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Flomaida II - Das Schönste, was ich bisher gesehen habe! www.ratua.com
Flomaida II - Das Schönste, was ich bisher gesehen habe! www.ratua.com
Flomaida II - Mal wieder ohne Worte!
Flomaida II - Mal wieder ohne Worte!
Flomaida II - Im Salat lässt sich's gut träumen!
Flomaida II - Im Salat lässt sich's gut träumen!
Flomaida II - Ohne Worte!
Flomaida II - Ohne Worte!
Flomaida II - Flomaida mal wieder im Paradies!!
Flomaida II - Flomaida mal wieder im Paradies!!
Flomaida II - Ein echter Gemischtwarenladen-wie früher bei uns
Flomaida II - Ein echter Gemischtwarenladen-wie früher bei uns
Flomaida II - Hier gibt es keinen gesüßten Tee aus der Flasche. Die Cocosnuss wird so zugeschnitten, dass es sich gut daraus nuckeln lässt. Und gesünder ist es auch noch.
Flomaida II - Hier gibt es keinen gesüßten Tee aus der Flasche. Die Cocosnuss wird so zugeschnitten, dass es sich gut daraus nuckeln lässt. Und gesünder ist es auch noch.
American Spirit II - The famous red crab that marches to the sea to mate in mass
American Spirit II - The famous red crab that marches to the sea to mate in mass
American Spirit II - Rober crabs on Christmas Island
American Spirit II - Rober crabs on Christmas Island
American Spirit II - West side if Christmas Island
American Spirit II - West side if Christmas Island
American Spirit II - Blow holes on Christmas Island
American Spirit II - Blow holes on Christmas Island
American Spirit II - Mama feeding her baby
American Spirit II - Mama feeding her baby
American Spirit II - Christmas Island ancorage view with new crew Jeremy
American Spirit II - Christmas Island ancorage view with new crew Jeremy
American Spirit II - Kids what can you do with them
American Spirit II - Kids what can you do with them
American Spirit II - Bali Elephant Safari Rescue Park
American Spirit II - Bali Elephant  Safari Rescue Park
19/09/2014

Celebrate - Approaching Cocos Keeling

Well the blessing and offerings made in Bali are still working! The wind is blowing at 18 knots from the right direction. At our current speed we should be approaching the atoll just after dawn tomorrow. We are heading for the Southern group of islands and plan to anchor within the lagoon in the lee of Direction Island. Cocos is an Australian Dependant Territory, the inhabitants are a mixture of Australian and Malay origin, the former living on West Island and the latter on Home Island nearby our anchorage. All the islands are a ferry ride apart and with a lagoon full of shallow spots,once anchored we will not be moving for a week.Flying fish are continuing to throw themselves at us:Charlie picked up twelve on this morning's walk/ rig check. No luck with fishing yet but the line snapped. read more...


19/09/2014

American Spirit II - Day 256; The History of Christmas Island, a Tour and a BBQ on Christmas Island; Thursday, September 18, 2014

Up at 6:30 AM, coffee then dingied into shore for an 8:00 AM clearing in with Quarantine, Customs and Immigration officials. Christmas Island is part of Australia, so the same very critical review we've received elsewhere in Australia still applies. Breakfast at 7:00 AM - bacon, eggs, chilled mandarin orange slices and bread.We got the dingy from the V-Berth and filled its 4 air compartments using an electric pump. After attaching the seat and two oars, we put it into the water, then added the electric outboard shaft, followed by the lithium battery, handset control mechanism, red plastic piece to secure the battery to the shaft and finally a magnetic key so we could turn on the motor. At 7:50 AM we dingied into shore and were ready for our clearing in at 8:00 AM. The Quarantine official. read more...


