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28/04/2015

American Spirit II - Day 476; We Arrive at South Seas Plantation on Captiva Island After Completing Our Last Overnight Sail; Monday, April 27, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 114: The Car Tour thru the Clouds and 20 Waterfalls; Sunday, April 27, 2014. Paul and David were early (6:30 AM) risers. Breakfast at 8:00 AM was special in that besides eggs, we had bacon for the first time on our trip. Along with French bread, of course."********************************As I said in the subject line above, we just completed our last overnight sail. We had somewhere between 170 and 200 of these on our trip. Of course, whenever you have an 'overnight' sail, you're sailing 24 hours a day.Up at 5:55 AM to relieve Darlene. We're a couple of miles off the coast of Sanibel/Captiva Island. I call on my cell phone South Seas Plantation and found out that the marina personnel come in at 8:00 AM.The wind is 8 knots and we're motor sailing at 5.5 knots thru. read more...


27/04/2015

Firefly - Preparations for the passage to Tonga

Firefly was left moored at the Bay of Islands Marina in Opua, New Zealand, while we spent 4 weeks in England. Arriving back completely shattered we are gradually getting back into life onboard. Our visit back to 'Blighty' was well timed, coinciding with some great spring weather and we really enjoyed spending time with family and friends. it was somewhat of a shock to return to an autumnal NZ which is getting cooler, gets dark early and has at times been exceptionally wet. Today is Tuesday 28th April and our departure is currently planned for 1030 on Saturday 2nd May. We have joined the Pacific Circuit Rally organised by an Opua based yacht rally company known as the Island Cruising Association. Run on a smaller scale than World Cruising, ICA are similar in being both very well organised. read more...


Jambo - Jambo back in the water today
Jambo - Jambo back in the water today
27/04/2015

American Spirit II - Day 475; We Leave Key West for South Seas Plantation on Captiva Island; Sunday, April 26, 2015

New tracker information from Rally Control:Now that the World ARC has finished, the rally reporting and mapping has also finished. Yourself, family and friends can follow the progress of American Spirit on your YB private page http://my.yb.tl/americanspirit*****************************One year ago today:"Day 113; Paul and David Fox Arrive; for Their Second Leg; Saturday, April 26, 2014. Back at the boat at noon; then left again to walk to McDonald's near the boat. Ordered a double cheeseburger, fries and coke. First time in a McDonald's since leaving on the trip. Only problem was that I expected the double cheeseburger to be smaller than it was. Ate it, but shouldn't have. Joel ordered a frappe and got a serious case of ice cream forehead. I'm glad he didn't pass out because I wasn't. read more...


Blue Pearl - Toast to fair weather
Blue Pearl - Toast to fair weather
27/04/2015

Blue Pearl - Bon voyage party in Pass Christian MS

A wonderful send off from my wife and friends. Heading to the boat on Tuesday the 28th of May.If all goes well on shakedown cruise from MyrtleBeach to Charleston, should head offshore for Bermuda on the 4th of May.. read more...


27/04/2015

Luna Quest - Sunday, 26th April, 2015

Position: 16.44S 151.29WApooiti Marina, RaiateaRun from Tahiti: 120 milesSince our arrival in Tahiti on 9.4.15, we spent most of our time arranging for and effecting repair jobs including maintenance work in the boat yard.Great was our surprise to find upon haul-out the hull almost clean of the luscious growth that we saw developing mid Pacific when I had to go over the side to find out why the propeller was not doing its job properly (felt as though we had a fishing net wrapped round it). It would appear that the fauna in French Polynesia took a fancy to the upside down garden and crustaceans under the boat as Luna Quest’s bottom appeared almost clean! Getting to the boat yard had been a major challenge as it can be accessed only by going through a pass in the reef that surrounds Tahiti. read more...


27/04/2015

Juno - Moorea

On watch in the early morning one can truly appreciate the slow and uplifting wonder of dawn. It starts with a faint light in the eastern sky; colour seeps from the horizon, spilling into the clouds, lilac at first, then pink and gold as the kaleidoscope revolves. As the first orange crescent appears above the horizon, the colours deepen and become rich and vivid. On the island ahead the dark peaks light up first, high above they are first to see the new sun; then slowly, the light spills down the eastern slopes, long dark shadows withdrawing into the deep green ravines cut into the hillside. The sun enjoys its first glimpse and now climbs quickly, increasing in power and splendour as it rises to create the new day.After a night sail from Fakarava we are approaching Moorea, brooding and. read more...


