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25/11/2010

A Lady - Sailing around the World

Wednesday, 24th November 2010 The Barometry was topped out at 1020, a good time to go. It was a beautiful day and the wind has shifted to the south. 08.00hrs Skipper met Mike from Jeannius crossing our deck, we had a long chat as he is going to leave shortly for Knysna, so as we were going there too, we agreed we would head off together. Jean from Jeannius has a sister living in Knysna and our friend Ian Mc Millan (from Belfast) has a friend  Bryan Kearney who also lives there, so we should have a good welcome.  08.30hrs We cleared port. That's A Lady, Jeannius, Ariane, Lady Ev VI, a dutch boat called Joe Anne, and Grand Filou. 11.00hrs The wind was SSE blowing 20 knots. It was a beautiful, chilly day at sea, but very bumpy with lots of. read more...


01/08/2008

Jus'Do It 3 - a relaxing Sunday

Sunday 2nd AugustDuring the early hours of the morning the wind drops, the sea starts to flatten out and we’re still pointing towards Brisbane, much further north than we want to be. When possible we’re trying to bring the boat round towards Coff’s Harbour and the engine is off and on a few times as we’re running low on fuel and trying to keep consumption to a minimum until we get a chance to refuel from the canisters in hopefully calmer conditions.At 4am Ian becomes concerned about our energy situation as the batteries don’t seem to be charging – the freezer and Kevin’s anti-snoring/life support system are draining the system.  By 10am the sea has calmed to a gentle roll so the crew breathe a sigh of relief and take the opportunity to tidy up, prepare. read more...


21/04/2012

Serendipity - Pacific Paradise

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06/05/2012

Irena - Dan 2

Nic vetra, oziroma 3 do 4 vozle. Morje je kot olje in gremo naprej s pomoèjo motorja. Je jasno in toplo. Èas si zapolnimo z branjem, kuhanjem, poležavanjem. Pred pol ure smo tudi pospravili glavno jadro. Glede na vremeske karte, ki jih dobivam, nam ne kaže niè dobrega do jutri popoldan, potem pa se bo mogoèe le razvil kakšen veter. Goriva imamo za 500 milj tako, da ni skrbi. Vsaj za enkrat. Do Bermude imamo še 715 milj, malo smo tudi popravili smer. Vse skupaj smo do sedaj prepluli 154 milj, kar glede na vremenske razmere niti ni slabo. Na barki vse deluje v redu, celo zamrzovalnik, ki je vcasih prav rad nagajal. Vse je pripravljeno za kakšno ribo, vendar tudi danes nic srece.. read more...


24/11/2010

A Lady - Who wants to sail around the world! (Port Elizabeth)

Tuesday, 23rd November 2010  Jeannius a multihull on the trip with the World ARC arrived last night and tied alongside us. The boat is sailed just by Mike and Jean and they had a tough time comming down from Durban. Whats more, their new generator (installed in that place called Mackay) still does not work. We really have nothing good to say about that place.  Early this morning, Ariane returned to P.E for the second time and Lady Ev VI arrived from Durban, plus a Contest from Holland, she left port yesterday with us, but obviously decided to return also.  Goes to show how bad things were out there. Skipper is just going to have a cup of cocoa. Did you know that cocoa originates from ancient central america, and was originally used as a precious food. read more...


24/11/2010

Voyageur - Log day 201 - Blog Holiday

23 November 2010The blog is going on holiday. With friends Sue and Donald Fraser, we are leaving tomorrow, Wednesday, to go travelling for two weeks. Sue has made the suggestion that all those of you who read my blog should go out now and buy a book! Since Sue's arrival we have done a little local sightseeing. We followed the Chapman Peak Drive, one of the world's best ocean drives which winds its way around the headland from Hout Bay to Fish Hoek on our way to see the African penguin colony at Boulder Bay a few miles south of Simon's Town. The views were quite fantastic. After two days of heavy mist and cloud the sun came out for us and we seized the opportunity to take the cable car up to the summit of Table Mountain, where we had the most spectacular 360 degree panoramic views. How. read more...


