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11/10/2014

Celebrate - Alternative story from Adela

I received the following story from Peter on Adela in response to the "Use many World ARC Boat Names in a Story" contest.I'll let Peter explain how it is different:Hi Charlie,The following story is a variation on your original idea.It was written by Jan as a challenge to see whether people can spot words that sound like the boat names, no actual boat names are included.Some words may have to be spoken with a slight accent (German, Italian, whatever) but I have proofed it and managed to find most of the boat names.Jan has now inserted the boat names in brackets for you only to see, to help modify your story pronunciation accordingly...Kind regards,Peter.Do you know Ingo? He lived a long long time ago. So, maybe Peter knows him. That was in the times, when the world got cold. There was. read more...


11/10/2014

Celebrate - Pizza and Karaoke fun

As we approach Mauritius its time to clear out the fridge,freezer and half empty jars. What better way than for Peter to cook up his terrific pizzas for lunch. The pizzas involve Pitta bread bases (or Pitta's Pizza) and a lot of hope that in this rolling sea they stay under the grill long enough to cook the topping without jumping across the saloon. Fortunately they arrived in the cockpit in one piece, right side up and were yummy!Over the last few nights we have seen a procession of freighters heading North East from the Cape mostly bound for China and Singapore. One evening we were entertained on the VHF by the various ship's radio officers singing Mandarin songs to each other. Strangely the chapter on karaoke communications is missing from our radio manual. Nuno on NDS Darwin mistook. read more...


Flomaida II - Ein Mausoleum für die letzte Herrscherin Hortense, Tochter des letzten Häuptlings und dann Königin bis Ende des 19. Jahrhunderts
Flomaida II - Ein Mausoleum für die letzte Herrscherin Hortense, Tochter des letzten Häuptlings und dann Königin bis Ende des 19. Jahrhunderts
Flomaida II - Der einzige Markt auf Ile des Pins in Vao um 7:30 Uhr leergefegt!
Flomaida II - Der einzige Markt auf Ile des Pins in Vao um 7:30 Uhr leergefegt!
Flomaida II - Ausruhen nach dem Marktverkauf, der um 5 Uhr anfängt
Flomaida II - Ausruhen nach dem Marktverkauf, der um 5 Uhr anfängt
Flomaida II - Der Tunfisch, der kein Tunfisch war! Filets und Sud satt- nun brauchen wir erstmal nicht mehr angeln
Flomaida II - Der Tunfisch, der kein Tunfisch war! Filets und Sud satt- nun brauchen wir erstmal nicht mehr angeln
Flomaida II - Liebevoll geschmücktes Strandbistrot
Flomaida II - Liebevoll geschmücktes Strandbistrot
Flomaida II - "Unsere" Bucht Kanumera auf Ile des Pins
Flomaida II -
Flomaida II - Ausruhen nach dem Marktverkauf, der um 5 Uhr anfängt
Flomaida II - Ausruhen nach dem Marktverkauf, der um 5 Uhr anfängt
11/10/2014

Celebrate - Colorful Genniker Sail Rises Again and We Pass Rodiquez Island

Only 250 miles to the way point just off of Maurituis.We are expecting to arrive on Sunday, after a 14 day passage.Peter repaired the Gennaker sail and it filled beautifully all day.A spectacular day of sailing with bright sunshine and plenty of wind!Also, we have told American Spirit II since their forestay incident that when they arrive in Mauritius we will meet them with comfort food and beverages.It will have been an especially long trip for them and some of the other boats that stayed near to them to help.We are all looking forward to seeing Paul and Joel of rally control and having the fleet reunited in Mauritius with boats dressed overall.Peter spent his honeymoon here and will be enjoying the memories! Charlie, Cathy & Peter. read more...


10/10/2014

American Spirit II - Day 277; Crisis in the Indian Ocean - Day 5 of 11; Thursday, October 9, 2014

Five days down with our mast still up but 6 more days to go until we get to Mauritius and safety.Relieved Jeremy at 7:00 AM. The wind is 20-25, and were moving at the 'breathtaking' speed of 4.3 knots thru the water and 5.7 over the land. In case anyone is wondering, going slow, on purpose, is very trying and tiring. Especially when you're going over 1,400 nautical miles. Like driving from Miami, Florida to Iowa in first and second gear. The first thing I see as I climb up the stairs to the cockpit besides the low, overcast gray clouds is Merlyn of Poole 1/2 mile behind us. What a beautiful sight!During the night in my aft cabin I hear a new noise, a groaning type noise. Something associated with our auto pilot or steering. Never a dull moment. I find out later, after Joel does some. read more...


