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02/05/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 113: Another Day of Unexpected Pleasures

Today was another day full of unexpected pleasures.Although Olga and Denis arrived late last night and we had originally planned to meet them at their hotel for brunch this morning, we realised a few days ago that it would not be possible as there is no public transportation that runs on a Sunday here and we, therefore, had to postpone our rendezvous until tomorrow. Instead, we ended up enjoying a fabulous Sunday brunch with our friends from Nina at the Pink Coconut,a restaurant right at the Marina Taina where we are moored. While serenaded by a local band,we enjoyed an array of food that was amazing and absolutely delicious, resulting in us all rolling out of the restaurant four hours later and heading to our respective yachts for an afternoon nap.What can we say - All that indulgence. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 113: Another Day of Unexpected Pleasures
Paw Paw - Log Day 113: Another Day of Unexpected Pleasures
Paw Paw - Log Day 113: Another Day of Unexpected Pleasures
Paw Paw - Log Day 113: Another Day of Unexpected Pleasures
01/05/2016

Paw Paw - Log Days 111 & 112: Saying Goodbye

Yesterday and today have been rather quiet days for the first time in a long time.Elaine has been playing her saxophone and making phone calls to family and friends. Roy has been catching up on some repair jobs, specifically,having to lap the cones on the clutch of our starboard engine and replacing the wind generator controller.We did, however,have our peaceful morning interrupted when the apposing current and wind turned Paw Paw very close to the yacht on the mooring ball next to us,forcing our hand to move sooner rather than later.Of course,with only one engine, we couldn't move until the clutch was reassembled. No sooner had we settled on our new mooring ball, when we had to start saying our goodbyes to the yachts that departed today - Zoom, Into the Blue, Wishhanger II and Blue. read more...


01/05/2016

Starblazer - 01/05/2016 - Famous Last Words!

Sorry, this is a lot longer than intended.We did not pass Guadaloupe within 10 or 11 hours as previously guessed!It took us nearly 12 hours to reach the northern tip of Dominica, about 35 miles from our position at 0200.The first hour we averaged 6.9 knots, the second hour a little less, then the wind started to disappear.Our speed dropped until we were drifting at 1.8 knots.I steered while John laboured away in the engine room, coming up for a large glass of cold water at regular intervals.We eventually ran the engine for a few hours to charge the batteries before the overheat alarm went off.Problem still not solved!Our intended track was to turn north between Guadaloupe and Montserrat which would then give us a better angle on the wind for Sint Maarten.Following this route would have. read more...


01/05/2016

Lerina - Équipage complet !!

Ce soir Yves, Jean-Luc et Thierry ont débarqué à Pointe À Pitre ... Les organismes ont du mal a s'adapter à la chaleur. Un bon petit planteur et il semble que tout le monde soit près à dormir.Le renfort prévu sur l'étai n'a pas été installé aujourd'hui mais devrait l'être demain matin juste avant le depart. La partie va être rude : rendre la voiture de loc, faire le plein d'eau, payer la marina, rendre les clefs, gérer l'annexe enfin bref si on est partis a 10 h' ce sera un exploit !! Pascal. read more...


30/04/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 110: "Counting Our Chickens Before They Hatched"

Based on the order in which yachts crossed the finish line in the Marquesas and discounting those yachts that would receive a DNS (Did Not Start) status,since they had started well ahead ofthe official start time for the Leg, as well as the fact that most of the yachts in our division needed the duty free fuel permit to take on diesel on arrival and would, therefore, be penalised for motoring time, we had estimated that we were definitely in the running for 1st place for Leg 4. The only wildcard was Maeva Maris who had been gaining on us towards the end of the passage.As our excitement mounted, we got the opportunity to reconnect with many of the yachts we hadn't seen since leaving the Marquesas and enjoyed a cup of tea and cake on Nina, before heading off to the prize-giving ceremony. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 110: "Counting Our Chickens Before They Hatched"
Paw Paw - Log Day 110:
Paw Paw - Log Day 110: "Counting Our Chickens Before They Hatched"
Paw Paw - Log Day 110:
30/04/2016

