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Flomaida II - Unser Essen ist in Vorbereitung
Flomaida II - Unser Essen ist in Vorbereitung
Flomaida II - An den Bananenblättern vom Grillen findet sich doch immer noch etwas
Flomaida II - An den Bananenblättern vom Grillen findet sich doch immer noch etwas
Flomaida II - Bushaltestelle?? Aber es gibt gar keinen Bus auf Aneityum/Vanuatu
Flomaida II - Bushaltestelle?? Aber es gibt gar keinen Bus auf Aneityum/Vanuatu
Flomaida II - Wer hat denn da seine Zähne zum Trocknen aufgehängt?
Flomaida II - Wer hat denn da seine Zähne zum Trocknen aufgehängt?
Flomaida II - Gemischtwarenladen wie früher!
Flomaida II - Gemischtwarenladen wie früher!
Flomaida II - Immer wieder große Freude über Süßigkeiten
Flomaida II - Immer wieder große Freude über Süßigkeiten
Flomaida II - Gemischtwarenladen wie früher!
Flomaida II - Gemischtwarenladen wie früher!
Flomaida II - Kleines Schwätzchen unter Männern
Flomaida II - Kleines Schwätzchen unter Männern
Flomaida II - 30 kn Wind!
Flomaida II - 30 kn Wind!
Flomaida II - Internatsschüler in Aneityum
Flomaida II - Internatsschüler in Aneityum
Flomaida II - Das ist wirklich toll!! Kein Müll liegt rum!
Flomaida II - Das ist wirklich toll!! Kein Müll liegt rum!
Flomaida II - !!!!!
Flomaida II - !!!!!
Flomaida II - Da freuen sich aber 2 über meine Kekse!
Flomaida II - Da freuen sich aber 2 über meine Kekse!
Flomaida II - Zwei Spuren im .... Sand!
Flomaida II - Zwei Spuren im .... Sand!
Flomaida II - Egal ob Groß oder Klein - für Manche dauert der Kirchgang einfach zu lange!
Flomaida II - Egal ob Groß oder Klein - für Manche dauert der Kirchgang einfach zu lange!
Flomaida II - Mmmhh, die leckeren Grapefruits- frisch vom Baum
Flomaida II - Mmmhh, die leckeren Grapefruits- frisch vom Baum
Flomaida II - Wie wahr!!
Flomaida II - Wie wahr!!
Flomaida II - Glückliche Kinder von Aneityum/ Vanuatu
Flomaida II - Glückliche Kinder von Aneityum/ Vanuatu
Flomaida II - Blick aus der Kirche auf die "Yachties"
Flomaida II - Blick aus der Kirche auf die
20/08/2014

American Spirit II - Day 226; Lot of Ship Traffic As We Make Our Way to Cape York and the Torres Strait at the Top of Australia; Tuesday, August 19, 2014

At 3:40 AM the auto pilot released itself from 'track' mode and jibed the boat. First time in a long time that that had happened. Jeanine was on watch. I got up at 5:25 AM. Shower, shave and coffee. At 5:54 PM I noticed the Rally boat Polaris coming up behind us at 1.75 miles,wing on wing with a reefed mainsail. The wind was 14 knots, and our speed 5.0 knots. Our movement thru the water was 3,9 knots, so we had a helping current of 1.1 knots. I spent some time going over the navigation chart plotter with Jeanine by having her stop and then put in new waypoints. At 7:08 AM the Ghena, a 623 cargo ship, was heading our way, 5.4 miles away. Its CPA (Closest Point of Approach) was .2 mile. Too close for comfort. At 7:13 AM I called the Ghena on VHF channel 16, and we agreed that we would pass. read more...


20/08/2014

American Spirit II - Day 225; Pleasant Sailing Towards the Tip of Cape York; Mondy, August 18, 2014

Up at 6:00 AM. Relieved Jeanine who was on the 3:00 AM to 6:00 AM watch. At 6:15 AM I jibed the main from starboard to port tack and changed our course heading to go under the Ripley Inlets instead of going around. That would save us 10 or 15 miles. A cloudy sunrise. At 7:05 AM Jeanine went to bed. At 7:11 AM the New Grace, 361 foot cargo ship, was coming up behind us. They passed our starboard and then angled 30 degrees away from us, at 1.4 miles. Its going to be mostly sunny today. Wind 11 knots and speed 5.4 knots. By 7:47 AM the wind had dropped to 5.4 knots and our boat speed was 3.4 knots. I think Cape Melville to my southeast may have cut off the wind. At 8:30 AM a commercial fishing boat was coming up behind us pulling a skiff. I heard that boat's engines at 8:45 AM. At 9:00 AM. read more...


