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Zoonie - Latest Photos, blog to follow
Zoonie - Latest Photos, blog to follow
Zoonie - Latest Photos, blog to follow
Zoonie - Latest Photos, blog to follow
Zoonie - Latest Photos, blog to follow
Zoonie - Latest Photos, blog to follow
11/07/2014

Celebrate - Active Volcano Tour at Sunset & Village Welcome in Tanna, Vanuatu!!

WOW!! Standing at the rim of an active volcano is something not to be missed!!Adrenaline rushes in you as the Mount Yasur cauldron spews up glowing lumps of lava at sunset from two places.A stunningly beautiful sight!! A lovely, lovely welcome from the villagers complete with coconut milk served in coconuts, gifts for us made out of intricately woven leaves and grasses for hats, handbags, and sachels holding fruits & flowers.Also, there was singing & dancing and a tasty buffet dinner.We felt so warmly welcomed!!Next:Port Vila, VanuatuCathy. read more...


11/07/2014

Longbow of Argyll - Baltic log 3 - a Bornholm interlude

We have spent 4 days and 4 nights on Bornholm, one day longer than expected due to strong winds in exactly the wrong direction. But hopefully tomorrow (Saturday) we will be on our way, with gallons of ginger tea at the ready to combat the bouncy waves.Bornholm is a fabulous holiday destination with plenty to keep the whole crew happy: stunning white sand beaches with clear blue water, shopping of all types, 1 billion years of rock history, some Bronze Age human history,a fabulous art museum, an extremely knowledgeable coach driver called Kim, great bakeries and coconut ice cream to die for.Due to the wind direction we have been based at the main harbour in Ronne, next to the ferry terminal, rather than in the much smaller, picturesque harbour at Svaneke. However having seen the crush of. read more...


11/07/2014

Hanse Sailor - Log Day 5 - Chores and farewells

After a day off touring Bornholm and the north western harbour villages, we knuckled down to practise our splicing - ending up with all sorts of odd shaped bits of rope in the cockpit. More usefully, some springers were completed and the dinghy hoist shackle ropes finished.With the dinghy having to be lowered anyway, the boys took the engine for a spin around the harbour before our next leg. In theory we should be heading off to Visby in Gotland today, but that's been delayed because of the easterlies. And finally it's arrivederci to Mario, who's been with Andy through the launch, set up and shakedown of Hanse Sailor. We all enjoyed his farewell drinks last night, and the "Working on a Dream" team stopping by. Mario headed off this morning to catch the midday ferry to Malmo. Buon. read more...


Hanse Sailor - Log Day 5 - Chores and farewells
Hanse Sailor - Log Day 5 - Chores and farewells
11/07/2014

American Spirit II - Day 187; Abseiling (almost) Free Fall at Mele Cascades Waterfalls; Friday, July 11, 2014

Up at 7:00 AM to go rappelling at the Mele Cascades waterfalls. Coffee and breakfast at 8:00 AM. Scrambled eggs, lamb breakfast sausage and fruit cocktail. Chet washed the dishes, as he's done every day since joining the crew. Joel and I dropped off our laundry at 8:30 AM at the marina office. We were promised to have it back by 4:00 PM today. At 8:55 AM we boarded a van sent to pick us up for the waterfall excursion. Five minutes later I realized that we were in the wrong van. The driver took us back and a few minutes later the correct van picked us up. It seems everyone in Port Vila has a van and act as taxi drivers even though they don't have a taxi sign on the top of their vehicle. In the van were 11 other persons going on the same tour as us - all from Australia. We arrived at the. read more...


