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10/06/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - Here comes the sun.......we're sailing on sushine

N37:54:699  W35:34:788 Boat Miles:- 1502 Miles to go:- 330   The sun has actually been coming along nicely forsome days now and Sailing on Sunshine over the waves is a wonderful experience.After our years in the Caribbean though we had almost fogotten that sunshine isnot necessarily warm, thank goodness for thermals. Mind you these do createtheir own problems. We have been having a good laugh together over phrases weuse quite often that suddenly take on new meaning.  I went below saying'I'm just nipping to the loo', quick as a flash Andrew says, no way, there won'tbe anything nippy about it, you will be at least half an hour getting out ofyour clolthes.....and then put them back on again (very much a female thinghere) and there I was giggling all the way.   Thermals. read more...


10/06/2014

Sea Eagle - Back at sea - the last leg

We're back at sea again. Everyone had a great time in the Azores and a much needed rest from sailing. We did manage to visit the islands of Faial, Terceria and Sao Miguel - more on that later. David joined us in Ponta Delgada on Monday morning and we set off for Lagos, Portugal straight away. We immediately launched the Parasailor (huge cruising chute) once we were clear of the island and had a great run of around 8 knots for the first hour until the wind started to build to 17+ knots. We decided to take it down and be on the safe side seeing as it's had 2 major repairs over the last 12 months. Sods law as soon as it came down and hit the deck the wind dropped so back up it went. However this time we hadn't realised we had put a twist in it. After hoisting and dropping, twisting one way. read more...


10/06/2014

Starship - Last-Leg-2-Lagos (day 02)

SUN: Sonnig und windig. RUN: Freitag, der 13-te findetam Dienstag, dem 10. statt. Beim Shiften des Parasailors verdreht sich das Segel total, wir müssen es bergen, dabei fällt meine neue Haube ins Wasser (kein HOB-Manöver), die grüne Achterleine verhängt sich im Propeller. Es dauert 4 Stunden bis Dietmar die Leine wieder aus dem Propeller entfernen kann und wir den Parasailor unter Deck neu einrollen können. 4 Stunden dahin schaukeln bei traumhaftem Wind. Das ist mehr als hart. FUN: BINGO-Time: Mit dem Tauchgang von Dietmar haben wir die zweite BINGO-Line erreicht. Wenigstens da sind wir gut in Fahrt.. read more...


10/06/2014

Morning Haze - Number 2 for Morning Haze!

Well...what can we say.... FISH LOVE US! This is yesterday's (june 9th) second catch. He was hoisted on board at 1730 UTC.We were just preparing dinner with the previous catch of the day. Did we mention that two other (even bigger!!!) fish managed to escape us in between? Anyway got to go, we have sushi on the table. ;-)Morning Haze standby on 16image1. read more...


Morning Haze - Number 2 for Morning Haze!
Morning Haze - Number 2 for Morning Haze!
10/06/2014

Happy Destiny - Cloudy with a chance of southwesterlies

We are making about 6.5 knots, but being pushed about 15 degrees south of our preferred course.If the weather forecast holds and winds are calm tomorrow we will have to motor and will regain some northerly position that way.We had Ray's culinary invention for dinner yesterday--spaghetti a la pepperoni.The pepperoni was supposed to be for pizza but the stove is not cooperating.Damaged our spinnaker halyard flying the gennaker yesterday, but had a great run with it earlier.---This e-mail was delivered via satellite phone using GMN's XGate software.Please be kind and keep your replies short.. read more...


10/06/2014

Zoonie - Camarinas to Baiona via Portosin

42:07.45N:08:50.55W  Our spell in Camarinas allowed us all to visitthe Catholic pilgrimage mecca of Santiago de Compostela, last resting place ofdragon slayer James. We marvelled at the massive silver incense burner swingingwildly from one side to the other, controlled by at least 6 priests, wonderingif they ever had mishaps causing a line of human angels to fly through the airlike angels on a Christmas card. During the height of this all powerful servicea priest rests, chin on hands, eyes closed, listening to the confessions of akneeling believer. If you ever go, there are fine bars and restaurants aroundthe Cathedral for inexpensive and tasty food.   If you believe in forebodings then our return to Camarinas in an almightythunderstorm with lightening and solid rain was one.. read more...


