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Ca Canny - Neil Hemming doing what we all want to do....
Ca Canny - Neil Hemming doing what we all want to do....
05/06/2014

Arcarius of Plymouth - Fwd: Arcarius. Blog 1, from Bermuda

A Day at the RacesA double full moon, over Webster, lit the start of the second leg, as the gun went off Captain Horacio Webster lead the Amandawith his dosy crew, the two tricle miners and their Solvinian Tumbling acrobat.  Webster was in first position leading the fleet through the channel and away from Bermuda to the cries of Hi Ho! Arcarius, a smaller vessel formed part of the B class and the Skipper looking cool didn't raise the jib until the last minute.  Some of the Bermudian children were diving from rocks on one side of the channel and on the other, the committee stood and some members of the public to salute the fleet as they left the security of Bermudas harbour. The infamous Bermuda Triangle, outside the protected waters, awaiting the chance to lure in any boat. read more...


Arcarius of Plymouth - Fwd: Arcarius. Blog 1, from Bermuda
Arcarius of Plymouth - Fwd: Arcarius.      Blog 1, from Bermuda
05/06/2014

Arcarius of Plymouth - Arcarius. "Hells Angels"

"Hells Angels" ARC coach trip missed, so now our only hope of seeing the Island's Caldiera is with the help of 3 scooters!We cling on and turn the accelerator staking out our "Arcarius Chapter." The Scare-Pirate determined to burn tyres and graze knees!!!!!The First Mate lead the Angels, exhausts firing through the quiet hamlets and beautiful countryside of Fiail. The Atlantic vista often presenting itself as we head up to the Caldiera stopping occasionally to record the view points photographically and to adjust the oversized, ill fitting helmets that obliterated the view of the road. This precarious form of transport however, proved very successful and we managed to catch the ARC group and arrive in time catch the view and make perfect images of the outstanding scenery before us. The. read more...


Arcarius of Plymouth - Arcarius. "Hells Angels"
Arcarius of Plymouth - Arcarius.
05/06/2014

Arcarius of Plymouth - Arcarius Seems like "A load of old BULL to us!"

Seems like "A load of old BULL to us!"Bull running? Yes an interesting pass-time that the Portuguese have traditionally embraced for hundreds of years.Not sure who decided it was a good idea or why.Six, incidentally girls, gorgeous white shirted toreadors, I presume that's what they are called, grip a long rope with a bull tethered at the end.Half way along this restraint are three more toreadors, also extremely handsome in white shirts.Not sure they are chosen for their bull taming skills.The idea is that the toreadors run a bull through the public streets but must prevent the bull from crossing the white"safe line" 500 meters ahead.A number of civilian dressed, professional bull tormentors are also placed in the street, their role, to antagonise the bull with red umbrellas until he is. read more...


22/11/2011

Pajarito - Day 12 - The Welcoming Committee

This morning at dawn, two sea gulls flew over to check us out.They circled several times, closely inspected, then scolded us for not having our fishing lines out.A little later, several dolphins joined us for breakfast.They swam along side keeping us on course.We must be close now, the welcoming committee is here! All is good this morning.We have smooth (relatively speaking) sailing, cinnamon rolls, and coffee.Who could ask for anything better?Sure beats last night when Captain Bill was battling the elements over a bag of tater chips.The elements got the upper hand, and the contents of the bag became airborne, swirling around the cockpit like a blizzard.Bob and I had to turn our heads; we couldn't stand to see a grown man cry. We're getting close enough to the tiki bar on Tortola that. read more...


Arcarius of Plymouth - Arcarius Seems like "A load of old BULL to us!"
Arcarius of Plymouth - Arcarius    Seems like
05/06/2014

Arcarius of Plymouth - Arcarius. Ocean Emotion or Arcarius Whale watching tours.

Ocean Emotion or Arcarius Whale watching tours.The diminutive silhouette of Faial formed against a backdrop of the rising morning sun, shrinking by the minute as we headed away from the Island.Our view was replaced by an exciting selection of waterfalls, volcanic rock created landscapes and a plethora of different sea life. We were on our way to Terceria.Two hours before, the First Mate having only had one hour of sleep as a result of a particularly lively celebration at the famous Pete's sports bar, a provider of Ale to the Atlantic sailor since 1918 and experts they are too.Members of the fleet who visited the bar were very quiet the next morning and sales of paracetamol peaked on the Island.Skipper and the Scare-Pirate had 3 hours sleep and although jaded decided they were better. read more...


