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19/05/2015

Widago - Last night in Bermuda

WIDAGO finally found good internet…..and it’s a cab ride away from St. George. Final preparations are being made, but almost everything is ready for the morning departure. Most importantly, the order was submitted to the bakery for 792 croissants, cinnamon buns, and scones. We will carb-load our way across the Atlantic. This passage will be our longest to date on WIDAGO, and just the five of us. I feel like I should be more anxious, but I’m not….perhaps Guyon found my stash of Xanax and has been secretly crushing it into my toothbrush. If so, well done Guyon. The boys are looking forward to taking more responsibility during this leg. Standing solo day watches, galley clean-up duty, and of course, cleaning their own toilets. Only hard part of the day was watching our friends leave to. read more...


19/05/2015

Celebrate - Arrival in USA,!!! Home Again , Playing Our Theme Song "Celebration Time Come On..."!!!

Let the music play, "Celebration Time Come On..."!!!We are back in the USA after 18 months and what a mega packed memory sailing adventure it has been. The last bit, the Gulfstream Crossing, in which the high current worked to our advantage to hasten our passage was still exhilarating.Our thanks to so many people who helped make our dream a reality.Stay safe everybody, your dreams can come true!!! Captain Charlie & CathyARC USA and World ARC Rally Finishers. read more...


19/05/2015

Agua Dulce - Final Preparations - Goodbye Bermuda and Dark & Stormies!

We are looking forward to an getting underway on the next leg of the trip to the Azores which departs tomorrow. I’ve been cooking up some more meals for the freezer while Charles has been rigging his fishing gear. Maybe we’ll be eating fresh fish en route! We did some troubleshooting on what we thought was a dead inverter, but turned out it was only a blown fuse - hallelujah! So, all systems are go and we are stocked to the gills with crackers, chips, cup noodles, apples (an apple a day!), and anything we can fit without lowering the waterline any more! We’ve loved being rafted to S/V Tara - our twin Hylas 54! - at the Dinghy Club this week. Lyle, Andy, Mia and all the “yellow shirts” with the World Cruising Club have been great - especially their pirate costumes. We’ve got to leave some. read more...


Dala - Bermuda longtail bird
Dala - Bermuda longtail bird
19/05/2015

Exocet Strike - Update on trip to Niue

Well that was a fun day, not. We went reallyfar north as the tracker will show, if you check out any of the boat that wereat sea only those at anchor in Suwarrow were as far north as us. Due to this themax winds we saw were 28 knots in a squall, easily managed, but for thosefurther south they saw 40 and 50 knots, one boat reported 52 or 56 knots twicein one squall, not fun and potentially boat breaking stuff. The strange thing is that neither Fiji met officeor our own foecaster WRI gave advance notice. WRI did send an update today, butthis was after the event and for those who didn't have weather info preventedthem from getting very far north. Even those with good weather info decided notto go so far north, and they got the 50kn winds. Anyway it seems we are all through the worst of. read more...


19/05/2015

Luna Quest - Monday, 18th May, 2015

Noon Position: 15.20S 158.46WDaily run: 72 milesThe fleet operate a radio net at 9am and at 6pm via the SSB radio (single side band). Last night at the 6pm net, wind speeds of up to 50 knots had been experienced by one boat and quite a few had 30 knots or more. It would not be so bad if the winds came from somewhere behind the boat, but the winds backed from the Northeast through north to the Southwest and therefore heading us on our way west. We had reefed the sails down as far as possible for the night just in case we were going to be hit. At 2am this morning we were hit with wind speeds of 30 knots, accompanied by torrential rain. The near gale force winds stayed with us all night whipping up a most uncomfortable sea. It was hot in the cabin as the windows had been closed all day to. read more...


