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20/05/2012

Scolamanzi - A Whale of a story left us all shell shocked!

A Whale of a story left us all shell shocked! Still in disbelieve ? we are struggling to comprehend the extend of the sadness and emotional strain that one of our ARC Fleet Yachts? (?Outer Limit?) crew must be going through! On Friday late afternoon a whale struck their yacht and caused damage causing the boat to take in water and forced the crew to send out a May Day message for rescue! They had to abandon ship and were picked up by a Cargo vessel that is on her way to Italy.This incident surely affects each and every one of us ? we have become one big family in support of this challenge to make it safely to the Azores and needless to say, we were shocked and terribly sadden by the news. My heart goes out to them and Alexandra and Mike on ?Halo? that was closes to them - overheard the. read more...


11/06/2012

Anastasia - Waiting for clearance into Fiji

:46.7S 179:19.7E   We have arrived in Savusavu.  The significant thing about our position is that it is now 179:19 East.  Last night we crossed over 180 degrees of longitude (ie half way round the world) and we are now approaching Greenwich from the east, rather than departing from the west.   Working out the current time, date and position relative to the UK is becoming increasingly challenging for someone who still has to think twice what the current year is.  For example, we crossed the dateline and are now GMT + 12, so no longer behind the UK and counting up the hours, but 11 hours ahead of the UK (when you allow for British Summer Time) and counting down the hours from here.   Anyway, time has little meaning. read more...


27/10/2008

Quasar V of Lleyn - Quasar Log

Saturday 25thOctoberKEEP ON RUNNING!Actually had to put trousers and fleece on last night itwas a bit fresh! Wind was up and down at times the course and speed wasvariable, but the motion and noise in the aft cabin got me and I didn't sleepmuch! Midmorning and we are making 8 knots, Lindsey is making bread and we are runningwith the Twistle with good effect. Speeds up and down. Overall we are making anaverage of 7.5  knots around 180 nmin the last 24 hours.Nothing to report, the usual routine spag bog for dinner.Our positions should now be on the ARC website (Worldcruising.com WorldARC)  Sunday 26thOctober GROUND HOG DAY!Another day much like the last one, except that we aregoing much slower and have to resort to the engine after dinner. Its rainingfrom time to time and a bittedious!. read more...


11/06/2012

Sapphire II - 11 June, Vava'u, Tonga

Being in the perpetual sunshine of tropical islands is the dream. The reality is that we have had rain in Tahiti, rain along the way here and, to cap it all, torrential rain all day yesterday. We had planned to attend a Tongan singing mass in the cathedral here (it was Sunday) but couldn't get off the boat! Instead we watched The Frozen Planet BBC documentary.These islands are like nothing else we have seen before.They are coral and volcanic, heavily forested and brilliantly green. With around 100,000 people living on the 36 out of 171 inhabited islands there is no sign of humanity once cruising the islands away from the few population centers.The approach to Neiafu, the main town of the Vava'u group of islands where we spent the first few days is breathtaking. More like the Gulf of. read more...


20/05/2012

Luna - Log 11 - Many thoughts to the crew of "Outer Limits"

The day passed has been about talking and thinking about the fate of "Outer Limits" and mostly about how it must have been for the crew and what they are going through right now. We are thankful that they were rescued so quickly and that no one was injured. We send all good thoughts to the crew and wish them all the best.Else, the day has been very quite and not much has happened. We had fair wind, and during the afternoon we passed the mark for 3/4 of the way to go (measured by the log's distance to endpoint compared to a total of 1788 nm).The night was even more quite and there was less wind. The good thing about this was, that everyone onboard got a lot of good sleep and rest :-) /Luna & Crew-- Dagen er gået med at snakke om og tænke på "Outer Limits". read more...


02/02/2011

Crazy Horse - Feb. 2,

The wind is about the same going back between SSE, ENE, ESE and from 9-10kts. Every time we put up a sail the wind changes direction or a wave comes by and knocks air out and we go wobbling from side to side. All in all not a productive sail. So we are back to motoring after Bill changed the oil filters. Had some gunk in the fuel so that was good that he checked it out. That was one of our problems going around the Cape so it is good to get the fuel cleaned and working fine. We must conserve every ounce of fuel since not much wind predicted over next few days. We have 624 miles to go and hoping for some wind to ensure our arrival to Salvador well, soon. Hope to be in by Sat. but perhaps we will be lucky to get in by Sunday. I know Bill and Matt would like to see that Superbowl.Heard. read more...


