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08/07/2014

American Spirit II - Day 184; Stormy Monday Night, School/Village Tour & Dinner on II Audeacious; Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Up at 7:30 AM. Windy, gusting 30+; 2-3 foot waves in the anchorage. Reef 100 yards behind us. Hope anchor holds. During the night before sunrise Vivo, Sweet Pearl, NDS Darwin and Kathea came in. Other than Sweet Pearl, the rest had left Fiji a day later than the rest of us. Saturday instead of Friday. Vivo left Saturday because Mike's wife, Dawn, had a flight out of Nadi Saturday evening. NDS Darwin didn't leave Friday because Nuno told me its unlucky to leave port on a Friday. A lot of sailors hold this superstition. At any rate, Vivo had wind gusts of 55 knots; NDS Darwin had gusts of 60 knots; and Kathea had one gust of 80 nots. In the process Kathea lost their jib. Gone. Blown away. At least that's the rumor I heard. I hope its not true. Mike on Vivo said for a number of hours he was. read more...


08/07/2014

Longbow of Argyll - Baltic Rally 2: Kiel to Bornholm

The first complement of Longbow's ever-changing crew arrived to join Ted (the Admirable Skipper) and Jane (the Skippers Admiral). First to arrive was Holly (aka The High Fairy), then Peter (chief Winchman) and Francoise (Artist in Residence), and finally Clare (self-nominated Tactician).We were warmly welcomed on board, given the safety briefing and sent to bed (with lots of supper).On Sunday we went shopping, went swimming, ate lots and learned lots about how the boat worked.In the afternoon there was a briefing about the rally followed by a crew dinner where we tried desperately to learn which faces belonged to which boats.Due to a forecast of strong easterlies due in 24 hours (and we were heading east), many boats left after dinner.We decided to catch a few z's and leave at 4am. read more...


08/07/2014

Longbow of Argyll - Baltic Rally 1: the Prequel

Ted and Janeleft Inverness with a crew of 3 onboard Longbow in windy weather on the 2nd of June, and arrived in Skagen on the 8th of June after a bumpy crossing. After a short recovery period, Longbow then wended her way south through the islands of Denmark on her way to Kiel for the start of the Baltic rally.Highlights of the trip include the wonderful anchorage at Dyvig(with a nerve-wrackingly narrow shallow entrance) and an unexpected sojourn in Bogense due to strong winds and a very narrow canal-like harbour.The enforced stay meant that the crew explored much more of the landward-side of Denmark than they had anticipated, but saw some great sights.The final stopover in Denmark before the passage to Kiel was in Marstal, where Britt's uncle was wonderfully hospitable.Longbow arrived in. read more...


08/07/2014

Jennie B - Kiel to Bornholm

A threatened gale meant that the Rally left Kiel early, some leaving Sunday night after the inaugural drinks and dinner, or first light Monday morning.We chose to get a bit of sleep and left Kiel at 0400. Sailing double handed we thought one night at sea would be enough for us on this first stage. We were targeting an average speed of 6.5 knots so we could complete the 170 nm passage to Bornholm by early Tuesday morning.With a combination of sailing and motor sailing we made it by 0530 Tuesday.After a few hours sleep and a shower we are revived and ready to go land side exploring.By lunchtime Tuesday the whole fleet had arrived in Rønne Harbour, all berthed together and looking great with all their flags flying in the sunshine. The winds are increasing and it looks like a good decision. read more...


08/07/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - How many layers do the Peeps wear to keep warm? The answer (dear reader) is blowing in the wind...........

N37:07:445   W09:27:235   Layers and layers is the answer. We have beenwearing 5 top layers and 4 on the bottom including undies and our salopettes addanother half to the top too. Getting dressed and undressed especially forablutions is quite a lengthy process. The winds have been mostly from the northand cold so we haven't even been divesting ourselves of any layers during thedaylight hours either. As for our heads, well we have our buffs, then a hat,then the hood on our jackets and even a hoodie hood on occasion. Got to keepthose drafts out of our ears. Our feet however are coping with one pair of socksand in Susan's case a hot water bottle sometimes.   Yesterday afternoon we thought for a time that wehad been transported to Piccadilly Circus. In the space of. read more...


