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23/07/2014

Jennie B - ARC Baltic - Arrived in St Petersburg

We checked in to Russia at Kronstadt helped by Vladimir who did a great job.It was a painless process which only took about 20 minutes including having the boat searched for stowaways!We stayed on the customs dock just long enough to help Jubilare and Aquilla tie up before we set off on the 15 nm trip across the St Petersburg harbour to the River Union Yacht Club marina.We arrived at 2200 and surprisingly there was an impromptu dock party taking place.One quiet drink and several noisy ones later we fell into bed and slept very well.Paul & Elaine. read more...


Jennie B - The St Petersburg harbour is big and busy
Jennie B - The St Petersburg harbour is big and busy
Jennie B - Water Lilies in the City Marina St Petersburg
Jennie B - Water Lilies in the City Marina St Petersburg
23/07/2014

Santa Maria - Tallin and Tallin - Petersburg

We arrived in Tallin early in the morning in the foggiest weather, all of a sudden a wall rose in front of us, standing at the rudder it was quite unexpected, as I was reckoning it would take a few minutes more. We had reached Pirita harbour, as we entered we had no idea on which side to harbor, obviously I took the wrong direction up the river, until I saw a vessel with the ARC- Flags alongside in the other part of the port. I wasn't bothered, it gave me the opportunity to "cruise" around  in port. Finally we found a place to berth, I was then told to  complete the I maneuver, which I proudly completed to the skippers fullest satisfaction! It seems I don't need any naval patents, as every sailing Swiss, or German for that case, I must have it in the genes?Tallinn was there to. read more...


23/07/2014

American Spirit II - Day 198; Green Flash Number 11 and Gorgeos Day Sailing to MacKay, Australia; Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Joel stood the 12:00 AM to 3:00 AM watch, as usual; followed by Jeanine who stood the 3:00 AM to 6:00 AM watch. I relieved Jeanine at 6:10 AM. Sailboat on our port bow, 1/2 mile. The sun rose around 7:00 AM. Jeanine stayed up to watch the sunrise. No green flash, but the clouds had a couple of eyes in them, making the sunrise look like a Mardi Grass mask. Took a picture, but missed the perfect shot. A little late. Put 2 fish lines in the water. Still trying for our first strike this leg. Have a silver spoon and a Rebella in the water. Wind 10-12 knots; boat speed 5.5 knots. On a broad reach. Seas 4 to 5 feet. Shook reef out of main and speed increased to 6.1 knots. Tim from Ghost hosted the 9:00 AM net. Breakfast after the net consisted of, you guessed it, scrambled eggs, chilled fruit. read more...


Flomaida II - Zum Spielen braucht es nicht viel Zubehör!
Flomaida II - Zum Spielen braucht es nicht viel Zubehör!
Flomaida II - Kinder und Wäsche gibt es viel!
Flomaida II - Kinder und Wäsche gibt es viel!
Flomaida II - Ein Korallengarten vom Feinsten-gesund und " blühend"
Flomaida II - Ein Korallengarten vom Feinsten-gesund und
Flomaida II - Er hat mich früh genug gesehen und ist abgetaucht wow!
Flomaida II - Er hat mich früh genug gesehen und ist abgetaucht wow!
Flomaida II - Gesunde Riffe und glückliche Fische!
Flomaida II - Gesunde Riffe und glückliche Fische!
Flomaida II - Ist er/sie nicht besonders schön?
Flomaida II - Ist er/sie nicht besonders schön?
Flomaida II - Wer hat sich denn da im Korallengarten verirrt?
Flomaida II - Wer hat sich denn da im Korallengarten verirrt?
Flomaida II - !!!!!!!!
Flomaida II - !!!!!!!!
Flomaida II - Da wagt sich aber ein Fischlein besonders nah an den Manta!!
Flomaida II - Da wagt sich aber ein Fischlein besonders nah an den Manta!!
Flomaida II - Ein wenig unheimlich ist das schon! Obwohl die Mantas die friedlichsten Meeresbewohner sein sollen- Hauptsache die wissen das auch!!
Flomaida II - Ein wenig unheimlich ist das schon! Obwohl die Mantas die friedlichsten Meeresbewohner sein sollen- Hauptsache die wissen das auch!!
Flomaida II - Eine echte Herausforderung für uns Segler! Riffe überall, schön zu sehen aus dem Wasserflugzeug, leider war der Himmel bedeckt.
Flomaida II - Eine echte Herausforderung für uns Segler! Riffe überall, schön zu sehen aus dem Wasserflugzeug, leider war der Himmel bedeckt.
Flomaida II - Praktisches Beförderungsmittel und manchmal die einzige Möglichkeit
Flomaida II - Praktisches Beförderungsmittel und manchmal die einzige Möglichkeit
23/07/2014

