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24/04/2015

American Spirit II - Day 472; Back in the USA!; Thursday, April 23, 2015

New tracker information from Rally Control:Now that the World ARC has finished, the rally reporting and mapping has also finished. Yourself, family and friends can follow the progress of American Spirit on your YB private page http://my.yb.tl/americanspirit**************************************One year ago today:"Day 110; Agent Visits, Electricity at Dock Problem, Follie a Deux Visits for Dinner, and First East German Contact; Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Up at 7:50 AM when our agent, Laurent, arrived at boat. We gave him the stainless steel anchor roller, which needed a weld and a backing plate made for it. He said he'd have it back to us in a day or two. Joel then went to the nearby Mobil station and dropped off our propane tank to get filled with propane. We had to switch to our. read more...


23/04/2015

American Spirit II - Day 471; A Long Day of Motor Sailing Along Cuba's North Coast & a Boat Surprises Me in a Close Encounter; Wednesday, April 22, 2015

New tracker information from Rally Control:Now that the World ARC has finished, the rally reporting and mapping has also finished. Yourself, family and friends can follow the progress of American Spirit on your YB private page http://my.yb.tl/americanspirit******************************One year ago today:"Day 109; On to Papeete in Tahiti, Anchor Roller Problem & Follie a Deux Dinner Party; Tuesday, April 22, 2014. The top of Mount Orohena on Tahiti, its largest mountain at 7,340 feet, stuck out of the cloud bank over the island. Impressive. Tahiti is surrounded by reefs, as all of the Society Islands are, with these reefs being 1/2 to 2 miles from shore. Tahiti also has the largest population in French Polynesia, with 80,000 inhabitants."******************************I relieved. read more...


22/04/2015

Exody - Days 99-101: Marooned off Moorea

....stuck for nearly 24 hours by the relatively high winds of up to 28 knots that discouraged us from making the half mile upwind dinghy trip to the landing place at the village of Papetoia.We were all still thoroughly soaked going ashore this morning, Tuesday 21st April with the winds still at about 20 knots.We are anchored in just four metres in the second of two lagoons just inside the encircling reef of Moorea at the iconic bay of Opunohu (Bali Hai) - you'll all have seen it in the Sunday Colour supplements - a bit like 'Fatu Hiva on steroids' to quote something I read.There were just five other boats here, the crews of which, like us, stayed on board during all of Monday. All of these Society Islands combine the key features of the Marquesas Islands - striking lush green vertiginous. read more...


22/04/2015

American Spirit II - Day 470; Supplemental - Yellow Brick Tracker Address for American Spirit II; Tuesday, April 21, 2015

I received the following information from Rally control on how to track our boat:"Now that the World ARC has finished, the rally reporting and mapping has also finished. Yourself, family and friends can follow the progress of American Spirit on your YB private page http://my.yb.tl/americanspirit"Brian Fox. read more...


22/04/2015

American Spirit II - Day 470; New Tracker Information, a Good Day Motoring and Sailing Along the North Cuban Coast, and We Get Boarded During the Night; Tuesday, April 21, 2015

New tracker information from Rally Control:Now that the World ARC has finished, the rally reporting and mapping has also finished. Yourself, family and friends can follow the progress of American Spirit on your YB private page http://my.yb.tl/americanspirit*********************************************One year ago today: "Day 108; Last Day in Moorea, Made Bread and Bali Hai Pool; Monday, April 21, 2014. I worked on itinerary for David and Paul, arriving late April 26 from Chicago and Phoenix. Early afternoon I took Tracy Ramsey's bread recipe and made my first loaf of bread on boat. Missing a couple of items, like a mixing bowl and had to use butter in place of shortening. One of the problems in shopping in a foreign country is that sometimes its hard to find in the store what you want. read more...


21/04/2015

American Spirit II - Day 469; We're Half Way to Key West and Have a Great Motor Sailing Day Along the North Coast of Haiti and then Cuba; Monday, April 20, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 107; Tough Morning at Anchorage, Easter Sunday Services, Lauren and Brian Visit & Chef Stephen Strikes Again; Sunday, April 20, 2014. As the morning sun approached it got cloudy, windy and started to rain. Unlike other cloud meeting mountain situations, the clouds and associated rain and wind were from a 'larger' system. The wind began to howl in the bay, and the boat swung back and forth as the wind swirled down the mountain passes. The wind increased in gusts to over 30, probably some over 40. The anchor chain, instead of lying limp and weighty at the bow, was stretched out to its maximum. Its times like this that your sole thought is, is the anchor going to hold? Since the bottom is mud, we should be OK. We're parked closer than we should to land, with a. read more...


