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29/04/2014

Defyr - Bermuda

We have now arrived to Bermuda! Where's the rest of the ARC fleet?!image.. read more...


Defyr - Bermuda
Defyr - Bermuda
29/04/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - Welcome Party

We are just back from a great welcome party, the food was great the painkillers delicious and company terrific, view from the deck20140428_191033. read more...


Andromeda of Plymouth - Welcome Party
Andromeda of Plymouth - Welcome Party
28/04/2014

Defyr - Towards Bermuda: Day six

The wind is picking up and we are taking in sails A LOT! Not only because of the wind, but we need to slow down under 6knots, so we won't arrive to Bermuda in the dark. We finally caught a fish after five days trying. It was a messy event in the rolling waves, both killing and eating stained the boat. There's going to be some serious cleaning and waxing to do when we get to ashore. Hopefully the island gives us good protection to enter the harbour. image.. read more...


Defyr - Towards Bermuda: Day six
Defyr - Towards Bermuda: Day six
28/04/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - The Adventure starts here

The Office is now open so we are checked in, safety inspection and Ladies round table tomorrow, gas, flares and volley ball on Wednesday....thank goodness for happy hour........ read more...


28/04/2014

Anettine - Anettine first boat to Safety clear for ARC Europe

Anettine was the first boat for safety check this morning. Anettine was cleared for the ARC+ in December so the check went well as expected. However, the skipper was caught with an outdated lamp in his Life vest. The gas tube was also starting to get some corrosion that could have developed to a useless vest.  The last was probably caused by wet finish we had on the ARC+ in December. The lesson learned is to air the vest once in a while, once a year is not enough.  We had a very good experience with the ARC +, and is now looking forward to meet old and new friends over the next few days.  The picture is taken after the safety check with Johny, Joel and Victor from the ARC Europe team, and Jonn from. read more...


Anettine - Anettine first boat to Safety clear for ARC Europe
Anettine - Anettine first boat to Safety clear for ARC Europe
28/04/2014

Free & BrEasy - Tahiti Culture Shock

When we arrived at the next atoll, Rangiroa we immediately headed for the dive shop Rangiroa is famous for its resident troop of dolphins which can be clearly seen frolicking in the surf in the pass through the coral into the lagoon. That afternoon we were back in the water diving a steep drop off teeming with a wondrous array of different coloured fishes. Below us a carpet of thousands of yellow fish moved rapidly back and forward seemingly in panic - were they being chased by dolphins? No just barracuda and tuna. We tried going out into the blue in the hope that our bubbles would attract the dolphins but no luck. We were not to dive with dolphins. Realising that we needed to get to Tahiti to be in time for the World ARC briefing and trips, we up anchored and left the dolphins of. read more...


28/04/2014

Firefly - Tahiti, Huahine and more of Moorea

Since our last log we have covered a lot of water and ground. Susie arrived back from the UK and with Paul they returned to Moorea for a few days. Meanwhile Peter set out to re-acquaint himself with Tahiti.Peter had been in Tahiti almost 20 years ago sailing with friends Gavin and Nadine (and a very young Pamela) but a lot has changed since then and is hardly recognisable. The capital Papeete is such a contrast from the remote islands and atolls we have visited over the last 3 weeks in the Marquesas and Tuamotos. The city with a population of over 50,000 suffers from traffic congestion and migration from the inner city to the suburbs. Two features that have not changed are Papeete Market; which from early morning is a very cheerful place full of fresh produce and 'Les Roulottes' the. read more...


28/04/2014

Defyr - Towards Bermuda: Day five

Paul really wanted to see the genaker up and today he got his wish! In the light wind we were able to have it up for couple of hours before sunset.image.. read more...


Defyr - Towards Bermuda: Day five
Defyr - Towards Bermuda: Day five
27/04/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - ARC Europe and the count down continues.............

