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26/07/2017

Timshel - Vanuatu to Australia Day 7

More ships going past.Just because there is a shipping lane marked on the charts doesn't mean the ships are in it!Contrary winds today (Chris says it is because of high pressure) and died away mid-morning so ended up motoring for a couple of hours.Luckily it came back and able to set sail again particularly trying for us as electronic autopilot doesn't work.Tried to set up old Autohelm 1000 tiller pilot to drive Hydrovane, but a critical piece came detached (a failure of the bonding) and fell into the ocean so that was that.Cloudy day , but cleared by evening, wonderful stars and a moon again (waxing crescent) at least for the first few hours.Some of the boats have already finished, we are still plodding on.After the finish line theres still the Hydrographers passage through the reef to. read more...


26/07/2017

Jambo - Ducks in a row

Interesting approach to St Petersburg Jambo asked to get 8 boats in fleet B together for a co ordinated entrance Who says these ARC folk can't get their ducks in line ! Enough to drive you quackers me thinksIMG_0767. read more...


Jambo - Ducks in a row
Jambo - Ducks in a row
25/07/2017

Timshel - Vanuatu to Australia Day 6

Hand steered most of the day as awkward angle for Hydravane.Towards late afternoon wind got up - or rather the gusts became continuous so we carreered along for a bit as Steve was having a sleep, then reefed down.Now possible to set up Hydra to steer - easier with a lot more wind and reefed sails? - or is her less of a cross swell?Muchbetter anyway.Closeish encounter with Xin Ning Bo 919 ft, at least they answered their VHF and did manage to miss us.Now less than 200 nm to go to Australia (the Barrier Reef anyway).Australia - the promised land!Where there will be shops, supermarkets, chandleries, boat yards, launderettes - and kangaroos, wallabies, Koala bears, Duck-billed Platypus - also the Dunni spider (poisonous), Box jellyfish, saltwater crocodiles - according to Steve's trivia. read more...


24/07/2017

Timshel - Vanuatu to Australia Day 5

Another quiet day for us, plodding along.Decide to try going wing and wing with poled out yankee overnight as Hydra can steer better.This means we are heading a bit to far downwind, but at least our course is steadier without so many swoops up and down.VMG is quite good and we have 370 miles to go anyway.Aint Fancy reported on morning net that their engine is broken (again - it was just fixed in Vanuatu) so they will be short of power.Cesarina gallantly set off to look for them and is now standing by, also Lexington is close, but on evening net they reported that they have a fix for the problem.Take Off also does not have an engine due to a cooling problem I think.We still haven't seen any whales, we did sail through a flock of seabirds (some sort of Booby) so here must have been. read more...


24/07/2017

Aurora Polaris - 24. Juli 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Nåhar vi gjort en slags vareopptelling, og funnet ut at vi har en del kjøtt igjensom må spises. Vi har antakelig to dager igjen av seilasen mot Australia, og nåtakket generatoren for seg. Enten trenger den ny impellar, eller så er deralvorligere ting på gang. Vet ikke om det er nevnt før, men nå seiler vi utenkjøleskap, vannmaker og generator! Kapteinen er ikke lysten på å gå i gang medreparasjoner undervegs, for endelig har kaptinnen fravristet ham hemmelighetenom hvorfor han klarer seg så bra på havet uten å bli sjøsyk. Det handler både omvilje, og å sitte i ro og la kaptinnen ta seg av alle ærender som handler om åbevege seg rundt i båten under seilas. Så nå vet alle det!Nå er han igang med carbonaralaging, for han hadde så skrekkelig lyst på det, og det lagerikke kaptinnen!Vi beveger. read more...