11/07/2014

Aislig Bheag - 7th July – 10th July Lagos, Portugal to Quinta De Lorde, Madeira

John and I spent seven days in Lagos catching up in boat work and even some relaxation!  Megan and Tony left for home on the 2nd July early in the morning with plans to join us again later at some point inthe trip. Megan has probably clocked up more nautical miles in her first passage in the past two weeks than many sailors have in a life time!  We all agreed that she is an absolute natural sailor and a great crew member. The story of the toilet seat was not over yet.  We managed to order one in the Chandlery in Lagos on Thursday and paid the carriage for a next day delivery.  We had moved to anchor in Portimao a few miles along the coastand returned to collect it on Saturday to find them closed at lunch time so we had to delay our departure until the Monday morning. read more...


11/07/2014

American Spirit II - Day 186; Sailing to and Arrival at Port Vila, Efate, Vanuatu; Thursday, July 10, 2014

At 12:15 AM I rolled up the mainsail because the wind was on the nose and the sail was flapping. Joel was on watch from 12:30 AM to 3:00 AM. During his watch he saw one boat, which was the only vessel we'd see the entire 18 hour passage. And while passing by the island of Erromango to our east during his shift, we encountered a 2 knot head current which reduced our boat speed to 5.5 knots. Chet came on watch from 3:00 AM to 6:00 AM. I relieved Chet early at 5:45 AM. The sky was overcast, again. The boat was rocking 20 degrees left and right due to the waves. The island of Erromango was still visible off the starboard, aft quarter. Very mountainous. The seas were 3-4 feet; the wind was 13/14 knots and our boat speed 7.8 knots. It looked like rain was a good possibility. At 6:23 AM a. read more...


American Spirit II - The Yasur Volcano
American Spirit II - The Yasur Volcano
American Spirit II - The Yasur Volcano
American Spirit II - The Yasur Volcano
American Spirit II - Yasur Volcano
American Spirit II - Yasur Volcano
American Spirit II - The welcom dance of Vanuatu
American Spirit II - The welcom dance of Vanuatu
American Spirit II - Making fire Vanuatu style
American Spirit II - Making fire Vanuatu style
American Spirit II - The village of Vanuatu
American Spirit II - The village of Vanuatu
American Spirit II - Cooking in the Hot Springs of Vanuatu
American Spirit II - Cooking in the Hot Springs of Vanuatu
American Spirit II - How to make make-up in Vanuatu
American Spirit II - How to make make-up in Vanuatu
11/07/2014

Jubilare - Bornholm Tour

We departed from the dockside in two coaches everyone in good spirits and looking forward to exploring the island. The lead crew had certainly done their homework by providing us with handouts of information on places we were going to visit. The first stop was Hammershus Europe's largest medieval fortification. This is situated on the north western tip of Bornholm what a stunning position and presented wonderful photo opportunities. We then went on to Madsebakke to see beautiful rock carvings which are reminder of the islands older inhabitants dating back to 1100BC. We then stopped for lunch in a picturesque fishing village of Gudhjem. While there was attracted to a beautiful shop selling the famous glass and bought a piece as a reminder of the island. We were then taken to Nylars church. read more...


10/07/2014

Jennie B - ARC Baltic Day 4 - The Wind still blows

We and the rest of the rally crews filled our fourth day on the rally with a tour by coach of some of Bornholm's cultural and social attractions.We visited several harbours on Bornholm's East coast including Svaenke, our original destination on Bornholm.Having looked at the seas pounding the shore and the narrow harbour entrances we were very happy to be in Rønne. Svaenke is a very pretty town and has the added attraction of Bornholm's only, and very good, brewery.We started the day with a visit to the massive and imposing ruins of Hammershus castle. After a few more stops many crew had worked up a good thirst so a visit to the bar at the Svaenke brewery was a top priority.Which did mean that several people had a few zzzz's on the bus or, if not then, when they got back on their boats.. read more...


10/07/2014

Zoonie - Final approach and Santa Maria

The Lighthouse that smokes! Heart attack hill as Rob called it. Zoonie is left of the one with her foresail out. Parallel parking Azorean style! He spend two whole days on that net, for this his fishing boat. Joao the marina manager m_001 m_011 m_012 m_015 m_032 m_063 m_064 m_065 m_068. read more...


