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04/03/2016

Starblazer - 04/03/2016 – Salvador to Fortaleza via Fernando de Noronha

We decided to visit the National Park on Fernando de Noronha rather than stop at one or two of the mainland ports on the way to Fortaleza.The trip was a little over 650 nM and we experienced just about every condition possible!2 knots of current against us, 2 knots with us, wind ‘on the nose’ (from dead ahead), wind on the beam (fast), wind aft (not quite so fast), sun, showers, rain, squalls, very cloudy and dark nights, bright moonlight – as I said, just about every weather condition imaginable with the exception of thunder and lightning thankfully.Overall we averaged just over 5 knots, not good but adequate because we arrived soon after first light on Thursday morning.On passage the little Honda generator and ‘intelligent’ battery charger stopped talking to each other so we had to run. read more...


04/03/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - From the Pacific. 3,03.2N 93,08.25

I am composing this at 0200 local.So far we have motored for several hours, drift sailed for a few and now we hope to have found the trade winds and are rocketing along towards the south west. We have now got about 2800 miles to go so a little bit less than our atlantic crossing.At present we have 8.5 knots of wind from the south east. So we have the sheets eased a bit and we are sailing well.We have just had the change of watch and Anthony is the lucky one to get the first proper sailing of the trip. Now all we have to do is to hope that this wind holds for the next two weeks! We are surrounded by the ghostly forms of the swallow tailed gulls as they circle the boat clicking at each other, (they use echo location and are the worlds only truly nocturnal gulls).We assume thatthey are. read more...


04/03/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 54: The Doldrums - We Can't Have Everything

After motoring all night last night, we had to motor all day as well and, unfortunately, we are still motoring tonight.There is not a breath of wind - I guess that's the Doldrums and one can'thelp but wonder what it must have been like for those sailing vessels, centuries ago, that got stuck here with no other means of propulsion. We can't have everything though, so we settled for the beautiful sunny skies,the deep blue flat seas, the dolpins that stopped by to play in Paw Paw's bows and the yellowfin tuna Roy caught this evening and served for dinner - It's a sailors life alright!We are hopeful though that we will pick up the SE trades within the next 24 hours based on thelatest forecasts we analysed this afternoon and altered course to headSSW from our original planned course of SW. I. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 54: The Doldrums - We Can't Have Everything
Paw Paw - Log Day 54: The Doldrums - We Can't Have Everything
04/03/2016

Aretha - 01 58 South 039 18 West - Sailing Brazil to Grenada

0110am,Calm seas tonight and the stars are out now. We have the wind on the beam and Aretha glides effortlessly through the flat seas carving a line of phosphorescence on either side of her. It’s magical sailing and the fact we are calm means we have a full strength crew.We’re aided by a couple of knots of current meaning the 1700 or so miles to Grenada is being rattled off at a good rate. We have an ETA calculator on the chart plotter which calculates our arrival time based on our speed. Currently its showing we are some 9 days away.Fortaleza was a much nicer and more relaxing stop than we were expecting. The marina was best described as an upgraded anchorage. Anchor and reverse sideways whilst your friends in dinghies take your lines and secure them to large metal piles with jagged. read more...


03/03/2016

Two Fish - Day 54 - Mega Passage

As the first day of our long voyage drifts into the record books, I see in sharp relief life onshore versus passage mode.We had our last ice cream, our last laundry, bought as many carrots as we thought might last, weighed anchor and cut our final tether to land, cell service.We are now in the big blue ocean.The earth's largest ocean.Our 3,000 mile crossing has begun.El Nino has reduced the trade winds and the weather files encouraged us to fill up every jar with extra diesel.We can motor at 6 knots for 1,100 miles yet still have enough reserve fuel to run the genset to produce drinking water.Like on all passages, the Captain's job is never formulaic.Sometimes we are fighting current, sometimes dodging weather. But this leg is about conserving resources.Diesel and food are finite.As I. read more...