26/10/2008

Cleone - in Mauritius

I don't think I really got the measure of Mauritius.For a start, the Lonely Planet says that it got its independence from France in the 1960s - surely they mean Britian? Most history indicates that Mauritius was ceded to the UK in the 19th Century by the French, and that it gained its independence from us in the 1960s, not from France. All though they speak French, and the education is mainly in French, Government business is entirely in English, there is a British High Commission (and the High Commissioner has a very smart Residence with a beautifully tended garden) rather than an Embassy (so they must still be in the Commonwealth), they drive on the right (ie the left-hand) side of the road and the legal system is British. Whilst I hope my evidence is pretty conclusive (no case to. read more...


26/10/2008

Cleone - Leg 18 - Mauritius to Reunion

It's only 135 miles from Mauritius to Reunion. And even for Cleone it was less than 24 hours at sea.  We hardly had time for anything, particularly as we had to motor much of the way.  Alex continued his Chinese theme with another virtuoso display at the galley, producing an epic stir-fried chicken.  This had a slightly disappointing introduction.  During the afternoon, Alex managed to catch a magnificently silvered small Tuna (and he lost a couple of other fish).  Following a warning from La Boheme, a close inspection showed this to be riddled with parasites, so for safety reasons it was discarded. Apart from that, it was an uneventful trip, with Cleone arriving at the back end of the pack, but thanks to the Yanmar, which again put in a sterling performance, not absolutely last! All. read more...


20/05/2012

Irena - Dan 5

Umirjeno jadranje, ob dokaj mocnih vetrovih, ki pa so proti veceru in nato cez noc zaceli popuscati. Napoved je sicer popolnoma dugacna, saj naj bi imeli do 40 vozlov vetra. Ni pa prvic, da so se zmotili. Sicer pa je cel dan potekal v pogovorih o jadnici, ki se je zaletela v kita in posledicno jo je morala posadka zapustiti. Barka je mocno zajemala vodo. Resila jih je tovorna ladja, na tocko nezgode pa je plula tudi ena od nasih jadrnic. K sreci so vsi clani posadke v redu, seveda pretreseni in tudi nesrecni zaradi izgube jadrnice. Kapitana Joosta poznam ze od lanskega leta, saj sva se srecala na Grenadi. Povecali smo malo pazljivost na strazi, vendar vem, da to kaj dosti ne more pomagati. Upajmo,da mi ali se katera druga jadrnica ne bo imela podobne smole.Do Azorov se 1262 milj.. read more...


11/06/2012

Wind Dancer - LOG 25: Fa'a Samoa

We have taken a short detour from the World ARC schedule and are in Apia, Samoa. We managed to get to some US soil and sailed to Pago Pago, American Samoa after departing from Suwarrow. Unfortunately rainy weather didn't permit us to do much touring. It was a great place though to do some provisioning for the boat and refill some bilges. Being an American Island, there was a big bulk store with familiar products. So we were able to find diet coke (no more of the coke light) and Karson's preferred mayonnaise and really big bags of dried fruit. After some nice rendezvous with those of the fleet who also detoured, we made our evening move over to Apia. The overnight sail was very pleasant, but Pago Pago didn't want us to leave. While hauling the anchor up, we managed to hook on to a sunken. read more...


02/02/2011

A Lady - Sailing around the World

  Tuesday, 1st February 2011 Well,well, we had a late start, about 07.00hrs, there were all sorts of people about, the sail makers, who took our parasailor and staysail away to be repaired, plus a welcoming committee, who gave us ribbons for our wrists with wishes to go with the ribbons, plus lots of brochures, etc, etc... The first impressions of the place as we studied the vast array of buildings climbing up the side of the sheer cliff face, was wonderful. This all looks interesting and waiting to be explored, however, we were warned, wear no watches, jewelry, and if you have any money split it into all your different pockets, and even into your shoes if possible. Oh cripes! A great friggin start. But, but, we know from school days, that this country is. read more...


