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22/02/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 17. Galapagos. 00.53.74S 89.36.75W

Monday, 15/02/16.A lovely night after 2.00am when we were able to turn the motor off and sail with full Main, Genoa and Staysail, with some beautiful nocturnal gulls for company, the moon and a sky full of stars.Then a day of fantastic sailing across a sea of perfect blue and long swells, with only gulls and petrols for company and such peace and tranquility.The wind gradually died as we knew it would and by midnight, we were motor sailing again.Happy with winning one leg, we are keen to just get to the Galapagos as quickly as possible and never mind the penalty for using the engine, plus the Nav lights on the bow seemed to attract the gorgeous nocturnal gulls that fished so gracefully around the boat.Pure white in the lights, they came and went like phantoms, totally silent except for. read more...


22/02/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 42 & 43: Reconnecting with Friends

Elaine decided to take a timeout on Saturday and spent the day relaxing aboard. Roy went ashore to visit the fresh produce market and then we both enjoyed sundowners ashore followed by a delicious dinner with crew from three other yachts, one of whom - Daz- is onboard with us for a few days hitching a ride to Isla Isabella. Today we enjoyed a WARC arranged tour which had us up bright and early to visit one of the beaches south of our anchorage in order to snorkel in a lagoon where turtles sleep.A most unusual site, but very cool indeed! We also had the good fortune of seeing a huge marine iguana swim past us. That was followed by a boat trip to Kicker Rock for another snorkeling adventure.Unfortunately the water was very merky and it was cloudy,but when the sun decided to peak through. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 42 & 43: Reconnecting with Friends
Paw Paw - Log Day 42 & 43: Reconnecting with Friends
21/02/2016

Luna Quest - Sunday, 21st February, 2016

Noon Position: 06.28S 33.49WDaily run: 135 logged milesYesterday’s wind continued to favour us during the afternoon enabling us to pole out the genoa to starboard and the staysail to port with the mainsail furled to the boom. We love this rig as Luna Quest stays upright, no banging of sails or booms and stable on its course within 20 degrees either side of the wind from behind, but it was late in the afternoon and we were keen to complete the change of rig before darkness and before the radio net was due at 5.45pm. We had three quarters of an hour to complete it and in our haste I twice failed, having dropped the mainsail, to attach the main halyard properly to its fixing sending the halyard aloft. It swirled about wrapping itself around the lazy lines, the mast steps and anything else. read more...


21/02/2016

Exody - Das 396-403: Birthday arrival at Fernando de Noronha

Anchored here this morning at 09.00 February 20th, my birthday, after just under five days mostly upwind passage from Salvador.Although the swell is impressive, and the crashing waves ashore dramatic and sometimes noisy, it is great to be at anchor with the hatches open allowing the first moving air inside Exody for what seems like an age and the pleasure of a full night's uninterrupted sleep ahead! This time last year we were enjoying as my birthday treat the drift snorkelling at Kicker Rock, Galapagos.We had a superb long lunch ashore at the Mergulhao bistro overlooking the anchorage. Kind of tapas: deep fried cheese in cane sugar, filet mignon with cheese and pineapple, shrimp balls.I dipped out to clear in with the Port Captain officials then we shared a heavenly chocolate sweet and. read more...


20/02/2016

Aretha - 25 Miles from Porto de Pedras - sailing the Brazilian Coast - 09 12 South 34 51 West

1833 Local time. Back at sea again. It’s been an eventful 2-3 weeks and as always the time flies and life is full. I’ll do my best to share my recollections.We made land fall in Brazil on the 31st January. After a good 3 weeks at sea, it was great to have our second Team Aretha Atlantic crossing under our belts and to be safely in Brazil. Expectations were high as we approached the buzzing city of Salvador, home to some 3 million Brazilians the majority of whom were tuning up for Carnival - the time of year when the City basically shuts down for 10 days and parties around the clock. We knew the reputation before we arrived as being the largest party in the world.The final approaches were a little anxious - our engine was playing up and would cut out every half an hour or so. With Jani,. read more...


