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18/11/2011

Morning Star - Michael blog 3

Morning Star Log 3 Sun to Tues Well Neptune sweemed to be unhappy with us. Winds remained below 10 kts and out of the southeast. That's the direction we need to go. We either tack back and forth in light winds or start the motor. Cptn decided on motor.  By Tues we had had enough of the engine. The noise became like white noise so wekind of got used to it but we keep waiting for the winds to improve. Hard to believe but the ocean was calm enough at times that you could water ski on it.  Tues 1045 first water tank empty of 4 Tues 1245 second water tank empty Tues 1345 3rd water tank is empty!! We have one tank left and it holds about 60 gallons. We stopped the engine to look for the leak and of course we found it.Couldn't have ask for a worse spot,behindthe engine which is still. read more...


25/01/2013

BRIZO - 27 Jan 2013

We have been at sea for exactly one week and are halfway to Fortaleza, still on track to arrive late Saturday or early Sunday. The wind has been far more favorable than we anticipated, we have not had to use the engine very much and have mostly been sailing at 6kts directly along the rhumb line. We have used less than 1/4 of our fuel between running the engine and generator, and don't expect to have an issue with fuel regardless of how much wind we have for the second half of this leg.As we head north both the air and sea have become warmer. The nights have been great with the waxing moon early, then a very starry Milky Way after the moon sets. The days have been very comfortable although each day seems a bit warmer and more humid, conditions we need to get used to again! There has been. read more...


23/01/2013

Matilda - Farewell Beautiful St Helena

Yesterday at 8am we began the last big sailing leg of our circumnavigation. We have now decided to head straight for Barbados where there is a nice marina and good rum. We've read up on the place and it should be a good place for us to unwind and recharge after almost 4 weeks at sea (yes, that's right, almost 4 weeks). The distance from St Helena to Barbados is 3,650 nautical miles and we're already a day or so into it.St Helena was a very worthwhile stop; we stayed five days in the end. We made it to the BBQ party at the yacht club and had a last drink with everyone - we should catch the rest of the fleet in Grenada in March (if our generator replacement timing allows). The principal town is Jamestown, basically one long street in a narrow valley, and to enter the town means going. read more...


23/01/2013

BRIZO - 23 Feb 2013

We are 300 nm due south of Ascension Island, approx half way across the South Atlantic ocean. Last evening we entered the stationary high pressure area which produces very light winds and have been motoring through the night. We took the opportunity of having excess electrical power from the engine to run our watermaker for the past several hours and our water tanks are full again .Today's big project will be to bring down the main sail to re-stitch a seam and apply spreader patches to an area of chafe. Our temporary repairs should be fine until we arrive in Brazil and have permanent repairs made.. read more...


23/01/2013

Anastasia - South Atlantic - Days 11/12

14:30S 011:05W  2109 miles covered The stop in St Helena was a welcome break to our journey across the South Atlantic but now we are back on our way to Salvador de Bahia in Brazil.  We have the mainsail clew ring attached again.  Hooray.   Anastasia’s mainsail is a sandwich made of carbon and kevlar fibres between plastic film with a polyester taffeta on the outside for UV resistance.  Add to that a couple of layers of reinforcement at the clew and you are sewing something which is about half a centimetre thick and extremely tough.  Good for strength but not very easy to sew. In fact it is impossible to push a standard needle through the fabric by hand.  You have to sew through the existing holes that were made by heavy duty sewing. read more...


Anastasia - South Atlantic - Days 11/12
Anastasia - South Atlantic - Days 11/12
21/01/2013

BRIZO - Underway Again!

Our last couple of days on St Helena were quite busy: the island tour was great, viewing the Napoleon sites was very interesting and the island itself has a natural beauty which we were not expecting. The recent rainy season left all of the vegetation very green. We checked out the Jacob's Ladder stairway which is a prominent feature in Jamestown but Corinne was the only person to actually run/climb the ladder. She's still recovering!After the tour we were regrouping in the bar at the Consulate Hotel and Lew met a marine biologist who was working on a two year project to catalog all of the marine species in the waters of St Helena. This has never been done before and the study is being called The Darwin Initiative because of the potential similarities between the Galapagos Islands and St. read more...


