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05/06/2018

Southerner - Surfing Southerners

Surfing Southerners46°09' N 007°42' W 0630 BSTSoutherner has found the promised higher winds in western Biscay. 25 knots NNE surfing at 8 to 9 knots on 3 metre waves. Woohoo!. read more...


Miss Julia - Pictures. day 2
Miss Julia - Pictures. day 2
Miss Julia - Pictures. day 2
Miss Julia - Pictures. day 2
31/05/2018

Mischief - Up to Mischief Log 44 Further adventures of S/Y Mischief through the eyes and ears of Chas Baynes

Tuesday, 29th May 2018 -Neiafu harbor, TongaA Boat Day for me! Whilst Dave, Wendy and Trevor went ashore I stayed on board and tidied sails, ropes etc, did some washing and updated the blog. Very nice just to spend time on your own sometimes and catch up with yourself.The weather has certainly brightened up form yesterday. After we dropped our lines from Spirit of Catherine this morning at 7am we motored to the moorings where there are plenty of buoys to choose from, so we are now sat on a mooring some 100 meters off the Mangoes jetty, very convenient for the pub!Dave came over to the boat mid-afternoon to pick me up and we spent the rest of the day and most of the evening there when, a little worse for wear we came back again! The prices are so much cheaper here than in French Polynesia. read more...


04/06/2018

Miss Julia - Tag 2 Umrundung von TSS vor Brest

Die erste durchgefahrene Nacht. Creweinteilung 4 h on 4 h off, in der Nacht 5 h on 5 h off. Bei moderatem achterlichem Wind sind wir auf Raumschotkurs auf Steuerbordbug unterwegs. Der Tag fing um 4:30 mit einem herrlichen Sonnenaufgang an. Zwei Delfine haben uns ein Stück begleitet. Zum Mittagessen gab es leckeres Chilli con Carne und handcooked chips. Dann mussten wir uns eilen um nicht von Frachter Henrik aufgegabelt zu werden. Jetzt gerade haben wie viele Fliegen und die Biene Maja an Bord. Wo kommen die nur alle her...? image1. read more...


Miss Julia - Tag 2 Umrundung von TSS vor Brest
Miss Julia - Tag 2 Umrundung von TSS vor Brest
04/06/2018

Gertha 5 - Biscay

40.32 N 06.11 W   Winds were good to start, died in the early morning back now. Me being apurist sailed the calm and watched the fleet motor past. We are clear of shipping lane , no fun with fishing boats, they all left usalone; maybe they are waiting for the continental shelf. Bit of bird life no mamals yet Crew all behaving, life on day 1 is getting into a routine.  . read more...


04/06/2018

Zaurak - novice news no 1

The novice news from ZaurakHaving been invited to join the ARC Rally on Zaurak with Skipper Richard and his team of experienced ocean sailors, I had to gently remind them that my usual form of transport was a bicycle. I may have good knowledge of reading my GPS to get from A to B but if I were having to take into account tide and shipping lanes, then I would probably have cycled in the very wrong direction. Nonetheless, on Sunday 3rd June I woke up in a rocking cabin without gears or tires in sight.Sunday 3rd June, day one: I sat at the saloon table on the assumption that in the lead up to leaving Plymouth port I would be best out the way of five experienced sailors. We arranged to leave at 8am. At around 7.45am, Skipper Richard walked past the table for the fourth time with a look of. read more...


03/06/2018

Miss Julia - Start Tag1

Wir sind gut gestartet und segeln mit Halbwind Richtung Bayona. Wir versuchen, den großen Booten hinterher zu kommen...Die Stimmung ist gut, alle wohlauf.Elmoimage1.. read more...


Miss Julia - Start Tag1
Miss Julia - Start Tag1
03/06/2018

Moondance day 1 - odds on winner

How many mugs will make it?Brings a new meaning to a weather forecast - good work chrisSafety briefing compete - 2 crew members have just changed their underwear in response to the realization that it’s more than a fishing trip!IMG_8662 IMG_8676 IMG_8687. read more...