Juno - Moorea
Juno - Moorea
26/04/2015

American Spirit II - Day 474; Darlene and I Walk Around Key West, We Watch the 'Bed Race, and Joel Continues To Do Pictures; Saturday, April 25, 2015

New tracker information from Rally Control:Now that the World ARC has finished, the rally reporting and mapping has also finished. Yourself, family and friends can follow the progress of American Spirit on your YB private page http://my.yb.tl/americanspirit*****************************One year ago today:"Day 112; Laundry (Again), an All Day Bus Tour of Tahiti, the Electrical 'Bus,' Dinner with Nexus and Getting Ready for Company; Friday, April 25, 2014. During the tour we learn the following: that there are 300,000 people living in French Polynesia; that 175,000 of them live in Tahiti; that they drive 35,000 cars; that France gives $1.1 Billion in aid to French Polynesia every year; that in the last 44 years there have been only 6 or 7 murders; that the biggest 'crime' in the country is. read more...


26/04/2015

American Spirit II - Day 473; Haircut, Elvis Presley, Laundry, Pictures & a Very Special Dinner at Chico's; Friday, April 24, 2015

New tracker information from Rally Control:Now that the World ARC has finished, the rally reporting and mapping has also finished. Yourself, family and friends can follow the progress of American Spirit on your YB private page http://my.yb.tl/americanspirit************************************One year ago today:"Day 111; Stephen Kirk Last Day, Laundry, 1st Day Downtown, 3:00 PM Skippers Meeting, Rendezvous Party and Dinner in Papeete Rouletee (SP?); Thursday, April 24, 2014. Up at 6:40 AM. Breakfast at 7:20 AM. Stephen finishes packing and departs for home to Bend, Oregon. Today is 'sheet' laundry day. The only items on the boat we can't really laundry ourselves because they're so big. I got to the laundry at the marina, which has 4 washing machines that hold 22 pounds of laundry; and one. read more...


24/04/2015

American Spirit II - Day 472; Back in the USA!; Thursday, April 23, 2015

New tracker information from Rally Control:Now that the World ARC has finished, the rally reporting and mapping has also finished. Yourself, family and friends can follow the progress of American Spirit on your YB private page http://my.yb.tl/americanspirit**************************************One year ago today:"Day 110; Agent Visits, Electricity at Dock Problem, Follie a Deux Visits for Dinner, and First East German Contact; Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Up at 7:50 AM when our agent, Laurent, arrived at boat. We gave him the stainless steel anchor roller, which needed a weld and a backing plate made for it. He said he'd have it back to us in a day or two. Joel then went to the nearby Mobil station and dropped off our propane tank to get filled with propane. We had to switch to our. read more...


23/04/2015

American Spirit II - Day 471; A Long Day of Motor Sailing Along Cuba's North Coast & a Boat Surprises Me in a Close Encounter; Wednesday, April 22, 2015

New tracker information from Rally Control:Now that the World ARC has finished, the rally reporting and mapping has also finished. Yourself, family and friends can follow the progress of American Spirit on your YB private page http://my.yb.tl/americanspirit******************************One year ago today:"Day 109; On to Papeete in Tahiti, Anchor Roller Problem & Follie a Deux Dinner Party; Tuesday, April 22, 2014. The top of Mount Orohena on Tahiti, its largest mountain at 7,340 feet, stuck out of the cloud bank over the island. Impressive. Tahiti is surrounded by reefs, as all of the Society Islands are, with these reefs being 1/2 to 2 miles from shore. Tahiti also has the largest population in French Polynesia, with 80,000 inhabitants."******************************I relieved. read more...


22/04/2015

Exody - Days 99-101: Marooned off Moorea

....stuck for nearly 24 hours by the relatively high winds of up to 28 knots that discouraged us from making the half mile upwind dinghy trip to the landing place at the village of Papetoia.We were all still thoroughly soaked going ashore this morning, Tuesday 21st April with the winds still at about 20 knots.We are anchored in just four metres in the second of two lagoons just inside the encircling reef of Moorea at the iconic bay of Opunohu (Bali Hai) - you'll all have seen it in the Sunday Colour supplements - a bit like 'Fatu Hiva on steroids' to quote something I read.There were just five other boats here, the crews of which, like us, stayed on board during all of Monday. All of these Society Islands combine the key features of the Marquesas Islands - striking lush green vertiginous. read more...


