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Flomaida II - Da war es noch nicht zerrissen, das Besan Stag Segel!
Flomaida II - Da  war es noch nicht zerrissen, das Besan Stag Segel!
Flomaida II - Wer ist uns denn da über den Weg gelaufen? Bin ich nicht schööön?(Galapagos)
Flomaida II - Wer ist uns denn da über den Weg gelaufen? Bin ich nicht schööön?(Galapagos)
Flomaida II - Christoph beim leider erfolglosen Versuch der Reparatur des Unterliekstreckers- in den Korb fallen die Schrauben
Flomaida II - Christoph beim leider erfolglosen Versuch der Reparatur des Unterliekstreckers- in den Korb fallen die Schrauben
04/04/2014

American Spirit II - Day 89; Rain Squall, Mike' Hotel, Rendezvous Party & Stephen Kirk Joins Crew; Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Awakened at 2:39 AM by first of three rain showers. Mike got up and closed all the boat hatches. Thank you Mike.Crawled out of bed at 7:30 AM. Overcast. Light rain. Today is Mike's last day on the boat. At 8:20 AM a Frigate bird swooped down and grabbed a 3 inch fish from the water's surface 100 feet behind our boat. As it flew upwards, 3 other exotic looking birds (who remain unidentified for now) flew after the Frigate bird trying to take the fish out of the bird's beak. What is ironic is that the Frigate bird is noted for doing the same thing to other birds, and that is the reason its also called the Man o' War bird. Because it steals fish from other birds. Around 10:30 AM things got really wild in the anchorage. The light rain turned into a violent squall, with winds easily in excess. read more...


03/04/2014

American Spirit II - Day 88; Fueling Celebrate, Trilium Dingy Transfer, Snack Shop BBQ and Tsumani Alert; Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Up at 6:00 AM. Throat still sore, nose still running. Started generator at 7:00 AM to recharge batteries. This is something we do usually every morning and every evening for about 2 hours at at time. We only burn about 36 gallons of diesel an hour when we do this, which is not a great amount of fuel. While under sail, we charge our batteries with the hydro generator and wind turbine; and use the generator only if we're going less than 5 knots of boat speed. We finished breakfast by 9:00 AM, when Charlie from the US yacht Celebrate picked Joel and me up in his dingy. Really a motor boat. Charlie's boat is 58 feet, or about 5 times larger than our 40 footer. We traveled in Charlie's yacht to the fuel dock, where Joel remained on the boat and I climbed the ladder at the fuel dock to tend. read more...


03/04/2014

American Spirit II - Day 87; Breakfast Ashore, Herman Melville, Main Sheet Traveler Car Here, Fueled Boat, Got Butane and Pizza for Dinner; Monday, March 31, 2014

Up at 6:30 AM. Have a cold, 3rd day. Sore throat. No one else infected yet. Hopefully, no one else will get ill from me. I saw two more Rally boats entering the bay after sunrise. The reference to Herman Melville in the Subject line is that in 1842 he 'jumped ship' while in Nuku Hiva on a whaling vessel. For those that don't know, Melville wrote the classic Moby Dick. A movie by that name had the Captain played by Gregory Peck. Outside even at 7:30 AM the heat and humidity is oppressive. Sweat, sweat, sweat. Keeping fully hydrated is a constant battle. And there is so little wind that our wind turbine doesn't even turn. We need 15 knots of wind for the wind turbine to generate electricity and keep our boat batteries charged. At 7:36 AM I observed someone swimming 15 feet behind their. read more...


02/04/2014

Celebrate - Following the Wake of Solo Woman World Circumnavigator, Pat Henry!

I met Pat Henry at a neighbor's home in the Puerto Vallarta area of Mexico where she now lives.Pat is a delight and was awarded e Joshua Slocum Golden Circle for her solo circumnavigation.Also, my husband and I had read her book, "By the GRACE of the SEA" about her Around-the-World sailing trip.We were enthralled and found it quite helpful for ideas about our own planned circumnavigation. Pat made her first land fall in French Polynesia at Nuka Hiva, where we are now anchored having followed in her wake, and we have heard the nighttime drumbeats as if from the pages of Herman Melville's "Typee".As our World ARC Rally boat friends came into the bay we felt as Pat had, "reassured by the sight of familiar boats in foreign harbors". Our hat is off to you, Pat, and we can't wait to compare. read more...


