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15/07/2014

American Spirit II - Day 189; Cathedrale du Sacre-Coeur & Dinner with Meryln of Poole; Sunday, July 13, 2014

Up at 7:00 AM to go to the Sunday Catholic Church services at the Cathedrale du Sacre-Coeur. My driver, Wesley, was supposed to pick me up at 7:45 AM. However, by 7:50 AM he wasn't here so I took another taxi. Wesley called me 10 minutes later,but...if you snooze you lose. I got to the cathedral at 7:55 AM, and only then saw on the sign in front of the church that the services started at 8:30 AM. No problem. I'd brought my Kindle. It was a large church. I'm not sure of what classifies a church as a cathedral. The cathedral was organized into 4 seating sections; the benches were wooden and bolted to a colored concrete floor. There were no kneel boards. During the services if you were to kneel, it was onto the concrete floor. The church was 75% full by the time the services started; with. read more...


15/07/2014

Santa Maria - alive and kickin?

After having given up all hopes, we finally found a Swedish mechanic which might be able to mend the broken bolts fixing the engine in the machine room, later this evening we'll know more. The crew has been spinning around different exit scenarios, as some of us would leave in Tallin anyway. Personally I'm on four more legs, and would very much like to join the fleet again, at a moment I even thought of asking for a ride with Jubilare, which we met here in Byxelkrok.  This remained a thought, as they left for Visby at 5:30amThen I found it very reassuring to hear from WCC in the UK, they were actively involved in looking for possible alternatives for us to continue our adventure.At the moment, we keep our fingers crossed, this evening we have another piece of information, allowing. read more...


15/07/2014

Tomanita II - Visby

Vi fick en tuff segling från Rönne med start 07.00 Med 10-12 m/s motvind över Hanöbukten så vi blåstes upp mot Hanö. Efter fortsatt hård kryss med två rev i storen och revad fock kom vi ifatt en medtävlare vid Utklippan,men han gjorde inte mer än 5 knop och vi över 8 så det gick fort förbi. Mycket regn på kväll och natt. Hörde på radion att några skulle gå in till Karlskrona. I morgondis,regn och hård kryss givk vi in under Ölandsbron och kom sen in till Visby kl. 22; ingen där! Någon timme senare dök Dynamic express 50upp och undrade hur vi kunde vara här. Ytterligare några tim senare kom Hanse 50 och Swede Yacht 45 mfl stora båtar in. Kul att en så liten båt som vår jolle kom först(kul för oss). Pga kryss blev det 300Nm på 39 tim. Sov gott...Nu har vi fått vår Amerikan ombord så det. read more...


15/07/2014

Starblazer - 15/07/2014 - Must do better.

I am so sorry that I haven't written a log for two weeks, somehow the time has disappeared and we have done quite a lot in the intervening days.I'm sure my Report Card would read 'Must do better' under the subject 'Communications'We finally received an e-mailed copy of the missing paperwork early Wednesday afternoon so cast off to make our way to the rendez-vous at Musket Cove.It was great to catch up with friends whom we hadn't seen for several weeks but also sad to have to say goodbye to them. At the dinner on Thursday evening we were given a plaque to record Starblazer's participation in World ARC 2014/15, our final event of the rally.We join up next year with the World ARC 2015/16 rally.On Friday, a day earlier than planned because of a threatened weather system near Vanuatu, the. read more...


14/07/2014

Firefly - Experiences on Beqa

Firefly was anchored in Vaga Bay on Beqa for just 2 days but during this time we had some interesting experiences. In the previous posting we described the Sevusevu ceremony at Neiseuseu Village and Rosy's day of teaching at the adjacent Nacema Village.While Rosy was teaching Paul was invited by Seroe, the villager who had clearly been appointed too look after us, to walk to Nacema Village. At low tide it was possible to walk along the beautiful beach out around the headland, passing a couple of small resorts. Throughout Fiji we have seen a lot of idyllic holiday locations but there often seems to be very low occupancy - possibly as there are so many. These were no different with just one Aussie couple staying at the first and no guests visible at all at the second. A '5 star' resort on. read more...


14/07/2014

Jennie B - ARC Baltic - Bornholm to Visby, Gotland

After being wind bound, too much of it from the wrong direction, we finally set off towards Visby at 0400 on Sunday 13th July.We were in a group that were almost the last to leave as we waited for the wind to go westerly andcarry us on our way.It went west with a vengeance and we had a rollicking down wind sail towards the south end of Oland.Several boats, including us, decided to go up the Kalmar Sound as the sea would be flatter in there - false hope.Eventually the seas and wind did calm down as we neared Kalmar.We stopped for a few hours in Kalmar to meet up with yacht Jubilare and to get some sleep and set off again this morning aiming to reach Visby this evening to join the rest of the fleet. Paul & Elaine. read more...


