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07/06/2012

Matilda - Moving On From Suwarro

Following the bad weather and assisting with Ensemble's repairs (it was amazing what was done, especially those guys who spent the best part of a day and a half in the sea repairing the holes underwater - I don't know how they did it), we at last managed to get underway to Niue. It was tinged with some sadness at leaving those who were going on to American Samoa with Ensemble. We really miss you guys and look forward to when we can all get back together again in Fiji.All went well initially with lovely wind on the beam, but of course that didn't last and it eventually went to nothing, so on went the motor. However we were not too downhearted as wind was forecast, but of course when it came it was the wrong kind, squalls meant that you either had 4 knots or 24 knots from different. read more...


19/05/2012

Scolamanzi - Surviving 3 Days across The Atlantic to The Azores

Surviving 3 Days across The Atlantic to The Azores:As we have had great sailing weather from the start on our crossing from Bermuda to The Azores, we had very little to complain about! The winds were great! The seas were at times pretty choppy ... feeling like we are in a washing machine, with swells and breaking waves coming from everywhere! The odd rouge wave breaking across the beam leaving salty spray just about everywhere except on the little patch where I am sitting behind the wheel!The challenge was really - having only the two of us on board - to get enough sleep and get into a rhythm of a month old baby to fall asleep every 4 hours with minimal effort! It did not quite happen for us yet and the struggle continues - I believe it takes about 3-4 days to get into it! We are dooing. read more...


14/10/2008

Cleone - CLEONE Leg 17 Day 15 - Arrival in Mauritius

We arrived in Mauritius just before Midnight (GMT) on 13 October or5am local time.   I have not been able to work it out yet, but this may be a record for along leg.  After another epic Alex meal (did you know that in American,pasta is pronounced posster?), the Skipper retired for a kip.  It was aswell (from his point of view) that he did.  He was woken by Alex ratherearlier than he expected, for we had arrived just short of our way-point off thenorthern tip of Mauritius earlier than expected.  The reason was obvious;as soon as he appeared on deck we shortened sail - there was a sharp windacceleration around the point and between the islands.  Then we dodgedbetween the brightly moonlit islands, slid past Mauritius's only powerfullighthouse (which Chris spotted from 20 miles away) and. read more...


14/10/2008

Quasar V of Lleyn - Quasar V Log

Monday 13thOctoberShine On!I seeno ships! Only a couple of fishing boats at the beginning from Bali, but sincethen the only ship was seen on the radar a couple of nightsago! Whatwe have seen since Bali is an almost full moon every night over a partiallycloudy sky. It rises behind us in the East moves overhead and sets ahead of us.It's been a touch windy with a 6 to 9 foot swell and Quasar occasionallycatching a wave on the stern to send her involuntarily up to windward, plus theodd green one hitting the cockpit! Imagine crashing through the waves in the middle of thenight into pitch-blackness! It happens frequently of course, but a full moonmakes a massive difference and night sailing becomes more pure rather than achore! You have light, warm winds, the moonlight dances and shimmers on. read more...


19/05/2012

Irena - Dan 4

Prehajamo v rutino, se pravi straza, spanje, hrana. Spanja imamo dovolj, hrana je pa tudi dobra. Mladina kar v redu kuha. Meni ni treba. Pac privilegij kapitana ;)). Imeli smo tudi bliznje srecanje z veliko tovorno ladjo. Najblizje smo bili eno miljo. Ni pa bilo nevarno, saj smo jih na radarju opazovali 20 milj. Kasneje smo na radarju opazili se eno, vendar je nismo videli. Jadranje je izjemno, saj pihajo dobri vetrovi. V zadnjih dvanajstih urah imamo povprecje 6,8 vozlov. Do Azorov pa je se 1417 milj. Danes nas verjetno caka nekaj dezja, saj nas bo presla fronta. Upam, da bo za njo se kaj vetra. Se vedno jadramo proti severu in smo prejadrali 36 stopinj severno. Kot sedaj kaze bo potrebno vsaj do 38N. Bo kar hladno in vetrovno.. read more...


07/06/2012

Anastasia - The Ene'io botanical gardens and the Transit of Venus

The Ene'io botanical gardens in Tonga were not originally intended as a commercial enterprise.  They are the creation of  Haniteli Faanunu, a man with a passion for gardening.  His family now runs the gardens as a small enterprise, selling products from the plants (Noni juice, Vanilla essence, Kava powder) and running a restaurant for the visitors.   We had lunch at the restaurant, a feast of traditional Tongan dishes.  They were very happy to have just been connected to the electricity grid, so they no longer need to use a generator and paraffin lamps in the restaurant. Haniteli talking about his plants and trees A8 We had demonstrations of various craft skills, including this amazingly dexterous basket weaving.  It took about two minutes for this lady. read more...


