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05/01/2009

La Boheme - Great start

We had an excellent weather for the start from Cape Town. As we were heading to sea, the beautiful backdrop of Table Mountains was clearly visible for quite some time. We decided to take it easy and just enjoy sailing in close to perfect conditions.This morning, we decided to try our new spinnaker and after some minor problems (loosing spinnaker sock pull down rope)which required Greg climbing mast in the middle of Atlantic, we are doing 7 knots in a 12 knot breeze.All is well on board.Anna, Greg and Ben. read more...


25/02/2011

Voyageur - Log day 245 - The pub with no beer.....

24 February 2011We were up bright and early. We had hoped for absolute calm to take down the genoa and replace the chafed halyard that attached it to the top of the furler but even by 7am a breeze was blowing. Instead I busied myself doing laundry, housework, while David lifted the tender up into the davits, took down the poles and generally prepared Voyageur for sea. We had arranged a shoreside rendezvous with Irene and Dick, Jenny and John to have another wander around the town and lunch somewhere, someplace. By 9am it was so hot I had to take another shower. Dick taxied us all ashore and off we went to locate the cemetery of all places which we could see from its position high on the hill overlooking the anchorage. However thirst got the better of us and passing the first bar we came. read more...


13/07/2012

Sapphire II - 13 July, Vanuatu

After a speedy but uncomfortable passage from Fiji (25 kt winds and confused seas) we arrived at the island of Tanna in Vanuatu (formerly New Hebrides) on 10th July. After the turbulent sea, it was nice to be in the mildly rolly anchorage of Port Resolution.Tanna I think has probably fulfilled most people's expectations of what to expect in an undeveloped Pacific island. We visited a village near to the anchorage with some 300 inhabitants, of whom 120 were kids under the age of 10. The people are very welcoming and appear very contented with their life. The village has closely spaced huts with frond roofs, sand paths and pigs, chickens and dogs roaming at will. Everybody smiles and waves; many speak English and French (both countries shared ruling here) and we even managed to buy bread. read more...


24/05/2012

Ninfea - Ninfea

Nine Days Today was a day of total relax. The wind left us yesterday and till now (4.30 pm)  has not come back. It is not the kind of calm we experienced on the way to St. Lucia on our western crossing. We have just  enough breeze to keep the sails up, but not enough to go at any acceptable speed. So we keep the motor on and achieve a decent speed. In the meantime we brace ourselves for the next depression due to arrive some time tomorrow, with winds in the 20 to 30 kn. Luckily, the direction is favorable and we believe we can ride this depression right into Horta. But we also know that the depression will be accompanied by squalls. This is the Atlantic at these latitude. Plenty of variety and challenges. Not the smooth, easy ride we experienced coming west. But this is. read more...


04/01/2009

Cleone - CLEONE Leg 22 Day 1 - Farewell, Cape Town

It was wild, it was ugly but we made it. Cape Town and its surrounds must be one of the most beautiful places in the world.  Taking advantage of the quiet (most of the World ARC boats were sparsely attended, with crews already departed home for Christmas or touring around the sights of the Cape), Marcel went off surfing and the Skipper managed to hire a car and take in some of the local sights.  These included the magnificence of Table Mountain, with what must be one of the greatest views anywhere in the world, and a trip to Simon's Town and the Cape of Good Hope National Park.  Then it was onto the great Gozome Bird (courtesy of Sir R Branson), and back home for a strenuous and very hectic family Christmas. All too soon, it was back onto the crowded Virgin Atlantic Airbus for the long. read more...


04/01/2009

Kasuje - Cape- Bahia. We are in a race. 4th January 2009

Hi from Skipper SteveWe are off again on the long passage from Cape Town to Salvador in Brazil, a distance of approximately 3600nm with a single possible stop at St Helena in the middle of the South Atlantic. Conditions are predicted to be mild, at least for the next few days, and so far just 24hrs into the passage, we have had near perfect winds and seas with a steady 12 -15 knot blow from the south east and 1-2 metre swells. Quite a difference from the hammering we encountered crossing the Indian Ocean. We are part of the annual Cape to Bahia ocean race, sponsored by Heineken and although, we obviously, are not designed or set to race, the competitive spirit kicks in and will help us sail Kasuje to her optimum, keeping her in trim etc. It also prevents us from becoming complacent. I am. read more...