02/04/2014

Firefly - On Nuka Hiva

Our trip to the Vaipo waterfall was memorable; the two hour walk up took us through gardens, fruit orchards and a beautiful green valley lined by mountains. We walked with the crew of NDS Darwin, Seaduced and a local guide and caught sight of the waterfall on the way. Claims in the tourist literature that it is the highest in Polynesia and the third tallest in the world may be exaggerated but its impressive either way. Due to the topography, once there, we were too close to the base to see the top and full extent of the cascade - we took a refreshing swim in the pools and gorge at the base.Our anchorage in the Bai de Taioa or Daniel's Bay was impressive too; we were almost completely enclosed and sheltered from all wind directions making it one of the most calm spots yet. It was a pity. read more...


01/04/2014

Free & BrEasy - New Superlatives Needed

Waking up on the first morning in anchorage at Tuamoto Bay, Hiva Oa, we were greeted with a cockerel crowing. Had the boat beached in a farm yard? Later in the morning the cockerel was still going. In fact he had been joined by a few mates! On our safari ride into the 'interior' a few days later, we realised that the island is populated by literally free range wild hens guarded by their mistrusting cockerels. We went on Safari in a bumpy open sided truck to see the big three: wild chicken, wild goats and wild horses. We missed out on the very shy wild boar which are still hunted from horse back. Every so often the stony track would be replaced by a concrete road and John, our guide, would shout Mitter and Road or Narkozy Highway' named after the French President who gave them the money!. read more...


01/04/2014

American Spirit II - Day 86; Arrived in Nuku Hiva, First Sunrise Green Flash and Wifi Day at the Snack Shop; Sunday, March 30, 2014

Mike woke me at 5:30 AM as we were 10 miles from Nuku Hiva. The sun rose at 5:52 AM and for the first time in my life I saw a Green Flash at sunrise. I wasn't looking for the flash, it just happened. Green Flash number 6 on our trip. With sunset at 5:50 PM the night before and sunrise at 5:52 AM the days and nights are equal in time. That's what being near the equator is like. At 6:56 AM about a dozen dolphin approached the boat from in front of us. What was unusual about them was that as they approached they all seemed to jump out of the water in unison as they approached the boat. Like soldiers in perfect lockstep. We entered Baie de Taiohae in Nuku Hiva at 7:00 AM. As we entered the bay, there were two large rock formations on each side of the bay's entrance: Sentinelle de l'ouest on. read more...


31/03/2014

Starblazer - 31/03/2014 – In search of water

On Thursday we went on a tour of the island, nearly as planned.The taxi taking us, 4 wheel drive, double cab pick-up with bench seats in the back, broke down.It didn’t so much break down as refuse to go uphill at anything more than walking pace, diagnosis blocked fuel filter.Jean took us back to the harbour and we managed to get another taxi, without the seats in the back, much newer (3 months old) and very comfortable.Freda was an excellent guide, very informative about the history of the Marquesan people and knowledgeable about the trees.Lunch was a mix of rice with plaintains, poisson cru (raw fish soaked in lemon juice and coconut milk), goat stew and pork stew with lots of vegetables followed by a local speciality of fruit cooked with manioc flour which becomes a jelly. read more...


31/03/2014

American Spirit II - Day 85; Off to Hiva Oa to Pick Up Alex, 5th Green Flash, Two Fish Got Away and Lightning; Saturday, March 29, 2014

8:00 AM breakfast, followed by letting the air out of the dingy and stowing it below in the v-berth. To let the air out of the dingy we use the electric air pump and suck air out of the dingy. This process is faster than just opening the valves and we actually get more air out by sucking it out with the pump. We weighed anchor at 8:55 AM and headed back for Hiva Oa to pick up World Cruising Club representative Alex. Normally the WCC rep would fly to the next island, but since all the flights between the islands are booked, Alex needed to hitch a ride to get to Nuku Hiva. And we needed him to get there as he was organizing our rendezvous party April 2nd. The first order of business while under way was to empty the holding tank; then turn on the boat inverter to charge the dingy lithium. read more...


30/03/2014

Firefly - Waterfalls and 2 days on Ua Pou

We have just set sail for Nuka Hiva after a couple of great days on Ua Pou. On Friday Firefly entered the small harbour of Hakahau in the late afternoon in time to row to shore and take a look around. For a population of around 1000 the small town is well provided with facilities; a number of shops including several well stocked supermarkets, sports facilities that would put many an English town to shame, a large school and infirmary. The church is quite grand and open with a pulpit carved in the shape of a boat's bow. The town is surrounded by high mountains and stone outcrops know as the spires that dominate the settlement and provide a great backdrop, particularly at sunset. The following day in keeping with our exercise regime while ashore, we set off on a hike to the village of. read more...


