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09/09/2014

Starblazer - 09/09/2014 – Vanuatu

As John wrote in Sunday’s log, we had put two reefs in the main to slow us down.We were still going too fast and our ETA was creeping earlier and earlier.While going fast is normally a good thing, I know, we didn’t want to arrive in an unknown port, with dubious reliability of navigation lights, in the dark.We put the third reef in the main at 1800.At 2300, first watch changeover, we decided to alter course towards the southwest because we were making 6 knots with the smallest amount of sail unless we experimented with the storm sails!The course alteration would make our trip to Port Vila longer as it would involve another change of course to bring us back up towards our destination.By the 0500 watch change it was time to alter course again and I had strict instructions to wake John up. 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...


08/09/2014

Sweet Pearl - Darwin -->Bali - 8.Tag - Baldige Ankunft

Wenn alles gut läuft, werden wir noch heute vor Sonnenuntergang ankommen - das hängt aber alles von der Strömung ab. Wir hoffen es klappt, ansonsten bleiben wir noch eine Nacht draussen, da abgeraten wird Benoa bei Nacht anzulaufen. Uns gehts allen sehr gut und freuen uns bald wieder einen Fuss aufs Land zu tun:) Cheers, Tom. read more...


07/09/2014

American Spirit II - Day 244; More Birds Join Crew & Green Flash #17; Saturday, September 6, 2014

David got up at 6:00 AM and I followed at 6:30 AM. The small bird that had joined us the day before was still on the foredeck. The wind was 12 knots and our boat speed 6.7 knots. We are motoring with no sails up. I put the mainsail out at 6:45 AM and our speed increased to 7.4 knots. The boom is on the starboard or right side. Some clouds but stars still out. The sunrise at 7:22 AM was another blood red one. No green flash. The atmosphere isn't really clear enough for one...yet. With clouds we're hoping for a little more wind today so we don't have to motor. I put 4 fishing lines in the water, two on poles with reels and two hand lines with very, very simplistic reels. I realized this morning that when we turned the motor on last night we forgot to take the hydro generator out of the. read more...


07/09/2014

Free & BrEasy - Half The World Away

We are only twenty four hours from Bali, Only twenty four hours from another home (Thank you Gene Pitney!). The passage from Darwin across the Timor Sea and the Indian Ocean has been slow and stately. We have experienced light winds and have made good use of our mechanical crew member (the motor of course!). In anticipation of Free & BrEasy's performance in light winds, we left Darwin two days earlier than the rest of the fleet and will arrive with them, 8 days later. We are not winning any races but we are not losing out on the all important Bali experience.When we arrive, Annabelle and Alejandro will be waiting for us as they flew from Darwin. Alejandro has been celebrating his big four O birthday with his mother and sister. Happy Birthday Alejandro!Roger and Michael sailed (and. read more...


07/09/2014

Sirocco Of Oz - Darwin - Bali Day 6 Sunday 7th Sept

Ok folks the wind as finally filled in, we had a good sail last night (Saturday) and likewise on Friday, currently we are under screecher only and sailing along at around 7 knots, we tried flying a reefed main but it made no difference to our speed as it was blanketing the screecher too much. We could try the kite but its getting late in the day and we don't fly it at night in case the wind picks up, the screecher can be handled by 2 crew...All good and providing the wind stays with us we expect to just make Bali by fading light Monday, every hopeful !!. Other news:Friday as the sun was setting and we were eating out last bit of Tuna we got a hit, after a bit of a battle in came a nice 1.2m (4') Spanish mackerel - nice eating.Yesterday tried a poled out jib but the downlaul for the pole. read more...


07/09/2014

Celebrate - Approaching the Indonesian Coast

The light winds we suffered early on on this trip are now over and are now enjoying 20 knots of trade wind sailing taking us towards Benoa Harbor on Bali. Ironically we now have to put the breaks on by reducing sail otherwise we will reach our destination over night, this is not an ideal situation and on this occasion the harbor is closed so we must wait till morning and slack water. Our route from Darwin has taken us through different seas on the edge of the Indian Ocean starting with the Timor Sea, the Savu Sea and now the Flores Sea. We are now within 15 miles of Lombok as we approach the Indonesian Coast. The air temperature has gradually increased and flying fish are flying again. No fishing yet but some pink lures and line are on the shopping list for Bali.Now the wind is up we. read more...


