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29/02/2016

Luna Quest - Monday, 29th February, 2016

Noon Position: 04.50N 48.35WDaily run: 144 logged milesThe trade winds are holding steady, grey clouds have made way for white ones and the sky is visible through a thin veil of white fluff. The fleet that we have left behind are now in Fortaleza, in the middle of the doldrums with much humidity and fickle winds. What we have gone through in the doldrums awaits them in no small measure when they set off on Thursday on their way to Grenada. Only two other boats in the fleet will be bypassing Fortaleza. We have not had to adjust the sails since we came out of the doldrums. The trade winds have proved stable in direction and force so far. We hope they may continue in this way to carry us all the way to Grenada.Eric. read more...


29/02/2016

Allegro - QUARTA-FEIRA,17 DE FEVEREIRO A SÁBADO, 20 DE FEVEREIRO DE 2016

A manhã e o princípio da tarde de quarta-feira foram passados à espera da caixa ou de notícias dela.Até que pelas 1600 se ouviu “Allegro??????” e “está aqui a peça”.E estava. Com deficiências mas estava e em condições de ser montada.Depois de bem avaliada pelo Steffan, foi colocada. Finalmente, ao fim de mais de uma semana, o leme podia, outra vez, ser utilizado.Após duas horas estava tudo pronto!Foi um momento muito agradável e de descontracção. Tudovolta a ser mais real. E possível …Assim, ficou decidido que largaríamos no sábado com destino a Fernando de Noronha.QUINTA-Na quinta aproveitámos para fazer um Tour pela cidade no Hop on, Hop off e ficarmos com uma noção mais correcta da cidade.À noite os Starblazers jantaram a bordo. Foi muito agradável. Eles são boas pessoas, simples e. read more...


28/02/2016

Luna Quest - Sunday, 28th February, 2016

Noon Position: 03.21N 46.25WDaily run: 160 logged milesOur hopes of yesterday were fulfilled. Other than one feeble squall in the early evening, the northeast trade winds had clearly won the battle with the wayward doldrum winds and vicious squalls. We had not seen the sun since we rounded the northeast point of Brazil, but the lighter grey sky and the apparent absence of atmospheric turbulence gave us hope that we were coming out of the doldrums. All night the trade winds held steady never letting Luna Quest’s speed fall below 6.5 knots. Today, daybreak started with not a cloud in the sky and our hearts leaped for joy as the doldrums had clearly given up. The trade winds have been gathering in strength and at 20 knots are pushing Luna Quest at over 7 knots towards Grenada. We have had. read more...


28/02/2016

Aretha - 03 34 South 34 58 West - Sailing Fernando de Noronha

0145 am. It’s a sensible time to be asleep. Apart from when you’re not. Being short handed (just Nichola and me) means we are single handing 12 hours a day each. Fortunately on this stretch of water Nichola is in good form and the seas are relatively calm (relative being the operable word).We left the anchorage in the tiny island of Fernando de Noronha yesterday morning for the 365 mile passage to Fortaleza in Northern Brazil. We have the wind on our beam and are making fast progress at some 9 knots to Fortaleza. It’s a murky night outside with lots of squalls and lightening around Aretha. We’ve taken the precautions of putting the iPad, VHF, spare GPS and spare EPIRB in a metal box and put this inside our microwave. This is our makeshift Faraday cage to prevent these essential bits of. read more...


28/02/2016

Exody - Days 404-410: Buggies, Beaches, Beautiful People

That's Fernanda de Noronha for you!The VW beetle based beach buggies are ubiquitous for locals and tourists alike - the characteristic engine noise swiftly bringing memories of my student days dismantling and rebuilding beetles!Beaches - reputed to be amongst the top in the world and plenty bronzed young couples enjoying them for this is a top honeymoon destination! There is also the dramatic volcanic landscape, the tropical vegetation with half the island and its waters as a fully protected national park.The main village has characterful cobbled streets and the island boasts one five star hotel and 105 poussadas (guest houses).Apparently visitor numbers are limited to 420 at a time in addition to the 2,600 permanent residents.Exody was anchored for five days in Porto St Antonio where. read more...


28/02/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 48 & 49: 1st World or 3rd World?

