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Anastasia - Salvador
Anastasia - Salvador
Anastasia - Salvador
Anastasia - Salvador
Anastasia - Salvador
Anastasia - Salvador
04/02/2013

BRIZO - Miss Brazil Visits BRIZO!

A beauty pageant was being held this weekend at the hotel/marina where we are staying in Fortaleza. The winner was crowned Saturday night and she and the runners-up were being photographed by the pool on Sunday. The photographers stopped by BRIZO to ask if they could bring Miss Brazil on board for a photo shoot. Although he wouldn't ordinarily let anyone on board wearing platform heels, Lew was a gracious host and welcomed Miss Brazil and her entourage on board. After finishing their photos on the foredeck, the last photos were of Miss Brazil giving Lew a big hug and kiss by the helm. Our first day in Fortaleza was busy: completing all of the clearance formalities, arranging to have fuel delivered dockside, and getting settled for what will be a one month stay at the marina. The marina. read more...


03/02/2013

Matilda - Water Water Everywhere

Jonathan is counting the miles - he doesn't like these long crossings and I think it will take some persuading for him to do an ocean crossing again once we get back. I am not so bad, but this is the longest we have done so we will both be very glad to see land again (roll on Barbados). The wind is behaving itself and, although it is not the quickest, it is comfortable and has picked up from the very slow conditions initially (although that was quite good when we were both down with colds/various plagues). We are pretty much healthy again so that is making life a lot easier. Haven't seen too many boats around, and are only picking the other boats up intermittently on the radio-net now we are getting out of range, but we are still keeping in contact via emails and can get world service. read more...


03/02/2013

Anastasia - South Atlantic - Days 22/23

12:52S 036:02W  1877 miles covered, 160 miles to go Today we have been pushing it, trying to get into Salvador before dark tomorrow.  What this has meant is flying the asymmetric spinnaker and gybing downwind.  Gybing is a labour intensive process because it means bringing the spinnaker down, rethreading lines for the other tack and then re-launching.  That plus gybing the mainsail.  It takes over half an hour to complete one gybe and we had to gybe four times during the day, trying to make the most of 10 degree shifts in wind direction. We are continuing to fly the asymmetric through the night, which is reasonably safe because, although the autohelm allows it to collapse about once an hour, the spinnaker recovers without intervention.  The only. read more...


01/02/2013

BRIZO - Excitement is Building!

It's been 13 days since we departed St Helena and we are less than 100 nm from our destination of Fortaleza, Brazil. Sailing conditions have been extremely favorable for us and now we are trying to slow down by reducing sail so that we don't arrive in the wee hours of Saturday morning. This leg has perhaps been our best sailing conditions of the entire Rally, a leg known for light winds and slow progress. Much of our good fortune may have to do with our destination of Fortaleza instead of Salvador where everyone else is heading per the Rally itinerary. The other boats are experiencing light winds and slow progress, but the first boats have already arrived.Everyone on board is excited about arriving tomorrow morning. None of us has ever been to Brazil before and we think it will be an. read more...


01/02/2013

Anastasia - South Atlantic - Day 21

11:52S 031:10W  1565 miles covered Another day of gentle breezes and sunshine.  We put up the asymmetric spinnaker again for a few hours during the day, but there was not enough wind to really make a difference.  We might try again tomorrow, if we get over 15 knots of wind, otherwise we will just be going all the rest of way with the Parasailor.  The rudder clunking was louder this morning and I was concerned that the bearing had gone completely and we might be getting damage to the housing that would be hard to fix later.  If so, it might be better to take the starboard rudder out completely and continue with just the port rudder until we can fix the bearing.  It was time to go for a snorkel to see what was going on underneath.   The sea was. read more...


Anastasia - South Atlantic - Day 21
Anastasia - South Atlantic - Day 21
31/01/2013

At Last - New Blogs Posted!

At Last just updated their blog for their trip from Cape Town to the current crossing we are on to Salvador, Brazil. Please visit the site at www.sailingatlast.com.. read more...