30/03/2014

Celebrate - Picture Perfect Polynesian Island Anchorage!

Hanamoenoa Bay has a beautiful beach with a lush tropical island view!It's paradise found!What a great place to relax and have fun after our long passage from the Galapagos.A few Rally boats were here NDS Darwin, Kathea and Hebe but have since left for Nuka Hiva.Chez Nous has arrived and we will "car pool" to the beach.With terrific French bread and some added raspberry jam from our friends, Don & Charlotte Lamp, who saw us off in St. Lucia and joined in Charlie's 60th birthday celebration, "life is very good"!  Cathy. read more...


29/03/2014

American Spirit II - Day 84; Hike to 2,000 Foot Waterfall, Another Green Flash and Dinner at II Audeaucious; Friday, March 28. 2014

Up at 6:00 AM. Breakfast at 7:00 AM. In the dingy at 7:50 AM to start our three three hour round trip hike to the 2,000 foot waterfall on Fatu Hiva. The 'landing spot' for our dingy was around a jetty that had a concrete pier and a ramp for motor boats to be put into and pulled out of the water. We elected to pull up to the concrete ramp, then lift our dingy with its motor out of the water and onto dry land, high enough to be in no danger of a rising tide. A few minutes later the crew of Follie a Deux arrived, and after disembarking 3 of the 4, Brian dropped a stern anchor, tied up at the pier and climbed up onto terra firma. Before heading to Fatu Hiva I had emailed Martin on Caduceus of Burnham, asking for anchorage information and directions to the waterfall, since I knew he had. read more...


Happy Destiny - On the hard in Portsmouth
Happy Destiny - On the hard in Portsmouth
28/03/2014

Firefly - On passage to Ua Pou

After a couple of days in Tahuata we have set sail today on the 60 NM passage to Ua Pou. We left at 6.00AM in the hope that we make the trip in daylight.The wind from the East is blowing us along at almost 8 knots so we should make it in good time.We continue to be spoilt for places to visit. For the last two days we have enjoyed some spectacular anchorages in Tahuata first at Bai Hanatefau a steeply enclosed bay with a village at one end then Bai Hanamoena a more isolated, open bay lined in Palm trees with golden sand. This is the first proper sandy beach we have visited and reported by the pilot guide to be one of the best in Polynesia.We are heading for Bai d'Hakahau the largest settlement on Ua Pou where 1000 people live. With luck there will be a bakery and general stores to stock. read more...


28/03/2014

American Spirit II - Day 83; On to Fatu Hiva, and Another Green Flash Sunset; Thursday, March 27, 2014

Up at 5:30 AM; breakfast at 7:15 AM. We checked our email after breakfast and I had a response from Martin from the boat Caduceus of Burnham. I had emailed him last night and asked him about the anchorage at Fatu Hiva and if he had any directions to the waterfall there. He gave me excellent information on both accounts, and indicated that the villagers had even hosted a large dinner for them. At 8:15 AM Joel dropped me off at the dingy dock so I could settle up with our agent; coordinate with Alex his pick up from Hiva Oa by our boat on Saturday, to take him to Nuku Hiva; and to pick up some fresh French bread at the fueling station.At 9:04 AM we weighed anchor and departed the anchorage en route to Fatu Hiva, 42 miles away. To weigh anchor we had to back down by letting more anchor. read more...


28/03/2014

American Spirit II - Day 82; Hot and Sweaty, and Last Full Day in Hiva Oa; Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Rained during the night, 3:00 AM? Joel got up and closed the hatches and put recliners in the cockpit under the dodger to keep them dry. Still very bouncy in the anchorage. By bouncy I mean the bows of the boats in the anchorage are bouncing 18 inches up and down; and rolling back and forth 5 to 10 degrees.The bay or anchorage is .2 of a mile long and .14 mile wide. Called Baie Tahauku. Because we're on the side of the anchorage that the jetty is on, its less rough where we're at than on the other side of the anchorage. Rained again before breakfast. At 10:45 AM we got a taxi and headed into town to look for propane fittings; and to go to the Paul Gaughin museum. The museum was closed when we got to it, due to it being time for the daily siesta. It was closed from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. So. read more...


