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Shiva - Shiva - Log day -28: Shiva has arrived in Gran Canaria & is ready for departure
Shiva - Shiva - Log day -28: Shiva has arrived in Gran Canaria & is ready for departure
25/10/2015

Annabella - Annapolis in the rain

Even early on Sunday morning in the rain, Main Street in Annapolis is alive and well. Enjoying a day off.IMG_0111 IMG_0112 IMG_0113. read more...


Annabella - Annapolis in the rain
Annabella - Annapolis in the rain
Annabella - Annapolis in the rain
Annabella - Annapolis in the rain
Annabella - Annapolis in the rain
Annabella - Annapolis in the rain
25/10/2015

Firefly - En route to Lingga in the haze

Its Sunday 25th October and at 0630 Firefly left the anchorage at Belitung after a stoppage of over a week. We have fallen a little out of sync with the Sail 2 Indonesia Rally, missing 2 stops in Borneo to avoid the smoke pollution. We did attend both the 'Welcome Ceremony' and the interesting 'Bali Mask Dance' yesterday but had already done a couple of island tours so decided to leave a few days ahead of the pack so that we cover the 200+ miles to Penuba on Lingga at a slower pace.Our attempt to avoid the terrible air pollution present in this part of SE Asia did not work out as Belitung has been smokey and hazy most of the time too. The first two days we had blue skies but since then there has been a combination of general haze from forest fires in Borneo or Sumatra combined with smoke. read more...


24/10/2015

Widago - Heading to Las Palmas: Quiet Night

WIDAGO and crew departed Lagos this morning for Grand Canaria under gray and rainy skies. Winds have been mild, only 10-12kts on our beam, with calm seas. Even though we took a reef for the evening, the expected winds still have not arrived, but the skies have cleared and the mon shines brightly. With such a calm, no one has been seasick (yet) including yours truly, so a real hot meal of homemade chicken and rice soup was in the bowls for dinner. William was in charge of "roll'ms" (our after dinner treat while watching movies) and he charged hard out of the gate with our only stash of Golden Oreos. I'm pretty Ahab missed out on that particular round of HFCS and hydrogenated fat delicacy since he was on watch early.Great sailing today: huge pod of rather large dolphin and a curious little. read more...


Widago - Heading to Las Palmas: Quiet Night
Widago - Heading to Las Palmas: Quiet Night
23/10/2015

Luna Quest - Friday, 23rd October, 2015

Postion of Le Port La Reunion: 20.56S 55.17EDistance run from Mauritius: 143 logged milesThe highlights of Mauritius included a visit to a working sugar cane plantation (Labourdonnais) and a visit to a museum for the way sugar cane used to be harvested and processed into sugar, molasses and rum. Virtually all of the equipment used was made in England and Scotland and shipped by the old trading vessels to our former colonies (Mauritius is now independent). The Labourdonnais plantation included a beautifully restored chateau, all paid for by the family who still own and run it. The absence of inheritance tax has made this all possible. We also paid a visit to an unrestored colonial house, called ‘Maison Eureka’, to have Sunday lunch, walk the gardens and visit the waterfalls. This lovely. read more...


22/10/2015

Widago - Next Stop: Las Palmas

WIDAGO and her crew are anxiously awaiting for proper weather and final maintenance to be be completed before leaving Lagos, and heading south to Grand Canaria. Although this week has been all business, last week we played hooky for a Spanish road trip. Seville was the perfect pitstop on our way to Madrid. Obviously the oranges and aquarium were of great interest, but the award for Seville goes to their science museum, specifically the temporary exhibit on poop. The details of doo-doo were scientifically debunked, and the boys were happy to to pose for photos on the exhibit “thrones” and turds from outer space. Ahab and I managed to not only relax with a massage, but actually find a proper barber (of Seville) and receive our first real haircuts since January. On to Madrid, where eating,. read more...


21/10/2015

Starblazer - 21/10/2015 – Mauritius

Sorry, it’s nearly two weeks since my last log and a lot has happened since then!I celebrated my birthday at sea by eating.John cooked scrambled eggs on toast for breakfast, I made smoked salmon, cream cheese and salad wraps for lunch then John cooked steaks for dinner. Other than that, the day passed like any other day at sea, on watch periods, radio nets and regular entries in the ship’s logbook. The breeze stayed with us all day and we made good progress with a Tuesday arrival looking possible.Sadly it wasn’t to be and we arrived at first light on Wednesday.We had one further piece of damage which John noticed on Tuesday morning. The radar was dangling from the mast supported only by its wires.The seas were rather bouncy and John didn’t fancy climbing the mast so he managed to. read more...


