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17/06/2015

Unconditional - So much for the 'free ride'

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 Anticipate Lagos Arrival on Fri, June 19th Finally, winds kicked in last night from the NE, forcing us to sail below 90-degrees magnetic. Twice, we shortened sails, and as of this morning we are under a double-reefed main and a reefed Yankee, clawing to stay above the Cape Vincent-desired Rhumb line. Commercial traffic (to Halifax, in this case) is only 2-nm south of us.You may have noticed that due to rhumb line pinching, we have lost some time to the more northerly WCC boats although we are currently sailing 5.5 to 7.5-knts over ground. The 18-24 knot sustained northerly winds have kicked up some 9+ foot swells that we are taking on our port quarter, but fortunately the swells are more rhythmic than the choppy US Gulfstream last month.It is too early to tell. read more...


17/06/2015

Firefly - Peniche

Arrived in Peniche and heading to Lisbon tomorrowWeather is lovely and really starting to get a lot hotter which is reallynice Will post some pictures when we get a chance 39:21:13N 9:22:61W       Firefly crew. read more...


17/06/2015

Zingara - Via Inmarsat:

Atlantic, so kennen wir dich...Nun erleben wir doch noch einenversoehnlichen endspurt zur portugisischen kueste hin bei wind zwischen 20und 30 kts und wellen von 2 bis 4 metern . Wir segeln am wind mit 7 bis 8,5kts im zweiten reff, es macht wieder spass. Die windkarte haben wir wohlrichtig gedeutet und so drehen wir allmaehlich im suedosten des azorenhochs mit dem wind in richtung cap san vicente. Freitagmittag wird s nochmalsunangenehm, ev bekommen wir den wind auf die nase bis lagos. Na, sehen wirmal ... Damit herzliche gruesse, ernst u crew. read more...


16/06/2015

Gozwoz - Day 2 from Santa Maria

A day of motoring in a flat sea that often resembled a mirror. We are getting good efficiency from the diesel engine in this sea and are using about 2-3 litres fuel per hour whilst still getting 6-7 knots of forward motion.The main event today was the sighting of two whales - not so much a sighting because the first was only 20 metres from the bow coming across from starboard to port, the second seen a few minutes later only 40 metres from our stern on the same course as the first. Majestic creatures, they both had prominent fins, the first being smaller.The weather is agreeing with the GRIB files for once and we are still making a little northing in preparation for our southerly turn towards Lagos.. read more...


17/06/2015

Agua Dulce - Green Flash and Glassy Seas...Until now

Two nights I saw something for the first time - the GREEN FLASH! It is real for all you doubters out there, like I once was. All four of us saw it - it was completely emerald green right as the sun went below the horizon for about a second. I tried to capture the sunset on my camera, but sadly, you can't see the flash. The boys on S/V Tara saw it too - and no one had anything to drink stronger than Coca Cola!Until today, we've had amazing glassy seas which make for gorgeous sunsets reflecting over the still water. BUT, they are noisy sunsets as the motor drones on and on and on in the background. We've been heading NE so that when the winds pick up - they have now! - and we approach the coast of Portugal, we'll be in place for a nice beam reach in NE winds down to Lagos. We'll also have. read more...


17/06/2015

Jambo - between the devil and the deep blue sea

Well the wind ran out and the fog descended,although the sun tried to get through.Wellout of range of the fashion police some top outfits came out today including birthday suits ! Management advised crew that cold showers on deck would be acceptable so out came the sea shampoo and given that we could only sail at 1.5/2.5 knots there was.little happening.A really massive area of no wind is developing in front of us which could well present us with a major problem. Plan B is being worked on but NW Spain looks an option as no wind is likely for the next 7/8 days if we stick to plan A - blistering barnacles,half rations Mr Christian With the arrival of dawn we set course for NW Spain and will now motor until we pick up the Northerly windsThe good news is Toms tackle is working- he bought. read more...


