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22/01/2011

A Lady - Sailing around the world, ( presently at sea between ST Helena and Brazil )

FRIDAY   21st    JANUARY   2011   ( Paul O Sullivan  & Dave O Rielly's Birthdays )  We had a good breeze for most of the night, our first night at sea again. However, around 06.00hrs the wind dropped off to 4 knots, so we had to do some motoring. In fact, this went on all day, a good breeze, followed by no breeze.  Its Paul O Sullivan's birthday today, along with Dave o Rielly, Paul is our son-in-law, married to our Daughter Sarah. You will remember Pauls mother and father Collette and Terry ( Fr Terry ) who crossed the Indian Ocean with us on " A Lady " Dave O Rielly is Skippers brother-in-law, he was married to skippers sister " Deirdre" a dedicated mother, and artist, who always had good things to say and do for. read more...


05/10/2008

Cleone - 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 me to go on watch.  The wind is blowing at nearly thirty knots, with gusts up to thirty five.  There is a cup of tea waiting, and as I struggle into my life-jacket by the companionway, Alex grins down towards me, his face barely illumiated by the glow of the compass light.  "I'd get a waterproof" he says.   "Why, is it raining?".  "No, but it might be, and there is a lot of spray around".  So I stagger back aft, grab my Musto jacket, remove my life-jacket, get my Musto on, and disentangle the life-jacket - getting into it again is even worse.  I clip on, climb into 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 waves. read more...


05/10/2008

Cleone - Fw: CLEONE Leg 17 Day 2 - Waves

CLEONE Leg 17 Day 2 - WavesFast sailing, but not very comfortable. So much so, that the Skipper has decided to move from the Saloon to the aft cabin.  When you are on the port tack and rolling as much as we are, the port side bunks are on the up-hill side of the boat.  In theory, the lee cloth will hold your body comfortably in place, but in practice its utility runs out at some point.  Before the gunwhale (gunnle) goes under, anyone in the upwind berth finds himself lying on the edge of the bunk.  Whilst this is suitably rounded and varnished, even with the protection of the cushion, it is a hard edge, and when you get dumped on it by the action of a wave, it is as good as an alarm clock, and much more painful.  So, despite a resultant feeling of isolation, the Skipper has deposited. read more...


21/01/2011

Crazy Horse - Jan 21

We did pass over into western hemisphere. What a moment. Seems like a long time since we saw that East word after our longitude. After we get to around Grenada we will be in the Northern Hemisphere. By then we will be a hop skip and a jump from home-well, almost.It was a wonderful sailing day yesterday, last night, and again today. We are still sailing wing and wing with the wind from behind blowing SE from 16-20kts. Our boat speed has been averaging 7 to 8 kts. Have another load of wash hanging outside. It is good to be able to open the hatches and air things out. It is even not such a bad thing to cook in these seas. Over the last few days we have had pasta, stir fry with chicken, and tonight steaks again.I just want to say the butcher and cook from the Hout Bay Yacht Club did a. read more...


29/05/2012

BRIZO - Anxious to Return!

We've been back in the States for two weeks and are eager to re-join the Rally. The wedding in Maine was a beautiful seaside ceremony, Kathryn and Audrey were junior bridesmaids for their cousin Chelsea and received many compliments about their participation. Corinne and the girls are spending today at school giving a presentation about the Rally so far, showing photos from the trip and telling of their experiences. Lew has been at work trying to get caught-up and has been reasonably successful in doing so. Our plan is to depart Papeete on Saturday 9 June and rejoin the fleet in Fiji by the end of June. We will stop in Bora Bora and Tonga, unfortunately bypassing Suwarrow and Niue. We have been watching the adverse weather conditions over the past few days and are hopeful that the lows. read more...


17/05/2012

Outer Limits - op weg naar europa

position 32:41:39N 64:11:34W   We ziin weer onderweg! Er waren twee groepen, wij zijn 30 minuten later gestart in groep 2. Nu op motor want er is geen wind. hopelijk kan die gauw uit want we moeten nog effe J Alles wel aanboord.   We are started in Group two and are underway to Europe!   Joost & Crew. read more...


16/05/2012

Luna - Ready, steady - GO!

Så er vi klar til afgang fra Bermuda efter en fantastisk tid her.Alle både ønskes en fantastisk tur til Azorerne.../Luna & Besætning--So, we are ready to leave Bermuda after a fantastick time here.We wish all boats and crews a superb time at sea on the way to the Azores.../Luna & Crew. read more...


