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12/02/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 33: Once a Maverick, Alwaya a Maverick

We're off to the Galapagos tomorrow.Lets hope all the bureaucracy doesn't prevent us from staying, because we'll just sail on to the Marquesas if need be, but not before we see Ondular (Isabel and Mick) - No real downside.Today we explored Contadora, enjoyed a lovely lunch at one of the hotels and managed to get allof our photographs uploaded to the gallery - enjoy! Tonight we enjoyed a beach barbeque and the prize-giving for Leg 2. Of course Paw Paw was disqualified, along with Nina, because we were sensible enough to wait for better weather before leaving Santa Marta.Tomorrow we're going to be just as sensible and leave before the official start rather than sail across the startline at extreme low tide with insufficient depths. I guess, at this rate, Paw Paw is going to be only only. read more...


11/02/2016

Two Fish - Boat Repair

This one is for those of our readers who prefer boat fix-it adventures rather than sunsets and hikes. DST (Depth, Speed via paddle wheel, and Sea temp transducer)Shortly before our departure from Mogo Mogo to Isla Contadora, I noticed that the chart plotter was not showing depth data.I consulted the emergency protocol with anything running Windows.The protocol instructed me to reboot.This had fixed this problem a few days earlier but was not the cure this morning.After a bit of messing about, we weighed anchor since Two Fish has a back-up depth sounding device, a fish finder.The network that transmits data throughout Two Fish is mostly NMEA 2000. Each device can contribute data (PGN's) and/or listen to data.The fish finder is not on the NMEA network so the depth data was only appearing. read more...


11/02/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 14. Contadora, Las Perlos Islands. 08.37.21N 79.02.06W

Wednesday, 10/02/16.  After our horrible experience yesterday, we hada stiff drink and delicious lunch prepared by Jane as usual and a bumpyafternoon with the wind against current.  There is no doubt these currentsneed respect, as those who have tried to swim against them have found and thewater is very murky with poor visibility and rather unpleasant occupants, suchas jelly fish, little stingers, rather slimy but quite harmless blobs of clearjelly like material and other indeterminate objects.  Eyeball navigation,as we and several other boats have found to their cost is not really possibleand anchoring requires a large amount of chain and plenty of swinging room, sonot many anchorages are tenable for the bigger boats and they all seem to getrough with the northerly winds. read more...


11/02/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 32: Rendezvous at Contadora

We've arrived in Contadora and eventually found a spot to anchor.It's a rather small bay struggling to accommodate the onslaught of WARC yachts that have arrived today. After finishing off the last of our activities in preparation for the start of Leg 3 to Galapagos on Friday, we headed ashore for the welcome drinks and food.Unfortunately the latter was non-existent, but we did enjoy seeing everyone, most of whom we haven't seen since leaving Panama City. By the time we got back to Paw Paw though, we were absolutely starving. Given the lateness of the hour, we had to settle for toasted cheese sandwiches.We did, however enjoy having Nina (Lynda and Steve) aboard for a night cap.. read more...


10/02/2016

Overseas Express - Log 2 - Finished Transit and La Playita

3rd Feb - 2016"The Pacific!" was shouted in the last lock as the doors finally opened and horns were ringing. We used our fancy handheld brass fog-horn which was gray, old and loud. Now the line handlers could finally rest their hands and backs, the skippers lean back and we could finally call it a day.The transit was over and took approximately two days. Our advisor Victor was a really great guy and we gave him enough food and drinks, even though he and his collegues joked about his never-ending hunger. We had some baguettes before the Gatún Locks and we had burgers between the two last locks. The line handlers on land, who managed the loops over the bollards, also got a nice surprise in the end. We filled a plastic bag with some cans of soft drinks and let it go up with the bowline.. read more...


10/02/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 13, Las Perlas. 08.35.02N 79.01.20W

Sunday7/02/16.  08.30 and anchor up then full mainsail up as we motored throughthe shipping anchored in Panama Bay. Wind was force 2/3 and we headed for a safeand easily accessible anchorage off the southern end of Isla Viveros. Thisseemed to be a reasonable distance to make in a day without giving us too muchdistance up to windward back to Isla Contadora for preparation for the sail tothe Galapagos.  By the time we cleared all the shipping, we had the genoaout and were enjoying a broad reach south towards the Northern Las Perlas, thenthe wind died so we motor sailed as we did not want to be approaching theanchorage in poor light, but it returned from the NNE, 20 to 25 knots, giving ussome very fast sailing in quite a rough sea.  As we approached the Southernmost part of. read more...


10/02/2016

Lydia - Lydia's Blog. 2-5 Feb 16. Panama to Las Perlas.

