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21/03/2019

Danica I - Log Day 15- Thursday, March 21, 2019 - Happy Spring

Log Day 15- Thursday, March 21, 2019 - Happy Spring Afternoon Report - Wednesday - 12:00- 18:00o Wind: 10 knots -6-7 knots of speedo Sails: Genoa poled on port and Code Zero on starboard o Sunny afternoon, calm seas, light windo Laundry day/ birds in the sky and a fish that got awayNight Watch - 18:00 - 06:00o Wind: 10-15 knots, sailing 6- 7 knotso Sails: Genoa and Code Zeroo 1.5m seas - beautiful moon and the stars, calm seasMorning report- Thursday- 06:00-12:00o Winds: 10-15 knots - sailing 6-8 knotso Sails: Genoa - Code Zero- WOW o The fishing lines are in the water- no mahi-mahi or tuna yeto 12:00 - Distance measured by SOW - 2586 NM (161 NM - day 15). read more...


21/03/2019

Charm - Marquesas Day 15 part 2

When we had 100 miles to go, John asked for our predictions on when we would sight land.Joe said that at 0 miles, he was 100% sure we would see it.John was closest with his guess of 40 miles.At 42 to go, he saw land clearly on the horizon.We now have about 25 to go to cross the finish line.After crossing, we have a few more miles to go before reaching the anchorage.Nica just wrote and said there anchorage is very crowded with poor holding and they advise against entering at night.We will be arriving around 12 am Marquesas time so may have to kill time if we don’t feel like we can find a good spot tonight.We do have a full moon which may give us the light we need.It was worth being out here one more night for the spectacular sky show we had.You can see the gorgeous sunset that went on and. read more...


Charm - Marquesas Day 15 part 2
Charm - Marquesas Day 15 part 2
21/03/2019

Charm - Marquesas Day 15 part 1

I’m not sure how many photos I can send at once so I’m doing this in two parts.This part is to show that Joe does actually sleep and that I actually do help with the boat side of things.This part is also a plug for our friend, business partner, and frequent Charm crew member, Tim Bruns.Joe is wearing a Wadi Climbing shirt that Tim gave him.Tim is the co-founder of Wadi Climbing, the first climbing gym in Palestine.He is currently in Ramallah, working on a guidebook for Palestinian climbing.I know they had planned to launch a crowdfunding campaign in mid-March.Go to wadiclimbing.com to find out more.Tim and Will (other founder) have done great things for the Palestinian people via the sport of climbing and Tim will put any donations to very good use.image1 image2. read more...


Charm - Marquesas Day 15 part 1
Charm - Marquesas Day 15 part 1
Charm - Marquesas Day 15 part 1
Charm - Marquesas Day 15 part 1
21/03/2019

Endo 2 - noch 800 Seemeilen

French Polynesien ruft - noch ca. 800 Seemeilen bis zum Ziel. Und das erste Boot der Flotte ist schon da "Glückwunsch!! an die NICA" -- wir werden etwas länger brauchen. Aber was soll's auch wir werden ankommen.Uns geht es gut und inzwischen überwiegt der blaue Himmel und Sonnenschein. Es scheint auch wärmer geworden zu sein. Wir segeln gemächlich Richtung Ziel, leider rollt das Schiff hin und wieder recht ordentlich, denn der Wind und die Welle kommen von achtern.Allmählich fangen wir an Pläne zu schmieden - welche Inseln wir besuchen wollen. Doch letztlich hängt alles vom Ankunftsdatum ab, denn für den 3. April ist ein ARC Treffen auf Nuku Hiva vorgesehen; da müssen wir dabei sein.Kaputt ist inzwischen auch schon wieder etwas und zwar ein recht wichtiges Teil, das Seeventil unseres. read more...


20/03/2019

Danica I - Log Day 14- Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - Sailing Code 0 through the calm night

Log Day 14- Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - Sailing Code 0 through the calm nightAfternoon Report - Tuesday - 12:00- 18:00o Wind: 10-12knots -5 knots of speedo Sails: Main-1R/Genoa - wing-on-wing - changed to Genoa and Code 0 at 17:00o Sunny afternoon, calm seas, light windNight Watch - 18:00 - 06:00o Sails: Genoa and Code 0-wing-on-windo Wind: 10-15 knots, sailing 6- 7 knotso 1.5m seas - beautiful moon and the stars, calm seasMorning report- Wednesday - 06:00-12:00o Winds: 10-14 knots - sailing 7-8 knotso Sails: Genoa - Code 0- wing-on-wing o Seas are rocky again with high waves from two directionso The fishing lines are in the water- no mahi-mahi or tuna yeto 12:00 - Distance measured by SOW - 2425 NM (158 NM - day 14). read more...


