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24/04/2014

Persistent Lady - Two weeks until Bermuda :)

So how do I begin? It's hard to keep a log a week into a trans-Atlantic sailing trip, but I will try my best. For the past week I have been living aboard Persistent Lady. The boat is a 1981 Hardin 45. The boat is amazing with just as amazing owners. I willskip the shake down trip we had from New York to Portsmouth (Hopefully will be told in a future post) and skip to what happened today. We had a lot of work to complete on Persistent Lady. The trip down south created a big mess on the boat; which we have beentrying to clean up for the past two days. We have gotten to the point where we can all consider the boat a truly comfortable home for the next few months. Today Andreas and I took out the dinghy for a ride to the nearest mall to buy some new equipment forthe trip. Long story short,. read more...


24/04/2014

Celebrate - Tahiti Reef Sharks etc.

I went for a scuba dive last Saturday and the dive boat anchored just outside the reef near the village of Puna'auia.You could see the bottom clearly with the depth about 40 ft.when we reached the bottom, the white-tipped reef sharks came by on queue.Several came by to check us out, determined we were too big to eat, and departed.For the remainder of the dive, we explored the edge of the reef to the drop-off.Visibility was outstanding and I saw a number of new reef fish species as well as all the usual suspects.This was my first dive with just a shorty instead of a full wetsuit and it was wonderfully warm with the water about 28C (82F). I had a grand time! Charlie. read more...


24/04/2014

Defyr - Towards Bermuda: day 1

Today (wed 23th of April) we left from Georgetown, Bahamas. We were looking at the weather for a week and were getting excited to get a good weather window just when the rest of the crew arrived to Georgetown. We were so concentrated on the high winds near Bermuda and how to avoid them that didn't really pay enough attention on the fact that there was nearly no wind near Bahamas. So here we are in the stillness of Atlantic motoring away and making the most of a quiet day with culinaristic masterpieces.. read more...


23/04/2014

American Spirit II - Day 109; On to Papeete in Tahiti, Anchor Roller Problem & Follie a Deux Dinner Party; Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Up at 6:30 AM. Stephen already up drinking coffee. An early breakfast today as we're moving from Moorea to Papeete, Tahiti, only 10 miles away. Before leaving we had to deflate the dingy, take off the oars and seat, dry it off and then roll it up in its stowage wrap, and put it below. Then we had to weigh anchor, which took about 10 minutes; mainly due to the mud that Joel had to 'bucket off' the chain and anchor. Once underway we put up the mainsail and headed out of the bay, following the large catamaran Vivo which had departed ahead of us. We put 2 fishing lines in the water before we left the bay, and once thru the pass, with breakers on each side of us crashing into the reef, we emptied the holding tank and started making water with our water maker. Water production was very good,. read more...


23/04/2014

American Spirit II - Day 108; Last Day in Moorea, Made Bread and Bali Hai Pool; Monday, April 21, 2014

Up at 7:00 AM. Best morning in Moorea so far. No cloud, which means no raid and no wind. Beautiful. Breakfast consisted of eggs and bacon, plus chilled grapefruit and French bread. After breakfast Stephen and Joel took the dingy and headed down the bay, looking for a store to buy some beer. They returned a couple of hours later empty handed. Seems the Monday after Easter is a national holiday. Stores closed. A bigger holiday than Good Friday. However, they managed to borrow 2 six packs from Nexus. I worked on itinerary for David and Paul, arriving late April 26 from Chicago and Phoenix. Early afternoon I took Tracy Ramsey's bread recipe and made my first loaf of bread on boat. Missing a couple of items, like a mixing bowl and had to use butter in place of shortening. One of the problems. read more...


22/04/2014

Persistent Lady - New Yoek Is Behind Us Now

Tuesday, April 22, 2014Well, New York is behind us, and the adventure has begun.  Liberty Landing Marina in NY Harbor is truly one of the nicest experiences we have had and we thoroughly enjoyed our year there.  All the people were great and the marina itself was outstanding.  We left Saturday and set sail for Portsmouth VA.  Our weather router, Chris Parker, said we should expect about a day of 30-35 knot winds, preceded by and followed by light air.  He was right.  We had some tough weather, and we had an issue with the sheets being caught in the dinghy lashing, so we had to motor through the weather; definitely not a good way to go, but we survived and even had a glorious sail after the conditions abated enough to send Jake forward to free the. read more...


