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08/03/2017

Lexington - 3/8/17. 3 am. 8°. 54' south. 100°. 11' west

So it is my watch again. Getting up at 3 sucks but seeing the sunrise is a good reward. We have had a good night with southeast winds 10-14 knots. Our boat speed is high 6's. My guess is the air temperature is 78-80 but that is a guess. All in all, very pleasant. We are sailing great for my boat. We are trying to be conservative and not break stuff but we are usually 6 knots or above. For a 10 hour period during the day yesterday, we averaged 6.1 knots. The hooker is that we are in with a bunch of good boats and good sailors. When I looked at the position report just issued there just a few boats further from the destination than we were. One of those broke their mast and is catching up and another delayed their start to fix a generator problem. When we were motoring a lot at first we. read more...


08/03/2017

Lexington - Latest News from Lexington

We get position reports each day emailed to us from World Cruising. Each boat has a locator on it called a Yellow Brick which transmits to the satellite our position at the same time each day. The World Cruising Club then tabulates all the data and sends it out by email to each of the boats. One of the statistics that they keep is called 'velocity made good'. This is the velocity or speed you're making to your target location. For example, when we were heading South and not going very much West then the velocity made good to the Western target would be low. Now that we've been able to turn towards the West our course is directly to target. Therefore all of our progress, i.e., our speed is made towards the target therefore our velocity made good is higher. If you look at the. read more...


08/03/2017

Lexington - 3/7/17. 08°. 34 ' S. 98°. 09 ' W

Decisions, decisions. We are now down fairly far south and appear to be in for consistent trade winds in the 10-15 range. Now we need to decide how to sail them. Our wind will be about 120 degrees off our bow on a rhumb line course. Right now we are on a beam reach in 10-12 knots of wind but need to adjust our course about 20 to the west. Things get complicated.. as I have been writing this the winds have dropped to 6-8. Go figure! Our choices are: 1. Regular white sails down wind 2. Regular white sails with wing on wing 3. Two head sails, both poles out 4. Asymmetrical spinnaker.We decided that the others would fly the asymmetrical spinnaker that they can do with little effort without my help. I am doing the radio roll call soon. Little effort means that it is already up and furled on a. read more...


07/03/2017

Laura Dawn - Pacific Log 4: Bows

We seem to have finally found the trade winds and have a steady 12 - 15 knots of breeze from east south east, making 6 knots with the asymmetric up.The squalls have cleared today, although we had a couple of big ones last night and it is sunny if a little hazy.We've discovered that geckos can swim and the debate of the day is which pasta to have for dinner.Jack has settled on bows.LD: 7th March 16:04. read more...


07/03/2017

Exocet Strike - Exocet Strike 6-7 Match 2017

If having a cold at sea wasn't enough, yesterday I developed a slight migraine. I get maybe one every couple of years, just my luck to get it a sea. I do carry mess and if I take them quickly enough and sleep loads it doesn't affect me too much. In the last 36 hours I've probably slept for at least 24 hours. Just as well there are three of us on board to stand watches. I haven't missed one yet.The wind was pretty fickle overnight but it started picking up this morning and we are now averaging over 6.5 knots speed over the ground. Currently our ETA is 7 days but as we get into more favourable current that may drop a bit!John. read more...


07/03/2017

Timshel - Galapagos to Marquesas Day 6

Sailing all day in the sunshine.After passing the 8 S deg mark at midday we bore away onto a beam reach to head more directly towards our destination, with all white sails set; in our case this is Mainsail, Yankee, Staysail.We contemplated bearing away more and hoisting the cruising chute, but at 13 knots of wind a lot of the time this might have been rather close to the limit for that sail, anyway we were making 6 knots or more most of the time, so better to keep the lightweight sail for when we really needed it.A lot of the fleet reported squalls with lightning, a least we just got the torrential rain and rather more wind than most last night.So far today its been fine hopefully it will remain so, but need to keep a look out for rain clouds.The fleet has not caught many fish so far,. read more...


07/03/2017

Lexington - 3/6/17 7° 58' S 97°18' W

We had a good day today. We sailed a lot of the day with the asymmetrical spinnaker. At times the wind was light in the 4-5 knot range. Later in the afternoon winds were 7-9 knots. At that time we were doing 6-7 knots of boat speed. Above was started earlier. Now it is midnight and I am finishing this post. The chances of squalls looked likely when we viewed the distant dark clouds and numerous boats had reported squalls. We have a reefed main and reefed jib 12-15 knots of wind and doing 5 knots of boat speed. We are still heading south west at 225 degrees. Our end waypoint is at 257 degrees. We are trying to make sure we go south enough to keep in good trade winds for the whole trip. We probably use the term squall too loosely. Most sailors doing this just mean any pop up rain. read more...