28/03/2014

Celebrate - Land Ho! The Marquesas!

After 3,000 nautical miles plus from the Galapagos, we have arrived at the Marquesas in French Polynesia as Captain Cook did, by sailboat.Our port of entry is the Island of Hiva Oa where the famous painter, Paul Gauguin, is buried just above our anchorage in the village of Atuono.We said goodbye to our latest crew member, Randy Brand, who is heading back to his home in Alaska and his wife, Sharon.We saw some wonderful sights together from Panama, through the Galapagos, to the Marquesas.Wishing Randy and his family well in Alaska.Our French Polynesian Flag is now flying! Next, Nuka Hiva...Cathy. read more...


27/03/2014

Happy Destiny - In Portsmouth

Happy Destiny completed her overland trip this morning and is now in Portsmouth.  The skipper (otherwise known as Ray, me or I) preceded her by a day.   I can see the marina from my hotel window.  Hopefully, Happy Destiny will be in the water by the end of next week and I can move aboard.  The goal is to complete installation and updating work by April 18 and have a couple of weeks to test the new toys before the rally departs.  Will try to include a photo next time.. read more...


27/03/2014

Starblazer - 26/03/2014 – Arrival on Hiva Oa

Tuesday was slow, though we turned the engine on just after 0800 because the boat speed was averaging just under 3 knots and we wanted to arrive in daylight. We hadn’t quite reached the 50 nM DTW but switched on the engine  anyway. By this time we had sailed with the cruising chute for 24 hours, a record for us.The engine pushed up the boat speed, this brought the apparent wind forward which increased the boat speed so we reduced the revs, the boat speed dropped, the apparent wind went aft, the speed dropped we increased the revs andthe process repeated itself.It was frustratingbut the fuel lasted and we crossed the finish line at 2059 Galapagos time, 1959 ship’s local time and 1829 local Marquesan time!Confused?I keep looking at the clock which shows and subtracting 8 hours. read more...


27/03/2014

American Spirit II - Day 81; Fueling Day, Dinner at Follie a Deux & Joel's Hair Length; Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Up at 5:30 AM. Reading. Follie a Deux came by at 8:00 AM and invited us to dinner at their boat tonight at 6:00 PM. Follie is a 39 foot Lagoon catamaran. They also dropped off their HUKA, a battery operated compressor used to SCUBA under the boat. Joel will use it later today to clean our boat bottom. Rally control held a communication net at 9:00 AM. Not much going on, except that boats talked about their missing laundry items. Our missing laundry item was a beach towel with all the islands in the Caribbean on it.If another boat had gotten it in their laundry by mistake, it would have turned up by now.Breakfast consisted of eggs for the first time in over a week. Yea! And French bread, of course!At 9:00 AM I called Peggy, our travel agent; and changed Mike's flight home from Friday,. read more...


27/03/2014

Firefly - Hill climbing and island hopping in the Marquesas

Yesterday we tested our legs to the full by climbing up the roads from the Bay of Virgins, climbing some 600 meters to a radio mast and view point overlooking the anchorage. We carried on further to look over to the other side of the Fatu Hiva. The views across the island were stunning just like the coastline with varying land forms and vegetation. We also got a distant view of the waterfall were were swimming in the day before.In the evening we were treated to a roast lamb supper cooked by Pat on board Brizo. Many thanks to Pat and Stuart for a great night. The hospitality we have enjoyed from our fiends and neighbors has been fantastic. This morning we set out on Firefly heading South to the other settlement on Fatu Hiva; Opoa. After taking a look at the rolling anchorage, waves. read more...


26/03/2014

Celebrate - Revised ETA (Today) for Celebrate

Greetings!!It now appears we will arrive between 1pm and 2pm today (Marquesas time).See you soon!CharlieS/V celebrate. read more...


26/03/2014

Celebrate - Dolphin Babies, Red Moons Rising & Self-Lit Night Fish

A huge pod of Dolphins with babies jumping all around the boat stayed with us for quite a while.It was so entertaining! Also, it was spectacular one night to see hundreds of self-lighting fish for an hour lighting our way.Then, there were several nights of the moon rising red.It was mesmerizing. What a fantastic trip!Cathy. read more...


