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17/01/2017

North - St Lucia - Colombia

815 NM ..We had a great Sailing to Colombia except the last 5 hours :-)) 30-35knots with high wavesssss20170110_095136-01. 20170110_182849-01. 20170111_090701-01.. read more...


North - St Lucia - Colombia
North - St Lucia - Colombia
North - St Lucia - Colombia
North - St Lucia - Colombia
North - St Lucia - Colombia
North - St Lucia - Colombia
17/01/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob:tuna

The boat next to us has a wonderful owner and crew. The boat is Exit Strategy which is a huge new catamaran.The caught two 40 pound tuna coming to Santa Marta.They kindly gave us a large package of tuna.Tonight Sam cooked the tuna on the grill to perfection. I had the best tuna I have ever had.image1 image2 image3. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob:tuna
Lexington - Captain Bob:tuna
Lexington - Captain Bob:tuna
Lexington - Captain Bob:tuna
Lexington - Captain Bob:tuna
Lexington - Captain Bob:tuna
17/01/2017

Lexington - Bob: tour

We took another tour today. We went to an area called Taironaka. Is the site where previous Indians that were native to the area lived. We had a very nice tour. We went by boat up a river.We had a guide that showed us around that area. He showed areas were previous homes have been.He showed us structures that were reproductions of what would've been there at that time 3 to 400 years ago. He talked of the Indian traditions and ceremonies.We had buses that took us for about an hour and a half ride to get there.These would've been some of the Indians that were conquered by the Spanish conquistadors.We had a snack of fried plantain with a salsa topping and a creamy topping. At the end of the trip several of us floated down the river in innertube's while the others took the boat back.Below in. read more...


Lexington - Bob: tour
Lexington - Bob: tour
Lexington - Bob: tour
Lexington - Bob: tour
Lexington - Bob: tour
Lexington - Bob: tour
Lexington - Bob: tour
Lexington - Bob: tour
Lexington - Bob: tour
Lexington - Bob: tour
17/01/2017

Lexington - Bob: school visit

The World Cruising group arranged for a tour of a school that they supported in Santa Marta, Columbia.The school was named Fundehumac. It was the school set up for disadvantaged children. A lot of the disadvantage children were orphaned because of the recent civil War. The school was in a very simple building. The program we went to demonstrated a lot of the work that they had done. They had graduates of their program who were working as professionals after having completed college and or graduate school.They also had some singing and dancing done by some of the current students.image2 image1. read more...


Lexington - Bob: school visit
Lexington - Bob: school visit
Lexington - Bob: school visit
Lexington - Bob: school visit
17/01/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: Beach Party

We had a nice beach party and barbecue arranged by world cruising. Most everyone went from the group. We had two busloads of people that went to the remote national Park where where there was a nice beach. They had a caterer who provided a barbecue and serve drinks. Most everybody just chilled out and enjoy themselves. I swam a couple of times. The water was refreshing but not terribly cold and comfortable after you were in for a little while. Most people just chilled out and talked. We are still doing a lot of meet and greet exchanges as we learn and remember stuff about each boat. There are lots of interesting people in the world but you seldom meet a sailor that does not have some sort of interesting background or expertise I will post a few beach photos. image5 image4 image3 image2. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: Beach Party
Lexington - Captain Bob: Beach Party
Lexington - Captain Bob: Beach Party
Lexington - Captain Bob: Beach Party
Lexington - Captain Bob: Beach Party
Lexington - Captain Bob: Beach Party
Lexington - Captain Bob: Beach Party
Lexington - Captain Bob: Beach Party
Lexington - Captain Bob: Beach Party
Lexington - Captain Bob: Beach Party
17/01/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: city tour

We are in Santa Marta. We took a tour of the city today. It was brief at each spot but they covered a lot of information for most of the afternoon. A good bit of the information was concerning Simon Bolivar who liberated Columbia and several other surrounding countries.It is amazing what some individuals can accomplish Another boat in the rally called exit strategy caught two 40 pound tuna on the way here. They gave us several tuna steaks tonight that will cook up soon.One of their crew is a retired general surgeon from Florida. He was originally from Memphis Tennessee so he's a good oh southern boy.There are lots of beautiful boats and interesting stories of the people.One boat has an older owner who's about 70 years ago and he has three crewmembers all less than 30 that are making the. read more...


