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Flomaida II - So nah am Riff geankert bei der blauen Lagune in Raritonga
Flomaida II - So nah am Riff geankert bei der blauen Lagune in Raritonga
Flomaida II - Wie wärs denn mal mit solchen preisen bei einer Tombola???
Flomaida II - Wie wärs denn mal mit solchen preisen bei einer Tombola???
Flomaida II - Haulout in Papeete wegen Erneuerung der Stopfbuchse
Flomaida II - Haulout in Papeete wegen Erneuerung der Stopfbuchse
Flomaida II - Die Ladies auf dem Marktplatz in Papeete machen gute Musik
Flomaida II - Die Ladies auf dem Marktplatz in Papeete machen gute Musik
Flomaida II - Tatoos vom Feinsten für einen "Feinen"!
Flomaida II - Tatoos vom Feinsten für einen
Flomaida II - Hier gehts heiß her- Garküche auf dem Hauptplatz in Tahiti
Flomaida II - Hier gehts heiß her- Garküche auf dem Hauptplatz in Tahiti
Flomaida II - Ziemlich enge Fahrrinne zwischen Außenriff und Moorealand-aber es hat sich gelohnt!
Flomaida II - Ziemlich enge Fahrrinne zwischen Außenriff und Moorealand-aber es hat sich gelohnt!
Flomaida II - Schwarzflossenhaie, die um unsere Beine schwimmen in einer "angenehmen" Größe
Flomaida II - Schwarzflossenhaie, die um unsere Beine schwimmen in einer
Flomaida II - Weekend in Papeete
Flomaida II - Weekend in Papeete
Flomaida II - Christoph im Rochenglück
Flomaida II - Christoph im Rochenglück
Flomaida II - Christoph bei der versuchten Reparatur des Unterliekstreckers
Flomaida II - Christoph bei der versuchten Reparatur des Unterliekstreckers
Flomaida II - Mal wieder einer von vielen traumhaften Sonnenuntergängen in Moorea
Flomaida II - Mal wieder einer von vielen traumhaften Sonnenuntergängen in Moorea
Flomaida II - Ich auf meinem Lieblingsstuhl
Flomaida II - Ich auf meinem Lieblingsstuhl
Flomaida II - Was sie uns an Deck hinterlassen ist nicht so schön und sehr schwer zu entfernen, aber schön sind sie!
Flomaida II - Was sie uns an Deck hinterlassen ist nicht so schön und sehr schwer zu entfernen, aber schön sind sie!
Flomaida II - Die neugierigen Fische im "aquarium"
Flomaida II - Die neugierigen Fische im
Flomaida II - Der rosa Sand und das unglaubliche Wasser auf Raritonga/ Tuamotus
Flomaida II - Der rosa Sand und das unglaubliche Wasser auf Raritonga/ Tuamotus
Flomaida II - Der Luxus im Pool des Interconti in Papeete, aber natürlich nicht ohne Flomaida im Blick!
Flomaida II - Der Luxus im Pool des Interconti in Papeete, aber natürlich nicht ohne Flomaida im Blick!
Flomaida II - !!!!!!!!!!!!
Flomaida II - !!!!!!!!!!!!
Flomaida II - Rochen all over the place
Flomaida II - Rochen all over the place
Flomaida II - Dagmar genießt......
Flomaida II - Dagmar genießt......
Flomaida II - Auch das ist Sport
Flomaida II - Auch das ist Sport
Flomaida II - So eine poolbar ist auch nicht zu verachten!
Flomaida II - So eine poolbar ist auch nicht zu verachten!
Flomaida II - Auch wir müssen den Überblick behalten
Flomaida II - Auch wir müssen den Überblick behalten
Flomaida II - Abendstimmung vor dem Ria Ora
Flomaida II - Abendstimmung vor dem Ria Ora
Flomaida II - Gutzu wissen hahaha
Flomaida II - Gutzu wissen hahaha
Flomaida II - Die Farben sind immer unglaublich ob an Land oder auf dem Wasser
Flomaida II - Die Farben sind immer unglaublich ob an Land oder auf dem Wasser
Flomaida II - Eine Amel und eine.......
Flomaida II - Eine Amel und eine.......
12/05/2014

