facebookTwitterYou TubeNoonsiteOcean Crew LinkForum
can we help
+44(0)1983 296060
+1 757-788-8872
tell me moreJoin a rally

Menu

Daily Logs

Filter by..
Search


16/01/2015

Nexus - Ghosting along at 5kts in light air....again.

We'll it's another slow and beautiful day in the South Atlantic. We've got 10kts from the stern which we're making about 5-6kts on and just ghosting along. We got hot yesterday and stopped for a swim party in 7,250ft of the clearest blue water we've seen in a while. It was a refreshing break, and as we got back on the boat, a very large sea turtle swam by! No joy on the fishing so far, and we're now trying everything in the tackle box on the rods. Mike and I spent the last two days resurrecting two old reels we found in the bottom of the fish locker...we're proud to say they've gone from "salt licks" to serviceable fishing gear! I'm sure some lucky fisherman along the route will appreciate them. We're all looking for wind, but there is apparently a gale blowing far south of here and it's. read more...


16/01/2015

Sweet Pearl - Kapstadt --> St.Helena - 8. Tag - Gemütliches Vorankommen

Die einen spekulieren auf den Schweizer Franken, die anderen auf den Wind. Wir gehören zu Letzteren. Mal ist er da, mal nicht; das bringt uns aber nicht weiter aus der Ruhe, weil wir nehmen das ganz gemütlich und gemütlich kommen wir voran. Die Hälfte war gestern; gefeiert wurde im kleinen Kreis. Ist sowieso nicht sehr viel los hier; keine Menschenseele wohnt hier, wie auch, wenn es kein Land gibt. Nein, wir haben kein Sonnenstich, aber haben es ganz lustig;-). Cheers, Tom. read more...


16/01/2015

Celebrate - Ode to the Sea, Wind and Birds

Rolling Rolling Rolling by Jay AilworthI came on watch to find the masthead fly going berserkSpinning to every point of the compass like some insane jerk.The diesel keeps up a steady droning while side to side the boat is rolling.A reefed main has the rigging creaking and groaningWe would rather have wind with the lines and wires singing and moaningBoats ahead tell us there is wind on this trackAll we can do now is bemoan its lack.Above hangs a daytime half moon in a sky of azure blueBestowing a sense of future things to view.Sea birds swoop and soar with amazing graceSilently mocking our meandering pace.Until next time...Charlie, Cathy & Jay. read more...


15/01/2015

Allegro - 5ªFEIRA, 15 DE JANEIRO DE 2015

Ontem o dia decorreu semelhante aos anteriores em relação ao vento e estado do mar.Pela hora do almoço, enquanto cozinhava, a Margarida desequilibrou-se com um movimento brusco do barco, e caiu desamparada, batendo com as costas nas escadas, parecendo ter-se magoado bastante. O Luís esteve a observá-la, achando que terá fracturado uma costela flutuante. Passou o resto da tarde e noite deitada, com alívio progressivo da dor e mobilizando-se cada vez melhor. Hoje tem continuado a melhorar, mas quando chegarmos deverá ser observada numa urgência.Ao fim da tarde e durante a noite o tempo foi melhorando progressivamente. Foi o primeiro por do sol que não se escondeu atrás das nuvens, e a primeira noite sem “squalls”. O vento, regular, com cerca de 20 nós e algumas rajadas ocasionais atingindo. read more...


15/01/2015

American Spirit II - Day 375; The Wind Dies and We Start Motoring; & We Use the Satellite Phone to Send and Receive Emails for the First Time; Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The wind dies at 4:20 AM and we're forced to turn on the iron jenny, i.e., engine. I get up at 7:00 AM; and at 7:30 AM the wind is still light at 6 knots and we've motor sailing at 5.9 knots thru the water and 6.7 knots over the land. The clouds are solid, low overcast; with some rain showers visible around us. At 9:20 AM we put two fish lines in the water; one on a pole and the other a hand line. The hand line itself has a string tied around an empty coke can, so that when the line is pulled (a fish hits it), the coke can will make noise so we know to pull the line in. Tim from Ghost hosts the 10:00 AM net. Folie a Deux appears to be the only boat 100% still sailing, with 14 knots of wind. They're closer to the coast and have more wind. Most of the boats like us have wind at 10 knots or. read more...


15/01/2015

Luna Quest - Thursday, 15th January

Noon Position: 12.42N 73.11WDaily run: 141 milesWhen Henri Charrierè (known as Papillon) managed to escape from French Guyana’s inhuman prison camp in the 1930s, he fell upon a litoral tribe in Guajira in Colombia that lived a life far removed from civilisation. The tribe nursed his terribly scarred and sunburnt body and adopted him as one of their own. He lived with them for well over a year fathering two children by the chief’s two daughters.We passed the headland of Guajira yesterday, where the winds had been forecast to be accelerating along the coast, but we found the opposite and were lulled into a false sense of security overnight when a changed wind direction headed us for the coast. We were not able to maintain our course for Santa Marta without much banging and crashing of the. read more...