03/03/2016

Aliena - 3 de Marzo 2016

2º dia navegación Galapagos-Marquesas.Ayer a las 12h comenzamos la singladura mas temida del tramo: dirección Polinesia, casi 3000nm. Ya nos vamos acostumbrando toda la flota y las salidas son cada vez mas relajadas. Comenzamos con un viento razonable que fue disminuyendo y a pesar de poner la vela código dos al poco tuvimos que poner motor por falta de viento. Vamos dirección Sur buscando el Alisio. Vemos en el AIS que la flota está detrás de nosotros, a unas cuantas millas y con un rumbo un poco al Oeste. La navegación es tranquila pero pasamos las guardias poniendo y quitando el motor, poniendo y quitando velas a causa del viento flojo variable. Aun así a esta hora hemos hecho 135nm. La salida fue entre nubes y al poco de salir vimos que en Puerto Ayora llovia mucho. Al anochecer,. read more...


03/03/2016

Luna Quest - Thursday, 3rd March, 2016

Noon Position: 09.27N 55.56WDaily run: 151 logged milesThe Guyana ocean current is helping Luna Quest achieve good speeds towards Grenada. With the wind from the East, the genoa poled out to starboard, one reef in the mainsail and the staysail set to leeward, Luna Quest is regularly achieving speeds of over 8 knots in a moderate breeze. The Sargasso weed, that has been in evidence for the last four days, is thinning out. At no point was there any threat of the weed getting stuck underneath Luna Quest, as the keel and the rudder skeg will have dealt with it before it might compromise the spade rudder blade of the Hydrovane. We passed Dutch Guyana over night (Surinam) and are now in British Guyana’s territorial waters. As we are so far ahead of the World Arc fleet, that are setting off. read more...


03/03/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 53: Setting Off on Capri's Birthday

With a good breeze at 120", Paw Paw was on her favourite point of sail. With Elaine helming and flying along at 7.5 Kts,it wasn't long, after we crossed the start line, before we were ahead of all the other catamarans and 3rd overall.We were indeed grateful for the wind that wasn't forecasted.We settled into a lovely afternoon of sailing and as the wind dropped, with gennaker deployed, we were entertained by a pod of rather large dolphins - all of them at least 6ft in length. That was followed by a rendition of "Happy Birthday"via the satellite phone, to our grand-daughter, Capri. It was a perfect ending to a magical visit in the Galapagos islands and a perfect stsrt to our first cean passage!Now we concentrate on fuel consumption as we motor along in less than 2 Kts of wind, heading in. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 53: Setting Off on Capri's Birthday
Paw Paw - Log Day 53: Setting Off  on Capri's Birthday
03/03/2016

Exody - Days 411-414: it was like planes lining up to land at Heathrow....

.....as five boats homed in on Fortaleza first thing on the morning of Sunday 28th February.Exody was first in, two miles behind(as they had been most of the night) were Chateau Bleu (from Recife)and then Hugur's mast visible five miles away.Behind them almost equally spaced Garlix (from Salvador)and Ayama.The marina staff were nowhere to be seen so our 'marinheiro' was Luc of Makena who greeted each boat, led us in one by one, advised on anchor drop and then helped nudge sterns round for the tricky cross wind berthing stern-to and not too close to the unfortunately dilapidated metal pontoons! No sooner tied up were we before Hugur were alongside and then Garlix.Ropes and fenders adjusted,dinghies launched as stepping stones to the pontoons, we were soon availing ourselves of the Marina. read more...


02/03/2016

Luna Quest - Wednesday, 2nd March, 2016

Noon Position: 08.02N 53.37WDaily run: 173 logged milesThe sunshine weather and brisk winds are jolly companions out on the ocean. At the dead of night and in the very early hours of the morning, when a half moon through a thin veil of white cloud cover, kept total darkness at bay, a tired bird tried to land somewhere at the back of Luna Quest. It hovered around the cockpit trying to pick a suitable perch. Its size was about that of a small jackdaw, but its colour matched. It is the second time that we have had such a bird coming to seek rest on Luna Quest. Eventually, it decided on a solar panel wedged in between its edge and the supporting frame. During the day these birds can be spotted from time to time skimming the waves looking for an easy morsel, but they are always at some. read more...


