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23/03/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 73: Our Arrival in Paradise

With the full moon dipping behind Hiva Oa to to west, the sun rising to the east and dolphins frolicking in Paw Paw's bows, we crossed the finish line and arrived in paradise - Our first ocean crossing completed and what a sense of achievement we both have, albeit somewhat surreal. A very emotional time indeed, which was further emphasised when we discovered the most stunning and dramatic scenery as we entered the anchorage of Atuona - not at all what we were expecting. We would like to thank all our family and friends for their prayers and support as well as our wonderful yacht, Paw Paw, which plodded away mile after nautical mile, never faulting, not even once, to get us across this vast ocean safety. Once we were anchored, we made our way ashore to complete all the officialdom and. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 73: Our Arrival in Paradise
Paw Paw - Log Day 73: Our Arrival in Paradise
23/03/2016

Luna Quest - 23rd March, 2016

Noon Position: 12.27N 61.29WRun from Grenada: 48 logged milesWe chose yesterday to make the passage from Port Louis in Grenada to Carriacou on a forecast of 15 knots of wind from the East with a little southing in it. We set off at 07.15 from the marina in light rain and had fickle winds all the way up the west coast of Grenada with quite a few squalls giving us winds upto 25 knots and down to 5 knots, but as soon as we were past Grenada, the wind kicked in at around 20 knots from the East with a little northing in it, which sent us north rather than north east towards Carriacou. By 1pm we were level with Carriacou hidden in dense rain. We tacked, but could only make 170 degrees. It took us 4 hours to tack into Tyrrel Bay covering 7.5 miles due east, but at 4pm we could pick up a mooring. read more...


22/03/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 72: Slowed Down for a Daylight Arrival

Excitement is high as we anticipate our arrival in Hiva Oa tomorrow morning.We had hoped to arrive today, on Elaine's Dad's birthday, but resigned ourselves to the fact yesterday afternoon that we needed to slow down in order to ensure a daylight arrival and accept another night at sea.So tonight, with less than 60NM to go, we sail under a moonlit sky at a slower pace, in the company of Waterman, another WARC participanting yacht, in order to artive in Hiva Oa at daybreak. Our sense of achievement mounts with every new mile sailed and we look forward to "Land Ahoy".To Daddy - Happy Birthday - Hope you had a fabulous day. For all aboard Paw Paw your 81st birthday will also be fondly remembered as the last day at sea of our Pacific Ocean crossing!. read more...


22/03/2016

Two Fish - Day Land Adventures Resume in Fatu Hiva

Our 3,000 mile trip ended with a whimper.The breeze died out 40 miles from Fatu Hiva and we sparked up our engines.The passage was over and I had an odd feeling.Like a guest had left.Yes, it is nice to have peace and quiet, but I already missed our guest, the long passage.Fatu Hiva's harbor is dramatic.First named penis bay by the locals but renamed under pressure from the missionaries Bay of Virgins.The locals got it right as the bay is surrounded by phallic shaped rocks.The cone-shaped bay is carved out of a steep rock gorge resulting in frequent strong gusts.We were greeted by a few boats already in the harbor offering advice "don't anchor near me".One Speedo clad Frenchman had lots to say and proposed we anchor in a tiny space near the rocks with pounding surf."C'est trop petite pour. read more...


Two Fish - Day Land Adventures Resume in Fatu Hiva
Two Fish - Day  Land Adventures Resume in Fatu Hiva
Two Fish - Day Land Adventures Resume in Fatu Hiva
Two Fish - Day  Land Adventures Resume in Fatu Hiva
22/03/2016

Lydia - Lydia's Blog. 15-21 March 2016. Nearly there.

Tuesday 15 March 2016.Another beautiful day with twin headsails (yankee and hankee) still drivingus forward with a SE 18-20 knots from astern. After breakfast Donald setsthe staysail which has the effect of helping to funnel the wind into theyankee and decrease the continuous rolling. Alvaro did his washing on theafter deck and amused the rest of the crew by his gyrations trying to keephimself stable and his bucket of washing on a equally gyrating deck! At noonour Lat 08d 59' S Long 119d 02'W with the day's run of 176 miles and 1175miles to go with our speed 7.5 knots. It has been agreed that the morningARC radio round up will be brought forward 1 hour to 1100hrs but to retainthe 1800hrs roll call. Still a lumpy sea.Wednesday 16 March 2016.Yet another beautiful hot day with clear skies.. read more...


