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12/05/2016

Hejira - Routine

Hejira being a heavy solid cruising yacht, needs a ‘bit of a blow’ to get her going. The light sailing conditions experienced since the period of squalls has provided good relaxed sailing but it has also meant that the lightweight production yachts have ‘got away’ and we have slipped back down the fleet. As we are now over half way (a milestone celebrated with a beer) to Bermuda, we are able to begin to focus on our arrival time, it being important to arrive off St. George’s in daylight to negotiate the narrow entrance channel and ‘clear in’ with Customs, Immigration and the Port Authority. The ARC organisers kindly provided us with the myriad forms to be completed so we should be prepared for the inevitable onslaught of bureaucracy. Ollie joining the crew is a complication but at least. read more...


12/05/2016

Aliena - Miercoles 11 de Mayo 2016

Roberto es un italiano, que habla frances y parece tambien. Hace dos años llegó a Tahaa y alli se estableció. Tiene un hotelito llamado Perle de Tahaa, en cuyo restaurante cenamos añoche. El sitio en cuestión esta en un lugar muy bonito junto a la laguna, al igual que el resto de hoteles de la zona, pero las habitaciones no estan sobre el agua. Decorado con cosas tipicas locales, pero con buen gusto, es acogedor sin llegar a ser pretencioso ni mucho menos de lujo. Roberto rapidamente entabla conversación con los clientes com si fuera tu amigo. Anoche, despues de cenar, hablamos con él un rato y nos dijo que la habitacion en su hotel cuesta 1000€ la noche sin desayuno. Da igual donde estes y el modo en que llegues, somos una sociedad decadente.Carmen. read more...


12/05/2016

Aliena - Martes 10 de Mayo 2016

Ayer cruzamos a Raiatea, que encontramos mas habitada que hace 8 añoas y tan llena de veleros, transmundistas como nosotros, como Ibiza en el mes de Agosto. Estamos en Taha, la isla de enfrente y que comparte laguna con Raiatea. No para de llover. Estamos al oeste de la isla, enfrente de Bora Bora, en un lugar que llaman Coral Garden y buceando esta mañana hemos visto que es realmente un jardin de coral. En esta isla se dedican al cultivo de vainilla y de tiaré, la flor polinesia por excelencia. Tiene cerca de 5000 habitantes que viven, como en todas estas islas, en casitas, con una piragua en la puerta, alrededor de la isla-montaña, al borde del mar (mejor dicho de la laguna interior).Carmen. read more...


11/05/2016

Adagio - Not much wildlife, but a great ride!

We've been at seas for three days now and have not managed to spot a single, solitary example of ocean wildlife ... unless you count the flying fish.I'm concerned about those fish .. they seem confused about the boundaries of water and air and for whatever reason they tale to flight, it just never lasts. Oh sure, some of them can travel quite a ways, but eventually they must face the reality of ground effect aerodynamics and suffocation and plop back into their home environment.I really worry that the stress of such duality leads to depression among the species, as can only be surmised by the suicidal ones that land on our deck from time to time.If only we could talk to them!Explain that life is worth living and that it's GOOD to be a fish that can fly.But no, they just won't listen and. read more...


11/05/2016

Lerina - Pour faire avancer un voilier, il faut du vent !!

Amer constat !! Le ent a molli toute la journée.Elle a bien commencé avec 10 noeuds de travers. Dès l'aube, nous avons lancé le genaker et tout est allésuperbement bien jusqu'à4 heures de l'après midi où le vent est tombé en dessous d 5 noeuds. Pétole !! Le moteur ronronne depuis 17h15 et nouscraignons de le garder jusqu'à l'arrivée. Pourvu qu'on ait assez de fuel pour 48 heures. Je me demande comment les autres gèrent la situation. Autrement toujours pas de poissons au bout de la ligne !! Tout va bien à bord.Pascal. read more...


11/05/2016

Adagio - Finally had to give in....

