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18/02/2015

American Spirit II - Day 407; Motor Sailing in Lumpy Seas; Tuesday, February 17, 2015

One year ago today:"Da;y 45; Land Tour of San Cristobal; Monday, February 17, 2014. Got up at 8:00 AM and observed 2 sea lions laying on transom, snug as can be. An adult and a juvenile. When they saw us, they would raise their head to look, then close their eyes and go back to sleep."***************************************During her 3:00 AM to 6:00 AM watch Jeanine got sick and threw-up over the side. Said she was exercising with her rubber bands and got air in her stomach. Bummer.The sun rose at 5:30 AM. Cloudy, so no green flash. I relieved Jeanine at 5:55 AM. The wind is 16 knots and we're motor sailing at 4.5 knots thru the water and 4.5 knots over the land. At 6:00 AM I go 3 degrees left to try to stop some of the pounding into the 3-5 foot seas. At least its warm out. I'm wearing. read more...


18/02/2015

Exocet Strike - Next stop Galapagos

Hopefully today is the penultimate day, should getto Galapagos on Weds 18th. Got some wind, its been behind us most of yesterdayafternoon, night and morning, only started going abeam about 10 an increasing to12 to 14 kn, too much for the code zero (great big white flappy thing at thefront). We have been sailing all day in light winds, but sailing at least andtowards our destination, very glad we gybed onto a new course last evening, gaveus lots of opporunities to make good progress. We crossed the 'line' today at about 1706 localtime ie \\\\\\\\\utc -5.  \\\\\\\\for those not in the knowthis is crossing the equator, unfortunatly the ocean hasnt got a line paintedon, but we were able to watch the GPS display read down to 00deg00'.000N andthen flip to 00deg00'.000S and build on that. read more...


17/02/2015

Ayama - MISSING THE BUTTERFLIES

We have had good sailing and then hours of motoring.We headed south with the winds and the current but had to motor across the notorious Doldrums.We kept heading south as Stefan hoped to pick up the southerly winds to sail back to the Galapagos.We are now sailing at 8 knots in 12 knot winds, calm seas and lovely weather …and we have just had a rum/Panama cheap liquor/coke with ice (Stefan is very proud of his ice-making) drink to celebrate crossing the Equator. There has been very little wildlife, a few birds and 1 gull that seemed to be determined to try and land on Ayama.I think she was lonely as she would settle on the sea, get left behind so fly to catch us up.I miss the colourful butterflies that fluttered by us in Las Perlas, going goodness knows where!Last night Per and I rescued. read more...


17/02/2015

GarliX - Tag 39 Äquatorüberquerung und Kaesekuchenalarm

Tour: Las Perlas - Galapagos/ noch ca. 80smLeute, solch eine Äquatorüberquerung ist echt anstrengend!! Für unsere Überquerung wollten wir gerüstet sein…Hannas Idee - wir backen einen Kuchen!! Aber wie ist es, wenn man bei 30° gegen den Wind mit rund 15kn Wind segelt….vor allem schräg….noch mehr schräg….und schaukelig!!! Aber - Plan ist Plan….also: Was für einen Kuchen??… Wir backen einen Käsekuchen! Erste Schwierigkeit - die Schüssel mit der Quark - Sahne - Füllung muss auch die Schräglage abfangen…oh, oh…. erster Teil lag in der Plicht. Dann mit den „gatschigen“ Händen zum Wasserhahn… zack sind die Hände an den Wänden. Der Mürbeteig war ja fest - kein Problem. Dann aber musste diese Quarkfüllung - die absolut flüssig ist - auf den Kuchen. Hier ging der Alarm richtig los…. die Füllung. read more...


