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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...


28/05/2014

Anna Sophia - Oceaandagboek deel 2, dag 7

Positie: 35 50. 045 N 0437 08.110WCOG: 79 grSOG: 6,1 ktsDagafstand: 135 nmZeilvoering: GR + GWind: 16 kts 236 grWeer: onbewolktZicht: goedGolven: 1,5 mLuchtdruk: 1028 mbarWatertemperatuur: 20.5 grZeezieken: 0Speurend tasten we de lucht af, op zoek naar een nieuw front. Dit hebben we nodig snel verder Oost te komen, de vlagerige dwarrelende wind komt momenteel niet verder dan een schamele kr. 4! De giek klapt net iets te vaak en die nacht van de 6e dag vermaken we ons dan ook met het stellen van de zeilen!.Rond het middaguur van de 7e dag, geschiedt dan eindelijk wat we verwachtten. De wind draait naar de 240 graden en trekt iets aan tot 19 knopen. De snelheid is plotseling weer boven de 6 en we liggen .......op koers!Het kriebelt; we willen naar de stal! Zijn over de helft nu en beginnen. read more...


28/05/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - The boat is packed, the fuel is stowed........

N32:22:741   W64:33:663   .....and we're ready to go - off on the next leg tothe Azores.   We enjoyed our brief stay in Bermuda and would haveliked to have had more time to explore its 181 islands. It is a verycosmopolitan island and our bus trip to and from Hamilton was fun. We evenstopped at one point and the bus was filled of school children - lots of them.Hamilton is an interesting place but I think we preferred the quieter and morelaid back charm of St. Georges. It did however have Marks and Spencer for Susanto browse.   Bernie helped with the lines leaving CaptainSmokey's and was there at the Custom Dock as well to help - what a really niceman. Our neighbours on the German boat waiting for their forestay are no nearerleaving after two weeks on the. read more...


28/05/2014

Sojourner -

5/28:I could describe very pleasant sailing weather for SOJOURNER three days ago and for right now.In between, not so great.Two days ago we had productive winds but seas from mixed directions.The boat was twisting and rolling simular to the weather we had a few days out of Bermuda.Not as bad, but not comfortable.Last night, about 45 minutes before Paul and I ended our watch at 1am boat time, we were hit by a squall that had 40knts of wind.The off watch came up early and we cope as best we could.The storm did settle down a little so the care of the vessel was turned over to Bob and James.The report at 8:30 this morning was that they had one squall line after another; both looked exhausted. James, who had hoped he was over his seasickness, had a relapse. Paul and I were able to hand steer. read more...


28/05/2014

Sea Eagle - Rain, rain go away

Yesterday we could quite easily have sat in the cockpit, added some bubble bath and had a good soak, we've had so much rain.At last we have had a clear night, watched a nice sunset and could once again see the stars. Today is a gloriously sunny day. Only problem is we have no wind and the boat is rocking and rolling all over the place. With any luck it will pick up soon and we can get the power sail up.Everybody on board still seems happy and these calmer conditions should help us catch up on sleep and let us dry our gearand air the boat. Mackey is knocking up a nice tuna salad for us and we'll eat this on the pristine freshly washed and dry deck.Rally control have stated that Persistant Lady is having some engine problems so we have set a course in her direction. We are 150 miles behind. read more...


27/05/2014

Gertha 4 - Floating Engines, Knots and Eating Butter

LAT 38.28 N LON 33.14 W   Emma here today, Anthony is currently otherwise engaged with making scones,which I have just heard have an obscene butter content and are currently meltinginto a buttery mess. Too much Barefoot Contessa for Anthony. I guess we can dipbiscuits into them and call it a butter sauce? I cannot mock though. I tried tomake muffins the other day and they turned into fruit and nut butter bars. Weshould just cut out the middle man and just eat butter straight out of thepack.   After a quiet day yesterday we all hoped for a little more action todaywhich has not really materialised. So, with our arrival imminent we are alltaking the quiet time to read and the like (I have been drawing, not as hard asI thought it would be with the rocking, but still no easy feat). read more...


28/05/2014

American Spirit II - Day 143; Tour of Niue, Rally Lunch, Hospital & a Second Day of Rock and Roll on the Mooring Ball; Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Up at 5:00 AM. No reason, just done sleeping for the night. Typed a log and some emails. Boat still rocking and rolling on the mooring ball. Woke Joel at 7:00 AM as we had a tour today and had to get into the island. Breakfast was the usual: bacon, eggs and bread.Departed the boat at 8:00 AM to go to the wharf. The water was choppy. At the wharf we lifted the dingy out of the water using the crane. In the process as I was standing on some concrete steps holding onto the dingy, a wave came in and before I knew it I was in water up to my waist. So I will have a full day of 'dingy butt.' Wet, salt water soaked, underwear. Not a pleasant way to start the day. There were two vans holding 7 persons each for the Commodore half day tour. Our driver was Sue, wife of the Niue Yacht Club Commodore;. read more...


