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31/10/2016

Dolphin Star - ALGECIRAS SECOND STOP (18.10.2016)

Brexit is ongoing and the Brits are not very keen to welcome Dolphin Star when arriving at night. We finally decide to go across the bay and moor the boat in Algeciras onthe Spanish side for refuelling. Here are a few photos of the central square of this small town. Dolphin Star002 003. read more...


Dolphin Star - ALGECIRAS SECOND STOP (18.10.2016)
Dolphin Star - ALGECIRAS SECOND STOP (18.10.2016)
Dolphin Star - ALGECIRAS SECOND STOP (18.10.2016)
Dolphin Star - ALGECIRAS SECOND STOP (18.10.2016)
31/10/2016

Dolphin Star - STRAIT OF GIBRALTAR (17.10.2016)

After three days of sailing, we finally arrive in Gibraltar with its famous rock standing in the fog. The strait is so narrow that you can also see Ceuta (Spanish territory)on the African side. We let you guess which photo is relevant. A lot of commercial ships are standing there before crossing the strait. Dolphin Star112 116 118. read more...


Dolphin Star - STRAIT OF GIBRALTAR (17.10.2016)
Dolphin Star - STRAIT OF GIBRALTAR (17.10.2016)
Dolphin Star - STRAIT OF GIBRALTAR (17.10.2016)
Dolphin Star - STRAIT OF GIBRALTAR (17.10.2016)
Dolphin Star - STRAIT OF GIBRALTAR (17.10.2016)
Dolphin Star - STRAIT OF GIBRALTAR (17.10.2016)
31/10/2016

Dolphin Star - GIBRALTAR SAILING (15.10.2016)

On our way from Ibiza to Gibraltar, the morning shift is about to end up with a beautiful sunrise around 7:30. Dolphin Star107. read more...


Dolphin Star - GIBRALTAR SAILING (15.10.2016)
Dolphin Star - GIBRALTAR SAILING  (15.10.2016)
31/10/2016

Dolphin Star - IBIZA TOURING (14.10.2016)

One day trip to Vila d'Eivissa (catalan name for Ibiza) pending for the proper wind conditions for our next leg to Gibraltar. Dolphin Star106. read more...


Dolphin Star - IBIZA TOURING (14.10.2016)
Dolphin Star - IBIZA TOURING (14.10.2016)
31/10/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 295: Land Ahoy - New Zealand

Land Ahoy - New Zealand! We've never been so pleased to see land, given this challenging, tiresome and exhausting passage. The state of Paw Paw's flag says it all!Our thanks to the yachts that kept us company and shared vital information with us regarding weather conditions - Talulah Ruby, Blue Summit, Whistler, Dream Along and all the yachts that called into the Poly Mag Net. While Talulah Ruby is just ahead of us, we know the other yachts still have another night on the high seas. While we can't wish you following seas (because we know what it has been like), we do wish you all calm seas at least, fair winds and safe arrivals.With our quarantine flag flying, our updated ETA transmitted to Maritime Radio, customs aware of our arrival and 28NM to go, we're just looking forward to getting. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 295: Land Ahoy - New Zealand
Paw Paw - Log Day 295: Land Ahoy - New Zealand
Paw Paw - Log Day 295: Land Ahoy - New Zealand
Paw Paw - Log Day 295: Land Ahoy - New Zealand
Paw Paw - Log Day 295: Land Ahoy - New Zealand
Paw Paw - Log Day 295: Land Ahoy - New Zealand
Eau Too - The Eau Too crew on their way to Las Palmas! 7 crew - 6 nationalities!
Eau Too - The Eau Too crew on their way to Las Palmas! 7 crew - 6 nationalities!
30/10/2016

Woifal - The First Blog

Das ist nun der erste Blog für alle unsere Follower. In genau 3 Wochen starten wir in unser kleines Abenteuer. Am 20.11. um 12.45 Uhr ist Start für unsere Klasse vor Las Palmas und dann geht's los in Richtung St. Lucia in der Karibik, der Zielhafen heißt Rodney Bay. Ihr könnt unseren Weg über den Atlantik unter www.worldcruising.com/arc/eventfleetviewer.aspx verfolgen. Ihr bekommt dann die Meldung, dass es mehrere Events gibt die verfolgt werden können. Ihr klickt auf ARC 2016 - Gran Canaria to St. Lucia, dann müsst ihr unseren Bootsnamen eingeben oder in der Liste suchen. Das Boot heißt WOIFAL   Liebe Grüße an alle   Wolfgang. read more...