Arcarius of Plymouth - Arcarius. Ocean Emotion or Arcarius Whale watching tours.
Arcarius of Plymouth - Arcarius.   Ocean Emotion or Arcarius Whale watching tours.
05/06/2014

Flomaida II - 5.6.- unterwegs nach Fiji

Nun sind wir kaum unterwegs und.......wieder was kaputt! Den Unterliekstrecker haben wir ja mühsamst in Raiatea machen lassen,und nun hat der Motor dazu den Geist aufgegeben. Also wurde wieder die selbe Konstruktion gebaut wie damals, damit wir das Großsegel bewegen können. Ist ja auch sehr wichtig, wenn wir reffen müssen, was allerdings bis heute Nacht noch nicht nötig war. Ist auch gut so, denn wir pirschen uns gerade nachts durch ein "Minenfeld" und hoffen sehr, dass die Karten stimmen, was vondiversen Personen bezweifelt wird (nicht nur von mir)! Das "Minenfeld" sind viele Riffe und Untiefen, die schon zu Fiji gehören, allerdings 200 Meilen von der Hauptinsel Viti Levu entfernt, die wir ansteuern,also ca mittig zwischen Tonga und Fiji. Ein mulmiges Gefühl entsteht da schon beimir, da. read more...


05/06/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - Breakfast at Tiffany's.......?

N36:26:867 W46:58:418 Boat miles:- 952 Miles to go:- 883   ............well we know it isn't but we passed thehalf way stage this morning so decided to celebrate with some smoked salmon andchampagne (kindly donated by Martin and Marilyn from Rocking Horse) for thisoccasion. Not with a white table cloth and silver ware, but in Andromeda'scockpit, in the sunshine, and enjoying the view of the deep blue sea. We have nowind at present, nor are there any clouds in the sky, so are motoring for whileto get through this part of a high pressure system. This after two days oflovely sailing for change. Anyway, we are really pleased to have made thismilestone and are keen to get the wind and get going once again, bound forHorta.   Susan was a bit confused this morning when she sawa light. read more...


05/06/2014

Ca Canny - ARC Portugal Ca Canny - Days 4 and 5

We’ve made it Spain! Not quite our intended destination, but weatherdictated a diversion and so, Thursday 5th finds us nestled in Club Nautico atCamerinas. We arrived at 0830 UTC to a warm welcome from the crews of Zoonie,Infinity and Seclusion who helped us moor up in the high winds.  The journey here from the position of the last blog was fairly uneventfulalbeit hindered with either low winds or winds from an unhelpful direction. Afair amount of motoring so this stop will be a welcome opportunity to refuel.The marina itself is fairly exposed to the winds, but the bay it’s situated islovely and, looking at the forecast, I suspect we’ll have a few days to explorethe delights of Camerinas by foot.   I was asked by some of the crew not to go into too many details about whatwe’ve. read more...


05/06/2014

Molly Kate - MollyKate Chomping at the Bit

  Call us Irish fanatics or that we just have the gift of gab.  The MollyKate will be ascending into Annapolis Saturday, June 7th to provision the boat and prep her for her voyage around the peninsula of DelMarVa.  We have told most of our friends in Delaware to be on the lookout for this beautiful utility kite...stay tuned!   IMG_1421. read more...


Molly Kate - MollyKate Chomping at the Bit
Molly Kate - MollyKate Chomping at the Bit
04/06/2014

Flomaida II - 30.5.-4.6. Vava´u/ Tonga- ein kurzes Vergnügen

Das Tonga Archipel erinnert mich sehr stark an die Marquesas. Sehr grün, sehr ursprünglich, dünn besiedelt von gastfreundlichen, fröhlichen Menschen. Liegt es vielleicht daran, dass die westliche Welt noch keinen großen Einfluss hat? Es gibt keine Luxus Resorts, keine Kreuzfahrtschiffe und demzufolge auch keine Souvenirläden. Ein besonderes Erlebnis war der Kirchgang am Sonntag. Ich denke, fast alle Einwohner des kleinen Städtchens Vava´u waren zugegen in sehr besonderer Sonntagsbekleidung. Habe leider die Bedeutung noch nicht herausgefunden, weshalb die Männer wie auch teilweise die Frauen einfache Bastmatten- mit Gürtel gehalten- über ihren Sonntagsstaat tragen. Freundlich wurde zusammengerückt und uns somit zum Dazusetzen eingeladen.Die Gesänge waren wunderschön und über der ganzen. read more...


