Lyonesse - Tallinn to St. Petersburg
Tuesday, July 28th When I first arrived in Tallinn I was surprised by the size of the city, it was smaller than I would assume for a capital. Despite the size, the old town was lovely; cute little houses, an old wall and good food. After a few days in Tallinn where I had the chance to meet the other participants of the ARC Baltic, a lot different people who are all very welcoming, we set off to Kronstadt, where we had to wait for "a bit" while Russian officials checked our passports and boat. Later we sailed off to Saint Petersburg. Although that was only the last 15 nautical miles of the whole journey, it was the most uncomfortable part as it was raining buckets and it was not easy to navigate between the commercial ships in the narrow shipping lanes. Close to Saint. read more...
Firefly - Duck Billed Platypus at Eungella National Park
Firefly moored up to the Q dock in Mackay on Wednesday 22nd July at 2000. Aretha had arrived a couple of hours before and a few hours after us, Garlix and Hugur also came in. Despite being advised against any boat to boat social interactions while waiting on the customs dock - an impromptu party was started on Aretha, with Dagmar from German yacht Garlix providing each of us with a cup of hot 'Grog'. Apart from a clear interlude after our passage through the Great Barrier Reef and partway across the lagoon to Mackay the weather had continued to be quite bad with rain, although the wind had moderated - 'Grog' was definately appropriate.The 100 mile passage across the lagoon was great as there was no longer any swell once inside the reef and we were eating as much of the fresh food that. read more...
Exody - Days 192-198 : Waves, Wind, Wallabies and Winter Sales
The wind kept on building on Tuesday 21st and much of the day we were in 25 to 35 knots with gusts topping 40 knots accompanied by horizontal rain and very poor visibility - the waves and swell were large but not uncomfortable on the rear quarter. We were down to treble reefed main and genny. Wednesday cleared progressively and we were able to see the one or two ships crossing our path north/south at five or six miles range. By the middle of the day, our long missed friend the sun was out and the wind dropped - we motored most of the last 40 miles in to the Hydrogapher's Passage - the well marked and lit shipping route through the Great Barrier Reef, crossing the World ARC finish line after dark at 20.10. Although still 100 miles off the mainland coast, the. read more...
Shenanigan - Tallinn to St Petersburg
Good downwind sailing from Tallinn to Russia with anti gybe, precision steering from Christopher.We negotiated the narrow traffic separation scheme into Russian waters in thick fog passing ships and cruise liners closer that we would normally due to the width of the channel.A little tussle with customs, 5 ¼ hours, sniffer dogs, 5 custom officers and some of our beer saw us safely through the immigration and customs process! A long story to be told over a glass of wine (or beer!).On this trip rather than arriving everywhere in the middle of the night as on previous trips, we are setting a pattern of arriving in 30+ knots of wind. St Petersburg lived up to this; which actually turned out to be to our advantage as we were given a berth on the super yacht pontoons. The boys were. read more...
Luna Quest - Thursday 22nd July and Friday 23rd July, 2015
Noon Position: 20.50S 149.49EDaily run: 139 logged miles since yesterday and 121 logged miles the day beforeYesterday marked the first good day since leaving Vanuatu other than the first day. The sun tried to come out and the wind settled to a moderate breeze from the ENE, just insufficient, however, to make for an entry into the Hydrographer’s Passage at slack tide at 22.30pm. We therefore motored-sailed to keep a speed up of 5 knots minimum. Well before we reach the Great Barrier Reef, the wind increased aided by squalls in the early evening improving our speed to over 6 knots. However, this meant an early arrival and potentially turbulent waters at the entrance. As we approached we took down all sail and motored into the entrance well marked by powerful lights at 21.45pm. No. read more...
Flomaida II - Darwin vom 6.7.-25.7.2015
Nachdem unser Schiffchen mal wieder von einem Taucher der Bio Security begutachtet wurde, durften wir in die Marina per Schleuse wie in Panama. Ebbe und Hochwasser haben hier ca 7 m Unterschied. Man hat hier Angst, dass eine besonders aggressive Muschelart eingeschleppt wird!Hier ist es "Winter", das ist so wie bei uns ein besonders heißer Sommertag! (30 tags/16 nachts)Die Menschen freuen sich, dass sie ihre Wintersachen tragen können, und in der Zeitung gibt es ein Bild einer Frau mit Hund: Beide tragen Wollmützen, Handschuhe und Schal, und sie trinkt gerade eine heiße Schokolade! Wir sind halt "Down Under" im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes!Jetzt am WE gab es eine Regatta mit Booten, die nur aus Bierdosen gebaut waren. Teilweise sehr kreative und originelle Modelle! Ein Riesenspaß für Groß. read more...