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22/05/2017

Silver Penny - Day 5 on Silver Penny

All is Well on Silver Penny (so far)I meant to write a blog at the end of day one, but I was seasick for two days and writing during the rest of the time.We've spend a lot of time chasing wind. If you're following our track, you'll notice we sailed north-north-east and now we're sailing east-south-east. We had to travel north to latitude 35 to catch the wind. However, a storm is forming and we need to be at latitude 34 by Monday to miss the high winds and seas. On the other hand, we've only spent about ten hours motoring. We also got to sail under spinnaker for two days.. read more...


21/05/2017

Starblazer - 21/05/2017 – Going in the right direction sometimes.

Day 3, noon Friday to noon Saturday, comprised a number of course changes. Our pathetically slow progress northeastwards to find a better breeze finally paid off from mid- afternoon onwards, when we could lay a course a bit closer to the desired one and pick up a bit of speed.From 0300 we were able to head straight for the Azores and we made cracking progress until about 0900.When I did the 0900 log the course we were making as opposed to steering was 30 degrees high, caused by an unexpected current.At the 0930 SSB net matters only got worse when the weather report and GRIB files were discussed.One boat has subscribed to a weather guru in the States who recommended getting down to 34 degrees North to avoid some potentially very strong winds on Sunday/Monday.We were at 35 degrees 53. read more...


21/05/2017

Isbjorn - Isbjorn Offshore: A Black, No Horizon Night

May 21, 0900Low, grey clouds overhead. They're moving off to our right, carried by the chilly northerly wind. A few hints of blue sky are visible to the north. Thane & Brenda are on watch. It's dry outside, but cool. They're in fully foulies, gloves & wool hats. The wind has a bite to it, especially without the warming sun overhead. It's a proper North Atlantic day today.Isbjorn romps east on 60 degrees apparent under small sails - triple-reefed mainsail & double-reefed genoa, the staysail rigged and furled on the foredeck just in case. We're slightly under-canvassed now, but the motion is smooth, the helm is light and we expect the wind to increase throughout the day as it backs into the NW. Mia just finished washing up from the morning's breakfast - eggs over easy forThane. read more...


20/05/2017

Lexington - 5/20/17 Suwarrow

We are at anchor in Suwarrow, an atoll east of Bora Bora. It is a beautiful morning. We all slept well last night. We were a little fatigued because the rolley seas keep you from good sleep. Sam is fixing omelettes for everyone. Karen and I are reading and emailing in the cockpit. There is a good light breeze that makes it comfortable. We invited Altair over last night for dinner. We shared our Mahi Mahi with them. It was a very nice evening. Sam poached the fish in a coconut vanilla butter mixture which tasted so nice that we saved the sauce to put over leftover rice for a lunch later. We will stay here 72 hours and head for Niue. The next leg might be a little more comfortable because of the direction of the heading.  May fair winds fill your sails with successful dreams and. read more...


20/05/2017

Timshel - Bora Bora to Suwarrow Day 6

Another quiet night.Eagerly anticipating our arrival at Suwarrow, calculated that if we keep up 5 knots or above we can arrive on Saturday.Wind gradually died over the morning so when down to 3 to 4 knots used the engine for a couple of hours.Now sailing nicely on starboard gybe wing and wing. Evening SSB sked found most of boats from first start already arrived and anchored in the lagoon, or else in the process of doing so in the last of the light.Just ourselves (99 nm to go), Laura Dawn (48) and Aurora, possibly also Owl to arrive on Saturday, hopefully just before first boats from 2nd start.. read more...


20/05/2017

Aurora Polaris - 19. Mai 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Begynner nå å føle meg bedre igjen. Oppstartene med langtidsseiling tar litt tid for meg når vi har ligget en stund i ro. Var tidvis litt kvalm de første par dagene, men så var der ganske god grunn til det også. Dagen i dag har vært strålende, og vi har seilt hele dagen. All lading har gått via aggregat, og vi har sluppet den vemmelige eksoslukten. Det er en deilig følelse å fly av gårde med vinden!Vi har for det meste jobbet med seilføring, matlaging og oppvask i dag. I tillegg har vi hatt noen klesreparasjoner. Kapteinen «moer» fingerleddet han skadet for en ukes tid siden. Hevelsen har begynt å gå ned, men jeg ser han har vondt når han prøver å røre på den. Det er ingenting legene kan gjøre likevel, så han får bare følge rådene han har fått fra de legene som er med oss.Vi regner med å. read more...


