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20/07/2018

Mischief - Up to Mischief again: Log 61 Further adventures of S/Y Mischief through the eyes and ears of Chas Baynes

Tuesday, 17th July 2018 - Port VilaWe have had a boat preparation day to day, or at least a morning of it. So, I was up quite early to wash down the decks and scrub with boat shampoo then turned the dinghy over on the foredeck to wash that out inside as it was filthy and needed to be dried and rolled away in the sail locker. I then turned to my proper job on the boat - cleaning the heads. Whilst at Grammar school I had a weekly evening job in an office block cleaning the loos so I have formal training in the subject, I was even responsible for cleaning the Executive toilets so you can't get posher than that! Jobs done, we went into town as Sandra from Emily Morgan had stated a wish to buy a Ukulele - so Wendy decided that was a very fine idea and wanted one too. Dave protested that she. read more...


19/07/2018

Mischief - Up to Mischief again: Log 60 Further adventures of S/Y Mischief through the eyes and ears of Chas Baynes

Anyone interested enough to read these blogs and is wondering why there is no number 59 it is because there are two 58's - forgot to change the last one sorry!Friday, 13th July 2018 - To Dillons Bay, Erromondo, VanuatuWe left Port Resolution at 0600 at sunrise. The volcano was belching forth smoke and fumes as we left. We were one of the later boats to leave and so we joined a long procession of boats motoring headed for Erromondo, some 50 miles to the north west. The wind was very light so no sailing practical for a while. After a couple of hours there was sufficient wind to start sailing, even to set the spinnaker, the sun came out and we ended up having a glorious days sailing. I noticed there was a bit of daylight coming through the spinnaker once it was set which is a bit of a. read more...


Misto - Misto and WARC boats at Yachting World
Misto - Misto and WARC boats at Yachting World
16/07/2018

Misto - July 12- 16 2018: Great to be reunited with WARC fleet

After a year spent cruising independently we are delighted to be part of WARC again and are having fun getting to know the boats and folks in the 2018 fleet.We are all lined up like sardines on the wall at yachting World!Yesterday many of us went to the local Vanuatu Cruising Yacht Club to support their fundraising. They teach youngsters to sail dinghies and several of us participated in a fun dinghy race - it was a great afternoon for a good cause.The club is also hoping to send a team to the Pacific Games.. read more...


13/07/2018

Blue Pearl - Vanuatu

Vanuatu became an independent nation in 1980. Before that it was called the New Hebrides, maybe a better known name to older folks like me. Like most nations in the South Pacific it is an archipelago of numerous islands all separated by substantial distances. We arrived here after a 3 day passage from Musket Cove our last stopping point in the nation of Fiji. Once again the crossing was what seems to be the norm in the South Pacific, the wind almost directly from behind and rolling seas. Not a nice combination. Many in the fleet, including Laurie who had just returned from 4 weeks at home, didn't cope well with the incessant rolling of the boat. And so we all were happy and relieved to make landfall in Vanuatu, in Tanna, one of the southerly islands.Tanna is remarkable in that it is the. read more...


12/07/2018

Mischief - Up to Mischief again: Log 58 Further adventures of S/Y Mischief through the eyes and ears of Chas Baynes

Tuesday, 10th July 2018 - Arrival Port Resolution, Tanna Island, VanuatuSo we did indeed go through the night flying the spinnaker. Luckily, there was a little light from the stars, just enough to see the outline of the spinnaker. Initially, it was behaving itself as the wind was fairly constant in strength and direction but later on it started to fluctuate from behind the beam to in front and the sail then took on the characteristics of a petulant child, needing constant attention. However, that said it was definitely worth the effort as it was giving us at least another two knots of boat speed at 6/8 knts in relatively light winds of 10 - 15 knts ENE - SE and flatish seas. 2400 Position: 19 degs 36.3' S170 degs 15.9' E W: 11 knts E C: 270SOG: 6 kntsDR: 422 nm DTR: 44 nmAt midnight we. read more...