28/05/2012

Glamorous Galah - heading to Niue

Finally left suwarrow heading to Niue we have reasonable wind and travelling in company with Matilda and Trompeta Dave. . read more...


21/01/2011

A Lady - Sailing around the World

Thursday, 20th January 2011  (Leah & Nanna's Birthday) You know how it is sometimes, you meet people and its a few days later when you really remember the meeting or chat or whatever. Well, last night at dinner in the Oriental Restaurant, we were joined by Dave and Angie from their yacht called Hurrah. They are sailing around the worlds oceans, and at present are exploring the Atlantic Ocean, Sham & Emily met them on the wanderings around St.Helena, and arranged that we would all go for a meal some night. The reason for bringing this subject up is we think we are great sailing around the world, but get put into our little box when we meet people like Angie, who sailed a Hilliard yacht over and back across the Atlantic in her early 20's on her own. That's. read more...


04/10/2008

Cleone - CLEONE Leg 17 Day 5 - Freshening Winds

At times, the wind and weather become of all-consuming interest.   And the last twenty four others has been one of those times.  It allstarted with Bruce's forcast, which arrived when we down-loaded our e-mailsyesterday.  Because he needs to predict for the entire fleet, it isdifficult for him to give specific routeing advice, apart from encouraging us tostick to or go above or below the Rhumb Line.  And this gives us animmediate difficulty, does he mean the Rhumb Line or the Great CircleRoute?  Our magic GPS gives us the latter, which is shorter, but we have noGnomic (Great Circle) chart for the Indian Ocean, so we are taking it on trustthat the GPS is correct (it has not let us down yet), whilst keeping track ofour progress on a Mercator Chart.  But what about those folk with. read more...


03/10/2008

Cleone - CLEONE Leg 17 Day 4 - Ships that Pass in the Night

If you don't see it, does a passing ship exist?   It was Alex who started it.  When asked by the Skipper whetherthis voyage was "as you expected to be", Alex looked thoughtful for amoment and then replied: "There aren't nearly as many ships around as I thoughtthere would be".  Which is a pretty fair point.  Huge tankers andGas Carriers bring oil and LPG from the Far East, around the Cape of Good Hopeto Europe and the USA.  Vast bulk carriers (and I mean vast - some of theseships bulk out at 500,000 tonnes) carry minerals and cereals all around theworld, and giant container ships carry all kinds of foods everywhereand bring manufactured goods from Japan, China, Korea and elsewhere to feedEurope and America's hungry markets.  Even if there is nothing to carry theother way. read more...


27/05/2012

Samsara - But is there internet access?

May 26We had a pretty rough night last night with the storm. All day it had rained but no real wind. Around 9-10pm the wind came up - to mid-30s or so. Waves.... Not. Fun. Sarah of course slept through the whole thing. Sam had a hard time going to sleep but then slept. I slept a bit but Lee didn't really sleep until morning. It was a bumpy ride. Samsara of course is just fine - the boat can handle it. Her people however don't enjoy such a ride. This morning we set sail and had a lovely 6 hour or so sail to Suwarrow. We anchored - not easy as it's mostly very deep in the lagoon. As I was making lunch Sarah asked "is there internet access?" I said "it's a deserted island" - she said "I get that part, but is there internet access?" Um, no. We are looking forward to going to the. read more...


20/01/2011

Voyageur - Log day 224 - The 'Mail' ship...

19 January 2011It was 7o'clock in the evening, and our last night at sea. I caught sight of what I thought was our first fishing boat. David took up the binoculars. "It is all grey, I think it is a gunboat". That would seem to make sense especially as they have a 200nm exclusion zone to patrol. As it drew near it grew rather large, more than one would have expected from a naval patrol boat and then up it popped on our AIS 'RMS St. Helena'. Of course that was it. We should have guessed. The Royal Mail ship and a best kept secret. Well, now that I have let the cat out of the bag it is not such a secret anymore! I don't know much about cruises but this is one that I am definitely saving for my dotage. It sails from the UK twice a year via Ascension and St Helena to Cape Town taking 31 days. read more...