01/08/2008

Jus'Do It 3 - "like being in a tumble drier" (Maggie Summers quote 2005)

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06/05/2012

Nora Simrad - Day 1

After lots of filling in forms, transport from USVI to BVI, maintainance and work on the boat to get it seaworthy is it nice to be out in open water.   We had a nice start, however several boats startet the engine right after starting line and went along. We are not very fast under power, so we try to avoid it if not neccessary. We have used the engine 42 minutes so far.   We have a cloudy sky and the wind is varying from 11 to 16 kts and from 15 to 45 degrees.This is an akward wind, since the prevailing wind is from south. We are skidding west of rumbline.   Just now we can only see one boat, and we have not a clue about where everybody are and how much engine they have used, nor how our standing in the race is. We have max 7 days to the finishline, and we are just. read more...


21/04/2012

Wind Dancer - LOG 20: Shark Bait

  After an early morning rise, we made our way to the Northeast side of Moorea to the Tippaniers Hotel for an underwater snorkel excursion.  Though there was heavy wind and rain, our guide assured us that since we were going to be in the water anyway, it would not affect our time.  He was correct by far.  We made it over to a channel in the reef in the 7m powerboat and were welcomed by a number of Sting Rays and Black Tip Reef Sharks.  The guide informed us that they are sedentary and live in this area.  The natural channel made in the reef lagoon occurs due to the runoff of fresh rainwater from the island into the sea and prevents the growth of the coral.  Upon the four feet sand patch is where the rays were convening, with a large drop off of blue to. read more...


03/08/2008

Jus'Do It 3 - no wind!

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22/11/2010

Voyageur - Log day 200 - A 'dreich' day in Hout bay! ('Dreich', pronounced 'dreech' is the Scottish word for damp, wet and downright miserable!)

21 November 2010David described it like a damp Sunday in Oban. It was very near to the truth. A thick grey mist hung over the mountains which were the backdrop to this bay. Then it started to drizzle. It was so cold and damp we turned on the central heating. Well, it was high time we checked it anyway. The manual tells us we should run the system at least once every four months so now was the perfect excuse. Needless to say we all slept soundly for nine hours. There was really no need to wash the boat. The rain did that for us anyway. By early afternoon Sue had arrived having picked up our hire car and driven up from her hotel in Cape Town. We cracked open a bottle of bubbly, again, toasting our landfall, toasting our rounding of one of the great capes, toasting the dogged determination. read more...


21/04/2012

Matilda - Rangiroa - ARC Socials and Diving Passes

Greetings from matilda.We arrived safely in Rangiroa after some great sailing but a challenging pass entry - we went in way too soon but it made it nice and exciting. Gunvor wisely left it for a few hours afterwards. Sad to have missed Zoe who were leaving in as we were coming in. Almost immediately invited to an evening of Polynesian delights at the nearby ultra luxurious Kia Ora Resort with the crews from Gunvor, Anastasia, Peat Smoke, Southern Cross, Sapphire and Serendipity - a lovely evening with some curious interpretations of hoola dancing. Last night we organised another ARC 'do' at Josephines place, a lovely elderly French lady who can cook up a storm which helped make for another very special night. Jonathan fell in love with yet another kitten but just managed to stop him from. read more...


06/05/2012

Voyageur - DAY 1 - 5th May

Yesterday Lyall gave us an excellent briefing however the news was not encouraging. The rhumb line distance from Tortola to Bermuda is 845nm, in a direction of due north. Every day we will receive a weather forecast by email from their weather router. With a huge low in the middle of the Atlantic the Azores high which should bring south easterly winds is virtually nonexistent. It is very much looking as if the winds over the course of the next three days will have a northerly element which is just what we do not want. Voyageur does not sail particularly well upwind. On the plus side however the forecast is not for strong winds. The fleet is twenty five boats strong, four of us double handing covering fourteen different nations.     Mainly Motoring We slipped our berth 11.30 am. read more...