Lerina - Les derniers préparatifs avant le départ pour Tortola

La journée a été consacrée à l'approvisionnement en me concentrant sur les denrées que nous aurons du mal à trouver lors de nos deux prochaines escales (conserves en particulier). Il me reste l'appro en fruits, légumes et produits frais que je ferai demain.La météo s'annonce bonne; il est prévu dimanche 15-20 nœuds de vent de Sud-Est a Est ce qui devrait nous offrir de bonnes conditions de navigation vers Tortola.Depuis une dizaine de jours, la Guadeloupe subit ce qu'on appelle ici une "brume de sable"; le ciel n'est pas vraiment bleu mais gris, tout envahi qu'il est par des poussières fines venues du Sahara !! L'atmosphère n'est pas bonne pour les personnes soufrant d'insuffisance respiratoire ou les asthmatiques. C'est comme à Lyon par fort vent de sud !! La pièce de renfort de l'étai. read more...


28/04/2016

Lerina - Les alizés reviennent à PaP

Aujourd'hui fut une belle journée bien ventée (rafales à plus de 20 nœuds dans la marina). Je respire. De nombreux bateaux sont partis et d'autre sont arrivés, preuve que le vent est revenu. Les manœuvres ont souvent été marquées par le bruit sec des pièces en inox qui s'entrechoquent et les injures venant du bateau qui subit l'assaut !! Du boulot pour les chaudronniers du coin !!LERINA est entouré de 2 plus petits bateaux (POGO 30 a droite et un MALBEC 360 a gauche) qui n'ont pas l'air de vouloir bouger .... Tant mieux !!A deux bateaux à gauche, il y a un class 40 qui a couru la transat en double. Une belle bête qui a fait une sortie hier et qui est rentré au port avec un bout engage dans l'hélice (son ecoute de spi en fait) et qui s'est empêtré les safrans dans les bouées. Chaud donc. read more...


28/04/2016

Paw Paw - Log Days 108 & 109: "To Sail, or Not To Sail? - That is the Question"

While we sit on the trampoline, enjoying our sundowners and the setting sun behind Moorea, we are pleased with our decision, along with a number of other WARC yachts, not to join the rest of the fleet, the last of whom arrived today,in the Papeete Marina. Although it would be lovely to seefolks we haven't seen since leaving the Marquesas, we preferred not to look at the commercial dock or deal with the city traffic noise and pollution.We did, however, take the bus into Papeete yesterday to finalise our clearing in process and visit with some of the yachts that had already ariived, as well explore the city and enjoy lunch. We were disappointed to learn though, that the prize-giving for the longest leg of the circumnavigation was not going to include a dinner, but just a drink and. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Days 108 & 109: "To Sail, or Not To Sail? - That is the Question"
Paw Paw - Log Days 108 & 109:
27/04/2016

Allegro - 27 ABRIL 2016

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27/04/2016

Lerina - Les alizés reviennent .....

Il y a de nouveau du vent pendant la journée et le ciel est couvert. Les nuits restent très calmes et je goûte les bienfaits du ventilateur de la cabine !! Mes equipiers qui débarqueront samedi de métropole vont souffrir !!La révision du moteur a été faite et le mécano a decouvert un problème au niveau de la pompe à eau. Les roulements donnaient des signes de fatigue et au démontage le mécano a constate d'autres problèmes qu'il a pu résoudre heureusement. Comme notre vieux Perkins est un moteur appremment "rare", il a dû usiner une pièce et je me bénis encore d'avoir insister auprès de cet atelier pour faire la révision car autrement le problème n'aurait été ni détecté ni résolu au risque de tomber en panne au milieu de nulle part ..... Le desalinisateur fonctionne bien mais produit une. read more...


27/04/2016

Starblazer - 27/04/2016 - Rapidly becoming very frustrated!

First of all, I need to add three minor points to my previous blog.We were not the last World ARC boat to leave Rodney Bay; Exody expected to leave on Saturday afternoon, heading for Les Saintes off the south coast of Guadaloupe. On the way to Martinique John added a hook and wire leader to a new lure, dropped it in and within 10 minutes had a bite!He landed a beautiful 3.5 kg Mahi Mahi.I already had meat in the fridge which needed eating so we had Ceviche as a starter and the rest of the fillets went in the freezer.On the approach to Ste Anne the wind died so we started the engine.It quickly overheated so engine off, drift in roughly the right direction while John checks the fresh water reservoir.Sure enough, it was empty so once he refilled it we made our way to the anchorage.Tuesday. read more...