22/04/2014

Defyr - Heading towards Bermuda tomorrow

Here is our happy crew from Defyr eating our last meal before leaving to Bermuda tomorrow morning. We'll meet the rest of the ARC fleet there.. read more...


22/04/2014

Celebrate - Terrific Tahiti Dinner Show at the Intercontinental Hotel

What a grand view from the Intercontinental Hotel!We started at their Tiki Bar with a sunset cocktail of yummy mango margaritas.The beautiful buffet had every kind of tasty Tahitian dish you could imagine from sashimi to coconuts filled with marinated pork.The two dessert tables were heaven from chocolate fountains, fabulous fruit to pretty pastries.Then came the perfectly performed Taitian dancing and singing show with amazing costumes.We had a wonderful time!Cathy. read more...


21/04/2014

American Spirit II - Day 107; Tough Morning at Anchorage, Easter Sunday Services, Lauren and Brian Visit & Chef Stephen Strikes Again; Sunday, April 20, 2014

Up at 3:08 AM. No, that's not a typo. That's what happens when you go to bed too early. I typed three logs that I was behind on and did a bunch of emails. As the morning sun approached it got cloudy, windy and started to rain. Unlike other cloud meeting mountain situations, the clouds and associated rain and wind were from a 'larger' system. The wind began to howl in the bay, and the boat swung back and forth as the wind swirled down the mountain passes. The wind increased in gusts to over 30, probably some over 40. The anchor chain, instead of lying limp and weighty at the bow, was stretched out to its maximum. Its times like this that your sole thought is, is the anchor going to hold? Since the bottom is mud, we should be OK. We're parked closer than we should to land, with a coral. read more...


20/04/2014

American Spirit II - Day 106; Computer Problem, Belvedere View Point, Looking for the Waterfall, Top Dive & Stephen Cooks Fabulous Dinner; Saturday, April 19, 2014

Up at 6:07 AM. Turned navigation computer on at 7:28 AM and couldn't get the cursor to work. Microsoft had just 'updated' some programs. Thanks Microsoft. Joel finally fixed the problem by pushing the 'windows' keyboard button and doing a regular shutdown using something other than the on/off button.We left for an island tour in the Avis rental at 9:00 AM. We drove by a spectacular view spot where busses and cars had pulled over to take pictures. A high overlook over the ocean, with fabulous colored reefs and thatch huts (hotel rooms) over the water. These thatched huts have glass for some of their floor space, so you can see fish swim by from your room. How cool is that! An expensive resort. Probably the most expensive one on the island. The view was spectacular, and included some. read more...


20/04/2014

American Spirit II - Day 105; Car Rental, Good Friday Services and Bali Hai Hotel Party; Friday, April 18, 2014

Up at 4:48 AM. Saw a cruise ship all lit up crossing from west to east towards Tahiti. Went back to bed and got up at 7:12 AM. Went to the Mobil gas station 100 yards from us in search of eggs and bread. No luck. Returned with 3 glorious French pastries, though. Received email from Lauren and Brian. Young couple off of Ko-Ko. Looking for another boat as Ko-Ko is ending their participation in the rally prematurely and returning home. The boat will eventually be shipped home on a freighter at a cost of $50,000+. Lauren and Brian may join American Spirit II for 2 months from Fiji to Vanuatu. The hotel, which is allowing the rally boats to use their dingy dock, called Avis Car Rental for me and I was told that I would be picked up and driven to the car rental agency by the ferry dock in 20. read more...


