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10/05/2012

Talisman LII - Day 4

We did get through the turbulent waters & found the SE winds at 4 AM.It didn't take long to start sailing & have been enjoying the best sailing of the trip to date doing 7.5 to 8.5 knots for the last 10 hrs.Hopefully this will continue for the duration.We have been adjusting to the sleeping patterns quite well & getting enough rest on 3 hr. intervals.This must catch up at some point but so far all is ok.. read more...


15/05/2012

Anastasia - Hang your bananas on the right side of the boat

14:44.2S 156:05.8W  290 miles covered, 410 to go   We are cruising along in 12 knots of wind, making slow but steady progress towards Suwarrow.   Here are some extracts from the descriptions of Suwarrow in  "Charlie's Charts of Polynesia" and the "Moon Handbook of the South Pacific". Many years ago the atoll became infested with termitesThe clarity of the water makes for excellent diving except for the profusion of sharks.The numerous rats are not afraid of humans. So why exactly are we going there?  Simply because it is a part of the planned route.  You can probably see from the fleet positions that one boat in our group (Bronwyn) has decided to skip Suwarrow but the other eight are headed in that direction.  It would be nice to get. read more...


10/01/2011

Voyageur - Log day 218 - Day 2: Travelling to time.....

9 January 2011The day started cloudy and blustery the ocean now a little choppy. It was also chilly from the effects of the cold Benguela Current. I was so grateful for the warmth behind the cockpit screen which David had put up late the previous evening. We have slept most of the time since we left. We thought we were in South Africa to recharge our batteries but we left feeling exhausted. Struggling to keep awake, the effects of the Stugeron I took yesterday still with me, I wrote at the computer to keep myself awake during my 4am to 7am watch. There is a long squiggly line that runs in a north westerly direction on our electronic chart. Beside it in big letters is marked Benguela Current and in smaller letters, 0.5 - 2.0kn. Our little electronic boat is right on top of one of those. read more...


03/09/2008

Cleone - in Darwin

Another typical stop-over; five days work on the boat, and a day of sight-seeing. As usual, when we arrived in Darwin, there was a whole list of things to do to keep Cleone going.  Apart from the arrival of Alex Armitage, the most important event for Cleone was the arrival of her new suit of sails, especially tailored by that Saville Row of sailmakers, North Sails.  Crisp and yellowy white, they slipped easily from their characteristic blue bags.  The mainsail was first to be bent on, and an awkward bugger it was too.  Nevertheless, everything fitted perfectly, and it was great to see its perfect stitching, immaculate new fittings and carefully finished appearance.  Then the Genoa, again the same size and shape as its predecessor, and again fitting perfectly straight out of the bag.  But. read more...


11/01/2011

Lady Ev.VI - 9.January 2011

Liebe Leser unserer Daily LogsErstmal an Alle die besten Wuensche fuer das Neue Jahr, moegen sie nun Wasser unter Ihren Fueßen oder festes Land haben!Die Crew der Lady Ev. VI ist wieder zusammen und besteht aus Dieter Skipper, Uli und Joerg, und "Olli", eigentlich Gerd, der uns tolles Essen fuer diese Tour versprochen hat.Wir durften ihn und seine Kochkuenste schon auf der Bali-Tour und anderen genießen und wir sollten uns eigentlich freuen, aber, wie wir festgestellt haben, haben wir einige Pfunde an Koerpergewicht seit der "faulen" Weihnachtszeit zugelegt.Da passt es gut, dass wir ausgerechnet jetzt einen hervorragenden Koch bei uns haben.Uli und ich muessen immer wieder "Nein" sagen, um wieder einigermaßen ansehnlich zu werden, St.Helena nicht beim Betreten zum Sinken zu bringen und. read more...


15/05/2012

Serendipity - Farewell French Polynesia

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09/05/2012

Talisman LII - Day 3

This is the day that everyone probably wants to forget.The seas were very uncomfortable & everyone was motoring.The main theme was to try & get the boat going as fast as possible without burning too much fuel & keep the right amount of sail up to stabilize & increase the speed.It finally comes to end on Day 4 but it was a trying part of the trip.Not much to report except it was a chance to refine your motorsailing skills.The crew stayed rested some how, had a little fun watched the floating plants go by.The boats further ahead reported good sailing conditions so it helped knowing we needed to get in another 50 to 70 miles to escape the rolling & give the engine a break (50 plus hrs & counting).A night with many stars & phosphorescence in the water followed by. read more...


