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18/07/2014

Nexus - On our way to Mackay Australia!

After a fond farewell to Vanuatu, and a picturesque start to Leg 7 of the WARC Rally, we are off to Mackay, Australia! With a 1150mile routing up and over the top of New Caledonia, across the Coral Sea and weaving through the Great Barrier Reef for the last 100miles following the Hydrographers Passage, we plan to arrive later this week. Winds have been light and variable, and we spent the first 24hours sailing slowly in light winds, but it was fun to be amongst the other boats sailing together. The true wind speed dropped off to 4-7kts from the aft quarter later this morning, so we're now motoring, which we really don't like. However, its a spectacularly nice day, consistent with the high pressure system that killed our wind, and we're enjoying it anyway. We spotted one whale. read more...


17/07/2014

American Spirit II - Day 192; Last Day in Vanuatu, Broken Rappelling Rope is Delivered, Skipper's Briefing & Great Chicken Dinner on Boat; Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Today is our last full day in Port Vila, Efate, Vanuatu. Tomorrow at 11:00 AM local time we shove off for the 1,150 nautical mile journey to MacKay, Australia.Since a nautical mile is 15% longer than a statute mile, the distance we will be covering is 1,322.5 statute miles. Up early at 6:30 AM to call a vendor in St. Petersburg, Florida and another one in New Hampshire. We were successful with the former and unsuccessful with the latter.At 8:30 AM I went to the marina office to get in line to clear out of the country. Six or seven other boat captain's were already in line. An immigration and customs officer showed up in a government boat at 9:00 AM to start the processing. They each took a seat on a set of long tables set up outside but under a roof covering. The first official we met. read more...


17/07/2014

Free & BrEasy - Pedro and the Volcano

We left Vuda Marina, Fiji, shouting fond farewells to the many friends we had made during the 3 week stop. Fiji also marks a schism in the fleet as about 15 of the 43 boats that left St Lucia, are leaving this year's WARC, here, to cruise New Zealand and rejoin the next spin of the World ARCround the globe in 2015. We missed the rendezvous at Musket Cove so can only wish them all Fair Winds and Safe Sailing.The passage from Fiji to Tanna, a small island in the Vanuatu archipelago, was a short 5 day, 450 mile hop. That statement alone shows how adapted we are to cruising life in the South Pacific. The winds on the first night were decidedly "sporty" with gusts of 40 mph and big changes in wind direction. Free & BrEasy took it all in her stride and we noted by the upright stance of the. read more...


17/07/2014

Sweet Pearl - Vanuatu --> Mackay - 2.Tag - Aufbruch

Gestern mittag gegen 14 Uhr haben wir uns auf nach Australien gemacht. Einen Tag früher als die anderen Schiffe gehts an New Caledonia vorbei, durchs Bareer Reef nach Mackay in die Marina (1150 Seemeilen). Nach einigen Stunden Segeln, hat uns der Wind im Stich gelassen und wir müssen motoren. Wir sind aber guter Dinge, dass der Wind bald wiederkommt und wir uns mit den Kräften der Natur fortbewegen können. Lieben Gruss an alle zuhause. Tom. read more...


16/07/2014

Santa Maria - Goodbuy Sweden, thank you Stefan, you are our hero. Hjelte-Stefan

16/7 at 16:15 the job was done. Thanks to Stefan, the whole crew is still on board. The engine is back where it belongs. Stefan changed four bolts, from which two were broken off. You can see one in the bottom of the picture. These screws goes through a rubber"cushion". For any team needing a qualified handyman for your engine during the return via Kalmar,Stefan is your man.We are now clearing the ship, the crew is preparing for some days on board. We hope to leave round 21:00. We will now feel how it is to participate on a ARC Atlantic cruise. The weather forecast predicts an enjoyable journey. Tallinn here we come!XxxErik WP_20140716_15_45_47_Pro. read more...


