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06/10/2014

Sweet Pearl - Cocos Islands -->Mauritius - 8.Tag - Morgen ist Bergfest

Heute ist ein Tag vor morgen. Und morgen ist Bergfest. Yuhu:-). Der Wind ist gut, Regen gibts nur kurz mal ab und wann, ansonsten läuft alles super. Heute war Kinotag, aber der Film war nicht besonders gut. Man steckt ja auch nicht drin;-). Liebe Grüsse an alle. Cheers, Tom. read more...


06/10/2014

Celebrate - Half way to Mauritius and Genniker Woes...

We are now past half way, making good speed and a direct track to Mauritius. The sun was out again this morning and bright enough for us to get the gennaker out from its bag. On Celebrate, as with many boats the gennaker is raised in a long fabric tube with a broad carbon (or plastic) neck at the bottom, which resembles an inverted loo (toilet) seat. This system keeps the sail snuffed until you raise the neck and is appropriately named a snuffer. The hoist went well, and the snuffer raised and out popped our pretty yellow, green and blue sail and we sped along with a few extra knots for almost an hour. Then things got tricky; very quickly the blue skies deserted us, the wind speed increasedand changed direction. Time to get the spinnaker down PDQ. As we were dropping the snuffer carbon. read more...


06/10/2014

Nexus - Sailing well, all is well

After a calm night and morning with light winds and smoother seas, the winds have returned this afternoon and we're sailing well again! Its a beautiful day with partly cloudy skies, mixed with bright sun, and medium waves. With 990nm to go, we're making good time, but we've seen the wind drop off quite a bit this morning before returning well, so we're not making any predictions about arrival yet. The math would suggest about 4-5 days at the moment but all could change. We're concerned about our friends on American Spirit II again, as yesterday afternoon they reported they broke their headstay and are holding the mast up with the spinnaker halyard at the moment and limping along with limited sail out. They don't have enough fuel to motor, and unfortunately they're at the back of the pack. read more...


06/10/2014

Celebrate - "Story Time" entry from NEXUS

For our evening story time contest using boat names in a story, I received the following entry from NEXUS.Hilarious if you knew the situations!Here's a story for the call from the crew of NEXUS;Tom was perplexed when he called Russ on the VHF after another yacht GHOSTED by him in the dark. "The way they keep up with us in light winds using no engine hours just makes my POLARIS go BOINGO if you know what I mean!""I hear that, its either MERLYN's magic or some SWEET PEARL of wisdom that eludes us" said Russ. "I think we need to apply some good old AMERICAN SPIRIT of ingenuity to this problem and get right to its NEXUS". It's some kind of DARWINian evolution in sailing theory he thought to himself. He sat back in the helm seat and stared up at ANDROMEDA in the night sky. He was amused by. read more...


05/10/2014

American Spirit II - Day 273 Supplemental; Near-Catostrophic Rig Failure in the Middle of the Indian Ocean; Sunday, October 5, 2014

Supplemental log for today. Regular log to follow tomorrow. At 1:20 PM today our forestay broke. For those not accustomed to nautical terms, the forestay is a bunch of wire strands 1/2 to 5/8 inch thick that stretches from the top of a sailboat mast to the bow and helps keep the rig (mast) upright. The reason that the mast did not come down is because the jib halyard holding our roller furling jib held the mast up until we could install other defensive measures. Specifically, we took 2 spinnaker halyards and attached them to the bow; tightened the turnbuckles on the 2 rear backstays; and took a spare main halyard and attached it to the port, aft side of the boat alongside the port backstay to give additional support in that area as that backstay was sagging quite a bit.After this we put. read more...