Flomaida II - Fiji- ein Archipel mit 330 Inseln auf 18376 km2 und fast so vielen verschiedenen Eindrücken

Bula vinaka begleitet uns die lange Zeit, die wir hier verbracht haben- 8 Wochen!- Die unglaublich herzliche Gastfreundschaft gibt es überall, selbst in den stressgeplagten Städten Nadi und Suva.Die Überwasserwelt und Unterwasserwelt ist wirklich so, wie man sich die Südsee vorstellt. Es gibt Traumstrände an Regenwaldinseln, transparentes Wasser, gesunde Korallen, eine heile Fischwelt ......und alte Traditionen in den Dörfern, die in den relativ wenigen Luxus Resorts auch vorgeführt werden, um damit Geld zu verdienen. Dadurch, dass wir mit dem Schiff die Möglichkeit haben, auch an Inseln zu ankern, die ihre Tradition wirklich noch leben, konnten wir diese relativ hautnah erleben. Die kleineren Inseln sind Privateigentum der Familien, die dort leben. Das bedeutet, dass wir um Erlaubnis. read more...


23/07/2014

Sweet Pearl - Vanuatu --> Mackay - 8.Tag - Das Ziel kommt näher!

Der Wind hat nachgelassen und wir müssen mal wieder motoren. Aber das Ziel kommt näher. Bald werden wir wissen, ob es den fünften Kontinenten wirklich gibt und ob wir in Indien landen. Wir hoffen es gibt Australien, wo wir doch so viele Termine dort haben;-). Uns gehts gut und wir erfreuen uns einer baldigen Ankunft. Cheers, Tom. read more...


22/07/2014

Nexus - Nexus crossed the finish line

Nexus crossed the finish line at 07:15 on 7/23/2014 Port Vila Vanuatu local time (06:15 Australia local time).Kathea was 4 miles ahead, and Celebrate 1 mile behind.Now making our way through Haydrographer's passage. See you in Mackay!Warmest Regards,Russ and Laurie. read more...


22/07/2014

Zoonie - 48:27.34N 11:12.33W Two days to Falmouth

Day 6 starts with trying to gain speed from the passing squalls – sometimesit works. I had two aims for the day, one to bring the blog up to date andsecond to have a shower and hair wash. Until these were achieved no more readingof Zane Grey’s Lone Star Ranger was allowed.   Dolphins played around the bow and there were frequently whales blowing ata distance as I tapped away.  By the evening I was up to date and sitting in the cockpit while Zooniebowled along in 10 knots of wind and warm sunshine, the best time of that day.The constant wind stayed aft of the beam giving a fine sail and level hull foreasy living below. We supped a beer to celebrate turning onto 66’ forhome.   Two pink balls drifted by, a mile or so apart and about a metre indiameter. They appeared to have. read more...


22/07/2014

American Spirit II - Day 197; Great Sailing Day, Half Way to Australia, Ghost Whale Encounter & Folie a Deux Sights a 'Flying Squid;' Monday, July 21, 2014

I relieved Jeanine at 6:10 AM. One sailboat starboard bow 30 degrees, 1-2 miles away. Wind 14 knots, boat speed 7.0 knots.Sunrise at 6:57 AM. Almost saw a green flash, but only 50/50 sure so doesn't count. If no clouds on horizon, would have been sure. We're on a reach now instead of close reach.Good. Wind on the beam instead of forward of the beam. At 9:30 AM we were half way to MacKay, Australia. We figure we'll arrive Friday morning. Joel hosted the 9:00 AM net. Good job Joel! Breakfast at 9:30 AM was scrambled eggs, chilled fruit cocktail and French bread.At 10:10 AM we took out the GPS chart plotter chip we'd been using since February and inserted our 'Australia' chip. Ten minutes later we had 2 fishing lines in the water. Still no luck in catching any fish on this leg. Our noon. read more...