20/04/2014

American Spirit II - Day 104; Arrived Captain Cook's Bay, Moorea & Pearls; Thursday, April 17, 20114

Stephen had flashes of lightning on the 3:00-6:00 AM watch. I had him wake me at 5:45 AM so I could watch the sun rise, looking for my second green flash sun rise. No luck. Clouds on the horizon.Wind 8 knots, speed 6.0 knots. ETA Moorea 4:45 PM. Skylark, another Rally boat, 1.3 miles away from us to leeward. Firefly is 3.7 miles behind us. At 6:18 AM I increased the engine RPM from 1,600 to 1,800 to give us .2 or 3 more knots in speed, to make sure we arrive in Moorea in daylight. That increase gets us in one hour sooner.7:10 AM Land Ho! Sighted Tahiti 48 miles away. Still no sign of Moorea. Clouds on that part of horizon. Have to take what you can get. Mount Orohena rises to 7,340 feet on Tahiti. I could see the lower left and right sides, and extreme top, of this mountain, as the. read more...


20/04/2014

Starblazer - 20/04/2014 – Cruising the beautiful Tuamotus

First an apology for the long silence.  I thought I had written a blogwhen we arrived in Fakarava but the computer thinks otherwise.  Also, happybelated birthday greetings to Phil.  We were a tad busy on the 16th but didthink about you, explanations in the next blog.   The Tuamotus are low lying atolls, typically a string of coral islandsjoined together with coral reefs to enclose a relatively large area ofwater.  There are often only one or two passes inside the reef, oftentortuous though sometimes wide and straight.  What they have in common is astrong current which creates standing wave so you really need to get the tidesright even though the tidal difference at springs is 30 cm!   Fakarava, our first destination in this group of islands, had. read more...


20/04/2014

Free & BrEasy - Flying with Sharks

Fakaruva is home to pearl farms which produce very high quality pearls with unusual colours. Hopeful that we might get lucky with some natural pearls we all went on an organisedscuba dive to a reef just off the North Pass where we had come in with Free and Br"Easy".Before reaching the dive spot we stopped at a large cruise ship, which had anchored in the lagoon the previous night, to pick up more divers, and were surprised to find ourselves being filmed as part of aDiscovery Channel(Canada) production. They even asked Roger for a few comments, on film, so watch out for a new television star! We did not find pearls on the dive but the different corals and fish shoals more than compensated, with an occasional blacktip reef shark and giant Napoleon Grouper thrown in.That night we met up. read more...


20/04/2014

Flomaida II - Maeva (Willkommen) Tuamotus- das etwas andere Paradies 7.4.-20.4. HAPPY- GO- LUCKY ist das Motto der Bewohner von Französisch Polynesien

Mal wieder ist die Zeit wie im Fluge vergangen. Es ist soviel zu sehen und zu verarbeiten....Die Legende sagt, dass der Gott Tukerai das Meer geschüttelt hat und dabei 78 MOTUS (Gesamtgröße 880 km2 Landfläche/ ca 16000 Bewohner) über 800 000 km2! verschüttet hat. Die Tuamotus sind bekannt als ein gefährliches Archipel für Segler,da die Inseln von Weitem kaum sichtbar sind, die vorgelagerten Riffs überspült sind und die wenigen schmalen Passagen, um in die Lagune zu kommen, sehr starke Strömungen haben durch Ebbe und Flut und Mondeinfluss. Unser 1. Atoll ist AHE. Die Atolle sind kreisrund und gebildet aus lauter kleinen MOTU - Inselchen aufgereiht wie auf einer Perlenschnur.Das was bei den Marquesas oberhalb des Wassers ist, liegt hier unter Wasser.Ahe ist eines der kleineren Atolle mit. read more...


19/04/2014

Firefly - Bali Hai, Moorea

We came through the pass in Bai D'Opunohu in late afternoon of Thursday 17th April and felt like we were sailing into the set of South Pacific. The memorable green mountainous back drop surrounds the bay. Unlike the Tuamotus there was no current at the pass and soon after entering we tucked comfortably behind the reef just alongside Skyelark who came in an hour before us. Original plans to head ashore in search of a restaurant were abandoned after our first rum and coke, so we had supper on board (Peter's seafood chowder) and then were invited on board Skelark for flambee bananas (with rum of course). Over rum and bananas we planned an early walk for Good Friday - up the mountains nearby to a viewpoint.The 'walk' described as arduous in the Lonely Planet guide lived up to it's name and. read more...


