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Firefly - random photos of the trip (LIsboa)
Firefly - random photos of the trip (LIsboa)
Firefly - random photos of the trip (LIsboa)
Firefly - random photos of the trip (LIsboa)
Firefly - random photos of the trip (LIsboa)
Firefly - random photos of the trip (LIsboa)
Firefly - random photos of the trip (LIsboa)
Firefly - random photos of the trip (LIsboa)
Firefly - random photos of the trip (LIsboa)
Firefly - random photos of the trip (LIsboa)
Flomaida II - So ein schöner Beach in Townsville, aber leider nur zum Anschauen
Flomaida II - So ein schöner Beach in Townsville, aber leider nur zum Anschauen
19/06/2015

Widago - Azores-Europe Leg Day 8: Part Two

Bless his little heart.....Get a load of this freeloadin', hitchhikin' stowaway. I think the term "bird brain" may need to be reviewed by Mr. Webster and his etymologists. Clearly, this little fella is no dummy. Guyon found him hiding in a perfect spot - he could have been there for days. We have these small alcoves in the forward cockpit where Peter the Pigeon was convalescing.In calmer, downwind sailing we might be hanging out forward, but we have been moving along at a pretty smart clip, somewhat close reaching, so no one is going forward. Except for Ahab. He was exercising his OCD prerogative, washing the exterior windows. And whaddaya know? He came across this little fella, all snugged up hiding out and hitching a ride. Poor Peter probably plunked down to rest his weary hollow. read more...


Widago - Azores-Europe Leg Day 8: Part Two
Widago - Azores-Europe Leg Day 8: Part Two
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19/06/2015

Two Fish - DelMarVa or Bust!

Still packing………What did I forget?  Pringles, check, unknown. read more...


07/12/2014

Take Off - Our first squall

Although the full moon lit our way so gently last night was quite unsmoothdue to wind changes all the time. We suspected several squalls so the spinnakerwent up and down all night in prevention. However we seemed everytime to “miss”them. This morning was a grey morning, no sunrise from the sea and heavy cloudsahead of us. However the heavy clouds were all along the horizon so we thoughtit was just normal rain. We sailed through it, got a bit wet, the wind wassteady and we thought this was smooth. The wind started to blow stronger and wasup to 30 knots when it then dropped gently down to 17 knots. And from nowhere astrong wind hit the boat, Jörgen stearing had difficulties in answering the windand the broach was inevitable. And then came the real rain – just like pouringhundreds of. read more...


Two Fish - DelMarVa or Bust!
Two Fish - DelMarVa or Bust!
19/06/2015

Gozwoz - Stop Press! The Incident of the Bucket

Some of the qualities of the Bosun will have become apparent to the reader over the last few weeks. Resourcefulness has been mentioned. A willingness to lead with his head has been mentioned. Also there is a tendency towards hyperactivity. Finally there is a desire to excel, if possible on a public stage.We were motoring towards the mainland, having crossed the shipping lanes and were looking forward to our first view of the cliffs of Southern Portugal when the Navigator, who was engaged on the swimming platform in scrubbing the fenders which had become encrusted with chicken manure in Ponta Delgada, dropped the bucket he was using which floated off behind the boat. Instantly the crew went into man overboard mode, OGL kept his eyes on the precious object and directed the skilful Coxswain. read more...


19/06/2015

Gozwoz - Days 5 and 6 from Santa Maria

Last night the Navigator had the good fortune to sleep, though not simultaneously, with both the Bosun and Roger, who kindly allowed me to share their double berth in the stern while we were sailing upwind and they were respectively on watch. It was good to sleep somewhere that did not involve episodes of weightlessness as the bow came down. The Bosun, who seems to have kept a possessive eye on proceedings, commented that the Navigator was appropriately positioned on his edge of the bed, as he had been trained, but that Roger was in the middle. Her explanation was that the Navigator was monopolising the duvet. That allegation, which is familiar to the Navigator, is no doubt relied upon by all women when appropriate.Sadly Our Great Leader did not have an enjoyable start to the day,. read more...


