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25/02/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 46: A Magical Day Beyond Our Wildest Dreams

Yesterday we quibbled about spending nearly $200 on a tour to Los Tuneles, but are we glad we did! We had the most magnificent day and, no matter what else happens or whatever else we experience during the remainder of our circumnavigation, it will be icing on the cake after today. We were collected from Paw Paw by a tour boat and headed up the west coast of Isla Isabela. The tour involved a short stop at Roca Union to view a different type of boobie and then headed to Cabo Rosa for two separate snorkeling adventures that were beyond our wildest dreams.We saw huge turtles that were at least 5-6ft long and 4ft wide,baby and adult seahorses, schools of golden rays, white-tipped sharks, royal angel fish, penguins and not just one or two of each of these,but countless. They were so. read more...


24/02/2016

Luna Quest - Wednesday, 24th February, 2016

Noon Position: 01.51S 38.57WDaily run: 114 logged milesYesterday afternoon the rainclouds spread densely on the northern horizon, more densely than elsewhere. We were heading straight for them and as they darkened to a black curtain from west to east, there was no escape. We watched for lightning, but none flashed and there was no noise of thunder. The curtain looked impenetrable and threatening, but as our progress continued, the very centre of the curtain seemed to move ahead of us at a similar speed, so that it looked as though we would never reach it despite stray fluffy outcasts coming our way. All afternoon it seemed as though we were chasing our fate, but towards evening the curtain lost its black colour and seemed to be reabsorbing into its grey surroundings, but intense. read more...


24/02/2016

Firefly - Close reaching back to Phuket

It is Wednesday 24th February 2016, our 26th Wedding Anniversary and Firefly is taking us southwards back to Phuket, Thailand. Early yesterday we left Surin after spending 6 very enjoyable days there. The winds in these parts are very fickle and of the 50 miles we traveled, Firefly was sailing for about half of the time, the other half the engine was on as well - either the wind was too light or coming from head on.En route we stopped at Koh Taichia for a break and as we reached the island the onshore wind picked up to about 15 knots and the water off the glorious beach was really choppy. This deserted island attracts daytime tourists in large numbers and there were upwards of 20 passenger speedboats all bobbing about have disgorged their clients who we could see on the beach, several. read more...


24/02/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 41: A Place Out of this World

Since yesterday was a public holiday, the residents of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the capital of Isla San Cristobal,were out in force, sowe got to partake in the festivities as well. These included delicious treats from street vendors,a fishing contest,a fireworks display, a concert featuring varoius local artists, which, of course, lead to dancing under the stars. We also managed to squeeze in a Happy Hour with the other WARC participants, as well as enjoy a lovely dinner with Nina (Lynda and Steve).Today we visited the Interpretation Centre which did an excellent job of explaining the forces of nature that came together to create the richness and varied fauna and flora that comprise the Archepeligo of the Galapagos Islands. With the prevailing winds and the various ocean currents which. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 41: A Place Out of this World
Paw Paw - Log Day 41: A Place Out of this World
24/02/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 44 & 45: The Jewel of the Galapagos Harbours

We arrived in Puerto Villamil, Isla Isabela mid morning yesterday. Known as the "Jewel of the Galapagos Harbours" it is easy to see why. It is wild and unspoilt. The reefs surrounding the anchorage are home to a variety of both marine and land wildlife.During our early morning snorkeling adventure this morning we saw white-tipped sharks, sealions and all sorts of reef fish, but the cutest of all are the Galapagos penguins. They are less than a foot tall and dart around the water at amazing speeds. What added to the joy of this snorkel outing was that every time we raised our heads to look around us we had blue-footed boobies curiously staring at us - a sight to behold and an amazing experience.Yesterday we took a long walk along the white sandy beach which stretches for miles leading. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 44 & 45: The Jewel of the Galapagos Harbours
Paw Paw - Log Day 44 & 45: The Jewel of the Galapagos Harbours
23/02/2016

Luna Quest - Tuesday, 23rd February, 2016

Noon Position: 03.09S 36.50WDaily run: 143 logged milesNo sooner had we posted yesterday’s blog entry, than the sun disappeared behind a thick layer of grey and darker grey clouds. Soon it began to rain and more rain, but the wind held, so our progress was not impeded. I decided to chance having a rainy wash in the cockpit with soap and shampoo, but the rain was not as dense as I would have liked it. The rain did not feel cold, but once wet and soaped, the wind brought a little chill. While waiting for the rain to rinse me clean, I utilised the time in the cockpit by washing the seats, but found that the shampoo kept seeping into my eyes, making the task a little uncomfortable. Other than my hair, I was soon thoroughly rinsed, so I went down below to use some of our precious water to. read more...