Widago - Parasailor
Widago - Parasailor
19/05/2015

Widago - Tortola - Bermuda Passage

Let’s get the boring stuff outta the way first….. Most importantly: WIDAGO and her crew arrived safely into the port of St. George’s, Bermuda after four days, eleven hours, only motoring for 19 – including a fishing-pit-stop. Winds were mostly on our beam @ 18-20kts, and calm, almost following, seas. Just a few squalls to dodge, and very light winds the last day. Now the good stuff…WIDAGO got off to an interesting start. As this was our first participation in a rally, we (and I use pronouns liberally) really had no idea what to expect, especially at the start. There were 60+ vessels in the bay outside of the marina, awaiting the noon start. Because we are a catamaran, we had a planned delayed start of ten minutes. Because we really don’t know what we are doing, we were delayed. read more...


18/05/2015

Gozwoz - In Bermuda

At St George’s BermudaOur arrival at St George’s was delayed by a rising headwind into which we motored for most of the day, very uncomfortable. A result has been that our time here has been spent at anchor. Our Great Leader’s concern has been the inflatable sole (floor) of the dinghy to the extent that he spent Sunday watching it in case it deflated. It turned out later that deflation only occurred when someone stood on it. At least he had a days rest, which may well have been his object. The Bosun has been busy here putting our few defects to rights whilst testing his head against the less forgiving parts of the boat, including the blades of the wind generator. Ouch! On Saturday we had a pirate party for which Roger provided eye patches, scarves etc. True to form the Bosun arrived with. read more...


18/05/2015

Exody - Days 122-127: Harry, Vahine and the Suwarrow Yacht Club

The remote atoll of Suwarrow, the southernmost of the Northern Cook Islands, is where New Zealander Tom Neale lived his Robinson Crusoe dream on and off between 1952 and 1977- we all read 'An Island to Oneself' on passage here. In his footsteps, National Park warden-cum customs and immigration officer Harry now spends eight months of the year here with his wife Vahine as sole inhabitants.The boat dropped them last Saturday just before their first great grand child was born and comes back for them the first week of November! Access, supplies and communications are almost every bit as challenging as they were in Tom Neale's day with the exception of satellite telephony!Suwarrow is 200 miles from the nearest permanent inhabitation - Puka Puka and Manihiki to the north and 500 miles from. read more...


18/05/2015

Jambo - Bermuda

Well we got here about a day quicker than we expected due to brisk beam reaching conditions which meant we did 150 miles a dayNow getting ready for the crossing to the Azores -2/3 jobs to do and the re victualNick and Carol got here safety and Bob the tour guide Evans leaves to spend a week here with Mrs ECertainly an island to come back to ......image.. read more...


Jambo - Bermuda
Jambo - Bermuda
18/05/2015

GarliX - Suwarrow?ein bizarrer Inselklecks - Sturmzeit

Die Zeit hier in Suwarrow ist umschattet von richtig schlechtem Wetter. Was wir schon im letzten Blog angekündigt haben, hat sich mehr als bewahrheitet. Wir liegen in unserer „geschützten“ Ankerbucht bei bis zu 30kn Wind. Dieser viele Wind kommt nicht in Böen, sondern ist leider ausgesprochen beständig. Um uns herum die Riffe; alle Leute auf den hier liegenden Booten denken das Gleiche… „hoffentlich hält der Anker“. Unser Boot hängt letztlich an einer 8mm Ankerkette; wir ankern auf 17m Tiefe. Bei besonders viel Wind unterstützen wir den Anker mit dem Motor.Dieser allgegenwärtige Wind und das rucken an der Ankerkette ist absolut nervig; an ruhigen Schlaf ist nicht zu denken. Geschlafen, bzw. gewacht haben wir mit unserem Ankeralarm (vom I-Sailer) in der Koje.Aber wesentlich schlimmer als. read more...


17/05/2015

Luna Quest - Sunday, 17th May, 2015

Noon Position: 14.42S 157.23WDaily run: 123 milesIn anticipation of stronger winds, we reefed the sails last night. The mainsail was down to its smallest size and the genoa to about half its size. Everything was ship shaped. The increase in wind strength duly came around midnight, but only to about 20 knots. Throughout the night it stayed around 20 knots and a further increase is expected later today to around 25 knots. The sea has got up a bit, but Luna Quest has seen a lot more in her life to date. The majority of the fleet are further south and west and winds of 30 knots are experienced, but it seems that the low pressure area is losing its strength. The fleet’s target is still Niue, but as we are so far behind, we may now head straight for Tonga, about 10 days sailing given good. read more...


