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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...


09/05/2012

Wild Goose - Happy Anniversary to us!

Linda and I are celebrating our 25th anniversary exactly where we want to be; on the Wild Goose in the ocean.We sailed on our 2nd date on our Coronado 27' in 1987, and we sailed on our honeymoon in 1988. The water feels natural to us - even on those uncomfortable sleepless days like we had a few days ago.We are about about 180 miles from Bermuda, and the wind is now from the South so we are able to go East today, which is good. Yesterday was one of the best sailing days I have ever had. 15-20 knot winds that allowed us to sail comfortably with all three sails up.Fun Fun.We have been sailing near "Outer Limits" today.We got real close and took some pictures that I will post later.They are doing great and having fun too.We talked to "First Edition" today and I think they are about 25 miles. read more...


10/05/2012

Anastasia - Tahaa

16:36.4S 151:33.5W   We are currently anchored off Motu TauTau which houses the exclusive Hotel Taha'a.  Andrea and I went there for lunch and nearly got politely ejected from the restaurant because we were not hotel guests.  However, the manager made an exception for us, partly I suspect because we had already started on our drinks.  It meant that they had to open an account for us at the front desk so they could generate a bill at the end of the meal.  But it was a very nice lunch.   We came to Tahaa because it was recommended to us (by Serendipity) as having an excellent snorkelling site,  We were not disappointed.  The place is called the Coral Garden and it lies between two motus.  You walk to the seaward side of the passage and then. read more...


24/08/2008

Gray Lady - No more in Prison

700 dollars paid to quarantine to spend one week in 5 star Cage !!!! I really do not like Australia.I will see you in Indonesia .Freedom !!!!!Miao GIGI. read more...


07/01/2011

Voyageur - Log day 213 - HAPPY NEW YEAR from Hout Bay!

2 January 2011On New Year's Eve we dined at Luigi's, a local Italian restaurant with Jenny and John and their daughter and partner, Leila and Chris who have joined Tzigane to sail from here to Brazil. Then we welcomed in the New Year's at the Hout Bay Yacht Club along with Ariane and Basia and Anna and Udo from Destiny. The theme was music from the sixties, seventies and eighties and feeling nostalgic we all danced the night away. We woke to pouring rain, early on New Year's morning, the first since arriving here from Richards Bay, and wind from the north-west but it did not last too long. By lunchtime it was once more hot and sunny, not a breath of wind. It is hard to believe it is the same place of two nights ago. Basia invited us for sundowners and then for once David and I had a. read more...


07/01/2011

Voyageur - Log day 212 - And now for the Western Cape....

29 December 2010My Christmas present from David was a two night stay at the Shelley Point Country Club. Not having enough time to visit Namibia this at least would give us an opportunity to see a small glimpse of the west coast. Heading north out of Cape Town we entered the gate to the West Coast National Park paying our 80 Rand for the privilege. The price goes up even more when all the spring flowers are out but it must be well worth it for the whole region becomes a carpet of flowers. The sun shone down from a clear blue sky and the shallow Langebaan lagoon was many shades of turquoise. At Kraalbaai beach in the north western part, dozens of Capetonians were here to picnic, swim or kitesurf. On the Atlantic side there is a beach that stretches for sixteen miles. Today the wind was. read more...


23/08/2008

Kasuje - Log Saturday 23rd August

Hi all from SkipperSteve Well!! what an eventful couple of days we havehad!! We left Thursday Island at the tip of EasternAustralia on Thursday at 11.00am along with the remaining fleet of just 10yachts to make the 4 - 5 day passage to Darwin. We had an excellent time up inthe Torres Straight with an Ozzie bar and motel straight out of CrocodileDundee, a great briefing form Claire of world ARC and a talk from some guy shehad dragged along who had made this passage numerous times and put the fearof god into us with stories of crocodiles on steroids! and 80 mph catablacticwinds  from central Australia!! The fleet is much reduced at the moment and it issuch a shame that so few made the leg start. There is much talk amongst theskippers of the growing lack of confidence in WARC. read more...


10/05/2012

Anastasia - Raiatea

16:43.4S 151:26.7W   Raitaea is notable for having the only navigable river in French Polynesia.  Yesterday we teamed up with the crew of Serendipity and went up the river in our tenders.  It was a bit punishing on our outboard motors, occasionally hitting submerged logs and river banks, but it was a very pretty trip being surrounded by the jungle.  In some parts there were masses of flowers that had fallen off the trees and were just floating down the river.  The river is lined with breadfruit trees and everywhere you looked there were breadfruits that had fallen in the water and drifted down until caught up in branches.   We picked a fresh breadfruit from a tree overhanging the river, to take back and cook for dinner.   A scary guy with a. read more...


