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17/02/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: 360 tour

We went on a boat tour today called the 360 tour which was a trip around the whole island with stops for swimming and fishing. We saw some interesting spots. Lots of beautiful spots. Photos below. image2 image3 image1. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: 360 tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: 360 tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: 360 tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: 360 tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: 360 tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: 360 tour
Misto - Last night with Chuck and Sharon in the Galapagos
Misto - Last night with Chuck and Sharon in the Galapagos
18/02/2017

Timshel - Panama to Galapagos Day 6

Finally got a little wind, after a couple of failed attempts managed to get the boat sailing at 05.30 making 4 knots or so in 6 or 7 knots of true wind.We realised we need at least this much wind to sail.Slow but good for this trip.And it lasted for nearly 12 hours, but with speed dropped to 2 knots and sadly the favourable tide had slacked off, we doused the chute and started the engine again at 1700 this evening.At least the engine got a rest, and we calculate that we ALMOST have enough fuel to make it now.Events of note - a bird, some kind of gull stopped of for a rest, again saw one ship on AIS in the distance and Steve had a shower.And it was another glorious sunny day.Chartplotter now says 29 hours to go, but it will probably be longer when hopefully we manage to sail a bit. read more...


17/02/2017

Exocet Strike - 16-17 February 2017

Yesterday was a beautifully sunny and hot day, no cloud and sufficient wind to drive us along very comfortably. During the evening and night it started to drop and by 0300 it was only giant 4 knots towards our waypoint. We are going to a Marina 6 miles up a river which gets quite narrow and windy, so we need to go up in daylight and hopefully with the tide with us.So we furled the headsail and put the engine on. By 0800 however the wind suddenly picked up to 20 knots, so engine off and sail out. Doing 9 knots, that's better. Our ETA to the river entrance then reduced significantly. As I write this the wind is down to 13 knots and our speed is 7 knots, more than we would motor with so we are taking it while we can. ETA at the river entrance is 1500 which will do nicely.Stella enjoyed her. read more...


17/02/2017

Taistealai - blog photos

 Arrived in Galapagos I have posted lots of photos of the trip so far on our yellow brick Bloghttps://my.yb.tl/yblogtaistealai sitting here listening to Sealions barking around the boat a magical place !! . read more...


16/02/2017

Lexington - tour of the day

Dinger, Jerry Hey, Ann and myself went on a cab tour today. We had not planned any ahead so we were determined to do something today, our first day in the Galapagos. We signed up for a tour which included a turtle hatchery. The name of the place was Parque Nacional Galapagos. They gather eggs an then incubated, hatched and then kept in a very controlled environment until they are 5 years old. Then they are released into the park an also back into their natural environment at the north end of the island. See photoimage4 image3 image5 image1 image2 image6. read more...


Lexington - tour of the day
Lexington - tour of the day
Lexington - tour of the day
Lexington - tour of the day
Lexington - tour of the day
Lexington - tour of the day
Lexington - tour of the day
Lexington - tour of the day
Lexington - tour of the day
Lexington - tour of the day
Lexington - tour of the day
Lexington - tour of the day
16/02/2017

Timshel - Panama to Galapagos Days 4 and 5

The Pacific seems to be living up to its name, all is calm, no wind, hardly a swell and wall to wall sunshine.But not too good when you want to sail.We did carry the cruising chute for half the night until the wind dropped to 5 to 6 knots true so the engine went on.Now we are trying to sail when we have 5 to 6 knots of wind as mostly its 3 or less.We managed to sail with the chute without pole for most of Wednesday night, got enough apparent wind by coming onto a reach, sometimes a very slow one.Just a few more knots of wind and it would have been great.You see ripples and think here it comes (the wind) but most of them are made by the current (which thankfully is still giving us a knot in the right direction).We've had a couple of goes at sailing today Thursday and are getting very. read more...


