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27/01/2018

Le Aum - San Blas

> São sete da manhã e preparamo nos para partir, após pequeno-almoço tomado> A paisagem mantém se igual à de ontem, soando perto o som dos passarinhos piando, cantando, debicando pequenas gotas de chuva que ainda há pouco refrescaram o ambiente > Perto vêem se alguns veleiros e mais longe visiona se uma pequena piroga onde um dos nativos acoplou uma vela, deslizando suavemente na aragem matinal.> Os primeiros preparativos estão tomados: estuda se o percurso, levanta se ferro, já que temos estado fundeados... diz se adeus aos que ficam e voilá... > Deixamos para trás S. Blás e as suas muitas ilhas de formação coralínea. Cresceram do fundo do mar para cima, devido ao aparecimento de corais onde milenarmente se foram fixando areias, detritos, algas, anémonas e grande. read more...


27/01/2018

Lexington - Captain Bob: 1/27/2018 Fish Tale

We are making slow progress to Brazil. We have just enough winds to keep us from motoring but not moving as swift as we like. Today I caught a fairly nice mahi mahi. Aurora was with in a mile or so. As I cleaned the fish, Aurora made their way close enough for us to pass a large (half a fish) fillet to Dan on the bow of their boat. Karen cooked ours perfectly. It was a nice diversion for the day. And we caught it early enough to share it and early enough not to interfere when Karen's dinner plans. I will post photos of the fish and hand off. Yes, nobody in their right mind would pass two boats underway within 15 feet to pass fish fillets!Ken (captain of Aurora ) and I are not know for our normality. May fair winds fill your sails with plenty of fish to shareBobimage1 image2. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: 1/27/2018 Fish Tale
Lexington - Captain Bob: 1/27/2018 Fish Tale
Lexington - Captain Bob: 1/27/2018 Fish Tale
Lexington - Captain Bob: 1/27/2018 Fish Tale
26/01/2018

Lexington - Captain Bob : 15*04'south. 22*05' west

We are doing well we have light but adequate winds, predicted to improve. I have stared reading THE RISE AND FALL OF THE THIRD REICH.I am not very far along in the book. I am not a good history buff. It is hard to keep all the parties and individuals in my head. We have our problems with crazy people today but it is hard to imagine how crazy or genius some of these people were. One person was a chicken farmer who lacked much education or training but became a trusted party to Hitler. The only thing I have come up with so far is how simple my mind and my life is. Would we be better off with more people like me that just go along working or more people that are thinking. It seems that the smarter people are crazier they may be. I will be happy to conquer the weeds in my garden rather than. read more...


25/01/2018

Shepherd Moon - Wedding bells

I am sitting in the cockpit in the pitch dark, with just pinpoints of light from the other boats in the anchorage and from the shore.Shepherd Moon is gently rocking from side to side and, in the distance, there is the faint sound of surf breaking on the reef. It's all very soporific, or at least it was until the peace and tranquillity was shattered by the wild whooping of monkeys. There is a troop that lives on the nearby island and, according to the guidebook, they are very friendly when you arrive, but get very upset when you try to leave. Jacob and I rowed over earlier to put this to the test, but there was not a monkey to be seen. Clearly we weren't looking hard enough.We are heading west towards the start of the Panama Canal after a very enjoyable four-day exploration of the San. read more...


26/01/2018

Air Power - Jan 25

We decided to break up the 70 mile passage into 2 days. We pulled in to a sheltered spot behind Grand Isle for the night after covering about 45 miles. After setting the anchor in approximately 5 meter deep water, we threw some ribs in the oven and were set for the night. There was a floating tiki bar on pontoons a couple of hundred meters in front of us. It was lit up with lights, with a few locals hanging out. It didn't look like it was worth the effort to put the dinghy in the water and go over. Instead, we stared at the lights and stars for this evening's entertainment. We got up early the next morning to finish the last 25 miles to the Canal. The waves built up during the day and were pushing us along. You could have surfed some of them on a board. And we did on our hulls. So did a. read more...


