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Majic-L - Sunrise @ Alderney- Majic-l
Majic-L - Sunrise @ Alderney- Majic-l
Majic-L - Yacht overtaking on the port bow
Majic-L - Yacht overtaking on the port bow
26/08/2016

Majic-L - Majical Challenge Day 9

After we had spotted the showers last night, early morning trip across in the inflatable to use the facilities. Got chatting to the cleaner - turns out she came here on a sailing trip herself and liked the place so much she came back and stayed.Came back to bacon butties that Richard had served up - had to wolf them down to get across for the Alderney railway trip at 9am. What a quaint little railway - an old diesel pulling some ex London Underground carriages. Only a relatively short length of track but lots to see and some great views across the harbour - at one point you could see both shorelines on either side of the Island. After looking around the lighthouse, Richard and Linda took the train back whilst Tony and I walked back along the coast. We came across a beer festival in "The. read more...


26/08/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 229: Plenty of New Firsts on Paw Paw

We agree on something which, in itself, is a momentus occasion. We agree that this passage will go down as the worst passage we have ever had to undertake on Paw Paw.While we knew it would be difficult based on the fact that we had to turn around the last time we tried it, on hindsight, we should have just soldiered on because we have spent the last 24 hours, with Bay Dreamer (Anna and Daniel) for company on the high seas, bouncing around and slamming into waves anyway.Thankfully, the wind direction and swell held, which on paper makes this look like the perfect sail.We haven't deviated from our rhumb line by more than 0.5NM at any time. Unfortunately, the choice to deviate in order for a more comfortable ride was unavailable, as there are numerous shallow area that one has to navigate. read more...


Bubsa - 22 toppings between them. Bubsa enjoys a delicious meal at The Moorings.
Bubsa - 22 toppings between them. Bubsa enjoys a delicious meal at The Moorings.
Midnight Wanderer - The drama, the horror and the safe arrival of Anne of Wight in St Peters Port completes day 5.
Midnight Wanderer - The drama, the horror and the safe arrival of Anne of Wight in St Peters Port completes day 5.
Midnight Wanderer - The drama, the horror and the safe arrival of Anne of Wight in St Peters Port completes day 5.
Midnight Wanderer - The drama, the horror and the safe arrival of Anne of Wight in St Peters Port completes day 5.
Midnight Wanderer - The drama, the horror and the safe arrival of Anne of Wight in St Peters Port completes day 5.
Midnight Wanderer - The drama, the horror and the safe arrival of Anne of Wight in St Peters Port completes day 5.
26/08/2016

Midnight Wanderer - Day 7 - Thursday

(This is Day 7, not Day 6 as previously advised - today Friday will be Day 8!)We made our decision and cleared it with the lead boat. We are now directly on a pontoon, not rafted and so w decided to stay in St. Peter Port, act like a grockle, and have a good dinner, again!We refuelled, checked the tonker, and took on water in anticipation of tomorrow, and then went to La Vallette and the German museum. Met Molly, who was a child of 9 when the Germans invaded and lived through the occupation unlike many other children who were evacuated to the UK. She has written a number of books. What was disappointing was that there were no "living histories" as there are in the Imperial War Museum. Interesting museum, which is rather more a private collection of militaria. Off to lunch where we met. read more...


26/08/2016

Midnight Wanderer - Day 6 -Wednesday

(This is Day 6, not Day 5!)It was a day that augured well, but hit rock bottom before matters were retrieved by food and drink.The boat inside us left at 0725, and we executed a great manoeuvre using stern landline and bow thruster. However, the warp trailed in the water and was sucked in to the bow thruster, causing it to stop. The language was pretty rich. Called the Harbour Master and agreed a price for the dive team to attend.Trouble was that Chinese whispers prevailed and the message was that the skipper of Midnight Wanderer was designated Mr Nasty as I wanted the dive team but wouldn't pay! Bit of a delay and the Harbour Master turned up ready to reconcile Mr Nasty! We spent some time explaining our situation and with his intervention the dive team turned up, I paid, we got our. read more...


25/08/2016

Majic-L - Day 8 - Majical Challenge

Lazy start to the day in Guernsey as we had knew we had a midday start, chance for a bit more last minute mooching around the harbour before the mass untying as we made ready for the off. Tried to finish the Guardian crossword between us and almost managed it. The sight of the group of ARC yachts all heading out together from Guernsey harbour was quite something.We enjoyed listening in to the conversation on the ARC channel along with the other boats and thecomments from other ARC boats. Linda and Richard's son is a merchant seaman, has done his studying and passed his exams unlike the guy on the call who did seem a bit bitter to say the least. Got some good photos of other yachts but not unfortunately any Dolphins - or mermaids as reported! Combination of sailing and motoring again, but. read more...