07/09/2014

Starblazer - 07/09/2014 – Rock & Roll

I’ve been delegated to go below and write a blog as it’s very Rock & Roll today.We’ve been trying to keep our speed down to arrive after 0900 Monday to avoid overtime rates for an unknown number of officials taking an undefined length of time to clear us in to Port Vila, Vanuatu.Number of Officials (unknown) x Clearance Time in Hours (unknown) x £6.50, and that’s the Saturday rate.Sundays are more expensive.The wind speed was so low that we have had to motor.Until late yesterday, when it increased and we had to roll all of the genoa away and this morning put two reefs in the main to get down to 4-4.5 knots.At the moment (1530 local) we are making 5.3 knots in 23 knots of wind!Time to spill some more wind from the main.Soon after lunch yesterday a small tuna (1.8kg, 4lb) stopped by. read more...


06/09/2014

Firefly - A windlass saga

On Saturday morning (6th September) we were up early and leaving the idyllic anchorage between Navadra and Vanua Levu after 2 enjoyable days. Our intended destination was the south of Waya but due to the failure of our anchor windlass we changed our plans. The anchor windlass is the powerful electric winch that raises the anchor chain at the bow of Firefly. Its a piece of equipment that works really hard on this kind of trip due to the frequency we anchor and its also really exposed to the elements being regularly doused in salt water whenever water comes over the bow. Following the recent inactivity (while we were in the UK) the windlass was tested as we left Vuda Marina and we did have some doubts as to how well it was working. It was therefore little surprise when the electric motor. read more...


06/09/2014

Sweet Pearl - Darwin -->Bali - 6.Tag - Wir nähern uns

Die Hälfte haben wir geschafft, gestern hatten wir den ganzen Tag Wind (jetzt sind wir zwar wieder am Motor-Sailing) und kamen zügig voran, das Wetter ist schön und der Seegang angenehm. Was will man mehr?:-)Cheers, Tom. read more...


06/09/2014

Nexus - There be Whales in the Indian Ocean!

The wind is back, and we dug the big gennaker out of the bottom of the sail locker and had a magnificent day sailing today! Other than the beautiful clear sky and sunshine, the highlight of the day was multiple sightings of Grey Whales on either side of the boat! It was easy to spot them, as they are huge and blow spray high in the air that lingers in the sunshine for several seconds. We saw several groups of them through the day swimming together, and got a good look at one who came up for air, arched his back above the waterline sliding all along it's length, then put his tail flukes in the air and dove down. I would estimate that he was conservatively 80' long, much longer than NEXUS! What a treat! We also saw numerous pods of dolphin feeding, and another pod of what I thought were. read more...


06/09/2014

American Spirit II - Day 243; The Boobie Strikes and Green Flash #16; Friday, September 5, 2014

David and I stayed on watch until 1:30 AM and then Joel relieved us. Around 5:00 AM we had reached the waypoint at the northeast corner of the Sahul Sand Banks and turned left to an approximate heading of 270 degrees. Joel went to bed then and Jeanine took over watch duties. David got up at 6:00 AM and I followed at 7:00 AM. We had another blood red sunrise at 7:10 AM. At 7:30 AM I cut an empty Folgers coffee canister in half, put water in it and laid it up on the bimini for the large boobie to drink from. The bird was pruning itself at this time.At 8:15 AM we had a ship on our starboard bow, the Seven Eagle, which the AIS labeled as a 'dive' ship over 400 feet long and doing 11.3 knots.At 8:20 AM the bird had been on the boat for just over 24 hours. The wind was 5/6 knos and we were. read more...


06/09/2014

Folie a Deux - Is it worth it?

I could go on for hours complaining about how difficult, strenuous, and exhausting a trip around the world can be, especially for a 16 year old like myself. For instance I can never escape my parents and sister, or most of the friends I have made on this trip have been 20 or so years older than me, that I left my high school “social life” behind, or even that I don’t get to take showers as often as I used to.I could, however go on for even longer naming things that, individually, would make all of the negative aspects of this trip obsolete. I have been handed the chance of a lifetime, something most people will work their whole lives to achieve, at age 16.I have visited places unmatched in their beauty with cultures equally unique, I have met amazing people from all walks of life and. read more...


