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06/02/2016

Luna Quest - Saturday, 6th February, 2016

Position: 12.58S 38.31W (Salvador - Brazil)Daily run: 134 logged milesThis is the last blog entry before landfall today. A moderate little breeze kept pushing us most of the night while the loom of Salvador was clearly in our sight and dead ahead. The weather has been glorious since St Helena although we could have done with a little more wind. Our fresh food supplies lasted us all the way plus having some vegetables to spare. A lovely pizza last night that Julia made absorbed most of the ingredients that were going off giving the fruit flies less to feed on. No doubt we shall be besieged by another species in Salvador. Our water supplies were adequate and we have been careful not to waste our fuel.The next blog entry will be when we set sail at the end of next week.Eric. read more...


06/02/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 27: Goodbye Magical City

After enjoyong a long overdue "lie-in" this morning, we headed to the Albrook Mall, the largest one in the Americas, where we caught up on some much needed retail therapy ie new shoes for Elaine, since all her others have totally disintegrated in recent months for some weird and wonderful reason. That was followed by yet another grocery trip to top up on our provisioning to last us to the Marquesas. Then it was back to Paw Paw to try and return our "lives to  normal".  Well almost.  At least everything is back where  it is suppose to be.  Cleaning will just have to wait another day or so! Tonight we enjoyed a romantic "dinner for two",  the first in months, while overlooking the magical skyline of Panama City across the Causeway and enjoying the fireworks. read more...


05/02/2016

Two Fish - day 27 - Escape from Balboa

At first light the clattering of our anchor chain could be heard as it returned to its locker.Two Fish was escaping from Balboa, Panama and heading off to explore Panama's Las Perlas Islands.We used our motors to thread through 40 ships waiting for their turn to pass through the lock.Ships pay more for express passage so I suppose most of these were on the discount program.Busy season for the locks is in advance of the Christmas shopping season.We are in the middle of low season, a good time for sailing yachts to pass through. The anchorage has large wakes that mercilessly tossed Two Fish side to side. This forced us off the boat to explore a charming old town and a vibrant city.Confession: we spent one afternoon at a modern mall.Panama looks like a nice place for Americans to retire. read more...


Two Fish - day 27 - Escape from Balboa
Two Fish - day 27 - Escape from Balboa
05/02/2016

Luna Quest - Friday, 5th February, 2016

Noon Position: 13.12S 36.25WDaily run: 139 logged milesAs luck would have it, the breeze returned in the afternoon and stayed with us overnight giving us a great sail on the two poled-out foresails. At noon today (GMT) or 0900hrs local time we have just 120 miles to go, which at 4.5 knots will get us there by midday tomorrow. Carnival will have started so we are not expecting many hands from the marineros to see us in. Hopefully, there will be some crew about of the other boats to help us, as parking the boat is Mediterranean style requiring the stern to be fastened to the quay and the bow to a mooring line ahead.We expect to be heading off again later next week towards Grenada in the Caribbean (some 2000 miles). We may stop on the way at Fortaleza if we are running short of water, food. read more...


05/02/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 26: Wonderful Memories and Panama City

Although it was really sad to say our goodbyes to Keenan, Brooke and William this morning, we are grateful that we had the opportunity to create such wonderful memories together this past week - priceless!We did enjoy a lovely afternoon though, after taking a taxi to El Casco Viejo (The Old City), founded on 21 January 1673 after the destruction of Panama La Vieja (Old Panama)  in 1671 by pirate Henry Morgan and 1200 men who sailed up the Chagres River to the city which they then plundered and reduced to ruins. El Casci Viejo is a fabulous old town in which to stroll around, with the most amazing old buildings that have been beautifully restored. After a delicious lunch we, of course, then treated ourselves to a Panama Hat each. Our taxi drive back to our anchorage in La Playita. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 26: Wonderful Memories and Panama City
Paw Paw - Log Day 26: Wonderful Memories and Panama City
Paw Paw - Log Day 26: Wonderful Memories and Panama City
Paw Paw - Log Day 26: Wonderful Memories and Panama City
Paw Paw - Log Day 26: Wonderful Memories and Panama City
Paw Paw - Log Day 26: Wonderful Memories and Panama City
Paw Paw - Log Day 26: Wonderful Memories and Panama City
Paw Paw - Log Day 26: Wonderful Memories and Panama City
Paw Paw - Log Day 26: Wonderful Memories and Panama City
Paw Paw - Log Day 26: Wonderful Memories and Panama City
Paw Paw - Log Day 26: Wonderful Memories and Panama City
Paw Paw - Log Day 26: Wonderful Memories and Panama City
05/02/2016