17/05/2015

Celebrate - Back to the USA via Bermuda Feasting on Steak & Shrimp!

Just crossing the infamous Cape Hatteras ocean area then home again to the idyllic Chesapeake Bay in only 170nm!Yeah!Also, finishing off our provisions has been a food fest with steak & shrimp for lunch and dinner.Lots of exercise needed here when we get into Portsmouth, Virginia.The winds have been up & down but we feel that we have made good time.The weather has turned cooler at nights so up went the canvas & glass cockpit surround and some long pants and jackets.A few birds have followed us for a while, always entertaining!Charlie & CathyNext:The Gulfstream Crossing. read more...


17/05/2015

Zingara

Bermuda, wir kommen. Gegen 16:00h local sollten wir in St George einlaufen koennen, nach unspektakulaer verlaufener nacht. Leider unter motor, der wind war nix und die zeit laeuft uns davon. Gut dagegen unser dinner aus der thai kueche, ein glaeschen wein war auch genehmigt. So, weiter geht s mit der bordarbeit. Lb gr vom atlantik, ernst, ingo, wolle und rennfahrer nils. Hurra, wir segeln wieder mit 8kts..... read more...


17/05/2015

Free Spirit - Log 9: 17 May 2015

Party time! IMG_3111 IMG_3104. read more...


Free Spirit - Log 9: 17 May 2015
Free Spirit - Log 9: 17 May 2015
Free Spirit - Log 9: 17 May 2015
Free Spirit - Log 9: 17 May 2015
17/05/2015

Luna Quest - Saturday, 16th May, 2015

Noon Position: 14.48S 155.36WDaily run: 108 milesWhereas our next port of call is Niue (having given up on Suwarrow for lack of time and wind), which lies to the SW of Bora Bora, where we last were, we have been heading NW to avoid an area of low pressure heading our way from the South. Had we gone on a rhumb line from Bora Bora to Niue, we would have been severely bashed about by now. The low pressure area is tracking North, however, and we are going to get some of it tomorrow and Monday. If you have been following the fleet on the yellow brick website, you may have been wondering why the boats are on so many different tracks.The weather continues bright where we are, but we have noticed that the barometer has been falling…Eric. read more...


16/05/2015

Free Spirit - Log 8: 16 May 2015

If you have been tracking us on the the Yellow Brick you will know that we arrived at St .Georges in Bermuda Thursday night. It is now Saturday. If the last few miles were annoyingly tedious due to a head wind of 15 to 20 kts the last few hundred yards were terrifying! The entrance into St Georges harbour is through a very narrow gap in the reef and rocky shore called Town Cut. You have to radio ahead for permission to go through because it is too narrow for more than boat to pass at a time. None of the buoys marking the channel into the cut were lit and it was pitch dark in the dead of  a moonless night. We had observers posted forward - thank goodness otherwise we would have hit several of the, very large, channel buoys. Nobody else seemed to be coming through a night and we now. read more...


Free Spirit - Log 8: 16 May 2015
Free Spirit - Log 8: 16 May 2015
Free Spirit - Log 8: 16 May 2015
Free Spirit - Log 8: 16 May 2015
Free Spirit - Log 8: 16 May 2015
Free Spirit - Log 8: 16 May 2015
Free Spirit - Log 8: 16 May 2015
Free Spirit - Log 8: 16 May 2015
Free Spirit - Log 8: 16 May 2015
Free Spirit - Log 8: 16 May 2015
Free Spirit - Log 8: 16 May 2015
Free Spirit - Log 8: 16 May 2015
Free Spirit - Log 8: 16 May 2015
Free Spirit - Log 8: 16 May 2015
16/05/2015

Exocet Strike - French Polynesia

It was a sad day when we left the Islands of FrenchPolynesia. The local people are so welcoming and friendly, also the mainlyFrench Europeans are very friendly, its that laid back sort of place. Theislands themselves are very beautiful and picturesque, from the Marquesan Groupwhich are the newest, being ex volcanoes that have yet to have coral or to havesunk, they are often cloud covered and dark and moody, whereas the Tuamotos arethe oldest, having been volcanoes, surrounded by coral reefs anf the centrevolcano has now sunk. The reefs can be very tricky, we found the easiest one,Fakarava, which was quite stunning, pictures do not tell the story. Finally ontoTahiti, Moorea, Raiatea, Tahaa and finally Bora Bora. This group are in thetransition from ex volcanoes to atolls, still. read more...


