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08/02/2014

Celebrate - Log Day 16 - Party, Party on the "Party Bus"!

It was Friday morning and first we said our fond farewells to our Panama Canal mates Andy Barrow and John & Kat Langenheim. We had a French Toast farewell breakfast and they were off to catch their flights out of Panama. Then it was time to welcome our next shipmate, Randy Brand, from Fairbanks, Alaska. He was going to join us on the "Party Bus" that night.Colored lights flashing everywhere on the Panama Party Bus! With a free bar, live DJ on board and plenty of room for dancing it was a popular night of fun. Some of the best dancing we have seen from our own Paul, Rally Control; Bryan, Darlene and Joel, American Spirit; Dagmar, Flomaida and my own Charlie of Celebrate!A very good time was had by all!Cathy  . read more...


Flomaida II - Michelada - mein Lieblingsgetränk- Bier mit Salzrand und Limonensaft!Auf der Terrasse des Hotel Romantica auf Contadora/Las Perlas
Flomaida II - Michelada - mein Lieblingsgetränk- Bier mit Salzrand und Limonensaft!Auf der Terrasse des Hotel Romantica auf Contadora/Las Perlas
08/02/2014

Flomaida II - Las Perlas und der Start nach Galapagos

Die 3 Tage in einer geschützten Bucht vor dem Hotel Romantica in Contadora/Las Perlas waren vollgestopft mit Programm von World ARC und Reparaturen- diesmal nur erfolgreich,obwohl uns erst der Schock getroffen hatte!Unsere 12 neuen Batterien schienen nicht mehr richtig zu laden. Horrorerklärungen und Erfahrungen von anderen Mitseglern gingen von: die Batterien seien zerschossen, weil sie zu schnell geladen wurden, bis, dass vielleicht eine Batterie kaputt sei, die die anderen runterziehe. Also hat Christoph jede einzelne Batterie getestet. Alle waren ok.Das war erstmal das Wichtigste! (Wir hatten ja neue Batterien in Martinique bekommen.) Es konnte damit nur das Anzeigegerät sein, das nicht zurückgesetzt wurde beim Einbau der neuen Batterien. Und so war es dann auch. Dann hat Christoph. read more...


Flomaida II - Las Perlas und der Start nach Galapagos
Flomaida II - Las Perlas und der Start nach Galapagos
08/02/2014

Starblazer - 01/02/2014 - Finally we escape Panama

We have not had the best experience of the delights of Panama because we have been delayed all week, awaiting parts for the generator.I have not written a log since Sunday because it would have just been a tale of woe!First thing Monday morning John phoned Fischer Panda in the UK, spoke to the very helpful Service Manager.He went ashore to telephone Venezuela, which was the nearest agent for Farymann, the German makers of the diesel engine in the generator and to get internet access.Having also tried Miami, Germany (closed at 1600 UT) and two stockists in the USA he found the parts we needed in South Carolina. Ordered, paid for and shipped that afternoon, we paid for a FedEx next day delivery.It was almost a ‘next week’ delivery and cost us significantly more to finally get the bits back. read more...


08/02/2014

Nexus - Start of Leg 2 - destination Galapagos!

A beautiful day for the start of Lag 2 of the World ARC, from Contadora Island, Las Perlas to San Cristobal, Galapagos. It was a great start as the World ARC staff did a seamless job of providing briefing notes and coordinating the cumbersome paperwork involved in moving 41 boats between countries, the rest of us could simply enjoy embarking on our journey with proper sails and supplies. A sunny, light wind day gave us the spectacular view of our fleet of boats leaving the Las Perlas with spinnakers of every color flying in the sunshine. The banter on the VHF was fun and comforting e as boats compared notes on fish caught or engaged in the subtle sarcasm and trash talk only sailors do to each other when there is more than one boat in the water! We caught two beautiful 36" tuna and had a. read more...