Firefly - The Surin Islands, a Thailand highlight

Firefly has spent 4 nights moored in a large bay on the south east of Ko Surin Nua, one of the 5 Surin islands. Today, is Friday 5th February and we are moving on to the north east again and the destination is an island called Ko Phayam. The wind is coming almost from where we want to go and we are currently motorsailing hard on the wind with just the jib out. There is a good breeze of about 12 knots and it would be perfect close hauled sailing conditions - but without engine assistance we would be too far off course. Using the engine with the jib boom set in very close gives us the optimum performance.At Surin we caught up with our Aussie sailing companions again on yachts Reverie and Evolution and are in convoy with them again today. They are both a little slower than Firefly and left. read more...


04/02/2016

Lydia - Lydia's Blog. Shelter Bay Panama Canal zone. 27-29 Jan 16

Wednesday 27 Jan 16.At 6pm the previous evening we weighed anchor from Lemon Cays in the San Blas Islands and motor-sailed out of the San Blas Islands then followed the Panamanian shore some miles off using the detailed electronic charts which proved most effective. The wind at 15 knots was on our quarter which gave Lydia a somewhat corkscrewing motion at times and thus difficult to sleep. We could see the harbour lights of small ports along the coast and rather wished we had had the time to go into Porto Bello, one of the main ports used by the Spanish from which to export their treasure from Peru in the 16th and 17th centuries using the famous Camino Real road from Panama. As the grey dawn came up we found ourselves about 10 miles off the entrance to the Panama Canal. Some score or so. read more...


04/02/2016

Luna Quest - Thursday, 4th February, 2016

Noon Position: 13.09S 34.16WDaily run: 141 logged milesOur hopes of a gentle sail yesterday were soon dashed with the wind dwindling to less than a light breeze. There was nothing for it but to put the engine on and having taken stock of the amount of fuel we had left, we were confident that we could motor the 380 miles remaining. We left the the two poled-out foresails out and with just 1400 revs we were making 5.5 knots of speed, which is the speed required to make landfall during the day on Saturday. Allegro, who had been some 12 miles behind us, caught up and we motor sailed in tandem throughout the night, but in the morning they overtook us and disappeared beyond the horizon at about midday. We are now the last boat home…Eric. read more...


04/02/2016

Luna Quest - Wednesday, 3rd February, 2016

Noon Position: 13.12S 32.06WDaily run: 102 logged milesYesterday the wind began to take an afternoon siesta leaving us wallowing and rolling in an awkward swelly sea causing the genoa to jerk explosively from time to time. The staysail does not have that problem as it is tautly set. If we furl the genoa to set it taut, then the sail area is reduced, the speed is reduced and the rolling accentuated. We spent some time optimising the sail area without causing too much stress on the genoa. The wind levels did not recover and all night we rolled westwards with the genoa banging away as soon as Luna Quest began her rolling. This morning, heralding another beautiful day, the wind eased further to less than a gentle breeze and although the swell had diminished, the sails would not have it. At. read more...


04/02/2016

Allegro - QUINTA-FEIRA, 4 DE FEVEREIRO DE 2016

Desde que largámos de Santa Helena, temos tido predominantemente vento fraco, dos quadrantes de Este (SE,ESE,E), entre 8 e 12 nós. Por vezes chegou aos 15 e, raramente, aos 20. De vez em quando ligámos o motor para não ficarmos parados. Sempre que o vento permite, navegamos em borboleta, com a genoa no pau. A escota deteriorou-se na extremidade junto ao pau, e tivemos que a cortar e reposicionar; mudámos um pouco a posição do pau e, sobretudo,a tensão na escota da genoa com bom resultado - até agora, não voltou a acontecer. Durante a noite em que não pudemos fazer “borboleta” navegámos demasiado para Norte, e, noutras ocasiões, o vento e, sobretudo a corrente, não nos permitiram um rumo mais directo e desviámo-nos demais para Sul.Nestes últimos dias, o vento caiu para menos de 10 nós e,. read more...


