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21/05/2014

Reberth - Message from the skipper!!

Today has been one of mixed blessings. First a very heavy squall which drenched and chilled. It took over three hours for the winds to return. On the plus side they were visited by a couple of pods of dolphins. Always a very uplifting experience. Last night they had Mac and Cheese for supper and the skipper decided to open tin tomatoes and peppers to have with it. Bad move as he hadn't read the label, HOT PEPPERS!!! Don't think one of the crew was too impressed. Oh well, they are now nearly a third of the way to the Azores.Sent from my iPad. read more...


21/05/2014

Gertha 4 - cheeki rafiki search

37.17.8 N  49.38.0 W   It is 21.00 UT, we have entered the search area, made contact with a US  Coastguard airplane who was overhead, he confirmed to keep a good lookout. At dusk we will reduce sail, about 22.00 UT and go slow in the night northwest, at first light we will head north east across the search area. After this there will be a limit to what we can do as still 7 or 8 days toAzores and as Gertha has shed part of her propeller we have no option to engineat speed if necessary to clear an Azores high if it builds.   Simon  . read more...


21/05/2014

Starblazer - 21/05/2014 – Electricity is a necessary evil!

I’ll be brief, I promise not to moan too much.The systems on the boat require a lot of energy: the navigation lights, instruments, fridge, freezer, watermaker, domestic lighting, water pump, bilge pumps, autopilot etc. Yes I know we could survive without all of these, as they did in bygone times but we choose not to.We have a large battery bank of (originally) about 600 amp hours for domestics and 120 for the engine start.The solar panels can produce enough power during the day to meet our needs and put some charge into the batteries which, unfortunately, are slowly dying and will not hold their charge as well as they used to.The engine has two alternators, one to charge the domestic battery bank, which is working well, and one to charge the engine battery which now appears to have. read more...


21/05/2014

Flomaida II - 20.5. ein fast perfekter Tag.......

wenn nur die Geschwindigkeit etwas höher wäre!Noch vor dem Frühstück haben wir wieder den Parasailor gesetzt. Das warwirklich ein aufwendiges Manöver. Durch das schnelle Bergen letzte Nacht,hatten wir Mühe, die vielen Taue wieder in die richtige Lage zu bringen. Esist wirklich wie verhext, wie Taue sich vertörnen können! Nach ca 1 Stdstand er dann endlich wieder in voller Größe, nur leider gab es sehr wenigWind, sodass wir nur 4-5 Seemeilen/ Knoten Geschwindigkeit pro Stundemachten den ganzen Tag-und das bei einer Strecke von 1050 Meilen! BeiDunkelheit haben wir ihn dann wieder brav weggepackt - diesmal ordentlich!Nun hat der Wind etwas zugelegt,sodass wir mit Genua und Besan immerhinauch 5 Knoten/Meilen pro Stunde schafffen.Da über Niue ein böses Tief liegt und rally control ARC dankbar. read more...


21/05/2014

American Spirit II - Day 135; Welcome 'New' Readers, Sharks Circling the Boat, 2 Great Snorkels, Exploring Anchorage Island & Fidler Crabs Everywhere; Monday, May 19, 2014

While at a camp fire on Anchorage Island Sunday night a crew member of another boat told me that her mother (or was it a friend of hers?) was reading my logs. I asked her why, because I can't imagine why someone would want to read the logs from a boat that their daughter or friend was not on. The answer I received was that she did so because I wrote my logs every day, that most of the boats aren't writing logs, and that she found them interesting. So for all of you out there reading the logs of American Spirit II, people I don't know, I hope I can continue to inform and entertain you for the next 348 days. Writing logs can be very mundane, so I will try to throw in some subjects about what we're doing (and if we're doing something then all the boats are doing it),the problems we're. read more...


