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06/07/2014

Tulasi - It's time to say "Good Bye"

Fiji is a great place to explore. Beautiful anchorages, turquoise waters, reefs, you name it and you will find it here. The Fleet gathered in Musket Cove and for us on TULASI it was time to say good bye to most of the other crews. Unbelievable six months passed on a fly and now we are alone, sailing at our own pace, knowing friends are sailing in other parts of the world. It is also time to say thank you to Suzanna and Paul from World ARC Management, who both led us through the difficult Pacific waters, landfalls and administrative burdens. Both dedicated, now to call friends, made the lives of all boats and crews much more easy.Thank you, Paul and Suzanna, Tulasi will miss you! . read more...


06/07/2014

American Spirit II - Day 181; Sailing to Tanna, Vanuatu; Saturday, July 5, 2014

Happy July 4th for those in America back home. We celebrated July 4th yesterday in Fiji. Remember, we're a day ahead of you. Joel stood the 12:00 AM to 3:00 AM watch. Chet the 3:00 AM to 6:00 AM watch. The highlight of Chet's watch was seeing one shooting star; and the fact that its not often you get to see the Milky Way the way he and we are doing crossing another ocean away from all lights on land. For his first overnight watch on a yacht on the ocean, with some interesting wave sets and heights, Chet did quite well. Chet's dad, Bill, who passed away a couple of years ago, I'm sure is proud of seeing his son getting his sea legs. At 5:43 AM our auto pilot quite. It does this once a month or so. The boat rounded up into the wind and before it was over we'd done a 360 circle and headed. read more...


06/07/2014

Free & BrEasy - Zen and the Art of Boat Maintenance

Cruising around the Pacific in a sailboat must rate as one of the most beautiful and romantic of experiences. Boats themselves are lovely creatures that require tender loving and care if they are going to take you anywhere safely. As we spend our third week in Vuda Marina, Fiji, waiting for boat repairs, we have had to remind ourselves of these simple facts. We are becoming at one with Free & BrEasy by meditating deeply on her rigging. What appeared to be a straight forward job that would take only a few days has transcended into a psychic exploration of shroud ends and mast shroud seats. We have been humbled before the Budha of boat maintenance!Roger in particular has been spending long hours thinking about mast fittings. After days and days of discussion with distributors and. read more...


06/07/2014

American Spirit II - Day 182; Whisker Pole Breaks, Hydro Generaor Failure & 4th AIS Failure; Sunday, July 6, 2014

6:19 AM relieved Chet; who was on watch from 3:00 am to 6:00 AM. Wind 12 knots, boat speed 5.2 knots. Sunrise 7:04 AM, due east, behind boat. Orange glow thru clouds. At 7:06 AM the sun itself rose above a cloud bank on the horizon; its upper limb rising like a phoenix from the ashes. A green haze was visible around the clouds near the sunrise. Without the clouds I might have seen a green flash sunrise. Sunrise green flashes are rare. I've only seen one in 6 months on this voyage; and only one in my entire life. Of coursepeople see more sunsets than sunrises. Angie up in cockpit at 7:15 AM. Brought Kindle with her to read. At 7:48 AM wind and boat speed up a little. 5.6 knots now. At 9:00 AM the communications net. Jane on Seaduced conducted. Breakfast at 9:30 AM. Scrambled eggs, chilled. read more...


17/07/2014

Jumbuck - ARC Rally Leg 3 - Visby Sweden to Gotska Sandon Sweden

Day sail this time, covering the 50 miles almost due north from Visby to the almost deserted island of Gotska Sandon.Our original schedule would have seen us overnight anchored off The Islands sandy beaches, but with one day lost from the schedule in Bornholm due to weather, the ARC Team suggested move on to get back on track.The sail north was great. Under yet another blistering hot sunny morning we were almost the last boat to depart Visby at 0745 local time, and enjoyed chasing back through the fleet broad reaching under the Code 0. It felt good to sail along in close company.Slid around the islands western tip at 1600 local time, to deploy our anchor for the first time in an idyllic location. Trouble was it was supposed to be hard sand bottom, and of all the boats, we were unlucky. read more...