10/10/2014

Sweet Pearl - Cocos Islands -->Mauritius - 12.Tag - Und weiter gehts

Es läuft gut und wir spüren Mauritius näher kommen. Der Wind ist gut, die Wellen ok - wenn auch hoch - die Sonne ist da, und wir lassen es uns gut gehen. Gerade wieder einen Film geschaut und jetzt geht alles wieder seinen Lauf. Ansonsten gibts nichts Besonderes. Cheers, Tom. read more...


10/10/2014

Nexus - Slowing down...

Well, as predicted, the weather turned last night and took the wind out of our sails...literally. We're now chugging along downwind at 5-7kts, which if it persists, will delay our arrival until tomorrow evening...bummer. However on the bright side, the fishing has been really good at this speed, and nobody is able to rest very long before a reel starts singing my favorite tune! We just had one take a huge amount of line off a reel, then snap our 80lb test line and escape with my lure, leader and swivels. Since it hit twice, we are imagining it was a marlin as that is their pattern of attack, but we don't really know as all we saw was the smoking reel! They're back in the water with fresh lures now...here fishy fishy!Russ, Laurie, Jeannie and Finnbar on NEXUS at 17:00 10/10/2014 at 19. read more...


09/10/2014

Flomaida II - 1.- 5.10.paradiesische Buchten um Ile des Pins.

Nun haben wir uns doch in eine mit Riffen übersäte Bucht "gearbeitet", jaes ist wirklich mit Konzentration und Anspannung verbunden, denn wir müssenein gutes Auge entwickeln, da das Schiff nicht wie ein Auto anhält, sondern"Auslauf" braucht. Es gleitet langsam über einen farbenprächtigenKorallenteppich, da können wir bis zu den kleinsten Verästlungen der flachwachsenden Korallen hinab schauen. Die Korallenköpfe dürfen allerdings nicht zunah sein. Und vor Allem dürfen wir sie nicht verwechseln mit den dunklenFlecken, die von den Wolken produziert werden!Diese Bucht ist wirklich eine Traumkulisse und unsere Mühe wert. Ganzversteckt im letzten Eckchen befindet sich das einzige Luxusresort derInsel, das Meridien (www.lemeridieniledespins), sehr sensibel eingebettet.Nach einem herrlichen. read more...


09/10/2014

American Spirit II - Day 276;Crisis in the Indian Ocean - Day 4 of 11; Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Four days down with our mast still up but 7 more days to go until we get to Mauritius and safety.Up at 7:00 AM. Relieved Jeremy. Blue sky above us, but we're surrounded by squally clouds. Like we're in the middle of a hurricane or cyclone, as they say down here. I see Merlyn 5 or so miles on the port bow. Their white sail is like a beacon of hope. A sight for tired eyes. I turn left 7 degrees and pick up some speed. The wind is 20/22; and we're doing 5.5 thru the water and 6.0 over the land and up to 6.7 knots in the gusts. The seas are a little better now. Before sunrise we were violently rocking with the onset of a new wind direction (SE) and the confused seas which always seem to develop when you get a new wind direction in the Indian Ocean. At 8:33 AM a big slapper wave hit the port. read more...


09/10/2014

Celebrate - Today's 3-Word Radio Challenge Update

For the "Boat-Status-in-3-Words" game, I have also received from Sweet Pearl and Adela some clarification:From SWEET PEARLChuchichästli (kitchen cupboard, Swiss German)Echkatzeschwof (squirrel tail, German dialect)eddi (goodbye, Luxemburgish)From ADELAJan...........Do it tomorrowPeter....... Sea swell sucksEdward... Add more butterIrina........ Skolka mozhnia spat(Russian) [roughly meaning "always sleeping" which is what sailors do when not on watch.]Today's evening radio call-in challenge was to give the boat's status report in just three words.A great job for all participants!!Here are the responses I received:Adela:[Unprintable in Russian]American Spirit: Nicely Making WayCelebrate: Sailing to MargaritavilleCHIKA-lu: Sun Waves FunCivetta: Sixteen Foot WavesFree&BrEasy: In Your. read more...