28/01/2011

Crazy Horse - Jan 28

There is not much wind out here. It is about 3-8kts. For going downwind that is not much to push Crazy Horse along. We are motoring. Matt and Bill are putting the jerry cans of extra fuel in the tank currently. Perhaps now we will have some room on the back to try our hand at fishing once again. Not much to do in the way of sailing so I think we will put the line over. It would be fantastic to catch a tuna for dinner tonight. We do have those tuna steaks in the freezer for an emergency. I heard OJ caught a couple but they managed to get away. We will see how we do on Crazy Horse.I'm doing another load of wash today but there may be rain to give them another good rinse. Kind of cloudy today and not at all like the first few lucky days we have had on the start of this leg. We are still. read more...


13/10/2008

Windflower III - Bali-Mauritius -- wahrlich kein Kaffeesegeln

Die ca. 3500 sm lange Strecke haben wir in zwei Abschnitten ueberwunden.Zuerst ca 1100 sm bei passablen Segelbedingungen bis Cocos Keeling.Stoerend auf dieser Strecke war nur die staendig aus dem Suedpolarmeer ueber mehrere tausend Km heranrollende Duenung,die unsere Windflower permanent hin und her rollen liess.Entschaedigt wurden wir dafuer auf Cocos Keeling.Einem Atoll bestehend aus 27 Inselchen.Eine wirkliche Perle im Indischen Ozean.2 der Inseln sind bewohnt.Home Island mit ca.600 malayischen Moslems und West Island mit ca. 120 Australiern.Auf West Island befindt sich auch die Administration von Cocos.Politisch gehoert Cocoszu Australien (obwohl rd.3000 Km entfernt.)Austrlien haelt vermutlich auch deshalb daran fest,weil es deren Marine in der Naehe gelang das erste erfolgreiche. read more...


18/05/2012

Kinship - Provehido in Altum--Launch Forward Into The Deep

After arriving in Bermuda, Andy Schell, a capable sailor if there ever was one, joined the merry crew of Kinship & Ben flew back to his day job. The boat was cleaned up & fixed up, loads of salty laundry laundered anew, and fresh provisions were bought in anticipation of sumptuous victuals at sea. Of course, all was not work, as we all took time to enjoy much needed shore leave in which great quantities of Dark & Stormies were consumed during the ARC Europe BBQs, fish fries, and other fun events.The start of the second leg from Bermuda to the Azores, was exciting as a moderate breeze enabled the fleet to jockey back & forth, angling for a good position at the starting line. Then we all filed out the narrow town cut like a flock of white herons, craning our bowsprits. read more...


07/06/2012

Anastasia - Swallows Cave

Yesterday morning we visited Swallows Cave, which is a large cave that you can enter in your dinghy.  The entrance to Swallows Cave 3E8The brown spots are all bats hanging on the ceiling 3E9Interesting stalactite formations 3EA 3EB Anastasia drifting by outside, waiting for our return 3EC. read more...


28/01/2011

A Lady - Sailing around the World

Thursday, 27th January 2011 00.00hrs Distance traveled since St. Helena.............................1,128 miles (we sailed 380 miles in the last 48 hours). It was a beautiful starry night again, one ship passed heading east away in the distance to the south.and the blue spinnaker was flying.  02.00hrs Sham called Skipper, who was in the bunk at the time. On deck, the spinnaker was blowing in the wind, soon it became apparent that the guy had sheered off (as Terry says, "Just broke"). Chrips, more trouble! We turned on the fwd deck lights, put on the gloves and made our way to the fore deck. At this stage, all the retrieving lines on the Spinnaker sock were twisted around the spinnaker itself, so this made the task of snuffing the sail much more difficult.. read more...


17/11/2011

Pajarito - Day 7 - Are we there yet?

No, we're not there yet.Not even close.The good news is, the wind has picked up to 15 kn.The bad news is, its coming from the direction we want to travel, SE.So we've been sailing due east for the past 24 hours.We're supposed to have a wind shift to the northeast this evening which would allow us to go south.But, reviewing the NWS Wind and Wave charts for tomorrow, we'll be lucky to get 5 kn winds from the southwest.Again, pushing us away from the direction we hope to travel. We're getting pretty anxious to start making some southerly headway.And reluctant to travel much further east because of the low pressure system forming at 55 W latitude. Speaking of low pressure system, we're paying very close attention to all possible weather forecasts to see if the low pressure system develops. read more...


