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01/06/2015

Attachment - A waiting game !

Well we wait for the weather to moderate, team spirit great in anticipation, boat ready, so planned start early wednesday morning. Let’s go ! Paul& Simon, Martyn, Tom, Alex. read more...


01/06/2015

Defyr - Barn doors version 2

Wasn't this rally all about collecting miles? Well, that is what we have done. Thorougly. Our tactician is really in love with north and so we sailed there. Day after day it was to northeast! Well finally we realised that if we do not change the course, we will miss the Azores. That was after someone from home sent us a fleettracker picture with a message saying: "Are you sure you are not lost from the others?" So we decided to take of our superwarm clothes and set course to southeast. DOWNWIND SAILSLast time I wrote I told that our asymmetric spinnaker blew up in two. That was the first day of the rally. The next day it was all about taping. And sewing and taping again! We had to spare some spinnakertape, because our spinnaker is really really old and we were waiting for some taping to. read more...


31/05/2015

Mahe' 3 - Le Balene

L' oceano è pieno di delfini. Viaggiano praticamente con noi. Troppi delfini, e quindi non abbocca niente alle canne. Ma per noi non è certo una novità, i delfini li vediamo sempre anche in mediterraneo.In oceano ci sono le Balene. Oggi ne abbiamo viste tantissime, per fortuna non si sono avvicinate troppo, ma io non le avevo mai incontrate prima. Uno spettacolo.In oceano ci sono gli squali. Ieri ne ha abboccato uno alla nostra canna. All'inizio ci sembrava un tonno, ma poi quando siamo riusciti piano piano a farlo arrivare fin quasi sotto la barca, lui si è arrabbiato ed ha iniziato a tirare così forte che in pochi istanti il filo è finito e si è portato via tutto. Meglio così perché il nostro chef era già pronto per cucinarlo. In Oceano ci sono le Tartarughe e migliaia di altri pesci. read more...


31/05/2015

Gozwoz - Day 12 from Bermuda

"It's floppy but it has doubled in size" observed the Navigator to Roger. What was he innocently referring to? For an answer see below.The wind having subsided yesterday evening we motored for a few hours during the night but sailed as much as we could to conserve fuel. We have calculated that we have about 60 hours of motoring left, still requiring a day or two of solid sailing to complete the voyage to Horta. The wind we have is light but when it is blowing we make good progress in the calm sea. The Bosun of course ensures that at all times the sails are perfectly trimmed. We have worked out various ETAs depending on the speed we optimistically expect to maintain but our plans are invariably dashed by a loss of speed due to the wind slowing or dying. At present we are looking at. read more...


31/05/2015

Kinni Rossi - A "Ditty" for you all

They all arrived and then waited for days and daysThere's nothing worse than endless delaysRumour has it on Wednesday they will leave with the larkAnd set sail to Baionna on the Portuguese ArcWe wish them fair winds and that all goes wellAnd that Biscay doesn't have too much of a swell!We will watch you on tracker and catch your lines on the pontoonWhen they've achieved this leg they will be "over the moon"To all of you be safe whilst crossing this sea,Especially all on our boat - which is Kinni RossiBarbara. read more...


31/05/2015

Jambo - squeaky bum time!

So Tom says to me "it's squeaky bum time ........."now I am worried but I realise he is working out how much fuel we have against how far we have to go verses how long before the forecast says until we get some decent wind.We have some light wind so we can motor sail at low revs to keep moving....thats Plan A.Better wind forecast tonight and Tuesday pmNick and Carol have flights booked on Saturday so it's going to be close all around.The good news is we are getting a push of about 1 knot from the North Atlantic Current which over 100 hours helps on time and fuelBetter go and work on Plan B!Philip. read more...


31/05/2015

Agua Dulce - Closing in on Horta

Bom dia! (practicing my Portugese) We are down to 230nm to go. We expect to arrive in Horta tomorrow evening, hopefully before dark. We have a good chance, though, since it is still light outside at 10pm.Sextant update: we took sightings day before yesterday and calculated our longitude as well. We ended up plotting our position within 17nm of our actual position! I don't know if it was beginners luck or not, but it was exciting. We didn't do sightings yesterday as it was overcast, but we plan on giving it another shot today. I'm finding the hardest part is taking accurate sightings on a rolling boat. Without the wind, the swells really rock us side to side. Makes for very uncomfortable sleeping as you have to hang on to stay in one place, which is hard to do when you are asleep. So, it. read more...


