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Till - Mariehamn - Arrival to ASS Marina
Till - Mariehamn - Arrival to ASS Marina
Till - Mariehamn - Wait for berthing
Till - Mariehamn - Wait for berthing
08/08/2014

Jennie B - ARC Baltic - Åland is a land worth exploring.

We made it to Kokar by 2030 on Saturday 2nd August and were very glad we made the effort to get there.Many of the rally boats were at anchor in the harbour or tied up to the small quay.We went ashore to enjoy a few drinks from the small bar overlooking the harbour and listened to beautiful singing from a girl duo who were performing to the small crowd of sailors and local campers.It was a really magical evening. Sundaymorning we had a bit of a late start but eventually got under way at 1030 heading for Mariehamn. We had many hours of great sailing through more beautiful channels and islands and got to the ASS marina at Mariehamn at 1800.The marina at Mariehamn was, we think, the best we've stayed at on the rally so far.Great facilities and in a very pretty location,we were all impressed. read more...


08/08/2014

American Spirit II - Day 214; Humpback Whale Collision - Almost!; Thursday, August 7, 201

At 5:04 PM this afternoon a Humpback Whale either surfaced closer than 20 feet behind and 10 feet off the port side of the boat; or swam from the starboard side to the port side angled 30 degrees forward of our transom's perpendicular plane. In either circumstance it probably was much closer to the boat than when I saw it. I was alone in the cockpit at the time. Joel had been napping for a while and Jeanine had just gone down to nap. I heard a noise behind the boat, looked up and saw a the large black (whale) body from the hump back to the tail. Then the tail elevated itself into the perpendicular and the whale submerged downward, with a big area of frothy water left behind. I mean BIG! As the tail was raised, it appeared as wide as the boat. The whale was so close I could see. read more...


06/08/2014

Longbow of Argyll - Longbow in the Baltic; Tallinn to St Petersburg.

Longbow in the Baltic; Tallinn to St Petersburg.We lost our blog writer,Clare, when she and Felix left us in Tallinn so now, two busy weeks later, the first mate will summarise.Leaving Tallinn, we enjoyed a wonderful afternoon of sailing along the Estonian coastline.Dick and Budgie had joined Longbow and seemed delighted that their adventure had begun. By the following morning we had to enter the strict shipping channel that takes one 85nm to the Russian border control at Kronstadt, although one enters Russian waters a lot further west. Apart from a little sailing this leg was a long slog with the iron topsailthrough very featureless surroundings. Even when within a few miles of Saint Petersburg the skyline revealed industrial outlines only and a couple of vast cruise liners.We settled. read more...


07/08/2014

American Spirit II - Day 213; A Rough Ride from Hamilton Island to Whitehaven Beach; Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Up at 8:00 AM. Coffee and tea. At 8:45 AM moved the boat up in the slip so our water hose would reach our water tank inlet. The water tank was almost empty. Breakfast at 8:55 AM: eggs, cut up potato cooked in olive oil in the skillet; and raisin bread. Departed the Hamilton Island marina at 10:55 AM. We had to be out of the slip by 11:00 AM. Because the wind was initially on the nose, we motored at first. Once we could turn east we put up a double reefed mainsail and throttled back the engine to 1,600 RPM. The wind was blowing 20 with gusts up to 30; and the waves were rough. It was an uncomfortable ride with a lot of water coming over the bow. Once we turned east the ride got steadier. Top speed was 8.4 knots. We sailed south out of Hamilton Island marina to the south end of Hamilton. read more...


07/08/2014

American Spirit II - Day 212; Last Full Day in Hamilton Island; Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Up at 8:30 AM. Coffee and tea. Breakfast at 9:30 AM. A surprise breakfast today for the crew: Bacon (Australian ham), scrambled eggs, chilled apples and raisin bread. Showered in the marina; paid marina bill (expensive; slip $110 per night); visited one retail store to pick something up; dropped off cards at Post Office (postage to the US for a post card $3.00 per card) and bakery (1 loaf of raisin bread). At least the slip rental included electricity and water. Some marinas charge extra for that. Joel called Ray Marine Australia trying to find where we (I) could get a spare auto pilot. He found a Ray Marine dealer in Cairns that could update our E-80 Chart Plotter software, which might 'cure' a couple of problems we have: GPS antennae jumping between UTC time and local time; and the. read more...