20/02/2016

Luna Quest - Saturday, 20th February, 2016

Noon Position: 08.24S 33.30WDaily run: 133 logged milesYesterday afternoon the wind veered to the Southeast enabling us to free up our course and sails and reduce the angle of heel. Luna Quest's speed improved to more than 5 knots and all night she ran under a reefed genoa and two reefs in the mainsail, just in case a squall was going to hit us. This morning the wind veered further and we are now sailing with the wind on the starboard quarter under a full genoa, but leaving two reefs in the mainsail. Luna Quest’s speed improved again (over 6 knots) and the boat is now thankfully almost horizontal heading on a new course of almost due north. Sailing along the Brazilian coast is a hot exercise. The temperature is well over 30C and one cannot help thinking how the slaves in the old slave. read more...


19/02/2016

Luna Quest - Friday, 19th February, 2016

Noon Position: 09.51S 34.46WDaily run: 102 logged milesWith the sun going down last night, the squall activity seemed to lessen. We carried two reefs in the mainsail and a full genoa to make way into the dark, lumpy seas. A ship appeared on our AIS and took the better part of the night to overtake us. When it did she was less than a mile from our quarter. I radioed the ship to make sure they had seen us. They were on their way to Colombia. Today, the day has started bright and hot. The temperature in the boat is 32C and the humidity 78%. One does not feel like doing much. Julia has had to retire to her quarter bunk as the heat in the cockpit was just too intense. Luna Quest ploughs on regardless of heat and humidity at a steady 4.5 knots. She chucks the bow wave either side of her and. read more...


19/02/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 40: Land of the Giant Tortoise and Charles Darwin - Galapagos

A few hours after crossing into the Southern Hemisphere and witnessing the most amazing sunrise yesterday, it was "land ahoy" - San Cristobal, Galapagos was spotted in the distance and we were welcomed by rays,dolphins, sea lions and birds of all types en route to our anchorage, where we remained in quarantine until we completed all the officialdom yesterday and today. Taking the water taxi to land this morning reveled the most amazing place.We definitely have a sense, after just one day of exploring, ofhow Charles Darwin felt when he first encountered these islands.Spectacular! More details and photos to follow.. read more...


19/02/2016

Firefly - Twice back to the Surin Islands

Firefly is on a National Park mooring in Ao Mae Yai Bay on Ko Surin Neua, the northern most of the 2 large Surin Islands. As we were heading north up the west coast of Thailand we spent 4 days in the very same spot and it was so good that we had to come back, although we did not expect to re visit twice. Having had our Valentines Day lunch out at the Kong Kleng resturant, our favourite one back in Buffalo Bay on Koh Phayam, we had moved on to the south east facing bay called Ao Khao Kwai. Here we had anchored near the Phayam Lodge dive boat as we were being collected at 0630 the next morning to go diving on Richielieu rock. Richielieu is said to be the best dive site in Thailand and at this time of year is most famous for attracting Whalesharks, the largest fish in the sea. It also hosts. read more...


18/02/2016

Luna Quest - Thursday, 18th February, 2016

Noon Position: 11.02S 36.03WDaily run: 112 logged milesEarly morning we were fully expectant of another hot slog up the coast in a gentle breeze from the East, the sun overhead and a cloudless sky. However, during the morning clouds began to build ahead of us, dark grey clouds that foretold squally weather. Half way through the morning the breeze fell to a light air and the engine was put on heading us away from the coast. Half an hour later Luna Quest was struck by torrential rain and a strong breeze from the Northeast, the very direction we wished to go. We already had one reef in the mainsail from the night before and with the genoa furled up, the engine was barely making any headway, so we half unfurled the genoa and headed out on a course just south of East, close hauled with the. read more...


