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08/06/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 150: "There and Back to See How Far It Was"

We were up early this morning to check the weather and make our decision on whether or not tp accompany Nina to Port du Bourayne for a more sheltered anchorage with more bad weather approaching.Well, we essentially just "went there and back to see how far it was" because our original information and experience hadn't change. While Nina picked up the only mooring ball in the anchorage,we scouted every part of the bay that could possibly be viable and still concluded that there was no decent place to anchor, given the depths. For due diligence, we also reconsidered the mooring balls just outside the bay, which we had used previously in calmer weather, but decided against that as well, given the really strong and confused currents.So,we left Nina alone in Port du Bourayne and returned to. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 150: "There and Back to See How Far It Was"
Paw Paw - Log Day 150:
07/06/2016

Exody - June 4th - Portsmouth, Annapolis, New York, Bristol, Newport

Exody completed ARC USA arriving in a grey and damp Portsmouth, Virginia two weeks ago today on Saturday May 21st.Motored most of the last 24 hours to beat the forecast deeper low.Portsmouth is well up the Elizabeth River, home to Uncle Sam's impressive naval fleet and the city of Norfolk across the water. Negotiating the busy shipping lanes that cross over at the entrance to the Chesapeake, we still had a few hours to go after passing over the 13 mile Chesapeake tunnel-bridge.The landscape was low and apparently bleak.Today June 4th we are anchored in a foggy Newport Rhode Island, which feels as busy a sailing venue as the Solent.It is Saturday so there were yacht and dinghy races aplenty and many elegant, classic, excursion sailing boats plying their trade.In the intervening fortnight. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 149: Balti Curry to Warm the Cockles of Our Hearts
Paw Paw - Log Day 149: Balti Curry to Warm the Cockles of Our Hearts
06/06/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 53. Kappa Island, Port Maurelle. 18.41.96S 174.01.81W

Monday, 6 June 2016.We spent Thursday and Friday in Nieafu, shopping in the market, which is excellent and daily, walking, renting a car and driving as much round the island as the roads allowed, visiting the botanical gardens and learning about Tongan life and traditions from the owner and visiting the viewing points, or at least the ones we could find.Time spent with other crews such as Blue Summit, Two Fish and Take Off and a crazy late night dancing and being entertained by some lady boys, led astray by Wishanger and Paradise Found.Another WARC party at the Aquarium, with great food and Tongan dancers and then everyone dancing.Sadly, no luck with the alternator, which needs a bearing and some repair to the cables, not available on the Island and maybe a new alternator is the only. read more...


06/06/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 148: An Authentic Polynesian Feast

This morning we were up early to have a light breakfast and made our way to Restaurant Chez Tara to watch them prepare their buffet which we would be enjoying for Sunday dinner - Pig Roast, Polynesian Style. When we arrived the huge fire pit was already smoldering and the chefs were preparing the various local dishes that would accompany the pork, all of which gets cooked in the ground - Coconut Bread, Banana Bread,Chicken and Callaloo Stew, Stewed Red and Yellow Bananas,Roast Chicken, Breadfruit. Depending on the dish being prepared it was either wrapped in palm leaves smeared with coconut milk, placed in baskets woven from palm leaves, placed in large steel pots or just placed "as is" on bamboo in the huge metal rack. Once that was all neatly packed into the metal rack, the sections of. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 148: An Authentic Polynesian Feast
Paw Paw - Log Day 148: An Authentic Polynesian Feast
Paw Paw - Log Day 148: An Authentic Polynesian Feast
Paw Paw - Log Day 148: An Authentic Polynesian Feast
05/06/2016

Aliena - 5 de Junio 2016

El conjunto de Islas Vava´u fue casualmente descubierto por Francisco Maurelle en 1781, quien llevando un correo de Filipinas a Mejico fuera de temporada tomó la ruta sur, creyendo que las corrientes lo llevarían. Tuvo que entrar en estas islas para hacer aguada, aprovisionar y arreglar el barco y sanar a los marineros de escorbuto. Habló a la corona de España la existencia de estas islas y en 1793Alejandro Malaespina tomó posesión para España, quien nunca puso un pie aquí. Un siglo despues con la fiebre de navegación del Pacifico, la London Misionary Society fueron los primeros extranjeros en establecerse. Es posible quepor esto no esten tan occidentalizados como sus primos polinesios aunque la Iglesia tiene mucho poder. Aun visten a la manera tradicional hombres y mujeres: sarong ellos. read more...