10/06/2014

Gertha 4 - Grey Skies

LAT 42.23 N LON 17.08 W   Last night the wind changed, as expected, and we managed to get up theasymmetric for a short burst, before she began clattering around. It’s alwaysgood for Em and I to put sails up and down though. Gradually we’re figuring outwhat goes where and what pulls what. Off I went to bed at midnight, leavingSimon struggling to find any wind for Gertha to play with. Spirits were high,though, as we’d been treated to a short spell of sunshine.   This morning I was up at six for my shift. Up the steps I went into aclose, damp, grey sky. “We’re definitely getting closer to England.”Emma said.   Everything is sodden. It’s cold and visibility isn’t great. But that’snothing that some fried potatoes, buttered bread and hot coffee can’t dry out.   It feels. read more...


09/06/2014

Gertha 4 - Slow News Day

LAT 43.02 N LON 18.39 W   “Oh no, it won’t go to waste. If the drink is there I’ll drink it.” SaidEmma, typically, referring to the Pernod, the red wine and the beer. That’s mygirl. Only problem is that this seems to apply solely to alcoholic beverages,and we are well over-provisioned with soft drinks. Mo and Mauritz had bought usan insane amount on the BVI, and none of the remaining crew drink them! So, ifyou’re in the neighbourhood just drop us a line and we’ll toss some over to you.You can find us at the above coordinates.   Light news day today. So, just the headlines it shall be:   NEW CREW MEMBER IN OLIVE CHAIN SMOKING SCANDAL Matty was discovered clutching the entire jar of olives between her thighs,feeding herself in what can only be described as the equivalent to. read more...


09/06/2014

Zoonie - The Mighty Biscay

43:07.28N:09:13.00W We are now safely tucked up in an unplanned stop overin Camarinas prior to heading around Finistere to Bayona. There are four boatsin here waiting for the near gale to move on. Because the rest of the fleet werewell ahead of us they made it around Cape Finistere and out of the Biscay beforethis southerly Force 7 arrived.   This is not the first Force 7 we have had. The barometer dropped 9mbs in5.5hrs. In the late afternoon of Tuesday from under a thunderous sky came arapidly rising wind. We were motor sailing on track for the inshore route aroundCape Finistere with the promise of a wind veering to the west so could actuallysail with the engine off. So, along with Ca Canny who was thinking along thesame lines, we headed west so as not to be set into the Bay and we. read more...


09/06/2014

Webster - Captain gets a kiss?

Monday 9th June 2014. Position noon 37 17'N 22 45'W Well I was right, and as forecast the wind stayed light most of the night and we flew the spinnaker early on but as it became too light the engine had to go on reluctantly for a few hours, just to keep an average speed up. We were managing to hold the course we want to of 085 degrees and doing 4.5-5 knots. During the morning the wind started to build from behind and we put the spinnaker back up. There was another boat in close proximity but not sure if she was one of ours, but we left her for dead anyway in 12 knots of wind! Igor came on watch just as we had filled the spinnaker and demanded custody of the sheet to play the kite - Dave had been looking forward to it but had to concede as he was off watch and looked crest fallen. Good to. read more...


10/06/2014

Firefly - Cruising Vava'u, Tonga

Vava'u, the most popular cruising area in Tonga was our destination following our passage from Niue. Having arrived at night and immediately before a bank holiday we spent the first couple of nights anchored in a quiet bay called Port Maurelle. Since leaving Suwarrow, either at sea or on the moorings in Niue, Firefly had been rolling a lot therefore it was bliss to find a calm anchorage. We then moved to the main port, called Neiafu where we cleared in. We tied up on the customs dock and had visits from 4 friendly officials who were representing customs, immigration, health and bio security - the process was co-ordinated by World Cruising and was completed surprisingly quickly.Neiafu was a World ARC rendezvous point, the first since Bora Bora and on our first evening we had an excellent. read more...


10/06/2014

Nexus - Through Fiji's Lau Group and on to Savusavu today

We had a bumpy night passage through the Lau Group of islands between Fiji and Tonga. We passed through between midnight and six am, which was a little sporty, but with two sets of charts and the moonlight we felt comfortable passing between the series of reefs and islands. We also crossed the 180 meridian so we're back on the east side of the planet again! We're now sailing beautifully on a sunny day with good wind and the Gennaker out, and we just had a large Mahi Mahi steal one of our lures! Since we are arriving from Tonga, the Fiji authorities have directed us to go to a quarantine buoy out in the inlet and wait to be sprayed with insecticide before we enter the harbor. They're trying to control the importation of a mosquito borne illness that is prevalent in Tonga and elsewhere.. read more...