17/02/2016

Luna Quest - Wednesday, 17th February, 2016

Noon Position: 12.16S 37.18WDaily run: 109 logged milesSince leaving Salvador we have run 128 miles. In our present position we are some 55 miles off the coast and well clear of any ill-intended locals. If we go much further out, we are likely to run into the Brazilian Current, which would slow our progress even further than it is already by the heavy easterly seas. We are on the starboard tack fighting a moderate easterly breeze. We expect to stay on this tack until some time next week when we should be able to change course north west, direction Caribbean.We have received a report from Rally Control saying that the Fortaleza marina is no better than last year and that one should use it only for checking out of Brazil. As we did our clearances from Salvador, we have no need to go to. read more...


17/02/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 39: A Moment to Remember - Crossing the Equator

I'm not sure I'll be able to do this justice with my words, but this moment is one for the memory box indeed.Under the brilliance of stars on a moonless early morn,on the glass-like flat Pacific Ocean with the morning star reflecting off the water, with sparkles all around Paw Paw from the bioluminescence,with the Southern Cross hanging in the skies overhead and with Southern Cross by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young blasting out, the Island Girl and Pirate crossed the equator with champagne in hand, topped of with freshly baked scones and jam. Welcome to the Southern Hemisphere and the South Pacific.It is what dreams are made of!31cae054-c150-4dce-bb93-db4403ace219165680172 4d27e7e0-0e8a-421b-b273-ad8da0c1223b-1648834908 03823fc2-d79a-4399-a271-2516125557bc-1081676472. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 39: A Moment to Remember - Crossing the Equator
Paw Paw - Log Day 39: A Moment to Remember - Crossing the Equator
Paw Paw - Log Day 39: A Moment to Remember - Crossing the Equator
Paw Paw - Log Day 39: A Moment to Remember - Crossing the Equator
Paw Paw - Log Day 39: A Moment to Remember - Crossing the Equator
Paw Paw - Log Day 39: A Moment to Remember - Crossing the Equator
17/02/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 38: Preparation For Neptune's Visit

We had a great day of sailing in lovely smooth, calm seas today. Roy managed to replace the cleat that was broken during our Panama Canal transit and we got a few domestic chores out of the way, as well as chat to a non-WARC yacht who hailed usjust to say hi.The highlight of the day, though, was deciding on and then making / assembling our costumes in preparation for Neptune's visit as we cross theequator sometime between 0400 and 0500 early tomorrow morning. Champagne is on ice, baked godds are ready to be popped in the oven. Let the party begin! Galapagos here we come!. read more...


16/02/2016

Aliena - Martes 16-02-2016

Hemos pasado la linea del Ecuador hace un rato y lo hemos celebrado haciendo una ceremonia sueca a Poseidon. Los chicos se han bañado en el mar porque está como un plato. Yo no porque siempre tiene que haber alguien con cabeza en el barco. Esta noche veremos la Cruz del Sur.Desde anoche, de madrugada, estamos navegando a motor por la falta de viento, lo que es una lata. Hoy al amancer hemos visto cinco ballenas que parecian dormidas. Nos han dado un susto porque hemos pasado casi por encima de ellas, pero es que solo las veiamos un poco cuando respiraban. Por lo demás está todo muy tranquilo y nosotros muy bien. Yo no paro de acordarme de mis nenas.Hoy hemos hecho 153 nm y nos faltan 95 nm para nuestro destino. Mañana al amanecer llegaremos a la Isla de San Cristobal en Galapagos.Carmen. read more...


Overseas Express - Carango fish caught by Eric
Overseas Express - Carango fish caught by Eric
16/02/2016

Overseas Express - LOG 3 Galapagos Transit

LOG 3 Galapagos transitWe started the transit to Galapagos from Las Perlas Panama on the 12th Feb 2016. The leg is 850 Nm and will last 6-7 days, depending on the weather and winds of course. There was little wind in the beginning, so we used the engine for some hours. I had bought a new fishing rod called PENN SQUALL GOLD . The rod was tried out as soon as possible, and at sunset we caught a 10 kg Carango. Eric was struggling for forty minutes before I gaffed it, and took out the guts, and did the filleting. Eric and I had raw Carango with lime pepper&salt and olive oil, which was washed down with rum. We had some Parrot fishes in the fridge which Eric had shot with his spear gun ( he has caught a lot of them on the coral reefs in Las Perlas) that we had for dinner. The day after we. read more...


