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Midnight Wanderer - Two men in hats. They both like boats.
Midnight Wanderer - Two men in hats. They both like boats.
Alpamayo - Day 2
Alpamayo - Day 2
20/08/2016

Alpamayo - Life as an Autohelm Rabbit - Day 2

I was a bit tied up yesterday but today I have focused on getting my jobs done. Even though the wind is currently keeping us in the marina it's important to fly the flag and take part! That's where today's adventure begins....While my adult minders were taken full advantage of the local shops and attractions I took it upon myself to get the rally flag back up the mast. Surely it's a simple task for a fully competent Autohelm Rabbit, how difficult could it be? (Famous last words). With one paw on the flag and the other three tying the knots, easy; you will know from yesterday's blog that I am quite proficient with a rope. However, those experienced sailors amongst you will have already realised my mistake, three paws is one paw too many. Slip, grip, fumble and go... the extra paw was. read more...


20/08/2016

Amy Clair - ARC Channel Islands - Gosport day 1..... & 2...&...

So we're still in Gosport instead of half way across the channel, thanks to the howling winds and weather warnings, but a joy to have some glorious sunshine whilst we dodge the downpours and try to avoid being swept off the pontoon!A good chance to make new acquaintances, share ridiculous boating stories, and build confidence for the forthcoming passages. Today's bonus was some added entertainment courtesy of the Armed Forces - a sail past with bagpipes sounding out across the harbour! How did our ARC rally leaders manage to organise that I wonder? Very impressed! Photo and or video to follow if my techie skills and icloud allow (that's probably a no then!)👏👏💨🌊⛵️Liz Hedges on S/Y Amy Clair. read more...


20/08/2016

Jessica - Calm before the storm, who'd have guessed from such a calm scene?

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Jessica - Calm before the storm, who'd have guessed from such a calm scene?
Jessica - Calm before the storm, who'd have guessed from such a calm scene?
20/08/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 223: Murphy is Having a Giggle

After a reasonably good night Roy decided to tackle the port engine issue again.Unfortunately after cleaning the heat exchanger, the exhaust elbow, the pipes of the water pump and the filter, it is still running hot. The only two remaining possibilities are a blockage in the intake or the water pump.Lets hope it's the less expensive one. Either way neither can be investigated until we are at anchor. On another note, we've decided that Murphy is definitely having a giggle. Once again a South Pacific passage has no resemblance to what was forecasted.The flat seas we thought we were getting only lasted a day and now we are crawling our way through very lumpy and confused seas, with the swell anything from southwesterly to southerly, the current out of the east and winds out of the. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 223: Murphy is Having a Giggle
Paw Paw - Log Day 223: Murphy is Having a Giggle
Alpamayo - Life as an Autohelm Rabbit -day 1
Alpamayo - Life as an Autohelm Rabbit -day 1
19/08/2016

Alpamayo - Life as an Autohelm Rabbit -Day 1

Being an Autohelm rabbit can be tough. Here at my berth in Gosport Marina waiting to start the ARC Channel Islands, we are hit by some stormy weather.Outside, the rain is persistently washing the decks. This ruins my fur so I have had to shelter inside all day.As a keen sailing rabbit, I have used this time to practice my knots. To start with, things went well until there were some lewd suggestions about rope and knots from a crew member. I was so shocked, my ears stood up on end. Unfortunately the end result of my knot tying can be seen in the rather embarrassing photo taken by the skipper when I was well and truly indisposed. Fortunately, non of my female rabbit friends were nearby although the thought of this picture appearing on Furbook may keep me awake tonight.Fur. read more...


19/08/2016

Hufflepuff - waiting for the weather to blow through

After a bumpy night next to the Haslar lightship and with the weather expected to worsen, we made plans to move to a more sheltered berth. That was the cue for the sun to come out after hours of rain, naturally. The noise of the wind in the rigging is increasing now, though, so we're glad we made the move.We've had a relaxing day with games on board and a trip on the ferry across to Portsmouth. The crew split up with part going off to watch "Finding Dory" and part having lunch at Loch Fyne in Gunwharf Quays. The skippers' briefing went through the key points for our passage to Cherbourg with an update promised on Saturday. It's exciting to anticipate the trip, but let's see what the weather holds for us...FionaHufflepuff. read more...


