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19/03/2015

Makena - Pacific crossing day 15th

We had the pleasure to see our friends from Juno show up on AIS, which means we can have chats on VHF of much better quality than the SSB radio.We have been able to exchange our remaining egg count, and it seems that Caroline is well taken care off by the three men on board according to the men at least... we only have 350 miles to go, but unfortunately the winds are less strong, so we most likely will arrive Saturday morning. We have had discussions about dinner at a restaurant Friday night, but that probably jinxed it.Anyway we had a GREAT dinner last night on board with Boeuf Bourguignon, and Creme Brûlée for desert, along with a nice Bordeaux.Tonight we have left-overs bolstered by fresh white bred made by Dave, and I have seen a Rhum soaked Prune Clafoutis in the oven...Tomorrow we. read more...


19/03/2015

Exocet Strike - Galapagos to Marquesas 18 - 19 March 2015

Today was one of those sailing days, we were goingvery well until the afternoon when the breeze tailed off. When we checked in onthe SSB net for the afternoon roll call, the chat afterwards was about the wind,or lack of it. We had 10 to 12 knots at the time and thought we were hard doneby. However the boats well to our east in the middle f the fleet only had 5 to 7knots and some had succombed to motoring, not an easy choice when you are stillapprox 6 days away from port. The problem is that even when there is little windthere is often a big sea running. We have wind swell from behind us, but also amuch bigger swell from the South. The waves from behind don't matter too muchoften help us in surfing, but the waves from the side really move the boat andmake the mainsail crash, when this. read more...


19/03/2015

American Spirit II - Day 436; Snorkeling at Coconut Beach & a Party at the Grenada Yacht Club; Wednesday, March 18, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 74; Rainbows, Speed Explained, Remora, Mixed Waves & Special Dinner; Tuesday, March 18, 2014. The day started poorly. At 4:00 AM Joel wanted to jibe jib and pole over. Decided not to. Too difficult to do in the dark, and no hurry to do so anyway. Middle of my night. Woke up for good at 6:20 AM because full moon was perfectly positioned on starboard bow to shine thru my aft cabin porthole right into my eyes. Like a spotlight in your face. Before assuming morning watch duties from Mike, my daily routine includes shaving, even when its rough out. Then boiling the kettle to make hot water for a cup of coffee. Have to have that first cup in the morning."******************************Up at 6:45 AM. Joel was next at 8:30 AM, followed by Heidi at 8:45 AM. We went to. read more...


19/03/2015

American Spirit II - Day 435; Shopping Day; Lunch in a Restaurant Locals Go To; Welcome Americans!; & a St. Patrick's Day Party; Tuesday, March 17, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 73; Fixed Head, Spinnaker Sailing & Dog Star; Monday, March 17, 2014. Happy St. Patrick's Day. Today starts the beginning of the last week on this leg. We hope to be in Hiva Hoa by this Saturday or Sunday, day 20 or 21."***********************Happy St. Patrick's Day!Up at 7:00 AM. Heidi is next at 8:00 AM followed by Joel around 8:30 AM. Breakfast is at 8:30 AM and consists of 5 scrambled eggs; 6 bacon; and potatoes. After breakfast I filled out the Rally sheet that lists the engine hours and miles under engine during the last leg; our start and finish time and dates for the leg; and any equipment failures that we had (we had none). For the 1,700 mile leg that took us 10 days, 11 hours and 11 minutes, we used our engine for 24.3 hours; and averaged 6.77 knots. read more...


19/03/2015

Exody - Day 67 -".....and zero engine hours over"

So have ended most of everyone's daily updates to each other on the morning SSB radio net for the last two weeks at sea.I think I detect a sense of pride and satisfaction in the way these words are spoken since we are all well aware(rally though this is not a race!) that our ranked position will depend materially on the engine hours penalty applied by World ARC to our overall elapsed time.Apart from the first 72 hours, and then the occasional short burst to avoid a fishing boat or a squall, the whole fleet have regularly been reporting zero engine hours but today with the trades weakening in some areas, two boats reported engine use this morning. Midafternoon today Wednesday 18th, Exody too succumbed, having spent half the night with the sails flogging about and making well under 5 knots. read more...


18/03/2015

Firefly - Tutukaka to Whangamumu

Its Wednesday 18th March and Firefly is anchored in Whangamumu and the bay is as spectacular as its name. There are some remains of an old whaling station but other than that there are no other buildings or signs of habitation in sight. There are several gannets diving for fish although not in the same numbers as we saw recently on Great Barrier Island.Its a large bay and we are sharing it with a small motor cruiser and a catamaran without a mast. We have seen several of these 'catamaran motor cruisers' in NZ, they look like they come off the same mould as the sailing versions and probably make a good 'stink pot' with the advantage of having 2 engines, one in each hull and all the stability and space that 2 hulls provides.When Cyclone Pam brushed past the North East coast of NZ a few. read more...