Santa Maria - Goodbuy Sweden, thank you Stefan, you are our hero. Hjelte-Stefan
Santa Maria - Goodbuy Sweden, thank you Stefan, you are our hero. Hjelte-Stefan
16/07/2014

Tomanita II - Gotska Sandön

Vi har nu ankrat upp i en bukt på norra sidan av ön tillsammans med våra rallyvänner. Vilken härlig dag på havet! Med/sidvind i solen efter flera dagars gråväder. Bättre finns inte. Middag väntar och snart sover vi gott.Anita. read more...


16/07/2014

Jennie B - ARC Baltic - On our way to a Desert Island

We are now sailing north along the east coast of Gotland heading for the island of Gotska Sandon.The fleet plans to anchor there for a few hours and then set off towards Tallinn at midnight.We had a great day in the wonderful old town of Visby and it's not hard to see why it's a UNESCO world heritage site - we are already planning a return trip!In the evening the Rally Control team arranged another BYO dock side BBQ and a very good time was had by all.A rocky night rafted up with the shore lines squeaking all night made it easy waking up early for our 0600 start this morning, but now we both feel much better after a few hours of sparkly water down wind sailing.Paul & Elaine. read more...


15/07/2014

American Spirit II - Day 191; Boat Boarding Becomes More Challenging & Joel Heyne Wins World ARC Humanitarian Award; Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Days until home 291.Up at 7:30 AM. Jeanine then tried out the marina shower facilities. When in a marina its usually better to use shore water to shower than boat water, especially since we don't usually make water in an anchorage due to the water being more dirty than our water maker filters like. At 8:55 AM I met Warren from The Edge, the company that I'd had my interesting rappelling experience with. He was at the marina to pick up another group of sailors for the Mele Cascades abseiling adventure. He indicated that I would have a CD from our Friday adventure (we didn't pick it up Friday due to us being in a hurry to get Angela and Chet to the airport) before the day was out. When I asked about getting the rope that broke on me, I was advised that the proprietor would be getting it to. read more...


15/07/2014

American Spirit II - Day 190 ; Angie Makes it Home, Germany Wins World Soccer Cup & Jeanine Miami Joins Crew; Monday, July 14, 2014

Up at 6:23 AM. When I got up I saw that Angela had sent me a text stating that she traveled 44 hours on Saturday to get home to Charlotte, North Carolina. You may think that that's not possible, but because she gained a day crossing back across the International Date Line, it is possible. From 6:40 AM to 8:30 AM I went to a room off the marina where one of the tenants had set up a TV set for us to watch the World Cup Soccer final between Germany and Argentina. In a closely contested game Germany won in the extra time (over time) 1-0. The German crew members of the rally were thrilled; and the members of NDS Darwin from Argentina were not. For the rest of the morning we kept hearing car horns honking as they drove on the street by the marina flying German flags out of their car windows.. read more...


15/07/2014

American Spirit II - Day 189; Cathedrale du Sacre-Coeur & Dinner with Meryln of Poole; Sunday, July 13, 2014

Up at 7:00 AM to go to the Sunday Catholic Church services at the Cathedrale du Sacre-Coeur. My driver, Wesley, was supposed to pick me up at 7:45 AM. However, by 7:50 AM he wasn't here so I took another taxi. Wesley called me 10 minutes later,but...if you snooze you lose. I got to the cathedral at 7:55 AM, and only then saw on the sign in front of the church that the services started at 8:30 AM. No problem. I'd brought my Kindle. It was a large church. I'm not sure of what classifies a church as a cathedral. The cathedral was organized into 4 seating sections; the benches were wooden and bolted to a colored concrete floor. There were no kneel boards. During the services if you were to kneel, it was onto the concrete floor. The church was 75% full by the time the services started; with. read more...


15/07/2014

Santa Maria - alive and kickin?

After having given up all hopes, we finally found a Swedish mechanic which might be able to mend the broken bolts fixing the engine in the machine room, later this evening we'll know more. The crew has been spinning around different exit scenarios, as some of us would leave in Tallin anyway. Personally I'm on four more legs, and would very much like to join the fleet again, at a moment I even thought of asking for a ride with Jubilare, which we met here in Byxelkrok.  This remained a thought, as they left for Visby at 5:30amThen I found it very reassuring to hear from WCC in the UK, they were actively involved in looking for possible alternatives for us to continue our adventure.At the moment, we keep our fingers crossed, this evening we have another piece of information, allowing. read more...