27/01/2011

Voyageur - Log day 229 -St Helena to Salvador

24 January 2011Yesterday was grey and overcast with several periods of very light winds, at a guess, under 10 knots. Today however it is a completely different story, the most perfect sailing day one could wish for, beautiful warm weather, lovely steady sailing breeze, half a knot of current pushing us along. Nights are deliciously warm, the sky a dazzling display of stars. The Southern Cross is back with us once more. I assume that it will be with us all the way to Brazil. We are happy. Since heading out of James Bay we have seen nothing, just how we like it, but the thrice daily informal chat sessions on 4 Bravo have resumed once more and keeps us in touch with Tzigane and Tucanon. The SSB net however continues to frustrate us. Why yachts that do not have 6 Bravo and 8 Bravo volunteer. read more...


06/06/2012

Samsara - Cost U Less - not Costco but close!

June 5We've been in American Samoa for a few days now. We had to reanchor once, we were a bit close to another boat. Many boats have had to reanchor numerous times, due to anchors dragging. We had some windy squalls and this harbor is notorious for poor holding. There is a lot of debris due to a Tsunami that swept through and it's hard to get a good hold with the anchor. It has been raining almost constantly since we arrived, the cab driver yesterday said it's not the rainy season so this is unusual. Unfortunately that means I've had a hard time getting clothing etc. to dry - everything feels damp now.We (along with the crews of several other boats) took a bus yesterday to the Cost U Less - it's very similar to Sam's Club or Costco but without the high end electronics, cameras....for. read more...


18/05/2012

Ninfea - Daily Blog

The Monsters Our third day at sea provided another set of strong emotions The day started in the usual way, breakfast, set the sail for the day, review the forecast and set the course in light of what we think is coming at us. The radio net provided information on where the other boats were and what course they were on. The fleet is divided in three groups. The first and largest is made of boats that are headed north trying to get to 38 N as fast as possible; the second is made of boats that follow the middle route, going north, but not quite as far, perhaps 36 N and buying time to hedge their bets. We are among the very few that have decided to follow the great circle. Only time will tell who made the better choice.For lunch we had one of  Paolo signature dishes,. read more...


13/10/2008

Cleone - CLEONE Leg 17 Day 14 - We're Almost There

We should arrive in Mauritius tomorrow (14th October)   And when we do, you will be amongst the first to know.  Meanwhile, ingentler conditions, we plug along.  The engine runs for a couple of hoursin the mornings and another in the evenings to charge the batteries.  Youwould be surprised how much power we use; there is the fridge, on permanently toensure cold beers, the insturments, the radios (the HF is particuarly thirsty)the lights at night and the intermittent use of the Autopilot.  So far wehave not used it to drive the boat on this leg, which will make a greatdifference if we are interested in the competitive side of the Rally.  Wetry and pretend we are not, but I don't think that's what most of the otherboats believe.   Last night was demanding, technical sailing.  We had hoisted. read more...


13/10/2008

Quasar V of Lleyn - Quasar Log

Sunday 12th October HOT STUFF! Delayed Bedfordshire as despite putting the light on,shouting and grabbing his leg I couldn't wake Ian! So assuming he hadn't sleptwell in the focs'le I waited for him to rouse himself sometimelater!Stillcracking on, nothing much happening, Malcy is on plastic chopping today andLindsey woodwork polishing. Prawns and smoked salmon for lunch and tuna andchilli sauce for dinner. Hot news is that in the 24 hours to 5 pm local we did202.4 nm over the ground! Very rare to get over 200 nm in a day, so a big cheerin the cockpit! Where the others are playing cards! So at 5 pm we are 402 nmfrom Cocos position 10.45 S and 103.34 E.                clip_image002. read more...


05/06/2012

Sapphire II - 3 June, The Niue Experience

We left Suwarrow on Sunday, June 1 after some challenges getting our anchor up. The chain had wrapped around a number of coral heads during our stay. The first 24 hours provided great sailing (8-9 kts), but we paid for the pleasure with a lot of pain during the remainder of the passage. We endured constant rain, frequent squalls with 35 kt winds, choppy 10 foot seas which caused the boat a lot of bone-jarring slams down the backs of the waves. The final indignity occurred on the last day when Niue was some 30 miles away due West and the wind was blowing 20 kts from due West. We tacked and tacked all day and managed a pathetic 25 miles towards our destination. Then we were advised from Niue that the anchorage on the west coast of the island was untenable!So we found a comparatively quiet. read more...


18/05/2012

A Lady - LOG DAY 13 :- Happy Bunnies sailing once more,

THURSDAY  17th  MAY  2012   Here we are, back at sea once more and enjoying a pleasant day. We sailed out of Bermuda yesterday at 13.00hrs, but first a recap on events since the last blog no. 7 composed and typed on Friday the 11th,  SATURDAY 12th :-A bright sunny day, but ponds of water everywhere following the deluge yesterday, Skipper had to leave the boat for a few days on the buisness of remaining in buisness, but the others Tom & Linda, Aileen, Denis & Vera had a great day, Off to the Royal Bermuda YC for lunch and a tour of Hamilton, the capital of Bermuda. Aileen, Denis & Vera did the " Swizzle Inn " on their way back to the boat while Tom & Linda had a lovers night out together. Ohhh, so sweet,  SUNDAY 13th :-Tom & Linda. read more...