05/10/2014

American Spirit II - Day 272; A Fast Sailing Day in the Indian Ocean; Saturday, October 4, 2014

Up at 5:00 AM. Not sure if its because I was fully rested or because of the loud noise and violent motion the boat was making. Go figure. I relieve Jeremy before 6:00 AM. The wind is a steady 20 knots and we're doing 6.5 knots thru the water and 7.5 knots over the land. I put a reef in the main. Its overcast. With the wind over the port, aft quarter we should be able to go to a low side pole from wind on wing, once Joel gets up. I get rained on at 7:44 AM. Just a passing shower. Over in a few minutes. A few minutes later another squall is coming our way. The wind is 17/20 and building and we're making 6.5 knots thru the water and 7.2 knots over the land. Breakfast is at 9:35 AM and consists of scrambled eggs, twice cooked potato, chilled pear halves and bread. Charlie from Celebrate. read more...


05/10/2014

Free & BrEasy - Water, water and yet more water, everywhere

We are nearly at the half way mark on our 2350nm passage from the Cocos Islands to Mauritius, and it's been wet, very wet. The first few days lacked wind so the noisy motor was on night and day but what it lacked in wind, it made up for in rain. We experienced a monsoon's worth of rain in just two days. Every possible leak in hatches and cockpit cover was exposed as the stuff hammered down. Even the often turbulent seas were beaten flat into submission by the sheer force of it! Everything rapidly gets wet and it's impossible to dry out until the rain stopped and the sun came out which, of course, eventually happened.Not that we are complaining you understand. Compared with most of the boats in the fleet we are particularly well sheltered from the elements. Free & Breasy has a deep. read more...


05/10/2014

Nexus - Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy!

What a beautiful sailing day! The winds have calmed a bit to a steady 25kts aft, and the waves are a little less lumpy, so we're sailing well and enjoying the day! We crossed the half way point this afternoon, so we're all excited and ready for the down hill leg! I smell a cake in the oven as I write this, life is indeed good! Its lonely out here, as we're now 64nm in front of the pack and the radio is quiet. We look forward to the morning and evening net to hear from the others, and we're looking forward to getting to Mauritius soon and trying not to blow a sail out in the process! We've finished one puzzle, several books, and caught no fish at this speed, but hope springs eternal for tomorrow!Russ and Laurie on NEXUS at 15:00 10/05/2014 at 17 00.6'S;77 59.3'E. read more...


05/10/2014

Celebrate - A Starry, Starry Night with Wonderful Winds & Siegfreid "Lloyd Webber" on the way to Mauritius!

We are back to proper Trade Wind sailing . Stars galore and beautiful moonlight with wonderful winds made for a very pleasant night time watch on CELEBRATE.Plus we had a 200 nautical mile day! Another addition to the Margaritaville Party is Merlyn of Poole's very own Siegfreid "Lloyd Webber" performing 'World ARC the Musical' as the perfect entertainment for the Margarita Party.We love it!We had great "words" on the radio net last night summarizing each boat's day in 3 words idea.CELEBRATE's was 'SAILING TO MARGARITAVILLE' (a double entendre especially for Jimmy Buffet fans).To see the other boat's 3 words check out the previous log. I hope Brian and Lucy on Follie a Deux will forgive their parents for 'Kids for sail.' It was fun!Its Sunday so Brunch day, Charlie cooked up Huevos. read more...


05/10/2014

Firefly - Kastom Dancing on Avoki Island

Its Sunday 5th October and we are on an 80nm passage to Espirito Santo. We left our anchorage at Avei in the Maskelyne Islands on the south of Malekula at 0700 and once we reached the open sea we initially had a 35 knot squall. Its cloudy and rainy (yet again!) and we did remark that there is no way we would be heading out of Salcombe in these conditions if we were still at home. Actually the rain stopped pretty quickly and we have had a good sail on a starboard tack broad reach in what has mostly been about 20 to 25 knots - so ideal and fast.Despite our speed its going to be dark by the time we reach Santo but this being the second largest port in Vanuatu it should be reasonably well buoyed and lit. Having read through the pilot information we decided that picking up a mooring off the. read more...


