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21/09/2015

Annabella - Annabella.

Lou and I are very excited aboutour adventure.Setting sail for VA from CT on October 8th.Looking forward to meeting our Rally companions on October 31.. read more...


21/09/2015

Annabella - Annabella-Initial Entry

Hoping to figure out many things on this cruise not the least how to blog. This initial entry features the Admiral of my fleet, Wendy, servicing spreader lights. Yes, she's the one with the courage in this crew.Looking forward to leaving Groton, CT on or about October 8 to hook up with the flotilla in Portsmouth on October 30. Taking our time so we can figure out some more important technical challenges.Lou GriffithWendyonhigh. read more...


Annabella - Annabella - Wendy on high
Annabella - Annabella - Wendy on high
21/09/2015

Luna Quest - Monday, 21st September, 2015

Noon Position: 11.17S 101.04EDaily run: 159 logged milesThe wind has held steady from the Southeast enabling us to make good speeds to Cocos Keeling. The sun has not left us since Mackay in Australia and the sailing since that port has been the best so far, excluding the many days’ of motoring out of Darwin. When Julia recovered from her bug, I went down with it and have been under the weather for the last 4 or 5 days, but today I sense a degree of improvement and hope full recovery will be made without resorting to medicine. Eric. read more...


20/09/2015

Exody - Days 250-253: Luminous Sea and Crabs at Christmas

Steady trade winds, fair current, gentle sea and settled weather push Exody pleasingly across the Indian Ocean at over 7 knots - we are comfortably reaching towards the Australian atoll of Cocos Keeling just over 300 miles away.We left Christmas Island yesterday Saturday 19th at noon after the mandated maximum 48 hour stopover.This means the fleet all leave in their own time, dependent upon arrival time, but most of us left within three hours of each other and are now sailing in fairly close company.It had been a whirlwind pitstop- re-fuelling, re-watering, provisioning and even a tiny slice of very slow internet!Christmas Island is a curious place, founded on phosphate, with a population of 1500 people and several million crabs. Someone once said it would only be inhabited once the rest. read more...


20/09/2015

Luna Quest - Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th, September, 2015

Noon Position: 10.46S 103.23EDaily run: 145 logged milesThe jungle tour on Saturday took us in a 4x4 Toyota along dirt tracks into the mountainous landscape of Christmas Island formed by an seismic uplift that threw the coral seabed into the air and which can be seen everywhere. It makes the landscape very inhospitable. With the uplift came phosphate that the island mines and sells. There are only 1600 people in the island including 400 children.What the island is best known for is its crab population that has featured in one of David Attenborough’s programmes showing billions of red crabs scurrying down the beach to breed. It is the dry season now so that we did not see that migration, but we did see blue crabs, red crabs and the rubber crabs, pre-historic looking creatures with huge. read more...


19/09/2015

Y2K - PRE-ARC #4 - Mending ARC flag

The journey continues westward.Here in Ibiza, after little more than 800 mg, ARC flag needs a little mending.Here Alessandra reinforcing the seams with needle and thread.Will the flag arrive in good condition in St Lucia? Max Follow us also onhttps://www.facebook.com/Y2K.Bloghttp://www.y2ksblog.comIMG_20150919_114457. read more...


Y2K - PRE-ARC #4 - Mending ARC flag
Y2K - PRE-ARC #4 - Mending ARC flag
18/09/2015

Sail away - Sail Away with me!

I've never blogged before so this one is kind of experimental!   I'm taking a sabbatical to do this rally, and Anne is well basically retiring.  As we get closer and closer to the day we will shut down the house and sail to Portsmouth we're getting very excited. Sail Away is in the yard, getting some last minute improvements.  We will start our southward trek the first week in October!. read more...


