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13/05/2014

Starblazer - 13/05/2014 – A Curate’s egg

For those who do not understand, our day was good in parts but ultimately very satisfying.First I’ll deal with our biggest problem of the day, the generator yet again.After installing the new engine in Papeete, it ran faultlessly for 50 hours until its first oil change, completed on time.11 hours of running later we noticed it had stopped putting out cooling water on Sunday evening so quickly turned it off before any of the overheat alarms went off.Most of yesterday was spent problem solving.In the morning it wouldn’t start so John checked the fuel pump and the oil dipstick.Horror of horrors, the oil was an emulsion of oil and seawater.The manual on the generator mentions water in the oil and says in an offhand way: empty the oil, replace the oil filter and the oil, check the anti-syphon. read more...


13/05/2014

Arcarius of Plymouth - Day one "High ho and away we go"

Day one "High ho and away we go"Oh dear Skipper had (as stated in the Arcarius theme tune)"an absolute Sheila of a morning". BVI was engulfed in a deluge of hot showers that flooded the treacle mines and left the treacle miners of Webster, waterlogged in their own pit and having to retreat into hot oilies instead of their preferred dress code of tailored red speedos. Our poor Skipper was left all at sea, he had crew and boat ready to harness the wind, release the slip and be in pole position for the start of the ARC.Instead he had to wait in the doldrums and queue for one and a half hours to clear BVI customs, undoing his strategy for the start of ARC Europe.Even Bob Marley' Don't worry be happy" could not rally him until he was goose winging and running west through the beautiful. read more...


13/05/2014

Happy Destiny - Our first blog

We must be in last place in the blog department.   The blame lies with commo conundrums on the way to Bermuda and the skipper falling farther and farther behind 21st century technology.  Happy Destiny arrived more or less when expected, having experienced everything between 30-35 knot winds and dead calm.  The calm came as we were about 100 miles out of Bermuda, leading us to spend the last 20 hours motoring at a leisurely, but fuel-conserving 5 knots.  We've sorted out some reefing and lazy jack issues and are looking forward to the next leg.. read more...


13/05/2014

Celebrate - Perfect Paradise Party for Rally Send-Off from Bora Bora

Greeted with an exquisite flower lei and a seashell necklace for Charlie along with tropical cocktails from our always gracious hosts Paul and Suzana from rally control we had a happy start to the evening!The Maikai Yacht Club out did themselves with a delicious buffet dinner and a great band with singer.We loved it!A perfect send-off for group one to Tonga via Suwarrow and Niue. Cathy. read more...


13/05/2014

Ballytrim - Fwd: Progress report day 5

Sorry for the delay in posting this. I thought it had gone already!Geoff FordSent from my iPadBegin forwarded message:Hi All,I wasn't expecting to be writing anything further until we had finished the race and I guess you weren't expecting to hear anything - but there you go - things change and they did for us!!!Alls well. No injuries. No damage.Just no wind and less to come..Here's our story from 1200 noon 7/5/14 to noon 8/5/14, minus 4 hours UTC..Having explained in the last report we headed into the night close hauled, predominately on a starboard tack, heeled over at 25 degrees and hoping - hoping - hoping that the winds would change from out of the North to the NE and East allowing us to simply follow the new wind and 'harden up' onto the course direct to Bermuda..... But. read more...


12/05/2014

Starblazer - 12/05/2014 – Adieu to French Polynesia

I’d love to say ‘au revoir’ but sadly I fear we will never get the chance to return to this collection of very different islands covering more of the earth’s surface than western Europe.I am afraid the amount of repairs and maintenance has seriously impacted on our enjoyment of the islands though we did visit Taha’a and Raiatea, two islands which share a logoon circled by a reef, on our way to Bora Bora.We successfully got all our gas bottlesrefilled on Raiatea, did a bit of a drift snorkel off Taha’a (we couldn’t swim against the current to do the whole drift), fitted another pair of alternator belts whilst tied alongside another World ARC boat as an emergency measure (thanks Em and Dan on Skyelark), spent a night with John on anchor watch because the holding was poor and we kept. read more...


12/05/2014

Nexus - On our way from Bora Bora to Suwarrow, Cook Islands!