08/02/2014

Sweet Pearl - Las Perlas --> Galapagos - 1. Tag - Der Start

Heute morgen gegen 11:00 haben wir unseren Anker geborgen und sind wie gewohnt als einer der letzten über die Startlinie. Obwohl die ca. 900 Seemeilen lange Strecke nach Galapagos bekannt ist für wenig Wind, so lief es heute sehr gut und wir konnten auch einige Schiffe überholen. Der Tag war herrlich und wurde mit dem Fang eines schönen Thunfisches abgerundet. Jetzt machen wir, d.h. Sandra, Michael und ich uns gerade fertig für die Nacht und beten für Wind in den nächsten Tagen:-). Liebe Grüsse nach hause. Tom. read more...


07/02/2014

Skyelark of London - The start of Leg 2

6th of Feb.It's change over time on Skyelark, leg 1 has finished and leg 2 begins, so it's farewell to Arvil, Marita, Jan, Kim and Robin, a warm welcome to George, Becki & Richard and great to see you again to Wiggo, Sarah and Sam. For the next leg we set sail across the equator and head on down to the Galapagos islands for 2 weeks of cruising around and wildlife spotting. The forecast is generally looking light and varied so it should be an interesting legand put everyone through their paces.To mark the start of a new leg, the Warc fleet is anchored off Contadora island in the Las Perlas group which is quite a spectacle. Our yellow shirted party planners have been keeping us busy with drinks parties, morning runs, briefings and tonight promises a feast with a beach bbq, it's great. read more...


Skyelark of London - The start of Leg 2
Skyelark of London - The start of Leg 2
07/02/2014

Celebrate - Log Day 15 - Enchanting Embera Indians!

After anchoring at La Playita we were free to take a wonderful World ARC Tour seemingly back in time to the Embera Indian Village on the misty, almost mystical feeling Rio Chagres.The Rio Chagres is a beautiful tropical river surrounded by virgin rain forest.Silence reigns except for the cries of wild birds and animals.The Embera guided our group to their village in canoes, but they did have outboard engines for the longish 30 minute or so trip.At the village we were greeted by very nice music from a small combo of men playing natural hand made instruments.In the fascinating reception palapa with many arts & crafts, the Chief gave us a warm welcome in Spanish which our guide translated into English for us.The women of the village gave us an interpretive dance made extra special by. read more...


07/02/2014

American Spirit II - Day 34; Last Full Day in Las Perlas Islands; Thursday, February 6, 2014

Today is one of the few days that we had to get up early for a Rally event. At 7:15 AM something called a 'Hash' is being run by the World Cruising Club. During this event we walked around the island following symbols left in the road way. Once done, drinks and fruit awaited us back at the Romantica Hotel. The fruit included pineapple, water melon and mango. During the Hash we walked past a mini mart, so I jumped in and bought a bunch of groceries for the boat. Some items we were short of. Once back on the boat, we spotted a fuel barge tied up to a mooring buoy in the anchorage. Motoring over in our dingy, we bought 15 gallons of diesel fuel at $5.00 a gallon, which was put in our yellow jerry jugs. With that extra fuel, we'll have no problem making it to the Galapagos Islands even if we. read more...


06/02/2014

Free & BrEasy - Bye Bye Turkey Vultures of Panama!

Well we are still here at Playita, Panama City, but soon to go. The anchorage at Playita is busy with fishing boats and ferries so every so often Free and BrEasy has a little Rock and Roll dance with herself. At nights it's like being a foetus when your Mother runs for a bus with the bouncing and squishing noises of the water on the hulls. Most of the rest of the fleet has up anchored and is exploring the delights of the Las Perlas islands some 40 nautical miles south east of here. The delay in going to the Las Perlas islands has been caused by the wait for a Pactor Modem to allow the SSB radio to talk to a computer and download weather forecast maps or send emails while in the Pacific Ocean. We were lucky enough to find David, a computer whizz, who eventually diagnosed a dead. read more...