16/02/2016

Luna Quest - Tuesday, 16th February, 2016

Noon Position: 13.04S 38.28WDaily run: - Destination: St George’s in Grenada (Caribbean) - 2,500 milesSalvador was hot and sticky and discouraged exercise, but we did witness Carnaval during the day, although it is said that at night it is more lively. Given the heat, we quite understood; the sun has been directly overhead. The marina in Salvador was not in very good condition and one cannot help feeling that a lack of care might be the reason for it. There seems to be a lack of care wherever you go. People drop their litter in the road or on the pavement, the buildings look tired, some are abandoned, especially the ones from the colonial period. Even the churches could do with a clean inside and out. Salvador is littered with them and cathedrals, the most prominent one of which was. read more...


16/02/2016

Blue Summit - Galapagos Bound

All eyes are on the GPS as we drop down in latitude- at 7:30 am (Eastern time) we're at 00 50.68 N- about 11 hours from crossing the equator into the Southern hemisphere. The winds stayed pleasantly moderate yesterday all day (around 10-15 knots) which was more than we thought we'd get and on a beam reach we were able to move along nicely at 7kts. We also had a 2 knot current with us at times which was enormously helpful. The winds began to drop through the night and we turned on an engine briefly from 4 am-7 am just to keep us moving. The winds seem to have picked up little nowso it's off again and we're bobbing along nicely in a quiet sea. Our ETA in Port Baquerizo on San Cristobal is now mid-morning tomorrow. A daytime landfall sure beats a nighttime one, especially in such a magical. read more...


16/02/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 37: Mother Nature

Like all passages, one plans them with the best knowledge and information one has prior to the start. For us we thought the ITCZ would influence this passage somewhat in terms of little to no wind in sections. So, in order to minimise the amount of motoring needed, we chose a route that would maximise the availability of wind with a reasonable sea state in terms of wave height and direction, keeping safety paramount. Well, Mother Nature had other ideas and we basically ended up being the proverbial magnet to unfavourable conditions.First, by ending up in winds and seas worse than we wanted at the start of the passage and then today ending up in a 3.5 to 4 Kt current which,no matter what we did, kept setting us too far north and west of our destination.We eventually had to "bite the. read more...


16/02/2016

Two Fish - Day 37 - Half way to Galapagos

We are officially in offshore passage rhythm.2 hours of "on watch" followed by six hours "off watch" is the plan.Reality works out to something different.Mike and Rebecca often share their watches while I will often do the bulk of Gail's night watches and she does the bulk of my day watches. Our bodies are used to being jiggled, we walk naturally like penguins and hold on to the boat at all times.We enjoying chatting when a crowd forms in the cockpit but also appreciate the silence of standing a solo watch.The boat and the sea set the tempo.Sometimes life is very slow and patience is required.We spent a night coasting in light air with twin head sails pulling us along.While other times one is very busy. My heart rate races with the physical effort of a full sail change.Chute down.Boat. read more...


15/02/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 16. Notes on Leg 3 to the Galapagos. 01.17.68N 86.37.50W

Sat 14/02/16.We did find wind again last night and have made reasonable progress south, if not quite as much west as we would have liked, with the Genoa goose winged and one reef in the main.Today started cloudy, but the sky cleared and we have had a pleasant time with just enough wind to keep sailing all day.We seem to have missed doing anything for Valentine's, other than Jane, who sent Hugo a message.Our passenger bird left us this morning, probably a good thing as The Skipper nearly trod on it in the dark and swore as he got pecked on the ankle.We think it might have been a young petrel, we have seen quite a number of them, as well as Shearwaters and boobies.Anthony saw a turtle and we have managed to catch one not very big fish.At tea time we gave up trying to sail in the dying. read more...


