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14/01/2016

Lydia - Lydia's Log. First 13 days.

The crew of Lydia comprises of Donald Begg, the skipper and owner from Lymington; Matthew Fyfe, an old school friend of Donald's from Emsworth, Andrew Richards from Wales, Dr Steve Jones from Ipswich and Nigel Lang from Lymingon. All the crew are ex Royal Navy who have served together at some time. Nigel is the only Pongo aboard who was a last minute replacement for another good Gunner friend from Lymington.We all flew out from a cold, wet and miserable Gatwick on Sunday 3 January. By sheer good luck Steve and Nigel were seated together and between 3 films, (Bridge of Spies, The Martian and The Intern) got to know each other and quickly learnt we shared the same sense of humour. After the 9 hour flight we landed just after 5pm in St Lucia and immediately were bathed in the warm, fragrant. read more...


14/01/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 5: The Colombian Cape and the Power of Prayer

With the exception of the South African coast line, referred to as the "Wild Coast" and Cape of Good Hope, referred to as the "Cape of Storms" by us South Africans, it was the Colombian Cape, sighted by many as the 5th most unforgiving Cape in the world, that had anxiety levels raised on Paw Paw, particularly with Elaine. For weeks ahead of our departure from St Lucia, forecasts showed Gale Force winds and seas as high as 17 - 23 Feet. However, as we sighted land yesterday afternnon, we rounded the Cape yesterday evening and last night in flat seas and light winds - unheard of for this time of year. We know our family and friends have had us in their thoughts and prayers - Well, our prayers were answered in the most spectacular way! Today we enjoy our champagne wing-on-wing sail down the. read more...


14/01/2016

Two Fish - Day 6 - Back to Colombia

According to our chart plotter, we are 39 miles from our return landfall in Colombia. Earlier this year,we traveled light. This time we brought our floating home. We have to keep all sails out and our speed up so that we arrive before sunset, while being aware of any wind shift in this area that is legendary for strong breezes.Other boats have shared their experiences which included puffsup to 38 knots.I was active on deck during the night in what from space must have looked like a sailor inspecting his inventory.Full main, main with 1 and then 2 reefs, Full genoa, genoa with 1 and 2 reefs and screecher.Some sails made multiple appearances.The spaceman must be puzzled - why not just turn on the engines? Gail was in agreement with him. We have been stingy with engine hours because I find. read more...


Two Fish - Day 6 - Back to Colombia
Two Fish - Day 6 - Back to Colombia
14/01/2016

Luna Quest - Thursday, 14th January, 2016

Noon Position: 20.54S 01.05EDaily run: 136 logged milesYesterday afternoon the sky cleared and a fierce sun beat down on the lonely Luna Quest. Since we left Cape Town we havesighted only one ship. We are now just under 500 miles away from St Helena or 4 days (i.e. landfall on Monday). The hot afternoon was spent relaxing in and out of the cockpit while Julia kept working away on her Indian Ocean iBook. My Kindle has given up the ghost, but luckily we have several novels in paperback, one of which is by Tony Horwitz about Captain Cook and his epic voyages of discovery in the South Pacific including Australia. He managed to sail his ship, the Endeavour, inside the Great Barrier Reef along the east coast of Australia. It was not without some anxiety that we sailed those waters and were not. read more...


14/01/2016

Starblazer - 14/01/2014 – A Productive Day

Wednesday dawned damp with squally winds, the light rain brought winds of up to 22knots, rising quickly from a fairly steady 12 knots.The increased wind gave an immediate lift to our speed, from about 5 knots to 7.5 knots but it never lasted more than about 10 minutes.If we can average more than 7.2 knots from now on we could arrive in St Helena just before dark on Saturday, but it is unlikely.The wind dropped below 10 knots for a while in the morning, Ayama motored past us so we just had to catch them and overtake them for the third time once the wind filled a little.The GRIB files suggest the wind will decrease so, realistically, we expect to arrive on Sunday.During the afternoon the weather improved to develop into the sunniest, warmest day we have had on this passage!We continued to. read more...


