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17/09/2014

Folie a Deux - creating participation and fun- "story time"

This story is submitted by Lucy Ramsey on Folie A deux. the competition was proffered by Charlie on Celebrate, based upon an idea from Claire on Ghost as a fun activity for the WORLD ARC boats making the crossing rom B ali to Christmas Island.What a great idea to engage the fleet!!The Deux and the Ratz[pronounced Ducks and Rats]Once upon a time, there was a group of Adela deux, that lived in a poole on the star of Polaris. They were celebrating the finding of a Saphir mine nearby. Unfortunately a clan of American Ratz, from the land of Oz in the Andromeda Galaxy, had recently landed on the other side of the star, The Alpheratz name was Merlyn and he had recently lente his edible pearl industry to his cousin Darwin, who refused to give it back so he was bankrupt. He was developing a plan. read more...


17/09/2014

Celebrate - Fishing and dolphins

We are just 10 miles South of Christmas Island, having decided to skip this short stopover in favour of the next. Trade winds are now well set with Celebrate almost on a direct track for Cocos Keeling surfing along at 9 to 10 knots. From previous reports Cocos is one of the highlights of the rally so we are looking forward to an extended stay there; ETA 2-3 days.Fishing boats have kept our night watches busy, the locals don't bother with, radios, navigation lights or AIS (automatic identification system) leaving us little clue of their intentions. We found one trailing a net almost a mile long and another left a buoyed line across our path as far as we could see; fortunately the line was deep enough to sail over--if it hadn't we would have become a trawler for a while!Not to be outdone. read more...


17/09/2014

Sweet Pearl - Bali -->Christmas Island - 4.Tag - Wie der Wind

Wir sind so schnell wie selten zuvor. Der Wind und vor allem die Strömung haben uns mit bis zu 10 Knoten Richtung Christmas Island flitzen lassen. Jetzt drosseln wir, damit wir bei Tageslicht dort ankommen. An Bord ist soweit alles in Ordnung; alle sind gut drauf und sind gespannt auf Christmas Island, das wir in den morgen in den Morgengrauen erreichen sollten:-). Cheers, Tom. read more...


Flomaida II - Mmmhhh, die unglaublich süßen Grapefruits!
Flomaida II - Mmmhhh, die unglaublich süßen Grapefruits!
Flomaida II - Zwei Besucher, die uns Früchte schenken und sich über T-shirts freuen.
Flomaida II - Zwei Besucher, die uns Früchte schenken und sich über T-shirts freuen.
Flomaida II - Christoph mit neuer Freundin??
Flomaida II - Christoph mit neuer Freundin??
Flomaida II - Unglaublich schöne Bucht auf Epi/Vanuatu
Flomaida II - Unglaublich schöne Bucht auf Epi/Vanuatu
Flomaida II - Oyster Island
Flomaida II - Oyster Island
Flomaida II - Sind sie nicht zum Knuddeln?
Flomaida II - Sind sie nicht zum Knuddeln?
Flomaida II - Am Ende der Welt das perfekte Passionsfruchtsoufflé in einer liebevollen Sammeltasse!
Flomaida II - Am Ende der Welt das perfekte Passionsfruchtsoufflé in einer liebevollen Sammeltasse!
16/09/2014

Firefly - Vanuatu

The Lonely Planet Guide says 'Tropical weather brings light and life to sandy beaches and azure waters. Throughout the islands, strong communities show off their countries attributes to a soundtrack of drumming and dance'.The lat/long for Efate (where Port Vila is the capital) is 17 degrees 45 minutes south, 168 degrees 18 minutes east - or about 1200 nautical miles due east of Cairns in Australia. Aneityum, the southern island in the chain is about 175nm from Port Vila and we have chosen to clear in there. Its upwind of the other islands and from there we can most easily visit all of the main islands over the next 4 weeks before we head off the New Caledonia.Vanuatu lies right on top of the 'Pacific Ring of Fire'. It is on the edge of the Pacific tectonic plate that is being forced up. read more...


