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13/02/2014

American Spirit II - Day 41; Arrival at San Cristobal Island in the Galapagos; Thursday, February 13, 2014

At 12:44 AM we passed a gigantic rock called Roca Pateadora. 'Roca' means rock. By gigantic, I mean the size of giant asteroid a couple of hundred feet tall. If it was a 'small' rock, it wouldn't have been given a name. We've actually seen and been on islands that were smaller than this roca. Our electronic chart plotter had us in a depth of over 600 feet and 2 miles off shore from this rock. We were quite surprised, then, when our depth meter registered 49 feet. Bummer! We made a course change of 20 degrees,putting us further away from 'the rock.' If the depth had been 4 feet instead of 49, we'd have hit the underwater rocks (we draw a little over 5 feet), and we would have damaged the boat. If unlucky, we could have holed the boat and sunk. Now we were really awake! Kind of like how. read more...


13/02/2014

Starblazer - 13/02/2014 – Southern hemisphere.

We crossed the equator at 1935 local and duly appeased Neptune with a shareof our steak and chips and syrup pudding, champagne and a drip of whisky.To be honest, we’d finished dinner a bit earlier so Neptune’s very smallshare was cold! We had also altered course a little to ensure we crossedbefore I went off watch at 2000.Out ETA in Wreck Bay, not an auspiciousname, is about 0930 depending on the current.We are unashamedlymotorsailing because the wind is too weak and still not quite in the rightdirection.Our motoring hours are unimportant, except for the cost ofrefuelling, because we are not competing on this leg.We will be listed asDNS (Did Not Start) because we were still anchored in La Playita when therally left Contadora in the Las Perlas Islands.Our earlier than anticipated arrival. read more...


21/11/2011

Jade - Log written Monday, 1pm

Jade has been sailing at or near hull speed for three days straight. She is handling well today on a triple reefed main and a full Yankee. Swells from the rear port quarter give us a roll to starboard occasionally and then we glide to an upright position. Occasionally when the swell is big enough water washes over the deck and the starboard toe rail skims through the water.  The sensation is like a smooth galloping horse. We have owned Jade for 5 years. We spent four years upgrading her, especially focusing on replacing the chain plates and rigging. Since January 2011 we have cruised on Jade up the east coast as far as Maine. However, ocean sailing is a completely different and wonderful experience. It is incredibly rewarding and satisfying to experience this boat for an extended. read more...


13/02/2014

Sweet Pearl - Las Perlas --> Galapagos - 7. Tag - Äquator

Heute wird es soweit sein - wir werden den Äquator überqueren. Das ganze Schiff wurde instruiert: egal ob männlich oder weiblich, ob gross oder klein, ob jung oder alt, ob beim Schlafen oder beim Essen, jeder muss verkleidet antreten wenn wir die Grenze zwischen Nordhalbkugel und Südhalbkugel überschreiten. Dieser Moment wird natürlich festgehalten - Foto folgt:-). Wir freuen uns alle auf Galapagos mit seiner grossen Tierwelt, das wir - nach Anpassung unserer Geschwindigkeit - nach Sonnenaufgang morgen (14. Februar) erreichen sollten. Erstes Ziel ist die Insel San Cristobal, wo wir in der Bucht vor dem Hafen Puerto Baquerizo ankern und einklarieren. Das Einklariern wird dann unser erstes grosses Erlebnis - anscheinend werden uns um die zehn Personen von verschiedenen Instanzen,. read more...


13/02/2014

Firefly - Into the Southern Hemisphere

Just after 8AM local time on Wednesday, Neptune's wife, looking very fetching in her pink silk komono, face mask and floppy hat (Paul dressed up ) rose from the depths (well the cabin) complete with a trident (made from a boat hook) and welcomed us across the Equator. We gave offerings to Neptune and the sea - a glass of bubbly and home made carrot cake and we crossed safely to the Southern Hemisphere. The crew consumed the rest of the bubbly kindly given to us by the team on Celebrate and had quite a jolly party. It proved difficult to get back into the watch system after all this excitement. We are now at anchor on Isla San Cristobal with the sea lions swimming around the back of Firefly.On the way in we were followed by a shark a little distance and saw a whale breach and a huge ray. read more...


13/02/2014

Trillium - Trillium Has Crossed the Equator!