13/01/2016

Two Fish - Day 5, What happened to Day 4

13 JanOffshore from the Colombian / Venezuelan borderThe days are blending together faster than margarita ingredients in a dive bar.We had a fire drill on board.The spinnaker halyard goes through a block at the top of the mast.This block is attached by a single screw as it expects only a downward load.We luffed the chute a few times too many and the bolt sheered.James heard the ping noise as the sheared screw hit the deck.He grabbed the binoculars to sight any damage and quickly announced that the bracket was amiss. I then began to lower the sock that snuffs the spinnaker.It would not budge.The damaged part was impeding the progress of the sock.So we did it old school and dropped the billowing 1,300 square foot sail in the lee of the main.I had half of it under control and Gail charged. read more...


Two Fish - Day 5, What happened to Day 4
Two Fish - Day 5, What happened to Day 4
13/01/2016

Aliena - Miercoles 13-01-2015

4º dia de navegacion de Sta. Lucia a Sta.Marta.Ayer fue un buen dia. Un viento no muy fuerte pero constante y un mar bueno que nos hizo navegar bien y avanzar mucho. Hemos hecho 167 nm, pero hoy a pesar de tener condiciones similares a ayer se nos ha acabado el nudo de corriente a favor que llevabámos y lo tenemos en contra. De todas formas ya estamos en aguas de Colombia. En este momento rodeamos la peninsula de La Guajira y estamos frente a la punta, Puerto Gallinas, que vemos a lo lejos pero no da ni para imaginar como será. Esta noche ha sido tranquila y muy estrellada. Hemos pasado a unas 40 millas de Aruba y se veía el resplandor de sus luces. Tambien hay muchos mercantes, a veces hemos tenido alrededor seis o siete. Se nota la cercanía del Canal de Panamá. Hoy solo vemos a dos. read more...


13/01/2016

Exody - Days 366/367- Crescent Moon over Greenwich Meridian

On the first cloudless starlit night for days, we are treated soon after sunset today, Wednesday 13th, at about 9 pm to a bright crescent moon as we cross the Greenwich Meridian and start counting up our longitude westwards. It is seven and a half months and about 12,000 miles since we crossed the international dateline at 180 degrees east and west, half a world away by definition, on passage to Tonga. Another milestone on our track directly toward St Helena, 425 miles away, Exody wing on wing over a flat sea with enough wind, we hope, to get us in by nightfall Saturday.We have slowed over the last couple of days (runs of 164 miles and 150 miles) on account of the reducing winds but the sailing has been very pleasant.No ships or other boats or wildlife for at least four days now and we. read more...


13/01/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 4: It's Our Turn

Sailing past Bonaire and Curacao yesterday brought back many fond memories from our first hurricane season on these islands in 2014 as full-time cruisers. In particular, the wonderful friends we made, many of whom headed west to the South Pacific at that time. Although the goodbyes were upsetting, it's hard to believe that our first sailing season in the Caribbean and another hurricane season has passed and it's now our turn to head west with the high likelihood of meeting them again in pastures new. For now, though, we live in the moment, enjoying the beautiful sunrise this morning and the dolphins that were frolicking around our bows on two separate occasions this morning.. read more...


13/01/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Log 4. Heading for Santa Marta. 12.31.54N 72.01.86W

Wednesday 13 Jan.  Last night brought some very frustratingconditions, with variable winds, an inconsistent sea and difficult conditionsfor anyone trying to steer a reasonably straight course.  With a bit ofgrumbling from Ship’s Boy, know as “Toad” on these occasions, we decided not torisk the jury rigged pole, so sacrificing speed for safety, we took the poledown.  Eventually the winds died enough to warrant the use of the irontopsail, so Skipper and Skipper’s wife could relax after some hours of worry ofinvoluntary gybes or broaching on the odd occasions when the wind suddenlyincreased in some random direction.  Come daybreak, 2.7 nm north of the rumline, we were able to sail with full main and genoa with the wind just aft ofthe beam with the wind SE to ESE. . read more...


