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12/03/2016

12/03/2016 – The weather didn’t read my script

Blue skies, puffy white clouds, sunshine, stable winds in both direction and strength…I think it was two days or three days ago when I wrote this. Yesterday, Friday, had none of these conditions!It was grey and overcast all day; nothing looked particularly threatening, it just didn‘t look very welcoming.Add to this a gentle breeze which wandered around the compass like a lost soul in the desert searching for an oasis, not a bad analogy as it was hot.All in all it made for a tricky sailing day.From 0200 yesterday morning we sailed fairly steadily, not fast but 1.5 to 2 knots of current gave us adequate if not spectacular progress.The wind veered from NNE through NE to E by mid-morning, resulting in the genoa flapping as the mainsail blocked the wind.We installed the pole on starboard side. read more...


12/03/2016

Days 422,423: Weather !

After two near perfect days and nights of gentle trade wind sailing, today, Friday 11th March brought weather! Not just squalls but large banks of cloud and rain with associated disturbed and reduced winds.Wind from all directions- west, via north to southeast, none in excess of 15 knots, much less than 5. So we've had the engine off and on, the sails set from goose-winged to close-hauled and back again and again! Our patience has been just a little stretched.Few things jangle a sailor's nerves more than flogging sails and, when the wind finally settled directly astern at about 6 knots, conditions for this torture were ideal! I lost my resolve after a couple hours stowed all sail and took to the 'steel wings' (as Hugur has called the engine).Yesterday, Thursday 10th, we were 200 miles. read more...


12/03/2016

Log Day 62: A Board Meeting Aboard

At last, a sunny day and deep blue waters for as far as the eye could see. We did, however,have to review our overall strategy for this passage as we approach the halfway mark.We may as well have been in a Boardroom as the various tactics, that would either support our strategy or throw it overboard, were discussed, debated and eventually agreed upon, only to have to change it all an hour later when the weather decided not to cooperate. In essence, the cushion that we had in remaining above our rhumb line evaporated when the wind insisted on staying E (East) for most of the day and, in order to keep our speed up, we had to head in a more southerly direction.Tonight the wind veered to be more ESE (East South East) so, although we've slowed down a little, we're managing to keep our. read more...


11/03/2016

Aliena - Viernes 11 de Marzo de 2016

10º dia de Galapagos a MarquesasEl barco parece un ogro que caminando con sus piernotas sobre fango, nos lleve dentro. Ese es el efecto cuando vamos navegando con el yankee atangonado y el mar de través, como nos ocurre ahora. Ha cambiado el viento, ahora es del Este flojo y nos ha hecho tener que poner las alas al barco, aunque navegamos despacio. Hoy 152nm y seguramente mañana no mucho mas.Carmen. read more...


11/03/2016

Blog 25. At sea. 07.54.35S 115.23.11W

Friday, 11 March.Today is a celebration day, because we have definitely passed the half way mark.The last Yellow Brick position showed 1480 miles to go and the Garmin is now on 1406 miles to go.We are just in the middle of a communication experiment engineered by Johan on Aliena to see if we can establish an SSB frequency that most of the fleet can hear.So far, the SSB is still producing little other than an annoying crackle, but we can just hear a voice on 8297.0 coming out of the ether.Other than the fact it is a male voice, we are non the wiser, so we may have to continue the rest of our journey inradio isolation. All the crew have had mixed watches with some exhilarating sailing that got us used to the idea of 8 to 9 knots with the occasional 10 knots in the right direction, but over. read more...


11/03/2016

Starblazer - 11/03/2016 – I don’t want to complain but…

Thursday was even more frustrating than Wednesday!To be brief, it was our lowest day’s run on this leg, 159 nM, and that was only achieved with the help of the ‘metal wings’ or ‘iron topsail’.We did work hard at sailing the boat including launching our colourful cruising chute once the breeze, fartoo gentle to be called ‘wind’, veered to the east and onto our beam. That gave us a little more speed but the saving factor was the current which swept us along at 1.5 knots.Eventually we pulled it down and turned the engine on when the boat speed dropped to 1.5 knots, making our SOG 3knots.During the evening SSB net we turned the engine off and drifted for half an hour, making a paltry 0.2 knots through the water!Unfortunately the motoring penalty will hit our corrected finishing time quite. read more...


