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22/07/2008

Jus'Do It 3 - more jobs...

Monday 21st JulyEveryone is busy today with boat jobs. We try to get a hire car but it’s a holiday and they’re all booked out – eventually we manage to get one arranged for late this afternoon. The hotel is so good that Ian and Annie and Phil decide to stay another night. The boat’s upside down as there’s repairs going on and tools everywhere so this suits everyone. The weather is still beautiful and apparently has been for weeks - it’s hot and sunny during the day but with a breeze and cool at nights. We’re keen to get ourselves organised so we can go cruising until we get the weather window we’re waiting for but some of the jobs are taking longer than hoped with the usual trail round several places looking for the right size of nut, for. read more...


22/07/2008

Cleone - Vanuatu - Part 3, Port Vila

Diving and Sails pre-occupy us in Port Vila. There was a small fleet of boats crossing overnight from Tanna to Epate, on which is sited Port Vila, the capital of Vanuatu.  As daylight broke and we neared the entrance to the bay leading into Port Vila, the skipper spotted a small tear in our mainsail.  Mostly because of this, we stayed in Port Vila for rather longer than intended.  But it was also because we needed a break, and because Port Vila, the capital of Vanuatu, offers all the modern amenities one could wish for - ATMs, telephones (but not for the Skipper's Mobile), Internet and so on.  More to the point, it also houses Vanuatu's only sail-maker, but more of that anon.   As the harbour opened up before us, we lingered until engine troubled Kasuje was safely alongside, escorted by. read more...


07/11/2010

A Lady - Struggling our way around the World (at Sea)

Sunday, 7th November 2010 This log is being postponed due to wild conditions at sea. We are at present 90 miles from Richards Bay as I type this in tough conditions. Hopefully we will arrive at our destination this afternoon at 4pm GMT (UTC).. read more...


08/04/2012

Ensemble - Day 90 (7 April 2012): Taiohae Bay, Nuka Hiva to Oa Pua

Greetings and Happy Easter from yacht Ensemble.We have spent the last few days in Taiohae Bay, Nuka Hiva.Overall, you can't help but feel impressed with the Marquesas. The islands are beautiful, good climate, friendly people, clean towns - and french cuisine.We started off in Nuka Hiva with a very daunting refuelling exercise. The fuel dock is really set up for big ships - and they just don't seem to understand that gel caot and concrete barriers don't mix. A number of the other WARC boats have had trouble - most having difficulty getting the anchor to grip - and then having problems with the stern lines being too close or too tight in the swell. We discussed this amongst the catamaran crews and decided the best bet was to tie up and an angle - with plenty of line - and also have extra. read more...


08/04/2012

Sapphire II - Gallah in Ahe

Just as we were prepping to leave Ahe to go to Takaroa, in came Glamarous Gallah and Bronwyn. So of course we will stay for a few more hours to offer hospitality and catch up with the news. It is 1330 hours and we plan to move through the pass into the ocean around 1700 when slack water is due.It is Saturday, 7 April and the kids on the atoll (58 of them) have been on an Easter Egg hunt this morning. This we learned from talking to the local school teacher!photo. read more...


22/07/2008

Cleone - Vanuatu - Part 2, Erromango

Big welcome from a small village. We thought we had been very well looked after in Port Resolution, and so we were.  The leg from Tanna to Port Villa is too long for a comfortable day, but about half way along is an island called Erromango.  Its not one of the smaller ones, but you won't find much about it in the guide books as not many people live there.  But Dillon's Bay is shown as a good anchorage, with a wide open approach and the small village of Unpongkor on the bank of a stream at the centre of it.  So, together with six of our friends (Kasuje, Quasar, Jus'doit, Harmonie, Wizard and Strega), we decided to make an overnight stop there.   Arriving towards the end of the afternoon after an exhiliarating sail in a fresh South Westerly, our first challenge was to ensure that Kasuje. read more...


06/11/2010

Voyageur - Log day 191 - Watching the weather....

6 November 2010Throughout the day we headed on a north westerly course to get back up to our rhumb line and beyond. The wind gradually eased and the engine was fired up for the first time in three days. Now well beyond the south west corner of Madagascar we are still feeling the effects of an adverse current. We have received information from the weather forecaster that we must head for a waypoint 50nm to the north of the rhumb line and 100nm out from the coast so that when we pick up the south going Agulhas current it will allow us to approach Richards Bay with the direction of flow in our favour. This notorious current has a fearsome reputation, the effects of which are felt up to 100nm offshore...At the magic hour.....At the magic hour of 2am, my watch, we had just 500nm to go. We had. read more...