18/03/2015

Luna Quest - Wednesday, 18th March, 2015

Noon Position: 8.20S 120.34WDaily run: 121 milesThe winds became very light towards morning and could no longer keep the mainsail or genoa filled against the counter roll from a passing wave. It was painful to hear the suffering of the sails and we decided, therefore, that it was parasailor time. The parasailor brings its own problems and it is no light decision to use it instead of the conventional goose winged rig. After the roll call at 11am we set about preparing the deployment of the parasailor, the biggest sail on board. After 2.5 hours of struggling and Julia keeping LUNA QUEST headed down wind, we managed to get it up and unfurl from its sock. What a wonderful change to feel the boat accelerating as the sail catches the wind. However, the Hydrovane cannot manage the power of the. read more...


18/03/2015

Sweet Pearl - Kap Verden --> Azoren - 14. Tag - Ereignisreicher Tag

Heute war ein ereignisreicher Tag: zweimal Delfinschulen, drei Wale und eine spiegelglatte See. Ja, da staunt ihr, gell? Wir motoren weiter und hoffen morgen nachmittag/abend/nacht anzukommen. Mal schauen. Auf jeden Fall freuen wir uns sehr auf Azoren! Tschüss, Tom. read more...


18/03/2015

GarliX - 3000sm Pazifik?. und alles easy??

Tour: Santa Cruz - Hiva Oa - Gesamtstrecke ca. 2980sm, aktuell noch ca. 500 smVor 255 Tagen sind wir in Deutschland gestartet. Bis dahin hatten wir kaum Erfahrung mit Langstrecken- oder Nachtsegeln. Ehrlich gesagt waren wir bis dahin erst ca. 4-5 Nächte gesegelt. Und da war meistens Jens am Steuer. Wir wussten also gar nicht, was auf uns zukommt. Seit dem Start damals sind wir bis heute an 55 Nächten gesegelt. Genauso wussten wir nicht, wie wir diese Wellen- und das Wetter überhaupt so vertragen. So richtig gut habe zumindest ich die kurzen, aber hohen Ostseewellen nicht vertragen. Großen Respekt hatten (und haben) wir vor der ca. 350sm langen Strecke der Biskaya, oder auch die rd. 540sm von Lissabon nach Madeira. Das waren damals die bis dahin längsten Strecken, die wir gesegelt sind.. read more...


18/03/2015

Exocet Strike - Galapagos to Marquesas 17 -18 March 2015

We passed a few milestones today, less than 750miles to go, or 3/4 of the way there, and then less than a Fastnet race, this isone of our favourite measures since we have completed four, usually taking 5days, so hopefully we can beat that by a day at least. The wind looks to be getting lighter, and for muchof the day we had lesss than 15 knots, which since the wind is nearly deadbehind us is our slowest point of sail, and we often cannot head dorectly to ourdestination.We are all looking forward to arriving in Hiva Oain the Marquesas after our single longest leg, and it looks like 6 boats willarrive within a few ours of each other. Sapare a thoughts for some of the fleetfurther east, they may be another 10 days at sea, that will make it 26 or maybemore days at sea. John. read more...


18/03/2015

Exody - Days 64-66: There is life out here !

Well at least there was irridescent blue life in the 1.1m blue marlin (we think!) as we flipped our third catch into the cockpit on Monday afternoon (16th March)! A baby as marlins go (or maybe something different with very similar features) but a good size for us - two or three meals worth. We had only started fishing the previous day as we neared the end of our fresh-fridged protein - so thanks to the reel and kit supplied by Marian's brother David.Dolphins finally made an appearance on Sunday evening - such a commonplace in home and European waters yet so rare here! It was a treat to have the company of quite a large school frolicking at the bow and some leaping clear, the last few individuals hanging in for well over an hour. We got the identifier book out too late but Marian reckons. read more...


17/03/2015

Luna Quest - Tuesday, 17th March, 2015

Noon Position: 8.27S 118.28WDaily run: 116 milesLast night the moderate breeze from the East gave us the smoothest run so far. Not once did the sails flap or Luna Quest protest against a rogue wave. Julia had the most peaceful night with her ribcage healing well. The little ship never heeled unduly under its goose-winged canvas; very different from yesterday afternoon, when at one point the wind failed us and the swell kept rolling the ship with sails banging and crashing. At one time we thought we would motor out of the mess and rolled up the genoa, hauling the mainsail amidships. The engine started fine, but into gear a horrible vibration and an alarming noise made themselves felt. Out of gear the engine ran smoothly, which led us to conclude that the problem lay with the propeller.. read more...