06/05/2012

A Lady - LOG DAY 1 GET READY, STEADY, GO, !

SATURDAY  5th MAY  2010   ( The BVI's to Bermuda , distance 850 miles approx, )   Well , well, hello again,Its interesting to be sitting here again in front of this computer wondering what to say about our 3rd adventure with the World Cruising Club, Returning to Ireland,  In 2008 we enquired about ARC 2009 from WCC, It took us 6 months to decide on sailing the event, when we recieved all the paperwork from Cowes we found included a brochure of " World ARC 2010" among the documents, It took skipper 15 minutes to read this brochure and 15 minutes later, we were booked on world ARC 2010 / 2011   3 years later and nearly 50,000 miles of sailing, we are back with WCC on ARC Europe,  TODAY:-  CREW , Stephen & Aileen. read more...


23/11/2010

Tucanon - Zimbabwe

We have to thank Ocean Safety for the amazingly good support of their product in the field. Despite having the product on board for 2 years, there was no hesitation in replacing a faulty item which was sent to our friend John, who kindly brought it with him from the UK, when he visited us. Thanks also to John.Thanks also are in order to Zululand Yacht Club who are hosting us here for 2 weeks, providing free mooring, water and electricity.Northsails sent a team of three people to take measurements for the new mainsail which they are making and which will be delivered to us in Cape Town.Arriving back from an unforgettable safari to our boat on Monday 15th November, we could see that most of the rally boats had already moved on. Of the boats still remaining, one had departed but returned to. read more...


03/08/2008

Graptolite - Graptolite - XXXX in Australia

16:55.23S 14:46.91W Sunday 3rd August Cairns Marlin MarinaYesterday was a bit tedious. We crept along through the Barrier Reef all dayin sunshine and very light winds at 1-2 knots. There was barely a ripple. Weknew the fuel situation was bad and had no choice but to turn the engine offand drift along under sail. For a while we watched a big whale waving itstail about in the air.By late evening we were in sight of the bright lights of Cairns and anchoredin the estuary until daylight. This morning we upped anchor and motored forall of five minutes before the diesel ran out completely. As there was nochance of sailing against the tide and headwind, the Coastguard kindlyloaned us a jerry-can of fuel and we completed the last mile or two of thePacific crossing before lunch.The news this. read more...


20/04/2012

Anastasia - Rangiroa

14:58.0S 147:38.3W  Rangiroa is the largest of the atolls in the Tuamotu and also one of the most beautiful.  The water always seems to be crystal clear in our anchorage, regardless of the weather.   We have been anchored here, outside the Kia Ora hotel, for a couple of days.  The hotel is a good (if a little expensive) venue for carrying on the tradition of the World ARC sunset rendezvous.  They have some very nice rooms on stilts, built out over the lagoon.  Obviously not quite as exclusive as a berth on Anastasia. 387. read more...


06/05/2012

Aniara II - May 6

6 May Aniara has now been on her way for 24 hours and we are still best friends onboard. Nothing special has happened so far, our most concern is when the wind will come. We just stopped Aniara for a swim in the Atlantic, 27 degrees in the water and a depth of more than 5000 meters. Right now the wind is blowing 3 knots (1,5 m/s) from NE. The heading to Bermuda is straight north.  During our 24 hours at sea we have been motoring for almost 14 hours.  We had quite a good wind for some hours in the late evening and night. The remaining distance to Bermuda is almost 700 NM, and we have sailed/motored roughly 150 NM since start. We have visual contact with a couple of our fellow boats but we believe that the major part of the fleet is behind us somewhere.  Still no sight of. read more...