16/09/2014

American Spirit II - Day 253; Good Sailing and Weather So Far and We Conduct a Man Overboard Drill to Retrieve a Bucket; Monday, September 15, 2014

Turned the engine on for the first time since starting the leg at 1:05 AM. Wind lightening. Up at 6:00 AM; turned the engine off at 6:13 AM. The wind is 8/9 and we're moving 4.6 knots thru the water and 4.5 knots over the land. Not fast, but moving. The sun rose at 6:19 AM. No green flash due to a hazy horizon. Seven Rally boats are around us and visible on our AIS; a couple visually. I put one fish line in the water at 6:40 AM. At 6:43 AM 4 3 - 4 foot dolphins swam by the boat from right to left, just missing the bow; jumping 4 feet out of the water at every chance they got. It was quite a sight. Very cool. I had to turn the engine on again at 7:37 AM. Bummer. The wind had dropped to 5/7 knots. We're now moving at 6.4 knots over the ground. Alpheratz hosted the 9:00 AM communications. read more...


16/09/2014

American Spirit II - Day 251; Provision Day, GPS Antennae & Auto Pilot (?) Fix, Skipper's Briefing & Jeanine Miami Moves to Nexus; Saturday, September 13, 2014

Up at 6:45 AM. Breakfast in the marina at 8:30 AM, followed by the Rally communication's briefing at 9:00 AM.Russ and Laurie from Nexus joined us at 9:20 AM. From 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM I typed and sent out 4 logs. This was the largest accumulation of logs I'd gotten behind in a long time, maybe since the trip started. Its amazing how busy you get when you're on land. Sightseeing, relaxing, fixing things, provisioning, movies (on the boat), dinners out, parties, etc. With the help of Jeanine's 'hot spot' phone, I even loaded two new books to my kindle: a Jack Aubrey novel called The Mauritius Command, and The Covenant. The former is about a British Captain sailing in waters we're heading to, Mauritius and Reunion islands; and the latter is the history of South Africa by James Michener.. read more...


16/09/2014

Flomaida II - 14./15. 9.Überfahrt nach Neu Kaledonien

Nun sind wir doch gestartet, denn wir wollen die erlaubten 48 Std. nichtüberstrapazieren. Also legen wir am Abend ab, damit wir im Havannah Kanalzwischen dem Festland Neu Kaledonien und der wunderschönen größten Laguneder Welt bei Tageslicht sind, denn dort warten Riffe und unangenehmeStrömungen.Nach dem Abendessen geht es los und zwar gleich heftigst mit 25-30 Knotenauf die Nase. Da denke ich schon mit Grauen an die 1000 SM nach New Zealand.Eigentlich ist es Masochismus pur, wenn man an solchen WetterbedingungenGefallen findet! Aber wenn dann der Anker vor unberührten, paradiesischenInseln fällt, ist der ganze Segelstress vergessen.Habe einen tollen Spruch gelesen: "Was ist der Unterschied zwischen Bulimieund Segeln? Beim Segeln übergibt man sich vor dem Essen!" Gut, dass ich. read more...


16/09/2014

Celebrate - In the Indian Ocean to Cocos, leaving behind Exoctic Bali Dancers, Diving & a "Unique" Party & more!

Flying for now in the Indian Ocean at 10kts with all sails up heading for the Cocos Keeling Islands!Beautiful, kind and exotic are all descriptive of Bali and her people.We have such treasured thoughts of our time there.My generous husband, Charlie, hosted a birthday party for me at a lovely terrace with pool overlook bar called "Unique".We are so grateful to Peter for arranging transportation for many of the fleet who joined us!Also, many thanks to those who could attend.You all made the party very special!More special times at the rally dinner with extraordinary exotic Bali dancers and great friendliness among the fleet!Also, Peter & Charlie took a fun diving trip, the first time for the two of them together.More dives to come!For our foodie friends, Cathy is a very lucky girl with. read more...


