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Dala - Horta Capelo before the cocktail
Dala - Horta Capelo before the cocktail
Dala - Horta
Dala - Horta
06/06/2015

Gozwoz - Day 2 in Horta

The Navigator having partially recovered from his celebratory hangover, the crew ate last night in the restaurant of Genuino, the first Portuguese to have sailed around the world single-handed. Unfortunately his skills fell short of what was expected in the timeliness of the service, though the food was good and the view splendid.Last night a front passed over and there was a strong wind blowing over the stern. The Coxswain and the Navigator, who occupy the forward cabins and have grown accustomed to a bouncy and a noisy ride, were moved to derision on hearing complaints from the afterguard, the Bosun and Roger, about the sound of gentle wavelets against the stern.The Bosun's run of bad luck continued today when, instead of putting his shirt in the sink to soak, he set it on fire! I. read more...


Dala - The first day of our arrival
Dala - The first day of our arrival
06/06/2015

May - Day Three

Last night at sunset we had about 20 Dolphins all trying to swim in our bow wave with the sun setting a magical moment. Today is a bit harder with f5 from NE. So still going well. Sean. read more...


06/06/2015

Gozwoz - Horta

Our Great Leader's decision to make straight for Horta was triumphantly vindicated and we had a great sail for 30 hours until we hit a northerly wind just outside of the harbour here. All were glad to have avoided the ignominy of having to stop for more fuel. In fact we turned out t have 50-60 litres left so we could have done quite a bit more motoring if required.GOZWOZ has done really well. Most importantly, while things have gone wrong, we have been able to repair them as we have gone along and there is nothing more we need to do at present.Yesterday involved free drinks and a meal for the recently arrived boats on the ARC Europe. Some of the crew made the most of what had been laid on and the Navigator had to retire to his berth for a period of quiet reflection. Tonight we have. read more...


Widago - Horta Art!
Widago - Horta Art!
05/06/2015

Firefly - Update

We have decided to go in to La Coruna as weather around the cape looksbad!We are all a little shattered further updates soon BestFirefly crew. read more...


05/06/2015

GarliX - Tonga - ein guter Ort

Es ist der 3. Juni - die World ARC hat für uns wieder diesen klasse Abend organisiert. Mit Dancing und Music der Einheimischen. Wir werden vom diesem Tonga unglaublich herzlich und ehrlich begrüsst. Es macht Spaß hier zu sein, es ist irgendwie normal…. nach drei Stunden fängt das Personal an auszufegen…. und wer sagt es… mit einem schwingenden Besen und cooler Musik fangen plötzlich alle gemeinsam an zu tanzen. Leute!! - was für ein leichter und unbeschwerter Abend. Wir haben Stunden miteinander getanzt - uns geht es gut hier. Die Preise im Restaurant sind wieder normal, im Laden gibt es nicht wirklich was zu kaufen, aber egal. Wir fühlen uns nicht abgezockt, auch wenn die Menschen hier nicht viel haben, das Lachen wirkt ehrlich.   Beindruckend sind die Kleider der Tänzer - das. read more...


GarliX - Tonga - ein guter Ort
GarliX - Tonga - ein guter Ort
04/06/2015

Agua Dulce - Bom dia, Faial and Pico!

We arrived in Horta on the island of Faial on Tuesday morning at about 0700. After a very quiet but peaceful and pleasant night just barely ghosting along between 1.5 and 3 knots, we arrived in the harbor with the “yellow shirts” from the ARC Europe rally ready to take our lines! We rafted up next to Tara on the fuel dock, cleared customs, and immediately got started filling our fuel tanks. As it turned out, we made it in with some fuel to spare in our tanks. We enjoyed having drinks and lunch at Cafe Sport, one of the most famous sailing bars in the world. We all spent some time cleaning up the boat and then ourselves, and afterwards enjoyed a fun dinner cooking on “hot rock plates” with the crews of the other boats who had arrived in Horta. Wednesday was spent catching up on email. read more...


Free Spirit - Never "Caught"
Free Spirit - Never
04/06/2015

Jambo - land ahoy

Crew just cried land Ahoy for Flores , the most westward of the islands!We go on to Horta on Faial which is about another 150 miles from where we are so should get in tomorrow pm.Just as well as food low, fuel low etc Everyone looking forward to a shower and a cold beer and a full nights sleepPhilip. read more...


Zingara - so schön sehen wir den Nachthimmel ......
Zingara - so schön sehen wir den Nachthimmel ......
Zingara - sauanstrengend, diese langen Passagen
Zingara - sauanstrengend, diese langen Passagen
Zingara - wir verlassen Bermuda, leider.....oder endlich ?
Zingara - wir verlassen Bermuda, leider.....oder endlich ?
04/06/2015

Firefly - Cruising Vava'u - Kenutu, Vaka'eitu, Blue Lagoon and Ovalau

When Firefly arrived in Vava'u on Wednesday 27th May it was after a breezy sail north from the Ha'apai Group. The weather was surprisingly poor with rain and wind gusting over 30 knots so we went straight to the the main port called Neiafu, picking up a mooring in the very sheltered bay. It was a good move as Firefly was very still all night despite the strong winds elsewhere. The next morning the VHF was alive with calls from the first 10 World ARC 2015 boats, arriving from Niue, having been at sea for a couple of windy days. We are joining this rally at the beginning of July and it was great that we have coincided with them here as we had the opportunity to meet several of the crews.There was an additional benefit as the Immigration and Customs Officers relocated to the Mango Cafe to. read more...


