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10/10/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 274: So Much for Spring Time in Paradise

This morning after breakfast we had hoped to go ashore, but decided it was more prudent to stay onboard due to the impending storm that was approaching Fiji. Well,it's a good job we did, as we would never have been able to get back to Paw Paw.We had just finished an early dinner when all hell broke loose. Within minutes we had sustained winds of 40 Kts, gusting to near 48 Kts, accompanied by torrential rain. If we thought the storm in Boro Boro was the worst we had ever been in,well, this one most certainly takes the cake!We're in a secluded anchorage,but the waves coming across the reefs had all the yachts bouncing around like corks. Fortunately we are on one of the Musket Cove's hurricane mooring balls along with Do Over and Blue Summit and they held. What caused havoc in the middle of. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 274: So Much for Spring Time in Paradise
Paw Paw - Log Day 274: So Much for Spring Time in Paradise
Paw Paw - Log Day 274: So Much for Spring Time in Paradise
Paw Paw - Log Day 274: So Much for Spring Time in Paradise
09/10/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 273: "Bright Eyed and Bushy Tailed" at Sunrise

After our World ARC Drop Outs get-together yesterday evening, we enjoyed a tasty dinner with Paula and Dan at the Musket Cove Island Resort and Marina restaurant while the children enjoyed a movie. This morning, we were looking forward to a nice Sunday morning sleep-in, following all the festivities of yesterday, but, alas, we were both "bright eyed and bushy tailed" at sunrise again, so we opted for an early morning walk on the beach and breakfast at Traders, where we whiled away a good part of the morning, lounging around in the comfy chairs on the colonial style veranda, enjoying the scenery and people-watching.Then it was back to Paw Paw for a mid-morning nap for Elaine while Roy changed the diaphragm on the watermaker pump.When Elaine eventually surfaced, she decided to bake an. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 273: "Bright Eyed and Bushy Tailed" at Sunrise
Paw Paw - Log Day 273:
Paw Paw - Log Day 273: "Bright Eyed and Bushy Tailed" at Sunrise
Paw Paw - Log Day 273:
08/10/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 272: Members of the World's Exclusive Yacht Club

It was another early start to the day, but this time to weigh anchor, following which we enjoyed a lovely motor-sail to Malolo Lailai Island. At last we felt we had arrived somewhere in Fiji that reflected everything we had read about.  After our lunch of tropical fruit to celebrate our little spot of tropical paradise,  we headed ashore to become members of one of the most exclusive yacht clubs in the world,  the Musket Cove Yacht Club; exclusive because one can only become a member if you have sailed from or are sailing to a foreign port.With our membership cards in hand and having snooped around the facilities, we were heading back to Paw Paw when we encountered another surprise. First Do Over, on the dinghy dock, then a visit from another World ARC yacht, Blue Summit. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 272: Members of the World's Exclusive Yacht Club
Paw Paw - Log Day 272: Members of the World's Exclusive Yacht Club
Paw Paw - Log Day 272: Members of the World's Exclusive Yacht Club
Paw Paw - Log Day 272: Members of the World's Exclusive Yacht Club
Paw Paw - Log Day 272: Members of the World's Exclusive Yacht Club
Paw Paw - Log Day 272: Members of the World's Exclusive Yacht Club
Paw Paw - Log Day 272: Members of the World's Exclusive Yacht Club
Paw Paw - Log Day 272: Members of the World's Exclusive Yacht Club
08/10/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 271: Fire Walkers and Kava