Flomaida II - Warten auf das Testergebnis
Flomaida II - Warten auf das Testergebnis
Flomaida II - So friedlich......
Flomaida II - So friedlich......
Flomaida II - Heute ist Waschtag
Flomaida II - Heute ist Waschtag
Flomaida II - David zeigt uns stolz seinen halb fertigen "Yachtclub"
Flomaida II - David zeigt uns stolz seinen halb fertigen
Flomaida II - Spannendes Malaria Test Ergebnis
Flomaida II - Spannendes Malaria Test Ergebnis
Flomaida II - Malariatest wird getrocknet. Alle zwei Monate wird er gemacht
Flomaida II - Malariatest wird getrocknet. Alle zwei Monate wird er gemacht
16/09/2014

Firefly - Firefly on passage to Aneityum, Vanuatu

Firefly is on passage to Vanuatu - we have arranged special permission to clear into Aneityum (sometimes called Anatom) - the southernmost island in the chain. We left Vuda Point Marina at 1400 on Monday 15th September having provisioned, fueled, watered and checked out all in one morning. Leaving was not actually that easy as the SE trades were curling around the end of Viti Levu and creating a SW on shore sea breeze. We slowly managed to motor into the chop and then had a change of plan and managed to bear off and get the sails up to beam reach to the north of Malolo Island (instead of going south) and out through the fringe reef and into open sea.This is our first long passage since arriving in Fiji from Tonga back in mid June - preparing for it and undertaking gives us somewhat mixed. read more...


Flomaida II - Unglaublich kares Wasser
Flomaida II - Unglaublich kares Wasser
02/09/2014

Flomaida II - Ohne Worte!

Collages. read more...


Flomaida II - Ohne Worte!
Flomaida II - Ohne Worte!
Flomaida II - Die vergessene Insel Erramanga- wunderschön!
Flomaida II - Die vergessene Insel Erramanga- wunderschön!
Flomaida II - Weniger ist meer!
Flomaida II - Weniger ist meer!
Flomaida II - Wow! Die Qual der Wahl, welcher Strand soll es für heute sein?
Flomaida II - Wow! Die Qual der Wahl, welcher Strand soll es für heute sein?
16/09/2014

Nexus - Beautiful Sailing in the Indian Ocean

A day of beautiful fast sailing in the Indian Ocean!. We're on white sails alone as we are short handed, however Nexus has been making great time with the apparent wind on the beam. We continue to see abundant wildlife, and actually watched the dolphins in our bow wave today feed on the flying fish we scare up. They would cruise next to the bow and dart out to the side with amazing speed as we scared flying fish to take flight. They would snap one up and return in an instant. We're about 100 miles south of Indonesia, and we sailed past numerous fishing boats all around us last night, with bright white lights, spreading a large glow in the darkness. Some of them were tending to large floats with colored blinking lights on them, not sure if they were nets or long lines but we were in two. read more...


15/09/2014

Flomaida II - 11.-15.9. Lifou/Ile Loyauté- Neu Kaledonien

Zum provisorischemEinklarieren in Neu Kaledonien müssen wir auf dieOstseite nach Wé.Da können wir nicht ankern, weil zu viele Riffe vorgelagert sind, und auchder Ostwind immer noch stark bläst. Also beschließen wir, per Autostop indie Hauptstadt zu kommen, da nur ein Bus morgens um sieben Uhr fährt. ImMoment segeln wirgemeinsam mit Luna Blu und Lazy Lady. Während wir dreiFrauen den Tag mit Einklarieren und Sightseeing und Shoppen (Lebensmittel)verbringen, beheben die drei Kapitäne mit gegenseitiger Assistenz fast alleProbleme. Das ist wirklich das Schöne, dass Jeder von Jedem profitiert undimmer wieder neue Erkenntnisse gewinnt. Danach schmeckt das Helferbier umso besser!Heute haben wir mal Glück im Unglück! Leider reißt eine Leine an den Davits,jedoch ist das Boot schon im Wasser, also. read more...