15/01/2015

Nexus - 830nm to go, no wind...

Motoring in flat calm with 3kts of wind from the stern, we're concentrating on fishing but no joy yet. Pulled GRIB files again today, it looks like we'll get a little wind on Friday then again on Sunday but it looks like this high pressure ridge is here to stay. The fleet is spread out, we're about 35-40nm south and south west of the leaders with the rest of the fleet spread out across a wide area around us. Everyone has their own voodoo on looking for pockets of wind to sail in, even if it exists mostly in their imagination. Still, it's a nice day out, sunny and not too warm. We're working on puzzles and resurrecting some old salt encrusted fishing reels we found in the lockers. If we get them in good shape, they'll make nice gifts for the local fisherman we may meet along the way in. read more...


14/01/2015

American Spirit II - Day 374; A Great Day of Sailing in the South Atlantic & Saphir Almost Collides with a Whale; Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Up at 7:00 AM. At 7:10 AM we jibed from port to starboard tack as wind has gone to southeast at 164 degrees. The wind is 13/14 knots and we're moving at 4.4 knots thru the water and 4.7 knots over the land. The sky is a solid overcast and our COG (Course Over Ground) is 008 degrees, just east of north. Even at this slow rate of sail I'm OK with it. As long as we're going 4 knots, its OK. At 8:39 AM the clouds are clearing from the east. Its sunny now. I've taken off my pants and long sleeved shirt and put on shorts and a short sleeved shirt. The days continue to be warm and the nights cold. At 9:30 AM the wind is 11 knots and we're moving at 4.6 knots thru the water and 4.3 knots over the land; with a COG of 025.Tim from Ghost hosts the 10:00 AM net. At 10:20 AM Joel and I have. read more...


14/01/2015

Ayama - 14th January The Final Leg to Santa Marta

We are having a wonderful sail.After a beautiful starlit night with one spectacular shooting star Ayama is nowon course for the turn to Santa Marta, 137 miles to the Marina, calm seas anddoing 7 to 9 knots in 22 to 26 knots of wind and also 1 knot of current with us.We are in sight of the Colombian coast and a few ships passing us. We haven’t seen any of the other yachts yet but we are all looking hard as the first to see one gets a double tot of rum!Everybody is very relaxed in the sunshine apart from Per who is feeling the cold and just had to put his fleece on…these hardy northern Swedes.I have killed the jumping spider that was in my bunk so hopefully no more bites!Apart from a few birds that is all the wildlife we have seen.. read more...


14/01/2015

Exody - Day 3 - Closing Colombia

Crew recovering from bugs and back to normal duties and appetites - weather less squally but the night quite windy with much over 25 knots and the morning seas rough. We tried our shorter pole with a furled/reefed genny but not very effective, so since Monday night have been mostly under main alone ranging from full sail to double reefed - less sail usually best!Now on Tuesday we are bowling along with average days runs so far of just over 170 miles and average speed just over 7 knots for the first three days.As we close the Colombian coast from our position 50/60 miles north of Aruba at the morning roll call (the most northerly boat in the fleet by quite a way), the equatorial current has reduced.We are hoping to maintain the average without it's help and our northerly position has. read more...


14/01/2015

Exocet Strike - Weds 14th January, somewhere off Columbia

A great afternoon and evening sail, in company withour fellow World ARC boat Garlix, an XP44 from Germany.  The sailing wasgreat until about 1000 this morning when the wind started to drop, and drop anddrop, from expecting 25 to 30 knots, which we had last night and a fastpassage in. The wind then eventually dropped to only 5 knots, from deadbehind with a 1.5 knot tide against us, so  we reluctantly at 1438 UTC-4  started to motor, so at least we could be in tonight rather than face anight of the same as the day, it isnt a race apparently!   Looking forward to getting to Santa Marta now, somebig mountain ranges we can see already.   Will let you know tomorrow how we geton,   John. read more...


14/01/2015

Luna Quest - Wednesday, 14 Jan. 2015

Noon Position: 13.11N 71.18WDaily run: 165 milesAfter a cracking sail yesterday, the wind seems to have abated, which we are glad of since we are nearing the headland of Colombia, where the winds accelerate into a current counter to the northeasterly equatorial current, which sets up a nasty chop of a sea in windy conditions. With a bit of luck we may arrive in Santa Marta on Saturday.Our fridge has packed up. Luckily, it is a top loader, so that it will keep cooler for longer. Unfortunately, its malfunction has drained the batteries to 10.5 volts, so that today we have switched everything off to give them a chance to recharge fully by solar power. Great excitement was had last night when a ship was sighted, but did not appear on our new AIS B transponder. It gave us an opportunity to. read more...