We celebrated the crossing into the southern hemisphere late this afternoon (Wednesday) with champagne and a photo session. It was great to finally reach the 00.00 reading on the chart plotter! We have had many wonderful days of sailing with steady winds and only motoring a few times when the wind was too low or in the wrong direction. Trillium needs at least 10 kts to start moving and loves to fly at 20-30 kts. The Pacific has been passive so far and provided a great experience for our son, Nick, who is sailing for the first time. Other than sail changes, the crew has not been overworked!Last night we had another night of shouting in Spanish - somewhat like the night in the Panama Canal. It seems we ventured in the dark into the range of a fishing boat with the 2 mile long lines out. He. read more...


12/02/2014

Starblazer - 12/02/2014 – Wishes come true

In yesterday’s log we were wishing for either a wind shift or less wind so we could sensibly motor, we got both with unwanted additions!Almost exactly 24 hours after turning the engine off the wind died, we could make only about 3 knots and the current was having an increased effect, pushing us further north.We rolled away the genoa, put the engine on, then altered course to try to get further south.Within 30 minutes the wind backed 90 degrees and piped up to 20 knots.That should have made great sailing in the right direction but now we come to the ‘unwanted extras’.The wind was under the leading edge of a squall system which had sneaked up on us.The wind soon died but alas the squall system hung around for about 4 hours! The radar showed us in the centre of a 12 mile diameter circle of. read more...


12/02/2014

American Spirit II - Day 40; Crossing the Equator; Wednesday, February 12, 2014

At 3:45 AM this morning, during Darlene's 3:00 AM - 6:00 AM watch, we came upon some fishermen who had laid miles of nets almost in front of us. A fishing skiff, one of 6 that the 'mother ship' had been pulling behind her(we'd seen them earlier in the day whey they crossed under our stern), rushed us and the crew members on board starting shouting at us in Spanish. They drove their boat toward us and 'herded' us away from their nets. Fifteen minutes later we we near a flashing light, which was the corner or end of their net. This flashing light was a buoy that they had placed to mark the southeast corner of their nets. Once there, they stopped escorting us and we got back on course toward Galapagos. We only lost 15 minutes in the diversion. Another boat, Trillium, we found out later,. read more...


12/02/2014

Celebrate - Log Day 17- Lovely Las Perlas!

Leaving our perfect Panama City memories behind us, including Davide of the World Rally as he returns to his homeland of Sardinia, we sail on to the lovely Las Perlas Islands.What a spectacular sight of 30 plus World Rally boats anchored in front of a beautiful beach at Contadora Island, part of the Las Perlas Islands.In the background, the pretty Villa Hotel Romantica, aptly named with circular patios for the restaurant and bar hanging out over the beach cliff.Between the rendezvous and barbecue our nights were filled with laughter and good times as we prepared to start Leg 2 of the Rally going to the Galapagos.Cheers to Paul, Suzana and Joel for making our stay go so smoothly!CathyNext, the equator and memories of Leg 2.. read more...


12/02/2014

Flomaida II - Äquatortaufe

Auf dem Foto sieht man, dass wir gerade den Äquator "überschwommen" haben.Bei uns ist es jetzt 1 Uhr nachts. Neptun hat auch ein Schlückchen Bier bekommen- hatten Beide keine Lust auf edlere Sachen-, und vorn auf der Reling leistet uns noch ein großer, weißer Vogel Gesellschaft, allerdings schläft er mit dem Kopf zwischen den Federn. Erstaunlich, dass er instinktiv ausbalanciert.Falls er zum Frühstück bleibt, gibt es ein Foto.Gestern war ein Tag zum Abhaken, bis auf dass nichts kaputt ging- oder doch? Wir mussten den ganzen Tag motoren,weil sich kein Lüftchen rührte, und das Wasser aussah wie Flüssigblei.Heute dagegen war ein Traumtag zum Segeln: Wind aus der richtigen Richtung mit 20 Knoten und kaum Welle, so dass wir teilweise 9 Knoten fahren konnten-alle Segel waren gesetzt.Beim. read more...


Flomaida II - Äquatortaufe
Flomaida II - Äquatortaufe
12/02/2014

Nexus - Galapagos!

