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Flomaida II - Fahrradrast nach der Hälfte (20 km)! Mit Wasser lauwarm -auf 40 km kein "Trinkbüdchen" geöffnet
Flomaida II - Fahrradrast nach  der Hälfte (20 km)! Mit  Wasser lauwarm -auf 40 km kein
Flomaida II - Klassenfoto vor der Schule von der Lehrerin mit Ipad
Flomaida II - Klassenfoto vor der Schule von der Lehrerin mit Ipad
Flomaida II - Wer umarmt hier wen?
Flomaida II - Wer umarmt hier wen?
Flomaida II - ist denn schon Ostern???
Flomaida II - ist denn schon Ostern???
Flomaida II - Denkmal für die Kanaken, die im 1. Weltkrieg für Frankreich gefallen sind.
Flomaida II - Denkmal für die Kanaken, die im 1. Weltkrieg für Frankreich gefallen sind.
Flomaida II - Kleiner Marktstand am Straßenrand bei unserer Fahrradtour
Flomaida II - Kleiner Marktstand am Straßenrand bei unserer Fahrradtour
Flomaida II - ein normaler Abend in einer Bucht auf Ile des Pins/Neu Kaledonien..........
Flomaida II - ein normaler Abend in einer Bucht auf Ile des Pins/Neu Kaledonien..........
Flomaida II - Das ist doch mal eine Allee!
Flomaida II - Das ist doch mal eine Allee!
Flomaida II - Durch die Riffe: von Grand Terre nach Ile des Pins/ Neu Kaledonien
Flomaida II - Durch die Riffe: von Grand Terre nach Ile des Pins/ Neu Kaledonien
Flomaida II - Blick auf die faszinierende Rifflandschaft
Flomaida II - Blick auf die faszinierende Rifflandschaft
Flomaida II - Völlig neuer Bewuchs in Neu Kaledonien
Flomaida II - Völlig neuer Bewuchs in Neu Kaledonien
Flomaida II - ist wirklich echt!
Flomaida II - ist wirklich echt!
04/10/2014

Celebrate - (no subject)

Our SSB Game/Competition continues...write a story containing World ARC Boat Names.This game was suggested by Jan on Ghost.I received the following outstanding entry from Lucy on Peter on Adela:First Encounter*_Commander *Lente* and his wife *Festina* were looking out of the observation port of the star ship *Lluiton*, on its way to *Polaris* in the *Andromeda* cluster."Not since *Darwin* has such a fundamental *Nexus* occurred in the destiny of mankind", he said."What if they turn out to be some sort of super *Alpharatz* or *Ghosts* or something equally horrible", she replied."The tech boys speak warmly of their conversations with these aliens and suggest we think of a cross between an *Avocet* and an elderly human - a sort of feathery, skinny legged, white bearded,*Merlin* figure. read more...


03/10/2014

American Spirit II - Day 270; A Rainy, Squally Day in the Indian Ocean & Another Boobie Visits the 'Poop Deck'; Thursday, October 2, 2014

Slept well, from 12:30 AM to 5:00 AM - 4 1/2 hours. About as good as it gets under. Relieved Jeremy at 5:50 AM. Cloudy with a little blue sky showing. The fleet weather forecaster calls for 4 to 8 knots of wind in our weather GRID today. Not good. There appears to be more wind to the south 60 miles away. We'll see what wind the other Rally boats have and where they're at during the morning 10:00 AM net. Five small dead flying fish are laying in the area just right of the cockpit. All about 1 inch long. We bury them at sea. At 6:15 AM the sun has already risen, but its obstructed by clouds on the horizon . The wind is 13/15, our speed thru the water is 5.4 knots and over the land 6.6 knots. I turn the engine off at 7:07 AM. We're sailing again! I put our silver spoon lure in the water at. read more...


03/10/2014

Nexus - 700 miles down, 1600 to go

It was a dark and squally night but the winds were not too bad and directly behind us, and we were watching for rain squalls on radar. A patch of what looked like light rain came across the screen and turned out to be a lot bigger wind than we realized, and we still had our gennaker up. We quickly turned down wind as the wind increased to 30-35kts, reducing it to 20-25kts apparent across the deck to protect the sails and rig. We were skating along at 12-15kts for over an hour and hit a new high of 20kts SOG, 23kts STW! It was a bit scary being pitch black, but Nexus held up well and we made good time all night. It's still rainy and cloudy today, but hope springs eternal for better weather tomorrow!Russ and Laurie on NEXUS at 15:00 10/3/2014 at 16 33.4'S;85 23.1'E. read more...


