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05/10/2014

Celebrate - Today's 3-Word Radio Challenge

Today's evening radio call-in challenge was to give the boat's status report in just three words.A great job for all participants!!Here are the responses I received:Adela:[Unprintable in Russian]American Spirit: Nicely Making WayCelebrate: Sailing to MargaritavilleCHIKA-lu: Sun Waves FunCivetta: Sixteen Foot WavesFree&BrEasy: In Your WakeGhost: Outstandingly Awesome DayLluiton: Sand WInd BeacyMerlyn: Siegfried MahaMahi KulimombamajuleeNDS Darwin: Sailing Cloudy SunsetNexus: Flying to MauritiusFolie a Deux: Kids 4 SailPolaris: Beer Boobies Bluefin Saphir: Windy Waves WetworkShaya Moya: Big Beautiful BLueSweet Pearl: [in German/Luxemburgian??...to be verified]. read more...


04/10/2014

American Spirit II - jDay 271; Boobie on Poop Deck, Auto Pilot Shuts Itself Off Again & a Great Dinner; Friday, October 3, 2014

Up at 6:00 AM to relieve Jeremy. Had Jeremy take one reef out of main, so no reefs in sail. Getting him 'qualified' to handle putting a reef in or out by himself, so he won't have to wake Joel at 4:00 AM if we need to reef. At 7:30 AM the wind is 15/16 knots, our speed thru the water 4.7 knots and over the land 5.2 knots. The wind is dead astern. Bummer. Squalls still surround us but they look less intense and not threatening at the moment, unlike the last two days. I get a retrieve. But still very overcast and cloudy. Warm, though. Probably because raining less. Our heading is 244 degrees to Mauritius, a little south of the rumb line. That's OK. Long way to go. I'm wearing my foul weather pants and a long sleeved shirt. The big boobie that landed on the 'poop deck' last night is still. read more...


04/10/2014

Sweet Pearl - Cocos Islands -->Mauritius - 6.Tag - Wolken, aber kein Regen:-)

Nach dem vielen Regen ist es seit gestern fast die ganze Zeit trocken. Der Himmel ist noch bewölkt, aber ab und an schaut die Sonne raus, bei Nacht sogar der Mond. Der Mond ist jetzt mehr als halbvoll und wird dies bis zu unserer Ankunft gegen den 14.-16. auch bleiben:-). Uns gehts allen sehr gut. Heute wurde Brot gebacken, Pfannkuchen zum Frühstück gegessen und eine Zucchini-Rahmsauce zu Pasta zum Abendessen serviert - alles kulinarisch exquisit:-). Cheers, Tom. read more...


04/10/2014

Nexus - Sky is clearing, waves bigger, consistent wind, life at sea is good!

We flew last night. It was a boisterous ride in lumpy seas with blustery wind and rain but by this afternoon we seem to have sailed out of the bad weather and are seeing our first hints of sunny things to come! We have a strong, consistent wind from the ESE of 24kts and although the waves are bigger they are longer in period and a little less lumpy, so we are sailing well and life is good! We covered over 900nm in 5 days, and have 1,350nm to go, so sometime tomorrow we'll be half way there! This calls for a celebration, so Laurie and Jeannie are baking a cake! Unfortunately, our fast sail has left us all alone, with the next nearest yacht over 40nm behind us, and we've passed the three boats who left early as well. It's a lot more fun to sail in company, so we look forward to the morning. read more...


04/10/2014

Celebrate - Blue Skies are here, Great winds, more Stories & New Contest on passage to Mauritius!

Finally, some blue sky,sunshine , champagne sailinghere in the Indian Ocean! If the wet and grey had continued we were going ask for a refund! Charlie carried out a poll this morning on the radio net and it appears over 65% of the fleet are enjoying sunshine, we hope the others get their share soon. Also, great boat speed up to 13 knots.More stories are in from Adela and American Spirit II.The margarita party is heating up!Another rally boat is now nearby, Free & BrEasy, along with Festina Lente and NDS Darwin.Our Peter had another new radio net contest idea (well it's Simon Mayo's from BBC Radio 2 Drive Time but we don't think he'll sue) to summarize the day in 3 words. Althoughhappy with the sentiment we are getting a little tired of 'all is well' or 'all well onboard' which most. read more...


