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22/03/2015

Luna Quest - Sunday, 22nd March, 2015

Noon Position: 8.48S 127.07WDaily run: 93 milesWe motored all yesterday afternoon, throughout the night and half way through this morning when a breeze sprang up from the NNE. The parasail was up in no time and the wind strengthened a little from 8 knots to 10 knots keeping the sail filled. Our speed may have dropped from the motoring speed of 4.2kn to a sailing speed of 3.6kn, but the relief of no longer hearing the engine or the rumble was very welcome. Today promises another full sunshine day, but the new breeze is keeping us cool. We sat out on deck last night admiring the evening sunset and we shall probably do the same tonight.Eric. read more...


22/03/2015

Allegro - DOMINGO 22 DE MARÇO DE 2015

Pacífico.Pacífico mas não tanto …Este é o 5º dia sem vento.Temos desfrutado, de facto, de dias excepcionais em relação às condições do céu (azul e limpo), temperatura, ondulação e mesmo o vento, apesar de fraco, tem sido agradável.O problema é estarmos a meio da maior perna da WARC, 2900 milhas. Este pequeno pormenor está a transformar dias excepcionais em “maus” dias de vela.Tínhamos previsto concluir esta perna antes do dia 27 e não o vamos poder fazer antes do fim do mês (isto se houver vento), o que vai alterar muito a nossa vida. Vamos tratar de toda a parte legal (burocrática, passaportes, “clearance” e às vezes outras questões), dos abastecimentos (víveres e combustível), do planeamento da visita às Marquesas e às Tuamotus, etc.. A presença dos Yellow Shirts que tem sido sempre. read more...


22/03/2015

GarliX - Die letzten Meilen - bis ... wir sind da

Die letzten Meilen - bis wir sind daTour: Santa Cruz - Hiva Oa - Gesamtstrecke ca. 2980sm, die letzten 80 MeilenNoch 80 Meilen: Es herrscht Stille auf dem Stillen Ozean… kein Wind - nur Schwell. Was sagt uns das…. mach niemals die Rechnung (der Ankunftszeit) ohne den (Wind)-Wirt. Hah, ohne Motor würden wir hier noch so einige Zeit umher dümpeln. Jetzt Motoren wir doch… die ganze Zeit konnten wir segeln; selbst bei 8-9kn Wind ging es gut voran und jetzt das. Nur haben wir es ja noch gut… 100sm kann man Motoren. Aber die armen Bote hinter uns… da wird's schon eng mit den Dieselvorräten. Schade ist es allemal, da vermasseln wir uns durch die Motorstunden unser gutes Ergebnis, da diese (verständicherweise) negativ in die verrechnete Zeit einfließen. Wir sind schon stolz auf unseren vorderen. read more...


22/03/2015

American Spirit II - Day 438; We Go to the 7 Sisters Waterfalls and the Rally Prizegiving, Party and Dinner; Friday, March 20, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 76; Bad Eggs, Hot , Dolphin Show & Another Time Zone; Thursday, March 20, 2014. Great night sleep, despite rock and roll of boat all night. Going downwind (and waves) has its disadvantages concerning boat motion. Sunrise cloud obstructed, again. Will we ever have a cloudless sunrise?"*************************Another 'sleep in' day. We're all up around 8:30 AM. Breakfast at 9:00 AM consists of eggs, potato and chilled peach halves.The car rental company dropped off the car at 10:30 AM; and by 11:18 AM Joel, Heidi, Sigi from Merlyn of Poole and myself were off first to Budget Marine to return a part; then to the 7 Sisters Waterfalls. Along the way we stopped at a restaurant that had a 'Good Food' sign in front of it. I ordered a mutton lunch; Joel and Heidi had. read more...