18/09/2015

Luna Quest - Friday, 18th September, 2015

Position: 10.25S 105.40EChristmas Island (Indian Ocean)Distance covered since noon yesterday: 106 logged milesWe arrived at Christmas Island at 8.30am and were rafted up to Makena (a 62-ft catamaran) at 9.30am. A moderate to fresh breeze pushed our goose-winged boat at just under 6 knots to our destination in awkward seas that seemed to be affected by a big swell from the Southwest and a counter clock current against tidal forces. It would have been an extremely frustrating passage in lighter winds. In the early morning hours a large ship crossed our bows with less than a mile to spare. I tried to call them on the radio, but there was no response. Our AIS receiver showed the track of the vessel and although we were confident that there was no danger of collision, we wondered if they had. read more...


17/09/2015

Allegro - QUINTA-FEIRA, 17 DE SETEMBRO DE 2015

De 9 a 11 de Setembro: Ilha de Lombok, na Indonésia.Hora local = UTC+08Moeda: Rupia (1 US$ = Rp 13017)Dia 9: a chegada, o abastecimento de gasóleo e um BBQ à noite, com toda a frota.Lombok pode ser comparada com o que Bali era há 15 anos.As pessoas são simpáticas, alegres, com sorriso fácil e agradável.Estão agora a começar a aprender como lidar com o turismo e como tratarem os visitantes.Lombok é um destino conhecido dos surfistas, com um local, o Desert Point, onde, segundo consta, e com as condições adequadas, se pode surfar um tubo completo com 300 m. Vai ser com certeza muito apreciado!… Dia 10: Tour de Lombok. Começou com a visita ao mercado local; seguiram-se as olarias caseiras; a visita a um templo que tem a particularidade de ser partilhado pelo culto hindu e muçulmano, e,. read more...


17/09/2015

Flomaida II - Das Inselhopping geht weiter (2.9.-10.9.)

In Keramat, einem Inselchen im Kanal zwischen Sumbawa West und Lombok, kamen Marine Officers, die für Sicherheit zuständig sind. Sie sahen sehr ernst und " official" aus, sodass wir gleich unsere Papiere bereit legten. Aber eigentlich waren sie nur neugierig, sehr nett und sehr stolz, dass sie endlich mal englisch sprechen konnten. Sie fuhren uns sogar mit ihrem Boot zu ihrem Office und dann mit dem Wagen in die Stadt. Gekostet hat uns das Ganze inclusive Übersetzung beim Einkauf 2 x 10 l Benzin (1x fürs Boot, 1x fürs Auto).Allerdings war der "Supermarkt" eine kleine Bretterbude und der "Gemüsemarkt" mehr bestückt mit Billigzeug als mit Gemüse und Obst. Trotzdem war es wieder ein Erlebnis, von den Offiziellen der Stadt begleitet zu werden, die uns stolz " vorführten" und ihren Freunden. read more...


17/09/2015

Luna Quest - Thursday, 17th September, 2015

Noon Position: 10.27S 107.35EDaily run: 139 logged milesThe rally organisers have decided to extend our sojourn at Christmas island by a day as we are one of last three boats due in tomorrow. We are therefore back to plan A and look forward to having a stopover at Christmas island. Luna Quest has been running goose-winged since we took the parasailor down and we have made cracking progress as a result. At the current rate of 6.5kn we would arrive in morning darkness, so we have taken in more sail and hope to arrive at around 8am. There is a jungle tour waiting for us and a beach BBQ in the evening.Eric. read more...


17/09/2015

Starblazer - 17/09/2015 – The challenges of sailing

The wind is free, it can do as it pleases and often does!The first few days from Lombok to Christmas Island were characterised by feeble winds which are not meant to drive heavy cruising boats.Most of the fleet tried to sail until early evening when the wind died further and there was an adverse current, speed towards the waypoint reduced to a crawl.The lighter ‘flyers’ were ahead and kept a bit more of the breeze though all boats reported some engine hours on the 0900 SSB net.To motor at a reasonable speed one needs an adequate fuel supply reaching the injectors, that is where our problems began at 0300.The engine died so John got me back on watch to restart the engine while he bled the injectors, something which had worked when we had a similar problem in Cairns and again just before. read more...


