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20/01/2017

Hanna - Es gibt etwas nachzuholen

Auf dem Weg zu den San Blas Islands, 19. Jänner 2017Hallo Ihr Lieben,Ihr habt lange nichts von uns gehört. Woran liegts? Die letzten Tage waren einfach zu ereignisreich und einen Blog Eintrag zu schreiben dauert doch länger als gedacht :-)Da war ja noch das Thema Thunfisch. Auf der letzten Leg (Regatta Etappe) hat das Boot "Exit Strategy“ gleichzeitig zwei!! „Yellow Thunas“ von jeweils 20kg Größe geangelt.Chuck Johnson (Eigner) hat erzählt das sie über eine Stunde benötigt haben um beide Fische an Bord zu ziehen. Diese wurden dann gleich filetiert und eingefroren.(Keine Ahnung was die für eine Tiefkühltruhe an Bord haben müssen…) Gottfried und ich sind dann hin und haben uns ein Kilo Thunfisch abgeholt. Ein paar gefrorene Stücke habenwir dann in Kokosmilch eingelegt und mit Wasabi und. read more...


Hanna - Unser Gewinn :-)
Hanna - Unser Gewinn :-)
Hanna - Manuelles Abpumpen der Waschmaschine
Hanna - Manuelles Abpumpen der Waschmaschine
Hanna - Strand
Hanna - Strand
20/01/2017

Hanna - Es gibt etwas nachzuholen

Auf dem Weg zu den San Blas Islands, 19. Jänner 2017Hallo Ihr Lieben,Ihr habt lange nichts von uns gehört. Woran liegts? Die letzten Tage waren einfach zu ereignisreich und einen Blog Eintrag zu schreiben dauert doch länger als gedacht :-)Da war ja noch das Thema Thunfisch. Auf der letzten Leg (Regatta Etappe) hat das Boot "Exit Strategy“ gleichzeitig zwei!! „Yellow Thunas“ von jeweils 20kg Größe geangelt.Chuck Johnson (Eigner) hat erzählt das sie über eine Stunde benötigt haben um beide Fische an Bord zu ziehen. Diese wurden dann gleich filetiert und eingefroren.(Keine Ahnung was die für eine Tiefkühltruhe an Bord haben müssen…) Gottfried und ich sind dann hin und haben uns ein Kilo Thunfisch abgeholt. Ein paar gefrorene Stücke habenwir dann in Kokosmilch eingelegt und mit Wasabi und. read more...


Hanna - Enjoy !
Hanna - Enjoy !
19/01/2017

Timshel - Santa Marta to San Blas Day 1 Start

Distance run (12.00 to 24.00): 82 nm, Max spd: 11.7 knots MWF: 40.9 knots.Our speed log is working again.We took it out when moored in the marina, always a delicate operation as you try not to get too much water in the boat while replacing the log impeller with the blanking plug and back again.the problem seemed to be a colony of little things that look like wood lice (slaters in Scotland), I guess the aquatic version, that had taken up residence.We also managed to put some more foam (swimming)noodles up the aft shrouds to protect the mainsail,for aesthetic reasons blue ones were chosen.One might have used foam pipe insulation, but it seems nobody in Santa Marta needs to insulate pipes, we couldn't find it.The whole fleet had a great time in Santa Marta, the marina, the tour guides,. read more...


19/01/2017

Exocet Strike - 18-19 January 2017

Hello anyone who is reading today.What of the Western Hemisphere then. Much the same as the eastern, moderate winds giving us good speed towards our destination of St Helena. The direction was great SE allowing us to aim slightly low of our waypoint in case the wind clocks a bit further south. We still have two reefs in but I suspect we will be down to one or even no reefs by later today. The forecast suggests less wind overnight and tomorrow.Fish, great we caught a Mahimahi or Dolphin fishor Dorado yesterday, a beautiful fish that tastes and is a bit like Plaice or Lemon sole in texture, but if careful no bones, result. The fishing gear was out today, but no luck so far so it's Beef Pie, from Woolworth's (not like the old UK one more like M&S for all those UK readers). There are. read more...


19/01/2017

Skyelark of London - Colombia

Colombia has been a new stop for Skyelark, and one we have very much enjoyed. Santa Marta is a lovely historic town with all the hustle, bustle , colour and charm you would expect from South America.Streets are lined with vendors, selling beautiful produce, little stands that can fix anything from broken shoes to an I-pod screen and of course street food. Steak, chicken and sausages sold hot on sticks, ceviche and seafood cocktails and fresh juices -Pineapple, Limes, Orange, Mango - all for less than a dollar and all amazingly tasty.In amongst these the city thrives, and outside of the historic quarter there is a modern town with everything you can need.As a crew we have spent our nights in the charming city squares (mostly marvelling at the price and quality of fillet steak) and at some. read more...


