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11/06/2014

Defyr - Towards Lagos: Fantastic five

Our home team and our favourite stalker Paul have been bit confused who's on board, so here's a little introduction of De Fyra plus one.image.. read more...


Defyr - Towards Lagos: Fantastic five
Defyr - Towards Lagos: Fantastic five
11/06/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - (Dear Mr/Mrs Dolphin) Is this the way to Horta through the Tumblin' Waves?

N38:17:342  W33:06:798 Boat Miles:- 1626 Miles to go:- 212   Well, what to say about yesterday evening. Theforecast said that the currentl winds in the high 20's would diminish lateafternoon and evening. Well they did, eventually. But not before delivering amajor kick. We had winds gusting to 32 knots for about 5 hours as the frontpassed over us, but the highest observed was a whapping 38kts! This combinedwith very large seas, made the evening a bit of tobogan run. We had a smallamount of genoa out and were still trundling along at 6kts - doesn't sound muchbut in these conditions it was pretty nerve racking stuff as the last thing weneeded to do was broach the boat! However, the winds did diminish and thismorning at first light we had nothing, so are motoring for a while. read more...


11/06/2014

Morning Haze - Tuna number 3 and 4 abord Morning Haze!

Okay...yesterday was like the day before...we put the line in the water and we get a big fish on after 30 minutes. We fight it for 35 minutes before it escapes. At 1100, fish on. We land a beautiful Tuna...that is number 3! We get another bite at 1400 and we lose this one again but now we know why we lose so many fish...probably because of our speed...we never slow down when we have one on the line. After number 3 is in the freezer and the cockpit clean again, we decide to change our "magic lure" to catch something else....We throw our line in the water at 1555...At 1600, we are full sail out and doing 7,5 knots...Fish on!!! What??? This time we roll in the genoa and slow down. Guess what?...A nice 25 pound Tuna...number 4!So far, we have had Tuna Tataki, Sushi, Tartare and Rebecca made. read more...


11/06/2014

Anettine - 11. june

We had good and stable sailing speed through the night. In the early morning the wind dropped to 5 knots, and we had to take down the main to let the spinnaker have all the wind. We were able to maintain a speed of 2-2,5 knots for some hrs. The captain was were pleased with the crews dedication to keep Anettine going in the little wind and treated them with an English breakfast with sausages, pan-fried potatoes, beans, eggs and warm bread. The wind turned on NW and the spinnaker was replaced with the genaker and we are now at 1200 doing 4-6 knots in the light wind. Defyr caught a tuna last night and has promised to deliver meat for our dinner today.. read more...


11/06/2014

Nexus - Never been more worked over, by a more friendly bureaurcracy

Well...Savusavu is very nice, and the people are lovely, but I haven't been worked over by this much bureaucracy in a long time. First of all, the quarantine buoy was a half mile up river from the location given in the instructions. It was a simple buoy..orange with a yellow flag, right across from the first marina and just past the ferry dock, not out in the channel where the instructions gave its waypoint. We had the first wave of quarantine inspectors arrive, consisting of one nice Fijian gentleman, and two nice young peace corps volunteers who appear to have started this whole bureaucracy by "educating" the locals on the dangers of mosquito borne illness. They carefully explained the dangers of dengue fever to us, didn't even mention Chicken Gonya, and closed up and bombed our boat. read more...


11/06/2014

Starship - Last-Leg-2-Lagos (day 03)

SUN: Wenig Sonne, jede Menge Wolken und immer wieder Nieselregen. Wir sind "angebertelt". Minimum 3 Schichten, oftmals sogar 4.RUN: Wir bergen den Parsailor bei über 22 Knoten Wind. Segeln wäre ja noch möglich, aber das Bergen wird mit jedem 10-tel Knoten Wind schwieriger, daher muss er runter. Wir setzen Großsegel und Genua. Anfangsbei gutem Wind segeln wir noch mit über 7 Knoten dahin, dann nimmt der Wind ab, und das ewige Schlagen der Segel wird immer nerviger. Schließlich bäumen wir die Genua aus und schleichen im Schmetterling dahin. Bis wir irgendwann bei 4 Knoten angelangt sind, der Wind wieder dreht, der Kurs zu südlich wird, und wir mitten in der Nacht bei Nieselregen wieder den Rückbau auf "raumen Wind" vornehmen. So viel zu einem geordneten Wachsystem :-).FUN: Wir haben schon. read more...


