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25/08/2016

Midnight Wanderer - Day 5 - Wednesday

It was a day that augured well, but hit rock bottom before matters were retrieved by food and drink.The boat inside us left at 0725, and we executed a great manoeuvre using stern landline and bow thruster. However, the warp trailed in the water and was sucked in to the bow thruster, causing it to stop. The language was pretty rich. Called the Harbour Master and agreed a price for the dive team to attend.Trouble was that Chinese whispers prevailed and the message was that the skipper of Midnight Wanderer was designated Mr Nasty as I wanted the dive team but wouldn't pay! Bit of a delay and the Harbour Master turned up ready to reconcile Mr Nasty! We spent some time explaining our situation and with his intervention the dive team turned up, I paid, we got our line back intact and a. read more...


Midnight Wanderer - Photo competition
Midnight Wanderer - Photo competition
Bubsa - How to relax. Bubsa knows how.
Bubsa - How to relax. Bubsa knows how.
25/08/2016

Bubsa - arrived in Alderney

We set off from Guernsey and headed out last a huge cruise ship. We were glad we had done our retail therapy before the hoards headed in to town. Sun and little rain and fairly flatcrossing the sun broke through the clouds and gave three of the crew our first sight of Braye. Once moored up the champagne was opened and we raised a glass to celebrate Hope's very successful results in her GCSE's. Now time to relax and swim deck went down and the two men took up their positions with a beer in hand. A perfect end to another leg of the ARC Channel Islands. By Fiona. read more...


25/08/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 228: The Price of a Contrary and Nomadic Life

Having watched the actual weather and compared this to the forecasts following our unplanned arrival in Nuiatoputapu on Sunday, we decided that tomorrow would be the best time to depart, based on the better direction of wind and swell that is forecasted and having seen evidence of the shift today.So, with that decision made, it was time to clear out and say our goodbyes.It struck us that this is the first island where we have had so many locals to say our goodbyes to; people who have shown us nothing by kindness and invited us into their hearts and homes to share a meal or just have a chat; people who are happy to share what little they have.While we left our hearts in Samoa,we're definitely leaving something of ourselves behind here as well. Tonight, under a spectacular starry night,on. read more...


Midnight Wanderer - What a difference a day makes...gorgeous Guernsey, hello!
Midnight Wanderer - What a difference a day makes...gorgeous Guernsey, hello!
Majic-L - Just taking a short cut!
Majic-L - Just taking a short cut!
24/08/2016

Majic-L - Majical Challenge Day 7

Day started at 7am with a walk to see what the showers were like here in Guernsey - intercepted by customs at top of the ramp off the pontoon "what boat are you on, have you done your form?" Being the organised guy that he is, Richard posted our form in the yellow box last night, so I was able to go straight in and jump the queue whilst others there had to provide their details.What a busy harbour this is - we were sat watching the comings and goings when we saw a live "man overboard" when a French guy was reaching across when berthing up to another boat when he stretched too far and fell in! We heard the splash and all looked around - Tony was there quickly to help pull him out of the water - he was smiling at the end so all ok!We met at 10am for the coach trip around the island after. read more...


24/08/2016

Amy Clair - ARC CI rally day ..? 24/8/16 - St Peter port

Completely lost track of days and dates and to complicate things further plans keep changing! However, despite a fairly hairy start with massive swells and force 6 winds outside the Solent, we eventually managed a fantastic passage to Cherbourg with bright sunshine and cloudless skies. Couldn't quite believe that no less than 3 big vessels in the channel went out of their way to change course for us! Perhaps seeing a whole bunch of sails together was scary enough for them to avoid us - there's safety in numbers!So then straight on to Guernsey the next day as we were already 2 days behind schedule, sadly minus a few of our fleet for a variety of reasons. A completely different day and the Alderney race was extremely kind to us all! Sadly we didn't get the radio alert so missed the. read more...


24/08/2016

Midnight Wanderer - Day 5 - Tuesday

Whilst it may be true that everyone gets what they deserve, today, we were blessed with blue skies, flat water, epic sunshine BUT no wind to speak of. So the tonkergot another outing, except for a period when we decided to sail, slowly. The silence was golden but our speed was decidedly leaden. Skipper served Darjeeling and back came on the tonker, and we were surprised by how benign the Race turned out to be. We headed for Little Russel and played spot the mark against the passage plan and the chart. It was easy, but unlikely to be in driving rain and a Force 6!I'd never been to Guernsey before, even on business, and we look forward to the tour tomorrow, - bus, soft seat, and with someone else driving and doing the navigation. Dinner was in the Pickled Pig, also discovered by Magic-L.. read more...


