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Till - After ARC Baltic Party on Jennie B
Till - After ARC Baltic Party on Jennie B
23/08/2014

Nexus - Half Way Across the Gulf of Carpentaria

We're about half way across the Gulf of Carpentaria, having left Cape York heading for Darwin across the top of Australia. It's a beautiful day, a bit lumpy with moderate winds, but great sunshine and very little shipping traffic as we get further from the Torres Strait. We left Seisia motoring in virtually no wind, and over the last 12 hours, we've been trying to slow the boat down so we don't arrive in Darwin too early for our marina availability. The forecast shows the wind dying off, so maybe we'll wish we had hurried along at this stage, but puzzles like this are the joy of sailing. We are very much looking forward to getting together with everyone in Darwin!Russ and Laurie on NEXUS 13:11 on 8/23/2014 10 6.5'S;139 48.2'E. read more...


23/08/2014

Sweet Pearl - Cairns -->Darwin - 8.Tag - Und es geht weiter

Und es geht weiter und weiter. Mal mit mehr Wind, mal mit weniger Wind. Gestern hat Sandra im offenen Meer (wo sonst auch?) den Kopf einer Schildkröte gesehen. Eigentlich waren wir auf dieser Strecke jetzt öfters in Begleitung. Wir hatten zweimal eine Delfinschule vorne am Bug für längere Zeit mit uns schwimmen. Wir haben einen Wal gesehen und eine Schlange in der Nacht neben dem Schiff erblickt. Libellen waren auch zu Besuch und Vögel. Sozusagen einen ganzen Zoo;-). Cheers, Tom. read more...


22/08/2014

American Spirit II - Day 228; Joel B-Day Today, 5 Large Fishing Vessels, A Dolphin Show on the Bow, Pilot Whales Pass By, Green Flash #13 and Making Good Time Thru the Arafura Sea to Darwin; Thursday, August 21, 2014

As Joel came on watch at midnight I wished him a happy birthday. Even though its not his birthday until tomorrow in Florida. When Jeanine came on watch at 3:00 AM she had her tea and a pear and then got ill and let if fly on the windward side of the boat. Oops. Leeward is better.I relieved Jeanine at 6:00 AM.She was still a little under the weather; but a real trooper to stand watch when ill. The wind was 13/15 and our speed 5.7 knots with a reefed main and jib. I shook the reef out of the jib and we picked up .2 of a knot to 5.9 knots. At 6:31 AM I shook out the reef in the mainsail and our speed increased 4 to 6.3 knots. It was getting light out. No chance of a morning green flash as clouds are on and above the horizon to the east. Our speed continued to increase and was 7.0 knots at. read more...


Starblazer - Starblazer - John in sulu with yaqona root
Starblazer - Starblazer - John in sulu with yaqona root
22/08/2014

Starblazer - 22/08/2014 - Back to the Mamanucas and on to the Yasawas

We finally left Denerau on Wednesday and opted for the short trip to Musket Cove on Malolo Lailai.We were very lucky and found the last vacant buoy which saved us having to anchor in water deeper than we are comfortable with!By Friday the wind had picked up to about 30 knots so we decided to stay put.Chez Nous arrived and we managed to grab a buoy for them, we then invited them aboard for Happy Hour and supper.Trillium came inlater during the afternoon but decided it was too windy to moor stern to the pontoon in the marina so anchored outside the mooring field.That night was windier still and a boat just ahead of us broke its mooring and was blown onto a reef.I was sitting in the cockpit at the time and was completely unaware of the excitement though it must have drifted past us.Saturday. read more...


21/08/2014

Flomaida II - 12./13.8. Wow! Der Vulkan Mt.Yasur

Wir ankern in der Bucht Port Resolution auf Tanna. Da es sehr "rolli"ist,bringen wir den Heckanker aus,immer ein größerer Akt, damit wirnicht quer zur Welle stehen und eine relativ ruhige Nacht haben. 1774erreichte James Cook als erster Europäer die Insel und ankerte genau indieser Bucht.Wir machen einem langen Spaziergang über die Insel und durch dieDörfer,wo uns die Menschen immer offen und herzlich entgegen kommen undfreundlichst willkommen heißen. Heute wird auf dem Dorfplatz ein Malariatestdurchgeführt. Auf einer Wäscheleine hängen die Bluttropfen auf Papierstreifenzum Trocknen. Alle Bewohner sitzen in großer Runde, palavern und warten aufErgebnisse.Dann geht es zur Attraktion der Insel.Das war ein Erlebnis! Der einzige, akive und begehbare Vulkan lebt wirklich!Es ist schon. read more...