21/03/2016

Exody - Days 425-432: Circumnavigation, second place, new crew, fireworks.

The firework display from Calivigny Island was an unexpected bonus last night ,Saturday 19th March, seen over Hog Island from our anchorage on the west side in Mt Hartman Bay on the South Coast of Grenada.Breaking in our new crew Pete and Sally with some short hops exploring this delightful part of Grenada before heading north toward St Lucia.We had arrived in the smart Port Louis marina at St George's following Makena in and sailing all the way to the finish line a week ago today on Sunday 13th. The last night of the leg from Brazil was a gentle sail with Makena in sight, my brother Martin seeing her orange chute passing St David's Harbour. He is there from Union Island hauling one of his several good ships, Satori. We took just over 10 days for the 1700 miles and, with an average of. read more...


21/03/2016

Firefly - Koh Lantra and the Trang Islands

Today is Monday 21st March 2016 and this morning Firefly took us south to Hin Beawa where we had planned a swimming and lunch stop. The sea breeze has developed, earlier that it usually does and we are now sailing another 30 miles to Koh Tanga for the night. We left Koh Muk at 0800 this morning and the easterly breeze only managed to reach 6 knots so we motor sailed all of the 15 miles. Since leaving Phuket its the first time we have had to motor any significant distance and it has been useful to get the batteries and all of the portable electrical equipment on board charged up fully.Our route south back to Malaysia has taken us to some beautiful islands that lie off the mainland coast and Koh Lantra and the Trang Islands were no exception. We sailed into the anchorage off Klong Dao. read more...


21/03/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 30. Hiva Oa. 09.48.23S 139.01.86W

Saturday 19/03/16.  We finally made it, Saturday morning, rain clouds over the Island and in particular over our destination and the Skipper so tired he would not even roll out more sail as we ploughed our way slowly towards Baie Taaoa and Atuona as dawn broke and the land loomed ever larger. We are definitely getting too old for 3000 miles at sea, but at least we have made it and before the rest of the fleet, even if we have used the engine more than most, and we had some Dolphins to welcome us as we reached the bay. It was lovely to hear Claire's voice welcoming us on the VHF and to drop anchor after 3 times round the bay to find the right spot.  It is quite tight in the designated anchorage and not all the boats had stern anchors out, but we managed a really good spot close. read more...


21/03/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 71: Catching Up with Family and Friends

Sailing across this vast Pacific Ocean, one can't help but wonder what life must have been like at sea for the early discovers and seafarers that didn't have access to all the modern electronic equipment that we have on our sailing vessels today.Even 20 years ago the equipment wasn't as sophisticated as it is today.Nothing brings this fact home more than being able to call or email family and friends as far afield as in the USA, England, Ireland and South Africa just to say hi and put their minds at rest that all is well aboard.35f55aca-b203-4e0d-86d2-18093a21eb7215593868. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 71: Catching Up with Family and Friends
Paw Paw - Log Day 71: Catching Up with Family and Friends
21/03/2016

Aliena - Domingo 20 de marzo de 2016

19º dia de Galapagos a MarquesasNos faltan 77 millas y nos esta costado mucho llegar porque el viento ha caido. En este momento hacemos a duras penas 6 nudos y asi llevamos todo el dia. La pantalla denuestronavegador dice que llegareosmañana de madrugada. Ya nos queda poco y han salido a recibirnos algunos delfines grandes y con el morro muy largo. Debe ser verdad que hay tierra cerca. Por fin llegamos.Carmen. read more...