18/04/2014

Firefly - Passage to Moorea

Our night crossing proved quite eventful but generally lacking in wind. We managed a few hours of sailing interspersed will long periods of motoring. David saw the moon rise and it was red in colour; we were forewarned of this rare phenomenon by one of our dive instructors in Rangiroa. The watches were also interrupted by lightning flashes and rain showers so a memorable night all round!Shortly after daybreak we Tahiti came in to view and then just off our track the small and only atol in the Windward Islands called Teti'aroa this is famous for being bought by Marlon Brando after filming Mutiny on the Bounty in Tahiti. There are no passes into the atoll's lagoon and this has help keep its almost unique biodiversity. We have read that there is an eco- resort planned here to be called 'The. read more...


17/04/2014

American Spirit II - Day 103; Tuomoto Islands Summary, Departed Rangiroa to Moorea, Almost Whale Collision?, Lightning & Full Orange Moon Rise; Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Since we're leaving Rangiroa this morning early, I thought I'd summarize my thoughts regarding the Tuomotos Archipelago, or Dangerous Archipelago. We visited two atolls, Ahe and Rangiroa; entering and leaving thru passes with a lot of current; as much as 4.5 knots; against and with the current. However, the French mark these passes quite well with range markers, and I believe theuse of the word 'dangerous' is overstated and no longer applicable. Exciting would be a better word. Our electronic charts were quite accurate, more so than the Galapagos. The biggest surprise in these atolls was the size of the coral heads, which on Ahe rise up from 40 and 120 feet to within 10 feet of the surface or less. And having your anchor chain wrap around one of these coral heads can lead to an extended. read more...


17/04/2014

Osprey - Osprey going back in water

Osprey is back in the water at  Indian Town Marina. Yard manager Eric Bamberg and his team did a great job painting the hull and bottom. Now we can start cleaning and loading for the trip. indian_town_008. read more...


Osprey - Osprey going back in water
Osprey - Osprey going back in water
17/04/2014

Persistent Lady - On Leaving New York Harbor

We have been in NY Harbor for the past year at Liberty Landing Marina with beautiful views of the New York skyline and the Statue of Liberty, two excellent restaurants, and located in the middle of one of the nicest state parks in New Jersey; however, we have spent very little time enjoying these amenities, as we have been working constantly since we arrived. The list is too long to go into but some of the highlights include new Selden masts (we are a ketch), storm shutters, SSB, Satellite phone, AIS, new stove and head, fabrication of life raft mounting platform, new sub panel to handle all the added stuff and nine new 12 volt outlets. This barely scratches the surface, but we have really been busy all year long. Actually, saying that we have been busy is not quite. read more...


17/04/2014

American Spirit II - Day 102; Trip to Passe de Avatoru, Stephen's Dive in Passe de Avatoru, Beach Party and Getting Ready to Depart; Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Rain squall at 4:04 AM. High winds. Had to close hatches to keep rain out.Up at 7:00 AM; and took Stephen to Top Dive in dingy at 7:50 AM. Once back at the boat at 8:10 AM put laundry up to dry on life lines. Stephen's dive trip to Passe de Avatoru was eventful, as he saw and swam with 4 dolphins, a 6 -7 foot silver tip shark and a school of barracuda. Stephen mentioned to his dive guide that we were planning the other night to do a night snorkel of The Aquarium, and he (the guide) indicated that really big sharks come into the pass and The Aquarium area, even the 'shallow' side of The Aquarium; and that subsequently going into the water there would be dangerous. He also said To Dive didn't do night dives because of the liability involved. At 10:55 AM Christoph and Dagmar from Flomaida. read more...


17/04/2014

American Spirit II - Day 101; Laundry, Drift Snorkel in Passe de Tiputa , How to Climb Back into a Dingy and French Dinner Ashore; Monday, April 14, 2014

Steve up at 6:30 AM. I got up 7:00 AM. Early breakfast because Stephen, whose handle is 'The Diver,' had an 8:00 AM dive today. After dropping Stephen off in the dingy at Top Dive, I dingied over to Folie a Deux and then Nexus; planning today's activities. Made a run to the grocery store on Folie a Deux's dingy, where I bought beer and junk food; and filled up 2 five gallon clear plastic containers with 'cistern' water from a hose at the grocery store. An employee in the store drove our beer and some groceries to the dingy dock located about a block away. The 10 gallons of water I got was not going to be used for drinking but for doing laundry.From 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM Joel and I did laundry. The process, as now refined, is as follows. Remember, we're at an anchorage so we have little. read more...


