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WikiWiki - Boy Band Pose
Meritage - Photo 3 for Meritage:killer sunset!
Meritage - Photo 3 for Meritage:killer sunset!
26/06/2017

Meritage - Log entry 3: Meritage

We completed leg 1! 150 nautical miles feom Annapolis MD to Portsmouth VA in exactly 24 hours. Lots of exciting firsts for me and the crew!At the end of the last blog, I was going to get some rest before my first nightwatch...I knew that falling asleep would be difficult but eventually, 45 minutes before my watch started, I managed to get a nap in!When I woke, Craig and Paul had set me up with a good heading and a good handoff. Wecarried on with motoring until 2am when the winds returned. After 15 minutes (of waffling), I decided to let Meritage do what she was out there to do. So we raised sails, cut the engine and were back off to the races moving faster by wind power! As the sun rose we were greeted by a pod of 4 dolphins (screwed up the video, sorry) and by 7am we were entering the. read more...


25/06/2017

Raggy Doll - Thursday 22nd June - Dolphins

Porto to Figuera de Foz. Today was, for the other members of the rally a race start, we had decided not to get in the mix too early, so basically we crept up from behind to join. It was a bright, warm, blue sky kind of day. Not much wind, but now and again enough to tease us into putting up the cruising gennaker. This, for the non sailing people, is a huge sail that is attached to the front of the boat to give you more speed. We designed ours, red white and blue and so, it seems, did a lot of other people.The wind was so temperamental that the gennaker became more of a hindrance than a help so we took it down.We were relaxing and enjoying the sunshine when we were visited by a group of dolphins, it was great watching them swim around and under the boat, we knew other members of the rally. read more...


Meritage - Photo 2 from Meritage: the genaker flies!
Meritage - Photo 2 from Meritage: the genaker flies!
25/06/2017

Meritage - Log entry 2 for Meritage: 12 hours in!

We have been on the water for 12 hours now. Currently we are motor sailing due to the lack of wind however the first 8 hours were fantastic! We were making great time and having fun. We hoisted our asymmetrical spinnaker (for the first time)! I will attach a picture because it was a long awaited experience and it did not disappoint! A bright red, blue and green colored sail that carried us for hours at 6-7 knots in very light air. Amazing! There is video of me doing an Irish jig I was so happy! Breakfast was a dozen home grown eggs from my birds, Lunch were simple PB&Js, and dinner was veggie chili. We are on our watch schedule (I am supposed to be sleeping) so I will sign offnow as I have the midnight to 4am shift. Cool sitings include dolphins, stingray, and a pelican the followed. read more...


24/06/2017

Timshel - A cautionary tale - ants in the pants!

On Timshel we were stocking up with provisions in Savusavu and unpacking stuff and washing fruit and veg in the cockpit as usual.Steve opened the outer cardboard box of a packet of cup-a-soups (yes, how can he want soup in the tropics, but he is addicted to them) and let out a great shriek as hundreds of ants ran out.We set to to drown them in seawater, the inner soup packets were OK, but we were so glad we had followed all the sage advice and got rid of cardboard in the cockpit, also washing stuff and storing dried goods in extra sealed poly bags in case of contamination.or all those ants would have been in the cabin!. read more...


24/06/2017

Social Security Statement - Log 1 - Preparing for Departure

After a rainy evening, the Crew of Social Security Statement are sitting in Back Creek prepping for the day.  The weather is clearing, the sun is bright and breakfast is about to be cooked.  Our Rally Flag is flying to port, and we’re awaiting a great start to the Rally.  Hoping our friends on Evening Star (Pearson 33) are making out ok and that leak has stopped for the time being!   Let us know if you need a tow!  Big winds and following seas to our Rally friends.  ~ Social Security StatementSSS Log 1 Email. read more...