24/01/2018

Skyelark of London - 6. A day in the life of an ancient mariner

2.50 am. alarm goes off.Who in their right minds would choose a month's holiday where every morning the alarm goes off for amidnight, 3am or 6am watch (depending on which watch you are on) to ensure you get out of bed, climb into probably yesterday's clothes and then spend three hours in the cold and dark with someone you have just met?And the word bed is a bit of an over statement - mine is a shelf in the saloon above the seating area. It is six feet long, two feet wide and only two feet high. To get in, as there is a metal pillar in the way, I have to hunch up my legs and roll. Once in, apart from being in very public view, it is so narrowif I want to turn over I have to wake up and adjust my position. Hermann, my current watch dancing partner, is well over six feet tall and broad with. read more...


23/01/2018

Blue Pearl - Blue Pearl-Rolling to San Blas

We thought it would be OK for Blue Pearl to miss the start of the Santa Marta to San Blas leg by a day since our Aruba sojourn had set us back about 4 days behind the rest of the fleet and left us with very little time in Santa Marta.I should havementioned , when I wrote before , the heroic performance of Joe, our senior crew member, docking stern to into a slip with the wind gusting 25-30kts on the beam in the marina in Santa Marta. For the uninitiated that's quite an achievement.In any case less than 48 hours later we were on our way again, sailing West to the San Blas Islands. The San Blas Islands make for an interesting story. Worth your while to read up on and learn about the nation of the Guna Indians but too involved to describe here. One little tidbit:" keep your hands off the. read more...


23/01/2018

Air Power - Jan 22

We did our first shopping with with the locals. We had been approached everyday, from multiple dugout canoes wanting to sell us something. We were really too busy each time, so we did our best to wave them off politely. This day, we bought a couple of lobsters, and put them in a large bucket of saltwater until dinner time. Then there was the canoe with the Molas. These are embroidered cloth, about the size of one side of a small throw pillow. I'm not sure if we'll ever use or display it on a wall. But currently, if a canoe approaches, we hold it up like a surrender flag. "We already have one." Based on my watching Jill knit, I know a lot of work goes into making these. So they are quite a bargain.There were 5 boats left in the anchorage last night. We went over to a boat named Christine.. read more...


22/01/2018

Lexington - Captain Bob: 1/22/2018 15*47'south. 10*19'west

We are sailing along toward Salvador de Bahia. It will take 10-12 days.It is 05:00 and I am on watch. I have had a few periods of light wind but mostly 12-15 knots of wind , no rain, about 60 degrees F I have been trying to plan my return into a productive society. I do not have a job to go back to as I have retired from my medical practice. I have many things on my to do list because I have neglected the farm , garden and yard for over a year.Because I have a lot of time on the boat to think and plan, I have been making list and defining goals. I really have a hard time making decisions. For instance, we have a large full basement full of accumulated junk. For sure I could probably throw away 75% of everything that is in the basement. It has tall ceilings and could be finished into a. read more...


21/01/2018

Taurus - San Blas Meeting

19./20.01.2018San Blas Islands entpuppte sich als zauberhaftes Fleckchen auf der Erde. Am Samstag Morgen zeigte sich die Insel von ihrer sonnigen Seite. Die Distanzen waren so kurz, dass die nächsten Inseln mittels schwimmen erreichbar war. Das liess ich mir auch nicht nehmen und schwamm gleich früh morgens rüber zu einer kleinen Insel voller Palmen. Man musste Schwimmschuhe tragen, da es bereits 40-50 Meter vor dem weissen Sandstrand so flach war, dass man laufen konnte. Jedoch lief man der Gefahr sich die Füße ohne Schuhe zu verletzen aufgrund von Steinen und Korallen am Grund und womöglich lauerte dort auch der ein oder andere See-Igel. Das Wasser war herrlich erfrischend und gleichzeitig warm.Auf den kleinen Inseln leben einge Einheimische Cuna Indianer. Sie leben mit ihren Kindern. read more...


