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27/05/2015

Dala - Am I a lucky man?

Hi, all,I've always thought about myself that I was a lucky guy.However, look at list of problems I ran into these last weeks:Even before this crossing, after I sailed from Florida to the Bahamas and then to the British Virgin Islands, I had a series of repeated failures of my water maker, a sequence of stop-and-work-and-stop-again with my satellite communication system, a shower pump out of order, a fan stubbornly silent. And I certainly forgot a few unpleasant additional occurrences of that kind...And since the start of that crossing, you already know if you read this blog. Short partial list reminder: We broke a batten (French: latte) and the headboard connector, together with a few mainsail cars (French: coulisseaux), experienced an overriding of the genoa sheet on the winch (French:. read more...


27/05/2015

Mahe' 3 - 37°N

"Finalmente un po' di vento. Mahè ha trovato le sue condizioni ideali ed è partita in volata. E' bastata una giornata per farci avanzare e riprendere qualche posizione che avevamo perso nei giorni precedenti. Nel pomeriggio di ieri infatti, sono arrivati 20 nodi da Sud e mare bello formato. Tutta la notte a 9 nodi, la prua tagliava le onde senza sbattere grazie alla potenza ed al peso della barca. Il vento ci ha accompagnati fino all'ora di pranzo, poi via via è calato, è girato ed ora siamo di nuovo con poco vento da SE e mare calmo, ed ovviamente su un bordo di bolina che ci porta in Irlanda !!.Il nostro cuoco francese con il passare del tempo sta perdendo la sua fantasia e dopo il Cassulet di ieri sera, una specie di miscuglio di carni di maiale, anatra e non so che altre schifezze,. read more...


26/05/2015

Luna Quest - Tuesday, 26 May, 2015

Noon Position: 17.29S 171.31WDaily run: 70 measured milesSquall after squall played havoc with us yesterday, making it extremely difficult to set a course and the sails. All day we wrestled with the appalling weather conditions and towards the late afternoon, I had almost given up trying to set the sails. The wind would come from the east, then from the west, now from the south and then from the north. To us it is important to have the sails set for the night. I don’t like going out on deck at night and Julia has a morbid fear that I could fall overboard. As she is a little deaf, she probably would not hear the splash or my cry for help. In our final attempt to set the sails before dark, the wind seem to stabilise from the Southeast, feebly at first, but becoming more robust just before. read more...


26/05/2015

Gozwoz - Day 7 from Bermuda

Following the visit from the Great Examiner we had a wind-free period where we were motoring overnight - peaceful sleep! With the moans and groans that emanate from the twisting hull it does take some time to get used to and to fall to sleep. But all of us sleep during the day at some time.This morning we were suddenly in a force 5 wind from the SSE. Where did this come from? Only after downloading the GRIB files and ARC weather report did we see the big picture across the North Atlantic. Coalescing highs from east and west are forming a large high that will extend to the UK. Presumably better weather at home! For us it leaves a quandary - do we go the north route or the south (Thanks for the tip Clive)? Today the decision was made for us by the winds and it will be interesting to see. read more...


26/05/2015

Gozwoz - Day 6 from Bermuda

Yesterday evening we met the promised north-easterly wind and subsequently underwent a visitation from the Great Examiner. A feature of the visitation was the duration and weight of the rain which fell in biblical quantities for about 10 hours and undoubtedly helped us by keeping the sea flat despite the wind. Since the bimini, the shelter over the cockpit, provided much needed shelter from the rain it was not put away as it usually is at night until it reached the point of beginning to lift off at which point it started to disassemble itself. It appears to have survived unscathed.We are now supposedly moving to an area of south-easterly wind which we hope to reach later tomorrow. The plan is to use it to recover the northing we lost to the north-easterly. We will then need to position. read more...


