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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...


16/11/2010

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

  Monday, 15th November 2010 The night was dark, with a glow from the shore away in the distance, The glow being the lights of all the little towns and resorts along the coast which was about 10 miles away to the west. The wind settled down, blowing from the North, and steadily increased during the night. By dawn at 04.00hrs, the wind was in excess of 30 knots, so we had up our staysail and had 2 reefs in the mainsail. The seas had moderated by now, and we were having a pleasant sail...  also there was no sign of the leak in the port saloon window, so hopefully we have this sealed properly. 04.51hrs The blazing sun creeped up over the eastern horizon. This is always a magical moment, looking at the solar system working its thing. However, it soon. read more...


04/05/2012

Aniara II - First entry, Aniara log

This is a check to find out if our entries to the daily logs on the ARC website is working. We will, as from tomorrow, send daily report to this site, as well as updating our own website. For those of you who are interested to follow the adventures of Aniara II and it´s crew, please visit our website www.aniara.n.nu. read more...


04/05/2012

Purrr-fect - Final Preparations Complete

The Purrr-Fect crew worked hard in the last day of preparation for departure tomorrow.  Plan to top off water tanks tomorrow and set sail at noon for Bermuda than on to Azores & Europe.  Will be exciting adventure. Hoping for good / fair weather and winds.. read more...


14/04/2012

BRIZO - 14 April 2012

It's early Saturday morning and today will likely be our last day in the Tuamotu's. We arrived Rangaroa at dawn yesterday and were fortunate to arrive just at slack tide which made entry into the atoll very easy. As expected we found quite a few Rally boats already here and saw many of our friends when everyone was ashore. BEATOO departed for Tahiti just after noon, they had slammed into a coral reef several days ago while entering an atoll with a strong flood current and severely damaged their rudder. They made temporary repairs which seem to be holding up well but are anxious to reach Papeete to have a new rudder fitted. BRONWYN offered to sail with BEATOO for the 195 mile passage in case there were further problems with the jury-rig rudder. Rangaroa has the largest population of any. read more...


29/07/2008

Maamalni - Leg 12 - #2 The Coral Sea Does MaaMa!

We battled against the wind for three days taking copious amounts of green water over the bow and through the hatches. The old saying "Gentleman never sail to windward" just doesn't capture the wet that has descended on us. The winds aren't bad, it just that we have to beat into it. Every minute or two there is a loud thunk and crash of water. Most of the water just goes down the deck and into the drain. But every 15 minutes or so, a wave from a different angle catches MaaMa by surprise, andwhoever is at the helm gets a saltwater bath. It is with the great burst of water pounding on the plexiglass hatches that stresses the seals, gaskets or hinges, but whatever it is, about 2 quarts of water pours in... not drips, POURS in like a waterfall. By now we have the navigation station wrapped. read more...


16/11/2010

Lady Ev.VI - Daily Log 16. Nov 2010

Hallo, liebe Freunde! Wir liegen hier in Richard´s Bay seit vergangenen Mittwoch auf "dem Harten", weil unser Ruder repariert werden musste. Wir kommen erst wieder ins Wasser, wenn an der Schraegen Ebene der Werft genuegend Wassertiefe fuer eine 2m tiefgehende Bavaria 47 vorhanden ist. Nachdem die Werft zur Zufriedenheit unseres Skippers Dieter gut gearbeitet hat, haben wir uns nach diversen kleinen Rep.-Arbeiten und Spleißarbeiten am Wochenende mal frei genommen und sind mit einem Freund, Ben bzw. dessen Cousin fuer einen Tagesausflug in den benachbarten Schutzpark gefahren. Whow! Das war ein ueberraschend tolles Erlebnis!Es ist schon etwas anderes, wenn man im Fernsehen gemuetlich und sicher ein paar Nashoerner an einem Wasserloch mit einem großen Tele beobachtet, oder. read more...