20/05/2017

Aurora Polaris - 17.-18. Mai 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Vi er på havet, ja. Det startet nesten uten vind fra Bora Bora, men jeg kan love dere at vi har fått vind etterpå – og bølger. Alle mine (våre) forventninger til Stillehavet har foreløpig slått feil. Vi skulle være ferdige med rotete sjø og ditto vind, og alt skulle være bare herlighet og glede. I stedet kom det to sykloner, navngitte, som har blåst i retning New Zealand og/eller Australia. Den ene av dem løste seg opp, mens den andre ble kategorisert som den sterkeste på 12 år. Den gikk i Fiji-området. Nå høster vi bølgene og squallene fra den syklonen. Vi har vært heldige og sluppet regnværet til nå. En av de i følget vårt, fikk regn inn i båten. Det hørtes ikke kjekt ut. Vi har bare en del vind og høye bølger, og jeg blir av og til sjøsyk. Har saltkjekspakke stående på bordet, slik at. read more...


20/05/2017

Isbjorn - Isbjorn Offshore: Moseying Downwind

May 18, 1000The wind is sloooowly filling in from the NNW. We motored all night after trying to tack offshore once through Town Cut, 18 hours in total, setting sail finally at 0400 this morning. When the sea is flat we can make 4-5 knots in only 6-7 knots apparent, close-reaching. When the odd wave slews the boat around the sails slat and we slow right down. The forecast is in our favor though - if it holds true, it looks like we'll have wind, and behind us, for the next ten days...1200 All hands on deck for a spinnaker set. The wind came aft just enough, and it's just light enough, that we think we can carry the A-sail on 90 apparent and make some better way.Thane, David (who sailed with us in the fall on the Caribbean 1500), and Brenda (Thane's wife) and I go forward to rig the. read more...


20/05/2017

Lexington - 5/19/17. Suwarrow

We have arrived at about 13:00 today. As soon as we had our anchor down I looked over the side to see sharks swimming around the boat. These were common black tip sharks. I did go for a swim when they were on the other side of the boat. I did not want to dive down on them. We will cook our fish tonight. We will get out the hookah and snorkeling gear. We only get to stay here 72 hours. It is a national park. I have had a swim, shower and lunch and two beers. I will send a couple of photos. May fair winds fill your sails with beautiful islands! Bob  . read more...


19/05/2017

Timshel - Bora Bora to Suwarrow Day 5

A quiet night, but occasional lightning and saw another ship.Got a rain squall in the morning, wind shifted to N but not too much extra than died away leaving us wallowing in the swell - purgatory.Put sails and Hydra away and started the engine - first motoring hours this leg.Batteries needed charging anyway, had felt that Aquair towed charger was not giving us as many amps as it did doing the transatlantic trip, then realized it is not working at all - took it in, but need to check all the connections, not much point having the drag if it is not giving any charging.After 2 hours or so able to set sail again and Hydra steering - what a relief, so rolly under engine and the electronic autopilot is not reliable.In fact soon making great progress, more than 6 knots in the right direction.On. read more...


19/05/2017

Starblazer - 19/05/2017 – The first two days

The start at 1100 on Wednesday was interesting.Somehow we managed to sail over the line at 3.2 knots in very little wind.We put in a tack and found we could only make 1.9 so we put the engine in gear and motored towards the Town Cut where we all had to motor through because it was straight into the wind!Tacking was interesting for us.We had installed the inner forestay so that we could use the staysail together with the genoa to get better wind in the light breeze, though we hadn’t pulled up the staysail.Normally, when you tack the wind blows the sail across and it manages to pull past the mast.With the inner forestay in place there is only a narrow slot for the genoa to pass through so we wound it away, altered course and pulled it out on the other side, not the speediest tacking. read more...


