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Andromeda V - VUDA MARINA
Andromeda V - VUDA MARINA
Andromeda V - VUDA MARINA
Andromeda V - VUDA MARINA
22/06/2014

Andromeda V - Fiji

Proseguimos la escrituraHemos llegado a Fiji, la navegada fue bastante buena, hicimos la ruta más larga para librar islas y atolones. Se nos rompió la vela mayor, una raja en la baluma casi desde el palo. Ahora reparar junto con la otra mayor que está muy descaminada y un re pasillo al Génova. Cosas de la vida.Ahora Andromeda está en seco lo van a pintar los "bajos" para poder entrar en Australia sin problemas. Lo han plantado en tierra como los tomates, ya os enseñaremos fotos, es un a forma muy curiosas de defenderse de los ciclonesLa próxima semana vuelve al agua y retomamos la navegación y para primeros de julio comienza la siguiente travesía Jorge. read more...


22/06/2014

American Spirit II - Day 168; Slow Day in Port Denarau Marina; Sunday June 22, 2014

It's Saturday in the US, Sunday here.Up at 7:50 AM. Coffee followed by breakfast of scrambled eggs, 'breakfast sausage' (no idea what type of meat is in it - label doesn't say or too small to read) and chilled mandarin oranges with cut up bananas. Watched life boats from the cruise ship Pacific Pearl, registered in London, drop off passengers at our dingy dock. This continued all day long until 5:00 PM. We couldn't see the cruise ship because they were anchored around a point of land. Low clouds, overcast. Cool due to no sun. I spent the morning talking to daughters and Janet back in the US on my cheap Fijian phone. Costs only $.10 per minute to call the US; versus $3.20 to my AT&T phone. Minor work projects today. Joel used acetone and diesel fuel to clean off the tape residue from. read more...


22/06/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - Oh what a beautiful morning.......

N38:21:021  W28:11:484   .....oh what a beautiful morning it was as we leftHorta in lovely sunshine and calm seas. We left at 7am with some assistance fromthe crew of Low Profile, an ARC 2013 yacht, who are heading north in the nextfew days back to sunny UK (?!).  Last night we said goodbye to Paul, Claire andSophie from Aditi, with whom we had exchanged e-mails on the trip to Horta,though they left from St. Maarten and did not go via Bermuda. They are alsoplanning to head north and get back to the UK, but are in no real hurry to do soat the moment. We wish both boats a good sail on a tricky passage at the best oftimes.   After saying farewell we had a final drink inPeter's Bar and then headed back to Andromeda for an early night notwithstanding the live music from. read more...


22/06/2014

American Spirit II - Day 167; Haircut, Groceries, Laundry, Mast Climbing and Infection Update; Saturday, June 21, 2014

7:55 AM Up. Coffee then breakfast: scrambled eggs, chilled pear halves and bread.10:45 AM. At hair salon for haircut. Maybe the quickest hair cut I've ever had. 10 minutes? Wish I'd timed it. No shave back of neck and side burns , like is customary at home. Short. Not military short, but short. Cost 25 Fijian dollars, or about $12.50 US. Joel got haircut after me, and the same lady gave him a shampoo first. Same charge - 25 Fijian dollars. Go figure. I think Joel's curly hair scarred the barber. Female barber. On way back to boat stopped at grocery store. Bought sirloin steaks, chicken, 'American' hot dogs (which cost as much as the sirloin steaks), mandarin oranges in a large can (bought 3 of them - hard to find), BBQ sauce and fruit: pears, apples and bananas. We already had plenty of. read more...