26/04/2016

Starblazer - 26/04/2016 - Playing catch-up

We eventually checked out from Rodney Bay, St. Lucia and untied ourselves from the marina at 1640 on Friday.A quick radio call to the marina informed us that the fuel dock closed at 1645 so we motored out into the bay to anchor for the night.By 0745 we were on our way back to the fuel dock, the third boat to tie up but, crucially, the only boat with clearance papers and thus the first in line for the duty free pump.EC€1.50 per litre or about 40p was fantastic!By 0830 we were away, heading for Ste Anne just outside the Cul-de-Sac du Marin on Martinique under Genoa alone.Martinique is really easy to clear in and out, without 'overtime' charges, whenever the marina office is open they charge €5 and you do it yourself on a computer.My only problem was finding the office because they have. read more...


26/04/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 107: Embracing Tahiti

Still in Watch Schedule mode we were both wide awake at sunrise, so we decided to start our reconnaissance early.First order of the day - Finding a boulangerie - Bingo - Deux grande cafe au lait, deux pain au chocolat, un croissant, un chaisson pomme - Delicious! Then we hit the Carrefour supermarket and we entered heaven! We have never been so excited to see a tomato or a green pepper, not to mention a lettuce or a decent steak. Needless to say, our mixed grill dinner of barbecued "melt in your mouth" New Zealand Angus Beef, New Zealand Lamb Chops,a fresh Green Saladand some GarlicBreadwas eaten in total silence, with the exception of a few blissful "uummms and aaahhs" from time to time. Of course, sad as this may seem, one of the other delights of the French islands is a decent. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 107: Embracing Tahiti
Paw Paw - Log Day 107: Embracing Tahiti
Paw Paw - Log Day 107: Embracing Tahiti
Paw Paw - Log Day 107: Embracing Tahiti
25/04/2016

Lerina - Panne d'alizés ?

Encore une journée très chaude .... Pas de vent ou presque ... J'ai du perdre plusieurs litres la nuit dernière !! Après le déjeuner, je suis allé sur la zone technique pour voir le mécanicien; je me suis ruer sur une glace (au citron bien sur) lors du voyage retour tant la chaleur était accablante.La coque a été nettoyée et les anodes sont En bon état n'ont donc pas été changées. Le desalinisateur a été contrôle: il fonctionne correctement, il me reste a changer les filtres. Il n'y a plus qu'à prendre soin du moteur.On est à moins de deux semaines du départ pour les Bermudes .... read more...


25/04/2016

Lydia - Rain and a gremlin

We didn't see as much of Huahine as we would have liked, but the rain was unrelenting. On Thursay morning we had a swim, did some shopping, had coffee at the"yacht club", and headed off for Raiatea. Not much wind, but dark clouds andlots of rain about. Five miles out, twenty miles from lay-up andmaintenance, the engine alarm burst ino life. That could mean oil pressureor engine temperature. The oil level has never given cause for concern, andwas last checked a few engine hours ago in Moorea. The temperature looked okon the guage. Inlet strainer checked, ok. The water pump felt hot despitethe guage. Impeller? Nothing for it but to return to Huahine, using sail asmuch as possible. Once there, I decided to change the impeller, which is apig of a job on this boat because of difficult. read more...


25/04/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 106: "Made It" in the "Nic of Time"

After a peaceful night sailing, we arrived in Tahiti at daybreak. Having gained permission from Papeete Port Control to enter the harbour and then transit the airport runway restriction zones (required because of the height of our mast), we made our way to the Taina Marina. We'll spend at least three weeks on one of their mooring balls while we enjoy spending time with Olga and Denis, who arrive a week today, as well as do some sightseeing. We did, however, make it in the "nic of time" as the heavens opened about an hour after we were settled and it hasn't stopped raining since. Unfortunately the beautiful clear turquoise water didn't last long either as mud and debris washed down from the nearby river.The pouring rain was a godsend though as Paw Paw got a great washdown and we took the. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 106: "Made It" in the "Nic of Time"
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25/04/2016

