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03/06/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - All along the waterline........

N34:59:496   W51:48:962 Boat miles:- 709 Miles to go:- 1135   All along the waterline The dogged crewkept watch Cresting waves wereapproaching Some squallsand showers too. Outside in the cold distance A ragged wind began to howl More cresting waves wereapproaching And a Shearwater or two? (apologies to Bob)   Well we were told by the weather folks that we werein rough weather for the next 24 hours and could expect big winds, showers andsqualls etc. As if we needed anymore. And we did. It got to the point, after 4hissing sids deposited water all over me in the cockpit in less than 4 minutesthat we decided too heave to to get some rest, drink some hot chocolate and waitfor daylight - it was pitch black and we couldn't see the genoa at all. Thissort of worked. read more...


03/06/2014

Ca Canny - ARC Portugal Ca Canny - Keel photography

Unfortunately the underwater photo of the keel hasn’t survived, but we didhave a really good one.....honest! We’ll have to try and take another one toprove the point. IMG_0631(327x245). read more...


Ca Canny - ARC Portugal Ca Canny - Keel photography
Ca Canny - ARC Portugal Ca Canny - Keel photography
03/06/2014

Ca Canny - ARC Portugal Ca Canny - Exhilarating sail across the first part of Biscay

As mentioned on yesterdays blog, there was a dramatic photo shoot under CaCanny yesterday. So following this blog entry we are going to try and upload oneor two images of the drama (the sat-phone data connection is not 100% reliableso if they don’t appear then you’ll just have to wait....oooh the suspense). Theprop shot is particularly good when you consider that Ian was simply waving theboathook under the water and hoping that he was pointing the camera in the rightdirection.   After the prior nights drama the winds picked up shortly after leaving thewelcome company of Robert et al on Zoonie and we were soon well under sail. CaCanny really picks up her tails above 18 knots of wind and the weather providedin spades – sailing at well over 7 knots for long periods of time late into. read more...


03/06/2014

American Spirit II - Day 149; Cleared thru Custom's, Laundry, Errands in Vava'u & Rendezvous Party; Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Don't forget that when you read all logs in the future that we're one day ahead of you due to crossing the International Dateline. So don't think that the day and date of my logs are wrong because you're reading this on a Tuesday when I've already done Tuesday's log.At 12:00 AM I connected with a station on Manihi, 1,556 miles away, to send and receive our emails.Frequency 8299.4. Took 30 minutes to send and receive the messages. Longer than average due to receiving incoming messages too slowly, at 200 to 600 bytes per minutes instead of 2800, 3200 or 3600. I got awakened at 5:29 AM due to Janet sending me a text at that time. I had forgotten to put my cell phone on vibrate, so the noise of the receiving text woke me up. My mistake. Went back to sleep and got up (early) at 7:00 AM. read more...


03/06/2014

Spirit III - Day 3 - On the Breeze

Still on the Breeze...Since Plymouth we have tacked twice soon after Ushant, but otherwise we havebeen hard on the breeze on Starboard tack for most of the time. Havingdrifted a little further east than we would have liked yesterday, we haveovernight been working to get back some West ground while still making some south.All four of us have in one way or another suffered from the on-going motion, this morning however see's most of us starting to feel more with it and probably hence the reason for this blog update.Leaving Ushant yesterday a small bird, looked like a swallow(?!) spent a good few hours with us on deck... it had first of all managed to fly straight down the open companionway and took a lot of coaxing to remove!Last night after crossing into deep water, the phosphorescence. read more...


03/06/2014

Zoonie - Released into the Biscay

46:47.76N 06:34.59W Finally, early yesterday morning Ushant released itsgrip on us so we could move into the Bay of Biscay. We had a good sail acrossthe Channel after the start, mostly on our desired course until we neared theother side when we were set east. Then we tried to tack to get down the inshorechannel to no avail. That stage sent us in a near circle! Then the wind dropped,well that was decisive, on went the engine.   Just before the Biscay and we received a radio call from Ca Canny whopicked up a rope around their prop and ask for some help. As we were ‘tail endCharly’ by this time we happily obliged. Our offer of a tow into Brest provedunnecessary when they lowered a waterproof camera overboard and saw from thepictures that the rope had gone and the prop was fit and. read more...