Flomaida II - Flomaida im Doppelpack im Paradies
Flomaida II - Flomaida im Doppelpack im Paradies
Flomaida II - Der erste große Fang, und wir wissen nicht, welcher Fisch es ist!!!
Flomaida II - Der erste große Fang, und wir wissen nicht, welcher Fisch es ist!!!
Flomaida II - Verwunschene Strände an kristallklarem Wasser
Flomaida II - Verwunschene Strände an kristallklarem Wasser
Flomaida II - .............
Flomaida II - .............
Flomaida II - Die unglaublichen Wasserfarben
Flomaida II - Die unglaublichen Wasserfarben
Flomaida II - La rivière sablée auf Ile des Pins
Flomaida II - La rivière sablée auf Ile des Pins
Flomaida II - Die typischen Pinien finden überall eine Möglichkeit zu wachsen
Flomaida II - Die typischen Pinien finden überall eine Möglichkeit zu wachsen
Flomaida II - Das Wasser ist wirklich so vielfarbig und transparent
Flomaida II - Das Wasser ist wirklich so vielfarbig und transparent
Flomaida II - Ein "mushroom" , den man nicht übersehen sollte!
Flomaida II - Ein
Flomaida II - Mal wieder ein besonderes Resort: www.lemeridien/iledespins
Flomaida II - Mal wieder ein besonderes Resort: www.lemeridien/iledespins
Flomaida II - Mal wieder ein Traumstrand!
Flomaida II - Mal wieder ein Traumstrand!
Flomaida II - Ohne Worte
Flomaida II - Ohne Worte
Flomaida II - Gefängnis mit Meerblick
Flomaida II - Gefängnis mit Meerblick
Flomaida II - Erinnert mich an das Kinderbuch: die Wurzelkinder
Flomaida II - Erinnert mich an das Kinderbuch: die Wurzelkinder
Flomaida II - Kindergartenkinder gehen ziemlich diszipliniert in die Kirche
Flomaida II - Kindergartenkinder gehen ziemlich diszipliniert in die Kirche
Flomaida II - Der Dinghi Anlasser wird in W40 gebadet
Flomaida II - Der Dinghi Anlasser wird in W40 gebadet
Flomaida II - Fahrradrast nach der Hälfte (20 km)! Mit Wasser lauwarm -auf 40 km kein "Trinkbüdchen" geöffnet
Flomaida II - Fahrradrast nach  der Hälfte (20 km)! Mit  Wasser lauwarm -auf 40 km kein
Flomaida II - Klassenfoto vor der Schule von der Lehrerin mit Ipad
Flomaida II - Klassenfoto vor der Schule von der Lehrerin mit Ipad
Flomaida II - Wer umarmt hier wen?
Flomaida II - Wer umarmt hier wen?
Flomaida II - ist denn schon Ostern???
Flomaida II - ist denn schon Ostern???
Flomaida II - Denkmal für die Kanaken, die im 1. Weltkrieg für Frankreich gefallen sind.
Flomaida II - Denkmal für die Kanaken, die im 1. Weltkrieg für Frankreich gefallen sind.
Flomaida II - Kleiner Marktstand am Straßenrand bei unserer Fahrradtour
Flomaida II - Kleiner Marktstand am Straßenrand bei unserer Fahrradtour
Flomaida II - ein normaler Abend in einer Bucht auf Ile des Pins/Neu Kaledonien..........
Flomaida II - ein normaler Abend in einer Bucht auf Ile des Pins/Neu Kaledonien..........
Flomaida II - Das ist doch mal eine Allee!
Flomaida II - Das ist doch mal eine Allee!
Flomaida II - Durch die Riffe: von Grand Terre nach Ile des Pins/ Neu Kaledonien
Flomaida II - Durch die Riffe: von Grand Terre nach Ile des Pins/ Neu Kaledonien
Flomaida II - Blick auf die faszinierende Rifflandschaft
Flomaida II - Blick auf die faszinierende Rifflandschaft
Flomaida II - Völlig neuer Bewuchs in Neu Kaledonien
Flomaida II - Völlig neuer Bewuchs in Neu Kaledonien
Flomaida II - ist wirklich echt!
Flomaida II - ist wirklich echt!
04/10/2014

Celebrate - (no subject)