27/01/2011

Chessie - World ARC 2010 - 2011

Slowly sailing back home Vollgepackt mit gutem suedafrikanischem Wein und voller Eindruecke aus Suedafrika, die sich nicht so leicht sortieren lassen. Da gibt es zum einen unsere persoenliche Geschichte vom Runden des Kaps der Guten Hoffnung. Uns ist ca. 15 sm vor Hout Bay Marina in der Naehe von Kapstadt bei  50+ kn Wind die Runderaufhaengung am Rumpf gebrochen, so dass wir nur noch sehr eingeschraenkt steuern konnten.Zum Glueck konnten wir via Handy Judie von SY Brown Eyed Girl in Kapstadt erreichen. Judie hat dann den Hafenmeister gefunden und dieser hat den freiwilligen Seerettungsdienst benachrichtigt. Uns sind dann mindestens 10 Freiwillige auf 2 Schiffen entgegengefahren, haben uns in die Bucht begleitet und mussten uns schliesslich - unterdessen gab. read more...


11/10/2008

Quasar V of Lleyn - Quasar Log

Saturday 11th OctoberA DAYIN THE LIFE Perfect mornings sailing again! Warm breeze, blue sky and8 knots of boat speed in the last hour!Unlike other legs with more crew, we have no jobs rota onthis cruise! However everyone does his or her bit domestically. Ian hasvolunteered, as he does not cook, to be on permanent washing up! (Watch outFiona he is threatening to learn to cook when he gets back!). Ian also cleansout the grot boxes (Waste water traps). Malcy cuts up, cleans, compacts andstores the plastic waste (another bad job!). I seem to be on carpet cleaning asno one else is doing it. Lindsey is on occasional lunches and forward headscleaning, amongst other jobs. Lindsey and Ian spend a lot of time on their journalsafter a shore visit. These are comprehensive accounts of the places. read more...


18/05/2012

Zingara - Daily Log

Zingara auf Reisen Guten Tag ihr Fans der ZINGARA Reise! Der 2. Tag nach unserem tollen Start von Bermuda aus laest jedes Seglerherz hoeher schlagen! halber wind, 20 kts, 8 bis 9 kts bootspeed, aber natuerlich welle, und die ist kabbelig. Der Kahn wird staendig abgespuelt, wir sitzen trocken hinter der Sprayhood. Grillen faellt heute aus. Soviel erst einmal von hier, 43grd29,3N , 061grd 07,24W . Er gruessen ernst u reinhard u ruediger. read more...


05/06/2012

Glamorous Galah - on route to Tonga

Unpleasant sail to Niue. Very impressed with the geography, friendliness & cleanliness of Niue. Currently 60 nmiles SE of the Vava'u group of Tonga.Bernie. read more...


27/01/2011

Crazy Horse - Jan 27

27 Jan 2011The winds are dying quite a bit now. Only showing 10-15kts. We may have to change our wing and wing sails. We are rattling around some and rolling with the waves. Guess the last two days were too much to hope that would continue.Chessie is off to our south and about 12 miles away from us. We haven't heard anything of the whereabouts of OJ. They were supposed to leave St. Helena on Wed. but no word where they are in this great big ocean. Chessie did say this morning they did talk on the SSB to Graham from Eowyn. It is good to know that we are coming closer to the fleet.Last night we had a great roast chicken with carrots and garlic mashed potatoes. There was a wonderful sunset and we had a nice sail through the night. It was pretty peaceful. We are making up for it with the. read more...


27/01/2011

A Lady - Sailing around the World

Wednesday, 27th January 2011 It was another great night at sea. A South East  20/25 knots of wind all night and we kept the "Bag of Fear" flying all night. The seas were flat, and the stars glittering above. 07.00hrs Distance traveled....................................985 miles  (204 miles in the last 24hours) 09.00hrs Radio Call by Eowyn they took over from Tzigane who washaving problems with their steering or auto helm, we were not sure which. Some of these boats are now over 400 miles behind us.... We did well on the fleet in the last 24 hours, taking an average of 50 miles or more out of all boats, and we went from being 32miles behind Wild Tigris to being 24 miles ahead of them. Ohhh more happy bunnies on board! To celebrate doing so. read more...


18/05/2012

Endo 2 - daily log 18.05.