21/04/2015

Exody - Days 92-98: Three Tuamotus - Manihi, Ahe & Rangiroa

The village at Manihi proved very quiet and small- helpful post office where I got them to plug the internet back in after the weekend so that we could get our 'Manaspot' from the boat, two small shops with very limited supplies but not bad freezers and a snack bar where all we found was canned Fanta! Hugur was tied to the dock in the pass with phenomenally clear water below and it was at that 'waterside restaurant' we had enjoyed steak on board the previous night - Sunday 12th April, after happy hour on Ayama.Whilst we were ashore Monday, German catamaran FatCat arrived anchoring just upwind from us - we'd previously met them at Fatu Hiva and were invited on board for happy hour which generously morphed into dinner- the women had psychology in common. Once again we were taken with what. read more...


21/04/2015

American Spirit II - Day 468; A Great Day Sailing, We're Off the Coast of the Dominican Republic, We Use Civetta II's 'Ascender' for the First Time, & I Start Log Book No. 8; Sunday, April 19, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 106; Computer Problem, Belvedere View Point, Looking for the Waterfall, Top Dive & Stephen Cooks Fabulous Dinner; Saturday, April 19, 2014. We left for an island tour in the Avis rental at 9:00 AM. We drove by a spectacular view spot where busses and cars had pulled over to take pictures. A high overlook over the ocean, with fabulous colored reefs and thatch huts (hotel rooms) over the water. These thatched huts have glass for some of their floor space, so you can see fish swim by from your room. How cool is that! An expensive resort. Probably the most expensive one on the island. The view was spectacular, and included some anchored sailboats and a pass thru the reef."************************Up at 6:00 AM to relieve Darlene. She says she had lightning during. read more...


20/04/2015

Firefly - Finally back in the water -

We have had a mad dash to get the boat back in the water and once back inwe found that the max prop had been badly adjusted so very poor ahead speed!(basically overpitched) In and out again (not the song) and back in and working... Checking all oursystems and new bits and pieces and seem like we are now getting there...Getting up to speed with technology as well having not used the SAT phonefor over 3 years Will keep everyone appraised on how we are getting on!N m_IMG_450715852. read more...


Firefly - Finally back in the water -
Firefly - Finally back in the water -
19/04/2015

American Spirit II - Day 467; We Sail by Puerto Rico, Cross the Mona Passage, Talk to Some Ships & Have the Domincan Republic on our Port Beam; Saturday, April 18, 2015

I found out telephonically that our Yellow Brick tracker still has the boat in the BVI. Not true. We'll be off Cuba Monday evening; and in Key West by Friday, April 24. Stay tuned. Hopefully the tracker issue will be resolved Monday when the folks in the UK get back to work. ***********************One year ago today:"Day 105; Car Rental, Good Friday Services and Bali Hai Hotel Party; Friday, April 18, 2014. Up at 4:48 AM. Saw a cruise ship all lit up crossing from west to east towards Tahiti. Went back to bed and got up at 7:12 AM. Went to the Mobil gas station 100 yards from us in search of eggs and bread. No luck. Returned with 3 glorious French pastries, though."************************At 3:00 AM we rolled up the jib and jibed the mainsail from starboard tack to port tack;and left the. read more...


19/04/2015

American Spirit II - Day 466; The Horse (American Spirit II) is Heading to the Barn (Home); Friday, April 17, 2015

Oneyear ago today:"Day 104; Arrived Captain Cook's Bay, Moorea & Pearls; Thursday, April 17, 20114. 7:10 AM Land Ho! Sighted Tahiti 48 miles away. Still no sign of Moorea. Clouds on that part of horizon. Have to take what you can get. Mount Orohena rises to 7,340 feet on Tahiti. I could see the lower left and right sides, and extreme top, of this mountain, as the middle of it was obscured by clouds. In daylight I probably could have seenTahiti 60 miles away."**********************Up at 6:50 AM. Joel and Darlene up at 7:05 AM.Breakfast at 8:15 AM: bacon, 3 eggs, cut up and spiced potato, chilled pineapple and cinnamon bread. At 8:35 AM Joel put on his face mask, snorkel and flippers and hops into the water to rub and scrape away the algae along the waterline. At 9:16 AM I turn on the. read more...


19/04/2015

Exocet Strike - Fakarava to Tahiti

Funny night, should have been a straightforwardsail to Tahiti, it started well but in the middle of the night it started to gowrong, very light and the wind agle instead of being East is more North Eastwhich means we arent sailing to where we want to go, hopefully it will go backto East.   Fakarava was a great place to stop, the pass intothe lagoon was simple and the shelter was great. The local people were verywelcoming and there were some great, simple restaurants, called snack barsthere, but the fish Mahi Mahi was great as were the steaks. Its portrayed inpilot guides as being commercialised, dont think they understand theconcept, its a great sleepy backwater, and very beautiful, I would go back againtomorrow.   Stella and I did a trial scuba dive, which wentreally. read more...