18/08/2014

American Spirit II - Day 224; A Ride by Nexus, Green Flash #12 & Our Last Day at Lizard Island; Sunday, August 17, 2014

What I didn't mention yesterday is that Captain James Cook discovered Lizard Island in 1770; and that the island was devastated by a cyclone on April 11 of this year. Up at 7:34 AM. Turned the generator on at 7:40 AM to recharge the boat's batteries. No wind last night, so the wind turbine didn't keep the batteries charged up. Then I typed the previous day's log for SSB transmittal after breakfast.Breakfast at 9:00 AM consisted of scrambled eggs, cut up potato and chilled, chopped pineapple. At 10:17 AM I turned the AIS off and the SSB on. I turn off the AIS when I use the SSB because the radiation from the SSB is so great that it has already fried 3 previous AIS units. In the process of transmitting I was disconnected 5 times by the Sail Mail station in Australia. I finally gave up.. read more...


19/08/2014

Jumbuck - Baltic Rally - Klintholm, Mon, Denmark

Klintholmm is a small pretty holiday village, resident population 210, set on the south coast of the island of Mon. The Baltic Rally team chose this as our final port of the event, closest to Copenhagen yet still on a route back to the North Sea, and last night we enjoyed a bus trip, lunch and tour of the big smoke, then a wind up dinner and party in a local restaurant in Klintholm.Only 16 boats were represented out of the original compliment of 28. The others had either pulled out earlier to get back to home ports influenced by recent adverse weather, or left their boats at Kalmar aiming to winter them there, and return for more baltic cruising next summer.The pilot books say Klintholm allows 24 hour access but I have to say, with these gales / near gales raging from the SW, the narrow. read more...


19/08/2014

Nexus - Cormorant Pass, Great Barrier Reef

Once we heard that the repair of the locks at our destination marina in Darwin might be delayed, we decided to stay an extra day at Lizard Island enjoying it's many attractions. We snorkeled the Clam Garden, with many giant clams and large schools of colorful reef fish. The giant clams are just amazing and we're glad to see they are still growing and protected. We took a second hike up to the top of Cooks Lookout as the sky was completely clear, and we were rewarded with horizon to horizon views of the reef and it's many passages, as well as the reefs surrounding Lizard Island and the mainland. It's a cardiac workout but well worth it! Last night, we turned the underwater lights on NEXUS on, and had 5 giant trevali swimming around our boat. This morning we left the harbor as the sun was. read more...


19/08/2014

Sweet Pearl - Cairns -->Darwin - 4.Tag - Slalom durchs Reef

Unsere Slalomfahrt vorbei an Felsen, Reefs, Sandbänken, Wracks etc geht weiter. Der Wind ist meistens zur Stelle, soll aber dann konstant zur Stelle sein nachdem wir den Kap morgen im Laufe des Tages erreichen sollen und es westwärts geht. Alle sind wohl auf und immer sehr beschäftigt;-). Obwohl wir der Küste entlang segeln, haben wir seit Cairns & Townsville kein Handyempfang mehr (ich überprüfe es regelmässig persönlich); das wird auch so bleiben, da keine grossen Städten mehr auf unserer Route stehen - der Nordosten und Norden ist vielerteils Aborigines Land mit nur kleinen Dörfern/Städten. Cheers, Tom. read more...


Flomaida II - Hier wird das Gemüse angeliefert
Flomaida II - Hier wird das Gemüse angeliefert
Flomaida II - Die Halbstarken von Aneityum /Vanuatu
Flomaida II - Die Halbstarken von Aneityum /Vanuatu
Flomaida II - Etwa keine Fenster für die erste Klasse der Grundschule????
Flomaida II - Etwa keine Fenster für die erste Klasse der Grundschule????
Aislig Bheag - John Alison Rachel and David La Gomera 5000 feet
Aislig Bheag - John Alison Rachel and David La Gomera 5000 feet
Aislig Bheag - John and the Giant wave
Aislig Bheag - John and the Giant wave
Aislig Bheag - sailing in the sun - John and Alison
Aislig Bheag - sailing in the sun - John and Alison
Aislig Bheag - Colourful boats in La Gomera
Aislig Bheag - Colourful boats in La Gomera
Aislig Bheag - Whales off Tenerife
Aislig Bheag - Whales off Tenerife
18/08/2014