15/07/2014

Tomanita II - Visby

Vi fick en tuff segling från Rönne med start 07.00 Med 10-12 m/s motvind över Hanöbukten så vi blåstes upp mot Hanö. Efter fortsatt hård kryss med två rev i storen och revad fock kom vi ifatt en medtävlare vid Utklippan,men han gjorde inte mer än 5 knop och vi över 8 så det gick fort förbi. Mycket regn på kväll och natt. Hörde på radion att några skulle gå in till Karlskrona. I morgondis,regn och hård kryss givk vi in under Ölandsbron och kom sen in till Visby kl. 22; ingen där! Någon timme senare dök Dynamic express 50upp och undrade hur vi kunde vara här. Ytterligare några tim senare kom Hanse 50 och Swede Yacht 45 mfl stora båtar in. Kul att en så liten båt som vår jolle kom först(kul för oss). Pga kryss blev det 300Nm på 39 tim. Sov gott...Nu har vi fått vår Amerikan ombord så det. read more...


15/07/2014

Starblazer - 15/07/2014 - Must do better.

I am so sorry that I haven't written a log for two weeks, somehow the time has disappeared and we have done quite a lot in the intervening days.I'm sure my Report Card would read 'Must do better' under the subject 'Communications'We finally received an e-mailed copy of the missing paperwork early Wednesday afternoon so cast off to make our way to the rendez-vous at Musket Cove.It was great to catch up with friends whom we hadn't seen for several weeks but also sad to have to say goodbye to them. At the dinner on Thursday evening we were given a plaque to record Starblazer's participation in World ARC 2014/15, our final event of the rally.We join up next year with the World ARC 2015/16 rally.On Friday, a day earlier than planned because of a threatened weather system near Vanuatu, the. read more...


14/07/2014

Firefly - Experiences on Beqa

Firefly was anchored in Vaga Bay on Beqa for just 2 days but during this time we had some interesting experiences. In the previous posting we described the Sevusevu ceremony at Neiseuseu Village and Rosy's day of teaching at the adjacent Nacema Village.While Rosy was teaching Paul was invited by Seroe, the villager who had clearly been appointed too look after us, to walk to Nacema Village. At low tide it was possible to walk along the beautiful beach out around the headland, passing a couple of small resorts. Throughout Fiji we have seen a lot of idyllic holiday locations but there often seems to be very low occupancy - possibly as there are so many. These were no different with just one Aussie couple staying at the first and no guests visible at all at the second. A '5 star' resort on. read more...


14/07/2014

Jennie B - ARC Baltic - Bornholm to Visby, Gotland

After being wind bound, too much of it from the wrong direction, we finally set off towards Visby at 0400 on Sunday 13th July.We were in a group that were almost the last to leave as we waited for the wind to go westerly andcarry us on our way.It went west with a vengeance and we had a rollicking down wind sail towards the south end of Oland.Several boats, including us, decided to go up the Kalmar Sound as the sea would be flatter in there - false hope.Eventually the seas and wind did calm down as we neared Kalmar.We stopped for a few hours in Kalmar to meet up with yacht Jubilare and to get some sleep and set off again this morning aiming to reach Visby this evening to join the rest of the fleet. Paul & Elaine. read more...


13/07/2014

American Spirit II - Day 188; Work Day in Efate, Vanuatu; Saturday, July 12, 2014

As a follow up to our visit to the volcano in Tanna, Vanuatu on Wednesday, July 9; the name of the volcano is Yasur. I neglected to mention that in the July 9 log. Yasur is one of twelve volcanoes in Vanuatu. Six of these volcanoes are 'aerial' and the rest 'submarine.' The volcano is 365 meters high (1,423 feet). 'The Yasur volcano is one of the most accessible and certainly the most spectacular volcano on the planet,' so says Michel Massat in his book The Yasur Volcano. What makes Yasur so unique is that you can stand at the lip and top of the crater; the volcanic activity is a mere 200 - 300 yards away; and the guttural, rhythmic, and bone penetrating sound that the volcano makes is perhaps its most outstanding feature. Though usually harmless, a tourist was killed by a falling rock. read more...