10/05/2012

Aniara II - May 10

10 May Around 6 pm last evening we turned off the motor, hopefully for good. The sailing since then has been amazing; a wind between 12-18 knots and Aniara has speeded between 7-8 knots the last 10 hours. At noon today we will have approx. 180 NM to go, which means that we will be in Bermuda around 16 (local time) tomorrow. We still have a fantastic weather with a temperature around 30 degrees, but we have observed that the water temperature has decreased from almost 28 degrees in Tortola to 21 degrees where we are now. We still have plenty of goodies left in our fridge so you don´t have to feel sorry for us. Right now conditions couldn´t be better.. read more...


03/09/2008

Talulah Ruby II - From Darwin

Talulah LogTalulah reached Darwin in record time 811 miles in 4 days 1.30 hours, from Thursday Island.  We think it was something to do with her clean bottom! We have now picked up our new crew Jeff and Pat, and managed to take a few days sight seeing with them. Drove down to Kakado National Park to see Aboriginal ancient rock paintings, and took a river cruise to get very very close to some crocs, and saw lots of Walabies.  Darwin is a great city, street markets, bars, and lots of live music.  We were lucky to be invited to the Indoneasian Consulate for a reception, and watched some amazing dancing also had some wonderful food.  Today we are about to leave for Bali, as you can see we are in fine spirits.Paul Andy and De Talulhrubians. read more...


09/01/2011

A Lady - Sailing around the World ( Christmas in Ireland )

Monday 20th December, Skipper had a slow start to the day, but had enough energy to get himself into town for the annual get together of Architects and Planners for a few drinks at 12.30 in the " Mutton Lane Inn " and then onto the " Farm Gate " restaurant in the English Market. This event was started by Roddy Hogan and Skipper about 25 years ago and has always been a great day. In the early days, we would keep going untill the small hours of the following morning, But,but now we are all done by 7 pm and have to be collected and driven home,However, this time, Skipper had to get to the Royal Cork Y.C. as the mother " Gladys" was also having her annual christmas party in the Y.C. This includes all her living children, her granchildren, and great granchildren and at 94, she is still. read more...


15/05/2012

Anastasia - Motu One

15:41.3S 154:28.5W  172 miles covered, 523 miles to go   There is only 12 knots of wind so we are plodding along in the middle of the fleet at between 5 and 6 knots.  We have our fishing lines out, but we are going too slow to stand much chance of catching anything.  The fish can mosey up to Jezebel, take a look and decide she is not as tasty as they first thought.  Actually Jezebel is getting a bit long in the tooth and maybe that is why she is no longer as attractive to the fish.  Yesterday Bertie was giving her a new skirt to try and spruce her up a bit, but she broke in two.  Perhaps it is time to introduce daughter of Jezebel to the water.  If you go directly between Bora Bora and Suwarrow then you hit an island called Motu. read more...


10/05/2012

Kinship - Aeolian Music

We finally found some wind on Day 4. I can't claim that our whistles to the god Eurus did us any good. Instead, what seemed to do the trick was the Captain's insistence that Aeolus, the Keeper of the Winds, was the one we really should be appeasing. It seemed that Aeolus likes rock & roll, specifically Fleetwood Mac's "The Chain", for soon after the last chords of the song were complete, a light southeasterly breeze strengthened, the sails snapped taut with the wind, Kinship put her shoulder to the sea, and soon we were tossing great curls of blue off the bow on a broad reach. It is now Day 5 and the wind has been steady for 24 hours. The boat has been gently rising and falling with each passing wave as the ocean breathes in and out. And the greedy guzzler that had been slurping up. read more...


09/01/2011

Voyageur - Log day 217 - Day 1: A stressful start

8 January 2011We were all taking back and forth within the confines of Hout Bay. A Lady and Destiny had come south from their berth in the V&A Marina in Cape Town for the start. With Jeannius, Wild Tigres and Brown Eyed Girl who are to start from Cape Town, the group will number fourteen. Because of the topography of the place the wind was all over the place. The outhaul which David had spent so long trying to correct slid up the track as we unfurled the main. In exasperation we fired up the engine and motored for 20 minutes to clear the bay and catch a more consistent wind. Before we knew it we were sucked into a bank of thick fog. On went the radar and with no more than 20metres visibility we were all ears and eyes. Not only had we to avoid the other rally yachts, we were going. read more...