02/02/2011

A Lady - Eating our way around the World

Monday, 31st January 2011 Yet again another beautiful warm night at sea with a big increase in shipping traffic passing by. 06.00hrs Distance to Salvador................................141 miles. We are getting close to Brazil, we should arrive there around midnight tonight. We adjusted all our clocks and watches for the 3rd time since leaving St. Helena, so we are now in Brazil time zone. 07.00hrs (local Brazilian time) RADIO CALL :-  today, the net controller was shared between Thor VI and Mike from Eowyn. We gained an average of 20 miles per boat on the fleet over the last 24 hours, except for Wild Tigris  who motored and is now 74 miles ahead of A Lady. Shortly after radio call, the wind almost vanished, so we had to start the engine and. read more...


26/10/2008

Kasuje - Moored up in Reunion

Hi from Skipper SteveThe two landlubbers successfully made the short passage to Reunion and we are safely moored up alongside the wall in the commercial port. Kasuje will feel quite at home here as there is a distinctly fishy waft in the air and at the moment it is pouring with rain........! We are scheduled to stay for one week but the likelihood is that we will leave before then dependant on the weather forecast for the passage to Richards Bay. Kasuje is in good nick but requires a  clean so tomorrow will be spent doing boaty things then provisioning etc. For Tuesday and Wednesday we are off on a two day tour of the island, the scenery, sailing in this morning looks spectacular and we have hired a bus and booked a hotel for Tues night deep in the interior mountains. So Thursday looks. read more...


11/06/2012

Wind Dancer - LOG 24: Tom Neale Hermit Crabs

We have spent a week in Suwarow now and have enjoyed the company of Group 2 of the fleet.  We started the first evening with a barbeque on the beach with a couple of the other boats coming ashore to partake as well.  The uninhabited atoll (except for a care taker and his family for a portion of the year) has a small “yacht club”  where there is a book exchange, tool shed, table and chairs, small kitchen and barbeque drum.  And I think there has been a bbq on the beach every night since.   We took the dingy over to a small motu aptly called bird or gull island, where literally thousands of birds nest, rest and squawk.  We took a small picnic and luckily did not have to share our lunches with any birds.  We then walked in the shallows of. read more...


20/05/2012

Purrr-fect - Leg Two - May 19 - Day 4

Just clocked over 200 miles in the last 24 hours, so Purrrfect is really moving.We continue to study all available weather information in the hopes that we will get good wind from the moving high pressure but not get caught in over 30 knots.We are still in shock about the sad news of our rally boat, Outer Limits, which was holed by a whale last night and had to abondon ship when they were rescured by a nearby cargo vessel.We saw 3 large container and cargo ships at various times last night, and had the opportunity to contact them via VHF using the AIS.It is comforting to know that large ships can see us on radar and take care to avoid us.No fishing today since Dave lost his new expensive lure to the 6 foot shark yesterday when they cut the shark free.All is well. read more...


19/05/2012

Ninfea - Daily Log

ARC  EUROPE 18-maggio 2012 Da  "NINFEA" Finally This morning started on a sad note. One of the boats, Outer Limits, was hit by a whale and started to sink. The crew was promptly rescued by a cargo and taken safely on board. We knew very well one of the component of the crew, Marta, a nice Italian lady with plenty of sailing experience. Our sincere sympathy to the crew. The day went by with the usual routine. Pino did his first cooking preparing an excellent grey snapper that he had caught in the marina in Bermuda. Delicious! After lunch.. finally! A tuna hit one of the lures and was  boarded after a short fight. Not the kind of monster we hooked yesterday, but a much more modest 4/5 Kg little tunny. Good enough to provide some excitement and a few excellent steaks and. read more...


25/10/2008

Kasuje - On passage to Reunion

Hi from Skipper SteveWhat a difference a few days can make, from the heavy rolly seas of our passage to Mauritius we are now enjoying the most exquisite short overnight sail to the island of Reunion. It is just past 01.30, everything is calm on board and I am being serenaded by Debussy. We hope to make landfall by dawn however there are signs that the gentle blow is further easing, which might require the firing up of the in line six, which would be such a shame on this beautiful night.We left Mauritius at 12.00 in full racing mode with a near perfect line start, my new crew, and old friend Dennis was keen to show that a couple of landlubbers from the midlands, adorned in saints shirts, could get the good ship Kasuje launched and steaming. Dennis has settled easily back into boat life. read more...


