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05/06/2017

Serafina - Log Day 1 - Plymouth to Falmouth

Our rally start day began with a good breakfast and a quick tidy up on the boat.  We headed off to the start line around 0815 ready for the 0900 start.  It began raining prior to the start and continued to get worse during the morning.The weather was not kind to us and we had to battle the wind and seas until mid afternoon when the day started to brighten up.  The wind however was still not in our favour.  We sailed on without turning to the engine for assistance and crossed the finish line in Falmouth harbour at 2200. Barbara HeyworthSailing with Jubilate Mare at the back of the pack.IMG_2692.. read more...


Serafina - Log Day 1 - Plymouth to Falmouth
Serafina - Log Day 1 - Plymouth to Falmouth
05/06/2017

Misto - Days 144-149 May 30-June 5 Across the date line and into Tonga

We were able to fly the parasailor from Niue to Vava'u in Tonga with very little motoring.At last we caught a fish and landed a 11lb Mahi Mahi. On this leg we crossed the date line and are now ahead of the USA which is very confusing. We arrived around midday and checked in without any issues - we just had to wait to the afternoon for Customs and Immigration as a P&O cruise ship was in Neifau - apparently this only happens once a month.The Vava'u group in Tonga has a different geology compared to the other islands we have visited before. The land has been formed by volcanic activity that has uplifted the sea bed.Tectonic plates have collided, one is being pushed under the other forming the deep Tonga trench to the east resulting in fairly low islands of corraline rock (limestone) and. read more...


04/06/2017

Taistealai - Suwarrow & Niue

We are just having the best time on the World Arc visiting amazing places with amazing friends its such unique event. Lots of photos on our blog https://my.yb.tl/yblogtaistealai cant believe we are almost half way around the world !  . read more...


04/06/2017

Lexington - 6/4/17 Tonga

We are at an anchorage called Coral Garden in Tonga. It was a short distance travel from the port city of Neiafu which was the checkin port. The whole area is lots of islands and interesting spots within very short distances. It is an excellent area if the weather is good and you do not want to sail long distances. We have only been to one spot so we do not know that much. Unfortunately we need to be back in Neiafu Wednesday to do checkout and skippers briefing for the next leg. We had Edwin and Bianca from Zeeland over for dinner last night. We were looking for an opportunity to share some of our wahoo that we had caught earlier. We had a lovely dinner. Edwin and Bianca are a very interesting couple who are world travelers. He is from Holland originally but has lived in Italy for a long. read more...


03/06/2017

Raggy Doll - To sail or not to sail? That is the question.

The big question on everyone's lips at this time is "are we sailing anywhere tomorrow?"There have been lots of conversation about weather fronts moving in, with tales of force 7-8 winds accompanying it. Various comments from "our boat can easily cope with that" to "thats not my idea of fun!" So family and friends, who may or may not be reading this, we, are well and truly in the "that's not my idea of fun" party. Having travelled down from Hamble to Portland last Saturday, getting caught in the middle of the parade of sails race by the Isle of Wight Needles, (various obscenities yelled from our boat to others who didn't seem to know the starboard tack rule) then onto a very choppy sea with the wind straight on the nose at force 6 gusting force 7, the sea wasn't quite sure if it was doing. read more...


03/06/2017

Mischief - Keep Calm and get into Mischief 2nd June 2017

Friday 2nd June, an imported day, the rest of the crew arrived, the "London set" who brought sophistication to Mischief to complement the existing crew members. We welcomed the lovely Lisa and her partner, great sailor Dave who was to Dave's first mate across Biscay. Dave? Did someone say Dave? Yes Dave! Great Dave!  Mabel looked on, perusing this complicated situation and reached the conclusion that communications would be more effective on board if we were all called Dave.........Later last night at the welcoming evening Andrew Bishop suggested we change our name badges to our preferred name and from that moment all crew on Mischief go by the name Dave!!!!!Shocked and devastated skipper Dave had to be consoled with copious amounts of alcohol after Andrew Bishop welcomed him back. read more...


Mischief - Keep Calm and get into Mischief 2nd June 2017
Mischief - Keep Calm and get into Mischief 2nd June 2017
03/06/2017

Mischief - Keep Calm and get into Mischief 1st June 2017

The next day as we entered Plymouth harbour entrance, the Skipper was delighted to see his "favourite rock in the world", Shag rock protruding erect and familiar.  The Royal Corinthian yacht club hosted the first of many suppers to be enjoyed with the ARC. It is situated on the water’s edge between The Barbican and Plymouth Hoe. Magnificent sea views over Plymouth Sound greeted our eyes as Andrew Bishop the Director of the company showed us the start line for the race which on that evening was bathed in sunlight. We met many of the other cruisers but were most pleased to be reunited with our dear friends Gary Clements from Arcarius, Neil from Serendipity and Trevor and Jean who have crewed on Serendipity. The evening ended in the very convivial surroundings of Jolly. read more...