11/03/2016

Aretha - Sailing past the Venezuela Coast - 09 56 North 056 57 West

It’s 0237. I’ve been sitting up on deck - the sky is incredibly clear and cloudless with a sliver of moon. The stars are so bright they come all the way down to the horizon and merge with the sea - its hard to tell where the sky ends and the sea begins - it all blurs into one making it nigh on impossible to distinguish ship lights from stars. For the past 3 nights its been like this and I’ve spent hours on deck with Bluebell and Columbus staring up at the stars and using the star gazing app, we have been identifying constellations, galaxies, messier objects, planets and stars. Favourites have been Jupiter which is very bright to our starboard side, the Leo constellation next to Jupiter, Sirius, Orion and the various Messier objects which Columbus is becoming expert at spotting. For an. read more...


11/03/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 61: Familar Voices to Brighten Our Day

It's been a quiet day onbosrd. The seas eventually moderated this morning and the sun came out briefly, but of course, we now have the wind in the wrong direction which is taking us more south than we care to sail right now.We are still slightly north of our rhumb line though, so we have some wiggle room.One of the highlights of our days at sea is our daily contact with the other WARC yachts via the midday and evening SSB radio net broadcasts.Although we haven't seen another yacht or the comforting lights of another yacht in days now, It's always lovely to hear the familiar voices out there and know that we're not alone is this huge ocean. Add to that a splash of humour during the evening net like Elaine indicating, when prompted, that the only wild life she's seen today is "Roy running. read more...


10/03/2016

Aliena - Jueves 10 de Marzo 2016

9º dia de navegación de Galápagos a MarquesasAnoche vi la Cruz del Sur situada justo al principio de la Vía Lactea y parecía un cachirulo con la cola hacia arriba. La verdad es que se veian muchas estrellas pero esas son las unicas que se identificar. El velero Wishanger nos ha dado la noche. Se puso en paralelo casi a un tiro de piedra y el navegador nos advertia de riesgo de colisión. Menos mal que se ha ido delante y ahora navegamos mas tranquilos aprovechando tambien que el mar no está tan revuelto como ayer y, ademas, está empezando a tomar el color morado del Pacífico. Mientras tanto la vida a bordo permanece tranquila, bien en salon de lectura -en la bañera-, bien en el de escritura -dentro-. Hemos andado 166nm y ns quedan 1740, es decir unos 9 días mas.Carmen. read more...


10/03/2016

Two Fish - Day 60 (repost)

Great Friends solve Two Fish problem from afar----------------------------------------------Sailboats have little black cups spinning at the top of the mast which calculate the wind speed.Our unit started to die the day before we left on this 3,000 mile passage.Gail tried a few times to fix it but Furuno advised us that the only solution is to mail it in for service or buy a new one (see previous posts).So we set sail with the thought that many an ocean have been crossed without a wind speed indicator and we should be fine.I had anticipated this contingency back in Florida and had bought a hand-held wind speed detector. This is not ideal but can at least give us a rough idea of when the breeze peaks and when to reef. Here are the shortfalls:1) The unit only displays apparent wind, not. read more...


10/03/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 60: Celebrations - 2000NM Mark

A little after 0900 this morning we crossed the 2000NM line - We're a third of the way - a definite cause for celebrations.Elaine cooked up a hearty full Irish breakfast including freshly baked soda bread to mark the occasion. We definitely had to rely on our sunny dispositions though, as we never saw the actual sun once throughout the day. From a weather perspective,it was a dreary, overcast day indeed with a rather large swell on the beam that continues to make for an uncomfortable ride. The wind, however,is keeping us sailing in the right direction. To pass the time Elaine baked a Banana Bread with the last of the bananas. A week into our passage and we still have some fresh fruit and vegetables so, all things considered,life is good!56233a9a-f81b-4d89-b4c4-3ac8fe582a3e567303191. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 60: Celebrations -2000NM Mark
Paw Paw - Log Day 60: Celebrations -2000NM Mark
Paw Paw - Log Day 60: Celebrations -2000NM Mark
Paw Paw - Log Day 60: Celebrations -2000NM Mark
10/03/2016

Starblazer - 10/03/2016 – Frustration!

The winds held until late morning then started to drop, as our speed decreased we also seemed to get less help from the current.Our stunning progress of the previous few days appeared to be going nowhere fast.When John downloaded the WCC position reports at 1700 we found that the two boats we had made most progress on had suddenly found good current and leapt ahead.In fact, only one boat in the fleet had a slower VMG than us.For those who don’t know what I mean, here is a quick explanation.Velocity Made Good is the speed the boat is closing with its destination, calculated by taking its speed over the ground (SOG) and course over the ground (COG) and measuring the distance of that point from the destination.The more off course we are, the lower the VMG.The fastest point of sail might. read more...