07/03/2017

Aurora Polaris - 6. Mars 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Hadde ikke før nevnt det – om været, før jeg får meg en smekk på fingrene. Fra kl.23 og fram til ca.11-12 i dag, har det regnet som bare det! Nå har vi i alle fall fått vasket saltet av båten, tauverket og seglene! Kapteinen har laget en oversikt for oss om hvor i flåten vi befinner oss. Vi kan ikke se en eneste båt, men de er her likevel. Resten av dagen har vært overskyet, og jeg kan jo bare si – heldigvis! Det har vært heftig mye sol i det siste, så det var en nice avveksling.Dagen i dag er brukt til testing av radiofrekvenser, rope på de i flåten vi ikke har fått kontakt med, samt lage denne oversikten. Mens alt dette pågikk, fikk vi selvfølgelig en fisk på kroken. Alt har en tendens til å skje samtidig. Den ble hengende så lenge, at kapteinen hadde et svare strev med å få inn senen,. read more...


07/03/2017

Misto - Days 57-59: Doldrums give way to Trades

March 4 and 5 saw us still making our way South West through the ITCZ.Conditions were variable - the wind would blow a little, we'd sail a little and then the wind direction of strength would mean the iron jenny got turned on.March 5 was better and we only had one hour of motoring - but the wind direction was still not terribly helpful in making progress to Hiva Oa.The night of March 4 brought us almost 10 hours of on and off rain and squalls, together with some lightening. Other than that the sky was a dark, inky black.Finally today, March 6, at 10 degrees south we have around 13 knots of wind from the south east and are heading more or less towards our destination The wind direction means we will likely have to put in a few long tacks and we are sailing with gennaker and main (and not. read more...


07/03/2017

Laura Dawn - Pacific Log 3: Every little helps

Well our spectacular sailing (9.5 knots!) came to an abrupt halt at 2:00 this morning when the wind dropped from 14 knots to 0 in seconds, then danced around the boat in full 360 circles followed by rain! Needless to say we are now motoring again.Theres been a few close attempts during the day, the asymmetric is rigged ready to go, its even been out twice onlyto be flumoxed by dropping and circling winds and wound back in again.What can I say: we are trying.We currently have 6 knots of wind from 330 degrees, 2 reefs in the main (ready for the assymetric unveiling again) and are making 5 knots under engine.Not much current now but what there is helps a little.In fact we have just let a little genoa out: it has given us .3 of a knot.The excitement debate of the day is remembering which. read more...


06/03/2017

Timshel - Galapagos to Marquesas Day 5 Wind!

Wind, wonderful wind at last!All of yesterday we either motored or drifted across a sea like molten metal.Only benefit was it allowed Anita to swim in the blue pacific thousands of metres deep, quite special looking back at the boat from the water, the only thing in sight, and the water so warm.We despaired, Steve said, what happens if we never get wind?But at 11pm there was a little and we could motorsail, by 11.50 Steve had switched off the engine and Anita got up to help set the hydrovane.And we have sailed more or less on a close fetch ever since, wind and speed varying but never stopped.Some of the time we were even heeling!We decided to continue heading down south to get to the magic 8 deg South (according to all the weather gurus) before bearing away for the destination.But we. read more...


06/03/2017

Aurora Polaris - 5. Mars 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Terje var «busy» på flere områder på sin nattevakt, og min oppgave ble å steke bollene han har laget. Jeg hadde en rolig nattevakt. Vi har gått med motor hele tiden, selv om vinden har vært oppe i 10 knop. Da Terje hadde vakt, hadde vi ei regnbyge med 22 knops vind. Disse bygene går fort over, så kapteinen ser ikke noen vits i å seile. Han har bestemt seg for at vi ikke seiler før vi er nede i tradevinden, fordi vi åpenbart har nok av drivstoff. Da nytter det ikke å si noe annet, for han er jo kapteinen!Søndag er ofte tiden for satelittelefonen, og foreldrene våre. Det er da vi legger merke til hvor opptatt nordmenn er av været, for spørsmålet kommer hver eneste gang. Vi må le litt etterpå, for slik vi lever nå – i nærheten av ekvator, er været stort sett det samme hele tiden. Ingen av. read more...