09/10/2014

Nexus - A beautiful day for surfing!

We are surfing along on large following rollers on a beautiful day with good winds, the kind of day you dream of sailing in when it finishes raining! We're making good progress with 325miles to go, and as of this morning the nearest boat was Chika Lu, who has matched our speed over the last 24 hours, is astern by 84miles. It looks like we will make Port Louis in the early morning hours on Saturday the 11th, but the winds are expected to ease somewhat so that could change. Our friends on American Spirit are still making progress with their jury rig at 5kts supported by Merlyn and Follie A Deux. I had a tear in my eye when I read the crew of Merlyn tossed a line and sea bag over to American Spirit containing tools and homemade fudge! Its people like this that make us love the World ARC. read more...


08/10/2014

American Spirit II - Day 275; Crisis in the Indian Ocean - Day 3 id 11; Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Three days down with our mast still up but 8 more days to go until we get to Mauritius and safety.I go on watch an hour later today as I was up until 1:52 AM last night. I get up at 7:00 AM and relieve Jeremy. I see Merlyn on our port bow and on our AIS. They're 4.7 miles away. We have one reef in the mainsail and since the wind is only 12/13 knots I shake out the reef and go with a full mainsail. That picks our speed up to 4.6 knots. Hopefully the wind will pick up to 15-20 knots (and not 20-25); and we'll be able to get our speed over 5 knots, to between 5.5 and 6.0 knots. We still have our storm sail flying just inside of the jib halyard. Its tacked to the port bow cleat, hoisted on our whisker pole topping lift line about 5 feet off the deck, and sheeted to the aft, starboard winch.. read more...


08/10/2014

Sweet Pearl - Cocos Islands -->Mauritius - 10.Tag - Weniger als die Hälfte übrig

Die Zeit geht schnell um, für die meisten an Bord wenigstens. Gestern waren wir in der Hälfte und heute werden wir die 1000-Seemeilen Grenze überschreiten. Das Bergfest haben wir gebührend gefeiert und Rasmus bekam auch seinen Teil. Alle sind munter und gesund mitten im indischen Ozean:-). Cheers, Tom. read more...


08/10/2014

Nexus - Ships and Squalls

We've seen an increase in shipping traffic as we come closer to Mauritius and Africa, probably many have decided to do the Cape rather than the Gulf due to piracy. Earlier we found them crossing our path but more recently they're coming head on which makes us more alert as they close on us quickly. There is a gale building hundreds of miles south of us and behind us, and thanks to that, our beautiful sunny morning has given way to the sporadic rain squalls and clouds it's throwing up our way. It's still nice sailing though with good winds and good progress, and it gives us something to do underway! We're 530 miles out now with about 2-3 days to go on our passage, so far so good!Russ and Laurie on NEXUS 15:00 10/8/2014 at 18 06.9'S;66 56.7'E. read more...


07/10/2014

American Spirit II - Day 274; Crisis in the Indian Ocean - Day 2 of 11; Monday, October 6, 2014

Two days down with our mast still up but 9 more days to go until we get to Mauritius and safety. I relieved Jeremy early at 5:40 AM. I can see Merlyn of Poole astern of us and closing. At times like these company is appreciated. We will try to transfer a hydraulic cutting tool and hacksaw in a bag between the boats today. These items will help us cut up and discard the mast and rigging if the mast comes down. At 6:40 AM Cocos Keeling start time the sun rises. A rare, nice sunrise on the Indian Ocean. I talk with Jonathan on Merlyn at 7:04 AM and 7:15 AM; he's now 500 yards away. He will approach us after the 10:00 AM net and toss a line to us. We in turn will pull the line which will be connected to a bag with cutting tools in it. I also advised him that we'll be putting up our storm jib. read more...


07/10/2014

Nexus - Another brisk 24, 800nm to go!