13/01/2016

Toujours Belle - Weg nach Santa Marta

Moin ihr lieben. 4ter Tag auf See. Start war gut. Abends kam die Flaute.Dann haben viele Mitsegler den Motor gestartet und sind an uns vorbei.Hoffe nur, die geben die richtigen Motorstunden an. Wir haben den Motor zuMitternacht gestartet und sind 7 Stunden gefahren. Dann kam wieder der Windund wir konnten unseren Parasailor benutzen. Fantastisches Segeln. Habehier bestes Wetter. Kaum Wolken über uns, normale Welle 1-2m und konstanterWind bei bis zu 15 kn. Wir liefen mit dem Parasailor sogar 9,4 kn. Und sindauch die Nacht durch gesegelt. Um uns rum nur Sterne und keine Squalls oderWolken. Daher war das nicht gefährlich. Wir sind dann gestern außerhalb derüblichen Route gesegelt und wollten die ABC Inseln (Aruba, Bonaire undCuracao) besuchen. Auf Curacao muss die Post abgehen. Nur. read more...


13/01/2016

Hejira - Moving on

Hejira has been moored in Marigot Bay while we returned home to the UK for Christmas.Having received an horrendous bill for satellite usage, we have decided not to continue to send our blogs to the World Cruising AND Mailasail sites as this has been a contributory factor in running up the fees. Instead I have initiated our own independent ‘Hejira’ web site which will receive our position through a new, dedicated ‘Yellow Brick’ tracker.The new web site address is the usual www. then followed by hejirasailing.com It is early days but I intend to bring it up to date with archive material from our ‘shake down’ cruises and I will eventually try to feature technical info and pictures on the various modifications and innovations that I have incorporated to prepare Hejira for her. read more...


13/01/2016

Luna Quest - Wednesday, 13th January, 2013

Noon Position: 22.20S 02.53EDaily run: 136 logged milesThe sail change yesterday was well timed. With the wind dead aft, the two foresails are giving us a relaxing time. Yesterday Julia spent nearly all day on her computer composing the Africa iBook while I dosed in the cockpit in the veiled sunshine catching up on a lack of sleep. The occasional school of flying fish would skim the water to escape a chasing dolphin. Most mornings we find a flying fish or two on deck or a squid. The size of the flying fish in this part of the Atlantic is about twice the size of any other species we found in other oceans. We debated whether or not to have them for lunch, but they are supposed to be very bony with little meat on them, so they were returned to the sea rigor mortes.Today is overcast and the. read more...


13/01/2016

Starblazer - 13/01/2016 – Good news, bad news

A milestone passed us by yesterday morning, soon after 0100.We crossed the longitude 004o 19’ E, the longitude of Mahon in Menorca, which was about as far east as we ventured into the Mediterranean in 2013 on our way to join the ARC then World ARC.We have, in fact, sailed the circumference of the world though we won’t cross our tracks, or more precisely ‘wakes’ until we arrive in St Lucia.Mahon has a latitude of 39o 52’ N compared with our current position of 22o 16’ S, a distance of 3,720 nM, but the Med was a lot warmer!This is proving to be one of our faster passages however Tuesday’s Day’s Run was the lowest of the trip, 147nM, i.e. an average speed just over 6 knots, however we did spend about 30 minutes drifting while we sorted out a problem.Late yesterday afternoon the wind. read more...


13/01/2016

Aretha - 20 59 South 00 22 East - Close to Completing our Longitude Circumnavigation

Calm seas Mid Atlantic.About to pass a significant milestone. In another 22 miles we will have completed our longitude circumnavigation. That means we’ll have crossed through all 360 degrees of longitude around the world. We won’t have circumnavigated yet as we have to pass our outbound track to do that (that will be in Grenada) but its still significant.It was about 18 months ago that Columbus and I went to the Greenwich Maritime museum whilst I was recovering from my back operation and we went to the Greenwich Meridian at the Observatory. In 22 miles we’ll be directly South of there. Overnight we’ve sailed underneath (as it were) my sister Pippa in Kent and will crossing off other UK landmarks today as we sail towards the Zero degree line and the switch from being in the East to being. read more...


