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01/03/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: Tribute to Caverun Sail Association and Al Lawton 3/1/17

So I am out here in the ocean ghosting along headed towards the South Pacific Islands. How did I get here?A friend introduced me to Al Lawton and Caverun Sailing Association. I have not calculated how much that has cost me to date but I wish I could deduct it as a loss. Al and many of the members were extremely welcoming to me into the sailing community. I went on a group trip to Chesapeake Bay as an introduction to sailing and it has been down hill since.I read a book on cruising which stated that to be successful you needed a good wife to go with you and to start before you are 60 years old. I do not have a good wife that will go with me because of severe sea sickness but she was good about me buying a boat which is one of her many mistakes involving me. I bought a boat before I turned. read more...


02/03/2017

Aurora Polaris - 1. Mars 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Vi brukte om lag tre timer i dag bare på utsjekk fra Equador! Vi var ganske tidlige ute, syntes vi, men der er alltid noen som er foran! Vi ble stående utenfor kontoret halvannen time, før vi endelig kom innenfor døra. Innenfor døra tok det en time før vi endelig ble ekspedert.Etterpå skilte vi lag. Jeg gikk for å handle mat, Terje for å få tak i noe til kompressoren. Jeg brukte alle pengene jeg hadde, og måtte sette meg på kaien og vente til han endelig dukket opp. Da hadde han ikke fått utrettet noe som helst, og klokka var 11, og vi skulle seile klokka 12. Da ble det «hurrameghei» og full fart for å bli ferdige til seilasen.Igjen var vi sist over startstreken. Det begynner å bli en vane nå! Heldigvis er ikke Aurora Polaris akkurat ei «sinke», så hun tok raskt innpå de siste i følget.. read more...


02/03/2017

Aurora Polaris - 28. februar 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Nå går det litt i ett for meg, men vi brukte dagen til innkjøp, og jeg kjenner stresset rett før avreise. Dette er ikke det kjekkeste jeg vet, men jeg vet det må til. Vet også at vi har mat nok – og vel så det, hvis frys og kjøl holder, vel å merke. Vi er ikke garantert noen ting, såpass har jeg i alle fall fått med meg. Det skjer stadig noe, om ikke akkurat hos oss, så i alle fall i resten av flåten.#end. read more...


01/03/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: dumb luck 3/1/17

A few days ago I misplaced my credit cards and money. This made me feel dumb. My money had come out of my pocket as I got into the boat a few days before. When that happen I went back to land to alert the water taxis of my dilemma. No one had seen it. When I got back to the boat the crew had found it in the cockpit where I had set down upon getting back to the boat. This time I had been working on the generator when the fish plugged the intake. I had dove into the water to see what was plugging the intake. My money was in my pocket but I was all over the boat working on the generator, sometimes with my feet up in the air to get my head down to see something. I looked all over for about 2-3 days with no luck. Last night I rented a scuba tank and regulator to see if I could find it in the. read more...


01/03/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: 3/1/17 readership

It is interesting to see how diverse today's communication is.When we started out from St Lucia, Rodney Bay Marina, I got an email from someone at Morris Yachts. They had seen a post for the marina that had information indicating that we were there for the World Arc.Morris Yachts picked up that one of their boats was in the World Arc which was of interest to them. Morris Yachts was very nice to offer to help me along the way if they could be of help. I thought that was very nice of them to reach out to us. They also probably do not want one of their boats floundering. Another boat in our fleet consists of an older owner and three young crew members. The younger crew are probably late 20's or early 30's. They appear to function very well together and have done very well sailing. They. read more...


01/03/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob:a tour on 2/26/17

Mark and I did a tour out of Santa Cruz to islands to the north. We went in a bus to the northern end of Santa Cruz and the got on a nice motor cat (motorized catamaran, two hulls). They served us breakfast while we went for two hours by boat to our two tour sites. The first activity was a walk up to the top of a old volcano that was about 2,000,000 years old which means that it still looks like a lunar surface. The park service has built steps up to the top to keep the impact a a minimum. I honestly do not remember how much vertical climb there was but it was moderately fatigue generating, maybe about 1,000 feet up. There were two plants that lived in the environment. There were a few lizards. The view from the top was fantastic. After the climb we had the mandatory snorkeling trip. The. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob:a tour on 2/26/17
Lexington - Captain Bob:a tour on 2/26/17
Lexington - Captain Bob:a tour on 2/26/17
Lexington - Captain Bob:a tour on 2/26/17
Lexington - Captain Bob:a tour on 2/26/17
Lexington - Captain Bob:a tour on 2/26/17
01/03/2017

Firefly - French Guyana - Up the Maroni River

On 26th February 2017, after two days and one night at the rolly anchorage south of Iles Royale, one of the Iles du Salut, we lifted the anchor and headed north east approximately 100NM to the Maroni River entrance. Our destination was St Laurent Du Maroni, a town on the boarder with Suriname some 25 miles up river. St Laurent officially became a town in 1949 and now has a population of 40,000. It was historically a prisoner reception port for the French penal colonies within French Guyana, where all prisoners including Dreyfus and Papillon came first after their voyage from France. Our little detour up the river was suggested by Tim and Magda from fellow WARC yacht Bellafonte who had been in email contact with Davide Matelicani. Italian Davide, with good English and a strong Aussie. read more...


