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06/05/2012

Sookie - first log

Hmmm First log.  I hope this works.At last the list of preparatory and odd jobs became complete before the off at 1200.  All the boats left the marina virtually together and then milled about in the four knot wind waiting for the start.  Although there was a distinct lack of wind most vessels turned their motors off to cross the start line.   Thereafter half the fleet motor-sailed into the distance, about a quarter (us included stuck it out and sailed for a  short while longer while the remaining die-hards wafted along behind.  For about two hours the wind played the wind, no wind game but after exposure to the open seas and away from the shelter of the BVIs we eventually found some constant headwinds to sail into and forget about  the. read more...


05/05/2012

Irena - Dan 1

Konco smo štartali. Vecina kar z motorjem, ker ni bilo nobenega vetra. Mi smo se trudili z genakerjem, vendar tudi to ni pomagalo dosti. Njaprej smo pluli do otoka Jost Van Dyke in nato zapluli na Atlantki. Prièakal nasje severovzhodnik okoli 8-10 vozlov, kar je dovolj, da lepo jadramo. Smer ni najbolj optimalna, saj plovemo nekja stopinj proti zahodu, vendar upamo, da se bo veter v naslednjih dneh obrnil bolj na vzhodnik. Opravili smo tudi pogovr o nacinu plovbe, vseh sistemih, redu dežurstev, varnosti. Imeli smo tudi prvo kosilo na morju, in sicer pišèanca in dve vrsti solat. Carol je vegetarjanka, sva pa midva z Jamsom "klasika". Ujeli smo tudi prvo ribo, vendat je bila premajhna (25cm) in smo jo vrnili v morje. Zdaj se pocasi noci in pripravljamo se na. read more...


19/04/2012

Southern Cross - The ARC April 15,2012

The ARC April 15,2012So two weeks ago we were in Hiva Oa, our first island in the Marquesas. The largest and the main island of the four islands of this Archipelago, where we enjoyed the friendly French speaking people. After five enjoyable days we moved on to another island, Tahuata, only four miles south of Hiva Oa. We entered a beautiful deserted Bay called Hanamoeboa Bay, as we turn the corner and saw the pristine beach lined with coconut trees we couldn't wait to jump in the clear blue water. We spent the whole day swimming and some cleaning the sides of the boat and exploring the beach. So The second day we had high hopes of spending another day in the water. Dave was in the water early as we watched him swimming around we saw several large Manarays, their wings spread out, had to. read more...


21/11/2010

Crazy Horse - Nov.21, 2010

Matt did a good job explaining the wild time we had trying to go around the Cape of Good Hope the first time on Friday in the midst of all the challenges of breakdowns and bad weather. However, we made it safely into the harbor of Simonstown and had a wonderful time there on Sat., my birthday.This was a Bay right off the tip of the Cape that is used by many a sailor for a harbor out of the storms. I won't go into that again. But when we didn't make it around the Cape the first time I thought our plans for going home were dashed again. We were all a little frustrated, disappointed, and exhausted. But it all worked out and we all learned a big lesson through the whole experience. Don't underestimate the weather around the Cape. All the stories about the harsh conditions are not. read more...


31/07/2008

Jus'Do It 3 - Heading for OZ!

st1\:*{behavior:url(#default#ieooui) } Thursday 31st JulyWe get up at our leisure with the knowledge we have just had the last long sleep we are likely to have until we reach land again. Kevin goes to the travel agent to change his return ticket, Alex goes to the bakery and Annie stays aboard for a final tidy up. Mid-morning, Ian and Annie go ashore to settle the bills, collect laundry and pick up a few last minute items at the market. We go on to the fuel berth to refill the canisters then we’re off motoring out the bay by 11.30am. We’re not long out when Ian turns on the auto-helm and discovers it’s still not working – the boat is just turning in one big circle. We can’t believe it – back we go again. Annie radios the marina to check we can return to our berth –. read more...


31/07/2008

Cleone - Leg 12 Day 11 - The Last Few Miles

The last miles are the longest. The Great Barrier Reef, which guards Australia's Eastern shore, is iitself guarded by an outer reef.  True, this is intermittent, but the early explorers must have ridden their luck, because some 250 miles off the coast, there is a ragged line consisting of many little patches of coral, not all of which break the surface.  These days, they are all pretty well charted, but it was still in some trepidation that Cleone approached our chosen gap in the middle of the night.  It was a gorgeous star-lit night, with the myriads of stars blanked out occasionally only by harmless fluffy clouds.  But that fickle pulsing wind was still with us.   The spinnaker was up (and was dropped again later in the night by a sleepy crew in another text book manoeuvre), and the. read more...