GarliX - Tag 39 Äquatorüberquerung und Kaesekuchenalarm
GarliX - Tag 39 Äquatorüberquerung und Kaesekuchenalarm
GarliX - Tag 39 Äquatorüberquerung und Kaesekuchenalarm
GarliX - Tag 39 Äquatorüberquerung und Kaesekuchenalarm
17/02/2015

Luna Quest - Tuesday, 17.2.15

Noon Position: 00.56N 84.44WDaily Run: 102 milesDestination: Isla San Christobel - Galapagos All day yesterday the wind stayed with us and for much of the night: a moderate breeze pushing us along under twin poled-out foresails, but early this morning the wind started to hesitate, unable to decide from where it would want to come. We took our sails down and housed the poles to make room for a very light-weight sail that is probably more like a cruising chute. In 5kn of wind we were making 3.5kn of speed, but then it decided to start puffing from the Southwest, the very direction that we wished to go, so there was nothing for it but to take it down and put the engine on. Because the sea is calm, the engine is giving us over 6 knots on 1400 revs only. We have motored only 14 hours on this. read more...


17/02/2015

Sweet Pearl - Ascension --> Mindelo - 12. Tag - Es läuft ganz ok

Wir hatten zwei Tage lang so gut wie keinen Wind, konnten aber dank Motorunterstützung einiges an Strecke gut machen. Mittlerweile ist wieder etwas Wind da, aber leider noch nicht in einem guten Segelwinkel. Das sollte sich aber gemäss Wettervorhersagen bald ändern. Es werden immer weniger Meilen! Wir freuen uns! Liebe Grüsse, Sandra. read more...


17/02/2015

Free & BrEasy - Pipoca

We have experienced the biggest possible transition known to mankind. From our lonely 17 day crossing of the Atlantic from St Helena, we have suddenly been immersed in the world’s biggest street party. Two million people dance on the streets for 5 days and 5 nights at the Salvador Carnival and we were part of it!We arrived at Terminal Nautico de Bahia Marina, Salvador, last Wednesday late in the afternoon. Approaching mainland Brazil from a distance, we were amazed to see a ‘New York’ style skyline of skyscrapers and block of flats. As we came nearer, bronzed bodies could be imagined, roasting themselves on the beaches under beach umbrellas.Coming into the anchorage we first took on diesel from a floating barge moored close to the Forte de Sao Marcelo, a round sea fort built by the. read more...


17/02/2015

Celebrate - Equator Crossing for the 2nd Time!

Equator crossing today, February 16, at 7:23pm on the coast of Brazil!This is our 2nd crossing on the World ARC trip.Such amazing milestones!Also, just 84 miles to go for the 1250 mile halfway mark to Grenada.With a sprinkling of 200 mile days our speed has sustained in the 8 knot range with winds generally 15-20 knots true and a nice reach.Our 3rd set of dolphins today and en mass jumping and playing in our bow wave.We are currently passing Sao Luis, Brazil.Next: Amazon River mouth crossing...Charlie & Cathy. read more...


16/02/2015

Juno - Panama Canal

Only forty miles from Panama, yet the archipelago of Las Perlas feels very remote. A small group of pretty islands, famous for their pearls, they are largely uninhabited. Densely forested, with rocky outcrops and hidden beaches of the finest white sand.With large tidal ranges, the water turns green as the tide ebbs and flows, suddenly clearing at slack water to reveal the sea life beneath.Poorly charted with isolated rocks lurking just under the surface, we proceed with caution, the Bauhaus pilot book our constant companion. We pick up the AIS signal of our fellow ARC yachts and head across to one of the famous anchorages; a channel between the islands of Chapera and MogoMogo, where the TV series Survivor was filmed. Although only 50 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, the Pacific feels very. read more...


Juno - Panama Canal
Juno - Panama Canal
16/02/2015

Juno - Las Perlas

In our case we are meeting on the beach outside the Romantica Hotel, where we land our dinghies and help each other to drag them up above the high-water mark. When we arrive everyone is in the hotel bar; cold beer in one hand and laptop in the other. The hotel has good internet access and as we have been offshore for a week this fix of internet is important to keep in touch with friends and family, and in my case also to upload my blog of the Panama Canal.As darkness falls we sit on the silky soft sand of the beach where a barbecue is served. We win first prize for leg two – from Santa Marta to San Blas. It is a wonderful evening of good company, cold beers and the prospect of the sail to Galapagos, only marred by Fatty feeling unwell and I drop her back to the boat for an early. read more...