22/03/2015

American Spirit II - Day 437; We Receive a Presentation on St. Vincent and the Grenadines ; Thursday, March 19, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 75; Motoring , Sail Changes & 2nd Green Flash; Wednesday, March 19, 2014. Between 12:00 AM and 6:00 AM 2 rain showers doused the boat. One heavy shower on Joel's 12:00 AM to 3:00 AM watch which was so heavy it woke Mike up; and a lighter rain shower during Mike's watch, between 3:00 AM and 6:00 AM."***************************We slept in today, getting up between 8:00 to 8:30 AM. Heavy rainfall again; thatpesky Tropical Trough. Breakfast at 9:30 AM consists of eggs, bacon, potato and chilled pineapple. Joel ordered a new electric meter today, as the one he bought over Christmas never made it to the boat because it was in the lost/stolen bag that we checked onto British Airways. I talked to Watt & Sea to see where my hydro generator parts were that I'd. read more...


21/03/2015

Luna Quest - Saturday, 21st March, 2015

Noon Position: 8.55S 125.27WDaily run: 66 milesThe wind failed us again towards evening, when we witnessed a most glorious sunset without a cloud in the sky. The parasailor was struggling, but we decided to leave it up for the night. Unfortunately, it would not hold for long and the collar of the sock (or snuffer) banged against the mast as the sail flailed from side to side with each roll of the swell and then collapsed. Julia was fast asleep when I woke her at midnight to suggest we took it down. It took a little while to bring her back to reality, but once awake, she was ready to help. It was very dark outside save that the stars and the Milky Way provided sufficient light for us not to use any torch power. Miraculously enough, we tamed the flailing sail into its sock and then brought. read more...


21/03/2015

Juno - Pacific, Landfall

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Juno - Pacific, Landfall
Juno - Pacific, Landfall
21/03/2015

Karma Wins - Blog 5 The Third Leg

Having just finished writing the last blog we had another visit from the dolphin/whales.We think they were probably pilot whales as they showed no interest in Karma Wins, dolphins usually come and play.They went past leaping in the air and surfing the waves but not close enough to get a good sight of them.It was a lovely way to end the day.We have discovered the reason we haven’t caught any fish.I reel it in at night so if we have to do any manoeuvres it doesn’t get in the way and this time I realised the hook has gone!The supply of flying fish has also dried up as the sea is so much calmer they manage to miss the deck.Yesterday, having had a peaceful night sailing along at 3-6 knots, Barry decided it was time for the main.The genaker furls in really badly so we had to drop her on the. read more...


21/03/2015

Exocet Strike - Galapagos to Marquesas 20/21 March 2015

On Friday after a slow start, nearly having tomotor we had some great sailing with the code Zero, often doing 6 to 7 knots in7 to 9 knots of winds, impressive sail, thanks to Peter Sanders of Sanders Sailsfor that. At the 1100 local time SSB net call it was interesting to notethat only Garlix and oursleves were still sailing out of the 5 boats furthestwest. Same situation at the 2000 role call. Our wind was dropping though and by2130 local time we succombed to motoring, the wind was down to 2 to 3 knots andour boat speed was down to 1.3 knots. So thats how it is now. No doubt Makenaand Juno are now in Hiva Oa, with A plus 2 expected sometime soon. We arewondering if Garlix is still sailing or if they too have had to start motoring?We shall see soon enough. We are hopeful, looking at. read more...


21/03/2015

Juno - Three men in a boat, by Caroline

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Juno - Three men in a boat, by Caroline
Juno - Three men in a boat, by Caroline
21/03/2015

Makena - Pacific Crossing - almost to Hiva-Oa!

The winds have died out on us so we relented and started motoring towards Hiva-Oa. We’ve done 16 full days now and hopefully we’ll be well anchored before the 17th starts. We are under 60nm from the islands now. We’ll likely cross the finish line for this leg at night and anchor outside the bay that we’ll move into next morning. It is a pity that we will likely not see the islands rise from the sea since the nights are dark now. It will be very exciting nonetheless to see the lights ashore. Apparently only one cafe/bar on the island has free wifi! We’re racing to get there first :). read more...