19/08/2016

Majic-L - Majical WRC challenge - day 2

So, here we are this morning in a wet and windy Haslar marina. Had afunny start to the day - we have more eggs than you can shake a stick at so Tony offered to cook breakfast. After a bit of debate - fried, boiled, poached, scrambled we opted for poached eggs on toast for the 5 of us. Thing was, Tony knew what to do but two issues - he'd seen his wife doing them but hadn't done himself, so the "advice" started from his crew mates and you know what they say about "too many cooks" - how true! Then you know what they say about being in someone else's kitchen, well in a boats galley this is even more so as everything is stowed for travel so much searching for things like vinegar, ramekins etc. But it all turned out well and we enjoyed the eggs and all ready at the same time. He's been. read more...


19/08/2016

South Steyne - Log Day 1 - going nowhere...yet

Thanks to the reliable British summertime weather, we are not leaving for Cherbourg tomorrow morning, looks like it might be Sunday or possibly Monday now. After a rather improved breakfast (yesterday was porridge with mixed spices - yuck), we had oursafety meeting on board this morning and had an interesting MOB conversation. With so many variables to consider, followed by the difficult task of actually getting some-one back on board, especially if you are short handed, it does seem like the best possibleadvice is to just prevent it from happening in the first place. Stay in the cockpit, tight jack stays, clip on, short safety lines, maintaining a low centre of gravity, shoes with good grip, one hand for you and the other for the boat..... After visiting a local chandlery and leaving. read more...


19/08/2016

Midnight Wanderer - Day 2 - Friday

The day dawned dreek and got worse. The crew decided that we should spend time visiting the Mary Rose museum, especially as they recently uncovered the hull and the s'board is now visible in all its glory. I had never been to see her before, but I do remember some 35 years ago, skiving from work to see the wreck lifted from the Solent. Amazing then and amazing now to see her and especially the artefacts and the human stories. We didn't (couldn't in the time available) see it all and therefore we'll be back to see it and the other exhibitions.Of course, that wasn't the highlight of the day. No, that was the Skippers' Briefing. With signature performances from Jeremy, Sally and Roger, in addition, there there was a PowerPoint presentation, but as far as I could see, no-one fell asleep in a. read more...


Midnight Wanderer - A wobbly wait in Haslar Marina
Midnight Wanderer - A wobbly wait in Haslar Marina
19/08/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 222: Decisions, Decisions, Decisions ...

As with most things in life we have choices and, therefore, decisions to make.Prior to leaving Samoa this morning, we had to make a decision on our departure date, based on the weather forecasts we had been studying for the past week. Do we take advantage of the forecasted flatter seas, but lighter winds, which meant we would be motoring or, at best, motor-sailing or do we wait until after the weekend for stronger winds that would allow us to sail, albeit a beat, accompanied by higher seas?Based on the sailing season we have had thus far, we opted for the former. With two engines, the prospect of motoring or motor-sailing just meant we would adopt our normal strategy - motor at a low RPM to conserve fuel, alternate between engines and add some time to the passage to account for the. read more...


19/08/2016

Hufflepuff - ARC CI DAY 1: arrives at Haslar Marina

The welcome from the ARC CI team on Manitoba was distinctly brighter than the forecast for the weekend (their yellow shirts competing with our dayglo green ones for the prize for "team least likely to be lost in a crowd". The Hufflepuff shirts also turned out to be good camouflage against the Haslar lightship, Mary Mouse, where we enjoyed the marina's hospitality and met the Mayor (very exciting for our youngest crew member, Jasmine - a fun start to the rally. FionaHufflepuff. read more...