07/08/2014

Nexus - Cruising the Whitsunday Islands

We've been thoroughly enjoying the Whitsunday Islands (Cumberland Island Group) off of the Australian Coast, since leaving Mackay. These islands are a bucket list destination for us, and they did not disappoint. We spent a few nights enjoying the hospitality of the marina at Hamilton Island during some high winds and rain. This is a very expensive island but one of the few developed ones in the Whitsundays, and charter operations run out if it. There are nice restaurants and shops and a full service marina, and the Hamilton Yacht Club building is shaped like a giant manta ray, and is the challenger club for the next America's Cup race. We left as the preparations for Hamilton Race Week were filling the marina with activity. Having spent a couple of days at Whitehaven Beach and Toungue. read more...


06/08/2014

Flomaida II - Anstrengender Endspurt nach Ile Aneytium/ Vanuatu Archipel

Das werde ich nie verstehen: wieso fangen Stürme vorwiegend nachts an? Wirhaben nur noch ein Minivorsegel gesetzt und machen trotzdem noch 6 KnotenGeschwindigkeit. Im Verhältnis ist das kleine Segel so wie ein Einstecktuchim Jacket eines 1 Zentner Mannes! Das Gute ist, dass wir den Wind von 90 Gradbekommen, allerdings die Welle auch, die dann des öfteren auch im Cockpitlandet.Das Gute ist auch,das unser Cockpit soviel Schutz bietet.DasSchlechte ist allerdings, dass mir mal wieder schlecht ist, da der Himmelbedeckt ist, also alles total schwarz und dass die Schoot des Minisegelseinen irren Krach macht! Aber bei dem Wetter können wir nicht herausfinden,woran das liegt! Eigentlich müssen wir noch mehr auf die Bremse gehen, daes erst 1 Uhr ist, und wir nur noch 32 Meilen bis zur Insel haben,. read more...


05/08/2014

Trillium - Trillium Travels to Rakiraki Area

Destination Rakiraki AreaWith the generator and water maker in fine shape now, we decided to venture from Vuda Point Marina across the top of Vita Levu toward Rakiraki. We had read about the wonderful snorkeling and diving in this area. Of course, the wind would be on the nose so the Iron Jenny would be our momentum. Besides, we soon learned that it is nearly impossible to sail windward through the reefs to cover this area.While the distance is not that great, it is a slow methodical trip. First of all, as everyone has indicated, the electronic charts are almost worthless! There are many unmarked reefs all over Fiji. In fact, the World ARC participants could probably create a book of all we have found and noted the latitudes and longitudes! Maybe it could be sold to support dental health. read more...


05/08/2014

Trillium - Trillium Touring Fiji

Visiting Somosomo, NavitiOnce we had completed our sevusevu ceremony, Tewa asked if we would like to visit the market. Of course! I am thinking fresh fruits and vegetables. Wrong! The market was a few ladies sitting on the ground under a breadfruit tree with some fans and jewelry for sale. Dennis bought a bracelet and Sondra bought some pearls. I manage to buy a breadfruit off the tree so I could make breadfruit frites! Technique for making breadfruit frites:First boil the large green fruit for 20 minutes. Let it cool and then peel the tough skin off. Cut into French fries-style sticks. Fry in hot oil until crispy. Serve with mayonnaise and or ketchup (called tomato sauce in the South Pacific).Following our big purchases, we walked through the village with Tewa where we visited the. read more...


05/08/2014

Trillium - Trillium Enjoying Fiji

Yasawa Islands: Village ProtocolsOur first night in Naviti was spent at anchor in a bay just east of Somosomo village where there was a beautiful beach. The reefs are everywhere so we maneuvered through the anchorage until we found what we thought was a good spot. At least it was at high tide! Much to our surprise in the morning, we found ourselves relatively close to a reef, but we were still safe with present wind conditions.We spent most of the day on shore enjoying the beach. There was no snorkeling at low tide, but it was good to stretch the legs with a long beach walk. In fact, it was so shallow that we couldn’t even take the dinghy ashore. We had to anchor it and walk in. We had a little mishap. Apparently, when Dennis got out of the dinghy, the keys must have escaped from his. read more...


