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20/04/2014

Flomaida II - Maeva (Willkommen) Tuamotus- das etwas andere Paradies 7.4.-20.4. HAPPY- GO- LUCKY ist das Motto der Bewohner von Französisch Polynesien

Mal wieder ist die Zeit wie im Fluge vergangen. Es ist soviel zu sehen und zu verarbeiten....Die Legende sagt, dass der Gott Tukerai das Meer geschüttelt hat und dabei 78 MOTUS (Gesamtgröße 880 km2 Landfläche/ ca 16000 Bewohner) über 800 000 km2! verschüttet hat. Die Tuamotus sind bekannt als ein gefährliches Archipel für Segler,da die Inseln von Weitem kaum sichtbar sind, die vorgelagerten Riffs überspült sind und die wenigen schmalen Passagen, um in die Lagune zu kommen, sehr starke Strömungen haben durch Ebbe und Flut und Mondeinfluss. Unser 1. Atoll ist AHE. Die Atolle sind kreisrund und gebildet aus lauter kleinen MOTU - Inselchen aufgereiht wie auf einer Perlenschnur.Das was bei den Marquesas oberhalb des Wassers ist, liegt hier unter Wasser.Ahe ist eines der kleineren Atolle mit. read more...


19/04/2014

Firefly - Bali Hai, Moorea

We came through the pass in Bai D'Opunohu in late afternoon of Thursday 17th April and felt like we were sailing into the set of South Pacific. The memorable green mountainous back drop surrounds the bay. Unlike the Tuamotus there was no current at the pass and soon after entering we tucked comfortably behind the reef just alongside Skyelark who came in an hour before us. Original plans to head ashore in search of a restaurant were abandoned after our first rum and coke, so we had supper on board (Peter's seafood chowder) and then were invited on board Skelark for flambee bananas (with rum of course). Over rum and bananas we planned an early walk for Good Friday - up the mountains nearby to a viewpoint.The 'walk' described as arduous in the Lonely Planet guide lived up to it's name and. read more...


18/04/2014

Firefly - Passage to Moorea

Our night crossing proved quite eventful but generally lacking in wind. We managed a few hours of sailing interspersed will long periods of motoring. David saw the moon rise and it was red in colour; we were forewarned of this rare phenomenon by one of our dive instructors in Rangiroa. The watches were also interrupted by lightning flashes and rain showers so a memorable night all round!Shortly after daybreak we Tahiti came in to view and then just off our track the small and only atol in the Windward Islands called Teti'aroa this is famous for being bought by Marlon Brando after filming Mutiny on the Bounty in Tahiti. There are no passes into the atoll's lagoon and this has help keep its almost unique biodiversity. We have read that there is an eco- resort planned here to be called 'The. read more...


17/04/2014

American Spirit II - Day 103; Tuomoto 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, more so than the Galapagos. The biggest surprise in these atolls was the size of the coral heads, which on Ahe rise up from 40 and 120 feet to within 10 feet of the surface or less. And having your anchor chain wrap around one of these coral heads can lead to an extended. read more...


17/04/2014

Osprey - Osprey going back in water

Osprey is back in the water at  Indian Town Marina. Yard manager Eric Bamberg and his team did a great job painting the hull and bottom. Now we can start cleaning and loading for the trip. indian_town_008. read more...


Osprey - Osprey going back in water
Osprey - Osprey going back in water
17/04/2014

Persistent Lady - On Leaving New York Harbor

We have been in NY Harbor for the past year at Liberty Landing Marina with beautiful views of the New York skyline and the Statue of Liberty, two excellent restaurants, and located in the middle of one of the nicest state parks in New Jersey; however, we have spent very little time enjoying these amenities, as we have been working constantly since we arrived. The list is too long to go into but some of the highlights include new Selden masts (we are a ketch), storm shutters, SSB, Satellite phone, AIS, new stove and head, fabrication of life raft mounting platform, new sub panel to handle all the added stuff and nine new 12 volt outlets. This barely scratches the surface, but we have really been busy all year long. Actually, saying that we have been busy is not quite. read more...


17/04/2014

American Spirit II - 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

Rain squall at 4:04 AM. High winds. Had to close hatches to keep rain out.Up at 7:00 AM; and took Stephen to Top Dive in dingy at 7:50 AM. Once back at the boat at 8:10 AM put laundry up to dry on life lines. 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. At 10:55 AM Christoph and Dagmar from Flomaida. read more...