15/09/2014

Sweet Pearl - Bali -->Christmas Island - 2.Tag - Ab die Post

Und bereits nach 5 wundervollen Tagen in Bali sind wir auf dem Weg nach Christmas Island - 580 Seemeilen südwestlich von Bali entfernt und gehörend zu Australien.Nach einem guten Start mit Wind und Strömung, sind wir heute am Motoren, dies wird höchstwahrscheinlich noch 1-2 Tagen so bleiben, bevor der Trade-Wind sich wieder einstellt und wir nach Christmas Island unter Segel brausen können.Alle sind gut drauf und ready den indischen Ozean zu durchqueren.Cheers, Tom. read more...


15/09/2014

Nexus - On our way to Chirstmas Island!

We're on our way to Christmas Island! After a great sail, close hauled in nice wind and beautiful weather out of Bali, we're now in 3.kts true wind and motoring, but it's still a beautiful day.Laurie had another close encounter with a whale last night, who blew his spout next to the boat, but not as close as last time. One of the boats behind us reported a pod of more than 100 dolphins! It's great to see the sea full of life. Hopefully tonight will bring the trade winds!Russ and Laurie on NEXUS at 14:00 9/15/2014 at 9 21.0'S;112 30.4'W. read more...


14/09/2014

Free & BrEasy - Bye Bye Beautiful Bali

After six days on land we are back on Free & BrEasy headed for Christmas Island on a 585 mile westward passage in the Indian Ocean. Light winds are predicted but fingers crossed we will be able to sail rather than motor, as refuelling with diesel will not be as easy from here on. From Christmas Island, the next destination, a mere 525 miles away, are the Cocos (Keeling) islands in the Indian Ocean, followed by a long 2350 mile passage to Mauritius.The Indian Ocean can be a sailing challenge so we spent some of our time in Bali visiting temples asking the appropriate Gods to send us fair winds and safe sailing.Bali is a tourist's heaven with tours available to see a range of delights from forest monkeys and volcanoes to one of the many, many temples. There are temples everywhere and. read more...


14/09/2014

Celebrate - Farewell to Bali

Before leaving the dock at Bali Marina we and Celebrate were blessed by local guide Aasa and his wife. The ceremony which many boats participated in involved a prayer, a floral offering and a flower placed behind our ears. This together with lots of smiles and farewells made our departure very special. Once out at the start we threw more offerings into the sea to help make it a safe and enjoyable passage. The blessings appear to be working as we are are enjoying a good breeze and more than forecast.We have left Bali with some very fond memories. Cathy and Charlie took off to a hotel for a battery re-charge. Cathy treated the whole fleet to a memorable birthday party at the hotel roof top bar. The seven seas theme ( Cathy, Charlie, Celebrate, Cocktails, Cake, Champagne and lots of. read more...


14/09/2014

Firefly - Giant Clams, Mantas and the embroidered bag is returned

we finally left the Blue Lagoon on Friday 12th having had a brilliant kitesurfing session the day before. Brent from Aurora Star and Peter from Vegas joining Paul in absolute spectacular conditions - 20 knots of wind and flat, relatively shallow azure water. We had an excellent sail down to the west coast of Naviti. The wind was stronger than expected so the planned stop at Somosomo was replaced with anchoring off the Botaira Beach Resort.We established it was the Botaira Resort by consulting our Fiji Lonely Planet guide, a useful resource on this kind of cruise. Exactly as the guide said, the staff at the Resort were very friendly allowing us to book in for dinner and also join in the herbal walk around the grounds conducted by Sam who was extremely knowledgeable about Fijian herbal. read more...


13/09/2014

American Spirit II - Day 250; Elephant Safari & American Spirit II Receives 2 Prizes During the Rally Dinner; Friday, September 12, 2014

Up at 7:00 AM; and breakfast in the marina restaurant at 8:00 AM. We departed the marina in a beautiful van sent from the Safari Park for us. Leather seats, air conditioning, 3 rows of seats. Rally nice. About 30 minutes into our 1 1/2 hour trip Russ from Nexus called and said that Suzana from Rally Control needed Jeanine's passport to process her for transfer from American Spirit II to Nexus. Jeanine was joining Nexus because with Jeremy on board we were 'overloaded' for the next two month's voyage and Jeanine had to leave. Nexus was short crew, as two other crew had just left and they were now at two instead of four. Once we got back to the marina I found out that Rally Control needed Joel, mine and Jeremy's passports, also. Once we'd given her the passports we headed back to the. read more...