16/02/2017

Aurora Polaris - 14-15 februar 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Det går ikke alltid som planlagt! Vi var nok for langt borte til å komme oss over ekvator den 14, men 15.februar gikk reveljen i 6.30-tida. Det var Aud Elin og Terje som var på vakt. Et fryktelig spetakkel vekte Finn og Pia som hadde vært på vakt til klokka tre om natta. Det var kapteinen som brukte luren, og da hadde vi krysset ekvator! Motoren hadde gått i noen timer, for det er som kjent stille rundt ekvator. Kapteinen valgte å gå for maskin resten av dagen, for da ville vi komme fram til Galapagos i dagslys. Vi brydde oss ikke om vi fikk trekk for seilingen, for det var viktigere for oss å få se landskapet.Da vi hadde ankret opp ved 14.25-tiden, fikk vi vite at vi ikke kunne få immigrasjon, tollvesen, havnekontoret og inspektørene om bord før neste dag. Det betydde at vi måtte være. read more...


16/02/2017

Exocet Strike - 15-16 February 2017

After an interesting night as per my last blog, the sky cleared and we had lots of sun during the day, with 12 to 14 knots of SE winds, great for comfort and speed. This evening we could see behind us a big dark area of cloud which a couple of the fleet were embedded within. Winds up to 25 knots and since it was building where we were we dropped in a couple of reefs. The wind rarely went above 16 knots from the SE to SSE, but that was giving us 8.5 to 9 knots, great and not too heeled over. By midnight the wind was down to 10-12 knots but since there are numerous squalls around we've left the reefs in.Today is Stella's birthday, so one at sea again, although last year was in Auckland and we were fortunate to have our great friends Paul and Rosie staying with us! We will celebrate when we. read more...


16/02/2017

Aurora Polaris - 9-13 februar 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Det som har skjedd, er at vi fikk proviantert på Isla Contadora – i etvinglete golf-cart-lignende kjøretøy, deltok på grill-aften på stranda, ogdro videre dagen derpå, kort fortalt! La ut noen videoer av starten på leg 3på facebook.Vi hadde god bør. Fikk medvind, rundt 30 knop, med opp mot 40 i kastene.Aurora Polaris satte av gårde, og hadde en forholdsvis god plassering. Noenav mannskapet ble sjøsyke til tross for scopoderm bak øret, og vi måttesatse på lettvintmat.Så skjedde det som ikke måtte skje, og som er vår største svakhet:aggregatet sviktet! Det betyr i praksis – watermakeren kunne ikke kjøres, eiheller vaskemaskin og komfyr. Vi har måttet redusere vannbruk, og kan brukeden minste kokeplata på komfyren – hvis motoren er i gang – og da må den gåganske lenge etterpå for å. read more...


Misto - Crossing the equator
Misto - Crossing the equator
15/02/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: Galapagos

We have arrived in the Galapagos. We got into San Cristobal in the mid afternoon. Most all the boats came in very close together and the head man is in town and there is an election coming up. We may have an easy check in or they may be picky. Hopefully we will get checked in today. They have already checked our bottom and we passed. World Arc has done a lot of prep work to try to ease the process. A nearby boat had inspectors board their boat, 7 in total. I guess every one has to have a job. We are going to sign up for different tours. One has already been arranged to visit Kicker Rock. We have done some reading to prep. We will find a good tour operator and see what we want and what they have to offer. There are seals and turtles swimming around the anchorage. We saw a school of tuna. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: Galapagos
Lexington - Captain Bob: Galapagos
Lexington - Captain Bob: Galapagos
Lexington - Captain Bob: Galapagos
15/02/2017

Firefly - 8 days in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil

After just over a week in Salvador we are on the move againheading north up the coast towards the islands of Fernando Di Nironha – moreabout these later if we manage to stop! We can’t if there is a northerly swelland there is one forecast.   Our time in Salvador was pretty busy. Its certainly not thebest stop on the World ARC route but we made the best of it. We toured thehistoric city on foot and also travelled further on the WARC bus tour. The oldpart on the top of a hill is a World Heritage site so there is plenty to see ofthe old portuguese architecture. Some is well restored but there are a number ofbuildings still in need of TLC particularly in the lower city close to thewaterfront. The two parts of the city are connected by winding roads but also byan iconic lift tower.. read more...


15/02/2017

Misto - Days 36-40: Across the equator at 03h11 on February 15!

The first day of this leg had us surfing waves at up to 18 knots in 30-35 knots of wind.It was a wonderful roller coaster sail.In one day we clocked a record 205 miles - the 2-3 knot current helping us along.The wind moderated on the following days but was generally a little better than the weather forecast and we managed to sail using the parasailer or gennaker until 02h00 on February 15 when we reluctantly fired up the engine.We crossed the equator about an hour later and celebrated with Champaign and snickers bars in the early morning hours.We now have Isla San Cristobal in sight and should be anchored later this afternoon.This will bring to an end a wonderful few weeks with Chuck and Sharon and we thank them for being fantastic crew.We are looking forward to welcoming Carl on board. read more...