09/03/2016

Two Fish - Day 60: Remote helpers and more

Great Friends solve Two Fish problem from afar----------------------------------------------Sailboats have little black cups spinning at the top of the mast which calculate the wind speed.Our unit started to die the day before we left on this 3,000 mile passage.Gail tried a few times to fix it but Furuno advised us that the only solution is to mail it in for service or buy a new one (see previous posts).So we set sail with the thought that many an ocean have been crossed without a wind speed indicator and we should be fine.I had anticipated this contingency back in Florida and had bought a hand-held wind speed detector. This is not ideal but can at least give us a rough idea of when the breeze peaks and when to reef. Here are the shortfalls:1) The unit only displays apparent wind, not. read more...


10/03/2016

Exody - Day 421: Sunset over Suriname

The orange glow to the west in the cloudless sky lingered long after the stars were sparkling. The day had started dramatically at 02.30 with another glow to the west. Orange first shining brightly behind a cloud. Wrong place, wrong time, wrong colour for the sun or moon, too massive for a flare.It burst above the cloud and streaked across the night sky with a long red tail, splitting into two distinct fireballs. It turned out to be a rocket launched from an EU range in French Guyana. So I was told by Caspar of Aretha on the VHF. They, along with Makena and Hugur had shared the sight.Hugur also saw burning material fall into the sea nearby - so the World ARC fleet were lucky to miss the fiery jettisoned components!Our day's run of 207 was the first to break the 200 barrier, albeit. read more...


09/03/2016

Aliena - Miercoles 9 Marzo 2016

8º dia Galapagos-MarquesasCuando navegando tienes la sensación de que estas en el Purgatorio porque el barco anda igual todo el tiempo, el paisaje que te rodea es siempre el mismo y el mar siempre se muestra igual y te rodean las mismas caras, la sensación es agradable aunque hayas caido en el dia de la marmota. Pero cuando estas cosas pasan asociadas a la lluvia, al mar y viento revueltos, resulta una autentica lata. Ese es nuestro casoel dia de hoy. Al amancer parecía que saliamos de la baja presión para entrar en los efectos que le ha causado al mar: hoy está bravo y el viento tambien, hemos tenido que rizar velas y aunque navegamos bien el spray de las olas nos va a convertir en estatuas de sal. Nos alegra ver que el velero Wishanger ya no esta detrás de nosotros, ahora lo vemos en. read more...


09/03/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 24. At sea. 7.03.15S 109.08.63W

Wednesday, 9/03/16.A lovely sunny morning with just enough wind to keep going providing we steer more South than the magenta line.We have clicked off another 100nm and are now 1780 from our WP off Hiva Oa and really looking forward to reaching the half way distance, which looks like the day after tomorrow.The lunch time cook has prepared lunch and has now gone to have a "cool down" shower.The fishing line is out in the hope of catching supper, but there is something out of the deep freeze for Plan B.The last of the bananas was eaten at breakfast time, but we have grapes and apples in the fridge and loads of limes to fight off the scurvy.The truffles are holding up well and we are well impressed that they actually arrived in time.Hate to think what the cost per truffle was, but they are. read more...


09/03/2016

Starblazer - 09/03/2016 – Lots to celebrate!

I believe we can now claim to be north of the ITCZ as the puffy white clouds, bright sunshine, stable winds in both strength and direction interspersed with only the odd, very brief, very light shower will testify. This is much more like Caribbean weather!We sailed really well all day and night, with help from the current carrying us towards our destination, and reached the approximate halfway point at 0745 on Tuesday.Since 1004 Thursday we had sailed 850 nM towards our waypoint, in fact we had probably sailed 10 nM more as I didn’t set up the waypoint until noon.At about 1530 we finally left Brazilian waters and entered French Territorial Waters, 50nM off the coast of French Guiana.It seems strange to pass so close to another country and not visit!As I write this at 0800 Wednesday we. read more...


09/03/2016

Exody - Days 419-420: a Pepper and a Porsche...

.......presumably take their name from Cayenne 80 miles to the southwest in French Guyana.Early this morning, Tuesday 8th March, we passed the halfway mark and the conveyor belt of a current began to accelerate up to 2.5 knots.Sustaining 8.5 to 9 knots this afternoon and onwards, Exody is striding along, passing the Brazilian/French Guyana border this evening and now skirting the edge of the continental shelf.Our day's runs have been 163 and 187- tomorrow's should be over 200.The wind has settled down to a consistent northeasterly at 12-15 knots and the close reach sailing in quiet seas is comfortable - except that we can not risk opening the hatches and windows for a bit more cabin ventilation !!The torrential rain and grey skies of the weekend have given way to much brighter conditions. read more...