01/02/2011

Crazy Horse - Feb. 1

This morning we put up the large Asail-aka Joshua. It is flying well now but we may have to jibe to keep from going so far south. The wind keeps changing from ESE to ENE. What a pain that is. Just hard to keep our straight line to the mark. Anyone who knows Bill knows that he loves the rhumb line. So we will probably be zig zagging to the coast at this rate. The fuel now is a major concern because there is not much wind and we just can't keep motoring the whole way. I think it sounds like the fleet is all having the same problem with not much wind and concerns about having enough fuel to get to Salvador. The weather says not much wind for the next few days. We have about 779 miles to go. It is still beautiful and sunny and warm.This is way better than the sleet and freezing rain they are. read more...


11/06/2012

Anastasia - Through the reefs

17:30.6S 179:05.8W  308 miles covered, 111 miles to go   We have passed through the reefs and shoals surrounding Fiji and are proceeding to Savusavu which is our first port of call.  We are still reefed right down in order to arrive there after sunrise tomorrow morning.   I just phoned up the Copra Shed Marina to let them know we would be arriving and would be requiring international clearance.  They do not have any moorings available so we will have to anchor until some come free.  12 Moons and Working on a Dream are going to arrive there tonight.  Serendipity will be arriving at about the same time as we do tomorrow morning.    . read more...


10/06/2012

Ensemble - 10 June 2012 - Pago Pago - dry at last!

.hmmessage P { PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; MARGIN: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-TOP: 0px } BODY.hmmessage { FONT-FAMILY: Tahoma; FONT-SIZE: 10pt }Greeting from yacht Ensemble.We finally got Ensemble out of the water and on to the dry-dock on Friday - one week after we arrived.We are fortunate in that there is a good American fibre glass expert here and he is taking charge of the temporary repairs of the damage.  We are hoping to extract the Volvo drive leg and have that shipped and repaired in New Zealand - and all back in by the end of the week (fingers crossed).But nothing is simple in the Pacific.  The hotel is overbooked and we are being forced to move out of the hotel today.  Evidently there is some sort of conference - and despite our reservation. read more...


24/10/2008

Quasar V of Lleyn - Quasar Log

Friday 24th OctoberBRING ME SUNSHINE!Yes,it's back, lots of sunshine, blue sky and 20 / 25 knots of breeze. Who would wantto be in the UK at the moment! Mmm well I'm back 3rd November.Resolution: must spend more time every winter where the sun shines!Everyday, as you will gather from these unexciting logs, is pretty much the same atthe moment, with good South East trade winds and on the whole excellent sailing.Ian and I were talking and he was saying the difference between the perceptionof sailing round the world and the reality was that although he was enjoying thesailing (which was the main incentive to come), the time ashore was much moreinteresting and he'd been to so many places he would never have gone in hislife, even as a tourist! (and that is 'interesting' in a positive. read more...


31/01/2011

Voyageur - Log day 233 - Serene is the sea

31 January 2011The surface of the South Atlantic Ocean is so calm I could have put on my washing machine without it coming to any harm. We have drifted along all day at four to five knots in seven to ten knots of wind. Except that we had been doing this the day before, and the day before that. And we were drifting northwest away from the rhumb line on a perfect course for Recife except that we are not going there, yet. There was too much south in what little wind we have. Enough of this purist nonsense! We have less than 800nm to go and a near full tank of diesel. We furled the sails and fired up the engine. The wind instruments suddenly sprang to life. This is exactly what happened when it had failed before. The only conclusion we have come to it that it could be caused by dampness. read more...


19/05/2012

Wild Goose - Sailing towards Horta - Day 4

We are of course consumed with the news of our friends on Outer Limits today, and miss having them out here and hope their spirits are OK.Joost and crew, if you are reading this, hang in there and I hope you are planning the next voyage.There is so much randomness in life, and we are glad you'll all get to go many more rounds! We looked at our email from Joost last night, and it looks to be about one hour before their boat was struck by the whale. How sad and unfortunate.We heard Halo call them on the VHF. Outer Limits was about 50 miles Southeast of us, and Halo must have been somewhere in between.We could hear Halo call, but couldn't hear Outer Limits, and we had no idea anything was happening.  Onboard Wild Goose - Saturday May 19, 2012 Another great day of sailing, with 15-20. read more...


23/10/2008

Andante of Mersey - Wet and Windy in Mauritius.