23/11/2010

A Lady - Almost sick of sailing around the World (Presently in Port Elizabeth )

Monday, 22nd November 2010 It was a dull morning as we got out and looked at the conditions.We are expecting to leave today for Cape Town, so we called Tony in Durban for a weather forecast. Will we have a window? The answer is yes. The wind will be light southerly for today and tomorrow, brilliant, that means a fetch for us along the south coast. The distance to Cape Town is 420 miles, just a hop for us, we should get there in 2.5 days...... Well, that's the theory, reality is often different.The trawlers that we were rafted up to are also on the move. All busy since early morning getting their boats ready. These trawlers have huge lamps on both sides of their vessels, and we have often come across them on night passages.The light from them is almost blinding and we. read more...


02/08/2008

Graptolite - Graptolite - Queensland in Sight

16:51.07S 146:26.02E Saturday 2nd August 35 miles East of Cairns outside theGreat Barrier ReefThere has been no wind worth speaking of and so we have been motoring veryslowly through the Coral Sea to save fuel. I've no real idea how far we cango when the tank says empty but I think we are going to find out real soon.Not wishing to seem like complete slobs when we get to Australia, we made abit of an effort yesterday to tidy up and wash down a few things, althoughthere is no disguising the fact that we have become a floating junkyard ofequipment that has not survived the battering of the last 15,000 miles atsea.M. read more...


20/04/2012

Wind Dancer - LOG 19: Moorea on Two Wheels

Arriving into one of our favorite French Polynesian Bays, we sailed over from Tahiti to Cook’s Bay, Moorea.  We did some initial recon and scoped out the small community around Cook’s Bay.  We found a place to rent bikes and went for a pedal on the beach cruisers or velo de la plage (I just made that up).  Moorea has two beautiful bays cutting into the north island, making it look like a dinosaur footprint or heart with an extra crevice which is great to cycle for a waterfront ride.  We found the agricultural school where they offer samples of different jams that are made from the fruit grown on the island.  We also tried a jam made out of tiare flower, the local gardenia and the national flower.The “ride” home consisted of navigating a. read more...


20/04/2012

Wind Dancer - LOG 18: Tahiti Trekking

We pulled into Papeete and took the Northern entrance through the reef to head down to the Marina.  In order to make the pass, mike had to radio the Port Control and ask permission to motor passed the airport in case of a low flying plane.  They give you about a five minute window to go past and luckily we didn’t have any close calls with the air traffic. It was nice to put the boat up in the Marina as we had not been on shore power since our time in Panama over two months ago; this gave the generator a well deserved break.   Marina Taina is in a good location, close to the big supermarket, but out of town enough to not feel the hustle and bustle of the Polynesian Metropolis, or “Big Smoke” as Mike likes to refer to it.  Using the marina as. read more...


01/08/2008

Cleone - CLEONE Leg 12 - Arrival in Cairns

Cleone arrived in Cairns at 1230 .UTC -1330 UK time - and anchored off the Marina.  We will clear Customstomorrow morning (tonight your time?); it's the middle of the nighthere.   All well with us, and best wishes toeveryone.  James, Elizabeth and Will Yacht Cleone Cairns Queensland Australia. read more...


22/11/2010

A Lady - Sailing around the World (Presently in South Africa)

Saturday, 20th November 2010 We had hoped for a lie in following the trip for the last day and a half. But, But, NO, knock,knock, "any one there" ? It was Heidi  from Wild Tigris and they were two boats inside us and wanted to leave as soon as they could. Soooooo we had to get out of the friggin scratchers and move the boat. Ahhh well, sure its time to get up anyway. Destiny, another one of our fleet had to move also. We then tied ourselves alongside a trawler and Destiny tied up outside us. Their boats were destroyed from the black coal dust which was blown all over them from a nearby ship being loaded with coal. The wind was blowing the wrong way and they happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, and the same for Wild Tigris. Now, one. read more...


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...



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