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12/06/2017

Blonde Moment - Blog 3

Sunday 11th JuneFinally the day arrived - crews up early removing multiple storm lines ashore, which kept us safe during 40 knots of wind; multiple fenders keeping rafted boats apart and slipping lines so we could pull gracefully away from "A" pontoon, which has been our home during a week-long enforced stay. Blonde Moment has gained a new crew member - Charlie Pierce of World Cruising Club required a berth to Bayona and Dee and Paul gratefully accepted another (younger) pair of hands and eyes.Day oneLife has been challenging at 45 degrees. Vertical in the cockpit is OK as we cut through 4 metre Atlantic rollers left over from the storms or horizontal in a bunk - but anything in between is a huge effort requiring balance, grip and timing.As we left Falmouth basking sharks were spotted. read more...


11/06/2017

Misto - Days 150-155: June 6-11 Across to the Lau Group in Fiji

We spent the last couple of days in Tonga in Neiafu as the weather was rainy.In fact on our last day there the heavens opened and there was a deluge of rain for several hours that made the roads into rivers for a while.We stocked up on fresh produce at the local market and welcomed Cecilie from WCC on board for the passage to Lomaloma on Vanua Balavu.We departed on June 9 in calm conditions that we hoped would yield some wind suitable for sailing.However, we eventually motored the whole way apart from a few hours of sailing on the second day.We were warned that charts of the Fiji area are not entirely accurate and we found out that our electronic charts are about 0.5 nm out and displaced to the North East.We utilized the waypoints WCC had supplied without mishap but it is very. read more...


11/06/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: 6/11/2017 Lomaloma

So we are in Fiji at a village named Lomaloma. It rained hard last night and was raining some this morning. I decided to go to church to get a taste of Fiji church life. The service lasted 2 hours and the seats were very hard with straight backs. I did not understand a word that was said. There was lots of very nice singing which I enjoyed. As I left one gentleman invited me to have lunch with them. At first I was a little too shy to go but after talking with a few other men who also invited me to join them I decided to join them. We first sat on a mat behind the church cross-legged and talked. Then we retired to an adjacent building where the food was all set out on the floor mat. All the men sat around the floor mat and we served ourselves from the dishes that had been set out. We had. read more...


10/06/2017

Aurora Polaris - 10. juni 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Klokka 10.20, slapp vi bøyen vi lå på, og satte kursen ut fra Tonga mot Fiji. Det hadde vært ei hard natt å komme gjennom for kaptinnen. Kapteinen var så utslått at han sov som en stein, og kaptinnen holdt på å kveles i varmen. Det var ei svært stille natt – ikke et vindpust, og i tillegg regnet det, slik at alle luker måtte stenges. Airconditioningen var på, men av en eller annen grunn funket den ikke. Klokka tre om natta, ble den skrudd av. Da hadde temperaturen gått opp fra 27,3 til 28,5 grader. Kaptinnen var helt kokt! Hun forsøkte å åpne takluka, men da regnet det inn. Så lukket hun den delvis, bare for å få litt luft. Nattelufta kunne tilby 2,5 grader kaldere enn det som var inne i kabinen. Da måtte hun i tillegg ha viftene på! Til slutt må hun ha sovnet, for hun våknet av at hun. read more...


10/06/2017

Aurora Polaris - 9. juni 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Dagen for utsjekk av Tonga, fylling av drivstoff og påmontering av roret! Etter frokost, kom Shamal og la seg inntil oss. Siden vi var uten styring, måtte vi la oss lede inn til utsjekk og drivstoffylling. Det gikk veldig fint! Marcel er en dyktig kaptein, og han la oss fint og forsiktig inn mot Q-kaien (kaien for toll og immigrasjon). Senere kom Ashia og fortøyde seg utenpå der igjen, så vi lå 3 båter side ved side, men vi lå innerst mot kaien.Vi trodde vi kom til å få roret tilbake kl.10. Det viste seg at den tidsplanen sprakk nokså tidlig. Vi ble liggende ved tollkaien fra halv ni til tolv, og roret kom ikke før kl.14. Da var vi litt i manko på hjelpere, for de hadde også en tidsplan basert på at jobben skulle gjøres rundt kl.10.Steven og Elisabeth fra Sumore, var likevel på pletten.. read more...


