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22/03/2018

Mad Monkey - 21/03/2018 - Mid-Pacific Crossing

We are now two thirds of the way to the French Polynesia, having left Santa Cruz- Galapagos- a week late due to an unexpected medical situation…For me, this is an ocean crossing like other. I certainly did not expect to be the recovering patient having to spend most of my time on the saloon sofa, keeping my spine straight and my foot elevated; all whilst wearing a corset! When I lie awake during the night, I never thought I would miss being outside doing a nightshift so much, battling the elements and reefing due to squalls, however I better be careful what I say about that because I may soon be regretting those words in the Indian Ocean!Thankfully, for most of this passage the wind has remained constant and the sea state has been reasonably calm, meaning it has aided my recovery big. read more...


Blue Pearl - Wahoo for Dinner
Blue Pearl - Wahoo for Dinner
21/03/2018

Lexington - Captain Bob: Prize giving party.

We had a nice dinner and prize giving party tonight. A rum company had an open bar with very good rumdrinks. They also had a local band. image1. image2. image3.. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: Prize giving party.
Lexington - Captain Bob:  Prize giving party.
Lexington - Captain Bob: Prize giving party.
Lexington - Captain Bob:  Prize giving party.
Lexington - Captain Bob: Prize giving party.
Lexington - Captain Bob:  Prize giving party.
21/03/2018

Lexington - Captain Bob: Belmont Estates tour

Tom, Fran, Alan and I hired a car and went exploring today. We went to the north end of the island to a place called Belmont Estates. It is a 400 acre estate that raise spices and makes chocolate. We had a very nice guide and a good tour. As always it was a long run for a short slide but we all enjoyed our trip. We also visited Fort St George. image1. image2. image3. image4. image1. image2. image3. image4. image5.. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: Belmont Estates tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: Belmont Estates tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: Belmont Estates tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: Belmont Estates tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: Belmont Estates tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: Belmont Estates tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: Belmont Estates tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: Belmont Estates tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: Belmont Estates tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: Belmont Estates tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: Belmont Estates tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: Belmont Estates tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: Belmont Estates tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: Belmont Estates tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: Belmont Estates tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: Belmont Estates tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: Belmont Estates tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: Belmont Estates tour
20/03/2018

Mischief - A little bit more Mischief Log 10

Day 19 Sunday 18 March 2018. Difficult night; bread causes depression; Dave extends the journey; Land Ahoy!; phone signal; cross finish line; more sail trouble; Trevor's hot air put to use; we stay aboard.I had a feeling it was going to be a difficult night and I was spot on. As dusk fell you could tell where those squalls were south of 10 degrees with big black clouds which really played havoc with the wind all night. The wind switched from SE to NE and back again, and everything in between, and fluctuated from 17 knots to 8 knots with vivid lightning lighting up the sky ahead. This all meant constant course changes and several gybes requiring visits to the bow to deal with the spinnaker pole in the dark, so sleep was hard to come by and there was a real danger of losing the sense of. read more...


19/03/2018

Blue Pearl - Almost There

Close but yet so far. We have 250 miles to go and have 2700 miles behind us. Piece of cake, except the cake is a little stale. The weather is not cooperating, we are moving slowly at 6-6.5 kts so we still have about 40 hours to go. Hiva Oa, (the Island we are heading for) can expect us sometime early Tuesday morning. This is the longest sail we have ever done, 18 days from the Galapagos, 432 hours, almost all of it sailing with a little bit of motoring here and there. Just under 7kts per hour. Which is not bad but a little slower than we anticipated and that's all because of the last few days. Confusing andlight winds, overcast, squally skies, some rain. Just like at home. Except it is nice and warm.Our experience with the 18 day passage is that time goes by slowly but the days go by. read more...