20/03/2015

Exody - Days 68/69 - Power and Water

Lucky to be making 5.5 knots as the winds have stayed down at under 10 knots and are forecast to stay like this - fortunately the direction has gone slightly to the north so we are not quite dead downwind and have both sails out to port. Today many other boats in the fleet have submitted engine hours. We have improved yesterday's 119 noon run (with engine) to today's of 133 (without engine).The two frontrunners of the fleet, 400 miles ahead will reach Hiva Oa today Friday 20th and the next batch of three Saturday sometime. Even with lower winds (+ some engine use)we are still targeting daylight on Tuesday 24th - with just over 500 miles to run.More blue sea and sky, one more dolphin visitation, no more fish - though we lost a prize lure yesterday evening - actually seeing the culprit (a. read more...


20/03/2015

Luna Quest - Friday, 20th March, 2015

Noon Position: 8.58S 124.01WDaily run: 86 milesThe wind began to fail us in the second half of the night. The slatting back and forth of the mainsail and the genoa was painful to the soul. Engine power was called for, but with a fishing net round it, motoring was not an option till the propeller was cleared. As soon as it was daylight, we prepared for a dive under the boat. The genoa was taken in, the helm put to leeward and the Hydrovane disabled. Luna Quest had come to a stop in the 8 knots of wind. Julia insisted that I wore a harness and roped me to the boat. I donned my snorkelling gear and entered the water down the swim ladder from the back platform. The swell and waves were not conducive to my investigation and served me dollops of water down my snorkel. I was amazed to see the. read more...


20/03/2015

Exocet Strike - Galapagos to Marquesas 19/20 March 2015

A frustrating day, spent quite a bit of the dayalways going no where near Hiva Oa due to wind contraints. The weather GRIBfiles, a computer forecast created  without any humnan intervention was notas accurate as previously. Its a good guide but doesnt always take into accountsome relevant dataa. Now however we have the Code Zero sail up, its like a superbig lghtweight genoa, and with the main up we are doing 7.0 knots in 10 knots ofwind at a true wind angle of 120 deg, apparent wind angle of 075. Thats for thesailors who may be reading this. Our ETA for Hiva Oa is anywhere from 30 to 48hours, and if the wind changes in strength and or directio we may have to end upmotoring tha last few miles, currently 240 to go. John. read more...


20/03/2015

GarliX - Hiva Oa? wir sind bereit

Tour: Santa Cruz - Hiva Oa - Gesamtstrecke ca. 2980sm, aktuell noch ca. 230 smFast ist die Zeit zu knapp….bei uns ist der „Putz- und Aufräumwahn“ ausgebrochen. Teak ist geschrubbt, Bilgen sind gereinigt, alle Backskisten ordentlich, Wäsche ist gewaschen, Polster sind gereinigt…. wir können ankommen. Das Willkommensbier liegt im Kühlschrank; auch der Wein. Wir freuen uns drauf…unterwegs hatten wir Alkoholverbot. Vor uns liegen noch ca. 1-2 Nächte… wir ahnen schon, dass wir wieder in der Nacht ankommen. Aber der Wind hat abgenommen; nur noch 12-15kn aus Ost. So schlimm ist das nicht, solch langsames Ankommen am Tage hat auch was. Nur für die Boote hinter uns ist das nicht so prall - ohne Wind noch über 800 Meilen ist schon dumm.Unsere Reserven sind auch aufgebraucht… zumindest alles was. read more...


19/03/2015

Karma Wins -

Blog 3 Calmer Winds ..not yetKalma wins is still bouncingalong on choppy seas, sailing well with 2 reefs in the main and full genoa, winds 20-30 knots and we think we are doing about 8 knots.Since the wind indicator has gone on strike we aren’t too sure what is genuinely registering what but we are heading in the right direction and have south-easterly winds and the sea with us most of the time.What with true wind, apparent wind, sog (speed over the ground), speed and mileage on the wind machine we think we are about halfway.As Per explains we do much more mileage as we go up and down the swell and from side to side as the auto-pilot struggles to keep on course.Per and I are enjoying the sailing and trying to get Barry to relax and enjoy it too.We had a good night sail and the clouds. read more...