11/06/2014

American Spirit II - Day 156; Leaving Tonga for Fiji, a Poisonous Snake Boards Hebe & Wind Forecast Wrong, Again; Tuesday, June 10, 2014

7:40 AM up. Throat sore. Seems as though I got the sore throat from Joel, who had one a week ago. He had told me before. I forgot. I'm over 50. Had breakfast on board, then we dingied into the Aquarium Cafe at 8:45 AM. Joel to check the internet and me to go to the medical clinic to see if I needed any thing for my throat. At the clinic I was first in line. The doctor said I had a virus, and that the Doxycyline I was taking for my leg might help my throat. He also told me to look in the mirror, and if the back of my throat turned white and pussy, to take the medication I had for such a malady. I went to pay the pharmacist on my way out and was told 'no charge.' Cool.I then walked to the market and bought one more dozen eggs, then back to the Aquarium Cafe, where Joel and I dingied back. read more...


11/06/2014

Ca Canny - Bye bye Bayona

And so our brief time in Bayona is coming to an end – a couple of lovelywalks around the hills and fort took up much of yesterday. Trousers were dulyprocured and we had a fantastic reception with the Commodore of the MRYC lastnight – lots of stories swapped and tales expanded upon. Many many thanks to ourhosts!   Almost all of the boats are now with us – Salsus arrived to a slightlymuted reception (in comparison with the raucous daytime welcomes – foghorns areprobably not great to be honked at just after midnight) and it looks like wewill be catching up with Spirit III later on today when the rally arrives inPovoa de Varzim. Winds are looking very light so we’ll have to see if we canmake the most of it today – I certainly don’t fancy much more motor “sailing”.What we do have to look. read more...


11/06/2014

Starblazer - 11/06/2014 – Update from Vava’u

First I must apologise for the lack of logs, I really thought I had written one last week.If I had, it would probably have had some expletives deleted, but more of that later.The first part of the week was taken up with rally events, the leg prize giving with a very good buffet on Tuesday evening, followed on Wednesday by a trip to the very interesting Botanical Garden, followed by a Tongan feast at lunchtime, then the Skippers’ briefing for Fiji.To my great surprise, we won the fun competition, guessing the date and time of our arrival in Tonga.I’d guessed at 0815 Bora Bora time but was a few hours out because the wind wasn’t very helpful during the preceding night! I was also presented with a Kava Bowl as one of the (fairly) regular bloggers, I’m not sure we will buy any Kava root for. read more...


10/06/2014

Webster - Worse things happen at sea

Tuesday 10th June 2014 Position 37 48'N 19 17'W 507 DTDLast night we settled in for a hopefully comfortable ride with the spinnaker up to make up the average speed necessary to get to Lagos in good time for Igor to make his flight home on Sunday. The wind started to build but we decided to stick with it hitting 10 knots at times and never really dropping below 8 knots, we were really eating up the miles and putting some in the bank ahead of the forthcoming light patch due Wednesday. We were probably too reliant on the auto pilot however and around 0500 in the pre dawn light we broached heavily in a gust. I was in the forepeak cabin as Neal came in to say we needed to get the spinnaker down, rather stating the obvious. I struggled to get into my track suit bottoms managing to do a. read more...


Orion - Practicing Spanish with locals
Orion - Practicing Spanish with locals
10/06/2014

Defyr - Towards Lagos: Boom issues

Ok, so we had the genaker up, but we flew it like a spinnaker with a boom. I was sleeping lightly, because I could feel things weren't going 100%. And gladly Ansgar came to wake me with great news. "We broke the spinnaker boom!". Amazing stuff! Now we don't need to use the stupid boom anymore! But ALAS, after nice shift with just a genoa and main I went to sleep, just to wake up to a horror scene. The genaker was up again and I could see that our reserve timber was gone from inside. I got a bad suspision and went outside to look. AND YES Jaakko was working on some McGyver manouvers over the boom and it looked more than scetchy.. read more...