28/07/2008

Kasuje - log Tuesday 29th July

Hi from Skipper Steve,We are now just a few hours away from Cairns and the end of this leg from Fiji. As we head north the air temperature is increasing and this evening we are motor sailing along in dead flat seas with a beautiful star light night with the last quarter of the moon just rising in the east.Since leaving Mackay we have visited the Whit Sunday Islands staying in the exclusive resort of Hamilton Island ,with moorings at 100 Aus dollars per night!! and enjoyed a terrific Sunday Lunch Paella cooked, on Whitehaven beach, which  due to its powdery fine, pure white sand, is reputed to be the only beach visible from space. We were all very impressed by the Whit Sunday's the scenery, flat seas, and as an extra bonus, the sighting of many hump Back Whales, some with calf's, some. read more...


04/05/2012

Kinship - May 4--Preparations for the voyage almost complete

The crew of Kinship has been diligently at work in Nanny Cay, preparing the boat for the long voyage.Each day we have been checking all ships systems, provision, and of course, Murphy's Law has been alive and well and given the crew of the good ship Kinship some unexpected stuff to fix.Of course, in grand maritime tradition, the crew has made sure to partake of postprandial libations at the end of each work day (and sometimes even in the afternoon). With our fourth crew member arriving late last night, Kinship now has a full complement of competent crew:Tim Szabo, our fearless Captain Mother, Ursula Loucks in the radio shack, Mia Karlsson on deck and galley, and Ben Eriksen from Long Island, who was appointed the resident bilge monkey as all the better positions on the boat had already. read more...


16/11/2010

Crazy Horse - Nov. 16

Crazy Horse and crew have now moved down the coast of East Africa as far as East London. We  had to come in here at the suggestion of our weather predictors who said it would be nasty out there today. We are here anchored in the harbor with, Ocean Jasper, Destiny, Voyaguer, Basia, and Lady Lisa.They were talking about winds of 40 from the SW which would mean the current and waves would have been more than uncomfortable. The other night the current was so strong we only could go at a speed of .9-2kts. That was hardly even worth the effort of being out there in all the crazy conditions. So we decided to wait this one out and hope to have a better window when we continue.This morning all the capts will gather with David on Voyaguer to consider what to do next. In this case lots of. read more...


14/04/2012

Trompeta - Tahiti

Arrived in Taina Marina Thursday morning. Very quiet pleasant marina with decent facilities. Dave & Alison left the boat this morning so now just the two of us for the rest of the rally!Laurent has been really helpful in arranging repairs and parts for us. We need to get Trompeta hauled out as we have a crack in the skeg which needs repair. Shipyard are really busy already so we cannot get booked in until 1 May.Maybe a hotel for Pete's birthday on 2 May?!!Expecting Sophie to join us tomorrow as they are outside the marina on a mooring buoy at present.Provisioning here will be a breeze as a HUGE Carrefour with just about everything imaginable!!. read more...


14/04/2012

Matilda - Off to the Tuamotus

Yesterday we said goodbye to the town in the main port at Nuku Hiva and motored around to Baie du Controleur for our last night in the Marquises Islands. Heather was particularly keen to at least visit this last bay since it was the setting for Herman Melville's book "Typee" (he also wrote Moby Dick after famously jumping ship in Nuku Hiva in the 1840s). We just rode at anchor in the bay and didn't bother going ashore as we had quite a few chores on board to take care of. Chores done, we set off at 10am for the Tuamotus, about 600 miles or so to the South-west.As we hoisted our sails off the coast of Nuku Hiva, a pod of spinner dolphins came to frolic in our bow wave. They were the first dolphins we have seen since the Atlantic (we have seen whales, but strangely no dolphins!) so we were. read more...


04/05/2012

Irena - Dan pred odhodom

Pa smo kompletni. Vèeraj je prispel še tretji èlan posadke Danes bomo še nakupili sadje, zelenjavo in meso. Vse ostalo kar potrebujemo je že zloženo na barki. Zadnje dneve smo imeli spremenljivo vreme, veliko dežja in bolj malo vetra.Tudi napoved od jutri naprej ni najbolj spodbudna, saj kaže na precejšnje zatišje proti severu. Bo treba na motor. Goriva imamo za 500 milj tako, da bi moralo zadostovati.Je pa tu hudo vroèe in vlažnost je visoka. Ves èas menjam majice, saj se hudo potim.Pozdrav. read more...


