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Matenka - Matenka's arrival in Las Palmas!
Matenka - Matenka's arrival in Las Palmas!
14/10/2017

Matenka - We made it to the Canaries!

Mateńka had a long journey to reach the Canary Islands for ARC 2017!After a winter season full of preparations for the big trip, we left Poland in June 2017. We passed though the Baltic Sea, the North Sea, the English Channel, the Bay of Biscay and sailed all along the coats of Portugal before reaching the Canary Islands by the end of August. The trip was full of adventures and we were so happy to finally arrive in Las Palmas.However the trip didn't end there, we explored all of the Canaries this past month and are about to return to Las Palmas next week for some downtime and final prep work before the ARC departure. Looking forward to see everyone there!BestElisa. read more...


14/10/2017

Louanne - Fuerte Ventura

Cooling off in a lagoon on Islas de Logos. The extreme heat and dust from the Sahara requires lots of bathing. 20171013_173940. read more...


Louanne - Fuerte Ventura
Louanne - Fuerte Ventura
Moose Of Poole - Nearly time to go
Moose Of Poole - Nearly time to go
12/10/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: 10/6/2017 Indian Ocean. 15 *. 15 ' south. 085*. 05' east

So you have not heard from SVLEXINGTON for a few days. We have lost the use of our satellite phone so I have been unable to send emails. Another boat, Owl has sent a few messages for me to reassure Judy that she can not cash in on my insurance yet. I have tried to get email sent thru my SSB radio but I have not been able to connect to any shore stations to complete the task. We are fine because we talk to the other boats twice a day. They let us know about the weather. The satellite phone email system was great but I can do without it until we get to Mauritius and get it straightened out. We had a fella named Dave Skolnick install the system and paid him for the satellite time.Unfortunately I paid him in cash. He claims he did not get paid. Our service was dropped before and restarted. read more...


12/10/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: 10/7/2017. 16*. 06' south. 081*. 30' east

This is being written to be sent when we get connectivity.We are still having a brisk ride with winds of 18-28 knots and seas of 8-15 feet. Last night one of our fore sails came loose at the top. It had come out of the foil and was dragging in the water attached by the tack and clew.It is great that we have excellent deck lighting with which to work. For those that are fashion conscious, I was wearing tightie whities and a life jacket and harness. The remaining foresail was flapping in the air but it could not be furled until the tack of the disabled sail was removed. I just cut the attachments which can be easily repaired. After furling the remaining foresail and rerouting the sheet we were able to pull the sail out of the water and on deck. When we get someplace with a good sail loft. read more...


12/10/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: 10/9/2017. 17*. 26' south. 075*. 18'. east

This is written on 10/9/2017 to be sent laterOur weather is moderating a little. Most of today we have had 15-18 knots of wind and 4-8 foot seas. We have some high cirrus clouds and some scattered small cumulus clouds which probably mean we are entering a high pressure system. We have no email so I do not have weather charts to see if I am right.We are sailing along now with a wing on wing configuration ( fore sail attached to a pole on the port side and the main sail on the starboard side) which gives us good speed. We can not do twin head sails because we damaged one foresail.For the past few days we have done a trivia game with surrounding boats that are in easy radio range. It is fun and interesting. We have been making a list of questions to have when it is our turn to ask the. read more...


12/10/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: 10/6/2017 15*. 23' south 84*. 25' east Indian Ocean

We have lost the use of our satellite phone for email but I am writing post to send later.We have had a brisk sail for the first 5 days. I am glad we have our sea legs because it is they're of unsettled seas that can make you sick as a dog.I did a couple of hours hand steering this afternoon. My thought is that it is good exercise and increases my upper body strength. The seas are not bad but the highest swells are probably 12-15feet. I have tried to time the waves to make the ride a little better. Every once in a while I time one real good wave and get a lovely surf down the front of a wave.I saw 15.5 knots speed over ground once and commonly 12-13 knots. There were several that I caught wrong and it would swing the boat around 30-40 degrees.We are doing well but you have to be a little. read more...


12/10/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: 16*. 46 ' south. 78* 29' east Sunday 10/8/2017

This is being written to send later when we have a connection.The weather has moderated a little. The wind is 16-21 knots and the seas are 6-10 feet. There is a pod of boats that are all sailing the rhumb line and staying moderately close even though we would all like to leave the others behind in our wake.I have enjoyed reading three books by Stephen Ambrose on WWII. He focuses onCompany D which was a company of paratroopers who distinguished themselves at D Day and thru out the war. He did and excellent job of personalizing the people he was writing about. I am not much of a reader but these books were interesting and there is a lot of free time to dispose of.I have thought a little about what I will do upon returning to a more normal life. I will have to adjust to retirement or go. read more...