19/06/2015

Widago - Azores-Europe Leg Day 8: Frogger in the English Channel

We are getting close, well closer. The target/destination changes daily, sometimes hourly depending Ahab's strategy and information. After 42 years as the youngest child of three, and almost 20 years in the Moseley clan, I have very little problem just going with the flow. In this case, where the tide takes me - literally. Today's updated target, as of thirty minutes ago, is now to all the way into, and maybe even through, the Kiel Canal. I was only slightly let down, as I had fantasized about a spot of afternoon tea with my pinky out, the other hand cramming crumpets with strawberries & cream in my face. But the UK will just have to wait. In the meantime, we have to get our game face on. We are just entering the English Channel. After weeks of crossing the open ocean (as D-Bro. read more...


Widago - Azores-Europe Leg Day 8: Frogger in the English Channel
Widago - Azores-Europe Leg Day 8: Frogger in the English Channel
19/06/2015

Gozwoz - Day 4 from Santa Maria

The Bosun's reason for being on the rally is that he wanted some proper ocean sailing which the westward ARC had not provided. He then complained that the previous legs on ARC Europe had not provided what he wanted. He accepts that the present conditions are meeting his expectations, although they are not such as to induce merriment.Since 4pm yesterday we have been sailing on a course for Cape St Vincent hard into a NNE wind of F4/5. The sea is choppy and GOZWOZ is going at it like a lopsided hobby horse, albeit a very seaworthy one. While the conditions are no worse than you might find in the Irish Sea with the same wind, coping with them for the unexpected 48 hours or so is the challenge. The positive factor is that we are making good speed and preserving our northing. An arrival late. read more...


18/06/2015

Dala - salut les terriens

Bon tout va bien, personne n'a mange personne mais ca a ete juste heureusement que nos talents de peche nous ont sauves.D'abord, il faut que je vous dise que le materiel de peche du bord ferait palir d'envie plusieurs generation de Kakon.une bonne dizaine de cannes, autant de moulinets, des fils de toute dimension et de toute structure, nylon, cable, tresse...des hamecons, je vous dit pas, depuis celui pour attraper un alevin qui vient de naitre jusqu'a celui pour attraper la baleine blanche en personne.Les appats alors la c'est le top, du calamar de la sardine, des leures des cuilleres et autant de manillon et manille en long en large , etire, decoude,tranfissure, apalmage... il y en a pour 5000 dollars de matos.les noeuds, c'est bien pire que les noeuds de marine , car ils nont plus. read more...


18/06/2015

Jambo - heading for NW Spain

Well it's looking very unlikely that we can make Falmouth- Stokey our friendly weather router tells us that the forecasting model is showing no significant wind for 8 days( aargh beam me up Scottie ) which means we have to head for Spainso Jambo can have a holiday . Bob says "wherever Jambo goesVigo "(get it ?)We are snookered as we have had to use fuel to get through the High pressure ridge only to find that it has now extended....that's sailing ! You can have a better understanding as to why steam power won that race .Moral ok but some decent winds from a good direction would help although Yesterday our excellent galley chef, John prepared the Tuna that jumped on Toms tackle with a delicious salsa - we decided to put him through to the next round of Jambo Masterchef although he. read more...


18/06/2015

Flomaida II - Von Townsville nach Cairns

Die Fahrt hatte es in sich!!Zuerst wollte unser Bugstrahlruder nicht mehr hochfahren, also zurück in die Marina, die uns freudestrahlend wieder begrüßte. Aber sie könnten nicht helfen, jedoch haben Christoph's magische Hände durch Klopfen an die diversen Relais' das Bugstrahlruder wieder gangbar gemacht.Da von nun an die guten Übernachtungsplätze spärlich gesät sind, sind wir nur ein paar Stunden zur Horseshoe Bay gesegelt. Da haben wir leider eine sehr "rollende" Nacht mit viel Wind und Regen verbracht. Dann ging es weiter zu Little Pioneer Island, die Nacht war auch nicht besser!Trotzdem wollte wir unbedingt den spektakulären Hinchin Broock Chanel befahren, obwohl das Wetter nicht ideal war: zuviel Wind beim Eingang des Kanals und wolkenbruchartiger Regen. Gerade der Eingang stellt. read more...


18/06/2015

Flomaida II - Townsville, eine Stadt (Liebe) auf den zweiten Blick!

