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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...


09/05/2014

Webster - doing a wheely

Thursday 8th May 2014 Noon position 30 03'N 65 27'WWell last night turned out to be a bit rough all in all with 25 knot winds from the North and wave direction to match meaning we were crashing into quite big seas all night long. When the wind veered slightly later on so did the sea and we got little respite. I must be the first person on record to effectively do a 'wheely' in a 43 footer but have no pictures to prove it, only the complaints of the crew up ended down below. The gas alarm went off for some reason and I jumped down below to investigate. Stuck my head into the gas valve locker to check gas had been turned off which it was but being at an acute angle uphill the washing liquid bottle that was also stored in there came tumbling out and spilt washing liquid all over the floor.. read more...


09/05/2014

Shenanigan - Steady Progress

'29.58.48N 65.41.63W' Just a quick report today to say that we are continuing to make steadyprogress to Bermuda.  Wind still constant and from NE.  It was a bitof a bumpy ride last night so we have taken it in turns to make up for lack ofsleep during today. We are having to go a little bit west to keep the speed up,so not on such a direct route at the moment. It has become our tradition toarrive in unknown ports in the middle of the night and it is looking likely,that with 154 miles to go, our arrival in Bermuda will uphold that tradition!. read more...


08/05/2014

Anettine - 170 nm to go !

We have not been able to access the net and update the blog until now, but we keep sailing. The 5th we had a fantastic day with 12hrs spinnaker sailing.Just after dinner we had to tack the main in heavy rain and 24 knots of wind. Anettine was performing well with 2 reefs in the main and genua to the next morning. 'The main event the 6th was that the captain woke up freezing! For the first time for months we could sleep through the night without the exhausting heat. Great!We started the 7th with a bath in the sea. The day brought very little wind , and we had to use the motor again. The autopilot broke down in the afternoon and after demounting it we found that we can't repair it without parts. We are working to get spares to Bermuda in due time for the restart.'We had good sailing. read more...


08/05/2014

Anna Sophia - Oceaandagboek dag 5

Positie:28.42N 64.44WCOG: 348 gradenSnelheid: 5,7 ktsLOG: 8446 nmDagafstand: 106 nmZeilvoering: GZ + GWind: ÑE 15 ktsWeer: halfbewolktZicht: goedGolven: 2,0 m, kruiszeeenLuchtdruk: 1030 mbarWatertemperatuur: 24 gradenZieken: 0BijzonderhedenHet is do. morgen 03.00 uur. De Anna Sophia ligt zwaar onder helling, onmogeljke golven beuken de boeg en ik zit geharnast en aangelijnd in de cockpit. Nou, die wind hebben we gevonden! De tactiek naar het Noordoosten te varen werkt! Rond 01.00 uurvannacht pikten we de wind op, gingen rond 1.30 uur overstag en varen nu echt richting Bermuda.Maar wauw, wat een geweld! Oceaandeining van 3 meter + getransformeerd naar korte golven van alle kanten. De stuurautomaat redt het nog steeds, lijkt niet uit het roer te lopen. De Anna Sophia ploegt dapper voort en. read more...


08/05/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - Chapter 6 - Things to do when sailing the ocean at 1 knot....

N20:53:061 W64:22:618   Chapter 6 - Things to do when sailing the ocean at1 knot.......   ....Make a list of Sea, Boat and Sailor songs ofcourse.   We have come up with the followimg, if you can addto the list please send suggestions to: andromeda903799@hotmail.co.ukand when in port we will post a longer list on our blog and facebook (AndromdaPlymouth) page.   Sailing, Joined the Navy, Albatross, In the Navy,When the boat comes in, Rock the Boat, What shall we do with the drunken sailor,Blue Peter, Sailors Hornpipe, Bound for South Australia, Slow boat to China,Banana Boat Song, Good Ship Lollipop, My Bonnie lies over the Ocean, NightSwimming, This is the Captain of your Ship, My Heart Will go on, YellowSubmarine, Skye Boat Song, Under the beautiful briney sea,. read more...


