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01/03/2009

Cleone - Leg 24 Day 4 - And on we go

Plainish sailing. It has not been very spectacular sailing, but we are making steady progress towards Tobago, where we hope to spend a couple of days before making the short hop to Grenada, the official finish to this leg.  Bruce has majored on the thunder-storm activity in the ITCZ and over Brazil, and his advice has been to head north, so as to cross the ITC as soon as possible and get into the North East Trade Winds.  So far the predicted storms and squalls have loomed ahead and behind us and hovvered around us rather than upon us.  We have seen lightning over Brazil itself, and of the squalls at sea, we have either been able to skirt arount the black clouds promising wind, thunder and rain, or they have moved on or dissipated before our arrival.  To do this, we have sailed when the. read more...


08/11/2012

Turbo's Tub - Day One--Sunday November 4th

v\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} .shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);}Day One on Turbo’s Tub:For the first time ever we took The Tub's dock lines with us when we pushed away on Sunday morning. It was a strange feeling, but it meant that we were finally under way. It was a cold day in the ICW, or "the ditch" as it's often called. We got a few miles under our belt, but we have a long way to go to make it to Beaufort by our Wednesday night goal. The story is beginning to unfold. The storm added a new adventure. The dream of pulling The Tub into the islands is still off in the distance, but it feels good to know that we're on the water.image001. read more...


07/04/2011

Voyageur - Log day 273 - Marriage in Mayreau

5 April 2011 We had the most wonderful sail across to Mayreau. Our north easterly veered more to the east and Voyageur powered along under reefed main and genoa at nearly 8knots showing us what she is made of. Short lived it may have been, the 4nm passage taking us less than one hour, but what a treat it was after plugging in to all those headwinds of the past week. We had had some concerns about the suitability of Saline Bay on the south west coast to provide enough anchoring space for all the yachts. We need not have worried. At a glance we could see that there was room a plenty for dozens of yachts. The beach was a mile long crescent of pure white sand..... 'Mr. Beautiful' came by in his launch, laden with fruits and vegetables. I did not require anything but offered us an early. read more...


08/10/2012

9 October 2012 - Goosebumps!

It's 03:30 Tuesday morning, just after the watch change and about two hours before the start of dawn. We have just passed the halfway mark to Mauritius with 1,166 miles to go. We continue to make our way south, away from the equatorial weather conditions and for the first time in months it is cool enough on deck to feel goose bumps! The most recent weather forecast for the next few days is for E-SE winds at 15-25 knots which are fairly good tradewind conditions. Although we may not be able to sail quite as fast as we had been with the higher winds of the past few days, the increased comfort will be welcomed by the entire crew. Morale has improved markedly as the rocking-and-rolling has decreased and we are returning to our normal ship board schedule.Our original plan was to sail around. read more...


18/11/2012

Caryali - One last week to the Go

Manca una settimana alla partenza, oggi apertura ufficiale dell'ARC con parata delle nazioni partecipanti. Tutti in divisa, anche polpetta, abbiamo sfilato con il tricolore. Atmosfera sempre più' elettrizzante e corsa alle ultime cose da fare.. read more...


05/05/2012

Brizo - BVI to Bermuda Day 3

Ok we are all in the swing of it now and enjoying the passage. Last night was a wonderful near full moon with clear skies for much of the night. It was so bright that you needed no light to walk about the deck and the reflection off the water and general seascape was mesmerising. The problem is a lack of wind which followed us into day light – so it was motor on. As day 3 broke Murray decided to go fishing and narrowly missed landing a Mahi Mahi, by a whisker.  I was not unhappy about this as I was asleep and would no doubt have had to assist in preparing it for the freezer. Light winds started the day and as predicted it was blowing directly towards us. At times during the day it has been F3 to F4 easily enough to sail but as its coming from the direction we are heading it. read more...


12/06/2012

Hanami II - Dernieres (?) heures en mer ....

