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06/07/2015

Widago - Rostock to Ronne

A big bright moon is lighting a torch for us tonight as we head to Denmark in search of butter cookies, blue cheese, and bacon.WIDAGO uncovered a pair of Maryland Moseley stowaways aboard. So now the count is:Boys: 6Girls: 1Always outnumbered. Regardless of my domestic engineering efforts, I really don't think there is anyway to keep that tweenage man-child smell at bay. Farts and Fritos my friends.So far, the sailing has been great. We left the docks and had sails up by 4pm. Last night we were treated to a beautiful lightning show, followed by winds gusting to +30kts. A bit too rich for my blood. Arab, being the wise, kind sage that he is, decided to wait it out until the winds were lighter to depart for Ronne. After a few hours on a beam reach, we made the turn, and unleashed the. read more...


05/07/2015

Widago - Happy 4th of July - ARC Baltic

Greetings from WIDAGO and her crew!We just returned to Hohe Duene after a fantastic week visiting the German Countryside, Amsterdam, and back to Hamburg. Luckily the boat was still floating, in exactly the same place we left her. Whew…..The last couple days, I noticed our sweet Ahab showing signs of WIDAGO withdrawal….headaches, stomaches, irritability, crabby-pant-itis…worried about the big girl as she was left to fend for herself while we were getting our “touristic” land-based adventure fix. Rest assured all was as we had left it, minus one wild ferret or weasel/mink like creature that had begun to visit our boat.We had a very successful trip to Hamburg, securing our Russian Visas for the rally into St. Petersburg Russia at the end of the month. Again, so many thank yous to Martine at. read more...


Widago - Happy 4th of July - ARC Baltic
Widago - Happy 4th of July - ARC Baltic
05/07/2015

Gertha 4 - Rostock

54.10 N  12.05 E   Hot and sunny in Rostock. Over 30 yesterday and humid similar today.Tomorrow it breaks we are told and wind comes back, could be good for a sail toBonholm. WCC have found the swankiest marina in the area to start the rally,hospitality and organisation is usual quality operation. Gertha continues to behave herself, treated to a new water pump in Kiel, soshowers are back on full blast.   s. read more...


05/07/2015

Luna Quest - Sunday, July 5th, 2015

Noon Position: 18.42S 173.21EDaily run: 115 measured milesOur wish yesterday for a little more wind was soon fulfilled. The sky overcast quite rapidly in the afternoon with a mass of heavy rain clouds straight ahead of us. No sooner had we reached these, than a wind sprang up first from the SW, but rapidly changing to the South with 20 knots. We were romping along at 7 knots of speed and all night the wind held from the South. Our noon position leaves us no more than 225 miles to go, which calls for careful planning so as not to arrive in the dark on Tuesday morning. Port Resolution is a grand name for an inlet on the east coast of Tanna island that is not on any recognised chart. We have to make do with coordinates that Rally Control have given us, but comparing these with our chart. read more...


04/07/2015

Northern Light - Cuxhaven to Hamburg

Wednesday 1st July08.30 - Set off from Cuxhaven accompanied by customary porridge with honey and milk,11.30 entered the lock at Brunsbuttel and into the Kiel Canal with the barometer still rising (1042), in bright sunshine and light winds, and commenced the 50 mile passage to Holtenau, and the Baltic SeaThe Kiel canal was fascinating mainly for the enormous variety of vessels, both commercial and pleasure, passing through. We thought of stopping off at Rensberg which is about two thirds of the way along it, but when we got there we were not very impressed, and decided to head for Holtenau and the baltic. 20.30 - entered the lock at Holtenau, along with some very large commercial ships - we were fortunately allowed out first! You have to pay at the East end of the canal depending on. read more...