26/03/2014

Nexus - Fatu Hiva

We've stayed on Fatu Hiva at Baie Hanavave (bay of virgins) for the last three days, and have thoroughly enjoyed it. Laurie and I hiked to nearly the top of the volcano yesterday and after an arduous hike, we were rewarded with a spectacular view down on the bay and village and down to the waterfall we hiked to yesterday. The views were amazing, with NEXUS looking like a postage stamp down below, and the view across the island and sea. In the evening, a woman from the village organized a fish dinner for 30 of the World ARC crews in the village hall, complete with music and traditional dancing, and it was a great evening of cultural exchange and fellowship. When they had finished, they asked if anyone wanted to reciprocate and Jane and Andrews son Alistair on the guitar, with Harry from. read more...


25/03/2014

Firefly - An evening in the Hanavave village hall

Yesterday all the crews at anchor in the Bay of Virgins were invited to a supper at the Hanavave Village Hall by Marie Christine the local tourism representative.So after a gorgeous sunset over the bay, 30 World ARC yachtsfolk converged on the hall, the scene resembled many a village hall in England and brought us much closer to home (Peter said it was just like South Pool Village Hall!).We were met by the local dignitaries and a long table was set down the middle of the room covered in locally prepared and presented food: breadfruit, bananas, coconut, fish, chicken (we think!) and goat. The meal was delicious. Added to this the boys and girls on Hebe made a local cocktail of foraged limes and rum which got everyone into a good mood. After supper the tables were pulled back and the boys. read more...


25/03/2014

American Spirit II - Day 80; Bank; Air Tahiti; Hair Cuts; Provisioning; and Bottom Job; Monday, March 24, 2014

Up at 5:30 AM. Cool outside. Needed to put a shirt on. Put together a provision list for boat. Freeze dried for breakfast. Still no eggs. At 8:30 AM boarded shuttle organized by Rally for ride into town. Went to bank to exchange dollars for francs. Exchange rate 80 to 1. Mike went to Air Tahiti and booked flight from Nuku Hiva to Tahiti for April 3rd, the first day that flights are available from the Marquesas to Tahiti. Still on 'wait list' for flight from Hiva Oa to Tahiti this week. If doesn't get on flight, then will have to change Friday flight from Tahiti to USA and reschedule for the week of April 3. Behind the Air Tahiti person dealing with Mike was a picture on the wall of two Polynesian females. Their clothing was limited above the waist. Something like that would be a big EEOC. read more...


25/03/2014

Starblazer - 25/03/2014 – Sailing or drifting?

The good news from yesterday is that we stopped the engine at 0915 and sailed or drifted at between 2.5 and 4 knots in the right direction using the cruising chute.During the day we averaged 3.3 knots, not scintillating sailing but certainly worry free use of a chute!The winds were so gentle, the seas so flat and the sky so cloudless that we left the chute up all night, though our average speed dropped to about 2.8 and we meandered about 2 miles north of our rhum line every 3 hours.The plan had been to maintain the 3.5 knots, to reduce our distance to go to 50 nM by 0900, then we would motorsail and pray that the diesel lasts.We didn’t quite achieve the Distance To Waypoint (DTW) so we are left with 59 nM.Now motorsailing with twin headsails at 5 knots.We hope that the diesel lasts for. read more...


25/03/2014

Firefly - The Bay of Virgins Fatu Hiva

Well Robert Louis Stevenson wasn't wrong the Bay of Virgins on the West coast of Fatu Hiva also called Baie Hanavave (or Strong Surf Bay) is spectacular. We arrived just before sunset with a dramatic approach lined on both sides by steep green mountain slopes covered in palm trees and other vegetation. At the head of the bay there are rocky pillars whose sculptural form give the bay its name. It is rumored that the bay was originally named by explorers the Bay des Verges (or Phalli)because of the shape of the rocks, the missionaries disapproved of this and added an 'i' to the name making it Bay des Vierges (or Virgins) Whatever the truth the bay is very impressive.There are another 6 World Arc boats at anchor here and last night we enjoyed a great evening socialising onboard the. read more...


24/03/2014

Nexus - Bay of Virgins

We've been on Fatu Hiva at Baie Hanavave (bay of virgins) for the last two days, and it is a spectacular setting reported to be the most beautiful bay in the Marquesas. There are towering rock spires on either side of the bay which frame the small village and rock beach between them. Rumor is it used to be called bay of Phali by the Marquesians but the missionaries disapproved and renamed it. We took a hike yesterday through the town and up into the cliffs, to a spectacular 200' waterfall with a deep pool below for a delightful swim. A woman met us on the street as we walked through town, and invited 10 of us to a home cooked fish dinner tonight at her home, which we're sure will be a great experience. Today we're going to hike to the top of the mountains to get a clear view of this bay. read more...