09/05/2012

Aniara II - Aniara, May 9

9 May Stilla tiny fraction of our diesel left and we are using it with great care. We havetried all possible combination of sail sets with or without support from themotor. We are not moving with a great speed, our average is around 5 knotsduring the last 24 hours. We get weather forecasts every day but they are notthat accurate at all. Out here, in the reality, we have, so far winds between 0– 5 knots (up to 2,5 m/s) from all possible directions. Our expectations andhopes for wind coming are great, and we plan to be in Bermuda in time for HappyHour on Friday. We still enjoy great meals onboard; you might believe we are agang of Master Chefs on vacation. As you can understand we have a great time forreading, we probably consume one book per person a day. And so far, George isthe master. read more...


07/01/2011

Voyageur - Log day 211- 'Tis the season to be jolly!

26 December 2010Boxing Day and now we were invited for a traditional Christmas lunch aboard Tucanon. Crackers, party hats, turkey with all the trimmings, Christmas pud, mince pies and Christmas cake, throughout which we played endless silly games of charades. The afternoon into evening concluded with a DVD, 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding' on their big flat screen TV. Dick has over 1000 DVD's on board! A good time was had by all. David and I returned to Tzigane for a few rounds of Rummycup by which time the wind was gathering strength for another post Christmas blow whence we scurried quickly back to Voyageur. We thought it was about time we had another wine tasting and a top up of our onboard "cave", so along with Jenny and John we headed over to Constantia Valley, the cradle of South African. read more...


22/08/2008

Graptolite - Thursday on TI

10:37.84S 141:44.82E Friday 22nd August, Gulf of Carpentaria, AustraliaWe anchored in Escape River on Wednesday night. The crew went off in search of crocs in the mangroves with dinghy and spotlight but fortunately didn't find any, although we did see some salties the following morning basking on the sand when we were on our way out.The Albany Passage, which had so much discussion of its dangers on the radio, turned out to be very pleasant and then we were through to Cape York and the most northerly point of mainland Australia. A short hop further on and we were at Thursday Island which had a certain symmetry to it because it was actually Thursday. We anchored off Horn Island and caught the ferry across to TI (as it is known). We shopped for a few provisions (beer, chocolate, the usual). read more...


09/05/2012

Ensemble - Day 121 (8 May 2012): Bora Bora

Greetings from yacht Ensemble.Today we sailed from Raiatea to Bora Bora. Well - motored actually. We had some sail up for show - but the wind soon dropped from 10 knots to 6 knots - and we decided it was more important to arrive in good light than save the fuel.This morning we went a local river through the jungle in the dinghy - very scenic - and bought a couple of coconuts.Yesterday we'd had a frustrating day waiting for Dominique with the Honda outboard to show up. We had been waiting at the city wharf since midday. He wasn't answering his phone. At 3pm I finally called Laurent who managed to track Dominique down... Someone showed up at the marina only to tell us that the outboard wasn't ready as promised but would be on Wednesday (They'd had it since Friday and had promised it would. read more...


09/05/2012

Hanami II - A summary after 4 days.

Wednesday 09 05 2012     14:27 UTC 10:27 Local   26 13.24 N 64 34.22 W Heading 9 degres Speed 5.2 kts   The wind is still not here and according toforecasts from both Chris and my friend PYC, who are experienced transatlanticskippers with dozens of crossings from E to W or W to E, this may stay for a bitmore. The wind should be here on the 10th or11th. It is a bit like the "Tomorrow we shave for free"poster one could see in French barber's shop when they existed. You came thefollowing day, asked for the free shave and were shown the poster... We are now in the second half of the BVI to Bermudapassage and according to the MaxSea software on the Furuno NavNet we have 365miles to run, about 3 days at 5 kts.But, asindicated on the disclaimer of welcome. read more...