The wind eased significantly and seas calmed last night, but we were sailing well and making good time. This proves the old adage that "a happy boat is a fast boat" as we were not surging or pitching with the waves and maintained a good constant speed instead of playing "slinky" between 7 and 12kts. This early morning the wind returned strongly with isolated squalls pushing it to 24kt average and 30kt peaks. We ran northward during the squalls to protect the Gennaker and kept the apparent wind below 20 with good speed, but we're now a bit north of where we wanted to be. This is fine to a point because if the wind backs around behind and weakens we'll be in a great wind angle, if it doesn't we can pull the white sails out and do a screaming reach. I'm starting to like the Indian Ocean! We. read more...


07/10/2014

Celebrate - Eating local food

On Celebrate we have tried to buy local food when we shop in port. The small supermarkets in Bali and the Malay one in Home Island Cocos Keeling were great for finding something a little different to cook for supper. So far we have attempted with some level of success Nasi Goreng, Satay Chicken, red and green curries.Last night it was time to cook an Australian dish and Peter pulled out of the freezer some sausages purchased in Darwin called 'Kanga Bangas' Cathy was a little concerned, and Peter put to one side the thought of eating 'skippy' (The bush kangaroo) They were pretty good cooked in a casserole, a little more spicy that the average banger!We also found some rice paper wraps in Cocos and Charlie is perfecting spring rolls. Some left over sausage will give them that extra. read more...


06/10/2014

American Spirit II - Day 273; Crisis in the Indian Ocean - Day 1 of 11; Sunday, October 5, 2014

'Day 1 of 11' means that it will take us 11 days to get to Mauritius; and until we're tied up at the dock there our mast can come down at any time. Up at 6:00 AM. Relieved Jeremy, who said he had a good 3:00 AM to 6:00 AM watch. I'm rested. A goon night's sleep. I didn't nap yesterday and as a result I was falling asleep during my 9:00 PM to midnight watch. But I slept from 12:15 AM to 5:45 AM, 5 1/2 hours straight. At 6:40 AM the sun comes up above the clouds astern, and a squall line is racing towards me from astern. It hits 10 minutes later, with the wind increasing from 20-25 knots to a solid 25. So what! The squall is close enough to get me minimally wet, but far enough away that I don't get drenched. I'm in full foul weather gear mode now. Its actually cold, and I could even use my. read more...


06/10/2014

Sweet Pearl - Cocos Islands -->Mauritius - 8.Tag - Morgen ist Bergfest

Heute ist ein Tag vor morgen. Und morgen ist Bergfest. Yuhu:-). Der Wind ist gut, Regen gibts nur kurz mal ab und wann, ansonsten läuft alles super. Heute war Kinotag, aber der Film war nicht besonders gut. Man steckt ja auch nicht drin;-). Liebe Grüsse an alle. Cheers, Tom. read more...


06/10/2014

Celebrate - Half way to Mauritius and Genniker Woes...

We are now past half way, making good speed and a direct track to Mauritius. The sun was out again this morning and bright enough for us to get the gennaker out from its bag. On Celebrate, as with many boats the gennaker is raised in a long fabric tube with a broad carbon (or plastic) neck at the bottom, which resembles an inverted loo (toilet) seat. This system keeps the sail snuffed until you raise the neck and is appropriately named a snuffer. The hoist went well, and the snuffer raised and out popped our pretty yellow, green and blue sail and we sped along with a few extra knots for almost an hour. Then things got tricky; very quickly the blue skies deserted us, the wind speed increasedand changed direction. Time to get the spinnaker down PDQ. As we were dropping the snuffer carbon. read more...


06/10/2014

Nexus - Sailing well, all is well

After a calm night and morning with light winds and smoother seas, the winds have returned this afternoon and we're sailing well again! Its a beautiful day with partly cloudy skies, mixed with bright sun, and medium waves. With 990nm to go, we're making good time, but we've seen the wind drop off quite a bit this morning before returning well, so we're not making any predictions about arrival yet. The math would suggest about 4-5 days at the moment but all could change. We're concerned about our friends on American Spirit II again, as yesterday afternoon they reported they broke their headstay and are holding the mast up with the spinnaker halyard at the moment and limping along with limited sail out. They don't have enough fuel to motor, and unfortunately they're at the back of the pack. read more...