31/01/2013

Anastasia - South Atlantic - Days 19/20

11:32 S 028:58 W  1424 miles covered With about 600 miles left to go we have just passed a psychological milestone.  The chart plotter is now showing a coastline with crinkly bits and towns and cities, rather than just the outline of South America.  We are not quite smelling the land yet, but it feels like we are getting there. We had a great day of sailing today.  The wind got up to 16 knots so we put up the old asymmetric spinnaker, which was written off by the sailmaker in Mauritius after it exploded in the Indian Ocean, but which was beautifully repaired by Quantum sails in South Africa.  We set the autohelm to the optimum wind angle and let the written-off rag pull us along at 9 or 10 knots for a few hours.  It made a change from plodding. read more...


Lady Ann - Lady Ann safely docked at Rodney Bay Marina
Lady Ann - Lady Ann safely docked at Rodney Bay Marina
Lady Ann - Rum punch upon arrival!
Lady Ann - Rum punch upon arrival!
Lady Ann - Maria admiring a mid ocean sunset
Lady Ann - Maria admiring a mid ocean sunset
Lady Ann - Ingo at the wheel
Lady Ann - Ingo at the wheel
Lady Ann - Davide hoisting the ARC flag
Lady Ann - Davide hoisting the ARC flag
Lady Ann - Caught without any wind
Lady Ann - Caught without any wind
Lady Ann - Thomas making a post watch entry in the logbook
Lady Ann - Thomas making a post watch entry in the logbook
Lady Ann - Fritze happily helming in the rain
Lady Ann - Fritze happily helming in the rain
Lady Ann - Midway happy hour
Lady Ann - Midway happy hour
Lady Ann - Frank taking the sun's altitude
Lady Ann - Frank taking the sun's altitude
Lady Ann - Ronald at the helm
Lady Ann - Ronald at the helm
Lady Ann - Maria happily helming
Lady Ann - Maria happily helming
Lady Ann - Skipper Edo
Lady Ann - Skipper Edo
Lady Ann - Lady Ann at the start
Lady Ann - Lady Ann at the start
Lady Ann - Mid Ocean Swell
Lady Ann - Mid Ocean Swell
29/01/2013

BRIZO - Tuesday 29 Jan 2013

We are just over 600 nm from Fortaleza, continuing to make very good progress for an expected arrival on Saturday around lunch time. The wind has been fairly good; 11-16 kts from the SE. We are still configured for wing-and-wing sailing and will likely continue that way for the remainder of the trip based on the current weather forecast. Our sweet spot seems to be 13 kts of wind, at or above which we sail very nicely at 6+ kts of boat speed. Below that we generally turn on the engine at low rpm's to keep going faster than 5 kts.The sail repairs done last week while underway seem to be holding up: the sticky-back upper spreader patches solved the problem of the tear and Lew's Frankenstein stitches on one of the upper seams are still holding nicely. Based on the limited availability of. read more...


29/01/2013

Matilda - Hospital Ship

The last month aboard matilda has been like living aboard a hospital ship. My cold started just as we left Cape Town almost a month ago, and Heather has been struck down since we left St Helena. I seem to be having a relapse, so with all the coughing and complaining going on, there's no place we'd rather be... in fact pretty much anywhere would do.The 26th of january was Australia Day, and we celebrated by officially completing our circumnavigation. We passed the line of longitude for Lanzarote in the Canary Islands, which is as far East as we sailed matilda during our shake down in 2011. So whatever happens now, we have at least ticked "sail around the world" off our bucket lists.Thoughts of Barbados are keeping us going at the moment. There is a nice new marina there and they say they. read more...


29/01/2013

Anastasia - South Atlantic - Days 17/18

11:45S 024:10W  1133 miles covered The weather continues to be sunny and calm with winds of 8 to 10 knots, so we are just cruising along behind the Parasailor at around 5 knots speed over ground.  Thank goodness we have over half a knot of current to add to our speed.  The Parasailor is excellent at handling these conditions, maintaining shape even down to 5 or 6 knots of wind, although it droops and dances at those levels. The clunking of the rudder is more pronounced.  The continual impacts have stressed the junction of the rudder arm to the autopilot and it is starting to wobble, which is giving the loose rudder even more freedom to flop around.  On close inspection it looks like there has been a repair in this area in the past.  If that part. read more...