21/05/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - I wanna hold your Wheeeeeeeel......I wanna hold your wheel

N28:20:527   W65:32:858   Day....let's not bother with day number, we arekeeping count but the number is currently bigger than one hand so we'll forgetit.   Wheels....well as my Mum says when she hearssomeone talking gibberish.....I had two and the wheels fell off !   Andromeda has only the one wheel, she does havepulleys and sprockets etc, but only the one steering wheel, and its getting gooduse I can tell you. We will need to buy a new cover for it when we get toEurope.  Europe you say, yes we are headed there, we are just taking thevery scenic route because of the wind we are finding out here, when there issome of course.   There are some good things about the lack of windthough, let's see, well you don't spill the tea for one . As for other. read more...


21/05/2014

Gertha 4 - Spam and Tights (Spamdex Tights)?

This morning I arose from my warm cocoon up front after having been rockedinto the loveliest of sojourns to that land of strange dreams to hear that I hadreceived a text message! Firstly, I don’t have a phone (and haven’t for abouttwo years now), secondly: we can receive texts on the sat phone?! The latterquestion obviously answered the first and as the rest of my sleepiness wascleared away by the chill up above I happily received the news that word hadcome from home! Hello mum and Paul! Thanks for sending the message. It reallymade me happy to hear from you (I’ll type somemore stuff in the post-script).   Skip, too, seems particularly chirpy today. I’d been listening to him andEmma natter on about the insulating properties of hemp, idiots and various othermiscellanea for some time,. read more...


21/05/2014

Starship - ED heading EAST - day 07

SUN-FACTOR: Wieder ein in Traumtag. Sonne, kaum Wolken, wenig Welle. Und etwas Wind. RUN-FACTOR: 5-6 Knoten in die richtige Richtung. Und ohne Schaukelei.FUN-FACTOR: Und deswegen ist Putztag angesagt. Staub wischen, putzen, Wäsche waschen. Fun-Factor :-(, aber Wohlfühl-Factor hinterher: :-).. read more...


21/05/2014

Webster - Light winds and moral dilemmas

Tuesday 20th May 2014 Position 34 48'N 49 27'W Noon run approx 110nmIt has been a slow news day today. Awoke this morning to a very light WSW breeze and the boat doing about 4 knots and reducing as the breeze drifted off. As the speed dropped below 3 knots we put on the engine for a while and dropped the sails to stop them flogging. The sun came out though and spent most of the morning sun bathing or asleep on the foredeck. We motored about 4 hours and then felt there was sufficient breeze to do at least 4 knots under sail which we did. As the wind had come into the south it was too tight for the spinnaker which was a shame, although Neal hates spinnakers and was making all sorts of reasons not to use it. Nature however prevented it by backing the wind. In this lighter stuff we are using. read more...


21/05/2014

Firefly - Suwarrow

Firefly is anchored in the lee of Anchorage Island in Suwarrow lagoon. It is stunningly beautiful and feels like we are miles from anywhere - and we are! Getting through the pass into the lagoon proved reasonably easy although it always makes the nerves go a little on edge. As the entrance to the pass is approached, the depth sounder (which has not read anything for days as the Pacific is so deep) first shows 100 metres and then counts down rapidly to below 10m. The water is so clear it looks incredibly shallow and there is a lot of current flowing out of the lagoon making the water choppy. The various reefs in the pass are easy to dodge as they are very visible and the Navionics charts on both the boat chartplotter and the I pad 'back up' proved to be spot on regarding the charting and. read more...


21/05/2014

Ballytrim - Ballytrim Day 7 19/20th May 2014

169 miles sailed between noon 19th and noon 20th May.Its not so easy to describe the highs and lows of sailing, as they ( I hope you'll forgive the pun ) drift in and out with changing circumstances way beyond our control. Yesterday for example, we had a plan of where to aim for and the wind was supposed to change in our favour. We stuck to the plan and sailed our 'pants off' ( more on that point - of anatomy later) but woke this morning to a totally changed picture. Here is our story for the last 24 hours.......Our 'boat time' is between 1200 and 1400 daily, unless I decide to remove an hour because we are sailing East and are gradually 'losing time' against UTC (threats GMT in the UK). On 18th we 'lost an hour to -2 UTC and on 22nd we will lose another hour to -1 UTC: ( blooming. read more...