16/05/2015

Celebrate - Nanny Cay, BVI's - A New Rally, A New Beginning!

Our first impression of Nanny Cay was charming with Sir Richard Branson's "Necker Belle" tied up to the dock and pastel painted shops on shore.Also, we saw boats from our previous fleet of the World ARC, Ghost, Avocet, Polaris and Merlyn, so we felt right at home. There were many new boats, faces and new friends to make, as well.With rum punches at the welcome party and a cheerful greeting committee of "yellow shirts" Lyall, Nicki, Jake, Mia, Claudia and Trish, it was a good time!Our final dinner was smashing with over 200 people and a wonderful West Indies buffet.Thank you to all for all of the effort.It worked! Charlie & CathyNext: Bermuda Passage. read more...


16/05/2015

Celebrate - Bermuda Night Entry and Leaving the Next Day for the USA to Catch a Weather Window

Even though we rushed to arrive at Bermuda before nightfall, it was not to be.With Cathy on the bow of Celebrate with a search light looking for markers and me cautiously moving the boat through the channel to the customs dock we arrived just fine.Also, Mia was such a welcome sight on the dock at 9pm as she directed us to a docking spot, helped us tie up and gave us two nicely chilled dark & stormy drinks!How nice was that!In the morning as we looked at the upcoming weather we realized our weather window was now, so off we sailed and expect to arrive at Portsmouth, Viginia on Monday, May 18th.It's been a great time and we will see the World Cruising Club again!Charlie & Cathy. read more...


13/05/2015

Celebrate - SSB Net, May 13, Gooood Morming ARC Fleet and "Contest of the Day"! Rhyming...

Everyone is a winner!The "contest of the day" was making a rhyme for the evening radio check-in.Many boats participated.One particularly wonderful entry was from Widago who had each verse read on the radio by a different crew member.I hope they put it in the blog.Here are the rhymes I received by email:--The Polaris Crew. The day today was very calm. Feeling like sitting in the sand beneeth a palm.But then we get a reminder. Keep a sharp look out, even the grinder.First we found a red rescue ring, one hour later a yellow floating lifesling.Later in the afternoon, we ate homemade applepie, with a spoon.Matthias put the oven on. Sorry fleet, he just made one.After that, oh what a drama, a floating box left by a fishing farmer.After all we have dinner now. We lucky guys, we get slices of a. read more...


10/05/2015

Celebrate - SSB Net, May 10, Gooood Morming ARC Fleet and "Question of the Day"! Everyone is a Winner!

After morning radio check-ins, the "question of the day" is announced to be answered in the evening. Today was, "How did your boat get it's name?" Many boats participated and here are some answers they emailed in:--'Merlyn' is a wizard and enchanter from Arthurian legend. 'Merlyn' has enchanted our lives by taking us around the world - that is the reason for her name.--"WIDAGO"Our boat name was derived from our 3 boy's names - William 12 yrs old(WI) / David 10 yrs old (DA) / Gordon 10 yrs old (GO)... The decision as to which of the twin's names should be listed first worked itself out because www.WIGODA.com was taken.... So our website documenting our 2.5 year family cruising adventure was created www.WIDAGO.com.--"Celebrate" the name is in in honor of my 6th birthday which coincided. read more...