01/03/2017

Firefly - Cruising French Guyana - Iles du Salut

We were disappointed that our planned stop to the Brazilian islands of Fernando du Naronha had to be abandoned due to the predicted wave height at the anchorage but our next stops along the coast and up a river of French Guyana has made up for it.11 days after leaving Salvador, at 1000 on February 25th 2017, we dropped anchor at Isles du Salut (salvation) comprising Isle Royale, Isle St. Joseph and Isle Diable (Devil's Island). The group is famous (or infamous) as a French penal colony introduced by Napoleon and active for around 100 years from the 1850's until 1953. We anchored South of Isle Royalethe largest of the group sheltered from the NE Trade winds and the strong current running up the coast (sometimes over 3 knots). There were three other yachts one from France and two from. read more...


Misto - Street food on Santa Cruz during Carnival
Misto - Street food on Santa Cruz during Carnival
Misto - The Tunnels on Isla Isabela
Misto - The Tunnels on Isla Isabela
26/02/2017

Misto - Days 44-51 Isabela and Santa Cruz

The small anchorage at Puerto Villamil was soon crowded with World ARC boats as well as two other catamarans. After investigating the options ashore we settled on a trip to Los Tunelles (The Tunnels).We went together with the crews of Owl and North and were not disappointed.A 45 minute boat ride took us to tortured lava-scapes that formed huge rock pools teeming with turtles, sharks, rays and other fish.On land we watched blue footed boobies performing their stiff legged dance. Two snorkeling opportunities enabled us to get close to the marine life as well as seeing a single seahorse.All in all it was a great day.We decided to opt out of a trip to the volcano - it was reported to be a long uphill walk and very hot.On February 23 we proceeded to Santa Cruz.We managed a little sailing but. read more...


26/02/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: new crew. Sunday February 26. Santa Cruz

We had a crew change yesterday. Jim and Jerry left to fly home to Kentucky and Mark Arnold came in to join us. Mark and Judy were successful in getting the correct boat parts to each of the boats that we were helping. We delivered the parts to each boat mid afternoon yesterday and by about 6 pm Aurora Polaris had their generator running and Exit Strategy had their winches rebuilt. Sumore has a harder job fixing the mast track but plan to get it done today. We have a few things to get done before we take off Wednesday. Hope all is well with everyone that is normal and home.. read more...


25/02/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: lava tunnel

I walked to a lava tunnel today. It was a long walk for a short slideimage1 image2. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: lava tunnel
Lexington - Captain Bob: lava tunnel
Lexington - Captain Bob: lava tunnel
Lexington - Captain Bob: lava tunnel
25/02/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: food pyrimid

I am setting on the boat this morning having my coffee chocolate whipped cream concoction and all around the boat are birds feasting on fish. There are pelicans just setting on the surface picking up fish as they swim by instead of diving. There are silvery grey black birds that fly along scupping up fish without diving or landing. There are pickerel birds that land and do shallow dives. It would be interesting to see what is going on under the surface. Probably there are larger fish feeding on small fish that may be feeding on small fish. I can not remember for sure but I think there is a migration on anchovies or sardines that follow the Humbolt current. The El Niño and La Niña weather pattern effect the paths of this migration. I think on a El Niño they have to go further south to. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: food pyrimid
Lexington - Captain Bob: food pyrimid
Lexington - Captain Bob: food pyrimid
Lexington - Captain Bob: food pyrimid
24/02/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob:another challenge

No rest for the wicked!?We ran the generator today to charge up the batteries. It quit while Ann was on the boat. Jim and I came back to the boat after we had struggled with unfurling the asymmetrical spinnaker to repair a hole. We started looking into the problem with the generator. It would start fine and would stop after a while.It would continue to run if you held the oil pressure switch down after starting. Fortunately there were people working on another boat who we convinced to come to our boat. They spoke little to no English but we worked together fairly well. To make a long story short we noted that the engine was hot. We looked at the impeller and it was eaten up, melted.We then realized we did not have water coming thru the strainer. FINALLY I DOVE THE BOAT TO FINE A FISH. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob:another challenge
Lexington - Captain Bob:another challenge
23/02/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: the harbor at night

We had a very nice dinner prepared by Ann tonight consisting of pork shoulder, gravy, mashed potatoes and a salad. We ate in the cockpit and listened to golden oldies. I will post a couple photos of the harbor at night. image2 image1. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: the harbor at night
Lexington - Captain Bob: the harbor at night
Lexington - Captain Bob: the harbor at night
Lexington - Captain Bob: the harbor at night
23/02/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: cactus.

