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American Spirit II - The Yasur Volcano
American Spirit II - The Yasur Volcano
American Spirit II - The Yasur Volcano
American Spirit II - The Yasur Volcano
American Spirit II - Yasur Volcano
American Spirit II - Yasur Volcano
American Spirit II - The welcom dance of Vanuatu
American Spirit II - The welcom dance of Vanuatu
American Spirit II - Making fire Vanuatu style
American Spirit II - Making fire Vanuatu style
American Spirit II - The village of Vanuatu
American Spirit II - The village of Vanuatu
American Spirit II - Cooking in the Hot Springs of Vanuatu
American Spirit II - Cooking in the Hot Springs of Vanuatu
American Spirit II - How to make make-up in Vanuatu
American Spirit II - How to make make-up in Vanuatu
11/07/2014

Jubilare - Bornholm Tour

We departed from the dockside in two coaches everyone in good spirits and looking forward to exploring the island. The lead crew had certainly done their homework by providing us with handouts of information on places we were going to visit. The first stop was Hammershus Europe's largest medieval fortification. This is situated on the north western tip of Bornholm what a stunning position and presented wonderful photo opportunities. We then went on to Madsebakke to see beautiful rock carvings which are reminder of the islands older inhabitants dating back to 1100BC. We then stopped for lunch in a picturesque fishing village of Gudhjem. While there was attracted to a beautiful shop selling the famous glass and bought a piece as a reminder of the island. We were then taken to Nylars church. read more...


10/07/2014

Jennie B - ARC Baltic Day 4 - The Wind still blows

We and the rest of the rally crews filled our fourth day on the rally with a tour by coach of some of Bornholm's cultural and social attractions.We visited several harbours on Bornholm's East coast including Svaenke, our original destination on Bornholm.Having looked at the seas pounding the shore and the narrow harbour entrances we were very happy to be in Rønne. Svaenke is a very pretty town and has the added attraction of Bornholm's only, and very good, brewery.We started the day with a visit to the massive and imposing ruins of Hammershus castle. After a few more stops many crew had worked up a good thirst so a visit to the bar at the Svaenke brewery was a top priority.Which did mean that several people had a few zzzz's on the bus or, if not then, when they got back on their boats.. read more...


10/07/2014

Zoonie - Final approach and Santa Maria

The Lighthouse that smokes! Heart attack hill as Rob called it. Zoonie is left of the one with her foresail out. Parallel parking Azorean style! He spend two whole days on that net, for this his fishing boat. Joao the marina manager m_001 m_011 m_012 m_015 m_032 m_063 m_064 m_065 m_068. read more...


Zoonie - Final approach and Santa Maria
Zoonie - Final approach and Santa Maria
Zoonie - Final approach and Santa Maria
Zoonie - Final approach and Santa Maria
Zoonie - Final approach and Santa Maria
Zoonie - Final approach and Santa Maria
Zoonie - Final approach and Santa Maria
Zoonie - Final approach and Santa Maria
Zoonie - Final approach and Santa Maria
Zoonie - Final approach and Santa Maria
Zoonie - Final approach and Santa Maria
Zoonie - Final approach and Santa Maria
Zoonie - Final approach and Santa Maria
Zoonie - Final approach and Santa Maria
Zoonie - Final approach and Santa Maria
Zoonie - Final approach and Santa Maria
Zoonie - Final approach and Santa Maria
Zoonie - Final approach and Santa Maria
10/07/2014

Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W

The last of Lagos and the start of our trip to the Azores m_001 m_006 m_007 m_021 m_025 m_055 m_056 m_059 m_060 m_071 m_084 m_093. read more...


Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
10/07/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - So long, farewell, auf wuedersien, adiue..........'til the next time, perhaps...........

........well nearly - this will be the last blogposting to the ARC Europe Website, though we we shall continue to post to theAndromeda bog at mailasail.  Well we made it to Lagos some 25 days after thelast ARC party and prize giving, no drink to be had though, so we think its timeto say farewell to ARC Europe as we think about what to do for the nextyear.   Our last night at sea was dark and we had upto 35 knots of wind from the NW most of the time. We were double reefed on genoaand main, with mizzen stowed, so felt reasonable comfortable, though it waspretty cold, and were steering 104 then 112 Magnetic, as part of the last bit ofthe route from the Azores, with the wind mostly on the port sternquarter.   We did have a very close encounter with a verylarge container. read more...


10/07/2014

Hanse Sailor - Log Day 3 - Skipper/chef

Skipper Andy cooks up a storm with his Thai chicken curry, while we sit out easterly gales in the port of Ronne on the western side of Bornholm. photo. read more...


Hanse Sailor - Log Day 3 - Skipper/chef
Hanse Sailor - Log Day 3 - Skipper/chef
10/07/2014

American Spirit II - Day 185; Hello to Gloria, Volcanic Ash on Foredeck, Snorkeling, Village & Volcano Tour and Heading to Efate; Wednesday, July 9, 2014

First off I want to say Hello to Gloria, mother of Tracey from Folie a Deux. Tracey advised me at dinner last night that she is another avid follower of the American Spirit II logs. You're going to enjoy the log today, Gloria!We found out this morning that at 1:00 AM there were two 6.3 earthquakes northeast of the island of Efate, an island we're going to Thursday. We found this out via a text sent to Joel. Up at 6:45 AM. Cloudy, but not as overcast as the day before. Some blue sky visible and the wind had died to 15 knots. A number of dinghies were seen heading to shore at 7:00 AM to watch the soccer world cup semi-finals. Germany versus Brasil. Germany won 7-1. A lot of happy sailors in the fleet. Angela was up early at 8:01 AM; and found some volcanic ash on the foredeck. She was. read more...


