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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...


06/10/2012

Anastasia - Indian Ocean - Day 5

14:30.4S 080:56.9E  950 miles covered, 1390 to go The sun shone for much of today, but the waves are getting bigger and anyone trying to sunbathe would soon have been drenched by the spray.  It is also getting colder as we move further south so everyone was sitting around inside reading and doing crossword puzzles. The painted wooden parrot we got in St Lucia fell off his perch.  Well, to be more precise, his perch fell off with him on it.  The string chafed through.  Chafe is a recurring problem on ocean passages, but usually it is more a problem with the rigging than with the parrot perch.   Andrea made scones today, so she must be getting very bored. The trampoline this morning was like someone had tipped a tin of. read more...


16/06/2012

Enterprise - The Boy & The Funnel

42.35.416N 009.53.760W 1720 hrs 13 June 2012  I am sitting in the cockpit, Jaz just served up a very spicy biriyani, Santana is playing, the sea is blue; the Spanish sun is beating down - we are 50 nm from Baiona. Life doesn't get better than this.  Poor old Nick, the Rally Portugal organiser, he has promised to take our lines when we arrive...that will be 3am at this rate!....sorry Nick :-)  For the past 24 hours we have faced the dreaded Cape Finisterre...But this time it was like a lake. I wont scoff...I am doing this again in July!  Over the past 24hrs there was no wind, well perhaps 1kt. We had to use the iron sail - very unsatisfactory and annoying.  I estimate we have 20 hrs worth of fuel left and over 150 miles to go. I was so eager to leave for the start. read more...


03/04/2011

Crazy Horse - April 3

We made it to Mayreau today around 2pm. We had a great sail from Carriacou. We are now officially in the Grenadines. We have not ever been here in our sailing experience. They look beautiful from the sea. There are so many little islands and lots of wonderful places to snorkel. This is the place Maryann and I should have gone snorkeling. There are many reefs and rocks and beautiful clear water.As we furled up the jib and took down the main we decided to motor the last mile. By the time we turned off the motor at the anchorage Bill opened the engine hatch to check on the prop shaft that we have been having so many problems with the last two days. Of course this has all happened since we had it worked on at Grenada Marine. Well, the shaft had come off the coupling and was leaking water in. read more...


11/06/2012

Purrr-fect - Leg three - Day Two -- Purrrfect Fish Tales

Day Two continued with moderate winds and wonderful downwind sailing with double head sails (2 jibs winged out and no main). The last day and a half has been the type of sailing you dream about, sun, relatively smooth seas and good enough wind. Now that it is evening and the wind moved a bit north, we have a reefed main and reefed single jib, and we continue to make progress toward Portugal.Seeing only 630 miles to go seems really "close", after the last leg of over 1800 miles.Dave was a happy fisher today because he caught a nice size tuna which I fixed for dinner with mustard sauce and fresh yummy tomatoes from the Azores fresh market.Last night at sunset (around 9 pm) he went to take in the line and found a fish swimming along merrily at the end.We guess we were going so slow that the. read more...


10/06/2012

Hanami II - Un dimanche comme les autres ... en mer.

Encore une nuit a 25N+ mais avec une mer pas tropagitee.Comme tu dis le vent fait du yoyo et nous, empanage aidant, on"tortille de la croupe" avec peu de toile dessus. Ca me rappelle une chanson deNougaro (ou peu etre Leo Ferre) a propos de 25 gr de dentelle, mais je ne saisplus laquelle.Bon , en anglais un bateau c'est feminin, donc nousdirons que c'est "seduisant" et finalement Hanami aime bien le vent,il lui en faut pour avancer.C'est un bateau pour 15N et plus, surout auxallures portantes ou la il est tres bon. On n'a pas encore essaye le regulateur avecplus de 25N par le travers dans un mer un peu grosse mais si ca arrive de jouron va le faire, histoire de mettre les batteries au repos. On l'a fait au grandlargue et vent arriere, cette fois comme a l'aller et ca. read more...


