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Flomaida II - Perlfarm in Ahe/ Tuamotus bei Rangiroa
Flomaida II - Perlfarm in Ahe/ Tuamotus bei Rangiroa
16/05/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - Stairway to the cockpit....

N20:44:865 W54:34:112 It's a constant surprise how many ways, in a bumpysea, you can try and get up and down 4 steps between the cockpit and the saloonwithout doing too much harm, other than the odd bruise, and while carrying cupsof tea - sometimes most of it makes to the intemnded recipient, but all tooften in these seas it doesn't. And indeed how many parts of the body are usedto brace yourself. This is particularly noticeable at the moment as we arebeating in to a choppy sea in a ENE-NNE breeze - not our best point of sailingit must be said, so bouncing around and crashing into a few waves. This makes aracket below - sounds like bricks being thrown at the hull - and causes a gooddeal of water to cascade down the decks, and is a fairly slow point of sailingfor us. On the shipping front. read more...


16/05/2014

Defyr - Towards Azores: Double blAaaaaah!

Yesterday and today we've gotten wind against us and very choppy waves. Antero was feeling very seasick yesterday and throwing up and cursing: "Voi ny saatana, mitä maakrapu tekee täällä?!". After patching him up with anti seasickness bandage today has been better. Ansgar wasn't feeling too hot either yesterday and our master chef had to retire. Today he's pretty well and I can smell the delicious pasta from outside. The ride is so pumby that sleeping is quite impossible, so me and Afu are both quite dead, me more than the captain. SO YES, WE ARE LIVING THE DREAM!!-kaija-image.. read more...


Defyr - Towards Azores: Double blAaaaaah!
Defyr - Towards Azores: Double blAaaaaah!
16/05/2014

Mystic - Mystic. At Sea. One Spot Wind... One Spot Not

From Don: "one spot wind;one spot not;go to starboardgo to port;fall off;more wind 4.8 knots8 knotsgoing south; want East!Waiting to tack.Challenging sail good food however!". read more...


16/05/2014

Tigerlily - Back to Bermuda

After only making 88 nm towards Horta in the first 36 hours of sailing our 1800 mile journey and noting that the forecast is for much more of the same through May 19th, Skipper Purnell and first mate Julia have decided to turn back to Bermuda until a more favorable weather pattern develops. Purnell and Julia. read more...


16/05/2014

Starship - ED heading EAST - day 02

SUN-FACTOR: Kalt und kälter. Wir sitzen im Ölzeug und mit Stiefeln im Cockpit. RUN-FACTOR: Jetzt gerade 7 Knoten - aber wie lange noch?FUN-FACTOR: Morning Haze kreuzt an uns vorbei. So nahe, dass wir unseren seekranken Crewmitgliedern gegenseitig Mut zusprechen könnten.. read more...


24/11/2011

Kalista - Wind, Pop Tarts, Landfall

After no wind for 3 days it finally filled in and we started making some good mileage days. But of course the wind was coming from the South the same direction that we were going. As all Sailors know, pounding to windward is just not fun especially in large swells and confused lumpy seas. Thank goodness Kalista has a good auto-pilot because hand steering in those rough conditions would have been exhausting and not very efficient. We used three different weather sources then threw a dart at the chart to see where the wind would come from and how hard she would blow. The weather sources kept reporting the wind would change to North-East which would have put it over the port aft quarter and allowed us to run on a broad reach, making our ride way more comfortable and faster. We set the sails. read more...


16/05/2014

American Spirit II - Day 131; Surfing, Lost Shackle Pin, Jib Sheet Wear and Big Squall; Wednesday, May 14, 201Fi

At 3:00 AM I woke up off watch because the wind turbine was 'dumping' power so wouldn't overcharge batteries. I got up and turned it off. The hydro generator was making enough power for us anyway. Joel did the 1:00 AM to 6:00 AM watch. I got up at 6:00 AM. Still very tired. Didn't sleep well. Will have to take a nap today to recharge. During my morning watch before breakfast we were surfing up to 10.6 knots. It's fun to do, but not after 5 minutes. Gets old fast. 10.6 knots is fast. The sun rose above the clouds at 6:39 AM. Cloudy on the horizon, so no chance for a sunrise green flash.At 7:46 AM I saw a sail on the horizon, port bow. Skylark of London or Circe? No AIS contact on chart plotter. We had the net communication at 9:30 AM. Conducted by NDS Darwin. All boats in Group 2 checked. read more...