Flomaida II - ....das darf natürlich nicht fehlen dazu
Flomaida II - ....das darf natürlich nicht fehlen dazu
Flomaida II - Gemütliche Bar im Octopus Resort
Flomaida II - Gemütliche Bar im Octopus Resort
Flomaida II - Navigation durch die Riffe der Yasawa Islands
Flomaida II - Navigation durch die Riffe der Yasawa Islands
Flomaida II - Beim Besuch mit Cavawurzel bei der Klanchefin ( rechts) war die Tageszeitung dann doch interessanter
Flomaida II - Beim Besuch mit Cavawurzel bei der Klanchefin ( rechts) war die Tageszeitung dann doch interessanter
Flomaida II - Meine Lollies sind immer wieder ein Highlight für die Kinder
Flomaida II - Meine Lollies sind immer wieder ein Highlight für die Kinder
Flomaida II - Im Luxus Resort Musket Cove auf Malolo Lailai Island werden die Gäste eingeflogen- Maike und Mizi finden das sehr Schild witzig!
Flomaida II - Im Luxus Resort Musket Cove auf Malolo Lailai Island werden die Gäste eingeflogen- Maike und Mizi finden das sehr Schild witzig!
Flomaida II - Das unglaublich transparente Wasser.....
Flomaida II - Das unglaublich transparente Wasser.....
Flomaida II - Blaue Lagune, da wurde der Film gedreht mit Booke Shields!! Sie ist wirklich intensiv blau!
Flomaida II - Blaue Lagune, da wurde der Film gedreht mit Booke Shields!! Sie ist wirklich intensiv blau!
Flomaida II - Mmmmhhhhh Fisch im Bananenblatt auf Fijiart mit Cocos- und Vanillesauce
Flomaida II - Mmmmhhhhh Fisch im Bananenblatt auf Fijiart mit Cocos- und Vanillesauce
Flomaida II - Inselhopping zu Fuß bei Niedrigwasser
Flomaida II - Inselhopping zu Fuß bei Niedrigwasser
Flomaida II - Die extrem schöne und sichere Ankerbucht in Musket Cove
Flomaida II - Die extrem schöne und sichere Ankerbucht in Musket Cove
Flomaida II - Bei der Cava Zeremonie- eigentlich schmeckt es nach nix, aber Maike und Christoph haben trotzdem Spaß
Flomaida II - Bei der Cava Zeremonie- eigentlich schmeckt es nach nix, aber Maike und Christoph haben trotzdem Spaß
Flomaida II - Dagmar nun mit Profiwerkzeug am Werk, dank Maike
Flomaida II - Dagmar nun mit Profiwerkzeug am Werk, dank Maike
Flomaida II - Cava Wurzel muss gekauft werden als Geschenk für Besuche auf den Inseln- der Klanchef bekommt es, eingewickelt in der neuesten Tageszeitung, die ihm offensichtlich wichtiger war als die Wurzel)
Flomaida II - Cava Wurzel muss gekauft werden als Geschenk für Besuche auf den Inseln- der Klanchef  bekommt es, eingewickelt in der neuesten Tageszeitung, die ihm offensichtlich wichtiger war als die Wurzel)
Flomaida II - Markt in Nadi- buntes Durcheinander, aber wenig Ausbeute
Flomaida II - Markt in Nadi- buntes Durcheinander, aber wenig Ausbeute
Flomaida II - Geschäftiges Gewusel beim Einkauf
Flomaida II - Geschäftiges Gewusel beim Einkauf
Flomaida II - Maike und Lisa mit ihren "Lieblingen" in der Denerau Marina
Flomaida II - Maike und Lisa mit ihren
Flomaida II - Abschleppen vor dem Riff der Einfahrt in die Bay der Denerau Marina (7Std für 20 Meilen)
Flomaida II - Abschleppen vor dem Riff der Einfahrt in die Bay der Denerau Marina (7Std für 20 Meilen)
Flomaida II - trotz der Abschlepparie haben wir Augen für die wunderschönen ersten Eindrücke von Viti Levu/Fiji- Farben und die sanften Hügel erinnern an die Toscana.
Flomaida II - trotz der Abschlepparie haben wir Augen für die wunderschönen ersten Eindrücke von Viti Levu/Fiji- Farben und die sanften Hügel erinnern an die Toscana.
Flomaida II - .....allerdings diese Abendstimmung gibt es nur auf dem Meer
Flomaida II - .....allerdings diese Abendstimmung gibt es nur auf dem Meer
22/06/2014

Free & BrEasy - Fiji World Cup Blues

Disaster has struck. Both Spain and England are out of the World Cup. The crew of Free & BrEasy can hardly believe it. Even The boats mascot, Pedro the Polar Bear, is depressed. Have we come half way round the world to be treated so painfully by our National teams? We were looking forward to a Spain vs England final and the creative tension this would bring to the boat! Here we are in Fijian heaven and we are sorrowful. Even the Fijian national team lost an important rugby match (the national sport) against Samoa. To complete our story, the repairs to the rigging are taking longer than we thought and nothing is straight forward. New fittings have to delivered from New Zealand and Roger is becoming concerned to say the least.We started off so well with a peaceful "bob" outside Vuda. read more...


Spirit III - Wall Painting Activity
Spirit III - Wall Painting Activity
Spirit III - Wall Painting Activity
Spirit III - Wall Painting Activity
Spirit III - Wall Painting Activity
Spirit III - Wall Painting Activity
Spirit III - Wall Painting Activity
Spirit III - Wall Painting Activity
Spirit III - Wall Painting Activity
Spirit III - Wall Painting Activity
21/06/2014

Spirit III - Portuguese Ice-creams

It is hard to believe that we have been on the way from Plymouth 3 weeks tomorrow!Time has flown by, sailing, socialising, checking out a variety of different Portuguese marinas and sampling as usual the ice-cream on offer in this part of the world!The sailing has relaxed somewhat with very variable wind but a much calmer sea state which has suited Spirit III well and we have been flying along at times. The wind has still had far too much South in it and therefore our sailing to windward habit (that happened all last year as well) seems to have continued!However, we have tried to sail as much as possible and it is great that it has been warm and sunny for most of it as well.We are hoping for 2 more great days sailing as we sail towards Lagos.The social side of the rally is fab both on. read more...


21/06/2014

Zoonie - Pictures update

Zoonie Dive time Garrety Nikita Porto in fog Remedy Seclusion Tuk tuk tour. read more...