22/07/2014

Celebrate - Awesome Australia Passage! 250 Degrees & 250 nm to go!

Sensational sailing with every sail up to Australia on our way from Port Vila, Vanuatu.Vanuatu will be missed, but we are happy to be making landfall in Australia.Our smaller group has become quite chummy with Nexus, Boingo alive!, CHIKA-lu, and now NDS Darwin joining in.Also, Charlie has outdone himself with fabulous food we "have to eat" before Australia, like, cordon blu and steak sandwiches for lunch and shrimp for dinner!More exercise needed here!Next:Mackay, AustrliaCathy. read more...


22/07/2014

Nexus - Beautiful sailing day in light winds!

Its a beautiful day to sail in light winds, as the seas have calmed and the sun is shining with 13kts of wind on the beam. We're still eating our way through the freezer in preparation for customs and enjoying all of the various combinations of meat you can put in a meal!We have about 112nm to the finish line and 238nm to Mackay after passing through the "Hydrographer's Passage" through the Great Barrier Reef. The passage is a carefully marked series of twists and turns through numerous large and small coral reefs, accompanied by shipping traffic going on both directions from Mackay and strong tidal flows opposing the wind... we're glad the World ARC staff put the finish line outside! So...scary coral heads, imposing shipping traffic, swift currents, darkness...what are we waiting for?. read more...


21/07/2014

Jennie B - On our way to Russia

After getting our clearing out papers stamped by the Estonian police we set off mid-morning on Monday.We sailed for a several hours in a fresh breeze but the wind has now dropped and is on our nose so we are motor sailing again.Still the sun is shining and even at 1830 it's still very hot.We hope to get to St Petersburg tomorrow evening and have only one night at sea.Let's see if the weather cooperates.Paul & Elaine. read more...


21/07/2014

Jennie B - Tired after Tallinn

Tired but in a good way.We arrived in Tallinn at 0430 local time after a few spooky hours motor sailing in fog.We tied upin time to join the impromptu drinks party on the dock which set the tone for the next few days.We really enjoyed exploring Tallinn and the surrounding Estonian countryside.We met many wonderful friendly Estonians who are very proud of their country.The crew dinner was the biggest one yet with over 120 guests I think, as usual it got a little blurry towards the end.We spent yesterday, Sunday, nursing hangovers and preparing for the next leg of our voyage to St Petersburg.As usual the WCC team were well prepared with all the information we will need for clearing into Russia. Hans the skipper of our lead boat also gave a fascinating talk on the complicated history of. read more...


Till - Tallinn - Start to St.Petersburg
Till - Tallinn - Start to St.Petersburg
Till - Tallinn - The Wall
Till - Tallinn - The Wall
Till - Tallinn - The Old Town
Till - Tallinn - The Old Town
Till - Tallinn - Arrival
Till - Tallinn - Arrival
Till - Visby - The most beautiful lane
Till - Visby - The most beautiful lane
Till - Visby - The smallest house
Till - Visby - The smallest house
Aislig Bheag - John and Colin enjoying a Poncha with Lorraine and Peter
Aislig Bheag - John and Colin enjoying a Poncha with Lorraine and Peter
Aislig Bheag - Alison relaxing between Porto Santo and Madeira
Aislig Bheag - Alison relaxing between Porto Santo and Madeira
Aislig Bheag - Aislig Bheag in Newlyn
Aislig Bheag - Aislig Bheag in Newlyn
Aislig Bheag - Derek alias Popeye!
Aislig Bheag - Derek alias Popeye!
Aislig Bheag - John, Alison and Eilidh, finally leaving Rhu
Aislig Bheag - John, Alison and Eilidh, finally leaving Rhu
08/08/2014