..and start the engine up.We thought we had a pretty good thing going! Winds were steady but not necessarily brisk, but we still managed a respectable 5-ish knots from the gennaker and the forecast looked like the winds would clock around and come more southerly so we could fly even more light air sails. But noooo ...glassy smooth water and the lightest whisper of a breeze and after about 3 hours we did the math and decided we'd like to get to Bermuda before August so we'd better motor for a while.Funny things, these forecasts are always subject to change depending on actual conditions :)Nevertheless, we've enjoyed a great ride up till this point and if you have to motor, it's best when the seas are a glassy smooth as they are for us right now.See you soon in Bermuda!GaryS/V Adagio. read more...


11/05/2016

Hejira - BLISS !

At last! Wonderful sailing. No purple patches on the radar, a steady F4 on the beam, full sail and ‘munching the miles’ at a sprightly 7 knots. We even have some patches of blue sky. All is well again.Stephen, who crewed on the Trans-Atlantic to the Caribbean, contributed so entertainingly to the blogs, adding some levity to my sterile sailing centric accounts. He has clearly read about my tardiness in relieving Barry from his watch and has offered this advice in an Email:-Dear Barry,So sorry to hear that ‘He who shall not be named’ has slept through your attempts to rouse him. Being late on watch was a lashing offence on the last trip so I expect to see the pictorial evidence shortly.In the meantime here are a few suggestions to help:-1.       The 69th. read more...


11/05/2016

Ximera - Log Day 4 – Best possible news

With only a few lulls, the last 48ish hours have been incredible sailing – wind on our beam at 10-15 knots, gennaker up, surfing the waves, flying along at 7-9 knots of boat speed: exactly what we all came for.The boat is incredible. Comfortable, fast but solid, easy to handle.Will’s skippering style is perfect – generally serious, a trait you prize in a situation where your life depends on competent leadership, but relaxed when appropriate. First-mate Michelle is equally well suited to the voyage: pragmatic and knowledgeable, packaged in friendly warmth. Simon is splicing and whipping his way to maritime sainthood. We’ve just waxed philosophy and had a polemic on theft in general (when is it justified?), and modern-day copyright piracy in particular. The chemistry on board makes you. read more...


Ximera - Log Day 4 – Best possible news
Ximera - Log Day 4 – Best possible news
11/05/2016

Free Spirit - Cruising Along

10 May 2016We're cruising along off the coast of Haiti now.Last night we had our usual laser light show with lightening in the distance, but fortunately nothing up close and personal.We had our share of squalls as well, accompanied by wind shifts, gusts to 34 kts, and copious amounts of rain.Makes you appreciate the cockpit enclosure when on watch.Everyone is settling in and finally able to catch a decent amount of z's when off watch.Amazing how some good shut eye will change your perspective on life.Once again we are wing on wing and progressing according to schedule.Andrea & Mikesv Free Spirit. read more...


11/05/2016

Exody - May 10th: halfway to Bermuda- savouring the Trades

The skies are clear, the quiet seas are blue and the trade winds are still gently blowing as Exody reaches directly north at just over six knots.Cabin temperature is 28 degrees - the same as London today. This is sailing as it should be - and as it has been for a fair amount of our twenty two month, 30,000 mile plus trip away from home waters, mostly in trade wind belts.Now we are eking out the last of the trade wind pleasures since, all too soon, we will begin to experience the North Atlantic westerlies and weather systems. But not before an expected windless stretch through the doldrums.We passed the halfway point to Bermuda this morning with our three day's runs to noon since the start on Saturday 7th being 136, 150 and 151 nautical miles. The passage has been unusually busy with. read more...


11/05/2016

Lerina - Du vent mais pas pour longtemps ....

La journée a été plutot agreable: du vent, pas de pluie, une bonne pizza au diner préparée par Yves. On a inflechi notre route pour profiter au maximum du vent. On est à 390 M der l'arrivée et les deux derniers jours risquent de se faire au moteur (pas de vent !!). On reçoit bien le routage de Michel. On n'a pas attrapé de poissons. On ne croise pas grand monde sur l'eau. Tout va bien à bord. Pascal. read more...