07/07/2014

American Spirit II - Day 183; At Tanna, Vanuatu and Lava Steam Vents at our Anchorage; Monday, July 7, 2014

Joel on watch 12:00 AM to 3:00 AM. Chet on watch 3:00 AM to 6:00 AM. At 6:00 AM I was on watch until 9:00 AM. Sailboat on port, aft quarter. Called on VHF and identified our boat as American Spirit II. Boat I called was Avocet. On starboard bow was Saphir. Because AIS broken, we no longer had a means of easily identifying sailboats around us. Wind 12 knots, boat speed 7.1 knots. At 7:00 AM the island of Futuna, Vanuatu was visible thru the rain and mist and clouds off our port beam 7.3 miles away. The top of the mountain and island was not visible. Covered in clouds. Looked like Jurassic Park. At 7:05 AM the auto pilot cut off while I was down below looking at chars and a pilot book. No big deal. The boat did a 360 degree turn. I grabbed the wheel and got us back on course and punched. read more...


07/07/2014

Firefly - on the West of Fiji

Firefly left Nanuna-I-Ra on the North of Viti Levu 2 weeks ago. We managed to sail nearly all the way around the north coast of Vitu Levu only motoring from Lautoka. We met some very friendly Fijians and Spaniards at Vatia Beach Resort, a new resort they are establishing and ate excellent Tapas and Tortilla while we helped explain what we thought would attract yachts to stop at their resort. We checked into Vuda Point Marina, a really good and well priced marina, for 4 nights and caught up with several or our friends from World ARC, did a number of jobs, visited 'Ironsides' (the late actor Raymond Burr) orchid gardens and got provisioned before Rosy, our daughter arrived.Rosy arrived with 2 surfboards and jetlag aside, we sailed from Vuda to Namouto, near the famous surf spot called. read more...


07/07/2014

Sweet Pearl - Fiji --> Vanuatu - 4.Tag - Morgige Ankunft

Bis jetzt war es eine angenehme Fahrt. Leider werden wir es aber ganz knapp nicht schaffen bei Tageslicht heute den Ankerplatz zu erreichen. Deshalb haben wir das Tempo gedrosselt um erst am Dienstag früh morgens in die Bucht einzufahren. Seit ein paar Stunden regnet es, aber das sollte bis morgen aufhören. Wir freuen uns auf Vanuatu, von dem wir viel gelesen haben und das "Verborgene Paradies" genannt wird. Ob dem so ist, werden wir bald herausfinden. Ganz bald:-). Cheers, Tom. read more...


06/07/2014

Nexus - Safe Arrival in Vanuatu

Arrived safely in Port Resolution, Tanna, Vanuatu! Beautiful sheltered anchorage, complete with volcano in the distance and active steam vents along our western shore. The island is covered with jungle and the locals were calling to each other across the distances with bird calls like the Lost Boys in Never Never Land! We're looking forward to going ashore and meeting them! The Port Resolution Yacht club is a stick tree house hanging over the bay on the East side, the WARC staff have arranged to have officials travel here tomorrow to clear us. More later, but we'll be OFF THE GRID for the next week or so, and catch up on email when we can.Russ and Laurie on NEXUS 19 31.6'S;169 29.8'E. read more...


06/07/2014

Nexus - Great sailing to Vanuatu!

Two days into it now, we've had variable but good sailing winds and moderate seas on our way from Fiji to Tanna Vanuatu. We left in the afternoon on July 4 with choppy confused seas coming from two directions and 15-20kts of wind 60 degrees off our nose, which made for a bumpy but fast close hauled ride into the waves. Under single reefed main and double reefed jib we made 9.5kts over the first 12 hours, then slowed with the wind to 7-8kts later in the day. The waves have smoothed out and the wind eased and swung to our aft quarter, so we put the Gennaker out for the second day of sailing under partly cloudy skies.Its been good trade wind sailing since then, and we anticipate arriving at Tanna Vanuatu in the early hours of Monday morning. As sailing luck would have it, both of our. read more...


06/07/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - Where have alll the wooly hats gone? The sea has claimed them every one.