Over a week now in Mauritius and we will be off toReunion in a couple of days.  Weather has been very mixed varyingfrom severe squalls to just strong winds with occasionalsunshine.  The island is a mixuture as well - top class resorts and 3rdworld towns.  We have seen a tea plantation and factory, rum distillery,vanilla prodution, Hindu temples, colonial mansions, another crocodile farm,lunched overlooking fabulous reefs, etc.One night we had a BBQ on thequayside with 5 piece band and 2 Saga dancers plus 3 of our male members dressedup in the appropriate dresses. A 16 strong Virgin Airline crew alsocame along. Last night it was drinks on one boat then curry on another beforevisiting the nearby casino (won £10!).  A very social time has been had byall and it a definately time for us. read more...


31/01/2011

Tucanon - HSBC to the rescue

It seems a pity that the wharf construction and the rock-fall protection program on the island of St Helena have used external contractors to do the job rather than using any local people. There is not a great deal of work available on the island and the local people did feel that some of them should have had an opportunity to gain employment within these projects. They have the skills.The sea had become quite uncomfortable during the morning of our final day in James Bay so had we not been there for 72 hours, we would have left the mooring that day to make passage to Salvador, Brazil. Several boats had already departed, some the night of the BBQ, hosted by the Yacht club, others subsequently. Kalliope arrived during the morning of our departure, Saturday 22nd January, Chessie after our. read more...


10/06/2012

BRIZO - 10 June 2012

After nearly two months in Tahiti, for boat work and a trip back to the US, we are finally heading to Bora Bora. We had an escort for dolphins through the channel - a nice way to depart the island!We expect to arrive in Bora Bora tomorrow morning and will enjoy the island for a few days. From there we will head to Tonga then reach Fiji around 27 June. We are looking forward to cruising and catching up with the Rally in Fiji.. read more...


19/05/2012

Kinship - Wandering Plankton

As many of you have heard, Outer Limits, one of our fellow ARC Europe yachts, struck a whale last night and the crew were safely rescued by a freighter before the boat sank..This has been a sobering thought for all of us and has caused us to revisit our safety procedures as well as our abandon ship protocols. It is day 4 now, and we are still heading northeast based on our interpretation of the weather forecasts.We picked up a nice current up here so our daily logs have been in the 180-mile range--which is respectable for a small cruising boat such as Kinship.Last night, with no moon, it was as pitch black as black can be, and it seemed like we were bounding along on a sea of black ink with the bow wake throwing gleaming white tendrils of lacy foam studded with bio-luminescent plankton. read more...


19/05/2012

Voyageur - Leg 2 - Log 2 Words of Wisdom

18/19 May  For two days now we have enjoyed near perfect sailing conditions but for the wind angle, forward of the beam, and for those two days we have had at least a knot of current against us. It is hard. All those hard earned miles covered through the water and lost over the ground. At dawn today just before the sun came up David took this most amazing picture of a cloud formation. At first he saw the fluke of a whale but then it gradually changed shape, and metamorphosed into a dinosaur marching across the sky. I said he must send it in to enter ARC Europe’s photographic competition but it will be the first and last for it will take an absolute age to send via the SAT phone. Weather is at the forefront of everyone’s minds at the moment and the main topic of. read more...


10/06/2012

Serendipity - The Far Side of the World II

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31/01/2011

A Lady - Eating our way across the South Atlantic

Sunday, 30th January 2011  00.00hrs Distance traveled...........................from St Helena 1,625miles.........................from Cape Town  3,545 miles. Another beautiful night at sea. The wanning moon still casting its silvery shadow across an almost flat sea to the boat  as we sailed along with the "Bag of fear" flying nicely in the 14/16 knot breeze...  almost magic. Wild Tigris once again has taken off under engine, they will most likely motor all the way from here to Salvador.  05.00hrs The pale light of dawn on the eastern horizon highlighted the dark scattered clouds with their moon struck silver edgesfloating across the sky. but the real sunrise will not happen for another hour.  07.00hrs (local. read more...


24/10/2008

Quasar V of Lleyn - Thursday 23rd October

Thursday 23rd October  EVERY BREATH I TAKE   The Air That I Breathe!  One of the benefits of ocean sailing is undoubtedly the constant supply of fresh air (are there others?). At home I always have a small cough, which is pretty irritating to everyone, but out in this clean air it magically disappears! Where at home can one go and live that has clean unpolluted air? Please tell me?   THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED!   Tragedy! So, Bye Bye American Pie and about another 1760 tracks! My IPOD went into test mode last night and there was nothing I could do to get out of it! Fortunately by this morning it had gone back to music mode. Phew!  For this morning's entertainment we have gale force winds and some rain! Not a big deal as the wind is 120 degrees off the stern, but more attention to reefing in. read more...