Elaine awoke to the most spectacular sunrise this morning and after taking some photographs, had no sooner snuggled back under the covers when she heard Roy take the plunge off the back of Paw Paw. Yes, at last, Paw Paw has a clean bottom, but, sadly, her topsides are filthy again from all the black soot caused by the numerous fires that burn day and night in the sugar fields. Anyway, once the final cleaning was done, Roy went ashore to have the dive tanks refilled and check on our sail repairs while Elaine spent the morning finishing off her research on all the entry procedures as well as completing our itinerary for New Zealand.After lunch it was time to head back to shore to attend a seminar on New Zealand Passage Planning and Management which we found very worthwhile indeed.. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 271: Fire Walkers and Kava
Paw Paw - Log Day 271: Fire Walkers and Kava
Paw Paw - Log Day 271: Fire Walkers and Kava
Paw Paw - Log Day 271: Fire Walkers and Kava
Paw Paw - Log Day 271: Fire Walkers and Kava
Paw Paw - Log Day 271: Fire Walkers and Kava
Paw Paw - Log Day 271: Fire Walkers and Kava
Paw Paw - Log Day 271: Fire Walkers and Kava
08/10/2016

Air Support

New air support for the boat, should be able get some great video- medic JohnIMG_1403. read more...


06/10/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 270: Looking Forward to Some Peace and Quiet

This morning Roy finished cleaning the waterline of the port side, but didn't have the energy to dive the hull, so we settled for a morning onboard giving Elaine the time to plow through all the documentation on entry into New Zealand as well as research places to see and things to do. Then it was off to enjoy a lunch ashore at Lulu's Bar and Restaurant before taking the dollar bus into Nadi Town again to top up on some fresh produce before we head to the Mamanuca outer islands for some R&R.After a week in the hubbub of Denarau, we're looking forward to some peace and quiet!. read more...


05/10/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 269: A Close Encounter with the Venomous Fiji Sea Snake

Last night we eventually had the opportunity to catch up with our friends, Justine and Paul, whom we've been trying to call for ages. Prior to that,  Elaine had the pleasure of our grandson, William,  who is all of 17 months old, show his grandma his new bedroom and "bed" now that he's sleeping on his own, in preparation for becoming a "big brother" in a few weeks to his twin brothers.  He was so proud showing Elaine everything he can now do,  including opening and closing doors and cupboards, helping mom and dad tidy up, getting off a bed safely, getting up and down the stairs safely and pointing out various parts of his anatomy and those of anyone around him.  It was certainly a wonderful way to end a day half a world away from family and friends. This morning,. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 269: A Close Encounter with the Venomous Fiji Sea Snake
Paw Paw - Log Day 269: A Close Encounter with the Venomous Fiji Sea Snake
05/10/2016

Firefly - Smooth sailing to Mauritius

Many of the smaller boats in the WARC fleet were delayed at their last stop at Christmas Island due to last week's tropical low. Therefore the decision was taken to postpone the restart from Cocos Keeling until Tuesday 4th October to give them a little more time to prepare. However, following the very windy spell the forecast was for increasingly light winds in this area - it would be almost calm within a few days. It therefore made sense for Firefly to leave early and the anchor was hauled up at 1620 on Sunday 2nd.Firefly in company with 2 other World ARC boats, Exocet and Carango, stormed west in winds over 20 knots with a surprisingly rough sea the first night. Progress was so good that Firefly clocked up 360 miles in the first 48 hours, averaging 7.5 knots and equalling some of her. read more...


04/10/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 268: Exploration of Denarau Island On Foot

Elaine awoke "full of beans", so she decided to bake crumpets to accompany our breakfast of delicious tropical fruits - papaya, pineapple, watermelon, green and red grapes and oranges. We then decided that an exploration of Denarau Island on foot would not only give us some exercise, but give us a more upfront and personal experience.Once we'd left the marina complex, our walk took us along a meandering concrete pathway under shady trees and through beautifully maintained gardens, passing various gated communities that sported very fancy homes and apartments, before we spotted the Sofitel Resort, where we made our way through their reception, patio and pool areas and onto the beach. We followed the beach and purpose built pathways along the entire western side of the island, passing. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 268: Exploration of Denarau Island On Foot
Paw Paw - Log Day 268: Exploration of Denarau Island On Foot
Paw Paw - Log Day 268: Exploration of Denarau Island On Foot
Paw Paw - Log Day 268: Exploration of Denarau Island On Foot
Paw Paw - Log Day 268: Exploration of Denarau Island On Foot
Paw Paw - Log Day 268: Exploration of Denarau Island On Foot
04/10/2016

