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18/06/2017

Aurora Polaris - 15.-18. juni 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

I “Bay of Islands” lå svært mange av våre ARC-båter. Vi ble ønsket velkommenav dem der vi kom inn og la oss til rett før solnedgang. Neste morgen droalle de andre videre, og vi og Shamal ble liggende igjen. Vi ønsket åutforske bukta før vi dro videre. Det vi da gjorde, var å ta dinghyen ut oggå med den langs land, rundt øyer og bortgjemte viker for å fotografere ognyte synet av alt det ukjente. Der var øyer som så ut som sopper, og allesammen var helt tilgrodd med vegetasjon. Tok vi borti fjellveggene, måtte vivære forsiktige, for de var kvasse som nåler. Nedi sjøen så vi massevis avnydelige fisker i alle slags farger, og noen av vikene hadde turkis farge ogvar innbydende å bade i.Omtrent midt på dagen, dro vi tilbake til båten for å gjøre forskjelligeting, og rundt kl.15 skulle Shamal. read more...


Aurora Polaris - 15.-18. juni 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - 15.-18. juni 2017 -  World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - 15.-18. juni 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - 15.-18. juni 2017 -  World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - 15.-18. juni 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - 15.-18. juni 2017 -  World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - 15.-18. juni 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - 15.-18. juni 2017 -  World ARC 2017-2018
18/06/2017

Aurora Polaris - 12.-15. juni 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Det gikk som planlagt! Vi kom inn i atollen Vanuana Balavu, og gikk til Lomolomo. Der ventet toll og immigrasjon på oss. Vi trodde de skulle komme om bord, og jeg hadde hatt et svare strev med å rydde opp etter seilasen. En del saker og ting har en tendens til å fly rundt når vi stamper av gårde i slik vind vi har hatt de siste dagene. De speedet imidlertid opp den prosessen, så kapteinen for av gårde med alle papirene til «Laura Dawn». Der fikk han ordnet både immigrasjon og internett for oss.Senere gikk vi i land i den lille fiskerlandsbyen som minner meg litt om en vi besøkte i Las Perlas. Her var det imidlertid litt ryddigere, selv om Lomolomo var ramponert av syklonen Winston i februar 2016. De fortalte oss at bare i denne landsbyen var seks mennesker omkommet. De hadde fått noe. read more...


18/06/2017

Aurora Polaris - 11. juni 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Det begynte med sol og fint vær, og vinden rett på nesen. Etter hvert snudde den mot nordvest, og vi kunne seile. Det økte på utover ettermiddagen, og vinden dreide sør/sørvest. Det begynte å bli veldig ubehagelig, med skikkelig «bausing» og jumping, og jeg kjente at jeg måtte være ytterst forsiktig med aktiviteter, ellers kom jeg til å bli sjøsyk.Vi nådde igjen de andre båtene som hadde gått litt tidligere enn oss, så nå er vi i nærheten av hverandre – fem båter i alt – det føles godt!Nå, nattestid, har vinden roet seg noe, og vi har fullmåne. Det gjør det ekstra fint å ha nattevakt! Tidligere i dag hadde vi gråvær, og noen av båtene hadde regnbyger. Vi har hatt mest sjøsprøyt!I dag fikk kapteinen en sværing på kroken! Snella raste ut, og stanga var aldeles krumbøyd. Da han rakk bort. read more...


18/06/2017

Starblazer - 18/06/2017 – Challenging sailing!

The challenge we are facing on this leg is to keep Starblazer moving as far as possible without reverting to the engine.Friday morning’s efforts are a bit more than our normal cruising behaviour though probably familiar to racers.It was a foggy morning, we only saw the ship passing 1.5 miles behind us as a blurred outline though he knew we were there.AIS is a wonderful tool; we had received notification of his details and a CPA (Closest Point of Approach) of between 0.1nM (18.4 metres) and half a mile when he was 12 miles away.John called him up and he offered to alter course to starboard to pass safely behind us.The separation between us increased when the wind piped up a bit and we sailed at a speedy 6 knots for about a quarter of an hour.Ocne he was clear of us we altered course to. read more...


18/06/2017

Lexington - More Photos

  Here are some more photos.. read more...


18/06/2017

Lexington - 6/17/17 Taveuni, Fiji

We are on the island of Taveuni, Fiji. We came to the southwest area of the island to Paradise Resort. They have free mooring balls for visiting yachts and they are extremely yacht friendly. They came out to help us tie to their moorings. When we went ashore they were there to greet us and give us a tour of their facilities that we were free to use. We all had dinner there. We are three boats, Skyelark, Aurora, and us. They brought out a birthday cake at the dinner for one of us that they had picked up that had a birthday. They have excellent customer service and were rewarded by us booking a diving trip, snorkeling trip and a tour of the area. Four more ARC boats are coming tomorrow because of what we told them. I am going to send more photos of our tour yesterday. May fair winds fill. read more...


