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17/05/2016

Hejira - How to guarantee a reservation

The second half of our 24 hour scooter hire enabled us to access the town for some chores more easily than on foot. We paid the whopping $375 docking fee for our 4 night stay and we managed to do a final shop. Making the most of the scooters, we explored St.George’s island, swam in Clearwater Bay and visited several forts along the coast. We ‘cleared out’ conveniently as the officials visited the marina and we attended the skippers briefing. The start line will be within the harbour and we will all have to thread our way through the Town Cut before exiting down the channel out to sea. This is supposed to provide a spectacle for the locals who apparently line the shores. The ARC USA fleet were encouraged to set off last night rather than joining the start today as there is some bad. read more...


Hejira - How to guarantee a reservation
Hejira - How to guarantee a reservation
17/05/2016

Lerina - Belle journée pour faire de la voile

Il fait beau, la mer est belle et malgré le vent faible, ce sera une belle journée de voile. Nous partons a 11h ce matin pour Horta aux Acores et nous goûtons à nos dernières senteurs et couleurs tropicales avant d'affronter la grisaille, l'humidité et le froid. Michel nous a indique nos premiers waypoints. Vers le nord pour 30 milles d'abord puis vers l'ENE ..... Prochaines nouvelles depuis quelque part sur l'eau .....Tout va toujours bien à bord. Pascal. read more...


17/05/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 47. At Sea. 15.01.48S 156.61.308W

Friday 14 May.After a windy night, up at six and prepared for leaving the Society Islands. Last trip to the supermarket to use up some CFPs, more chocolate, cheese and bread and oranges.Then cast off as the Dream Yacht Charter Yachts were circling like sharks for their 8.00am reservations on the quay.We set off 2 hours ahead of the "race" start time and were in Passe Paipai when the heavens opened and we were drenched within minutes.Fortunately we could still see the buoys as the pass is quite narrow and it was at this moment that we learnt of Carango's engine failure and rescue by Into The Blue.We really feel for Peter and Vicky as the problem may be serious enough to require parts from Volvo or even a new engine.We will really miss them, as will everyone else, but thank goodness they. read more...


17/05/2016

Starblazer - 16/05/2016 - Bermuda

We did eventually reach Bermuda in the very early hours of Saturday after a very frustrating passage.It was frustrating for numerous reasons: the winds were too light to sail by for about three days; the water pump generously shared the engine cooling water with the oil (again); the replacement water pump didn't want to share its water with the cooling system; the water maker decided to stop pumping water through the membranes in less than 10 minutes.For the last 42 hours we motored at 2000 revs and, though the water pump wasn't putting much water through the system, the temperature readings at various points in the system remained acceptable.Yards from the Customs dock the overheat alarm went off!The engine overheated when the revs were very low.Surprisingly the Customs and Immigration. read more...


16/05/2016

Hejira - Chips

What a good decision it was to hire scooters for 24 hours. They were booked for 8.30 in the morning but torrential rain prompted a phone call and a delay in their collection until lunch time by which time the weather had brightened and we set off to explore the islands. Early caution gave way to 3 Barry Sheene alikes speeding down the Bermudan lanes. This is a BEAUTIFUL place! The lanes are bordered by hedges of Oleander and Hibiscus all in bloom, the properties are all well kept (some palatial) and the gardens are all manicured. There is a dated charm about the place with the exception of Hamilton town itself which is really quite cosmopolitan. The beaches are stunning and there is a plethora of bays and coves populated by moored boats. It is ‘off the beaten track’ but well worth the. read more...


Hejira - Chips
Hejira - Chips
16/05/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 46. Raiatea and goodbye French Poynesia. 16.43.79S 151.26.56W

Wednesday 11 May.We were lucky with the weather in the morning, when we snorkelled near the Passe Toahotu, as last night's rain had cleared and there was some sun.Aliena joined us, and there were a few other boats anchored in the shallows off the reef.Plenty of sand and not many coral heads, but quite a lot of the coral was damaged by anchors or the weather.Then it was Motor to Raiatea, leaving Grand Bank central to starboard and following Alena and Chilli B.We were lucky to be able to tie up to the quay reserved for the charter boats on Wednesdays and Saturdays after it was vacated by a Dream Yacht Charter catamaran, as the weather deteriorated and we had a lot of SE winds, making the usual space on the quay untenable.Other WARC boats had a fewvery uncomfortable nights at anchor or were. read more...