19/04/2015

Aretha - 6 Hours away from being in a Marina - almost at Tahiti

Tahiti. Made famous by Captain Cook and the the Mutiny on the Bounty. The Island steeped in history is just 20 miles away from us now and we will make landfall by around 10am this Sunday morning. It’s the largest Island in French Polynesia and by all accounts a bustling metropolis with some 130,000 people living here. It will be our first marina since leaving Panama - some 2 months ago. It’s strange to think we have been at sea or at anchor since then and have had to be completely self sufficient in that time - making our own water and creating our own electricity - courtesy of our water maker and generator. It’s a good feeling that you can be self sufficient and at the same time good to look forward to the security of a marina and Aretha not moving for a change! Strange when you. read more...


18/04/2015

Blue Pearl - Blue pearl blog attempt

Approximately two weeks from departure from Charleston,SC on the first leg of our adventure. Five days to Bermuda.. read more...


17/04/2015

Sweet Pearl - Azoren --> Barcelona - 22. Tag - Final Destimation reached: Barcelona

Noch sind wir auf hoher See, aber es sieht sehr gut aus, dass wir heute unser letztes Reiseziel: der Port Ginesta in Barcelona erreichen. Nach 22. Tagen, 1700 Seemeilen, 2 Zwischenstopps wurde es jetzt auch langsam Zeit:-). Ganz liebe Grüsse an alle zuhause und wo auch immer, Tom. read more...


17/04/2015

Sweet Pearl - Azoren --> Barcelona - 20. Tag - Und auf die letzte Etappe

Am Sonntag sind wir wetterbedingt in den sicheren Hafen von Almerimar geflüchtet und seit gestern sind wir wieder unterwegs - hoffentlich diesmal direkt nach Barcelona. Das Wetter sieht im Moment ganz gut aus, und nach viel Regen, kommt die Sonne jetzt ab und zu grüssen. Alle sind wohlauf an Bord, auch der Waschy. Liebe Grüsse, Tom. read more...


17/04/2015

American Spirit II - Day 465; We Left Virgin Gorda and Arrived in Jost Van Dyke Island; Thursday, April 16, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 103; Tuomotos Islands Summary, Departed Rangiroa to Moorea, Almost Whale Collision?, Lightning & Full Orange Moon Rise; Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Since we're leaving Rangiroa this morning early, I thought I'd summarize my thoughts regarding the Tuomotos Archipelago, or Dangerous Archipelago. We visited two atolls, Ahe and Rangiroa; entering and leaving thru passes with a lot of current; as much as 4.5 knots; against and with the current. However, the French mark these passes quite well with range markers, and I believe theuse of the word 'dangerous' is overstated and no longer applicable. Exciting would be a better word. Our electronic charts were quite accurate, moreso than the Galapagos. The biggest surprise in these atolls was the size of the coral heads,. read more...


16/04/2015

American Spirit II - Day 464; We Arrive in the BVI, Suffer an Engine Breakdown & Tour the Island with Joe; Wednesday, April 15, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 102; Trip to Passe de Avatoru, Stephen's Dive in Passe de Avatoru, Beach Party and Getting Ready to Depart; Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Stephen's dive trip to Passe de Avatoru was eventful, as he saw and swam with 4 dolphins, a 6 -7 foot silver tip shark and a school of barracuda. Stephen mentioned to his dive guide that we were planning the other night to do a night snorkel of The Aquarium, and he (the guide) indicated that really big sharks come into the pass and The Aquarium area, even the 'shallow' side of The Aquarium; and that subsequently going into the water there would be dangerous. He also said To Dive didn't do night dives because of the liability involved."***********************Relieved Darlene at 6:04 AM. The sun rose at 6:07 AM, but the horizon was. read more...


16/04/2015

American Spirit II - Day 463; A Great Day of Sailing and the Auto Pilot Acts Up Again; Tuesday, April 14, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 101; Laundry, Drift Snorkelin Passe de Tiputa , How to Climb Back into a Dingy and French Dinner Ashore; Monday, April 14, 2014. Steve up at 6:30 AM. I got up 7:00 AM. Early breakfast because Stephen, whose handle is 'The Diver,' had an 8:00 AM dive today. After dropping Stephen off in the dingy at Top Dive, I dingied over to Follie a Deux and then Nexus; planning today's activities. Made a run to the grocery store on Follie a Deux's dingy, where I bought beer and junk food; and filled up 2 five gallon clear plastic containers with 'cistern' water from a hose at the grocery store. An employee in the store drove our beer and some groceries to the dingy dock located about a block away. The 10 gallons of water I got was not going to be used for drinking but for doing. read more...