24/07/2017

Aurora Polaris - 22.-23.. Juli 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Vi seiler fortsatt, og vi gjør bra framgang. Ligger ikkelenger først, for nå har Arabela tatt forbi. Han vant de fleste premiene overAtlanteren, og er ei hard nøtt for oss. Kapteinen heter Sergej, og eieren erAndrej. De er noen hyggelige karer, begge russere. Hver gang Sergej tar over,skyter Arabela fart. Andrej var litt bekymret for om han hadde nok rosévin framtil Australia. «Hæ, drikker du vin når dere seiler?» «Det er ikke vodka», skjøthan beroligende inn, så det skulle ikke være noen fare! Når vi andre rever,benytter de anledningen og seiler forbi. Nå har kapteinen lagt seg, og kaptinnenstyrer skipet. Vinden ligger på mellom 10 -13 knop fra sørøst, og vi har en fartpå ca.7kn SOG.Disse to dagene har vært nokså like. Vi har gjort unna endel sjømil, men seiler ikke med direkte medvind. read more...


24/07/2017

Aurora Polaris - 21. Juli 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Utovernatta stilnet vinden, og vi har gått på motor store deler av dagen. Vinden harsnudd fra å være midt på nesen i går, til rett bakfra i dag. Regner med at dener tilbake til min vakt igjen, i alle fall er det slik det pleier åvære!Nå gjelder det å finne fram mat vi må spise opp før vi nårAustralia. Det gjelder stort sett frisk frukt/grønt, frø/nøtter og kjøttmat.Likevel var det fisken jeg tok fram i dag. Det er jo fredag, og da spiser jegfisk! Gammel vane vond å vende. Vi vet begge at det vi ikke nå klarer å spise,blir haimat. (Eller så må matkontrollen ta den med seg for å destruere.) Jeg harsagt at jeg heller vil spise frukt og grønt enn å ete all brødmaten, så fårkapteinen ta seg av den! (Brødmat var visst heller ikke noe problem.) Det som nålikevel gjelder, er at vi skal hjem, og. read more...


24/07/2017

Aurora Polaris - 20. Juli 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Pågrunn av tidevannet, gikk vi ut av havna et par timer før start av leg 7. Velute av revet som omgir Efata Island, fikk vi nok en overraskelse. Da vi kom innher, var det opprørt hav, og nå er det blikkstille. Vi har gått på motor i entime nå, og bryr oss egentlig ikke så mye om det. Det er nesten vindstille, ognå er det viktigere for oss å komme fram, enn å vinne enkonkurranse.Utpå ettermiddagen økte vinden på, og vi kunne til slutt slåav motoren helt. På min vakt gikk det så det «kvein» rundt ørene. Vinden låmellom 15-17 knop, på tvers, så vi fikk god fart! Jeg justerte seilene littinnimellom når jeg syntes det gikk for seint.Vi forsøkte å få tak isvigerfar der hjemme, for 20.juli fyller han år. Dessverre virker ikkesatelittelefonen vår så godt i det sørlige stillehavet, så vi måtte gi. read more...


24/07/2017

Aurora Polaris - 19. Juli 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Utsjekk igjen! Den ble foretatt på formiddagen. Etterpåvar det dronetrening for kapteinene på Aurora Polaris og Ashia. Ashia haddebestilt en helt lik vår, og den kommer til Australia om en ukes tid når deresdatter kommer på ferie til dem. Dermed måtte de finne ut hvordan de skullehåndtere den. De fikk tatt noen fine bilder fra havna, slik at vi kan se båteneovenfra.Proviantering igjen – denne gangen med merkelapp fra Australiaeller New Zealand, slik at vi ikke må kaste alt når vi kommer fram. Mestepartenav det vi kjøpte var langtidsholdbart.Om kvelden hadde vi middag på en fin restaurant vis avis der vi lå til kai. De kan virkelig mat her på Vanuatu. Vi fikk servert delekreste retter. Det er ingen grunn til å la være å feriere her, for alle deresom trodde at Fransk Polynesia eller Fiji. read more...


24/07/2017

Aurora Polaris - 18. Juli 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Terjeble med 12 andre dykkere på dykkertur i morges. Jeg ble i båten, og så komtollvesenet for den siste innsjekken på Vanuatu. Det viste seg at vi egentligikke var helt innsjekket likevel. Da var det jo godt at jeg var her!Omkvelden var det pricegiving (prisutdeling) for de som hadde utmerket seg på noevis. Her er både priser for moroskyld og for de raskeste båtene. Denne gangenfikk vi 3.pris for vår klasse båt. Det var et koselig kjøkkenhåndkle medVanuatu’s alarmclocks (haner) på, og ei sjokoladeplate.#end. read more...


