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17/04/2015

American Spirit II - Day 465; We Left Virgin Gorda and Arrived in Jost Van Dyke Island; Thursday, April 16, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 103; Tuomotos Islands Summary, Departed Rangiroa to Moorea, Almost Whale Collision?, Lightning & Full Orange Moon Rise; Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Since we're leaving Rangiroa this morning early, I thought I'd summarize my thoughts regarding the Tuomotos Archipelago, or Dangerous Archipelago. We visited two atolls, Ahe and Rangiroa; entering and leaving thru passes with a lot of current; as much as 4.5 knots; against and with the current. However, the French mark these passes quite well with range markers, and I believe theuse of the word 'dangerous' is overstated and no longer applicable. Exciting would be a better word. Our electronic charts were quite accurate, moreso than the Galapagos. The biggest surprise in these atolls was the size of the coral heads,. read more...


16/04/2015

American Spirit II - Day 464; We Arrive in the BVI, Suffer an Engine Breakdown & Tour the Island with Joe; Wednesday, April 15, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 102; Trip to Passe de Avatoru, Stephen's Dive in Passe de Avatoru, Beach Party and Getting Ready to Depart; Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Stephen's dive trip to Passe de Avatoru was eventful, as he saw and swam with 4 dolphins, a 6 -7 foot silver tip shark and a school of barracuda. Stephen mentioned to his dive guide that we were planning the other night to do a night snorkel of The Aquarium, and he (the guide) indicated that really big sharks come into the pass and The Aquarium area, even the 'shallow' side of The Aquarium; and that subsequently going into the water there would be dangerous. He also said To Dive didn't do night dives because of the liability involved."***********************Relieved Darlene at 6:04 AM. The sun rose at 6:07 AM, but the horizon was. read more...


16/04/2015

American Spirit II - Day 463; A Great Day of Sailing and the Auto Pilot Acts Up Again; Tuesday, April 14, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 101; Laundry, Drift Snorkelin Passe de Tiputa , How to Climb Back into a Dingy and French Dinner Ashore; Monday, April 14, 2014. Steve up at 6:30 AM. I got up 7:00 AM. Early breakfast because Stephen, whose handle is 'The Diver,' had an 8:00 AM dive today. After dropping Stephen off in the dingy at Top Dive, I dingied over to Follie a Deux and then Nexus; planning today's activities. Made a run to the grocery store on Follie a Deux's dingy, where I bought beer and junk food; and filled up 2 five gallon clear plastic containers with 'cistern' water from a hose at the grocery store. An employee in the store drove our beer and some groceries to the dingy dock located about a block away. The 10 gallons of water I got was not going to be used for drinking but for doing. read more...


16/04/2015

American Spirit II - Day 462; We Leave St. Lucia for the British Virgin Islands and See Green Flash No. 45, a Triple; Monday, April 13, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 100; The Water Taxi, The Aquarium and Swimming with Sharks; Sunday, April 13, 2014. I departed at 8:00 AM with Tracy from Follie a Deux to find an ATM, to locate the Catholic Church and determine what time the Palm Sunday services are going to be held. In order to do this, we had to take a water taxi across the pass to the town on the other side. 650 francs round trip. A little over $7.00.We found the ATM, the church and that the services were at 6:00 PM. While on the 'other side' of the pass we saw Caduceus motorsail thru the pass. It looked like they were barely moving as they fought their way against an outgoing 4 knot current. With what looked like rapids behind them; and breaking waves off to one side."***********************Up at 7:00 AM. The all important. read more...


16/04/2015

White Wave III - Skipper of White Wave iii survives pacific passage.

Ok so that is a bit dramatic considering I just flew in a Qantas jetfrom Sydney to New York, enjoyed their wonderful service as well asone movie and six episodes of The House of Cards series.It's a longway.I'm ahead of White Waves' crew, and after a few days in New York, it's down to the Yacht in Annapolis to start the long, and arduous task ofreadying the yacht for the Altantic. Can't believe I'm doing this.Being surrounded by only the Pacific, Indian and the Great SouthernOcean, it seems odd that my first full ocean passage will be theAtlantic.Nervous and Excited.. read more...


15/04/2015

Karma Wins - Marquesas and Tuamotos

Fakarava in the Tuamoto IslandsWe had a few days in Hiva Oa.The anchorage was bouncy and all yachts had to have a stern anchor otherwise there might have been a few bumps in the night.The dinghy dock was always eventful, either the tide was out and we had to clamber up onto the pontoon, or the tide was in and there was a big swell and we inevitably got wet.The dinghies also had to have a stern anchor out and so it was a bit of a muddle extracting one dinghy from the others.Barry’s anchor rope was chafed through one evening but fortunately it was a floating rope so he found it the next morning.Andy, Emma (from Pentagram), Per and I had a morning horse-riding on tough 14 hand stallions.It was a wonderful way to explore the interior as we rode along ridges, through the forest and back down. read more...


