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Flomaida II - Ankern vor dem stimmungsvollen Städtchen Cooktown
Flomaida II - Ankern vor dem stimmungsvollen Städtchen Cooktown
Flomaida II - Das ist zwar nicht die Hundertwasser Toilette in Kirikiri-NZ, aber auch ein nettes Toilettenhäuschen in Cooktown
Flomaida II - Das ist zwar nicht die Hundertwasser Toilette in Kirikiri-NZ, aber auch ein nettes Toilettenhäuschen in Cooktown
Flomaida II - Sehr entspannte Stimmung auf dem Markt von Cairns
Flomaida II - Sehr entspannte Stimmung auf dem Markt von Cairns
Flomaida II - Die öffentliche, geschlossene Lagune vor dem Strand in Cairns- wegen der giftigen Quallen und Krokodile ist der Stand geschlossen
Flomaida II - Die öffentliche, geschlossene Lagune vor dem Strand in Cairns- wegen der giftigen Quallen und Krokodile ist der Stand geschlossen
Flomaida II - Da schmeckt der Sundowner doch ganz besonders gut!
Flomaida II - Da schmeckt der Sundowner doch ganz besonders gut!
Flomaida II - Mein Job in Cooktown, wenn Flomaida zu teuer wird
Flomaida II - Mein Job in Cooktown, wenn Flomaida zu teuer wird
Flomaida II - Reparieren in paradisischen Buchten ( Lizard Island/Queensland)
Flomaida II - Reparieren in paradisischen Buchten ( Lizard Island/Queensland)
Flomaida II - Abendvergnügen der Bewohner von Cooktown
Flomaida II - Abendvergnügen der Bewohner von Cooktown
Flomaida II - Man sieht, es geht uns gut!
Flomaida II - Man sieht, es geht uns gut!
Flomaida II - Die Aborigines haben ihren eigenen Kalender
Flomaida II - Die Aborigines haben ihren eigenen Kalender
Flomaida II - Wir würden Fish and Chips durch Spaghetti-Vongole ersetzen!
Flomaida II - Wir würden Fish and Chips durch Spaghetti-Vongole ersetzen!
Flomaida II - Eine Aborigines Familie beim Picknick am WE
Flomaida II - Eine Aborigines Familie beim Picknick am WE
Flomaida II - Direkt vom Fischtrawler :1kg Shrimps hoch Geld runter
Flomaida II - Direkt vom Fischtrawler :1kg Shrimps hoch Geld runter
22/07/2015

Luna Quest - Wednesday, 22 July, 2015

Noon Position: 19.34S 153.17EDaily run: 135 logged milesYesterday afternoon the ESE winds reached gale force sending Luna Quest on a wild run west with a minimum of Genoa out. Squall after squall brought rain and unpredictable winds often turning Luna Quest south. Huge seas would come running up on the boat’s port quarter, but in a squalll they would come beam on. A very wet experience. In the evening the wind abated and became more ENE bringing with it sustained torrential rain. We should have jibed, but given the pitch black conditions, the wild seas and the pouring rain, we remained inside and let the boat be taken more south. Instead of a steered course of 260, the Hydrovane took us on a 220 course. We tried to catch some sleep, exhausted as we were, but by 3am, the wind having. read more...


22/07/2015

Allegro - Log 21 JUL 2015

“J’en ai assez!”, disse o Luís.“Nous en avons assez!”São as frases do dia para esta perna Port Vila (Vanuatu) - Mackay (Austrália).Estamos fartos. Fartos de céu cinzento de dia e escuro como breu à noite. Fartos de mar alterado com ondas a baterem no casco, a molharem o poço, a virem mergulhar a borda do barco na água (e se este barco tem uma borda alta!…) e ainda uma delas, das maiores, a rebentar na nossa popa com um barulho como o da rebentação numa praia!… Fartos de sermos balançados, chocalhados, projectados de um lado para o outro. Fartos de comermos agarrados aos pratos se não queremos que se entornem. Fartos de ventos de 25 a 30 nós, seguidos de 30 a 35 nós, e, como se não bastasse, de 35 a 40 nós, com rajadas até 44!… Fartos de andarmos molhados se não pela chuva, pela água do. read more...


21/07/2015

Widago - Entering Russian Waters

Widago & Crew are working our way into Russian waters. Beautiful downwind sailing all night with the parasailor. At least that's what Ahab just told me since I overslept and was only a few hours late for my watch. -Ali image1. read more...


