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Juno - Tuamotos, Fakarava North Pass
Juno - Tuamotos, Fakarava North Pass
11/04/2015

Sweet Pearl - Azoren --> Barcelona - 14. Tag - Und wir sind wieder unterwegs

Nachdems wir am Sonntag wetterbedingt nach Portimao (und nicht Cadiz) gefahren sind, sind wir seit gestern wieder unterwegs und hoffen heute Nacht durch die Strasse von Gibraltar fahren zu können. Die letzten Tagen hats hier schön gewindet von Osten (d.h. auf unsere Nasen), so dass wir nicht durch konnten; aber die Wettervorhersagen sind gut (auch wenn wir dies für den Moment nicht bestätigen können). Wir sind wohl auf und hoffen so weit wie möglich bis Sonntag/Montag Richtung Barcelona vordringen zu können. Dann müssen wir wohl wieder einen Stopp einlegen wegen angekündigtem Mistral. Liebe Grüsse nach hause, Tom. read more...


11/04/2015

Allegro - QUINTQ-FEIRA 2 DE ABRIL DE 2015 A QUINTA-FEIRA 9 DE ABRIL DE 2015

MARQUESAS - TAHUATADepois de 28 dias de mar, de Galápagos para as Marquesas, chegámos à Ilha de Tahuata na madrugada de dia 2 de Abril: às 03.30 hora de Galápagos, e à meia noite, hora das Marquesas. Aqui são UTC menos 09.30 h.Chegámos à Baía de Hana Moe Noa, onde pernoitavam vários barcos da frota da World ARC depois de no dia anterior terem tido o Rendezvous numa baía mais a Sul. Ninguém acordou em nenhum dos barcos e, ajudados pelo luar, fundeámos sem problemas em cerca de 10 m, e deitámos-nos a descansar, que bem precisávamos.Acordámos de manhã, com a voz do Rui lá fora a falar francês com alguém, e pensámos que estaria a comprar fruta a algum indígena. Quando chegámos lá fora, é que percebemos: tinha sido a Sarah do Makena que tinha vindo no dinghy trazer-nos fruta, legumes, leite,. read more...


10/04/2015

American Spirit II - Day 458; We Go To the Local Craft Market & Have Pizza for Dinner; Thursday, April 9, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 96; 40 Knot Squall, Peal Farm and Lots of Rain; Wednesday, April 9. 2014. Rain showers at 3:25 AM. Joel got up to close the boat hatches. The reason he always gets up to do so is that with the hatch over the V-Berth always open at night, he is the first person on the boat to know it is raining because the rain drops on his head. Got up at 5:35 AM. Stephen spotted a nice rainbow rat 7:00 AM rising up over an island and bracketed by one of the Rally sailboats."*****************************Joel and Darlene are up first today; I get up at 9:20 AM. Joel is amazed I slept in so late. Breakfast at 10:05 AM consists of 4 pieces of bacon, 3 eggs, potato, and chilled peach slices. Darlene has a protein drink and some yogurt. Andrew Bishop, head of the World Cruising Club,. read more...


10/04/2015

American Spirit II - Day 457; Zip Line, Rally Party & Dinner with Folie a Deux; Wednesday, April 8, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 95; Cleaned Boat Bottom, Giant Clams, Numerous Boat Anchors Stuck, and Beach Party; Tuesday, April 8, 2014. Stayed up late, until 1:30 AM. Slept in until 8:00 AM. Hebe was trying to weigh anchor to go to the pass and 'drift dive.' Difficult time getting ancho on board. Took them 1/2 hour, with 2 snorkelers in the water and one tank diver dressed in SCUBA gear ready to go free the anchor. Finally they used their bow thrusters to position the boat so they could untangle anchor chain from the coral heads. At Manihi Atoll 8 miles away to the west, the sailboat NDS Darwin and one other Rally boat tried to weigh anchor Monday evening, and could not do it. So they waited until the following morning, Tuesday, and it took them 3 - 4 hours to clear their two anchor chains;. read more...


10/04/2015

GarliX - Was vermisst Ihr eigentlich noch??

Tour: Fatu Hiva / Marquesas - Fakarava / Tuamotus / rd. 540sm9.4.15 In einer lieben Mail neulich wurde uns die Frage gestellt …“Was vermisst Ihr eigentlich noch? Darüber haben wir lange nachgedacht; gibt es etwas, was wir vermissen? So einfach ist das wohl nicht zu benennen - und gar nicht kann man es isoliert beschreiben. Es geht wohl fließend über in „Vermissen“, „nicht Vermissen“, „mehr Wertschätzen“ und „was wir Vermissen werden“. Manchmal vermissen wir ganz einfache Dinge - genug Wasser, genug Strom, genug Licht (immerhin, ab 18:00 ist es hier Dunkel), Wifi jederzeit und damit den Zugang zu Wissen, eine Waschmaschine.Wir vermissen ein wenig solche Basisdinge… kurz noch mal in den Edeka fahren und alles Gewünschte liegt da… . Guter Käse, dunkles Brot - eben alles. Aber ganz schnell. read more...