13/04/2015

Celebrate - "Parade of Sail" Victory Lap, Super Pool Party & Fabulous Dinner Party for our "Finale" Day of Circmnavigation & Heartfelt Thanks to all!!

Our "Parade of Sail" Victory Lap was a marvelous chance to see all of the other boats beautifully dressed overall with sails up and perfect for taking photos (we have one of each boat)!!After arriving where we had started 15 months ago at Rodney Bay Marina, St. Lucia, awaiting us was a super pool party with a steel band and a fabulous dinner party with two bands in tribute for our completed circumnavigation.What an awesome "finale"!!Charlie and I will always feel grateful that we were so lucky to be on the "best" circumnavigation rally supported by wonderfully experienced and gracious staff, accompanied by stunning sailors and sent off by fantastic friends!!Enormous thanks to everyone for the encouragement you have added to our lives.First, all thanks to the World ARC for whom without we. read more...


13/04/2015

American Spirit II - Day 461; Last Full Day in St. Lucia and a Great Farewell Dinner with our Closest Friends; Sunday, April 12, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 99; Sail Magazine Video, Day Trip Across the Lagoon, Swimming with Sharks (Again) and 'Visiting' the Aquarium; Saturday, April 12, 2014. Joel's wife, Darlene, sent Joel a link from Sail Magazine Video of Nexus, us and II Audeacious going thru the Panama Canal locks at the end of January. The reporter spent 2 or 3 days (at least?) on Nexus, a large 58 foot catamaran, but his video footage captured American Spirit II and II Audeacious, also. On American Spirit II Paul Fox seems to have had the most footage taken of him, since he spent more time on the foredeck during 'locking.' When we went thru the Panama Canal locks, all three boats were rafted (tied) together, with Nexus providing the primary propulsion and steerage in positioning our boats in the. read more...


13/04/2015

Exody - Days 88-92 - Slowing the Boat to Manihi

We anchored in sand and coral off the islet of Tatetate at 11.30am yesterday Saturday 11th three days and 500 miles southwest from Nuku Hiva.We are at the atoll 'island' of Manihi - effectively a necklace of islets and reefs 15 miles long and about 4 miles wide.This is the northernmost of the Tuamotus archipelago made up of about thirty similar atolls across nearly a 1000 miles of ocean.The contrast with the towering volcanic Marquesas is amazing- these islands just a few metres above sea level with the original volcano having sunk from the middle leaving just the reef surrounding a lagoon which is peppered with shallow patches and coral heads.The result, at least where we are, is a super smooth anchorage (floorboard as we term it!)and crystal clear water - it is a long time since we. read more...


13/04/2015

American Spirit II - Day 460; The Last Day of the Rally; Saturday, April 11, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 98; Fish School Under Boat, Arrival in Rangiroa, 4.2 Knot Current in the Pass and Generator Problem; April 11, 2014. From midnight until 1:00 AM or so our depth sounder kept showing depths between 34 feet and 64 feet. Since we were in thousands of feet of water, we knew it wasn't the bottom. We finally figured out that it was a large school of fish under the boat, following the boat; hiding in the shadow cast by our boat with the moon. From 12:15 AM until 6:00 AM we sailed without the motor, averaging between 3.0 and 4.5 knots. The reason we were content to sail so slow was that we couldn't go into Rangiroa until after 8:00 AM. We were waiting for slack tide. So why motor and get there early just to wait. Out of the 6 boats with us, we were the only one just. read more...


13/04/2015

American Spirit II - Day 459; Joel Hikes Up Grand Piton & We Have a Rendezvous Dinner Party; Friday, April 10, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 97; Drift Snorkel Ahe Pass, Swimming with Sharks & Heading to Rangiroa; Thursday, April 10, 2014. Joel and I went in water at 9:30 AM to survey the anchor and chain before trying to weight anchor. A 12 inch remora was swimming under boat, looking to attach itself to our boat. Remora attach themselves to sharks and live off their scraps. We've had remora attach themselves to our boat before, thinking we're a large fish. Took us 30 minutes to get anchor up. Not bad. Nexus had similar experience, but Vivo took 1 to 1 1/2 hours to free their anchor. They were anchored in deeper water, 70 feet, so more difficult, in part because they couldn't see the chain and anchor on the bottom. Joel hopped in the water and helped direct the anchor chain retrieval process. Their. read more...