Aislig Bheag - La Gomera with Friends

9th AugustWe spent the day doing chores around the boat and at the marina bar we accessed Wi-Fi and I spoke to Gareth on Skype which was just great before he heads off for Canada next week. Rachel and David arrived on the Edinburgh flight in the evening.  We had prepared dinner and chilled the wine for their arrival and enjoyed catching up.  David had only left us three weeks previously but it was great to have him back and with Rachel’s sense of fun, it really added to make for a great week. 10th – 16th AugustThe following morning we left fairly early to return to San Sebastian in La Gomera.  It was another lively sail with loads of whale sightings and a pod of small dolphins leaping high out of the sea. It reminded me of the previous week on the same crossing when about. read more...


18/08/2014

Folie a Deux - tracks of a killer

we have heard time and time again about the sharks, the box jelly fish, poisonous snakes, even the female platypus is venomous.We have been told the crocodile dundee scene where it leaps out of the water is accurate (they can move 2/3 of their entire body length in a split second). We have also noticed that most of the dingys here are metal, not inflatable like ours.Even so we have held all of this hearsay with that "healthy" American skepticism.But this afternoon, our "healthy" American skepticism was given a nice slap in the face. We stopped at a small group of islands in Australia's great barrier reef today. Our secluded anchorage at Macarthur Island was perfect, out of the swell of the channel waves, a days pleasant sail to our next destination, and a great chance to beach-comb. We. read more...


Till - Many thanks Hans
Till - Many thanks Hans
Till - Many thanks Cecilia and Joel
Till - Many thanks Cecilia and Joel
Till - Kopenhagen - Den Lille Havfrue
Till - Kopenhagen - Den Lille Havfrue
Till - Kopenhagen - Opera house
Till - Kopenhagen - Opera house
Flomaida II - Cava- auch ich habs getrunken und zwar auf ex!!! Ziemlich gewöhnungsbedürftig!
Flomaida II - Cava- auch ich habs getrunken und zwar auf ex!!! Ziemlich gewöhnungsbedürftig!
Flomaida II - und nach dem Essen war die Cava Bar für Alle eröffnet
Flomaida II - und nach dem Essen war die Cava Bar für Alle eröffnet
Flomaida II - Es geht! und Alle schauen fasziniert zu. Wenn mal ein Streichholz fehlt, können wir aushelfen.
Flomaida II - Es geht! und Alle schauen fasziniert zu. Wenn mal ein Streichholz fehlt, können wir aushelfen.
Flomaida II - Unser Essen ist angerichtet mmmhhhh.....
Flomaida II - Unser Essen ist angerichtet mmmhhhh.....
Flomaida II - Vorsicht! Da sitzt Jemand auf dem Sprung!
Flomaida II - Vorsicht! Da sitzt Jemand auf dem Sprung!
Flomaida II - Jede Abendstimmung ist anders.
Flomaida II - Jede Abendstimmung ist anders.
18/08/2014

Sweet Pearl - Cairns --> DarwinMackay - 2.Tag - Hopp Australia

Gestern sind wir bei schönem blauem Himmel aus Cairns rausgefahren in Richtung Lizard Island. Nach einer windstillen Nacht, konnten wir in den frühen Morgenstunden endlich die Segel setzen und ereichten am Nachmittag Lizard Island, wo wir einen Schnorchelstopp von einigen Stunden eingelegt haben. Das Wasser war sehr sauber und die Koralen schöner als wir erwartet haben:). Nach einem warmen Essen vor Anker, haben wir uns jetzt wieder aufgemacht Richtung Norden, immer der australischen Ostküste entlang. Liebe Grüsse. Tom. read more...


Flomaida II - Die Spendenbox fürs Klimpergeld
Flomaida II - Die Spendenbox fürs Klimpergeld
Flomaida II - Immer wieder! 2 im Paradies........
Flomaida II - Immer wieder! 2 im Paradies........
Flomaida II - Tschüss Aneityum - kleines Paradies am Ende der Welt!
Flomaida II - Tschüss Aneityum - kleines Paradies am Ende der Welt!
Flomaida II - paradiesische Inselchen vor paradiesischen Inseln!
Flomaida II - paradiesische Inselchen vor paradiesischen Inseln!

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