22/04/2015

American Spirit II - Day 470; Supplemental - Yellow Brick Tracker Address for American Spirit II; Tuesday, April 21, 2015

I received the following information from Rally control on how to track our boat:"Now that the World ARC has finished, the rally reporting and mapping has also finished. Yourself, family and friends can follow the progress of American Spirit on your YB private page http://my.yb.tl/americanspirit"Brian Fox. read more...


22/04/2015

American Spirit II - Day 470; New Tracker Information, a Good Day Motoring and Sailing Along the North Cuban Coast, and We Get Boarded During the Night; Tuesday, April 21, 2015

New tracker information from Rally Control:Now that the World ARC has finished, the rally reporting and mapping has also finished. Yourself, family and friends can follow the progress of American Spirit on your YB private page http://my.yb.tl/americanspirit*********************************************One year ago today: "Day 108; Last Day in Moorea, Made Bread and Bali Hai Pool; Monday, April 21, 2014. I worked on itinerary for David and Paul, arriving late April 26 from Chicago and Phoenix. Early afternoon I took Tracy Ramsey's bread recipe and made my first loaf of bread on boat. Missing a couple of items, like a mixing bowl and had to use butter in place of shortening. One of the problems in shopping in a foreign country is that sometimes its hard to find in the store what you want. read more...


21/04/2015

American Spirit II - Day 469; We're Half Way to Key West and Have a Great Motor Sailing Day Along the North Coast of Haiti and then Cuba; Monday, April 20, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 107; Tough Morning at Anchorage, Easter Sunday Services, Lauren and Brian Visit & Chef Stephen Strikes Again; Sunday, April 20, 2014. As the morning sun approached it got cloudy, windy and started to rain. Unlike other cloud meeting mountain situations, the clouds and associated rain and wind were from a 'larger' system. The wind began to howl in the bay, and the boat swung back and forth as the wind swirled down the mountain passes. The wind increased in gusts to over 30, probably some over 40. The anchor chain, instead of lying limp and weighty at the bow, was stretched out to its maximum. Its times like this that your sole thought is, is the anchor going to hold? Since the bottom is mud, we should be OK. We're parked closer than we should to land, with a. read more...


21/04/2015

Exody - Days 92-98: Three Tuamotus - Manihi, Ahe & Rangiroa

The village at Manihi proved very quiet and small- helpful post office where I got them to plug the internet back in after the weekend so that we could get our 'Manaspot' from the boat, two small shops with very limited supplies but not bad freezers and a snack bar where all we found was canned Fanta! Hugur was tied to the dock in the pass with phenomenally clear water below and it was at that 'waterside restaurant' we had enjoyed steak on board the previous night - Sunday 12th April, after happy hour on Ayama.Whilst we were ashore Monday, German catamaran FatCat arrived anchoring just upwind from us - we'd previously met them at Fatu Hiva and were invited on board for happy hour which generously morphed into dinner- the women had psychology in common. Once again we were taken with what. read more...


21/04/2015

American Spirit II - Day 468; A Great Day Sailing, We're Off the Coast of the Dominican Republic, We Use Civetta II's 'Ascender' for the First Time, & I Start Log Book No. 8; Sunday, April 19, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 106; Computer Problem, Belvedere View Point, Looking for the Waterfall, Top Dive & Stephen Cooks Fabulous Dinner; Saturday, April 19, 2014. We left for an island tour in the Avis rental at 9:00 AM. We drove by a spectacular view spot where busses and cars had pulled over to take pictures. A high overlook over the ocean, with fabulous colored reefs and thatch huts (hotel rooms) over the water. These thatched huts have glass for some of their floor space, so you can see fish swim by from your room. How cool is that! An expensive resort. Probably the most expensive one on the island. The view was spectacular, and included some anchored sailboats and a pass thru the reef."************************Up at 6:00 AM to relieve Darlene. She says she had lightning during. read more...


20/04/2015

Firefly - Finally back in the water -

We have had a mad dash to get the boat back in the water and once back inwe found that the max prop had been badly adjusted so very poor ahead speed!(basically overpitched) In and out again (not the song) and back in and working... Checking all oursystems and new bits and pieces and seem like we are now getting there...Getting up to speed with technology as well having not used the SAT phonefor over 3 years Will keep everyone appraised on how we are getting on!N m_IMG_450715852. read more...