13/04/2015

Free & BrEasy - The Circumnavigators’ Tale

We have crossed the finishing line!  Free & Breasy has returned to St Lucia after a 15 month, 25000 mile tropical circumnavigation!  The whole World ARC fleet completed a 2 hours Parade of Sail from Marigot Bay to Rodney Bay, in line, 100 metres apart and dressed up with all signal flags flying. To mark the finish we blew the fog horn and yelled until we were hoarse. Out came a red flare and we posed for photographs to mark the end. We were now officially Circumnavigators! After docking we went straight to a drinks reception by the pool. We were late arriving and wondered why everyone who congratulated us, stroked our clothes and said “my - your very dry”. It was not long before we discovered why as we were bodily lifted up and thrown into the pool! We had spent 15 months. read more...


13/04/2015

Allegro - QUINTA-FEIRA 09 DE ABRIL DE 2015 A DOMINGO 12 DE ABRIL DE 2015

Não fizemos uma referência ao enrolamento, por duas vezes, do cabo do segundo ferro à volta do leme.De facto isso aconteceu depois de um outro barco que estava ao pé de nós nos ter levantado o cabo (e o ferro) quando levantou fero e saiu. Depois disso a nossa posição foi-se alterando muito lentamente mas na terça e, depois na quarta tive que mergulhar para o libertar. A largada de Hiva Oa demorou mais tempo porque soltar o arinque do ferro foi mais trabalhoso do que esperávamos.Depois de largarmos, no dia 09, às 13.20, percorremos o canal de separação entre as ilhas Hiva Oa e Tahuata a motor, porque o mar estava desencontrado e o vento irregular nessa zona, e dirigimo-nos para Sudoeste, em direcção às Tuamotus, mais precisamente ao atol de Fakarava.Enquanto tivemos por bombordo a Ilha de. read more...


12/04/2015

Sweet Pearl - Azoren --> Barcelona - 16. Tag - An Gibraltar vorbei und weiter

Gestern morgen sind wir an Gibraltar vorbeigehuscht. Beeindruckend wieviele Schiffe sich da rumtummeln. Aber noch beeindruckender wieviele Delfine - seit der Strait kommen alle paar Stunden wieder einige Delfine vorbei um vorne vor unserem Bug in der Bugwelle rumzuspielen und - springen. Im Moment peilen wir Almerimar an, da mehr Wind aus Osten gemeldet ist - mal schauen. Ciao, Tom. read more...


12/04/2015

Juno - Tuamotos, Fakarava North Pass

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Juno - Tuamotos, Fakarava North Pass
Juno - Tuamotos, Fakarava North Pass
11/04/2015

Sweet Pearl - Azoren --> Barcelona - 14. Tag - Und wir sind wieder unterwegs

Nachdems wir am Sonntag wetterbedingt nach Portimao (und nicht Cadiz) gefahren sind, sind wir seit gestern wieder unterwegs und hoffen heute Nacht durch die Strasse von Gibraltar fahren zu können. Die letzten Tagen hats hier schön gewindet von Osten (d.h. auf unsere Nasen), so dass wir nicht durch konnten; aber die Wettervorhersagen sind gut (auch wenn wir dies für den Moment nicht bestätigen können). Wir sind wohl auf und hoffen so weit wie möglich bis Sonntag/Montag Richtung Barcelona vordringen zu können. Dann müssen wir wohl wieder einen Stopp einlegen wegen angekündigtem Mistral. Liebe Grüsse nach hause, Tom. read more...


11/04/2015

Allegro - QUINTQ-FEIRA 2 DE ABRIL DE 2015 A QUINTA-FEIRA 9 DE ABRIL DE 2015

MARQUESAS - TAHUATADepois de 28 dias de mar, de Galápagos para as Marquesas, chegámos à Ilha de Tahuata na madrugada de dia 2 de Abril: às 03.30 hora de Galápagos, e à meia noite, hora das Marquesas. Aqui são UTC menos 09.30 h.Chegámos à Baía de Hana Moe Noa, onde pernoitavam vários barcos da frota da World ARC depois de no dia anterior terem tido o Rendezvous numa baía mais a Sul. Ninguém acordou em nenhum dos barcos e, ajudados pelo luar, fundeámos sem problemas em cerca de 10 m, e deitámos-nos a descansar, que bem precisávamos.Acordámos de manhã, com a voz do Rui lá fora a falar francês com alguém, e pensámos que estaria a comprar fruta a algum indígena. Quando chegámos lá fora, é que percebemos: tinha sido a Sarah do Makena que tinha vindo no dinghy trazer-nos fruta, legumes, leite,. read more...


10/04/2015

American Spirit II - Day 458; We Go To the Local Craft Market & Have Pizza for Dinner; Thursday, April 9, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 96; 40 Knot Squall, Peal Farm and Lots of Rain; Wednesday, April 9. 2014. Rain showers at 3:25 AM. Joel got up to close the boat hatches. The reason he always gets up to do so is that with the hatch over the V-Berth always open at night, he is the first person on the boat to know it is raining because the rain drops on his head. Got up at 5:35 AM. Stephen spotted a nice rainbow rat 7:00 AM rising up over an island and bracketed by one of the Rally sailboats."*****************************Joel and Darlene are up first today; I get up at 9:20 AM. Joel is amazed I slept in so late. Breakfast at 10:05 AM consists of 4 pieces of bacon, 3 eggs, potato, and chilled peach slices. Darlene has a protein drink and some yogurt. Andrew Bishop, head of the World Cruising Club,. read more...