26/05/2015

Exocet Strike - We're on the move again

What a fabulous place Niue is. We are so glad thatwe made sure we visited. The Polynesian and New Zealanders who live thereare just so welcoming and friendly. The Commodore of the Niue Yacht Club, Keithand his wife Sue are just so helpful, they helped to make the stay brilliant, sothanks to them. The one thing we thought would be a nightmare, iewhere you have to lift out the dinghy on an electric crane, actually proved lessdifficult than we expected, although since Brian and I were trying to behelpful, Someone managed to run over his toes with the trolley, lookedpainful.Its a shame to leave but there is a schedule to keep to and agood weather window, so it was the right time to go. I think 11 of the World ARCboats went yesterday afternoon / evening, so there are only two boats. read more...


26/05/2015

Agua Dulce - Half way to the Azores!

As I am typing this, we have just hit the halfway mark! We're closer to the Azores than to Bermuda, and we are sailing along nicely on a starboard tack with full genoa and half main right now and averaging 7.5 kts. After a day with more motoring than anyone enjoys, the winds picked up in the evening and we sailed through the night. They've continued in the 15-20 kt range all day, and we are making nice progress toward our destination. It's a little more boisterous down below in the galley, so we're going to enjoy one of our frozen pre-prepared meals tonight - King Ranch Chicken Casserole (or chicken enchilada casserole if you're not from Texas and have no idea what King Ranch Chicken is).We haven't seen any boats from the rally for the past 24 hours. A couple of tankers have gone past in. read more...


26/05/2015

Jambo - nearly through the trough!

We are starting to feel that this leg is very much up hillWe punched into headwinds and seas all day yesterday and at 4 am when I came on watch the wind died and we resorted to using the Iron Lady for two hours to motor through to the se winds that we knew must be on the other side of the trough.pleased to report that we are now sailing into se winds which is taking us towards Horta- Always good for team moral to be pointing in the right direction.double bonus is we are on the other tack so we can put backall the food that flew out the lockers on the other tack when you opened the doorsWe are going to change the ships clock today by one hour as we are over a third of the wayLight winds are are about 18 hours away which will present the next challenge as our range under engine will not be. read more...


26/05/2015

Free Spirit - Log 16 25 May 2015

Considering the only sail we had yesterday was theGenoa we managed to keep up a good pace throughout the night.  Good! Yes..but..the boat was heeling and tossing violently through the waves. Moving anywere required iron grip determination.  So I held on tightly as Icame down the steps from the cockpit but at the bottom, although I did not letgo, I twirled round the corner in to the galley.  Bash!  Ouch! ! The pain of it all!. (I now have the bruise to prove it).  No one heardme.  Every one was "sleeping" apart from Peter who was still on our watchin the cockpit. When it came to sleeping - that was anothermatter.  The relentless clanging and banging of the unfurled rigging alonemight have been enough to cause sleep deprivation but the. read more...


26/05/2015

Widago - Bermuda-Azores Day 7: High Pressure, Low Stress

Greeting from just past midway. With 850nm to go until Horta, WIDAGO is enjoying a speculative bright sunny day of sailing in the North Atlantic. Currently sailing with full sail, close reaching on a starboard tack in 12-13 kts of winds from the ESE.This morning's delight included sighting of a long lost sea turtle, a pod of Dolphins, a whale, and some weird tall shiny object bobbing about - don't worry, no contact was made :). read more...


26/05/2015

Firefly - Limu, Ha'afeva, Koto, Oua, Luangahu and Uhia

Firefly has anchored in many beautiful places in the last week and we have really enjoyed the southern part of the Ha'apai Group of Tonga, it really is very special here.Limu was a day anchorage at a perfect South Pacific deserted island. Taking the dinghy to the island we strolled around the perimeter looking out for clam shells, a good number of which had washed up on the beach. In the rock pools we saw a small eel peeking out and on the rocks there was a large group of Noddys, both common and black intermingled with a few white Terns. It was bit exposed to stop for the night so in about 15 knots of breeze we sailed on a broad reach for a couple hours to Ha'afeva Island. Arriving just half an hour before sunset and at the same time as the supply ship. The docked ship was surrounded by. read more...