22/02/2016

Luna Quest - Monday, 22nd February, 2016

Noon Position: 04.21S 34.47WDaily run: 156 logged milesAll night we ran goose winged under full genoa and double reefed mainsail. A few minor squalls helped us on our way faster and we were clearly leaving the squally weather band behind. During the night we adjusted the Hydrovane a couple of times to round the northeast point of Brazil and this morning under twin foresails we have been able to lay our course northwest to take us along the northeast coast of South America. We are aiming for a good offing to avoid any debris from the Amazon and Para rivers and benefit from the Guiana current that runs with us along the coast. The sun is out today in full, the cockpit bimini is up and the kettle on for a cup of coffee. The majority of the fleet have gone to Fernando de Noronha to explore. read more...


23/02/2016

Starblazer - 23/02/2016 – Three weeks in Brazil!

Where has the time gone?Why no blogs? What have we seen and done?These are all valid questions; I hope my answers aren’t too boring!We arrived on the Tuesday exactly one week before Carnival, except that Carnival runs for 5 nights, officially preceded by several days of practice and loud music almost all night long for the whole week.Street preparations were already well advanced with row upon row of chemical toilets lining the streets and statues and vulnerable buildings boarded up, especially in the Cidada Alta or Upper Town also referred to as the Pelhourino.Salvador’s Carnival is divided into three circuits with the groups performing on different circuits on different nights, the circuit in the Pelourino being the shortest and most compact and the one in Barra, the seaside area about. read more...


22/02/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 18. Galapagos. Sunday, 21/02/16. 00.53.74S 89.36.75W

Wednesday, 17/02/16.Up early to see where we were in daylight and to get out a stern anchor out before the rest of the fleet started to arrive, which was almost immediately.We then waited for the mass of officials we knew had to inspect the boat before we were cleared in and could go ashore and lucky for us, they came to Alcedo first, a positive tidal wave of them, led by the WARC agent, Ricardo, who dished out a fistful of forms and acted as interpreter.So Anthony and the Ship's Boy filled in forms while the Skipper answered questions in the cockpit and the Skipper's wife opened up the engine compartment and demonstrated what we would use for a diesel spill, then showed the doctor the medical kit and assured her none of us had a temperature, red eyes or rashes.Meanwhile Jane was showing. read more...


22/02/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 17. Galapagos. 00.53.74S 89.36.75W

Monday, 15/02/16.A lovely night after 2.00am when we were able to turn the motor off and sail with full Main, Genoa and Staysail, with some beautiful nocturnal gulls for company, the moon and a sky full of stars.Then a day of fantastic sailing across a sea of perfect blue and long swells, with only gulls and petrols for company and such peace and tranquility.The wind gradually died as we knew it would and by midnight, we were motor sailing again.Happy with winning one leg, we are keen to just get to the Galapagos as quickly as possible and never mind the penalty for using the engine, plus the Nav lights on the bow seemed to attract the gorgeous nocturnal gulls that fished so gracefully around the boat.Pure white in the lights, they came and went like phantoms, totally silent except for. read more...


22/02/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 42 & 43: Reconnecting with Friends

Elaine decided to take a timeout on Saturday and spent the day relaxing aboard. Roy went ashore to visit the fresh produce market and then we both enjoyed sundowners ashore followed by a delicious dinner with crew from three other yachts, one of whom - Daz- is onboard with us for a few days hitching a ride to Isla Isabella. Today we enjoyed a WARC arranged tour which had us up bright and early to visit one of the beaches south of our anchorage in order to snorkel in a lagoon where turtles sleep.A most unusual site, but very cool indeed! We also had the good fortune of seeing a huge marine iguana swim past us. That was followed by a boat trip to Kicker Rock for another snorkeling adventure.Unfortunately the water was very merky and it was cloudy,but when the sun decided to peak through. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 42 & 43: Reconnecting with Friends
Paw Paw - Log Day 42 & 43: Reconnecting with Friends
21/02/2016