Andromeda V - paella
Andromeda V - paella
02/06/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - Manic Monday part two

We are all confused today, it was a long night andearly start to the day and Andrew has just had a sleep that was over 2 hourslong, or did he? The timer he uses to wake himself up appeared to have gone offso he slept through it, unusual but it has happened. I was on the wheel feeelingquite comfortable so I told him to have another hour. After this he checked thetime and seems to have lost an hour..the mysteries of being at sea.   The sun is trying to put a belated appearance in, Idid think I was going to be able to report an almost dry cockpit but at the lastminute a devious "hissing sid" wave came over the side and soaked bitsagain....maybe tomorrow.   Musing whilst at the helm, I remembered the otherbits I was going to include today. Does your boat dance? Andreomeda. read more...


02/06/2014

Anna Sophia - Oceaanlogboek deel 2, dag 12

Positie: 38.17 866 N 32.56 250 WCOG: 85 grSOG: 5,9 ktsDagafstand: 140 nmDTF: 190 nmZeilvoering: MWind: 3,8 kts @ 69 grWeer: lichtbewolktZicht: goedGolven: geenLuchtdruk: 1037 mbarWatertemperatuur: 22,1 grZeezieken: 0Zondagnacht; ik voel me vreemd. De nacht is zo helder, dat de sterren zelfs over de horizon te zien zijn; het lijkt wel of ze verstoppertje spelen met de waterlijn . Ik kijk omhoog en zie miljoenen flonkeringen schakerend van helderwit naar zachtgeel. Dit is heel mooi en de eerste prachtige nacht in 12 dagen. En toch ....... ik voel me vreemd.In het begin van de avond wilde de slaap maar niet komen, in de tweede rust gelukkig wel en wanneer het ochtendgloren aanbreekt ben ik alles alweer vergeten. Om 06.00 uur tik ik de boordcomputer tot actie, onmogelijk ding met een nog. read more...


02/06/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - Rocking all over the sea on a Manic Monday

N34:15:204   W53:32:760   First of all today we would like wholeheartedly toapologise to who ever we have upset and so deserve the weather we have had.We're not sure what we did, but we are sorry. We have a couple of other theoriestoo, just like the grib wind arows, maybe too many people are sending us wind.We always wish folk 'fair winds and a gentle sea', maybe we are just getting itall together.   After another busy night on and off the wheel weapproached morning feeling quite confident, it had been a must drier night andwe were looking forward to maybe getting a few bits and pieces dry instead ofwhich we have been getting more dry stuff out to get wet. To be honest a lot ofthe things have been packed away for 5 years so need an airing but not all atonce surely.. read more...


02/06/2014

Ca Canny - ARC Portugal Yacht Ca Canny - Rope in Approaches to d'Oussant

Propeller rope wrap. Back on our way leaving the inshore passage aroundD’Oeusaant (Ushant to the Brits!)   At midnight on Sunday  the wind died and was taking us toRoscoff.  We decided to put the engine on to make it through Ushant beforethe tide moved against us. I had been running 30 mins when a thump, bang, bangwas heard from the area of the propeller. The engine was off within 5 seconds –Steve was on the helm and the skipper below in his bunk for at least a further 5seconds. We had picked up a rope – we restarted and tried the reverse - it waseven worse! So we cut the engine and sailed on and pondered what to do next.   In the morning we sent out a general message on VHF and called WCC to letthem know what was happening. The plot was not to use the engine and. read more...


Diffugere Nives - Final Preps for the Rally
Diffugere Nives - Final Preps for the Rally
02/06/2014

American Spirit II - Day 148; Crossing the International Date Line, Arrived in the Kingdom of Tonga, Immigration Clearance & Dinner Ashore; Monday, June 2, 2014

Though the International Date Line is supposed to be at 180 degrees longitude, the line jogs right, around Tonga before that longitude. So, even though we arrived in Tonga on Sunday, June 1; we really arrived on Monday, June 2. We 'lost' a day that we will never get back. Never. Only if we head back east would we recover this day. But we're not. We're heading west until we get home. Joel's 1:00 AM to 6:00 AM watch was without incident. When I woke and took over the watch at 6:00 AM, 500 foot cliffs were visible in the darkness to our port, about 3/4's of a mile away. And there were no lights visible on the islands. Low swept clouds moved from east to west. The planet Uranus was visible behind us. We entered Tongan waters to the north of the island group Vava'u; then we turn south and. read more...