16/05/2014

Webster - Worries down South.......

Thursday 15th May 2014. Position 31 6'N62 27'WStarting to get back into the watch patterns now but it is hard work dealing with inevitable sleep deprivation, and we have only been out a day and a bit. It has not helped by Dave having a bad throat infection which has confined him to his bunk last night and all of today. I put it down to drinking from a wet glass during our time in Bermuda on top of an ability to raise the cabin roof in his sleep. However, he is up for doing watches tonight so we shall see how he fares otherwise we shall think again.Last night we saw lights from other boats heading up high and indeed saw several boats tack across onto starboard tack to head further north. This was a little disconcerting as we know there is a huge depression out there and going north then. read more...


16/05/2014

Celebrate - Waves of Dolphins and Mountainous Water to Suwarrow/Niue

The waves beside our boat were filled with jumping dolphins at least ten deep on a side that just kept coming for about fifteen minutes.It was incredible to see.Also, we have enjoyed surfing down the mountainous swell(12ft or so).Speed at 11.1 knots is our record!Cathy. read more...


16/05/2014

Nexus - Safe Arrival in Suwarrow

We arrived in Suwarrow at 08:30 Bora Bora time, on a beautiful morning. We had a great passage with lots of wind for a while and good wind coming in. Yesterday afternoon we decided to pull down the gennaker to slow our arrival time to daylight hours, and broke the spinex luff line again, so we'll be repairing that at anchor here. We then moseyed in, and went from first place to fourth, but nobody on board minded very much and it was good to see Vivo get their first line honors for catamarans! At dusk last night, again we simultaneously hooked two Skipjack Tuna, and this time boarded both of them and Brian and Lauren made sushi for dinner! We set anchor this morning amongst many coral heads, but managed to find a white patch of sand to drop the anchor in. Suwarrow is very very remote, and. read more...


16/05/2014

Firefly - Halfway to Suwarrow

At around noon on Thursday 15th May we passed the halfway point and have 345 nautical miles until we arrive at the unihabited coral atoll called Suwarrow. We are expecting landfall on Saturday and will only enter the atoll during daylight - if the wind holds our timing will be fine. Our second day at sea saw similar conditions to the first with a healthy trade wind blowing at around 20 knots from dead astern. Despite sailing goose winged (jib and mainsail on opposite sides or wing on wing as its sometimes called) we can't actually sail on a dead run - if we do the rolling and yawing of the boat in the waves means that in every cycle there is a point where the boat is running by the lee and the mainsail effectively covers the jib and will take its wind, leading to a flap or slam.. read more...


16/05/2014

Persistent Lady - We are Back on-line

Thursday, May 15 - on the way to the Azores, sort of.Sorry no blogs recently, we had communication problems and could not send from sea, and was too busy in Bermuda to make it happen, but we are back on line now and should be able to keep everyone informed.Please feel free to respond to these blogs if you are so inclined.HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Kristin!Wish we were all together to celebrate, but you know we are there in spirit!We got underway from Bermuda yesterday (Wed) with an 11:20 start time - we were start number 3, each start was 10 mins apart.Altogether 35 boats left from inside the harbor and were required to sail through Town Cut; very narrow and rocks on both sides; My plan was to hang back and be the last boat through; evidently, several others had the same idea as about 15 of us went. read more...