15/05/2015

Agua Dulce - Agua Dulce Arrives Bermuda Tonight

We are 25nm Bermuda and should arrive near midnight. After some rough seas at the start of the trip, last night was beautiful with clear skies full of stars and wonderfully peaceful seas. We must have been in the Portugese Man O'War lane, because I stopped counting after seeing dozens of the innocuous looking clear jellyfish sail past. We were also visited by a pair of beautiful brown seabirds who were with us for most of the day. We've had terrific wind for this leg of the trip and haven't turned the engine on once. But, the swells are much more significant today, and we are on a fast but boisterous ride in. I think we are all looking forward to landing in Bermuda, and perhaps a Dark & Stormy or two.Gretchen CunninghamS/V Agua Dulce. read more...


15/05/2015

Tara - Day 4 and 5

Day 4 – May 14th -The winds died on us this morning and we turned on the engine for an easy motor while we mowed steadily onward towards the much anticipated cold front that the charts show is bearing down on us.You’d never know it though because the sky is a clear and a gorgeous blue color.The highlight of the morning was Mahi Mahi #2.Christopher brought in an 18 pounder and I didn’t screw up the gaffing action this time so we turned the back end of Tara into a filet table and Lisa went to work!The male bull head with its bright green and yellow coloring made for some nice photos that we will post if we EVER make it to Bermuda.After the front passed with little fanfare, we thought we were home free for morning arrival on Friday.But the Bermuda Triangle had other plans.Out of nowhere, we. read more...


15/05/2015

Free Spirit - Log 7: 14 May 2015

The last 48 hours have been tortuous. Yesterday we had no wind to sail and today we had hardly any wind again and whenit did come up it was on the nose! So after our splendid sailing progress duringthe first two days we have been watching other boats appearing on the horizonbehind us, only to be overtaken some hours later as they motor at speed ahead ofus.  Free Spirit can only go at 5 knots under engine, unlike so many of thelighter and more powerful boats which can go at 7 knots. Free Spirit goesbeautifully under sail but when it comes down to the engine she has the heartof a Shire horse rather than a Race horse.  She is steady, she isstrong, she bows her head to the wind as she moves us slowly on ourway. So, rather than arriving in day light hours as wehad hoped,. read more...


15/05/2015

Zingara - Via Inmarsat:

Hallo, noch 280 miles, und wir sollten st georg erreichen. Der erstenachmittag brachte beim ersten angelversuch gleich einen erfolg, einstattlicher mahi mahi konnte nach halbstuendigem kampf an bord gehievtwerden. Flaute, starkwind, gewitter, alles haben wir bereits erlebenkoennen. Gerade laufen wir mit 8 bis 9 kts und werden so am fruehensonntagmorgen bermuda erreichen. Bis dahin lb gr ernst u cre. read more...


15/05/2015

Exocet Strike - Heading for where?

We left in a hurry yesterday after seeing thelatest weather data, seems about 10 of us did from either Bora Bora or Raiatea.Originally we planned on leaving Thursday and heading straight down the rum lineto Niue, there was a small weather system but way to our south, what changed ourminds was that the weather system had moved North and that we wanted to be outof its strongest winds. So our current course has been West or NW to try to getfurther North than ideal but should be out of the way of the badstuff. Means if all goes well we get to Niue on Weds orThursday next week, missing out Suwarrow to hopefully catch back up with thefleet. Niue is one of those places which is an independentcountry, but in the middle of no where, its a small island approx 20 miles todrove around, with no. read more...


15/05/2015

GarliX - Wir sind auf dem Weg nach Suwarrow

Tour: Raiatea/ Gesellschaftsinseln/ Französisch Polynesien - Suwarrow / Cookinseln, Distanz 720sm, noch ca. 180sm14.5.15 Suwarrow ist sicherlich kaum jemanden bekannt. So richtig wissen wir auch nicht, warum wir diesen kleinen Klecks Erde Mitten auf dem Pazifik anlaufen. Direkt auf dem Weg liegt die Insel, bzw. Riffkante nicht. Suwarrow ist nur 0,15 x 0,4qkm groß und die meiste Zeit unbewohnt. Von April bis Oktober soll eine „Hausmeisterfamilie“ dort ihre Zeit verbringen. Der Schriftsteller Tom Neale hat hier einige Jahre allein gelebt und sein Buch „An Island to Oneself“ geschrieben. Wir sind gespannt, ob wir die angekündigten Podwale und Mantarochen sehen. Aber…wir kämpfen mal wieder mit der Ankunftszeit bei Tag. Es ist gut möglich, dass wir das morgen nicht in der Helligkeit schaffen.. read more...


