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08/05/2017

Starblazer - 08/05/2017 – An interesting day!

The 24 hours from noon Sunday to noon Monday presented us with a few challenges.From a sailing point of view, the wind held through to about 0600 when it began to drop a little.From 0900 to noon it also veered, bringing the wind further behind us.The problem with this is that the mainsail blanks the genoa which cannot draw properly, causing the genoa to lose the plot and flap idly!This, of course, affects the speed.The day’s statistics make good reading for a boat of our size.Overall, the day’s run was 166nM, an average of a hair’s breadth under 7 knots.This average includes the last 6 hours when we only managed 38nM, a 6.33knot average. Tomorrows figures are likely to be bad.We are occasional fishermen, i.e. when one of us thinks about putting a lure in the water.John put in a bright. read more...


07/05/2017

Starblazer - 07/05/2017 – Farewell the BVI

It is 27 hours since we crossed the start line outside Nanny Cay Marina on Tortola, our home for the past 8 days.The excitement and anticipation of our travels ahead, towards Bermuda, onwards to the Azores and finally home to Portsmouth Harbour, England, is tinged with sadness.We have said goodbye to the Caribbean islands for almost certainly the last time.When we left with ARC Europe in 2010 we were already planning a return with, hopefully, a bigger boat.The plan came to fruition when we bought Starblazer and returned to the Caribbean and onwards around the world.Now we have to make plans for different sailing destinations!All is not doom and gloom on board though.The first 24 hours gave us fantastic sailing, reeling off 165 M towards Bermuda plus 7 miles in a sideways direction to. read more...


07/05/2017

Laura Dawn - French Polynesia Log 13: Moorea onwards.....

What a fab place.. We had been watching sunset over Moorea for days and it looked spectacular then, close up it was even better.We were anchored in the northern part of Passe Vaiere, beautiful clear water, with a huge reef to the side that was super colourful and fish a plenty, beautiful amazing place, we could have stayed for weeks.After a quick stop back to Tahiti to provision, it was off to Huahine.Another fantastic spot, moored right off the beach near the village, more clear water and great swimming.We happily whipped round the island two on a scooter: Andrew opted for the more comfortable car option (yes we did wear helmets, no we didnt fall off!).I have to say its a favourite place that we (again) could have spent much longer in.I can see why people stop for a year or more in. read more...


Misto - Ancient fish traps on Huahine
Misto - Ancient fish traps on Huahine
Misto - Pari Pari rum distillery on Taaha
Misto - Pari Pari rum distillery on Taaha
Misto - Turquoise hues on Huahine
Misto - Turquoise hues on Huahine
Misto - Vanilla plantation on Taaha
Misto - Vanilla plantation on Taaha
Misto - Howard with the sacred blue-eyed eels on Huahine
Misto - Howard with the sacred blue-eyed eels on Huahine
07/05/2017

Misto - Days 116-119: Huahine and Taaha

After a couple of nights in Baie d'Avea in the South of Huahine we reluctantly decided to head north.We stopped in Baie Haapu on a mooring ball for lunch.This is a beautiful, secluded bay with a small village and we went ashore and walked around a little.Water is available if you need it and we were assured by a lady at the town hall that the general store had beer if we wanted it.We then continued north to a mooring ball just outside Port Bourayne.This is a rather strange name for a fabulous loch-like bay surrounded by steep, verdant hills.We were met by a local man in his canoe and he gave us directions to a look out point.But we decided to start with a tour of Port Bourayne by dinghy and we went as far as the bridge that separates the north and south portions of Huahine, before. read more...


06/05/2017

Starblazer - 06/5/2017 - Three weeks in the British Virgin Islands

We set off from St Martin on Easter Sunday evening, at about 1700, for the 75 nautical Mile (nM) journey to Virgin Gorda.We slowed ourselves down by keeping two reefs in the main and varying the amount of jib because we didn't want to arrive in the dark!No, we are not scared of the dark but the waters around the islands are strewn with reefs so a daylight arrival is sensible.We anchored just before 0800, perfect.North Sound, Virgin Gorda is a large area, dotted with mooring buoys but with plenty of space to anchor and, more importantly, good holding.The weather deteriorated soon after we arrived so, after clearing in, we moved out of Gun Creek to a more protected anchorage and just sat on board for 48 hours.We had an excellent lunch at Saba Rock, with free wi-fi thankfully.We motorsailed. read more...


06/05/2017

Yoda - Do or do not there is no try "Yoda"

Wow is all I can say ! I am having so much fun here with all these Arc participants, I feel like I am at summer camp for sailors and I am loving it ! The Arc staff are fantastic, really helpful and always happy to see you. They have planned everything out so well and it has all gone down a treat and I’m not just talking about the rum punches. So I am giving them all a HUGE thank you ! THANK YOU !!!We have met some lovely sailors that I hope we will be in close sailing proximity with so we can wave to them, hopefully from our stern of course. Thanks for your info and kind words.Nanny Cay Marina I will say this… this is hands down THE best marina I have ever stayed at so please keep up the good work. It’s clean, the showers are like being at a spa theres a pool and a beach a stones throw. read more...