18/06/2017

Lexington - Tour 6/17/17

We took a tour today. World Cruising had arranged it for everyone. That is one of the things that World Cruising does very well. We had a bus (very old) to take us to Ene’io Botanical Gardens. The owner was a very nice native Tongan who had devoted his land to a botanical garden. He was well educated, with a agricultural degree from the University of Hawaii. He had been the Commissioner of Agriculture. He had about 500 species of plants. They also had a demonstration on the uses of coconut, weaving palm leaves, making a cloth type material from tree bark and making kava powder for a mildly intoxicating drink. After the demonstration we had a very nice lunch with local dancers performing. I did not remember everything but I will try to name off what we were offered. We had a salad, baked. read more...


17/06/2017

Isbjorn - ISBJORN OFFSHORE: Sail fast, to get to the pub!

June 17, 20172011A grey evening 120 miles off the west coast of Ireland. Grey ocean, grey horizon. A very fine mist hangs in the air, and while the fog has come and gone over the past 24 hours, the visibility is good currently. A variety of seabirds circle the boat, gannets among them which is a sure sign of land drawing nearer. As are the fishing boats. We've had a dozen or so at any given time appear on AIS, meandering around haphazardly at 2-3 knots, only one coming close enough to get a visual on. It was a good opportunity to teach the crew how to use the radar and what a target looks like on screen. Isbjorn sails fast under spinnaker on a waning breeze, 8.5 knots steady and surfing into the tens once in a while, 11.7 our top speed today. We're racing towards Ireland now, committed. read more...


16/06/2017

Misto - Days 156-159: June 12-15 Vanua Balavu, Lau Group

Following the waypoints around the island, and keeping a sharp lookout for rocks and reefs, we made our way north to Mbvatu Harbor. Rather like a fjord, this deep anchorage is surrounded by steep, undercut cliffs covered in vegetation.After a couple of abortive attempts at anchoring in slightly shallower water we dropped all our chain in around 65' of water.That evening we had a great party aboard Exit Strategy.Early the next morning we set off in the dinghy to the jetty on the far side of the anchorage.There we climbed a winding staircase of about 350 steps up the hillside.At the top the devastation wrought by cyclone Winston was apparent, with many downed coconut trees and others just stripped of their vegetation.On the advice of a local lady we followed a path across the plateau and. read more...


Misto - Entertainment in Daliconi village Vanua balavu
Misto - Entertainment in Daliconi village Vanua balavu
Misto - Sunset in the Lau Group
Misto - Sunset in the Lau Group
Misto - Visiting Joel and his family on Vanua Balavu
Misto - Visiting Joel and his family on Vanua Balavu
Misto - The beautiful exploring islands on Vanua Balava
Misto - The beautiful exploring islands on Vanua Balava
16/06/2017

Lexington - More Photos From Taveuni

Here are a few more photos from our tour. . read more...


16/06/2017

Lexington - Taveuni Island Tour

We are on the island of Taveuni in Fiji. All three boats hired a van and took a tour to several waterfalls in the south end of the island. We had two long walks to see various waterfalls. I am sore and tired from walking. We ended up having a pizza and then coming back to the boat. I will send a couple of photos. May fair winds fill your sails with enough energy to walk to your next waterfalls! Bob . read more...


16/06/2017

Lexington - To Taveuni

We are headed to the island of Taveuni which is part of Fiji and west of Bay of Islands on the island of Vanua Balavu where we were last night. Exit Strategy, Skyelark of London and Lexington are traveling together. This is free sailing time so we will go our various ways and end up in Musket Cove to begin the next leg. As usual it was down wind sailing and we used our twin head sails. We have come to the northern tip of the island. We are in the bay near Naselesele Point near the village of Matei. We are anchored in about 20 feet of water well off from land because there is a broad reef which is very shallow at low tides. We all came together because Dan from Skyelark has been here before. So we pooled our knowledge and followed Dan. We are going into the town tomorrow to do a tour. read more...


16/06/2017

Lexington - 6/13/2017 Daliconi

By now you have figured out that I am crazy or lying. And you figured that an old man like me must be lying. But I don’t have that much money. The photo in the previous post was real. It was from another boat that actually has a tub built into the steering well of the boat. As you can imagine it is a very nice boat. Now I will include a photo or two from the village. May fair winds fill your sails with island memories! Bob . read more...