10/04/2015

American Spirit II - Day 457; Zip Line, Rally Party & Dinner with Folie a Deux; Wednesday, April 8, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 95; Cleaned Boat Bottom, Giant Clams, Numerous Boat Anchors Stuck, and Beach Party; Tuesday, April 8, 2014. Stayed up late, until 1:30 AM. Slept in until 8:00 AM. Hebe was trying to weigh anchor to go to the pass and 'drift dive.' Difficult time getting ancho on board. Took them 1/2 hour, with 2 snorkelers in the water and one tank diver dressed in SCUBA gear ready to go free the anchor. Finally they used their bow thrusters to position the boat so they could untangle anchor chain from the coral heads. At Manihi Atoll 8 miles away to the west, the sailboat NDS Darwin and one other Rally boat tried to weigh anchor Monday evening, and could not do it. So they waited until the following morning, Tuesday, and it took them 3 - 4 hours to clear their two anchor chains;. read more...


10/04/2015

GarliX - Was vermisst Ihr eigentlich noch??

Tour: Fatu Hiva / Marquesas - Fakarava / Tuamotus / rd. 540sm9.4.15 In einer lieben Mail neulich wurde uns die Frage gestellt …“Was vermisst Ihr eigentlich noch? Darüber haben wir lange nachgedacht; gibt es etwas, was wir vermissen? So einfach ist das wohl nicht zu benennen - und gar nicht kann man es isoliert beschreiben. Es geht wohl fließend über in „Vermissen“, „nicht Vermissen“, „mehr Wertschätzen“ und „was wir Vermissen werden“. Manchmal vermissen wir ganz einfache Dinge - genug Wasser, genug Strom, genug Licht (immerhin, ab 18:00 ist es hier Dunkel), Wifi jederzeit und damit den Zugang zu Wissen, eine Waschmaschine.Wir vermissen ein wenig solche Basisdinge… kurz noch mal in den Edeka fahren und alles Gewünschte liegt da… . Guter Käse, dunkles Brot - eben alles. Aber ganz schnell. read more...


10/04/2015

Luna Quest - Thursday, 9th April, 2015

Noon Position: 17.35S 149.37WDaily run: 55 milesWe slowed the boat down so as to arrive at Papeete in Tahiti during daylight hours. It also gave us an opportunity to sleep. All day the wind had been feeble and the swell annoying with the boat rolling from side to side with insufficient wind to keep the sails filled. When the boat rolls back, the sails collaps under their own weight for lack of wind and then crash back when the boats rolls to the other side. I managed to put a tear of some yards our light weight genoa when I tried to haul it on board the other day. That will have to be repaired and now that we have arrived in Tahiti, lots of other work, too, will have to be carried out. I have emailed the World ARC agent in Tahiti with 8 items for consideration by outside contractors,. read more...


09/04/2015

Exocet Strike - Second day on our short trip to Fakarava

What a great days sail, couple of rain squallsovernight but nothing too much, then today its been champagne sailing, ie a beamreach with good winds. For those not of a sailing nature, a beam reach is mostyachts fastest point of sail, with the true wind just behind 90 degrees from thebow and the appernt wind at 90 degrees from the bow. Now thats probably confusedeveryone even more. Its all physics folks. Anyway very pleasant.The wind has died a bit overnight so we will makeless speed towards our destination, but as long as we arrive in daylight thatsfine. We need to be at the pass into the lagoon at slack water, ie when the tideis not going in or out, as otherwise it can be really hard work, with maybe astanding wave caused by the rush of water out of the lagoon. How does the waterget in. read more...


09/04/2015

Exody - Days 83-87 - Nuku Hiva - Melon Heads, Garden of Eden

Six coconuts, six grapefruit, twelve oranges, five starfruit, one green papaya, a half hand (about 50-60) of green bananas and a half branch of bird pepper. That was our haul of fresh fruit purchases (2950 polynesian francs=circa 25 euros)after spending an hour with a local and his wife at Hakau - a collection of homesteads rather than a village - at Hakatea Bay (also called Daniel's Bay) in Nuku Hiva.Rightly billed in the book as a 'must stop', we arrived here yesterday Easter Monday April 6th midday via an early 5am start excursion to the other end of the island - 4 miles beyond Cap Tikapo - where we had gone in successful search of melon head whales.We found a substantial pod of about 50, some of which tracked and played alongside Exody folowed by bottle nosed dolphins which stayed. read more...