21/01/2018

Mischief - Santa Marta to San Blas

Hi FolksWe set off from Santa Marta at 1200hrs today having only finished our repairs at midnight yesterday. Talk about last minute but the damaged mast track has been staightened and refitted. More importantly we have figured why it is happening so a small rigging alteration and change in procedure should prevent a repeat.We left the shelter of the harbour to be greeted by 30knts of wind and big seas. We reefed down and despite it being hard to move about the boat we are making good speed. We should be in the San Blas Islands in less than 2 days. They are meant to be stunning so we are all really looking forward to it.Just as we were getting used to be at sea again we caught an enormous Wahoo, we estimated it to be 50lb in weight which took all of us to drag it over the rail. After well. read more...


21/01/2018

Mischief - Birthday to Remember

We arrived in the San Blas Islands at 4.00 am and because it was dark we slowed up so we could negotiate the reefs around the islands in the daylight. According to the charts the reefs are only advisary and cannot be relied on. So we deployed Trevor on the bow to direct us around the hazards so we could anchor safely. Our first stop was Caos Cocos Banderos. This is an island consisting of a few palm trees and a Kuna Yalla Indian family living in a hut which reminded me of Robinson Crusoe. They were selling handicrafts which we bought a few to be polite. We spent most of the day relaxing and catching back up on the sleep we lost during the trip. The following day was my birthday so we decided to celebrate with fillet steak which we had stocked the freezer with. The meat in Santa Marta was. read more...


21/01/2018

Air Power - Jan 21

We arrived in the San Blas Islands 2 days ago. That morning it was a constant drizzle and turned into downpours as we were looking for a place to anchor. We found an anchorage with a few other boats hiding behind the islands out of the wind and waves. In typical fashion, just like the movie Top Gun, we did a low speed pass (3 kts) passing by all the boats swinging our bow to port and stern. Just knowing they were drinking coffee, spilling it on themselves. (#$%^ that Maverick 440, we're going to have their butt). After setting the hook, Jill and I jumped up in the air on the trampoline to high five ourselves, "We don't have the need for speed." I'm not sure Tom Cruise wants to be seen with us.The following day, our ducky weather turned to sunshine. The water is about 8-10 feet deep. It's. read more...


20/01/2018

Lexington - Captain Bob: Women's Rights March

So this is to demonstrate that we celebrated Women's Rights Day. I hope you like the photos May fair winds fill your sails with your rights no matter who you are!Bobimage1 image2. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: Women's Rights March
Lexington - Captain Bob: Women's Rights March
Lexington - Captain Bob: Women's Rights March
Lexington - Captain Bob: Women's Rights March
20/01/2018

Skyelark of London - 5. The Enchanted Isle

5. The Enchanted Isleby our resident Blogger -TimAt 9am on the 17th St Helena appeared in grey outline on the horizon. Good progress had been made overnight with Sjaak at the helm.Arabela were just getting in and advised of strong gusty winds of up to 40 knots as the trade winds scythed around the island.Dan cooked pancakes to get us set up for our arrival. Options were to reef down or down the main and go in on the foresail. Choosing the latter we had a good run in and moored on buoy 16 in the harbour at around 3pm. Owl and Tulla Mhor came in later that evening. But if it had been a race - and allowing for handicap and engine time - we are confident we knew who had won. Beers all round.St Helena is one the remotest islands on earth - 1,200 miles from African Angola and 2,000 from. read more...


20/01/2018

Libeccio - Spectacular Welcome at the San Blas Islands

You may recall from the previous blog entry that we had wasted the better part of the day with just the genoa as we waited for the anticipated increase in winds to the 30's. The increase did not arrive and contrary to our general approach to night time, we increased our sail rather than decreased it. The decision to raise the main with 2 reefs was just the tonic to get us going again and we are pleased to stay that we made very good time- helped by a steady increase in the winds as we approached the San Blas Islands. As it turned out, we were able to take 4 hours off of our arrival time and managed to cross the finish line at 9:15 am. The original thinking was that it is best to approach islands with coral surrounding them between the hours of 10 and 2-- the time that the sun is at its. read more...