Moondance day 1 - odds on winner
Moondance day 1 - odds on winner
Moondance day 1 - odds on winner
Moondance day 1 - odds on winner
Moondance day 1 - odds on winner
Moondance day 1 - odds on winner
03/06/2018

Blue Pearl - Niue

We left Niue last night, Friday evening,after spending a couple of enjoyable days there. It was "plane" day when we left. Plane day is when the plane arrives from New Zealand and there is much excitement around that. There are two plane days a week Tuesday and Friday. As a "yachtie", which is what they call us here,it is hard to leave, clear out, on plane daybecause all the customs and immigration officers are at the airport busy with the plane people. And , of course, Monday was going to be a holiday again (the Queen's birthday) so the customs officers were kind enough to clear us out Thursday afternoon but allow us to stay through the weekend.We enjoyed Niue but it is different. There are no cemeteries and people are buried in their own yard.So, Grandma and Grandpa are still right. read more...


Moondance day 1 - mugshot!
Moondance day 1 - mugshot!
Moondance day 1 - mugshot!
Moondance day 1 - mugshot!
02/06/2018

Miss Julia - Blog Miss Julia

Morgen ist es endlich so weit: nach einer stürmischen Überführung der Yacht nach Plymouth, einer zweijährigen Vorbereitung und tatkräftiger Unterstützung durch Freunde, haben wir hier den Sicherheits-Check sehr gut geschafft. Das Boot ist bestens präpariert, wir haben vier Mahlzeiten vorgekocht, haben heute nochmals einen Probeschlag mit MOB- Manövern gemacht und starten morgen früh 0900 Uhr durch die Biskaya. Das Wetter-Briefing hat moderaten Wind aus Ost , NO vorhergesagt. Evtl. aber leider etwas Nebel.Viele Grüße an alle, die unsere Fahrt verfolgen.Monika, Monika, Matthias und Elmoimage1. image2. image3. image4. image5. image6. image7.. read more...


Moondance day 1 - mugshot!
Moondance day 1 - mugshot!
Miss Julia - Blog Miss Julia
Miss Julia - Blog Miss Julia
Miss Julia - Blog Miss Julia
Miss Julia - Blog Miss Julia
Miss Julia - Blog Miss Julia
Miss Julia - Blog Miss Julia
Miss Julia - Blog Miss Julia
Miss Julia - Blog Miss Julia
Miss Julia - Blog Miss Julia
Miss Julia - Blog Miss Julia
Miss Julia - Blog Miss Julia
Miss Julia - Blog Miss Julia
Miss Julia - Blog Miss Julia
Miss Julia - Blog Miss Julia
02/06/2018

Moondance - Re: Moondance day minus 1 - photo

Brings a new meaning to a weather forecast - good work chrisOn Sat, Jun 2, 2018 at 4:52 PM Simon Kaye <skaye2312@gmail.com> wrote:On Sat, Jun 2, 2018 at 4:50 PM Simon Kaye <skaye2312@gmail.com> wrote:Safety briefing compete - 2 crew members have just changed their underwear in response to the realization that it’s more than a fishing trip!-- Kind regardsSimon Kaye07710 701718SCK Hospitality Services Ltdlinkedin.com/in/simon-kaye-3118673 -- Kind regardsSimon Kaye07710 701718SCK Hospitality Services Ltdlinkedin.com/in/simon-kaye-3118673 -- Kind regardsSimon Kaye07710 701718SCK Hospitality Services Ltdlinkedin.com/in/simon-kaye-3118673 IMG_8662 IMG_8676. read more...


Moondance - Re: Moondance day minus 1 - photo
Moondance - Re: Moondance day minus 1 - photo
Moondance - Re: Moondance day minus 1 - photo
Moondance - Re: Moondance day minus 1 - photo
02/06/2018

Moondance - Re: Moondance day minus 1 - photo

On Sat, Jun 2, 2018 at 4:50 PM Simon Kaye <skaye2312@gmail.com> wrote:Safety briefing compete - 2 crew members have just changed their underwear in response to the realization that it’s more than a fishing trip!-- Kind regardsSimon Kaye07710 701718SCK Hospitality Services Ltdlinkedin.com/in/simon-kaye-3118673 -- Kind regardsSimon Kaye07710 701718SCK Hospitality Services Ltdlinkedin.com/in/simon-kaye-3118673 IMG_8662. read more...