13/07/2012

Serendipity - Civilization as we know it

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24/05/2012

Kinship - Day 8

It is day 8, and after 2200 miles under our keel since Tortola, we've only motored 11 hours since weighing anchor in Bermuda some 1300+ miles ago. After some brisk sailing the first few days, we have now reached the longitude of the Azores High, where we've been tiptoeing across with variable winds with our full complement of sails--double headsails (Staysail poled to windward) and full mainsail. Andy has boundless energy, and his creati e sail combinations have made Kinship happy to romp along. So far, our strategy of staying north has been to our advantage, althought with these cold nights, we have needed fleece, wolly watch caps and down comforters. At one point we were only 60 miles from the ice line on the chart. And although the charts shows reported icebergs in our path, we were. read more...


25/02/2011

A Lady - Sailing around the World (Presently in Brazil)

Thursday, 24th February 2011 06.00 It seems the whole of the Village are out playing games and jogging out the long pier that stretches about a quarter of a mile into this huge tidal river. Skipper had his early morning swim for some exercise. Ohhh, it is soooo refreshing, and warm as well, and NO crocodiles, actually, there are no mosquitos either, we find this amazing as the river is lined with Mangroves which would normally be crawling with the things,  and no seagulls, but plenty of Buzzards floating high up there in the sky. The early morning temperature is also lovely, a nice 24 C. Skipper would be happy to sit here and soak this up for ever, but the "first mate" has itchy feet and wants to go and visit a town miles away up another tributary, so. read more...


25/02/2011

Voyageur - Log day 244 - Up a lazy river....

23 February 2011We slipped our mooring lines and went directly over to the fuel pontoon, in this case a floating barge. In spite of the last long windless passage we were pleasantly surprised that we still had over half a tank full of diesel. As we made our way down the north coast of the island of Itaparica the heavens opened, Tucanon and Tzigane were following in our wake. This was not a sail however for against the tide we could only manage a measly 1.8knots and we had 30nm to go. We made water to top up the tank as we drifted along and then fired up the engine. Twenty nautical miles took us to the mouth of the Rio Paraguacu, then, as we picked up speed with the turn of the tide we sped up the remaining 10nm to the town of Marigojipe. It was the prettiest trip. Wooded hills graced its. read more...


12/07/2012

Glamorous Galah - Farewell to the Rally

We have formally left the World ARC fleet as we are heading for Noumea tommorrow. It was a great send off last night. Bernie has taken over as skipper and Nathan has left on Sapphire enroute for oz. Ted. read more...


24/05/2012

Freedom Found - Log Day 1 - Wednesday - Depart Bermuda at last

Being only a week behind we expect to catch the fleet shortly as were now fitted with a retro rocket stay sail to help in this respect. However, we are thinking of asking control for a new category of Tortoise class! as we feel we can really achieve at that level.Finally departed St Georges Bermuda at 13:09 on Wednesday to be greeted with light winds which dropped overnight. Another exotic meal from our head chef - spicy meat balls went down well after stressful morning getting into customs. Seems freedom Found was not granted same privileges as rest of fleet. Crossing with several other boats will make coms laterGrant, Mark, Marisa & Jorge. read more...


24/12/2008

Cleone - CHRISTMAS GREETINGS

To you all,   This is just to wish you a very happy Christmas, and to say thank you forall that you've done for me and Cleone during the last year.   It's been a wonderful time.   I'll be back on 30 Dec   Best regards to you all, James and family Cleone in Cape Town. read more...


25/02/2011

Voyageur - Log day 243 - Getting ready to go ......

21 February 2011We handed in the ships papers to Ramon, the WARC agent, with a view to leaving Salvador for the final time tomorrow. This saved David a morning's effort traipsing around the city to the various departments. We took a taxi to en enormous cash and carry warehouse with the intention of provisioning all the way to Grenada. For once we seemed to get more for our money but the fact that the exchange rate has improved would also have something to do with it. We enjoyed a last evening meal at an Italian restaurant in the Pelourinho district. Strolling back to the main square to hail a taxi we heard music and followed its course. It led us to a live open air concert packed with local people of all ages dancing to the music. We stayed to the end returning to the marina by taxi. It. read more...