Our SSB Game/Competition continues...write a story containing World ARC Boat Names.This game was suggested by Jan on Ghost.I received the following outstanding entry from Lucy on Peter on Adela:First Encounter*_Commander *Lente* and his wife *Festina* were looking out of the observation port of the star ship *Lluiton*, on its way to *Polaris* in the *Andromeda* cluster."Not since *Darwin* has such a fundamental *Nexus* occurred in the destiny of mankind", he said."What if they turn out to be some sort of super *Alpharatz* or *Ghosts* or something equally horrible", she replied."The tech boys speak warmly of their conversations with these aliens and suggest we think of a cross between an *Avocet* and an elderly human - a sort of feathery, skinny legged, white bearded,*Merlin* figure. read more...


03/10/2014

American Spirit II - Day 270; A Rainy, Squally Day in the Indian Ocean & Another Boobie Visits the 'Poop Deck'; Thursday, October 2, 2014

Slept well, from 12:30 AM to 5:00 AM - 4 1/2 hours. About as good as it gets under. Relieved Jeremy at 5:50 AM. Cloudy with a little blue sky showing. The fleet weather forecaster calls for 4 to 8 knots of wind in our weather GRID today. Not good. There appears to be more wind to the south 60 miles away. We'll see what wind the other Rally boats have and where they're at during the morning 10:00 AM net. Five small dead flying fish are laying in the area just right of the cockpit. All about 1 inch long. We bury them at sea. At 6:15 AM the sun has already risen, but its obstructed by clouds on the horizon . The wind is 13/15, our speed thru the water is 5.4 knots and over the land 6.6 knots. I turn the engine off at 7:07 AM. We're sailing again! I put our silver spoon lure in the water at. read more...


03/10/2014

Nexus - 700 miles down, 1600 to go

It was a dark and squally night but the winds were not too bad and directly behind us, and we were watching for rain squalls on radar. A patch of what looked like light rain came across the screen and turned out to be a lot bigger wind than we realized, and we still had our gennaker up. We quickly turned down wind as the wind increased to 30-35kts, reducing it to 20-25kts apparent across the deck to protect the sails and rig. We were skating along at 12-15kts for over an hour and hit a new high of 20kts SOG, 23kts STW! It was a bit scary being pitch black, but Nexus held up well and we made good time all night. It's still rainy and cloudy today, but hope springs eternal for better weather tomorrow!Russ and Laurie on NEXUS at 15:00 10/3/2014 at 16 33.4'S;85 23.1'E. read more...


03/10/2014

Celebrate - Whee! 30kt winds 10+ Speed, Margarita Party for Story Participants & Peter's Boat Icons!!

Several days of 30 knot winds coming and going have given us some 10 knot plus speeds!What a great ride! Its a pity about the weather, we have been sailing through lots of torrential rain squalls and apart from the odd blue patch its been grey skies since we left Cocos Keeling. Now lets hope for some sunshine!Festina Lente and NDS Darwin are now the closest boats to us, just behind.Peter has suggested a "Margarita Party" (guess he liked Charlie's margaritas) as the prize for the author's boats that wrote stories with each of the boat names in it, Polaris, Folie a Deux (special separate prize for Lucy) and Merlyn of Poole.The invitations have been emailed and we are looking forward to CELEBRATING on CELEBRATE!Any other boat to write a story before Mauritius can join the party. Note to. read more...


02/10/2014

Sweet Pearl - Cocos Islands -->Mauritius - 4.Tag - Regen, Regen, Regen

Regen, Regen, Regen...ansonsten gibts nicht viel Neues hier. Wir kommen voran, aber es ist ein nasses Vorankommen. Hoffen dass es morgen oder spätestens übermorgen besser wird. Der Wind ist noch immer sehr wechselhaft, aber das sollte sich dann auch morgen oder übermorgen ändern. Mal schauen. Uns gehts gut; und schlafen noch immer viel;-). Cheers, Tom. read more...