Northern Light - Cuxhaven to Hamburg 1
Northern Light - Cuxhaven to Hamburg 1
Northern Light - Cuxhaven to Hamburg 2
Northern Light - Cuxhaven to Hamburg 2
Northern Light - Cuxhaven to Hamburg 3
Northern Light - Cuxhaven to Hamburg 3
Northern Light - Cuxhaven to Hamburg 4
Northern Light - Cuxhaven to Hamburg 4
Northern Light - Cuxhaven to Hamburg 5
Northern Light - Cuxhaven to Hamburg 5
Northern Light - Cuxhaven to Hamburg 6
Northern Light - Cuxhaven to Hamburg 6
28/06/2015

Northern Light - Katwoude/Amsterdam

Sunday 28th JuneMy cousin James Jacklin, and I, flew from Stansted to Amsterdam arriving late morning. We then proceeded to get ripped off by a charming taxi driver for the 27 miles to Katwoude, just North of Amsterdam on the Markermeer. On arrival, the recently acquired Halberg Rassy 40 looked immaculate, having been fully cleaned and polished as pre-agreed with De Valk , the agent. The process for buying a yacht in Holland is very ordered, and once you sign the contract you are committed to buy subject to survey. The seller on the other hand is obliged to remedy any shortcomings exposed in the survey to the satisfaction of the buyer, unless the cost exceeds 6% of the contractual price.The next morning Rick Nesham, an experienced sailor from the East Coast, arrived by taxi, and rather. read more...


Northern Light - Katwoude/Amsterdam 1
Northern Light - Katwoude/Amsterdam 1
Northern Light - Katwoude/Amsterdam 2
Northern Light - Katwoude/Amsterdam 2
02/07/2015

Luna Quest - Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

Position: Musket Cove Marina (FIJI)Musket Cove is a holiday resort in the island of Malolo Lailai. It has a small marina for shallow draft boats and offers holiday makers (mostly from Australia or New Zealand) a relaxing experience. There are no hotels other than the one low-level resort reception area where guests are allocated their own little shalets that are tastefully dotted around with grassy areas, palm trees, a swimming pool and white beaches with reefs beyond. The island is tiny and you could probably walk round it in half a day. We are very pleased to be here, for it is the first place where one can truly feel on holiday. Luckily, the weather has improved dramatically, although still cold at night. One could easily linger here for quite some time….We arrived here on Tuesday. read more...


29/06/2015

Flomaida II - Phantastischer Küstenabschnitt bis zum North Cape von Australien

Segelnderweise bei extrem guten Windverhältnissen geniessen wir dieAborigine Küste mit unglaublich schönen Riffen, Inseln und Silikon Dünenmit Höhen zwischen 50 und 77 m, die teilweise von roten Bauxitfelsenunterbrochen sind. Von Weitem denkt man, die schneebedeckten Alpen zusehen,so weiß ist der Sand!!Leider ist die gesamte Küste "Krokodil verseucht", sodass nicht daran zudenken ist, zu ankern und an Land zu gehen.Wir ankern im Escape River gleich vorn,um am nächsten Morgen pünktlich mitauflaufendem Strom durch die Albany Passage (16 sm weiter) zu kommen.Da bekommen wir einen Anruf über Kanal 16 von dem Perlenzüchter Rusty, deruns einen ruhigeren Ankerplatz empfiehlt. Gleichzeitig warntseine Frau Bronwyn uns vor den Krokodilen und bittet uns eindringlich,auch nichts über Bord hängen zu. read more...


26/06/2015

Flomaida II - 25.6.Morrison Island, ein Leckerbissen

Diese Riffinsel ist unglaublich faszinierend!Als wir ankerten bei Hochwasser, war sie ein Minisandhaufen mit Büschenund einer Palme, die wir schon von Weitem sehen konnten.Als dann das Wasser zurück ging, lag vor uns eine Riesenlagune aus Sand,Korallen und kleinen Bächen, ähnlich der Watt Landschaft.Also machten wir natürlich einen ausgiebigen Spaziergang durch Wasser undSand und auch um die kleine Insel, die voll war mit rivalisierenden zweiVogelgruppen:normalen Möwen und Imperial Tauben, die beide einRiesenspektakel machten.Wir ankerten ganz alleine hinter diesem flachen Inselchen, hatten 20-30 knWind, allerdings keine Welle. Unnötig zu erwähnen, dass wir wieder einenunglaublich schönen Segeltag hatten!Kurz vor Sonnenuntergang kamen 2 Fischer vorbei und boten uns Lobster imTausch gegen. read more...