09/07/2018

Mischief - Up to Mischief Log 58 Further adventures of S/Y Mischief through the eyes and ears of Chas Baynes

Saturday, 7th July 2018 -Start leg 6 Musket Cove to Tanna, VanuatuLots of goodbye's to lots of friends on the dock and goodbye to the Fiji Islands, Vanuatu here we come 450 miles to the west south west. Certainly, the Fiji Islands have been very special but Tanna in Vanuatu has its own appeal with its constantly active volcano and its particularly friendly people. At 9.30 am we pulled up our anchor and slipped our shore lines and we were off to the starting area and the slightly delayed 10.30 start. Everyone seemed perfectly able to got over the bar but the marina manager was letting boats off in order of keel depth to make sure there were no issues. It was a beautiful morning that's for sure with a 17 knot breeze blowing from the SE. All boats had precautionary reefs set.The start line. read more...


06/07/2018

Mischief - Up to Mischief Log 57 Further adventures of S/Y Mischief through the eyes and ears of Chas Baynes

Thursday, 5th July - Musket Cove Marina, FijiGary and Marian are leaving Mischief this morning which is a great shame, as they continue their circumnavigation by land, sea and sky heading this time to San Fransisco. The only upside is that I get to have a cabin again after weeks in the saloon! They will join again in Grenada I believe.Sports Day at Musket Cove!! We started off with a walk/jog around the island which was very pleasant as a warm up. Then at 11am the sports commenced with 'blind' kayaking which consisted of two-man kayaks with a blindfolded paddler sat behind a navigator who shouted instructions as to where to go, the course being from the beach around a flagged buoy 100m off and back to the beach. I was paired with Steve of Spirit of Catherine, the A team if ever there was. read more...


05/07/2018

Mischief - Up to Mischief Log 56 Further adventures of S/Y Mischief through the eyes and ears of Chas Baynes

Sunday, 1st July 2018 - Musket Cove Marina, FijiWe were due to take the two Hobie cats out this morning but before we got our act together someone else had taken one out so pointless trying to race with one boat so we waited for an hour until he returned it by which time the other one had been booked, whilst we were told we were unable to book it - there are definitely some rules for some and some for others around here, it just depends who you speak to! Maybe we will try again tomorrow as it looks like it will still be windy enough. Our French buddies PreTaixt came into the marina this morning so it was good to see them again and Emily Morgan we spoke to on the radio, so the fleet is congregating. We went for a snorkel around the reef - not too much interesting coral but a few nice fish. read more...


01/07/2018

Blue Pearl - Mission Impossible

Big day here at Denarau Marina. Laurie is flying back in to Fiji arriving at 5.50am from LA. Very much looking forward to it.It has been a busy week on the boat. Very different from cruising around the islands. Instead it has been boat work all week except for Friday which, yes, you guessed it was a public holiday. This one was "Sports Day" organized by the government to give people a much needed day off with som physical activity to boot.The Government also announced their annual budget. The current US government would call it socialism, others would say it is government spending with a focus on the well being of the community at large rather than just on the successful individual. Whatever...!The boat work was a nice break for me. Actually my part of the work was supervising the guys. read more...


30/06/2018

Mischief - Up to Mischief Log 55 Further adventures of S/Y Mischief through the eyes and ears of Chas Baynes

Thursday, 28th June 2018 - Musket CoveWe had a comfortable enough night on the mooring buoy, but I definitely needed my sleeping bag.Dave called up the marina office on VHF to see if they had a berth available and if so the relative cost compared to the buoy. Turns out it was F$18 to stay on a buoy and F$44 a night to have a berth to include electricity and water - £14 a night! Given we are due to have some weather coming through here in the next few days it was a no-brainer, especially as we would steal a march on the other Arc boats getting here early July. It will save dinghying back and forth and getting a wet backside at the very least. Looks like an ideal spot!I went for a run around the island, actually it's two islands joined by a sand bar, so I ran around our half of it at least. read more...


