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Lexington - Captain Bob: a nice party
Lexington - Captain Bob: a nice party
Lexington - Captain Bob: a nice party
Lexington - Captain Bob: a nice party
Lexington - Captain Bob: a nice party
Lexington - Captain Bob: a nice party
27/01/2017

Firefly - In Joshua Slocum's wake

It is Friday 27th January and we have had the gennaker up since 0700 thismorning and are making great progress in the sunshine. The wind is almost dueEast and our destination almost due West - not the ideal track for anasymmetrical sail.  So we have made some modifications to the set up flyingthe tack (front bottom corner) from the end of a spinnaker pole furtheroutboard- this has helped Firefly sail more down wind and on track at good speed- long may it continue....   Peter has just finished reading Sailing Alone Around the World by JoshuaSlocum- the ideal book for this passage so thank you Susie and Toby for such athoughtful Christmas present. There are few comparisons between our adventureand Slocum’s undertaken between 1895 and 1898 - he was single handed sailingfrom. read more...


27/01/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: Hard to keep a good ole boy down on the farm

The marina has a little area where they have a band on Saturday nights and an open mic last night. After dinner they were still playing so Jim Dinger had to get out his guitar that he bought in a pawn shop in Panama City to try a few tunes. The fellow that was playing was very good and welcoming. He tuned Jim's guitar to his and they played together for several songs. There was a small crowd that was very enthusiastic so that probably lifted Jim's confidence. Another fella joined in for a few songs and Sam Moore even got up for one song. A good time was had by all!image1 image2. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: Hard to keep a good ole boy down on the farm
Lexington - Captain Bob: Hard to keep a good ole boy down on the farm
Lexington - Captain Bob: Hard to keep a good ole boy down on the farm
Lexington - Captain Bob: Hard to keep a good ole boy down on the farm
27/01/2017

Exocet Strike - 26-27 January 2017

The trip from St Helena to Salvador is pretty much a downwind leg.We set off in the company of five other boats, a Paradise Found, left at 0800, Overseas Express left at 0900, Wishanger II left at 1000, we left with Golden Dragon at approx 1300 and Katarina at approx 1400. All night four of the above have been on our AIS system, except Paradise Found who was too far ahead to show up. Now only two remain, Overseas Express 6.5 miles ahead and Wishanger II approx 23 miles abeam of us (north of our current position).The wind has dropped from 16 knots when we set off to only 9 as I type this, not helpful, hopefully it will fill in a bit for us, otherwise it will take another 13 or 14 days to reach land.. read more...


27/01/2017

Caduceus - Cape Town to St Helena Day 8 - An uneventful day

Position21:23.39 S 000:31.32 EDate2359 (UTC+2) Thursday 26 January 2017Distance run in 24hrs 170nm over the ground, 165nm through the waterPassage total1222nm over the ground, 1161nm through the waterDistance to go487nmPlanned distanceCape Town to St Helena 1697nm Possibly a case of no news is good news.A combination of not having to stop to deal with hoisting the mainsail, the added speed gained from having a working mainsail and stronger winds gave us an additional 30nm on yesterday.Despite a very rolly motion, Elizabeth bashed to pans and produced a tuna bake, one of my favourites.. read more...


27/01/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: full day

We had a full day today. The start was the canal people coming by to measure the length of the boat. Over 50 feet is a 1,000pounds more. We were 49feet 3 inches. I had taken off the windvane paddle to make sure we were under. Next we checked on the Watt and Sea bracket which was waiting for my approval of their estimate that they did not have done yet. Next we went on a tour of the new portion of the Panama Canal. It was very interesting. Judy Woods's grandfather worked on the canal. I will include a few photos. image1 image2 image3 image4 image5 image6. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: full day
Lexington - Captain Bob: full day
Lexington - Captain Bob: full day
Lexington - Captain Bob: full day
Lexington - Captain Bob: full day
Lexington - Captain Bob: full day
Lexington - Captain Bob: full day
Lexington - Captain Bob: full day
Lexington - Captain Bob: full day
Lexington - Captain Bob: full day
Lexington - Captain Bob: full day
Lexington - Captain Bob: full day
Misto - Sunset in Gaigar, San Blas
Misto - Sunset in Gaigar, San Blas
Misto - Venancio Restepo displaying his Molas on Misto
Misto - Venancio Restepo displaying his Molas on Misto
Misto - Kuna lady on Isla Maquina with her Molas for sale
Misto - Kuna lady on Isla Maquina with her Molas for sale
Misto - Molas from the Master Mola Maker Venancio Restrepo
Misto - Molas from the Master Mola Maker Venancio Restrepo
26/01/2017