19/03/2015

Karma Wins - Blog 4 19th March

We have had the fishing line out but so far no success but it did attract a friendly booby.It soared over us, swooping down the side and round the bow and hovered near the stern.I nearly fell overboard trying to video it and have plenty of film of sea, ropes and parts of Karma Wins as I tried to follow it with the camera.They are such beautiful birds.Having had an easy afternoon the clouds built up at dusk and the rain clouds arrived.There was not too much wind in them but the wind direction changes by up to 40 degrees, drops and picks up.In the pitch dark with no wind indicator (we have to use the ARC flag on the mast) it can be tricky.Just before I went to bed a large flying fish landed and I was much more ruthless.It was so big I had to cut it in half to put it in the pan and it was. read more...


19/03/2015

Luna Quest - Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Noon Position: 8.32S 122.26WDaily run: 106 milesLast night, a little before sunset, the wind increased in strength and the parasailor became untenable for the night. In 13/14 knots of wind we managed to get the great sail down and stowed down below. With Julia on the helm and Luna Quest under engine power we then headed into the wind (despite a fishing net attached to the propeller) to hoist the mainsail. As soon as that was done, we silenced the engine and rolled out the genoa to leeward. We were ready for the night and the wind held all night at around 13 knots, but with sunrise this morning, the wind died. While the bigger boats heading the fleet have been and are enjoying great sailing breezes, Luna Quest and a few others at the rear of the fleet are having to cope with variable wind. read more...


Ayama - Red Tailed Tropic Bird greats us at 10 degrees south, 128 degrees west
Ayama - Red Tailed Tropic Bird greats us at 10 degrees south, 128 degrees west
19/03/2015

Juno - Pacific, approach to Hiva Oa

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Juno - Pacific, approach to Hiva Oa
Juno - Pacific, approach to Hiva Oa
Juno - Pacific, approach to Hiva Oa
Juno - Pacific, approach to Hiva Oa
Juno - Pacific, approach to Hiva Oa
Juno - Pacific, approach to Hiva Oa
19/03/2015

Makena - Pacific crossing day 15th

We had the pleasure to see our friends from Juno show up on AIS, which means we can have chats on VHF of much better quality than the SSB radio.We have been able to exchange our remaining egg count, and it seems that Caroline is well taken care off by the three men on board according to the men at least... we only have 350 miles to go, but unfortunately the winds are less strong, so we most likely will arrive Saturday morning. We have had discussions about dinner at a restaurant Friday night, but that probably jinxed it.Anyway we had a GREAT dinner last night on board with Boeuf Bourguignon, and Creme Brûlée for desert, along with a nice Bordeaux.Tonight we have left-overs bolstered by fresh white bred made by Dave, and I have seen a Rhum soaked Prune Clafoutis in the oven...Tomorrow we. read more...


19/03/2015

Exocet Strike - Galapagos to Marquesas 18 - 19 March 2015

Today was one of those sailing days, we were goingvery well until the afternoon when the breeze tailed off. When we checked in onthe SSB net for the afternoon roll call, the chat afterwards was about the wind,or lack of it. We had 10 to 12 knots at the time and thought we were hard doneby. However the boats well to our east in the middle f the fleet only had 5 to 7knots and some had succombed to motoring, not an easy choice when you are stillapprox 6 days away from port. The problem is that even when there is little windthere is often a big sea running. We have wind swell from behind us, but also amuch bigger swell from the South. The waves from behind don't matter too muchoften help us in surfing, but the waves from the side really move the boat andmake the mainsail crash, when this. read more...