23/07/2017

Timshel - Vanuatu to Australia Day 4

Good progress again but wind up and down and direction varying too - sometimes on a60 deg close reach sometimes 120 deg broad reach.Hydra will steer both these but difficult to get set up in between - or perhaps it is the waves pushing us about.Also doing what Emma on Cesarina (I think) referred to as Hokey-Cokey with the sails - in, out shake it all about (as the wind changes).Trying to keep up at least 6 knots or more, hand steering when necessary, we are undoubtedly last in the fleet, but it would be nice to make the finish before the closing deadline, and possibly even clear customs on Friday and not have to pay the 80 dollar overtime.We are managing to just about cook but only a small flame available and forget about having 2 burners on at once so it takes a while, rather envious. read more...


23/07/2017

Lexington - 7/23/2017 Passage to Australia

It is 04:00 and I am on watch. We are making really good progress for a sail boat. We have 15-19 knots of wind from the southeast which is allowing us to make about 7 knots most of the day. That gives us a moderately bumpy ride but good time and no one has vomited. Beth is queasy at times. We are at 161 degrees east. We started at 60 degrees west. That means we have done 139 degrees out of the 360 degrees we will need to complete. It is a long ass trip for an old farm boy who is a homebody. We have two long legs where we will tick off a lot of degrees. Crossing the Indian Ocean and the South Atlantic Ocean will add a lot of degrees. I am looking forward to Australia and the Great Barrier Reef. I am trying to read some while sailing to know where to go and what to see. We could probably. read more...


22/07/2017

Jambo - Dancing on the street

How I stopped John from joining in with the dancing required my fullskippers powers Much debate today about the winds over the next few days and the forecast seems to change quicklyCrew change over the next 24 hours soJambowill be ready to press on on MondayPhilipIMG_0765. read more...


Jambo - Dancing on the street
Jambo - Dancing on the street
22/07/2017

Timshel - Vanuatu to Australia Day 3

Good progress with stronger winds and reach during the day.Shark (towed charger) now making power with the increased speed, with this and wind charger batteries up to 100% by afternoon despite cloudy day reducing the solar input.Arrived at waypoint N of d'Entreceux Reef at time of evening roll call then hardened up onto course for Finish line at Hydrographers passage.Instructions say MUST pass within 5nm of waypoint, but looking at positions one yacht maybe taking the pass through the reef instead.Of course on the last leg all but one boat took an alternate reef passage to the recommended one, but there was no MUST in that instruction.Hydra steering nicely on the new course, wind freed a bit.If this continues maybe we will make the closing time which would be good, also to get in on. read more...


22/07/2017

Sea The Stars - log day 4

All gets a bit silly but fun…… never played with flags before unlike Sara on the rally from Moonshiner of Fermain who used to MAKE flags! SAM_9615. read more...


22/07/2017

Lexington - In Search Of....

Bob asked Terry and I to send you some words about our experience on Lexington in the Pacific to post to the blog, here goes... "There is a giant tropical Towery (sp?) tree deep in the forests of the island of Erromango in the Vanuatu archipelago. At least that is what I am led to believe , for I have only seen a bit of its canopy from a distance. Early one morning last week Mick and Helen (of Owl), Terry, and I set out with our local guide Gilchrist in search of this tree and found that like so much of life it was not the destination of this storied tree that we would treasure but the journey we would have in search of it. Over roads, rural tracks, up hills, and across ridge lines of barren red clay we learned from Gilchrist of the people and places that make Vanuatu a special place in. read more...


21/07/2017

Jambo - Cheers

Got to Tallinn after a good sail- much relief that we only had to motor for a few hours Was caught in a moment of weakness testing the local brew - off to eat some reindeer steaks later IMG_0755. read more...