30/10/2016

Xplorer of Hamble - Here in Las Palmas

We arrived in Las Palmas from Palma on October 11thIMG_1266. read more...


Xplorer of Hamble - Here in Las Palmas
Xplorer of Hamble - Here in Las Palmas
29/10/2016

Orion - Oktober 29

Liebe Kinder,   jetzt ist der Tag bald zu Ende. Es war schon seltsam für mich.Last mich berichten. Auf einer Seite des Mastes war das D 2 Toggel nicht an der richtigen Position. Also ganz oben im Mast, das oberste Befestigungselement war defekt. Der eine Rigger meinte, der Mast muss herunter und er Zweite meinte, esmuss nur versetzt werden.  Zum Glücke lag der Zweite richtig und es wurde gemacht  Das war gestern. Heute war auch der Funkspezialist an Bord.  In Prinzip ohne Ergebnis., da das Geräte defekt ist.  Dem Grunde nach ist es Mist. Das hat mich einen ganzen Tag gekostet. Abends haben wir gefunkt. Das geht,  es fehlt aberdie Position und die Uhrzeit. Doch jetzt zum Schönen. Die Crew hat, ohne mich zu fragen, das gesamte Essen eingeräumt und. read more...


29/10/2016

Orion - Oktober 29

Oktober 29   Liebe Kinder,   gestern wurde eingecheckt. Das hat 20 Minuten gedauert. Es gab eine tolle Tasche, wie es sie so üblicherweise für Tagungen gibt, aber mit dem Schriftzug des ARC. Das gibt jetzt schon etwas her. Ich habe jede Menge Papiererhalten und unterschrieben. Das Team, das es hier gibt, ist phantastisch. Extrem freundlich und hilfsbereit.  Klaus kann sich jetzt um die Getränke und die Liste der Lebensmittel kümmern. Es gibt genug Firmen, die das alles an Bord liefern. Danach war dann die Sicherheitsüberprüfung bei mir an Bord. Das hat über eine Stunde gedauert. Was ich jetzt noch zu erledigen habe, ist ein Sicherungsbändsel für die beiden Steckschots. Im letzten Jahr muss es einenUnfall gegeben haben, bei dem ein Steckschot. das neben dem Niedergang. read more...


30/10/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 294: Inside an Industrial Strength Washing Machine

In the early hours of this morning we went from lovely calm seas to the inside of an industrial strength washing machine, with waves coming at us from all directions.Unfortunately this has lasted all day. Very tiresome given that we're at the end of a long, challenging passage. Add the fact that the temperature has dropped significantly, to the extent that Elaine broke out all her winter woolies,but Roy, unfortunately has nothing but shorts and t-shirts onboard, with the exception of his longjones - Not a pretty sight, but at least he's warm now!With an overcast, gloomy start to the day, Elaine decided to spend her off duty time in bed and only surfaced around noon. She woke to freshly baked soda bread for lunch. Soon thereafter, Roy headed for his afternoon nap and now we're snuggled. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 294: Inside an Industrial Strength Washing Machine
Paw Paw - Log Day 294: Inside an Industrial Strength Washing Machine
Paw Paw - Log Day 294: Inside an Industrial Strength Washing Machine
Paw Paw - Log Day 294: Inside an Industrial Strength Washing Machine
29/10/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 293: Looking forward to "Land Ahoy"

