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23/02/2015

American Spirit II - Day 412; We Tour Recife and Olinda; Sunday, February 22, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 50; Swimming with Sea Turtles & Penguins; Saturday, February 22, 2014. I woke up at 4:00 AM and headed down to the aft section of the main deck, where the restaurant is, to type up Day 49's log. At 5:59 AM we reached our destination and dropped anchor. We were anchored in front of a giant L-shaped cliff face called Vicente Roca Point, part of Isabella Island."************************************Up at 7:00 AM. It rained twice (according to Joel) during the night, so the clothes I hung up on the life lines before going to bed are soaked. Again. Sigi from Merlyn of Poole joins us for coffee and then breakfast at 8:25 AM. We have bacon, scrambled eggs in bacon fat, cut up spiced potato, chilled guava and brown bread. Sigi tells Joel and me a little bit about his. read more...


23/02/2015

Celebrate - Trinidad, Tobago & Grenada Sighting!

Six miles ahead is lushly green Grenada.We have passed Trinidad and Tobago in the night.Our 2500 mile passage is almost at an end and we have sent a fleet message of the conditions we encountered. This morning is sunny skies and great winds for sailing.We are looking forward to landfall after 13 days at sea.Next: Grenada arrival...Charlie & Cathy. read more...


23/02/2015

Exody - Days 41/42/43 - Birthday@Kicker

Swimming with sharks, turtles and eagle rays is a memorable way to spend my birthday on Friday 20th!Opting for the extra hour long visit to nearby Loberia beach we were up early for the water taxi at 06.30.Fernando the guide helped us learn about marine iguanas in and took us for a brief snorkel then it was back to town to join the main trip to Kicker rock- just 12 of us plus baby Kai with Juno and Makena.A high speed 40 minute ride later we were circumnavigating the massive volcanic outcrop and we were soon in the water - like swimming in an aquarium - strange to feel comfortable and safe looking down on 25/30 sharks including two hammerheads, a multitude of other fish, a couple of turtles and closest to us an orderly procession of eagle rays- white spotted.We swam through the narrow 20. read more...


22/02/2015

Free & BrEasy - Start of the End

We are now just over 4 days out of Salvador, on our way to Forteleza, 750 nm up the Brazilian coast from Salvador. We have been motor sailing continuously, using both engines for the first 24 hours, as we bashed our way into strong head winds, and therefore gobbling up our precious diesel. But don't think that life has been dull. The rough conditions induced a certain state of queasiness even in some of us intrepid circumnavigators. We have been so used to being gently coaxed along with light tail winds typical of trade wind sailing in a westward direction that it was a shock to start sailing straight into the gnashers of a north easterly wind. We were also treated to a fantastic sound and light show. For two hours in the dark we motored through a big thunder and lightning storm.. read more...


22/02/2015

Nexus - Nice wind, too much wind, no wind...repeat

What a variable passage it's been. This is the most squally passage we've had yet heading North up the Brazil coast. I guess we know why the Amazon is green! We've had relatively calm seas, but we get 10-12kts and nice sailing, then a HUGE squall comes through with 25-35kts and rain for a half hour or so, then 6-8kts of wind for an hour or so, then it repeats. We're constantly surrounded by squalls and cumulonimbus clouds on all sides, breaking up an otherwise relatively nice day. It's tiring for captain and crew, as it's sail up, sail down, motor on... repeat for day and night. I've tried leaving the main up double reefed, but it just bangs around something awful when the wind dies.Last night I decided we all need rest so we took the main down at midnight and just motored with the Jib. read more...


22/02/2015

American Spirit II - Day 411; A Slow Day in Recife; Saturday, February 21, 2015

Up at 5:30 AM. From 5:40 AM to 7:45 AM I typed 1 log and some boat part emails. Breakfast at 8:15 AM consisted of bacon, eggs cooked in bacon fat, hash browns with onions cooked by Jeanine yesterday, chilled Guava (from a can) and brown bread. A cat that got off a boat across from us had its tail tied in a knot next to its body. Seemed well fed and content. Apparently living on a small sailboat by itself; maybe under the dingy. Vlado tried to approach it but got warned off by a hiss. At 9:00 AM I got a 'text mail dump' on my I Phone. Six texts messages came thru from 3 different people. Since then my phone has been unable to send or I assume receive texts from anyone. Welcome to Brazil.Jonathan left with Vlado to go clear into the Port Captain's office and fill up some jerry cans with. read more...