15/02/2016

Aliena - 15 de Febrero de 2016

4º dia de navegacion.Esta madrugada ha cambiado el viento. Ahora es Sureste de unos 10 nudos que entra de través y hace que la navegacion sea muy agradable y como tenemos una buena corriente favorable, hacemos un SOG de casi 8 nudos. Hemos dormido como angelitos y hemos adelantado una hora el reloj para adecuarnos al huso horario de Galápagos. Hemos recorrido con corriente incluida 195 nm. El mar está mas tranquilo con lo que hay quien se ha duchado en cubierta en el asiento de popa con vistas al mar. Seguramente llegaremos mañana y como viene siendo costumbre ya de madrugada.Carmen. read more...


15/02/2016

Widago - Halfway to Galapagos

Since the wind and seas were so calm tonight, Ahab decided it would be a great time to have the autopilot fail. Some screw backed out and the whole chain dropped off. Luckily this happened at about 10:45pm. Good to have a farm-raised skipped aboard who found all the pieces in the bilge. David stayed up and hand steered, while learning new adult words from Ahab. I was in charge of the paper towels.All has been repaired on board.Auto is now back online, and skipper just took his third shower of the day. Let's just hope we don't lose the water maker tomorrow!:) wishing you a calm and uneventful eveningAliimage1. read more...


Widago - Halfway to Galapagos
Widago - Halfway to Galapagos
15/02/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 36: Happy Valentine Day

Elaine awoke this morning after her early morning watch to a delicious cooked breakfast with freshly baked soda bread, all prepared by Roy - a lovely surprise!I guess if someone had told us 35 years ago, when we celebrated our first Valentine's Day together, that we'd be out in the middle of an ocean, on a yacht, celebrating this Valentine's Day together,we would definitely have considered the idea romantic,but ludicrous! Elaine remembers the card and beautiful bouquet of roses she received from Roy that day like it was yesterday. Happy Valentine's Day everyone!As for being on a yacht,we had a good sailing day in 18 to 22 Kts of wind in very lumpy seas with swells around 8ft, but we made great progress towards Galapagos with our top speed reaching 13Kts. This evening things slowed. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 36: Happy Valentine Day
Paw Paw - Log Day 36: Happy Valentine Day
14/02/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 35: Feast or Famine

The day didn't start off very well due to high seas and strong winds - we inadvertently ended up on the edge of a sector of weather we were trying to avoid, but by mid-morning things started to moderate.It seems to be feast or famine here in the Pacific, as earlier tonight we had to put one of the engines on for about 1.5 hours due to no winds. We did,however,get to see dolphins again and Roy had two nibbles on his rod,but both fish got away unfortunately . Elaine had a moment when "reality hit home" that we were actually doing our first ocean crossing - better late than never!. read more...


13/02/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 34: Worthwhile Pleasures

Just seen the Southern Cross hanging in the southern sky. Our latitude is 06°46'. This is the furthest south we've been since leaving South Africa 21 years ago. It's been a busy day and night with plenty of traffic to scoot around, but there's always a little something to make it worthwhile - a huge leatherback turtle surfaced to take a peek at Paw Paw and some of the yachts behind us saw whales. And now we await the breaking day and another sunrise at sea!. read more...


14/02/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 15 Heading for the Galapagos. 05.07.71N 81.59.58W

Thursday, 11/02/16.  Just need to report an unexpected surprise at the barbecue on the beach.  By some amazing handicap calculations, we were first in our class for Leg 2, possibly because we were well north of most of the fleet and had better winds, so only motored for a total of 15 minutes.   Prize was a bottle of rum, very happy with that and now feel we can relax even more about position in the fleet, as one win is plenty and we know there will a lot of motoring to the Galapagos.  Plus, we had a great evening with the lovely family from Chillie B who are great fun and fortunately speak good English.Friday, 12/02/16.  Official start for Leg 3 was 11.00,but quite a few boats left early to try and advantage of the forecasted winds.  It was a tight. read more...