10/06/2017

Raggy Doll - Day 6 and 7 - Fingers Crossed

Day 6 - Friday was filled with food shopping and re-stocking provisions, AJ had started cooking in readiness for our journey across Biscay, a slight feeling of deja vu, but hopefully with a better ending. The skippers' meeting was scheduled for 1800 in the Quayside Inn, with an add on of all other crew invited at 1830 for a free drink from ARC. We already knew from an email earlier today that there were suggestions on the table for extending the ARC as we had been delayed leaving the UK. This was then confirmed at the meeting and I'm pretty sure a lot of people breathed a sigh of relief as several crews were concerned about long day sails and quick turnarounds, rather than the relaxed rally with stop overs here and there that was originally on the timetable. The extention brings back. read more...


09/06/2017

Lexington - 6/10/2017. One Day Out of Fiji

It is just after midnight on Saturday 6/10.  I am on watch.That is when I do most of my posts.We have essentially no wind at all.We have been motoring for about 24 hours. With no wind you have no seas so the ride is comfortable.There is a full moon so it is very light out at night, sort of like twilight all night. We could not tolerate this for too long but we have full fuel tanks. Before we left Tonga, World Cruising had arranged for a fuel truck to come to the pier and fill up each boat that wanted additional fuel. It was only a short leg of about 250 miles but it is always nice to leave with full fuel tanks.So next I am going to share some thoughts on me and the trip. It is just me thinking and rambling. It is in response to someone asking if I was enjoying the trip or not. They. read more...


09/06/2017

Blonde Moment - BLOG TWO – FALMOUTH 5th to 9th June

BLOG TWO – FALMOUTH 5th to 9th June If you have to be stormbound anywhere, Falmouth isn’t a bad place to be.Known internationally as a safe haven it lived up to its reputation this last week.  Monday saw horizontal rain with winds gusting up to 40 knots from dawn till dusk.  Ian very sensibly jumped ship (again!) and had a difficult train journey to Bristol airport.  In his own words “signal failure at Par; train off tracks at Saltash; all trains suspended on Dawlish route – it can’t get any worse!.   It took 20 hours to reach Milan and he arrived in drizzle and thunder rolling around the alps!  Maybe it can……Pendennis Marina has been wonderfully welcoming.  We are located five minutes from a Tesco Express and fifteen minutes from lovely. read more...


09/06/2017

Timshel - Tonga to Fiji Day 1 and 2

Very little wind so we set off under engine.At 21.00 managed to set sail wing and wing, but only making 3 kt or so, gave up after 6 hours when boat speed down to less than 2 kt and wind at 5 kts and motored.And motored, wind getting less and less all day by evening a glassy calm.Spectacular sunset in front of us with the full moon rising behind.The moon makes the night passage so easy almost as bright as day.We slowed a bit to conserve fuel as we are obviously not going to get there in daylight Saturday so plan for Sunday morning arrival at Vanua Balavu in the Eastern Lau group of Fiji.. read more...


09/06/2017

Lexington - THE NEXT CHALLENGE

We are 150 miles from the north east portion of Fiji. We are going to a village named Lomalomawhich is in the Lau group or eastern group of islands. From what we hear Fiji is not as wellcharted as most of the other areas that we will visit on our trip. Most of the time our chartsare right on and our GPS shows us our position on our accurate charts. With that informationwe will sometimes enter areas in less than ideal circumstances. In Fiji we will need to bemore cautious. In and around areas where reefs are or might be, we will move in the daylightwith someone on the bow to look at the depth of water. Another tool that we will use is GoogleEarth and Google charts. These are satellite photos that have been geo-referenced. That meansthat we can look at a photo which should coincide with. read more...


09/06/2017

Timshel - Tonga

Our time in Tonga was all too short but we had a great few days.Snorkelled on the reef at Coral Gardens, fantastic fish and coral, but we should have waited for the tide to come in to make it easier to start off over the reef.Tulla Mhor and Taistealai came over for curry that night, next day we went anchored at Port Maurelle and took the dinghy into the spectacular Swallows cave, and then back in to shelter from heavy rain.We had a great visit to the Botanic gardens with demonstrations of Tongan culture and handicrafts and a wonderful Tongan feast (with roast suckling pig) and Tongan dancing. Wednesday was mainly taken up with getting clearance out with Customs and getting fuel, I also managed to get my hair cut, then we had a great dinner at the Mango cafe, with entertainment from local. read more...