19/05/2014

Andromeda V - NOS VAMOS A

Hemos pasado un par de dias en Suwarrow, un atolón con las tipicas islasdel pacífico, palmeras, cocos, playas, arena blanca y conchitas...  Muybonito! en compañia de varios tiburones que nos hacian la guardia delatolón.La navegada desde Bora Bora, fue muy buena, con los típicos chubascos,acelerones y parones de viento. Nos organizamos muy bien entre los dos Alex y el Jorge, guardias de tres horas por la noche, y el día a pachas, entrecervecitas y aperitivos, limpieza, navegación... La entrada en el atolón por el paso, fué espectacular.Mañana esperamos llegar por la noche a Niue y esperamos poder ir a buceara algún sitio espectacular.. read more...


20/05/2014

Defyr - Towards Azores: very calm

Not much going on, light winds, good food, drawing, talking, singing etc.I was trying to suggest a karaoke night, but didn't get any volunteers.We are gladly still able to sail! Genaker stays up just and just.Kimage.. read more...


Defyr - Towards Azores: very calm
Defyr - Towards Azores: very calm
20/05/2014

Gertha 4 - The Things of the Night (or, What is the Point of Penguins)?!

LAT 34.49 N LON 50.31 W I really should write one of these at night time because everything feels different when the sun goes down. Only thing is, I’m usually too awe-struck (and/or tired) to leave my watch. There is the sunset, and if we’re lucky we get to see the whole orb dip into the ocean. Then, if the clouds are right (or wrong, if you’re a cloud), then come the stars. I’ve been lucky enough to see the stars from the top of mountains, the middle of deserts and various other dark corners of Latin America, but out here on the water it is something else. Sometimes they feel so low, as if they could prick us. Usually, though, they seem incredibly far away and unbelievably numerous. The constellations become clear, especially those that I don’t know. And they give us something to. read more...


Gertha 4 - The Things of the Night (or, What is the Point of Penguins)?!
Gertha 4 - The Things of the Night (or, What is the Point of Penguins)?!
20/05/2014

Starblazer - 20/05/2014 – A ‘nothing much’ day

As anticipated, we set about changing our sail configuration before breakfast, to enable us to sail towards our destination.We swapped from twin poled out genoas to both genoas to starboard (left) and the main hoisted and its boom out to starboard.The direction was a great improvement and the speed was at the lower end of acceptable.John spent the morning making more soft shackles, as he mentioned in my last log when he edited it!I spent part of the morning preparing lunch which was to be ‘Tuna (un)cooked three ways’, a carpaccio served with capers, tomato dice and a mustard sauce, a ceviche with crusty homemade bread and sushi.In the event, we kept the carpaccio in the fridge and had that as a starter for dinner.In retrospect, the flavour of the beautiful yellowfin tuna meat was hidden. read more...


20/05/2014

Flomaida II - 19. Mai ein guter Tag!

heute gab es den perfekten Parasailorwind! Nach 1 Stunde Arbeit stand erendlich in voller Schönheit und hat uns den ganzen Tag durch eine guteGeschwindigkeit von 6-8 Knoten Freude bereitet.Da laut der diversenWetterberichte von ARC, Wetterwelt Deutschland und Grib Files USA der Windohne Änderung der Stärke oder Richtung so bleiben sollte bis DienstagNachmittag,konnten wir der Versuchung nicht widerstehen, ihn über Nachtstehen zu lassen- eigentlich hatten wir ja beschlossen, egal wie der Windist,ihn nachts auf jeden Fall zu bergen!Also beschlossen wir, kein 15 minNickerchen während der Nachtwache zu machen, sondern "hellwach" zu sein,falls uns ein Squal überraschen sollte, der aber früh genug auf dem Radarzu sehen ist-normalerweise!!Um 22 Uhr bei stockfinsterer Nacht weckteChristoph. read more...