05/10/2014

Celebrate - Story Contest Entry from American Spirit

I received the following great story from American Spirit for the contest to write a story using World ARC Boat Names:Once upon a time, in the land of Sirocco of Oz, there was a warrior princess named Jeanine from Miami, AKA the Pop Corn Queen, whose American Spirit was only rivaled by Chika-lu's Germanic resolve and Civetta's dogged determination. She was pursued across the Nexus, as far as Polaris but not quite as far asAlpheratz; by the Ghost of Merlyn. Many said this pursuit was a Folie a Deux; some said it was a false Saphir, but no one doubted that is was a Sweet Pearl of a chase. Once Free&BrEasy, no more could she Celebrate being Boingo Alive; no more was she an Avocet who could fly to Darwin on a whim. But go to Andromeda she went; passing the constellation Festina Lente and. read more...


05/10/2014

Celebrate - Adela's entry for the Story Contest

Our SSB Game/Competition continues...write a story containing World ARC Boat Names.This game was suggested by Jan on Ghost.I received the following outstanding entry from Peter on Adela:First Encounter*_Commander *Lente* and his wife *Festina* were looking out of the observation port of the star ship *Lluiton*, on its way to *Polaris* in the *Andromeda* cluster."Not since *Darwin* has such a fundamental *Nexus* occurred in the destiny of mankind", he said."What if they turn out to be some sort of super *Alpharatz* or *Ghosts* or something equally horrible", she replied."The tech boys speak warmly of their conversations with these aliens and suggest we think of a cross between an *Avocet* and an elderly human - a sort of feathery, skinny legged, white bearded,*Merlin* figure floating in a. read more...


Flomaida II - Vanuatu, eines der letzten Paradiese!
Flomaida II - Vanuatu, eines der letzten Paradiese!
Flomaida II - Helping hands collage! Danke Gabi!
Flomaida II - Helping hands collage! Danke Gabi!
Flomaida II - Vanuatu! Meine Lieblingsinseln!
Flomaida II - Vanuatu! Meine Lieblingsinseln!
05/10/2014

Celebrate - Today's 3-Word Radio Challenge

Today's evening radio call-in challenge was to give the boat's status report in just three words.A great job for all participants!!Here are the responses I received:Adela:[Unprintable in Russian]American Spirit: Nicely Making WayCelebrate: Sailing to MargaritavilleCHIKA-lu: Sun Waves FunCivetta: Sixteen Foot WavesFree&BrEasy: In Your WakeGhost: Outstandingly Awesome DayLluiton: Sand WInd BeacyMerlyn: Siegfried MahaMahi KulimombamajuleeNDS Darwin: Sailing Cloudy SunsetNexus: Flying to MauritiusFolie a Deux: Kids 4 SailPolaris: Beer Boobies Bluefin Saphir: Windy Waves WetworkShaya Moya: Big Beautiful BLueSweet Pearl: [in German/Luxemburgian??...to be verified]. read more...


04/10/2014

American Spirit II - jDay 271; Boobie on Poop Deck, Auto Pilot Shuts Itself Off Again & a Great Dinner; Friday, October 3, 2014

Up at 6:00 AM to relieve Jeremy. Had Jeremy take one reef out of main, so no reefs in sail. Getting him 'qualified' to handle putting a reef in or out by himself, so he won't have to wake Joel at 4:00 AM if we need to reef. At 7:30 AM the wind is 15/16 knots, our speed thru the water 4.7 knots and over the land 5.2 knots. The wind is dead astern. Bummer. Squalls still surround us but they look less intense and not threatening at the moment, unlike the last two days. I get a retrieve. But still very overcast and cloudy. Warm, though. Probably because raining less. Our heading is 244 degrees to Mauritius, a little south of the rumb line. That's OK. Long way to go. I'm wearing my foul weather pants and a long sleeved shirt. The big boobie that landed on the 'poop deck' last night is still. read more...