Majic-L - Molly Moo approaching Braye alongside Majic-L
Majic-L - Molly Moo approaching Braye alongside Majic-L
Majic-L - Molly Moo approaching Braye alongside Majic-L
Majic-L - Molly Moo approaching Braye alongside Majic-L
25/08/2016

Midnight Wanderer - Day 5 - Wednesday

It was a day that augured well, but hit rock bottom before matters were retrieved by food and drink.The boat inside us left at 0725, and we executed a great manoeuvre using stern landline and bow thruster. However, the warp trailed in the water and was sucked in to the bow thruster, causing it to stop. The language was pretty rich. Called the Harbour Master and agreed a price for the dive team to attend.Trouble was that Chinese whispers prevailed and the message was that the skipper of Midnight Wanderer was designated Mr Nasty as I wanted the dive team but wouldn't pay! Bit of a delay and the Harbour Master turned up ready to reconcile Mr Nasty! We spent some time explaining our situation and with his intervention the dive team turned up, I paid, we got our line back intact and a. read more...


Midnight Wanderer - Photo competition
Midnight Wanderer - Photo competition
Bubsa - How to relax. Bubsa knows how.
Bubsa - How to relax. Bubsa knows how.
25/08/2016

Bubsa - arrived in Alderney

We set off from Guernsey and headed out last a huge cruise ship. We were glad we had done our retail therapy before the hoards headed in to town. Sun and little rain and fairly flatcrossing the sun broke through the clouds and gave three of the crew our first sight of Braye. Once moored up the champagne was opened and we raised a glass to celebrate Hope's very successful results in her GCSE's. Now time to relax and swim deck went down and the two men took up their positions with a beer in hand. A perfect end to another leg of the ARC Channel Islands. By Fiona. read more...


25/08/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 228: The Price of a Contrary and Nomadic Life

Having watched the actual weather and compared this to the forecasts following our unplanned arrival in Nuiatoputapu on Sunday, we decided that tomorrow would be the best time to depart, based on the better direction of wind and swell that is forecasted and having seen evidence of the shift today.So, with that decision made, it was time to clear out and say our goodbyes.It struck us that this is the first island where we have had so many locals to say our goodbyes to; people who have shown us nothing by kindness and invited us into their hearts and homes to share a meal or just have a chat; people who are happy to share what little they have.While we left our hearts in Samoa,we're definitely leaving something of ourselves behind here as well. Tonight, under a spectacular starry night,on. read more...


Midnight Wanderer - What a difference a day makes...gorgeous Guernsey, hello!
Midnight Wanderer - What a difference a day makes...gorgeous Guernsey, hello!
Majic-L - Just taking a short cut!
Majic-L - Just taking a short cut!
24/08/2016

Majic-L - Majical Challenge Day 7

Day started at 7am with a walk to see what the showers were like here in Guernsey - intercepted by customs at top of the ramp off the pontoon "what boat are you on, have you done your form?" Being the organised guy that he is, Richard posted our form in the yellow box last night, so I was able to go straight in and jump the queue whilst others there had to provide their details.What a busy harbour this is - we were sat watching the comings and goings when we saw a live "man overboard" when a French guy was reaching across when berthing up to another boat when he stretched too far and fell in! We heard the splash and all looked around - Tony was there quickly to help pull him out of the water - he was smiling at the end so all ok!We met at 10am for the coach trip around the island after. read more...


24/08/2016

Amy Clair - ARC CI rally day ..? 24/8/16 - St Peter port

Completely lost track of days and dates and to complicate things further plans keep changing! However, despite a fairly hairy start with massive swells and force 6 winds outside the Solent, we eventually managed a fantastic passage to Cherbourg with bright sunshine and cloudless skies. Couldn't quite believe that no less than 3 big vessels in the channel went out of their way to change course for us! Perhaps seeing a whole bunch of sails together was scary enough for them to avoid us - there's safety in numbers!So then straight on to Guernsey the next day as we were already 2 days behind schedule, sadly minus a few of our fleet for a variety of reasons. A completely different day and the Alderney race was extremely kind to us all! Sadly we didn't get the radio alert so missed the. read more...