10/05/2016

Exody - May 7th - "Contestants its time to plate up!"

The Masterchef analogy, coined by Steven of Adagio at the bar last night, is a great one to describe the fear, tension, anticipation and excitement in the final run up to the start of an ocean passage!Forty four boats are assembled at Nanny Cay, Tortola, for the passage to USA or Europe via Bermuda including a handful heading straight for Florida. For Exody, it will be about six days at sea.It is nearly two months since we completed our last ocean passage in Grenada. So, just like a potentially fine meal, the ingredients are together- fuel, provisions, water - but some of the detail stuff has not quite been done and 'presentation' leaves a little to be desired. Just check the storage gloryhole that Exody's forecabin has become since the crew moved out in April, the dust everywhere after. read more...


10/05/2016

Starblazer - 10/05/2016 – BVI and onwards towards Bermuda

Thursday and Friday in Nanny Cay passed in a blur of activity: safety check, washing, cleaning the log impeller, haircut for me (the best one in over two years!), shopping, farewell dinner, skippers’ briefing, ‘Happy Hours’ and a final BBQ.The start was at midday on Saturday with nearly 40 boats on the start line though the Florida bound group had left earlier as they were taking a different route out of the Virgin Islands.We were within the first 6 or 7 boats to cross the line, brilliant for us!Shortly after the start the huge Advanced 80 came powering past us at probably more than twice our speed, and we were doing well.That’s the last we saw of them.The wind freshened as we reached the western end of Great Thatch Island and needed to gybe.We copied several boats ahead of us and tacked. read more...


10/05/2016

Adagio - Log Days 2 and 3-Limerick Day

Day 2 was our settling in day, getting used to seeing each other at our just-out-of-bed-but-on-time-for-my-watch-best. Good sailing most of the day, no whale sightings, 2 tropic birds, and some GREAT CHILI made by Robin. A wonderful uneventful day at sea.Day 3 is Nautical Limerick Day!! Here are just a few of the NLD winners:A nautical limerick is easyAs long as your stomachs not queasySo use every trickTo avoid getting sickMaking limericks is then easy-peasy! Last night on my watch I had traffic Not one but two ships-it was grafic I love AIS But I won't be a pest But these ships on my course can cause havoc.Those two ships that passed in the nightOne was all covered in lightAdagio sailedWhile Anthem regaledAnd soon they were both out of sight. There was an old sailor named Hun A naked. read more...


09/05/2016

Adagio - Adagio; Sailing Along

Adagio starts day three of the rally having enjoyed favorable, if gentle, winds along our route.Yesterday evening we dodged a few squalls and at times had steady 20-25k winds with a couple of puffs near the squalls approaching 30 knots. All went well and there was no excitement other than the exhilaration of skating by the storms. Following that we ran into a quiet zone with no wind at all so fired up the engine, made headway and charged the battery bank. We've seen three or four big ships along our way including the "Allure of the Seas" (what a light show!), two cargo vessels and a Car Carrier ship. The Allure was visible several miles before it showed up on AIS because it lit up the overcast sky like a rising moon! The car carrier was oddly shaped, making 21 knots and we got a 0.9nm. read more...


10/05/2016

Free Spirit - Winging it

9 May 2016Our fishing efforts yesterday left us empty handed, so we had to settle for spaghetti for dinner.Then the wind shifted on us and we had a rather bumpy night with lots of lightening in the distance, but no drenching squalls in our neck of the woods.Fortunately it's settled down and we're winging it past the Dominican Republic… sailing wing on wing and making decent speed.We're amusing ourselves with knot tying practice and solving the world's problems.. read more...