Si tout va bien on devrait arriver mardi (aujourd'hui) tard le soir. Arriver avant 22h aurait ete bien mais on ne commande pas le vent. C'est quelque chose que cette longue traversee nous aura appris.   La capitainerie a ete avertie par SMS via Iridium et notre place sera libre.   Avant dernier jour de mer  et derniere nuit de navigation ....   Les piles de la Balise de l'ARC ont ete changees car manifestement elle n'emettait pas mais je ne sais pas si cela a ete efficace. Nous avons utilise l'Hydrovane par 25 a 30N de vent, sans probleme. Le reglage est bien plus facile depuis que j'ai mis des rubans flottants sur le bord arriere. Cela permet de savoir si elle est bien 'dans le vent'. Il restera a mettre des bouts de laine sur les cotes pour connaitre les filets. read more...


16/06/2012

Scarlet Lady - Log Day 13 - Santiago de Compostela and Rally prizegiving dinner

This morning we were picked up early by coach to go on a trip to the historic city of Santiago di Compostello.  Peter wanted to say his farewells to everyone so he came to see us off on the coach.  It was quite emotional and a few tears were shed :(For the first time in days, the sun came out for us and we had a lovely day.  Our guide was fantastic and very knowledgeable.  One of the highlights was seeing a huge incense burner being lit in the cathedral and being swung at a great height across the entire width of the cathedral.  After our guided tour, Steve, John and I had a very nice lunch with Scott and Julia off Katerina.  The waiter was a real character and foolishly offered us free shots at the end of the meal.  He left a couple of bottles on the. read more...


15/06/2012

Scarlet Lady - Log Day 12 - Farewell dinner

Sadly, today was Peter´s last day with us.  He had to fly home due to prior commitments.  Steve and I were very sorry that he was leaving us so soon as he has been great fun and has really got into the Rally spirit.  I know we won´t be the only ones who will miss his fantastic sense of humour and cheeky sense of fun.Steve, John and I took Peter out for a farewell dinner to say thank you for his help across Biscay. We were recommended a restaurant called El Candil but when we arrived at 8pm they were shut.  An old lady who lived opposite came running after us as we walked away.  She took a shine to Peter and insisted that the restauarant would be open and shouted through the letter box for the owner Enrique to open up for us!  Enrique finally. read more...


11/06/2012

Ninfea - Ninfea

Going Again   Yesterday June 10 at 12.00 we have left Santa Maria and the Azores for our final leg to Lagos in Portugal. Little over 800 nm and we complete the Atlantic crossing west to east. We have spent almost two weeks in the Azores and had the opportunity to see Faial, Terceira, Sao Miguel and Santa Maria. The Islands are volcanic and have been formed in succession, Faial being the most recent and Santa Maria the oldest in geological sense. Faial is also the most dramatic, with tall craters, two of them, and visible signs of recent volcanic activity. The islands continue to grow  east to west and the expert suggest that one day Pico, the tallest island just east of Faial will be joined with the same Faial which, in the meantime, would had a slice of land to the west. In. read more...


08/11/2012

Habits of Health - Greetings

Greetings from the Habits of Health!As you know, for the last 4 years, the sailing vessel, Habits of Health has embarked from the port of Hampton, VAfor the island of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands.We are part of the annual Caribbean 1500 sailboat race.Each year dozens of boats set sail on this, the largest offshore sailing race in the Americas and one of the last remaining big adventures of our times.I am writing you today tochronicle our progress on this journey.TheHabits of Heath is a 54 ft. sailboat built by the Moody company in England. It is a gorgeous, well-equipped, and state-of-the art vessel owned and skippered by Dr. Wayne Andersen and his wife and first mate, Lori. I have been with them as a crew member on this voyage for the past 3 years and have joined them this year. read more...


18/11/2012

Johanem - Log 1

The sun is shining here in Las Palmas. We have had to opening parade with national flags this morning.This afternoon we sailed in a traditional Canarian boat and are now back on board. The safety and rigging checks have all been completed. This time in a week we will be underway!. read more...