20/10/2015

Firefly - Belitung was smoke free at first

Firefly has been anchored on the north west of Belitung for 5 days and will probably stay for a while longer. After Kumai our planned destination was Ketapang on the west of Borneo. The Sail 2 Indonesia Rally was due to stop there few a few days and would then move onto an Island called Karimata. However, the Ketapang stop was up another muddy river and we heard early reports via the SSB net that there was poor visibility due to air pollution.The decision was therefore made on Firefly to skip the next 2 rally stops and go straight onto Belitung, an island in the south of the South China Sea that was likely to have blue sky. From Kumai we therefore sailed overnight and the following afternoon anchored at one of a number of small islands off the north east of Belitung. Lots of jelly fish. read more...


20/10/2015

Misto - Misto at Deltaville

We are on the hard at Deltaville – great place for Cats to haul and to do work.  We are waxing, polishing, raising the waterline, bottom painting, doing some routine engine maintenance and hoping to Splash on Friday or early next week. The cold weather has been a bit of a shock – we don’t have heat while on the hard and connected to 15 amps!. read more...


Misto - Howard hard at work waxing and polishing Misto.
Misto - Howard hard at work waxing and polishing Misto.
Misto - On the hard at Deltaville
Misto - On the hard at Deltaville
17/10/2015

Annabella - Annabella departing

Many thanks to Mary Joe and Dean Shultis for the professional photography of Annabella departing Shennecossett yacht club last week at journey's start. Actually, Dean was the early riser that stood out at the point snapping the excellent photos. But we all know who runs the operation. Thanks to both.As for our progress, we arrived at Cape May a day late and alternator short. We are waiting for replacement alternator which isn't quick on a Saturday. With luck we may clear Cape May Monday or Tuesday. We shall see. Could be worse. We are at Canyon club Marina and the facilities are wonderful and the people better. Stay tuned.IMG_0233 IMG_0234. read more...


Annabella - Annabella departing
Annabella - Annabella departing
Annabella - Annabella departing
Annabella - Annabella departing
15/10/2015

Annabella - Dawn at Barnegat Bay

Sorry, couldn't resist. It was better/more orange 10 minutes ago.. read more...


Annabella - Dawn at Barnegat Bay
Annabella - Dawn at Barnegat Bay
15/10/2015

Annabella - Electrical issues

No photos. Last two days we have been dealing with rapidly discharging batteries. We cut our sail to Cape May short and came into Barnegat Bay at 2100 on 10/13. Batteries hovering at 11.5-11.6. New batteries are now on board but since the others are now fully charged from shore power and we haven't diagnosed the system fully we are holding them in reserve until needed. When we get to cape may we will install 3 new batteries and get a system diagnosis. So far all we know is that the batteries are fully charged this second and that the charge coming from the alternator is insufficient to keep them that way under power. The rapid drop of charge is worrisome as it may be a short somewhere.Thanks to my engineer, Dan Baublis for being ready with manuals and intelligence to help over the. read more...


14/10/2015

Why Not - At last Las Palmas.......

Pleased to say we have made it to Las Palmas, Gran Canaria. After what feels a lifetime of planning we are finally here and ready to do the final preparations for the crossing. I, not being the sailor was dreading the passage from Gibraltar to Gran Canaria. I was sure we were going to have some lively seas, fortunately the Gods answered my prayers and we had an extremely uneventful trip down. Richard would say a little too uneventful for his liking. Virtually no wind and he had to spend his time looking for it! I was really in my element especially as we had birds come and rest on the bimini, who were happy to spend a few hours there, two lots of whales and hundreds of dolphins who would happily spend half an hour playing at the bow.We have brought the yacht down from Valencia. read more...


Why Not - At last Las Palmas.......
Why Not - At last Las Palmas.......
Why Not - At last Las Palmas.......
Why Not - At last Las Palmas.......
14/10/2015

Allegro - QUARTA-FEIRA, 14 DE OUTUBRO DE 2015

Último dia da longa perna Cocos-Maurícias.E aqui estamos, a cerca de 130 milhas do destino, a cidade de Port Louis, nas Maurícias.Prevemos chegar amanhã, pelas 1300, hora de Cocos, o que quererá dizer 1030, hora das Maurícias. Pois é, a diferença de hora de Cocos para Maurícias é de 02:30 h. Cocos é UTC + 6.30, e Maurícias UTC + 4. Mais umas milhas para Oeste e ficamos com a mesma hora que em Portugal. Mas isso só lá mais para o meio do Atlântico Sul (Santa Helena)… O que quer dizer, daqui a muitas milhas e muitos dias…Esta perna tem corrido bem, apesar do mar alto e desencontrado, dos balanços e sacões, das ondas que, de vez em quando e de forma imprevisível, batem com força no casco, fazendo um ruído nada agradável. Já esteve pior, já melhorou, já tornou a piorar, e agora está. read more...


