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03/05/2014

Starblazer - 3/05/2014 – Moving on

We finally left the town quay pontoon in Papeete early on Wednesday afternoon and made our way to Marina Taina to refuel.We were lucky as we managed to tie up on the fuel pontoon at 3.45, they close at 4.00.We spent a night at anchor then left fairly early Thursday morning for Moorea.That was a horrible passage with big seas but, of course, no wind so there was no point pulling up the mainsail to steady us.Cook’s Bay looked fairly busy so we went on to the next pass into Opunohu Bay where we found several other World ARC boats.Unfortunately we had water in the engine bilge AGAIN and the generator had failed to put out any cooling water though it was taking it in!This time it was John’s fault as he had failed to tighten one of the water pipes on the generator.It was an easy problem to. read more...


03/05/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - We'll be on our way

Well the one thing we didn't anticipate for this morning was the little (!) bit of precipitation that woke us up........looking at the forecast we are not sure if the towels we had out will get dry before we go.......Susan is really glad she did get up and enjoy her noodling in the sunshine yesterday as this morning was decidedly uninviting but hey we are fully stocked and loaded, just need to undress Andromeda, pay our bills, leave the dock and we will be on our way.....Bermuda next stop.. read more...


03/05/2014

Webster - Pre start high jinx

Friday 2nd May: position still in Nanny CayThursday evening turned into a bit of a blast with the farewell dinner taking place. Team Webster turned out in all their glory wearing our out of the packet pristine polo shirts but arrived about two and a half hours early for the start, time which was put to very good use going through the cocktail menu with beer chasers. I for one was feeling no pain in short shift, mainly because of the Painkillers Ken was supplying us with. As it was his last evening before flying home he was in "frenzy" mode and ordering more than we could drink faster than we could drink it. By 7 pm I was swaying a little that's for sure. The Caribbean meal was excellent but seemed to give one a thirst so back to the beach bar we went and batted on leading to seeing just. read more...


02/05/2014

Celebrate - Treasured Memories of Tahiti

Black pearls for our 35th wedding anniversary, an ooh-la-la romantic dinner at the Pink Coconut Restaurant with wonderful French wine, Fois Gras and great food!Fun dinners, cocktails and receptions with other "Rally" boaters and a finale circle bus tour of Tahiti with beautiful botanical gardens, a stunning cascading waterfall, ancient worshiping sites and the Tahiti Museum. Tahiti was not to be missed!Cathy. read more...


02/05/2014

Arcarius of Plymouth - Blog Arcarius

Caught on the wind today from Arcarius With the farewell party behind us, it's time to reflect back on the week here in BVI. The big voyage ahead ought to have caused a flurry of activity the morning before the sails are set for the epic journey across the Atlantic. Instead as I looked out from my port hole the scene across the marina was serene and tranquil, interrupted only by the call of the pelicans and the snoring emanating from a near by sailor confirming to the ARC, flag regaled boats on the mooring that the crew of Webster and Arcarius were still to wake and discover the severe head pain that is inevitable after the excesses of a successful farewell party.And the devastating realisation that the Painkillers consumed last night would be of no use this morning. Arcarius looking. read more...


Arcarius of Plymouth - Blog Arcarius
Arcarius of Plymouth - Blog Arcarius
02/05/2014

Firefly - Firefly leads Tahiti Pearl Regatta after Race 1

Firefly has reached Bora Bora after completing the first race of the Tahiti Pearl Regatta and currently leads the Cruising Division. Leading will be a 'short lived' affair as the Cruising Division is not handicapped and amongst the competition are several 60 foot catamarans, including Gizmo, one of the latest carbon flyers from the designer of the Gunboat. There are also several considerably bigger monohulls all from the World ARC rally, these being Chikalu, an X612, Kathea, a Swan 53 and Andromeda a Grand Soleil 50.The first race started off Raiatea and the first 8 miles of the race took place inside the beautiful lagoon between Tahaa, before the fleet left for the open sea via the Pai Pai Passage. The finish of the 27 mile race was in the Teavanui Passage off Bora Bora - quite a. read more...