Luna Quest - Sunday, 21st February, 2016

Noon Position: 06.28S 33.49WDaily run: 135 logged milesYesterday’s wind continued to favour us during the afternoon enabling us to pole out the genoa to starboard and the staysail to port with the mainsail furled to the boom. We love this rig as Luna Quest stays upright, no banging of sails or booms and stable on its course within 20 degrees either side of the wind from behind, but it was late in the afternoon and we were keen to complete the change of rig before darkness and before the radio net was due at 5.45pm. We had three quarters of an hour to complete it and in our haste I twice failed, having dropped the mainsail, to attach the main halyard properly to its fixing sending the halyard aloft. It swirled about wrapping itself around the lazy lines, the mast steps and anything else. read more...


21/02/2016

Exody - Das 396-403: Birthday arrival at Fernando de Noronha

Anchored here this morning at 09.00 February 20th, my birthday, after just under five days mostly upwind passage from Salvador.Although the swell is impressive, and the crashing waves ashore dramatic and sometimes noisy, it is great to be at anchor with the hatches open allowing the first moving air inside Exody for what seems like an age and the pleasure of a full night's uninterrupted sleep ahead! This time last year we were enjoying as my birthday treat the drift snorkelling at Kicker Rock, Galapagos.We had a superb long lunch ashore at the Mergulhao bistro overlooking the anchorage. Kind of tapas: deep fried cheese in cane sugar, filet mignon with cheese and pineapple, shrimp balls.I dipped out to clear in with the Port Captain officials then we shared a heavenly chocolate sweet and. read more...


20/02/2016

Aretha - 25 Miles from Porto de Pedras - sailing the Brazilian Coast - 09 12 South 34 51 West

1833 Local time. Back at sea again. It’s been an eventful 2-3 weeks and as always the time flies and life is full. I’ll do my best to share my recollections.We made land fall in Brazil on the 31st January. After a good 3 weeks at sea, it was great to have our second Team Aretha Atlantic crossing under our belts and to be safely in Brazil. Expectations were high as we approached the buzzing city of Salvador, home to some 3 million Brazilians the majority of whom were tuning up for Carnival - the time of year when the City basically shuts down for 10 days and parties around the clock. We knew the reputation before we arrived as being the largest party in the world.The final approaches were a little anxious - our engine was playing up and would cut out every half an hour or so. With Jani,. read more...


20/02/2016

Luna Quest - Saturday, 20th February, 2016

Noon Position: 08.24S 33.30WDaily run: 133 logged milesYesterday afternoon the wind veered to the Southeast enabling us to free up our course and sails and reduce the angle of heel. Luna Quest's speed improved to more than 5 knots and all night she ran under a reefed genoa and two reefs in the mainsail, just in case a squall was going to hit us. This morning the wind veered further and we are now sailing with the wind on the starboard quarter under a full genoa, but leaving two reefs in the mainsail. Luna Quest’s speed improved again (over 6 knots) and the boat is now thankfully almost horizontal heading on a new course of almost due north. Sailing along the Brazilian coast is a hot exercise. The temperature is well over 30C and one cannot help thinking how the slaves in the old slave. read more...


19/02/2016

Luna Quest - Friday, 19th February, 2016

Noon Position: 09.51S 34.46WDaily run: 102 logged milesWith the sun going down last night, the squall activity seemed to lessen. We carried two reefs in the mainsail and a full genoa to make way into the dark, lumpy seas. A ship appeared on our AIS and took the better part of the night to overtake us. When it did she was less than a mile from our quarter. I radioed the ship to make sure they had seen us. They were on their way to Colombia. Today, the day has started bright and hot. The temperature in the boat is 32C and the humidity 78%. One does not feel like doing much. Julia has had to retire to her quarter bunk as the heat in the cockpit was just too intense. Luna Quest ploughs on regardless of heat and humidity at a steady 4.5 knots. She chucks the bow wave either side of her and. read more...