02/10/2014

American Spirit II - Day 269; Big Morning Squall & We Almost Get 'Treed'; October 1, 2014

Relieved Jeremy at 6:00 AM. Got a decent night's sleep. I slept 4 1/2 hours continuously, from 12:30 AM to 5:00 AM. About best I can do under sail in a rocking and rolling and warm boat. Rain squalls all around the boat, with a 'bad one' to starboard that I'm sure we'll have to deal with eventually. Wind 15/18, 5.5 knots thru the water and 6.6 over the land. Total could cover. Not a pretty day. Sunrise? Forget it. Put the canvas insert between the dodger and bimini at 7:00 AM as we're going to need it to help fend off the coming rain. As I've said before, a dangerous task when done alone. Easy to fall overboardwhen standing up outstretched. At 7:40 AM I reefed the main and jib. The squall wind is starting to be felt. I had to turn the boat 40 degrees left to stay with the wind and not. read more...


02/10/2014

Trillium - Socializing with Other WARC Boats in Vanuatu

After a sail from Fiji on the first of September, we have been exploring the central islands of Vanuatu. The islands are about 900 km from north to south so you can spend a lot of time here and not see all of it. We have only seen Efate, The Maskelyne Islands, Epi, Lamen Island and a little of Malekula.We have had some wonderful experiences with the ni-Vans on the different islands. They are so friendly and eager to show us their villages and share their culture. The children have been fascinated by the photos we have taken on the iPad and then shown them. Even the adults were puzzled by the technology and wanted to have their pictures taken!For a week, we traveled with S/V Starblazer and met a number of other cruisers. Then they headed off to Ambrym or Pentecost and then to Espiritu. read more...


Trillium - Trillium on Avokh Island
Trillium - Trillium on Avokh Island
Trillium - Trillium on Avokh Island
Trillium - Trillium on Avokh Island
02/10/2014

Nexus - Its not all fun and games but still worth it!

Yesterday, in the driving rain, I was firing up our Genset to charge the batteries, and noticed the water coming out of the exhaust was not the usual prodigious amount and the Genset was running 10 degrees hotter than usual. On further investigation, the raw water impeller on our genset decided to shed many of it's little arms and needed to be replaced. This is a normal maintenance item that is supposed to last 1000 hours, however when sailing in big waves the intake frequently sucks air in, which is hard on the impeller. So there I was, curled up on the floor of the back corner of the aft hull compartment under the stairs, next to a warm generator and underneath a swinging rudder quadrant, replacing the impeller and cleaning the missing blades out of the heat exchanger whilst the boat. read more...


02/10/2014

Starblazer - 02/10/2014 - Arrival in New Caledonia

As usual, I'm afraid my last log describing the passage is rather after the event!We headed inshore overnight on Monday and decided to enter the reef system further north than the waypoint in the hope of flatter seas as they were heading us.The wind piped up and we managed to make a fairly good speed.Sometimes miscalculating is a good thing.If we had arrived at our waypoint at dawn, as we had initially planned, we would have had to struggle against a 2.7 knot current through the pass!Arriving just inside the pass nearly 4 hours later ensured no counter current, a great result following a poor decision.We motor sailed and sailed a fairly zig-zag course, avoiding reefs and shallows, then motored the last few miles into Noumea harbour.The hazards are well marked on the chart however the. read more...


02/10/2014

Firefly - Havannah Habour to Lamen Bay

The forecasted wind and rain arrived on Sunday 28th September as expected and for about 10 hours it rained 'cats and dogs' but despite some strong gusts our anchorage in Esame Bay in Havannah Harbour was fine. The weather improved the following day and we SCUBA dived at the Tranquility island resort, great coral and plenty of sea life in very clear water, the highlight being spotting a crocodile fish - half buried in the sand beneath a coral bommie - according to our book on fish this species at about 1 metre long should have been in the Indian Ocean not here!We conveniently left Firefly on the mooring they have just off the beach at Tranquility Island while diving and were then looking forward to a quiet night. However, overnight some breeze and chop arrived so after a broken sleep we. read more...


01/10/2014

Flomaida II - 27.-31.9. Ile des Pins Neu Kaledonien- ein wahres Kleinod im Südpazifik

Nun sind wir schon 4 Tage auf Ile des Pins. Es ist so schön hier, dass esdurchaus Vanuatu nahe kommt. Nur fehlt hier die Ursprünglichkeit und derKontakt zu der Bevölkerung. Die Insel(150 km2) ist sehr wenig besiedelt(2000Einwohner),es gibt kaum Orte und nur verstreut kleine Ansiedlungen von 3-4Häusern.Die Einheimischen hier auf Neu Kaledonien heißen Kanaken. Sie sind sehr stolzauf ihre Wurzeln. Ich verstehe gar nicht, woher es kommt, dass bei uns diesesWort ein arges Schimpfwort ist!Wir haben die Insel erradelt (40 km) und wunderschöne Ausblicke gehabt aufdie vielen Riffe, die die Insel gut schützen. Die teilweise riesigen Piniendominieren die durchweg niedrige Vegetation von Büschen, die uns anSüdfrankreich erinnern. Das Wasser ist glasklar und die Farbenunbeschreiblich: von pulvrigem,. read more...