13/10/2015

Annabella - Always exciting

The freedom Tower is a constant reminder. The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island are also reminders of A different kind.On our way to Cape May.FullSizeRender FullSizeRender IMG_0227. read more...


Annabella - Always exciting
Annabella - Always exciting
Annabella - Always exciting
Annabella - Always exciting
Annabella - Always exciting
Annabella - Always exciting
13/10/2015

Exody - Days 271 -274 : Mahi Mahi + Mauritius

It took us three more full days to make the final stretch of under 500 miles, deliberately slowing a little so as to time our arrival for daylight and a favourable tide.  The conditions remained superb though, with the wind backing a little, we were poled out again.  We tied up in the Caudan basin in busy Port Louis at 09.30 local time Monday 12th having crossed the finish line two weeks and one hour after the start.  Exody was 8th boat in, less than two days behind the leaders, having averaged 6.95 knots.   Along with virtually the whole fleet we had zero engine hours which will make the results even more keenly anticipated than usual!Appropriately for a Friday, we had landed a 5+kilogram Mahi Mahi, almost to order since we had deferred fishing. read more...


13/10/2015

Luna Quest - Tuesday, 13th October, 2015

Position: 20.10S 60.33EPort Louis - MauritiusDistance made good: 208 logged miles since noon yesterdayThe fresh breeze held throughout the night and morning. Some very large seas with toppling crests chased Luna Quest in her wild run for Mauritius under full goose winged sail. We were determined to make landfall before dark. When land was sighted at around 9am, our spirits rose as it was quite likely that we would be in in the afternoon. The waves and swell were impressive; each time Luna Quest was overtaken by one of the monsters, she would be carried along by them for a while until the swell tired of her, dropped her in its wake. Then Luna Quest would fall back into the trough left behind by the surging swell and our sight of land would disappear. Once we made the narrow passage. read more...


Misto - Misto surfing Her way to the Chesapeake
Misto - Misto surfing Her way to the Chesapeake
13/10/2015

Firefly - Smoke and the Men of the Forest

In the Indonesian language, 'Orang' essentially means 'human' and 'utang' is 'in the forest'- hence Orangutan - 'Man of the Forest'. Tours to visit the Orangutan Sanctuaries in the Tanyung Puting National Park start in Kumai a port on the south coast of Borneo and it was a scheduled stop on the Sail 2 Indonesia Rally. However, due to intense smoke in the atmosphere caused by forest fires, visiting Kumai was left down to the individuals and Firefly was the first to visit, although we did know that some other yachts had been there recently despite the problems.Like a port from Joseph Conrad's Lord Jim, Kumai would certainly not be described as pretty. The wide silty brown river has quite a lot of commercial and fishing boat traffic and leads you up to the town which spreads along the. read more...


12/10/2015

Luna Quest - Monday, 12th October, 2015

Noon Position: 19.29S 60.33EDaily run: 161 logged milesThe seas are big and rough. The waves follow in quick succession. Some threaten to poop the boat, but none have managed so far. Luna Quest lifts her bottom to them and lets any breaking sea rumble underneath her. The decks are dry. The tow rope of the aqua generator keeps flipping out of the water once a wave has passed and then spins in the opposite direction. One rope has been rendered useless as a result. It has been badly mangled and the nylon eyes at both ends are severely warped. We are using a differentrope now where Julia has whipped an excellent eye to one end. The other end already had an eye and looked reasonably secure. We live in fading hopes to have our Ampair generator repaired in Mauritius and wish we could say that. read more...


12/10/2015

Annabella - Our condo on the Hudson

West 79th Boat Basin is a great location if you don't mind a lot of rock and roleWhat a day to take a walk in the park!. read more...


Annabella - Our condo on the Hudson
Annabella - Our condo on the Hudson
Annabella - Our condo on the Hudson
Annabella - Our condo on the Hudson
11/10/2015

Annabella - Port Washington, NY

Sunrise or sunset?. read more...