After a great day including overcoming the adversity of boarding by the "adams family" from Folly Adieu,and human sharks in the water, the crew of NEXUS prevailed and won the Dingy rowing race in Bora Bora harbor! We had a great time followed by a farewell dinner at the Yacht Club, and set off on our way the following morning at 10am! NEXUS had a slow start as the last boat across the start line as we worked to unwrap our gennaker, but we were soon on our way and enjoyed sailing with the other 13 boats in Group 1 as we head for the tiny atoll of Suwarrow in the Cook Islands. We estimate a four day sail with favorable winds. The fleet has been divided into two groups due to the small size of the harbors we will visit in Suwarrow and Niue on our way to Tonga, so the second group leaves two. read more...


Flomaida II - Herausgeputzt zum sonntäglichen Kirchgang
Flomaida II - Herausgeputzt zum sonntäglichen Kirchgang
Flomaida II - Stef's Blumenparadies
Flomaida II - Stef's Blumenparadies
Flomaida II - Wir dürfen den Grapefruitbaum plündern
Flomaida II - Wir dürfen den Grapefruitbaum plündern
Flomaida II - Das Familiengrab im Garten ist fast größer als das Häuschen
Flomaida II - Das Familiengrab im Garten ist fast größer als das Häuschen
Flomaida II - Auch das ist Bora Bora
Flomaida II - Auch das ist Bora Bora
Flomaida II - Da wird aber einer verwöhnt!
Flomaida II - Da wird aber einer verwöhnt!
Flomaida II - Besser als der Friseur in Panama, wird allgemein befunden!
Flomaida II - Besser als der Friseur in Panama, wird allgemein befunden!
Flomaida II - Ein ca 2 Meter großer Manta direkt vor unseren Augen!
Flomaida II - Ein ca 2 Meter großer Manta direkt vor unseren Augen!
Flomaida II - Sonntagnachmittagsplausch in Bora Bora
Flomaida II - Sonntagnachmittagsplausch in Bora Bora
Flomaida II - Der junge Mann ist fast schneller als wir
Flomaida II - Der junge Mann ist fast schneller als wir
Flomaida II - Bora Bora
Flomaida II - Bora Bora
12/05/2014

American Spirit II - Day 127; Fueling, Dingy Race & Green Flash #8; Sunday, May 11, 2014

Up 8 AM. Slept in. Unusual for me. Must be all the drugs I'm taking to fight the infection. Before breakfast, we added 5 jerry jugs of diesel (25 gallons) to main tank so we can fill the jerry jugs back up again later. Easier to add diesel into jerry jugs using the dingy than to more the boat to the fuel dock. Easier when you don't need so much fuel. Breakfast consisted of 6 extremely small eggs and an orange. After breakfast, pulled the bandage off and Joel added a new one. Infection continuing to look better every day. Still ugly, just better. Smaller amount of drainage this time.We checked out the new ICOM VHF radio. Our Raymarine VHF radio is less than 2 months old, but the remote mike in the cockpit doesn't work. Again. We tried the refurbished mike and it didn't work either. We're. read more...


11/05/2014

Webster - Land Ahoy! Let's hope it's Bermuda.......

Friday 9th May 2014 Position 1400 St George's bay, Bermuda.We had a bright and breezy start to the day albeit there was still not much by way of wind to speak of. What there was had come around to the west which was a useful direction for us as we could head straight to destination but we were still having to motor sail to keep a reasonable speed up. The wind built after 0700 and by 0800 we had doused the engine and were creaming along at 7-8 knots on a broad reach with the sun out and slight sea state. Everyone wanted to helm and we had to prise Dave's fingers from the wheel to have a go! Around 1000 we heard Bermuda radio on VHF - that at least confirmed we were heading to the right island and that we were getting close. Then, "Land ahoy", eagle eye Tipton wins the Blue Peter Badge as. read more...


Webster - Land Ahoy! Let's hope it's Bermuda.......
Webster - Land Ahoy! Let's hope it's Bermuda.......
12/05/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - whoopi di dooooooo

After an anxious weekend waiting for news Lincoln came round this morning and after testing the engine thoroughly has given it a clean bill of health. Our reaction to the gear sticking the other day meant that no damaged was incurred and having refilled the transmission fluid reservoir we will be good to go once we have the alternator replaced. Yes we are going to get a new one, hopefully sometime this afternoon. We will then reprovision tomorrow and clear out and be on our way again early Wednesday. That is the suggested plan at this moment.We shall be celebrating this evening for sure.In the meantime we are enjoying the news from Bermuda and the photos look stunning, we probably won't stop there our selves unless the wind is determined we should, our intention will be to head to the. read more...