02/03/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 52: The Next Chapter - Our First Ocean Crossing

Excitement is definitely running high on Paw Pawtonight with less than 15 hours to go before we commence our first ocean crossing.We leave the Galapagos at noon tomorrow and head into the great blue yonder for 25to 30 days. Seeing land again, we believe, will be a welcome sight indeed after this voyage. It's a scary thought to think that,in 35 years together,Roy and I have never spent this length of time alone in a 46ft x 25ft space - Should make for interesting developments.We will, however,have plenty of time to indulge ourselves with our favourite pastimes - Playing the saxophone and writing for Elaine; Fishing and reading for Roy and refining ourCelestial Navigation skills together. For now we're enjoyed a lovely dinner in the company of the crew from Waterman, content in the. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 52: The Next Chapter - Our First Ocean Crossing
Paw Paw - Log Day 52: The Next Chapter - Our First Ocean Crossing
01/03/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 18. Galapagos. 00.44.92S 90.18.46W

Tuesday, 1/03/16.  We have now been in the Galapagos for 2 weeks,enjoying the daily company of sea lions, pelicans, boobies, storm petrels andfinches.  The sea lions are everywhere on the water front at PuertoBaquerizo Morina, on the benches, on the steps, on the terraces and on any boatthey can get on, including most of the catamarans on the rally, who had to adoptall sorts of strategies for keeping them off the boat.  After a great stayin Wreck Bay, San Cristobal where we enjoyed lots of socialising and a day’stour including a trip to a fabulous beach on the north eastern point of theIsland and a snorkel tour of the famous Kicker Rock, in turbulent and murkywater, where some saw a ray and a shark and the rest of us only saw turtles andhuge fish.  We also visited the. read more...


01/03/2016

Luna Quest - Tuesday, 1st March, 2016

Noon Position: 06.26N 51.05WDaily run: 174 logged milesBroad reaching in the moderate breeze yesterday, we decided to hoist the staysail on the inner forestay to augment to sail surface area and increase our speed if possible. Luna Quest clearly loved the additional sail as she leaped into sustained speeds of over 7 knots. Before nightfall we put one reef in the mainsail not expecting the wind to increase much, but before long the wind did increase to a fresh breeze sending Luna Quest along her chosen course at over 8 knots. We ought to have put another reef in, but the exhilaration we enjoyed with the new speeds overcame the cautionary approach to put a second reef in. All night she sped along cutting her way through the choppy sea and throwing the brine either side of her.In the. read more...


01/03/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 50 & 51: Enjoying the Last of " Terra Firme"

We've had a busy few days in preparation for the Wednesday start of Leg 4 to Hiva Oa, Marquesas - the longest passage of the circumnavigation - 3000NM. Activities have included laundry, topping up on provisioning, topping up on diesel,making water so we have full tanks,checking every inch of Paw Paw to make sure all the rigging is sound and in good working order, finishing off some last minute maintenance jobs, etcIt hasn't been "all work and no play" though. We enjoyed a get-together arranged by Mary Beth from Paradise Found yesterday evening followed by dinner with Steve and Linda from Nina and their new crew members,Karen and Peter. Tonight was the Skippers Briefing followed by an informal prize-giving andthen dinner - a delicious three course meal served at one of the local. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 50 & 51: Enjoying the Last of " Terra Firme"
Paw Paw - Log Day 50 & 51: Enjoying the Last of
29/02/2016

Two Fish - day 51 - The Curse of Captain Cook

I have been reading a couple of books on Captain Cook.Short version: he explored the South Pacific, Australia, New Zealand and the South Pole and was eaten by cannibals in Hawaii.As we are sailing in his wake I thought it would be enjoyable to read his adventures, but now I am convinced he is cursing us from the grave (actually from the belly of the Hawaiian who ate him).The evidence of this curse is that every time I read a chapter where something afflicts Cook's ship something similar occurs on Two Fish.I have wisely suspended reading anymore pages until we are safely in Australia. #1Shortly after reading about a series of painful illness striking the Endeavor, I was set back with a flu.I am sure this came from the pages of the book. #2We had the amazing crew of Mike and Rebecca from. read more...


Solo - iguanas
Solo - iguanas
Solo - sealion resting on Solo
Solo - sealion resting on Solo
Solo - Blue-footed booby
Solo - Blue-footed booby
Solo - Sealion
Solo - Sealion
Solo - Flamingo
Solo - Flamingo
Solo - Whispering iguanas
Solo - Whispering iguanas
29/02/2016

Luna Quest - Monday, 29th February, 2016

Noon Position: 04.50N 48.35WDaily run: 144 logged milesThe trade winds are holding steady, grey clouds have made way for white ones and the sky is visible through a thin veil of white fluff. The fleet that we have left behind are now in Fortaleza, in the middle of the doldrums with much humidity and fickle winds. What we have gone through in the doldrums awaits them in no small measure when they set off on Thursday on their way to Grenada. Only two other boats in the fleet will be bypassing Fortaleza. We have not had to adjust the sails since we came out of the doldrums. The trade winds have proved stable in direction and force so far. We hope they may continue in this way to carry us all the way to Grenada.Eric. read more...