Heute sind wir seit einem Jahr unterwegs, und zur Zeit mitten auf dem Atlantik bei 20° Schräglage macht das Sxhreiben nicht so viel Freude. Doch uns geht es gut und der Wid ist uns wohlgesonnen, so dass wir vorankommen.Leider mussten wir uns von den kurzrn Hosen verabschieden, es wird kühler - somit entfällt ein kleiner Neidfaktor und wir gewöhnen uns wieder an die normalen Temperaturen. Die Segelklamotten passen jedenfalls noch.Erst einmal Schluss für heuteEndo 2. read more...


04/06/2012

12Moons - NIUE - ein echter Geheimtipp

NIUE – ein echter GeheimtippAuf dem Weg mit dem Dinghi an Land werden wir sogleich von einer der Hauptattraktionen der Insel begrüßt, eine gelb-schwarze See-Schlange, ungefähr 120 cm lang, taucht neben uns auf, um zu atmen. Später erfahren wir, dass sie zwar hoch giftig, aber auch friedlich und nicht aggressiv sind. Beim aus dem Wasser Kranen des Dinghis, ist hier nötig, schaut noch eine schwarz-weiße See-Schlange vorbei – wieder mal etwas gewöhnungsbedürftig. NIUE, das größte aus dem Meer aufgestiegene Korallen-Atoll der Welt, ist ein selbständiger demokratischer Staat mit 1.250 Einwohnern, neue Gesichter sind so eine willkommene Abwechslung, und entsprechend freundlich und zugewandt ist der. read more...


11/10/2008

Cleone - CLEONE Leg 17 Day 12 - Navigation

Pencil and Paper vs Bits, Bytes and a Glass Screen.   The Skipper makes a lot of fuss about navigation, and seems to spend hoursat it.  He makes a fetish of the tedious chore of filling in the Ship's Log.  Every hour; Cleone's position iswritten down (to one place of decimals, even though the GPS gives it to 3), thetime is recorded (preferably exactly on the hour, but anyway to the minute), thedistance run and how far to go are noted, and even the wind strenth anddirection are written down.  That's not all; every twelve hours (Noonand Midnight, Greenwich Mean Time), and when near land more often, theposition and time are marked with a pencil cross on one or more of thecharts.  These charts - seagoing maps, of which there are well over ahundred on board - are expensive pieces of. read more...


26/01/2011

Voyageur - Log day 228 - 'Escape' from St Helena

23 January 2011It was a reluctant departure from St Helena. Reluctant, for there was still so much we wanted to see and do and not enough time, reluctant because the wind was going round in circles as we headed out from James Bay. It was as if the island did not want to release us from its grip. Strong gusts of wind swept down from the mountains. We tacked this way and that, back and forth but gave up in frustration. It was shaking Voyageur's rig to bits. We furled the sails and motored, hoping to catch a more consistent wind in both strength and direction and sure enough 12nm out Voyageur picked up her skirts and.....we were off. But we were puzzled as to the wind direction. It was reading south westerly, not what was forecast. I hoisted a small flag on the back stay to check and we had. read more...


18/05/2012

Aniara II - May 18

18 May Wefollow the same tactic as yesterday, heading approx. 60 degrees and the windcoming in from SE. It is slightly calmer today with a wind of 13-15 knots so wedon´t sail as long distance as yesterday. Anyhow we reached 160 NM the last 24hours. We also have a current of 1 knot against us. As you understand nothing ishorizontal here by us but we have all developed a great sense of balance duringthe last two days. We were accompanied by a couple of dolphins for some timeyesterday and we almost got a tuna of around 10 kilo, but we lost it only 5-10meters away from Aniara. Probably we are sailing far too fast to land the reallybig ones on deck. This morning we saw one of our fellow boats on our AIS. Thatwas Sana and she was around 10 NM away from us, otherwise we see no one outhere. Our. read more...


04/06/2012

Anastasia - Tonga

18:39.6S 173:59.0W   The first thing you notice about Tonga is how muchcooler it is here than we are used to.  The temperature is around 25degrees right now, which might sound warm by UK standards, but just a few daysago we were in a steamy 35 degrees in Suwarrow.  Here in Tonga we arewearing fleeces and using blankets on the beds.  It is only three weeksfrom the shortest day, so I guess you can't expect it to be very warm at thistime of year.   There are still only seven of the ARC boats inTonga.  The rest of the fleet was held up in Suwarrow by bad weather. One of the other catamarans (Ensemble) dragged its anchor and was blown onto areef.  They were holed in three places, but fortunately there was noshortage of people to help with. read more...