Moondance - Re: Moondance day minus 1 - photo
Moondance - Re: Moondance day minus 1 - photo
02/06/2018

Moondance - Moondance day minus 1 - prep

Safety briefing compete - 2 crew members have just changed their underwear in response to the realization that it’s more than a fishing trip!-- Kind regardsSimon Kaye07710 701718SCK Hospitality Services Ltdlinkedin.com/in/simon-kaye-3118673. read more...


02/06/2018

Gertha 5 - Plymouth

n 50.21 w 04.09   The Head Master introduced himself last night at a modest presentation. Asin terms he is keen that all pupils dress properly, Talk of school outingsto many exciting places. By good fortune Deputy head, Chris Tibbs, is a world famous weather man,my guess is he will tell us all where to go tonight, heaven forbid any pupildoes not follow his directions, there may be a few in detention later in theterm. My guess is this home work wil be marked down because of my poorspelling.   As in previous trips we will attempt to blog on the gertha mailasail blog,Sat phone will be on, happy to supply number if anyone wishes to help with textmessage, looks like we can do things on facebook with the YB thingy. I rely on my crew to do this as I have no idea.   Weather good,. read more...


Gloria of Southampton - Fish catch - Gloria of Southampton
Gloria of Southampton - Fish catch - Gloria of Southampton
31/05/2018

Selkie - Last Blog: Leg 2: Day 16

So here we are under 100 miles to the Azores. It’s been two days since I’ve kept a journal or written anything. After my last entry, which was a poem, I had a hard stint keeping adjusted to this life. Every once in a while, I feel like I’m in that horrible novel and movie, The Keeping Room. Like Nick has swept me away into one room that I cannot escape, and then I check myself and count myself lucky. Right? I’m on a yacht with four children that safely crossed the Atlantic Ocean! Not many can say that, but it’s gotten to the point that none of us change out of our long john pajamas. I get up wearing them and before I know it, it’s time to get back into them. Oh, wait a minute. I’m still wearing them. And my hair as well as my girls’ hair… it is so snarled it looks like an expensive. read more...


31/05/2018

Ngahue IV - Ngahue IV - Sizzling sausages... look at the AIS!

After days and days of nothing on the AIS, other than the odd cargo ship or the very odd sailing vessel, we suddenly have loads and loads of AIS targets on our screen - literally dozens of them: Class A and Class B. It seems as if the Azores Islands have scattered a whole box full of them on our screen. Well, it shows that Horta and the ARC Fleet aren't too far away. We'll be arriving, all going well, later this afternoon, having taken the 'long-cut' to get there. A little more wind and a little less "southerly" would be appreciated, but the wind has never taken any hints from me so far, so why now?--. read more...


30/05/2018

Ngahue IV - Ngahue IV - Our last full day at sea

A reddish dawn announced the beginning of what looks like being the last full day that we'll be at sea. Tomorrow (afternoon?) should see us arriving in Horta, barring any accidents or encounters of the 3rd kind with tree trunks, oil drums, dormant whales or other such obstacles, that despite the full moon wonderfully lighting up the sea you still couldn't detect until it is too late. Our only object of interest spotted during this whole trip so far was an orange boot floating in the water - fortunately no body or severed foot or leg in the boot, so Laura ensured me. You can see who's reading the crime novels at sea...We're reunited with our Dutch friends, who wandered off a bit more north yesterday (and we south). They could see us on the AIS, but we didn't see them anymore - but held. read more...


29/05/2018

Selkie - Crossing

The Sea. Endless rolls of curls that push, slide, coast us to where we’ve never been.Travel slow. Look to the horizon. Determine the language of the clouds. Feel the wind. Connect your heart to your sails and understand how to hug the power. Think of your destination, but do not let it decide how you embrace your moment, your sail. Sail where wind and waves have an argument, where they dispute your future, and ride the difference, the heat of the conversation. Let the breakers wink at you to share the secret only both of you know: The ocean, the water, our home, is a mystery that we must discover with a bottomless glass of bravery, a thirsty soul for the unknown. See the swells move on from your encounter. Notice how you have changed them, changed yourself, changed what’s underneath.. read more...


29/05/2018

Ngahue IV - Ngahue IV - Slowly approaching Horta!