16/04/2015

American Spirit II - Day 462; We Leave St. Lucia for the British Virgin Islands and See Green Flash No. 45, a Triple; Monday, April 13, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 100; The Water Taxi, The Aquarium and Swimming with Sharks; Sunday, April 13, 2014. I departed at 8:00 AM with Tracy from Follie a Deux to find an ATM, to locate the Catholic Church and determine what time the Palm Sunday services are going to be held. In order to do this, we had to take a water taxi across the pass to the town on the other side. 650 francs round trip. A little over $7.00.We found the ATM, the church and that the services were at 6:00 PM. While on the 'other side' of the pass we saw Caduceus motorsail thru the pass. It looked like they were barely moving as they fought their way against an outgoing 4 knot current. With what looked like rapids behind them; and breaking waves off to one side."***********************Up at 7:00 AM. The all important. read more...


16/04/2015

White Wave III - Skipper of White Wave iii survives pacific passage.

Ok so that is a bit dramatic considering I just flew in a Qantas jetfrom Sydney to New York, enjoyed their wonderful service as well asone movie and six episodes of The House of Cards series.It's a longway.I'm ahead of White Waves' crew, and after a few days in New York, it's down to the Yacht in Annapolis to start the long, and arduous task ofreadying the yacht for the Altantic. Can't believe I'm doing this.Being surrounded by only the Pacific, Indian and the Great SouthernOcean, it seems odd that my first full ocean passage will be theAtlantic.Nervous and Excited.. read more...


15/04/2015

Karma Wins - Marquesas and Tuamotos

Fakarava in the Tuamoto IslandsWe had a few days in Hiva Oa.The anchorage was bouncy and all yachts had to have a stern anchor otherwise there might have been a few bumps in the night.The dinghy dock was always eventful, either the tide was out and we had to clamber up onto the pontoon, or the tide was in and there was a big swell and we inevitably got wet.The dinghies also had to have a stern anchor out and so it was a bit of a muddle extracting one dinghy from the others.Barry’s anchor rope was chafed through one evening but fortunately it was a floating rope so he found it the next morning.Andy, Emma (from Pentagram), Per and I had a morning horse-riding on tough 14 hand stallions.It was a wonderful way to explore the interior as we rode along ridges, through the forest and back down. read more...


13/04/2015

Celebrate - "Parade of Sail" Victory Lap, Super Pool Party & Fabulous Dinner Party for our "Finale" Day of Circmnavigation & Heartfelt Thanks to all!!

Our "Parade of Sail" Victory Lap was a marvelous chance to see all of the other boats beautifully dressed overall with sails up and perfect for taking photos (we have one of each boat)!!After arriving where we had started 15 months ago at Rodney Bay Marina, St. Lucia, awaiting us was a super pool party with a steel band and a fabulous dinner party with two bands in tribute for our completed circumnavigation.What an awesome "finale"!!Charlie and I will always feel grateful that we were so lucky to be on the "best" circumnavigation rally supported by wonderfully experienced and gracious staff, accompanied by stunning sailors and sent off by fantastic friends!!Enormous thanks to everyone for the encouragement you have added to our lives.First, all thanks to the World ARC for whom without we. read more...


13/04/2015

American Spirit II - Day 461; Last Full Day in St. Lucia and a Great Farewell Dinner with our Closest Friends; Sunday, April 12, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 99; Sail Magazine Video, Day Trip Across the Lagoon, Swimming with Sharks (Again) and 'Visiting' the Aquarium; Saturday, April 12, 2014. Joel's wife, Darlene, sent Joel a link from Sail Magazine Video of Nexus, us and II Audeacious going thru the Panama Canal locks at the end of January. The reporter spent 2 or 3 days (at least?) on Nexus, a large 58 foot catamaran, but his video footage captured American Spirit II and II Audeacious, also. On American Spirit II Paul Fox seems to have had the most footage taken of him, since he spent more time on the foredeck during 'locking.' When we went thru the Panama Canal locks, all three boats were rafted (tied) together, with Nexus providing the primary propulsion and steerage in positioning our boats in the. read more...


13/04/2015

Exody - Days 88-92 - Slowing the Boat to Manihi

We anchored in sand and coral off the islet of Tatetate at 11.30am yesterday Saturday 11th three days and 500 miles southwest from Nuku Hiva.We are at the atoll 'island' of Manihi - effectively a necklace of islets and reefs 15 miles long and about 4 miles wide.This is the northernmost of the Tuamotus archipelago made up of about thirty similar atolls across nearly a 1000 miles of ocean.The contrast with the towering volcanic Marquesas is amazing- these islands just a few metres above sea level with the original volcano having sunk from the middle leaving just the reef surrounding a lagoon which is peppered with shallow patches and coral heads.The result, at least where we are, is a super smooth anchorage (floorboard as we term it!)and crystal clear water - it is a long time since we. read more...