09/03/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 59: One Endless Slumber Party

Today was a relatively lazy day as we caught up on some lost sleep that was missed last night due to sail changes that had to be made during the night.it occurred to Elaine, while both her and Roy lounged around in pjs on the saloon bed (which we make up for our passages) or in the cockpit, passing the day away reading and snacking between meals, that this could be considered just one endless slumber party.We did, however reach a milestone today - the quarter way mark - and we expect to meet the 2000NM line tomorrow morning which will definitely be cause for celebrations.And,finally,we solvedthe mystery of some very strange lights we've seen over the horizon for the past two nights. Ar first we thought it was the moon rising, but that was in the wrong direction. Then we thought it might. read more...


09/03/2016

Aretha - Sailing past French Guyana - 06 14 North 051 54 West

The hatches are all closed tonight as we are sailing close hauled on the wind. We had one wave through the saloon window earlier which was one wave too many. As a result its sweltering below decks tonight.The crew are all sleeping apart from one passenger we seem to have picked up. A small bird hitching a lift on top of our bimini (the cockpit sun cover) It’s been chatting away for the past few hours. We suspect it may have flown into the mainsail and injured itself. We’ll investigate more in day light tomorrow.We are passing lands which we know little of. First past the Amazon and now off the coast of French Guyana - a French colony apparently full of French expats in the same way Reunion and French Polynesia are. Then, we’ll pass Surinam, Guyana and Venezuela. From catching up on the. read more...


08/03/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 23. At Sea, 06.39.5S 106.06W

Tuesday, 8/03/16.This morning saw us 2000 miles from our destination, so we are having a special lunch and some wine with fizzy water to celebrate.The wind is vaguely trying to be a nice trade wind, but maybe we are not quite far enough South for it to be consistent.Some members of the crew have enjoyed winds from the SE with boat speeds of 8 to 10 knots, while others have endured dying winds from anywhere between S, SSW, ESE and even E, resulting in a frustrating lack of progress.We have completely lost radio contact with the rest of the fleet, with only Paradise Found reasonably close to us, but we have been unable to raise her on the SSB.We have, however seen 2 ships in the last 24 hours, one without AIS that we could not identify.Can you believe it, the second was on a collision. read more...


08/03/2016

Aliena - Miercoles 9 de Marzo 2016

7º dia de navegacion Galapagos-MarquesasNormalmente te alegras cuando ves el arco iris porque la lluvia se acaba. Esto sucede en tierra porque cuando estas en el mar es un aviso de lluvia. Eso nos ha pasado esta mañana, tras salir un sol precioso hemos visto un gran arco iris y tras él unas nubes negras y una cortina de lluvia que daba la impresión de estar frente al umbral de Mordor. Como hacian 15 nudos de viento, nosotros ibamos a 8, se iba despejando a medida que ibamos avanzando y no teniamos mas remedio que seguir, hemos pensado que cuando descargara la nube, delante de nosotros por supuesto, luciría un sol precioso. Nada mas lejos de eso, ha aclarado pero ha sido el preambulo de un día de lluvia de los que llenan los cines. Tenemos un dia pasado por agua, con viento flojo y mar. read more...


08/03/2016

Starblazer - 08/03/2016- Monday, a mixed day.

The night was not particularly windy but that all changed at about 0615 when a vicious squall hit us, as I mentioned yesterday.I wrongly described our depowering of the mainsail as ‘scandalising’; my editor let it go but then explained to me that scandalising depowers the mainsail by lifting the boom up high with the topping lift thus making the sail baggy.The best performance is achieved by controlling the curve of the sail, by the use of a boom strut or kicking strap and the main sheet and halyard, some racing boats have an extra line called a Cunningham to pull down one part of the sail to flatten it.We are lazy cruisers and do not alter the boom strut, aka vang, very often but rely on the mainsheet and its traveller.The day improved towards the afternoon, at least in terms of squall. read more...


08/03/2016

Allegro - SÁBADO, 20 DE FEVEREIRO, A TERÇA-FEIRA, 8 DE MARÇO DE 2016

De Salvador para Fernando Noronha, começámos com vento fraco no 1º dia e tivemos que usar o motor para avançarmos. O 2º dia foi um dia de vários “squalls” e à tarde rizámos a vela grande. Nesse dia pagámos caro termo-nos esquecido de fechar o macho de fundo do lavatório, e tivemos uma inundação no WC da popa, que deu bastante trabalho a limpar…No 3º dia, vento variável, e acabámos por ter de ligar o motor para nos afastarmos da costa; foi a última vez que o ligámos. Daí para a frente, vento sempre regular, entre 12 e 17 nós, e corrente favorável. O céu foi limpando e choveu menos; dois dias de vela muito agradáveis.Chegámos a Fernando Noronha a 25 de Fevereiro, pelas 09:00, e fundeámos junto ao porto.Como em Fernando Noronha é +1 h que em Salvador ou Fortaleza, já eram11h. Tarde para. read more...


