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28/02/2015

Folie a Deux - Re: A Young Man's First Billfish Landed

Awesome!!Thanks, Mark610 574 8975 On Feb 28, 2015, at 8:24 AM, tim ramseywrote:You should have seen the gleam in Brian's eyes.The rod and reel where whining as a fish jumped high in the air 50 yards behind the boat.We were sailing at 5 knots from Brazil to the Caribbean, day two of this 11-14 day leg.He has hooked a number of bill fish on the WORLD ARC, landed none.Brian has learned on how to keep them from jumping free.This fish he worked for two hours.As a family, we talked and talked about how we might land it.We called Brian's Fishing mentor and uncle Bradin Pennsylvania for advise.Not having a gun, Brian tried a noose for the tail..... not enough cowboy skills for that to work.He then chose the barbed flying gaff.pulled the fish as high as we could keeping the bill away.It was a. read more...


28/02/2015

A Plus 2 - Galapagos : le temps du temps

Aux Galapagos, il y a des otaries, des tortues, des iguanes, des requinsmarteaux et des fous à pieds bleus... Mais aussi des marins, en visiteentre Panama et Polynésie, dont la candidature pour un début de tour dumonde a été retenue...De ces animaux marins, on retiendra leur originalité, leur rareté, leurspécificité voire un risque d'extinction prématuré qui permetd'entretenir un suspense finalement assez vendeur.De ces marins, on distinguera deux espèces : l'une passe le temps,l'autre voit le temps passé. Un clivage peut même se révéler dans lafriction entre les deux communautés : n'as-t'on pas entendu : "Un tourdu monde en 15 mois ??! Vous rendez-vous compte ! J'ai 12 ans devant moi!" Le temps tue, c'est bien connu, mais n'est-ce pas criminel de tuer letemps ?. read more...


28/02/2015

Exocet Strike - Isabella island, Galapagos

We are on the move again! Just spent a few days atanchor at Villamil, Isabella Island Galapagos.  Saw lots of smallerSealions, marine Iguanas swimming by the boat and Penguins, really great to seehow fast the Penguins can swim. Did a couple of tours, one around the reef near theanchorage to see where there is an area where the marine iguanas lay their eggs.At this reef we saw about 10 white tip reef sharks, quite big, maybe 6 - 8 feetlong.  Plus turtles, Blue footed Boobys (relative of the Gannet), Penguinsetc, followed by a snorkel trip with the guide, where we saw some reallycolourful reef fish, quite big as well. Plus swam with turtles, saw someBarracuda, and sharks. Great tour. The second one was Frida, an all day tour startingat 0700, first up was the Pink Flamingos, then. read more...


28/02/2015

Firefly - Test Email Logs to follow

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28/02/2015

Folie a Deux - A Young Man's First Billfish Landed

You should have seen the gleam in Brian's eyes.The rod and reel where whining as a fish jumped high in the air 50 yards behind the boat.We were sailing at 5 knots from Brazil to the Caribbean, day two of this 11-14 day leg.He has hooked a number of bill fish on the WORLD ARC, landed none.Brian has learned on how to keep them from jumping free.This fish he worked for two hours.As a family, we talked and talked about how we might land it.We called Brian's Fishing mentor and uncle Bradin Pennsylvania for advise.Not having a gun, Brian tried a noose for the tail..... not enough cowboy skills for that to work.He then chose the barbed flying gaff.pulled the fish as high as we could keeping the bill away.It was a perfect swing, catching the fish behind the head. Brian covered the fishes eyes. read more...


27/02/2015

Nexus - Fernando de Naronha is great! Leaving for Grenada today.

Well, Fernando de Noronha has been a great place to visit. The people are friendly and landscape beautiful, and both are quite a bit more attractive than in Salvador. The island is small but really caters to vacationing tourists. There are no big resorts here, only small guest houses and small restaurants and shops. There is one major road that crosses the island to the airport, the rest of the streets are mostly cobble stone, with emphasis on the "cobble". The beaches are beautiful and very controlled as national parks, and there is a vibrant beach bar establishment as well as a very active surfing community here. At least one major surf competition is held here, and it appears to be a very active pastime for locals and tourists alike. Things are fairly expensive here, which seems to. read more...


