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Skyelark of London - Arrived Suvarov
Skyelark of London - Arrived Suvarov
17/05/2014

Defyr - Towards Azores: little bit day off

Today we altered our course a little bit to wrong direction. We wanted enough down wind to make food, do the dishes and take a shower. After good meal and freezing showers we were ready to take some head wind again, BUT YES! During our break the wind had changed enough to get side wind and heading straight to Azores. Later it changed even more and we are now in good speed (7-8knots) towards Azores in down winds. NICE!!! image.. read more...


Defyr - Towards Azores: little bit day off
Defyr - Towards Azores: little bit day off
17/05/2014

Firefly - Firefly approaches Suwarrow

Its 1000 local time on Saturday 17th May and we will be making landfall shortly. The 690nm passage has gone really well - helped by good steady tradewinds of between 15 and 20 knots, a favourable current and 4 nights of incredibly bright moonlight.This has been a good introduction to sailing two handed - everything working out well, particularly once Susie and I had worked out our best sleep/watch patterns.The 690nm passage will have taken 96 hours so an average speed of 7.2 knots. We have been goosewinged nearly all the way apart from a short section just after we set off when we motored out of the lee of Bora Bora. We have towed the aquair generator and this has provided enough power for everything, autopilot, instruments, fridge, lights, radio etc - apart from one 20 minute charging. read more...


17/05/2014

Mystic - Mystic. At Sea

After a mildly dramatic morning, Mystic has somehow repaired their Main Sail and is headed back to the Azores! Yippie! I can’t even image what it must feel like to be 4 days away from shore, horizons at both ends with no Main Sail and no way to use the Jib! But the Mystic crew is resilient and strong and has a lot of faith and prayers on their side! From Don:“We fixed main and are headed to the Azores. Maybe we’ll out-run the storm. Wish us luck!”. read more...


17/05/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - All Around My Cockpit I will wear the wet washing

N22:36:378 W64:21:406   It was a bit like a chinese laundry in the cockpitthis morning as we put out our oillies to dry off a bit.  We did think wemight get through a night without a downpour but true to form at 4ish thismorning the wind suddenlyhowled up from 9/10ish to 20 knots in seconds and thenthrew water at us, on a change of watch as well so we both got soaked.  Itis drying lovely now and we are  bobbing about with light winds again soonly making 3.5sog.  We had another lovely afternoon yesterday which waslivenend up for a few hours by a brown noddy bird that came to visit us. He kept flying over and around us then plumped himself in the water nearby onlyto take to wing again when we had moved on and do the same manoevure all overagain, then just as. read more...


17/05/2014

Persistent Lady - May 16,2014 Mid-Atlantic

May 16, 2014Mid-Atlantic ... Still dancing with the storm.We are making good progress eluding the storm.If you think of the storm as a clock we started at about the 9:00 o,clock position and the storm was moving toward the 8-9 position. That was yesterday.Today we are about 7:30 and have moved out into the outer bands of it where the winds are pretty light (comparatively).At noon today we downloaded a grib file of the area with a three day forecast and analyzed it for options.It looked like, if the prediction was right, and if our speed held, and if the wind direction matched the forecast, that on the third day the storm would turn back North and, if that happened on the third day, we would benefit from tacking into the storm midday today.If all those assumptions held, we would end up in. read more...


17/05/2014

Starship - ED heading EAST - day 03

SUN-FACTOR: Kalt und kälter II. Jetzt muss auch noch der Militärschlafsack herhalten. Aber so ist es kuschelig warm bei der Nachtwache. RUN-FACTOR: Jetzt gerade 8 Knoten - ein super Gefühl.FUN-FACTOR: Morning Haze segelt an unserer Backbordseite. So unerwartet, dass wir nun schon den dritten Tag Seite an Seite dahin ziehen.. read more...


17/05/2014

Starblazer - 16/05/2014 – We have arrived!

First of all, an apology is in order because this log is very late.John says I can blame him because he didn’t wake me up for my second watch, instead he let me sleep through so I didn’t sit at the chart table to write this straight after I did the 0600 logbook entry, which I obviously didn’t do today.The night was interesting because we got trampled over by a large squall. This time it was my turn to get soaked to the skin holding Q’s hand, or rather yanking on the steering wheel when Q was overwhelmed.Most boats try to turn towards the wind when there is a sudden gust and this is what happened last night.The wind suddenly increased from 14 knots to 24, the bow of the boat immediately shot round more than 45o and Q lost control.I was worried because I couldn’t see what was happening to. read more...


17/05/2014

American Spirit II - Day 132; Just Sailing & Slowing the Boat Down to Suwarrow; Thursday, May 15, 2014

Off watch at 1:00 AM. Joel on watch from 1:00 AM - 6:00 AM. Before going to bed I showered and shaved. It's always a good feeling to climb into bed 'clean.' Usually I shave when I get up at 6:00 AM, but this morning I didn't. Still getting used to the 'new' routine. Joel had a good watch. No rain squalls; full moon; and some stars out. At 6:50 AM the sun broke thru the clouds on the horizon. Clouds = no green flash. Still looking for my 2nd sunrise green flash. We still have the 'giant' stalk of bananas hanging on our transom. I grabbed 4 of them. Usually you can eat 60-70% of each. They're really small, 3 1/2 inches at most; 3/4 of an inch in diameter. And taste different than the Delmonte's you buy at Publix. A little sweeter. We had bought them 2 weeks ago and they've been 'ripening'. read more...