22/07/2008

Jus'Do It 3 - Sunday 20th

st1\:*{behavior:url(#default#ieooui) }Sunday 20th JulyAs it’s Sunday everything is very quiet and closed at this end of town. Everyone gets up and wanders in different directions for a while , then after getting a few boat job done the full crew decide to head over to Bay de Citron for Sunday lunch. Just before leaving Annie gets a reply to one of the weather requests she has sent- it’s not looking good as Bob McDavit the weather man advises not attempting a crossing to Oz until 30th July due to gales forecast for the Queensland coast. This is going to be a problem for Kevin (who’s due to fly home from Sydney on 31st July) and Stewy (who hopes to be flying over to Perth to see his son Andrew by then). Regardless of this, we all agree we will not leave until the forecast. read more...


07/04/2012

Matilda - Capsizing, Manta Rays, Sharks and Sickness

I know Heather only posted a blog a couple of days ago, but it's been an action-packed few days! If you caught our last blog, you will know we were at anchor in Fatu Hiva having just walked up to the waterfall and had a lovely dip in the splash-pool there. A few hours later, David and Caroline from Peat Smoke came over for sun-downers before we made our way in their dinghy for our dinner date with the local family...It seems the family the other World Arc-ers had dinner with was busy that night, so we ended up at someone else's place for dinner. Unlike the stories we'd heard of Simon, the excellent host Zoe and 12 Moons had, the head of this family was the local police chief, and a fairly humourless bloke he seemed too. The food was excellent though (mostly local specialities) so we had. read more...


06/11/2010

Voyageur - Log day 190 - A Rose between Two Thorns!

4 November 2010I don't know what caused it but shortly after lunch we found ourselves in the roughest of seas. Poor Voyageur was tossed around all over the place, things that normally stay put flying about the cabin. David was thrown half out of the sea berth. And it wasn't as if the wind was that strong, 20knots from the south east. We tried to figure out what was going on. Clearly we could not continue like this. We studied the ocean and saw were in a crazy cross swell. So, we jibed. A transformation took place and peace was restored once more above and below decks. Voyageur surfed down the waves with ease at times reaching over 10knots. It grew suddenly cold. The cockpit screen went up and we stayed warm behind its snug shelter that it gave from the wind. Now a new challenge was. read more...


06/11/2010

Crazy Horse - Nov. 6

Just wanted to say I am pleased that Matt decided to finally write a blog. You can really get a feeling of our family functions aboard Crazy Horse and at home with our other children and their families from that entry. That is pretty much the humor and emotional banter that we use with each other. It keeps things hopping and there is usually never a dull moment.We are about 437 miles from our waypoint off the coast near Richards Bay. Some of the boats have arrived at the waypoint and must wait until the weather calms down before they can proceed through the channel. So they will wait there with sails down and motors on until the waves and current abate somewhat. We are about 90 miles from some of the boats that reported their positions today. Perhaps we will catch up with them in time. read more...


22/07/2008

Jus'Do It 3 - Saturday 19th

st1\:*{behavior:url(#default#ieooui) }Saturday 19th JulyWe arrive at the pass late morning after motoring all night. There’s still not a breath of wind but the sun is shining for a change and we enjoy the mountainous views of New Caledonia. It’s a stunning landscape and once we’ve entered the lagoon there’s several islets and varying features such as black or white sandy coves,iron red rugged cliffs and green hillsides. The closer we get to Noumea the busier the lagoon becomes with a variety of yachts and pleasure boats and dinghies racing in the distance. As we approach the harbour we radio in to request a berth - the marina sounds very busy so we’re relieved when we are told we have priority as we have still to clear customs. Luckily we get a berth right. read more...


07/04/2012

Serendipity - Le Docteur Qui en les Isles Marquises?

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07/04/2012

Serendipity - Breaking News - Caukill Corp to move domicile abroad?

Friday 6th April:  Baie Taiohae, Nuku Hiva, Iles Marquises, South Pacific Ocean 8 55.60S  140 06.4W Today’s Blog by David  (Time zone UTC -9.5 (sic))   Sources close to the company tell us that there are plans afoot to move the domicile of Caukill Corporation abroad. They go on to say that the whole Head Office complement is currently travelling to the  South Pacific where it is intended that the Corporation will be based for the foreseeable future.   “Personally, I don’t see it” said Jack, a rather attractive black and white Cocker Spaniel that lives locally. “Their roots are here and to here they will return.” However, it wasn’t hard to hear the opposing view:  “High taxes, Hosepipe bans and rubbish. read more...


