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21/06/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - Sunshine of your Horta

Here we are on our last day in Faial, we were awake early again this morning, a good sign that we are recovered from the journey here.After a leisurely couple of cups of tea and a Saturday morning read in bed, (oh I do miss the newspaper everyday - and checking on line is just not the same....still maybe I shall treat myself to a subscription once we get somewhere with relaible internet) we went to get a bit more fuel just to be sure. This time we timed it just right and there was no delay in filling our cans. Next stop was to get the gas refilled as inspite of carrying several different containers when we changed over to the 'St. Lucia' filled one a few days ago we didn't think there would be a problem as it is a big tank, however when we had all the trouble with the regulator a bit of. read more...


21/06/2014

Ca Canny - Ca Canny - ARC Portugal - Oiesras Near Lisbon

Just 2 more legs to Lagos.The Northerly trade winds have not established so we found ourselves motor sailing or beating into a Southerly wind to get to Oiesras which is down river from Lisbon. On the trip we rounded what is apparently Europe's most Westerly point Cabo da Roca. One of the challenges we have been given is to paint a mural on the harbour wall - non of us claim to be artistic but after some general harrumphing about the task we came up with a good result based on a viking long boat sporting a Cornish Flag - Brian come from Mevagissey. The boat is from Sweden and it has a Celtic name Ca Canny meaning Go carefully. The biggest challenge was however wrestling the dwindling supplies of paint and brushes from other crews who also left the job to the last day. So we are now the. read more...


21/06/2014

Shenanigan - Falmouth

A night of precision steering in very light winds ensued because of theEngland match deadline! A glorious morning and with 35nm to go the wind pickedup within seconds from 3.9 knots to 17 and then over 20. Shenanigan respondedwell and we were back to the sort of sailing we have become accustomed to, withspeeds of 7-8 knots.  After two hours it dropped again as quickly as it hadarrived, thankfully to pick up again shortly after. We were still beating intowind but able to make a good heading.  As we rounded the Lizard winds wereconstant at 20 knots – welcome to the English Channel off the Cornish Coast!With some exhilarating tacking around anchored cargo ships, and amazingly, giventhe wind direction, the sea was flat. We are sure our keel was on full view dueto our heeling. read more...


21/06/2014

American Spirit II - Day 166; Wrong Dates in Log This Week, Back Stay Replaced, Indian Ocean Leg Open & Other Minor Repairs; Friday, June 21, 2014

Joel got an email indicating that the dates on my logs since last Monday (June 16) have all been wrong. He's right. The watch I have has a day/date function and though the day is always correct on it the date sometimes doesn't roll over. Don't know why. So I won't rely on my watch anymore for dates. I'll use my phone. But that's also the reason why I list the day with the date. The day is always right, so always go with that to start with. Up at 7:00 AM. Boy, we're getting a lot of sleep. We certainly don't get a huge amount when we're under sail. Solid overcast, windy, actually too cool to sit in the cockpit without a shirt on. Temperature about 65. Remember, its winter here. Looks like rain. The high should be around 80.Moved the boat to a dock, side tie to, so the riggers can get on. read more...


21/06/2014

Nexus - Bay of Islands, Northern Lau Group, Fiji - the coolest anchorage we've been in so far!

Vanua Balavu, Northern Lau Group, Fiji has a bay on the North side of the Atoll, called "The Bay of Islands" which is the coolest anchorage we've been in so far. We did a very long overnight sail from Albert Bay on the northwest coast of Rabi, all the way here last night. We struggled to keep the boat slow enough to arrive at daylight but for most of the trip the wind was under 7 kts which was perfect for doing a bash to windward back to the Lau Group. We motorsailed some and sailed some on and off through the night, and sailed through a strong squall that brought 23kts on the nose toward morning. Most people don't backtrack this far after clearing in on the main islands, but we were intrigued from sailing past the Exploring Island group on our way in, and it is well worth the trip! We. read more...


20/06/2014

Celebrate - Two Super Scuba Dives near Musket Cove, Fiji!

Conveniently picking me up at CELEBRATE for the two morning dives plus adding a couple from Norway staying at a different resort, Subsurface Fiji located at Musket Cove Marina did a great job of making the dive trip enjoyable.Out by Mana Island we did a drift dive along a reef wall at the "Marketplace" dive site where we saw black tipped sharks and eagle rays.For our second dive at the "Barrel Head" site, there were spectacular colors of coral and many interesting reef fish I hadn't seen before.Also, the weather really cooperated with calm and super visibility for both dives.Another great adventure!Charlie. read more...