17/06/2015

Luna Quest - Wednesday, 17th June, 2015

Position: 18.07S 178.26ERun: 47 miles from noonBecause of a weather forecast of high winds setting in on Wednesday, we were quite keen to get into Suva harbour as quickly as we could and sailed with the engine running to maintain at least 6.5 knots of speed. Tuesday had been a fine day, but there was insufficient wind to give us more than 3.5 knots at best. So, with the engine running from 06.45am to 18.45pm, we made the entrance to Suva harbour by about 6pm when nightfall began. Suva harbour is beyond an extensive reef, where only a pass through the reef allows access. Luckily, there were some bright leading lights to help us through the pass, but by the time we were in the harbour, about a mile wide and a mile long, it was pitch dark with background lights obliterating one’s view.. read more...


17/06/2015

Dala - ambiance a bord du DALA

bonjour les francophones,L'affaire nespresso se termine plutot bien, en fait il suffisait de brancher la machine...Mais le climat a bord s'est beaucoub degrade et la rancune est tenace, chacun se fait des petites mechancetes, Albert coupe la ligne de vie, Joelle met de l'arsenic dans les plats et Harry donne des coups de couteau dans les gilets de survie, ils sont taquins. Mais c'est moi le plus terrible, j'ai pique le chocolat du bord.En plus on n'est pas d'accord sur la route a suivre et chacun regle le bateau a sa guise, donc on fait des ronds au milieu de l'atlantique depuis 3 jours, moi je vous le dit on n'est pas arrive. Et maintenant les vivres commencent a manquer et on doit designe qui sera mange. Moi qui suis respectueux des traditions comme vous savez, je veux que se soit le. read more...


17/06/2015

Dala - From Harry on Dala...you said Tai Chi ?

Hi there, happy blog readers allover the worldJust a few words to share with you a long story which has ended right now.As my brother told you a few days ago, we have been dreaming of sailing over the oceans since a very very long time. Moitessier, Slocum, Wakelam, and so many great sailor have modeled our young minds. When I was 17, I saw once on TV a film about Tai Chi Chuan, (yes you know it, these chinese people who are moving slowly in a sort of strange fight in slow motion early in the morning). At that time, I have been been fascinated by this video where it was said Tai chi is a very ancient taoist martial art which gave birth to all the others. Then I thought "yes, this is the solution to prevent the atrophy of the muscles during a long sail travel ! One day I will learn this. read more...


16/06/2015

Dala - Salut les francophones

Rien a signaler sur la navigation, le ciel est clement, le zephyr comme un soupir et la mer comme un baril d'uile d'olive vierge pressees a froid.Mais nous avons une grave avarie a bord, nous hesitons a lancer un appel de detresse: la machine a cafe Nespresso est en panne.les consequences de cette panne sont catastrophique car plus personne ne veut prendre son quart si il n'est paa soutenu par un veluto ou un roma bien chaud.Pire: le capitaine qui ne boit pas de cafe nous ordonne de la jeter par dessus bord, alors que le coeur des matelots se serre, on ne jette pas un camarade par dessus bord sans lui donner lui donner de chance. les avis divergent, faut-il tenter une reparation de fortune, c'est l'avis de Harry le plus bricoleur, faut-il detourner le navire vers la cote la plus proche. read more...


16/06/2015

Zingara - Hurra, wir segeln mal wieder!

Hurra, wir segeln mal wieder!Guten tag, liebe freunde. Wir glaubenunserer windanalyse zy-grib und haben wohl glueck. Seit dem fruehen morgenstehen unsere segel wieder mit wind gefuellt und schieben uns zum ziel,hoffentlich!Der gestrige abend velief wieder einmal unerwartet aufregend.Wie ueblich rauschte genau zum zeitpunkt der fertig gegrillten steaks dieangel raus. Oh, welch ein zug auf der leine! Fahrt reduzieren u warten.Komisch, kaum bewegung an der schnur. Finaly: ein 7.340 gramm schwererthuna hatte sich letztendlich ergeben. Nun gut, das weitere vorgehen istwohl bekannt. Ich muss jetzt meine mannen vom vordeck verscheuchen, einordentlicher sonnenbrand droht. Daher schluss fuer den moment, gruesse vonbord, ernst u crew. read more...


16/06/2015

Dala - There's nothing like family!