13/07/2014

American Spirit II - Day 188; Work Day in Efate, Vanuatu; Saturday, July 12, 2014

As a follow up to our visit to the volcano in Tanna, Vanuatu on Wednesday, July 9; the name of the volcano is Yasur. I neglected to mention that in the July 9 log. Yasur is one of twelve volcanoes in Vanuatu. Six of these volcanoes are 'aerial' and the rest 'submarine.' The volcano is 365 meters high (1,423 feet). 'The Yasur volcano is one of the most accessible and certainly the most spectacular volcano on the planet,' so says Michel Massat in his book The Yasur Volcano. What makes Yasur so unique is that you can stand at the lip and top of the crater; the volcanic activity is a mere 200 - 300 yards away; and the guttural, rhythmic, and bone penetrating sound that the volcano makes is perhaps its most outstanding feature. Though usually harmless, a tourist was killed by a falling rock. read more...


13/07/2014

Santa Maria - Leaving the ARC Baltic fleet

Having seen every part of Bornholm, looking at the weather forecast, knowing that we would belong to the last boats, when the fleet finally would leave harbor, we were eager to leave Rønne.Altogether it was clear that we would leave Rønne Friday morning, another important aspect, was the World Cup final in Rio on Sunday. Thus we were looking for a harbor with flat screen on Sunday evening. The passage was dominated by sunny weather and strong winds, and as we reached the right longitude, we went straight north and arrived Hanö in the loveliest sunset, the whole crew was enjoying the passage, we were pleased to meet Salt and buoyed alongside.06:20 we left direction east around 15:00 the rain set in, the wind was still frisk which made up for Neptune's change of mood, for a while. At 21:45. read more...


Santa Maria - Leaving the ARC Baltic fleet
Santa Maria - Leaving the ARC Baltic fleet
12/07/2014

Firefly - Beqa and Kaduga

Its Sunday 13th July and Firefly is anchored off Yanuca Island within the Beqa Lagoon - its beautiful, but this was not our intended destination.A few days back Rosy had her 7th consecutive day of surfing near Tavarua Island. Having spent a rolly night anchored there we were up early and as we motored towards Cloudbreak we spotted a whale, swimming in the direction of the break - it was blowing and visible but we did not get close enough to identify it - however, the day before Humpbacks had been seen by other boats. There was no wind and Cloudbreak looked stunning, busy with surfers and a flotilla of small boats, milling just outside the waves that had bought the surfers out to the reef. After a couple of hours we picked Rosy up in the dinghy and started our planned passage to the Lau. read more...


12/07/2014

Zoonie - Aida and the not so Old Man of The Sea

Aida was born on the island but then her parents moved to Boston, USA whereher father learned English at the University and worked in the maintenance dept.before setting up a fish market with a friend.   He returned to the island and started a restaurant in Maia, another ribbonsettlement facing the east Atlantic. His wife hoped they might retire and takeit easy but in fact they ended up working even harder and ran the popularrestaurant on well water and generator electricity.   Aida’s father’s nickname was Il Grota so that is what he called his prideand joy. He loved to create his own dishes and Aida was pleased to serve us twobowls of his famous fish soup. He bought his fish early in the morning, as doesAida today, from the local fishermen who would later come and have their. read more...


Till - Bornholm - Departure for Visby
Till - Bornholm - Departure for Visby
Till - Bornholm - Watching the shipping forecast
Till - Bornholm - Watching the shipping forecast
Till - Bornholm - The port of Gudhjem is closed
Till - Bornholm - The port of Gudhjem is closed
Till - Bornholm - Fishing boat escorted by seagulls
Till - Bornholm - Fishing boat escorted by seagulls
Till - Bornholm - ARC flags in the Southern Harbour
Till - Bornholm - ARC flags in the Southern Harbour
Till - Bornholm - Port entrance of Rönne at 5:30 am
Till - Bornholm - Port entrance of Rönne at 5:30 am
12/07/2014

Zoonie - Zoonie in Santa Maria - 'car' day 1

The Azores are part of the Atlantic Ridge mountains that extend 10,000miles down from north to south and are twice as wide as the Andes. The centralpart rises 5000 – 10,000 feet above the seafloor with another mile to go abovethe summits to reach sea-level. The peaks that do reach the vision of marinersform island groups including the Azores, the Rocks of St Paul, Ascension Island,Tristan da Cunha, Gough and Bouvet. In places if you stepped more than a fewfeet from the shores you would be lost in a half mile depth of water!   While Pico island, with its same named peak, rises 27,000 feet above theocean floor, its upper 7000-8000 feet showing and is the highest in the group,Santa Maria can boast the oldest town. Only two weeks after its civicinauguration in 1460  privateers from. read more...