Orion - Orion
Orion - Orion
Orion - Porto
Orion - Porto
Orion - Figeuira da Foz at sunset
Orion - Figeuira da Foz at sunset
20/06/2014

Orion - Bayona to Oeiras

How things have changed! The Bay now a distant memory. Portugal is displaying all her finery and we are loving the gentle breezes, gorgeous weather and enchanting towns. Santiago was a joy! Porto fun on the tuk-tuk tour and great port wine. Peniche a nice break and now, Oeiras! Greg is really looking forward to the sardine BBQ tonight! (Well, some of us are!) Sadly, the days are now numbered and the wind-down beginning. The group meals, great company, interesting stories to listen to, banter and friendship. All that we were hoping for on this rally! And it didn’t disappoint! It is hard to name a favourite place. I have purchased a unique momento…a book of Portuguese folk guitar tunes, something that with lots of practice, will help me remember this lovely country and accommodating. read more...


20/06/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - Whale meet again.........

Leviathans, denizens of the deep  - yes we'vefinally seen a few. Today we decided to go Whale Watching as there was no windforeast and we had wanted to take a trip for some time - in all the time we havebeen sailing we have only seen two, and that was near Bermuda. The folks outhere have a series of watchers who let them know if there are whales anddolphins about so if there are none, you don't waste a trip. However conditionswere very misty and the sea calm and while some whales had been seen we weretold the decision had to be ours - so we went with about 7 others.   At first it wasn't very promising as just outsidethe harbour the whale watching catamaran caught a blue fishing line around oneof his props! It must be us. So we returned to Horta where the rope was dulyremoved by. read more...


20/06/2014

Zoonie - By way of a PS

38:40.6N09:18.76W. We have a very conscientious satphone who sends messageseven when they are awaiting completion in the outbox before we pressSend/Receive.  Yesterday, on our way from Peniche to Oreiras the sail started in the samepattern of the last few days, light headwinds forcing us to motorsail or lag farbehind the fleet. It is part of the mentality to stay with the fleet, keep up,which can make you sail completely differently and use the motor much more. Eventhe decision to sail on days when there is little wind and sight see when thewinds direction is good for sailing is dictated by the itinerary, and that isfine because the original decision to join the rally was ours and we would nothave missed any of the meetings and experiences for anything.   Yesterday had some. read more...


20/06/2014

Firefly - Clearing into Savusavu, Fiji

Firefly arrived at Savusavu at 0300 on Thursday 19th June - approaching at night was relatively easy as there were no major hazards and we had some moonlight to light the way in. The passage from Tonga took just over 2.5 days and of this the last 10 hours were motoring as the wind faded away as forecast. We are therefore pleased we left Tonga when we did, despite the windy start to the trip as we did sail most of the way.Customs, Immigration and Biosecurity were all conducted very efficiently - Firefly being closed up for 20 minutes after being sprayed with 'aircraft' insecticide to avoid any mosquitos successfully hitching a ride from Tonga. Co ordination of all this was skillfully arranged by the Copra Shed Marina, and once cleared we moored stern to in their small marina.Savusavu is. read more...


20/06/2014

American Spirit II - Day 165; A Slow Day in Denarau & a Medical Update; Thursday, June 18, 2014

Slept in today. Up at 8:00 AM. No pressing appointments coming to boat early AM. Called rigger, Bruce, to confirm he's coming today to install new starboard back stay. Said he'd be here around noon.Breakfast at 9:15 AM.Scrambled eggs, chilled peach halves and bread. Took pictures of leg wound to send to doctor in US. Had trouble sending to cell phone and then even via the internet. Surprised because our internet has been outstanding here so far. As Joel might say, 'must be an apple thing.' Called the rigger back around noon to nail down exact time he was coming to the boat and he said he wasn't coming today; that he'd 'try' to get to me tomorrow when he comes back to the marina to work on another boat at 9:00 AM. Great. He said he had the new back stay made and would try to get it. read more...