10/10/2008

Quasar V of Lleyn - Quasar Log

Friday 10th October STARRY, STARRYNIGHT! Winddropped a bit during the night and we were wallowing a little, but picked upduring the day and we have been making 6.5 to 8 knots since. It is now 3.30 amSaturday and we are now 703 nm from Cocos, which should take just over 4 days.Position as of now is 10.13 South and 108.39 West and 176 miles from ChristmasIsland. It looks as though we will pass it in the dark, unless we slow down andrun with Malcy's idea of getting out the dinghy on the leeward side photographus off the Island and make the picture into Xmascards!Spentmost of this morning asleep having finished a watch at 8.30. Made somebruschetta for lunch had another doze, made some fruit salad and startedpreparing tonight?s offering of chicken chilli and basil. I seem to be gettingslower. read more...


14/10/2008

Cleone - Fw: CLEONE Leg 17 Day 11 - Muddled Numbers

CLEONE Leg 17 Day 11 - Muddled NumbersShurly Shome Mishtake? as Dear Bill would have said.   Did any of you spot that there were two consecutive Day 8 Blogs? Probably not if you just delete them without reading them, and by the way it ispossible to get your system to delete these pieces for you automatically withoutyou needing to bother!  What worries the Skipper and crew too (maybe),is that if your Editor is muddling up simple numbers like that, what on earth ishe doing to the navigation?  Only slightly less worrying is that theaccounts and stores are looked after by Norfy, so they should beOK.  And I have just discovered that some of my e-mails, including theseBlogs, have not reached their destinations, so if any of you are missing eithersome of these (and who can tell if the numbers. read more...


26/01/2011

Crazy Horse - Jan 26

We left St. Helena yesterday at 1330. Chessie left a little after us. OJ will stay one more day in St. Helena and leave probably today. They had a couple of places they really wanted to see so they opted to stay. We are really trying to catch up with the fleet and be sure to at least attend the party on Feb. 7 We also want to make sure we get to Salvador in time to have Rally control help us with the customs and immigration since it was such a hassle for us to get these Visas. We don't want any problems with that. So hopefully we will have a safe passage and wonderful sailing as we are having right now. We have the sails out in wing and wing again and are moving along at from 7-9 kts. It is a sunny pleasant day with no other boats on the horizon. At 1000 and 1930 Bill contacts Chessie on. read more...


03/06/2012

Ensemble - 2 June 2012: Greetings from Pago Pago!

Greetings from yacht Ensemble.We arrived off Pago Pago, US Samoa, in the early hours of this morning. At day break, Wind Dancer led us in to the harbour.The harbour is well sheltered - but busy with a large Tuna fishing fleet and a US Navy base. We even met a tanker on the way out!We didn't waste time and went straight to the works jetty. The insurance agency Ship Wright, Gerry, was there to meet us. Once we'd been to the Port Authority and Customs, we spent the day going through the damage. Unfortunately, because of a backlog of work, the boat won't be able to be lifted out until Tuesday (at the earliest). Still, the prognosis isn't too bad - with no internal evidence of structural damage. So fingers crossed!Meanwhile, Britt, Shadow and Magali indulged in making homemade peanut butter. read more...


18/05/2012

Time Bandit - Need a Shorter leg

33.44N 58.39WWe've now been on starboard tack, doing 8+ knots for about 48 hours and are seriously contemplating shortening our right legs. Life at 30 degrees from the horizontal gets wearing!The sun is still blazing and its shorts and T shirts during the day and fleece with the clear skies at night. To date we've seen one tanker and one sailing boat and maybe a couple of birds. Not much doing out here other than lying about on deck trying to seal the hatches as rogue waves come onboard and soak the cushions below. (In the doghouse right now).If you're looking at the Fleet Viewer you'll see we are the southernmost boat but hopefully also one of the farthest east. We're trusting to our weather guru Chris Parker and we'll hold this course aiming for 37N 44W before heading straight for the. read more...


18/05/2012

Voyageur - Leg 2 - Log 1 - Departure

16/17 May I spent the morning of departure in food preparation, very unusual for me but with a later start, for this leg, 1pm, there was plenty of time. First I made a batch of chocolate biscuit crunch cake, then a round of rolls for lunch so that we can eat straight away after the start, and finally a fish pie for tonight, made with wahoo, tuna and prawns. I spent the last of our dollars buying ice cream, a cauliflower, courgette and cucumber. Meanwhile David did his passage planning and posted the blog up to date. It is the most beautiful day, not at all like our arrival, and although we would have loved another couple of sightseeing days here at least our memory is of seeing the island at its best. We have had a wonderful stopover here, St George’s a perfect place for us to rest. read more...


