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Flomaida II - Hier gibts Früchte und Cocosnusswasser am Straßenrand
Flomaida II - Hier gibts Früchte und Cocosnusswasser am Straßenrand
Flomaida II - Gekonnt köpft David die Cocosnüsse zum Trinken
Flomaida II - Gekonnt köpft David die Cocosnüsse zum Trinken
Flomaida II - Liliane malt smilies auf die Fingerspitzen- ein Riesenspaß!
Flomaida II - Liliane malt smilies auf die Fingerspitzen- ein Riesenspaß!
Flomaida II - Noch so klein und schon so fit mit Messer und Machete, um die Nüsse zu knacken.
Flomaida II - Noch so klein und schon so fit mit Messer und Machete, um die Nüsse zu knacken.
Flomaida II - Wie hübsch sie ist und wie fleißig!
Flomaida II - Wie hübsch sie ist und wie fleißig!
Flomaida II - Das stimmt! Hier ist das Paradies- noch!
Flomaida II - Das stimmt! Hier ist das Paradies- noch!
Flomaida II - Kleid gefällig? Das Nähen kostet 5 Euro!
Flomaida II - Kleid gefällig? Das Nähen kostet 5 Euro!
Flomaida II - Markt in Porto Vila
Flomaida II - Markt in Porto Vila
Flomaida II - Himbeeren, die nicht nach Himbeeren schmecken
Flomaida II - Himbeeren, die nicht nach Himbeeren schmecken
Flomaida II - Kleines Plauderstündchen
Flomaida II - Kleines Plauderstündchen
Flomaida II - Das Nationalgericht Laplap
Flomaida II - Das Nationalgericht Laplap
Flomaida II - Nochmal Laplap, das Nationalgericht in einer anderen Variante
Flomaida II - Nochmal Laplap, das Nationalgericht in einer anderen Variante
Flomaida II - Paradisisches Epi
Flomaida II - Paradisisches Epi
Flomaida II - Flomi und Christoph mal wieder im Paradies
Flomaida II - Flomi und Christoph mal wieder im Paradies
Flomaida II - So könnte es auf dem Mond aussehen wie am Mt Yasur Krater
Flomaida II - So könnte es auf dem Mond aussehen wie am Mt Yasur Krater
Flomaida II - Ein wahres Paradies für Taucher und Schnorchler
Flomaida II - Ein wahres Paradies für Taucher und Schnorchler
Flomaida II - David mit Frau und Enkel
Flomaida II - David mit Frau und Enkel
Flomaida II - Wow, welch ein Erlebnis! Mt Yasur auf Tanna/Vanuatu
Flomaida II - Wow, welch ein Erlebnis! Mt Yasur auf Tanna/Vanuatu
Flomaida II - 3 Männer im Boot auf Epi
Flomaida II - 3 Männer im Boot auf Epi
29/08/2014

Starblazer - 29/09/2014 - Back in Vuda

Our few days in the idyllic Blue Lagoon were spent working!Sadly, we didn't have a chance to go ashore so that will have to wait until next year.John spent Friday removing and dismantling the engine freshwater pump, largely with a big hammer.The first very obvious fault he found was where a caged ball race in a bearing had disintegrated, leaving the balls rattling around.The second major fault was at the other end of the pump where a seal with a sprung component in it had separated into three parts.Additionally, the rubber tube which had been leaking before had now split.All John could do was rebuild the pump with an extra O ring and copious quantities of waterproof grease. On Saturday morning he phoned a supplier in New Zealand.Within 30 minutes of receiving our e-mailed parts list we. read more...


28/08/2014

American Spirit II - Day 235; Major Purchases and Our First Attempt at Provisioning for Bali and Beyond; Thursday, August 28, 2014

Up at 8:15 AM. Breakfast at 9:00 AM.Today is 'shopping day.' First off we visited a few stores looking for a new TV. The current 29 " TV on the boat has been degrading, with horizontal and one vertical line appearing on the screen. We found a 32" TV that was a suitable replacement. Like a previous TV on the boat, this one also has a DVD player built into it; and like the last TV, it has a USB port so we can plug a hard drive with 430 movies on it right into the TV.Next Joel bought a new computer. We also bought 10 small propane cylinders for our grill; and a new fishing pole and holder for the one that was pulled overboard recently.We then stopped at Kentucky Fried Chicken for lunch. The food selection was not as good as in the US, and the restaurant was definitely primarily for 'take. read more...