17/03/2015

Juno - Pacific, mid passage

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Juno - Pacific, mid passage
Juno - Pacific, mid passage
17/03/2015

American Spirit II - Day 434; Our First Full Day in Grenada; We're on Same Time as Florida; & One of Our Whale Shark Pictures Appears in Yachting World's April Issue; Monday, March 16, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 72; Main Sheet Traveler Car Blew Up; Sunday, March 16, 2014. Rain showers 6:30 AM. What else is new? Rally boat II Audacious 3 miles abeam to starboard. A 49 foot boat. Wind increased to 22 knots. Reefed main and jib. Seas 8-10 feet. Shook reef out of main couple hours later. At 9:15 AM we crossed under transom of II Audacious. Had to double reef main to slow boat down to do so. Not sure who had right-away. AIS alarming - collision. Missed by 100 yards."********************************Due to Daylight Savings back home?, the time in Grenada is the same as in Florida. If that's true, then this is the first time in over a year that the time of where we're at and home are the same. Another BIG indication that the circumnavigation is coming to an end. Heidi first up at. read more...


17/03/2015

Exocet Strike - Galapagos to Marquesas 16/17th March

A frustrating night last night, I chose to run withthe Asymetric spinaker, big mistake, because when we had to drop it, we then hadto run with the genoa in its normal position, and not ploed out on the otherside, what many cruisers call wing on wing, ie mainsail one side, poled outgenoa the other. Its much easier to set this all up in daylight rather than thedark, so we went for 6 or 7 hours in a direction well away from our destination,oh well hindsight is great. Tonight, so far has been a great improvement.For much of the last 24 hours we have had Garlix the XP44 owned by Jens andDagmar within a few miles of us, either visible or on AIS. They are heading abit more north than us, and so they are now out of range to the AIS, as is Juno.Its interesting that after 13 days of sailing. read more...


17/03/2015

American Spirit II - Day 433; We Arrive in Grenada After Another Great Day & Night of Sailing; Sunday, March 15, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 71; Jib Overboard & Joel Goes Climbing; Saturday, March 15, 2014. Awakened at 5:30 AM by rough motion of boat. I could hear the wind howling from my aft cabin. Relieved Mike at 6:30 AM. Wind 20-23 knots. Speed 6-8 knots. Helping current. Big, windy rain squalls passing by stern of boat. The last 3 days the wind died down during the daytime. Don't think it will today."****************************Relieved Heidi at 6:00 AM. Wind 20 knots and we're sailing at 5.8 knots thru the water and 6.5 knots over the land. I ease more jib out to full; and rolled out 1/2 more reef in the mainsail to the second reef. A sky full of stars. The Big Dipper most prominent off the starboard side of the boat. The island of Tobago is off our port beam, 12 miles away. At 6:58 AM the. read more...


16/03/2015

Makena - Pacific Crossing less than 750 miles to go

Good morning from a calm South Pacific Ocean. 4000m of blue water below and less than 770 nm ahead for us. We normally try to avoid making major sail changes at night but last night around 3am Sarah got us to change from an uncomfortable, slow and very northern gibe with main and gennacker to being wing on wing with gennacker and genoa. Things have been going well since so the wake up calls were worth it. Perhaps we won’t need to change from this setup now until we reach the islands! We’ll see. Luc is having conversations with the fishing rods. No more fish catches to report though. Dave is making his morning bread for us. Oliver has the galley looking spotless. The family members are all well. Trivia thought for the day is that we’ve been at 26 Degrees East with Makena this summer when. read more...


17/03/2015

GarliX - Hiva Oa? bald da

Tour: Santa Cruz - Hiva Oa - Gesamtstrecke ca. 2980sm, aktuell noch ca. 780 smWir sind seit 12 Tagen unterwegs; haben seit Tagen kein Boot mehr gesehen… und dann das… unser Lieblings“gegner" ist auf dem Schirm!!! Der Tag geht gut los. Exocet Strike, die blaue First 47 ist in Sichtweite. In der letzten Nacht hatten wir wohl alle etwas zu kämpfen; nicht mit viel Wind, sondern mit zuwenig Wind genau von hinten. Damit wir nicht zu weit vom Kurs abkommen, habe ich in der Nacht die Fock weggerollt, damit wir tiefer (also mit fast genau achterlichen Wind) segeln können und nicht so sehr vom Kurs abkommen. Der Wind drehte immer mehr und wurde immer weniger. Äußerst unangenehmes Schlafen war das… das Boot schaukeltwie eine bockige Ente und die Segel schlagen und krachen…. absolut dumm. Bei. read more...