Anastasia - South Atlantic - Days 17/18
Anastasia - South Atlantic - Days 17/18
27/01/2013

Anastasia - South Atlantic - Days 13-16

12:46S 020:07W  882 miles covered At 11 oclock this morning we will have been sailing for a week.  In normal conditions we should have covered about 1400 miles, with just 500 to go.  As it is, we are not yet half way there, with over 1000 miles left.  There is not much we can do about it, it is too far to motor even if we did want to burn up about a ton of diesel.  We will get there, it will just take a week longer than expected.  Andrea has agreed to not ask if we are nearly there until we have passed the half way mark.  She is already down to the dregs of our audiobooks and is studiously working on her South African crossword puzzle book.At least we have lots of ice.  We will make a fresh batch tomorrow, ready to celebrate the half way point. read more...


Anastasia - South Atlantic - Days 13-16
Anastasia - South Atlantic - Days 13-16
25/01/2013

BRIZO - 27 Jan 2013

We have been at sea for exactly one week and are halfway to Fortaleza, still on track to arrive late Saturday or early Sunday. The wind has been far more favorable than we anticipated, we have not had to use the engine very much and have mostly been sailing at 6kts directly along the rhumb line. We have used less than 1/4 of our fuel between running the engine and generator, and don't expect to have an issue with fuel regardless of how much wind we have for the second half of this leg.As we head north both the air and sea have become warmer. The nights have been great with the waxing moon early, then a very starry Milky Way after the moon sets. The days have been very comfortable although each day seems a bit warmer and more humid, conditions we need to get used to again! There has been. read more...


23/01/2013

Matilda - Farewell Beautiful St Helena

Yesterday at 8am we began the last big sailing leg of our circumnavigation. We have now decided to head straight for Barbados where there is a nice marina and good rum. We've read up on the place and it should be a good place for us to unwind and recharge after almost 4 weeks at sea (yes, that's right, almost 4 weeks). The distance from St Helena to Barbados is 3,650 nautical miles and we're already a day or so into it.St Helena was a very worthwhile stop; we stayed five days in the end. We made it to the BBQ party at the yacht club and had a last drink with everyone - we should catch the rest of the fleet in Grenada in March (if our generator replacement timing allows). The principal town is Jamestown, basically one long street in a narrow valley, and to enter the town means going. read more...


23/01/2013

BRIZO - 23 Feb 2013

We are 300 nm due south of Ascension Island, approx half way across the South Atlantic ocean. Last evening we entered the stationary high pressure area which produces very light winds and have been motoring through the night. We took the opportunity of having excess electrical power from the engine to run our watermaker for the past several hours and our water tanks are full again .Today's big project will be to bring down the main sail to re-stitch a seam and apply spreader patches to an area of chafe. Our temporary repairs should be fine until we arrive in Brazil and have permanent repairs made.. read more...


23/01/2013

Anastasia - South Atlantic - Days 11/12

14:30S 011:05W  2109 miles covered The stop in St Helena was a welcome break to our journey across the South Atlantic but now we are back on our way to Salvador de Bahia in Brazil.  We have the mainsail clew ring attached again.  Hooray.   Anastasia’s mainsail is a sandwich made of carbon and kevlar fibres between plastic film with a polyester taffeta on the outside for UV resistance.  Add to that a couple of layers of reinforcement at the clew and you are sewing something which is about half a centimetre thick and extremely tough.  Good for strength but not very easy to sew. In fact it is impossible to push a standard needle through the fabric by hand.  You have to sew through the existing holes that were made by heavy duty sewing. read more...


Anastasia - South Atlantic - Days 11/12
Anastasia - South Atlantic - Days 11/12
21/01/2013

BRIZO - Underway Again!

Our last couple of days on St Helena were quite busy: the island tour was great, viewing the Napoleon sites was very interesting and the island itself has a natural beauty which we were not expecting. The recent rainy season left all of the vegetation very green. We checked out the Jacob's Ladder stairway which is a prominent feature in Jamestown but Corinne was the only person to actually run/climb the ladder. She's still recovering!After the tour we were regrouping in the bar at the Consulate Hotel and Lew met a marine biologist who was working on a two year project to catalog all of the marine species in the waters of St Helena. This has never been done before and the study is being called The Darwin Initiative because of the potential similarities between the Galapagos Islands and St. read more...