16/05/2012

Luna - Days on Bermuda - What a Life :-)

Det er lang tid siden, at vi har skrevet sidst. Og det skyldes udelukkende, at vi har haft for travlt med at have det skønt, dejligt og sjovt og ikke mindst ordne lidt småting på Luna samt udforske hele Bermuda :-)Vi kom vel i havn i lørdags, selvom de sidste ca. 15 sømil kom til at tage 7 timer i stedet for 2½, som vi havde regnet med. Det skyldtes, at da vi nåede sydspidsen af Bermuda, kom der voldsom modstrøm, og vinden vendte, så den kom lige ind fra spidsen. Vi hev alle sejl ned og gik for motor, men trods dette gjorde modvind og ikke mindst de store dønninger, som vi hele tiden bankede ind i, og som dermed stoppede os, at vi ikke kunne sejle hurtigere end ca. 2 knob.Det gode ved det var, at vi så kom i. read more...


16/05/2012

Asteroid - Log Wednesday 16th May 2012

Hi all,Well D-Day mark II has arrived at last. Are we ready - not 100% as there will always be something else you think you need to do or buy but no time now - we are filling up with water and will be leaving the dock in about half an hour. Jack and Ciara are enjoying their last bit of a runaround on land for at least 10 days. Our starting gun is at 1300 and then ourselves and about 17 or so other boats (the fleet of 35 has been divided as it is too big to start altogether) will sail through the St Georges Town Cut. Hopefully plenty of photos will be taken as based on photos of previous years it is quite a sight.We have enjoyed Bermuda - it is an absolutely stunningly beautiful island. Quite built up as it is a very small island - we didn't see many fields on our travels but with all. read more...


20/01/2011

Crazy Horse - Jan. 20

Our position is at UTC 1043 22 16.S 00 28.EWe are sailing along today with main all the way up and jib poled out wing and wing. Wind is SSE 14-20. It is a pleasant day with sun and some haze mixed in. Our boat speed is 6-7.5kts.Bill is up on the bow fixing the hatch yet again trying to figure out why it is leaking once again. When we get home I am sure Crazy H will be getting new hatch treatments. But I must say that Bill is determined to have no leaks. Yesterday while checking the engine the Capt found that there was a leak in the part of the engine which was just fixed. Sufice to say it was not pleasant here on the Crazy. We were crawling under the engine ,opening the hatch in Matt room , and trying to get that hose to stop dripping. Finally , after many expletives from Capt it was. read more...


02/10/2008

Cleone - CLEONE Leg 17 Day 3 - Time Zones

More of the same, and more to come.   We work in various time-zones on board.  Our log is kept in UTC(Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) or ZULU time for the military folks), Rally Time isthe local time at our start point (Cocos; UTC plus 6 hours and 30 minutes - howinconvenient) and there is also Ship's Time.  On board, our routine isgeared to the latter, which varies according to where we are.  Every15 degrees of longitude around the earth (east or west) represents a time changeof minus or plus an hour.  So at 90 degrees east of Greenwich we are inTime Zone GMT plus 6 hours (we are ahead of you now - remember the dreaded lostday when we tripped over the International Date Line?).  Changing ourclocks as we go on means that our day more or less accords with sunrise andsunset, and it means that. read more...


26/05/2012

Matilda - Heading for Niue?

If all things were to go to plan, we should be heading for Niue in about an hour or so (10am Sunday 26th May). We decided yesterday we would have more wind for longer, if we use some of the tail end of the unsettled weather here to make some progress South. The first of the expected unsettled weather hit the anchorage yesterday evening, and caught a few of us off guard...It wasn't particularly bad, just 25 knots or so, but it came from the 'wrong' direction - blowing us all onto the shore from where we had originally anchored up to a week ago. So about half the fleet had to hastily up anchor and move to deeper water, i.e. away from the nasty breaking swell pushing us towards the shallow reef and coral beach. Just to add to the fun, when we did find a suitable place with sea room the. read more...


25/05/2012

Sapphire II - 25 May, Suwarrow

We arrived in this idyllic lagoon on 20 May after a 4 day passage from BoraBora which was enlivened by catching fish each day. As soon as we anchored in Suwarrow we had 5 black tip sharks swimming around the boat. In we jumped to cool off!This is a very special place - a national park of The Cook Islands, no inhabitants, reachable only by boat, which rarely happens. The coral in the clearest of water is the most colorful and varied I've ever seen. Sharks are all over and manta rays and turtles have been seen.The World ARC boats have stayed longer than planned because of threatening weather, so it's BBQ on the beach under the swaying palms each evening after a couple of hours snorkeling during the day.We plan to leave tomorrow to hook into some 25 kt winds at the back of the passing low.. read more...