Yesterday was an early start as was today, but for very different reasons.As the sun peeked over the horizons we weighed anchor for our motor from Isla Isabela to Santa Cruz, arriving mid afternoon and not a moment too soon for Elaine, who was very nearly seasick for the second time in her life due to the frequency of the swell on our beam. Fortunately a nap took care of the initial symptoms. This morning it was up early to "race" all the other yachts to the Saturday morning fresh produce market for all our supplies prior to heading across the Pacific. As it transpired, although everyone else had the same idea, there was no need. The market was so well stocked that there wasmore than plenty to go around. In fact,it was an amazing market, given the size of this island.But, the astonishing. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 48 & 49: 1st World or 3rd World?
Paw Paw - Log Day 48 & 49: 1st World or 3rd World?
27/02/2016

Luna Quest - Saturday, 27th February, 2016

Noon Position: 01.57N 44.21WDaily run: 137 logged milesYesterday marked our half way point to Grenada and having taken stock of our water supply, we lavished ourselves with hot fresh water in the cockpit to wash our hair. Mother nature must have taken pity on our water restrictive discipline as the first of a family of squalls came along that gave us a double shower. More squalls followed in the afternoon with fickle winds and much rain, but we were in for a surprise as the family visitation was followed by a daddy squall. It arrived at about supper time with hard lashing rain and high winds from the Southeast. The sky was pitch black and we must have been right in the middle of it as, suddenly, lightning flashed quite close. Then another flash, even closer. We buried as much of our. read more...


26/02/2016

Overseas Express - LOG 4 Galapagos

LOG 4 Galapagos We arrived at Puerto Baquerizo, San Cristobal  the 17th Feb when Gudrun hadher 30th birthday, at 1640 local time. We made 120 Nm miles that day.But we had a stop at the equator, took a bottle of sparkling wine, fished ayellow finned Tuna and went on motoring with no wind. We had to wait in the boat until the inspection team hadmade their control, they arrived at 1800. The hull was inspected by two divers,and we passed, thanks to Eric, who had scraped the hull free for barnacles,especially under the keel. The dive team got four cold beers. Afterwards wewere inspected by five inspectors, immigration, engine, medicine, environmentand one boss. They took away our aspirin because it was outdated, but after theyhad gone, we found the aspirin in the cockpit, and they just. read more...


26/02/2016

Luna Quest - Friday, 26th February, 2016

Noon Position: 00.46N 42.39WDaily run: 131 logged milesDespite the late morning squall yesterday, Julia succeeded in making bread for the first time since leaving Salvador: 6 beautiful rolls and a loaf of bread. She also made dauphinois potatoes for lunch and dinner after we discovered that some of the spuds had begun to rot.There were not any major squalls in the afternoon, but there were several of them followed early night by a massive one with torrential rain and gale force winds pushing Luna Quest out of control of the Hydrovane. I had to grab the tiller and steer the boat by hand until Julia could mobilise the autopilot. To give us some peace in the night incase there were any more such squalls, we decided to leave the autopilot engaged and disable the Hydrovane, which just cannot. read more...


26/02/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 47: An Unpleasant Start to the Day

After having our sleep rudely interrupted very early this morning by loud thuds on the transom steps and thinking we had been boarded by intruders, only to learn it was our "hitch-hiker", Daz, returning from his 48 hour birthday celebrations and who didn't remember he was moved back to his original yacht last night, we decided a lazy day of morning and afternoon naps,reading and a stroll into town for lunch, was the order of the day, after we got over our fright.I think it's fair to say that we've made the decision that the answer is "no" to any future requests from any WARC crew wanting a lift anywhere! Tomorrow we set sail for Santa Cruz, the last of the Galapagos Islands that we'll be visiting before our longest sail - Crossing the Pacific Ocean to the Marquesas - 3000NM.. read more...


25/02/2016

Lydia - Lydia's blog 8-17 Feb 2016. Las Perlas to Galapagos.

Monday 8 Feb 2016.There is no doubt that the Pearl Islands, (Las Perlas, where in former times pearls were gathered from the oyster beds in the area,) is a perfect place for relaxed and interesting cruising with hardly anyone else about. There are many different islands covered with trees, shrubs, undergrowth and often with sandy beaches, often completely uninhabited. Mid morning "Chilli Bee" from Austria arrived and anchored half a mile astern of us. Athough we were in a beautiful location, the charts, both paper and digital, were not at all detailed and when we swam we found we only had6 inches under our keel albeit on a sandy bottom. As a result we weighed anchor mid morning and set off for Playa Brava on the Islas Viverios, a cove which had a tricky entrance between a number of. read more...