21/11/2010

Voyageur - Log day 199 - Yes , we have no bananas!

19 November 2010At 2am the change came. Donald was on watch and I heard him speaking with Cat on Basia. The wind was now in the northwest and blowing up to thirty knots on the nose. Our weather window had closed and we still had 68nm to go. We had reached the Cape at 06.30 the previous evening, the wind, a gentle five knots from the east, a one knot of current still in our favour. We had at last left the Indian Ocean behind and were motoring hard in a north westerly direction. It marked the beginning of our third Atlantic crossing. I saw a Salvin's albatross, its' beautiful wide wingspan just skimming the surface of a very benign ocean, and hoped that it was a sign of good fortune for us. Flocks of gannets flew in formation. It was all so lovely and peaceful. We had no idea of what was. read more...


19/04/2012

Samsara - Aaaahhhhh - the luxuries of life!

April 19   The boat was pulled yesterday  - an interesting (meaning difficult!) process as we had to back into the slip or unhook both forestays, there was a lot of wind and our bow thruster isn't working - and our boat does not have good steerage in reverse - but we made it in with no damage.  The bottom looks pretty good after a pressure washing - now we're waiting for the estimate on the rudder post stringer fix....and a few other items we may have the yard fix (labor isn't terribly high here - roughly $50-60 per hour - less than Ft. Lauderdale which was often $100-120 per hour).   So now we're all checked into the hotel.  We have a reallly comfortable bed - and AC!  I love the shower so much I told Lee I want to put the same one in our house. read more...


05/05/2012

Hanami II - J1

Bien partis, peu de vent on fait a peine 4N demoyenne et bcp de bateaux sont au moteur. Temps correct, pas de grosse pluie en vue pour lemoment. Ce soir dinner de pates bolognaises preparees parIan .... miam miam Pour les quart on fait 3 heures de 18h a 06h, doncle nuit et 4  heures le jour, pas de changement sauf sur l'heure dedepart. Pour le moment les batteries et chargeurs marchentOK, "pourvou que ca doure"!   A suivre. read more...


05/05/2012

Asteroid - D-Day 5th May

Well the day is here at last and it was a very, very quick week indeed since we first docked in Nanny Cay last Monday.The jobs as usual seemed to expand and extend beyond the time allocated but finally we are outside Nanny Cay just waiting on the start at 12 noon.Besides working on the boat and provisioning (again!) we have had a great time here.The marina looks great with all the boats colourfully decorated.There are two other boats from Ireland - A Lady with Stephen and Aileen from Cork and Emilija with Noel and Brenda from Rush.We have enjoyed their company and the company of all the other participants at a final dinner on Wednesday night and at the enjoyable evening gatherings on Thursday and Friday night.The kids have enjoyed the pool,. read more...


18/04/2012

Glamorous Galah

We are now in Tikehau which will be our last stop in the Tuamoto's. We had a lovely time in Rangiroa with a bonus of a surf break near the anchorage We will be leaving here today for the trip to Tahiti.David. read more...


01/08/2008

Windflower III - Dieseluebergabe auf hoher See

Hurra,wir sind auf dem 5. Kontinent.Am fruehen Morgen des 31.07 kamen wir am Hafen von Cairns an.Dort mussten wir die Nacht noch vor Anker verbringen,bevor wir morgens um 08.00 Uhr einlaufen durften.Die Ueberfahrt von Vanuatu nach Australien dauerte 8 Tage und 13 Std. und brachte alles ,was zum Segeln gehoert.Sturm,Sonne ,klare Sternennaechte und guten Wind.Ungewoehnlich war nur,dass wir am Fr.den25.07. den Ruf der suedafrikanischen Wizzard hoerten,dass ihr Mast gebrochen sei und sie deshalb fuer die restlichen 700 sm bis Australien zusaetzlichen Diesel benoetigen wuerde.Da wir eines der Schiffe in relativer Naehe(40 sm)waren, entschlossen wir uns zur Hilfeleistung.Gegen 24.00 Uhr in der Nacht von Fr/Sa erreichten wir die Wizzard.Aufgrund des hohen Seeganges war eine Uebergabe von Bord. read more...


