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02/06/2012

Usquabae of Fife - Rally Portugal

Ready, willing and able!. read more...


19/03/2011

Voyageur - Log day 262 - Into the North Atlantic.....

17 March 2011We are now well on our way into the North Atlantic, passed the 1000nm mark, and crossed the mouth of the mighty Amazon River. One hundred and sixty miles wide it takes twenty four hours to cross. It is advised to give it a clearance of 100nm to avoid all the debris and tree trunks that come spilling out into the sea. We were 220nm offshore so there were no concerns of coming into contact with anything. Last night was a very wet and windy night. When David does his morning rigging check he finds forty nine flying fish strewn about the deck, an all time record. Basia continues to limp towards Grenada. Mike's repair appears to be holding up well but another small leak has been discovered however the bilge pumps and a sponge and bucket keep the water ingress under control. The. read more...


27/01/2009

Cleone - CLEONE Leg 22A Day 9 - Water; a Technical Interlude

We have six, no eleven, sorts of water on board In Gibraltar, most houses have both salt and fresh water piped in.  The Rock is short of fresh, and now has to make most of it expensively by Reverse Osmosis.  So everyone flushes with salt water, though goodness knows how their sewage systems work - maybe they just pipe it untreated across into Spanish waters.  Aboard Cleone, life is even more complicated.Unlike most, if not all, of the other World ARC Yachts, we are the only one not to have had a problem with our water-maker; we have not got one.  So we carry quite a lot of Fresh Water with us, normally in three tanks.  One has a hole in it, but that still leaves us with 720 litres under the saloon bunks, nearly three quarters of a tonne.  This sounds a lot, until you imagine it may have. read more...


03/06/2012

Ninfea - Ninfea

Carbonara etc.. 2 giugno 2012  I giorni scorrono senza grandi cose da raccontare, lavori in barca, messa a punto di alcune cose...... niente di particolarmente importante.  Alla sera si va al bar di Peter per la solita chiacchierata ed una birra poi.......a letto. Siamo stati ieri a visitare l'isola con un bus organizzato solo per noi dell' ARC . Gita interessante, abbiamo potuto constatare le qualità dell'isola, il verde ovunque anche perchè qui piove spessissimo, le case modeste, il vulcano che ogni tanto si risveglia, i paesetti molto semplici, chiese ovunque. La guida dice che negli ultimi 40/50 anni ha subito terremoti ed eruzioni per questo molti isolani sono emigrati all'estero. Le coste sono bellissime con paesaggi mozzafiato, il nero della lava. read more...


24/10/2012

Indulgence - Blog 6 Sines to Porto Santo (rb)

Blog 6 Sines to Porto Santo (rb)Following time storm bound in Sines we finally ventured out on our 500 mile passage to Porto Santo (rb). As we left the wind was a favourable northerly so John was able to skilfully navigate through the numerous moored super tankers, whilst Seamus was in heaven below decks acknowledging AIS alarms a plenty.We settled into our watch system, working 2 hours on and 6 hours off, and sailed for a full nine hours before having to start the iron spinnaker ! The first day saw a mixture of sailing and motoring as the wind shifted direction and abated  or strengthened.  At one point a bird landed on the boat and sat on a crew members hand before finding a perch in the shelter of the canopy. That evening however was not without event. As night fell the. read more...


08/09/2012

BRIZO - Saturday 8 Sept 2012

After six weeks in Australia we have departed Darwin for the trip to Bali. So far there has been virtually no wind and the entire fleet has been motoring for hours-on-end, we're all tired of the endless drone of our engines! We are about halfway to Bali, expecting to arrive Wednesday morning if our fuel holds out or if the wind fills in.Our stay in Australia was not nearly long enough to see the country, it is a vast territory with a relatively small population concentrated in a few coastal cities. We stopped in Mackay, Cairns and Darwin; Corinne and the girls spent a week in Sydney when Lew was back in the States for work. We experienced a nice balance of city sights, national parks and wildlife. Most of our time was spent in proximity of the Great Barrier Reef, a very large area to. read more...