09/06/2017

Timshel - Arrrival in Tonga

The 2nd day of the passage started off as Wednesday 31 May and finished as Thursday 1 JUNE, we crossed the International date line at 16.20 and celebrated with scones and jam for afternoon tea.Managed to keep sailing wing and wing, gybing just after midnight on Friday.We could see Vav'au, Tonga as it got light, and Shamal overtook.Closing the land the wind died so we motor-sailed the last bit to the finish line, ironically having crossed the line (at 11.40) we were able to then sail most of the way to Neiafu.Stefano and also Martin and Helen (of Laura Dawn, just transferring to Owl) were on the dock to take our lines, the officials started with the Quarantine man and then Customs, but it did not take long, then we could move off to find a mooring, inflate the dinghy and go ashore for a. read more...


09/06/2017

Raggy Doll - Day 4, 5 and the Morning of 6 - The results are in

Before I get embroiled in the why's and wherefore's of the election results, that I'm sure by the time this is posted you will all know, I, for one did not vote, purely because I left home before the postal vote arrived and I wasn't organised enough to arrange a proxy, so at this point, I am taking the "no comment" stance.Wednesday was used doing general odds and ends with AJ spending in excess of three hours in the marina laundry room washing the boats smalls (or larges as the case may be), while Andrew and I went into town and enjoyed a Costa Coffee and dipped in and out of various usual or unusual shops. Those of you reading this, may be thinkingby now, that AJ is just the yacht skivvy, in Andrew and my own defence, that is not the case, she is a well respected and valued member of. read more...


08/06/2017

Lexington - Tonga Prize Giving Party

We had the usual prize giving party that is at the end of a leg. It is just a good excuse to have a party and give a few prizes. It is usually a festive atmosphere as everyone is anxious to get on with the next leg. I will add a photo of three of our sailors who decided to get a Fiji cloth ( lava lava ) which is a wraparound skirt that Tongan men wear. One fella even had his boat logo put on the bottom edge. The biggest news is that we won two prizes. We guessed closest to our arrival time and came in first in our division.  I am sure there are much better sailors in our group but we had a pretty good sail with winds that were strong enough to make our twin head sails work well. We also gained a little by being able to sail directly on the rhumb line (straight line to the. read more...


08/06/2017

Aurora Polaris - 4.-7. Juni 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

4.- 7.juni 2017 World ARC 2017-2018Vi hadde bestemt oss for å gå fra havna til ei av øyene, siden det var søndag og første pinsedag. Alt er stengt på søndager, for da går alle i kirken. Terje var borte hos Shamal for å informere dem om hva vi hadde tenkt å gjøre, og kom tilbake med beskjed om av vi skulle gå i kirken. I mitt stille sinn syntes jeg det var helt OK. Vi kledde oss med tildekkede skuldre og knær, slik de gjør her på Tonga – ikke bare i kirken, men også ellers.Den nærmeste kirken var katolsk. Ikke helt som i Europa, men mønsteret var det samme. Mange bibelske bilder på veggene, men her var det ikke så mange helgener og Mariaer. De fleste bildene var av Jesus. Det føltes nesten som om vi satt midt i kirkekoret, for det var kraftig sang rundt omkring oss. Dirigenten stod framme. read more...


07/06/2017

Mischief - HI HO!

The infamous partner of Duncideock treacle mine lead his crew towards the start line in Plymouth cheered on from the shore by his noteworthy business partner Rumpelstiltskin. As a salute to Crumpledforeskin a cry of HIHO was made across the airwaves. A local Devonshire bylaw permits Treacle Miners the right to use this pro-word as correct radio procedure. The crew of Dave's worked together like a well oiled spring. Dave on the helm, Dave and Dave on the winch, Dave on watch, not forgetting Dave on the lazy sheet.Mabel the mouse taking it uponherself to squeak orders at the crew. After tight manoeuvring on the start line Mischief to Mabel's delight, found herself leading the fleet out of Plymouth Sound.Close hauled out into open waters, the wind reached 32 knots necessitating the use of. read more...