14/02/2016

Aliena - Domingo 14-02-2016

3º dia de navegación Las Perlas Galápagos.Seguimos a vela. En la madrugada de esta noche el viento ha subido bastante y hemos tenido que rizar las tres velas. A bordo todo tranquilo salvo por el movimiento que producen las olas de unos dos metros. La sensación dentro del barco es de gravedad 0. A pesar de todo la pasada noche conseguimos dormir mejor. Ahora acabamos de quitar los rizos porque ha caído el viento. Hemos perdido de vista a todos los barcos y no vemos pez alguno. El color del mar está cambiando y de un marron feísimo se está volviendo azulado. Hemos hecho 183 nm y nos queda algo mas de dos días para llegar. La organización ARC no va a estar en Galapagos hasta el 18 y nos preguntamos cómo vamos a hacer el papeleo de entrada.Carmen. read more...


14/02/2016

K1W1-Beanz - Log day 3 - Learning about volcanoes

K1W1-Beanz are going "off curriculum" this week to learn about volcanoes and evolution in preparation for landing in Galapagos in a few days.Lowen, Theo and Reuben did some great work this morning with their cousin Jago, who is off to study Geography at university next year, so is much better placed than us to lead on this topic.Lots of talk of magma and lava this afternoon - when the seas calm down a bit we plan get the science kit out and make a few exploding volcanoes of our own! image1. read more...


K1W1-Beanz - Log day 3 - Learning about volcanoes
K1W1-Beanz - Log day 3 - Learning about volcanoes
13/02/2016

K1W1-Beanz - Log day 2 - First Pacific Kids Net Controller

Lowen was delighted to start off the WARC 2016 Pacific KidsNet as Net Controller this afternoon.He was a little nervous but did really well and loved chatting to the other boats about the huge turtle we saw today. He is happy to be handing over the baton to WIDAGO tomorrow. Great to give the kids chance to catch up with each other on passage. image1. read more...


K1W1-Beanz - Log day 2 - First Pacific Kids Net Controller
K1W1-Beanz - Log day 2 - First Pacific Kids Net Controller
13/02/2016

Aliena - Sabado 13 de Febrero, al habla el Capitan

De nuevo en el mar!!!Ayer a las 11h00 salimos de Isla Contadora camino de Galapagos. Estabamos en la linea de salida unos segundos antes del cañonazo (es un decir) de salida y tuvimos que hacer una maniobra extraña para no pasar antes, pero al final lo conseguimos y salimos de los primeros. Al cabo de poco empezaron a aparecer "velas de color", es decir, spinnakers y genakers, y sus propietarios aceleraron notablemente. A las 12h00 ya se habian definido las posiciones y estabos los sextos. Pepe hizo un reportaje fotografico que colgará en internet cuando vuelva a Madrid y estaba muy contento, porque la salida fue bastante espectacular.El viento aumento de los 10 nudos de la salida a unos 20 nudos y continuó refrescando por la noche, en la guardia de Carmen llego casi a los 30 nudos y. read more...


13/02/2016

Aliena - Sabado 13-02-2016

Despues de lo que dice Miguel poco me queda por decir. Anoche, hasta mi premera guardia a las 12h estabamos rodeados de varios barcos del grupo, pero a las 06.00 ya no quedaba mas que uno, lo que da mucho desconsuelo. No hemos dormido casi nada esta noche porque ibamos muy deprisa, habia mucho mar y mucho viento que nos obligo a rizar velas. La salida del Golfo de Panama se ha hecho notar. El estreno de Pepe en navegación nocturna ha sido bastante duro, pues en su camarote se escucha el mar como si fuera un rio y el barco se ha movido mucho. De todas formas la navegacion durante el dia fue bastante buena y no hemos tenido sensación de peligro en ningún momento. Ahora está todo mas tranquilo -o nos hemos acostumbrado- pero seguimos andando como motos. Estoy revisando el congelador para. read more...