21/11/2010

Voyageur - Log day 198 - Countdown to Cape Town

18 November 2010 The advice was to go for it. So said Bruce, our WARC weather forecaster in an email to Cat on Basia. 'It was a great opportunity and we had to take it'. We were not so sure but when Bill on Crazy Horse also said he was going to carry on and there was nothing more than 15 to 20knots of wind on our latest grib file we decided that we also would make the push for Cape Agulhas. We are now a group of four. Destiny had pulled into Port Elizabeth so that Wolfgang could catch a flight to Cape Town. During the night Lady Lisa were forced to put into Mossel Bay because of problems with their autopilot. It became bitterly cold. We put up our cockpit curtain again. Surely we cannot be on our way to Antarctica! All night the wind blew hard from the east gusting up to thirty knots.. read more...


20/11/2010

Crazy Horse - Blog 11/20

Dear Friends,Once again the day's events have prompted me to write another blog. Big Mama has asked me to, and as it is her sixtieth birthday today, I feel obliged. In short, yesterday was the day from hell. Anyone who feels the need to sail the African coast should reconsider. Especially if they choose to sail on Crazy Horse with their parents.It all started at Midnight on the night of November nineteenth. As I came on watch, the Captain asked me to keep an extra vigilant eye, meaning no ipod or books. Attempting to learn the dance moves from "Thriller" in the cockpit with my ipod at full volume is also discouraged. So I'm sitting in the warmth and safety of the cockpit enclosure, checking the radar for boats and occasionally looking outside for anything the radar might miss. The. read more...


17/04/2012

Samsara - Almost to Papeete

April 17We snorkelled again at "the aquarium" on Sunday morning (incredible snorkellling again) and left for Papeete on Sunday afternoon. Going out the pass from the lagoon to the ocean is difficult and must be timed for the tide change. We made it out and have sailed/motored since then. Last night we ran out of diesel in the tank so we've been sailing, sometimes very slowly. We have 10 gallons in two jerry cans on deck so we'll put those in shortly but we need to sail as much as possible to reach Papeete, even if that means sailing at 2.5 knots - we only have 35 miles to go. So on Sunday evening I made pizza for dinner, halfway through baking the oven went out - the propane system shut down. Lee worked on that with the manuals for the fire boy system and figured out it was a fuse that. read more...


05/05/2012

Zingara -auf Reisen

Guten Tag liebe Freunde und und und....noch 45 Minuten bis zum Auslaufen, wie vorhergesagt kaum Wind im Moment dafür wieder ein Regenschauer. Macht nichts, es kann nur besser werden. Haben alles erledigen können, Satphone läuft wie es soll und Wetterinfos kommen nun auch alle rein. Werden jetzt noch den Spi vorbereiten und uns dann für die Startfotos  schön machen. Euch also einen letzten Gruß aus Tortola, der nächste Bericht kommt dannvom Atlantik auf dem Weg nach Bermuda.Schönes Wochenede, Gruß an alle, die mit unsfiebern,Euer SkipperErnst mit Reinhard und Malte. read more...


31/07/2008

Graptolite - Pumping Iron

17:12.98S 149:21.86E AM Friday 1st August 200 miles East of CairnsWe had a catalogue of problems yesterday, mostly related to water pumps for some reason. The fun went something like this: **Oh! The autohelm has stopped working and it looks like it's because the batteries are too low. Oh! The batteries are going flat too quickly, turn on the diesel generator to charge them. Oh! The generator is cutting out. It's overheating due to a broken seawater pump. It can't be fixed here. Never mind, turn on the main engine to charge the batteries. Oh! The main engine is also overheating because it's not pumping seawater. We'll have to take the engine apart. Looks OK to me. Let's put it back together again. Oh! It seems to be working now. Don't know why. Better keep the engine running in case we. read more...


17/04/2012

Glamorous Galah

Internet access has been difficult but will update facebook next week when in Tahiti. We have been at Rangiroa enjoying the friendly village, surfing the pass and seeing the sites. Ted. read more...


05/05/2012

Ninfea - regresa a Europa. Ninfea torna in Europa.

Bitácora I –Diario di Bordo I Hijito mío, mamita, hermanas, amigos del alma, panas todos Pa’ no perder la costumbre, quiero compartir con ustedes otro de nuestros viajes. Este es especialmente fascinante porque es el retorno a Europa con “Ninfea”, nuestro amado velero…velero, que, para mí, es una “ella”. Bueno, Ninfea se encontraba en donde la dejamos cuando atravesamos el Atlántico en Noviembre pasado. Senior se vino hace algunas semanas y se la trajo, paseandito por El Caribe, hasta aquí, a las Islas Vírgenes Bitánicas, a Tortola. La Marina, muy bella, se llama Nanny Cay y es la base para todos los barcos que estamos participando en el ARC to Europe, Atlantic Rally for Cruisers. Somos menos que para el viaje de venida –éramos 236 barcos- ahorita somos 35 porque este evento a. read more...


