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Northern Light - SS Sally!
Northern Light - SS Sally!
Northern Light - Hellsinki
Northern Light - Hellsinki
Northern Light - George goes ahead to buy the beers!
Northern Light - George goes ahead to buy the beers!
Northern Light - Kronstadt - Can we go please?
Northern Light - Kronstadt - Can we go please?
Northern Light - Northern Light by moonlight!
Northern Light - Northern Light by moonlight!
Northern Light - Julia takes charge!
Northern Light - Julia takes charge!
Northern Light - The Russian Navy welcomes the Baltic Arc Fleet
Northern Light - The Russian Navy welcomes the Baltic Arc Fleet
Widago - Sunset at KSSS
Widago - Sunset at KSSS
Widago - Sunrise en route to Stockholm
Widago - Sunrise en route to Stockholm
07/08/2015

Firefly - Champagne sailing and breaching humpbacks

Its Friday 7th August and Firefly is approaching Magnetic Island. We spent last night anchored behind the spit at Cape Bowling Green and at about 0600 the wind started blowing from the south and Firefly's rocking woke us up. With no lie in possible this morning we hauled up the anchor and have been on a very fast reach with a favourable tide, covering the 35 miles to Horseshoe Bay in 4 hours.Our time in the Whitsundays was very enjoyable, spent in company with Pat and Stuart from Brizo - the weather improving every day we were there. We spent most of our time on the west and north of Hook Island and particularly enjoyed anchoring off Langford and One Foot Island where we had a memorable walk and sundowner on the beach at sunset, witnessing a 'green flash'. Lunch at the exclusive 'One and. read more...


Lyonesse - Parade of Sail in Helsinki
Lyonesse - Parade of Sail in Helsinki
06/08/2015

Lyonesse - St. Petersburg to Helsinki

Donnerstag, 6. August 2015 St. Petersburg war beeindruckend…und sehr anstrengend…tolle Architektur, Paläste und Kathedralen und eine sehr lebhafte Großstadt, aber auch x Nächte mit megalauter Party-Mucke in der Marina, anstrengende Taxi-Logistik aus und in die Stadt und eher mittelschöne Facilities im Hafen. Quintessenz: toll, das einmal mit dem Boot gemacht zu haben, wir wollen auf jeden Fall nochmal hin, dann aber eher mit Flieger und Hotel ;-) Dementsprechend war es auch gut, am Montag wieder aufzubrechen in Richtung Finnland. Zuerst hieß es Volltanken zum absolut unschlagbaren russischen Dieselpreis und nochmal Spass mit dem Russischen Zoll, der auch beim Auschecken nochmal in viele Schränke und Verschläge an Bord schauen wollte…immerhin nicht mehr in alle und ohne Drogenhund wie. read more...


Lyonesse - Night in Russian Waters
Lyonesse - Night in Russian Waters
Widago - Running in Mariehamm
Widago - Running in Mariehamm
Widago - Running in Mariehamm
Widago - Running in Mariehamm
05/08/2015

Widago - Ahab's Sweater

Finally cold enough for "the sweater". Arriving in Mariahamm, Orland shortly. Brrrrrrr!FullSizeRender. read more...


Widago - Ahab's Sweater
Widago - Ahab's Sweater
Widago - Finnish Archipelago - part 2
Widago - Finnish Archipelago - part 2
Widago - Finnish Archipelago - part 3
Widago - Finnish Archipelago - part 3
Widago - Finnish Archipelago - 1
Widago - Finnish Archipelago - 1
Widago - Helsinki Parade
Widago - Helsinki Parade
Widago - Helsinki Parade part 2
Widago - Helsinki Parade part 2
Widago - polar bear club
Widago - polar bear club
Widago - jumpers
Widago - jumpers
03/08/2015

Widago - Flipping for Finland

Been awhile since my last ARC post. Many apologies as we have been busy tourists and consumers. I have to say though that Finland has been an unexpected gem. The allure maybe be perhaps accentuated due to the contrast from St. Petersburg, but cruising the Finnish coastline has been spectacular. Our first night anchored after Haapasari was a brisk delight. I was the only one with sense enough to stay out of the sixty degree water. My polar bears were happy to get wet, and then have hot chocolate. Always a good excuse for hot chocolate.A few days in Helsinki had us in ship shape. Twelve loads of laundry later. Many thanks for the ARC Fleet for their compassion and understanding during my monopoly of NJK laundry room. The boat finally does not smell like dirty socks, and there's really not. read more...


Widago - Flipping for Finland
Widago - Flipping for Finland
Shenanigan - Midnight Shenanigans
Shenanigan - Midnight Shenanigans
Shenanigan - Midnight Shenanigans
Shenanigan - Midnight Shenanigans
Shenanigan - Midnight Shenanigans
Shenanigan - Midnight Shenanigans
Shenanigan - Midnight Shenanigans
Shenanigan - Midnight Shenanigans
Shenanigan - Midnight Shenanigans
Shenanigan - Midnight Shenanigans
Shenanigan - Midnight Shenanigans
Shenanigan - Midnight Shenanigans
Shenanigan - Midnight Shenanigans
Shenanigan - Midnight Shenanigans
Shenanigan - Midnight Shenanigans
Shenanigan - Midnight Shenanigans
Shenanigan - Midnight Shenanigans
Shenanigan - Midnight Shenanigans
Shenanigan - Midnight Shenanigans
Shenanigan - Midnight Shenanigans
01/08/2015

Shenanigan - Midniight Shenanigans

On Monday 27th July, after refuelling at 45p per litre (!), we headed out to Kronshtadt Island border control to check out of Russia passing the 2018 football world cup stadium and entering the very narrow channel before passing the Russian navy ship graveyard next to the border control. The check out process fortunately was a lot smoother than on the way in and only took 1 ¼ hours. With only light headwinds we found ourselves motoring again.  The night was rather more eventful than the day when at 22:45, whilst still in the fairly busy Russian traffic separation scheme, Mary P (another ARC yacht) called us on the radio asking if we could see them and said that they were experiencing engine problems; not the best place to be with a problem and also they were not immediately. read more...