Aliena - De Toamotus a Islas de la Sociedad (Tahiti)

Domingo 24 de Abril de 2016 Hemos vistos 3 atolones preciosos. El último Toau, donde vive la luna. Esta abandonado con alguna casa fantasma con enseres alrededor que dan idea de que alli han vivido, pero es precioso: el agua totalmente transparente, desde el fondeo dentro de la laguna se escucha el mar fuera, que rompe contra el arrecife y tiene los colores violaceos tipicos del Pacifico. Ayer decidimos cambiar el fondeo e ir afuera, a una de las entradas, Anse Amiot, en realidad una falsa entrada porque no hay suficiente fondo, donde hay una casa habitada por la unica pareja del atolón, pero se habían ido a Fakarava a una boda. Así me quede con las ganas de saber porque estaba abandonado Toau. Como mañana tenemos que estar en Tahití, decidimos seguir y a las 18h., pusimos rumbo a. read more...


25/04/2016

Aliena - Las Toamotus

Los atolones fueron conocidos como el Archipielago Peligroso por los navegantes europeos. Magallanes fue el primero que se atrevió a atravesarlos y entrar en un atolón en 1521, pese a que ya eran conocidos. Eran islas rasas hasta que en el siglo XIX los monjes evangelizadores plantaron cocoteros para el cultivo de la copra. Dada la cantidad de ostras tambien tuvo gran importancia la produccion de madreperla, hasta que aparecieron los botones de plástico. Hoy en dia sobreviven con dificultad de las perlas, pesca ,turismo y supongo que de Francia. Hay mucha especulación sobre el origen de la población y el mestizaje pacifico que ha habido hace mas dificil saber los origenes. La navegación sigue siendo complicada aunque las actuales cartas aereas facilitan mucho las cosas. En realidad son. read more...


24/04/2016

Lerina - A 8 jours du départ pour Tortola

Coco s'en va aujourd'hui pour la métropole et je vais me retrouver seul jusqu'à l'arrivée de mes équipiers. Nous avons passé 3 jours chez Olivier et Sophie sur Basse Terre et nous avons bien récupéré. Hier soir, nous étions avec eux à PaP à l'occasion de l'inauguration d'une exposition sur le thème "Je consomme, je crée" au Mémorial Act. On a fini la soirée au bistrot "La cane à sucre" (très bonne adresse !).Dans la marina, la chaleur et l'humidité, sans un souffle d'air, est parfois difficile à supporter. malgré les ventilateurs. J'envie parfois les bateaux climatisés ...mais je me dis aussi que la vie que j'aime sur un bateau doit être simple et aussi proche que possible de la nature et qu'un peu de rusticité ne nuit donc pas. J'ai vu des bateaux américains dont l'équipage, à la peau. read more...


24/04/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 105: "Land Ahoy" - Tahiti

Words to describe today would include: Quiet, slow, overcast, dull, hot, humid. Words to describe tonight would include: Peaceful, slow, clear, bright, cool, breezy. The highlight, however,was "land ahoy" at around 1700 - Tahiti,with her towering mountain peaks, was visible at roughly 60NM out - Stunning! Of course this created great excitement, not only on Paw Paw,but also on Into the Blue, who hadn't noticed until we hailed them on the VHF to let them know, since they were a few miles behind us. Tonight though, guided by a full moon, we inch very slowly towards land, but at least we don't have the engines running!. read more...


23/04/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 41. Fakarava and Toau. 15.48S 146.09.E

Monday, 19/4.We left the mooring at the southern anchorage at about 08.00 and set about retracing our course down the middle passage.Most of the boats used the "inshore"passage which on our electronic charts is marked as having a 2 m patch, but we discovered later that there is a minimum of 10 m throughout.Passage north was much faster than passage south, with Koza, another 17 m yacht sailing/motor sailing parallel with us but down the "inshore" passage and slightly faster.Koza arrived first and picked up the last buoy, so we anchored further north than before and nearer the buoys that Do Over, Barabara Jean and Belafonte were still on.As we had missed 2 opportunities for eating ashore we arranged, via Fakarava Stephanie, a pick up from the Snack Shack, not a great place if you want. read more...


