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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...


11/01/2011

Kalliope III - CIRCUMNAVEGACION COMPLETADA

A partir del dia de ayer 24 de Enero desde el Kalliope III,se puede asegurar que la tierra es redonda, y que navegando siempre hacia el Oeste se pasa a traves de todos los Meridianos, y al cabo de mas de 16 meses desde que salimos de la bahia de Cadiz, con mas de 25.000 millas navegadas y después de atravesar los Oceanos Atlantico,Pacifico, Indico, el Cabo de Buena Esperanza y parte del Atlantico Sur volvemos a pasar por el Meridiano 006ª 15’’ Oeste, donde esta situado nuestro puerto base. Seguimos navegando hacia Brasil con buen viento por la popa. Nos quedan unas 1750 millas para terminar de cruzar el Atlantico Sur,con la ayuda de los vientos alisios. Esperamos arribar a Salvador de Bahia el dia 5 o 6 de Febrero Un abrazo a todos, de la tripulacion del Kalliope III Antonio,. read more...


18/05/2012

Wild Goose - What a Captain!

Linda took over the helm at 3:30 AM Bermuda time last night. She kept sailing long past her due time and the ride was so comfortable I slept like I would at home for 7 hours. Sweet. Not only that, but Linda even came down and fixed Mike and me scones and fresh Coffee. It doesn't get any better than that; breakfast in bed after a good night's sleep on the Ocean. Mike's comment was "if you get a chance to marry her, you should." We had to take a picture of the moment because it was a great morning as we sat there drinking coffee and talking for about an hour. The seas were calm enough for a shower, so I am ready for a long sailing shift today. Rock On! We are jumping around time zones as Bermuda is 1 hour ahead of EST. EST is 4 hours (-4) less than UTC (Universal Time Code, also called. read more...


18/05/2012

Purrr-fect - Daily Log

Dave writing here, Well the big crossing has started. We left Bermuda yesterday afternoon, all boats starting from St. Georges harbor through the narrow town cut. Wind was very light at the beginning but then picked up. It has been 15 to 25 knots since then so we are moving well. (as I type, about 8 knots). We had a fairly rough seas night. We had to reef (reduce) the main during the night and had a little trouble with a line jam and the main sail cover (stack pack type) gave way. We manage to clear all and kept moving well. We had about 7 boats around us in the middle of the night, however we saw no boats, ships or sea life all day. The seas flattened out and we are now making good time and heading North to try to get favorable winds later. Paul left yesterday just as we started. We. read more...


31/05/2012

12Moons - Taha'a, Bora-Bora, Suwarrow

Taha'a, Bora-Bora, SuwarrowDer Weg von Raiatea nach Bora-Bora führt uns am Innenriff immer entlang der wundervoll duftenden Nachbarinsel, Taha'a, die berühmt für ihre Vanille ist. Der Empfang im Bora-Bora - Yacht Club ist besonders freundlich, und "12moons" bekommt eine Mooring direkt vor dem Clubhaus, das im traditionellen Stil erbaut ist, sehr malerisch. Entsprechend schön ist dann auch der Sundowner mit den World ARC-Leuten auf der Terrasse. Der nächste Tag beginnt mit Reparaturen. Stefan entdeckt bei seiner Unterwasser-Inspektion, dass sich bezaubernde gelbe Riff-Fischlein in unserem Faltpropeller eingerichtet haben. Normalerweise wohnen sie in gefächerten Korallen, aber bei uns scheinen sie sich auch ganz wohl zu fühlen - allerdings nur bis zur. read more...


25/01/2011

Crazy Horse - Jan 25

We arrived here on Sunday the 23rd at about 1000. It seemed forever until we saw this rock sticking out of the ocean and it looked very desolate and foreboding from the sea. What could this island ever offer us? It has turned out to be one little gem in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean It has been such an interesting visit and really quite beautiful with very friendly, generous, people living here. Can't judge a book by its cover-that is another lesson.On Sunday when we arrived the ferry service man was already offering us a ride into town. Immigration and customs said it was fine to come in and we would take care of all that on Mon. morning. Ends up that we checked in and out at the same time and are ready to go today. The ferry service man Keith and his brother run that , the fueling. read more...


14/10/2008

Cleone - CLEONE Leg 17 Day 8 - 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...


