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31/03/2017

Aurora Polaris - 29. Mars 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

… og pricegiving for Leg 4. Vi kommer nok ikke i betraktning for noen pris. Til det hadde vi altfor mange motortimer. Men vi skal delta i landsbyens festiviteter til ære for oss, kikke litt på håndverket deres, eventuelt kjøpe noe. Så skal vi på Skipper’s briefing, og deretter blir det prisutdeling og middag + underholdning av dansegruppe, omtrent sånn som på Hiva Oa.Nå, i etterkant, kan jeg bare stadfeste at omtrent slik ble det. Vi ble mottatt med perlekjeder laget av frø i svart, hvitt og rødt, og vi fikk grønne blader lagt om skuldrene. I tillegg hadde de laget mat til oss, oppskåret frukt, chips av brødfrukt, kaker laget av kokos, og ei frukt vi ikke kjente til. Det smakte virkelig godt. I tillegg hadde de grillet/stekt brødfrukt som de laget en deig av og la i kokosmelk etterpå.. read more...


31/03/2017

Aurora Polaris - 29. Mars 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

I morgen tidlig, ……….. ble i båten til kl.14.00. Fruen måtte finne ut hvordan hun nå kunne fotografere, uten iPhone. Den ene etter den andre i reisefølget vårt dukket opp. Vi har flyttet litt på oss, så nå ligger vi omtrent midt i bukta, i håp om at der er mindre dønninger her.Vi dro inn til Taiohae for å se oss litt om. Det var et lite sted som minnet litt om Tau i størrelse. Matbutikken hadde ikke så bra utvalg som de har på Tau, det må jo poengteres. Jeg trengte litt mer plaster for alle småskadene jeg får om bord, men det var tydelig at de ikke klattet med slike småting. Her var det store, sterile kompresser og tape.På turistinformasjonen bestilte vi leiebil til den 30.mars, og så dro vi opp på hotellet sammen med våre tyske og sveitsiske venner. Det pøsregnet på den tida, så det var. read more...


Misto - Traditional dancing in Nuku Hiva
Misto - Traditional dancing in Nuku Hiva
Misto - Traditional dancing in Nuku Hiva
Misto - Traditional dancing in Nuku Hiva
31/03/2017

Misto - Day 83 Nuku Hiva, Taiohae and second place on Leg

After arriving the previous night in the rain, March 29 dawned bright and sunny and stayed that way!The program started at 2 pm and we were greeted with palm lais, necklaces of local seeds, singing and dancing.There was a tasting session of local food and a demonstration of how breadfruit is cooked in the fire, peeled, pounded to a consistency of thick mashed potato and then steeped in coconut milk - it was very tasty.There were demonstrations by local artisans of various crafts.Later in the afternoon we had an excellent briefing on the Tuamotos by Cameron and Cibele and then dinner and prize giving with entertainment.The local dinner dishes included local wild pig and goat which had been cooked for most of the day in palm leaves, many different presentations of banana and tuna in. read more...


Misto - Welcome in Taiohae
Misto - Welcome in Taiohae
Misto - Lunch at Hapatoni
Misto - Lunch at Hapatoni
Misto - Up the mast in the Pacific
Misto - Up the mast in the Pacific
30/03/2017

Misto - Days 77-82: The Amazing Marquesas

I'm not really sure where to start with this blog as the Marquesas have far surpassed expectations. The dramatic landscape with sheer, green vegetated cliffs falling into the ocean, the eerie archaeological sites and the amazing, friendly people have made this a true gem.From Hiva Oa we motored to Tahuata where we spent a night in each of three bays: Hanamoenoa (that I mentioned in the last blog), Vaitah and Hapatoni. In Vaitah we attended church on Sunday morning where the melodious Polynesian singing was most moving. In Hapatoni we anchored beneath towing cliffs and dinghied to the dock across the bay. Our dinghy motor played up and later we discovered that one of the spark plugs was causing the problem. The village folks greeted us with the same enthusiasm we had encountered elsewhere. read more...


