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31/05/2014

Firefly - Firefly crosses the International Date Line

Crossing the International Date Line, like transiting the Panama Canal, was another key milestone of Firefly's circumnavigation. Although it takes some thinking about to understand the technicalities - this one was over in a few seconds and Friday 30th May was crossed off the calendar and it immediately became Saturday 31st.Leaving Niue our clocks were set at UTC -12, that being 11 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time, 12 hours behind British Summer Time. The Date Line will be crossed at some point before we reach Tonga so we decided to change the date as soon as we left in order to avoid any confusion regarding what day we will arrive. So we moved forward by 24 hours, the clocks were not changed and we are now at UTC +13, 12 hours in front of UTC and 13 hours in front of BST.If our. read more...


31/05/2014

Salsus - Get set! Ready! Go!

Well hello and welcome to S/Y Salsus’ first blog on the ARC Portugal rally. We have been ridiculously busy with all sorts of things, which prevented us from starting the nice tradition of blogging on the rally until now. The route of getting to Plymouth from Holland has been convoluted and rushed at the same time, but we did manage to get in some great sailing around Jersey, Guernsey and the fantastic ports of Paimpol and Lezardrieux in Brittany. The boat has behaved fantastically well – the things that were not working were not crucial to the sailing and it looks like everything is now up and running except for our miniVSAT. Too bad about that last one – we wanted to be the best informed boat out there and get there first even though we are the smallest boat (shared) in the rally!! So. read more...


31/05/2014

Orion - first blog

The trip to Plymouth was a very small taste of the good things to come! Our new crew member John enjoyed the delights of England including the start point, Eastbourne, then Brighton, Weymouth and Dartmouth. All great places! Keith joined us in Plymouth in time for us to finish the little jobs necessary before setting out. Already we have made some great friends and have had some “too good” nights! The party boat has been determined and it is not ours. The rally crew are very helpful and a preview of the visiting ports in Spain and Portugal are tantalising. Tomorrow is the big day. We head out at 9. Be great to start after all the preparations. Our first big ocean crossing! Bayona, here we come!. read more...


31/05/2014

Anna Sophia - Oceaandagboek deel 2, dag 10

Positie: 37.46 799 N 38.30 249 WCOG: 80 grSOG: 5.2 ktsDagafstand: 148 nmDTF: 451 nmZeilvoering: GR + GWind: 12 kts @ 214 grWeer: lichtbewollktZicht: goedGolven: 2 mLuchtdruk: 1032 mbarWatertemperatuur: 20,9 grZeezieken: 0Zaterdagmorgen 31 mei; 04.00 uur. Een rustmoment op de kajuittrap. Vannacht;de wind bleef net boven de 20 knopen hangen, om na 01.00 uurlangzaam naarbeneden te zakken. Omhooggehesenbeleef ik de rustige voortgang in eennieuwe morgen.Laura Dekker zei ooit na een langdurige oversteek: "Snel zalik nu het land ruiken, maar zo deinend op de mij zo vertrouwde oceaan, vindik dat stiekem toch een beetje jammer." Met de euforie van 'het aankomen' ingedachten, was dat destijds moeilijk te begrijpen. Maar deze morgen hier op de kajuittrap trekt hetzelfdegevoel zomaar door met. read more...


31/05/2014

Spirit III - Day 0 ? Final preparations

The last few days have involved crossing off all the ‘operation critical’ jobs from the jobs list. It seems like we'’ve been going non-stop, making sure we have everything we need before we leave and doing the final bits of testing. We'’ve also been meeting the other boats on the Rally and exchanging tips and some friendly banter.Ali, our final crew member who is joining us for the Biscay crossing arrived on Thursday.Yesterday (Friday) we went out for a brief sail to practice sail handling with the four of us and to test our new Storm Jib which arrived on Thursday morning. Thanks go to Sanders Sails for making it at the last minute and having it ready before departure.This morning Keith went up the rig for the final time to check the shrouds whilst Alice headed off to the shops to do the. read more...