20/11/2010

A Lady - Flying around the World by sea. ( presently at Sea off the SE coast of South Africa. )

FRIDAY   19th   NOVEMBER   2010 02.00hrs  Ohhhh, it is still honking, 38  / 40 knots from behind , but we were flying along ,if we had wings we would have taken off. The " Rev. Mother Aileen" and "Fr Neil" took to the bunks, actually Aileen slept in the saloon , which is always a comfortable place for a nap. "Fats" loved that spot and spent many happy hours snoring there to his heart's content. keeping everyone entertained with his own special rendition of sleeping music ..........zzzzzzzzZZZZZZZZzzzz........ . 04.00hrs, Dawn - this is always a great time, It makes you feel that the world has come out of its nightly slumber as it waits for the magical Sunrise.  which is usually about 50 minutes. read more...


31/07/2008

Cleone - Leg 12 Day 10 - Getting Closer

Sails and engine - all in a day's work. Only it is not work really, we get a beer in the middle of the day.  The wind kept up for us during the day, pulsing away like mad, and we kept the spinnaker up well into the night.  Progress was steady rather than spectacular, and as I write we still have some 200 miles to push.  So it will probably be well into Friday night when we arrive, just in time to miss the prize-giving and barbecue which World Cruising have arranged for us at Yorkey's Knob.  We will have to clear in at Cairns first, which means that getting Cleone to Yorkey's Knob that night is not really practicable.  We then need to be back in Cairns for Monday morning as Cleone is coming out of the water for a wash and brush-up (and a whole lot of other jobs as well), so we might just. read more...


30/07/2008

Jus'Do It 3 - when can we leave?

st1\:*{behavior:url(#default#ieooui) }Wednesday 30th JulyIt blows all night until dawn when everything calms down and we get up to sunshine and blue skies. We soon hear from other boats that the wind was gusting 41+ knots yesterday – clearly we’re under-reading somehow, which we suspected. However, we’re now anxious to move on so are trying to find out weather information from as many sources as possible. We’re off to do the rounds of jobs again – customs, shopping, general boat preparation etc. Annie and Alex do another big shop then have to negotiate the dual carriage way with a wayward trolley – not a good idea!  While ashore we’re told there’s now a berth available so we move over mid-morning. Phil and Annie get cooking for the voyage again – lentil soup. read more...


19/11/2010

A Lady - Sailing around the World ( presently about to leave Durban )

THURSDAY   18th  NOVEMBER   2010  05.30,  Skipper had a blinkin nightmare, so got up early to settle himself down. Text from home, Munster won their match against Australia, well done Munster. All other news from home is bad news. 07.00hrs  We were ready to go to sea once more, Having looked over the grib files, and read the weather reports, it all looks suitable  for our trip SW to Port Elizabeth  , a total distance of 389 miles.  The conditions will be wild , but at least they will be blowing up our transom. 07.30 hrs We slipped our lines and motored out towards the harbour entrance, It was a cold muggy morning as we passed all the Tankers, container ships, cargo ships, etc,  It is a real busy port. We passed. read more...


05/05/2012

Luna - First log entry for Luna in Arc Europe 2012

Hi,Luna and her crew are now ready for the start of the first leg of the ARC Europe 2012.It has been a great time here in Nanny Cay Marina where Nønne and Jørgen arrived 10 days ago so that there would be plenty of time to make all the necessary preparations for the journey to Europe via Bermuda and the Azores Islands. Approximately 4 weeks of sailing ahead (1 week to Bermuda, 2 weeks to the Azores and finally 1 week to Lagos, Portugal - very rough time estimates...). And they have been very efficient and worked for many hours every day.Preparations have been thorough and Luna is shining from top to (and including) bottom and inside there is not much room left where there isn't piled up with food and water supplies or sailing equipment of all sorts. So, we are very. read more...


16/04/2012

Ensemble - Day 99 (Monday 16th April 2012): On our way to Papeete...