Andromeda of Plymouth - A Picture Paints a Thousand Words......3
Andromeda of Plymouth - A Picture Paints a Thousand Words......3
Andromeda of Plymouth - A Picture Paints a Thousand Words......
Andromeda of Plymouth - A Picture Paints a Thousand Words......
19/06/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - A Picture Paints a Thousand Words......

Still in HortaWe were going to leave today but yesterday we got bogged down in some housekeeping jobs and then looked at the forecast again and we would be motoring most of the way to Ponta Delgarda so are going to enjoy this lovely island of Faial for a few more days.Goody, there are still more wall paintings to check out to see if we know the artists and the town to visit again when we are more awake.We have reverted back to our usual early morning wake ups, the trouble is that the daylight hours are so long we are ready for bed before the sun is.Today we had the confusion of waking at one time only to discover that that particular clock was an hour out and it was an hour earlier than we thought so in the end I googled ' what time is it in Faial' for a definitive answer, mainly because. read more...


19/06/2014

Zoonie - Porto to Figuera da Foz then Peniche

We are now in position 39:12.08N09:26.81W on route to Oreiras but let’scatch up.   Back in Porto we awoke to the second day of thick fog and that day itmattered because we needed to set off once more to keep up with the schedule.Andrew postponed  the start for two hours, but no sooner had he done sothan we could see the harbour entrance. So within a few minutes we were allready for the off. As Porto dumps raw sewage into the River we were aware of theneed to disinfect our hands after stowing the lines. Well, I was busy castingoff when I smelt this awful stench and saw brown liquid pouring from the blackwater tank. Oops it wasn’t just Portuguese poo we were dealing with. The gaugeon the tank doesn’t work so we didn’t know how full it was, now we did!   The day was spent. read more...


19/06/2014

American Spirit II - Day 164; BIG Repair Day in Fiji; Wednesday, June 17, 2014

Up at 7:20 AM. Breakfast of scrambled eggs, chilled fruit cocktail and bread. Same thing every morning. Probably sounds boring having the same stuff, but having cereal, for instance, isn't as nutritious and finding real milk is almost impossible. I'm not ready to drink milk out of a can or powdered milk. We moved our boat temporarily to the dock with shore power. We don't have any power hook ups on a mooring ball. George, the electrician, and his Indian helper showed up when they said they would, around 10:00 AM. They were here to fix our non-American charging problem. What exactly does that mean? Well, in the US we're 110 volts and we have a grounded neutral wire and the rest of the world has 220 volts, both hot and between two leads, with no grounded circuit like we do. They have a. read more...


18/06/2014

American Spirit II - Day 163; Fiji History & Small Repair Day; Tuesday, June 16, 2014

A little bit about Fiji's history. Fiji consists of 332 islands along the International Date Line, where going West you lose a day and going East you gain a day. 180 degrees Longitude. 18 degrees South, or about as far from the equator as Jamaica is in the northern hemisphere. Inhabited for 4,000 years, its early name was called the Cannibal Islands. Guess who's coming to dinner? Discovered in 1643 by Dutchman Abel Tasman, but ceded to the British in 1874. Independent in 1970, but not a 'democratic' paradise, with 3 military coups since then whenever an Indian wins a national election. The population is about 55% native Fijian and 45% Indian, who were brought to Fiji as indentured servants by the British during the colonial years. The islands are volcanic with a lot of rain forests on. read more...


19/06/2014

Persistent Lady - Wednesday, June 18th 2014

“Can you bring it more to starboard?”“Yeah, Jake, I’ll get you over there, just be careful with the gaff.That sucker is huge!I am not sure you can bring it on board by yourself.”“Yeah I can bring it on board if I can just get it hooked.Oh No!Lost it, quick circle back around while I still have a chance!!!”“Ok, I will bring the boat starboard side to and I can block the wind that way.Let me know when I am close enough and I will go to neutral and just coast up to it.”“OK. You are pretty close, just slow down and I am pretty sure I can land it.There!Got it, now just a quick pull and Viola!!”“Man, that is huge; I never saw a fishing float that big before, must be four feet tall, probably washed overboard from a fishing boat in a storm.But what in the world will we do with it? It’s hard. read more...


18/06/2014

Shenanigan - Fed Up!