Firefly - Finally back in the water -
Firefly - Finally back in the water -
19/04/2015

American Spirit II - Day 467; We Sail by Puerto Rico, Cross the Mona Passage, Talk to Some Ships & Have the Domincan Republic on our Port Beam; Saturday, April 18, 2015

I found out telephonically that our Yellow Brick tracker still has the boat in the BVI. Not true. We'll be off Cuba Monday evening; and in Key West by Friday, April 24. Stay tuned. Hopefully the tracker issue will be resolved Monday when the folks in the UK get back to work. ***********************One year ago today:"Day 105; Car Rental, Good Friday Services and Bali Hai Hotel Party; Friday, April 18, 2014. Up at 4:48 AM. Saw a cruise ship all lit up crossing from west to east towards Tahiti. Went back to bed and got up at 7:12 AM. Went to the Mobil gas station 100 yards from us in search of eggs and bread. No luck. Returned with 3 glorious French pastries, though."************************At 3:00 AM we rolled up the jib and jibed the mainsail from starboard tack to port tack;and left the. read more...


19/04/2015

American Spirit II - Day 466; The Horse (American Spirit II) is Heading to the Barn (Home); Friday, April 17, 2015

Oneyear ago today:"Day 104; Arrived Captain Cook's Bay, Moorea & Pearls; Thursday, April 17, 20114. 7:10 AM Land Ho! Sighted Tahiti 48 miles away. Still no sign of Moorea. Clouds on that part of horizon. Have to take what you can get. Mount Orohena rises to 7,340 feet on Tahiti. I could see the lower left and right sides, and extreme top, of this mountain, as the middle of it was obscured by clouds. In daylight I probably could have seenTahiti 60 miles away."**********************Up at 6:50 AM. Joel and Darlene up at 7:05 AM.Breakfast at 8:15 AM: bacon, 3 eggs, cut up and spiced potato, chilled pineapple and cinnamon bread. At 8:35 AM Joel put on his face mask, snorkel and flippers and hops into the water to rub and scrape away the algae along the waterline. At 9:16 AM I turn on the. read more...


19/04/2015

Exocet Strike - Fakarava to Tahiti

Funny night, should have been a straightforwardsail to Tahiti, it started well but in the middle of the night it started to gowrong, very light and the wind agle instead of being East is more North Eastwhich means we arent sailing to where we want to go, hopefully it will go backto East.   Fakarava was a great place to stop, the pass intothe lagoon was simple and the shelter was great. The local people were verywelcoming and there were some great, simple restaurants, called snack barsthere, but the fish Mahi Mahi was great as were the steaks. Its portrayed inpilot guides as being commercialised, dont think they understand theconcept, its a great sleepy backwater, and very beautiful, I would go back againtomorrow.   Stella and I did a trial scuba dive, which wentreally. read more...


19/04/2015

Aretha - 6 Hours away from being in a Marina - almost at Tahiti

Tahiti. Made famous by Captain Cook and the the Mutiny on the Bounty. The Island steeped in history is just 20 miles away from us now and we will make landfall by around 10am this Sunday morning. It’s the largest Island in French Polynesia and by all accounts a bustling metropolis with some 130,000 people living here. It will be our first marina since leaving Panama - some 2 months ago. It’s strange to think we have been at sea or at anchor since then and have had to be completely self sufficient in that time - making our own water and creating our own electricity - courtesy of our water maker and generator. It’s a good feeling that you can be self sufficient and at the same time good to look forward to the security of a marina and Aretha not moving for a change! Strange when you. read more...


18/04/2015

Blue Pearl - Blue pearl blog attempt

Approximately two weeks from departure from Charleston,SC on the first leg of our adventure. Five days to Bermuda.. read more...


17/04/2015

Sweet Pearl - Azoren --> Barcelona - 22. Tag - Final Destimation reached: Barcelona

Noch sind wir auf hoher See, aber es sieht sehr gut aus, dass wir heute unser letztes Reiseziel: der Port Ginesta in Barcelona erreichen. Nach 22. Tagen, 1700 Seemeilen, 2 Zwischenstopps wurde es jetzt auch langsam Zeit:-). Ganz liebe Grüsse an alle zuhause und wo auch immer, Tom. read more...


17/04/2015

Sweet Pearl - Azoren --> Barcelona - 20. Tag - Und auf die letzte Etappe

Am Sonntag sind wir wetterbedingt in den sicheren Hafen von Almerimar geflüchtet und seit gestern sind wir wieder unterwegs - hoffentlich diesmal direkt nach Barcelona. Das Wetter sieht im Moment ganz gut aus, und nach viel Regen, kommt die Sonne jetzt ab und zu grüssen. Alle sind wohlauf an Bord, auch der Waschy. Liebe Grüsse, Tom. read more...