25/02/2016

Luna Quest - Thursday, 25th February, 2016

Noon Position: 00.24S 41.01WDaily run: 132 logged milesThe disturbed weather and sea continued throughout the night. The engine was on and off with sails up and down. It was impossible to catch any sleep as the mainsail would bang about furiously in an awkward sea making the entire boat shudder and putting huge stress on the rigging and that in only 10 knots of wind, a gentle breeze, but we have reached the zone where the northeast trade winds have started to appear. The doldrums, however, will continue for several days yet as we make our way north along the northeast coast of Brazil. We are currently just 30 miles south of the equator and will be in the northern hemisphere tomorrow. It was February 18th last year when we crossed the equator on our way to the Galapagos from the Las. read more...


25/02/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 46: A Magical Day Beyond Our Wildest Dreams

Yesterday we quibbled about spending nearly $200 on a tour to Los Tuneles, but are we glad we did! We had the most magnificent day and, no matter what else happens or whatever else we experience during the remainder of our circumnavigation, it will be icing on the cake after today. We were collected from Paw Paw by a tour boat and headed up the west coast of Isla Isabela. The tour involved a short stop at Roca Union to view a different type of boobie and then headed to Cabo Rosa for two separate snorkeling adventures that were beyond our wildest dreams.We saw huge turtles that were at least 5-6ft long and 4ft wide,baby and adult seahorses, schools of golden rays, white-tipped sharks, royal angel fish, penguins and not just one or two of each of these,but countless. They were so. read more...


24/02/2016

Luna Quest - Wednesday, 24th February, 2016

Noon Position: 01.51S 38.57WDaily run: 114 logged milesYesterday afternoon the rainclouds spread densely on the northern horizon, more densely than elsewhere. We were heading straight for them and as they darkened to a black curtain from west to east, there was no escape. We watched for lightning, but none flashed and there was no noise of thunder. The curtain looked impenetrable and threatening, but as our progress continued, the very centre of the curtain seemed to move ahead of us at a similar speed, so that it looked as though we would never reach it despite stray fluffy outcasts coming our way. All afternoon it seemed as though we were chasing our fate, but towards evening the curtain lost its black colour and seemed to be reabsorbing into its grey surroundings, but intense. read more...


24/02/2016

Firefly - Close reaching back to Phuket

It is Wednesday 24th February 2016, our 26th Wedding Anniversary and Firefly is taking us southwards back to Phuket, Thailand. Early yesterday we left Surin after spending 6 very enjoyable days there. The winds in these parts are very fickle and of the 50 miles we traveled, Firefly was sailing for about half of the time, the other half the engine was on as well - either the wind was too light or coming from head on.En route we stopped at Koh Taichia for a break and as we reached the island the onshore wind picked up to about 15 knots and the water off the glorious beach was really choppy. This deserted island attracts daytime tourists in large numbers and there were upwards of 20 passenger speedboats all bobbing about have disgorged their clients who we could see on the beach, several. read more...


24/02/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 41: A Place Out of this World

Since yesterday was a public holiday, the residents of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the capital of Isla San Cristobal,were out in force, sowe got to partake in the festivities as well. These included delicious treats from street vendors,a fishing contest,a fireworks display, a concert featuring varoius local artists, which, of course, lead to dancing under the stars. We also managed to squeeze in a Happy Hour with the other WARC participants, as well as enjoy a lovely dinner with Nina (Lynda and Steve).Today we visited the Interpretation Centre which did an excellent job of explaining the forces of nature that came together to create the richness and varied fauna and flora that comprise the Archepeligo of the Galapagos Islands. With the prevailing winds and the various ocean currents which. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 41: A Place Out of this World
Paw Paw - Log Day 41: A Place Out of this World
24/02/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 44 & 45: The Jewel of the Galapagos Harbours