Hi All,Everything is OK on board, no worry!We are in our second sailing day in this third and last leg of our Atlantic crossing. We had a crew change in the Azores. Our talented crew Richard flew back home, in the US. And my brother Harry together with my brother-in-law Robert joined DALA.So, with my Lady Joelle and myself, we are now four onboard, a family only crew. And that's great! There is nothing like family! But you know, the events in life of each one of us and the globalization process are separating us. Some are living in some remote country, some are very successful in their careers and seldom available and so on.It is therefore a very precious moment to meet together, not for a brief drink, but 24 hours together on the same boat, very few internet, only some marine radio, no. read more...


16/06/2015

Firefly - Cruising the Northern Lau Group

It is Tuesday 16th June 2015 and Firefly is making an 80 mile passage from the Lau Group to Vanua Levu, Fiji's second largest Island. Unfortunately the wind has been below what was forecast, often below 10 knots and from directly behind so apart for a few hour long spells we have been motor sailing all of the way - plus it has been raining so not such a great day.We are paired up with Brizo and we left Vanua Balavu together this morning and are heading for Port Vianni where we are being picked up at 0700 tomorrow morning for some scuba diving in the Somosomo straight, a world renowned location. Because we are, Brizo, being longer is faster and therefore Pat and Stuart have gone on ahead in order to enter the lagoon in the last of the daylight. Firefly will be going in when its dark but. read more...


16/06/2015

Luna Quest - Tuesday, 16th June, 2015

Position: 18.10S 179.03EDaily run: 81 milesLast night at 2am we passed from the western hemisphere into the eastern hemisphere and we have therefore sailed halfway round the world. We are on the home run. We are hoping to make Suva tonight before some high winds set in tomorrow. It is just as well we are heading for Suva as Julia’s Macbook Pro yesterday refused to come on. It is a real setback as there are many photos and videos still to be downloaded, while many photo Ibooks remain unfinished. We are hoping there may be an Apple store in Suva.The ICA had organised a cave hunt around the Bay of Islands in three long boats, an interesting expedition,but perhaps more so because of the stunning and desolate scenery of tufts of islands, thickly overgrown, some teetering on their eroded. read more...


15/06/2015

Widago - Azores-N. Europe Leg: Night 4

High pressure systems continue to dominate our Atlantic crossing. The sailing has actually been quite good as long as still counts if we are motor sailing. Been keeping one engine going, with full sails up, through calm, sometimes glassy waters. Winds continue to be light, variable, and still somewhat on the nose or close hulled. Luckily before we settled on sailing around the globe, we were going to do it in a trawler, so I guess we get the best of both worlds here. The best being that with one engine going at all times, there is always scalding hot water to burn the crap out of you while showering.We finally caught a fish today - as wrangled in the photo with Gordon. I guess though, the accurate statement would be that the fish caught us. This was probably the biggest flying fish I've. read more...


Widago - Azores-N. Europe Leg: Night 4
Widago - Azores-N. Europe Leg: Night 4
15/06/2015

Dala - Pour les francophones irreductibles - Par Robert

Hello les francophones,Enfin un blog comprehensible sans avoir besoin d'un lexique des termes de marine anglais-francais. Ainsi vous saurez que le raguage de la trinquette du code zero sur le pataras de la balancine fait loffer le winch babord (c'est quand meme mieux? non)Bon ici tout va bien, on a des vivres en abondance et nos dents ne sont pas pretes de tomber, au menu hier soir accras de morue et poisson a la marocaine, aujourd'hui crepes, j'ai oublie le gouter a base de glaces et sorbets, n'oublez pas que c'est Joelle le bosco du bord (elle fait le pain de shabbat PENDANT la navigation).Notre capitaine est super, (je ne dis pas ca parce qu'il est en train de lire au dessus de mon epaule avec un baton) il m'a appris a faire la route avec mon index droit sur un ipad pendant que je. read more...


15/06/2015

Dala - The Azores cruise plus a weird story!

Hi, allHere we are, back at sea, a very calm sea today, our first sailing day bound Marina de Lagos, Portugal, after a very pleasant cruise in the Azores Islands.We visited four islands, out of the nine composing this archipelago:- Faial, where we made our landfall, in Horta.- Terceira, where we had a look at the traditional bull fight and had a nice tour.- Sao Miguel, the main island, there we docked at the Ponta Delgada Marina.- And the small and charming Santa Maria island, our jumping point toward PortugalWe arrived in Horta on May 31st, so we spent 14 days in the Azores. But this was definitely too short. I would have spent easily more than a month or two there.Why? Again, just like in Bermuda, but in a different way, adorable people! Easy going, eager to help you, simply making you. read more...