24/08/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 227: Hospitality and Sharing

Today we decided to explore by dinghy.First stop was the moto to the west of the anchorage that appeared to be surrounded by a beautiful white sandy beach.Unfortunately, after beaching the dinghy we witnessed, once again, the damage caused by the tsunami that devastated parts of Nuiatoputapu, Samoa and American Samoa in September 2009 and which many of the islanders are still trying to recover from. It was in American Samoa that we first learnt about the tsunami. Besides the polluted water in Pago Pago from the fish cannery, we learnt that the reason anchors snag in the anchorage is due to the amount of debris that was washed into the harbour by the tsunami - cars, houses, personal possessions, vegetation, all of which still remains there today. It also provided an explanation as to why. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 227: Hospitality and Sharing
Paw Paw - Log Day 227: Hospitality and Sharing
Paw Paw - Log Day 227: Hospitality and Sharing
Paw Paw - Log Day 227: Hospitality and Sharing
Paw Paw - Log Day 227: Hospitality and Sharing
Paw Paw - Log Day 227: Hospitality and Sharing
Midnight Wanderer - A sun set to make it all worth it and one thing ticked off the bucket list! Hoorah we made it!
Midnight Wanderer - A sun set to make it all worth it and one thing ticked off the bucket list! Hoorah we made it!
Midnight Wanderer - Glorious middle
Midnight Wanderer - Glorious middle
Midnight Wanderer - Panoramic on an iPhone post sea sickness
Midnight Wanderer - Panoramic on an iPhone post sea sickness
24/08/2016

Hufflepuff - Hufflepuff ARC CI Rally: Day 6 - Dolphins Ahoy!

Cherbourg to Guernsey: we woke up in Cherbourg to the most glorious weather - having mooredup just before 10pm BST after a long sail from Gosport, we slept very well. Time was short to prepare for our next leg though, so Cathy and Jas took on the task of locating the boulangerie and charcuterie for lunch supplies whilst the rest of us attended the skippers' briefing and readied the boat. We set off in light winds and prepared to motor much of the way.What we weren't prepared for was the fabulous sight of dolphins playing around the ARC boats. Absolutely wonderful! We negotiated the Alderney Race at slack tide with no problems and negotiated the Little Russel. Stunning scenery and very enjoyable by day - not sure I'd fact doing it at night! As promised by Roger, St Peter Port came up. read more...


Hufflepuff - Hufflepuff ARC CI Rally: Day 6 - Dolphins Ahoy!
Hufflepuff - Hufflepuff ARC CI Rally: Day 6 - Dolphins Ahoy!
Majic-L - Arriving at Guernsey
Majic-L - Arriving at Guernsey
Majic-L - Lunch is served - French Style
Majic-L - Lunch is served - French Style
24/08/2016

Majic-L - Day 6 Majical Challenge

Very good nights sleep after yesterday's long sail and a couple of beers at the reception in the marina bar - we all really enjoyed that after the 16 hour sail to France.Walked around town early before the skippers briefing- breakfast just had to be from the Boulangerie so warm croissant and French sticks. Cheese and pate from the charcuterie for lunch and wine for the evening and we were good to go. Shame we missed market day but st least we were here on a lovely day.Once we were underway to Guernsey after our brief time in France, I'm afraid that motoring rather than sailing was the order of the day for most of the journey as bright sunshine meant little wind! We set up lunch in the cockpit on the table - all very nice. Talk about best laid plans though, a big dollop of coleslaw on my. read more...


23/08/2016

Venturer II - Venturer Ii Day 3. Captain Slog

Well what a day . Posting this from my comfort blanket in Lymington sucking my thumb rather than Cherbourg.Weeks of preparation and planning and the prospect of socialising with nice people down the drain.Everything started well at some unearthly time this morning with every intention to leave at 5 am but managed 6 am . Delay caused by sparks coming from the removable forestay when I attached it to the toe rail . No idea why apart from the coincidence that the people at Berthon were working on the nav lights etc the day before we left for Gosport.I seem to have this problem with the marine industry wherever I go.It was the two hours passage south of Bembridge wot dunnit. I was ok at the helm and was struggling with sail trim to get the most comfortable passage but it wasn't nice. The big. read more...


23/08/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 226: Imagine Life Without...