Zoonie - Latest Photos, blog to follow
Zoonie - Latest Photos, blog to follow
Zoonie - Latest Photos, blog to follow
Zoonie - Latest Photos, blog to follow
Zoonie - Latest Photos, blog to follow
Zoonie - Latest Photos, blog to follow
Zoonie - Latest Photos, blog to follow
Zoonie - Latest Photos, blog to follow
Zoonie - Latest Photos, blog to follow
Zoonie - Latest Photos, blog to follow
Zoonie - Latest Photos, blog to follow
Zoonie - Latest Photos, blog to follow
Zoonie - Latest Photos, blog to follow
Zoonie - Latest Photos, blog to follow
Zoonie - Latest Photos, blog to follow
Zoonie - Latest Photos, blog to follow
Zoonie - Latest Photos, blog to follow
Zoonie - Latest Photos, blog to follow
Zoonie - Latest Photos, blog to follow
Zoonie - Latest Photos, blog to follow
Zoonie - Latest Photos, blog to follow
Zoonie - Latest Photos, blog to follow
Zoonie - Latest Photos, blog to follow
Zoonie - Latest Photos, blog to follow
Zoonie - Latest Photos, blog to follow
Zoonie - Latest Photos, blog to follow
Zoonie - Latest Photos, blog to follow
Zoonie - Latest Photos, blog to follow
Zoonie - Latest Photos, blog to follow
Zoonie - Latest Photos, blog to follow
Zoonie - Latest Photos, blog to follow
Zoonie - Latest Photos, blog to follow
Zoonie - Latest Photos, blog to follow
Zoonie - Latest Photos, blog to follow
Zoonie - Latest Photos, blog to follow
Zoonie - Latest Photos, blog to follow
Zoonie - Latest Photos, blog to follow
Zoonie - Latest Photos, blog to follow
Zoonie - Latest Photos, blog to follow
Zoonie - Latest Photos, blog to follow
Zoonie - Latest Photos, blog to follow
Zoonie - Latest Photos, blog to follow
Zoonie - Latest Photos, blog to follow
Zoonie - Latest Photos, blog to follow
Zoonie - Latest Photos, blog to follow
Zoonie - Latest Photos, blog to follow
Zoonie - Latest Photos, blog to follow
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Zoonie - Latest Photos, blog to follow
Zoonie - Latest Photos, blog to follow
Zoonie - Latest Photos, blog to follow
11/07/2014

Celebrate - Active Volcano Tour at Sunset & Village Welcome in Tanna, Vanuatu!!

WOW!! Standing at the rim of an active volcano is something not to be missed!!Adrenaline rushes in you as the Mount Yasur cauldron spews up glowing lumps of lava at sunset from two places.A stunningly beautiful sight!! A lovely, lovely welcome from the villagers complete with coconut milk served in coconuts, gifts for us made out of intricately woven leaves and grasses for hats, handbags, and sachels holding fruits & flowers.Also, there was singing & dancing and a tasty buffet dinner.We felt so warmly welcomed!!Next:Port Vila, VanuatuCathy. read more...


11/07/2014

Longbow of Argyll - Baltic log 3 - a Bornholm interlude

We have spent 4 days and 4 nights on Bornholm, one day longer than expected due to strong winds in exactly the wrong direction. But hopefully tomorrow (Saturday) we will be on our way, with gallons of ginger tea at the ready to combat the bouncy waves.Bornholm is a fabulous holiday destination with plenty to keep the whole crew happy: stunning white sand beaches with clear blue water, shopping of all types, 1 billion years of rock history, some Bronze Age human history,a fabulous art museum, an extremely knowledgeable coach driver called Kim, great bakeries and coconut ice cream to die for.Due to the wind direction we have been based at the main harbour in Ronne, next to the ferry terminal, rather than in the much smaller, picturesque harbour at Svaneke. However having seen the crush of. read more...


11/07/2014

Hanse Sailor - Log Day 5 - Chores and farewells

After a day off touring Bornholm and the north western harbour villages, we knuckled down to practise our splicing - ending up with all sorts of odd shaped bits of rope in the cockpit. More usefully, some springers were completed and the dinghy hoist shackle ropes finished.With the dinghy having to be lowered anyway, the boys took the engine for a spin around the harbour before our next leg. In theory we should be heading off to Visby in Gotland today, but that's been delayed because of the easterlies. And finally it's arrivederci to Mario, who's been with Andy through the launch, set up and shakedown of Hanse Sailor. We all enjoyed his farewell drinks last night, and the "Working on a Dream" team stopping by. Mario headed off this morning to catch the midday ferry to Malmo. Buon. read more...


Hanse Sailor - Log Day 5 - Chores and farewells
Hanse Sailor - Log Day 5 - Chores and farewells
11/07/2014

American Spirit II - Day 187; Abseiling (almost) Free Fall at Mele Cascades Waterfalls; Friday, July 11, 2014

Up at 7:00 AM to go rappelling at the Mele Cascades waterfalls. Coffee and breakfast at 8:00 AM. Scrambled eggs, lamb breakfast sausage and fruit cocktail. Chet washed the dishes, as he's done every day since joining the crew. Joel and I dropped off our laundry at 8:30 AM at the marina office. We were promised to have it back by 4:00 PM today. At 8:55 AM we boarded a van sent to pick us up for the waterfall excursion. Five minutes later I realized that we were in the wrong van. The driver took us back and a few minutes later the correct van picked us up. It seems everyone in Port Vila has a van and act as taxi drivers even though they don't have a taxi sign on the top of their vehicle. In the van were 11 other persons going on the same tour as us - all from Australia. We arrived at the. read more...



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