05/06/2016

Dashzani - The Rally Begins

We have all made it over the start line! Sea is like glass this morning so not long before all the engines went on. I fear we will be listening to the iron topsail humming away for a few days...Very happy and excited crew. SWade & Andrew. read more...


05/06/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 147: Another Day, Another Beach Barbecue

After a night of more rain and strong winds, we woke to sunny skies this morning, so, after breakfast we headed ashore for a long walk on the beach, where we encountered Nina taking advantage of the sunshine with a morning snorkel. Once back onboard, we enjoyed a morning coffee and Elainestarted the process of sorting out our latest photos, while Roy ensured our water tanks were getting filled and our energy needs were being adequately satisfied. By then it was time to pack up our contributions to a potluck beach barbecue, which was postponed from yesterday due to the bad weather. Thankfully the weather held, so, another day and anotherbeach barbecue with Nina and Do Over was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Of course, it was Happy Hour when we had to walk right past the Relais Mahana Hotel,. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 147: Another Day, Another Beach Barbecue
Paw Paw - Log Day 147: Another Day,  Another Beach Barbecue
Paw Paw - Log Day 147: Another Day, Another Beach Barbecue
Paw Paw - Log Day 147: Another Day,  Another Beach Barbecue
04/06/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 146: "Bangers and Mash" with a French Flair

Although we had a number of fun activities planned for today, the weather dictated otherwise, so it ended up a boat day. With the wind howling and endless bands of rain drenching the anchorage, we decided that staying in bed with a good book was probably the best option.Elaine did, however, still get to play her saxophone and Roy took the opportunity to update the software on all our Raymarine electronic equipment onboard. We decided the best end to the miserable day was "bangers and mash"with a French flair for dinner - French sausages, French puree potatoes and French baked beans - followed by a movie. The day ended on an even higher note though, when Steve from Nina delivered a fresh baguette and some beers, acquired while shopping with the hired car they had for the day.. read more...


04/06/2016

Aliena - Miercoles 1 Junio 2016, creo

2º dia de Niue a Vava´uPues unos ratos a vela y otros a motor hacemos camino con algun que otro chaparron. Hemos hecho 120NM y nos faltan 98. Tonga tiene una posición geológica interesante: Las islas estan alineadas sobre la division entre la Placa tectónica Australiana y la del Pacífico, el llamado anillo de fuego del Pacífico. Como la placa Australiana se desvia hacia el Este sobre la del Pacífico, las islas del Norte se elevan sobre el nivel del mar y las del Sur se hunden. Mañana será dia 3 de Junio y eso nos mantiene todavía descolocados y sin saber que hacer con el dia 2. Johan como es sueco da explicaciones fundadas pero a mi lo unico que me interesa es que falta un dia menos para ver a mis princesas.Carmen. read more...


03/06/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 52. Neiafu, Tonga. 18.39.13S 173.59.15W

Wednesday 1 June.   We arrived in Tonga this morning after a good sail the first night and most of the following day and  last night we had to motor all night with the wind dead aft and only 8 to 10 knots, not enough to keep us going at a reasonable speed, even with full main and goose winged genoa.  No luck with the fishing line either, but we had Paradise Found in sight for the whole trip and Two Fish as we approached Vava'u, so there was a fair amount of VHF chat and hopefully some good photographs of PF with her parasail drawing nicely.  So we have arrived at another beautiful Pacific paradise with well sheltered bays and no sky scrapers, but this one does have a litter problem!Two Fish very kindly let us raft up to them while we cleared customs and. read more...