20/05/2014

Shenanigan - Cheeki Rafiki

Our thoughts are with the missing crew of Cheeki Rafiki and their families,we are all keeping a vigilant lookout and very much hope for some good newssoon. Kind regards, Brian, Chris and Michaela. read more...


20/05/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - Tuesday on my mind..........whale there you go....

N27:12:    W64:35:     So here we are drifting in less than 5kts of wind -there is nothing we can do in such light winds, especially as they are from thenorth - we can't tack as we have no way on. So its drifting for us until windarrives at some stage in the coming weeks. We have to preserve some fuel forwhen we arrive, so the engine is off for the time being and we watch the flatsea, showers in the distance, numerous clumps of seaweed floating by and apair of Shearwaters flying low around the boat. It is very quiet however, andbrilliant for cooking, sleeping and getting around the boat without too manybruises. Not good for progress north however. Andromeda is very shiny afterSusan's ministrations yesterday!   Yesterday was however a first for us -. read more...


20/05/2014

Anettine - 18. Mai

We are doing fine, but we only did 130 nm the first 24 hrs due to low wind. Since this morning we have had good winds. We have passed south of the low and we are now sailing NY-Y doing around 7 knots.It's very enjoyable, but unfortunate one of our crew is still sick. The crabs haven't been feed in a while, so it seems like he slowly is recovering.Skipp. read more...


20/05/2014

Webster - Record noon day run hurries Webster into a wind hole

Monday 19th May 2014. Position noon 33 48N 51 22W noon run 190nmThe boat had been piling on the miles last night with winds from the WSW of around 15-20+ knots with the sea moderating. With the jib boomed out still as it had been all day and with two reefs in the main the rig was balanced and fast and Igor has once again proved himself to be the best Slovenian helmsman we have with us. This has continued this morning and has resulted in a noon day run of around 190nm, a record for the boat and for all on board. However we know its only propelling us more quickly towards a no wind zone in the Azores high which is lurking the other side of the wind band produced by the passing low pressure system, but we will take it thank you very much.I was awoken this morning with a real start - Igor. read more...


20/05/2014

Starship - ED heading EAST - day 06

SUN-FACTOR: Ein Traumtag - noch einmal. Der Atlantik glänzt, die Sonne strahlt. RUN-FACTOR: Zu langsam. gerade einmal 5,5 SOG. Bei wenig Wind sind wir machtlos. Aber es kommt noch schlimmer. In der Nacht schleichen wir mit 3,3 Kn dahin.FUN-FACTOR: Die Kinder spielen blinde Kuh. Auf welche Ideen man "mitten am Atlantik" kommen kann. Und zur 1.200 Rest-Seemeilen-Feier gibt es einen Schoko-Kokos-Kuchen.. read more...


20/05/2014

Celebrate - Notes to Niue

We are now trying to slow our speed for arrival in Niue on Tueday, but we are having such great wind in the 15 knot range.With a boat as heavy as Celebrate it takes around 15 knots to get moving.We are having such fun sailing!Also, Charlie has had time to prepare some great meals like last night's dinner of jumbo shrimp with capers and herbed butter, served with pasta and Mediterranean vegetables.Yummy!Next, Niue...Cathy. read more...


20/05/2014

Ballytrim - Day 6 19/5/14 Ballytrim

Hi All,Every thing goes well over the past 24 hours. Despite the sea still being confused and the wave direction at variance with the wind, we have made excellent progress. ( Its not so easy to make good speed when the wave direction is different to the wind direction - you get short choppy seas and the hull of the yacht bashes its way through the waves, rather than cuts though or glides down them!). We were very pleased to make 160 miles between noon 18th and 19th May.Regretfully our progress was not in a direct line with our destination Faial (Horta) in The Azores! This seems to be our way for most of the journey: we have had to divert a hundred miles to avoid wind and now we are having to do the same, in a totally different direction but to find wind this time!! Such is the life of a. read more...