17/01/2017

Exocet Strike - stardate 16-17 January 2017

Greetings from the south Atlantic.Yesterday and overnight produced some great sailing, this boat loves going downwind, fortunately. We have a true wind angle of approx 165 to 175 degrees, I'd almost directly behind us and a wind strength of 14 to 20 knots, so we've been averaging over 7 knots all day and night with a mostly gentle roly gait. The sea has died down a lot which makes life much more comfortable. We made contact with several boats in our fleet on the SSB radio, nice to be in touch.Yesterday became quite sunny, however today is mostly grey. The water them is 24 deg C but the air temp feels a bit cooler, no doubt why there is so much cloud.Tomorrow we should cross the meridian, from east to west, and by st Helena we shall be at roughly the same longitude as back home in. read more...


16/01/2017

Exocet Strike - 15-16 January 2017

Last night was another great sail, plenty of wind, boat balanced, some moon out and going in the right direction, until this morning. No dramas, just that the wind went mower SE instead of SE, meaning we couldn't make for St Helena, more like the coast of Brazil. So when all three of us were up, about 1030 we gybed from Port to Starboard. For those who don't know this means changing the boats heading and moving the sails from one side of the boat to the other, now we're heading pretty much straight for St Helena. Every so often, half an hour to an hour we get a squall come through, unlike, so far, the North Atlantic squalls which can go from 15 to 35 knots in a very short space of time, these tend to go from maybe 18 to 25 knots gradually. Much more manageable.Still looking like we could. read more...


16/01/2017

Firefly - Great passage to St Helena

Since leaving Luderitz in Namibai we have enjoyed a great passage with the wind behind us blowing between 15 and 25 knots, a following sea (not too rolly or bumpy!)and after the first chilly nights a very pleasant temperature during the day and night watches. Our Long Range Radio (SSB) has been working well and we generally have better transmission and receipt than the other yachts. Via the twice daily net we are in contact with most of the rally boats despite them being spread all across the route to St Helena. Today we are controlling the net at at 1000 we spoke to most of the 16 other yachts with the first boats expecting to be in by Tuesday and the back marker is probably 1000 miles behind due to a delayed start.Much of our focus over the passage has been refining our culinary. read more...


16/01/2017

Firefly - Mauritius and Reunion

Firefly arrived in Mauritius at 0430 on Sunday 16th October. We were welcomed into the Caudan Basin in the capital, Port Louis by Victor from Rally Control and Martin and Elizabeth Bevan from Caduceus. Victor provided us with some local rum which was well received after all the stress involved with completing the passage with a seriously damaged mast following the collision with a ship a few days earlier.As soon as we cleared immigration the crew member who was watch keeper during the incident with the ship left Firefly. Clearly this was a difficult situation but we managed to do things on the best possible terms given the extra ordinary circumstances. Paul then set about getting Firefly repaired with very little knowledge at that stage regarding what was possible in. read more...


15/01/2017

Timshel - St Lucia to Santa Marta Day 6 Arrival

Distance travelled: About 75 nm.We had been warned not to close the Colombian coast too soon because of high winds and squalls.It was a beautiful evening, but we decided to reef and gybe before it got dark.Luckily in that order as halfway through the process the wind suddenly increased to 25 knots plus with a big sea and we spent most of the night under reefed main only.In the early hours, persuaded Steve to let me set up the pole again with a handkerchief of Yankee set.There were a few ships about and we heard Zeeland (the next World ARC boat to us) on the VHF.At our waypoint off the headland turning more up wind, we could easily set the staysail instead of the poled out Yankee - one advantage of the cutter rig. But the wind went on increasing and increasing though the rain had. read more...


14/01/2017

Firefly - What happened on Thursday 13th October

Over the next few weeks I will be sending out a number of blogs to provide the highlights of Firefly's travels from Mauritius to Cape Town, South Africa. This is why the blogs stopped.....there has been a lot of work involved in getting Firefly repaired.....At 1330 on Thursday 13th October Firefly collided with a ship, a 623 feet long bulk carrier en route to Singapore. As with road accidents, it is not appropriate at this stage to provide details of the incident as there are legal proceedings underway. However, most importantly no one was hurt and it is also ok to state that Firefly came off somewhat worse than the ship!Firefly was heading just south of east and hit the starboard side of the ship, heading north east - an impact angle of about 30 degrees. Firefly was constructed in cedar. read more...