03/06/2016

Hejira - A change of plan

I now know that it is not only the English that have a pre-occupation with the weather as it has been the primary subject under discussion among the whole ARC fleet, irrespective of nationality.We have been told that the Horta departure is delayed by 24 hours because of another gale and the rally will now miss out Terceira and head straight for Ponta Delgada on Sao Miguel. This is not only because the itinerary has events which cannot be moved but also because the storm has damaged some of the pontoons in Angra do Heroismo and they cannot now accommodate the whole fleet. Unfortunately this decision means that our ways will now part.As we are heading back to the UK, our destination lies to the north and attractive though the other islands might be, we see little merit in tracking south to. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 145: "If You Blinked, You Will Have Missed It"
Paw Paw - Log Day 145:
Paw Paw - Log Day 145: "If You Blinked, You Will Have Missed It"
Paw Paw - Log Day 145:
03/06/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 145: "If You Blinked, You Will Have Missed It"

After another interrupted nights sleep due to strong winds and rain, we were up early this morning regardless, to move to our next anchorage, Baie Avea on the south west coast, and we were definiely not disappointed.It is really pretty. We're anchored just off the Ralais Mahana Hotel with the coral reefs and the beach within swimming distance of Paw Paw.So, once we were settled and Elaine had completed her practice session on her saxophone,it was time for lunch, followed by a swim and a snorkel.By then Do Over and Nina had arrived so it was off to shore to explore the hotel facilities, the surrounding restaurants and shops. To say this is a small village is an understatement.In fact, "if you blinked, you will have missed it", but small is not necessarily bad. The hotel is lovely, the. read more...


02/06/2016

Hejira - Rafting

Being rafted three out has its drawbacks especially when you have used a dozen lines to secure the yacht in the big winds. So we really didn’t want to hear that the Finnish yacht inside of us wanted to leave. In the event, slipping and ‘standing off’ while the Fins extricated themselves was fairly painless and so we are now only the second yacht from the dock with a Dutch yacht outside of us.We busied ourselves with jobs while Ollie went off to buy some paint and he has now laid the foundation for our artistic contribution which will modestly nestle between two recent additions on the main wall. The ARC organised social function last night enabled us to catch up with the crew from ‘Slipper 1’ who arrived about 30 hours after us and caught the full brunt of the storm while still well. read more...


02/06/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 144: Take Two

Roy was up early to go ashore for freshly baked baguettes, replenish his beers and stop off at the post office. While that was happening Elaine did her back exercises and got Paw Paw ready to move to our next anchorage, Port du Bourayne.Nina had left earlier and hailed us about the availability of mooring balls following their reconnaissance of the area. Once both yachts were safely on mooring balls, we headed out in the dinghies to explore the bay as well as to pass over a coral reef and under a little bridge to see Baie Maroe on the windward side of the island. Having enjoyed the beautiful scenery we decided that morning coffee aboard Paw Paw was the order of the day again.It wasn't long before we saw Do Over coming down the channel so we directed them to one of the mooring balls that. read more...


02/06/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 143: On Hindsight

Today was somewhat of a boat day. Elaine got to use her new washing machine again and got through all the towels that had piled up and desperately needed to be washed. We also had Lynda and Steve from Nina aboard for morning coffee to help us with the hangover we were all suffering from followingfar too much fun on games night.To clear our heads we then took a stroll around a section of the little town we hadn't seen then it was back to Paw Paw for an early dinner - a delicious lamb neck stew - and an early night.Unfortunately, between the party boat right behind us and the strong winds that kicked up during the night, it was a less than desirable night's sleep. On hindsight we should just have gatecrashed the birthday celebrations and forgotten about trying to get our beauty sleep!. read more...