05/08/2014

Hebe - Rest In Peace

5th August 2014    Rest in Peace   Sarah Margaret Hope Peel BEM  4th Feb 1953 - 26th July 2014 It has been a real privilege caring for Sarah with her three wonderful sons during these final 5 weeks up in her home in Pocklington, Yorkshire. Andrew for his part ran all the errands and gave lots of moral support as nursing isn't his forte.  We are so glad to have had this time all together.Sarah's funeral was very special, as funerals go.  She had worked for many years in the visitor centre of the high security prison, HMP Full Sutton and was awarded The British Empire Medal for her excellent work.  The prison turned out in full for her funeral, I am not sure who was left running the place. Sarah's coffin was draped with the Union Jack and she. read more...


05/08/2014

Flomaida II - 5.8.- ein guter Tag!

Fast alle Probleme konnte Christoph heute beheben! Der Generator läuft,Christoph hat den Impeller gewechselt, der ziemlich zerfleddert war, alleGummizähnchen waren abgeschliffen. Die Gummireste müssen wir morgen bei Tagnoch aus den Leitungen pulen. Das war also ein ganz normaler Verschleiß.Die Genua lässt sich auch wieder einrollen. Das Genackertau hatte sich miteingerollt. Radar, der nun an beiden Bildschirmen nicht geht und dieInstrumentenbeleuchtung verlangen wohl doch nach einem Spezialisten. Mitdem Problem können wir leben, da wir AIS haben, den jedes große Schiff hat.(Bisher ist uns noch Keines begegnet) Das bedeutet, dass wir in der Nachtgesehen werden und dass wir die Schiffe auch sehen können mit Namen, Größe,Geschwindigkeit und Fahrtrichtung. Also sehen wir das Ganze. read more...


American Spirit II - A trip to Austraila wouldn't be complete without a Koala
American Spirit II - A trip to Austraila wouldn't be complete without a Koala
American Spirit II - A billabong in the outback
American Spirit II - A billabong in the outback
American Spirit II - Wallaby in the Outback
American Spirit II - Wallaby in the Outback
American Spirit II - Is that a crock next to Jeanie?
American Spirit II - Is that a crock next to Jeanie?
American Spirit II - Proserpin river
American Spirit II - Proserpin river
American Spirit II - A sunset at Hamilton Island
American Spirit II - A sunset at Hamilton Island
American Spirit II - An interesting sign
American Spirit II - An interesting sign
American Spirit II - more whales
American Spirit II - more whales
American Spirit II - Whales on our way to Hamilton Island
American Spirit II - Whales on our way to Hamilton Island
05/08/2014

American Spirit II - Day 211; Crocodile Safari; Monday, August 4, 2014

Up at 5:45. Breakfast of scrambled eggs, potato and raisin bread. Plus coffee and tea. Boarded ferry for Shute Harbor at 7:15 AM. Once there we took a bus to the Crocodile Safari camp, but had to stop 4 times along the way to pick up other passengers. On the way to the Crocodile Safari camp we drove thru miles and miles of sugar cane, which was in the process of being harvested. Like driving thru the midwest and have unlimited miles of corn fields. Same way here with sugar cane fields. Along the way we also drove by a Subway sandwich shop, which had one distinguishing feature different than one in the US: it had a drive thru lane. As we arrived at the acreage of the Crocodile Safari camp site we saw a Wallabie mother and child as we entered, moving thru the woods. A Wallabie looks like a. read more...


04/08/2014

Tomanita II - Helsingfors

Efter två sköna dagar för ankare har vi nu gått till NJK i centralaHelsingfors. Fin segling i skärgården där vi inte varit förut; få båtar! Fastnari inloppet till  hamnen som bara är 2,3 m djupt pga lågvatten. Medmotorhjälp går vi in genom leran till en fin plats och får sedvanlig hjälp medförtöjningen av Joel och ARC medarbetare. Man känner sig verkligen välkommen!Dom har ju själva seglat hit och är ändå först med att hjälpa till ! En storanledning varför vi valt att följa med ARC Rallyt; alltid proffsiga och vänliga,men man får klara sig själv resten av resan.Det regnar på kvällen så grillfesten flyttas till dagen efter; i ställetblir det gemensam middag på klubbrestaurangen! Dagen efter har vi skepparmöteinför segling till Kökar/Mariehamn. Vi beslutar att segla hem till. read more...