02/06/2014

American Spirit II - Day 147; Bleach Wipe Down, Tom Neale's An Island to Oneself & Jack Reacher Says; Saturday, May 31, 2014

Seaduced passed us at 12:15 PM 1.8 miles to starboard. I went off watch at 1:00 AM, and Joel started his 1:00 AM to 6:00 AM watch. I showered and changed my leg bandage. Ugly. In bed by 1:30 AM.Joel put the jib out during his watch, then the wind went a little south and lightened up, so he rolled the jib back up. We were motor sailing. Woke up at 4:50 AM after 3 hours and 20 minutes sleep. Felt good. Might not seem like a lot of sleep, but your body adjusts under the circumstances. If you have to get 8 hours of continuous sleep at a stretch, sailing across oceans is probably not for you. One of the good things about getting up at 6:00 AM is that you get to watch a lot of sunrises. The sun rose above the clouds on the horizon at 7:03 AM. No green flash. I wonder if I'm ever going to see a. read more...


02/06/2014

Anettine - 2. June

We left Horta 0600 this morning, heading for Ponta Delgada on the island Sau Miguel. No wind so the Iron Genua has to to the job for now. Jonn and Mauritz turned back into the sack after breakfast and the captains taking the watch and enjoying the view of Ihla do Pico in the morning sun. We have approx 150 nm to go and expect to use around 30 hrs.. read more...


02/06/2014

Free & BrEasy - A Niue Experience

We arrived at Niue in the total darkness. Niue is an almost circular, 20 mile wide, coral island but it differs from previous islands in being geologically much older. The coral sits on top of an extinct volcano which has sunk towards the ocean floor so that the whole island is made of ancient coral with no inner lagoon. This means that there is no pass through the coral to negotiate. Even so we approached the shore very slowly and were relieved to tie on to a mooring ball without mishap.Next day we did our best to remove some of the salt that had found its way everywhere during the rough passage from Suwarrow but there was no fresh water to clean the outside of the boat. Going ashore was unusual as there is no dinghy dock, only the main wharf where all the goods for the island are. read more...


01/06/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - Hey big boat maintenance and repair spender.....

N33:31:343    W55:46:028 Boat miles: 486 Distance to go: 1349   Well it is interesting what pops into you heardwhen in the middle of a rather large storm.......this one lasted about 9 hours,included the usual suspects of thunder and lightning, had lots of torrentialrain and included, just for the joy of it, winds gusting to 34kts. very nicereally, so we are now waiting for some sunshine to dry us out once again. Wewere advised of gusts and showers, but nothing like what we experienced. Ah, thecruising life.   We have been mulling over the costs of our journeyso far, hence the title - ho hum. Had we known then what we know now, would wehave still done it? Well this is a debating question round a table set fair withfood and drink.   We have also noticed. read more...


01/06/2014

Anna Sophia - Oceaandagboek deel 2, dag 11

Positie: 38.03.154 N 35.51.831 WCOG; 84 grSOG: 5,2 ktsDagafstand: 127 nmDTF: 341 nmZeilvoering: MWind: 9.0 kts @ 204 grWeer: halfbewolktZicht: goedGolven: 0,5 mLuchtdruk: 1035 mbarWatertemperatuur: 21,3 gZeezieken: 0"Jan ik geloof dat we de motor maar moeten starten." De Schip ligt breeduitop het 2persoonsbed en slaapt diep, heel diep. Een rustige wacht loopt om6.30 uur deze morgen bijna teneinde, wanneer ik mijn poging nog windtevangen resoluut opgeef. Vannacht ging het eigenlijk prima! Doordat weplotseling halve wind konden varen, was het voltuig voldoende de 11 knopenwind om te zetten in een snelheid van net boven de 5 kts. Maar nu,mistroostig staar ik naar de snelheidsmeter, 3,6 , 3,7 3,4. Het is over,gedaan en definitief tijd de zo zorgvuldig bewaarde diesel aan te spreken.Jan is. read more...