15/06/2015

Free Spirit - Log 31 - an unfortunate incident

I share the concerns of the Captain about the everincreasing odd and obsessive behavior of the Chief Engineer.  I am also alittle surprised and concerned at my own reaction to thatbehaviour. Today, after lunch, the engine was turned off sothat the oil could be checked.  The Chief Engineer was clearly disappointedand somewhat agitated to learn that whipper-snapper, and not the Chief Engineer,would be checking the oil.  The galley was then fully occupied,whipper-snapper sitting on the floor reaching into the engine compartmentchecking the oil and me at the sink drying the last few dishes.  The ChiefEngineer suddenly decided that he wanted to recheck the couplings attaching theengine to the propeller shaft - no harm in that but absolutely no urgencyeither.  However,. read more...


15/06/2015

Upward Wing - Provisioning for the rally

Upward Wing will be crewed by two in the rally -- which won't allow for a lot of time in the galley, but we don't see that as any reason to exist solely on granola bars.  So we're doing a lot of preparatory cooking and provisioning.  Check it out on our blog at https://galleypirate.wordpress.com/events/2015-arc-delmarva-rallyEven if you have your own provisioning plan, you might check it out, because we're putting away extras of a couple recipes in case anyone wants to join us in port.See you in less than a week!. read more...


15/06/2015

Jambo - homeward bound

Well we leftThe Azores this morning and motored NW as we are in search of wind......light winds from the west filled in so we were able to sailalbeit at Variable speeds. As we start to head North the change in temperature does give Tom and I the opportunity to break out our summer designer collection- standards will be high as John is very fashion conscious although strutting around on deck in his underpants and tee shirt was a bit worrying- Jambo is not that sort of boat.!,Anyway young Edge has been sent to his bunk early for this strange behaviourTom is turning into quite a master chef producing seared tuna steakswith a foam jus and creamed potatoes - his fishing tackle remains of no interest to the fish of the North Atlantic so we had to eat fish purchased from the market yesterday.. read more...


15/06/2015

Free Spirit - Log 30: 15 June 2015

Miracles will never cease. At around midnight theloom of the lighthouse on Cape St. Vincent, the most southwesterly point ofcontinental Europe, lit up the night sky over the bow. Free Spirit, and hermotley crew of vagabonds, thieves and Carole are back! This news is sureto be greeted with great joy in the old country. I expect the bunting willbe out and there will be and music and dancing in the streets. Theexcitement of the young women who have been emailing the young whipper-snapperevery day - sometimes several times a day -must be boundless. Perhaps DavidCameron will order a public holiday and Her Majesty will send us a note ofcongratulation. Or perhaps not.  We are currently sailing (motoring) along the coastof the Algarve towards the bay of Cadiz. read more...


15/06/2015

Starblazer - 15/06/2015 - The art of sailing slowly! .

We cleared out of Tonga a week ago, heading for Vanua Balavu in the northern Lau group of islands.These are reef strewn waters where charting is far from accurate so care must be taken when approaching landfall, ideally with the sun over your shoulder to help pick out the isolated reef areas.It was a journey of about 280 miles, or 48 hours at 6 knots, or 56 hours at 5 knots, averaging more than 6 knots was unlikely because the GRIB forecast showed not much wind on Monday becoming less on Tuesday.There was no way we could expect to complete the distance by Wednesday morning 40 hours after leaving Tonga.Our passage plan was to sail as much as we could, only reverting to the engine if the speed dropped to below 3 knots and using it towards the end if necessary to reach our waypoint off the. read more...


14/06/2015

Exody - Days 148 -156 : Flotilla to a Fiji Feast

Since Tonga we have been embraced by the ICA Pacific Circuit rally with joint clearances out of Tonga last Monday 8th and then in to Vanua Balavu at the north of the Lau Group of Fiji.We were the 36th boat cleared of about 38 in total on Friday 12th. The four officials who are visiting these remote islands especially for us, and who are joining in our activities, agreed to clear the last few of us after we had moved around the island from Lomaloma to the perfect anchorage of Mbavatu harbour on Friday 12th - they sailed on one of the boats.The 280 mile two day passage from Tonga had been an uncomfortable one with rather too much wind (up to 30 knots), requiring us to slow the boat from the first night out and latterly with a confused sea which gave a particularly uncomfortable corkscrew. read more...