20/01/2013

Anastasia - St Helena

15:55.0S 005:43.1W   St Helena is a strange mixture of various pieces of history.  Oneclaim to fame is obviously that Napoleon died here, but the island had a longhistory before and since then and snippets of that history are evident whereveryou look.  So much of the past has been preserved because this is one ofthe few places on earth you can’t get to by aeroplane (until 2015 when the newairport is completed).  That still doesn’t explain why they have no mobilephone network and no credit card facilities (except at the bank).  EvenCocos Keeling has a mobile phone network.   We took a tour around the island and saw the stark contrast between therocky volcanic areas and the green pastureland with cattle and sheep. There is a lot of flax growing wild. read more...


Anastasia - St Helena
Anastasia - St Helena
Anastasia - St Helena
Anastasia - St Helena
Anastasia - St Helena
Anastasia - St Helena
Anastasia - St Helena
Anastasia - St Helena
17/01/2013

BRIZO - Thursday 17 Jan 2013

We arrived St Helena on Tuesday, early afternoon as planned. The island is larger than we were expecting, it's volcanic origins are very much in evidence as the mountainous island appears as one large, barren rock. The settlement of Jamestown is located on the northern shore in a long, deep valley which runs to the sea. It is a charming, historic town and everyone here has been welcoming and friendly. Today we are taking the island tour and based on reports from other Rally boats which have already seen the island, once we leave the coast the island has lush, green vegetation and is much different from the coast.We had a very nice dinner last night at a Chinese restaurant, joining with the crews from Dreamcatcher, Ruby, 1+1, Gunvor, Beatoo, Working on a Dream, and Umineko. There are only. read more...


16/01/2013

Anastasia - South Atlantic - Days 9/10

Yesterday morning we saw out first sail on the horizon, Trompeta.  In the radio net Jane had been talking about making mince pies for Peter and we jokingly talked about her throwing some overboard for us to pick up.  Jane took it to heart, baked a fresh batch and attached them to some old rope and plastic bottles and dropped them in the water.  After a bit of fun retrieving the package we had newly baked mince pies with our afternoon tea.  Thank you Jane! During Andrea’s night watch (21:00 to 24:00) we came across three more boats, Matilda and Peat Smoke, plus one other that we think was Juba (who does not have AIS to identify them).  It is nice to actually have some boat lights to see at night, rather than spending your watch staring at inky. read more...


Anastasia - South Atlantic - Days 9/10
Anastasia - South Atlantic - Days 9/10
Anastasia - South Atlantic - Days 9/10
Anastasia - South Atlantic - Days 9/10
Anastasia - South Atlantic - Days 9/10
Anastasia - South Atlantic - Days 9/10
16/01/2013

Matilda - Nearly There - So Much for an Easy Leg

We should arrive at St Helena tomorrow morning, but this trip has been a bit frustrating and we're feeling a bit cheated. Everything pointed to longed-for straightforward sailing, but it has actually been a bit more challenging with the latter part of the crossing characterised by light winds with lots of squalls. So, for example, yesterday morning we put the parasail up (poled out) so we could at least make some progress downwind with all of 8 knots of wind, only to be taking it down again 2 hours later in the midst of a sudden squall at 25 knots (Laurel and Hardy antics trying to get the frickin thing down and not doing a Dorothy). An hour later and all is still again, the white sails are cracking so we talk ourselves into putting it up again - ARGGH!! Hard work for two tired people,. read more...


14/01/2013

Anastasia - South Atlantic - Days 7/8

19:19S 001:17W  1436 miles covered   We have crossed the Greenwich meridian and the degrees of longitude arecounting up again.  But not counting up very quickly because the wind hasdied away to about 12 knots from the south-east which means we can only sail atabout 6 knots directly downwind.  St Helena is almost exactly to our northwest so there is no wind angle we can exploit to go any faster.   Still, with the lower wind comes a smooth ocean and it was a warm sunny daytoday.  Quite conducive to lying around doing crossword puzzles andlistening to audio books.  Six knots is just fast enough to feel like youare still getting somewhere, so nobody  was really frustrated, althoughAndrea got a bit bored this afternoon.  Just bored, not quite. read more...


14/01/2013

BRIZO - Almost There!

It is 03:45 UTC Monday and we are 234 nm from St Helena. We have been motor-sailing in order to maintain our speed, as directed by the crew members who want to get off the boat. Yesterday we passed through the Prime Meridian (previously know as Greenwich Meridian to some) and are now reporting our position with West Longitude instead of East.We are looking forward to our visit to St Helena, from what we have read it seems like an interesting and beautiful place. The island is best known as the place where Napoleon was imprisoned and died. The island's history of strategic importance will also be interesting to learn. We have two physical challenges while on the island: Climbing the steps of Jacob's Ladder and carrying approx 175 litres of diesel fuel out to the boat via jerry cans. There. read more...