So, langsam haben wir uns mit Australien angefreundet, was sicherlich an unserem "ungeplanten" Aufenthalt in Townsville liegt. Wir hatten uns mit dem Dieselvorrat verkalkuliert und sind buchstäblich mit dem letzten Tropfen und einem mulmigen Gefühl den langen und engen Kanal schon bei anfangender Dunkelheit in die Breakwater Marina gefahren.Townsville liegt anscheinend außerhalb der Touristen Route, was uns immer sehr gefällt. Direkt neben der Marina gibt es einen außergewöhnlich gepflegten Walkway am Meer entlang mit den tollen, alten Kauribäumen. Auch gibt es perfekte Grillplätze für Jedermann zur freien Benutzung. Mit ein Paar Münzen in den Grill gesteckt, ist man dabei. Am Abend und am Wochenende trifft sich die Bevölkerung zum geselligen Beisammensein.Die Bewohner sind ungewöhnlich. read more...


16/06/2015

Gozwoz - Day 3 from Santa Maria

We have now been motoring for two days and have covered over 300 miles of the 800 or so to Lagos. There has been a slight change in the wind, which has not been over F2 for some time, and which went to the NE at 7/8 knots. We tried to sail this but our course was well to the south of Cape St Vincent which we must round before reaching Lagos and returned to motoring after a short while to preserve our northing. Other yachts in our vicinity have gone through the same process and we have seen three crossing our stern from north to south while attempting to make progress under sail. Most appear to have given up.There is nothing much to report from yesterday. The only newsworthy events were the appearance of two whales and in the same area a pod of dolphins engaged in fishing, that is. read more...


18/06/2015

Exocet Strike - Update for 18th June

It seems a long time since I wrote anything for thevarious blogs, well here goes! We have left Tonga and had an interesting sail andtransit through the reefs into an isalnd called Vanua Balava, where botht theWorld ARC and ICA (its the Island Cruising Assoc of New Zealand) fleets wereboth clearing into Fiji. This normally has to be into a port much further west,Savusavu, Suva, Levuka or Lautoka. However, it seems that the leader of the ICAJohn Martyn has a great rapport with the Fiji authorities and enabled our jointfleets clearance by flying in the various customs, immigration and healthofficials. his was a big help since the Lau group of islands in the East of Fijiare vey beautiful and not many people get to see them. We spent a few days there and then sailed incompany (actually mostly. read more...


17/06/2015

Widago - Azores-Europe Leg: Day 6

All is calm and quiet out here. Really calm. Been motoring through flat glassy seas for a couple days now. Finally saw some marine life today, as we caught a glimpse of a playful pod of dolphin and more pilot whales. Last night at dinner, we had a pilot whale roll though only a few meters from the starboard hull. Just a bit too close for my comfort, but she seemed to have the distance all worked out.Been playing lots of family Gin Rummy and backgammon. Took on the battle of the port hull staterooms and heads. Yuck, but now much better. Greatly decreased the mold, mildew, and dust bunny population over there. With the calm conditions, I've been "allowed" by Ahab to run laundry, which is a win-win for all of us.Gordon consistently has the biggest laundry pile.Tomorrow just might have to be. read more...


17/06/2015

Unconditional - Azorean high

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 ½-Way to Portugal – well, almost! My unofficial Sunday weather outlook continues to come to fruition in spite of the optimistic WRI-generated weather reports of 12-17 knots NNE. We are encountering winds of what Walt describes as ‘light & variable.’ This morning, Evan & I tried to sail in 6-8 knots of wind, but it was on the nose with VMG of less than the penalized motoring time, so after 3+ hours, we turned on the engine again like most everyone else.For those following us on the WCC or Yellowbrick website, WCC combined Class 1B & 1C into one class for award purposes. Yes, we are indeed leading the entire pack, but it is the SAILING lead that counts, not engine lead, and the challenge will be the potential high winds and current 300-miles off Portugal. read more...