15/02/2017

Exocet Strike - 14-15 February 2017

After a pleasant few days in Salvador it's time to move on again. Several boats are staying in the bay of Salvador ( Bay of All Saints), to explore the many anchorages there, however 6 boats decided to take advantage of what appears to be a reasonable weather wi Dow and head north to our next stop and rendevous of Cabedelo.The winds were north if east as we left Salvador and lighter than expected, meaning a beat to start with, not ideal, but expected. Lots of small squalls around overnight and now, but we are making good progress after a slow start.More tomorrow!. read more...


15/02/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: one check of the list

Just recently we crossed the equator. Ann did not even get out of bed. The four guys had a little celebration consisting of taking photos of the chart plotter and toasting each other. I offer a good bourbon to Neptune in honor of Pete Haggerty and Tom Grundwald. They were adventurous to a greater degree than me. They are missed and remembered by many friends.The bourbon was a gift from Jim a Simpson.It was Jefferson's Ocean Aged At Sea Cast Strenght. It was fitting for a tribute to Neptune. So far since leaving Annapolis we have logged over 4,000 miles with a bunch to go. We will end up with over 30,000 miles.Not bad for a boy who used to paddle down Elkhorn Creek using a shovel for a paddle. This is crazy!Back to something more normal. Kent Kessler let me know that my bees are doing. read more...


15/02/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: neptune in sight

We have had a very nice day. We sailed well with the asymmetrical spinnaker but then the winds lessened and move forward so we have been motoring to make it in during day light. We are 7 miles from the equator. We will send picture of what ever we do at the crossing.Ann fixed us pork chops, gravy and mashed potatoes tonight which was well received. It was a very pleasant meal with music off of Jerry's phone. We are a high tech boat. We might even be a little nerdy.. read more...


14/02/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: Major Tom to Ground Control

I need to pay tribute to Judy Woods who has served as our base for getting parts etc for the boat. Today she went above and beyond the call of duty. Aurora Polaris, a boat from Norway, lost the use of their generator for lack of a fresh ware pump for cooling. Without their generator they could not cook easily (electric stove), could not make water, and could not charge their batteries without running the engine.Terje Haland was preparing to fly to California and fly back with the part. He had good satellite communications so he was able to track down part numbers and specs. On the radio roll call he was asking about flights out of Galapagos to pick up his parts. Mark Arnold was coming to meet us. I put Terje and Judy together. In one day she was able to find the parts in Louisville and. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: Major Tom to Ground Control
Lexington - Captain Bob: Major Tom to Ground Control
14/02/2017

Timshel - Panama to Galapagos Day 3 (for us)

Sailed peacefully all night, main plus poled yankee, great stars and moon.Wind died than came up by change ofwatch so no motoring.When it got light we set the Halfwinder (cruising chute) again with a pole as though it was a (rather small) spinnaker and have sailed steadily like that all day making 4,5 or even 6 knots through the water, more over the ground with the favourable current. Hydra the Hydrovane has been steering, and just a few alarms when it all collapses and threatens to make an hourglass round the forestay.We would be very content apart from being so far behind the rest of the fleet. Judging from last night's SSB sched most of the other boats went charging on through the night making fantastic speeds with their coloured sails set.Not sure if we dare with just 2 on board, but. read more...


14/02/2017

Timshel - Panama to Galapagos Days 1 and 2 (for us)

So there we were, bottom cleaned, briefing done, party done, all ready to set off for Galapagos - when we noticed that our service batteries were at 10.5V.It seems that the amps put in by the solar panels during the day had masked the fact that the batteries were holding no charge at all.Stefano contacted Galapagos for us, batteries could be obtained but they would be only half the capacity of our existing ones.Sadly we decided to return the 40 miles to Panama to get the problem sorted and had to watch the fleet set off for a lively sail without us.Our passage back to Panama was also brisk, again we were grateful for our yellow shirts help in contacting and arranging a berth in the marina for us in fact we saw them all on the ferry which passed us on the way in to Panama and Stefano. read more...