06/09/2014

Folie a Deux - Three Must Haves

Every Day: drinking water seagull IV filter from General Ecology outside of Philadelphia.The water we drink day and night may not be cold, but it has tasted great due to this product. We do not purchase drinking water, except for Customs Officials.Never used [yet]: Jordon Series Drougue from roddy coleman in the UK, great product, quality, workmanship, and price….It is a comfort that has not had to be used.Today: heavy asymmetrical gennacker from Rolly Tasker.It allows the boat to run dead down wind.The kids[crew] can handle course and wind changes single handed. It has been raised and doused easily.  Timsv Folie a Deux. read more...


06/09/2014

Celebrate - GOOOOOOD MORNING World ARC

For yesterday's SSB Net Peter suggested the question of the day for the fleet: to find the "Best" word made up only of the first letters of the names of boats currently participating (multi-word names can choose to use any first letter).You could make your word in any language but you must provide a definition.If you invent a word, the definition should be entertaining and/or humorous. EVERY ENTRY IS A WINNER! I had a great time and hope the other entrants did as well.CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL ENTRANTS (WINNERS).They all win a beer on arrival in Bali.Of particular mention...From Merlyn: FABALMSAP From Nexus: BAFLLPASSDANCCLOGMAP {The map you need when bafl'd}From Ghost: O'Flanagans (an Irish Pub chain)Also, I received the following entry from Folie a Deux via. read more...


06/09/2014

Nexus - 320 miles to go...with unidentified floating objects!

Winds are still light, but we've transitioned from motoring, to motor sailing, to gennaker over the last several hours and it feels good to have the peace and quiet again! We've seen several other large pods of dolphin feeding on local fish, which is a spectacle we never get tired of. There are quite a few Indonesian freighters and fishing boats crossing around us as it appears to be an active area with no set shipping lanes. We've been contacted four times by Australian aircraft on this trip, they keep an active patrol over this area due to the high levels of illegal immigration across their vast northern border, as well as chronic illegal fishing around the protected reefs along this area. The Indonesian fishing boats are quite different, we passed one yesterday that was painted in a. read more...


05/09/2014

Starblazer - 06/09/2014 – ‘the darkest hour’

Think Mammas and Pappas not a politician, is just before dawn. Yesterday the moon rose at 1402 and was Waxing Gibbous (68%) so took over lightening the sky as the sun set at 1804.Unfortunately, having bright moonlight throughout the first two night watches means the next two both have a period of very dark though the stars help!The moon set at 0219 and the first vestiges of dawn didn’t appear until about 0530 with sun rise at 0615 this morning.There is a fantastic app for the i-pad called Star Walk, we thoroughly recommend it.Yesterday was a hotter day than Thursday because there was no cloud cover, it was also an almost windless day followed by weak winds during the night. We did try to sail, 21/2 hours in the morning, when we even hoisted the spinnaker for 5 minutes, and 33/4 hours up. read more...


05/09/2014

American Spirit II - Day 242; Not Much Wind,; A Bird Visits Us; Frigate Mackerel, Crocodile and Wild Boar for Dinner; and Another Blood Red Sunrise & Sunset; Thursday, September 4, 2014

David got up at 6:00 AM and I slept in until 6:30 AM. At 7:05 AM we had another blood red sunrise. No green flash, but a great sunrise. The horizon is obscured because of a little fog or heavy mist in the air. At 7:23 AM the Merlyn Victory, a 148 foot tug (?) was towing a barge, according to our AIS. It was heading to Darwin at 5.7 knots. It had passed us abeam earlier when Jeanine was on watch and was now 21 miles away and astern of us. I put 4 fishing lines in the water, as we approached two areas where fish were jumping and birds were flying down to get them. The wind was 4.5 knots, our speed thru the water 6.0 knots and our speed over the land 5.8 knots. Polaris is 4.9 miles astern and starboard of us. Sirocco is... off to our right somewhere, not sure where. Out of AIS range. At. read more...


05/09/2014

Sweet Pearl - Darwin -->Bali - 4.Tag - No Wind Part II

Wir sind noch immer am Motoren, denn es hat noch immer keinen Wind. Ab und zu kommt eine Brise und dann nehmen wir die Segel hoch zum Motorsailing, aber richtig viel bringen tut das nicht. Den Wettervorhersagen nach sollte es aber morgen/übermorgen dann besser aussehen. Mal schauen. Ansonsten sind alle gut drauf - der Waschi macht die ganze Zeit Witze und wir kugeln uns vor Lachen.Hasta la vista!Cheers, Tom. read more...


