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24/06/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - We are waiting, we are waiting........

Well here we are once again in a cloudy andovercast Ponta Delgada with the bustling container ships and bulk carriersbehind us and a partially full marina around us. We have sort of recovered andare now getting a few jobs done before looking for a weather window to head toSanta Maria, some 60 miles SE of here and then set off for the last, fairlylong leg to Lagos. Hopefully the winds will be kind in the next fewweeks!   Today has been getting on with jobs day -replensihing the water tanks, cleaning the boat, putting away all the wetweather gear, and waiting for the fridge repair man - yes its gone again. Why weare not sure as all the indicator lights say everything is ok, but its notgetting cold, so it isn't working correctly - compressor, refridgerant....wedon't know. The. read more...


24/06/2014

Aislig Bheag - 15th - 23rd June Alison's blog update

Ship’s log Rhu to Newlyn 15th – 18th June 2014We haven’t had the opportunity to add to our blog since leaving home but here is a synopsis of the journey so far.We attempted to leave from our launch date, Friday 13th June, probably not a good day to leave anyway! Finally got away from Rhu on the Gareloch at 17.30 on Sunday 15th with six of us on board.  John and myself, Eilidh, Megan, Tony and Derek.  Sailed with light winds behind us carrying us south and commenced our four hour watch system.  I was on watch with Derek as we sailed past Ailsa Craig around 3am, a huge dark tower of rock rising vertically from the sea. It’s hard to believe people lived their entire lives on such a small inhospitable island.  We had many a laugh over the three day passage to Newlyn in. read more...


24/06/2014

American Spirit II - Day 169; Another Slow Day in Port Denarau Marina; Monday, June 23, 2014

Up at 7:35 AM. Coffee and breakfast.I left the boat at 10:00 AM to go book some excursions when daughter Angela and husband Chet arrive June 29. Then was able to get our mooring assignment extended 3 more days. Getting the extension was huge. Would have complicated matters if we had to leave our mooring ball before we were ready to do so. Joel picked up the mainsail from the sail loft and we headed back to the boat. Once at the boat we put up the mainsail. Not as easy as it sounds. We had to attached two shackles to the head and foot of the sail first. These shackles were to be placed inside of the mast. Performing this procedure (getting the shackle pins into the shackle while its in the mast) is a task that needs to be done perfectly. If the shackle pin or shackle itself is allowed to. read more...


23/06/2014

Nexus - After a few wonderful days in the Bay of Islands, off the Fulaga Atoll!

We've had a few wonderful days here in the Bay of Islands exploring the area and meeting new people. There are two other American boats here with us, one was a 62' Selene trawler with John and Kathy called Mystic Moon from San Francisco, and the other a 63' Deerfoot named Kailani with Harley, Jen and their 6 year old daughter Sophia, from San Diego. We had everyone on NEXUS for sundowners and had a great evening. John was the manufacturing VP for Edy's Ice Cream before Nestles bought them out...alas he said he didn't have any on board...not sure we believed him! We spent a couple days exploring the islands with Kailani on our dingy, taking extended trips around the islands and poking between the limestone towers into little blue lagoons enjoying the coral, birds and scenery. We've. read more...


23/06/2014

Ca Canny - Ca Canny ARC Portugal - Blue Peter Mural

The result of our artistry in Oeiras on the harbour wall - my wife commented that it was "very nice but it is a bit Blue Peter in style" ( a long running children's Programme on the BBC)Viking inspired mural - Ca Canny is a Swedish boat ( Najad) and the name Means Go Carefully in Gaelic. Not sure how the Cornish flag got into the picture but we have a Cornishman aboard. Needless to say we didn't win the competition!Geoff Ca Cannyphoto. read more...