20/03/2016

Overseas Express - LOG 5 Galapagos Marquesas Transit 2

LOG 5 Galapagos Marquesas Transit 2 Overseas Express is making good progress with 145-170 Nm(except for a couple of days with low winds) each 24 hrs, and right now the19th March we have 600 Nm left to the Marquesas Islands. With anaverage of 150 Nm a day we will arrive at the 23th of March. We have to anchorup in daylight.The life on board is easy going, but we have had toproblems, first the gasoline to the generator we bought (in Galapagos)for tripleprice was triple dirty with asphalt (only Ecuadorians could by gas and diesel ,they payd US$ 1 pr gallon, we had to pay 3), and everything were transported tothe boat. The generator stopped even with one filtration, and we had to cleanthe carburator twice, and filtrate twice the second time through Erics T-shirt.The color of the gasoline was. read more...


20/03/2016

Widago - Bringing up the Rear....

WooHooo!!! Time to break out the peanut m&ms I've had hidden since Panama City, as we have just dipped under the 1000 miles to go mark on our way to Marquesas. A thousand miles...that's still a really long way to go. Winds just won't drop into the teens, so we continue to sail almost dead downwind with a double reefed main jacked and prevented waaaay out. Hopefully we can deploy a parasailor soon, but we're making decent headway for the time being. Choosing safety and comfort over speed and chaos. Boys took a detour off traditional curriculum to practice the fine arts of domestic engineering. Happy to report it's clean sheet night with sparkling heads over on the port hull. Continued success on the bread-making front. Banana bread, corn bread, biscuits, white sandwich bread, wheat. read more...


20/03/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 70: The Little Things in Life

We're almost there - 340NM to go. We're hoping to arrive on Monday, 21st, but the likelihood is that we'll have to slow down once we're a little closer in order to arrive in Hiva Oa at first light on Tuesday, 22nd.Either way we have less than 3 days left at sea and we're definitely looking forward to a full night' of uninterrupted sleep - Oh, the little things in life that one comes to appreciate while at sea. Like the joy and excitement of having another yacht pop up on the AIS when we haven't seen another vessel of any description in almost 2 weeks,. Then getting to chat to them on the VHF radio and getting a vusual on them a few hours later. In this case it is Zoom, another WARC participanting yacht. It's nice to have company again. Roll on Monday!. read more...


20/03/2016

Aliena - Sabado 19 Marzo 2016

18º dia navegación Galapagos-MarquesasEste barco canta. Si tiene una música propia por increible que parezca. La abertura del mastil para la vela mayor hace que el viento portante al entrar haga un sonido particular como si fuera ucoro, una especie de música religiosa que se escucha lejana. La verdad es que con mi mania del Purgatorio en las guardias da un poco de miedo. Supongo que esto es lo que llamaban "el canto de las sirenas". Nos quedan 218 millas para llegar pero el viento está flojo y de popa con lo que hace que naveguemos muy despacio, ademas las olas que nos entran atravesadas nos estan agotando. Seguramente hasta la madrugada del lunes no llegaremos.Carmen. read more...


19/03/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 69: The "Chicken Shoot" has "Flown the Coup"

At last we got the conditions this morning to fly our"Chicken Shoot".For those of you who don't know what kind of sail this is, it's a small spinnaker which is more manageable for a short-handed crew like ourselves. Ours is actually more than 20 years old and comes off a monohull racing yacht, hence the weird numbers on it. When we had the sail checked in Grenada the sailmaker was amazed at its condition as well as the craftsmanship, based on its design and the fabric from which it is made.Apparently unheard of in our modern day. For now though, we're sailing along at an average speed of 8 kts with the moon to light our way as we cross the 500NM mark in about an hour. 875e2627-d49d-4f69-9a62-b026ec0ec0b123061381. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 69: The "Chicken Shoot" has "Flown the Coup"
Paw Paw - Log Day 69: The
19/03/2016

Two Fish - day 69 Still at sea

Ups and Downs of a Long PassageIf you get annoyed waiting for an elevator or find the money machine too slow then a 3,000 mile passage is the right medicine.It will cure you of the "rush rush" anxiety.Miles come slowly on a sailboat and other times they come very slowly.On watches I tend to watch the bursting blue of the cresting waves, look at the complex clouds releasing energy and observe the feeding sea birds.This can occupy an entire 2 hour watch.The sea birds look carefree as they skim the surface of the ocean.However, I suspect a bird is terrified because one lost meal and they will perish in the remote ocean.The bird plays a dangerous game of hunting at sea where harbors and help are too far away to offer any hope.Two Fish and her crew know this fact as well but it is not. read more...