14/01/2015

Celebrate - Continued Odes of Passage to St. Helena...

MORE ODES of PASSAGE REPAIR by Jay AilworthAuto Von Driver is truly dead,We found his still smoking body under the Captain's bed.While the ramifications are unconflicted The ship's doctor has determined death was totally self-inflicted.A thorough report will take a while,However there will be no murder charges to file.His body has been removed and ready to bury,I think we should name the new driver, Harry.The Captain worked late into the night,it amounted to a heavy weight fight.The mate has to step in to lend some aidAs wet, slimy, and slippery hydraulic connections were made.As the battle waged it became time for a break,The physical exhaustion too much to take.Soon after a cup of soup which seems a feastwith a great sigh the Captain re-enters the den of the beast.Much later the final. read more...


13/01/2015

American Spirit II - Day 373; A Good Day of Sailing; the Auto Pilot Turns Itself Off Again; & Green Flash No. 27; Monday, January 12, 2015

Up at 5:15 AM. Black clouds on the horizon, so nogreen flash this morning at sun rise at 6:05 AM. The wind is 16 knots and we're moving at 5.8 knots thru the water and 6.2 knots over the land. We're on the rumb line to St. Helena; and the wind is 183 degrees. At 7:45 AM we jibed from port to starboard as we were going 20 degrees to the left of St. Helena.At 8:25 AM I found a 6 inch squid just outside of the cockpit on starboard. Took a picture and buried it at sea. The wind is 10/11 knots at 8:30 AM and we're moving at 5.5 knots thru the water and 4.7 knots over the land; an .8 knot of current against us. I put the dodger/bimini insert back in at 8:35 AM. Hard to do by yourself, and fraught with danger as one slip while standing up and you're overboard. Breakfast at 9:20 AM consists of. read more...


13/01/2015

Ayama - Ayamas blog 2

Day3 We had a night of squalls so a busy night reefing on Sunday night.The moon is waning and doesn't appear until the early hours so the first few night shifts are very dark. We are all settling down to a sort of routine, and Sofia, Per and I are feeling less queasy.Anna is a star and produces delicious meals even though it is sod's law that the sea becomes rougher as soon as she goes into the galley.We are still flying along and did 163 miles yesterday despite having to reef during the night. We had to do a minor detour around some fishing tackle, a pole with a light on it and a couple of buoys and probably a tangle of nets or rope under the water.Amazing all this ocean and we nearly hit it. After a day of squalls we had a peaceful night and the sea calmed down a bit.A couple of ships. read more...


14/01/2015

Nexus - Very Light Wind Sailing But All Is Well

Very light and variable winds of 10-12kts from behind greeted us this morning, so we're putzing along at 4-6kts this morning...Russ is twitching and reaching for the ignition keys every now and then buttrying to ride this out as long as we're making decent progress. Another beautiful day, and we have two lines in the water but no joy so far. We expect the wind to die down more by tomorrow so we're anticipating some motoring but we may deploy "Fat Albert", our largest Gennaker, later this morning to extend our sailing time a little longer, but the wind may be too inconsistent to keep it filled. Decisions..decisions..that's sailing, but all is well.Russ and Laurie on NEXUS at 09:00 at 25 36.6'S;9 17.7'E. read more...


13/01/2015

Allegro - 3ªFEIRA, 13 DE JANEIRO DE 2015

SAINT LUCIA - SANTA MARTA, NA COLÔMBIAQuatro dos sete a oito dias previstos para esta perna são passados. Não se pode dizer que tenham sido agradáveis, mas também não foram muito desagradáveis.O vento tem estado entre os 15 e os 25 nós, com rajadas pouco frequentes de 30 nós. O mar, bastante desencontrado, torna a viagem muito “mexida”, com ondas altas de sueste e outras de noroeste. Como resultado, o barco não pára de oscilar de um lado para o outro. Temos apanhado alguns “squalls”, o mais trabalhoso e molhado, hoje de manhã. Já se esperava.A adaptação da tripulação está-se a fazer, muito facilitada pelos petiscos do Rui e também da Margarida. Agora, em vez de um, temos três cozinheiros a bordo; o Ricardo ainda não se revelou, mas deve-se estrear nos próximos dias. A Margarida e o. read more...