Tuesday 2 February 2016.Up early and into the dinghy to the marina where we joined other ARC crews to go on a tour of the City of Panama. Our guide began by explaining that the town/city had first been founded by the Spanish in 1519 as a port to receive the treasures of Peru and then dispatch them across the isthmus via the Camino Real to Porto Bello or the Camino de Cruces to Cruces then down the Chargres River to Spanish fortified port of San Lorenzo founded in 1596 at the mouth of the Chargres. From these ports great fleets took the treasure back to Spain.A century and half later the notorious pirate of the Caribbean Captain Morgan in 1668 seized and sacked the port of Porto Bello gaining vast quantities of Spanish treasure. In 1671 he captured the port of San Lorenzo and in 8 days he. read more...


10/02/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 31: "All's Well that Ends Well"

Change of plan again.Instead of spending another day and night in Cacique while we waited on the high tide to enjoy the dinghy ride up the river, we decided to head for Isla Canas, where we could service both the engines, given the developments that occurred with the generator. To be sure,to be sure we didn't encounter any other unforeseen issues. We were in the process of anchoring when we received the message that Into the Blue had run aground not far from where we were. So, it was a case of lift the anchor rather than waste time trying to get it set, lower the dinghy and,while Elaine circled Paw Paw out of harms way,Roy raced over to assist.Fortunately his help was not needed as Into the Blue managed to get themselves afloat again. Once that panic was over and we were all anchored. read more...


09/02/2016

Two Fish - Day 31 - More screwball adventures

We started the day with an early morning swim to our expansive private beach. Large rocks trapped pools of water that 20 small fish used as a home as they waited for the tide to return.In a few hours our private beach was back underwater and the green water prevented further fish sightings.After a hearty breakfast, the kind captain announced that a dinghy trip to the village of Canas was departing shortly.All aboard!The downwind trip was delightful.There is no sign of humans in most of these islands.After a couple of miles we neared the village and realized their beach was protected by a confusing mess of rocks.I raised the motor to low water mode,but the breeze was strong and I began to lose control of the dinghy.Both women jumped over board to guide One Fish into the anchorage. The. read more...


Two Fish - Day 31 - More screwball adventures
Two Fish - Day 31 - More screwball adventures
09/02/2016

Aliena - Martes 9-02-2016

Llevo varios días sin escribir nada debido a mi ignorancia de que se pueden enviar entradas al blog aunque no estemos navegando.Tras dejar el archipielago de San Blas, el pasado 26 de Enero sobre las 24h, llegamos a la mañana siguiente a Ciudad de Colon, en Panamá donde estuvimos unos días a la espera del paso del Canal de Panama el pasado 31 de Enero. Colon es una ciudad impresionante no por su belleza sino por el mal estado de conservación. De estilo colonial parece La Habana Vieja, pero en mucho peor estado aun. El paso del Canal es impresionante y el Lago Gatum tambien. Llegamos a Panamá city el pasado 1 de Febrero, teniendo que anclar en La Playita, en la entrada de la marina Flamenco, pues dicha marina solo tenía 5 plazas disponibles e hicimos turnos de amarre. El fondeo en si es. read more...


Zingara - Worldarc 2016 Panamacanal
Zingara - Worldarc 2016 Panamacanal
Zingara - Worldarc 2016 Panamacanal
Zingara - Worldarc 2016 Panamacanal
Zingara - Worldarc 2016 Panamacanal
Zingara - Worldarc 2016 Panamacanal
Zingara - Worldarc 2016 Panamacanal
Zingara - Worldarc 2016 Panamacanal
Zingara - Worldarc 2016 Panamacanal
Zingara - Worldarc 2016 Panamacanal
Zingara - Worldarc 2016 Panamacanal
Zingara - Worldarc 2016 Panamacanal
Zingara - Worldarc 2016 Panamacanal
Zingara - Worldarc 2016 Panamacanal
Zingara - Worldarc 2016 Panamacanal
Zingara - Worldarc 2016 Panamacanal
09/02/2016

Zingara - Panamacanl Passage Worldarc 2016

Hallo liebe Segelfreunde,Zingara ist bald wieder dabei ! Vorher aber einige Eindrücke von der Worldarc 2016, hier einige Bilder von der Durchschleusung der 2. Gruppe des letzten Panamacanal-Abschnitts. Der Truppe weiterhin viel Spass und Erfolg, speziell der SOLO mit dem leidigen Alternator-Problem.Es grüßt Ernst von der Zingara, z Zt. in der Marina LAGOS / Portugal.. read more...