IceBear - Serenity Now
IceBear - Serenity Now
27/06/2018

Mischief - Up to Mischief Log 54 Further adventures of S/Y Mischief through the eyes and ears of Chas Baynes

Monday, 25th June 2018 -Port Denarau marinaHeadache this morning! So, I went for an early morning run, the first in several weeks, around the golf course as it was a beautiful day and had a long shower afterwards - luxury! I bumped into Paul on the way back to the boat also looking worse for wear and he apologised for his 'loud and brash behaviour' last night, but he just seemed to be his normal self to me. Dave and Wendy are returning from the UK this evening so that means Gary and Marian needed to move out of the master cabin and back into one of the aft cabins. Guess which one? Yes, mine as I seem to be the more gullible/flexible but there was no offer to move from Trevor so that would be taken for granted then…..anyway, I have less stuff to move I suppose. I don't mind the saloon. read more...


Beowulf - Thank you
Beowulf - Thank you
Beowulf - Portugal ???? in sight
Beowulf - Portugal ???? in sight
Beowulf - Getting lost in the back streets
Beowulf - Getting lost in the back streets
Beowulf - Wonderful Porto
Beowulf - Wonderful Porto
Beowulf - Off again
Beowulf - Off again
Beowulf - Magical moment
Beowulf - Magical moment
Beowulf - Biscay buddies
Beowulf - Biscay buddies
26/06/2018

Miss Julia - Leg 7 - Skipper ohne Gnade :-)

1,7 Knoten über Grund, die Ziellinie vor Augen - und wir harren (un-)geduldig nach gut 9 Stunden auf dem Wasser weiter aus… Skipper Elmo liess sich nichterweichen; kein Motor!Am Morgen lief es bei rund 10 Knoten richtig gut; Miss Julia mag Halbwind, und so überholten wir einige ARC-Teilnehmer (natürlich auch dank des richtigen Händchens der beiden Yachtmaster und der stets engagierten Competent Crew:-). Ab dem späten Nachmittag zogen dann alle Yachten peu a peu an uns vorbei, während wir in der Dämmerung dümpelten...Kaum hatten wir die Ziellinie vor Sines als allerletztes Boot passiert, wurde der Motor zur Hochleistung angetrieben, so dass wir es kurz vor Ende der Zeitnahme und so gerade noch vor dem Dunkelwerden in die Box schafften! Der Lohn der Geduldsprobe zur See: Am Abend ein guter. read more...


25/06/2018

Blue Pearl - Denarau

I just noticed it has been a week since I last wrote about our around the world adventure, so it is time to go again.Denarau , where we are, is a full service marina on the main Fiji island of Viti Levu. Mega yachts are parked here and it has many of the amenities of a Caribbean type yachting center. In fact it is to Australian and New Zealandyachties what St. Maarten or Antigua are to US cruisers.Blue Pearl is taking a rest here for some maintenance and repair work. The captain is staying aboard to supervise the work, and the crew, Brita and Mike, are venturing out , in different directions, to pursue some of their own interests.Last time we talked about our phenomenal experience at the Paradise anchorage at Taveuni Island, although obviously this is all, relative things have gone a. read more...


25/06/2018

Mischief - Up to Mischief Log 53 Further adventures of S/Y Mischief through the eyes and ears of Chas Baynes

Saturday, 23rd June 2018 - NavadraI was awoken around 4 am this morning by the handheld radio in the cockpit with Gary speaking to someone so went on deck to see one of the other yachts moving around with a search light on trying to re-anchor without much luck, as he was too close to the little Dutch boat as they veered around in the gusts. He was at it ages and eventually dropped it roughly where he was before so cant see what he gained, but that's Kiwi's for you.The wind at 8 am was still blowing 20 knots from the SE unfortunately as that is the direction we want to go to Manauiki island where Tom Hanks filmed 'Castaway'. But regardless, we upped anchor and headed out of the bay and into the choppy seas dodging the reefs as we went. Then we motored slap bang into the wind and waves. read more...


24/06/2018

Miss Julia - Segeltag 11: Wo ist Aries?