Nexus crossed the finish line at 18:29 in San Cristobal, Galapagos (or Archipelago de Colon as Ecuador has named them), and we are safely anchored in the harbor under quarantine until tomorrow morning. We had a beautiful sail here and are glad to be on the hook. We've prepared our defenses at the back of the boat to avoid becoming a sea lion hotel as we sleep and we've already been looked over by two prospective tenants. We will be visited by a boat full of officials first thing in the morning to check us in. We had an interesting night sail, Russ was on the 2-4am watch, and after negotiating a crossing with a freighter, noticed a dim red light on the water ahead of the boat. Since it was only a red light, he was thinking sailboat tricolor and couldn't work out how far away it was. Then. read more...


11/02/2014

Firefly - Not so lucky lure this time

Just as Peter started writing this log, a cry of 'fish' came from Susie in the cockpit; we had a hooked a 4 feet long Marlin, it jumped four times in the air; and then it was gone, the 100lb breaking strain line had snapped and the lucky lure gone with it. We are very sad about the suffering we have probably inflicted on the fish. We hope it somehow manages to spit out our tackle. The pink squid look alike had a great track record; set twice, time in the water about 20 minutes, two fish hooked one landed! On reflection we are not sure how we would have coped with a big fish in the cockpit and much more than one supper for three. We are now looking forward to sausages for tea.There are just over 100 n.miles to go to the Equator and around 175 to San Cristobal Island. The bubbly is in the. read more...


11/02/2014

American Spirit II - Day 39; Closing on Galapagos; Tuesday, February 11, 2014

At 5:00 AM a loud alarm sounded on the boat. The alarm was a "Position Lost" alarm. Even though we have a plethora of satellites tracking us and giving us our GPS position, this anomaly keeps popping up every few days. Aggravating when its in the middle of the night. My 'sleeping' hours are 12:00 AM - 6:00 AM, so losing an hour of sleep is costly.On watch at 6:00 AM. Cloudy, wind 14 knots on port bow. Boat speed 6.3 knots. Motor sailing. If or when the wind goes more east, then we can sail. Being in the Doldrums, we keep getting rain showers passing by. No direct hits yet, though. All of us on board are 'bone tire.' Because of this, I called Saphire and advised them that we would not be participating in the 9:00 AM Radio Net with the other boats today. A large Ecuadorian fishing boat,. read more...


11/02/2014

Skyelark of London - Feb 10 -11th

Feb 10We started the day with a sausage and cheese frittata, a Skyelark staple under passage and a nice filling breakfast. Clouds have moved in for the first time, while they do help to lessen the heat of the near equatorial sun it also brought short periods of rain. The winds remain on the nose so we continue to motor towards our long dreamed of destination. We had a beautiful sunset, the sea flat as a mill pond extenuated the rose hue upon the small ripples from the light breeze. For the first time since starting this leg we saw some flying fish hopefully a sign that larger predators are lurking about and the possibility of another fresh fish dinner.Feb 11At 0330 the winds finally picked up and we were able to sail again, not as pleasant for sleeping but this boat was not designed to. read more...


11/02/2014

Hebe - Day 5 Beating to Galapagos.

Tuesday 11th February 201400:21:89N88:08:40WWould you believe it we're cranking along rail in the water battling against a current that doesn't want us to go to the Galapagos.  With these guys on board plus Captain Birdseye Andrew we're working like an Americas Cup boat, constant tweaking of sails watching our SOG (speed) COG (Where we're going) BOG (pongs) then there's much discussion over our VMG (Sorry I haven't a clue) not to mention XTE, DTW and ETA (tomorrow)We've crossed the ITCZ (Doldrums) AS a result of all this  we've got Alpharatz biting our ankles for a photo finish. All good stuff and nice to be out of the Doldrums and using white sails instead of all those hair raising spinnakers. We've had a wonderful moon so brilliant, 2 nights running it lit up a lovely. read more...