20/03/2019

Timshel - Brazil to Grenada Day13

Another great moonlit sail overnight, one reef in the main for comfort.Now have 46 miles to go to the compulsory waypoint off Tobago and making 8 + knots SOG on a beam to broad reach - must be in favourable current again!It's also our fastest point of sail.After that it's another 80 or so miles, but we will expect to slow down considerably as we turn downwind after the waypoint to head for Grenada, nit sure what the current will do but we should get her sometime tomorrow.. read more...


20/03/2019

Charm - Marquesas - Day 14

What a day!Highs and lows, ups and downs, births and deaths.Ok - the births didn’t actually happen today but it makes for a more dramatic opening.Let’s start with births.A couple of days ago, in what I’m guessing might be a first for a Pacific crossing, we hatched twin Hatchimals!!Yes, apparently these overpriced toys with minimal play value found their way on board.I’m sure they were stowaways because what parent in her right mind would buy such a thing?In any case, they emerged just in time to hatch.They are swaddled in blankets and have found a nesting spot in our room on the desk I just cleared of other unwanted items.Deaths?Well, we discovered another flying fish and I found the head of a very small crab on top of a toy box.So we’ll count those.But the real death was that of our. read more...


Charm - Marquesas - Day 14
Charm - Marquesas - Day 14
Charm - Marquesas - Day 14
Charm - Marquesas - Day 14
19/03/2019

Tintin - Day 13

The last few days have given us blue skies with scattered fluffy cumulus clouds by day, and brilliant moonshine at night as the moon waxes towards full. The wind has been pretty steady in direction from the ESE, blowing mainly at 12-24 knots day and night, for the last 1500 miles. Amazing.Today we are trying a new sail format, trying to maximise our speed in relatively light downwind airs. The stingray is flying from the bow and we have the full mainsail up too. We had thought the main might blanket the stingray and make it collapse - but it isn't. Both sails are billowing and we are making 7 knots through the water with only 9 knots of apparent wind. The skipper is very happy. So are the crew. Go Tintin!This is day 13 of the crossing and it is becoming clear to us what really counts as. read more...


Tintin - Day 13
Tintin - Day 13
19/03/2019

Danica I - Log- Day 13- Change of Sail Configuration

Log Day 13- Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - We changed our sail configuration to wing-on- wing- sailing straight to Hiva -OaAfternoon Report - Monday - 12:00- 18:00o Wind: 15-18 knots -7-8 knotso Sails: Main-1R/Genoa - wing-on-wingo Sunny afternoon - rocky 2.5m seasNight Watch - 18:00 - 06:00o Sails: Main-1R/Genoa-wing-on-windo Wind: 15 knots, sailing 7 knotso 3m seas - another rocky night sail under starry skyMorning report- Tuesday - 06:00-12:00o Winds: 12 knots - sailing 5.5 knotso Sails: Main R1/ Genoa - WoW- o Tried spinnaker but was not better sail- changed back to WoWo 12:00 - Distance measured by SOW - 2267 NM (160 NM - day 13). read more...


19/03/2019

Timshel - Brazil to Grenada Day 12

It got quieter yesterday wind less and from further aft so slower progress, guess you can't expect to go on at 7+ knots SOG for ever. Beautiful moonlit night - almost full - wind picked up and course closer to wind due to westerly current, so great sailing overnight under all 3 white sails.Several boats have already arrived at Grenada, several more will get there by tonight, we have less than 300 nm to go.. read more...


19/03/2019

Charm - Marquesas Day 13

Another beautiful day on the Pacific.Still sailing with the spinnaker up so the luck of the Irish (or maybe Scottish?) is holding.We made a strategic choice to try to hold to the rhumb line rather than going north to get a better wind angle as other boats have done.If we had any hope of catching Nica, that was our only option as we couldn’t beat them by following them.The race isn’t over yet but they are flying their horse spinnaker and have the ideal wind angle for their boat so it will be tough.Yesterday we thought we had gained significant ground on them but then we realized that the position reports we were getting were not updating Nica’s position.Suddenly, they moved 60 miles in three hours and we saw the problem.For some reason, their position wasn’t updating so it looked like we. read more...