22/07/2008

Jus'Do It 3 - preparing to leave -14th July

st1\:*{behavior:url(#default#ieooui) }Monday 14th JulyThe crew are split as to whether to leave Tuesday or Wednesday. The decision is reached to get all the jobs done today – weather forecast, shopping, customs, boat and sail repairs etc so we are ready to leave when we want to. While everyone is out and Phil is aboard carrying out some repairs a very stroppy little Ozzy arrives telling us we have to move from the pontoon. Phil tells him to come back when the owner is aboard. Later, while Annie’s aboard he returns – he’s an extremely odd little character but Annie and he manage to come to an arrangement  - we’ll pay a docking fee once he works it out (which she doubts he’ll be able to do!) – no problem . In the evening we all go to Chill restaurant – a full table. read more...


06/11/2010

Chessie - World ARC 2010

Nach der anstrengensten Ueberfahrt die bislang interessantesten Inseln - Mauritius und Reunion.Nun waehrend ich dies schreibe, segeln bzw. motoren wir bei stahlendem Sonnenschein - mal zu wenig Wind, mal bestes Segelwetter - an Madagascar vorbei in Richtung Richardsbay in Suedafrika, und ich muss richtig nachdenken, was denn an dem Schlag von Cocos-Keeling nach Mauritius so stressig war.Zum einen Teil gingen uns die permanenten heftigen Regenguesse eine Woche lang zu Beginn des Toerns ziemlich auf die Nerven..Unser Schiff ist doch lange nicht so dicht, wie wir dachten, darueber haben allerdings zu unserer Beruhigung mehrere Schiffe der Flotte erheblich in Mauritius geklagt.Daneben waren Wind und Seegang eine Belastungsprobe fur das. read more...


06/11/2010

A Lady - Munching our way around the World (presently at sea, SW of Madagascar)

Friday, 5th November 2010     (Day 7 at Sea) 00.00hrs Skipper's watch until 02.00hrs, another beautiful night at sea. All those stars that never cease to enthrall us.Flat seas, NNE 22 knot breeze, just magic. 01.00hrs We have a 1 knot current in our favor, an hour later, it was against us, such is the current situation out here (excuse the expression) When it gets rough out here, Terry comes into his own with expressions like "why am I here in this? Why am I not at home sailing around the Yacht Club floor?" and of course he is singing it to a tune as well. All this when we are heading for a cauldron of boiling seas 100 miles off the coast of South Africa. The weather forecast is predicting strong to galeforce southerly winds from the. read more...


22/07/2008

Jus'Do It 3 - Leaving vanuatu - and the ARC!......wednesday 16th July

st1\:*{behavior:url(#default#ieooui) }Wednesday 16th July & Thursday 17th July  The Jus’do it’s ARE leaving today… but first of all we’ve arranged to have breakfast at the little French café with  Paul, Andy and Andreas. There we meet Gerry and Izolda of Northern Skies – more farewells. Then it’s a quick trip to the duty free to buy an ipod station as the music system has packed in and all have the distinct impression Kevin that will not survive without music! Phil gets his supply of booze and fags, then we’re back to the boat – more goodbyes to Phil and Fay, James , Andreas, Jens, Johanna and others, then we’re untied and waved off. While motoring out Andante radio to warn of big seas and a lot of wind. The sails are up before leaving the bay and. read more...


07/04/2012

BRIZO - 8 April 2012 HOT-HOT-HOT!!!

We are over halfway to the Tuamotu Islands, there is no wind and we are experiencing very hot and humid conditions whilst at sea. We have been motoring nearly the entire distance since departing Nuku Hiva and are looking forward to our arrival on the island of Manihi. Unfortunately we did not have a chance to clean our hull's bottom in the Marquesas and the heavy fouling is slowing our speed by approximately one knot! We had originally expected to arrive Sunday but it now looks like Monday morning at dawn.We have all agreed that this has probably been the most boring passage of the Rally so far: the drone of the engine, the inescapable heat day-and-night, and the lack of energy to do much of anything. Somehow Corinne persuaded the girls to work on their special reports for school. read more...