10/04/2015

Luna Quest - Thursday, 9th April, 2015

Noon Position: 17.35S 149.37WDaily run: 55 milesWe slowed the boat down so as to arrive at Papeete in Tahiti during daylight hours. It also gave us an opportunity to sleep. All day the wind had been feeble and the swell annoying with the boat rolling from side to side with insufficient wind to keep the sails filled. When the boat rolls back, the sails collaps under their own weight for lack of wind and then crash back when the boats rolls to the other side. I managed to put a tear of some yards our light weight genoa when I tried to haul it on board the other day. That will have to be repaired and now that we have arrived in Tahiti, lots of other work, too, will have to be carried out. I have emailed the World ARC agent in Tahiti with 8 items for consideration by outside contractors,. read more...


09/04/2015

Exocet Strike - Second day on our short trip to Fakarava

What a great days sail, couple of rain squallsovernight but nothing too much, then today its been champagne sailing, ie a beamreach with good winds. For those not of a sailing nature, a beam reach is mostyachts fastest point of sail, with the true wind just behind 90 degrees from thebow and the appernt wind at 90 degrees from the bow. Now thats probably confusedeveryone even more. Its all physics folks. Anyway very pleasant.The wind has died a bit overnight so we will makeless speed towards our destination, but as long as we arrive in daylight thatsfine. We need to be at the pass into the lagoon at slack water, ie when the tideis not going in or out, as otherwise it can be really hard work, with maybe astanding wave caused by the rush of water out of the lagoon. How does the waterget in. read more...


09/04/2015

Exody - Days 83-87 - Nuku Hiva - Melon Heads, Garden of Eden

Six coconuts, six grapefruit, twelve oranges, five starfruit, one green papaya, a half hand (about 50-60) of green bananas and a half branch of bird pepper. That was our haul of fresh fruit purchases (2950 polynesian francs=circa 25 euros)after spending an hour with a local and his wife at Hakau - a collection of homesteads rather than a village - at Hakatea Bay (also called Daniel's Bay) in Nuku Hiva.Rightly billed in the book as a 'must stop', we arrived here yesterday Easter Monday April 6th midday via an early 5am start excursion to the other end of the island - 4 miles beyond Cap Tikapo - where we had gone in successful search of melon head whales.We found a substantial pod of about 50, some of which tracked and played alongside Exody folowed by bottle nosed dolphins which stayed. read more...


09/04/2015

Luna Quest - Wednesday, 8th April, 2015

Noon Position: 16.33S 149.02WDaily run: 52 milesThe two poled-out foresails that helped us along so well yesterday, had to be taken down first thing this morningas the wind had gone easterly and blowing us westwards, whereas we wanted to go south south west towards Tahiti. Now, with just a scrap of genoa out, we are managing a speed of just over two knots in very light breezes from the East. We do not desire any more speed at the present time as we are now aiming to make landfall tomorrow morning.Eric. read more...


08/04/2015

American Spirit II - Day 456; We Go to the Marina Pool & Have a Scenic Dinner; Tuesday, April 7, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 94; Giant Meteor at 4:00 AM, Arrived Ahe in the Tuomotos, Running the Pass, and Anchor Chain Problem; Monday, April 7, 2014. At 12:15 AM Joel and I decided to power up the motor so we could get to Ahe as close to noon as possible. With high tide at 12:01 PM, we needed to get to the pass into Ahe by 1:01 PM. One of our pilot books, Charlie's Charts of Polynesia, stated that slack water occurred 1 hour after low and high tide. So even though we had a good wind to sail with, we needed to make more speed if we wanted to reach our destination in time. If we did not get to Ahe by mid afternoon, we would have to wait until Tuesday morning to enter the pass during the low tide, or skip Ahe altogether and head to Rangiroa 90 miles away. A boat sailing with us, Follie a. read more...


08/04/2015

American Spirit II - Day 455; Air Drop Picture Day & Dinner with Nexus at Doolitte's; Monday, April 6, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 93; 7th Green Flash and Sailed 170 Miles; Sunday, April 6, 2014. Slept pretty good. Stephen awakened me for 6:00 AM watch. Missed great sunrise 6:10 AM. Was down below shaving, making coffee. Might have missed a green flash. At 7:00 AM the wind was 14 knots and our boat speed 6.0 knots over the ground. At 8:00 AM I took out the reefs in the mainsail and jib. Our speed immediately increased 1 1/2 knots. We need to sail at 7.0 knots to get to Ahe Monday in the daylight."****************************Up at 7:20 AM. Joel up at 8:15 AM and Darlene at 8:30 AM. Breakfast at 9:15 AM: bacon, 3 eggs, potato and chilled fruit cocktail. During breakfast Darlene says that like Joel, Heidi loves to row the dingy. She relates a story when Heidi was young and got in a dingy with 2. read more...