06/07/2014

Celebrate - Farewell to Friends at Fijian Feast Dinner in Musket Cove, Fiji

Fiji was our favorite place so far, but bitter sweet because of friends leaving the rally at this point mostly for New Zealand. The World Rally arranged another fabulous dinner for all of us with World ARC momentos for the boats departing the rally. Many of the boats expect to catch up with the rally next year. We will miss them! Now at sea on our way to Vanuatu. Next: Village Welcome and a Volcano.Cathy. read more...


Jennie B - Sharing the Kiel Canal with big ships
Jennie B - Sharing the Kiel Canal with big ships
05/07/2014

Jennie B - UK to Kiel the slow way

Jennie B left Woolverstone on the River Orwell in Suffolk on the east coast of the UK at dawn on the 4th May and arrived in Kiel on the evening of the 4th of July. That's 570 slow but interesting nautical miles in two months. We are specialists in slow sailing, having set off in 2008 to sail clockwise round the UK and Ireland - six years later we are yet to completely finish that circumnavigation!For most of that time we could only manage 2 or 3 week stints and we included 3 years on the beautiful west cost of Scotland. We had our first introduction to the spirit of the ARC rallies there when we coincided with the Classic Malts Cruise several times in Tobermory on Mull. From Woolverstone we crossed the North Sea to Ostend with a great sail the next day to Vlissingen, entering the Dutch. read more...


Till - Thundersky over Schilksee
Till - Thundersky over Schilksee
03/07/2014

American Spirit II - Day 177; Lawai Pottery Village; Kula Eco Park; & Visit to Naudi's Home and Family; Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Before I write today's log, I want to welcome Dee, Michael Roberts from Vivo's mother, as a reader of the American Spirit II logs. Hello Dee! I'll try to keep the logs interesting. Which is tough when you're in port. It's more fun to write when under sail and the proverbial (fill in the blank) is hitting the fan. I'd also like to also welcome the students from Tampa Tech as frequent log readers. My daughter Angela advised me today that she occasionally sees comments from Tampa Tech students on the World Cruising Club web page. I'd like to say that I read the log comments all the time, but unfortunately, the internet in most countries around the world is not good; so it's hard to stay up to date with the comments. However, to remedy this problem Angela is going to relay any comments she. read more...


Till - Thundersky over Schilksee
Till - Thundersky over Schilksee
05/07/2014

American Spirit II - Day 180; Heading to Tanna, Vanuatu; GPS Problem & a Bumpy Start; Friday, July 4, 2014

Woke up at 6:0 AM; got up at 7:00 AM. Breakfast at 8:00 AM after the obligatory coffee. Scrambled eggs, fruit and bread. After breakfast Angela finished copying my paperwork for Fiji Customs and Immigration. Thank you Angie!The Rally broadcast occurred at 9:00 AM. Nothing new, really. Leaving today. Weather update. Tried to call the water maker company in Tampa but got a recording. Must be taking a half day off (it's July 3rd there) to celebrate July 4th. Though we in the United States celebrate July 4th in recognition of our independence from the United Kingdom, wouldn't it have been interesting to still be part of the British Commonwealth like Australia and New Zealand? We've met a lot of British nationals on our voyage, and after learning how to understand their 'English' dialects. read more...


05/07/2014

American Spirit II - Day 179; HASH, Water Maker Problem, Skippers Meeting & 6:30 PM Rendezvous Banquet; Thursday, Jule 3, 2014

Up at 7:00 AM to join the 7:30 AM Rally organized HASH. I got up, no one else on the boat did. I don't know what the acronym stands for. About 20 of us walked or ran around the island following flour signages in the roadway on which direction to go or not to go. The HASH was done by 8:15 AM. The walk/run was up and down hills and gave you a good overview of the surrounding area of the resort complex. The normal Rally broadcast occurred at 9:00 AM. Of particular importance was that it was announced that we may depart for Vanuatu a day early, Friday, July 4 instead of Saturday, July 5 due to a Low pressure system north of our destination. Breakfast at 10:00 AM. Eggs, chilled peach halves and bread. Joel then spent the better part of the day taking our water maker pump apart and determined. read more...