19/05/2017

Lexington - 13°. 23' S. 161°. 51' W May 19, 2017

It is 02:30 and my watch again. The good news is that we have 14-17 knots of nearly dead down wind, we are doing 7+ knots of boat speed and we are only 70+ miles from Suwarrow. This means we are good for a daylight arrival. This also means that I think we are still ahead of a boat with a great big brand new expensive parasail. Parasails are supposed to be the thing to have. This parasail is extra large and made of heavier fabric so it can be flown in greater wind. His boat is also brand new and tricked out. My boat is 20 years old with old sails and an old owner. The only explanation I can come up with is that his parasail is colored with Ohio State colors. That may be holding him back. Now with social media we have the timer set to see how long it takes for him to see this!!! All. read more...


19/05/2017

Lexington - 13°. 34' south. 160°. 49' west.

FINALLY A NICE FISH! We caught and landed a nice mahi-mahi. It hit at about 17:00 and was small enough to land and to be filleted on the boat. We will be on anchor tomorrow night. We will cook it then when it will be easier to use the grill. Do not ask how much the fish cost in lures, line, and gadgets. For sure we can not depend on our fishing skills to provision. Another boat caught a blue fin tuna yesterday, about a 30 pounder. May fair winds fill your sails with mahi-mahi! Bob. read more...


19/05/2017

Laura Dawn - French Polynesia log 14: And we're off.....

Thats it!We've left French Polynesia.Land of friendly people, amazing scenery, fantastic water and wildlife and baguettes..Next stop Suwarrow...We were all very sad to have left Bora Bora on Sunday, we loved exploring the islands and atolls, meeting incredibly friendly people and experiencing new food.Cameron and Cibelle (World Arc Staff) did a great job on advising us where and how to get to all of the places we visited and Wow!, it felt like we found some of the best spots.We seemed to be chasing Obama and Springstein around the islands and if it's good enough for them...!Nice work guys and thank you.We are currently on route and on day 4 of our passage to Suwarrow, the weather has been interesting, everything from 5 knts to 37 knts and broad reach to dead downwind.Reefs have gone in. read more...


18/05/2017

Timshel - Bora Bora to Suwarrow Day 4

A quiet night except we had to gybe as getting too far N, no more shooting stars.Wind up later and sailing nicely wing and wing. Steve noticed a big ship a few miles off - first one we have seen.Later on noticed small batten had broken (again) and worn a hole, Anita standing on boom to remove broken bit, when a pilot whale (approx 20ft) blew close alongside then swam under the boat - certainly gave us a surprise! It came close a few more times andwe could hear it after dark.. read more...


18/05/2017

Lexington - 13°. 51' south. 159°. 35' west

It is 5:30 and I am coming to the end of my watch. It has been a pleasant night with winds in the 10-13 knot range and boat speed 5.5-6.5 knots. The only negative is the roll from side to side caused by southerly swells coming to the boat from the port side. Right now I am steering a little to the north to help a rain shower move in front of the boat and then off to the rear in the south. It is not big but it was easy to help it get out of my way. The only other negative is that with the rolling, it causes the foresails to flap occasionally. I hate hearing the sound because I know it is hard on the sail. When the boat rolls a lot the sail will lose its air and refill with a snap like a whip. It has added to the wear. We are doing well and two hundred six miles from our. read more...


18/05/2017

Isbjorn - Isbjorn Offshore: Riding the Azores High

Before we dive into the start of our trans-Atlantic, let's recap our arrival and layover in Bermuda. If you haven't seen it yet, check out a few videos we posted on our Instagram (instagram.com/59northsailing) and Facebook pages (facebook.com/59north) - they show better than I can tell how it went down.We had a SERIOUSLY gnarly arrival in Bermuda, the wind building and building from the SW as we made landfall south of Gibb's Hill light. We made it all the way on celestial, so it was special seeing the lighthouse appear before the dawn right where we'd hoped it'd be. Cool stuff. With the sunrise came the wind, but gradually at first. I'd shaken the reefs once the sun came up and about six other boats were visible ('We are PASSING them!' I commanded). And we did, blowing by all of them as. read more...