Zingara - keine Werbung, entspannte Atlantikpassage
Zingara - keine Werbung, entspannte Atlantikpassage
Zingara - warten auf den Start Bermuda
Zingara - warten auf den Start Bermuda
03/06/2015

Gozwoz - Day 15 from Bermuda

At 11 last night Our Great Leader studied the fuel gauge and decreed that from then on we should sail. From such decisions great things arise. The wind built to 12 knots or so and we were making good speed by breakfast time. The Bosun looked increasingly restive and sought permission to hoist the cruising chute which we did about midday. Since then GOZWOZ has been going like a train. The speed of 9.1 knots has been seen, momentarily, on the screen of the Navigator's Garmin. We are eating the miles up and are hopefully looking towards a finish in the early hours rather than tomorrow morning. We have even discussed what we have on board to celebrate with.All this has come at a price. Last night we lost the minnow whose trace had been snapped or bitten through. It was concluded by some that. read more...


03/06/2015

Jambo - Nearly there

Well about two days outand should get into Horta Friday nightWeather decided to throw at us some rather unpleasant squalls just to remind us we are in The Atlantic still which coupled with a nasty lumpy sea makes for an uncomfortable ridebut Carol tells us it is good for our core muscles !we have regular visits from spinner Dolphins who love to show off as they jump and twist out the water. The ease with which they move reminds us that we are guests in their worldThis time tomorrow we should be able to see Flores ,the most westward of the islands Philip. read more...


Free Spirit - A picture tells a thousand words - Justice for the Free Spirit One
Free Spirit - A picture tells a thousand words - Justice for the Free Spirit One
Dala - Zoom of our painting
Dala - Zoom of our painting
Dala - DALA team with our Horta painting
Dala - DALA team with our Horta painting
02/06/2015

Aislig Bheag - Land Hola!

Start with a terrible joke, end with a terrible joke that’s what I say!Well, no more fenders to rescue unfortunately, at least not ones we should berescuing (attached to fishing pots).  In the last two nights however we’vehad a couple of encounters worthy of Our Man in Havana reporting.  Thefirst was the appearance of a strange warship on the horizon which looked like afrigate from a Navy of unknown origin.  Out of that warship two hovercraftwere zipping around with lights flashing like something out of an early 90sHarrison Ford movie.  Our dedicated duo on watch, the mother and daughter‘borrowers’ swore blind the next morning that the warship was seen recoveringwhat looked like a capsule from Out of Space, “there were little green men andeverything” Alison recounted. read more...


02/06/2015

Firefly - Leaving Plymouth

All set to leave Plymouth tomorrow morning at 0700 hours!Tracker fitted (Spot and Yellow brick) We are now desperate to leave and get to lovely weather in Spain for a spotof Tapas... Weather looking light for the first couple of days followed by some betterbreeze later on in the week. Fishing gear loaded for some great catch; hopefully Tuna as we havepurchased all the Wasabi and Tabasco. Last meal had on land at Jolly Jacks which has kept us entertained for manya lonely hour holed up in Plymouth. All good for now and signing off Hopefully the SAT phone will work and we can blog some more! Happy days Firefly Crew   Bye Bye. read more...


02/06/2015

Gozwoz - Day 14 from Bermuda

During the night we had only three hours of sailing. In the morning Our Great Leader addressed the question whether to continue to Horta or to stop for fuel at Flores, bearing in mind we were in an area known to be windless and that we did not have enough fuel to motor the whole way. All depended upon whether wind was forecast and, if so, whether the forecast could be relied on. OGL downloaded the GRIB file and the ARC Europe weather forecast both of which showed good winds between Flores and Horta from tomorrow morning and took the crew into his confidence. Crew and leader, all gullible to the last, decided unanimously, and despite their experience of such forecasts, that a favourable wind was certain tomorrow. Our course was altered to Horta and we proceed with a firm expectation of an. read more...


Kinni Rossi - Kinni Rossi on route to Plymouth....Promise me it will be warm in Portugal?
Kinni Rossi - Kinni Rossi on route to Plymouth....Promise me it will be warm in Portugal?
01/06/2015

Jambo - there she blows!

Well we were sitting in the cockpit just tucking into a Thai chicken curry prepared by Ting Tong when a very largefin back whale surfaced next to us and blew out ! Tom nearly swallowed his fork and Carol was convinced it was about to get closer. In turned out there were2/3 of them either side .They each surfaced a couple of times and then returned to the deep.Fantastic.Philip. read more...