07/04/2012

BRIZO - Daily Log, Thursday, March 22, 2012

Its been a few days since we last sent an update so I include all our exciting news in this log. Unfortunately, we will not make it to Hiva Oa today. The winds disappeared early yesterday morning and we sailed for most of the day at a painstaking slow pace. We have 79 miles to go and will plan to get into Hiva Oa very early tomorrow morning.On Tuesday, we finally caught another fish! As Audrey and Kathryn describe it, "it was the most beautiful turquoise, green, blue and yellow 43" Mahi Mahi." It was very tasty! We had sashimi as an appetizer and nice fillets for dinner last night. Hubs rigged up a new lure and with any luck we'll catch another fish before we arrive in Hiva Oa.We set the spinnaker for the second time on this leg on Tuesday. We had light winds and the spinnaker did a nice. read more...


22/07/2008

Jus'Do It 3 - Friday 18th

st1\:*{behavior:url(#default#ieooui) }Friday 18th JulyWe decide to spend the day relaxing on the island and leave tonight at sunset. Stewy, Phil and Kevin head off round the island in the hire car leaving Annie, Ian and Alex aboard. Ian carries out some outboard repairs, Annie catches up with correspondence and Alex cleans the rudder. The three then go snorkelling on the reef. It’s good snorkelling; Alex sees a sea snake and Ian and Annie see a moray eel. The water is very clear (if a bit cold) and turtles and small squid are in good view all around the boat. After the shore party returns, Ian, Annie and Alex do a whistle stop tour to a couple of places of interest. Notre Dame Church involves a short uphill walk to where there are great views all over the island. The church is in. read more...


06/11/2010

Lady Ev.VI - Dailylog 05. Nov.2010, Lady Ev. Vi

Eigentlich gibt es nichts Neues zu berichten.Waehrend des 0900 Uhr Round-calls mit Positionsabfrage hat die Yacht "EOWYN" unterbrochen, um moeglichst aledie Nachricht zukommen zu lassen.Eowyn hatte E-Mail-Kontakt zu Bruce Buckley, unserem Wetterberater, der uns schon viele gute Vorhersagen, genau auf unsere Flotte zugeschnitten, zugesendet hat. Bruce warnt davor, bei dem vorausgesagten Suedwest-Wind, der dann genau gegen den Agulhas-Strom entlang des Kueste Suedafrikas bei Richards Bay stehen wuerde, nicht der Kueste mehr als ca. 200 sm zu naehern, da dann eine schwere, grobe, brechende See entstuende. Nette Aussichten...Du naeherst dich der mit Sehnsucht erwarteten Kueste mit frischem Brot (unseres haben wir wieder einmal gesamt ueber Bord geworfen...Frage:" Mag jemand einen blauen Wald. read more...


05/11/2010

Voyageur - Log day 189 - Slowly to South Africa

3 November 20102am, again, my watch. We have been motor sailing all day on a calm sea. Gradually the wind had backed more to the south so we tentatively unfurled a small section of genoa to test our repair. It looked remarkably good and we were mightily relieved. Without it our ETA in Africa was looking more like Christmas! The wind suddenly filled in from the east south east. We unfurled the rest the sail. Off we went, the engine silenced at last. We reveled in the peace and quiet and Voyageur's easy downwind motion. We still have three knots of current against us so instead of her eight knots through the water we are only going a slow five. We must be patient. I think we will not pick up a favorable current until we are well past Madagascar and on across the bottom of the Mozambique. read more...


22/07/2008

Jus'Do It 3 - Tuesday 15th July

Tuesday 15th JulyWe spend the morning finishing off jobs, getting final shopping and saying more goodbyes….this is becoming a bit of a long drawn out process. In the afternoon we hire a taxi man to take us on a little tour out of town. Alex is staying in town to spend her last Vanuatuan cash. We visit the waterfalls which are a 20 minute hike up from the main road. Ian, Annie, Kevin and Phil set off up-hill (Stewy decides to stay put). It turns into a steep climb very quickly – Phil decides to opt out and gets left behind while the others press on. When we get there we’re glad we did as the falls are probably the most spectacular we’ve seen – a 100’ treble cascade of clear water onto rounded turquoise boulders and into shallow pools. Shortly afterwards, Phil arrives at. read more...


07/04/2012

Anastasia - Cocktail hour on the foredeck

In preparation for our trip to the waterfall in the morning we rationed ourselves to one cocktail on the foredeck.  It was a full moon and Bertie decided to try the 3200 ASA setting on his camera to see if he could photo us in the moonlight.  Here is the result.  The shutter time was still about three seconds which is why it is a bit blurry.  I don't know how Estella can hold a smile for three seconds.  I always end up looking like I just ate a lemon. A55. read more...