19/03/2015

American Spirit II - Day 436; Snorkeling at Coconut Beach & a Party at the Grenada Yacht Club; Wednesday, March 18, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 74; Rainbows, Speed Explained, Remora, Mixed Waves & Special Dinner; Tuesday, March 18, 2014. The day started poorly. At 4:00 AM Joel wanted to jibe jib and pole over. Decided not to. Too difficult to do in the dark, and no hurry to do so anyway. Middle of my night. Woke up for good at 6:20 AM because full moon was perfectly positioned on starboard bow to shine thru my aft cabin porthole right into my eyes. Like a spotlight in your face. Before assuming morning watch duties from Mike, my daily routine includes shaving, even when its rough out. Then boiling the kettle to make hot water for a cup of coffee. Have to have that first cup in the morning."******************************Up at 6:45 AM. Joel was next at 8:30 AM, followed by Heidi at 8:45 AM. We went to. read more...


19/03/2015

American Spirit II - Day 435; Shopping Day; Lunch in a Restaurant Locals Go To; Welcome Americans!; & a St. Patrick's Day Party; Tuesday, March 17, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 73; Fixed Head, Spinnaker Sailing & Dog Star; Monday, March 17, 2014. Happy St. Patrick's Day. Today starts the beginning of the last week on this leg. We hope to be in Hiva Hoa by this Saturday or Sunday, day 20 or 21."***********************Happy St. Patrick's Day!Up at 7:00 AM. Heidi is next at 8:00 AM followed by Joel around 8:30 AM. Breakfast is at 8:30 AM and consists of 5 scrambled eggs; 6 bacon; and potatoes. After breakfast I filled out the Rally sheet that lists the engine hours and miles under engine during the last leg; our start and finish time and dates for the leg; and any equipment failures that we had (we had none). For the 1,700 mile leg that took us 10 days, 11 hours and 11 minutes, we used our engine for 24.3 hours; and averaged 6.77 knots. read more...


19/03/2015

Exody - Day 67 -".....and zero engine hours over"

So have ended most of everyone's daily updates to each other on the morning SSB radio net for the last two weeks at sea.I think I detect a sense of pride and satisfaction in the way these words are spoken since we are all well aware(rally though this is not a race!) that our ranked position will depend materially on the engine hours penalty applied by World ARC to our overall elapsed time.Apart from the first 72 hours, and then the occasional short burst to avoid a fishing boat or a squall, the whole fleet have regularly been reporting zero engine hours but today with the trades weakening in some areas, two boats reported engine use this morning. Midafternoon today Wednesday 18th, Exody too succumbed, having spent half the night with the sails flogging about and making well under 5 knots. read more...


18/03/2015

Firefly - Tutukaka to Whangamumu

Its Wednesday 18th March and Firefly is anchored in Whangamumu and the bay is as spectacular as its name. There are some remains of an old whaling station but other than that there are no other buildings or signs of habitation in sight. There are several gannets diving for fish although not in the same numbers as we saw recently on Great Barrier Island.Its a large bay and we are sharing it with a small motor cruiser and a catamaran without a mast. We have seen several of these 'catamaran motor cruisers' in NZ, they look like they come off the same mould as the sailing versions and probably make a good 'stink pot' with the advantage of having 2 engines, one in each hull and all the stability and space that 2 hulls provides.When Cyclone Pam brushed past the North East coast of NZ a few. read more...


18/03/2015

Luna Quest - Wednesday, 18th March, 2015

Noon Position: 8.20S 120.34WDaily run: 121 milesThe winds became very light towards morning and could no longer keep the mainsail or genoa filled against the counter roll from a passing wave. It was painful to hear the suffering of the sails and we decided, therefore, that it was parasailor time. The parasailor brings its own problems and it is no light decision to use it instead of the conventional goose winged rig. After the roll call at 11am we set about preparing the deployment of the parasailor, the biggest sail on board. After 2.5 hours of struggling and Julia keeping LUNA QUEST headed down wind, we managed to get it up and unfurl from its sock. What a wonderful change to feel the boat accelerating as the sail catches the wind. However, the Hydrovane cannot manage the power of the. read more...