08/04/2015

Exocet Strike - Marquesas to Tuamotos

Well here we are onthe move again. 540 miles ish from Nuku Hiva to the Tuamoto island ofFakarava. The Marquesas were fabulous, all very mountainous,old volcanos to be precise. WE had a scary drive on Hiva Oa, so slipperry andnext to a precipice that for safety sake I turned around, not my normal gung hodriving style. The bay of Virges in Fatu Hiva was magnificent aswas the walk to the waterfall, hard going but worth it. Then a rendevous on the island of Tahuatu, wherethe local danced, sang and made music, well rehearsed but fantastic. We heardthat you could swim with Manta Rays, and indeed some of the boats were in theright bay when they appeared, we werent. oh well. Then onto Nuku Hiva where the anchorages werereputed to be spectacular and there was a bay full of hundreds of. read more...


08/04/2015

Luna Quest - Tuesday, 7th April, 2015

Noon Position: 16.04S 148.10WDaily run: 104 milesA lack of wind accompanied by a worked-up, irregular sea is probably one of the most frustrating aspects of cruising in a small boat. A larger boat does not have to take on every wave individually and can ride over them faster as it has a longer waterline and more sail. So we have to content ourselves with less progress and more bouncing around, but it has not stopped Julia fromproducing one wonder after another from the galley or making necklaces with tiny beads and pearls. Papeete (capital of Tahiti) is 120 miles away, which we could reach tomorrow during the day if our speed averaged 5 knots. Tahiti is surrounded by outlying reefs with navigational channels through them. The biggest is open to the port of Papeete and well buoyed, but we. read more...


07/04/2015

American Spirit II - Day 454; Darlene Arrives & Dinner with Nexus and Celebrate; Sunday, April 5, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 92; Nuku Hiva Mistake , Sleeping Clothes, Fans, Low Side Pole (Again), and On the Way to Ahe; Saturday, April 5, 2014. Upon leaving Nuku Hiva I realized that due to the snack bar with free and good Wifi, we were distracted and missed an opportunity to explore Nuku Hiva. We spent too much time at the snack bar. Specifically, Daniel's Bay, which is 2 to 3 miles to the west of our anchorage, has a waterfall that you can get to by hiking thru the mountains. We could have gone there for a day in our boat, and then motored back to the anchorage we were in. Live and learn. No way will any of us ever be here to explore that waterfall and mountain hike again."**************************Joel up at 8:00 AM. I got up at 8:40 AM. Before breakfast a couple, Wayne and Ali,. read more...


07/04/2015

American Spirit II - Day 453; We Get Acclimated in St. Lucia & Go To a Great Indian Restaurant; Saturday, April 4, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 91; Mike's B-Day; Leaving Nuku Hiva, One More Shark, Mainsail and Racing to Ahe; Friday, April 4, 2014. Mike Mogavero, who flew home on Thursday, had a B-Day today. If we'd have known that Wednesday night, we would have announced his birthday during the native dance like other Rally crews did."******************Up at 5:30 AM. Coffee. It had rained during the night and the dodger center window was not zippered down. Oops. Our blue recliners are wet. I read in the cockpit.Joel gets up at 8:20 AM. No breakfast today as we ate too much for dinner last night. At 9:00 AM the car rental guy, Shawn, shows up at the boat. After filling out the paperwork we follow him to the parking lot to get the car. After that Joel 'dresses the boat.' Meaning, he put up a lot of flags. read more...


07/04/2015

American Spirit II - Day 452; We Leave St. Vincent and Make It To St. Lucia; Friday, April 3, 2015

One Year Ago Today:"Day 90; Mike Flies Home After 5 1/2 Weeks, and Cats and Chickens Chow Down Together; Thursday, April 3, 2014. Rain squall 2:25 AM. Closed hatches. Up at 6:45 AM. At 7:23 AM Joel and I left to have breakfast with Mike at his hotel. We told the waitress, who spoke no English, that we wanted to order breakfast. Breakfast came, and it consisted of grapefruit slices, French bread with butter and jelly, and coffee. A European breakfast, says Mike. Mike departed in a taxi with another person at 9:40 AM."********************Up at 2:59 AM; stuck my head up in the cockpit and looked around. A little rock and roll in the anchorage. I then went back to bed.At 6:00 AM my alarm went off. Time to get up; it's moving day (to St. Lucia). I feel like I didn't get much sleep. A light. read more...