04/08/2014

Tomanita II - 27/7 Haapasaari

Nu har vi lämnat Ryssland med samma tråkiga kanal till Kronstath och dåligbehandling av båt/besättning vid tullen.... tråkigt nog har Bill Springer lämnatoss för familj och arbete i USA. Tack Bill för två veckors semester och väldigttrevligt sällskap! Vi hoppas han kommer tillbaka någon gång? Bill har tagit många fina bilder under resan, och ni kan följa en del på www.billspringer.blogspot.com. Vi fick fin segling till Finland under natten och blev anropade av Ryskakustbevakningen två gånger för kontroll. På morgonen ankrade vi och sov ut någratimmar. Dopp i rent,varmt vatten (27 grader). Vänliga tullare,snabbt avklarat!Äntligen tillbaka till civilisationen. Fortfarande lite trötta seglade vi till en fin vik nära Suurpelli ochankrade. Det var så skönt att vi stannade en natt till och. read more...


04/08/2014

Flomaida II - Flomaida wieder unterwegs

Nach problemlosem Ausklarieren im relaxtem Fijistil geht es zusammen mitAbora und Luna Blue auf die 500 Meilen nach Vanuatu.Innerhalb des Riffs wardie Welle noch moderat, allerdings geht sie nun außerhalb auf 3-4m. Da wiraber 15-20 Knoten Wind aus der perfekten Richtung haben, lässt es sichdamit gut leben. Die Wellen sind nur sehr unangenehm, wenn der Wind zuschwach ist. Der Tag verläuft problemlos, sogar das Kochen ist machbar. Bises dunkel wird.....da geht die Beleuchtung der Instrumente nicht,dann fälltder Radar am Hauptbildschirm aus, aber wir haben ja noch den Bildschirm imCockpit. Zu Beginn meiner Wache um 2Uhr wollen wir den Generator startenzum Laden der Batterien. Er sagt absolut nix! Christoph schaut im Motorraumnach,da war während irgendwelcher Arbeiten der Hauptschalter. read more...


Aislig Bheag - Foto 28/07 - AstroLaPalma.com
Aislig Bheag - Foto 28/07 - AstroLaPalma.com
04/08/2014

American Spirit II - Day 210; Slept In, Laundry, Ordered Stuff, Dinner with 1/2 of Nexus, , Kangaroo on the Loose and Marina Tavern; Sunday, August 3, 2014

Up at 9:15 AM. I had closed the two shutters in my cabin; as a result it was pitch black, allowing me to sleep in. Once up I got coffee, then made breakfast. Breakfast today consisted of me cutting up a potato, adding spices and cooking it in olive oil in a skillet. Once the potatoes were cooked, I added the scrambled eggs and mixed them together. Along with the eggs and potatoes we had raisin bread with New Zealand butter. I mention New Zealand butter because it is the best butter we've had on our trip; and we're all convinced its actually addictive. Remember Coca-Cola and cocaine?At 11:30 AM I took a shower at the marina showers, which were fabulous. Hot water and plenty of water pressure; plus each shower stall had a connected little room to sit down in and get dressed when done.. read more...


04/08/2014

Santa Maria - Helsingfors - Mariehamn rally - racing

Leaving Helsinki with the fleet as a parade was most spectacular, but the spectacle was an internal one, as Helsinki was at sleep at 08am.  Then we managed to tangle up  the parade flags by trying to take them down under march, and parts of the flags were stuck which led to a great deal of laughter  when we sent Imke up the mast to get it down again safely as we arrived in Porkala where we had decided to stop over for the night. The first leg was a short one under motor since we has to fight the headwind.Knowing that  the wind would change in the next days we speculated in sailing days straight to Mariehamn. On the second day we motored past Hangö, we were told that berthing there would be difficult as a motorboat race was taking place there. Therefore we motored past. read more...


Santa Maria - Helsingfors - Mariehamn rally - racing
Santa Maria - Helsingfors   - Mariehamn rally - racing
04/08/2014

Santa Maria - Helsinki

On our two nights stay in Nylänska jakthamnen in Helsinki we started with a crew dinner in the club's fashionable dining room, thus all boats arrived in due time. There we all enjoyed a fantastic meal, again lax was on the menu. The next day  we hopped on,  hopped off throughout the tourist attractions of Helsinki, again under best weather conditions, including a tropical afternoon shower, cleaning the air. After the second night the fleet saluted Helsinki harbour with all flags up. As we were to take down the flags these didn't want to come down completely.ErikWP_20140801_09_37_48_Pro. read more...