17/06/2015

Unconditional - So much for the 'free ride'

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 Anticipate Lagos Arrival on Fri, June 19th Finally, winds kicked in last night from the NE, forcing us to sail below 90-degrees magnetic. Twice, we shortened sails, and as of this morning we are under a double-reefed main and a reefed Yankee, clawing to stay above the Cape Vincent-desired Rhumb line. Commercial traffic (to Halifax, in this case) is only 2-nm south of us.You may have noticed that due to rhumb line pinching, we have lost some time to the more northerly WCC boats although we are currently sailing 5.5 to 7.5-knts over ground. The 18-24 knot sustained northerly winds have kicked up some 9+ foot swells that we are taking on our port quarter, but fortunately the swells are more rhythmic than the choppy US Gulfstream last month.It is too early to tell. read more...


17/06/2015

Firefly - Peniche

Arrived in Peniche and heading to Lisbon tomorrowWeather is lovely and really starting to get a lot hotter which is reallynice Will post some pictures when we get a chance 39:21:13N 9:22:61W       Firefly crew. read more...


17/06/2015

Zingara - Via Inmarsat:

Atlantic, so kennen wir dich...Nun erleben wir doch noch einenversoehnlichen endspurt zur portugisischen kueste hin bei wind zwischen 20und 30 kts und wellen von 2 bis 4 metern . Wir segeln am wind mit 7 bis 8,5kts im zweiten reff, es macht wieder spass. Die windkarte haben wir wohlrichtig gedeutet und so drehen wir allmaehlich im suedosten des azorenhochs mit dem wind in richtung cap san vicente. Freitagmittag wird s nochmalsunangenehm, ev bekommen wir den wind auf die nase bis lagos. Na, sehen wirmal ... Damit herzliche gruesse, ernst u crew. read more...


16/06/2015

Gozwoz - Day 2 from Santa Maria

A day of motoring in a flat sea that often resembled a mirror. We are getting good efficiency from the diesel engine in this sea and are using about 2-3 litres fuel per hour whilst still getting 6-7 knots of forward motion.The main event today was the sighting of two whales - not so much a sighting because the first was only 20 metres from the bow coming across from starboard to port, the second seen a few minutes later only 40 metres from our stern on the same course as the first. Majestic creatures, they both had prominent fins, the first being smaller.The weather is agreeing with the GRIB files for once and we are still making a little northing in preparation for our southerly turn towards Lagos.. read more...


17/06/2015

Agua Dulce - Green Flash and Glassy Seas...Until now

Two nights I saw something for the first time - the GREEN FLASH! It is real for all you doubters out there, like I once was. All four of us saw it - it was completely emerald green right as the sun went below the horizon for about a second. I tried to capture the sunset on my camera, but sadly, you can't see the flash. The boys on S/V Tara saw it too - and no one had anything to drink stronger than Coca Cola!Until today, we've had amazing glassy seas which make for gorgeous sunsets reflecting over the still water. BUT, they are noisy sunsets as the motor drones on and on and on in the background. We've been heading NE so that when the winds pick up - they have now! - and we approach the coast of Portugal, we'll be in place for a nice beam reach in NE winds down to Lagos. We'll also have. read more...


17/06/2015

Jambo - between the devil and the deep blue sea

Well the wind ran out and the fog descended,although the sun tried to get through.Wellout of range of the fashion police some top outfits came out today including birthday suits ! Management advised crew that cold showers on deck would be acceptable so out came the sea shampoo and given that we could only sail at 1.5/2.5 knots there was.little happening.A really massive area of no wind is developing in front of us which could well present us with a major problem. Plan B is being worked on but NW Spain looks an option as no wind is likely for the next 7/8 days if we stick to plan A - blistering barnacles,half rations Mr Christian With the arrival of dawn we set course for NW Spain and will now motor until we pick up the Northerly windsThe good news is Toms tackle is working- he bought. read more...


17/06/2015

Luna Quest - Wednesday, 17th June, 2015

Position: 18.07S 178.26ERun: 47 miles from noonBecause of a weather forecast of high winds setting in on Wednesday, we were quite keen to get into Suva harbour as quickly as we could and sailed with the engine running to maintain at least 6.5 knots of speed. Tuesday had been a fine day, but there was insufficient wind to give us more than 3.5 knots at best. So, with the engine running from 06.45am to 18.45pm, we made the entrance to Suva harbour by about 6pm when nightfall began. Suva harbour is beyond an extensive reef, where only a pass through the reef allows access. Luckily, there were some bright leading lights to help us through the pass, but by the time we were in the harbour, about a mile wide and a mile long, it was pitch dark with background lights obliterating one’s view.. read more...