We arrived in Puerto Villamil, Isla Isabela mid morning yesterday. Known as the "Jewel of the Galapagos Harbours" it is easy to see why. It is wild and unspoilt. The reefs surrounding the anchorage are home to a variety of both marine and land wildlife.During our early morning snorkeling adventure this morning we saw white-tipped sharks, sealions and all sorts of reef fish, but the cutest of all are the Galapagos penguins. They are less than a foot tall and dart around the water at amazing speeds. What added to the joy of this snorkel outing was that every time we raised our heads to look around us we had blue-footed boobies curiously staring at us - a sight to behold and an amazing experience.Yesterday we took a long walk along the white sandy beach which stretches for miles leading. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 44 & 45: The Jewel of the Galapagos Harbours
Paw Paw - Log Day 44 & 45: The Jewel of the Galapagos Harbours
23/02/2016

Luna Quest - Tuesday, 23rd February, 2016

Noon Position: 03.09S 36.50WDaily run: 143 logged milesNo sooner had we posted yesterday’s blog entry, than the sun disappeared behind a thick layer of grey and darker grey clouds. Soon it began to rain and more rain, but the wind held, so our progress was not impeded. I decided to chance having a rainy wash in the cockpit with soap and shampoo, but the rain was not as dense as I would have liked it. The rain did not feel cold, but once wet and soaped, the wind brought a little chill. While waiting for the rain to rinse me clean, I utilised the time in the cockpit by washing the seats, but found that the shampoo kept seeping into my eyes, making the task a little uncomfortable. Other than my hair, I was soon thoroughly rinsed, so I went down below to use some of our precious water to. read more...


22/02/2016

Luna Quest - Monday, 22nd February, 2016

Noon Position: 04.21S 34.47WDaily run: 156 logged milesAll night we ran goose winged under full genoa and double reefed mainsail. A few minor squalls helped us on our way faster and we were clearly leaving the squally weather band behind. During the night we adjusted the Hydrovane a couple of times to round the northeast point of Brazil and this morning under twin foresails we have been able to lay our course northwest to take us along the northeast coast of South America. We are aiming for a good offing to avoid any debris from the Amazon and Para rivers and benefit from the Guiana current that runs with us along the coast. The sun is out today in full, the cockpit bimini is up and the kettle on for a cup of coffee. The majority of the fleet have gone to Fernando de Noronha to explore. read more...


23/02/2016

Starblazer - 23/02/2016 – Three weeks in Brazil!

Where has the time gone?Why no blogs? What have we seen and done?These are all valid questions; I hope my answers aren’t too boring!We arrived on the Tuesday exactly one week before Carnival, except that Carnival runs for 5 nights, officially preceded by several days of practice and loud music almost all night long for the whole week.Street preparations were already well advanced with row upon row of chemical toilets lining the streets and statues and vulnerable buildings boarded up, especially in the Cidada Alta or Upper Town also referred to as the Pelhourino.Salvador’s Carnival is divided into three circuits with the groups performing on different circuits on different nights, the circuit in the Pelourino being the shortest and most compact and the one in Barra, the seaside area about. read more...


22/02/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 18. Galapagos. Sunday, 21/02/16. 00.53.74S 89.36.75W

Wednesday, 17/02/16.Up early to see where we were in daylight and to get out a stern anchor out before the rest of the fleet started to arrive, which was almost immediately.We then waited for the mass of officials we knew had to inspect the boat before we were cleared in and could go ashore and lucky for us, they came to Alcedo first, a positive tidal wave of them, led by the WARC agent, Ricardo, who dished out a fistful of forms and acted as interpreter.So Anthony and the Ship's Boy filled in forms while the Skipper answered questions in the cockpit and the Skipper's wife opened up the engine compartment and demonstrated what we would use for a diesel spill, then showed the doctor the medical kit and assured her none of us had a temperature, red eyes or rashes.Meanwhile Jane was showing. read more...


22/02/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 17. Galapagos. 00.53.74S 89.36.75W

Monday, 15/02/16.A lovely night after 2.00am when we were able to turn the motor off and sail with full Main, Genoa and Staysail, with some beautiful nocturnal gulls for company, the moon and a sky full of stars.Then a day of fantastic sailing across a sea of perfect blue and long swells, with only gulls and petrols for company and such peace and tranquility.The wind gradually died as we knew it would and by midnight, we were motor sailing again.Happy with winning one leg, we are keen to just get to the Galapagos as quickly as possible and never mind the penalty for using the engine, plus the Nav lights on the bow seemed to attract the gorgeous nocturnal gulls that fished so gracefully around the boat.Pure white in the lights, they came and went like phantoms, totally silent except for. read more...