Free & BrEasy - Pedro the Polar Bear

At 7am the boatyard (TechniMarine in Pappeete, Tahiti) was full of life. Hammers banging, machines screeching, men shouting and dogs barking. What a difference from our beloved Moorea. At 7.30 am precisely, straps were placed under Free & BrEasy and she was lifted out of the water and driven to a new temporary home in the boatyard by a Travel Lift. As well as checking out the rudder this was also an opportunity for a spring clean. We set about de-barnacle-ising, replacing zinc anodes, repainting the antifoul where it was beginning to bleb, removing the black tyre marks from docking in Papeete harbour, regrinding the fittings on the boom which were showing wear. In fact everything was going smoothly except the reason we were there - the rudder! The problem was that there was no. read more...


11/05/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - Party nights......well what else do we do when cruising?

Although we were some 850 miles away we thought we should join in the party spirit and have little Hawaian do ourselves with the shorts and the flowers and a little champagne courtesy of Marylin and Martin from Rocking Horse.They thought we needed cheering up after the latest round of challenges - thanks, it was lovely and Susan can report that champagne and two pain killers from Peg Leg's and you really don't feel much and sleep like a top. We hope you all had a great time and the party really rocked Andromeda certainly seemed to but maybe that was the bubbles.Lincoln came and looked at the gear box yesterday afternoon in the torrential rain and pronounced it in not bad condition. We have not damaged it too much and we should, hopefully, be able to leave in a few days after a few more. read more...


Andromeda of Plymouth - Party nights......well what else do we do when cruising?
Andromeda of Plymouth - Party nights......well what else do we do when cruising?
Flomaida II - Flomaida dicht am Riff in Ahe
Flomaida II - Flomaida dicht am Riff in Ahe
Flomaida II - Fröhliche Kinder auf Ahe
Flomaida II - Fröhliche Kinder auf Ahe
Flomaida II - Die ARC Flotte in Raritonga
Flomaida II - Die ARC Flotte in Raritonga
Flomaida II - Paradisisches Ahe
Flomaida II - Paradisisches Ahe
Flomaida II - Wein made in Tahiti???? Gar nicht so schlecht!!!
Flomaida II - Wein made in Tahiti???? Gar nicht so schlecht!!!
Flomaida II - Schnorchelparadies Raritonga
Flomaida II - Schnorchelparadies Raritonga
10/05/2014

American Spirit II - Day 126; Crowded Clinic, Follie a Deux HUKA Day, Provisioning, Expenses and Dinner at the Yacht Club; Friday, May 9, 2014

6:30 AM up. Had to make it to the doctor's office by 7:30 AM before it got too crowded. Arrived at 7:25 AM and was already 5th in line. Actually ended up being 6th in line due to one 'line cutter.' Dr. Duval seemed pleased with the infection's regression, and said that it should be 'all better' by next week. I still have multiple abscesses, and when I asked him if he was going to lance any of them, he said no. I persuaded him to give me 2 more prescriptions for the antibiotics I was on, in the event I needed more for the current infection once I left Bora Bora. I'll see him one more time before leaving Bora Bora on Tuesday, May 13 to start the next leg of our journey. Once we leave Bora Bora, we're out of French Polynesia. And away from any sort of medical help until we get to Niue, an. read more...


10/05/2014

American Spirit II - Day 125; Cleaned Boat Bottom, VE-Day Holiday, Changed Bandage, & TV and DVD Player Problems; Thursday, May 8, 2014

7:08 AM up. No doctor visit today. VE-Day, Victory in Europe Day. BIG French national holiday. During the 9:00 AM Rally broadcast the British boat Hebe reported that someone had climbed onto their boat around 3:00 AM. After seeing the boat's Captain, the intruder split at a high rate of speed on his skiff or dingy. French Polynesia had been crime free until we got to Bora Bora. Too bad. I'd be curious to know if thefts are occurring in the islands expensive hotels. If they are, and if clientele are being stolen from, then Bora Bora's charm as a vacation destination could be damaged severely. Breakfast consisted of eggs and chopped up chicken franks. Why chicken franks? Try buying beef franks in French Polynesia. I haven't found any yet. No Ball Park Franks here. Too bad. After breakfast. read more...