09/06/2014

Sweet Pearl - Tonga --> Fiji - 2.Tag - Gute Fahrt

Gestern morgen haben wir Neiafu (Tonga) verlassen und haben uns auf den Weg gemacht nach Nadi Bay in die Vuda Point Marina (547SM). Wir haben guten Wind von hinten und kommen sehr gut voran. Leider wird der Wind etwas nachlassen in den nächsten Tagen, aber wir profitieren was wir können. Sandra liest gerade Blut und Silber von Sabine Ebert und Tom hat seine Fussballtipps für die WM über Iridum abgegeben. Mal schauen wie es ausgeht - das Buch und die WM. Liebe Grüsse. Tom. read more...


09/06/2014

Defyr - Towards Lagos: Secret weapon

Our secret weapon is showing a more relaxed helming style.image.. read more...


Defyr - Towards Lagos: Secret weapon
Defyr - Towards Lagos: Secret weapon
Defyr - Towards Lagos: Birthday party
Defyr - Towards Lagos: Birthday party
09/06/2014

Defyr - Towards Lagos: Birthday party

Happy birthday Milla!!My niece is turning five today, so I baked a mudcake with cheesecake stripes to celebrate! Also got yet another bingo field crossed out, even though we can't officially play our own bingo we were the first ones to get one! Now we are just trying to get as many bingos as possible before arriving to Lagos. I guess that is also the case in one of the bingo enthusiast kid boats who have now already two.Our secret weapon Jaakko really saved the day by forcing us to fly our genaker like a spinnaker. I am really not into spinnakers (I feel for you Neil in Webster) and I was really doubtfull about the whole thing and I was trying to shoot down the whole idea. But Jaakko got the captain to agree and I do have to admit that now when we are going calmly downwind 6.5-7 knots,. read more...


09/06/2014

Anettine - 9. june

Variable sailing conditions the last 24 hrs. We have selected a longer, northerly route and hope that will give us good winds. We started sailing genua and then genaker on a NY course up to 38 degrees. We then took an easterly course with spinnaker.We have just enjoyed a delicious dinner made by Mauritz and is cruising with the spinnaker in 7-8 knots in the sun set. We still have some 650 nm to go.. read more...


09/06/2014

Shenanigan - Azores Cruise

We arrived in Horta in the early hours (00:27) of 29th May, greeted as wecame into the marina by a cacophony of congratulatory fog horns and cheers fromthose already there – we felt like true ocean sailors and we had just crossedthe Atlantic ocean for the second time in 6 months.  We rafted up to waitfor customs to open and were greeted by ‘yellow shirts’ Victor and Johnny whowere waiting with welcome ice cold beers. We sat and chatted with them for acouple of hours as they waited for the next arrival.  The next afternoon wewandered around the town.  In the evening met everyone in the famous PeterCafe Sport bar, Peters has been the bar of sailors here since 1918, beforeenjoying the welcome meal at Canto da Doca where we cooked our supper on hotrocks. It is tradition and. read more...


Shenanigan - Azores Cruise
Shenanigan - Azores Cruise
09/06/2014

Arcarius of Plymouth - Arcarius. Spoken to soon!!!!

"Spoken too soon"Why did I end the last blog with the immortal words "It was good to be at sea again"?Pontadel Garda, on San Miguel, The Azores largest Island.A beautiful, green place where the winds howl and yachts cling tightly to the pontoon, sailors wrap their oilies around them and then seek refuge in a tot or two of warming rum.The tired cold sailors, arriving that morning toured the Island, on a coach, learning the farming techniques of the area, pineapple growing in greenhouses and dairy farming for the export of powdered milk.Some learnt more on this trip than others, the rolling of the coach around the hairpin bends sent some tired sailors off to sleep.Rested, Arcarius welcomed on board for pre-dinner drinks, very thirsty crews from Shenanigan, Webster, Jonny and Lyle from the. read more...