13/09/2014

American Spirit II - Day 249; Jeremy Nance Joins the Crew and Charlie from Celebrate Holds a Party for Cathy; Thursday, September 11, 2014

I got up at 5:30 AM because I'd gone to bed so early, but then went back to sleep until 7:15 AM. Breakfast at 8:30 AM was in the restaurant, with a selection of 'American' breakfast or 'Banana Pancakes' being the popular choices. As Rally Control does whenever we're in port, they had their daily broadcast at 9:00 AM. We walked into town and activated our local phones. We'd already bought a local SIM card of $5.00; and loaded 200,000 Rupiah of air time on each phone. That's $20.00 worth of air time. I think its $.60 per minute to call the US. More than in Fiji and Australia where it was $.15 per minute to call the US. The lady loading the phone didn't speak a word of English so the transaction was 'fun.' Joel departed to the airport to pick up his son-in-law Jeremy Nance, whose flight. read more...


13/09/2014

American Spirit II - Day 248; A Tour of Bali and a Whale Hits Boat Story from 20 Years Ago; Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Up at 6:30 AM for a tour starting at 8:00 AM. Breakfast on the boat consisted of bacon, scrambled eggs, chilled fruit cocktail and raisin bread.At 8:00 AM we boarded a bus for our all day tour. Our tour guide was named Arsa. As we started our tour it became obvious that there was no public transportation in Bali and that most people drove scooters or motor cycles instead of cars. Driving was on the left side of the road with the steering wheel on the right side of the bus and cars. Arsa indicated that Bali has two seasons: dry and wet. Currently we're in the dry or summer season. As we drove around we saw MacDonald's, Burger King, KFC, Circle K and Dunkin Donuts. There are over 13,000 islands in Indonesia with 3,000 of them inhabited. Bali itself is 95 kilometers from north to south and. read more...


13/09/2014

American Spirit II - Day 247; A Wild and Rocky Night & Arrival in Bali ; a Shootin Star 'Circles' the Moon; & Nexus Almost Hits a Gray Whale; Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Turned the water maker off at 12:20 AM after making water for 3 hours; and the generator. Now its quiet. The wind was 15 knots and our boat speed 4.7 thru the water and 7.3 over the land, with a 2.5 knots helping current. I put a reef in the main at 1:00 AM to further slow down the boat. That slowed us down to 5.6 knots. We turned the engine on at 3:42 AM as the wind suddenly went really light and the seas with the opposing tide were quite bumpy. We then rolled the sails up as they were flapping too much. I was back on watch at 5:41 AM. Our speed was 3.1 knots, with a current against us still of 2.5 knots. We were violently rocking back and forth. It was like riding a bad roller coaster and not being able to get off...for hours on end. Boingo Alive was on our port bow 8.5 miles away. The. read more...


13/09/2014

American Spirit II - Day 246; Final Race to Finish Line in Bali; Monday, September 8, 2014

Up at 6:17 AM. The moon was still up, just above the port bow horizon; setting into the mist or fog.Jibed the mainsail from port to starboard side. Was doing 4.3 knots, now 5.7, with the wind 10 knots dead astern. David got up at 6:35 AM and Jeanine went to bed. I put two fishing lines in the water at 7:15 AM; one hand line and one line on a reel. The sunrise at 7:39 AM occurred 3 minutes before I'd anticipated, so I missed any chance for a green flash sunrise...again. However, another blood red sunrise. Quite spectacular, even with a smattering of light clouds on the horizon. A fish 'hit' the pole and some line ran out for a couple of seconds, then the fish thru the lure. The communications net was at 9:00 AM; hosted by Tim by Ghost. Breakfast at 9:20 AM consisted of scrambled eggs; cut. read more...


12/09/2014

Flomaida II - Akrobatik pur auf dem Weg nach Neu Kaledonien 9./10.9.