24/05/2012

Sookie - Leg 2 Day 8 23rd May The lull is coming

The wind dropped to about 10 kts early this morning but due to our sailing angle we still managed to cover good ground.  Our batteries were in need of a boost and hot water was required for showering so we ran the engine up without propulsion for a couple of hours.  But as the day progressed our wind angle and strength also changed for the worse leaving us with 5kts of wind with variable direction.  This has now caused us to have to use our engine for propulsion and our previous use for charging could have been done at this same time.  Hey ho the "iron sail" is now fired up.  The forecast is for the weather to not change very much over the final few hundred miles.  Therefore we will probably and reluctantly have to rely on the engine more than not.  On. read more...


12/07/2012

BRIZO - 13 July 2012

Today will likely be our last full day at Port Resolution on the island of Tanna, we expect to depart for Port Vila early tomorrow morning. Yesterday we participated in the formal exchange of gifts between the World ARC fleet and the residents of Port Resolution. The leaders of the village made short speeches welcoming us to their community and expressed their gratitude for our gifts. There was quite a collection of spare household and boating items donated by the fleet and it was interesting to watch the village leadership determine how the items were to be distributed among the residents. As a gesture of their appreciation the village prepared a feast for us and we dined on a wide array of local dishes, most of which were delicious, some merely interesting. Today's main activity for us. read more...


05/12/2008

Cleone - Arrival in Cape Town

Cleone arrived in Cape Town at 7am local time, 0500 UK time.   The rest of the cruise was a wonderful cruise down and up the coast ofSouth Africa.  We had not many miles to go, and did not particularly relisharriving in Cape Town in darkness, so we ignored the engine and sailed. Pretty soon, we were racing up the West Coast at seven knots, and before we knewwhere we were, it was dawn (one of the best I've seen) and we were oppositeSimon's Bay.  But the wind had not finished.  One minute, it was flatcalm, the next a few knots from the North West, and then it was blowing a gale(literally) from the East.  But our friends from Quasar V had arrived sixor seven hours before us, and they were waiting on the quay to take ourlines.  We've crossed from the. read more...


24/05/2012

Aniara II - Aniara May 24

24 May Last evening we ended up in the middle of a high pressure with absolutely no wind at all. We have gone by motor for almost 7 hours during the night. We are now back in business and are sailing again.  There has been a wind shift and we now have the wind from SSE and our heading is 90 degrees, directly towards Horta. There is less than 500 NM to our finishing line and we are more and more sure we will be in Horta on Sunday afternoon. This morning we all got the allowance to use some of the fresh water to wash our hair, so all our rastafari hairstyles from yesterday are now gone.  If you are interested will we get scrambled eggs and bacon for lunch. Sunny out here, temperature 25 degrees in the air and 16 degrees in the sea (Burr!).. read more...


24/02/2011

Ariane - Unglaubliche Begegnung

Unglaubliche Begegnung!Liebe SegelfreundeEinen Tag vor unserer Abfahrt in Salvador nach Recife läuft eine Oceanis 411 ein. Ich beobachte sie, weil einige Details mir sehr bekannt vorkommen. Auf der Backbordseite wird die spanische Flagge geführt. Mein Verdacht bestätigt sich nach dem Gespräch mit den Besitzern, einem jungen Ehepaar aus Valencia. Es handelt sich tatsächlich um meine ehemalige ARIANE, die nun zur Moskito umgetauft wurde. Die neuen Besitzer sind damit über den Atlantik gesegelt und haben gleich Südamerika angesteuert. Sie wollen ebenfalls in die Karibik und dann durch den Panamakanal rund um die Welt! Das ist doch unglaublich: Man hat sich nie in Spanien getroffen, aber in Salvador! Und das zufällig zur gleichen Zeit. Sie haben übrigens das Boot wegen des guten Zustandes. read more...


04/12/2008

Cleone - En Route to Cape Town - Southernmost Point

We've lost the wind, but are making good progress under engine. We kept the spinnaker up, rolling along at seven knots or so, until the breeze freshened in the late afternoon, and a big lurch caused the skipper to lose his nerve.  It's always exciting getting the spinnaker down, particularly when you are short-handed and, as usual, you've left it a bit late.  But Marcel managed it without even dipping a clew into the sea, and soon it was safely inside its bag and we were - still rolling - once more under control.  During the night, the wind gradually eased, and at about four am (0200 UK time) the engine was back on again.  As I write, we are just approaching Cape Agulhas in a flat calm.  In the light of a dull slightly misty early morning, it looks unimprssive.  But this is the. read more...