30/03/2017

Hanna - Geschafft - Marquesas

Sa. 25.MärzDie Ziellinie liegt schon lange hinter uns und wir liegen mit Ausblick auf einen Palmenwald in einer schönen Bucht (Hanatefau Bay) auf der Insel Tahuata süd/südwest von Hiva Oa. Doch der Reihe nach… Am Montag, 20. März,  50nm vor dem Ziel haben wir tatsächlich noch einen sehr ordentlichen Tunfisch an Bord gezogen (ca. 1m!). Angeln kann auch anstrengend sein, aber nach ca. einer ½ h war das Prachtstück an Bord und nachdem die nicht unerhebliche „Schweinerei“ in Form von Fischblut beseitigt war landeten einige Kilo Tunfischsteak im Freezer und einige mundgerechte Happen für das Finish- Sashimi im Standby. Dann, Montag Abend 23:51h nach 3387sm und 19,5 Tagen auf See lag die Ziellinie hinter uns. Das Einlaufen in die recht gefüllte Bucht bei Dunkelheit haben wir gegen ein. read more...


29/03/2017

Lexington - Healthy Breakfast

I am sure I am not the most healthy diet person but at least I did well this morning. On our tour around Hiva Oa we (our guide) picked some pamplemousse which is a white grapefruit and some mangoes. Yesterday I had grapefruit for breakfast and this morning I had two mangoes. The mangoes were a little messy but I ate them in the cockpit over a drain. Any mess can be washed down the drain. May fair winds fill your sails with a healthy diet! Bob  . read more...


29/03/2017

Lexington - Nuka Hiva-Tiaohea Bay

We are anchored in Tiaohea Bay on the island of Nuka Hiva. This is the meeting up area before we take off for a period of free sailing in the rest of the South Pacific islands. There are about 2,500 inhabitants on the whole island and 1,500 in the town of Tiaohea. The bay is surrounded by hills and the town is along the coast line and the lower hills. I am sure there is a road out but it is not readily apparent. I will write a little more after exploring. Photos are of the bay. . read more...


29/03/2017

Misto - Days 72-77: The fish that got away, Hiva Oa and onward

I suddenly realized yesterday (March 24) that I had not posted a blog for days and certainly not since we arrived in Hiva Oa.The last few days of the passage were uneventful in most respects except for the fish!We caught a really good size Mahi which jumped the hook as we were trying to gaff it at the steps.It was very disappointing.Then, just after we had put a complete new reel of line on the rod we caught something small.Howard was reeling it in when a huge bill fish leapt out of the water and gobbled up whatever was on the line, lure and all and made off with our complete new line, which snapped once it had all been pulled off the reel.The size of this fish was enormous - probably 6-8' long.The winds were somewhat variable and we completed the trip with the main and gnenaker up,. read more...


29/03/2017

Lexington - Nuka Hiva

We are now in Nuka Hiva. This is another island in the Marquesas. It is in the northern portion. We will have a dinner tomorrow which is the World Arc prize giving dinner for the leg to the Marquesas. We are going out to dinner with Chuck and Anne from Exit Strategy. They just arrived in the anchorage. They are very nice. We have done several things with them. They have a great catamaran. They are from Florida. May fair winds fill your sails. Bob  . read more...


29/03/2017

Aurora Polaris - 25. 26. og 27. Mars 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Når det blir slike hopp i bloggen vår, er det fordi lite har skjedd, ellerså er det fordi vi har hatt det så travelt at vi ikke har hatt hverken tideller anledning å forfatte noe. Denne gangen var det det siste.Vi gikk i land etter frokost, og Daniel kom inn samtidig med oss og hjalposs å dra opp dinghyen. Vi må ha den langt opp på land på grunn avtidevannet. Han tilbød seg å introdusere oss til befolkningen og vise ossstedet til fots, så vi gikk sammen. Vi utforsket ikke Hane, som vi ligger i,men gikk rett til den østre landsbyen. Tok mange fine bilder undervegs.I landsbyen vi kom til, gikk vi inn i butikken. Der fikk vi kontakt med noensom kunne være vår sjåfør og guide fra kl.14 og utover dagen. Vi ble førstguidet til en håndverksbutikk, og beundret alt det fine håndarbeidet delager. read more...


29/03/2017

Laura Dawn - French Polynesia Log 2: Shredded!