06/10/2014

Celebrate - "Story Time" entry from NEXUS

For our evening story time contest using boat names in a story, I received the following entry from NEXUS.Hilarious if you knew the situations!Here's a story for the call from the crew of NEXUS;Tom was perplexed when he called Russ on the VHF after another yacht GHOSTED by him in the dark. "The way they keep up with us in light winds using no engine hours just makes my POLARIS go BOINGO if you know what I mean!""I hear that, its either MERLYN's magic or some SWEET PEARL of wisdom that eludes us" said Russ. "I think we need to apply some good old AMERICAN SPIRIT of ingenuity to this problem and get right to its NEXUS". It's some kind of DARWINian evolution in sailing theory he thought to himself. He sat back in the helm seat and stared up at ANDROMEDA in the night sky. He was amused by. read more...


05/10/2014

American Spirit II - Day 273 Supplemental; Near-Catostrophic Rig Failure in the Middle of the Indian Ocean; Sunday, October 5, 2014

Supplemental log for today. Regular log to follow tomorrow. At 1:20 PM today our forestay broke. For those not accustomed to nautical terms, the forestay is a bunch of wire strands 1/2 to 5/8 inch thick that stretches from the top of a sailboat mast to the bow and helps keep the rig (mast) upright. The reason that the mast did not come down is because the jib halyard holding our roller furling jib held the mast up until we could install other defensive measures. Specifically, we took 2 spinnaker halyards and attached them to the bow; tightened the turnbuckles on the 2 rear backstays; and took a spare main halyard and attached it to the port, aft side of the boat alongside the port backstay to give additional support in that area as that backstay was sagging quite a bit.After this we put. read more...


05/10/2014

American Spirit II - Day 272; A Fast Sailing Day in the Indian Ocean; Saturday, October 4, 2014

Up at 5:00 AM. Not sure if its because I was fully rested or because of the loud noise and violent motion the boat was making. Go figure. I relieve Jeremy before 6:00 AM. The wind is a steady 20 knots and we're doing 6.5 knots thru the water and 7.5 knots over the land. I put a reef in the main. Its overcast. With the wind over the port, aft quarter we should be able to go to a low side pole from wind on wing, once Joel gets up. I get rained on at 7:44 AM. Just a passing shower. Over in a few minutes. A few minutes later another squall is coming our way. The wind is 17/20 and building and we're making 6.5 knots thru the water and 7.2 knots over the land. Breakfast is at 9:35 AM and consists of scrambled eggs, twice cooked potato, chilled pear halves and bread. Charlie from Celebrate. read more...


05/10/2014

Free & BrEasy - Water, water and yet more water, everywhere

We are nearly at the half way mark on our 2350nm passage from the Cocos Islands to Mauritius, and it's been wet, very wet. The first few days lacked wind so the noisy motor was on night and day but what it lacked in wind, it made up for in rain. We experienced a monsoon's worth of rain in just two days. Every possible leak in hatches and cockpit cover was exposed as the stuff hammered down. Even the often turbulent seas were beaten flat into submission by the sheer force of it! Everything rapidly gets wet and it's impossible to dry out until the rain stopped and the sun came out which, of course, eventually happened.Not that we are complaining you understand. Compared with most of the boats in the fleet we are particularly well sheltered from the elements. Free & Breasy has a deep. read more...


05/10/2014

Nexus - Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy!

What a beautiful sailing day! The winds have calmed a bit to a steady 25kts aft, and the waves are a little less lumpy, so we're sailing well and enjoying the day! We crossed the half way point this afternoon, so we're all excited and ready for the down hill leg! I smell a cake in the oven as I write this, life is indeed good! Its lonely out here, as we're now 64nm in front of the pack and the radio is quiet. We look forward to the morning and evening net to hear from the others, and we're looking forward to getting to Mauritius soon and trying not to blow a sail out in the process! We've finished one puzzle, several books, and caught no fish at this speed, but hope springs eternal for tomorrow!Russ and Laurie on NEXUS at 15:00 10/05/2014 at 17 00.6'S;77 59.3'E. read more...


05/10/2014

Celebrate - A Starry, Starry Night with Wonderful Winds & Siegfreid "Lloyd Webber" on the way to Mauritius!