17/04/2014

American Spirit II - Day 101; Laundry, Drift Snorkel in 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 Folie a Deux and then Nexus; planning today's activities. Made a run to the grocery store on Folie 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 laundry.From 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM Joel and I did laundry. The process, as now refined, is as follows. Remember, we're at an anchorage so we have little. read more...


16/04/2014

Firefly - Heading for Moorea

The last day at Rangiroa was spent diving the two passes, seeing more dolphins , sharks and a variety of tropical fish. David is an experienced hand at diving but for Paul and Peter after 10 dives are gradually gaining experience and confidence. At one point Taku our Japanese dive instructor had us doing somersaults and back rolls in 1000m of water; great fun! At sunset we joined a number of our rally mates on a beach for sundowners, chat and discussion of our future plans. At this type of informal gathering you get the true spirit and camaraderie of the rally. Many thanks for Ness and Sheldon on Nexus for organising this one. The evening finished off at Lilly's a local restaurant with Pat and Stewart from Brizo enjoying Mahi Mahi with either vanilla or curry sauce - delicious. Our. read more...


Flomaida II - !!!!!!!!!!!Haie!!!!!!!!
Flomaida II - !!!!!!!!!!!Haie!!!!!!!!
Flomaida II - It's party time!
Flomaida II - It's party time!
Flomaida II - Ca eine Handvoll Häuser und eine Kirche pro Insel
Flomaida II - Ca eine Handvoll Häuser und eine Kirche pro Insel
Flomaida II - Unberührte Natur
Flomaida II - Unberührte Natur
15/04/2014

Andromeda V - SE BUSCAN MARINEROS

Hola a todosSirva este blog para comentaros que “DON ANDROMEDA V” se ha ganado el Don, después de cruzar el Atlántico, canal de Panamá, Galápagos, Islas Marquesas y llegar a Tahití.Es decir que hemos cubierto la primera fase del proyecto WORLD ARC, estamos en Tahití, y hasta este momento podemos definir lo vivido en dos palabras “ im presionante”Ahora el capi Jorge Mitjavila se va unos días de vacaciones en España, y retomamos la regata en el mes de mayo, con nueva tripulación y nuevas etapas.La idea es completar hasta tres/ cuatro marineros/as aguerridas/os en cada una de las próximas fases y por eso escribo este blog. Tenemos la intención de hacer un buen papel en la regata. Hasta ahora se nos ha dado muy bien ya queen la primera regata terminamos terceros y en la segunda. read more...


16/04/2014

Firefly - Relaxing in Rangiroa

Firefly arrived in Rangiroa on the morning of Sunday 12th April. Leaving Fakarava via the north passe, due to the flood there was some disturbed water but we managed to sail through it ok - but did so very carefully. From then on we had a dream passage - broad reaching and then running wing on wing. The moon was practically full and the wind never went above 20knots or dropped below 10 and we were gently weaving between the various atolls in our path, leaving about 10 miles of sea room for each one. Despite a lot of information to the contrary - so far the Tuamotos have been ok to navigate around with the GPS spot on position wise and the passes marked well with transits and posts.The anchorage at Rangiroa is just east of Passe Tiputa. Its lined with white sandy beaches and palm trees. read more...


Andromeda V - SE BUSCAN MARINEROS
Andromeda V - SE BUSCAN MARINEROS
14/04/2014

Free & BrEasy - We came, we saw, we snorkeled

We have arrived in Fakarava which is one of the bigger coral atolls in the Tuamotu Archipelago. The passage over from the Marquesas was a little tedious if we are honest. On the previous passages, we have been so spoilt with good sailing conditions that we forgot who is boss - the wind! We set out from Nuku Hiva confidently expecting a 3-4 day passage but light winds pushed our event horizon to an 6 day passage. Luckily we had stocked up with lots of fruit from the market so we filled the days with a fruit festival as everything ripened at once. Mangoes and Bananas featured in the menu but the large juicy grapefruit took the prize for fruit of the week. On the way we received an email from a fellow world ARC boat that was completing the leg single handed as his crew had jumped ship on an. read more...