16/03/2015

Sweet Pearl - Kap Verden --> Azoren - 12. Tag - Wir kommen gut voran

Nachdem wir jetzt einige sehr schöne Segeltage hatten, drehte der Wind letzte Nacht nochmals auf und uns auf die Nase. Da mussten wir ausweichen und waren nicht so schnell. Doch jetzt gehts langsam besser. Wir spüren auch schon die Azorenluft;-), und freuen uns bald, hoffentlich Ende der Woche anzukommen. Liebe Grüsse nach hause, Tom. read more...


16/03/2015

Luna Quest - Monday, 16th March, 2015

Noon Position: 8.23S 116.07WDaily run: 127 milesLast night’s sailing experience was one of the more frustrating ones to date. There was either too much or too little wind or its direction was wrong and it rained off and on. The sea was turbulent and the waves unpredictable. The banging and the crashing of the genoa pained us to the core knowing that the wear and tear was disproportionately large - and there is a long way to go... At night I tend to go into the cockpit to do what I can to quieten things down with not much on. If it rains, my skin gets a wash, but my clothes remain dry when I go back in again. The thought of wet clothes in a wet environment is not appealing. Sometimes, it is quite chilly in the wind and rain. This morning we decided to change the sail configuration and. read more...


16/03/2015

Exocet Strike - Galapagos to Marquesas 16th March

The wind is slowly dying, yesterday afternoon wehad a great sail with the Asymetric spinnaker up, doing reasonable speeds, butat 2300 it all started going wrong. I had decided to keep the A sail up allnight, but that didnt count on clouds, no squalls just clouds, and the windincreased and veered, ie went more west, by 20 deg. Doesnt sound much but from14 knots to 20 or 22 is a 40 to 50% increase and going forward increases theeffect, hence several broaches, ie when the boat lurches into the wind, peopleand things down below often go flying at this point, or fall out of their bunks.So we furled the big sail and unfurled the genoa, and then had a night of thesails banging as the waves push the boat around, with insufficient wind to helpthe boat to overcome the waves.Looks like we have. read more...


15/03/2015

Juno - Pacific, guest written by Paulus

We have just passed the 2,000 mile mark since leaving The Galapagos Islands and contrary to our expectation we have been on a broad reach with wind consistently blowing from a south easterly direction and a fairly big swell from the south, for the last 11 days. This means that we have been heeled over to starboard  on a lively sea for almost a week and a half. Apart from the resultant lean to port that we have all developed, there are various sensitive items of equipment, notably thermo and our refrigerator, that are struggling to keep up normal working duties under these conditions.Frankly, who can blame them? Not only are they expected to work at acute angles and on a highly mobile platform but to do so in oppressive heat. With all the hatches firmly closed – essential when waves. read more...


Juno - Pacific, guest written by Paulus
Juno - Pacific, guest written by Paulus
15/03/2015

Luna Quest - Sunday, March 15th, 2015

Noon Position: 7.53S 114.00WDaily run: 149 milesWe are half way between the Galapagos and the Marquesas. Another eleven days before we make landfall. LUNA QUEST is as steady and reliable as ever. The Hydrovane steers the boat untiringly and the wind varies between 12 knots and 23 knots. This morning I took all reefs out of the sails in 12 knots of breeze and put them back in again this afternoon when a stronger wind tends to luff the boat towards the South, whereas we wish to go more west.Julia has recovered remarkably well. Today she made some empenades (spelling uncertain) and a batch of bread from dough made with spelt flower, wheat germ, honey and sunflower seeds. We have run out of fresh meat, but we still have vac-packed meat and plenty of vegetables and fruit.Eric. read more...


15/03/2015

Free & BrEasy - Goat Racing in Tobago

Tobago is a lovely green hilly island with lots of place names that sound familiar to English ears such as Scarborough, Plymouth and Richmond. The Scots and Welsh also had fun as places were called Speyside, Cambletown, Culloden Bay, Stonehaven Bay, Glamorgan and Pembroke. Even the Irish got in with Hillsborough Bay. No wonder we felt at ease in the tropical heat!Arriving in Scarborough, the main port, we were advised by the port authority to anchor close in shore rather nearer to some fishing boats than we liked. After exchanging gesticulations and eventually a radio conversation with a neighbouring boat from Belgium, we realised that they meant, really close in shore. Ten minutes later we learnt why when an enormous ferry smartly executed a handbrake turn just where we were going to. read more...


