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29/09/2016

Faraway - Our first blog entry for Faraway

Good day to all ARC 2016 participants.  This is the proud owner of Faraway and a very keen participant in this years rally.  I am pleased to introduce you to Waldemar Szczerba from Warsaw along with his wonderful wife Sophia.DSC00130. After over 40 of sailing he is about to fulfill a life long dream.  I feel honoured to be a part of his international crew from four different countries.  He has left nothing to chance and has his Beneteau 50 totally prepared for this all important bucket list checkoff.  We are looking forward to meeting everyone in Las Palmas.  DSC00046.. read more...


Faraway - Our first blog entry for Faraway
Faraway - Our first blog entry for Faraway
Faraway - Owner - Waldemar Szczerba from Warsaw along with his wonderful wife Sophia.
Faraway - Owner -  Waldemar Szczerba from Warsaw along with his wonderful wife Sophia.
28/09/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 262: Dismay - "A Fall from Grace"

We arrived on the outskirts of Suva just after daybreak and found a large number of ships awaiting authorisation to enter the harbour from the Port Authorities. When our turn arrived, we were informed to enter ahead of the ship, Isle De Re. With both engines, fullsteam ahead, we commenced our entry.However, simultaneously,Isle De Re, with the pilot now boarded, had increased her speed as well.With the situation looking very dubious indeed, a second call to Port Authority cleared the miscommunication -We were now to follow the ship in. Either way, that was going to happen regardless or we were going to end up toothpicks. As the saying goes: "Might had right"! When we entered the harbour, the only word to describe our feelings was "dismay" as we tried to find the Royal Suva Yacht Club. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 262: Dismay - "A Fall from Grace"
Paw Paw - Log Day 262: Dismay -
Paw Paw - Log Day 262: Dismay - "A Fall from Grace"
Paw Paw - Log Day 262: Dismay -
Paw Paw - Log Day 262: Dismay - "A Fall from Grace"
Paw Paw - Log Day 262: Dismay -
Paw Paw - Log Day 262: Dismay - "A Fall from Grace"
Paw Paw - Log Day 262: Dismay -
28/09/2016

Ludanka - Portugal

Ludanka LogBoat is now in Portugal with Archie the boat mascot at the helm,pretty much ready to go, flying down to pick up the boat early Nov Medic JohnLudanka 1 Archie 1. read more...


Ludanka - Archie the boat Mascot
Ludanka -  Archie the boat Mascot
Ludanka
Ludanka
28/09/2016

Step by Step 2 - Santo Porto

On our way to the rallye start at Gran Canaria, we are now at Porto Santo(Madeira Group). We are planning to start to the main island at Friday. Weare going to Quinta da Lorde. Pre-booking was necessary for our catamaran.That's why we are staying nearly 2 weeks at Porto Santo. Written byAndreIMG_4961. read more...


Step by Step 2 - Santo Porto
Step by Step 2 - Santo Porto
White Satin - Log - Meet the Team - Fiona
White Satin - Log - Meet the Team - Fiona
White Satin - Log - Meet the Team - Jon
White Satin - Log - Meet the Team - Jon
White Satin - Log - Meet the Team - Helen
White Satin - Log - Meet the Team - Helen
White Satin - Log - Meet the Team - Paul
White Satin - Log - Meet the Team - Paul
White Satin - Log - Meet the Team - Vicky
White Satin - Log - Meet the Team - Vicky
27/09/2016

White Satin - Log - Meet the Team

Meet the Team We are three couples, who have played together and sailed together for decades. David Addey (Skipper):  A retired broadcast engineer, David was an ARC participant in 2006 as a paying passenger on ‘Northern Child, a Swan 51.  His ambition then was ‘not to be within sight of land or a fax machine’ on his 50th birthday (10th December).  This year will be the tenth anniversary of that trip so another big birthday is coming up – where will he be for the celebrations this time?  In 2015 David also crewed on ‘Shelena’, an Oyster 545 during the ARC+ for Philip and Helen Scourfield, a trip which proved to be invaluable for gaining useful experience for our voyage this year. Skill which will be useful at sea:  The ability to stay calm in a. read more...


White Satin - Log - Meet the Team - David
White Satin - Log - Meet the Team - David
27/09/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 261: Dolphins, Dolphins and More Dolphins

Yesterday evening we enjoyed Happy Hour on Nina before saying our goodbyes as we head our separate ways for a little while. We left Savusavu this morning for our overnight sail to Suva, expecting to motor as the forecast had indicated flat seas and no wind.Well, fortunately we haven't had to motor all the way as we've had all sorts of weather. We've had flat seas and no wind, flat seas and wind, confused seas and no wind, confused seas and plenty of wind, sunshine and rain. Now, we have a pitch black, moonless night with no stars to be seen as it is overcast. In fact it's so dark, you wouldn't see your hand in front of your nose if it weren't for the red night lights onboard. We did, however, have two separate pods of dolpins to brighten our day. It was lovely to see them again, having. read more...