16/09/2015

Exody - Days 238- 249: Lombok Landfall and Leaving- Asia in one week!

A very full ten days since the last log we posted on Friday 4th, then half way through the 950 mile,seven day passage from Darwin to Lombok. We emerged from the Timor Sea into the Indian Ocean, motoring a fair amount, emptying our tank, refilling from our own cans en route and also a mid-sea transfer of a spare jerry can from Ayama - good seamanship practice! We sailed in company with Ayama for last couple days closing the dramatic mountains of Lombok in the dawn light of 8th September close behind Wayward Wind and ahead of Luna Quest.Only the multiple small fishing boats clustered near the finish line gave a hint of the populous habitation ashore that we were to discover.Foul five knot currents in the final few miles gave the chance to view the dramatic Lombok Strait and a surfer's. read more...


16/09/2015

Luna Quest - Wednesday, 16th September, 2015

Noon Position: 10.15S 110.02EDaily run: 148 logged milesThe good news today is that Julia has recovered. Everything seems to be functioning normally again. In the early afternoon the wind returned to sailable conditions and the parasailor stood firmly in the SE 10 knot wind. As forecast the wind began to increase slowly and build to more than 14 knots. Yachts ahead warned us of unlit fishing buoys and boats; plotting their coordinates meant that we had to have more south in our course. The parasailor was already at its limit for broad reaching and the extra south in our course would mean that it provided no benefit over conventional sails and also would make the boat quite unmaneuvrable. We decided therefore to take it down for the night and deploy our conventional mainsail and genoa. We. read more...


15/09/2015

Luna Quest - Tuesday, 15th September, 2015

Noon Position: 09.34S 112.11EDaily run: 114 logged milesA gentle breeze sprang up yesterday afternoon giving us enough confidence to raise the parasailor. The seas were calm and as the wind increased to a moderate breeze, Luna Quest galloped her way over the swell and gave us a remarkably stable experience. We left it up for the night and good speeds were had until about 5am when the wind dropped to a light air causing the parasailor to sway about without getting filled. Later in the morning we took it down and started the engine.The seas last night around Luna Quest were a diffused luminous milky white as though a powerful spotlight shone from the sea bottom. Julia compared it to sailing in a lime milkshake The sky was clear, but melded into the white sea as though a misty veil. read more...


14/09/2015

Luna Quest - Monday, 14th September, 2015

Noon Position:Daily run:We weighed anchor yesterday at 8am to get to the start line for 9am. In the event the start was delayed by 20 minutes as the committee boat had difficulty getting anchored. The day looked promising without a cloud in the sky and a gentle breeze from the South. The start line was at the top end of the Lombok Strait where fierce tidal streams dominate. The timing was such that we could expect the tide to take us out into the ocean. All the boats were pushed out within an hour and Luna Quest experienced over 8 knots of speed. But the water was extremely turbulent with the ocean swell being concertinaed into the Strait while the tide was trying to get out. The confused seas were so tumultuous that one particularly steep wave caused Luna Quest to nosedive and stop her. read more...


13/09/2015

Firefly - Cruising the north coast of Flores, Indonesia

Its Sunday 13th of September and Firefly is sailing west along the north coast of Flores, Indonesia, towards a town called Ruing. Firefly left World ARC 2015 in Darwin and we will be spending the next year in South East Asia before joining WARC 2016 in Cocos Keeling next September to complete our circumnavigation. From Darwin, Firefly sailed independently to Kupang where we checked into Indonesia. At Ruing we are joining the Sail2Indonesia Rally and will be travelling with the rally for our remaining time in Indonesia, until mid November. Sail2Indonesia is now in its second year and is organised by the ICA (from NZ) and is sponsored by the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism - it started in Cairns in July and we are joining part way through as that way it best suited our schedule with. read more...