03/12/2008

Talulah Ruby II - We arrived in Cape Town last week

We arrived in Cape Town last week ,after a stress free passage down fromDurban. We had wonderful views of Table Mountain in sunshine, and havehad a great welcome from the Royal Cape Yacht Club, which is our homefor the next 5 weeks. We are trying to get all the maintenance jobs donewell before Xmas, new sails, and generator mended. There is a generalbuzz as 40 boats are due to take part in the Heineken Cape to Bahia raceon Jan.3rd. we have 2 or 3 new crew joining us for this. Paul andI(Andy) have just flown up to Johannesburg to the Phinda Game reserve,where we were treated to 5 star hospitality and managed to see the big 5plus many more animals. What a fantastic trip, one wewould reallyrecommend. Pat and Jeff fly home this week and Michelle Tila and the 4Grandkids arrive to spend Xmas. read more...


11/07/2012

Anastasia - Port Resolution, Tanna, Vanuatu

19:31.6S 169:29.8E   Captain Cook named Port Resolution after his ship.  It is a beautiful bay, but faces north east and so it is a bit of a rolly anchorage when there is a swell outside that is coming from the east.  This part of the island is several hours drive from the main town on Tanna and there is a lot of poverty in evidence, yet the village and surrounds are meticulously maintained.   The beaches around the anchorage steam with the vapour from hot springs.  We took a tour with a guide, Jimmy, who showed us some of the springs at close quarters.  Andrea stood a bit too close to one of them and a wave came and slopped the boiling water onto her feet.  She immediately jumped into the sea to cool her feet and fortunately was not badly. read more...


24/05/2012

Asteroid - Log 22nd May 2012

Well it is now officially day 7 of our Big Adventure. We left Bermuda last Wednesday, all of the boats sailing beautifully through the St Georges Town Cut. Thankfully Mother Nature provided the wind and we have been sailing ever since. We went on port tack and only just changed on Monday morning when we had to pole out the genoa with the main on the starboard side. We are now on starboard tack and going along nicely. The days have been spent watching course, adjusting sails etc., and enjoying each others company with games of scrabble, cards, trivial pursuit and reading. People take time to catch up on sleep and Jack takes any available opportunity to play on either Manfred?s or Rodger?s I-pad (Santa watch out!). Brian spends a lot of time on the SSB radio participating in the ARC radio. read more...


24/02/2011

A Lady - Sailing around the World with the World ARC

Wednesday, 23rd February 2011  Another beautiful morning, and skipper hopped over the side and cleaned the rest of the boot top/waterline on the port side, Looking at the boat from close quarters in the water, she is beginning to show the wear and tear of 33,000 miles at sea, not to mention the sails.  Later, we went ashore with the Garbage and filled a few 5L bottles with spring water. At the top of the pier, there is thislittle park, a spring water park with 4 big tiled covered circular tanks, each with about 8 taps and they supply fresh spring water 365 days of the year. There is always a steady stream of locals filling their water jars, like in the "Biblical" times. While we were there, a group of council workers were busy chopping down a huge tree,. read more...


24/02/2011

Crazy Horse - Feb. 24

Last year at this time we were rolling around anchored off the coast of Galapagos Islands in the Pacific. We were at a little island called Santa Cruz. Getting on and off the boat was a challenge with the big rollers coming off the ocean. Some of us made it without injury but many suffered with falling in the water and even a few torn ligaments. It was a wonderful interesting place but not too restful at night with all the wave action. We even had that tsunami and all had to take off for deeper water in the ocean. Seems like a long time ago now. That was until last night when we had all the rollers in our anchorage. Oh, the mind went back to the Galapagos. It wasn't really anywhere near as rolly. I am sure some things we see or hear will remind us of the many places we have seen over the. read more...


03/12/2008

Cleone - in Knysna

Knysna is one of the most attractive places we have been to, in every way. By juggling the sail-plan, we arrived off Knysna at exactly the recommended time.  The friendly local NSRI station is always happy to give advice, and they confirmed that conditions in the notorious Knysna heads were ideal, so in we went.  Even so, the leading marks took us remarkably close in to the rocks on the eastern side of the entrance.  Just alongside us, the swells broke impressively, and a cross-current meant that we had to steer about thirty degrees to starboard to keep the marks in line.  Luckily the rear mark was lit, even though it was daytime, otherwise we would have had great difficulty in picking it out atop its slender post.  But soon we were safely through, and realised that whatever the dangers. read more...