We are back to proper Trade Wind sailing . Stars galore and beautiful moonlight with wonderful winds made for a very pleasant night time watch on CELEBRATE.Plus we had a 200 nautical mile day! Another addition to the Margaritaville Party is Merlyn of Poole's very own Siegfreid "Lloyd Webber" performing 'World ARC the Musical' as the perfect entertainment for the Margarita Party.We love it!We had great "words" on the radio net last night summarizing each boat's day in 3 words idea.CELEBRATE's was 'SAILING TO MARGARITAVILLE' (a double entendre especially for Jimmy Buffet fans).To see the other boat's 3 words check out the previous log. I hope Brian and Lucy on Follie a Deux will forgive their parents for 'Kids for sail.' It was fun!Its Sunday so Brunch day, Charlie cooked up Huevos. read more...


05/10/2014

Firefly - Kastom Dancing on Avoki Island

Its Sunday 5th October and we are on an 80nm passage to Espirito Santo. We left our anchorage at Avei in the Maskelyne Islands on the south of Malekula at 0700 and once we reached the open sea we initially had a 35 knot squall. Its cloudy and rainy (yet again!) and we did remark that there is no way we would be heading out of Salcombe in these conditions if we were still at home. Actually the rain stopped pretty quickly and we have had a good sail on a starboard tack broad reach in what has mostly been about 20 to 25 knots - so ideal and fast.Despite our speed its going to be dark by the time we reach Santo but this being the second largest port in Vanuatu it should be reasonably well buoyed and lit. Having read through the pilot information we decided that picking up a mooring off the. read more...


05/10/2014

Celebrate - Story Contest Entry from American Spirit

I received the following great story from American Spirit for the contest to write a story using World ARC Boat Names:Once upon a time, in the land of Sirocco of Oz, there was a warrior princess named Jeanine from Miami, AKA the Pop Corn Queen, whose American Spirit was only rivaled by Chika-lu's Germanic resolve and Civetta's dogged determination. She was pursued across the Nexus, as far as Polaris but not quite as far asAlpheratz; by the Ghost of Merlyn. Many said this pursuit was a Folie a Deux; some said it was a false Saphir, but no one doubted that is was a Sweet Pearl of a chase. Once Free&BrEasy, no more could she Celebrate being Boingo Alive; no more was she an Avocet who could fly to Darwin on a whim. But go to Andromeda she went; passing the constellation Festina Lente and. read more...


05/10/2014

Celebrate - Adela's entry for the Story Contest

Our SSB Game/Competition continues...write a story containing World ARC Boat Names.This game was suggested by Jan on Ghost.I received the following outstanding entry from Peter on Adela:First Encounter*_Commander *Lente* and his wife *Festina* were looking out of the observation port of the star ship *Lluiton*, on its way to *Polaris* in the *Andromeda* cluster."Not since *Darwin* has such a fundamental *Nexus* occurred in the destiny of mankind", he said."What if they turn out to be some sort of super *Alpharatz* or *Ghosts* or something equally horrible", she replied."The tech boys speak warmly of their conversations with these aliens and suggest we think of a cross between an *Avocet* and an elderly human - a sort of feathery, skinny legged, white bearded,*Merlin* figure floating in a. read more...


Flomaida II - Vanuatu, eines der letzten Paradiese!
Flomaida II - Vanuatu, eines der letzten Paradiese!
Flomaida II - Helping hands collage! Danke Gabi!
Flomaida II - Helping hands collage! Danke Gabi!
Flomaida II - Vanuatu! Meine Lieblingsinseln!
Flomaida II - Vanuatu! Meine Lieblingsinseln!
05/10/2014

Celebrate - Today's 3-Word Radio Challenge

Today's evening radio call-in challenge was to give the boat's status report in just three words.A great job for all participants!!Here are the responses I received:Adela:[Unprintable in Russian]American Spirit: Nicely Making WayCelebrate: Sailing to MargaritavilleCHIKA-lu: Sun Waves FunCivetta: Sixteen Foot WavesFree&BrEasy: In Your WakeGhost: Outstandingly Awesome DayLluiton: Sand WInd BeacyMerlyn: Siegfried MahaMahi KulimombamajuleeNDS Darwin: Sailing Cloudy SunsetNexus: Flying to MauritiusFolie a Deux: Kids 4 SailPolaris: Beer Boobies Bluefin Saphir: Windy Waves WetworkShaya Moya: Big Beautiful BLueSweet Pearl: [in German/Luxemburgian??...to be verified]. read more...