15/03/2015

Makena - Pacific Crossing - 11 days done

All is good aboard. We’re on a peaceful but not too speedy gibe now with our patched gennacker. Dave made a white bread AND a spelt flour brown bread today. We’re going to tuck in for an early lunch and wind our clocks back to UTC-8. Not much to report! Thinking of our family and friends. . read more...


15/03/2015

Karma Wins - Blog 2 - The Secont Third

Blog 2 The Second ThirdTrue to form the seas and wind picked up at supper time so the balancing act was required.We seem to be thriving on meat that has been defrosted and re-frozen several times….touch wood.Dawn and I have called a truce and it is now wedged behind the tap.Two sausages made a break for freedom and got down the stairs to our cabin and almost made it there.Per and Barry fortunately didn’t notice!They also haven’t realised that I am using the slightly off milk in the sauces.Some of the long-life milk seems to be short-lived and is a little bit sour.It makes brilliant yogurt, just a spoonful of natural yogurt mixed in, leave it out on deck all day and it is delicious.We had a brilliant night sailing, winds around 20 knots, Karma Wins doing about 9 knots, seas a tiny bit. read more...


15/03/2015

American Spirit II - Day 432; Another Great Day of Sailing; Saturday, March 14, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 70; Kon-Tiki Lure, Joel Radio Transmission Techniques & Low Side Pole Explained; Friday, March 14, 2014. Sunrise consisted of scattered trade wind clouds. A small rain cloud drifted by and dropped a mist of rain. Came and went in 5 minutes. Not enough of a rain shower to even wet your clothes, but had to close up boat main cabin hatch and zipper the dodger window to prepare for the worst.Three flying fish on deck, forward of the dodger. Even though I could see them, I did not go forward to retrieve them until someone else on the boat was up and in the cockpit. A rule on the boat, no one goes forward, even when wearing a harness and hooked to the boat, when they are alone on deck. Why is that? Because if you're harnessed to the boat and fall overboard, if. read more...


15/03/2015

Exocet Strike - Day 10 from Galapagos to Marquesas

Another great sailing day 192 miles noon to noon. Lit will be interesting to see what happens now  since the wind has droppeda little and gone more to the east. We are now on a run, with the genoapoled out. After 11 days of sailing Juno is approx 20 milesahead of us and Garlix 16 miles behind, in fact Garlix is now on our AIS, itsquite nice to know we are in reasonable close company with other boats. Some of the other boats in our fleet are now 5 to 600 miles to oureast.   On another subject we are saddened to hear that theisland group of Vanuatu has been hit hard byTropical Cyclone Pam, it was a category 5 storm, the highest on the grading, inthe Atlantic it would be called a hurricane.  We are scheduled to call atthis island chain in July, it remains to be seen if. read more...


15/03/2015

GarliX - Die Fragen hören einfach nicht auf?.

Tour: Santa Cruz - Hiva Oa - Gesamtstrecke ca. 2980sm, aktuell noch ca. 1.150 smEs ist stockdunkel - wir haben es 3:30 in der Nacht… oder so ähnlich. Das mit der Uhrzeit an Bord ist ein ständiges Diskussionsthema. Wie viel Uhr ist es? 3:30 ist es jetzt auf Galapagos, 9:30 ist es lt. UTC und 10:30 ist es in Deutschland. Aber hier müsste es jetzt eigentlich ca. 1:30 sein. Hinter uns liegen ca. 1800sm und ca. alle 900sm ist eine Stunde Zeitverschiebung. Auf den Marquesas beträgt die Zeitverschiebung UTC -9,5h. Also alles klar? Es ist Nacht - das zumindest ist richtig - weil es dunkel ist. Bei uns in der Koje hängt immer noch die Funkuhr mit der deutschen Zeit. Damit wir auch immer wissen, wann wir nicht stören dürfen. Häufig wird an Bord auf die Frage „Wie spät ist es“ geantwortet… z.B.. read more...


14/03/2015

Makena - Pacific Crossing - 14 days done

Sorry about the irregular blog rate. Things are all going very well aboard. Dave just made us a salad+ for lunch and he’s made more lovely bread since the last time I wrote also. Oliver is the clean-up king - much appreciated. There’s been lots of rust patrol also. Sarah made her first banana (& raisin & walnut) cake and that is definitely being added to the repertoire. No more bananas now. No more lots of things. We can have no fruit or veg for our arrival in Hiva-Oa anyway so that should not be a problem.We’ve had some beautiful moons, sunsets and sunrises. We often see flying fish and the odd bird. The waves are very tame. We saved one flying fish that jumped aboard but as usual there have been many casualties among his comrades and lots of squid washing on deck to cook also!. read more...