Ca Canny - Ca Canny ARC Portugal - Blue Peter Mural
Ca Canny - Ca Canny ARC Portugal - Blue Peter Mural
Ca Canny - Ca Canny Mural ARC Portugal
Ca Canny - Ca Canny Mural ARC Portugal
23/06/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - Starlight Express

N37:44:283 W25:39:880   We arrived in Ponta Delgarda, San Miguel, at 11amthis morning after a terrific motor sail from Horta.  We had a little windbut not enough to keep us going with out the engine on but in a combination ofpower we were able to truck along quite nicely indeed and so covered the 150.89miles dock to dock in 14 hours, a very respectable time for us.  For anyone reading this on our blog you will noticewe have now closed the circle of flags from our last visit here....yabba dabbadoo.   Most of the way the water was pretty flat too andit made for excellent dolphin spotting opportunities and we saw no less that 10different pods of dolphins yesterday afternoon with about half of them comingalong side to enjoy our bow wave.  The water was so incredibly. read more...


Andromeda V - VUDA MARINA
Andromeda V - VUDA MARINA
Andromeda V - VUDA MARINA
Andromeda V - VUDA MARINA
22/06/2014

Andromeda V - Fiji

Proseguimos la escrituraHemos llegado a Fiji, la navegada fue bastante buena, hicimos la ruta más larga para librar islas y atolones. Se nos rompió la vela mayor, una raja en la baluma casi desde el palo. Ahora reparar junto con la otra mayor que está muy descaminada y un re pasillo al Génova. Cosas de la vida.Ahora Andromeda está en seco lo van a pintar los "bajos" para poder entrar en Australia sin problemas. Lo han plantado en tierra como los tomates, ya os enseñaremos fotos, es un a forma muy curiosas de defenderse de los ciclonesLa próxima semana vuelve al agua y retomamos la navegación y para primeros de julio comienza la siguiente travesía Jorge. read more...


22/06/2014

American Spirit II - Day 168; Slow Day in Port Denarau Marina; Sunday June 22, 2014

It's Saturday in the US, Sunday here.Up at 7:50 AM. Coffee followed by breakfast of scrambled eggs, 'breakfast sausage' (no idea what type of meat is in it - label doesn't say or too small to read) and chilled mandarin oranges with cut up bananas. Watched life boats from the cruise ship Pacific Pearl, registered in London, drop off passengers at our dingy dock. This continued all day long until 5:00 PM. We couldn't see the cruise ship because they were anchored around a point of land. Low clouds, overcast. Cool due to no sun. I spent the morning talking to daughters and Janet back in the US on my cheap Fijian phone. Costs only $.10 per minute to call the US; versus $3.20 to my AT&T phone. Minor work projects today. Joel used acetone and diesel fuel to clean off the tape residue from. read more...


22/06/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - Oh what a beautiful morning.......

N38:21:021  W28:11:484   .....oh what a beautiful morning it was as we leftHorta in lovely sunshine and calm seas. We left at 7am with some assistance fromthe crew of Low Profile, an ARC 2013 yacht, who are heading north in the nextfew days back to sunny UK (?!).  Last night we said goodbye to Paul, Claire andSophie from Aditi, with whom we had exchanged e-mails on the trip to Horta,though they left from St. Maarten and did not go via Bermuda. They are alsoplanning to head north and get back to the UK, but are in no real hurry to do soat the moment. We wish both boats a good sail on a tricky passage at the best oftimes.   After saying farewell we had a final drink inPeter's Bar and then headed back to Andromeda for an early night notwithstanding the live music from. read more...


22/06/2014

American Spirit II - Day 167; Haircut, Groceries, Laundry, Mast Climbing and Infection Update; Saturday, June 21, 2014

7:55 AM Up. Coffee then breakfast: scrambled eggs, chilled pear halves and bread.10:45 AM. At hair salon for haircut. Maybe the quickest hair cut I've ever had. 10 minutes? Wish I'd timed it. No shave back of neck and side burns , like is customary at home. Short. Not military short, but short. Cost 25 Fijian dollars, or about $12.50 US. Joel got haircut after me, and the same lady gave him a shampoo first. Same charge - 25 Fijian dollars. Go figure. I think Joel's curly hair scarred the barber. Female barber. On way back to boat stopped at grocery store. Bought sirloin steaks, chicken, 'American' hot dogs (which cost as much as the sirloin steaks), mandarin oranges in a large can (bought 3 of them - hard to find), BBQ sauce and fruit: pears, apples and bananas. We already had plenty of. read more...