Annabella - Port Washington, NY
Annabella - Port Washington, NY
11/10/2015

Luna Quest - Sunday, 11th October, 2015

Noon Position: 18.57S 63.21EDaily run: 174 logged milesWe are having some frustrations in securing a replacement Ampair water-towed generator. It has taken a week and a half for a recommended agent to find out that Ampair are no longer in business. We shall have to research the second hand market as a secure power supply is essential on board. It keeps the fridge going and communications. Our 10-year old Aquagen is doing its best to do the job, but it is less reliable and less powerful.The weather continues fine with a few harmless squalls giving very light rain and a temporary boost in wind speed. Julia’s provisioning has been so well calculated that by the time we arrive in Mauritius, we shall have just about consumed all of our fresh vegetables and meat. We have given up on fishing.. read more...


10/10/2015

Starblazer - 10/10/2015 – Problem solving

John always jokes that he likes sailing because he likes solving problems. I like problem solving in a less practical, more cerebral way like Sudoku, crosswords etc! That is not to say that I can’t contribute ideas, however the practical work falls to the skipper.One problem which John has discovered recently concerns one of the alternators on the engine, the one charging the domestic bank of batteries. We knew it was wrecked when the heat exchanger burst a pipe fitting, spraying sea water around the engine bay en route to Christmas Island. There was nothing we could do there to source a replacement so we have to rely on the generator to charge the domestic bank, which in turn depletes the engine start battery.Theoretically we can charge that one by running the engine in neutral or. read more...


10/10/2015

Luna Quest - Saturday, 10th October, 2015

Noon Position:Daily run:The wind has remained steadfast between 13kn and 23kn. During the night it shifted from SE to ESE and we were able to pole out the genoa to port. As we are making good speeds (around 7kn), the aquagen has done a great job to keep things going including the autopilot overnight. A little sunshine today will help replenish the batteries and as it is somewhat overcast, we have decided to leave the aquagen in the water.As we are slowly gaining more south on our way to Mauritius, it has become noticeably cooler, especially at night. The leading boats are likely to arrive late today and overnight, followed in dribs and drabs by the rest of the fleet. We are the fifth boat from last and expect to make landfall on Tuesday. The last boat is likely to arrive on Thursday. The. read more...


10/10/2015

Allegro - SEXTA-FEIRA, 09 DE OUTUBRO DE 2015

OCEANO ÍNDICO - Continuação- COCOS-MAURÍCIAS -A última noite em Cocos Keeling esteve ainda mais ventosa do que nos outros dias. Choveu um pouco no início da noite.Na manhã seguinte, segunda-feira, 28 de Setembro de 2015, arrancaríamos para a longa, longa perna de Cocos - Maurícias, com cerca de 2350 milhas.A previsão meteorológica era de vento entre 15 e 25 nós, predominantemente de Sueste, o que seria bom para uma mareação dentro do rumo. Mas previam-se ondas de 2-3 metros e, sobretudo, existia uma depressão a SE, ainda longe e a progredir relativamente devagar, mas com probabilidade, embora baixa, de se poder transformar em tempestade tropical/ ciclone. Não sei se foi o vento, se foi a ideia dessa depressão, a probabilidade era baixa, mas não deixava de ser preocupante, mas acordei de. read more...


09/10/2015

Annabella - Port Jeff

Never made it to Oyster Bay today. Too much West wind in the face. So stopped at Port Jefferson in the early afternoon. As it got dark we watched the youngsters race. Should've had one with me today.. read more...


Annabella - Port Jeff
Annabella - Port Jeff
Annabella - Port Jeff
Annabella - Port Jeff
09/10/2015

Annabella - Test

Hope this works!It's 50F here in northern Vermont. I can't wait to get to 18d 27.7m N64d 38.1m WJohn. read more...


09/10/2015

Luna Quest - Friday, 9th October, 2015

Noon Position: 18.03S 68.41EDaily run: 161 logged milesJulia’s Macbook Pro can no longer be charged on the boat. We connected it to the inverter yesterday, but the inverter protested switching itself off and showing a red alarm light. The handbook says overload. We have no alternative way to charge her top of the range Macbook. Hopefully, in Mauritius the shore power will have a better chance to feed it.The wind returned late yesterday afternoon from the Southeast strengthening to 20 knots overnight. As Luna Quest tends to luff in stronger winds, the Hydrovane put her a little too far south from the rhumb line. We shall have to recoup that distance lost over the next few days. Unfortunately, the aqua generator is not quite powerful enough to keep the lights, the fridge and the auto pilot. read more...


08/10/2015

Annabella - The Thimble Islands from 3 directions

Looking for our friend Adrienne but she isn't here.. read more...


Annabella - The Thimble Islands from 3 directions
Annabella - The Thimble Islands from 3 directions