09/04/2015

Luna Quest - Wednesday, 8th April, 2015

Noon Position: 16.33S 149.02WDaily run: 52 milesThe two poled-out foresails that helped us along so well yesterday, had to be taken down first thing this morningas the wind had gone easterly and blowing us westwards, whereas we wanted to go south south west towards Tahiti. Now, with just a scrap of genoa out, we are managing a speed of just over two knots in very light breezes from the East. We do not desire any more speed at the present time as we are now aiming to make landfall tomorrow morning.Eric. read more...


08/04/2015

American Spirit II - Day 456; We Go to the Marina Pool & Have a Scenic Dinner; Tuesday, April 7, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 94; Giant Meteor at 4:00 AM, Arrived Ahe in the Tuomotos, Running the Pass, and Anchor Chain Problem; Monday, April 7, 2014. At 12:15 AM Joel and I decided to power up the motor so we could get to Ahe as close to noon as possible. With high tide at 12:01 PM, we needed to get to the pass into Ahe by 1:01 PM. One of our pilot books, Charlie's Charts of Polynesia, stated that slack water occurred 1 hour after low and high tide. So even though we had a good wind to sail with, we needed to make more speed if we wanted to reach our destination in time. If we did not get to Ahe by mid afternoon, we would have to wait until Tuesday morning to enter the pass during the low tide, or skip Ahe altogether and head to Rangiroa 90 miles away. A boat sailing with us, Follie a. read more...


08/04/2015

American Spirit II - Day 455; Air Drop Picture Day & Dinner with Nexus at Doolitte's; Monday, April 6, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 93; 7th Green Flash and Sailed 170 Miles; Sunday, April 6, 2014. Slept pretty good. Stephen awakened me for 6:00 AM watch. Missed great sunrise 6:10 AM. Was down below shaving, making coffee. Might have missed a green flash. At 7:00 AM the wind was 14 knots and our boat speed 6.0 knots over the ground. At 8:00 AM I took out the reefs in the mainsail and jib. Our speed immediately increased 1 1/2 knots. We need to sail at 7.0 knots to get to Ahe Monday in the daylight."****************************Up at 7:20 AM. Joel up at 8:15 AM and Darlene at 8:30 AM. Breakfast at 9:15 AM: bacon, 3 eggs, potato and chilled fruit cocktail. During breakfast Darlene says that like Joel, Heidi loves to row the dingy. She relates a story when Heidi was young and got in a dingy with 2. read more...


08/04/2015

Exocet Strike - Marquesas to Tuamotos

Well here we are onthe move again. 540 miles ish from Nuku Hiva to the Tuamoto island ofFakarava. The Marquesas were fabulous, all very mountainous,old volcanos to be precise. WE had a scary drive on Hiva Oa, so slipperry andnext to a precipice that for safety sake I turned around, not my normal gung hodriving style. The bay of Virges in Fatu Hiva was magnificent aswas the walk to the waterfall, hard going but worth it. Then a rendevous on the island of Tahuatu, wherethe local danced, sang and made music, well rehearsed but fantastic. We heardthat you could swim with Manta Rays, and indeed some of the boats were in theright bay when they appeared, we werent. oh well. Then onto Nuku Hiva where the anchorages werereputed to be spectacular and there was a bay full of hundreds of. read more...


08/04/2015

Luna Quest - Tuesday, 7th April, 2015

Noon Position: 16.04S 148.10WDaily run: 104 milesA lack of wind accompanied by a worked-up, irregular sea is probably one of the most frustrating aspects of cruising in a small boat. A larger boat does not have to take on every wave individually and can ride over them faster as it has a longer waterline and more sail. So we have to content ourselves with less progress and more bouncing around, but it has not stopped Julia fromproducing one wonder after another from the galley or making necklaces with tiny beads and pearls. Papeete (capital of Tahiti) is 120 miles away, which we could reach tomorrow during the day if our speed averaged 5 knots. Tahiti is surrounded by outlying reefs with navigational channels through them. The biggest is open to the port of Papeete and well buoyed, but we. read more...


07/04/2015

American Spirit II - Day 454; Darlene Arrives & Dinner with Nexus and Celebrate; Sunday, April 5, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 92; Nuku Hiva Mistake , Sleeping Clothes, Fans, Low Side Pole (Again), and On the Way to Ahe; Saturday, April 5, 2014. Upon leaving Nuku Hiva I realized that due to the snack bar with free and good Wifi, we were distracted and missed an opportunity to explore Nuku Hiva. We spent too much time at the snack bar. Specifically, Daniel's Bay, which is 2 to 3 miles to the west of our anchorage, has a waterfall that you can get to by hiking thru the mountains. We could have gone there for a day in our boat, and then motored back to the anchorage we were in. Live and learn. No way will any of us ever be here to explore that waterfall and mountain hike again."**************************Joel up at 8:00 AM. I got up at 8:40 AM. Before breakfast a couple, Wayne and Ali,. read more...