Mischief - Keep Calm and get into Mischief 1st June 2017
Mischief - Keep Calm and get into Mischief 1st June 2017
03/06/2017

Mischief - Keep Calm and get into Mischief 1st June 2017

Sadly Mabel was terribly disappointed that Her Majesties Navy fleet did not organise a guard of honour to celebrate our arrival in Dartmouth.  She was however, relieved she wouldn't have to consider running aground in the Dart. Dartmouth is of strategic importance as a deep-water port for sailing vessels. It has a rich assortment of historic buildings, but perhaps unusually, four of the town’s oldest buildings are also pubs.  Mabel greeted this news with much excitement and seeing this, the Skipper decided all crew should be rewarded with Exmoor Ale and a glass of Malbec in the Cherub Inn. The convivial establishment was first recorded in a document in 1380. For most of its life it was a house, it spent some time as a shop and local knowledge suggests a brothel. read more...


Mischief - Keep Calm and get into Mischief 1st June 2017
Mischief - Keep Calm and get into Mischief 1st June 2017
03/06/2017

Mischief - Keep Calm and get into Mischief 31st May 2017

In Weymouth we were moored ready for an early departure for Dartmouth. A kindly, toothless fisherman aided a smooth mooring praising the local Yates's steak that we declined.  The following day we negotiated the inner channel between Portland Bill and the Shambles and were rewarded with calm seas and a little short cut towards Dartmouth.Dave and Wendy relax. read more...


Mischief - Keep Calm and get into Mischief 31st May 2017
Mischief - Keep Calm and get into Mischief 31st May 2017
03/06/2017

Mischief - Log Keep calm and get into Mischief. 30th May 3rd June 2017

 Keep calm and get into Mischief. 30th May 3rd June 2017 Adventurous Skipper David Tipton, farmer and gin pourer is accompanied for ARC Portugal by a glamorous pair of docking queens, his gorgeous partner Wendy Knight, AKA Commander and his "scare-pirate" and only staff member Anita Nickelson.  They have welcomed onto the boat a small mouse named Mabel, who has aspirations to become Admiral of the ARC Portugal fleet over no less than Andrew Bishop. She is seen here cautiously negotiating Southampton water after having organised the salvage of a small blue fender called Barbie wearing a matching fitted jacket.   Visibility as we entered the Needles Channel was poor. Mabel was very relieved she'd procured more sophisticated electronic equipment for the boat. She. read more...


Mischief - Log Keep calm and get into Mischief. 30th May 3rd June 2017
Mischief - Log    Keep calm and get into Mischief. 30th May 3rd June 2017
Mischief - Log Keep calm and get into Mischief. 30th May 3rd June 2017
Mischief - Log    Keep calm and get into Mischief. 30th May 3rd June 2017
Mischief - Log Keep calm and get into Mischief. 30th May 3rd June 2017
Mischief - Log    Keep calm and get into Mischief. 30th May 3rd June 2017
Mischief - Log Keep calm and get into Mischief. 30th May 3rd June 2017
Mischief - Log    Keep calm and get into Mischief. 30th May 3rd June 2017
Mischief - Log Keep calm and get into Mischief. 30th May 3rd June 2017
Mischief - Log    Keep calm and get into Mischief. 30th May 3rd June 2017
Mischief - Log Keep calm and get into Mischief. 30th May 3rd June 2017
Mischief - Log    Keep calm and get into Mischief. 30th May 3rd June 2017
Mischief - Log Keep calm and get into Mischief. 30th May 3rd June 2017
Mischief - Log    Keep calm and get into Mischief. 30th May 3rd June 2017
Mischief - Log Keep calm and get into Mischief. 30th May 3rd June 2017
Mischief - Log    Keep calm and get into Mischief. 30th May 3rd June 2017
03/06/2017

Aurora Polaris - 3. Juni 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Vi stod opp før det var lyst, stappet i oss noen bananer og resten av kanelsnurrene, pakket det vi trengte for resten av dagen, og tok dinghyen inn til brygga. Nå var det lørdagsmarkedet som gjaldt. Ikke det at vi trengte så mye, men kapteinen skulle ha tak i noen plastperler til å lage agn av. Det viste seg at akkurat det å få tak i plastperler, var veldig vanskelig. Derimot brukte vi ganske lang tid på å få designet t-skjorter på Tropical Tease. Dama som eide den butikken, hadde vært på kafeen «vår» og fortalt om bedriften sin, og hva hun kunne gjøre for oss, men vi hadde vært der enda tidligere allerede, og var dermed godt i gang med prosjektet. Kapteinen hang over henne og datamaskinen for å få båten vår utstyrt så riktig som mulig, slik at vi kunne få den trykt på t-skjorter og. read more...