10/05/2016

Hejira - On the cusp

With such a featureless horizon, the passing of a cargo ship one and a half miles astern becomes noteworthy. The AIS data suggested it was heading for Portsmouth but not whether that is Portsmouth Virginia or Hampshire but judging from its course, it looks like Portsmouth UK although that is a Naval port……..The temperature has dropped sufficiently to render sleeping less of a sweaty ordeal and more of a pleasure and the return to sailing as opposed to motoring means I can open my transom portlight without suffering the ingress of diesel fumes. Having said that, the wind has been capricious and we have been ‘on the cusp’ of sailing/motoring for most of the day. With the wind increasing on the edge of the squalls, we even reefed at one stage and tracking other AIS signals, it is clear that. read more...


10/05/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 120: Happy Mother's Day

A Happy Mother's Day to all those mothers that were celebrated in various parts of the world today.For Elaine, her day started bright and early with a phone call to Keenan.Then it was a made dash to get to the main road for Olga and Denis to pick her up en route to Sunday Mass at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Papeete to hear the singing by the local choir. This was something that the Tourism representative had recommended and we were not disappointed - It was absolutely beautiful to hear and we'll worth the early start to the day.By the time Elaine was dropped back at the marina,Roy had fitted our new cockpit fridge, washed down the deck and cooked a Sunday brunch for Mother's Day. Besides getting to play her saxophone and enjoy a lovely two hour afternoon nap, the highlight of her day was. read more...


10/05/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 121: Making Headline News

Before Olga and Denis head for Bora Bora tomorrow,we enjoyed another day with them, lazing around the pool at Le Meriden, before enjoying a late lunch of Nutella Crepes and Café at a local Creperie. By then it was time to catch the bus back to our marina, with promises to see them again after their return to Tahiti and before they head home on Saturday. Before we know it, it'll be time to say our goodbyes once again - Time waits for no man!In between our busy schedule though,Olga and Denis still managed to find the time to stumble upon an article on the 2016 World ARC Rally in one of the local magazines - It brought home just how much many of these islands rely on the contribution cruisers make to their economies,particularly a rally like the World ARC, where 150- 200 sailors arrive at a. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 121: Making Headline News
Paw Paw - Log Day 121: Making Headline News
Paw Paw - Log Day 121: Making Headline News
Paw Paw - Log Day 121: Making Headline News
10/05/2016

Aliena - Lunes 9 de Abril 2016

Amanece un dia de perros. A las 6,30h ponemos rumbo a Taha. Hemos estado desde ayer al medio día fondeados en la parte Este de la Isla delante del Relais Mahana, donde anoche intentamos cenar pero a la vista del castigo de las camareras del restaurante pagamos la cervecita que nos habiamos tomado y dejamos que siguieran castigando a los elegantes huespedes del Relais. Debe ser parte del todo incluido. La salida del lugar es complicada pues tenemos que bordear la isla por la laguna interior hasta la salida a la altura de Fare, el pueblo de la isla. En estos momentos con un mar cruzado incomodo y viento suave estamos de camino.Carmen. read more...


10/05/2016

Ximera - Log Day 3 - Making Tracks

Last night and tonight we covered some serious ground at respectably high speeds. On last night's 8 pm- 2 am watch, we had around 16 knots of wind and travelled at up to 9 knots on a beam reach (with the wind blowing perpendicular to the length of the boat). With practically zero visibility, it was quite unnerving to be hurtling into the black nothingness at such breakneck speeds. "I feel like we're flying," Michelle said to me (Jonas) at one point. A moment later, we slid down the face of a particularly long wave. "Now I feel like we're surfing," she said. She was right, surfing we were.The morning brought lighter winds and we hoisted the gennaker (a mix between the genoa, a large fore sail, and a spinnaker, the parachute-esque sail that is often multi-colored, only used when sailing. read more...