Social Security Statement - Log 1 - Preparing for Departure
Social Security Statement - Log 1 - Preparing for Departure
24/06/2017

Aurora Polaris - 24. juni 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Etter frokost hørte vi på Copra Shed sin VHF-kanal, nyheter og innspill fra seilerne som ligger i havna her. Han som styrer radiokanalen er litt lik de som har radio Lyngdal. Til å begynne med trodde jeg han bare tøyset, men så fant vi snart ut at alt var på ramme alvor, selv om han på en måte var litt flåsete. Terje spurte ham om han visste om noen som kunne reparere kjøleskapet vårt. Han oppgav et navn og telefonnummer, og ikke lenge etter var kjøleskapsmannen om bord. Han fant ut at de som var her i går og reparerte, måtte ha gjort en feil og tappet ut KFK-gassen fra kjøleskapet, så han fylte på ny gass, og etterpå virket det. I tillegg byttet Terje ut styreenheten, så nå så det veldig bra ut. Jeg nevnte også at airconditionen ikke virket, og da ville han kikke på det med det samme.. read more...


24/06/2017

Aurora Polaris - 21.-22. juni 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Så er det gått to dager siden jeg sist skrev! Må bare si at det ikke er noe hvilehjem vi er på! Det skjer noe hele tiden, men nå valgte jeg å bli i båten for å skrive videre på bloggen. Har barrikadert meg med tepper rundt cockpiten for å stoppe sola fra å skinne inn på meg. Det er tilsynelatende alltid altfor mye arbeid å henge opp solskyggen vi kjøpte i Shelter Bay, så da blir det altså tepper! Jeg foreslo forsiktig å ta opp skyggen da vi ankret opp i Fawn Harbour etter om lag fem timers seilas den 21. midt på dagen, for lufta stod stille. Rita og Marcel plumpet uti med en gang, og etter en stund hoppet vi også uti. Terje tok skrubben fatt, og feide over den ene skutesida. Litt senere kom Shamal’s og lurte på om vi ville være med og snorkle. Det sa vi selvsagt ja til, men vi måtte. read more...


24/06/2017

Jubilate Mare - Off to Peniche!

A perfect sailing start this morning, which made a nicechange. Cruising chutes are up and the sun is coming out. We had a lovely time in Figueria da Foz and said goodbye to Tony before we left Porto. Tony's last supper was BBQ'd salmon steaks, Tom caught mackerel on the way down, which Pete pan fried for lunch and we had BBQ'd sardines for supper at the Yacht Club. The fish, as you would expect, is superb and plentiful, as is all fresh produce, and the local market was shopping heaven. We have been welcomed warmly everywhere we've visited and been showered with gifts. 🐝 x. read more...


Meritage - Arriving in Annapolis!
Meritage - Arriving in Annapolis!
24/06/2017

Meritage - Log entry 1 for Meritage

We made it to Annapolis in record time! 3 and a half hours thanks to a following sea. This morning, we loaded our gear and our absurd amount of food, and off we went from Deale to Annapolis. Winds were brisk and we only needed the mainsail to zip along at 6-8 knots (thats only like 9-10 miles per hour which to most of you is laughable, but to sailors, especially cruisers, thats like formula 1 racing! We found the Port Annapolis Marina, settled in, and rode marina bicycles to the skipper's briefing where we got to meet other teams on the rally. A dip in the pool, a nice shower and we were ready to settle in for the night...until...I wanted to do a Navigation lights check. Low and behold a key light (stern running light) was not working. We replaced the bulb but still no light. 2 hours. read more...


24/06/2017

Andiamo - Getting prepared for tomorrow's start

Shakedown cruise by Doug solo on trip from Oxford to Annapolis.  Seas 2 to 3 feet and wind 15-20 knots with gusts to 25.. Briefing done, dinner finished.   Life vest fitting and adjustments tonight. Boat safety overview as well. Then some well deserved sleep.  Start time 10 am tomorrow.  Ready to go!. read more...