Mischief - HI HO!
Mischief - HI HO!
07/06/2017

Blonde Moment - BM blog 1

Hi AllWell it is a week since Blonde Moment left the Hamble on the first part of what we hope is going to be a great summer of sailing!!!Paul and friends left Hamble point Marina late afternoon on Tuesday 30 th May after the completion of some late minute work - thanks Transworls yachts and   Dan for your help  - As is the norm the wind was on the nose and they had to beat out of the Solent but then enjoyed a fast sail to Studland Bay, where they anchored overnight.  Followed by every type of wind to Salcombe and then Plymouth via the Eddystone Lighthouse to show Ian what it looked like as his RORC qualifying race the weekend before unfortunately did not make it that far!Mayflower Marina Plymouth was as always, very welcoming and we managed to. read more...


07/06/2017

Raggy Doll - Day 2 and 3 - Falmouth

The last two days have been spent at Falmouth, with winds reaching 40 plus mph. Even though we are safely tucked up in the marina the boat has been rocking and rolling as if we were at sea, ropes clanging and banging against rigging, mooring lines groaning and creaking under the strain. At times rain lashing down and then breaks of glorious sunshine. The only weather we haven't experienced since we left Hamble, Southampton is sleet and snow, we've been hit with everything else including thick fog while we were sailing. Grib files (weather charts) are being checked by skippers several times a day, with everyone looking for that window to make the smoothest journey across the notorious Bay of Biscay. We know now we are here until at least Saturday, but as I have said before Mother Nature. read more...


06/06/2017

Serafina of Maldon - The Start. Plymouth to Falmouth and Dolphins!

One of two Serafina's in the ARC Portugal this is the blog of Serafina of Maldon, a Najad 460. She has taken part in this event in her early youth, back in 2008 (with her first owners). We've owned her since 2015 and we took her back to her roots to cruise the Baltic for the last two summers. We thought we should see a bit of the north before going south to warmer climes!Although we knew we were not going to get much further, it was good to move on from Plymouth and actually start the rally. The weather refused to be kind to us as it started raining at 0855, just as all the boats were gathering at the start line for the off at 0900.Of course the wind was coming from exactly the course we wanted to make. As we can't tack Serafina's genoa through the jib easily (she's cutter rig) we short. read more...


Serafina of Maldon - The Start. Plymouth to Falmouth and Dolphins!
Serafina of Maldon - The Start. Plymouth to Falmouth and Dolphins!
05/06/2017

Raggy Doll - Day 1, 4th June - off to Falmouth we go

Nature decided that Bayona was off the cards for now, we were headed for Falmouth!This morning at 0900, twenty yachts of varying sizes lined up at the start line, a wiggly line anyway! We were off. The journey to Falmouth was very mixed, we managed to get caught up in a squall which meant we had to reef down, as with full sail Raggy Doll was overpowered. Andrew shouted instructions with a couple of Anglo Saxon words thrown in, as he held the wheel keeping her on course, while Jane and I pulled, palmed and winched various halyards and sheets (ropes for the lay people reading) I cannot describe it as pleasant, but I did get away with not requiring a sick bucket! AJ (Aunty Jane for the non family members) was in a much better state than me and kept Andrew and myself fed and watered the. read more...


05/06/2017

Serafina - Log Day 1 - Plymouth to Falmouth

Our rally start day began with a good breakfast and a quick tidy up on the boat.  We headed off to the start line around 0815 ready for the 0900 start.  It began raining prior to the start and continued to get worse during the morning.The weather was not kind to us and we had to battle the wind and seas until mid afternoon when the day started to brighten up.  The wind however was still not in our favour.  We sailed on without turning to the engine for assistance and crossed the finish line in Falmouth harbour at 2200. Barbara HeyworthSailing with Jubilate Mare at the back of the pack.IMG_2692.. read more...