Jumbuck - Baltic Rally Leg 9 - Stockholm Sweden to Kalmar Sweden

It's taken us four days to cover the 200 odd miles down Swedens east coast to fetch up in Kalmar, set low down on the coast where the Kalmar Sound is at its narrowest, and the impressive Orland bridge joins Orland island to the mainland.The weathers now changing swiftly as the Baltics summer season is coming to an end. The mornings now have a real freshness about them, and we're seeing more than our fair share of thunderstorms, rain squalls, and bursts of high winds. In between, we've still enjoyed some super sunny spells, but you can understand why the local sailors are mostly heading home - and not just to get ready for their coming winter months.The night before we left Stockholm we got something special. I awoke at 5 am when the first spatters of rain hit, making me consider going on. read more...


Aislig Bheag - Reflection of Aislig Bheag, Alison and dolphins Bay of Biscay
Aislig Bheag - Reflection of Aislig Bheag, Alison and dolphins Bay of Biscay
Aislig Bheag - Crew on Rhu to Newlyn Leg - complete with mustaches!
Aislig Bheag - Crew on Rhu to Newlyn Leg - complete with mustaches!
21/07/2014

American Spirit II - Day 196; Still Sailing to Australia; Sunday, July 20, 2014

At 6:30 AM Jeanine saw a sun rise that had a rainbow around it. Not a halo, a rainbow. She tried to take a picture of it with her phone, but no luck. Too bad. That would have been a cool one to see. Because I was still sick, Jeanine was letting me sleep in past my regular 6:00 AM watch time. Thank you Jeanine.At 8:18 AM we took the reefs out of the main and jib. Wind speed 12 knots; boat speed 7.6 knots. Charlie from Celebrate conducted the 9:00 AM net. Charlie is the fleet's 'Johnny Carson' of net controllers. Its always fun to listen and participate when he's got the mike. Kind of like 'Good Morning Vietnam' with Robin Williams, except on the ocean. I'm not kidding. Our noon position was 17 degrees, 42 minutes South; 160 degrees, 30 minutes East; with 593 miles to go to our next. read more...


21/07/2014

American Spirit II - Day 195; Wind Forward of Beam, Brian Gets Seasick and a Freewheeling Wind Turbine; Satuday, July 19, 2014

Up at 6:05 AM. Relieved Jeanine who was on watch from 3:00 AM to 6:00 AM. Wind 12 knots, speed 5.5. Wind on the nose. A very rare occurrence in sailing around the world when the wind is from behind you over 90 or 95% of the time. Close reaching. At least we're not beating. We wouldn't beat even if we had to, we'd just sail north of the rumb line and when the low pressure and high pressures passed us the wind would swing around to a favorable direction. You can do things like that when you're crossing a sea or an ocean. We're currently about 32 miles or 6+ hours from our first waypoint, a reef/island called, in French Recifs Entrecasteaux. There are 2 sailboats aft on our starboard quarter; one with a sail up and the other with no sails up and motoring. I put out 2 fishing lines at 7:04. read more...


Trillium - Dennis and Sherry in Somosomo, Naviti
Trillium - Dennis and Sherry in Somosomo, Naviti
21/07/2014

Trillium - Trillium Visiting Yasawa

With friends, Stuart and Sondra from Annapolis, Maryland, we spent a week in the Yasawa Island group here in Fiji. We were treated to a wonderful evening of singing and dancing in the Naviti village of Somosomo.The village people invited us to share their culture for the evening. While they performed - and even got us up dancing, the children watched from outside and giggled like crazy. We were definitely the show for them. During the day, we toured the village after meeting the chief and presenting our sevu sevu gift of kava. Of course, we shopped in their "market" which was a few craft items spread out on the ground. We bought a breadfruit from which I prepared Frites. Yummy!We also spoke with the young people from the Rustic Adventures camp who were helping to build a new village. read more...


21/07/2014

Nexus - 460 miles to go to Australia!