05/10/2012

Anastasia - Indian Ocean - Day 4

14:02.4S 084:58.2E  715 miles covered, 1620 to go Today dawned warm and bright and Andrea got to sit out in the sun for half an hour (although she said she was keeping her eyes closed because the waves were too scary).  Unfortunately that was the only sunshine we got, before it went back to the usual overcast day we are coming to expect of the Indian Ocean.  Having said that, it has not rained as much today so we are hoping the weather is gradually improving. The wind and waves are both hitting us from our port side and it is a bit nerve racking when we get hit by a big wave and start a tailspin.  As a result we are taking a course that is more down the waves than across them, but that is pushing us more north of the rhumb line than I would. read more...


03/04/2011

Lady Ev.VI - Daily Log, Lady Ev VI 02. April 2011

Jetzt ist der moralische Druck, wieder etwas zu schreiben wieder so groß geworden, dass ich schon wieder dabei bin.Wir liegen seit gestern auf der West-Seite der Landverbindung der Hog-Insel, wenige Meilen ostwaerts von St. George vor Anker. Eine wahre Postkarten-Idylle!Stellt Euch vor: Anker liegt ca. 20 meter von einem echten Sandstrand entfernt, auf dem eine Huette George´s Bar darstellt. Der Wind weht constant nahezu parallel zum Strand, so dass wir nichts zu befuerchten haben. Der Sandgrund haelt bei 6-facher kette excellent und wir faulenzen im Angesicht von zwei farbigen Familien, die am Strand ein Picknick machen. Jetzt kommt noch ein riesiger Katamaran dazu, der ca. 30 Hotelgaeste an diesem Strand ablaedt. Ideale Bedingungen fuer Christos, der sich gewuenscht hatte, vom Boot aus. read more...


14/06/2012

Scarlet Lady - Log Day 11: Weds 13 & Thurs 14 June - Days 5 & 6 crossing Biscay

Woke up to a fantastic sunrise over a very calm Bay of Biscay.  We were heading towards the infamous Cape Finisterre where conditions can get quite hairy.  Luck was on our side as the sun shone all day and there was very little wind, meaning the sea state was calm.   There is a shipping lane close to Finisterre and we had fun trying to make our way across it, past all the tankers.  This kept us on our toes.  We estimated that we would be arriving at Bayona at about 1 o'clock in the morning, so after lunch, we all stayed up together to enjoy the last few hours of the crossing.  The dolphins continued to accompany us.  It was like they were trying to welcome us to Spain.   The pilotage into Bayona was a bit tricky as it was. read more...


06/11/2012

Miramar - Repairs

We located some repairs needing to be done before making the crossing. We're safely in Little Creek, VA at the mouth of the Chesapeake. Repairs are going well. Just a quick update to say we're safe and comfortable.. read more...


18/11/2011

Sialia - Day 8.

Its another hot and sunny day and unfortunately one without wind.The water is calm enough that looking out on all sides we can perceive the curvature of the earth.We are motor sailing directly into the little wind that we do have. We have just under 500 miles to go.  Luckily Mary Ann did an awesome job provisioning the boat and we still have lots of creative and interesting meals in front of us.I actually enjoy the challenge, and, thus far, our crew of five seems to enjoy the results.We even baked a loaf of lemon poppyseed cake for desert last night! Its in stark contrast to the 25-30 kts, squalls and rain we had for several hours last night.Nothing quite like being awoken from a dead sleep to less than a minute later standing on the bow in pouring rain while we tack.Sleeping on the. read more...


16/11/2012

Thaleia - Transfer from Kos to Las Palmas

1st leg from Kos (Grece) to Almeira (Spain) via Sicily and Mallorca:with Antti and Harry, as well as Harrys brother Kaj Lindström andPentti Haapkylä - 1,450 nm in variable winds. Two days stopover atMallorca to fix engine issues.The second leg with Antti, Lari, Peik and Timo: 1.100 nm from Almeiravia Gibraltar (rocks!), direction 100 nm west/southwest to avoid theforecasted storm rising up the coast of Africa. Changing direction andheading to Agadir, Marocco to refuel. In Agadir the Marina was full ofdebris, after 2 days of storm, which was totally avoided by the swingout to west. After refueling in Agadir, the final leg to Las Palmas.Outside Agadir lots of fishing boats to avoid. Moderate winds and lotsof company - dolphins, whales and turtles.Finally: Las Palmas was reached Tuesday 6th. read more...