22/02/2015

Luna Quest - Saturday, 21.2.15

Position: 00.54S 89.37WIsla San ChristobalNext Destination: Isla Santa Cruz - Galapagos IslandsWe sighted Isla San Christobal at around 8am on Thursday and our hearts filled with great expectations. It took us the better part of the day, though, to reach the anchorage in the Southwest of the island. The wind had been fickle and the tide unhelpful so that we had to rely on engine power for 4 hours increasing our total engine hours since Contadora to 20. The seas around San Cristobal are particularly pacific with only a little breeze during the day to blunt the edge of the searing sun. By 5pm we were tied up to a large commercial buoy that bumped the boat when the tide turned in the night. We were soon ashore to meet up with the other ARC participants in the Miconia Hotel, a modest affair. read more...


21/02/2015

Sweet Pearl - Ascension --> Mindelo - 16. Tag - Gar nicht mehr lang

Gerade passieren wir Santiago, einer der Südinseln, auf der auch die Hauptstadt von Kap Verden ist. Der Wind hat ein bisschen abgenommen, was gut ist - zuviel des Guten ist ja auch nichts. Morgen Nacht oder Montag Morgen sollten wir dann in Mindelo ankommen, und alle freuen sich darauf:-). Ciao, Tom. read more...


21/02/2015

Nexus - On our way to Fernando de Noronha

On our way to Fernando de Noronha, a small group of islands and national park off the the eastern shoulder of Brazil. We left Salvador Bahia about 7:30 and filled up at the fuel barge with ferries, pilot boats and fishing boats hovering impatiently nearby as our first credit card was blocked but the second one worked thankfully! We motored slowly out of the bay waiting for Ghost, Alpheratz, Saphir and Festina Lente to catch up, and we soon joined Polaris, which made a nice group to travel with. On our way out we headed south east to deeper water and a better wind angle, which was a bit out of the way but we were soon rewarded with a smoother sail and consistent though light winds on our way. Those who turned North sooner, found themselves pushed closer to the beach than they would have. read more...


21/02/2015

American Spirit II - Day 410; We Clear In To Recife; Merlyn of Poole Joins us Later in the Day; and American Spirit II Hosts a Dinner Party for 9; Friday, February 20, 2015

One year ago today:There is nothing to put here because I can't find 'February 20, 2014.' It appears I left the date off my log for that day. I'll have to find and fix that problem later. ***************************I start a new log book today. My 7th one. The log books I use to make notes during the day to collect information I type in my log later are bought from Staples, are 5.5" x 4.25" in size; and have 200 lined pages in them. So being my 7th book, I've already used 1,200 pages of notes to write my 410 logs. That's 3 pages or 6 sides of paper per day. Up at 6:30 AM. I guess because I went to bed so early last night. Joel sees that I'm up and gets up himself when he sees me making coffee.The tide is going out, strongly. By 'strongly' I mean that the tide moves at 4-5 knots flooding. read more...


21/02/2015

American Spirit II - Day 409; We Make a Night-time Entry Into Recife; Thursday, February 19, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 47; Day Tour Isla Santa Cruz; Wednesday, February 19, 2014. Up at 7:00 AM, looking for a boat that is supposed to pick up our garbage. No such luck. Not sure such a boat exists."******************************Up at 5:55 AM. I relieve Jeanine. The wind is 12 knots and we're motor sailing at 7.2 knots thru the water and 5.7 knots over the land. Light, fluffy and high clouds with patches of lower, black clouds under them - rain showers and squalls; with the first squall of the day heading our way just forward of our starboard beam. Here we go again! (to quote a famous American President - Ronald Reagan). At 6:15 AM I turn left 10 degrees to Recife, 76 miles away. Recife is at the eastern most point in Brazil, right at the 'hump' of Brazil that sticks out into the. read more...


21/02/2015

Celebrate - French Guiana, Surinam & Guyana

Passing the coasts of French Guiana, Surinam and now Guyana has been amazingly quick with continued great winds for a steady 8-9 knots of speed making our fuel consumption at the absolute minimum.That's always good news.Other good news is we continue to see large pods of dolphins and Charlie took some movies of them today.We are expecting to arrive at Grenada on Monday, February 23rd for a stay initially at Prickly Bay.Grenada comes highly recommended to us from many sources so we are really looking forward to seeing it. Next on the chart:Venezuela and Trinidad...Charlie & Cathy. read more...