14/05/2015

Luna Quest - Thursday, 14 May, 2015

Noon position: 16.35S 153.44WDaily run: 106 milesThe sky is overcast with lots of rain clouds all around on the horizon. The forecast is not good with an area of low pressure tracking up to where we are. It could be with us on Saturday/Sunday and we are diverting north to avoid the worst. For days we have had lovely weather, especially in Bora Bora, that greatly added to our enjoyment of the island. Yesterday and today we are experiencing very light winds and the engine has been on for most of the time. Currently the wind gives 5 knots and our speed through the water is 2.3 knots. Twelve hundred miles to Niue seems a long way…Checking the connections for the autopilot late yesterday afternoon, I discovered a deeply corroded one in the lazarette (the locker at the back of the cockpit). I. read more...


14/05/2015

Gozwoz - Day 6

Today started with the possibility that with favourable conditions we would reach Bermuda.The prospects were such that Our Great Leader permitted the last reef to be taken out of the main and the cruising chute was hoisted at 2am.Providence was initially king and for a few hours rumbles could be heard from a dark cloud nearby whose approach to Gozwoz gathered speed.The cruising chute was rapidly lowered and packed but the squall reached us as reefs were being put in the main.The wind was not unduly strong but the rain was torrential, the crew on deck, the Bosun and the Navigator, having not had time to put on oilies.In due course we were treated the sight of Rob calmly helming while clad in his pyjama shorts and an oily jacket.Unsurprisingly the only person to stay dry was the cabin boy,. read more...


14/05/2015

Jambo - under 150 miles to go

Last night the winds died so we motored slightly NW in anticipation of the winds coming back from the SW and then veering North. The plan is to get into St George's in daylight as the entrance is littered with reefs and wrecks all around.Up early this morning to get the cruising chute up and take advantage of the light winds. Bob is galley bitch todayso Tom and I rather fancy a bacon sandwichas the boat is flatI expect you are wondering what are we wearing? Tom is in matchingTommy Hilfiger black shorts and tee shirt ,I have chosen a reef swim suit with un - coordinated top and Bob is still asleep but will have something up his sleeve,probably from Yves St LaurientMore boarders last night from flying fish !Philip. read more...


14/05/2015

Crazy Horse - Day 6

We are powering our way to Ft. Lauderdale with motor on and all sails flying. This is really and truly the first time that wehave used the engine. Trying to make Ft. Lauderdale before dark. There is some tricky maneuvering with lots of ships and boats in the canals and a drawbridge as well. Better to get there before dark and see the obstacles clearly. Anyway, we are excited to get there and Crazy Horse seems to be fairly galloping the last 60 miles. This is some of her old stomping ground!We all agree it has been a great voyage with lots of wind and all sailing. Bill thinks we have hit the gulf stream as our speed has increased- up to twelve at times.The meals have been excellent. Better than most restaurants- just like home cooking!We will be at Bahia Mar marina after today so I should. read more...


14/05/2015

Exocet Strike - We have left French Polynesia

Sad to say but after nearly 8 weeks we set sailtoday from French Polynesia, last port of call was Bora Bora. this was ouroriginal last port but due to some issues World ARC changed it to Raiatea. We leftRaiatea on Sunday, but due to forecast very light winds we only went as far asBora Bora, and we were glad we did, great island and two very welcoming 'YachtClubs' Restaurants/hotels really.We should now be on our way to an uninhabitedisland called Suwarrow, about 680 miles from Bora Bora, but we figure since weare late we will aim to get to the next place Niue, where the programme soundsgreat. One potential problem is there is a bad bit of weather on Sunday,so we may well divert further North than our current plan, we will be watchingthis very carefully. If we do go north it could be. read more...