05/07/2014

American Spirit II - Day 178; Left Port Denarau Marina for Musket Cove Marina and Rally Rendezvous; Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Chet up 7:15 AM. I got up at 7:35 AM. Breakfast then good-bye to the Port Denarau Marina, where we've been for 2 1/2 weeks.Departed for Musket Cove Marina at 11:10 AM, about 7 or 8 miles away and on an island to our west. While underway werealized at 12:40 PM that the reason the wind turbine hasn't been turning the last week was that one of the 'on/off' switches in the port cockpit locker had been bumped 'off' by mistake. We arrived at Musket Cove at 1:50 PM and were rafted up to Saphir, another rally boat. We didn't like that, because I had been told before that we were going to have a 'Med-moor' berth. Plus, the electric box that we were supposed to plug into wasn't working. The dock master Patrick advised us that if they couldn't get the electricity issue resolved, he'd move us to the. read more...


15/07/2014

Jumbuck - ARC Baltic Leg 2 - Ronne Bornholm Denmark to Visby Sweden

The ARC team sailed out of Ronne on Saturday as planned, and I'm guessing around 20 boats went also, some sailing / motoring direct to Visby, others aiming to sail one day to the Swedish mainland, stop over night there, and complete the leg to our first Swedish port on the island of Gotland, on Sunday.We elected to leave Ronne early Sunday and do the 200 miles in one go. We certainly made right the decision, as it was a brilliant fast passage for us.For starters, the wind had changed round to blowing from the west. So unlike those who left Saturday, who had to beat their brains out against a northerly and use their engines when the wind died overnight, we reached off up Borrnholms pretty coastline fully powered up under plain sail.We left Ronne around 0430 fully rugged up as it was. read more...


04/07/2014

Sweet Pearl - Fiji --> Vanuatu - 2.Tag - Und weiter gehts

Gestern Mittag haben wir uns auf den Weg gemacht nach Vanuatu (450 Seemeilen). Da das Wetter ein wenig tricky ist, war es jedem erlaubt einen Tag vor dem offiziellen Start abzufahren. Das haben wir uns nicht zweimal sagen lassen. Nach anfänglichem gutem Wind lässt der Wind gerade ein wenig nach. Wir bleiben aber positiv. Wir gedenken Montag Nachmittag, oder Dienstag morgen anzukommen. Schauen wir mal. Cheers, Tom. read more...


Flomaida II - Ein schattiges Plätzchen, um den Blick aufs Meer zu geniessen- besser diese Stühle als gar keine!!!
Flomaida II - Ein schattiges Plätzchen, um den Blick aufs Meer zu geniessen- besser diese Stühle als gar keine!!!
Flomaida II - Ein herrlicher Blick über die Bucht auf Waya-Fiji
Flomaida II - Ein herrlicher Blick über die Bucht auf Waya-Fiji
Flomaida II - Waya- Yasawa Island, die Insel zum Wandern und Klettern
Flomaida II - Waya- Yasawa Island, die Insel zum Wandern und Klettern
Flomaida II - Gearbeitet wird früh am Morgen wegen der Hitze
Flomaida II - Gearbeitet wird früh am Morgen wegen der Hitze
14/07/2014

Jumbuck - ARC Baltic - Ronne, Bornholm, Denmark

It's now early Saturday. Half the fleet and it's mainly the bigger boats, have either departed before dawn or preparing to do so this morning.Ronne is a lovely island but after five days, we've also had enough of this harbour and will be pleased to move on to Visby, but we will stay here one more night as the NE winds are still howling above 20 knots creating short steep seas. To depart and beat up into that makes little sense, as all the forecasts still say it will swing to the west around midnight tonight.Meaning if we leave here 0600 tomorrow, we should enjoy a rollicking fast reach / run for the whole 200 miles up to Visby on the Swedish Island of Gotland. Won't make it in time to watch the soccer final, but won't have our brains beaten out either.So today's going to be a mix of hand. read more...