26/11/2011

Jade - Arrival in Nanny Cay

We arrived at 6:30 am Wednesday, November 23rd. We are so happy to have made it safely and are sad to see the trip come to an end.. read more...


16/04/2014

Firefly - Heading for Moorea

The last day at Rangiroa was spent diving the two passes, seeing more dolphins , sharks and a variety of tropical fish. David is an experienced hand at diving but for Paul and Peter after 10 dives are gradually gaining experience and confidence. At one point Taku our Japanese dive instructor had us doing somersaults and back rolls in 1000m of water; great fun! At sunset we joined a number of our rally mates on a beach for sundowners, chat and discussion of our future plans. At this type of informal gathering you get the true spirit and camaraderie of the rally. Many thanks for Ness and Sheldon on Nexus for organising this one. The evening finished off at Lilly's a local restaurant with Pat and Stewart from Brizo enjoying Mahi Mahi with either vanilla or curry sauce - delicious. Our. read more...


Flomaida II - !!!!!!!!!!!Haie!!!!!!!!
Flomaida II - !!!!!!!!!!!Haie!!!!!!!!
Flomaida II - It's party time!
Flomaida II - It's party time!
Flomaida II - Ca eine Handvoll Häuser und eine Kirche pro Insel
Flomaida II - Ca eine Handvoll Häuser und eine Kirche pro Insel
Flomaida II - Unberührte Natur
Flomaida II - Unberührte Natur
15/04/2014

Andromeda V - SE BUSCAN MARINEROS

Hola a todosSirva este blog para comentaros que “DON ANDROMEDA V” se ha ganado el Don, después de cruzar el Atlántico, canal de Panamá, Galápagos, Islas Marquesas y llegar a Tahití.Es decir que hemos cubierto la primera fase del proyecto WORLD ARC, estamos en Tahití, y hasta este momento podemos definir lo vivido en dos palabras “ im presionante”Ahora el capi Jorge Mitjavila se va unos días de vacaciones en España, y retomamos la regata en el mes de mayo, con nueva tripulación y nuevas etapas.La idea es completar hasta tres/ cuatro marineros/as aguerridas/os en cada una de las próximas fases y por eso escribo este blog. Tenemos la intención de hacer un buen papel en la regata. Hasta ahora se nos ha dado muy bien ya queen la primera regata terminamos terceros y en la segunda. read more...


16/04/2014

Firefly - Relaxing in Rangiroa

Firefly arrived in Rangiroa on the morning of Sunday 12th April. Leaving Fakarava via the north passe, due to the flood there was some disturbed water but we managed to sail through it ok - but did so very carefully. From then on we had a dream passage - broad reaching and then running wing on wing. The moon was practically full and the wind never went above 20knots or dropped below 10 and we were gently weaving between the various atolls in our path, leaving about 10 miles of sea room for each one. Despite a lot of information to the contrary - so far the Tuamotos have been ok to navigate around with the GPS spot on position wise and the passes marked well with transits and posts.The anchorage at Rangiroa is just east of Passe Tiputa. Its lined with white sandy beaches and palm trees. read more...


Andromeda V - SE BUSCAN MARINEROS
Andromeda V - SE BUSCAN MARINEROS
14/04/2014

Free & BrEasy - We came, we saw, we snorkeled

We have arrived in Fakarava which is one of the bigger coral atolls in the Tuamotu Archipelago. The passage over from the Marquesas was a little tedious if we are honest. On the previous passages, we have been so spoilt with good sailing conditions that we forgot who is boss - the wind! We set out from Nuku Hiva confidently expecting a 3-4 day passage but light winds pushed our event horizon to an 6 day passage. Luckily we had stocked up with lots of fruit from the market so we filled the days with a fruit festival as everything ripened at once. Mangoes and Bananas featured in the menu but the large juicy grapefruit took the prize for fruit of the week. On the way we received an email from a fellow world ARC boat that was completing the leg single handed as his crew had jumped ship on an. read more...