18/01/2017

Exocet Strike - 17-18 January 2017

The wind started picking up later yesterday and even though it wasn't quite in he exact direction we needed it was close enough to speed us on our way.This lunch time we crossed from the east to the west as we crossed the meridian.Stella put the fishing gear out again, only to catch something pretty big which broke the line. Lost the lure but fortunately no line. Shame obviously a good lure.After fixing the line and putting a new life on, almost immediately after we had another strike. It's the fourth one in three days, but Stella reeled this one in and Brian helped by pulling it out with our net. A nice 6 or 7 lb Mahi Mahi or Dorado or Dolphin fish, call it what you like, but it looks amazingly yellow when it's pulled in. Great tasting as well, so fish for supper tonight.Under 450 miles. read more...


Misto - Day 5 - 25 lb tuna
Misto - Day 5 - 25 lb tuna
17/01/2017

North - St Lucia - Colombia

815 NM ..We had a great Sailing to Colombia except the last 5 hours :-)) 30-35knots with high wavesssss20170110_095136-01. 20170110_182849-01. 20170111_090701-01.. read more...


North - St Lucia - Colombia
North - St Lucia - Colombia
North - St Lucia - Colombia
North - St Lucia - Colombia
North - St Lucia - Colombia
North - St Lucia - Colombia
17/01/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob:tuna

The boat next to us has a wonderful owner and crew. The boat is Exit Strategy which is a huge new catamaran.The caught two 40 pound tuna coming to Santa Marta.They kindly gave us a large package of tuna.Tonight Sam cooked the tuna on the grill to perfection. I had the best tuna I have ever had.image1 image2 image3. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob:tuna
Lexington - Captain Bob:tuna
Lexington - Captain Bob:tuna
Lexington - Captain Bob:tuna
Lexington - Captain Bob:tuna
Lexington - Captain Bob:tuna
17/01/2017

Lexington - Bob: tour

We took another tour today. We went to an area called Taironaka. Is the site where previous Indians that were native to the area lived. We had a very nice tour. We went by boat up a river.We had a guide that showed us around that area. He showed areas were previous homes have been.He showed us structures that were reproductions of what would've been there at that time 3 to 400 years ago. He talked of the Indian traditions and ceremonies.We had buses that took us for about an hour and a half ride to get there.These would've been some of the Indians that were conquered by the Spanish conquistadors.We had a snack of fried plantain with a salsa topping and a creamy topping. At the end of the trip several of us floated down the river in innertube's while the others took the boat back.Below in. read more...


Lexington - Bob: tour
Lexington - Bob: tour
Lexington - Bob: tour
Lexington - Bob: tour
Lexington - Bob: tour
Lexington - Bob: tour
Lexington - Bob: tour
Lexington - Bob: tour
Lexington - Bob: tour
Lexington - Bob: tour
17/01/2017

Lexington - Bob: school visit

The World Cruising group arranged for a tour of a school that they supported in Santa Marta, Columbia.The school was named Fundehumac. It was the school set up for disadvantaged children. A lot of the disadvantage children were orphaned because of the recent civil War. The school was in a very simple building. The program we went to demonstrated a lot of the work that they had done. They had graduates of their program who were working as professionals after having completed college and or graduate school.They also had some singing and dancing done by some of the current students.image2 image1. read more...


Lexington - Bob: school visit
Lexington - Bob: school visit
Lexington - Bob: school visit
Lexington - Bob: school visit
17/01/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: Beach Party

We had a nice beach party and barbecue arranged by world cruising. Most everyone went from the group. We had two busloads of people that went to the remote national Park where where there was a nice beach. They had a caterer who provided a barbecue and serve drinks. Most everybody just chilled out and enjoy themselves. I swam a couple of times. The water was refreshing but not terribly cold and comfortable after you were in for a little while. Most people just chilled out and talked. We are still doing a lot of meet and greet exchanges as we learn and remember stuff about each boat. There are lots of interesting people in the world but you seldom meet a sailor that does not have some sort of interesting background or expertise I will post a few beach photos. image5 image4 image3 image2. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: Beach Party
Lexington - Captain Bob: Beach Party
Lexington - Captain Bob: Beach Party
Lexington - Captain Bob: Beach Party
Lexington - Captain Bob: Beach Party
Lexington - Captain Bob: Beach Party
Lexington - Captain Bob: Beach Party
Lexington - Captain Bob: Beach Party
Lexington - Captain Bob: Beach Party
Lexington - Captain Bob: Beach Party
17/01/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: city tour

We are in Santa Marta. We took a tour of the city today. It was brief at each spot but they covered a lot of information for most of the afternoon. A good bit of the information was concerning Simon Bolivar who liberated Columbia and several other surrounding countries.It is amazing what some individuals can accomplish Another boat in the rally called exit strategy caught two 40 pound tuna on the way here. They gave us several tuna steaks tonight that will cook up soon.One of their crew is a retired general surgeon from Florida. He was originally from Memphis Tennessee so he's a good oh southern boy.There are lots of beautiful boats and interesting stories of the people.One boat has an older owner who's about 70 years ago and he has three crewmembers all less than 30 that are making the. read more...