19/01/2018

Taurus - zweite Etappe - San Blas

17. - 19.01.2018Die Taurus meldet sich samt Crew zurück nach 291,4 NM Überfahrt von Santa Marta/Kolumbien nach San Blas Islands. Heute morgen um 8:59 sind wir über die Ziellinie gesegelt und liegen nun gemütlich vor Anker mit Blick auf die Palmen und weißen Sandstrand. Im Augenblick nieselt es leider noch, heute morgen wurden wir hier mit Regen und wolkenverhangenen, grauen Himmel empfangen. So hatten wir seit dem Start in St. Lucia wieder mal Gelegenheit unser Ölzeug auszupacken, damit wir bloß nicht auf die Idee kommen könnten, wir hätten es umsonst eingepackt.In dieser Etappe werden wir leider nicht in die Wertung mit einbezogen, was tatsächlich ärgerlich ist da wir unterwegs einige Mitsegler trotz verspäteten Start überholt hatten. In Santa Marta war uns ein pünktlicher Start. read more...


19/01/2018

Shepherd Moon - Close shave

For those of you following the YB tracker, you can see that we're on the move again. Our all too brief visit to Colombia surpassed even our high expectations. The country is vibrant, the people are lovely and it's ridiculously cheap. Most of our time was spent doing minor repairs and re-stocking the food cupboards, but we did manage to take a trip up the mountain to visit a coffee plantation. Jacob and I also visited a local barber's shop. Just in case you ever find yourself sitting in a barber's chair in Colombia, it's worth noting that "numero dos" doesn't translate quite as you might expect. In fairness to the barber, he did double check, but only after he'd cut a razor-width swathe around the side of my head, reducing it to the kind of stubble most men could grow overnight (not me, I. read more...


19/01/2018

Libeccio - Travelling in company, a virtual party mid passage and lightening the way

Hi, we are on the second day of our 290nm passage from Santa Marta to the San Blas Islands. The strong winds of the evening carried into the daylight and we decided that, as the forecast for the balance of the day was for 27 -30 kn winds, we would retire the mainsail completely and just use the furling genoa. This had the advantage that it would be a whole lot easier to decrease our sail area. So mid morning we did just that. For those of you that have read our blogs for previous trips you will know that generally things such as this do not normally go to plan. In today's case, the winds seemed to drop the moment we dropped the main. However, being conservative sailors we decided to keep the minimal sail area up through out the day- and the wind still remained low.At this stage our. read more...


18/01/2018

Lexington - Captain Bob: St Helena

We have been exploring St Helena. We arrived on the 17th.Today we went on a whale shark boat tour. Unfortunately we drove around for 4 hours with out seeing any whale sharks. That was just the luck of the draw. I looked around the town for part of the afternoon. Tonight we had a party put on by the local visitor committee. It was very nice. They had a good band and some of us old farts danced until we turned into pumpkins at the time of the ferry ride back to our boats. I will attach a photo or two The first is a photo of Jacobs Ladder which is 699 steps up to the top where there are more houses. It was originally a trolley car system on an inclined plane. There were small carts that they hauled ammunition up to the forts. They also hauled their donkey dung up and out of the valley. The. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: St Helena
Lexington - Captain Bob: St Helena
Lexington - Captain Bob: St Helena
Lexington - Captain Bob: St Helena
18/01/2018

Air Power - Jan 18

We spent 4 fun days in Santa Marta, Columbia. A tour of South America's oldest continuous city, Simon Bolivar's (The Great Liberator) hacienda and gardens, and a coffee plantation up in the mountains. This place is definitely worth a visit. We had some minor sowing done on the gennaker, too bad the bill wasn't minor.As to be expected, the starting line for the completion of Leg 2 of this journey (San Blas Islands, Panama), provided us with the motivation to stay in the back, with our sails down, until everyone left. Its less than 300 NM to our destination, so just a couple of nights under sail. Hopefully, we'll find a quiet anchorage near a small island, so we can scrub the bottom of the boat, in preperation for our Galapagos arrival. We understand they will send divers to inspect our. read more...