13/01/2013

Anastasia - South Atlantic - Days 5/6

22:00S 003:23E  1103 miles covered   We are back in the tropics.  We can deduce this from the number offlying fish we have to clean up off the deck each morning (well, that and theGPS coordinates).  You wouldn’t guess it from the air temperature, although to be fair we did sit outside for lunch today for an hour or so, beforeit clouded over and started raining.   We had bangers and mash for dinner today.  Nice potatoes andcaramelized onion gravy, and the South African sausages weren’t bad, if notquite up to “Tesco finest”.  Andrea still hasn’t adjusted to cooking forthree, so Daniel and I couldn’t eat all the potatoes despite our bestefforts.   Yesterday the blue Parasailor blew out, which was very disappointingbecause it was recently back. read more...


11/01/2013

BRIZO - Are We There Yet?

Audrey's favorite question is: Are we closer to where we started or closer to where we are going? I'm pleased to report that as of early Thursday afternoon we are closer to where we are going! None of us is really keen about the long ocean passages but Audrey seems the least happy about spending very long times at sea. We all look forward to arriving at St Helena, probably next Tuesday.. read more...


10/01/2013

Anastasia - South Atlantic - Days 3/4

26:24S 009:29E  660 miles covered Yesterday started with plain sailing in a steady 22 knots but gradually the wind became more erratic, varying between 20 and 30 knots, so we switched over to the smaller genoa, put 2 reefs in the main and used that conservative sail plan overnight. Today the wind has stabilized at 20 to 25 knots and so we have turned downwind and put the Parasailor up.  The forecast is that this wind will hold for a couple of days and then gradually die away to about 10 knots, so the plan is to take a northerly arc while we have the good wind and then cut west using the white sails.     I installed the new icemaker yesterday, so now we have a plentiful ice supply.  It is a shame it is still a bit cold outside for cocktails on. read more...


10/01/2013

Matilda - St Helena Here We Come

We had a fabulous New Years Eve in Cape Town; dinner at a swish restaurant and watching the fireworks with Peat Smoke and Gunvor.The rest of our time was spent provisioning and getting Matilda ready for the 1690 nautical miles to St Helena.We left on the 5th as scheduled and so far we have had plenty of wind so no need to bother with Mr Stinky (our engine).The Duogen is churning out power too, so we've had no reason to use any diesel at all so far which is always nice.I've been a little ill since we left Cape Town - just a cough and a bit of a cold - so my usual trouble with getting enough sleep has been exacerbated.As you can imagine I'm a joy to be with, but Heather is coping well.We've been eating wonderfully well this leg thanks again to Heather's provisioning efforts.We've had loads. read more...


08/01/2013

Anastasia - South Atlantic - Day 2

30:47.4S 014:50.5E  263 miles covered   I was a bit worried about diesel consumption this morning as we had tomotor for several hours and it is still early in the passage, but eventually thewind filled in.  Now we have  an ideal 22 knots from the south whichis pushing Anastasa along at around 11 knots.  The route up the west coastof Africa is obviously a busy shipping route (especially with the pirates aroundthe Suez canal) and we have been constantly in the presence of several largecontainer ships.  They tend to cruise at about 12 knots, so the northboundboats are overtaking us at about 1 knot, which means they have their work cutout steering clear of us as we are sailing by the wind and tend to weave about abit in their path.  Thank goodness for the. read more...


08/01/2013

BRIZO - Tuesday 8 January 2013

We have been underway for nearly three days and have been making very good progress toward St Helena. The wind strength and direction have been very favorable and we have been sailing directly to our destination at an average speed of over 8 kts. These conditions partially make up for all the times we've suffered the wind on our nose!Our new autopilot drive has been working flawlessly, it is a direct replacement for the original hydraulic drive. The manufacturer claims reduced power consumption over the original model and based on our experience, it does the same job of steering the boat using approximately 25% less power. This is important since the autopilot is by far our largest user of power and this has resulted in not having to charge the batteries as often. We are now down to less. read more...


07/01/2013

Anastasia - Time to set sail again

33:05.1S 017:31.2E  65 miles travelled   After a month of relaxation in Cape Town, the departure date rushed up onus as usual  Unfortunately we were delayed because a new icemaker I hadordered from the US got held up in customs.  This is the first leg startthat we have missed since setting off a year ago and we are now a couple of daysbehind the rest of the ARC fleet.  However, provided the wind holds up, weshould get to St Helena just in time for the “bring and brai” party the yachtclub is organizing.  So far it looks like the wind will be good  In retrospect it was a stupid decision to order the new icemaker overChristmas but I still did not expect that an air shipment of a simple householditem would take three weeks to clear customs.  You may. read more...