Kinni Rossi - Making bread
Kinni Rossi - Making bread
31/05/2015

Free Spirit - Log 21: 31 May 2015

Torpor has setin! The smell of alcohol wafting down the breeze fromPeter's Bar in Horta would likely wake 'em up but such breeze as thereis - not very much - is wafting in the opposite direction. SoFS presses on under her own steam (diesel) on automatic pilot whileher crew lie about doing nothing very much. Yesterday's threats towithhold rations unless the decks were scrubbed clean met withvery limited success - insubordination even. There was damn neara mutiny. I was all for throwing the beggars down below inchains for the rest of the voyage but Mrs. Trouble pointed out that theAdmiralty might take a dim view and, in any case, there would be nobody todo the night watches. So,. read more...


31/05/2015

White Wave III - White Wave III - Low Point

THEN:36.31N 49.23W, mid afternoon, lull in the wind, assessment of provisionsThere was a serious lull in the White Wave Crew Spirits as certain crew members realised that the stock of wine was remarkably low.A plan for rationing was developed to get us through to Horta.AND THEN, the Skipper discovered a secret supply of reds, whites and sparking.The emotions of the crew then reached new heights!Three cheers for the Skipper!- kjc. read more...


31/05/2015

Zingara

Verschaetztes estimate. Am heutigen sonntagabend wollten wir Horta erreichen! Aber wie soll ein segelschiff segeln ohne wind? Unser dieselvorrat ist begrenzt, so motorten wir, wenn noetig, mit sparsamster leistung. Und so ging unsere gute position langsam floeten. Nun zaehlt einzig: ankommen! Der wind ist gering, so setzten wir unsere zweite genua als passatsegel, denn wir haben rein achterlichen wind. Das erfreuliche: die kueche liefert feinste gerichte! Heute super thunafilets, puerre und boehnchen. Auch n glaeschen wein wurde genehmigt. Immer haeufiger haben wir gegenverkehr, frachter u fischtrawler begegnen uns. So, das war der gruss zum sonntag.Ernst u. crew. read more...


31/05/2015

Dala - Last message before Horta

Hi All,Yes, this is probably my last message before Horta: We are now breaking the last 100 Nautical Miles mark. So I estimate that, if nothing goes wrong, we could be there by today Sunday, May 31st at about 8 PM local time, which is also the Universal Time (UTC).Nearing the end of this leg of the crossing raises all kind of thoughts, fighting between them to catch my attention. I wrote a few days ago that I was thrilled to cross the Atlantic for the first time. Approaching Horta, I feel I'm also paying my respects to those huge navigators, explorers and sailors, among them Joshua Slocum, who sailed there under extremely less comfortable conditions than what we are enjoying. They paved the way for our own adventure. Thank you very much indeed, Gentlemen!But the end is never the end. It. read more...


Flomaida II - Der "world famous" Whitehaven Beach auf Whitsunday Island
Flomaida II - Der
Flomaida II - Will der Kakadu bei uns anheuern? Lieber nicht! Er ist nicht stubenrein!
Flomaida II - Will der Kakadu bei uns anheuern? Lieber nicht! Er ist nicht stubenrein!
Flomaida II - eine " gewichtige" Damenrunde beim Einkauf in Mackay
Flomaida II - eine
Flomaida II - oder vielleicht ein neuer Hut?
Flomaida II - oder vielleicht ein neuer Hut?
Flomaida II - Buch oder LP gefällig?
Flomaida II - Buch oder LP gefällig?
Flomaida II - Ziemliche Herausforderung bei der Navigation!
Flomaida II - Ziemliche Herausforderung bei der Navigation!
Flomaida II - Ufff, gut wieder raus gekommen!
Flomaida II - Ufff, gut wieder raus gekommen!
31/05/2015

Starblazer - 31/05/2015 - Foiled by the weather

We hadn't intended to leave the Ha'apai until the end of the week however the forecast suggested the wind would back to the north by Thursday which would make the trip to Vava'u difficult!John completed the internal clearance on Monday morning and we intended to head north to the next island on Tuesday, however the whole day was overcast interspersed with showers.We don't particularly mind getting wet but we do need good visibility to wriggle between coral outcrops so we stayed where we were.The knock-on effect of this was that we faced a 75 mile passage in less than 12 hours of daylight.No, we are not scared of the dark either but see my previous comment aboutgood visibility..Dawn slowly brightened the horizon just before 0630 and by 0635 I could see well enough to start weighing. read more...