Zoonie - Final approach and Santa Maria
Zoonie - Final approach and Santa Maria
Zoonie - Final approach and Santa Maria
Zoonie - Final approach and Santa Maria
Zoonie - Final approach and Santa Maria
Zoonie - Final approach and Santa Maria
Zoonie - Final approach and Santa Maria
Zoonie - Final approach and Santa Maria
Zoonie - Final approach and Santa Maria
Zoonie - Final approach and Santa Maria
Zoonie - Final approach and Santa Maria
Zoonie - Final approach and Santa Maria
Zoonie - Final approach and Santa Maria
Zoonie - Final approach and Santa Maria
Zoonie - Final approach and Santa Maria
Zoonie - Final approach and Santa Maria
Zoonie - Final approach and Santa Maria
Zoonie - Final approach and Santa Maria
10/07/2014

Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W

The last of Lagos and the start of our trip to the Azores m_001 m_006 m_007 m_021 m_025 m_055 m_056 m_059 m_060 m_071 m_084 m_093. read more...


Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
10/07/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - So long, farewell, auf wuedersien, adiue..........'til the next time, perhaps...........

........well nearly - this will be the last blogposting to the ARC Europe Website, though we we shall continue to post to theAndromeda bog at mailasail.  Well we made it to Lagos some 25 days after thelast ARC party and prize giving, no drink to be had though, so we think its timeto say farewell to ARC Europe as we think about what to do for the nextyear.   Our last night at sea was dark and we had upto 35 knots of wind from the NW most of the time. We were double reefed on genoaand main, with mizzen stowed, so felt reasonable comfortable, though it waspretty cold, and were steering 104 then 112 Magnetic, as part of the last bit ofthe route from the Azores, with the wind mostly on the port sternquarter.   We did have a very close encounter with a verylarge container. read more...


10/07/2014

Hanse Sailor - Log Day 3 - Skipper/chef

Skipper Andy cooks up a storm with his Thai chicken curry, while we sit out easterly gales in the port of Ronne on the western side of Bornholm. photo. read more...


Hanse Sailor - Log Day 3 - Skipper/chef
Hanse Sailor - Log Day 3 - Skipper/chef
10/07/2014

American Spirit II - Day 185; Hello to Gloria, Volcanic Ash on Foredeck, Snorkeling, Village & Volcano Tour and Heading to Efate; Wednesday, July 9, 2014

First off I want to say Hello to Gloria, mother of Tracey from Folie a Deux. Tracey advised me at dinner last night that she is another avid follower of the American Spirit II logs. You're going to enjoy the log today, Gloria!We found out this morning that at 1:00 AM there were two 6.3 earthquakes northeast of the island of Efate, an island we're going to Thursday. We found this out via a text sent to Joel. Up at 6:45 AM. Cloudy, but not as overcast as the day before. Some blue sky visible and the wind had died to 15 knots. A number of dinghies were seen heading to shore at 7:00 AM to watch the soccer world cup semi-finals. Germany versus Brasil. Germany won 7-1. A lot of happy sailors in the fleet. Angela was up early at 8:01 AM; and found some volcanic ash on the foredeck. She was. read more...


09/07/2014

Boisbarbu - Pot luck BBQ in Ronne

Meanwhile we had a nice and friendly BBQ on the docks of Ronne (south harbour of the isle of Bornholm, Danmark), the colours and incredible shapes of the sky, scattered the BBQ participants, frightened by the coming gale. The wind blew strongly for 15 minutes, then stopped. No rain ! Gérard, S/Y BoisbarbuIMG_1214 IMG_1218. read more...


Boisbarbu - Pot luck BBQ in Ronne
Boisbarbu - Pot luck BBQ in Ronne
Boisbarbu - Pot luck BBQ in Ronne
Boisbarbu - Pot luck BBQ in Ronne

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