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09/06/2014

Ca Canny - ARC Portugal Ca Canny - prop wrap recovery

As promised, we’ve now retaken some prop photos and some actions shots ofGeoff clearing the remainder of the rope. It’s clear that the rope cutter on theprop did a good job so the majority of the mess had already been thrown off –the initial flayling noises coming from the prop when the engine was engagedsuggests that there was significantly more around it previously!   Either which way a couple of photos for you......more Ca Canny updatesshortly (most of my fellow crewmates have disappeared off to the bar withoutme....).   Steve G0014636 G0034853 G0034879. read more...


Ca Canny - ARC Portugal Ca Canny - prop wrap recovery
Ca Canny - ARC Portugal Ca Canny - prop wrap recovery
Ca Canny - ARC Portugal Ca Canny - prop wrap recovery
Ca Canny - ARC Portugal Ca Canny - prop wrap recovery
Ca Canny - ARC Portugal Ca Canny - prop wrap recovery
Ca Canny - ARC Portugal Ca Canny - prop wrap recovery
09/06/2014

Morning Haze - Sushis again on Morning Haze!!!

Fishing with the magic lure...We will be forced to have sushi and tartare tonight...life is tough! ;-)Morning Haze stanby on 16image1. read more...


Morning Haze - Sushis again on Morning Haze!!!
Morning Haze - Sushis again on Morning Haze!!!
09/06/2014

American Spirit II - Day 155; About Tonga, Clearing Out, Minor Surgery and Dinner with one of Neiafu's Celebrity's; Monday, June 9, 2014

I'd be remiss if I didn't mention some more facts about Tonga in my logs. Tonga consists of 171 islands, spread over 4 'groups' of islands. The one we're in is the Vava'u Group. And these islands are aligned in a north south manner. They are so close together that you can visit all of them just by day sailing, except for a couple of overnighters. Monetarily, 1 Tonga 'dollar' equals $.50 US. Tongan's are very religious and conservative in behavior. Public displays of affection are discouraged, unless the couple are of the same gender. They are a very patient people; and if you try to hurry them, they will just take twice as long to accomplish what you want. And they don't seem to have much of a business sense. Tonga is only one of three countries in the world where it is legal to swim. read more...


09/06/2014

American Spirit II - Day 154; Windy Trip to Neiafu & Dingy Flips Twice; Sunday, June 9, 2014

Alarm went off at 6:00 AM. The plan was to go back to Neiafu and for me to go to the 10:00 AM services at St. Joseph's Cathedral. However, when I got up the wind was howling at 25-30 knots and rain squalls were pounding the boat. Joel got up, and I told him we're sleeping in. No reason to head out is such lousy conditions. Back to bed. Got back up at 9:20 AM. At 9:40 AM saw a 'double ender' horizontal rainbow bracketed by Starblazer and Avocet, just above the island, with the island in the background. A 6 on a 10 scale. Took a picture. I'll have to email to Starblazer and Avocet.Breakfast at 10:15 AM consisted of scrambled eggs, chilled chopped pineapple and bread. At 10:44 AM Harry from Hebe came by in a dingy and gave us our host, David's, leather bound guest book to sign, which I. read more...


08/06/2014

Gertha 4 - The Desolate Turtle and Other Stories from the End of the Rainbow

LAT 41.17 N LON 20.06 W   Well hello there! And sorry I’ve not been about to blog. Been a touch busyemptying my intestines into the Atlantic ocean. Matty too, though she’s far morecivilised about it than I am and has been using the facilities. Shoes and boatfor me, I’m afraid. Anyhow! Now that we’re out of that ‘orrible, boiling mess ofa sea (and into big swells and intermittent squalls), I can share with you abrand new story:   Once upon a time there was an Emma, and a fair and brave maiden was she,nursing back to good health the two younger crew aboard that mighty vessel,Gertha 4. And one day, after quite the evening of appalling squalls, as ourheroine sat her watch with the proper dedication, and as the two sicklings sleptwith their arms bent over their foreheads and as the. read more...


09/06/2014

Starship - Last-Leg-2-Lagos (day 01)

SUN: Sonnig und schöne Wolken in allen Formationen. Nur halt wenig Wind (vorhersagegemäß). RUN: wenig Wind => wenig Speed (jedenfalls bei uns). Aber kein Grund zur Klage. Denn die Vorteile der 14 t merken wir, wenn es wirklich bläst, und die Wellen hoch sind. Dann liegen wir immer noch vergleichsweise ruhig im Wasser.FUN: BINGO-Time. Und da sind wir super motiviert und haben bald die erste Linie zusammen.. read more...