20/05/2014

Starblazer - 19/05/2014 – On our way again

As planned, we did ‘boat jobs on Friday afternoon though they were only little niggly problems like reattach one genoa sheet which had chafed through and do the laundry.On Saturday we had most of the day off!We explored Anchorage Island, found the bookswap and the cruisers’ shelter, crossed to the windward side but found no rubbish to pick up then returned to the boat for lunch.In the afternoon we went snorkelling around a reef which has grown up vertically from about 8 metres to less than half a metre. It was roughly oval in shape and we swam all round it, seeing some unusual and beautiful fish. The dinghy anchor proved very useful once more.I had suggested to a number of boats that we should gather ashore too watch the sun go down with a drink in our hands. This was a qualified. read more...


20/05/2014

Happy Destiny - Day 5/6 - blog 20 May

Light winds from starboard quarter.  Flying gennaker and making about 4 knots direct east. Beautiful day.  Just over 1200nm to Horta.. read more...


19/05/2014

Defyr - Ps

We saw a whale today! Light brown quite close to the boat. It was so elegant and smooth in movement. Amazing!Then we were treated with a pack of dolphins tonight!What next?K. read more...


19/05/2014

Sweet Pearl - Bora Bora --> Suwarrow - 6.Tag - Ankunft in Suwarrow

Nach 6 Tagen und 2 Stunden haben wir die 690 Seemeilen sicher und gut hinter uns gebracht. Es war eine angenehme Fahrt; wieder nur zu zweit zu segeln haben wir genossen. Jetzt geniessen wir die Ruhe vor Suwarrow - grünblaues Wasser, eine einsame Insel, keine Termine, keine Mögichkeit einkaufen zu gehen, kein Stress. Relaxing pur. Am Mittwoch mittag gehts dann weiter nach Niue. Tom. read more...


19/05/2014

Gertha 4 - Gertha's Multiple Tin Diet Plan

The drugs have worn off and I’m still not vomiting, so that is good. Buthave had to find suitable replacement for drugs. So today is beer day. Simonclaims he’s on the Sprite. Seems to come in the same tins as the beer. Mauritzwas convinced to drink beer when skip told him that every kilo we shed is thatlittle bit faster. He shot off at a few knots. No persuasion required forEmma.   Our small pod of dolphins was replaced today by about 50 more! Lovelysight, with them shooting under Gertha and changing direction with such speed!Other recent spots include messages in bottles, a jar, a pallet and somephosphorescent jellyfish! And, of course:   “MAN OF WAR! MAN OF WAR! MAN OF WAR! MAN OF WAR! MN OF WAR! MAN OF WAR! MANOF WAR! MAN OF WAR! MAN OF WAR! MAN OF WAR! MN OF WAR! MAN OF. read more...


19/05/2014

Defyr - Towards Bermuda: THIS is sailing!

Regaining strength after the hard winds. Good food, enough sleep and easy winds. Living the dream, LIVING THE DREAM!Easy Rider II passed us this morning and we had a good visual of them. Ansgar had a small chat through VHF with Ross and all crew in Easy Rider seemed to be fine and also gaining strength. We put the genaker up shortly after they passed us and we are now trying to catch them!! It's good to have a boat in the horizon to follow and tempting us to stay in the same speed as they. We have now trained Antero and Ansgar enough that they can handle the boat in light winds without me and Afu so we are able to change our working schedule to 3h duty, 6h off duty, which started to be a must, since I was getting dangerously tired. Today after my first 6h sleep, I was already like a new. read more...


19/05/2014

Shenanigan - UFO?

On Friday evening 16 May we settled down after super to a good night’ssailing and were chatting in the cockpit when we saw it. It was about 8.30 pm,the sky was dark but clear and the moon hadn’t risen.  A couple of milesabove the horizon to the west, a very bright orange light, so bright it lookedlike a search light, appeared. Trailing the light was a wide, bushyorangey/yellow tail.  It curved to the left and moved as if searching forsomething in slow motion towards us. It then slowly curved around to the rightand disappeared.  Had us fooled – three grown adults thinking we were aboutto be abducted by aliens! Of course (haha) we realised that there is no suchthing as UFOs. So it must have been an asteroid, comet or meteor we suppose.Calling all astronomers out there –. read more...