That's it.. Holly our spinnaker has given up and completely shredded!She was barely unrolled last night when she developed a critical split straight down the middle panel of the sail, which then essentially tore out the panel.We lost some to sea, but were able to get the rest rolled and dropped safely.The winds were in good range and the split was in the panel where all the repairs had been as well: unfortunately it looks like a weakness in that panel that has caused the decline of our dear Holly.We had put 2 reefs in the main to go with the spinnaker, and just rolled out the headsail to get by with.As it turned out, the wind picked up and we hit squall central, which had she been up would have been not so easy to deal with.Nothing crazy but up to 30 knots of wind with side on swell made. read more...


28/03/2017

Lexington - Lunch at Baie D'Hakahau

This is where we first anchored. We came in at night. One Arc boat was there, North. Another Arc boat came in the next morning. I think the name is Kymothe. They are three biologists from Sweden. They do cancer research. I will send a photo of the little restaurant bar where we had a very nice lunch of tuna, rice and a breadfruit casserole. It was very nice. It you want to try something different, see if you can find breadfruit and cook it like potatoes au gratin: breadfruit, onions, butter, cream and some sort of cheese. I was not smart enough to take a photo of it. Maybe add a little bacon. Our boat is the blue one in the bay. May fair winds fill your sails with an emptied bucket list! Bob  . read more...


28/03/2017

Lexington - 3/27/17. Baie D'Hakahetau , Oa Pou

We are in a very nice bay in the northeast portion of Oa Pou. The bay is called Hakahetau which is located at 9°. 21' south. 140°. 06' west. This is part of the Marquesas. We will meet up with everyone at Nuka Hiva which is north of here about 20 miles. The next place to meet up is Tahiti. We will have a lot of time to cruise island to atoll. An atoll is a very old volcano that has aged and collapsed on itself. This leaves a lagoon in the center and a reef on the outer edges. They are very low with only a few narrow spaces to get into the inside lagoon. I think the movie Blue Lagoon was filmed at an atoll. The atolls are difficult navigation. You are supposed to enter with the sun high in the sky or at least over your shoulder so you can visually look for coral heads. Once in the lagoon. read more...


28/03/2017

Lexington - 3/27/17. Hakahau Bay , Oa Pou island, Marquesas

We pulled into Hakahau Bay on the northeast aspect of the island of Oa Pou which is part of the Marquesas Islands. It is the capital of this island and has a few thousand inhabitants. The Bay has a nice breakwater. A breakwater is a manmade (usually ) spit of land projecting out into the bay to break the swell action that tends to come in a bay from miles and miles away, several hundred depending on where the wind is from and how long it has been blowing. We are going to go into the town and look around. We have heard that there is a nice little restaurant within walking distance. We also might take the usual drive tour around the island. We will probably go to another Bay this afternoon. The photo is of the town area at the end of the bay.  . read more...


27/03/2017

Lexington - 3/26/17. Headed to Next Island. TOO OLD

So today is my birthday. I am 68 years old which is probably a little too old to be doing this sort of thing. Now the big problem is that my wife encourages me. She also sends me birthday gifts. I am worried that she may want to keep me out here longer. She sent fishing lures so I might have a better chance of catching something to eat, scuba booties so I might find something to eat, and shirts and shorts so I do not go totally native. You never know what women are up to. On top of that I have a daughter, son-in-law, granddaughter and grandson who may also want me at sea. All kidding aside, I have a lovely family  that takes pretty good care of me and corrects these posts before they go live and I say something politically not correct. I will send a photo of birthday. read more...


26/03/2017

Lexington - 3/26/17. Beautiful Sky

Could not resist sharing the morning sky and clouds! . read more...


26/03/2017

Lexington - 3/25/17. Hiva Oa. Last Night.

We are waiting to go out to dinner tonight at the hotel on the hill side above the anchorage. Tomorrow we will head out for other islands in the Marquesas. We have not decided for sure. We can do a short easy sail to Tahuata. Or a longer sail to Ua Poa about 60 miles away. We need to be in Nuka Hiva on the 29th for the next leg.  From there we will spend about 6 weeks going thru the rest of the islands and end up in Bora Bora. There is a lot more to it but I need to study more before I can do an intelligent post. I will post a photo of our anchorage. You might make out the hotel on the hill side. Bob  . read more...