24/05/2012

Luna - Log 14 - Det! skal fejres!

Efter endnu en dag for både motor og sejl og med OK fart i båden, nåede vi det skelsættende punkt: Plotteren viste, at der nu kun var den halve distance til målet i Horta. Og så udbrød de alle i kor: "Det! skal fejres" :-)Der blev derfor serveret friskbagte amerikanske pandekager, hvortil der blev serveret sirup. Det var ikke så ringe en eftermiddagssnack...og mmm, hvor det smagte :-PEllers bød dagen på afslapningg, læsning, løsning af soduko og ikke mindst flere besøg af delfinflokke. Nå, ja....og så havde vi da også fiskelinernrne ude - som sædvanligt uden af fange noget (findes der da overhovedet ingen sulte fisk i dette hav?).Natten var også stille og smuk, og det er nu. read more...


11/07/2012

Serendipity - All good things have to come to an end (dunno why, but that is wot my Mum said)

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24/05/2012

Irena - Dan 9

Ponoci je zacelo po malem pihljati iz SW, tam med 5 in 8 vozli. Kasneje je tudi padel pritisk zraka,kar je vse napovedovalo, da bo mogoce la malo bolj pihnilo. No, zdaj dopoldan pihla okolo 10 vozlov kar pa je dovolj, da jadramo z 5 vozli direktno proti Horti. Vcerajsnji dan sem prebil v ugotavljanju zakaj mi motor ne polni baterij, ceprav je dovolj napetosti na alternatorju in tudi na diodah. nekako sem prisel do zakljucka, da je lahko problem v senzorju napetosti baterij, ki daje potrebna navodila napetostnemu regulatorju alternatorja. Sem senzor prestavil na zadnjo, najbolj oddaljeno baterijo (imam 3 delovne) in je potem bilo bolje. Ni pa tisto kar bi moralo biti. Se dobro, da generator deluje v redu in je polnjenje baterij zaenkrat nemotece. Ostalo zaenkrat deluje dobro. Glede na. read more...


10/07/2012

BRIZO - 11 July 2012

After a very fast passage we arrived at Port Resolution late afternoon Monday, just before dark which always makes entering a new port that much easier. As we entered the anchorage we were hailed by the cocktail-hour crowd on ANASTASIA with a round of "Happy Birthday to You!" for Corinne who by then had fully recovered and was in partying-mode. We snagged a ride from WIND DANCER's dinghy and joined the crowd for cocktails as the sun fully set. Port Resolution is a small settlement with no electricity but a significant population. They have a few solar panels and energy storage facilities but seem to mostly live a minimal, off-the-grid life. World Cruising Club has had a long association with the settlement as a result of previous World ARC stopovers and we have been warmly welcomed by. read more...


02/12/2008

La Boheme - 22 November - finally at Cape Town!

Around 5 am we saw briefly Cape Agulhas, visibility has improved but the low clouds very quickly covered the land and it merged with the sky. The wind was against us and we were moving forward slowly. We were aiming to make it to Cape of Good Hope before sunset as we wanted to take some photos. In the early afternoon, clouds blew away to expose the coast and we celebrated crossing from Indian into Atlantic ocean with the bottle of red wine called "Two Oceans" compliments of Peter. The Cape of Good Hope appeared in full glory for photography. We made it into Cape Town around midnight. The town invited us with thousands of blinking lights at the foot of Table Mountains. The view was spectacular. We entered Royal Cape Yacht Club marina in 40 knot wind with the help of friendly crew from. read more...


23/02/2011

Voyageur - Log day 242 - Into the interior.....

19 February 2011We have just returned from our five day tour spent in the Chapada Diamantina National Park. It covers a massive 70500square km and it was here I like to think that we saw the real Brazil. The 400km drive from Salvador to the town of Lencois, at the park's epicentre, took us 6 hours. Ivan, our Belgian guide has been living in Brazil for the past six years and as we drove out of the city he filled us in with many of the unanswered questions we had wanted to ask about the country. He could speak eight languages and indeed it was a relief that he could speak such good English as it has been our experience here in Salvador that the local tour guides were very hard to understand. The reason that we have found everything to be so very expensive is that the Brazilian Reais is. read more...