19/03/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 29. At sea but only 130 nm to go. 10.04.42S 136.48.45W

Thursday, 17 March.A day of good and bad, with sails still goose-winged and sometimes enough wind and sometimes not.All having to concentrate like mad to hold our course and keep the boat going.Then we had the first really significant squall just as Anthony's risotto was about to be served.Up to 29 knots with the Ship's Boy enjoying a white knuckle ride in drenching rain and the rest of us on standby to reef the main as soon as conditions allowed.Spirit had warned us of squalls lasting up to an hour on the approach to Hiva Oa, but this was the first one we experienced that brought significant wind.Needless to say, a reef was put in the main ASAP and we agreed to double up on the watches so one person could watch for squalls and be prepared to roll up the Genoa as needed while the other. read more...


19/03/2016

Aliena - Viernes 18 marzo 2016

17ª dia navegación Galapagos-MarquesasPor fin esta mañana he visto un amanecer típico del Pacifico. Por fin la ausencia de nubes ha dejado ver los bonitos colores del amanecer: del purpura al rosa para cambiar a naranjas que se han ido aclarando hasta el amarillo brillante del sol. Ahora estamos rodeados de nubes amenzantes pero al menos hoy no ha llovido y con suerte veremos la puesta de sol. La navegación desde ayer ha sido rápida pero incómoda por las olas laterales y el viento ha empezado a soplar del Norte en algunos momentos obligandonos a cambiar la posición de las velas. De todas formas quedan solo 400nm y esto ya es pan comido.Carmen. read more...


18/03/2016

Widago - The Long Haul

By far, one of the most common questions I have been asked upon hearing that I am sailing around the world is, "What will be your longest passage?". Well folks, this is it. The South Pacific stretch from Galapagos to Marquesas, as the crow flies, is just shy of 3,000 nautical miles. Add in weather, currant, and optimal sail angles and you're closer to 3,200 - right around three weeks. That's farther (further?) than driving from New York to San Fran, at a rowdy 6-7 mph, on a road trip where you NEVER pull over.So you can imagine how on night 12, after about 1,800 miles, I might want to throw myself overboard, except I realized Ahab most likely would not come about to pluck me out of the water. As long as the weather conditions are tolerable and equipment working well, long passages are. read more...


18/03/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 68: Happy St Patrick's Day

Wishing everyone a Happy St Patrick's Day.Hope you all managed to visii with a leprechaun and find that pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.For us the day started with dodging squalls in the early hours of the morn and then having a very frustrating sail as the strong winds moved east north east, but the stormy seas kept the swell setting north west. This meant we couldn't take advantage of the wind without having the high seas on our beam. As a result we bumbled along at a snails pace heading in a more southerly direction than we wanted.The day wasn't a total loss though as we enjoyed a hearty homemade chicken soup to warm the cockles of out heart, accompanied by freshly baked soda bread to add some Irish flare, while watching a movie.Tonight the seas have settled and we're making. read more...


17/03/2016

Aliena - Jueves 17 Marzo 2016

16º dia navegación Galapagos-MarquesasCumpleaños de PabloAliena parece un caballo desbocado. Desde ayer navegamos a toda velocidad. Llevamos las tres velas rizadas y con un viento real de 18 nudos hacemos entre 7.5 y 8.5 nudos de velocidad, por eso hoy hemos hecho 179nm. Solo nos quedan 560nm para llegar. Molestan un poco las olas laterales que nos sacan de rumbo, pero por lo demas vamos bien. Tenemos que seguir así porque nuestras provisiones se acaban.Carmen. read more...


17/03/2016

Log Day 67: The Coconut Milk Run

The Pacific Ocean has long been the one that sailors dream off crossing, mostly, for the same reason we are doing it - To explore paradise.The route we are following is affectionately referred to as the "Coconut Milk Run"with yachts leaving the west coast of Canada and the USA or Panama to sail the well trodden route, via the Galapagos Islands or not, to French Polynesia, the Cook Islands, Tonga and Fiji, following which they split and head to New Zealand or Australia fot the cyclone season or continue on to the Indian Ocean as part of a circumnavigation. For us we plan on enjoying the upcomimg sailing season then head for New Zealand, following which we'll head for Fijiand continue west.. read more...