27/06/2015

GarliX - Vuda Marina - Pflege für GARLIX und uns

Standort: 27.6.15 / Vuda Marina / FijiWell done! Unsere GarliX ist wie neu… neue Farbe, neue Anoden, unsere Kratzer von unseren „Mooringtonnenerlebnissen“ sind zu gespachtelt und der Motor wurde gecheckt. Wir sind begeistert von der kompetenten Arbeit der hiesigen Firmen. Ja, wir haben zum ersten Mal die Arbeiten ausführen lassen - und hätten es nicht besser machen können. Um den Luxus perfekt zu machen, haben wir für drei Nächte im Hotel geschlafen; auch deswegen, weil die Marina es nicht so gerne sieht, wenn man in dem Boot an Land schläft. Welch ein Erlebnis… wir hatten es fast vergessen wie es ist. Endlos warmes Wasser, endlos Strom und Licht - welch eine Verschwendung!! Ein wenig komisch wirkten in dem Restaurant die halb nackten Tänzer, die für die Gäste traditionelle Tänze. read more...


29/06/2015

Two Fish - Sailing sailing

TwoFish pulled out of Cape May Friday morning at 6 AM. We headed into the ocean made the right turn into the Delaware Bay along with rainy skies, low visibility and 3 foot swells. There is a lot of commercial traffic in the Delaware Bay so we had to maneuver to keep our distance from a few tugs and freighters.The wind and the currents have been mostly on our nose so we've been running the motor to make progress. But progress has indeed been made. Eventually the sun came out and we were able to enter the east side of the C&D Canal at 5 PM. So we made very good time. There were three other rally boats within a mile of us most of the way home. We were all crossing the C&D Canal together. Originally we thought we would overnight in Chesapeake City along the way, but we. read more...


27/06/2015

Flomaida II - Geheimtip Forbes Islands (27.6.)

Das Abenteuer,das wir vorhatten,wäre im Endeffekt doch ein zu hohes Risikogewesen, da wir einfach zu viel Wind hatten (30 kn),das Wasser zu unruhigwar, und der Himmel leicht bedeckt war.Das kann problematisch sein, denn in so einem Gebiet muss immer auch"Eyeball Navigation" gemacht werden, das heißt, die Sonne muss senkrechtoder hinter Einem stehen, damit man die Korallenbänke erkennen kann, dennso genau können die elektronischen Seekarten nicht sein. Wir hättenwenigstens ruhige See gebraucht, um durch den Korallen/Riffgarten nachForbes zu gelangen.Von Weitem sah es grandios aus mit dem leuchtend grünen Riff drum herum!Aber selbst mit Motor fuhren wir nur 3 Knoten,und wenn der ausgefallenwäre plötzlich.....Das Bild der elektronischen Karte wird nachgeliefert, wenn wir wiederInternet. read more...


Vuda Marina - Pflege für GARLIX und uns
Vuda Marina - Pflege für GARLIX und uns
26/06/2015

Two Fish - Sailing sailing

Sorry for the delayed update. It's been a full and busy 48 hours. On Tuesday we headed out onto the rolly Atlantic Ocean. 3-5 foot swells came out of the south. Eventually a brisk 20knot wind filled out sails and had us averaging a 7-8knot speed. We headed Northeast and paralleled the coast 10-20 miles offshore. Despite the rolly seas, Captain Paula prepared us a lovely mid-morning snack with prosciutto and melon, pears, olives, etc. and an equally lovely lunch as we headed towards Ocean City with full sails. Just before dinner, our VHF radio started making a horrific beeping noise and alerted us to severe thunderstorms in the Manassas area. And then another alert for storms near Annapolis. And then one for storms near Dover Delaware and Roanoke and Easton and on and on.... apparently s. read more...