04/10/2014

Sweet Pearl - Cocos Islands -->Mauritius - 6.Tag - Wolken, aber kein Regen:-)

Nach dem vielen Regen ist es seit gestern fast die ganze Zeit trocken. Der Himmel ist noch bewölkt, aber ab und an schaut die Sonne raus, bei Nacht sogar der Mond. Der Mond ist jetzt mehr als halbvoll und wird dies bis zu unserer Ankunft gegen den 14.-16. auch bleiben:-). Uns gehts allen sehr gut. Heute wurde Brot gebacken, Pfannkuchen zum Frühstück gegessen und eine Zucchini-Rahmsauce zu Pasta zum Abendessen serviert - alles kulinarisch exquisit:-). Cheers, Tom. read more...


04/10/2014

Nexus - Sky is clearing, waves bigger, consistent wind, life at sea is good!

We flew last night. It was a boisterous ride in lumpy seas with blustery wind and rain but by this afternoon we seem to have sailed out of the bad weather and are seeing our first hints of sunny things to come! We have a strong, consistent wind from the ESE of 24kts and although the waves are bigger they are longer in period and a little less lumpy, so we are sailing well and life is good! We covered over 900nm in 5 days, and have 1,350nm to go, so sometime tomorrow we'll be half way there! This calls for a celebration, so Laurie and Jeannie are baking a cake! Unfortunately, our fast sail has left us all alone, with the next nearest yacht over 40nm behind us, and we've passed the three boats who left early as well. It's a lot more fun to sail in company, so we look forward to the morning. read more...


04/10/2014

Celebrate - Blue Skies are here, Great winds, more Stories & New Contest on passage to Mauritius!

Finally, some blue sky,sunshine , champagne sailinghere in the Indian Ocean! If the wet and grey had continued we were going ask for a refund! Charlie carried out a poll this morning on the radio net and it appears over 65% of the fleet are enjoying sunshine, we hope the others get their share soon. Also, great boat speed up to 13 knots.More stories are in from Adela and American Spirit II.The margarita party is heating up!Another rally boat is now nearby, Free & BrEasy, along with Festina Lente and NDS Darwin.Our Peter had another new radio net contest idea (well it's Simon Mayo's from BBC Radio 2 Drive Time but we don't think he'll sue) to summarize the day in 3 words. Althoughhappy with the sentiment we are getting a little tired of 'all is well' or 'all well onboard' which most. read more...