04/05/2017

Nordik Light - Thursday, May 4, 2017 Log

The last several days have involved attending ARC’s briefings on provisioning, flares, liferafts and the inspection of Nordik Light for preparedness for offshore passage making.  The hole in the foredeck has been sealed up in a very neat repair for the wires powering the staysail’s furling motor.  There was some sorting out with regard to polarity of the wiring and when that was all good, crew had a chance to practice inspecting the deck gear while underway and made sure the staysail sheets got their usual several wraps around the roller-furled sail.  We did fine on the inspection and came away with some helpful tips, like taping the pelican hooks on the side gates to ensure none come open unexpectedly.  And Inspector Peter’s approvals of most of the gear and. read more...


Nordik Light - Thursday, May 4, 2017 Log
Nordik Light - Thursday, May 4, 2017 Log
Nordik Light - Thursday, May 4, 2017 Log
Nordik Light - Thursday, May 4, 2017 Log
Nordik Light - Thursday, May 4, 2017 Log
Nordik Light - Thursday, May 4, 2017 Log
04/05/2017

Lexington - Nuka Hiva photos that I didn’t get to send earlier

Here are some photos of Nuka Hiva that I didn't get to send earlier due to lack of internet service. Enjoy!Up on hilltop overlooking the bay where we were anchored  Me blocking a beautiful view on Nuka Hiva    Ceremonial site on Nuka HivaKaren, Jack and Sam on Nuka Hiva tour at an overlook at one of the highest points.  Waterfalls on Nuka Hiva  Well in stone to hold tattoo ink May fair winds fill your sails with a bucket list of your desires! Bob. read more...


03/05/2017

Lexington - Reality Check

So we saw a disturbing sight as we came into Huahine yesterday. As we were going up the west side of the island heading to the entrance we saw a boat that did not appear to be moving. As it turned out, it was aground on the reef. There were other boats around that were probably there to help. There were people on the reef standing in the water. There were people on the boat. It was saddening to see. We just hope it was salvaged. We came by the area later and did not think the boat was there. Seeing this just makes you more careful about your navigation. I always try to make sure everyone is comfortable and checks my piloting. Multiple eyes are always better. May fair winds fill your sails with wind that carries you away from reefs! Bob. read more...


03/05/2017

Lexington - Dive Photos

Moray eel bottom center. Only see about 1/5 of himPretty yellow fishBlack tipped sharkMay fair winds fill your sails with real sharks, not lawyers–they are easier to get along with!  Bob. read more...


03/05/2017

Lexington - More Internet Photos

SunsetBreadfruit treeAlan Owens enjoying night sailingCoastal photos May fair winds fill your sails with fresh winds! Bob. read more...


03/05/2017

Lexington - Internet Connect Photos

  We are at a nice beach restaurant and bar Our boat at the end of the tree branchPoorly dressed sailor washed up on the beachOld religious site. Count me as having gone to church!Religious stone workMore lava at religious siteOur restaurant for tonight  May fair winds fill your sails with tranquility!  Bob  . read more...


03/05/2017

Lexington - 5/2/17 Huahine Iti Island

We arrived in Huahine Iti island and stopped in Haapu bay. We are going to use this as a lunch stop. We are going to Baie D’Avea a little further south because there is a little more going on like restaurants and hotels and good snorkeling. I will send a couple of photos. More to come!  Bob. read more...


03/05/2017

Lexington - Home Sweet Home

We left Moorea before dark. We are sailing about 80 miles to the next island. Karen fixed dinner tonight. She fixed a big beef roast with potatoes in the pressure cooker and Wonder Bag. She also fixed a salad with beets, one of my likes and then she topped it off with pineapple upside down cake with whipped cream topping which is my favorite cake. If you do not know what a Wonder Bag is, it is a big insulated cloth bag used to slow cook. It was developed for poor African communities with limited fuel. The idea is that you use your fuel to get the pot up to cooking temperature and then put it into their insulated bag which will keep the temperature up for 4-8 hours. You can also use a pressure cooker with the same idea. We got one to try to preserve fuel. It is just a different crock. read more...


03/05/2017

Laura Dawn - French Polynesia Log 12: No more Tetley

Can we ever be happy again!?Backflips off the boat, snorkelling, whipping around in the dinghy, watermelon slices, cup a soups, super noodles, quiz's, afternoon beer and nuts (with the occasional olive) will never be the same! We saw Jack off at the airport last night, the start of his 24 hour journey back to the homeland.We were sat staring at the empty teacup this morning, that usually brews his morning Tetley tea.What can I say: Its been a blast, we will miss him. A huge thank you to Bob on Lexington for hosting a fab farewell party on the (superyacht: no less) dock Wednesday night to give a great send off to all the crew heading home, our quiz buddies: El and Stevie from Owl also going back on the same flight as Jack. Many of the fleet are in Tahiti, so it was great to see everyone. read more...