16/05/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 127: A Lovely Surprise to Brighten Our Day

With the WARC fleet having left the Society Islands today, heading for Surwarrow in the Cook Islands and then with Do Over leaving Tahiti for Moorea this morning, we were feeling rather lonesome in the anchorage, unable to move until Elaine has recovered a little more. Then Elaine heard Roy speaking to a yacht that was motoring past Paw Paw, followed by the dinghy being lowered into the water and the outboard motor starting up.About 10 minutes later he returned with a message: "Maria says hi". Confused about who he was talking about,Roy then promptly announced that he had just helped our friends, Maria and Maurice on Cattiva, moor on the ball next to us.They had just arrived from the Tuamotos while en route to Moorea, but had to make an unexpected stop in Tahiti.Whata lovely surprise as. read more...


16/05/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 45. Tahaa. 16.38.18S 151.29.21W

8 May.An uneventful motor sail/motor to Tahaa, dead downwind as usual with 8 to 10 knots of wind.Carango, Wishanger and Take Off left before us, heading for Bora Bora, the must do/see Island and Hannah's 21st birthday celebrations today, while we are going for less distance and tourism. We found only one other yacht in Haamene Bay, so had a choice of buoys and picked up the one with most depth.A very beautiful and deep bay with a good restaurant, which of course immediately closed on our arrival until Tuesday lunchtime!So afternoon walk and supper on board.9 May.A day of rain after a bit of shopping in the well stocked supermarket, so we arranged car hire, walked to a vanilla farm and had a lazy afternoon.It was a foul afternoon and everyone remained below.10 May.Drove round the island,. read more...


16/05/2016

Aliena - Domingo 15 Mayo 2016

Por fin ha lucido el sol. Acabamos de llegar a Bora Bora, a las 18 hora local. Ayer con un tiempo muy malo salió el primer grupo hacia Suworrov. Mañana saldrá el segundo grupo desde Raiatea y nosotros nos uniremos cuando esten a la altura de Bora Bora. Vamos a Tonga pero pasamos por Suworrov y Niue, donde estaremos unos tres dias en cada sitio. Son lugares muy pequeños y nos han tenido que dividir en dos grupos aunque Miguel, para variar, hace la salida mas complicada. Creo que no vamos a tener internet durante bastante tiempo, con lo que seguiré con estas entradas al blog de la ARC.Carmen. read more...


15/05/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 126: Grant a Miracle Please

While Roy runs around like a headless chicken trying to get everything done before our departure for Moorea, "slow" is too good a word for the recovery Elaine is making. "Snails pace" would be more accurate, but the highlight of her day was being able to take a shower and wash her hair after Roy put the cooler box in the shower for her to sit on - "A boer maak a plan", as they say in South Africa. It was, however, only when she tried to drop her head forward in order to wrap a towel around her wet hair that it really hit home just what her sister, Dianne, has suffered for 10 years - Disabled and in chronic pain every day due to injuries from a car accident 22 years ago that resurfaced 10 years ago and that were neglected by doctors at the time. Elaine hasn't managed just 4 days of agony. read more...


15/05/2016

Hejira - Crew Quorum

Barry and I ‘took a turn into town’ and it is quite clear that Bermuda is a really lovely, organised destination  – or so it would seem from our current experience of St. George’s island. The town of St. George was originally the capital before it was transferred to Hamilton and it dates back to the early 18th century. History abounds and it is a World Heritage Site with a museum to support this accolade.An interesting feature of the island is white roofs on seemingly every building. These are apparently made of limestone with a cement serving over the top. They all have ridges to divert rainwater into underground tanks as there are no springs and this rainwater harvesting is very important to the community. Taking a break from the culture, we took a beer in the Wahoo Bistro and. read more...