28/07/2008

Graptolite - Looks Into The Abyss

16:59.77S 156:14.42E Tuesday 29th July, 600 miles west of CairnsWe found another cable connected to the autohelm was about to break so we fiddled around with spanners for a bit, then while testing the results, ended up with a fishing line wrapped around the rudder. It was time to put on the boat's scuba gear and take a look. It's very strange being underwater in the deep ocean. The sunlight streams down and just gets swallowed up, as does anything else that falls into it. I watched my snorkel spiralling down into the darkness for a while but couldn't catch the thing. There is also the uneasy feeling that you mightget swallowed up in a more literal way as well. Big sharks sometimes follow us, licking their fishy lips.The wind has now picked up but it is coming from the west which is of. read more...


15/11/2010

Voyageur - Log day 195 - Our bird takes flight!

13 November 2010An opportunity to escape from Richards Bay and move on down the coast presented itself. We went to the marina office and collected our flight plan with the intention of leaving at 6am the following morning for the next hop down the coast to Durban. For days the wind had been blowing from the south west but a change to north east was forecast. Richards Bay was a wonderful safe haven for us but in the high winds the pontoons started to bend under the strain of all WARC yachts. The locking pins at each intersection were bending. It started to concern us. But the marina staff were alert to the problem and a diver was sent down to set another anchor chain. We busied ourselves preparing the boat for sea. John and Jenny came for sundowners and then we all went out for dinner to. read more...


28/07/2008

Jus'Do It 3 - off and away!...then back again.........

st1\:*{behavior:url(#default#ieooui) }Saturday 26th JulyIt’s blown old boots all night and is still pretty blowy when Phil wakes us up before dawn for our planned early departure. We decide to wait until it lulls then we head to the fuel dock for 6.30am. As soon as we’re fuelled up we’re off, motoring out the harbour by 7.30am on our way to the pass through the reef. The wind has abated but it’s still blowing 15 – 20 knots - we get the sails up and once we’re through the pass it’s a big, confused sea. One of the weather men has given us a waypoint at the north of the island 150 miles away - this is to take us north of the expected lows due in a few days time – so we’re steering a course of 270’. We sail on a close fetch, slamming into the. read more...


04/05/2012

Purrr-fect - May 3 - pre trip prep.

See the boat gallery photos for a photo of the captain and first lady with crew at ARC welcome reception. Looking very good after a hard day of working on the boat. Stay tuned for Saturdays start!. read more...


13/04/2012

Ensemble - Day 96 (13 April 2012): Mahini and Friday the 13th

Greetings from yacht Ensemble.Although we had some wind yesterday - we ended up motor sailing the whole way to Mahini and arrived at 3pm. We'd decided not to push on to Ahe because we would have arrived at dusk and there is nearly 2nm of navigating through the unchartered coral heads before you reach the anchorage - a daunting task in the dark. As it was we arrived just at low tide - and while this was no problem for Ensemble - things were a bit 'hairy' with Seaquest who has a 2.4m draft. In the end they had 1m to spare. Ocean Lady called us on the VHF to suggest an anchorage and we successfully dodged the fish farm buoys to end up at a lovely sheltered spot close to the coral (the Glamorous Galahs had to have someone dive their anchor earlier in the day).Manihi is a lovely atoll and. read more...


15/11/2010

A Lady - Sailing around the World ( presently in Richards Bay , South Africa )

SUNDAY   14th  NOVEMBER   2010  07.00hrs, It is a very wet and windy day, but around here , things change very quickly According to the cruising guide, The weather can go from a NE gale to a SW gale in the space of a few minutes, WOW ! and this area is famous for their huge Rogue waves, up to 20 meters high.  and many big ships suffer damage in these waves, And to think, we are out in this potential hazzardous area and supposed to be enjoying ourselves. BUT.but we will, even if we do not want to. we blooming well will.  and we are leaving here today and going to Durban,  Meanwhile, Aileen had to use the boats drier to dry the clothes, as the weather was so wet.  Mind you, the locals are delighted as they have had. read more...