24/10/2012

VIA CON ME - Participants VIA CON ME

v\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} .shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);} Participants Sailing Yacht VIA CON ME -  ARC 2012  Melanie   Melanie Marquis, Crew, age 30, License for Sport and Pleasure Yachts inshoreNautical miles: approx. 3480 NM (most Mediterranean Sea)Hobbies: sailing, travelling around, have funProfession: electrical drafterPhilosophy: “exploring the world and enjoy the beautiful lifeTo see a picture of Melanie click here. read more...


02/06/2012

North Point - Ready for the off!

We’ve been to Sainsbury’s for our final shop, learned how to put up our flags and put an outline route into the chart plotter. We enjoyed the Welcome drinks and supper last night – it was good to meet lots of the other participants. We’ve also got a party tonight which will take our minds off the weather forecast for a while. We hope to be blogging on route but if the weather’s too bad you’ll have to wait until Bayona for the next instalment. They will be appearing on both web diaries while we are on the rally.. read more...


19/03/2011

Ariane - Basia - Kollision

Ein spannender Tag, Tag 10 der Überfahrt von Recife nach Grenada Liebe Seglerkollegen Kurzer Rückblick: Der Mittwoch, 16.3. wird dür eine unserer WorldARC-Yachten zum Tag des Schreckens! Es passiert das, was nie passieren soll und von der Wahrscheinlichkeit auch sehr selten geschieht: Basia, ein Katamaran unter kanadischer Flagge segelt früh morgens mit voller Geschwindigkeit in einen vorbeifahrenden Frachter! Der Mast bricht weg und auch die Rümpfe werden beschädigt. Die Flotte empfängt um 9 Uhr morgens das ‘Mayday Relai.’ Zum Glück ist niemand verletzt und der Wassereinbruch ist kontrollierbar, nachdem die Crew der ‘Eowyn’ die Beschädigungen mit einem Unterwasser-Epoxispachtel abzudichten versucht. Die beiden Yachten ‘Tucanon’ und ‘Eowyn’ beschliessen, Basia zu. read more...


26/01/2009

Cleone - CLEONE Leg 22A Day 8 - Over Half-Way

Still nearly nine hundred miles to go.Are you a half-empty or a half-full sort of person?  The Skipper's the former.  He says that there are still nearly nine-hundred miles to go.  For the rest of us, we are over half way there, the sun is shining, the sky is blue, the wind is blowing a fresh breeze behind us and there is still cold beer in the fridge.  True, the wind pulses a little now and then, and true it's right behind us, which makes steering quite challenging, and means that we are not going quite as fast as we would if the wind was on our beam a bit more.  But we are on our way to Brazil, and that means the beautiful city of Salvador, cold beers in comfy chairs, showers every day, conviviality, carnival and much more.  But, the Skipper persists in an Eyore-like fashion, ""over. read more...


03/06/2012

Voyageur - Leg 2 - Log 11 Weather on the wild side

29 May – 1 June By late afternoon the weather began to deteriorate. With two loads of washing done Voyageur’s interior was like a Chinese laundry as it all had to be brought inside to dry. We had a surprise visit from Elaine Bunting of Yachting World who is covering ARC Europe for the first time. That evening we attended our first ARC Europe function of this stopover, the “hot stone” dinner. Presented with a platter of pork, chicken, beef fillet, tuna, swordfish, octopus, it was DIY on a hot lava stone. It was a great evening all round, the skipper of Aniare leading everyone in a round of Scandinavian singing.  Overnight the wind started to build. We did not sleep well. By morning gusts of over forty knots swept through the port. We checked and rechecked our. read more...


05/09/2012

Anastasia - En route to Bali

12:08.3S 130:15.9E  We left Darwin at 12:00 and are now on our way to Bali. There is very little wind, and what little there is not in a very good direction for catamarans so we are averaging about 2 knots towards Bali, sitting right at the back of the fleet. Could be a long passage.   When we were staying in Darwin we were in a place called the "Duck Pond", which was a commercial marina (ie full of rusty fishing boats doing maintenance work using jackhammers and angle grinders). The only positive was that the fisherman were friendly and, before we left, they gave us a big Barramundi which we have just had for dinner. "Barra" is a very tasty Indo-Pacific fish. One of those things that are commonplace here down under but that most Europeans have never heard of (holidaying. read more...


03/06/2012

Hanami II - Horta - Les Sab'es d'Olonne.