08/03/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 58: The Joys of a Night Watch

After our first leg from St Lucia to Santa Marta Keenan asked: "So what do the two of you do all day floating out there for days?" Well, the short answer is that we sail the yacht 24/7. Since he is a pilot we told him it would be like flying an aeroplane non-stop for days. Someone has to be on watch round the clock.For us that means 3 hour watches at night, a 2 hour overlap watch at sunrise and sunset to do any sail changes that are needed as well as have our breakfast and dinner together, then Roy does a 4 hour morning watch as he enjoys an afternoon nap while Elaine does the afternoon watch allowing her to go back to bed in the morning when she comes of her early morning watch.Of course, this means that there are mornings when Roy finds Elaine dressed with all her cloths on inside out. read more...


07/03/2016

Aliena - Lunes 7 de Marzo de 2016

6º dia de Galapagos a MarquesasCuando uno se embarca en un velero es consciente de que hay cosas que se estropean a bordo, pero el instinto de supervivencia nos lleva a pensar que eso no va a pasar. De otro modo no nos embarcariamos. Ya tenemos arreglado el generador, que de nuevo dejó anteanoche de funcionar y ayer conseguimos averiguar la causa: fallo de conexiones electricas. Afortunadamente hoy ya tranquilos y con un día soleado, aunque todavía hay nubes de tormenta que nos rodean, vamos tan contentos porque ya hemos encontrado el viento bueno propio de la zona, que nos hace ir bien y mas deprisa. Las 164nm de hoy reflejan un pequeño incremento de velocidad que tenemos que mejorar porque nos quedan aun 2260nm.La noche tranquila, hemos dormido casi en estado de coma, con una cantidad. read more...


07/03/2016

Starblazer - 07/03/2016 – I promised a blog for yesterday but…

The weather got in the way!I normally write my blog during my 0500-0800 watch, after the 0600 logbook entry and after dawn so I can spot any potential weather problem.Two mornings running, after a fairly peaceful night at least in terms of squalls, mayhem has let loose at about 0600.On both occasions John has rushed up into the cockpit to help control the boat, shorten sail and get us back on course. Each time after less than an hour asleep!Saturday was a good sailing day, with fairly stable winds and some sunshine after an early morning soaking which missed Chat Eau Bleu just 2.5 nM behind.John has been following the currents on one of the GRIBs he has downloaded; the current had turned a bit left but we hadn’t so we were no longer in the strongest stream.We spent much of the day. read more...


07/03/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 22. At sea, 06.00.50S 101.40.89W

Monday, 7/03/16.In the trade winds at last, so a great 24 hours with no motoring and approx 194 nm covered.We were the closest to Hiva Oa by a smidgeon on the last position report from Yellow Brick and could only just hear Aliena, Blue Summit and Paradise Found on the SSB, so being Net Controller in 5 days time may be a little fanciful.The weather has remained kind so far, with only a few rain squalls which have targeted each member of crew in turn, so no one has felt victimised.Alcedo has been very happy with full Main and Genoa and the wind just forward of the beam.The crew are firing on all cylinders now and enjoying the excellent lunches produced by Jane and the excellent suppers produced by the Ship's Boy.We had the rest of the fish for supper last night, delicious.The line is going. read more...


07/03/2016

Widago - WIDAGO Underway to Hiva Oa

WIDAGO's water maker woes wind down, as we finally weigh anchor and wander westward into withering winds.Well, that was interesting. Where to begin? For you non-WARC fleet readers, we were supposed to set sail last Wednesday with the rest of fleet. Unfortunately two days before our scheduled departure, Ahab noticed that the psi on the watermaker was reading low by 15-20%, and our output cut in half. Not the kind of thing you want to see prior to a 3,000 mile (our longest to date) passage. While there are plenty of folks who make the journey without a watermaker, we just don't roll that way. Ahab and the boys need their daily scrub down, sometimes even two. Actually, today I think he took four showers, or "rinse offs" as he calls them.... But back to the story...One of the great things. read more...


07/03/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 57: "Be Careful What You Wish For"

Stable trade winds at last. We haven't had the engines on in nearly 24 hours. Thank goodness, but be careful what you wish for.Unfortunately with the steadier, stronger winds come the squalls and lumpy seas. Fortunately the squalls are light and more like isolated showers, so Paw Paw gets a fresh water wash down every few hours. We're hoping the seas settle down as we head further west, particularly the swell, which we have more or less on the beam at times and makes for a rather uncomfortable ride.Apart from that, we've settled in to our watch schedule and associated sleeping patterns as well as finding the time to read and bake.It's fair to say, that if anyone had told us 27 years ago, on the day our wonderful son was born, that we would be in the middle of the Pacific Ocean in the. read more...