18/05/2017

Yoda - Leaving Bermuda

Well that was quite the start ! Motor sailing down the town cut was emotional. I never wanted to leave Bermuda... until I checked the bank account. The first day at sea had very little wind, but it did bring an awe inspiring sunset. Just as it held the horizon for the last few minutes of splendid beauty we had 5 common dolphins swimming and jumping at the bow. I haven't seen this since we left Gibraltar and I think they were just a sweet reminder of what we are going back too. I had to use an app to figure out what constellations I was looking at as it's the clearest night and there are more stars than any land lubber will ever see. 01:30 what the hell is that over yonder it looked like a huge orange segment and was so bright it frightened me at first. The moon is back shining the way. I. read more...


18/05/2017

Starblazer - 18/05/2017 – Bermuda

My apologies if I have already posted some of this information already. Unfortunately we had a minor crisis when the computer couldn’t start up yesterday as we were getting ready to pull up the anchor.No computer would mean no e-mail, no weather forecasts, no GRIB files and no blogs!When it couldn’t restart the computer offered to try to mend itself (clever computer) but warned that we would lose recently added programmes.What it didn’t mention was that recently added files would also disappear.I have lost all the blogs written on the computer since the day we arrived back in Nanny Cay last November.Grrrr!Shortly after we anchored in St George’s Harbour, Bermuda we were hit by winds of up to 45 knots, not fun especially as we had to re-anchor in possibly the worst of it.In the afternoon,. read more...


17/05/2017

Timshel - Bora Bora to Suwarrow Day 2 - 3

Slow progress in light winds.We are now in a world of our own again as our nearest companions Zeeland and also Owl and Exit Strategy put on their engines and motored ahead. We never quite ran out of wind so carried on sailing slowly, there is still 1000 miles to go to reach Niue (assuming one can get fuel there?) so don't want to be too profligate with the diesel yet.During the night, both Steve and I saw a bright green/white flash in the sky - meteorite or shooting star?, similar reported by other boats during the morning SSB net.Put up the cruising chute (first time since had to cut it down on Marquesas leg), seemed OK, broad reaching and making some northing (as forecast says weather better N of 14 degS). The sail really needs hand steering, so took it down before dark and set poled. read more...


17/05/2017

Lexington - 5/17/17. 14°. 33? south. 156°. 56? west

It is 5:00 on my watch. We have had a nice improvement over the past several hours. Yesterday afternoon we were about ready to start the engine but elected to rig the twin head sails and head more north than the rhumb line while expecting the winds to slowly improve and come back to a more easterly direction. The initial more northerly course was because the winds were from the south south east and we need to sail downwind with our twin head sails. As the winds backed to the east we are now able to head directly to our destination downwind using the twin headsails with out changing anything but our course. I am sure there are good reasons why not many people use twin headsails but I do not know enough to know why. We are ahead of a catamaran with a brand new expensive parasail while. read more...


17/05/2017

Aurora Polaris - 15.-16. Mai 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Mandag var «fridagen» vår. Den ble brukt til å kjøpe stålwire for å erstatte den som røk kvelden før. Vi hadde snurret den rundt «davidene» (jeg aner ikke hvordan det skrives) og trodde vi hadde fått opp begge. Det viste seg at den ene ikke var løst opp, dermed røyk den. Heldigvis for oss, hadde skipshandelen akkurat det vi trengte, og dermed kunne vi bare gå videre bort til AVIS og leie bil for å kjøre rundt øya. Denne gangen fristet det med en liten Renault, el-bil, en sånn som man må «tre på seg». Det var riktig trangt om saligheten, men noe tryggere å sitte og filme og fotografere enn om jeg skulle sitte bakpå en scooter. Noen resultater er postet på facebook, og noen er på bloggen vår, forhåpentligvis. Vi ble ikke mer oppløftet av å se hele øya. Moorea var mye penere!Lunsjen ble på. read more...