Very slow progress. As you may have seen on the Fleet Tracker we are havingto make a very zig zaggy course - we are not mucking about, it is because of thewind direction.  All the books say that we should be swept into the EnglishChannel on good westerly winds. We are bobbing off the Isles of Scilly in a weaknorth easterly wind; a direction we have had for some days. We are having to'bob' because we have used all our fuel! One very unhappy boy on board who hasalready missed England's first World Cup match and the next game is 24 hoursaway - and at this rate we are a lot further away from a TV or, worst way, radioreception.Although the ARC Europe rally has officially ended, we are gratefulto still be receiving weather forecasts from the World Cruising Club and to haveour Yellow Brick. read more...


18/06/2014

Celebrate - Musket Cove First Day Adventures & Final Night Dinner with American Spirit & Drinks with Flomaida in Port Denarau...

We enjoyed our last night in Port Denarau at dinner with Brian & Joel of American Spirit and Christoph & Dagmar of Flomaida joining us for drinks.Also, Happy Father's Day to all who are celebrating it!In the morning it was an easy two-hour sailing trip over to Musket Cove with sunny weather and a very attractive anchorage/mooring area in the Cove.This is a swim-off-the-back of your boat for a short distance to get to the reef for snorkeling place, our favorite!What a pleasant tropical island resort with a beautiful beach and lush landscaping!Check in at the marina was friendly and we are now members of MCYC with an interesting burgee.We did learn that our boat was too heavy for the mooring buoy, so we moved just outside the mooring field to anchor.No problem, there is plenty of. read more...


18/06/2014

Remedy of Mylor - Half way down!

We're rafted up three abreast in Peniche, which is about the half way point of the Baiona to Lagos section of the rally.How to condense the last week into one log entry?It's been chock full of experiences, with some wonderful sailing and busy days in port.The first two legs, the first from Baiona to Povoa de Varzim, and the short hop from there to Porto, gave us some scintillating downwind sailing - and we finally got to fly our cruising chute (red and yellow!).Porto itself was a highlight, such a vibrant and atmospheric place, all of the crews packed into six tuk tuks weaving through the busy streets.We were also treated to a tasting session at the Churchill's port lodge before having a wander by ourselves around the city.At a cafe by the river, we watched as young lads, after much. read more...


18/06/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - Lay lady lay, across the still calm bay..........

.....and its pretty calm on the inside of thereception dock.............though it can be a bit bouncy on the outside it seemsat times........ah well, sometimes things work out for us.   So we bid a fond farewell to Jan and Annaliese fromAnna Sophia last night and they set off for Teceira early this morning aftersome two weeks here in Horta - they loved the place. We are beginning to getourselves organised for the next leg - whether Teciera or Ponta Delgada we willdecide in due course. We have taken on a little more fuel and got someprovisions in - we wanted to see whether we could squeeze in a whale watchingtour - nothing this morning, so may be tomorrow. Otherwise it will be when getto the next island.   We are almost ready physically and mentally for theAzores islands - we. read more...


17/06/2014

Firefly - Approaching Fiji

Firefly is sailing down the Nanuku Passage towards Fiji at first light on Wednesday 18th June. Having gybed onto port we are still running goosewinged in 15 knots of wind after a much more comfortable second night at sea - our ETA is about 0300 on Thursday morning. Our port of entry will be Savusavu on Vanua Levu and we are reading up and preparing the entry requirements. This is a free cruising period of the World ARC so the checking into Fiji is down to us for a change.To make things more complicated, Vava'u, Tonga currently has an outbreak of Dengue fever called Chikalunga - fortunately neither ourselves or anyone else we know has contracted anything while we were in Tonga - although it does mean there are some defumigation procedures to go through when we arrive in Fiji. World ARC. read more...


18/06/2014

Persistent Lady - Tuesday, June 17 2014

Just finished cleaning up the galley.Sherrin made an apple coffee cake during her morning watch and today is my day for KP duty. So far she is doing a great job of ‘using every pot in the kitchen’ as Poppa used to accuse Kris of, back in the day.Just kidding dear, only making a little joke, no harm intended, just trying to provide a little levity for the reading audience (I know she can do more damage than that if she is provoked!).There may be no better way to start your day than a cup of coffee, a little coffee cake, and the sea breeze blowing through the cockpit. Well, two out of three is not bad.No sea breeze, just the sound of the diesel engine pushing us along at 6 knots toward our destination.Chris Parker really nailed it when he cautioned us to reserve enough fuel to motor the. read more...