Charm - Marquesas Day 13
Charm - Marquesas Day 13
Charm - Marquesas Day 13
Charm - Marquesas Day 13
18/03/2019

Cassiopée W - Log for 17 March 2019 - There’s always a catch

English to follow belowLog du 17 Mars 2019 - À s’y PrendreFaites très attention à ce que vous souhaitez. Nous en étions à notre quatrième prises. Tout ce que nous voulions était un beau petit thon qui nous donnerait assez de viande pour un ou deux repas. Mon capitaine rêvait à l’idée de le déguster en sashimi avec gingembre frais, sauce de soya, poivre noir, un peu d’oignon finement tranché et une touche d’huile de sésame. La routine du matin s’installât donc dans le bateau. Depuis quelques matins, Donald mettait les lignes à l’eau tout en prenant son café, Jean François écoutait le net au SSB et je préparait mon petit-déjeuner à la fin de ce qui était mon quart. C’était un matin nuageux mais on savait que Le soleil allait éventuellement sortir et que la journée allait être ensoleillée.. read more...


Cassiopée W - Log for 17 March 2019 - There’s always a catch
Cassiopée W - Log for 17 March 2019 - There’s always a catch
18/03/2019

Danica I - Log Day 12- We crossed the 2000 NM mark

Log Day 12- Monday, March 18, 2019 - We crossed the 2000 NM mark - 1000 NM to goAfternoon Report - Monday - 12:00- 18:00o Wind: 15-18 knots -7-8 knotso Sails: Main-1R/Genoa -1Ro Sunny afternoon - rocky 2.5m seasNight Watch - 18:00 - 06:00o Sails: Main-1R/Genoa-1Ro Wind: 18-20 knots, sailing 8 knotso 3m seas - another rocky night sail under starry skyMorning report- Tuesday - 06:00-12:00o Winds: 15-20 knots - sailing 8 knotso Sails: Main R1/ Genoa o Sunny morning/ dozen flying fish on the trampolineo 12:00 - Distance measured by SOW - 2107 NM (184 NM - day 11). read more...


18/03/2019

Timshel - Brazil to Grenada day 11

No rain for three days now but getting hotter and more humid.Flying fish on deck and seeking refuge in aft heads sink!! Heads fix in Devils Island holding up but electric holding tank toilet electrice have given up.Still a lot of Sargasso weed in the water but tow generator working well. Both of our colds slowly improving but making us quite tired on the two watch system. Making good progress towards destination with beam winds and current still with us.. read more...


18/03/2019

Charm - Marquesas Day 12

Charm is sailing like her name at the moment.If St. Patrick’s Day has brought us the luck of the Irish, that will continue all night.We had more fun putting the spinnaker up and down today.The sock (thing that makes the sail easier to deploy) wasn’t working and Joe wanted the repaired part of the sail on the opposite side so we took the sail down and removed the sock and flipped the sail.Without the sock, the spinnaker is far more unwieldy.We started to put it up again but an unfortunate twist and the bowsprit conspired against us and we got another rip in the sail.As we were sewing on another cannibalized piece from our other spinnaker as a patch, John and I decided that, like most temperamental creatures, this spinnaker just needed more attention.Now, after having been raised and. read more...


Charm - Marquesas Day 12
Charm - Marquesas Day 12
17/03/2019

Danica I - Log- Day 11- More rocking over big waves

Log Day 11- Sunday, March 17, 2019 - Rocky Sailing in 3+ m seasAfternoon Report - Saturday - 12:00- 18:00o Wind: 18-20 knots -SE - lovely sailing at 8 knotso Sails: Main-1R/Genoa- 1Ro Sunny afternoonNight Watch - 18:00 - 06:00o Sails: Main-1R/Genoa - 1Ro Wind: 20- 23 knots, sailing 7-8 knotso 3m seas - rocky night sail under starry skiesMorning report- Sunday - 06:00-12:00o Winds: 18-20 knots - sailing 8-9 knotso Sails: Main R1/ Genoa R1o Seas are getting more turbulent. 3m+ waves from 2 different directions making for a sporty sailo 12:00 - Distance measured by SOW - 1923NM (186 NM - day 11). read more...


17/03/2019

Timshel - Brazil to Grenada Day 9 and 10

We arrived at the Devils Is finish line at 22.49 and were anchored behind the rest of the fleet at Ile Royale by 23.40, a quick belated celebration of crossing the equator again and for arriving then for well deserved sleep.In the morning we found someone had parked a city just off our starboard side - a large Dutch cruise ship, and by this time many of our rally companions had already set off or were just setting off again.Really 24 hours is not long enough for a stopover.We went through the list of jobs, unfortunately the water speed log could not be sorted by fiddling with the connections this time, presume we need a new transducer, but the other stuff got done and we dried the boat out in the warm sunshine.Anita had a quick swim, but this was not ideal with the strong tide running. read more...