19/03/2018

Shepherd Moon - Crying wolf

As dawn breaks tomorrow morning we should be greeted by the steep, verdant slopes of Hiva Oa. After 19 days at sea, and nearly 3,100 nautical miles, it will be strange to see something green. The last couple of days have been largely uneventful, or at least they would have been if the Blue Water Runner had remained safely stowed in its locker down below. As it was, it was very nearly the catalyst for a divorce.In fairness to the Blue Water Runner, it behaved impeccably until it was told to stop playing and come inside. While other boats struggled to cope with the repeated wind shifts, having to choose between heading off course or gybing, which with poled out sails is not an easy task, the Blue Water Runner took it all in its stride. There are no poles to fiddle with, just the two. read more...


17/03/2018

Air Power - Mar 16

We been on the Island of Hiva Oa, Marquesas since Tuesday morning. There is one small town call Atuona which makes up the hub of this island. There are several small grocery stores whose stock is dependentupon the last supply ship. One came in yesterday, and most of the stores seemed well stocked. During the weekdays, everything seems to close between 11:00 & 2:00 pm. Except the few places to eat. Then at 2:00, then close until the next day, or maybe open for dinner at 6:00 pm. So, don't expect to sit down and drink some wine in the afternoon, unless you brought it yourself. There is a museum dedicated to Paul Gauguin and his burial site up on the hill. If you don't who he was, he was a starving artist who painted tropical island living. He died in 1903.We went on a fantastic tour. read more...


18/03/2018

Mischief - A little bit more Mischief Log 9

Day 18 Saturday 17 March 2018. Northerlies?; through 200 nm; England disaster; boat scrubbed; Trevor offers to make us compliant; ETA firming upThe wind increased slightly in the middle of the night and settled into the north east, occasionally due north, not forecast on any grib files I've seen. This has put us onto a beam reach so not ideal with a boomed out genoa and intent on holding a direct course. We managed around 5-6 knots through the night and first light set the genoa normally and dropped the pole for a beam reach and put another knot of speed on.At 0815 we went through the 200 nm to destination mark.Had a YB text from the wife this morning - Ireland have beaten England 14-25 in the final Six Nations match, putting England 5th in the table having started favourites - what a. read more...


17/03/2018

Lexington - Captain Bob:

Today is March 15th and we are in Grenada. Tom and Fran have joined us for about a three week spell. Alan will join us tomorrow. We have been extremely lazy today. We had breakfast of cinnamon rolls and pastries and coffee in the cockpit this morning. We have spent good time around the pool doing some reading. Tonight we will have a party at the yacht club. Tomorrow we have a tour at some sights on the island. With all this said I have a little trouble being so lazy. It is the old farm boy coming out in me.image1.. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob:
Lexington - Captain Bob:
17/03/2018

Lexington - Captain Bob: tour of Grenada

We had a very nice tour today. The guide was intelligent and articulate. He was an excellent representative of his country. image1. image2. image3. image4. image5. image6.. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: tour of Grenada
Lexington - Captain Bob:  tour of Grenada
Lexington - Captain Bob: tour of Grenada
Lexington - Captain Bob:  tour of Grenada
Lexington - Captain Bob: tour of Grenada
Lexington - Captain Bob:  tour of Grenada
Lexington - Captain Bob: tour of Grenada
Lexington - Captain Bob:  tour of Grenada
Lexington - Captain Bob: tour of Grenada
Lexington - Captain Bob:  tour of Grenada
Lexington - Captain Bob: tour of Grenada
Lexington - Captain Bob:  tour of Grenada
17/03/2018

Mischief - A little bit more Mischief Log 8

Day 16 Thursday 15 March 2018. Lightning; fishing for compliments; sail options; Trevor caught at the wine; fresh bread! As it happens the wind did increase in the early hours to around 15 knots so it solved the slapping problem but still the direction we can sail in still puts us above the rhumb line but at least it didn't rain - we had ominous flashes of lightning off to starboard though which was a bit disconcerting! In fact it was quite warm and pleasant, especially once the stars had made a very late appearance on stage. Hopefully the wind increase will mean we will not have a repeat of the disappointing 24 hour run we had yesterday. The weather files this morning are suggesting that there may be a backing of the wind to east and possibly north east in a day or so which will allow. read more...