31/01/2011

Crazy Horse - Jan 31

We are still motoring along at 6-7kts. Once in while we put out the jib but no go. Bill tried to sail this morning but only went 3-4kts. Our limit to sail is 4kts. Hope the wind comes up soon. But if motoring gets us there guess we will just have to adjust. It is getting hotter out here to just sit around and wait around with sails flogging. So we keep on moving toward our destination.We heard that Wild Tigris will be making it to Salvador today. A Lady will be there soon after. Not sure who will be next. We just reached the halfway mark of this leg. We decided to have a halfwaynight tonight. Maybe we will only have half a dinner. Maybe we will only serve half our watch. Don't think the Captain would like that one.Not much else to report here. Hope that weather back home warms up.Rosemary. read more...


10/06/2012

Serendipity - The Far Side of the World 1

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22/10/2008

Quasar V of Lleyn - Log 22-Oct

Wednesday 22nd October ONE THOUSAND! Yes, this morning we are about 1,000 nm from Cocos and 1300 from Mauritius and much more than that from anywhere else! Lindsey is on the SSB at 09:00 as usual this morning to Kualula and I am in my pit and Malcy reports a problem in that one of the Yankee sheets has chafed through at the bowline and on inspection the other is nearly through! This is after 5 days running continuously with the Twistle. We revert to main and Yankee and a better course. Its been cloudy for a couple of days and quite a bit of rain today, but we are making good progress with winds of 20-25 knots just aft of the beam. For 2 hours in succession this afternoon we averaged 9 knots per hour. At 23:00 local we are at 15.34S 78.48E 1220 nm from Mauritius. As Ian tucked in to yet. read more...


19/05/2012

First Edition lll - May 19

This morning the sun is shining on moderately calm seas and 15 knots of wind from the south.With following seas and a broad reach, s/v First Edition has been making good progress in spite of being delayed 5 hours in St George Bermuda due to alternator problems.We have caught some of the slower vessels.Two notable events yesterday include catching our first fish and a whale sighting.The line Susan has been trolling hooked a baby sailfish that was approximately four feet in length (we have photo documentation). Not wanting to deal with the sword the fish was brandishing, we released him back to the sea. The whale sighting came while we on deck adjusting lines."Look a whale!"; a right whale was gliding along side the boat, as dolphins often do.The whale, which was slightly larger than First. read more...


10/06/2012

Anastasia - Approaching the reefs

17:34.2S 177:40.3W  223 miles covered, 202 to go   The sky is overcast, the moon has not yet risen, there is no phosphorescence in our wake and so we are rushing through inky blackness, 50 miles from the group of reefs we have to pass through to get to Fiji. We are aiming to get to the first reefs at first light and have furled the jib and put two reefs in the main to try and slow down. However, the wind is gradually increasing (currently 25 knots) and we are still doing 7.5 knots. At this speed we will be about 10 miles from the entrance to our chosen passage when the sun rises, which is fine provided we do not go any faster than this.   Our YellowBrick tracker has failed, so our position will not appear on the World ARC website. The. read more...


19/05/2012

Purrr-fect - Leg Two - Friday Day 3 - Fish Battle

After trolling with no success every day, this afternoon Dave's fishing pole started to scream and the fight for a giant fish was on.We slowed the boat, headed to wind and furled in the jib (were going over 8 knots at the time) and Dave reeled and reeled while the fish fought back.After one hour, the fish was finally close enough to see....and we discovered that it was a huge SHARK, estimated to be about 6 feet.We sure didn't want that animal on board, so Jim and Dave cut the line, losing the new lure and wire leader which Dave had just purchased in Bermuda.Bummer! Otherwise, the winds continue to be favorable and we are making great progress, trying to get far enough north and east before the front comes through.Noon to noon we posted a 178 mile day, our best yet. I am writing this. read more...


30/01/2011

Voyageur - Log day 232 - Action stations!