05/02/2014

American Spirit II - Day 33; A Lazy Day in Isla Contadora; Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Up at 5:30 AM today. No reason, just woke up. Made a cup of coffee, read a book, and watched the stars disappear and the sun rise. When sailing around the world, you see a lot of sun rises. A work project today was to change the 3 filters on our Spectra Water Maker. The reason for changing the filters is because our water production was being reduced to making 2.2 gallons per hour instead of the plus 6 we had been making. Since it takes a lot of energy (battery power) to make water, we need to make as much as possible in as little time as possible. The 3 filters we changed out were the carbon filter; 5 micron; and 20 micron. When we took out the 5 and 20 micron filters, they were both covered in algae. We only put those 2 filters in 3 weeks ago, so I was surprised that they had gotten so. read more...


05/02/2014

Flomaida II - Zusammenfassung der letzten 10 Tage

Wie die Zeit vergeht! Endlich hab ich mal wieder Muße und Lust, etwas zuschreiben.Wir liegen gerade vor der Insel Contadora/ Las Perlas-aber daswisst Ihr ja, falls Ihr uns "verfolgt"- und genießen die Ruhe nach turbulenten 10 Tagen! Im Großen und Ganzen gibt es nur Erfreuliches zu berichten (liegt sicher auch daran, dass wir unser Schiff wenig bewegt haben und uns daher nichts kaputt gehen konnte!!) Die Fahrt quer über den Eingang des Panama Kanals war schon sehr spannend, da wir im Slalom durch das Ankerfeld der großen Pötte mussten, die auf ihre Passage warteten. Ein Kapitän sagte über Funk;" what the hell are all these sailing boats doing here! "Wir kamen ihm wohl vor wie eine Horde durcheinander hüpfender Wasserflöhe! Das kommt ja nun wirklich nur einmal im Jahr vor. Die Marina war. read more...


05/02/2014

Celebrate - Log Day 14 - Part 2, Amazing Panama Canal Adventure

6am at Gatun Lake bright and early in the morning Ricardo and Irwin were delivered to our anchor spot.The instruction was to go at 8 knots until we caught up with our transit rafting partner S/V CLEMENTINA.On the way, we passed by the picturesque Smithsonian Institute Nature Reserve and the very contemporary looking Century Bridge.When we reached CLEMENTINA and rafted up they kindly allowed us to borrow Augusto from their boat for additional help with our lines through the Canal.Then, it was into the Miraflores Locks, under the beautiful Bridge of the Americas and we were through the Panama Canal and into the Pacific! Next, anchoring in La Playita below the Flamenco Signal Station.Cathy. read more...


04/02/2014

American Spirit II - Day 32; Survivor (Las Perlas) Panama; Tuesday, February 4, 2014

At 8:40 AM we observed an act of nature seldom seen. Thousands of birds, different species intermingled, flew together in giant groups at wave top level from the surrounding islands to an area the size of half a football field, along the shore where they dove into the water with reckless abandon. A fish feeding frenzy had begun. Hundreds of other birds just sat in the water watching this spectacle. It lasted for a half hour. Breathtaking!Weighing anchor at 10:15 AM, we passed by another Rally boat just anchoring, Firefly, and after chatting with them briefly, we proceeded north toward the Islands of Chapera and Moro Moro. As usual, the winds were light and we sailed and motor sailed to our destination. At 12:25 PM a couple of Atlantic Spotted Dolphins swam in front of and behind our. read more...


Flomaida II - Zusammenfassung der letzten 10 Tage
Flomaida II - Zusammenfassung der letzten 10 Tage
04/02/2014

Celebrate - Log Day 13 - Amazing Panama Canal Adventure t

The adventure begins with an excellent briefing pre-transit given by Paul Tetlow, including a canal video.Also, Suzana Buraca was there smoothing the way. The next afternoon was a short stay anchored in the "flats" before the start into the Gatun Locks.Also, our terrific advisers, Ricardo and Irwin, came aboard around 4:30pm and we were off!They were invaluable as the leaders of our Transit Team 2 of 14 boats rafted together in twos and threes to make our way through the locks.We were grateful not to be sharing a lock with the cargo,tankers or cruise ships that use the locks.At 8pm our great experience of seeing the line handling Locks process and taping oreo cookie packages to the lines to send them to the Canal line handlers was over.Suddenly, we were done with Gatun Locks!Now, we were. read more...