01/06/2014

Webster - Spiderman no match for a Webster!

Monday 26th May 2014. Position : horizontal after only two tinniesCorrected finish place: Third overall. 13 days 13 hours 40 minutes, that's how long it took us to arrive safely in Horta. 0140 to be precise local time. Seems like two weeks to me but we are here!! The last day at sea was quite eventful despite the fact that the wind had gone a bit lighter. The Blue Peter Badge this time goes to Neal who spotted what on the horizon seemed like a dark conical cloud appearing sporadically between white cumulus. The island of Pico can indeed be spied from miles off as it reaches some 2350 metres and although not obvious, he was right and a loud "Land Ahoy" was bellowed with about 50 miles or so to go. The island of Faial is right next to Pico so we knew we were on track much to the surprise. read more...


01/06/2014

Nexus - Kapa and Nuku Island, and Swallow's Cave

We spent the last two nights at Kapa and Nuku Island, just south of Port Maurelle, in Vava'u, Tonga. It is a beautiful spot with a white sand beaches nearby, crystal clear water where you can see your anchor 20M on the bottom, with dramatic island landscapes all around. We look forward to uploading more pictures once we have Wifi access again. We spent yesterday exploring with Kiapa and played Mexican Train dominoes with them in the evening, which was great fun. This morning, Russ and Brian had the opportunity to take their 52' Gunboat for a performance sail with the guys all morning offshore, where we flew every sail in their locker...who gets to do that? The ladies spent the day on shore andenjoyed meeting the locals and attending a very long church service. This evening, NDS Darwin. read more...


01/06/2014

American Spirit II - Day 146; Final Provisioning and Leaving Niue for the Kingdom of Tonga; Friday, May 30, 2014

Up at 7:30 AM. First order of business before breakfast was to apply the 'temporary fix' to our broken shroud. Joel did this using 2 bear clamps borrowed from the boat Chez Nous, and some Dynema line. Strong as steel. If the shroud breaks before we get a new one, hopefully our temporary fix will hold the mast up long enough for us to drop our sails. Next we called a company in Florida called Yacht Power. Used the satellite phone. Ordered 6 new generator impellers, a gasket, and some other generator parts. Will be delivered to my daughter Angela in Charlotte, North Carolina. She's visiting us in Fiji June 29. She'll be bringing so many spare parts with her that she'll need an extra large suitcase just to handle them. We also ordered a new ICOM radio for Nexus since they gave us a spare. read more...


01/06/2014

American Spirit II - Day 145; Toured Island, Whale Behavior & a Strange Usage for Duck Tape; Thursday, May 29, 2014

Up until 3:15 AM. Lot on my mind. Infection, rigging, batteries, charging, etc. 8:00 AM got up. Breakfast at 9:00 AM. In dingy by 10:30 AM heading to wharf. Stopped by house where laundry is being done. No one home. Walked by post office and mailed post cards. I wonder if they'll ever reach America. Have to go to New Zealand first. Rented a car at 11:30 AM. Fifty seven dollars. Half the price of a car rental in Moorea and Tahiti. Stopped by the hospital at 11:45 AM, trying to catch the doctor before he went to lunch. Successful. Suggested that my right calf infection was a contamination exposure from my Bora Bora infection, requiring a stronger prescription than I was taking to get rid of. Gave me a prescription of Ciprox. I asked for one for Doxycyline, also. For 'future' use. Got it.. read more...