12/09/2015

Starblazer - 12/09/2015 - Lombok

The last 27 miles could have been worse, the wind came up to help us through the straight though the tide against us was up to 3 knots, rather more than the tidal data suggested.The slowest part was the last 5 miles to the anchorage which was straight in to the wind which was a healthy 17 knots and current.Where was this wind when we needed it?We certainly didn't need it for this section of the trip as it slowed the boat down and we could only make about 1.5 knots!Once in the anchorage we were directed to the refuelling point, took on only 400 litres having motored for 165 hours in total, then anchored in the mooring field.In places the mud is very soft so to prevent any chance of dragging John attached the Fortress on mud setting 5 metres ahead of the Delta.We have held firm.There was. read more...


12/09/2015

Luna Quest - Lombok

Gile Gede is a small island off the Southwest of Lombok. Its anchorage is very sheltered and the sun rises almost directly overhead. There is no protection from the heat, which at 11am is already up to 95F. Our fridge is whirring away all the time, especially as we filled it last night from yesterday's shopping at the end of our 2-day tour.Our 2-day tour took, which we organised with a private agency, took us into the very heart of Lombok. We stopped where we pleased to explore life in the villages and wherever we went and stopped, we were always impressed by the friendliness and good-nature of the people. There is no social security in Lombok and income taxes do not seem to exist. Everybody is working and nowhere did we come across any begging. The lame and the sick are cared for by. read more...


11/09/2015

Altair - Altair - Preps in Annapolis

The Caribbean 1500 begins in less than two months and I have spent the summer doing repairs, maintenance and upgraded on Altair in preparation for the rally. MOM-8 service and re-certified, sails washed, inspected and repairs, new flares for the ones that will expire before next May and finding crew.Both Karina and Free Spirit are here in Annapolis. Mike and Andrea on Free Spirit are heading to Hampton shortly and Anne and Mile on Karina will probably head to Portsmouth, VA around the same time as Altair.I’ll be sailing Altair on the Chesapeake out of Annapolis between now and the Annapolis Sailboat show Oct. 9 thru 12. Two of my crew members, Tom & Joel, both have done the Caribbean 1500 on Keep It Simple, will spend time on Altair before I head to Portsmouth. Phil, a new crew. read more...


10/09/2015

Hejira - Canaries conundrum

28 51.453N 013 48.895WWednesday 10th September 2015With Nigel joining the crew, we were all keen to ‘sail the Canaries’ before leaving Hejira in Marina Rubicon on the southern shores of Lanzarote. Our mission started with a short sail to the delightful Puerto Calero where we were made very welcome and moored alongside Triumph, a Baltic 64 from Sweden which will be doing the ARC with a crew of 12. It is their third ARC and proud that they finished first at their first attempt and judging by the array of sail bags stacked on the pontoon, they will be taking the competitive element somewhat more seriously than us. It was very good to talk some ‘bilge’ with them and their assertion that the return leg is just as rewarding with a memorable quantity of sea creatures to view was duly noted. We. read more...


Hejira - Canaries conundrum
Hejira - Canaries conundrum
Hejira - Canaries conundrum
Hejira - Canaries conundrum
Hejira - Canaries conundrum
Hejira - Canaries conundrum
09/09/2015

Firefly - Kupang, Indonesia and the longwinded 'check in'

Firefly arrived and anchored off Kupang, West Timor, Indonesia at 1700 on Monday 7th September. The 460 mile trip from Darwin was a light wind affair with just 4 hours sailing when we left Darwin and about 6 hours as we neared land for arrival at Kupang - the remainder of the time it was flat calm and the engine was on. Interestingly, approaching Kupang the thermal winds in the narrow channel reached 25 knots so for the final few miles we were now powering in at 9 knots.The plan was to try and get the 'Indonesian check in' completed in the morning of the next day and be gone be late afternoon. This was somewhat ambitious as the formalities with Quarantine, Customs, Immigration and the Harbour Master were somewhat longwinded. Quarantine in particular should win a prize for 'red tape' - we. read more...


