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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!
Flomaida II - Die wunderschöne Bucht von Erramango
Flomaida II - Die wunderschöne Bucht von Erramango
31/08/2014

American Spirit II - Day 238; Brother David Arrives in Darwin; Sunday, August 31, 2014

Up at 8:00 AM. Breakfast of scrambled eggs, bacon and raisin bread. Took a taxi to the airport to pick up a rental car. $24.50 one way. Expensive. I had reserved one at Thrifty using my phone but Jeanine got online and found one for me at 1/2 the price of what I was going to pay at Budget. So I rented the car for 2 days instead of one. I was back at the boat by 10:30 AM; then at 12:30 PM I took Michael, Peggy and their 2 children to the airport. From the Rally boat Polaris. Back at the boat by 1:20 PM. Then off again to pick up my twin brother, David, flying in from Chicago via Los Angeles and Sydney to Darwin. He arrived at 2:15 PM toting a bag weighing 70 pounds and loaded with spare parts, a couple of hose reels and 30 freeze dried dinners. Once he got to the boat Joel and I finished. read more...


31/08/2014

American Spirit II - Day 237; Work Day, Provisioning #2, Nexus and Polaris Visit; Saturday, August 30, 2014

Up at 7:45 AM. Breakfast at 8:30 AM.At the 9:00 AM Rally broadcast we found out that Custom's and Immigration will be coming to our marina Monday between 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM for us to clear out of the country; and that the Skipper's meeting for the leg to Bali will be Monday also at 4:30 PM. At 9:00 AM Joel went 'next door' to Polaris to help Michael install his new VHF radio. It was successfully installed except for one connection which will rectified when Michael returns to the boat in Cocos Keeling (He's flying home to Germany tomorrow).I called home at 9:40 AM (it was Friday night in Tampa)and talked to Janet, Andy, Patti, Diane and Bill who were at my house celebrating Janet's, Diane's and Bill's birthdays. Andrew Bishop, the World Cruising Club Managing Director, stopped by to. read more...


31/08/2014

Free & BrEasy - Natural Selection in Darwin

We continued to make good time to Cape Don across the Arafura Sea but ran in to strong tidal rip currents entering the ominously named, Van Diemen Gulf.Our speed over the ground was reduced to 0 knots and the current produced an unpleasant disturbed sea. We decided on a more leisurely route around Melville and Bathhurst Islands rather than fight the moon! This added nearly a day to our passage but with the benefit of hind sight, we should have considered anchoring, as other World ARC boats did, and going through the narrow passage between the islands and the mainland with a fair tide. In any case we were enjoying the cruise and Annabelle's company so why rush and make life difficult?We arrived in Darwin early in the morning and anchored in Fannie Bay, off the Darwin Sailing Club but a. read more...


30/08/2014

American Spirit II - Day 236; Touring Litchfield National Park Outside Darwin; Friday, August 29, 2014

Up at 6:00 AM; breakfast at 6:45 AM. Coffee tea, scrambled eggs, chilled fruit cocktail and raisin bread.Boarded our tour bus at 7:30 AM and departed the Tipperary Waters Marina at 7:40 AM en route to Fannie Bay to pick up the catamaran crews going on the tour. Departed Fannie Bay at 8:03 AM. On a large bus that seats 50 and has a toilet. Like our tour in MacKay Bay, our driver is a female. Named Stephanie. The first thing she said on the PA system was that we're supposed to wear our seat belts or she is subject to a fine of $420. The nanny state lives in Australia. The road to Litchfield National Park was single lane, with a maximum speed of 130 kilometers (80 miles per hour). Usually the speed limit is set at 100 kilometers (62 miles per hour). There were occasional signs referencing. read more...


Flomaida II - Mit Machete und Cocosnuss durch den Regenwald
Flomaida II - Mit Machete und Cocosnuss durch den Regenwald
Flomaida II - Ist das nicht paradiesisch?
Flomaida II - Ist das nicht paradiesisch?
Flomaida II - Die traditionellen Tänze werden sehr ernst genommen
Flomaida II - Die traditionellen Tänze werden sehr ernst genommen
Flomaida II - Das Kostümieren macht den Großen wie den Kleinen viel Spaß .
Flomaida II - Das Kostümieren macht den Großen wie den Kleinen viel Spaß .
Flomaida II - Die Feuertänzer, wow welche tolle Darbietung. TÜV sollte lieber nicht vorbei schauen!
Flomaida II - Die Feuertänzer, wow welche tolle Darbietung. TÜV sollte lieber nicht vorbei schauen!
Flomaida II - Amel im Doppelpack
Flomaida II - Amel im Doppelpack
Flomaida II - Die Cocoskrabbe beim Chinesen, wer bekommt da nicht Appetit???
Flomaida II - Die Cocoskrabbe beim Chinesen, wer bekommt da nicht Appetit???
Flomaida II - Ein kleiner Australienfan wäscht am Waschstein seine Sachen
Flomaida II - Ein kleiner Australienfan wäscht am Waschstein seine Sachen
29/08/2014