09/05/2016

Aliena - Domingo 8 de Mayo de 2016

Fondeados al Este, entre la isla Huahine y el motu Murimahora, en el mismo lugar que hace ocho años vemos como ha cambiado la isla. La influencia del cielo cubierto y lluvia hace que ahora parezca en blanco y negro. Hace fresco y el motu en otro tiempo casi desierto ahora se ha llenado de casas con perros pulgosos que disuaden a cualquiera de pasar al lado del mar. Ciertamente tienen motu propio. En este fondeo tranquilo con sonidos de gallos y perros, un individuo que se acerca al barco en piragua y no lo oigo hasta que lo tengo dentrás, me da un susto de muerte. El sujeto no sabe o no puede hablar me hace entender que se llama Paul Paul y me enseña una libreta cuidada donde colecciona firmas de los distintos veleros que pasan por allí. Ademas parece ser que el sujeto ha sido guia. read more...


09/05/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 44. Moorea and Huahine. 16.43.25S. 151.02.45W

Wednesday, 4 May.Went ashore in good weather and good time in walking gear with cameras and binoculars.We also took a couple of Jane's shirts, to give to the man and his wife in return for the pineapples, which we think went down well.He gave us more rambutan and would have given us another large fruit, but we really didn't want to carry it on the walk.Anthony went for the advanced trek with Ben and Sam from Wishanger, while the rest of the crew went for a more moderate hike with Claudine and Brian.What a wonderful place to walk, with well marked trails from the Valley d'Ananas to the Belvédère in the Valley d'Opunohu. We saw pineapple fields, forests, mareas and crossed the rivers several times. There were some lovely birds, friendly locals and an atmosphere of peace and quiet, enjoyed. read more...


09/05/2016

Free Spirit - Mothers' Day at Sea

8 May 2016We were doing great until about 1 am when the wind died and we had to start motoring.Then the squalls came through and put on quite the light show while dousing us with rain.We were very thankful when we safely put all the lightening behind us.With dawn came a new day that brought sunshine, though no wind to speak of.We celebrated last night's catch by having wahoo and grilled pineapple for breakfast.The line is out again and we'll see what we can do.If all else fails, we'll have spaghetti for dinner tonight.Andrea & Mikesv Free Spirit. read more...


09/05/2016

Hejira - Squall dodging

The early promise at dawn soon condensed into heavy cloud and with lightning and thunder came torrential rain. I couldn’t understand why a yacht in front we had been tracking on AIS, turned left and ran at 90 degrees to its previous course but this soon became clear with the massive wind shift that accompanied the rain. Poor Barry when he emerged had had a terrible time trying to sleep in his cabin in the fore peak, already dubbed ‘the washing machine’, every lurch in the heavy swells put pressure on his recently broken nose and he swears it had been further dislodged. He did look as though he had recently applied mascara but he refused suggestions to use a different cabin – he must be a masochist. Light winds throughout the day meant that we used the engine to maintain our pace. The. read more...


08/05/2016

Free Spirit - And we're off!

7 May 2016Mike made a quick trip in to town to clear customs, and we headed to sea about 9 am.It's a beautiful day for sailing with lots of sunshine and 20 kts of wind.We're excited to finally pull away from the dock and be on our way.Free Spirit is having a nice downwind run with just the genoa.We enjoyed jerk chicken for dinner and just as we were prepping for the evening, we got our first hit on the fishing line.We landed a 36 inch wahoo and made short work of him.Andrea & Mikesv Free Spirit. read more...


08/05/2016

Free Spirit - In the Ready Position

6 May 2016Free Spirit has been scrubbed, equipment tuned, gear stowed, and provisions loaded.We have been in Nanny Cay getting ready for the passage home.Trying to make sure we've anticipated and planned for all possibilities.There's always the nagging question of what am I forgetting, but looks like we've got the bases covered.Our safety inspection is complete, skipper's briefing with final instructions attended, and rally office cleared.One of our crew is already aboard.David is a very bright, outgoing type and expert sailor.Alex, our other crew member should arrive tonight.He's the enthusiastic young man who made the passage down with us.We are delighted to have good crew for the passage.Andrea & Mikesv Free Spirit. read more...