02/05/2014

Starship - ED-VENTURE day -01

SUN-FACTOR: It is extremly hot in Nanny Cay.RUN-FACTOR: We are ready to go.FUN-FACTOR: Another pastaparty for the kids. Rebecca, Demi, Kathi, Lukas, Florian and the IGUANA ED enjoy their lunch. Well, it can never be tooooooo hot for pasta. . read more...


02/05/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - Phew has someone turned the thermostat up

Its only just after 8am and Susan has done her noodling and the washing and we are sweltering already this morning, the thermostat has most definitely been put up, probably so we will all be looking forward to a bit of cooler weather as we go north.Great dinner last night, the food was lovely and plenty of it. We shared a table with the folk from Anna Sophia and Puerkawho were great company, many stories were shared over the wine.Lots of itty bitty jobs to do today as we spend our last full day in the Caribbean, we are sure there will be time for another swim later....the off is nearly here.more in due courseSusan and AndrewAndromeda of Plymouthm_SAM_2051. read more...


Andromeda of Plymouth - Phew has someone turned the thermostat up
Andromeda of Plymouth - Phew has someone turned the thermostat up
02/05/2014

Tigerlily - Ready to Launch from Portsmouth, VA

The deadline is here and so are we. Despite months of preparation we have come to a Le Mans style start with last minute preparation and details. To our friends and family thanks for following our bread crumb on the World Cruising Club website. We also have a blog: www.sailblogs.com/member/farthestwave. The Farthest Wave is a lovely song by Kathy Ryan. My daughter Jackie Bowes, sang the song at our wedding just seven months ago. So much has happened since and so many friends, family and fellow sailing enthusiasts have have supported our endeavors. We are truly grateful.IMG_1722.. read more...


Tigerlily - Ready to Launch from Portsmouth, VA
Tigerlily - Ready to Launch from Portsmouth, VA
01/05/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - Provisioning and a last lunch with friends

Off we went to an excellent supermarket for the provisioning trip, we nearly filled a trolley finding some very nice goodies for treats but best of all it was boxed up and delivered to Andromeda, no lugging for us. We then met up with our friends 'Cruisers wot lunch' catching up with Chris and Sharon, Joannie and Graham and Patrice and Patrick. We had a lovely traditional trinni roti lunch. Back in Nanny Cay we picked up our refilled gas bottle and new flares. Put everything away then followed it up with a dip in the beautiful sea, a wonderful shower and are now ready for this evening's farewell dinner, its a hard life really.........20140501_150430. read more...


Andromeda of Plymouth - Provisioning and a last lunch with friends
Andromeda of Plymouth - Provisioning and a last lunch with friends
01/05/2014

Morning Haze - The Passage

Check out this video on YouTube:http://youtu.be/GLAy-ReH3esimage. read more...


Morning Haze - The Passage
Morning Haze - The Passage
01/05/2014

Webster - Here we go again!

Thursday 1st May 2014: position Nanny Cay, Tortola BVIWell, it will take far too long to regale the whole narrative of events leading to now since the end of the ARC in St Lucia way back in December but a brief synopsis begins with Christmas in Rodney Bay with the kids and Kate where we survived the great "trough" as it devastated much of the island on Christmas Eve; the couple of weeks with my sister Janet and BIL Nigel on the boat; the fantastic trip up the islands with just myself and Kate to Antigua via Martinique, Dominica, Les Saintes and Guadaloup ( to which Kate admitted she even enjoyed the sailing parts!); various friends visiting in Antigua sailing back up and around the islands again; then a great two weeks on a 50' cat Avanti with Jon and Karen Terry who we met on ARC. read more...


Webster - Here we go again!
Webster - Here we go again!
10/01/2006

Anna Sophia - Almost ready

Yes we are! After another wonderful evening with the other participants, is it time to shop today. A shuttle will bring us to Road Town. where we all shall depredate the shelves!The last day to solve the technical and other problems has awaken. The right feeling is increasing; Yes we are almost ready..... to go!Jan en Annelies van Ruitenbeekab SY "Anna Sophia". read more...


01/05/2014

Morning Haze - Morning Haze - The Passage

http://youtu.be/HW-GZQAGQrsHayes Family. read more...