Misto - Days 16-17: Molas and the Chicha on Soledad Miria

On the evening of January 22 Vinancio Restepo, Master Mola Maker, came to Misto and shared his wonderful Molas with us.  He must have brought out over a hundred beautifully worked Molas – two huge plastic buckets full.  He went through them all and then we said “yes, no, maybe” to whittle them down.  The choice was overwhelming – beautiful birds, flowers, fish and wildlife, geometric designs or traditional scenes from his culture.  Eventually between Sharon and I we bought a total of 10!January 23 was an amazing day.  Idelfonso collected us at 11 am took us on a boat tour of the surrounding islands and ashore on Isla Maquina, where his family live.  Here we saw a traditional Kuna village and walked through his own home where, in the kitchen, on an open, fire. read more...


26/01/2017

Exocet Strike - 25-26 January 2017

Yesterday was a fun day, started going snorkelling with Whale Sharks. They are similar to Basking Sharks in both size and feeding, they have a filter mechanism to catch small fish eggs etc. They are pretty large 10 to 14 metres, but totally harmless to humans.We went ashore in the afternoon for some shopping, unfortunately it was early closing day but we managed to get a lot of tinned food. We also cleared out yesterday for today, which they are more than happy to do.We went ashore this morning for fresh produce, which is usually brought down from the hill farms on a Thursday.So today at 1300 we cast off from our mooring buoy and said our farewells to St Helena. A very friendly place and worthy of visiting when the airport is open. The diving here was better Han the Great Barrier Reef in. read more...


26/01/2017

Misto - Days 14-16 Beautiful San Blas Islands

The San Blas Islands are a group of exquisite, largely uninhabited islands.  It’s easy to sound trite when describing them, but they are picture-postcard perfect small coral islands, with tall palm trees and white sandy beaches.  The coconut trees are all owned by the native Kuna people and are still used to barter for goods from mainland Panama.  The islands are all fringed with reefs and much care needs to be taken in navigating them. We found Eric Barhaus’ book “The Panama Cruising Guide” to be invaluable – it is the only source of accurate waypoints.  The Admiralty charts and your chart-plotter will have you on the coral at some point!  We visited Coc Banderos Cays, purchased lobster from a local fisherman, and enjoyed a wonderful lobster and steak dinner. read more...


26/01/2017

Caduceus - Cape Town to St Helena Day 7 - Happy hour and we have a main sail again

Position23:15.93 S 002:46.96 EDate2359 (UTC+2) Wednesday 25 January 2017Distance run in 24hrs 141nm over the ground, 134nm through the waterPassage total1052nm over the ground, 996nm through the waterDistance to go656nmPlanned distanceCape Town to St Helena 1697nm This was not the best of days in terms of distance covered, the average speed being under 6 knots.However, for most of the day we did not have a mainsail, it was in the cockpit, and when the sail was repaired we lost an hour motoring gently into the wind whilst we hauled it back up and sorted it out. We may not use the sewing machine very often but when we have required it, it has been invaluable.Two of the main horizontal seams in the main had started to part, one by 30 cms and one by 50cms.It is fortunate that we got the sail. read more...


Caduceus - Cape Town to St Helena Day 7 - Happy hour and we have a main sail again
Caduceus - Cape Town to St Helena Day 7 - Happy hour and we have a main sail again
26/01/2017

Caduceus - Cape Town to St Helena Day 6 - A day of mixed fortunes

Position24:46.88 S 004:42.50 EDate2359 (UTC+2) Tuesday 24 January 2017Distance run in 24hrs 170nm over the ground, 155nm through the waterPassage total911nm over the ground, 862nm through the waterDistance to go796nmPlanned distanceCape Town to St Helena 1697nm We still make good progress assisted by the current.Today the sailing has been very downwind which makes for difficulties in setting sails and keeping them filled when the wind goes light.During one of our sail setting exercises I noticed that two seams in the leach of the mainsail were starting to come apart.Motoring into the wind allowed us to get the mainsail down and into the cockpit before the seam split right across.We should be able to repair it on board.For the time being and until that is done and hoisted we are running. read more...


