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18/06/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - Lay lady lay, across the still calm bay..........

.....and its pretty calm on the inside of thereception dock.............though it can be a bit bouncy on the outside it seemsat times........ah well, sometimes things work out for us.   So we bid a fond farewell to Jan and Annaliese fromAnna Sophia last night and they set off for Teceira early this morning aftersome two weeks here in Horta - they loved the place. We are beginning to getourselves organised for the next leg - whether Teciera or Ponta Delgada we willdecide in due course. We have taken on a little more fuel and got someprovisions in - we wanted to see whether we could squeeze in a whale watchingtour - nothing this morning, so may be tomorrow. Otherwise it will be when getto the next island.   We are almost ready physically and mentally for theAzores islands - we. read more...


17/06/2014

Firefly - Approaching Fiji

Firefly is sailing down the Nanuku Passage towards Fiji at first light on Wednesday 18th June. Having gybed onto port we are still running goosewinged in 15 knots of wind after a much more comfortable second night at sea - our ETA is about 0300 on Thursday morning. Our port of entry will be Savusavu on Vanua Levu and we are reading up and preparing the entry requirements. This is a free cruising period of the World ARC so the checking into Fiji is down to us for a change.To make things more complicated, Vava'u, Tonga currently has an outbreak of Dengue fever called Chikalunga - fortunately neither ourselves or anyone else we know has contracted anything while we were in Tonga - although it does mean there are some defumigation procedures to go through when we arrive in Fiji. World ARC. read more...


18/06/2014

Persistent Lady - Tuesday, June 17 2014

Just finished cleaning up the galley.Sherrin made an apple coffee cake during her morning watch and today is my day for KP duty. So far she is doing a great job of ‘using every pot in the kitchen’ as Poppa used to accuse Kris of, back in the day.Just kidding dear, only making a little joke, no harm intended, just trying to provide a little levity for the reading audience (I know she can do more damage than that if she is provoked!).There may be no better way to start your day than a cup of coffee, a little coffee cake, and the sea breeze blowing through the cockpit. Well, two out of three is not bad.No sea breeze, just the sound of the diesel engine pushing us along at 6 knots toward our destination.Chris Parker really nailed it when he cautioned us to reserve enough fuel to motor the. read more...


17/06/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - Thank you for the Music - Songs to sing, hum, play the spoons to, bang those pots and wave some flags to

Isn't it nice to be able to open those hatches and let the sunshine in and a nice breeze waft through all the cabins to dry out those far away corners its hard to get to. Yesterday Susan hauled the washing to the laundry and then went and fetched it back and just sat enjoying being surround ed by lovely clean fresh washing - its the small luxuries in life that are so worth it.She was going to join the huge queue for the machines on the marina but thought better of it and thereby had time for a few other little jobs of course.Today after a much earlier night (like about 4 hours) to bed the Peeps were up and at it almost as bright and breezy as normal. Andrew is still finding out what he can't do with out a very painful yelp but did this morning finish our painting on the dock and very. read more...


17/06/2014

American Spirit II - Day 162; First Day of Repair Off to Good Start, and Dinner with Celebrate; Monday, June 15, 2014

Woke up at 4:00 AM. Probably due to having taken a nap late morning to early afternoon today. Before getting out of bed at 7:00 AM I noticed that I had a text message from daughter number 2 - Elizabeth from Tampa, Florida; wishing me a happy Father's Day. Thank you Elizabeth. Her text also stated that her daughter, Kayden, (my grand daughter) and her went to the University of Gainesville for some sort of gymnastics training. Looks like Kayden is taking after her mother, who was an excellent gymnast with national potential when she was young. Angela, daughter number 1; and Kayden also texted me Happy Father Day messages. Thank you Angie and Miss Kayden.Had breakfast of eggs, chilled pear halves and bread.Joel and I met with Yacht Help people at 8:00 AM. Yacht Help is a company that. read more...