Ayama - Marine Iguana with friend
Ayama - Marine Iguana with friend
Ayama - Anna on AYAMA in Galapagos working with her jewerly
Ayama - Anna on AYAMA in Galapagos working with her jewerly
26/02/2015

American Spirit II - Day 415: We Get Slammed by a Sunrise Squall; Wednesday, February 25, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 53; Charles Darwin Breeding Center & Summary of M/V Fragata 5 Day, 4 Night Cruise; Tuesday, February 25, 2014. At 8:00 AM we met our guide on the public dock and walked to the Charles Darwin Breeding Center. Once there we observed giant Tortoises and Land Iguana's; and the home of 'Lonesome George' before he died. George was the last of his species from Pita Island."*****************************************I was lying in bed at 5:40 AM starting to get concerned about the boat motion and sounds when all of the sudden the boat laid over an extra 10-15 degrees and I could hear howling wind and rain beating the fiberglass hull like a thousand marbles were hitting it at the same time. Up the stairs I went to the cockpit in my cotton shorts, followed by Joel in his. read more...


26/02/2015

American Spirit II - Day 414; On our Way to Foraleza on Brazil's North Coast; Tuesday, February 24, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 52; Swimming with White Tipped Sharks & Marine Iguana; Monday, February 24, 2014. Today was our earliest day yet on the M/V Fragata, with breakfast at 6:00 AM."***************************************Up at 6:30 AM. Joel up at 7:30 AM. Fireworks started across from channel at 7:31 AM. Big ones. Mortars with sound only, not colored stuff. A parade or something getting ready to get underway. I can see a lot of busses, but not the people they're dropping off.Breakfast at 8:40 AM: eggs, potato, plums in syrup and brown bread. The plums are not a big hit. I left with Vlado and Lupo form Civetta II to clear out. Took water taxi across channel; and then got into a land taxi. The driver didn't know where the Port Captain's office was, so he had to ask 4 different people. read more...


26/02/2015

Celebrate - Grenada Arrival in Prickly Bay is Friendly!

Kyron & Marvin greeted us with big smiles and cheerfulness at the fuel dock at Prickly Bay Marina and let us stay tied up there until we could clear Immigration & Customs at the head of the dock.Then we hooked up to a mooring buoy as we like the ventilation better than a slip and they assigned us a new buoy.It's been sunny days and a few easy repairs, plus laundry and we are now ready to start seeing Grenada over the weekend.We are really enjoying a more relaxed pace and are looking forward to joining the rest of the fleet at Port Louis in a few weeks.Folie and Merlyn say they might be in on Feb. 12th...Charlie & Cathy. read more...


26/02/2015

Allegro - SEGUNDA-FEIRA 23 DE FEVEREIRO DE 2015 A TERÇA-FEIRA 24 DE FEVEREIRO DE 2015

SEGUNDA-FEIRA 23 DE FEVEREIRO DE 2015Viemos ontem de Puerto Baquerizo Moreno para Puerto Ayora, o centro tecnicamente mais desenvolvido para arranjos, aqui nas Galápagos. É, portanto, o “fim da linha” …Portanto a esperança que depositamos na qualificação e no trabalho do electricista é total (e final …).Tenho que confessar que nunca pensei que esta situação se pusesse pôr. O gerador sempre tem trabalhado bem e o que aconteceu (deixou de haver 220V disponíveis no barco apesar de o gerador continuar a trabalhar normalmente e a produzir 220V (na linha que alimenta o carregador da sua própria bateria eles estão lá os 220V).O resultado é não dispormos de 220V nem para carregar baterias, nem para fazer água, os dois principais utilizadores dos 220V a bordo.Termos então de o fazer através do. read more...


Juno - Crossing the Equator
Juno - Crossing the Equator
25/02/2015

Juno - Crossing the Equator

The equator is a huge heat sink, where warm air perpetually rises, cools and then subsides over the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, flowing back towards the equator.As this air moves south it is deflected by the Coriolis Force, pushing the wind to the west and creating the trade winds that carry us around the world. Because the equator is farthest from the axis of rotation of the globe, the weather on the equator is benign; air flows from high to low pressure without the ‘spin’ that turns tropical depressions into the dangerous revolving tropical cyclones or Hurricanes, as we know them. Without the help of Google that’s all I know about the equator – except that we crossed it this morning, passing from north to southern hemisphere. Every morning at 9am we hold the daily roll call on the. read more...