04/02/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 25: Hello Pacific Ocean and William's First Words

We're in the Pacific, anchored in La Playita with Panama City in the background.  We completed our transit, but unfortunately lost a cleat in the last lock due to incorrect handling of the lines on the port side rafted yacht and the unwillingness of two individuals on the middle yacht to relay the communications needed to avoid the situation.  By the time they realised what was being asked of them it was too late - the cleat snaped!  Fortunately Roy was not injured, but now the inconvenience of finding a new cleat commences. For now though, we've enjoyed our last night with Keenan,  Brooke and William. A wonderful week of adventure and family time draws to a close. We're delighted that they got to enjoy the experience with us and guess what William's first words were. read more...


03/02/2016

Luna Quest - Wednesday, 3rd February, 2016

Noon Position: 13.12S 32.06WDaily run: 102 logged milesYesterday the wind began to take an afternoon siesta leaving us wallowing and rolling in an awkward swelly sea causing the genoa to jerk explosively from time to time. The staysail does not have that problem as it is tautly set. If we furl the genoa to set it taut, then the sail area is reduced, the speed is reduced and the rolling accentuated. We spent some time optimising the sail area without causing too much stress on the genoa. The wind levels did not recover and all night we rolled westwards with the genoa banging away as soon as Luna Quest began her rolling. This morning, heralding another beautiful day, the wind eased further to less than a gentle breeze and although the swell had diminished, the sails would not have it. At. read more...


03/02/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 24: An Engineering Marvel - The Coolest Day

At this writing we are rafted to two other yachts, Paradise Found and Overseas Express and tied to a huge mooring, with another raft consisting of Nina, Carango and Mystique Soul on the other side of the mooring, floating in the Gatun Lake. Yes, we've started our transit of the Panama Canal, having completed the three Gatun Locks! With Paw Paw on the starboard side of the raft, Roy and Keenan did a great job as line handlers today. Tomorrow we'll be up early to transit the remaining two locks, Pedro Miguel and Miraflores. The canal, which opened in 1913, ten years after the USA and Panama signed the Hay-Bunau-Varilla treaty, following Panama's independence from Colombia in 1903, was initially started by the French in 1892, but disease, the harsh geographical and climate conditions. read more...


02/02/2016

Overseas Express - Log 1 - Leaving for the Panamá canal transit

2nd Feb - 2016This is our first log, since we have not managed to send anything before now, and we're starting off in Panamá after coming from San Blas Is. and St. Marta, Columbia.We are really excited about the transit through the canal, mostly because we have never done such a thing before but also because it is very big. The canal locks can handle boats up to 33 metres wide and 300 metres long, so I think our boat of 42 feet will easily fit inside.We will be teaming up with two catamarans from the World ARC: Paw Paw and Paradise Found, which will be on our sides; a little bit different than usual where you have one cat in the middle with a monohull on each side.Our SSB- radio is still not working and we have ordered the KISS-SSB grounding plane, which by a major mistake from FedEx was. read more...


02/02/2016

Luna Quest - Tuesday, 2nd February, 2016

Noon Position: 13.24S 30.15WDaily run: 138 logged milesAnother beautiful sailing day with clear skies, blue seas and hot sunshine. Today we are 420 miles from Salvador. Most of the fleet will be in the Nautico marina by the end of today, which just leaves us and another 3 boats at sea. The wind is forecast to be around 10 knots tomorrow and Thursday with a little northeast from its easterly direction. We have been sailing a little north of west to stay with the wind, which has so far proved to our advantage.Eric. read more...


02/02/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 23: William, the "Belle of the Ball"

What a fantastic day. Our early morning start involved a coach ride to the Chagres River, where we transferred to large dugout canoes for our trip up the river to one of the Embera Indian Villages. Our welcome was simply incredible - As soon as the villagers saw William, one of the woman came over and took him from Brooke and, within seconds, he was surrounded by the other woman who promptly carted him off to play with the babies and children of the village, much to his delight - He was indeed the "Belle of the Ball". After learning about the traditions and history of the Embera tribe, including their relocation to the edge of the Chagres River, we were served a delicious lunch of fish and fried plantain in bowls made from palm leaves, all of which was prepared by some of the woman. read more...


01/02/2016

Exody - Days 384,385: Last lap - hot and windless !