05/09/2014

Nexus - The sea is full of life

Even though we had to put the sails away again, yesterday evening was simply magic. In the afternoon we found ourselves sailing through an extended group of sea snakes...what is the proper name for a collection of snakes? There were at least 12 that passed near the boat in the space of a few miles, mostly yellow with bands of color and averaging 6-10ft in length. One of them did a perfect "Loch Ness Monster" pose for us, rearing its head up above the water with the rest of its body in humps above and below the waterline, paused briefly to look at us, then dove below. As usual, we didn't have the camera handy but it gave us a great memory. Later in the afternoon and well into the evening, we were surrounded by a very large pod of small, playful dolphins who continued to play in the bow. read more...


05/09/2014

Folie a Deux - A watch that works at sea

This is our third extended family cruise over the past 10 years.It has taken us ten months on this trip to find a watch cycle that works for our crew.The children have grown to take more and more watch responsibility while underway on overnight passages at sea.As a family of four with Brian age 16 and Lucy age 13 we are all now taking equal shifts of two and one half hours. The rotation remains the same: Dad, Brian, Mom, Lucy.This way we all get a sunrise or a sunset every couple of days.Time zone changes make no difference.There is ample time for sleep, chores, and schoolwork.TimFolie a Deux. read more...


04/09/2014

Starblazer - 05/09/2014 – Sailing!

Actually, the title is a bit of an exaggeration. The wind put in an appearance just before 0800, John rushed up on deck when he heard the engine revs reduce.We let out the main and pulled out the genoa and sailed for 81/2 hours, managing to average 5 knots until the wind died again.We have been motoring all night at just under 5 knots because we don’t want to arrive before 0830 on Monday morning.According to the information we have, overtime is charged for a minimum of 3 hours for each official required. Tonga and Fiji have each had 4 officials.Just for once, I am lost for words because we did nothing all day.We tried to get into hunter/gatherer mode and put out two fishing lines with no result, not even a nibble.My lure came back minus a hook but I’m sure it rusted through!Nature has. read more...


04/09/2014

American Spirit II - Day 241; Two Swim Parties , a 'Tree' Hitches a Ride on Our Keel , a 5 Course Dinner and a Blood Red Sunrise and Sunset; Wednesday, September 3, 2014

David got up at 6:10 AM; I got up at 6:30 AM. Sunrise at 6:57 AM, a blood red fireball rising out of the Timor Sea. Looked like a great sunset in reverse. Wind 4 knots, our boat speed motor sailing 5.3 knots. Sirocco of Oz is on our port beam aft 1/2 mile. A while later they pulled in behind us dead astern. At 8:40 AM there were 6 Rallyboats around us: Alpheratz, Polaris, Boingo Alive, NDS Darwin, Sirocco of Oz and Nexus a little further away. Three porpoise passed by to starboard at 8:30 AM.The 9:00 AM net communication was hosted by Laurie from Nexus. 15boats checked in. Nexus had caught a yellow fin tuna and Sirocco a small shark. The day before or this morning?At 8:00 AM 8 porpoises passed by. I say 'passed by' because they did not come close enough to our boat to swim under and in. read more...


04/09/2014

Nexus - Still motoring..but the fishing is good!

Well, we had a brief period of wind and enjoyed an early afternoon sail, but now it's back to 3kts so we're motoring again. We're going through an area north of Western Australia in the Beagle Gulf, where there are numerous undersea mounts and several coral reefs and sand bars. Apparently this area used to be land before the last Ice Age melted, just like the Queensland coast inside the barrier reef. It is rife with strange currents, but also great fishing! We've caught 7 fish so far, and had two more get away at the transom. The keepers have been Northern Blue Fin Tuna, a small variation of what we would recognize as Yellow Fin Tuna but with less yellow and larger pectoral fins. They have great, tasty meat like Yellow Fin, we've eaten one already and two more are in the freezer. The. read more...