15/01/2017

Exocet Strike - January 14-15th 2017

The slow progress during the day gave way to fast and furious progress in the evening. We put one reef in just before dinner, which we then decided after dinner was not sufficient, so put reef two in. The wind had built up to 25 - 30 in by now and we were hitting ten knots of boat speed, with two reefs in regularly. We also had current with us and our hourly distances were 10 miles, which if sustained would give a daily run rate of 240 nautical miles, which for us is probably a record.The sky's were very clear overnight and the rising moon looked amazing, very orangey yellow, almost like a sunset. This got more and more silvery as it rose.Later in the night the clouds started to roll in and now it's very grey and overcast, no doubt have to run the generator to top up the batteries. The. read more...


Hanna - Anfahrt auf Kolumbien
Hanna - Anfahrt auf Kolumbien
15/01/2017

Hanna - Wie gewonnen so zerronnen

Am 13.01.2017 um 11:56 schrieb Gottfried Sodeck :Santa Marta, 13. Januar 2017Geschafft, wir sind in Santa Marta angekommen. Die letzten Tage auf See waren ziemlich turbulent. Wir hatten häufig Besuch von fliegenden Fischen an Bord. Die kommen aus dem Wasser gesDer Wind hat immer weiter zugenommen, bis 45 Knoten in der Spitze.Das sind gute 8-9 Windstärken! Bis zu 3,5 Welle von achtern (hinten). Wenn man dann in einem Wellental sitzt, denkt man da kommt eine Wand herangerauscht…Bis wir sehr schnell unseren geliebten Parasailor heruntergenommen haben, sah alles danach aus als wenn wir auf dem 3. Platz liegen. Danach machten wir aber nur noch 5 Knoten fahrtanstelle von bis zu 14 Knoten. Langsam wurden wir dann wieder überholt ;-)Ich habe zwar so eine Ahnung, aber schauen wir mal wann die. read more...


14/01/2017

Tulla Mhor - Day 1-5, St Lucia to Santa Marta

We had an emotional leave of St Lucia. Eilidh and Scott had travelled up to Rodney Bay from Soufriere to wave us off. Hugs from all the boats around us and 'see you in Columbia'. Leanne and Derek kindly gave us a new boat mascot, a kangaroo now called Tullaroo. We will be taking him back for a visit to his homeland.We are only at sea for 5 days so provisioning was not so traumatic except there is not much fresh fruit and vegetables to buy in St Lucia. This seems strange as it is a tropical island with lush vegetation and plenty of rain. There are plenty of bananas, great for daiquiris, but otherwise very limited.After an exciting start in Rodney Bay we headed south to just off Castries and then turned west to Columbia. The bay had lots of boats out to see the fleet off and there was a. read more...


14/01/2017

Exocet Strike - progress 13-14th January 2014

Great progress overnight, we carried two reefs and full Genoa all night, poled out to port, meaning we had reduced mainsail area, but our full Genoa on the other side as with a spinnaker. Often seeing 8 and 9 knots over the ground, helped by some positive current, the moon was out as well, not too many clouds. Much better than the day had been. However by this morning the wind was dropping and we shook out both reefs so now have full sail area up. The wind is light though so slow progress made worse by the current now against us most of the day. It is sunny and much warmer than yesterday!As I type this, at 1700 Local time, the wind is maybe picking up a bit,nth at will help our progress to St Helena. We are approx one third of the way there. Kept in touch via the SSB with both boats. read more...


14/01/2017

Misto - Day 7 - city tour of Santa Marta

Its still blowing hard in the marina at Santa Marta!We enjoyed the city tour, especially the Tairona Gold Museum. The intricate nature of the gold artifacts was stunning to behold. We only saw the outside of the cathedral and we might try to go back and experience the inside before we leave on Wednesday. Despite my almost total lack of Spanish I managed to purchase bread rolls from a vendor on a bicycle and fruit from a street vendor. Prices are low. We had Sumore's crew over to share a potluck tuna dinner last night. They were really great company and its lovely to be making new friends.. read more...