19/02/2015

Exody - Days 39 /40 - Galapagos : Sea Lions + Inspection Committee

We anchored at Puerto Bauquerizo Mareno on the easternmost island of San Cristobal at 01.44 local time this morning Thursday 19th February having felt our way through the very dark night along the north coast of the island just one mile offshore, soaking up the tropical aromas of the land and routing inside the barely discernible profile of tourist attraction Kicker Rock.Others in the fleet both ahead and astern of us awaited daylight to make their final approach - but we all needed the sleep, trusted the chartplotter and went for it!The last 200 odd miles and 24 hours has to go down in our record as the best close-hauled sail yet - it was a real pleasure not to be dead downwind, to fully use both sails and to be romping along a smooth ocean at up to 8 knots with under 12 knots of. read more...


18/02/2015

Exody - Days 37/38 -Free knots and forbidden fruits

Tuesday night February 17th and we only have 200 miles to go to the Galapagos and arecurrently just 16 miles north of the equator which we will cross tomorrow and then should arrive Thursday morning - reasonably inside my 'bet' of 16.00 unless we have to tack!Tacking is a long forgotten concept along with close hauled sailing - rarely used on these rallies except maybe at start or finish lines.Here we find ourselves, however, close hauled and not quite pointing high enough for our target of San Cristobal 200 miles away-the wind now in the south rather than the proper south-east trades.But it's good to have wind at all given the general engine-hungry prognosis for this leg.We have had two good days sailing since turning the engine off early Monday morning - the 1.5 to 2 knots of. read more...


19/02/2015

Sweet Pearl - Ascension --> Mindelo - 14. Tag - Nicht mehr lang

Wir kommen Kap Verden immer näher, wenn auch langsam, doch ganz bestimmt:-). Wind und Wellen haben wir genug - da können wir uns nicht beklagen. Heute gab es frisch gemachten Flan als Dessert - da können wir uns auch nicht beklagen. Allen gehts ganz gut an Bord, doch jeder ist froh bald anzukommen. Ciao, Tom. read more...


19/02/2015

Celebrate - Amazon River Mouth Passing

From 150 miles off the mouth of the Amazon River we were still affected somewhat.Considerable plant material floated by and there is a tidal range. We hope to come back and explore the river on a small riverboat cruise.We don't want to miss seeing the pink dolphins!Our winds and current boost are still outstanding and we expect to arrive in Grenada 4 days ahead of schedule.Next: Passing French Guyana...Charlie & Cathy. read more...


19/02/2015

American Spirit II - Day 408; A Lousy Day on the Ocean & Jeanine Barely Avoids a Critical Injury; Wednesday, February 18, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 46; Motor Sail to Santa Cruz Island; Tuesday, February 18, 2014. Sometime in the middle of the night, I heard a commotion in the cockpit and when I climbed the steps and peered out I observed a large seal lion sitting on one of our recliner chairs in the cockpit. He had knocked down a container of pringles and a cup. When I say 'sitting' I mean sitting, now lying on it, sitting on it hike a person would. It was quite comical. When he saw me he turned and flew thru the starboard life lines and into the water. This event could have easily been a serious problem because when I went to sleep Monday night, I forgot to close the two doors to the downstairs cabin. If the sea lion had wanted to, he could have slid down the stairs into the boat's main salon down below. If. read more...


18/02/2015

Aislig Bheag - Grenadines Jan 2015

 John returned to the boat in early January with friends, Derek and Kathleen who were joining us for two weeks.  Anna and Jen left us to continue on their travels.On our last day in St Lucia before heading south, we were joined by my good friend Frances and her husband George who were stopping in St Lucia for the day during their cruise aboard a large cruise ship.Grenadines  7th – 27th January John, Eilidh and I together with the new crew, Kathleen and Derek headed south to Granada, sailing overnight in two watches.  We arrived in St George’s, Port Lois around tea time on 8th January.  The following day we enjoyed a full day taxi tour of the island with Andy, our driver showing us all the interesting sights.  We really enjoyed the variety Granada had to. read more...