19/02/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 40: Land of the Giant Tortoise and Charles Darwin - Galapagos

A few hours after crossing into the Southern Hemisphere and witnessing the most amazing sunrise yesterday, it was "land ahoy" - San Cristobal, Galapagos was spotted in the distance and we were welcomed by rays,dolphins, sea lions and birds of all types en route to our anchorage, where we remained in quarantine until we completed all the officialdom yesterday and today. Taking the water taxi to land this morning reveled the most amazing place.We definitely have a sense, after just one day of exploring, ofhow Charles Darwin felt when he first encountered these islands.Spectacular! More details and photos to follow.. read more...


19/02/2016

Firefly - Twice back to the Surin Islands

Firefly is on a National Park mooring in Ao Mae Yai Bay on Ko Surin Neua, the northern most of the 2 large Surin Islands. As we were heading north up the west coast of Thailand we spent 4 days in the very same spot and it was so good that we had to come back, although we did not expect to re visit twice. Having had our Valentines Day lunch out at the Kong Kleng resturant, our favourite one back in Buffalo Bay on Koh Phayam, we had moved on to the south east facing bay called Ao Khao Kwai. Here we had anchored near the Phayam Lodge dive boat as we were being collected at 0630 the next morning to go diving on Richielieu rock. Richielieu is said to be the best dive site in Thailand and at this time of year is most famous for attracting Whalesharks, the largest fish in the sea. It also hosts. read more...


18/02/2016

Luna Quest - Thursday, 18th February, 2016

Noon Position: 11.02S 36.03WDaily run: 112 logged milesEarly morning we were fully expectant of another hot slog up the coast in a gentle breeze from the East, the sun overhead and a cloudless sky. However, during the morning clouds began to build ahead of us, dark grey clouds that foretold squally weather. Half way through the morning the breeze fell to a light air and the engine was put on heading us away from the coast. Half an hour later Luna Quest was struck by torrential rain and a strong breeze from the Northeast, the very direction we wished to go. We already had one reef in the mainsail from the night before and with the genoa furled up, the engine was barely making any headway, so we half unfurled the genoa and headed out on a course just south of East, close hauled with the. read more...


17/02/2016

Luna Quest - Wednesday, 17th February, 2016

Noon Position: 12.16S 37.18WDaily run: 109 logged milesSince leaving Salvador we have run 128 miles. In our present position we are some 55 miles off the coast and well clear of any ill-intended locals. If we go much further out, we are likely to run into the Brazilian Current, which would slow our progress even further than it is already by the heavy easterly seas. We are on the starboard tack fighting a moderate easterly breeze. We expect to stay on this tack until some time next week when we should be able to change course north west, direction Caribbean.We have received a report from Rally Control saying that the Fortaleza marina is no better than last year and that one should use it only for checking out of Brazil. As we did our clearances from Salvador, we have no need to go to. read more...


17/02/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 39: A Moment to Remember - Crossing the Equator

I'm not sure I'll be able to do this justice with my words, but this moment is one for the memory box indeed.Under the brilliance of stars on a moonless early morn,on the glass-like flat Pacific Ocean with the morning star reflecting off the water, with sparkles all around Paw Paw from the bioluminescence,with the Southern Cross hanging in the skies overhead and with Southern Cross by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young blasting out, the Island Girl and Pirate crossed the equator with champagne in hand, topped of with freshly baked scones and jam. Welcome to the Southern Hemisphere and the South Pacific.It is what dreams are made of!31cae054-c150-4dce-bb93-db4403ace219165680172 4d27e7e0-0e8a-421b-b273-ad8da0c1223b-1648834908 03823fc2-d79a-4399-a271-2516125557bc-1081676472. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 39: A Moment to Remember - Crossing the Equator
Paw Paw - Log Day 39: A Moment to Remember - Crossing the Equator
Paw Paw - Log Day 39: A Moment to Remember - Crossing the Equator
Paw Paw - Log Day 39: A Moment to Remember - Crossing the Equator
Paw Paw - Log Day 39: A Moment to Remember - Crossing the Equator
Paw Paw - Log Day 39: A Moment to Remember - Crossing the Equator
17/02/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 38: Preparation For Neptune's Visit

We had a great day of sailing in lovely smooth, calm seas today. Roy managed to replace the cleat that was broken during our Panama Canal transit and we got a few domestic chores out of the way, as well as chat to a non-WARC yacht who hailed usjust to say hi.The highlight of the day, though, was deciding on and then making / assembling our costumes in preparation for Neptune's visit as we cross theequator sometime between 0400 and 0500 early tomorrow morning. Champagne is on ice, baked godds are ready to be popped in the oven. Let the party begin! Galapagos here we come!. read more...