05/01/2013

BRIZO - Departed Cape Town!

After 5 weeks in Cape Town we finally set sail with the fleet this morning. All of South Africa was very nice and we had a great time everywhere we went. Although we had a few challenges with the weather conditions while sailing down the coast to Cape Town, we soon forgot about those unpleasant experiences as we began to enjoy everything Cape Town has to offer. During our stay in CT we had a lot of work done to the boat, we are especially pleased to report that our autopilot is operational again. We also had a new spinakker made and look forward to flying it on this leg to St Helena and Brazil. Overall the boat looks great and everything seems in order for now...We expect to arrive in St Helena in 9 or 10 days, looking forward to visiting the island which seems like an interesting place. read more...


Trompeta - New Years Eve at Royal Cape YC
Trompeta - New Years Eve at Royal Cape YC
Trompeta - New Years Eve at Royal Cape YC
Trompeta - New Years Eve at Royal Cape YC
Trompeta - New Years Eve at Royal Cape YC
Trompeta - New Years Eve at Royal Cape YC
Trompeta - New Years Eve at Royal Cape YC
Trompeta - New Years Eve at Royal Cape YC
Trompeta - New Years Eve at Royal Cape YC
Trompeta - New Years Eve at Royal Cape YC
Trompeta - New Years Eve at Royal Cape YC
Trompeta - New Years Eve at Royal Cape YC
30/12/2012

Coral IV - Fint å endelig være her

Jeg skulle egentlig ha kommet over havet, og det gjorde jeg. Med fly. 9timer i stedet for 17 dager. Fordeler og ulemper med det, men når jeg nå førster her, er det ikke så vanskelig å forstå at Karibien og St.Lucia er et riktigreisemål, enten via hav eller luft. Stedet har det jeg hadde håpet på og settfram til. Et lett sted å leve med temperaturer mellom 25 og 30 grader, både iluften og i sjøen. Fantastiske strender, enormt grøderikt og vennligemennesker.   Nå er vi her; Heidi og Otto, Ola, Maren, Andrea, Liv og Kolbjørn,Margrethe, Karen. Vi har leid et flott “rekkehus”, og så har vi Coral IV. Så vihar komforten, og muligheten til å utforske øya fra sjøsiden.   Torsdag til lørdag seilte vi til Soufriere. Vi la oss til med feste i enmoring forut og med ei lang line til en palme. read more...


Coral IV - Fint å endelig være her
Coral IV - Fint å endelig være her
Coral IV - Fint å endelig være her
Coral IV - Fint å endelig være her
Coral IV - Fint å endelig være her
Coral IV - Fint å endelig være her
Coral IV - Fint å endelig være her
Coral IV - Fint å endelig være her
Coral IV - Fint å endelig være her
Coral IV - Fint å endelig være her
Coral IV - Fint å endelig være her
Coral IV - Fint å endelig være her
Coral IV - Fint å endelig være her
Coral IV - Fint å endelig være her
31/12/2012

Matilda - A Happy New Year from the Cape

A Happy New Year to one and all from Matilda and hope that 2013 will be a happy and peaceful one. We made it around to the V&A Waterfront marina just before the festivities took hold, and we were joined for the journey by some new friends Graham and Alison from the UK.The journey here (only a few hours) was wonderful as we encountered many southern right whales, one got very close with a baby in tow.We managed to sail most of the way but as we got closer the motor had to go on, but what a great way to enter Cape Town.To get to our bit of the marina we had to have two bridges open for us, and as this place is packed with visitors you really feel like a bit of a celebrity with all the crowds looking on.All this against the backdrop of the spectacular Table Mountain.The next day we went up. read more...


Poespas - The Boom Bar
Poespas - The Boom Bar
Poespas - Nice door ...but where's the bar
Poespas - Nice door ...but where's the bar
Poespas - Fruit and Veg anyone
Poespas - Fruit and Veg anyone
Poespas - Is that a pig...a cloud or AS Trotter
Poespas - Is that a pig...a cloud or AS Trotter
Poespas - Pigs leg on mizzen
Poespas - Pigs leg on mizzen
Poespas - Rogiers Mid Atlantic Birthday...suit
Poespas - Rogiers Mid Atlantic Birthday...suit
Poespas - Mid Atlantic Minky
Poespas - Mid Atlantic Minky

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