23/02/2011

Voyageur - Log day 241 - Back to base....

14 February 2011We motored back up the canal in a flat calm, the surface of the water mirror like, and four hours later we were back into our berth at the marina. Sharing a Valentine's night dinner with John and Jenny in a restaurant in historic Pelourinho, we returned to pack our bags in readiness for an early morning 8am start.Susan Mackay. read more...


10/07/2012

Matilda - Viva Vanuatu

The last week in Fiji was spent at Vuda Point having matilda's bottom scrubbed and anti-fouled. This proved relatively painless thanks to Doug of Yacht Help Fiji. The marina itself was small but very friendly and we had a wonderful apartment overlooking the boats with a great balcony for chilling out at sunset time. The only other ARC boats there were 12 Moons and Southern Cross, but there were a few other familiar faces around such as Seazen and Seafaulk. We also got to meet a lovely couple who had been following our escapades on our blog - it came as a bit of a surprise that there are other people out there other than family and friends following our progress - fame at last... We also met up with Caroline and David from Peat Smoke to do a little sightseeing via car on the Sunday,. read more...


24/05/2012

First Edition lll - Lovely Night

A most enjoyable night - with full main and yankee jib, sailing along at 5 1/2 knots in 10 knots of southerly wind off the beam under starry skies. Passing a slower sailing vessel, "Scarlet Oyster", also bound for Horta. Chatted briefly with them on VHF. Settling in on watch at 0300 UTC with a hot cup of tea and brownies baked earlier this evening.-----------------------0700 UTC May 24 Red cloudy skies as the sun rose, sea direction has changed ,winds 11 to 15 knots and barometer has fallen - our pace should quicken though the ride will be a bit rougher. Still we welcome the winds that will move us along to Horta sooner. 36 36 N 47 00 W. read more...


17/11/2011

Lady - Passage to Tortola - Day 6

Wednesday November 16th to Thursday November 17th, 2011 At sea Another great day of sailing, even though nothing much has happened.Sailing close-hauled, we had a deep reef in the main yesterday afternoon and overnight, but took it out this morning.Our present wind speed is about 10-12 knots, enough to keep Lady moving at about 7 knots Steve reported that Lady had a nice wash from a squall overnight - Charlie and I slept through it. Although we have no Internet at sea, we can send and receive emails, through the SSB, using our Sailmail account.We receive emails from rally control giving us weather and other information, we also have current subscriptions to a couple of saildocs, which send us the NOAA text forecast for the area and also a grib file showing wind direction in a pictorial. read more...


01/12/2008

Cleone - Port Elizabeth to Knysna, maybe!

Port Elizabeth - better than Durban, just. We eventually got a forecast for a one-day weather-window on 28th November.  But it was a very small window, not enough to get us to Knysna, which was the next destination on our agenda.  What to do?  On the 27th it blew a hooly - over forty knots in the Marina of Port Elizabeth, and it was forecast to do the same again on the 29th.  But we had had enough of Port Elizabeth.  Although a great improvement on Durban, it was still a commercial port, and next to us was parked a giant Bulk Carrier, which was about to load 50 or 60 thousand tons of dirty manganese ore.  The boats were getting filthy every day as it was, and anyway, the marina had more than the usual number of neglected yachts, with some of those with live-aboards a depressing. read more...


26/11/2008

Cleone - Durban to Port Elizabeth Day 2 - Arrival & Some Bad News

Cleone arrived in Port Elizabeth at 1430 UK time, 1630 local time. And Quasar V was already alongside when we arrived.  We have not seen Quasar V or her crew since they were detained in Tahiti to make major repairs to their rudder.  Since then, they have followed doggedly on, always behind the fleet by a week or so, until they were delayed yet again in Cairns to redo the repair to their rudder.  But they were always determined to catch up, and now they have made it!  The boat is deserted at the moment, they are away on a tour somewhere.  But we will certainly have a party when they return. Our rush down the coast of South Africa on the back of the Agulhas Current continued for most of the trip to Port Elizabeth.  A strong south-westerly wind can cause what the chart calls "abnormal. read more...