17/06/2014

Firefly - Two weeks in Tonga

Firefly's stay in Tonga ended when we checked out of Neiafu, Vava'u on Monday 16th June. We had planned to visit the Haapai Group of islands to the South but the weather forecast never looked right within our timescales so we decided to leave earlier for Fiji and spend more time there exploring the eastern side of the archipelago. During our time in Tonga we found another anchorage, in the lee of Nemoto Island on the eastern fringe of reefs that we rated as highly as the Blue Lagoon. Very remote, crystal clear aquamarine blue water, a fantastic beach and some more eccentric ex pats. The first we didn't meet - but having taken a winding path through the forest to the windward side of the island we found the empty camp of a german who comes and spends years at a time on Nemoto. As well as. read more...


17/06/2014

Persistent Lady - Monday june 16, 2014

Monday June 16, 2014 The sun finally came out about 2:00, still cloudy but can feel the warmth on your skin.Very nice, and the solar panels will be charging.Light wind, under 10 knots, the grib file says to expect about 6 knots but based on observation, I would guess closer to 8, but variable in strength.We are making between 4 and 5.5 knots over the ground based on the GPS, but cannot sail the rhumb line so we are sailing a course about 30 degrees North of the line and are currently located about 10 miles North of it and 350 miles from Gibraltar.Because we are sailing higher than desired we will take longer to get there, but what else do we have to do?Not like we are missing out on the big sale at the mall or anything.When we start motoring we will just point our nose at Gibraltar and. read more...


16/06/2014

Celebrate - Idyllic Yasawa Islands All-Day Explorer Fast Catamaran Ferry Tour Starting in the Mamanuca Islands

Stunning scenery starting with some of the Mamanuca Islands from South Sea Island to Volmo showing steep volcanic cliffs, then we cruised by the remote Yasawa Islands with beautiful white sand beaches and crystal clear lagoons including the famous, "Blue Lagoon".There were cruising sailboats anchored in some of the bays and it was a great opportunity to see where the really good spots to anchor are.It was a long day with check-in at 7:45am at the Port Denarau Marina and returning at 6:30pm, but well worth it for us!Next, Musket Cove...Cathy. read more...


16/06/2014

Ca Canny - Yacht Ca Canny ARC Portugal - Crew Change and loss of our creative blogger

It's is now Monday the 16th of June I think! Steve Chalker has long since left and his stories of Ca Canny's crew will be missed. Farewell, Ohura, Scottie, Bones and Sulu. We have a new crew or nearly - Ian Pringle and BrianHunkin joined in Porto before we sailed to Figueira Da Foz where Tony Frazer joins the crew today.Crew changes are not easy for the crew or the skipper - the team has learnt to work together and bond with the boat and it becomes a bit like a surrogate mother - particularly when the wind is blowing and the waves get bigger. We have all become close to the boat - forged by various experiences: getting a rope wrapped around our prop in Ushant, the loss of the liferaft blown from its cradle in heavy weather ( never needed it anyway), the strong wind warning that turned. read more...


16/06/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - I can see paradise by the nav station light.............

  ............and whilst we may wish all sorts ofthings its actually a couple of bottles of wine from ARC Europe and courtesy ofthe Horta Marina - thanks folks, its most welcome and we are looking forward toimmersing ourselves in your largesse!   So in the spirit of recovery we hiked up the hillto the supermarket yesterday - and very nice it was too - to get a few bits apieces before heading off to Peters Bar to spend our hard earned free drinksvouchers and to use the internet - the marina wifi is non-existent at themoment. Then, its a tough life you know, it was off to Aditi for anevening of conversation and wine along with folks from Low Profile andBeagel - thanks to Paul, Claire and Sophie for hosting a greatevening.   We also caught up with Jan and AnnaLiese who,. read more...


16/06/2014

American Spirit II - Day 161; Rough Ride to Port Denarau Continues & Port Denarau Marina Area is Lovely; Sunday, June 15, 2014

Joel went on watch at 1:00 AM. Since we knew that we'd be making our most trying passage around 4:00 AM, I knew that I wasn't going to get more than 3 hours sleep. During Joel's watch, the wind increased to 27 knots and the waves to 11 feet. Joel woke me at 4:00 AM as we were getting ready to enter Navula Passage. If the wind and current in this passage were contrary, we could be in for a rough ride. But they weren't. Not only did the land knock down the waves, we were riding a 2 knot current with us thru the passage. And the pass had 2 red range lights and a green and red flashing buoy on each side of the pass, so getting in was easy. Different that the US, where when entering a port its 'red, right returning;' outside the US the green buoys are always on the right when entering, not. read more...