16/05/2014

Happy Destiny - A Beating - blog 16 May

We spent most of yesterday beating NNE toward the rhumb line.  Then we thought better of it and are spending today beating SSE toward that magic latitude where galesand 18 foot seas do not exist. This is a tough way to get to the Azores.  Robbie promises chicken couscous for dinner.. read more...


15/05/2014

Skyelark of London - Cruising the society islands

Over the last 10 days or so days the weatherhas been more Scottish than South Pacific. Fortunately we have crew member and Scotsman, David, to interpret. Just as Eskimos have 32 or so different words for snow, so Scotsmen have words for rain. The conditions were variously described as "dreich" or "smirren".Leaving beautiful, quiet Huahine we had a lovely downwind sail of a few hours to Ra'iatea, anchoring off in quiet Faaroaa Bay. A highlight were the fresh Tuna Dan bought in Huahine for lunch. I had urgent need of a dentistto file off an ancient filling which was irritating my tongue and making eating and speaking painful. As all we do all day is eat and speak it was a handicap. I hitched a lift into town from two average size Polynesian ladies, Beryl Smith and her daughter Doris,. read more...


16/05/2014

Starblazer - 15/05/2014 – Slow and wet

Wednesday was a very slow day, averaging less than 4.3 knots from midnight to midnight.The cockpit finally dried out mid-afternoon and we could take our wet weather trousers off.The wind wandered around causing us to head further off course so at noon we tried our first sail change.We had been making great progress with our twin headsails poled out either side but they prevented us heading towards the waypoint when the wind veered (went clockwise) from east to south east.We dropped the poles, gybed the port hand genoa to starboard (now both headsails are the same side, one on top of the other) and hoisted the mainsail.Initially this allowed us to sail on port tack with the wind about 56o from astern, almost towards the waypoint. The wind wandered about again and the mainsail kept. read more...


15/05/2014

Ballytrim - Ballytrim log, 15th May 2014,

A message sent to family and friends via the web ( including some children following the event)....We have managed to settle down into a routine ( watch system ) of 2 hours 'working' on deck and 3 hours off. Its quite a clever system, designed by Tony, which rotates every 24 hours, so everybody gets to work with everybody else over a 3 day period and we have built in time ( noon until 1400 hours each day) when we are all together " boat time its called" - so its maintenance, cleanliness and me emailing etc.Today Ballytrim has been leaning over on a port tack, close hauled, making approximately 6 knots boat speed in an Easterly/SE direction. Its not the most direct route for us to take, but it is the best at this time to keep the wind with us and be in a good position for heading North to. read more...


15/05/2014

Gertha 4 - only one bird

33.18.89 N 63.08.80 W   Trip so far has had very little wildlife,  we may not be far out ; butshould expect more than one solitary bird on the boat. I believe she is a migrant heading from central america to europe,certainly a rare breed. We are one day out from Bermuda pushing east in a westerly, the weathergods are out playing with us. A decision was made this morning to stop going north east and head southeast; saturday looks to be a swell day, and we do not enjoy swelling. Sun shines and sea is blue, all is at peace in our rock and roll world.Crew is at 97%.   S    . read more...


15/05/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - And off we jolly well go....

N18:33:66 W64:30:48   And as we left Tortola we ran striaght into a 30 ktsquall with rain - what a wonderful departure as we head north oncemore.   Still we have left the clutches of Nanny Cay andthe beach and the pool and are now slowly drying out.   More in due course - heading more or less north atthe moment.   Andrew & SusanS/VAndromeda. read more...


15/05/2014

Anna Sophia - Oceaandagboek deel 2, dag 1

Het startschot klinkt, 30 boten schieten vol tuig over de lijn! Dicht bij elkaar zeilen we de middag in. Wind trekt aan en de nacht beloofde al snel een scherpzeilend begin vanrond de 20 knopen. Het veld verspreidt zich en een ieder maakt zich op voor een tocht van 1800 nm (2 weken).Wanneer mijn wacht van 22.00 tot 01.00 uur erop zit, ben ik tevreden met koers en snelheid.Bezorgd zijn weallemaal om het lagedrukgebied wat zich rond de 40 graden bevindt en wat we, met zijn 40 knopen wind en 6 meter golfhoogte, echtmoeten proberen te vermijden. NE lijkt de beste optie, met later vannacht een slag SE naar de 31 Noord.Nadat we om 1.30 uur maar vast overstag gingen, duik ik al snel onder in een diepe slaap. Plotseling, geschuifel, de kajuittrap wordt weggeschoven en Jan trekt op zijn knieen de. read more...