Flomaida II - Das erste Selfie von uns!!!
Flomaida II - Das erste Selfie von uns!!!
Flomaida II - Und wen hab ich wieder? Basilikum!
Flomaida II - Und wen hab ich wieder? Basilikum!
Flomaida II - Aha! Das steht im Schulbus!
Flomaida II - Aha! Das steht im Schulbus!
Flomaida II - Mit dem Schulbusfahrt in die Stadt Bundaberg
Flomaida II - Mit dem Schulbusfahrt in die Stadt Bundaberg
Flomaida II - Welcher Genuss auf Flomaida
Flomaida II - Welcher Genuss auf Flomaida
Flomaida II - Anlegerchen auf Flomaida in Bundaberg
Flomaida II - Anlegerchen auf Flomaida in Bundaberg
Flomaida II - Routenplanung auf Tulasi
Flomaida II - Routenplanung auf Tulasi
Flomaida II - Ist das etwa für uns gedacht???
Flomaida II - Ist das etwa für uns gedacht???
Flomaida II - Auf dem Markt in Bundaberg
Flomaida II - Auf dem Markt in Bundaberg
Flomaida II - Der wichtige und gewichtige Whesly entert .......
Flomaida II - Der wichtige und gewichtige Whesly entert .......
Flomaida II - Das ist Whesly von Biosecurity, am Ende waren wir BEIDE zufrieden!
Flomaida II - Das ist Whesly von Biosecurity, am Ende waren wir BEIDE zufrieden!
Flomaida II - Da gabs ihn noch, den Basilikum!
Flomaida II - Da gabs ihn noch, den Basilikum!
30/05/2015

Widago - Bermuda-Azores Log Day 11: Slow & Steady

Another beautiful calm day out here on the North Atlantic for WIDAGO and her crew. We have had the parasailor flying all day, with wispy winds of 8-10 on our tail. Not much to see out here except a random buoy...no turtles, no fish, no whales, nada. The good news is at this rate we should arrive in time for Father's Day. Remarkably, the boys really have yet to get restless. Even after 11 days confined to a few hundred square feet, no one has dared come to me whining, "I'm bored.".They manage to keep themselves occupied in a variety ways:1. Food - first and foremost the epicenter of our daily life. I posted a very rudimentary dinner schedule, really for myself, providing the day's dinner concept. It pains me to plan out that much, but I found it somewhat useful in times of exhaustion.. read more...


Widago - Bermuda-Azores Log Day 11: Slow & Steady
Widago - Bermuda-Azores Log Day 11: Slow & Steady
30/05/2015

Exody - Days 133 -138: Skirts and Pigs

........are the most obvious distinguishing characteristics of the Kingdom of Tonga as compared with previous islands - the general ambience and level of development closest in nature to the independent West Indian island states.Pigs evident on the streets, on the beach and in many gardens and yards.Skirts - locally called a tupenu - worn by schoolboys and men. Often superimposed by an uncomfortable looking heavy woven straw wrap, the purpose of which we are yet to deduce!We arrived mid morning Thursday 28th May at the town of Neiafu on Vava'u the northernmost of three island groups making up the country.We had lost 24 hours on the 250 mile passage from Niue, crossing the international dateline about halfway at 172 degrees and 30 minutes west so Wednesday 27th disappeared in a trice as. read more...


30/05/2015

Gozwoz - Day 11 from Bermuda

It seems, fingers crossed, as though the last few days of motoring have paid off. We are now 30 miles north of Horta and some 580 miles to the west and since this morning have had a WNW wind of about 10 knots. We are currently sailing under the cruising chute alone with the wind close to our stern and are sailing at close to 6 knots in a fairly flat sea. Thanks to our course there is little apparent wind. It would be very warm but for the occasionally cloudy sky.According to our GRIB files and the ARC weather reports this wind will continue for several days, bringing us close enough to Horta to motor in on our remaining fuel, if necessary. The only threat, as suggested by Clive, is that the high pressure will extend to the north. We hope not.Our fresh meat has now gone and today, having. read more...


29/05/2015

Aislig Bheag - Tender is the Night

Despite having next to no wind and being forced to use the motor for 30+hours, Thursday was certainly an unforgettable day for multiple reasons...   Glorious sunshine and a totally smooth sea, other than a gentle rollingswell from the East, allowed the crew a day of pure relaxation. After manydiscussions over the course of the trip, the weather finally allowed 5 of thecrew the opportunity to tick “mid-Atlantic swim” off of our bucket list. Atlunch time the engine was stopped and in turn we each dived off the stern andinto the refreshing sea, only to then rapidly dash back to the boat in fear ofwhat may be lurking below, apart, of course, for our brave (or mental?) ItalianStallion, Gaetano, who drifted further and further astern as he filmed the boatwith Owen’s GoPro camera. With the. read more...