15/06/2014

Free & BrEasy - Passage to Fiji

We have arrived on the west coast of Fiji but due to new quarantine regulations we cannot berth at Vuda Marina near Lautoka until we have been fumigated! The 500 mile passage from Tonga was uneventful apart from the constant motoring which gave us all headaches. We went up the mast in Tonga to attach a new type of rope that's reported to be stronger than steel (Dynema), as added security for our damaged shroud, but decided against hoisting the sails, just in case! It worked because here we are in one piece. Hopefully next week we will be able to get both shrouds replaced and be back to sailing fit.Our last job in Neiafu, Tonga was a visit to the vegetable and fruit market. We were greeted with the sight of huge water melons and casavas too big to carry so we concentrated on buying little. read more...


15/06/2014

Celebrate - Delightful All-Day Car Tour of Native Villages & Major Towns while Circling the Main Island of Viti Levu, Fiji

Stellar driving tour of the main island of Fiji, Viti Levu.With many native villages and religious temples along the way, we went from the west coast north to Lautoka through the sugar cane fields and mills, then down the rainforest east coast to the south through the national capital of Suva (a very modern busy city) and back up the west coast through to the airport at Nadi and returning to Port Denarau.Our terrific driver, Kamal, from Rosie's Holiday Tours picked us up at 8am and the tour lasted until 6:30pm.Also, we had a great lunch in Suva, drove past the beautiful Ambassadors homes, Colonial style government buildings and saw the Royal Yacht Club.What a wonderful tour!Cathy  . read more...


15/06/2014

Persistent Lady - Sunday June 15, 2014

Well, it’s overcast again today.Pretty much ever since we installed the solar panels that Kris and D sent us the sun has been hiding.The one day we had full sun, we went 17 hours between charges, which is almost double our average, so we know they work well, just need the sun. Kris andD did a great job of picking out all the small incidental things we needed to install the panels, we literally just opened the box and took out the things we needed, everything was there.THANKS, Kris and D!!!It is a brisk day in shorts and tee shirt; yesterday I was in long johns, sweatshirt and jacket for my 10:00 PM to 3:00 AM watch, but I was not feeling well, alternately freezing and then too warm and a headache.No interest in eating, did not even try the lemon pie.This morning, I feel much better and. read more...


15/06/2014

Shenanigan - Whales and Stowaways

We are now a week into our journey back to Blighty from the Azores. The first few days we enjoyed fabulous sailing before the wind died and the sunvanished. We motored and we motored in search of wind, eventually managing tosail again in a millpond sea.  The still sea meant that we were easily ableto spot lots of whales which appeared all around us. An enormous whale (finwhale we think)surfaced a bit too close for comfort when it came alongside; afabulous sight, but as advised we turned the engine on to deter it especially asit was bigger than the boat! Nothing much else to report until a racing pigeondecided to hitch a lift last night for the night. Christopher spoke to him (?)and tried to feed him.  Brian was flapping his arms and making strangepigeon noises to try and. read more...


Shenanigan - Whales and Stowaways
Shenanigan - Whales and Stowaways
15/06/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - Boat from another planet

Noon position: Well we think we are in Hortastill....   First of all A Happy Father's Day to the Dad's outthere, we hope you have a great day.   After a second night's sleep we are still feeling abit 'spaced' and new aches seem to be appearing, plus the odd bruise we didn'tremember getting but on the whole we have nearly got our land legs back, thoughthey seem to feel heavier at the moment.   We didn't do nearly as much as we thought we wouldyesterday but did wander along to the town to stretch our legs and buy some allimportant paint.  Good to see that the local shop sells small cans of thestuff especially as we had to get two colours to mix....we shall leave it to youto decide which two colours they were. We then had to go back for a littlesiesta before meeting up. read more...


15/06/2014

Aislig Bheag - Still leaving!