24/03/2014

Starblazer - 24/03/2014 – Still not there yet!

As write this, rather belatedly, our ETA passed about 30 minutes ago and we still have 132 NM to go. With luck, and a little more wind, we should be in Tuesday evening but don’t hold your breath.Yesterday was a noisy day, we motored for all but 20 minutes when we turned the engine off to let the oil drain down so John could check the level. He also took the opportunity for a quick swim to check that there was nothing wrapped around the keel or the propeller. The news was mixed, nothing alien trapped but we have a big crop of what look like goose barnacles which might explain why we cannot get up to the speeds we expect from the engine.The final 80 litres of diesel are now in the tank, it’s not enough to get us there so we hope for (need?) a little wind.The day’s run was 109 NM, it would. read more...


24/03/2014

American Spirit II - Day 79; 40th Wedding Anniversary; Half a Time Zone; Breadfruit; and an Island Tour; Sunday, March 23, 2014

My 40th Wedding Anniversary was today. For me, the toughest part of this adventure is being away from my mate. Thanks for your support Janet!Woke up before the alarm at 6:30 AM. We had an island tour scheduled for 8:00 AM. Got to the dingy dock at 7:50 AM, and instead of leaving the dingy in the water all day to get abused by other dingy's and bumping into the concrete dock structure all day, we kept the outboard motor on our boat and just lifted the dingy out of the water and set it next to the dingy dock. At 8:00 AM no tour vehicle; at 8:15 AM no tour vehicle. So I contacted Rally Control and realized during the conversation that we were not only 30 minutes early for our tour, our watches were all off 30 minutes. When we crossed the 135 West longitude we assumed it was a full hour. read more...


24/03/2014

Free & BrEasy - Welcome to the Marquesas

We have arrived in Hiva Oa, one of the Marquesas islands which are part of French Polynesia, literally in the middle of the Pacific ocean. 4000nm from Panama City and 4000nm to Australia. We have been told not to expect much in the way of fresh produce (we are eating the last of our fruit, a melon, and the fridge is virtually empty) but apparently the croissants should be good! The 3000nm passage from the Galapagos has taken exactly 21 days and is the longest any of the three of us have ever undertaken. Generally the weather conditions have been good although we motored the final 250nm due to light winds and the loss of our light wind foresail (the screecher!).At dawn this morning, the shadows of the Marquesas gradually emerged from the morning twilight about 35nm away. Gradually, the. read more...


24/03/2014

Firefly - 3 days on Hiva Oa, Marquesas

We arrived at the anchorage outside the town of Atuona just before dark and just after a rainstorm - so perfect timing. The approach along the South coast was spectacular with steep green, heavily wooded slopes, the tops shrouded in cloud. With high peaks of over 1000 metres the volcanic island and its neighbours Motane, Tahuata and Fatu Huku (which looks like a whale) were visible from over 30 miles away.The 'finish' line - was between a small island and prominent headland close to the harbour. Firefly was in the top third of the fleet to arrive and as we write this three days later there are still around 10 boats to arrive. So Firefly did very well on a fast and enjoyable passage. We toasted our arrival with a 'few' rum and cokes and tropical cocktails, this was enough excitement for. read more...


23/03/2014

Sweet Pearl - Galapagos --> Marquesas - 22.Tag - Land in Sicht!

Am 22. Tag, d.h. nachdem wir 21 volle Tage (und bei Ankunft werden es genau 21 Tage und 5 Stunden sein) unterwegs waren, sehen wir endlich wieder Land(wunderschöne Inseln) und werden in einer Stunde ankommen. Das Schiff ist bereits geputzt, die Segel sauber verpackt, die beiden Anker sind bereit, das Dinghy bereits aufgepumpt und die Einklarierungspapiere liegen bereit; wir wollen nämlich gleich nach dem Ankern an Land: Eiscream und frische Milchshakes sollen nicht lange auf uns warten. Wir wissen allerdings überhaupt nicht, ob wir diese hier überhaupt bekommen, aber die Vorfreude ist ja bekanntlich die schönste Freude - und von der hatten wir jetzt reichlich:-). Tom. read more...