N38:02:638 W15:21:929   Progess report - we are over half way to thePortuguese Coast, yippee, will soon be heading down to Cabo de St. Vincente andround the corner to Lagos.   Hats! An essential part of our sailing gear and asource of frustration too. It sems that as soon as we break in a new hat or itfits wonderfully and is so comfortable,  the wind will suddenly catch usunawares and off it goes to be claimed by the sea. We estimate that we have lostaround 24ish pieces of headgear between the two of us. Sun hats, baseball caps,woolly hats, bush hats, etc.  They have rushed off our heads whilst weare on passage, at anchor, in the dinghy or on the dock.  We have managedto rescue about half a dozen by leaping into the water but most have gone overthe side and. read more...


06/07/2014

Boisbarbu - Log day 0 - Getting to the Rallye from France

It took Boisbarbu (Feeling 1090, 36ft) a month to join Schilksee, coming from France. A nice daylight only sailing with superb weather, mainly with north east light winds. Very few motoring, which is great. We took our time to visit and had a wonderfull stop in Lymington, where I had the chance to participate to the Around the Island (Wight) regatta, invited as a crew on Jumbuck. Then I am spending sometime here to find a place to winter the boat in a "bootswerft" around Kiel. As all my log book is already published on my website, you can have a look on:http://boisbarbu.free.fr/2014/jdb2/2014jdb2.htmand http://boisbarbu.free.fr/2014/jdb1/2014jdb1.htmfor saling route details and pictures.Gerard, S/Y BoisbarbuIMG_1127. read more...


Boisbarbu - Log day 0 - Getting to the Rallye from France
Boisbarbu - Log day 0 - Getting to the Rallye from France
06/07/2014

Zoonie - The second half, Day 4 to 7 37:15.26N 22:53.57W

Day 4 started under full sail and a 13 knot wind under blue skies. We have322M under our belt and steering well north of the required track, thinking thatthe Westerly wind that is due will cause us to bend around back onto track asthe wind backs. A sailing yacht passes us the other way from the Azores, shipsare now few and far between.   Are we flagging. The Rally and Oyster flag have become tangled around thehalyard and we nearly lost our lovely big ensign over the stern in the F6, butall are now recovered and a frayed edge on the rally flag is repaired ready tobe flown as we enter Santa Maria. So no we are not flagging!   I remember the glorious blue of the Atlantic from when I crewed on theStavros Niarchos from Tenerife to Barbados ten years ago and I wonder why it isnot. read more...


06/07/2014

Tulasi - It's time to say "Good Bye"

Fiji is a great place to explore. Beautiful anchorages, turquoise waters, reefs, you name it and you will find it here. The Fleet gathered in Musket Cove and for us on TULASI it was time to say good bye to most of the other crews. Unbelievable six months passed on a fly and now we are alone, sailing at our own pace, knowing friends are sailing in other parts of the world. It is also time to say thank you to Suzanna and Paul from World ARC Management, who both led us through the difficult Pacific waters, landfalls and administrative burdens. Both dedicated, now to call friends, made the lives of all boats and crews much more easy.Thank you, Paul and Suzanna, Tulasi will miss you! . read more...


06/07/2014

American Spirit II - Day 181; Sailing to Tanna, Vanuatu; Saturday, July 5, 2014

Happy July 4th for those in America back home. We celebrated July 4th yesterday in Fiji. Remember, we're a day ahead of you. Joel stood the 12:00 AM to 3:00 AM watch. Chet the 3:00 AM to 6:00 AM watch. The highlight of Chet's watch was seeing one shooting star; and the fact that its not often you get to see the Milky Way the way he and we are doing crossing another ocean away from all lights on land. For his first overnight watch on a yacht on the ocean, with some interesting wave sets and heights, Chet did quite well. Chet's dad, Bill, who passed away a couple of years ago, I'm sure is proud of seeing his son getting his sea legs. At 5:43 AM our auto pilot quite. It does this once a month or so. The boat rounded up into the wind and before it was over we'd done a 360 circle and headed. read more...


06/07/2014

Free & BrEasy - Zen and the Art of Boat Maintenance

Cruising around the Pacific in a sailboat must rate as one of the most beautiful and romantic of experiences. Boats themselves are lovely creatures that require tender loving and care if they are going to take you anywhere safely. As we spend our third week in Vuda Marina, Fiji, waiting for boat repairs, we have had to remind ourselves of these simple facts. We are becoming at one with Free & BrEasy by meditating deeply on her rigging. What appeared to be a straight forward job that would take only a few days has transcended into a psychic exploration of shroud ends and mast shroud seats. We have been humbled before the Budha of boat maintenance!Roger in particular has been spending long hours thinking about mast fittings. After days and days of discussion with distributors and. read more...