05/05/2012

Trillium - Log 4-Fish Tales and More

Our first full day of sailing was terrific! The sun broke through the clouds to give us a perfect day. The winds were just right so we were under sail all day. It was a sailor's delight!Then it happened! We slowed down for Dennis to do an engine check and sail adjustment. Unfortunately, after heaving to, we went into irons. That is not a real problem. Not until the helmsman tried to get us out of irons. Then it happened: three fishing lines were tangled around the prop. No one thought about the lines when maneuvering. We had just brought in a beautiful mahi mahi and put the line back out.What a mess! Tom went over and cut the lines to free the prop. Then the next fiasco happened. We had put out a line with a fender attached for Tom to rest on between dives under the boat. Once he. read more...


27/02/2009

Talulah Ruby II - Cheers Recife

The Talulahrubians are partied out,Carnival lasteda week in Recife.The Arc crews did fantastically with their costumes,and we hada memorable day in the old town of Olinda ,where we had use of a hotel above themain street of town.So in some luxury we watched from a tree lined balcony asthe floats and procession went by,and were able to pop into the throng andretreat when it became too crowded or hot,to sip our cocktails and takephotos.(what a bunch of Gringos)Our time otherwise was not a happy one,themarinas saving grace was the swimming pool,as it has been so hot.Recife turnedout to be as difficult as Salvador,with many of us being relieved of watchescameras and cash !!  We also spent days and days waiting for officials tostamp us in or out, so very glad to have left behind the smelly. read more...


26/02/2009

Cleone - CLEONE in Brazil - Part 2 Purnambuco

Recife: dirtiest Harbour and biggest Carnival in the World?   It was debatable; Mandy pushed hard for La Libertad in Ecuador. But the rest of us agreed that Recife took the prize by a mile.  Ratsscampered along the tottering wall to which our bows were moored, andthe barely adequate buoys for our stern lines were by and largeunder brown, scummy water full of indescribable filth.  Thevoltage of the "shore power" varied between 180 and 220, and since it wassupplied through a series of two-wire domestic fittings, it was surprisingthat no-one was electrocuted.  As it was, the skipper got a minor shockwhen plugging Cleone's cable in, and accessing the flaky Wifi in the clubhousegave rise to some spectacular sparks.  The route into the marina ledthrough the ugly high-rise blocks of one of. read more...


16/11/2012

Thaleia - Thaleia crew as last deen together

Here we are: this is the crew of Thaleia as last seen together 27thSeptember. In the picture, from right to left Miki Paatela, HarryLindström, Antti Lehtonen[grandfather], Timo Lehtonen[father], PeikLehtonen[son] and Lari Laukia.Soon after started the transfer legs from Kos, Grece.LSA 27 09 2012. read more...


12/06/2012

Scarlet Lady - Log Day 10: Tuesday 12 June - Day 4 crossing Biscay

The wind began to quieten down today but we still passed through a couple of squalls when we had to reef in the sails.  One squall gave us lively conditions for about an hour but we were soon through it.   Once again, the dolphins kept on coming over to say hello.  Peter bought a video camera before we left Falmouth and tried to get some footage of them as it was tricky to get any decent photos... they were just too quick!   As the evening approached the wind died right down and we had to motor for most of the night.  It was good to get a sleep without the boat lurching so violently from side to side.Lynne, Steve, John & Peter . read more...


05/11/2012

Club Carp - Blog #1 Day 2

Friends of Club Carp,Our 1st time writing a blog.The fleet started early to get in front of the upcoming low Pressure system. We were one of the last boats to leave Hampton.We left at 11:30 Saturday night which is why most of the fleet is out front. We are making good time and have past 2 of the fleet already.Attached is a picture of the crew taken Sunday morning.Glenn, Jeff, Woody & Larry.The new engine is working great.We have had a lot of rain and squalls Sunday night and part of Monday.Saw the wind hit 52 knots in a short gust. Very cloudy today. Generally the sailing has been good.We are dry inside the boat!Sea life today: Small land birds and Porpoises.Crew of Club CarpDSC_0406AB. read more...