26/03/2017

Timshel - Galapagos to Marquesas Day 24 - Landfall!

We had a busy night, not much sleep - lots of squalls, thunder and lightning - big cracks of fork lightning this time not just the distant flashes.Steve had me put the EPIRB, the Satphone, the ipad and the mobile VHF into the oven (in case of a strike).And of course sluicing rain, and wind, up to 30, 35 knots often from a different direction, so you'd be careering off in whatever direction it took you and gradually you would manage to reef the sails, gain control and organise to get back on course and the boat would be sailing lovely and making good progress, but then the wind would drop away, and then some more until you had to set more sail, just when it had lulled you into a false sense of security, bang the next one hit and you'd be off all over again.Daylight brought sunshine and. read more...


26/03/2017

Laura Dawn - French Polynesia Log 1: Exploring

Bonjour! Can't believe we have been here 3 days already.Its been a whirlwind of boat jobs, cleaning and re-stocking produce.The walk to town from the anchorage in Hiva Oa at about 40 minutes each way got the blood pumping in our legs again, although our muscles are objecting slightly to the exercise after 21 days of laps around 46 foot of catamaran!Great to explore town a little though and meet some local folk (all of whom have been incredibly friendly and forgiving of our french speaking attempts). Now we are off exploring the islands.We left Hiva Oa yesterday afternoon after some local lunch of tuna ceviche and baked bananas in coconut and hoisted the sails headed to Tahuata Island, just below Hiva Oa, about 15 miles. We anchored in a beautiful bay and had our first (blissful and very. read more...


25/03/2017

Lexington - 3/24/17. Hiva Oa , Marquesas Islands

We are anchored at Tahauka Bay on the island of Hiva Oa in the Marquesas. The adjacent town is Atuona. This is where we cleared into the Marquesas. We have done a little exploring. Today I joined some others who had arranged a taxi tour of the island. The other boat that had arranged the tour was Aurora with Ken and Eileen Swan, the owners. Ken is a retired chemical engineer who worked for drug companies with the chemical engineering that goes into drug manufacturing. He met Eileen while working in Ireland. He was staying at an Inn that Eileen's family ran. Today we drove from one end of the island to the other. A lot of the roadway was rough and we were in a fourwheel drive pickup truck in order to make the steep hills and switchbacks. The island is volcanic with fantastic cliffs and. read more...


25/03/2017

Aurora Polaris - 24.. Mars 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Nå måtte jeg virkelig finne fram datamaskinen for å holde meg våken! Vi hadde nettopp inntatt en lapskaus av rester for å tømme kjøleskapet, og vi er på vei mot Ua Huka, ei naboøy til Nuku Hiva. På Nuku Hiva skal vi være om kvelden den 29. mars for å ta midlertidig avskjed med flåten vår. Deretter skal vi ha fri seiling i seks uker i Fransk Polynesia. Det betyr at vi nesten fra nå av bestemmer fart, tid og sted, og vi behøver ikke lenger rapportere om hvor vi er.Vi har altså satt kursen mot ei lita øy som heter Ua Huku. Mellom Hiva Oa og Tahuata, hadde vi delfinflokken helt for oss selv. De var rundt båten vår ganske lenge. Rundt på «baksiden» av Hiva Oa var det vindstille, og vi ble litt skuffet, for da måtte vi kanskje gå på motor helt til Ua Huka. Heldigvis tok vinden seg opp etter. read more...


24/03/2017

Lexington - 3/24/17. 9°. 48.4985 south. 130° 01.965' west. Hiva Oa at anchor

We got in last night in the dark of the night. We had good charts and the navigation lights were right on. With Mark, Sam and I all being very diligent we made each landmark as we slowly guided our way into the anchorage. The main navigation light was what is called a sector light. It is a light that shines out from the shore. It has lenses that only allow the light to go in sectors (imagine section of a pie). It also has lenses that color the light so that if you are coming in at the right angle then your path toward the light is clear and correct. We then found an area to anchor in. There were other boats that we had to avoid and it is a relatively small narrow anchorage. We put the anchor down, checked our position, put on anchor alarms (signal if you are moving too much), watched to. read more...