Hanna - Gottfrieds vor dem Abflug im Gespräch mit dem Piloten
Hanna - Gottfrieds vor dem Abflug im Gespräch mit dem Piloten
Hanna - Einbaum
Hanna - Einbaum
Hanna - Porvenir mit Hanna
Hanna - Porvenir mit Hanna
Hanna - Hotel Porvenir
Hanna - Hotel Porvenir
26/01/2017

Hanna - Nur noch zu zweit - Wie schwierig kann Technik auf See sein..

Chichime Cays 25. Jännerin den letzten Tagen haben wir die Zeit in der Inselwelt der San Blas Islands genossen. Wir lagen 3 Tage vor Waisaladup und sind mit dem Dingi mehrmals zur Insel gefahren.Die Einheimischen sind super freundlich undtiefenentspannt. In der Hütte des Dorfältesten gibt es sogar Satellitenfernsehen! Mehrmals am Tagkommen Einheimische mit kleinen Einbaumbooten vorbeigefahren um Dinge zu verkaufen. Meistens sind es frisch gefangener Fisch, Oktopus oder Langusten.Aber auch selbstgenähte Sachen sind dabei und man kann Cola, Fanta, Eis (ja, sogar Eis bei 40° Grad Hitze) und viele andere Dinge kaufen. Was sie nichtdabei haben wird dann eben schnell von der Insel geholt. Die Crew von Sanvita (Schweden) haben wir einen Abend zum Sundiowner eingeladen, sie kamen zu uns herüber. read more...


25/01/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: new guest

Prince and Jim Dinger joined us today. They had been visiting Panama City for a few days and then joined us. Unfortunately Jim did not read our instructions and brought his guitar.Now we have Jim and his guitar onboard. Can someone send me some noise canceling headphones. Other boats are beginning to arrive.One person had a up front and personal experience with a monkey. They were walking down a path when a monkey came out and bit his ankle. The worse thing is that this is the second time a monkey has done this to him. The activity will pick up a little since the rest of the group is catching up with us. We will have tours of the canal and an Indian village and a city tour of Panama City. image1. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: new guest
Lexington - Captain Bob:  new guest
25/01/2017

Firefly - Racing with spinnakers up, mid South Atlantic

It is Wednesday  25th January and we had a good firstnight at sea moving at about 5.5 knots on average, more than we expected fromthe forecast. During our first 24 hours we managed about 135 miles, about 3hours of that under engine.   Mearra Neida, the Finnish World ARC boat came up behind usquickly at about 1100 this morning with their spinnaker up – so there wasnothing else for it but to get our gennaker out. Now we are going very fast, butare heading just a bit south of our required course which is almost duewest to Salvador. In fact we are heading for Rio de Janierobut at this stage its the speed that counts and the great circle route does takeus south anyway.   Mearra Neida is a little longer than Firefly and dare we sayit – even more sporty - so they did. read more...


25/01/2017

Tulla Mhor - Santa Marta day 6-12

Santa Marta is a lively, fun, interesting city. The Santa Martians (as they are probably not called) are very proud of their city and country so are welcoming and pleased to impart lots of information. Key Santa Marta facts we were told several times: Santa Marta is Columbia's oldest city; the Sierra Nevada behind Sant Marta are the highest coastal mountains in the world at a snow capped  6000m; the great liberator, Simon Bolivar, lived and died in Santa Marta, he has numerous statues around the city and his house is in a park and open to the public.Columbia has had a difficult and violent past but the area around Sant Marta is now opening up for tourism and there is plenty to see and do. The marina is in the centre of the city so it is an easy walk into the main town with lots of. read more...


24/01/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: something light

I decided my last post was griping. Now for a lighter subject we will talk flags. When you enter a country you are supposed to put up a "Q" flag (yellow), stands for quarantine flag. It indicates that you have not cleared into the country. After you clear in you fly the courtesy flag of the country. We also have a World Arc flag that just makes a statement of our presenceand advertises a little for World Cruising.The last flag is one thatSam designed and had made for us. It has LEX. ING. TON, each three letters over each other in a block and then American flag stripes.It is the logo on our blog. For the country flags we found a good cheap supplier for flags that might not last a long time. When flags wear they fray from the edges, so I sewed a light webbing around the edge of each flag. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: something light
Lexington - Captain Bob: something light
24/01/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: another hot day for working on the boat

Today the bracket sent to us from Miles Poor of MRPREFITS arrived.It was supposed to be here Friday. I had understood that they were sending a bracket just like the one that broke. The one they sent is much larger, with larger bolt holes, further apart.They sent a plate to fit the Watt and Sea unit on, which is also larger any will need welding to adapt it to the fitting.The good news is that the people at the boat yard understand what I am trying to accomplish. They will start tomorrow. They have a metal worker coming tomorrow for another job so he can also start on my job. We are here anyway waiting to go thru the canal on or about 2/1/17.It will be nice to have most things done before others get here. Hope all is well with you!Bob. read more...