Neat looking cactus photos of the bark. image3 image1 image2. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: cactus.
Lexington - Captain Bob:  cactus.
Lexington - Captain Bob: cactus.
Lexington - Captain Bob:  cactus.
Lexington - Captain Bob: cactus.
Lexington - Captain Bob:  cactus.
23/02/2017

Lexington - trip to the beach

Jerry has been doing an excellent job translating but today he came up a little short. We had about a 45 minute walk in search of a beach. When we got there the attraction was a deep gorge between a split in the volcano rocks. It was feed by fresh water springs and salt water seeping in. In appeared to be the swimming hole for the locals. It was a little chilly and deep, 30-40 feet with several large fish. The fish looked like a trigger fish or a carp type fish.There were a couple of kids diving off some high rocks into a pool that was not any larger than about 15 feet diameter. I will put a couple of photos. image3 image1 image2. read more...


Lexington - trip to the beach
Lexington - trip to the beach
Lexington - trip to the beach
Lexington - trip to the beach
Lexington - trip to the beach
Lexington - trip to the beach
22/02/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: Ayora

We are at anchor in Ayora harbor in Santa Cruz, our last island in the Galapagos. We are here until 3/1/17. We are checked in and making arrangements for refueling. We are leaving in a few minutes so this will be brief.Photos of harborimage3 image2 image1 image4. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: Ayora
Lexington - Captain Bob: Ayora
Lexington - Captain Bob: Ayora
Lexington - Captain Bob: Ayora
Lexington - Captain Bob: Ayora
Lexington - Captain Bob: Ayora
Lexington - Captain Bob: Ayora
Lexington - Captain Bob: Ayora
22/02/2017

Aurora Polaris - Februar 2017 - Bilder fra Galapagos

Her kan en se noen av inntrykkene Galapagos har gitt oss. Det er vanskelig å sette ord på alle inntrykkene, men her er et yrende liv i sjøen og i luften. Der er ikke så mye pattedyr på landjorden, men reptiler finnes i forskjellige utgaver.....#end WEB - DSC_6000 WEB - DSC_6052 WEB - DSC_6079 WEB - DSCN0946 WEB - DSCN0997 WEB - IMG_2086 WEB - IMG_2088 WEB - IMG_2089 WEB - IMG_2092 WEB - IMG_2094 WEB - P1010211 WEB - P1010235 WEB - P1010237 WEB - P1010261 WEB - P1010265 WEB - P1010283 WEB - P1010301 WEB - P1010331 WEB - P1010342 WEB - P1040013 WEB - P1040023 WEB - P1040035 WEB - P1040084 WEB - P1040128 WEB - P1040131 WEB - P1040164. read more...


Aurora Polaris - Februar 2017 - Bilder fra Galapagos
Aurora Polaris - Februar 2017 - Bilder fra Galapagos
Aurora Polaris - Februar 2017 - Bilder fra Galapagos
Aurora Polaris - Februar 2017 - Bilder fra Galapagos
Aurora Polaris - Februar 2017 - Bilder fra Galapagos
Aurora Polaris - Februar 2017 - Bilder fra Galapagos
Aurora Polaris - Februar 2017 - Bilder fra Galapagos
Aurora Polaris - Februar 2017 - Bilder fra Galapagos
Aurora Polaris - Februar 2017 - Bilder fra Galapagos
Aurora Polaris - Februar 2017 - Bilder fra Galapagos
Aurora Polaris - Februar 2017 - Bilder fra Galapagos
Aurora Polaris - Februar 2017 - Bilder fra Galapagos
Aurora Polaris - Februar 2017 - Bilder fra Galapagos
Aurora Polaris - Februar 2017 - Bilder fra Galapagos
Aurora Polaris - Februar 2017 - Bilder fra Galapagos
Aurora Polaris - Februar 2017 - Bilder fra Galapagos
Aurora Polaris - Februar 2017 - Bilder fra Galapagos
Aurora Polaris - Februar 2017 - Bilder fra Galapagos
Aurora Polaris - Februar 2017 - Bilder fra Galapagos
Aurora Polaris - Februar 2017 - Bilder fra Galapagos

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