23/06/2017

Misto - Days 164-167 June 20-23 : Savusavu, Namena and Makogai

The trip from Taveuni to Savusavu on Vanua Levu island started well enough with the parasailor up and doing 5-7 knots.However half way across the wind died and swung all over the place so we had to douse the sail and motor.Fueling at the Copra Shed marina was interesting - you purchase the fuel at the local petrol station, its pumped into 50 gallon drums which are then transported to the fuel dock where its pumped aboard using a 12 v pump- with the 12 volts supplied by the boat. The marina facilitates the process and transport and the system works - a permit for a fuel pump at the dock has been applied for so the system may change in the future.We squeezed Misto, with her 6.8m beam into a 7m wide slip and made a trip to the hardware store for the appropriate electrical plugs and hose. read more...


23/06/2017

Timshel - Onwards in Fiji

The fleet intended to separate leaving Vanua Balavu in the Lau group.3 boats set off the day before, then on Friday we set off at first light with a group of 6 heading for the hurricane hole on Quamea island, and another 5 set off for an Atoll called Waligilala Is that was a bit nearer and looked interesting.Things are complicated as most place names seem to have 2 or 3 spellings, none of us know how to pronounce them and and many of them sound the same. In the event we had a good sail although worried rather that we might not get there in time in the good daylight required for Navigation. especially as the faster boats arriving first had decided to go on further to an anchorage in the bay at the North of the island.But we made it and Atla invited everyone over for sundowners so we. read more...


23/06/2017

Timshel - Fiji 180 deg longitude halfway round the world?

Leaving Somosomo the 180deg meridian was just around the corner.But what happened when you got there?Most of our chart plotters had a white or possibly brown or blue line at this point, and some missing information, as though the join was imperfectly made.The question was - is the world in fact flat after all and do we fall off?Fortunately this was not the case, and in fact the mobile Navionics on the ipad would scroll right across continuously, so we were able to navigate down to Paradise Taveuni resort at the south end of the island.So that's us halfway round the world, from Greenwich anyway, and it's the Winter Solstice coming up, not the Summer.Paradise Taveuni were wonderfully welcoming and helpful, guys in Kayaks to tell us where to anchor (all 6 mooring buoys being already. read more...


23/06/2017

Raggy Doll - Wednesday 21st June - Groundhog Day!

It's finally arrived, today we get to go on ARC Portugal, we have been looking forward to this for so long and now it is actually happening.Wednesday morning started bright and early - pause - rewind! Wednesday morning started overcast and foggy, we were not going anywhere early. To make the most of the delay, it was decided I should go up the mast to repair the broken sail bag rigging. This involves wearing a harness a bit like a large nappy, that is attached to a rope and you are then winched up the mast with a second rope as a safety line. I was the obvious choice as I am the lightest (sorry AJ). So I'm prepared like a trussed chicken and up I go, to be honest it's actually something I enjoy, the views up there are amazing, sadly the fog put a stop to that. The rigging was quickly. read more...


23/06/2017

Lexington - Namena Island

We left Savusavu Copra Shed Marina this morning after a three night stay. We have come to Namena Island inside a large reef that extends from Vanua Levi, a large island of Fiji. We are on a mooring ball just on the northwest of the island. We have had a very relaxing afternoon and evening. I took the dinghy around the island, about a mile long. It is a nesting area for birds. I saw many birds on their nest. I think I saw male birds feeding the females on the nest. I think I saw one young bird sticking its head up. I did not have binoculars so I am not for sure. It is a lovely mooring with a gentle motion on the water to rock me to sleep. May fair winds fill your sails with gentle rocking! Bob. read more...


23/06/2017

Lexington - Produce Market in Savusavu

 Photos of the produce market in Savusavu . read more...