15/04/2014

American Spirit II - Day 100; The Water Taxi, The Aquarium and Swimming with Sharks; Sunday, April 13, 2014

Got up at 3:35 AM. Awakened by someone using the head at that time. Couldn't go back to sleep. The aft cabin I sleep in is adjacent to the head. Breakfast at 7:00 AM because Stephen was going on a dive and Joel was going to Flomaida to help with an engine problem they have. I departed at 8:00 AM with Tracey from Folie a Deux to find an ATM, to locate the Catholic Church and determine what time the Palm Sunday services are going to be held. In order to do this, we had to take a water taxi across the pass to the town on the other side. 650 francs round trip. A little over $7.00.We found the ATM, the church and that the services were at 6:00 PM. While on the 'other side' of the pass we saw Caduceus motorsail thru the pass. It looked like they were barely moving as they fought their way. read more...


14/04/2014

Andromeda V - Llegamos

Estamos en Papeete y abrimos el blog !. read more...


Andromeda V
Andromeda V
13/04/2014

American Spirit II - Day 99; Sail Magazine Video, Day Trip Across the Lagoon, Swimming with Sharks (Again) and 'Visiting' the Aquarium; Saturday, April 12, 2014

Joel's wife, Darlene, sent Joel a link from Sail Magazine Video of Nexus, us and II Audeacious going thru the Panama Canal locks at the end of January. The reporter spent 2 or 3 days (at least?) on Nexus, a large 58 foot catamaran, but his video footage captured American Spirit II and II Audeacious, also. On American Spirit II Paul Fox seems to have had the most footage taken of him, since he spent more time on the foredeck during 'locking.' When we went thru the Panama Canal locks, all three boats were rafted (tied) together, with Nexus providing the primary propulsion and steerage in positioning our boats in the locks. Up 6:45 AM. Stephen already up. At 7:10 AM I dinghied over to the concrete wharf, tied up and walked to a small grocery store. The wharf was a 15 minute dingy ride away.. read more...


13/04/2014

Sweet Pearl - Marquesas --> Tuamotu - 5.Tag - Routenänderung und baldige Auskunft

Vor allem aus Zeitgründen haben wir gestern beschlossen, Apataki zu überspringen und direkt auf Rangiroa, die grösste Insel in Tuamotu, zu steuern. Morgen (Sonntag) nachmittag sollen wir dort bereits ankommen. Dort möchten wir einige Tage verbleiben, um dann in einem einandhalbtägigen Segeltörn nach Papeete (Tahiti) zu segeln, wo wir nächstes Wochenende ankommen möchten.Unsere Fahrt nach Rangiroa hat sich zu einer Motorbootfahrt gewandelt, denn wir haben fast kein Wind, aber wir schlagen uns durch. Wie immer;-). Die Sonnenuntergänge sind himmlisch: gelb, rosa, purpur, orange und viele weitere Farben auf einem hell- bis dunkelblauem Himmelshintergrund - ein Genuss für jedes Auge von gross bis klein:-). Tom. read more...


11/04/2014

Starblazer - 11/04/2014 – Nobody’s Perfect

There is a Phil Collins track which has just come on the i-pod which states that “Nobody’s perfect all of the time, we are what we are.” So I’ll start with an admission.We are currently in a time zone 10 hours behind UT/GM; on a board by the ship’s clock, which is in UT, it says local time is -10, which makes it -11 for BST. Yesterday I subtracted 11 hours from local time to claim it was 1905 in the UK when I should have added it so it was only 1705 at home, though I did get the day right. Sorry if I confused you all, I blame lack of sleep.The skipper is not perfect, which might come as a surprise to some of you. When I did the midnight log entry I noticed the bright pink post-it note which says ‘FREEZER IS OFF’ stuck up next to the SSB. Yes, the freezer was off, again! That is twice in. read more...


