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16/06/2016

Ximera - Leg 3, Log Day ?? (Penultimate day) – Flying to Lagos

Normal 0 false false falseEN-GB JA X-NONE/* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;}When it rains it pours. Since we last post we have:Seen a ginormous whale on our way into Horta (it was swimming parallel to the boat, about a boat length away, and was about as big as the boat. Very amazing and a little bit scary). Had several crew changes: 1. Our Great Lakes sailor John returned to the great lakes. read more...


Ximera - Leg 3, Log Day ?? (Penultimate day) – Flying to Lagos
Ximera - Leg 3, Log Day ?? (Penultimate day) – Flying to Lagos
16/06/2016

Adagio - Hazardous Duty Pay

Doing the dishes after a meal is a noble cause.Trying to save water, minimize trash and waste and making sure things get clean are all in the forefront of consideration when taking on the daily task.Without getting in to any 'discussion of 'roles' aboard, I do a lot of dishes. I figure it's only fair-share tasking for the great meals I enjoy aboard.Last night was a bit different for me as I started the post-meal cleanup chores.Most of the dishes were cleaned and racked for drying and I reached for the big pot as the last item of the evening.Just about then I hear from the helm "here comes a good one" ....Even when properly braced and secured there are times when it would be best to simply be sitting down.This was one such time, and when Adagio tilted over my downhill foot, even though. read more...


16/06/2016

Second Wind - YB Connect Message from Sylvie Furtado

In honour of our skipper Eduardo M Furtado s/v Second Wind. Eduardo was born on the small island of Terceira, Azores and grew up in a family of seven with love and care. They relocated to Angola and later returned to continental Portugal. While living on that small island a dream was born; the ocean looked so appealing Eduardo started drawing submarine, hoping to one day travel the ocean and live out great adventures. His dream was put aside when as a young man he left his loving family to make a living in Canada. Then,as often happens, obligation prevented the dream from unfolding, but the sailboat photos on the wall and the annual visit to the boat show with his children kept the dream alive. About 17 years ago, he finally purchased his first sailboat and started sailing towards bigger. read more...


16/06/2016

Tinia - Last 200

Last 200 miles to go of our 4000 mile trip home, time seems to be slowing down even though the boat is speeding up, we are flying along surfing down waves at up to 12 knts. The cooking and fishing is suffering as its become almost impossible to stand up with the waves and rolling, we only managed two meals yesterday and they were only two courses (Tuna sushi,followed by a cheese fondo)Roll on Portugal x. jl for the Brixton Boat Club. read more...


16/06/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 55. Vanua Balavu, Lau Islands, Fiji. 17.17.612S 178.59.056W

Tuesday, 14 June.After somewhat abrupt ending to the last blog, sent before it was really finished, we had reducing winds and great sailing in spite of the rain, until Friday evening, when the wind dropped and headed us.We then had some motor sailing until the wind got up again in the early hours of the morning and we had trouble keeping our speed down in order to be at the pass into the area known as Exploring Islands in daylight. When this came, it was grey and rough and there was a moment when we thought we would not be able to see our way in, but the sky lightened and by 09.00 we were making our approach to the pass and by 11.00, we made the anchorage off Lomaloma. We had followed all the way points given in the skipper's briefing, we made it without seeing any reefs or depths of. read more...


15/06/2016

Saving Grace II - Log Day 9: Soggy & Moist

Log Day 9: Soggy & moist!Departure from Bayona was a little soggy to start with, but by mid-afternoon we enjoyed the best sail of the rallyIMG_0635. read more...


Saving Grace II - Log Day 9: Soggy & Moist
Saving Grace II - Log Day 9: Soggy & Moist
Saving Grace II - Log Day 8: Wonderful lunch at O Follon
Saving Grace II - Log Day 8: Wonderful lunch at O Follon
15/06/2016

Saving Grace II - Log Day 8: Over the Hill

Log Day 8: Over the HillHiking the rocky hills above O Follon proved hugely rewarding with possibly the finest lunch of the trip so far! IMG_0644. read more...