09/09/2015

Luna Quest - Tuesday/Wednesday, 8th, 9th September, 2015

Position: 8.46S 115.56E Gile Gede, LombokMonday was another day without wind. We motored night and day to ensure our arrival on Tuesday. We passed the finishing line at 9.30am on Tuesday, but needed to cover a further 27 miles to the World ARC anchorage in Gile Gede that took us through a passage between Bali and Lombok. In the passage we experienced 5 knots of tidal stream against us giving us no more than 2.5kn of progress with the engine running at near full power. Luckily, the passage was only about 5 miles and it was a great relief to witness the speed of Luna Quest improving slowly as we swung round to the anchorage, picking our way through dozens of nets of a pearl farm. Upon arrivalwe dropped anchor. Gile Gede is a mountainous island, quite remote from civilisation, where a lack. read more...


09/09/2015

Starblazer - 09/09/2015 – Taking the positives from a frustrating passage

I promise not to moan, except perhaps in the last paragraph!During the first 22½ hours, from start line to 0900 radio net, we sailedalbeit rather slowly tacking out of Darwin.The wind backed, allowing us toclear Bathurst Island without tacking yet again.Sadly the breeze wasrather weak and becoming increasingly weaker when we made the decision tostart the engine.At this point we were not last.We have now motored almost non-stop for 7 days.Every day we have stoppedthe engine for the duration of the radio nets which has given John thechance to check the oil and freshwater cooling levels.We still have abouta quarter of a tank, fantastic economy forced on us by the problems with theunbalanced prop.At 0957 local start time we crossed the finish line with an hour to spare!At times it looked. read more...


07/09/2015

GarliX - 30sm vorm Ziel - kein Motor meh

Tour: Darwin - Lombok, gesamt ca. 950sm, wir sind daMensch, kann es nicht mal langweilig werden!! Nun quälen wir uns schon so durch dieses windschwache Gebiet; unsere GarliX kommt noch vorwärts, wenn’s eigentlich nicht mehr geht. Wir haben die Nase voll mit 3-4kn und dicken Wellen eine weitere Nacht hier draußen zu verbringen. Heute früh dann - 12kn Wind. Wow - war verbunden mit dicken Wolken. Also, Motor aus und Segel hoch. Es war morgens 5:00 - Wachwechsel und ich schlüpfte dankbar in die Koje. Keine 30Minuten später kein Wind mehr; Motor an… und… da war nichts. Kein Klick, kein GARNICHTS. Auch die Hausfrauenreparatur - „alle Sicherungen drin“ - „Hauptschalter an/aus“ brachte nichts. Und das im Dunklen, 30sm vor der finish line, und so richtig viel Vertrauen, dass sich ein Yanmar. read more...


07/09/2015

Luna Quest - Monday, September 7th, 2015

Noon Position: 09.47S 118.02EDistance run: 158 logged milesThe fuel of the last of 8 jerrycans has been poured into the diesel tank. Each jerrycan holds 20 ltrs. It has been the most windless passage so far although the earlier boats encountered some favourable breezes. It is 95F(32C) inside the boat with the sun almost overhead and not a cloud in the sky. The sea is as calm as a duckpond save for the remnants of a swell from the South. Our engine has been on since early yesterday morning except for a two-hour break early last night when a fresh breeze sprang up from the Southeast. Our hearts leapt for joy in anticipation of a quiet sail through the night, but only too soon did we have to go back on the engine and it has not stopped since. 118 Miles to go to the finish line and then. read more...


Kleronia - we started our journey from Procida island (Italy)
Kleronia - we started our journey from Procida island (Italy)
06/09/2015

Hejira - ARC crew sign off - for now

28 57.763N 013 32.379NSaturday 5th September 2015‘Marina Lanzarote’ has turned out to be a real find. It is less than a year old with the staff so keen to make one happy it borders on obsequiousness. With a 10% discount for ARC participants and superb shore side facilities, what could be missing. Well, it would be ‘nit picking’ but, a bar with Sky Sports 1 would have been helpful so we could have watched the England vs Ireland triumph (my daughter in Dublin has told me that we have some Irish followers of the blog) so we had to take a taxi to the nearest tattoo resort to watch it in a ubiquitous Irish bar – very pleasant! Having said that, with the crew comprising two Welshmen and a Scot, I was severely outnumbered and I promise I didn’t labour any points, particularly with the tests to. read more...