23/06/2017

Lexington - 6/22/2017. Savusavu

We are in the Copra Shed Marina in Savusavu, Vanua Levi island which is part of Fiji. We rented a car so we drove to the other side of the island in the morning. We went to a town called Labasa. The other side of the island is flatter. For that reason they grow sugar cane and vegetables there. We saw numerous loads of sugar cane on the road. On the other side of the town was a large sugar mill with probably 100 or more trucks waiting to unload their cane. We also saw a lot of log trucks loaded with logs of pine and hardwood. There were numerous gardens growing vegetables, kava growing, oranges, kasava (tapioca). I will attach photos from along the way. May fair winds fill your sails with fun and adventure! Bob    . read more...


23/06/2017

Mariposarah II - Ready for Annapolis!

Mariposarah II is ready. Food is stocked. Crew is ready. Dark and Stormies ready, Will see ya’ll at the briefing!  . read more...


23/06/2017

Timshel - Onwards in Fiji

The fleet intended to separate leaving Vanua Balavu in the Lau group.3 boats set off the day before, then on Friday we set off at first light with a group of 6 heading for the hurricane hole on Quamea island, and another 5 set off for an Atoll called Waligilala Is that was a bit nearer and looked interesting.Things are complicated as most place names seem to have 2 or 3 spellings, none of us know how to pronounce them and and many of them sound the same. In the event we had a good sail although worried rather that we might not get there in time in the good daylight required for Navigation. especially as the faster boats arriving first had decided to go on further to an anchorage in the bay at the North of the island.But we made it and Atla invited everyone over for sundowners so we. read more...


Jubilate Mare - Chocolate biscuits on the foredeck.
Jubilate Mare  - Chocolate biscuits on the foredeck.
22/06/2017

Jubilate Mare - Jubilate Mare Porto to Figueira de Foz

Light winds have continued more or less every day. Today was no different really, but with a promising start from the Duoro river in Porto. A couple of hours later however, it was time to relax & hoist the cast iron genoa.The laws of physics prevent us covering 55 miles in less than 12 hours if we don't maintain an average of more than 4.5 knots. Unfortunately the laws of fishing also dictate that you won't catch much at above 4.5 knots. What to do??Unleash Tom on the fishing line! To his absolute amazement he caught lunch for four of us in very short order. Then followed lessons in how to murder mackerel. We'll get get him up to Yachtmaster standard yet.See the picture. The resulting fillets McFish though were superb and couldn't have been fresher.As a prelude to an "unlimited. read more...


22/06/2017

Raggy Doll - Tuesday 20th June - And where exactly did you hide the baby?

The day started well, the hotel was simple and comfortable, the meal last night was fish and served with a local white wine, we started to believe we were moving forward. Perhaps at this point we should have become slightly suspicious, it was all going a little too smoothly.We checked out from the hotel and made our way the 200 meters across the road to the Monte Real Club de Yates, the local yacht club. Of course we went by taxi, the only way to travel when your bags weigh a ton, this amused the taxi driver but not Andrew as he was given the embarrassing task of explaining to the driver why we needed a taxi for such a short distance, it was only when we found the Spanish word for heavy that the driver finally understood and was more than happy to take the euros. We happened to bump into. read more...


22/06/2017

Mischief - HIHO Mischief

19th June 2017.  Bayona to Pavoa de VarzimLeg 2 of our journey south began in fog, the race having been cancelled at the last minute due to the poor weather conditions.  This affected the crew badly, they had already taken performance enhancing drugs and were mentally charged, adrenaline coursing through their veins ready to lead the fleet to the next port. The crew had to do laps of the decks to wear off the affects of this disappointment. The sail started in fog with the engine on. Wind was 2 knots, not good in any sailors memoirs. Coffee and MNS finest stem ginger cookies lifted moral. When the wind did arrive it was on the stern. Skipper Mabel the mouse decided, a preventer on the main sail would be needed with a poled out Code Zero. After a short amount of. read more...