28/07/2008

Maamalni - Leg 12 - Coral Sea #1: MaaMa does the Coral or How Geri lost his rig

Friday's roll call began as usual. The Net controller first puts out a call for emergency or priority traffic... and after several long moments when nothing is heard, announces "Nothing Heard, this is good" and proceeds with the roll call for positions. Akoya of Italy checked in first and then thru the rest of the fleet. On this leg, the fleet was seemingly particularly sparse but it was good to hear the relative positions on winds conditions. The weather router had forecasted some strong and changing winds conditions and we all wanted to know how the wind had been changing. The last boat to check is was Wizard. Wizard is a particularly fast boat and custom designed in South Africa. Geri, Wizard's owner has campaigned this boat on several Cape to Rio Race... that tortuous race from South. read more...


04/05/2012

Zingara auf Reisen

Guten Tag Ihr Lieben in der Heimat, da sind wir wieder!nach wunderschönen Wochentörns und einer insgesamt sehr gelungenen Zeit hier in der Karibik hatten wir uns - leider -entschlossen, mit der ARC-Europe die Heimreise anzutreten.Leider deswegen, weil wir eigentlich viel länger in diesem Revier hätten bleiben sollen. Aber,.... wir können ja wieder kommen.So, nun sehen wir erstmals seit November eine geschlossene Wolkendecke und müssen wohl für das erste Leg nach Bermuda mit nicht gerade günstigen Wetterverhältnissen rechnen.Wir werden sehen, der Optimismus hat noch immer gesiegt.Am heutigen Abend kommt unser dritter Mann eingeflogen, der hochmotivierte Malte aus Kronberg.Soviel zunächst, ich breche jetzt ab, weil die gemeinsame. read more...


13/04/2012

Serendipity - That Bird picture....

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14/11/2010

Crazy Horse - Nov 14

Today we are still looking for some good weather so we can make some good time down to Capetown. We have had the winds right on the nose which means slow going and not a comfortable ride. The wind was blowing so hard and right on our nose with the staysail up that we were actually hove to. We were making about .9 knots at times. Right now the wind is a little off our port bow and we are able to motorsail at about 5-6kts. We are trying to make it to East London before a huge southwesterly comes through with winds up to 50kts. We now know why they call it the wild coast. Australia's sunshine coast has a much happier ring to it.Someone from CA on a sailboat just called on the radio. He is trying to make it to Capetown too before the big blow. He noticed us taking photos of the whales on our. read more...


13/04/2012

Serendipity - Having a whale of a time!

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03/05/2012

Scolamanzi - 2 Day to go! … The preparations are now into full swing!

Seeing everyone scattered over their boat decks like ants and all the boats with their pretty little decoration flags on (it’s a bit like party mode on a boat!) certainly get you into the mode of getting readyLast tradesmen came in to fix whatever needed to be done (thank goodness the coffee machine can be used again! … I was so over bad instant coffee! ) Johann managed to clean the boat twice ! (in spite of the rain) and packed repacked and reorganised every cabin on Scolamanzi at least twice by now! The dinghy engine came off and all possible fuel containers has been filled (900 litres of diesel should get us somewhere where there is land!) and so the list is slowly but surely ticked off.The one thing that has put a little bit of doubt in my mind is the safety briefing. read more...


28/07/2008

Cleone - Leg 12 Day 7 - Little Wind Little Progress

Last night was one of the flatest calms I have ever seen; for most of the night there was literally not a breath of wind.  There is a very slight long swell, but otherwise nothing but the stars and a slim, banana-like moon, lying on its back.  This provided a surprising amount of light, which reflected eerily off the placid sea.  Some of the brighter of the myriads of stars - maybe the planets or satellites - also made ghostly reflections on the surface.  It's hard to belive that we were in the same ocean as only a couple of days ago, with its uncomfortable, lumpy seas and a strong, changing and difficult wind.  But, comfortable as it was, no wind means no progress, and we've still no wind this morning.  So the engine is on, and we are burning fuel as an alternative to wallowing around. read more...