Spirit III - Day 0 ? Final preparations
Spirit III - Day 0 ? Final preparations
31/05/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - Tie an Orange Ribbon round the sea Folks Queues

N:32:45:579   W58:02:432   Boatmiles  360                               GPS miles to go      1473   Andrew wrote about the corkscrew effect yesterdaybut it had nothing on what awaited us this morning, if any one wants any ideasfor a new ride at a theme park,  they should come out here to this cornerof the Atlantic and try out the sea, she is awesome.  We were bucking anddiving and rising and falling and twisting back and forth, good job Susanappears to have got over her sea sickness is all we cansay.   Busy day today, first of all we are going to say. read more...


Zoonie - Sunshine at last
Zoonie - Sunshine at last
31/05/2014

Zoonie - Plymouth and penultimate preparations

Thanks to the efforts of our organisers, Joel, Jeremy, Robin & co we have now met just under half of our fellow participants and found some nice coincidences. Henry on Shiraz is a member of Eastbourne Sailing Club as I was many moons ago and Greg, Jane, John and Keith on Orion have been based in Eastbourne Marina before sailing down for this event.Nikita, with Jayne, Robin, Zac, David and Stephen is a fellow Oyster 406 and there is another 406 on this finger of the marina that has been owned by a couple since she was new in 1987, he actually watched Nikita being taken out of her mould!Rob is presently away at Allspars having the stay for the storm jib shortened by six inches so we can rig the sail halfway between the forestay and the mast if we need to use it. We were put on to. read more...


31/05/2014

Nexus - Neiafu Harbor, Vava'u, Tonga

We spent a delightful two days in Neiafu Harbor, Vava'u Tonga, catching up on internet and western food at the Aquarium Cafe run by a Californian named Mike. We had Beef Burritos, Fish and Chips and ....yes... Ice Cream Crepes! Awesome hospitality and very friendly people as well, we look forward to returning on Monday to catch up with the other cruisers at the Rendezvous, and enjoy a tour of the island. Clearing in moved at a glacial pace, but the Rally staff made it quite easy having all four officials come to our boat. We bought some fishing gear, exchanged some money, and tomorrow we set out to explore the Vava'u Group of islands in Tonga!Russ and Laurie on NEXUS 28 May at 18 39.9'S;173 58.9'W. read more...


31/05/2014

Nexus - Mariner's Cave

We met up with an Australian couple and, together with Vivo, cruised south with them, enjoying their local knowledge as well as making new friends! We stopped to snorkel into Mariner's Cave, which is an underwater cavern filled with air that can be entered by snorkeling through an opening about 10' down on a cliff face. It took a bit to find it, but once we did we enjoyed exploring it in shifts. It was simply magic to swim into it, and enjoy the soft glow of sunlight coming up from the water. It has a strange phenomenon inside..when each wave hit the face of the cave, the pressure rose inside and our ears would feel the pressure a bit, but also the air inside would turn instantly foggy, then instantly clear, as the pressure went above and below the dew point. It was really cool. The swim. read more...


31/05/2014

Nexus - Vakaeitu Island and Coral Gardens

We sailed on from Mariner's Cave to anchor inside of Vakaeitu Island, to explore the area and snorkel Coral Gardens, one of the most beautiful reefs in Tonga. We, along with the crew of Vivo, and Kiapa were treated to a traditional Tongan beach barbecue by a delightful local couple. We brought the side dishes, and they brought a freshly killed piglet, which we all helped them roast over an open fire. They were incredibly efficient with it, similar to the way we clean and cook fish. They singed it on the fire and used a knife to scrape the hair off the skin, cleaned it and washed it in the sea, then pushed a spit in end to end and we all took turns turning it over the open fire. It only took about 90minutes to cook this way, bathing it in coconut water from time to time. It was deemed. read more...