21/08/2014

Nexus - Siesia and Cape York, Australia

We're peacefully anchored off os Seisia, a small aboriginal community off the western tip of Cape York in Australia. Its a very outback village at the end of the long 4wd trail from Cooktown to the northernmost tip of Australia, right across from the Torres Strait. Nice people who love to fish, but it does kind of feel like we're in an old Mel Gibson movie. Saltwater Croc's are abundant here, and we've been warned by many of the locals to be careful as they've been very active on the beach and in the water lately for some reason. We're anchored quite a ways from town behind Red Island and are keeping our hatches closed and a lookout for eyes in the dark! We stopped here to rest from our sail/motor up the channels on the east side of the cape, where heavy shipping traffic and narrow. read more...


21/08/2014

American Spirit II - Day 227; Over the Top of the York Peninsula, Big Tide Currents, Pandora's Box, a Fishing Disaster and Another Whale Sighting; Wednesday, August 20, 2014

At 1:15 AM while on watch I turned left 30 degrees to a passage north of Albany Island and around the top of the York Peninsula in the Torres Straits. Because the wind shifted to behind us when I did this, I had to drop the jib and took the reefs out of the mainsail to maintain adequate speed. The wind was 15 knots and our speed 4.0 knots, with a .4 knot current against us. The speed is fine for the passage we're making. No ships on the AIS. Yeah!Joel came on watch at 1:30 AM. And during his watch the propane tank ran dry (empty), so he put the other one in. Unfortunately, it leaked. We suspect an O Ring. We can still use it, but we need to turn it off at the tank after we use the oven burner or oven in the galley. I got up at 6:00 AM to resume watch duties. A short night off watch. The. read more...


21/08/2014

Celebrate - On to Darwin thru Albany Passage, Endeavor Strait & into the Arafura Sea

Fueling up at Cooktown on our way to Albany Passage was an experience as the April cyclone had knocked out the entry markers, so it was seat of the pants navigating through the entry and looking to see what the fishing fleet was doing.We fared well and then at Albany Passage enjoyed the beautiful beach sights.Endeavor Strait had reefs to avoid but we had no problems and headed into the sunny Arafura Sea.Next: Cape WesselCathy. read more...


21/08/2014

Sweet Pearl - Cairns -->Darwin - 6.Tag - Durch die Torres Strait

Gestern sind wir um den Kap York, dem nördlichsten Punkt vom australischen Festland, gleich südlich von Papa, Papa-Neuguinea durch die Torres Strait gesegelt - das Ganze bei herrlichem Wetter. Und heute haben wir Halbzeit gefeiert - das Ganze bei herrlichem Wetter. Jetzt gehts weiter nach Westen - das Ganze bei herrlichem Wetter. Und der kühle Winter der Ostküste haben wir hinter uns gelassen - das Ganze bei herrlichem Wetter. Cheers, Tom. read more...