Flomaida II - Es ist mal wieder Reparaturzeit! Diesmal ist es die Ankerkette
Flomaida II - Es ist mal wieder Reparaturzeit! Diesmal ist es die Ankerkette
Flomaida II - Poisson cru à la tahitienne auf der Flomaida mit der wichtigen frischen Kokosmilch
Flomaida II - Poisson cru à la tahitienne auf der Flomaida mit der wichtigen frischen Kokosmilch
Flomaida II - Flomaida's Ankunft in Bora Bora
Flomaida II - Flomaida's Ankunft in Bora Bora
Flomaida II - Nids de Poule= Hühnernester= Schlaglöcher
Flomaida II - Nids de Poule= Hühnernester= Schlaglöcher
Flomaida II - Endlich Sonntag!
Flomaida II - Endlich Sonntag!
Flomaida II - Die berühmte Tahitivanille, so wächst sie
Flomaida II - Die berühmte Tahitivanille, so wächst sie
Flomaida II - Der Markt in Papeete
Flomaida II - Der Markt in Papeete
Flomaida II - Der Garten Eden auf Tahiti?
Flomaida II - Der Garten Eden auf Tahiti?
Flomaida II - Tunfisch gefällig?
Flomaida II - Tunfisch gefällig?
Flomaida II - Moorea vom Feinsten
Flomaida II - Moorea vom Feinsten
Flomaida II - Wer kauft meinen Fisch?
Flomaida II - Wer kauft meinen Fisch?
Flomaida II - Reparatur der Genuarolleinrichtung mit vereinten Kräften
Flomaida II - Reparatur der Genuarolleinrichtung mit vereinten Kräften
Flomaida II - Postkartenlagune- ohne Bildbearbeitung!
Flomaida II - Postkartenlagune-  ohne Bildbearbeitung!
Flomaida II - Skipper unter sich! Sie werden besonders geehrt und mit "Glück" versorgt
Flomaida II - Skipper unter sich! Sie werden besonders geehrt und mit
Flomaida II - Auch so kann ein Schiff aussehen, wenn Zuviele an Bord sind, oder es zu warm ist
Flomaida II - Auch so kann ein Schiff aussehen, wenn Zuviele an Bord sind, oder es zu warm ist
Flomaida II - Alles echt
Flomaida II - Alles echt
Flomaida II - So nah am Riff geankert bei der blauen Lagune in Raritonga
Flomaida II - So nah am Riff geankert bei der blauen Lagune in Raritonga
Flomaida II - Wie wärs denn mal mit solchen preisen bei einer Tombola???
Flomaida II - Wie wärs denn mal mit solchen preisen bei einer Tombola???
Flomaida II - Haulout in Papeete wegen Erneuerung der Stopfbuchse
Flomaida II - Haulout in Papeete wegen Erneuerung der Stopfbuchse
Flomaida II - Die Ladies auf dem Marktplatz in Papeete machen gute Musik
Flomaida II - Die Ladies auf dem Marktplatz in Papeete machen gute Musik
Flomaida II - Tatoos vom Feinsten für einen "Feinen"!
Flomaida II - Tatoos vom Feinsten für einen
Flomaida II - Hier gehts heiß her- Garküche auf dem Hauptplatz in Tahiti
Flomaida II - Hier gehts heiß her- Garküche auf dem Hauptplatz in Tahiti
Flomaida II - Ziemlich enge Fahrrinne zwischen Außenriff und Moorealand-aber es hat sich gelohnt!
Flomaida II - Ziemlich enge Fahrrinne zwischen Außenriff und Moorealand-aber es hat sich gelohnt!
Flomaida II - Schwarzflossenhaie, die um unsere Beine schwimmen in einer "angenehmen" Größe
Flomaida II - Schwarzflossenhaie, die um unsere Beine schwimmen in einer
Flomaida II - Weekend in Papeete
Flomaida II - Weekend in Papeete
Flomaida II - Christoph im Rochenglück
Flomaida II - Christoph im Rochenglück
Flomaida II - Christoph bei der versuchten Reparatur des Unterliekstreckers
Flomaida II - Christoph bei der versuchten Reparatur des Unterliekstreckers
Flomaida II - Mal wieder einer von vielen traumhaften Sonnenuntergängen in Moorea
Flomaida II - Mal wieder einer von vielen traumhaften Sonnenuntergängen in Moorea