07/04/2011

Crazy Horse - April 7

Well, the captain certainly had different ideas about resting yesterday. He was ready at early morning hours to get over to the Tobago Cays and see the sights there. We had talked about it but were thinking perhaps of the next day to move on. But as I said Bill had different ideas so we took off for the Cays. We motored through a narrow passage to get into the anchorage at times only having 6 in. underneath the keel. Matt and I were up on the bow watching and praying. We made it in and saw Eowyn and Thor IV on moorings.We found a place to anchor and Anna, Bill and I went snorkeling. We saw some turtles of all sizes, many fish and coral. Bill and Anna went out far enough to see a large ray. Anna dove down and came up with a large conch to show us a living breathing conch in action. I. read more...


08/10/2012

Anastasia - Indian Ocean - Day 7

15:56.5S 073:47.1E  1378 miles covered, 970 miles to go Less than 1000 miles to go!  Daniel says he would walk the rest of the way.  Or, rather, he would walk 500 miles and he would walk 500 more ... The waves are a bit more friendly today so we have changed to a single reef in the mainsail and we have sped up accordingly.  Our average speed is 9.2 knots overall, so now we only need to do about 8.1 knots for the rest of the way to arrive in time to clear customs and then take Andrea out for dinner on her birthday (the 13th).  The wind is expected to slacken off for a couple of days but it is still achievable. Today's headline news item concerns provisioning.  It was to be Bertie's special scrambled eggs. read more...


05/05/2012

Comocean - makes a play for the BP Award

Comocean makes a play for the BP AwardAs day two progressed, Comocean has seen every form of relatively peaceful Atlantic weather. At this moment, a true wind speed greater than 6 knots has been hard to come by for about 14 hours.We had some pretty good winds on day one from the East for quite a few hours, then winds transition more southerly.For a moment, the words “wing-on-wing” came out of John Hoffman’s mouth.Not good for a vessel with only human whisker poles…and Norm refused the assignment.We also had a few hours of ENE breezes that have allowed for some good sailing.In the Atlantic Cup, there is a challenge for best boat performance.This allows for corrected times for each boat and deductions for hours spent motoring. So, the teams’ conundrum: Do we. read more...


01/03/2009

La Boheme - 1 March 2009

It all started with the organized venue for the "famous" Recife carnival. We went to see the famous parades but all we saw were backs and heads of the thousands of local spectators, unbelievable noise, heat and cheap plastic tables and chairs, which were gone the moment you got up. All this for a mere 150 R. per head - the rip-off of the century! Not only that the promised view from the balcony was never delivered, but the "Legionnaires Disease" was looming. The cooling in this shack was provided by hosing dirty water over a series of huge fans, thus spraying millions of bacteria across everyone. Unlucky for Greg, weakened already by food poisoning in Salvador, he developed sore throat followed by severe infection of his upper respiratory track. We left Recife on Thursday (26/2), heading. read more...


13/06/2012

North Point - Back in Falmouth

Better late than never – sent it to the wrong blog!Here we are again after a 500nm round trip. We managed to get some emails on Tuesday and didn’t like the look of the future weather systems. Since our plans were to return to the UK at the end of the rally we were concerned about getting back at the appropriate time. After some discussion we were both in agreement that our best option was to return to Falmouth. We had a great sail back – best of our holiday so far! We really enjoyed meeting everyone and hope you all arrive safely and enjoy the rest of the rally. Our thanks to Nick and all the team for all their help and advice (we will get the yellow brick back to you somehow – possibly by coming to Cowes). We are now in a different spot in Falmouth, Falmouth. read more...


07/04/2011

Voyageur - Log day 272 - Drizabone!

4 April 2011Of course we slept soundly not stirring all night. Up at 06.30am we were refreshed, relaxed and ready to leave. There was not a puff of wind in the harbour, it offers such good shelter, but as soon as we headed due north east our thirty knots was back with us blowing straight out of the north east too. We checked at regular intervals for water ingress. The seal was watertight, the locker bone dry. We breathed a sigh of relief. Level with the top of the island the wind increased to forty knots with a confused 'wind against tide' sea, but now at least we could close reach by bearing away to the north. The underwater volcano of Kick 'em Jenny (a corruption of the French Cay qui me gene), lies 7nm off the north east point of Grenada. The water around it is very rough and pilots. read more...