14/03/2015

Makena - Pacific Crossing - Eventful Pi Day!

Update to the previous entry is that after our halyard repair we blew our spinacker out after less than 2 hours flying in no strong winds to speak of. :( So then we repaired (patched) the gennacker that had been for a swim and hoisted that unfurled. Sailing again now ok - just have 14 kts ESE. Eventful day! Dave made bread at some point in the middle of this and Kai graciously slept for the gennacker fiddling. Hopefully no more sail damage to come! Here’s to a peaceful rest of the Pacific crossing!. read more...


14/03/2015

Allegro - TERÇA-FEIRA 10 DE MARÇO DE 2015 A SÁBADO 14 DE MARÇO DE 2015

GeradoresO tempo tem-se passado à volta do gerador e dos seus problemas.Apesar de uma “alguma” má fama que o material Fisher Panda tem, confesso que sempre acreditei que não íamos ter problemas. O gerador é novo, tem-lhe sido feita a manutenção, enquanto em Portugal nunca falhou, etc. Por isso tudo ia correr bem, com certeza! Mas não tem corrido, não.É verdade que os primeiros problemas não tiveram a ver com o gerador propriamente dito - o buraco na panela de escape e depois os fusíveis velhos e mal (?) dimensionados.Mas agora está a ser diferente. Em menos de 15 dias já vai no 3º impeller, há agora mais uma fuga na tubagem da bomba de água salgada e por último trabalha mas não produz 220V nem para a sua própria bateria, coisa que nunca tinha acontecido.O problema é que do gerador. read more...


14/03/2015

Sweet Pearl - Kap Verden --> Azoren - 10. Tag - Und durch die Hälfte

Wir kommen super voran; die Hälfte haben wir auch schon hinter uns gelassen. Das Wetter ist super, wenn auch ein wenig kühl. Alle sind gut drauf...und mehr gibts dazu auch nicht zu sagen:).Ciao, Tom. read more...


14/03/2015

American Spirit II - Day 431; Another Great Day Sailing; Friday, March 13, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 69; Just Sailing; & Two Joel Mini Lessons; Thursday, March 13, 2014. Sunrise. 14-15 knots of wind; speed 5.5 knots. Shook reef out of main and picked up 1/2 to 1 knot of boat speed. Because boat speed down, hydro generator not charging as much as we like. Low voltage turned freezer off. Too much east in wind, so wehave to steer left of Hiva Hoa. Right after sunrise the 2 fishing lines were put in the water: a silver spoon and a yellow rebella. The rebella submerges to 15 feet or so when trolled. The silver spoon slips on the surface. Then a large flock of terns were seen concentrating on a patch of ocean, going after a school apparently. No flying fish on deck today."*****************************Relieved Heidi at 6:09 AM. Wind 14 knots and we're sailing at 4.6. read more...


14/03/2015

American Spirit II - Day 430; A Meteorite Breaks Up Inside the Southern Cross and a Great Day Sailing; Thursday, March 12, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 68; Sleigh Ride at Night; Wednesday, March 12, 2014. Great sunrise. Lost of blue sky, low wispy trade wind clouds. Wind 16-20 knots, seas 8 feet, speed 7 knots. A small .2 to .3 knot helping current. No flying fish on deck this morning. The reason is because with a 3/4 moon the fish fan see the boat and therefore they can miss it. We'll know if this hypothesis is accurate when we have no moon again."*********************************At 12:15 AM Joel sees a huge flash out of the corner of his eye. Second time he's seen this recently. At around 1:00 AM Joel sees a meteorite break up into 3 separate pieces inside of the Southern Cross constellation, over a 2-3 second period. Some stuff you can't make up. Clouds came in around 5:00 AM. I relieve Heidi at 5:55 AM. At. read more...


14/03/2015

Exody - Days 60-63 - Halfway point - Pam's not for us

Cyclone Pam is apparently the top news story today and folks at home are worried for us - but she is the best part of 5000 miles away to the west and the World ARC route and timing is of course carefully designed to avoid suchseasonal threats! When we get to Vanuatu in July (after the cyclone season), we hope to find the damage not too severe - World ARC participants past and current will be doing whatever they can to support the locals.Yesterday evening (Friday 13th) at 21.00 hours boat time (UTC minus 7 hours) we passed the halfway mark - 1500 miles down after nine days and ten hours, 1500 to go. As I write this (Saturday 14th, 14.00) its down to 1400 miles - it feels good to be counting down now to the finish - it's a vast place this Pacific Ocean!We are into a third day of mostly. read more...