04/06/2014

Ca Canny - ARC Portugal Ca Canny - Days 3 and 4

Clearly yesterdays blog tempted Fate who couldn’t resist a side-swipe at my“all quiet on the weather front, let’s have a food update”. Not long afterpressing send we decided to take advantage of some favourable winds to head usout a little more Westerly in order to have a little more sea room on approachto Cape Finisterre. The skies darkened and we hit some slightly stronger windsthan had been forecast – but fortunately we were already well reefed and had thestorm gyb out and prepared. We had company in the form of Zoonie again, briefly,and a large pod of porpoises playing in and around the boat. The grey skies onlylet up very briefly allowing a view of a small slither of skyline on the horizontimed perfectly so we could see a stunning sunset. Did feel a little like natureteasing. read more...


04/06/2014

Tres Hijas - measuring the mast

Getting an exact mast height to make sure we can get under the Cape May Bridge.view from the mast. read more...


Tres Hijas - measuring the mast
Tres Hijas - measuring the mast
04/06/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - One tack forwrd and two gybes back......title especially for your Sue Morgan

N35:55:569 W49:31:230   Boat miles - 836   GPS 1011 to go     We had a really good day yesterday, we started toget some stuff dried out and hopefully the first batch will be done sometimetoday, its so slow.  We had watery sunshine for a while but are justrelying on the wind to do its job.  Vanessa being on the helm is a greatboon. The best of which is that when the hissing sids arrive and throw water alldown the side decks and the corner of the cockpit we are sitting somewhere elseso don't get the full brunt of it. The other added bonus is that at the end of awatch Vanessa doesn't get distracted and so go off course like we do.  Sheis a really good member of our team so thank you Vanessa.   Having stayed dry all day we settled down for. read more...


04/06/2014

American Spirit II - Day 150; X-Rail Land Tour, Repairs in Fiji and Skippers Fiji Meeting; Wednesday, June 4, 2014

12:14 AM sent emails via SSB. First tried to send via Niue, 229 miles away. No luck. Then connected with Manihi located 1,624 miles away. Frequency 8299.4; same as last night. Took 15 minutes to send then receive all messages. One of the emails I sent was to a repair company in Fiji. I itemized the repairs we needed and labeled them as Critical: new shroud and new 8 D Deep Cycle Flooded Batteries; Very Important: charging system for non-American dock outlets; Important: new sail patches for mainsail; and Moderately Important: change mainsail inhaul furling line. I also asked the agent to get us a slip in the Port Denarau Marina from June 15 thru June 27. Though I think we only need a week to complete all repairs, I'd rather have too much marina time than too little. If we finish all the. read more...


04/06/2014

Webster - This blog's full of Bull.......

Sunday 1st June 2014 Horta to Angra, Tereira 70nmBoy, did we wake up with a headache this morning! I must have been drinking out of a wet or dirty glass I think, and must have eaten something disagreeable too I have no doubt. Whatever, I felt like death warmed up, but I suspect feeling much better than my crew who remained a mess. Still, we had to get this boat out of the marina in one piece, which we achieved at the unearthly hour of 0700 without too much trouble even though it was tight. I pointed the boat at Terceira, put on the auto pilot, told Igor and Neal they were on first watch and jumped back into bed, followed swiftly by Dave (not into my bunk you understand but his own), who assumed he was on my watch, and awoke again at 1100. Feeling not a little guilty I went on deck into. read more...


03/06/2014

Anna Sophia - Oceaandagboek deel 2, dag 13

Positie: 38.27 400 N 29.56 765 WCOG: 86 grSOG: 6 ktsDagafstand: 141 nmDTF: 50 nmZeilvoering: MWind: 9,1 kts @ 342 grWeer: lichtbewolktZicht: goedGolven: 1 mLuchtdruk: 1036 mbarWatertemperatuur: 21,1 grZeezieken: 0Mijlen worden moterend weggetikt op een strakblauwe oceaan. Ongeduld en adrenaline strijden om de voorrang! Wauw, we zijn er bijna....In blijde afwachting spitten we, in het zonnetje zittend, de pilot (handboek) van de Azoren door. "Kijk, daar heb je het", met de vinger als aanwijsstok lees ik voor: "Bottlenose" walvis, lengte 10 m, komt voor in groepen van 4 tot 10 exemplaren, "Pilot"whale, lengte 7 m, groepen van 5 tot 75! stuks. "Zou er best eentje willen zien, nu we hier toch zijn", grijnst de schipper. Nou dat weet ik nog zo net niet en hardop lees ik de volgende zin:. read more...