17/03/2019

Charm - Marquesas - Day 11

I felt like I was witnessing the answer to a riddle - there’s a dead body at the bottom of the stairs.All the doors and windows are closed.What happened?There would need to be a bit more information to make it a good riddle but you get the idea.The answer to this one is a bit murky for me and I was there.I found a flying fish at the base of the stairs inside the boat.We have found them in some pretty unusual places but his one is at the top of the list.Maybe you can see it in the photo?It’s the little silver thing on the floor.Based on where it was, the only real explanation is that it jumped 12 feet out of the water and about the same distance horizontally, in an effort to clear the boat.On its trip through the air, it somehow managed to slip through the 4 inch gap in the hatch in the. read more...


Charm - Marquesas - Day 11
Charm - Marquesas - Day 11
Charm - Marquesas - Day 11
Charm - Marquesas - Day 11
17/03/2019

Danica I - Log - Day 10- From Calm Night Sailing to a Sporty adventure

Log Day 10 - Saturday, March 16, 2019 - From nice overnight sailing to a sporty adventure Afternoon Report - Friday - 12:00- 18:00o Wind: 16 - 19 knots -SE - lovely sailing at 7 knotso Sails: Main-1R/Genoa-fullo Sunny afternoonNight Watch - 18:00 - 06:00o Sails: Main-1R/Genoao Wind: 18-20 knots, sailing 7-8 knotso Beautiful sailing under bright stars and moon o Flying fish on the trampoline- morning clean upMorning report- Saturday - 06:00-12:00o Winds: 20-25 knots - sailing 8-9 knotso Sails: Main R1/ Genoa R1o Seas are getting more turbulent. 3m+ waves from 2 different directions making for a sportsy sailo 12:00 - Distance measured by SOW - 1737NM (186 NM - day 10). read more...


16/03/2019

Cassiopée W - Log for 15 March 2019 - Halfway Point

Tonight is party time on-board. We left the Galápagos Islands 10 days ago and we have now reached the halfway point to the Marquesas. For the first time since we started this crossing, we had a drink for happy hour: a small glass of rum-tonic, quite fitting for the circumstances! We keep on fishing for the evening meal that is usually around 18h00, right after the evening SSB radio call to the fleet. Preparation for the meal starts around 17h00 as evening on-board takes a bit longer. That is the reality of a moving galley, bathroom, bedroom, etc.Breakfast is typically not as regimented since we all get up at different time, depending on our night shift schedule. There is also the compulsory daytime nap, necessary to catch up on sleep that is often fragmented. Just moving in sync with the. read more...


16/03/2019

Charm - Happy Birthday Jojo!

We are having trouble connecting via e-mail so want to be sure you receive your birthday wishes from John and the rest of the Charm crew.Happy Birthday!Thanks for lending us your husband - he is a delightful man and a fantastic sailor - we enjoy having him aboard!. read more...


16/03/2019

Charm - Marquesas - Day 10

Race fans - watch is closely.Tomorrow, if all goes as planned, we will fly the rainbow spinnaker again.The crew and skipper have been resting up but the comfort phase has ended and we are ready to take on Nica (leader boat) again.Unfortunately, she broke her boom vang a day or so ago.Bad things happen to good boats.Still, it’s a race and you race with what you’ve got.Today we celebrated with cupcakes because we have less than 1,000 miles to go.No major issues with the boat - Joe actually got to nap and prepare for the last third of the race.I was hand steering to do my part for the race effort so this is a short entry - must rest up and be ready to race!. read more...


Danica I - Day 6- After good grooming this Boobie is ready for a nap
Danica I - Day 6- After good grooming this Boobie is ready for a nap
Danica I - Day 2- Navigating among the Squalls
Danica I - Day 2- Navigating among the Squalls
Danica I - Day 1- Not all nice things come in small packages- look at those beautiful sails
Danica I - Day 1- Not all nice things come in small packages- look at those beautiful sails
Danica I - The World ARC set sails from Galapagos to Hiva -Oa
Danica I - The World ARC set sails from Galapagos to Hiva -Oa
Danica I - Catch of the nIght
Danica I - Catch of the nIght
15/03/2019

Misto - March 13-15 2019: A respite at Iles du Salut

March 14 was a grey and wet day as squall after squall came over. Some lasted almost 2 hours but most only brought wind in the mid 20’s.It was also very lumpy on a cat with wind chop and swell pretty much beam on. The last day of the passage saw relief from the squally weather as we exited the ITCZ, and the approach to Iles du Salut was fast with up to 3 knots of current. These pretty, palm edged islands have a checkered history as they housed the infamous French prison, which included Devils Island, that was active from the late 1800’s until 1947. It’s really nice to have a 24 hour stop over here to recuperate from the rigors of the last week. We enjoyed exploring the two islands that you are allowed to visit. Tonight we, along with most of the boats that are here, will be going for. read more...