Flomaida II - Jedem sein Strand: Christoph rechts und ich links!
Flomaida II - Jedem sein Strand: Christoph rechts und ich links!
13/07/2014

Jumbuck - ARC Baltic - First days in Ronne

Well the stronger NE winds have arrived, but so far it's not gone much above 25 knots day times, and with the sun giving us 28C, the wind can feel nicely cooling. It's a little different at night when we've felt 30+ knots scudding through.But I'm pleased we are not out beating our way anywhere out to sea. Jumbucks ok as a cruiser reaching and running, but beating to windward for more than a day trying to cook, eat, sleep in a bouncy 35 footer heeled over at a substantial angle, has got knobs on it.Even parked where we are in Ronnes (pronounced Rhunni) south harbour, we are seeing bullets of N/NE breeze coming through that are moving all the boats around and making it uncomfortable for some. When the boat alongside moved yesterday, we grabbed his buoy to moor up to two, making it ok for. read more...


Flomaida II - Die hübschen Mädels haben wirklich Spaß bei der Tanzvorführung für uns. Der BH aus Cocosnusshälften sieht nicht gerade bequem aus!
Flomaida II - Die hübschen Mädels haben wirklich Spaß bei der Tanzvorführung für uns. Der BH aus Cocosnusshälften sieht nicht gerade bequem aus!
13/07/2014

Jumbuck - ARC Baltic Leg 1 - Kiel Germany to Ronne Bornholm Denmark

It was at the official opening dinner on Sunday evening that our leader Hans advised he was departing once ceremonies were over, as opposed to the scheduled start at 0900 Monday. Apparently a NE'ly gale was forecast for early Tuesday near our first destination of Bornholm, and he was concerned that some of the slower boats might get caught out.So we all had the choice to leave when we felt fit. Most chose to follow the leader. But as I'd already had a couple of cleansing ales late arvo, and both enjoyed the freebie wine at the excellent evening dinner, we thought it best for us to have a last brandy on the boat :-), tuck down for a good nights sleep, and then head off pre-dawn Monday fully refreshed........After all, we felt we could sail quick enough to get in before any gale arrived.I. read more...


04/07/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - Doh Ray Me

N38:10:647 W20:36:140   Doh a deer - well not around here there isn't, nowildlife at all that we can see,   Ray a drop of golden sun - we sure would liketo see some of these instead of the dark grey, light grey, charcoal grey, slategrey, pearl grey........   Me a name I call my self - and so does everyone,but do the whates and dolphins?   Fah a long long way to run - and to sail, hike,sail, climb, row, sail, drive, sail, dive, sail, swim, sail, skate, sail, float,sail, ski, sail, hop, sail, dance, sail,   Soh a needle pulling thread - sure comes in mightyhand and we have extra strong ones with extra strong thread,   Lah a note to follow so -  sha la la la la lala la la la la la la ti da, sha la la la la la la la la la la ti da,la ti. read more...


04/07/2014

Anna Sophia - Oceaandagboek deel 3, dag 2

Positie: 42.32.045 N 023.52.682WCOG: 32 grSpeed: 7Dagafstand: 156,2Zeilvoering GR + GWind: 17,7 kts@271 grWeer: lichtbewolktZicht: goedGolven: 1,5 mLuchtdruk: 1029 mbrZeeziekte: 119.00 Uur; de first mate ligt ter ruste, wanneer ook Huib-Jan (Seaquest) en de Schipper, na een geweldige zeildag besluiten de motor bij te zetten. De wind is praktisch op en tempo willen we met nog ruim 1000 nm te gaan natuurlijk wel houden. Zo zaten we opeens middenin een motorsailend groepje Nederlanders.Tot 01.00 uur houden we dit zo. Maar wanneer de wind weer wakker wordt, zetten we resoluut de motor uit. Mijn uitrustmoment tot 4.00 uur vanmorgen, slaap ik dus in een heerlijke boordstilte op een deinende oceaan.Het gaat allemaal prima zo. Wel heeft helaas de marifoon opnieuw kuren; het ding zendt alleen met. read more...