RCWings - RC Wings is Sailing South

RC Wings has arrived in Annapolis. We have travelled all the way from Sarnia, Ontario, Canada--almost 1000 nautical miles just to get to this point.  Now, the fun begins.Our route to get this far was:Go down the St. Clair River, through Lake St. Clair, down the Detroit River, and through Lake Erie to Buffalo.  At Buffalo, we took our mast down, stored it on our boat (yes, we looked like a narwhal) and motored through the Erie Barge Canal to the Hudson River.  We took the Hudson River south to New York Harbor (putting our mast up in Catskills, NY), then go down the coast to the Delaware Bay.  We sailed up the Delaware Bay, through the C&D Canal, and into the Chesapeake Bay.  We have now arrived in Annapolis and plan on going to the Annapolis Boat Show, before. read more...


RCWings - RC Wings is Sailing South
RCWings - RC Wings is Sailing South
03/10/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 267: A Taste of Fiji

We knew we would have a busy day today,so after breakfast aboard,we headed ashore to get through all our To Dos: Drop off the dive tank to be serviced and refilled,drop off the sail for repair, find the missing shackle, fill up with dinghy petrol, search forreplacement reefing system boom wheels and the paper chart we need,etc. We managed to get through everything on our list,with the exception of the latter two items, neither of which are critical. Although Roy repaired the existing boom wheels, it would have been nice to replace them with new ones.As for the chart, we have the electronicone, but hopefully we can find someone who has the paper version to peruse.Then it was time to venture off Denarau Island, so we hopped on the local dollar bus and, after taking a tour of the resorts,. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 267: A Taste of Fiji
Paw Paw - Log Day 267: A Taste of Fiji
03/10/2016

Firefly - Windy days anchored at Cocos Keeling

A couple of weeks back, we made a good decision to leave Krakatoa a day earlier then planned as we arrived at the Direction Island anchorage at Cocos Keeling just before the wind increased significantly. Despite our good timing we did have a very rough 3rd night out of the 4 on the passage with winds gusting over 30 knots and beam seas frequently breaking over Firefly's coachroof. However, no sooner was the anchor set the winds increased and it howled for 48 hours. The wind wss blowing across the anchorage at about 30 knots and when accompanied by a squall it was reaching well over 40 knots. When we first arrived there were about 6 boats riding out the strongs wind, just Firefly and one other from the WARC. The WARC fleet was in fact very spread out due to the tropical low that had. read more...


03/10/2016

Corsair - Corsair moving toward Portsmouth for the beginning of Rally Operations

Corsair left Tampa Bay in late July for the trip to Portsmouth with stopsin Key West, West Palm Beach, Fernandina Beach, FL, Charleston, SC then aroundCape Hatteras to Baltimore where she has been for the last month. Providing hurricane Mathew does not get in out way we will be leaving Baltimoreon October 8 for a short cruise down the Chesapeake arriving in Portsmouth onOctober 16. We are looking forward to meet the other participants this year. Wehave four repeat crew from 201 and three new ones looking forward to thetrip.. read more...


02/10/2016

Clyde Challenger - Welcome to Clyde Challenger's Blog

So, Scotland's Clipper 60 is on her way.  On Sunday evening 2 October she slipped lines from Scottish shores heading for England's south coast.  She has a commercial job there before departing for the trip south to Las Palmas.Over the next few weeks we will let you know a little bit more about this iconic first generation Clipper round the world racing yacht.Clyde Challenger DSC_6028. read more...