Hebe - Day 5 Beating to Galapagos.
Hebe - Day 5 Beating to Galapagos.
11/02/2014

Starblazer - 11/02/2014 – Heading west

From our start in St Lucia all our track is westbound, with a southerly component, so our heading towards the Galapagos is just a little west of south west.Unfortunately the current is conspiring to send us close to west!Let me explain.We point the yacht where we want to go, so long as the wind permits, and make best speed through the water.The water isn’t a stationary object like a road, it has currents which move at varying speeds in varying directions so it carries the boat on a different course at a different speed.The yacht’s log tells us speed through the water and the compass gives us the heading, the wonderful GPS(who remembers Decca, Loran or even Radio Direction Finders?) tells us the course and speed we are making over the ground.The weather forecasters say there is about 1. read more...


11/02/2014

Sweet Pearl - Las Perlas --> Galapagos - 5. Tag - Richtung Westen

Es hat sich gelohnt in den Süden zu fahren - wir haben wieder Wind von ca. 15 Knoten. Nur die Richtung ist mit SW nicht Idealste - aber wir schaukeln das Schiff schon (eindeutig, zweideutig). Der Alltag ist eingekehrt und wir lesen, schlafen, essen, plaudern und relaxen. Morgen oder spätestens übermorgen überqueren wir dann den Äquator und dann heisst es auf der Südhalbkugel auf den Händen laufen - wir sind bereits mächtig am Üben;-). Tom. read more...


11/02/2014

Free & BrEasy - Peaceful Pacific

Today, it's 31 days since we left St Lucia. One month of living the dream on board Free and Br"Easy". A quick health check up of the crew reveals that there is no scurvey, signs of teeth /hair dropping out (more than usual),sailors foot (or is it armpit?) or any other ocean diseases. Captain (Ahab) Stokes is being nice to his crew and his crew have not mutinied (yet but this is always an option). In short dear reader, we are happy! Steadily eating our way through a mountain of oranges, water melon, pineapples and in constant fear that the green, green bananas will ripen all at once. There are rumours that we can't take any fruit into the Galapagos and will have to pig out on fruit or throw it all overboard!Despite there be nothing to do but sail and eat we are all surprisingly busy. The. read more...


10/02/2014

American Spirit II - Day 38; Joel Saves Big Bird!; Monday, February 10, 2014

Not mentioned on the day's previous log because I sent it in early, was at 5:15 PM Sunday a large white bird, with black and white wings,a long neck and orange beak; along with a 3 - 4 foot wingspan, made a pass over our 2 fishing lines and his left wing got caught in one of the lines. Not the hook, just the line. He went down like a Nazi ME 109 during the Battle of Britain in the English Channel. Splash! As Joel Heyne donned 2 fishing type gloves, I reeled him in. He just sat in the water trying to swim under water and get away. We stopped the boat and turned the motor off. After what seemed like forever of reeling him in, the bird made it to our transom and looked up at Joel, who pounced with lightning speed, grabbing the bird's long beak with his left hand. He never knew what grabbed. read more...


10/02/2014

Firefly - Chugging along

We have been making great progress towards Galapagos, albeit using the engine to motor sail for about 40 hours since the wind shut down. On Monday morning we managed to start sailing again and had several hours close hauled beating achieving a reasonable speed despite heading into some waves. The current remains reasonably favorable running at about 1.5 knots in a Westerly direction but is increasingly swinging North. Therefore as well as pushing us in the right direction our best close hauled course was gradually getting worse so the engine has had to come back on to help out.For this leg in particular Firefly is carrying a lot of extra fuel. In addition to the relatively small 150 litre fuel tank we have 30 x 5 litre jerry cans all individually strapped in place under the floorboards. read more...


10/02/2014

Skyelark of London - 9th Feb - whos in the doldrums?

Dawn broke to a sea shared only with a container ship headed for the canal and the morning star bright in the sky. A beautiful, starry night and a bright, new moon released by a up coming sun and a light breeze from north, changing into no breeze at all and a light clouded sky which gives us a kind, cooler day in the great Pacific . Dull room, hm, where have I heard about that? It is obviously around us everywhere. With only 8 knots of wind we would have been rather stuck without our trustable horses. Heading 221 South on "oiled water" there is no "rocking and rolling", but a great opportunity to do even more sophisticated dishes. Sams banana cake today is among our highlights of deliciouscourses. Who was talking about losing weight?....We have wonderful days at sea, enjoying every. read more...


10/02/2014

Nexus - Yeeehaaa! The thrill is back!