19/01/2011

A Lady - Sailing around the World

Wednesday, 19th January 2011 Skipper and Aileen went to see "Plantation House" yesterday on our travels, a very attractive georgian house where the Governor resided along with his tortoises. Meanwhile back in Jamestown, the remedial works on the quay walls is impressive, and the size of the cranes would impress the owners of Libherr... Of course we had to walk past all this stuff every time we went ashore. Our first visit today was a call to the "Briars Pavilion". This was Napoleon's first residence for 3 months when he arrived in St. Helena. He had to stay here while the "Longwood" premises was being repaired and extended. He became very friendly with the 12 year old daughter of the family who owned the Pavilion, the Balcome Family. Betsy, even at 12. read more...


02/10/2008

Cleone - Fw: CLEONE In Bali - Temples and Tourists

CLEONE In Bali - Temples and TouristsOr Holidays and Hinduism - and litter and rice, too.   There are more temples per square kilometer in Bali than anywhere else Ihave been, and that includes Kathmandu.  Each house has at least one, withseveral separate shrines, the number and magnificence of which depending on theage and means of the family.  Each business or enterprise has a temple,each village has at least three and then there are the city and national templesas well.  Since the tourist-based economy all but collapsed after the BaliBomb in October 2002, you would have thought that temple and shrine buildingmight have also taken a down-turn.  You would be wrong.  Tourism ismaking a big resurgence, and most of the three-and-a-half million people are, insome way or another (and I will. read more...


16/05/2012

Hanami II - Prets pour le depart

9:50 local time in BermudaCette fois ca y est. Les pleins sont faits, les voiles, genaker inclus, sont en place, les fichiers gribs ont ete charges, les previsions meteo de L'ARC, de Chris et de Pierre ont ete enregistrees, reste a installer l'aerien de Barry et a quitter le quai. Reste la derniere douche a terre aussi. Darren est alle faire un dernier tour de scooter, il est devenu accro! Le depart est a 13 heures, nous quitterns le quai en dernier car lesautres bateaux arrives apres nous doivent avoir leurs chaines d'ancre au dessus des notres et il vaut mieux eviter les noeuds. La suite viendra dans les mails suivants depuis l'ocean ....A suivre.. read more...


16/05/2012

Aniara II - May 16

16 May Fourhours to go ! We are prepared and fully loaded for the trip. All up-to-datemeteorological reports are downloaded and it looks as we will get a great startand first couple of days. We have taken our last hot water shower for at leasttwo weeks. As promised before, we will keep you updated. Take care, we will!. read more...


02/10/2008

Kasuje - Log Cocos to Rodriquez

Hi from SkipperSteve, We are back at sea rocking and rolling acrossthe Indian Ocean to Rodriquez then Mauritius, Reunion Island and on to SouthAfrica. We are two days into the next stage of the passages to South Africa aleg of 2000 nm to the Island of Rodriquez just to the west of Mauritius. We havesettled into our ocean routine with the regular watch systems, cooking duties,helming and the occasional sleep. The SE trade winds are currently quiteboisterous and we are creaming along burning up the miles at a rate of near 200nm per day. The wind and current however has an adverse effect on the sea stateand it is quite bumpy!!!From the inception of this circumnavigation I haveconsidered this part to South Africa the section which would testour mental endurance and physical stamina the most.. read more...


19/01/2011

A Lady - Sailing around the World.

Tuesday, 18th January 2011 It was A Lady turn to do Radio call today, but had to hand over to Eowyn as we were too far away from the fleet and also behind St. Helena which made reception very poor. We were so looking forward to going ashore again today, our brief visit last night gave us a great feeling about the place. The St Helena supply ship was in harbour when we arrived and all lit up like a Christmas tree. This always helps the activity in town, when the ship is here, and they carry the passengers to and from Cape Town as it is the only connection with the Island. 09.30hrs We went ashore and headed up to the tourist office and then the bank, (no ATM's here) and their £ here has the same value as the £ Stg. We hired a Honda 4x4 at £20 per day was good. read more...


25/05/2012

Samsara - Rain and more rain.....