12/01/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Log 4. North of Noordpunt, Curacoa. 12.59.42N 69.09.01W

Tuesday, 12/01/2016.  Yesterday provided reasonable sailing, with justenough wind to keep going on either gybe with lots of help from thecurrent.  We checked the position and fixation of the pole to the mast withevery gybs and more inventive re-enforcement was applied to it before setting uppole and genoa again.   We managed to keep the sails goose winged allnight and are now chasing Wishanger II who has come back into view.  Thewind today is 15 to 18 knots from the ESE/SE, so we are bowling along in nearperfect conditions on the best gybe for once, with everyone very happy to handsteer and try to catch up with Wishanger II.  Wishanger is of course, quitesafe from such informal competition and is gradually sailing away from us but ithas given us something to. read more...


12/01/2016

Nina - Day 4 -12th Jan – A Beautiful Light

World ARC Day 4 -12th Jan – A Beautiful LightThe forecast was for a fair wind in our sea area. Big seas to the North. A low over Colombia and Venezuela, giving big winds ahead. Just after darkness fell, a brand new moon loomed ahead above the horizon. The bottom half of it showing a huge Cheshire cat grin, lighting our path over the Caribbean Sea ahead of Nina.The Celestial BodiesAs the moon set ahead, the grin turned red, and then slid below the horizon, leaving us once more in the pitch darkness. But then the stars came out. With not a cloud in the sky, the full majesty of all the stars is displayed filling the heavens with swirls, dots, pin-pricks and bursts of many different coloured suns. The milky way, like a cloud or carpet, painted across the sky from one side of the boat to the. read more...


12/01/2016

Aliena - Martes 12-01-2016

3º dia de navegación Sta. Lucia a Sta. MartaIgual esto de ir de santa a santa da buenos resultados. Sigue un viento real suave de 13 nudos hacemos un SOG entre 7.5 y 8 nudos. No nos podemos quejar porque no vamos ni muy deprisa ni muy despacio y ademas con el mar a favor y olas entrando por la popa, aunque dentro del barco la sensación sigue siendo de gravedad 0 y nos movemos a cámara lenta haciendo las cosas dos veces ya que cuando llenas un vaso de leche o de cualquier otro líquido, cuando cae el liquido el vaso ya no está donde debiera. Entre esto y los chubascos nocturnos, el barco está limpio como una patena.Esta mañana temprano hemos cambiado las velas y tangon de banda, el viento es mas constante y hasta tenemos navegación placentera dentro de lo que cabe en navegación a popa,. read more...


12/01/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 3: We've Found Our Mojo

Having been let down by our satellite email provider and, therefore, unable to download our weather information, we have spent the past two days trying to work out a suitable sail plan for the unusual Caribbean conditions we have been experiencing. We eventually managed to obtain detail weather reports this morning and Paw Paw is now sailing along happily under blue skies dotted with white puffy clouds (aka Cumulus Type 1) in fair winds and following seas, while Elaine does her stretch exercise on the aft deck and Roy attempts, once again, to catch a fish - any fish! We are, however, reminded that life does exist outside our bubble when a bird sweeps down to take a peak and a plane flies overhead.. read more...


12/01/2016

Luna Quest - Tuesday, 12th January, 2016

Noon Position: 23.25S 04.41EDaily run: 163 logged milesYesterday afternoon was most enjoyable; we sat in the cockpit for the first time since leaving Cape Town to relax and enjoy the sailing without the risk of being soaked by boarding waves. We carried out various little jobs that had had to wait while the sea was raging. A strong additional whipping was created around the end of the old water generator tow rope to prevent it knotting up in the same place in case the spinner should jump out again. We had shaken out the last reef and were bowling along at over 6 knots. We decided to carry the full rig into the night and at first that seemed a sound decision despite evidence of some squalls on the horizon. However, at 4am this morning a large squall hit us taking the wind speed up from 18. read more...