04/02/2014

American Spirit II - Day 31; Dingy Wipe Out; Monday, February 3, 2014

This morning we got in the dingy and proceeded a half mile along the very rocky sea shore, in the lee and east side of Isla San Jose. The tide was going out and what was a small beach the night before was becoming a huge beach. Just before we got to the shore, we had to dodge an underwater rock that was becoming visible as the 17 foot tide gushed out. Then about 50 yards from shore we killed the dingy motor and raised the shaft, not knowing how deep it was. The water was not clear due to the massive tidal action. Joel and I were paddling in when a swell turned into a 3 foot breaking wave. Just before we started riding the crest, I told Joel that we're going to flip. He confidently replied that we were not. A few seconds later we were surfing with the crest when the bow of our dingy. read more...


04/02/2014

Firefly - Cruising Las Perlas

Situated only 40 miles South East of Panama, the Las Perlas Islands we have visited so far are surprisingly remote. Our first landfall was Isla Bayoneta one of the most westerly of the group. Since leaving the Panama Canal we have been re introduced to tides and currently there are very large springs, with a negative low water i.e. the level goes below chart datum. These islands are therefore very different to the Coral Cays of San Blas. In fact the tide, the spacing and the sand are more reminiscent of the Isles of Scilly! The water is very heavy with plankton so visibility is lower and the water is also about 5 degrees cooler than it was in the Caribbean. Similar to the San Blas Islands our charts are not as accurate as they could be so combined with extreme tides and poor visibility. read more...


04/02/2014

Hebe - Exploring Las Perlas

Weighed anchor at dawn, why am I ever asleep at this time? Must PhotoShop this with pelicans off on an early sortie.We weaved our way between the islands, Immy using the lat and long in the pilot book chart and a ruler, the GPS is wrong and has many a yacht aground, still there's always a good tide to whisk you away.   One channel was bubbling with overfalls as we crept along hoping the engine held. A massive line of cormorants flew over head in V formation you could hear Dam Busters playing.Imo has been having a nightmare as her computer with all her gorgeous photos and her whole life has been corrupted and she's spent the past few days talking to Apple, oh dear. It meant we had to dodge about to find phone signal on our journey south. Our present anchorage off Isla Del. read more...


Hebe - Hebe - Exploring Las Perlas - Beach
Hebe - Hebe - Exploring Las Perlas - Beach
Hebe - Exploring Las Perlas - Sunrise
Hebe - Exploring Las Perlas - Sunrise
04/02/2014

Celebrate - Log Day 12- Friends & Happy Hours at Super Shelter Bay Marina

What a super "welcome" for our expert crew, Andy Barrow, & us at our slip in Shelter Bay Marina by Joel of the World Rally, the dock master and our wonderful friends John & Kat Langenheim.John & Kat immediately treated us to cocktails and dinner on the lovely veranda at the dock restaurant overlooking the beautiful boats in the marina.They would move aboard CELEBRATE the next morning to help us prepare for our Canal Transit on the 28th. Yet to come were the yummy rum tasting and the pig roast. For a trip into Panama City we had a delightful lunch at Bennigan's on the Pacific side, shopped at the designer mall, Multi-Plaza, and shared a cab with Brian of American Spirit who was meeting with Davide to arrange his haul out after the Canal Transit.Also, CELEBRATE had it's own 3-D. read more...