15/05/2012

Anastasia - Bora Bora

We arrived in Bora Bora in the afternoon on 10th May and picked up a mooring buoy reserved for us outside the MaiKai yacht club.  We then had two days for final provisioning before our departure on 13th.  Actually the provisioning just consisted of popping into the supermarket one morning.  Mostly our time was spent eating and drinking at the yacht club with the other boats.   On Friday evening we went to the famous restaurant at the southern end of Bora Bora, "Bloody Marys".  It was quite fun, but the food was expensive and the staff positively surly.  We had a table booked for 8pm, which was not available until 8:30 and they started closing the restaurant at 9:45 which meant we were rushed to finish dessert.   On Saturday. read more...


31/08/2008

Kasuje - in Darwin

Hi from Skipper Steve,We are now safely moored up in Darwin at Tipperery Marina, lovely facilities and very friendly staff.The last day of our passage from Thursday Island passed without incident in dead flat seas, glorious sunshine with a fast current assisted passage. The crew were thankful for the calm conditions and I think they even managed to enjoy their final night watches. However once we made Darwin they were anxious to leave Kasuje partly because the water maker had finally given up the ghost and we were all getting a little niffy, and partly because on the few days remaining of their holiday they wanted to make the most of Darwin and the outback. I hope the experience has not put them off ocean sailing forever but it may be some time until they return to the sea. My thanks to. read more...


09/01/2011

Crazy Horse -

It is Sunday am and the other boats from the fleet left yesterday at noon. It was interesting watching them vi for position at the start as some of them tried for sail only start and others went for the motor sail and others the straight motor only. It was a difficult sail which made for a ticky tacky out of the harbor which is filled with rocks on either side. I would have preferred the motor sail myself if we were out there. The fog bank engulfed them as they headed out to sea. As viewers only we had some nostalgia not being able to go with the fleet. But we still have work to  complete.Monday the engine man will come to finish work on our rebuilt starter. He will also have to do some rewiring work. Today we put up the sails and will pick up laundry and try to finish some of. read more...


30/08/2008

Graptolite - It's a Long Long Way to Tipperary

12:26.91S 130:51.01E Tipperary Waters Marina, Darwin, NT, Australia Sat 30th Aug PMThe good tides were caught on Thursday from Cape Don through Van Diemen Gulf to the Beagle Gulf and on to Darwin. We anchored in Fannie Bay and the Fisheries diver came and squirted pink stuff in all our seawater pipes to kill any nasty shellfish. That evening we went ashore to the Mendil Beach Night Market. We had a nice selection of Australian 'roadkill' from one stall. Croc, possum, wombat etc. It's that kind of place!On Friday morning we caught the high tide through the lock gates of Tipperary Waters Marina. There was a barbecue hosted by HMAS Coonawara Naval Base in the evening. Lots of beer was necked. Heiki flew down to Melbourne on Saturday night to drive the Great Ocean Road to Adelaide. She. read more...


10/05/2012

Scolamanzi - Not long to before Bermuda !

The last two days brought about nice winds and much better sailing! The captain kept the crew busy trying out every sail we have on board! We first had the magic Code Zero flying for quite some time and did fantastic speeds up to 8-9 knots but as the wind increased we had to take it down and surely with limited experienced crew before sunset!This morning (10 May) we had to bring the Massive Code Zero down and bagged to put up the Genneker with much delight and plenty of muscle power used (it is a very heavy bag to carry from he port forward cabin to the deck and between me and John we have certainly earned a second cup of coffee after that bit of excursion! Sadly the nice speed of 8-9 knots on the Genneker was also short lived - about and hour and 15 min all up and had to come down due. read more...


15/05/2012

Glamorous Galah

Left Bora Bora, warm with light winds. Flying the red kite...chasing Matilda on full stomachs after last night's roast lamb. Life's tough!!Bernie. read more...


10/05/2012

Outer Limits - we komen er aan....

st1\:*{behavior:url(#default#ieooui) } position 33:17:04N 66:33:14W   We liggen op koers voor Bermuda en bezig met de laatste 120 mijl. Gisteren kwamen we niet dichterbij want Bermuda lag pal in de wind en er kwam gisteravond een kleine depressie over. 26 knopen wind en 3 meter golven. tijdens de wacht van Marta en Andrew brak er een blok van de achterstag en hing deze op eens los te bengelen…. Gelukkig geen schade zoals het nu lijkt en hebben het weer kunnen herstellen. Metalen oogje van blok gewoon doormidden…metaal moeheid?   Iedereen heeft weinig geslapen, veel regen , veel beng kdeng geluiden maar nu met 18 knopjes wind en nog steeds het derde rif in gaan we met 6 knoopjes op Bermuda af…..komen alleen midden in de nacht aan dus we moeten ergens nog. read more...