03/06/2014

Webster - My liver Horta's

Tuesday 27th to Sunday 1st. Horta on island of Faial, AzoresHaving arrived very early morning on 27th we all slept the sleep of the dead, awoke at 0830 cleared customs and moved the boat over to raft up against our friends and rivals, Ballytrim the Swan 46. Clearly the Rally Control boys know what they are doing as they placed us next to the second noisiest boat in the fleet and well away from anyone else who may be easily offended. We then went exploring the island and made it as far as the Cafe Sport, better known as Peter's Bar for a quick lunch and stayed there for 12 hours! Neal had to retire hurt, but Dave, Igor and I visited the local Chinese where we ate the left overs from the next table and ordered a set meal for four for three, as you do.Wednesday - hangover all day, until. read more...


03/06/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - All along the waterline........

N34:59:496   W51:48:962 Boat miles:- 709 Miles to go:- 1135   All along the waterline The dogged crewkept watch Cresting waves wereapproaching Some squallsand showers too. Outside in the cold distance A ragged wind began to howl More cresting waves wereapproaching And a Shearwater or two? (apologies to Bob)   Well we were told by the weather folks that we werein rough weather for the next 24 hours and could expect big winds, showers andsqualls etc. As if we needed anymore. And we did. It got to the point, after 4hissing sids deposited water all over me in the cockpit in less than 4 minutesthat we decided too heave to to get some rest, drink some hot chocolate and waitfor daylight - it was pitch black and we couldn't see the genoa at all. Thissort of worked. read more...


03/06/2014

Ca Canny - ARC Portugal Ca Canny - Keel photography

Unfortunately the underwater photo of the keel hasn’t survived, but we didhave a really good one.....honest! We’ll have to try and take another one toprove the point. IMG_0631(327x245). read more...


Ca Canny - ARC Portugal Ca Canny - Keel photography
Ca Canny - ARC Portugal Ca Canny - Keel photography
03/06/2014

Ca Canny - ARC Portugal Ca Canny - Exhilarating sail across the first part of Biscay

As mentioned on yesterdays blog, there was a dramatic photo shoot under CaCanny yesterday. So following this blog entry we are going to try and upload oneor two images of the drama (the sat-phone data connection is not 100% reliableso if they don’t appear then you’ll just have to wait....oooh the suspense). Theprop shot is particularly good when you consider that Ian was simply waving theboathook under the water and hoping that he was pointing the camera in the rightdirection.   After the prior nights drama the winds picked up shortly after leaving thewelcome company of Robert et al on Zoonie and we were soon well under sail. CaCanny really picks up her tails above 18 knots of wind and the weather providedin spades – sailing at well over 7 knots for long periods of time late into. read more...


03/06/2014

American Spirit II - Day 149; Cleared thru Custom's, Laundry, Errands in Vava'u & Rendezvous Party; Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Don't forget that when you read all logs in the future that we're one day ahead of you due to crossing the International Dateline. So don't think that the day and date of my logs are wrong because you're reading this on a Tuesday when I've already done Tuesday's log.At 12:00 AM I connected with a station on Manihi, 1,556 miles away, to send and receive our emails.Frequency 8299.4. Took 30 minutes to send and receive the messages. Longer than average due to receiving incoming messages too slowly, at 200 to 600 bytes per minutes instead of 2800, 3200 or 3600. I got awakened at 5:29 AM due to Janet sending me a text at that time. I had forgotten to put my cell phone on vibrate, so the noise of the receiving text woke me up. My mistake. Went back to sleep and got up (early) at 7:00 AM. read more...


03/06/2014

Spirit III - Day 3 - On the Breeze

Still on the Breeze...Since Plymouth we have tacked twice soon after Ushant, but otherwise we havebeen hard on the breeze on Starboard tack for most of the time. Havingdrifted a little further east than we would have liked yesterday, we haveovernight been working to get back some West ground while still making some south.All four of us have in one way or another suffered from the on-going motion, this morning however see's most of us starting to feel more with it and probably hence the reason for this blog update.Leaving Ushant yesterday a small bird, looked like a swallow(?!) spent a good few hours with us on deck... it had first of all managed to fly straight down the open companionway and took a lot of coaxing to remove!Last night after crossing into deep water, the phosphorescence. read more...