With so much that happened yesterday, we forgot to mention that we found the problem with our port engine. After Roy ruled out the water pump by by-passing the raw water strainer and saildrive leg, we knew we definitely had a blockage. The culprit - a baby octopus that had decided to make a home in the cooling water intake.It certainly received a bigger adventure than it could've imagined, but we hope it likes its new home in Nuiatoputapu, Tonga.As for those living on land here, imagine life without any electricity,running water, natural gas, shops or stores, with the exception of a small convenience store without electricity. No restaurants or bars.In fact, no alcohol at all. This translates to no electrical appliances including a fridge, freezer, TV, or laptop just to mention a few. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 226: Imagine Life Without...
Paw Paw - Log Day 226: Imagine Life Without...
Paw Paw - Log Day 226: Imagine Life Without...
Paw Paw - Log Day 226: Imagine Life Without...
Paw Paw - Log Day 226: Imagine Life Without...
Paw Paw - Log Day 226: Imagine Life Without...
23/08/2016

Midnight Wanderer - Day 4 - Monday

This was one of the longest days of my life. It started with great expectations, (and a cup of tea), turned into a difficult morning and then a glorious afternoon, with a late arrival in the marina. The sea off Bembridge Ledge was lumpy but unfortunately, the only thing was that the boat coped well but all the crew didn't to a lesser or greater extent. Not fun! But onward we went, ate some ginger biscuits, drank ginger beer and played music very loudly. Seemed to work, except the playlist included Stormy Weather! The radio chatter on 77 was, at times, straight from an Ealing comedy and at times largely unnecessary. I clarified a point of detail, got my confirmation and was able to rely to Manitoba, "Roger Roger, Out" Silly, I know but the opportunity doesn't arise often.The navigation. read more...


23/08/2016

Majic-L - Magical Challenge Day 5

After an early night, a 4am alarm was the order of the day for our planned 5am departure from Gosport. Naively I reached for the cereals but Linda (with great foresight as it happened) said to leave it and we'd eat later so just a cup of tea and we were off.After motoring out of Gosport, we got the sails up as quickly as possible - which we know now meant we had to go a bit out of our way to keep the winds and if we had motored further at the beginning we could have traveled more directly, but then it wasn't a race!The first 4-5 hours of the trip were a challenge to say the least - we kept up a pretty good speed under sail but boy was it choppy! We were all knitted out with lifelines as it would have been easy to fall out of the cockpit never mind having to go up on deck as Richard did. read more...


22/08/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 225: So Many Aspects to Absorb

After both of us fell asleep while watching a movie last night, we woke this morning to glorious sunshine and another yacht limping into the anchorage.Bay Dreamer (Anna and Daniel), whom we'd briefly met in Samoa with their crew of five and a four month old baby on board, had also decided to take advantage of the forecasted benign weather and set sail for Vava'u, only to be forced to divert due to the terrible weather aswell.When we saw them coming through the channel, we looked at each other with a giggle and wondered whether or not we would experience the same inexplicable phenomena amongst sailors. With a completely empty anchorage, would they anchor on top of us? While sailing in the Caribbean, this is something we first thought that only the French did,but we have since discovered. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 225: So Many Aspects to Absorb
Paw Paw - Log Day 225: So Many Aspects to Absorb
Paw Paw - Log Day 225: So Many Aspects to Absorb
Paw Paw - Log Day 225: So Many Aspects to Absorb
Paw Paw - Log Day 225: So Many Aspects to Absorb
Paw Paw - Log Day 225: So Many Aspects to Absorb
21/08/2016

Bubsa - Bubsa's Journey Begins

Bubsa set off from Lymington on Thursday 18th August 2016 heading for Gosport and Haslar Marina. A gentle sail with up through the Solent, the sun shinning brightly we were luckyto spot The GB Americas Cup Boat fly by in training. What a fabulous sight.To welcome us into Haslar Marina, high above us against a blue sky two Spitfires flew over….. our excitement rising with the prospect of our pending journey.How quickly things can change, waking up on Friday to rain and dull skies. Our spirits however were not dampened despite the change in weather as we ventured out into Gosport to sample the various retail outlets of Poundland, Pound Stretchers and even a Pound World.Ladened down with those all important items that could be somehow useful, we returned to the boat.With the rain still. read more...


Bubsa - A very British Sight
Bubsa - A very British Sight
Bubsa - The sun at last
Bubsa - The sun at last
Bubsa - A Turks Knot
Bubsa - A Turks Knot
21/08/2016

Bubsa - First Log

Bubsa set off from Lymington on Thursday 18th August 2016 heading for Gosport and Haslar Marina. A gentle sail with up through the Solent, the sun shinning brightly we were luckyto spot The GB Americas Cup Boat fly by in training. What a fabulous sight.To welcome us into Haslar Marina, high above us against a blue sky two Spitfires flew over….. our excitement rising with the prospect of our pending journey. How quickly things can change, waking up on Friday to rain and dull skies. Our spirits however were not dampened despite the change in weather as we ventured out into Gosport to sample the various retail outlets of Poundland, Pound Stretchers and even a Pound World.Ladened down with those all important items that could be somehow useful, we returned to the boat.With the rain still. read more...