06/03/2016

Aliena - Domingo 6 de Febrero de 2016

5º dia navegacion Galapagos a Marquesas.Menuda nochecita sin dormir!!!!!!!!!! y media hora que me he dormido he tenido una pesadilla porque soñaba que querian matar a Gilberto dos señores y Gilberto queria que huyeramos con un niño y un bebé en un autobus urbano rojo que él conducía, y claro en la parada se han subido los asesinos, ¿seran dos que no les ha gustado su paella?Ayer por fin apareció un viento mas o menos constante, pero del SE que nos hace navegar en una ceñida que aunque es abierta es muy incómoda. Las camas imposibles de dormir en ellas y para colmo nos ha cruzado esta noche un frente que primero nos asustó con unos relampagos impresionantes y luego nos ha calado por completo y ha vuelto al mar desapacible. Este inconveniente tiene la ventaja de que empezamos a navegar mas. read more...


06/03/2016

Exody - Days 415-418: Magic carpet to the equator.

The Brazil current 'lifted' Exody over 80 miles in the first two days out from Brazil, adding nearly 2 knots to our speed, whooshing us across the equator back into the northern hemisphere at 08.30 yesterday morning, 5th March. We have been in the southern hemisphere for over a year since crossing on 18th February 2015 just before the Galapagos landfall. As if to remind us of our step toward home waters, the cloud and the rain have rolled in two days in a row with heavy downpours and low visibility.The wind has been everywhere from SE to NNE putting us goosewinged, on a reach, occasionally even close-hauled as we steadily climb the shoulder of South America northwest towards the Caribbean, ticking off French Guyana, Suriname, Guyana, Venezuela away to the west. Currently nearly 200 miles. read more...


06/03/2016

Luna Quest - Sunday, 6th March, 2016

Noon Position: 12.03N 61.45WDaily run:130 logged milesArrival in Port Louis, St George’s, Grenada at 10.30 local time.Both safe and well and very tired.Eric. read more...


06/03/2016

Overseas Express - LOG 5 Galapagos - Marquesas Transit 1

LOG 5 Galapagos Marquesas Transit 1 This transit started Tuesday 1st March fromSanta Cruz Puorto Ayora on the Galapagos, and goes directly tol Hiva Oa, one ofthe Island in the Marquesas archipelago, a distance of 3000Nm, which is a bitlonger than the Atlantic crossing. This transit will last between three and fourweeks. We started 1200 hrs on 1 March, all four Tor Odin,Kirsten, Eric and myself. The wind was good, so we sailed the first 12 hrs, thenthe wind was gone. We were motoring the next two days, through the wind stilland rain with the swells from the side. Convergence zone between the south andthe northern trade wind belts, gives a lot of unstable wind from all directionsplus rain showers and squalls. That lasted for nearly 500 Nm till today the6th March 1200 hrs . Finally we have. read more...


06/03/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 21. At sea, 05.30.35S 98.19.26W

Sunday, 6/03/16.Quite forgot to say in previous blogs that we set off on this marathon sail with two of the crew well below par.The Ship's Boy suffered for 24 hours while we were on the Aida Maria and this time it was Jane and Anthony needing to be near the heads before taking to their beds and sleeping for nearly 24 hours.We all agreed that we should start on time and that Skipper and Wife and Ship's Boy would do 3 hour watches while the other two slept, which they did.Happily, all are well again now and going to sea was a good decision.Skipper and wife are keeping their fingers crossed and not quite walking around with face masks and alcohol gel, but very nearly!Yesterday was another day of engine off, engine on, with some good sailing when the wind obliged.Just after lunch and much to. read more...


06/03/2016

Aretha - Our Next Project/ Cause

We’re back in the Northern Hemisphere now. After more than a year in the Southern Hemisphere, we’ve crossed the equator heading North and are making good progress towards Grenada. By the time we finish this adventure we will have spent an incredible 2 years together as family, all of us having learnt from it in our own different ways. For Nichola and I spending this intense time as a family we have seen the effect this has had on us and our children, not always easy, but something we wouldn’t want to change. Well, we’ve been talking for quite some time about what we should plan to do next. In my last email I promised I’d update on the first part of our plans for after we complete our sailing adventure.We plan to launch a new business and have been talking through the ideas of what that. read more...