28/05/2014

American Spirit II - Day 142; About Niue, Sea Snakes, Another Infection, Torrential Rains & Rocking and Rolling on a Mooring Ball; Monday, May 26, 2014

Slept in today, up at 6:58 AM. Really 7:58 AM 'sleep' time because we moved our clocks an hour last night before going to bed. Breakfast of bacon, scrambled eggs and toast. Had to get moving 'early' because we had to clear in with customs and immigration on the wharf at 9:00 AM. About Niue. Niue is one of the smallest countries in the world and has the largest raised coral atoll in the world. Discovered by Captain Cook in 1774 it lies about 1,100 west of Bora Bora and 1,850 from New Zealand. The elevation on Niue is fairly constant - 200 feet of limestone. Nick named 'The Rock.' Due to a lack of water run off, the waters around the island are reputed to be some of the clearest in the world, with visibility of as much as 240 feet. And Niue is one of only 3 places in the world where it is. read more...


28/05/2014

Skyelark of London - On to Nuie

Our second ocean passage, 540nm from Suwarrow to Nuie, proved a little more challenging than the previous journey.We set off well enough, with a following trade wind and all plain sail.Sadly the wind died and we had to call upon the engine- for those interested in such things, a rather solid and utterly reliable Perkins 4236 with a delightfully reassuring low revolutions grumbling noise.True to forecast, GRIB files by satellite email download, the wind filled in and indeed rose steadily to a good F6 - but less enjoyably, from forward of  the beam.None of us had signed on for upwind sailing, but it made a change to be heeled instead of rolling, and we cracked along at 7.5 knots or more, under 2 or 3 reefs in the main and reduced head sail.Later, as the wind eased, fishing was. read more...


28/05/2014

Anettine - 27. May

More unstable conditions to day with wind changing from S to W and up to gale force and rain in periods.In the morning we had a shark beside the boat for a few seconds.In the afternoon we were cruising along in 20-2 4 knots wind doing 7-8 knots with one reef in the main and two in the genua when we discovered a small damage in the main. We had three option, carry on and hope it would hold until Horta, go up in the mast(furling) and try to repair with tape or mount the trysail and use that instead. After two trips in the mast trying to repair, we gave that up and mounted the trysail instead.A very good learning experience. The trysail had only been up ones before, and that was in the harbor with no wind. The average speed of course went down, but it was a good setting in the periods with. read more...


28/05/2014

Celebrate - Spectacular Sailing to Fiji Islands from Niue!

Arriving at the Oneata Passage we are in the Fiji Islands!What spectacular downwind sailing we had out of Niue with a wing-on-wing sail set and the whisker pole out.We were seeing 14.1kt of speed surfing on the waves!South Pacific Ocean sailing is great!Nexus and Vivo who had left the anchorage just ahead of us were seeing 16 and 15 knots of speed.Coming into Oneata Passage the wind had clocked around and we were doing 7-8kts of speed on a close then reach.Now, we are slowing ourselves to get into Port Denarau in the daylight hours.To celebrate our Fiji arrival Charlie made crab wraps for lunch with capers, olives and cucumbers.So far, fantastic!Fiji time is currently 10am on Wednesday, May 28th due to the International Date Line.Cathy  . read more...


Flomaida II - Zum Knutschen!
Flomaida II - Zum Knutschen!
27/05/2014

Starblazer - 28/05/2014 – We’ve lost a day in our lives!

We bade a sad farewell to Niue on Sunday at lunchtime, our 72 hour stopover had come to an end.We hired a car on Saturday to tour the island and stock up on duty free! The whole island is an amazing coral structure rising about 30 metres out of the sea with some interesting coral features.We went, first of all, to the Talava Arches described as a moderate to hard walk. The pathway through the trees was dotted with coral outcrops to be negotiated and led to a large open cave with stalactites and stalagmites.We descended through the cave to reach the reef at sea level to get a good view of the huge coral arch jutting out to sea.It was rather a scramble!From the same car park we took a different path down to the Matapa Chasm (easy) where fresh water enters at one end and sea water at the. read more...


27/05/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - The Only Way is UP

In the middle of the night when you find yourself on the floor of the cabin having somehow fallen out of your bunk yes...the only way is up...It was a bit of a shock as I managed to stay firmly in place when rocking and rolling about on the high sea although I did fall off in the cockpit once in Barbados and really bruised my back....but last night, there we were tied up to a dock, I was having a great sleep and suddenly I am on the floor very confused. I didn't wake Andrew so he thinks I may have dreamed it.Anyway today we decided to catch a bus down to Hamilton, the capital of Bermuda and have a look round whilst we were here. What a surprise, a very modern city which felt very like home, mainly due to the Marks and Spencers I expect, and I spotted GAP too. We had to go have a look. read more...


27/05/2014

Puerki - Spanning en Sensatie

Na verloop van tijd krijg je vanzelf ontzag voor De Oceaan. Met zijn wisselende golflandschap, diepduistere donkere nachten maar bovenal zijn overweldigende aanwezigheid. Alleen de eigenaar schreeuwt “KOM OP DAN! IS DIT ALLES WAT JE HEBT!?” tegen die oceaan. Maar van binnen beseffen wij goed hoe afhankelijk we zijn. Men zegt niet voor niets ‘de oceaan neemt, de oceaan geeft’. Aan boord van S/Y Puerki gaan namelijk allerlei dingen kapot en verloren aan de oceaan.  Drie volle A4’tjes ‘Kluslijst’ lagen in de BVI op tafel en werden puntsgewijs doorlopen. Langzaam werd de Francaise opgeknapt en begon ze weer te stralen. De ARC safety check werd behaald.  Het kon niet lang duren. Tussen BVI en Bermuda begaven het bakboord navigatielicht en het toplicht het, nam de zee marifoonantenne. read more...