Flomaida II - Abendstimmung auf Robinson Crusoe Island- Fiji
Flomaida II - Abendstimmung auf Robinson Crusoe Island- Fiji
Flomaida II - MahiMahi gegrillt mit fijien Spinat und Vanille-Cocosnusssauce ist ein Augen-und Gaumenschmaus!
Flomaida II - MahiMahi gegrillt mit fijien Spinat und Vanille-Cocosnusssauce ist ein Augen-und Gaumenschmaus!
03/07/2014

Zoonie - To the Azores 37:10.50N 14:59.16W

Passing Ships.  Hille Torsten Geoff, Roger and Siscia saw us off andto our amazement, despite wind and tide on her stern, Zoonie made a perfectbackwards exit in a straight line. We saw that Waterval would be the last todrop her colours. Thank you all for your kind wishes.   Once clear of the funnelling winds along the Algarve coast our reefs seemedirrelevant as Zoonie moved into lighter winds and the Atlantic swell. Butnothing lasts and a few hours later we were reefed in the same high pressure 20knot winds that funnel across the Marina Lagos and are called the Nortada (northwind).   One gas carrying ship was bearing down on us and drove us to call him andask his intentions. When he stated he would pass to our stern Rob confirmed thatwas very reassuring.  Our first. read more...


03/07/2014

Jumbuck - Baltic Rally - Delivery Cruise Rendsberg to Kiel

The last leg of the delivery did not even see us hoist sails.It was a 15 mile motor up the top end of the Kiel Canal, starting with zero wind under a hot sun, and ending the canal under a chilly downpour. That was the first real rain, apart from one overnight shower, that we've had since we left Lymington. Sadly only one of four locks at Holtenau was working today, so we joined maybe 30 other yachts circling in the canal (in the pouring rain), until the lock became free.Well. It's not actually free. For a 10 metre boat the canal and lock fees are €16, so goodness knows what the container ship skipper had to cough up.Interesting chance, with the majority of waiting yachts being German, to see how they reacted en mass. They seemed to keep bright eyes on each other as they jockeyed closer. read more...


03/07/2014

Jumbuck - Baltic Rally - Delivery Cruise Vlieland to Rendsberg

Had our first taste of berthing, German style.Seems it's popular across most Baltic states.It's called a box mooring and quite normal in this region. It scared the life out of us today. You enter between two posts and drop a couple of stern lines over the posts as you come in, then someone dashes forward and secures the bow to the dock, whilst the driver stops the boat whilst juggling the two stern lines. Sounds easy eh? Well it's not. Not in a stiff breeze.It didn't help that Sue refused to jump the gap from the bow to the dock, so we are in negotiations to resolve who does what next time round.Then to get ashore you've no option but to clamber over the pulpit and spread your legs, knuckles white as they try to grasp the furled headsail. So. Note for tomorrow. Remove the anchor and bow. read more...


03/07/2014

Jumbuck - Baltic Rally - Delivery Cruise Den Helder to Vlieland

Vlielands only the second island along the North Friesland chain, but we fetched up here yesterday evening after logging nearly 60 miles from Den Helder. It's not actually that far, but for some reason we found we were pushing against the tide all the way.I'm assuming it's because of the shape of the bay, the Helgoland Bucht, into which we are heading eastward. In it's far corner three rivers, the Elb, the Weser and the Jade, all flow out. I am guessing the inward flowing tide meets those outward flowing rivers, and create a contra current that runs through the island chain in a virtually consistent east to west direction. But I'm only guessing. Tomorrow we really do need to get further east, so I will sail further out away from the Islands before turning eastward, and see if that's. read more...


03/07/2014

Jumbuck - Baltic Rally - Delivery Cruise Breskens to Den Helder

We decided on one last attempt to catch up with our French pals on Boisbarbu who left Lymington one day in front, so chugged out of Breskens at 4am aiming to sail most of the Netherlands west coast in one day. Having used the marinas free wifi to check the current location of the other rally entrants, we were beginning also to feel paranoid as we were clearly the furthest away from Kiel and our 6th July start!Pitch black as we nudged out of the marina and hauled up the mainsail in the Westerschelde. It's a busy waterway normally, due to Antwerp being located 12 miles inland, but this morning only one coaster, and a solitary fishing boat patrolling back and forth across the estuary mouth.Absolutely flat water, and nice and warm even pre-dawn. We headed north, picking up the winding. read more...