06/03/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 56: Up and Down Like a Yo-Yo

It's been a day of exercise, mostly for Roy. If we dropped and raised the main sail once, we did it a hundred times. I don't think we have ever made so many sail changes in one day. We've either had no wind or some wind or reasnabky good wind or wind from the wrong direction ie on the nose. So rather than loose the south westing we've made to pick up the stable trades, it's been a case of sails down, motors on, then sails up, motors off, then head sail down, motors stay on, then gennaker, up, then gennaker down. It's been ludicrous to say the least. Right now it's stronger wind on the nose with motors on, head sail furled and main sheeted in as we wait on a directional change. Nope. Change that. Motors off. We're sailing with some isolated showers added for interest aka we're now wet. read more...


06/03/2016

Two Fish - Day 56 - Enormous

In our car trip analogy, (NYC to Miami to LA) we have made it to Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina.After driving for 3 continuous days, we are about 400 miles into our 3,000 mile journey.El Nino has slowed our progress as large patches have been windless.And unlike our theoretical car, we can not get out for a BBQ in North Carolina.Instead, we had fresh corn bread with chili last night for dinner.We also baked two loaves of banana bread.This morning we caught a 26 pound (measured with our luggage scale) wahoo.We sent the photo to our fishing guru, who is currently skiing, and he replied a few minutes later with the fish ID.I love technology.Tim opened up the wahoo's stomach for no particular reason and found the head of a smaller fish.Food chain.Just hope no one opens my stomach or they. read more...


05/03/2016

Aliena - Sabado 5 de Febrero de 2016

4º dia de navegaciónSeguimos en busca del viento. A ratos vamos a vela a ratos a motor. Nos rodean tormentas que nos dan viento flojo de unos 10 nudos de viento y con la corriente nos facilita entre 6 y 7 nm de velocidad. Ahora parece que aparece viento limpio del Este flojo. A ver si se establiliza ya. Tenemos una navegación bastante cómoda porque este mar tiene unas olas muy espaciadas y no muy grandes de momento. Con este panorama hoy hemos hecho 145nm. Nos faltan 2.580nm y vamos a paso de tortuga, pero esto va a mejorar. Esta noche se nos ha cruzado el velero Wishanger de lejos. Tras varias horas en paralelo a nosotros se ha debido desesperar y ha puesto rumbo al Sur en busca de viento. Ha habido muchisimas estrellas y he visto la Cruz del Sur -que es la única que identifico-, pero. read more...


05/03/2016

Luna Quest - Saturday, 5th March, 2016

Noon Position: 11.26N 59.55WDaily run: 115 logged milesYesterday’s subject should have read Friday, 4th March, not Saturday 4th March. Apologies for the error.The glorious weather we have been having the last few days continues today. The sun is out in full and the sky is as clear as it was in the night when the Plough was brightly visible on the northern horizon and pointing to the Pole star quite low down. Orion has been our steady companion and every detail of the constellation was as clear to the eye as if bright little led lights had been projected into a black hole. It is not often that the sky is completely clear of any cloud or haze. Several fishing boats beyond the horizon were busy catching their daily bread and several ships passed us. One was nearly 300 metres long with a. read more...


05/03/2016

Starblazer - 05/03/2016 – Making progress towards the Caribbean

I don’t like ‘Med Mooring’ and John hates it, though we have different reasons.This style of mooring fits more boats into any given length of pontoon by removing the fingers between boats.In Italy and France we have often been faced with squashing our previous boat into a space narrower than our hull! The most basic style requires the crew to drop anchor while the helmsman carefully backs into the allotted space, the crew then has to dash aft to throw mooring lines ashore for someone to tie you to the pontoon.A more common style does not require an anchor, the helm reverses into the space and a pick-up line, often encrusted with sharp shells etc., is passed to the crew who works their way forward and pulls the pick-up line tight before securing it to a cleat.The third style has some. read more...


05/03/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 20. 04.41.48S 95.28.71W

Saturday, 5/03/16, 02.45am.Sorry to report that we have not yet found the trade winds, although we have had some good sailing and also some very frustrating conditions.We have had periods with nearly enough, but not quite enough wind to sail, plus some periods of headwinds, so the engine has been on and off and the sails in and out with monotonous regularity.We have been in touch with the rest of the fleet more often than on other passages and had severe FOMO when we heard that Two Fish and Blue Summit had Red Footed Boobies as passengers yesterday.They did not feature on our Galapagos cruise and although we did see one briefly yesterday, it would have been really good to have one on board to study.On the wildlife side, we did see a pod of small and very athletic Dolphins yesterday and a. read more...