24/03/2017

Aurora Polaris - 21.-22.. Mars 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Vi fortsatte å følge North helt inn til Hiva Oa. Jeg hadde før uttalt at Marquesas har jeg ingen forventninger til, så alt kan bare gå i positiv retning. Jeg visste det var høye, vulkanske øyer, fuktig og med mye vegetasjon og alt som følger med. I tillegg visste jeg at de har en del fluer som biter, og mygg selvfølgelig. At det var Hiva Oa som var det siste stedet det var kannibalisme, bekymret ikke så veldig. Vi oppdaget øygruppen ganske tidlig, siden de rager betydelig over vannflaten. Ettersom vi nærmet oss, registrerte vi også tegn på liv. Fugletettheten var det første vi så, og etter hvert la vi merke til aktiviteten i havflaten. Jeg oppdaget noen fine måkefugler med spisst, lyseblått nebb. Noen andre, brune suler forsøkte å lande på båten vår. Terje klarte å fotografere en av. read more...


24/03/2017

Timshel - Galapagos to Marquesas Day 23

So far.Big and confused sea meant slow progress over night.Daylight showed rain squalls approaching, but mostly haven't given too much wind and we need to make as much progress as we can.Spoke to Exit Strategy, she and Zeeland and Rainbow will finish today, which leaves just us, and Forget Me Not and Atla at sea, possibly TBC. Thought we would take advantage of a calm bit to siphon diesel from one of the jerry cans into the tank - then whoosh wind is up and boat charging along - it must have heard!. read more...


24/03/2017

Timshel - Galapagos to Marquesas Day 22 Southerly squall

Another gentle day, after early rain showers, sailing in the sunshine.Wished we could hoist the cruising chute, but probably just has well the halyard is still jammed in the block at the top of the mast, as without warning we suddenly got 22 knots of wind from the south.Had us running due north or even back NE until we could put away the pole, gybe the main, and found ourselves beam reaching, reefed right down, to make the course.Many more of the World ARC boats made it the finish at Hiva Oa today, just a few left on the radio net plus the couple of extra boats we've picked up along the way.Australian Amaquora which was well south of us also got the squall but got 45 knots!We are doing 2 hr watches taking it in turns to hand steer, can't wait until we get Hydra fixed.. read more...


24/03/2017

Timshel - Galapagos to Marquesas Day 21 A Vicious Calm!

You expect the wind to break things, not lack of it. We made good progress overnight, good breeze, but lots of (sheet) lightning around.Morning showed ominous black clouds then thunder rumbling as well as the lightning and we prepared for a blow.But the wind went away instead leaving us bouncing up and down in a huge sea from all directions, everything crashing and banging.Gave up waiting for wind and put sails and shark (towed charger) away and engine on.Then discovered that the slamming waves had seriously deranged the hydravane, it was all twisted round and the rudder at right angles, lashed it up as best I could.We motored slowly for just 2 hours and wind came back and sun came out, all lovely.  Steve tried to fix Hydra but just not possible underway - too much risk of dropping. read more...


23/03/2017

Laura Dawn - Pacific Log 16: We've arrived!

After a full night of lightening storms, variable winds (from 2 knots to 29 knots), emergency spinnaker rescuing in the path of huge squalls, we have arrived in Hiva Oa in the Marquesas Islands.We crossed the line at 10.31 our time, which is local to Galapagos, so 3.5 hours behind French Polynesia.We didn't change our clocks the whole way, so after sailing for 3 weeks we are still jet-lagged!It feels monumental: 3100 miles of Pacific.The weather and ocean were kind to us and LD held up beautifully.Our spinnaker (which we have now named Holly) didn't hold up so well unfortunately, with some 11 rips in total needing repair over the journey.Many more and we would have a spinnaker made entirely of rip-stop..There's a few checks, repairs and general maintenance to do now but mostly rest and. read more...


22/03/2017

Lexington - 3/21/17. 9°. 48' south. 136°. 08' west Headed to the barn

It is my watch again from 9-12 p.m. We are 171 miles out in light air but we are doing 5 or so knots in 7-8 knots of wind which is hopefully building. We are using our twin head sails which gives us a wide range of wind strength to use. It will do ok in 7-8 knots but will not be over powered in 20 knots of wind. We have not had them up in greater than 20 knots but I would try. I think I remember that each time the wind speed doubles the force created quadruples. Someone check me on that one. It was a moderately hot muggy day. I took a shower and sat out on deck on my towel trying to have the wind dry and cool me off. I sat there for 30 minutes and was still a little damp. Mark Arnold will be flying home soon. He is pining bad for his woman. He has been a good shipmate. He has been very. read more...