30/05/2015

Jambo - still motoring

It really is a strange sensation to be miles from anywhere and to experience complete silence, no artificial light and totally flat seas. The sea was so flat last night that it looked as if Jambo was floating in a pool of mercury under the moonlight. We may get some wind on Monday but the forecasting is saying that Tuesday lunch time is better provided we push north up to39/40 degrees to catch favourable winds as the Azores High drops South.It looks like the UK will be getting some rough weather.our plan is therefore to motor on and use the fuel we have and just hope that the winds come....it's certainly going to be close but we will have to save enough fuel to get into Horta safely.We struggled to get out of some adverse currents which form to southern end of the North Atlantic current(. read more...


30/05/2015

White Wave III - The BLURRRRRRR

Currently 36.30N; 52.27W; Est. 26C; Little Wind; Motoring @ 7 knots; Bearing 080 (what does that mean, she said?) Est. dist. to Horta, Faial...two weeks?The days have begun to blur into endless sunny days, calm waters, blissful clouds....I've lost count of how long we've been on the water.Who cares.Did the early night shift which meant a good nights sleep....calm waters means serious clean up and LAUNDRY!Handwashing in salt water, smalls etc. hanging off the lines.V. pretty sight.Chocolate, butter, muesli bar supplies all running a bit short!- kjc. read more...


Flomaida II - oder vielleicht ein neuer Hut?
Flomaida II - oder vielleicht ein neuer Hut?
30/05/2015

Dala - Swimming in the middle of the Atlantic!

Hi, all,You got it! The notable event of the past day was that I plunged from my boat into the 4000 meters deep Atlantic ocean... Not that I wanted to do so, but again we faced a problem which had to be solved. A most stupid problem, to tell the truth. Simply, we completely stopped the boat for we wanted to transfer fuel from a tank to the other. And while doing so, in the pleasant declining sun, calm sea and low swell, all the three of us forgot that we were trolling fishing lines. Of course, what had to happen happened and the port fishing line found itself completely entangled into the port propeller! What a mess!Well, we could have cut the line, but what was the situation down under in the propeller? It could be serious because the line end, about 2 meters, is metallic and there is a. read more...


30/05/2015

Mahe' 3 - nono giorno

La terra è rotonda. E' banale, lo sanno tutti, ma la cosa di solito non la si percepisce in città. Invece qui, in mezzo all'oceano, con questo mare calmo, liscio e luccicante che è un tutt'uno con il cielo è una cosa molto evidente. La sensazione è di essere immobili al centro dell'universo. Immobile è anche l'aria. L'anemometro segna 0. Abbiamo acceso il motore e ci muoviamo piano piano, per non consumare troppo gasolio, direttamente con rotta Faial. Infatti, come ci ha scritto anche il nostro meteorologo, siamo al centro dell'alta pressione e dobbiamo aspettare fino a domani mattina prima che il vento giri ad ovest e rinforzi fino a forza 4, ideale per la nostra rotta. Caro meteorologo, io mi auguro che sia come dici tu, ma ancora sto aspettando la tempestina che mi avevi promesso. read more...


29/05/2015

Widago - Bermuda-Azores Leg Day 10: Grass is not greener

Well, the gamble to motor two days north in hopes of finding this mythical wind, has not paid off. While we are finally sailing again with our parasailor, the wind machine has not been turned on like we had envisioned. Still, we are making headway at 5-6 comfortable downwind knots. You know it's a slow news cycle when today's highlight was cleaning the master cabin head. Linen scented Clorox, purple flavored Mr. Clean, a roll of paper towel, and fresh floor mat really does wonders on a small space. So we got that going for us. That "oh so clean feeling" should last approximately eight more minutes, give or take. We are still working out this whole local time business. Ahab made the executive decision to just go for it and jump ahead to Zulu time - that 's Greenwich mean to you land. read more...