09/10/2008

Quasar V of Lleyn - Quasar Log

Tuesday 7th October ELEPHANTS R US!                                     Ianand I went off shopping with Made in the morning. Ian bought some new speakersand got my loo seat welded and I went to Makro for some provisions on Made?sadvice being cheaper than Carrefour. However I was not impressed and we ended upback at Carrefour in the evening.Inthe afternoon an elephant ride, only short at half an hour, but we all reallyenjoyed it! Ian and I had an elephant called Mary and a driver called Andy! Andyinformed us that Mary eats 200 kg of fodder a day and drinks 50 litres of water!It?s raining quite a lot today and. read more...


31/05/2012

Ensemble - Thursday 31 May 2012: Samoa 2 days to go!

Greetings from yacht Ensemble.We had a good day mainly sailing (with some motoring). Seas are slight and wind on the beam. There have been a few squalls around - and the sea swell and cross waves can be a little uncomfortable - but nothing too serious.So far all the patches are holding up well - with no increase in water in the bilge.At this rate we may even arrive in US Samoa by Saturday morning.We are being met by someone from the insurance company and will have the boat hauled out as soon as possible so that damage can be assessed and repairs affected.Our new crew (Brit and Shadow) are settling in well into life on a catamaran - and our routine of 'Sundowners'. Last night we had a BBQ dinner and ate outside.We are still doing a radio net with the WARC 'Group 3' boats - those of us. read more...


24/01/2011

Voyageur - Log day 226 - Jacob's Ladder - The six hundred and ninety nine steps!

21 January 2011Jacob's ladder was constructed in 1829 as an inclined plane to haul manure and send goods down. Now it is a tourist attraction and on completion of the climb you receive a certificate. Always up for a challenge I had to do it but it was a lot harder that I had anticipated. Each step is eleven inches deep and there are 699 of them. I could only take twenty steps at a time, pausing to rest before going another twenty. The last few and I was on my hands and knees. David completed the climb in 20 minutes, I took thirty. I was almost too tired to appreciate the wonderful views. With legs like jelly we came all the way back down in a third of the time that it took to go up. Oh dear me though, did I suffer, for the next morning I could barely walk......St. Helena Hospitality...In. read more...


17/05/2012

Hanami II - 2 eme jour

17 05 2012 21:22 UTC   2 eme jour de mer, vent de SE ou SSE, entre 15 et 20 noeuds (plus durant la nuit) avec houle venant du meme point. Donc de la gite et on se coirait sur des montagnes russes.Le vent que nous avons eu est superieur a celui predit donc nous avancons bien, environ 7 N de moyenne aujourd'hui et un peu plus de 6 hier.Toujours pas de poisson sur la ligne, ils ont tous du rester plus au sud. Voila, pas grand chose donc aujourd'hui et nous avons tous essaye de recuperer des nuits courtes et de la difficulte de dormir a cause de la gite et de la houle.   A suivre.. read more...


31/05/2012

Samsara - On the way to American Samoa

May 30We arrived in Suwarrow and spent a few days there. Lost one day to rain. The water was very clear and the island is beautiful. I wish we could have spent more time there, I didn't really feel that we were rushing before but since Tahiti it sure does feel like we're always rushing - the antithesis of cruising.There were a number of squalls that came through while we were anchored - with gusts up to 40 knots. Luckily our anchor held. Before we arrived another worldARC boat was not so lucky, they swung around and a coral head that their anchor was wrapped on snapped and they hit the reef. Through the major work of 4-5 boats that were there the boat has been repaired enough to make it to American Samoa, so we have a group going there instead of Niue. (Another group left earlier for. read more...


24/01/2011

A Lady - Sailing around the World

Sunday, 23rd January 2011   (Presently at sea) The wind remained a steady 20/25 knots for the whole night. It was a cloudy night with no sight of the rising sun. 09.00hrs RADIO CALL   :- Lady Ev VI was the net controller for today, and again, we seemed to have made good progress on the fleet. Lady Ev is the yacht that Christos joins from time to time. Christos our doctor friend who was born in Greece but resides and used to practice in Germany. Christos always says to us, that the best paid doctors in the world are the Irish. Mind you, we have heard that from many other doctors on our travels around the world. Distance traveled..........................472 milesDistance to destination..................1,468 miles The day. read more...