17/04/2015

American Spirit II - Day 465; We Left Virgin Gorda and Arrived in Jost Van Dyke Island; Thursday, April 16, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 103; Tuomotos Islands Summary, Departed Rangiroa to Moorea, Almost Whale Collision?, Lightning & Full Orange Moon Rise; Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Since we're leaving Rangiroa this morning early, I thought I'd summarize my thoughts regarding the Tuomotos Archipelago, or Dangerous Archipelago. We visited two atolls, Ahe and Rangiroa; entering and leaving thru passes with a lot of current; as much as 4.5 knots; against and with the current. However, the French mark these passes quite well with range markers, and I believe theuse of the word 'dangerous' is overstated and no longer applicable. Exciting would be a better word. Our electronic charts were quite accurate, moreso than the Galapagos. The biggest surprise in these atolls was the size of the coral heads,. read more...


16/04/2015

American Spirit II - Day 464; We Arrive in the BVI, Suffer an Engine Breakdown & Tour the Island with Joe; Wednesday, April 15, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 102; Trip to Passe de Avatoru, Stephen's Dive in Passe de Avatoru, Beach Party and Getting Ready to Depart; Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Stephen's dive trip to Passe de Avatoru was eventful, as he saw and swam with 4 dolphins, a 6 -7 foot silver tip shark and a school of barracuda. Stephen mentioned to his dive guide that we were planning the other night to do a night snorkel of The Aquarium, and he (the guide) indicated that really big sharks come into the pass and The Aquarium area, even the 'shallow' side of The Aquarium; and that subsequently going into the water there would be dangerous. He also said To Dive didn't do night dives because of the liability involved."***********************Relieved Darlene at 6:04 AM. The sun rose at 6:07 AM, but the horizon was. read more...


16/04/2015

American Spirit II - Day 463; A Great Day of Sailing and the Auto Pilot Acts Up Again; Tuesday, April 14, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 101; Laundry, Drift Snorkelin Passe de Tiputa , How to Climb Back into a Dingy and French Dinner Ashore; Monday, April 14, 2014. Steve up at 6:30 AM. I got up 7:00 AM. Early breakfast because Stephen, whose handle is 'The Diver,' had an 8:00 AM dive today. After dropping Stephen off in the dingy at Top Dive, I dingied over to Follie a Deux and then Nexus; planning today's activities. Made a run to the grocery store on Follie a Deux's dingy, where I bought beer and junk food; and filled up 2 five gallon clear plastic containers with 'cistern' water from a hose at the grocery store. An employee in the store drove our beer and some groceries to the dingy dock located about a block away. The 10 gallons of water I got was not going to be used for drinking but for doing. read more...


16/04/2015

American Spirit II - Day 462; We Leave St. Lucia for the British Virgin Islands and See Green Flash No. 45, a Triple; Monday, April 13, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 100; The Water Taxi, The Aquarium and Swimming with Sharks; Sunday, April 13, 2014. I departed at 8:00 AM with Tracy from Follie a Deux to find an ATM, to locate the Catholic Church and determine what time the Palm Sunday services are going to be held. In order to do this, we had to take a water taxi across the pass to the town on the other side. 650 francs round trip. A little over $7.00.We found the ATM, the church and that the services were at 6:00 PM. While on the 'other side' of the pass we saw Caduceus motorsail thru the pass. It looked like they were barely moving as they fought their way against an outgoing 4 knot current. With what looked like rapids behind them; and breaking waves off to one side."***********************Up at 7:00 AM. The all important. read more...


16/04/2015

White Wave III - Skipper of White Wave iii survives pacific passage.

Ok so that is a bit dramatic considering I just flew in a Qantas jetfrom Sydney to New York, enjoyed their wonderful service as well asone movie and six episodes of The House of Cards series.It's a longway.I'm ahead of White Waves' crew, and after a few days in New York, it's down to the Yacht in Annapolis to start the long, and arduous task ofreadying the yacht for the Altantic. Can't believe I'm doing this.Being surrounded by only the Pacific, Indian and the Great SouthernOcean, it seems odd that my first full ocean passage will be theAtlantic.Nervous and Excited.. read more...