Nun zu der Frage von Einigen, was wir denn so den lieben langen Tag machen,wenn wir unter Segeln sind.Ablegen 9 Uhr morgens von Port Vila mit errechneter Ankunftszeit von 15 Uhram nächsten Tag. Zuerst fegt uns der Wind mit 25/30 kn übers Meer und das aufder sehr hohen Kante. Hab mal wieder eine Vomex gegen Seekrankheit genommen, umauf der sicheren Seite zu sein. Gut, dass ich vor gekocht hatte und vieleBananen vom Markt da sind. Nachts vertörnt sich das Achterliek so, dass wir denBaum nicht bewegen können. Ca 1 Std Jonglierarbeit bei Schräglage im Dunkeln mitder Gaffel, bis wir es wieder frei haben. Das Schiff muss natürlich gleichzeitigam Wind gehalten werden. Gut, dass wir Vollmond haben!Dann wollen wir das Großsegel reffen, leider will das der Rollmechanismus nicht!Auch von Hand kann. read more...


10/09/2014

Firefly - Riding out strong winds in the Blue Lagoon

Its been very windy for the last few days so we have been tucked in and anchored close to the shore off Nanuya Lailai one of the islands that borders the Blue Lagoon. Our yellowbrick tracker is now functioning again and if you visit https://my.yb.tl/firefly/ and you will be able to see where we are. Several days back (Sunday 7th) we went snorkeling in the pass between Tokatokeanu pass between Naviti and Drawaqa but did not encounter the manta rays we were hoping to see. Despite this it was a beautiful place to snorkel and we saw a huge number of fish including a very large Barracuda that made our hearts flutter a little - they can sometimes be dangerous. Up until this time the winds had been very gentle but that evening the wind went from zero to 20 knots over the course of a few hours,. read more...


09/09/2014

Flomaida II - 25.8.-07.09. herrliches Segeln im Vanuta Archipel

Inselhopping vom Feinsten!Bei gleichbleibendem Wind um 25 Knoten von Osten klappern wir traumhaftschöne Inseln ab:Epi ist eine unglaublich grüne Insel mit weißen Ministränden und Höhlen,umgeben von Riffen voll blühender Korallen und Schildkröten, die neugierigihren Kopf heraus strecken. Dugongs oder Bondas(Seekühe) haben wir nichtgesehen, aber das ist auch schwierig, weil sie wie Staubsauger den Bodendurchpflügen und viel Dreck aufwirbeln. Wir bleiben lieber in mitten derKorallen. Ab und zu besucht uns ein Auslegerkanu und bringt uns Grapefruits,wir revanchieren uns mit T-Shirts und Süßigkeiten.Weiter geht es nach Amrym, leider gibt es zu viel Schwell in der Bucht zumübernachten. Obwohl wir uns die TamTam Schnitzereien anschauen wollen,beschließen wir, zur gegenüberliegenden Insel. read more...


09/09/2014

American Spirit II - Day 245; Still Sailing to Bali and Green Flash #18; Sunday, September 7, 2014

I neglected to mention that for dinner Saturday night we had kangaroo steak. It was OK but I wouldn't eat it again, at least as a steak. The kangaroo hamburgers we had a week ago were much better. David got up at 6:00 AM and I rolled out of my berth at 6:45 AM. A mountainous island called Totoka Sumba was off our starboard beam 38 miles away. The sun rose at 7:32 AM (Darwin time). Another bright red fireball sunrise, but no green flash. The reason I mention 'Darwin time' is that during this leg all boats are on this time for communication's and leg finishing times. Otherwise, boats could be reporting times from at least 2 time zones, leading to confusion. Once we get to Bali we'll reset our watches and boat clocks to Bali time, which is 1 1/2 hours earlier than Darwin time. By 7:37 AM we. read more...