13/04/2015

American Spirit II - Day 460; The Last Day of the Rally; Saturday, April 11, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 98; Fish School Under Boat, Arrival in Rangiroa, 4.2 Knot Current in the Pass and Generator Problem; April 11, 2014. From midnight until 1:00 AM or so our depth sounder kept showing depths between 34 feet and 64 feet. Since we were in thousands of feet of water, we knew it wasn't the bottom. We finally figured out that it was a large school of fish under the boat, following the boat; hiding in the shadow cast by our boat with the moon. From 12:15 AM until 6:00 AM we sailed without the motor, averaging between 3.0 and 4.5 knots. The reason we were content to sail so slow was that we couldn't go into Rangiroa until after 8:00 AM. We were waiting for slack tide. So why motor and get there early just to wait. Out of the 6 boats with us, we were the only one just. read more...


13/04/2015

American Spirit II - Day 459; Joel Hikes Up Grand Piton & We Have a Rendezvous Dinner Party; Friday, April 10, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 97; Drift Snorkel Ahe Pass, Swimming with Sharks & Heading to Rangiroa; Thursday, April 10, 2014. Joel and I went in water at 9:30 AM to survey the anchor and chain before trying to weight anchor. A 12 inch remora was swimming under boat, looking to attach itself to our boat. Remora attach themselves to sharks and live off their scraps. We've had remora attach themselves to our boat before, thinking we're a large fish. Took us 30 minutes to get anchor up. Not bad. Nexus had similar experience, but Vivo took 1 to 1 1/2 hours to free their anchor. They were anchored in deeper water, 70 feet, so more difficult, in part because they couldn't see the chain and anchor on the bottom. Joel hopped in the water and helped direct the anchor chain retrieval process. Their. read more...


13/04/2015

Free & BrEasy - The Circumnavigators’ Tale

We have crossed the finishing line!  Free & Breasy has returned to St Lucia after a 15 month, 25000 mile tropical circumnavigation!  The whole World ARC fleet completed a 2 hours Parade of Sail from Marigot Bay to Rodney Bay, in line, 100 metres apart and dressed up with all signal flags flying. To mark the finish we blew the fog horn and yelled until we were hoarse. Out came a red flare and we posed for photographs to mark the end. We were now officially Circumnavigators! After docking we went straight to a drinks reception by the pool. We were late arriving and wondered why everyone who congratulated us, stroked our clothes and said “my - your very dry”. It was not long before we discovered why as we were bodily lifted up and thrown into the pool! We had spent 15 months. read more...


13/04/2015

Allegro - QUINTA-FEIRA 09 DE ABRIL DE 2015 A DOMINGO 12 DE ABRIL DE 2015

Não fizemos uma referência ao enrolamento, por duas vezes, do cabo do segundo ferro à volta do leme.De facto isso aconteceu depois de um outro barco que estava ao pé de nós nos ter levantado o cabo (e o ferro) quando levantou fero e saiu. Depois disso a nossa posição foi-se alterando muito lentamente mas na terça e, depois na quarta tive que mergulhar para o libertar.A largada de Hiva Oa demorou mais tempo porque soltar o arinque do ferro foi mais trabalhoso do que esperávamos. Depois de largarmos, no dia 09, às 13.20, percorremos o canal de separação entre as ilhas Hiva Oa e Tahuata a motor, porque o mar estava desencontrado e o vento irregular nessa zona, e dirigimo-nos para Sudoeste, em direcção às Tuamotus, mais precisamente ao atol de Fakarava.Enquanto tivemos por bombordo a Ilha de. read more...


12/04/2015

Sweet Pearl - Azoren --> Barcelona - 16. Tag - An Gibraltar vorbei und weiter

Gestern morgen sind wir an Gibraltar vorbeigehuscht. Beeindruckend wieviele Schiffe sich da rumtummeln. Aber noch beeindruckender wieviele Delfine - seit der Strait kommen alle paar Stunden wieder einige Delfine vorbei um vorne vor unserem Bug in der Bugwelle rumzuspielen und - springen. Im Moment peilen wir Almerimar an, da mehr Wind aus Osten gemeldet ist - mal schauen. Ciao, Tom. read more...


12/04/2015

Juno - Tuamotos, Fakarava North Pass

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Juno - Tuamotos, Fakarava North Pass
Juno - Tuamotos, Fakarava North Pass
11/04/2015

Sweet Pearl - Azoren --> Barcelona - 14. Tag - Und wir sind wieder unterwegs

Nachdems wir am Sonntag wetterbedingt nach Portimao (und nicht Cadiz) gefahren sind, sind wir seit gestern wieder unterwegs und hoffen heute Nacht durch die Strasse von Gibraltar fahren zu können. Die letzten Tagen hats hier schön gewindet von Osten (d.h. auf unsere Nasen), so dass wir nicht durch konnten; aber die Wettervorhersagen sind gut (auch wenn wir dies für den Moment nicht bestätigen können). Wir sind wohl auf und hoffen so weit wie möglich bis Sonntag/Montag Richtung Barcelona vordringen zu können. Dann müssen wir wohl wieder einen Stopp einlegen wegen angekündigtem Mistral. Liebe Grüsse nach hause, Tom. read more...