15/05/2016

Lerina - Hommage à la Marine Nationale

Nous avons visité l'Etoile, navire école de la Marine Nationale, qui est en escale aux Bermudes avant de monter au Nord vers New York. L'équipage nous avait salué lorsque nous sommes passés devant eux pour aller au ravitaillement en fuel (deux bateaux Brestois se sont rencontrés). Hier soir nous sommes montés à bord pour les saluer. L'équipage a été très accueillant malgré l'heure tardive. Il s'apprêtait à recevoir quelques personnalités locales. Nous avons visité le pont et discute "technique" .... Nous sommes repartis fiers de notre Marine et de ses marins en se souhaitant mutuellement bon vent ..... Quenavo Pascal. read more...


15/05/2016

Lerina - Jour de repos à George Town

La journée de samedi a vu le retour du vent (sud ouest 20-25 N) qu'on aurait bien aimé avoir plus tôt. La baie non protégée (les Bermudes sont très plates) écume. A notre arrivée, nous nous sommes mis à couple de deux autres bateaux (en centre ville). Les autres bateaux de l'ARC sont soit a l'ancre soit au Dinghy Club avec eau et électricité. La journée a été consacrée au ravitaillement en fuel. L'ARC a fait venir un camion de fuel détaxe qui s'est positionné sur un quai en béton gardé par des vieux pneus énormes. Chacun a son tour, les bateaux sont venus s'amarrer a ce quai et remplir leur cuve et bidons. Joli spectacle que ce balai continuel de voiliers arborant le drapeau de l'ARC allant et venant dans la baie. Les manœuvres ont été plutôt délicates avec le vent qui poussait contre la. read more...


Thursday´s Child - Safely in Bermuda
Thursday´s Child - Safely in Bermuda
Thursday´s Child - Rum punch in one hand, camera in the other
Thursday´s Child - Rum punch in one hand, camera in the other
Thursday´s Child - Arriving in Bermuda through the Cut
Thursday´s Child - Arriving in Bermuda through the Cut
Thursday´s Child - Gennaker number 1
Thursday´s Child - Gennaker number 1
Thursday´s Child - Happy days
Thursday´s Child - Happy days
Thursday´s Child - Man over board practice
Thursday´s Child - Man over board practice
Thursday´s Child - Dolphins swimming with us in the rain
Thursday´s Child - Dolphins swimming with us in the rain
Thursday´s Child - Disco Diva..? Definitely raining anyway
Thursday´s Child - Disco Diva..? Definitely raining anyway
Thursday´s Child - Rigging check
Thursday´s Child - Rigging check
Thursday´s Child - Rain
Thursday´s Child - Rain
Thursday´s Child - Prize for the smallest fish?
Thursday´s Child - Prize for the smallest fish?
Thursday´s Child - Steve, Chris and George
Thursday´s Child - Steve, Chris and George
14/05/2016

Hejira - Bermudan Blockade

Dawn prompted a flurry of activity to prepare for our arrival. The mast top burgee had to be hoisted before we could deploy our RVYC defaced red ensign. The Bermuda courtesy flag and the yellow ‘Q’ flag had to be flown at the starboard and port crosstrees and the ARC people like their flag to be on display. We were amongst a ‘bevvy’ of yachts converging on St. George’s Town Cut and after exchanges with the affable and efficient Bermuda Radio officials, we were given permission to enter the harbour and instructions to go to Ordinance Island and moor at the Customs Clearance Dock to complete the entry formalities.The officials were a refreshing contrast to our usual experiences in the Caribbean with only one officer dealing with the many forms. The ARC had even negotiated a waiver on the. read more...


Hejira - Bermudan Blockade
Hejira - Bermudan Blockade
14/05/2016

Lerina - Arrives à Ste Georges Harbour

C'est après plus de 50 heures de moteur que nous avons enfin pu toucher la terre ferme. Notre arrivée de nuit à été quelque peu stressante le chenal d'entrée dans la baie étant très étroit, mais tout s'est bien passé. Nous avons accompli les formalités d'entrée dans la foulée et a 11h du soir, nous pouvions goûter à une bière bien fraîche dans un bar voisin. Nous sommes à couple de deux autres bateaux. Le port est surchargé. Tout le monde est concentré sur le ravitaillement, en fuel en particulier car l'anticyclone des Acores semble se situer très haut ce qui peut nécessiter "quelques" heures de moteur sur notre route vers Horta. La chasse aux bidons est ouverte !! Nous repartons mardi prochain. Nous sommes un peu KO mais pas trop fatigués. La ville est belle et les couleurs du petit. read more...