Flomaida II - 16.8.-24.8. Port Vila auf Efaté (Vanuatu)

Wieder haben wir einen tollen Segeltag! Die Genua ausgebaumt fahrenwir bei 25-30 kn wahrem Wind im "Schnetterling" mit 8-9 kn, nachdemwir auch noch neben der Genua die kleine Fock setzen konnten underreichen nach 80 sm Port Vila auf Efaté, die Hauptstadt´von Vanuatu.Die Einfahrt ist nichts für schwache Nerven, denn der Kanal ist sehreng, und es gibt ein kreuzendes Stromkabel auf angeblich 30m Höhe, werweiß, ob es stimmt, wann wurde es nachgespannt??!!Da wir beiNiedrigwasser einfahren, sollte es klappen, und es hat geklappt,sogarohne Bodenberührung wegen des Niedrigwassers!Bei der Einfahrt hören wir Musik und stellen fest, dass es einFestival für die Microeconomy Firmen von den diversen Inseln gibt andiesem WE. Jeder hat seinen kleinen Stand und preist seine Ware an.Zum Beispiel. read more...


Flomaida II - Wunderschöne, versteckte Buchten
Flomaida II - Wunderschöne, versteckte Buchten
Flomaida II - Hier gibts Früchte und Cocosnusswasser am Straßenrand
Flomaida II - Hier gibts Früchte und Cocosnusswasser am Straßenrand
Flomaida II - Gekonnt köpft David die Cocosnüsse zum Trinken
Flomaida II - Gekonnt köpft David die Cocosnüsse zum Trinken
Flomaida II - Liliane malt smilies auf die Fingerspitzen- ein Riesenspaß!
Flomaida II - Liliane malt smilies auf die Fingerspitzen- ein Riesenspaß!
Flomaida II - Noch so klein und schon so fit mit Messer und Machete, um die Nüsse zu knacken.
Flomaida II - Noch so klein und schon so fit mit Messer und Machete, um die Nüsse zu knacken.
Flomaida II - Wie hübsch sie ist und wie fleißig!
Flomaida II - Wie hübsch sie ist und wie fleißig!
Flomaida II - Das stimmt! Hier ist das Paradies- noch!
Flomaida II - Das stimmt! Hier ist das Paradies- noch!
Flomaida II - Kleid gefällig? Das Nähen kostet 5 Euro!
Flomaida II - Kleid gefällig? Das Nähen kostet 5 Euro!
Flomaida II - Markt in Porto Vila
Flomaida II - Markt in Porto Vila
Flomaida II - Himbeeren, die nicht nach Himbeeren schmecken
Flomaida II - Himbeeren, die nicht nach Himbeeren schmecken
Flomaida II - Kleines Plauderstündchen
Flomaida II - Kleines Plauderstündchen
Flomaida II - Das Nationalgericht Laplap
Flomaida II - Das Nationalgericht Laplap
Flomaida II - Nochmal Laplap, das Nationalgericht in einer anderen Variante
Flomaida II - Nochmal Laplap, das Nationalgericht in einer anderen Variante
Flomaida II - Paradisisches Epi
Flomaida II - Paradisisches Epi
Flomaida II - Flomi und Christoph mal wieder im Paradies
Flomaida II - Flomi und Christoph mal wieder im Paradies
Flomaida II - So könnte es auf dem Mond aussehen wie am Mt Yasur Krater
Flomaida II - So könnte es auf dem Mond aussehen wie am Mt Yasur Krater
Flomaida II - Ein wahres Paradies für Taucher und Schnorchler
Flomaida II - Ein wahres Paradies für Taucher und Schnorchler
Flomaida II - David mit Frau und Enkel
Flomaida II - David mit Frau und Enkel
Flomaida II - Wow, welch ein Erlebnis! Mt Yasur auf Tanna/Vanuatu
Flomaida II - Wow, welch ein Erlebnis! Mt Yasur auf Tanna/Vanuatu
Flomaida II - 3 Männer im Boot auf Epi
Flomaida II - 3 Männer im Boot auf Epi
29/08/2014