18/02/2015

Aislig Bheag - December and January St Lucia Landing

12th December 2014After 18 days, 3 hours and 19 minutes of non-stop sailing for 2,933 nautical miles and absolutely no engine power we crossed the finish line of Atlantic Rally for Cruiser 2014, in Rodney Bay, St Lucia in the Caribbean.  We were truly ecstatic and quite emotional as we arrived to the sound of horns from many other boats, cheers from fellow sailors and Caribbean drums playing to mark our arrival.  We were presented with a lovely bowl of fruit and Caribbean rum as we took our first steps on dry land.  We all felt quite disorientated walking on land after our bodies had adjusted to the constantly rocking environment at sea.  That first afternoon on the day of our arrival seemed to pass in an almost dream like state.  John had to attend to all the. read more...


18/02/2015

American Spirit II - Day 407; Motor Sailing in Lumpy Seas; Tuesday, February 17, 2015

One year ago today:"Da;y 45; Land Tour of San Cristobal; Monday, February 17, 2014. Got up at 8:00 AM and observed 2 sea lions laying on transom, snug as can be. An adult and a juvenile. When they saw us, they would raise their head to look, then close their eyes and go back to sleep."***************************************During her 3:00 AM to 6:00 AM watch Jeanine got sick and threw-up over the side. Said she was exercising with her rubber bands and got air in her stomach. Bummer.The sun rose at 5:30 AM. Cloudy, so no green flash. I relieved Jeanine at 5:55 AM. The wind is 16 knots and we're motor sailing at 4.5 knots thru the water and 4.5 knots over the land. At 6:00 AM I go 3 degrees left to try to stop some of the pounding into the 3-5 foot seas. At least its warm out. I'm wearing. read more...


18/02/2015

Exocet Strike - Next stop Galapagos

Hopefully today is the penultimate day, should getto Galapagos on Weds 18th. Got some wind, its been behind us most of yesterdayafternoon, night and morning, only started going abeam about 10 an increasing to12 to 14 kn, too much for the code zero (great big white flappy thing at thefront). We have been sailing all day in light winds, but sailing at least andtowards our destination, very glad we gybed onto a new course last evening, gaveus lots of opporunities to make good progress. We crossed the 'line' today at about 1706 localtime ie \\\\\\\\\utc -5.  \\\\\\\\for those not in the knowthis is crossing the equator, unfortunatly the ocean hasnt got a line paintedon, but we were able to watch the GPS display read down to 00deg00'.000N andthen flip to 00deg00'.000S and build on that. read more...


17/02/2015

Ayama - MISSING THE BUTTERFLIES

We have had good sailing and then hours of motoring.We headed south with the winds and the current but had to motor across the notorious Doldrums.We kept heading south as Stefan hoped to pick up the southerly winds to sail back to the Galapagos.We are now sailing at 8 knots in 12 knot winds, calm seas and lovely weather …and we have just had a rum/Panama cheap liquor/coke with ice (Stefan is very proud of his ice-making) drink to celebrate crossing the Equator. There has been very little wildlife, a few birds and 1 gull that seemed to be determined to try and land on Ayama.I think she was lonely as she would settle on the sea, get left behind so fly to catch us up.I miss the colourful butterflies that fluttered by us in Las Perlas, going goodness knows where!Last night Per and I rescued. read more...


17/02/2015

GarliX - Tag 39 Äquatorüberquerung und Kaesekuchenalarm

Tour: Las Perlas - Galapagos/ noch ca. 80smLeute, solch eine Äquatorüberquerung ist echt anstrengend!! Für unsere Überquerung wollten wir gerüstet sein…Hannas Idee - wir backen einen Kuchen!! Aber wie ist es, wenn man bei 30° gegen den Wind mit rund 15kn Wind segelt….vor allem schräg….noch mehr schräg….und schaukelig!!! Aber - Plan ist Plan….also: Was für einen Kuchen??… Wir backen einen Käsekuchen! Erste Schwierigkeit - die Schüssel mit der Quark - Sahne - Füllung muss auch die Schräglage abfangen…oh, oh…. erster Teil lag in der Plicht. Dann mit den „gatschigen“ Händen zum Wasserhahn… zack sind die Hände an den Wänden. Der Mürbeteig war ja fest - kein Problem. Dann aber musste diese Quarkfüllung - die absolut flüssig ist - auf den Kuchen. Hier ging der Alarm richtig los…. die Füllung. read more...