15/03/2019

Danica I - Log - Day 9- We are Half Way to our Destination

Log Day 9 - Friday, March 15, 2019 - Over the Hump- We crossed the Half Way pointAfternoon Report - Thursday- 12:00- 18:00o Wind: 15-20 knots -SE - sailing 7-8 knotso Sails: Main-1R/Genoa-fullo Sunny day - Danica is drying outNight Watch - 18:00 - 06:00o Sails: Main-1R/Genoao Wind: 19-21 knots, sailing 8 knotso Sailing under bright stars and moon - lovelyo Flying fish on the trampoline- morning clean upMorning report- Friday - 06:00-12:00o Winds: 16-18 knots - sailing 7-8 knotso Sun is shining upon Danica and drying the dampnesso Sails: Main R1/ Genoa - fullo Glen on Danica was the Radio Net Controller todayo 12:00 - Distance measured by SOW - 1551NM (180 NM - day 9). read more...


15/03/2019

Timshel - Brazil to Grenada Day 8

Things seem to have settled down, much more peaceful and sun is out.We have gone more downwind to head for our finish at Iles Salut and Ile Diable (Devils Island), 77 miles to go.We have just crossed the border between Brazil and French Guyana and replaced the Brazilian courtesy flag with the French one.Luckily there are no rocket launches planned from the Kourou Space Centre in French Guyana until 22nd March.Unfortunately we will be arriving in the dark, will have to creep carefully around the south of the islands to get to the anchorage at Ile Royale.. read more...


15/03/2019

Charm - Marquesas Day 9

We have stars again!The moo is interfering with visibility somewhat but not nearly as much as the clouds were.We had great sailing weather today and it continues tonight.We’ve got 15-20 knots fairly consistently out of tune SE and are able to hold the rhumb line with the wind at 120 degrees.Joe told me today that the conditions are good for flying the spinnaker but that he’s too tired to deal with it.The gennaker is not nearly as high maintenance- more of a quarter horse to the spinnaker’s thoroughbred.Also, we’re happy with how things are going.We’re consistently in the 10-knot range which is quite acceptable.Sure, it would be nice to gain on Nica (the beautiful green German racing boat currently in the lead) but it’s also nice to enjoy the trip and not be stressed about sail changes,. read more...


Charm - Marquesas Day 9
Charm - Marquesas Day 9
15/03/2019

Charm - Teaching and getting taught

Cobin has been helping teach, to the delight of his sisters!Occasionally he gets to learn too.image3 image1 image2. read more...


Charm - Teaching and getting taught
Charm - Teaching and getting taught
Charm - Teaching and getting taught
Charm - Teaching and getting taught
Charm - Teaching and getting taught
Charm - Teaching and getting taught
07/12/2014

Take Off - Our first squall

Although the full moon lit our way so gently last night was quite unsmoothdue to wind changes all the time. We suspected several squalls so the spinnakerwent up and down all night in prevention. However we seemed everytime to “miss”them. This morning was a grey morning, no sunrise from the sea and heavy cloudsahead of us. However the heavy clouds were all along the horizon so we thoughtit was just normal rain. We sailed through it, got a bit wet, the wind wassteady and we thought this was smooth. The wind started to blow stronger and wasup to 30 knots when it then dropped gently down to 17 knots. And from nowhere astrong wind hit the boat, Jörgen stearing had difficulties in answering the windand the broach was inevitable. And then came the real rain – just like pouringhundreds of. read more...


15/03/2019

Endo 2 - Südseefeeling

Heute scheint die Sonne - endlich. Gleich ist alles viel freundlicher, blauer Himmel blaues Wasser...und Wind. So stelle ich mir den Pazifik vor und nicht wie gestern.Gestern war ein grauer Tag mit Regen und zwischendurch auch Flaute; obwohl wir nicht viel Regen abbekommen im Gegensatz zu anderen Seglern. Nun haben wir die ersten 1000 Meilen auf dem Weg zu den Marquesas geschafft - die restlichen 2000 werden wir hoffentlich auch noch bewältigen.Wau und wir haben unseren ersten Fisch auf diesem Törn gefangen und abends gleich verspeist. Es war eine kleine Goldmakrele, zwar klein, doch in Meer zurück werfen konnten wir sie nicht, der Haken hatte eine zu tiefe Wunde gerissen. Geschmeckt hat sie sehr gut.Nun harren wir der Dinge und genießen den Sonnenschein.tschüssENDO 2. read more...



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