21/07/2008

Cleone - in Vanuatu - Part 4, Espiritu Santu

Diving and Sails pre-occupy us in Port Vila. It is a hundred and sixty miles or so from Port Vila to Espiritu Santo, and our voyage was, inevitably, more like a forced march than a gentle cruise - we had no time to enjoy the islands where we made our short over-night stops.  We did not see Harmonie again until our arrival in Luganville (and Lady Kay has now left the Rally), the Capital of Espiritu Santu and the second largest town in Vanuatu.  It was a windy night, but our anchorage in Crab Bay on the island of Malakula was perfectly sheltered, and we slept soundly.  As we drank our early morning tea in the cockpit whilst waiting for the dawn sun to give us enough light to see the reefs, we cast our minds back and realised that this was the first ever anchorage where we had been entirely. read more...


05/11/2010

Crazy Horse - Nov. 5

Dear Friends,Big Mama has been asking me to do this blog for quite some time now. I know its been eleven months. I just never felt the need to say anything. I realize that her legion of loyal readers may stage an uprising when this is posted, but I need to explain in my own words what happened yesterday when our beloved A-sail needed to come down.As it is every a sail change takes place aboard Crazy Horse, first there is a long heated debate about how we need to sail faster (Bill), how the sail won't work in these conditions (Me), or how everything we do is too damn dangerous and we're crazy for wanting to fly the spinnaker in these winds (Big Mama). After we have had sufficient time to anger ourselves to an alarming degree, the sail inevitably goes up so we can prove the Captain wrong.. read more...


07/04/2012

Anastasia - Daniel's bay

8:56.6S 140:09.8W  Daniel's bay in Nuka Hiva is the starting point for a hike to a waterfall which we will be doing tomorrow.  It is two hours each way, so we plan to set off at 8:00 am, so we can walk there before it gets too hot.  We will get hot walking back, but there is no easy way to schedule a five hour trip during daylight hours without some overlap with the mad dogs and Englishmen. A53. read more...


07/04/2012

Sapphire II - 2 April, Au Revoir to Paradise

We depart today for the 500 mile passage to Ahe, at the northeastern end of the Tuamotus archipelago.We have seen so many beautiful sights over our 12 days in the magnificent Marquesas that words alone cannot describe what we've experienced.The overriding memories are of the incredible bounty of nature at its most magnificent: fertile, fruitful, and floral. The bays we anchored in were wide, deep and with good holding, generally surrounded by high, emerald green peaks with masses of coconut palms on the lower slopes. The meals we have experienced in private homes and modest restaurants have been delightful. And perhaps most memorable have been the Polynesians, who are gentle and seemingly always smiling. And why wouldn't they. They live in a beautiful, natural, unspoiled paradise. Sad to. read more...


21/07/2008

Kasuje - Log Tuesday 22nd

Hi from Skipper SteveA short report to let you know we hit Australia at 01.00 today!!!! Mackay was our land fall and we are now sitting in quarantine awaiting the arrival of the multitude of officials who hopefully will prove us satisfactory to step on their lands!!!The 6 1/2 day passage from Vanuatu has been wonderful ,great sailing ,a little bumpy at first, brilliant company and we have kept laughing all the way. So now it's some sleep and then we are off on a week of Northy's tours up to Cairns.All are well.Kind RegardsSkipper Steve. read more...


04/11/2010

A Lady - Sailing around the World (Presently at sea south of Madagascar, heading to South Africa)

Thursday, 4th November 2010   (Day 6 at Sea) 00.00hrs We are crossing the Mozambique channel, just SW of Madagascar. The wind is blowing 35/40 knots from the E and the seas are very, very rough, however we are scooting along at 9 to 10 knots. Down below, things are flying in all directions, cups, glasses bottles are rattling around in the presses despite all the tea towels stuffed around them. We are rattling ourselves, and the beautiful A Lady is shuddering under the pressure of it all. Neil and Skipper are on deck, and there are gale warnings flying in all directions to match everything else. We even had to venture into the Lazarette to secure the diving bottle, which had broken free of its straps, and was banging all over the place........... This is. read more...