12/10/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: 10/10/2017. 17*. 53' south. 082*. 50' east

This is also being written to be sent when we get communication backThe weather has moderated more with 13-16 knots of wind and kinder seas. We have bright blue bird sky's with high cirrus clouds which indicates we are in a high. We are doing well. I still have not been able to connect with my SSB email system. I have read the manuals for the SSB and the vAIRMAIL email system. I probably have a loose connection some place that is not allowing my signal to get out well. I got spoiled with our Iridium system. I did have someone go over my SSB system before we left but that was 11 months ago. Salt water is an enemy to almost every on the boat except maybe teak decks. Boats are a constant preventive maintenance and corrective maintenance issue. The big thing to remember is that we are. read more...


02/10/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: 10/2/2017 12 *. 13' south. 96*. 16' east

We are at sea again. This time for a 2,300 mile leg. We are expecting brisk winds and significant swells. So far today it has been nice with wind 14-18 and 4-6 foot seas. My summary of Cocos Keeling is as follows:1. It is absolutely beautiful water and beach. 2. It was windy and choppy in the anchorage which made any venture off the boat wet to a degree. 3. There was nothing at the anchorage except a beautiful beach. 4. The snorkeling was marginal. 5There was not much in the nearest town except a grocery, hardware store, small boat museum and an old house. 6.The nearest town was a long wet dinghy rode (about 2 miles) This all sounds very negative and is not meant to be. It is just a rest stop to break the trip up. We have a great birthday celebration. We have a nice dinner with prize. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: final photos
Lexington - Captain Bob: final photos
Lexington - Captain Bob: final photos
Lexington - Captain Bob: final photos
Lexington - Captain Bob: final photos
Lexington - Captain Bob: final photos
Lexington - Captain Bob: historic photos
Lexington - Captain Bob: historic photos
Lexington - Captain Bob: historic photos
Lexington - Captain Bob: historic photos
Lexington - Captain Bob: historic photos
Lexington - Captain Bob: historic photos
Lexington - Captain Bob: historic photos
Lexington - Captain Bob: historic photos
Lexington - Captain Bob: history
Lexington - Captain Bob: history
Lexington - Captain Bob: history
Lexington - Captain Bob: history
Lexington - Captain Bob: history
Lexington - Captain Bob: history
01/10/2017

Lexington - History of Direction Island

I have internet and can send photos better. For those that might be interested I am sending photos of information placed around the island. image1 image2 image3. read more...


Lexington - History of Direction Island
Lexington - History of Direction Island
Lexington - History of Direction Island
Lexington - History of Direction Island
Lexington - History of Direction Island
Lexington - History of Direction Island
30/09/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: Cocos Keeling Oceania House

We took the ferry to Home Island to go on a tour of Oceania House which was built by the Clune-Ross Family. The Clune-Ross family were some of the first people to claim and inhabit the island. They tried to establish a copra exporting business which they did but moderately unsuccessfully. They heard that there were mineral surveyors on Christmas Island which prompted them to send people to Christmas Island to establish a claim to the island. Phosphate was discovered and they received half ownership in the phosphate production.This was their ticket to wealth to some degree. With that wealth came grandiosity in the form of a house of 12 acres. The bricks had a porcelain type finish on the outer surface which helped them to withstand the elements of salt and sea and wind. The house was. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: Cocos Keeling Oceania House
Lexington - Captain Bob: Cocos Keeling Oceania House
Lexington - Captain Bob: Cocos Keeling Oceania House
Lexington - Captain Bob: Cocos Keeling Oceania House
Lexington - Captain Bob: Cocos Keeling Oceania House
Lexington - Captain Bob: Cocos Keeling Oceania House
30/09/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: Cocos Keeling

I can not resist sending a couple more photos. The first is of Gary holding one of the cakes made for him and multiple presents on the table. The second is a nicely framed photo of the anchorage. May fair winds fill your sails with fresh breeze and no salt water on the way to Mauritius. Bobimage1 image2. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: Cocos Keeling
Lexington - Captain Bob: Cocos Keeling
Lexington - Captain Bob: Cocos Keeling
Lexington - Captain Bob: Cocos Keeling
29/09/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: 9/29/2017 Cocos Keeling The Good and Bad