31/05/2014

Nexus - Mariner's Cave

We met up with an Australian couple and, together with Vivo, cruised south with them, enjoying their local knowledge as well as making new friends! We stopped to snorkel into Mariner's Cave, which is an underwater cavern filled with air that can be entered by snorkeling through an opening about 10' down on a cliff face. It took a bit to find it, but once we did we enjoyed exploring it in shifts. It was simply magic to swim into it, and enjoy the soft glow of sunlight coming up from the water. It has a strange phenomenon inside..when each wave hit the face of the cave, the pressure rose inside and our ears would feel the pressure a bit, but also the air inside would turn instantly foggy, then instantly clear, as the pressure went above and below the dew point. It was really cool. The swim. read more...


31/05/2014

Firefly - 4 days on Niue

First sighted by Captain Cook in 1774, Niue is 1100nm west of Bora Bora. Its the world's largest raised coral atoll and is composed of coral limestone, is about 80m high at the highest point and its interior is the remains of a lagoon and is flat and heavily forested. Its known as 'The Rock', is full of caves and interesting geological sites and is politically independent but runs in free association with New Zealand - the currency is the NZ dollar and the 1500 inhabitants speak Niuean and English.There is no natural harbour but there is a mooring field on the West coast near the main town of Alofi. The mooring are maintained by the Niue Yacht Club who claim to be the smallest in the World and without any local members owning a yacht. Its been an interesting place to visit - however, the. read more...


30/05/2014

Flomaida II - 29/30. Mai - 33 Stunden von Niue bis Tonga (250 sm)

Es war eine herrliche Fahrt! Wir waren froh, die ungeschützte und sehr "rollrnde" Bucht von Niue um 7 Uhr morgens zu verlassen, denn wir wollten nur 1 Nacht segeln und hatten 40 Stunden eingeplant. Am Ende waren es nur 33 Stunden, da wir tolle Windverhältnisse hatten. Fast die ganze Zeit konnten wir unser geliebtes Besan- Stag- Segel gesetzt lassen, das uns mit Unterstützung der Genus durchschnittlich 8 Knoten Geschwindigkeit flott unterwegs sein ließ. Die teilweise recht hohen Wellen (4m) kamen seitlich, was uns nicht sonderlich gestört hat. Leider ging unser Gennaker wieder an gleicher Stelle kaput (Riss in der Spitze), wie schon 2x vorher- 1. genäht vom "Schuster" inSanta Cruz und 2.von einem wohl nicht sehr fähigen "Segelmacher" in Nuku Hiva. Wir werden wohl die Spitze komplett. read more...


30/05/2014

Sea Eagle - Cold Beer! 30/05/2014 16:00

We are now within sniffing distance of that ice cold beer, we have 214NM to go and are still holding on to the hope that we can get to the prize giving party. Our only slight concern is that the boys on Webster may have already drank the place dry.Been a good few days again and we are currently bounding along in bright sunshine at 8 knots.Ian reckons he spotted a whale on his watch yesterday. We've figured its an extremely rare specie, in fact it could be the only one so we've named it Spermus Hullucianus, as the whole crew rushed up on deck only to see a multitude of white horses.We have enjoyed lots of dolphins around us late most afternoons which is fabulous just need to see and photograph a whale or 2.Since the water maker gave up the ghost we are down to the last bit of water so. read more...


Ca Canny - Ca Canny Berth D10 Mayflower Marina Plymouth 30 May
Ca Canny - Ca Canny Berth D10 Mayflower Marina Plymouth 30 May
30/05/2014