24/08/2016

Midnight Wanderer - Day 5 - Tuesday

Whilst it may be true that everyone gets what they deserve, today, we were blessed with blue skies, flat water, epic sunshine BUT no wind to speak of. So the tonkergot another outing, except for a period when we decided to sail, slowly. The silence was golden but our speed was decidedly leaden. Skipper served Darjeeling and back came on the tonker, and we were surprised by how benign the Race turned out to be. We headed for Little Russel and played spot the mark against the passage plan and the chart. It was easy, but unlikely to be in driving rain and a Force 6!I'd never been to Guernsey before, even on business, and we look forward to the tour tomorrow, - bus, soft seat, and with someone else driving and doing the navigation. Dinner was in the Pickled Pig, also discovered by Magic-L.. read more...


24/08/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 227: Hospitality and Sharing

Today we decided to explore by dinghy.First stop was the moto to the west of the anchorage that appeared to be surrounded by a beautiful white sandy beach.Unfortunately, after beaching the dinghy we witnessed, once again, the damage caused by the tsunami that devastated parts of Nuiatoputapu, Samoa and American Samoa in September 2009 and which many of the islanders are still trying to recover from. It was in American Samoa that we first learnt about the tsunami. Besides the polluted water in Pago Pago from the fish cannery, we learnt that the reason anchors snag in the anchorage is due to the amount of debris that was washed into the harbour by the tsunami - cars, houses, personal possessions, vegetation, all of which still remains there today. It also provided an explanation as to why. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 227: Hospitality and Sharing
Paw Paw - Log Day 227: Hospitality and Sharing
Paw Paw - Log Day 227: Hospitality and Sharing
Paw Paw - Log Day 227: Hospitality and Sharing
Paw Paw - Log Day 227: Hospitality and Sharing
Paw Paw - Log Day 227: Hospitality and Sharing
Midnight Wanderer - A sun set to make it all worth it and one thing ticked off the bucket list! Hoorah we made it!
Midnight Wanderer - A sun set to make it all worth it and one thing ticked off the bucket list! Hoorah we made it!
Midnight Wanderer - Glorious middle
Midnight Wanderer - Glorious middle
Midnight Wanderer - Panoramic on an iPhone post sea sickness
Midnight Wanderer - Panoramic on an iPhone post sea sickness
24/08/2016

Hufflepuff - Hufflepuff ARC CI Rally: Day 6 - Dolphins Ahoy!

Cherbourg to Guernsey: we woke up in Cherbourg to the most glorious weather - having mooredup just before 10pm BST after a long sail from Gosport, we slept very well. Time was short to prepare for our next leg though, so Cathy and Jas took on the task of locating the boulangerie and charcuterie for lunch supplies whilst the rest of us attended the skippers' briefing and readied the boat. We set off in light winds and prepared to motor much of the way.What we weren't prepared for was the fabulous sight of dolphins playing around the ARC boats. Absolutely wonderful! We negotiated the Alderney Race at slack tide with no problems and negotiated the Little Russel. Stunning scenery and very enjoyable by day - not sure I'd fact doing it at night! As promised by Roger, St Peter Port came up. read more...


Hufflepuff - Hufflepuff ARC CI Rally: Day 6 - Dolphins Ahoy!
Hufflepuff - Hufflepuff ARC CI Rally: Day 6 - Dolphins Ahoy!
Majic-L - Arriving at Guernsey
Majic-L - Arriving at Guernsey
Majic-L - Lunch is served - French Style
Majic-L - Lunch is served - French Style
24/08/2016

Majic-L - Day 6 Majical Challenge

Very good nights sleep after yesterday's long sail and a couple of beers at the reception in the marina bar - we all really enjoyed that after the 16 hour sail to France.Walked around town early before the skippers briefing- breakfast just had to be from the Boulangerie so warm croissant and French sticks. Cheese and pate from the charcuterie for lunch and wine for the evening and we were good to go. Shame we missed market day but st least we were here on a lovely day.Once we were underway to Guernsey after our brief time in France, I'm afraid that motoring rather than sailing was the order of the day for most of the journey as bright sunshine meant little wind! We set up lunch in the cockpit on the table - all very nice. Talk about best laid plans though, a big dollop of coleslaw on my. read more...


23/08/2016

Venturer II - Venturer Ii Day 3. Captain Slog

Well what a day . Posting this from my comfort blanket in Lymington sucking my thumb rather than Cherbourg.Weeks of preparation and planning and the prospect of socialising with nice people down the drain.Everything started well at some unearthly time this morning with every intention to leave at 5 am but managed 6 am . Delay caused by sparks coming from the removable forestay when I attached it to the toe rail . No idea why apart from the coincidence that the people at Berthon were working on the nav lights etc the day before we left for Gosport.I seem to have this problem with the marine industry wherever I go.It was the two hours passage south of Bembridge wot dunnit. I was ok at the helm and was struggling with sail trim to get the most comfortable passage but it wasn't nice. The big. read more...