Juno - Las Perlas
Juno - Las Perlas
16/02/2015

Exocet Strike - 4th day en route to Galapagos

Last night we eventually got some breeze andstarted sailing, much better, this morning we put up the code zero (like asupersized lightweight Genoa) and this has been powering us alongwell. Last night we saw about 100 metres to 1/2 mile offa school or pod of whales, not sure if they were Pilot whales or a bit bigger,seemed happy enough on their own, didnt come to look at use. Last night we had 4 swallows, or similar species tothis land on the boom, must have stayed overnight looking at their kinddeposits! This morning at daybreak a Tern visited us andlanded on the foredeck, didn't stay more than an hour, and left a deposit aswell. Pretty soon we should be able to start selling Guano. This morning we saw a pod of Dolphins jumping andplaying approx 100 meters away. They started to come our. read more...


16/02/2015

American Spirit II - Day 406; More (Bad) Carnival Stories & a Pounding on the Way to Recife; Monday, February 16, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 44; Swimming with Hammerhead Sharks; Sunday, February 16, 2014. Up at 6:30 AM, for we had a trip to Kicker Rock, AKA Roca Pateadora. But first we were bussed to a beach, where we snorkeled amongst rocks and lots of fish,and saw two large turtles swimming. Our guide explained to us the difference between Sea Lions and Seals. Seal Lions have small ears and Seals have no visible ears; and their upper flippers are very strong, allowing them to go vertical more than a meter to climb up on rocks, boats, piers, etc. Seals don't have that upper body strength."*********************************Woke up at 4:00 AM. A 5:00 AM thunder storm got me out of bed. I went to the cockpit, closed the dodger center window and put the blue recliner chairs up under the dodger to keep them. read more...


16/02/2015

GarliX - Tag 37 Es ist Stille auf den Weg nach Galapagos

Nach dem stuermischen Beginn dieser Tour hat sich das Wetter voellig gewandelt. Weg ist der Wind… einfach weg und es herrscht absolute Stille. Ohne den Strom von rd. 2kn wuerden wir kaum noch vorwaerts kommen. Haben wir die Wetter - Grib - Daten doch falsch eingeschaetzt? Die Boote die Richtung Süden gesegelt sind, scheinen mehr Wind zu haben. Doch was nuetzt es… mit den Worten von SY Makena gesprochen…“wir haben gut Wind, wenn wir aber so weiter fahren, kommen wir in Chile an…“. Wir müssen hier durch - so ganz unerwartet kam es ja nicht. Also sind wir mit Motor rd. 20h durch die windstillen Gebiete „geknattert“. Da schaut man sich schon mal besorgt den Diesel - Pegel - Stand an… bei 200l im Tank und 100l Reserve koennen wir nicht bis Galapagos motoren. Bei den taeglichen Funkrunden. read more...


16/02/2015

Luna Quest - Monday, 16.2.15

Noon Position: 1.51N 82.53WDaily Run: 111 milesDestination: Isla San Christobel - Galapagos IslandsIn calm and overcast conditions we motored through the night and despite the whirr of the engine. In this patch of the ocean, there is very little traffic. At 6am I woke to a different motion in the boat and found that a gentle breeze had retuned from the East. We switched the engine off and tried to hoist the mainsail, but found that the halyard was caught up in the lazy lines. With the help of the torch we discovered the problem and once freed, the mainsail was extracted from its stack pack and hoisted in full. The genoa was soon billowing to port as well and sailing on a broad reach, we were making over 6 knots, but by 9am the wind had backed to ENE, which meant going back to the sail. read more...


16/02/2015

Ayama - Leaving Las Perlas for Galapagos

Wednesday We returned to Contadora to prepare for setting off on Friday.We picked up a mooring just beside a small sunken motorboat.Getting ashore in the dinghy was a challenge as there was a swell; we managed to land but didn’t get the dinghy up the beach quick enough so shipped a wave of water.There is no point going ashore in anything but swimming shorts.Leaving is even more tricky as it has to be a quick getaway , keep the dinghy straight and get the engine started before the next big wave soaks everything and sends you back to the beach or even capsizes you. Per and I had a snorkel around the wreck and then swam over to the rocks.There were some colourful fish and a few stingrays.We had a walk around the island which has plenty of smart houses on it, unlike the deserted islands we. read more...