Mischief - HIHO Mischief
Mischief - HIHO Mischief
Blonde Moment - porto marina from the mast top
Blonde Moment - porto marina from the mast top
21/06/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: Savusavu

We rented a car today to tour the island. As we were driving along I offered to give a young lady walking along the road a ride. She was carrying a couple of bags. She asked us what we were doing and then offered to stay with us for several hours talking about what we were seeing. She had worked as a tour guide before.We had a nice drive around an area of the island. We ate lunch at a very nice resort where one of her friends worked. All she would accept is the lunch. We dropped her back off at her grandmother's house where she was going in the first place. She was taking her grandmother two bags of fruit.We all had an enjoyable afternoon. I think she enjoyed our company of more normal people than she deals with at her resort. We enjoyed her perspective.First is a photo of the three of. read more...


20/06/2017

Raggy Doll - Monday 19th June 2017 - To infinity and beyond

It is 1520 hours Spanish time and at this moment I am sitting on board an Air Europe flight having just left Madrid and en route to Vigo. A lot has happened since my last blog and hopefully I can fill in the missing pieces. We had hopedthat AJ and I would be fit enough to set sail again on Monday 12th June to try and catch the rally that had left the previous day, we realised pretty quickly that this was not going to be the case and had made the decision to withdraw from the rally. All of us were pretty fed up, AJ and I still felt like rubbish. Various ideas were put on the table, including giving up and going home!By Wednesday we were certain about 3 things:1. We had chosen to join Arc so that we could travel with a group that gave us the security and back up if we needed it, so going. read more...


20/06/2017

Jubilate Mare - Jubilate Mare has made it to Portugal!

Thought it was about time I put pen to paper - well finger to screen! I can't believe how time has flown and miles been motored - not much wind so sailing hasn't really been an option.We are having a cracking time, great crew and fun fleet friends. We will (between us) attempt to make regular contributions, regarding our progress, for the rest of the Rally. We arrived in Porto today and had an electric tuk tuk tour of the city followed by a visit to a port house. Fleet supper tonight at a local restaurant and a 'fun and games' day is being organised for tomorrow. The sun is seriously hot, though I don'tthink it's quite as hot as you are experiencing in England! Boat is staying nice and cool, with a through draught, and days just melt one into the other. We sighted daily dolphins on our. read more...


20/06/2017

Starblazer - 19/06/2017 – The Highs and Lows of passage making.

19/06/2017 – The Highs and Lows of passage making.This title can be taken two ways: meteorologically and in terms of our feelings.I’ll start with the latter.It’s not quite the extremes of mania and depression, rather more a question of happiness or gloominess.What makes us happy?I’m sure just about every sailor will agree that the sight of dolphins playing around the boat puts a smile on the face and a sighting of whales is very special.Seeing the log or GPS reach the heady heights of 6 knots is doing it for us on this passage.In the past we have expected to achieve a 6.5 knot average, then the happiness factor is reaching a 7 knot average over 3 hours or longer. This passage has not been fast but I’ll deal with that when I consider ‘Gloominess’.Good food is a necessity, with pleasant. read more...


20/06/2017

Aurora Polaris - 20. juni 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Kapteinen er alltid tidlig på an, så klokka 7.30 var vi i dinghyen på vei mot nye eventyr. Han tenkte ikke på at det var 12 timer siden vi kavet for å komme oss gjennom korallrevet. Nå var vi i nesten samme situasjon, men denne gangen i dagslys. Det gikk jo greiere enn sist, og nå begynner vi å lære hvordan vi skal te oss. Taxisjåføren var på pletten. Vi hadde bestilt ham til kl.8, men han var der allerede da vi dro dinghyen på land.Så kjørte vi på austsida av Taveuni. Det var ikke lenge før veien gikk over i grusvei, og vi humpet oss gjennom landsby etter landsby. Også her har husene strålende farger, noen har fått seg murhus, andre har trehus eller blikkskur. Klesvaskene hang på snorene rundt omkring, og hvitt tøy var ikke alltid hvitt.På Fiji er grisene i bur. De har satt buret på. read more...