12/01/2016

Aretha - Sailing the South Atlantic Ocean 21 58 South 02 31 East

583 miles until we reach St Helena.All is well on board Team Aretha. Schooling once again in full flow. Willow drawing, Nichola and Columbus doing maths, Bluebell studying China with Paul.After 25-30,000 miles I think we’ve finally decided on a boat song… Animals by Martin Garrix - plenty of dancing on board yesterday.Inspired by finishing a bottle of Roses Lime Juice, we put a message in a bottle (one of our Team Aretha posters) and it went over the side at 23 04 South 04 50 East … We’ve put our details in there and a message to say that should anyone find it and returnit, they’ll get a Team Aretha Crew Shirt (only otherwise eligible if you’ve sailed over 300 miles with Team Aretha) and a special additional prize.Seas are calm, decks are flat and crew are happy - especially as we have. read more...


12/01/2016

Starblazer - 12/01/2016 - Good and Bad

Let us get the ‘bad’ out of the way first.On New Year’s Day I had a haircut, I say haircut but it was more like a scalping!To give you an idea of the severity of it: John says he never realised how much I look like my brother John.For those who know my brother I must point out that he no longer has a beard.My haircut is not much longer than a 1950’s short back and sides.No photos will be published before it has grown somewhat. Notable ‘scalpings’ to date: St Lucia, Darwin about equally bad, Cape Town the shortest yet.The second ‘bad’ bit is the temperature.We are only about 60 miles south of the Tropic of Capricorn but it is cold, especially during the night.It’s not that hot during the day in the sunshine either.The reason for this is partly the wind direction, south southeast.If you. read more...


12/01/2016

Firefly - Too hot for the beer

Today is Tuesday 12th January 2016 and after several days spent getting everything prepared, Firefly is finally heading north west towards Thailand. Firefly was berthed at Reebak Marina, Langkawi, Malaysia, over Christmas and the New Year while we had a busy but enjoyable visit back to Blighty.Arriving back at the boat late in the evening it was a relief to find everything as it had been left and apparently no worse for being closed up in the baking temperatures. There was however a distinctly 'yeasty' aroma but it was too late for any investigations and an attempt was made to get some sleep despite both the heat and the jetlag. Early the following morning Nasir arrived to finish off fitting the new sun awnings. The old Bimini was being replaced and various other removable sections for. read more...


11/01/2016

Exody - Day 365 - Half way to St Helena

Dawn brought solid grey cloud this morning, Monday 11th, after we passed the halfway point in the early hours.Winds are down to about 16 knots straight from the stern.We are still progressing well, now under full sail, with a 170 mile day's run and anticipating an ETA St Helena during Saturday. The sun broke through during the day and we enjoyed time in the completely dry and warm cockpit! Hatches and windows can now be opened whilst underway.The Learning Brazilian Portugese Book is amongst the reading matter being devoured!Peter (Skipper). read more...


Widago - Fish!
Widago - Fish!
11/01/2016

Aliena - Lunes 11-01-2016

2º día de navegacion a Sta. Marta.Navegación muy tranquila, con viento flojo, que hoy ha subido a 15 nudos, lo que hace que no vayamos deprisa y que seguramente tardemos un día mas de lo esperado en llegar, pero no nos podemos quejar, porque hemos tenido un nudo de corriente a favor y todo bien a bordo. De vez en cuando llegan olas de mar cruzado que produce efecto cuna en el barco, pero no hemos tenido ni chubascos ni sustos. Neptuno está de buen humor. Esta mañana hemos oido otros barcos que si que han tenido averias ya que como quiera que el viento es flojo y la mayoría van con el spinnaker puesto,hay quien ha roto el tangon, la vela, la botavara...Nosotros seguimos con el yankee atangonado y hacemos algo menos de 7 nudos de velocidad efectiva.Hoy hemos hecho de nuevo 130 millas, pero. read more...


11/01/2016

Two Fish - Day Three - First discussion of Landfall

Location:500 miles until Santa Marta, Colombia, far off the Venezuelan Island of Tortuga.We have avoided Venezuela because of its reputation for crime.It is a shame to miss this country as many cruisers have told me of the beauties of the coastal islands.I hope to return some day.Foolishly, I brought up the topic of landfall and my preferred time of day.This hubris will be punished by the wind gods or their friend the WGM (wave generating machine).Both can be bitter and spiteful.Our case is being heard by the court as we still have grand conditions for downwind sailing.These are the conditions that sell boats and appear in magazines. Before leaving St. Lucia I tried to share my many navigational gems but have had just a few takers so far. I will mention my offer on the fleet SSB (ham. read more...