26/05/2015

Exody - Days 128-132 : The Queen of Scotland

.......came the swift reply when I asked the Customs man who was head of state for this tiny self-governing islandcountry of Niue (pronounced Nuwhey)- having a bit of a dig at Scotland's lack of the independence they value. This country is financially supported by New Zealand and its flag is a yellow ensign with some stars added to the union jack bit.We have met several Niueans who were in Glasgow for the Commonwealth Games, where their delegation of 38 represented nearly 3% of the whole population! This is one of the largest raised coral atolls in the world - a limestone cap on a sea mount that broke the surface- high point only 68 metres, where lies the well signposted Tsunami refuge. With its population of 1600, its Yacht Club proudly has not a sailor or a boat amongst its local. read more...


26/05/2015

Luna Quest - Monday, 25 May, 2015

Noon Position: 17.29S 171.31WDaily run: 108 measured milesThe two foresails performed beautifully overnight giving us hope that we might make landfall on Tuesday late afternoon. However, this morning a large slow-moving squall has been shadowing us from breakfast time gradually forcing the boat on a more southerly course when at lunchtime it began to rain.Another squall on the near horizon is awaiting its turn to attack us. The seas are very disturbed as a result of the many squalls that dominate this sea area. After a squall has passed, the wind passes with it leaving Luna Quest pitching and rolling uncontrolled with the sails banging and everything on the move inside the boat. We are here for our pleasure...The portable Honda generator is a godsend. Whereas on our passage from the. read more...


26/05/2015

Dala - The Halyard Story

Hi, all,I just can't believe it: Yesterday the mainsail halyard broke!!!!(French: La drisse de la grand-voile, corde qui fait monter la voile au mat et la maintient).How could that have happened? I had a full rigging inspection back in Tortola and everything was fine. Richard our team mate went up the mast in Bermuda and found nothing suspicious. OMG! I am going to start believing in those Bermuda Triangle stories. But even this doesn't fit: We are no longer in that triangle, and if you read this blog you know we enjoyed it. Anyway, back to my halyard: We heard an enormous BOOM! and the whole mainsail fell in the lazy bag, the boom started dancing and the reef ropes together with it.First, we straightened the boom in the axis of the boat and pulled in the reefs ropes, in order to stop. read more...


Flomaida II - Willkommen in Australien!
Flomaida II - Willkommen in Australien!
26/05/2015

Flomaida II - Willkommen im Känguruland! Von Bundaberg nach Mackay 19.-23.5.2015

Angekommen im Känguruland, gleich in den ersten Tagen hat uns eine Kängurufamilie hautnah begrüßt und bestaunt, haben wir uns erstmal ausgeruht und neu verproviantiert, nachdem Biosecurity unsere restlichen Frischeprodukte leider mitgenommen hat.   Auch Basilikum musste leider in den Müllsack, aber vieles Andere war " verhandelbar", da der         freundliche und gemütliche Wesley vorwiegend auf der Suche nach Holzwürmern war. Da    wurde er natürlich nicht fündig!!! Also waren wir Beide am Ende sehr zufrieden!   Nun wollten wir aber endlich los, um die vielen kleinen und unbewohnten Inseln zwischen    Bundaberg und Mackay zu erkunden. Leider hatten wir die ersten 3 Tage keinen Wind und mussten. read more...