03/05/2017

Timshel - Moorea

Finally managed to tear ourselves away from Carrefour and the washing machines at the launderette on Monday, though getting fuel took rather longer than expected - Duty Free Fuel permit on ipad rather than paper did not seem to be acceptable and the guy did not seem to be v pleased to be serving a British boat.Eventually marina manager Phillipe (who is v nice) was summoned and sorted it all out (yes of course we have all the paperwork, look they are on the list - see all the boats with this flag are on the list ... in French to the guy).Anchored for the night at the head of Cooks Bay - fantastic scenery very green water and a perfectly peaceful calm night.Well there is the road but we ignored it.Now at E side of entrance to Baie d'Opunohu - nice swim lots of fish, also fantastic scenery. read more...


Misto - Arriving in beautiful Huahine
Misto - Arriving in beautiful Huahine
Misto - Cultural event on Moorea
Misto - Cultural event on Moorea
02/05/2017

Misto - Days 111-115: Moorea and Huahine

With our repairs as complete as possible we departed Marina Taina for Moorea. On the north of the island Cooks Bay and Opunohu bays are probably the most photographed bays in the South Pacific islands.We anchored behind the reef at the entrance to Opunohu bays.They are certainly both beautiful, although Cooks bay appeared a little more choppy and open to the wind.Our one surprise was the huge cruise liner Emerald Princess that was anchored in the bay when we arrived.Other large cruise liners arrived on successive days. We took our bikes to the dock at Papetoai village and set off to bike around the two bays.This was a rather optimistic objective and we eventually got around Opunohu bay and half way down the west side of Cooks bay before deciding to turn around.The total trip was about 20. read more...


02/05/2017

Nordik Light - Crew Gathering for Nordik Light

Sunday, April 30, 2017Supposed to get up at 5am, but didn’t sleep well and was awake at 4:14.Got up 4:40;Sally was awake too.I trimmed my beard, shaved with Sally’s leg razor, mine being packed away, and showered.Had sea bag already closed up and downstairs by the front door, along with my backpack-carry-on.Jeans, shoes, socks by front door, I was dressed and the taxicab-minivan was there.Two young guys, one quiet, going home at the end of his shift and one more talkative driver. Got to the airport (JFK) without incident, at the Delta International terminal.Checked bag after waiting maybe 15 minutes.The counter people were friendly.Headed for the gates, going through security where some people had to remove shoes, some didn’t.I didn’t.I walked, took a shuttle bus to terminal C, found the. read more...


Nordik Light - Crew Gathering for Nordik Light
Nordik Light - Crew Gathering for Nordik Light
Nordik Light - Crew Gathering for Nordik Light
Nordik Light - Crew Gathering for Nordik Light
Nordik Light - Crew Gathering for Nordik Light
Nordik Light - Crew Gathering for Nordik Light
01/05/2017

Lexington - 4/30/17 Sunday at Moorea

We had a very nice day today. I went for a walk for about 2 miles. I found a little restaurant that had free internet so I sent a bunch of photos that I had not sent before. Sam did another lesson for scuba. Alan just chilled out. He got a little extra sun yesterday. Karen swam around the boat a little and cleaned the water line. I took another fella from Skyelark to use my hookah for about an hour of diving. I found an octopus but I do not have a photo. I do not know why my camera did not work. There will be more opportunities. We finished off the day by meeting up with a few boat crews on the beach for a beer and a gab session and coming back to the boat for pasta. Tomorrow Sam and I will have two dives in the morning. Good night. May fair winds fill your sails with fun days! Bob. read more...


01/05/2017

Lexington - Scuba photo: Well camouflaged fish

May fair winds fill your sails with beautiful nature!  Bob. read more...


01/05/2017

Lexington - Scuba photo: Fish feeding

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01/05/2017

Lexington - Scuba photo: Bright Yellow Fish

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01/05/2017

Lexington - Scuba photo: shark

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01/05/2017

Lexington - Scuba photo:: Eel in flashlight

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01/05/2017

Lexington - Scuba photo: fish

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01/05/2017

Lexington - Scuba photo: starfish

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01/05/2017

Lexington - Nuka Hiva traditional dance

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01/05/2017

Lexington - Great Meal!

Edwin and Bianca serving up an Italian meal on their boat Zeeland. read more...


01/05/2017

Lexington - Waterfall at Daniels Bay in Nuka Hiva

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01/05/2017

Lexington - Shark!

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01/05/2017

Lexington - Clam embedded in coral.

 When partially open it is brilliant blue!. read more...


01/05/2017

Lexington - Dinner at south end of Fakarava

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01/05/2017

Lexington - Scuba diving

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01/05/2017

Lexington - Tahiti: flowers

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01/05/2017

Lexington - Big cruise ship in Opunohu Bay on Moorea

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01/05/2017

Lexington - Looking into Cook's Bay on Moorea

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01/05/2017

Lexington - Anchorage at Moorea

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