14/06/2015

Gozwoz - Roger and the Red Light

The marina at Vila do Porto was well run and we were extremely well looked after. As is usual the pontoons were fitted with electric sockets and water pipes which were mounted on posts at regular intervals, each post having a light on top. All the lights in the posts were white with one exception, that was the one by our stern which was red, apparently advertising the presence of someone of loose morals on GOZWOZ. Our last night at Vila do Porto involved a barbecue at the Club Naval and traditional dancing, which turned out to be a very competent musical duo. Roger was of course dolled up in going out mode. On our return to GOZWOZ a digestive (drink not biscuit) was being enjoyed in the cockpit. I am pleased to say that we had a number of enquiries from other returning yachties as to. read more...


14/06/2015

Zingara - Start nach lagos

Start nach lagos.... Einen gelungenen start freigegeben von einemzerstoerer der portugisischen navi durften wir erleben. Schoenstesurlaubswetter zum sonnenbaden begleitete uns, aber nicht gerade idealewinde zum segeln. So rutschen wir im moment mit 5+ kts durch die seichtenwellen und hoffen, dass es mindestens so bleibt. Aber: die vorhersagekuendigt etwas anderes an. So, jetzt muss ich ran, wolle hat wie immerhunger, hatte ihm thunasalat versprochen. Damit sonntaegliche gruesseernst, ingo und wolfgang. read more...


14/06/2015

Free Spirit - Log 29: 14 June 2015

The Chief Engineer, known to be a bit odd at thebest of times, seems to have taken a turn for the worse. There areworrying signs of obsession. Last night his head appeared in thecompanionway demanding to check the engine oil. What's wrong withthat? you might say. "He is Chief Engineer after all". Well, nothingexcept that it was around midnight and the oil had been checked just afew hours earlier. Thinking he must have been havinga nightmare about engine failure with a massive supertankerbaring down upon us at a rate of knots -  or something of the sort - Ireassured him everything was OK and suggested he go back to bed, which heeventually did. But not, unfortunately, before waking the Judge. read more...


Dala - Sarah and Joelle in Angra de Hereoismo
Dala - Sarah and Joelle in Angra de Hereoismo
Dala - Natural pools in Angra
Dala - Natural pools in Angra
Dala - Inside the crater , Angra
Dala - Inside the crater , Angra
Dala - Bull run
Dala - Bull run
14/06/2015

Agua Dulce - Azores Cruise

We depart this morning from Santa Maria, the last stop in our Azores cruise. Again, the people of the islands have been nothing but friendly, warm and inviting. I definitely hope to return to visit here again someday. Terceira was yet another beautiful island with rolling green fields and beautiful hydrangeas, azaleas, and other flowers. The main town, Angra do Heroismo, has a very old world feel to it. There are no modern buildings - everything is beautifully maintained as it was built originally soon after it was discovered by the Portuguese explorers in the late 1400’s. The buildings are painted in soft colors and most have decorative iron window sashes lined with colorful flowers. We enjoyed some wonderful local “comfort food” called Alcatra, which is the Terceiran version of. read more...


14/06/2015

Luna Quest - Sunday, 14th June, 2015

Position: Bay of Islands, Vanua BalavuDistrance run: 1 hour Vanua Balavu forms part of the Exploring Islands (Fiji). They have been neglected as cruising grounds and have been outside the tourist routes until 2012. As the Exploring islands are on the way to the main islands from east to west, yachts have not been able to visit them as clearing-in facilities have not been available (they are available on the two main islands) and to sail back into the trade winds to visit them has never been an appealing idea. Since 2012, however, Immigration, Customs, Police, Health and Bio security, have made themselves available in Vanua Balavu to groups of yachties (such as the World ARC or the ICA) at specific times to clear them into the Fiji group of islands. It is quite a delightful. read more...