Flomaida II - ....das darf natürlich nicht fehlen dazu
Flomaida II - ....das darf natürlich nicht fehlen dazu
Flomaida II - Gemütliche Bar im Octopus Resort
Flomaida II - Gemütliche Bar im Octopus Resort
Flomaida II - Navigation durch die Riffe der Yasawa Islands
Flomaida II - Navigation durch die Riffe der Yasawa Islands
Flomaida II - Beim Besuch mit Cavawurzel bei der Klanchefin ( rechts) war die Tageszeitung dann doch interessanter
Flomaida II - Beim Besuch mit Cavawurzel bei der Klanchefin ( rechts) war die Tageszeitung dann doch interessanter
Flomaida II - Meine Lollies sind immer wieder ein Highlight für die Kinder
Flomaida II - Meine Lollies sind immer wieder ein Highlight für die Kinder
Flomaida II - Im Luxus Resort Musket Cove auf Malolo Lailai Island werden die Gäste eingeflogen- Maike und Mizi finden das sehr Schild witzig!
Flomaida II - Im Luxus Resort Musket Cove auf Malolo Lailai Island werden die Gäste eingeflogen- Maike und Mizi finden das sehr Schild witzig!
Flomaida II - Das unglaublich transparente Wasser.....
Flomaida II - Das unglaublich transparente Wasser.....
Flomaida II - Blaue Lagune, da wurde der Film gedreht mit Booke Shields!! Sie ist wirklich intensiv blau!
Flomaida II - Blaue Lagune, da wurde der Film gedreht mit Booke Shields!! Sie ist wirklich intensiv blau!
Flomaida II - Mmmmhhhhh Fisch im Bananenblatt auf Fijiart mit Cocos- und Vanillesauce
Flomaida II - Mmmmhhhhh Fisch im Bananenblatt auf Fijiart mit Cocos- und Vanillesauce
Flomaida II - Inselhopping zu Fuß bei Niedrigwasser
Flomaida II - Inselhopping zu Fuß bei Niedrigwasser
Flomaida II - Die extrem schöne und sichere Ankerbucht in Musket Cove
Flomaida II - Die extrem schöne und sichere Ankerbucht in Musket Cove
Flomaida II - Bei der Cava Zeremonie- eigentlich schmeckt es nach nix, aber Maike und Christoph haben trotzdem Spaß
Flomaida II - Bei der Cava Zeremonie- eigentlich schmeckt es nach nix, aber Maike und Christoph haben trotzdem Spaß
Flomaida II - Dagmar nun mit Profiwerkzeug am Werk, dank Maike
Flomaida II - Dagmar nun mit Profiwerkzeug am Werk, dank Maike
Flomaida II - Cava Wurzel muss gekauft werden als Geschenk für Besuche auf den Inseln- der Klanchef bekommt es, eingewickelt in der neuesten Tageszeitung, die ihm offensichtlich wichtiger war als die Wurzel)
Flomaida II - Cava Wurzel muss gekauft werden als Geschenk für Besuche auf den Inseln- der Klanchef  bekommt es, eingewickelt in der neuesten Tageszeitung, die ihm offensichtlich wichtiger war als die Wurzel)
Flomaida II - Markt in Nadi- buntes Durcheinander, aber wenig Ausbeute
Flomaida II - Markt in Nadi- buntes Durcheinander, aber wenig Ausbeute
Flomaida II - Geschäftiges Gewusel beim Einkauf
Flomaida II - Geschäftiges Gewusel beim Einkauf
Flomaida II - Maike und Lisa mit ihren "Lieblingen" in der Denerau Marina
Flomaida II - Maike und Lisa mit ihren
Flomaida II - Abschleppen vor dem Riff der Einfahrt in die Bay der Denerau Marina (7Std für 20 Meilen)
Flomaida II - Abschleppen vor dem Riff der Einfahrt in die Bay der Denerau Marina (7Std für 20 Meilen)
Flomaida II - trotz der Abschlepparie haben wir Augen für die wunderschönen ersten Eindrücke von Viti Levu/Fiji- Farben und die sanften Hügel erinnern an die Toscana.
Flomaida II - trotz der Abschlepparie haben wir Augen für die wunderschönen ersten Eindrücke von Viti Levu/Fiji- Farben und die sanften Hügel erinnern an die Toscana.
Flomaida II - .....allerdings diese Abendstimmung gibt es nur auf dem Meer
Flomaida II - .....allerdings diese Abendstimmung gibt es nur auf dem Meer
22/06/2014