07/04/2015

American Spirit II - Day 453; We Get Acclimated in St. Lucia & Go To a Great Indian Restaurant; Saturday, April 4, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 91; Mike's B-Day; Leaving Nuku Hiva, One More Shark, Mainsail and Racing to Ahe; Friday, April 4, 2014. Mike Mogavero, who flew home on Thursday, had a B-Day today. If we'd have known that Wednesday night, we would have announced his birthday during the native dance like other Rally crews did."******************Up at 5:30 AM. Coffee. It had rained during the night and the dodger center window was not zippered down. Oops. Our blue recliners are wet. I read in the cockpit.Joel gets up at 8:20 AM. No breakfast today as we ate too much for dinner last night. At 9:00 AM the car rental guy, Shawn, shows up at the boat. After filling out the paperwork we follow him to the parking lot to get the car. After that Joel 'dresses the boat.' Meaning, he put up a lot of flags. read more...


07/04/2015

American Spirit II - Day 452; We Leave St. Vincent and Make It To St. Lucia; Friday, April 3, 2015

One Year Ago Today:"Day 90; Mike Flies Home After 5 1/2 Weeks, and Cats and Chickens Chow Down Together; Thursday, April 3, 2014. Rain squall 2:25 AM. Closed hatches. Up at 6:45 AM. At 7:23 AM Joel and I left to have breakfast with Mike at his hotel. We told the waitress, who spoke no English, that we wanted to order breakfast. Breakfast came, and it consisted of grapefruit slices, French bread with butter and jelly, and coffee. A European breakfast, says Mike. Mike departed in a taxi with another person at 9:40 AM."********************Up at 2:59 AM; stuck my head up in the cockpit and looked around. A little rock and roll in the anchorage. I then went back to bed.At 6:00 AM my alarm went off. Time to get up; it's moving day (to St. Lucia). I feel like I didn't get much sleep. A light. read more...


06/04/2015

Luna Quest - Monday, 6th April, 2015

Noon Position: 14.46S 146.55WDaily run: 116 milesWe are passing through the Tuomoto Archipelago today skirting the Rangiroa atoll. With sunrise there were a number of squalls sitting on the horizon with one moving towards us. We had one reef in the mainsail and several rolls in the genoa when the squall struck with 28 knots of wind sending Luna Quest at 7.5 knots towards the Tuomotos. As our little ship tends to luff in a puff, I need to help the Hydrovane by hand steering. I did not have much on when the rain came down and as I had not had a body wash for several days, I thought a good rinse would do the trick, but Julia took the opportunity to chuck me up a soapy face cloth and with that I managed to lather myself never ceasing to steer the boat with my left foot on the helm. Then the. read more...


06/04/2015

GarliX - Ostern hier auf Faku Hiva

Tour: Tahuata - Faku Hiva/ 50sm5.4.2015. Kann das sein…wir hier im Irgendwo…bemalen lustig Ostereier, beschenken andere Menschen, gehen in den Gottesdienst und empfangen sehr viel Lächeln und Blumenkränze für’s Haar. So haben wir Ostern lange nicht erlebt. Mit großer Freude und Ausdauer haben Hanna und ich unsere letzten Eier gefärbt. Haben uns dabei - in Ermangelung an Ostereierfarbe aus dem Laden - sogar an das alte Oma- und Mutterrezept mit Zwiebelschalen und Essig erinnert. Es klappt tatsächlich. Haben mit Wassermalfarbe SY Makena (Kat) und SY Aplus2 auf die Eier gemalt und sind morgens mit dem Dingi rum und haben kleine Nester verschenkt. Unsere letzten Eier haben wir mitgenommen zum Gottesdienst. Die Einheimischen haben uns eingeladen zu ihrer Messe. Das sind immer wieder Momente -. read more...


05/04/2015

Luna Quest - Sunday 5th April, 2015

Noon Position: 13.04S 145.51WDaily run: 118 milesEvery day is a glorious day and sailing cannot get any better. Julia is making a necklace and I am busying myself around the boat. We have now set a course to take us through the Tuomoto Archipelago towards Tahiti, where we are looking forward to experiencing some French culture and cuisine and a good long shower!Eric. read more...


05/04/2015

Juno - Marquesas, Nuku Hiva

We are on a broad reach, champagne sailing at 8 knots towards the Tuamotus, 500 miles to the southwest. The sun is already high in the eastern sky as the Marquesas fade behind us; the towering cliffs and emerald forests just a faint silhouette in the haze of the rising sun, the lens of proximity no longer in focus.  A pod of twenty dolphins plays in our wake; two pups swim in tight formation with their mother while energetic adolescents playfully leap high out of the water before sprinting ahead to the bow where they weave and jostle for position in the surf.  Curiously, this captivating sight barely raises a glance on board Juno. Caroline looks up briefly from her book, Andrew pokes his head up the companionway but that is all. We have become blasé about the bountiful marine. read more...