01/06/2016

Aliena - Martes 31 Mayo 2016

A las 18h con la puesta de sol salimos hacia el Archipielago del Reino de Tonga a unas 250NM. Nos dirigimos a Neiafu, la capital de Vavau, que a su vez la componen50 Islas. Hoy a las doce de la noche, no será dia 1, sino 2 de Junio, pues vamos a cruzar en este trayecto la linea da cambio internacional de día y hora, de manera que tambien retrasaremos 1 hora el reloj y no se que haremos con el 1 de Junio. Estaremos en el mismo dia que en España pero con once horas de adelanto. Vamos a seguir discutiendo a ver si nos aclaramos.Carmen. read more...


01/06/2016

Hejira - Something for the Weekend Sir?

My mission was to visit the chandlers, get a haircut and a loaf of bread. In the event, people were queuing out of the door of the chandlers so it was off to find a barber. Obtaining a haircut while cruising has been a mixed bag of experiences. At the zenith of these experiences was a haircut in the Railway Station concourse in Inverness where the hairdresser was very attractive, exceedingly and revealingly well-endowed and seem to delight in thrusting her assets into me while ministering to my hair. The experience here in Horta was the opposite end of the spectrum with an exceedingly portly hairdresser who had to lean over her ‘portliness’ to reach my head and what was in between made unwelcome contact with me. Having said that it was a very good haircut and the cut, beard removal and. read more...


Hejira - Poignant memorial
Hejira - Poignant memorial
01/06/2016

Hejira - Hot Rocks

Our first glimpses of Faial were through a heavy mist and it was remarkable in its greenness. The islands are undoubtedly volcanic and the isthmus we had to round before heading up to Horta was clearly originally the rim of a volcano. The small fields were bordered by hedges and the whole impression was one of ‘time gone by’. Our timing into the harbour was inspired as the customs/fuel dock was clear and we moored alongside to do the necessary formalities – or rather we tried to do them. Our arrival at 11.45 was unfortunately just as the port office, customs and immigration offices closed for lunch but this gave us time to take on fuel and water. We have almost come to expect a lack of ‘joined up thinking’ when encountering bureaucracy and perversely, although the port office and. read more...


01/06/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 142: Games Night on Paw Paw

This morning we headed ashore and, while Nina and Do Over hired bicycles to tour the island, we explored on foot due to Elaine's back, which is a lot better, but definitely not up to a bike ride.After snooping around the little town of Fare we headed northwards and eventually found a dirt road that brought us through to the beach. It was clear from the very rugged coastline why the island is called the Wild One. It was absolutely stunning with the powder soft white sands, dispursed amongst the volcanic rock that edged the coastline and the most amazing shades of turquoise waters that lapped over the coral reef and into the pools created by the volcanic landscape.We've taken photos that we hope do it justise and will load them up to the gallery as soon as we have a wifi connection. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 142: Games Night on Paw Paw
Paw Paw - Log Day 142: Games Night on Paw Paw
01/06/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 141: Huahine - The Wild One

After a rather slow passage, we arrived in Huahine mid-morning and were delighted to find Nina and Do Over in the anchorage we had chosen off the main town, Fare.So, as soon as we were anchored and settled we dinghied over to Nina for morning tea and to catch up with them after their return to Tahiti to get their dinghy engine sorted out. Then it was a quick stop off at Do Over to say hi and back to Paw Paw for an afternoon nap in order to be refreshed for our evening ashore - Happy Hour and Dinner at the Huahine Yacht Club with Nina and Do Over.Surprisingly the food was actually delicious and all mothers received 50% off their main course in celebration of Mother's Day in French Polynesia - Can't complain about that.Since Huahine is referred to as the Wild One we are looking forward to. read more...