Defyr - Towards Lagos: Boom issues
Defyr - Towards Lagos: Boom issues
10/06/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - Here comes the sun.......we're sailing on sushine

N37:54:699  W35:34:788 Boat Miles:- 1502 Miles to go:- 330   The sun has actually been coming along nicely forsome days now and Sailing on Sunshine over the waves is a wonderful experience.After our years in the Caribbean though we had almost fogotten that sunshine isnot necessarily warm, thank goodness for thermals. Mind you these do createtheir own problems. We have been having a good laugh together over phrases weuse quite often that suddenly take on new meaning.  I went below saying'I'm just nipping to the loo', quick as a flash Andrew says, no way, there won'tbe anything nippy about it, you will be at least half an hour getting out ofyour clolthes.....and then put them back on again (very much a female thinghere) and there I was giggling all the way.   Thermals. read more...


10/06/2014

Sea Eagle - Back at sea - the last leg

We're back at sea again. Everyone had a great time in the Azores and a much needed rest from sailing. We did manage to visit the islands of Faial, Terceria and Sao Miguel - more on that later. David joined us in Ponta Delgada on Monday morning and we set off for Lagos, Portugal straight away. We immediately launched the Parasailor (huge cruising chute) once we were clear of the island and had a great run of around 8 knots for the first hour until the wind started to build to 17+ knots. We decided to take it down and be on the safe side seeing as it's had 2 major repairs over the last 12 months. Sods law as soon as it came down and hit the deck the wind dropped so back up it went. However this time we hadn't realised we had put a twist in it. After hoisting and dropping, twisting one way. read more...


10/06/2014

Starship - Last-Leg-2-Lagos (day 02)

SUN: Sonnig und windig. RUN: Freitag, der 13-te findetam Dienstag, dem 10. statt. Beim Shiften des Parasailors verdreht sich das Segel total, wir müssen es bergen, dabei fällt meine neue Haube ins Wasser (kein HOB-Manöver), die grüne Achterleine verhängt sich im Propeller. Es dauert 4 Stunden bis Dietmar die Leine wieder aus dem Propeller entfernen kann und wir den Parasailor unter Deck neu einrollen können. 4 Stunden dahin schaukeln bei traumhaftem Wind. Das ist mehr als hart. FUN: BINGO-Time: Mit dem Tauchgang von Dietmar haben wir die zweite BINGO-Line erreicht. Wenigstens da sind wir gut in Fahrt.. read more...


10/06/2014

Morning Haze - Number 2 for Morning Haze!

Well...what can we say.... FISH LOVE US! This is yesterday's (june 9th) second catch. He was hoisted on board at 1730 UTC.We were just preparing dinner with the previous catch of the day. Did we mention that two other (even bigger!!!) fish managed to escape us in between? Anyway got to go, we have sushi on the table. ;-)Morning Haze standby on 16image1. read more...


Morning Haze - Number 2 for Morning Haze!
Morning Haze - Number 2 for Morning Haze!
10/06/2014

Happy Destiny - Cloudy with a chance of southwesterlies

We are making about 6.5 knots, but being pushed about 15 degrees south of our preferred course.If the weather forecast holds and winds are calm tomorrow we will have to motor and will regain some northerly position that way.We had Ray's culinary invention for dinner yesterday--spaghetti a la pepperoni.The pepperoni was supposed to be for pizza but the stove is not cooperating.Damaged our spinnaker halyard flying the gennaker yesterday, but had a great run with it earlier.---This e-mail was delivered via satellite phone using GMN's XGate software.Please be kind and keep your replies short.. read more...


10/06/2014

Zoonie - Camarinas to Baiona via Portosin

42:07.45N:08:50.55W  Our spell in Camarinas allowed us all to visitthe Catholic pilgrimage mecca of Santiago de Compostela, last resting place ofdragon slayer James. We marvelled at the massive silver incense burner swingingwildly from one side to the other, controlled by at least 6 priests, wonderingif they ever had mishaps causing a line of human angels to fly through the airlike angels on a Christmas card. During the height of this all powerful servicea priest rests, chin on hands, eyes closed, listening to the confessions of akneeling believer. If you ever go, there are fine bars and restaurants aroundthe Cathedral for inexpensive and tasty food.   If you believe in forebodings then our return to Camarinas in an almightythunderstorm with lightening and solid rain was one.. read more...


