dise que le materiel de peche du bord ferait palir d'envie plusieurs generation de Kakon.une bonne dizaine de cannes, autant de moulinets, des fils de toute dimension et de toute structure, nylon, cable, tresse...des hamecons, je vous dit pas, depuis celui pour attraper un alevin qui vient de naitre jusqu'a celui pour attraper la baleine blanche en personne.Les appats alors la c'est le top, du calamar de la sardine, des leures des cuilleres et autant de manillon et manille en long en large , etire, decoude,tranfissure, apalmage... il y en a pour 5000 dollars de matos.les noeuds, c'est bien pire que les noeuds de marine , car ils nont plus. read more...


18/06/2015

Jambo - heading for NW Spain

Well it's looking very unlikely that we can make Falmouth- Stokey our friendly weather router tells us that the forecasting model is showing no significant wind for 8 days( aargh beam me up Scottie ) which means we have to head for Spainso Jambo can have a holiday . Bob says "wherever Jambo goesVigo "(get it ?)We are snookered as we have had to use fuel to get through the High pressure ridge only to find that it has now extended....that's sailing ! You can have a better understanding as to why steam power won that race .Moral ok but some decent winds from a good direction would help although Yesterday our excellent galley chef, John prepared the Tuna that jumped on Toms tackle with a delicious salsa - we decided to put him through to the next round of Jambo Masterchef although he. read more...


18/06/2015

Flomaida II - Von Townsville nach Cairns

Die Fahrt hatte es in sich!!Zuerst wollte unser Bugstrahlruder nicht mehr hochfahren, also zurück in die Marina, die uns freudestrahlend wieder begrüßte. Aber sie könnten nicht helfen, jedoch haben Christoph's magische Hände durch Klopfen an die diversen Relais' das Bugstrahlruder wieder gangbar gemacht.Da von nun an die guten Übernachtungsplätze spärlich gesät sind, sind wir nur ein paar Stunden zur Horseshoe Bay gesegelt. Da haben wir leider eine sehr "rollende" Nacht mit viel Wind und Regen verbracht. Dann ging es weiter zu Little Pioneer Island, die Nacht war auch nicht besser!Trotzdem wollte wir unbedingt den spektakulären Hinchin Broock Chanel befahren, obwohl das Wetter nicht ideal war: zuviel Wind beim Eingang des Kanals und wolkenbruchartiger Regen. Gerade der Eingang stellt. read more...


18/06/2015

Flomaida II - Townsville, eine Stadt (Liebe) auf den zweiten Blick!

So, langsam haben wir uns mit Australien angefreundet, was sicherlich an unserem "ungeplanten" Aufenthalt in Townsville liegt. Wir hatten uns mit dem Dieselvorrat verkalkuliert und sind buchstäblich mit dem letzten Tropfen und einem mulmigen Gefühl den langen und engen Kanal schon bei anfangender Dunkelheit in die Breakwater Marina gefahren.Townsville liegt anscheinend außerhalb der Touristen Route, was uns immer sehr gefällt. Direkt neben der Marina gibt es einen außergewöhnlich gepflegten Walkway am Meer entlang mit den tollen, alten Kauribäumen. Auch gibt es perfekte Grillplätze für Jedermann zur freien Benutzung. Mit ein Paar Münzen in den Grill gesteckt, ist man dabei. Am Abend und am Wochenende trifft sich die Bevölkerung zum geselligen Beisammensein.Die Bewohner sind ungewöhnlich. read more...


16/06/2015

Gozwoz - Day 3 from Santa Maria

We have now been motoring for two days and have covered over 300 miles of the 800 or so to Lagos. There has been a slight change in the wind, which has not been over F2 for some time, and which went to the NE at 7/8 knots. We tried to sail this but our course was well to the south of Cape St Vincent which we must round before reaching Lagos and returned to motoring after a short while to preserve our northing. Other yachts in our vicinity have gone through the same process and we have seen three crossing our stern from north to south while attempting to make progress under sail. Most appear to have given up.There is nothing much to report from yesterday. The only newsworthy events were the appearance of two whales and in the same area a pod of dolphins engaged in fishing, that is. read more...


18/06/2015

Exocet Strike - Update for 18th June

It seems a long time since I wrote anything for thevarious blogs, well here goes! We have left Tonga and had an interesting sail andtransit through the reefs into an isalnd called Vanua Balava, where botht theWorld ARC and ICA (its the Island Cruising Assoc of New Zealand) fleets wereboth clearing into Fiji. This normally has to be into a port much further west,Savusavu, Suva, Levuka or Lautoka. However, it seems that the leader of the ICAJohn Martyn has a great rapport with the Fiji authorities and enabled our jointfleets clearance by flying in the various customs, immigration and healthofficials. his was a big help since the Lau group of islands in the East of Fijiare vey beautiful and not many people get to see them. We spent a few days there and then sailed incompany (actually mostly. read more...


