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Flomaida II - Sport in der Abendstunde
Flomaida II - Sport in der Abendstunde
Flomaida II - Skyeline von Panama
Flomaida II - Skyeline von Panama
Flomaida II - Willkommen im Dorf
Flomaida II - Willkommen im Dorf
Flomaida II - Alles Handarbeit, auch ihr "Kleid"
Flomaida II - Alles Handarbeit, auch ihr
Flomaida II - Unberührte Natur
Flomaida II - Unberührte Natur
Flomaida II - Den gibts nur auf San Cristobal
Flomaida II - Den gibts nur auf San Cristobal
Flomaida II - Wann kommt denn endlich der Bus!!!!!!!
Flomaida II - Wann kommt denn endlich der Bus!!!!!!!
Flomaida II - Ein anstrengender Tag geht zuende
Flomaida II - Ein anstrengender Tag geht zuende
Flomaida II - Melone für Alle
Flomaida II - Melone für Alle
Flomaida II - Auf dem Weg zu den Embera Indianern
Flomaida II - Auf dem Weg zu den Embera Indianern
Flomaida II - Tennis an der Corniche bei Flutlicht
Flomaida II - Tennis an der Corniche bei Flutlicht
Flomaida II - Ceviche vom Feinsten auf dem Fischmarkt in Panama
Flomaida II - Ceviche vom Feinsten auf dem Fischmarkt in Panama
Flomaida II - auch ich....
Flomaida II - auch ich....
Flomaida II - 2Freunde im Boot
Flomaida II - 2Freunde im Boot
Flomaida II - Da haben wir viele unter Wasser gesehen
Flomaida II - Da haben wir viele unter Wasser gesehen
Flomaida II - Tatoobekleidung
Flomaida II - Tatoobekleidung
Flomaida II - Wassermelone mmmhhhh.....
Flomaida II - Wassermelone mmmhhhh.....
Flomaida II - Corvina - Standardzubereitung auf dem Fischmarkt
Flomaida II - Corvina - Standardzubereitung auf dem Fischmarkt
Flomaida II - Wirklich nötig, nicht nur in Panama!!!!!
Flomaida II - Wirklich nötig, nicht nur in Panama!!!!!
Flomaida II - Warum nicht mal mit dem Bus durchs Wasser in La Playiata/Panama
Flomaida II - Warum nicht mal mit dem Bus durchs Wasser in La Playiata/Panama
Flomaida II - Schnorcheln mit den Haien!
Flomaida II - Schnorcheln mit den Haien!
Flomaida II - Ziemlich frech! Er und ich!
Flomaida II - Ziemlich frech! Er und ich!
Flomaida II - Hammerhai
Flomaida II - Hammerhai
Flomaida II - Der ganz "normale" Hai
Flomaida II - Der ganz
Flomaida II - 3 Eagle Ray beim Schnorcheln
Flomaida II - 3 Eagle Ray beim Schnorcheln
Flomaida II - Stille Beobachter
Flomaida II - Stille Beobachter
Flomaida II - Christoph mit Panamahut beim Putzen
Flomaida II - Christoph mit Panamahut beim Putzen
15/02/2014

Starblazer - 14-02-2014. Galapagos

We arrived at about 0930 Panama time on Thursday morning, 0830 Galapagos time, then had to wait for our 'environmental hazard inspection' . This involved 8 people coming on board plus a diver taking photos of the underwater area.We passed the internal inspection which included asking about our procedures for dealing with rubbish, maintenance, oil spills etc.Unfortunately we learned today that we failed the underwater inspection, along with many other boats.Something is adhering to our hull which is deemed a risk to the Galapagos, most infuriating given we had a lift out and scrub off in St Lucia two days before we left in January.Rally Control has worked hard to find a solution.We will sail if there is any wind (motor if we have enough fuel) around the island to an agreed position 40. read more...


15/02/2014

American Spirit II - Day 43; Janet Fox Arrives!; Saturday, February 15, 2014

Up early. Another sea lion on the boat transom. He jumped off once he heard me afoot. Left for the airport at 9:00 AM to meet Janet's plane from mainland Ecuador. She had been traveling since 3:30 PM the day before and had spent Thursday night in the airport in Guayahill (a city on the coast. I know the spelling is wrong). In texting Janet, she indicated that she was in queuing hell, and didn't know if she'd get done in time to make the flight. If you've never stood in lines in South American airports, you haven't lived! Her plane touched down close to on time, and then Janet was back in a que again. In order to make sure that Janet didn't miss me at the airport exit, I held a sign that said 'Janet Fox.' When in Rome... And I use the term 'airport exit' loosely. Its a set of double doors. read more...