Greetings from yacht Ensemble.After our snorkel in the Aquarium yesterday, we spent the day on domestic chores, cleaning the boat, doing laundry and scrubbing down the hull. The anti-foul has clearly reached the end of it's usefulness - with 4cm of sea grass growing from an inch above the waterline - and a return of the barnacles - and we'd given the hull a complete clean just over a week ago. So much for the promised 2 years!We've scheduled to have the boat hauled out and new anti-foul put on in Papeete on the 18th - so timing is good. We are also hoping to work through our long list of minor repairs and servicing using Laurent's help (the local World ARC agent).'At Last' arrived in the morning - and we decided to go back to the resort restaurant. They kindly offered to give us a lift -. read more...


05/05/2012

Hanami II - 2 heures avant le depart

Formalites faites.Eau et electricite payees.Bateau pret, enfin je crois,Du soleil mais peu de vent.Depart a 12 h vers l'ouest avec 9 miles pour rejoindre l'ocean.Si on suivait le module routage de Maxsea pour le vent annonce, a la voile il nous faudrait plus de 8 jours!Conclusion: MOTEUR + voiles!Maintenant: petit dejeuner.A suivre.. read more...


16/04/2012

BRIZO - 16 April 2012

It is 0700 Monday morning and we are 14 miles from the Marina Taina at Tahiti. Tahiti is a very large island! We have been in a slow-motion approach for over seven hours since first seeing the lights of its main city Papeete from 40 miles away. We never had much wind on this leg and since we are experiencing problems with our main engine (we believe fuel starvation caused by a clogged filter for which we do not have a spare) we have only been able to travel at an average speed of 4 kts. At this speed we hope to be tied up to our slip by noon todayTahiti is the capital of French Polynesia. We understand that there is much to see here and plan to spend at least two weeks. This is also a center for yacht services, probably the best between Panama and Australia. We are hopeful of having. read more...


18/11/2010

Voyageur - Log day 197 - Clocking off the miles....

17 November 2010We slept like logs. During breakfast the local police launch came by and politely asked us to re-anchor. A ship was coming into the dry dock and we were in the way. He also asked to check our papers and gave us some very useful information on the local weather conditions. Local knowledge is worth its weight in gold! He thought the weather looked all right for leaving today. The wind was still in the south, southeast but was forecast to back east, to north east overnight. It would be bumpy start for sure so I prepared our evening meal. We noticed the bottom two steps of the passarelle missing. They had obviously been washed away by a wave at some point. This ocean has not been kind to us. We spent a relaxed morning watching the goings on of this major port. The previous. read more...


30/07/2008

Cleone - Leg 12 Day 9 - More Progress, Less Wind!

You can have it every which-way when your sailing. It was a much better 24 hours in terms of progress, we will have made maybe 120 miles in the last twenty four hours.  Yesterday morning the seas were grey and lumpy, but we were sailing, and starting to make progress.  The seas were huge, and we wondered why.  Not long after this thought crossed our minds, the AIS beeped - there was a ship within eight miles of us.  Soon the Skipper was talking to the MV Crescendo, and we could just make out the top of her funnel and mast as she passed well in front of us.  Making idle conversation (as he does) the skipper asked for a weather forecast.  It was clear even reading through the thick lines of the officer of the watch (who was anxious to be helpful, but for whom English was clearly not his. read more...


18/11/2010

A Lady - Sailing around the World (Presently in Durban)

Wednesday, 17th November 2010 We woke up to a very cloudy and miserable morning, still Aileen managed to get up and go for a long walk, while skipper did the blog and emails and Neil maintained his sleeping status. 09.00hrs We had porridge for breakfast, and Neil took off to clear the paperwork for leaving port. The weather was really wet and wild by now, while skipper waited for the refrigeration guy to turn up... Of course he never showed, the little */.,  but happens every now and then, and it would drive one nuts. Speaking of nuts, lets eat a few wall nuts, ones Aileen had hidden, but we found them while looking for something else. Midday, we bumped into Graham and chatted with them for a while, they were about to leave and head south, but we. read more...


16/04/2012

BRIZO - 15 April 2012

We accomplished everything planned for Saturday: snorkelling at "the aquarium", shopping for black pearl jewelry, and underway by 2PM to avoid adverse currents. The snorkelling was great, there were large schools of tropical fish which came right up to us with virtually no fear. We saw a couple of moray eels, one of which was huge with the geometry of a stubby telephone pole. We also saw a baby reef shark which was very exciting for the girls. As far as the black pearl jewelry, an expedition was arranged to several specialty shops and we certainly contributed our fair share to the local economy. Everyone was pleased with their purchases and look forward to showing off their acquisitions when back home. So far the prediction for 10-15 kts of wind from the east has not materialized and we. read more...