17/05/2012

Time Bandit - Daily Log

Time Bandit Blog 32 55.9N 61 55.0WThirty five boats made the start line yesterday... well 34 actually, I started on the wrong red bouy 200 yards behind everyone else and we then made their way out of Bermuda through the town cut. Squeezing 15 boats through the cut which is about 50 feet wide was interesting especially when the wind died. I think everyone ended up motoring through but it made a fine spectacle as we all headed into the the wild blue yonder. Except while it was blue, it wasn't wild. The wind at first was a gentle 10 knots but that died away in the evening to zip and many resorted to the engine. Fortunately, the wind filled in about 23:00 rising to a steady 20+ knots and we had an all night 8 knot thrash on a fetch heading east for Azores.Most, well actually everyone except. read more...


09/10/2008

Quasar V of Lleyn - Quasar Log

Monday 6th October   MONKEY BUSINESS INBALI?   Made, our driver arrives on schedule at 8.30 and we setoff on the tourist trail. First off is a musical. Well a musical play ? wellaccording to Ian - a pantomime! It's a real tourist costume thing with a fewhundred watching and most of whom wished it was half as long. Fortunately I amtired so nodded off quite a lot! The band consisted of mainly old men playingxylophones with small mason's hammers! They were so robotic; I did think thatthey could have mistaken for Disney puppets in a theme park! The rest of it wasthe usual dancers, elephants, tigers and assassins and a story too complicatedto recall, but it was a spectacle!Moretourist bits to follow, amazing woodcarving shops, and the artistry isextraordinary, commerciality questionable.. read more...


23/01/2011

Lady Ev.VI - Daily Log 22. Januar 2011

Hey Leute!Wir sind gestern um 1745h von der Mooring vor St. Helena los und auf dem Wege nach Brasilien!St. Helena war aufregend, spannend, neu, aber nicht (wie ich, Joerg, finde) schoen im landlaeufigen Sinne.Am eindruckvollsten warwohl bei unserer Ankunft die gewaltige Brandung, die selbst hier, in Passat-Lee der Insel, immer wieder an die Felsen vor uns krachten, manchmal auch pfiffen und heulten, wenn die Welle in eine der zahlreichern Hoehlen im Fels einlief und eine Sekunde spaeter aus einem senkrechten Kamin weißschaeumend in den Himmel schoss!Da sollten wir unser Boot an eine der ausgelegten Mooring-Tonnen legen, ca. 50 Meter vor den Felsen und darauf vertrauen, dass die Einheimischen schon wuessten, was sie taten, als sie hier eine Mooring auslegten?!Ueberraschend ruhig lagen. read more...


17/05/2012

Ninfea - Daily Blog Ninfea

First Night at sea Yesterday  afternoon we saluted Bermuda without much regrets. The island is wonderful, colorful and manicured in true English fashion and the people very friendly. But is also VERY expensive and to get anything done to your boat is a nightmare. Parts are scarce and workers very busy and unreliable. We had to replace the batteries and we had to content ourselves with a set made of three different types jury rigged in the allocated space. We crossed our fingers, paid an exorbitant bill and left. The good news is that so far they seem to be working better than I expected.We left the harbor with the usual impeccable start well managed by the ARC people and set the course on the Azores. After much deliberating we chose the grand circle route, i.e.  the. read more...


09/10/2008

Quasar V of Lleyn - Quasar V

Saturday 4th October and Sunday5th October   BALIGOOD?   Another day's motor sailing on Saturday and wearrive as anticipated at about 8 am local time at Benoa Marina, Bali on Sunday.First impressions are not good! Very filthy marina and tired looking buildings,but as usual in Bali the staff are very helpful. I spend about 45 minutesfilling in about 16 different forms all of which have virtually the sameinformation, but at least the marina handle everything and we don't have to getinvolved separately with police, customs and immigration like someplaces!We eventually take a taxi to Sanur (one of the2 main tourist towns) and we are dropped off at the Hyatt, which I think I havebeen to before. I stay and have lunch whilst the others walk round (I am in paintoday). The bougainvilleas are. read more...


30/05/2012

Southern Cross - Update

Yesterday afternoon we saw a whale just off the bow. I think we scared it because as we went past where it came out, there was a stain in the water. It only came out of the water a little, however it was only 10 meters from the boat. After it went back under, we didn't see it again. Still, very cool. Also yesterday, Steve hooked a sailfish, it got off the hook, but he did see it jump. We had some good rain last night, but not enough wind to speak of. David. read more...