May 25 Yesterday we had off and on rain showers with wind, as expected. Unexpectedly Southern Cross had visitors - humpback whales. We tried to get close to see them but we only managed to see a few whales breeching. I want whales to visit us - close but "notthisclose". Last night we had squalls all night, 5 knots of breeze jumped to 25 with higher gusts. Today promises more of the same. We won't make it into Suwarrow before the depression hits so we're likely to hit higher wind tonight, maybe in mid 30s but hopefully not more. So we're working on lessons. I'm going through the cabinets to use up the canned goods we've had on board for a while. I repack the cabinets when possible to make sure we employ FIFO, and use any that are starting to deteriorate. The salt air/humidity and any. read more...


25/05/2012

Glamorous Galah

We're still in the anchorage at Suwarrow, a wet day. Had some good waves yesterday at the pass. Will probably leave on the 26th May. Bernie. read more...


01/10/2008

Quasar V of Lleyn -

Wednesday 1st October MR BLUE SKY Verylittle happening as at 1500 BST (23:30 local). We are about 600 nm from Bali.Still no wind, fortunately we have around 1000 nm range with the diesel onboard, assuming of course the engine doesn't give up on us! The generator isknown to be a bit dodgy and cut out this morning whilst I was vacuuming! Butstarted again easily. Vital organs for this yacht are steering, mast, engine,water maker and generator. Lose any of them and we havedifficulties!So,little to tell, we just toddled along during the day with a blue sky a few wispsof cloud, completely flat sea and very hot weather. I spent a lot of the dayasleep and made a chicken stir fry for dinner, Malcy was finishing off his knifeholder and fixing a fan in the aft cabin, Ian fixing in the repaired. read more...


19/01/2011

Crazy Horse - Jan. 19th

Wed. 19 Jan. UTC 1022. Position 24 13S 02 16EThis has been a start up of a slow day. It was cloudy all morning and now at a little after noon finally the sun is showing itself somewhat. We have the Joshua A sail up today and are rolling along between 4 and 6 kts. Turned off the engine this am to save fuel and give it a break. This is a little slower than Crazy H is used to going so we are developing some patience here. The wind is supposed to come up some time this afternoon. It is a peaceful sail.Seems as though I misled some folks about the Wonder Washer. Bill was not on the floor on his head doing the washing. I was referring to the "head "as the floor of the bathroom. He was squatting on the floor of the bathroom spinning the Wonder Washer by hand as it centrifically cleaned the. read more...


16/05/2012

Sookie - Leg 2 Day 1 Off we go again

Apologies to all for the lack of logs so from today I shall endeavour to be more reliable  After almost a week in Bermuda we are all more than ready to start the major leg of of journey to the Azores and then Lagos in Portugal.  The weather is forecast to be very good for at least the first three days with SSE to SE winds which should give us a good north easterly track and hope fully we should cover plenty of ground.  We managed to grab a photo of the wives' plane flying by the yacht club as we drank our last rum punches, pina coladas and beers  until Faial in the Azores. We could all do with a bit of a dry out.  Food is stocked, fuel tanks are full, drinking water is on board and we only need to top up our onboard tanks before the off to our. read more...


15/05/2012

Sookie - Daily Logs 5-10 15th May

Oops.  Sorry for the lack of logs.   This was due to "Pina coladic" brain freezes causing temporary idleness for the last few days and the arrival of Heather and Karen (mine and Andy's wives)via air to pay us a visit.   The last two days sailing into Bermuda was a mixture of mostly sailing with a little motor sailing mixed in.  The final 30 miles or so ended up being a dead downwind leg with a mix of Goose winging and gibing.  Our cruising chute took a wrap around the forestay and had to be dropped with the snuffer actually turning itself inside out at the top.  Jay and i managed to sort out the problem whilst Pip and Andy were catching a few Zz's.  We crossed the finish line at 1845 and 45seconds (local time) in fourth place overall before handicapping. read more...


25/05/2012

Ensemble - Day 137 (Friday 25 May 2012): Suwarrow - power problems, paddle boards and the storm's coming...

Greetings from yacht Ensemble.I was up early to transfer the diesel from our jerry cans to the fuel tank. I estimate we have about 300 litres - so not quite enough to get us to Niue, - but at least most of the way.The new consensus with the weather is that the best time to leave is Saturday or Sunday. The advantage of Saturday is that while the swell will still be large (up to 3m) - there will be some wind. After Sunday the wind is forecast to die down until the end of the week. We'll probably head off Saturday lunch time. If we can get one day of sailing in we should have enough fuel to reach Niue. If the waves / wind are unfavorable - our 'plan B' is to go to Samoa where there are good dock and refuelling facilities - and it is roughly the same distance - but to the East as opposed to. read more...