15/04/2014

American Spirit II - Day 100; The Water Taxi, The Aquarium and Swimming with Sharks; Sunday, April 13, 2014

Got up at 3:35 AM. Awakened by someone using the head at that time. Couldn't go back to sleep. The aft cabin I sleep in is adjacent to the head. Breakfast at 7:00 AM because Stephen was going on a dive and Joel was going to Flomaida to help with an engine problem they have. I departed at 8:00 AM with Tracey from Folie 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. read more...


14/04/2014

Andromeda V - Llegamos

Estamos en Papeete y abrimos el blog !. read more...


Andromeda V
Andromeda V
13/04/2014

American Spirit II - 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 locks. Up 6:45 AM. Stephen already up. At 7:10 AM I dinghied over to the concrete wharf, tied up and walked to a small grocery store. The wharf was a 15 minute dingy ride away.. read more...


13/04/2014

Sweet Pearl - Marquesas --> Tuamotu - 5.Tag - Routenänderung und baldige Auskunft

Vor allem aus Zeitgründen haben wir gestern beschlossen, Apataki zu überspringen und direkt auf Rangiroa, die grösste Insel in Tuamotu, zu steuern. Morgen (Sonntag) nachmittag sollen wir dort bereits ankommen. Dort möchten wir einige Tage verbleiben, um dann in einem einandhalbtägigen Segeltörn nach Papeete (Tahiti) zu segeln, wo wir nächstes Wochenende ankommen möchten.Unsere Fahrt nach Rangiroa hat sich zu einer Motorbootfahrt gewandelt, denn wir haben fast kein Wind, aber wir schlagen uns durch. Wie immer;-). Die Sonnenuntergänge sind himmlisch: gelb, rosa, purpur, orange und viele weitere Farben auf einem hell- bis dunkelblauem Himmelshintergrund - ein Genuss für jedes Auge von gross bis klein:-). Tom. read more...


11/04/2014

Starblazer - 11/04/2014 – Nobody’s Perfect

There is a Phil Collins track which has just come on the i-pod which states that “Nobody’s perfect all of the time, we are what we are.” So I’ll start with an admission.We are currently in a time zone 10 hours behind UT/GM; on a board by the ship’s clock, which is in UT, it says local time is -10, which makes it -11 for BST. Yesterday I subtracted 11 hours from local time to claim it was 1905 in the UK when I should have added it so it was only 1705 at home, though I did get the day right. Sorry if I confused you all, I blame lack of sleep.The skipper is not perfect, which might come as a surprise to some of you. When I did the midnight log entry I noticed the bright pink post-it note which says ‘FREEZER IS OFF’ stuck up next to the SSB. Yes, the freezer was off, again! That is twice in. read more...


13/04/2014

American Spirit II - 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 sailing. We saw Rangiroa at 5:50 AM. At that same time one of the Rally boats, Flomaida II, indicated that their motor stopped running. At 6:00 AM. read more...


26/11/2011

Jade - Arrival in Nanny Cay

We arrived at 6:30 am Wednesday, November 23rd. We are so happy to have made it safely and are sad to see the trip come to an end.. read more...


13/04/2014

American Spirit II - Day 97; Drift Snorkel Ahe Pass, Swimming with Sharks & Heading to Rangiroa; Thursday, April 10, 2014

Lots of lightning and thunder at 4:00 AM, which lasted for one hour. So said Joel and Stephen. In the aft cabin, I heard nada. Stephen up at 7:30 AM; I'm up at 8:30 AM. Joel up last.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. read more...


12/04/2014

Firefly - 50th Birthday celebrations, diving and why we are still in Fakarava

Those studying our progress on yellow brick might have wondered why we do not appear to have moved for the last five days. There are a number of reasons for this; it is a beautiful place with lots of welcoming people, we needed a special place to celebrate Paul's 50th Birthday and we decided to do some Scuba diving. David has dusted off his existing qualification while newcomers Paul and Peter signed up for a 3 day course to obtain the PADI open water qualification - qualifying us to dive to 20 metres. After 3 days of intensive diving (6 dives), with early starts, we have just completed the course and are now certified. We have dived both the North and South passes of the atoll which are acclaimed to be two of the best dive sites anywhere in the world; so what better place to learn?. read more...