24/02/2015

Nexus - Safe Arrival in Fernando de Naronha

What a delightful little island this is, with a great vibe! A little populated tourist destination well off the coast of Brazil, it has a sleepy character, the people are charming, friendly and beautiful, and it reminds me a little of Nuie. We rented a VW dune buggy for three days, which we paid in cash in advance, the owner asked me if I had a license but never asked to see it, showed me how to operate the car and I drove off. He never even knew my name but gave me his card. I love that! The island is dramatic and beautiful, the anchorage is nice but not very sheltered, so it is rolly, which is more of a problem for the mono hulls but not really for us. The water is warm and clear, and we were visited by a large pod of friendly dolphins when we arrived. Unfortunately I had to spend the. read more...


24/02/2015

Ayama - San Cristobal & arriving at Isla Isabella, Galapagos

ThursdayWe had to wait for the various officials to come aboard and give us clearance, immigration, checking various food items, rubbish handling system and the waste water tanks.The divers arrived first to check we hadn’t any growth on the hull; then 6 officials arrived by water taxi.They were very pleasant and polite and there were no complications so we were free to go ashore.The water taxi system is great as we can come and go independently rather than planning with one dinghy.There are sea lions everywhere trying to get onto the back of boats or (if they get on one) just sunbathingand relaxing. The town is quite small and compact so we found the laundry and left all the pile of washing there. It will be bliss to have a clean sheet.Per and I found the local lunchtime cervicheria and. read more...


24/02/2015

Ayama - GALAPAGOS PUERTO BAQUERIZO

Ayama sailed really well with the main and the genoa, flatter seas and southerly winds doing 6-8 knots in 8-12 knot winds.There have been some clouds so it hasn’t been scorching hot; all in all a very pleasant few days.Yesterday we saw a few pilot whales and a booby did a spectacular dive into the water just beside Ayama.They are truly amazing to watch as they suddenly turn, fold their wings and shoot into the water.Exody sailed past us so we took some good photos and hopefully they will have some of Ayama.Exody is a 39ft fibreglass yacht whereas Ayama is a 42ft steel yacht. We sighted land and a large anchored cruise ship.Stefan didn’t want to come into the anchorage until dawn so we slowed down and motored once the wind died just before 3 am.We are now anchored next to Makena, a 62 ft. read more...


24/02/2015

American Spirit II - Day 413; Our Last Full Day in Recife, Brazil; Monday, February 23, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 51; Giant Tortoises; Land Iguanas; & Swimming with Flightless Cormorants; February 23, 2014. Our first event of the day was a hike at Urbina Bay on Isabella Island. Located at the foot of Alcedo volcano. We were transported to the island on the panga's from the M/V Fragata. It was a 'wet landing', meaning that we had to exit the dingy in the surf. We did so on to a steep, volcanic, black sandy beach. Upon exiting the dinghies, we observed an area of green turtle nesting mounds, which was off limits to us. Upon walking on a trail on the island, we came upon the skull of a male sea lion. You could tell it was a male because of the bony ridge at the top of the skull. We then observed a giant tortoise walking down a trail. He stopped and retracted his head and. read more...


23/02/2015

Exocet Strike - Update from Galapagos

Apologies for not sending blogs recently, but Idon't use the Iridium satellite phone when in port, and the wifi in the firstIsland has been pretty poor. The Galapagos seemed like a place full of paperwork and petty officialdom, based on reading pilot books, world ARC books andbriefings, however since arriving and our encounter with officials, who werevery friendly and welcoming, so far it has been the opposite, local restaurantsare very reasonable, cheaper than the UK, and local markets we found have greatlocal fruit and veg. I can believe though that if one is not careful enough withboat preparation etc its possible to be in a whole lot of trouble, thanks toPaul for pushing us to have very clean hulls and be able to have the correctresponses to any environmental questions. The tours we. read more...