13/05/2016

Tinia - Last day to Bermuda

65 miles to go no wind, very hot,flat calm, and the sea is getting colder ,only 24. We still seem to be just ahead of the yacht Lerina who have been within sight nearly all week, not that we are racing ! almost caught two huge fish last night ..... but they got away. jl. read more...


13/05/2016

Hejira - Bermuda Radio

We continue to motor across a glassy sea and expect to arrive in Bermuda around 1300 today. Soon after leaving the BVI, we witnessed a spectacular patch of ‘boiling’ water as the surface briefly erupted with quite sizeable jumping fish. It has been notable since then that we have not seen much in the way of wildlife with few birds or flying fish. The water temperature continues to drop, from 25.5 degrees in the Caribbean to a current 20 degrees. The advice for the passage from Bermuda to the Azores is to go north before heading east to optimise the wind but they caution not to go too far north because of ice bergs!!! The ‘upside’ to travelling north however at this time of the year is that the nights are becoming significantly shorter.Rather than carry lots of plastic bottles of. read more...


13/05/2016

Exody - May 12th: Gunning and Ghosting, Chill in the Air

It is 21.00 and the last of the sunset has not long disappeared, the moon now bright, the skies clear and the seas flat. Heard this before?Just 70 miles out from Bermuda, we are ghosting along at around four knots with the light south easterly breeze.Although progress is slow and we want to optimise our very short three night stopover in Bermuda, it seems a shame to 'gun' the engine and spoil the magical peace.We are feeling chilled having dug out and recharged our old ipods to deliver sweet music over dinner of Frittata! At the 09.00 daily radio net which Exody hosted this morning, we reported 20.5 hours motoring out of the previous 24, but the wind has since picked up allowing us to sail off and on today.Once again at daybreak, we had three boats in sight, Zython, Here & Now and. read more...


13/05/2016

Paw Paw - Log Days 122, 123 & 124: Changed in a Moment

With Olga and Denis in Bora Bora, we decided to use the few days to get some To Dos out of the way in preparation for our departure to Moorea early next week.In particular, taking the bus to Papeete on Tuesday to pick up a Duty-free Fuel Permit and getting some shopping done at the various chandleries and hardware stores. Yesterday morning we decided to combine a dive with cleaning Paw Paw's bottom, but no sooner had we got our tanks ready with BCDs and Regulators attached,when one moment changed everything. As Elaine bent down to rest her tank horizontally on the cockpit floor, so that it wouldn't fall over, the lower part of her back exploded in pain. It was so intense she nearly passed out, but Roy managed to get her to the floor and then to her bed,where, unfortunately, she has. read more...


13/05/2016

Free Spirit - Amazing how we spring to life

12 May 2016We had another beautiful night underway, cruising off the northern coast of Cuba.We had decent wind and were sailing until about 6am when the wind died.We turned the motor on and put the pedal to the medal as we are close enough and have plenty of fuel to reach our destination.Cruising up the Old Bahamas Channel is very civilized, as islands and reefs on either side break up the waves to provide fairly calm waters.Talk on the passage has turned to the subject of boats, with Mike and David tempting Alex with visions of his future boats.Alex has his notebook out and is carefully making notes.I think we have a future Caribbean 1500 skipper in the making.This afternoon's Ladies Chat featured a special guest, Mrs. Doubtfire, with an analysis of the Gulf Stream and strategies for. read more...


12/05/2016

Aurelia - Aurelia Trip Day 6

After a couple of days of really good sailing we reached the entrance tothe Old Bahama Channel, just North of Cuba, around 12.30am this morning. TheSpinnaker had been up for the past 14hrs constant but we now had to move on to acloser reach.  Lots of boats around , sailing, Tankers & a US Navy shipall coming up on the AIS as being dangerously close. We just needed to be extravigilant being night time.   We are now through the Channel & moved on to a more Northerly course aswe pass the Great Bahama Bank headed for the Straits of Florida & then PortEverglades. We hope to pick up some good speed once we enter the northerlycurrent of the Gulf Stream which could add 3 or 4knts to our boat speed inplaces.   For a change on board Sandy made the porridge this morning. read more...