14/02/2014

Celebrate - Log Day 33 - Sea Lions Galore at San Cristobal, Galapagos

The sound of barking sea lions filled our ears as we anchored in pretty Puerto Baquerizo at the Island of San Cristobal. Soon with an extravaganza of Spanish speaking officials and two wonderful World ARC agents translating, Ricardo & Yvonne, plus divers to examine our boat's hull we were cleared into Ecuadorian Galapagos in short order. A waiting water taxi took us into shore and we walked to the charming Miconia Hotel's upstairs open-air restaurant complete with beautiful bay view for a Rally "happy hour". After two Cuba Libre's and an outstanding dinner of mixed seafood barbecue "doubled" on our table grill we really felt "happy".In the twinkle of anchor lights and the glow of shore lights we arrived back at CELEBRATE in what looked like a fairy land. What a great day!CathyNext,. read more...


14/02/2014

American Spirit II - Day 42; Valentine's Day & Swimming with Turtles; Friday, February 14, 2014

Up at 5:30 AM. Sea lion still on transom. Looked up at me. Luckily we had blocked access to the cockpit with a recliner, or this sea lioncould have ended up in our cockpit. That would have been challenging to get rid of him then. About 10:00 AM we boarded a water taxi into town, then walked a mile or so to an 'interpretation' center, where the history of the Galapagos was adequately explained by pictures and wall charts. After that we made our way to a beach, where we snorkeled. The underwater topography was rocky with many fish. The water temperature was 82 degrees. While snorkeling, we came upon 2 large turtles, one with a 4 foot in diameter shell and another 2 1/2 feet. The larger turtle stopped me from following him by turning around and forcing me to retreat. Later we observed him. read more...


14/02/2014

Hebe - Galapagos Euphoria

Thursday 13th February 201400:49:13S89:34:51WCrossed the Equator in style ….watching the latitude go to 00:00:00N/S was such a thrill, we toasted the sea with rum, gave thanks for our safe arrival and asked God to bless our families and loved ones. We gave the sea a polished pebble with PEACE engraved and a shell, the rest was a hoot, see below, Andrew is Poseidon and Harry his wife……..P1050097 P1050113 P1050140. P1050127 2 P1050131. read more...


Hebe - Galapagos Euphoria
Hebe - Galapagos Euphoria
Hebe - Galapagos Euphoria
Hebe - Galapagos Euphoria
Hebe - Galapagos Euphoria
Hebe - Galapagos Euphoria
Hebe - Galapagos Euphoria
Hebe - Galapagos Euphoria
Hebe - Galapagos Euphoria
Hebe - Galapagos Euphoria
14/02/2014

Skyelark of London - Feb 13

Feb 13I am not a blogger, nor a sailor, yet here I am writing a blog and making my first blue water passage from Panama to the Galapagos Islands.I am from Alaska - the interior of Alaska - 350 miles from the coast. And although I have been to sailing school, done short sails in New Zealand, Alaska and Washington, bareboat chartered in the BVIs, even raced out of the Honolulu Yacht club (my former neighbor was the commodore at the time) nothing prepared me for the wonders of this trip."Light my Bowl" is the name I call my first night time discovery. I had the 1 a.m. watch. So in the dark I stealthily made it to the head, hoping not to wake my fellow crew. Keeping lights off, I pumped the toilet clear using sea water. To my absolute delight, the electric green phosphorescence lit up. read more...


13/02/2014

Celebrate - Log Day 32 - Big Moon Nights, Sunny Days and the Equator of Leg 2!

"Some of the most perfect sailing we will ever see", Charlie says, as we left Las Perlas to start Leg 2 of the Rally and head for the Galapagos. It's always fun to see our colorful Gennaker flying.The Rally boats were all taking photos of each other and we have pictures of Skyelark of London, Festina Lente and Nexus.After a few days the wind left us and we had to start the engine and put the whisker pole out on the Genoa.On 2/9 we were sailing with Firefly, Clementina, Flomaida and Lluiton.Crossing the Equator was such a life highlight on Tuesday afternoon, 2/11, and was celebrated with a special bottle of champagne from our friends Jay & Laurie Ailworth and of course we ate Charlie's favorite brie cheese.Speaking of brie cheese, such great food was prepared by our crew member, Randy. read more...