28/08/2014

American Spirit II - Day 234; Important Projects , Why Darwin was Bombed by the Japanese in WW II and Sightseeing in Darwin; Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Up at 8:00 AM.Breakfast at 9:00 AM. Scrambled eggs, potato, bacon and bread.Drove to Bosch propane company and had them fill our empty propane tank. Didn't know if they could do so because some countries don't have fittings that fit American propane tanks. The company we went to, fortunately, did. We also talked to Michael at Bosch about our other propane tank, advising him that it leaked; and asked if they could install a new valve. He checked and told us that they did have a valve they could install. We told him that we'll see if we'll have him install the new valve or if we'll just buy it and use it only if our leak gets worse. We then took 9 empty jerry cans to a gas station and filled them with diesel fuel; then back to the boat to load them and tie them aboard. We stopped at the. read more...


28/08/2014

American Spirit II - Day 233; A Slow Day in Darwin; Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Jack, Joel's Step Father, relayed to Joel that 'Pandora's Box' did in fact originate in Greek mythology. So the account I gave in a previous log, based on a cruising book I had read, about the term originating with the British ship Pandora was incorrect. Thank you Jack. Up at 6:15 AM. Why up so early in port? Who knows. Dumb.Breakfast at 9:00 AM or so consisted of scrambled eggs, potato, bacon and bread.This morning we had nothing structured. I got a haircut, which cost $35.00; Jeanine did the laundry, which costs $40.00 ($5.00 per washing machine and $5.00 per dryer); Joel attached a new zinc to the propeller, using our emergency 40 cubic air tank to do so; and we transferred about 44 gallons of diesel from our jerry jugs to the main fuel tank. At 5:00 PM we took a cab to Thrifty Car. read more...


27/08/2014

Celebrate - Welcome for Our Expert Crew, Peter Sandover, in Darwin, Australia!

A super welcome to our new crew person, Peter Sandover, who was formerly with S/V Firefly until they decided to re-route to New Zealand.Paul and Susie have told us they miss him, but we are thrilled that it gives him the chance to join us on S/V Celebrate from Darwin to Cape Town, Africa.Peter will arrive late this afternoon the 27th and begin helping us to prepare for our Bali passage starting on Septmber 2nd.We are so looking forward to having Peter aboard and want to thank his wife Jane, too!Cathy & Charlie. read more...


Flomaida II - Flomaida auch mal wieder im Paradies
Flomaida II - Flomaida auch mal wieder im Paradies
Flomaida II - So ein schönes Plätzchen!
Flomaida II - So ein schönes Plätzchen!
Flomaida II - Wozu schnorcheln, wenn man vom Beiboot schon so gut sieht,weil das Wasser so klar ist
Flomaida II - Wozu schnorcheln, wenn man vom Beiboot schon so gut sieht,weil das Wasser so klar ist
Flomaida II - Ein besonders schönes Exemplar!
Flomaida II - Ein besonders schönes Exemplar!
Flomaida II - Festival für Jedermann auf dem Marktplatz von Port Vila auf Efaté/Vanuatu
Flomaida II - Festival für Jedermann auf dem Marktplatz von Port Vila auf Efaté/Vanuatu
26/08/2014

American Spirit II - Day 232; Arrival in Darwin & at the Half Way Point Around the World; Monday, August 25, 2014

At 2:27 AM the 72 foot Tug Enrybo K passed us to starboard, crossing in front of us doing 17 knots. About this same time we passed by a red lit up buoy that was not listed on our electronic navigation charts. That's always fun. We finally turned off the main channel leading into the Cullen Bay Marina and Lock area, and had to pass around another red light not listed on our charts to line up on the range lights leading us into our final destination. One range light was a solid blue light and the other one a flashing blue light. By lining them up one on top of the other, that creates a line for you to navigate on and approach them with until turning off and passing thru a red and green lighted markers. As is customary in the rest of the world outside of the US, the red markers are on the. read more...