10/06/2014

Gertha 4 - Grey Skies

LAT 42.23 N LON 17.08 W   Last night the wind changed, as expected, and we managed to get up theasymmetric for a short burst, before she began clattering around. It’s alwaysgood for Em and I to put sails up and down though. Gradually we’re figuring outwhat goes where and what pulls what. Off I went to bed at midnight, leavingSimon struggling to find any wind for Gertha to play with. Spirits were high,though, as we’d been treated to a short spell of sunshine.   This morning I was up at six for my shift. Up the steps I went into aclose, damp, grey sky. “We’re definitely getting closer to England.”Emma said.   Everything is sodden. It’s cold and visibility isn’t great. But that’snothing that some fried potatoes, buttered bread and hot coffee can’t dry out.   It feels. read more...


09/06/2014

Gertha 4 - Slow News Day

LAT 43.02 N LON 18.39 W   “Oh no, it won’t go to waste. If the drink is there I’ll drink it.” SaidEmma, typically, referring to the Pernod, the red wine and the beer. That’s mygirl. Only problem is that this seems to apply solely to alcoholic beverages,and we are well over-provisioned with soft drinks. Mo and Mauritz had bought usan insane amount on the BVI, and none of the remaining crew drink them! So, ifyou’re in the neighbourhood just drop us a line and we’ll toss some over to you.You can find us at the above coordinates.   Light news day today. So, just the headlines it shall be:   NEW CREW MEMBER IN OLIVE CHAIN SMOKING SCANDAL Matty was discovered clutching the entire jar of olives between her thighs,feeding herself in what can only be described as the equivalent to. read more...


09/06/2014

Zoonie - The Mighty Biscay

43:07.28N:09:13.00W We are now safely tucked up in an unplanned stop overin Camarinas prior to heading around Finistere to Bayona. There are four boatsin here waiting for the near gale to move on. Because the rest of the fleet werewell ahead of us they made it around Cape Finistere and out of the Biscay beforethis southerly Force 7 arrived.   This is not the first Force 7 we have had. The barometer dropped 9mbs in5.5hrs. In the late afternoon of Tuesday from under a thunderous sky came arapidly rising wind. We were motor sailing on track for the inshore route aroundCape Finistere with the promise of a wind veering to the west so could actuallysail with the engine off. So, along with Ca Canny who was thinking along thesame lines, we headed west so as not to be set into the Bay and we. read more...


09/06/2014

Webster - Captain gets a kiss?

Monday 9th June 2014. Position noon 37 17'N 22 45'W Well I was right, and as forecast the wind stayed light most of the night and we flew the spinnaker early on but as it became too light the engine had to go on reluctantly for a few hours, just to keep an average speed up. We were managing to hold the course we want to of 085 degrees and doing 4.5-5 knots. During the morning the wind started to build from behind and we put the spinnaker back up. There was another boat in close proximity but not sure if she was one of ours, but we left her for dead anyway in 12 knots of wind! Igor came on watch just as we had filled the spinnaker and demanded custody of the sheet to play the kite - Dave had been looking forward to it but had to concede as he was off watch and looked crest fallen. Good to. read more...


10/06/2014

Firefly - Cruising Vava'u, Tonga

Vava'u, the most popular cruising area in Tonga was our destination following our passage from Niue. Having arrived at night and immediately before a bank holiday we spent the first couple of nights anchored in a quiet bay called Port Maurelle. Since leaving Suwarrow, either at sea or on the moorings in Niue, Firefly had been rolling a lot therefore it was bliss to find a calm anchorage. We then moved to the main port, called Neiafu where we cleared in. We tied up on the customs dock and had visits from 4 friendly officials who were representing customs, immigration, health and bio security - the process was co-ordinated by World Cruising and was completed surprisingly quickly.Neiafu was a World ARC rendezvous point, the first since Bora Bora and on our first evening we had an excellent. read more...