13/04/2014

American Spirit II - Day 98; Fish School Under Boat, Arrival in Rangiroa, 4.2 Knot Current in the Pass and Generator Problem; April 11, 2014

From midnight until 1:00 AM or so our depth sounder kept showing depths between 34 feet and 64 feet. Since we were in thousands of feet of water, we knew it wasn't the bottom. We finally figured out that it was a large school of fish under the boat, following the boat; hiding in the shadow cast by our boat with the moon. From 12:15 AM until 6:00 AM we sailed without the motor, averaging between 3.0 and 4.5 knots. The reason we were content to sail so slow was that we couldn't go into Rangiroa until after 8:00 AM. We were waiting for slack tide. So why motor and get there early just to wait. Out of the 6 boats with us, we were the only one just sailing. We saw Rangiroa at 5:50 AM. At that same time one of the Rally boats, Flomaida II, indicated that their motor stopped running. At 6:00 AM. read more...


13/04/2014

American Spirit II - Day 97; Drift Snorkel Ahe Pass, Swimming with Sharks & Heading to Rangiroa; Thursday, April 10, 2014

Lots of lightning and thunder at 4:00 AM, which lasted for one hour. So said Joel and Stephen. In the aft cabin, I heard nada. Stephen up at 7:30 AM; I'm up at 8:30 AM. Joel up last.Joel and I went in water at 9:30 AM to survey the anchor and chain before trying to weight anchor. A 12 inch remora was swimming under boat, looking to attach itself to our boat. Remora attach themselves to sharks and live off their scraps. We've had remora attach themselves to our boat before, thinking we're a large fish. Took us 30 minutes to get anchor up. Not bad. Nexus had similar experience, but Vivo took 1 to 1 1/2 hours to free their anchor. They were anchored in deeper water, 70 feet, so more difficult, in part because they couldn't see the chain and anchor on the bottom. Joel hopped in the water and. read more...


12/04/2014

Firefly - 50th Birthday celebrations, diving and why we are still in Fakarava

Those studying our progress on yellow brick might have wondered why we do not appear to have moved for the last five days. There are a number of reasons for this; it is a beautiful place with lots of welcoming people, we needed a special place to celebrate Paul's 50th Birthday and we decided to do some Scuba diving. David has dusted off his existing qualification while newcomers Paul and Peter signed up for a 3 day course to obtain the PADI open water qualification - qualifying us to dive to 20 metres. After 3 days of intensive diving (6 dives), with early starts, we have just completed the course and are now certified. We have dived both the North and South passes of the atoll which are acclaimed to be two of the best dive sites anywhere in the world; so what better place to learn?. read more...


11/04/2014

Nexus - Leaving AHE for RANGIROA

After a night of solid rain, and a rousing evening of dark and stormy's and dominoes, we were greeted with a calm and partly cloudy morning. We had quite a job to get our anchor up, with our chain tangled on numerous rock and coral formations in 20M of water in the lagoon, but with some deft maneuvering and a bit of luck we retrieved it all. We motored out to the pass with Vivo and American Spirit, where we spend the early afternoon drift snorkeling through the pass in turns, while we kept our boats drifting nearby. It was fantastic snorkeling, Gin clear water with lively coral and multitudes of colorful reef fish and sharks. We made three passes through as the tide changed, first drifting in at 2kts, then out at 1.5kts on the last drift. We followed the snorkelers towing a dingy on our. read more...


11/04/2014

Sweet Pearl - Marquesas --> Tuamotu - 3.Tag - Gemütliches Segeln

Gemütlich, aber sicher segeln wir Richtung Tuamotu, funken zweimal pro Tag mit Trillium und lassen es uns sonst gut gehen. Das wars; mehr gibts dazu nicht zu sagen:-). Tom. read more...


10/04/2014

Starblazer - 10/04/2014 – Promise kept?