06/07/2014

American Spirit II - Day 182; Whisker Pole Breaks, Hydro Generaor Failure & 4th AIS Failure; Sunday, July 6, 2014

6:19 AM relieved Chet; who was on watch from 3:00 am to 6:00 AM. Wind 12 knots, boat speed 5.2 knots. Sunrise 7:04 AM, due east, behind boat. Orange glow thru clouds. At 7:06 AM the sun itself rose above a cloud bank on the horizon; its upper limb rising like a phoenix from the ashes. A green haze was visible around the clouds near the sunrise. Without the clouds I might have seen a green flash sunrise. Sunrise green flashes are rare. I've only seen one in 6 months on this voyage; and only one in my entire life. Of coursepeople see more sunsets than sunrises. Angie up in cockpit at 7:15 AM. Brought Kindle with her to read. At 7:48 AM wind and boat speed up a little. 5.6 knots now. At 9:00 AM the communications net. Jane on Seaduced conducted. Breakfast at 9:30 AM. Scrambled eggs, chilled. read more...


06/07/2014

Celebrate - Farewell to Friends at Fijian Feast Dinner in Musket Cove, Fiji

Fiji was our favorite place so far, but bitter sweet because of friends leaving the rally at this point mostly for New Zealand. The World Rally arranged another fabulous dinner for all of us with World ARC momentos for the boats departing the rally. Many of the boats expect to catch up with the rally next year. We will miss them! Now at sea on our way to Vanuatu. Next: Village Welcome and a Volcano.Cathy. read more...


Jennie B - Sharing the Kiel Canal with big ships
Jennie B - Sharing the Kiel Canal with big ships
05/07/2014

Jennie B - UK to Kiel the slow way

Jennie B left Woolverstone on the River Orwell in Suffolk on the east coast of the UK at dawn on the 4th May and arrived in Kiel on the evening of the 4th of July. That's 570 slow but interesting nautical miles in two months. We are specialists in slow sailing, having set off in 2008 to sail clockwise round the UK and Ireland - six years later we are yet to completely finish that circumnavigation!For most of that time we could only manage 2 or 3 week stints and we included 3 years on the beautiful west cost of Scotland. We had our first introduction to the spirit of the ARC rallies there when we coincided with the Classic Malts Cruise several times in Tobermory on Mull. From Woolverstone we crossed the North Sea to Ostend with a great sail the next day to Vlissingen, entering the Dutch. read more...


Till - Thundersky over Schilksee
Till - Thundersky over Schilksee
03/07/2014

American Spirit II - Day 177; Lawai Pottery Village; Kula Eco Park; & Visit to Naudi's Home and Family; Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Before I write today's log, I want to welcome Dee, Michael Roberts from Vivo's mother, as a reader of the American Spirit II logs. Hello Dee! I'll try to keep the logs interesting. Which is tough when you're in port. It's more fun to write when under sail and the proverbial (fill in the blank) is hitting the fan. I'd also like to also welcome the students from Tampa Tech as frequent log readers. My daughter Angela advised me today that she occasionally sees comments from Tampa Tech students on the World Cruising Club web page. I'd like to say that I read the log comments all the time, but unfortunately, the internet in most countries around the world is not good; so it's hard to stay up to date with the comments. However, to remedy this problem Angela is going to relay any comments she. read more...


Till - Thundersky over Schilksee
Till - Thundersky over Schilksee
05/07/2014

American Spirit II - Day 180; Heading to Tanna, Vanuatu; GPS Problem & a Bumpy Start; Friday, July 4, 2014

Woke up at 6:0 AM; got up at 7:00 AM. Breakfast at 8:00 AM after the obligatory coffee. Scrambled eggs, fruit and bread. After breakfast Angela finished copying my paperwork for Fiji Customs and Immigration. Thank you Angie!The Rally broadcast occurred at 9:00 AM. Nothing new, really. Leaving today. Weather update. Tried to call the water maker company in Tampa but got a recording. Must be taking a half day off (it's July 3rd there) to celebrate July 4th. Though we in the United States celebrate July 4th in recognition of our independence from the United Kingdom, wouldn't it have been interesting to still be part of the British Commonwealth like Australia and New Zealand? We've met a lot of British nationals on our voyage, and after learning how to understand their 'English' dialects. read more...