Weather systems are there to test the yachtsman's patience, endurance and skill in reaching a destination without said yachtsman jumping off his vessel in frustration beforehand. Whereas yesterday started with excellent sailing weather to reach Horta, we subsequently encountered a sharp squall in the afternoon which must have scared away the decent wind that we were enjoying. At first our wind stuck its tail between its hind legs and scarpered off northwards; there it must have cut itself into three, because when it came back it was less than a third in strength and had turned into a pure westerly. So, nothing that would make our rather heavy craft move forwards at any rate of knots. Together with our accompanying Dutch friends (see my previous post), we decided on a new course (of. read more...


29/05/2018

Khaleesi - Log Day 13 - Neptune's little teaser!

Since the last blog, we had an intense but short squall pass over us at about 1700hrs on the 28th, and in its wake left no wind!Well only about 7 to 9 knots and from the West so it was directly behind us. I was determined to break the 200 nautical miles to go barrier, so we sailed at a saedate 3.5 knots until I had completed the SSB roll call, and we had our evening meal in relative peace and quiet.Over the next few hours we ran the engine up and motor sailed for an hour, turned off the engine and waited for an hour to see if the wind would "kick in".It never did of course. but then hortly before my watch at 2am on 29th, Graham called me up, as there was a squall coming towards us. Towering black clouds in an already dark sky were speeding towards us. We quickly reefed down and then the. read more...


29/05/2018

Mazu - Day 14 - Approaching Horta

The anticipation onboard is rising.... Horta is now only 32 miles away ... unfortunately almost directly into the rising Sun so we haven’t spotted land yet.We expect to make landfall this afternoon.A strange phenomenon is occurring with the AIS.Normally we only see other boats out to maybe 30 miles for large ships and around 4-5 miles for yachts as the signal is sent and received by VHF so usually only shows vessels by line of sight and is dependent on the strength of the signal and how high the antenna is on the vessel.However, last night when we were over 100 n. miles from Horta, all of a sudden, we could see a plethora of vessels between us and Horta plus those in port and around the island.Can anybody explain, please?Our antenna is at the top of the mast, about 65 ft above sea. read more...


29/05/2018

Mischief - Up to Mischief Log 43 Further adventures of S/Y Mischief through the eyes and ears of Chas Baynes

Saturday, 26th May 2018 - En route Vava'u, TongaThere was no wind at all last night and a calm sea so we are presently motoring towards Vava'u, Tonga.Ironically, the SSB radio net at 8am announced that Niue had now relented and all ARC yachts were now able to check in and check out at the same time but only today, Saturday. It's a bit late as we are now well passed Niue and even Adrienne, the last ARC yacht to make a decision has also decided to make direct for Tonga. A real shame as Niue is reported to be a real highlight. Also, the weather front that is coming through tomorrow supposedly is timed for around midnight so we ought to be well in harbor by then, hopefully in the Irish bar should we have found one. 1200 position: 18 degs 14.8' S171 degs 30.9' WC: 265SOG: 6.5W: S 7kntsDTR:. read more...


28/05/2018

Khaleesi - Log Day 13 - The Charge

The Atlantic can be an unforgiving force of nature at times, and at others it has a beauty that is difficult to surpass.Our fair winds and calm seas have continued as we ride a ridge of pressure between two systems, and with luck, it should carry us all the way to Horta.We are currently 254 nautical miles from the finish line outside Horta, and sailing at a consistent 7.5 knot speed.How good can it get!We have all enjoyed the sailing which has surpassed anything else we have experienced in terms of Khaleesi's responsiveness and the wind.Even the dolphins have joined in the early hours of this morning when we had a row of three on either side, almost as if they were waiting for bridles to be slipped over their heads, and for the command to be given to charge, like war horses pulling a. read more...


28/05/2018

Khaleesi - Log Day 11 - At Last - Fair winds and calm seas

We seem to have hit a purple patch, temporary or otherwise, but we have fair winds of between 15 and 18 knots, and calm seas with lazy low lying swells. As a result we are munching up the miles at a good 7.2 to 7.7 knots per hour.With 450 nm to go we could see us arriving in Horta in 3 days, which would be outstanding. Yesterday we emptied the lazerette again to check on the rudder bearing, but were able to do so on the move, and this time the securing bolts could be tightened up with the rudder in a centralised position. They all needed to be tightened which Pete did once again by contorting himself into odd shapes and positions down in the lazerette risking life and limb on the bolts that protruded through from above from various deck fittings, and with the moving ridder stock he was. read more...