16/02/2015

Celebrate - Charlie & Cathy Celebrate 100,000 Plus Nautical Miles Milestone!

We have been sailing together starting in San Francisco Bay since we met each other 36 years ago.Charlie had previous experience on sailing trips to the Bahamas, around Hawaii and in the San Francisco area so including this World ARC trip has accumulated 60,000 sailing miles.Cathy has reached 50,000 miles including this trip.More celebrations to come on Celebrate! Next: Crossing the equator for the 2nd time...Charlie & Cathy. read more...


16/02/2015

Nexus - Carnival Batatinha

Once again, the Carnival Batatinha (the Old Town) at the top of the elevator, is a very different experience. This is a town with narrow cobblestone streets and colorful buildings, many shops and a church/cathedral for every day of the year. Carnival is much more family oriented here with small parades of marching Samba bands and costumed performers mixed with street vendors and eclectic individuals of every variety. We've had lunch or dinner on sidewalk cafes with the parades going by in the afternoon and evening. There are many nice restaurants with great food and settings from which to enjoy the spectacle. A very different experience from the "serial rock concert" parades of the large trucks, and although they pass near to the town, fortunately they cannot come down it's narrow. read more...


16/02/2015

American Spirit II - Day 405; A Work Day in Slavador Before We Depart for Recife in Brazil; Sunday, February 15, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 43; Janet Fox Arrives!; Saturday, February 15, 2014. Up early. Another sea lion on the boat transom. He jumped off once he heard me afoot. Left for the airport at 9:00 AM to meet Janet's plane from mainland Ecuador. She had been traveling since 3:30 PM the day before and had spent Thursday night in the airport in Guayahill (a city on the coast. I know the spelling is wrong). In texting Janet, she indicated that she was in queuing hell, and didn't know if she'd get done in time to make the flight. If you've never stood in lines in South American airports, you haven't lived! Her plane touched down close to on time, and then Janet was back in a que again. In order to make sure that Janet didn't miss me at the airport exit, I held a sign that said 'Janet Fox.' When in. read more...


16/02/2015

American Spirit II - Day 404; We Go to Carnival in the Upper City & Join a Group of Revelers; Saturday, February 14, 2015

Joel is first up at 10:00 AM. I get up at 10:45 AM. Sleep in day. A rare event. The air conditioner cut off during the night. We have two on board the boat. One in the main cabin and v-berth; and the other in the aft cabin. I always turn my AC off when I go to bed because the room is cool enough by then. A late breakfast at 11:50 AM. Bacon, eggs, potato, chilled mandarin oranges and brown bread.From 12:05 PM to 3:30 PM I typed 2 logs while Joel uploads pictures and video to his computer and then to his web site. A laborious process as the internet, when it works, is slow. During the day Jeanine gets an offer from Civetta II to travel with them from Brazil to Grenada, as we'll be picking up Joel's youngest daughter, Heidi, March 1 in Fortaleza, Brazil. Jeanine will rejoin our boat in. read more...


15/02/2015

Allegro - SEXTA-FEIRA 13 DE FEVEREIRO DE 2015

Sexta-feira dia 13 …Todos parecíamos com pouca vontade de arrancar, houve até quem perguntasse, pelo VHF, se a hora da largada tinha sido alterada.Mas às 11:00 estávamos já a caminho.Largámos com 15-16 nós, já então com sinais do vento ir aumentar. Largámos, quase todos, com as velas rizadas.A parte inicial do caminho exige alguma atenção devido à pouca água que existe por vezes, mas depois de ultrapassada a navegação é simples e pudemos passar a dar mais atenção ao vento e ao mar.Vento e mar que foram aumentando de uma forma constante, devagar mas sempre a aumentar.Manteve esta tendência durante toda a tarde e continuou durante a noite de forma a manter velocidades de vento primeiro sempre acima dos 20 nós primeiro e depois, mais tarde pela noite dentro, sempre acima dos 30. Para tornar. read more...