The wind has dropped to about 5 knots and the cabin temperature has reached over 33 degrees C as we take the last 90 mile lap to Salvador overnight to arrive early morning.Everyone is down below staying out of the sun and the heat.With the lighter conditions our last two days runs have been 146 and 125 miles. Today, Monday 1st February, was our thirteenth at sea and we expect to be in Salvador almost exactly two weeks on from our St Helena start tomorrow, along with Ayama and Starblazer.Six boats are already in sampling the delights of the city and land- based activities!Earlier we dropped the main - sounded like it was clattering itself and the rigging to destruction and flew our loose luffed jib with the genoa instead.With 8/9 knots of wind we were making 4 knots plus -. read more...


01/02/2016

Luna Quest - Monday, 1st February, 2016

Noon Position: 13.53S 28.12WDaily run: 165 logged milesA fresh breeze and a big fast running swell from the East helped Luna Quest make good progress yesterday. We have overtaken the boat in front of us (Allegro), who was at one point 40 miles ahead, but who is now 12 miles behind. It is all a matter of where the wind is. Wayward Wind is 120 miles ahead (she has a massive new genneker from Cape Town) and is likely to make landfall on Friday with Allegro and Luna Questbringing up the rear on Saturday, 5 days behind the first arrivals today. The World ARC organisers had expected the first boats to arrive on January 26th, but a lack of wind has put this back by 4 days. Perhaps the entire schedule will be shifted back. We may just catch the tail end of the Brazilian Carnival. Every day is a. read more...


01/02/2016

Starblazer - 31/01/2016 – Frustrating progress

During Saturday morning we were sailing well and our ETA in Brazil was early evening Monday, still daylight.During the afternoon the wind died a bit, the boat slowed and our ETA went out to late Monday evening, after dark. In fact the day’s run averaged 6.0 knots, we’d usually be happy with that but on this leg from Cape Town via St Helena we have been treated to higher average speeds!There was also frustration on the fishing front.‘So what’s new?’ I hear you ask yourself.The first nibble didn’t take off, just a quick tug and the fish realised its stupidity and spat the lure out.The second fish did take the lure and started to rapidly swim away with its prize, John tightened up the drag one notch then the leader snapped.He had rigged two lures in series so he still had one, the line went. read more...


01/02/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 22: Up Close and Personal

After a lazy morning we headed to the Gatun Locks of the Panama Canal and got to see the operations up close and personal.  We watched four huge tankers transit right before our eyes from the visitors centre and when we returned to the marina the first half of the World ARC yachts had left for their transit. All in all, it certainly brought home the adventure we're about to embark upon and William will be the youngest member of the fleet to do so!. read more...


31/01/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 10. Shelter Bay. 09.22.08N 79.57.02W

We left Portobella with regret on Wednesday 27 and motor sailed the 20 miles to the entrance to the Canal, with the Skipper’s wife very stressed bythe Skipper reading his book as we approached a fleet of anchored ships ofvarying sizes, one of which was directly on the course being followed by “NoHands Hans”.  Further stress as we cross in front of a moving vessel whichis not heading for the entrance to the canal as predicted by the Skipper, but tothe channel for the harbour at Colon where we were waiting for him.  Had wenot waited, it would have been less stressful!  Then there is a vesselcoming out of the Canal, which we go behind and then we race across in front ofthe next vessel coming out.  It is hard to judge where to pass some ofthese ships as they either. read more...


31/01/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 9. San Blas to Portobello. 09 33.48N 79 57.02W

With apologies to all blog readers for deafening silence from Alcedo, but acombination of busy, busy, busy and very flaky Wifi has interfered with all blogactivities and in truth, we are now in Shelter Bay, but will go back to San Blasfor this blog.   Chichime in all honesty was a disappointment.  It has been spoiled bythe back packers who stay on the Island at the weekend and it was a weekend whenwe were there.  The rubbish detracts from the beauty of the Island and wewere unlucky with the weather as the wind was unusually strong and blowingmostly from the North East, making the anchorages rough and the sea verymurky.  It was also very squally the day of the World ARC pot luck lunch, soStefano delivered the Skipper’s briefing for Porvenir and Panama on a windybeach. read more...


31/01/2016

Luna Quest - Sunday, 31st January, 2016

Noon Position: 14.05S 26.02WDaily run: 136 logged milesYesterday afternoon we changed our sail configuration by swapping over the two foresails to enable us to head slightly more north and find more wind as forecast by our grib files. It duly arrived late evening. The rolling and flapping of unfilled sails ceased giving us a peaceful night's sailing. This morning the sky is partly overcast, the sea moderate and the breeze fair.Eric. read more...