Lexington - Random photo: Bougainvillea on Ayora restaurant rooftop
Lexington - Random photo: Bougainvillea on Ayora restaurant rooftop
Lexington - Random photo: Pelican beside boat catching fish
Lexington - Random photo: Pelican beside boat catching fish
06/03/2017

Lexington - 7 ° 11 ‘ S. 95° 38 ‘ W

So it is my time in the barrel again, I.e. Watch. In the subject line the numbers stand for latitude seven degrees eleven minutes South of the equator and longitude 95 degrees 38 minutes West of the prime meridian. So for navigation the world is divided into latitude North and South and longitude which is East and West. Zero to 90° North would be from the equator to the North Pole. Zero to 90 South would be from the equator to the South Pole. There is no natural point for East and West so it arbitrarily starts at Greenwich England or the prime meridian. Going west it would go from zero to 180 degrees West. Going east it would be zero to 180 degrees East. Where the two 180’s meet is the international date line. The international date line is not perfectly on that line because a country. read more...


06/03/2017

Exocet Strike - Exocet Strike 5-6 March 2017

Whoop whoop, we are back in the northern hemisphere after more than 2 years in the southern. Must say we do look forward to heading back south in 2018!A challenging day yesterday, we are right in the middle of the ITCZ, or doldrums. We had squall after squall go over, and the wind angle was terrible, for some of the time we were heading due north. Then no wind, for maybe half an hour or so we persevered, but then with on,y 2-3 knots of wind that motorists g out of this area would be sensible. After 50 mins the wind went up and up and forward and we were able to start sailing again in 17 knots of easterly. This has remained all night, so we will take it while we can.Due to going a lot more north than required we have lost some current, but we should get back into that tomorrow. Even now. read more...


06/03/2017

Laura Dawn - Pacific Log 2: Oh we are sailing!

Ok, it might be short-lived yet.. but we are sailing!Full mainsail, full genoa, making 6.5 knots in 10 knots of wind.The seas a little confused and its definitely less comfortable than the last few days, but it feels good to be back.Had steak noodles for dinner last night (I know, who thought that steak would ever be 'leftovers') and have fajitas for dinner tonight with Martin rustling the pans.The bread is still turning out ok, so maybe we've finally cracked it and we will have to use something else to knock the fish out with (when we do manage to catch one).The jam is fab, that is it hasn't given anyone bellyache yet and tasted pretty good.Otherwise all going well here on LDLD: 5th March 16:45. read more...


05/03/2017

Hanna - Galapagos-Marquesas Tag 4 - endlich wieder Wind !

Wir sind gestartetDer fünfte Tag auf See ist angebrochen und die Bordroutine macht sich langsam breit. Aber zunächst zurück auf Anfang: Wir, die neue Crew für das Leg Galapagos-Marquesas (Gottfried, Tommy und Rainer), treffen uns rechtzeitig im Flieger in Amsterdam. Als  Gottfried und Tommy schon im Flieger sitzen, landet mein Anschluss Flug aus DUS gerade.  Der Adrenalinpegel steigt etwas und es folgt ein Dauerlauf bis zum Gate an dessen letzten Finger. Die Stewardess winkt schon aufmunternd und erklärt mir, dass mein Gepäck es wohl nicht schafft. Mir fehlen die Worte… Nach einer kurzen Zwischenlandung in Quito erreichen wir pünktlich Guayaquil. Die Passkontrolle nimmt sich selbst sehr wichtig und es dauert endlos lang. Dann aber eine gute Nachricht: mein Gepäck hat es doch. read more...


05/03/2017

Exocet Strike - Exocet Strike 4-5 March 2017

A great nights sailing, good boat speed and direction, rattling of miles. However as is said, after the Lord Mayors parade comes the ....Today it's been one long series of squalls heading us way north of our planned course. The wind direction is forecast to be NE or ENE, whereas it's mostly SE. Oh well it's gets us well north and away from negative current coming out of the Amazon.It's typical ITCZ or doldrums weather, so I guess another 3 or 4 days of this, hopefully when we reach 5 N it will clear up a lot. The forecast then is for very much NE winds and up to 20 or even 25 knots, that will be fast but not much fun, big seas, lots of slamming no doubt.. read more...