05/11/2010

Lady Ev.VI - Dailylog Lady Ev. VI, 4. November 2010

Hallo, Ihr Lieben daheim und vor den Computern,unser "vesseltracker" sagt euch, genau, wo wir sind, nicht wahr? Also, wir segel gerade suedlich von Madagaskar Richtung Richard´s Bay zum afrikanischen Festland hin.Aber ihr seht nicht, wie es um unsere weltumseglungsgestaelten Gemueter steht!!!So schwer ist uns noch keine Passage gefallen wie diese, und diese haben wir noch nicht einmal zur Haelfte "bezwungen".Erinnert ihr euch an den launigen Song "Wir lagen vor Madagaskar..."?Ich kann euch ein Lied davon singen:Die Passage ist lang, ca. 1350 sm, aber das waren andere Ueberfahrten auch und noch laenger.Es sind wohl die seltsamen Stromverhaeltnisse, z.B. 2 bis 3 kn Strom gegenan, die uns nahezu verzweifeln lassen. Stellt euch mal ein Schiffchen vor, das mit 5 kn den Rhein hinauffaehrt; der. read more...


20/07/2008

Jus'Do It 3 - leaving do!

Sunday 13th JulyAn Arc lunch do and prize-giving at the Anchor Inn – we win first prize for the Muscat Cove to Tanna leg. There’s a few speeches (Kieron’s farewell speech) and announcements, birthdays etc. Afterwards this inevitably turns into a party with champagne flowing and ends up at the Waterfront bar – officially our leaving the Arc do!The night ends with a hilarious discussion between Andreas (Strega - another Beneteau 47.7) and Ian regarding who has the biggest spinnaker.  Andreas,of course, knows exactly how big his spinnaker is whereas Ian has no idea but is adamant that his is by far the biggest (and best) !. read more...


06/04/2012

Anastasia - Anastasia's snowdome

8:54.9S 140:05.9W Our first evening in Nuka Hiva was spent just chilling out.  We found some Tahitian gin and tonic water in a supermarket (the Gordens gin costs $60 a bottle here) and went back to Anastasia to see how it compared with "real" gin.  It is a cross between gin and ouzo but quite drinkable after a couple.    The chilling out evolved into defrosting the icemaker, at which point Bertie discovered that sticking your face in the ice bucket and blowing the snow around feels like snow in your face when skiing.  Here is Andrea "skiing" with Bertie throwing more snow at her to enhance the experience.  Sapphire may have a snooker table and Ensemble a tennis court but only Anastasia has a snowdome. 95A. read more...


06/04/2012

Anastasia - Leaving Ua Pou

Yesterday morning we left Ua Pou to head across to Nuka Hiva, the last island we will be visiting in the Marquesas.  Ua Pou made a good Polynesian backdrop as we sailed away. 954. read more...


20/07/2008

Jus'Do It 3 - sail to Port Vila - curry night!

Saturday 12th JulyPhil gets the team up before dawn and we’re heading out of the bay as the sun is rising – the sails are up by 6.15am. It’s 70 miles to Port Vila with a big sea and 20-25 knots of wind. We’re averaging 8- 10 knots on a broad reach and after a good sail we make good time arriving in Port Vila at 3pm. There are lots of big boats anchored in the mouth of the bay and we hear over the radio that Kealoha is too big to get under the power cable to get to the main anchorage. This causes a bit of concern but when we get close Mandy kindly manages to get us a slot before the power cable where we can tie stern to next to Into the Blue. This suits us perfectly as we’re right by the centre of town. Our new crew member, Kevin is waiting on the quayside to help. read more...


04/11/2010

Voyageur - Log day 188 - A slow boat to South Africa

2 November 2010 At 2am, my watch again, I had to get David up. A ship although still 9nm away was coming up behind. His CPA (closest point of approach) was just over 1nm so we wanted to make sure that he had seen us on his radar. I prefer not to talk to big ships. Once in the Atlantic I found myself being "chatted up" by the watch keeper and he started to ask a lot of questions. It may have been innocent enough but now I always think it best if David does the talking. Suddenly we had a wind shift of 130degrees, then heavy rain. Now the wind was coming straight out of the south west, bang on the nose. Luckily it was light, seven to eight knots, so the swell was minimal. We furled the genoa and motored on our rhumb line. But we could make no more than four and a half to five knots with the. read more...


05/04/2012

Anastasia - The beach at Oa Pou

Some of the beaches in Oa Pou have "flower stones" which are a unique form of black volcanic rock, like snowflake obsidian with yellow snowflakes instead of white.  Andrea and I walked from the anchorage to a nearby beach on a rock hunt.  We found some interesting rocks but none were flower stones.  Still, it was a nice walk and a beautiful beach. 94D. read more...