Flomaida II - Das Washaway In Niue
Flomaida II - Das Washaway In Niue
Flomaida II - Vorsicht, es pieckst!
Flomaida II - Vorsicht, es pieckst!
Flomaida II - Leider ziemlich ungemütliches Wetter in Niue, aber dafür die Menschen um so gemütlicher!
Flomaida II - Leider ziemlich ungemütliches Wetter in Niue, aber dafür die Menschen um so gemütlicher!
Flomaida II - Die Höhlen in Niue unter Wasser
Flomaida II - Die Höhlen in Niue unter Wasser
Flomaida II - Die wilde Küste von Niue
Flomaida II - Die wilde Küste von Niue
Flomaida II - Da kommt unser Abendessen
Flomaida II - Da kommt unser Abendessen
Flomaida II - Attemberaubend
Flomaida II - Attemberaubend
Flomaida II - Immer wieder die Farben von blau bis grün und türkis
Flomaida II - Immer wieder die Farben von blau bis grün und türkis
Flomaida II - Gibt es ein schöneres Plätzchen zum Essen?
Flomaida II - Gibt es ein schöneres Plätzchen zum Essen?
Flomaida II - Happy Hour mit Blick......
Flomaida II - Happy Hour mit Blick......
Flomaida II - So lässt es sich aushalten im Pool der MaiKai Marina
Flomaida II - So lässt es sich aushalten im Pool der MaiKai Marina
Flomaida II - Christoph und Dagmar ausgesetzt im Paradies!
Flomaida II - Christoph und Dagmar ausgesetzt im Paradies!
Flomaida II - Großeinkauf mit Fahrrad und Dinghi
Flomaida II - Großeinkauf mit Fahrrad und Dinghi
Flomaida II - Die kleine und um so feinere MaiKai Marina in Bora Bora
Flomaida II - Die kleine und um so feinere MaiKai Marina in Bora Bora
Flomaida II - MaiKai Marina mit Flomaida und dem Wahrzeichen von BoraBora
Flomaida II - MaiKai Marina mit Flomaida und dem Wahrzeichen von BoraBora
Flomaida II - Ach wie schön ist MaiKai - diesmal nicht Panama!
Flomaida II - Ach wie schön ist MaiKai - diesmal nicht Panama!
Flomaida II - Oder für die Siesta?
Flomaida II - Oder für die Siesta?
Flomaida II - Da hol ich mir mein Schiff zum Reparieren doch in den Garten! Niue
Flomaida II - Da hol ich mir mein Schiff zum Reparieren doch in den Garten! Niue
Flomaida II - Mmhhhh in Nuie
Flomaida II - Mmhhhh in Nuie
Flomaida II - Der größte kleinste Yachtclub der Welt- da bin ich jetzt Mitglied!
Flomaida II - Der größte kleinste Yachtclub der Welt- da bin ich jetzt Mitglied!
Flomaida II - Bilderbuchfarben in Bora Bora
Flomaida II - Bilderbuchfarben in Bora Bora
01/06/2014

Starblazer - 01/06/2014 – Success

We have successes on several fronts to describe.We arrived in Neiafu harbour on Vavu’a early on Wednesday afternoon, having had to motor the last 6 miles to the finish line.If John had a fit, enthusiastic crew he could have sailed all the way, short tacking the last 6 miles, however this crew was more than happy to motor in!The formalities were completed on the customs dock where we had 4 smiling officials on board, representing health, customs, immigration and quarantine (I think).Thursday was a slightly destructive day, I unpicked the zips from the sprayhood because one needed replacing and the newer one needed strengthening work done to the surrounding canvas.John, meanwhile, sleeved the boom end fitting where the stainless steel pin had worn away the aluminium casting, allowing the. read more...


Flomaida II - Nach Niue mit Parasailor
Flomaida II - Nach Niue mit Parasailor
Flomaida II - reservierter Parkplatz vor einem besonders guten Restaurant in Bora Bora
Flomaida II - reservierter Parkplatz vor einem besonders guten  Restaurant in Bora Bora
Flomaida II - Christoph füttert einen Rochen
Flomaida II - Christoph füttert einen Rochen
Flomaida II - Seeballett bei Nordseewetter
Flomaida II - Seeballett bei Nordseewetter
Flomaida II - Luxus Resort in traumhaft schöner Lagune mit Blick auf das Wahrzeichen von Bora Bora
Flomaida II - Luxus Resort in traumhaft schöner Lagune mit Blick auf das Wahrzeichen von Bora Bora

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