Saving Grace II - Log Day 8: Over the Hill
Saving Grace II - Log Day 8: Over the Hill
15/06/2016

Second Wind - YB Connect Message from Sylvie Furtado

Wow only 239 nautical miles to go! Something to put a smile on our faces. You all know the day "be carful what you wish for". WIND, we got a good wind and sail away however we could have done without the squalls last night and this morning, up to 40 knots. We have a third reef on and very little Genoa out, prudent is good. Since 3 AM we have came across 8 cargo ship. They average 235 meters. We watch to keep out of their way. We are all well and look forward to Lagos, Portugal. Have a great day!Sylvie--Transmitted by Sylvie Furtado using YB Connect (www.ybtracking.com). read more...


15/06/2016

Saving Grace II - Log Day 5: Arrival in Bayona

Log Day 5: Arrival in BayonaUpon arrival in Bayona, having got ourselves across Biscay, the next navigational challenge was finding the rally office!IMG_0640. read more...


Saving Grace II - Log Day 5: Arrival in Bayona
Saving Grace II - Log Day 5: Arrival in Bayona
15/06/2016

Saving Grace II - Log day 3: Across Biscay

Log day 3: Across BiscayAfter hours under engine, the weather gods blessed us with some lovely sunshine and an opportunity to add some colour to the blue horizon. IMG_0630. read more...


Saving Grace II - Log day 3: Across Biscay
Saving Grace II - Log day 3: Across Biscay
15/06/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 157: Mystery Resolved

Today was a day packed full of so many different things that it's a little difficult to decide what to mention. This morning we decided to get up early and go ashore straight away, since we knew we had a three hour journey ahead of us and didn't want to leave too late. We also wanted to satisfy our curiosity regarding the strange looking village of Haamene. The first thing that struck us though, was all the birds we could hear.This was definitely the quietest and most peaceful anchorage we've been in since Salinas, Puerto Rico and the surrounding scenery was very picturesque.The mystery of the bizarre looking buildings was resolved and turned out to be a school and the village administration buildings.The tower that looked like it had a guard on watch was actually the steeple of a church. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 157: Mystery Resolved
Paw Paw - Log Day 157: Mystery Resolved
Paw Paw - Log Day 157: Mystery Resolved
Paw Paw - Log Day 157: Mystery Resolved
14/06/2016

Tinia - Last leg

Its day two of the last leg to Portugal, 810 miles, we had been motor sailing til 2am this morning when we finally got enough wind to sail. Luke caught and filleted his first solo Tuna yesterday and we'v seen some more whales and dolphins. Seem to spend most of the calm days cooking and eating. 540 miles to go ,jl. read more...


15/06/2016

Aliena - Miercoles 15 de Junio 2016

Ayer a las 10h, despues de dos dias a motor sin viento y lloviendo llegamos a Vanua Balavu. A medida que nos acercabaos a la isla veiamos los numerosos arboles y palmeras sin ramas y casas con aspecto ruinoso. Al visitar el pueblo vemos casas destrozadas, arboles enormes arrancados de raiz, la tienda solo con las paredes...hace unos meses un huracan los dejó en este estado. Solo la iglesia y la escuela han sido reconstruidas. En esta zona los huracanes se forman al Norte, en las Islas Salomón, bajan a Fidji y desde aquí toman una dirección, pero aquí no se libran. Esta mañana con mucha pena le hemos dicho adiós a Giampi, que vuelve a España y va a pasar el Indico como una exhalación. Hasta la vista Maximo y Miguel Angel.Carmen. read more...


14/06/2016

Second Wind - YB Connect Message from Sylvie Furtado

This message is for Jeff, one of the crew that left us in Santa Maria. We hope you had a safe trip home and enjoy the company of your wife and kitty while having the comfort of your home. In the meantime, we want you to know that you are missing out on all the goodies on Second Wind but above all we want to thank you for you help throughout this trip. Yes, the pro-active dude that was first to see the far away vessels and those black clouds. Setting up the sail prudently. So long and till the next sailDA Skipper and DA crew on Second Wind--Transmitted by Sylvie Furtado using YB Connect (www.ybtracking.com). read more...