11/04/2014

Nexus - Leaving AHE for RANGIROA

After a night of solid rain, and a rousing evening of dark and stormy's and dominoes, we were greeted with a calm and partly cloudy morning. We had quite a job to get our anchor up, with our chain tangled on numerous rock and coral formations in 20M of water in the lagoon, but with some deft maneuvering and a bit of luck we retrieved it all. We motored out to the pass with Vivo and American Spirit, where we spend the early afternoon drift snorkeling through the pass in turns, while we kept our boats drifting nearby. It was fantastic snorkeling, Gin clear water with lively coral and multitudes of colorful reef fish and sharks. We made three passes through as the tide changed, first drifting in at 2kts, then out at 1.5kts on the last drift. We followed the snorkelers towing a dingy on our. read more...


11/04/2014

Sweet Pearl - Marquesas --> Tuamotu - 3.Tag - Gemütliches Segeln

Gemütlich, aber sicher segeln wir Richtung Tuamotu, funken zweimal pro Tag mit Trillium und lassen es uns sonst gut gehen. Das wars; mehr gibts dazu nicht zu sagen:-). Tom. read more...


10/04/2014

Starblazer - 10/04/2014 – Promise kept?

Currently it is 0605 on Thursday morning, the sun rose about 20 minutes agoand I am sitting in the cockpit with the laptop on a non-slip mat on thetable.In the UK I think it is 1905, so ‘The Archers’ is on Radio 4.I amhopeful that this might reach you before midnight but I can’t remember howto send the blog by Sat phone so that will have to wait until John gets upin a few hours.Once sent, it is moderated by World Cruising Club to makesure it isn’t offensive in any way before it is posted.So I might havefailed in my promise to write this the same day that you read it, unless youread it on www.yachtstarblazer.co.uk where it gets posted almost immediately.Yesterday was frustrating on several fronts.The wind went light and kept changing direction.We put the engine on atabout 1400 and have. read more...


10/04/2014

American Spirit II - 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. The SSB station we're currently using is located on the island next door to us - Manihi, 19 miles away. Makes sending and receiving emails really fast. At 8:00 AM a 40 knot squall hit the anchorage. We turned off our wind turbine, as you don't want it rotating in high winds. It wouldn't stop right away. Finally, after a half hour, it stopped because we had turned it off. Even if on, if the winds get too. read more...


10/04/2014

Starblazer - 09/04/2014- Quite a good day

Tuesday had far more positives than negatives! We sailed all day, relatively quickly with the wind just aft of the beam for most of the time. During the night the wind backed and we could only tweak Q (aka Horace the Hydrovane) a little for fear of gybing so we spent several hours sailing in slightly the wrong direction. First thing this morning, when John got up, we changed the sails, dropped the main, put out the poles then pulled out the twin genoas, wing and wing. Now we are sailing in the right direction.The day’s run to noon was an unflattering 134 NM, mainly because of the problems overnight. The wind has also dropped off this morning. We are hoping to make landfall on Fakarava Atoll on Friday.John nearly caught another fish yesterday but it got away! The tuna from Monday evening. read more...


09/04/2014

Celebrate - Papeete, Tahiti in the Society Islands

Tahiti is so beautiful with a lush, mountainous terrain. After outstanding downwind sailing for four days we have arrived at the marina to dock med-moor style next to Rally boats Lluiton and Andromeda. What a perfect place to call "home" for the next three & a half weeks!Cathy. read more...


09/04/2014

American Spirit II - 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 anchor 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; and they had to do so using a SCUBA diver. Because they were anchored in 20 meters, 66 feet, they were fortunate they had SCUBA. read more...


09/04/2014

Nexus - Safe arrival in Ahe, Tuamotus

Arrived safely this morning in Ahe, Tuamotus. We slow motored last night to ensure we arrived in the morning with Vivo. After checking out the inlet we decided to run it without waiting for slack tide as it seemed pretty straight forward so to speak. We motored through in a 3kt incoming tide and had it kick our tail out a bit in the last section where it turns left before entering the lagoon, but it was a fun ride with no problems. The channel down the interior lagoon to the town was well marked and the natives friendly! We found six other World ARC boats here and got together with many of them on Hebe, and we've arranged for a gathering on the dock this evening. For tomorrow we've set up a tour of a pearl farm where we will snorkel the pearls and tour the process of cultivating them. read more...