10/06/2014

Nexus - Through Fiji's Lau Group and on to Savusavu today

We had a bumpy night passage through the Lau Group of islands between Fiji and Tonga. We passed through between midnight and six am, which was a little sporty, but with two sets of charts and the moonlight we felt comfortable passing between the series of reefs and islands. We also crossed the 180 meridian so we're back on the east side of the planet again! We're now sailing beautifully on a sunny day with good wind and the Gennaker out, and we just had a large Mahi Mahi steal one of our lures! Since we are arriving from Tonga, the Fiji authorities have directed us to go to a quarantine buoy out in the inlet and wait to be sprayed with insecticide before we enter the harbor. They're trying to control the importation of a mosquito borne illness that is prevalent in Tonga and elsewhere.. read more...


09/06/2014

Sweet Pearl - Tonga --> Fiji - 2.Tag - Gute Fahrt

Gestern morgen haben wir Neiafu (Tonga) verlassen und haben uns auf den Weg gemacht nach Nadi Bay in die Vuda Point Marina (547SM). Wir haben guten Wind von hinten und kommen sehr gut voran. Leider wird der Wind etwas nachlassen in den nächsten Tagen, aber wir profitieren was wir können. Sandra liest gerade Blut und Silber von Sabine Ebert und Tom hat seine Fussballtipps für die WM über Iridum abgegeben. Mal schauen wie es ausgeht - das Buch und die WM. Liebe Grüsse. Tom. read more...


09/06/2014

Defyr - Towards Lagos: Secret weapon

Our secret weapon is showing a more relaxed helming style.image.. read more...


Defyr - Towards Lagos: Secret weapon
Defyr - Towards Lagos: Secret weapon
Defyr - Towards Lagos: Birthday party
Defyr - Towards Lagos: Birthday party
09/06/2014

Defyr - Towards Lagos: Birthday party

Happy birthday Milla!!My niece is turning five today, so I baked a mudcake with cheesecake stripes to celebrate! Also got yet another bingo field crossed out, even though we can't officially play our own bingo we were the first ones to get one! Now we are just trying to get as many bingos as possible before arriving to Lagos. I guess that is also the case in one of the bingo enthusiast kid boats who have now already two.Our secret weapon Jaakko really saved the day by forcing us to fly our genaker like a spinnaker. I am really not into spinnakers (I feel for you Neil in Webster) and I was really doubtfull about the whole thing and I was trying to shoot down the whole idea. But Jaakko got the captain to agree and I do have to admit that now when we are going calmly downwind 6.5-7 knots,. read more...


09/06/2014

Anettine - 9. june

Variable sailing conditions the last 24 hrs. We have selected a longer, northerly route and hope that will give us good winds. We started sailing genua and then genaker on a NY course up to 38 degrees. We then took an easterly course with spinnaker.We have just enjoyed a delicious dinner made by Mauritz and is cruising with the spinnaker in 7-8 knots in the sun set. We still have some 650 nm to go.. read more...


09/06/2014

Shenanigan - Azores Cruise

We arrived in Horta in the early hours (00:27) of 29th May, greeted as wecame into the marina by a cacophony of congratulatory fog horns and cheers fromthose already there – we felt like true ocean sailors and we had just crossedthe Atlantic ocean for the second time in 6 months.  We rafted up to waitfor customs to open and were greeted by ‘yellow shirts’ Victor and Johnny whowere waiting with welcome ice cold beers. We sat and chatted with them for acouple of hours as they waited for the next arrival.  The next afternoon wewandered around the town.  In the evening met everyone in the famous PeterCafe Sport bar, Peters has been the bar of sailors here since 1918, beforeenjoying the welcome meal at Canto da Doca where we cooked our supper on hotrocks. It is tradition and. read more...


Shenanigan - Azores Cruise
Shenanigan - Azores Cruise
09/06/2014

Arcarius of Plymouth - Arcarius. Spoken to soon!!!!

"Spoken too soon"Why did I end the last blog with the immortal words "It was good to be at sea again"?Pontadel Garda, on San Miguel, The Azores largest Island.A beautiful, green place where the winds howl and yachts cling tightly to the pontoon, sailors wrap their oilies around them and then seek refuge in a tot or two of warming rum.The tired cold sailors, arriving that morning toured the Island, on a coach, learning the farming techniques of the area, pineapple growing in greenhouses and dairy farming for the export of powdered milk.Some learnt more on this trip than others, the rolling of the coach around the hairpin bends sent some tired sailors off to sleep.Rested, Arcarius welcomed on board for pre-dinner drinks, very thirsty crews from Shenanigan, Webster, Jonny and Lyle from the. read more...