Anna Sophia - Oceaandagboek deel 2, dag 9

Positie: 26.53 350 N 41.22 158 WCOG: 68 grSOG: 7Dagafstand: 164 nm!Zeilvoering: GR+KWind: 20,6 @ 208 grWeer: onbewolktZicht: goedGolven: heftig! 4 mLuchtdruk: 1025 mbWatertemperatuur: 20,9 grZeezieken: 0Yes, yes .... ons dagrecord is 164 nm! De wind wakkerde aan, snelde van 20 naar 30 knopen en vatte eindelijk post!!Het is 23.00 uur, wanneer we de genua voor de kotterfok verruilen. Het grootzeil krijgt een rif tot net voorbij de 1e zaling. En daar gingen we, schuivend op de (toch wel hoge) golven bereikten we dan eindelijk een snelheid tussen de 7 en 8 knopen!De nacht vertoonde zowaar een sterrenhemel. Maar nog altijd zonder maan, tuurden we regelmatig in het stikkedonker naar de einder rondom. De Anna Sophia ligt goed en houdt slechts haar adem in, wanneer een snoeiharde klap een. read more...


30/05/2014

Arcarius of Plymouth - Fwd: Arcarius Blog 6 Bermuda to Azores

> > Whale of a Day 26th May 2014> > We forgot to mention in previous blogs that we are privileged to have David Curtis-Attenborough as our First-Mate.His keen beery eyes, if not quiet persona and selective hearing meant he did not miss the familiar sign of a spout of water that indicates the presence of a whale.Arcarius with the Skipper at the helm assumed the role of a highly trained hound seeking out the whales from a respectful distance. The spouts became more visible until we could see in the distance the mammoth bulk of the whales.David Curtis Attenborough and his brother Gary Cements Attenborough decided after some deliberation that they were Pilot whales.The on board paparazzi failed to achieve one good image of the spectacular.> > Later on in the day, in the far. read more...


Arcarius of Plymouth - Fwd: Arcarius Blog 6 Bermuda to Azores
Arcarius of Plymouth - Fwd: Arcarius Blog 6 Bermuda to Azores
30/05/2014

Arcarius of Plymouth - Fwd: Arcarius Blog 5 Bermuda to Azores

> > Ramsey versus Oliver> > An Atlantic crossing requires a very healthy well-balanced diet which our Skipper has taken upon himself to deliver each day it is his turn to feed the crew.He has managed to reduce the fifteen minute recipes created by the UK's acclaimed chef Jamie Oliver, to just five minutes recipes and they contain the five essentials for a healthy ship.The First mate on the other hand, a perfectionist in the galley was looking for gourmet standards, subtle, picante flavours served with finesse and decorated to high standards.Like Gordon Ramsey he used descriptive language to support his efforts and maintain discipline in the galley.Stock control is also his area of expertise and he has implemented a finally tuned system that thwarts the Skippers night-time. read more...


Arcarius of Plymouth - Fwd: Arcarius Blog 5 Bermuda to Azores
Arcarius of Plymouth - Fwd: Arcarius Blog 5 Bermuda to Azores
30/05/2014

Arcarius of Plymouth - Blog 4 Bermuda to Azores

 Day to day life on board mid AtlanticWhilst the squalls, storms and doldrums present a series of problems for the Atlantic sailor, the real challenges lay in the survival of day to day life.The alarm rings, ten minutes to my watch, should be plenty of time to get ready, start and complete the journey as the commute is only 20 feet! My small home somehow looked different in the dark, the sun had not yet risen. The night was lively and the waves were still crashing and breaking over the boat.The clothes left at the bottom do the bed for the quick dash to work were now scattered around the saloon and hidden in the dark.Getting out of bed was easy, the next wave decided this and threw me deftly and conveniently out of the bunk onto my wellingtons. These at least were now found.Fumbling. read more...


Arcarius of Plymouth - Blog 4 Bermuda to Azores
Arcarius of Plymouth - Blog 4 Bermuda to Azores
30/05/2014

Arcarius of Plymouth - ARCARIUS. Fwd: Blog 3 Bermuda to Azores

Fish Day Friday  Skipper and crew awake to find Scarepirate deeply lost in the smugglers antics of Jamaica Inn. First mate ruins the moment, by blocking out the suns rays with the sails and the Skipper wearing his little French number, a trendy T Shirt, lit a cigarette to help him solve the daily conundrum north or south?Problem solved by the morning visit from the dolphins who lead the way from the bow. Straight on, East. Late afternoon siesta was rudely interrupted by the sound of the screeching reel.At last, for the first time this trip, First Mate was in action. Rod in hand, reel locked, rod bent!Skipper had to run to his aid, this was a whopper!First mate started to reel it in but it was so heavy skip had to assist and lift the rod to allow some slack line for reeling.Despite. read more...