18/03/2015

Sweet Pearl - Kap Verden --> Azoren - 14. Tag - Ereignisreicher Tag

Heute war ein ereignisreicher Tag: zweimal Delfinschulen, drei Wale und eine spiegelglatte See. Ja, da staunt ihr, gell? Wir motoren weiter und hoffen morgen nachmittag/abend/nacht anzukommen. Mal schauen. Auf jeden Fall freuen wir uns sehr auf Azoren! Tschüss, Tom. read more...


18/03/2015

GarliX - 3000sm Pazifik?. und alles easy??

Tour: Santa Cruz - Hiva Oa - Gesamtstrecke ca. 2980sm, aktuell noch ca. 500 smVor 255 Tagen sind wir in Deutschland gestartet. Bis dahin hatten wir kaum Erfahrung mit Langstrecken- oder Nachtsegeln. Ehrlich gesagt waren wir bis dahin erst ca. 4-5 Nächte gesegelt. Und da war meistens Jens am Steuer. Wir wussten also gar nicht, was auf uns zukommt. Seit dem Start damals sind wir bis heute an 55 Nächten gesegelt. Genauso wussten wir nicht, wie wir diese Wellen- und das Wetter überhaupt so vertragen. So richtig gut habe zumindest ich die kurzen, aber hohen Ostseewellen nicht vertragen. Großen Respekt hatten (und haben) wir vor der ca. 350sm langen Strecke der Biskaya, oder auch die rd. 540sm von Lissabon nach Madeira. Das waren damals die bis dahin längsten Strecken, die wir gesegelt sind.. read more...


18/03/2015

Exocet Strike - Galapagos to Marquesas 17 -18 March 2015

We passed a few milestones today, less than 750miles to go, or 3/4 of the way there, and then less than a Fastnet race, this isone of our favourite measures since we have completed four, usually taking 5days, so hopefully we can beat that by a day at least. The wind looks to be getting lighter, and for muchof the day we had lesss than 15 knots, which since the wind is nearly deadbehind us is our slowest point of sail, and we often cannot head dorectly to ourdestination.We are all looking forward to arriving in Hiva Oain the Marquesas after our single longest leg, and it looks like 6 boats willarrive within a few ours of each other. Sapare a thoughts for some of the fleetfurther east, they may be another 10 days at sea, that will make it 26 or maybemore days at sea. John. read more...


18/03/2015

Exody - Days 64-66: There is life out here !

Well at least there was irridescent blue life in the 1.1m blue marlin (we think!) as we flipped our third catch into the cockpit on Monday afternoon (16th March)! A baby as marlins go (or maybe something different with very similar features) but a good size for us - two or three meals worth. We had only started fishing the previous day as we neared the end of our fresh-fridged protein - so thanks to the reel and kit supplied by Marian's brother David.Dolphins finally made an appearance on Sunday evening - such a commonplace in home and European waters yet so rare here! It was a treat to have the company of quite a large school frolicking at the bow and some leaping clear, the last few individuals hanging in for well over an hour. We got the identifier book out too late but Marian reckons. read more...


17/03/2015

Luna Quest - Tuesday, 17th March, 2015

Noon Position: 8.27S 118.28WDaily run: 116 milesLast night the moderate breeze from the East gave us the smoothest run so far. Not once did the sails flap or Luna Quest protest against a rogue wave. Julia had the most peaceful night with her ribcage healing well. The little ship never heeled unduly under its goose-winged canvas; very different from yesterday afternoon, when at one point the wind failed us and the swell kept rolling the ship with sails banging and crashing. At one time we thought we would motor out of the mess and rolled up the genoa, hauling the mainsail amidships. The engine started fine, but into gear a horrible vibration and an alarming noise made themselves felt. Out of gear the engine ran smoothly, which led us to conclude that the problem lay with the propeller.. read more...