24/01/2017

Firefly - Adventures on St Helena Island

St Helena’s tourist strap line is ‘the most extraordinary place on earth’ –quite a claim. Based on our experiences during our 4 day stop over we now agreethat it might be one of them. The island, a British Overseas Territory in theSouth Atlantic Ocean has spectacular scenery, amazing marine wildlife and aunique history and culture.   Firefly arrived at the roadstead off St James at 2200 on Thursday 18thJanuary in darkness, the approach made more dramatic by the lights of houses ontop of the volcanic island, the moorings almost directly below, close to a sheerrock face. We also caught our first sight of Jacobs Ladder the flight of stepslinking the upper and lower settlements of the town.   As we sail away watching the Island disappear behind a cloud we are able toreflect on some. read more...


24/01/2017

Caduceus - Cape Town to St Helena Day 5 - The force is with us, most of the time

Position26:34.132 S 007:04.01 EDate2359 (UTC+2) Monday 23 January 2017Distance run in 24hrs 154nm over the ground, 140nm through the waterPassage total741nm over the ground, 707nm through the waterDistance to go961nmPlanned distanceCape Town to St Helena 1697nm The passage up and across the Atlantic is routed to be downwind and down current.So far, so good and the force (current) is definitely with us. Today’s difference between distance over the ground against through the water of 14nm represents favourable current.It may not seem much but if it was adverse at the same rate we would have only covered 126nm over the ground.It is however not entirely consistent by any means, and we have had hours when the current has been adverse as the current swirls and eddies, but overall we have no. read more...


24/01/2017

Aurora Polaris - 22. januar 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Denne dagen begynte kl.03.00 (for Bengt sitt vedkommende). Han klødde noe så innimarius! Da han slo på lyset, så han noe som hoppet på madrassen. Så oppdaget han svarte prikker på veggen, og da han så opp i takluka og myggnettet, forstod han hva et var. Da kom han seg ut i cockpiten, og trodde han var i sikkerhet. Men neida! De var overalt! Han begynte å lure på hvor «Radar-en» var. Til slutt våget han å rope på kapteinen. Da hadde det gått en time, og kapteinen og kaptinnen hadde begynt å føle invasjonen de også. Kapteinen fant insektssprayen, skalket alle luker og forgiftet hele båten, mens kaptinnen, inntullet i dynetrekket, satt og jamret seg over at hun nesten ikke fikk puste. Hun forstod til slutt at dette var noe hun måtte finne seg i dersom hun ville sove fredelig de siste timene. read more...


Aurora Polaris - 22. januar 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - 22. januar 2017  -  World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - 22. januar 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - 22. januar 2017  -  World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - 22. januar 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - 22. januar 2017  -  World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - 22. januar 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - 22. januar 2017  -  World ARC 2017-2018
23/01/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: all the regs

So sailing around the world is like meeting all the state reguirements as you drive cross country.We were recommended to use a certain bottom paint but when we studied more we realized that it could have been a problem in Australia and Galapagos. Luckily we choose the right paint to get thru all areas. Bottom paints are often laced with chemicals to preventing organisms from growing on the bottom of the boat. When that happens it is ugly and if enough builds up it slows you down by a large factor. Some of these paints are what is called ablative, which means they slowly wear off, exposing more chemicals that are active.This process puts the chemicals into the water which is the regulatory problem.Some early boats were clad in sheets of cooper to prevent barnacles. So my photo of the day. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: all the regs
Lexington - Captain Bob: all the regs
Lexington - Captain Bob: all the regs
Lexington - Captain Bob: all the regs
Skyelark of London - San Blas Rio Diablo
Skyelark of London - San Blas Rio Diablo
Skyelark of London - San Blas
Skyelark of London - San Blas

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