23/02/2015

American Spirit II - Day 412; We Tour Recife and Olinda; Sunday, February 22, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 50; Swimming with Sea Turtles & Penguins; Saturday, February 22, 2014. I woke up at 4:00 AM and headed down to the aft section of the main deck, where the restaurant is, to type up Day 49's log. At 5:59 AM we reached our destination and dropped anchor. We were anchored in front of a giant L-shaped cliff face called Vicente Roca Point, part of Isabella Island."************************************Up at 7:00 AM. It rained twice (according to Joel) during the night, so the clothes I hung up on the life lines before going to bed are soaked. Again. Sigi from Merlyn of Poole joins us for coffee and then breakfast at 8:25 AM. We have bacon, scrambled eggs in bacon fat, cut up spiced potato, chilled guava and brown bread. Sigi tells Joel and me a little bit about his. read more...


23/02/2015

Celebrate - Trinidad, Tobago & Grenada Sighting!

Six miles ahead is lushly green Grenada.We have passed Trinidad and Tobago in the night.Our 2500 mile passage is almost at an end and we have sent a fleet message of the conditions we encountered. This morning is sunny skies and great winds for sailing.We are looking forward to landfall after 13 days at sea.Next: Grenada arrival...Charlie & Cathy. read more...


23/02/2015

Exody - Days 41/42/43 - Birthday@Kicker

Swimming with sharks, turtles and eagle rays is a memorable way to spend my birthday on Friday 20th!Opting for the extra hour long visit to nearby Loberia beach we were up early for the water taxi at 06.30.Fernando the guide helped us learn about marine iguanas in and took us for a brief snorkel then it was back to town to join the main trip to Kicker rock- just 12 of us plus baby Kai with Juno and Makena.A high speed 40 minute ride later we were circumnavigating the massive volcanic outcrop and we were soon in the water - like swimming in an aquarium - strange to feel comfortable and safe looking down on 25/30 sharks including two hammerheads, a multitude of other fish, a couple of turtles and closest to us an orderly procession of eagle rays- white spotted.We swam through the narrow 20. read more...


22/02/2015

Free & BrEasy - Start of the End

We are now just over 4 days out of Salvador, on our way to Forteleza, 750 nm up the Brazilian coast from Salvador. We have been motor sailing continuously, using both engines for the first 24 hours, as we bashed our way into strong head winds, and therefore gobbling up our precious diesel. But don't think that life has been dull. The rough conditions induced a certain state of queasiness even in some of us intrepid circumnavigators. We have been so used to being gently coaxed along with light tail winds typical of trade wind sailing in a westward direction that it was a shock to start sailing straight into the gnashers of a north easterly wind. We were also treated to a fantastic sound and light show. For two hours in the dark we motored through a big thunder and lightning storm.. read more...


22/02/2015

Nexus - Nice wind, too much wind, no wind...repeat

What a variable passage it's been. This is the most squally passage we've had yet heading North up the Brazil coast. I guess we know why the Amazon is green! We've had relatively calm seas, but we get 10-12kts and nice sailing, then a HUGE squall comes through with 25-35kts and rain for a half hour or so, then 6-8kts of wind for an hour or so, then it repeats. We're constantly surrounded by squalls and cumulonimbus clouds on all sides, breaking up an otherwise relatively nice day. It's tiring for captain and crew, as it's sail up, sail down, motor on... repeat for day and night. I've tried leaving the main up double reefed, but it just bangs around something awful when the wind dies.Last night I decided we all need rest so we took the main down at midnight and just motored with the Jib. read more...


22/02/2015

American Spirit II - Day 411; A Slow Day in Recife; Saturday, February 21, 2015

Up at 5:30 AM. From 5:40 AM to 7:45 AM I typed 1 log and some boat part emails. Breakfast at 8:15 AM consisted of bacon, eggs cooked in bacon fat, hash browns with onions cooked by Jeanine yesterday, chilled Guava (from a can) and brown bread. A cat that got off a boat across from us had its tail tied in a knot next to its body. Seemed well fed and content. Apparently living on a small sailboat by itself; maybe under the dingy. Vlado tried to approach it but got warned off by a hiss. At 9:00 AM I got a 'text mail dump' on my I Phone. Six texts messages came thru from 3 different people. Since then my phone has been unable to send or I assume receive texts from anyone. Welcome to Brazil.Jonathan left with Vlado to go clear into the Port Captain's office and fill up some jerry cans with. read more...