14/02/2017

Timshel - Panama and the Canal and Las Perlas

Have not updated this blog for a while so this is just to fill in stuff we did when close to land.We had a very interesting time on the Caribbean side of Panama, visiting Portobelo (sacked by British pirate Henry Morgan), then sailing through the breakwaters of the canal area to Shelter Bay.Lots of boat work there, but we had a great trip to the Embera Indian village - everyone came back with painted on tattoos - they did wash off eventually.The canal trip was very smooth, our advisor was very good and we were rafted with Laura Dawn and Tulla Mor for the trip.We were very grateful to Helen from Laura Dawn who came aboard to be one of our line handlers.And then we are in the Pacific and motoring under the Bridge of the Americas! Panama city was very interesting. Lots of shopping and more. read more...


13/02/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: under sail again

We motored a lot in the night. We got a little lazy and let the engine go. This morning at roll call 6 out of 25 boat reporting had engine hours. There are some boats that will stay under sail with multiple sail plans, anything to avoid using the engine. So now we have put up our asymmetrical spinnaker and are doing 6-7 knots on very pleasant seas. I hooked a fairly large fish (no photos, it was catch and release) that did a little tail walk and promptly spit the hook out. It looked like a sail fish that was about 4-5 feet long. It would have been too big but I wish I could have kept it on for a little more tail walking. We caught another much smaller fish that we landed for supper. We are about 300 miles out of Isla San Cristobal. That is about 48 more hours of sailing. Hope all is well. read more...


13/02/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: nice touch

We had a real nice touch last night. We needed to make some water last night. To do that we run the generator. The generator produces more electricity than the water maker needs so as a bonus we ran the air conditioners right as most were going to bed. It is sometimes a little hot and stuffy when you first go to bed so the air conditioning was a treat.It is still camping on the water but we do have it better than sailors did 50 years ago. One of our boats lost the use of their generator and they cook with electricity so they have had to adjust them meal plans according.I am sure they may have though that electricity for cooking was safer than propane and the open flame of a propane stove but a generator is one of the more common things to go on the fritz. Boating in this manner is a. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: nice touch
Lexington - Captain Bob: nice touch
Lexington - Captain Bob: nice touch
Lexington - Captain Bob: nice touch
12/02/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob : equator ritual

We are discussing our crossing of the equator. One very good suggestion was from Molly Haggerty Jones, lifer Sayre School mate of my daughter Kelly. We will make an offering to Neptune in the honor of Molly's dad, Peter Haggerty and Tom Grundwald of Sayre. Both were adventurous soles who would do something this crazy. Ann also has ashes of a founding member of Green Turtle Bay Yacht Club, Craig Riddle.She will sprinkle an ash or two over the equator in his honor.Flat Stanley will be doused with water as is done for pollywags.I do not think I will cut all my hair off but I might be willing to help hold Dinger down for a trim. I might offer a Girl Scout cookie or two. My granddaughter, Audrey set me some. This is still a work in progress but this is our initial plan. I am sure we will come. read more...


12/02/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: sad sailors

We are making a judgement on our time in Galapagos or being a dedicated sailor. We did well all day with our light air asymmetrical spinnaker and we did well. Nearing sunset we tried to make some adjustments but we were getting only 4 knots of speed. And we were 35 degrees off a good course. So we made the decision to wrap the sail and turn on the motor.I hate to motor but what does a day in Galapagos measure up to.Today has been a little hot especially when working on changing sails. When I came in from working on deck I drank three tall glasses of water. I am now doing the radio roll call. That is when all boats check in. This is done morning and evening. Bob. read more...


12/02/2017

Misto - Days 34-36: Misto comes second on the Santa Marta to San Blas leg and sets off to the Galapagos.

At the long-awaited prize giving at Contadora, Misto came second to Hanna and ahead of Sumore in the catamaran class on the challenging Santa Marta to San Blas leg. Congratulations to our crew for achieving this.An enjoyable beach BBQ rounded off this leg and period of cruising.The following day we set off for the Galapagos, hoping that our hull is free of barnacles and that we will have wind for a reasonable part of this leg. For 36 hours the wind built up to 35 knots and we romped towards our destination.We clocked 205 nm in one 4 hour period, aided by a favorable current of up to 4 knots, and saw a record of 18 knots as we surfed a wave.However all good things come to an end and on day 36 we have 9-10 knots of wind directly behind us.The parasailer is up and the continued favorable. read more...