Arcarius of Plymouth - Arcarius Spoken to soon!!!!
Arcarius of Plymouth - Arcarius Spoken to soon!!!!
09/06/2014

Ca Canny - ARC Portugal Ca Canny - days 6-9

After a quick decision yesterday morning we pressed on out of Camarinas andarrived in Bayona at about 2am local time this morning. So what’s been happeningover the last few days?   Last Thursday was a day of down-time and relaxing before meeting up withthe other crews in the bar of Club Nautico. High winds and rain dictated littleprogress over the next few days and the daily rota was to have breakfast potterabout and then head to the bar and bemoan the lack of decent sailing conditions.Up until yesterday morning (Sunday 8th) the wind was constantly over 30 knots,day and night. On Friday we concluded that it might be worth trying to organisea trip to Santiago de Compostella. Discovering that the barman (and President ofthe marina/yacht club and probably the whole town) spoke German,. read more...


Ca Canny - ARC Portugal Ca Canny - Rounding Finisterre
Ca Canny - ARC Portugal Ca Canny - Rounding Finisterre
Ca Canny - ARC Portugal Ca Canny - Bad Weather...What bad weather?
Ca Canny - ARC Portugal Ca Canny - Bad Weather...What bad weather?
Ca Canny - ARC Portugal Ca Canny - Trevor gets a tickle
Ca Canny - ARC Portugal Ca Canny - Trevor gets a tickle
Ca Canny - ARC Portugal Ca Canny - Little known beach in Santiago
Ca Canny - ARC Portugal Ca Canny - Little known beach in Santiago
Ca Canny - ARC Portugal Ca Canny - Relaxing in Santiago
Ca Canny - ARC Portugal Ca Canny - Relaxing in Santiago
09/06/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - Boom bang a bang - ah the rythmn of the waves........

N37:36:040 W38:17:230 Boat miles:- 1372 Miles to go:- 461    Well there is no rythmn and there is lots of boombang a bang as the waves come at you from all directions it seems at the moment in current conditions. We have 20-25ktsfrom the SW with gusts to 27 kts, seas are large and from the samedirection so every now and then pick up our stern and throw it sidewayscausing significant rolling. However the sun is shining and we are mainly dry,though the hissing sids keep catching us out unawares, both during the day andthe night - that water is getting chilly!    Last night was very lumpy, very breezy, very rollyand very dark (the phrase pitch black springs to mind here) as we continue headeastwards in strong winds. Vanessa was in charge and did sterling work. read more...


09/06/2014

Ca Canny - ARC Portugal Ca Canny - prop wrap recovery

As promised, we’ve now retaken some prop photos and some actions shots ofGeoff clearing the remainder of the rope. It’s clear that the rope cutter on theprop did a good job so the majority of the mess had already been thrown off –the initial flayling noises coming from the prop when the engine was engagedsuggests that there was significantly more around it previously!   Either which way a couple of photos for you......more Ca Canny updatesshortly (most of my fellow crewmates have disappeared off to the bar withoutme....).   Steve G0014636 G0034853 G0034879. read more...


Ca Canny - ARC Portugal Ca Canny - prop wrap recovery
Ca Canny - ARC Portugal Ca Canny - prop wrap recovery
Ca Canny - ARC Portugal Ca Canny - prop wrap recovery
Ca Canny - ARC Portugal Ca Canny - prop wrap recovery
Ca Canny - ARC Portugal Ca Canny - prop wrap recovery
Ca Canny - ARC Portugal Ca Canny - prop wrap recovery
09/06/2014

Morning Haze - Sushis again on Morning Haze!!!

Fishing with the magic lure...We will be forced to have sushi and tartare tonight...life is tough! ;-)Morning Haze stanby on 16image1. read more...


Morning Haze - Sushis again on Morning Haze!!!
Morning Haze - Sushis again on Morning Haze!!!
09/06/2014

American Spirit II - Day 155; About Tonga, Clearing Out, Minor Surgery and Dinner with one of Neiafu's Celebrity's; Monday, June 9, 2014

I'd be remiss if I didn't mention some more facts about Tonga in my logs. Tonga consists of 171 islands, spread over 4 'groups' of islands. The one we're in is the Vava'u Group. And these islands are aligned in a north south manner. They are so close together that you can visit all of them just by day sailing, except for a couple of overnighters. Monetarily, 1 Tonga 'dollar' equals $.50 US. Tongan's are very religious and conservative in behavior. Public displays of affection are discouraged, unless the couple are of the same gender. They are a very patient people; and if you try to hurry them, they will just take twice as long to accomplish what you want. And they don't seem to have much of a business sense. Tonga is only one of three countries in the world where it is legal to swim. read more...