14/05/2012

Serendipity - Farewell French Polynesia

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09/01/2011

Voyageur - Log day 216 - A farewell party and a last minute glitch!

8 January 2011A final farewell party was held at the Hout Bay Yacht Club. This place has really been a home to us for the last two months. A galley kitchen serves food on three evenings a week with a glass of wine costing just 50p and a plate of fresh fish and chips for two at £7. Peter, the chef and his team cooked a two course sit down dinner all paid for by the rally with a disco to follow. He also offered to serve a full cooked breakfast for any members of the fleet who wish it on the morning of our departure. Thor VI and Eowyn have come around the corner from the V&A marina in Cape Town ready for the start on Saturday which will make us eleven boats to cross the line. Ocean Jasper and Crazy Horse remain in Elliot Basin marina in Cape Town due to a delay with their visas and. read more...


28/08/2008

Windflower III - Traumhaftes Segeln innerhalb des Great Barriere Reefs

Lizard Island,Flinders Group,Night Island ,Grenville Bay,Escape River,so hiessen die Ankerplaetze waehrend unsers Toerns innerhalb des Great Barriere Reefs von Cairns nach Norden zur Nord-Ostspitze Australiens,dem Cape York.Tagsueber traumhaftes Segeln und dabei jeweils ca.80 sm weiter nach Norden entlang der tropischen nahezu unbewohnten Ostkueste voranzukommen.Nachts dagegen immer im Schutz kleiner Inseln einigermassen sicher bei 30 kn Wind zu ankern.Waehrend dieses Abschnittes geschah endlich dass,worauf wir seit 7 Monaten gehofft haben.Keine 30 mtr. vom Boot entfernt tauchte ein Riesenwal auf.Er tauchte ab,zeigte uns seine riesige Schwanzflosse,kam wieder hoch ,blies Wasserfontaenen in die Luft und entfernte sich mit scheinbar uebermuetigen Spruengen.Dabei kam sein Oberkoerper immer. read more...


13/05/2012

Glamorous Galah - French polynesia

Tom arrived on time and our charging issue was fixed by Giles. We slipped away from Tahiti and spent a wonderful couple of days at Moorea. Our overnight passage to Huahine was under a full moon with a moderate trade wind and low seas, but some of our passengers were unwell. We anchored off Fare village and headed straight out to Fiti reef for a surf. There were 20 out so I headed down to the left hander and surfed it with two Aussies! Gabriel and Daniel were from Byron but originally from my home town of Rye. They are cruising on a leopard catamaran with their father Simon.Jane and I visited places we enjoyed on our honeymoon 30 years ago, which was fun. Tom got to know the crew of Zoe and tried an overnight hike up the hill.It was a day passage to Raiatea where we tied up to the public. read more...


10/05/2012

Irena - Dan 6

Do vecera enaka zgodba kot prejnja dneva. Sem pa glede na vremensko napoved, ki jo dobivam, pricakoval da bo zvecer le zapiha vzhodnik. In ravno smo se usedli k kosilu/vecerji, ko je potegnilo. V desetih minitah je bilo vetra za 20 vozlov. Barka je dobesedno poletela. V naslednjih minutah smo nastavila jadra in nato jadrali s hitrostjo 6,5 do 7,5 skoraj celo noc. Proti jutru je veter popustil, zdaj, ob 9;00 pa zmerno piha, mi pa plovemo s hitrostjo 5-6 vozlov. Bilo je res pravo veselje zaèutiti "veter v laseh" in šumenje morja,skozi katerega je jadrnica rezala z 7 vozli. Sedaj imamo do Bermude še 272 milj in ce tako ostane tudi v bodoce, se bomo na Bermudi zasidrali v soboto popoldan. Skip je vceraj prirpavil odlicno hrano, hamburgerje s sirom ter solato z jajci.. read more...