Hanami II au depart des BermudesCeci devrait etre la derniere partie du voyage de retour. Le depart etait prevu ce matin mais a cause de la depression qui passe actuellement sur les Acores, l'ARC a repousse le depart de 06 heures du matin a ... Plus tard. Un des bateau est parti, A Lady, et a eu ce matin entre 45 et 50N de vent entre les iles. Cela n'incite pas a quitter le port, meme avec la pluie et le vent. Finalement Ian restera avec nous pour le retour jusqu'aux Sables, il avait envisage de trouver un autre bateau pour visiter les iles mais y a renonce. Cela rendra le retour plus cool car nous auron probablement un autre coup de vent en mer mercredi: les gribs de MaxSea donnent 30N avec surement des pointes a 35. Pour essayer de limiter cela nous irons probablement moins au nord que. read more...


02/06/2012

Moonstream - Team Moonstream

Here we are ready to cast off but breakfast first ....and less than 24 hours before the starting gun at 08.00hrs on Sunday 3 June.Did we hear there was some other nautical event going on on the river Thames?  Happy sailing to all participants.Jim, Tim, Ken, Chris, Maureen and Caroline . read more...


05/09/2012

Matilda - We Have Won a Darwin Award!

The crossing from Thursday Island went really well for us. When we could finally be arsed to put up the parasail, we shot off leaving more worthy boats in our wake. For two nights I was cursing the fact that the wind angle for the parasail was sending us North, however, it actually meant we stayed with the wind and made better progress, putting a Southerly bias in our course the next day. When we got to the mouth of the passage into Darwin we took the parasail down just before the accelerated winds (hows that for accidental timing) and then had no wind at all through the tight passage. So we had 17 hours of motor sailing into Darwin itself arriving very early on a beautiful morning, with our passage companions Dreamcatcher and Zoe (who motored in ahead of us). We then spent most of the. read more...


19/03/2011

Crazy Horse - March 19

Our position 1105 UTC 8 39.N 54 31.WI write this on Sat. morning after just getting off my watch. What a beautiful night with the moon shimmering on the ocean. We sailed beautifully going 8-9kts at about 90-120Deg. Our heading was 320. We are just about on the rhomb line to Grenada. We are about 476 miles from Grenada. So far if the winds hold we should be there before my sis. That will give us some time to get Crazy Horse into the marina and figure out if we can pull her out to get some work done there.The excitement is building on many fronts. For one, we are closing in on the last leg of this rally. Second, this is the last of one of the longest legs we have faced. Third, there is the possibility that Basia and the others who are aiding her will all make it to the rendezvous in. read more...


23/10/2012

Indulgence - An Interlude from Seamus

An Interlude from Seamus.We’re heeled well over on the Port tack. The windex is steady at last, a shooting star falls across it’s orange arms. Not to worry the closest point of approach is not registering on the AIS yet. The wind shrieks in the rigging as she plunges and rolls, rolls and climbs. One hand for the ship one for myself, ease the main a little, let her settle, less slamming now. Away to the North there is a stroboscopic display as sheet lightning highlights the black underbelly of fat storm clouds. They have already swallowed the Plough standing up on his sock the last time I looked. A different lurch – I duck as a grape shot of spray slashes across the canopy and the blindfolded outboard. There he stands clamped to his bracket, with his clenched tiller-fist raised in salute. read more...


25/01/2009

Quasar V of Lleyn - Quasar V's log for 24.1.09

24th January 2009 IT CAN NOT BE SIRIUS Said in true John McEnroe style!!  My gosh, I've never seen Sirius looking so colourful.  She sparkled with a brilliance unmatched in the nightsky: red, yellow, blue, green, orange , the belle of the ball.  She certainly had her competitors though:  Rigel and Betelgeuse (stars in the Orion constellation) twinkled in delight; Canopus glistened and flickered.  The backdrop ( the milky way ) was equally stunning as it cast a narrow veil across the sky.  I was in awe of the beautiful night sky, but particularly impressed by Sirius. Did you know that Sirius lies 8.6 light years away and is one of the sun's closest neighbours.  She is the brightest star in the sky, followed by Canopus, which lies 313 light years away.   The only disappointing factor of. read more...