13/01/2015

Exody - Day 2 - Bugs, Broken Pole, Breeze

We were not happy campers on Monday morning! Two out of three crew had bad nights with tummy bugs, one bad enough not to be able to keep watch so we were all rather drained!It was a squally night by which time we had already settled into to our downwind rig of single reefed and poled out genny. However the front end of a 5am squall backed the genny and, before we could regain control, had taken apart the telescopic pole into its two pieces and broken the end fitting.We managed to secure one part of the pole that was loose on deck but the other part, hanging as it was from the end of a flapping genny and tethered by guys fore and aft, was dancing on the foredeck like something demented taking stabs at the deck, risking both the hatches and the fuel cans.With the genny furled I managed to. read more...


13/01/2015

Exocet Strike - Day 3 of our world ARC 2015

A great sail yesterday afternoon, then in theevening the winds started to build until by midnight it was approx 25 to 30knots from pretty much dead astern, interesting. Since the boat was oftenrounding up in the waves we put a third reef in (for those not into sailing thisis reduciing considerably the area in the big sail at the back). Thisimmediately made the boat a lot more stable and didnt siginificantly reduce ourspeed. We have had between 1.5 and 2 knots of tide with us, joy, but later todaywe will probably have the tide against us as we turn a bit more south to go downthe Columbian coast for approx 160 miles. We have just made our coursecorrection to go to Santa Marta, but we are staying a bit further out than weneed to since the forecasts indicate the wind going a bit north of. read more...


13/01/2015

Luna Quest - Tuesday, 12 Jan. 2015

Noon Position: 13.10N 68.25WDaily run: 155 milesThe wind has picked up to over 30kn and Luna Quest is bowling along at speeds in excess of 8 knots, but yesterday was a great day for resting. The rig was firmly set and the 20kn of wind kept a steady course westwards under a cloudy sky, but no squalls of any note were experienced. A few flying fish landed on the deck, but otherwise the decks were dry. We may be one of the last boats in the fleet on our way to Santa Marta (Colombia), but we should make it before the fleet sets off again Tuesday next week for the San Blas Islands (you can find the itinerary of the World ARC 2015 on the web site of the World Cruising Club). We expect to arrive either Saturday or Sunday, just in time for a shower, a meal ashore and taking on fresh water. The. read more...


13/01/2015

Pentagram - Leg 1 Rodney Bay, St Lucia to Santa Marta, Colombia.

?0440, Tues 13/1/15 - 23nm N.E of ArubaWe arrived in Rodney Bay slightly later than we would have liked due to the "Christmas Winds", blowing 45 knots in Barbados & around the islands. Oh well, there's worse places to get stuck, could have been Skeggy!A warm welcome greeted us when we finally arrived by both the World Cruising Club team & a cheery "Ahoy Pentagram!", as we cruised past to our berth from John, Stella & Brian on Exocet Strike. We had met them in September in A Coruna, Northern Spain. Our first landfall after leaving the UK. It was great to see some friendly & familiar faces.The start of the first leg went well & we crossed the start line in around fifth place with two reefs in the main & a full genoa. Not too shabby a start as there are just the two. read more...


13/01/2015

Juno - Chafed sheets

1024x768Cleanfalse false falseEN-GB X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4/* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-fareast-language:EN-US;} It is our third night and sea and we have made very good progress. This part of the Caribbean is notoriously windy and we have had strong trade winds since we left St Lucia; rarely less than 20 knots, gusting up to 30. read more...


Juno - Chafed sheets
Juno - Chafed sheets
13/01/2015

Celebrate - Unexpected Anchoring & Odes to Passage on the way to St. Helena Island from Cape Town, South Africa!

Odes by Jay AilworthCape Town is now in our pastCelebrate is leaving Table Mountain astern very fast.Our boat heeling and heaving to a beam sea.Deep dark Africa slipping away in our lee.Auto Von Driver is at the helm on a day cool breezy and sunnyWhen from below the mate calls:"I smell something funny".Auto Von Driver has rolled over and died The apparent victim of electrical suicide.A well found ship CELEBRATE has a spareAn island is up ahead and we will make repairs there.Now steering by handWe make our way to this tiny speck of land.Behind a rocky windswept point lies a smallSheltered bayWe will soon have our repairs underway.Our anchor now safely down we takeA moment to look around.Small buildings, a pier and a tall red and white Striped lighthouse are the only sights around.Out of. read more...


