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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
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...


11/07/2014

Aislig Bheag - 7th July – 10th July Lagos, Portugal to Quinta De Lorde, Madeira

John and I spent seven days in Lagos catching up in boat work and even some relaxation!  Megan and Tony left for home on the 2nd July early in the morning with plans to join us again later at some point inthe trip. Megan has probably clocked up more nautical miles in her first passage in the past two weeks than many sailors have in a life time!  We all agreed that she is an absolute natural sailor and a great crew member. The story of the toilet seat was not over yet.  We managed to order one in the Chandlery in Lagos on Thursday and paid the carriage for a next day delivery.  We had moved to anchor in Portimao a few miles along the coastand returned to collect it on Saturday to find them closed at lunch time so we had to delay our departure until the Monday morning. read more...


11/07/2014

American Spirit II - Day 186; Sailing to and Arrival at Port Vila, Efate, Vanuatu; Thursday, July 10, 2014

At 12:15 AM I rolled up the mainsail because the wind was on the nose and the sail was flapping. Joel was on watch from 12:30 AM to 3:00 AM. During his watch he saw one boat, which was the only vessel we'd see the entire 18 hour passage. And while passing by the island of Erromango to our east during his shift, we encountered a 2 knot head current which reduced our boat speed to 5.5 knots. Chet came on watch from 3:00 AM to 6:00 AM. I relieved Chet early at 5:45 AM. The sky was overcast, again. The boat was rocking 20 degrees left and right due to the waves. The island of Erromango was still visible off the starboard, aft quarter. Very mountainous. The seas were 3-4 feet; the wind was 13/14 knots and our boat speed 7.8 knots. It looked like rain was a good possibility. At 6:23 AM a. read more...


31/07/2014

Jumbuck - ARC Baltic Leg 6 - St Petersburg Russia to Helsinki Finland

We slid out of the Central River Yacht Club at 0800 Sunday, one of the first boats to stagger our departure on the voyage back westward to Finland.Wending out way out of the Neva River, and across the deep water channels towards Kronstadts gateway out to the Gulf of Finland, the light early morning breeze felt really fresh and despite again setting sail under blazing sun, it was nicely cooler than it had ever felt in St Petersburg.Clearing out at Kronstadt involves a visit to the customs police in their office upstairs, completion of a declaration that we were exporting our boat from Russia along with other exit documents, then a visit to the boat by two immigration officers who checked every locker, even the engine, before they too wanted another declaration signed stating we were not. read more...


American Spirit II - The Yasur Volcano
American Spirit II - The Yasur Volcano
American Spirit II - The Yasur Volcano
American Spirit II - The Yasur Volcano
American Spirit II - Yasur Volcano
American Spirit II - Yasur Volcano
American Spirit II - The welcom dance of Vanuatu
American Spirit II - The welcom dance of Vanuatu
American Spirit II - Making fire Vanuatu style
American Spirit II - Making fire Vanuatu style
American Spirit II - The village of Vanuatu
American Spirit II - The village of Vanuatu
American Spirit II - Cooking in the Hot Springs of Vanuatu
American Spirit II - Cooking in the Hot Springs of Vanuatu
American Spirit II - How to make make-up in Vanuatu
American Spirit II - How to make make-up in Vanuatu
11/07/2014

Jubilare - Bornholm Tour

We departed from the dockside in two coaches everyone in good spirits and looking forward to exploring the island. The lead crew had certainly done their homework by providing us with handouts of information on places we were going to visit. The first stop was Hammershus Europe's largest medieval fortification. This is situated on the north western tip of Bornholm what a stunning position and presented wonderful photo opportunities. We then went on to Madsebakke to see beautiful rock carvings which are reminder of the islands older inhabitants dating back to 1100BC. We then stopped for lunch in a picturesque fishing village of Gudhjem. While there was attracted to a beautiful shop selling the famous glass and bought a piece as a reminder of the island. We were then taken to Nylars church. read more...


10/07/2014

Jennie B - ARC Baltic Day 4 - The Wind still blows

We and the rest of the rally crews filled our fourth day on the rally with a tour by coach of some of Bornholm's cultural and social attractions.We visited several harbours on Bornholm's East coast including Svaenke, our original destination on Bornholm.Having looked at the seas pounding the shore and the narrow harbour entrances we were very happy to be in Rønne. Svaenke is a very pretty town and has the added attraction of Bornholm's only, and very good, brewery.We started the day with a visit to the massive and imposing ruins of Hammershus castle. After a few more stops many crew had worked up a good thirst so a visit to the bar at the Svaenke brewery was a top priority.Which did mean that several people had a few zzzz's on the bus or, if not then, when they got back on their boats.. read more...


10/07/2014

Zoonie - Final approach and Santa Maria

The Lighthouse that smokes! Heart attack hill as Rob called it. Zoonie is left of the one with her foresail out. Parallel parking Azorean style! He spend two whole days on that net, for this his fishing boat. Joao the marina manager m_001 m_011 m_012 m_015 m_032 m_063 m_064 m_065 m_068. read more...


Zoonie - Final approach and Santa Maria
Zoonie - Final approach and Santa Maria
Zoonie - Final approach and Santa Maria
Zoonie - Final approach and Santa Maria
Zoonie - Final approach and Santa Maria
Zoonie - Final approach and Santa Maria
Zoonie - Final approach and Santa Maria
Zoonie - Final approach and Santa Maria
24/11/2011

Kalista - Wind, Pop Tarts, Landfall

After no wind for 3 days it finally filled in and we started making some good mileage days. But of course the wind was coming from the South the same direction that we were going. As all Sailors know, pounding to windward is just not fun especially in large swells and confused lumpy seas. Thank goodness Kalista has a good auto-pilot because hand steering in those rough conditions would have been exhausting and not very efficient. We used three different weather sources then threw a dart at the chart to see where the wind would come from and how hard she would blow. The weather sources kept reporting the wind would change to North-East which would have put it over the port aft quarter and allowed us to run on a broad reach, making our ride way more comfortable and faster. We set the sails. read more...


Zoonie - Final approach and Santa Maria
Zoonie - Final approach and Santa Maria
Zoonie - Final approach and Santa Maria
Zoonie - Final approach and Santa Maria
Zoonie - Final approach and Santa Maria
Zoonie - Final approach and Santa Maria
Zoonie - Final approach and Santa Maria
Zoonie - Final approach and Santa Maria
Zoonie - Final approach and Santa Maria
Zoonie - Final approach and Santa Maria
10/07/2014

Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W

The last of Lagos and the start of our trip to the Azores m_001 m_006 m_007 m_021 m_025 m_055 m_056 m_059 m_060 m_071 m_084 m_093. read more...


Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W