05/03/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 55: Finding Wind

Well, we found some wind. From dawn until 1400 we were able to sail, but since then it has been a combination of motor sailing and plain old motoring. This afternoon we had another analyses session using every weather forecasts from every source we could get our hands on and it seems the "bubble" or "hole" of little to no wind is following us - Surprise,surprise!We remain hopeful though of picking up wind within the next 24 hours as we head SW where the SE trades are forecasted to be more stable. Keeping an eye on our fuel consumption indicates that we have used 12% of our fuel to complete 10% of our passage. Not too bad, but we'd much prefer wind please.Putting all these statistics aside, nothing compares tothe brightness of the starson this moonless night. They seem so close that one. read more...


04/03/2016

Aretha - 00 10 South 041 01 West - Heading back to the Northern Hemisphere

2044. In 10 miles time, we cross the equator for the second time on our passage. The last time was over a year ago as we sailed into Galapagos. It seems an age ago and it’s hard to believe we’ve spent a year in the Southern Hemisphere.This time round, we have no equator first timers - the salt encrusted crew of Team Aretha having all been tried in the Court of King Neptune over a year ago and naturally all found guilty.We had a roast dinner and the last of our Bundaberg Ginger Beer (no alcohol at sea) to celebrate this evening and will wake the children later as we cross the line back to the North.The weather is being kind to us - we have 12 knots of wind on the beam and flat seas = flat decks and happy crew.Next comm’s will be back in the Northern Hemisphere.Team Aretha, Out.. read more...


04/03/2016

Lydia - Lydia's Blog. 26 Feb - 3 Mar 2016. Santa Cruz to Start Leg 4.

Friday 26 Feb 2016.We arrived the evening before at Puerto Ayora, the main town on Santa Cruz and capital of the Galapagos and anchored with the rest of the World ARC yachts stern to the little harbour with bow and stern anchors. The water taxis were plentiful and we could see immediately it was a much larger town with a population of 5,000 than the main ports of San Cristobal and Isabela and clearly much going on.We sallied forth to the town with Alvaro and Nigel charged with restocking our provisions for the month or so crossing of the Pacific to the Marquesas. If you have little experience in provisioning for this type of passage you only know if you have stocked suffient if the crew do not go hungry with weeks to a landfall and then start eying you up for the pot. To avoid this. read more...


04/03/2016

Aliena - 4 de Marzo 2016

3º dia navegación Galapagos-MarquesasSeguimos mas o menos igual que ayer: viento inestable y flojo. Tenemos que navegar a motor a ratos. En este momento vamos a vela, veremos lo que dura. La protagonista es la lluvia que no nos ha dejado en toda la noche y con el cielo cubierto parecia que estabamos en la boca del lobo. Hemos tenido corriente en contra bastante rato y ahora parece que se porta bien y nos ayuda algo. Hoy hemos hecho 153 nm. Esta noche de ceñida ha hecho que nos caigamos de la cama porque no nos dio tiempo a preparar las lonas y ahora que ha rolado al Sureste vamos de traves bastante cómodos pero despacio. Cada día nos salta un calamar a cubierta, con lo que ya tenemos dos, de momento congelados. A este paso cuando lleguemos igual tenemos para una tapa.Carmen. read more...


04/03/2016

Firefly - Spectacular scenery in Phang Nga Bay

Today is Friday 4th March and Firefly is en route to Yacht Haven Marina on the north east of Phuket. Some land travel on the mainland north of Phuket to visit the jungle of the Ko Sok National Park is planned.We have just spent several days amid the splendour of the fantastic limestone islands in Phang Nga Bay. Although Phuket is an island, the north is close to the mainland and there is a bridge with an air gap of about 12 metres. Yachts can't get through that way so we had worked our way back down the west coast and around the south stopping at Freedom Bay and Nui Bay on the way. As well as being scenic and calm, Nui was memorable as it is home to the twice 'Fly Boarding' world champion. There is a small beach club there that provides lessons in this somewhat bizarre sport and we had a. read more...


04/03/2016

Luna Quest - Saturday, 4th March, 2016

Noon Position: 10.28N 58.03WDaily run: 115 logged milesThe good speeds we were making over the last few days have not been sufficient to allow us to plan landfall on Saturday. As we are not keen to make our approach to Grenada in the dark, we have slowed the boat down to 5.5 knots by putting in a third reef in the mainsail and rolling up half the genoa. There is only 250 miles to go or 125 miles per day. Today is the last of our ocean sailing days in this circumnavigation. It is a beautiful day with full sunshine and a steady moderate breeze from the East. Julia is making bread today and spiced current tea cake for afternoon tea. She is also making a pizza for tonight using most of the vegetables that have survived the near three-week period since Salvador. We still have steak and mince. read more...



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