03/06/2014

Zoonie - Released into the Biscay

46:47.76N 06:34.59W Finally, early yesterday morning Ushant released itsgrip on us so we could move into the Bay of Biscay. We had a good sail acrossthe Channel after the start, mostly on our desired course until we neared theother side when we were set east. Then we tried to tack to get down the inshorechannel to no avail. That stage sent us in a near circle! Then the wind dropped,well that was decisive, on went the engine.   Just before the Biscay and we received a radio call from Ca Canny whopicked up a rope around their prop and ask for some help. As we were ‘tail endCharly’ by this time we happily obliged. Our offer of a tow into Brest provedunnecessary when they lowered a waterproof camera overboard and saw from thepictures that the rope had gone and the prop was fit and. read more...


Andromeda V - paella
Andromeda V - paella
02/06/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - Manic Monday part two

We are all confused today, it was a long night andearly start to the day and Andrew has just had a sleep that was over 2 hourslong, or did he? The timer he uses to wake himself up appeared to have gone offso he slept through it, unusual but it has happened. I was on the wheel feeelingquite comfortable so I told him to have another hour. After this he checked thetime and seems to have lost an hour..the mysteries of being at sea.   The sun is trying to put a belated appearance in, Idid think I was going to be able to report an almost dry cockpit but at the lastminute a devious "hissing sid" wave came over the side and soaked bitsagain....maybe tomorrow.   Musing whilst at the helm, I remembered the otherbits I was going to include today. Does your boat dance? Andreomeda. read more...


02/06/2014

Anna Sophia - Oceaanlogboek deel 2, dag 12

Positie: 38.17 866 N 32.56 250 WCOG: 85 grSOG: 5,9 ktsDagafstand: 140 nmDTF: 190 nmZeilvoering: MWind: 3,8 kts @ 69 grWeer: lichtbewolktZicht: goedGolven: geenLuchtdruk: 1037 mbarWatertemperatuur: 22,1 grZeezieken: 0Zondagnacht; ik voel me vreemd. De nacht is zo helder, dat de sterren zelfs over de horizon te zien zijn; het lijkt wel of ze verstoppertje spelen met de waterlijn . Ik kijk omhoog en zie miljoenen flonkeringen schakerend van helderwit naar zachtgeel. Dit is heel mooi en de eerste prachtige nacht in 12 dagen. En toch ....... ik voel me vreemd.In het begin van de avond wilde de slaap maar niet komen, in de tweede rust gelukkig wel en wanneer het ochtendgloren aanbreekt ben ik alles alweer vergeten. Om 06.00 uur tik ik de boordcomputer tot actie, onmogelijk ding met een nog. read more...


02/06/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - Rocking all over the sea on a Manic Monday

N34:15:204   W53:32:760   First of all today we would like wholeheartedly toapologise to who ever we have upset and so deserve the weather we have had.We're not sure what we did, but we are sorry. We have a couple of other theoriestoo, just like the grib wind arows, maybe too many people are sending us wind.We always wish folk 'fair winds and a gentle sea', maybe we are just getting itall together.   After another busy night on and off the wheel weapproached morning feeling quite confident, it had been a must drier night andwe were looking forward to maybe getting a few bits and pieces dry instead ofwhich we have been getting more dry stuff out to get wet. To be honest a lot ofthe things have been packed away for 5 years so need an airing but not all atonce surely.. read more...


02/06/2014

Ca Canny - ARC Portugal Yacht Ca Canny - Rope in Approaches to d'Oussant

Propeller rope wrap. Back on our way leaving the inshore passage aroundD’Oeusaant (Ushant to the Brits!)   At midnight on Sunday  the wind died and was taking us toRoscoff.  We decided to put the engine on to make it through Ushant beforethe tide moved against us. I had been running 30 mins when a thump, bang, bangwas heard from the area of the propeller. The engine was off within 5 seconds –Steve was on the helm and the skipper below in his bunk for at least a further 5seconds. We had picked up a rope – we restarted and tried the reverse - it waseven worse! So we cut the engine and sailed on and pondered what to do next.   In the morning we sent out a general message on VHF and called WCC to letthem know what was happening. The plot was not to use the engine and. read more...