10/05/2014

Shenanigan - Bermuda!

‘32.22.75N 64.40.09W’True to form we arrived in the middle of the night, crossing the finish line at 01:26:07 local time (05:26:07 UK).After periods of light or no wind we had a fantastic reach all the way in, just a little tight on the wind at the end.Bermuda Radio were fabulous at tracking us, guiding us through the channel through the reef into Powder Bay, where we had to anchor ‘in quarantine’ until customs opened at 8.00am this morning.We sat on deck, once anchored, into the early hours with a welcome glass (or two) of bubbly. We motored over to customs first thing this morning to be met by Mia, from World Cruising. Customs was the most efficient we have had but one of the forms we had to fill in had some interesting questions – 1. Has there been on board during the voyage any. read more...


Shenanigan - Bermuda!
Shenanigan - Bermuda!
10/05/2014

Anna Sophia - oceaandagboek dag 7

Yes; hedenochtend finishten we bij het eerste ochtengloren! Inmiddels hebben we de Immigration al achter de rug en wachten om koers te kunnen zetten naar het fueldock -:)Vannacht hadden we het grootste gedeelte goede wind! Eindelijk haalden we de 7 knopen snelheid weer. We hoopten op Westenwind, maar dat die zo zou doorzetten werd een cadeautje.Het lukte genoeg diesel te sparen ook de laatste 100 nm moterend te kunnen halen. Nooit weg natuurlijk, in a minute hoeven we nu uiteindelijk slechts een halve tank (250 liter) af te vullen!De grootste groep liep gisterenavond, vannacht en vanmorgen vroeg binnen. Zojuist hoorden we van de Rally Control dat ernu nog 3 schepen op zee zijn. Hopelijk halen ook zij de finish voor de sluitingstijd van 12.00 uur deze morgen.Barmuda is, op het eerste. read more...


10/05/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - Well that was fun - there and back to see how far it was......

Having been busy trying to find the wind on the waynorth and then returning south, on Thursday we found it in spades!From noon onwards we had SE, NE at about 15-20 kts. Then during the night itincreased to 27kts, gusting to 30kts for time, for several hours from theEast, before declining to about 20kts or so from the East to North East. Around2am we passed a yacht hove to, very difficult to see given the conditionsthough. At dawn the wind died completely and we went round in circles for atime, before 15-20 kts arrived from the NE. This was all accompanied by squalls,light showers, the odd glimps of the sun, thunder and lightning - some of whichremains here this morning(Saturday), with deafening thunder claps over head andtorrential rain continuing. The snorkle masks were. read more...


10/05/2014

Celebrate - George of the Jungle, Vavau Adventures in Bora Bora!

Charlie and I had a super-fun tour in a Jeep open-air 4X4 with George around the Island.What made the trip was not only the stunning sights but George's love and knowledge of his Island. He was so funny, informative and sang along the way so you couldn't help having a terrific time.We were given samples of papaya and bread fruit dipped in coconut milk along with a demonstration of cloth dyeing.Several ultra-steep roads took us up the mountain for spectacular views and George had stopped to get each of the ladies a hibiscus flower to put in their hair for pictures.Also, the historical World War II canon and ancient worshiping sites were very interesting.Such fun!Cathy. read more...


09/05/2014

Firefly - Peter heading back to Blighty

The last few days in Bora Bora have been a eventful and a good way to finish off Peter's time on Firefly. There has been lots of diving, Susie is well into her Open Water Course and rashly Peter and Paul signed up for a night dive. We with Stuart from Brizo shared the experience with fellow crews from Chika Lu , Alpheratz,Harry and Imogen from Hebe. This took us out to a coral outcrop within the main reef. After some initial jitters (from us all) it was not that scary andwe settled into fantastic dive,saw lots of marine life in a new light aided by underwater torches. Coming up after 45 minutes we were all full of the experience and the chat continued over Happy Hour in the Maikai Yacht Club. The night dive formed part of Paul and Stuart's advanceddive certification. Sadly Peter has run. read more...