19/09/2014

American Spirit II - Day 255; A 177 Nautical Mile Day & a Late Arrival at Christmas Island; Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Up at 6:00 AM. The wind is 16/17 knots, our speed thru the water is 5.9 knots and speed over the ground is 8.8 knots. A helping current of 2.9 knots. Wow! Cloudy, lumpy seas. Our running lights (tri-light at the top of the mast) are off. Joel must have turned them off when he rolled over in bed. Made myself a cup of coffee thae spilled it all over the aft end of the cockpit table. Got the nylon bucket out and washed down the cockpit; then made another cup of coffee. At 6:33 AM two frigate birds were 'fishing' off our bow, low to the water; our bow waves stirring up small fish for them to catch. Adela was 11 miles astern. They must have shortened sail during the night. At 7:42 AM the wind was still the same - 16/18; and we were still moving over the land at 8.1 knots. The lumpy seas were. read more...


25/11/2011

Lady - Post Race Net Control

I understand that the Nanny Cay Caribbean 1500 office has closed.Thanks for all you did, Andy and Mia!Have a great vacation! I have been monitoring the SSB net since I left Nanny Cay, on Wednesday, and have had communications with Wavelength and Surprise. Tonight, 1900 Wavelength 20 52N 64 14W.Sailing, but not really fast, Surprise was at 20 28N 64 11W under power,wind E 8-9. Surprise estimates they will reach Nanny Cay about 1400-1500 tomorrow afternoon (Saturday, November 26, 2011) Wavelength thinks that they will get there tomorrow, but it may be after dark. Wavelength is uncertain if their VHF radio works. Charlie gave them advice on entering Nanny Cay after dark, and suggested to them that they tie up at the fuel dock either day or night if their radio does not work. Jenny. read more...


19/09/2014

American Spirit II - Day 254; Sailing to Christmas Island; Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Joel on watch 12:00 AM to 3:00 AM. At watch change when Jeremy came on duty Joel and Jeremy put up a low side pole starboard. I got up at 6:00 AM. The wind was 11/12 knots and we were doing 4.8 knots thru the water and 6.0 knots over the ground. A 1.2 helping current. Merlyn of Poole was 2 1/2 miles behind us and Alpheratz 11 1/2 miles ahead of us. The sunrise was at 6:29 AM. A thin layer of clouds on the horizon, so no green flash. A large, orange and red sunrise -not blood red like many we've seen the last few weeks. The sun was enlarged by sitting on the horizon with three faint horizontal cloud rings on front of its face making it look like a large planet with rings around it. Magnificent!At 6:34 AM I put 3 fishing lines in the water. At 7:16 AM I saw a large white cylinder 200 yards. read more...


18/09/2014

Celebrate - My entry for Story Time

"Let's CELEBRATE!" said LLUI, "it'll be a TON of fun!"So everyone pitched in to create the NEXUS of an international party with an AMERICAN SPIRIT TOO.AVO SET the table and FESTINA LENT A SAPPHIRE and a PEARL to her best friend, ADELA. MERLYN let us use his POOLE.We were SEADUCED into remembering the GHOSTs of celebrations past...When we would get TOO AUDACIOUS and shout "VIVO!"Just remembering some parties gives one the HEBE jeebies.It would be FOLIE to say ADIEU but all stories have ends.How's that?Ends!How to you spell it, Honey?Ends...eNDS DARLIN'.. read more...


Flomaida II - Erdnüsse als Strauß gebunden. Ungeröstet, frisch und sehr lecker!
Flomaida II - Erdnüsse als Strauß gebunden. Ungeröstet, frisch und sehr lecker!
Flomaida II - Immer fröhlich und gastfreundlich, die Menschen von Vanuatu
Flomaida II - Immer fröhlich und gastfreundlich, die Menschen von Vanuatu
18/09/2014

Celebrate - Story Time: Merlyn

This week's SSB Game/Competition is to write a story containing World ARC Boat Names.This game was suggested by Jan on Ghost.I received the following terrific entry from Jonathan on Merlyn of PooleQuest for Sweet Pearl.Adela is 12.She lives in a sleepy suburb in the American mid-west.Although outwardly small and slight she has a fierce imagination and is fullof the American Spirit of adventure.One day, she and her two friends AnnDromeda and Alf Eratz decided that today is the day they start their questto recover the magic precious jewel known as Sweet Pearl.This famous icon,unique with its wonderful blue colour was on loan from Switzerland at anexhibition in Louis Town in the three friends' home state when itmysteriously disappeared. It was one a freezing cold morning.'I cannot really. read more...