16/06/2017

Lexington - 6/13/2017 Daliconi Village Meal

We went to the village of Daliconi for a dinner cooked by the local villagers. Their school was destroyed by typhoon Winston. They fixed the dinner for all our boaters and we paid a fee for the meal. It functioned as a fund raiser. They had dancing and music. They have a very nice clean village in a bay on the west side of the island. So here is the interesting dichotomy. The people were doing their traditional music, singing and dancing. During one of the songs, their traditional “farewell ” song, I took a picture of one of the singers holding a cell phone with the words to the song scrolling along as they sang. A real mixture of culture and technology. The only other thing to share was a visitor to our boat. On one of the islands a young lady wanted to hitch a ride to the next island.. read more...


WikiWiki - Albacore in Bay of Biscay
WikiWiki - Albacore in Bay of Biscay
16/06/2017

Yoda - OOPS I was having way too much fun

OOPS I was having way too much fun with the ARC Europe to write a blog ! Plus I am not sure anyone besides the ARC staff are reading it anyway? Keep up the great work Arc Rally control, you guys are fantastic and all your hard work is seriously appreciated. A HUGE thank you for everything you do, seeing your happy faces when we arrive makes it all worthwhile. Well what a journey. Having 40knot’s plus at times and huge seas to flat calm when coming into Lagos yesterday, us sailors really have experienced everything along the way. Lea and I agree that the last leg seemed to be the worst, because of the confused short choppy sea and the fact we were a bit worn out by this point and just praying we wouldn’t have anything major break. Thank God nothing major broke…a few leaks and a kitchen. read more...


WikiWiki - ARC Fleet in Bayona
WikiWiki - ARC Fleet in Bayona
WikiWiki - Never too many crew
WikiWiki - Never too many crew
WikiWiki - MRCYB, Bayona
WikiWiki - MRCYB, Bayona
16/06/2017

Isbjorn - ISBJORN OFFSHORE: Ireland Bound?

Friday, June 16. Day 70449I woke at 0345 to Martha & Bruce rousting Mia, who in turn rousted me. I'm not taking an 'official' watch this passage, but promised to do Mia's first half this morning. Getting up to see the sunrise sounded like a great idea last evening when I tucked into my warm bunk in sweatpants and a hoodie...A clear horizon was already visible by 0400 in the grey dawn, and it's light out now (it doesn't get fully dark until 2300 in the evening). A waning but bright half moon peeks through low, scudding clouds every few minutes. The cockpit is wet, though it's not raining. I'm dressed, fully - long underwear beneath sweatpants, wool socks, two long sleeve shirts under my puffy coat, my merino neck gaiter, hat, all under my waterproof foulies and PFD. It's not THAT cold. read more...


16/06/2017

Starblazer - 16/06/2016 – Progress?

For the first five and a half hours after leaving the marina in Ponta Delgado we had a lovely smooth relatively fast sail along the south coast of the island though we only made about three miles towards the first waypoint we had put in the GPS!If you look at our track on either SPOT or the Yellowbrick (now that we have recharged it) you might well wonder where we plan to make landfall.Iceland perhaps?No we are going to Camaret, close to Brest, in the northwest corner of France.Our bizarre heading is an attempt to keep the wind for as long as possible as there is a large, untidy looking Low between us and mainland Europe.This is ‘déjà vu’ because our previous return with ARC Europe in 2010 was similarly challenged by the Azores High.That year the High went all the way to Scotland so we. read more...


Blonde Moment - DAVE FROM MISCHIEF - VICTORY!
Blonde Moment - DAVE FROM MISCHIEF - VICTORY!
Blonde Moment - Dave from Mischief fighting with his code zero
Blonde Moment - Dave from Mischief fighting with his code zero
14/06/2017

Blonde Moment - blog 6

Wednesday 14 June149 miles from 0800 Tuesday to 0800 Wednesday.A day of sails up; sails down.Engine on; engine off - bit frustrating, so our overall mileage good considering.Sail change again between 0300 and 0400 with moon up and lots of dolphins watching proceedings.Charlie and Paul handled this one allowing Dee 7 hours in her bunk.We have been goosewinging since the early hours (headsail poled out on one side; main the other) doing about 7 knots downwind.We hope to be in Bayona by daybreak tomorrow........if this wind continues.Having seen no other boats all night, we crossed within a mile of Blue Monde (HR43) and then had to dodge a "herd" of fishing boats (group name for fishings boat unknown)!As we rounded Cape Finisterre the wind double in strength and we have been surfing down. read more...