31/01/2016

Starblazer - 30/01/2013 – Fish for dinner but….

There were few memorable events on Friday but one gave us pause for thought. We have noticed that when a darkish cloud passes over us the wind often freshens and alters direction then settles back to its previous strength and direction.There is occasionally a little light rain but these cells do not always show up on radar.During the morning radio net I was in the cockpit when suddenly the wind whistled up from 16 to 28 knots and backed 30o.I quickly punched a 30o course alteration into the autopilot control and the sails coped admirably as we got the wind back behind us as the gust subsided.A few minutes later we were hit by another gust at the same time as a large wave knocked us sideways.The autopilot couldn’t cope and just squawked nosily, showing an ‘off course’ error.I shot across. read more...


31/01/2016

Firefly - Cruising the crystal clear waters of Similan, Thailand

Today is Sunday 31st January and overnight Firefly was anchored off Koh Miang, also known as Island number 4 of the Similan Islands. This chain of 9 Granite Islands lie about 40 miles east of the west coast of Thailand. They derive their name from the Malay word, 'sembilan' meaning 9.The water is incredibly clear with fantastic visibility when snorkeling. We have a dive guidebook for Thailand and are using it to visit the various dive sites in this area. We can't actually SCUBA dive as we don't have our own tanks but as we can see so well, snorkeling is fine. In addition to the effect of the 2004 Tsunami, there has been some coral bleaching here - this happens when the water temperature rises to over 30 degrees centigrade. The dive book says it happened in 2010 and that generally the. read more...


31/01/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 20 & 21: Family Time

Well, I guess you can tell we've been so busy that we've forgotten to do our blog updates. We are thoroughly enjoying our time with Keenan, Brooke and William albeit that we're stuck in a very secluded marina. We have, however, enjoyed the pool and took a "field trip" to the supermarket today in order to replenish supplies. Tomorrow we're taking the tour to the Gatun Locks Visitor Centre to see the canal in operation before our transit on 2nd February. It's fair to say, though,  that William has definitely been a source of great joy,  not only to us, but to everyone he encounters around the marina, especially when his little face lights up with his beautiful smile!. read more...


30/01/2016

Exody - Days 382,383: The sky was a study in purple and orange

We often wax lyrical about sunsets but tonight's was particularly special due, surprisingly, to the extent of the grey cloud.The cloud canopy was stunningly illuminated from below by the sun after it set turning it purple with orange edges, whilst still leaving glimpses through to blue and white beyond.The experience perhaps enhanced by two glasses of house red - Ayama Leopard Spot, and appreciation of my bacon, potato and carrot 'bake'. We dined in the cockpit since the evenings are getting lighter later, and warmer - still 28 degrees as I write at 10pm. Exody is still on GMT whilst Salvador is 3 hours minus- we've decided to change our clocks on arrival.After bottoming out on speeds of under 5 knots nearly a week ago, I reckon we topped out with our last two day's runs of 170 and 166,. read more...


30/01/2016

Luna Quest - Saturday, January 30th, 2016

Noon Position: 14.29S 24.02WDaily run: 142 logged milesThe first boats in the fleet are due to arrive in Salvador tomorrow morning, but we still have 850 miles or 7 days to go, but as long as the weather continues fine, we must not complain, although we are running a little close to the end date of the Brazilian Carnival that is live from February 4th to the 9th. With a little luck we might just experience the last few days of the annual event.It is now more than a week ago that we left St Helena and the last of our bread has been chucked over the side. Julia is making fresh bread today, which is always a grand treat.Eric. read more...


29/01/2016

Aretha - 13 47 South 032 02 West - Back up to racing speed

Aretha is a big yacht and heavy for her size. She thrives on big winds for being able to go fast. In light winds she’s certainly not as quick as some of the lighter race boats. We’re back in 20 knots of wind today and back to surfing down giant waves at 13-14 knots. Magical stuff and we’re racing the clock now to get into Salavador be Bahia by Sunday before it gets dark in the evening.Team Aretha are very settled into our routines at sea - schooling is bubbling along, the watches are expertly being run by Nichola, Paul and Jani and it’s great to have a smooth running happy ship. Our daily patterns of values prizes and questions such as “What am I committed to doing today” are well established and get great engagement. Right now, the children having done schooling for the day are playing. read more...