20/06/2017

Arcarius of Plymouth - Mischief HIHO Mischief doubles the trouble. Oh my god (American accent)

HIHOimage1. read more...


Misto - Yesterday and Today - Ros is straddling the dateline in Taveuni.
Misto - Yesterday and Today - Ros is straddling the dateline in Taveuni.
Arcarius of Plymouth - Mischief HIHO Mischief doubles the trouble. Oh my god (American accent)
Arcarius of Plymouth - Mischief HIHO Mischief doubles the trouble. Oh my god (American accent)
19/06/2017

Blonde Moment - blog 8

BLOG 8Monday 19 JuneWow - last evenings shin dig gave us a bit of a shock - BM picked up two prizes!Must have been all that hard work antifouling and polishing in April.It was a great evening out at the Monte Real Club de Yates de Baiona - thank you for your hospitality Bayona!As day dawned, crews busied themselves preparing their boats with Code Zero's, Spinnakers and slipping lines.However, the patchy fog that rolled in on Sunday had reduced visibility to such an extent that Andrew (WCC) had to cancel the racing start for leg 2 (phew says Dee!).We are now motoring down the Portuguese coast dodging lobster pots, some grey skies, some sunshine and some wind.The winds have been equally variable.Having flown our very colourful spinnaker for about 40 minutes, we then beat up wind for a. read more...


Misto - The first Tavoro waterfall
Misto - The first Tavoro waterfall
19/06/2017

Misto - Days 160-163 June 16-19: Paradise found on Taveuni, Fiji

We departed Bay of Islands for Welagilala, the only true atoll in Fiji. The wind was blowing strongly in the mid to upper 20's, the seas got up somewhat and it was a beautiful beam reach and we revelled in a fantastic sail. However we were to be disappointed in our destination. Probably a beautiful option in settled weather, the seas were breaking heavily over the reef and so the Owl and the Pussy Cats (Laura Dawn, Sumore and Misto) along with Tula Mohr, decided to press on to Matangi. The horseshoe shaped anchorage on the north of Matangi is described as idilic.Arriving as the light was starting to go Laura Dawn explored the anchorage but found it infested with coral and certainly not suitable for 5 boats to find safe anchoring in those poor light conditions. So we pressed on again to. read more...


19/06/2017

Blonde Moment - Blog 7

BLOG 7A great run to the finish line in Bayona getting in at 23:33 on Wednesday 14 June hot onBlue Monde's tail.Bayona - a blissful stopover point after Biscay.The joy of sleeping in a bunk that doesn't lurch!A beautiful drying wind for about seven loads of washing ( what more could the lady of the boat wish for!) and Blonde Moment had a long overdue shampoo and rinse.Much needed sleep was caught up on and fresh provisions easy to buy.Having done all the "domestics" on Thursday, Paul and I discovered the coastal path for jogging and swam off the nearby beach in refreshing but not freezing water.The local tapas has been enjoyed and a great day out at Santiago de Compostella was had Saturday.After the heat of Santiago, few felt they wanted an evening out so neighbours either side ( Blue. read more...


19/06/2017

Lexington - Enjoying the Fiji Feast

The two fellas in the photo are from Australia. They have come to this resort for several years. They were extremely engaging and fun to share dinner with. They are brothers. . read more...


19/06/2017

Lexington - More Photos of Fiji Feast and Kava Party

Here are photos from the Fiji Feast and Kava Party . read more...