06/04/2014

Nexus - On our way to AHE, Tuamotus

With one last long and admiring look, we left Nuku Hiva yesterday afternoon in company with Vivo, a 60' FP Catamaran, to sail to AHE, a small atoll in the Tuamotus. It is a 495 mile passage which seems like a walk in the park now. We left at 330pm assuming we would average 7.5kt in 15kt trade winds, to arrive at noon high tide to pick our way through the coral heads and tidal flows in the entrance channel with the sun overhead. On leaving the harbor we were promptly greeted by 23-25kt winds on the beam, which had us blasting along at 9-111kts all night with reefs in. So much for our planning! We expect the wind to die off later today, but we're leaving the reefs in to slow down as the prize for getting there early is only to wait for slack tide anyway. We're giving Vivo a chance to close. read more...


09/04/2014

Merlyn of Poole - Tuesday, 8th April -14° 31'S; 148° 46'W'

‘I am very bananas’ (Wendy Cope) Today we have had a debate about watches. I’m for the four-hour watches at night, with two dog watches either side. That one four-hour sleep really does it for me. The skipper prefers four three-hour watches – he finds four hours too long to be up at night. To me it feels as if I’m up and down all night if I only get three hours sleep at a time. On the four-hour system I have been frisking about, full of the joys of spring, whereas the skipper has been sleepy and a little on the grumpy side. Now it’s me who’s yawning all the time, while the skipper is back to his usual bouncy self. How do we resolve this? Perhaps one night of three-hour watches, followed by night of the four-hour pattern?We have been busy with bananas – with varying degrees of success.. read more...


09/04/2014

Starblazer - 08/04/2014 – On the move again

First of all, belated Birthday greetings to nephew Ian and great nephew Jack.We stayed overnight in the main anchorage on Ua Pou then went ashore in the morning to find the shops. There were actually two mini supermarkets but one was so well hidden that we only spotted it on our way back down to the harbour. We had a cracking sail to Nuku Hiva, only about 25 miles away, it did make a change from motoring. Taihae bay is large but also deep but we found a suitable spot and set the anchor. The next morning, at low water, we spotted a reef a short distance away though not a problem until we were hit by a severe squall! The reef seemed too close for comfort so we upanchored and motored off to find another suitable spot. We finally dropped the anchor in 12 metres, deeper than we like but we. read more...


07/04/2014

Nexus - Sailed out of the wind, but still making progress

We've had a great 24hr sail, after holding 3 reefs for the day to help Vivo catch up, we rolled out the sails and had a 10kt evening and night. Great sailing and of course we hooked two large Tuna but lost both of them due combined reeling and boat speed bouncing and flipping them across the top of the water. The larger one was almost half way back to the boat and we got a good look at it, then it did a triple flip and threw the lure....bummer. No fish lips on the hooks so they should be ok! We went to bed wondering if we will have to lap Ahe on arrival until our noon tide time, but mother nature solved that problem this morning by dropping the wind off to 8-10kts directly aft. So we're loping along at 4-5kts on the large gennaker hoping Vivo will be able to catch up motor sailing, then. read more...


09/04/2014

Sweet Pearl - Marquesas --> Tuamotu - 1.Tag - Auf nach Apataki

Nach einem kurzen Abstecher auf der Insel Ua Pou (Marquesas), die eine Wahnsinnslandschaftskulisse uns geboten hat und allgemein sehr sauber, freundlich und willkommend ist, sind wir heute nach Apataki in Tuamotu aufgebrochen. Wir segeln zusammen mit Dennis und Sherry von der amerikanischen Trillium und bleiben mit ihnen immer in UKW-Reichweite. 4-5 Tage rechnen wir bis wir in Apataki, einem sehr schönen und relativ einfach navigierbarem Atoll, ankommen.Ganz liebe Grüsse nach hause.Tom. read more...


08/04/2014

American Spirit II - 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 Deux, decided to do just that. Skip Ahe and sail directly to Rangiroa because they could not make the daylight entry into Ahe. Its important to enter. read more...


08/04/2014

American Spirit II - 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. Breakfast was at 10:25 AM. During breakfast a freak wave 'slapped' the side of the boat completely soaking Joel and his breakfast plate. I was only half soaked - the right side of my body only. Joel conducted the communication's net at 11:00 AM, with 8 boats responding. Our noon position was: 12 degrees, 22 minutes South; 143 degrees, 55 minutes West; and 183 miles from Ahe. We covered. read more...