Arcarius of Plymouth - Blog 3 Bermuda to Azores
Arcarius of Plymouth - Blog 3 Bermuda to Azores
30/05/2014

Arcarius of Plymouth - Blog 2 from Bermuda to Azores

The Blue PlanetDays at sea are sometimes punctuated with visits from David Attenborough's wild friends. A turtle cruising by on the current, the day before yesterday, glanced back at Arcarius as she headed to dee sunny Caribbean Sea and raised a flipper to the crew. Another this morning as he floated by on The Transatlantic Expressway greeted our skipper respectfully with the immortal lines "ooh ah skippaaar".Dolphins, although quite illusive at times on the trip are now regular visitors to the boat especially in the early mornings and during the evenings.The Skipper has a court injunction pending with the Flying Fish who are damaging the side of the boat with kamikazenight flight missions.Worryingly there seems to be no age limit to the fish seconnded into their squadrons. Babies,. read more...


Arcarius of Plymouth - Blog 2 from Bermuda to Azores
Arcarius of Plymouth - Blog 2 from Bermuda to Azores
30/05/2014

Arcarius of Plymouth - Blog 1, from Bermuda

A Day at the RacesA double full moon, over Webster, lit the start of the second leg, as the gun went off Captain Horacio Webster lead the Amandawith his dosy crew, the two tricle miners and their Solvinian Tumbling acrobat.  Webster was in first position leading the fleet through the channel and away from Bermuda to the cries of Hi Ho! Arcarius, a smaller vessel formed part of the B class and the Skipper looking cool didn't raise the jib until the last minute.  Some of the Bermudian children were diving from rocks on one side of the channel and on the other, the committee stood and some members of the public to salute the fleet as they left the security of Bermudas harbour. The infamous Bermuda Triangle, outside the protected waters, awaiting the chance to lure in any boat. read more...


Arcarius of Plymouth - Blog 1, from Bermuda
Arcarius of Plymouth - Blog 1, from Bermuda
30/05/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - A Hard Day's Night and a Black Night to boot.........

N32:13:029  W60:01:686 GPS miles to go: 1578 Boat miles completed: 250   Well it was both a hard day and a very black night- we had the return of the corkscrew sea combined with the barrel roll - we wereall over the place both in terms of inside the boat, but also the way Adnromedareacted to the confused seas. We would regulalry be thrown off couirse, the windtaken from the sails, and we would zoom off in quite the wrong direction. Handsteering as we are at present, this made for a physically tough day and night.The night was overcast with rain, no moon nor stars, so very black indeed. Wedid see one ship pass some 4 miles off the starboard side headingWest.   On the current point of sailing, Vanessa isstruggling. This is because of the action of the gantry, in that its. read more...


30/05/2014

Ca Canny - ARC Portugal Ca Canny 36 Hours to Go

Steve, Neil, and Ian now on board – with 36 hours to go. Just waiting forStuart who has the food!Passed the one hour safety inspection with flying colours – a relief forall after weeks of work and fettling.   Off to the rugby club for chicken madras – tough life.  Ca Canny (Go Carefully in Gaelic)  . read more...