01/05/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - Beach Volley ball

Enthusiasm ruled the sands as Arc rally folk met for a game of beach volley ball, not quite olympic standard, but great fun was had by all followed by very welcome sundowners. There may be a few aching muscles in the morning20140430_173726. read more...


Andromeda of Plymouth - Beach Volley ball
Andromeda of Plymouth - Beach Volley ball
Reberth - Safety Day!! - Joel safety check
Reberth - Safety Day!! - Joel safety check
Reberth - Safety Day!! - Liferaft
Reberth - Safety Day!! - Liferaft
Reberth - Safety Day!! - Handheld Flare demo
Reberth - Safety Day!! - Handheld Flare demo
Reberth - Safety Day - smoke flare
Reberth - Safety Day - smoke flare
30/04/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - Flares, Liferafts and Friends

Today was the flares demonstration and the orange ones got our vote,and they were pointed out to us by several other participants. The difference in the red hand-held ones was really surprising - SOLAS every time we think as well. To cool off there was a life raft demonstration in the pool, we remember our sea survival course so well so didn't volunteer first. But then they wanted a sixth person in the water so Susan stepped up to the plate, or rather jumped into the pool, wearing one of those lovely life jackets with no crotch strap, at least she held on to it really tightly this time. The crocodile swim was fun and then she was hauled into the liferaft, phew that was a bit easier than with full oilies and sea boots on. Getting out of the snug life raft compartment was a relief.. read more...


Andromeda of Plymouth - Flares, Liferafts and Friends
Andromeda of Plymouth - Flares, Liferafts and Friends
30/04/2014

American Spirit II - Day 116; Tour of Moorea, Albert and His 3 Wives and our Departure Delayed a Day due to High & Building Winds; Tuesday, April 27, 2014

Up at 6:30 AM. David and Paul got up 15 minutes later. Eggs, grapefruit, French bread and coffee for breakfast. At 10:15 AM we started a tour of the island with Folie a Deux in an 8 person taxi/mini van driven by Albert, who advised as we started the tour that he had 3 wives and numerous children and grand children. Not sure if polygamy is legal in French Polynesia, but Albert certainly believes its OK. His oldest wife is 67 and the other two are 42 and 39. He's 75 and by his own account is the biggest tour operator on the island. Our first stop was at a pineapple distillery, where we were able to sample some of their 'wares. One of the liqueurs on sale was pineapple rum in the most attractive bottle I have ever seen. I almost bought it just for the bottle; but at $57 took a pass.Next we. read more...


30/04/2014

American Spirit II - Day 115; Sailed from Tahiti to Moorea in Bumpy Seas; Monday, April 28, 2014

Paul and David were up at 6:00 AM; followed by me at 6:30 AM. At 7:40 AM our agent, Laurent, came by the boat to deliver an invoice for his services and the cost for the repairs to our anchor roller. His fee is 10% of such repairs and an hourly rate of %50.00 per hour. He's very good at what he does and worth every penny. We departed the marina at 9:30 AM and sailed under jib only, and a reefed jib at that, the 10 miles to Moorea. Along the way we encountered winds up to 28 knots and seas of 3 to 5 feet. 'Bad' weather is coming. Too bad. We averaged between 6 and 7.3 knots. One of the galley cabinets wasn't properly locked so its contents went flying out and all over the floor. Paul's Kindle also went flying, but because he had just bought a rubber cover, it wasn't destroyed. We arrived. read more...


30/04/2014

American Spirit II - Day 114: The Car Tour thru the Clouds and 20 Waterfalls; Sunday, April 27, 2014

Paul and David were early (6:30 AM) risers. Breakfast at 8:00 AM was special in that besides eggs, we had bacon for the first time on our trip. Along with French bread, of course. Around 9:00 AM we departed for our 4 wheeled drive around the island, looking for the road that would take us to the top of Tahiti's highest mountain, at 7,340 feet. The highest mountain in French Polynesia. We looked for this road first alongside the west side of Tahiti, but after a half dozen forays down dead end roads, we opted to drive to the east side of the island to find the road. We found it; and it even had a sign pointing to the direction we needed to go in. This road started out paved, then paved with a lot of pot holes, then dirt and gravel, and finally rutted with 12 inches of grass growing between. read more...