14/06/2016

Second Wind - YB Connect Message from Sylvie Furtado

We're closing in on our final destination of Lagos, on this, the last leg of an unforgettable trip.Sails have gone up and come down more frequently than on previous legs, but spirits remain high as we enjoy great food, scenery and company on relatively calm waters.We are still getting regular visits from the dolphins who love to play in our bow waves and the longer days have allowed for some spectacular dinner-time sunsets.It would be tempting to stay out here forever, enjoying life at sea and the companionship of all those who make up the fleet (it was nice to hear from Testarossa when they flew by this morning, as has been the routine for the last few legs,) but just as the driving force of the wind can only be harnessed with the ballast of a keel in the water, the passage we've made. read more...


14/06/2016

Adagio - How do you top this?

One of the dilemmas I faced about signing up for the ARC Europe Rally was the fact that during the time we were to be saling across the Atlantic Robin and I would be celebrating pour Tenth Anniversary.Now, usually I try to make a pretty big deal out of our Anniversaries and there have been times set aside for special trips or events to commemorate our years together.This year, however, presented a special challenge.My thinking was; "How do I get away with something like a special time together, a great weekend getaway, or a special event kind of thing when we are already going to be traveling to the Azores???" I mean, come on ..do I try to pass this off as "Hey sweetheart, I've been trying to figure out a really special place to spend our Anniversary ... How about I take you to the. read more...


14/06/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 156: A Rather Strange Looking Place

It was another early start to get ashore to use our data service at the Post Office so that Roy could get some banking done which he was unable to do using the wifi in Baie D'Avea.Elaine used the opportunity to Facetime Brooke and William which certainly started the day off on a good foot. Then we had to get some provisioning before heading back to Paw Paw to weigh anchor and set sail for Raiatea and Tahaa.With 15 to 20 Kts of wind it was lovely to be sailing again instead of motoring.We had, however, forgotten about our "good friend", the South Pacific swell which made for a rather rolly passage and an interesting entrance through Passe Teavapiti, the access through the barrier reef to the lagoon at Uturoa, the main town on Raiatea. Once inside we had time to enjoy the very pretty. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 156: A Rather Strange Looking Place
Paw Paw - Log Day 156: A Rather Strange Looking Place
Paw Paw - Log Day 156: A Rather Strange Looking Place
Paw Paw - Log Day 156: A Rather Strange Looking Place
13/06/2016

Dashzani - On our way again

Sadly we say goodbye to Bayona and Spain tomorrow. The people, especially at the yacht club, have been so welcoming. Thank you also to our ARC hosts for providing a great itinerary. Lunch today at the water mills was very superb! Portugal here we come...Andrew & SWadeFullSizeRender. read more...


Dashzani - On our way again
Dashzani - On our way again
13/06/2016

Second Wind - YB Connect Message from Sylvie Furtado

Not much happening right now, very light wind or no wind so we are very happy to have long range power or good volume of diesel. Yesterday's forecast predicted the formation of gale but it's far enough from us. We hope to have some wind effect and start sailing instead of powering later today. All are well aboard Second Wind and already into the comfort of our routine. Later....Sylvie--Transmitted by Sylvie Furtado using YB Connect (www.ybtracking.com). read more...


13/06/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 155: " It's Raining Again..."

Today we'll go with the 1980s band, Supertramp - "It's raining again..." since we woke to another dull, gloomy day and,yes, more rain.The good news though, is that the sun eventually came out around noon and the sea turned to the most magnificent colours of blue.About two hours later the weather had completely cleared and we were able to move anchorage.Nota moment too soon according to Elaine as she started to have serious concerns about Roy's sanity levels when she found one of the laptops in the fridge this morning. So, we'reback in Fare for the night before we make our way to Tahaa tomorrow.We were also hailed by Nina earlier in the day as they too had decided it was safe to move.To celebrate we all headed toHappy Hour and Dinner at the Huahine Yacht Club and thoroughly enjoyed seeing. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 155: " It's Raining Again..."
Paw Paw - Log Day 155:
Paw Paw - Log Day 155: " It's Raining Again..."
Paw Paw - Log Day 155:
13/06/2016

Aliena - Lunes 13 Junio 2016

2º dia de Tonga a FijiSeguimos con este invierno tropical fresquito. Mañana llegaremos a nuestro destino con cuidado de no tropezar con ninguna isla, pues Fiji al igual que Tonga es un archipielago de varios grupos de islas. En realidad son dos islas grandes Vanua Levu y Viti Levu rodeadas de 300 islas y atolones. Sus habitantes son mezcla de polinesios y melanesios y de indios que fueron llevados como esclavos y creo que hoy en dia superan a la población aborigen. A medida que vamos al Oeste del Pacifico sus habitantes son mas feos. Espero que aquí no pase.Carmen. read more...