09/01/2011

Ariane - Südafrika

Liebe Segelfreunde Südafrika ist ein äusserst merkwürdiger Staat. Einige positive Punkte voraus: • Der Norden des Landes ermöglicht eine kurze Anreise zu diversen Wildparks, sei es zum Krügerpark oder zu anderen sehr berühmten in Simbabwe und vor allem Botswana • Das Essen ist fast überall günstig und von guter Qualität • Es gibt im Landesinneren hübsche Weinregionen. Die Weinqualität ist gut Nun einige Bemerkungen, die der Leser selbst beurteilen möge... • Nicht nur jede Stadt, sondern auch jedes bessere Dorf hat als ?Vorstadt? eine slumartige Brettersiedlung, die meist äusserst eng und menschenunwürdig sind • SA hat teilweise wunderschöne Strände ? auch Kapstadt ? die allerdings völlig sinnlos sind, da die Wassertemperatur 10 ° nie übersteigt!!! In. read more...


09/01/2011

A Lady - SAILING AROUND THE WORLD ( Presently about to leave Cape Town )

SATURDAY   8th  JANUARY   2011  05.45   Skipper crawled out of the bunk and decided to survey the local area , so went for a long walk around the harbour area, there were plenty of people about and the weather looked good, clear blue skies, but it looks asa if there is a fog bank outsaide the harbour. We leave Cape Town today heading to St Helena first and from there onto Salvador in Brazil.  Total distance of 3600 miles. But first we must get fuel and then head south to Haut Baay, where this leg begins, (  the race start.) 07.30hrs  we untied all the lines again and slipped away from the marina, We radioed the harbour master on ch 71 and got them to open both bridges to let us through and into the outer harbour where. read more...


09/05/2012

Luna - Log 4 - The smallest whale in the world...

Man siger, at intet nyt er godt nyt, og vi har jo ikke skidt nyt at berette...blot status quo: Ingen vind og ingen fisk :-)I går morges fik båden følgeskab af (eller vi opdagede det i alt fald først da) af verdens mindste hval. Ok...det er måske ikke så meget en hval som en knap 30 cm lang, turkisblå fisk, der svømmer lige til venstre for boven. Og her (nærmest midt) på Atlanten blev det ombord på Luna til en hval. Dejligt med lidt selskab...den har indtil nu fulgt os i i alt fald 24 timer :-)Lidt senere på dagen spottede hvalspotterens (Sune) far (det må ligge i generne) en hval (formentlig en spækhugger) helt ude i horisonten, som sprang lystigt og dermed også sprøjtede med masser af. read more...


13/05/2012

Ensemble - Day 126 (13 May 2012): Bora Bora - Still Here

Greetings from yacht Ensemble.We have decided to change from the first start - scheduled for lunch time today - to the Wednesday start. There are two starts for this leg because of limited space in the anchorages in Suwarrow and Niue - and we've felt a bit rushed in our preparation - so decided it was prudent to wait until the second start. This gives us time to get the boat in order and set up the rigging for the new sail (a Parasailor). Mike from Wind Dancer has been kind enough to help with the rigging issues (we've now fitted soft shackles on the mast head for both the Parasailor and genakker) - and today we will hopefully sort out the mast head chafe issues.The generator went into alarm again the day before yesterday - a temperature alarm - that turned out to be the water pump. read more...


27/08/2008

Cleone - Leg 14 Day 5 - Our luck holds

We caught the tides just right, and arrived in Darwin in good order and good time. The last miles along the coast were sailed in good style, with all plain sails set, a decent breeze and in comfortable seas.  As we bowled along, we were able to catch up with our mates (Australian word meaning friends), several of whom pulled into the lee of the Wessel Islands to enjoy a day or so comfortably anchored after the maelstorm of the Gulf of Carpantaria.  Sitting in Fannie Bay (no, that's its real name) in the bright early morning sunshine and the flattest of flat calms, the Skipper's assessment (and that of the crew) is that the Gulf of C remains will remain in memory as one of the most uncomfortable (if not the most uncomfortable) pieces of water we have ever sailed in. In comparison, the. read more...


26/08/2008

Cleone - ARRIVAL IN DARWIN

Cleone arrived in Darwin at 0355 GMT. All well - we are anchored in Fannie Bay (and for Robert Rogers, the answer to your obvious question is none). Best wishesJames and Chris. read more...