10/07/2012

Samsara - We survived the volcano

July 10We went to the volcano this evening. It's really impressive to see the eruptions occurring up close. It sort of looks like a really huge roman candle going off - bright orange chunks of lava/pumice thrown high into the air. There's a huge "whoosh" before the chunks start flying, sounds just like the wave machine at Typhoon Lagoon in Disney. Only instead of generating a wave, huge plumes of orange rocks erupt along with large dense clouds of smoke and ash. We got some good pictures - I'll post when I can.So we've had a busy day and off to sleep. Someone told me 8pm is cruiser's midnight and I think they are right. It's 8:35pm now and the kids are asleep and Lee is right there behind them (and it's often me asleep before the kids!).So we'll see what tomorrow brings. Pauline. read more...


22/02/2011

A Lady - Sailing around the World

Tuesday, 22nd February 2011  We had plenty of rain again last night. It is great the way it seems to rain mostly at night, but it does mean that we cannot leave the windows open when going to bed. Skipper went for an early morning swim, no crockadiles around here to worry about. He also cleaned the waterline on the starboard side, it is covered in weed, will do the port side tomorrow, but it is not as dirty. The water was lovely and refreshing. Later, we cleaned the toilets from head to toe, this took a few hours, but they were shining when we were finished, and a job that was long overdue. Skipper is still trying to sort out the batteries, it looks as if they will have to be shipped out to Grenada, but at least it is much more cost effective than trying to. read more...


24/05/2012

Hanami II - En attendant ... Eole.

Mercredi 23 mai 2012 0:006 UTC,    21:06 local 37 08.7 N 45 17.5 W   Encore un jour sans vent, mais sans vent du tout et il semble que nous soyons au centre d'un enorme anticyclone constitue par la fuision de celui des Bermudes et celui des Acores. Selon les indication des fichiers meteo de Boston il se delpace vers l'Est, la ou nous voulons aller. Pas bon du tout cela. Enfin on verra: pour le moment il nous reste 1/2 reservoir a babord et a peu pres 2/3 a tribord mais il ne faudrait pas que cela dure trop.   La peche non plus ne ramene rien, meme apres avoir change le leurre superbe (jaune et vert, plein de poils brillants achete aux Bermudes) pour un suppose plus approprie et plus simple et qui, achete a Las Palmas, avait bien marche a l'aller en ramenant 2. read more...


24/05/2012

Endo 2 - daily log 23.05-

die besten Grüße von der Mitte des Atlantiks. Wir haben heute nacht die 900 sm Grenze geknackt und hoffen auf eine Bergfestfeier heute abend. So eine Fahrt zieht sich ja doch hin. Leider haben wir zur Zeit wenig Wind - also mal wieder Flaute (OLaf kommt Dir das bekannt vor?)und der Motor läuft. Nun ja, so haben wir keine Energiesorgen - vielleicht mit Ausnahme des Kraftstoffs, der wird wohl kaum noch 900 sm reichen. Doch wir sind optimitisch und denken, auch der Wind wird wiederkommen. Letzlich hoffen wir in 1 Woche auf den Azoren zu sein, vermutlich ziemlich am Ende der Flotte, doch unsere "dicke Ente" ist nun mal nicht so schnell. Hauptsache ankommen. So nun geht es wieder an Brot backen - bis zum nächsten Mal Endo 2Pos. 36°35 N 48°38 W. read more...


22/02/2011

A Lady - Sailing around the World

MONDAY  21st  FEBRUARY  2001        ( Stefan Hyde's birthday ) " Grand Filou " arrived from Rio last night and pulled into the space beside us where " Kalopie " had been. We got up early, and Aileen took off to Mass to pray for Stefan, ( Our youngest child , big child now )  whose birthday is today but he is also having an operation , so fingers crossed all will be well.  Skipper met this South African young fellow on the marina, How small is the world !   well it turns out that this guy is a first cousin of the " Thesen's " of  " Thesen Island in Knysna, where  Sham and Emily live, and his granmother lived in Tipperary up untill her death a couple of years ago.  however he did not have an. read more...