Widago - Entering Russian Waters
Widago - Entering Russian Waters
21/07/2015

Exody - Days 188-191: Clouds, Camaraderie and Contrasts in the Coral Sea

Grey clouds persist in the southern winter over the Coral Sea as Exody rolls along in 20- 30 knot winds averaging nearly 7 knots over the first four days of this 1150 mile Leg 7 from Port Vila in Vanuatu to Mackay two thirds up the Australian coast. At 5pm Monday 20th July we have 750 miles under our keel and have three days still to run. The sun has been nowhere to be seen on our track since Friday morning and the high has been 25 degrees. We heard of exceptional snow in Queensland this morning so are beginning to be concerned that we have enough woollies and blankets!We bade farewell to our Scottish crew on the morning of Thursday 16th July and now we are just the two of us for the first time since leaving Gran Canaria. There was good wind and sunshine for the rally start at 10am with. read more...


21/07/2015

Luna Quest - Tuesday, 21st July, 2015

Noon Position: 19.45S 155.27EDaily run: 173 logged milesMonday afternoon and night: The lower lee cap shroud vibrates alarmingly and shakes the boat from time to time. We have not seen the sun or moon or a single star since we left Vanuatu, except on the day of our departure. One squall after another assails us sending Luna Quest on an involuntary course dead south as against a course west that we need to make the Hydrographer’s Passage. There is nothing we can do about this forced change in direction. The Hydrovane keeps the boat at a constant angle to the wind, so that Luna Quest is entirely at the mercy of the wind direction. Luckily, the squalls don’t last long, perhaps 5 to 10 minutes, but there are many of them. The seas have grown to an intimidating size and speed past us at. read more...


20/07/2015

Firefly - Snow reported in Queensland

On the World ARC SSB Radio net yesterday one of the yachts reported a message that it had been snowing in Queensland for the first time in 30 years. Its therefore not surprising that our weather is not quite tropical. Firefly is currently thundering along in up to 40 knots of winds as we approach Mackay with our passage through the Great Barrier Reef expected in the early hours on Wednesday 22nd July and our arrival at the marina sometime late in the evening of the same day. The GRIB based weather forecasting we use via Sailmail has been very accurate. The Trade Winds kicked in on schedule and at present we are traversing a section of trades where 2 small troughs have developed. They are the reason for the heavy cloud, rain squalls and the strong winds - its also very rough out here but. read more...


Lyonesse - Gotska Sandön
Lyonesse - Gotska Sandön
20/07/2015

Lyonesse - Visby to Tallinn

Montag, 20. Juli 2015Visby hat uns super gefallen, gerne wären wir noch einen Tag länger geblieben. Aber beim Segeln läuft eben nicht immer alles nach Plan – Wind und Wetter kann man (zum Glück) nicht beeinflussen. Weiter geht’s nach Gotska Sandön, einer kleinen Insel nordöstlich von Gotland. Als schwedischer Nationalpark steht sie unter Naturschutz, nur im Sommer kommen ein paar Gäste. Ich hätte ja gerne noch einen Abstecher an die estnische Küste gemacht, aber die wunderschöne Ankerbucht am Strand von Gotska Sandön lädt einfach zum Verweilen ein. (Außerdem passt der Wind auch nicht – siehe oben ...) Zwei sehr entspannte Tage mit Strandspaziergängen, Drinks im Cockpit, Burger grillen etc., bevor wieder ein langer Schlag nach Tallinn ansteht. Nele wagt sogar einen Sprung ins Wasser,. read more...


Lyonesse - Gotska Sandön
Lyonesse - Gotska Sandön
Lyonesse - Pirita Marina
Lyonesse - Pirita Marina
Lyonesse - Gotska Sandön
Lyonesse - Gotska Sandön
20/07/2015

Gertha 4 - Tallinn

Now entering week 3 of the ARC Baltic, currently have zero wind after asteady blow yesterday, the wind comes and goes. Good squall/ down poor onfriday, the rain comes and goes.  Fine sunny day on another day, the suncomes and goes. Weather here is a bit UK ; but probably colder. Tallinn is a UNESCO old town, all cobble streets,olde worlde buildings,restaurants and gift shops, big cruise ship terminal and a fine naturalharbour.Local boat show had a fine colection of old navy vessels, think that whenthe USSR pulled out of Estonia in 1991 they left some of there old boats andlorries behind, now making up a museum colection in the remains of an old shipyard from 1920 with eastern bloc concrete additions. A small panic in the ARC fleet, Russia has a fairly low 3 lts allowancefor alcohol. read more...


