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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...


13/03/2016

13/03/2016 – Did the Weather Gods read my blog?

Dawn was rapidly brightening the sky as I wrote yesterday’s log, shortly after sunrise a bright yellow orb peaked through a slight hole in the cloud cover.From that point on the day improved, at least it stayed sunny all day. The wind, however, stayed rather fickle but without its tricks of wandering all around the compass.We turned the engine off at 0900 for the radio net and drifted for about 2 miles in the following 35 minutes.We motored for about an hour, then managed to sail until late afternoon.The evening was a mixture of motoring, drifting during the radio net, motoring again, then, finally, sailing with a good steady wind to the waypoint.We reached the waypoint shortly after I came on watch at 2300, John stayed on deck as we had to put in a 45o turn to port and he was worried. read more...


13/03/2016

Pacific Crossing: Week 1

....from somewhere in the South Pacific...Since this crossing is a doozy, and I can be pretty lazy, I figured just a couple highlights every once in a while, rather than daily updates would suffice. Seriously, who wants to read: Today I woke up tired at 10:45pm, slept through my dogwatch, got busted by a stern looking captain, and then couldn't fall back asleep at 3am. Multiply that by six, and there is your first week at sea crossing the Pacific.That said, we have had a pretty fine crossing so far. Similar to our fleetmates, with their 5 day/700 mile advance start , we found ourself dogged by doldrums for the first few days. The Yanmar donkeys got a hearty workout as we dove southward. Glassy seas, but since the motors were running, Ahab allowed the ice maker operational - so we had. read more...


13/03/2016

Log Day 63: Celebratory Cocktails for the Halfway Mark

With toasted cheese sandwiches prepared by Roy for lunch and just after Elaine aroused from her morning nap, we sailed across the halfway mark at around 1130 today. Some might say that the meager toasty is not worth ofsuch a grand achievement, but we care to differ.We did, however, still enjoy a celebratory cocktail at sunset accompanied by smoked mussels, stuffed grapevines, brie on crackers, olives, assorted nuts and the last of our pineapple, to be sure, to be sure we celebrated themilestone appropriately.And, we did so under glorious blue skies which paled into insignificants against the spectacular colour of the blue waters that surrounded us.b2048878-3a14-4c7e-a1d9-596bea1a277f895370572 04032172-7cb1-40e5-9448-703c3ac16413-1908353820. read more...


Log Day 63: Celebratory Cocktails for the Halfway Mark
Log Day 63: Celebratory Cocktails for the Halfway Mark
Log Day 63: Celebratory Cocktails for the Halfway Mark
Log Day 63: Celebratory Cocktails for the Halfway Mark
13/03/2016

Two Fish - Day 63 A day on board

Being a long passage (i.e. over 2 weeks) rookie, I am learning the tricks of the trade.1Provision with fun foodI am now into baking, a phenomenon that is unlikely to continue at altitudes of more than zero feet.I am looking forward to making pretzels and enjoyed baking the Irish soda bread.Also have easy to eat food for when the passage gets ugly.2You will get your Sea LegsAs the days pass you do get more comfortable with the motion.I better anticipate the waves shepherding me into the sides of the boat.I have gotten comfortable with sleeping in spurts.I constantly feel a bit tired like I am on the third leg of a long series of connecting flights.Ignoring the discomfort, I focus on the positives.The ocean views, the fresh air, the warm equatorial sun and a nice book are all perks of the. read more...


12/03/2016

Sabado 12 de Marzo 2016

11º dia navegacion Galapagos MarquesasSi que parece el Purgatorio. Todos los dias mismo paisaje, mismas caras, misma direccion del barco...y que siga así||||||||| Pero estamos en el bajo Purgatorio, es decir, que nos falta mucho para salir porque el viento del Este hace que navegemos despacio y la pantalla de nuestro navegador nos dice que a este paso no llegaremos hasta el 20 o 22. Al menos el mar es llevadero y no nos vienen las montañas de agua como cuando cruzamos el Atlantico. Hoy hemos andado 159nm, nos quedan 1435nm para llegar. Ayer ya rebasamos la mitad del camino.Carmen. read more...


12/03/2016

AVARIAS NA PERNA FORTALEZA-GRENADA

Duas que recentemente tivemos.A primeira aconteceu na madrugada de 04 de Março.Tinha ido à proa para uma vistoria rotineira quando ao olhar para a parte superior do mastro verifiquei que a genoa apresentava um rasgão na parte superior da valuma, logo depois da faixa de protecção UV.Com uma dimensão de 2-3 metros, a zona lesada não era mais extensa porque o vento estava muito fraco.A genoa e a vela grande foram feitas expressamente para esta aventura.A vela grande tem tido bastante utilização apresentando sinais de envelhecimento aqui e ali.Mas a genoa, essa é que tem tido uma utilização praticamente constante e um comportamento excepcional. Fez, no fundo toda a World ARC já que só foi retirada agora durante a última perna.Também com sinais de envelhecimento e desgaste fora já revista em. read more...