Hufflepuff - ARC CI DAY 1:arrives at Haslar Marina
Hufflepuff - ARC CI DAY 1:arrives at Haslar Marina
Hufflepuff - ARC CI DAY 1: arrives at Haslar Marina
Hufflepuff - ARC CI DAY 1: arrives at Haslar Marina
18/08/2016

Midnight Wanderer - Day one

We had a short trip to Haslar from Port Solent, and moored up opposite the lighthouse. Very convenient for the ablution facilities, I must say, as we've never been closer wherever we have parked for the night.First impressions are indicative as to how things turn out generally, and I must say all are good. So far, we have hooked up with Simon and Becky (Anne of Wight) with whom we found we had an interest in rugby. Simon (proud son) told me that his father played rugby for England. "When " I asked to which he replied "in the 1930's." I think I disappointed him by not remembering his father's exploits on and off the field! I'm just not old enough!We were moored ahead of Howard (FourForty) who admitted that this would be his first time across the channel, just like us, which reassured my. read more...


18/08/2016

Majic-L - Majical Channel ARC - Day 1

My names Mark and I offered to write our blog as I'm the weekend sailor amongst our crew. There are 5 of us doing this great sailing adventure - my crew mates are Richard (the skipper and boat owner), his wife Linda, Tony and Dave. Tony and Dave have both owned yachts themselves and they are all experienced sailors - unlike me but I can type.We started with an early sailing from Lymington Yacht Haven where Majic-L had been berthed to Gosport for the start of the ARC. Pretty good sail over - took about 4 hours and we managed to find enough wind to sail much of the way. Brilliant sunshine and warm - unbelievable that the weather is forecast so pants for tomorrow!Tony told me about an app called Find Ship which I told my wife about - next I get an excited text that she could see we had left. read more...


18/08/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 221: Saying Goodbye to Beautiful Samoa

Tonight, after a delicious tuna fest on board and sitting on the trampoline under a beautiful full moon, we can't help but reflect on the wonderful time we've had in Samoa. There aren't too many places that we have visited during our sailing adventures where we feel we are leaving are hearts behind. Tomorrow morning we will say our goodbyes to beautiful Samoa as we set sail for Tonga, taking with us the fondest of memories. Today, after completing all the officialdom of clearing out we made a last stop at the fresh produce and fish markets, enjoyed one last lunch at the Milani Caffé,filled our diesel jerry cans, topped up on dinghy petrol and finally collected Elaine's "poletasi" (Traditional Samoan dress). Since it's a more formal outfit, she's looking forward to wearing it to a nice. read more...


17/08/2016

Paw Paw - Log Days 219 & 220: Getting Back Into the Swing of Things

Yesterday we had a great outing - We played golf - The first time since moving onto Paw Paw. In fact the last time we can remember playing was on Keenan's birthday two and half years ago in Chandler. The Royal Samoan, rated as one of the top 100 golf courses in the world, was beautiful, set in the mountains about 15 minutes drive from Apia. Although a longer course than we were expecting, we didn't do too badly at all and it was simply lovely just to get back into the swing of things.Afterwards we enjoyed a delicious lunch at the Gormet Seafoodrestaurant before starting our re-provisioning exercise ahead of our departure for Tonga later this week and had to continue today. Unfortunately one of the joys of sailing is that it's extremely unusual to be able to find everything you need in. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Days 219 & 220: Getting Back Into the Swing of Things
Paw Paw - Log Days 219 & 220: Getting Back Into the Swing of Things
Paw Paw - Log Days 219 & 220: Getting Back Into the Swing of Things
Paw Paw - Log Days 219 & 220: Getting Back Into the Swing of Things
15/08/2016