15/02/2015

Allegro - QUINTA-FEIRA, 05 A SÁBADO, 07 DE FEVEREIRO DE 2015 - CIDADE DO PANAMA

Na 5ªFeira, dia 5, fizemos um “tour” pela Cidade do Panamá, que nos levou primeiro ao ponto mais alto da cidade, para vermos a vista e compreendermos melhor a disposição da cidade. Atravessámos depois a Puente del Centenario, que nos permitiu ver, de terra, as eclusas de Pedro Miguel e Miraflores que atravessáramos na véspera. E, nessa zona, circundada por montes elevados constituídos por terreno de grande dureza, vimos o “Colebra Cut”, assim designado pela sua tortuosidade. Esta foi a porção do Canal de mais difícil construção, pela dureza do terreno, e onde o número de mortes de trabalhadores foi maior.O “tour” terminou no “Casco Viejo”, isto é, na parte antiga da Cidade do Panamá. Está em fase de recuperação, com vários edifícios já recuperados, alguns muito bonitos. Mas tem ainda. read more...


15/02/2015

Allegro - QUARTA-FEIRA 04 DE FEVEREIRO DE 20015

A noite passou-se muito bem.O amanhecer foi diferente de todos os outros porque se acompanhou de uma “algazarra” ensurdecedora e assustadora inicialmente por nós atribuída a animais selvagens. Mas a intensidade era tal que nos pareceu que não poderia ter essa origem. Pensámos, então, que se trataria de de um ruído com ponto de partida nas máquinas e obras do alargamento do canal. Só mais tarde, o Advisor nos disse que eram, de facto, macacos que produziam aquele ruído. Imaginar o tamanho dum tal macaco a partir do ruído ouvido era difícil pois a intensidade e a natureza do som propriamente dito sugeriam um enorme animal.Pelas 07:00 horas começaram a chegar os Advisors.Soltaram-se as amarras, e o caminho na direcção das eclusas teve início.Depois tudo se repetiu, nas locas de Pedro Miguel. read more...


15/02/2015

Exody - Day 36 - Doldrums !

As forecast we have now run out of wind but we carried it further than some of the fleet by keeping east thus we are nearly a day later than some in starting our engine - until we get at least 10 knots of wind from any direction.At 11.00 today, Sunday 15th, 48 hours after the start we had covered 332 miles, about a third of the distance - which with the recommended routing is at least 50 miles more than the rhumb line 850 miles. We altered course slightly this morning to the west rounding the remote Isla de Malpelo as a waypoint. Next target is crossing the equator Tuesday sometime - we need to plan appropriate celebrations and creative dressing up for this momentous midocean event - Petter is already fingered as a dead-ringer for Neptune ! As the wind dropped toward lunchtime we flew. read more...


15/02/2015

Exody - Days 34/35 - Dusting down toward the Doldrums

With World ARC a declared superstition free zone, our third leg start was scheduled for 11am on Friday 13th February. As with all of our starts so far (Gran Canaria, Mindelo, St Lucia, Santa Marta), the conditions were soon brisk for the 14 starters of the 16 strong fleet crossing the line at Contadora in the delightful Las Perlas archipelago 50 miles off Panama. Since our last log here at the end of January we have been 'free cruising' including the Panama Canal transit.Coveredmostly on our blog at http://exody.wordpress.com, the highlights were: a dawn arrival closing the Port of Cristobal having negotiated the final approach amongst 120 ships in the dark, a smooth Canal transit in two steps, first at night , then a daylight passage through the amazing Gatun Lake, outings to the Embra. read more...


15/02/2015

Sweet Pearl - Ascension --> Mindelo - 10. Tag - Und wieder schneller

Nachdem wir für fast 2 Tagen den Wind genau, aber wirklich genau auf die Nase hatten, ist seit gestern abend Flaute und wir motoren aufs Ziel. Wie es weitergeht, wissen wir noch nicht so genau, da die Vorhersagen nicht so ganz stimmen. Wir lassen uns überraschen. Wir sind aber alle gut drauf und nachdems ein dicker fetter Fisch uns die Angelschnur kaputt gerissen hat, gab es heute eben Thuna aus der Dose, weil der Koch nicht am Menu des Tages ruckeln wollte:-). Ciao, Tom. read more...