Flomaida II - Flomaida im Doppelpack im Paradies
Flomaida II - Flomaida im Doppelpack im Paradies
Flomaida II - Der erste große Fang, und wir wissen nicht, welcher Fisch es ist!!!
Flomaida II - Der erste große Fang, und wir wissen nicht, welcher Fisch es ist!!!
Flomaida II - Verwunschene Strände an kristallklarem Wasser
Flomaida II - Verwunschene Strände an kristallklarem Wasser
Flomaida II - .............
Flomaida II - .............
Flomaida II - Die unglaublichen Wasserfarben
Flomaida II - Die unglaublichen Wasserfarben
Flomaida II - La rivière sablée auf Ile des Pins
Flomaida II - La rivière sablée auf Ile des Pins
Flomaida II - Die typischen Pinien finden überall eine Möglichkeit zu wachsen
Flomaida II - Die typischen Pinien finden überall eine Möglichkeit zu wachsen
Flomaida II - Das Wasser ist wirklich so vielfarbig und transparent
Flomaida II - Das Wasser ist wirklich so vielfarbig und transparent
Flomaida II - Ein "mushroom" , den man nicht übersehen sollte!
Flomaida II - Ein
Flomaida II - Mal wieder ein besonderes Resort: www.lemeridien/iledespins
Flomaida II - Mal wieder ein besonderes Resort: www.lemeridien/iledespins
Flomaida II - Mal wieder ein Traumstrand!
Flomaida II - Mal wieder ein Traumstrand!
Flomaida II - Ohne Worte
Flomaida II - Ohne Worte
Flomaida II - Gefängnis mit Meerblick
Flomaida II - Gefängnis mit Meerblick
Flomaida II - Erinnert mich an das Kinderbuch: die Wurzelkinder
Flomaida II - Erinnert mich an das Kinderbuch: die Wurzelkinder
Flomaida II - Kindergartenkinder gehen ziemlich diszipliniert in die Kirche
Flomaida II - Kindergartenkinder gehen ziemlich diszipliniert in die Kirche
Flomaida II - Der Dinghi Anlasser wird in W40 gebadet
Flomaida II - Der Dinghi Anlasser wird in W40 gebadet
Flomaida II - Fahrradrast nach der Hälfte (20 km)! Mit Wasser lauwarm -auf 40 km kein "Trinkbüdchen" geöffnet
Flomaida II - Fahrradrast nach  der Hälfte (20 km)! Mit  Wasser lauwarm -auf 40 km kein
Flomaida II - Klassenfoto vor der Schule von der Lehrerin mit Ipad
Flomaida II - Klassenfoto vor der Schule von der Lehrerin mit Ipad
Flomaida II - Wer umarmt hier wen?
Flomaida II - Wer umarmt hier wen?
Flomaida II - ist denn schon Ostern???
Flomaida II - ist denn schon Ostern???
Flomaida II - Denkmal für die Kanaken, die im 1. Weltkrieg für Frankreich gefallen sind.
Flomaida II - Denkmal für die Kanaken, die im 1. Weltkrieg für Frankreich gefallen sind.
Flomaida II - Kleiner Marktstand am Straßenrand bei unserer Fahrradtour
Flomaida II - Kleiner Marktstand am Straßenrand bei unserer Fahrradtour
Flomaida II - ein normaler Abend in einer Bucht auf Ile des Pins/Neu Kaledonien..........
Flomaida II - ein normaler Abend in einer Bucht auf Ile des Pins/Neu Kaledonien..........
Flomaida II - Das ist doch mal eine Allee!
Flomaida II - Das ist doch mal eine Allee!
Flomaida II - Durch die Riffe: von Grand Terre nach Ile des Pins/ Neu Kaledonien
Flomaida II - Durch die Riffe: von Grand Terre nach Ile des Pins/ Neu Kaledonien
Flomaida II - Blick auf die faszinierende Rifflandschaft
Flomaida II - Blick auf die faszinierende Rifflandschaft
Flomaida II - Völlig neuer Bewuchs in Neu Kaledonien
Flomaida II - Völlig neuer Bewuchs in Neu Kaledonien
Flomaida II - ist wirklich echt!
Flomaida II - ist wirklich echt!
04/10/2014

Celebrate - (no subject)

Our SSB Game/Competition continues...write a story containing World ARC Boat Names.This game was suggested by Jan on Ghost.I received the following outstanding entry from Lucy on Peter on Adela:First Encounter*_Commander *Lente* and his wife *Festina* were looking out of the observation port of the star ship *Lluiton*, on its way to *Polaris* in the *Andromeda* cluster."Not since *Darwin* has such a fundamental *Nexus* occurred in the destiny of mankind", he said."What if they turn out to be some sort of super *Alpharatz* or *Ghosts* or something equally horrible", she replied."The tech boys speak warmly of their conversations with these aliens and suggest we think of a cross between an *Avocet* and an elderly human - a sort of feathery, skinny legged, white bearded,*Merlin* figure. read more...


03/10/2014

American Spirit II - Day 270; A Rainy, Squally Day in the Indian Ocean & Another Boobie Visits the 'Poop Deck'; Thursday, October 2, 2014

Slept well, from 12:30 AM to 5:00 AM - 4 1/2 hours. About as good as it gets under. Relieved Jeremy at 5:50 AM. Cloudy with a little blue sky showing. The fleet weather forecaster calls for 4 to 8 knots of wind in our weather GRID today. Not good. There appears to be more wind to the south 60 miles away. We'll see what wind the other Rally boats have and where they're at during the morning 10:00 AM net. Five small dead flying fish are laying in the area just right of the cockpit. All about 1 inch long. We bury them at sea. At 6:15 AM the sun has already risen, but its obstructed by clouds on the horizon . The wind is 13/15, our speed thru the water is 5.4 knots and over the land 6.6 knots. I turn the engine off at 7:07 AM. We're sailing again! I put our silver spoon lure in the water at. read more...



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