22/08/2008

Cleone - in the Great Barrier Reef - Part 3 - Escape to Horn Island

We went in, escaped, and fair flew to Horn Island. As planned, we pulled into the Escape River mid-morning; overnight progress had been fast and furious, with the wind gusting at over 30 knots behind us.  The river entrance was wide, there was more water than expected and we found none of the reported hazards.  But when we reached the recommended anchorage, just off the Pearl Farm, the wind was howling across the estuary and the anchorage was beset by little black buoys marking the pearl beds.  The farm itself appeared deserted, and when we got close we realised that the lone yacht already anchored had long been abandoned.  Her hull was streaked and shabby, her sail covers mouldy and her mizzen mast flogged to and fro, hanging off one shroud and a triatic stay.  It was like the opening. read more...


07/01/2011

Voyageur - Log day 210- And so this is Christmas...

25 December 2010Up went the Christmas tree and the fairy lights. Like its owners our tree is a much travelled tree. Bought originally in Antigua it next appeared in Phuket. Then having circumnavigated, it was once more back up in the Carib, last year in St Lucia. Now in its third season it is here in Hout Bay! Christmas Eve was also Tzigane John's birthday so we celebrated in grand style once more with a lovely lunch at La Colombe restaurant, in the Constantia Uitsig vineyard. With a taxi to take us there and back many bottles of wine were drunk, the whole bill most generously paid for by John. It must have cost a small fortune. We were also joined by BWR friends John and Marian Morse who are in South Africa on vacation. Christmas day festivities began with champagne on Tzigane, followed. read more...


09/05/2012

Kinship - Wallowing Along

May 8 2012We have now been sailing for 3 days.The start of the rally found most of the 25 yachts motor-sailing across the starting line in calm winds and seas.But as we rounded Jost Van Dyke to starboard & poked our bowsprit into the great Atlantic, Kinship's sails bellied with the moderate breeze, and though the winds weren't as feisty as we would have liked for a fast passage, they were in the 7 knot range--a force adequate to propel our moderate displacement performance cruiser.That first glorious night found us gliding like a giant lunar moth in the light of the full moon.Life was good.But what nature giveth, nature taketh away, and with each passing hour, the wind lessened until mid-morning, when the sails slatted with the last sigh & the wind held her breath.Shuffling along at 2. read more...


08/05/2012

Sapphire II - 8 May, Raiatea

May 08We left Moorea at 1630 hrs for the 100 mile passage to Raiatea. It happened to be Supermoon Saturday. What a night sail we had: a huge, clear moon made it like day time and the breeze stayed friendly on the beam. So, despite repeated furling of sails to slow Sapphire down, she ran like a thoroughbread and we had to stand off the pass until it was light enough to enter the lagoon.After breakfast, we took the RIB up the river at the head of the bay. Raiatea is quite different from Moorea. Heavily wooded, with trees you would find at higher latitudes. Last evening we drove to the biggest Marae (temple complex) of Polynesia. Located along the shores at the headland of a bay, it was fascinating to stroll around the structures of an earlier civilization at dusk.Sapphire is today on the. read more...


09/05/2012

Irena - Dan 5

Nocem ponavljati, vendar je še vedno enkako. Nic oziroma zelo malo vetra. Sicer obstaja vzorec, in to je, da okoli desetih zveèer malo zapiha, vendar kmalu po polnoci tudi poneha. Vmes je ena samo bonaca. Z gorivom smo poèasi pri kraju, saj ga imamo še 100 litrov, tako da bomo kmalu obstali. Nekaj rezerve goriva potrebujemo za konec, ko se bomo bližali Bermudi. Do tja imamo še 408 milj, se pravi, da smo bili ponoci na polovici naše plovbe. Današnja vremenska karta, ki sem je dobil pred nekaj minutami ne obeta nic posebnega. Mogoce jutri ali pa v petek. Prihod na Bermudo v soboto tako postaja neuresnicljiv. Ritem na barki poteka normalno, 3 ure straza, 3 ure pripravljenost in 3 ure spanje. Hrane in vode imam še vedno vec kot dovolj.. read more...


08/05/2012

Matilda - Tahaa , Society Islands - Meet Our New Crew, Tilly The Turtle

This morning we at last got the boat pet we have been yearning for; no, Jonathan hasn't succeeded in adopting another cat or dog - but a turtle named Tilly. Don't believe us? We have the video to prove it. Check out hereYesterday evening we ended up at the Hibiscus restaurant, bar, boat moorings, and rather oddly, turtle sanctuary. After tying up we went in for a meal and got talking to the owner about his 8 green turtles in a holding pen. This elderly French gentlemen has been buying turtles from local fishermen, usually from the Tuomotos, for some years. This saves them from the pot and he then brings them back to health (if needed), tags them and sends them back into the wild. They are usually older juveniles (under 9 years old) as they are the ones that get stuck in the nets (it. read more...