09/06/2014

American Spirit II - Day 154; Windy Trip to Neiafu & Dingy Flips Twice; Sunday, June 9, 2014

Alarm went off at 6:00 AM. The plan was to go back to Neiafu and for me to go to the 10:00 AM services at St. Joseph's Cathedral. However, when I got up the wind was howling at 25-30 knots and rain squalls were pounding the boat. Joel got up, and I told him we're sleeping in. No reason to head out is such lousy conditions. Back to bed. Got back up at 9:20 AM. At 9:40 AM saw a 'double ender' horizontal rainbow bracketed by Starblazer and Avocet, just above the island, with the island in the background. A 6 on a 10 scale. Took a picture. I'll have to email to Starblazer and Avocet.Breakfast at 10:15 AM consisted of scrambled eggs, chilled chopped pineapple and bread. At 10:44 AM Harry from Hebe came by in a dingy and gave us our host, David's, leather bound guest book to sign, which I. read more...


08/06/2014

Gertha 4 - The Desolate Turtle and Other Stories from the End of the Rainbow

LAT 41.17 N LON 20.06 W   Well hello there! And sorry I’ve not been about to blog. Been a touch busyemptying my intestines into the Atlantic ocean. Matty too, though she’s far morecivilised about it than I am and has been using the facilities. Shoes and boatfor me, I’m afraid. Anyhow! Now that we’re out of that ‘orrible, boiling mess ofa sea (and into big swells and intermittent squalls), I can share with you abrand new story:   Once upon a time there was an Emma, and a fair and brave maiden was she,nursing back to good health the two younger crew aboard that mighty vessel,Gertha 4. And one day, after quite the evening of appalling squalls, as ourheroine sat her watch with the proper dedication, and as the two sicklings sleptwith their arms bent over their foreheads and as the. read more...


09/06/2014

Starship - Last-Leg-2-Lagos (day 01)

SUN: Sonnig und schöne Wolken in allen Formationen. Nur halt wenig Wind (vorhersagegemäß). RUN: wenig Wind => wenig Speed (jedenfalls bei uns). Aber kein Grund zur Klage. Denn die Vorteile der 14 t merken wir, wenn es wirklich bläst, und die Wellen hoch sind. Dann liegen wir immer noch vergleichsweise ruhig im Wasser.FUN: BINGO-Time. Und da sind wir super motiviert und haben bald die erste Linie zusammen.. read more...


Flomaida II - Das ist Luxus in Tonga: noch keine 5 Sterne Resorts
Flomaida II - Das ist Luxus in Tonga: noch keine 5 Sterne Resorts
Flomaida II - Wieviele verträgt das Boot?
Flomaida II - Wieviele verträgt das Boot?
Flomaida II - Wilde Natur in Tonga
Flomaida II - Wilde Natur in Tonga
Orion - rescuing the genoa
Orion - rescuing the genoa
Flomaida II - Gaby's tolle Collage, gemacht aus unseren selbstgeschossenen Bildern
Flomaida II - Gaby's tolle Collage, gemacht aus unseren selbstgeschossenen Bildern
Flomaida II - Die ersten Eindrücke von Vava' u/Tonga
Flomaida II - Die ersten Eindrücke von Vava' u/Tonga
Flomaida II - Die Mädels glänzen und hoffen, dass ein paar Geldscheine kleben bleiben
Flomaida II - Die Mädels glänzen und hoffen, dass ein paar Geldscheine kleben bleiben
Flomaida II - Gemüse und Obst Markt, da ist Improvisation gefragt beim Kochen
Flomaida II - Gemüse und Obst Markt, da ist Improvisation gefragt beim Kochen
Flomaida II - Sonntagsspaß!
Flomaida II - Sonntagsspaß!
Flomaida II - Der Schmuck wartet auf uns
Flomaida II - Der Schmuck wartet auf uns

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