Flomaida II - Flat White und Neuseeland, wir werden Dich vermissen!
Flomaida II - Flat White und Neuseeland, wir werden Dich vermissen!
Flomaida II - Bye bye wunderschönes Neuseeland!
Flomaida II - Bye bye wunderschönes Neuseeland!
Flomaida II - Auch das muss mal sein! Wir Touristen bei den Maoris- wer hat die längste Zunge? Eigentlich eine Angstmachgebärde.
Flomaida II - Auch das muss mal sein! Wir Touristen bei den Maoris- wer hat die längste Zunge? Eigentlich eine Angstmachgebärde.
Flomaida II - Unsere Spaziergänge waren einmalig!
Flomaida II - Unsere Spaziergänge waren einmalig!
Flomaida II - So sichere Ankerplätze wie selten auf Great Barrier Island im Hauraki Gulf / NZ
Flomaida II - So sichere Ankerplätze wie selten auf Great Barrier Island im Hauraki Gulf / NZ
Flomaida II - HAHAHA, Übersetzung nötig?
Flomaida II - HAHAHA, Übersetzung nötig?
Flomaida II - So sieht Flomaida unter Wasser aus nach 3 Monaten ohne Bewegung
Flomaida II - So sieht Flomaida unter Wasser aus nach 3 Monaten ohne Bewegung
Flomaida II - Geschafft! Da haben wir den Mt Victoria in Wellington erkraxelt!
Flomaida II - Geschafft! Da haben wir den Mt Victoria in Wellington erkraxelt!
Flomaida II - Parkgaragenkunst in Wellington
Flomaida II - Parkgaragenkunst in Wellington
Flomaida II - Welche Tasse darf es sein? Teeladen in Wellington
Flomaida II - Welche Tasse darf es sein? Teeladen in Wellington
Flomaida II - Nur was für Schlanke!
Flomaida II - Nur was für Schlanke!
Flomaida II - Schmucke Häuser im Dreierpack in Wellington
Flomaida II - Schmucke Häuser im Dreierpack in Wellington
Flomaida II - Sauvignon Blanc im Wachstum
Flomaida II - Sauvignon Blanc im Wachstum
Flomaida II - Sind sie nicht hübsch?
Flomaida II - Sind sie nicht hübsch?
Flomaida II - Begegnung der besondren Art!
Flomaida II - Begegnung der besondren Art!
Flomaida II - Wie wahr!!!!
Flomaida II - Wie wahr!!!!
Flomaida II - Kaikoura, ein ganz spezieller Ort
Flomaida II - Kaikoura, ein ganz spezieller Ort
Flomaida II - World famous ??? May be Kaikoura famous!
Flomaida II - World famous ??? May be Kaikoura famous!
Flomaida II - Wieder "world famous"?
Flomaida II - Wieder
Flomaida II - 3 Quizfragen
Flomaida II - 3 Quizfragen
Flomaida II - 3 Quizfragen
Flomaida II - 3 Quizfragen
Flomaida II - 3 Quizfragen
Flomaida II - 3 Quizfragen
Flomaida II - Welche olympische Disziplin ist denn das?
Flomaida II - Welche olympische Disziplin ist denn das?
Flomaida II - Ein Bay schöner als der andere, hier bei Ebbe.
Flomaida II - Ein Bay schöner als der andere, hier bei Ebbe.
Flomaida II - Kein Wunder, dass das Fleisch hier schmeckt!
Flomaida II - Kein Wunder, dass das Fleisch hier schmeckt!
Flomaida II - Ohne Kommentar!
Flomaida II - Ohne Kommentar!
Flomaida II - Greenlip Mussels, die gibt es nur in NZ
Flomaida II - Greenlip Mussels, die gibt es nur in NZ
Flomaida II - Pancake rocks bitte googeln!
Flomaida II - Pancake rocks bitte googeln!
Flomaida II - Bei den langen Strecken und nicht schneller als 100 km/h ist das manchmal nötig!
Flomaida II - Bei den langen Strecken und nicht schneller als 100 km/h ist das manchmal nötig!
26/05/2015

Flomaida II - Ohne Kommentar!

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Flomaida II - Ohne Kommentar!
Flomaida II - Ohne Kommentar!
Flomaida II - Pancake rocks bitte googeln!
Flomaida II - Pancake rocks bitte googeln!
Flomaida II - Pancake rocks aus limestone. So hoch war das Wasser in grauer Vorzeit
Flomaida II - Pancake rocks aus limestone. So hoch war das Wasser in grauer Vorzeit
Flomaida II - Durch die Berge der Südinsel NZ
Flomaida II - Durch die Berge der Südinsel NZ

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