16/03/2018

Lexington - Captain Bob: evening out

Several of us went to a beach bar for a sunset drink and then walked to a nearby restaurant image1 image2 image3. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: evening out
Lexington - Captain Bob: evening out
Lexington - Captain Bob: evening out
Lexington - Captain Bob: evening out
Lexington - Captain Bob: evening out
Lexington - Captain Bob: evening out
16/03/2018

Lexington - Captain Bob: Georgetown, Grenada

We all went on a rum factory tour today. It was an old rum factory from many years ago. The tour was nice and the tasting was good. An interesting fact the they did not easily admit to was that they make all the rum in Barbados. image1 image2 image3 image4 image5. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: Georgetown, Grenada
Lexington - Captain Bob: Georgetown, Grenada
Lexington - Captain Bob: Georgetown, Grenada
Lexington - Captain Bob: Georgetown, Grenada
Lexington - Captain Bob: Georgetown, Grenada
Lexington - Captain Bob: Georgetown, Grenada
Lexington - Captain Bob: Georgetown, Grenada
Lexington - Captain Bob: Georgetown, Grenada
Lexington - Captain Bob: Georgetown, Grenada
Lexington - Captain Bob: Georgetown, Grenada
16/03/2018

Blue Pearl - RCR-Blue Pearl

RCR, yes, that means roller coaster ride, and are we ever on one. Now 700nm from our destination, having sailed for 2240 we are just a few days away from a good night's sleep but the elements are not making it easy on us. The wind is, and will be for a few days, right behind us and the waves are big, Blue Pearl's mast is writing figures in the sky and the crew is holding on to anything solid they can find. And they say this is fun...!I have told you about Big Orange, which would be a perfect sail for a day like todayexcept there is too much wind for that kind of spinnaker type sail. We found out for ourselves yesterday when, with Big Orange up, we were hit by a sudden squall , a sudden outburst of wind and or rain. There was nothing we could do to prevent an accident except sit there and. read more...


15/03/2018

Shepherd Moon - Blue Water Runner comes up trumps

At last, something interesting to write about; I knew we could rely on the Blue Water Runner. We had been making good progress westwards but out track had slipped a little too much to the south. With the wind coming from just north of east, we needed to gybe if we were to claw our way back north. To do this we needed to roll away the genoa, move the spinnaker pole from the starboard side to the port side, then furl the Blue Water Runner, switch the sheets and then fly that on the opposite side. Since we were going to all that effort, I suggested that perhaps we should first try and fly the Blue Water Runner properly since we would be heading more or less downwind.It is worth noting at this point that everyone on board was in agreement with this decision, at least at the time, although. read more...


15/03/2018

Mischief - A\little bit of Mischief Log 7

Day 1514 March 2018 Wednesday. Weather to look forward to; lowest 24 hr run; Trevor benevolent towards fish; more chafe; slamming main sail blues. It was indeed a quiet night last night with winds ESE 10-12 knots sailing under the poled out genoa and full main with speed over ground of around 4-5 knots so moving steadily if slowly, West.There was a weather warning from Chris Tibbs that came through on SSB net this morning regarding the approaches to Hiva Oa; apparently squalls are to be expected with heavy rain and winds approaching 40+ knots on the leading edge. That will give us something to look forward to in 2 or three days time!However, the weather this morning was bright and breezy with a little more wind than last night at 15-17 knots so boat speed has increased to around 6 knots. read more...


14/03/2018

Mischief - A little bit of Mischief Log 6

Day 13 12 March 2018 Monday.Chafe; first really nice day; Trevor takes stick; Code 0 trashed; The latter half of last night was actually quite pleasant and we had a lovely sunrise for a change. Trevor let out his fishing lines again and whilst we were setting the pole for the Code 0 we had a bite, but it soon made its escape and turned out to be the sum total for the day. Luckily, whilst on deck we noticed chafe in the zero halyard so dropped the sail and shortened the halyard and re-set. 1100 L/T position: 08 degs 58.6' S 123 degs 10.8' W C: 270 W: SE 17/20 knts Noon to noon run: 169 nm DTR: 930 nmA sparkling afternoon sailing during which we made contact with the 44' catamaran Libeccio who has lost one of her rudders, just to see if we could offer any assistance. One of their comments. read more...