Hebe - Exploring Las Perlas - Stone
Hebe - Exploring Las Perlas - Stone
Flomaida II - Christoph im Paradies
Flomaida II - Christoph im Paradies
Flomaida II - Mädchengeschnatter auf "unserer" Kuna Insel
Flomaida II - Mädchengeschnatter auf
Flomaida II - Flomi im Paradies
Flomaida II - Flomi im Paradies
Flomaida II - Mmmhhh der Lobster
Flomaida II - Mmmhhh der Lobster
Flomaida II - Da kommt unser Lobster
Flomaida II - Da kommt unser Lobster
Flomaida II - Dagmar im Paradies
Flomaida II - Dagmar im Paradies
Flomaida II - Der teuflisch leckere Rum in der Cocosnuss auf Chichime
Flomaida II - Der teuflisch leckere Rum in der Cocosnuss auf Chichime
Flomaida II - Bericht der letzten 10 Tage- sorry für die lange Pause
Flomaida II - Bericht der letzten 10 Tage- sorry für die lange Pause
Flomaida II - Das schwarze Jesusbildnis in der Bucht von Portobelo
Flomaida II - Das schwarze Jesusbildnis in der Bucht von Portobelo
Flomaida II - Christoph vermisst Guiseppe!!!!!
Flomaida II - Christoph vermisst Guiseppe!!!!!
Flomaida II - Mit Elisabeth von der Ceduceus
Flomaida II - Mit Elisabeth von der Ceduceus
Flomaida II - Blick auf Panama City vom höchsten Punkt
Flomaida II - Blick auf Panama City vom höchsten Punkt
Flomaida II - Kleines Rätsel- Verkehrsschild vor dem Präsidentenpalast
Flomaida II - Kleines Rätsel- Verkehrsschild vor dem Präsidentenpalast
Flomaida II - Christoph mit obligatorischem Panamahut
Flomaida II - Christoph mit obligatorischem Panamahut
Flomaida II - Fensterputzen nicht nötig in Panama City
Flomaida II - Fensterputzen nicht nötig in Panama City
Flomaida II - Im 3. Päckchen links liegen wir durch die Strömung etwas krumm und müssen gegenhalten
Flomaida II - Im 3. Päckchen links liegen wir durch die Strömung etwas krumm und müssen gegenhalten
Flomaida II - Unser Advisor fühlt sich sehr wohl!
Flomaida II - Unser Advisor fühlt sich sehr wohl!
Flomaida II - 100 Jahre Panamakanal
Flomaida II - 100 Jahre Panamakanal
Flomaida II - Das geschnürte Päckchen Caduceus, CHIKA-lu und wir vor der Schleusenkammer
Flomaida II - Das geschnürte Päckchen Caduceus, CHIKA-lu und wir vor der Schleusenkammer
Flomaida II - Wir im Kanal
Flomaida II - Wir im Kanal
03/02/2014

Hebe - Boat life Highs and Lows

It's taken the Hebe crew some time to come to terms with the loss of one of their longest serving crew……Dart.  Sadly this brave little goldfish found life onboard too much after 4,500 miles and committed suicide on arrival in the San Blas islands. He jumped out of his cereal container whilst we were all out partying our first night.  Imo was distraught, not sure about Harry's feelings as he was always cursing the little creature.  Dart did have a tough life, on passage getting splashed out in the sink when the cooker was in use but we all really thought he would hang in there until Australia. His place on the side is still known as Dart's place, used for sunglasses and a conch.Laundry is also sometimes a hazard, now we are in clean water the water maker is working and also. read more...


Flomaida II - Nacht in der Schleusenkammer
Flomaida II - Nacht in der Schleusenkammer
Flomaida II - Der Advisor kommt an Bord vor der Passage
Flomaida II - Der Advisor kommt an Bord vor der Passage
Flomaida II - Großeinkauf- einer von vielen!!!
Flomaida II - Großeinkauf- einer von vielen!!!
Hebe - Boat Life highs and lows - making a shelter
Hebe - Boat Life highs and lows - making a shelter

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