12/03/2016

12/03/2016 – The weather didn’t read my script

Blue skies, puffy white clouds, sunshine, stable winds in both direction and strength…I think it was two days or three days ago when I wrote this. Yesterday, Friday, had none of these conditions!It was grey and overcast all day; nothing looked particularly threatening, it just didn‘t look very welcoming.Add to this a gentle breeze which wandered around the compass like a lost soul in the desert searching for an oasis, not a bad analogy as it was hot.All in all it made for a tricky sailing day.From 0200 yesterday morning we sailed fairly steadily, not fast but 1.5 to 2 knots of current gave us adequate if not spectacular progress.The wind veered from NNE through NE to E by mid-morning, resulting in the genoa flapping as the mainsail blocked the wind.We installed the pole on starboard side. read more...


12/03/2016

Days 422,423: Weather !

After two near perfect days and nights of gentle trade wind sailing, today, Friday 11th March brought weather! Not just squalls but large banks of cloud and rain with associated disturbed and reduced winds.Wind from all directions- west, via north to southeast, none in excess of 15 knots, much less than 5. So we've had the engine off and on, the sails set from goose-winged to close-hauled and back again and again! Our patience has been just a little stretched.Few things jangle a sailor's nerves more than flogging sails and, when the wind finally settled directly astern at about 6 knots, conditions for this torture were ideal! I lost my resolve after a couple hours stowed all sail and took to the 'steel wings' (as Hugur has called the engine).Yesterday, Thursday 10th, we were 200 miles. read more...


12/03/2016

Log Day 62: A Board Meeting Aboard

At last, a sunny day and deep blue waters for as far as the eye could see. We did, however,have to review our overall strategy for this passage as we approach the halfway mark.We may as well have been in a Boardroom as the various tactics, that would either support our strategy or throw it overboard, were discussed, debated and eventually agreed upon, only to have to change it all an hour later when the weather decided not to cooperate. In essence, the cushion that we had in remaining above our rhumb line evaporated when the wind insisted on staying E (East) for most of the day and, in order to keep our speed up, we had to head in a more southerly direction.Tonight the wind veered to be more ESE (East South East) so, although we've slowed down a little, we're managing to keep our. read more...


11/03/2016

Aliena - Viernes 11 de Marzo de 2016

10º dia de Galapagos a MarquesasEl barco parece un ogro que caminando con sus piernotas sobre fango, nos lleve dentro. Ese es el efecto cuando vamos navegando con el yankee atangonado y el mar de través, como nos ocurre ahora. Ha cambiado el viento, ahora es del Este flojo y nos ha hecho tener que poner las alas al barco, aunque navegamos despacio. Hoy 152nm y seguramente mañana no mucho mas.Carmen. read more...


11/03/2016

Blog 25. At sea. 07.54.35S 115.23.11W

Friday, 11 March.Today is a celebration day, because we have definitely passed the half way mark.The last Yellow Brick position showed 1480 miles to go and the Garmin is now on 1406 miles to go.We are just in the middle of a communication experiment engineered by Johan on Aliena to see if we can establish an SSB frequency that most of the fleet can hear.So far, the SSB is still producing little other than an annoying crackle, but we can just hear a voice on 8297.0 coming out of the ether.Other than the fact it is a male voice, we are non the wiser, so we may have to continue the rest of our journey inradio isolation. All the crew have had mixed watches with some exhilarating sailing that got us used to the idea of 8 to 9 knots with the occasional 10 knots in the right direction, but over. read more...


11/03/2016

Starblazer - 11/03/2016 – I don’t want to complain but…

Thursday was even more frustrating than Wednesday!To be brief, it was our lowest day’s run on this leg, 159 nM, and that was only achieved with the help of the ‘metal wings’ or ‘iron topsail’.We did work hard at sailing the boat including launching our colourful cruising chute once the breeze, fartoo gentle to be called ‘wind’, veered to the east and onto our beam. That gave us a little more speed but the saving factor was the current which swept us along at 1.5 knots.Eventually we pulled it down and turned the engine on when the boat speed dropped to 1.5 knots, making our SOG 3knots.During the evening SSB net we turned the engine off and drifted for half an hour, making a paltry 0.2 knots through the water!Unfortunately the motoring penalty will hit our corrected finishing time quite. read more...