13/02/2016

Toujours Belle - Pazifik

Seit Santa Marta ist viel passiert. Es kamen die San Blas Inseln.Traumhaftes segeln. Die Flotte traf sich zum BBQ und alle waren happy. Daseinklarieren nach Panama war absolute Zettelwirtschaft. Werner und ichhatten geich einen netten Beamten und der erledigte die Sache in angenehmerZeit. Von den San Blas Inseln mit weißen Stränden, ein paar Palmen undtürkisfarbenden Wasser ging es weiter zum Panama Kanal. Wir waren in derzweiten Gruppe angemeldet. Drei Schiffe wurden immer zusammengeleint und von Helfern in der Schleuse betreut. An Bord hattenwir einen Lotsen, der uns die gesamte Fahrt begleitete. In denSchleusen zu Pazifik wartete nun jeder auf die letzte Öffnung.Dann kam der Pazifik. Das Boot hatte das erste Mal Pazifik Wasserunter dem Kiel. Wir alle jubelten und schrien vor Freude.. read more...


13/02/2016

Two Fish - Day 35 - Where is the fishing gear?

New crew and Two Fish forge an understanding during their first full night at sea.Last night our crew Mike and Rebecca met Two Fish in an ocean breeze of 20 knots with squalls going over 30.Both crew and boat are unscathed and happy.Before buying a boat one might think passages are a test of your ability to fill empty time.You research workouts, download books and possibly pick up a crochet kit. A night passage in a good breeze keeps the crew busy.Fishing sometimes takes second position to frequent sail changes, course adjustments, tracking other rally boats and avoiding ships.In the past 24 hours we have had the mainsail in FULL, 1 Reef, 2 Reef, 1 reef, Full.The headsail changes are a blur but as far as I can remember they were screecher, chute, genoa, genoa 1 reef, genoa 2 reef,. read more...


13/02/2016

Firefly - Relaxing at Koh Phayam and Koh Chang

Today is Saturday 13th February 2016 and Firefly has spent a week in the very north of the west coast of Thailand, tucked right up by the Myanmar (Burma) border. Neither of the islands, Koh Phayam and Koh Chang feature in the SE Asia Pilot that we are using as our principle source of information. The suggestion from the other cruisers is that as the islands are both so chilled and relaxed that the authors (who are based in Thailand) are trying to keep a low number of yachts visiting. Phayam and Chang do both get a very positive mention in the Thai Lonely Planet and there is actually increasing levels of land based tourism on both, although its basic and probably like Phuket was in the 1970's.We anchored in the very well protected Buffalo Bay on Koh Phayam. Its picture postcard perfect. read more...


13/02/2016

Two Fish - Day 34: Ready, Set, Gone

At 11 am Panama time the Rally committee the starting gun to begin the leg to the Galapagos.It was a downwind start with a half knot of current pushing us across the line.A racing mono hull was early and luffed us up at the start to avoid crossing the line early. Cruising cats can not respond with equally nimble behavior to a racing mono hull.I turned the helm hard to starboard and the Two Fish crew luffed our jib.We slowed the boat and avoided the racing boat.A little too much excitement for a start of a rally.Shortly after the gun went off we navigated by a few reefs.Gail was hard at work on the tablet to ensure we avoided any rocks. Twenty minutes later we were in deep water and it was time for the chute.Two Fish accelerated doing a solid 8 knots.We slowly started picking off the. read more...


12/02/2016

Exody - Days 389-395: Carnival, Cruise and Corpse!

Today Friday 12th, we are esconced back at our berth in the Terminal Nautico Marina after a three day mini-cruise of the Baia de Todos-os-Santos.Last weekend 6th to 8th we spent one evening with the carnival bands and that was enough for us! Not sure whether its just not the Trinidad Carnival we both remember fondly or that we are 30 years older - maybe a bit of both.Maybe we were simply not in the right place at the right time to see the best!The music is not as readily engaged (all beat, few tunes!) and the people seemed less lost in their joyous abandonment (few smiles!).The exceptions were a small professional band of about a dozen dancers who expertly entertained us, drawing in sometimes parallel talent from the bystanders, and secondly a female samba band we had seen the week. read more...