18/01/2011

A Lady - Sailing around the world.

 MONDAY 17th   JANUARY   2011 Midnight, The wind got very much lighter, but it was a beautifull warm night, we are now back to just a sheet on the bunks. We had to put up with the slow progress, and were determined not to use the engine if possible. We again caught up with " Wild Tigres " , but when we got to within 4 miles of her, wham ! they vanished once more over the horizon, using the iron mainsail. 08.00hrs  We had clawed our way back almost to the rum line, the wind had increased to 19 knots and we were sailing along fine at 7.5 knots. 09.00hrs  RADIO CALL,  Eowyn decided to conduct todays radio on channel  6B on the SSB, ohh , it was very faint, but we got most positions of the fleet, we held our own during the. read more...


30/09/2008

Quasar V of Lleyn - Quasar Log

Tuesday 30th September THE SUN IS OUT, THE SKY IS BLUE Maybe we will be singing that one before too long! Lindsey has acquired a new (small) guitar and some music. As Malcy is tone deaf and Ian is deaf, she is desperate for singers and thinks she will have to make do with me for the moment! The weather in Darwin is very good and very hot, although a little cloudy at times, but today we have perfect weather. No wind of course as we were warned going to Bali, so we are motoring along in a flat sea ?without a cloud to spoil the view?! Only raining in my heart a little! Attempted to cook roast beef, roast potatoes and parsnips in the oven last night. ?What a mistaka to maka? it took about 2 and a half hours and we ate very late! Malcy and Ian examine the new gas system this morning and. read more...


30/09/2008

Cleone - Leg 17 Day 1- Rock and Roll

Plenty of wind, and awkward swells. We were sorry to leave the idyllic Cocos islands, but on the other hand, we've a long way to go to Mauritius, and there's a limit to how often you can barbecue in the same place.  With the crowd we've got, the Skipper thought there was a real danger that we might have run out of beer.  It was only after we were safely on our way that Chris said that the Club on West Island had the biggest War Reserve stock of canned beer that he had ever seen, so provided we could have got the ferry, presumably this emergency was remote.  But getting to West Island from Direction Island was a trek at the best of times, and everything costs a lot in Cocos, so maybe it was just as well we left when we did. As it is, we have had a breezy start, with a fair wind from the. read more...


15/05/2012

Aniara II - May 15

15 May You can feel the tension in the air among all the sailors here in the marina. Tomorrow at 13.00 we will start the sailing towards the Azores. Everyone have now finalized their preparations and provisioning for the trip which will last for two to three weeks. Onboard Aniara we are ready, we have bought our food, drinks, fruits and vegetables. Our diesel tank is filled and we carry almost 100 liter extra. Since we have no freezer onboard we have bought fresh food for the first week, where we will get delicious meals of all kinds, prepared in style and with passion. If we catch no fish we will have to live on noodles and soups for the second part of our journey. We kept one of our scooters which we have used to transport all our food to Aniara. We have spent approx. 1.000 USD for us. read more...


18/01/2011

Voyageur - Log Day 223 - Day 10 : Looking forward to landfall

18 January 2011It was such a promising start. For six days we had superb sailing but during the course of the second part of the voyage, the wind gradually died away to almost nothing. Last night at 8pm we were ghosting along at 2.5knots, the wind between five and six knots. Like the rest of the fleet we had firmly resisted the temptation to put the engine on but now the time had come to flick that ignition switch. It had been forced upon us. By morning we had two knots of wind and a calm sea, the surface oily in appearance. On this morning's 9am SSB radio net for the first time many engine hours were broadcast. The anticipation of landfall is every bit as much the pleasure as the sailing and we now just want to get there. The pilot says that on a clear day you can see the island from 70. read more...


24/05/2012

Samsara - Rain and Squalls....

May 24Yesterday we motored a lot and last night we entered the squall conditions associated with this trough. We have had hard rain off and on, and wind from 5 knots to 30 knots or so. Waves are around 7-10 feet - the sea has that classic "stormy" look. And it looks like that's the theme for today. And probably tomorrow too... So we'll try to work on some lessons and mostly stay below out of the rain.I've read another book "A Charmed Life" and am onto another book - next in line is "A Room With A View". Samantha is working through the Babysitter's Club because she wants to start the Harry Potter series. Sarah doesn't really read a lot to herself at this point, she has a lot of Fairy books to read but we read with her. Lee is still working through his magazine backlog (he's up to 2010 at. read more...