Clyde Challenger - Welcome to Clyde Challenger's Blog
Clyde Challenger - Welcome to Clyde Challenger's Blog
02/10/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 266: Living on the Leeward Side

Following a great night sleep after calling Ireland last night to wish Elaine's mom a Happy 75th Birthday and hearing that she enjoyed her surprise gift which had just arrived for the start of her day,we were up early again. This time to give Paw Paw some much needed TLC - a detailed cleaning.While Elaine did the inside,Roy did the cockpit area and helm station before diving to do the propellers and part of the hulls.It'staken us all day and we're still not done.However, once we get the dive tank refilled,we'll both get in the water to finish the hulls and then complete the decks. What a job! Of course, Murphy's Law - No sooner had we cleaned everything that our energy levels would allow,when a fire ashore sent soot all over the deck. Grrrrr! Fortunately we managed to get all the hatches. read more...


01/10/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 265: Take Two on Our 33rd Wedding Anniversary Dinner

After satisfying our initial curiosity surrounding Port Denarau Marina yesterday evening, we were up early this morning to head to shore again.This time, in search of the yachting facilities and amenities that we needed: A sailmaker to repair our Chicken Chute,a chandlery to replace the broken shackle off our bauberhauler, a supplier to purchase some much needed cleaning products, specifically for rust and grease removal, somewhere to acquire the missing paper charts we need for New Zealand and, the rarest of products, saildrive oil to do the necessary services, following the extensive motoring we have done of late.After a pleasant breakfast our search commenced.First port of call was the Port Denarau Marina office. It has to be said that this was the most welcoming and helpful marina. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 265: Take Two on Our 33rd Wedding Anniversary Dinner
Paw Paw - Log Day 265: Take Two on Our 33rd Wedding Anniversary Dinner
Paw Paw - Log Day 265: Take Two on Our 33rd Wedding Anniversary Dinner
Paw Paw - Log Day 265: Take Two on Our 33rd Wedding Anniversary Dinner
01/10/2016

Blue Magic - Our departure for LAS PALMAS

Well, we are readi ! This time tomorrow, we will be leaving Balchik (Bugaria) for our big adventure ARC 2016 !!! 3. read more...


Blue Magic - Our departure for LAS PALMAS
Blue Magic - Our departure for LAS PALMAS
30/09/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 264: Relief, Followed by Astonishment

We arrived at the Navula Passage just before daybreak and after manoeuvring out of the way of a few large cargo vessels, we entered the passage. We had no sooner got Paw Paw lined up with the lights of the range markers and checked our leadline on our navionics charts, when the lghts went out. With the glare of the sunrise directly ahead, coupled with the flat seas, we were unable to see the range markers or any breaking waves that would indicate the reef. Not the kind of excitement we were looking for after a very drawn-out out sail from Savusavu. We did, however, get through safely and opted to anchor in Momi Bay for the night vs heading further up the west coast.It has been a very worrisome few days as we awaited news from Arizona on the well-being of our twin grandsons. With the. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 264: Relief, Followed by Astonishment
Paw Paw - Log Day 264: Relief, Followed by Astonishment
Paw Paw - Log Day 264: Relief, Followed by Astonishment
Paw Paw - Log Day 264: Relief, Followed by Astonishment
Paw Paw - Log Day 264: Relief, Followed by Astonishment
Paw Paw - Log Day 264: Relief, Followed by Astonishment
29/09/2016

PkBoo - PkBoo @ Lanzarote

PkBooOn the way to Las Palmas, PkBoo is now in Rubicon, Lanzarote, a wonderful marina.See you in Gran Canaria next November. IMG_9238. IMG_9251. IMG_9250.. read more...


PkBoo - PkBoo @ Lanzarote
PkBoo - PkBoo @ Lanzarote
PkBoo - PkBoo @ Lanzarote
PkBoo - PkBoo @ Lanzarote
PkBoo - PkBoo @ Lanzarote
PkBoo - PkBoo @ Lanzarote
Zingara - im Royal Yachtclub LPA
Zingara - im Royal Yachtclub LPA
Zingara - wieder beste Stimmung an Bord
Zingara -  wieder beste Stimmung an Bord
Zingara - Ankunft Las Palmas
Zingara - Ankunft Las Palmas