06/09/2015

Hejira - Canaries Romp

29 14.400N 013 21.570WFriday 4th September 2015Dawn finds us between the islands to the north of Lanzarote having had a wonderful, exhilarating day and night of sailing with the wind on then behind the beam, touching 8 knots at times. On this passage, we were able for the first time to replicate (almost) the crossing circumstances in terms of electricity generation under sail. I am happy to report that with the Watt & Sea hydrogenerator, Air Breeze wind generator and photo voltaic panels, we are comfortably able to keep up with our demand, running all the navigation systems, fridge, freezer and auto pilot. The water maker will draw another 4 amps when that is repaired but I am very pleased with the situation.Unfortunately the conditions necessitated a change of plan for our evening. read more...


06/09/2015

Hejira - Gordon Ramsey Haywood

31 05.640N 015 12.601WThursday 3rd September 2015Having breakfasted to our capacity in the hotel which provided an ‘all you can eat’ buffet of excellent quality and value, we did our final shop and slipped our lines, heading out past the Ilhas Desertas before adjusting our course for the northern end of Lanzarote.Using a non-slip mat and magnetic chess board, Barry and Stephen were able to lock horns again, Barry gaining the upper hand on this occasion, 1 – 1.Stephen is the one who looks like an extra from ‘Bridge on the River Kwai’.Bob seemed a little pensive all afternoon and this turned out not to be concerns about keeping his breakfast but apprehension about his turn in the galley where his creation was to be spaghetti carbonara. In the event, the meal was a triumph and this may be a. read more...


Hejira - Gordon Ramsey Haywood
Hejira - Gordon Ramsey Haywood
06/09/2015

Hejira - Surreal Surroundings

Wednesday 2nd September 2015I have seldom encountered a Marina that tries harder to make visitors welcome than Quinta do Lorde. We were met outside the Marina by a rib which showed us to our berth and took our lines. The young lady in the office was most accommodating offering advice and giving us a voucher for 15% discount in the bars and restaurants (as visiting yachtsmen) and a 30% discount for ARC participants. The facilities were excellent and with a supermarket and several bars and restaurants what could be wrong with the place? Well, it is a little strange. It is a purpose built Hotel, Resort & Marina complex which has been quite nicely designed to incorporate some ‘olde worlde charm’ as a coastal village but the periphery is neglected and unoccupied. The location is well. read more...


Hejira - Surreal Surroundings
Hejira - Surreal Surroundings
Hejira - Surreal Surroundings
Hejira - Surreal Surroundings
Hejira - Surreal Surroundings
Hejira - Surreal Surroundings
06/09/2015

Hejira - Madeira Welcome

32 44.475N 016 42.718WTuesday 1st February 2015Monday was a pleasant sunny day and the clear sky and flatter sea lifted the spirits of the crew with the sea sickness all but forgotten. Stephen was reluctant however to relinquish the black rubber bucket suspended at his bed head as a constant reminder of ‘the bad times’. There was time for Stephen and Barry to play chess while Bob and I washed the decks with sea water which only seemed to replace the dirt marks with salt streaks. As evening descended Stephen was delighted to see a whale breaching off the stern and continued to scan the horizon with the binoculars for a repeat performance with no success. Lunch of cold meat and cheese salad accompanied by Barry’s homemade bread rolls was followed in the evening by a corned beef hash with. read more...