29/02/2016

Allegro - QUARTA-FEIRA,17 DE FEVEREIRO A SÁBADO, 20 DE FEVEREIRO DE 2016

A manhã e o princípio da tarde de quarta-feira foram passados à espera da caixa ou de notícias dela.Até que pelas 1600 se ouviu “Allegro??????” e “está aqui a peça”.E estava. Com deficiências mas estava e em condições de ser montada.Depois de bem avaliada pelo Steffan, foi colocada. Finalmente, ao fim de mais de uma semana, o leme podia, outra vez, ser utilizado.Após duas horas estava tudo pronto!Foi um momento muito agradável e de descontracção. Tudovolta a ser mais real. E possível …Assim, ficou decidido que largaríamos no sábado com destino a Fernando de Noronha.QUINTA-Na quinta aproveitámos para fazer um Tour pela cidade no Hop on, Hop off e ficarmos com uma noção mais correcta da cidade.À noite os Starblazers jantaram a bordo. Foi muito agradável. Eles são boas pessoas, simples e. read more...


28/02/2016

Luna Quest - Sunday, 28th February, 2016

Noon Position: 03.21N 46.25WDaily run: 160 logged milesOur hopes of yesterday were fulfilled. Other than one feeble squall in the early evening, the northeast trade winds had clearly won the battle with the wayward doldrum winds and vicious squalls. We had not seen the sun since we rounded the northeast point of Brazil, but the lighter grey sky and the apparent absence of atmospheric turbulence gave us hope that we were coming out of the doldrums. All night the trade winds held steady never letting Luna Quest’s speed fall below 6.5 knots. Today, daybreak started with not a cloud in the sky and our hearts leaped for joy as the doldrums had clearly given up. The trade winds have been gathering in strength and at 20 knots are pushing Luna Quest at over 7 knots towards Grenada. We have had. read more...


28/02/2016

Aretha - 03 34 South 34 58 West - Sailing Fernando de Noronha

0145 am. It’s a sensible time to be asleep. Apart from when you’re not. Being short handed (just Nichola and me) means we are single handing 12 hours a day each. Fortunately on this stretch of water Nichola is in good form and the seas are relatively calm (relative being the operable word).We left the anchorage in the tiny island of Fernando de Noronha yesterday morning for the 365 mile passage to Fortaleza in Northern Brazil. We have the wind on our beam and are making fast progress at some 9 knots to Fortaleza. It’s a murky night outside with lots of squalls and lightening around Aretha. We’ve taken the precautions of putting the iPad, VHF, spare GPS and spare EPIRB in a metal box and put this inside our microwave. This is our makeshift Faraday cage to prevent these essential bits of. read more...


28/02/2016

Exody - Days 404-410: Buggies, Beaches, Beautiful People

That's Fernanda de Noronha for you!The VW beetle based beach buggies are ubiquitous for locals and tourists alike - the characteristic engine noise swiftly bringing memories of my student days dismantling and rebuilding beetles!Beaches - reputed to be amongst the top in the world and plenty bronzed young couples enjoying them for this is a top honeymoon destination! There is also the dramatic volcanic landscape, the tropical vegetation with half the island and its waters as a fully protected national park.The main village has characterful cobbled streets and the island boasts one five star hotel and 105 poussadas (guest houses).Apparently visitor numbers are limited to 420 at a time in addition to the 2,600 permanent residents.Exody was anchored for five days in Porto St Antonio where. read more...


28/02/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 48 & 49: 1st World or 3rd World?