18/01/2018

Libeccio - On the "road" again..

As you may have noticed, we have packed our (shopping) bags and are once again under way. The destination for this leg is the San Blas Islands, approx 290nm from Santa Marta. We have had a great time in Santa Marta- the whole experience was honestly a very pleasant surprise. Friends of ours who have visited Colombia in the past few years have raved about its beauty, the culture and the friendliness of its people. While we have only spent a few days in one city, both of us are looking forward to visiting Colombia again. Our trips to the coastline and up into the rainforest to visit a coffee plantation highlighted just how diverse the geography is. Santa Marta itself was bustling and while there is a lot of improvements needed and being made, we felt welcome and safe where ever we walked.. read more...


17/01/2018

Mischief - Santa Marta to San Blas

Hi FolksWe set off from Santa Marta at 1200hrs today having only finished our repairs at midnight yesterday. Talk about last minute but the damaged mast track has been staightened and refitted. More importantly we have figured why it is happening so a small rigging alteration and change in procedure should prevent a repeat.We left the shelter of the harbour to be greeted by 30knts of wind and big seas. We reefed down and despite it being hard to move about the boat we are making good speed. We should be in the San Blas Islands in less than 2 days. They are meant to be stunning so we are all really looking forward to it.Just as we were getting used to be at sea again we caught an enormous Wahoo, we estimated it to be 50lb in weight which took all of us to drag it over the rail. After well. read more...


17/01/2018

Blue Pearl - Surprise Surprise...!

Here we are in Santa Marta, Columbia, 10 days after the start of the Rally and we have already retired from the event once and rejoined it again. Not many boats can claim that accomplishment...!We also proudly arrived in Santa Marta , the destination of leg 1, as the last boat in and with one fewer crew aboard than we started with. Who could have known.So, what happened? Well as the health of our crew always comes first we decided to take a detour to Aruba to allow Laurie to recover from a particularly strenuous first three Rally days with boisterous seas but, more importantly, some ailments that don't combine well with passage making. She is in Miami now, doing well and is planning to rejoin us in Panama City.Aruba was an experience. We had arrived in the dark, found a reef to anchor. read more...


17/01/2018

Lexington - CaptainBob:1/17/2018

We have arrived in St Helena early this morning at 08:40 local time 03:40 time in Lexington. We are waiting for customers to come to our boat. Then we will go In town to do immigration. It should be easy in that we have all the forms given to us by World Cruising and we have completed them. We will have a couple of functions here and do a tour or two. More to followI am attaching a couple of photos May fair winds fill your sails with islands visited not exiled to!Bobimage2 image1. read more...


Lexington - CaptainBob:1/17/2018
Lexington - CaptainBob:1/17/2018
Lexington - CaptainBob:1/17/2018
Lexington - CaptainBob:1/17/2018
16/01/2018

Air Power - Jan 10-11

Drinking rum before 10:00 am in high seas is nuts. Unless you want to throw up. Not a bad way to attract sharks if none of your lures are working. The trek heading west, taking Air Power just north of the ABC Islands, (Aruba, Bonaire, & Caracaou) was pretty fun. We had been cruising in the 8-10 knot range. Depending on whether you are on the the back side of the wave climbing up, or surfing down the face. Many of the waves pushing us along were around 10 feet, with an occasional one, reaching 15 ft. We were glad they were going with us. It's nice to catch up with the fleet after falling behind. Cruising short handed (just 2 of us) keeps us sailing conservatively. If the skies are full of puffy clouds, we have to assume some of them are going to provide us with squall conditions. read more...


16/01/2018

Lexington - Captain Bob: 1/16/2018 17*11'south. 4*17'west

St Helena is 115 miles ahead. It is a beautiful sunny day with 16 knots of wind and 6.5 knots of boat speed. We anticipate being in St Helena around noon tomorrow.From there we will have an even longer leg to Salvado da Bahia Brazil. It is hard to believe that we are as far along as we are. I am going to have to digest the whole trip after I get home and reread my blogs. I am going to have to do a lot of studying to finally figureit all out. It sure has opened my eyes to a lot but it has not given me the understanding that I probably need. It is so much easier to be back home on the farm. I am truly trying to figure out what I am going to do with the rest of my life. I have made a few list of very short term low priority goals like getting the weeds out of the garden and some long term. read more...