Diffugere Nives - Final Preps for the Rally
Diffugere Nives - Final Preps for the Rally
02/06/2014

American Spirit II - Day 148; Crossing the International Date Line, Arrived in the Kingdom of Tonga, Immigration Clearance & Dinner Ashore; Monday, June 2, 2014

Though the International Date Line is supposed to be at 180 degrees longitude, the line jogs right, around Tonga before that longitude. So, even though we arrived in Tonga on Sunday, June 1; we really arrived on Monday, June 2. We 'lost' a day that we will never get back. Never. Only if we head back east would we recover this day. But we're not. We're heading west until we get home. Joel's 1:00 AM to 6:00 AM watch was without incident. When I woke and took over the watch at 6:00 AM, 500 foot cliffs were visible in the darkness to our port, about 3/4's of a mile away. And there were no lights visible on the islands. Low swept clouds moved from east to west. The planet Uranus was visible behind us. We entered Tongan waters to the north of the island group Vava'u; then we turn south and. read more...


02/06/2014

American Spirit II - Day 147; Bleach Wipe Down, Tom Neale's An Island to Oneself & Jack Reacher Says; Saturday, May 31, 2014

Seaduced passed us at 12:15 PM 1.8 miles to starboard. I went off watch at 1:00 AM, and Joel started his 1:00 AM to 6:00 AM watch. I showered and changed my leg bandage. Ugly. In bed by 1:30 AM.Joel put the jib out during his watch, then the wind went a little south and lightened up, so he rolled the jib back up. We were motor sailing. Woke up at 4:50 AM after 3 hours and 20 minutes sleep. Felt good. Might not seem like a lot of sleep, but your body adjusts under the circumstances. If you have to get 8 hours of continuous sleep at a stretch, sailing across oceans is probably not for you. One of the good things about getting up at 6:00 AM is that you get to watch a lot of sunrises. The sun rose above the clouds on the horizon at 7:03 AM. No green flash. I wonder if I'm ever going to see a. read more...


02/06/2014

Anettine - 2. June

We left Horta 0600 this morning, heading for Ponta Delgada on the island Sau Miguel. No wind so the Iron Genua has to to the job for now. Jonn and Mauritz turned back into the sack after breakfast and the captains taking the watch and enjoying the view of Ihla do Pico in the morning sun. We have approx 150 nm to go and expect to use around 30 hrs.. read more...


02/06/2014

Free & BrEasy - A Niue Experience

We arrived at Niue in the total darkness. Niue is an almost circular, 20 mile wide, coral island but it differs from previous islands in being geologically much older. The coral sits on top of an extinct volcano which has sunk towards the ocean floor so that the whole island is made of ancient coral with no inner lagoon. This means that there is no pass through the coral to negotiate. Even so we approached the shore very slowly and were relieved to tie on to a mooring ball without mishap.Next day we did our best to remove some of the salt that had found its way everywhere during the rough passage from Suwarrow but there was no fresh water to clean the outside of the boat. Going ashore was unusual as there is no dinghy dock, only the main wharf where all the goods for the island are. read more...


01/06/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - Hey big boat maintenance and repair spender.....

N33:31:343    W55:46:028 Boat miles: 486 Distance to go: 1349   Well it is interesting what pops into you heardwhen in the middle of a rather large storm.......this one lasted about 9 hours,included the usual suspects of thunder and lightning, had lots of torrentialrain and included, just for the joy of it, winds gusting to 34kts. very nicereally, so we are now waiting for some sunshine to dry us out once again. Wewere advised of gusts and showers, but nothing like what we experienced. Ah, thecruising life.   We have been mulling over the costs of our journeyso far, hence the title - ho hum. Had we known then what we know now, would wehave still done it? Well this is a debating question round a table set fair withfood and drink.   We have also noticed. read more...


01/06/2014

Anna Sophia - Oceaandagboek deel 2, dag 11

Positie: 38.03.154 N 35.51.831 WCOG; 84 grSOG: 5,2 ktsDagafstand: 127 nmDTF: 341 nmZeilvoering: MWind: 9.0 kts @ 204 grWeer: halfbewolktZicht: goedGolven: 0,5 mLuchtdruk: 1035 mbarWatertemperatuur: 21,3 gZeezieken: 0"Jan ik geloof dat we de motor maar moeten starten." De Schip ligt breeduitop het 2persoonsbed en slaapt diep, heel diep. Een rustige wacht loopt om6.30 uur deze morgen bijna teneinde, wanneer ik mijn poging nog windtevangen resoluut opgeef. Vannacht ging het eigenlijk prima! Doordat weplotseling halve wind konden varen, was het voltuig voldoende de 11 knopenwind om te zetten in een snelheid van net boven de 5 kts. Maar nu,mistroostig staar ik naar de snelheidsmeter, 3,6 , 3,7 3,4. Het is over,gedaan en definitief tijd de zo zorgvuldig bewaarde diesel aan te spreken.Jan is. read more...