13/01/2015

American Spirit II - Day 372; No. 3 Green Flash Sunrise, Our 26th So Far; We Catach a Fish; A Manta Ray Jumps; and a Whale Blows; Sunday, Januaryt 11, 2015

I wake up at 5:00 AM, after 4 hours and 50 minutes of continuous sleep. A rarity on a wildly bouncing boat. Sleep in the aft cabin like flying in a plane in weather. When the plane goes up, you get positive g forces on your body; when it goes down, you get negative g forces, like weightlessness. Unless you're really tired, its sometimes hard to sleep when you keep going from negative to positive to negative... g's. Isn't sailing fun?! Because its still dark out, I know the sun hasn't risen yet, so I get up and go to the cockpit in my long underwear and socks. Once I convince myself that the sun isn't rising for a little while, I go below and get dressed and come wait for the sunrise.At 5:58 AM the sun rose, and I saw my 3rd Green Flash Sunrise; Jeanine saw her first; and now we have a. read more...


13/01/2015

Nexus - Good sailing night, light wind morning

Still sailing but only making 5-6kts in very light winds from behind. The wind picked up yesterday afternoon and we were enjoying several hours of 10kts on a beam reach but it's now shifted behind us and dropped. Just above my 5kt threshold of pain...we're resisting the urge to motor and get there as the sailing is peaceful and we have a beautiful day. So we've turned our attention to fishing and enjoying this beautiful day, we'll see if the wind comes up later as it did yesterday! 1180 miles to go and all is well.Russ and Laurie on NEXUS 08:45 1/13/2015 at 27 22.0'S;11 23.4'E. read more...


13/01/2015

GarliX - Tag 3 - St. Lucia - St. Martha / Kolumbien - Halbzeit

Strecke: Rodney Bay / St. Lucia - Santa Martha / Kolumbien, ca. 815sm - jetzt HalbzeitWir schaukeln uns durch die Karibische See; es ist etwas unangenehmer als über dem Atlantik. Wir haben mehr Wind und höhere Wellen, die ungleich der Windrichtung sind. In den letzten zwei Tagen hatten wir Etmale (zurückgelegte Strecke in 24h) von rund 200sm. Das ist richtig viel, wenn man dann bedenkt, dass wir z.B. in der ganzen letzten Nacht nur mit zweifach gerefften Großsegel und ohne Vorsegel durch die Nacht geschossen sind. Wir haben Ostwind 18-25kn; in Squalls höher. Nur um die Geografiekenntnisse aufzufrischen…. - wir segeln vorbei an Venezuela (links), und rechts an Puerto Rico, Dominicanische Republik, HaitiEin mittleres Problem hatten wir auch noch…. der obere Blog von der Fock hat. read more...


12/01/2015

Sweet Pearl - Kapstadt --> St.Helena - 4. Tag - Mal schneller, mal langsamer

Mal haben wir mehr Wind, mal weniger, mal segeln wir schneller, mal langsamer. So ist das eben. Das Wetter ist aber sehr gut (das heisst blauer Himmel und Sonne) und wir relaxen gut:-). Cheers, Tom. read more...


12/01/2015

Luna Quest - Monday, Jan.12, 2015

Noon Position: 13.14N 65.43WDaily Run: 122 milesThe sail trim we had so studiously set up in the Easterly trade winds the day after our departure took us too far south when the winds backed to the Northeast. The sail set became untenable in the rising winds and if left unchanged for the night, we would have been set uncomfortably close to the coast of Venezuela. At 3.30pm we decided to reverse the poling out of our foresails. The genoa that had been poled out to starboard was poled out to port and the staysail on the opposite side. Our mainsail remained securely inits stack pack. At 5.40pm the new sail configuration lifted our speed to over 7 knots and enabled us to sail a course well north of west. A truly exhausting exercise, but completed 20 minutes earlier than the 2 hours it had. read more...


12/01/2015

Exocet Strike - Monday 12th Jan 2015

Another day, lots of squalls and lots of wind. Notthe most pleaseant sailing, but very fast. Had a line jam in the furler earlierso we couldnt furl the genoa, found out just before a 35 knot squall hit, notfun. Took an hour to sort that ot, then we gybed, since the wind had gone southof east and it would take us to our planned position (waypoint). We took a whileworking out all the ropes etc, then as soon as we gybed we needed to back again,total time spent / lost was approx 2 hours. Currently the wind is a bit shiftybut its between 25 and 31 knots, bit full on, twoo reefs in the main and thegenoa half furled. More anon.. read more...


12/01/2015

American Spirit II - Day 372; We Leave Cape Town for St. Helina & See our 24th Green Flash; Saturday, January 10, 2015

After 2 hours sleep, Jeanine is off to the airport to see if our bag arrived on the 7:05 AM flight from London. Joel and I get up at 7:00 AM. Breakfast on the boat consists of eggs, cut up potato cooked in olive oil with spices, and pear halves. Jeanine passes on breakfast after returning from the airport without the bag. At 9:34 AM I depart for the supermarket, as I just realized that we have only 2 rolls of paper towels left on the boat. I return at 9:55 AM.At 10 AM we start the engine, and leave our wharf at 10:05 AM. All the other boats are getting under way, also. We make it thru the bridge opening at 10:15 AM. The leg starts at 11:00 AM; a racing start. We're 2nd across the line, but in a preferred position on starboard tack, while most of the fleet is on port tack. There is 3 to 5. read more...