17/06/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - Thank you for the Music - Songs to sing, hum, play the spoons to, bang those pots and wave some flags to

Isn't it nice to be able to open those hatches and let the sunshine in and a nice breeze waft through all the cabins to dry out those far away corners its hard to get to. Yesterday Susan hauled the washing to the laundry and then went and fetched it back and just sat enjoying being surround ed by lovely clean fresh washing - its the small luxuries in life that are so worth it.She was going to join the huge queue for the machines on the marina but thought better of it and thereby had time for a few other little jobs of course.Today after a much earlier night (like about 4 hours) to bed the Peeps were up and at it almost as bright and breezy as normal. Andrew is still finding out what he can't do with out a very painful yelp but did this morning finish our painting on the dock and very. read more...


17/06/2014

American Spirit II - Day 162; First Day of Repair Off to Good Start, and Dinner with Celebrate; Monday, June 15, 2014

Woke up at 4:00 AM. Probably due to having taken a nap late morning to early afternoon today. Before getting out of bed at 7:00 AM I noticed that I had a text message from daughter number 2 - Elizabeth from Tampa, Florida; wishing me a happy Father's Day. Thank you Elizabeth. Her text also stated that her daughter, Kayden, (my grand daughter) and her went to the University of Gainesville for some sort of gymnastics training. Looks like Kayden is taking after her mother, who was an excellent gymnast with national potential when she was young. Angela, daughter number 1; and Kayden also texted me Happy Father Day messages. Thank you Angie and Miss Kayden.Had breakfast of eggs, chilled pear halves and bread.Joel and I met with Yacht Help people at 8:00 AM. Yacht Help is a company that. read more...


17/06/2014

Firefly - Two weeks in Tonga

Firefly's stay in Tonga ended when we checked out of Neiafu, Vava'u on Monday 16th June. We had planned to visit the Haapai Group of islands to the South but the weather forecast never looked right within our timescales so we decided to leave earlier for Fiji and spend more time there exploring the eastern side of the archipelago. During our time in Tonga we found another anchorage, in the lee of Nemoto Island on the eastern fringe of reefs that we rated as highly as the Blue Lagoon. Very remote, crystal clear aquamarine blue water, a fantastic beach and some more eccentric ex pats. The first we didn't meet - but having taken a winding path through the forest to the windward side of the island we found the empty camp of a german who comes and spends years at a time on Nemoto. As well as. read more...


17/06/2014

Persistent Lady - Monday june 16, 2014

Monday June 16, 2014 The sun finally came out about 2:00, still cloudy but can feel the warmth on your skin.Very nice, and the solar panels will be charging.Light wind, under 10 knots, the grib file says to expect about 6 knots but based on observation, I would guess closer to 8, but variable in strength.We are making between 4 and 5.5 knots over the ground based on the GPS, but cannot sail the rhumb line so we are sailing a course about 30 degrees North of the line and are currently located about 10 miles North of it and 350 miles from Gibraltar.Because we are sailing higher than desired we will take longer to get there, but what else do we have to do?Not like we are missing out on the big sale at the mall or anything.When we start motoring we will just point our nose at Gibraltar and. read more...


16/06/2014

Celebrate - Idyllic Yasawa Islands All-Day Explorer Fast Catamaran Ferry Tour Starting in the Mamanuca Islands

Stunning scenery starting with some of the Mamanuca Islands from South Sea Island to Volmo showing steep volcanic cliffs, then we cruised by the remote Yasawa Islands with beautiful white sand beaches and crystal clear lagoons including the famous, "Blue Lagoon".There were cruising sailboats anchored in some of the bays and it was a great opportunity to see where the really good spots to anchor are.It was a long day with check-in at 7:45am at the Port Denarau Marina and returning at 6:30pm, but well worth it for us!Next, Musket Cove...Cathy. read more...


16/06/2014

Ca Canny - Yacht Ca Canny ARC Portugal - Crew Change and loss of our creative blogger

It's is now Monday the 16th of June I think! Steve Chalker has long since left and his stories of Ca Canny's crew will be missed. Farewell, Ohura, Scottie, Bones and Sulu. We have a new crew or nearly - Ian Pringle and BrianHunkin joined in Porto before we sailed to Figueira Da Foz where Tony Frazer joins the crew today.Crew changes are not easy for the crew or the skipper - the team has learnt to work together and bond with the boat and it becomes a bit like a surrogate mother - particularly when the wind is blowing and the waves get bigger. We have all become close to the boat - forged by various experiences: getting a rope wrapped around our prop in Ushant, the loss of the liferaft blown from its cradle in heavy weather ( never needed it anyway), the strong wind warning that turned. read more...