17/06/2015

Dala - ambiance a bord du DALA

bonjour les francophones,L'affaire nespresso se termine plutot bien, en fait il suffisait de brancher la machine...Mais le climat a bord s'est beaucoub degrade et la rancune est tenace, chacun se fait des petites mechancetes, Albert coupe la ligne de vie, Joelle met de l'arsenic dans les plats et Harry donne des coups de couteau dans les gilets de survie, ils sont taquins. Mais c'est moi le plus terrible, j'ai pique le chocolat du bord.En plus on n'est pas d'accord sur la route a suivre et chacun regle le bateau a sa guise, donc on fait des ronds au milieu de l'atlantique depuis 3 jours, moi je vous le dit on n'est pas arrive. Et maintenant les vivres commencent a manquer et on doit designe qui sera mange. Moi qui suis respectueux des traditions comme vous savez, je veux que se soit le. read more...


17/06/2015

Dala - From Harry on Dala...you said Tai Chi ?

Hi there, happy blog readers allover the worldJust a few words to share with you a long story which has ended right now.As my brother told you a few days ago, we have been dreaming of sailing over the oceans since a very very long time. Moitessier, Slocum, Wakelam, and so many great sailor have modeled our young minds. When I was 17, I saw once on TV a film about Tai Chi Chuan, (yes you know it, these chinese people who are moving slowly in a sort of strange fight in slow motion early in the morning). At that time, I have been been fascinated by this video where it was said Tai chi is a very ancient taoist martial art which gave birth to all the others. Then I thought "yes, this is the solution to prevent the atrophy of the muscles during a long sail travel ! One day I will learn this. read more...


16/06/2015

Dala - Salut les francophones

Rien a signaler sur la navigation, le ciel est clement, le zephyr comme un soupir et la mer comme un baril d'uile d'olive vierge pressees a froid.Mais nous avons une grave avarie a bord, nous hesitons a lancer un appel de detresse: la machine a cafe Nespresso est en panne.les consequences de cette panne sont catastrophique car plus personne ne veut prendre son quart si il n'est paa soutenu par un veluto ou un roma bien chaud.Pire: le capitaine qui ne boit pas de cafe nous ordonne de la jeter par dessus bord, alors que le coeur des matelots se serre, on ne jette pas un camarade par dessus bord sans lui donner lui donner de chance. les avis divergent, faut-il tenter une reparation de fortune, c'est l'avis de Harry le plus bricoleur, faut-il detourner le navire vers la cote la plus proche. read more...


16/06/2015

Zingara - Hurra, wir segeln mal wieder!

Hurra, wir segeln mal wieder!Guten tag, liebe freunde. Wir glaubenunserer windanalyse zy-grib und haben wohl glueck. Seit dem fruehen morgenstehen unsere segel wieder mit wind gefuellt und schieben uns zum ziel,hoffentlich!Der gestrige abend velief wieder einmal unerwartet aufregend.Wie ueblich rauschte genau zum zeitpunkt der fertig gegrillten steaks dieangel raus. Oh, welch ein zug auf der leine! Fahrt reduzieren u warten.Komisch, kaum bewegung an der schnur. Finaly: ein 7.340 gramm schwererthuna hatte sich letztendlich ergeben. Nun gut, das weitere vorgehen istwohl bekannt. Ich muss jetzt meine mannen vom vordeck verscheuchen, einordentlicher sonnenbrand droht. Daher schluss fuer den moment, gruesse vonbord, ernst u crew. read more...


16/06/2015

Dala - There's nothing like family!

Hi All,Everything is OK on board, no worry!We are in our second sailing day in this third and last leg of our Atlantic crossing. We had a crew change in the Azores. Our talented crew Richard flew back home, in the US. And my brother Harry together with my brother-in-law Robert joined DALA.So, with my Lady Joelle and myself, we are now four onboard, a family only crew. And that's great! There is nothing like family! But you know, the events in life of each one of us and the globalization process are separating us. Some are living in some remote country, some are very successful in their careers and seldom available and so on.It is therefore a very precious moment to meet together, not for a brief drink, but 24 hours together on the same boat, very few internet, only some marine radio, no. read more...