14/11/2010

A Lady - Sailing around the World ( presently in Richards Bay , South Africa. )

SATURDAY  13th  NOVEMBER  2010 07.00hrs  Skipper up and about , and met Neil heading up to the showers for an early morning clean up. Neil is off to the Game Reserve today with Joe, Oisin, and Jarard , from " Brown eyed Girl " and the 4 Germans from " Lady Eve  V1 "thats Deiter, Uli, Dieter and Jurg. They are going on an organised tour in a mini bus, as opposed to us on our own in our own transport. In fairness to Neil, he made his own sandwiches to take on the trip, and was well organised. ( boy scout training.) Many of the Fleet,  ( as Terry would say , " What Fleet , surely you mean boats " ) were leaving today, they heard that there was a window in the weather , so they were going to go for it,    Later , we heard that they. read more...


13/11/2010

Voyageur - Log day 194 - Pit Stop

12 November 2010 Zululand Yacht Club postponed the party held in our honour for a day until all the boats had arrived. It was a wonderful party, with all the members joining in too. The evening began with Zulu dancing. I do not think I have ever seen so much energy in a dance performance. With stamping of feet and high kicks, it was a completely different style from anything we had ever seen before. The prize giving followed with everyone being presented with a WARC certificate for the completion of their trans Indian Ocean crossing. A barbeque followed and we danced the night away to two fantastic local guitarists. Zululand Yacht Club was a pit stop for us and Voyageur, and not a base for touring around. This is all planned for when we get to Cape Town and meet up with Sue, Donald's. read more...


27/07/2008

Graptolite - Attack Ships On Fire

17:10.08S 157:59.75E 700 miles east of Cairns, Monday 28th July 02:00There is no wind at all now apart from some tiny flurries that makes the wind direction indicator wander around lazily. The night sky is very clear and we have the unusual effect of stars being reflected on the glassy surface of the sea. I don't expect I will ever get to travel between the stars but this has got to be a similar effect. On the other hand...I've seen things you people wouldn't believe; attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tan Hauser Gate. All those....moments....will be lost....in time....like tears....in the rain....time to die. I'll bet that last paragraph confused you, unless you recognized some lines by Rutger Hauer, from the movie 'Blade. read more...


13/04/2012

Anastasia - Slower and slower we go

13:26.3S 145:06.4W   419 miles covered, 83 miles to go   Last night we took down the spinnaker to try and slow down a little, but the wind increased to 18 knots and we ended up going faster still.  So this morning we took down the mainsail, furled the genoa and put up our smallest jib and we are now pottering along at 4.5 knots.  That should put us about 20 miles away from Manihi by dawn tomorrow, at which point we can start sailing again.  The lagoon entrance is on the western side so we need the sun to be quite high to avoid glare off the water when spotting the coral, but the atoll is 15 miles long so it will take us a couple of hours to sail around it to reach the western entrance.   One of the things I had to fix in the Marquesas was a ceiling. read more...


03/05/2012

Outer Limits - ARC kantoor open

Gisteren is het ARC kantoor open gegaan en konden we ons inchecken.Wij hadden een dagje weg van de boot en lieten het programma aan de meiden over....Driemaal raden...de bus in en op naar de schoenen en chocola.In Norfolk is een mooi shopping center en daar had ik mn iphone vorig jaar verwisseld.Heel even over een ipad nagedacht want het scheelt toch wel een paar duiten om het hier te kopen maar kon me beheersen. Na een paar uur shoppen hadden we de eerste borrel met muziek. Er zijn hier vier boten dus dat is anders dan de ARC 2008. Wij hadden leuk contact met David & Liza van de Sage, liggen naast ons ,en na de borrel had Diane een verrassing aanboord, truffels en tutti frutti. Maar we moesten wel een rood wijntje erbij drinken. David, Liza en hun crew Jack ook uitgenodigd en. read more...