29/01/2016

Luna Quest - Friday, 29th January, 2016

Noon Position: 14.40S 21.55WDaily run: 168 logged milesThe weather continues gloriously fine with blue skies and and a hot sun overhead. A good steady breeze stayed with us all night and it looks as though it might stay with us for a day of two. We are at the back of the fleet, but the breeze has pushed us along nicely and has enabled us to gain a little on the two yachts in front (Allegro and Wayward Wind). Checking our water supply, it appears that we have used 80 litres in a week. The tank is said to hold 330 litres, but when we filled it by jerry can in St Helena, I judged it to have a capacity of 200 litres at the most. In addition, we have a water maker that produces 1.5 litres in 8 minutes. This water we use for drinking purposes only. Eric. read more...


Makena - Makena and Hugur flying spinnakers Jan 22 in the South Atlantic Ocean 15° 36'S 014° 57'W
Makena - Makena and Hugur flying spinnakers Jan 22 in the South Atlantic Ocean 15° 36'S 014° 57'W
Makena - Makena headed for Brazil. Image taken with our quadcopter Jan 22 in the South Atlantic Ocean 15° 36'S 014° 57'W
Makena - Makena headed for Brazil. Image taken with our quadcopter Jan 22 in the South Atlantic Ocean 15° 36'S 014° 57'W
29/01/2016

Starblazer - 29/01/2016 – Que sera, sera!

Concerning our ETA in Brazil the words of this song dating. I suspect, from the 50’s are accurate: ‘Whatever will be, will be; the future’s not ours to see.’This leg started with three days of sailing but the winds became weaker and weaker, our speed dropped, we were in danger of arriving too late in Brazil.We made the decision to motor to avoid a DNF, we motored for 21/2 days before the wind increased enough to give us a chance of sailing the rest of the way in the allotted time.Since then we have been sailing. For two days our ETA looked to be late Tuesday evening or early Wednesday morning.Yesterday morning the weather changed.First of all there were light showers but with squally gusts of wind and Starblazer started flying. During the day the weather cleared but the wind steadied in. read more...


28/01/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 18: Family Reunion

We've arrived in Shelter Bay Marina just a few minutes ahead of Keenan, Brooke and William landing in Panama City. Excitement is high while we await their arrival on the marina shuttle.  Last night, while anchored off Isla Linton, we enjoyed our Seared Blue Fin Tuna Salad and Tuna Sashimi complements of Roy, as well as Tuna Carpaccio complements of Stephano, who happens to be Italian. Delicious!. read more...


28/01/2016

Exody - Days 380,381: Nibbles on the line

Three times the fishing reel has whirred out and we have run for the gaff and the leather gloves.Twice we have felt a huge weight on the line that then disappeared.Miraculously the original lure is still intact so a pair of(probably too large)fish somewhere have cuts in their lips- and we are thus resigned to more cans!David has just about recovered from oversunning himself a little a couple of days ago, having read his book theoretically in the shade of the sails!I have finished all six South African crime novels and Marian took time out today from reading and playing the computer at Scrabble to watch Casablanca! David's stuffed butternut squash went down a treat as we eke out the last of the St Helena fruit and veg. We have seen no ships for four days and this morning we had Starblazer. read more...


28/01/2016

Allegro - QUINTA-FEIRA, 16 DE JANEIRO, A SÁBADO, 21 DE JANEIRO DE 2016

No dia 14 de Janeiro, cruzámos o Meridiano de Greenwich, às 07:51 da manhã (05:51 hora de Greenwich), passando de longitude Este para longitude Oeste!Utilizando o piloto de vento, mesmo quando andámos a motor, conseguimos poupar o sistema de transmissão do leme, e a avaria não se agravou nem se complicou.SANTA HELENASanta Helena pertence a Inglaterra, sendo a moeda a libra esterlina de Santa Helena.Foi descoberta pelo português João da Nova em 1502, quando regressava da Índia. Como era dia de Santa Helena (21 de Maio), foi esse o nome dado à Ilha.Cruzámos a linha de chegada a Santa Helena às 13:06 (hora de Cape Town), do dia 18 de Janeiro. Às 11:35 (hora de Santa Helena) prendemo-nos a uma das bóias amarelas da Baía de Saint James, onde fica a capital da ilha, Jamestown.A hora é UTC, a. read more...