11/04/2015

Allegro - QUINTQ-FEIRA 2 DE ABRIL DE 2015 A QUINTA-FEIRA 9 DE ABRIL DE 2015

MARQUESAS - TAHUATADepois de 28 dias de mar, de Galápagos para as Marquesas, chegámos à Ilha de Tahuata na madrugada de dia 2 de Abril: às 03.30 hora de Galápagos, e à meia noite, hora das Marquesas. Aqui são UTC menos 09.30 h.Chegámos à Baía de Hana Moe Noa, onde pernoitavam vários barcos da frota da World ARC depois de no dia anterior terem tido o Rendezvous numa baía mais a Sul. Ninguém acordou em nenhum dos barcos e, ajudados pelo luar, fundeámos sem problemas em cerca de 10 m, e deitámos-nos a descansar, que bem precisávamos.Acordámos de manhã, com a voz do Rui lá fora a falar francês com alguém, e pensámos que estaria a comprar fruta a algum indígena. Quando chegámos lá fora, é que percebemos: tinha sido a Sarah do Makena que tinha vindo no dinghy trazer-nos fruta, legumes, leite,. read more...


10/04/2015

American Spirit II - Day 458; We Go To the Local Craft Market & Have Pizza for Dinner; Thursday, April 9, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 96; 40 Knot Squall, Peal Farm and Lots of Rain; Wednesday, April 9. 2014. Rain showers at 3:25 AM. Joel got up to close the boat hatches. The reason he always gets up to do so is that with the hatch over the V-Berth always open at night, he is the first person on the boat to know it is raining because the rain drops on his head. Got up at 5:35 AM. Stephen spotted a nice rainbow rat 7:00 AM rising up over an island and bracketed by one of the Rally sailboats."*****************************Joel and Darlene are up first today; I get up at 9:20 AM. Joel is amazed I slept in so late. Breakfast at 10:05 AM consists of 4 pieces of bacon, 3 eggs, potato, and chilled peach slices. Darlene has a protein drink and some yogurt. Andrew Bishop, head of the World Cruising Club,. read more...


10/04/2015

American Spirit II - Day 457; Zip Line, Rally Party & Dinner with Folie a Deux; Wednesday, April 8, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 95; Cleaned Boat Bottom, Giant Clams, Numerous Boat Anchors Stuck, and Beach Party; Tuesday, April 8, 2014. Stayed up late, until 1:30 AM. Slept in until 8:00 AM. Hebe was trying to weigh anchor to go to the pass and 'drift dive.' Difficult time getting ancho on board. Took them 1/2 hour, with 2 snorkelers in the water and one tank diver dressed in SCUBA gear ready to go free the anchor. Finally they used their bow thrusters to position the boat so they could untangle anchor chain from the coral heads. At Manihi Atoll 8 miles away to the west, the sailboat NDS Darwin and one other Rally boat tried to weigh anchor Monday evening, and could not do it. So they waited until the following morning, Tuesday, and it took them 3 - 4 hours to clear their two anchor chains;. read more...


07/12/2014

Take Off - Our first squall

Although the full moon lit our way so gently last night was quite unsmoothdue to wind changes all the time. We suspected several squalls so the spinnakerwent up and down all night in prevention. However we seemed everytime to “miss”them. This morning was a grey morning, no sunrise from the sea and heavy cloudsahead of us. However the heavy clouds were all along the horizon so we thoughtit was just normal rain. We sailed through it, got a bit wet, the wind wassteady and we thought this was smooth. The wind started to blow stronger and wasup to 30 knots when it then dropped gently down to 17 knots. And from nowhere astrong wind hit the boat, Jörgen stearing had difficulties in answering the windand the broach was inevitable. And then came the real rain – just like pouringhundreds of. read more...


10/04/2015

GarliX - Was vermisst Ihr eigentlich noch??

Tour: Fatu Hiva / Marquesas - Fakarava / Tuamotus / rd. 540sm9.4.15 In einer lieben Mail neulich wurde uns die Frage gestellt …“Was vermisst Ihr eigentlich noch? Darüber haben wir lange nachgedacht; gibt es etwas, was wir vermissen? So einfach ist das wohl nicht zu benennen - und gar nicht kann man es isoliert beschreiben. Es geht wohl fließend über in „Vermissen“, „nicht Vermissen“, „mehr Wertschätzen“ und „was wir Vermissen werden“. Manchmal vermissen wir ganz einfache Dinge - genug Wasser, genug Strom, genug Licht (immerhin, ab 18:00 ist es hier Dunkel), Wifi jederzeit und damit den Zugang zu Wissen, eine Waschmaschine.Wir vermissen ein wenig solche Basisdinge… kurz noch mal in den Edeka fahren und alles Gewünschte liegt da… . Guter Käse, dunkles Brot - eben alles. Aber ganz schnell. read more...