Defyr - Towards Bermuda: THIS is sailing!
Defyr - Towards Bermuda: THIS is sailing!
19/05/2014

Happy Destiny - Day 5/6 - blog 19 May

The big excitement today was passing astern of a massive oil rig being towed to Gibraltar.  How would you like to tow a 15 story square object 300' long by 200' widethrough an Atlantic gale?  We considered hailing them for an emergency ice cream ration, but thought better of it.  Otherwise, we continue NE with the wind on our port quarter.  A lovely day at sea.. read more...


19/05/2014

Starship - ED heading EAST - day 05

SUN-FACTOR: Ein Traumtag - sonnig, schöne Wolken und ein stimmiger Sonnenuntergang. Wir sitzen in den Schlafsäcken an Deck mit Blick auf die untergehende Sonne. Sundowner-feeling. RUN-FACTOR: Ein ganzer Tag um die 7 Knoten - was will man mehr?FUN-FACTOR: Über Funk laden wir Demi und Rebecca zu Florians Geburtstag ein. Am 6.6. auf den Azoren.. read more...


19/05/2014

Reberth - What could be better!!!

> > What could be better than barbecued hot dogs with fried onions while sailing along at 8 knts on a beam reach and dead on course for the Azores? No doubt it will not last but we will take it while we can. All thoughts of alternators forgotten-- or almost as I will not forget my stupidity. However, it could turn out that good came out of adversity as we have a much better weather pattern and route than we did.> > Crew as I do complement you on the wonderful food-- veg curry Sunday and Spaghetti bolognaise last night.> > All is good at the moment-will it continue?> >. read more...


19/05/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - Monday Monday...so good to me

N25:52:224  W64:20:215   Monday, Monday! Yes its here again, mind youcompared with a lot of Monday mornings this is brilliant.  On the minusside we are once again motor sailing as there is hardly any wind, and as ourrouting goes fairly near, if we weren't going to go toBermuda we should think about it, with very light winds for the next 3days....what to do? Easy really, we do want to get to where we are going and,nice as it is drifting about, we are still hoping to at least make some of therally parties..Andrew assures me that once around Bermuda we should getpushed most of the way to the Azores before we have to start motoring again. Sothat is why we will need to go to Bermuda and refuel just in case it is morethan a couple of days. . read more...


19/05/2014

American Spirit II - Day 134; Arrived in Suwarrow; & Lots of Black Tipped Sharks; Sunday, May 18, 2014

On watch from 12:00 AM until 1:00 AM. Before turning watch over to Joel at 1:00 AM, I heated up a kettle of water and made coffee for him. He does the same for me at 8:00 PM and 6:00 AM. Since we each like our coffee different than the other, we make it the way the person taking over watch wants it. The only thing better than waking up to good coffee is not waking up and being allowed to sleep thru your watch. Not going to happen. It was warm during the night due to a little north in the wind. North meaning from the equator. When the wind was from the east or southeast, it was a little cooler. Think Southern Ocean. We had to wear a long sleeved shirt to keep warm. Not last night.A little history about Suwarrow. This information is copied in part verbatim from the book Charlie's Charts of. read more...