23/03/2014

Starblazer - 23/03/2014 – Slowly getting there

On Friday evening we decided that we would put the engine into gear when we needed to charge the batteries if the boat speed was below 3 knots.At 2355 Galapagos time, 2255 ship’s local, the boat speed had dropped to less than 3 so the engine went on at 2000 rpm at watch changeover.In flat water with what little wind there is from behind we would have easily achieved 5 knots through the water with the Brunton prop, unfortunately the old fixed blade prop we have put on barely manages 4 knots.Fortunately we have a little current going our way as well. Even with 12 hours motoring the day’s run was a slow 106 nM.We did try sailing for a couple of hours in the afternoon with the colourful cruising chute, we put it up when the wind peaked at 5 knots but we gave up when the wind dropped to 2 and. read more...


23/03/2014

American Spirit II - Day 78; Arrived Hiva Oa in Dark; Saturday, March 22, 2014

No sleep tonight. Even though my watch ended at midnight, with land fall imminent, no sleep for the weary. Joel got up at midnight for his midnight to 3:00 AM watch. He and I would be up all night henceforth until we were anchored in Hiva Oa. Mike got up at 3:00 AM. Having sighted the outline of the mountains of Hiva Oa at an hour before midnight, the dark mountains continued to grow as we got closer and closer. Then we started running along the southern coast of Hiva Oa, two miles off shore, but close enough to see the whites of waves crashing on the iron seashore. Ahead to our right was an uncharted reef. At least that's what Joel Navionics Navigation App said. Our chart plotter on the boat listed no depths and almost no lights. Not very useful. As we approached the end of our. read more...


23/03/2014

American Spirit II - Day 77; Signted Hiva Oa; Friday, March 21, 2014

Up early (4:00 AM), due to time change. We passed thru the 135 degree West Longitude yesterday. 5:00 AM became 4:00 AM. Bright 3/4 moon overhead. Sunrise 6:11 AM. As usual, obstructed by clouds. 10:11 AM. Joel announced that he was looking at three different wave sets: NNE, SE and E. One reason boat so rocky. Noon position: 9 degrees, 47 minutes South; 136 degrees, 55 minutes West. 125 miles to Hiva Oa. At 4:30 PM we caught a small tuna. Too small to keep. Threw back in the ocean. Not sure if the trauma of the hook, haul out and release was too much for him or not. Rain in front and behind us. Dissipated mostly before hit us. A little mist is all we got. Just enough to force us to put up dodger winder and close hatches. The 5:00 PM net went without incident. Fewer boats every day in the. read more...


22/03/2014

Nexus - Baie Hanamoenoa, Tahuata, Marquesas

We left our friends in the crowded harbor on Atuona as more rally boats were expected in, and moved on to a peaceful anchorage just 7 mile away on Tahuata, called Baie Hanamoenoa. It is a small and delightful anchorage on a neighboring lush island, with a beautiful white sand beach framed by cliffs, with the towering volcano peak looking down from above. It was a peaceful night sleep, and a great place to celebrate our 33rd anniversary! We are leaving in the morning for Fatu Hiva and the "bay of virgins" which is one of the most beautiful locations here. We took a long snorkel and swim in the warm and crystal clear waters here, and then spend several hours cleaning our hull as we had some algae growth on our passage. Baie Hanamoenoa is a beautiful harbor, ranked as one of the top three. read more...


22/03/2014

Nexus - Hiva Oa - Baie Atuona

The Marquesas are easily one of the most beautiful island groups in the South Pacific. We spent several nights in Atuona on arrival in Hiva Oa, Marquesas, as the small bay slowly jammed full with 21 of our boats, I'm not sure the locals know what hit them as the first thing to fall over was the island's internet service. Atuona is a delightful small village with a hardware store, couple of small grocery stores, and several shops. We spent several evenings at Alex's pension, with about 20 other World ARC crew members enjoying their home style cooking, playing pool and fusball, swimming in their pool, and ...oh yea...drinking. It was great to socialize with the World ARC group again and catch up with everyone. Alex is a former French Foreign Legion officer, great guy and very welcoming,. read more...