09/02/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 30: Ended the Day on a Good Note

Our plan was to clean Paw Paw's bottom,make water and finish up the last little chores before going out to play. We were looking forward to a walk on the beach, which we haven't done in a while, followed by a dinghy ride up the river. Well, it wasn't meant to be.Within minutes of starting the generator we were breathing in plumes of black smoke. We spent the rest of day trouble-shooting, overhauling and praying, which all seemed to work, as we eventually got it running properly again - thank goodness! All this activity did mean we were a tad late for our beach barbeque with Into the Blue and Wishanger II, but at least we ended the day on a good note and thoroughly enjoyed the company ashore.. read more...


08/02/2016

Starblazer - 02/02/2016 – It’s good when a plan comes together!

Monday was a bit of an anti-climax because we had hoped to arrive by dusk. The winds had slackened considerably, often dropping to 10 knots overnight which in turn resulted in reduced boat speed.Straight after the 10:00 am SSB radio net we rolled the genoas away, motored gently into the breeze for a couple of minutes while I pulled up the mainsail, turned back on course and cut the engine then set about removing the poles.Once they were safely stowed we pulled up the cruising chute aka genniker or asymmetric. Some boats have them rolled away ready to deploy but ours is hoisted in its sock, the tack is pulled close to the end of the bowsprit and the sheet is fed back to the winches in the cockpit.As I pull down on the sock line John gently pulls the sheet so as the sock goes up and the. read more...


Solo - Embera - Indianer bei Panama
Solo - Embera - Indianer bei Panama
Solo - Embera - Indianer bei Panama
Solo - Embera - Indianer bei Panama
Solo - Embera - Indianer bei Panama
Solo - Embera - Indianer bei Panama
08/02/2016

Solo - 2. Leg - 07.02.2016

Was bleibt in Erinnerung seit wir die Reise am 9. Januar begonnen haben? Wir sind durch den Panamakanal durch und liegen vor der La Playita Marina vor Anker.   Zuerst: die technischen Pannen am Boot, leider überschattet so etwas die Reise sehr schnell. Die Lichtmaschine funktioniert nicht mehr, die Service-Batterien lassen sich jetzt nur nochüber den Generator laden. Amel war nicht in der Lage, eine neue Lichtmaschine innerhalb von zwei Wochen zu beschaffen, meine alten Studienfreunde Manu und Stefan Muckenfuss waren schneller: sie haben jetzt zwei davon in Slowenien bestellt. Alles kompliziert,da ich einen VW- Marine Motor in der Amel eingebaut habe und nicht, wie so viele, einen Volvo-Penta. Also wird auch keine Lichtmaschine von Mastervolt verbaut, die ich überall bekommen hätte.. read more...


08/02/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 29: "Killing Two Birds with One Stone"

On a falling tide we tipped toed out of our anchorage at Isla Bayoneta and headed for Cacique on Isla Del Rey. Although the winds were strong,they were directly downwind, so we decided to motor the 30 NM. This allowed us to "kill two birds with one stone" - getting to our next destination while simultaneously getting our well overdue chore of cleaning Paw Paw done.Las Perlas is not at all what we expected. The islands of this archipielago are very wild and rugged. Definitely not your typical tropical islands. They are, however, beautiful with plenty of sealife and birds. They got their name when spanish conquistadores Gaspar de Morales and Francisco Pizarro robbed a large amount of pearls from the indigenous King Toe. In 1515 the defeated the king and enslaved his skilled pearl divers.. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 29: "Killing Two Birds with One Stone"
Paw Paw - Log Day 29:
07/02/2016

Two Fish - Day 29 - Not always like the guide book

We had planned a busy day, so we weighed anchor at first light.We rolled out the screecher and enjoyed a brisk ride in 20 to 25 knots of breeze.Black Fish, the screecher, pulled us along at 8 knots, which is much faster than an ox cart.The Eastern side of Isla del Rey is windswept and pounded by waves, so affords no anchorages.During the downwind trip we were entertained by black clouds of birds.The tern, the pelican and many more which I could not identify swarmed over Two Fish.Their success in diving for fish teased us, as our rods were not able to summon dinner.Pasta tonight for the failed fisherman.Our goal for the day was the wreck of a very early submarine.The sub was built before man understood the effects of pressure.Many of the crew died of what was diagnosed as the flu.The sub. read more...