09/01/2011

A Lady - Sailing around the World, ( presently in Cape Town. )

FRIDAY   7th  JANUARY   2011 07.30hrs  Skipper hopped out of the scratcher and wandered up to the shower rooms to have a shower and shave. it was a beautifull morning and Herman from " Destiny " was also there getting in a good start to the day. Talking about good starts, We had a great start to our christmas holiday in Ireland when we flew into Dublin on Thursday the 9th of December and our daughter " Leah" collected us and drove us back to her house in Sandymount around 5pm, There skipper met his new grandson " Jamie " for the first time, ( Aileen having already met him last year )  ahhhh, what can you say !  adorable, thats what..... Later , while the dinner was cooking, Leah, her husband Johnny, our other son Stefan, Caroline. read more...


30/04/2012

Hanami II - 30 April

Hanami II is now getting close to Tortola, 1 night left before we get there, sailing from St. Barth. So far it has been a smooth, even if windy and sometime bumpy trip from St. Lucia.Our crew is now complete: Daren who did the ARC 2011, Ian, new on board and I plus Barry our trusted windvane that will be set up in Tortola. Just a few things left to do for chafe prevention on the sails an double checking electricity. The hull has been scrubbed, the winches serviced a few ropes were changed, looks fine so far. One night left then, 115 miles ans we will leave around 18:00More to come latter.hanami. read more...


12/05/2012

12Moons - Die Gesellschaftsinseln in französisch Polynesien

Die Gesellschaftsinseln – die Summe aus Marchesas und TuamotusNachdem wir dank Gunvör wieder in Besitz eines intakten Autopiloten sind, und Stefan das ein oder andere Ersatzteil in Papeete aufgetrieben hat, geht es weiter: Es gilt die Gesellschaftsinseln zu entdecken.Unsere erste Station ist Mo’orea, die herzförmige Insel, die in der Übersetzung „Geschenk der Götter an die Polynesier“ heißt. Wir ankern in der wunderschönen Cooks-Bay, direkt vorm kultigen Bali Hai Hotel. Die Eigentümer dieses Hotels, drei smarte Boys aus Kalifornien erfanden aus Platznot in den 70er Jahren den Over-Water-Bungalow. Jahre später kamen sie auf die Idee, auch noch einen Glasboden einzubauen, und vermarkteten Ihre Bungalows mit dem Slogan:. read more...


25/08/2008

Andante of Mersey - New South Wales to Darwin

Couldn't wait any longer in Port Douglas and set sail for a night passage, along the busy sometimes very narrow shipping lane, northwards, with a strong wind warning continuing to be in force.  During the night an incident finished up with us progressing downwind under a scandalised main sail stuck up the mast only lowered a few feet. We eventually went into Bedford bay which offered a little shelter and slept for four hours on anchor with the main still up.  When dawn broke we haul it down two feet at a time using slip knots tied into the luff and the powerful electric winches.  It was in tatters. That afternoon we moved 25 miles up the coast to Flattery bay for a reasonably calm night, before visiting Lizard Island, well known by Capt Cook fans, and BBQing ashore on a deserted beach. read more...


08/01/2011

A Lady - Sailing around the World with World ARC (presently in Cape Town )

THURSDAY    6th   JANUARY   2011   Well, well, here we are back again from Christmas at home in Ireland, and was it cold, brrrrrr brrrrr  blooming freezing, apart from all the snow which we very rarely see in Ireland, the frost caused so much damage and broken watermains that half the country were without water for almost 2 weeks.  but apart from that , we enjoyed the trip very much..... We got to see our new grandchildren , our children ,our mothers, brothers and sisters, and our friends, the weddings, the parties, the dinners, and the Christmas dinner of course, but more on all that in bits and pieces over the next while.   Looking back over the last 12 months since we left St. Lucia on the 6th Jan 2010 , exactly a year. read more...


11/05/2012

Samsara - It's been a busy week

May 11We have had a busy week. On Monday we fed rays in Moorea. There were tons of rays and lots of black tipped reef sharks hanging about too. The girls got to feed the rays and even pet/feel a pregnant ray and feel the baby inside - it was really cool.Monday afternoon we headed back to Tahiti because we had a surf lesson on Tuesday. We went with the girls from Brizo and we all had a great time working on our surfing. We all got up a bit - even if just for a few seconds! We will definitely schedule another lesson when we can.Wednesday we shopped - 2 trips to Carrefour to restock food. It's a good grocery but pricey (as is everything in French Polynesia). Thursday we finished up last minute provisioning, I spent a few hours scrubbing the cockpit, we had lunch with the Brizo crew, then we. read more...