30/04/2014

American Spirit II - Day 113; Paul and David Fox Arrive; for Their Second Leg; Saturday, April 26, 2014

Up at 6:30 Am. Typed 1 1/2 logs. Get further behind when anchored because there are more 'distractions' to impede the writing of the logs. Breakfast at 8:00 AM; followed at 9:00 AM by a cab ride to downtown Papeete. Before leaving I offered a ride to 2 other sailors, one of whom was on Dasha Away. We split the cab ride, which totalled 2,300 French francs. Once downtown I went shopping for me black pearls. While downtown I also ventured into the 'market' where all sorts of fruits, meat and fish are sold. Back at the boat at noon; then left again to walk to McDonald's near the boat. Ordered a double cheeseburger, fries and coke. First time in a McDonald's since leaving on the trip. Only problem was that I expected the double cheeseburger to be smaller than it was. Ate it, but shouldn't. read more...


30/04/2014

Starblazer - 29/04/2014 - A week in Tahiti

As planned, we arrived in Papeete on Easter Monday morning, then had to find a berth.There were quite a few spaces on the pontoons but, unfortunately, many were lacking pick up lines to hold the boat away from the pontoon.On our fifth attempt we managed to secure stern to the pontoon with a pick up line forward.The good news is that John successfully took Starblazer stern to the pontoon five times.This is a manoeuvre he hates!We took the rest of the day off.On Tuesday we started work.John removed both the alternators and took them off to be checked.I filled the water tanks.John could hear running water so lifted a floor board to have a look, only to find a bilge full of fresh water.This time he looked a little closer and discovered the leak.It is, unfortunately, our worst case. read more...


29/04/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - It's Tuesday so it must be safety inspection day

We are certainly noticing that it is getting lighter earlier and earlier and this morning we were awake well before 6 and Susan in a real fit of eagerness decided to go and do some noodling before even having a cup of tea. She was in the sea pool just after the hour noodling away to her hearts content then back on board after a shower before 7.30, must be the pain killers last night. This meant we had plenty of time to get ready for our safety inspection at 11.00am. In the meantime Susan had the ladies round table to attend for a good chinwag with the other lady crew members.We passed the inspection and to celebrate went out to lunch at the Genaker Cafe where we had the tastiest mushroom soup and chicken and mushroom pie, its going to be so hard to settle for sandwiches. read more...


29/04/2014

Defyr - Bermuda

We have now arrived to Bermuda! Where's the rest of the ARC fleet?!image.. read more...


Defyr - Bermuda
Defyr - Bermuda
29/04/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - Welcome Party

We are just back from a great welcome party, the food was great the painkillers delicious and company terrific, view from the deck20140428_191033. read more...


21/11/2011

Pajarito - Day 11 - Patience

Have patience, grasshopper, for Tortola will come.We've reached 22 degrees north latitude and are approximately 200 miles north of Tortola.So close, and yet so far!We're all pretty anxious to get into port.We expect to reach our waypoint 35 miles north of Tortola by midnight tomorrow (Tuesday) night.And we should be in port early Wednesday morning.This schedule works very well since we'll be coming into port in the daylight. The sky, the seas, and the temperature all seem much more tropical now.The seas have lain down a little bit.The 14 ft. swells which we've been wrestling with the past 24 hours have calmed down a little bit.The low pressure system we've been monitoring for the past 5 days has been kind enough to wait awhile before forming into a tropical storm.The storm is expected to. read more...


Andromeda of Plymouth - Welcome Party
Andromeda of Plymouth - Welcome Party
28/04/2014

Defyr - Towards Bermuda: Day six

The wind is picking up and we are taking in sails A LOT! Not only because of the wind, but we need to slow down under 6knots, so we won't arrive to Bermuda in the dark. We finally caught a fish after five days trying. It was a messy event in the rolling waves, both killing and eating stained the boat. There's going to be some serious cleaning and waxing to do when we get to ashore. Hopefully the island gives us good protection to enter the harbour. image.. read more...


Defyr - Towards Bermuda: Day six
Defyr - Towards Bermuda: Day six
28/04/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - The Adventure starts here

The Office is now open so we are checked in, safety inspection and Ladies round table tomorrow, gas, flares and volley ball on Wednesday....thank goodness for happy hour........ read more...