15/04/2015

Karma Wins - Marquesas and Tuamotos

Fakarava in the Tuamoto IslandsWe had a few days in Hiva Oa.The anchorage was bouncy and all yachts had to have a stern anchor otherwise there might have been a few bumps in the night.The dinghy dock was always eventful, either the tide was out and we had to clamber up onto the pontoon, or the tide was in and there was a big swell and we inevitably got wet.The dinghies also had to have a stern anchor out and so it was a bit of a muddle extracting one dinghy from the others.Barry’s anchor rope was chafed through one evening but fortunately it was a floating rope so he found it the next morning.Andy, Emma (from Pentagram), Per and I had a morning horse-riding on tough 14 hand stallions.It was a wonderful way to explore the interior as we rode along ridges, through the forest and back down. read more...


13/04/2015

Celebrate - "Parade of Sail" Victory Lap, Super Pool Party & Fabulous Dinner Party for our "Finale" Day of Circmnavigation & Heartfelt Thanks to all!!

Our "Parade of Sail" Victory Lap was a marvelous chance to see all of the other boats beautifully dressed overall with sails up and perfect for taking photos (we have one of each boat)!!After arriving where we had started 15 months ago at Rodney Bay Marina, St. Lucia, awaiting us was a super pool party with a steel band and a fabulous dinner party with two bands in tribute for our completed circumnavigation.What an awesome "finale"!!Charlie and I will always feel grateful that we were so lucky to be on the "best" circumnavigation rally supported by wonderfully experienced and gracious staff, accompanied by stunning sailors and sent off by fantastic friends!!Enormous thanks to everyone for the encouragement you have added to our lives.First, all thanks to the World ARC for whom without we. read more...


13/04/2015

American Spirit II - Day 461; Last Full Day in St. Lucia and a Great Farewell Dinner with our Closest Friends; Sunday, April 12, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 99; Sail Magazine Video, Day Trip Across the Lagoon, Swimming with Sharks (Again) and 'Visiting' the Aquarium; Saturday, April 12, 2014. Joel's wife, Darlene, sent Joel a link from Sail Magazine Video of Nexus, us and II Audeacious going thru the Panama Canal locks at the end of January. The reporter spent 2 or 3 days (at least?) on Nexus, a large 58 foot catamaran, but his video footage captured American Spirit II and II Audeacious, also. On American Spirit II Paul Fox seems to have had the most footage taken of him, since he spent more time on the foredeck during 'locking.' When we went thru the Panama Canal locks, all three boats were rafted (tied) together, with Nexus providing the primary propulsion and steerage in positioning our boats in the. read more...


13/04/2015

Exody - Days 88-92 - Slowing the Boat to Manihi

We anchored in sand and coral off the islet of Tatetate at 11.30am yesterday Saturday 11th three days and 500 miles southwest from Nuku Hiva.We are at the atoll 'island' of Manihi - effectively a necklace of islets and reefs 15 miles long and about 4 miles wide.This is the northernmost of the Tuamotus archipelago made up of about thirty similar atolls across nearly a 1000 miles of ocean.The contrast with the towering volcanic Marquesas is amazing- these islands just a few metres above sea level with the original volcano having sunk from the middle leaving just the reef surrounding a lagoon which is peppered with shallow patches and coral heads.The result, at least where we are, is a super smooth anchorage (floorboard as we term it!)and crystal clear water - it is a long time since we. read more...


13/04/2015

American Spirit II - Day 460; The Last Day of the Rally; Saturday, April 11, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 98; Fish School Under Boat, Arrival in Rangiroa, 4.2 Knot Current in the Pass and Generator Problem; April 11, 2014. From midnight until 1:00 AM or so our depth sounder kept showing depths between 34 feet and 64 feet. Since we were in thousands of feet of water, we knew it wasn't the bottom. We finally figured out that it was a large school of fish under the boat, following the boat; hiding in the shadow cast by our boat with the moon. From 12:15 AM until 6:00 AM we sailed without the motor, averaging between 3.0 and 4.5 knots. The reason we were content to sail so slow was that we couldn't go into Rangiroa until after 8:00 AM. We were waiting for slack tide. So why motor and get there early just to wait. Out of the 6 boats with us, we were the only one just. read more...