01/10/2014

American Spirit II - Day 268; Better Weather and a Good Day Sailing; Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Up at 5:45 AM. A nice sunrise in the offing. Relieved Jeremy at 6:00 AM. At 6:30 AM the wind is 15/17, our speed thru the water is 4.6 and over the ground 5.2 knots. Cloudy, with a little blue sky. On port tack, mainsail only. The wind increases to 20 at the top end a little later. Joel up at 9:05 AM. We turn the generator on at 9:10 AM. Bradley on Alpheratz hosts the 10:00 AM net. Good turnout of boats reporting.Breakfast after the net at 10:30 AM: bacon, scrambled eggs, chilled pear halves and bread. We go to wing on wing at 11:35 AM. The wind is 11/12, and we're making 5.7 knots thru the water and 6.2 over the land. A slight helping current. We're trying to find the propane leak. Think its a hose not a tank. No luck. Joel uses soapy water, drips it on the hose and valve, to see where. read more...


01/10/2014

Celebrate - The Fish Jumped into the Boom! Hey, Diddle Diddle...on Passage to Mauritius

Flying fish jumping onto CELEBRATE everywhere even into the Leisure Furl boom on passage to Mauritius. When we walked around the deck this morning we found 45 stranded on board, they have all been returned to the sea but sadly with the exception of two all were past saving.Peter did a perfect job of helming (scope for improvement in Peter's view) us to a great start away from Cocos with winds driving the boat to speeds of 9 knots.We are now following a similar route to many of our band of boats; Festina Lente, NDS Darwin, Nexus, Alpharatz, Ghost and Folie a Deux, the three of us on board CELEBRATE are on our regular watch schedule with nice Radio Nets and chatter among the boats. Also, its a little wet from a few squalls, but we are looking forward to sunshine soon!Charlie, Cathy and Peter. read more...


01/10/2014

Folie a Deux - Trials and Tribulations – leg 11 Cocos to Mauritius – day 1

Trials and Tribulations – leg 11 Cocos to Mauritius – day 1This leg 11 of 2350 nm [nautical miles] is the second longest leg on the World ARC.For us too.In perspective, for American landlubbers, it'slike driving from Maine to the Florida Keys, or maybe Philadelphia to Las Vegas.This seasoned group faced the challenge.The weather forecast was favorable; 15-20 knot trade winds, seas/waves a bit highSEAS 4-5SWELLS S-SW9-11FT.The waves created a sloppy ‘box’ effect of crisscrossed swells and wind driven waves like potato waffle fries.Winds were a bit more [and less] than advertised. They varied in strength from 5-33 knots in and after squalls. Did we mention they were rain squalls? “Why is it raining only on my watch?” said each as they took their turns. Seasickness takes its toll,. read more...


30/09/2014

American Spirit II - Day 267; We Leave Cocos Keeling for Mauritius, Then Return to Direction Island (Briefly) for Repairs; Monday, September 29, 2014

Woke up at 5:20 AM, but stayed in bed until 6:30 AM. At 8:01 AM I noticed that the Rally boat Shaya Mora had hauled someone up their mast in the rain squall. I guess better to do that in the anchorage than under sail. Not sure what their problem was. Breakfast at 7:30 AM: scrambled eggs, potato, chilled pineapple slices and bread. At 8:23 AM I sent out and received some emails on the SSB via Brunei in the Philippines, 1,458 miles away on a bearing of 47 degrees True. After that I typed a log then sent it out via the SSB again. Started the engine at 9:25 AM, then weighed anchor. As we started to motor out of the anchorage in a rain squall and high winds,Jeremy and I both heard a grinding noise emanating from the rear, aft port side of the boat. Didn't know what to think about it. The leg. read more...