28/04/2014

Anettine - Anettine first boat to Safety clear for ARC Europe

Anettine was the first boat for safety check this morning. Anettine was cleared for the ARC+ in December so the check went well as expected. However, the skipper was caught with an outdated lamp in his Life vest. The gas tube was also starting to get some corrosion that could have developed to a useless vest.  The last was probably caused by wet finish we had on the ARC+ in December. The lesson learned is to air the vest once in a while, once a year is not enough.  We had a very good experience with the ARC +, and is now looking forward to meet old and new friends over the next few days.  The picture is taken after the safety check with Johny, Joel and Victor from the ARC Europe team, and Jonn from. read more...


Anettine - Anettine first boat to Safety clear for ARC Europe
Anettine - Anettine first boat to Safety clear for ARC Europe
28/04/2014

Free & BrEasy - Tahiti Culture Shock

When we arrived at the next atoll, Rangiroa we immediately headed for the dive shop Rangiroa is famous for its resident troop of dolphins which can be clearly seen frolicking in the surf in the pass through the coral into the lagoon. That afternoon we were back in the water diving a steep drop off teeming with a wondrous array of different coloured fishes. Below us a carpet of thousands of yellow fish moved rapidly back and forward seemingly in panic - were they being chased by dolphins? No just barracuda and tuna. We tried going out into the blue in the hope that our bubbles would attract the dolphins but no luck. We were not to dive with dolphins. Realising that we needed to get to Tahiti to be in time for the World ARC briefing and trips, we up anchored and left the dolphins of. read more...


28/04/2014

Firefly - Tahiti, Huahine and more of Moorea

Since our last log we have covered a lot of water and ground. Susie arrived back from the UK and with Paul they returned to Moorea for a few days. Meanwhile Peter set out to re-acquaint himself with Tahiti.Peter had been in Tahiti almost 20 years ago sailing with friends Gavin and Nadine (and a very young Pamela) but a lot has changed since then and is hardly recognisable. The capital Papeete is such a contrast from the remote islands and atolls we have visited over the last 3 weeks in the Marquesas and Tuamotos. The city with a population of over 50,000 suffers from traffic congestion and migration from the inner city to the suburbs. Two features that have not changed are Papeete Market; which from early morning is a very cheerful place full of fresh produce and 'Les Roulottes' the. read more...


28/04/2014

Defyr - Towards Bermuda: Day five

Paul really wanted to see the genaker up and today he got his wish! In the light wind we were able to have it up for couple of hours before sunset.image.. read more...


Defyr - Towards Bermuda: Day five
Defyr - Towards Bermuda: Day five
27/04/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - ARC Europe and the count down continues.............

Well we are here in Nanny Cay on Tortola and now getting ready for the start of the trip East.  Andromeda is dressed (honestly) and can just about be seen from the webcam! We are now getting the provisioning and last moment stuff organised. The sea is wonderfully warm though and that and the sand and the blue sea and the blue sky and the pool are a major distraction. Brendan was, though, correct, the showers are brilliant! More in due course as we get ready for the safety inspection and final prep - the APC worked very well and we are really pleased with it........ Looking at the weather and it looks like light conditions initially on Saturday and Sunday, but who knows what happens next........ More in due course........ Andrew & SusanS/V Andromeda. read more...


27/04/2014

American Spirit II - Day 112; Laundry (Again), an All Day Bus Tour of Tahiti, the Electrical 'Bust,' Dinner with Nexus and Getting Ready for Company; Friday, April 25, 2014

Up at 6:00 AM because I have to be at the laundry by 6:15 AM to finish one wash and one dry cycle before out tour starts today. During this process I head back to the boat and cook and eat breakfast. When I put in 8 coins (800 French francs) for the dryer, the machine recognizes 4 coins, not 8. No surprise there. During this process I head back to the boat and cook and eat breakfast.We board a bus at 8:30 AM. It is raining, at times heavily. There are 3 busses taking us around the island today. Our tour guide, Jean Baptist, speaks very good English, so we'll understand what he says. Good. During the tour we learn the following: that there are 300,000 people living in French Polynesia; that 175,000 of them live in Tahiti; that they drive 35,000 cars; that France gives $1.1 Billion in aid. read more...