Free & BrEasy - Fiji World Cup Blues

Disaster has struck. Both Spain and England are out of the World Cup. The crew of Free & BrEasy can hardly believe it. Even The boats mascot, Pedro the Polar Bear, is depressed. Have we come half way round the world to be treated so painfully by our National teams? We were looking forward to a Spain vs England final and the creative tension this would bring to the boat! Here we are in Fijian heaven and we are sorrowful. Even the Fijian national team lost an important rugby match (the national sport) against Samoa. To complete our story, the repairs to the rigging are taking longer than we thought and nothing is straight forward. New fittings have to delivered from New Zealand and Roger is becoming concerned to say the least.We started off so well with a peaceful "bob" outside Vuda. read more...


Spirit III - Wall Painting Activity
Spirit III - Wall Painting Activity
Spirit III - Wall Painting Activity
Spirit III - Wall Painting Activity
Spirit III - Wall Painting Activity
Spirit III - Wall Painting Activity
Spirit III - Wall Painting Activity
Spirit III - Wall Painting Activity
Spirit III - Wall Painting Activity
Spirit III - Wall Painting Activity
21/06/2014

Spirit III - Portuguese Ice-creams

It is hard to believe that we have been on the way from Plymouth 3 weeks tomorrow!Time has flown by, sailing, socialising, checking out a variety of different Portuguese marinas and sampling as usual the ice-cream on offer in this part of the world!The sailing has relaxed somewhat with very variable wind but a much calmer sea state which has suited Spirit III well and we have been flying along at times. The wind has still had far too much South in it and therefore our sailing to windward habit (that happened all last year as well) seems to have continued!However, we have tried to sail as much as possible and it is great that it has been warm and sunny for most of it as well.We are hoping for 2 more great days sailing as we sail towards Lagos.The social side of the rally is fab both on. read more...


21/06/2014

Zoonie - Pictures update

Zoonie Dive time Garrety Nikita Porto in fog Remedy Seclusion Tuk tuk tour. read more...


Zoonie - Tuk Tuk tour
Zoonie - Tuk Tuk tour
Zoonie - Seclusion
Zoonie - Seclusion
Zoonie - Remedy
Zoonie - Remedy
Zoonie - Porto in fog
Zoonie - Porto in fog
Zoonie - Nikita
Zoonie - Nikita
Zoonie - Garetty
Zoonie - Garetty
Zoonie - Dive Time
Zoonie - Dive Time
21/06/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - Sunshine of your Horta

Here we are on our last day in Faial, we were awake early again this morning, a good sign that we are recovered from the journey here.After a leisurely couple of cups of tea and a Saturday morning read in bed, (oh I do miss the newspaper everyday - and checking on line is just not the same....still maybe I shall treat myself to a subscription once we get somewhere with relaible internet) we went to get a bit more fuel just to be sure. This time we timed it just right and there was no delay in filling our cans. Next stop was to get the gas refilled as inspite of carrying several different containers when we changed over to the 'St. Lucia' filled one a few days ago we didn't think there would be a problem as it is a big tank, however when we had all the trouble with the regulator a bit of. read more...