22/02/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 42 & 43: Reconnecting with Friends

Elaine decided to take a timeout on Saturday and spent the day relaxing aboard. Roy went ashore to visit the fresh produce market and then we both enjoyed sundowners ashore followed by a delicious dinner with crew from three other yachts, one of whom - Daz- is onboard with us for a few days hitching a ride to Isla Isabella. Today we enjoyed a WARC arranged tour which had us up bright and early to visit one of the beaches south of our anchorage in order to snorkel in a lagoon where turtles sleep.A most unusual site, but very cool indeed! We also had the good fortune of seeing a huge marine iguana swim past us. That was followed by a boat trip to Kicker Rock for another snorkeling adventure.Unfortunately the water was very merky and it was cloudy,but when the sun decided to peak through. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 42 & 43: Reconnecting with Friends
Paw Paw - Log Day 42 & 43: Reconnecting with Friends
21/02/2016

Luna Quest - Sunday, 21st February, 2016

Noon Position: 06.28S 33.49WDaily run: 135 logged milesYesterday’s wind continued to favour us during the afternoon enabling us to pole out the genoa to starboard and the staysail to port with the mainsail furled to the boom. We love this rig as Luna Quest stays upright, no banging of sails or booms and stable on its course within 20 degrees either side of the wind from behind, but it was late in the afternoon and we were keen to complete the change of rig before darkness and before the radio net was due at 5.45pm. We had three quarters of an hour to complete it and in our haste I twice failed, having dropped the mainsail, to attach the main halyard properly to its fixing sending the halyard aloft. It swirled about wrapping itself around the lazy lines, the mast steps and anything else. read more...


21/02/2016

Exody - Das 396-403: Birthday arrival at Fernando de Noronha

Anchored here this morning at 09.00 February 20th, my birthday, after just under five days mostly upwind passage from Salvador.Although the swell is impressive, and the crashing waves ashore dramatic and sometimes noisy, it is great to be at anchor with the hatches open allowing the first moving air inside Exody for what seems like an age and the pleasure of a full night's uninterrupted sleep ahead! This time last year we were enjoying as my birthday treat the drift snorkelling at Kicker Rock, Galapagos.We had a superb long lunch ashore at the Mergulhao bistro overlooking the anchorage. Kind of tapas: deep fried cheese in cane sugar, filet mignon with cheese and pineapple, shrimp balls.I dipped out to clear in with the Port Captain officials then we shared a heavenly chocolate sweet and. read more...


20/02/2016

Aretha - 25 Miles from Porto de Pedras - sailing the Brazilian Coast - 09 12 South 34 51 West

1833 Local time. Back at sea again. It’s been an eventful 2-3 weeks and as always the time flies and life is full. I’ll do my best to share my recollections.We made land fall in Brazil on the 31st January. After a good 3 weeks at sea, it was great to have our second Team Aretha Atlantic crossing under our belts and to be safely in Brazil. Expectations were high as we approached the buzzing city of Salvador, home to some 3 million Brazilians the majority of whom were tuning up for Carnival - the time of year when the City basically shuts down for 10 days and parties around the clock. We knew the reputation before we arrived as being the largest party in the world.The final approaches were a little anxious - our engine was playing up and would cut out every half an hour or so. With Jani,. read more...


20/02/2016

Luna Quest - Saturday, 20th February, 2016

Noon Position: 08.24S 33.30WDaily run: 133 logged milesYesterday afternoon the wind veered to the Southeast enabling us to free up our course and sails and reduce the angle of heel. Luna Quest's speed improved to more than 5 knots and all night she ran under a reefed genoa and two reefs in the mainsail, just in case a squall was going to hit us. This morning the wind veered further and we are now sailing with the wind on the starboard quarter under a full genoa, but leaving two reefs in the mainsail. Luna Quest’s speed improved again (over 6 knots) and the boat is now thankfully almost horizontal heading on a new course of almost due north. Sailing along the Brazilian coast is a hot exercise. The temperature is well over 30C and one cannot help thinking how the slaves in the old slave. read more...