GarliX - Tag 39 Äquatorüberquerung und Kaesekuchenalarm
GarliX - Tag 39 Äquatorüberquerung und Kaesekuchenalarm
GarliX - Tag 39 Äquatorüberquerung und Kaesekuchenalarm
GarliX - Tag 39 Äquatorüberquerung und Kaesekuchenalarm
17/02/2015

Luna Quest - Tuesday, 17.2.15

Noon Position: 00.56N 84.44WDaily Run: 102 milesDestination: Isla San Christobel - Galapagos All day yesterday the wind stayed with us and for much of the night: a moderate breeze pushing us along under twin poled-out foresails, but early this morning the wind started to hesitate, unable to decide from where it would want to come. We took our sails down and housed the poles to make room for a very light-weight sail that is probably more like a cruising chute. In 5kn of wind we were making 3.5kn of speed, but then it decided to start puffing from the Southwest, the very direction that we wished to go, so there was nothing for it but to take it down and put the engine on. Because the sea is calm, the engine is giving us over 6 knots on 1400 revs only. We have motored only 14 hours on this. read more...


17/02/2015

Sweet Pearl - Ascension --> Mindelo - 12. Tag - Es läuft ganz ok

Wir hatten zwei Tage lang so gut wie keinen Wind, konnten aber dank Motorunterstützung einiges an Strecke gut machen. Mittlerweile ist wieder etwas Wind da, aber leider noch nicht in einem guten Segelwinkel. Das sollte sich aber gemäss Wettervorhersagen bald ändern. Es werden immer weniger Meilen! Wir freuen uns! Liebe Grüsse, Sandra. read more...


17/02/2015

Free & BrEasy - Pipoca

We have experienced the biggest possible transition known to mankind. From our lonely 17 day crossing of the Atlantic from St Helena, we have suddenly been immersed in the world’s biggest street party. Two million people dance on the streets for 5 days and 5 nights at the Salvador Carnival and we were part of it!We arrived at Terminal Nautico de Bahia Marina, Salvador, last Wednesday late in the afternoon. Approaching mainland Brazil from a distance, we were amazed to see a ‘New York’ style skyline of skyscrapers and block of flats. As we came nearer, bronzed bodies could be imagined, roasting themselves on the beaches under beach umbrellas.Coming into the anchorage we first took on diesel from a floating barge moored close to the Forte de Sao Marcelo, a round sea fort built by the. read more...


17/02/2015

Celebrate - Equator Crossing for the 2nd Time!

Equator crossing today, February 16, at 7:23pm on the coast of Brazil!This is our 2nd crossing on the World ARC trip.Such amazing milestones!Also, just 84 miles to go for the 1250 mile halfway mark to Grenada.With a sprinkling of 200 mile days our speed has sustained in the 8 knot range with winds generally 15-20 knots true and a nice reach.Our 3rd set of dolphins today and en mass jumping and playing in our bow wave.We are currently passing Sao Luis, Brazil.Next: Amazon River mouth crossing...Charlie & Cathy. read more...


16/02/2015

Juno - Panama Canal

Only forty miles from Panama, yet the archipelago of Las Perlas feels very remote. A small group of pretty islands, famous for their pearls, they are largely uninhabited. Densely forested, with rocky outcrops and hidden beaches of the finest white sand.With large tidal ranges, the water turns green as the tide ebbs and flows, suddenly clearing at slack water to reveal the sea life beneath.Poorly charted with isolated rocks lurking just under the surface, we proceed with caution, the Bauhaus pilot book our constant companion. We pick up the AIS signal of our fellow ARC yachts and head across to one of the famous anchorages; a channel between the islands of Chapera and MogoMogo, where the TV series Survivor was filmed. Although only 50 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, the Pacific feels very. read more...


Juno - Panama Canal
Juno - Panama Canal
16/02/2015

Juno - Las Perlas

In our case we are meeting on the beach outside the Romantica Hotel, where we land our dinghies and help each other to drag them up above the high-water mark. When we arrive everyone is in the hotel bar; cold beer in one hand and laptop in the other. The hotel has good internet access and as we have been offshore for a week this fix of internet is important to keep in touch with friends and family, and in my case also to upload my blog of the Panama Canal.As darkness falls we sit on the silky soft sand of the beach where a barbecue is served. We win first prize for leg two – from Santa Marta to San Blas. It is a wonderful evening of good company, cold beers and the prospect of the sail to Galapagos, only marred by Fatty feeling unwell and I drop her back to the boat for an early. read more...