Due to multiple teething problems following launch on Friday, we are still at Rhu Marina sorting them out. All New plumbing and electrics making for many challenges. Maybe we shall get away today. Alison. read more...


15/06/2014

Flomaida II - 9.-14.6. Parkplatz Musket Cove

Es gibt sicher schlechtere Park/Warteplätze!Nachdem Christoph den Genuafurler zum zigstenmal repariert hatte (kann er schon im Schlaf und auf dem Kopf mittlerweile!!), die kaputte Lichtmaschine wieder eingebaut war, der Rigger das neue Unterwant eingezogen hatte und dabei die elektrische Winch kaputt gemacht hatte, wollten wir endlich los, um die Tage des Wartens auf Ersatzteile in Musket Cove zu verbringen. Doch da kam der Rigger mit der Polizei und wollte unser Schiff andie Kette legen lassen, bis wir seine KOMPLETTE Rechnung bezahlt ist. Wir wollten ihn bezahlen minus der Ersatzteile für die zerstörte Winch. Seine Version auch der Polizei gegenüber: Wir seien dabei gewesen, als ergearbeitet hatte (was nicht stimmte), und wir hätten mit dem Hammer auf die Winch gehauen!Wir könnten. read more...


14/06/2014

Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze

Fishing has been pretty good on our crossing with ARC-Europe. We have put in the line the water only a few times on each crossing and lucky were enough to fill our table with delicious meal provided by the sea. Just on this last crossing to Lagos, we fished only monday and tuesday and then stop since our freezer (please read stomach!) was full! We had Mahi Mahi, Wahoo and tons of Tuna?It was taking us an average of two hours per fish from the time of the byte, cleaning and preparing the fish and finally CLEAN and SCRUB the cockpit!...but it was all worth it.Below you will find a picture sample of what we have caught (and eaten!) on the high seas. We will also give you an idea of the kind of meals we had crossing to Europe...We also caught 2 birds...yes yes birds!!!...but we will refrain. read more...


14/06/2014

American Spirit II - Day 160; Tonga Customs Issue Resolved and a Rough Ride to Port Denarau; Saturday, June 14, 2014

Up at 6:20 AM. Breakfast me only. Eggs and bread. At 7:20 AM Joel drove me in the dingy to the yacht club, where I went to get a cab to go to the Customs office in downtown Suva. Getting a cab was difficult because every taxi cab that passed by out front was occupied already. I finally got one. Traffic was really heavy, like rush hour on a weekday, because today was market day and everyone was going downtown to buy fruits and vegetables. The market was right adjacent to where I was going, which didn't help in my getting there any faster. I got to the Customs office before 8:00 AM, and no one was there. 9:00 AM,no one there. 9:30 AM,no one there. Finally, a lower level employee arrived and let me into the office around 10:00 AM. No matter. I had already talked to Lisa from the Tropicana. read more...


Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
14/06/2014

Morning Haze - Pictures from Morning Haze

Did you ever see a "Portuguese Man-o-war? Rebecca took a picture for you during leg #2image. image. image. image. image. image. image. read more...


Morning Haze - Pictures from Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Pictures from Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Pictures from Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Pictures from Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Pictures from Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Pictures from Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Pictures from Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Pictures from Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Pictures from Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Pictures from Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Pictures from Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Pictures from Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Pictures from Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Pictures from Morning Haze
14/06/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - By the time we got to Horta...........

By the time we got to Horta We can tell you our aorta Had danced a jig and kicked its heels withglee. Susan's glutteous maximus and Andrew ribs still afuss Were all relieved after 16 days atsea.   Well we wobbled ashore - thats the only way todescribe our odd walk which is partly swagger, partly stagger and partly movingin anticipation that a wave is on its way, only it isn't! So we appear to wobblearound as we try to move from one piece of solid ground to another. Takes awhile to overcome!  After a short recovery we wobbled up to Peter's Barfor a quick meal before falling into bed and sleeping for nearly 12hours straight. We said hello to Paul and Clairefrom Aditi, with whom we had exchanged e-mails during the crossing, and to Janand AnnaLiesse from Anna Sophia whom we. read more...