15/05/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - Take Two...or here we go....

Gear box ok, check, new alternator fitted, check, provisioning done, check, washing dry, check, everything stowed, check, water tanks filled again, check, batteries charged, check, fridge absolutely filled to the last inch, check, good night’s sleep had, check, well I guess we will be off then.more in due course,Andrew and SusanAndromeda of Plymouth. read more...


15/05/2014

Starship - ED heading EAST - day 01

SUN-FACTOR: Keine Sonne am Himmel, aber Sonne im Herzen. Antares verabschieden uns mit selbstgebackenen, ofenfrischen Muffins. RUN-FACTOR: Wir sind langsam; gerade einmal 4 Knoten bei 6 Knoten Wind. Aber in der Nacht - mit Kurs 022 - geht es ein wenig schneller.FUN-FACTOR: Dank der neuen Bücher von Antares sind allen guten Mutes, die nächsten Tage mit viel Unterhaltung zu verbringen.. read more...


15/05/2014

Webster - Hi Hooo, Azores here we come!

Wednesday 14th May 2014 Noon position just off BermudaWater topped up, provisions on board, goodbye's and good lucks said, it was time to leave Bermuda come 1000 hours. We could have done with a bit more time here to be honest as it is a beautiful island and we didn't see much of it. Indeed I hardly saw anything of it at all as Monday was to be our touring day but because we had problems with the chart plotter I needed to stay with the boat to await the electronics engineer, the only one on the island. He eventually got to me late morning took the machine out and cut all the wires to it which was a bit alarming to say the least. He eventually found power but disconnected the compass light in the process, then went for lunch! Returning mid afternoon he put it all back together, turned it. read more...


14/05/2014

Gertha 4 - Goodbye Bermuda

Chief Medical Officer Manrique here, checking in.   A lovely time has been had by all in Bermuda. Swimming in postcard-perfectbeaches, pottering about, sampling (repeatedly) the local Gosling’s Rum and theodd bit of quasi cross dressing. Skipper seems to enjoy sauntering around in hissarong. He also turned up the other evening with four ladies t-shirts and someladies hats. These have become our crew shirts, which we will sport proudly aswe set sail today.  Contrary to best practices we went out for a bit of a drink last night, ina Rastafarian-run bar on Turtle Bay. A turtle even popped his head up to greetus. Mauritz taught us the finer points of sailing using beer mats and straws.Feeling a touch groggy this morning, but Mauritz seems to have managed an earlymorning of berry. read more...


15/05/2014

American Spirit II - Day 130; Heading for Suwarrow Atoll, Another Giant Rainbow, Caught a Mahi Mahi, New Watch Schedule; & French Polynesia Summary; Tuesay, May 13, 2014

Up at 7:20 AM. Sent last emails and got last Passage Weather downloads; followed by breakfast and a last trip to the dingy dock to get rid of garbage. Saw another gigantic rainbow in anchorage. We slipped our mooring ball at 10:45 AM, and noticed that the line we had attached to the mooring line was frayed all the way thru. Meaning that the mooring ball on our deck was what was holding the boat in place. We were lucky that we didn't float away during the night or when we were off the boat during the day time hours. At the start of the leg at 11:00 AM we were 3rd across the starting line. A good start. We all 'raced' in the lagoon to the pass, then turned left and headed to Suwarrow, 690 nautical miles and 5 days away. We tried to set our spinnaker once we got out of the pass, but got a. read more...