19/05/2014

Flomaida II - Raiatea und Bora Bora- Abschied von Französisch Polynesien( NaNa)

Leider haben wir wenig gesehen von Raiatea, da wir extrem schlechtesWetter hatten mit sehr viel Regen und Wind.Wir lagen jedoch in einer sehrgeschützten Bucht in der Nähe der Marina und warteten auf die Ausführungder unbedingt nötigen Arbeit am Baum. Leider musste für das Ersatzteil -Motor und Getriebe, um das Großsegel raus zuziehen- ein Adapter "gebastelt"werden,aber nach 3 Tagen war er installiert. In der Zwischenzeit haben wir denreparierten Parasailor, der mit dem Schiff aus Papeete kam, bei strömendemRegen und Wind aus einem Container des Versorgungsschiffes geholt. Uns wurde nurdie Containernummer gesagt und das wars!!! Keiner hat kontrolliert, ob wir auchdas richtige Teil nehmen- Vertrauen!!!!Die 35 Meilen nach Bora Bora lagen schnell hinter uns, leider wurde dasWetter nicht. read more...


19/05/2014

American Spirit II - Day 133; Almost There (to Suwarrow, Cook Islands); Saturday, May 17, 2014

I finished my 8:00 PM to 1:00 AM watch, and Joel relieved me for the 1:00 AM to 6:00 AM watch. I typed emails and a log and then to bed at 1:45 AM. Back on watch at 6:00 AM. Had to turn generator on as voltage was low. Freezer had turned off due to low voltage. Had to slow boat down at 7:20 AM. Going too fast. Don't want to get to Suwarrow in the dark Saturday night. Shooting for 9:00 AM Sunday. Put 2nd reef in main. Slowed boat from 6.0 and 6.5 knots to 5 knots. Wind 16 to 18 knots; seas 3 to 4 feet. Turned generator off at 8:02 AM. At 9:30 AM we had the communications net. Breakfast at 10:00 AM. Scrambled eggs, orange and toast with butter, jelly and peanut butter. After breakfast I changed the chart on the dining room table in the main cabin to one showing Suwarrow and the American. read more...


18/05/2014

Ballytrim - Day 4 17th May 2014 Ballytrim

Subject: Day 4 17th May 2014 BallytrimAt noon today, we had been at sea 3 full days and nights and have travelled approximately 474 nautical miles.( 166 nm in the last 24 hours ), much of that time as you will know has been spent leaning at an angle of 25 degrees. We have not 'tacked or gybed' the boat ( moved position with the wind) through out the whole time, so its like we are always  hanging onto something, whether moving around the yacht, carrying out sail changes/trimming, sleeping or even going to the loo!!.The crew have requested that so they 'feel at home' when they return home, their beds be set at a 25 degree and angle, so sleeping will be easy. They have also requested that an alarm clock be set so that it goes off every 3 hours, regardless of day or night and that. read more...


19/05/2014

Gertha 4 - surfing usa

33,53N  54.11 W Heading for Azores at good speed. Gertie has lifted her skirt and is out for a seriouse romp. A bit of doubledigit surfing.   The radio net has taken a turn to the USA , as we have several people fromout west on board, The 3 other controlers have left for different reasons,mainly electrical, Gertha is the default net controler, have persuaded Websterto take on some of the duties.    . read more...


19/05/2014

Webster - Captain's Blog Stardate 18th May

Sunday 18th May 2014 Position 32 10'N 54 33'W Noon run 158nmDid it blow last night or what! The grib files I downloaded on SSB at 0400 suggested we were right smack bang in the middle of the depression or soon would be if it came any further south yet were supposed to be okay if we stayed south of 33N; we were at 31N some 120 miles low of it. The waves were huge and being the blackest night since famously the lights went out in the treacle mine because they hadn't paid the 'leccy bill,they were impossible to see yet the boat handled it perfectly under rolled jib alone in 40 knots, as I have to say, did the crew. At 0600 we hoisted the main back up to reef one and we were off again, the gale has passed by. It was a beautiful morning and we were on a course direct to destination, the A. read more...


17/05/2014

Nexus - Suwarrow is Paradise again!