12/02/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 33: Once a Maverick, Alwaya a Maverick

We're off to the Galapagos tomorrow.Lets hope all the bureaucracy doesn't prevent us from staying, because we'll just sail on to the Marquesas if need be, but not before we see Ondular (Isabel and Mick) - No real downside.Today we explored Contadora, enjoyed a lovely lunch at one of the hotels and managed to get allof our photographs uploaded to the gallery - enjoy! Tonight we enjoyed a beach barbeque and the prize-giving for Leg 2. Of course Paw Paw was disqualified, along with Nina, because we were sensible enough to wait for better weather before leaving Santa Marta.Tomorrow we're going to be just as sensible and leave before the official start rather than sail across the startline at extreme low tide with insufficient depths. I guess, at this rate, Paw Paw is going to be only only. read more...


11/02/2016

Two Fish - Boat Repair

This one is for those of our readers who prefer boat fix-it adventures rather than sunsets and hikes. DST (Depth, Speed via paddle wheel, and Sea temp transducer)Shortly before our departure from Mogo Mogo to Isla Contadora, I noticed that the chart plotter was not showing depth data.I consulted the emergency protocol with anything running Windows.The protocol instructed me to reboot.This had fixed this problem a few days earlier but was not the cure this morning.After a bit of messing about, we weighed anchor since Two Fish has a back-up depth sounding device, a fish finder.The network that transmits data throughout Two Fish is mostly NMEA 2000. Each device can contribute data (PGN's) and/or listen to data.The fish finder is not on the NMEA network so the depth data was only appearing. read more...


11/02/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 14. Contadora, Las Perlos Islands. 08.37.21N 79.02.06W

Wednesday, 10/02/16.  After our horrible experience yesterday, we hada stiff drink and delicious lunch prepared by Jane as usual and a bumpyafternoon with the wind against current.  There is no doubt these currentsneed respect, as those who have tried to swim against them have found and thewater is very murky with poor visibility and rather unpleasant occupants, suchas jelly fish, little stingers, rather slimy but quite harmless blobs of clearjelly like material and other indeterminate objects.  Eyeball navigation,as we and several other boats have found to their cost is not really possibleand anchoring requires a large amount of chain and plenty of swinging room, sonot many anchorages are tenable for the bigger boats and they all seem to getrough with the northerly winds. read more...


11/02/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 32: Rendezvous at Contadora

We've arrived in Contadora and eventually found a spot to anchor.It's a rather small bay struggling to accommodate the onslaught of WARC yachts that have arrived today. After finishing off the last of our activities in preparation for the start of Leg 3 to Galapagos on Friday, we headed ashore for the welcome drinks and food.Unfortunately the latter was non-existent, but we did enjoy seeing everyone, most of whom we haven't seen since leaving Panama City. By the time we got back to Paw Paw though, we were absolutely starving. Given the lateness of the hour, we had to settle for toasted cheese sandwiches.We did, however enjoy having Nina (Lynda and Steve) aboard for a night cap.. read more...


10/02/2016

Overseas Express - Log 2 - Finished Transit and La Playita

3rd Feb - 2016"The Pacific!" was shouted in the last lock as the doors finally opened and horns were ringing. We used our fancy handheld brass fog-horn which was gray, old and loud. Now the line handlers could finally rest their hands and backs, the skippers lean back and we could finally call it a day.The transit was over and took approximately two days. Our advisor Victor was a really great guy and we gave him enough food and drinks, even though he and his collegues joked about his never-ending hunger. We had some baguettes before the Gatún Locks and we had burgers between the two last locks. The line handlers on land, who managed the loops over the bollards, also got a nice surprise in the end. We filled a plastic bag with some cans of soft drinks and let it go up with the bowline.. read more...



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