03/10/2014

Celebrate - Whee! 30kt winds 10+ Speed, Margarita Party for Story Participants & Peter's Boat Icons!!

Several days of 30 knot winds coming and going have given us some 10 knot plus speeds!What a great ride! Its a pity about the weather, we have been sailing through lots of torrential rain squalls and apart from the odd blue patch its been grey skies since we left Cocos Keeling. Now lets hope for some sunshine!Festina Lente and NDS Darwin are now the closest boats to us, just behind.Peter has suggested a "Margarita Party" (guess he liked Charlie's margaritas) as the prize for the author's boats that wrote stories with each of the boat names in it, Polaris, Folie a Deux (special separate prize for Lucy) and Merlyn of Poole.The invitations have been emailed and we are looking forward to CELEBRATING on CELEBRATE!Any other boat to write a story before Mauritius can join the party. Note to. read more...


02/10/2014

Sweet Pearl - Cocos Islands -->Mauritius - 4.Tag - Regen, Regen, Regen

Regen, Regen, Regen...ansonsten gibts nicht viel Neues hier. Wir kommen voran, aber es ist ein nasses Vorankommen. Hoffen dass es morgen oder spätestens übermorgen besser wird. Der Wind ist noch immer sehr wechselhaft, aber das sollte sich dann auch morgen oder übermorgen ändern. Mal schauen. Uns gehts gut; und schlafen noch immer viel;-). Cheers, Tom. read more...


02/10/2014

American Spirit II - Day 269; Big Morning Squall & We Almost Get 'Treed'; October 1, 2014

Relieved Jeremy at 6:00 AM. Got a decent night's sleep. I slept 4 1/2 hours continuously, from 12:30 AM to 5:00 AM. About best I can do under sail in a rocking and rolling and warm boat. Rain squalls all around the boat, with a 'bad one' to starboard that I'm sure we'll have to deal with eventually. Wind 15/18, 5.5 knots thru the water and 6.6 over the land. Total could cover. Not a pretty day. Sunrise? Forget it. Put the canvas insert between the dodger and bimini at 7:00 AM as we're going to need it to help fend off the coming rain. As I've said before, a dangerous task when done alone. Easy to fall overboardwhen standing up outstretched. At 7:40 AM I reefed the main and jib. The squall wind is starting to be felt. I had to turn the boat 40 degrees left to stay with the wind and not. read more...


02/10/2014

Trillium - Socializing with Other WARC Boats in Vanuatu

After a sail from Fiji on the first of September, we have been exploring the central islands of Vanuatu. The islands are about 900 km from north to south so you can spend a lot of time here and not see all of it. We have only seen Efate, The Maskelyne Islands, Epi, Lamen Island and a little of Malekula.We have had some wonderful experiences with the ni-Vans on the different islands. They are so friendly and eager to show us their villages and share their culture. The children have been fascinated by the photos we have taken on the iPad and then shown them. Even the adults were puzzled by the technology and wanted to have their pictures taken!For a week, we traveled with S/V Starblazer and met a number of other cruisers. Then they headed off to Ambrym or Pentecost and then to Espiritu. read more...


Trillium - Trillium on Avokh Island
Trillium - Trillium on Avokh Island
Trillium - Trillium on Avokh Island
Trillium - Trillium on Avokh Island
02/10/2014

Nexus - Its not all fun and games but still worth it!

Yesterday, in the driving rain, I was firing up our Genset to charge the batteries, and noticed the water coming out of the exhaust was not the usual prodigious amount and the Genset was running 10 degrees hotter than usual. On further investigation, the raw water impeller on our genset decided to shed many of it's little arms and needed to be replaced. This is a normal maintenance item that is supposed to last 1000 hours, however when sailing in big waves the intake frequently sucks air in, which is hard on the impeller. So there I was, curled up on the floor of the back corner of the aft hull compartment under the stairs, next to a warm generator and underneath a swinging rudder quadrant, replacing the impeller and cleaning the missing blades out of the heat exchanger whilst the boat. read more...