Elaine had the pleasure of enjoying another amazing sunrise, accompanied by the brighest and largest "green flash" she has seen to date. It was a wonderful start to a glorious day, under blue, sunny skies wirh a scattering of fluffy white clouds on the distant horizon and flat seas. Roy prepared delicious omelettes for breakfast in order to use some of the fresh produce we still have aboard, but cannot take into New Zealand.After breakfast Elaine decided to take advantage of the flat seas to get Paw Paw looking a little more presentable for the quarantine,customs and immigration officials who will board Paw Paw on arrival and then indulged herself with a nice hot shower, thanks to all the motoring we've been doing. For now though, with roughly 220NM to go, we're looking forward to" land. read more...


28/10/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 292: The Beauty of Nature

While this passage has been particularly challenging due to the enormous fluxuation in the condtions, compounded by a passage plan based on ill advice, resulting in us having to make a major course correction yesterday morning in order to regain our easterly component, which has basically cost us at least 100NM and precious time, we have been in awe of the beauty of nature which we have had the good fortune of experiencing. Elaine enjoyed the most spectacular sunrise this morning as both the moon and the sun rose in the east within a few hours of each other. While a crescent moon hung over the horizon, daybreak turned the sky to vivid shades of yellow, orange, pink, purple and blue, streaked by mauve and charcoal coloured cumulus,altocumulus and cirrus clouds, before the sun rose like a. read more...


27/10/2016

Caffè Latte - En route vers Portsmouth

Nous sommes à Reedville . read more...


27/10/2016

White Satin - Preparations for the ARC

This entry is primarily for our techie/yachting friends; it describes the various preparations that have gone on over the past few years for this trip.However, the WCC logs are primarily text only and we wanted to include lots of different photos of our bits of equipment so we have decided just to provide you with the link for google docs, in which this article has been composed.https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Z3_IyVeGj1evzZoO2If-2SIQgUJxLneDSeB9vmxYABI/editIt is also hoped that by doing it this way we won’t switch off those readers who are more interested in the ‘human’ side of the trip.Lots of loveVicki . read more...


27/10/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 291: In the Blink of an Eye

We made great progress today, sailing the majority of the time due south, although this has meant close-hauling. Fortunately the seas were relatively flat with only a large rolling south easterly swell which made this, normally unpleasant point of sail, easier.However,around sunset, after a chat on the SSB radio, where one yacht had just made the comment that we were all rather lucky thus far, given the conditions we have experienced, it all changed in the blink of an eye.The wind direction changed from easterly to south easterly and the sea developed a short, steep chop, causing usto slam and bounce around. After reefing further and altering course, we've managed to have a reasonable sail. It has meant, though, that we're not able to head south, but more south, southwest,which is not. read more...


26/10/2016

Orion - Vorbereitung Oktober 26

Vorbereitung Oktober 26   Seit heute morgen sind meine privaten persönlichen Vorbereitungen abgeschlossen. Den Notarvertrag, den ich abgeschlossen habe für den Fall, dass ich nicht greifbar bin oder nicht handlungsfähig bin, liegt allen Kindernvor Noch zwei Sachen sind mir wichtig.  Falls mein Organspendeausweis nicht gefunden wird, oder nicht lesbar ist: alles was man von mir gebrauchen kann, soll verwendet werden. Wenn das dann auch meine letzte medizinische Tat ist. Und das Zweite: Da ich viel für die Medizin getan habe, soll sie für mich alles machen, was sie kann. Wenn Pia sich als Zahnärztin unsicher ist, soll sie Walter fragen, was machbar und möglich ist.Das Testament ist fertig und geht heute zum Rechtsanwalt heraus. So dieser persönliche Teil war mir sehr wichtig. read more...


27/10/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 290: Consequences of Our Strategy

Today has been a mixed bag. Prior to this psssage we had taken the decision to sail Paw Paw more aggressively in order to keep our speed up and get to Opua ahead of the next wave of unpleasant weather.We knew, of course, that this strategy would have some consequences.In particular, we would make sail changes immediately to get the best out of the conditions as they fluxuated and we would motor-sail or motor as needed. This is different to previous passages in that we normally postpone sail changes to coincide with watch changes and we barely use the motors unless we start to bob.While the strategy has been successful for this passage thus far,we have had to make numerous sail changes throughout the day and night and the motors have been switched on and off like light bulbs as conditions. read more...