24/05/2012

Matilda - Stuck in Suwarrow - What a Bummer

Along with Glamorous Galah, we decided not to leave in a hurry with the other Group 1 boats. The next weather information advised us to stay in Suwarrow until the weather system developed and passed, as it could cross our path to Niue with some challenging wind speeds. So we HAD to overstay our three days in Suwarrow, oh tragedy - we are now rapidly in danger of turning this place into a holiday camp. The rest of the Group 2 boats arrived shortly after the Group 1 boats left and it has been barbecues on the beach every night (that's five nights in a row so far...). A non-ARC boat arrived a few days ago full of lads from Byron Bay who had caught a massive Marlin on the way over. This has fed the entire fleet for 2 nights in succession, aided wonderfully by some amazing marinade put. read more...


15/05/2012

Hanami II - Retour phase 2

Demain, au depart, on part NE jusqu'au 38 eme parallele et 50W, a partir de la on suit le parallele plus ou moins dessus ou dessous jusqu'au 35W et ensuite on va sur Horta au ESE. Pour le moment c'est le plan.   Apres le Skipper Brieffing de cet apres midi et les Gribs de demain matin on verra si il faut changer ou pas.   Les activites aujourd'hui:Changer une pale de l'eolienne - faitRenforcer les protections sur les haubans - faitCourses de frais - faitRendre les scootersPlier et ranger l'annexeFaire les formalites de sortieRanger le bateauPour le moment il fait toujours beau avec un peu de vent donc tout va bien.   A suivre. read more...


29/09/2008

Cleone - in Cocos

This beautiful, once strategic, island group is struggling to find its place.   At the end of the nineteenth century Britain laid the first telegraph cable to Australia.  The technology was there (just), the money was there (and it must have cost many millions in today's money) - all it needed was the right management (easy to find in those empire-building days) and a few relay stations in the right places.  Half the world's map was pink in those days (why pink?), so the selection of most places was a doddle.  Getting the cable across the Indian Ocean was another matter, but someone spotted a little speck on a chart, and soon the last relay station before the Cable's landfall in Perth was up and running.  It is difficult to assess whether the Clunies-Ross family, the self-proclaimed. read more...


18/01/2011

Crazy Horse - Jan 18

We are motoring along and now past the Valdivia Bank. We have 827 miles to go to St. Helena. The winds are supposed to be light until the 21st. Guess the fleet in front of us used up all the air. But we are plugging along.We are all catching up on our dirty laundry. Matt is not sold on the new washer. He says he is able to clean his clothes better by hand with a bucket. There you have it. No testimonials from Matt on the theory of the Wonder Washer with the pressure clean. Maybe we just have to perfect the technique.All is well here and no controversy today over what sails to use. All in agreement that there is no wind so no choices but the motor.Rosemary, Bill and Matt. read more...


17/01/2011

Voyageur - Log day 222 - Day 9 : Slowly to St Helena

17 January 2011One fabulous day follows another but our progress towards St Helena is very slow. It isn't very often when we can get to write the word 'slight' in the sea state column on our log sheet but for the last 48 hours this has been the case. Voyageur goes at a snail's pace. Perhaps she is also getting a little weary now of all the travelling. We tweak this and that, jibe the main back and forth, trying to coax every last little knot of speed out of her but in winds around ten knots she just cannot go any faster. Wild Tigres and A lady are due to arrive today. Our own ETA like many of the others will be sometime during Wednesday, the 19th. I am taking advantage of the calm conditions to make sure everything on the boat is clean and tidy so that we can maximise our short stay at. read more...


25/09/2008

Cleone - Leg 16 Day 8 - We've arrived!

Cleone arrived in Cocos (South Keeling Islands) at about 0400 GMT (UTC). As ever, the last few miles were the longest.  The wind died an hour after the Skipper had got his head down last night, and the spinnaker wrapped itself comprehensively around the forestay.  This took all three of us an hour to sort out.  Thereafter, we motor-sailed for much of the rest of the night, but when the Skipper came on watch just before dawn, there was - just - a sailing breeze.  So it was up with the Mizzen Staysail, and away we went again, engine silent once more. And so it went until we arrived at the entrance through the reef and into the lagoon.  We are now secure in the yachties anchorage - in a stunning, calm lagoon with the waves breaking on the reef just three hundred metres from us.  We are. read more...