15/01/2018

Mad Monkey - Bob the Marlin Desperate to Join MAD MONKEY Crew !!!

Bob the Marlin Desperate to Join MAD MONKEY Crew!!! After fishing for only 1 hour, Bob the Marlin washooked. It took 35 minute to land and 3 days to eat !!! Estimated weight around 80-100Lbs   Mark Chatfield - SKIPPER  4928. read more...


Mad Monkey - Bob the Marlin Desperate to Join MAD MONKEY Crew !!!
Mad Monkey - Bob the Marlin Desperate to Join MAD MONKEY Crew !!!
15/01/2018

Mad Monkey - Why it Tales Half an Hour to Jibe

Circumnavigating is hard work as clearly seen here bythe Mad Monkey crew  !!! Thus it's 'Why it Takes Half an Hour toJibe'   Mark Chatfield - SKIPPER  AD16. read more...


Mad Monkey - Why it Takes Half an Hour to Jibe
Mad Monkey - Why it Takes Half an Hour to Jibe
15/01/2018

Skyelark of London - 4. St Helena Ahoy

4. St Helena ahoyBefore Skyelark left Cape Town there was a get together for those in the ARC 'fleet'. The party continued in the bar of the Cape Grace Hotel afterwards. The evening strangely is a blur, meeting interesting people -mainly 'more mature', from everywhere, and great conversations. So it is hard for me to put names of people to boats. Although not a race as all the boats are different lengths, shapes and sizes, there is a bit of a handicap system so we all know roughly where we should come. On paper Skyelark should come about 7th of the 11 - but Dan likes to punch above his weight. Speedy Russian Arabela,30 miles ahead, is the fastest - having to get to St Helena 15 hours before Skyelark to truly win! On Owl, 'Bill, from my home patch of the UK north east, is 20 miles behind. read more...


14/01/2018

Shepherd Moon - Paddington Bear land (or continent, at least)

We've sailed to Colombia, near neighbour of deepest, darkest Peru. That sounds a lot more exciting than we've sailed to Saint Lucia. The past 24 hours have been a rollercoaster ride. The seas pile up in this corner of the Caribbean Sea and so we've been surfing down big, steep waves, which is great for our speed if not our nerves. Unfortunately, Eddy, a close friend of Equatorial Current, did take offence at our faux pas over the name and has been doing his best to push us back the way we came.You'll be pleased to hear that we were too busy yesterday to spend much time fretting about colour-coordinated sailing attire; instead we spent the day changing sails. We even managed to get the mainsail up for the first time since we broke it leaving Cape Verde nearly two months ago. A bit like a. read more...


13/01/2018

Taurus - Ankunft in Santa Marta

Donnerstag 11.01.2018Am späten Mittwochabend briste gegen 23:30 plötzlich unerwartet der Wind auf 35 Knoten auf. Unser Skipper Wolfgang entschied unter diesen Umständen über Nacht lieber ein Reff in das Grossegel zu machen. Vielleicht kamen ja nun doch noch die angekündigten 35 - 40 Knoten Wind mit den 6 Metern Welle. Die Etappe von St. Lucia nach Santa Maria ist bekannt als die schwierigste und anstrengendste Strecke der gesamten World Arc mit starken Wind und hohem Wellengang. Bislang hatten wir davon jedoch nichts abbekommen.In dieser Erwartungshaltung starteten wir unser Manöver das zweite Reff zu setzen. Das Arbeiten auf dem Vorschiff war bei 35 Knoten Wind im stockdunkeln nicht ganz einfach. Alle vier Mann wurden an Deck benötigt für dieses Manöver. Dennoch lief das Ganze leider. read more...