17/05/2017

Lexington - 5/16/17. 15º. 06". south. 155º. 52" west

We are sailing along today in light air (6-7 knots) only doing about 3-4 knots. It is hard to keep from turning on the engine to make better speed but I am often reminded that good sailors do well in light winds. On the big leg from Galapagos to Marquesas one boat did not motor at all. We motored for 5 days at low rpms and only about 4-5 knots. They arrived 8 hours after we did. They have a very nice fast boat with three good sailors and they were about to go crazy for the first few days of very light air. They tried any and everything to make progress as if they did not have an engine. I was asked to explain a parasail. It is a type of down wind sail. It is usually colored and balloons out in front of the boat like a spinnaker. It has a halyard to raise it and two lines on each bottom. read more...


16/05/2017

Yoda - Just over 12 hours

Wow what a crossing that was…from not enough to way too much wind we had it all ! Dragging anchor morning was not a fun event and for the sailors that were out at sea it was even less fun I have heard. At least we had nice men handing over Dark and Stormy'sat anchor. Thank you again for that it was really appreciated !What a great group of people from the yellow shirt and socks to the sailors sailing across. We have had a fabulous time here an Bermuda, it is such a beautiful place and the people are most welcoming. We decided to rent a couple of mopeds along with a few of the other ARC yachts and go to see the America’s cup boats. What an adventure speeding down the motor way the wind in my hair AC/DC Thunderstruck playing in my ear, I really felt like I was riding a Harley Davidson. LOL. read more...


16/05/2017

Lexington - 5/16/17. 15 °. 34? south.154°. 54? west. Headed to Suwarrow

So it is 2:00 and I am on watch. The wind is just behind the starboard beam at about 7-8 knots. The seas are flat and we are motoring. I am sure some good sailors would be getting a little sailing in but we get a little inpatient and light winds often flap your sails around and cause wear. The winds are supposed to improve late tonight. I have seen two meteors tonight. I saw one when I just started my watch. Then I caught myself looking around the sky for another while thinking that that was silly…they are not that common….and then another one streaked across the sky on the other side of the boat. We have about 2/3 of a moon. It is nice and light out. We are coming up to the point where boats have to decide what they are doing. All boats have the option to drop out in the middle and. read more...


16/05/2017

Timshel - Bora Bora to Suwarrow Day 1

Back to rally mode after 7 weeks or so cruising French Polynesia, the fleet is reduced to 20 with boats either electing to stay in French Polynesia for a year, going on independently or awaiting repairs (Forget Me Not) (hopefully we will meet up with them all later on), and the 20 divided into two groups of 10 due to restricted space at Suwarrow and Niue, so only 10 started on Sunday afternoon.Who would sail out of the pass under spinnaker?Hanna of course - well Parasailor.Conditions were pretty light once outside, Chuck set his new Parasailor on Exit Strategy and Laura Dawn, who had been committee boat caught up with her Asymmetric.We settled for wing and wing.Time to get back into night watches and passage making mode.By next afternoon there was even less wind, some squalls had brought. read more...


16/05/2017

Timshel - Society Isles

We paid a quick visit to Huahine, taking care to give the outer reef a good offing - we had been warned about the Pogo (a racy type of yacht) that had been picked up by a wave and dumped on the reef - fortunately all the people were OK. Then hurried on to Raiatea as we hoped to get the electrician there to fix our Raymarine autopilot. he thought the hydraulic pump was stuffed - but great news they had one at the chandlery in Tahiti and it could be airfreighted (with help from the agent Laurent).So we went to the neighbouring island of Tahaa (its in the same lagoon) and snorkelled in the coral garden - very impressive lots of very tame fish. Then waited for our part.Unfortunately when it came it was completely the wrong thing, an electric pump for a wheel not hydraulic, they never had the. read more...