26/08/2014

American Spirit II - Day 231; Almost There (to Darwin) , Frigate Bird Sighting , Garlic, Crocodile Tears , Polaris Catches 3 Tuna & Our Second Half Time Zone of the Trip; Sunday, August 24, 2014

Up at 6:45 AM to relieve Jeanine who stood the 3:00 AM to 6:00 AM watch. She advised me that during her watch she had canceled a waypoint and re-inserted her own. Good job Jeanine! On her way to becoming a master navigator before you know it!I put the mainsail up and we immediately picked up 1.3 knots, going from 5.6 to 6.9. The wind was 12 knots on the port bow. We're still motor sailing at 1,600 RPM's. Celebrate is 9 miles ahead of us. I can see them intermittently popping in and out of AIS range. Polaris, a Rally boat from Berlin, Germany is off our port side, just astern 2.6 miles. The sun rose at 7:08 AM. With clouds on the horizon, no chance of seeing a green flash sunrise. I rolled the jib out at 7:55 AM and our speed picked up from 6.1 to 7.0 knots. The wind was still 'lightish'. read more...


26/08/2014

American Spirit II - Day 230; Green Flash #15 & Getting Close to Darwin; Saturday, August 23, 2014

While on the 3:00 AM to 6:00 AM watch Jeanine was ill again. We're still trying to figure out why. She's not really seasick. I got up at 7:00 AM, an hour later than usual, as Jeanine let me sleep in an hour longer because I stayed up late last night. The wind was 12 knots, and our speed 4.7 knots. Beautiful sunrise at 7:10 AM. A BIG blood red ball rising out of the Arafura Sea to the east. Shook out the reef in the mainsail at 7:40 AM. Still had a reef in the jib, wing on wing. The boom was to starboard. Wind 15; speed now 5.1 knots. Sunny, not a cloud in the sky. Breakfast at 10:00 AM: scrambled eggs, cut up potato and raisin bread. At 10:15 AM dropped whisker pole and went to full jib starboard. No need for low side pole (tri-reacher pole) as the wind has gone forward a little. Wind. read more...


25/08/2014

Nexus - 230 miles to Darwin

We're 230 miles from Darwin, and will enter an interesting passage around the bottom ofMelville Island with strong tides and counterintuitive currents. In this area the tide flows west during both ebb and flood tide, then switches and flows east during both ebb and flood tide due to the bottom contours and the different basins of water feeding the area. Kinda cool. We've decided to pick up our pace a little and try toarrive tomorrow evening as the tides will be running in our favor through all three passages if we hit them right. We'll see...smooth sailing for now as long as the wind holds up!Russ and Laurie on NEXUS 15:00 8/25/2014 at 10 49.4'S;133 29.6'E. read more...


25/08/2014

Sweet Pearl - Cairns -->Darwin - 10.Tag - Kurz vor Darwin

Nach durchwachsendem Wetter - von Flauten bis zu gutem Wind -, sollten wir am morgen Vormittag Lokalzeit in Darwin ankommen. Jetzt gilt es mit den Gezeitenströmungen und den Gezeiten bis zu 8 Meter aufzupassen. Wir sind alle guter Dinge und freuen uns auf Darwin.Cheers, Tom. read more...


24/08/2014

Nexus - West of Cape Wessel, Northern Australia

Sailing nicely in light winds West of Cape Wessel, Northern Australia. After a strong wind night averaging 9.5kts we are back to 6.5kts with light winds today, averaging out nicely. We were overflown and hailed by another Australian Customs aircraft today, nice guy, they sure watch their borders well but I guess that's what comes with "owning a nice house in a bad neighborhood". We're due in Darwin for another hull treatment before entering the locks on the 27th, but it seem as though there will be a logjam at the cleaning dock so we're trying to pace ourselves. At current progress we think we will either be in Fanny Bay the night before, or early in the morning on the 27th, but we'll see how the winds goes. Just caught a nice albacore tuna at sunset, so all smiles aboard!Russ and Laurie. read more...


24/08/2014

Free & BrEasy - Direct to Darwin

Today is suddenly Sunday again. We are two thirds the way on a non-stop 1200 mile passage from Cairns to Darwin round the top of Australia. The four of us have easily adapted into the routine of passage life with the shifting pattern of watches punctuated by meals, snatched snoozes and reading. The rest of the world could be a fantasy of our imagination and the only reality is whose watch is it next and who is going to cook? Mind you the rest of the world is far away as we journey round the sparsely inhabited regions of Northern Australia.We left Cairns and its golden beaches 6 days ago after sorting out the batten problems and obtaining diesel. We were happy in Cairns and can understand why Australian holiday makers flock to Cairns and the "Sunshine Coast" during the cooler "winter". read more...