05/01/2011

Crazy Horse - Jan 5 and 6, 2011

Time is going quickly here in Capetown and we have many busy bees hammering, tightening, hauling, all over the boat. We found out that all the soot on the inside of the engine room was due to a burned up starter. No one knows how it could have happened but it did and so we will deal with it. Lucky that the boat didn't burn up but there are safety features onboard that saved the boat. Charles is one of the worker bees attending to that and is rebuilding the starter mechanism and wiring for us. All the halyards are now replaced. The sails are still getting repaired. The bottom must be cleaned on Thursday. So far the real holdup is the visas. The start for this leg is Sat and our visas won't be ready until Tues. That is the bottom line.We went to the party on Tues. night and met up with. read more...


22/08/2008

Cleone - Leg 14 Day 1 - Departure from Thursday Island

Nine yachts left on time from Thursday Island, bound for Darwin; we hope several more will follow! We started from Thursday Island in a strong breeze, but a mercifully slack tide.  There was a strong wind - and the threat of the flood tide - to carry us over the line, and Branec wisely stayed well up wind.  The rest of us hovered nearer, and in the end, all played it safe; no-one was over the line before the start, with Branec charging magnificently through the fleet to snatch an early lead.  Assisted by our ex-crew Nicky, Clare was in an aluminium dingy to do the honours, and we were happy to notice the correct flag sequence - Clare's earlier worries were unfounded and the procedures were perfect. We played it cautiously, being one of the back-markers, but the fleet kept pretty well. read more...


07/05/2012

Samsara - We're back in the water and in Moorea

May 6We're back in the water! We checked out of the hotel on Thursday. I advised the girls "don't be concerned if you hear mommy crying herself to sleep tonight" and we stayed on the boat overnight even though it was on the hard. I didn't cry but that's only because we went to dinner at a great little hole in the wall restaurant "Chez Nous" and had a delicious poisson cru for dinner with the crew of Southern Cross and a member of the Eva crew. That being said I do miss the bed, the a/c and the ice!So Friday they launched us in the afternoon. The crew of Southern Cross was very helpful - they kept the girls occupied for hours so Lee and I could finish the last items before launch. The girls loved helping them (helping them wash/hang clothes is exciting - helping mom with that not so. read more...


09/05/2012

Hanami II - BVI - Bermudes phase 2 ...

Mercredi 09 05 2012 09:00 UTC 03:00 local   N 25 35.7 W 64 34.04   Et bien nous voici a mi parcours apres 85 heures de voyage plein nord, ... dont probablement plus des 2/3 au moteur. Reste 400 miles pour arriver au way point "Sud Bermudes" puis un douzaine pour la ligne d'arrivee a l'Est de la passe d'acces a l'ile. Maintenant il va falloir du vent car du gazoil, il n'en reste que pour un jour et demi environ.   Hier soir nous avons fini les bananes achetees a Road Harbour qui se conservent moins bien que celles de Montserat que nous avons encore. Nous les avons faites flambees: beurre, sirop de sucre de canne, canelle et ruhm vieux pour finir, du ruhm Clement s'il vous plait. Ce fut la premiere exception/entorse a la regle "bateau sec" mais ca valait le coup.. read more...


21/08/2008

Kasuje - Log 21st August

Hi from Philip and the crew We have now arrived in the Thursday Islands after an over night passage from Stokes Bay, to get round the tip of Australia we had to negotiate Albany Straits which acts as a funnel between the Pacific Ocean (Coral Sea) into the Indian Ocean (Torres Straits). To catch a positive tide through the straits is crucial hence our overnight passage and diligent passage making, it was very much in the lap of the gods whether we could make the distance to catch the fair current but we made it with time to spare and led Cleone through the pass. Richard planned our route to perfection and Skipper Steve kept Kasuje powered up and we averaged over 8 knots for the whole passage. This was our first overnight sail with "proper" watches and completed (we think) to the skippers. read more...


05/01/2011

Voyageur - Log day 209 - Days of vines and roses....