17/03/2016

Miercoles 16 Marzo 2016

15º dia navegacion Galapagos a MarquesasAclaración: ayer fue Martes 15, el 14º dia de navegacion.Ayer fue un dia cansino en el que nos pillaban chuvascos que no dejaban mas que chirimiri, pero a las 3 de la madrugada ha empezado a llover en serio y no ha parado hasta media mañana. Madre mía, que feo se ha puesto y que guardias mas pasadas por agua!!!!! Ahora seguimos navegando entre sol y nubes, la cosa no está clara. A la una de la madrugada he vuelto a ver a Wishanger por delante de nosotros y lo hemos adelantado de nuevo, como ha ocurrido otras veces. Supongo que esta noche nos adelantará otra vez: el dia o la noche de la marmota. Nos faltan solo 763nm para llegar.Carmen. read more...


16/03/2016

Blog 28. Slow and at Sea. 09.32.47S 130.52.09W

Tuesday, 15/03/16.Ship's Boy deserves a medal for repairing the mast end of the stack pack while we roll around in big seas with too little wind.A day of testing patience and perseverance, with very difficult conditions and no excitements like catching a fish or seeing Whales or Dolphins.Still, the cooks are continuing to do a grand job and the 6 o'clocks social half hour is becoming more alcoholic on the grounds that maintaining sanity is a priority.Wednesday, 16/03/16.A day to celebrate, having reached the 500nm to go this morning, but our progress is painfully slow, with the wind still in the east or even ENE and dropping to 8 knots at times.Light airs dead down wind, what a b........Alcedo is doing her best, but there is nothing in her sailwardrobe for these conditions and even when. read more...


16/03/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 66: Two-Thirds Completed - 1000NM Line Reached

Just over an hour ago we crossed the 1000NM line - We're two-thirds of the way there and in triple digits now after 14 days at sea. This morning our plotting moved on to the last of our paper charts for this passage - We're getting there inch by inch!The cruising guides are now out as we start to plan our excursions and reconnaissance of the Marquesas and the Tuamotos and we're looking forward to reconnecting with our friends on Cattiva, Maria and Maurice, whom we first met in Bonaire and said goodbye to in Curacao some 18 months ago.7d998939-d33b-4eb7-abc8-edce9af903c2394229839 7e9732bb-5952-48c0-9bdc-08eece474ab0567303191 55967d5f-3994-449c-8049-491d488e2cef-968401650. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 66: Two-Thirds Completed - 1000NM Line Reached
Paw Paw - Log Day 66: Two-Thirds Completed - 1000NM Line Reached
Paw Paw - Log Day 66: Two-Thirds Completed - 1000NM Line Reached
Paw Paw - Log Day 66: Two-Thirds Completed - 1000NM Line Reached
Paw Paw - Log Day 66: Two-Thirds Completed - 1000NM Line Reached
Paw Paw - Log Day 66: Two-Thirds Completed - 1000NM Line Reached
15/03/2016

Aliena - Martes 14 de Marzo de 2016

13ºdia navegacion Galapagos-MarquesasAhora si que empieza la cuesta abajo, ahora si que está en marcha la cuenta atrás. Nos faltan 928nm y tenemos la tranquilidad de que podríamos llegar a motor. Ha cambiado el tiempo y hoy tenemos un dia tormentoso. Viene un chubasco detrás de otro, pero hacemos buena marcha. Seguimos sin ver a nadie y presentimos que estamos rodeados. Como todos vamos a una isla pequeña, de repente vamos a encontrarnos en un embotellamiento. Esto esta hecho!!!Carmen. read more...


15/03/2016

Lydia - Lydia's Blog. 4-14 March 2016. Half way to Marquasas.