22/02/2015

Luna Quest - Saturday, 21.2.15

Position: 00.54S 89.37WIsla San ChristobalNext Destination: Isla Santa Cruz - Galapagos IslandsWe sighted Isla San Christobal at around 8am on Thursday and our hearts filled with great expectations. It took us the better part of the day, though, to reach the anchorage in the Southwest of the island. The wind had been fickle and the tide unhelpful so that we had to rely on engine power for 4 hours increasing our total engine hours since Contadora to 20. The seas around San Cristobal are particularly pacific with only a little breeze during the day to blunt the edge of the searing sun. By 5pm we were tied up to a large commercial buoy that bumped the boat when the tide turned in the night. We were soon ashore to meet up with the other ARC participants in the Miconia Hotel, a modest affair. read more...


07/12/2014

Take Off - Our first squall

Although the full moon lit our way so gently last night was quite unsmoothdue to wind changes all the time. We suspected several squalls so the spinnakerwent up and down all night in prevention. However we seemed everytime to “miss”them. This morning was a grey morning, no sunrise from the sea and heavy cloudsahead of us. However the heavy clouds were all along the horizon so we thoughtit was just normal rain. We sailed through it, got a bit wet, the wind wassteady and we thought this was smooth. The wind started to blow stronger and wasup to 30 knots when it then dropped gently down to 17 knots. And from nowhere astrong wind hit the boat, Jörgen stearing had difficulties in answering the windand the broach was inevitable. And then came the real rain – just like pouringhundreds of. read more...


21/02/2015

Sweet Pearl - Ascension --> Mindelo - 16. Tag - Gar nicht mehr lang

Gerade passieren wir Santiago, einer der Südinseln, auf der auch die Hauptstadt von Kap Verden ist. Der Wind hat ein bisschen abgenommen, was gut ist - zuviel des Guten ist ja auch nichts. Morgen Nacht oder Montag Morgen sollten wir dann in Mindelo ankommen, und alle freuen sich darauf:-). Ciao, Tom. read more...


21/02/2015

Nexus - On our way to Fernando de Noronha

On our way to Fernando de Noronha, a small group of islands and national park off the the eastern shoulder of Brazil. We left Salvador Bahia about 7:30 and filled up at the fuel barge with ferries, pilot boats and fishing boats hovering impatiently nearby as our first credit card was blocked but the second one worked thankfully! We motored slowly out of the bay waiting for Ghost, Alpheratz, Saphir and Festina Lente to catch up, and we soon joined Polaris, which made a nice group to travel with. On our way out we headed south east to deeper water and a better wind angle, which was a bit out of the way but we were soon rewarded with a smoother sail and consistent though light winds on our way. Those who turned North sooner, found themselves pushed closer to the beach than they would have. read more...


21/02/2015

American Spirit II - Day 410; We Clear In To Recife; Merlyn of Poole Joins us Later in the Day; and American Spirit II Hosts a Dinner Party for 9; Friday, February 20, 2015

One year ago today:There is nothing to put here because I can't find 'February 20, 2014.' It appears I left the date off my log for that day. I'll have to find and fix that problem later. ***************************I start a new log book today. My 7th one. The log books I use to make notes during the day to collect information I type in my log later are bought from Staples, are 5.5" x 4.25" in size; and have 200 lined pages in them. So being my 7th book, I've already used 1,200 pages of notes to write my 410 logs. That's 3 pages or 6 sides of paper per day. Up at 6:30 AM. I guess because I went to bed so early last night. Joel sees that I'm up and gets up himself when he sees me making coffee.The tide is going out, strongly. By 'strongly' I mean that the tide moves at 4-5 knots flooding. read more...


21/02/2015

American Spirit II - Day 409; We Make a Night-time Entry Into Recife; Thursday, February 19, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 47; Day Tour Isla Santa Cruz; Wednesday, February 19, 2014. Up at 7:00 AM, looking for a boat that is supposed to pick up our garbage. No such luck. Not sure such a boat exists."******************************Up at 5:55 AM. I relieve Jeanine. The wind is 12 knots and we're motor sailing at 7.2 knots thru the water and 5.7 knots over the land. Light, fluffy and high clouds with patches of lower, black clouds under them - rain showers and squalls; with the first squall of the day heading our way just forward of our starboard beam. Here we go again! (to quote a famous American President - Ronald Reagan). At 6:15 AM I turn left 10 degrees to Recife, 76 miles away. Recife is at the eastern most point in Brazil, right at the 'hump' of Brazil that sticks out into the. read more...