Juno - Las Perlas
Juno - Las Perlas
16/02/2015

Exocet Strike - 4th day en route to Galapagos

Last night we eventually got some breeze andstarted sailing, much better, this morning we put up the code zero (like asupersized lightweight Genoa) and this has been powering us alongwell. Last night we saw about 100 metres to 1/2 mile offa school or pod of whales, not sure if they were Pilot whales or a bit bigger,seemed happy enough on their own, didnt come to look at use. Last night we had 4 swallows, or similar species tothis land on the boom, must have stayed overnight looking at their kinddeposits! This morning at daybreak a Tern visited us andlanded on the foredeck, didn't stay more than an hour, and left a deposit aswell. Pretty soon we should be able to start selling Guano. This morning we saw a pod of Dolphins jumping andplaying approx 100 meters away. They started to come our. read more...


16/02/2015

American Spirit II - Day 406; More (Bad) Carnival Stories & a Pounding on the Way to Recife; Monday, February 16, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 44; Swimming with Hammerhead Sharks; Sunday, February 16, 2014. Up at 6:30 AM, for we had a trip to Kicker Rock, AKA Roca Pateadora. But first we were bussed to a beach, where we snorkeled amongst rocks and lots of fish,and saw two large turtles swimming. Our guide explained to us the difference between Sea Lions and Seals. Seal Lions have small ears and Seals have no visible ears; and their upper flippers are very strong, allowing them to go vertical more than a meter to climb up on rocks, boats, piers, etc. Seals don't have that upper body strength."*********************************Woke up at 4:00 AM. A 5:00 AM thunder storm got me out of bed. I went to the cockpit, closed the dodger center window and put the blue recliner chairs up under the dodger to keep them. read more...


16/02/2015

GarliX - Tag 37 Es ist Stille auf den Weg nach Galapagos

Nach dem stuermischen Beginn dieser Tour hat sich das Wetter voellig gewandelt. Weg ist der Wind… einfach weg und es herrscht absolute Stille. Ohne den Strom von rd. 2kn wuerden wir kaum noch vorwaerts kommen. Haben wir die Wetter - Grib - Daten doch falsch eingeschaetzt? Die Boote die Richtung Süden gesegelt sind, scheinen mehr Wind zu haben. Doch was nuetzt es… mit den Worten von SY Makena gesprochen…“wir haben gut Wind, wenn wir aber so weiter fahren, kommen wir in Chile an…“. Wir müssen hier durch - so ganz unerwartet kam es ja nicht. Also sind wir mit Motor rd. 20h durch die windstillen Gebiete „geknattert“. Da schaut man sich schon mal besorgt den Diesel - Pegel - Stand an… bei 200l im Tank und 100l Reserve koennen wir nicht bis Galapagos motoren. Bei den taeglichen Funkrunden. read more...


16/02/2015

Luna Quest - Monday, 16.2.15

Noon Position: 1.51N 82.53WDaily Run: 111 milesDestination: Isla San Christobel - Galapagos IslandsIn calm and overcast conditions we motored through the night and despite the whirr of the engine. In this patch of the ocean, there is very little traffic. At 6am I woke to a different motion in the boat and found that a gentle breeze had retuned from the East. We switched the engine off and tried to hoist the mainsail, but found that the halyard was caught up in the lazy lines. With the help of the torch we discovered the problem and once freed, the mainsail was extracted from its stack pack and hoisted in full. The genoa was soon billowing to port as well and sailing on a broad reach, we were making over 6 knots, but by 9am the wind had backed to ENE, which meant going back to the sail. read more...


16/02/2015

Ayama - Leaving Las Perlas for Galapagos

Wednesday We returned to Contadora to prepare for setting off on Friday.We picked up a mooring just beside a small sunken motorboat.Getting ashore in the dinghy was a challenge as there was a swell; we managed to land but didn’t get the dinghy up the beach quick enough so shipped a wave of water.There is no point going ashore in anything but swimming shorts.Leaving is even more tricky as it has to be a quick getaway , keep the dinghy straight and get the engine started before the next big wave soaks everything and sends you back to the beach or even capsizes you. Per and I had a snorkel around the wreck and then swam over to the rocks.There were some colourful fish and a few stingrays.We had a walk around the island which has plenty of smart houses on it, unlike the deserted islands we. read more...