28/02/2009

Andante of Mersey - Carnival time in Recife

Our four day trip from Salvador to Recife wasuneventful and Matthew soon got his sea legs.  We arrived in Recife atnightfall and anchored in the channel awaiting the morning tide. Several cans ofbeer and glasses of wine were drunk before a good nights sleep in the calmwater. We went up the shallow channel into marina at first light.  Themarina was  not up to our expectations ie difficulty hooking up to freshwater and electricity, we had to dinghy ashore and the water was very dirtycontaminated with sewage and all kinds of rubbish;rats were often seen scurryingalong the low sea wall were tied up to. However the yacht club bar, restaurantand lovely swimming pool compensated somewhat.  That night we ventured intoRecife old town where preparations for the carnival were underway.  Wesat in a. read more...


18/11/2012

Puddle Jumper - Preparations

Hello All, We are in Las Palmas, 7 days to go, two ladies and three crew present and correct? George, Harry and Ben went home yesterday having guided the yacht safely from Lanzarote overnight, caught a 15lb Tuna and delivered the older members to the start line! William B & Richard have been here since Wed and seem to know all the people in all the bars so we don’t have to guess how much work has been done! Karen and Anne have brought reinforcements (William M and Charlie) to sort them out and we have made a good start. Charlie is under close guidance in the galley and seems to be responding well to training. He has received a nice new apron from the departing boys which he is looking forward to sporting around town later in the week! Things to do so must go for. read more...


08/11/2012

Habits of Health - Log 2

Greetings from the habits of HealthI am writing you today, Wednesday November 7th, somewheresouthwest of Bermuda and Southeast of the Abacos in the Bahamas - over 600 milesfrom Florida on the mainland of the United States.It is late in the afternoon and we have had a great day of sailing so far. We could not ask for better conditions. In a word, they are ideal... we are on a starboard tack with winds out of the southwest at approximately 20 mph. The Habits of Health is in thegroove at 9 to 11 knots."Beautiful" doesn't begin to describe what we are seeing and experiencing. The temperature is warm and pleasant, the colors a re vibrant -from the deep blueofthe sea to the pastel light blue of the sky dotted with the billowing white towers of cumulo-nimibus clouds.It's a great day to be. read more...


07/10/2012

BRIZO - 8 October 2012

We are nearly half way across the Indian Ocean, expecting to arrive in Mauritius next Tuesday. We have been experiencing high winds (gusts to 42 kts) and large seas (12-15 ft), definitely more than originally forecast. As a result we have been enjoying a fast passage but suffering an uncomfortable ride. There have been times when a majority of the crew has been unable to function normally because of illness. We are very fortunate to have Karson with us as additional crew.Our stop in Cocos Keeling was great, the islands were probably the most beautiful of all the places we've visited on the Rally so far. This is a remote territory of Australia and as a result, has decent infrastructure considering that less than 700 people live there. Still, it is at the very end of the supply chain and. read more...


05/05/2012

Comocean - Second blog

Noon Report from Comocean 5\4 Author Toby HynesAs I report out during my noon watch I can report a great, but interesting, first 24 hours.We estimate we made good about 124 Nautical Miles.Pretty good for a 4 knot wind at the start.I might add, we believe that Comocean was the first to cross the start line (although another boat might debate this fact) in this very tentative breeze condition. The first few hours required some serious motoring to round the west end of Tortola, And Jost Van Dyke.We had made a promise to ourselves to hold at least 5 knots at all times as we meet Joanne, Sue Hoffman and our second shift crew in Bermuda.Before John’s delicious chicken stir fry dinner, we had finally found winds out of the East and were setting a great beam reach to Bermuda.Better than. read more...


11/06/2012

Sookie - Leg 3 Day Two:

In yesterdays start all the ARC yachts set off with the Azorian yachts we raced with previously.  The race around the north of the island made for interesting sailing as it wasn't just a case of point and go across the Atlantic.  The start line was quite short in length therefore with ARC boats and Portugues boats all jockying for position some close quartered sailing was undertaken.  We managed to get to the north of the island first and on heading east the fleet slowly started to spread out.  Last nights sailing conditions were constantly changing with shifting and varying winds accompanied with similar sea states.  Although overall the waves and swell size were reasonably constant.  At the moment we believe we have Nora Sinbad hot on our. read more...