13/02/2014

American Spirit II - Day 41; Arrival at San Cristobal Island in the Galapagos; Thursday, February 13, 2014

At 12:44 AM we passed a gigantic rock called Roca Pateadora. 'Roca' means rock. By gigantic, I mean the size of giant asteroid a couple of hundred feet tall. If it was a 'small' rock, it wouldn't have been given a name. We've actually seen and been on islands that were smaller than this roca. Our electronic chart plotter had us in a depth of over 600 feet and 2 miles off shore from this rock. We were quite surprised, then, when our depth meter registered 49 feet. Bummer! We made a course change of 20 degrees,putting us further away from 'the rock.' If the depth had been 4 feet instead of 49, we'd have hit the underwater rocks (we draw a little over 5 feet), and we would have damaged the boat. If unlucky, we could have holed the boat and sunk. Now we were really awake! Kind of like how. read more...


13/02/2014

Starblazer - 13/02/2014 – Southern hemisphere.

We crossed the equator at 1935 local and duly appeased Neptune with a shareof our steak and chips and syrup pudding, champagne and a drip of whisky.To be honest, we’d finished dinner a bit earlier so Neptune’s very smallshare was cold! We had also altered course a little to ensure we crossedbefore I went off watch at 2000.Out ETA in Wreck Bay, not an auspiciousname, is about 0930 depending on the current.We are unashamedlymotorsailing because the wind is too weak and still not quite in the rightdirection.Our motoring hours are unimportant, except for the cost ofrefuelling, because we are not competing on this leg.We will be listed asDNS (Did Not Start) because we were still anchored in La Playita when therally left Contadora in the Las Perlas Islands.Our earlier than anticipated arrival. read more...


13/02/2014

Sweet Pearl - Las Perlas --> Galapagos - 7. Tag - Äquator

Heute wird es soweit sein - wir werden den Äquator überqueren. Das ganze Schiff wurde instruiert: egal ob männlich oder weiblich, ob gross oder klein, ob jung oder alt, ob beim Schlafen oder beim Essen, jeder muss verkleidet antreten wenn wir die Grenze zwischen Nordhalbkugel und Südhalbkugel überschreiten. Dieser Moment wird natürlich festgehalten - Foto folgt:-). Wir freuen uns alle auf Galapagos mit seiner grossen Tierwelt, das wir - nach Anpassung unserer Geschwindigkeit - nach Sonnenaufgang morgen (14. Februar) erreichen sollten. Erstes Ziel ist die Insel San Cristobal, wo wir in der Bucht vor dem Hafen Puerto Baquerizo ankern und einklarieren. Das Einklariern wird dann unser erstes grosses Erlebnis - anscheinend werden uns um die zehn Personen von verschiedenen Instanzen,. read more...


13/02/2014

Firefly - Into the Southern Hemisphere

Just after 8AM local time on Wednesday, Neptune's wife, looking very fetching in her pink silk komono, face mask and floppy hat (Paul dressed up ) rose from the depths (well the cabin) complete with a trident (made from a boat hook) and welcomed us across the Equator. We gave offerings to Neptune and the sea - a glass of bubbly and home made carrot cake and we crossed safely to the Southern Hemisphere. The crew consumed the rest of the bubbly kindly given to us by the team on Celebrate and had quite a jolly party. It proved difficult to get back into the watch system after all this excitement. We are now at anchor on Isla San Cristobal with the sea lions swimming around the back of Firefly.On the way in we were followed by a shark a little distance and saw a whale breach and a huge ray. read more...


21/11/2011

Jade - Log written Monday, 1pm

Jade has been sailing at or near hull speed for three days straight. She is handling well today on a triple reefed main and a full Yankee. Swells from the rear port quarter give us a roll to starboard occasionally and then we glide to an upright position. Occasionally when the swell is big enough water washes over the deck and the starboard toe rail skims through the water.  The sensation is like a smooth galloping horse. We have owned Jade for 5 years. We spent four years upgrading her, especially focusing on replacing the chain plates and rigging. Since January 2011 we have cruised on Jade up the east coast as far as Maine. However, ocean sailing is a completely different and wonderful experience. It is incredibly rewarding and satisfying to experience this boat for an extended. read more...