25/01/2009

Talulah Ruby II - Talulah Day 365

2 days ago we celebrated our 1 years anniversary of leaving St. Lucia on Feb.23 2008 on the start of World ARC. It has made us reflect on now much we have done in that year,it's been absolutely brilliant,especially as elsewhere the world seems so full of doom and gloom.So we celebrated in the usual Talulah Ruby style and dressed up,opened some champagne,had a great dinner including a Christmas pudding I found lurking in the bottom of a locker(think its been there 14 months).But the wind is not being kind,and we have been wallowing around for days,we have reached a point where if we motor anymore,we will be disqualified from the race to Bahia,if we don't we might all end up with scurvy. So we shall battle on trying to sail for a couple of more days,if we don't get anymore wind we will. read more...


22/10/2012

Sundowner of Tortola - Testing

Testing. read more...


19/03/2011

A Lady - Struggling our way around the World

SATURDAY  19th  March  2011  Its gas really, as we said yesterday , we were happy bunnies again, but as we type this it is raining "cats & dogs" again,Now, we did have a good day yesterday and had Pizza for dinner around 4pm, this was followed by some Tuna and Sardines  for dessert, washed down with a cup of tea, Just goes to show, food is food, no matter what way you take it in,  00.00hrs  We covered 199.8 n miles in the last 24hrs, just not reaching the 200 miles!! The weather remained good for the night again, NE wind of 25 /28 knots,  and we still have a positive current. Suzanna, and Aileen did the 00.00  to 06.00hrs , allowing skipper to get 6 hrs rest.  At dawn, Skipper changed the fuel filters on the generator, a tough enough. read more...


03/06/2012

Scolamanzi - Leaving our Footprints and some Friends behind in Horta!

What a wonderful week of fun and sightseeing! The fun, without saying included many a late nights (this late setting of the sun is a bugger!!) on  Cerveja Sagres and at Peter's Sport Cafe ... or on our way to bed ... but with a bit of a delay (a pause till 3 am) in transition from the first to the next to the next yacht (rafted up 3-4 deep is a sure way of having company at night! ) Horta and in fact the whole island of Faial is just so special! We will certainly remember it as the most welcome stop ever after a crossing! For all different reasons but mostly for the fact that it was not a breeze (but a storm) getting here and  the jaw dropping surprise of this island made it all so worth the effort! We are leaving with very fond memories of people. read more...


02/06/2012

Seraphina - On the way to Plymouth

Left Lymington on Monday before dawn and we were treated to great colours as the sun rose.  Arrived in the Yealm (near Plymouth) 25 hours later.  Good sail but late for the tide at Start Point.  Stayed there for 2 days R & R and catching up with our friends B & A who live nearby.Ian 28 May 2012. read more...


02/09/2012

Ruby - À mi chemin du tour du monde de Ruby (AMEL 54) quel bilan?

Bilan TDM À Darwin (mi chemin)13000 miles parcourus en 240j (8 mois) dont environ100 nuits en mer100 nuits au mouillage40 nuits en MarinaConsommations:Moteur: 570 H soit 2000 L de gazoil et 1 impellerGénérateur: 800 H soit 1000 L de gazoil et 4 impellersDessalinisateur : 200 H soit 36000 H d'eau 5 vidanges huile des moteur et générateur.filtres moteurs et Dessalinisateur...Un changement de la pièce d'usure de l'arbre d'hélice.Pannes:Électronique: Remplacement de la girouette, du calculateur pilote auto, et de la VHFMoteur: changement des freins arbre transmission moteurGréement: changement d'un étai grand mat suite rupture 2 toronsVoiles: réparation/couture Parasailor, gennaker, grand voile, trinquette et foc d'artimon.Dessalinisateur: changement de 2 embouts des tubes, et. read more...


02/09/2012

Anastasia - Kakadu National Park

We have just returned from a two day visit to Kakadu National Park. The park is 20,000 square kilometres of land (the size of Slovenia) just two hours drive from Darwin. It is owned by aboriginals and leased back to the government for use as a national park and, in certain pockets of land, for uranium mining. The park is adjacent to Arnhem Land, which is a huge (100,000 square kilometre) aboriginal owned region of the Northern Territories. There is some contention over the future mining of uranium sites in the park and the aboriginals have shrewdly had Kakadu designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site to make sure the situation will be carefully monitored. Kakadu is an ancient wetland area that was devastated by the introduction of non-native species (particularly water buffalo, feral. read more...