Northern Light - Dirk Rens X 45 at 23.00, Gotska Sandon
Northern Light - Dirk Rens X 45 at 23.00, Gotska Sandon
Northern Light - Gotska Sandon from the Lighthouse
Northern Light - Gotska Sandon from the Lighthouse
Northern Light - Gotska Sandon
Northern Light - Gotska Sandon
Northern Light - Gotska Sandon
Northern Light - Gotska Sandon
20/07/2015

Luna Quest - Monday, 20th July, 2015

Noon Position: 18.56S 157.59EDaily run: 183 logged milesThe sky refuses to show any blue. It has been overcast since we left Vanuatu. The rain has stopped for the moment, but more is forecast with the advent of a new area of low pressure heading our way. It will bring gale force winds as well. The lead boats are several days ahead of us and the rear of the fleet is made up of the usual suspects. The night has been rough with several thumpings and some of the wave tops visiting the cockpit. The weather around the east side of Australia does not appear appealing. Queensland, one of the northern territories has just reported the thickest snowfall in 30 years. Climate change seems to be a reality after all…There are about 540 miles left to sail to Mackay, which includes a 130 odd miles of. read more...


Shenanigan - Rostock to Tallinn
Shenanigan - Rostock to Tallinn
Shenanigan - Rostock to Tallinn
Shenanigan - Rostock to Tallinn
Shenanigan - Rostock to Tallinn
Shenanigan - Rostock to Tallinn
Shenanigan - Rostock to Tallinn
Shenanigan - Rostock to Tallinn
Shenanigan - Rostock to Tallinn
Shenanigan - Rostock to Tallinn
Shenanigan - Rostock to Tallinn
Shenanigan - Rostock to Tallinn
19/07/2015

Shenanigan - Rostock to Tallinn

Since leaving Rostock, Germany on 4th July, we have sailed over 550 nm arriving in Tallinn, Estonia on Friday 17th July, after motor sailing nearly all the way from Gotska Sandon (Sweden) the wind and rain whipped up as we arrived with a 30 knot gust knocking us sideways; which was a bit of a shock but we rapidly got the sail down and headed into the marina – it was a bit like taming a wild horse trying to berth.  The weather has ranged from Caribbean temperatures to gale force winds and rain – happily more sun than rain.  The evenings are cool and thermals are definitely required for night watches. The sea state has varied from wild to mini ‘Atlantic’ rollers to mirror like.  The sea state calms amazingly quickly though. At it’s wildest we were marooned in Ronne, Bornholm. read more...


19/07/2015

Starblazer - 19/07/2015 – Halfway to Australia

The rally set off from Port Vila on Efate Island, Vanuatu at 1000 on Thursday for the 1,000+ miles to Australia.Our waypoint on the finish line took no account of the minor zigzags, to avoid the southwest corner of Efate, to give the Entrecasteaux Reef north of New Caledonia a wide berth and to avoid the Marion and Wansfell Reef close to the Hydrographers Passage.We passed the halfway point just after 1300 today, Sunday, after some interesting sailing.The first 35 hours was characterised by 15-20 knot winds on the port quarter, rear nearside if you drive a British car.This is a fast, fairly comfortable point of sail with the genoa poled out to windward and the main out the other side, tied forward with a gybe preventer.The problems arise when the wind backs (goes anti-clockwise) and gets. read more...


19/07/2015

Luna Quest - Sunday, 19th July, 2015

Noon Position: 18.18S 160.41EDaily run: 154 measured miles and 175 logged milesJulia has just been assailed by a collection of saucepans flying out of the cupboard where they are housed. Last night she lost her favourite cast iron saucepan full of delicious mince meat bolognese sauce over the back of the stove in a violent lurch, but the contents was caught in its lid upside down underneath the stove without its saucepan for a lid on top! It was the best spaghetti bolognese we had eaten for a long times. The motion of the boat is very unpredictable, but Julia has decided to make a traditional roast chicken Sunday lunch anyhow with roast potatoes and herb stuffing. Two mugs of coffee were nearly catapulted across the saloon. The lee starboard lower cap shroud vibrates annoyingly and. read more...