12/05/2016

Mariposa - Log day 7, Dressed

We departed Cape Canaveral on May 5th heading for Bermuda. Our crossing was mostly uneventful except for our first day at sea. King Neptune decided to test the teams ability to work together in a high stress situation. That being 12'-14' seas and steady 25 knts winds, a stuck rolling fuller with the full jib out, and full main up. We needed to reef the main badly but had to solve the stuck jib problem first.Even though 3 members of the team had never met until the day before departure everyone came together to work as a team to solve the problems efficiently and quickly.Everyone adjusted well to the helm duty and on call duty quickly. We arrived in Bermuda on May 11th by 10am under sunny clear skies. The team took the remainder of the day to relax and get caught up on some. read more...


Mariposa - Log day 7, Dressed
Mariposa - Log day 7, Dressed
12/05/2016

Starblazer - 12/05/2016 – The revenge of the engine water pumps.

We must have seriously annoyed the Norse God, Volvo!No sooner had I written that the engine was running well, it decided to cause us further grief. During Tuesday afternoon John decided to check the fresh water cooling reservoir and the oil levels, he’d meant to do it on Monday but forgot.The water reservoir was almost full, thankfully.The pipework is push fit pieces that go in various different directions and they do tend to leak, according to the Volvo engineer in Cape Town. The oil level was a different matter, the dip stick showed too much oil (about twice as much as there should be!) with the tell-tale grey emulsion evident, a sign that water had got into the oil.It was too late to start dismantling the water pump and draining the oil, that was yesterday’s job.We first encountered. read more...


12/05/2016

Tinia - Half way

Three days 4 hours and we are half way to Bermuda. Still no fish, so tinned tuna salad for lunch. great sailing and another amazing sunset/sunrise. Andy has mastered sleeping,with help from his mentor Luke, Dave is running low on coca cola, and Matt is running low on fishing lures.JL. read more...


12/05/2016

Tinia - oops

190 miles to go. We had a good day yesterday ,caught a fish ,spotted some whales, Luke learnt how to play the guitar, baked some bread and Andy found the time to wash his shorts. Flat calm this morning going to stop for a swim, maybe we will be able to find out what type of fish keeps biting through the steel cable on Matts lures X jl .. read more...


12/05/2016

Tinia - Tinia, day one

After getting our roller reef line jammed just before the start we actually managed to catch up to and overtake five other boats last night,amazing .Matt hasent caught any fish yet,but has lost his favorite lure,not so amazing and its pouring with rain, not at all amazing.738 miles to go.. read more...


12/05/2016

Free Spirit - Sunshine and more sunshine

11 May 2016We had a beautiful evening last night.The sky was littered with stars and the moon was in her glory.The nightly lightening was in the far distance and the squalls were reduced to a light sprinkle.The waves have settled down and we're enjoying a very civilized passage off the coast of Cuba.The sun came up on schedule this morning and everyone is working on a tan.David fixed a big farm breakfast for the guys with plenty of protein this morning.With dinner leftovers for lunch, bellies are full.The fishing line is out again today, but no hits yet.Andrea & Mikesv Free Spirit. read more...


12/05/2016

Exody - May 11th: New Moon, Procession, Doldrums

It is nearly midnight and for the second night in a row the bright new moon is setting in the west under a clear starlit sky.Tonight I can see the lights of three yachts heading north, last night there was a procession of five ARC yachts all appearing evenly spaced.It must be something about the psychology of a heading of 000 True, or the minuteness of Bermuda as a target that keeps us all so close to the same track! It has not happened anywhere else so consistently on our rally travels.Exody was creaming along at around 7 knots on a close to beam reach with a 12- 14 knot trade wind through the night, the wind easing as another sunny day dawned, earlier yet again than the day before - I detected first light not long after four in the morning. Downloading the position report, there were. read more...