Paw Paw - Log Days 217 & 218: A Quiet Sunday and Monday

We had a quiet Sunday yesterday and another quiet day today since it was a public holiday and everywhere was closed, with the exception of a few smaller supermarkets. We did, however, keep ourselves busy with various odd jobs like topping up the diesel tanks, fixing the boom bail and strap, fixing the outhaul, doing laundry - Elaine is still loving her washing machine -making water, cleaning the hulls, cleaning under the floorboards and in the bilges, re-routing the TV to the main saloon speakers, fixing some additional bungies and getting some provisioning done in preparation for our time in Tonga, as we understand supplies are fairly limited there. We did find time for some fun activities as well like facetiming Keenan and Brooke. Unfortunately William was far too busy playing in the. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Days 217 & 218: A Quiet Sunday and Monday
Paw Paw - Log Days 217 & 218: A Quiet Sunday and Monday
Paw Paw - Log Days 217 & 218: A Quiet Sunday and Monday
Paw Paw - Log Days 217 & 218: A Quiet Sunday and Monday
Paw Paw - Log Days 217 & 218: A Quiet Sunday and Monday
Paw Paw - Log Days 217 & 218: A Quiet Sunday and Monday
13/08/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 216: The Chinese Invasion

Today was another lazy day aboard, but we did do a few things though.Roy replaced the bungies on the shrouds, Elaine continue to upload all our photographs of Surwarrow,American Samoa and Samoa to our website gallery and then did something she hasn't done in years.In fact it's been so long that she can't remember when last it was - She baked an apple pie! The odd thing was that when she opened the tinned apples which we managed to find here under a New Zealand brand name,she made the comment that they looked just like the ones she use to use in SouthAfrica.On further inspection we discovered that they were indeed from South African, but packaged for the New Zealand company. What are the odds!The rest of the day was spent lounging around, reading and enjoying the activities of the. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 216: The Chinese Invasion
Paw Paw - Log Day 216: The Chinese Invasion
12/08/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 214 & 215: Unusual Geophysical Phenomena

Yesterday and today involved early starts to the day. This morning, to return the hire car and yesterday to get ready for our excursion around the southeastern part of Opolu Island and it was certainly a day of unexpected treasures.After getting our picnic lunch together, loading up our snorkeling gear and picking up the car, we enjoyed the drive along the northeastern coastline through some of the prettiest villages we've seen, before heading south through the mountains and the Le Mafa Pass.Our first stop was the viewpoint of the Sopoaga Waterfalls. It was something out of a story book. From the beautiful gardens and picnic table area one had a wonderful view of the gorge with the waterfall as the backdrop, set amongst the lush tropical vegetation. Here we meet the owner of the property. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 214 & 215: Unusual Geophysical Phenomena
Paw Paw - Log Day 214 & 215: Unusual Geophysical Phenomena
Paw Paw - Log Day 214 & 215: Unusual Geophysical Phenomena
Paw Paw - Log Day 214 & 215: Unusual Geophysical Phenomena
Paw Paw - Log Day 214 & 215: Unusual Geophysical Phenomena
Paw Paw - Log Day 214 & 215: Unusual Geophysical Phenomena
Paw Paw - Log Day 214 & 215: Unusual Geophysical Phenomena
Paw Paw - Log Day 214 & 215: Unusual Geophysical Phenomena
10/08/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 213: The "Three Brothers"

Well,Elaine eventually woke up this morning feeling as stiff as a board, but somewhat human again.After her regular exercises on the foredeck to loosen up, she is happy to report that she has only a hint of discomfort / stiffness in her backand ankle.A major relief after two and a half months since stumpling into a in Papeete, Tahiti.Although at one point yesterday Elaine was beginning to think that the idea of seeing a traditional healer had been another one of Roy's hair-brain ideas, similar to the belly-button piercing incident,she has to admit that, by this afternoon, she was feeling great and it was, in fact, a brilliant suggestion.So,in keeping with the natural healing theme, another trip to the Fresh Produce Market revealed that garlic, tumeric and ginger are considered the "Three. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 213: The "Three Brothers"
Paw Paw - Log Day 213: The
Paw Paw - Log Day 213: The "Three Brothers"
Paw Paw - Log Day 213: The
09/08/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 212: A Samoan "Fofo"