10/10/2008

Cleone - CLEONE Leg 17 Day 11 - Muddled Numbers

Shurly Shome Mishtake? as Dear Bill would have said.   Did any of you spot that there were two consecutive Day 8 Blogs? Probably not if you just delete them without reading them, and by the way it ispossible to get your system to delete these pieces for you automatically withoutyou needing to bother!  What worries the Skipper and crew too (maybe),is that if your Editor is muddling up simple numbers like that, what on earth ishe doing to the navigation?  Only slightly less worrying is that theaccounts and stores are looked after by Norfy, so they should beOK.  And I have just discovered that some of my e-mails, including theseBlogs, have not reached their destinations, so if any of you are missing eithersome of these (and who can tell if the numbers are all to cock) or any otherreplies to. read more...


26/01/2011

A Lady - Sailing around the World

Tuesday, 25th January 2011 00.20hrs Distance traveled.................................748 miles             Distance to Destination........................1178 miles It was a good night at sea, the wind held steady all night, and the moon always makes for great night sailing. We are still on a starboard broad reach, heading NW, with a goose wing set. 06.00hrs We have moved our position from 36 miles south of our rum line to 24 miles north of the rum line, so we decided it was time to gybe back onto port, which we did over the next 35 minutes, but we also put up the "Bag of fear" and off we went. Dawn and sunrise were as beautiful as ever, that big huge crimson ball of fire creeping up. read more...


03/06/2012

Glamorous Galah - Niue!

We are safely moored in the Alofi harbour after some of the hardest sailing we've had yet. For the last couple of days we battled head winds of up to 25 knots plus. Finally the wind started to back to the south and we managed to slowly get back onto our route here. Fuel was low and we had a small hiccup with the diesel engine when it sucked air and spluttered to a halt. We've refueled here and are ready for the two day passage to Tonga on Sunday. Ted. read more...


18/05/2012

Luna - Log day 3 Leg 2 Leaving Bermuda and slowly approching Azores

Greetings from the Communications Officer, who is at the moment not able to go into combat, the waves have hit him hard and he is trying to pull himself baack in shape. So shortly after leaving Bermuda we had a huge group of Dolphins coming around Luna as if they wanted to wish us a safe and good journey, and the start was fine with a good southerly brize of 15 knots we got good speed and set the route for The Azores. Since then the wind has been farly constant and we are very satisfied except for Lasse who would like Luna to be a bit more straight and not to be bumping so much :-)We hope you are able to follow our position via the Fleet Viewer on the ARC Europe homepage, and will come back tomorrow.Luna and Crew. read more...


03/06/2012

Anastasia - Equipment problems

We had some problems with equipment on the way down to Tonga.   For the last day of the trip down to Niue we had good winds of around 25 knots on the beam (from the side of the boat) and that is a wind direction that suits Anastasia.  We had full mainsail and gennaker and were cruising along at about 10 knots when a gust of wind blew a hole in the middle of the gennaker.  That meant we had to finish the leg with our blade jib, which is not really the right sail for a beam reach.   In addition to this the screen of the chart plotter by the helm station went gradually dimmer until finally it was completely blank.  We have a plotter in the cabin but it is inconvenient to have someone calling out where the reefs are.  We may not be able to get the. read more...


25/01/2011

Voyageur - Log day 227 - An Island Tour

22 January 2011World Arc organised a free tour of the island. Mia from the yacht club and Melissa from the tourist board were our guides. To fully appreciate this island one day is really not enough but it did allow a "flavour". This is the first place we have visited I can recall where there are no mobile phones. It is so completely unspoilt being relatively untouched by tourism. Of course when the new airport is built which it will, all that will change. It has a near perfect climate, sub tropical with no hurricanes. Leaving Jamestown, it was a revelation for within a few minutes, the harsh landscape that surrounds the town, suddenly reveals a softer, greener side. Tropical plants start to appear in cottage style gardens with well tended vegetable plots. Agapantha is growing wild in. read more...


10/10/2008

Cleone - Fw: CLEONE Leg 17 Day 6 - Night Watch

A near gale.   It's ten to three in the morning, and Alex calls me awake; it's time for meto go on watch.  The wind is blowing at nearly thirty knots, with gusts upto thirty five.  There is a cup of tea waiting, and as I struggle into mylife-jacket by the companionway, Alex grins down towards me, his facebarely illumiated by the glow of the compass light.  "I'd get a waterproof"he says.   "Why, is it raining?".  "No, but it might be, andthere is a lot of spray around".  So I stagger back aft, grab my Mustojacket, remove my life-jacket, get my Musto on, and disentangle thelife-jacket - getting into it again is even worse.  I clip on, climbinto the cockpit and wolf down the tea whilst Alex briefs me. "There's been nothing to see, and the steering's fine except for when the wavescatch her. . read more...