Gestirne, PZX-Diagramme, Schnittpunkte und Aries: Der erneute Crew-Wechsel sorgt für interessante Dispute, an denen vor allem Yachtmaster Ocean ihre helle Freude haben :-)) Bei strahlendem Sonnenschein, aber leider etwas wenig Wind, starteten wir heute morgen um 10 Uhr nach Sines. Vor lauter Freude über die frischen Brötchen, die als besonderer Service der Marina Oeiras jeden Morgen im Cockpit landen, haben wir heute morgen gemütlich getrödelt - bis Elmo zur Eile gemahnte. Und ja, wir haben es noch gerade eben pünktlich zur Startlinie geschafft... Our Skipper was not amused. Aber: Ein wenig Aries-Debatte, zwei Boote überholt und etwas Schoki haben seine Laune wieder auf Kurs gebracht. Nach dem langen Motortörn nach Oeiras sind wir am nächsten Tag mit Cornelia und Angelo nach Lissabon. read more...


22/06/2018

Mischief - Up to Mischief Log 52 Further adventures of S/Y Mischief through the eyes and ears of Chas Baynes

Thursday, 21st June 2018 -Maya to Navadra Island, Mamanuca Group, FijiGary went off for a swim first thing whilst I planned a route on the chart plotter to take us to the island of Navadra in the Mamanuca group of islands some 12 miles to the south west. As with many of these islands it was a tricky exit but there was a recommended route displayed on the electronic chart so set a course to follow that. Eileen, our 50m superyacht regular companion on this cruise came passed our anchorage and made her way slowly south, no doubt heading towards where we are off to. As it happened, the Navionics proved entirely useless; Gary was steering to the course set yet it was going to put us far too close to the reefs a little way off the shore and so relied instead on Trevor on the bow and the paper. read more...


21/06/2018

A'assifa - A'assifa, Biscay and Bayona

Do you remember Biscay & Bayona ?Here is a 6 minute reminder of what Steve, Chris and John got up to…. Click on the picturehttps://youtu.be/3r7Jld1LLcwJohn. read more...


A'assifa - A'assifa, Biscay and Bayona
A'assifa - A'assifa, Biscay and Bayona
21/06/2018

Moondance - On route to Lisboa

Moondance day 19. Leaving Peniche marina, bit first grey day after 5 sunny, crew change, Judy and Simon off, Pete on. image1. read more...


Moondance - On route to Lisboa
Moondance - On route to Lisboa
20/06/2018

Mischief - Up to Mischief Log 51 Further adventures of S/Y Mischief through the eyes and ears of Chas Baynes

Monday, 18th June 2018 -Blue Lagoon to Sawa-i-Lau IslandWe wanted to make an early start today as we were heading further north to the southern tip of Yasawa. Just below Yasawa is a narrow channel separating Sawa-i-lau where the 'chandelier cave formations' exist which you are able to swim into apparently with the sun shining through holes in the roof. We upped anchor again at 8.15 am as there didn't seem much of particular interest in the Blue Lagoon; even the water wasn't blue. Gary took the helm today and we headed very gingerly out of the anchorage to follow a deeper recommended track out. But we had to get to it first - there were two marker beacons close to us with only one showing on the chart and we looked at may be going between them. Er, no way through there - the beacons were. read more...


19/06/2018

Miss Julia - Tag 17 - Lady of the flies :-( mit neuer Crew

Heute unterwegs von Figueras da Foz nach Nazare - schon kurz nach dem Start begleitet von millionen, billionen, trillionen Fliegen... Scheint, als hätten wir eine ausserordentlich grosse Auswahl portugiesischer Mücken zu Gast: grosse, kleine, winzige und stechende. Auch der Versuch, viel weiter auf See zu fahren, schlug leider fehl. Dafür waren sie vom langen Anflug wohl so erschöpft, dass wir uns mit blanker Hand verteidigen konnten. Aber diese Menge… Das Cockpit war schwarz vor lauter Fliegenleichen.Die Zeit des wunderbaren Segelns scheint aber erst einmal vorbei. Heute morgen nach dem Start von Gruppe A um 9 Uhr konnten wir für 2,3 Stunden wunderbar segeln mit ca. 15 - 18 Knoten Wind, bevor dem Wind dann die Puste ausging. Also motoren :-( Wir segeln bis Lissabon in 2 Gruppen, da. read more...


19/06/2018

Moondance - Leaving Nazare

Moondance day 17.Just left Narare, 7 knots, sunny, hot, heading for Péniche. image1. read more...