12/01/2015

American Spirit II - Day 371; Last Full Day in Cape Town, South Africa; & British AirwaysStiffs Us; Friday, January 9, 2015

Up at 6:00 AM. Jeanine and I departed for the airport at 7:45 AM to pick up the 'delayed' bag. Once we got there, no bag. And the bag wasn't on the next two flights either, at 9:00 AM and 10:00 AM. Gross incompetence by BA.Joel went to the Skipper's meeting at 9:00 AM; and I got there around 9:30 AM. Went over details for the leg to St. Helena, 1,700 miles and then on to Salvador, Brazil; another 1,900 miles. Lot of crime in Brazil, so be careful. Don't walk around with an SLR Camera, or wear expensive jewelry and watches. Two crew were mugged last rally due to walking in an area they were told to avoid. Apparently, you can be walking down a 'main drag,' and everything is great; but go one block the main drag and your in a neighborhood you shouldn't be in. St. Helena is the only stop on. read more...


12/01/2015

Celebrate - Goodby to Charming Cape Town, South Africa!

A cheerful rally party sent us off feeling great about our time spent in Cape Town and was a good mark for our new beginnings for the New Year and heading off for Brazil via St. Helena. Thank you Joel and Johnny!We look forward to seeing you in Brazil!Also, the party was a nice way to introduce our new crew person and friend, Jay, to other rally people.Jay also took the photo of Celebrate that is hanging in the main salon.We feel special because his photos show up as magazine covers and now we have another photoof his with our boat in front of Table Mountain.To new beginnings...Charlie, Cathy & Jay. read more...


12/01/2015

Juno - World ARC start

Well this is it. Today is the start of the World ARC 2015: a circumnavigation of the globe, twenty yachts sailing from East to West along the trade wind route, around 26,000 miles in all. Crewed mostly by couples of our age and their friends, from every nationality, sailing in company. A life-long ambition for most. Years of planning for everyone just to get to the start line and today at midday we depart St Lucia on the first leg, heading for Santa Marta in Colombia.It has taken many years of preparation for us as well – quite literally. The brochure of an Oyster 55 that nestled in the drawer of my office desk for twenty years, now rather dog eared in its new home in the chart drawer on Juno, was my periodic reminder that those early morning commutes were a means to an important end.Or. read more...


12/01/2015

Nexus - Day 3 becalmed on a beautiful day

We had a beautiful day sailing in variable winds yesterday, with the full mix of sailing experiences! We started our day sailing on white sails and decided it was time to pull out the Gennaker as the wind went lighter and aft. Our Gennaker was just repaired by the folks at Ullman Sails and returned loosely wrapped on the furling line. As we were raisingit I said to Mike "I don't like how loose that is, this is going to end badly". an observation I should have listened to. We ended up with a world class gennaker hourglass wrap and had to pull the whole sail off the line, wool it and re-launch it again.We were rewarded with a perfect opening and the winds picked up aft, so we were surfing along at 10-17kts with the wind puffs and caught up again with the rest of our small group of boats.. read more...


11/01/2015

Free & BrEasy - St Helena Here We Come

We are already 200 plus miles out of Cape Town on the 1700 mile passage to St Helena, which is North West of our current position in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. As has become our habit, we left the day before the rest of the fleet (who are already catching us up!) so that we stand a chance of arriving at St Helena with everyone else. Departure was the mirror image of our sunrise arrival, as we left at sunset which lit up the Cape Town water front with Table Mountain standing majestically behind. Soon the glow of the city was far behind us as we left Robben Island, and watched transfixed, each with our memories of a wonderful port.Our big news is that we have lost and gained crew. Alejandro has left Free & Breasy to sail with Luiton who will be sailing from Brazil directly back. read more...


Juno - World ARC start
Juno - World ARC start
11/01/2015

Ayama - AYAMAS first blog

WORLD ARC 2015 Yacht Ayama's Blog11/1/15 Well here we are about 180 miles from St Lucia sailing wing on wing doing about 8+ knots in quite rolly seas.We had a busy 2 days after Per and i arrived in St Lucia on Thursday.Stefan and Anna - who own Ayama- were expecting their daughter Sofia to arrive at the airport just after us.Unfortunately her flight was canceled so she was stuck in Chicago for another day.Friday morning Stefan dropped Anna and I off in the dinghy and we went and did a final stock-up shop.Per and Stefan went to the skipper's meeting.Anna and i had a good shop and found almost everything we wanted but then had 2 taxi drivers fighting over us: it nearly came to fisticuffs and we had visions of all our bags of groceries being torn in half by them.Girl power won and our lady. read more...