19/02/2016

Luna Quest - Friday, 19th February, 2016

Noon Position: 09.51S 34.46WDaily run: 102 logged milesWith the sun going down last night, the squall activity seemed to lessen. We carried two reefs in the mainsail and a full genoa to make way into the dark, lumpy seas. A ship appeared on our AIS and took the better part of the night to overtake us. When it did she was less than a mile from our quarter. I radioed the ship to make sure they had seen us. They were on their way to Colombia. Today, the day has started bright and hot. The temperature in the boat is 32C and the humidity 78%. One does not feel like doing much. Julia has had to retire to her quarter bunk as the heat in the cockpit was just too intense. Luna Quest ploughs on regardless of heat and humidity at a steady 4.5 knots. She chucks the bow wave either side of her and. read more...


19/02/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 40: Land of the Giant Tortoise and Charles Darwin - Galapagos

A few hours after crossing into the Southern Hemisphere and witnessing the most amazing sunrise yesterday, it was "land ahoy" - San Cristobal, Galapagos was spotted in the distance and we were welcomed by rays,dolphins, sea lions and birds of all types en route to our anchorage, where we remained in quarantine until we completed all the officialdom yesterday and today. Taking the water taxi to land this morning reveled the most amazing place.We definitely have a sense, after just one day of exploring, ofhow Charles Darwin felt when he first encountered these islands.Spectacular! More details and photos to follow.. read more...


19/02/2016

Firefly - Twice back to the Surin Islands

Firefly is on a National Park mooring in Ao Mae Yai Bay on Ko Surin Neua, the northern most of the 2 large Surin Islands. As we were heading north up the west coast of Thailand we spent 4 days in the very same spot and it was so good that we had to come back, although we did not expect to re visit twice. Having had our Valentines Day lunch out at the Kong Kleng resturant, our favourite one back in Buffalo Bay on Koh Phayam, we had moved on to the south east facing bay called Ao Khao Kwai. Here we had anchored near the Phayam Lodge dive boat as we were being collected at 0630 the next morning to go diving on Richielieu rock. Richielieu is said to be the best dive site in Thailand and at this time of year is most famous for attracting Whalesharks, the largest fish in the sea. It also hosts. read more...


18/02/2016

Luna Quest - Thursday, 18th February, 2016

Noon Position: 11.02S 36.03WDaily run: 112 logged milesEarly morning we were fully expectant of another hot slog up the coast in a gentle breeze from the East, the sun overhead and a cloudless sky. However, during the morning clouds began to build ahead of us, dark grey clouds that foretold squally weather. Half way through the morning the breeze fell to a light air and the engine was put on heading us away from the coast. Half an hour later Luna Quest was struck by torrential rain and a strong breeze from the Northeast, the very direction we wished to go. We already had one reef in the mainsail from the night before and with the genoa furled up, the engine was barely making any headway, so we half unfurled the genoa and headed out on a course just south of East, close hauled with the. read more...


17/02/2016

Luna Quest - Wednesday, 17th February, 2016

Noon Position: 12.16S 37.18WDaily run: 109 logged milesSince leaving Salvador we have run 128 miles. In our present position we are some 55 miles off the coast and well clear of any ill-intended locals. If we go much further out, we are likely to run into the Brazilian Current, which would slow our progress even further than it is already by the heavy easterly seas. We are on the starboard tack fighting a moderate easterly breeze. We expect to stay on this tack until some time next week when we should be able to change course north west, direction Caribbean.We have received a report from Rally Control saying that the Fortaleza marina is no better than last year and that one should use it only for checking out of Brazil. As we did our clearances from Salvador, we have no need to go to. read more...


17/02/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 39: A Moment to Remember - Crossing the Equator

I'm not sure I'll be able to do this justice with my words, but this moment is one for the memory box indeed.Under the brilliance of stars on a moonless early morn,on the glass-like flat Pacific Ocean with the morning star reflecting off the water, with sparkles all around Paw Paw from the bioluminescence,with the Southern Cross hanging in the skies overhead and with Southern Cross by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young blasting out, the Island Girl and Pirate crossed the equator with champagne in hand, topped of with freshly baked scones and jam. Welcome to the Southern Hemisphere and the South Pacific.It is what dreams are made of!31cae054-c150-4dce-bb93-db4403ace219165680172 4d27e7e0-0e8a-421b-b273-ad8da0c1223b-1648834908 03823fc2-d79a-4399-a271-2516125557bc-1081676472. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 39: A Moment to Remember - Crossing the Equator
Paw Paw - Log Day 39: A Moment to Remember - Crossing the Equator
Paw Paw - Log Day 39: A Moment to Remember - Crossing the Equator
Paw Paw - Log Day 39: A Moment to Remember - Crossing the Equator
Paw Paw - Log Day 39: A Moment to Remember - Crossing the Equator
Paw Paw - Log Day 39: A Moment to Remember - Crossing the Equator
17/02/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 38: Preparation For Neptune's Visit

