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28/05/2017

Isbjorn - Isbjorn a Offshore: An Ocean Thick with Phosphoresence

28 May, 20170240I put too much hot sauce on my leftover rice & beans just now. 'Jack's Bay Pepper Sauce' from St. Croix. Really tasty, but runnier than anticipated out of the bottle, which I shook with a tad too much fervor. My lips are tingly.Isbjorn is running down the miles on the home stretch. 300 miles to Horta. Under another dark black sky, just a few stars peaking out through some misty cloud cover, she veritably FLIES along, touching double-digit surfs and doing a steady 8.5 in the lulls. We bravely have the spinnaker up, 'Ol Whitey,' a recut chute from an old race boat that we got in time for the Caribbean 600 race back in February. It's a downwind A-sail, but we've got it rigged on the pole to windward like a symmetric sail. She's very stable, and the autopilot is managing. read more...


26/05/2017

Laura Dawn - Pacific Log 17:On route to Nuie

Back on the ocean again!We are currently on day 3ish of our leg from Suwarrow to Nuie.So far we have had a complete mixed bag of weather, everything from a motoring start to a blustery 27knts which are our current conditions.We had a great day in the middle, perfect 10 knts flat seas and perfect fish catching weather... oh yes another Bluefin was landed, this time 18lbs oh she is a beauty, the sushi was sublime!So the current sail plan is 2 reefs in the main sail and 7 rolls in the jib, the wind is currently 22knts true and we are sailing with the apparant wind at about 90 degrees on our port side.There is still a little lean on the boat but speed is between 7-8knts and we are bashing through the waves.The sea is a lot less confused than earlier, we awoke this morning to a very messy. read more...


26/05/2017

Starblazer - 26/05/2017 – Three time zones on one boat.

Yes, really we have three time zones on Starblazer, or rather clocks etc. showing three different times.‘Why?’you may ask.The answer is easy. The clock on the wall tells us the time in UT or GMT or Zulu Time, whatever. All time zones around the world are based on Greenwich.The earth rotates 360 degrees each 24 hours therefore 15 degrees of longitude constitute one hour of the earth’s travels.Not all countries set their clocks by their geographic location, some choose to align themselves with their neighbour for convenience.Bermuda was UT -4 that means you have to take four hours off UT to find the time in Bermuda, summer time just complicates matters. We started this leg on Bermuda time so the GPS and our iPads are set to UT -3 to account for summer time.Our destination is The Azores, UT. read more...


26/05/2017

Jubilate Mare - The Journey so far

Well the blog is now open and perhaps this is our chance to be the first at something! So here goes. We are currently on day seven of our Odyssey to St Lucia, taking a layover day in the Helford River in glorious Cornish sunshine and a warm easterly breeze.We left Portishead (near Bristol) on 20th of May, with subsequent overnights at Cardiff, Combe Martin, Padstow, St Ives, Newlyn, and Helford. The wind gods have cooperated beautifully, allowing four days of glorious sailing down to St Ives, and then a flat calm day for us to motor round lands end.The last two days however have provided F4-5 on the nose around The Lizard. Not quite as much fun.Now on a buoy in the Helford River; the sunshine has been wonderful, with an opportunity to do a little deck-scrubbing and of course to sample. read more...


26/05/2017

Timshel - Suwarrow to Niue Day 1 and 2

We all had a lovely time in Suwarrow, snorkelling in the lagoon (the many black tipped reef sharks seemed indifferent to swimmers), walking on the reef, just lazing on the beach, also a very sociable time with Sundowners on the beach, Pot-Luck lunch and Pizza.It is a beautiful place.Due to the bad weather forecast for Niue, many of us stayed an extra day, after all not much point battling your way to Niue to find the wind and swell is too bad to stop there.In fact leaving Suwarrow was not that easy due to anchor chains wrapped round coral heads, and involved a few cooperative efforts with a swimmer in the water to direct or a dinghy to pull out the anchor.Our chain had managed to drop into a small gap between 2 rocks, we are so grateful to Dan from Skyelark for all his help, without him. read more...


25/05/2017

Starblazer - 25/05/2017 – Not all about the weather!

Days seven and eight were a great improvement on the previous few days, at least in terms of weather.The seas calmed down to about 2-3 metres, the winds dropped and eventually all but disappeared for most of Wednesday.We made the most of having to use the engine to fully charge the batteries and make a tank full of water.The day’s run, Tuesday to Wednesday, was a paltry 122 nM, aided by 6 hours of motoring early in the morning.Wednesday to Thursday wasn’t much better, 128 nM with far more engine hours!VMG is a term used to describe the average speed towards the destination, the day’s run is calculated as the distance travelled towards the waypoint, therefore our VMG for the two days was 5.2 knots, not good.We have, in fact, travelled much further and faster but not quite in the right. read more...