14/03/2015

Luna Quest - Saturday, 14th March, 2015

Noon Position: 7.37S 111.42WDaily run: 123 milesThe daily roll call showed that LUNA QUEST had made least progress in the last 24 hours, which was not surprising as we had 3 reefs in the mainsail and several rolls in the genoa, while wind speeds never exceeded 23 knots. I have therefore taken two reefs out and unrolled the genoa, which has improved our speed to over 6 knots. Not that we are in a hurry, but there is an underlying feeling of competition and nobody wants to arrive last, so we are competing with the last three boats not to trail the other two, although by rights LUNA QUEST ought to be last, as she is the smallest in the fleet by several feet.Every morning the sun rises over the stern of LUNA QUEST, passes directly overhead and sets over the bows in a sky usually very red on. read more...


14/03/2015

Exocet Strike - Another Sunny Day

Great day sailing today, sun was out, hot in thecockpit and down below, sea temp is around 28 deg C, wind 18 to 25 knots on thebeam, bliss, all we need to improve is for the tide to be with us. After 8 days of sailing we are less than 20 milesaway from one boat Juno and less than 35 from Garlix. A Plus 2 is over100 miles away but in distance to Hiva Oa, A Plus 2 are 20 miles behind us,amazing how close some of us are. Further to the east several of the otherboats are similarly close together.  Its great to have the SSB (short waveHam like radio) net, where we have a role call twice a day. As the fleet is morespread out this is becoming more difficult, today Juno was the net controller,and ourselves, Pentagram and Aretha were all helping out by relaying info fromother. read more...


13/03/2015

Luna Quest - Friday, 13th March

Noon Position: 7.29S 109.33WDaily run: 122 milesThe boisterous seas made for uncomfortable sailing yesterday. All hatches and windows were closed making the cabin quite warm (32C). Every time a large wave attacked Luna Quest and passed under her, she rolled off the other side giving her a reverse heel. The heavy genoa then collapsed before crashing back again under pressure of the wind. Furling a few rolls in genoa helped, but not as much as making the boat point up a little, but that at the cost of adding distance to Hiva OA. In the night dark clouds were packing around us, while the moon tried to come up at about 1am. She showed a bottom half only when free from clouds. Whereas we at home can easily see by the slant of the moon whether the moon is waning or waxing, one could not. read more...


13/03/2015

Exocet Strike - two contrasting days on the way to the Marquesas

Wednesday was afunny day, full of minor squalls with not too much wind but plenty of showers.Four of us managed to get a shower in the rain, leaving only dirt Dain, bit likea comedy version of East Enders, for anyone that remembers DirtyDen! Yesterday was a lovely moonlight night followed bya sunny day all day, not too many clouds and great progress made. Yes Brian itdoes look easy, its been a bit choppy, but you would be enjoying this, hope allis well back home. We passed the halfway mark yesterday and celebratedin style with some extra chocolate bars. Stella has been wondering why we have all thechocolate still, then remembered that Kieron isn't on board, so thatswhy! By yhe end of today, our time we should be 60% ofthe way there, the time seems to be slipping away rapidly. We hear. read more...


13/03/2015

Firefly - Cyclone Pam heading to NZ

Its Friday the 13th of March and we are heading to Marsden Cove Marina near Whangerei to seek shelter from some bad weather that is forecast to arrive later on this weekend. It will be the remnants of Cyclone Pam that originated in the Solomons and is currently passing close to Vanuatu. Its likely to be upgraded to a Cat 5, the highest and most destructive level and depending on its path, will reek absolute havoc in the Southern Vanuatu Islands. The Cyclone is then predicted to pass to the east of NZ on Sunday and Monday, and although Pam will be down graded by then, as it will lose energy passing over colder water it could still potentially cause some serious gales.We are sailing from Great Barrier Island having spent 3 days there in 3 different anchorages. It was Firefly's 2nd visit to. read more...


12/03/2015

Luna Quest - Thursday, 12th March, 2015

Noon Position:7.18S 107.18WDaily run: 147 milesAnother good day’s run with some long lazy seas and a fresh breeze on the port quarter. The sun has been out in full today and the batteries have been devouring its energy through the two solar panels mounted on the gantry over the cockpit. Julia forgot to take her Ibuprofen this morning and has been up and about most of the morning attending to little tasks and holding on at all times. She is definitely on the mend with any internal bruising subsiding. We found our potato locker and the carrot cache we keep in the f’castle infested with fruit flies. For weeks I have been bashing the little things around the boat. We cleaned out the locker, cleaned the potatoes and hung them up under the gantry in the shadow of the solar panels. The carrots. read more...