17/01/2017

Exocet Strike - stardate 16-17 January 2017

Greetings from the south Atlantic.Yesterday and overnight produced some great sailing, this boat loves going downwind, fortunately. We have a true wind angle of approx 165 to 175 degrees, I'd almost directly behind us and a wind strength of 14 to 20 knots, so we've been averaging over 7 knots all day and night with a mostly gentle roly gait. The sea has died down a lot which makes life much more comfortable. We made contact with several boats in our fleet on the SSB radio, nice to be in touch.Yesterday became quite sunny, however today is mostly grey. The water them is 24 deg C but the air temp feels a bit cooler, no doubt why there is so much cloud.Tomorrow we should cross the meridian, from east to west, and by st Helena we shall be at roughly the same longitude as back home in. read more...


16/01/2017

Exocet Strike - 15-16 January 2017

Last night was another great sail, plenty of wind, boat balanced, some moon out and going in the right direction, until this morning. No dramas, just that the wind went mower SE instead of SE, meaning we couldn't make for St Helena, more like the coast of Brazil. So when all three of us were up, about 1030 we gybed from Port to Starboard. For those who don't know this means changing the boats heading and moving the sails from one side of the boat to the other, now we're heading pretty much straight for St Helena. Every so often, half an hour to an hour we get a squall come through, unlike, so far, the North Atlantic squalls which can go from 15 to 35 knots in a very short space of time, these tend to go from maybe 18 to 25 knots gradually. Much more manageable.Still looking like we could. read more...


16/01/2017

Firefly - Great passage to St Helena

Since leaving Luderitz in Namibai we have enjoyed a great passage with the wind behind us blowing between 15 and 25 knots, a following sea (not too rolly or bumpy!)and after the first chilly nights a very pleasant temperature during the day and night watches. Our Long Range Radio (SSB) has been working well and we generally have better transmission and receipt than the other yachts. Via the twice daily net we are in contact with most of the rally boats despite them being spread all across the route to St Helena. Today we are controlling the net at at 1000 we spoke to most of the 16 other yachts with the first boats expecting to be in by Tuesday and the back marker is probably 1000 miles behind due to a delayed start.Much of our focus over the passage has been refining our culinary. read more...


16/01/2017

Firefly - Mauritius and Reunion

Firefly arrived in Mauritius at 0430 on Sunday 16th October. We were welcomed into the Caudan Basin in the capital, Port Louis by Victor from Rally Control and Martin and Elizabeth Bevan from Caduceus. Victor provided us with some local rum which was well received after all the stress involved with completing the passage with a seriously damaged mast following the collision with a ship a few days earlier.As soon as we cleared immigration the crew member who was watch keeper during the incident with the ship left Firefly. Clearly this was a difficult situation but we managed to do things on the best possible terms given the extra ordinary circumstances. Paul then set about getting Firefly repaired with very little knowledge at that stage regarding what was possible in. read more...


15/01/2017

Timshel - St Lucia to Santa Marta Day 6 Arrival

Distance travelled: About 75 nm.We had been warned not to close the Colombian coast too soon because of high winds and squalls.It was a beautiful evening, but we decided to reef and gybe before it got dark.Luckily in that order as halfway through the process the wind suddenly increased to 25 knots plus with a big sea and we spent most of the night under reefed main only.In the early hours, persuaded Steve to let me set up the pole again with a handkerchief of Yankee set.There were a few ships about and we heard Zeeland (the next World ARC boat to us) on the VHF.At our waypoint off the headland turning more up wind, we could easily set the staysail instead of the poled out Yankee - one advantage of the cutter rig. But the wind went on increasing and increasing though the rain had. read more...


14/01/2017

Firefly - What happened on Thursday 13th October

Over the next few weeks I will be sending out a number of blogs to provide the highlights of Firefly's travels from Mauritius to Cape Town, South Africa. This is why the blogs stopped.....there has been a lot of work involved in getting Firefly repaired.....At 1330 on Thursday 13th October Firefly collided with a ship, a 623 feet long bulk carrier en route to Singapore. As with road accidents, it is not appropriate at this stage to provide details of the incident as there are legal proceedings underway. However, most importantly no one was hurt and it is also ok to state that Firefly came off somewhat worse than the ship!Firefly was heading just south of east and hit the starboard side of the ship, heading north east - an impact angle of about 30 degrees. Firefly was constructed in cedar. read more...