30/05/2012

Southern Cross - Thirsty

Hi Everyone.I got up this morning preparing for our equatorial celebration and realized we didn't have any water. Steve was on the helm and he checked the pump. It was running. We checked the port side bilge, and it was nearly full. So we commenced to pulling every up floor boards and bunks until we found the fresh water hose at the water heater had come undone. The hose was secured, water maker turned on and with two minutes remaining, we prepared our drinks in time to toast our equatorial crossing. Our beverage was rum with fruit mixture and some sparkling wine. We had our drinks and gave some to Neptune so he wouldn't wouldn't get poopy pants. We did not have time to put on our complete costumes, but the day isn't over. From what I understand, in the sailing community we are no longer. read more...


17/05/2012

Wild Goose - "Monty" - Our most skilled helmsperson!

I want to introduce you to our best helms-person, "Monty."Monty is a Monitor wind-vane self-steering system and she is performing marvelously today.It is my favorite accessory on Wild Goose.Monty steers purely by the power of the water flow and keeps the boat on a perfect point of sail.When I look at the machinery of how this kind of"servo-pendelum" steering system works, I am in awe of the inventiveness some past sailors have had that evolved into this contraption. They were, no doubt hand steering for hours and maybe days on end, and likely spent much of their time trying to devise a way to use the power of either the wind or the water flow to turn the tiller, or in our case wheel of the boat.It's awesome to see it in action on the open ocean. Today is day two of our long leg from St.. read more...


09/10/2008

Cleone - CLEONE Leg 17 Day 9 - Dry Pants

At last the rain lets up!   For the last four days everything has been damp, inside and outside theboat.  It rained more or less continuously for nearly three days, the onlyadvantage of which was that it washed some of the salt out of some of ourthings, including the sails, which would not have minded that at all.  Butour waterproofs and clothes were doused in sea water some days ago, so willnever be properly dry until they are rinsed in fresh and get some sun on them,which won't be until we reach Mauritius.   Last nights band of thunderstorms passed in front of us (at least theSkipper thinks they did - we saw no sign of them).  We had a relativelypeaceful night, though we were ready for the threatened squalls. Wash-boards were in place (we needed them anyway for the rain) and the. read more...


23/01/2011

Voyageur - Log day 225 - Seventy two hours in St Helena : Day 1

20 January 2011It is known as the most remote inhabited island on earth. For me the name St Helena conjures up this rather foreboding picture due to its associations as Napoleon Bonaparte's place of exile. Its very position in the middle of this huge expanse of ocean makes it a very lonely outpost, therefore it came as a surprise that around four thousand people live here, although the population is dwindling. It didn't help that on our first day the clouds hung from a leaden sky, we even had a few drops of rain. The cliffs were barren rock, reinforced with wire netting from the summit to the sea. There were major works going on with a harbour improvement scheme which must be costing the British government a fortune but at least it has guaranteed that there is no unemployment on the. read more...


23/01/2011

Ariane - St. Helena - eine Wundertüte

St. Helena: eine Wundertüte...Liebe SegelfreundeWenn man nach elf Tagen Fahrt nach 1700 sm im Dunst eine Insel langsam auftauchen sieht, hat das immer etwas Faszinierendes. Der Navigator setzt ein Lächeln auf, die Crew beginnt viel zu früh mit dem Fotografieren. Die Annäherung zeigt immer mehr Details - im Falle St. Helena fast nur felsiges Gelände. Wir umrunden die Nordhälfte und nehmen uns nach der Anmeldung per Funk eine Boje vor dem Hauptort Jamestown. Wie bereits auf Bildern gesehen, liegt dieser Ort in einem engen Tal eingequetscht. Die seitlichen Felswände unterstützen ein beengendes Gefühl. Unwillkürlich hat man Mitleid mit dem arme Näppi.Am anderen Tag unternehmen wir zusammen mit vielen anderen WARC-Besatzungen eine Inselrundfahrt mit zwei Kleinbussen. Steil führt die enge. read more...


08/10/2008

Quasar V of Lleyn - News to follow!

Arrived Bali 8 am Sunday left 4 pm Wednesday. News to follow!. read more...


30/05/2012

Southern Cross - Flamenco Marina

Hi Everyone!We are establishing the blog email/update/information site. If you don't have a problem reading our blog, you have just become our designated driver. We can not send photos, however, Chris will update photos when we let her.David PS This does not represent the views of the entire crew, only me. I'm Just Diff'rent.. read more...