05/05/2012

Aniara II - May 5

5 May We areready to go. Within three hours the race will start but before that we will getout and find out how to use the new whisker pole without creating too much messon deck. The weather is fantastic, if we only should relax, sunny and hot. Theonly minor problem is the absence of wind, at least inside the marina. We willstart to round Tortola and Jost van Dyke, going westwards, and after that followa straight course towards the north and hopefully find Bermuda within a week orso. Everything onboard is fixed, even the fishing gear has got a new finish andwe are prepared for the big catch. I know that today´s lunch will be a delicioustuna sandwich and the dinner tonight will be some kind of chicken dish. We havedecided to split the night watches between the tree guys onboard, which. read more...


30/07/2008

Graptolite - Wet and Windy

16:27.79S 154:27.63W Wednesday 30th July, 500 miles west of CairnsIt's been hard going today with big waves washing across the deck all the time and the boat heeled over so much that nobody dare open any lockers to get food. It's also been so cold that the oilies have had to have another outing. We've been huddled together for warmth like penguins on the pack-ice.The three-hour night watch alone though is a time to indulge in chocolate and also music on the ipod that nobody else much appreciates coming through the speakers during the day. In my case it's usually electronic stuff by Jean-Michel Jarre or didgeridoo music. I'm fairly sure Heiki secretly playsBerlin beer drinking songs and Colin plays bagpipe music so I'm not too embarrassed.Maybe we will get some SE Trade winds later today. read more...


29/07/2008

Jus'Do It 3 - storm bound

Tuesday 29th JulyThe wind has got up throughout the night and it’s blowing old boots when we get up in the morning. Alex proposes omelettes for breakfast while Ian and Annie go ashore for some fresh bread and to collect the repaired vang. There’s still a waiting list in Port Moselle marina – we enquire about the Port Sud Marina round the corner but they’re not taking anyone in as the wind is too strong. We’re recording 20 knots but the marina is saying it’s 30, gusting 40 knots. Raul comes out to the boat to show us some anchorages which offer good protection in strong winds. We’re just debating what to do when an almighty squall passes and there’s a heavy downpour. We coozy in and put on some Amy McDonald to keep us in good cheer. As the morning. read more...


15/04/2012

Ensemble - Day 98 (Sunday 15 April 2012): ... Another day in paradise...

Greetings from yacht Ensemble.We're currently in Rangiroa, anchored off the $1000 a night resort the Kia Ora. The lagoon is beautiful - with crystal clear waters and no swell to speak of.After we dropped anchor Magali went for a snorkel to check the anchor (on sand much to our relief) - and said - 'oh, look at that cute little fish - it looks like a little shark...' - it was a little shark. There are lots of fish in the lagoon - and we went for a nice snorkel in a place near the lagoon entrance called the Aquarium with the family from Samsara. The Aquarium lived up to its name - with plenty of tropical fish - including the biggest Moray eel I've seen (must have been 1 ft wide), black tip reef sharks, and a friendly ramora who attached himself to the bottom of Samsara's dinghy.The one. read more...


05/05/2012

Outer Limits - klaar voor de start

We are ready to go! Zaterdag 10.00 lokale tijd vertrekken we uit Hampton. De laatste dagen was druk. Mijn rode licht werkte niet en ja dan heb ik effe hulp nodig van mijn andere ARC crew Ed. Dus na wat overleg een tijdelijke oplossing gemaakt en alles werkt. Boodschappen hebben we gisteren gedaan en na twee grote karren vol en twee supermarkten hadden de meiden wel effe hun handen vol. Maar Marta en Diane deden een great job en alles is op zn plek. Andrew en ik konden ondertussen de boot verder in orde maken.   Vandaag met Marta naar de schippersbriefing geweest en vanavond hadden we farewell party met hapjes en drankjes.   Also the last evening in the States tonight...........   Ondertussen is het bijna volle maan, is Marta een. read more...


17/11/2010

A Lady - Sailing around the World (Presently in Durban)

Tuesday, 16th November 2010 07.00hrs A slow start to the day. Aileen had the washing machine going from the start, while skipper had breakfast and did the blog and emails. It was a calm morning and the sun was shining, so it was a warm day. Aileen and Neil went off on a tour of the 1000 hills, about 40 kms away to the north, which later they said was only so, so, nothing like what they expected... Skipper remained on board with Lolly, while he sorted out all the lighting in the clocks, plus replacing the up and down anchor switches at the bow, and a few other things. He was good at his job. The rigger tried and failed to re feed our spinnaker halyard into the mast, so he will have to try again tomorrow if the weather is ok. The day wore on slowly while all this stuff. read more...