28/01/2016

Starblazer - 28/01/2016 – The ones that got away,

This blog will most likely be a predominantly fishy tale.On the way to South Africa John had a couple of bites which ran away with all his line so he determined that he needed a bigger reel which would hold more line.That was his Christmas present.It has a rather nice feature in that there is a two speed gear box for retrieving the line, low speed when you have a fish on the hook and high speed when you want to wind in a lot which a fish ran away with then spat out!The one feature lacking is a cast iron guarantee that the fish will give in gracefully and accept that it is hooked.Yesterday was like many other days, the line went out when John got up in the morning and came back in late in the evening, but there was some excitement during the day.We now know that the bigger fish liked his. read more...


28/01/2016

Luna Quest - Thursday, 28th January, 2016

Noon Position: 14.59S 19.29WDaily run: 167 logged milesThe big event yesterday afternoon was the sight of the British Councillor, an LPG vessel on its way to the USA. The ship was travelling in a similar direction to Luna Quest's, but at a fine angle to our course. She probably would have passed us harmlessly to port, but a collision might have been possible if Luna Quest veered off to starboard in a big puff of wind. The ship was less than a mile away and having called him on the radio, the Indian captain ordered his ship to pass astern of Luna Quest. The big ship made a sharp turn to starboard and passed astern of us giving Julia a great photo opportunity.This morning we changed over the two poled-out foresails in a fresh breeze. We brought the genoa over to starboard and the staysail. read more...


27/02/2016

Solo - Vor dem 4 Leg nach French Polynesia, Hiva Oa; 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 nächstenWoche nach Hiva Oa, das Inselarchipel kennenzulernen. Unberührte Natur mit den Tieren, die ohne Scheu vor Menschen überall anzutreffensind und denen Vorrang eingeräumt wird: nur so ist zu erklären, dass die Seelöwen hier auf Parkbänken schlafen 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 anspruchsvolleSegelbedingungen) sehr positiv. Winde aus der gleichen Richtung über längere Zeiträume, nicht zu stark und ideal für einen langen Törn. Dieser lange Törn steht uns jetzt bevor. Es sind über 3000 Meilen am Stück zu segeln,. read more...


27/01/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 18: Roy Caught a Fish - One We Can Eat - At Last!

Bluefin Tuna for dinner - Yeah - Roy caught a fish we can eat at last! Great day sailing and fishing with our guest on board - Stephano, one of the WARC team members who is hitching a ride, or should I say, sail, to Colon with us. We've just arrived in beautiful Isla Linton on the Panama mainland for our overnight stop and are enjoying sundowners while appreciating the rainforest view. This is to be followed by our tuna dinner, once Roy returns from sharing some of it with Time Bandit (Ann and Stuart).DSC_4382-sm. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 18: Roy Caught a Fish - One We Can Eat - At Last!
Paw Paw - Log Day 18: Roy Caught a Fish - One We Can Eat - At Last!
27/01/2016

Starblazer - 27/01/2016 – Halfway there!

O.K. I’ll stop moaning.Yesterday the wind behaved itself in that we sailed for 24 hours without reverting to the engine.It wasn’t stunning sailing but it was fast enough to avoid a DNF in relatively flat seas which allows the boat to move faster in less breeze.When we left St Helena at 1830 on Tuesday 19th our DTW (Distance to Waypoint) was 1,916 nM.We reached the halfway point at about 2040 0n Tuesday 26th: 7 days 2 hours 10 minutes.If we continue to make the same average speed we will arrive next Tuesday at about midnight, 2100 Brazil time we believe.Ideally we would like to arrive in daylight so need to increase our average speed but that is largely dependent on the winds.Yesterday evening we had our first AIS target with a ship since leaving St Helena. A Singapore bound ship passed. read more...


27/01/2016

Luna Quest - Wednesday, 27th January, 2016

Noon Position: 15.34S 16.58WDaily run: 152 logged milesHaving the parasailor up is all very well in stable down-wind weather conditions, but it is not very good at coping with squalls. Yesterday’s benign conditions did not look as though the few squalls on the horizon had much venom in them and so we decided to leave the parasailor where it was for the night, but be ready to adjust the autopilot if the wind shifted because ofsqualls. These duly came with the first one not affecting the course to steer much, but the second came with rain and a 40 degree wind shift. Ideally, it should have come down, but the temptation to leave it up and keep up with the fleet was too great. So, up it stayed, but without the autopilot. The Hydrovane would have to take care of the direction of the boat and. read more...