13/04/2015

American Spirit II - Day 459; Joel Hikes Up Grand Piton & We Have a Rendezvous Dinner Party; Friday, April 10, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 97; Drift Snorkel Ahe Pass, Swimming with Sharks & Heading to Rangiroa; Thursday, April 10, 2014. Joel and I went in water at 9:30 AM to survey the anchor and chain before trying to weight anchor. A 12 inch remora was swimming under boat, looking to attach itself to our boat. Remora attach themselves to sharks and live off their scraps. We've had remora attach themselves to our boat before, thinking we're a large fish. Took us 30 minutes to get anchor up. Not bad. Nexus had similar experience, but Vivo took 1 to 1 1/2 hours to free their anchor. They were anchored in deeper water, 70 feet, so more difficult, in part because they couldn't see the chain and anchor on the bottom. Joel hopped in the water and helped direct the anchor chain retrieval process. Their. read more...


13/04/2015

Free & BrEasy - The Circumnavigators’ Tale

We have crossed the finishing line!  Free & Breasy has returned to St Lucia after a 15 month, 25000 mile tropical circumnavigation!  The whole World ARC fleet completed a 2 hours Parade of Sail from Marigot Bay to Rodney Bay, in line, 100 metres apart and dressed up with all signal flags flying. To mark the finish we blew the fog horn and yelled until we were hoarse. Out came a red flare and we posed for photographs to mark the end. We were now officially Circumnavigators! After docking we went straight to a drinks reception by the pool. We were late arriving and wondered why everyone who congratulated us, stroked our clothes and said “my - your very dry”. It was not long before we discovered why as we were bodily lifted up and thrown into the pool! We had spent 15 months. read more...


13/04/2015

Allegro - QUINTA-FEIRA 09 DE ABRIL DE 2015 A DOMINGO 12 DE ABRIL DE 2015

Não fizemos uma referência ao enrolamento, por duas vezes, do cabo do segundo ferro à volta do leme.De facto isso aconteceu depois de um outro barco que estava ao pé de nós nos ter levantado o cabo (e o ferro) quando levantou fero e saiu. Depois disso a nossa posição foi-se alterando muito lentamente mas na terça e, depois na quarta tive que mergulhar para o libertar.A largada de Hiva Oa demorou mais tempo porque soltar o arinque do ferro foi mais trabalhoso do que esperávamos. Depois de largarmos, no dia 09, às 13.20, percorremos o canal de separação entre as ilhas Hiva Oa e Tahuata a motor, porque o mar estava desencontrado e o vento irregular nessa zona, e dirigimo-nos para Sudoeste, em direcção às Tuamotus, mais precisamente ao atol de Fakarava.Enquanto tivemos por bombordo a Ilha de. read more...


12/04/2015

Sweet Pearl - Azoren --> Barcelona - 16. Tag - An Gibraltar vorbei und weiter

Gestern morgen sind wir an Gibraltar vorbeigehuscht. Beeindruckend wieviele Schiffe sich da rumtummeln. Aber noch beeindruckender wieviele Delfine - seit der Strait kommen alle paar Stunden wieder einige Delfine vorbei um vorne vor unserem Bug in der Bugwelle rumzuspielen und - springen. Im Moment peilen wir Almerimar an, da mehr Wind aus Osten gemeldet ist - mal schauen. Ciao, Tom. read more...


12/04/2015

Juno - Tuamotos, Fakarava North Pass

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Juno - Tuamotos, Fakarava North Pass
Juno - Tuamotos, Fakarava North Pass
11/04/2015

Sweet Pearl - Azoren --> Barcelona - 14. Tag - Und wir sind wieder unterwegs

Nachdems wir am Sonntag wetterbedingt nach Portimao (und nicht Cadiz) gefahren sind, sind wir seit gestern wieder unterwegs und hoffen heute Nacht durch die Strasse von Gibraltar fahren zu können. Die letzten Tagen hats hier schön gewindet von Osten (d.h. auf unsere Nasen), so dass wir nicht durch konnten; aber die Wettervorhersagen sind gut (auch wenn wir dies für den Moment nicht bestätigen können). Wir sind wohl auf und hoffen so weit wie möglich bis Sonntag/Montag Richtung Barcelona vordringen zu können. Dann müssen wir wohl wieder einen Stopp einlegen wegen angekündigtem Mistral. Liebe Grüsse nach hause, Tom. read more...