14/06/2017

Isbjorn - ISBJORN OFFSHORE: Alone in an empty sea

14 June, 20171255I'm a manly, manly man. Just took an ice cold shower in the cockpit outside. I sent the crew below so I could be comfortably naked. But man is that refreshing! The seawater temp is 62, and the tank water perhaps a degree or two warmer. Wakes you up!It's cleanup day on Isbjorn. We've been at sea now almost 4 days, have sailed 575 miles and been through some rough weather. The skies finally cleared around 0300 this morning and the wind & seas have abated slightly, so time for showers and a boat cleanup today (partly inspired by a full French press of coffee that exploded in the galley, grounds and all, earlier this morning...). I'm in charge of heads, Mia galley & floor, the crew scrubbing the cockpit. Nice to get a fresh start in the cleanliness department.Not. read more...


13/06/2017

Blonde Moment - blog 5

Tuesday 13 June 2017We are crossing from French waters to Spanish as I write - progress is good considering - 150 nm from 0800 Monday to 0800 Tuesday.The sun is shining; breeze gentle.We started on Sunday with winds from SW gradually veering WSW to NW and now on Tuesday NE to E !!The problem is the waves haven't quite caught up with all these changes.So today we have small (1.5-2) wind driven waves from behind NE with quite frequent, much larger rollers from the West.The result, we roll gently from side to side then lurch into a trough which rolls us vigorously for 4 or 5 then back to gentle.Whether sitting, standing or in our bunks, you are braced for the next lurch.........Bayona had better be worth this!A sail change was required at 0300 (code zero down; poled out headsail and main. read more...


13/06/2017

Starblazer - 12/06/2017 - Our mini cruise of the Azores

We made landfall in Horta on the island of Faial just before sunrise.The early arrival left us both short of sleep so that day was rather a non-event for us as one or the other was asleep!We did go for a walk and find a paint shop, useful because I wanted to paint our flag on the wall.In 2010 I painted a big one on the pavement close to where we were moored and a smaller one on a wall by some steps, alongside a number of other ARC Europe 2010 boats.I am pleased to say that they are still recognisable though the lettering has deteriorated.Sadly I didn't have enough time to refresh the paintwork.Starblazer's painting is much brighter than Fair Encounter's, I hope it lasts better though I doubt that we'll ever get back to check it!One afternoon we went for a sail on a traditional whaling. read more...


13/06/2017

Raggy Doll - Time to call it

It is Tuesday 13 June, and I am writing this last blog with a sad heart. We left Falmouth on Sunday morning, well stocked with provisions and ready to head for Bayona Spain. All started well.When we were 6 hours into our journey AJ and I were hit with a stomach bug, that we are pretty sure was food poisoning. We had eaten at a local pizza restaurant Saturday evening and the common denominator between AJ and I and not including Andrew was a Pizza we had shared. We know it wasn't the dreaded sea sickness because of how it presented, I shan't go into too much detail but suffice to say the heads took a bashing along with the bucket. I was fortunate that I wasn't sick, just the other end and I can only put this down to the fact that I was wearing scopoderm. The concern was if Andrew got it. read more...


12/06/2017

Blonde Moment - blog 4

Monday 12th JuneWhat a difference a day makes.The wind started to drop on the skipper's watch 0500-0900 and despite Charlie helping Paul to rig and fly the Code Zero, the engine is now on, the sea oily and we are rolling as the 3-3.5 metre high waves head for France.A different challenge today - hot showers whilst wedged against the roll was interesting and making anything in the galley requires balance with one hand braced.A pod of pilot whales went past in leisurely fashion and a school of maybe ten small dolphins or porpoises.Engine now off and the code zero is full and flying.Home made curry, rice and naan breads has been polished off and we are ready for our night watches.. read more...


12/06/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob : 6/12/2017

We are anchored in an area called Bay of Islands. It is on the other side of the island that we checked into. The trip around was slightly challenging in that the charts are not that accurate so Sam stood watch at the bow for most all the trip. We left at about 10 a.m. and got the anchor down at about 3. The charts can be off about 1/2 mile. A good portion of the markers are not there. We were just trying to be careful and it is confusing when you do not know whether the next mark you see is the next mark on the chart or totally missing. There are several other boats here. One couple came up to us in their dinghy to ask if we knew someone. The someone was a skipper of Hanna, a boat from Sweden whom we knew. These people are from Germany. It is a small world. We are going to the next. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob : 6/12/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob : 6/12/2017
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...



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