15/02/2015

Celebrate - 2500 Miles for Two on the Ocean Blue to Grenada from Brazil

Having passed Fortaleza, Brazil on the North East Coast of South America last night we are 885 miles closer to Grenada, almost a third of the way!Our boat speed has been terrific in the sustained high nine & ten knots.Only nine more days at sea if the winds and current hold with us.Also, Charlie saw more dolphins on his watch this morning and then cooked us a tasty ham like bacon & over medium eggs for Sunday breakfast with guava juice. Yum!Charlie & Cathy. read more...


15/02/2015

Celebrate - Basking in Brazil, Bonfires? Perfect Winds & Valentine's Day!

Basking in the sun with perfect winds we are now on our way along the Brazilian coast heading to Grenada.For several nights we saw what looked like huge bonfires on shore.Maybe carnival related?Also, we have had dolphins playing at the bow which is especially cheerful when our colorful Gennaker is up, too.Our special dinner for Valentine's Day was prawns with capers in lemon butter sauce over pasta.So far, so grand! Charlie & Cathy. read more...


15/02/2015

Exocet Strike - second night from Las Perlas to Galapagos

What a contrast! from 30 to 40 knots to almostzero. We have been motoring since 1700 local time, ie 2200 UTC due to lack ofwind. Overnight we passed within 2 miles of a small island way out in thePacific, none of us had heard of before, Malpelo, from the graphics ofbirds on the chart plotter chart, I guess its a bird sanctuary. It has twolight houses shown, but we should have seem them and no sign. It was hazy andaround midnight but could not see anything, only a radar trace to confirm it wasthere. Over the last few days we have seen Dolphins,Turtles, birds, one a Tern like bird landed on deck, and then quicklyflew off again. Others are more likeGannets, but a different colour to ours. The fleet seems to have spread out now, we have twoboats on our AIS, which is. read more...


15/02/2015

Luna Quest - Sunday, 15.2.15

Noon Position: 3.27N 81.20WDaily run: 116 milesDestination: Isla San Christobel - Galapagos IslandsThe wind is becoming markedly less. It is currently less than 10kn, but occasionally there is a little puff and our hearts fill with hope. It is tiring and trying coping with a lack of wind. There is 600 miles to go and we have just enough fuel if we were forced to motor the rest of the way.Eric. read more...


15/02/2015

Juno - Compendium, guest written by Andrew

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Juno - Compendium, guest written by Andrew
Juno - Compendium, guest written by Andrew
15/02/2015

GarliX - Tag 36 - Start Richtung Galapagos

Start Las Perlas nach Galapagos am (Freitag) 13.2.15 11:00 OZ, 16:00 UTC.Vor uns liegen ca. 860sm Richtung Galapagos… der Pazifik ist nicht still. Wir haben 25-30kn Wind, zuviel für meinen Geschmack…nicht so für meinen Kaept’n. Er feiert bei jeder gut runter gesurften Welle und bei der Spitzengeschwindigkeit von 17,4kn (!!) grinst er selig! Ich finde, dass das zuviel Wind ist und kann mir nicht vorstellen, dass das hier mal ruhig wird. Warten wir’s ab und vertrauen auf die Wetterdaten. Wir segeln segeltechnisch in einer sehr interessante Gegend, was Wind und Strömung angeht. Irgendwann müssen wir über die ITCZ (Inter Tropical Convergence Zone, oder Doldrums) Die ITCZ ist eine Region mit hohen Temperaturen und wenig Wind. Ausserdem liegt vor uns der Aequator….!!!! Wir machen schon Plaene. read more...