Flomaida II - Das ist Luxus in Tonga: noch keine 5 Sterne Resorts
Flomaida II - Das ist Luxus in Tonga: noch keine 5 Sterne Resorts
Flomaida II - Wieviele verträgt das Boot?
Flomaida II - Wieviele verträgt das Boot?
Flomaida II - Wilde Natur in Tonga
Flomaida II - Wilde Natur in Tonga
Orion - rescuing the genoa
Orion - rescuing the genoa
Flomaida II - Gaby's tolle Collage, gemacht aus unseren selbstgeschossenen Bildern
Flomaida II - Gaby's tolle Collage, gemacht aus unseren selbstgeschossenen Bildern
Flomaida II - Die ersten Eindrücke von Vava' u/Tonga
Flomaida II - Die ersten Eindrücke von Vava' u/Tonga
Flomaida II - Die Mädels glänzen und hoffen, dass ein paar Geldscheine kleben bleiben
Flomaida II - Die Mädels glänzen und hoffen, dass ein paar Geldscheine kleben bleiben
Flomaida II - Gemüse und Obst Markt, da ist Improvisation gefragt beim Kochen
Flomaida II - Gemüse und Obst Markt, da ist Improvisation gefragt beim Kochen
Flomaida II - Sonntagsspaß!
Flomaida II - Sonntagsspaß!
Flomaida II - Der Schmuck wartet auf uns
Flomaida II - Der Schmuck wartet auf uns
Flomaida II - Die hübschen Mädels wollen lieber ein Schwätzchen halten, trotzdem hören sie die wichtigen Dinge des Pfarrers durch die offenen Türen und Fenster
Flomaida II - Die hübschen Mädels wollen lieber ein Schwätzchen halten, trotzdem hören sie die wichtigen Dinge des Pfarrers durch die offenen Türen und Fenster
Flomaida II - Wie wäre es mit getrocknetem Tunfisch?
Flomaida II - Wie wäre es mit getrocknetem Tunfisch?
Flomaida II - Tonga's Sonntagsstaat. Der Bastüberrock bedeutet, dass ein naher Verwandter kürzlich gestorben ist.
Flomaida II - Tonga's Sonntagsstaat. Der Bastüberrock bedeutet, dass ein naher Verwandter kürzlich gestorben ist.
Flomaida II - Nach dem Kirchgang schnell zum Familienfest
Flomaida II - Nach dem Kirchgang schnell zum Familienfest
Flomaida II - Die Tongaflotte und.....
Flomaida II - Die Tongaflotte und.....
Flomaida II - Babysitter für den kleinen Bruder während des Kirchganges
Flomaida II - Babysitter für den kleinen Bruder während des Kirchganges
Flomaida II - Gewichtige Ladies, aber die Kirche ist voll
Flomaida II - Gewichtige Ladies, aber die Kirche ist voll
Flomaida II - Die wunderschöne Kirche mit den hübsch herausgeputzten Menschen
Flomaida II - Die wunderschöne Kirche mit den hübsch herausgeputzten Menschen
Flomaida II - So lässt sichs aushalten während des langen Gottesdienstes
Flomaida II - So lässt sichs aushalten während des langen Gottesdienstes
Flomaida II - Vater und Töchter in der Kirche
Flomaida II - Vater und Töchter in der Kirche
Flomaida II - Trotz Regen wird verkauft und gehandelt
Flomaida II - Trotz Regen wird verkauft und gehandelt
Flomaida II - Wie weit ist Zuhause?
Flomaida II - Wie weit ist Zuhause?
Flomaida II - Wie wärs mit einem Paar neuer Schuhe?
Flomaida II - Wie wärs mit einem Paar neuer Schuhe?
Flomaida II - Hier trübt der Regen die Stimmung nicht- Hauptsache ein trocknes Plätzchen!
Flomaida II - Hier trübt der Regen die Stimmung nicht- Hauptsache ein trocknes Plätzchen!
Flomaida II - Hier hält man sich Schweine, wie bei uns Hunde
Flomaida II - Hier hält man sich Schweine, wie bei uns Hunde
09/06/2014

Salmo Salar - Three Old Men and One Old Lady

Observing the hectic last minute preparations in Plymouth aboard Salmo Salar, few would have rated her chances of finishing near the front of the Rally in Bayona. Boat of the year in 1965, designed by Laurent Giles, built of wood by Moody, she was the doyenne of the fleet, and her crew were older still. However appearances can be deceptive. After the weather briefing in Plymouth, her skipper, Richard, showed a steely determination to get to Bayona before the incoming low expected on Thursday. His secret weapon was SS's ability to sail to windward like an America's Cup yacht provided the engine was running. This ability he exploited ruthlessly whenever the wind was inconveniently light or ahead. He was equally single-minded about going below and changing. read more...