08/05/2016

Ximera - Log day 2 - Great Start & Barracuda

Hi everybody, this is Jonas again, your friendly logger from the yacht Ximera.As everybody on the ARC Europe knows, yesterday was a beautiful day of sailing to kick off the 6-week sail from the British Virgin Islands to Portugal. Blue skies, 18-25 knots of wind, and boundless cheer all around. Some ginormous 70+ footer blew everyone else out of the water, but besides that, the fleet was for the most part tightly packed until we made it out of the bay and headed North to Bermuda.I haven't raced boats in a while, but upon reflection, what a silly thing it is. I'm not talking about dingy races - those are good fun - or professionals circumnavigating the globe a la the Volvo Ocean Race. I am talking about the  yachties in the local Wednesday or Saturday night club races. Off duty. read more...


Ximera - Log day 2 - Great Start & Barracuda
Ximera - Log day 2 - Great Start & Barracuda
08/05/2016

Lerina - n depart laborieux ...;

Apres avoir pris un bon depart nous voici en galere depuis le milieu de la nuit avec un vent faible qui tourne en permanence .... et il en faudrait plus pour que LERINA avance bien. . Ce matin vers 9h00, nous avons subi un orage tres violent avec de beaux coups de foudre et de tonnerre. C'est pas tombe tres loin. Mais tout va bien; un vent de direction plus etablie devrait nous donner de meilleures conditions bientot.Tout va bien a bord.Pascal. read more...


08/05/2016

Adagio - Log Day 1, And we're off...

So,how to title the first log? 'To Whom It May Concern'? 'My Dear ARC Rally'? 'It Was A Dark and Stormy Night'? I don't want this to be mundane because we're out to win a prize, but I'm going with mundane anyway. First of all, a huge thank you to the Rally Staff. You all made the start process so enjoyable. Your smiling faces will be a welcome sight in any port. Nanny Cay was lovely, as always, although a little steamy this year. It's so fun to meet all the other participants and hear about their travels, and travails. We had a good showing crossing the start line, right in the middle of the pack. Our speed is holding at 6kts or better, the sea state is calming down, we're into our third watch (Gary, from 6-9), everyone is getting rest and snacking and drinking lots of water. I put that. read more...


08/05/2016

Hejira - Day 1

We had a clean start off Nanny Cay with the 40 ARC yachts heading west on a broad reach to clear the islands. Of the ARC fleet, there were different rallies sharing the same start, some were heading straight to Florida, most going to Bermuda but with some of those heading on up to Virginia. The giant Apsaras from Hong Kong carved through the fleet and was gone. At 23 metres she is far and away the largest yacht in the rally and she must have been too big for the Marina as I hadn’t noticed her in Nanny Cay. Gybing around the end of Great Thatch Island the wind which had been up to 28 knots between the islands dropped to next to nothing in the lee and we ran the engine for 3 minutes to clear the wind shadow. Passing to the west of Jost Van Dyke, we enjoyed an excellent beam reach in a. read more...


08/05/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 119: Ode to the Little Things in Life

While Olga and Denis took the ferry over to Moorea for the day,we stayed on board to catch up on some chores, the highlight of which was doing the laundry.Elaine never thought she could be so excited over a washing machine,but it was a delight and worked perfectly. According to her, this gift was right up there with her Piano and Saxophone! It made laundry day sooooo much easier - Ode to the Little Things in Life! This evening we enjoyed sundowners, along with Nina, on Do Over before we went ashore to meet Olga and Denis for dinner, followed by a show at the hotel, Le Meriden, where they are staying. It was fascinating to see the fire dancers and the Tahitian dancing never fails to mesmerise us. adf840cc-c376-4b92-8f5d-ee863c48c2232003776209 57be71a0-05fc-4d96-a2a7-3507d40b5e5085795815. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 119: Ode to the Little Things in Life
Paw Paw - Log Day 119: Ode to the Little Things in Life
Paw Paw - Log Day 119: Ode to the Little Things in Life
Paw Paw - Log Day 119: Ode to the Little Things in Life
08/05/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 118: Continued Tour of Tahiti