02/10/2014

Starblazer - 02/10/2014 - Arrival in New Caledonia

As usual, I'm afraid my last log describing the passage is rather after the event!We headed inshore overnight on Monday and decided to enter the reef system further north than the waypoint in the hope of flatter seas as they were heading us.The wind piped up and we managed to make a fairly good speed.Sometimes miscalculating is a good thing.If we had arrived at our waypoint at dawn, as we had initially planned, we would have had to struggle against a 2.7 knot current through the pass!Arriving just inside the pass nearly 4 hours later ensured no counter current, a great result following a poor decision.We motor sailed and sailed a fairly zig-zag course, avoiding reefs and shallows, then motored the last few miles into Noumea harbour.The hazards are well marked on the chart however the. read more...


02/10/2014

Firefly - Havannah Habour to Lamen Bay

The forecasted wind and rain arrived on Sunday 28th September as expected and for about 10 hours it rained 'cats and dogs' but despite some strong gusts our anchorage in Esame Bay in Havannah Harbour was fine. The weather improved the following day and we SCUBA dived at the Tranquility island resort, great coral and plenty of sea life in very clear water, the highlight being spotting a crocodile fish - half buried in the sand beneath a coral bommie - according to our book on fish this species at about 1 metre long should have been in the Indian Ocean not here!We conveniently left Firefly on the mooring they have just off the beach at Tranquility Island while diving and were then looking forward to a quiet night. However, overnight some breeze and chop arrived so after a broken sleep we. read more...


01/10/2014

Flomaida II - 27.-31.9. Ile des Pins Neu Kaledonien- ein wahres Kleinod im Südpazifik

Nun sind wir schon 4 Tage auf Ile des Pins. Es ist so schön hier, dass esdurchaus Vanuatu nahe kommt. Nur fehlt hier die Ursprünglichkeit und derKontakt zu der Bevölkerung. Die Insel(150 km2) ist sehr wenig besiedelt(2000Einwohner),es gibt kaum Orte und nur verstreut kleine Ansiedlungen von 3-4Häusern.Die Einheimischen hier auf Neu Kaledonien heißen Kanaken. Sie sind sehr stolzauf ihre Wurzeln. Ich verstehe gar nicht, woher es kommt, dass bei uns diesesWort ein arges Schimpfwort ist!Wir haben die Insel erradelt (40 km) und wunderschöne Ausblicke gehabt aufdie vielen Riffe, die die Insel gut schützen. Die teilweise riesigen Piniendominieren die durchweg niedrige Vegetation von Büschen, die uns anSüdfrankreich erinnern. Das Wasser ist glasklar und die Farbenunbeschreiblich: von pulvrigem,. read more...


01/10/2014

American Spirit II - Day 268; Better Weather and a Good Day Sailing; Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Up at 5:45 AM. A nice sunrise in the offing. Relieved Jeremy at 6:00 AM. At 6:30 AM the wind is 15/17, our speed thru the water is 4.6 and over the ground 5.2 knots. Cloudy, with a little blue sky. On port tack, mainsail only. The wind increases to 20 at the top end a little later. Joel up at 9:05 AM. We turn the generator on at 9:10 AM. Bradley on Alpheratz hosts the 10:00 AM net. Good turnout of boats reporting.Breakfast after the net at 10:30 AM: bacon, scrambled eggs, chilled pear halves and bread. We go to wing on wing at 11:35 AM. The wind is 11/12, and we're making 5.7 knots thru the water and 6.2 over the land. A slight helping current. We're trying to find the propane leak. Think its a hose not a tank. No luck. Joel uses soapy water, drips it on the hose and valve, to see where. read more...