17/03/2015

Juno - Pacific, mid passage

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Juno - Pacific, mid passage
Juno - Pacific, mid passage
17/03/2015

American Spirit II - Day 434; Our First Full Day in Grenada; We're on Same Time as Florida; & One of Our Whale Shark Pictures Appears in Yachting World's April Issue; Monday, March 16, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 72; Main Sheet Traveler Car Blew Up; Sunday, March 16, 2014. Rain showers 6:30 AM. What else is new? Rally boat II Audacious 3 miles abeam to starboard. A 49 foot boat. Wind increased to 22 knots. Reefed main and jib. Seas 8-10 feet. Shook reef out of main couple hours later. At 9:15 AM we crossed under transom of II Audacious. Had to double reef main to slow boat down to do so. Not sure who had right-away. AIS alarming - collision. Missed by 100 yards."********************************Due to Daylight Savings back home?, the time in Grenada is the same as in Florida. If that's true, then this is the first time in over a year that the time of where we're at and home are the same. Another BIG indication that the circumnavigation is coming to an end. Heidi first up at. read more...


17/03/2015

Exocet Strike - Galapagos to Marquesas 16/17th March

A frustrating night last night, I chose to run withthe Asymetric spinaker, big mistake, because when we had to drop it, we then hadto run with the genoa in its normal position, and not ploed out on the otherside, what many cruisers call wing on wing, ie mainsail one side, poled outgenoa the other. Its much easier to set this all up in daylight rather than thedark, so we went for 6 or 7 hours in a direction well away from our destination,oh well hindsight is great. Tonight, so far has been a great improvement.For much of the last 24 hours we have had Garlix the XP44 owned by Jens andDagmar within a few miles of us, either visible or on AIS. They are heading abit more north than us, and so they are now out of range to the AIS, as is Juno.Its interesting that after 13 days of sailing. read more...


17/03/2015

American Spirit II - Day 433; We Arrive in Grenada After Another Great Day & Night of Sailing; Sunday, March 15, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 71; Jib Overboard & Joel Goes Climbing; Saturday, March 15, 2014. Awakened at 5:30 AM by rough motion of boat. I could hear the wind howling from my aft cabin. Relieved Mike at 6:30 AM. Wind 20-23 knots. Speed 6-8 knots. Helping current. Big, windy rain squalls passing by stern of boat. The last 3 days the wind died down during the daytime. Don't think it will today."****************************Relieved Heidi at 6:00 AM. Wind 20 knots and we're sailing at 5.8 knots thru the water and 6.5 knots over the land. I ease more jib out to full; and rolled out 1/2 more reef in the mainsail to the second reef. A sky full of stars. The Big Dipper most prominent off the starboard side of the boat. The island of Tobago is off our port beam, 12 miles away. At 6:58 AM the. read more...


16/03/2015

Makena - Pacific Crossing less than 750 miles to go

Good morning from a calm South Pacific Ocean. 4000m of blue water below and less than 770 nm ahead for us. We normally try to avoid making major sail changes at night but last night around 3am Sarah got us to change from an uncomfortable, slow and very northern gibe with main and gennacker to being wing on wing with gennacker and genoa. Things have been going well since so the wake up calls were worth it. Perhaps we won’t need to change from this setup now until we reach the islands! We’ll see. Luc is having conversations with the fishing rods. No more fish catches to report though. Dave is making his morning bread for us. Oliver has the galley looking spotless. The family members are all well. Trivia thought for the day is that we’ve been at 26 Degrees East with Makena this summer when. read more...


17/03/2015

GarliX - Hiva Oa? bald da

Tour: Santa Cruz - Hiva Oa - Gesamtstrecke ca. 2980sm, aktuell noch ca. 780 smWir sind seit 12 Tagen unterwegs; haben seit Tagen kein Boot mehr gesehen… und dann das… unser Lieblings“gegner" ist auf dem Schirm!!! Der Tag geht gut los. Exocet Strike, die blaue First 47 ist in Sichtweite. In der letzten Nacht hatten wir wohl alle etwas zu kämpfen; nicht mit viel Wind, sondern mit zuwenig Wind genau von hinten. Damit wir nicht zu weit vom Kurs abkommen, habe ich in der Nacht die Fock weggerollt, damit wir tiefer (also mit fast genau achterlichen Wind) segeln können und nicht so sehr vom Kurs abkommen. Der Wind drehte immer mehr und wurde immer weniger. Äußerst unangenehmes Schlafen war das… das Boot schaukeltwie eine bockige Ente und die Segel schlagen und krachen…. absolut dumm. Bei. read more...