This morning was full of excitement - We were up early to meet Olga and Denis and then head to Papeete to pick up our new washing machine and their airtickets to Boro Boro. Once that was done we continued our tour of Tahiti. This time the west coast.First stop was the Grottos of Mara'a, a series of beautiful natural caves. That was followed by a visit to the remarkable Vaipahi Spring Gardens with pools said to have healing powers and a magnificent waterfalls situated in the heart of the lush tropical gardens. After lunch at the Guaguin Museum, our final so was Paea, where we stopped at the beautiful archaeological site of Arahurahu marae, an ancient sacred place dating back to the 10th century.With time to spare and all our tourist selections completed,we went in search of another branch. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 118: Continued Tour of Tahiti
Paw Paw - Log Day 118: Continued Tour of Tahiti
08/05/2016

Aliena - Sabado 7 de Mayo 2016

Las Islas de la Sociedad estan en la fase intermedia de evolución. El volcan ya se ha enfriado y comenzado a hundirse (1 centimetro por siglo) y ya tienen barrera de coral y laguna alrededor. ayer tarde dejamos Moorea, que en pocos años se ha llenado de hoteles y casas, acordes con el entorno, pero con turistas no tan acordes: les gustan las motos de agua, las lanchas rapidas y en consecuencia horrorizar a los animales marinos que hasta hace cuatro dias compartian la playa con los nativos. A las 8,30h., hemos entrado en Huahine, descubierta para los europeos por Cook en 1769. De momento la he encontrado tambien mas poblada. Parece que es de las pocas en la que los nativos han decidido cultivar algo de huerta. Vamos a verCarmen. read more...


07/05/2016

Hejira - To the line

Just as in Antigua, the supermarkets seem to have a high proportion of Waitrose products and we actually bought a couple of bottles of Waitrose Prosecco to tast on our arrival in Bermuda and then, hopefully, to tast on our arrival in the Azores. It cost $8.55 which equates to about £6 and could, from memory, be cheaper than in Waitrose back home – must be something to do with tax….Yesterday being another stiflingly hot day, having done our washing and hung it out to dry, we found an hour to visit the beach for a cooling swim. Unfortunately Barry, having had a tree fall on him before he left, he was left with a broken nose and unsure if he could clear his ears if they became waterlogged, he declined the swim and sat, sensibly, in the beach bar.The ‘clearing out’ process suffered from the. read more...


07/05/2016

Lerina - J-1 a Tortola

Aujourd'hui, vendredi, nous sommes à la veille du départ. Il fait toujours aussi chaud.Les formalités de douane et de police ont été effectuées à la marina et dans une atmosphère plus détendue qu'a l'arrivée.Le "skippers briefing" nous a donné les informations sur les modalités de départ et d'arrivée. Nous partirons demain pour les Bermudes a 12h, heure locale. Nous sommes finalement 26 bateaux à partir pour l'Europe. Se joignent à nous pour le départ, 18 bateaux qui rejoindront les côtes américaines soit directement soit en passant par les Bermudes.La météo s'annonce plutôt clémente avec très certainement des périodes de pétole qui nous forceront à utiliser le moteur (a priori a l'arrivée aux Bermudes). Le dernier dîner à terre nous a vu déguster de bonnes grillades sur la plage ..... read more...


06/05/2016

Hejira - Final preparations in Nanny Cay

Our ARC safety inspection passed muster so it was on with more jobs and preparation. We decided to increase the size of the pin which prevents the Watt & Sea bracket from turning - up from 8mm to 10mm. The trouble was that 10mm drill bit broke and all the kit in the chandlers is imperial. It’s strange how the BRITISH Virgin Islands are so American. They drive on the right, the currency is US Dollars, the power is 60 Hz (so no AC), the diesel was bought in US Gallons, eggs are ‘over easy’ and we are berthed on ‘slips’…Our arranged rendezvous with Nellie (Gini’s cousin) and Richard was postponed as Richard had had an accident with a saw and was struggling with heavily bandaged fingers so we attended the ARC Farewell supper which turned out to be surprisingly good. We met the skipper. read more...