23/08/2014

Flomaida II - 14./15.Erromango (Vanuatu), die vergessene Insel

Wieder haben wir das perfekte Wetterfenster gefunden und segeln die 50 smmit einer Durchschnittsgeschwindigkeit von 8,5 kn! Die Welle ist zuerstetwas unangenehm hoch, beruhigt sich aber nach ein paar Stunden. Die DillonBay auf Erromango können wir daher in ihrer vollen Schönheit beiSonnenuntergang bewundern und den perfekten Ankerplatz finden. Gleich kommtDavid auf seinem Einbaum Kanu und begrüßt uns überschwänglich mit einemObstkorb. Nachdem ich ihn frage, was er vielleicht gebrauchen könne, sagter Mehl, Reis, Nudeln oder Milchpulver. Ich gebe ihm Mehl und Milch. Er läduns ein, sein Dorf zu besuchen, was wir gerne tun. Beladen mit T-shirt,Kappe und Süßigkeiten für die Kinderheißt er uns willkommen. Da er gutenglisch und französisch spricht, erfahren wir viel über das Leben inseinem. read more...


23/08/2014

American Spirit II - Day 229; Contact with Custom's Aircraft, a Baby Bird Hitches a Ride, Green Flash #14 and a Good Day Sailing; Friday, August 22, 2014

During the 3:00.AM to 6:00 AM watch Jeanine got ill again; 2nd night in a row. We're trying to figure out why because during the day she was reading in the cockpit with no problem. Its possible her playing games on her phone when down below is the culprit. We'll see tomorrow night.The sunrise at around 6:30 AM was cloud impaired, as usual. I slept in until 8:00 AM. I was supposed to get up at 7:00 AM. Thank you Jeanine. My attire was shorts and a long sleeved shirt. Cool, but sunny. Not a cloud in the sky. The wind was 16/18 and our boat speed 5.7 knots. The seas were rolling and lumpy. At 8:12 AM a large sea bird circled the boat numerous times and tried to land on the mast top. I threw an apple at it to try to discourage it. Missed by a mile. The boat moved. If the bird lands on our. read more...


Till - After ARC Baltic Party on Jennie B
Till - After ARC Baltic Party on Jennie B
Till - After ARC Baltic Party on Jennie B
Till - After ARC Baltic Party on Jennie B
Till - After ARC Baltic Party on Jennie B
Till - After ARC Baltic Party on Jennie B
23/08/2014

Nexus - Half Way Across the Gulf of Carpentaria

We're about half way across the Gulf of Carpentaria, having left Cape York heading for Darwin across the top of Australia. It's a beautiful day, a bit lumpy with moderate winds, but great sunshine and very little shipping traffic as we get further from the Torres Strait. We left Seisia motoring in virtually no wind, and over the last 12 hours, we've been trying to slow the boat down so we don't arrive in Darwin too early for our marina availability. The forecast shows the wind dying off, so maybe we'll wish we had hurried along at this stage, but puzzles like this are the joy of sailing. We are very much looking forward to getting together with everyone in Darwin!Russ and Laurie on NEXUS 13:11 on 8/23/2014 10 6.5'S;139 48.2'E. read more...


23/08/2014

Sweet Pearl - Cairns -->Darwin - 8.Tag - Und es geht weiter

Und es geht weiter und weiter. Mal mit mehr Wind, mal mit weniger Wind. Gestern hat Sandra im offenen Meer (wo sonst auch?) den Kopf einer Schildkröte gesehen. Eigentlich waren wir auf dieser Strecke jetzt öfters in Begleitung. Wir hatten zweimal eine Delfinschule vorne am Bug für längere Zeit mit uns schwimmen. Wir haben einen Wal gesehen und eine Schlange in der Nacht neben dem Schiff erblickt. Libellen waren auch zu Besuch und Vögel. Sozusagen einen ganzen Zoo;-). Cheers, Tom. read more...


22/08/2014

American Spirit II - Day 228; Joel B-Day Today, 5 Large Fishing Vessels, A Dolphin Show on the Bow, Pilot Whales Pass By, Green Flash #13 and Making Good Time Thru the Arafura Sea to Darwin; Thursday, August 21, 2014

As Joel came on watch at midnight I wished him a happy birthday. Even though its not his birthday until tomorrow in Florida. When Jeanine came on watch at 3:00 AM she had her tea and a pear and then got ill and let if fly on the windward side of the boat. Oops. Leeward is better.I relieved Jeanine at 6:00 AM.She was still a little under the weather; but a real trooper to stand watch when ill. The wind was 13/15 and our speed 5.7 knots with a reefed main and jib. I shook the reef out of the jib and we picked up .2 of a knot to 5.9 knots. At 6:31 AM I shook out the reef in the mainsail and our speed increased 4 to 6.3 knots. It was getting light out. No chance of a morning green flash as clouds are on and above the horizon to the east. Our speed continued to increase and was 7.0 knots at. read more...