18/09/2014

Celebrate - Story Time: Polaris

This week's SSB Game/Competition is to write a story containing World ARC Boat Names.This game was suggested by Jan on Ghost.I received the following wonderful rhyming entry from POLARIS:Jan, Sheila, Tom and Luis.Good evening, my name is Merlyn of Poole,with my American Spirit, I lead and I rule,I am a real Alpha animal among the ratsI can fight Ghosts and men who are looking like bats. Free & Breasy like a Festina Lente, I Celebrate my Boingo life, Mister NDS Darwin, I’m a survivor, give me Andromeda Five!But there is one thing, I cannot reach in this world,it’s Adela, my Chika-lu, uuuhhhh you sexy Sweet Pearl.Your eyes are Saphirs, so shiny and bleu,I would travel to the Polaris for a Folie à Deux.While I dream that, with you, my life would be betterI see you driving away with an. read more...


18/09/2014

Celebrate - Story Time: Folie a Deux

This week's SSB Game/Competition is to write a story containing World ARC Boat Names.This game was suggested by Jan on Ghost.I received the following wonderful entry from FOLIE A DEUX:Tim, Tracey, Brian and Lucy.The FOLIE of ADELEA IIOnce upon a time, ADELA was a free SPIRITed CHICA living in the land of OZ.Every MOYA, she would sup on SHAYA, the local delicacy, then she would skip to my LUThat BReasy evening when ALPHERATZ, POLARIS, and ANDROMEDA aligned, ADELA saw what she thought was a GHOST.“Aha”, she shouted…..”it is BOINGO…ALIVE, SWEET mother of PEARL!We must CELBRATE your SAPHIR colored eyes and have a FESTINA next LENTE on the V(five or fifth).”But alas, CIVETTA II, second daughter of MERLIN was lurking in a nearby POOLE.She jumped and grabbed ADELA’s designer LLUITON ditch. read more...


18/09/2014

Celebrate - Story Time: Lucy (Folie a Deux)

This week's SSB Game/Competition is to write a story containing World ARC Boat Names.This game was suggested by Jan on Ghost.I received the following outstanding entry from Lucy on Folie a Deux:The Deux and the Ratz [pronounced Ducks and Rats]Once upon a time, there was a group of Adela deux, that lived in a poole on the star of Polaris. They were celebrating the finding of a Saphir mine nearby. Unfortunately a clan of American Ratz, from the land of Oz in the Andromeda Galaxy, had recently landed on the other side of the star, The Alpheratz name was Merlyn and he had recently lente his edible pearl industry to his cousin Darwin, who refused to give it back so he was bankrupt. He was developing a plan to thwart the festina and take the Saphir mine for his own. Merlyn’s twin daughters. read more...


17/09/2014

Folie a Deux - creating participation and fun- "story time"

This story is submitted by Lucy Ramsey on Folie A deux. the competition was proffered by Charlie on Celebrate, based upon an idea from Claire on Ghost as a fun activity for the WORLD ARC boats making the crossing rom B ali to Christmas Island.What a great idea to engage the fleet!!The Deux and the Ratz[pronounced Ducks and Rats]Once upon a time, there was a group of Adela deux, that lived in a poole on the star of Polaris. They were celebrating the finding of a Saphir mine nearby. Unfortunately a clan of American Ratz, from the land of Oz in the Andromeda Galaxy, had recently landed on the other side of the star, The Alpheratz name was Merlyn and he had recently lente his edible pearl industry to his cousin Darwin, who refused to give it back so he was bankrupt. He was developing a plan. read more...


17/09/2014

Celebrate - Fishing and dolphins

We are just 10 miles South of Christmas Island, having decided to skip this short stopover in favour of the next. Trade winds are now well set with Celebrate almost on a direct track for Cocos Keeling surfing along at 9 to 10 knots. From previous reports Cocos is one of the highlights of the rally so we are looking forward to an extended stay there; ETA 2-3 days.Fishing boats have kept our night watches busy, the locals don't bother with, radios, navigation lights or AIS (automatic identification system) leaving us little clue of their intentions. We found one trailing a net almost a mile long and another left a buoyed line across our path as far as we could see; fortunately the line was deep enough to sail over--if it hadn't we would have become a trawler for a while!Not to be outdone. read more...