31/05/2016

Aliena - Lunes 30 Mayo 2016

Niue es una pequeña Menorca con vegetación tropical. Esta en el centro de zona de huracanes y por eso creo que tiene tanta emigración a NZ. No hay industria y sus habitantes viven de la agricultura, funcionarios públicos y subvenciones de NZ. La isla es preciosa con el agua mas transparente que he visto. El ser un atolon emergido hace que tenga entrantes y cuevas donde se puede nadar, aunque el agua esta helada y hace frio por la noche. Impresiona la cantidad de casas abandonadas y la costumbre de enterrar a sus muertos en cualquier sitio. Hay tumbas por todas partes. Son polinesios pero no tienen aspecto salvaje como en la parte francesa, ni tatuajes. Son muy amables con los visitantes. Nos dieron una cena de bienvenida y se notaba que la comida la habian preparado en sus casas las. read more...


31/05/2016

Altair - Altair's lesson learned from the ARC USA

The 2016 ACR USA provided some insight into being prepared and having spares. In past I have operated that the Tri-Color Light was my primary navigation light system and my Navigation light were my backup. We left Tortola, BVI with all lights working. The second day out the tri-light failed so per plan we switched to the Nav lights. A week later we lost the green and stern nav lights. The quick work around was since we were motoring was to turn off the steaming light and turn on the anchor light. This gave us an all round white, equal to a steaming light and stern light.Researched revealed that all the led light that fail were original to the boat, 2003. The red had been replace several years ago. Preparing for the 2017 World ARC, I will be replacing both Navigation light systems. read more...


30/05/2016

Lerina - Dure journée !!

La nuit dernière , le vent est monté comme prévu et la journée de lundi a été marquée par de violents coups de vent (40-45 ) et de fortes pluies. l'océan est très creuséet ça mouille beaucoup. On navigue avec 2 ris dans la grand voile et un string devant. Ce soir après une acalmie le vent semble reprendre de la force, la nuit va être longue !! Mais le bateau et son équipage tiennent bon !! On arrivera demain dans la journée. On est à un peu plus de 100 M de l'arrivée. Tout va bien à bord.......... read more...


Hejira - Diesel transfer
Hejira - Diesel transfer
Hejira - Barry's Bloated Bladder
Hejira - Barry's Bloated Bladder
30/05/2016

Hejira - Cetaceans

As we close in on the Azores, yachts crossing the Atlantic funnel towards the island of Faial and the harbour at Horta. It has become one of the four busiest yacht transit harbours in the world. Zooming out on the plotter I can see 13 vessels within AIS range homing in on the refuge and clearing in and berthing promises to be a challenge. Hopefully the ARC organisation will help smooth the process.The warnings of a storm seem to have moderated to advice about a gale but we still press on to achieve a midday arrival, hopefully after the backlog of overnight arrivals have been processed. AWOL continues in our wake, keen to steer to our lights as their auto pilot is on the blink again. We have replenished their diesel stock by a further 60 litres, floated down to them in three cans and they. read more...


30/05/2016

Hejira - Panto in Guildford

Torrential rain, thunder and lightning, lumpy sea and semi darkness did not augur well for the day as we were forced to motor to try to beat the storm into Horta. We had spotted the threatening weather system on our long term weather forecast nearly a week ago but it has only just shown on the shorter Emailed forecasts. With our self-imposed limited use of the Satellite communication system, we are relying on these Emailed forecasts but would prefer the grib files we used to download. The day actually soon brightened and with the wind and sea dropping we had a fairly languid day under engine.The fleet seems to be strung out and the warnings about the impending storm carry the advice to head south if it’s not possible to make Horta by Monday evening. Looking at the speed of some of the. read more...


30/05/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 51. Nuie. 19.03.33S 169.55.52W

Sunday 29 May 2016.We have been so busy since the last blog, time has just flown andthere has not been a moment to update the blog.Wednesday early morning watches were great for Anthony and then the wind died and Skipper's wife nearly threw herself overboard with one engine just keeping us going and the mainsail playing slap bang in the confused swell.Then by lunchtime we were sailing, wind just forward of the beam and from then on, it was no complaints, just comments in the log like "no rain, no squalls", "Really wonderful sailing", "Sunny, spinning along, sailing at it's best", so everyone happy.We had land in sight by 15.00 hrs on Thursday 25 and picked up a buoy behind Spirit at 18.50 ship's time, 17.50 Nuie time, with light enough to spare to see the FAD (Fishing Aggregation Device). read more...