05/03/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob 3/15/17 6S.95W

It is 7:00 a.m. and my watch started at 6. We are sailing in 9-10 knots of wind and it feels great. I almost feel selfish because the others are asleep and I have not awakened them. It could die out at any minute but we are getting into the area where we should have some wind. I have weather information that indicates the wind might be a little iffy today but we are steadily moving to the area of steadily improving wind so those two factors combined are what we are hoping to improve our fate. Right now we have 7-8 knots of wind doing 4 knots on a beam reach (beam reach=wind coming directly from our side which is generally a good point of sail) I have two fishing lines out. I had two fishing lines out all day yesterday without any sign of a fish being anywhere near them. I did lose a lure. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob 3/15/17 6S.95W
Lexington - Captain Bob 3/15/17 6S.95W
05/03/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: Sunrise 3/4/17

I could not resist sending this photo. I am just going off watch. I experienced a beautiful dawn and sunrise. The sea is glassy calm because there is no wind. There is a gentle swell from the South. That is a slightly good sign since it means that there are winds to the South that are generating the swell. The only problem is that the swells come from far away. Enjoy! Bob  image1. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: Sunrise 3/4/17
Lexington - Captain Bob: Sunrise 3/4/17
05/03/2017

Aurora Polaris - 4. Mars 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Det er lørdag, og vi har sovet godt – de timene vi fikk sove. Ingen skip i sikte, og det er lite her som bryter havflaten – en og annen flyvefisk, det er alt. På morgenrapporteringen via SSB-radioen i dag, forteller de om lite vind, og alle går på motor. En fortalte at han kun har ¼ tank med drivstoff igjen, mens en annen har brukt opp alt, og må vente på vinden. Veldig synd, for vi har som nevnt lite vind.Det er et høydepunkt på dagen kl. 9 om morgenen, og kl.18 om kvelden, når vi hører stemmene til de andre i flåten. Først opplyser vi om vår posisjon og vindstyrke. Når alle har fått oppgitt det, har vi en runde med spørsmål om emner som opptar oss. Det kan f.eks være om det marine livet, månen, stjernene og planetene, eller dersom det er medisinske emner – noen trenger hjelp osv. Været. read more...


Aurora Polaris - 4. Mars 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - 4. Mars 2017  -  World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - 4. Mars 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - 4. Mars 2017  -  World ARC 2017-2018
05/03/2017

Timshel - Galapagos to Marquesas Day 4

Motored slowly all night, trying to conserve fuel by motorsailing when possible.Switched off the engine for about 4 hours in the middle of the day to allow it to cool down so we could do the checks, sailing in 3 knots of wind or less mostly at 1 knot or less of boat speed.Anita went for a swim, absolutely no problem keeping up with the boat, and very warm. Yippee, Steve had a shower!At tea time altered course to head due south.Apparently you have to go as far as 8 deg S to get some wind.On the current course 230 deg 8 deg S is 280 miles, on 180 deg it is 180 miles - we may have just enough fuel for the shorter distance.Wildlife count:Pod of large dolphins swam under the boat this morning, but did not stop to play (probably we were going too slowly), Galapagos storm petrels skimming over. read more...


05/03/2017

Laura Dawn - Pacific log 1: Birthday Celebrations..

Steak dinner on the plancha yesterday to celebrate Martins birthday seemed very extravagant, especially as we are down to our last 8 tomatoes already! But it was a lovely treat. Jack baked a very well received birthday chocolate cake in the breadmaker too. We are still chasing the wind and enjoying our motor to the Marquesas, with it seems daily visits from dolphins and whales to keep our sailing spirits up. Unfortunately it looks like we will have to go further south than we thought to pick up the trade winds so have a couple more days of flat glassy seas to go.Oh! the hardship!We are making the most of pleasant conditions though as we know it will all change once wind and waves are here.Hels even made jam yesterday from some mystery fruit from the Galapagos(not something she even does. read more...


04/03/2017

Firefly - 45 miles to Grenada

Today is Saturday 4th March and we will arrive at Prickly Bay, Grenada by about 1600 local time. Firefly won't complete her circum navigation until she reaches St Lucia at the beginning of April. It is however a massive milestone as we have just crossed the Atlantic again, this time starting from Cape Town way down in the south.Our 4 day passage from the Maroni River has been wet and windy and uncomfortable.We benefited from some favorable current for most of the trip but have been hampered by a cross sea (waves across our track) with waves breaking on the deck. We have had frequent rain and wind squalls too and needed all of our sprayhood and rain covers in place to try and stay dry. The winds on the beam have been up to 35 knots in the squalls and mostly over 20.Fortunately our last. read more...