Friday 4 March 2016.3rd day at sea and still in Doldrums. Managed to sail for 2 hours but restmotor sailing SW at 6 knots in company with most of the fleet. 1200. Lat 04d10'S Long 092d 35'W. What little wind from SW! Beautiful starlit night.Saturday 5 March 2016.Lots of phospheresence in water, Moon rises 4am 1/3 waning. 0600 a littlewind from SE 6 knots so engine off and sail until 0915. Engine on again tokeep momentum. 1100 tried chute but not comfortable. Noon Lat 05d 46'S Long093d 52'W. Leaders of ARC fleet now about 50 miles to north and 80 miles towest. Continue motoring course SW to follow Pilot Guide that advises SETrades will start at 7-8d South.Sunday 6 March 2016.A day of large rain storm all around of which we passed through on edge.0730 engine off with SE 5 knots of wind. read more...


15/03/2016

Starblazer - 15/03/2016 – Yes, we arrived!

When John came on dock soon after 0700 the wind and our speed had both dropped, it began to look as if we should have made best speed all night. We reset the sails, sailed a bit, gybed the mainsail, sailed a bit further, reset the sails again….The wind wasn’t that stable and we met a counter current which pushed us sideways so, as we tried to change the boat’s heading, the wind angle to the sails changed.The wind finally built as we approached Pointe Salines, the SW corner of Grenada.We had about 6 nM to run, 18 knots of breeze, 6 knots of boat speed and 1hr 40m before our ETA. The only problem facing us was not how to slow down but rather how to reach the line in time as the wind was now from almost dead ahead.We fought hard, or at least John did, to cross the line 2m 30s before our. read more...


15/03/2016

Firefly - Sailing south on the sea breeze

Today is Tuesday 15th March and Firefly is on a 25 mile passage to Koh Lantra. We spent last night anchored on the east of Koh Hok Dam and this morning we motored a couple of miles to Railay Beach on the mainland just west of Krabi. Like the north of Phang Nga Bay, the land is this area is limestone and the scenery is absolutely superb with numerous towering karsts. Railay is 'sadly' one of those beaches that features in the 'world's top ten'. It is beautiful, bordered on both sides by towering rocks and pinnacles and there is no road access - but it is totally overun with tourists who have been delivered by the ubiquitous 'longtail'. A longtail is a Thai fishing boats modified for tourist activities and fitted with an old car engine. These engines are mounted on the transom and act as a. read more...


15/03/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 65: More "Chicken" in the "Chicken Shoot"

Well, we never got to fly the "Chicken Shoot" today after all, since the wind increased and changed direction slightly. Tonight, however, we're having to sail on our headsail alone which definitely makes flying the "Chicken Shoot" more viable now for daytime sailing.We haven't quite decided though whether or not we're simply procrastinating because we're chicken, given the fact that flying these oversized sails are a challenge for short-handed crew. So, we've decided to play it safe. Tomorrow we'll take our sock off the gennaker and put it on the spinnaker.That way we'll have more control when raising and dousing it. Well, that's our story and we're sticking with it, but we're definitely running out of excuses!. read more...


15/03/2016

Aliena - Lunes 14 Marzo 2016

13º dia navegacion Galapagos-MarquesasEl mar parece una autopista por la que solo vamos nosotros. Una autopista sin campos a los lados, sin molinos eolicos y sin arcenes. Hoy esta cubierto el cielo y el agua tiene color carretera. Vemos como el barco avanza dejando una estela ancha pero hace dias que no vemos ni un alma. Mejor dicho, no nos hemos cruzado con ningún mercante y ni siquiera el pesquero japonés ha aparecido. Bueno este último mejor no mencionarlo porque aun quedan varias noches. Tan solo hemos visto pájaros. Si pájaros en medio de ninguna parte y los llevamos viendo practicamente desde que salimos, no muy grandes y no sabemos ni de donde salen ni donde viven. Y que olas!! Hay unas olas indefinidas que vienes de todas partes y a pesar de no ser muy grandes nos balancean como. read more...