29/05/2016

Lerina - On nes'ennuie jamais à bord de Lerina !!

On a avancé au moteur depuis hier midi. La nuit a été cool et reposant, sans stress particulier, que quelques cargos au loin seulement. Ce matin, notre père Kins nous fait un coup de calcaire. A 8h30, il s'est mis à accélérer, à ralentir, à réaccélérer et puis tout à coup, plus rien. Les non intiés ont paniqué mais le capitaine a tout de suite compris de quoi il s'agissait: problème d'alimentation en fuel. En remontant la ligne d'alimentation, je me suis aperçu que le préfiltre Racor était bien sale t probablement colmaté .....Ue heure plus tard et avec un filtre neuf, le moteur ronronnait à nouveau sous les pplaudissements soulagés de l'équipage. Probablement un fond de cuve, de la limaille ramassée lors d'un plein. Ce soir c'est pizza et veillée d'arme avbant 2 jours qui s'annoncent. read more...


29/05/2016

Allegro - QUINTA-FEIRA, 26 DE MAIO A DOMINGO, 29 DE MAIO DE 2016

10º a 13º dias da perna Bermuda - Faial.Estes 4 dias têm-se passado bem, com alguns períodos com muito pouco vento e necessidade de usar o motor para avançarmos, e outros de vento mesmo pela popa, o que, com as ondas, se torna uma mareação menos confortável. Mas tudo tem corrido bem a bordo, sem sobressaltos.O dia 26 foi um dia praticamente sem vento, e tivemos que andar a motor todo o dia e noite.No dia 27, o vento reapareceu e foi um agradável dia de vela - e de descanso do barulho do motor…Na última noite o vento estava fraco, mesmo de popa, e o mar mais agitado, fazendo com que a retranca balançasse toda a noite com cada onda um pouco maior. Agora de manhã estão 10 nós pela popa, muito pouco para o Allegro e temos ajudado com o motor, fazendo “motorsailing”.Soubemos há 2 dias que se. read more...


29/05/2016

Second Wind - YB Connect Message from Sylvie Furtado

We hope to see land by the end of the afternoon. Youououiulllleeee!We will be able to rest from our routine, the 3 our shift and 6 hours off. We are very fortunate being 6 people aboard as we are always double up for the watch and have a decent down time. The night shifts 12:00 to 3:00 and 3:00 to 6:00 are the hardest in my opinion. Last night Karl and I did my favourite, the 9:00 to midnight then off to bed for 6 hrs straight. After a good night of sleep, I cooked everyone's favourite, bacon and eggs.We have done very well with our food and we still have fresh fruits and vegetables for today and maybe next. We wereout of bread about 5 days ago but I baked focaccia, corn bread and muffin. We also had to incorporate crackers to our diet. XOXO to all that read our postingSylvie. read more...


29/05/2016

Second Wind - YB Connect Message from Sylvie Furtado

Making tracks to Faial ahead of gale. Boat ETA to Horta 2000 today. Large black whale had to be avoided this A.M. Dolphins continue to play on our wake thru the day. All great!  Jeff. read more...