23/04/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 104: An Abrupt End to Our Respite

Although we have sailed thousands of miles to get to this part of the world, we have been somewhat disappointed by the fact that,during this WARC "independent sailing time", we have been unable to linger longer in the various anchorages and become better acquainted with the islands and their people.The primary reason for this has been the weather.In the Marquesas Islands most of the anchorages were susceptible to a very uncomfortable swell and torrential rain showers which washed mud and debris down the rivers and into the anchorages. The few that were protected had very few residents and no services. All of which restricted our stay.Unfortunately the weather has, once again, dictated a premature departure and curtailed our stay in Rangiroa. Since we want to make the Tahiti Rendezvous in. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 104: An Abrupt End to Our Respite
Paw Paw - Log Day 104: An Abrupt End to Our Respite
22/04/2016

Starblazer - 22/04/2016 - We have an engine!

The World ARC finished with a Parade of Sail from Marigot Bay to Rodney Bay via Castries Harbour on Saturday 9th.All the boats travelled in line, led by the smallest boat then in order of length.Starblazer should have been fourth in line but sadly couldn't take part though we did, thanks to a couple of boats.First of all we had to get to Marigot Bay so were offered a lift on a big motor boat which escorts the fleet every year.23 knots was stunning!Two boats kindly offered us a ride back to Rodney Bay; we opted for Chat Eau Bleu, an Australian owned catamaran with just Pete and Debbie on board.The reception on the pontoon was great, but tinged with sadness.First there was the euphoria of returning to what, for the majority of the fleet, was our departure point but the sadness was knowing. read more...


22/04/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 103: Worlds Apart, Yet Similar

Faced with the continuation of the unsettled weather, we put our plans to do a dive this morning on hold.Not wanting to miss the opportunity, we decided instead to have lunch at Snack Moetua, given that it's the first time we've seen it open for business again since last Saturday when the cruise ship was here.It was definitely worth the wait and confirmed why it was frequented by so many locals. Elaine had the Shrimp in a Curried Coconut Sauce and Roy had Tuna Carpaccio - Simply Delcious!After lunch we took a water taxi across the pass to the "Old Village"of Tiputa, a rather off the beaten track destination for most cruisers, but very interesting, nonetheless, as it gave us a wonderful perspective on how and where the locals live in their neat and tidy homes, set amongst pretty gardens,. read more...


21/04/2016

Lydia - Damp paradise

Fare is a nice little town. We picked up a visitors' mooring, secure andconvenient for the dinghy dock. There are a couple of restaurants, a goodsupermarket, various shops, fruit stalls, rubbish facilities, goodpay-as-you go wifi.But the weather is terrible! On our first night it blew hard. The wind wasfrom the NE, from which the bay is well sheltered, but with repeated galewarnings from Papeete MRCC predicting a shift to the NW, which would bestraight up the pass through the reef and at best uncomfortable. And therain has been continuous, we haven't seen the sun since Moorea.As I write, on our fourth day, the wind has dropped to nothing and Papeetehave ceased their gale warnings, which is arelief, there is a scend from the NW which is an irritant but not a problem,and the rain. read more...


21/04/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 102: A Day of Unexpected Pleasures

After a stormy night, we woke to sunshine, flat seas and calm winds.The perfect day to snorkel the "Aquarium" - the name given to the reef which surrounds the moto at the inner end of the Tiputa Pass. The minute you stick your face in the water, you realise just how apt the name is.The first thing that strikes you is the beautiful colours of the coral - yellow, shades of greens and blues, purple, red. It takes a few moments to then look beyond that and see the abundance of sealife.There were multitudes of fish, of every kind, including black-tipped sharks and an enormous eel, whose head and body was as thick as a dolphins. In fact, at first, we thought it was a dolphin trapped in the coral. The fish were so friendly they actually followed us around and came right up to our masks -. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 102: A Day of Unexpected Pleasures
Paw Paw - Log Day 102: A Day of Unexpected Pleasures
21/04/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 101: Interrupted by Mother Nature