04/09/2014

Firefly - Firefly on the move again

On Thursday September 4th Firefly was re launched after a month out of the water at Vuda Point Marina on Fiji's main island, Viti Levu. With the hull polished and antifouled, Firefly is now set for a few more weeks cruising in Fiji, before leaving on passages to Vanuatu and then New Caledonia, where we will depart on 'ARC New Zealand' at the beginning of November. We will then spend 6 months exploring New Zealand. ARC NZ is a new World Cruising event for the World ARC 14/15 boats taking an extra year in the South Pacific before joining the next WARC in June/July 2015 as it passes through Tonga and Fiji.Now back from Blighty, having flown home and spent a really enjoyable August in Devon with our Family and Friends we are recovering from jet lag and getting used to living on board again.. read more...


04/09/2014

Celebrate - We are Sailing!

We have finally turned the engine off. The sea breeze that blew us out of Darwin did not last long followed by almost two days of motor sailing. On Charlie's 6AM till 10 AM this morning the South South Easterly breeze started to build sufficient to roll out the genoa and full main (they flap if there isn't enough wind)while still running the motor. By 10AM when Peter came up on watch there was enough wind to hoist the colorful Genniker and after a few adjustments we are bounding along without engine assistance between 5 and 7 knots.No matter how many times it happens turning off the engine, enjoying the silence and relying solely on sail power is a great moment. That does not mean we have not had any other good moments; there was a beautiful red sunset that filled the sky on Charlie's. read more...


04/09/2014

Folie a Deux - Why the World ARC?

Initially we joined the World ARC for the children.We have two, ages 13 and 16.This being our third extended cruise we recognize cruising is a very lonely environment for children, particularly teenagers.What makes the difference is a community of cruises like you find in Georgetown, Bahamas; Culebra, Puerto Rico; and Lupron, Dominican Republic.So we signed up for the 1st half of the World ARC 2013 -2014 and met the fleet at their rendezvous in the San Blas Islands, Panama.What a beautiful event.We were welcomed by all.Then, we realized how important this group of people would become to our family.Around 10 PM, my husband went outside to deal with the horrendous noise of the wind generator.Then it happened -- Tim did serious damage to his left hand – broken, split open, and top of index. read more...


03/09/2014

Starblazer - 04/09/2014 – Moce Fiji (Goodbye)

We decided not to rush to check out on Monday so completed quite a few jobs at a leisurelypace!John reinstalled the water pump on Sunday, a job which took quite a lot of the day, while I repaired the dinghy bag.The zip needed sewing back onto the tape it was attached to.Normally the problem arises with the stitching deteriorating but in this case it was the braid which had started to disintegrate in UV.I’ll have to make a new bag when we get to New Zealand. We had a very pleasant Sunday evening with Dennis and Sherry (Trillium) celebrating Sherry’s birthday a couple of days early because they were due to clear out on Monday.The GRIB files are predicting very little wind all week so we decided to delay our departure until Wednesday which gives us the best chance of arriving in Port Vila,. read more...


03/09/2014

Sirocco Of Oz - Log Day 2 Mid Ocean Swimming

Around 11:00am we got a call from Brian on American Spirit II, inviting us all to a swimming party, what is a swimming party, well you stop in the middle of the sea and take a swim with like minded folks. We were around 5 miles apart so once we caught up we simply knock off the motors and go for a dip in beautiful clear water, the sea temperature a fantastic 32C. Other notable events, the wind or lack thereof got to say there was pretty much zero yesterday or 5 knots dead against us.Today a light SE'ly came to life and on the morning role call everyone was reporting 5 knots E or ESE dead behind us, so we have had a heap of motoring but the forecast is telling us freshing SE'ly in a day or 2, wind is currently 8 knots from the SE and we are motorsailing with motors at 1500 rpm.Other. read more...


03/09/2014

Sweet Pearl - Darwin -->Bali - 2.Tag - No Wind

Gestern haben wir uns auf den Weg gemacht nach Bali - 955 Seemeilen, 7-8 Tage (hoffentlich). Während wir noch über die Startlinie gesegelt sind und die nächsten Stunden mühsam gegen den Wind aufgekreuzt sind, sind wir seit gestern Nachmittag am Motoren, so wie alle Schiffe auf dem Weg nach Bali. Obwohl wir kein Wind haben, so ist das Wetter super schön. Keine Wolke weit und breit und das wird höchstwahrscheinlich auch so bleiben. Das heisst natürlich auch dass es super heiss ist, aber das sind wir gewohnt:-). Wir schicken allen daheim gebliebenen liebe Grüsse. Cheers. Tom. read more...