16/06/2015

Firefly - Cruising the Northern Lau Group

It is Tuesday 16th June 2015 and Firefly is making an 80 mile passage from the Lau Group to Vanua Levu, Fiji's second largest Island. Unfortunately the wind has been below what was forecast, often below 10 knots and from directly behind so apart for a few hour long spells we have been motor sailing all of the way - plus it has been raining so not such a great day.We are paired up with Brizo and we left Vanua Balavu together this morning and are heading for Port Vianni where we are being picked up at 0700 tomorrow morning for some scuba diving in the Somosomo straight, a world renowned location. Because we are, Brizo, being longer is faster and therefore Pat and Stuart have gone on ahead in order to enter the lagoon in the last of the daylight. Firefly will be going in when its dark but. read more...


16/06/2015

Luna Quest - Tuesday, 16th June, 2015

Position: 18.10S 179.03EDaily run: 81 milesLast night at 2am we passed from the western hemisphere into the eastern hemisphere and we have therefore sailed halfway round the world. We are on the home run. We are hoping to make Suva tonight before some high winds set in tomorrow. It is just as well we are heading for Suva as Julia’s Macbook Pro yesterday refused to come on. It is a real setback as there are many photos and videos still to be downloaded, while many photo Ibooks remain unfinished. We are hoping there may be an Apple store in Suva.The ICA had organised a cave hunt around the Bay of Islands in three long boats, an interesting expedition,but perhaps more so because of the stunning and desolate scenery of tufts of islands, thickly overgrown, some teetering on their eroded. read more...


15/06/2015

Widago - Azores-N. Europe Leg: Night 4

High pressure systems continue to dominate our Atlantic crossing. The sailing has actually been quite good as long as still counts if we are motor sailing. Been keeping one engine going, with full sails up, through calm, sometimes glassy waters. Winds continue to be light, variable, and still somewhat on the nose or close hulled. Luckily before we settled on sailing around the globe, we were going to do it in a trawler, so I guess we get the best of both worlds here. The best being that with one engine going at all times, there is always scalding hot water to burn the crap out of you while showering.We finally caught a fish today - as wrangled in the photo with Gordon. I guess though, the accurate statement would be that the fish caught us. This was probably the biggest flying fish I've. read more...


Widago - Azores-N. Europe Leg: Night 4
Widago - Azores-N. Europe Leg: Night 4
15/06/2015

Dala - Pour les francophones irreductibles - Par Robert

Hello les francophones,Enfin un blog comprehensible sans avoir besoin d'un lexique des termes de marine anglais-francais. Ainsi vous saurez que le raguage de la trinquette du code zero sur le pataras de la balancine fait loffer le winch babord (c'est quand meme mieux? non)Bon ici tout va bien, on a des vivres en abondance et nos dents ne sont pas pretes de tomber, au menu hier soir accras de morue et poisson a la marocaine, aujourd'hui crepes, j'ai oublie le gouter a base de glaces et sorbets, n'oublez pas que c'est Joelle le bosco du bord (elle fait le pain de shabbat PENDANT la navigation).Notre capitaine est super, (je ne dis pas ca parce qu'il est en train de lire au dessus de mon epaule avec un baton) il m'a appris a faire la route avec mon index droit sur un ipad pendant que je. read more...


15/06/2015

Dala - The Azores cruise plus a weird story!

Hi, allHere we are, back at sea, a very calm sea today, our first sailing day bound Marina de Lagos, Portugal, after a very pleasant cruise in the Azores Islands.We visited four islands, out of the nine composing this archipelago:- Faial, where we made our landfall, in Horta.- Terceira, where we had a look at the traditional bull fight and had a nice tour.- Sao Miguel, the main island, there we docked at the Ponta Delgada Marina.- And the small and charming Santa Maria island, our jumping point toward PortugalWe arrived in Horta on May 31st, so we spent 14 days in the Azores. But this was definitely too short. I would have spent easily more than a month or two there.Why? Again, just like in Bermuda, but in a different way, adorable people! Easy going, eager to help you, simply making you. read more...