05/05/2012

Purrr-fect - May 4,

Purrr-fect and then Purrfection!!!  Tomorrow we Ride! Purrrfect nameLinda First Mate. read more...


15/04/2012

Wind Dancer - LOG 17: Waterfall Hike and Local Lunch

We went for our second anchorage in Nuku Hiva and found ourselves over in Daniels Bay.  There is a small little village at the base of the valley consisting of seven or eight homes, surrounded by lush gardens of fruit.   A walk down the path and you cannot miss the smell of fresh fruit and beautiful colors.  There is so much that the locals cannot use all the fruit they produce.  There is pamplemouse, mango, star fruit, limes, passion fruit, coconut, avocado, papaya, small red chilies just all around.Prior to the hike, we met with a couple that lives in the village.  They offered us fruit and the possibility of a lunch at their house if we were interested.   We jumped at the opportunity and decided to hike first and then be rewarded with a. read more...


28/07/2008

Talulah Ruby II - Update

After a very lumpy crossing to Vanuatu( typical now we are only 2 crew )arrived at the Island of Tanner. Everyone fell in love with this primative friendly blissfully quiet place. We were rewarded with a full on welcome party of dancing, singing, Kava drinking, with hundreds of locals, a great feast, and exchange of presents.The W.A.R.C. fleet gave tinned food, clothing, fishing gear, and lots of books pens etc.for the school, all wrapped in plastic bags dinghied ashore. We received much needed fresh fruit, papayas and grapefruits the size of footballs, and vegetables we have never even seen before, all in handmade leaf baskets tied up with bright flowers. Also (to the horrer of some ) a very cute little piggy! with his legs tied up. The music went on into the night, as did the Kava,. read more...


17/11/2010

Voyageur - Log day 196 - Record Breakers!

15 November 2010The Durban to East London passage is the one which causes the most consternation. It is 260nm along the coast with nowhere in between to seek shelter. The timing has got to be right. At 7.40 am Cat from Basia came knocking on the hull. She had just received the WARC forecast and was certain we should leave straightaway. We had a quick crew consultation and agreed. Although the wind was still blowing out of the south west and we faced a hard motor sail into the wind and waves, it was due to back to the south then east later on. A high pressure system had sent the barometer soaring to 1025millibars and the advice is to leave on the back of a high pressure system. Another three different sources confirmed it was the optimum moment. The grib files, the WARC weather forecast. read more...


17/11/2010

Crazy Horse - Nov. 17

We, Ocean J., Destiny, Basia, Voyaguer, and Lady Lisa left East London yesterday about 2pm. We all heard the news that we would have a weather window to possibly get all the way down to Capetown and we left like horses going for the barn. Everyone took the news of better weather with great excitement. Don't think we could have taken up anchors any faster. They cleared us for going as far as Mossel Bai. But the police officer there who checked us in with customs said just go all the way. So we may try that if the weather holds up. It was quite rough even yesterday as we left the harbor and got into the ocean. Winds were up to 30kts and we had some squalls periodically. The seas were confused as they usually are in the Indian O. It made for typical conditions for Matt to cook up one of. read more...


15/04/2012

Samsara - just doing our part for the economy.......

April 14We left Manihi but didn't go to Ahi, it took several hours for the 3 boats in Manihi to get the anchors up due to being wrapped on rocks and rebar (left apparently from an old house over the water). By the time we would have been able to reach Ahi the tide was against us. You cannot enter the passes when the tide is running - it's very strong. Anyway we went to Rangiroa instead. This morning we snorkelled in a place called "the aquarium" - it was incredible! We saw moorish idols, a number of different butterfly fish, millions of fish just swam around and under us in large schools, we saw the biggest moray eel I've ever seen, and had a small reef shark swimming by us - just 18 inches or so - adorable.Then, we went shopping, pearl shopping. I've done my part to keep the economy. read more...


05/05/2012

Endo 2 - Log Day 3 / Nanny Cay

Nun das Neueste von der Endo 2 -  leider keine tollen Nachrichten.Irgendwie scheinen wir den Klabautermann an Bord zu haben, es wird einiges sabotiert. Heute sind wir händeringend in die Stadt gefahren worden, unsere Lichtmaschine hatte nach einem Salzwassereinbruch (gerissene Endkappe) den Geist aufgegeben. (Danke an die Post-- auf die per Express bestellten Ersatzteile warten wir immer noch!!!!!)Doch wir haben eine Werkstatt gefunden, deren Monteur sich unser angenommen hat und nach gründlicher Reinigung das Ding wieder zum Leben erweckt hat. Ich hätte ihn knuddeln können - leider weiß ich nicht wie er es aufgenommen hätte.Nun werden wir morgen wohl doch starten - ohne neue Endkappe. Udo hat die alte Kappe verklebt mit unserer (Super)dachfolie und. read more...