05/05/2012

Comocean - Comocean First Report

Noon Report from Comocean 5\4 Author Toby HynesAs I report out during my noon watch I can report a great, but interesting, first 24 hours.We estimate we made good about 124 Nautical Miles.Pretty good for a 4 knot wind at the start.I might add, we believe that Comocean was the first to cross the start line (although another boat might debate this fact) in this very tentative breeze condition. The first few hours required some serious motoring to round the west end of Tortola, And Jost Van Dyke.We had made a promise to ourselves to hold at least 5 knots at all times as we meet Joanne, Sue Hoffman and our second shift crew in Bermuda.Before John’s delicious chicken stir fry dinner, we had finally found winds out of the East and were setting a great beam reach to Bermuda.Better than. read more...


07/10/2012

Anastasia - Indian Ocean - Day 6

15:13.9S 077:13.5E  1180 miles covered, 1172 to go Passed half way!  We just had champagne and lemon drizzle cake to celebrate. Aside from that not much to report.  The waves are even bigger and they are still close packed.  Every so often Anastasia decides to have a surf down a wave, which is quite like being on the log flume ride at Alton Towers, except the cabin windows deflect the spray so we don't actually get wet. Andrea and I have been hearing voices in the gurgling pipes.  My voices are just too low to be audible, but apparently Andrea's voices keep telling her to add rum to her lemonade. The water in the starboard tank is salty.  Pretty much every part of Anastasia is being pummeled by waves so I suspect some is getting. read more...


07/11/2012

T'ai Chi - Around Cape Hatteras

After an early and rushed start, with a last minute change of route and strategy, Tai Chi left Hampton at 1700 EST with an extra crew member on board. The Arc Bahamas fleet had been advised to head to Beaufort, NC, to wait out a weather system which would bring an intense nor’easter storm right over our originally planned route.  Of the Arc Bahamas fleet, 4 chose the outside route around Cape Hatteras, 2 chose the ICW and 1 decided to wait and cross after the storm had passed. Johnnie, the Arc Bahamas coordinator came aboard Tai Chi just before we left, so he could continue to help coordinate the fleet from Beaufort, North Carolina.We had a nasty 48 hour trip, with thunder, lightening, churning seas, 30 knot winds, gusting to 40 at one point, and two seasick crew members, one of. read more...


28/02/2009

Cleone - CLEONE Leg 24 Day 2 - ITCZ

Or the Doldrums   Bruce and the other Weather Gurus call it the Inter Tropical CovergenceZone (ITCZ).  The rest of us think of it as the Doldrums.  Whatever,it is the area near the Equator where the wind don't blow and the sailing boatsdon't go, though they have always had the problem of getting through it. The only point for debate is how far we are from the other side of it, and whatis the best tactic for getting through it to the nirvana of the North East TradeWinds beyond.  The only satisfaction (if it is that) is that all the otherWorld ARC boats except Baccalieu are in the same weather as we are.  Andthe only reason that Baccalieu is not is that she alone has now crossed theEquator and has reached - she hopes - the Far Side.  The rest of the fleetis motoring hard or not so hard to. read more...


17/06/2012

Gertha 4 - no wind

The rally is on its way, all boats, except two, rushed out at first light.The two left in Bayona are waiting for the wind to come and go before setting off, as the other option was motor fast to beat the wind before it comes on strong.Gertha is waiting as she fails to go under engine with any speed. Murphy is also waiting as lusts after a challenge of sailing against Gerty.It is now 11 am and wind is slowly arriving , looks like a late afternoon departure with some over night. The guys from world cruising have apologised for may be not being on hand to take our lines if we arrive in the small hours; but with the excellent help they always give they can be let off for this.Simon  . read more...


11/06/2012

Luna - Log 20 - Finally fish

Finally we got fish , a fine jack finn Tuna which became a very good dinner for alll four of us and the rest will become a good Tuna sandwich later today. We enjoy good sailing and look forward to get to Lagos in good time Many regards Luna and crew. read more...