Moondance - Leaving Nazare
Moondance - Leaving Nazare
IceBear - Fabulous Fiji
IceBear - Fabulous Fiji
18/06/2018

Moondance - Arriving in Nazare

Moondance day 16. Just arrived, wind increased 15 knots round the headland, very hot in marina.image1. read more...


Moondance - Arriving in Nazare
Moondance - Arriving in Nazare
18/06/2018

Moondance - Moondance day 16 - off to nazarre

Thought we should use today’s wind and check out your berths for tomorrow...image_6483441. read more...


Moondance - Moondance day 16 - off to nazarre
Moondance - Moondance day 16 - off to nazarre
18/06/2018

Blue Pearl - Paradise

This is the first time I am writing my little rally blurb sitting ashore, poolside at the Paradise Resort on the Island of Taveuni. If you want to experience peace in the South Pacific and excellent service, book a room here. It is simple but very special.We arrived here early Friday morning after a wonderful overnight sail from the Bay of Islands in Vanua Baluva ,where we had checked into the country of Fiji, which I reported on in my last blog.When I wrote that blog I didn't know yet about the bat colony in the Bay of Islands. This is a sight to be seen. Late in the afternoon we dinghied to bat country. Now, these are not the little black creatures that might fly around your attic. These are big bruisers about the size of a bird and there are hundreds if not thousand of them. They fly. read more...


17/06/2018

Mischief - Up to Mischief Log 50 Further adventures of S/Y Mischief through the eyes and ears of Chas Baynes

Friday, 15th June 2018 - start of Yasawa Island Group cruiseI was up really early this morning. Not only because Dave and Wendy needed to be in a taxi for the airport at 6.30 am but that curry last night was having its usual 'morning after' effect!So, having said cheerio and good luck, I was immediately promoted to acting Skipper……the responsibility! So now we have just the four of us on board me, Trevor, Gary and Marian. But first things first: provisioning for ten days. We all jumped in a taxi to the Nadi Town central market and the taxi driver said he would then take us on to the supermarket and then the butchers. Nadi town is about ten minutes away. When asked how much it would cost he shrugged and said "We'll see", which is always a worry. We went to the most amazing fresh produce. read more...


Morning Dew - lost cat
Morning Dew - lost cat
15/06/2018

Zaurak - Zaurak leg 2 Novice News

Novice NewsZaurak, 12th June 2018Leg 2: Bayona to Povoa de VarzimAll change! After some strong bonding over the Bay of Biscay, most of the original crew had to disband and return to keep the UK economy ticking over (or look after their pets). The ratio of Walshes to Bentleys changed dramatically in favour of the latter and skipper Richard was lumped with a crew whose enthusiasm and witty comments largely outweighing their sailing skills. Despite the drop in experience, Richard managed to get his nose over the start line well before anyone else in the fleet as we left the Bay of Bayona. We were off to a soaring start and spent the rest of the time drinking tea and enjoying the gradually increasing sunshine.At some point, Richard noticed that a rope was caught around a slightly faulty. read more...


15/06/2018

IceBear - Bay of Islands Lau Group June 12-16

Every place we go seems more beautiful than the previous place. Lomolomo is in the Lau Group and we gave Kava as a gift to the Chief and then proceeded to go around the island to a pretty cove that had a beautiful large cabin cruiser tied up to a small pier and then we saw an ATV parked on the rocks. There were 271 stairs that led to a magnificent plantation cut from the hills and mountains overlooking the Pacific! It reminded Kurt of a beautiful 18 hole golf course with palm trees dotting the middle of fairways,except with cows and horses and sheep grazing in the middle of the course! They were all busy cutting the grass. There were concrete cart trails all along this course.Every few acres, new fencing had been put up and we were greeted by a native woman who worked there. She showed. read more...