15/05/2014

American Spirit II - Day 129; Infection Update, Skippers Meeting, Last Provisioning, Joel's Computer Died & Green Flash #9; Monday, May 12, 2014

Up at 6:00 AM so I can be first in line at the doctor's office. I was, arriving at 6:45. The doctor's office opens at 7:30 AM, and the doctor arrived at 7:45 AM. Took bandage off and did not put a new one on. The doctor also gave me the OK to shower and swim. Yeah! My total doctor bills were 21,697 or about $250 for 5 visits. The pharmacy costs were about $500 for drugs and bandages. The Skipper's Meeting was at 9:00 AM for the next leg to Suwarrow, Niue and Tonga. Our fist stop, Suwarrow, is an atoll with no one on it. Caretakers occupy the island, but only 6 months a year. What's unique about this atoll is that we can only safely enter thru the pass in daylight. The charts are accurate enough to make a nighttime entry, but you can't see the shallow coral heads that sprout up from the. read more...


15/05/2014

American Spirit II - Day 128; Mother's Day USA, Great Rainbow, & Joel Installed New VHF Radio; Sunday, May 11, 2014

Raining at 6:00 AM, so Joel got up and closed all hatches. Got up at 7:01 AM. At 7:33 AM saw a brilliant double ended rainbow, where you see both ends of it. And the rainbow was really close and wide. How often do people see double ended rainbows? Very cool.When I say 'close' I mean one of the ends was only 500 yards away. The colors were very intense and wide; with rally boats in the foreground. At 10 AM the first group in our fleet started for Suwarrow. The fleet is split into 2 groups, Group 1 and Group 2, starting 2 days later, because our second stop on this leg, an island called Niue, has only 20 mooring buoys, so with 37 boats we can't all visit that island at the same time.And this island either doesn't allow you to anchor or the anchorage is so deep you can't anchor. We were. read more...


15/05/2014

Sweet Pearl - Bora Bora --> Suwarrow - 2.Tag - Der Start

Die erste Nacht haben wir gut überstanden und wir sind gut unterwegs. Wie es sich herausstellt, haben wir eine nördlichere Route gewählt als einige andere; das Ziel ist aber für uns alle dasselbe;-). Einige Boote mussten länger in Bora Bora bleiben wegen technischen Problemen oder sind gestartet und mussten wieder zurück. Wir wünschen ihnen viel Glück und hoffen dass wir von dieser Pechwelle verschont bleiben. Nachdem Sandra gestern einen herrlichen Eintopf gezaubert hat, muss ich mir heute beim Kochen Mühe geben...puhhh. Heute Abend ist Vollmond, was die Nächte viel schöner macht. Wir freuen uns. Liebe Grüsse nach Hause. Tom. read more...


15/05/2014

Starblazer - 14/05/2014 – Fast and slow

We had a really good 24 hour run to 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, covering 156 nM.We continued at a similar rate until 2000 hrs, that’s when the squalls began. Typically squalls bring rain and wind and soften a windshift.The first squall, just after I went off watch, comprised heavy rain, gusts to 24 knots and a 90 degree windshift which Q (the wind steering) couldn’t cope with. John got soaked to the skin hand steering until the squall passed.The squalls continued until nearly noon today, Wednesday.Unusually they often brought a lull in the wind accompanied by a significant windshift, the boat slowed right down going in the wrong direction then slowly built up speed as the squall passed.This has contributed to a drop in the day’s run to 10:00 a.m. of only 121 nM.We must take the positives though,. read more...


14/05/2014

Nexus - Seamounts below and Suwarrow ahead

We crossed over Seamount Marara yesterday, which gives you a strange sensation of flying while sailing. Marara is just past Motu One and rises from 16,000ft to 3,800ft as rough cone shaped mountain about seven miles in diameter. It would be an awesome sight on land, but completely invisible in the water. We like to avoid sailing over them. I read a NASA study where they used a low earth orbit radar to study to ocean surface a few years back, and concluded two things; first that rogue waves are much more common than previously thought, and second that they most frequently occur in the vicinity of seamounts or cliffs. We had a great night sailing last night and this morning, with the wind above 20kts, we were clocking along around 9-14kts. We're closing on Suwarrow too soon now, which is a. read more...