30/05/2014

Ca Canny - ARC Portugal Ca Canny - 5 Days to go

Only 5 days to go before the start of ARCPortugal - it is not a race it isthe rally - although the unofficialdefinition of a yacht race is “ 2 yachtsgoing in the same direction”.So off to Plymouth tomorrow by train and the Ca Canny crew (SteveChalker,Neil Hemming, Ian Lake, Stuart Innes and me) join over the next fewdays.We sail on Sunday morning. The crew change over in Porto (Portugal)12/13Jun where Brian Hunkin, Ian Pringle and Tony Fraser join. Final boatsafetyinspections by the World Cruising Club, weather and route briefingsonSaturday. The rally start is on Sunday on the Plymouth RoyalCorinthianYacht Club start line just below Plymouth Hoe. *Fleet Progress Viewer*The boatwill be carrying a Yellowbrick satellite GPS tracker, as all theboats on therally do - that means you can view. read more...


30/05/2014

American Spirit II - Day 144; Niue Driver's License, Clearing Out of Country, Broken Shroud Update & a Freind at Home Dies; Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Up at 7:30 AM, after rocking and rolling all night on mooring ball. Guess we're getting used to rocking 20 degrees each way. Typed a log and sent it out via SSB Radio. Breakfast at 9:00 AM: bacon, scrambled eggs and bread.At 10:30 AM took dingy to wharf and went to PoliceStation to get Niue driver's license. Need to rent a car. Then went to government buildings to get immigration stamp to leave country. Already had Custom's clearance paper because the yacht Hebe got it for me earlier in the day. Thank you Andrew and Harry. Brian from the Niue Yacht Club gave Joel and me, plus a French lady, a ride as it was too far to walk. The French lady has been in Niue for over a month because their large catamaran was on a private mooring ball (not one belonging to the Niue Yacht Club like we're. read more...


30/05/2014

Starship - ED heading EAST - DAY 13 HOURS 21 MINUTES 35

Wir haben es geschafft. Wir sind überglücklich und so stolz.. read more...


27/05/2014

Starship - ED heading EAST - day 13

SUN-FACTOR: Noch immer- jede Menge Sonne. Gelegentlich ein paar Wolken, aber die sind allesamt schnell wieder weg. RUN-FACTOR: Den ganzen Tag gibt es zwischen 12 und 15 Knoten. Wir machen "Meter", oder besser gesagt "Seemeilen". Zu Mittag sind es nur mehr 117 Seemeilen bis Faial. Horta, wir kommen!FUN-FACTOR - oder vielmehr SATISFACTIONS-FACTOR: super hoch. Dass wir es bis zum 28. Mai bis Horta schaffen können, hätten wir nicht gedacht. Zur Freude und zur Feier gibt es Pancakes zum Frühstück.. read more...


30/05/2014

Anna Sophia - Re: Oceaandagboek deel 2, dag 3

> Positie: 33.00 N 56.00 W> COG: 82 gr> SOG: 5.8 knp> Dagafstand: 151,3 nm> Zeilvoering; GR + G> Wind 15 kts ZW> Weer; half bewolkt> Zicht: goed> Golven: 1tot 2 m> Luchtdruk: 1025 ml bar> Watertemp.: 21,1 gr> Zieken: 1> > Voorlopig zeilen we prima! Waar we gisterenavond nog een extra rif zetten,> trekken we er nu elke mm zeil uit om tempo te maken! Nog steeds East, komt> er nu snel een Front naderbij. De bedoeling is 100 nm voor dit front te> blijven en dan dinsdag nog meer NE te gaan (rond de 60 gr.) richting> oorspronkelijke koerslijn. . Zojuist verlegden we onze huidige koers alvast> op 80 graden.> > Zo werd deze zaterdagochtend de ochtend van het puzzelen. Informatie van de> gribfiles en onze professional uit Amerika. read more...