13/02/2014

Trillium - Trillium Has Crossed the Equator!

We celebrated the crossing into the southern hemisphere late this afternoon (Wednesday) with champagne and a photo session. It was great to finally reach the 00.00 reading on the chart plotter! We have had many wonderful days of sailing with steady winds and only motoring a few times when the wind was too low or in the wrong direction. Trillium needs at least 10 kts to start moving and loves to fly at 20-30 kts. The Pacific has been passive so far and provided a great experience for our son, Nick, who is sailing for the first time. Other than sail changes, the crew has not been overworked!Last night we had another night of shouting in Spanish - somewhat like the night in the Panama Canal. It seems we ventured in the dark into the range of a fishing boat with the 2 mile long lines out. He. read more...


12/02/2014

Starblazer - 12/02/2014 – Wishes come true

In yesterday’s log we were wishing for either a wind shift or less wind so we could sensibly motor, we got both with unwanted additions!Almost exactly 24 hours after turning the engine off the wind died, we could make only about 3 knots and the current was having an increased effect, pushing us further north.We rolled away the genoa, put the engine on, then altered course to try to get further south.Within 30 minutes the wind backed 90 degrees and piped up to 20 knots.That should have made great sailing in the right direction but now we come to the ‘unwanted extras’.The wind was under the leading edge of a squall system which had sneaked up on us.The wind soon died but alas the squall system hung around for about 4 hours! The radar showed us in the centre of a 12 mile diameter circle of. read more...


12/02/2014

American Spirit II - Day 40; Crossing the Equator; Wednesday, February 12, 2014

At 3:45 AM this morning, during Darlene's 3:00 AM - 6:00 AM watch, we came upon some fishermen who had laid miles of nets almost in front of us. A fishing skiff, one of 6 that the 'mother ship' had been pulling behind her(we'd seen them earlier in the day whey they crossed under our stern), rushed us and the crew members on board starting shouting at us in Spanish. They drove their boat toward us and 'herded' us away from their nets. Fifteen minutes later we we near a flashing light, which was the corner or end of their net. This flashing light was a buoy that they had placed to mark the southeast corner of their nets. Once there, they stopped escorting us and we got back on course toward Galapagos. We only lost 15 minutes in the diversion. Another boat, Trillium, we found out later,. read more...


12/02/2014

Celebrate - Log Day 17- Lovely Las Perlas!

Leaving our perfect Panama City memories behind us, including Davide of the World Rally as he returns to his homeland of Sardinia, we sail on to the lovely Las Perlas Islands.What a spectacular sight of 30 plus World Rally boats anchored in front of a beautiful beach at Contadora Island, part of the Las Perlas Islands.In the background, the pretty Villa Hotel Romantica, aptly named with circular patios for the restaurant and bar hanging out over the beach cliff.Between the rendezvous and barbecue our nights were filled with laughter and good times as we prepared to start Leg 2 of the Rally going to the Galapagos.Cheers to Paul, Suzana and Joel for making our stay go so smoothly!CathyNext, the equator and memories of Leg 2.. read more...


12/02/2014

Flomaida II - Äquatortaufe

Auf dem Foto sieht man, dass wir gerade den Äquator "überschwommen" haben.Bei uns ist es jetzt 1 Uhr nachts. Neptun hat auch ein Schlückchen Bier bekommen- hatten Beide keine Lust auf edlere Sachen-, und vorn auf der Reling leistet uns noch ein großer, weißer Vogel Gesellschaft, allerdings schläft er mit dem Kopf zwischen den Federn. Erstaunlich, dass er instinktiv ausbalanciert.Falls er zum Frühstück bleibt, gibt es ein Foto.Gestern war ein Tag zum Abhaken, bis auf dass nichts kaputt ging- oder doch? Wir mussten den ganzen Tag motoren,weil sich kein Lüftchen rührte, und das Wasser aussah wie Flüssigblei.Heute dagegen war ein Traumtag zum Segeln: Wind aus der richtigen Richtung mit 20 Knoten und kaum Welle, so dass wir teilweise 9 Knoten fahren konnten-alle Segel waren gesetzt.Beim. read more...


Flomaida II - Äquatortaufe
Flomaida II - Äquatortaufe

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