18/11/2012

Embla - log 2

Sun, 18. Nov At last the crew is complete. Today we had lovely sailing trip, finished with a delicious lunch outside the marina. It`s a shame that neither Tove or Hedvig is joining us on the crossing. A little presentation of the boat Embla, a Swan 44 mk1.She is a young beauty, only 22 years, completed two circumnavigations and eager to go on a new long journey.. read more...


06/04/2011

Crazy Horse - April 6

What a wonderful day we had yesterday! As many of the guests of the wedding said , the wedding of Jim and Annette was perfect. The weather was perfect with a warm radiant sun. There was a breeze wafting through the church on the top of the hill which overlooked a most magnificent heavenly scenery of the Tobago Cays and the Caribbean Sea. The Church of the Immaculate Conception was filled with love and warm prayers for a lifetime of love together for this couple. The congregation was a group of people who have come through a lot together on a long journey that was filled with many challenges. There were many of the local island people as well who attended this wedding and were part of the magic of making it all happen so perfectly. What a fitting way to all come together to celebrate ,. read more...


18/11/2012

Talulah Ruby II- Log 2 - Tree Planting

A fun morning was had by all as the "Talulah Ruby II" crew took part in replanting the mountain side to re introduce a Forest area just North of Las Palmas. The Arc have sponsored a 5 year program in association with www.fundacionforesta.es, we took part in the 3rd year of the planting project. The 60 participants did quite well and planted 350 trees on the picturesque hill side.We then enjoyed a picnic before heading back to the Marina, just in time for a siesta before the evening party!Michelle and the TR2 team!. read more...


07/10/2012

Ruby - Indian Ocean!

L'Ocean Indien! un rêve devenu réalité. La première parti Bali / Cocos Keeling avec une courte étape a Christmas Island (environ 1000 miles) a été une mise en bouche.Le vent est resté en dessous de 20 noeuds, mer pas tres agitée, soleil. Cocos Keeling est un des derniers atoll de notre tour du monde et est peut être le plus beau. Plages magnifiques, eau transparente, pas d'infrastructure touristique. L'activité principale est l'interception de grosses barques pleines de réfugiés en provenance d'Indonésie, Inde et Pakistan. Nous avons quitté Cocos depuis 5 jours et avons enfin fait connaissance avec "l'Indien"! Apres un premier jour etpremiere nuit tranquille, "l'Indien" s'est reveillé vers 9H00 du 2eme jour. Le réveil a été brutal puisque nous n'avons pas eu le temps d'amener le. read more...


11/06/2012

Irena - Azorski otoki - Lagos pri dan

Po jadranju po arhipelagu azorskih otokov smovceraj ob 12 uri nadaljevali z zadnjo etapo in sicer od St. Marije do Lagosa na portugalskem. Nekaj besed o azorskih otokih. Verjetnoza mene ena od najvecjih odkritij tega potovanja. Z eno besedo, cudovito. Zelo zeleno, zelo mirno, prijetno, urejeno, cisto. Stlana letna temperatura od 18 do 25 stopinj, ustrezna vlaga. Priporocam obisk.Vceraj smo startali zadnjo etapo skupaj z nekaj domacimi jadrnicami, ki so se od nas poslovile na severnem delu otoka Santa Maria. Pihljal je zahodnik do 12 vozlov, kasneje pa se je obrnil na severozahodnik z enako hitrostjo. Morje je bilo mirno in tako smo jadrali najprej z metuljckom nato pa z jadri na desnih uzdah. Vasilij se pocasi privaja na barko in upam, da bova do Umaga dobro sodelovala. Do Lagosa imam. read more...


17/06/2012

Seraphina - Pre dawn breakout from Bayona - Sunday

Yes our misfortune with the weather systems continues. No sign of the Portuguese northerly trades.New depression with a forecast of strong southerlies caused us an early start for Povoa de Varzim.Currently very head winds so motoring. No dolphins yet but nice sunrise.Ian and Sally. read more...