17/09/2014

Sweet Pearl - Bali -->Christmas Island - 4.Tag - Wie der Wind

Wir sind so schnell wie selten zuvor. Der Wind und vor allem die Strömung haben uns mit bis zu 10 Knoten Richtung Christmas Island flitzen lassen. Jetzt drosseln wir, damit wir bei Tageslicht dort ankommen. An Bord ist soweit alles in Ordnung; alle sind gut drauf und sind gespannt auf Christmas Island, das wir in den morgen in den Morgengrauen erreichen sollten:-). Cheers, Tom. read more...


Flomaida II - Mmmhhh, die unglaublich süßen Grapefruits!
Flomaida II - Mmmhhh, die unglaublich süßen Grapefruits!
Flomaida II - Zwei Besucher, die uns Früchte schenken und sich über T-shirts freuen.
Flomaida II - Zwei Besucher, die uns Früchte schenken und sich über T-shirts freuen.
Flomaida II - Christoph mit neuer Freundin??
Flomaida II - Christoph mit neuer Freundin??
Flomaida II - Unglaublich schöne Bucht auf Epi/Vanuatu
Flomaida II - Unglaublich schöne Bucht auf Epi/Vanuatu
Flomaida II - Oyster Island
Flomaida II - Oyster Island
Flomaida II - Sind sie nicht zum Knuddeln?
Flomaida II - Sind sie nicht zum Knuddeln?
Flomaida II - Am Ende der Welt das perfekte Passionsfruchtsoufflé in einer liebevollen Sammeltasse!
Flomaida II - Am Ende der Welt das perfekte Passionsfruchtsoufflé in einer liebevollen Sammeltasse!
16/09/2014

Firefly - Vanuatu

The Lonely Planet Guide says 'Tropical weather brings light and life to sandy beaches and azure waters. Throughout the islands, strong communities show off their countries attributes to a soundtrack of drumming and dance'.The lat/long for Efate (where Port Vila is the capital) is 17 degrees 45 minutes south, 168 degrees 18 minutes east - or about 1200 nautical miles due east of Cairns in Australia. Aneityum, the southern island in the chain is about 175nm from Port Vila and we have chosen to clear in there. Its upwind of the other islands and from there we can most easily visit all of the main islands over the next 4 weeks before we head off the New Caledonia.Vanuatu lies right on top of the 'Pacific Ring of Fire'. It is on the edge of the Pacific tectonic plate that is being forced up. read more...


16/09/2014

American Spirit II - Day 253; Good Sailing and Weather So Far and We Conduct a Man Overboard Drill to Retrieve a Bucket; Monday, September 15, 2014

Turned the engine on for the first time since starting the leg at 1:05 AM. Wind lightening. Up at 6:00 AM; turned the engine off at 6:13 AM. The wind is 8/9 and we're moving 4.6 knots thru the water and 4.5 knots over the land. Not fast, but moving. The sun rose at 6:19 AM. No green flash due to a hazy horizon. Seven Rally boats are around us and visible on our AIS; a couple visually. I put one fish line in the water at 6:40 AM. At 6:43 AM 4 3 - 4 foot dolphins swam by the boat from right to left, just missing the bow; jumping 4 feet out of the water at every chance they got. It was quite a sight. Very cool. I had to turn the engine on again at 7:37 AM. Bummer. The wind had dropped to 5/7 knots. We're now moving at 6.4 knots over the ground. Alpheratz hosted the 9:00 AM communications. read more...