20 December 2010Dick had arranged for a private wine tasting at a boutique vineyard on the outskirts of Stellenbosch so we decided to make a proper weekend of it, do a little more sightseeing and stay overnight at a guest house. We drove the Chapman's Peak Drive always a good start to any trip. The views over Hout Bay and the Atlantic beyond were, as always, quite stunning, especially as it was a still clear day. We spent the remainder of the morning at the Naval Museum in Simon's Town and returned to The Harbour House Restaurant in the tiny fishing village of Kalk Bay where we had previously lunched with Sue and Donald. Driving around the huge expanse of False Bay, this time the coast road remained open for us, then we dived inland on a long detour to ascend Sir Lowry's Pass and on. read more...


05/01/2011

Voyageur - Log day 208 - Cape Town Carols by Candlelight

18 December 2010Thinking it was about time we got into the festive spirit we attended an open air carol concert sponsored by Pick and Pay, a major supermarket chain and organised by the local branch of the Rotary Club. Along with Irene and Dick (Tucanon) we set off to the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. We bought our tickets and our Santa hats (nobody is turned away), and squeezed ourselves into a small patch of grass along with nine thousand others. Everybody was given a song sheet and a candle with a plastic coated bag to wrap around it. The atmosphere was wonderful. A real family occasion, many had made an event of it, spreading out their picnic rugs, baskets laden with goodies. As darkness fell everyone lit up their candles. The sight of nine thousand candles flickering high above us. read more...


19/08/2008

Graptolite - North to the Torres Strait

11:57.35S 143:12.12E Tuesday 19th August, Margaret Bay, Cape York, Great Barrier ReefThere is something up with my engine.  It seems to know when there is a situation where it is indispensable and then stops working until it has had a bit of attention.  It always works at other times but twice recently on entering narrow channels under sail it has let us down.  Duncan and Tom have got good at sorting it out before we pile up on rocks.  I said I would 'mention you in dispatches' Duncan, so here it is.  An extra ration of grog for the men, huzzah!This Cape York coastline is bleak. I don't remember seeing anything quite like it. There is no sign of human activity for hundreds of miles. It seems worse somehow than being thousands of miles from anywhere in the middle of an ocean. And it's. read more...


08/05/2012

Luna - Log 3 - Carribean Green Light

Der er godt nok stille herude...tænk endnu en gang at opleve olievand på en tur over Atlanten!Endnu en hel dag og nat for motor, da vi stadig ingen vind har. Ind i mellem kan vi sætte Genoaen eller det lille stag og få ½-1 knob ekstra fart, men i løbet af et par timer, må vi rulle ind igen, når vinden dør hen.Men - der er intet, der er så skidt, at det ikke er godt for noget. Og humøret er fortsat højt ,og så må vi jo nyde, at vi kan slappe lidt af og nyde sol og varme.Fiskene vil fortsat ikke bide på de udsatte lækkerbidskener for enden af fiskelinerne, men vi fortsætter derimod det store indfang af overfladetang, så vi trods alt bliver beskæftiget med at hive linerne. read more...


07/05/2012

BRIZO - 6 May 2012

We arrived in Tahiti three weeks ago today and we have had a very nice time here. We stayed on the boat for the first week and then moved into a very nice all-suites resort nearby. The pool is great for the girls, the small kitchen reminds us of our old apartment and the air conditioning has been a fabulous relief. We decided to stay in the hotel until we depart for the States this Friday. Work on the boat has been progressing well, the improvements in power generation and management will certainly be noticed as we get underway again, and with a new polish and wax job she should look like new! We are still hopeful of completing the installation of our air conditioning system but this will depend on bringing back a number of parts with us when we return at the end of May. We plan to stay. read more...


08/05/2012

Sookie - SOOKIE Daily Log 4 8th May

Time for a well deserved shower fest.  We have plenty of tanked water as well as our drinking water so for the next couple of days we can splash out, After 51 hours of constant motoring we finally managed to turn off the engine and sail albeit for only a few hours today.  During the night we monitored a huge tanker bearing down on us and passing less than a mile from our stern.  You are always wondering if they have seen you.  Today J and I repaired a few tears in the the "assymetric chute snuffer" enabling us to fly and test our raising and dropping procedures.  However the wind has once again left us and we need to motor again in order to reach Bermuda by the time Heather and Karen fly in to visit during our stopover.  The wind forecasts from. read more...