31/05/2012

Seraphina - Prep for the voyage

Seraphina need a hull scrub at least.  After so research we decided on using Sealift at Gosport, Portsmouth Harbour- for a similar price to a conventional liftout wash, block off and relaunch they would lift, wash, do the antifouling and relaunch in 24 hours.  They were great all proceeding to plan lift out, wash off but then rain - no antifouling that day.  We had to reschedule - fortunately that day was great and Seraphina was antifouled.  Photo shows end result with Spinnaker Tower just visible.Ian and Sally seraphina - sealift (May 2012). read more...


20/10/2012

Persephone of London - SUNDAY 14TH OCTOBER - SATURDAY 21ST OCTOBER - MADEIRA

Today was the day we were going to leave Porto Santo and head south west the 25 nautical miles to Madeira.   There was a good breeze and big waves and we had a fun sail - Karen had again managed to wrestle the wheel from FRED (Flippin' Ridiculous Electronic Device) and hand steer for the first couple of hours before in turn Nigel wrestled the wheel from Karen!   We had decided that we would not go into the nearby marina for the first night or two but would drop anchor in Bay da Abra.    What a beautiful setting!    The bay was surrounded by high cliffs, which would offer us shelter from the strong northerlies.    We dropped anchor and settled in for a pleasant evening  and sat on deck watching the numerous walkers on the high cliffs above. read more...


03/06/2012

Scolamanzi - Leaving our footprint(s) behind in Horta!

Johann & Henriëtte Scholtz Gone Sailing again....the blue waters of the AZORES  is for the moment our backyard ! Yacht: Scolamanzi www.scolamanzi.infoIMG_1700. read more...


25/01/2009

Cleone - CLEONE Leg 22A Day 7 - Mandy's Birthday

Yesterday (24th January) we celebrated Mandy's xxth Birthday. "I prefer Chocolate to Lemon Cake" said Mandy, to nobody at all and apropos nothing in particular.  Jenni and the Skipper exchanged winks, and he quietly put away the Lemon Cake mixture and replaced it with a Chocolate one.  Both were of Mrs Crocker's finest, so despite the missing packets, Alexander Anderson's carefully written but almost indecipherable (what did all that expensive education achieve?) instructions applied equally; all that was needed was a mixing bowl, an egg, three-quarters of a cup of milk, some elbow grease and a suitable baking tin.  Well we had all of that, but unless you know what measure "a cup" is, you might as well be sitting on Mars.  A lot of head-scratching went on - we nearly had to consult Mandy. read more...


18/03/2011

Voyageur - Log day 261 - Looking on the bright side

16 MArch 2011Last night was a huge improvement from the night before. The wind settled into the north east and we were bowling along averaging 7knots in a probable 15 to 20knot breeze, and no rain! As John remarked "if the last two days were the only sailing you had ever done you would not do any more"! Time heals and it already has. Just after midnight I caught a glimpse of the Southern Cross. It was the first time since leaving Brazil that I had seen any night sky and curiously enough the only constellation visible. It was as if it had come out especially for my benefit and so reassuring to see that it was still there. I watched it for a full five minutes before once more it became enveloped in a thick blanket of cloud. David gave me some extra hours. I slept soundly. An early morning. read more...


18/03/2011

A Lady - Sailing around the World,

FRIDAY  18th  MARCH  2011  Its amazing how things change so quickly, The Bunnies are happy once again. Yesterday, we were going to give up sailing and today, we cannot get enough of it. funny how things turn around.   Last night, we had a roast beef dinner, with roast potatoes, creamed potatoes, baked beans ( the ones Paul brough us from the UK ) and " horse radish sauce"   , It was excellent and the seas made things better by remaining flat, so we ate in the " Starlight " Restaurant,  Then the wind filled in from the NE , about 25 / 30 knots, so with 2 reefs in the main and half a headsail, we took off into the sunset, this time there was actually a sunset.  Skipper did the 00.00hrs to 03.00hrs  watch, and spent most of the time. read more...


31/05/2012

Katerina - Log 2 Concern over accuracy of charts

Don't know about you but we're not sure that they have supplied us with the best chart available for Portugal.We think it might remain accurate so long as we don't use the tumble drier! P1000303.. read more...