Today was a fabulous day and our spirits have not been dampened by the unpleasant weather that has arrived this evening as forecasted - They got it right for a change, but we'd much preferred it if they'd got it wrong! It is the first time ever on Paw Paw that a bottle of wine has been flung off the cockpit table and all sorts of things flung around the galley.All of this while trying to get Gina and Andy, from Into the Blue, safely back in their dinghy after they stopped by for a visit.The culprit - A tropical depression which is passing south west of us, but the outer band causing strong winds on the bow and waves on the beam. Fortunately it didn't last long and we were definitely better off than some of the other WARC yachts that were on mooring balls which broke free, sending them. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 101: Interrupted by Mother Nature
Paw Paw - Log Day 101: Interrupted by Mother Nature
Paw Paw - Log Day 101: Interrupted by Mother Nature
Paw Paw - Log Day 101: Interrupted by Mother Nature
20/04/2016

Lerina - April 20 - Pointe a Pitre (Guadeloupe)

Nous sommes de retour à Pointe à Pitre a la Marina Bas du Fort pour préparer LERINA aux prochains défis auxquels il va etre confronté. La pompe de cale a été remplacée. Les voiles ont été inspectées et réparées. Les quelques petites pannes électriques constatées lors de nos dernières navigations sont en bonne voie de résolution (feux de hune et de pont qui ne fonctionnent pas, infiltrations d'eau dans un boîtier electrique). Le gréement va être inspecté samedi et le moteur sera révisé de fond en comble en début de semaine prochaine. En bref, LERINA devrait être prêt mais les conditions difficiles que pourrions rencontrer pendant le long périple qui nous attend (plus de 4000 milles) pourraient néanmoins nous réserver quelques mauvaises surprises ... Il faut alors prévoir l'imprévisible,. read more...


19/04/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 100: A String of Pearls

It was another early start as we worked to untangle our anchor chain again, but this time lifting our anchor in order to move Paw Paw to another area in the anchorage thatgave us more swing room and allowed us to put our more chain. This,in preparation for some unpleasant weather forecasted to hit this area sometime tomorrow and last for a few days. With Paw Paw resettled we were off to shore to rent bicycles for a 24km bike ride that took us to the next village and the other major pass into the lagoon.The ride took us from one moto (Islet)to the next over a series of small bridges that link the motos of the atoll together like a string of pearls. A fitting analogy since the Tuamotos and the atolls that comprise this archipelago are famous for the black pearls that are farmed here.On our. read more...


19/04/2016

Lydia - Society Islands

There's not a whole heap to write about Tahiti. We spent two days at the marina in Papeete. The latter is a bustling but not especially interesting town. Everything seems to close down from about 4pm. The area around the market, which is lively during the day with several bars and restaurants, appears to be all locked up by nightfall. We had dinner on our first evening at the "roulottes", mobile restaurants on wheels which establish themselves on a square by the waterfront and offer mainly seafood; and at an indifferent bar/cafe on the second evening. So, having completed the various chores which drew us to Papeete in the first place, we left the marina and motored 13 miles in calm weather across to Cook's Bay in Moorea.It's a deep and spectacular bay, approached along a well-marked pass. read more...


18/04/2016

Hugur - Hugur signing in for Arc USA

Sitting here in Martiniqe prepairing our selfes for the next trip ,the trip back home to Iceland the Arc-tic.We have now been sailing since june 2014 from Croatia to Canaries thenthe ARC + in november 2014 to St Lucia and then the amazing World Arc2015-16 that we just finished a few days ago in St Lucia.Its been hard to say goodbye to those dear friends we have made on ourjourney around the world.But we have made a plan for our first Reunion in June next year inIceland and that is some comfort that we hope to see all of our WARCfriends there .Until then Sailing on Island hopping towards the BVI to meet with ARCUS friends old and new.Svanfriður &Kristófer on Hugur from Reykjavik.(picture taken from Makena underway S.Afrika to S.America last january)Makena-20160123_8513-2. read more...


Hugur - Hugur signing in for Arc USA
Hugur  - Hugur signing in for Arc USA
18/04/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 99: Reflecting on Two Years as Full-Time Cruisers

Since today was a rather blustery day weather-wise and being a Sunday, we decided to have a lazy day onboard. As things transpired though, it ended up a rather productive day and a day to reflect on two years as full-time cruisers.Since moving on to Paw Paw two years ago and sailing out of Oyster Pond, St Martin, we have sailed 8056NM, 5540NM of which have been since leaving Rodney Bay, St Lucia on 9th January this year with the World ARC. During that time we have had the good fortune of visiting / living in countless countries, had fabulous experiences and met wonderful people. Whatever the future holds, we have fond memories to treasure for a lifetime! Back to the present, we started the day with a delicious cooked breakfast, thanks to all the fresh produce we managed to buy. read more...