28/02/2009

Talulah Ruby II - Talulahrubians at Carnival

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05/04/2011

Crazy Horse - April 5

This is Mayreau, The Grenadines. This is the big day of the wedding and also the party for Jutta and Jochem. The boats from the ARC are really starting to gather here again to be a part of all the celebrations. This is a lively island filled with little bars and restaurants build right off the back or side of their homes. Dennis's Hideaway is a quiet little place (except for the bleating goats and chickens) with a pool and a view that is spectacular. The walk up the hill is a killer but you have to remember you are going to take a dip in the pool and see the sights and it makes it okay.We met a wonderful couple from Michigan , Deb and Neil, who offered to help in the wedding any way they could. They run a restaurant back home and have certainly gotten sucked into the joy of the. read more...


07/11/2012

Escapade - Day 5 - Fish On

Our luck changed today!!!This afternoon we hooked up 2 dolphin, so it's fresh Mahi Mahi for dinner tonight.The sailing has been full speed ahead since yesterday (11/6) morning with winds 15-20+ knots.Although a bit bouncy our here, we are making excellent time.IMG_4315. read more...


05/05/2012

Surprise - day 2

We motored some of the night but havea lovely and unprdicted NW wind allowing us a 6-7 kt sail, though slightly off our course.We are also doing some celestial nav.We discovered we are in the east river.Actually within 3 nm of our GPS site.. read more...


16/06/2012

Gertha 4 - Bayona

42.07N 8.50W The last two days of Biscay were great fun, Gertha was in romp mode, the last few hours were light but the donkey was never used. We are pleased to be the fastest Hanse 370.The guys from World Cruising continue to excel in their managment of the event, it is hard to think what they could do to improve anything.Brian contiues to have problems with a high wind passage, Trevor is remaining on his diet and looks good for it.S  . read more...


04/04/2011

Voyageur - Log day 271 - About turn!

2 April 2011We were up and away by 7am, half an hour behind Tzigane. David had had a poor night's sleep, the anchor kept growling and grinding on the rocky bottom. I slept in the cockpit and fared better but did wake on several occasions as great gusts of wind spun us around. Our anchor came up clean as a whistle. Very unusual. I think we had been hanging on to a rock all night. As we sailed up the lee of the island great gusts would come sweeping down the mountains to be followed by nothing. One minute we would be cracking along at over seven knots, the next under four. Five miles on we noticed the water under the floor filling much more quickly. If you remember, the problem had started a few days out from Brazil but provided we did not slam into the waves it was just a case of mopping. read more...


11/06/2012

Hanami II - Back to Europe and France

Good morning,   The return trip should not last very long now that we are in the Biscay Bay with lots of boats around. Pushed by a few low since we left Bermuda we are approaching les Sables d'Olonne and have 269 mmiles left. At 6 to 7 kts average we should be there Tuesday evening or during the night. A couple of friends, from Alubat mainly, will welcome us, take a few pictures they said and help with the lines. Friends are verything! So far it has been a nice trip with a few times where we have been a bit shaked but not too much and Hanami enjoyed the wind, waking up regularly above 15 to 20 N of wind and racing forward steadily. Once the amount of sails is adjusted and she is well balanced it is great. I hope you are well, had a great WE, with more sun than. read more...


07/10/2012

Matilda - Doing The Hooley Hooley

(sung to the tune of Do The Hokey Kokie) You put your main reef inYour main reef outIn out in out, you're shaken all aboutThe wind blows a hooley and you turn around Thats when we all throw upSquall Hooley hooley hooleySquall hooley hooley hooleySquall hooley hooley hooley Thats when we all throw up You get blown North You get blown SouthNorth, South, North, South, zigzagging all aboutA wave dumps you down and your thrown aboutThat's when we all throw up.(repeat verse)You get soaked leftYou get soaked rightLeft right left right then one in the face Dripping to the pants, steaming all night(repeat verse)This crossing started with such promise; flying the Parasailor all day and into the first night, keeping up with boats we would have expected to leave us in their wakes. Then at about 11pm. read more...


06/11/2012

Altair - Sailing As It Should Be!