25/11/2008

Windflower III - Agulhasstrom;Fluch und Segen

Aufgereiht wie an der Perlenschnur ziehen an Südafrikas Küste ständig Tiefs im Abstand zwischen 18 Std.bis max.5 Tage entlang.Der Durchzug dieser Tiefs bringt starke Süd-Südwestwinde mit sich.Gleichzeitig setzt in südwestlicher Richtung genau entlang der Küste der Agulhasstrom mit bis zu 6 Kn Geschwindigkeit.Treffen Wind und Strom aufeinander entstehen in dieser Region besonders hohe Wellen.Bei Windstärken über 30 Kn (nicht selten)sogar abnormale Wellen bis 20 mtr.Höhe. Die wollten wir auf alle Fälle vermeiden. Deshalb waren unsere Tage in Richards Bay geprägt von der Auswertung der Wettervorhersagen,um eine exakte Planung vornehmen zu können.Vor allem auchdeshalb,weil es zwischen Durban und dem nächst folgenden Hafen East London (ca 260 sm )keinerlei Anker-und Schutzmöglichkeiten. read more...


10/07/2012

Samsara - We've arrived in Vanuatu

July 10We arrived last night at about 10pm. About 4 miles out we saw light and thought it was the moon. But no, it was the volcano! Every few minutes there was a flare - nature's fireworks on display! We covered almost 450 miles in just about 58 hours - pretty fast passage.Today we checked in, did a tour of the village and the school. The children sang to us. The island is beautiful, breezy - beautiful foliage. Tonight we go up to the volcano. I'll write about that later, provided of course we don't perish in a fiery eruption.Off to climb the volcano.....Pauline  . read more...


08/07/2012

Samsara - 109 miles to Vanuatu!

July 9We left Fiji on July 7, the first few hours were a bit light steering out through the reefs, once outside we decided to set the spinnaker. First time up the sock was wrapped and wouldn't pull up, so we dropped a bit, got the wraps out and went back up. By then the wind had built enough and gone forward enough that we were having trouble keeping control of the chute and nearly rounded up, so back down she came. That was a bit of a fiasco but luckily no harm done. Since then we've been sailing with more wind than expected, mid 20s or so. So now we have 109 miles to go. This has been a fast leg. We can enter the harbor and drop anchor at night, it's not a tricky entrance like some. Hopefully we won't have cloud cover so we have some moonlight to help when we arrive late tonight. read more...


25/11/2008

Kasuje - Cape Town

Hi allA short message to let you know we made Cape Town in the early hours of Monday morning about 04.30, just as dawn was breaking over table mountain and the lights of the city were still in full glow. Awesome. We are now officially back in the Atlantic Ocean, heading north and on our way home!!Our total circumnavigation back to Troon totals sum 37000nm, we have eased our way through sum 25000nm, so approximately 2/3rds of our journey is now completed and we have the Southern and Northern Atlantic to cross before we complete our goal and make Troon, hopefully in June next year.Kasuje will be moored here in Royal Cape Town Yacht Club for about a month whilst we return to the UK for Christmas and the new year. We then commence the passage to Brazil in early January and have an eta in. read more...


21/02/2011

Crazy Horse - Feb 21

We are planning to take a trip up to the old town today and see some jewelry before we leave. We still have not purchased those blue topaz gemstones that we crave. We have an idea to have our very own Crazy Horse ring made to remember the adventure. We may just purchase the stones here and have it made back home. The stones are cheaper here but the silver and gold are very expensive here. So we will go shopping today before we leave Salvador and get some estimates.Many of the boats will leave today or tomorrow to go to Sao Paolo or just start moving up the coast toward Recife. We would like to be in Recife for the rendezvous on Feb. 28th. But first we want to check out this most beautiful island of Sao Paulo.Yesterday we went to a convent/church that was made into a hotel/restaurant/spa.. read more...


23/05/2012

Voyageur - Leg 2 - Log 6 Halfway there

22/23 May At dawn the wind died. Looks like we might be doing this for a couple of days at least as a high remains stationary. A Lady have raced on ahead and are now too far away for us to be able to hear them on 4 Alpha and as they are not tuned in for 6 Alpha we communicate by email instead.At 1 o’clock in the morning the log reads 1000nm. We are over halfway there now. The time zones are changing rapidly as we continue to make our easting. When we left Bermuda darkness fell around 8pm with dawn at 6am. Now it is getting light as David gets me up for my watch at 4am with sunrise before 5am. And last night we had the first of a new moon so from now until we arrive in the Azores we will have relatively few hours of darkness which compared to the twelve hours in the southern. read more...


17/05/2012

Freedom Found - Log day 2 - still enjoying facilities of Bermuda Dingy Sports & Club

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