Two Fish - Day 29 - Not always like the guide book
Two Fish - Day 29 - Not always like the guide book
07/02/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 12, Panamá. 08.54.45N 79.31.65W

Thursday, 4 February.For a night in a Marina, this has to have been one of the least restful.Before moving the boat, the female members of crew set off for the Mall again to do another supermarket shop, while Anthony went walking and the Skipper did skipperly things.Shopping sorted for everything except cereals and meat, which were disappointing, the latter was fine if all you wanted was chicken and the former was devoid of anything not coated in sugar, a bit disappointing as this would be the last shop before the Galapagos.Fruit and vegetables left a lot to be desired as well, but we were planning to go to the market tomorrow.Back to the boat in good time for the move to the Marina, with Anthony still enjoying a walk somewhere, while the Skipper and wife helped the boys from "Into The. read more...


07/02/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 28: Too Close for Confort

We had a lovely tranquil sail to Isla Bayoneta, Las Perlas, today on headsail alone.  Negotiating our way around the rocks and shoals was interesting, but not as interesting as what developed late in the afternoon.  With a tidal range of 10ft, we anchored in depths to accommodate the change and ensured our scope (aka the length of chain we put out) was sufficient. It was rather disconcerting then, a few hours later, to witness a rather large collection of rocks appearing as the tide dropped. Fortunately we have avoided them, but we're a little too close for confort, especially with stronger winds than what was initially forecasted. So,  we've decide to change anchorages first thing in the morning, following which we'll give Paw Paw a good cleaning inside and out!We did,. read more...


06/02/2016

Two Fish - Day 28 - On the hook in Las Perlas Islands

Sometimes we get a break from long sails, boat repair and crew floggings.Today we bobbed at anchor and enjoyed doing very little.Gail paddled me to the nearby island.We looked for a trail that would lead inland but none were to be found.Instead, we walked the varied coast line which is comprised of hard sand, large boulders, and mud flats.Each surface required a different technique since I was wearing flip flops.I must remember to wash my flip flops or the smell of the sea will become permanently bonded to them.While strolling down the beach I pondered what I would be doing back in the "real" world.Market volatility would have created a busy work week. A winter Saturday in NYC might include skipping over slush puddles on the way to the gym.This day beats the old life hands down.We have. read more...


Two Fish - Day 28 - On the hook in Las Perlas Islands
Two Fish - Day 28 - On the hook in Las Perlas Islands
Two Fish - Day 28 - On the hook in Las Perlas Islands
Two Fish - Day 28 - On the hook in Las Perlas Islands
06/02/2016

Lydia - Lydia's Blog 31 Jan - 1 Feb. Transit of Panama Canal.

Sunday 31 January 2016.Steve and I were up early to join experienced bird watchers David and Sally Batten and Anthony and Venitia from another ARC yacht. We see a number of wood peckers, many yellow breasted fly catchers, some euphonia, hawks and the ever present vultures circling high above. On our walk we also came across a three toed sloth and her baby clinging to her. Also in the trees we saw small black spider monkeys, some with young. Lastly we first heard this very loud and rather eerie howling and finally saw a small group of Howler monkeys before returning for breakfast.Since we did not need to be back on Lydia before midday as in any case like all yachts going through the canal that day we were to be fumigated and we had to be off the yachts when that took place, I decided to. read more...


06/02/2016

Lydia - Lydia's Blog 30 Jan 16. Visit to Emberra Indian village on Chargres River.

Saturday 30 January 2016.Called all hands at 6am asat 7am all ARC crews to board buses to visit a village of indigenous Emberra Indians in the upper reaches of the Chargres River. The bus trip took about an hour and half at the end of which we are deposited on the banks of the Chargres river. Here some 10, long dugout canoes with outboard motors were drawn up on the bank with Emberra Indians heavily tattooed and wearing only a small brightly coloured loin cloths were awaiting us. We were given life jackets and took our places one behind the other on little wooden benches in thecanoes. The trick as I learnt to my cost was not to be right at the front where I happend to end up being the last to board the canoe. We started off up the river which started fairly sheltered with an Indian on. read more...


06/02/2016

Exody - Days 385-388: First place into Salvador !

Chuffed at last night's prizegiving event to win our first World ARC first for this, the longest leg. So tolerating the slatting sails and keeping the engine off during the second part of the leg from St Helena paid off! We had a total of only 17.5 engine hours for the 3650 miles since Cape Town - just two jerry cans of diesel. The event was put on by local sponsors and we all wore their purpose designed teeshirts, drank Caipirinhas, ate tasty local snack foods with shrimp and were entertained with a small live band and local Capoeiradancers - based on the martial arts.The last night at sea on Monday 1st brought the loom of Salvador from over 50 miles as we sailed gently to make landfall in daylight under dark grey clouds.These thankfully brought us good wind for the final early morning. read more...