Arcarius of Plymouth - Arcarius Spoken to soon!!!!
Arcarius of Plymouth - Arcarius Spoken to soon!!!!
09/06/2014

Ca Canny - ARC Portugal Ca Canny - days 6-9

After a quick decision yesterday morning we pressed on out of Camarinas andarrived in Bayona at about 2am local time this morning. So what’s been happeningover the last few days?   Last Thursday was a day of down-time and relaxing before meeting up withthe other crews in the bar of Club Nautico. High winds and rain dictated littleprogress over the next few days and the daily rota was to have breakfast potterabout and then head to the bar and bemoan the lack of decent sailing conditions.Up until yesterday morning (Sunday 8th) the wind was constantly over 30 knots,day and night. On Friday we concluded that it might be worth trying to organisea trip to Santiago de Compostella. Discovering that the barman (and President ofthe marina/yacht club and probably the whole town) spoke German,. read more...


Ca Canny - ARC Portugal Ca Canny - Rounding Finisterre
Ca Canny - ARC Portugal Ca Canny - Rounding Finisterre
Ca Canny - ARC Portugal Ca Canny - Bad Weather...What bad weather?
Ca Canny - ARC Portugal Ca Canny - Bad Weather...What bad weather?
Ca Canny - ARC Portugal Ca Canny - Trevor gets a tickle
Ca Canny - ARC Portugal Ca Canny - Trevor gets a tickle
Ca Canny - ARC Portugal Ca Canny - Little known beach in Santiago
Ca Canny - ARC Portugal Ca Canny - Little known beach in Santiago
Ca Canny - ARC Portugal Ca Canny - Relaxing in Santiago
Ca Canny - ARC Portugal Ca Canny - Relaxing in Santiago
09/06/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - Boom bang a bang - ah the rythmn of the waves........

N37:36:040 W38:17:230 Boat miles:- 1372 Miles to go:- 461    Well there is no rythmn and there is lots of boombang a bang as the waves come at you from all directions it seems at the moment in current conditions. We have 20-25ktsfrom the SW with gusts to 27 kts, seas are large and from the samedirection so every now and then pick up our stern and throw it sidewayscausing significant rolling. However the sun is shining and we are mainly dry,though the hissing sids keep catching us out unawares, both during the day andthe night - that water is getting chilly!    Last night was very lumpy, very breezy, very rollyand very dark (the phrase pitch black springs to mind here) as we continue headeastwards in strong winds. Vanessa was in charge and did sterling work. read more...


09/06/2014

Ca Canny - ARC Portugal Ca Canny - prop wrap recovery

As promised, we’ve now retaken some prop photos and some actions shots ofGeoff clearing the remainder of the rope. It’s clear that the rope cutter on theprop did a good job so the majority of the mess had already been thrown off –the initial flayling noises coming from the prop when the engine was engagedsuggests that there was significantly more around it previously!   Either which way a couple of photos for you......more Ca Canny updatesshortly (most of my fellow crewmates have disappeared off to the bar withoutme....).   Steve G0014636 G0034853 G0034879. read more...


Ca Canny - ARC Portugal Ca Canny - prop wrap recovery
Ca Canny - ARC Portugal Ca Canny - prop wrap recovery
Ca Canny - ARC Portugal Ca Canny - prop wrap recovery
Ca Canny - ARC Portugal Ca Canny - prop wrap recovery
Ca Canny - ARC Portugal Ca Canny - prop wrap recovery
Ca Canny - ARC Portugal Ca Canny - prop wrap recovery
09/06/2014

Morning Haze - Sushis again on Morning Haze!!!

Fishing with the magic lure...We will be forced to have sushi and tartare tonight...life is tough! ;-)Morning Haze stanby on 16image1. read more...


Morning Haze - Sushis again on Morning Haze!!!
Morning Haze - Sushis again on Morning Haze!!!