10/10/2008

Cleone - CLEONE Leg 17 Day 9 - Pass the Dictionary, Please

Houston, we have a problem.   "I should put on your waterproof pants; the weather sucks" said the kindlyAmerican voice that woke me up at two fifty am.  And whilst I was puzzlingthese two curious statements, Alex added "Your tea is in the sink".  Thesethree statements left me with four immediate problems, and one longer-termone.  As far as I recall I have not worn waterproof pants since I gave upwearing nappies over - well a long time ago.  Two, how can the weather suck- wind blows, rain falls, snow drifts.  Three it was only yesterday thatAlex said accusingly "I don't understand you Brits, you personifyeverything", and four, why had he put my tea in the sink and not in the usualmug?   I got up anyway.  Peering up into the dark cockpit between the rainspattered wash-boards, I gathered it. read more...


25/01/2011

A Lady - Sailing around the World

Monday, 24th January 2011  (Presently at sea)  00.00hrs  Distance to Salvador...........................1,344 miles               Distance traveled..................................573 miles It was a beautiful starry night, the seas had moderated, and sunrise was spectacular, oh they are some of the great things about sailing through the night. Its a pity we have to sleep. 09.00hrs Radio Call  :- Eowyn was net controller, but as they were 381 miles behind us, it was difficult to hear them properly and had to do relays through other boats in between at times. Wild Tigris is 32 miles away from us, not out in front, but rather sideways to the North.  We had lots of. read more...


18/05/2012

Irena - Dan 3

Letimo. Prav neverjetno kako dobro gremo. Vetra je dovolj, ves èas cez 20 vozlov tako da z polovico jader jadramo med 6,5 in 8 vozli. MOrje se je malo umirilo tako, da ni vec tako naporno na barki, kot je bilo prvo noc. Sedaj lahko normalno opavljamo vse naloge in potrebe. Posadka se kaze zelo dobro, se hitro ucijo in vse naloge opravljajo z veseljem. Vsi trije potujejo v Evropo za dlje casa. Njihove zgodbe vam mogoce opisem v naslednjih dneh. Priblizujemo se 35 stopinjam severno, kjer bomo obrnili bolj proti vzhodu. Malo visje se namrec jutri pricakuje mocnejsa depresija in seveda ne zelimo tja.Ko nas depresija preide pa bomo spet nadaljevali proti severo vzhodu, dokler ne pridemo do visine Azorov. Pri nas se je tudi ohladilo na 21 stopinjj in smo se vsi olj toplo oblekli.Na barki vse. read more...


01/06/2012

Ensemble - 1 June 2012: Squalls, a bumpy ride - and 1 day to US Samoa

Greetings from yacht Ensemble.We now have less than 100nm to go to US Samoa. We can't make it before nightfall - so will slow down a bit and arrive early Saturday morning.We have been doing plenty of sailing - but the seas have been rough and unsettled - and the squalls have meant that there has been lots of rain. We are sailing with just a jib and the main with 3 reefs so as not to load the boat too much before we get the repairs done.We found a US courtesy flag - hoisted it - only to have it blow away yesterday!We also had no luck with the fishing - loosing another 2 lures.I think everyone will be looking forward to arriving and having some fresh fruit and vegetables - and getting back on land.The boat has been behaving well - but there are some new (and disconcerting) 'grunts and. read more...


02/06/2012

Anastasia - Niue

19:00.0S 169:55.0W   Niue is just a big rock in the middle of the Pacific, but it is another useful stopping place after Suwarrow, if you don't want to do the trip from Bora Bora to Tonga in one go. The island is a raised coral atoll, where layers of reef are pushed up by volcanic activity. This makes for impressive cliffs with caves and crevices along the coast.   Niue is also home of the Niue Yacht Club, which has the distinction of being a yacht club where none of the members owns a yacht. This is because Niue does not have a harbour. They have some mooring buoys on the western side of the island which you can use when the wind is blowing from the east. We had to keep an eye on the weather with a view to leaving the island quickly if the wind started blowing from. read more...


09/10/2008

Cleone - Fw: CLEONE Leg 17 Day 7 - No let-up

Strong winds and big seas continue   The Skipper was the one who nearly copped it.  He was in the cockpit,helming over the crests and minding his own business and thinking that the windsmight have started to ease when he glanced behind him.  A huge wave wascurled above Cleone's stern, in the act of breaking.  He could do nothingbut glare at it, mesmerised.  It broke just behind Cleone's stern,depositing a huge dollop of water on the aft cabin roof, and a considerableamount into the cock-pit.  Luckily we already had the Wash-Boards in place,so even if it had been a lot more, we should not have got too much water intothe saloon itself.  But it was a salutory reminder of why we are wearingare life-jackets and safety harnesses at the moment, and why we also carry twosets of wash-boards!  . read more...



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