Starblazer - 29/09/2014 - Back in Vuda

Our few days in the idyllic Blue Lagoon were spent working!Sadly, we didn't have a chance to go ashore so that will have to wait until next year.John spent Friday removing and dismantling the engine freshwater pump, largely with a big hammer.The first very obvious fault he found was where a caged ball race in a bearing had disintegrated, leaving the balls rattling around.The second major fault was at the other end of the pump where a seal with a sprung component in it had separated into three parts.Additionally, the rubber tube which had been leaking before had now split.All John could do was rebuild the pump with an extra O ring and copious quantities of waterproof grease. On Saturday morning he phoned a supplier in New Zealand.Within 30 minutes of receiving our e-mailed parts list we. read more...


28/08/2014

American Spirit II - Day 235; Major Purchases and Our First Attempt at Provisioning for Bali and Beyond; Thursday, August 28, 2014

Up at 8:15 AM. Breakfast at 9:00 AM.Today is 'shopping day.' First off we visited a few stores looking for a new TV. The current 29 " TV on the boat has been degrading, with horizontal and one vertical line appearing on the screen. We found a 32" TV that was a suitable replacement. Like a previous TV on the boat, this one also has a DVD player built into it; and like the last TV, it has a USB port so we can plug a hard drive with 430 movies on it right into the TV.Next Joel bought a new computer. We also bought 10 small propane cylinders for our grill; and a new fishing pole and holder for the one that was pulled overboard recently.We then stopped at Kentucky Fried Chicken for lunch. The food selection was not as good as in the US, and the restaurant was definitely primarily for 'take. read more...


28/08/2014

American Spirit II - Day 234; Important Projects , Why Darwin was Bombed by the Japanese in WW II and Sightseeing in Darwin; Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Up at 8:00 AM.Breakfast at 9:00 AM. Scrambled eggs, potato, bacon and bread.Drove to Bosch propane company and had them fill our empty propane tank. Didn't know if they could do so because some countries don't have fittings that fit American propane tanks. The company we went to, fortunately, did. We also talked to Michael at Bosch about our other propane tank, advising him that it leaked; and asked if they could install a new valve. He checked and told us that they did have a valve they could install. We told him that we'll see if we'll have him install the new valve or if we'll just buy it and use it only if our leak gets worse. We then took 9 empty jerry cans to a gas station and filled them with diesel fuel; then back to the boat to load them and tie them aboard. We stopped at the. read more...


28/08/2014

American Spirit II - Day 233; A Slow Day in Darwin; Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Jack, Joel's Step Father, relayed to Joel that 'Pandora's Box' did in fact originate in Greek mythology. So the account I gave in a previous log, based on a cruising book I had read, about the term originating with the British ship Pandora was incorrect. Thank you Jack. Up at 6:15 AM. Why up so early in port? Who knows. Dumb.Breakfast at 9:00 AM or so consisted of scrambled eggs, potato, bacon and bread.This morning we had nothing structured. I got a haircut, which cost $35.00; Jeanine did the laundry, which costs $40.00 ($5.00 per washing machine and $5.00 per dryer); Joel attached a new zinc to the propeller, using our emergency 40 cubic air tank to do so; and we transferred about 44 gallons of diesel from our jerry jugs to the main fuel tank. At 5:00 PM we took a cab to Thrifty Car. read more...


27/08/2014

Celebrate - Welcome for Our Expert Crew, Peter Sandover, in Darwin, Australia!

A super welcome to our new crew person, Peter Sandover, who was formerly with S/V Firefly until they decided to re-route to New Zealand.Paul and Susie have told us they miss him, but we are thrilled that it gives him the chance to join us on S/V Celebrate from Darwin to Cape Town, Africa.Peter will arrive late this afternoon the 27th and begin helping us to prepare for our Bali passage starting on Septmber 2nd.We are so looking forward to having Peter aboard and want to thank his wife Jane, too!Cathy & Charlie. read more...


Flomaida II - Flomaida auch mal wieder im Paradies
Flomaida II - Flomaida auch mal wieder im Paradies
Flomaida II - So ein schönes Plätzchen!
Flomaida II - So ein schönes Plätzchen!

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