21/03/2017

Laura Dawn - Pacific Log 15: We are the Champions!

We are the quiz champions!After the finale today (tough round) the scores stood at, LD 33 and a half:Owl 32.... Woop Woop! Not sure how we pulled that one off?Clearly we are quiz genius's..No fish, but we don't care!!Enjoying some of Hels' banana bread to celebrate.We have managed to keep sailing so far, the asymmetric is up and we still have 12 - 14 knots of wind keeping her flying, making 6 - 7 knots, with an average VMG of 5.5.The sea has flattened out a little and we have just over 200 miles to go, so Wednesday arrival is looking promising (obviously everything crossed).LD: 20th March 20:30. read more...


21/03/2017

Lexington - 3/21/17. 9°. 47' south. 134°. 48 west

Well we ended up motoring from midnight on in good wind because we anticipated less wind and did not put up the correct sail for the night until it was dark and too late. We could have put something up but we are trying to be conservative and not break, tear up anything or hurt anyone and that sort of thing is more common in the dark. Mark got a little rope burn a day ago when the spinnaker sheet pulled thru his unprotected hand. I know I have always gotten into more trouble when the lights were out. We are about 250 miles out. The last beer in the refrigerator is mine. I have been trying to sell it to Mark but he has been cheap. It is probably losing value now that we are so close to land. We will put up some sails at daylight. Hopefully we can sail into port just like Captain Cook. It. read more...


21/03/2017

Lexington - 3/20/17. 10°. 03 ' south. 133°. 40' west NIGHT SAILING

It is my watch again, 6 to 9 p.m. We have been sailing with the asymmetrical spinnaker most of the day. We took it down for a couple of squalls. Actually the other crew did. I was taking a nap and slept thru it all. So the quandary is what do you do at night. The person on watch is up all alone. Squalls happen much more often at night. Our spinnaker is very large. If we get a gust up to 18 knots it will really lay the boat over. But the winds are light in the 8-10 range and we like the speed of the spinnaker. We could go back to our twin head sails but we would probably lose a knot of speed. Our options are: 1. Motor all night but I hate to motor when we have some wind; 2. Continue with the asymmetrical spinnaker but that has more risk and we are not experts; or, 3. Rig the twin. read more...


21/03/2017

Aurora Polaris - 20. Mars 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Og så ble det stille! Jeg våknet rundt kl.6 av at motoren ble startet. Det var fremdeles mørkt, så jeg la meg til å sove videre. Hadde tross alt lov å sove til kl.9, noe jeg også gjorde. «North», som gikk forbi oss på min nattevakt, var laaangt foran oss. Terje hadde snakket med dem på VHF-en, og de fortalte at de motorseilte. For en lettelse! Men da jeg fikk høre grunnen: generatoren feilet, og de hadde bare 9 liter drikkevann igjen, og fortsatt over 300 nm til Hiva Oa! Da forstod jeg! Å mangle vann i denne varmen er faktisk ganske farlig. Terje hadde foreslått at vi kunne gi dem vann, men de mente de hadde nok. Vi «køla på» for å innhente dem, og lyktes det utpå ettermiddagen. Nå går vi side ved side, slik at de bare kan rope på oss hvis de trenger noe. Vi vet hva det er å ha lite. read more...


21/03/2017

Timshel - Galapagos to Marquesas Day 20

Another quiet day sailing gently in the sunshine, would really like a bit more speed.If you are doing your Astronav notable as the Equinox where the declination of the sun changes from South to North.We had another go but I think we need to set up the sextant again, it doesn't seem quite right.Also becoming increasing noticeable how diverged we are from Sun time as we haven't changed the clocks since Galapagos - mainly because the radio schedules and the finish is on Galapagos time. But 3 time zones on, sunrise is now after 8.30.The wind changed this afternoon round to ENE so we gybed onto starboard and set up the pole etc again.This is the first change we have made, apart from rolling sails in and out a bit, for a week since we set the pole last Monday night after the fiasco with the. read more...