16/09/2014

American Spirit II - Day 251; Provision Day, GPS Antennae & Auto Pilot (?) Fix, Skipper's Briefing & Jeanine Miami Moves to Nexus; Saturday, September 13, 2014

Up at 6:45 AM. Breakfast in the marina at 8:30 AM, followed by the Rally communication's briefing at 9:00 AM.Russ and Laurie from Nexus joined us at 9:20 AM. From 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM I typed and sent out 4 logs. This was the largest accumulation of logs I'd gotten behind in a long time, maybe since the trip started. Its amazing how busy you get when you're on land. Sightseeing, relaxing, fixing things, provisioning, movies (on the boat), dinners out, parties, etc. With the help of Jeanine's 'hot spot' phone, I even loaded two new books to my kindle: a Jack Aubrey novel called The Mauritius Command, and The Covenant. The former is about a British Captain sailing in waters we're heading to, Mauritius and Reunion islands; and the latter is the history of South Africa by James Michener.. read more...


16/09/2014

Flomaida II - 14./15. 9.Überfahrt nach Neu Kaledonien

Nun sind wir doch gestartet, denn wir wollen die erlaubten 48 Std. nichtüberstrapazieren. Also legen wir am Abend ab, damit wir im Havannah Kanalzwischen dem Festland Neu Kaledonien und der wunderschönen größten Laguneder Welt bei Tageslicht sind, denn dort warten Riffe und unangenehmeStrömungen.Nach dem Abendessen geht es los und zwar gleich heftigst mit 25-30 Knotenauf die Nase. Da denke ich schon mit Grauen an die 1000 SM nach New Zealand.Eigentlich ist es Masochismus pur, wenn man an solchen WetterbedingungenGefallen findet! Aber wenn dann der Anker vor unberührten, paradiesischenInseln fällt, ist der ganze Segelstress vergessen.Habe einen tollen Spruch gelesen: "Was ist der Unterschied zwischen Bulimieund Segeln? Beim Segeln übergibt man sich vor dem Essen!" Gut, dass ich. read more...


16/09/2014

Celebrate - In the Indian Ocean to Cocos, leaving behind Exoctic Bali Dancers, Diving & a "Unique" Party & more!

Flying for now in the Indian Ocean at 10kts with all sails up heading for the Cocos Keeling Islands!Beautiful, kind and exotic are all descriptive of Bali and her people.We have such treasured thoughts of our time there.My generous husband, Charlie, hosted a birthday party for me at a lovely terrace with pool overlook bar called "Unique".We are so grateful to Peter for arranging transportation for many of the fleet who joined us!Also, many thanks to those who could attend.You all made the party very special!More special times at the rally dinner with extraordinary exotic Bali dancers and great friendliness among the fleet!Also, Peter & Charlie took a fun diving trip, the first time for the two of them together.More dives to come!For our foodie friends, Cathy is a very lucky girl with. read more...


Flomaida II - Warten auf das Testergebnis
Flomaida II - Warten auf das Testergebnis
Flomaida II - So friedlich......
Flomaida II - So friedlich......
Flomaida II - Heute ist Waschtag
Flomaida II - Heute ist Waschtag
Flomaida II - David zeigt uns stolz seinen halb fertigen "Yachtclub"
Flomaida II - David zeigt uns stolz seinen halb fertigen
Flomaida II - Spannendes Malaria Test Ergebnis
Flomaida II - Spannendes Malaria Test Ergebnis
Flomaida II - Malariatest wird getrocknet. Alle zwei Monate wird er gemacht
Flomaida II - Malariatest wird getrocknet. Alle zwei Monate wird er gemacht
16/09/2014

Firefly - Firefly on passage to Aneityum, Vanuatu

Firefly is on passage to Vanuatu - we have arranged special permission to clear into Aneityum (sometimes called Anatom) - the southernmost island in the chain. We left Vuda Point Marina at 1400 on Monday 15th September having provisioned, fueled, watered and checked out all in one morning. Leaving was not actually that easy as the SE trades were curling around the end of Viti Levu and creating a SW on shore sea breeze. We slowly managed to motor into the chop and then had a change of plan and managed to bear off and get the sails up to beam reach to the north of Malolo Island (instead of going south) and out through the fringe reef and into open sea.This is our first long passage since arriving in Fiji from Tonga back in mid June - preparing for it and undertaking gives us somewhat mixed. read more...


Flomaida II - Unglaublich kares Wasser
Flomaida II - Unglaublich kares Wasser

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