Widago - Bermuda-Azores Leg Day 10: Grass is not greener
Widago - Bermuda-Azores Leg Day 10: Grass is not greener
29/05/2015

Firefly - Pangia, Nukanomo and a windy passage on to Vava'u

During Firefly's stay in Ha'apai the weather had generally been good but strong trade winds had always been present. When we left Uhia to return to the Ha'apai Beach Resort the wind had shifted to the north, reduced to a light breeze and the weather was just stunning. As part of the arrangements for cruising in Tonga we needed to go back into Pangai to do an internal clearance ready for our departure to the Vava'u Group. On arrival back off the Resort we radioed Matt and Jodie to book in for pizzas that evening and we had a superb evening drinking sundowners on their terrace watching the sun set over Kao and Tofua islands. We were joined by American friends Dennis and Sherry from Trillium with whom we had cruised with since we started the World ARC in January 2014. They were heading off. read more...


29/05/2015

Firefly - Passage to Ha'apai

Firefly was anchored in North Minerva Reef for 48 hours having arrived on Friday 8th May. Entering the reef through the narrow pass was quite easy. We had been told that the Navionics charting was exactly right, it was, the channel was clearly visible and the water flowing out but without any significant chop. The highest part of the reef is on the east side so during the first night there, while there was a strong easterly breeze, the anchorage was relatively calm. Having recovered from the 6 day passage from New Zealand we then spent Saturday morning enjoying a snorkeling trip to the south west of the lagoon in company with another 6 dinghies from other yachts taking part in the Pacific Circuit Rally. It was great to get back into tropical waters once again and while the coral was. read more...


29/05/2015

Gozwoz - Day 10 from Bermuda

A day of motoring due to the lack of wind. But even this brings added surprises to an otherwise lazy day. The sea is now like a rippled mirror and this makes it easier to see marine life up to 400 yards away. Consequently today has been a nature day - several pods of dolphins, at least three turtles, myriad sail jellyfish and, lo and behold, another two whales! The latter were seen off the port beam and were about 300 yards away. Traveling lazily about 4 knots first one then the other blew through their blowholes. One then decided to dive, the tail fin flashing in the afternoon sun. With regards to the weather the ARC weather forecast has promised, by tomorrow, a north-westerly wind, presumably the northern part of the high we are motoring across. All afternoon the wind has been backing. read more...


29/05/2015

Euphoria - Dag 9: Med luft i tankarna

Veckan inleddes medatt fira Simon som fyllde 29 år. Besättningen med skepparen i spetsen samladesför att i grupp sjunga Happy Birthday för Simon när han väcktes. Efter en kortpresentutdelning och gemensam frukost i en solig sittbrunn så beslötbesättningen sig för att ta en bad. Detta var möjligt då vattnet var heltspegelblankt, inte en krusning så långt ögat kunde nå. En snabb kontroll avsjökortet visade att vattendjupet var 5000m, så även de mest exklusiva klockornafick stanna på båten denna gång. Efter en halvtimme med brummande motor kom såden vind som ska föra oss mot Azorerna. Det lugna vädret hargett oss tid att noga studera vädret, detta ledde till att rutten justerade tillen något nordligare version. Igår var vi ca 400 nautiska mil från New Foundland,vilket också var närmaste. read more...


29/05/2015

Jambo - Totally becalmed but we have a visitor!

2.5 knots of wind and 1000 miles from anywhereso it's engine onOur weather routertells us we will get wind next Tuesday- gulp ! We hope he is wrongas the fuel will run out before then. We had a very jolly chat with a Frenchman in a Yacht on its way up from St Martin and he thought we would get usable wind a "little sooner" , whatever that meant It seems almost surreal to be this far from civilisation in mirror glass waters but yesterday evening we had a wonderful experience as we heard the noise of a large whale as it blew out alongside Jambo as she made her way in the opposite direction - they look so majestic.I quickly grabbed my whale book and decided it was probably a Minke whale or a small Fin back whale which can grow up to 24 metres. This visitor was about the size of Jambo-. read more...


29/05/2015

Free Spirit - Log 19: 29 May 2015

I have learned that there exists photographicevidence of the light-fingered culprit in flagrante delectostealing chocolate from the, rapidly depleting, Captainsstore. The photo has not reached me yet and I suspect acrooked deal to stop it getting into my hands - in which case twoindividuals are likely to experience the pleasure of mycat-o'-ninetails across their backs. I may have to indulge in a little'persuasion' myself to get it but get it I will. I have also had it, from avery reliable source, that the young whipper-snapper, whodefinitely looks guilty to me, has a lifelong history of snafflingchocolate. Apparently he developed an extraordinarily strong attraction toit before he was out of nappies. The case is. read more...



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