Well we are here in Nanny Cay on Tortola and now getting ready for the start of the trip East.  Andromeda is dressed (honestly) and can just about be seen from the webcam! We are now getting the provisioning and last moment stuff organised. The sea is wonderfully warm though and that and the sand and the blue sea and the blue sky and the pool are a major distraction. Brendan was, though, correct, the showers are brilliant! More in due course as we get ready for the safety inspection and final prep - the APC worked very well and we are really pleased with it........ Looking at the weather and it looks like light conditions initially on Saturday and Sunday, but who knows what happens next........ More in due course........ Andrew & SusanS/V Andromeda. read more...


27/04/2014

American Spirit II - Day 112; Laundry (Again), an All Day Bus Tour of Tahiti, the Electrical 'Bust,' Dinner with Nexus and Getting Ready for Company; Friday, April 25, 2014

Up at 6:00 AM because I have to be at the laundry by 6:15 AM to finish one wash and one dry cycle before out tour starts today. During this process I head back to the boat and cook and eat breakfast. When I put in 8 coins (800 French francs) for the dryer, the machine recognizes 4 coins, not 8. No surprise there. During this process I head back to the boat and cook and eat breakfast.We board a bus at 8:30 AM. It is raining, at times heavily. There are 3 busses taking us around the island today. Our tour guide, Jean Baptist, speaks very good English, so we'll understand what he says. Good. During the tour we learn the following: that there are 300,000 people living in French Polynesia; that 175,000 of them live in Tahiti; that they drive 35,000 cars; that France gives $1.1 Billion in aid. read more...


27/04/2014

American Spirit II - Day 111; Stephen Kirk Last Day, Laundry, 1st Day Downtown, 3:00 PM Skippers Meeting, Rendezvous Party and Dinner in Papeete Rouletee (SP?); Thursday, April 24, 2014

Up at 6:40 AM. Breakfast at 7:20 AM. Stephen finishes packing and departs for home to Bend, Oregon. Today is 'sheet' laundry day. The only items on the boat we can't really laundry ourselves because they're so big. I got to the laundry at the marina, which has 4 washing machines that hold 22 pounds of laundry; and one dryer. The cost to operate is 800 French francs (8 coins); and it takes 45 minutes for a wash cycle. My intention was to get to do laundry before anyone else got there. Even though there is only one dryer, it seems like that isn't a problem as a lot of boats like to hang out their clothes to dry instead of using the dryer. I stay in the laundry room, reading my kindle. While I'm doing the laundry, Joel is changing the oil and fuel filters on the Onan Generator and Yanmar 54. read more...


27/04/2014

Defyr - Towards Bermuda: Day four

Pretty relaxed day with 6-8ms downwind. The waves have calmed down enormously from yesterday, which was great since I and Ansgar were getting bit seasick in the cabin yesterday night during the worst banging. Today all is better and food is excellent again. American theme day included hot dogs during the day and pizza at night. We made one hot dog pizza, which was bit weird with vegeterian sausages, fried onions and pickles...image.. read more...