07/05/2012

Anastasia - Huahine island tour

Huahine is one of the lesser visited islands, but it is significant in Polynesian history.  It is called Huahine (fruit of woman) because the image when looking back from Bora Bora is one of a pregnant woman.  However that is just the most recent name.  In the past it was known as Gentle Breeze (or the equivalent name in Polynesian) because it had the status of being a neutral island where the families could meet up to settle disputes,  Because of this, each family would have a morae (sacred area paved with rocks) where they could meet and settle disputes in a setting where all parties were on neutral ground, but all still bound by their beliefs to speak the truth and honour their agreements.   Today we went on a round island tour with an outfit called Huahine. read more...


19/08/2008

Cleone - in the Great Barrier Reef - Arrival in Thursday Island

Cleone arrived at Horn Island, just across the sound from Thursday Island, at 0730UTC on 19 Aug 08. All well with us, and best wishes to everyone.   James, Chris and NickyYacht CleoneThursday IslandQueenslandAustralial. read more...


05/01/2011

Voyageur - Log day 207 - The only yacht in the yard!

17 December 2010We booked in to a local B&B for the duration, given the best room in the establishment and served breakfasts worthy of a five star hotel. Voyageur was lifted out as planned first thing on Monday the 13th. The 40 ton crane named Charlie easily took her length and Warren the manager and his team were really careful with her. The growth was very heavy especially around her stern. David immediately set to work to remove the prop, replace the seals, renew the transmission oil which was very milky. A bow thruster seal also needed replacing. Labour is so cheap here that we got the yard to anti foul the hull. Elliot, one of the marina staff offered to polish the hull and all the stainless steel for just 300 rand! After just two days she was ready for relaunching but by now. read more...


18/08/2008

Talulah Ruby II - Log

Cairns To Thursday.Talulah came out of the water in Cairns,to be cleaned, we changed the rudder and cutless bearings, had a rig check, repaired the Watermaker and Generator (well sort of !!) and then delayed with engine problems this turned out to to be the injectors which we serviced.  I guess that's sailing for you, but Talulah is ready to continue on her way around the world, all the fleet seemed to have there share of problems so Cairns was a very necessary stop over for the fleet, but our minor problems all paled into insignificence compared to Wizard and Asolare's. We finally got away on Friday morning and sailed over night to Lizard Island to celabrate Andy's Birthday with 6 other World Arc boats, with a BBQ. on the beach loads of drink and singing!!  As we move on to Thursday. read more...


06/05/2012

Anastasia - Huahine

16:42.8S 151:02.4W   Huahine is one of the less well-known of the Society islands, between Moorea  and Bora Bora.  We are anchored at the town of Fare on the western side.   Huahine is actually made up of two islands joined by a bridge.  Yesterday we went on a long dinghy ride to visit a pearl farm on the eastern side, which was a 10 mile trip inside the reef, cutting through the gap between the islands.   There are dinghy channel markers in the shallow areas to show you how to get through, which consist of a line of poles concreted into the coral.   There are just a couple of problems with the markers. Firstly it is not always obvious which side of the markers you are supposed to pass.  Sometimes you see the reef on one side. read more...


08/05/2012

Voyageur - Day 3 - 7th May

A calm sea Feeling so much better today having had six hours good quality sleep last night. For the second day in a row our ocean is a glassy calm. All day we searched in vain for those tell tale signs of wind upon sea and in the skies. I swear is it a conspiracy between Neptune and Aeolus. They teased us relentlessly and remorselessly. Throughout the day we could see bands of wind stretching across ahead of us but every time Voyageur arrived her bow plunging through the ruffled surface the wind registered nothing more than a measly five knots. Today’s lowest wind speed record reached 0.7! The barometric pressure remains as steady as if it has got stuck. The good news is that we picked up a nice favourable current of 0.4 of a knot so it is good to see our boat speed nudging above. read more...


05/01/2011

Voyageur - Log day 206 - Happy in Hout Bay

16 December 2010The longer we are here the more this place grows on us. There is a real community of liveaboards who are only too willing and able to assist you with anything to do with boats. Anna does canvas work and is remaking our aft deck cushions, the originals now completely ruined by UV. Charles who has contacts everywhere, has sourced all our Onan generator spares, a new oar from Zodiac, lost overboard, and John, our lovely neighbour has proved to be a real "Jack of all trades"! Everyone here is exceptionally friendly, there is a wealth of restaurants from the famous Mariner's Wharf where we have booked our Christmas lunch to the more modest fish and chipperies. It has proved to be a good base from which to explore Cape Town the surrounding area. The main town and local shopping. read more...