06/04/2015

Luna Quest - Monday, 6th April, 2015

Noon Position: 14.46S 146.55WDaily run: 116 milesWe are passing through the Tuomoto Archipelago today skirting the Rangiroa atoll. With sunrise there were a number of squalls sitting on the horizon with one moving towards us. We had one reef in the mainsail and several rolls in the genoa when the squall struck with 28 knots of wind sending Luna Quest at 7.5 knots towards the Tuomotos. As our little ship tends to luff in a puff, I need to help the Hydrovane by hand steering. I did not have much on when the rain came down and as I had not had a body wash for several days, I thought a good rinse would do the trick, but Julia took the opportunity to chuck me up a soapy face cloth and with that I managed to lather myself never ceasing to steer the boat with my left foot on the helm. Then the. read more...


06/04/2015

GarliX - Ostern hier auf Faku Hiva

Tour: Tahuata - Faku Hiva/ 50sm5.4.2015. Kann das sein…wir hier im Irgendwo…bemalen lustig Ostereier, beschenken andere Menschen, gehen in den Gottesdienst und empfangen sehr viel Lächeln und Blumenkränze für’s Haar. So haben wir Ostern lange nicht erlebt. Mit großer Freude und Ausdauer haben Hanna und ich unsere letzten Eier gefärbt. Haben uns dabei - in Ermangelung an Ostereierfarbe aus dem Laden - sogar an das alte Oma- und Mutterrezept mit Zwiebelschalen und Essig erinnert. Es klappt tatsächlich. Haben mit Wassermalfarbe SY Makena (Kat) und SY Aplus2 auf die Eier gemalt und sind morgens mit dem Dingi rum und haben kleine Nester verschenkt. Unsere letzten Eier haben wir mitgenommen zum Gottesdienst. Die Einheimischen haben uns eingeladen zu ihrer Messe. Das sind immer wieder Momente -. read more...


05/04/2015

Luna Quest - Sunday 5th April, 2015

Noon Position: 13.04S 145.51WDaily run: 118 milesEvery day is a glorious day and sailing cannot get any better. Julia is making a necklace and I am busying myself around the boat. We have now set a course to take us through the Tuomoto Archipelago towards Tahiti, where we are looking forward to experiencing some French culture and cuisine and a good long shower!Eric. read more...


05/04/2015

Juno - Marquesas, Nuku Hiva

We are on a broad reach, champagne sailing at 8 knots towards the Tuamotus, 500 miles to the southwest. The sun is already high in the eastern sky as the Marquesas fade behind us; the towering cliffs and emerald forests just a faint silhouette in the haze of the rising sun, the lens of proximity no longer in focus.  A pod of twenty dolphins plays in our wake; two pups swim in tight formation with their mother while energetic adolescents playfully leap high out of the water before sprinting ahead to the bow where they weave and jostle for position in the surf.  Curiously, this captivating sight barely raises a glance on board Juno. Caroline looks up briefly from her book, Andrew pokes his head up the companionway but that is all. We have become blasé about the bountiful marine. read more...


Juno - Marquesas, Nuku Hiva
Juno - Marquesas, Nuku Hiva
05/04/2015

Juno - Marquesas, Hiva Oa

On a long ocean passage reality is suspended. As the days roll by, our mental image of land is framed by our previous destination; the endless vista of sea and waves suspends that picture in our minds, making landfall all the more dramatic when it appears. Whether the palm trees and beaches of the Caribbean after an Atlantic crossing or the soaring peaks and lush jungle of the Marquesas, our senses are heightened, the impact greater. We are moored in the bay of Tahauku on the island of Hiva Oa, our port of entry to the Marquesas where generations of sailors have dropped anchor after the long pacific crossing.  It is a spectacular setting in the shadow of the brooding Mount Temetiu, its steep sides swathed in thick jungle, plunging down to the murky green sea below.Four boats of the. read more...


Juno - Marquesas, Hiva Oa
Juno - Marquesas, Hiva Oa
05/04/2015

Free & BrEasy - Deep Turtle

We are gradually working our way up the Winward Islands, collectively called the Grenadines, that form a chain of stepping stones between Grenada and St Lucia. Our last few days in Grenada continued to be happy ones, except for the frustration of not being able to fix either the water maker or the single side band radio, but by now Roger is well acclimatised to the vagaries of the Marine service industry! A huge achievement whilst we were still in Grenada was to finish the beans and rice that we had over prepared for a meal with Adela; what a relief to finally see the bottom of the bean box!We left Grenada with many happy memories of a beautiful island with friendly locals. As one old Yottie, that we met in the Market, commented, with a very wistful look in his eye, "I could die here".. read more...