07/12/2014

Take Off - Our first squall

Although the full moon lit our way so gently last night was quite unsmoothdue to wind changes all the time. We suspected several squalls so the spinnakerwent up and down all night in prevention. However we seemed everytime to “miss”them. This morning was a grey morning, no sunrise from the sea and heavy cloudsahead of us. However the heavy clouds were all along the horizon so we thoughtit was just normal rain. We sailed through it, got a bit wet, the wind wassteady and we thought this was smooth. The wind started to blow stronger and wasup to 30 knots when it then dropped gently down to 17 knots. And from nowhere astrong wind hit the boat, Jörgen stearing had difficulties in answering the windand the broach was inevitable. And then came the real rain – just like pouringhundreds of. read more...


Juno - Marquesas, Nuku Hiva
Juno - Marquesas, Nuku Hiva
05/04/2015

Juno - Marquesas, Hiva Oa

On a long ocean passage reality is suspended. As the days roll by, our mental image of land is framed by our previous destination; the endless vista of sea and waves suspends that picture in our minds, making landfall all the more dramatic when it appears. Whether the palm trees and beaches of the Caribbean after an Atlantic crossing or the soaring peaks and lush jungle of the Marquesas, our senses are heightened, the impact greater. We are moored in the bay of Tahauku on the island of Hiva Oa, our port of entry to the Marquesas where generations of sailors have dropped anchor after the long pacific crossing.  It is a spectacular setting in the shadow of the brooding Mount Temetiu, its steep sides swathed in thick jungle, plunging down to the murky green sea below.Four boats of the. read more...


Juno - Marquesas, Hiva Oa
Juno - Marquesas, Hiva Oa
05/04/2015

Free & BrEasy - Deep Turtle

We are gradually working our way up the Winward Islands, collectively called the Grenadines, that form a chain of stepping stones between Grenada and St Lucia. Our last few days in Grenada continued to be happy ones, except for the frustration of not being able to fix either the water maker or the single side band radio, but by now Roger is well acclimatised to the vagaries of the Marine service industry! A huge achievement whilst we were still in Grenada was to finish the beans and rice that we had over prepared for a meal with Adela; what a relief to finally see the bottom of the bean box!We left Grenada with many happy memories of a beautiful island with friendly locals. As one old Yottie, that we met in the Market, commented, with a very wistful look in his eye, "I could die here".. read more...


05/04/2015

Luna Quest - Saturday, 4th April, 2015

Noon Position: 11.54S 144.05WDaily run: 125 milesLast night we witnessed a near full moon eclipse in a cloudless sky and lightening beyond the northern horizon. We stayed out to watch the phenomena and a very Milky Way for some time while Luna Quest was speeding along at 6 knots. Hauling in a light weight sail, I caused a rip in the sail of several yards. It is an old sail and we wonder whether it is reparable or needs replacing. We are looking forward to getting to Tahiti.Eric. read more...


04/04/2015

Juno - Marquesas, guest written by Andrew

It is 0230 in the morning, I am on watch and we are sailing from Tahuata to NukuHiva. We are proceeding at 6 knots and are passing on our port side Ua Pou – what great names! I am sitting in my shorts with no shirt, having hardly worn a shirt or shoes for the last 2.5 months. Our 17 day Pacific crossing ended at Hiva Oa 3 days ago; we are at the Marquesa Islands.  Hiva Oa and Tahuata are stunning and I have high hopes for Nuku Hiva which has one of the world’s highest waterfalls, which we will trek up to. On our Port side about 1 mile away is A Plus 2 and on the starboard side about 2 miles away Makena; both boats on the World Arc.   We left Tahuata at 1800 having had lunch on Makena with fish caught by Steve (a Marquesan with an unspellable and un-pronounceable name).. read more...


Juno - Marquesas, guest written by Andrew
Juno - Marquesas, guest written by Andrew
04/04/2015

Sweet Pearl - Azoren --> Barcelona - 8. Tag - Auf nach Cadiz

Nachdem in der Strasse von Gibraltar ab morgen bis vorraussichtlich Freitag ca. 30kn aus Osten gemeldet sind, haben wir entschieden ein Zwischenstopp in Cadiz einzulegen und abzuwarten. Wie lange wir da sein werden, wissen wir jetzt noch nicht, aber sobald es weiter geht, setzt sich dieser Blog auch fort:). Wir sind guter Dinge und freuen uns ab jetzt näher am Land zu segeln. Bis Barcelona werden wir wohl nie mehr als 50 Seemeilen (also ein halber Tag) von der Küste entfernt sein - sehr ungewöhnlich für uns:). Wir wünschen allen morgen sehr schöne Ostern! Ciao, Tom. read more...