29 January 2011Pole up, pole down, pole in, pole out, main in, main out, mizzen to port, mizzen to starboard. Jibe ho, jibe ho! We were exhausted. This was far too much like hard work, not the way we like to do things on this ship. Besides it was interfering with our sleep patterns. I had to get David up twice last night to change everything over as the wind changed. I even had to keep putting my book down to tweak the autopilot! We had had enough of this loitering about the ocean. The time had come to shake off this lethargy. The time had come for action! We had had a week of very leisurely cruising. We had toyed with the idea on and off for days, always finding an excuse not to. Well, it was lunchtime, it was always someone's turn for a nap, the wind had just gone up a notch etc, etc.. read more...


22/10/2008

Quasar V of Lleyn -

Tuesday 21st OctoberWHO NEEDS WEIGHT WATCHERS?  Ian has been rewiring up forward for some time today and Malcy is waiting on him for more works in the wet locker. Have seen 2 ships on the AIS this afternoon. Spoke to the second one "Northgate" with the standard question "Have you picked us up on your radar?"  The answer was no! He was carrying a cargo of iron ore from Brazil to Singapore and making 10.2 knots, so sounds like a long time at sea! When last on the boat I lost a stone in weight. Don't think that's going to happen this time. In fact quite the reverse! Ian like me has an addiction to chocolate, which is of course essential to keep one going on night watch! To make sure we didn't run out we bought about 40 bars of Cadbury's in Woolworths, Darwin, mainly fruit and nut plus. read more...


20/10/2008

Quasar V of Lleyn - log 20 October

Monday 20th October TIME GOES BYIan has spent most of the day with soldering iron in hand trying to sort out the wiring in the anchor locker and in the foscle for the anchor winch! Malcy looks back on the possible scenario of when we left the boat at Home Island, the anchor heaving itself up with the short circuit, the boat catching fire and ending up on the beach! Good or bad news?Another day much like the last: prawns for lunch with newly baked bread by Lindsey. Sundowners at 18:30 with Clare (in the community-on CD) and tuna for dinner. The wind dropped about 22:00 hrs so we have only been making just over 6 knots through the night. At 04:10 local time Tuesday we are about 1560 nm from Port Louis 14.40 S 84.21 E. read more...


30/01/2011

Crazy Horse - Jan 30

We are motoring along trying to catch up with the fleet and make up time that we have lost. Bill also heard that the Super Bowl is next weekend so I think that is motivating him to get a move on to arrive before Sunday. However, in this part of the world they might not think Super Bowl Sunday is as important as North Americans. The challenge might be to find a TV with it on the screen. At any rate we are moving along at about 7 kts.This was going to be another washday but decided to take a break. Seems like a sleepy day and I will be making some Oatmeal cookies for a change. Our tired old store cookies are getting a little sad about now. So as we roll along we keep our eyes out for some wind and hope to see some old friends out here looking for some wind.Now I am off to make those. read more...


19/05/2012

Time Bandit - BLOG

34 23N 55 23W 1305 miles to goOver the last few days I've been wondering about whales. On the way out to the Caribbean a pod of may 10 went past us doing 10 - 15 knots. This time, we're going the other way at 8 knots. That makes a closing speed enough to cause some problems which, as you may have read it did last night for the Hanse 370 Outer Limits.For an hour we heard a freighter calling Outer Limits but with no response. Some time later we saw the western horizon lit up like daylight and we assumed it was the freighter, which we could see on AIS trying to tell Outer Limits to get out its path - which I thought was odd as avoidance would have been simple.It transpired Outer Limits had hit a whale and were subsequently taken onboard the freighter and are now safely en route to. read more...


10/06/2012

Samsara - On our way to Tonga

June 9We shopped and shopped, the Cost U Less and (again) Ace Hardware (which had much more than just hardware - I bought a few cute sheet sets there...) and then we cleared out of American Samoa yesterday morning and left in the afternoon - of course there was one more shower as we were pulling up the anchor. It was never sunny enough for anything to dry while we were there so a few days ago I took all the laundry to the laundromat - 5 loads with sheets, mattress pad etc. It was well worth it to have everything washed and dried in less than 2 hours. We sailed and motored a bit overnight, have sailed all day today, and are thoroughly enjoying the sunshine!We now have around 220 miles to go to Tonga. We've been diligently working on school work and reading.....The chartplotter has stopped. read more...