04/03/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: A Treat

I have ordered each of you a whole dried fish to be delivered for Christmas dinner. I found them in Sant Cruz on the street. EnjoyBobimage2 image1. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: A Treat
Lexington - Captain Bob: A Treat
Lexington - Captain Bob: A Treat
Lexington - Captain Bob: A Treat
04/03/2017

Misto - Day 56: Venus shining on the water

Today has been mostly motoring - we tried to sail for a couple of hours in the middle of the day but the wind finally died.After dinner, Carl went to take a nap and Howard and I sat out on deck.The sky to the south of us was spectacular with a huge anvil cloud rising out of the dense cloud bank.We altered course toward them by 10 degrees hoping that the clouds are the harbinger of wind which the latest forecast indicates we may find at 7 degrees 30 minutes south. The sun set in a mass of orange glowing clouds and the waxing crescent moon became visible in the night sky.Venus shines so brightly that at some elevations it can be mistaken for a tall masthead light as it gives off an eery red-tinged glow.Tonight Venus reflected on the mill-pond smooth water glistening like a string of bright. read more...


04/03/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: 3/4/17. 4 degrees 37 minutes south 94 degrees 12 minutes west

Tonight I got a VHF radio call from a boat that I had met up with at Shelter Bay Marina just as you enter the Panama Canal prepping area They were going to town one day and offered to pick an item up for me. We have a device called AIS which is automatic identification system. We broadcast and receive a VHF signal that shows our boat position on the chart plotter of boats within range. They saw us on their system and called out. They have joined our SSB (single side band radio) radio roll call twice a day. It is always good to know someone else is out there in the dark of the night. In some places of the world you would turn it off so pirates could not see you. For your information I will go over our communication capacity. We have VHF radio. VHF stands for very high frequency. It is for. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: 3/4/17. 4 degrees 37 minutes south 94 degrees 12 minutes west
Lexington - Captain Bob: 3/4/17. 4 degrees 37 minutes south 94 degrees 12 minutes west
04/03/2017

Exocet Strike - Exocet Strike 3-4 March 2017

Well that was a much better day and night, 12-15 knots from approx 170 to 150 true wind angle and a positive 1-1.5 knot of current, averaging 7-7.5 knots of speed over the ground (SOG). No rain or squalls even. Not sure if it will continue but let's hope so.We are in the area of the ITCZ so squalls etc are highly likely. The whole trip should in theory have 1-3 knots of positive current so we are looking good forward to more of the same. We need to stay well clear of the Amazon basin, due to debris coming down the river and also for us up to 5 knots of negative current, that wouldn't be helpful.In a few days we get quite close to French Guyana, Surinam and Guyana. On the 6th March there is a scheduled launch of an Ariane space rockets from the European space centre in French Guyana. Last. read more...


04/03/2017

Aurora Polaris - 2. og 3. Mars 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Går fortsatt på motor, for nå er vi i stillebeltet «The Doldrums», som de kaller det. Mange av de andre i flåten har sett både delfiner og svære hvaler, mens vi måtte nøye oss med å se tusenvis av små maneter i alle slags fasonger. Vi har det stille og fredelig, lager mat og vasker opp, reparerer klær og leser, og i dag, 3.mars, kan vi rapportere ei svær skilpadde som svømte rett ved siden av båten! Ikke verst!Vi har hatt høytlesning på dekk i skyggen av fokken i ettermiddag. Det var herlig! Forbereder oss på øyriket som nå ligger foran oss. Ser ut som vi har mye spennende i vente, både vulkanske øyer og korallrev.Etter mørkets frambrudd, en tur fram i baugen. Sitter og stirrer utover Stillehavet, som i sannhet lever opp til navnet sitt akkurat nå. Månen er en smilemunn, og lyser sterkt.. read more...


04/03/2017

Timshel - Galapagos to Marquesas Day 3

Unfortunately motored most of the night.More swallowtail gulls around the boat, quite spooky with their strange clicking call and they are all white on the underside.My book says they are the only night feeding gull in the world, you don't see them during the day. Fortunately didn't see any factory ships or run into any whales in the dark.The stars disappeared - it had clouded over.Then most exciting got a bit of wind at 0430 and set the yankee as well as the main to motorsail, then it came on to rain heavily - the first rain since before Panama I think, and I suddenly realised I needed to shut all the hatches, then it all went away, back to motoring.Presumably this is the doldrums, but it was hardly a squall.More wind as I handed over to Steve at 0600 and we set main, yankee and. read more...