Serafina - Log Day 1 - Plymouth to Falmouth
Serafina - Log Day 1 - Plymouth to Falmouth
05/06/2017

Misto - Days 144-149 May 30-June 5 Across the date line and into Tonga

We were able to fly the parasailor from Niue to Vava'u in Tonga with very little motoring.At last we caught a fish and landed a 11lb Mahi Mahi. On this leg we crossed the date line and are now ahead of the USA which is very confusing. We arrived around midday and checked in without any issues - we just had to wait to the afternoon for Customs and Immigration as a P&O cruise ship was in Neifau - apparently this only happens once a month.The Vava'u group in Tonga has a different geology compared to the other islands we have visited before. The land has been formed by volcanic activity that has uplifted the sea bed.Tectonic plates have collided, one is being pushed under the other forming the deep Tonga trench to the east resulting in fairly low islands of corraline rock (limestone) and. read more...


04/06/2017

Taistealai - Suwarrow & Niue

We are just having the best time on the World Arc visiting amazing places with amazing friends its such unique event. Lots of photos on our blog https://my.yb.tl/yblogtaistealai cant believe we are almost half way around the world !  . read more...


04/06/2017

Lexington - 6/4/17 Tonga

We are at an anchorage called Coral Garden in Tonga. It was a short distance travel from the port city of Neiafu which was the checkin port. The whole area is lots of islands and interesting spots within very short distances. It is an excellent area if the weather is good and you do not want to sail long distances. We have only been to one spot so we do not know that much. Unfortunately we need to be back in Neiafu Wednesday to do checkout and skippers briefing for the next leg. We had Edwin and Bianca from Zeeland over for dinner last night. We were looking for an opportunity to share some of our wahoo that we had caught earlier. We had a lovely dinner. Edwin and Bianca are a very interesting couple who are world travelers. He is from Holland originally but has lived in Italy for a long. read more...


03/06/2017

Raggy Doll - To sail or not to sail? That is the question.

The big question on everyone's lips at this time is "are we sailing anywhere tomorrow?"There have been lots of conversation about weather fronts moving in, with tales of force 7-8 winds accompanying it. Various comments from "our boat can easily cope with that" to "thats not my idea of fun!" So family and friends, who may or may not be reading this, we, are well and truly in the "that's not my idea of fun" party. Having travelled down from Hamble to Portland last Saturday, getting caught in the middle of the parade of sails race by the Isle of Wight Needles, (various obscenities yelled from our boat to others who didn't seem to know the starboard tack rule) then onto a very choppy sea with the wind straight on the nose at force 6 gusting force 7, the sea wasn't quite sure if it was doing. read more...


03/06/2017

Mischief - Keep Calm and get into Mischief 2nd June 2017

Friday 2nd June, an imported day, the rest of the crew arrived, the "London set" who brought sophistication to Mischief to complement the existing crew members. We welcomed the lovely Lisa and her partner, great sailor Dave who was to Dave's first mate across Biscay. Dave? Did someone say Dave? Yes Dave! Great Dave!  Mabel looked on, perusing this complicated situation and reached the conclusion that communications would be more effective on board if we were all called Dave.........Later last night at the welcoming evening Andrew Bishop suggested we change our name badges to our preferred name and from that moment all crew on Mischief go by the name Dave!!!!!Shocked and devastated skipper Dave had to be consoled with copious amounts of alcohol after Andrew Bishop welcomed him back. read more...


Mischief - Keep Calm and get into Mischief 2nd June 2017
Mischief - Keep Calm and get into Mischief 2nd June 2017
03/06/2017

Mischief - Keep Calm and get into Mischief 1st June 2017

The next day as we entered Plymouth harbour entrance, the Skipper was delighted to see his "favourite rock in the world", Shag rock protruding erect and familiar.  The Royal Corinthian yacht club hosted the first of many suppers to be enjoyed with the ARC. It is situated on the water’s edge between The Barbican and Plymouth Hoe. Magnificent sea views over Plymouth Sound greeted our eyes as Andrew Bishop the Director of the company showed us the start line for the race which on that evening was bathed in sunlight. We met many of the other cruisers but were most pleased to be reunited with our dear friends Gary Clements from Arcarius, Neil from Serendipity and Trevor and Jean who have crewed on Serendipity. The evening ended in the very convivial surroundings of Jolly. read more...