04/10/2014

American Spirit II - jDay 271; Boobie on Poop Deck, Auto Pilot Shuts Itself Off Again & a Great Dinner; Friday, October 3, 2014

Up at 6:00 AM to relieve Jeremy. Had Jeremy take one reef out of main, so no reefs in sail. Getting him 'qualified' to handle putting a reef in or out by himself, so he won't have to wake Joel at 4:00 AM if we need to reef. At 7:30 AM the wind is 15/16 knots, our speed thru the water 4.7 knots and over the land 5.2 knots. The wind is dead astern. Bummer. Squalls still surround us but they look less intense and not threatening at the moment, unlike the last two days. I get a retrieve. But still very overcast and cloudy. Warm, though. Probably because raining less. Our heading is 244 degrees to Mauritius, a little south of the rumb line. That's OK. Long way to go. I'm wearing my foul weather pants and a long sleeved shirt. The big boobie that landed on the 'poop deck' last night is still. read more...


04/10/2014

Sweet Pearl - Cocos Islands -->Mauritius - 6.Tag - Wolken, aber kein Regen:-)

Nach dem vielen Regen ist es seit gestern fast die ganze Zeit trocken. Der Himmel ist noch bewölkt, aber ab und an schaut die Sonne raus, bei Nacht sogar der Mond. Der Mond ist jetzt mehr als halbvoll und wird dies bis zu unserer Ankunft gegen den 14.-16. auch bleiben:-). Uns gehts allen sehr gut. Heute wurde Brot gebacken, Pfannkuchen zum Frühstück gegessen und eine Zucchini-Rahmsauce zu Pasta zum Abendessen serviert - alles kulinarisch exquisit:-). Cheers, Tom. read more...


04/10/2014

Nexus - Sky is clearing, waves bigger, consistent wind, life at sea is good!

We flew last night. It was a boisterous ride in lumpy seas with blustery wind and rain but by this afternoon we seem to have sailed out of the bad weather and are seeing our first hints of sunny things to come! We have a strong, consistent wind from the ESE of 24kts and although the waves are bigger they are longer in period and a little less lumpy, so we are sailing well and life is good! We covered over 900nm in 5 days, and have 1,350nm to go, so sometime tomorrow we'll be half way there! This calls for a celebration, so Laurie and Jeannie are baking a cake! Unfortunately, our fast sail has left us all alone, with the next nearest yacht over 40nm behind us, and we've passed the three boats who left early as well. It's a lot more fun to sail in company, so we look forward to the morning. read more...


04/10/2014

Celebrate - Blue Skies are here, Great winds, more Stories & New Contest on passage to Mauritius!

Finally, some blue sky,sunshine , champagne sailinghere in the Indian Ocean! If the wet and grey had continued we were going ask for a refund! Charlie carried out a poll this morning on the radio net and it appears over 65% of the fleet are enjoying sunshine, we hope the others get their share soon. Also, great boat speed up to 13 knots.More stories are in from Adela and American Spirit II.The margarita party is heating up!Another rally boat is now nearby, Free & BrEasy, along with Festina Lente and NDS Darwin.Our Peter had another new radio net contest idea (well it's Simon Mayo's from BBC Radio 2 Drive Time but we don't think he'll sue) to summarize the day in 3 words. Althoughhappy with the sentiment we are getting a little tired of 'all is well' or 'all well onboard' which most. read more...


Flomaida II - Flomaida im Doppelpack im Paradies
Flomaida II - Flomaida im Doppelpack im Paradies
Flomaida II - Der erste große Fang, und wir wissen nicht, welcher Fisch es ist!!!
Flomaida II - Der erste große Fang, und wir wissen nicht, welcher Fisch es ist!!!
Flomaida II - Verwunschene Strände an kristallklarem Wasser
Flomaida II - Verwunschene Strände an kristallklarem Wasser
Flomaida II - .............
Flomaida II - .............
Flomaida II - Die unglaublichen Wasserfarben
Flomaida II - Die unglaublichen Wasserfarben
Flomaida II - La rivière sablée auf Ile des Pins
Flomaida II - La rivière sablée auf Ile des Pins