11/01/2015

Makena - World Arc 15-16 Day 2: En route to Columbia

In our first 24 hours we put down 180+ miles which is a great rate. We have just family aboard now having said goodbye to the lovely Rikki and Chiara on the quay in St Lucia. Kai has all his grandparents aboard: Daniel, Francoise, and David. They are just rebuilding their sea legs this trip so we are trying to take things as easy as possible - right now we are flying just one sail and going with the waves for maximum comfort. For those more used to passage making this is a particularly pleasant one and people are reading, watching movies and just relaxing in the sun. Everyone has been together for all meals so that will tell you that the ‘mal de mer’ is not too bad. The waves are up to 3 meters and ‘plentiful' as my Dad says! They are non-threatening - helpful even! During the first 24. read more...


11/01/2015

Exody - Day 1 - The big C begins with a record days run.

"I got to 7.6 knots" said Marian coming off a night watch - sounded pretty good but she meant down to 7.6 from 8's 9's and even 10's ! We ended up with a noon run to 11th January of 180 miles from the St Lucia start - but we do have to acknowledge the helpful assistance of the equatorial current to the tune of 12-20 miles - that's why this first 815 mile leg to Santa Marta Colombia is to be a quick one!The rainy squalls of the last few days abated at Rodney Bay to give good conditions for the start, delayed by 10 minutes as the Police Launch committee boat was running late. This absence of the committee boat did not appear to deter one of our number who we think started anyway as per the original timings.We are a relatively intimate fleet of just 14 boats - so intimate that two boats we. read more...


11/01/2015

Luna Quest - Sunday, Jan. 11th, 2015

Position: 13.13N 63.19WDaily Run: 125Our preparations for the start of the Rally at 12 noon, yesterday, were compromised by a sudden and apparent failure of our fridge. Julia had to hold an order for vacuum packed meat on standby in case we would have to set off without a fridge, but a local engineer said that the fridge would be all right and so we put our trust in him and left the marina at Rodney Bay in great haste to be on time for the start. We were the very last to leave the marina at 11.40am. Just 13 boats were already jostling at the starting line and when I heard the gun shot at twelve, we were the first to cross it. Alas, when I looked round five minutes later, I realised that I had started before time! Never mind, we carried on, but soon the big boats in the fleet were. read more...


11/01/2015

Exocet Strike - Second day, great downwind sailing

After our great start it all went a bit slower, andwe were overtaken by several boats who all opted to go pretty muchdownwind, we went a bit higher, but all we were doing was losing ground anddistance to the finish, so we put up the spinnaker pole and went wing onwing. For those not in the know, this is having themainsail (biggest white flappy thing at back) on one side and the genao (secondbiggest white flappy thing at front) on theother side with the pole attached to the free corner, with the wind nearly deadbehind, some do go with it 180 deg behind but that can lead to problems, we tryfor about 160 to 165 degrees which is much safer.   Our dinner was a salad with pork pie, none of usfelt too hungry, but it went down well.   Overnight was great 18 to 23. read more...


11/01/2015

Nexus - First day underway to St Helena

Well we started the rally with a whimper, no wind, then a rush of 30+kts with some urgent reefing, and now we have pretty steady 15-20kts aft and lumpy seas. Beautiful sailing with one whale spotted and we're loping along staying amongst the faster boats rather than running of on our own. The new sails are great, hold shape well and we've been keeping pace with more reefs than we usually have. The crew is familiarizing well, and we're all looking forward to a smooth run to St Helena at this point! Cape Town and Table Mountain were beautiful as we sailed away, we'll miss them.All is well!Russ and Laurie on NEXUS at 12:00 01/11/2015 at 31 44.37'S;15 35.4'E. read more...


11/01/2015

Exocet Strike - First day

Much better weather today, lots of sun and not muchrain. Got a great start, either first over or, justsecond but the other boat was sitting on the line without any speed so we soonwent flying past. Had a great tussle with our friends on Garlix and Makena the62 foot cat, they both just got to the turning mark ahead of us, but not bymuch. The fleet have now split up, we can still see 5 onAIS but I expect by morning we will be on our own. Currently 563 miles to our next waypoint, just offa headland that is between Venezuela and Colombia, and its 845 miles to ourdestination. John. read more...