21/02/2015

Celebrate - French Guiana, Surinam & Guyana

Passing the coasts of French Guiana, Surinam and now Guyana has been amazingly quick with continued great winds for a steady 8-9 knots of speed making our fuel consumption at the absolute minimum.That's always good news.Other good news is we continue to see large pods of dolphins and Charlie took some movies of them today.We are expecting to arrive at Grenada on Monday, February 23rd for a stay initially at Prickly Bay.Grenada comes highly recommended to us from many sources so we are really looking forward to seeing it. Next on the chart:Venezuela and Trinidad...Charlie & Cathy. read more...


19/02/2015

Exody - Days 39 /40 - Galapagos : Sea Lions + Inspection Committee

We anchored at Puerto Bauquerizo Mareno on the easternmost island of San Cristobal at 01.44 local time this morning Thursday 19th February having felt our way through the very dark night along the north coast of the island just one mile offshore, soaking up the tropical aromas of the land and routing inside the barely discernible profile of tourist attraction Kicker Rock.Others in the fleet both ahead and astern of us awaited daylight to make their final approach - but we all needed the sleep, trusted the chartplotter and went for it!The last 200 odd miles and 24 hours has to go down in our record as the best close-hauled sail yet - it was a real pleasure not to be dead downwind, to fully use both sails and to be romping along a smooth ocean at up to 8 knots with under 12 knots of. read more...


18/02/2015

Exody - Days 37/38 -Free knots and forbidden fruits

Tuesday night February 17th and we only have 200 miles to go to the Galapagos and arecurrently just 16 miles north of the equator which we will cross tomorrow and then should arrive Thursday morning - reasonably inside my 'bet' of 16.00 unless we have to tack!Tacking is a long forgotten concept along with close hauled sailing - rarely used on these rallies except maybe at start or finish lines.Here we find ourselves, however, close hauled and not quite pointing high enough for our target of San Cristobal 200 miles away-the wind now in the south rather than the proper south-east trades.But it's good to have wind at all given the general engine-hungry prognosis for this leg.We have had two good days sailing since turning the engine off early Monday morning - the 1.5 to 2 knots of. read more...


19/02/2015

Sweet Pearl - Ascension --> Mindelo - 14. Tag - Nicht mehr lang

Wir kommen Kap Verden immer näher, wenn auch langsam, doch ganz bestimmt:-). Wind und Wellen haben wir genug - da können wir uns nicht beklagen. Heute gab es frisch gemachten Flan als Dessert - da können wir uns auch nicht beklagen. Allen gehts ganz gut an Bord, doch jeder ist froh bald anzukommen. Ciao, Tom. read more...


19/02/2015

Celebrate - Amazon River Mouth Passing

From 150 miles off the mouth of the Amazon River we were still affected somewhat.Considerable plant material floated by and there is a tidal range. We hope to come back and explore the river on a small riverboat cruise.We don't want to miss seeing the pink dolphins!Our winds and current boost are still outstanding and we expect to arrive in Grenada 4 days ahead of schedule.Next: Passing French Guyana...Charlie & Cathy. read more...


19/02/2015

American Spirit II - Day 408; A Lousy Day on the Ocean & Jeanine Barely Avoids a Critical Injury; Wednesday, February 18, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 46; Motor Sail to Santa Cruz Island; Tuesday, February 18, 2014. Sometime in the middle of the night, I heard a commotion in the cockpit and when I climbed the steps and peered out I observed a large seal lion sitting on one of our recliner chairs in the cockpit. He had knocked down a container of pringles and a cup. When I say 'sitting' I mean sitting, now lying on it, sitting on it hike a person would. It was quite comical. When he saw me he turned and flew thru the starboard life lines and into the water. This event could have easily been a serious problem because when I went to sleep Monday night, I forgot to close the two doors to the downstairs cabin. If the sea lion had wanted to, he could have slid down the stairs into the boat's main salon down below. If. read more...