14/03/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 27. At Sea. 08.49.15S 125.03.39W

Monday, 14/03/16Yesterday was another celebration day because we hit the 1000 nm to go.Yesterday was also a smelly day, as the Skipper and wife spent several hours clearing a large blockage in the outlet pipe of the aft heads.With the help of a gismo purchased at the Southampton Boat Show that can siphon off fluids, a rod made from a spare mainsail batten, a flexible rod made from some spare piping with a screwdriver taped to one end and some Pos Gas and Cillet Bang, success at last.The procedure made use of the whole crew.Skipper and wife in the heads, Anthony emptying buckets, contents best not examined too carefully, Ship's Boy on the helm and Jane preparing a lovely celebratory lunch.There will be more vicious chemicals going into the holding tank from now on and we will. read more...


14/03/2016

Widago - Flying Darth Vader Across South Pacific

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Widago - Flying Darth Vader Across South Pacific
Widago - Flying Darth Vader Across South Pacific
14/03/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 64: A Big Day Expected Tomorrow

We've had a very quiet and relaxing day. We've also reached that point in the passage where our standard white sails are no longer taking us in the direction we need to go with the current wind direction, which has persistently, if not stubbornly, remained at E or ESE for days now instead of the predicted SE.As a result, we're now sailing wing-on-wing tonight which is a really slow point of sail using our standard genoa to ensure we head more west rather than south. Tomorrow we break out our "chicken shoot" (aka small spinnaker) for the first time, assuming there is no change in the wind direction - should be interesting!. read more...


13/03/2016

Mid-passage biscuit baking

To celebrate reaching the half way point, Theo baked some gingerbread biscuits. Thanks granny for emailing him the recipe.Not many left already. Yum!image1. read more...


Mid-passage biscuit baking
Mid-passage biscuit baking
13/03/2016

Mid-passage biscuit baking

To celebrate reaching the half way point, Theo baked some gingerbread biscuits. (Thanks granny for emailing him the recipe). Not many left already. image1. read more...


Mid-passage biscuit baking
Mid-passage biscuit baking
13/03/2016

Aliena - Domingo 13 Marzo 2016

12º dia navegacon Galapagos-MarquesasYa vemos en la pantalla del navegador las Marquesas al frente aunque nos faltan 1267nm todavía. Toda una prueba de paciencia aunque ya hemos hecho 1752nm, porque a 164nm diarias mas o menos aun nos queda una semana. Menos mal que la navegación es tranquila y el barco se porta bien. El generador da la lata de vez en cuando pero mas o menos lo tenemos controlado. Ya se ha terminado la fruta fresca -a excepcion de las manzanas que no hay quien se las coma y los platanos que han madurado todos a la vez como era previsible-, pero nos quedan 14 tomates y bastantes verduras para seguir haciendo en saladas y comidas y no tener que recurrir a las conservas. Mañana comeremos paella. A ver si pescan estos mantas que se les escapan todos!!!!!!!Carmen. read more...


13/03/2016

Blog 26. At Sea. 08.18.35S 119.05.95W

Just a brief report to say The Ship's Boy insisted that we try goose- winging on her watch, as in her other character as Toad from Wind in the Willows, she was wanting more speed and a different sail plan to look at.Well done Toad, the Genoa has managed to tolerate wind anywhere from the beam to dead aft and, if we can keep the staysail filled on the other side as well, we can keep up our speed and make our course, even with the wind coming from the East.We managed to continue goose-winged all night and made better progress than the rest of the fleet, even Chilli Bee.We are now approx 1185 nm from Hiva Oa and planning the next celebration, i.e 1000nm to go.We did catch a fish this morning, a long, thin one that we could not identify.As it looked pretty unattractive and did not have much. read more...


13/03/2016

Day 424: 'Side by side we stand,......

'Islands of the blue Caribbean sea,This our native land,We pledge our lives to thee,For every creed and race have an equal place,And may God bless this nation'So with a tuneful rendition of the T&T national anthem we saluted Tobago coming into view 35 miles to the east, the closest we'll get by boat to the twin island state of Trinidad and Tobago, Marian's homeland.The ARC routing and programme, our own onward travel on ARC USA and the recent unfortunate piracy incidents near to Trinidad have combined to make this so.Pity since it is home waters for both of us in a way - I worked here and lived on my last boat for a spell.We both left from Trinidad for our first transatlantic 'uphill' via Bermuda and Azores to Ireland back in 1982. We plan to visit family and friends by air from St. read more...



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