05/01/2011

Voyageur - Log day 205 - Rally Rescues!

12 December 2010 Last night while David and I were dining in a local restaurant, Chessie were towed in here by the rescue boat with a broken rudder. Later it was Brown Eyed Girls' turn. They were unable to make any headway in the gale force winds. It was by far the worst night we have had yet, the rescue launch recorded gusts of ninety knots and both crews must have been very thankful indeed to be safely secured, Chessie in a marina berth and BEG against the harbour wall. Having moved to an inner pontoon it made an incredible difference in terms of shelter. We were so grateful to Alan, the marina manager for letting us into an inside berth. Now we were only getting gusts of between fifty and sixty knots, the mooring lines no longer jarring and snatching with every gut wrenching gust the. read more...


18/08/2008

Cleone - in the Great Barrier Reef - Part 2 - Flinders and Morris

Windy but not so rough. If we thought Lizard Island was a windy spot, it was only because we had not yet been to Morris Island!  We had a fast passage to Flinders, past stunning scenery and in fine sunlight.  We left the Lizard anchorage before dawn, threading our way through the anchored yachts after wrestling briefly with an obstinate anchor chain.  We spotted that Talulah Ruby had arrived during the night, but failed to see Kasuje, who had done likewise.  Dawn broke, we had breakfast and neatly and narrowly avoided been run down head first by a container ship.  We'd been warned that yachts are expected to keep out of the way of ships in the channel that threads its way tortuously through the reefs, so the Skipper radioed to the officer on the bridge.  After a pause - he did not seem. read more...


06/05/2012

Ensemble - Day 119 (Sunday 6 May 2012): Tahaa La Pirogue

Greetings from yacht Ensemble.Yesterday we motor sailed around to the North East side of Tahaa, the island north of Raiatea and about 20 miles south east of Bora Bora.The trip was interesting - we took the channel between the outer reef and the mainland - with good views of the coastal communities.We'd originally planned to stop by the Relaix Chateaux resort for a snorkel and dinner - but the lady we spoke to made it clear we wouldn't be welcome ... "we are completely full and have no room for visitors for dinner". We subsequently found out they are at 16% occupancy and are in receivership... no wonder!We instead took a mooring near the La Pirogue Hotel - a beautiful location and friendly staff. We were joined in the evening by Wind Dancer - and had sundowners and dinner together. The. read more...


08/05/2012

Hanami II - 12 h avant la mi parcours

Bon, et bien nous sommes toujours sans vent, 3 a 5N maxi et un mer peut etre un peu plus ridee mais ca ne change pas grandchose. Nous avons bascule le reservoir de fuel hier soir,il restait a peu pres 1/4 de la contenance, et deja consome plus du quartdu nouveau meme a bas regime. Tout compris, avec les bidons il doit rester un peuplus de 250 litres mais il est quasi impossible de connaitre reellement laconsomation horaire que je souhaiterais maintenir entre 4et 5l/heure. A part cela rin de nouveau, meme pas un poissonaccroche a la ligne de traine car, ici, il y a tellement d'algues que a partcette espece de salade jaune on ne ramasse rien, A vrai dire il faudrait que je remonte cette ligneet cesse de l'utiliser car ca nous freine pour rien. Mon quart a debutte a 14h et je fin. read more...


08/05/2012

Scolamanzi - Day 3 and 4 - wind or no wind - I still love it!

Day 3 and 4?.wind or no wind ?I still love it!Waking up for my 6am shift with the most amazing red sunrise over a mirror of water on the one side and the full moon playing with its reflexion on the blue purple waters with the most beautiful undertones of pink and grey blue! It is beautiful!... but those are the moments that pictures just do not do justice to! Your first reaction always is to grab your camera ? just to be looking at the most insipid, not even remotely true version of what you?re experiencing!...It can also only be that beautiful with no wind though! ? but I don?t mind ? I am sure there will be days to come on the crossing that will make me wish for only one more day like this!Afterthe 12am excitement (a slight change in direction of the wind and a mild increase of wind. read more...