Yesterday was an early start as was today, but for very different reasons.As the sun peeked over the horizons we weighed anchor for our motor from Isla Isabela to Santa Cruz, arriving mid afternoon and not a moment too soon for Elaine, who was very nearly seasick for the second time in her life due to the frequency of the swell on our beam. Fortunately a nap took care of the initial symptoms. This morning it was up early to "race" all the other yachts to the Saturday morning fresh produce market for all our supplies prior to heading across the Pacific. As it transpired, although everyone else had the same idea, there was no need. The market was so well stocked that there wasmore than plenty to go around. In fact,it was an amazing market, given the size of this island.But, the astonishing. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 48 & 49: 1st World or 3rd World?
Paw Paw - Log Day 48 & 49: 1st World or 3rd World?
27/02/2016

Solo - Vor dem 4 Leg nach French Polynesia, Hiva Ova; 27.2.2016

Wir liegen in Santa Cruz, Galapagos, vor Anker. Es war einige Zeit in unserem Rallyefahrplan vorgesehen  um vor dem Start in der nächsten Woche nach Hiva Ova, das Inselarchipel kennenzulernen. Unberührte Natur mit den Tieren, die ohne Scheu vor Menschen überall anzutreffen sind und denen Vorrang eingeräumt wird: nur so ist zu erklären, dass die Seelöwen hier auf Parkbänkenschlafen und nicht verjagt werden. Galapgagos ist daher Natur pur, es wird auch so bleiben – davon lebt die Insel.  Die Segelei im Pazifik unterscheidet sich von der im Mittelmeer (sehr anspruchsvolle Segelbedingungen) sehr positiv. Winde aus der gleichen Richtung über längere Zeiträume, nicht zustark und ideal für einen langen Törn. Dieser lange Törn steht uns jetzt bevor. Es sind über 3000 Meilen am Stück zu. read more...


27/02/2016

Luna Quest - Saturday, 27th February, 2016

Noon Position: 01.57N 44.21WDaily run: 137 logged milesYesterday marked our half way point to Grenada and having taken stock of our water supply, we lavished ourselves with hot fresh water in the cockpit to wash our hair. Mother nature must have taken pity on our water restrictive discipline as the first of a family of squalls came along that gave us a double shower. More squalls followed in the afternoon with fickle winds and much rain, but we were in for a surprise as the family visitation was followed by a daddy squall. It arrived at about supper time with hard lashing rain and high winds from the Southeast. The sky was pitch black and we must have been right in the middle of it as, suddenly, lightning flashed quite close. Then another flash, even closer. We buried as much of our. read more...


26/02/2016

Overseas Express - LOG 4 Galapagos

LOG 4 Galapagos We arrived at Puerto Baquerizo, San Cristobal  the 17th Feb when Gudrun hadher 30th birthday, at 1640 local time. We made 120 Nm miles that day.But we had a stop at the equator, took a bottle of sparkling wine, fished ayellow finned Tuna and went on motoring with no wind. We had to wait in the boat until the inspection team hadmade their control, they arrived at 1800. The hull was inspected by two divers,and we passed, thanks to Eric, who had scraped the hull free for barnacles,especially under the keel. The dive team got four cold beers. Afterwards wewere inspected by five inspectors, immigration, engine, medicine, environmentand one boss. They took away our aspirin because it was outdated, but after theyhad gone, we found the aspirin in the cockpit, and they just. read more...


26/02/2016

Luna Quest - Friday, 26th February, 2016

Noon Position: 00.46N 42.39WDaily run: 131 logged milesDespite the late morning squall yesterday, Julia succeeded in making bread for the first time since leaving Salvador: 6 beautiful rolls and a loaf of bread. She also made dauphinois potatoes for lunch and dinner after we discovered that some of the spuds had begun to rot.There were not any major squalls in the afternoon, but there were several of them followed early night by a massive one with torrential rain and gale force winds pushing Luna Quest out of control of the Hydrovane. I had to grab the tiller and steer the boat by hand until Julia could mobilise the autopilot. To give us some peace in the night incase there were any more such squalls, we decided to leave the autopilot engaged and disable the Hydrovane, which just cannot. read more...


26/02/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 47: An Unpleasant Start to the Day

After having our sleep rudely interrupted very early this morning by loud thuds on the transom steps and thinking we had been boarded by intruders, only to learn it was our "hitch-hiker", Daz, returning from his 48 hour birthday celebrations and who didn't remember he was moved back to his original yacht last night, we decided a lazy day of morning and afternoon naps,reading and a stroll into town for lunch, was the order of the day, after we got over our fright.I think it's fair to say that we've made the decision that the answer is "no" to any future requests from any WARC crew wanting a lift anywhere! Tomorrow we set sail for Santa Cruz, the last of the Galapagos Islands that we'll be visiting before our longest sail - Crossing the Pacific Ocean to the Marquesas - 3000NM.. read more...