04/03/2017

Skyelark of London - Its Calm, too calm.

It's all about the diesel.Beingpart of a rally means a fixed departure date, and for many things this can be a good thing -it keeps you to a schedule,limits the temptation to stay just one more night, or wait for something non essential to be fixed - however it can mean leaving in less than ideal conditions - in this case into a huge wind hole in the Pacific! The Doldrums is the name for the area of light or non-existent winds that occur near the equator, that were a major obstacle for sailing ships of old, which could spend weeks wallowing, in hot and humid conditions trying to beat the unfavourable currents and get through to the trade winds on the other side -back then they launched the Gigs and towed the ships along by oar andthe crew reportedly went Mad!Right now the Doldrums. read more...


Skyelark of London - Its Calm, too calm.
Skyelark of London - Its Calm, too calm.
03/03/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: 3/3/17 sunset

We have had a nice day but motoring in calm winds. At the end of the day Mark and I went for a swim. The water was very nice. My guess is that it was about 82 degrees. We had the boat hove to but not well it still had a little movement. "Hove to" means the sails in a configuration that each sail is supposed to cancel out each other and stop the boat. Mark and I did not swim far from the swim ladder. I soaped up real good to clean up some. With the watermaker we are not too hard up for a very brief shower. I just wanted to say I had swam in the Pacific Ocean with no land in site. I did put my goggles on to look for any big fish showing their teeth. All I saw was a few jelly fish. On the roll call there were two or three other boats that went for a swim. For us Sam and Ann stayed on board. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: 3/3/17 sunset
Lexington - Captain Bob: 3/3/17 sunset
Lexington - 3/3/17 sunset
Lexington - 3/3/17 sunset
Lexington - a small cumulus cloud that might turn into a little squall or plain rain cloud when it cools off.
Lexington - a small cumulus cloud that might turn into a little squall or plain rain cloud when it cools off.
03/03/2017

Lexington - 3/3/2017 Looking for Trade Winds

We are motoring along looking for trade winds. We are 3* 27′ S. 93 * 43′ W. The good winds are between 6-8 degrees south. We are heading south to get in that area. Our hopes, based on time proven weather patterns, are that we will have a comfortable sail down wind to the Marquesas once we get South far enough. The old sailors coming west to the Americas used the same principle. Their saying was that you sailed south from Great Britain or Spain and kept going south until your butter melted. The warmer air came from air flowing off the coast of Africa. At that point you were able to pick up consistent west-headed trade winds that gave an easy sail to the Americas. Often you can sail a longer route to get better conditions and winds. In doing that you may get there quicker. read more...


03/03/2017

Misto - Days 54-55: Little wind for first days of leg 4

March 1 saw the start of leg 4 in Santa Cruz. Misto crossed the line first in around 10 knots of wind and soon put up the gennaker.Towards evening Carl spotted whales and it seemed like a very auspicious start. Through the night we had a mixture of sailing and motoring as the wind became increasingly light and variable.We set a course towards the south south west as we expect to have to cross increasingly calm waters before finding wind on the south boundary of the ITCZ (Inter tropical Convergence Zone) between 7-9 degrees south. Some of the grib files show wind a little further north than that but Chris Parker's advice is that this may well not prove accurate and not to rely on it.On March 2, apart from a couple of hours of sailing when we chased some squalls and caught their wind, we. read more...


03/03/2017

Exocet Strike - Exocet Strike 2-3 March 2017

We had a great stay in Brasil, we seem to be one of the few that enjoyed it. Salvador was interesting, the berthing a bit of a challenge.We then sailed up to a city called Joao Pessoa, capital of the NE state. The port of Cabedelo was at the entrance of the river and we stayed at a pleasant Marina at Jacare. Really helpful, bit of a current meaning you could only go into and out of the Marina at slack water, but a great and relaxed place.We left yesterday morning, 2nd, bound for Grenada, unfortunately we got the main halyard wrapped into the steaming light fitting and from a safety point of view I took the boat back into the estuary to free it, lost two hours, but all sorted now.Had a great sail in some squalls in the afternoon but in the night it all went pear shaped, lots of big. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: pod of whales
Lexington - Captain Bob: pod of whales
Lexington - Captain Bob: pod of whales
Lexington - Captain Bob: pod of whales
Lexington - Captain Bob: pod of whales
Lexington - Captain Bob: pod of whales

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