20/03/2017

Laura Dawn - Pacific Log 14: A Squiggly track

We've continued to draw patterns with our tracker though a series of gybes following the wind that have left us heading north overnight. We were expecting the wind to drop today and so hoisted the spinnaker at first light in preparation, which of course by Murphys law then saw an increase in the wind!We have had 15- 20 knots of wind for most of the day, and only now is it showing any signs of dropping, just a bit too much to risk rolling out the spinnaker. We're grateful for still having wind though and with less than 350 miles to go we've high hopes of being able to sail all the way to the Marquesas (we're optimitistic folk!).After hearing of a huge tuna being caught by another boat, we changed our fishing lure and got the lines out again: 2 for good measure .... this did not go well.. read more...


20/03/2017

Lexington - 3/20/17. 9°59'. south. 132° 05' west. 410 miles to go

It is my watch, 3-6 a.m. We are motoring because we ran into a few squalls before dark and did not want to do the same after dark. I hate motoring for whatever reason. We will start sailing at daylight. We have not advanced our ship's clock so it will not be light until about 8 a.m. We do not advance the clock as a group so it is easier to keep everyone on the same time. We all advance at each port and then keep that time until the next port. When we get there we will be in time zone 9. Lexington is in 5 but you have daylight savings time which technically puts you in time zone 4. If I am right it is 4:30 a.m. here and it should be 9:30 a.m. in Lexington. If I am not right you can go back to bed! I have been doing a little reading on where we are going. Just trying to stay ahead and make. read more...


20/03/2017

Aurora Polaris - 18.-19. Mars 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Lørdag den 18. holdt på å gå inn i rekken av helt vanlige dager, da den plutselig ikke var helt vanlig likevel. Terje hadde lovet meg å ta inn fiskesnøret for kvelden, «.. for jeg er IKKE interessert i å dra opp noen ting på min vakt, særlig ikke om natta!» Jeg vet ikke om han reiste seg for å gjøre det, eller om det var aktiviteten bak på hekken hvor fiskestanga står som fikk han til å reise seg, men plutselig var det full «fyr». Det var «på med beltet», og han måtte sitte ned, fordi det var nok ingen liten fangst! Jeg fløy rundt ham og tilbød all mulig assistanse som jeg kunne gå god for. Sånn som, skal jeg lyse med lyskasteren? Skal jeg hente fjøl og kniv? Vil du ha vann? Sånn holdt jeg på, og jeg skal fortelle dere at det tok tid! Fisken bet på kl 21. Kl. 22.30 klarte han å få den. read more...


20/03/2017

Timshel - Galapagos to Marquesas Day 19

The wind went away completely just while I was sending yesterday's blog.Sails crashing and banging and shaking the boat to pieces, wind boxing the compass, trying to steer but not getting anywhere, boat rolling in the swell.Also just that moment saw a target on AIS, an American sailing boat, but she seemed to be having the same weather as us as she was going every which way at almost zero knots. Contemplating putting all the sails away, at least it would be quieter and less wear, then wind came back, thank goodness in less than an hour. Some rain squalls, bringing some wind during the night, then sailing very gently all day in sunshine, still with poled out yankee, main wing and wing, sometimes staysail as well.At least we are progressing slowly towards our destination.We did a noon. read more...


20/03/2017

Lexington - 3/18/17. 9°. 51'. south. 130°. 43'. west WASH DAY

We are doing well. The winds dropped a little so we changed to our asymmetrical spinnaker. A little squall came up so we furled the asymmetrical spinnaker and we are motoring until there is not much threat of too much wind. It keeps us thinking and paying attention to our environment. Our radar really helps a lot to allow us to see weather well away from us in the order of up to 48 miles. That is nice. Back to life on the boat. We mostly wear shorts and some sort of shirt. We get pretty sweaty with the least bit of effort. If I feel a little dirty I will wash whatever clothes I have on in the sink and hang them on the lifelines. Then I will shower and put on whatever I washed the last wash day. No sense getting fancy and you do not need much. We have to run the generator every night to. read more...


19/03/2017

Laura Dawn - Pacific Log 13: Where are all the fish?