09/05/2012

Gwawr - Day 1 first fish of the trip

3.5 hrs after the start of arc europe  skipper dennis caught our first fish a small tuna. this has to be the first catch of the rally? Sara. read more...


09/05/2012

Gwawr - Day 3 fishing

At 1520 on day 3 Dennis successfully landed an 8.6lb dorado,which is being much enjoyed by all Gwawr crew,ie: Martyn,Delyth,Sara and skipper Dennis. Sara. read more...


08/01/2011

Crazy Horse - Jan 8 in am

Today is the day the World ARC officially starts the next leg of the rally which ultimately ends in Salvador. Then we cruise around Brazil for about a month. This should be a good sailing leg with some good downwind sailing. But, Crazy Horse is not ready to go due to Visas and a burned starter to repair.These two things make it impossible for us to leave until Tues.or Wed. Today we and the crew of Ocean Jasper (OJ) will drive up to Hout Bay and bid them all bon voyage. It will be sad to not be with them all but we will meet up with some in St. Helena and others in Brazil. We all hope to see some other sights along the way to Hout Bay. We hope to see the penguins? and the baboons by Cape Point.Yesterday Matt made some headway in cleaning and polishing the outside of the CH. The starter. read more...


10/05/2012

Ensemble - Day 123 (10 May 2012): Bora Bora - Bloody Mary's - Rays - MOB2

Greetings from yacht Ensemble.We are now moored off 'Bloody Mary's' bar and restaurant to the south of the island.We went to BM's for dinner night before last - and met Rick, the owner since 1985 - a colourful character who claims the business operates at a loss but is a great lifestyle. The visitor board boast a host of celebrities - and the signature drink is certainly worth a try. The restaurant itself is very 'eco friendly' - being made of mainly coconut trees - with a sand floor and no walls. The sacrifice made is that it can be warm - the chairs are a little wobbly (particularly after a few of their signature drinks) - and the mosquitoes seem to love ankles at around sunset. The food was good - being a selection of grilled dishes based on what's fresh and available - and the. read more...


25/08/2008

Graptolite - A Ray of Sunshine

11:04.52S 136:43.55E Monday 25th August AM, Wessel Islands, Arafura Sea, AustraliaIt was a rollercoaster ride across the Gulf of Carpentaria but other than that there were only a few memorable moments. Heike caught her first fish, a barracuda which was deemed safe to eat as it was caught in open water. After briefly passing through Papua New Guinea and Indonesian waters yesterday, we rounded a bleak and windy Cape Wessel and anchored in good shelter at Two-Island Bay. Many large Spotted Rays came and said hello by waving their fins at us. Apart from the fish and a few yachts the bay has no sign of life even though there are perfect little beaches all around, flanked by red sandstone slabs; a pretty but desolate spot.We spent a pleasant evening last night aboard Kasuje with the crews of. read more...


25/08/2008

Cleone - Leg 14 Day 4 - And on we go!

The weather's improved and it's been a cracking day. The wind moderated and veered yesterday afternoon, out came one reef in the tired (but not very old) Mainsail, out went the rest of the Genoa, and up went the Mizzen staysail.  Since then, we have been making excellent progress along the top of Australia.  The only slightly spooky thing is that of Australia itself there is no sign.  This part of the Northern Territories must be very flat, and we are wondering what Darwin has in store for us.  And this morning the sun put his hat on so we removed the other two reefs, and the Mizzen Staysail is poised in the cockpit ready to go aloft if needed. Norfy is cheerful; the food stocks are holding out well, and there has not been a single crisis or near crisis with warm or non-existant beer in. read more...


08/01/2011

Voyageur - Log day 215 - A walk in the woods and a last lobster lunch in Cape Town...

7 January 2011It is the last day with our hire car and David and I suddenly realise that that the time has come to make choices. Do we have a last lunch at one of the many fantastic wineries within easy driving distance of our base here in Hout Bay or do we do something less sophisticated but nonetheless enjoyable and what is more, healthy, go for a good long walk to stretch those legs that are going to be going nowhere for the best part of a month, with a lunch at a favourite venue in Cape Town. The latter option won, but only because we were held up for over an hour at the fuel pontoon. In spite of the fact that we were told it was open from 6am, by 9am there was no sign of life. Of course David and I had set our alarm for 6.45am and we waited patiently, well maybe in David's case not. read more...