05/04/2015

Luna Quest - Saturday, 4th April, 2015

Noon Position: 11.54S 144.05WDaily run: 125 milesLast night we witnessed a near full moon eclipse in a cloudless sky and lightening beyond the northern horizon. We stayed out to watch the phenomena and a very Milky Way for some time while Luna Quest was speeding along at 6 knots. Hauling in a light weight sail, I caused a rip in the sail of several yards. It is an old sail and we wonder whether it is reparable or needs replacing. We are looking forward to getting to Tahiti.Eric. read more...


04/04/2015

Juno - Marquesas, guest written by Andrew

It is 0230 in the morning, I am on watch and we are sailing from Tahuata to NukuHiva. We are proceeding at 6 knots and are passing on our port side Ua Pou – what great names! I am sitting in my shorts with no shirt, having hardly worn a shirt or shoes for the last 2.5 months. Our 17 day Pacific crossing ended at Hiva Oa 3 days ago; we are at the Marquesa Islands.  Hiva Oa and Tahuata are stunning and I have high hopes for Nuku Hiva which has one of the world’s highest waterfalls, which we will trek up to. On our Port side about 1 mile away is A Plus 2 and on the starboard side about 2 miles away Makena; both boats on the World Arc.   We left Tahuata at 1800 having had lunch on Makena with fish caught by Steve (a Marquesan with an unspellable and un-pronounceable name).. read more...


Juno - Marquesas, guest written by Andrew
Juno - Marquesas, guest written by Andrew
04/04/2015

Sweet Pearl - Azoren --> Barcelona - 8. Tag - Auf nach Cadiz

Nachdem in der Strasse von Gibraltar ab morgen bis vorraussichtlich Freitag ca. 30kn aus Osten gemeldet sind, haben wir entschieden ein Zwischenstopp in Cadiz einzulegen und abzuwarten. Wie lange wir da sein werden, wissen wir jetzt noch nicht, aber sobald es weiter geht, setzt sich dieser Blog auch fort:). Wir sind guter Dinge und freuen uns ab jetzt näher am Land zu segeln. Bis Barcelona werden wir wohl nie mehr als 50 Seemeilen (also ein halber Tag) von der Küste entfernt sein - sehr ungewöhnlich für uns:). Wir wünschen allen morgen sehr schöne Ostern! Ciao, Tom. read more...


04/04/2015

American Spirit II - Day 451; We Leave Bequia Island and Head to Chateaubelair Bay on St. Vincent; & See Green Flash No. 43; Thursday, April 2, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 89; Rain Squall, Mike's Hotel, Rendezvous Party & Stephen Kirk Joins Crew; Wednesday, April 2, 2014. Awakened at 2:39 AM by first of three rain showers. Mike got up and closed all the boat hatches. Thank you Mike.Crawled out of bed at 7:30 AM. Overcast. Light rain. Today is Mike's last day on the boat. At 8:20 AM a Frigate bird swooped down and grabbed a 3 inch fish from the water's surface 100 feet behind our boat. As it flew upwards, 3 other exotic looking birds (who remain unidentified for now) flew after the Frigate bird trying to take the fish out of the bird's beak. What is ironic is that the Frigate bird is noted for doing the same thing to other birds, and that is the reason its also called the Man o' War bird. Because it steals fish from other. read more...


04/04/2015

Luna Quest - Friday, 3rd April 2015

Noon Position: 11.11S 142.02WDaily run: 100 milesWe had planned to call into one or two of the Tuomoto archipelago atoll islands, but having read about the dangers of coral heads and dangerous passes into the lagoons, which can only be navigated at slack tide, we have decided to bypass them and head straight for Tahiti, another 200 miles further south. The weather today is again too glorious for words with a cloudless sky, gentle winds and a calm regular sea. It is hot, though, 32C in the boat with the fridge working overtime and blowing out more hot air. Julia has been busy making bread and hot cross buns while I have had a day of rest. Since arriving in Hiva OA, I have been on the go non-stop, scrubbing the boat, ferrying diesel and water aboard, being thrown about in the fearsome. read more...


03/04/2015

Celebrate - Fireworks Display!! Sulphur Springs, Diamond Gardens & Fond Doux Estate + more on the St.Lucia Island Tour!

The thrilling fireworks display put on by the Capella Hotel (formerly Discovery) was right over the bow of our boat!Never a dull moment in Marigot Bay!The next day we had a terrific all-day driving tour of St. Lucia arranged by the hotel concierge. Our great driver, Eugene, was just great and knew everybody.We stopped for a "jelly", a drinking coconut, along the way to Soufriere where we toured the magnificent tropical Diamond Botanical Gardens with a wonderful waterfall.Next was the drive-thru volcano mineral baths and sulphur hot springs.Lunch was at the lovely Fond Doux Estate.We finished the tour by driving on to Castries and stopping for "just baked bread" in a huge clay oven while we watched.Castries will be our net shopping excursion on our own.Next:Looking forward to the fleet. read more...