Mischief - Keep Calm and get into Mischief 1st June 2017
Mischief - Keep Calm and get into Mischief 1st June 2017
03/06/2017

Mischief - Keep Calm and get into Mischief 1st June 2017

Sadly Mabel was terribly disappointed that Her Majesties Navy fleet did not organise a guard of honour to celebrate our arrival in Dartmouth.  She was however, relieved she wouldn't have to consider running aground in the Dart. Dartmouth is of strategic importance as a deep-water port for sailing vessels. It has a rich assortment of historic buildings, but perhaps unusually, four of the town’s oldest buildings are also pubs.  Mabel greeted this news with much excitement and seeing this, the Skipper decided all crew should be rewarded with Exmoor Ale and a glass of Malbec in the Cherub Inn. The convivial establishment was first recorded in a document in 1380. For most of its life it was a house, it spent some time as a shop and local knowledge suggests a brothel. read more...


Mischief - Keep Calm and get into Mischief 1st June 2017
Mischief - Keep Calm and get into Mischief 1st June 2017
03/06/2017

Mischief - Keep Calm and get into Mischief 31st May 2017

In Weymouth we were moored ready for an early departure for Dartmouth. A kindly, toothless fisherman aided a smooth mooring praising the local Yates's steak that we declined.  The following day we negotiated the inner channel between Portland Bill and the Shambles and were rewarded with calm seas and a little short cut towards Dartmouth.Dave and Wendy relax. read more...


Mischief - Keep Calm and get into Mischief 31st May 2017
Mischief - Keep Calm and get into Mischief 31st May 2017
03/06/2017

Mischief - Log Keep calm and get into Mischief. 30th May 3rd June 2017

 Keep calm and get into Mischief. 30th May 3rd June 2017 Adventurous Skipper David Tipton, farmer and gin pourer is accompanied for ARC Portugal by a glamorous pair of docking queens, his gorgeous partner Wendy Knight, AKA Commander and his "scare-pirate" and only staff member Anita Nickelson.  They have welcomed onto the boat a small mouse named Mabel, who has aspirations to become Admiral of the ARC Portugal fleet over no less than Andrew Bishop. She is seen here cautiously negotiating Southampton water after having organised the salvage of a small blue fender called Barbie wearing a matching fitted jacket.   Visibility as we entered the Needles Channel was poor. Mabel was very relieved she'd procured more sophisticated electronic equipment for the boat. She. read more...


Mischief - Log Keep calm and get into Mischief. 30th May 3rd June 2017
Mischief - Log    Keep calm and get into Mischief. 30th May 3rd June 2017
Mischief - Log Keep calm and get into Mischief. 30th May 3rd June 2017
Mischief - Log    Keep calm and get into Mischief. 30th May 3rd June 2017
Mischief - Log Keep calm and get into Mischief. 30th May 3rd June 2017
Mischief - Log    Keep calm and get into Mischief. 30th May 3rd June 2017
Mischief - Log Keep calm and get into Mischief. 30th May 3rd June 2017
Mischief - Log    Keep calm and get into Mischief. 30th May 3rd June 2017
Mischief - Log Keep calm and get into Mischief. 30th May 3rd June 2017
Mischief - Log    Keep calm and get into Mischief. 30th May 3rd June 2017
Mischief - Log Keep calm and get into Mischief. 30th May 3rd June 2017
Mischief - Log    Keep calm and get into Mischief. 30th May 3rd June 2017
Mischief - Log Keep calm and get into Mischief. 30th May 3rd June 2017
Mischief - Log    Keep calm and get into Mischief. 30th May 3rd June 2017
Mischief - Log Keep calm and get into Mischief. 30th May 3rd June 2017
Mischief - Log    Keep calm and get into Mischief. 30th May 3rd June 2017
03/06/2017

Aurora Polaris - 3. Juni 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Vi stod opp før det var lyst, stappet i oss noen bananer og resten av kanelsnurrene, pakket det vi trengte for resten av dagen, og tok dinghyen inn til brygga. Nå var det lørdagsmarkedet som gjaldt. Ikke det at vi trengte så mye, men kapteinen skulle ha tak i noen plastperler til å lage agn av. Det viste seg at akkurat det å få tak i plastperler, var veldig vanskelig. Derimot brukte vi ganske lang tid på å få designet t-skjorter på Tropical Tease. Dama som eide den butikken, hadde vært på kafeen «vår» og fortalt om bedriften sin, og hva hun kunne gjøre for oss, men vi hadde vært der enda tidligere allerede, og var dermed godt i gang med prosjektet. Kapteinen hang over henne og datamaskinen for å få båten vår utstyrt så riktig som mulig, slik at vi kunne få den trykt på t-skjorter og. read more...