03/09/2014

Nexus - Motoring in flat calm on our way to Bali

Well, the weather forecast was spot on, no significant wind for the first day or so on our way to Bali. It is however, flat calm and pleasant, and we've caught two fish so far. It's important to us, as we have a case of beer at stake in a friendly competition with Ghost. Traffic is light, as most of the fleet has spread out over time, and some have chosen a northerly route, where we have chosen a rhumb line route which is more southerly, somewhat along the lines of Jimmy Cornell's advice, and I wanted to be heading north west in the final days of passage when the wind comes back astern because the waves will be more on the beam and NEXUS will surf them rather than plow through them. But, as I've said before, sailing is like a box of chocolates.... Russ and Laurie on NEXUS 9/3/2014 at 12. read more...


03/09/2014

Folie a Deux - When given lemons make lemonade

We have been underway for four and a half days now since leaving Darwin Australia.  Turns out Folie a Deux is not a sailboat, but a motor boat on this leg.... no wind, less than 5 knots of wind, hardly any ripples in the water.we are running one engine and then the other at the most economical speed 1800 rpm which moves us at 4-5 knots depending upon the current.that's a fast walking pace.we have been buzzed by the austrailian customs airplane four times yesterday. They must have more fuel to burn, than we do.Our engines have around 8,000 hours each. Not bad for 14 year old boat. That's over 320,000 miles of car mileage at an average speed of 40 mph.  Brian figured that's also around 700 days of engine running.  This round the world trip has accounted for more engine time. read more...


02/09/2014

Celebrate - Senational Start for the Bali from Darwin Rally Leg!

What a grand sight our sailing fleet is!With wind in our sails our great looking fleet headed out for Bali together from Darwin, Australia. We have so many fond memories of Darwin, meeting cheerful and hardworking, Keith, who runs the Tipperary Marina (also he has a lovely wife, Lei).Our new crew person, Peter, is aboard and he cooks, too!Also new, Rob of rally control and we have already appreciated his help.The rally sponsored two fun socials and we had a terrific last Thai supper.We must say goodbye to Hugh at rally control who was wonderful to us and we will miss.Good luck to everyone!Cathy. read more...


03/09/2014

American Spirit II - Day 240; Half Way Home, a Ceremony for Richard Volz, Departing for Bali and a Tacking Duel with Boingo Alive Leaving Darwin; Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Today marks the half way point of our trip. Joel and I have been away for 8 months and will be home in 8 months, May 2, 2015 at the BCYC Yacht Club at 12 noon. Set your calendar. Up at 5:45 AM as we're the fist ones out of the Tipperary Waters Marina lock. The lock can only hold one boat at a time, and we were picked first because our draft is the least in the fleet at 5 feet one inch. Coffee, then we shoved off from the slip at 6:35 AM after stowing the electrical cables and transformer. In the lock at 6:45 AM, we did a starboard tie, with Suzana and Rob tending our lines (I think it was Rob and not Hugh). I gave Keith, the marina manager our shower key and got $20 back. Once we were out of the lock at 6:50 AM we motored to an area near the starting line for the next leg and grabbed a. read more...


02/09/2014

Merlyn of Poole - Sad to leave Australia, but excited to be on our way to Bali

‘The Owl and the Pussycat went to sea in a beautiful pea-green boat’After three weeks of ‘land-lubbing’, here we are again, back in our time-honoured, at-sea routine. It’s been a long time since we’ve been able to take the start to the leg with all the other boats, and we really enjoyed leaving in convoy. There was a group of schoolchildren waiting on the quay to wave us off, and it was a moving experience to see them all waving wildly as we sailed away, on an unexpected beat, weaving in and out of each other as we tacked to and fro across the harbour. Monday was very hectic. We didn’t get to bed until the small hours, and we had to make an early start to ensure that we were ready to be third boat into the marina lock, at just after seven am on Tuesday. It takes longer than you might. read more...


Flomaida II - Das ist schon die luxuriösere Variante (Tanna/Vanuatu)
Flomaida II - Das ist schon die luxuriösere Variante (Tanna/Vanuatu)
Flomaida II - Ein Häuschen im Grünen!
Flomaida II - Ein Häuschen im Grünen!
Flomaida II - Schon wieder Fisch zum Frühstück!!!
Flomaida II - Schon wieder Fisch zum Frühstück!!!
02/09/2014

Celebrate - Amazing Ayers Rock Side Tour from Alice Springs, Australia!