Misto - Bora Bora
Misto - Bora Bora
Misto - Bora Bora Yacht Club
Misto - Bora Bora Yacht Club
16/05/2017

Misto - Days 123-129: Bora Bora, cyclone Ella and eagle rays

Bora Bora is the quintessential South Pacific Island.The image is of a sparkling turquoise lagoon, steep green hills and hotels with thatched bungalows built on stilts over the water.We arrived on May 9 after a rolly passage from Raitea as the weather was already being influenced by the tropical depression that was to develop into cyclone Ella.The weather also meant that the mooring field of the Mai Kai marina was very bumpy and so we sought refuge around the corner to the north at the Bora Bora yacht club which was considerably more sheltered.The weather pattern continued to be unsettled so we decided to stay put on our mooring ball for a few days.We rented a car with Andrew from Laura Dawn and circled the island - its only about 31 km!It became clear that the beauty of the island. read more...


15/05/2017

Lexington - 5/15/17 Back at Sea

It is 3:00 and I am on watch. We are back at sea on a 600 mile leg to Suwarrow which is an atoll along our route. From there we will head to Niue which is an island further down the route.  We are sailing along nearly dead down wind with our twin headsails. Some boats have gone a little further north because of the weather report. We are on the direct course with two other boats. We are hoping that the weather will not be bad or that much different over such a short leg. The good news is that we are ahead and behind two catamarans that are flying brand new parasails. Parasails are relatively newly developed down wind sails. They are expensive. They are fast and can be sailed at night because they are not likely to cause trouble. I am sure if the wind were to pick up a lot, like. read more...


15/05/2017

Aurora Polaris - 10.-14. Mai 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Våknet til gråvær i dag. Temperaturen like god, kanskje enda bedre når sola ikke steiker slik den pleier. Dro av gårde kl 9 med formålet å stoppe på vaniljefarm og siden dra rundt Taha’a for å ankre opp på andre sida av øya.Vi fant oss ei bøye, og etterpå dro vi inn med «Shamal» sin dinghy. Der, utenfor barneskolen, stod ei dame med en gammel pickup for å hente oss. Hun kjørte oss til hjemmet sitt, og vi fikk innføring i dyrking av vanilje. Vaniljeplanten er en orkidé, og den vokser som en slyngplante på andre trestammer, som gir planten den skyggen den trenger. Blomsten på den, må bestøves manuelt, fordi fransk Polynesia har ikke den bien som kan gjøre jobben for dem. Det betyr at de i blomstringstiden må gå hver eneste dag i blomstringstida for å bestøve hver enkelt blomst, som. read more...


14/05/2017

Lexington - 5/13/17. What I got for $510

Well I did my third kite boarding lesson today. It is the last day possible. We leave tomorrow. I was a little late because the chop and wind were bad and it is a long dinghy ride. It is about 3 miles across two areas of bays. The lesson went relatively well. I did a little better but there is a lot of room for improvement. I will send a video if it will go thru. May fair winds fill your sails with ships.....friendships are the best ships!  BobMy instructor Video.MOV. read more...


14/05/2017

Nordik Light - Near Key West, Thursday, May 11, 2017

Near Key West, Thursday, May 11, 2017So here we are, motor sailing along at 9 knots on a course of 350M, recently emerged from the Old Bahama Channel.  The current ran a knot or more against us all night and is against us now, as we run up the east side of Cay Sal Bank.  This crewman thinks we will begin to find less current against us as we head for the main body of the Gulf Stream, where we will get a on board for a 3+knot boost north.  First time sailing in this area, but third crossing of the GS, the world’s largest river.  It is a beautiful day, with a sunny sky, a few small, scattered clouds and fairly calm seas, swells 2 to 3 feet. With the favorable conditions forecast, we had left M dock at Nanny Cay at 0800 Saturday, as planned and were soon leaving the. read more...


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13/05/2017

Lexington - Bora Bora Tour 5-12-17

We rented a car to tour the island today. It is a beautiful island but there was not as much to see as there appeared to be on the other islands. That sounds a little spoiled. Bora Bora is largely populated by hotels with cottages on stilts over the water as far as you can see. There are lots of locals in traditional housing. You can have a small hut next to a large hotel. We ate a nice lunch on the beach at the south end of the island. See below.We also went by the Bora Bora Yacht Club which looked nice. Several of the boats are staying there. Some of it was very nice but some of their cottages had black plastic over the roofs where they were in disrepair. It was hard to tell if anyone was staying in them.Restaurant sheeting area on the dockView out the front of Bora Bora Yacht. read more...