06/02/2016

Luna Quest - Saturday, 6th February, 2016

Position: 12.58S 38.31W (Salvador - Brazil)Daily run: 134 logged milesThis is the last blog entry before landfall today. A moderate little breeze kept pushing us most of the night while the loom of Salvador was clearly in our sight and dead ahead. The weather has been glorious since St Helena although we could have done with a little more wind. Our fresh food supplies lasted us all the way plus having some vegetables to spare. A lovely pizza last night that Julia made absorbed most of the ingredients that were going off giving the fruit flies less to feed on. No doubt we shall be besieged by another species in Salvador. Our water supplies were adequate and we have been careful not to waste our fuel.The next blog entry will be when we set sail at the end of next week.Eric. read more...


06/02/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 27: Goodbye Magical City

After enjoyong a long overdue "lie-in" this morning, we headed to the Albrook Mall, the largest one in the Americas, where we caught up on some much needed retail therapy ie new shoes for Elaine, since all her others have totally disintegrated in recent months for some weird and wonderful reason. That was followed by yet another grocery trip to top up on our provisioning to last us to the Marquesas. Then it was back to Paw Paw to try and return our "lives to  normal".  Well almost.  At least everything is back where  it is suppose to be.  Cleaning will just have to wait another day or so! Tonight we enjoyed a romantic "dinner for two",  the first in months, while overlooking the magical skyline of Panama City across the Causeway and enjoying the fireworks. read more...


05/02/2016

Two Fish - day 27 - Escape from Balboa

At first light the clattering of our anchor chain could be heard as it returned to its locker.Two Fish was escaping from Balboa, Panama and heading off to explore Panama's Las Perlas Islands.We used our motors to thread through 40 ships waiting for their turn to pass through the lock.Ships pay more for express passage so I suppose most of these were on the discount program.Busy season for the locks is in advance of the Christmas shopping season.We are in the middle of low season, a good time for sailing yachts to pass through. The anchorage has large wakes that mercilessly tossed Two Fish side to side. This forced us off the boat to explore a charming old town and a vibrant city.Confession: we spent one afternoon at a modern mall.Panama looks like a nice place for Americans to retire. read more...


Two Fish - day 27 - Escape from Balboa
Two Fish - day 27 - Escape from Balboa
05/02/2016

Luna Quest - Friday, 5th February, 2016

Noon Position: 13.12S 36.25WDaily run: 139 logged milesAs luck would have it, the breeze returned in the afternoon and stayed with us overnight giving us a great sail on the two poled-out foresails. At noon today (GMT) or 0900hrs local time we have just 120 miles to go, which at 4.5 knots will get us there by midday tomorrow. Carnival will have started so we are not expecting many hands from the marineros to see us in. Hopefully, there will be some crew about of the other boats to help us, as parking the boat is Mediterranean style requiring the stern to be fastened to the quay and the bow to a mooring line ahead.We expect to be heading off again later next week towards Grenada in the Caribbean (some 2000 miles). We may stop on the way at Fortaleza if we are running short of water, food. read more...


05/02/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 26: Wonderful Memories and Panama City

Although it was really sad to say our goodbyes to Keenan, Brooke and William this morning, we are grateful that we had the opportunity to create such wonderful memories together this past week - priceless!We did enjoy a lovely afternoon though, after taking a taxi to El Casco Viejo (The Old City), founded on 21 January 1673 after the destruction of Panama La Vieja (Old Panama)  in 1671 by pirate Henry Morgan and 1200 men who sailed up the Chagres River to the city which they then plundered and reduced to ruins. El Casci Viejo is a fabulous old town in which to stroll around, with the most amazing old buildings that have been beautifully restored. After a delicious lunch we, of course, then treated ourselves to a Panama Hat each. Our taxi drive back to our anchorage in La Playita. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 26: Wonderful Memories and Panama City
Paw Paw - Log Day 26: Wonderful Memories and Panama City
Paw Paw - Log Day 26: Wonderful Memories and Panama City
Paw Paw - Log Day 26: Wonderful Memories and Panama City
Paw Paw - Log Day 26: Wonderful Memories and Panama City
Paw Paw - Log Day 26: Wonderful Memories and Panama City
Paw Paw - Log Day 26: Wonderful Memories and Panama City
Paw Paw - Log Day 26: Wonderful Memories and Panama City
Paw Paw - Log Day 26: Wonderful Memories and Panama City
Paw Paw - Log Day 26: Wonderful Memories and Panama City
Paw Paw - Log Day 26: Wonderful Memories and Panama City
Paw Paw - Log Day 26: Wonderful Memories and Panama City

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