15/05/2012

Endo 2 - daily log / Bermuda

Hurra - wir sind auf Bermuda. Als letztes Boot haben wir es geschafft, Bermuda zu erreichen. Alle Teilnehmer haben uns einen herzlichen Empfang bereitet - Vielen Dank dafür.Nun ja, unsere Spannrolle vom Keilriemen hat sich verabschiedet und so war segeln pur angesagt. Bei einem Segelboot nicht unbedingt ein Problem - leider fehlte eine ganze Zeit der Wind und so ist es doch eine besondere Erfahrung eine Flaute auszusitzen, wissend, dass auch die Batterien zur Ladung Wind benötigen....Ebenso ist es nicht sehr angenehm, bewegungsunfähig bei schönstem Wetterleuchten mitten auf dem Wasser zu sitzen. Doch es ist alles gut gegangen und nun genießen wir noch Bermuda - zumindest ein bißchen.Blauer Himmel Superwasser und nette Leute.Hoffen auf eine gute. read more...


24/05/2012

Ensemble - Day 135 (Thursday 24 May 2012): Suwarrow Day 3 - More snorkelling

Greetings from yacht Ensemble.Another day in paradise!After a lazy start to the day - Magali still suffering from the Bowmore 12 year old - we went for a snorkel with the Wind Dancer, Matilda and Sapphire guys and gals. This time we started near Bird Island - and then did a drift snorkel through the passage. The visibility was great and we saw plenty of fish, sharks and a turtle.In the evening we went over to the island for (another) beach BBQ - with the fish kindly donated by the crew of 'Blue Lotus' - a catamaran from Byron Bay.Today we are planning to go and snorkel with the Manta Rays - hopefully they'll co-operate and be where they should.There is still no definitive view on the approaching storm front. Advice from yesterday was that we should wait it out here until Friday or. read more...


24/09/2008

Cleone - Leg 16 Day 7 - Ghosting Along

Light winds equal hard work. Especially if you are trying to keep the boat going.  Cleone is at her best in heavier weather, but she has a large spinnaker, and it is possible to keep her going down-wind in light airs.  But my goodness it is hard work.  As the wind backed and died throughout the night, she rolled to and fro, and the spinnaker collapsed and wrapped then filled and freed itself.  It was a good thing we did not have the mizzen staysail up - no doubt we would have had a complete cake and ar (no, not that word again - Ed) party.  As it was, the three helmsmen managed to keep Cleone going throughout the night and the miles ticked by.  Despite there being less than ten knots of wind throughout the night, we never made less than five miles in any hour, though it was a close-run. read more...


17/01/2011

Crazy Horse - Jan. 17

Our position at 1330 is 27 31S, 6 25EWind is SE and 13kts. We have our jib and main out in wing and wing position. Our speed is approx 6kts. The seas are pretty calm and we are just rolling along in a comfortable movement. We are between the Molloy and Valdivia Bank in the Atlantic.Tried out the new Wonder Washer today. Bill helped and now he is exhausted and taking a nap. It is a little more work than our machines at home. Of course it doesn't help that one must still wring out the clothes and squat on the floor of the head to accomplish the task. We will all have much more appreciation to washing a load of clothes now. They are drying on the lifelines now and getting that sea breeze scent that one must buy in the supermarket back home.We have all drifted into our routines of reading,. read more...


15/05/2012

Zingara auf Reisen,

Guten Tag liebe Heike,Muttertag und Geburtstag... , das waren wohl etwas viele Termine für mich !!am Sonntag.Also, Dir im Nachhinein noch unsere herzlichsten Geburtstagsgrüße ausBermuda, alles Gute, noch mehr Glück und Erfolg bei Deiner Pirsch, ernst und Crew der ZINGARA.Yes, CLAERE, here i am to send you my best wishes to IRLAND and like to say, emelies crew is not complete without you ! it is so nice here , bermuda, noel and crew, all the kind people of the arc organisation, you should be here.What happened today?wir wollten Rüdiger, der nach seiner Ankunft mit dem letzten Flugnach Bermuda eine odysse mit einem Sammeltaxi in die Falsche Richtung über sich ergehenlassen mußte, erst mal ausschlafen lassen, aber der Berufsrüthmus schlug wohl. read more...


24/05/2012

Glamorous Galah

Sorry everyone but life on Suwarrow is tough! 2 surfs, exploring other motu's, setthing up another sunset BBQ for another night... Hard!Bernie. read more...



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