01/10/2014

Celebrate - The Fish Jumped into the Boom! Hey, Diddle Diddle...on Passage to Mauritius

Flying fish jumping onto CELEBRATE everywhere even into the Leisure Furl boom on passage to Mauritius. When we walked around the deck this morning we found 45 stranded on board, they have all been returned to the sea but sadly with the exception of two all were past saving.Peter did a perfect job of helming (scope for improvement in Peter's view) us to a great start away from Cocos with winds driving the boat to speeds of 9 knots.We are now following a similar route to many of our band of boats; Festina Lente, NDS Darwin, Nexus, Alpharatz, Ghost and Folie a Deux, the three of us on board CELEBRATE are on our regular watch schedule with nice Radio Nets and chatter among the boats. Also, its a little wet from a few squalls, but we are looking forward to sunshine soon!Charlie, Cathy and Peter. read more...


01/10/2014

Folie a Deux - Trials and Tribulations – leg 11 Cocos to Mauritius – day 1

Trials and Tribulations – leg 11 Cocos to Mauritius – day 1This leg 11 of 2350 nm [nautical miles] is the second longest leg on the World ARC.For us too.In perspective, for American landlubbers, it'slike driving from Maine to the Florida Keys, or maybe Philadelphia to Las Vegas.This seasoned group faced the challenge.The weather forecast was favorable; 15-20 knot trade winds, seas/waves a bit highSEAS 4-5SWELLS S-SW9-11FT.The waves created a sloppy ‘box’ effect of crisscrossed swells and wind driven waves like potato waffle fries.Winds were a bit more [and less] than advertised. They varied in strength from 5-33 knots in and after squalls. Did we mention they were rain squalls? “Why is it raining only on my watch?” said each as they took their turns. Seasickness takes its toll,. read more...


30/09/2014

American Spirit II - Day 267; We Leave Cocos Keeling for Mauritius, Then Return to Direction Island (Briefly) for Repairs; Monday, September 29, 2014

Woke up at 5:20 AM, but stayed in bed until 6:30 AM. At 8:01 AM I noticed that the Rally boat Shaya Mora had hauled someone up their mast in the rain squall. I guess better to do that in the anchorage than under sail. Not sure what their problem was. Breakfast at 7:30 AM: scrambled eggs, potato, chilled pineapple slices and bread. At 8:23 AM I sent out and received some emails on the SSB via Brunei in the Philippines, 1,458 miles away on a bearing of 47 degrees True. After that I typed a log then sent it out via the SSB again. Started the engine at 9:25 AM, then weighed anchor. As we started to motor out of the anchorage in a rain squall and high winds,Jeremy and I both heard a grinding noise emanating from the rear, aft port side of the boat. Didn't know what to think about it. The leg. read more...


30/09/2014

American Spirit II - Day 266; Last Day at Direction Island in Cocos Keeling; Sunday, September 28, 2014

Up at 6:45 AM. Joel and Jeremy slept in until 8:25 AM. I put the 10 dozen or so eggs away that we'd bought the day before from the super market in West Island. Only 3 individual eggs were broken, not bad considering the rain and handling the eggs had to endure to make it to the boat. In reading a book about the Cocos Keeling Islands it appears that the islands became a territory of the United Kingdom by mistake. Two islands in the Bay of Bengal were also called 'Cocos' and had requested to become part of the UK, and when the British Admiral overseeing Australia got the orders to 'territorialize' Cocos Keeling, he thought they were the islands in the Indian Ocean 1,000 miles or so from Australia. The order he received did not have the longitude and latitude of the islands in it. Oops. The. read more...


30/09/2014

Sweet Pearl - Cocos Islands -->Mauritius - 2.Tag - Ab durch den Indischen Ozean

Gestern um 10 Uhr morgens haben wir uns auf nach Mauritius gemacht (2340 Seemeilen; wir hoffen so zwischen dem 14. und dem 17. anzukommen). Der Start sowie die 2 Tage zuvor waren regnerisch; immer wieder ergoss sich der Himmel auf uns. Wir brauchten gestern vor dem Start 5 Anläufe um unser Dinghy trocken einzupacken. Mit den immer wiederkehrenden Squalls war der Wind auch sehr unstetig - Richtung und Stärke wechselten sehr schnell (fast so schnell wir die französische Regierung;-)). Heute sieht es schon ein wenig besser aus und wir sind guten Mutes:-). Die Stimmung ist gut, wenn auch alle ein bisschen müde zu sein scheinen. Immerhin haben alle mehr als 10 Stunden letzte Nacht/Morgen geschlafen. Das Paradies in Cocos Islands war scheinbar sehr anstrengend;-). Lieben Gruss an alle. Cheers,. read more...