14/05/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - Time to be off once more and re-start the adventure......

With a clean bill of health on the gear box we hadthe alternator checked out as its been problematic for some time. What wassupposed to be a one hour job tuned into an all day exercise so we are behindschedule once more - ho hum.   Anyway, we managed to pay the bills, and get theprovisioning done at last so have decided to leave after a good nights rest andresume the adventure.   We are looking forward to getting underway oncemore and hope the rallies stay in Bermuda was successful - the sunny skies werea very different sight to the torrential rain we've had down here for the pastfew days, though the locals all say its' most welcome.   More in due course......   P.S. song list is now 200 long, so will sort out indue course......thanks to all for the contributions.. read more...


14/05/2014

Ballytrim - Ballytrim log Bermuda 9th - 14th May 14

So, wow.... Bermuda.Who would have thought. Not everybody gets to call this way.A lovely, gentle place. Very colonial but also very American! ( 'have a nice day....')The people are lovely and mainly kind. How often do you walk down your Main Street and have someone, a total stranger, stop to ask how you are?,. Lovely and calm. There's a sense of peace.Regretfully, peace has been a far off thing for ourselves, as we needed to make repairs on the main sail, auto helm, inverter, VHF and a few other things. Im glad to say that we appear to have got there, even though the cost is particularly high, even compared to the Caribbean.... ( I never thought I'd be saying that, more expensive than the Caribbean!!?? but that's how it is with islands in the middle of an ocean. )The weathers definitely. read more...


14/05/2014

Firefly - Full moon

We doubt its planned, but many of the World ARC legs are timed beautifully for a full moon. The sky during our first night at sea on passage to Suwarrow was clear and the moon was huge and bright. It makes the night time watches considerably more enjoyable especially as we are now two handed and having to spend more time on watch. The wind increased gradually during the night and the peak windspeed was 30 knots with about 20 being the average. We are therefore making very good progress with a day 1 24 hour run of just under 170 miles. The sea is moderate and Firefly is rolling a lot as she ploughs on to the west.With most of the boats still in close proximity, the morning roll call via SSB radio was generally a 'loud and clear' affair and due to the fleet being split - it was over. read more...


03/01/2006

Andromeda of Plymouth - Time to be off once ore and re-start the adventure..

With a clean bill of health on the gear box we hadthe alternator checked out as its been problematic for some time. What wassupposed to be a one hour job tuned into an all day exercise so we are behindschedule once more - ho hum.   Anyway, we managed to pay the bills, and get theprovisioning done at last so have decided to leave after a good nights rest andresume the adventure.   We are looking forward to getting underway oncemore and hope the rallies stay in Bermuda was successful - the sunny skies werea very different sight to the torrential rain we've had down here for the pastfew days, though the locals all say its' most welcome.   More in due course......   Andrew & SusanS/VAndromeda. read more...


14/05/2014

Defyr - Towards Azores: Start!

We had last minute changes in our crew. Daniel switched to Anettine, so they would have enough crew to start the crossing. Plus Daniel wanted to switch, so he could sail all the way to Portugal (we only had space to Azores). Sadly Anettine had some autopilot problems and we saw Daniel waving to us at the channel rocks. Hopefully we see them all in Horta!So now we have a happy quatro! Ansgar, me (disguised as a sailor), Alf and Antero.. read more...


Defyr - Towards Azores: Start!
Defyr - Towards Azores: Start!
14/05/2014

Mystic - Blog, Tuesday 5-13-14

The crew is ready to set sail tomorrow morning! The boats cleaned up, we’ve got water, we’ve got food and we leave at 11AM tomorrow from this harbor with 32 other boats (that will squeeze out through this little narrow port mouth) 1800 Miles to the next port, about 16 days! That’s a lot of water under your bum! We’ll email when we can! Remember to check ARC’s tracking site here, we are on ARC Europe Leg 2 Bermuda to Azores : http://www.worldcruising.com/arc_europe/eventfleetviewer.aspx Don, Mystic Captain . read more...