17/06/2015

Widago - Azores-Europe Leg: Day 6

All is calm and quiet out here. Really calm. Been motoring through flat glassy seas for a couple days now. Finally saw some marine life today, as we caught a glimpse of a playful pod of dolphin and more pilot whales. Last night at dinner, we had a pilot whale roll though only a few meters from the starboard hull. Just a bit too close for my comfort, but she seemed to have the distance all worked out.Been playing lots of family Gin Rummy and backgammon. Took on the battle of the port hull staterooms and heads. Yuck, but now much better. Greatly decreased the mold, mildew, and dust bunny population over there. With the calm conditions, I've been "allowed" by Ahab to run laundry, which is a win-win for all of us.Gordon consistently has the biggest laundry pile.Tomorrow just might have to be. read more...


17/06/2015

Unconditional - Azorean high

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 ½-Way to Portugal – well, almost! My unofficial Sunday weather outlook continues to come to fruition in spite of the optimistic WRI-generated weather reports of 12-17 knots NNE. We are encountering winds of what Walt describes as ‘light & variable.’ This morning, Evan & I tried to sail in 6-8 knots of wind, but it was on the nose with VMG of less than the penalized motoring time, so after 3+ hours, we turned on the engine again like most everyone else.For those following us on the WCC or Yellowbrick website, WCC combined Class 1B & 1C into one class for award purposes. Yes, we are indeed leading the entire pack, but it is the SAILING lead that counts, not engine lead, and the challenge will be the potential high winds and current 300-miles off Portugal. read more...


17/06/2015

Unconditional - So much for the 'free ride'

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 Anticipate Lagos Arrival on Fri, June 19th Finally, winds kicked in last night from the NE, forcing us to sail below 90-degrees magnetic. Twice, we shortened sails, and as of this morning we are under a double-reefed main and a reefed Yankee, clawing to stay above the Cape Vincent-desired Rhumb line. Commercial traffic (to Halifax, in this case) is only 2-nm south of us.You may have noticed that due to rhumb line pinching, we have lost some time to the more northerly WCC boats although we are currently sailing 5.5 to 7.5-knts over ground. The 18-24 knot sustained northerly winds have kicked up some 9+ foot swells that we are taking on our port quarter, but fortunately the swells are more rhythmic than the choppy US Gulfstream last month.It is too early to tell. read more...


17/06/2015

Firefly - Peniche

Arrived in Peniche and heading to Lisbon tomorrowWeather is lovely and really starting to get a lot hotter which is reallynice Will post some pictures when we get a chance 39:21:13N 9:22:61W       Firefly crew. read more...


17/06/2015

Zingara - Via Inmarsat:

Atlantic, so kennen wir dich...Nun erleben wir doch noch einenversoehnlichen endspurt zur portugisischen kueste hin bei wind zwischen 20und 30 kts und wellen von 2 bis 4 metern . Wir segeln am wind mit 7 bis 8,5kts im zweiten reff, es macht wieder spass. Die windkarte haben wir wohlrichtig gedeutet und so drehen wir allmaehlich im suedosten des azorenhochs mit dem wind in richtung cap san vicente. Freitagmittag wird s nochmalsunangenehm, ev bekommen wir den wind auf die nase bis lagos. Na, sehen wirmal ... Damit herzliche gruesse, ernst u crew. read more...


16/06/2015

Gozwoz - Day 2 from Santa Maria

A day of motoring in a flat sea that often resembled a mirror. We are getting good efficiency from the diesel engine in this sea and are using about 2-3 litres fuel per hour whilst still getting 6-7 knots of forward motion.The main event today was the sighting of two whales - not so much a sighting because the first was only 20 metres from the bow coming across from starboard to port, the second seen a few minutes later only 40 metres from our stern on the same course as the first. Majestic creatures, they both had prominent fins, the first being smaller.The weather is agreeing with the GRIB files for once and we are still making a little northing in preparation for our southerly turn towards Lagos.. read more...


17/06/2015

Agua Dulce - Green Flash and Glassy Seas...Until now

Two nights I saw something for the first time - the GREEN FLASH! It is real for all you doubters out there, like I once was. All four of us saw it - it was completely emerald green right as the sun went below the horizon for about a second. I tried to capture the sunset on my camera, but sadly, you can't see the flash. The boys on S/V Tara saw it too - and no one had anything to drink stronger than Coca Cola!Until today, we've had amazing glassy seas which make for gorgeous sunsets reflecting over the still water. BUT, they are noisy sunsets as the motor drones on and on and on in the background. We've been heading NE so that when the winds pick up - they have now! - and we approach the coast of Portugal, we'll be in place for a nice beam reach in NE winds down to Lagos. We'll also have. read more...


17/06/2015

Jambo - between the devil and the deep blue sea

Well the wind ran out and the fog descended,although the sun tried to get through.Wellout of range of the fashion police some top outfits came out today including birthday suits ! Management advised crew that cold showers on deck would be acceptable so out came the sea shampoo and given that we could only sail at 1.5/2.5 knots there was.little happening.A really massive area of no wind is developing in front of us which could well present us with a major problem. Plan B is being worked on but NW Spain looks an option as no wind is likely for the next 7/8 days if we stick to plan A - blistering barnacles,half rations Mr Christian With the arrival of dawn we set course for NW Spain and will now motor until we pick up the Northerly windsThe good news is Toms tackle is working- he bought. read more...



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