25/10/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 289: Paw Paw Surrounded in Sparkles

The weather eventually settled down to lovely calm seas under glorious sunshine after Elaine enjoyed a beautiful sunrise while on her watch. The wind, however,did drop enough from time to time throughout the day, necessitating at least one engine in order to keep our speed up . Fortunately last night, with Paw Paw surrounded in sparkles from the bioluminescence in the water under a moonless night, the wind picked up again, so we are enjoying an average speed of 8 kts supplied purely by Mother Nature. Our day was broken up by a number of radio nets to report our position, a call to Keenan and a chat to friends via our SSB radio who are also underway and wrapped up with a delicious pre-cooked beef stew to sustain us through our night watches.. read more...


25/10/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 288: Running the Gauntlet

It was an early start this morning in order to head across the bay to Vuda Marina. Once anchored out we dinghied ashore to see Nina and clear out. While waiting on the officials to arrive, we reconnected with Tallulah Ruby (Andy and Paul), whom we haven't seen since Curacao two years ago. It was wonderful to catch up with them and to learn that they too were sailing to New Zealand with us, along with a host of other yachts who were clearing out as well.It was no surprise though, when transiting Navula Passage, to encounter winds and seas much higher than forecasted, resulting in a very fast sail this afternoon and into the night, but no complaints, as this is the passage where yachts are invariably running the gauntlet to get to New Zealand between the unfavourable weather systems that. read more...


23/10/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 287: An Unexpected Degree of Sadness

This evening, while standing on the beach to watch the sun set and then enjoying sundowners at the Waitui Beach Club in the Sofitel Resort, we experienced an unexpected degree of sadness. It was time to say goodbye to wonderful Fiji and her friendly people with their huge smiles. For us, Fiji was a lovely surprise as we had not planned on visiting here this year and had, therefore,done very little research prior to our arrival. It's hard to believe though, that our yearlong back-to-back sailing seasons are over and we head to New Zealand tomorrow. We did, however,have a relaxing morning, before wandering over to Do Over and Kiwi Beanz to say cheerio. We'll say our goodbyes to Nina tomorrow morning at Vuda Marina where we're clearing out, but fortunately we'll have Blue Summit for company. read more...


22/10/2016

Paw Paw - Log Days 285 & 286: South Pacific Sailing Season Coming to a Close

After breakfast yesterday morning we hopped on the dollar bus bound for Nadi town, where Roy got a haircut and we bought what little provisioning we needed for our passage to New Zealand, given the amount of surplus ships stores we've had to work our way through as many items are not permitted to be brought into New Zealand. Once we were back onboard, we spent the bulk of the afternoon cooking the remainder of our passage dinners before getting ready for our night on the town - An impromptu get-together with Nina, Do Over,Kiwi Beanz and Blue Summit at the Port Denarau Yacht Club, followed by a delicious dinner with Steve and Lynda at the Rhum-Ba Restaurant - New Zealand Lamb for the ladies and Seared Tuna for the men, completed with chocolate truffles for dessert. It was a fitting. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Days 285 & 286: South Pacific Sailing Season Coming to a Close
Paw Paw - Log Days 285 & 286:  South Pacific Sailing Season Coming to a Close
Endeavour of Cork - Endeavour of Cork - safe and sound in Las Palmas
Endeavour of Cork - Endeavour of Cork - safe and sound in Las Palmas
20/10/2016

Delfini - DELFINI

Hello from team DELFINI - after a fairly boisterous trip from UK we arrived safely in Las Palmas and the boat (and possibly the crew) are ready for the next part of the ARC challenge. The insurance company said we should escape the Bay of Biscay before 1stSeptember to avoid the deteriorating weather later in the season and an increased premium so we left Brighton on 6th August but found 30 knots from the SE down to Lyme Bay which moved to NW past Ushant and then built to 45 knots from the NE with breaking 5metre seas over 24 hours about 150 miles north of Finestere - boat and crew knackered and wet but all goodWe are hoping for something a. read more...