16/06/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - I can see paradise by the nav station light.............

  ............and whilst we may wish all sorts ofthings its actually a couple of bottles of wine from ARC Europe and courtesy ofthe Horta Marina - thanks folks, its most welcome and we are looking forward toimmersing ourselves in your largesse!   So in the spirit of recovery we hiked up the hillto the supermarket yesterday - and very nice it was too - to get a few bits apieces before heading off to Peters Bar to spend our hard earned free drinksvouchers and to use the internet - the marina wifi is non-existent at themoment. Then, its a tough life you know, it was off to Aditi for anevening of conversation and wine along with folks from Low Profile andBeagel - thanks to Paul, Claire and Sophie for hosting a greatevening.   We also caught up with Jan and AnnaLiese who,. read more...


16/06/2014

American Spirit II - Day 161; Rough Ride to Port Denarau Continues & Port Denarau Marina Area is Lovely; Sunday, June 15, 2014

Joel went on watch at 1:00 AM. Since we knew that we'd be making our most trying passage around 4:00 AM, I knew that I wasn't going to get more than 3 hours sleep. During Joel's watch, the wind increased to 27 knots and the waves to 11 feet. Joel woke me at 4:00 AM as we were getting ready to enter Navula Passage. If the wind and current in this passage were contrary, we could be in for a rough ride. But they weren't. Not only did the land knock down the waves, we were riding a 2 knot current with us thru the passage. And the pass had 2 red range lights and a green and red flashing buoy on each side of the pass, so getting in was easy. Different that the US, where when entering a port its 'red, right returning;' outside the US the green buoys are always on the right when entering, not. read more...


15/06/2014

Free & BrEasy - Passage to Fiji

We have arrived on the west coast of Fiji but due to new quarantine regulations we cannot berth at Vuda Marina near Lautoka until we have been fumigated! The 500 mile passage from Tonga was uneventful apart from the constant motoring which gave us all headaches. We went up the mast in Tonga to attach a new type of rope that's reported to be stronger than steel (Dynema), as added security for our damaged shroud, but decided against hoisting the sails, just in case! It worked because here we are in one piece. Hopefully next week we will be able to get both shrouds replaced and be back to sailing fit.Our last job in Neiafu, Tonga was a visit to the vegetable and fruit market. We were greeted with the sight of huge water melons and casavas too big to carry so we concentrated on buying little. read more...


15/06/2014

Celebrate - Delightful All-Day Car Tour of Native Villages & Major Towns while Circling the Main Island of Viti Levu, Fiji

Stellar driving tour of the main island of Fiji, Viti Levu.With many native villages and religious temples along the way, we went from the west coast north to Lautoka through the sugar cane fields and mills, then down the rainforest east coast to the south through the national capital of Suva (a very modern busy city) and back up the west coast through to the airport at Nadi and returning to Port Denarau.Our terrific driver, Kamal, from Rosie's Holiday Tours picked us up at 8am and the tour lasted until 6:30pm.Also, we had a great lunch in Suva, drove past the beautiful Ambassadors homes, Colonial style government buildings and saw the Royal Yacht Club.What a wonderful tour!Cathy  . read more...


15/06/2014

Persistent Lady - Sunday June 15, 2014

Well, it’s overcast again today.Pretty much ever since we installed the solar panels that Kris and D sent us the sun has been hiding.The one day we had full sun, we went 17 hours between charges, which is almost double our average, so we know they work well, just need the sun. Kris andD did a great job of picking out all the small incidental things we needed to install the panels, we literally just opened the box and took out the things we needed, everything was there.THANKS, Kris and D!!!It is a brisk day in shorts and tee shirt; yesterday I was in long johns, sweatshirt and jacket for my 10:00 PM to 3:00 AM watch, but I was not feeling well, alternately freezing and then too warm and a headache.No interest in eating, did not even try the lemon pie.This morning, I feel much better and. read more...