20/01/2013

Anastasia - St Helena

15:55.0S 005:43.1W   St Helena is a strange mixture of various pieces of history.  Oneclaim to fame is obviously that Napoleon died here, but the island had a longhistory before and since then and snippets of that history are evident whereveryou look.  So much of the past has been preserved because this is one ofthe few places on earth you can’t get to by aeroplane (until 2015 when the newairport is completed).  That still doesn’t explain why they have no mobilephone network and no credit card facilities (except at the bank).  EvenCocos Keeling has a mobile phone network.   We took a tour around the island and saw the stark contrast between therocky volcanic areas and the green pastureland with cattle and sheep. There is a lot of flax growing wild. read more...


Anastasia - St Helena
Anastasia - St Helena
Anastasia - St Helena
Anastasia - St Helena
Anastasia - St Helena
Anastasia - St Helena
Anastasia - St Helena
Anastasia - St Helena
17/01/2013

BRIZO - Thursday 17 Jan 2013

We arrived St Helena on Tuesday, early afternoon as planned. The island is larger than we were expecting, it's volcanic origins are very much in evidence as the mountainous island appears as one large, barren rock. The settlement of Jamestown is located on the northern shore in a long, deep valley which runs to the sea. It is a charming, historic town and everyone here has been welcoming and friendly. Today we are taking the island tour and based on reports from other Rally boats which have already seen the island, once we leave the coast the island has lush, green vegetation and is much different from the coast.We had a very nice dinner last night at a Chinese restaurant, joining with the crews from Dreamcatcher, Ruby, 1+1, Gunvor, Beatoo, Working on a Dream, and Umineko. There are only. read more...


16/01/2013

Anastasia - South Atlantic - Days 9/10

Yesterday morning we saw out first sail on the horizon, Trompeta.  In the radio net Jane had been talking about making mince pies for Peter and we jokingly talked about her throwing some overboard for us to pick up.  Jane took it to heart, baked a fresh batch and attached them to some old rope and plastic bottles and dropped them in the water.  After a bit of fun retrieving the package we had newly baked mince pies with our afternoon tea.  Thank you Jane! During Andrea’s night watch (21:00 to 24:00) we came across three more boats, Matilda and Peat Smoke, plus one other that we think was Juba (who does not have AIS to identify them).  It is nice to actually have some boat lights to see at night, rather than spending your watch staring at inky. read more...


Anastasia - South Atlantic - Days 9/10
Anastasia - South Atlantic - Days 9/10
Anastasia - South Atlantic - Days 9/10
Anastasia - South Atlantic - Days 9/10
Anastasia - South Atlantic - Days 9/10
Anastasia - South Atlantic - Days 9/10
16/01/2013

Matilda - Nearly There - So Much for an Easy Leg

We should arrive at St Helena tomorrow morning, but this trip has been a bit frustrating and we're feeling a bit cheated. Everything pointed to longed-for straightforward sailing, but it has actually been a bit more challenging with the latter part of the crossing characterised by light winds with lots of squalls. So, for example, yesterday morning we put the parasail up (poled out) so we could at least make some progress downwind with all of 8 knots of wind, only to be taking it down again 2 hours later in the midst of a sudden squall at 25 knots (Laurel and Hardy antics trying to get the frickin thing down and not doing a Dorothy). An hour later and all is still again, the white sails are cracking so we talk ourselves into putting it up again - ARGGH!! Hard work for two tired people,. read more...


14/01/2013

Anastasia - South Atlantic - Days 7/8

19:19S 001:17W  1436 miles covered   We have crossed the Greenwich meridian and the degrees of longitude arecounting up again.  But not counting up very quickly because the wind hasdied away to about 12 knots from the south-east which means we can only sail atabout 6 knots directly downwind.  St Helena is almost exactly to our northwest so there is no wind angle we can exploit to go any faster.   Still, with the lower wind comes a smooth ocean and it was a warm sunny daytoday.  Quite conducive to lying around doing crossword puzzles andlistening to audio books.  Six knots is just fast enough to feel like youare still getting somewhere, so nobody  was really frustrated, althoughAndrea got a bit bored this afternoon.  Just bored, not quite. read more...