12/05/2016

Hejira - Routine

Hejira being a heavy solid cruising yacht, needs a ‘bit of a blow’ to get her going. The light sailing conditions experienced since the period of squalls has provided good relaxed sailing but it has also meant that the lightweight production yachts have ‘got away’ and we have slipped back down the fleet. As we are now over half way (a milestone celebrated with a beer) to Bermuda, we are able to begin to focus on our arrival time, it being important to arrive off St. George’s in daylight to negotiate the narrow entrance channel and ‘clear in’ with Customs, Immigration and the Port Authority. The ARC organisers kindly provided us with the myriad forms to be completed so we should be prepared for the inevitable onslaught of bureaucracy. Ollie joining the crew is a complication but at least. read more...


12/05/2016

Aliena - Miercoles 11 de Mayo 2016

Roberto es un italiano, que habla frances y parece tambien. Hace dos años llegó a Tahaa y alli se estableció. Tiene un hotelito llamado Perle de Tahaa, en cuyo restaurante cenamos añoche. El sitio en cuestión esta en un lugar muy bonito junto a la laguna, al igual que el resto de hoteles de la zona, pero las habitaciones no estan sobre el agua. Decorado con cosas tipicas locales, pero con buen gusto, es acogedor sin llegar a ser pretencioso ni mucho menos de lujo. Roberto rapidamente entabla conversación con los clientes com si fuera tu amigo. Anoche, despues de cenar, hablamos con él un rato y nos dijo que la habitacion en su hotel cuesta 1000€ la noche sin desayuno. Da igual donde estes y el modo en que llegues, somos una sociedad decadente.Carmen. read more...


12/05/2016

Aliena - Martes 10 de Mayo 2016

Ayer cruzamos a Raiatea, que encontramos mas habitada que hace 8 añoas y tan llena de veleros, transmundistas como nosotros, como Ibiza en el mes de Agosto. Estamos en Taha, la isla de enfrente y que comparte laguna con Raiatea. No para de llover. Estamos al oeste de la isla, enfrente de Bora Bora, en un lugar que llaman Coral Garden y buceando esta mañana hemos visto que es realmente un jardin de coral. En esta isla se dedican al cultivo de vainilla y de tiaré, la flor polinesia por excelencia. Tiene cerca de 5000 habitantes que viven, como en todas estas islas, en casitas, con una piragua en la puerta, alrededor de la isla-montaña, al borde del mar (mejor dicho de la laguna interior).Carmen. read more...


11/05/2016

Adagio - Not much wildlife, but a great ride!

We've been at seas for three days now and have not managed to spot a single, solitary example of ocean wildlife ... unless you count the flying fish.I'm concerned about those fish .. they seem confused about the boundaries of water and air and for whatever reason they tale to flight, it just never lasts. Oh sure, some of them can travel quite a ways, but eventually they must face the reality of ground effect aerodynamics and suffocation and plop back into their home environment.I really worry that the stress of such duality leads to depression among the species, as can only be surmised by the suicidal ones that land on our deck from time to time.If only we could talk to them!Explain that life is worth living and that it's GOOD to be a fish that can fly.But no, they just won't listen and. read more...


11/05/2016

Lerina - Pour faire avancer un voilier, il faut du vent !!

Amer constat !! Le ent a molli toute la journée.Elle a bien commencé avec 10 noeuds de travers. Dès l'aube, nous avons lancé le genaker et tout est allésuperbement bien jusqu'à4 heures de l'après midi où le vent est tombé en dessous d 5 noeuds. Pétole !! Le moteur ronronne depuis 17h15 et nouscraignons de le garder jusqu'à l'arrivée. Pourvu qu'on ait assez de fuel pour 48 heures. Je me demande comment les autres gèrent la situation. Autrement toujours pas de poissons au bout de la ligne !! Tout va bien à bord.Pascal. read more...


11/05/2016

Adagio - Finally had to give in....

..and start the engine up.We thought we had a pretty good thing going! Winds were steady but not necessarily brisk, but we still managed a respectable 5-ish knots from the gennaker and the forecast looked like the winds would clock around and come more southerly so we could fly even more light air sails. But noooo ...glassy smooth water and the lightest whisper of a breeze and after about 3 hours we did the math and decided we'd like to get to Bermuda before August so we'd better motor for a while.Funny things, these forecasts are always subject to change depending on actual conditions :)Nevertheless, we've enjoyed a great ride up till this point and if you have to motor, it's best when the seas are a glassy smooth as they are for us right now.See you soon in Bermuda!GaryS/V Adagio. read more...



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