Andromeda V -
Andromeda V -
Andromeda V -
Andromeda V -
30/05/2014

Andromeda V - Desde Vava'u

Estamos en un bareto, llamado Bellavistarodeados de MANOLOS,tomando unas Cervecitasy unas patatas fritas.La navegada desde Niue fue muy Buena y la entrada en Vava'u la hicimos por la noche entre islotes y canales, fue muy entretenida y bonita. Por la mañana tuvimos la visita de aduanas, inmigración cuarentena sanidad......Una trupe de gente en nuestros aposentos. Nos han quitado dos días de vida y nos han regalado trece horas, un lío. Llegamos en domingo /lunes pero era martes.El miércoles de vueltas por la ciudad y reconocimiento de la zona.El jueves hicimos dos inmersiones con un centro de buceo Beluga Diving, muy bonitas, coral espectacular, mucho pescado y un tiburón paseando por su cueva. Por la noche cena del rally con música local.Hoy es viernes, eso lo tenemos claro. Día. read more...


29/05/2014

Ballytrim - Ballytrim final day 25/25th May 2014

Our final few days of the rally proved to be very exciting indeed.We were sailing on our fastest point of sail, a beam reach, and the occasional fetch. Ballytrim just loves these points of sail and she excelled - almost continuously surfing above her hull speed. We felt privileged and somewhat awe inspired by the performance. It was almost as if we were in charge of a horse that had sensed its stables were nearby and it was up and galloping - heading for home...... It was very impressive for us all to be part of this finale.Much of the time we had dolphins for company: All sorts of shapes and sizes. Some playing tricks with each other, whilst others simulated displays like the Red Arrows, darting in from opposite directions - seemingly to collide, but somehow avoiding each other. They. read more...


29/05/2014

Anettine - 28. May

The captain came on watch at 0000. It was dark, very dark. Nothing to see in any direction, just dark. Anettine was cruising along in 6 + knots, so a sharp watch was required. As the light came a few hrs later so did the rain and the gusty winds. Jonn and Daniel had e very wet watch from 0400 to 0800. The wind disappeared just as they left the watch to the captain. We started motoring. It was somewhat unpleasant in the old sea with some large waves and swells, but at least the sky cleared up and it became sunny. After a while also moderate wind. We decided to motorsail since we still try to catch up with the boats before they leave Horta. We also need time to get the main repaired. It's a minor damage, but it will get bigger if we use the sail as is. As the captain was checking the oil. read more...


29/05/2014

Anna Sophia - Oceaandagboek deel 2, dag 8

Postitie: 36 03.650 N 044 36.129 WCOG: 85 grSOG: 5,4 ktsDagafstand: 116 nmZeilvoering: GZ + GWind: 10.5 ktsWeer: regenbuienZicht: matigGolven: 1 mWatertemperatuur: 20,1 grZeezieken: 0Sterren sieren de hemel, ikzelf zit verscholen in mijn digitale boek. Er isweinig wind, het grootzeil klapt zo nu en dan, maar met elke tik stuur ik deweergoden een schietgebedje. "Aub 5 knoopjes meer wind, we moeten natuurlijkwel aankomen."Wat een schril contrast en wat is deze oceaan thuis in uitersten! Te veelwind, te weinig wind, geen wind of wind uit de verkeerde hoek, je krijgt hethier allemaal bijna chronologisch voorgeschoteld. De wachten gaan over ineen vroege ochtend; we laten er opnieuw een rekensommetje op los. Weinigvoortgang, wellicht trekt het front te snel weg, laten we zeggen zaterdag alin. read more...


29/05/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - Sweet Dreams are made of this...

Here we are at sea once again and very quicklythere will be three occupations, keeping Andromeda moving, sleeping and eating,everything else will revolve around these. As we are two up on Andromeda thingsget a bit complicated sometimes believe it or not.  Over the years we havetried various watch patterns and slowlly come round to our present one thatseems to suit us. Once it gets dark we go two on two off, until daylightwhen we change over each hour.  There is a certian amount offlexibility to enable either of us to have some extra shuteye if we needit.  So far it has worked, the real challenge comes if we have issues todeal with and mess up the system. Getting comfortable is the next challenge,again because there are only two of us we don't like to be far away. read more...