Flomaida II - Hatten wir das nicht schon mal???
Flomaida II - Hatten wir das nicht schon mal???
Flomaida II - Unser Patent zum Verhindern das das Tau aufgescheuert wird an der Kante
Flomaida II - Unser Patent zum Verhindern das das Tau aufgescheuert wird an der Kante
Flomaida II - So sieht ein Ledergürtel nach 6 Monaten aus, der nicht benutzt wurde und nur im Schapp lag!
Flomaida II - So sieht ein Ledergürtel nach 6 Monaten aus, der nicht benutzt wurde und nur im Schapp lag!
Flomaida II - ......die ARC Flotte in der geschützten Bucht von Vava'u
Flomaida II - ......die ARC Flotte in der geschützten Bucht von Vava'u
Flomaida II - Wir haben ihn nicht geangelt, nur bewundert
Flomaida II - Wir haben ihn nicht geangelt, nur bewundert
Flomaida II - .......die ARC Flotte in der geschützten Bucht von Vava'u
Flomaida II - .......die ARC Flotte in der geschützten Bucht von Vava'u
Flomaida II - .......die ARC Flotte in der geschützten Bucht von Vava'u
Flomaida II - .......die ARC Flotte in der geschützten Bucht von Vava'u
08/06/2014

Webster - We're off again, again. for the final time......

Sunday 8th June 2014 Position 50 miles East of Santa MariaThe 1200 start of this final leg was a bit of a non starter with very little wind which was a bit of a disappointment, although a number of boats were jockeying for position for line honours. Actually, after the Civic reception we were treated to last night it was a bit of a blessing in disguise. We were all bussed up the hill to the reception which was a relief as I don't think half the fleet would have made it without oxygen otherwise. The local mayor had laid on a spit roast and a buffet of loads of local foods and wine, including some port style fortified wine which tasted of madeira. There was beer by the barrel load, local crafts being exercised and later, traditional country dancing in local costume. A few beers and a. read more...


09/06/2014

Nexus - Half way to Fiji, Fond Farewell to Tonga

After a wonderful last few days in Tonga, we are on our way to Fiji in company with Alpheratz and just crossed the half way point.We enjoyed yet another pig roast with David and Hika along with 8 other World ARC boats to raise money for their school. They did their usual fantastic job and hosted another wonderful cultural exchange with dishes and guitar music shared between all. It was a great farewell.We left early am the next day, but paused for a few hours in another bay to let the 30+kt winds die down a bit. We left in big seas and 25-30kt on the stern and have had lumpy but good sailing under single reef jib alone. We're looking forward to exploring Fiji and having a few days rest after a bumpy ride.Tonga will always be a special memory for us, and we hope to return someday. It is. read more...


17/05/2014

Persistent Lady - (no subject)

Saturday 17, 2014 - Going DarkWell 1,650 miles to the Azores; if you are a crow.We all know sailboats are not crows, but we do have a pretty straight shot from here.The LOW played out as we hoped and we are riding the winds toward the Azores.Looks like we will get the slingshot effect before the Azores high sets in, in which case we should be able to ride westerlies along the rhumb line to Horta. Figure between 100 and 120 miles a day, so 15 days or so.We have a battery charging issue.About three days into the Bermuda run the wind generator pole broke off and the entire unit came charging down, missed Jake by a foot.We salvaged the pieces and ordered new blades which arrived in Bermuda in time to reinstall.We had Charlie, a wizened old Bermudian with a white grizzly beard redo the. read more...


08/06/2014

Defyr - Towards Lagos: dodging whales

We had a very slow start with basically no wind at all. Everyones genakers and spinakers were like flat balloons hanging from the masts. Most of us started motoring till clear of the island. Now we are already 35 nm away from Santa Maria and we are indeed sailing! Plus we can see other boats with sails as well.We have seen so many whales for the last few hours that it's amazing. One was WAY too close and we had to alter the course and another one was swimming towards us so we put the engine on. Jaakko was glad to spot a whale for the first time in his life, but was hoping it to be the last time! They are scary huge!Annika is feeling seasick and I am suspecting that she is wearing a basic Salvequick instead of the anti-seasickness bandage. I forced her to check it out and INDEED it was. read more...


Defyr - Towards Lagos: dodging whales
Defyr - Towards Lagos: dodging whales
08/06/2014

Anettine - 8. juni

We hoisted the spinnaker 4 minutes before start. The wind disappeared and we had some maneuvering problems on the starting line. Now at 1800 we are sailing genaker and enjoying 6,5 knots as Jonn is preparing the dinner. Jonn was unsure how much garlic, so all our stock went into this meal. Mauritz did Anettin's song on the VHF and impressed the captainwith the his singing. However his carrier and reputation might be at stake since he finalized his song by giving the captain a big wet kiss. The captain is still at a shock.-------------------------------------------------Do not push the "reply" button to respond to this message if that includes the text of this originalmessage in your response.Messages are sent over avery low-speed radio link. The most concise way to reply is to send a NEW. read more...


Surya - Belgian Sailing Team on SURYA
Surya - Belgian Sailing Team on SURYA

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