03/06/2017

Aurora Polaris - 1. og 2. Juni 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

… og så er det slik at vi har mistet en dag! Vi har ikke passert datolinja ennå, for den ligger på 180 lengdegrader, og vi er bare på noenoghundreogsytti! Tonga følger datoen til den «østre delen» av verden. Det vil si at vi nå har hoppet rett over fra 31.mai til 2.juni, og dermed er vi 12 timer foran dere i Norge! Det betyr at Cecilie «mistet» bursdagen sin, den 1.juni. Dermed ble hun feiret i to dager. Først hadde vi krydderkake og sjokolade den siste dagen i mai, og da vi kom fram til Tonga og hadde sjekket inn og lagt oss på bøye, feiret vi igjen med kaffe og nystekte kanelsnurrer, før vi gikk i land og hun ble feiret enda en gang med hele gjengen om kvelden på ARC-en sin lille cafe.#end. read more...


03/06/2017

Aurora Polaris - 30.-31.. Mai 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Tirsdag og dagen for avreise for Niue, men først skulle vi tur øya rundt. Vi begynte tidlig, for det var marked fra morgenen av. Pakket med oss snorkleutstyr, ekstra klær og pass for utsjekk. Klokka var bare litt over seks da vi dro og hentet Rita og Marcel. Vi fikk heist opp og parkert dinghyen, og gikk mot sentrum. Da var klokka nærmere halv sju, og varene var nesten utsolgt. Vi burde faktisk ha vært der en og en halv time før, for da hadde de flest varer. Fikk likevel kjøpt litt bananer, pasjonsfrukt og urter/grønnsaker. Rita og jeg kjøpte oss hver vår vifte som var flettet av palmeblader. Til slutt kjøpte vi hjemmelagde smørbrød (toast med skinke/ost, eller ost/ananas) og kaffe. Terje måtte selvsagt ha smultboller (berlinerboller). Etterpå handlet vi litt mer til lunsjen, slik at vi. read more...


03/06/2017

Aurora Polaris - 27.-29. Mai 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Nå går jeg helt «vas» i datoene her! Vi ankom Niue rett over midnatt – natt til søndag, og da trodde jeg det fortsatt var lørdag, og var forundret over å høre kirkeklokkene ringe. Det kunne jo vært bryllupsklokker, men det er vel sjelden de ringer på formiddagen – unntatt når vi er på andre siden av kloden, da!Vi hadde en fantastisk seilas mot Niue. Vinden kom rett bakfra, og bølgene hadde lagt seg såpass at vi fikk 10-11 knops fart – rene velstanden! Da vi kom fram, var alle fortøyningsbøyene tatt, men en av våre kjekke medseilere, Sumore, tilbød oss fortøyningsplass på samme bøyen som dem. Det er for øvrig samme båt som vi gikk sammen med gjennom Panamakanalen.Søndag morgen tilbød vi oss å finne oppankringsplass, men Steven syntes hanhadde så greie naboer, at det var ikke nødvendig, så. read more...


03/06/2017

Aurora Polaris - 25.-26. Mai 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Ikke noe spesielt å berette i dag, 25. Det har vært stille vær, nesten ingen vind, og varmt. Vi har sløvet på hver vår benk, med kryssord som vi av og til bytter med hverandre. På den måten kommer vi ofte raskere i mål.Den tilveiebrakte fiskestanga, gitt av noen av våre medseilere, har hengt ute hele dagen, men ingen fisk har bitt på ennå. I morgen spiser vi tunfisk som ble fisket på den lengste seilasen vår, fra Galapagos til Marquesas. Nasjonalretten i Fransk Polynesia, er nettopp rå tunfisk i kokosmelk, og det smaker helt nydelig. Vi kommer likevel til å steke den Terje fisket. Føler oss usikre på tilberedningsmetodene til polyneserne. Nå, på nattevakten, er det begynt å blåse litt behagelig tradevind igjen. Vi har vinden på tvers, og med tradisjonell seilføring går det så det. read more...