08/05/2014

Reberth - and now, what a difference six hours make!!!

At six o'clock yesterday evening conditions were such that Ian was able to barbecue supper and we had very tasty cheeseburgers and salad , followed by cheese and crackers. Six hours later was a whole different story as it had turned into a very wet windy night with Reberth crashing into the waves. You really are thankful for a solid well founded boat when you hear all the creaks and groans and nothing appears amiss. The wetness in the cockpit was caused by waves crashing over the side but luckily below just a few drops through a solar vent.This morning the sun is shining and we are romping along in the general direction of Bermuda. Hoping for a Saturday arrival.. read more...


08/05/2014

Starship - ED-VENTURE day 01 to 04

SUN-FACTOR: Sun and Rain. RUN-FACTOR: A little bit of everything. Slowly and then faster again. FUN-FACTOR:Not so funny:we lost the big wahoo just when pulling on the boat. And we saw a hugh whale jumping out of the water.. read more...


08/05/2014

Webster - Up the mast and under the boat - a day of outdoor activities

Wednesday 7th May 2014 Noon position 28 00'N 64 46' W Noon day run 135nmEarly this morning 0200 hrs we had a really peculiar and worrying noise coming from the sail drive so I was awoken from a deep sleep to ask my opinion, rightly so, but did not have an answer so we throttled back a bit and carried on.At 0600 there was still little wind and the sea state was calm so it was time to try to get the spinnaker that remained half up and half down tied to the mast finally fully down. This meant someone going up the mast and Neal was keen but nowhere near as keen as Igor - he had even brought his own climbing chair and a hard hat for such eventualities and, being a keen climber, was in his element. So up he went and retrieved the spinnaker and halyard but not until he had taken a load of. read more...


Reberth - What a difference a day makes!!
Reberth - What a difference a day makes!!
07/05/2014

Reberth - What a difference a day makes!!

Today tells a different story with the engine throbbing in the background and earlier the sea like glass. Ian was on watch at daybreak and noted that view was amazing with Jupiter shining over the ocean.difference a day makes. read more...


07/05/2014

Webster - Hot Stuff!

Tuesday 6th May. Noon position : 25 48'N 64 57WNoon day run 150 nmThe wind did pick up last night thankfully and we set sail again after only a couple of hours motoring and the wind come morning was up to 20 knots giving us plenty of boat speed. However, the night was quite difficult and coming on watch at 4am was just as it started to rain again. It was horizontal and went straight down my neck; a good way to wake up I suppose. I could not wait for day break so that I could see what was going on with the boat crashing into some invisible confused waves and the wind fluking all over the place - not very pleasant at all. Dawn brought sunshine and a decent breeze from the north east so gave us some angle to our destination albeit tight.I have been trying all night to get emails. I am doing. read more...


Reberth - Dedicated Follower of Fashion - skipper didn't want to get wet feet when he went forward
Reberth - Dedicated Follower of Fashion - skipper didn't want to get wet feet when he went forward
07/05/2014

Shenanigan - Fresh Bread and Clean Crew

‘27.29.64N 64.43.32W’ Since last writing we have continued to have twelve hourly changes in theweather! Early yesterday morning the wind veered 180 degrees to come from thenortheast at 60 degrees on our starboard bow giving us a beat into 18-23 knotsof wind.  Despite the boat heeling heavily to port – something we haven’thad for a long time! – we had an enjoyable twelve hour sail with speeds at timestouching 8 knots; which made up for the difficulties cooking (galley is on thestarboard side!), going to the loo etc! By midnight the wind decided to gosomewhere else and left us with no other option than to put the engine back on.The photo shows the sea state as it has been all day (Wed 7th May 17:28 [22.28UK time]).  The weather is glorious.  Christopher took the. read more...


Shenanigan - Fresh Bread and Clean Crew
Shenanigan - Fresh Bread and Clean Crew
Shenanigan - Fresh Bread and Clean Crew
Shenanigan - Fresh Bread and Clean Crew