02/06/2015

Free Spirit - Log 23: 2 June 2015

Now I'm not usually one to vacillate but I'mthinking I might have been a bit hasty. I'm having doubts. Could Ihave nailed the wrong man? In the long dark hours of the night-watch twoinconsistencies kept nagging at my brain: a) Michael is on a diet,because thinks he's getting fat - we tend to agree with him on thatpoint, but that's not the point. b) He doesn't like chocolate. So why go toso much trouble for a few snaffled squares of Cadbury's Fruit andNut putting at risk his reputation as an honesthard-working lawyer and upstanding pillar of thecommunity? People are so gullible! On the other hand, I have it on the bestpossible authority that the young whipper-snapper is more than capable offilching chocolate without help or. read more...


Dala - Arrival to Horta 2
Dala - Arrival to Horta 2
Dala - Joelle painting for DALA on the famous Horta piers
Dala - Joelle painting for DALA on the famous Horta piers
Dala - Our Two broken halyards!
Dala - Our Two broken halyards!
Dala - During our crossing to the Azores Islands: Dolphins!
Dala - During our crossing to the Azores Islands: Dolphins!
Dala - During our crossing to the Azores Islands: Sailfish 3
Dala - During our crossing to the Azores Islands: Sailfish 3
Dala - During our crossing to the Azores Islands: Sailfish 2
Dala - During our crossing to the Azores Islands: Sailfish 2
Dala - Arrival to Horta
Dala - Arrival to Horta
Dala - During our crossing to the Azores Islands: Sailfish on Board!
Dala - During our crossing to the Azores Islands: Sailfish on Board!
Dala - During our crossing to the Azores Islands: Still rocking !
Dala - During our crossing to the Azores Islands: Still rocking !
Dala - During our crossing to the Azores Islands: Rock and Roll in the cockpit!
Dala - During our crossing to the Azores Islands: Rock and Roll in the cockpit!
Dala - During our crossing to the Azores Islands: The Ropes which break!
Dala - During our crossing to the Azores Islands: The Ropes which break!
Dala - During our crossing to the Azores Islands: Swell: Joelle eating on the floor !
Dala - During our crossing to the Azores Islands: Swell: Joelle eating on the floor !
Dala - During our crossing to the Azores Islands: Sunset and Fishing!
Dala - During our crossing to the Azores Islands: Sunset and Fishing!
Dala - During our crossing to the Azores Islands: Wow what a speed!
Dala - During our crossing to the Azores Islands: Wow what a speed!
01/06/2015

Gozwoz - Day 13 from Bermuda

When your opening gambit with a blog is about bread you know you have had a quiet day. The Navigator/Baker produced yet another loaf from the oven which was rapidly demolished by the crew at lunch. But it did emphasise the importance that meals achieve in the daily routine of life aboard. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are times for the crew to meet and exchange views on the day, the route, the lack of fuel, whether the minnow is giving his all etc etc. The lettuce-based salad at lunchtime has given way to a pasta/coleslaw combination and when today Roger announced we were eating the last tomato it brought it home that Tesco was many miles away. Our evening meals are delivered in rotation - tonight is the turn of OGL and we understand that an omelette might be on the cards. Yesterday we. read more...


01/06/2015

Widago - Bermuda-Azores Leg Day 13: Land Ho!

At long last, thirteen days almost to the hour, we saw our first sight of land. WIDAGO has just cruised by the small islands of Ilha do Corvo and Flores, as we head to our destination in Horta, just another day away. I would have written last night - but I was very busy sleeping through my watch (Don't tell Ahab). Yesterday morning we had continued to fly the parasailor all night, but the winds just never arrived. By 9am we started motoring, with Ahab quite distraught. His frustrations stemmed from the fact that we spent two days motoring north, chasing winds that would carry us all the way into Horta. That just doesn't work with only 7 kts on your back. In classic bipolar behavior, Ahab's spirits were rebounding by late afternoon, as we witnessed the winds picking up. The crew scrambled. read more...


Widago - Bermuda-Azores Leg Day 13: Land Ho!
Widago - Bermuda-Azores Leg Day 13: Land Ho!
01/06/2015

Zingara

Verschaetztes estimate. Am heutigen sonntagabend wollten wir Hortaerreichen! Aber wie soll ein segelschiff segeln ohne wind? Unserdieselvorrat ist begrenzt, so motorten wir, wenn noetig, mit sparsamsterleistung. Und so ging unsere gute position langsam floeten. Nun zaehlteinzig: ankommen! Der wind ist gering, so setzten wir unsere zweite genuaals passatsegel, denn wir haben rein achterlichen wind. Das erfreuliche:die kueche liefert feinste gerichte! Heute super thunafilets, puerre undboehnchen. Auch n glaeschen wein wurde genehmigt. Immer haeufiger haben wirgegenverkehr, frachter u fischtrawler begegnen uns. So, das war der grusszum sonntag.Ernst u crew. read more...


Widago
Widago
01/06/2015

Jambo - more rock and roll than the King!

Last night we were up rock and rolling till daylight- horrible sea and wind up the bottom meant sleep was at a premium againCruising chute up first thing as 483 miles to go !Philip. read more...



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