12/02/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: light wind sailing

We expect light wind for the next 48-72 hours. We have launched our asymmetrical spinnaker. We are doing 7.5 to 8.5 knots in 8-10 knots of wind 150 degrees off the bow. We have about 475 miles to go in light air so we need to try to make the best of the light air. The biggest factor is the we need the experience in using more difficult sail plans. The next leg is 3000 miles so we need to be prepared to sail in light air. Most all sailors are more prepared for heavy weather sailing than they are for light air which happens a lot more often than heavy weather. We prepared by getting a bow sprit and a top down furled.A bow sprit is some sort of extension out in front of the anchor and bow pulpit. It allows you to attach the spinnaker ahead of the forestry. The forestayis the metal cable. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: light wind sailing
Lexington - Captain Bob: light wind sailing
Lexington - Captain Bob: light wind sailing
Lexington - Captain Bob: light wind sailing
12/02/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: motoring

We have run out of our wind. We are motoring tonight. If we were better sailor we would probably tough it out will light wind. We will probably put up the asymmetric spinnaker tomorrow but it would be foolish to try it at night. We have not flown it much before and it takes about an hour to rig up for us. I will be good to get the experience with our light air sails. The wind is expected to improve in the day tomorrow. I am using the SSB to get weather information. It is a very pleasant night. I was in shorts and a bathing suit for my watch of 00:00 to 02:00. We do easy 2 hour watches. We have a near full moon. Later in the evening the wind increased and we were able to sail again. It is now 8:00 am and we have been going well since 4:00 am. The forecast is for the winds to do fair for a. read more...


12/02/2017

Timshel - Cruising San Blas

We would probably have enjoyed the San Blas rather more had the(new)engine and then the electronic autopilot not failed.The engine seemed to be an electronic problem, initially we thought with the cockpit button panel. The panel would not turn on, then the engine started seemingly by itself, then it wouldn't stop and kept restarting itself.But the next time we tried it was normal - maybe one of the buttons had got stuck?Then it wouldn't go at all! We mailled Jean-Paul at Mechanique Plaisance in Martinique who had fitted the engine - using the SSB link as we had no phone signal let alone 3G.Thank goodness, he replied promptly and said he thought the problem was the MDI box which we did have a spare of rather than the button panel for which we didn't. We changed the little electronic box. read more...


11/02/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: at sea

We have had a fairly good day of sailing. It is a little bit of a rough ride but we are making excellent time. In the first 24 hours we sailed 197 miles. For an average of 8.2 knots. Which is 9.8 miles per hour.It is a very clear pleasant day with a temperature of about 84 degrees. Unfortunately we expect to run out of the fresh winds. Someone give us a suggestion on a good equator crossing ceremony! Photo of crew below. image1. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: at sea
Lexington - Captain Bob: at sea
11/02/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob : brisk sailing

We are on the way to Galapagos. We have had a nice 24 hours of sailing. The wind is coming over our right shoulder NNE at 16-30 knots. The seas started out moderately mild. Over the 24 hours the seas have built to 8-12 feet. Seas build with time and distance. The longer winds blow over a greater fetch ( distance over which the wind is blowing) the greater the seas are. We are due to have diminishing starting Sunday. We are at latitude 05 57 north and 080 39 west. We will be crossing the equator. Anybody got any suggestions for our crossing ceremony?Bob. read more...


10/02/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: on to the Galapagos

We started the leg to the Galapagos today. Jerry Hey joined us today as we left Las Perlas. We have brisk winds over our port stern at 15-25 knots. We have a reef in the main and the full gib poled out. It is at sunset now and I am going to do a watch with Jerry. We started at about 11:00 am so we are still bunched up. We are not out of the Gulf of Panama. When we round Punta Mala we will make a little jog to the west. We the brisk winds we are hoping the sail the rhumb line. The leg is about 850 miles. Will send more tomorrow. Bob. read more...


08/02/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: Isla Viveros

We are anchored at Isla Viveros at about the midpoint of Las Perlas.We had a nice short trip to this anchorage. On the way we saw masses of birds feeding on the surface. We deverted over to have a look. There were birds diving all over the place in swarms. See photo below,image1 image2. read more...