After welcoming Peter on board CELEBRATE in Darwin and meeting his lovely friends Paula & Diane for a great Greek dinner, Charlie & Cathy were ready to fly out to Alice Springs as a sight seeing base for an all day bus tour to Ayers Rock (now called Uluru/see posted photo).At the amazing "rock' we were able to take several walks around the base with ancient aboriginal paintings in them.Also, we were able to visit another huge rock formation nearby called Kata Tjuta.We finished the day with a sunset view of Ayers Rock with many changing colors and a festive BBQ with a glass of champagne.What magnificent sights!Charlie & Cathy. read more...


Flomaida II - So strahlende Kinderaugen für einen Lolly!
Flomaida II - So strahlende Kinderaugen für einen Lolly!
Flomaida II - Es ist mal wieder Waschtag! Oder Schrankersatz??
Flomaida II - Es ist mal wieder Waschtag! Oder Schrankersatz??
Celebrate - Visiting Ayers Rock (AKA Uluru)
Celebrate - Visiting Ayers Rock (AKA Uluru)
01/09/2014

Aislig Bheag - 18th - 30th August Las Palmas, Gran Canaria

18th AugustWe had an early start, 7.30am departure from San Miguel to try to get well underway before the wind became too strong.  It wasn’t one of the better journeys with the wind almost on the nose in big seas making for a very wet passage indeed.  Back in my wet weather sailing gear for first time in weeks.  Got in around 3pm and slept for 2 hours. Saw Nigel and Tracy who had arrived here yesterday.  We had dinner and prepared for another early start. 19th AugustWe headed out at about 08.30 am on our final leg of the first part of our journey to Las Palmas on Gran Canaria.  We sailed in the company of Tracy and Nigel on Relentless for much of the passage.  We sailed on a reach in the morning and by the afternoon, a. read more...


01/09/2014

American Spirit II - Day 239; Last Full Day in Darwin and a Very Thorough Skippers Meeting; Monday, September 1, 2014

Up at 6:00 AM. David actually got up then. I thought about it and then went back to sleep for a couple of hours. Breakfast at 9:00 AM: coffee, tea, eggs, potato and raisin bread.One of the things that David delivered to me was my new American Express card. This one had a chip in it for security and was compliant with the new Australian law mandating pin numbers for credit cards or security chips. I activated it at 9:40 AM and will try it out later today. At 9:50 AM I called a dentist listed in our Rally manual. Again, one of the advantages of being in the WCC Rally. Their having put information like that into our Rally manual. Fortunately I was able to secure an appointment at 1:10 PM today. Why the dentist? Last night after dinner I developed a tooth ache. Bad timing. Why couldn't the. read more...


01/09/2014

Celebrate - Day trips to Litchfield and Kakadu National Parks

Our time in Darwin has been limited to less than a week but we have made the most of it. Peter's trips have included a day tour to Litchfield National park where we toured through dramatic scenery, wandered around giant termite mounds and walkedto even more waterfalls- a continuing theme on the rally. We even went for a swim at the foot of Florence Falls. The tour was warned off swimming at Wangi falls as a few days earlier a tourist had been 'scratched' (in the words of the tour guide) by a fresh water croc.Another trip with kiwi friends Paula and Tony took Peter on a boat trip around the Corroboree Billabong where we saw all sorts of water lilies andbirdlife including a Jacana . At one point we got very close to both salt water crocodiles (saltys) and the less aggressive fresh water. read more...


Celebrate - Spectacular view at Kakadu National Park
Celebrate - Spectacular view at Kakadu National Park
Celebrate - Not all the locals are friendly; seen on the way to Kakadu National Park
Celebrate - Not all the locals are friendly; seen on the way to Kakadu National Park
Flomaida II - David wurde ein Freund! Stolz hat er uns seinem Dorf und seiner Familie vorgestellt
Flomaida II - David wurde ein Freund! Stolz hat er uns seinem Dorf und seiner Familie vorgestellt
Flomaida II - David wurde ein Freund! Stolz hat er uns seinem Dorf und seiner Familie vorgestellt
Flomaida II - David wurde ein Freund! Stolz hat er uns seinem Dorf und seiner Familie vorgestellt
Flomaida II - So viele Kinder überall!
Flomaida II - So viele Kinder überall!

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