14/05/2014

Happy Destiny - Ready to Go - blog 14 May

Happy Destiny is ready to head for the Azores.  We are caffeinated, breakfasted. and have made our final visits to the onshore facilities.  Based on the latest forecast,we are going to head east, south of the rhumb line and hope that we get a lift from a southwesterly moving low now located northeast of us. read more...


14/05/2014

Firefly - en route to Suwarrow

Firefly lead the fleet across the start line, with Susie helming and Paul trimming sheets, at 1100 on Tuesday 13th May at the beginning of leg 4 to Suwarrow. Broad reaching in flat water conditions and with a strong favourable current, Firefly pulled out a good lead on the other 13 boats as we sailed out of the pass at Bora Bora. The wind then dropped in the lee of the island and the engine came on for a short while before the breeze kicked back in. We are now sailing in a tradewind breeze of 15 knots, goose winged with both the jib boom and mainsail prevented as we are in a moderately rolly sea - heading right towards the sun which is due to set about 1800 society islands local time (about an hour from now).We are in group 2, the other half of the fleet left 48 hours earlier - the. read more...


14/05/2014

Flomaida II - `la ora na und maeva in französisch Polynesien

Die Zivilisation hat uns wieder! Papeete/ Tahiti ist schon fast einKulturschock für uns nach den Tuamotus und den Marquesas. Angekommenin der Stadtmarina von Papeete war gleich das Organisieren derReparaturarbeiten fällig. Nach mehrmaligen Anläufenmit Parasailorund Besan Stagsegel im Dinghi zum Segelmacher, der keine Lizenz hat,um an den Quai zu kommen, haben wir ihn endlich gefunden und hoffenauf baldige Reparatur!!! Der Volvo Monteur hat zwar das Gerät, umunseren Alarm auszulesen, aber erstmal keinen Termin frei zumReparieren. Watermaker und Generator funktionieren eigentlichsporadisch gut und bräuchten eine Inspektion- auch schwierig-viel Gerede und wenig output!Funktioniert hat sehr gut das RausnehmendesSchiffes und das Austauschen der Buchse am Saildrive, dieSchleifspurenhatte und. read more...


13/05/2014

Nexus - Welcome Brian and Lauren to NEXUS

We welcome Brian and Lauren aboard NEXUS as new crew this week, they are a young couple from North Carolina enjoying a break from their careers and are already a great addition to NEXUS and we are enjoying their help and companionship on board. We caught up with VIVO and Bora Bora and had a great gourmet dinner cooked by Lorenzo to bid farewell to Dawn who is flying home for a while, and mark the occasion of Brian and Lauren joining NEXUS from VIVO together. It was a great evening with a fabulous dinner and great company, and of course you don't get a better setting than Bora Bora!Russ and Laurie on NEXUS 5/11/14 16 30S;151 46W. read more...


13/05/2014

Puerki - Franse Borreltante

Puerki. Spaans voor Klein Varkentje, hebben we ons wijs laten maken. Maar in een andere taal is het ongetwijfeld: Franse dame. Uit de familie Chantiers Jeanneau. Ze voelt zich thuis vooral in havens. Bij voorkeur in warme, exotische oorden. Ze houdt van het Goede Leven.   Op jonge leeftijd besluit de 45ft lange French Lady meer van de wereld te willen zien en vertrekt uit Les Herbiers. Jaren flirt ze met een zeiler uit Telde, op Gran Canaria. Met een andere liefde komt ze tot in Panama. En uiteindelijk vindt ze haar geluk, je hoort het vaker, op Aruba. One Happy Island. Aan boord wordt geborreld, gefeest, er ontstaan liefdes. Ze ontvangt -altijd gastvrij- mensen uit werkelijk alle windstreken, tot aan Almelo toe. Ze luistert naar verhalen over stoplichten, rood en groen. Over New. read more...