After a boring night of motoring, the wind came around this morning and built to 15kts by noon. Nexus is sailing to windward with a bone in her teeth at 8-10kts and we are all smiles here! Adding to the thrill of the new day, we hooked two Marlin this morning, probably the only fish that will chase an 8-10kt lure. One large one pulled about 100 meters of line out and majestically tail walked for about 30 meters across our stern before throwing the lure and going free! The other one pulled almost all of our line out and then stole our lure by snapping the leader. We use low quality hooks which rust out of their mouths quite quickly, as they are simply beautiful creatures and we would hate to have one die after getting away. The day is partly cloudy and cooler which is welcome, and the. read more...


10/02/2014

Starblazer - 10/02/2014 – Doldrums

This area has two names: the doldrums and the horse latitudes though the latter is a little more specific.One story is that the ‘horse latitudes’ are so called because, in the days of sailing ships, the lack of wind meant food supplies ran low and the sailors were forced to eat the horses they had on board.The vegetarian option is that they threw them overboard to swim away when fodder or water ran out.Take your pick!This lack of wind is caused by the ITCZ (inter tropical convergence zone) where the weather systems of the two hemispheres meet.It does move about and doesn’t just sit neatly above the equator so the doldrums also shift a bit further north or a bit further south.All I can say for certain is that we have found them and have been motoring steadily for about 36 hours.Two very. read more...


10/02/2014

Flomaida II - auf See Richtung Galapagos

Nun ist selbst mir der Ozean zu still geworden!Gestern haben wir noch allesversucht, um zu segeln und waren am Abend schlag kaputt. Sind halt auchnicht mehr die Jüngsten!! Morgens haben wir erstmal den Genacker wiederverstaut, da wir den Parasailor nach dem Frühstück setzen wollten. Danndrehte der leichte Wind aber doch so, dass wir ihn wieder hochzogen.Leiderscheint die Chemie zwischen ihm und uns nicht zu stimmen, er ist wiedergerissen! Also alles wieder runter und die Taue verstaut. Dann haben wirdas Besan Stag Segel gesetzt, das uns gut 1 Knoten mehr Geschwindigkeitbrachte. Als dann der Wind mehr von Achtern kam, wie angekündigt, haben wires wieder verstaut und den Parasailor mit allen Tauen vorbereitet- allesnicht so einfach, wenn man ihn lange Zeit nicht benutzt hat.. read more...


Flomaida II - auf See Richtung Galapagos
Flomaida II - auf See Richtung Galapagos
10/02/2014

Hebe - Day3 Towards Galapagos

Sunday 9th February 201402:41:97N83:31:05WHectic day, up and down with every sail Hebe has  in an effort to make the most of every little scrap of wind.  Finally we tried the parasail as the wind had shifted behind and it got in a terrible twist , as we were cursing and untangling the lines a whale blew whoosh beside us , wow! James was abandoned in the galley charged with cooking, up went the sail, phew we all ate a surprisingly tasty supper when the wind died and the whole lot had to come down again.  We then motored into a very dark and squally night when in fact we should have had some sails up, but everyone too tired!!   Gone are the starry nights with sparkling phosphorescence streaming along the boats length, and hello to equatorial squalls..  Only 2. read more...


09/02/2014

Nexus - Motoring is boring

Well the sleigh ride is over, about 11pm last night we pulled in the Spinnaker and started the engine, and here we are loping along on one engine on a hot day with little if any wind. We're getting a surprising 1.5-2Kt boost from a favorable current, but the seas are a bit of a washboard which makes the ride less comfortable. On the lighter side, we saw a pod of spinner dolphins this morning on watch, which leap high in the air and do flips and acrobatics for you, which is always a special thrill. I didn't know they were this far north in the Pacific. If this current keeps up, we'll be in the Galapagos by Tuesday evening. We're thinking about crossing the Equator for the first time tomorrow, Sheldon has some fiendish plan for a ceremony to welcome us to the seven seas club, which we are. read more...


09/02/2014

Skyelark of London - The pacific

7th FebAfter the ceremony and formality of the World ARC starting line we enjoyed agreat early sail amid light winds with Dan opting to forego the spinnaker while we watched other boats drop behind to wrestle theirs. Gradually though the conditions became ripe and we launched te spinnaker and made good progress, albeitlistening with some frustration as crews around us taunted each other with fishy tales. We opted instead for Sams sausage pasta, but just as the sausages thawed our lure tactics paid off and George expertly landed and seamlessly filleted a 5ft Dorada or mahi-mahi.Around 9pm a loud thump from on deck signalled a turn around. Our skipper Em had received news of a family emergency necessitating our return to Panama so she could fly home. We spent the night sailing upwind and. read more...