15/01/2017

Exocet Strike - January 14-15th 2017

The slow progress during the day gave way to fast and furious progress in the evening. We put one reef in just before dinner, which we then decided after dinner was not sufficient, so put reef two in. The wind had built up to 25 - 30 in by now and we were hitting ten knots of boat speed, with two reefs in regularly. We also had current with us and our hourly distances were 10 miles, which if sustained would give a daily run rate of 240 nautical miles, which for us is probably a record.The sky's were very clear overnight and the rising moon looked amazing, very orangey yellow, almost like a sunset. This got more and more silvery as it rose.Later in the night the clouds started to roll in and now it's very grey and overcast, no doubt have to run the generator to top up the batteries. The. read more...


Hanna - Anfahrt auf Kolumbien
Hanna - Anfahrt auf Kolumbien
15/01/2017

Hanna - Wie gewonnen so zerronnen

Am 13.01.2017 um 11:56 schrieb Gottfried Sodeck :Santa Marta, 13. Januar 2017Geschafft, wir sind in Santa Marta angekommen. Die letzten Tage auf See waren ziemlich turbulent. Wir hatten häufig Besuch von fliegenden Fischen an Bord. Die kommen aus dem Wasser gesDer Wind hat immer weiter zugenommen, bis 45 Knoten in der Spitze.Das sind gute 8-9 Windstärken! Bis zu 3,5 Welle von achtern (hinten). Wenn man dann in einem Wellental sitzt, denkt man da kommt eine Wand herangerauscht…Bis wir sehr schnell unseren geliebten Parasailor heruntergenommen haben, sah alles danach aus als wenn wir auf dem 3. Platz liegen. Danach machten wir aber nur noch 5 Knoten fahrtanstelle von bis zu 14 Knoten. Langsam wurden wir dann wieder überholt ;-)Ich habe zwar so eine Ahnung, aber schauen wir mal wann die. read more...


14/01/2017

Tulla Mhor - Day 1-5, St Lucia to Santa Marta

We had an emotional leave of St Lucia. Eilidh and Scott had travelled up to Rodney Bay from Soufriere to wave us off. Hugs from all the boats around us and 'see you in Columbia'. Leanne and Derek kindly gave us a new boat mascot, a kangaroo now called Tullaroo. We will be taking him back for a visit to his homeland.We are only at sea for 5 days so provisioning was not so traumatic except there is not much fresh fruit and vegetables to buy in St Lucia. This seems strange as it is a tropical island with lush vegetation and plenty of rain. There are plenty of bananas, great for daiquiris, but otherwise very limited.After an exciting start in Rodney Bay we headed south to just off Castries and then turned west to Columbia. The bay had lots of boats out to see the fleet off and there was a. read more...


14/01/2017

Exocet Strike - progress 13-14th January 2014

Great progress overnight, we carried two reefs and full Genoa all night, poled out to port, meaning we had reduced mainsail area, but our full Genoa on the other side as with a spinnaker. Often seeing 8 and 9 knots over the ground, helped by some positive current, the moon was out as well, not too many clouds. Much better than the day had been. However by this morning the wind was dropping and we shook out both reefs so now have full sail area up. The wind is light though so slow progress made worse by the current now against us most of the day. It is sunny and much warmer than yesterday!As I type this, at 1700 Local time, the wind is maybe picking up a bit,nth at will help our progress to St Helena. We are approx one third of the way there. Kept in touch via the SSB with both boats. read more...


14/01/2017

Misto - Day 7 - city tour of Santa Marta

Its still blowing hard in the marina at Santa Marta!We enjoyed the city tour, especially the Tairona Gold Museum. The intricate nature of the gold artifacts was stunning to behold. We only saw the outside of the cathedral and we might try to go back and experience the inside before we leave on Wednesday. Despite my almost total lack of Spanish I managed to purchase bread rolls from a vendor on a bicycle and fruit from a street vendor. Prices are low. We had Sumore's crew over to share a potluck tuna dinner last night. They were really great company and its lovely to be making new friends.. read more...


14/01/2017

Timshel - St Lucia to Santa Marta Last day

Distance travelled: About nm.We had been warned not to close the Colombian coast too soon because of high winds and squalls.It was a beautiful evening, but we decided to reef and gybe before it got dark.Luckily in that order as halfway through the process the wind suddenly increased to 25 knots plus with a big sea and we spent most of the night under reefed main only.In the early hours, persuaded Steve to let me set up the pole again with a handkerchief of Yankee set.There were a few ships about and we heard Zeeland (the next World ARC boat to us) on the VHF.At our waypoint off the headland turning more up wind, we could easily set the staysail instead of the poled out Yankee - one advantage of the cutter rig. But the wind went on increasing and increasing though the rain had stopped.We. read more...


Hanna - Anfahrt auf Kolumbien
Hanna - Anfahrt auf Kolumbien
Hanna - Gottfried steuert die Hanna
Hanna - Gottfried steuert die Hanna