15/06/2015

Free Spirit - Log 31 - an unfortunate incident

I share the concerns of the Captain about the everincreasing odd and obsessive behavior of the Chief Engineer.  I am also alittle surprised and concerned at my own reaction to thatbehaviour. Today, after lunch, the engine was turned off sothat the oil could be checked.  The Chief Engineer was clearly disappointedand somewhat agitated to learn that whipper-snapper, and not the Chief Engineer,would be checking the oil.  The galley was then fully occupied,whipper-snapper sitting on the floor reaching into the engine compartmentchecking the oil and me at the sink drying the last few dishes.  The ChiefEngineer suddenly decided that he wanted to recheck the couplings attaching theengine to the propeller shaft - no harm in that but absolutely no urgencyeither.  However,. read more...


15/06/2015

Upward Wing - Provisioning for the rally

Upward Wing will be crewed by two in the rally -- which won't allow for a lot of time in the galley, but we don't see that as any reason to exist solely on granola bars.  So we're doing a lot of preparatory cooking and provisioning.  Check it out on our blog at https://galleypirate.wordpress.com/events/2015-arc-delmarva-rallyEven if you have your own provisioning plan, you might check it out, because we're putting away extras of a couple recipes in case anyone wants to join us in port.See you in less than a week!. read more...


15/06/2015

Jambo - homeward bound

Well we leftThe Azores this morning and motored NW as we are in search of wind......light winds from the west filled in so we were able to sailalbeit at Variable speeds. As we start to head North the change in temperature does give Tom and I the opportunity to break out our summer designer collection- standards will be high as John is very fashion conscious although strutting around on deck in his underpants and tee shirt was a bit worrying- Jambo is not that sort of boat.!,Anyway young Edge has been sent to his bunk early for this strange behaviourTom is turning into quite a master chef producing seared tuna steakswith a foam jus and creamed potatoes - his fishing tackle remains of no interest to the fish of the North Atlantic so we had to eat fish purchased from the market yesterday.. read more...


15/06/2015

Free Spirit - Log 30: 15 June 2015

Miracles will never cease. At around midnight theloom of the lighthouse on Cape St. Vincent, the most southwesterly point ofcontinental Europe, lit up the night sky over the bow. Free Spirit, and hermotley crew of vagabonds, thieves and Carole are back! This news is sureto be greeted with great joy in the old country. I expect the bunting willbe out and there will be and music and dancing in the streets. Theexcitement of the young women who have been emailing the young whipper-snapperevery day - sometimes several times a day -must be boundless. Perhaps DavidCameron will order a public holiday and Her Majesty will send us a note ofcongratulation. Or perhaps not.  We are currently sailing (motoring) along the coastof the Algarve towards the bay of Cadiz. read more...


15/06/2015

Starblazer - 15/06/2015 - The art of sailing slowly! .

We cleared out of Tonga a week ago, heading for Vanua Balavu in the northern Lau group of islands.These are reef strewn waters where charting is far from accurate so care must be taken when approaching landfall, ideally with the sun over your shoulder to help pick out the isolated reef areas.It was a journey of about 280 miles, or 48 hours at 6 knots, or 56 hours at 5 knots, averaging more than 6 knots was unlikely because the GRIB forecast showed not much wind on Monday becoming less on Tuesday.There was no way we could expect to complete the distance by Wednesday morning 40 hours after leaving Tonga.Our passage plan was to sail as much as we could, only reverting to the engine if the speed dropped to below 3 knots and using it towards the end if necessary to reach our waypoint off the. read more...


14/06/2015

Exody - Days 148 -156 : Flotilla to a Fiji Feast

Since Tonga we have been embraced by the ICA Pacific Circuit rally with joint clearances out of Tonga last Monday 8th and then in to Vanua Balavu at the north of the Lau Group of Fiji.We were the 36th boat cleared of about 38 in total on Friday 12th. The four officials who are visiting these remote islands especially for us, and who are joining in our activities, agreed to clear the last few of us after we had moved around the island from Lomaloma to the perfect anchorage of Mbavatu harbour on Friday 12th - they sailed on one of the boats.The 280 mile two day passage from Tonga had been an uncomfortable one with rather too much wind (up to 30 knots), requiring us to slow the boat from the first night out and latterly with a confused sea which gave a particularly uncomfortable corkscrew. read more...



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