06/05/2012

Trompeta - Moorea

Today we went across to Moorea with David & Caroline (Peat Smoke) in their hire car to visit Moorea so took the early ferry. Moorea is beautiful so green and unspoilt. No wonder many people prefer to live on Moorea and travel to Tahiti daily to work. We had lunch at the Moorea Pearl Resort & Spa there which was absolutely idyllic with so many honeymooners it was unbelievable. Anyway lunch was fabulous and after a drive around the island and a swim at a nearby beach we headed back on the last ferry to Tahiti.   Tomorrow we are due to check out of our hotel which has been delightful and back on the boat in readiness for our launch on Monday.  . read more...


04/01/2011

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

We are back on board the boat, having returned from a White Christmas in Ireland. We will bring the blog up to date over the next few days or perhaps a week. Happy new year to everybody.  Stephen Hyde   ( skipper ). read more...


17/08/2008

Kasuje - Log 17th August

Hello all from Philip and the crew We are now at anchor at Stokes Bay in the Flinders Island Group enjoying a cold beer some 80+ miles North from Lizard Island where we spent last night, and about 240 nm south of Thursday Island our destination for this part of the journey. Andy's birthday party on the beach yesterday evening was wonderful, all crews form the six WARC boats attended and various musical instruments were employed in recreating sounds of the 50's and 60's, Steve on his didgeridoo proved an instant hit. The party went on quite late given the intentions of the following day. However a little blurry eyed, Kasuje's crew were up at 5.00 am to give us a good start to the days passage, the morning sun followed us out of the bay up and has stayed with us all day. The southerly. read more...


09/05/2012

Purrr-fect - Day 4 Log (Tue) -

Dave here writing this update. Paul (Linda's brother) has been our blogmaster to date.At noon here we have made 381 miles (or about 127/day).We are motoring somewhat slowly to conserve fuel. Although we added 3 extra tanks,we have been motoring most of the time.Beautiful smooth indigo blue water, beautiful sunrise and sunsets but almost no wind. Full moon at night with plenty of light.It was so slow and calm we stopped the boat last evening and went for a swim (photo hopefully attached). we could not believe that the middle of the Atlantic (North American Basin) couldbe so placid.Linda made a fantastic dinner of ginger chicken, risotto and carrots.We even opened a nice bottle of Reisling.Linda topped it off with a key lime pie and some chocolate chip type oatmeal cookies. It is great. read more...


04/01/2011

Voyageur - Log day 204 - Fire, Wind and Water

11 December 2010We watched all afternoon as the flames spread like wildfire from the edge of the township up through the forests bordering the town of Hout Bay. Helicopters were quick to arrive. First they filled their water bombs from a reservoir somewhere in the town, then they descended to the sea in front of the beach. The hillside was ablaze with fire. The speed at which the fire spread up the mountain, the strong wind fanning the flames was alarming to say the least and it was very provident indeed that the direction of the wind did not change suddenly as it has a habit of doing. You could see that if they did not extinguish every last flame then it could spell disaster, for the houses scattered around Hout Bay are set very high on the hill. It was the most amazing feat of aviation. read more...


06/05/2012

Serendipity - Glamorous Galah arrives in Huahine....

Glamorous Galah arrives in Huahine...... and the bars were all closed! Hmmm.. read more...


04/01/2011

Voyageur - Log day 203 - Back aboard

9 December 2010With Sue and Donald returned to Scotland and the snow, it was time to remind ourselves that we were not just on a jolly around the world, there was serious work to be done. Blogs to be written, repairs attended to, ongoing maintenance to be carried out. The very next morning we woke early and wondered why it was so cold. The land was shrouded in thick mist, a real 'pea-souper', no sight of the usually spectacular surrounding mountains, we could not even see beyond the pontoons. I put David up the mast straight after breakfast to change the steaming light bulb which had gone again on our way here. This particular bulb does not seem to last long, surprising as it is the one least used. Then we washed all the salt and sand from the storm of two days ago from her decks and. read more...


08/05/2012

Wild Goose - Come one wind... Go South

Right now the wind is out of the South Southeast, forcing us to either navigate in aNE directionor South, so we are tacking to try to make some way to where we want to go."Outer Limits" is a few miles ahead of us to our NE, and we have talked with them on the VHF radio. The fishing competition between Lisa and Marta on Outer Limits continues, but we don't believe anyone has caught a fish yet, despite their claim to have had a fresh catch dinner last night. I think we'll have to see pictures to buy that one.Lisa says she has never gone this many days without catching something.It is really pretty today and the sailing is great, even with the unfavorable direction of the wind.We are having fun talking about it and strategizing, but as I write this the crew is deciding to go back to the. read more...



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