20/07/2008

Jus'Do It 3 - bound for Erromango - Friday 11th

st1\:*{behavior:url(#default#ieooui) }Friday 11th JulyAfter a restful night we breakfast on bacon sandwiches then the dinghy’s stowed and we’re bound for Erromango by 8.15am. Sailing conditions are perfect – we’re on a broad reach with 20-25 knots of wind, 8-9 knots speed and clear blue skies cruising along the coast of Tanna . Leaving the Tanna coast we alter course for a downwind run and goose-wing the sails heading for Dillon Bay on the west coast of Erromango. Both Annie and Alex take a turn on the helm; Alex hits a top speed of 13.5 knots as we’re surfing down the waves – a great sail, the best for a while. We arrive at 3pm and are accompanied briefly by some dolphins who play with our bow. There are 5 other Arc boats already anchored and 2 others arrive. read more...


04/11/2010

Crazy Horse - Nov. 4

We are rolling along now with no engine and only the Asail. We had much discussion whether to use it or use the jib. Bill won out with the spinnaker. We are making good progress toward our waypoint to the south of Madagascar. We are trying to stay away from the currents and the waves off the coast. Then we will head toward a more westerly direction toward Richard's Bay. We heard that the lead boats might be close to a weather system off the coast of Africa that is producing gale force winds and dangerous breaking waves. We wish them well and that they can stay well away from that system. They should be aware of the system through our weather service and the net.Now we have winds from ENE from 15-22kts. We are still about 100 miles from the rest of the fleet.Rosemary , Bill and. read more...


04/11/2010

A Lady - Sailing around the World

Wednesday, 3rd November 2010      (Day 5 at Sea) 00.00hrs Another beautiful night at sea, but miss a full moon. However, the wind is steadily increasing so we decided to take down the "Bag of Fear" and set up a goose wing, ie headsail out on a port pole, mainsail out to starboard and the staysail inbetween. The wind was now blowing a steady 26knots from the E. 06.00hrs As mentioned previously, there is a lot of ships passing at all times, but now, with Aileen and Skipper on deck a container ship passed just a mere 300m away, and that was after we altering course. For us, that was too blinking close. Sunrise was spectacular, this huge ball of fire creeping up over the eastern horizon, words cannot describe the view...... The. read more...


20/07/2008

Jus'Do It 3 - more kava and roasted pig - thursday 10th

Thursday 10th JulyA lot of the boats are leaving this morning – Kieron comes for  Palmerston photos and boiled eggs. Rosie from Kealoha has arranged another car tour but when everyone arrives the itinerary has completely changed as there’s been a family fallout in one of the villages. While alternatives are being discussed – Ian, Annie, Stewy and Alex all go to the little local museum where we learn more about local customs and see a painting of a cannibal feast that a British artist witnessed in this very village in the 1800s. On the car tour there’s a visit to a tree house built high in a huge banyan tree – both very common here. Everyone is squashed into a pick- up truck and we’re again hanging on for dear life while also trying hard to avoid a whipping from branches. read more...


05/04/2012

Anastasia - Galapagos crabs in residence

You may recall that Lonesome Booby only stuck with us for three days after leaving Galapagos.  The baby Galapagos crabs, on the other hand, that took up residence in our swim ladder have successfully clung on across the Pacific and are now getting quite big.  Mostly they are the standard black crabs, but there is one albino amongst them.  I am afraid all the crabs will have to go before Australia because they are very strict there about not introducing foreign species.  Despite growing fast, it seems unlikely that they will get to edible size before Australia so we will just have to encourage them to abandon ship. 944. read more...


05/04/2012

BRIZO - 5 April 2012 - Kathryn's Okay!

We went to the hospital again yesterday morning and got the go-ahead from the doctor to depart based on Kathryn's improved condition. We decided to stay another day to rent a double-cab pickup truck and tour the island. It was a worthwhile trip, visiting a large archaeological reconstruction of a ceremonial village. The air conditioning in the cab was nice also!We plan to have breakfast ashore, one more visit to the creperie. The forecast is for very light winds so we may end up motoring much of the way to the Tuamotu's, expecting to arrive Easter morning. We've had a great two week visit here in the Marquesas, look forward to the low-lying islands of the Tuamotu's and better snorkeling. BRIZO Crew . read more...


20/07/2008

Jus'Do It 3 - a formal welcoming to Tanna

st1\:*{behavior:url(#default#ieooui) }Wednesday 9th 2008After another rocky, rolly night at anchor it’s breakfast aboard then packing for the day ashore. The village has arranged a formal welcome for the visiting yachties which will involve a ceremony, exchange of gifts and a feast at night. This turn’s out to be one of the most memorable and colourful days of our whole trip. After an initial dancing display on the village meeting area, the villagers lead us singing (the villagers) to the yacht club green where everyone is presented with a neck garland. The yachties then go to one side of the green while the villagers go to the other. The skippers are asked to stand at the front where they are presented with hats. The villagers then place all their gifts on one pile (woven. read more...