19/06/2017

Lexington - Fiji Feast and Kava Party

The resort put on a Fiji feast and kava party. The food was cooked in an earthen oven. The fire was made over stones which were then covered with banana leaves. The meats were wrapped in banana leaves and the whole thing was covered with banana leaves. Everyone at the resort were seated at long tables. After dinner they had dancing. The dancers were the employees and their children. It was a real family affair. Later everyone danced on the lawn while the tables and chairs were cleared for everyone to sit on woven mats. We were served Kava drinks.  Kava is a drink made of water and ground kava. The Kava drink is made from the dried and ground up roots and stalks of the Kava plant. It is ground into a powder and then mixed with water. It has a little narcotic or intoxicating. read more...


19/06/2017

Aurora Polaris - 19. juni 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Hvilke opplevelser! Vi gir oss ende over! Klokka er 21.15, og vi er i seng! Dagen begynte på Qavea, og vi hadde avtalt med Shamal å gå derfra kl.08. Shamal er et riktig fartsfantom, og vi hadde nok med å holde følge med dem. De kom først til Taveuni, selv om vi motorseilte, og mot slutten hadde vi til og med 9,5 knop innover mot bukta vi nå ligger i. Det lå en 4-5 båter oppankret her fra før, så vi tenkte det var gode grunner til å være her.Vi hviler aldri lenge, så vi var i land allerede 10.30. Da stod vi utenfor en resort (et hotell) og lurte på om vi kunne ha lunsj der. Det kunne vi ikke! Det var kun for hotellets gjester. Vi ville gjerne dra på coastal-walk, den med alle fossefallene. Noen damer utenfor hotellet sa det skulle komme en buss vi kunne ta dit, men vi (Aurora. read more...


18/06/2017

Timshel - Tonga to Fiji Arrival Vanua Balavu

We came up with and talked to Aurora during the day and agreed to go into the island pass together.Managed to sail for a few hours, until wind died and headed us.Even managed to tack - a long time since we've had to do that.More motoring through the night, Owl and Misto came up, Tulla Mhor hove to off the pass, at day break waited for a squall to pass that blotted out the visibility Skylark and Zeeland came up , also Altair appeared and Exit Strategy behind.Finally entering the pass at nearly 11, following Aurora with Skylark and Zeeland in line behind, Owl, Misto and Altair ahead.We were carefully following the waypoints provided by WARC having been warned that in this area (and most of Fiji) that both electronic and paper charts might be wrong.Most of the beacons marked on the chart. read more...


18/06/2017

Timshel - Fiji Vanua Balavu

We elected to stay in the Lomolomo anchorage on Monday having things to fix - e.g. the Lewmar hatches as two hinges one on the fore and one on the aft had broken in quick succession.Most of the other boats set off for the other side of the island which was much more sheltered.But we did spend a very convivial evening as we were invited aboard Zeeland by Bianca and Edwin.Tuesday we set off in convoy with cats Laura Dawn and Sumore, Andrew in LD piloting us in the lead (Stefano was also aboard) and us in the middle, having entered the 20 or so waypoints provided.Lovely day, beautiful scenery but even following one did have to concentrate on the navigation with reefs all around.Eventually we arrived and anchored off the village of Dalicoli with the rest of the fleet.Ashore at 5pm for the. read more...


Blonde Moment - "Steve.... Are you sure it's not supposed to be in the water?"
Blonde Moment -
18/06/2017

Blue Monde - Log 1 - In Baiona

Sunday in the sunshine in beautiful Baiona, Galicia, north west Spain. After such an anticipated departure, and floundering about in Falmouth's foul wind and rain, crossing the western end of the English Channel and Bay of Biscay was wonderful. Day 1 and most of day 2 meant a little mal de mer for moi (had to resort to Stugeron. Neither acupressure bands nor 'the glasses' could help) but luckily Nigel and our 'boy' racers, Hugh and Jon, enjoyed the sailing and changing conditions immensely. Using the cruising chute in lighter airs and then poled out genoa and main sail on a preventer, apparently known as 'goose-winged',helped give good speed and a more stable ride.A fantastic part of the journey for me was approaching Cape Finisterre, seeing land and the prospect of the end of our first. read more...



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