Sea The Stars - log day 4
Sea The Stars - log day 4
22/07/2017

Timshel - Vanuatu to Australia Day 2

Gentle sailing for most of the day wing and wing with the pole but at least we are sailing if rather slowly.Later wind came round again so that we are on a reach, with 3 white sails (main, yankee, staysail) and making much better progress.Good sunset with green flash.Shame we dont have a moon for this passage.By morning had to reef, difficult to get the hydravane to steer in these conditions as a small difference in heading or wind strength alters the apparent wind so much.Cooker is still sort of working and we can find no leaks, everything e.g boiling the kettle takes ages and probably not strong enough to use oven or pressurize the pressure cooker. Just about to try making stove top bread.. read more...


Jambo - Cheers
Jambo - Cheers
21/07/2017

Lexington - Leg to Australia

We left Port Vila yesterday morning. We have had moderately lighter winds but comfortable sailing for our new crew. The winds are likely to build to 15 knots for the remainder of the trip. Hopefully we will have a speedy transit to Mackay, Australia. My next task is to read what we have for learning about the Great Barrier Reef. That is my biggest fault in that I did not read and study enough. Hopefully I will have some good photos later in the trip. Bob. read more...


21/07/2017

Jambo - Morning in Tallinn

Beautiful morningat the marina with Tallinn old town in the background Last day with Jay and Edgey so off to have a good snoop aroundMarina a good example of post war communist architecture and built for the OlympicsIMG_0742. read more...


Jambo - Morning in Tallinn
Jambo - Morning in Tallinn
21/07/2017

Timshel - Port Vila, Efate

Most did the 80 mile trip overnight as you had to get in before 16.00 to get moored on the dock at the Yachting World Marina, and the Tour of Efate started at 08.30 on the Monday morning.When we set off from Dillons Bay in the last of the light on Saturday afternoon, there was no wind, but eventually the promised 20 kts plus hit us.By this time we main and yankee set up wing and wing, we reefed down but ended up going far too far downwind with this sail plan and had to be practically closehauled at the end to get to the port.However the tour was well worthwhile, first we went to a Custom village, everyone in traditional dress, ancient lore was explained by the very erudite spokesman (apparently to check whether fish is OK to eat you first see if ants will eat it!), dancing, firewalking,. read more...


21/07/2017

Timshel - Vanuatu to Australia Day 1

I can't believe this is our last passage for this half of the rally.Sadly we left behind Misto who are cruising more of Vanuatu and New Caledonia before heading south to NZ for the Cyclone season.Fortunately we will catch up with them (and others) next year as we are taking a year in Australia and all joining next years World ARC rally to finish the trip.So rather a depleted fleet left Port Vila and started the leg, as Skylark and She who must not be named (TBC) are starting from elsewhere.It was great that on the first evenings SSB sked (Net controller Cesarina) Taistealai and Sandvita came up, they are sailing in company direct from Fiji as they were both delayed due to illness, and will catch up with us in Mackay.Much badinage between the fleet over the VHF while all still close. read more...


21/07/2017

Timshel - Erromango

Left Port Resolution early on Friday morning, following Lexington out so 2nd in fleet for a while. The wind came up giving all a brisk sail, we went wing and wing.Dillons Bay was a good anchorage and plenty of room for everyone.Lexington went ashore and Cap'n Bob took the lead arranging things with the local village, Unpongkor.4 people went on a walk starting at 07.30 to see a very large tree.The rest met up at 0900 on the beach and guide David took us (this involved a dinghy ride first then a short walk and some scrambling) to see the Cave of Skulls - quite amazing to see the bones and skulls laid out.Then David wanted to take us on a tour of the village, and it seemed rude to refuse, but as we found later we should have declined and gone back to the boat to finish and get the food for. read more...


19/07/2017

Aurora Polaris - 18. Juli 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Terjeble med 12 andre dykkere på dykkertur i morges. Jeg ble i båten, og så komtollvesenet for den siste innsjekken på Vanuatu.. read more...