26/06/2015

Northern Light - Amsterdam to the North Sea

James Jacklin, my first cousin, and I are heading to Katwoude, in the Markermeer, which is 12 miles North of Amsterdam, on Sunday morning of the 28th June. The plan is to pick up Rick on Monday morning and then head North across the Ijsselmeer towards Den Oever, where we will lock out into the Texelstroom. We will then pass Den Helder and take the channel, to the west of Texel, into the North Sea, following which we aim to bash on towards the Elbe, and the Kiel Canal.This is the first log and is a bit of a test to see whether the system works!!Mike Parker. read more...


25/06/2015

Exody - Days 157 - 165 : Gooood Mooorning Savusavu

...was the cheery morning call of resident sea-salt Curly Carswell, running the daily cruisers net from his houseboat in the well protected Nakama creek on Fiji's northern and second largest island Vanua Levu.Curly provides weather and routing advice to yachties as well as selling fishing lures- guaranteed to work if you put them in the water! The creek, brown from the overnight torrential rain, is full of yacht moorings virtually all occupied as we arrive on Tuesday 16th June and pick one up immediately in front of the busy bus station and market. Dolly Singh from the small Coprashed marina, where we had a reservation, later politely explains that unfortunately no-one had left!The attractions and services of this small town seem to grow on visitors and this, combined with the wet and. read more...


24/06/2015

Firefly - Marina de Lagos Hooray!!!!

 We have arrived in Marina de Lagos after 3.5 weeks of sailing and themajority of which has been a real treat! Final legwas around 80 miles and we had some fun 30 knots around Cap St Vincent which wasfun as no reef in and we were surfing at around 14 knots until Sienna hadfinished LunchWhat a lovely trip and FIREFLY was a dream and really part of thefamily thanks for keeping us safe  Crew Firefly   37:06:61N08:40:50 m_IMG_2521 m_IMG_2522 m_IMG_2523 m_IMG_2524 m_IMG_2525 m_IMG_2526 m_IMG_2527 m_IMG_2528 m_IMG_2529 m_IMG_2530 m_IMG_2531 m_IMG_2532 m_IMG_2533 m_IMG_2534 m_IMG_2535 m_IMG_2536 m_IMG_2537 m_IMG_2538. read more...


Firefly - Marina de Lagos Hooray!!!!
Firefly - Marina de Lagos Hooray!!!!
Firefly - Marina de Lagos Hooray!!!!
Firefly - Marina de Lagos Hooray!!!!
Firefly - Marina de Lagos Hooray!!!!
Firefly - Marina de Lagos Hooray!!!!
Firefly - Marina de Lagos Hooray!!!!
Firefly - Marina de Lagos Hooray!!!!
Firefly - Marina de Lagos Hooray!!!!
Firefly - Marina de Lagos Hooray!!!!
Firefly - Marina de Lagos Hooray!!!!
Firefly - Marina de Lagos Hooray!!!!
Firefly - Marina de Lagos Hooray!!!!
Firefly - Marina de Lagos Hooray!!!!
Firefly - Marina de Lagos Hooray!!!!
Firefly - Marina de Lagos Hooray!!!!
Firefly - Marina de Lagos Hooray!!!!
Firefly - Marina de Lagos Hooray!!!!
Firefly - Marina de Lagos Hooray!!!!
Firefly - Marina de Lagos Hooray!!!!
Firefly - Marina de Lagos Hooray!!!!
Firefly - Marina de Lagos Hooray!!!!
Firefly - Marina de Lagos Hooray!!!!
Firefly - Marina de Lagos Hooray!!!!
Firefly - Marina de Lagos Hooray!!!!
Firefly - Marina de Lagos Hooray!!!!
Firefly - Marina de Lagos Hooray!!!!
Firefly - Marina de Lagos Hooray!!!!
Firefly - Marina de Lagos Hooray!!!!
Firefly - Marina de Lagos Hooray!!!!
Firefly - Marina de Lagos Hooray!!!!
Firefly - Marina de Lagos Hooray!!!!
Firefly - Marina de Lagos Hooray!!!!
Firefly - Marina de Lagos Hooray!!!!
Firefly - Marina de Lagos Hooray!!!!
Firefly - Marina de Lagos Hooray!!!!
24/06/2015

Flomaida II - Cooktown, Lizard Island, Flinder´s Group Islands (21.7.-24.7.)