16/02/2016

Aliena - Martes 16-02-2016

Hemos pasado la linea del Ecuador hace un rato y lo hemos celebrado haciendo una ceremonia sueca a Poseidon. Los chicos se han bañado en el mar porque está como un plato. Yo no porque siempre tiene que haber alguien con cabeza en el barco. Esta noche veremos la Cruz del Sur.Desde anoche, de madrugada, estamos navegando a motor por la falta de viento, lo que es una lata. Hoy al amancer hemos visto cinco ballenas que parecian dormidas. Nos han dado un susto porque hemos pasado casi por encima de ellas, pero es que solo las veiamos un poco cuando respiraban. Por lo demás está todo muy tranquilo y nosotros muy bien. Yo no paro de acordarme de mis nenas.Hoy hemos hecho 153 nm y nos faltan 95 nm para nuestro destino. Mañana al amanecer llegaremos a la Isla de San Cristobal en Galapagos.Carmen. read more...


Overseas Express - Carango fish caught by Eric
Overseas Express - Carango fish caught by Eric
16/02/2016

Overseas Express - LOG 3 Galapagos Transit

LOG 3 Galapagos transitWe started the transit to Galapagos from Las Perlas Panama on the 12th Feb 2016. The leg is 850 Nm and will last 6-7 days, depending on the weather and winds of course. There was little wind in the beginning, so we used the engine for some hours. I had bought a new fishing rod called PENN SQUALL GOLD . The rod was tried out as soon as possible, and at sunset we caught a 10 kg Carango. Eric was struggling for forty minutes before I gaffed it, and took out the guts, and did the filleting. Eric and I had raw Carango with lime pepper&salt and olive oil, which was washed down with rum. We had some Parrot fishes in the fridge which Eric had shot with his spear gun ( he has caught a lot of them on the coral reefs in Las Perlas) that we had for dinner. The day after we. read more...


16/02/2016

Luna Quest - Tuesday, 16th February, 2016

Noon Position: 13.04S 38.28WDaily run: - Destination: St George’s in Grenada (Caribbean) - 2,500 milesSalvador was hot and sticky and discouraged exercise, but we did witness Carnaval during the day, although it is said that at night it is more lively. Given the heat, we quite understood; the sun has been directly overhead. The marina in Salvador was not in very good condition and one cannot help feeling that a lack of care might be the reason for it. There seems to be a lack of care wherever you go. People drop their litter in the road or on the pavement, the buildings look tired, some are abandoned, especially the ones from the colonial period. Even the churches could do with a clean inside and out. Salvador is littered with them and cathedrals, the most prominent one of which was. read more...


16/02/2016

Blue Summit - Galapagos Bound

All eyes are on the GPS as we drop down in latitude- at 7:30 am (Eastern time) we're at 00 50.68 N- about 11 hours from crossing the equator into the Southern hemisphere. The winds stayed pleasantly moderate yesterday all day (around 10-15 knots) which was more than we thought we'd get and on a beam reach we were able to move along nicely at 7kts. We also had a 2 knot current with us at times which was enormously helpful. The winds began to drop through the night and we turned on an engine briefly from 4 am-7 am just to keep us moving. The winds seem to have picked up little nowso it's off again and we're bobbing along nicely in a quiet sea. Our ETA in Port Baquerizo on San Cristobal is now mid-morning tomorrow. A daytime landfall sure beats a nighttime one, especially in such a magical. read more...


16/02/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 37: Mother Nature

Like all passages, one plans them with the best knowledge and information one has prior to the start. For us we thought the ITCZ would influence this passage somewhat in terms of little to no wind in sections. So, in order to minimise the amount of motoring needed, we chose a route that would maximise the availability of wind with a reasonable sea state in terms of wave height and direction, keeping safety paramount. Well, Mother Nature had other ideas and we basically ended up being the proverbial magnet to unfavourable conditions.First, by ending up in winds and seas worse than we wanted at the start of the passage and then today ending up in a 3.5 to 4 Kt current which,no matter what we did, kept setting us too far north and west of our destination.We eventually had to "bite the. read more...