27/05/2014

Anna Sophia - Oceaandagboek deel 2, dag 6

Positie: N36 18.207 W049 46. 452COG: 60 grSOG: 4,2 ktsZeilvoering: GR+GWind: 10 kts@ 300 grWeer: onbewolktZicht: goedGolven: 1,5 mLuchtdruk: 1024 mbarWatertemperatuur: 19,9 grZieken: 0Fluistering wekt me om 19.30 uur. "Annelies, Annelies, ik maak je wakker, dit moet je zien." Met de snelheid dieeen continue-achterwacht betaamt, grijpt mijn linkerhand de fleece en zoeken 2 paar voeten de koude salonvloer. Bijna benik helder, wanneer we achter elkaar de kajuittrap opsnellen."Kijk, daar achter ons, het front, we zijn eruit! We komen uit die zwarte dunne strook die als een halve maan de horizon markeert". Voor ons strekt zich de andere helft van de cirkel uit... lichtblauw met noordwest de ondergaande zon. Ditaan de oceaan voorbehouden beeld zullen we nooit meer zien. Het klopt, het klopt. read more...


27/05/2014

Anettine - 26. May

Another great day at sea with blue sky and good wind! Anettine just takes care of it all herself so it's just for us to enjoy it all. The wind increased up to 30 knots during the night. We took one reef in the main and two in the genua as the captain left his watch at 0000. Jonn then had his first watch with a gale on his tale. It all went very well and the captain enjoyed his rest undisturbed. Unfortunately one crew member is struggling with seasickness again.SY Anettine. read more...


27/05/2014

American Spirit II - Day 141; Arrivaed at Niue After Hard Sail and a Lower Shrowd Wire Broke; Sunday, May 25, 2014

12:05 AM wind down a little, 18-22 knots, boat speed 6.7-7.0 knots. Twenty-five minutes later the wind was back up and a heavier set of clouds was upon us.At 1:00 AM after Joel relieved me I was successful in sending out our latest log and emails and receiving same. After that I took a shower and went to bed. I woke up early and relieved Joel at 5:51 AM. The wind was 16-20 and our boat speed was 6.8-7.0 knots. Joel had let out more jib before leaving his watch. I'll probably let out more main in a little while once I can get a feel for what the wind is doing. And after I finish my coffee. There was a low cloud cover with the 1/3 moon casting a faint light on the surrounding clouds, 20% up from the horizon. The planet Uranus was to the right and up from the moon, very close to it. An. read more...


26/05/2014

Gertha 4 - This Particular Day

LAT 38.26 N LON 35.48 W         Today has been, by most accounts, a slow day. We have seen next to nowildlife, the weather has been consistently lovely, the routine has ticked byquietly. We’ve sat around reading and chatting and eating. Emma has been doingsome carving. I had a knots lesson and I can now tie a few, which isgreat.   Strangely, this is not a standard day. It is, for us, a quiet day. Ofwhich, I believe, this is the first of this exact calibre. Obviously all of thedays are different. The sun moves slightly that way, we receive differentvisitors, the constellations are in different places according to your watchshift. Today, though, has had its own aspect, its own feeling. No one has feltcompelled to write up a blog post, so I’m. read more...


26/05/2014

Puerki - Aftellen

Nog een tweetal zeezeilschoolse mijlenmakertjes en het is daar. De Azoren. Vers voedsel. Een douche. Het prachtige eiland Flores slaan onze helden over, S/Y Puerki vaart linea recta naar Peters Sport Café op Faial. Wat is er mooier daar te zijn in de dagen dat Nederlandse zeilers en masse in de Butt ’n Oyster zitten? Een update over mens en machine op weg naar de Europese tektonische plaat.   Voordat onze drie helden en hun bootjongste de zoekgebieden van de US Coastguard verlaten, enige uren nadat de tekst werd verstuurd over de keerzijde van ‘t zeezeilen, zien ze een blauw voorwerp in ‘t water drijven. Een blauwe tas? Een of andere visserijbenodigheid? Het valt nog niet mee het object terug te vinden nadat het gespot is. Het blijkt –weer hervonden- duidelijk geen drijver van een. read more...


26/05/2014

Shenanigan - Does it get any better than this?

We are enjoying perfect sailing in the middle of the biggest infinity poolever, with a glass of ice cold Pinot Grigio! The sun is shining, the sea isflat, the wind is just right, the boat is perfectly flat, balanced and roaringalong. We are about 375nm away from Horta so hope to be there in a couple ofdays. Cheers! CSC_0546. read more...


Shenanigan - Does it get any better than this?
Shenanigan - Does it get any better than this?