01/06/2014

Webster - Spiderman no match for a Webster!

Monday 26th May 2014. Position : horizontal after only two tinniesCorrected finish place: Third overall. 13 days 13 hours 40 minutes, that's how long it took us to arrive safely in Horta. 0140 to be precise local time. Seems like two weeks to me but we are here!! The last day at sea was quite eventful despite the fact that the wind had gone a bit lighter. The Blue Peter Badge this time goes to Neal who spotted what on the horizon seemed like a dark conical cloud appearing sporadically between white cumulus. The island of Pico can indeed be spied from miles off as it reaches some 2350 metres and although not obvious, he was right and a loud "Land Ahoy" was bellowed with about 50 miles or so to go. The island of Faial is right next to Pico so we knew we were on track much to the surprise. read more...


01/06/2014

Nexus - Kapa and Nuku Island, and Swallow's Cave

We spent the last two nights at Kapa and Nuku Island, just south of Port Maurelle, in Vava'u, Tonga. It is a beautiful spot with a white sand beaches nearby, crystal clear water where you can see your anchor 20M on the bottom, with dramatic island landscapes all around. We look forward to uploading more pictures once we have Wifi access again. We spent yesterday exploring with Kiapa and played Mexican Train dominoes with them in the evening, which was great fun. This morning, Russ and Brian had the opportunity to take their 52' Gunboat for a performance sail with the guys all morning offshore, where we flew every sail in their locker...who gets to do that? The ladies spent the day on shore andenjoyed meeting the locals and attending a very long church service. This evening, NDS Darwin. read more...


01/06/2014

American Spirit II - Day 146; Final Provisioning and Leaving Niue for the Kingdom of Tonga; Friday, May 30, 2014

Up at 7:30 AM. First order of business before breakfast was to apply the 'temporary fix' to our broken shroud. Joel did this using 2 bear clamps borrowed from the boat Chez Nous, and some Dynema line. Strong as steel. If the shroud breaks before we get a new one, hopefully our temporary fix will hold the mast up long enough for us to drop our sails. Next we called a company in Florida called Yacht Power. Used the satellite phone. Ordered 6 new generator impellers, a gasket, and some other generator parts. Will be delivered to my daughter Angela in Charlotte, North Carolina. She's visiting us in Fiji June 29. She'll be bringing so many spare parts with her that she'll need an extra large suitcase just to handle them. We also ordered a new ICOM radio for Nexus since they gave us a spare. read more...


01/06/2014

American Spirit II - Day 145; Toured Island, Whale Behavior & a Strange Usage for Duck Tape; Thursday, May 29, 2014

Up until 3:15 AM. Lot on my mind. Infection, rigging, batteries, charging, etc. 8:00 AM got up. Breakfast at 9:00 AM. In dingy by 10:30 AM heading to wharf. Stopped by house where laundry is being done. No one home. Walked by post office and mailed post cards. I wonder if they'll ever reach America. Have to go to New Zealand first. Rented a car at 11:30 AM. Fifty seven dollars. Half the price of a car rental in Moorea and Tahiti. Stopped by the hospital at 11:45 AM, trying to catch the doctor before he went to lunch. Successful. Suggested that my right calf infection was a contamination exposure from my Bora Bora infection, requiring a stronger prescription than I was taking to get rid of. Gave me a prescription of Ciprox. I asked for one for Doxycyline, also. For 'future' use. Got it.. read more...


Flomaida II - Das Washaway In Niue
Flomaida II - Das Washaway In Niue
Flomaida II - Vorsicht, es pieckst!
Flomaida II - Vorsicht, es pieckst!
Flomaida II - Leider ziemlich ungemütliches Wetter in Niue, aber dafür die Menschen um so gemütlicher!
Flomaida II - Leider ziemlich ungemütliches Wetter in Niue, aber dafür die Menschen um so gemütlicher!