Santa Maria - Helsinki
Santa Maria - Helsinki
04/08/2014

Free & BrEasy - Anna of Salads

We are now four on board Free & BrEasy. Roger's wife, Annabelle, has joined us for the leg around Australia to Darwin. Why is Roger looking so happy? Annabelle has brought an immediate improvement in our cuisine. We now have healthy salads for lunch every day, and curry's to die for. Woolworths still exists in Australia and we went to a huge Woolworths supermarket in the giant shopping Mall to purchase a colossal amount of provisions. We are now set up for the 1500 mile trip to Darwin over the next month.World ARC gave us a very helpful briefing on the next leg to Darwin. Exploration of the Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef is uppermost in our minds but there is a profusion of Marinas and anchorages tempting us on the way. We were also told to look out for whales as they. read more...


Aislig Bheag - John relaxing La Palma
Aislig Bheag - John relaxing La Palma
Aislig Bheag - Above the clouds La Palma
Aislig Bheag - Above the clouds La Palma
Aislig Bheag - La Palma Life belt
Aislig Bheag - La Palma Life belt
Aislig Bheag - Cliff 'restaurant'
Aislig Bheag - Cliff 'restaurant'
02/08/2014

Jennie B - ARC Baltic - Oops no gas

Typical, just as I put the kettle on for a morning coffee and a cooked breakfast the cooking gas ran out.No problem,I thought, I bought a Finnish gas cylinder yesterday I'll change to that.Sadly although we have gas cylinder fittings for many different types of cylinder we don't have one that works with this Finnish gas bottle!Fortunatelythe crew of Jumbuck have offered to lend us a Camping Gaz cylinder so we should be OK tonight when we meet up with them in Kokar. Thanks John and Sue :-)Paul & Elaine. read more...


Jennie B - ARC Baltic - Finnish Archipelago, Modemagan Harbour
Jennie B - ARC Baltic - Finnish Archipelago, Modemagan Harbour
02/08/2014

American Spirit II - Day 209; Quarantine Zone, Wild Kingdom & Dinner with Nexus; Saturday, August 2, 2014

Up at 7:15 AM. Coffee. Joel and Jeanine still sleeping as I went to Nexus and borrowed their 'Vessels in the Torres Strait' quarantine information sheet. I had lost my copy somewhere on the boat. We then proceeded to the marina office where I had them make me a color copy. Basically, there is a quarantine area in northern Australia that extends from the coast of Australia north to Papua New Guinea, and east and west for about 180 miles. If we anchor in this quarantine zone, which is where Thursday Island is, then upon reaching Darwin all meats, fruits, vegetables, pop corn and most grocery items bought outside of this zone will have to be taken off the boat and destroyed. The purpose of this quarantine zone is '...to help prevent the spread of pests, weeds and diseases from countries to. read more...


02/08/2014

Jennie B - ARC Baltic - Helsinki

We loved Helsinki, lovely city, lovely people, lovely weather.We don't know what it's like in the winter but in the summer it'sgreat.The historic NJK yacht club is in a good location with impressive views of Helsinki City centre across the harbour.The crew dinner hosted by the NJK was another splendid evening although we did have "sticker shock" at the price of drinks in Finland. We left the NJK with a parade of sail on Friday 1st August heading west through the Finnish Archipelago in the general direction of Sweden.So here we are again picking our route through little islands, big islands, tree covered islands even the odd white bird poo covered island.Fortunately the channels between islands are well marked and using the detailed Finnish charts we've successfully navigated our way. read more...


Till - Helsinki - Parade of sail
Till - Helsinki - Parade of sail
Till - Helsinki - Parade of sail
Till - Helsinki - Parade of sail
Till - Helsinki - Parade of sail
Till - Helsinki - Parade of sail
Till - Helsinki - Parade of sail: Leadboat 'Working on a Dream'
Till - Helsinki - Parade of sail: Leadboat 'Working on a Dream'
Till - Helsinki - The white Cathedral, a symbol of the town
Till - Helsinki - The white Cathedral, a symbol of the town
Till - Helsinki - Uspenski Cathedral
Till - Helsinki - Uspenski Cathedral
Till - Helsinki - Uspenski Cathedral, the largest orthodox church in Western Europe
Till - Helsinki - Uspenski Cathedral, the largest orthodox church in Western Europe
Till - Helsinki - A ferry runs between NJK Blekholmen marina and the city
Till - Helsinki - A ferry runs between NJK Blekholmen marina and the city

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