10/04/2015

Luna Quest - Thursday, 9th April, 2015

Noon Position: 17.35S 149.37WDaily run: 55 milesWe slowed the boat down so as to arrive at Papeete in Tahiti during daylight hours. It also gave us an opportunity to sleep. All day the wind had been feeble and the swell annoying with the boat rolling from side to side with insufficient wind to keep the sails filled. When the boat rolls back, the sails collaps under their own weight for lack of wind and then crash back when the boats rolls to the other side. I managed to put a tear of some yards our light weight genoa when I tried to haul it on board the other day. That will have to be repaired and now that we have arrived in Tahiti, lots of other work, too, will have to be carried out. I have emailed the World ARC agent in Tahiti with 8 items for consideration by outside contractors,. read more...


09/04/2015

Exocet Strike - Second day on our short trip to Fakarava

What a great days sail, couple of rain squallsovernight but nothing too much, then today its been champagne sailing, ie a beamreach with good winds. For those not of a sailing nature, a beam reach is mostyachts fastest point of sail, with the true wind just behind 90 degrees from thebow and the appernt wind at 90 degrees from the bow. Now thats probably confusedeveryone even more. Its all physics folks. Anyway very pleasant.The wind has died a bit overnight so we will makeless speed towards our destination, but as long as we arrive in daylight thatsfine. We need to be at the pass into the lagoon at slack water, ie when the tideis not going in or out, as otherwise it can be really hard work, with maybe astanding wave caused by the rush of water out of the lagoon. How does the waterget in. read more...


09/04/2015

Exody - Days 83-87 - Nuku Hiva - Melon Heads, Garden of Eden

Six coconuts, six grapefruit, twelve oranges, five starfruit, one green papaya, a half hand (about 50-60) of green bananas and a half branch of bird pepper. That was our haul of fresh fruit purchases (2950 polynesian francs=circa 25 euros)after spending an hour with a local and his wife at Hakau - a collection of homesteads rather than a village - at Hakatea Bay (also called Daniel's Bay) in Nuku Hiva.Rightly billed in the book as a 'must stop', we arrived here yesterday Easter Monday April 6th midday via an early 5am start excursion to the other end of the island - 4 miles beyond Cap Tikapo - where we had gone in successful search of melon head whales.We found a substantial pod of about 50, some of which tracked and played alongside Exody folowed by bottle nosed dolphins which stayed. read more...


09/04/2015

Luna Quest - Wednesday, 8th April, 2015

Noon Position: 16.33S 149.02WDaily run: 52 milesThe two poled-out foresails that helped us along so well yesterday, had to be taken down first thing this morningas the wind had gone easterly and blowing us westwards, whereas we wanted to go south south west towards Tahiti. Now, with just a scrap of genoa out, we are managing a speed of just over two knots in very light breezes from the East. We do not desire any more speed at the present time as we are now aiming to make landfall tomorrow morning.Eric. read more...


08/04/2015

American Spirit II - Day 456; We Go to the Marina Pool & Have a Scenic Dinner; Tuesday, April 7, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 94; Giant Meteor at 4:00 AM, Arrived Ahe in the Tuomotos, Running the Pass, and Anchor Chain Problem; Monday, April 7, 2014. At 12:15 AM Joel and I decided to power up the motor so we could get to Ahe as close to noon as possible. With high tide at 12:01 PM, we needed to get to the pass into Ahe by 1:01 PM. One of our pilot books, Charlie's Charts of Polynesia, stated that slack water occurred 1 hour after low and high tide. So even though we had a good wind to sail with, we needed to make more speed if we wanted to reach our destination in time. If we did not get to Ahe by mid afternoon, we would have to wait until Tuesday morning to enter the pass during the low tide, or skip Ahe altogether and head to Rangiroa 90 miles away. A boat sailing with us, Follie a. read more...


08/04/2015

American Spirit II - Day 455; Air Drop Picture Day & Dinner with Nexus at Doolitte's; Monday, April 6, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 93; 7th Green Flash and Sailed 170 Miles; Sunday, April 6, 2014. Slept pretty good. Stephen awakened me for 6:00 AM watch. Missed great sunrise 6:10 AM. Was down below shaving, making coffee. Might have missed a green flash. At 7:00 AM the wind was 14 knots and our boat speed 6.0 knots over the ground. At 8:00 AM I took out the reefs in the mainsail and jib. Our speed immediately increased 1 1/2 knots. We need to sail at 7.0 knots to get to Ahe Monday in the daylight."****************************Up at 7:20 AM. Joel up at 8:15 AM and Darlene at 8:30 AM. Breakfast at 9:15 AM: bacon, 3 eggs, potato and chilled fruit cocktail. During breakfast Darlene says that like Joel, Heidi loves to row the dingy. She relates a story when Heidi was young and got in a dingy with 2. read more...