03/07/2014

Jumbuck - Baltic Rally - Delivery Cruise Oostende to Breskens

Breskens lies on the southern shore of the Westerschelde River, and we chose it as opposed to Vlissingers marina on the north shore, because from here we can leave at any state of the tide.We got in shortly after 2:45 EU time, having left Oostende at 10:30. It was only a 26 mile sail, which included a few tacks out.Great sail up. Building northerlies with the tide flooding from behind saw Jumbuck top 10 knots at one stage on our north easterly boards!All under a gloriously warm sun, semi racing in company with three Dutch yachts who left the same time. Slid around the headland into placid waters on the Westerschelde, and hung a hard right into Breskens Marina.We've been here before, as it's where we purchased our first Swagman - a Grand Soliel 42. I can recall sailing her back to the UK. read more...


03/07/2014

Jumbuck - Baltic Rally - Delivery Cruise Ramsgate to Oostende

Tuesday saw us depart Ramsgate in a blustery NE wind under sunny sky's, to enjoy a rollicking 55 mile tight reach across the English Channel towards the Belgium coast. Sue commented that in two days she'd experienced her two worst nightmares at sea. Twenty four hours motoring - then a bashing to windward across lumpy seas. Me? I enjoyed it all.Jumbuck seemed to ignore the weight of cruising gear we were carrying as she dipped the lee rail and powered along. We've got our cruising sails on - Kevlar main and a No 2 headsail - and we slid across the shipping lanes making good time.Leaving at 10 am we had an hour or so of ebb tide, before it flooded back up Channel to help speed us along. The combo of wind and tide saw us topping 8 knots over the ground on a more or less direct route to. read more...


Flomaida II - Buntes Marktgewusel in Nadi-Fiji
Flomaida II - Buntes Marktgewusel in Nadi-Fiji
02/07/2014

Starblazer - 02/07/2014 - Second impressions of Fiji

Everyone we have met has been smiling, helpful and efficient, rather at variance with the bureaucracy.Never mind, we must move on.Quarantine helpfully e-mailed a copy of the receipt....The cruising permits arrived by 0900, quicker than we had been led to expect.Kevin, a friend of Jonathan and Donna, was waiting on the dock for them when we came in on Monday evening.He had a hire car so, first thing Tuesday morning, he kindly took Donna, Elizabeth and me shopping.Most men try to avoid grocery shopping with their wives but Kevin was extremely helpful and patient (he was amused by three women's reactions to seeing a very good supermarket for the first time in months!).After the supermarket we went to a good butchery where he was recognised because he used to live and work here.From there we. read more...


Flomaida II - Glückliche Kinder auf Fiji
Flomaida II - Glückliche Kinder auf Fiji
Flomaida II - Kokoda mmmmh
Flomaida II - Kokoda mmmmh
Flomaida II - Kochkurs beim Profi- Kokoda (roher Fisch mariniert in Cocosnussmilch)
Flomaida II - Kochkurs beim Profi- Kokoda (roher Fisch mariniert in Cocosnussmilch)
02/07/2014

Starblazer - 02/07/2014 - Order, Counter order, Disorder!

Sunday was a challenging day in many respects.We motorsailed all day, trying to maintain 5.5 knots, and finally switched off the engine at 1650. The wind didn't last!It taunted us, switched direction causing us to drop the main after dark, and finally gave up at 2305.At this point we were playing catch up, both Chez Nous and Caduceus were ahead but we could just make out their lights.During the morning Chez Nous called us to say the fish were biting, they'd landed a Yellowfin Tuna and a Bluefin Tuna.Shortly after that, while I was in the shower, John shouted that he had a fish on the line.It fought, John fought back, I reeled in the slack as John pulled the line in.Halfway to the transom the fish got away.During the afternoon Chez Nous called up to say they just caught 2 Mahi Mahi, some. read more...


01/07/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - Happy Happy Birthday......do de do de dum.......

It's Andrew's 60th birthday today and for the next10 weeks he is the same age as me before I once again creep ahead......So fartoday I think he has had a nice day.  This morning for the one time of theyear, well maybe a couple of other occasions too, I made him a cup of tea first- well it is his birthday.  Scouring Ponta Delgada I managed to find somethings to surprise him with as well - and not just my singing, wellnot yet, I am lulling hiim into a false sense of security that maybe I willforget to do it.   The phone started tweeting early this morning andthere has been a stream of texts, emails, facebook comments and phone calls toremind him of his big day.  But as you know we still have to do the otherstuff too and with our departure planned for. read more...