Northern Light - Northern Light - Winter Palace from a hydrofoil!
Northern Light - Northern Light - Winter Palace from a hydrofoil!
Northern Light - Made it!
Northern Light - Made it!
Northern Light - The motley crew!
Northern Light - The motley crew!
Northern Light - Vergi, Estonia
Northern Light - Vergi, Estonia
Northern Light - Northern Light - The nearest I got to the fleshpots of Tallin! - she was charming but had no teeth!
Northern Light - Northern Light - The nearest I got to the fleshpots of Tallin! - she was charming but had no teeth!
31/07/2015

Firefly - Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Islands

Firefly was anchored east of Burning Point, Shaw Island for 2 nights while we waited for some strong trade winds to calm down following a boisterous sail down from Mackay. The holding was excellent in water that was about 6 meters deep at low water and with a bottom that was a sandy mud. This was good as there were 'bullets' of wind coming down off the mountain on Shaw Island - probably at 40 knots or maybe more. We know them as 'Katabatic down drafts' from our days sailing in the Greek Islands. They happen when its windy on the windward side of a high island or headland and on the leeward side, where it may be expected to be sheltered - the gusts thunder down the steep sides somewhat sporadically. A few times Firefly was practically laid flat as they hit.Following the extra day at Shaw. read more...


30/07/2015

Northern Light - Northern Light - Tallin - St Petersburg

Friday 17th July - Pene arrived late morning, along with Nigel and Victoria Steele, in a torrential rain shower. This was quite a refreshing change from all the hot weather that we had experienced during he trip to date., although I’m not sure that new arrivals agreed wholeheartedly with this sentiment. Dinner at the Tallin Yacht Club was very good. The Soviet style rather gaunt and crumbling premises were built for the  Russian Olympics on 1980, and had been pretty well neglected since. Tallinn however was delightful with the Old city especially, being a joy to wander around.Friday night was also the famous ‘ drink my rum before the Ruski’s get it’ party, thrown most generously by Guyon and Ali onboard Widago, an impressive Leopard 48 catamaran, on which the family has. read more...


28/07/2015

Lyonesse - Tallinn to St. Petersburg

Tuesday, July 28th When I first arrived in Tallinn I was surprised by the size of the city, it was smaller than I would assume for a capital. Despite the size, the old town was lovely; cute little houses, an old wall and good food.  After a few days in Tallinn where I had the chance to meet the other participants of the ARC Baltic, a lot different people who are all very welcoming, we set off to Kronstadt, where we had to wait for "a bit" while Russian officials checked our passports and boat. Later we sailed off to Saint Petersburg. Although that was only the last 15 nautical miles of the whole journey, it was the most uncomfortable part as it was raining buckets and it was not easy to navigate between the commercial ships in the narrow shipping lanes. Close to Saint. read more...


28/07/2015

Firefly - Duck Billed Platypus at Eungella National Park

Firefly moored up to the Q dock in Mackay on Wednesday 22nd July at 2000. Aretha had arrived a couple of hours before and a few hours after us, Garlix and Hugur also came in. Despite being advised against any boat to boat social interactions while waiting on the customs dock - an impromptu party was started on Aretha, with Dagmar from German yacht Garlix providing each of us with a cup of hot 'Grog'. Apart from a clear interlude after our passage through the Great Barrier Reef and partway across the lagoon to Mackay the weather had continued to be quite bad with rain, although the wind had moderated - 'Grog' was definately appropriate.The 100 mile passage across the lagoon was great as there was no longer any swell once inside the reef and we were eating as much of the fresh food that. read more...


28/07/2015

Exody - Days 192-198 : Waves, Wind, Wallabies and Winter Sales

The wind kept on building on Tuesday 21st and much of the day we were in 25 to 35 knots with gusts topping 40 knots accompanied by horizontal rain and very poor visibility - the waves and swell were large but not uncomfortable on the rear quarter. We were down to treble reefed main and genny.  Wednesday cleared progressively and we were able to see the one or two ships crossing our path north/south at five or six miles range.  By the middle of the day, our long missed friend the sun was out and the wind dropped  - we motored most of the last 40 miles in to the Hydrogapher's Passage - the well marked and lit shipping route through the Great Barrier Reef, crossing the World ARC finish line after dark at 20.10.  Although still 100 miles off the mainland coast, the. read more...


Flomaida II - Abschied vom Aborigine Land, in dem die Aborigines nicht geliebt werden und sich fühlen wie Aussätzige und auch so behandelt werden
Flomaida II - Abschied vom Aborigine Land, in dem die Aborigines nicht geliebt werden und sich fühlen wie Aussätzige und auch so behandelt werden
Flomaida II - Abschied von lieb Freunden.
Flomaida II - Abschied von lieb Freunden.
Flomaida II - Das war alles in den diversen Taschen des Fahrrades
Flomaida II - Das war alles in den diversen Taschen des Fahrrades

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