12/06/2016

Second Wind - YB Connect Message from Sylvie Furtado

The Azores:For any of you that travel and look for different destinations, the Azores islands are great places to visit or even retire. Every island has somethings to offer. For me, food is number one then followed by the sceneries. One of the best way to see them is by hiking and taking a ferry from one island to the next. I have no idea about accommodation because we lived aboard our catamaran. When you travel that far by boat, land time becomes very important, one good reason to join the ARC Europe and have all these social events with your fellow sailors. These were filled with joy, information and great stories. We are on our way to Lagos, Portugal with all these great memories and look forwardto meet our sailor friends to celebrate the end of this grand voyage. Sylvie. read more...


12/06/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 154: "I Beg Your Pardon, I Never Promised You a Rose Garden..."

The 1960s song by Lynn Anderson springs to mind today - " I beg your pardon. I never promised you a rose garden, along with the sunshine.There's got to be a little rain sometime! "And rain we have had.Along with unabated winds.Relentless in fact.We spoke to Nina today by phone and their anchorage is no better.We heard Do Over on the VHF radio speaking to Corango and things are just as bad in Raiatea and Tahaa. So, although patience is not one of our virtues, we're trying to make the best of it.Every phone, tablet, laptop, chartplotter and navionics chart has been updated using the wifi we can pick up from shore. Every chore and Do List item that can be done, has been done. Elaine has played her saxophone, done her exercises and made various baked goodies. Roy has cooked up a storm in the. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 154: "I Beg Your Pardon, I Never Promised You a Rose Garden..."
Paw Paw - Log Day 154:
Paw Paw - Log Day 154: "I Beg Your Pardon, I Never Promised You a Rose Garden..."
Paw Paw - Log Day 154:
12/06/2016

Aliena - Domingo 12 de Junio 2016

1º dia de Vavaú a FijiLa persistente lluvia de ayer nos hizo volver camuflados a Neiafu y amarrarnos a una boya, de donde esta mañana a las 6,00h hemos salido con destino a Fiji, a la isla de Vanua Balavu. Son 290Nm de las que ya hemos hecho 56. Huimos del nubarron de Neiafu aunque nos sigue tan de cerca que a veces nos remoja. Le estan empezando a salir ramas al mastil. Ayer salió Giampi, con lo que hacemos la travesía solos aunque por detras llevamos cinco o seis y el resto ya deben de haber llegado, uno de ellos, Spirit, perdió la helice y lo han tenido que ayudar. Vamos bien pero hace dia de quedarse en casa.Carmen. read more...


10/06/2016

Aliena - Viernes 10 de Junio 2016

Ayer hicimos la salida del Reino de Tonga. Ante la previsión de mal tiempo nos quedamos amarrados a una boya en Neiafu. Esta mañana al despertarnos ha comenzado a llover y a pesar de eso hemos salido con destino a Tapana, una islita cercana del grupo Vava´u, habitada por una familia española, con idea de saltar el domingo a Fidji. De camino a Tapana hemos entrado en Port Morelle y al ancla estamos a la espera de "tiempos mejores". Ahora a las 20,50h seguimos con la lluvia persistente como si fuera Macondo.Carmen. read more...


11/06/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 153: Where in the World Are We!