13/05/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - Alternator....bliss

Hurrah...yippeee.....we have a working alternator after giving Lincoln a right headache most of the day. So we put off Andrew's favourite (!) task reprovisioning till tomorrow morning.The winds look favourable for the next few days for our trip north before we turn east towards the Azores. Andrew has been playing with the fishing lines and has two bright new lures ready and waiting to go....will we catch anything...watch this space.We are looking forward to restarting our trip and enjoying the ocean passage.More in due course,Andrew and SusanAndromeda of Plymouthps will be posting the song titles before we go.....there are a few more. read more...


13/05/2014

Arcarius of Plymouth - Arcarius. Bermuda

BermudaWoohoo!!!!!!!!It's beautiful!!!!!!The St George dinghy club is where we are moored. In the marina waters, parrot fish, groupers and grey snapper bathe. The coral reefs of nearby Tobacco Bay provide a habitat rich in marine life that is a privilege to swim amongst. The ARC have provide a range of parties and celebrations since we arrived.Naturally we have embraced all aspects of the adventure.The First Mate gave us a reason to celebrate when he took on the fleet in a dance off, young and old competing that left him aching and reaching for the Ibuprofen the next morning. It was worth the effort though as he won the competition and as a result the Arcarius crew all enjoyed a free rum cocktail. And I have reason to believe that the First Mate was offered considerably more!Results for. read more...


Arcarius of Plymouth - Arcarius. Bermuda
Arcarius of Plymouth - Arcarius. Bermuda
13/05/2014

Arcarius of Plymouth - Arcarius. Rest of sail to Bermuda

Rest of sail to BermudaThe coast of Bermuda should appear over the horizon soon, perhaps today or definitely tomorrow morning, only 76 miles, at 5 knots we should arrive in the middle of the night tonight which means we will have to anchor in the bay until morning.The moon sets at around 2 30am so we need to approach the coral reefs that surround the Island before 2 30 am tomorrow morning. The next few paragraphs may not be written in order of events as one day blurs into the next, so this is as I remember it, no doubt the boys will correct me if I am wrongOn board at the moment moral is good, the sea is deep and everywhere but the wind is proving illusive and a slippery little devil to catch.It has however, suffered the odd day and night of entrapment and one evening ensured we had. read more...


Arcarius of Plymouth - Arcarius. Rest of sail to Bermuda
Arcarius of Plymouth - Arcarius.  Rest of sail to Bermuda
13/05/2014

Arcarius of Plymouth - Arcarius Day 3

Day 3Although still a little chilly and wet the wind had picked up and filled our sails, the sea was lively and this was going to be our opportunity to steal ground from Voila and possibly overtake her.We were sailing as comfortably close to the wind as we could but the sea state was such that a cereal and milk that morning had be substituted for a cereal bar instead.The first mate was on good form in the perfect sailing conditions but it took the seawomanship of the Scarepirate to finally take the lead from Voila.First Mate still in denial. Of course some credit for this period of fine sailing must be accredited to the skipper who set the sails and gave medal winning instructions throughout.Great work Skip.. read more...


13/05/2014

Arcarius of Plymouth - Day 2

Day 2Night shifts came and went and despite a little squall passed fairly uneventfully, the scenery and shooting stars provided a light show during each of our watch duties. Only one large frigate passed our sternand we are now enjoying the sunshine in the cockpit and on the bow. Wind has sadly dropped but the sea is sporting a piercing azure blue coat with the sun glistening and dancing across the waves.Whale spotting is our next goal. Sadly, no whales sighted yet but on the night watch of night 2, in torrential rain flying fish arrived to examine the stern, one nearly flew into the cockpit memories of Alfred Hitchcocks adaptation of Daphnine Dumauriers book The Birds, sent the Scarepirate scurrying down the companion way for cover.. read more...



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