30/09/2014

Nexus - Great start to the leg to Mauritius

It was a rainy and windy night, but the sky cleared briefly for the start of our leg to Mauritius, and we were all off sailing in good wind for the second longest leg. It was a beautiful sight again to see most of the boats sailing together for the first day out. We hung back on jib alone as American Spirit had to turn back to repair their autopilot, but they found the loose wire quickly and were on their way a couple of hours later. Since they were bringing up the rear, Brian announced that anyone they pass would owe them a beer. This concerned me greatly as we are rather fond of our beer, so aided by a full crew again, we rolled out our Gennaker in stiff winds and went from the back of the pack to the front during the first day of sailing...sorry American Spirit! The winds died off. read more...


30/09/2014

Folie a Deux - Back to school again – leg 11 Cocos to Mauritius – day 1

Back to school again – leg 11 Cocos to Mauritius – day 1wow so much has happened in this first day, it took a while to figure where to start, so we’ll break this into a couple of segments.We lost our electronic wind instruments this morning at 5am.We have a windex pointer at the top of the mast which is list at night.Our helm is pretty open, yet we had a lot of rain squalls, so the top helm canopy was closed. It is amazing how good technology can make one complacent. And how broken technology can help one to appreciate those around you.The World ARC provides a superb learning environment. 1. Everyone is supportive and wants to help each other. 2. The collective knowledge on important subjects is large. 3.And old technology of an open vhf communication provides a level of transparency. read more...


29/09/2014

Starblazer - 30/09/2014 – A tale of 2 days

Sunday was horrible, wet all day with no regular wind pattern so we motored. The sun briefly glowed among the clouds just above the western horizon, putting in an apology for an appearance better late than never.At least it suggested the weather was clearing!It finally stopped raining at about 1900.The sprayhood and the bimini, which I’d waterproofed in St Lucia, decided to go into sieve mode (as in the similie ‘leaking like a sieve’) so the cockpit and occupants were soaked.The rain hadn’t quite finished with us as I ran through a short but very heavy shower shortly before midnight. John had spotted it on radar, a cell about 12 miles wide and 3 miles deep. Avoiding it was not an option.Later on during the night John managed to dodge a second one, which was smaller.The other downside of. read more...


29/09/2014

Celebrate - Off to Mauritius

Our stop over in paradise has drawn to a close and at 10:15 this morning we crossed the starting line for the next leg to Mauritius some 2300 miles away.On Saturday we took the ferry to West Island to clear out with the police and customs and do a community farm tour. A group of residents were disillusioned withwhat the local authority were doing with their state run land so they leased a section to grow fruit and spices (including lemon grass). The group also collect sea salt and coconut palm oil and are now making and sellinglots of beauty and condiment products. After the farm visit we went to a clam farm,they export colourful clams to aquariums all over the world. The owner John is a Cluny Ross and direct descendant of the former ruling family and a very interesting character. We. read more...


Flomaida II - Mittagspause bei der Fahrradtour- leckere Hühnerspieße!
Flomaida II - Mittagspause bei der Fahrradtour- leckere Hühnerspieße!
Flomaida II - Endlich haben wir Rollen gefunden zum leichteren Dinghitransport am Strand!
Flomaida II - Endlich haben wir Rollen gefunden zum leichteren Dinghitransport am Strand!
29/09/2014

American Spirit II - Day 265; A Trip to West Island & a Lot of Rain; Saturday, September 27, 2014

Up at 6:00 AM.Breakfast at 7:15 AM: bacon, scrambled eggs, chilled fruit cocktail and bread. We left the boat at 8:30 AM; and the ferry picked us up at 9:00 AM for the trip to West Island. Almost all the crews from all the Rally boats were on the ferry. We brought our empty propane tank with us because I had been told that we could get it filled at the super market on the island. We arrived at West Island around 9:30 AM, and after being driven in a small bus to town, we walked to the police station to get our passports stamped and pick up our clearances out of Cocos Keeling. Next to the police station was a building with wall pictures and information stating that it was the location of the island's golf course; and that since you had to play along or between the runways, you had to get. read more...