Suwarrow is a very remote atoll, about 11 miles across, with several islands on it's perimeter. One of them we anchored alongside of for the last two nights was absolutely magic.This was the island Tom Neil spend 37 years on as it's only resident hermit, and welcomed cruisers for years and years. We walked around his cabin and the "Suwarrow Yacht Club" which was built in his honor in 2001 for cruisers to camp or just leave flags, notes and exchange books. The island is classic, covered with palms and beautiful beaches, with water colors ranging from all shades of blue and green across the reefs surrounding it. Hammocks are all around the island made out of fishing nets that have washed ashore. We walked the perimeter of the island, and swam off the beach. We enjoyed kayaking to and from. read more...


19/05/2014

Ballytrim - Ballytrim day 5. 17th - 18th May 2014

"The Good the Bad and the Ugly".......Now if you think by mentioning the above, Im referring to my good friends and crew mates aboard "Ballytrim", you would possibly be correct..... However, as I am conscious that bad deeds or words can often be replaced with much the same, or worse and their are more of them, Im going to keep my council on what I call the crew sometimes!!!No, 'the good the bad and the ugly' could describe the past few days best and sort of sets the scene for the last 24 hours.The good - was getting away and leading the pack, on the first day, plus making the right decision on what route to take given the forthcoming gale and associated weather in the Atlantic ahead of us. It was also good to be in such good company of friends who had sacrificed so much to be here on. read more...


19/05/2014

Free & BrEasy - Another day in the office

Approaching the anchorage at Bora Bora we understood why it's a favourite place for cruisers to visit and has been called the "Pearl of the Pacific". Two mountains guard the lagoon giving an impressive undulating skyline. We were lucky enough to have a nearly full moon rising over the peaks so the skyline was visible even at night. The lagoon itself is big and deep with enough room for a battle fleet which is presumably why the Americans chose it as their South Pacific base during the war. The crowning glory of the anchorage is the Bora Bora Yacht Club which hosted a wonderful reception with delicious bar-b-q and rum cocktails. The club has recently been rebuilt after severe hurricane damage. It is a beautiful all wood construction with a high, wood tiled roof and a terrace made for. read more...


18/05/2014

Puerki - Zhe Boys

WAT VOORAFGING: U maakte reeds kennis met de wispelturige Francaise. Nu is het tijd om kennis te maken met haar vier vrienden, die het Varkentje in Bermuda wasten.   Patrick. Noemt zichzelf Inboorling. Weliswaar eigenaar van de Sun Odyssee, tevens bezeten door de French Bitch. Bepaald niet te beroerd om rondjes van de zaak te geven. Naast allerlei aspecten in het leven die normale mensen bij voorkeur mijden (zoals diepzeeduiken, bungeejumpen, skydiven en polstoklaagspringen vanaf de Euromast) staat een oceaanoversteek op zijn bucketlist. U voelt hem al aankomen, niet door de lucht. Nee, over het eindeloze water. Vindt dan ook alles wat blauw en zout is helemaal ‘de shit’. Kan met iedereen omgaan - behalve met de enige Chinees op Bermuda - en regelt met z’n hoge EQ voor een vis en. read more...


18/05/2014

Defyr - Towards Azores: things are getting better

Wind has calmed down and we are in good speed towards Azores. Easy Rider II is just behind us gaining us slowly. We still haven't gotten a visual of them but hopefully we will later today or at night.Here's captain and first mate doing some serious route planning.image.. read more...


Defyr - Towards Azores: things are getting better
Defyr - Towards Azores: things are getting better
18/05/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - The Shipping News

N24:25:954   W64:09:746   The Shipping News - it wasreported today that a retired couple sailing from the Caribbean north wereconcerned about the apparant lack of merchant shipping observed. They said "It'sas if its all gone - overcome by some catastrophe"! A spokesperson for theMerchant Shipping Organisation (LPG, LNG, VLCC, Cars, Trucks, White goods,electrical, computers, fabrics, frankinsence and myhrr) and its associatedorgansition, The Tramp Steamers Association, responded by saying that "they arestill very busy, but probably taking a well deserved rest." The retired couplereplied "Well that's good to know - it's ok when you can see them, it's when youcan't you worry!"   In an associated development the same coupleremarked that "the weather had disappeared". read more...



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