Today reminds us why we like to sail offshore. The boat is moving along at6-8 knots; ocean swells are minimal; sky is blue. Some dolphins came out toplay beside the boat for a while this morning; a flock of Great Blue Heronsflew by on their way to the Caribbean (they will get there before we do!).And the fishing line is out.Last night, everyone slept well and got overthe lingering effects of seasickness. We are rapidly peeling off layers ofclothing...long underwear and sweaters have been replaced with light weightpants and short sleeved T-shirts. The fleece sleeping bags we have beenusing for blankets are rolled up and stowed away. We are heading south asfast as we can go to get under that nasty low pressure area that is formingin the next few days. No one wants a repeat of the storm we. read more...


17/11/2012

Enya - Lagos to Las Palmas in Detail

Here is an update of this trip so far. We flew to Lagos on Thursday 1 November & set sail for Porto Santo after watching the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday 4 November. We had quite strong winds and fairly rough seas but did 454 miles in under 65 hours, averaging 7 knots, mostly under Genoa alone. We had a potential problem when the engine room fire alarm sounded soon after starting the engine to enter the harbour. There was some smoke in the engine room but not obvious cause. Once in, we checked the engine & did find some oil that must have been spilled when the engine was serviced in Lagos. We assume that it moved around in the rough seas to a position where it was heated enough to give off smoke. As we got in early in the day, we managed to fix up a taxi tour of the island. read more...


28/02/2009

Kasuje - Leaving Forteleza (Skippers log 27th Feb)

Hi from Skipper Steve We are just a few hours into our 1000nm passagefrom Forteleza to Cayenne in French Guyana. Forteleza turned out to be a littlegem with an excellent marina complex in front of the 5 star Marina Park Hotel,with power, fresh water, easy refueling and asupermarket just 5 minutes away. Also for a very modest fee, considering therates were 150 Uk pounds for the cheapest room, we had full use of the hotelfacilities. So we enjoyed a very pleasant pit stop there and prepared for ourlonger passage across the Amazon delta to French Guyana. Bruce our weathermanhas predicted difficult sailing conditions for the first couple of days until wereach the Northern hemisphere NE trade belt hopefully at about 1 degree North.Until then we can expect mixed squally conditions with a lot of. read more...


27/02/2009

Cleone - CLEONE Leg 24 Day 2 - Tri-Radial

And today it burned bright.   Well you all know by now what the Skipper is like.  We had had apeaceful night.  It was warm and the stars shone, there was a banana-likemoon, and Volker pointed out the stars to us.  A light sailingbreeze with a calm sea completed the picture.  So there we were, poledout genoa and full main, making five knots or so, with a bit extra from thecurrent thrown in, for hour after hour.  Great; this was just what sailingin the tropics is meant to be like.  But come the dawn, come the skipper,still nursing his cold and sore throat contracted in Recife.  He wants theSpinnaker up.  Soon we are all rushing about like mad things, and before weknow where we are, its there in all its magnificence.  Billowing cloudsof white canvas (No, Dacron - Ed) were drawing Cleone. read more...


17/11/2012

Enya - How Enya Got Here

Fred bought Enya in Connecticut in 2004 & had her sailed across the Atlantic, through the Mediterranean and into the Adriatic in early 2005, joining her delivery trip in Cadiz. She spent the rest of that and the following three seasons based in Rogoznica, from where she explored the beautiful coastline and islands of Croatia, from Umag in the north to Cavtat in the south, including a trip to the striking Bay of Kotor in Montenegro.In 2009 she sailed back to Troon (Scotland), via Almerimar (Spain), Smir (Morocco), Cadiz (Spain), Lagos (Portugal), Coruna (Spain), the Bay of Biscay, Newlyn, Land's End and Padstow (England), Milford Haven (Wales), Dublin (Ireland), Peel (the Isle of Man), Bangor (Northern Ireland) and Campbeltown and Brodick (Scotland), where she finished the season. read more...


06/11/2012

Escapade - Day 4 - smooth sailing, no fish

Last night we motored until the wind picked up at about 7 this morning (Tuesday, 11/6), and it has been smooth sailing under beautiful blue skies ever since (now it is about 1 PM).Where are the fish though?To date, this little guy, held by Deitmar, is all we've seen.Poor flying fish was found on the bow this morning..IMG_4313. read more...



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