Flomaida II - Da pass nur ich rein zum Entwirren der Ankerkette
Flomaida II - Da pass nur ich rein zum Entwirren der Ankerkette
16/05/2014

Webster - Hurray, we think.....

Thursday 16th May 2014.Noon Position 30 45'N 60 06'W Noon run 130NMThe wind late last night flattered to deceive. We have been willing the wind to back and on occasions it has done just that and we managed a course of 090 degs, due east, but it soon shifted back to ENE and our course went back to 120 deg M as if on a piece of elastic. Sometimes I am thinking the compass is stuck on 120. Coming on watch at 0400 the wind came right round to 080M for half an hour or more gusting 20 knots and I thought yes, this was it, but no it wasn't, just the wind Gods playing games with us. The waves and the fluking wind (thoughts go to alternative spelling of 'fluking') made steering in the dark really quite difficult and therefore speed was not perhaps what it could have been resulting in the noon to. read more...


Flomaida II - Tahiti- wat mutt, datt mutt!!!
Flomaida II - Tahiti- wat mutt, datt mutt!!!
17/05/2014

Shenanigan - Tomorow is the FA Cup

We spent a great few days in Bermuda, seeing as much as we could in thelimited time by buses and ferries.  It was delightful in St Georges onSunday morning, as we walked through the old town hymns floated out of openchurch doors from Mother’s Day services.  We spent time with Trevor andAlison, our loyal friends and supporters from home. We enjoyed a welcome party,an Hawaiian evening, a Gossling’s rum tasting evening and ‘fish fry’ prizegiving supper. Along with a ‘lucky ticket’ trip to Bermuda radio (thecoastguard) meeting the controller that had guided us in to Bermuda in the earlyhours of Saturday morning – all perfectly hosted by the World Cruising ‘yellowshirts’ team. We left our berth on Wednesday morning to refuel and bid farewellto Trevor and Alison and Bermuda.  We. read more...


Shenanigan - Tomorow is the FA Cup
Shenanigan - Tomorow is the FA Cup
Flomaida II - Die Tuamotus- das kommt dem Paradies wohl sehr nah?
Flomaida II - Die Tuamotus- das kommt dem Paradies wohl sehr nah?
16/05/2014

Gertha 4 - Skipper Becoming Dog

LAT 32.16 N LON 60.49 W  We’ve spent the first couple of days at a funny angle, sloshing around likea can of Special Brew during a fight. Saw my dinner twice but have been finesince then (thanks due to Webster for the tablets). Cooked a fry-up this morningat said angle...harder than you might think (or I thought). As guessed, morewildlife has popped up today, in the form of a small pod of little dolphins,playing up front (or, if you’re Emma, a herd of dolphins). Lovely treat, andsomething I’ve been hoping to see for some time. Hopefully they will come backto play some more.  We’re all in good spirits, having a merry old time, but word is that ourmerriment will soon be obliterated by the coming gale that we keep hearing abouton the radio. Have baked an emergency loaf of bread as. read more...


16/05/2014

Sweet Pearl - Bora Bora --> Suwarrow - 4.Tag - Die Hälfte

Letzte Nacht haben wir die Hälfte der Strecke hinter uns gelegt; diesmal ohne ausschweifende Bergfestparty;). Alles läuft gut. Wir hatten zwar drei Squalls, aber die sind schnell über uns hinweg gefegt. Der Wind ist gut und jetzt scheint die Sonne. Wir gedenken am Sonntag anzukommen; mal schauen ob das auch so ist. Sandra und ich sind oft nicht allein auf dem Schiff, seit wir von der Vogelwelt als Raststätte proklamiert wurden - jede Nacht und manchmal auch am Tag gesellen sich Vögel zu uns. Da die ausser Puste sind, ist nichts mit Zwitschergesang. Wir sind zwar nicht ausser Puste, singen trotzdem nicht...wir lesen. Liebe Grüsse. Tom-------------------------------------------------Do not push the "reply" button to respond to this message if that includes the text of this originalmessage. read more...


Flomaida II - Alles echt! Ehrlich!,
Flomaida II - Alles echt! Ehrlich!,
Flomaida II - Der Himmel in Flammen
Flomaida II - Der Himmel in Flammen
Flomaida II - Da schmück ich mich mal wieder mit fremden Federn! danke Gaby!
Flomaida II - Da schmück ich mich mal wieder mit fremden Federn! danke Gaby!
Flomaida II - Tahaa-society Islands
Flomaida II - Tahaa-society Islands
Flomaida II - Die Tuamotus
Flomaida II - Die Tuamotus
Flomaida II -
Flomaida II -
Flomaida II - Grüße von der blauen Lagune in Rangiroa/Tuamotus
Flomaida II - Grüße von der blauen Lagune in Rangiroa/Tuamotus
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...


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...