03/04/2015

GarliX - ? zu Ostern mit Mantarochen schnorcheln?

2.4.15 Tahuata. Solche Feiertage haben es in sich… und 12.000sm sind sehr weit… kurz nach Hause „beamen“ und wieder zurück - aber besser wäre, Ihr kommt her. Es ist hier das Paradies und wir sind froh, soviel Zeit hier verbringen zu dürfen. Irgendwann hat uns jemand gesagt, wenn „Ihr rum wollt, verbringt nicht soviel Zeit in der Karibik, bleibt länger in der Südsee“. Es ist auch das Paradies von Thor Heyerdahl, der in seinem „Kon-Tiki“ schrieb…„Schon am Nachmittag blies der Passat mit voller Stärke. Er wühlte das Meer zu brausenden Seen auf, die sich von achtern auf uns stürzten. Erst jetzt wurde uns allen klar, dass uns nun das Meer selbst in Empfang nahm…Wir waren in den Bereich des Passats gekommen, und jeder Tag führte uns weiter und weiter hinaus aufs Meer. Nun galt es nur noch mit. read more...


03/04/2015

American Spirit II - Day 450; We Tour Bequia, Including a Whale Museum; Poisonous Apples; Green Flash # 42; & a Loud Night in the Anchorage; Wednesday, April 1, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 88; Fueling Celebrate, Trillium Dingy Transfer, Snack Shop BBQ and Tsumani Alert; Tuesday, April 1, 2014. Up at 6:00 AM. Throat still sore, nose still running. Started generator at 7:00 AM to recharge batteries. This is something we do usually every morning and every evening for about 2 hours at at time. We only burn about .36 gallons of diesel an hour when we do this, which is not a great amount of fuel. While under sail, we charge our batteries with the hydro generator and wind turbine; and use the generator only if we're going less than 5 knots of boat speed."*****************************Up at 6:00 AM. Started generator. The sun rose over the hills or mountains to the east at 6:44 AM. A nice sight to behold. Breakfast is at 8:15 AM and consists of eggs, sausage. read more...


03/04/2015

Exody - Days 77-82 - Fatu Hiva +Tahuata

Allegro, the last World ARC boat arrived in the delightful (ie first with classic sand, turquoise water,palm trees etc versus black boulders!) Baie Hanamoenoa at the northwest of Tahuata at midnight last night Wednesday 1st April (8 days after ourselves) and all boats here (APlus2, Aretha, ourselves) convened on Makena to give them an early morning welcome before they headed across the channel to Hiva Oa to formally clear in. From the 'viewing platform' of Makena we had a great view of the five local manta rays, a lone turtle and a small school of dolphins. Juno had left early on for the 500 mile crossing to the Tuamotus and we have since been joined here by Ayama and Afar 6.It's been good to reconnect with the front of the fleet and the rear.We plan to leave tonight for an overnight 85. read more...


02/04/2015

Luna Quest - Thursday, 2nd April, 2015

Noon Position: 10.45S 140.21WMeasured run: 88 miles (since departure at 5.30pm on 1.4.15)Despite a dark night and black clouds obliterating any outlines of the island, we arrived in the port of Atuona in Hiva OA at the dead of Sunday night with the help of our chart plotter. We managed to get some 3 hours of sleep into Sunday (29/3/15) to give us just enough energy to re-anchor in daylight as the swell in the port had given us a most uncomfortable rest. We met up with many of the other World ARC participants in the evening for a meal out. On Monday we joined a tour of the island, which took us down many dirt tracks and into tiny settlements, but Hiva OA is probably best remembered for its luscious vegetation and its steep, verdant mountains, where nobody has yet set foot. On Tuesday. read more...


02/04/2015

Sweet Pearl - Azoren --> Barcelona - 6. Tag - Mal schneller, mal langsamer

Mal gehts schneller, mal langsamer. Mal haben wir viel Wind, mal haben wir fast kein Wind. Mal ist es sehr kalt, mal ist es saukalt. Aber mit 4!!! Schichten am Kopf, 6!!! Schichten am Oberkörper, 5!!! Schichten in den Beinen und 4 Schichten an den Füssen trotzen wir der Kälte (Kommentar der Readaktion: keine Übertreibung bei der Schichtenangabe). Jetzt ist es aber Schicht im Schach;-). Liebe Grüsse, Tom. read more...


02/04/2015

White Wave III - Getting ready for the rally

Five Australians + One Canadian + Catalina Morgan 44 = A Recipe for a great crossing!   We’re all getting rather excited about the big sail and the countdown is on. Looking forward to meeting everyone!  See you soon.. read more...