26/09/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 259: A Quiet Sunday or Not

We were up early to enjoy a walk on the beach, followed by a dinghy ride down the Nakama Creek and around Nawi Island.This walk was a little different though.Firstly the sand was very hot under our shoes, secondly, boiling water was bubbling through the sand before running into the ocean and thirdly, we stood in plumes of steam while we soaked our feet. Fiji has many hot springs, but enjoying one on a beach was a very unusual experience indeed. Then it was back to Paw Paw for breakfast and to bury ourselves in paper charts, electronic charts and cruising guides for the rest of the day in order to work out our detailed itinerary while in Fiji.Given the number of Islands, but more importantly, the number of reefs and coral heads, we decided the best course of actions at this late stage in. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 259: A Quiet Sunday or Not
Paw Paw - Log Day 259: A Quiet Sunday or Not
Paw Paw - Log Day 259: A Quiet Sunday or Not
Paw Paw - Log Day 259: A Quiet Sunday or Not
26/09/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 260: Something Incredible

Before arriving in Savusavu, Elaine had read that a "must do" activity was to take a local bus to Labasa on the northern side of Vanua Levu for the sole purpose of seeing the scenery along the way. Well, this was definitely a roadtrip about the journey and not the destination.Labasa is a dry, dusty, hot, noisy town, bustling with activity and a world away from the tourist trap. By the time we found refuge for a morning tea in the Grand Eastern Hotel we were convinced that we had somehow been transported to India. We were definitely not disappointed by the journey though. We have never encountered so many changing and diverse landscapes as we made our way along the windy mountainous road. The vegetation was not as lush as we thought it might be or very tropical, but rather an amalgamation. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 260: Something Incredible
Paw Paw - Log Day 260: Something Incredible
Paw Paw - Log Day 260: Something Incredible
Paw Paw - Log Day 260: Something Incredible
Paw Paw - Log Day 260: Something Incredible
Paw Paw - Log Day 260: Something Incredible
24/09/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 258: The Strangest Anniversary Ever

While Elaine enjoyed a quiet morning aboard, Roy popped into town for some fresh bread.Unbeknownst to Elaine he was also in search of a bunch of flowers for our 33rd Wedding Anniversary.The closest item he could findthough was a large Fijian pineapple. For Elaine it was the thought that counted!Then it was time to get all dressed up in our "Sunday Best" and meet everyone off Nina for our taxi ride to the Koro Sun Resort and Spa, where we had booked for their Saturday Lunch Buffet to celebrate. After enjoying the beautiful scenery along the coast we arrived at what looked like a very nice resort.Unfortunately the "wheels fell off" soon thereafter.They had no record of our booking, even though three separate phone calls had been made by Elaine and Lynda to, firstly, make the reservation. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 258: The Strangest Anniversary Ever
Paw Paw - Log Day 258: The Strangest Anniversary Ever
Paw Paw - Log Day 258: The Strangest Anniversary Ever
Paw Paw - Log Day 258: The Strangest Anniversary Ever
Paw Paw - Log Day 258: The Strangest Anniversary Ever
Paw Paw - Log Day 258: The Strangest Anniversary Ever
Paw Paw - Log Day 258: The Strangest Anniversary Ever
Paw Paw - Log Day 258: The Strangest Anniversary Ever
23/09/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 257: "Friday Light"

After all our partying these past few days and having said our goodbyes to Do Over again, we decided that a quiet day onboard was probably a good idea.So, after a sleep in,catching up on some reading and enjoying a cooked breakfast, we decided that we better do something constructive. Elaine settled for making some modifications to our blog while Roy went to town to stock up on a few things. Nothing too energetic! Tonight we'll settle for A barbecue, movies and popcorn.Nothing like "Friday Light" to wind down for the weekend!. read more...


22/09/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 256: Surreal to be Back in Civilization

It's wonderful to be back in civilization for one reason only - descent internet!While Elaine spent the entire morning catching up with family, who could actually hear her on the phone for the first time in months, Roy did software updates to every electronic device he could find on Paw Paw. It was so refreshing not having to repeat:"Are you there; Can you hear me" a million times and actually have a descent conversation. Being able to Facetime and see our grandchildren was so special, although upsetting in some ways, as William's little face has changed so much that Elaine didn't even recognise him. We then spent the afternoon getting the remaining officialdom completed and browsing around the stores before heading back to Paw Paw to get ready to meet Nina and Do Over for another. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 256: Surreal to be Back in Civilization
Paw Paw - Log Day 256: Surreal to be Back in Civilization
Paw Paw - Log Day 256: Surreal to be Back in Civilization
Paw Paw - Log Day 256: Surreal to be Back in Civilization
22/09/2016

Exocet Strike - progress 21/22 September 2016

Hello readersSailed all day today, plenty of wind, but had to gybe to keep on course. Wind is now dropping, hopefully it will stay enough to sail.Stella caught a lovely Mahi Mahi, aka Dolphin fish. Spectacular Yellow with a dark blue dorsal fringe, and mottled blue spots. Lovely eating fish, one of my favourites, white flesh, and very tender. Apparently one of the most plentiful and fast growing fish around this area! When reeling them in for the first time you think you've caught a yellow carrier bag they are so bright!Interesting morning. On my watch Stella and I were chatting in the cockpit and she said, look is that another fishing boat. On closer investigation, it was, about 150 metres off, but low in the water, through the binoculars we could see she was awash. No sign of any. read more...