Northern Light - Gotska Sandon from the Lighthouse
Northern Light - Gotska Sandon from the Lighthouse
Northern Light - Gotska Sandon
Northern Light - Gotska Sandon
Northern Light - Dirk Rens X 45 at 23.00, Gotska Sandon
Northern Light - Dirk Rens X 45 at 23.00, Gotska Sandon
Northern Light - Gotska Sandon
Northern Light - Gotska Sandon
18/07/2015

Northern Light - Re: Northe

Mon 13th JulyJames, Will and Olivia departed by taxi at 10.15 for Visby airport, Stockholm and then home. I hope that the week on Northern Light was fun for them. They were certainly very different people when they left, with rosy cheeks and lots of laughter. Evening bridge was a great success, with a very open and often rather eccentric bidding process, which was great fun for all. Will was very useful on the last morning, and is rapidly becoming a good deckhand, whilst Olivia managed to organise her father pretty well, most of the time. James had been on board since Amsterdam and I think was rather sad to leave, having made a major contribution to the understanding of how things work. I think also that with his racing background and my more laid back approach to sailing were quite. read more...


18/07/2015

Northern Light - Northern Light - Bornholm

Well, what a coincidence!Wednesday 8th JulyThe neighbouring yacht in the Rally to us at Ronne, is called Tenace (Tenacious in English), which happens to be the name of James and my grandfathers Hoegar Dutch barge yacht, that he sailed on the East Coast between 1956 and 1962.The owner, Dirk Rens told us that he thought that his father had in fact sold Tenace to our grandfather, which we confirmed by getting some old photos sent over from the UK - see attachment. In my early youth (very early) I used to spend summer holidays sailing with them around Suffolk, but based at Ramsholt , on the River Deben. My grandfather sold her in 1962, and she was then run down by a freighter in the English Channel whilst on her way to Southern climes.After being gale bound for a day in Bornholm, we set off. read more...


Northern Light - Northern Light - Bornholm
Northern Light - Northern Light - Bornholm
17/07/2015

Luna Quest - 17th July, 2015

Noon Position: 17.47S 165.36EDaily run: 138 measured milesNoon Position: 17.47S 165.36EDaily run: 138 measured milesNoon Position: 17.47S 165.36EDaily run: 138 measured milesWith one reef in the mainsail and a couple of rolls in the Genoa we made good progress yesterday and overnight. We normally reef well down for the night, but the wind was dead aft and not forecast to change much, so the single reef was left in. Winds have varied between 14 knots and 21 knots giving us a speed of well over 6 knots. One of the larger boats in the fleet managed around 9 knots to10 knots and is currently 60 miles ahead of us, achieved in less than 12 hours.This morning the bilge pump did not bring up any water. When sailing dead down wind, the boat does not heel much other than that caused by any. read more...


16/07/2015

Exody - Days 177 - 187: Cyclone Pam was for Vanuatu

.....with evidence everywhere of the devastation just four months ago both on the island of Tanna where we made our landfall on 7th July and here in Efate where we are poised to start our next leg to Australia tomorrow morning 16th July.It's been a busy ten days on Exody with five on board for the 450 mile passage from Fiji - which was mostly kind to our visiting crew though rather on the cool and damp side for us!Unusually we had at least two other boats of the fleet within sight for virtually the whole of the leg which was completed reasonably swiftly in three days.Customs and Immigration had been brought in by 4WD overland to the protected anchorage of Port Resolution for one day only to clear the fleet.We assembled at the 'Yacht Club' for processing and for banking services set up. read more...


16/07/2015

Luna Quest - Thursday, 16.7.15

Noon Position: 17.45S 168.06ERun since 10am: 14 milesThe fleet of 16 yachts crossed the start line at Port Vila in Efaté at 10am this morning on their way to Mackay on the East coast of Australia. In preparation for the start there are always many things to do, other than the ever lengthening list of maintenance things that can never be done in the places we tend to call at, but Mackay is a yachting place, so our hopes are high that we may be able to shorten that list. But the things that need to be done in every port include sticking to communication schedules, provisioning and carrying out essential repairs. We have spent many hours trying to identify the source of a leak that has me pumping 55 strokes of salt water a day. We have checked all the seacocks and the hoses and have failed. read more...



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