13/03/2018

Shepherd Moon - Deconstructed hot dogs

Yesterday we passed the thousand-miles-to-go mark and so it's all down hill from here. The seas have moderated a bit and we're running more downwind and life on board is a bit more civilised. Vanessa even managed to make soda bread yesterday, which was excellent. I had some for breakfast this morning with pineapple jam, the closest thing the Galapagos has to Frank Cooper's thick cut marmalade.Things had sunk fairly low on the culinary front prior to yesterday, with lunchtime hot dogs marking the nadir. With no soft finger rolls, we had to make do with "Bimbo" bread. This is remarkable stuff in many ways. It last for weeks, never goes mouldy and never goes stale. Goodness knows what's in it; it's probably best not to ask. But its one failing is that the slices are too small to accommodate. read more...


13/03/2018

Mischief - A little bit of Mischief Log 5

Day 12 11 March 2018 Sunday. Mother's day; a salty dousing; Sat phone problems; clocks go back presents opportunities; heading to NZ!; official members of triple digit club. Happy Mother's Day to all Mum's out there! Last night the wind was up and down like a yo-yo with dark clouds covering the moon when it did eventually make an appearance. The boat has been really rocking along both literally and figuratively under poled out genoa and one reef in the main - we seem to be averaging around 8 knots like this and surfing to 11 knots; really uncomfortable though. Dave reefed in the genoa around 0430 in a big gust but this seemed to unbalance the rig so we shook it out again at 0830. We are now back to rounding up sharply on larger waves the remedy to which is holding on tight!I had a proper. read more...


12/03/2018

Blue Pearl - Pacific Ocean

If you want to find us start in the island of Santa Cruz, the Galapagos, travel 1845 nautical miles to the West South West to latitude 10 and look for a blue sailboat. That's us. If you want to give us a warm welcome somewhere, travel 1100 nautical miles further West to the Island of Hive Oa in the Marquesas archipelago and we should be arriving there in another week or so. Looking forward to seeing you.Yes, we will have sailed 2945 nm in about18-20 days. I think I'd mentioned in a previous blog that we'd been looking forward to a peaceful Pacific Ocean sail under blue skies with lazy long swells, forget it; it's been more like a ride across the Gulf Stream with some New England weather thrown in, a little warmer, of course, but nevertheless challenging. Quite an experience, but the crew. read more...


12/03/2018

Lexington - Captain Bob: 10*56'north. 58*30'west

We are smelling the barn more and more. Most of the boats will be in Grenada by today. Lexington, Solo and Zeeland will finish up the group. We still are enjoying consistent winds in the 20s and moderate 4-8 foot seas from the starboard. The seas give a lot of roll. All in all it is pleasant in the cockpit but a little rolly below. Below is for sailors only. If you have an opinion please comment. So I will toss out something that I have not resolved in my mind, that is using a preventer versus a boom break. Most people I see favor a preventer. There is no other boat with a boom brake. That being said, there have been some breakages on this trip using preventers. We ran the line inside the shrouds once. When we jibed the line bent the mast pulpit. One other boat had the preventer line. read more...


11/03/2018

Mischief - A little bit of Mischief Log 4

Day 11 Saturday 10 March 2018 Rock & roll; Squalls; Spinnaker pole makes a break for it; disturbing news from home.I might just retract that last statement regarding "Embrace and enjoy" the rolling as it really was rocking and rolling last night, not enjoyable at all and you are obliged to embrace it as what choice do you have? Was off watch 3-6 am and didn't sleep a wink. At one point I was resting along the side of the cabin as the boat broached on a wave. 0600 came on watch and almost immediately we rounded up twice in quick succession so put in a reef. Still achieving 7-8 knts but a bit more comfortable although not entirely! The wind seemed to be backing slightly so were headed further downwind on 264 degs. 0900 first squall of the day, 27+ knots true with a deluge of rain. As. read more...



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