04/11/2010

Lady Ev.VI - Von Mauritius bis Südafrika

Liebe Leser und Anteilnehmer unserer Weltumsegelung, Ihr Lieben zuhause.Leider konnten wir in der letzten Zeit keine mail loswerden. Das lag hauptsächlich daran,daß wir sowohl in Mauritius als auch in Reunion länger im Hafen lagen und uns die Masten der anderen Yachten an der einwandfreien Funkübertragung (Kurzwelle) hinderten. Auf Mauritius fand wieder ein Crew- Wechsel statt. Frank, Axel und Peter verließen die lady Richtung Heimat, aus der Dieter 1 und Dieter 2 mit dem Flieger angereist kamen. Uli Kramer wechselte von der Destiny auf unsere Planken. Die neue Crew besteht also aus: Dieter Dahlmann, Dieter Bressel, Jörg Schöddert und Dr. Uli Kramer.Mauritius ist erstaunlich gut touristisch entwickelt mit tollen Hotels und Ferienanlagen und das alles zu günstigen Preisen. Der Bevölkerung. read more...


20/07/2008

Jus'Do It 3 - Tanna

Tuesday 8th July Everyone is up early after a proper night’s sleep (rolling a bit on anchor). Over breakfast the morning’s jobs are listed; canopy repair, life-belts, port navigation light, replace anchor rope, check alternator and engine oil (a warning light has come on), clear water from the bilges, dry off everything, tighten up the propeller and do a general tidy and clean after the last 2 days hammering. Ian and Alex do customs and get cash.  Stewy fixes the outboard propeller ashore while Annie stays aboard. The Arc have arranged for Customs to enter the boats at the Port resolution Yacht club and have also arranged a bank facility. The Yacht Club and village is like no-where else. There’s no electricity or running water and very few vehicles. People here live in. read more...


05/04/2012

Samsara - sushi - mmmm.....

April 4Tonight we went over to Brizo for sushi for dinner. Tuna was scrumptious! We attempted to fix the shroud and we anticipate leaving tomorrow for the Tuamotos. Time will tell if the fix works.The turnover in the anchorage is interesting. We've met with a number of non-rally boats repeatedly. One boat was in front of us in St. Pete and we met up with them in the Galapagos and here in Marquesas.... They are here now on the way to Australia. Another boat we've run into repeatedly since Panama. The trade wind route means we are all often on the same route........We have to hoist the dinghy and prepare for passage in the morning and it looks like 3 rally boats will leave tomorrow. Hopefully there will be enough wind to sail!Pauline. read more...


03/11/2010

Destiny - 3.11.2010

Gründe zum Feiern gibt es heute auf der Destiny einige! Beim Frühstück stellen wir fest, dass Andreas vor zwei Tagen Geburtstag hatte, er wurde 45 und hat das nicht kund getan, was einen Eintrag ins Logbuch zur Folge hat. Herzlichen Glückwunsch und alles Gute!!! (1. Grund) Mit eisgekühltem Sekt stoßen wir auf dieses Ereignis an.Später stellt Udo fest, dass wir nur noch ein Viertel der Strecke bis Richards Bay vor uns haben (2. Grund). Der Wind ist gut, wir kommen mit 7 bis 8 Knoten dem Ziel zügig näher. Und Drittens scheint die Sonne vom strahlend blauen Himmel und viertens inszeniert Hermann heute Münchener -Oktoberfest, es gibt frischen Radi, warmes Brot mit Butter, dazu ein kühles Blondes. Zugegeben, wir hinken dem heimischen Zeitplan etwas hinterher, zuhause leuchtet bestimmt schon. read more...


03/11/2010

Voyageur - Log day 187 - Off to Africa

31 October 2010It is with great excitement and anticipation that we make our final preparations to leave. For one thing it is the final leg of the voyage across the Indian Ocean. It is my first ever visit to the African continent and our good friends Sue and Donald Fraser are to join us there, Donald to sail the Richards Bay to Cape Town leg and then we go touring with them both after that. It is one year to the day that we last saw them when we visited their estate in Glen Affric in the Scottish highlands. It seems quite incredible to us that we have crossed nearly three oceans in that short space of time.Last night was the prize giving for leg 18 with a party to follow. Held in the Dodo Cafe, just metres from the boats, it was, as always another good evening with a three course. read more...



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