13/11/2010

A Lady - Sailing around the World ( presently in Richards Bay , South Africa )

FRIDAY    12 th   NOVEMBER   2010 06.30hrs, Skipper heard noise in the Saloon, and thought it was Terry having something to eat, well thats what it sounded like,  But, BUT  it was not Terry,  Our neighbours later told us that they saw a Monkey running off the back of the boat with a bananna in one hand and a bag of crisp's in the other,   Well, did you ever !   cheeky little thing. 09.00hrs  Skipper had a visit to the Doctor again, to be told that he has osteoparisis in his right hip / joint. Gawd , what next ! Of course , Skipper has now a heap of tablets he can take to relive the pain,  11.00hrs S,A Terry and Collette piled into the car and took off for the " Hluhluwe " game reserve This. read more...


02/05/2012

Endo 2 - Log Day 2 / Nanny Cay

Nun ist bereits Mai und der Starttermin rückt immer näher. Neue Bekanntschaften sind geschlossen, alte wurden aufgefrischt und die Begrüßungsparty wurde gefeiert.Wir haben gestern mit unserem Einkaufsprogramm begonnen, Getränke sind schon einmal an Bord und heute kamen die ersten Lebensmittel an Bord. Freitag wird die frische Ware eingekauft. Jippy sogar unsere 2. Gasflasche ist wieder gefüllt, so dürfte es immer etwas Warmes zu trinken und zu essen geben - bis wir wieder zuhause sind.Heute abend findet bereits das Abschiedsessen statt - nun die Atlantik Cup Segler starten ja bereits morgen ebenfalls Richtung Bermuda und von dort in die USA. Also morgen um 12 Uhr ist großes Winken angesagt.Wie bereits geschrieben, wir haben wieder eine Reparatur. read more...


13/04/2012

BRIZO - 13 April 2012

We stayed at Manihi one night longer than planned. This was because after spending all afternoon at the remote Pearl Lodge Resort enjoying a lovely poolside lunch no one felt like leaving! Ordinarily the resort's restaurant does not get many walk-in customers and is not really prepared to accomodate anyone not staying at the resort. We saw their launch come into town and asked if they could take us for lunch or dinner at the Lodge. They cannot operate the launch after dark because of the hazards to night navigation but called the manager by cellphone to see if we could come for lunch. After checking with the chef that they had enough food, the manager found out they did not have enough staff to serve our party of ten (including the SAMSARA crew). At this point a woman sitting nearby who. read more...


27/07/2008

Cleone - Leg 12 Day 5 - Nip and Tuck

Sailing is sometimes hard work, even when the sun is shining. We've had very varied winds throughout the night, and it has been hard work making the miles.  The log shows that the Mizzen Staysail has been up, down, up, down and is up again, and at present the spinnaker is also flying.  But it is not always showing much enthusiasm.  The fact is that with the fine weather - as predicted - and the spectacular rise in the barometer, the sun has come out, there are fluffy rather than serious clouds, and the wind is a pleasant breeze rather than anything else, and fickle with it. So Elizabeth is concentrating hard on the helm, trying to keep the spinnaker full, the Skipper is - as usual - chatting to his mates on the radio and looking forward to his lunch-time can of beer, and Will is, as. read more...


26/07/2008

Graptolite - Wahoo!

17:15.82S 160:41.78E Saturday 26th July PMThe wind is now coming from the southeast, as it's supposed to, and it's been very pleasant sailing. The prospect of the crew having a 'chunder in the old Pacific sea' is now past.Colin caught a good-sized Wahoo today. The first for Grapto. It was about 16lbs but we didn't weigh it. For all you non-hunter-gatherers, a Wahoo is a long fish with very good white meat which should keep us going for a few days. Now we will have even more supermarket food to dump before Australia! An experiment with this fish was to just cover its eyes to keep it still instead of our usual beating seven bells out of it with clubs. Thanks for that tip, Joanne. It works and saved us a lot of cleaning up.We have about 850 miles to run before Cairns. Arrival could be about. read more...