22/03/2014

Starblazer - 22/03/2014 – Reasons to be cheerful

I’ll get the negative out of the way first. There is still very little wind, our day’s run to noon yesterday was a paltry 109 miles, we are going nowhere fast. It seems that the wind is always 200 or more miles ahead of us! All the faster boats have arrived, soon there will be just a handful left at sea. Moan over.We have been in a worse sailing position than this before. On ARC Europe in 2010, between Bermuda and the Azores, our starter motor burnt out, the wind dropped to a whisper and in one 24 hour period we only made 30 miles towards our destination. At least here we can probably drift in the right direction at that speed.We are fit and well and enjoying life. We are very lucky to have the opportunity to explore the world in this way. Many people dream of a circumnavigation, quite a. read more...


22/03/2014

Mystic. At Sea

"Hark, now hear the sailors cry smell the sea, and feel the skylet your soul and spirit fly,into the mystic..."~Van Morrisonc9lny-1.. read more...


Mystic. At Sea
Mystic. At Sea
Flomaida II - Seit wann können Tintenfische fliegen?? Morgens auf dem Cockpitboden!,
Flomaida II - Seit wann können Tintenfische fliegen?? Morgens auf dem Cockpitboden!,
22/03/2014

American Spirit II - Day 76; Bad Eggs, Hot , Dolphin Show & Another Time Zone; Thursday, March 20, 2014

Great night sleep, despite rock and roll of boat all night. Going downwind (and waves) has its disadvantages concerning boat motion. Sunrise cloud obstructed, again. Will we ever have a cloudless sunrise? At 8:34 AM under 300 miles to Hiva Oa. That's right, 'Oa' not 'Hoa.' I've been spelling it wrong for 3 weeks. Oops.[... and Rally Control have been correcting it !!! - Ed]During the 9:00 AM net half the boats no longer tuning in because they've already finished. No more eggs for breakfast. After three of the first six I cracked were bad, I decided to toss the whole lot - the remaining 24. We had freeze dried for breakfast instead. The eggs should last unrefrigerated for 3 weeks; however, I think that when we got them in the Galapagos March 1 they were already 'aged.' In the future on. read more...


21/03/2014

Sweet Pearl - Galapagos --> Marquesas - 20.Tag - Rösti mit Spiegelei

Am hoffentlich 3. letzten Tag gabs Röschti mit Spiegelei - da will man doch gleich noch länger auf hoher See bleiben. Leider gehen uns die Kartoffeln aus, somit ist es dann doch ganz gut dass wir ankommen;-). Noch können wir segeln, wenn auch langsam und obwohl viele andere der verbleibenenn Schiffe bereits motoren. Sandra und Tom haben heute diskutiert dass ihnen diese Überquerung gar nicht so lange vorkommt - eher wie 10 Tage. Das war bei der Atlantiküberquerung anders - liegt das wohl am pazifistischen Pazifik? Wir freuen uns trotzdem anzukommen. Die See ist ruhig, der Himmel ist blau und die Sonne strahlt. Tom. read more...


21/03/2014

Starblazer - 21/03/2014 – Another cooking frenzy

Yes, I’m bored and/or the heat has got to my brain.Why else would I willingly spend hours in the galley where the ambient temperature down below is 30o C, before I light the oven or hob? There is very little wind, we are moving at a walking pace and we still have nearly 500 miles to go. Starblazer is looking after herself and Q is reliably undertaking all helming duties. Meanwhile the food I bought in the Galapagos is rapidly rotting, it is certainly the worst provisioning I’ve done so far, hence the cooking.Thinking about making something different for lunch, I decided to make a crustless Quiche Lorraine, using some stale eggs and some very thin American style bacon which has no more meat content now than it did when we lived there in the mid 1980’s.I thought I could also squeeze a loaf. read more...


21/03/2014

American Spirit II - Day 75; Motoring , Sail Changes & 2nd Green Flash; Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Between 12:00 AM and 6:00 AM 2 rain showers doused the boat. One heavy shower on Joel's 12:00 AM to 3:00 AM watch which was so heavy it woke Mike up; and a lighter rain shower during Mike's watch, between 3:00 AM and 6:00 AM. The sunrise at 6:50 AM was, you guessed it, obstructed by clouds. Nevertheless, the different cloud configurations can be quite beautiful, depending on how the light rays shine thru and around the edges of the clouds. The wind was blowing at 10-14 knots; and our boat speed was 4.0 knots, with a .7 knot helping current. Sail changes. Changing headsail's is never without risk. Any time someone goes forward of the cockpit, any time a pole goes up or down; any time you jibe a mainsail; there is risk of damage and injury. There is a human tendency to 'do it now.' On a. read more...



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