08/04/2014

Firefly - Fakarava

Well Sunday lunch did not materialise but instead we had a delicious supper of Steak et Frites followed by home made cheese cake in a small cafe on the shore close by to our anchorage. The girls running the place could not have been more helpful - even charging our cameras. Before arriving in French Polynesia we were warned that prices here could be high but this is not always the case; there are very few places in the world where you could get a 'quality' steak and chips for the equivalent of $10!So we needed some exercise to work off this supper and this morning hired bikes to tour the atoll. We cycled 16 km South until the road ran out then back to the North, again till the road ran out at the airport. When we got back to the boat we had cycled just under 40km. The only flaw in this. read more...


07/04/2014

Merlyn of Poole - Monday, 7th April - 11° 48'S; 145° 22'W

Sea legs, naps and bananas!Yesterday was mixed in terms of wind and speed. The wind dropped in the morning, and we had speeds as low as ten or eleven knots. After whisking along with twenty to twenty-five knots, that felt dead slow. It also pushed our arrival in Tahiti to Thursday, rather than Wednesday, as originally expected. We debated what to do, as this is a situation in which we would normally consider putting up coloured sails: the cruising chute, or the rather daunting parasailor. The skipper is not convinced that we can manage these more high-maintenance numbers between the two of us – watch this space!The grib files have been bafflingly off-beam on this trip. Yesterday, though, the wind seemed pretty much what was on the chart. There was also a suggestion that it would become. read more...


07/04/2014

Celebrate - To Tahiti from the Marquesas

Thanks to American Spirit's Brian & Joel we were able to fuel.It took at least four people to anchor for med-mooring, throw lines to the dock and re-tie the lines on the dock as needed.It was quite a project.Also, we were able to purchase two new batteries and fix our genoa problems.All-in-all the Marquesas were a great stop for us in many ways.Now, on to Tahiti with beautiful sailing and Flomaida and Tulasi sailing nearby.Next, landfall at Tahiti!Cathy. read more...


07/04/2014

Flomaida II - Das unbeschreiblich schöne Marquesas Archipel- 20.3.-3.4.

Mave mai- herzlich willkommen im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes!Es gibt sie wirklich noch: kleine, teilweise unberührte Inselchen auf der anderen Seite unserer Welt. Die Schönheit dieser Inseln und die Freundlichkeit, Friedlichkeit und Gelassenheit ihrer Bewohner kann ich kaum in die richtigen Worte fassen. Die Inseln vom Wasser aus zeigen ein Panorama, das uns den Atem stocken lässt. Bilder können das so gar nicht wieder geben. Es sind die grünen Berge mit Tälern und Schatten, die durch die tiefen Einschnitte entstehen, die bei uns einzigartige Eindrücke hinterlassen. Durch die üppige Vegetation gibt es gefühlte tausend verschiedene Grüntöne, die fast unsere Aufnahmefähigkeit überfordern. Die Farb- und Lichtspiele sind grandios! Wir sind ganz still und genießen! Vaièi nui- vielen Dank!Viel. read more...


Flomaida II - Das unbeschreiblich schöne Marquesas Archipel- 20.3.-3.4.
Flomaida II - Das unbeschreiblich schöne Marquesas Archipel- 20.3.-3.4.
07/04/2014

Free & BrEasy - Mont Tekao is in our dreams

A short 24 hour sail north westwards found us in the Bay of Taiohae, the administrative capital of the Marquesas Archipelago. The bay is ringed by steep green towering cliffs, a volcanic crater with a sea entrance blasted through the rock. The bay is large enough for a cruise liner to anchor which it promptly did, making us all giddy with watching the frantic disembark- and then rembarkation before it set off again in the evening. Such a different form of cruising than ours!We managed to refuell without serious damage. We had to anchor "Mediteranean Style" off a large concrete jetty, with stern lines. They decided to close early for lunch and with two and a half hours to wait, our anchor chain dragged in a strong cross wind and we were perilously near to smashing into the jetty. Cast off. read more...


06/04/2014

American Spirit II - 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. I was awakened at 2:20 AM by the howling and whistling wind and rocking boat. The wind and seas were increasing. When sleeping, you tend to notice changes in boat motion and noise levels. I got up and after talking with Joel, who was on the 12:00 AM - 3:00. read more...



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