18/02/2015

Aislig Bheag - Grenadines Jan 2015

 John returned to the boat in early January with friends, Derek and Kathleen who were joining us for two weeks.  Anna and Jen left us to continue on their travels.On our last day in St Lucia before heading south, we were joined by my good friend Frances and her husband George who were stopping in St Lucia for the day during their cruise aboard a large cruise ship.Grenadines  7th – 27th January John, Eilidh and I together with the new crew, Kathleen and Derek headed south to Granada, sailing overnight in two watches.  We arrived in St George’s, Port Lois around tea time on 8th January.  The following day we enjoyed a full day taxi tour of the island with Andy, our driver showing us all the interesting sights.  We really enjoyed the variety Granada had to. read more...


18/02/2015

Aislig Bheag - December and January St Lucia Landing

12th December 2014After 18 days, 3 hours and 19 minutes of non-stop sailing for 2,933 nautical miles and absolutely no engine power we crossed the finish line of Atlantic Rally for Cruiser 2014, in Rodney Bay, St Lucia in the Caribbean.  We were truly ecstatic and quite emotional as we arrived to the sound of horns from many other boats, cheers from fellow sailors and Caribbean drums playing to mark our arrival.  We were presented with a lovely bowl of fruit and Caribbean rum as we took our first steps on dry land.  We all felt quite disorientated walking on land after our bodies had adjusted to the constantly rocking environment at sea.  That first afternoon on the day of our arrival seemed to pass in an almost dream like state.  John had to attend to all the. read more...


18/02/2015

American Spirit II - Day 407; Motor Sailing in Lumpy Seas; Tuesday, February 17, 2015

One year ago today:"Da;y 45; Land Tour of San Cristobal; Monday, February 17, 2014. Got up at 8:00 AM and observed 2 sea lions laying on transom, snug as can be. An adult and a juvenile. When they saw us, they would raise their head to look, then close their eyes and go back to sleep."***************************************During her 3:00 AM to 6:00 AM watch Jeanine got sick and threw-up over the side. Said she was exercising with her rubber bands and got air in her stomach. Bummer.The sun rose at 5:30 AM. Cloudy, so no green flash. I relieved Jeanine at 5:55 AM. The wind is 16 knots and we're motor sailing at 4.5 knots thru the water and 4.5 knots over the land. At 6:00 AM I go 3 degrees left to try to stop some of the pounding into the 3-5 foot seas. At least its warm out. I'm wearing. read more...


18/02/2015

Exocet Strike - Next stop Galapagos

Hopefully today is the penultimate day, should getto Galapagos on Weds 18th. Got some wind, its been behind us most of yesterdayafternoon, night and morning, only started going abeam about 10 an increasing to12 to 14 kn, too much for the code zero (great big white flappy thing at thefront). We have been sailing all day in light winds, but sailing at least andtowards our destination, very glad we gybed onto a new course last evening, gaveus lots of opporunities to make good progress. We crossed the 'line' today at about 1706 localtime ie \\\\\\\\\utc -5.  \\\\\\\\for those not in the knowthis is crossing the equator, unfortunatly the ocean hasnt got a line paintedon, but we were able to watch the GPS display read down to 00deg00'.000N andthen flip to 00deg00'.000S and build on that. read more...


17/02/2015

Ayama - MISSING THE BUTTERFLIES

We have had good sailing and then hours of motoring.We headed south with the winds and the current but had to motor across the notorious Doldrums.We kept heading south as Stefan hoped to pick up the southerly winds to sail back to the Galapagos.We are now sailing at 8 knots in 12 knot winds, calm seas and lovely weather …and we have just had a rum/Panama cheap liquor/coke with ice (Stefan is very proud of his ice-making) drink to celebrate crossing the Equator. There has been very little wildlife, a few birds and 1 gull that seemed to be determined to try and land on Ayama.I think she was lonely as she would settle on the sea, get left behind so fly to catch us up.I miss the colourful butterflies that fluttered by us in Las Perlas, going goodness knows where!Last night Per and I rescued. read more...


17/02/2015

GarliX - Tag 39 Äquatorüberquerung und Kaesekuchenalarm

Tour: Las Perlas - Galapagos/ noch ca. 80smLeute, solch eine Äquatorüberquerung ist echt anstrengend!! Für unsere Überquerung wollten wir gerüstet sein…Hannas Idee - wir backen einen Kuchen!! Aber wie ist es, wenn man bei 30° gegen den Wind mit rund 15kn Wind segelt….vor allem schräg….noch mehr schräg….und schaukelig!!! Aber - Plan ist Plan….also: Was für einen Kuchen??… Wir backen einen Käsekuchen! Erste Schwierigkeit - die Schüssel mit der Quark - Sahne - Füllung muss auch die Schräglage abfangen…oh, oh…. erster Teil lag in der Plicht. Dann mit den „gatschigen“ Händen zum Wasserhahn… zack sind die Hände an den Wänden. Der Mürbeteig war ja fest - kein Problem. Dann aber musste diese Quarkfüllung - die absolut flüssig ist - auf den Kuchen. Hier ging der Alarm richtig los…. die Füllung. read more...