02/06/2017

Lexington - Tonga Arrival

We are in Tonga and checked in with all the authorities. We are now on a mooring ball right in front of the bar where all the festivities will be. We could not have a better spot. All is going good. I will send a photo.. read more...


02/06/2017

Starblazer - 31/05/2017 – There are fish in the sea!

If the day’s run from Sunday to Monday was depressing, Monday to Tuesdaymade up for it. The wind started building at noon and our speed quicklyincreased, so much so that a very dark night arrival became a possibility.We were a little worried because the very small sliver of moon would setbefore 2100, not that it would have added any illumination anyway!Theupside to our good progress was that we had no need to start the engine.The day’s run to noon was a wonderful 162 nM, with a distance to waypoint of101 nM.In fact the 6.1 knots recorded in the log was the slowest speedrecorded up to our arrival in Horta.Monday had been listed as a working day; that is washing, ironing andmending for me.Sunday’s project, to refurbish the battle flag, took upmost of Monday.The first task was ironing the. read more...


01/06/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: Tonga

We are almost to Tonga. It is 2 a.m. boat time. We crossed the international date line recently so we need to discuss time keeping. The world has 24 time zones that are 15 degrees wide. Starting at Greenwich, England where the prime meridian is the zones are every 15 degrees. In Lexington, Kentucky we are 5 time zones to the west. Therefore when the sun is at noon at the prime meridian, it will be 5 hours earlier in Lexington. This is totally ignoring daylight savings time. The sun moving from east to west has 5 hours of travel to get over Lexington. This pattern continues until you get half way around the world to the international date line which ideally would be at 180 west and 180 east (same meridian). At that point the international agreement is that the day would change. Because. read more...


Misto - Fish at last between Niue and Tonga
Misto - Fish at last between Niue and Tonga
Misto - Caves on Niue
Misto - Caves on Niue
Misto - Magical Niue
Misto - Magical Niue
31/05/2017

Timshel - Niue to Tonga Day 1

We could definitely have stayed longer atthe lovely island of Niue!Most of the fleet left during the night/very early morning aiming to arrive Thurs in daylight.Not being so fast, we opted to continue to catch up with sleep and attempt to time it so we arrive Fri morning.Also we thought we needed daylight to get the anchor up - though it was OK and didn't get stuck (Lars picked a good spot for us!).We moved to a (now vacant) mooring to complete final preparations, and went back to the mooring to sort the mainsail that had jammed.We eventually crossed the line at 13.37 (Bora Bora time), closely followed by Lexington and Zeeland. Good sailing wing and wing making 6 knots or so, Lexington went past making good progress with her twin headsails and later Zeeland caught up too.There is now a. read more...


31/05/2017

Laura Dawn - Pacific Log 19: 45 miles until Tonga

Another passage almost complete finds ourselves only 45 miles from civilisation, in fact probably the most we have seen since Tahiti.So we still have a full genoa and 1 reef in the mainsail and we have turned our engine off (no more toast sadly!).The wind is currently about 13knts true from 90 degrees which puts us on a starboard tack and sailing with the wind 150 degrees off our starboard side.Its not just sitting on watch here enjoying the sail and drinking tea though. The debate rages on when you gybe? So much to consider: Mid watch, watch hand over or on wind shifts... the next questions being: Is there a schedule? If so, are we on it? Then there is always the issue of squalls, crew rest, swell/wave direction and current to consider.But it doesn't stop there: wind direction, cross. read more...


Lexington - SV/Lexington (photo credits to Chuck and Annie Johnson)
Lexington - SV/Lexington (photo credits to Chuck and Annie Johnson)
31/05/2017

Lexington - 5/31/2017. Leg to Tonga

We left Niue at about 13:00 today. We have had an excellent day of sailing again using our twin headsails. In the first 12 hours we did 80+ miles. That is real good for a sail boat and for us. So we have been at this for 5 months now. For someone who had never taken more than two weeks vacation at a time it has been an adjustment. It is hard to say what kind of adjustment. I never was one to party much and eat out much and we do a lot more of that. The heat has been a little annoying at times. I hate to be sweaty. Sweaty and trying to sleep is a challenge. I did get a good fan that has helped a lot. With the rolling seas it is hard to read and study. A lot of the time I am sitting in the cockpit like an old fart sitting on his front porch watching the world go by. I often feel I should. read more...