Two Fish - Day Three - First discussion of Landfall
Two Fish - Day Three - First discussion of Landfall
11/01/2016

Widago - World ARC Started!

So I'm few days behind staying in touch, but I can get y'all a note from my doctor. FYI, if you ever plan on sailing around the world, I would suggest not getting the flu four days before departure. I'm not exactly sure how we got (almost) everything we needed done, but alas, now that I have gained consciousness from the purgatory of high fevers and body aches, it appears that we are somewhere in the middle of the Caribbean, 300 miles from Columbia.Of course, as expected, Ahab has been at the pinnacle of his game. While I was languishing between cold sweats and hot flashes, he managed the kids, got the boat prepped after being up on the hard, AND put on his party pants to meet-n-greet all the other boats in the fleet. Well done babe. I only had one job, and that was to provision. Since I. read more...


11/01/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Log 3 Down Wind Dramas. 13.15.85N 66.04.34W

Monday 11 Jan 2016.  After petty much motoring all the first night, wehad enough wind at 07.00 yesterday morning to pole out the genoa and enjoy dramano. 1.  As we were unrolling the genoa with the sheet, i.e. now the guythrough the end of the pole, there was a big bang as the mast end of the poledetached itself from the mast but pulling out the screws holding the goose neckfitting to the plate on  the traveller.   We are not entirelysure why this happened, but the pole was promptly taken down and we went back toslow progress under mainsail alone, while we set up a different sort of fixingto the plate, involving a cargo strap and some dyneema.  This wassuccessful enough to carry the poled out genoa until the wind became veryvariable during the night with. read more...


11/01/2016

Chilli Bee - Bericht Tag 1- 3 Spinakersegeln

Seit 42 Stunden sind wir nun unter Spinaker unterwegs.Der Wind war am Anfang ganz schwach. Die gesamte Flotte ist uns in der ersten Nacht unter Motor davongefahren. Unser Kapitän blieb standhaft, wir segeln!Wir sind dann mit 2-3 Knoten durch die Nacht geschlichen, am Morgen legte der Wind auf 10 -12 Konten zu und seither gehts hurtig dahin. Wunderschönes Segeln gestern den ganzen Tag. Etmal leider nur 111 sm, aber keine Motorstunden. Um unseren geplanten Ankunftstermin 14.1.16 9.00 Uhr einzuhalten müssen wir noch ein bisschen zulegen.Zur Bereicherung unseres Speisenplans haben wir gestern Anglerglück gehabt. Einen Thunfisch ca. 3KG. Zu Mittag gabs Sushi.Grüsse vonMargit und derChilli Bee Crew. read more...


11/01/2016

Two Fish - day two

We are on the hamster wheel!   The hamster wheel is a Two Fish sailing term describing the phenomenon of the predicted days until arrival never changing.   For the last twelve hours, we have had four days to go.  No one is complaining and some secretly wish that this trip could last forever as the wind and waves have been kind.  We have both the chute and the screecher flying in 12-13 knots and are making 6 to 7 knots SOG.   The current is contributing one-half knot to our progress.Gail's banana bread's days are numbered.  Despite it having stayed in the oven 5 minutes too long, it is darn tasty.  Thanks for the recipe M/V Barefeet (formerly known as PDQ SV Barefeet).   Gail has started 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea; she is currently asking me odd. read more...


Two Fish - day two
Two Fish - day two
Two Fish - day two
Two Fish - day two
11/01/2016

Two Fish - Day one

At some point this post will be 12,500 nautical miles in our wake.  Right now we are close enough to St Lucia that VHF from the marina can still be heard.  We are cutting the tentacles to the familiar at a slow rate.  We set up for the pin end of the start line and crossed in 4th.  However committee end was hugely favored and we were rolled by a big chunk of the boats while we switched from the Genoa to the screecher.  Black fish got us back in the game and we passed a few boats.  But the horror show rally folks had put a turning mark in Castries bay.  Which had winds of 6 knots and upwind.   Screecher down and Genoa back up.  More boat lengths gone.   Fun rounding at the mark as we came in on starboard and Paw Paw ducked us.. read more...