Midnight Wanderer - Variety is the spice of life, or in this case cake!
Midnight Wanderer - Variety is the spice of life, or in this case cake!
21/08/2016

Majic-L - Majical Challenge Day 4

Lazy start to the day knowing that the rest of the week will be earlies. First task of the day for RIchard as skipper was to get out his passage plan that we had all looked at back home last week, the tide time books and the charts and rewrite it all to take into account the revised schedule now we knew we were leaving on Monday - hurrah!Next up was to decide what to bake for the bake off competition - we wanted to be true to the spirit of the game so it was about what we could do with what we had on the boat.On the way out to the shops, Richard compared notes with one of Jessica's crew whom was also rewriting their plan which was helpful for reassurance we had the right calculations.Tony and I visited "Dave's Tackle" off the High St for a quick repair to his fishing rod. This was a real. read more...


21/08/2016

Midnight Wanderer - Day 4 - Sunday

Sunday morning seemed like a normal Sunday, insofar as we were at home!  After the morning papers and breakfast, I cooked plain scones, using a recipe from Delia's bible, and then we packed up, having had lunch which comprised of hot sausage rolls which the crew had made for the crossing. We did leave some so we won't starve on the way across.  The cabbie we had yesterday turned up and we returned with enough time to spare to fill the scones   (If you ate any, they were filled with clotted cream and raspberry jam) and for Louise to cook the chocolate chip cookies on board, and then off to the tea party. The effort some had taken was impressive and Malia beat the field with filled bread, but there were some wonderful cakes. If their sailing is as good as their baking, then. read more...


21/08/2016

Venturer II - VENTURER II Captain Slog Day 2

Not much to report today but should take some positives from itCelia and I are back on speaking terms again. Trying to fold a 150% Genoa on the deck yesterday in supersonic winds put our pretty solid 35 year marriage in jeopardy. The event also made me realise I am skipper in name only. Also I have just discovered that there are no bacon butties planned for the morning. Maybe if I am not really the skipper that means I am the crew and I could mutiny....not sure what that will achieve.I have been to 2 briefings now in the lighthouse. It reminds me of the crooked house that used to come to Barnet Fair. It also reminds me of our house, but that's another story.i haven't actually gleaned much from the meetings apart from the surprising thing that all the people seem nice and normal. No smart. read more...


Alpamayo - Life as an Autohelm Rabbit - Day 3 photo
Alpamayo - Life as an Autohelm Rabbit - Day 3 photo
21/08/2016

Alpamayo - Alpamayo - Life as an Autohelm Rabbit - Day 3

On an unexpected lay day due to continued bad weather what is a young autohelm rabbit to do?  I would happily have passed the day playing computer games on the chart plotter but the skipper said I had to practise my spelling.... With flags.  Shame I didn't have any time left to bake a Carrot cake for the Bake Off competition.  Looking forward to the chance to demonstrate my helming skills on the way to Cherbourg tomorrow.Flopsy  Alpamayo. read more...


21/08/2016

South Steyne - Log Day 2 - going tomorrow

The weather and sea state are finally in our favour and we are off to Cherbourg rather early tomorrow morning, away at 05.30. Fuel first and go. Tony, our 3rd crew member, joined us last night, provisions on board, passage planning done. Not much left to donow but have supper and get an early night. We hope to arrive by 18.00hrs (UK time). Fair winds and a safe passage to all our fellow rally members.. read more...


21/08/2016

Hufflepuff - ARC CI rally: Hufflepuff Post script to Bake Off Blog

...and the winner of the cupcake category is Jasmine James and Hufflepuff!image1. read more...


Hufflepuff - ARC CI rally: Hufflepuff Post script to Bake Off Blog
Hufflepuff - ARC CI rally: Hufflepuff Post script to Bake Off Blog
21/08/2016

Hufflepuff - ARC Channel Islands Rally: Day 4 (Sunday) Hufflepuff prepares for Bake Off!

The ARC team are ensuring we make the most of our stay in Gosport by organising a Bake Off competition 😀😀 Undaunted by the lack of an oven the Hufflepuff crew, led by youngest member Jasmine, have prepared rice crispy cakes - mmmimage3 image2 image1. read more...


Hufflepuff - ARC Channel Islands Rally: Day 4 (Sunday) Hufflepuff prepares for Bake Off!
Hufflepuff - ARC Channel Islands Rally: Day 4 (Sunday) Hufflepuff prepares for Bake Off!
Hufflepuff - ARC Channel Islands Rally: Day 4 (Sunday) Hufflepuff prepares for Bake Off!
Hufflepuff - ARC Channel Islands Rally: Day 4 (Sunday) Hufflepuff prepares for Bake Off!

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