Till - Klintholm - Arnd with Cecilie and Joel
Till - Klintholm - Arnd with Cecilie and Joel
Flomaida II - Wovon sie wohl träumen mag?
Flomaida II - Wovon sie wohl träumen mag?
Flomaida II - Alle MÜSSEN vor zum Singen
Flomaida II - Alle MÜSSEN vor zum Singen
Flomaida II - Da hatte ich ein nettes Schwätzchen vor der Kirche
Flomaida II - Da hatte ich ein nettes Schwätzchen vor der Kirche
Flomaida II - Ein stolzer Italienfan
Flomaida II - Ein stolzer Italienfan
Flomaida II - Vielleicht wachsen ja Flügel in der Kirche??
Flomaida II - Vielleicht wachsen ja Flügel in der Kirche??
Flomaida II - Früherziehung- es ging um Selbstsucht und Egoismus, sehr schön dargeboten in Form von Bildern
Flomaida II - Früherziehung- es ging um Selbstsucht und Egoismus, sehr schön dargeboten in Form von Bildern
Flomaida II - Christoph auf der "Männerseite" in der Kirche
Flomaida II - Christoph auf der
Flomaida II - gut, dass wir heute hier sind und nicht...........
Flomaida II - gut, dass wir heute hier sind und nicht...........
Flomaida II - Festkrallen gegen den Wind
Flomaida II - Festkrallen gegen den Wind
Flomaida II - Das Sonntagsvergnügen der Jungs- der Stärkste sitzt im Baum und verteilt nach unten
Flomaida II - Das Sonntagsvergnügen der Jungs- der Stärkste sitzt im Baum und verteilt nach unten
Flomaida II - ......und ist die Hütte noch so klein, Wäsche hängt IMMER davor, weil darin kein Platz ist.
Flomaida II - ......und ist die Hütte noch so klein, Wäsche hängt IMMER davor, weil darin kein Platz ist.
Flomaida II - Unser Essen ist in Vorbereitung
Flomaida II - Unser Essen ist in Vorbereitung
Flomaida II - Unser Essen ist in Vorbereitung
Flomaida II - Unser Essen ist in Vorbereitung
Flomaida II - Wir sind zum Essen eingeladen
Flomaida II - Wir sind zum Essen eingeladen
Flomaida II - Unser Essen ist in Vorbereitung
Flomaida II - Unser Essen ist in Vorbereitung
Flomaida II - An den Bananenblättern vom Grillen findet sich doch immer noch etwas
Flomaida II - An den Bananenblättern vom Grillen findet sich doch immer noch etwas
Flomaida II - Bushaltestelle?? Aber es gibt gar keinen Bus auf Aneityum/Vanuatu
Flomaida II - Bushaltestelle?? Aber es gibt gar keinen Bus auf Aneityum/Vanuatu
Flomaida II - Wer hat denn da seine Zähne zum Trocknen aufgehängt?
Flomaida II - Wer hat denn da seine Zähne zum Trocknen aufgehängt?
Flomaida II - Gemischtwarenladen wie früher!
Flomaida II - Gemischtwarenladen wie früher!
Flomaida II - Immer wieder große Freude über Süßigkeiten
Flomaida II - Immer wieder große Freude über Süßigkeiten
Flomaida II - Gemischtwarenladen wie früher!
Flomaida II - Gemischtwarenladen wie früher!
Flomaida II - Kleines Schwätzchen unter Männern
Flomaida II - Kleines Schwätzchen unter Männern
Flomaida II - 30 kn Wind!
Flomaida II - 30 kn Wind!
Flomaida II - Internatsschüler in Aneityum
Flomaida II - Internatsschüler in Aneityum
Flomaida II - Das ist wirklich toll!! Kein Müll liegt rum!
Flomaida II - Das ist wirklich toll!! Kein Müll liegt rum!
Flomaida II - !!!!!
Flomaida II - !!!!!
Flomaida II - Da freuen sich aber 2 über meine Kekse!
Flomaida II - Da freuen sich aber 2 über meine Kekse!
Flomaida II - Zwei Spuren im .... Sand!
Flomaida II - Zwei Spuren im .... Sand!
Flomaida II - Egal ob Groß oder Klein - für Manche dauert der Kirchgang einfach zu lange!
Flomaida II - Egal ob Groß oder Klein - für Manche dauert der Kirchgang einfach zu lange!
Flomaida II - Mmmhh, die leckeren Grapefruits- frisch vom Baum
Flomaida II - Mmmhh, die leckeren Grapefruits- frisch vom Baum
Flomaida II - Wie wahr!!
Flomaida II - Wie wahr!!
Flomaida II - Glückliche Kinder von Aneityum/ Vanuatu
Flomaida II - Glückliche Kinder von Aneityum/ Vanuatu
Flomaida II - Blick aus der Kirche auf die "Yachties"
Flomaida II - Blick aus der Kirche auf die
20/08/2014

American Spirit II - Day 226; Lot of Ship Traffic As We Make Our Way to Cape York and the Torres Strait at the Top of Australia; Tuesday, August 19, 2014