Two Fish - Day one
Two Fish - Day one
11/01/2016

Luna Quest - Monday, 11th January, 2016

Noon Position: 24.51S 06.45EDaily run: 175 logged milesIn Darwin, Australia, we had at some inflated expense two new tow ropes made for the water-towed generator by Scott, the local rigger. They were not as long as the 30-metre one supplied by the manufacturer. The rigger said that the ropes were the same quality as the one we had. Yesterday, however, having deployed one of them before nightfall, we found that the quality was anything but the same. It would not have lasted the night, so in semi-darkness, we slowed the boat down by taking in sail before setting about hauling in the inferior new tow rope so that we would not lose the spinner at the end in case the new one broke.We had been clearly duped by Scott, but fury was no cure although a few words were sent to him via the Poseidon. read more...


11/01/2016

Starblazer - 11/01/2016-On our way to St Helena

Wednesday 6th was start day but we had urgent things to do before we left. Our top priority was to submit our tax returns as we will have no reliable internet before we reach Brazil in early February.We had both submitted our forms by 0200, a celebratory drink and a quick tidy up of the cockpit and we were in bed by 0300.The alarm was set for 0630 as we still had a lot of stowing away to do by the start time at 1100.We left the marina through the 1015 bridge opening and made our way towards the start.The second urgent task was to refuel so we crossed the start line under genoa alone, rolled it away and motored to the fuel dock. They only sell diesel but one of the chaps drove me to the nearby garage with the cans to buy 60 litres of petrol for the Honda generator.We finally crossed the. read more...


10/01/2016

Exody - Day 364- World ARC Anniversary

Yes it is a year to the day and over 19,000 incredible miles since we set off for Colombia from St Lucia on 10th January 2015! We are definitely on the home straight now back in the South Atlantic with our current course for St Helena also pointing almost directly to St Lucia only 4,600 miles away. Another good day's run of 185 miles in 20 knot winds and almost flat seas.Hugur has come back into range this evening six miles ahead - unusual to be so close to another rally boat after 800 miles and over four days.They invited us over for a movie night but we are not quite that close! Apart from that the ocean is empty - we have only seen four ships in as many days and no sea life other than flying fish and birds.Marian transformed the overripe bananas into banana bread, I got stuck into a. read more...


10/01/2016

Aliena - 10-01-2016 - POR FIN EN EL MAR

Ayer, sábado 9 de Enero a las 12.00h salimos de Rodney Bay en Santa Lucía y comenzamos la Vuelta al Mundo de Aliena.Nos hicieron dirigirnos hacia la capital, Castries, a una boya de desmarque, desde donde arrumbamos a Santa Marta (Colombia) a 800 nm de distancia. En plan regata, vamos. Salida bonita, lluviosapero con poco viento, que cayó aun mas al poco y nos obligo, despues de mucho sufrimiento de velas, a poner el motor hasta media noche en que pudimos volver a navegar a vela. Ahora vamos con el yankee atangonado, aunque seguimos con poco viento y a marcha lenta, hacemos 5.3 nudos que gracias a una corriente favorable se traduce en 6.1. Hoy solo hemos recorrido 130 nm, pero seguimos viendo a lo lejos velitas de los otros, que dan mucho consuelo en este mar tan grande y que de momento. read more...


10/01/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 1: Well, We Started and Heading West

Well, we started the World ARC Rally and are heading west. Had to motor last night as there was very little wind, but today we are sailing along at about 6.5 knots in the general direction that we're suppose to be going. All aboard got some rest and doing well.. read more...