Defyr - Towards Bermuda: Day four
Defyr - Towards Bermuda: Day four
Flomaida II - Abschied von Galapagos
Flomaida II - Abschied von Galapagos
Flomaida II - Abschied von Galapagos
Flomaida II - Abschied von Galapagos
Flomaida II - Sie durften zueinander nicht kommen!
Flomaida II - Sie durften zueinander nicht kommen!
Flomaida II - Liebesgeflüster der Schildkröten
Flomaida II - Liebesgeflüster der Schildkröten
Flomaida II - Schweinchen, die irgendwann im Erdloch gekocht werden
Flomaida II - Schweinchen, die irgendwann im Erdloch gekocht werden
Flomaida II - Auch Schildkröten haben Bedürfnisse!
Flomaida II - Auch Schildkröten haben Bedürfnisse!
Flomaida II - Paradisische Marquesas 1
Flomaida II - Paradisische Marquesas 1
Flomaida II - Glückliche Inselwelt
Flomaida II - Glückliche Inselwelt
Flomaida II - Traumhafte Kulisse
Flomaida II - Traumhafte Kulisse
Flomaida II - Schon wieder im Paradies gelandet!
Flomaida II - Schon wieder im Paradies gelandet!
Flomaida II - Nette Begrüßung in Nuku Hiva
Flomaida II - Nette Begrüßung in Nuku Hiva
Flomaida II - Abschied von Galapagos
Flomaida II - Abschied von Galapagos
Flomaida II - Abschied von Galapagos
Flomaida II - Abschied von Galapagos
Flomaida II - Tahuata-Marquesas
Flomaida II - Tahuata-Marquesas
Flomaida II - Wie schön!
Flomaida II - Wie schön!
Flomaida II - Brotfrucht mmmhhhhhh
Flomaida II - Brotfrucht mmmhhhhhh
Flomaida II - Auf Entdeckungsreise.......
Flomaida II - Auf Entdeckungsreise.......
Flomaida II - !!!!!!!!!!!!
Flomaida II - !!!!!!!!!!!!
Flomaida II - Glückliche Kinder auf Tahuatu/ Marquesas mit Lollis aus Panama, die ich gerne verteile
Flomaida II - Glückliche Kinder auf Tahuatu/ Marquesas mit Lollis aus Panama, die ich gerne verteile
Flomaida II - Unser Frischeeinkauf für 20 Tage- alles grün, mal sehen, wie lange es reicht und hält
Flomaida II - Unser Frischeeinkauf für 20 Tage- alles grün, mal sehen, wie lange es reicht und hält
Flomaida II - Nur wir.........
Flomaida II - Nur wir.........
Flomaida II - Kein schlechter Fang!
Flomaida II - Kein schlechter Fang!
Flomaida II - Die Reste für die Haie
Flomaida II - Die Reste für die Haie
25/04/2014

Defyr - Towards Bermuda: Day three

We got wind!!image.. read more...


Defyr - Towards Bermuda: Day three
Defyr - Towards Bermuda: Day three
25/04/2014

Reberth - Return from refuelling. Next stop Tortola.

Our crew has safely arrived and the preparations nearly completed. This morning saw Reberth refuelled ready for our very early departure from Antigua on Sunday. The temperature here on Antigua is thirty four degrees, which makes for debilitating working conditions. Such that this afternoon we are sitting relaxing till it becomes a bit cooler. Sounds good to me!!After all the preparations it will be good to "get on the road".photo. read more...


Reberth - Return from refuelling. Next stop Tortola.
Reberth - Return from refuelling. Next stop Tortola.
24/04/2014

Defyr - Towards Bermuda: Day two

And still no wind! Yesterday's weather forecast promised wind for today, but today's forecast is promising wind for tomorrow. Fingers crossed we continue eating superb food and listening to the Beatles.We also took a dip in the Atlantic.image.. read more...


Defyr - Towards Bermuda: Day two
Defyr - Towards Bermuda: Day two
24/04/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - The countdown contiues

We have missions to follow, and, yes, the world is a little more orange!So with the auto-pilot installed and the alternator fixed, we planned to head off to the US Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands before heading north once more.We had eventually set off from Trinidad with the idea that we would spend at least a month in the Virgin Islands, 4 weeks cruising then at least a week in Tortola before leaving for Bermuda, in the meantime we had spent 3 weeks in St. Martin....... .On a final raid on the chandlers we saw two very nice orange chairs for the cockpit that had just arrived in Budget Marine – they must have known we’d be around.The trip to the Virgin Islands began quite smoothly but before long the sea was rolly again, we had the genoa out and the mizzen up and were. read more...


24/04/2014

American Spirit II - Day 110; Agent Visits, Electricity at Dock Problem, Folie a Deux Visits for Dinner, and First East German Contact; Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Woke up at 2:30 AM. Indigestion. Ate too much for dinner the night before. Took computer to cockpit and typed up logs for last 2 days. Went back to bed at 5:00 AM. Up at 7:50 AM when our agent, Laurent, arrived at boat. We gave him the stainless steel anchor roller, which needed a weld and a backing plate made for it. He said he'd have it back to us in a day or two. Joel then went to the nearby Mobil station and dropped off our propane tank to get filled with propane. We had to switch to our alternate propane tank, which was filled with butane instead of propane, because that's all we could fill it with in Nuku Hiva. You can fill a propane tank with butane because butane has a lower psi. But you can not fill a butane tank with propane, as its not safe to do so. Butane burns less. read more...


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...



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