15/06/2014

Shenanigan - Whales and Stowaways

We are now a week into our journey back to Blighty from the Azores. The first few days we enjoyed fabulous sailing before the wind died and the sunvanished. We motored and we motored in search of wind, eventually managing tosail again in a millpond sea.  The still sea meant that we were easily ableto spot lots of whales which appeared all around us. An enormous whale (finwhale we think)surfaced a bit too close for comfort when it came alongside; afabulous sight, but as advised we turned the engine on to deter it especially asit was bigger than the boat! Nothing much else to report until a racing pigeondecided to hitch a lift last night for the night. Christopher spoke to him (?)and tried to feed him.  Brian was flapping his arms and making strangepigeon noises to try and. read more...


Shenanigan - Whales and Stowaways
Shenanigan - Whales and Stowaways
15/06/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - Boat from another planet

Noon position: Well we think we are in Hortastill....   First of all A Happy Father's Day to the Dad's outthere, we hope you have a great day.   After a second night's sleep we are still feeling abit 'spaced' and new aches seem to be appearing, plus the odd bruise we didn'tremember getting but on the whole we have nearly got our land legs back, thoughthey seem to feel heavier at the moment.   We didn't do nearly as much as we thought we wouldyesterday but did wander along to the town to stretch our legs and buy some allimportant paint.  Good to see that the local shop sells small cans of thestuff especially as we had to get two colours to mix....we shall leave it to youto decide which two colours they were. We then had to go back for a littlesiesta before meeting up. read more...


15/06/2014

Aislig Bheag - Still leaving!

Due to multiple teething problems following launch on Friday, we are still at Rhu Marina sorting them out. All New plumbing and electrics making for many challenges. Maybe we shall get away today. Alison. read more...


15/06/2014

Flomaida II - 9.-14.6. Parkplatz Musket Cove

Es gibt sicher schlechtere Park/Warteplätze!Nachdem Christoph den Genuafurler zum zigstenmal repariert hatte (kann er schon im Schlaf und auf dem Kopf mittlerweile!!), die kaputte Lichtmaschine wieder eingebaut war, der Rigger das neue Unterwant eingezogen hatte und dabei die elektrische Winch kaputt gemacht hatte, wollten wir endlich los, um die Tage des Wartens auf Ersatzteile in Musket Cove zu verbringen. Doch da kam der Rigger mit der Polizei und wollte unser Schiff andie Kette legen lassen, bis wir seine KOMPLETTE Rechnung bezahlt ist. Wir wollten ihn bezahlen minus der Ersatzteile für die zerstörte Winch. Seine Version auch der Polizei gegenüber: Wir seien dabei gewesen, als ergearbeitet hatte (was nicht stimmte), und wir hätten mit dem Hammer auf die Winch gehauen!Wir könnten. read more...


14/06/2014

Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze

Fishing has been pretty good on our crossing with ARC-Europe. We have put in the line the water only a few times on each crossing and lucky were enough to fill our table with delicious meal provided by the sea. Just on this last crossing to Lagos, we fished only monday and tuesday and then stop since our freezer (please read stomach!) was full! We had Mahi Mahi, Wahoo and tons of Tuna?It was taking us an average of two hours per fish from the time of the byte, cleaning and preparing the fish and finally CLEAN and SCRUB the cockpit!...but it was all worth it.Below you will find a picture sample of what we have caught (and eaten!) on the high seas. We will also give you an idea of the kind of meals we had crossing to Europe...We also caught 2 birds...yes yes birds!!!...but we will refrain. read more...


14/06/2014

American Spirit II - Day 160; Tonga Customs Issue Resolved and a Rough Ride to Port Denarau; Saturday, June 14, 2014

Up at 6:20 AM. Breakfast me only. Eggs and bread. At 7:20 AM Joel drove me in the dingy to the yacht club, where I went to get a cab to go to the Customs office in downtown Suva. Getting a cab was difficult because every taxi cab that passed by out front was occupied already. I finally got one. Traffic was really heavy, like rush hour on a weekday, because today was market day and everyone was going downtown to buy fruits and vegetables. The market was right adjacent to where I was going, which didn't help in my getting there any faster. I got to the Customs office before 8:00 AM, and no one was there. 9:00 AM,no one there. 9:30 AM,no one there. Finally, a lower level employee arrived and let me into the office around 10:00 AM. No matter. I had already talked to Lisa from the Tropicana. read more...


Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing aboard Morning Haze

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