28/09/2014

Folie a Deux - Cocos Keeling Islands - hello and farewell

Folie a Deux was lucky, the torrential rains had stopped around 3am, the drizzle stopped around 6am, then the winds picked up from 25 to 35knots…..ok, that’s what we call lucky….’land ho’ of cocos keeling islands was at dawn.The rest of the fleet would face stiffer winds and waves in the next two days.We were able to pick our way in with the World ARC waypoints and of course our eyes.Even as a catamaran with a shallow draft we are concerned with depths, reefs, and coral heads. Some are navigational concerns, in Cocos Direction Island, the coral heads are anchoring concerns.One must do everything possible to conserve the coral, so a visual approach is imperative. We were the second World ARC boat, joining 9 other yachts already in the anchorage.We leave in the morning for a two week. read more...


Folie a Deux - Cocos Keeling Islands - hello and farewell
Folie a Deux - Cocos Keeling Islands  - hello and farewell
Folie a Deux - Cocos Keeling Islands - hello and farewell
Folie a Deux - Cocos Keeling Islands  - hello and farewell
Folie a Deux - Cocos Keeling Islands - hello and farewell
Folie a Deux - Cocos Keeling Islands  - hello and farewell
Folie a Deux - Cocos Keeling Islands - hello and farewell
Folie a Deux - Cocos Keeling Islands  - hello and farewell
Folie a Deux - Cocos Keeling Islands - hello and farewell
Folie a Deux - Cocos Keeling Islands  - hello and farewell
28/09/2014

Free & BrEasy - Keeling over the Cocos Islands

After a taxing passage from Christmas Island, we anchored off an idyllic coconut tree fringed, crescent shaped sandy beach in Port Refuge, Direction Island in the Cocos (Keeling) Islands. The passage had been bumpy and fraught with the autohelm problem - if you watched it like a hawk it behaved but the moment you relaxed, it switched itself off! After nearly a week without showers the cleansing azure sea in Port Refuge was heaven sent!On our passage we ended the Free & Breasy Whale Drought. Other boats have been reporting whale sightings all around Australia but apart from one very distant fluke sighting, we have seen nuthin! The sighting started with the observation, a little ahead, of something brown in the water that looked like floating sea weed. As we approached we could see a. read more...


28/09/2014

Starblazer - 28/09/2014 – The annoying, the puzzling and the downright dangerous!

Before you read on, please be assured we are fit, well and unharmed, just a little soggy because it has rained for the past 16 hours!Yesterday, Saturday, passed much like Friday, with a mixture of motoring, motorsailing and sailing.The afternoon was punctuated by three events.I’ll deal with them in time order.Annoying: John decided to make some more water so started the generator then started the water maker.Within 5 minutes the water maker stopped because the generator had stopped, showing an ‘engine overheat’ warning light.It won’t suck up the cooling water even though John primed the system so he suspects the impeller but that will have to wait until the main engine is cool enough to lay on!Annoying/downright dangerous:I started to prepare dinner, potatoes on to boil and beef. read more...


28/09/2014

Firefly - Awaiting wind and rain in Esema Bay, Efate, Vanuatu

Firefly is tucked into the anchorage at Esema Bay awaiting some bad weather. A small system is due to pass over central Vanuatu between midday and about 2200 today (Sunday 28th September) and from the recently downloaded GRIBs it is forecasted to get wet and windy. This blip in the normal great weather has been expected for some time so we have found what we hope is a well sheltered place with good holding - its near a river mouth so the ground is mud and sand and the depth is about 8 metres - this is a much better choice than a deeper anchorage with a coral strewn bottom which is much less predictable.Coming from Erramango, we arrived on Efate at the capital of Vanuatu, Port Vila. We spent 2 days there getting hooked up to the internet and re provisioning. We met up with World ARC. read more...


Flomaida II - Kunst an der Promenade von Nouméa
Flomaida II - Kunst an der Promenade von Nouméa
Flomaida II - Eine Seeschlange, die sehr giftig ist, jedoch nicht agressiv- so sagt man!!!
Flomaida II - Eine Seeschlange, die sehr giftig ist, jedoch nicht agressiv- so sagt man!!!
Flomaida II - So schön!
Flomaida II - So schön!

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