09/02/2014

Firefly - Wind shuts down, crew goes overboard!

As expected the wind dropped late Saturday afternoon and we started motoring. On the radio net role call Sunday morning all boats reported light winds but with the leading boats on a more Southerly route enjoying some breeze building from the South and that they were starting to sail again. Currently we are motoring at relatively low revs on a glassy sea, there is 3 knots of breeze on the port beam so we have the mainsail up and along with a favorable currents its all helping us to achieve an SOG (speed over ground) of about 6.5 knots towards Galapagos.Its very warm here and Susie insisted that we stop for a swim to cool down a bit. Having seen Youtube videos of yachts stopping mid ocean, the crew diving off and a great white turning up, Paul was a little reluctant to take part but was. read more...


09/02/2014

American Spirit II - Day 37; The Trophy Size Blue Marlin That Got Away!; How I Log; Sunday, February 9, 2014

The story you about to hear is a true fish story. Not to be confused with the 'fibber' fish stories that all fishermen make up. You know what I mean. The imaginary largest fish in the world that got away story. One of the differences between my fish story and others is that I had a witness. Joel Heyne. Joel was sound asleep at the time (he got off watch at 3:00 AM), but my yelling at the top of my lungs woke him up, which is a feat in itself. And though I have friends who would gladly alibi for me, Joel is not one to cross that line for a fish. Joel, did you see that whale that I hooked?So, back to the story. At 8:35 AM this morning I hooked a GIANT Blue Marlin. At first I thought I had a nice size Dolphin (Mahi Mahi, not Flipper). I said 'trophy size' in the subject line because Joel. read more...


09/02/2014

Trillium - Trillium Has a Great First Day to the Galapagos

We had a beautiful sail all day our first day out. The fleet looked fabulous with genakers and spinnakers flying. Our vantage point was perfect being in the middle of the fleet. We took photos of many other boats and hope someone has a good one of us with the blue and white genaker flying. It was also a great day for fishing. Actually it turned in to a fishing contest with a lot of fun chatter on the VHF. We finally caught our first ones: three tunas, but one took off with our new lure just as we brought him to the boat. So the score is 2 for Trillium and 1 for the ocean! All is well and the sailing is great. Nick is learning and it is wonderul to have him here with us. He just learned that it is a "rhumb" line and not a RUM line! He is so disappointed!. read more...


09/02/2014

Trillium - Trillium Off to the Galapagos

We had a great start for Leg 2 on a beautiful sailing day. The fleet looked fabulous with all of the genakers and spinakers flying! We took photos of many boats and hope someone has a good one of our big blue genaker. The day turned into a fishing contest with a lot of catches. The chatter or banter on the VHF was fun as different boats threw down challenges! At roll call, the best reply was "we baked a fine loaf of bread" by a boat that didn't fish! We caught 3 tuna, but one decided to take our new lure home when we got him close to the boat! So the score stands at: 2 for Trillium, 1 for the Ocean.Our youngest son Nick is with us. It is his first experience on the boat and the ocean. He is learning many skills and it is a joy to have him here. He just discovered with great. read more...


09/02/2014

Starblazer - 08/02/2014 – Calm!

This leg of the rally is expected to need a lot of diesel because we are in the area known as the doldrums, we hope we have enough. During the night the breeze dropped off but, as the prop was making a worrying rumbling sound, we plodded on under main and genoa. The wind veered (shifted clockwise) and we really should have changed the sailplan however we put it off until daylight with both of us on deck. The one job we did in the dark, at watch changeover, was to fit the gybe preventer in readiness for another wind shift. We ran for most of the day with twin genoas poled out and the mainsail, which we finally dropped mid-afternoon. The wind disappeared completely just as I was about to go off watch so we rolled the sails away and are now making steady progress under engine. The sea. read more...