I have a short note about the good and bad of the sailing.First the most of the morning was taken up doing boat jobs to try to keep us in good shape for the next leg which is 2300 miles to Mauritius. The first job was to sew some sail tape onto the main sail. I had sticky tape and a hand sewing awl. It was so wind in the anchorage that I had to use close pins to hold the sticky tape on to be able to sew it. I got a fair job done. I will show a proud photo at he end. I also checked the hydraulic fluid in the auto pilot since it had been low when we left Darwin. I cleaned the water cooling vent in the outboard and tightened bolts on the Watt and Sea mount. That does not sound like much but everything is slower on a boat. The next is the good part. We had a beach party to celebrate a few. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: 9/29/2017 Cocos Keeling The Good and Bad
Lexington - Captain Bob: 9/29/2017 Cocos Keeling The Good and Bad
Lexington - Captain Bob: 9/29/2017 Cocos Keeling The Good and Bad
Lexington - Captain Bob: 9/29/2017 Cocos Keeling The Good and Bad
28/09/2017

Lexington - captain Bob:9/28/2017 Cocos Keeling

Cocos Keeling has been a nice stop over across the Indian Ocean. The water is choppy and the winds are brisk but the area is beautiful. The sand is white and very fine. The water is crystal clear.Dan and Em from Skyelark of London and I took their dinghy over to Home Island to explore. They run a charter service. They charter all over the world, Great Britain, Caribbean and doing the World Arc. They take on guest for the different legs of the trip. Most of their guests that I have met have been return customers which speaks well of them. They cater to their guest very well. The guest take turns at the helm, cooking and cleaning. If anyone is looking for an easy way to get some blue water experience with two expert captains and a solid boat, Skyelark of London would be an excellent. read more...


Lexington - captain Bob:9/28/2017 Cocos Keeling
Lexington - captain Bob:9/28/2017  Cocos Keeling
Lexington - captain Bob:9/28/2017 Cocos Keeling
Lexington - captain Bob:9/28/2017  Cocos Keeling
27/09/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: Cocos Keeling

We have just anchored at Cocos Keeling. I will send a photo Everything is not always perfect. It did rain on us as we came in. More to comeBobimage2 image1. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: Cocos Keeling
Lexington - Captain Bob: Cocos Keeling
Lexington - Captain Bob: Cocos Keeling
Lexington - Captain Bob: Cocos Keeling
26/09/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: 9/26/2017 Cocos Keeling leg

We are scheduled to arrive at daybreak tomorrow morning in Cocos Keeling. We have been on a beam reach (wind coming from the side at 90 degrees) for the whole trip. We have had brisk winds the whole trip at 20-25 knots. The swells had be been 5-15 feet. We have three reefs in the main and two in the head sails. We have probably averaged almost 8 knots for the 600 miles. The ride is not too bad buthas been a wet ride. We have had water coming over the bow frequently and into the cockpit occasionally. With all this we have not had any sea sickness. It has been a little too bumpy to do anything but sail or sleep. We have three tours set up when we get there. We are also going to have a big beach BBQ party to celebrate Gary Chapman's birthday. Any excuse for a party!We hope all is well with. read more...


24/09/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: 8/24/2017. Off to Cocos Keeling

We left Christmas Island this morning. We were the last to leave along with two other boats that decided to travel together to a degree. In travelling together you end up somewhat separated but closer if you leave together. It will be about 4 days for this leg. We have nice fresh winds of about 15-22 knots. The winds are predicted to be unchanged for the duration.I need to correct a fact about the red crab migration. Earlier I posted that the male and female release into the water.I was wrong. They do breed and then the female releases the eggs into the surf.The first photo is a crab bridge so the crabs can go over the highway. There are short barriers that coral the crabs toward the bridges. They also have culverts that are under the road but the crabs do not like them as much. The next. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: 8/24/2017. Off to Cocos Keeling
Lexington - Captain Bob: 8/24/2017. Off to Cocos Keeling
Lexington - Captain Bob: 8/24/2017. Off to Cocos Keeling
Lexington - Captain Bob: 8/24/2017. Off to Cocos Keeling
23/09/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: 9/23/2017 last day on Christmas Island

We went on a tour of the island today. We had a very good tour guide who was very informative.The main base of the economy in the past was phosphate mining. The only trouble is that the mining ownership was foreign based and very little of the money found its way into the island economy. Now the phosphate reserves are running out and the prices are low due to other producers. There are royalties that are paid but to the main Australian government. The money does not always get spent on the island and in a good way. I do not know how correct this information is.The source is just one tour guide that thinks red crabs and tourism are the next base of the economy. They spend lots of money protecting the red crabs as a tourist attraction. You can not eat the crabs. They build overpasses over. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: 9/23/2017 last day on Christmas Island
Lexington - Captain Bob: 9/23/2017 last day on Christmas Island
Lexington - Captain Bob: 9/23/2017 last day on Christmas Island
Lexington - Captain Bob: 9/23/2017 last day on Christmas Island
Lexington - Captain Bob: 9/23/2017 last day on Christmas Island
Lexington - Captain Bob: 9/23/2017 last day on Christmas Island

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