09/09/2014

Starblazer - 09/09/2014 – Vanuatu

As John wrote in Sunday’s log, we had put two reefs in the main to slow us down.We were still going too fast and our ETA was creeping earlier and earlier.While going fast is normally a good thing, I know, we didn’t want to arrive in an unknown port, with dubious reliability of navigation lights, in the dark.We put the third reef in the main at 1800.At 2300, first watch changeover, we decided to alter course towards the southwest because we were making 6 knots with the smallest amount of sail unless we experimented with the storm sails!The course alteration would make our trip to Port Vila longer as it would involve another change of course to bring us back up towards our destination.By the 0500 watch change it was time to alter course again and I had strict instructions to wake John up. read more...


08/09/2014

Sweet Pearl - Darwin -->Bali - 8.Tag - Baldige Ankunft

Wenn alles gut läuft, werden wir noch heute vor Sonnenuntergang ankommen - das hängt aber alles von der Strömung ab. Wir hoffen es klappt, ansonsten bleiben wir noch eine Nacht draussen, da abgeraten wird Benoa bei Nacht anzulaufen. Uns gehts allen sehr gut und freuen uns bald wieder einen Fuss aufs Land zu tun:) Cheers, Tom. read more...


07/09/2014

American Spirit II - Day 244; More Birds Join Crew & Green Flash #17; Saturday, September 6, 2014

David got up at 6:00 AM and I followed at 6:30 AM. The small bird that had joined us the day before was still on the foredeck. The wind was 12 knots and our boat speed 6.7 knots. We are motoring with no sails up. I put the mainsail out at 6:45 AM and our speed increased to 7.4 knots. The boom is on the starboard or right side. Some clouds but stars still out. The sunrise at 7:22 AM was another blood red one. No green flash. The atmosphere isn't really clear enough for one...yet. With clouds we're hoping for a little more wind today so we don't have to motor. I put 4 fishing lines in the water, two on poles with reels and two hand lines with very, very simplistic reels. I realized this morning that when we turned the motor on last night we forgot to take the hydro generator out of the. read more...


07/09/2014

Free & BrEasy - Half The World Away

We are only twenty four hours from Bali, Only twenty four hours from another home (Thank you Gene Pitney!). The passage from Darwin across the Timor Sea and the Indian Ocean has been slow and stately. We have experienced light winds and have made good use of our mechanical crew member (the motor of course!). In anticipation of Free & BrEasy's performance in light winds, we left Darwin two days earlier than the rest of the fleet and will arrive with them, 8 days later. We are not winning any races but we are not losing out on the all important Bali experience.When we arrive, Annabelle and Alejandro will be waiting for us as they flew from Darwin. Alejandro has been celebrating his big four O birthday with his mother and sister. Happy Birthday Alejandro!Roger and Michael sailed (and. read more...


07/09/2014

Sirocco Of Oz - Darwin - Bali Day 6 Sunday 7th Sept

Ok folks the wind as finally filled in, we had a good sail last night (Saturday) and likewise on Friday, currently we are under screecher only and sailing along at around 7 knots, we tried flying a reefed main but it made no difference to our speed as it was blanketing the screecher too much. We could try the kite but its getting late in the day and we don't fly it at night in case the wind picks up, the screecher can be handled by 2 crew...All good and providing the wind stays with us we expect to just make Bali by fading light Monday, every hopeful !!. Other news:Friday as the sun was setting and we were eating out last bit of Tuna we got a hit, after a bit of a battle in came a nice 1.2m (4') Spanish mackerel - nice eating.Yesterday tried a poled out jib but the downlaul for the pole. read more...


07/09/2014

Celebrate - Approaching the Indonesian Coast

The light winds we suffered early on on this trip are now over and are now enjoying 20 knots of trade wind sailing taking us towards Benoa Harbor on Bali. Ironically we now have to put the breaks on by reducing sail otherwise we will reach our destination over night, this is not an ideal situation and on this occasion the harbor is closed so we must wait till morning and slack water. Our route from Darwin has taken us through different seas on the edge of the Indian Ocean starting with the Timor Sea, the Savu Sea and now the Flores Sea. We are now within 15 miles of Lombok as we approach the Indonesian Coast. The air temperature has gradually increased and flying fish are flying again. No fishing yet but some pink lures and line are on the shopping list for Bali.Now the wind is up we. read more...



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