04/04/2015

American Spirit II - Day 451; We Leave Bequia Island and Head to Chateaubelair Bay on St. Vincent; & See Green Flash No. 43; Thursday, April 2, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 89; Rain Squall, Mike's Hotel, Rendezvous Party & Stephen Kirk Joins Crew; Wednesday, April 2, 2014. Awakened at 2:39 AM by first of three rain showers. Mike got up and closed all the boat hatches. Thank you Mike.Crawled out of bed at 7:30 AM. Overcast. Light rain. Today is Mike's last day on the boat. At 8:20 AM a Frigate bird swooped down and grabbed a 3 inch fish from the water's surface 100 feet behind our boat. As it flew upwards, 3 other exotic looking birds (who remain unidentified for now) flew after the Frigate bird trying to take the fish out of the bird's beak. What is ironic is that the Frigate bird is noted for doing the same thing to other birds, and that is the reason its also called the Man o' War bird. Because it steals fish from other. read more...


04/04/2015

Luna Quest - Friday, 3rd April 2015

Noon Position: 11.11S 142.02WDaily run: 100 milesWe had planned to call into one or two of the Tuomoto archipelago atoll islands, but having read about the dangers of coral heads and dangerous passes into the lagoons, which can only be navigated at slack tide, we have decided to bypass them and head straight for Tahiti, another 200 miles further south. The weather today is again too glorious for words with a cloudless sky, gentle winds and a calm regular sea. It is hot, though, 32C in the boat with the fridge working overtime and blowing out more hot air. Julia has been busy making bread and hot cross buns while I have had a day of rest. Since arriving in Hiva OA, I have been on the go non-stop, scrubbing the boat, ferrying diesel and water aboard, being thrown about in the fearsome. read more...


03/04/2015

Celebrate - Fireworks Display!! Sulphur Springs, Diamond Gardens & Fond Doux Estate + more on the St.Lucia Island Tour!

The thrilling fireworks display put on by the Capella Hotel (formerly Discovery) was right over the bow of our boat!Never a dull moment in Marigot Bay!The next day we had a terrific all-day driving tour of St. Lucia arranged by the hotel concierge. Our great driver, Eugene, was just great and knew everybody.We stopped for a "jelly", a drinking coconut, along the way to Soufriere where we toured the magnificent tropical Diamond Botanical Gardens with a wonderful waterfall.Next was the drive-thru volcano mineral baths and sulphur hot springs.Lunch was at the lovely Fond Doux Estate.We finished the tour by driving on to Castries and stopping for "just baked bread" in a huge clay oven while we watched.Castries will be our net shopping excursion on our own.Next:Looking forward to the fleet. read more...


03/04/2015

GarliX - ? zu Ostern mit Mantarochen schnorcheln?

2.4.15 Tahuata. Solche Feiertage haben es in sich… und 12.000sm sind sehr weit… kurz nach Hause „beamen“ und wieder zurück - aber besser wäre, Ihr kommt her. Es ist hier das Paradies und wir sind froh, soviel Zeit hier verbringen zu dürfen. Irgendwann hat uns jemand gesagt, wenn „Ihr rum wollt, verbringt nicht soviel Zeit in der Karibik, bleibt länger in der Südsee“. Es ist auch das Paradies von Thor Heyerdahl, der in seinem „Kon-Tiki“ schrieb…„Schon am Nachmittag blies der Passat mit voller Stärke. Er wühlte das Meer zu brausenden Seen auf, die sich von achtern auf uns stürzten. Erst jetzt wurde uns allen klar, dass uns nun das Meer selbst in Empfang nahm…Wir waren in den Bereich des Passats gekommen, und jeder Tag führte uns weiter und weiter hinaus aufs Meer. Nun galt es nur noch mit. read more...


03/04/2015

American Spirit II - Day 450; We Tour Bequia, Including a Whale Museum; Poisonous Apples; Green Flash # 42; & a Loud Night in the Anchorage; Wednesday, April 1, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 88; Fueling Celebrate, Trillium Dingy Transfer, Snack Shop BBQ and Tsumani Alert; Tuesday, April 1, 2014. Up at 6:00 AM. Throat still sore, nose still running. Started generator at 7:00 AM to recharge batteries. This is something we do usually every morning and every evening for about 2 hours at at time. We only burn about .36 gallons of diesel an hour when we do this, which is not a great amount of fuel. While under sail, we charge our batteries with the hydro generator and wind turbine; and use the generator only if we're going less than 5 knots of boat speed."*****************************Up at 6:00 AM. Started generator. The sun rose over the hills or mountains to the east at 6:44 AM. A nice sight to behold. Breakfast is at 8:15 AM and consists of eggs, sausage. read more...



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