12/03/2015

Sweet Pearl - Kap Verden --> Azoren - 8. Tag - Genau eine Woche auf See

Jetzt sind wir genau eine Woche auf See; nach den anfänglich etwas mühsameren Tagen, haben wir seit 3 Tagen schöne Segeltage mit blauem Himmel und Sonne und so;-). Gestern gabs Röschti vom Fritz, heute Carbonara vom Alex; ja, und was macht der Tom? Der lässt es sich gut schmecken:). Liebe Grüsse, Tom. read more...


12/03/2015

Makena - Pacific Crossing - Halfway to go!

Writing this on the morning of March 12th, just over 1400 nm from our destination. This means we have less than halfway to go! Yesterday was an eventful day on Makena to say the least. We had to fix an electrical furler, we lost one bolt from that and then later our rear nav light, we didn’t climb the mast to fix the spinnacker halyard but we hooked a 2m+ long striped marlin! To say that Luc had fun would be a massive understatement. On this crossing so far we’ve hooked 9 fish but only had one for dinner. We’ve lost 7 lures…We have this marlin on video so we’ll upload something if we ever get good internet again ;)We battled the marlin for slightly over two full hours - we have video evidence and a very funny Raymarine track - unfortunately it snapped the line right at the very end,. read more...


12/03/2015

American Spirit II - Day 429; 1 Month Until Rally is Over & We Have a Great Day Sailing; Wednesday, March 11, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 67; Fish Fly in for Lunch ; Fixing the Hydro Generator under Sail; & Halfway to Marquesas; Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Awakened abruptly today with Mike and Joel talking about the hydro generator. It had stopped working. Why? Because the line holding it down has snapped. Second time this has happened. With 10 foot seas running up behind us, attaching a new line is doable but taking safety precautions are a must before doing so. No need to fix it now. The wind turbine is turned on, then Joel is back to bed. It's the middle of his night since he got off shift at 3:00 AM. Because the wind turbine can't generate all the electricity we need under sail, I turned off the refrigerator and freezer until we either start the electric generator later or fix the hydro. read more...


11/03/2015

Aislig Bheag - Antigua to British Virgin Islands Feb t March 2015

19th February 2015 Today we were joined by Michael, a friend of John’s sister from Pennsylvania and Fred from Tennessee, both keen sailors retired from their respective jobs.  On day one of our planned two week voyage, we sailed north in Antigua to Jolly Harbor where we spent a night in the marina next to our good friends Nigel and Tracy.  Surprisingly they are still our friends despite us swapping their St Georges cross flag for our Saltire from their mast.  We later entertained them in the evening and served them dinner on our new table cloth, their St Georges Cross flag. It took them a while to notice but despite the hilarity I have a feeling they will be working on a pay back! The following day we moved further north for a final stop over in Dickenson’s Bay before the. read more...


11/03/2015

Aislig Bheag - St Lucia to Antigua Jan to Feb 15

19th January 2015For the second time of the journey, we had Aislig Bheag lifted out the water to have some work done on the rudder stock to try to resolve the leak.  The boat yard in Rodney Bay seems quite well run and ‘China Man’, a skilled boat repair worker.  However, I hate boat yards.  So does John.  I think it is partly due to time spent preparing Aslig Bheag for the trip and our experience as mosquito magnets of being eaten alive by them in boat yards.  Despite this we survived three days of living on board in the aforementioned boat yard whist the repair was carried out and John, Eilidh and I worked on hull cleaning and various other maintenance tasks below water line.  We were relieved to have the boat re-launched in late afternoon of the 21st. read more...


12/03/2015

Juno - Pacific, the southeast trades

It is the hottest part of the day in the South Pacific and the air is thick and heavy below decks. In the cockpit it is cool in the shade of the bimini, but still warm enough to prove the dough that seems to expand before my eyes, ready for the oven in time for supper.The sky is a washed out pale blue; bunches of towering white cumulus cloud gather on the southern horizon, greedily consuming the warm evaporating sea water that will transform them from harmless white cotton-wool balls into demonic black squalls.We are in the southeast trade winds; formed by cool air from the south and drawn into the low-pressure heat sink around the equator, they are deflected to the west by the force of the earth spinning on its axis.The sea is cobalt blue, a long slow swell from the southeast rolls past. read more...



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