20/10/2012

Indulgence - Blog 5 - OEIRAS to SINES

Oeiras to SinesWe were treated to a fine day for our arrival in Lisbon with the sun shining brightly enough to convince us that we were nearly far enough south for the butter to melt.Some of the crew freshened up with a swim at the beach next to the marina, but others only made it as far as the bar at the head of the pontoon.After celebrating our arrival, our thoughts turned to the subject most discussed by yachties: weather food.We did some more celebrating at a restaurant in town where we were greeted by Manuel’s Portuguese cousin who translated the comprehensive menu to us.After 15 minutes discussion and further translation and inspection of the fresh fish available, we all went for the first two choices offered and had a thoroughly good meal.We spent the next day “fixing” things on. read more...


02/06/2012

Luna - Log 19 - Arrival in and visiting Horta, Faial

De sidste par dage på søen blev et kapløb med tiden: Kunne vi nå i havn, før den meldte storm ville indfinde sig på et tidspunkt mellem kl. 3 og 6 natten mellem den 29. og 30. maj? Vi gjorde, hvad vi kunne og satte den store jern-Genoa på, da der nærmest ikke var vind at sejle for. Resultatet blev, at vinden vandt kapløbet. Vi nåede at være ude i ca. 3 timer i stormen, før vi for helt nedpakkede sejl kunne krydse mållinjen i Horta og trætte gå i havn. Hele natten op til stormens begynden havde været præget af småregn og lidt større skyl krydret med en god gang dis, så det var umuligt at se langt og få land i sigte. Men...vi kom jo altså fint i land kl.. read more...


02/09/2012

Trompeta - Ayers Rock

Big adventure from Darwin when we flew to Alice Springs with Charles & Marie (Dreamcatcher) to do a day tour to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park which is where the famous Ayers Rock is situated. Both Peter and Charles climbed to the top  of Ayers Rock which is 348 metres above the plain and 863m above sea level. We ended the day with a champagne BBQ dinner watching the sunset over Ayers Rock. Whilst in Alice Springs we dined at the Overlanders Steakhouse which was excellent and a real authentic outback experience with cow hides on the walls and wobble board entertainment!    . read more...


25/01/2009

Talulah Ruby II - Talulah,s skipper and mate after 365 days on world arc

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25/01/2009

Talulah Ruby II - Talulah,s mid Atlantic swim

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18/03/2011

Lady Ev.VI - DailyLog : Freitag, 18. March 2011

Hallo, Ihr Quaelgeister!Ja, Ja, ich schreibe schon wieder fuer euch ein DailyLog!Es sind schwere Zeiten, wenn man hoert, was in Japan los ist!Wo sind uebrigens alle die faelligen Entschuldigungen von denen, die uns "Bedenkentraeger" gegenueber der Atomkraft "Spinner", "Miesmacher" und "Schwarzseher" genannt haben? Wo bleibt das Argument, "Atomstrom ist aber viel billiger" nun gegenueber von 35 000 Toten?Das ist natuerlich nur meine persoenliche Meinung!Dass "Basia" nach einer Kollision mit einem Frachter sein Rigg verloren hat und nun unter Motor und mit Hilfevon Spritgaben von anderen WARC-Schiffen versucht, Grenada zu erreichen, wisst ihr wahrscheinlich alle.Wegen der anstehenden gegenlaeufigen Stroemung sagen die Berechnungen, dass ihr Sprit nicht ausreichen wird.Ich hoere im. read more...


31/05/2012

Katerina - Log 1 - Nearly ready to go.

So having arrived a week earlier than we thought we had (thank you to the marina staff for explaining that the 3rd of June was in fact 13 days away and not just a week away!) we have passed the first real initiative test.Yes, we have managed to tie our flags together and hoist them without having to recover too many halyards from the top of the mast.During our, unexpectedly extended, stay we have had a great time at Jolly Jacks.Can't believe how friendly the staff are.Sue and Sally are amazing.So if you haven't been yet you can't leave England without going for a drink there.We've also had amazing help from Richard, Tina and Peter of Marco Marine who organised a special complimentary rig check for us 3 and half years after buying the boat.You'll never beat that for after sales. read more...