25/02/2016

Lydia - Lydia's blog 8-17 Feb 2016. Las Perlas to Galapagos.

Monday 8 Feb 2016.There is no doubt that the Pearl Islands, (Las Perlas, where in former times pearls were gathered from the oyster beds in the area,) is a perfect place for relaxed and interesting cruising with hardly anyone else about. There are many different islands covered with trees, shrubs, undergrowth and often with sandy beaches, often completely uninhabited. Mid morning "Chilli Bee" from Austria arrived and anchored half a mile astern of us. Athough we were in a beautiful location, the charts, both paper and digital, were not at all detailed and when we swam we found we only had6 inches under our keel albeit on a sandy bottom. As a result we weighed anchor mid morning and set off for Playa Brava on the Islas Viverios, a cove which had a tricky entrance between a number of. read more...


25/02/2016

Luna Quest - Thursday, 25th February, 2016

Noon Position: 00.24S 41.01WDaily run: 132 logged milesThe disturbed weather and sea continued throughout the night. The engine was on and off with sails up and down. It was impossible to catch any sleep as the mainsail would bang about furiously in an awkward sea making the entire boat shudder and putting huge stress on the rigging and that in only 10 knots of wind, a gentle breeze, but we have reached the zone where the northeast trade winds have started to appear. The doldrums, however, will continue for several days yet as we make our way north along the northeast coast of Brazil. We are currently just 30 miles south of the equator and will be in the northern hemisphere tomorrow. It was February 18th last year when we crossed the equator on our way to the Galapagos from the Las. read more...


25/02/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 46: A Magical Day Beyond Our Wildest Dreams

Yesterday we quibbled about spending nearly $200 on a tour to Los Tuneles, but are we glad we did! We had the most magnificent day and, no matter what else happens or whatever else we experience during the remainder of our circumnavigation, it will be icing on the cake after today. We were collected from Paw Paw by a tour boat and headed up the west coast of Isla Isabela. The tour involved a short stop at Roca Union to view a different type of boobie and then headed to Cabo Rosa for two separate snorkeling adventures that were beyond our wildest dreams.We saw huge turtles that were at least 5-6ft long and 4ft wide,baby and adult seahorses, schools of golden rays, white-tipped sharks, royal angel fish, penguins and not just one or two of each of these,but countless. They were so. read more...


24/02/2016

Luna Quest - Wednesday, 24th February, 2016

Noon Position: 01.51S 38.57WDaily run: 114 logged milesYesterday afternoon the rainclouds spread densely on the northern horizon, more densely than elsewhere. We were heading straight for them and as they darkened to a black curtain from west to east, there was no escape. We watched for lightning, but none flashed and there was no noise of thunder. The curtain looked impenetrable and threatening, but as our progress continued, the very centre of the curtain seemed to move ahead of us at a similar speed, so that it looked as though we would never reach it despite stray fluffy outcasts coming our way. All afternoon it seemed as though we were chasing our fate, but towards evening the curtain lost its black colour and seemed to be reabsorbing into its grey surroundings, but intense. read more...


24/02/2016

Firefly - Close reaching back to Phuket

It is Wednesday 24th February 2016, our 26th Wedding Anniversary and Firefly is taking us southwards back to Phuket, Thailand. Early yesterday we left Surin after spending 6 very enjoyable days there. The winds in these parts are very fickle and of the 50 miles we traveled, Firefly was sailing for about half of the time, the other half the engine was on as well - either the wind was too light or coming from head on.En route we stopped at Koh Taichia for a break and as we reached the island the onshore wind picked up to about 15 knots and the water off the glorious beach was really choppy. This deserted island attracts daytime tourists in large numbers and there were upwards of 20 passenger speedboats all bobbing about have disgorged their clients who we could see on the beach, several. read more...