21/09/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 255: The WARC Drop Outs Reunion

While Elaine spent the morning getting Paw Paw back to normal after our passage from Tonga, Roy serviced our watermaker.Once that was all done we headed to town for a more detailed reconnaissance and was pleasantly surprised to find a very well stocked Fresh Produce market, supermarket, "butchery" and bakery, as well as a lovely café, good clothing stores, a few good restaurants and, most importantly, excellent internet / data services, all very reasonably priced,including Fiji Artisan bottled water for the bargain basement price of 50c per bottle. Once we were back onboard,Roy wasted no time in getting our internet access setup, following which Elaine uploaded all our photographs from Tonga to our website gallery and is now really looking forward to being able to phone / facetime family. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 255: The WARC Drop Outs Reunion
Paw Paw - Log Day 255: The WARC Drop Outs Reunion
Paw Paw - Log Day 255: The WARC Drop Outs Reunion
Paw Paw - Log Day 255: The WARC Drop Outs Reunion
21/09/2016

Firefly - En Route to Cocos

Firefly's anchor was raised at 0700 yesterday morning and we left the anchorage at Anak Krakatoa where we had spent 2 nights. From Puteri Marina in the south of Malaysia it had taken 4 and half days to reach the Sundra Strait. The Strait separates Java and Sumatra and at the closest point there is a great deal of shipping, mainly ferries going back and forth from the busy towns on either side about 16 miles apart. Passing through under engine in the middle of the day was useful as it was a complicated job to weave through them all. Sundra is a long strait and was about another 20 miles on to Krakatoa and 30 miles more to the open sea from that busy point.Anak Krakatoa is a new volcano (formed in 1927) right in the middle of the original Krakatoa caldera, which erupted so vigorously in. read more...


21/09/2016

Exocet Strike - first log of Exocet Strike for some time!

Well here we are in the Indian Ocean. Playing catch up with the fleet after leaving Darwin late due to some necessary repairs and spares.Crossed a very busy shipping lane yesterday, non stop cargo and log tankers on reciprocal courses to and from Australia and mostly China.Stella has caught quite a few fish, a couple of nice Tuna, hoping for some more today.We've seen a few Indonesian (guess) fishing boats approx 200 miles from land, usually tied to a drogue, may well be where our canned tuna comes from!We've also been lucky to see several pods of Dolphins and a big pod of hat we think we're pilot whales! Always exciting to see.Next blog, who knows,John. read more...


20/09/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 254: The Fiji Islands

After our champagne sail across the Koro Sea we arrived in Savusavu Bay early this morning having enjoyed Nina's company the previous day and overnight. As both yachts made their way to Nakama Creek, we enjoyed the beautiful scenery and were pleasantly surprised at the lovely homes along the way. We also passed Cousteau Island Resort and looking forward to visiting it in the coming days. Once we were informed of the correct clearing in process for yachts coming from Tonga specifically, due to the presence of chikengunya there, we anchored off and awaited the officials. After Paw Paw was fumigated, we were allowed to proceed to our allocated mooring ball just off Nawi Island, following which customs and immigration visited us to complete the rest of the process.It was extremely efficient. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 254: The Fiji Islands
Paw Paw - Log Day 254: The Fiji Islands
Paw Paw - Log Day 254: The Fiji Islands
Paw Paw - Log Day 254: The Fiji Islands
Paw Paw - Log Day 254: The Fiji Islands
Paw Paw - Log Day 254: The Fiji Islands
19/09/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 253: First Champagne Sail in the South Pacific

In the early hours of this morning we sailed into the territorial waters of Fiji via the Lakeba Passage and, with daybreak, enjoyed the sights of the Lau Group of Islands.Since yachts are not permitted to stop at these islands en route to a Port of Entry, we had to continue on to our destination of Savusavu on the Island of Vanua Levu, where we expect to arrive early tomorrow morning. We did, however,get to enjoy our first champagne sail in the South Pacific, in light winds, beautiful flat seas, under blue, sunny skies and gennaker flying - a well earned treat having almost sailed halfway around the world!Tonight we sailed from the Western Hemisphere to the Eastern Hemisphere,where we'll remain until our Atlantic Crossing in 2018, having crossed the 180° meridian and the geographical. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 253: First Champagne Sail in the South Pacific
Paw Paw - Log Day 253: First Champagne Sail in the South Pacific
Paw Paw - Log Day 253: First Champagne Sail in the South Pacific
Paw Paw - Log Day 253: First Champagne Sail in the South Pacific

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