14/05/2015

Dala - Log Day 5 - Back to the Code Zero and... to the engine!

Hi, all,Everything is fine and smooth aboard DALA on this 5th day of the rallye (reminder: 4th day for us since we left one day late).The sea was relatively calm today so I accepted our crew Richard's idea to try to completely reset the code zero sail (reminder 2: we took it down in the middle of a violent squall two days ago) by opening it flat on the lee side of the boat, put it back in order and hoist it again. We did it successfully and I was very happy because the wind strength and direction were perfect for this sail. We enjoyed it a few hours but around 4 PM local time, the wind became really too weak. So in spite of the fact that neither Joelle nor myself like the engines, we decided nevertheless to motorsail in order to have a chance to reach the Bermudas before the adverse. read more...


14/05/2015

Luna Quest - Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

Noon Position: 16.32S 152.11WRun from Bora Bora - 28 miles since this morning 07.30hrsWhereas my last blog posting mentioned that we would be heading for Suwarrow, a lack of wind is forcing us to go straight to Niue or even Tonga. Suwarrow is an atoll, where Tom Neale lived by himself for some twenty years and wrote a book about his experiences. He was taken off when near to death through illness. Some of the World ARC participants have read the book and will be going there to check it out. However, the weather forecast for that sea area is poor with lots of rain and no wind. Some other participants are also going straight to Niue.Since our time in Raiatea, where Julia took some amazing shots and videos of the Tahiti Pearl Regatta Race from the press boat, we have visited Tahaa, an. read more...


13/05/2015

Gozwoz - Day 4/5

Long trousers required for night watches. After good sailing with cruising chute this morning the wind has died and we are motoring in calm seas and warm evening sunlight with Bermuda 180 miles ahead. Nick has fished, so far without success! We are looking forward to landfall early Friday morning.. read more...


13/05/2015

Windswept - Rock me Windswept!

Windswept's blog post to the tune of Wagon Wheel!Sailing out west to the land of the 'gators. Getting frustrated, want tokick the generator. Staring at the sea, hoping I don't see mast lights.We made it half way in 86 hours, catching flying fish and taking noshowers. Hoping for the moon so I can see my way tonight.So crank that winch and speed up the keel. Drunk on rum punch is how Iwant to feel. Hey...my boat's a rockin'! Rock me Windswept like the windand the waves, rock me Windswept in a westbound haze. Hey...Windsweptrock me.Meredith's cooking dinner, Shawn's at the helm, Carol's reading booksand Terry's always snoozing. We kept checking fishing lines, nothing tobe found. No fish, no rum keep getting me down, but we loved flipperplaying up on our bow. Next week I'm turning back to. read more...


13/05/2015

Free Spirit - Log 5: 13 May 2015

Today from Carole's perspctive   What a beautiful day!  The sun is out, the skyis blue, the sea is blue and calm but ....we have no wind.  There is lessthan 200 miles togo to Bermuda but with under 5 knots of wind it is going totake forever....there is nothing for it but to switch on the engne to propel uson our way.  What a shame...but if the wind picks up a little later wemight try again with beautiful Mr Parasailor.So now it is time to do those things which areimpossible when the boat is tossing every one and everything it can all over theplace.  It's on days like these that one comes to appreciate thesimple pleasures in life.....like just being able to stand up without holding onfor dear life!! So the boat has been cleaned, the washing hung outto. read more...


13/05/2015

Abigail - Beautiful sailing continues

Greetings from Abigail.As expected the wind went light and turned from East to East Southeast last night and this morning has gone to Southwest, although the wind speed has picked up a bit.Last night we managed to keep sailing in the light stuff with all our working sails (jib, main and mizzen) up. We have not often sailed without at least one reef in the main on this passage. Surprisingly we managed to make reasonably good progress until 0415 this morning when the wind dropped to 5 knots directly from astern.At that point we started the engine for the first time this trip and motored for about 5 hours. We took advantage of the situation by making around 50 gallons of water, and Bob and David took showers. Then the wind came up a bit and we decided to set the spinnaker, and while we were. read more...



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