Seriously, we haven't even had a tickle on the lines, even the flying fish have stopped throwing themselves on the deck!?Maybe pacific fish are not fans of plastic glittery squid! Maybe they've seen it all before and know not to bite! We ate all of our freezer fish stocks before we left, in the anticipation of catching more along the way, so are feeling a little disappointed.Not that we've eaten badly at all, creamy chicken pasta last night and pork casserole, mash and veg tonight, fresh bread daily for our lunch sandwiches,and snacks a plenty, although I'm afraid to report that the tomatoes have finally fallen and we are all out. The wind is dropping now and we're getting 16 - 18 knots, so have a full main back up and full Genoa making about 7 knots. Its almost asymmetric weather, so. read more...


19/03/2017

Lexington - 3/18/17. 9° 56'. south. 129°. 21' west.

It is my turn in the barrel again. It is 1 a.m. We had a good day sailing. Winds were a tad light but satisfactory. We started to take down our twin head sails but the wind picked up a little so we reversed what we had done and kept the twin head sails up. It is a dark night again tonight. The moon will come up later. There are few clouds so the stars are bright. We had a little celebration tonight. It was just an excuse to have a little happy hour with a glass of wine. We are normally dry sailors but we decided to celebrate passing the 600 mile mark. So we are sailing along on a well traveled route, with excellent communication, with companion boats, with spot-on GPS positioning and charts of the whole of our travels, knowing that we are in time honored trade wind areas and we are a. read more...


19/03/2017

Timshel - Galapagos to Marquesas Day 18

A somewhat frustrating day with fickle wind varying in direction and strength, and rain showers.First thing in the morning rain and stronger wind more from the south, so our heading more north.But just when we'd decided to take out the pole and have all sails on same side on a reach, wind died and now coming more from North so our heading now more south.Just steered the boat downwind, whatever course gave enough speed to keep sailing.It's a bit like Dickens Mr Macawber - for sailing downwind, 12-18 knots wind equals boat sailing nicely all happy, less than 12 knots of wind, misery - boat is rolling in the swell sails alternately slatting and banging, hardly possible to stand up on deck or do anything useful.. read more...


18/03/2017

Timshel - Galapagos to Marquesas Day 17

Rather variable winds today - first two little rain showers brought little increase in wind, next one had us going 10 knots before managed to reef!Proceeded all day with main reefed to first batten to avoid being caught out.Like a Breeze must be in Hiva Oa by now and others are planning their arrival, but it will be a while yet for us.We still have lots of limes - from 1795 British warships were required to carry lime juice for prevention of scurvy hence British sailors are called "Limeys" (by Americans) - so we should be OK.. read more...


19/03/2017

Misto - Days 68-71: Pleasant sailing, no fish!

We now have less than 350 nm to go to Hiva Oa - it's almost a strange sense of reality to think that we will soon be able to be back on land again.The reality on board on a long passage becomes the weather, watch schedules, meals, sleeping and passing the time, when conditions are benign, interspersed by periods of frantic activity when sails have to be changed, wind rises, squalls come up or gear fails.We are expecting the wind to diminish over the next couple of days and for there to be more squall activity.Currently we still have 15 knots of wind and a long 6' swell rising mainly from behind us.There is a nasty little swell that creeps in from the side every now and again throwing us a little off balance. We are still flying our parasailor and keep debating when we will need to take. read more...


18/03/2017

Hanna - "Kurz" vor dem Ziel Marquesas

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18/03/2017

Lexington - 3/17/17. 9°. 56'. south. 126°. 31'. west

I am on watch 9-12 p.m. There is no moon yet so it is fairly dark. We are speeding thru the night at around 7 knots using our good old twin headsails. The repair has held up. I am pleased. We are about 775 miles out and today is day 17. This is a little eerie sailing along with little to no reference to your surroundings. I sort of like it when the stars are out but I do prefer a full moonlit night. Sailing is not for everyone and this long haul sailing is for sure not for everyone. I can definitely see a cruising couple with no schedule just heading along not caring if it took 21 days or 31 days. It is a route with consistent winds and moderate seas although for the uninitiated the seas are a little big. You get used to it real easy. Then again some people would not get used to it or. read more...