Currently it is 0605 on Thursday morning, the sun rose about 20 minutes agoand I am sitting in the cockpit with the laptop on a non-slip mat on thetable.In the UK I think it is 1905, so ‘The Archers’ is on Radio 4.I amhopeful that this might reach you before midnight but I can’t remember howto send the blog by Sat phone so that will have to wait until John gets upin a few hours.Once sent, it is moderated by World Cruising Club to makesure it isn’t offensive in any way before it is posted.So I might havefailed in my promise to write this the same day that you read it, unless youread it on www.yachtstarblazer.co.uk where it gets posted almost immediately.Yesterday was frustrating on several fronts.The wind went light and kept changing direction.We put the engine on atabout 1400 and have. read more...


10/04/2014

American Spirit II - Day 96; 40 Knot Squall, Peal Farm and Lots of Rain; Wednesday, April 9. 2014

Rain showers at 3:25 AM. Joel got up to close the boat hatches. The reason he always gets up to do so is that with the hatch over the V-Berth always open at night, he is the first person on the boat to know it is raining because the rain drops on his head. Got up at 5:35 AM. Stephen spotted a nice rainbow rat 7:00 AM rising up over an island and bracketed by one of the Rally sailboats. The SSB station we're currently using is located on the island next door to us - Manihi, 19 miles away. Makes sending and receiving emails really fast. At 8:00 AM a 40 knot squall hit the anchorage. We turned off our wind turbine, as you don't want it rotating in high winds. It wouldn't stop right away. Finally, after a half hour, it stopped because we had turned it off. Even if on, if the winds get too. read more...


10/04/2014

Starblazer - 09/04/2014- Quite a good day

Tuesday had far more positives than negatives! We sailed all day, relatively quickly with the wind just aft of the beam for most of the time. During the night the wind backed and we could only tweak Q (aka Horace the Hydrovane) a little for fear of gybing so we spent several hours sailing in slightly the wrong direction. First thing this morning, when John got up, we changed the sails, dropped the main, put out the poles then pulled out the twin genoas, wing and wing. Now we are sailing in the right direction.The day’s run to noon was an unflattering 134 NM, mainly because of the problems overnight. The wind has also dropped off this morning. We are hoping to make landfall on Fakarava Atoll on Friday.John nearly caught another fish yesterday but it got away! The tuna from Monday evening. read more...


09/04/2014

Celebrate - Papeete, Tahiti in the Society Islands

Tahiti is so beautiful with a lush, mountainous terrain. After outstanding downwind sailing for four days we have arrived at the marina to dock med-moor style next to Rally boats Lluiton and Andromeda. What a perfect place to call "home" for the next three & a half weeks!Cathy. read more...


09/04/2014

American Spirit II - Day 95; Cleaned Boat Bottom, Giant Clams, Numerous Boat Anchors Stuck, and Beach Party; Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Stayed up late, until 1:30 AM. Slept in until 8:00 AM. Hebe was trying to weigh anchor to go to the pass and 'drift dive.' Difficult time getting anchor on board. Took them 1/2 hour, with 2 snorkelers in the water and one tank diver dressed in SCUBA gear ready to go free the anchor. Finally they used their bow thrusters to position the boat so they could untangle anchor chain from the coral heads. At Manihi Atoll 8 miles away to the west, the sailboat NDS Darwin and one other Rally boat tried to weigh anchor Monday evening, and could not do it. So they waited until the following morning, Tuesday, and it took them 3 - 4 hours to clear their two anchor chains; and they had to do so using a SCUBA diver. Because they were anchored in 20 meters, 66 feet, they were fortunate they had SCUBA. read more...


09/04/2014

Nexus - Safe arrival in Ahe, Tuamotus

Arrived safely this morning in Ahe, Tuamotus. We slow motored last night to ensure we arrived in the morning with Vivo. After checking out the inlet we decided to run it without waiting for slack tide as it seemed pretty straight forward so to speak. We motored through in a 3kt incoming tide and had it kick our tail out a bit in the last section where it turns left before entering the lagoon, but it was a fun ride with no problems. The channel down the interior lagoon to the town was well marked and the natives friendly! We found six other World ARC boats here and got together with many of them on Hebe, and we've arranged for a gathering on the dock this evening. For tomorrow we've set up a tour of a pearl farm where we will snorkel the pearls and tour the process of cultivating them. read more...



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