29/05/2014

Sea Eagle - Sea Eagle - Thursday 29th 10am

Great sunrise this morning which makes a change from the past few days. The skies have cleared and not a squally cloud in sight. A little traffic around this morning. Mackie has been adjusting course to keep clear of an offshore fishing boat doing circles in our path and we have a 200m tanker heading to New York on our port side. The crew are getting more and more excited as the miles roll by. We're down to 453 as I type this blog. The navigation software on the Mac is continually trying to work out the number of hours to go which is averaging around 55. That puts us in Horta late Saturday night. It's looking increasingly unlikely we will make the ARC prize giving and gala dinner on Saturday which starts at 19:00 although the winds are due to build a little from the West which would put. read more...


29/05/2014

Skyelark of London - what day is it?

It's been a few years since I've lost a whole day of my life -university perhaps -but at 16:00 wednesday afternoon 16:01 , ships time, just as the afternoon scones were coming out of the oven -in less than a bite it became Thursday and 16:01.. Out here on the ocean, we know every minute, every watch change, our menu is planned out, its Debbie's turn in the galley!... What happened to Wednesday's dinner!? seriously, it's difficult to get our head round, but Em says it's true and we must accept it.The explanation being the International date line, not only are we in Autumn as you're Spring (i'm told, though it is sunny) - We have gone from being 12 hours behind England, to 12 hours ahead-the sun now warms our backs before it reaches yours. After months of being behind, we are ahead!So we. read more...


Skyelark of London - what day is it?
Skyelark of London - what day is it?
29/05/2014

Flomaida II - 23.- 27. 5.Niue- www.niueisland.com (zur Orientierung) -,ein kleines Hideaway Inselchen!

Jaja diese kleine Insel, eins der wenigen Atolle über Wasser- mitten imweiten Pazifik hat einen besonderen Charme.Ein schlimmer Zyklon mit 15 mhohen Wellen und einer Windgeschwindigkeit von 300 km/ Std. hat 2004 dieInsel fast platt gemacht. Man sieht überall Gedenktafeln und nur nochFundamente. Die leichten Häuser wurden buchstäblich weggefegt. Es kamen 2Menschen ums leben. Es leben heute 1600 Menschen auf der Insel, davon 200Grundschüler und 200 Gymnasiasten. 600 Menschen arbeiten, davon 400 für dieVerwaltung der Insel, die zu Neuseeland gehört und von da auch finanziellstark unterstützt wird. Jeder kennt Jeden, undKriminalität istnicht vorhanden. Den Polizisten wurde sogar einmal eine Psychologin zurSeite gestellt, um sie wieder zu motivieren, ihren Dienst zuversehen.Ärzte, Lehrer,. read more...


28/05/2014

Celebrate - Edge of the Hemisphere in Fiji!

It's been said that "East is East and West is West and never the twain shall meet."But, we are not sure it's true.Having sailed West for four months, we've just crossed the 180 degree meridian and entered the Eastern Hemisphere.It turns out we have gone East by going West! Also, we have crossed the International Date Line and lost a day.Yesterday was Tuesday and we will arrive tomorrow, Friday, in Port Denarau. So that makes today what day ??Changes you don't think of every day.On to Port Denarau...Charlie and Cathy. read more...


28/05/2014

Waterval - First part: getting to Plymouth

When Sisca, my wife, and I where a/ convinced that we like sailing the Med better than the North Sea and b/ I decided to retire from work relatively early ( at 62) from my work as an ophthalmic surgeon, we bought a brand new boat with an interior for the Med and a stern-platform to easily come to the cay backside first. She is a Catalina 445, shallow (wing) keel version, that was instantly available at a moment that the dollar was low. After over 20 years of sailing relatively under-canvassed boats she was a handfull, being much bigger an óver-canvassed. I learned to reef down earlier and decided to order a high-aspect focsail in stead of the huge genoa. Now she is reasonably docile to handle, apart from being blown aside when waiting for one of the many sluices in The Netherlands. Thank. read more...