23/08/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 226: Imagine Life Without...

With so much that happened yesterday, we forgot to mention that we found the problem with our port engine. After Roy ruled out the water pump by by-passing the raw water strainer and saildrive leg, we knew we definitely had a blockage. The culprit - a baby octopus that had decided to make a home in the cooling water intake.It certainly received a bigger adventure than it could've imagined, but we hope it likes its new home in Nuiatoputapu, Tonga.As for those living on land here, imagine life without any electricity,running water, natural gas, shops or stores, with the exception of a small convenience store without electricity. No restaurants or bars.In fact, no alcohol at all. This translates to no electrical appliances including a fridge, freezer, TV, or laptop just to mention a few. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 226: Imagine Life Without...
Paw Paw - Log Day 226: Imagine Life Without...
Paw Paw - Log Day 226: Imagine Life Without...
Paw Paw - Log Day 226: Imagine Life Without...
Paw Paw - Log Day 226: Imagine Life Without...
Paw Paw - Log Day 226: Imagine Life Without...
23/08/2016

Midnight Wanderer - Day 4 - Monday

This was one of the longest days of my life. It started with great expectations, (and a cup of tea), turned into a difficult morning and then a glorious afternoon, with a late arrival in the marina. The sea off Bembridge Ledge was lumpy but unfortunately, the only thing was that the boat coped well but all the crew didn't to a lesser or greater extent. Not fun! But onward we went, ate some ginger biscuits, drank ginger beer and played music very loudly. Seemed to work, except the playlist included Stormy Weather! The radio chatter on 77 was, at times, straight from an Ealing comedy and at times largely unnecessary. I clarified a point of detail, got my confirmation and was able to rely to Manitoba, "Roger Roger, Out" Silly, I know but the opportunity doesn't arise often.The navigation. read more...


23/08/2016

Majic-L - Magical Challenge Day 5

After an early night, a 4am alarm was the order of the day for our planned 5am departure from Gosport. Naively I reached for the cereals but Linda (with great foresight as it happened) said to leave it and we'd eat later so just a cup of tea and we were off.After motoring out of Gosport, we got the sails up as quickly as possible - which we know now meant we had to go a bit out of our way to keep the winds and if we had motored further at the beginning we could have traveled more directly, but then it wasn't a race!The first 4-5 hours of the trip were a challenge to say the least - we kept up a pretty good speed under sail but boy was it choppy! We were all knitted out with lifelines as it would have been easy to fall out of the cockpit never mind having to go up on deck as Richard did. read more...


22/08/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 225: So Many Aspects to Absorb

After both of us fell asleep while watching a movie last night, we woke this morning to glorious sunshine and another yacht limping into the anchorage.Bay Dreamer (Anna and Daniel), whom we'd briefly met in Samoa with their crew of five and a four month old baby on board, had also decided to take advantage of the forecasted benign weather and set sail for Vava'u, only to be forced to divert due to the terrible weather aswell.When we saw them coming through the channel, we looked at each other with a giggle and wondered whether or not we would experience the same inexplicable phenomena amongst sailors. With a completely empty anchorage, would they anchor on top of us? While sailing in the Caribbean, this is something we first thought that only the French did,but we have since discovered. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 225: So Many Aspects to Absorb
Paw Paw - Log Day 225: So Many Aspects to Absorb
Paw Paw - Log Day 225: So Many Aspects to Absorb
Paw Paw - Log Day 225: So Many Aspects to Absorb
Paw Paw - Log Day 225: So Many Aspects to Absorb
Paw Paw - Log Day 225: So Many Aspects to Absorb
21/08/2016

Bubsa - Bubsa's Journey Begins

Bubsa set off from Lymington on Thursday 18th August 2016 heading for Gosport and Haslar Marina. A gentle sail with up through the Solent, the sun shinning brightly we were luckyto spot The GB Americas Cup Boat fly by in training. What a fabulous sight.To welcome us into Haslar Marina, high above us against a blue sky two Spitfires flew over….. our excitement rising with the prospect of our pending journey.How quickly things can change, waking up on Friday to rain and dull skies. Our spirits however were not dampened despite the change in weather as we ventured out into Gosport to sample the various retail outlets of Poundland, Pound Stretchers and even a Pound World.Ladened down with those all important items that could be somehow useful, we returned to the boat.With the rain still. read more...


Bubsa - A very British Sight
Bubsa - A very British Sight
Bubsa - The sun at last
Bubsa - The sun at last
Bubsa - A Turks Knot
Bubsa - A Turks Knot