05/07/2014

American Spirit II - Day 179; HASH, Water Maker Problem, Skippers Meeting & 6:30 PM Rendezvous Banquet; Thursday, Jule 3, 2014

Up at 7:00 AM to join the 7:30 AM Rally organized HASH. I got up, no one else on the boat did. I don't know what the acronym stands for. About 20 of us walked or ran around the island following flour signages in the roadway on which direction to go or not to go. The HASH was done by 8:15 AM. The walk/run was up and down hills and gave you a good overview of the surrounding area of the resort complex. The normal Rally broadcast occurred at 9:00 AM. Of particular importance was that it was announced that we may depart for Vanuatu a day early, Friday, July 4 instead of Saturday, July 5 due to a Low pressure system north of our destination. Breakfast at 10:00 AM. Eggs, chilled peach halves and bread. Joel then spent the better part of the day taking our water maker pump apart and determined. read more...


05/07/2014

American Spirit II - Day 178; Left Port Denarau Marina for Musket Cove Marina and Rally Rendezvous; Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Chet up 7:15 AM. I got up at 7:35 AM. Breakfast then good-bye to the Port Denarau Marina, where we've been for 2 1/2 weeks.Departed for Musket Cove Marina at 11:10 AM, about 7 or 8 miles away and on an island to our west. While underway werealized at 12:40 PM that the reason the wind turbine hasn't been turning the last week was that one of the 'on/off' switches in the port cockpit locker had been bumped 'off' by mistake. We arrived at Musket Cove at 1:50 PM and were rafted up to Saphir, another rally boat. We didn't like that, because I had been told before that we were going to have a 'Med-moor' berth. Plus, the electric box that we were supposed to plug into wasn't working. The dock master Patrick advised us that if they couldn't get the electricity issue resolved, he'd move us to the. read more...


04/07/2014

Sweet Pearl - Fiji --> Vanuatu - 2.Tag - Und weiter gehts

Gestern Mittag haben wir uns auf den Weg gemacht nach Vanuatu (450 Seemeilen). Da das Wetter ein wenig tricky ist, war es jedem erlaubt einen Tag vor dem offiziellen Start abzufahren. Das haben wir uns nicht zweimal sagen lassen. Nach anfänglichem gutem Wind lässt der Wind gerade ein wenig nach. Wir bleiben aber positiv. Wir gedenken Montag Nachmittag, oder Dienstag morgen anzukommen. Schauen wir mal. Cheers, Tom. read more...


Flomaida II - Ein schattiges Plätzchen, um den Blick aufs Meer zu geniessen- besser diese Stühle als gar keine!!!
Flomaida II - Ein schattiges Plätzchen, um den Blick aufs Meer zu geniessen- besser diese Stühle als gar keine!!!
Flomaida II - Ein herrlicher Blick über die Bucht auf Waya-Fiji
Flomaida II - Ein herrlicher Blick über die Bucht auf Waya-Fiji
Flomaida II - Waya- Yasawa Island, die Insel zum Wandern und Klettern
Flomaida II - Waya- Yasawa Island, die Insel zum Wandern und Klettern
Flomaida II - Gearbeitet wird früh am Morgen wegen der Hitze
Flomaida II - Gearbeitet wird früh am Morgen wegen der Hitze
Flomaida II - Jedem sein Strand: Christoph rechts und ich links!
Flomaida II - Jedem sein Strand: Christoph rechts und ich links!
Flomaida II - Die hübschen Mädels haben wirklich Spaß bei der Tanzvorführung für uns. Der BH aus Cocosnusshälften sieht nicht gerade bequem aus!
Flomaida II - Die hübschen Mädels haben wirklich Spaß bei der Tanzvorführung für uns. Der BH aus Cocosnusshälften sieht nicht gerade bequem aus!
04/07/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - Doh Ray Me

N38:10:647 W20:36:140   Doh a deer - well not around here there isn't, nowildlife at all that we can see,   Ray a drop of golden sun - we sure would liketo see some of these instead of the dark grey, light grey, charcoal grey, slategrey, pearl grey........   Me a name I call my self - and so does everyone,but do the whates and dolphins?   Fah a long long way to run - and to sail, hike,sail, climb, row, sail, drive, sail, dive, sail, swim, sail, skate, sail, float,sail, ski, sail, hop, sail, dance, sail,   Soh a needle pulling thread - sure comes in mightyhand and we have extra strong ones with extra strong thread,   Lah a note to follow so -  sha la la la la lala la la la la la la ti da, sha la la la la la la la la la la ti da,la ti. read more...