White Wave III - Getting ready for the rally
White Wave III - Getting ready for the rally
01/04/2015

Firefly - Firefly - updated short and long term plans

st1\:*{behavior:url(#default#ieooui) } Firefly is currently moored at the Bay of Islands Marina in Opua and her crew have flown home for a brief spell in ‘Blighty’. Several jobs including the servicing of the sails, replacing the water maker membranes and testing the alternators are underway in Opua and in the UK Paul and Susie are stocking up with the few things that can’t be bought in NZ and at the same time as catching up with family and friends. The short term plan is that we are leaving New Zealand at the beginning of May and will be bound for Tonga, sailing with the Island Cruising Association on the first 2 legs of their Pacific Circuit Rally. Heading north east it is about 750 miles to Minerva Reef where we will stop, anchor and rest before sailing the remaining 300 miles. read more...


01/04/2015

American Spirit II - Day 449; We Leave Tobago Cays and Sail to Bequia Island; Tuesday, March 31, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 87; Breakfast Ashore, Herman Melville, Main Sheet Traveler Car Here, Fueled Boat, Got Butane and Pizza for Dinner; Monday, March 31, 2014. The reference to Herman Melville in the Subject line is that in 1842 he 'jumped ship' while in Nuku Hiva on a whaling vessel. For those that don't know, Melville wrote the classic Moby Dick. A movie by that name had the Captain played by Gregory Peck."*********************Up at 4:18 AM. I stay up to watch the sunrise, hoping for a green flash. The sun rises at 6:04 AM above the clouds on the horizon; so no green flash. I see people on 3 other boats watching the sun rise, also. At 6:10 AM I go back to bed. Up for good at 7:25 AM. I turn the generator on at 7:27 AM; and at 7:30 AM a turtle sticks its head out of the water for me. read more...


01/04/2015

American Spirit II - Day 448; We Leave Union Island and Go to Tobago Cays & Have a Lobster Dinner on a Beach; Monday, March 30, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 86; Arrived in Nuku Hiva, First Sunrise Green Flash and Wifi Day at the Snack Shop; Sunday, March 30, 2014. Mike woke me at 5:30 AM as we were 10 miles from Nuku Hiva. The sun rose at 5:52 AM and for the first time in my life I saw a Green Flash at sunrise. I wasn't looking for the flash, it just happened. Green Flash number 6 on our trip. With sunset at 5:50 PM the night before and sunrise at 5:52 AM the days and nights are equal in time. That's what being near the equator is like."*************************Up at 4:15 AM; then back to bed; up at 6:15 AM; then back to bed; then up for good at 8:00 AM. Joel and I are both suffering from 'Rum Punch Malaise.' A big rain shower is passing by to starboard. We run the generator from 8:45 AM to 10:50 AM; then turn the. read more...


01/04/2015

GarliX - Nuku Hiva - Herzlich Willkommen - wieder ein schönster Tag

31.3.2015 / Marquesas / Nuku Hiva/ Bay de TaioaEs ist eine Bay die an Norwegen erinnert…gut, nicht die Palmen, aber diese unglaublich hohen Berge. Hier fühlt man sich geschützt. Wir machen wieder einmal eine „schönste Wanderung“; haben ein „schönstes Erlebnis“. Wir sind uns einig… es gibt mehrere „Schönste“…was nicht unbedingt heißt, „schöner“ als das letzte „Schönste“. Ihr wisst schon…Endlich wollen wir zu einem Wasserfall wandern; Jens wartet schon so lange drauf. Wir landen mit dem Dingi im Dorf einer Familie und werden begrüßt mit Geschenken. Dicke fette Früchte aus dem „Garten“. Pampelmusen - groß wie Köpfe. Immer wieder diese Freundlichkeit - es ist eine glaubhafte Freude, uns in ihrem zu Hause zu begrüßen. Diesmal sind wir vorbereitet und bringen Schokolade mit; obwohl ich von der. read more...


31/03/2015

Sweet Pearl - Azoren --> Barcelona - 2. Tag - Auf nach "Europa"

Nach dem unglücklichen Hexenschuss von Fritz, sind Alex und ich gestern zu zweit von Ponta Delgada gestartet mit Zielhafen Bracelona (ca. 1550 Seemeilen) - ein Zwischenstopp ist allerdings nicht ausgeschlossen;-). Fritz ist bereits wieder heil zuhause und lässt sein Rücken auskurieren, dem es schon ein bisschen besser geht. Wir wünschen auf jeden Fall auch auf diesem Weg eine gute und schnelle Genesung. Im Moment kommen wir gut voran, allerdings ohne Wind. Das Segelalltagsleben ist bereits eingetreten und heute gibt es Pizza. Liebe Grüsse nach hause, Tom. read more...