15/06/2018

Mischief - Up to Mischief Log 49 Further adventures of S/Y Mischief through the eyes and ears of Chas Baynes

Wednesday, 13th June 2018 - En route to Viti Levu island, FijiA really comfortable night at anchor other than having a heavy rain squall requiring all the hatches to be shut pronto! But up at first light to prepare the boat for an early departure for one of the main islands in Fiji, Viti Levu and Port Denarau marina. The anchor came up at 7am covered in mud (good holding but had to scrub the decks) and headed for a nearby exit from the lagoon purported to be 100 meters wide. It was difficult to see the opening at all through the breaking surf even though it was fairly calm waters as the gap was at an angle to our course. I was on the bow calling the course as the chart plotter had us actually on the reef on solid ground - they can't be trusted as I've said before and need a healthy bit. read more...


Miss Julia - Tag 12 - Unterwegs nach Porto
Miss Julia - Tag 12 - Unterwegs nach Porto
14/06/2018

Miss Julia - Tag 12 - Unterwegs nach Porto

So langsam kneift selbst die luftige Segelhose, da wir es uns hier ausgesprochen gut gehen lassen... vor allem auch an den segelfreien Tagen. Nachdem wir am Mittwoch nachmittag an einer Tour durchs schöne Guimarães - der Wiege Portugals - teilgenommen hatten (juchhu, im Landesinneren mal ganz ohne Wind), stand zunächst die Gegeneinladung der netten Schottencrew im engen Cockpit von Miss Julia an, mit Portwein, regionalem Kuchen und Käse. Lecker, auch wenn uns der Wind wieder ordentlich um die Ohren pfiff. Alle guten Vorsätze, nun endlich mal etwas kürzer zu treten, scheiterten gleich darauf an der Dinnereinladung von Crewmitglied Moni im Vorgriff auf ihren Geburtstag - und dem Enthusiasmus des Restaurantkellners für die portugiesische Küche. Deutsch, englisch, spanisch, französisch:. read more...


Miss Julia - Tag 10 - perfektes Segeln!
Miss Julia - Tag 10 - perfektes Segeln!
14/06/2018

Miss Julia - Tag 10 - perfektes Segeln!

What a beautiful day: Leg 2 der ARC Portugal von Bayona nach Povoa de Varzim war fantastisch; einer der besten Segeltage ever! Unter grauem Himmel und wieder eingepackt ins Ölzeug gings morgens um 9 Uhr schon an die Startlinie. Welch ein Gewusel! Für ungeübte Regattastarter wie mich schon etwas nervenaufreibend am Steuer… Auf Amwindkurs lief Miss Julia zwar mit reichlich Schlagseite, aber überaus flott hinaus- und hat wieder zwei grössere Boote gecatcht :-) Bei Sonnenschein trugen uns dann verlässliche Winde bis zu 25 Knoten hinaus und hinaus - und noch weiter hinaus nach Westen. Alle übrigen Boote fuhren küstennah Schmetterling, Spinnacker oder ein doppeltes Tuch, das wir bisher noch nie gesehen hatten. So tief können wir nur mit Genua und Gross nicht fahren. Aber: Es machte höllischen. read more...


Miss Julia - Tag 8: Yippieh - Miss Julia auf Platz 3
Miss Julia - Tag  8: Yippieh - Miss Julia auf Platz 3
14/06/2018

Miss Julia - Tag 8: Yippieh - Miss Julia auf Platz 3

Genuss über Genuss: Am frühen Abend freuen wir uns über einen wunderbar weichen Whiskey, zu dem uns die schottische Crew von „A Capella“ auf ihr Boot eingeladen hat. Mit ihnen hatten wir uns am 1. Tag in Bayona beim Sangria und anschliessendem Dinner in der Altstadt angefreundet - Dank dafür an Alison, Lizzie, Fergus und Stewart!Vor dem „Prizegiving-Dinner“ im Yachtclub (smart casual:-) dann bei Tapas und Aperitif die grosse Überraschung für uns: Miss Julia hat in Gruppe B unter 10 Booten den 3. Platz erzielt!Wir haben uns unheimlich gefreut - und wahrscheinlich waren nicht nur wir erstaunt, wie gut unsere alte Lady gelaufen ist. Muss am guten Start und am versierten Skipper gelegen haben ... und natürlich an der motivierten Crew:-))Elmo bekam ein Fischerboot-Modell, das jetzt den Salon. read more...



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