16/02/2015

Celebrate - Charlie & Cathy Celebrate 100,000 Plus Nautical Miles Milestone!

We have been sailing together starting in San Francisco Bay since we met each other 36 years ago.Charlie had previous experience on sailing trips to the Bahamas, around Hawaii and in the San Francisco area so including this World ARC trip has accumulated 60,000 sailing miles.Cathy has reached 50,000 miles including this trip.More celebrations to come on Celebrate! Next: Crossing the equator for the 2nd time...Charlie & Cathy. read more...


16/02/2015

Nexus - Carnival Batatinha

Once again, the Carnival Batatinha (the Old Town) at the top of the elevator, is a very different experience. This is a town with narrow cobblestone streets and colorful buildings, many shops and a church/cathedral for every day of the year. Carnival is much more family oriented here with small parades of marching Samba bands and costumed performers mixed with street vendors and eclectic individuals of every variety. We've had lunch or dinner on sidewalk cafes with the parades going by in the afternoon and evening. There are many nice restaurants with great food and settings from which to enjoy the spectacle. A very different experience from the "serial rock concert" parades of the large trucks, and although they pass near to the town, fortunately they cannot come down it's narrow. read more...


16/02/2015

American Spirit II - Day 405; A Work Day in Slavador Before We Depart for Recife in Brazil; Sunday, February 15, 2015

One year ago today:"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. read more...


16/02/2015

American Spirit II - Day 404; We Go to Carnival in the Upper City & Join a Group of Revelers; Saturday, February 14, 2015

Joel is first up at 10:00 AM. I get up at 10:45 AM. Sleep in day. A rare event. The air conditioner cut off during the night. We have two on board the boat. One in the main cabin and v-berth; and the other in the aft cabin. I always turn my AC off when I go to bed because the room is cool enough by then. A late breakfast at 11:50 AM. Bacon, eggs, potato, chilled mandarin oranges and brown bread.From 12:05 PM to 3:30 PM I typed 2 logs while Joel uploads pictures and video to his computer and then to his web site. A laborious process as the internet, when it works, is slow. During the day Jeanine gets an offer from Civetta II to travel with them from Brazil to Grenada, as we'll be picking up Joel's youngest daughter, Heidi, March 1 in Fortaleza, Brazil. Jeanine will rejoin our boat in. read more...


15/02/2015

Allegro - SEXTA-FEIRA 13 DE FEVEREIRO DE 2015

Sexta-feira dia 13 …Todos parecíamos com pouca vontade de arrancar, houve até quem perguntasse, pelo VHF, se a hora da largada tinha sido alterada.Mas às 11:00 estávamos já a caminho.Largámos com 15-16 nós, já então com sinais do vento ir aumentar. Largámos, quase todos, com as velas rizadas.A parte inicial do caminho exige alguma atenção devido à pouca água que existe por vezes, mas depois de ultrapassada a navegação é simples e pudemos passar a dar mais atenção ao vento e ao mar.Vento e mar que foram aumentando de uma forma constante, devagar mas sempre a aumentar.Manteve esta tendência durante toda a tarde e continuou durante a noite de forma a manter velocidades de vento primeiro sempre acima dos 20 nós primeiro e depois, mais tarde pela noite dentro, sempre acima dos 30. Para tornar. read more...


15/02/2015

Allegro - QUINTA-FEIRA, 05 A SÁBADO, 07 DE FEVEREIRO DE 2015 - CIDADE DO PANAMA

Na 5ªFeira, dia 5, fizemos um “tour” pela Cidade do Panamá, que nos levou primeiro ao ponto mais alto da cidade, para vermos a vista e compreendermos melhor a disposição da cidade. Atravessámos depois a Puente del Centenario, que nos permitiu ver, de terra, as eclusas de Pedro Miguel e Miraflores que atravessáramos na véspera. E, nessa zona, circundada por montes elevados constituídos por terreno de grande dureza, vimos o “Colebra Cut”, assim designado pela sua tortuosidade. Esta foi a porção do Canal de mais difícil construção, pela dureza do terreno, e onde o número de mortes de trabalhadores foi maior.O “tour” terminou no “Casco Viejo”, isto é, na parte antiga da Cidade do Panamá. Está em fase de recuperação, com vários edifícios já recuperados, alguns muito bonitos. Mas tem ainda. read more...