03/10/2012

Anastasia - Indian Ocean - Day 2

13:28.9S 092:24.1E  280 miles covered, 2050 to go The wind has been 23 to 28 knots all day so we have been sailing defensively, with two reefs in the genoa and mainsail. The Indian Ocean is so far living up to its reputation for uncomfortable waves.  They are not particularly big waves, perhaps 3 metres high right now, but they are made up of a combination of waves coming from the east, generated by the prevailing wind, plus waves coming from the south that are apparently the remnants of the monster swell in the Southern Ocean. It has also been raining on and off all day. Mauritius seems like a long way away.. read more...


10/06/2012

Sookie - Leg 3 Day one Ready for the off

We have now been joined with Pete who arrived in  Ponta Delgado.  A few days ago.  Since then we had an interisland race down to Sta Maria with the local Acoriana yacht club and managed to acheive our first first by a narrow margin to Zingara to the delight of all the crew.  We are now busy getting ready for leg 3 to Lagos Portugal in less than an hour so this log is a little rushed.  We start by heading west then north around the island before headin east towards our intended destination.  Due to the reduced number of boats everybody is getting to know each other very well and the comradeship is great between all.   Haveto sign off now race starts in 45minsKeith, Pete, Jay and Pipaaa  . read more...


10/06/2012

Luna - Log 20 On the move again

Så er vi igang med det sidste ben og er på vej ind til Portugal, Lagos. I dag er vejret støvregn og let vind, men så kører vi lidt motor, så vi kommer der ind af. Astat og Rolf er kommet ombord og vi har nydt øen, og vejrudsigten ser god ud for den næste uge, så nu er vi på farten igen Hilsen Luna og besætning. read more...


04/05/2012

Trillium - Log 3-A Potpourri of Weather

The S/V Trillium crew was anxious to set sail as we left the dock at Nanny Cay. The excitment was dampen when we got into Sir Francis Drake Channel and saw the lack of wind and rain drops! At the last minutes before the Start, the crew decided to put up the Gennaker. It was probably quite funny for the Committe Boat to watch as we worked furiously to get it up. At least it is a beautiful sight when the blue and white sail is up.We tried to sail out of the channel. After two hours where we hadn't even gone more that two knots or made it to the end of Tortola, I asked the Captain if we could put up the Iron Genny. Trillium is a heavy boat and doesn't really move until at least 10-12 knots of wind. So we logged our engine hours and motored out of the channel and past Jost Van Dyke. So the. read more...


05/11/2012

Escapade - Day 3 - survived the storms

Discovering we had no gas getting to the oven, we opted to cook our lasagna in the grill.Dietmar finally lights the pilot in 29 knot winds under the backdrop of a nasty storm…one we hoped to avoid but did not.Not long after the grill was lit, the storm caught up and raged for hours with winds over 35 knots, heavy rain, and lightening all around.When it finally passed over we would find ourselves trying to dodge the worst of several storms throughout the night.Thank goodness the skies cleared up by noon today.All in all, we faired well, but lost our wind meter.IMG_4305. read more...


26/02/2009

Cleone - CLEONE Leg 24 Day 1 - A Star is Born

Maiden Flight for New Kite.   For nearly a week now, it has lain dormant, primly clothed in its snuffer,and smouldering inside its magnificent new Turtle.  For the first few days,it shared the skipper's bunk.  But then it had to fend for itself, stuffedinto the sail locker along with all the other smelly old sails.  But today,at long last, the new Spinnaker flew for the first time.  Squallspredominated last night, with bursts of heavy rain.  Today, towards the endof the morning, the Skipper finally accepted that the wind was steady enough,and the decision was made to fly the kite.  Reverently, the Turtle waseased from its lair below deck, and soon Paul and the Skipper were ready on theforedeck, with Volker concentrating for all he was worth at the helm. "Hoist!" came the order, and the. read more...


11/06/2012

Scarlet Lady - Log Day 9: Monday 11 June - Day 3 crossing Biscay

Today we passed over the continental shelf.  We were expecting the waves to be huge and very choppy but I am pleased to report that there were no real changes to the conditions.   We had six or seven different pods of dolphins following us for most of the day today.  It was such good fun to see them play in the bow waves and jump out of the water for us.  The boys gave me the nickname 'The Dolphin Whisperer' as they always came over to the boat as I came on watch!Lynne, Steve, John & Peter . read more...



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