04/07/2014

Anna Sophia - Oceaandagboek deel 3, dag 2

Positie: 42.32.045 N 023.52.682WCOG: 32 grSpeed: 7Dagafstand: 156,2Zeilvoering GR + GWind: 17,7 kts@271 grWeer: lichtbewolktZicht: goedGolven: 1,5 mLuchtdruk: 1029 mbrZeeziekte: 119.00 Uur; de first mate ligt ter ruste, wanneer ook Huib-Jan (Seaquest) en de Schipper, na een geweldige zeildag besluiten de motor bij te zetten. De wind is praktisch op en tempo willen we met nog ruim 1000 nm te gaan natuurlijk wel houden. Zo zaten we opeens middenin een motorsailend groepje Nederlanders.Tot 01.00 uur houden we dit zo. Maar wanneer de wind weer wakker wordt, zetten we resoluut de motor uit. Mijn uitrustmoment tot 4.00 uur vanmorgen, slaap ik dus in een heerlijke boordstilte op een deinende oceaan.Het gaat allemaal prima zo. Wel heeft helaas de marifoon opnieuw kuren; het ding zendt alleen met. read more...


Flomaida II - Abendstimmung auf Robinson Crusoe Island- Fiji
Flomaida II - Abendstimmung auf Robinson Crusoe Island- Fiji
Flomaida II - MahiMahi gegrillt mit fijien Spinat und Vanille-Cocosnusssauce ist ein Augen-und Gaumenschmaus!
Flomaida II - MahiMahi gegrillt mit fijien Spinat und Vanille-Cocosnusssauce ist ein Augen-und Gaumenschmaus!
03/07/2014

Zoonie - To the Azores 37:10.50N 14:59.16W

Passing Ships.  Hille Torsten Geoff, Roger and Siscia saw us off andto our amazement, despite wind and tide on her stern, Zoonie made a perfectbackwards exit in a straight line. We saw that Waterval would be the last todrop her colours. Thank you all for your kind wishes.   Once clear of the funnelling winds along the Algarve coast our reefs seemedirrelevant as Zoonie moved into lighter winds and the Atlantic swell. Butnothing lasts and a few hours later we were reefed in the same high pressure 20knot winds that funnel across the Marina Lagos and are called the Nortada (northwind).   One gas carrying ship was bearing down on us and drove us to call him andask his intentions. When he stated he would pass to our stern Rob confirmed thatwas very reassuring.  Our first. read more...


03/07/2014

Jumbuck - Baltic Rally - Delivery Cruise Rendsberg to Kiel

The last leg of the delivery did not even see us hoist sails.It was a 15 mile motor up the top end of the Kiel Canal, starting with zero wind under a hot sun, and ending the canal under a chilly downpour. That was the first real rain, apart from one overnight shower, that we've had since we left Lymington. Sadly only one of four locks at Holtenau was working today, so we joined maybe 30 other yachts circling in the canal (in the pouring rain), until the lock became free.Well. It's not actually free. For a 10 metre boat the canal and lock fees are €16, so goodness knows what the container ship skipper had to cough up.Interesting chance, with the majority of waiting yachts being German, to see how they reacted en mass. They seemed to keep bright eyes on each other as they jockeyed closer. read more...


03/07/2014

Jumbuck - Baltic Rally - Delivery Cruise Vlieland to Rendsberg

Had our first taste of berthing, German style.Seems it's popular across most Baltic states.It's called a box mooring and quite normal in this region. It scared the life out of us today. You enter between two posts and drop a couple of stern lines over the posts as you come in, then someone dashes forward and secures the bow to the dock, whilst the driver stops the boat whilst juggling the two stern lines. Sounds easy eh? Well it's not. Not in a stiff breeze.It didn't help that Sue refused to jump the gap from the bow to the dock, so we are in negotiations to resolve who does what next time round.Then to get ashore you've no option but to clamber over the pulpit and spread your legs, knuckles white as they try to grasp the furled headsail. So. Note for tomorrow. Remove the anchor and bow. read more...