16/11/2010

Tucanon - Safari in South Africa

Horror! I found weevils in the rice that we bought in Fiji, for making risotto. They were dead, presumably the result of the microwave action that is applied to all product that comes on the boat which might contain unwanted critters. I had to put the rice in water so that the critters floated to the top and could be scooped out. The risotto doesn’t taste the same once the rice has been put in water before it is cooked.The start of the leg from Reunion was a bit messed up. We were supposed to make for a yellow buoy, after leaving the marina and before setting off to continue our passage across the Indian Ocean. Eowyn called up rally control and protested that theirs was the only boat that had passed round the buoy so there was a mad dash by most of the other boats to incorporate. read more...


29/07/2008

Jus'Do It 3 - back to square one!

st1\:*{behavior:url(#default#ieooui) }Monday 28th JulyIan and Annie get up early, Ian cooks breakfast then the two head ashore with the vang before 8am to try and get the repairs organised a soon as possible. Yacht services are very helpful and very soon the vang is away to be welded and an electrician is on his way. Once he arrives Ian requests that everyone leave the boat for the day as it’s going to be turned upside down and it won’t help to be clambering over bodies. Alex heads off to do customs to ask advice as we have returned to New Caledonia having cleared. A hundred “ANNULLED” stamps later, over every document we possess, our leaving the country is null, void and cancelled – we never left. Phil and Kevin get some victuals and Annie to’s and fro’s. read more...


04/05/2012

Hanami II - Last day in Tortola

Not much time left!Ian brought us the fresh products as he is the chief cook for the crossing, that looks good!The skipper briefing is over and that tells everything.This time we are almost set, we are left with some admin stuff to do, fill the water tanks, put the genaker on ( not much wind at the start, exluding possible squalls) and have a good night sleep before the start. image. read more...


15/04/2012

Anastasia - The pearl farm at Manihi

14:27.8S 146:02.2W  Today we went with Fernando to visit his pearl farm.  It was the best excursion we have been on so far.  He was enthusiastic about his job, showing us all the stages and explaining to us the techniques he has developed for getting the highest percentage of symmetrical pearls.  I didn't realize before how much skill (as well as luck) goes into the production of a good quality pearl. What touched us most about Fernando was his generosity, not only in allowing us to keep the pearls we harvested but also inviting us back to his home that afternoon to see his bag of pearls of special colors and shapes and then giving us bread, fish and bags of the oyster equivalent of scallops (the shell muscles) from the oysters he and his sun. read more...


14/04/2012

Ensemble - Day 97 (Saturday 14 April): Rangiroa

Greetings from yacht Ensemble.We have just done the overnight passage from Manihi to Rangiroa atoll. This is the second largest atoll in the world - stretching more than 100nm.... and there is a nice resort with cocktail bar and restaurant just opposite where we've anchored. Brizo, Samsara, Mr Blues and Serendipity are all anchored here as well.Yesterday we spent the day snorkelling and having a look at the quaint village on Manihi. We were very nervous about getting the anchor up - and it took a couple of attempts but we finally got it up (nearly tipping the dinghy in the process). We also broke the girdle clip for the anchor rope - so with all the hastles we were glad to make it through the channel and get away by 4pm.Magali made a lovely dinner of gnochi.The overnight sail was good -. read more...


29/07/2008

Cleone - Leg 12 Day 8 - Plenty Wind Little Progress

Progress today has been even worse.  Bruce's forecast of backing winds better be right! We've now had nearly 24 hours of head-winds to contend with as well as the north-easterly going current.  This has rapidly built up a steep, irregular sea, which cuts across the long, easy-going swells coming from the South East.  Forcing her way through this as near upwind as she can has not been to Cleone's taste.  When the wind is less strong, she cannot develop enough power to prevent the waves from brining her almost to a complete stop, and when the wind is more powerful, she leaps uncomfortably off the tops of the waves, burying her bow into the next sea and sending water crashing over the foredeck.  Luckily the dog-house keeps the cockpit dry, but every so often the helmsman gets a dousing. . read more...



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