16/02/2016

Two Fish - Day 37 - Half way to Galapagos

We are officially in offshore passage rhythm.2 hours of "on watch" followed by six hours "off watch" is the plan.Reality works out to something different.Mike and Rebecca often share their watches while I will often do the bulk of Gail's night watches and she does the bulk of my day watches. Our bodies are used to being jiggled, we walk naturally like penguins and hold on to the boat at all times.We enjoying chatting when a crowd forms in the cockpit but also appreciate the silence of standing a solo watch.The boat and the sea set the tempo.Sometimes life is very slow and patience is required.We spent a night coasting in light air with twin head sails pulling us along.While other times one is very busy. My heart rate races with the physical effort of a full sail change.Chute down.Boat. read more...


15/02/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 16. Notes on Leg 3 to the Galapagos. 01.17.68N 86.37.50W

Sat 14/02/16.We did find wind again last night and have made reasonable progress south, if not quite as much west as we would have liked, with the Genoa goose winged and one reef in the main.Today started cloudy, but the sky cleared and we have had a pleasant time with just enough wind to keep sailing all day.We seem to have missed doing anything for Valentine's, other than Jane, who sent Hugo a message.Our passenger bird left us this morning, probably a good thing as The Skipper nearly trod on it in the dark and swore as he got pecked on the ankle.We think it might have been a young petrel, we have seen quite a number of them, as well as Shearwaters and boobies.Anthony saw a turtle and we have managed to catch one not very big fish.At tea time we gave up trying to sail in the dying. read more...


15/02/2016

Aliena - 15 de Febrero de 2016

4º dia de navegacion.Esta madrugada ha cambiado el viento. Ahora es Sureste de unos 10 nudos que entra de través y hace que la navegacion sea muy agradable y como tenemos una buena corriente favorable, hacemos un SOG de casi 8 nudos. Hemos dormido como angelitos y hemos adelantado una hora el reloj para adecuarnos al huso horario de Galápagos. Hemos recorrido con corriente incluida 195 nm. El mar está mas tranquilo con lo que hay quien se ha duchado en cubierta en el asiento de popa con vistas al mar. Seguramente llegaremos mañana y como viene siendo costumbre ya de madrugada.Carmen. read more...


15/02/2016

Widago - Halfway to Galapagos

Since the wind and seas were so calm tonight, Ahab decided it would be a great time to have the autopilot fail. Some screw backed out and the whole chain dropped off. Luckily this happened at about 10:45pm. Good to have a farm-raised skipped aboard who found all the pieces in the bilge. David stayed up and hand steered, while learning new adult words from Ahab. I was in charge of the paper towels.All has been repaired on board.Auto is now back online, and skipper just took his third shower of the day. Let's just hope we don't lose the water maker tomorrow!:) wishing you a calm and uneventful eveningAliimage1. read more...


Widago - Halfway to Galapagos
Widago - Halfway to Galapagos
15/02/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 36: Happy Valentine Day

Elaine awoke this morning after her early morning watch to a delicious cooked breakfast with freshly baked soda bread, all prepared by Roy - a lovely surprise!I guess if someone had told us 35 years ago, when we celebrated our first Valentine's Day together, that we'd be out in the middle of an ocean, on a yacht, celebrating this Valentine's Day together,we would definitely have considered the idea romantic,but ludicrous! Elaine remembers the card and beautiful bouquet of roses she received from Roy that day like it was yesterday. Happy Valentine's Day everyone!As for being on a yacht,we had a good sailing day in 18 to 22 Kts of wind in very lumpy seas with swells around 8ft, but we made great progress towards Galapagos with our top speed reaching 13Kts. This evening things slowed. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 36: Happy Valentine Day
Paw Paw - Log Day 36: Happy Valentine Day
14/02/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 35: Feast or Famine

The day didn't start off very well due to high seas and strong winds - we inadvertently ended up on the edge of a sector of weather we were trying to avoid, but by mid-morning things started to moderate.It seems to be feast or famine here in the Pacific, as earlier tonight we had to put one of the engines on for about 1.5 hours due to no winds. We did,however,get to see dolphins again and Roy had two nibbles on his rod,but both fish got away unfortunately . Elaine had a moment when "reality hit home" that we were actually doing our first ocean crossing - better late than never!. read more...