01/07/2014

Aislig Bheag - Porto to Lagos 23rd June to 1st July - Better late than never

On the morning of 24th June, we decided to spend time on maintenance and then visit the town of Porto in the afternoon.  Eilidh, in preparation for leaving, decided to make good use of the shore power by plugging in her hair straightners, (yes, she did bring them).  Unfortunately the electricity must have been higher as on her first attempt at the left hand side of her fringe, it not only singed, but totally removed a large clump of hair leaving it smoldering on the ceramic plate.  After some quick restyling with a blunt pair of kitchen scissors, she was finally able to leave the boat. We spent a lovely afternoon sightseeing in Porto, an extraordinary interesting and enjoyable town.  We enjoyed dinner in the square by the river and a cable car ride back up the. read more...


01/07/2014

Tomanita II - Heiligenhafen

Vi är nu bara 45 Nm från Kiel, väntar på bättre vind för att slippa kryssa! Tomanita. read more...


Tomanita II - On our way!
Tomanita II - On our way!
30/06/2014

American Spirit II - Day 176; Rafting in the Fiji Mountains of Viti Levu; Monday, June 30, 2014

The day started really early - at 4:50 AM. No time for breakfast on the boat, as we were being picked up by a 20 person bus at 5:40 AM. We arrived at Pacific Harbor, located at the southeast corner of the island just short of the capital, Suva; at 8:15 AM. There we exited our bus onto a dirt road, where we boarded the RiversFiji bus. There were 38 customers, so we would be using 10 rafts. Each raft held 4 passengers and one oarsman, who maneuvered the raft from the back with two oars. It took about 1 to 1 1/2 hours of driving on dirt, gravel and rutted roads, up and down inclines of 20 degrees; until we reached our debarkation point from the bus. Then we had to don our life jackets, helmets and one paddle and walk 20 or 30 minutes up and down a steep, muddy trail with earthen steps along. read more...


29/06/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - Did you miss us whilst we were away........

Did you miss us yesterday? We decided to get out of the marina for a while and had a great walk round Ponta Delgada wandering up and down many of the little cobble streets.It was interesting to start remembering various places plus finding some new ones too. We ended up at the shopping centre and picked up some supplies and I found some lovely orange sandals, and they had them in my size.Last time we were here I couldn’t find anything that I liked in my size – the Portuguese seem to have such small feet. We still haven’t been able to bring ourselves to buy closed in shoes, but I don’t expect it will be long until we have to succumb.The rest of the afternoon we spent sitting in the cockpit reading and boat watching.Ponta Delgada is a great place for that with all the commercial traffic,. read more...


29/06/2014

American Spirit II - Day 175; New Crew Arrive and a Sunset Dinner Cruise; Sunday, June 29, 2014

4:50 AM up. Naudi, my driver, picked me up at 5:20 AM. At the airport at 5:40 AM. Angela and Chet made it to the waiting area by 6:30 AM. They had been delayed because one of the two checked bags didn't make the plane in time; and will be put on the same flight arriving Monday. Naudi will pick that bag up because we will be rafting all day Monday. We made it to the boat around 7:15 AM. After putting their things away, Chet took a nap for awhile while Angie put on her swim suit and read in the cockpit. I unloaded the parts bag she brought with her, which contained an ICOM VHF radio; Sweet and Low; Liquid Crystal drink mix; copies of insurance documents; coffee creamer; 6 Impellers for the generator; binnacle light bulbs;miscellaneous generator parts; prescription drugs and extreme. read more...


29/06/2014

Free & BrEasy - Fiji A Tale of Two Shrouds

Here we are still in Vuda Marina in Fiji. New shrouds have been fitted but there are problems - more about that later! The Marina is the nearest thing to a resort hotel that can be imagined. There is a pool to chill by, bars to drink in, restaurants to eat in, live music to listen to, and of course world cup matches to watch. Added to that Tuesday is half price pizza night and Thirsty Thursday is half price happy hour. The Wifi is cheap and works (most of the time) so that we can Skype partners. There is even a nearby railway track for the daily jog. The track is only used for part of the year to transport sugar cane to the sugar factory and luckily the season has not started. You could not find a better place to relax. Michael has been gobbling up books and jogging while Alejandro has. read more...



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