American Spirit II - The lines of dancers to use the facilities in the support vehicle
American Spirit II - The lines of dancers to use the facilities in the support vehicle
American Spirit II - The support vehicle for all of the dancing people
American Spirit II - The support vehicle for all of the dancing people
American Spirit II - Brazilans dancing at carnival behind the moving rock concert stage
American Spirit II - Brazilans dancing at carnival behind the moving rock concert stage
American Spirit II - The moving rock concert stage
American Spirit II - The moving rock concert stage
American Spirit II - Brazilans dancing at Carnival infront of a moving rock concert stage
American Spirit II - Brazilans dancing at Carnival infront of a moving rock concert stage
14/02/2015

Exocet Strike - First night from Las Perlas to Galapagos

Well that was fun, not. Forecast was for 20 - 25 kngusting to 30kn, but we had gusts to 40 and steady state for some hours of 30kn,fortunately from behind, and with 3 reefs and a small amount of headsail out theboat was well balanced and not moving too violently. We did hit 18.9 knots ofspeed via GPS, but only 15.5 knots of speed on the log, either way by middaytoday we had achieved 230 nautical miles. A record for us, but helped no end by2 knots of tide with us. Stella is wondering where her flowers are, itsValentines Day and its the first time in 30 plus years that she hasn't had anyflowers from me, where is that Interflora helicopter, I did order them,honest. Currently we have gybed to try to keep into somewind, its only 12 to 15 kn and if we go further west we will have zero,. read more...


14/02/2015

American Spirit II - Day 403; New Photo's Updated to Joel's Web Site; We Go to Carnival & One in Our Group is Targeted by a Pick Pocketer; Friday, February 13, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 41; Arrival at San Cristobal Island in the Galapagos; Thursday, February 13, 2014. At 12:44 AM we passed a gigantic rock called Roca Pateadora. 'Roca' means rock. By gigantic, I mean the size of giant asteroid a couple of hundred feet tall. If it was a 'small' rock, it wouldn't have been given a name. We've actually seen and been on islands that were smaller than this roca. Our electronic chart plotter had us in a depth of over 600 feet and 2 miles off shore from this rock. We were quite surprised, then, when our depth meter registered 49 feet. Bummer! We made a course change of 20 degrees,putting us further away from 'the rock.' If the depth had been 4 feet instead of 49, we'd have hit the underwater rocks (we draw a little over 5 feet), and we would have damaged. read more...


14/02/2015

American Spirit II - Day 402; Showers & Toilets Explained; Fueling Day; Rendezvous Party; & We Finally Get our Whisker Pole Back; Thursday, February 12, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 40; Crossing the Equator; Wednesday, February 12, 2014. At 3:45 AM this morning, during Darlene's 3:00 AM - 6:00 AM watch, we came upon some fishermen who had laid miles of nets almost in front of us. A fishing skiff, one of 6 that the 'mother ship' had been pulling behind her(we'd seen them earlier in the day whey they crossed under our stern), rushed us and the crew members on board starting shouting at us in Spanish. They drove their boat toward us and 'herded' us away from their nets. Fifteen minutes later we we near a flashing light, which was the corner or end of their net. This flashing light was a buoy that they had placed to mark the southeast corner of their nets. Once there, they stopped escorting us and we got back on course toward Galapagos. We only. read more...


14/02/2015

American Spirit II - Day 401; Half Day Tour of Salvador; Nuno on NDS Darwin Robbed at Knife Point; 3:00 PM Cruising Seminar; Two Months Until the Rally Ends; & Merlyn of Poole and Adela Arrive; Wednesday, February 11, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 39; Closing on Galapagos; Tuesday, February 11, 2014. At 5:00 AM a loud alarm sounded on the boat. The alarm was a "Position Lost" alarm. Even though we have a plethora of satellites tracking us and giving us our GPS position, this anomaly keeps popping up every few days. Aggravating when its in the middle of the night. My 'sleeping' hours are 12:00 AM - 6:00 AM, so losing an hour of sleep is costly."*************************************************Today is the two month countdown to the rally being over in St. Lucia (April 11). Up at 5:40 AM. We have to get up early because we're taking a half day bus tour starting at 8:00 AM. Breakfast at 7:15 AM consists of eggs; potato; chilled pear quarters; and brown bread for Joel and me. And pears for Jeanine. She's out of. read more...