02/06/2012

A Lady - LOG DAY 28 : Painting is hard work

FRIDAY  1st  JUNE 2012  Looking back at yesterday, a day which was spent mostly with skipper painting a muralon the quay wall, they say here that it is bad luck to leave without painting your logo on the quay, Last night was the prize giving , we did not feature in the prizes, but it was just not our day. we werefirst boat to arrive in " Horta" but we had too much motoring,  ahh well, we cant win them all, and over the last3 years , we have had a more than our fair share of firsts and prizes.   Going back to the quay walls and the paintings results in millions of pictures being painted on the quays and walls, just fantastic, what artists, displaying their talentsin every nook and cranny, many of them we know from the home ports,  Today , we did a. read more...


16/10/2012

Persephone of London - 12TH - 14TH SEPTEMBER - PORTO SANTO

On Friday evening we  set off to take a mile long walk  along the beach of golden sand (this beaches stretches along the southern shore for 4 miles)  to explore the town of Vila Baleira.  Not sure what to expect from this island,  we were pleasantly surprised to find a charming town of white buildings, red roofs and palm trees.  As usual, we stopped off in a local bar for a quick beer.  The bar was close to an attractive white church with its colourful blue paintings on the outside walls.       It was obvious something was about to happen as the bells of the church called the locals to worship.    The church obviously filled up quite quickly as the people poured in from all directions and soon there was standing room only. read more...


02/09/2012

Ruby - Queensland to the north territory

Margaret et Régine sont rentrées à Villedieu . Nous remontons par étapes de 50 à 60 miles vers le Cap York, probablement une des dernières régions vierges de la planète. La navigation dans cet immense lagon avec un vent bien établi SSE est un vrai régal. Le Parasailor est de sortie tous les jours. Première étape à Cooktown  (c’est ici que le capitaine Cook a fait réparer  son bateau l’Endeavour après s’être échoué sur un récif en 1770) : petit bourg du bout du monde dont la principale activité est la pêche pratiquée depuis la jetée. Puis étapes dans les îles  désertes de Morice et Flinders. Sur la cote nous ferons un stop à Portland Road et Margaret Bay (une obligation !!!) avant de remonter l’Escape River sur 3 kilomètres en espérant voir des crocodiles. Notre seule. read more...


27/08/2012

Anastasia - Arrived in Darwin

12:27.1S 130:49.2E  We have arrived in Darwin after a smooth traversal of the Van Dieman Gulf. The only problem we encountered was a total loss of wind, which meant we had to motor the last 20 hours.  Anastasia has had her seawater orifices treated for mussel growth, which apparently causes issues with the lock gates on the marinas. The marinas all have lock gates because Darwin has 6 meter tides so presumably it would be prohibitively expensive to use piles and floating docks like marinas do in areas with lesser tides.  We have to wait six hours before using our engines which means we are on the temporary dock until 6am tomorrow morning. Then we will go and refuel before entering the "Duck Pond" marina, which is the only marina with lock gates wide enough. read more...


16/10/2012

Persephone of London - AWAY ON THE HIGH SEAS (REAL BLUE WATER SAILING) - 8th - 12TH OCTOBER

So Monday arrived and we were off at 3.15pm  leaving behind the hustle and bustle and  the consumerist  Vilamoura.      The planned passage to Madeira, via the Island of Porto Santo situated NE of Madeira, was 535 nautical miles and we estimated it would take about 3 ½ days which would actually be our longest passage since Biscay and certainly the longest trip we had done double handed. We downloaded a weather grib (an electronic weather forecast for you land lubbers) which can be read on our chart plotter and it forecast light winds throughout the passage but stronger and more favourable wind south of the rhumb line (direct route) where as north of the rhumb line the winds were going to be very light to negligible and variable in direction by. read more...


24/01/2009

Quasar V of Lleyn - Quasar V's log 23.1.09

23rd January 2009 ASSAULT AND BATTERY Wind abandoned us again last night, but by 04.00 hrs, just as I was coming on watch there was sufficient wind enabling us to cast aside the rumble of the engine and hoist the sails.  The wind was coming from the south (on our left, or to our port!), so we needed to rig the Yankees for a port tack.  Given that the wind has been predominantly behind us coming from the east, we?ve either had the spinnaker up or twin headsails (the Twistle), So Sam and I scrambled around in the dark on the foredeck, lowering the spinnaker pole and tidying away the spinnaker guys and sheets; tying the yankee clews together and setting the sails for a pleasant reach (a reach is when the wind is at a right angle to the boat).  Far too much exertion for 0400 hrs but it gave. read more...