18/04/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 40. Fakarava, Southern Anchorage. 16.30.40S 145.27.38W

Saturday 17/4.A huge cruise ship arrived at breakfast time this morning and anchored in the main channel, so most of the WARC yachts that came up from the South left for Toau, the island to the North of Fakarava, and we up anchored just after Nina to head South.An interesting route down almost the centre of the lagoon, mostly very deep but with the odd 2 and 0.4 meter patches, the latter very visible, the former not seen.We arrived to find all the buoys taken, but 2 of the boats let us know that they were leaving shortly, leaving one buoy for Nina and one for us, very convenient.It was not a pleasant afternoon with a big fetch from the North where the wind was coming from and we had a refusal trying to get to one of the restaurants and had excellent chicken breasts on board. read more...


18/04/2016

Exody - Days 443-454: World ARC done- the family disperses!

Here I am with our departing crew at St Lucia’s Heewanora airport on Monday 11th April, this time I am headed home too for a family pitstop.  Marian is at the smaller Vigie airport boarding for Trinidad.  Here with two UK-bound flights carrying 600 odd folk leaving in two hours, it feels more a British motorway service station on the M1 than a Caribbean airport!  Sharp contrast to the last twenty one months of being boat and fleet bound, in the company of just ourselves or our immediate World ARC family of about forty people.World ARC wound up on Saturday 9th with a parade of sail from Marigot Harbour to cross the start/finish line in Rodney Bay.  We processed in length order so Exody was second in line.  Two behind us was Garlix chafing at the bit under. read more...


17/04/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 98: Grateful for the Simple Pleasures

With the wind being light and variable overnight we had swung in every direction and a cursory glance at our anchor chain raised suspicion about whether or not we were wrapped around coral heads. However, with the supply ship having arrived in the early hours of the morning, we decided our trip to the grocery stores was higher priority in order to try and get some fresh produce, so we headed to land.It's amazing just how grateful we have become of the small pleasures in life like finding fresh produce in a store.It was like Christmas - apples, potatoes, onions, celery, radishes, aubergines. Add freshly baked bread and croissants and we thought we'd died and gone to heaven!After paying for our rather expensive treasures, it was back to Paw Paw to investigate our chain and anchor more. read more...


17/04/2016

Luna Quest - Saturday, 16th April, 2016

Position: 17.04N 61.53W Jolly Harbour, AntiguaDistance run from Rodney Bay, St Lucia: 218 logged milesWe set sail on Tuesday, 12th April for Antigua stopping overnight in Martinique, Dominica, Guadaloupe and then Antigua. We had planned our first stop in Fort de France, Martinique, but seeing it from a good distance completely inundated with rain and at the same time spotting a tiny little sunny anchorage opposite the bay of Fort de France, we decided to drop anchor there and leave first thing in the morning for a 62-mile run to Portsmouth in Dominica. A very light wind helped us on our way, but we could not achieve our minimum speed of 5 knots without the use of the engine. We weighed anchor at 05.30am and were on our way to Portsmouth, Prince Rupert Bay in Dominica, where we arrived at. read more...


17/04/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 39. Fakarava.

Wednesday, 13/4.A catch up morning with crew old and new giving the cockpit floor and deck between the boarding gates and the cockpit a really good clean.It doesn't matter how clean we think our feet are, they seem to leave dirt on the decks. The Skipper's wife is going nuts with trying to keep salt and dirt outside the living areas above and below decks.All fresh water on the boat since leaving Panama has come from the water maker or rain and there is plenty of demand for it, what with drinking, cooking, cleaning, showering, shaving, washing up and laundry.Coming from a country with plenty of water on tap and with electric pumps on board, it is easy to be profligate with it, another thing that gets the Skipper's Wife aerated!After all the boat jobs we explored the village and visited. read more...