24/02/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 41: A Place Out of this World

Since yesterday was a public holiday, the residents of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the capital of Isla San Cristobal,were out in force, sowe got to partake in the festivities as well. These included delicious treats from street vendors,a fishing contest,a fireworks display, a concert featuring varoius local artists, which, of course, lead to dancing under the stars. We also managed to squeeze in a Happy Hour with the other WARC participants, as well as enjoy a lovely dinner with Nina (Lynda and Steve).Today we visited the Interpretation Centre which did an excellent job of explaining the forces of nature that came together to create the richness and varied fauna and flora that comprise the Archepeligo of the Galapagos Islands. With the prevailing winds and the various ocean currents which. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 41: A Place Out of this World
Paw Paw - Log Day 41: A Place Out of this World
24/02/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 44 & 45: The Jewel of the Galapagos Harbours

We arrived in Puerto Villamil, Isla Isabela mid morning yesterday. Known as the "Jewel of the Galapagos Harbours" it is easy to see why. It is wild and unspoilt. The reefs surrounding the anchorage are home to a variety of both marine and land wildlife.During our early morning snorkeling adventure this morning we saw white-tipped sharks, sealions and all sorts of reef fish, but the cutest of all are the Galapagos penguins. They are less than a foot tall and dart around the water at amazing speeds. What added to the joy of this snorkel outing was that every time we raised our heads to look around us we had blue-footed boobies curiously staring at us - a sight to behold and an amazing experience.Yesterday we took a long walk along the white sandy beach which stretches for miles leading. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 44 & 45: The Jewel of the Galapagos Harbours
Paw Paw - Log Day 44 & 45: The Jewel of the Galapagos Harbours
23/02/2016

Luna Quest - Tuesday, 23rd February, 2016

Noon Position: 03.09S 36.50WDaily run: 143 logged milesNo sooner had we posted yesterday’s blog entry, than the sun disappeared behind a thick layer of grey and darker grey clouds. Soon it began to rain and more rain, but the wind held, so our progress was not impeded. I decided to chance having a rainy wash in the cockpit with soap and shampoo, but the rain was not as dense as I would have liked it. The rain did not feel cold, but once wet and soaped, the wind brought a little chill. While waiting for the rain to rinse me clean, I utilised the time in the cockpit by washing the seats, but found that the shampoo kept seeping into my eyes, making the task a little uncomfortable. Other than my hair, I was soon thoroughly rinsed, so I went down below to use some of our precious water to. read more...


22/02/2016

Luna Quest - Monday, 22nd February, 2016

Noon Position: 04.21S 34.47WDaily run: 156 logged milesAll night we ran goose winged under full genoa and double reefed mainsail. A few minor squalls helped us on our way faster and we were clearly leaving the squally weather band behind. During the night we adjusted the Hydrovane a couple of times to round the northeast point of Brazil and this morning under twin foresails we have been able to lay our course northwest to take us along the northeast coast of South America. We are aiming for a good offing to avoid any debris from the Amazon and Para rivers and benefit from the Guiana current that runs with us along the coast. The sun is out today in full, the cockpit bimini is up and the kettle on for a cup of coffee. The majority of the fleet have gone to Fernando de Noronha to explore. read more...


23/02/2016

Starblazer - 23/02/2016 – Three weeks in Brazil!

Where has the time gone?Why no blogs? What have we seen and done?These are all valid questions; I hope my answers aren’t too boring!We arrived on the Tuesday exactly one week before Carnival, except that Carnival runs for 5 nights, officially preceded by several days of practice and loud music almost all night long for the whole week.Street preparations were already well advanced with row upon row of chemical toilets lining the streets and statues and vulnerable buildings boarded up, especially in the Cidada Alta or Upper Town also referred to as the Pelhourino.Salvador’s Carnival is divided into three circuits with the groups performing on different circuits on different nights, the circuit in the Pelourino being the shortest and most compact and the one in Barra, the seaside area about. read more...


22/02/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 18. Galapagos. Sunday, 21/02/16. 00.53.74S 89.36.75W

Wednesday, 17/02/16.Up early to see where we were in daylight and to get out a stern anchor out before the rest of the fleet started to arrive, which was almost immediately.We then waited for the mass of officials we knew had to inspect the boat before we were cleared in and could go ashore and lucky for us, they came to Alcedo first, a positive tidal wave of them, led by the WARC agent, Ricardo, who dished out a fistful of forms and acted as interpreter.So Anthony and the Ship's Boy filled in forms while the Skipper answered questions in the cockpit and the Skipper's wife opened up the engine compartment and demonstrated what we would use for a diesel spill, then showed the doctor the medical kit and assured her none of us had a temperature, red eyes or rashes.Meanwhile Jane was showing. read more...



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