01/06/2012

Irena - Horta

Zadnjih 12 ur plovbe do Horte je bilo zelo zahtevnih. Iz skoraj brezveterja smo "uleteli" v vetrove do 38 vozlov in valove vec kot 4-5 metrov. Jadra smo zmanjsali na minimum in v takem se vedno jadrali med 6 in 7 vozli. Jadrnica se je res izkazala. Obcasno smo seveda dobili udarec valov v bok, pa vodo v kokpit, vendar hujsega ni bilo. Zjutraj ob 8 smo zagledali Horto inpotem vpluli v pristanisce. Vse to je bilo pred dvema dnevoma. Vmes sem urejal nekaj okvar, vibracije propelerja, bel dim iz izpusne cevi motorja, alternator. Vendar ni bilo nic posebnega in sedaj cakam samo se na popravilo alternatorja. Obcutki po drugem precanju Atlantiko so seveda prijetno, ob tem, da je precanje zahod- vzhod mnogo bolj zahtevno kot vzhod-zahod. Upam, da je sedaj pred menoj bolj umirjeno obdobje.. read more...


26/05/2012

Ailsa - 50:21.865N 4:10.035W

50:21.865N 4:10.035W     Now in Plymouth but back at work. Typical trip down the Channel but we arenot deterred – the home baked brownies and Bakewell tart kept us going. Met upwith old friends Gordon and Sandra in St Mawes whose lovely house on the hill,sea views and promise of occasional punts up the Carrick Roads have greatattractions. Onwards and upwards, the collection of snap shackles builds andenough is enough unless the safety checkers bowl us a googly!   Richard and Shelley Kennedy. read more...


17/03/2011

Voyageur - Log day 260 - Two Difficult Days

15 March 2011The last forty eight hours have been both tiring and tiresome. With the wind straight out of the north we spent the night motor sailing into a short choppy sea, every now and then Voyageur's bow would smash into a big oncoming roller and her speed would fall away. Then the sheets would vibrate, the sails flog, making sleep, for me at least, an impossibility. At dawn the lights of two other yachts off to our port turned out to be Chessie and Tzigane. Throughout the morning one squall followed another, and at midday, with the sky ahead leaden and threatening we prepared once more for yet another blow. Suddenly the wind was going round in circles and we tacked this way and that trying to keep Voyageur moving through the water. As we entered this vortex we were hit by hammering. read more...


17/03/2011

A Lady - Sailing around the World.

 THURSDAY  17th March 2011    ( St. Patricks Day )  00.00hrs, A great sailing night. A close starboard fetch with 25knots of breeze, A good moon, although it was partly hidden by clouds. Skipper did the 12 to 03 watch, Suzana did the 03 to 06 watch and Aileen did untill 09.00 hrs.  At 06.00hrs  The flippen wind suddenly changed direction into the NW, directly on the nose. this was followed shortly by torrential rain which lasted for 7 hours,  Ohhh , things could not be worse, we were all soaked again, and then the port plastic window in the " Spray Hood " just blew in , exposing us to the full force of the elements. Did you ever think to your self  " I hate this sailing lark " well , we were close to that. Poor suzanna was not good.. read more...


01/06/2012

Freedom Found - Log Day 8 & 9 - Wed-Thurs - First casualty!

Strong winds and waves have continued up to 30kts and 10ft seas. Running SE to avoid worst of storm with reports of gusts to 50kts. Need to keep away from that if possible. Mark tried some gymnastics in preparation for the pensioners Olympics and decided to levitate whilst have his afternoon siesta. Unfortunately hes not perfected the art and came down stronly against the edge of a foldaway table - Ouch lots of blood but a quick hair cut revealed a 1 1/2 inch gash which was cleaned and steri-striped. He was then put on light duties but seems OK today having just served bacon sarnies. Phew can't go without our 'head' chef! ha ha. Curently 971 nm to go as at Fri 15:00 UTC Grant, Mark(o) /patch), Marisa & Jorge. read more...



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