15/02/2015

Allegro - QUARTA-FEIRA 04 DE FEVEREIRO DE 20015

A noite passou-se muito bem.O amanhecer foi diferente de todos os outros porque se acompanhou de uma “algazarra” ensurdecedora e assustadora inicialmente por nós atribuída a animais selvagens. Mas a intensidade era tal que nos pareceu que não poderia ter essa origem. Pensámos, então, que se trataria de de um ruído com ponto de partida nas máquinas e obras do alargamento do canal. Só mais tarde, o Advisor nos disse que eram, de facto, macacos que produziam aquele ruído. Imaginar o tamanho dum tal macaco a partir do ruído ouvido era difícil pois a intensidade e a natureza do som propriamente dito sugeriam um enorme animal.Pelas 07:00 horas começaram a chegar os Advisors.Soltaram-se as amarras, e o caminho na direcção das eclusas teve início.Depois tudo se repetiu, nas locas de Pedro Miguel. read more...


15/02/2015

Exody - Day 36 - Doldrums !

As forecast we have now run out of wind but we carried it further than some of the fleet by keeping east thus we are nearly a day later than some in starting our engine - until we get at least 10 knots of wind from any direction.At 11.00 today, Sunday 15th, 48 hours after the start we had covered 332 miles, about a third of the distance - which with the recommended routing is at least 50 miles more than the rhumb line 850 miles. We altered course slightly this morning to the west rounding the remote Isla de Malpelo as a waypoint. Next target is crossing the equator Tuesday sometime - we need to plan appropriate celebrations and creative dressing up for this momentous midocean event - Petter is already fingered as a dead-ringer for Neptune ! As the wind dropped toward lunchtime we flew. read more...


15/02/2015

Exody - Days 34/35 - Dusting down toward the Doldrums

With World ARC a declared superstition free zone, our third leg start was scheduled for 11am on Friday 13th February. As with all of our starts so far (Gran Canaria, Mindelo, St Lucia, Santa Marta), the conditions were soon brisk for the 14 starters of the 16 strong fleet crossing the line at Contadora in the delightful Las Perlas archipelago 50 miles off Panama. Since our last log here at the end of January we have been 'free cruising' including the Panama Canal transit.Coveredmostly on our blog at http://exody.wordpress.com, the highlights were: a dawn arrival closing the Port of Cristobal having negotiated the final approach amongst 120 ships in the dark, a smooth Canal transit in two steps, first at night , then a daylight passage through the amazing Gatun Lake, outings to the Embra. read more...


15/02/2015

Sweet Pearl - Ascension --> Mindelo - 10. Tag - Und wieder schneller

Nachdem wir für fast 2 Tagen den Wind genau, aber wirklich genau auf die Nase hatten, ist seit gestern abend Flaute und wir motoren aufs Ziel. Wie es weitergeht, wissen wir noch nicht so genau, da die Vorhersagen nicht so ganz stimmen. Wir lassen uns überraschen. Wir sind aber alle gut drauf und nachdems ein dicker fetter Fisch uns die Angelschnur kaputt gerissen hat, gab es heute eben Thuna aus der Dose, weil der Koch nicht am Menu des Tages ruckeln wollte:-). Ciao, Tom. read more...


15/02/2015

Celebrate - 2500 Miles for Two on the Ocean Blue to Grenada from Brazil

Having passed Fortaleza, Brazil on the North East Coast of South America last night we are 885 miles closer to Grenada, almost a third of the way!Our boat speed has been terrific in the sustained high nine & ten knots.Only nine more days at sea if the winds and current hold with us.Also, Charlie saw more dolphins on his watch this morning and then cooked us a tasty ham like bacon & over medium eggs for Sunday breakfast with guava juice. Yum!Charlie & Cathy. read more...


15/02/2015

Celebrate - Basking in Brazil, Bonfires? Perfect Winds & Valentine's Day!

Basking in the sun with perfect winds we are now on our way along the Brazilian coast heading to Grenada.For several nights we saw what looked like huge bonfires on shore.Maybe carnival related?Also, we have had dolphins playing at the bow which is especially cheerful when our colorful Gennaker is up, too.Our special dinner for Valentine's Day was prawns with capers in lemon butter sauce over pasta.So far, so grand! Charlie & Cathy. read more...



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