After a sporty evening with brisk winds interspersed with lulls, we've made good time and had some great sailing. It's a bit lumpy with a low pressure off of New Zealand pumping waves our way, but they seem to be smoothing out now and the wind is finally shifting to the Southeast. We're looking forward to putting the Gennaker up again later today, but as we're going 9-10kts on white sails we're not sure its going to be necessary! We've sailed with Celebrate all night, but Charlie is a bit under the weather so unfortunately they're dropping back to give him a smoother ride. With Kathea up north and NDS Darwin south of us, we hopeful we'll have VHF company again soon as we converge on the next waypoint! Russ and Laurie on NEXUS 11:00 7/2118 33.4'S;156 09.9'E. read more...


21/07/2014

Sweet Pearl - Vanuatu --> Mackay - 6.Tag - Halbzeit und Geburtstag

Auch am 6. Tag sind wir noch immer wohlauf und seit gestern können wir wieder unbeschwert segeln. Daneben wird mächtig gefeiert: die halbe Srecke haben wir erreicht und Tom wurde 33. Puhhh...wir haben noch immer Kater; sind das einfach nicht mehr gewohnt;). Ansonsten kommt Australien immer näher...und das ist gut so:-). Liebe Grüsse. Tom. read more...


20/07/2014

Firefly - Kadavu and back to Tavarua

Firefly is anchored off Tavarua following several great days cruising the south coast of Kadavu and then a passage back to the west of Fiji. Kadavu is one of largest off lying islands in the Fiji achipelago and is about 50 miles south of Viti Levu the main island. To its south and east it is protected by the Great Astrolobe Reef, this being the 4th largest barrier reef worldwide.Kadavu is very remote, mountainous and the only inhabitants are Fijians living a very traditional lifestyle - living off farming, mostly kava growing and fishing. There are a few resorts, several specialising in scuba diving - the clients arriving by light aircraft and then being taken to the resort by boat as there are no roads.Following a couple of nights anchored off Ono and a dive around the Alacrity rocks we. read more...


20/07/2014

Longbow of Argyll - Longbow in the Baltic: the Tallinn interlude

We're moored stern-to in the Olympic marina in Pirita, about 3.5 km east of the centre of town. Like Visby, Tallinn has a medieval walled Old Town with narrow cobbled streets and wonderfully quirky buildings. Tallinn provides a somewhat eccentric mixture of old and new: huge modern supermarkets with ever possible choice of food and grocery item, clean and efficient buses on which you can pay by mobile phone, ancient medieval buildings with hefty wooden doors, lots of people dressed in national dress and blaring house music to top it all off.Huge ferries from Finland disgorge hundreds of passengers looking to stock up on cheap booze (the "Super Alco" supermarket is right at the arrivals gate); next door in the harbour a tall ship from Sweden was offering tours up the rigging.Stalls. read more...


20/07/2014

Longbow of Argyll - Baltic Rally 6: Gotland to Tallin

We had an "interesting" departure out of Visby: strongish winds, lots of simultaneously-departing yachts, a huge tall ship coming into dock and a high speed ferry trying to depart all at roughly the same time! Ted and Jane did an admirable job of steering us in circles in the inner harbour until we spotted our chance to duck under the stern of the "Sea Cloud II". We'd just pulled the main up in the outer harbour when we noticed the ferry starting to move... But after a few tense moments the ferry rapidly pulled away well ahead of us and off we sailed.We had a wonderful 50 mile spinnaker-up sail north to Gotska Sandon, an island national park with a large seal population. We anchored off to NE point at around 5 pm for a few hours to explore a bit of the island and go for a swim (Jane and. read more...


20/07/2014

Longbow of Argyll - Baltic Rally 5: the Gotland interlude

After a few hours sleep, we met up with a new crew member: Felix (Clare's husband), and waved a refreshed-looking Peter and Francoise off at the ferry. It was then time to go back to sleep for a few more hours before setting off to explore Visby.(For the benefit of non-sailing readers I would just like to point out that although it may seem as if there is rather a lot of sleep mentioned, it is one of life's luxuries while on passage, so we sleep all we can when we arrive!).Visby is an old medieval trading town, with the 3 km surrounding wall and ramparts still mostly intact. There are lots of old ruined churches, narrow cobbled streets and gardens to explore. Outside the walls the modern town of Visby has all the amenities one would expect from the capital of ~120km- long island, with. read more...