09/07/2014

Boisbarbu - Pot luck BBQ in Ronne

Meanwhile we had a nice and friendly BBQ on the docks of Ronne (south harbour of the isle of Bornholm, Danmark), the colours and incredible shapes of the sky, scattered the BBQ participants, frightened by the coming gale. The wind blew strongly for 15 minutes, then stopped. No rain ! Gérard, S/Y BoisbarbuIMG_1214 IMG_1218. read more...


Boisbarbu - Pot luck BBQ in Ronne
Boisbarbu - Pot luck BBQ in Ronne
Boisbarbu - Pot luck BBQ in Ronne
Boisbarbu - Pot luck BBQ in Ronne
09/07/2014

Jubilare - ARC Baltic first leg to Ronne

After a superb first crew dinner we left earlier than planned at 22.00hrs from Schilksee bound for Ronne on the Danish Island of Bornholm. To begin with sea state was short and a little uncomfortable then after a couple of hours out things settled with wind behind. Experienced a large sausage shape cloud approaching boat at speed from behind so decided to reef which we were pleased about as the wind increased from 15 to 25 kts in seconds. Saw little of the moon as it was low in the sky but three hours out from Ronne experienced the tail end of a large electrical storm followed by heavy rain .Should have put all electrical appliances such as hand held GPS into a Faraday Cage eg the oven. After some brilliant sailing arrived in Ronne at 1.30 am and berthed alongside wall.Ronne is the. read more...


09/07/2014

Hanse Sailor - Log Day 1- Kiel to Ronne

The last 24 hours have thrown a little bit of everything at us. Sun, rain, busy shipping lanes, wind farms, tall ships, criss-crossing ferries. Winds varied from light 4 knots in the early morning, through a couple of ideal conditions to make the most of the Jennaker, to a strong north-westerly gusting 22 knots which even though “it’s not a race” gave us a respectable 9.5 knots.Mario’s been hard at work preparing Pesce al Succo (fish stew), which will fortify us for our second lot of night shifts. All going well, we’ll hit Ronne around 1am Tuesday morning – hopefully not literally.photo. read more...


Hanse Sailor - Log Day 1- Kiel to Ronne
Hanse Sailor - Log Day 1- Kiel to Ronne
09/07/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - All Right Now - and Happy Happy Happy Birthday to Phill

N37:06:605 W08:40:473Happy birthday Phill have a good one.All Right Now, we are there, after over 5088 miles from Trini we have arrived at our destination, Marina De Lagos, Lagos, Portugal.At last, it has been a real journey to get here and once we were tied to the dock we broke out the champagne again.......... it is delicious.....now we have to sort our selves out, open the hatches, start the drying process but more importantly, find some more champagne, it is delicious.More very soon,Susan and AndrewAndromeda of Plymouth ( she is a real star)Marina de Lagos,LagosPortugal.ps we are only 24 days after the end of the ARC Europe, is this a record?m_20140709_111402. read more...


Andromeda of Plymouth - All Right Now - and Happy Happy Happy Birthday to Phill
Andromeda of Plymouth - All Right Now - and Happy Happy Happy Birthday to Phill
Tomanita II - Rönne
Tomanita II - Rönne
09/07/2014

Tomanita II - Bornholm

Efter 3 dagar i Kiel, startade vi på måndag morgon 05.00 eftersom det skulle bli sämre väder senare och för sent komma till hamn i natten. Fin medvind,10,8 knop som senare blev halvvind och dog ut vid solnedgången. Motor en timme,kom ikapp Dansk segeltävling med tre X-412 och några andra snabba båtar som låg och guppade utan vind. Snart blev det kryss och vi fick sällskap av de tävlande. (Bra med AIS, man ser båtnamn,fart,kurs!. Vinden ökar så vi revar focken, kommer ikapp två X-412or!! Med bara 1/2 Nm kvar försvinner dom; dimma! Efter någon timme då vi inte ser någonting utom på radar/AIS och det börjar kännas obekvämt rusa fram med 8 knop utan att se något, ändrar vi kurs och rullar in seglet. Motor, snart lättar dimman och vi har 5 tim segling i sol till Rönne! Framme 10.20 efter 29. read more...


08/07/2014

Zoonie - Becalmed 37:08.14N 23:34.44W

Finally, just after 9.00 on our 7th day the wind veered 60' setting us free from its head-on trap and we can sail once more, albeit very slowly at 2.2 knots. The sky is covered in cloud and an obliging shower has just cleaned the salt off the spray hood windows. Sometimes back in the Force 6 a wave would hit the plastic windows so hard that it had the same effect.At 14.46 our agreeable little wind finally died and the engine went back on at 4 knots. We notice it is becoming much warmer and very humid. Usually my hands are cold but I can feel the heat radiating off them now.Zoonie is sliding over the smooth molten water, her only motion apart from forward is the gentlest occasional roll before she recovers her composure. For the last time this continual day of passage becomes dark, with. read more...


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...



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