Wow, nun fängt es an: ca 20 Tage einsame Riffinseln, kein Netz und auchkeinen Supermarkt!! Welcher Verzicht fällt uns wohl am Schwersten??Nach einem herrlichen Segeltag von Cooktown nach Lizard Island(Durchschnitt 8 Knoten bei 30 Knoten Wind) tanzen wir nun vor Anker aufdem Vulkan! Der Wind hat noch zugenommen, und wir pendeln im 90 GradRadius hin und her. Gut nur, dass es keine Welle gibt hinter dem CaptainCook Lookout Berg.Der wird morgen erklettert (356m). Wir werden denBleitauchgürtel umbinden, damit wir nicht wegfliegen!Wir waren nicht auf dem Lookout, aber auf Mrs Mary Watson´s Spuren.1881 lebte sie hier mit Mann und Baby und 2 chinesischen Bediensteten, umSeegurken zu ernten und zu vermarkten.Als ihr Mann auf See war, wurdenihre Bediensteten von Aborigines angegriffen. Einer wurde. read more...


23/06/2015

Two Fish - Sailing sailing

Date: June 23, 2015 at 9:30:42 AM EDTHeading out to sea today. It's a 2-3 hour motor out of the river. We got a late start because we "slept in" until 6:30 am. Almost all the other sailors left around dawn. We will be grateful for those 2 extra hours of sleep during our overnight watches this evening.The exit out of the Chesapeake Bay is very very busy with commercial boat traffic, tugs & barges, and battleships. LOTS of battleships, huge ones with big guns and the right of way. We've even seen a submarine-- unsubmerged of course. There are lots of Navy police vessels with machine guns and 18-year-olds at the helm to make sure we don't get too close to something that were not supposed to.There is a huge wide channel that all the ships follow as they enter and leave this area. But. read more...


Two Fish - Sailing sailing
Two Fish - Sailing sailing
22/06/2015

Luna Quest - Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday 22/6/15

Position: 17.46S 177.23EPort Denarau MarinaRun from Suva: 134 mliesWe were glad to be in Suva Harbour securely tied up to one of the yacht club’s mooring buoys as the weather unleashed fierce gales with masses of rain. It was cold and we needed to dress warmly. The Royal Suva Yacht Club is a grand name for the shabby conditions and services the club provided. The jetty was half worn away with rusty bolts sticking out and threatening any yacht that might want to come alongside for watering or fuelling up. As the tide went out, Luna Quest settled in the mud alongside for the night. The following morning the damage had been done; not irreparably, however. So we were glad to find one of the club’s mooring buoys available in Suva harbour as there was no space in the dirty and crummy marina,. read more...


21/06/2015

Widago - Father's Day 2015

Father’s Day 2015 OK… Before we start, go grab a coffee (or beer if you’re in the right time zone) and put your feet up because this might take a few minutes. Been a very busy Father’s Day… First of all, justa big Happy Father’s Day to all you dads out there, especially ours: Popeye & Granddaddy Pawpaw. thanks for your love, support, and awesomeness. …it all started out with a best of intentions, in the wee hours. At this lat/long, sunrise is at 3:30am, which means the skies begin to get dusty by 1:30. My normal night shift has me on lookout for pirates, vessels, and weather from 11-3. So lucky for me, I’m the only one these days who is on watch in the pitch dark and pitching seas. Normally, I hear Ahab begin rumbling by about quarter ’til, my drooping eyelids yearning for the sleep.. read more...


Widago - Father's Day 2015
Widago - Father's Day 2015

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