10/01/2015

GarliX - Tag 1 Start World ARC - Start- St. Lucia - Santa Marta

Strecke: Rodney Bay / St. Lucia - Santa Martha / Kolumbien, ca. 815sm Leute, es ist losgegangen!!! Wir sind um 12:10 Ortszeit (16:10 UTC) mit der World ARC 2015/2016 in St. Lucia gestartet!!! Unser Ziel ist, im April 2016 wieder hier zu sein und einmal rund herum zu segeln. Immer noch ist es uns fremd über dieses ambitionierte Ziel zu reden… das machen doch nun echt immer „nur die Anderen“ - eine Weltumsegelung!!! Unglaublich - also - es ging los!!Mit uns sind 13 weitere Schiffe gestartet, darunter 2 Katamarane. Auf einem Katamaran - MAKENA(62ft) segelt das jüngste Crewmitglied der Flotte mit. Kai wird am 17. Februar 1 Jahr alt. Zwei Boote schließen sich uns in Santa Martha an, so dass dann offiziell 16 Boote an der World ARC teilnehmen. Leider haben drei Boote in der letzten Woche. read more...


10/01/2015

GarliX - Tag 1 Start World ARC - Start- St. Lucia - Santa Marta

Strecke: Rodney Bay / St. Lucia - Santa Martha / Kolumbien, ca. 815sm Leute, es ist losgegangen!!! Wir sind um 12:10 Ortszeit (16:10 UTC) mit der World ARC 2015/2016 in St. Lucia gestartet!!! Unser Ziel ist, im April 2016 wieder hier zu sein und einmal rund herum zu segeln. Immer noch ist es uns fremd über dieses ambitionierte Ziel zu reden… das machen doch nun echt immer „nur die Anderen“ - eine Weltumsegelung!!! Unglaublich - also - es ging los!!Mit uns sind 13 weitere Schiffe gestartet, darunter 2 Katamarane. Auf einem Katamaran - MAKENA(62ft) segelt das jüngste Crewmitglied der Flotte mit. Kai wird am 17. Februar 1 Jahr alt. Zwei Boote schließen sich uns in Santa Martha an, so dass dann offiziell 16 Boote an der World ARC teilnehmen. Leider haben drei Boote in der letzten Woche. read more...


GarliX - Tag 1 Start World ARC - Start- St. Lucia - Santa Marta
GarliX - Tag 1 Start World ARC - Start- St. Lucia - Santa Marta
10/01/2015

Celebrate - Awesome Adventure on "THE FORGOTTEN ROUTE" Train to Karoo with Winery & Brandy Tasting Visits!

Jeanine on American Spirit masterminded a great train, winery and brandy tasting tour into the hinterland of South Africa along with fellow travelers Tim, Tracey, Brian & Lucy from Folie a deux and Finn from Nexus.The scenery from the all day train ride was terrific and our stop for the night at the charming and historic outpost of Matjiesfontein on the plains of the Great Karoo was wonderful.It was easy to see the uniqueness of South Africa and the way it used to be.Mixing stories of the early diamond rush with the Anglo-Boer War and the Cape-Colonial Railways the visit was a step back in time!Charlie & Cathy. read more...


10/01/2015

Sweet Pearl - Kapstadt --> St.Helena - 2. Tag - Guter Start

Nach einem schönen Abschiedswinken von Carmen, Hannes, Boris und Achim sowie weiteren ahnungslosen Touristen, haben wir uns gestern auf den Weg nach St.Helena gemacht - 1703 Seemeilen, ungefähr 12 Tage. Bis jetzt hatten wir sehr guten Wind und wir hoffen auch weiterhin davon zu profitieren, obwohl er womöglich in 3 oder 4 Tagen einfallen wird.Wir sind alle gut drauf und sind froh dass es wieder weiter geht:-).Cheers, Tom. read more...


10/01/2015

Allegro - SEXTA-FEIRA 09 DE JANEIRO DE 2015 - 2

Esta é a semana antes da partida para a Volta ao Mundo, para a World ARC.Domingo dia 4 de Janeiro foi "um dia fantástico"!! Fizemos o check-in para a World ARC, no "office"do World Cruising Club, com a Suzana!Um marco importante - tudo ficou a parecer mais perto e mais real. Finalmente, está prestes a começar!O Rui, que fora com a Anne Marie no dia 31 de Dezembro para a Martinique, para passar o Ano a bordo do Magelanus, regressou no dia 07 à noite.Ontem, finalmente, chegaram o Ricardo e a Margarida - a tripulação está agora completa!Durante a semana, tivemos os afazeres habituais nesta altura - últimas limpezas do barco, últimos arranjos, lavandaria, aprovisionamento, etc. Tivemos que nos organizar para fazermos tudo os dois, e correu muito bem.Durante a semana trocámos de dinghy (o. read more...



10