09/05/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - Every Cloud has a Silver Lining

N18:45:232 W64:28:231   Every Cloud has a silver lining.....   Although we have owned Andromeda of Plymouth forjust over 6 years now, and having left the UK in 2009, there has only been oneother occasion when we had to sail with no assistance from ourengine.   Like many cruisiers around the world we tend not tobeat to windward unless absolutely necessary. For non-sailors - beating up intothe wind can mean a very lumpy sail as you slam into the waves, sounding verymuch as though some one is throwing concrete blocks at your boat. And as Susantends to get seasick in those circumstances we have kept the experience for herto a minimum.   The choices we had at Midnight on Monday when ourgear box failed were to carry on up to Bermuda - a distance of over 500 miles orreturn. read more...


09/05/2014

Tigerlily - More Heaving to

After a day of no wind and several hours of motoring we got what we wished for and then some! By 0630 today we decided to heave to for a few hours of much needed rest. The waves are 6-10 and the gusts are to 30 knots. We hoped it would calm a little but no such luck so we are running a beam with reefed main and staysail. We are headed about 150 COG but would like to turn east to 125, unfortunately the waves would probably cause an accidental jibe and we can't risk it. If we keep this speed and turn east soon we will be there late this evening, if not we any have to take the southern approach to the island. All crew members are hanging in there.. read more...


09/05/2014

Anna Sophia - Oceaandagboek dag 6

Positie:30.42N 64.50WCOG: 005 gradenSnelheid: 5,1 ktsLOG: 8533 nmDagafstand: ? er iets mis met het log?Zeilvoering: MWind: W 3 ktsWeer: onbewolktZicht: goedGolven: 1 mLuchtdruk: 1030 mbarWatertemperatuur: 23 gradenZieken: 0Het klopt; het klopt precies!! Na een scherpzeildag en -nacht van 25 kn. (kr. 5), zitten we exact op de rump(koers)lijn!DonderdagGestaag zeilen we door, al lange tijd is er niemand te zien en ons vermoeden, dat we de enigen zijn die Noordoost gingen, lijkt te kloppen. Het waait lekker en we trekken er elke mm zeil uit, om de vaart erin te houden. Later zullen we wederom in de windstilte stranden, wanneer weet niemand, maar als we ruim 6 knopen kunnen volhouden en gebruik maken van de te verwachtete (naar Oost draaiende) wind, moeten we precies op de rumplijn kunnen. read more...


09/05/2014

Reberth - Breakfast

After a good nights motoring we have found ourselves in very light air this morning so, out with the frying pan and pancakes, bacon, egg and maple syrup for breakfast!! The crew need their energy as today we might try the spinnaker or just pole out. Decisions, decisions!!!. read more...


07/05/2014

American Spirit II - Day 124; Two Doctor Visits Today, Got Laundry & the Movie Tonight was a Bust; Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Up at 6:30 AM; left boat at 6:45 AM for a 7:30 AM doctors visit to change my bandage. Arrived at the doctor's office at 7:15 AM, second in line. At 7:50 AM I met with the doctor and he changed my bandage, but not after squeezing more you know what out of the abscess he'd lanced the day before. No Novacain this time. The doctor seemed happy with in infection battle's progress; and that he was confident that I wouldn't have to be admitted to a hospital. How lucky can a guy be? I was back at the boat by 8:45 AM, and had a coffee and breakfast. We then dingied over to the laundry, but it was closed. Returning to the boat, I laid down in bed from 10 AM to 2:00 PM. Went back to the laundry, and found out it had been delivered to the yacht club the night before, probably when we were there. read more...


06/05/2014

American Spirit II - Day 123; Laundry, Storm, Wind Turbine Free Wheeling, Doctor Visit and Survery; Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Woke up at 6:00 AM in a lot of pain. Got out of bed at 8:15 AM. Rain squalls, high winds, wind turbine really spinning. Like the propeller on an airplane. Two cruise ships had anchored near us during the night. One was a conventional cruise ship; the other had four sailboat masts and looked like an old sailing ship, but it was steel and probably catered to a more adventuresome client. Who probably paid more for the experience. I turned on the navigation instruments to see how fast the wind was. The wind speed indicator was showing a lot of 25 knots - about 29 miles per hour. Seemed like the wind speed was higher. We think that our instruments are reading the wind at a lesser speed than it really is. When the wind gets too high for the wind turbine to charge the batteries, it starts to. read more...