03/06/2017

Aurora Polaris - 1. og 2. Juni 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

… og så er det slik at vi har mistet en dag! Vi har ikke passert datolinja ennå, for den ligger på 180 lengdegrader, og vi er bare på noenoghundreogsytti! Tonga følger datoen til den «østre delen» av verden. Det vil si at vi nå har hoppet rett over fra 31.mai til 2.juni, og dermed er vi 12 timer foran dere i Norge! Det betyr at Cecilie «mistet» bursdagen sin, den 1.juni. Dermed ble hun feiret i to dager. Først hadde vi krydderkake og sjokolade den siste dagen i mai, og da vi kom fram til Tonga og hadde sjekket inn og lagt oss på bøye, feiret vi igjen med kaffe og nystekte kanelsnurrer, før vi gikk i land og hun ble feiret enda en gang med hele gjengen om kvelden på ARC-en sin lille cafe.#end. read more...


03/06/2017

Aurora Polaris - 30.-31.. Mai 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Tirsdag og dagen for avreise for Niue, men først skulle vi tur øya rundt. Vi begynte tidlig, for det var marked fra morgenen av. Pakket med oss snorkleutstyr, ekstra klær og pass for utsjekk. Klokka var bare litt over seks da vi dro og hentet Rita og Marcel. Vi fikk heist opp og parkert dinghyen, og gikk mot sentrum. Da var klokka nærmere halv sju, og varene var nesten utsolgt. Vi burde faktisk ha vært der en og en halv time før, for da hadde de flest varer. Fikk likevel kjøpt litt bananer, pasjonsfrukt og urter/grønnsaker. Rita og jeg kjøpte oss hver vår vifte som var flettet av palmeblader. Til slutt kjøpte vi hjemmelagde smørbrød (toast med skinke/ost, eller ost/ananas) og kaffe. Terje måtte selvsagt ha smultboller (berlinerboller). Etterpå handlet vi litt mer til lunsjen, slik at vi. read more...


03/06/2017

Aurora Polaris - 27.-29. Mai 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Nå går jeg helt «vas» i datoene her! Vi ankom Niue rett over midnatt – natt til søndag, og da trodde jeg det fortsatt var lørdag, og var forundret over å høre kirkeklokkene ringe. Det kunne jo vært bryllupsklokker, men det er vel sjelden de ringer på formiddagen – unntatt når vi er på andre siden av kloden, da!Vi hadde en fantastisk seilas mot Niue. Vinden kom rett bakfra, og bølgene hadde lagt seg såpass at vi fikk 10-11 knops fart – rene velstanden! Da vi kom fram, var alle fortøyningsbøyene tatt, men en av våre kjekke medseilere, Sumore, tilbød oss fortøyningsplass på samme bøyen som dem. Det er for øvrig samme båt som vi gikk sammen med gjennom Panamakanalen.Søndag morgen tilbød vi oss å finne oppankringsplass, men Steven syntes hanhadde så greie naboer, at det var ikke nødvendig, så. read more...


03/06/2017

Aurora Polaris - 25.-26. Mai 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Ikke noe spesielt å berette i dag, 25. Det har vært stille vær, nesten ingen vind, og varmt. Vi har sløvet på hver vår benk, med kryssord som vi av og til bytter med hverandre. På den måten kommer vi ofte raskere i mål.Den tilveiebrakte fiskestanga, gitt av noen av våre medseilere, har hengt ute hele dagen, men ingen fisk har bitt på ennå. I morgen spiser vi tunfisk som ble fisket på den lengste seilasen vår, fra Galapagos til Marquesas. Nasjonalretten i Fransk Polynesia, er nettopp rå tunfisk i kokosmelk, og det smaker helt nydelig. Vi kommer likevel til å steke den Terje fisket. Føler oss usikre på tilberedningsmetodene til polyneserne. Nå, på nattevakten, er det begynt å blåse litt behagelig tradevind igjen. Vi har vinden på tvers, og med tradisjonell seilføring går det så det. read more...



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