25/05/2017

Lexington - 5/25/17. 15°. 34' south. 165°. 39' west

It is 4 am and I am on watch. It is a very pleasant night but the wind is light and we are motoring. The wind is predicted to go back to the southeast and freshen. We are about 325 miles away from Niue. To reflect we are 5+ months into the Arc. We started at about 64 degrees west and we are now at 165 degrees west. By rough math we are 101/365 around the world. We have spent about 1/3 of our time and completed 1/3 of the circumnavigation. I have been pleased with our travels. Most pleasing is the people who are sailing along with us. Everyone is most eager to help any others. It is amazing the amount of collective knowledge that we have on boat systems and sailing. Just recently two owners helped another owner completely realign his engine to within .004 inches thereby removing the. read more...


25/05/2017

Lexington - 5/23/17. Headed to Niue

The weather was a little up in the air. That was not a pun. There was a gale south of our area. There were lows developing in our path. There were predictions for significant southerly swells south of us. There were very light winds in the initial sailing area. We have a real honest to God weatherman in our fleet. He is very kind to give us a weather briefing when things are a little iffy. I really have a hard time being confident of my weather skills. In any case, we think our worst problem is that we are going to have to motor some at first. The more interesting portion of this post is getting underway. We were anchored in about 60 feet of water. The wind had shifted some during our stay. When we taking up anchor, Zeeland was having a little trouble getting their anchor to come up. We. read more...


25/05/2017

Lexington - 5/23/17 Suwarrow pizza party

Several people on the trip love pizza. There is an area on the island where National Park Rangers from New Zealand stay during the season. There was also a hermit type who stayed here for several years , Tom Neal. In this area was a small outdoor cooking area. There is an old stone oven. One of our members decided he was going to fix things up and cook pizzas that everyone would make. They cleaned the oven up, found a piece of metal to slide in as a rack, cut wood and got the fire going by the late afternoon. People would bring their pizzas to the area to be cooked and shared. Pizza cooking and eating went on for 2-3 hours. It was a great success that I would have never thought of doing. May fair winds fill your sails with innovative friends willing to share! Bob. read more...


25/05/2017

Lexington - Suwarrow. 5-21-17

We had a pot luck on the beach at noon today. There was some shade under the coconut trees. Each boat brought something and we had a feast. Karen cooked chocolate chip cookies for us to take. Two men sailing Arabella are from Russia. One of them was a proud new grandfather. They brought special sardine-like fish, vodka, scotch and another strong drink to share in their celebration of him being a new grandfather. The day before we did a community service type thing where we walked around the island and picked up trash. It was amazing how much trash we picked up. People could do a section of beach and then someone would go behind them and find more trash. I wanted to collect the oddest lot. I had a 55 gallon plastic drum, two refrigerant containers (metal canisters) and a big hunk of. read more...


25/05/2017

Aurora Polaris - 24. Mai 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Det ble bestemt at vi skulle videre i dag! Dagen startet med strålende vær, og vi to var inne på stranda og ryddet opp etter grillingen kvelden før. Terje hadde hørt på meteorologen at de skulle dra i dag, så da var det egentlig avgjort. Da gjenstod det bare litt overtaling overfor fruen – helt til hun gav seg, lette ankeret og dra i vei. Det var bare tre båter igjen av ARC-flåten. De skulle reise i morgen.Vi har gått på motor hele dagen. Vinden har minket fra 6-8 knop da vi gikk, og til 1knop og flatt hav nå når jeg skriver mellom kl.22 og 23 om kvelden. Vi har truffet på en fiskebåt med AIS. Nå, i mørket, kan jeg se i alle fall en båt, og den har ikke AIS. Kan heller ikke oppdage den på radaren – men den har navigasjonslys (hvis det ikke er ei stjerne, da). Vi har hørt fra de andre som. read more...


25/05/2017

Aurora Polaris - 23. Mai 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Vi hadde en fantastisk kveld! Lasse på Sandvita, hadde fyrt opp steinovnen til Tom Neal. Alle hadde laget sin egen pizzadeig og så steikte Lasse pizzaene i tur og orden. Det ble konkurranse her også, på tull og tøys, selvfølgelig – men det var en dommer som skulle smake pizzaene og drev og rangerte dem – etter båtnavn, selvfølgelig. Etterpå serverte Aurora Polaris nystekte kanelsnurrer, og vaniljeiskrem fra Tahiti. Det ble veldig godt mottatt. Tenk å havne på ei øde øy i Stillehavet, og spise steinovnsbakt pizza med kanelsnurrer og iskrem til dessert! Det er eksotisk, det!Etter mye om og men, var det faktisk ganske mange båter som forlot Suwarrow i dag. Terje og jeg var over på den andre siden av øya, den som vender mot innseilingen. Her snorklet vi og kikket på alle de nydelige fiskene. read more...


25/05/2017

Isbjorn - Isbjorn Offshore: A Mid-Ocean Swim

Thursday May 250047Midnight watch. A new day. Wind WSW 10-15. Isbjorn is running at 6.5 knots on starboard, the genoa poled out to weather, rolling in an annoying cross swell still leftover from Monday's gale. I have the first half (0000-0200), Mia will come on for the second half. Unless I'm feeling particularly inspired, in which case I'll stay up longer. We enacted this new 'shared' watch routine for the two of us to allow each some time alone in the cockpit at night. It's the part I like best about offshore sailing, and what I'd been missing the most about taking no watch at all (instead being always 'on call').Coffee. Last spoonful of the instant currently on hand. I know there's more, just not sure where Mia's hidden it away. We're down to the UHT milk too, having drank the last of. read more...