29/05/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 140: Goodbye to Magical Moorea

After checking the weather forecast again this morning and this afternoon,the weather system that was expected to pass through today with increased winds and churned up seas had passed last night and further north of us.With that we made the decision to set sail for Huahine this evening and had to say goodbye to magical Moorea. We did, however,get to enjoy one last day playing in the beautiful turquoise lagoon under suuny skies and having a delicious crepe, washed down with cappuccino, for lunch.The downside is that the weather forecast was still wrong.So, instead of reasonably good winds, we actually have exactly 1.7 kts and, instead of sailing, we're motoring again.The upside is that we have flat seas, on a moonless night which allows the stars to reflect off the water - magical. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 140: Goodbye to Magical Moorea
Paw Paw - Log Day 140: Goodbye to Magical Moorea
Paw Paw - Log Day 140: Goodbye to Magical Moorea
Paw Paw - Log Day 140: Goodbye to Magical Moorea
28/05/2016

Adagio - Home stretch for Adagio

It appears as though we will be making landfall in Horta sometime tomorrow afternoon (05/29/16). The winds are holding for now, and if we need to motor in the last hundred miles we can do so with the remaining fuel and have plenty of reserves.If the winds DO die down, we won;t hesitate to motor in as the need to stay ahead of the next weather system outweighs considerations for engine time and fuel burn. That's just the way it goes.This morning was our first encounter with thunder and lightning along our path, a single cell just ahead of us and several larger ones to the north by a few miles.Thankfully the storms pressed ahead and north faster than we were going so we only encountered the one noisy one and the rest were just washing the boat off for us.I imagine had we been a few miles. read more...


28/05/2016

Paw Paw - Log Dsy 139: Reflecting on the Wonderful Memories

Today was a day to stay onboard and get all those niggling little tasks out of the way, mostly those that Elaine had been unable to do since hurting her back. With those taken care off, it was time for Elaine to attempt a swim off the back of Paw Pawand, more importantly, be able to get back on board - success!Then, while enjoying sundowners and watching the sunset from the swim platform, we said our goodbyes to Heidi 2.0 and Do Over, both of whom left for their overnight sails to Bora Bora and Huahine respectively. We then had a lovely surprise when hailed on the VHF by Nina and had a lovely chat. They were sailing pass Moorea from Tahiti on their way to Huahine tonight as well. Weather permitting we'll see Nina and Do Over in a few days.In the interim, we're enjoying our last few days. read more...


01/06/2016

Testarossa - Shift Colors - Arrived Azores! Safe N' Sound / Friday 27 May 2016 / 1027L //

Testarossa Daily Message: Shift Colors - Arrived Azores! Safe N' Sound / Friday 27 May 2016 / 1027L //"What port awaits us, Davy Jones' or Home?" From Middle Passage, by Robert Hayden"Azores!" From S/V TestarossaAs of 1027L hours on 27 May 2016, our position is: 38*31.927'N /28*37.493'W. We are pierside, starboard side too, seawall, main marina,Horta, Azores. Note: Land was sighted at 0655L. Finish line wascrossed at 0913L. Landfall was made at 0950L. Ship's work commenced at1010L. Customs clearing still underway. After an unofficialtransit time of 9 Days / 20 Hours / 52 minutes, S/V Testarossa arrivedsafe and sound in Horta, Azores. Boom Broken, Water maker inop,mainsheet frayed, crew tired & needing showers, but all in all - noworse for the wear. Twas a good crossing. And...uhh. read more...


01/06/2016

Testarossa - Last Day at Sea Prior to Azores Landfall / Thurs - Fri 26-27 May 2016 //

Testarossa Daily Message: Last Day at Sea Prior to Azores Landfall / Thurs - Fri 26-27 May 2016 // / Late Entry // "Land Ho!" Cry of the sailing lookout, since time immemorialThe day prior to making landfall is always special. To be sure - youcan feel it in the air – in our case literally, as we were still making agood 9-10 knots ship's speed and over ground on a good breeze. But whatwe mean is, the excitement of the crew was palpable. Everyone wasexcited and giddy about finally making it to the Azores. Plus, I thinkwe were all exhausted, and tired of living "on the edge"...we were readyfor the heel to stop! What does all this mean? We couldn't sleep that well the night before, inspite of everything. And for various reasons:The proverbial wedgie in the starboard aft cabin, the angle in. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Dsy 139: Reflecting on the Wonderful Memories
Paw Paw - Log Dsy 139: Reflecting on the Wonderful Memories

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