17/05/2012

Aniara II - May 17

17 May We are out in the absolute middle of nowhere and we have a fantastic sailing. We don´t reach the Aniara-record set some days ago but we have sailed almost 175 NM the last 24 hours (since start). And we are doing this going against both the wind and the waves. I believe we are as close as we can of the Aniara capacity. We had a good start and left the bay of St. George as boat #3, even after Kieran gave Aniara some interesting starting instructions near the start. During daytime yesterday we had eye contact with quite many of the other boats but now, we are where we are, in splendid isolation. We are heading approx. 60 degrees, a bit north of the straight line towards Horta. We do so since we hope not to be caught by a high pressure coming in from north. Let´s hope we. read more...


17/05/2012

Sookie - Leg 2 Day 2 Corned Beef and Mash

17th may 2012   We got off to a great start yesterday with all the other yachts in our class.  We crossed the start line about fourth and headed for the "Town Cut" exit from Bermuda.  we were chuffed to be the first boat entering and exiting the "Town Cut" before a half left turn towards Horta in the Azores.  All afternoon and last night was spent trading positions with a boat called "A Lady" and this morning after 150 miles we are similarly set and only about 4 miles abreast.  She is a tough boat to keep up with (Oyster56).  Andy is reliving his getting sea legs scenario which last time took a couple of days.  Hopefully all will be well sooner rather than later.  The sailing at the moment is a lot more hands on than when we crossed. read more...


30/05/2012

Serendipity - Tuesday 29th May is missing.

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07/10/2008

Cleone - Leg 17 Day 8 - Routine

Why has Alex taken so long to read his novel? We divide our day into three-hour watches, with a cycle of three hours on, three hours off and three hours on stand-by.  But it never works out quite like that, there are always extra things to be done, especially during the daylight hours.  The most demanding day is supper-cooking day, and the three day cycle from this day goes like this: From 6 until 9 am you are on watch, keeping a look-out whilst steering the boat, trimming the sheets (adjusting the sails) and filling in the log every hour.  Technically you are then off duty until 3pm, but from then on it's all go.  Your three hour stint on deck-watch until 6pm is followed by three busy hours when you prepare and cook the meal, serve the cocktails, and wash-up.  If you are lucky and. read more...


23/01/2011

A Lady - Sailing around the World

Saturday, 22nd January 2011    (our position as we type this blog is 16d00'S/13d32'W) Our new friend, the Bird, remained on the boat for the whole night (he looked like a dipper) and eventually took off at sunrise, ahhh, sure it was lovely to have a stowaway for the night. 05.00hrs Aileen decided to make a loaf of brown bread, and it was delicious, as soon as the rest on board got a taste, it vanished very quickly. talking about making things on the boat, Emily used to have a chocolate making factory in a previous life, however,despite all the skippers best efforts, he could not get the girl to make chocolate on board saying "It would make us all fatties", mind you, Sham could do with a bit of weight, in fact a good few stone would be a. read more...


21/01/2011

Tucanon - St Helena

The AIS doesn’t seem to work any more so we are unable to ascertain details of ships, with whom we might wish to call on the VHF, to identify their intentions and ensure that they have seen us. We can and do still call up other ships if we feel threatened by their proximity but it is a lot easier when one can call them by the ships name, MMSI number or call sign. The radar became faulty but after Dick had stuck his head in a hole for a while, this problem was rectified. Whew!A number of the rally boats have been celebrating the completion of their circumnavigation by longitude, having crossed the meridian. We completed somewhere between Cape Infanta and Cape Agulhas, on the Wild coast of South Africa, having started from Prevasa in Greece April 2009. David and Sue on Voyageur have. read more...


06/10/2008

Andante of Mersey - Indian Ocean

Time flies even if you are not particularly enjoying yourself.  Here we are in the middle of the ocean on a crossing we expected to be slow and peaceful - time to fish and eat meals off plates and even have a glass of wine!  No way - since leaving Cocos Isles the wind has howled, the waves are as tall as houses, cooking is a problem ( solved so capably by Ann), two fittings in the cockpit have broken, every action requires undue effort, it has rained and NASA are looking at the low developing to the north of us with a view to naming it as a cyclone.  After a week of it things might not be getting worse and we are due in Mauritius 13th/14th Oct. The yacht thrives on these conditions - its only the crew that weaken. OK, Indian Ocean not too good but we enjoyed getting here. After Bali we. read more...



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