14/06/2014

Zoonie - Bayona to Pavoa de Varzim and on to Porto

40:55.2N 008:44.3W  Is the spot we have just passed as we motor,without wind towards  Figueira da Foz at 6 knots and in thick fog. Rob ison watch and has just spotted some weary racing pigeons, sitting exhausted onthe water.   Our departure time this morning was in doubt as we couldn’t even see theother side of the river. Andrew decided on a review meeting at 11.00 as the fogextended all the way down the coast where we are going. Five minutes later thefog cleared in the harbour and we were ready for the off. A strong last twohours of the ebbing tide meant we had to motor astern firmly against it and oneyacht did have a problem , impaling itself on the bow sprit of a gulet typetourist boat.   Going back a little, we left Bayona on the 11th after a constructive dayspent. read more...


14/06/2014

Starship - Last-Leg-2-Lagos (FINISH)

SUN:Super Wetter, Wind und .... RUN: ... wir setzen den Parasailor in der untergehenden Sonne – alsGennaker – zusätzlich zum Großsegel. Wir wollen noch einmal so richtig Metermachen. Absoluter Wahnsinn. 184 sm gutgemachte Distanz in 24 Stunden.FUN: Foto-Finish nach 5 Tagen 12 Stunden 43 Minuten und 43 Sekunden. Duckund Morning Haze sind nur wenige Meter hinter uns, dann kommen Bonnie Lass, SeaEagle und Reberth. Unglaublich. Und wir sind einmal mehr superglücklich.. read more...


14/06/2014

Celebrate - Haul Out, Westin Resort Stay, Back in the Water & the Aukland to Fiji Race boats at Port Denarau, Fiji...

Haul out at Port Denarau was perfect for our boat repairs, new bottom paint & waxing the hull & topsides.Also, it was a great excuse for a lovely stay at the Westin Resort nearby.Now, we are back in the water and several other Rally boats are coming & going like Flomaida, Dinghy & Hebe.Also, the Aukland to Fiji Race boats are arriving at the marina.This is New Zealand's premier ocean race with gold-plated ocean boats and the first one arrived yesterday afternoon.As the crew left the boat, it seemed like there were thirty beefy guys to do the sailing.How nice!Cathy. read more...


14/06/2014

Persistent Lady - Thursday, June 12

Sherrin was making a pie this morning during her morning watch.She has promised us an Eagle Brand Lemon pie and a chocolate pecan pie before we arrive in Gibraltar.Jake and I are secretly hoping for the lemon pie because it will require refrigeration and we don’t have room in the fridge for it.We have planned out a pie eating contest; save one slice for Sherrin and split the rest.Then set a timer and the first one to yell “DONE” wins.Can’t wait!However, the fresh water pump is not working and right now Jake and I will have to attend to that.Sherrin asked us to get the Karo syrup out of the bilge while we were down there, so I think we will have chocolate pecan pie today.Not a bad choice, as it is one of my absolute favorite pies, but no pie eating contest.The pump turned out to be bad.It. read more...


13/06/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - All the way to Horta

N38:31:033 W28:44:001   GPS miles to go: 0, Zero, Nada, None, zilch, nilpoint, nothing yipeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee   Boat Miles done: 1842   Yabba dabba doo we are here.   We arrived in the harbour here about 11.30 thismorning and anchored for a time as the office shut at 12 and the reception dockwas busy.. Boo hoo we thought as we now had to get the anchor sorted and thenthe dinghy off the deck and into the water and then fingers crossed the outboardwould work.  But first back to last night.  We had awonderful afternoon enjoying the sunshine and doing a couple of little jobs whenwe weren't on the wheel.  We had lamb for tea and very tasty it was too.Andrew then bought up the large scale chart of the Azores and there was ourlatest position fix. read more...


13/06/2014

Defyr - Towards Lagos: ALMOST THERE

We are only 50nm from the Finnish line. We are hitting the traffic separation area for big ships and we are gladly finding a good corridor to pass all the boats. We needed to alter a course for one, but I hope that is all!image.. read more...


Defyr - Towards Lagos: ALMOST THERE
Defyr - Towards Lagos: ALMOST THERE

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