GarliX - Tag 39 Äquatorüberquerung und Kaesekuchenalarm
GarliX - Tag 39 Äquatorüberquerung und Kaesekuchenalarm
GarliX - Tag 39 Äquatorüberquerung und Kaesekuchenalarm
GarliX - Tag 39 Äquatorüberquerung und Kaesekuchenalarm
17/02/2015

Luna Quest - Tuesday, 17.2.15

Noon Position: 00.56N 84.44WDaily Run: 102 milesDestination: Isla San Christobel - Galapagos All day yesterday the wind stayed with us and for much of the night: a moderate breeze pushing us along under twin poled-out foresails, but early this morning the wind started to hesitate, unable to decide from where it would want to come. We took our sails down and housed the poles to make room for a very light-weight sail that is probably more like a cruising chute. In 5kn of wind we were making 3.5kn of speed, but then it decided to start puffing from the Southwest, the very direction that we wished to go, so there was nothing for it but to take it down and put the engine on. Because the sea is calm, the engine is giving us over 6 knots on 1400 revs only. We have motored only 14 hours on this. read more...


17/02/2015

Sweet Pearl - Ascension --> Mindelo - 12. Tag - Es läuft ganz ok

Wir hatten zwei Tage lang so gut wie keinen Wind, konnten aber dank Motorunterstützung einiges an Strecke gut machen. Mittlerweile ist wieder etwas Wind da, aber leider noch nicht in einem guten Segelwinkel. Das sollte sich aber gemäss Wettervorhersagen bald ändern. Es werden immer weniger Meilen! Wir freuen uns! Liebe Grüsse, Sandra. read more...


17/02/2015

Free & BrEasy - Pipoca

We have experienced the biggest possible transition known to mankind. From our lonely 17 day crossing of the Atlantic from St Helena, we have suddenly been immersed in the world’s biggest street party. Two million people dance on the streets for 5 days and 5 nights at the Salvador Carnival and we were part of it!We arrived at Terminal Nautico de Bahia Marina, Salvador, last Wednesday late in the afternoon. Approaching mainland Brazil from a distance, we were amazed to see a ‘New York’ style skyline of skyscrapers and block of flats. As we came nearer, bronzed bodies could be imagined, roasting themselves on the beaches under beach umbrellas.Coming into the anchorage we first took on diesel from a floating barge moored close to the Forte de Sao Marcelo, a round sea fort built by the. read more...


17/02/2015

Celebrate - Equator Crossing for the 2nd Time!

Equator crossing today, February 16, at 7:23pm on the coast of Brazil!This is our 2nd crossing on the World ARC trip.Such amazing milestones!Also, just 84 miles to go for the 1250 mile halfway mark to Grenada.With a sprinkling of 200 mile days our speed has sustained in the 8 knot range with winds generally 15-20 knots true and a nice reach.Our 3rd set of dolphins today and en mass jumping and playing in our bow wave.We are currently passing Sao Luis, Brazil.Next: Amazon River mouth crossing...Charlie & Cathy. read more...


16/02/2015

Juno - Panama Canal

Only forty miles from Panama, yet the archipelago of Las Perlas feels very remote. A small group of pretty islands, famous for their pearls, they are largely uninhabited. Densely forested, with rocky outcrops and hidden beaches of the finest white sand.With large tidal ranges, the water turns green as the tide ebbs and flows, suddenly clearing at slack water to reveal the sea life beneath.Poorly charted with isolated rocks lurking just under the surface, we proceed with caution, the Bauhaus pilot book our constant companion. We pick up the AIS signal of our fellow ARC yachts and head across to one of the famous anchorages; a channel between the islands of Chapera and MogoMogo, where the TV series Survivor was filmed. Although only 50 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, the Pacific feels very. read more...



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