At 3:40 AM the auto pilot released itself from 'track' mode and jibed the boat. First time in a long time that that had happened. Jeanine was on watch. I got up at 5:25 AM. Shower, shave and coffee. At 5:54 PM I noticed the Rally boat Polaris coming up behind us at 1.75 miles,wing on wing with a reefed mainsail. The wind was 14 knots, and our speed 5.0 knots. Our movement thru the water was 3,9 knots, so we had a helping current of 1.1 knots. I spent some time going over the navigation chart plotter with Jeanine by having her stop and then put in new waypoints. At 7:08 AM the Ghena, a 623 cargo ship, was heading our way, 5.4 miles away. Its CPA (Closest Point of Approach) was .2 mile. Too close for comfort. At 7:13 AM I called the Ghena on VHF channel 16, and we agreed that we would pass. read more...


20/08/2014

American Spirit II - Day 225; Pleasant Sailing Towards the Tip of Cape York; Mondy, August 18, 2014

Up at 6:00 AM. Relieved Jeanine who was on the 3:00 AM to 6:00 AM watch. At 6:15 AM I jibed the main from starboard to port tack and changed our course heading to go under the Ripley Inlets instead of going around. That would save us 10 or 15 miles. A cloudy sunrise. At 7:05 AM Jeanine went to bed. At 7:11 AM the New Grace, 361 foot cargo ship, was coming up behind us. They passed our starboard and then angled 30 degrees away from us, at 1.4 miles. Its going to be mostly sunny today. Wind 11 knots and speed 5.4 knots. By 7:47 AM the wind had dropped to 5.4 knots and our boat speed was 3.4 knots. I think Cape Melville to my southeast may have cut off the wind. At 8:30 AM a commercial fishing boat was coming up behind us pulling a skiff. I heard that boat's engines at 8:45 AM. At 9:00 AM. read more...


18/08/2014

American Spirit II - Day 224; A Ride by Nexus, Green Flash #12 & Our Last Day at Lizard Island; Sunday, August 17, 2014

What I didn't mention yesterday is that Captain James Cook discovered Lizard Island in 1770; and that the island was devastated by a cyclone on April 11 of this year. Up at 7:34 AM. Turned the generator on at 7:40 AM to recharge the boat's batteries. No wind last night, so the wind turbine didn't keep the batteries charged up. Then I typed the previous day's log for SSB transmittal after breakfast.Breakfast at 9:00 AM consisted of scrambled eggs, cut up potato and chilled, chopped pineapple. At 10:17 AM I turned the AIS off and the SSB on. I turn off the AIS when I use the SSB because the radiation from the SSB is so great that it has already fried 3 previous AIS units. In the process of transmitting I was disconnected 5 times by the Sail Mail station in Australia. I finally gave up.. read more...


19/08/2014

Jumbuck - Baltic Rally - Klintholm, Mon, Denmark

Klintholmm is a small pretty holiday village, resident population 210, set on the south coast of the island of Mon. The Baltic Rally team chose this as our final port of the event, closest to Copenhagen yet still on a route back to the North Sea, and last night we enjoyed a bus trip, lunch and tour of the big smoke, then a wind up dinner and party in a local restaurant in Klintholm.Only 16 boats were represented out of the original compliment of 28. The others had either pulled out earlier to get back to home ports influenced by recent adverse weather, or left their boats at Kalmar aiming to winter them there, and return for more baltic cruising next summer.The pilot books say Klintholm allows 24 hour access but I have to say, with these gales / near gales raging from the SW, the narrow. read more...


19/08/2014

Nexus - Cormorant Pass, Great Barrier Reef

Once we heard that the repair of the locks at our destination marina in Darwin might be delayed, we decided to stay an extra day at Lizard Island enjoying it's many attractions. We snorkeled the Clam Garden, with many giant clams and large schools of colorful reef fish. The giant clams are just amazing and we're glad to see they are still growing and protected. We took a second hike up to the top of Cooks Lookout as the sky was completely clear, and we were rewarded with horizon to horizon views of the reef and it's many passages, as well as the reefs surrounding Lizard Island and the mainland. It's a cardiac workout but well worth it! Last night, we turned the underwater lights on NEXUS on, and had 5 giant trevali swimming around our boat. This morning we left the harbor as the sun was. read more...



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