Well, the blustery and overcast weather continued today, but much improved from yesterday and is expected to continue to improve over the weekend.If the forecasts are correct,we're hoping to move to Fare, on the northwest coast of Huahine,either tomorrow or Sunday, so that we can do some provisioning before heading to Raiatea or Tahaa on Monday or Tuesday andnot a moment too soon. We're starting to wonder "where in the world are we" and perhaps have entered a parallel universe, where the South Pacific as we know it, is no more.It didn't help that the Dutch couple we met today from Vela, one of the yachts who have shared the anchorage with us through this storm, have been sailing here for three years and have never seen weather like this during the sailing season. On a positive note, it. read more...


10/06/2016

Lerina - Santa Maria

Aujourd'hui vendredi, fête nationale au Portugal, nous avons quitté Punta Delgada et fait route au sud vers Santa Maria. Il ne devait pas y avoir trop de vent et pourtant la journée nous a gratifiés d'une belle journée de voile au près bon plein sous 15-20 nœuds de vent. Un vrai régal dans une mer plate ou nous avons atteint de bonnes vitesses 8 nœuds par moment. Bien sur, Lerina s'est révélé moins rapide que certains bateaux modernes de la flottille ARC mais nous avons quand même apprécié la navigation après ces nombreux jours où nous avons beaucoup subi la mer. Demain, nous visiterons l'île qui s'annonce très différente des autres iles de l'archipel déjà visitées. Elle est plus méridionale, plus chaude, plus aride. Dimanche ce sera le départ pour Lagos. Y aura-t-il du vent ? On suit. read more...


Dashzani - Leg 1 Completed Successfully!
Dashzani - Leg 1 Completed Successfully!
10/06/2016

Dashzani - Leg 1 Completed Successfully!

Dashzani makes it safely to Bayona after a calm but great trip across Biscay. Both crew and boat are all well and very excited to be in Spain. DZ & CrewIMG_0969. read more...


Dashzani - Birthday Boy in Biscay
Dashzani - Birthday Boy in Biscay
Dashzani - A special birthday fly pass by a very low Lear Jet!
Dashzani - A special birthday fly pass by a very low Lear Jet!
Dashzani - Visit in the night from Pete the Pigeon
Dashzani - Visit in the night from Pete the Pigeon
10/06/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 152: Not Quite the Paradise, but Close Enough

Last night was indeed a very long night, as the worst of this winter storm passed over us, while we stood anchor watch, in less than desirable conditions. The winds never turned E/ESE which would have given us more protection behind the hills.So, instead, we endured sustained winds of 27 to 33 Kts, gusting to as high as 39 Kts at one point. Fortunately the sea state was not uncomfortable and Paw Paw held her ground, not dragging an inch. So too did the other yachts in the anchorage, thank goodness. Today remainded blustery, rainy and miserable, so Elaine decided she wasn't even getting out of bed. She did, however, take the time to study all the cruising guides and charts on the Society Islands we have yet to visit. In particular, searching for at least one anchorage per island that. read more...


10/06/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 54. 17.40.52S 177 27. 11W. At sea en route for Vanua Balavu

Today is Friday 10 June, we are approx 59 nm from the way point giving us a safe arrival point off the coral reef surrounding Vanua Balavu and the pass through the reef. It has been a few days of classic sailing dilemma.Do we leave Tonga as planned after clearing out on Wednesday with a forecast of strong winds and rough seas, the latter being an issue rather than the former as the winds are in a very favourable direction.Or do we wait for the gale to the south to pass south east of us, by which time, there will be very little wind.We had decided on a compromise and with permission from Customs and Immigration to stayed another day after checking out. We hoped to have at least 24 hours of favourable winds, a promise of reducing seas and, hopefully, calm weather for getting into the pass. read more...


09/06/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 151: A Long Night

We had a good night weatherwise last night, all things considered, but the worst of the storm is forecasted to hit tonight. We also heard from Do Over today who left for Tahaa on Sunday and they've changed anchorages a few times in order to get the best protection.It's definitely going to be a long night for a lot of sailors in the Society Islands, but we can't help but wonder about the rest of the WARC fleet. They are currently suppose to be enjoying free-sailing time in Tonga and Fiji, but these winter storms are coming all the way up to the lower latitudes, which is extremely unusual, passing over them first before making their way eastward to us.It didn't help matters to see on the news that these storms have given Australia's Gold Coast the worst in years. We trust that Do Over in. read more...



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