Starblazer - Starblazer - John in sulu with yaqona root
Starblazer - Starblazer - John in sulu with yaqona root
22/08/2014

Starblazer - 22/08/2014 - Back to the Mamanucas and on to the Yasawas

We finally left Denerau on Wednesday and opted for the short trip to Musket Cove on Malolo Lailai.We were very lucky and found the last vacant buoy which saved us having to anchor in water deeper than we are comfortable with!By Friday the wind had picked up to about 30 knots so we decided to stay put.Chez Nous arrived and we managed to grab a buoy for them, we then invited them aboard for Happy Hour and supper.Trillium came inlater during the afternoon but decided it was too windy to moor stern to the pontoon in the marina so anchored outside the mooring field.That night was windier still and a boat just ahead of us broke its mooring and was blown onto a reef.I was sitting in the cockpit at the time and was completely unaware of the excitement though it must have drifted past us.Saturday. read more...


21/08/2014

Flomaida II - 12./13.8. Wow! Der Vulkan Mt.Yasur

Wir ankern in der Bucht Port Resolution auf Tanna. Da es sehr "rolli"ist,bringen wir den Heckanker aus,immer ein größerer Akt, damit wirnicht quer zur Welle stehen und eine relativ ruhige Nacht haben. 1774erreichte James Cook als erster Europäer die Insel und ankerte genau indieser Bucht.Wir machen einem langen Spaziergang über die Insel und durch dieDörfer,wo uns die Menschen immer offen und herzlich entgegen kommen undfreundlichst willkommen heißen. Heute wird auf dem Dorfplatz ein Malariatestdurchgeführt. Auf einer Wäscheleine hängen die Bluttropfen auf Papierstreifenzum Trocknen. Alle Bewohner sitzen in großer Runde, palavern und warten aufErgebnisse.Dann geht es zur Attraktion der Insel.Das war ein Erlebnis! Der einzige, akive und begehbare Vulkan lebt wirklich!Es ist schon. read more...


21/08/2014

Nexus - Siesia and Cape York, Australia

We're peacefully anchored off os Seisia, a small aboriginal community off the western tip of Cape York in Australia. Its a very outback village at the end of the long 4wd trail from Cooktown to the northernmost tip of Australia, right across from the Torres Strait. Nice people who love to fish, but it does kind of feel like we're in an old Mel Gibson movie. Saltwater Croc's are abundant here, and we've been warned by many of the locals to be careful as they've been very active on the beach and in the water lately for some reason. We're anchored quite a ways from town behind Red Island and are keeping our hatches closed and a lookout for eyes in the dark! We stopped here to rest from our sail/motor up the channels on the east side of the cape, where heavy shipping traffic and narrow. read more...


21/08/2014

American Spirit II - Day 227; Over the Top of the York Peninsula, Big Tide Currents, Pandora's Box, a Fishing Disaster and Another Whale Sighting; Wednesday, August 20, 2014

At 1:15 AM while on watch I turned left 30 degrees to a passage north of Albany Island and around the top of the York Peninsula in the Torres Straits. Because the wind shifted to behind us when I did this, I had to drop the jib and took the reefs out of the mainsail to maintain adequate speed. The wind was 15 knots and our speed 4.0 knots, with a .4 knot current against us. The speed is fine for the passage we're making. No ships on the AIS. Yeah!Joel came on watch at 1:30 AM. And during his watch the propane tank ran dry (empty), so he put the other one in. Unfortunately, it leaked. We suspect an O Ring. We can still use it, but we need to turn it off at the tank after we use the oven burner or oven in the galley. I got up at 6:00 AM to resume watch duties. A short night off watch. The. read more...


21/08/2014

Celebrate - On to Darwin thru Albany Passage, Endeavor Strait & into the Arafura Sea

Fueling up at Cooktown on our way to Albany Passage was an experience as the April cyclone had knocked out the entry markers, so it was seat of the pants navigating through the entry and looking to see what the fishing fleet was doing.We fared well and then at Albany Passage enjoyed the beautiful beach sights.Endeavor Strait had reefs to avoid but we had no problems and headed into the sunny Arafura Sea.Next: Cape WesselCathy. read more...



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