31/03/2015

Sweet Pearl - Azoren --> Barcelona - 4. Tag - Und weiter gehts

Der Wind nimmt jetzt ein bisschen zu, leider aus der falschen Richtung, aber das soll sich in 2 Tagen bereits ändern:). Uns gehts sonst gut und wir haben heute eine Haiflosse gesehen, die uns entgegengeschwommen ist. Auch sonst ist eher viel Verkehr im Vergleich zu den vorigen Legs: wir sehen jeden Tag mindestens ein Schiff das Richtung Azoren fährt oder von den Azoren kommt. Cheers, Tom. read more...


31/03/2015

American Spirit II - Day 447; We Tour Union Island; the Dingy Battery Dies; & We Go to Janti's Happy Island for drinks; Sunday, March 29, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 85; Off to Hiva Oa to Pick Up Alex, 5th Green Flash, Two Fish Got Away and Lightning; Saturday, March 29, 2014. 8:00 AM breakfast, followed by letting the air out of the dingy and stowing it below in the v-berth. To let the air out of the dingy we use the electric air pump and suck air out of the dingy. This process is faster than just opening the valves and we actually get more air out by sucking it out with the pump. We weighed anchor at 8:55 AM and headed back for Hiva Oa to pick up World Cruising Club representative Alex. Normally the WCC rep would fly to the next island, but since all the flights between the islands are booked, Alex needed to hitch a ride to get to Nuku Hiva. And we needed him to get there as he was organizing our rendezvous party April. read more...


31/03/2015

American Spirit II - Day 446; We Arrive in Union Island in St. Vincent & the Grenadines; Saturday, March 28, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 84; Hike to 2,000 Foot Waterfall, Another Green Flash and Dinner at II Audeacious; Friday, March 28. 2014. Up at 6:00 AM. Breakfast at 7:00 AM. In the dingy at 7:50 AM to start our three three hour round trip hike to the 2,000 foot waterfall on Fatu Hiva. The 'landing spot' for our dingy was around a jetty that had a concrete pier and a ramp for motor boats to be put into and pulled out of the water. We elected to pull up to the concrete ramp, then lift our dingy with its motor out of the water and onto dry land, high enough to be in no danger of a rising tide. A few minutes later the crew of Follie a Deux arrived, and after disembarking 3 of the 4, Brian dropped a stern anchor, tied up at the pier and climbed up onto terra firma."************************Up at. read more...


30/03/2015

Free & BrEasy - Goat Racing in Tobago

Tobago is a lovely green hilly island with lots of place names that sound familiar to English ears such as Scarborough, Plymouth and Richmond. The Scots and Welsh also had fun as places were called Speyside, Cambletown, Culloden Bay, Stonehaven Bay, Glamorgan and Pembroke. Even the Irish got in with Hillsborough Bay. No wonder we felt at ease in the tropical heat!Arriving in Scarborough, the main port, we were advised by the port authority to anchor close in shore rather nearer to some fishing boats than we liked. After exchanging gesticulations and eventually a radio conversation with a neighbouring boat from Belgium, we realised that they meant, really close in shore. Ten minutes later we learnt why when an enormous ferry smartly executed a handbrake turn just where we were going to. read more...


29/03/2015

Aretha - Fatu Hiva, Marquesa Islands

It’s been 5 days now since we arrived in the Marquesa Islands.I have to say I think we are deeply touched by the warmth of the people here in the Marquesa’s. It’s like nothing we’ve experienced before and it is truly calm and peaceful here. I’ll elaborate more as I write.We arrived and made landfall at 530 am on the 24th March. It’s always stunning to see the mountains rising out of the sea and to smell land again after some 3,000 miles and 20 days at sea. In fact the first thing we noticed was the rich smell of the land as we approached - the smell of vegetation and moisture in the air - so distinctive and evident even before we sighted land.We were welcomed by Makena who helped up lay a stern anchor - in the anchorage, Traitors Bay in Hiva Oa, you need to anchor the bows and stern as. read more...


29/03/2015

Free & BrEasy - Bats and Black Sand

A week on and we are still in Grenada. We have been here so long that we are considering applying for Grenadian Nationality! We now happily catch the minibuses all over the island without a thought for the cramped conditions or our safety due to the manic driving. The small minibuses are, incredibly, designed to hold maximum of 18 passengers, a driver and a shoe-horner. The shoe-horner takes the money, signals to the driver to stop when new victims appear on the roadside and shoehorns them into the seats, trying to exceed the maximum number of passengers! It is a very fast, cheap and environmentally friendly form of mass transport and you never wait more than a few minutes for the next minibus!The new standing rigging now stands proud in its shiny stainless steeliness but alas, the water. read more...