Delfini - DELFINI
Delfini - DELFINI
20/10/2016

Paw Paw - Log Days 283 & 284: Mini-Golf Anyone?

Yesterday, after our last morning coffee at Trader's Café,we said our goodbyes to beautiful Malolo Lailai Island as we set sail for Port Denarau Marina.After taking on diesel and filling our jerry cans on arrival, we were delighted to learn that the Port Denarau Yacht Club had managed to secure our request for one of their mooring balls, where we plan to stay until our departure to New Zealand and outward clearance from Vuda Marina. Yesterday evening, after collecting our repaired sail, we enjoyed sundowners and a delicious seafood dinner at Lulu's Bar and Restaurant before heading back to Paw Paw for an early night.Although we've seen Do Over and Kiwi Beanz in their slips and lsaw Blue Summit arriving this afternoon, we haven't managed to catch up with them as yet.This morning we walked. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Days 283 & 284: Mini-Golf Anyone?
Paw Paw - Log Days 283 & 284: Mini-Golf Anyone?
Paw Paw - Log Days 283 & 284: Mini-Golf Anyone?
Paw Paw - Log Days 283 & 284: Mini-Golf Anyone?
Paw Paw - Log Days 283 & 284: Mini-Golf Anyone?
Paw Paw - Log Days 283 & 284: Mini-Golf Anyone?
20/10/2016

Endeavour of Cork - Endeavour of Cork

Well, Endeavour arrived in Las Palmas today, in good shape for the adventures to come.A sterling effort by all those who sailed her from Cork, via Caiscais and Madeira over the last month. Thanks Anais, Denise and Conor (and others!).The rest of us are still here at home in Ireland, packing bags, getting ready and getting more excited by the day (well I am anyway). Bring on November!!!All going well, we'll leave Las Palmas on 6th November for Cape Verde, 800-odd miles to the south, and then depart there on 16th November for sunny St. Lucia, 2100 miles across the Atlantic - woohoo!!!Standby for further updates!! Endeavour. read more...


Endeavour of Cork - Endeavour of Cork
Endeavour of Cork - Endeavour of Cork
18/10/2016

Dolphin Star - IBIZA FIRST STOP (13.10.2016)

Here is the crew enjoying the first stop in San Antonio (Ibiza Island):Finnish Captain : KariFrench Chef : NicolasFinnish Handyman : AntiiFrench Touch : EricLook at us closely and you should find an error.Dolphin Star095 100. read more...


Dolphin Star - IBIZA FIRST STOP (13.10.2016)
Dolphin Star - IBIZA FIRST STOP (13.10.2016)
Dolphin Star - IBIZA FIRST STOP (13.10.2016)
Dolphin Star - IBIZA FIRST STOP (13.10.2016)
18/10/2016

Paw Paw - Log Days 281 & 282: Another Beach Barbecue

Yesterday we woke to an overcast and somewhat rainy day, but the second round of stronger winds never really materialised, so Elaine took advantage of a quiet day and did the laundry in the afternoon, after spending the morning sifting through all the information provided by the All Points Rally, which we have joined for our passage to New Zealand. As a result, we added a few additional waypoints to our route and finalised our Radio Schedule for weather and position reporting.Roy also took the time to replace our water tank, as well as improve the way in which the tanks are secured, in an effort to alleviate a reoccurrence of the problem. We also enjoyed afternoon tea on Nina before returning to Paw Paw for dinner and a movie, given that the winds and rain eventually set in for the. read more...


16/10/2016

Ludanka -

Air Support up and flying, hoping to post some great shots from this-Medic JohnLudanka Air Support 1 Ludanka Air Support 2. read more...