10/05/2012

Purrr-fect - Day 5 - Still no wind -swimming stop

It is hard to believe that any ocean can be this calm.Water has been like glass at times, tempting the guys on board to stop mid-ocean again and take a second swim.The indigo color can't be described.The moon rise last night was a huge orange moon, providing wonderful nighttime brilliance.Despite all the beauty, we are frustrated to be motor sailing because of the lack of wind.Yesterday Dave, Jim and Paul transferred our large spare diesel tanks to the main engine tanks so we can keep motoring.That task took most of the afternoon.Life onboard is a continual saga of challenges to be overcome and persistence toward the goal.This morning we enjoyed a full bacon and egg breakfast, complete with home made fresh bread made by Jim yesterday evening.We are now over half way to Bermuda....and. read more...


10/05/2012

Wind Dancer - LOG 22: Bora Bora

After a week or so of island hopping, we are in Bora Bora getting ready for the start of the fourth leg of the trip. On the way we have stopped again at our favorite Moorea, where our last day consisted of a morning snorkel, hike up a hill to a fruit and botanical garden for some freshly juiced ananas, then up the hill a bit more for a waterfall. It ended with a nice stand up paddle before getting ready for an evening sail over to Huahine. Due to being in the lee at Opunohu Bay, we didn't expect the winds to be as high as they were, which allowed for a really nice sail over to Fare on Huahine Hui. Once to hook was dropped we went ashore in search of bikes. It was a Tuesday, but many of the shops were closed. We inquired and were informed it was a holiday for the island, a sort of labour. read more...


07/01/2011

Voyageur - Log day 214 - Rally Revival!

3 January 2011 The sun shines out of a clear blue sky. Paul and Suzana returned today from an icy cold Britain. Here the temperatures are into the high thirties, the hottest yet. They joined us for a sundowner, along with Basia. They have a new crew member on board, Les, who will help them sail their boat to Brazil. But there are only nine boats from the rally here, less than half. Spring cleaning came early to Voyageur. I have spent the last two days with my head upside in lockers.... cleaning. Then all the cushion covers were washed. The new genoa was delivered on time. Everything is in order. Voyageur is like a new pin. We are all set to go.....A champagne and mussels reception held at the yacht club was an excellent start to World Arc 2011. The mussels, in a delicious cream and. read more...


24/08/2008

Cleone - CLEONE Leg 14 Days 2 & 3 - Water in the Cockpit

So far, it's been a rough passage.   As you know, Cleone is a dry boat.  She is heavy for her size,with a small central cockpit that is well protected by the fixed, not verypretty but eminently practical, doghouse.  We are not used to being delugedby floods of salt water, though the helmsman inevitably gets wet when itrains.  And it has so far - everywhere - been warm enough to be able tostand and get wet in your shirt-sleeves then dry off in the breeze.  Thistime it has been different, and we have been wearing full oilskins for the last48 hours.  Crossing the Gulf of Carpantaria the wind builtsteadily, and by nightfall of the second day we had put in the third reefon the mainsail, got rid the mizzen and rolled away all but. read more...


09/05/2012

Voyageur - Day 4 - 8th May

A morning offfrom motoring.All the signs were there or so I thought. We had justcompleted our second night ofmotoring, having motored throughout two long days as well. But as I looked outat dawn I could see a change in the clouds. They were more solid, denser,darker, more widespread. Could this be at last what we were waiting for, wind.We still had only four to five knots, but I could sense the signs of a changewere on the way. The direction had changed too, a shift round to the west, thebarometer up a couple of notches. Just after breakfast we shut down the engine.We had had more than enough motoring and were willing to try anything. It wastime to play with the sails. We dragged the mizzen stay sail from the darkrecesses of the cockpit locker. Up it went. Now we were flying four sails.. read more...


10/05/2012

Sapphire II - 9 May, BoraBora

This is what it's all been about.....coming into the lagoon of BoraBora. We had a fantastic tour around Tahaa island today. We met Alain in his Polynesian compound. We were anchored in a gorgeous bay and tendered in to his jetty. He has lived here for 27 years and knew everything about the Polynesians from time immemorial. We drove with him across the island with frequent stops to allow him to explain the origin and use of the various plants, trees and shrubs. A most magisterial commentary on the Polynesian islands.Unfortunately, he loved his subject so much, the 12"00 finish time turned out to be 1330, and we had to rush to leave the bay,We left at 1400 hrs and with the wind dead astern,decided to motor the 21 miles to BoraBora. After apt of faffing about, we arrived at the passage. read more...



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