24/05/2017

Misto - Days 136-137: May 22-23 Pizza Kitchen Open on Suwarrow!

I think that this must be a first for Suwarrow.Lars, from Sandvita, seeing the primitive, wood fired bread oven that exists for the caretaker on Suwarrow, decided that it could be a great pizza oven.After several hours of stoking it with wood, he declared the Pizza Kitchen open and we all assembled with the makings of pizza. It was an incredibly fun afternoon and evening with very creative that tasted wonderful.Our thank to Lars for all the hard work that he put in to make this an amazing party.The next day, we decided to tackle a maintenance job, as the port side winch had started squeaking painfully when under load, so we took it apart and found a paper label in the cogs.Clearly this had never been removed when the winch was first installed and it was now causing a problem.With that. read more...


23/05/2017

Laura Dawn - Pacific Log 16: Suwarrow

Imagine a true castaway island, only the height of a palm tree, surrounded by a reef; crystal clear blue waters and no one for hundreds of miles... well.. welcome to Suwarrow!I cant believe we are at another incredible destination, alright a bit of a bumpy and slow journey getting here but arrived all well on Saturday morning at first light.There's the odd collection of black tip reef sharks that gather when you anchor to have a look at what's going on and if you make a splash, then a dozen or so come to check out what's on offer!Skyelark seems to have its own shark aquarium around their boat,but they are no bother and poodle off when they realise you are not food! (thankfully)...Most of the second group of boats have arrived so we are almost a full fleet here, which is awesome.We had a. read more...


23/05/2017

Aurora Polaris - 20. Mai 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Denne dagen var uhellenes dag! Jeg er vant med å bevege meg rundt omkring i båten, men da har vi vanligvis storseilet oppe til støtte. Nå seiler vi uten storseilet. Det betyr at vi gjør bedre fart, men alle huslige gjøremål blir vanskeligere å utføre. Tidligere har vi som sagt valgt komfort framfor fart. Nå lar vi det altså stå til, og vi fyker av gårde.Da jeg skulle lage morgenkaffen, fløy kaffefilteret og det kokvarme vannet rett på magen min. Da ble det baluba! Som ikke det var nok – til lunsj skulle jeg bære opp den varme suppen i gryta. Visste jo at jeg måtte ta det med ro, noe jeg også gjorde, men jeg hadde ingen til å ta imot oppe i cockpiten, derfor satte jeg gryta på golvet. Båten gjorde en kraftig krenging, og jeg skulle berge innholdet i gryta. Resultatet var at suppa kom over. read more...


23/05/2017

Misto - Days 130-135: Bora Bora to Suwarrow

Our start for this leg in Bora Bora was in very light winds. After exiting the pass we made a decision to motor-sail as we wanted to arrive in Suwarrow on May 20.The passage was a strange one with variable wind that fluctuated constantly both in direction and speed. That, combined with a large predominant SW swell, another swell from the SE and the wind almost directly astern, made for a rolly, bumpy passage.At night it seemed worse, with lower winds and the rig banging around.On our last night out we dropped the main and motor sailed with just the Genoa and then hoisted the parasailor in the morning - that last morning before arriving in Suwarrow was the best sail of the passage.With our combination of sailing and motor-sailing we arrive late in the afternoon of May 20.Negotiating the. read more...


23/05/2017

Starblazer - 23/05/2017 – Days 4, 5 & 6

The past three days have been dominated by the weather, our day’s runs have reflected decisions we have made concerning where to head to avoid the worst of it.Saturday to Sunday we only made 119 miles towards the Azores though we sailed a lot further.The advice from the weather forecasters was to stay or get below 35 degrees which, for us, meant heading SE rather than just north of east.At the 2300 watch changeover we gybed the mainsail and rolled away the genoa to head due east.As the genoa had been poled out we couldn’t use it without lowering the pole and rerouting the sheet, something we do not do at night!All day Sunday the wind was fairly low, the calm before the storm?At noon Sunday the wind had teased us enough to drop two reefs in the main and roll up half the genoa.It didn’t in. read more...


23/05/2017

Isbjorn - Isbjorn Offshore: Mr. Andy's Wild Ride

May 23, 1245Dolphins! All around us, dozens of them jumping & flipping & talking! You can hear them bouncing their echo-sounding waves from inside the boat. They streak alongside us, grey torpedos just beneath the brilliant deep-blue wave crests.Thane & Brenda are on watch. The seas are down considerably from the past two days, but then that's relative. It's still blowing 20-25, gusting over 30, and that feels like a respite. We're on day 4 of three reefs in the mainsail. Mia shook out a bit of genoa this morning. During those three days we cracked 170 miles made good, each day...I'm cooking some rice for lunch, Mia's sorting out some video and clearing the camera memory cards, David is reading & Mac is chillin' in his high side pilot bunk.--The barometer is on the rise. read more...


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...