11/04/2015

Allegro - QUINTQ-FEIRA 2 DE ABRIL DE 2015 A QUINTA-FEIRA 9 DE ABRIL DE 2015

MARQUESAS - TAHUATADepois de 28 dias de mar, de Galápagos para as Marquesas, chegámos à Ilha de Tahuata na madrugada de dia 2 de Abril: às 03.30 hora de Galápagos, e à meia noite, hora das Marquesas. Aqui são UTC menos 09.30 h.Chegámos à Baía de Hana Moe Noa, onde pernoitavam vários barcos da frota da World ARC depois de no dia anterior terem tido o Rendezvous numa baía mais a Sul. Ninguém acordou em nenhum dos barcos e, ajudados pelo luar, fundeámos sem problemas em cerca de 10 m, e deitámos-nos a descansar, que bem precisávamos.Acordámos de manhã, com a voz do Rui lá fora a falar francês com alguém, e pensámos que estaria a comprar fruta a algum indígena. Quando chegámos lá fora, é que percebemos: tinha sido a Sarah do Makena que tinha vindo no dinghy trazer-nos fruta, legumes, leite,. read more...


10/04/2015

American Spirit II - Day 458; We Go To the Local Craft Market & Have Pizza for Dinner; Thursday, April 9, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 96; 40 Knot Squall, Peal Farm and Lots of Rain; Wednesday, April 9. 2014. Rain showers at 3:25 AM. Joel got up to close the boat hatches. The reason he always gets up to do so is that with the hatch over the V-Berth always open at night, he is the first person on the boat to know it is raining because the rain drops on his head. Got up at 5:35 AM. Stephen spotted a nice rainbow rat 7:00 AM rising up over an island and bracketed by one of the Rally sailboats."*****************************Joel and Darlene are up first today; I get up at 9:20 AM. Joel is amazed I slept in so late. Breakfast at 10:05 AM consists of 4 pieces of bacon, 3 eggs, potato, and chilled peach slices. Darlene has a protein drink and some yogurt. Andrew Bishop, head of the World Cruising Club,. read more...


10/04/2015

American Spirit II - Day 457; Zip Line, Rally Party & Dinner with Folie a Deux; Wednesday, April 8, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 95; Cleaned Boat Bottom, Giant Clams, Numerous Boat Anchors Stuck, and Beach Party; Tuesday, April 8, 2014. Stayed up late, until 1:30 AM. Slept in until 8:00 AM. Hebe was trying to weigh anchor to go to the pass and 'drift dive.' Difficult time getting ancho on board. Took them 1/2 hour, with 2 snorkelers in the water and one tank diver dressed in SCUBA gear ready to go free the anchor. Finally they used their bow thrusters to position the boat so they could untangle anchor chain from the coral heads. At Manihi Atoll 8 miles away to the west, the sailboat NDS Darwin and one other Rally boat tried to weigh anchor Monday evening, and could not do it. So they waited until the following morning, Tuesday, and it took them 3 - 4 hours to clear their two anchor chains;. read more...


10/04/2015

GarliX - Was vermisst Ihr eigentlich noch??

Tour: Fatu Hiva / Marquesas - Fakarava / Tuamotus / rd. 540sm9.4.15 In einer lieben Mail neulich wurde uns die Frage gestellt …“Was vermisst Ihr eigentlich noch? Darüber haben wir lange nachgedacht; gibt es etwas, was wir vermissen? So einfach ist das wohl nicht zu benennen - und gar nicht kann man es isoliert beschreiben. Es geht wohl fließend über in „Vermissen“, „nicht Vermissen“, „mehr Wertschätzen“ und „was wir Vermissen werden“. Manchmal vermissen wir ganz einfache Dinge - genug Wasser, genug Strom, genug Licht (immerhin, ab 18:00 ist es hier Dunkel), Wifi jederzeit und damit den Zugang zu Wissen, eine Waschmaschine.Wir vermissen ein wenig solche Basisdinge… kurz noch mal in den Edeka fahren und alles Gewünschte liegt da… . Guter Käse, dunkles Brot - eben alles. Aber ganz schnell. read more...


10/04/2015

Luna Quest - Thursday, 9th April, 2015

Noon Position: 17.35S 149.37WDaily run: 55 milesWe slowed the boat down so as to arrive at Papeete in Tahiti during daylight hours. It also gave us an opportunity to sleep. All day the wind had been feeble and the swell annoying with the boat rolling from side to side with insufficient wind to keep the sails filled. When the boat rolls back, the sails collaps under their own weight for lack of wind and then crash back when the boats rolls to the other side. I managed to put a tear of some yards our light weight genoa when I tried to haul it on board the other day. That will have to be repaired and now that we have arrived in Tahiti, lots of other work, too, will have to be carried out. I have emailed the World ARC agent in Tahiti with 8 items for consideration by outside contractors,. read more...



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