06/05/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 117: Doing the Touristy Thing

Today was another day of doing the Touristy thing. After arranging a car and with a picnic lunch prepared by Elaine,Olga and Denis picked us up at the marina for our tour of the island.We started off driving clockwise around Tahiti Nui, the larger portion of the island. Our first stop was the lookout point at Tahara'a,then onto MatavaiBay where Samuel Wallis set foot upon Polynesian shores in 1767, followed by Venus Point, with the only lighthouse on Tahiti, built in 1867 by Robert Louis Stevensons' father. When we got to the Araahoaho Blowhole, which powerfully pushes air out and sprays seawater reminiscent of a geyser, we decided it was the perfect spot for our picnic lunch.With tummies full, we headed to the east coast, passing Bougainville's Anchorage where two French ships under the. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 117: Doing the Touristy Thing
Paw Paw - Log Day 117: Doing the Touristy Thing
Paw Paw - Log Day 117: Doing the Touristy Thing
Paw Paw - Log Day 117: Doing the Touristy Thing
06/05/2016

Aliena - Jueves 5 de Mayo 2016

Desde el 24 de Abril hemos estado en Marina de Papeete, haciendo un poco de turismo, visita Oftalmologo y un mucho de reparaciones y puesta a punto del barco, lo normal. Hoy al medio dia hemos dejado Papete y ahora estamos al ancla en Moorea, enfrente a unas 15 nm. Adios a Tahiti Nui y Tahiti Iti, preciosa a pesar de estar entrando su capital en una decadencia que no se hacia donde la llevará, aunque aun le queda algo de glamour. Me queda el mal sabor de boca de haber pasado como una turista mas y no haber podido conectar con la gente local para preguntarles porque ya no quieren ser franceses y porque ya no dicen todos que son biznietos de Gauguin, como hace ocho años. Vamos a ver que pasa en otras islas. A pesar de todo es un lugar bendecido por la Naturaleza.Carmen. read more...


06/05/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 42. Tuesday, 3 May 2016. Papeete and Moorea. 17.30.22S 149.49.30W

A week has flown by since the last blog, where does the time go?On Wednesday 27 th we packed in as much sight seeing in Tahiti as can be done in one day with a hire car, including a walk up theFautaua Valley, but not as far as the waterfall as time did not allow. We did circumnavigated Tahiti Nui, but not Tahiti Iti and managed most of the coastal features in the guide book.The interior of the Island is steep and densely wooded, with masses of waterfalls and no doubt fabulous birds, but there are few roads of any sort and a guide would be essential.It is a really beautiful place, with the coral reef providinga fringe of calm waters leading to impressive surf. Inland there is the flat coastal strip where most of the population live and the dramatic, steep and craggy interior, intensely. read more...


05/05/2016

Lerina - Tortola - Les préparatifs

Nous sommes arrivés mardi midi et nous sommes mis sur une bouée dans la baie de Road Harbor pour faire les formalités de douane et de police. Je suis allé à terre avec Yves qui a bien patiemment garde l'annexe pendant que j'allais de bureau en bureau, remplissant mille formulaires, recueillant mille tampons et devant sortir 15 USD que je n'avais pas !Il m'a fallu trouver un distributeur de billets (qui fonctionne) et quinze litres de sueur plus tard, je pouvais arborer fièrement ma liasse de papiers et nos passeports dûment tamponnes.Nous nous sommes alors rendu à Nanny Cay, nous avons fait le plein de gasoil et Jean-Luc nous a brillamment inséré le bateau dans sa place (C7). Ce fut difficile car il n'y a guère plus de 15 mètres entre les bateaux et la sortie sera périlleuse aussi. Il. read more...



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