08/04/2015

Exocet Strike - Marquesas to Tuamotos

Well here we are onthe move again. 540 miles ish from Nuku Hiva to the Tuamoto island ofFakarava. The Marquesas were fabulous, all very mountainous,old volcanos to be precise. WE had a scary drive on Hiva Oa, so slipperry andnext to a precipice that for safety sake I turned around, not my normal gung hodriving style. The bay of Virges in Fatu Hiva was magnificent aswas the walk to the waterfall, hard going but worth it. Then a rendevous on the island of Tahuatu, wherethe local danced, sang and made music, well rehearsed but fantastic. We heardthat you could swim with Manta Rays, and indeed some of the boats were in theright bay when they appeared, we werent. oh well. Then onto Nuku Hiva where the anchorages werereputed to be spectacular and there was a bay full of hundreds of. read more...


08/04/2015

Luna Quest - Tuesday, 7th April, 2015

Noon Position: 16.04S 148.10WDaily run: 104 milesA lack of wind accompanied by a worked-up, irregular sea is probably one of the most frustrating aspects of cruising in a small boat. A larger boat does not have to take on every wave individually and can ride over them faster as it has a longer waterline and more sail. So we have to content ourselves with less progress and more bouncing around, but it has not stopped Julia fromproducing one wonder after another from the galley or making necklaces with tiny beads and pearls. Papeete (capital of Tahiti) is 120 miles away, which we could reach tomorrow during the day if our speed averaged 5 knots. Tahiti is surrounded by outlying reefs with navigational channels through them. The biggest is open to the port of Papeete and well buoyed, but we. read more...


07/04/2015

American Spirit II - Day 454; Darlene Arrives & Dinner with Nexus and Celebrate; Sunday, April 5, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 92; Nuku Hiva Mistake , Sleeping Clothes, Fans, Low Side Pole (Again), and On the Way to Ahe; Saturday, April 5, 2014. Upon leaving Nuku Hiva I realized that due to the snack bar with free and good Wifi, we were distracted and missed an opportunity to explore Nuku Hiva. We spent too much time at the snack bar. Specifically, Daniel's Bay, which is 2 to 3 miles to the west of our anchorage, has a waterfall that you can get to by hiking thru the mountains. We could have gone there for a day in our boat, and then motored back to the anchorage we were in. Live and learn. No way will any of us ever be here to explore that waterfall and mountain hike again."**************************Joel up at 8:00 AM. I got up at 8:40 AM. Before breakfast a couple, Wayne and Ali,. read more...


07/04/2015

American Spirit II - Day 453; We Get Acclimated in St. Lucia & Go To a Great Indian Restaurant; Saturday, April 4, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 91; Mike's B-Day; Leaving Nuku Hiva, One More Shark, Mainsail and Racing to Ahe; Friday, April 4, 2014. Mike Mogavero, who flew home on Thursday, had a B-Day today. If we'd have known that Wednesday night, we would have announced his birthday during the native dance like other Rally crews did."******************Up at 5:30 AM. Coffee. It had rained during the night and the dodger center window was not zippered down. Oops. Our blue recliners are wet. I read in the cockpit.Joel gets up at 8:20 AM. No breakfast today as we ate too much for dinner last night. At 9:00 AM the car rental guy, Shawn, shows up at the boat. After filling out the paperwork we follow him to the parking lot to get the car. After that Joel 'dresses the boat.' Meaning, he put up a lot of flags. read more...


07/04/2015

American Spirit II - Day 452; We Leave St. Vincent and Make It To St. Lucia; Friday, April 3, 2015

One Year Ago Today:"Day 90; Mike Flies Home After 5 1/2 Weeks, and Cats and Chickens Chow Down Together; Thursday, April 3, 2014. Rain squall 2:25 AM. Closed hatches. Up at 6:45 AM. At 7:23 AM Joel and I left to have breakfast with Mike at his hotel. We told the waitress, who spoke no English, that we wanted to order breakfast. Breakfast came, and it consisted of grapefruit slices, French bread with butter and jelly, and coffee. A European breakfast, says Mike. Mike departed in a taxi with another person at 9:40 AM."********************Up at 2:59 AM; stuck my head up in the cockpit and looked around. A little rock and roll in the anchorage. I then went back to bed.At 6:00 AM my alarm went off. Time to get up; it's moving day (to St. Lucia). I feel like I didn't get much sleep. A light. read more...



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