14/01/2017

Timshel - St Lucia to Santa Marta Last day

Distance travelled: About nm.We had been warned not to close the Colombian coast too soon because of high winds and squalls.It was a beautiful evening, but we decided to reef and gybe before it got dark.Luckily in that order as halfway through the process the wind suddenly increased to 25 knots plus with a big sea and we spent most of the night under reefed main only.In the early hours, persuaded Steve to let me set up the pole again with a handkerchief of Yankee set.There were a few ships about and we heard Zeeland (the next World ARC boat to us) on the VHF.At our waypoint off the headland turning more up wind, we could easily set the staysail instead of the poled out Yankee - one advantage of the cutter rig. But the wind went on increasing and increasing though the rain had stopped.We. read more...


Hanna - Anfahrt auf Kolumbien
Hanna - Anfahrt auf Kolumbien
Hanna - Gottfried steuert die Hanna
Hanna - Gottfried steuert die Hanna
Hanna - Sonnenaufgang, wie schön :-)
Hanna - Sonnenaufgang, wie schön :-)
13/01/2017

Hanna - Wie gewonnen so zerronnen

Santa Marta, 13. Januar 2017Geschafft, wir sind in Santa Marta angekommen. Die letzten Tage auf See waren ziemlich turbulent. Wir hatten häufig Besuch von fliegenden Fischen an Bord. Die kommen aus dem Wasser gesDer Wind hat immer weiter zugenommen, bis 45 Knoten in der Spitze.Das sind gute 8-9 Windstärken! Bis zu 3,5 Welle von achtern (hinten). Wenn man dann in einem Wellental sitzt, denkt man da kommt eine Wand herangerauscht…Bis wir sehr schnell unseren geliebten Parasailor heruntergenommen haben, sah alles danach aus als wenn wir auf dem 3. Platz liegen. Danach machten wir aber nur noch 5 Knoten fahrtanstelle von bis zu 14 Knoten. Langsam wurden wir dann wieder überholt ;-)Ich habe zwar so eine Ahnung, aber schauen wir mal wann die endgültigen Ergebnisse vorliegen…Allen an Bord geht. read more...


13/01/2017

Firefly - Black Thursday

Firefly's blog has been regularly posted on the World Cruising website since we sailed away from the UK in September 2013. HOWEVER, regular postings ceased back in October 2016 and have just restarted. The reason for the break was a collision with a ship. The subsequent repairs have taken considerable organisation and due to absolutely first class support from our insurer's, Admiral and the World's best rigging company, Associated Rigging in Cape Town, we have stayed on schedule with the World ARC rally - but there has not been time for writing blogs....This one was written an hour or so before the incident but never posted.....'Today is Thursday 13th of October and Firefly's crew are dreaming of Mauritius's local speciality, Carri Poission (fish curry) washed down with the island's. read more...


13/01/2017

Firefly - Penguins and Apple Strudel on passage to St Helena

All is well on board Firefly. On leaving Luderitz we had a 2 hour period of light winds and fog but this quickly cleared. The winds picked up and for 48 hours we had a fresh Southerly with quite rough seas. This wind and seas have both moderated and the wind has backed to the South East, hopefully these gentle Trade Winds should be with us all the way to St Helena. The effect of the cold Benguela current has also diminished with the sea temperature going up from 10 deg C at the coast to 18 deg C some 300 miles offshore. The major impact is that the air temperature particularly at night has now warmed up significantly. It was surprisingly chilly at Luderitz and was home to more colonies of Cape Penguins - we have seen them all along the South African coast from Port Elizabeth onwards. As. read more...


13/01/2017

Firefly - Curry on Saturday evening?

Today is Thursday 13th of October and Firefly's crew are dreaming of Mauritius's local speciality, Carri Poission (fish curry) washed down with the island's Phoenix Beer on Saturday evening. Despite a very fast passage across the Indian Ocean and continuing favorable trade winds it is however unlikely that time will be on our side.....Its 0800 now and there are 450 miles to run until we reach Port Louis. The forecast for the next 24 hours gives us broad reaching in 20 knots and that should mean close on another 200 miles under the keel as we average about 8 knots. The wind will then move more to the east and gradually reduce meaning less speed to cover the final 250. Having been at sea for a week and half it is interesting how one's mind works, and more interesting that the 3 of us are. read more...