13/11/2010

Crazy Horse - Nov 13

Yesterday we had a visit at the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park. Jim kindly organized the whole outing quite nicely with Jeannius, Eowyn, Wild Tigris, Ocean Jasper, and Crazy Horse crews in attendance. Our tour guide was Samora who had such knowledge of the area, animals, their habits, and their qualities of making us dinner. Samora made the tour interesting and held our attention until the hunger of food outweighed that of curiosity. We finally did make a stop but you can imagine there are not too many fast foods places in a game reserve in South Africa. We saw a herd of 30 female elephants with 3-5 babies. The two males stayed on the outskirts and didn't join in the departure when the herd left. We stayed a safe distance away in our van.There were too many impalas to count. There were baboons,. read more...


12/04/2012

Ensemble - Day 95 (Thursday 12 April 2012): The Pacific Paradise Pizza Tour

Greetings from yacht Ensemble.We've spent a pleasant day at Takaroa with the crew from Seaquest. We'd anchored in the Eastern part of the lagoon, opposite the causeway and about 10m off the coral. A beautiful spot - with a constant 10 knots of wind helping to keep the boat cool. It would have been interesting to explore the rest of the lagoon - 12nm across - but it is riddled with pear farms and fishing nets - and you are supposed to be escorted - so instead we decided to have a leisurely day on board.Seaquest invited us over for coffee - that turned into lunch and beers ( - so the work on the generator will have to wait for another day). After a swim and a nap we planned to go onshore and explore the town. Unfortunately (predictably) - once Magali's head hit the pillow it was lights out. read more...


02/05/2012

Hanami II - Derniers details

Nous voici donc a Nanny Cay apres les formalites d'entree faites a Road Harbour au terminal du ferry.Pas de probleme particulier pour cela mais il,faut mouiller, alller en annexe a la petite marina de la pointe sud puis aller a pied au terminal: 10 minutes.Comme partout il,vaut mieux utiliser eSeaClear! Et bien sur je ne l'avais pas fait! Donc retour au papier et au carbone.Ici il faut payer les formalites en dollars US: 21 dollars, heureusement car je n'avais pas plus et le premier distributeur et a 5' a pied.Ensuite direction Nanny Cay, ponton C17, etroit, en debut de ponton, accessible en marche arriere seulement et avec usage immodere du propulseur d'etrave. Bien sur on a fait le gasoil avant.Ensuite le classique, enfin, si l'on peut dire:L'electricite d'abord. phase 1. Ici. read more...


12/04/2012

Samsara - snorkelling fun

April 11Today we snorkelled right outside the pass into the lagoon at Manihi. It was fabulous. The coral wasn't very colorful but the variety and density of the coral was impressive. The number and variety of fish was amazing. There were schools of bright purple fish, neon blue trimmed fish, yellow......the variety of fish swimming altogether was wonderful. We were swimming through schools of fish. After that and an exciting run back in the passage in an outgoing tide (not easy!) we swam in the shallow water and saw one reef shark who promptly left when he saw us.For lunch we went to the Manihi Pearl Beach Resort. It has over the water huts, beautiful beach bungalows and lovely restaurant, grounds.....the prices are very high, an over the water bungalow is over $800 for a night for two. read more...


26/07/2008

Cleone - Leg 12 Day 4 - Wizard Dismasted

Why are you on a Rally, and not sailing around the World at your own pace?  It's a fair question! It was noon, and the daily radio schedule was in progress.  Gerry from Northern Sky was running the net in three languages with his usual calm professionalism.  Most of the fleet had had a difficult night - there had been some vicious squalls around, with teeming rain.  Propagation was poor, and the continuing bad weather had kicked up some awkward seas.  But the positions were coming in smoothly, though Cleone's operator (unusually, Elizabeth) and the others were bouncing around and finding it a challenge to write down the details.  The postions are given in alphabetical order, so it was not until the end that we learned that Wizard had lost her mast.   Gerrie, Wizard's Skipper, was calm on. read more...



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