Zoonie - Tuk Tuk tour
Zoonie - Tuk Tuk tour
Zoonie - Seclusion
Zoonie - Seclusion
Zoonie - Remedy
Zoonie - Remedy
Zoonie - Porto in fog
Zoonie - Porto in fog
Zoonie - Nikita
Zoonie - Nikita
Zoonie - Garetty
Zoonie - Garetty
Zoonie - Dive Time
Zoonie - Dive Time
21/06/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - Sunshine of your Horta

Here we are on our last day in Faial, we were awake early again this morning, a good sign that we are recovered from the journey here.After a leisurely couple of cups of tea and a Saturday morning read in bed, (oh I do miss the newspaper everyday - and checking on line is just not the same....still maybe I shall treat myself to a subscription once we get somewhere with relaible internet) we went to get a bit more fuel just to be sure. This time we timed it just right and there was no delay in filling our cans. Next stop was to get the gas refilled as inspite of carrying several different containers when we changed over to the 'St. Lucia' filled one a few days ago we didn't think there would be a problem as it is a big tank, however when we had all the trouble with the regulator a bit of. read more...


21/06/2014

Ca Canny - Ca Canny - ARC Portugal - Oiesras Near Lisbon

Just 2 more legs to Lagos.The Northerly trade winds have not established so we found ourselves motor sailing or beating into a Southerly wind to get to Oiesras which is down river from Lisbon. On the trip we rounded what is apparently Europe's most Westerly point Cabo da Roca. One of the challenges we have been given is to paint a mural on the harbour wall - non of us claim to be artistic but after some general harrumphing about the task we came up with a good result based on a viking long boat sporting a Cornish Flag - Brian come from Mevagissey. The boat is from Sweden and it has a Celtic name Ca Canny meaning Go carefully. The biggest challenge was however wrestling the dwindling supplies of paint and brushes from other crews who also left the job to the last day. So we are now the. read more...


21/06/2014

Shenanigan - Falmouth

A night of precision steering in very light winds ensued because of theEngland match deadline! A glorious morning and with 35nm to go the wind pickedup within seconds from 3.9 knots to 17 and then over 20. Shenanigan respondedwell and we were back to the sort of sailing we have become accustomed to, withspeeds of 7-8 knots.  After two hours it dropped again as quickly as it hadarrived, thankfully to pick up again shortly after. We were still beating intowind but able to make a good heading.  As we rounded the Lizard winds wereconstant at 20 knots – welcome to the English Channel off the Cornish Coast!With some exhilarating tacking around anchored cargo ships, and amazingly, giventhe wind direction, the sea was flat. We are sure our keel was on full view dueto our heeling. read more...


21/06/2014

American Spirit II - Day 166; Wrong Dates in Log This Week, Back Stay Replaced, Indian Ocean Leg Open & Other Minor Repairs; Friday, June 21, 2014

Joel got an email indicating that the dates on my logs since last Monday (June 16) have all been wrong. He's right. The watch I have has a day/date function and though the day is always correct on it the date sometimes doesn't roll over. Don't know why. So I won't rely on my watch anymore for dates. I'll use my phone. But that's also the reason why I list the day with the date. The day is always right, so always go with that to start with. Up at 7:00 AM. Boy, we're getting a lot of sleep. We certainly don't get a huge amount when we're under sail. Solid overcast, windy, actually too cool to sit in the cockpit without a shirt on. Temperature about 65. Remember, its winter here. Looks like rain. The high should be around 80.Moved the boat to a dock, side tie to, so the riggers can get on. read more...


21/06/2014

Nexus - Bay of Islands, Northern Lau Group, Fiji - the coolest anchorage we've been in so far!

Vanua Balavu, Northern Lau Group, Fiji has a bay on the North side of the Atoll, called "The Bay of Islands" which is the coolest anchorage we've been in so far. We did a very long overnight sail from Albert Bay on the northwest coast of Rabi, all the way here last night. We struggled to keep the boat slow enough to arrive at daylight but for most of the trip the wind was under 7 kts which was perfect for doing a bash to windward back to the Lau Group. We motorsailed some and sailed some on and off through the night, and sailed through a strong squall that brought 23kts on the nose toward morning. Most people don't backtrack this far after clearing in on the main islands, but we were intrigued from sailing past the Exploring Island group on our way in, and it is well worth the trip! We. read more...


20/06/2014

Celebrate - Two Super Scuba Dives near Musket Cove, Fiji!

Conveniently picking me up at CELEBRATE for the two morning dives plus adding a couple from Norway staying at a different resort, Subsurface Fiji located at Musket Cove Marina did a great job of making the dive trip enjoyable.Out by Mana Island we did a drift dive along a reef wall at the "Marketplace" dive site where we saw black tipped sharks and eagle rays.For our second dive at the "Barrel Head" site, there were spectacular colors of coral and many interesting reef fish I hadn't seen before.Also, the weather really cooperated with calm and super visibility for both dives.Another great adventure!Charlie. read more...


Orion - Orion
Orion - Orion
Orion - Porto
Orion - Porto
Orion - Figeuira da Foz at sunset
Orion - Figeuira da Foz at sunset