09/02/2014

Sweet Pearl - Las Perlas --> Galapagos - 3. Tag - Richtung Süden

Wir segeln momentan mehr Richtung Süden, als Richtung Westen um wenigstens ein wenig Wind zu ergattern. In der Nacht mussten wir allerdings schon bereits Motoren...mal schauen was der heutige Tag bringt. Ansonsten können wir uns nicht beklagen: alle sind wohl auf, die Sonne scheint und es gibt wenig Wellen - schon fast langweilig, wenn man sich daran gewöhnt hat:-).Liebe Grüsse. Tom. read more...


09/02/2014

American Spirit II - Day 36; We Lose the Wind; Saturday, February 8, 2014

This morning the wind continues to build, eventually reaching a peak of 30 knots, with 7 foot breaking seas directly behind us. As the wind kept building, we kept putting reefs in the sails, both the main and jib. Eventually, we had 2 reefs in the main and one in the jib. We were surfing at up to 10.8 knots. At 11:00 AM, 24 hours after leaving Las Perlas, we had covered 163 nautical miles at an average speed of 6.8 knots. Cool. However, the wind started dropping after lunch, and by 4:25 PM we were forced to put on the motor. The weather forecast had called for wind for the first 2 days. Almost. We motored with the main sail and then with that sail and the jib. Motor sailing. The wind was only 3 knots, increasing to 6 on the bow later.For dinner we had Blue Fin Tuna and Potatoes. Nice sun. read more...


09/02/2014

American Spirit II - Day 35; Off to Galapagos; Friday, February 7, 2014

At 11:00 AM all the (40)boats in the Rally started for the Galapagos with 'race start.' American Spirit II was over the line a few seconds early, so we had to do a 360 and restart. Oh well. About 10 boats, including American Spirit, were flying Spinnakers. To go with our boat name, American Spirit, our Spinnaker is Red, White and Blue. For our British friends 'reviewing' this log, those are the colors of our national flag. At 12:55 AM Nexus, a 60 foot catamaran, spotted a whale blowing between them and an island. We were about 3 miles to starboard of them. Some boats get all the luck! How cool is that? At 4:25 PM we caught our first fish! A Blue Fin Tuna, about 4 pounds. Joel reeled him in. And corresponding with our policy on board of 'filet and release', the fish was quickly. read more...


09/02/2014

Hebe - 2nd Leg Day 2

04:40:06N081:33:36WChugging along tonight having hit the Doldrums, but the past 2 days have been brilliant with a good breeze and able to sample a lot of Hebe's fancy wardrobe. WE all got off to a terrific start yesterday morning from Las Perlas everyone getting their spinnakers up on the start line, Hebe's got twisted much to our embarrassment. I was helming which is exciting.Bit of a shock to be rocking and rolling again at sea staggering about in the galley trying to produce meals with drawers slamming, then getting back into the watch system at night. The first night always the worst, we haven't been to sea for weeks. We all sailed happily down the huge Gulf of Panama where the water is green, full of silt from the canal, masses of plankton and fish, everyone chatting on the radio. read more...


08/02/2014

Nexus - Sailing into the Doldrums

A glorious second sailing day on Leg 2, riding a jet of 20-22kts astern coming out of the Gulf of Panama, venting into what we're told is a vast vacuum of no wind in the Inter Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) or better known as "The Doldrums". We've been ghosting along at 8-10kts all day, boosted by the occasional pat on the bottom from sets of small waves scooting us along our way. With forecasts of the wind dying this evening or tomorrow(or more accurately we will sail out of the wind), we'll have to turn on the Iron Genny. We saw another whale near the boat at 0630 this morning, which was great accompaniment for another spectacular sunrise. We sailed in company with Boingo Alive, who came across our stern at sunrise for some really great photo shots of their Parasailor Spinnaker, and. read more...


08/02/2014

Hebe - Galapagos here we come.

Friday 7th February07:39:07N79:34:70WSuper final few days in Las Perlas, dodging jellyfish but finding good swim spots.  Had an ARCy rendezvous with all the other boats , BBQ and prize giving tonight, wonder how we did?  (We woz robbed - Ed)There's a hotel here with everyone glued to their laptops trying to get news.  A far cry from Bernard Montessier in the first circumnavigation race who used a catapult to send letters to passing ships.  We have one on board made by an Embrerer indian. We need to prepare for crossing the Equator we're told we need to offer incantations and gifts, I have a stone from Salisbury cathedral with PEACE engraved on it, for us to throw in.  The youngest male on board has to dress up as Poseidon's wife, here you go Harry!. read more...