13/05/2017

Wethomi - Windy days and Bermuda far away for Wethomi

Wind was forecast. And it came and waves with it. But more of both than expected. But with sails at towel size at least we were sailing in the right direction. Than the coldfront arrived. Thundershowers, heavy rain, wind force 7-8, gusts 9. Behind the front the wind turned to north. Thats where we want to go to. No chance to reach Bermuda with those strong winds and big waves on the nose. So for hours now we are sailing more or less in a 100 miles distance from Bermuda without approaching any further. We just hope that the wind will eventually go to sleep as predicted. Arrival Bermuda not before sunday.. read more...


12/05/2017

Starblazer - 11 &12/05/2017 – Whether the weather, whatever the weather

Whether we like it or not! This was a speech therapy rhyme remembered frommy first few months in infant school, but it adequately describes the lastfew days! The highlight of Wednesday was possibly the beef carbonnade,however the wind finally picked up a bit and we managed to turn the engineoff at 2200.That marked the end of a 29 hour motoring stint, with a briefpause when the fresh water cooling reservoir needed topping up.That fewminutes confirmed why we were motoring, the mainsail was hanging limply andthe boat drifted backwards with a bit of sideways!The wind stayed with us for 24 hours, at times we were averaging 8 knots for2 consecutive 3 hour periods.This stunning progress encouraged us to startthinking about an early Friday morning entry. The day’s run to noon was avery. read more...


11/05/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob 5/10/17 Bora Bora

The major bit of news is that I did a kite board lesson today. I had to take the dinghy for about 4-5 miles in choppy water. The instructor was very nice. We went right to it. So on the first lesson I flew the kite, learned to change the position, learned to land it, learned emergency release, walked forward, backward and sideways while controlling the kite, controlled the kite with one hand, turned a 360 and let the kite drag me left and right thru the water. I go back Friday for another lesson. You are right. If I was all that smart I would act my age. May fair winds fill your sails with enough to get air without passing air! Bob. read more...


11/05/2017

Isbjorn - Isbjorn Offshore: Ghosting Through a Placid Night

9 May, 0400Despite the early hour, there's the slightest hint of the coming dawn in the sky to the east. The night is crystal clear, and crisp. For the first time since November I have on a fleece to ward off the chill. And thanks to the northerly wind, it's a DRY chill, a feeling I've been looking forward too all winter long through the oppressive Caribbean heat & humidity.The wind came back at midnight, a light northerly, but enough to set sail. We'd been motoring since dinner time on a flat calm sea. Though our course should have been due north, the best we could make in the new breeze was 045 on the compass, about 030 true.0500As the nearly full moon sinks in the west and the sky lights up in the east, we're headed. 045, then 050. Frustrating. I tack, managing some fancy footwork. read more...


11/05/2017

Wethomi - Nightmare and paradise

A calm night. Wethomi moving constantly under motor. Lonely watch under the stars.Suddenly smell of electric fire. Smoke. "All men up!"Motor off. Electricity shut down. Look into the motor compartement: No fire! Uff!What happened? Took some time to find out that the main alternator cables had burned and disconnected. After a provisional repair of some hours we could continue into the beautiful morning.Later the wind came back. But from the wrong direction: directly onto the nose. So we tacked and had a wonderful sailing day with a nice breeze, little waves, sunny sky, delicious wahoo fish meals. Only our arrival in Bermuda will be much later now. Probably we will the last boat arriving. So what?What else happened?Sundowner with a red sun on one and a full moon on the other side, wahoo. read more...