Zingara - Portugisische Gastlichkeit
Zingara - Portugisische Gastlichkeit
Zingara - auch an Bord ist es gemütlich...
Zingara - auch an Bord ist es gemütlich...
Zingara - Sundowner Ponta Delgada
Zingara - Sundowner Ponta Delgada
13/06/2015

Zingara - die letzte Etappe liegt vor uns

Die schöne Insel Santa Maria haben wir am gestrigen Nachmittag halb segelnd halb motorend erreicht. Wieder einmal hatten wir eine angenehm ruhige See, aber der Wind fehlte. Genua 1/3 gesetzt und Main in der Mitte zum Stabilisieren, so haben wir von Ponta Delgada hierher die See durchpflügt ......Und nun? Am Nachmittag Briefing für dei letzte Etappe, es wird zunächst wohl wieder mehr Motorsegeln als Segeln pur, bis Dienstagnachmittag erwarten wir nur Schwachwind. Dann aber, also die letzten 3 bis 4 Tage gehts nochmals zur Sache - wohl als versöneneden Abschluß -.Trotzdem sind wir Alle noch immer gut drauf, die Gruppe ist ja nun auch auf eine leicht überschaubare Größe geschrumpft. Auch von hier aus werden nicht Alle bis zum Ende dabei sein,direkt nach England, Norwegen, Kanarische Inseln. read more...


Dala - Zumba in front of the Police station, Santa Maria 2
Dala - Zumba in front of the Police station, Santa Maria 2
Dala - Zumba in front of the Police station, Santa Maria 1
Dala - Zumba in front of the Police station, Santa Maria 1
Dala - Our new watches order, scribbled on a paper table cloth, in a good fish restaurant, Sao Miguel Island
Dala - Our new watches order, scribbled on a paper table cloth, in a good fish restaurant, Sao Miguel Island
Dala - Joelle my superwoman Winner of the Ladies bowling contest
Dala - Joelle my superwoman Winner of the Ladies bowling contest
Dala - With my brother Harry, Sao Miguel Island
Dala - With my brother Harry, Sao Miguel Island
Dala - Inside the volcano, Terceira Island 2
Dala - Inside the volcano, Terceira Island 2
Dala - Inside the volcano, Terceira Island 1
Dala - Inside the volcano, Terceira Island 1
Dala - Bulls place, Terceira Island
Dala - Bulls place, Terceira Island
Dala - Bull Fight, Terceira Island 3
Dala - Bull Fight, Terceira Island 3
Dala - Bull Fight, Terceira Island 2
Dala - Bull Fight, Terceira Island 2
Dala - Bull Fight, Terceira Island 1
Dala - Bull Fight, Terceira Island 1
13/06/2015

Firefly - An interesting arrival at Vanua Balavu, Lau Group, Fiji

Firefly's passage from Tonga to Vanua Balavu in the Lau Group was very quick and during the second night we had to slow down as the wind kept increasing and we needed good daylight to transit the passage into the lagoon. This led to a particularly uncomfortable night as we reduced sail down to 2 reefs in the main and a fully furled jib. In a moderate sea, with very little sail up Firefly was rocking and rolling and was in fact still going too fast. Arriving at the Tongan Passage at first light we joined the first of the combined ICA and World ARC rally boats, Heatwave and Astral Express, both 'hove to' waiting for enough light to attempt the passage in moderate onshore winds. Heatwave's patience ran out first and they went through reporting on the VHF that it was wide and relatively. read more...


13/06/2015

Luna Quest - Saturday, 13th June, 2015

Position: 17.13S 178.58WRun since arrival in Vanua Balavu: 29 milesThe association our World ARC fleet formed with the Island Cruising Association proved very beneficial. Its commodore (John of a yacht called Windflower) had planned two yacht trips for the ICA fleet together with the World ARC fleet around Vanua Balavu, where we finished the clearing-in process early Friday morning. By 10.30am the combined fleet of some 40 yachts followed Windflower weaving its way out of the anchorage and around the many reefs towards the Mbavatu Harbour in the North of the island. Mbavatu Harbour sported a single dinghy jetty and a single building in the shape of a small sailing club against a backdrop of steep, impenetrable and virginal walls of forest that would have been there since time immemorial.. read more...



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