Hebe - Galapagos here we come.
Hebe - Galapagos here we come.
Hebe - Galapagos here we come.
Hebe - Galapagos here we come.
Hebe - Galapagos here we come.
Hebe - Galapagos here we come.
08/02/2014

Firefly - We caught a fish on the way to the Doldrums

Leg 2 of the World ARC commenced from Contradora in the Las Perlas Islands at 1100 on Friday 7th and we are now en route to San Cristobal in the Galapagos Islands. There was a BBQ and prizegiving ashore on our last evening. We were very pleasaed to be in the prizes coming third on handicap in Class B ( we know its not a race!)and with others won a Panamanian wind instrument (bit like a recorder)for our log contributions to the World ARC web site. During the evening Susie drew on her early years and gave a very impressive rendition of 'London's Burning'. We also predicted our finish time to San Blas more accurately than other boats and within just over an hour, only to be told we didn't submit our time within the deadline.Next morning in a force 2, Firefly was first away at the start,. read more...


08/02/2014

Celebrate - Log Day 16 - Party, Party on the "Party Bus"!

It was Friday morning and first we said our fond farewells to our Panama Canal mates Andy Barrow and John & Kat Langenheim. We had a French Toast farewell breakfast and they were off to catch their flights out of Panama. Then it was time to welcome our next shipmate, Randy Brand, from Fairbanks, Alaska. He was going to join us on the "Party Bus" that night.Colored lights flashing everywhere on the Panama Party Bus! With a free bar, live DJ on board and plenty of room for dancing it was a popular night of fun. Some of the best dancing we have seen from our own Paul, Rally Control; Bryan, Darlene and Joel, American Spirit; Dagmar, Flomaida and my own Charlie of Celebrate!A very good time was had by all!Cathy  . read more...


Flomaida II - Michelada - mein Lieblingsgetränk- Bier mit Salzrand und Limonensaft!Auf der Terrasse des Hotel Romantica auf Contadora/Las Perlas
Flomaida II - Michelada - mein Lieblingsgetränk- Bier mit Salzrand und Limonensaft!Auf der Terrasse des Hotel Romantica auf Contadora/Las Perlas
08/02/2014

Flomaida II - Las Perlas und der Start nach Galapagos

Die 3 Tage in einer geschützten Bucht vor dem Hotel Romantica in Contadora/Las Perlas waren vollgestopft mit Programm von World ARC und Reparaturen- diesmal nur erfolgreich,obwohl uns erst der Schock getroffen hatte!Unsere 12 neuen Batterien schienen nicht mehr richtig zu laden. Horrorerklärungen und Erfahrungen von anderen Mitseglern gingen von: die Batterien seien zerschossen, weil sie zu schnell geladen wurden, bis, dass vielleicht eine Batterie kaputt sei, die die anderen runterziehe. Also hat Christoph jede einzelne Batterie getestet. Alle waren ok.Das war erstmal das Wichtigste! (Wir hatten ja neue Batterien in Martinique bekommen.) Es konnte damit nur das Anzeigegerät sein, das nicht zurückgesetzt wurde beim Einbau der neuen Batterien. Und so war es dann auch. Dann hat Christoph. read more...


Flomaida II - Las Perlas und der Start nach Galapagos
Flomaida II - Las Perlas und der Start nach Galapagos
08/02/2014

Starblazer - 01/02/2014 - Finally we escape Panama

We have not had the best experience of the delights of Panama because we have been delayed all week, awaiting parts for the generator.I have not written a log since Sunday because it would have just been a tale of woe!First thing Monday morning John phoned Fischer Panda in the UK, spoke to the very helpful Service Manager.He went ashore to telephone Venezuela, which was the nearest agent for Farymann, the German makers of the diesel engine in the generator and to get internet access.Having also tried Miami, Germany (closed at 1600 UT) and two stockists in the USA he found the parts we needed in South Carolina. Ordered, paid for and shipped that afternoon, we paid for a FedEx next day delivery.It was almost a ‘next week’ delivery and cost us significantly more to finally get the bits back. read more...



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