Misto - Practising for cultural events - Raitea
Misto - Practising for cultural events - Raitea
11/05/2017

Misto - Days 120-122: Around Raiatea

We came down from Baie Hurepiti on Tahaa to the town of Uturoa on Raiatea early on May 6 as we have learned the hard way that shops close at lunch time on Saturdays.We passed Skyelark going the opposite way and they suggested using a Dream Charters mooring ball.No sooner had we attached to one than a dream charters boat captain informed us that we could not use them on Saturday's as they were needed by the owners.So we went on into the town dock.In the prevailing fairly benign conditions, there was only a little swell pushing us onto the concrete dock and later in the day we were able to move to a different position where we were facing more into the wind and the swells.This was a great base for exploring the town and made it easy to visit the supermarket.On Sunday morning we attended. read more...


10/05/2017

Starblazer - 10/05/2017 – A different day.

Yesterday the sun reappeared, for most of the day anyway.The wind, on the other hand, reduced even further, barely reaching the heady heights of 8 knots!All this means one thing; we have been plodding along on the engine since 1700, though we should have given in rather sooner. There was one brief spell when the wind piped up a bit, from about 6 to 12, when a squall came through yesterday afternoon.It was almost certainly part of a front which has been lurking around and the wind veered from southeast (starboard tack) to west (porttack).The mainsail went across easily however the genoa was poled out to starboard and was too far off the wind to be helpful so we rolled it away.During the brief but heavy shower two boats, motoring on a parallel course to us on our port side, quickly pulled. read more...


10/05/2017

Wethomi - Wahoo day on Wethomi

On the "road" again. After 5 month of cruising the caribbean islands we are now on the ocean once more. Back home to the mediterranean sea. After a nice start at Tortola where we crossed the starting line under parasailor we soon reached the open sea. It took us a while to get into the long range modus again. But once our Monitor windsteering had taken over the helm, the watergenerator was running, the fishing line was out and the sails were set we could lean back and enjoy the wide open ocean. Good reaching winds were pushing us fast to Bermuda. The waves were stressing our stomachs. The sky was beautiful.Two days of wonderful sailing were followed by "Jokel"-days. Jokel is our reliable diesel engine and as the wind went sleeping he took over.Yesterday it was so calm that we stopped the. read more...


10/05/2017

Aurora Polaris - 4.-9. Mai 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Oppdateringene kommer i bolker nå. Vi har jo ferie – hele seks uker i fransk Polynesia, og den nærmer seg nå slutten. Klarte å komme oss videre fra Tahiti den 5.mai. Da måtte vi stoppe på Moorea, eller seile direkte til Huahine, som lå om lag 75 nautiske mil fra Moorea. Kaptinnen var ikke så gira på nattseilaser når vi ikke må. Vi la oss på anker i nærheten av Hilton Resorts. Det var litt billigere enn å bo på Hilton med priser på far 500-1300 dollar pr.natt. Der var badestrand, korallrev og massevis av aktiviteter for unge og spreke folk. Vi valgte bade-/snorkleaktiviteter rundt båten. Etterpå dro vi til neste resort, Intercontinental, for der skiltet de med skilpadder og bading med delfiner. Vi hadde lunsj der, og etterpå gikk vi rundt og kikket og fotograferte. Nå er det slik at vi. read more...


10/05/2017

Aurora Polaris - 28. April 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Det øyriket vi nå befinner oss i, går under samlebetegnelsen Fransk Polynesia. Den første øygruppa heter Marquesas. Av de øyene har vi besøkt Hiva Oa, Ua Huka og Nuku Hiva. Alle disse øyene har høye fjell, og det er relativt dypt vann rundt. De er svært fruktbare, og leverer frukt til de andre øyene rundt omkring.Neste øygruppe er Tuamotu. Disse øyene består av korallrev, og har rikelig med kokospalmer. Der besøkte vi Takaroa, Fakarava og Kauehi. Det vi har erfart her, er at de lever av kokospalmene og det havet kan gi dem, det være seg fisk, skalldyr eller perleproduksjon.Der vi nå er, kalles Society islands. Disse øyene har både høye fjell og korallrev rundt. Det betyr at de nyter alle fordelene disse to landskapstypene gir, og bærer også bud om høyere befolkningstall og større. read more...



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