31/05/2017

Lexington - A Few More Niue Photos

Sam and I enjoying the beautiful viewThis is a large break in the limestone near the sea.This is foam formed as waves crash into the limestone at the sea edge.. read more...


31/05/2017

Lexington - 5-28-17 Niue photos

 This is a limestone cave that opens to the ocean. At one time a large population of people lived in some of the caves.This is more from the interior of the caveThis is Sam dwarfed by the cave. read more...


31/05/2017

Lexington - More Niue photos

This is Howard Cheetham from the boat, Misto. Misto is a beautiful catamaran. This is a large cavern that opens to the sea. It has fresh water flowing into it from aquifers. The fresh and salt water do not mix readily. The junction of the salt and fresh water causes a distortion of the light making it appear you are looking thru heat waves. There was also a marked difference in the temperature. When you dove down into the sea water it was probably 10-15 degrees warmer.. read more...


31/05/2017

Lexington - Niue photos

This is Gary Chapman from Skyelark of London. He is from Great Britain. He was a former underwater welder.This is Stephen Kingsman from Kent, Great Britain. He has a nice catamaran called Sumore. He was enjoying getting his picture taken because he could stop and rest.. read more...


31/05/2017

Lexington - 5/28/2017. Niue tour

The volunteers from the Niue Yacht Club took us on a tour of the island today. They are a major asset to the island. They delivered fresh baked bread to the harbor for boats that ordered it. They took us around the island in their private vans. They will deliver fresh vegetables to the dock Tuesday. They provide the mooring balls for the visiting yachts. Last year about 10% of the tourists to the island were on yachts that used the mooring balls. The island is trying to promote tourism as a significant part of their economy. It would be an interesting study to see what leads to success or failure. There are only about 1,600 people on the island. Of those that are employed, about 75% work for the government. New Zealand heavily subsidizes the economy. I think that if they were left on. read more...


31/05/2017

Lexington - 5/27/2017. Niue

NiueWe have arrived in Niue this morning at 05:15, crossing the finish line. We slowly came into the mooring area and by the time we were in the mooring field it was twilight so we could see the mooring balls easier. We tied up, had a drink and took a nap. Soon thereafter there was a knocking on our boat for me to go in and clear in with customs and immigration. I then went to rent a car for Sunday and went back to the boat. We cleaned up a little and then checked out the village. The main event was a dinner party at a resort which was very lovely. The setting was great. The food was very nice and the entertainment was enlightening. The entertainment was local school dancers that were doing cultural dance and music. They did an excellent job. As we say , “a good time was had by. read more...


31/05/2017

Lexington - Saturday 5/27/17 Arrival at Niue

It is 2 am again and my watch. We are 22 miles from the north end of Niue, where we will turn south to go down the west side of the island to the mooring area. The village is Alofi which is the capital of Niue. It is located at the center of Alofi Bay, close to the only break in the coral reef that surrounds Niue. The bay stretches for 30% of the island’s length (about seven kilometers) from Halagigie Point in the south to Makapu Point in the north. The Niue Yacht Club maintains moorings that we hope to use. It is not a good place to anchor. Most cruising boats would not stop there if they did not have moorings. About 8 boats will arrive today, most a little ahead of us. We have a scuba dive arranged for Monday. Most things are closed on Sunday. They are strict. read more...


31/05/2017

Lexington - Reflections on My Journey by Alan Owens

I have purposely waited most of a week before composing the final entry in my journal describing my travels to and through French Polynesia in order that the most recent impressions and experiences might give way to more of a distillation of the whole of it. Running off to the south seas is a childhood fantasy that ranks up there with joining the circus, driving for the Ferrari team and being chief costume-fitter for the Rockettes.  It has always been near the top of my “bucket list”.  I am grateful to Bob, Sam and Karen, crew of the sailing vessel “Lexington” for allowing me share part of their “Adventures in Paradise”. Having been a life-long travel junkie, I was not surprised by the first of my take-aways from this trip.  . read more...


31/05/2017

Lexington - Polynesian Picture by Alan Owens

Always interested in a deal on a boat Alan Owens eyes a fixer-upper on the island Huahine.. read more...


31/05/2017

Lexington - Crew Picture by Alan Owens

Crew of the Lexington at the Bora Bora Rally.. read more...


31/05/2017

Lexington - Cannon Picture by Alan Owens

World War 2 cannon on Bora Bora.. read more...


31/05/2017

Lexington - Sunset Picture by Alan Owens

Sunset Raiatea. read more...