03/07/2014

Jumbuck - Baltic Rally - Delivery Cruise Den Helder to Vlieland

Vlielands only the second island along the North Friesland chain, but we fetched up here yesterday evening after logging nearly 60 miles from Den Helder. It's not actually that far, but for some reason we found we were pushing against the tide all the way.I'm assuming it's because of the shape of the bay, the Helgoland Bucht, into which we are heading eastward. In it's far corner three rivers, the Elb, the Weser and the Jade, all flow out. I am guessing the inward flowing tide meets those outward flowing rivers, and create a contra current that runs through the island chain in a virtually consistent east to west direction. But I'm only guessing. Tomorrow we really do need to get further east, so I will sail further out away from the Islands before turning eastward, and see if that's. read more...


03/07/2014

Jumbuck - Baltic Rally - Delivery Cruise Breskens to Den Helder

We decided on one last attempt to catch up with our French pals on Boisbarbu who left Lymington one day in front, so chugged out of Breskens at 4am aiming to sail most of the Netherlands west coast in one day. Having used the marinas free wifi to check the current location of the other rally entrants, we were beginning also to feel paranoid as we were clearly the furthest away from Kiel and our 6th July start!Pitch black as we nudged out of the marina and hauled up the mainsail in the Westerschelde. It's a busy waterway normally, due to Antwerp being located 12 miles inland, but this morning only one coaster, and a solitary fishing boat patrolling back and forth across the estuary mouth.Absolutely flat water, and nice and warm even pre-dawn. We headed north, picking up the winding. read more...


03/07/2014

Jumbuck - Baltic Rally - Delivery Cruise Oostende to Breskens

Breskens lies on the southern shore of the Westerschelde River, and we chose it as opposed to Vlissingers marina on the north shore, because from here we can leave at any state of the tide.We got in shortly after 2:45 EU time, having left Oostende at 10:30. It was only a 26 mile sail, which included a few tacks out.Great sail up. Building northerlies with the tide flooding from behind saw Jumbuck top 10 knots at one stage on our north easterly boards!All under a gloriously warm sun, semi racing in company with three Dutch yachts who left the same time. Slid around the headland into placid waters on the Westerschelde, and hung a hard right into Breskens Marina.We've been here before, as it's where we purchased our first Swagman - a Grand Soliel 42. I can recall sailing her back to the UK. read more...


03/07/2014

Jumbuck - Baltic Rally - Delivery Cruise Ramsgate to Oostende

Tuesday saw us depart Ramsgate in a blustery NE wind under sunny sky's, to enjoy a rollicking 55 mile tight reach across the English Channel towards the Belgium coast. Sue commented that in two days she'd experienced her two worst nightmares at sea. Twenty four hours motoring - then a bashing to windward across lumpy seas. Me? I enjoyed it all.Jumbuck seemed to ignore the weight of cruising gear we were carrying as she dipped the lee rail and powered along. We've got our cruising sails on - Kevlar main and a No 2 headsail - and we slid across the shipping lanes making good time.Leaving at 10 am we had an hour or so of ebb tide, before it flooded back up Channel to help speed us along. The combo of wind and tide saw us topping 8 knots over the ground on a more or less direct route to. read more...


Flomaida II - Buntes Marktgewusel in Nadi-Fiji
Flomaida II - Buntes Marktgewusel in Nadi-Fiji
02/07/2014

Starblazer - 02/07/2014 - Second impressions of Fiji

Everyone we have met has been smiling, helpful and efficient, rather at variance with the bureaucracy.Never mind, we must move on.Quarantine helpfully e-mailed a copy of the receipt....The cruising permits arrived by 0900, quicker than we had been led to expect.Kevin, a friend of Jonathan and Donna, was waiting on the dock for them when we came in on Monday evening.He had a hire car so, first thing Tuesday morning, he kindly took Donna, Elizabeth and me shopping.Most men try to avoid grocery shopping with their wives but Kevin was extremely helpful and patient (he was amused by three women's reactions to seeing a very good supermarket for the first time in months!).After the supermarket we went to a good butchery where he was recognised because he used to live and work here.From there we. read more...


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