13/07/2014

Santa Maria - Leaving the ARC Baltic fleet

Having seen every part of Bornholm, looking at the weather forecast, knowing that we would belong to the last boats, when the fleet finally would leave harbor, we were eager to leave Rønne.Altogether it was clear that we would leave Rønne Friday morning, another important aspect, was the World Cup final in Rio on Sunday. Thus we were looking for a harbor with flat screen on Sunday evening. The passage was dominated by sunny weather and strong winds, and as we reached the right longitude, we went straight north and arrived Hanö in the loveliest sunset, the whole crew was enjoying the passage, we were pleased to meet Salt and buoyed alongside.06:20 we left direction east around 15:00 the rain set in, the wind was still frisk which made up for Neptune's change of mood, for a while. At 21:45. read more...


Santa Maria - Leaving the ARC Baltic fleet
Santa Maria - Leaving the ARC Baltic fleet
12/07/2014

Firefly - Beqa and Kaduga

Its Sunday 13th July and Firefly is anchored off Yanuca Island within the Beqa Lagoon - its beautiful, but this was not our intended destination.A few days back Rosy had her 7th consecutive day of surfing near Tavarua Island. Having spent a rolly night anchored there we were up early and as we motored towards Cloudbreak we spotted a whale, swimming in the direction of the break - it was blowing and visible but we did not get close enough to identify it - however, the day before Humpbacks had been seen by other boats. There was no wind and Cloudbreak looked stunning, busy with surfers and a flotilla of small boats, milling just outside the waves that had bought the surfers out to the reef. After a couple of hours we picked Rosy up in the dinghy and started our planned passage to the Lau. read more...


12/07/2014

Zoonie - Aida and the not so Old Man of The Sea

Aida was born on the island but then her parents moved to Boston, USA whereher father learned English at the University and worked in the maintenance dept.before setting up a fish market with a friend.   He returned to the island and started a restaurant in Maia, another ribbonsettlement facing the east Atlantic. His wife hoped they might retire and takeit easy but in fact they ended up working even harder and ran the popularrestaurant on well water and generator electricity.   Aida’s father’s nickname was Il Grota so that is what he called his prideand joy. He loved to create his own dishes and Aida was pleased to serve us twobowls of his famous fish soup. He bought his fish early in the morning, as doesAida today, from the local fishermen who would later come and have their. read more...


Till - Bornholm - Departure for Visby
Till - Bornholm - Departure for Visby
Till - Bornholm - Watching the shipping forecast
Till - Bornholm - Watching the shipping forecast
Till - Bornholm - The port of Gudhjem is closed
Till - Bornholm - The port of Gudhjem is closed
Till - Bornholm - Fishing boat escorted by seagulls
Till - Bornholm - Fishing boat escorted by seagulls
Till - Bornholm - ARC flags in the Southern Harbour
Till - Bornholm - ARC flags in the Southern Harbour
Till - Bornholm - Port entrance of Rönne at 5:30 am
Till - Bornholm - Port entrance of Rönne at 5:30 am
12/07/2014

Zoonie - Zoonie in Santa Maria - 'car' day 1

The Azores are part of the Atlantic Ridge mountains that extend 10,000miles down from north to south and are twice as wide as the Andes. The centralpart rises 5000 – 10,000 feet above the seafloor with another mile to go abovethe summits to reach sea-level. The peaks that do reach the vision of marinersform island groups including the Azores, the Rocks of St Paul, Ascension Island,Tristan da Cunha, Gough and Bouvet. In places if you stepped more than a fewfeet from the shores you would be lost in a half mile depth of water!   While Pico island, with its same named peak, rises 27,000 feet above theocean floor, its upper 7000-8000 feet showing and is the highest in the group,Santa Maria can boast the oldest town. Only two weeks after its civicinauguration in 1460  privateers from. read more...


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