We had a great day of sailing in lovely smooth, calm seas today. Roy managed to replace the cleat that was broken during our Panama Canal transit and we got a few domestic chores out of the way, as well as chat to a non-WARC yacht who hailed usjust to say hi.The highlight of the day, though, was deciding on and then making / assembling our costumes in preparation for Neptune's visit as we cross theequator sometime between 0400 and 0500 early tomorrow morning. Champagne is on ice, baked godds are ready to be popped in the oven. Let the party begin! Galapagos here we come!. read more...


16/02/2016

Aliena - Martes 16-02-2016

Hemos pasado la linea del Ecuador hace un rato y lo hemos celebrado haciendo una ceremonia sueca a Poseidon. Los chicos se han bañado en el mar porque está como un plato. Yo no porque siempre tiene que haber alguien con cabeza en el barco. Esta noche veremos la Cruz del Sur.Desde anoche, de madrugada, estamos navegando a motor por la falta de viento, lo que es una lata. Hoy al amancer hemos visto cinco ballenas que parecian dormidas. Nos han dado un susto porque hemos pasado casi por encima de ellas, pero es que solo las veiamos un poco cuando respiraban. Por lo demás está todo muy tranquilo y nosotros muy bien. Yo no paro de acordarme de mis nenas.Hoy hemos hecho 153 nm y nos faltan 95 nm para nuestro destino. Mañana al amanecer llegaremos a la Isla de San Cristobal en Galapagos.Carmen. read more...


Overseas Express - Carango fish caught by Eric
Overseas Express - Carango fish caught by Eric
16/02/2016

Overseas Express - LOG 3 Galapagos Transit

LOG 3 Galapagos transitWe started the transit to Galapagos from Las Perlas Panama on the 12th Feb 2016. The leg is 850 Nm and will last 6-7 days, depending on the weather and winds of course. There was little wind in the beginning, so we used the engine for some hours. I had bought a new fishing rod called PENN SQUALL GOLD . The rod was tried out as soon as possible, and at sunset we caught a 10 kg Carango. Eric was struggling for forty minutes before I gaffed it, and took out the guts, and did the filleting. Eric and I had raw Carango with lime pepper&salt and olive oil, which was washed down with rum. We had some Parrot fishes in the fridge which Eric had shot with his spear gun ( he has caught a lot of them on the coral reefs in Las Perlas) that we had for dinner. The day after we. read more...


16/02/2016

Luna Quest - Tuesday, 16th February, 2016

Noon Position: 13.04S 38.28WDaily run: - Destination: St George’s in Grenada (Caribbean) - 2,500 milesSalvador was hot and sticky and discouraged exercise, but we did witness Carnaval during the day, although it is said that at night it is more lively. Given the heat, we quite understood; the sun has been directly overhead. The marina in Salvador was not in very good condition and one cannot help feeling that a lack of care might be the reason for it. There seems to be a lack of care wherever you go. People drop their litter in the road or on the pavement, the buildings look tired, some are abandoned, especially the ones from the colonial period. Even the churches could do with a clean inside and out. Salvador is littered with them and cathedrals, the most prominent one of which was. read more...


16/02/2016

Blue Summit - Galapagos Bound

All eyes are on the GPS as we drop down in latitude- at 7:30 am (Eastern time) we're at 00 50.68 N- about 11 hours from crossing the equator into the Southern hemisphere. The winds stayed pleasantly moderate yesterday all day (around 10-15 knots) which was more than we thought we'd get and on a beam reach we were able to move along nicely at 7kts. We also had a 2 knot current with us at times which was enormously helpful. The winds began to drop through the night and we turned on an engine briefly from 4 am-7 am just to keep us moving. The winds seem to have picked up little nowso it's off again and we're bobbing along nicely in a quiet sea. Our ETA in Port Baquerizo on San Cristobal is now mid-morning tomorrow. A daytime landfall sure beats a nighttime one, especially in such a magical. read more...