13/01/2017

Exocet Strike - 12-13 January 2017 Exocet Strikes progress

Yesterday was a great days sailing, started off with no reefs, so full sail and a beam reach, with wind coming from the side, our fastest sailing position. Ended up at 1800 with two reefs in the mainsail, then a third reef, reducing our sail area considerably as the wind was increasing as forecast and we didn't want too much sail area up, overnight. Unfortunately the wind had other thoughts and contrary to the forecast started dropping, so at 0830 we shook out one reef, we may well shake out a second during the day if the wind doesn't increase.The wind also went further behind which means we cannot sail in the direction we want, unless we pole it out the other side to the mainsail, rarely done these days in racing but often in cruising. It's called by some wing in wing and allows you to. read more...


13/01/2017

Aurora Polaris - 11 januar 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

1.januarJa, nå nærmer vi oss målet. Før vi forlot St Lucia, måtte vi anslå vår ETA (estimated time of arrival) i Santa Marta. Beskjeden som han er, anslo kapteinen på Aurora Polaris at vi ville være framme torsdag 12.januar kl.15.00. Nå ser det jammen meg ut som om det kan stemme! Vi hadde en liten debatt om farten vår i går kveld. Kaptinnen hadde veldig lyst å fortsette uten motor, selv om det ble veldig stille på sjøen. Kapteinen lot være å slå den på, men da kaptinnen sovnet, kom jammen meg motoren i gang. Han hadde sett seg lei på alle de som durte forbi oss. Vi måtte rapportere posisjonen vår kl.09, som vanlig, og i tillegg måtte vi si hvor lenge vi hadde gått med motor. Etter kl 09.00 seilte vi. Utover dagen ble det stillere og stillere, og de rundt oss begynte å gå raskere og. read more...


12/01/2017

Exocet Strike - January 11-12th 2017

We left Cape Town at 0745 yesterday weds 11th, nice sunny morning. We expected a NW wind and we weren't disappointed. Bit of a pain motoring waiting for the wind to fill in. Quite chilly as well, quite a bit of fog. The current here comes up from the Antarctic, so it's only 14 deg C, interacts with the warm moist air coming off the land.Anyway by 1800 the wind had settled into the SW and we were reaching quickly. Put in a reef at 2100 and kept it in until 0600 this morning, a great first nights sail, but light around 0200, but it's 12-14 knots now, cloud is slowly dispersing and the sea temp is up to 21 deg C. We had current with us most of the night now it's across us, pushing us east to west, which although we are well west of our route it's ok since we want to be keeping well off the. read more...


12/01/2017

Misto - Day 6 - Arrival in Santa Marta

The approach to Santa Marta gave us the most sporty sailing of this leg. After rounding the cape north of Santa Marta the wind picked up with gust to 40 knots. Fortunately we had prepared and had two reefs in the main so it was a delightful sleigh ride. Docking was a challenge with the high winds, but we are safely tied up and contemplating a walk to a local restaurant for dinner.. read more...


12/01/2017

Timshel - St Lucia to Santa Marta Day 5

Distance Run noon to noon:135.1 nm.It was all going so well, making 6 maybe 7 kts in the sunshine.Why were people on the evening radio sched complaining about having to motor?A few hours later of course wind went light, not strong enough to power over the swell, foresail and main sail alternately slatting and banging and shaking the whole boat.BUT we were still making about 5 knots, only occasionally dropped to 4 so continued like this for the rest of the night.In the morning we rounded our waypoint off Pen de La Guajira, and hardened up onto a nice reach (at last) with all white sails drawing.Pleasure shortlived as squalls with heavy rain had us rushing to reef.We are getting there, but distance to go still more than a return trip across the channel to Cherbourg.This mornings sched was. read more...


06/01/2017

Lexington - Bob: We better be ready

Today is the final day before the start. We had a lecture on emergencies. We had a lecture on weather.We have checked out of customs and immigration. We created the to do list of about 10 things.I am finishing up programming a few numbers into the single side band radio. Each boat has a number with which we can make a direct call to use in the single side band radio. We programmed each of these numbers in so they would be readily available. We also have a group number that would contact all boats that would be in range.The neatest thing we did was to go up the mast.Sam and I split the duties. We were putting an anti-chafing material on the spreaders since we will be doing down wind sailing which could cause chafe on our main sail where it touches the spreaders.When you are sailing, hour. read more...