13/01/2018

Shepherd Moon - Pride comes before a fall

Thankfully the Equatorial current is very forgiving and hasn't gone off in a sulk just because we called it by the wrong name in yesterday's blog. It has continued to whisk us along westwards at a couple of knots, helping us achieve a noon-to-noon run of 179 nautical miles. The sea has lost the glorious electric blue of the mid-Atlantic and is now more grey-blue, with splashes of white where the waves over steepen and tumble in on themselves. It's still very beautiful in it's own way.The big news from yesterday is that Jacob and I had showers and so we are both squeaky clean. That also meant new pants for me, this time with a rather fetching maroon waste band that happens to match the maroon belt on my sailing shorts. Perhaps I took a little too much pleasure in my colour-coordinated. read more...


13/01/2018

Skyelark of London - 3. Birthday Kite

3. The Birthday Kite'Fish'.'Fish' Went the excited cries. Having not got off watch until 6am,I jerk awake and quickly bend double to get out of my bunk, no mean feat,and rush on deck to see Dan reeling in another tuna!Dan is 36 today (12thJanuary). Dan is a mature, quiet, safety conscious man but there are timeswhen the little boy within is apparent - this is one of them;he must havebeen a very engaging, possibly quite demanding,toddler! He was literallybouncing with joy. It promised to be a memorable day.The fish was duly gutted and cleaned and with our breakfast bacon and eggsandwiches in hand, we sit down to discuss the day. The wind is behind us at12 to 16 knots, the sea is relatively steady, the sky is over cast and thetemperature a perfect 28 degrees. A good days sailing beckons.It. read more...


13/01/2018

Lexington - Captain Bob: 23*22' south. 03*12'east. 675 miles to St Helena. 1/13/2018

We are progressing at a reasonable pace. Our wind has been of 8-12 knots If we were more industrious we would fly a asymmetrical spinnaker. We are spoiled with the simplicity of our twin head sails and always hopeful for slightly better wind. It is 05:30 nearing the end of my watch and I have 12-13 knots and 7-7.5 knots of boat speed. I just finished Hillary Clinton's book, WHAT HAPPENED. After paying a lot of attention to the campaign I am surprised that I read it. I honestly do not know how much I got out of it and I do not know enough to distinguish the bias points. I do know that I think we can improve our political process. I did not vote for Trump but I acknowledge that he was elected and should be given a fair trial at serving. I sure am glad we have checks and balances and. read more...


Taurus - Ankunft in Santa Marta
Taurus - Ankunft in Santa Marta
12/01/2018

IceBear - Phil the Flying Fish

Oh Two Hundred, as I drag my arse on watch feeling tired and sorry for my self, I meet Phil in the cockpit - dead!  Well, things could be worse for me.  Phil and I share the common fate of burial at sea - no, Phil will not suffer the indignity of becoming bait, of having a steel hook thrust thru the brain.  Not this fish, not Phil.  He will lay in state on my make shift grill alter until my watch is over, and then re-committed to the deep - Davy Jones Locker.  His name makes a nice alliteration and his story is one of humility.IMG_2118. IMG_2121.. read more...


IceBear - Phil the Flying Fish
IceBear - Phil the Flying Fish
IceBear - Phil the Flying Fish
IceBear - Phil the Flying Fish
12/01/2018

Shepherd Moon - Pants day

We have made excellent progress over the past 24 hours. Between noon yesterday and noon today we have covered 170 miles, compared to the miserly 110 miles per day we averaged across the Atlantic. Picture a finely tuned crew, constantly tweaking sheets and grinding winches, eking out an extra tenth of a knot here and there - that wouldn't be Shepherd Moon. Picture instead the skipper lounging in the cockpit in just his pants. Not, I hasten to add, common-or-garden pants, but high spec technical pants. Even so, it wasn't a pretty sight. An early morning squall was to blame (which also explains why I was wearing pyjamas in the cockpit when we were pooped by a greybeard). My shorts and T-shirt took all day to dry in the 80%+ relative humidity, but my clever technical pants dried. read more...



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