19/05/2012

Aniara II - Aniara, May 19

19 May We follow our 60 degrees track and we are sailing fast. During the last three days our average speed has been 7,15 knots and the three of us onboard are extremely excited. If we are as lucky with the weather conditions for the days ahead we will reach Horta in 11 days instead of the 15 days we calculated with. We have asked our web-administrator to extend his duty to give us some weather maps, since the rest of the sailing is a matter if we are caught in the middle of a high pressure or if we manage to sneak around it on its north side. Yesterday we noticed we had some water leakage so we spend the day to unpack a lot of our gears hidden deep into Aniara. Hopefully we managed to locate the source of leakage and we sealed it with silicon. The water came in from above since we are. read more...


19/10/2008

Quasar V of Lleyn - Quasar Log

Friday 17th October THE LEGEND SAILS ON! Defying all odds, after a lifetime of drunkenness anddebauchery, today, Malcy has reached the grand old age of 65! His avowedintention for many years now has been to 'Grow old disgracefully!' He hascertainly succeeded! After the Government elected to buy him a crate ofchampagne every winter - fuel allowance  (he opens one every time he feels thecold!), the profits of the Railway Hotel are to be boosted even more by theTreasury forking out for another 40 pints worth per week from his old agepension! Ifirst met him in the Powerboat Club in Abersoch in 1972 in the early days of thefirst Quasar. He was sitting there, clutching a tiny Olly on his knee with onehand and with a pint of Mackerson and Cider in his other hand. John spots himand says 'Do you. read more...


09/06/2012

Serendipity - Toodloo to Vava'u

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30/01/2011

A Lady - Sailing around the World

Saturday, 29th January 2011Another beautiful starry night, but its hot and humid. 00.00hrs Distance traveled...................................1,475 miles              Distance to Destination............................485 miles The wind was very light when we left St. Helena. It increased as we went west, and now it is decreasing (as predicted) again as we approach Brazil.These are the distances in nautical miles, that we traveled in each 24 hour period since leaving St. Helena. They reflect the wind strengths as the days go by.             Day 1.........................................................165. read more...


29/01/2011

Voyageur - Log day 231 - Tzigane's trials

26 January 2011We were puzzled as to why John did not come on as radio net controller. It was Tzigane's turn this morning. Turns out that their autopilot failed and they are having to hand steer. With 1400nm still to go this must be a major setback for them. Thank goodness though they have Leila and Chris with them. They take half an hour each on the helm. We understand how hard a thing it is to hand steer for long periods. David and I once hand steered a yacht with two others from the Azores to Portugal, a distance of only 600nm, and the concentration required to steer to the compass is immense. I well remember my limit was a mere 20 minutes. We feel so helpless. The best we can offer is moral support over the SSB radio.We have noticed there is a definite pattern to the wind. By day it. read more...


09/06/2012

Anastasia - En route to Fiji

18:33.8S 174:46.7W 44 miles covered, 382 to go.   We have just left Tonga on our way to Savu Savu in Fiji. The trip from Tonga to Fiji is one of the more complicated because we have to cut through a reef that is 60 miles wide and quite poorly charted, so we have to plan to hit it (not literally) in the early morning so we can be through it by nightfall. You would think that in this day and age we could just have a satellite image overlay on our chart plotter so we could see the shallow water approaching without having to peer off the front of the boat.  No such luck, but the World ARC did give us a list of coordinates for 60 uncharted reefs to be avoided. I am not sure whether it is good to know where the 60 uncharted reefs are, or to know that our chart. read more...


18/10/2008

Quasar V of Lleyn - Quasar V log

Wednesday 15th October RIPPING TIME! Thecustoms announce that they won't be with us till 13:00 (we have gained 1 ½ hoursso it's a long morning), which is OK as Malcy is engineering and cleaning, Iancleaning and battery checking, Lindsey and myself washing and cleaning. Our newchums set sail about midday and a new yacht 'Intrepid' arrives complete withbroken boom and broken tiller!  Bythe time Dave, the Sergeant and his 'Oppo' had turned up at 13:45 and gonethrough all the paperwork it was too late to go to Home Island and thence toWest Island by ferry. So we went ashore to the beach for a snorkel and a look atthe uninhabited Direction Island. Found the famous 'Yachtsman's Shack' completewith damsel in a hammock, who turned out to be Dave's wife! She had been droppedoff whilst they. read more...



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