14/02/2015

American Spirit II - Day 400; Secured Carnival Balcony Reservation at the Othon Pallace Hotel; Mast Light Fixed; & Hydro Generator Badly Damaged by Dock; Tuesday, February 10, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 38; Joel Saves Big Bird!; Monday, February 10, 2014. Not mentioned on the day's previous log because I sent it in early, was at 5:15 PM Sunday a large white bird, with black and white wings,a long neck and orange beak; along with a 3 - 4 foot wingspan, made a pass over our 2 fishing lines and his left wing got caught in one of the lines. Not the hook, just the line. He went down like a Nazi ME 109 during the Battle of Britain in the English Channel. Splash! As Joel Heyne donned 2 fishing type gloves, I reeled him in. He just sat in the water trying to swim under water and get away. We stopped the boat and turned the motor off. After what seemed like forever of reeling him in, the bird made it to our transom and looked up at Joel, who pounced with lightning speed,. read more...


14/02/2015

American Spirit II - Day 399; We Arrive in Salvador, Brazil After the Most Pleasant Voyage in 13 Months; Monday, February 9, 2015

Today a year ago:"Day 37; The Trophy Size Blue Marlin That Got Away!; How I Log; Sunday, February 9, 2014. The story you are about to hear is a true fish story. Not to be confused with the 'fibber' fish stories that all fishermen make up. You know what I mean. The imaginary largest fish in the world that got away story. One of the differences between my fish story and others is that I had a witness. Joel Heyne. Joel was sound asleep at the time (he got off watch at 3:00 AM), but my yelling at the top of my lungs woke him up, which is a feat in itself. And though I have friends who would gladly alibi for me, Joel is not one to cross that line for a fish. Joel, did you see that whale that I hooked?" To find out what happened, you'll have to scroll back in time on my logs to February 9,. read more...


14/02/2015

American Spirit II - Day 396;Extaordinary Sunrise, Blue Ocean, Another Twin Yoke, Deck Light Pulled Out & Green Flash No. 40; Friday, February 6, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 34; Last Full Day in Las Perlas Islands; Thursday, February 6, 2014. Today is one of the few days that we had to get up early for a Rally event. At 7:15 AM something called a 'Hash' is being run by the World Cruising Club. During this event we walked around the island following symbols left in the road way. Once done, drinks and fruit awaited us back at the Romantica Hotel. The fruit included pineapple, water melon and mango."**************************Relieved Jeanine at 6:05 AM. The wind is 14 knots and we're sailing at 6.2 knots thru the water and 6.4 knots over the land. The spinnaker is up, port side. Its cloudy and warm.At 7:00 AM the wind is 13/14 knots and we're sailing at 5.9 knots thru the water and 6.2 knots over the land. We're sailing into a squally. read more...


14/02/2015

Luna Quest - Sat. 14.2.15

Noon Position: 5.38N 80.10WDaily Run: 160 milesDestination: Isla San Christobel - Galapagos IslandsWe set off yesterday at 11am from beautiful Contadora. There was a strong breeze from the NNE and under reefed genoa to port we crossed the starting line a minute after the gunshot. We were in the back of the fleet of 15 boats (you can track each boat by visiting the Yellow Brick website) and stayed there till most of the bigger boats were lost out of sight over the horizon steering a southerly course. A depression over the North of South America produced the strong and steady breeze, which allowed us to pole out the staysail to starboard. Our speed improved considerably, but by late afternoon the wind had risen to over 30 knots and we were keen to get the rig set up in advance of. read more...


14/02/2015

Nexus - Carnival in Salvador de Bahia is absolutely incredible!

This truly is the world's largest party. We rented a hotel room down by the lighthouse on the main street, where the more modern parade floats go by, and spent about half the time on the street and half in the hotel. We had a balcony on the fourth floor with an excellent view of the street. The streets were extremely well policed, absolutely not "safe" from pickpockets and minor robbery with several other World ARC people having their cameras, money or cell phones taken from them, but if you are smart and go to the street with NOTHING but small bills on you, it is a very fun and exciting experience and well worth going to. Beer is 3 Real, which is about 80 cents so you don't need to bring much. We went downtown about 2pm, had lunch, and wandered the parade route as they were setting up,. read more...