19/07/2017

Aurora Polaris - 12.-16. Juli 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Jeg trodde jeg skulle skrive blogg på overfarten fraErromango til Port Vila. Det var jo en sjøreise estimert til 14 timer, ogspørsmålet var om vi skulle gå kl.4-5 om morgenen, eller mellom 17 og 18ettermiddag/kveld. De fleste valgte det siste, dermed gikk jeg også med på det.Det innebar nattseilas, med ankomst om morgenen. Det er noe av det mestubehagelige jeg har vært med på! Heldigvis ble jeg ikke sjøsyk, men vi haddevind fra øst, sørøst, opp i 35 knop, og høye bølger. Døra som TV-en henger på,fløy av og havnet i senga vår. Overalt i båten var løse ting på videvanke, ogdet så ut som ei slagmark! Da var det godt å legge til kai i Port Vila,hovedstaden til Vanuatu!For en kontrast! Første stedet vi kom til, Tannamed vulkanen, der de bodde svært enkelt, og her i hovedstaden, med bystandard. read more...


Misto - Arrays of local vegetables in the market at Efate
Misto - Arrays of local vegetables in the market at Efate
Misto - Mud treatments at the sulphur springs, Efate
Misto - Mud treatments at the sulphur  springs, Efate
Misto - Fire Walking on Efate
Misto - Fire Walking on Efate
Misto - Howard and David at Dillon's Bay yacht club
Misto - Howard and David at Dillon's Bay yacht club
Misto - Pot-luck Dillon's Bay style.
Misto - Pot-luck Dillon's Bay style.
19/07/2017

Misto - Days 189-193 July 15-20: Dillon's Bay, Erromango and Port Villa, Efate

We departed Port Resolution at 3 am for the 55nm sail to Dillon's Bay.Setting 2 reefs in the main we made fast progress in 25 knots of wind and with quite a large swell from behind. Dillon's Bay is a large open bay with good anchoring in about 20' of water. Access to the village is via the river across a shallow bar - which is only really an issue at low tide.A Pot-Luck lunch with the local village had been arranged which turned into a feast of gigantic proportions with a laden table of local dishes plus those provided by the WARC fleet.We were made incredibly welcome by chief Jason and the villagers, who we enjoyed talking with, as well as hearing the children sing. Those boats that had arrived the day before also experienced a walk to caves and a tour of the village.Here we also met. read more...


19/07/2017

Lexington - Tour-Blue Lagoon

We also went to a touristy swimming hole called Blue Lagoon. I will attach a photo of a crazy man too old to swing on a rope into the water. One was me and the other was Dugal from Scotland.  Bob . read more...


Jambo - Gotska Sandon
Jambo - Gotska Sandon
18/07/2017

Jambo - Gotska Sandon

After a poor nights sleep we eventually got off our berth poked our nose out the harbour and had a magical sail under the chute up to GSNearly there and hope to see Sammy the Seal tomorrow Jayjust modelling his Baltic range of clothing IMG_0738. read more...


Jambo - Gotska Sandon
Jambo - Gotska Sandon
17/07/2017

Sea The Stars - log day 4

Dressing the boat! Tony and I trying to work out the right order. We tried to spell something rude but couldn’t so decided to conform!IMG_20170711_114855 - Copy. read more...


Sea The Stars - log day 4
Sea The Stars - log day 4
17/07/2017

Sea The Stars - log day 1

Sea the Stars in Warnemunde where the rally startsIMG_20170709_193020. read more...


Sea The Stars - log day 1
Sea The Stars - log day 1
17/07/2017

Sea The Stars - log day 1

I had a great swim on the beach before we leftIMG_20170709_210309. read more...


Sea The Stars - log day 1
Sea The Stars - log day 1
17/07/2017

Sea The Stars - Log day 2

We had a 110 miles sail to Bornholm and en route and far from land a sweet but exhausted visitor crash landed on the boatIMG_20170710_161400_4. read more...


Sea The Stars - Log day 2
Sea The Stars - Log day 2
Sea The Stars - log 2
Sea The Stars - log 2
Sea The Stars - log day 2
Sea The Stars - log day 2

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