10/01/2016

Allegro - DEZEMBRO 2015 E JANEIRO 2016 ATÉ DOMINGO, DIA 10

Faz hoje 1 ano que começou a Volta ao Mundo, a World ARC, em Saint Lucia!Estamos todos de parabéns!A estadia em Cape Town correu muito bem, primeiro com a visita da Ana, Miguel e os filhos. Um tempo para matar algumas saudades e ficar ainda com muitas mais.Depois o Natal, que começou com um almoço “em português”, a bordo, no dia 24, com o Rui, Anne Marie e a filha do Rui, Maria João, que veio passar o Natal com o pai. Trocámos presentes e almoçámos juntos.Depois, no dia 25, houve um almoço no pontão, para todas as tripulações que ficaram a bordo dos vários barcos. Éramos 22 adultos, e as 4 crianças da frota. Cada barco contribuiu com parte da refeição. A nós calharam-nos os acompanhamentos. Levámos ainda um bolo-rei que a Anne Marie trouxera de Portugal, e eu fiz um arroz doce, para que. read more...


10/01/2016

Starblazer - 10/01/2016- Four more weeks in Cape Town part 2

Cruising is not just an extended holiday, it has been described as boat maintenance in exotic locations.The boat is our home and, just like at home, repairs become necessary, however there is a difference.At home you know exactly where you can source parts, you have good internet, a reliable postal or delivery service and an address!These factors were all absent in Cape Town though the 3G data cards for the i-pads did provide some internet. It was limited, however, and I couldn’t download many apps to my new i-pad. This blog will detail the work we or others undertook, or didn’t.During week 2 we made progress.Ullman Sails sent someone along to sew new tapes on the intermediate studs between the batten cars which slot into cars on the mast track.One of these studs had torn off before we. read more...


10/01/2016

Luna Quest - Sunday, 10th January, 2016

Noon Position: 26.25S 08.55EDaily run: 186 logged milesToday marks the anniversary of our start of the World Arc in St Lucia. It seems incredible that we have spent almost an entire year on Luna Quest. Distances at sea no longer seem forbidding: 1600 miles to St Helena will have been covered by the end of the week. Then it is just a 72-hour stop-over before we commence the 2000 miles to Salvador in Brazil. There is no airport in St Helena and no marina. It just marks a convenient stop on the way to Brazil.Although the principle of a water-towed generator is very good, the negative side is that the spinner at the end of the 30-mtrrope does not always stay below the surface of the water. When it jumps out from the rear of a passing wave, it spins furiously in reverse because of the twist. read more...


09/01/2016

Exody - Day 363 : Normal trade wind service resumed!

After nearly three days running before a near gale with gale force gusts (25 - 35 knots), this morning (Saturday 9th) brought much more relaxed 20 knot winds and associated quieter seas. Just as the trade winds should be - with clear blue cloudless skies to boot!This South Atlantic crossing is billed as the one with the most reliably consistent trade winds so we hope these more pleasant conditions will now continue to St Helena, 1100 miles away and on to Salvador.Even after shaking out two of the three reefs, we are still making over 7 knots. The day's run to 11.00 this morning was 174 miles and by lunchtime we had passed the third way mark.Three days in and we have finally lost Hugur from sight ahead of us - so we'll have the ocean to ourselves we reckon for the next week! That is. read more...


09/01/2016

Log Day 0: Happy Birthday Captain Roy

Happy Birthday Captain Roy. What a day to remember as we head for the start line in a few minutes. Fair winds and following seas to all the World ARC Rally sailors. Very emotional moment for us. 20160109_091639_1. read more...


Log Day 0: Happy Birthday Captain Roy
Log Day 0: Happy Birthday Captain Roy
09/01/2016

Starblazer - 09/01/2016 – Four more weeks in Cape Town part 1

In total we spent 5 weeks in Cape Town, arriving in the early afternoon of Wednesday 2/12/15 and leaving on Wednesday 6/01/2016in the late morning.I was horrified to discover that my last blog was written on 10/12/15, all I can offer is my usual excuse: Life got in the way.This blog will appear in two parts, the fun bits followed by the work bits.John says that I have to get the good stuff in first!Following the group visit to AYAMA Slent Farms Winery I am happy to announce that all the boxes of wine made it safely back to the boats, being ferried by several dinghies from the tripper boat pontoon to the yachts.We became a point of interest for the trippers as we carried box after box down from the car park to the pontoon, stacked them according to boat name, loaded them into dinghies. read more...



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