This morning it was a made scramble to get ashore to see the Police Marching Band again and get inside the Catholic Cathedral while it was unoccupied. In both instances Roy wanted to take some videos with the new camera.From there we decided to pass some time with a morning coffee at Nourish. However, after perusing their menu we decided on hot teas - Freshly ground tumeric and ginger (Elaine) and tumeric and passion fruit (Roy). It didn't take us long to decide that we also wanted to return for lunch. That has been true about every café or restaurant that we have visited to date - we've simply had to return for another meal! The main event of the day though was Elaine's visit to a traditional healer for a Samoan massage, known as the "Fofo". It will, without a doubt,go down on record as. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 212: A Samoan "Fofo"
Paw Paw - Log Day 212: A Samoan
Paw Paw - Log Day 212: A Samoan "Fofo"
Paw Paw - Log Day 212: A Samoan
08/08/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 211: Excellent Provisioning at Reasonable Prices

Until today we have been shopping at the smaller supermarkets for the few odds and ends that we've needed in the way of groceries, but today we decided to take a short taxi ride to the Fresh Produce Market as well as explore the nearby larger supermarkets.We were amazed at the range of products, including wines from all over the world, as well as the freshly baked goods like cornish pasties, sausage rolls and various other filled pies, not to mention the cream donuts, cakes and range of breads. The Fresh Produce Market was packet with all sorts of locally grown fruit and vegetables, from fresh turmeric and ginger to tangerines and everything else in-between.We opted for some breadfruit and bok choy to accompany our lamb chops for dinner and, of course a South African Shiraz. Breadfruit. read more...


08/08/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 210: A Day of Rest and Time with Family

While the islanders enjoy a day of rest and time with family on a Sunday, the crew of Paw Paw, while enjoying a dayon board, managed to fill it with all sorts of activities - making water,doing laundry, changing the fan belts on both engines,baking soda bread and a tres leche cake,sewing some recently collected patches/ novelties on the dog bed, mending yet another flag that was unravelling in the wind and managed to squeeze in some time to read, but no afternoon nap. We did, however, have time with family albeit from a distance by phone, but it was lovely to catch up on all their news regardless. . read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 210: A Day of Rest and Time with Family
Paw Paw - Log Day 210: A Day of Rest and Time with Family
Paw Paw - Log Day 210: A Day of Rest and Time with Family
Paw Paw - Log Day 210: A Day of Rest and Time with Family
08/08/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 210: A Day of Rest and Time with Family

While the islanders enjoy a day of rest and time with family on a Sunday, the crew of Paw Paw, while enjoying a dayon board, managed to fill it with all sorts of activities - making water,doing laundry, changing the fan belts on both engines,baking soda bread and a tres leche cake,sewing some recently collected patches/ novelties on the dog bed, mending yet another flag that was unravelling in the wind and managed to squeeze in some time to read, but no afternoon nap. We did, however, have time with family albeit from a distance by phone, but it was lovely to catch up on all their news regardless. 02ba0a2f-f8d5-45cd-87e1-fc80a4dfcf3a1551753597 fbd00964-acfa-4d6d-9894-d1f066746193-370992485. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 210: A Day of Rest and Time with Family
Paw Paw - Log Day 210: A Day of Rest and Time with Family
Paw Paw - Log Day 210: A Day of Rest and Time with Family
Paw Paw - Log Day 210: A Day of Rest and Time with Family
06/08/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 209: A Food Affair

I think we can say we're now getting tired of fresh mahi mahi,fresh yellowfin tuna,New Zealand lamb and beef, organic fruit and vegetables and would kill for a hormone infested, pink-slime burger with fries!An unexpected pleasure of staying in Samoa is being exposed to a true international food selection.Roy was up bright and early this morning to head to the fresh fish market, where he purchased some yellowfin tuna. Then, mid-morning hepopped out to the little food mart close to the anchorage and returned with oranges from Australia, vanilla waffer biscuits from India,scotch finger biscuits from Fiji,locally grown organic tomatoes and a green pepper, a loaf of freshly baked bread and coconut donuts, all for under $5USD. It's fair to say the coconut donuts must be an acquired taste. That. read more...



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