11/03/2016

Aretha - Sailing past the Venezuela Coast - 09 56 North 056 57 West

It’s 0237. I’ve been sitting up on deck - the sky is incredibly clear and cloudless with a sliver of moon. The stars are so bright they come all the way down to the horizon and merge with the sea - its hard to tell where the sky ends and the sea begins - it all blurs into one making it nigh on impossible to distinguish ship lights from stars. For the past 3 nights its been like this and I’ve spent hours on deck with Bluebell and Columbus staring up at the stars and using the star gazing app, we have been identifying constellations, galaxies, messier objects, planets and stars. Favourites have been Jupiter which is very bright to our starboard side, the Leo constellation next to Jupiter, Sirius, Orion and the various Messier objects which Columbus is becoming expert at spotting. For an. read more...


11/03/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 61: Familar Voices to Brighten Our Day

It's been a quiet day onbosrd. The seas eventually moderated this morning and the sun came out briefly, but of course, we now have the wind in the wrong direction which is taking us more south than we care to sail right now.We are still slightly north of our rhumb line though, so we have some wiggle room.One of the highlights of our days at sea is our daily contact with the other WARC yachts via the midday and evening SSB radio net broadcasts.Although we haven't seen another yacht or the comforting lights of another yacht in days now, It's always lovely to hear the familiar voices out there and know that we're not alone is this huge ocean. Add to that a splash of humour during the evening net like Elaine indicating, when prompted, that the only wild life she's seen today is "Roy running. read more...


10/03/2016

Aliena - Jueves 10 de Marzo 2016

9º dia de navegación de Galápagos a MarquesasAnoche vi la Cruz del Sur situada justo al principio de la Vía Lactea y parecía un cachirulo con la cola hacia arriba. La verdad es que se veian muchas estrellas pero esas son las unicas que se identificar. El velero Wishanger nos ha dado la noche. Se puso en paralelo casi a un tiro de piedra y el navegador nos advertia de riesgo de colisión. Menos mal que se ha ido delante y ahora navegamos mas tranquilos aprovechando tambien que el mar no está tan revuelto como ayer y, ademas, está empezando a tomar el color morado del Pacífico. Mientras tanto la vida a bordo permanece tranquila, bien en salon de lectura -en la bañera-, bien en el de escritura -dentro-. Hemos andado 166nm y ns quedan 1740, es decir unos 9 días mas.Carmen. read more...


10/03/2016

Two Fish - Day 60 (repost)

Great Friends solve Two Fish problem from afar----------------------------------------------Sailboats have little black cups spinning at the top of the mast which calculate the wind speed.Our unit started to die the day before we left on this 3,000 mile passage.Gail tried a few times to fix it but Furuno advised us that the only solution is to mail it in for service or buy a new one (see previous posts).So we set sail with the thought that many an ocean have been crossed without a wind speed indicator and we should be fine.I had anticipated this contingency back in Florida and had bought a hand-held wind speed detector. This is not ideal but can at least give us a rough idea of when the breeze peaks and when to reef. Here are the shortfalls:1) The unit only displays apparent wind, not. read more...


10/03/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 60: Celebrations - 2000NM Mark

A little after 0900 this morning we crossed the 2000NM line - We're a third of the way - a definite cause for celebrations.Elaine cooked up a hearty full Irish breakfast including freshly baked soda bread to mark the occasion. We definitely had to rely on our sunny dispositions though, as we never saw the actual sun once throughout the day. From a weather perspective,it was a dreary, overcast day indeed with a rather large swell on the beam that continues to make for an uncomfortable ride. The wind, however,is keeping us sailing in the right direction. To pass the time Elaine baked a Banana Bread with the last of the bananas. A week into our passage and we still have some fresh fruit and vegetables so, all things considered,life is good!56233a9a-f81b-4d89-b4c4-3ac8fe582a3e567303191. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 60: Celebrations -2000NM Mark
Paw Paw - Log Day 60: Celebrations -2000NM Mark
Paw Paw - Log Day 60: Celebrations -2000NM Mark
Paw Paw - Log Day 60: Celebrations -2000NM Mark
10/03/2016

Starblazer - 10/03/2016 – Frustration!

The winds held until late morning then started to drop, as our speed decreased we also seemed to get less help from the current.Our stunning progress of the previous few days appeared to be going nowhere fast.When John downloaded the WCC position reports at 1700 we found that the two boats we had made most progress on had suddenly found good current and leapt ahead.In fact, only one boat in the fleet had a slower VMG than us.For those who don’t know what I mean, here is a quick explanation.Velocity Made Good is the speed the boat is closing with its destination, calculated by taking its speed over the ground (SOG) and course over the ground (COG) and measuring the distance of that point from the destination.The more off course we are, the lower the VMG.The fastest point of sail might. read more...



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