16/03/2015

Sweet Pearl - Kap Verden --> Azoren - 12. Tag - Wir kommen gut voran

Nachdem wir jetzt einige sehr schöne Segeltage hatten, drehte der Wind letzte Nacht nochmals auf und uns auf die Nase. Da mussten wir ausweichen und waren nicht so schnell. Doch jetzt gehts langsam besser. Wir spüren auch schon die Azorenluft;-), und freuen uns bald, hoffentlich Ende der Woche anzukommen. Liebe Grüsse nach hause, Tom. read more...


16/03/2015

Luna Quest - Monday, 16th March, 2015

Noon Position: 8.23S 116.07WDaily run: 127 milesLast night’s sailing experience was one of the more frustrating ones to date. There was either too much or too little wind or its direction was wrong and it rained off and on. The sea was turbulent and the waves unpredictable. The banging and the crashing of the genoa pained us to the core knowing that the wear and tear was disproportionately large - and there is a long way to go... At night I tend to go into the cockpit to do what I can to quieten things down with not much on. If it rains, my skin gets a wash, but my clothes remain dry when I go back in again. The thought of wet clothes in a wet environment is not appealing. Sometimes, it is quite chilly in the wind and rain. This morning we decided to change the sail configuration and. read more...


16/03/2015

Exocet Strike - Galapagos to Marquesas 16th March

The wind is slowly dying, yesterday afternoon wehad a great sail with the Asymetric spinnaker up, doing reasonable speeds, butat 2300 it all started going wrong. I had decided to keep the A sail up allnight, but that didnt count on clouds, no squalls just clouds, and the windincreased and veered, ie went more west, by 20 deg. Doesnt sound much but from14 knots to 20 or 22 is a 40 to 50% increase and going forward increases theeffect, hence several broaches, ie when the boat lurches into the wind, peopleand things down below often go flying at this point, or fall out of their bunks.So we furled the big sail and unfurled the genoa, and then had a night of thesails banging as the waves push the boat around, with insufficient wind to helpthe boat to overcome the waves.Looks like we have. read more...


15/03/2015

Juno - Pacific, guest written by Paulus

We have just passed the 2,000 mile mark since leaving The Galapagos Islands and contrary to our expectation we have been on a broad reach with wind consistently blowing from a south easterly direction and a fairly big swell from the south, for the last 11 days. This means that we have been heeled over to starboard  on a lively sea for almost a week and a half. Apart from the resultant lean to port that we have all developed, there are various sensitive items of equipment, notably thermo and our refrigerator, that are struggling to keep up normal working duties under these conditions.Frankly, who can blame them? Not only are they expected to work at acute angles and on a highly mobile platform but to do so in oppressive heat. With all the hatches firmly closed – essential when waves. read more...


Juno - Pacific, guest written by Paulus
Juno - Pacific, guest written by Paulus
15/03/2015

Luna Quest - Sunday, March 15th, 2015

Noon Position: 7.53S 114.00WDaily run: 149 milesWe are half way between the Galapagos and the Marquesas. Another eleven days before we make landfall. LUNA QUEST is as steady and reliable as ever. The Hydrovane steers the boat untiringly and the wind varies between 12 knots and 23 knots. This morning I took all reefs out of the sails in 12 knots of breeze and put them back in again this afternoon when a stronger wind tends to luff the boat towards the South, whereas we wish to go more west.Julia has recovered remarkably well. Today she made some empenades (spelling uncertain) and a batch of bread from dough made with spelt flower, wheat germ, honey and sunflower seeds. We have run out of fresh meat, but we still have vac-packed meat and plenty of vegetables and fruit.Eric. read more...



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