28/05/2018

Selkie - Day 12: Leg 2 Generator Scare 500 miles from the Azores

We wake to good weather and have a good morning with coffee and bacon! We fire up the internet and the water maker. Everything suddenly poops out. The generator is off and not turning back on! We adjust to how this will be: no water maker, no extra water, no warm water, no charging of devices, no radar, possibly no navigation lights, maybe no cooking, no bilge pump, no autopilot, no no no. Yikes. Scary. Nick and I are super worried. We stare at each other with big eyes. He reads the manual. We are all very quiet for a long time. The kids and I play legos. Then Nick finds the answer with Rory’s toy shaving mirror. A hidden breaker is misplaced on the far side of the generator. Thank God! I cry tears of joy. I actually ball my eyes out with happiness and Nick walks around with a radiant. read more...


28/05/2018

Jubilate Mare - Really REALLY nearly there!

Well, we now have less than 150 miles to go; so with luck, and a following wind, we should be in Horta for breakfast tomorrow. We had five further sightings of dolphins yesterday and just before supper whales were spotted in the distance. The whoops and cheers from the crew probably frightened away any fish thatmight, and I do mean just MIGHT, have been around. It will be strange being back in the ‘real’ world after life in our little bubble. We don’t know what’s been going on, though I seem to remember something about a wedding. Oh yes, and I believe today is a Bank Holiday back home so it is probably raining!There is a certain freedom being mostly disconnected from everyday goings-ons. It’s like the old days of holidaying before the internet had been invented. You packed your suitcase,. read more...


28/05/2018

Ngahue IV - Ngahue IV - Them Dutchies

We've made ourselves new friends with a Dutch yacht called Agapé - they also happen to be a member of the same sailing club - De Toerzeilers - that we joined last year, prior to leaving for a a long cruise. We've been in each other's company (and that of Fanky, but who have since moved on) for a couple of days now. Given the expected weather for the next couple of days, we feel that our best option is to stay at approximately 36 degrees North, and pass under the wind that on Tuesday/Wednesday looks like turning against our progression to Horta. We may need to motor a little bit through what looks like a no-mans-land in between two rivaling air-masses. And then zip up into Horta on Thursday.Last night there were a couple of lightning flashes south of us; but nothing came of them, and the. read more...


28/05/2018

Mazu - Day 12 - More Whales and Dolphins

As dawn is breaking on Day 13, I just had to jot down yesterday’s highlights.Not only was it a great sailing day but we also spotted whales breaching about a quarter of a mile away and there seemed to be dolphins all over the place, some that seemed to be on a mission, ahead of the whales, and others who were in a more playful mood, especially around our bow wave.To cap off the day, the moon rose shortly after the sun set and it was a beautiful clear moonlit night.Off our port side, we can see Zeeland, another ARC Europe boat that we have been speaking to regularly on the twice daily SSB nets but haven’t seen until now.Now only 215 miles to go ....... read more...


27/05/2018

Gertha 5 - Rally Portugal 2018 day minus 6

Gertha 5 is now tied up on Mayflower Marina, my third Rally Portugal and this Gerties first. Delivery from Suffolk was near perfect, winds north east with a good selection of speeds, 0 to 30. Not much 30 odd seconds . 0 was for 6 hours off Portland. Only two problems , first was noisy transmission, by luck this manifested it self in Cowes, good friends at World Cruising had a mechanic on board in minuets after asking for help. It appears I bought a boat last year in Spain took her to UK and had no oil in gearbox, Poseidon must love me, as he allowed my incompetence to check the oil level. Second problem is a failed fridge, however we have 2 so no great problem.Now have a week to sort last few snags.The teak deck is black , the oil from last autumn was a fail, many joyful hours of. read more...


27/05/2018

Selkie - Group Selkie Photo from Day 4:Tristan, Maggie holding Rory, Nick hugging all and Lily, then Mara

-- Maggie Magdalena Hirt   "Writing is a process, a journey into memory and the soul."                           -Isabel Allende IMG_1553.. read more...



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