Hejira - Madeira Welcome
Hejira - Madeira Welcome
Hejira - Madeira Welcome
Hejira - Madeira Welcome
06/09/2015

Hejira - Normal Surgery Resumed

33 51.118N 014 34.458WMonday 31st August 2015With the deadline of flights from Arrecife on Lanzarote and the added attraction of an arrival for the England World Cup warm up game against Ireland, we are pressing on and with the feeble wind, we are resorting to the almost constant use of the engine.I am very happy to report that after a partial relapse, all of the crew are now well and participating fully – to the extent that Stephen is contributing his ‘Notes from the Doc(k)’ as follows:- “Having been a tad let down by my normally reliable friends Stugeron and Stemetil, I have now emerged from two days of an intimate relationship with a black rubber bucket. Having contemplated the chances of successful self cannulation in a corkscrewing Hejira, oral fluids are now, thankfully,. read more...


Hejira - Normal Surgery Resumed
Hejira - Normal Surgery Resumed
06/09/2015

Hejira - What a relief

34 59.299N 012 06.641WSunday 30th August 2015Yesterday was not one of the best.Unfortunately, the sea state did not abate during the day which failed to bring the hoped for relief to those with the ‘mal de mar’.The swells passing under the stern made the galley only suitable for accomplished jugglers and I do not begin to qualify. First a jug of sauce lost its equilibrium and spread its contents over the work surface, cooker and floor then, all the washing up crashed to the floor both before being washed and then again from the draining board – grrrr.It was also time to commission the water maker as, because once it is initiated, it needs to be maintained, it has never been put to work since it was installed by Northshore 3 years ago. I should have expected that this would not just be. read more...


Hejira - What a relief
Hejira - What a relief
06/09/2015

Hejira - Tom & Dick

36 09.387N 009 38.085WSaturday 29th August 2015Our adventures resume with Barry. Bob and I returning to Vilamoura on Wednesday to prepare and victual before our departure on the 520 mile passage to Madeira once Stephen arrived on Friday.The forecast was for good reaching on Friday night but, unfortunately, Stephen succumbed to reaching of a different nature in the evening and was confined to his berth throughout the night.Stephen is our ‘yacht medic’ (Williams, not Maturin) and he did not have a good day. After landing at Faro Airport, he found himself locked in a toilet cubicle when the handle broke and had to be rescued. Soon after our departure, he tried his hand at fishing and managed to get the line wound into the wind generator putting that out of action, then he was violently ‘tom. read more...


06/09/2015

Allegro - DOMINGO, 6 DE SETEMBRO DE 2015

Nunca se está contente com o que se tem.Ou é vento a mais, ou é vento a menos. Ou mar a mais, ou mar a menos. Ou gasóleo a menos, ou gasóleo a menos. Quando, afinal, o que temps tido até agora tem sido excepcional!Mas hoje o que nos faz falta são os Amigos e a Família para festejarem connosco os 64 anos da minha patroa de alto mar!O dia começou com um nascer do sol espantoso, que se continuou com um tranquilo dia de vela. O vento é pouco, é verdade. Mas não se pode querer tudo.Estamos a celebrar os três, e não só os 64 anos da Manela. Celebramos tudo o que nos tem sido proporcionado desde que largámos de Lagos há quase um ano!LA. read more...


06/09/2015

Luna Quest - Sunday, September 6th, 2015

Noon Position: 10.44S 120.34EDaily run: 127 logged milesWe have left the Timor Sea and have entered the Indian Ocean on our way to Lombok (Indonesia). We are passing the island of Sumba, vaguely distinguishable to starboard, at a speed of 6.5kn. We must maintain this speed to reach Lombok in the morning of Tuesday to give us safe passage to the anchorage Gile Gede, but the Indian Ocean is very restless despite a near absence of wind. There is an aggressive swell from the South, set up no doubt by gales near southern Australia, that rocks the boat quite violently at times. It is impossible to carry any sail and dangerous to go on deck. The distance to Lombok is 300 miles and we either do 150 miles a day for two days or a 100 miles a day for three days. We have chosen to make our arrival. read more...