13/02/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 34: Worthwhile Pleasures

Just seen the Southern Cross hanging in the southern sky. Our latitude is 06°46'. This is the furthest south we've been since leaving South Africa 21 years ago. It's been a busy day and night with plenty of traffic to scoot around, but there's always a little something to make it worthwhile - a huge leatherback turtle surfaced to take a peek at Paw Paw and some of the yachts behind us saw whales. And now we await the breaking day and another sunrise at sea!. read more...


14/02/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 15 Heading for the Galapagos. 05.07.71N 81.59.58W

Thursday, 11/02/16.  Just need to report an unexpected surprise at the barbecue on the beach.  By some amazing handicap calculations, we were first in our class for Leg 2, possibly because we were well north of most of the fleet and had better winds, so only motored for a total of 15 minutes.   Prize was a bottle of rum, very happy with that and now feel we can relax even more about position in the fleet, as one win is plenty and we know there will a lot of motoring to the Galapagos.  Plus, we had a great evening with the lovely family from Chillie B who are great fun and fortunately speak good English.Friday, 12/02/16.  Official start for Leg 3 was 11.00,but quite a few boats left early to try and advantage of the forecasted winds.  It was a tight. read more...


14/02/2016

Aliena - Domingo 14-02-2016

3º dia de navegación Las Perlas Galápagos.Seguimos a vela. En la madrugada de esta noche el viento ha subido bastante y hemos tenido que rizar las tres velas. A bordo todo tranquilo salvo por el movimiento que producen las olas de unos dos metros. La sensación dentro del barco es de gravedad 0. A pesar de todo la pasada noche conseguimos dormir mejor. Ahora acabamos de quitar los rizos porque ha caído el viento. Hemos perdido de vista a todos los barcos y no vemos pez alguno. El color del mar está cambiando y de un marron feísimo se está volviendo azulado. Hemos hecho 183 nm y nos queda algo mas de dos días para llegar. La organización ARC no va a estar en Galapagos hasta el 18 y nos preguntamos cómo vamos a hacer el papeleo de entrada.Carmen. read more...


14/02/2016

K1W1-Beanz - Log day 3 - Learning about volcanoes

K1W1-Beanz are going "off curriculum" this week to learn about volcanoes and evolution in preparation for landing in Galapagos in a few days.Lowen, Theo and Reuben did some great work this morning with their cousin Jago, who is off to study Geography at university next year, so is much better placed than us to lead on this topic.Lots of talk of magma and lava this afternoon - when the seas calm down a bit we plan get the science kit out and make a few exploding volcanoes of our own! image1. read more...


K1W1-Beanz - Log day 3 - Learning about volcanoes
K1W1-Beanz - Log day 3 - Learning about volcanoes
13/02/2016

K1W1-Beanz - Log day 2 - First Pacific Kids Net Controller

Lowen was delighted to start off the WARC 2016 Pacific KidsNet as Net Controller this afternoon.He was a little nervous but did really well and loved chatting to the other boats about the huge turtle we saw today. He is happy to be handing over the baton to WIDAGO tomorrow. Great to give the kids chance to catch up with each other on passage. image1. read more...


K1W1-Beanz - Log day 2 - First Pacific Kids Net Controller
K1W1-Beanz - Log day 2 - First Pacific Kids Net Controller
13/02/2016

Aliena - Sabado 13 de Febrero, al habla el Capitan

De nuevo en el mar!!!Ayer a las 11h00 salimos de Isla Contadora camino de Galapagos. Estabamos en la linea de salida unos segundos antes del cañonazo (es un decir) de salida y tuvimos que hacer una maniobra extraña para no pasar antes, pero al final lo conseguimos y salimos de los primeros. Al cabo de poco empezaron a aparecer "velas de color", es decir, spinnakers y genakers, y sus propietarios aceleraron notablemente. A las 12h00 ya se habian definido las posiciones y estabos los sextos. Pepe hizo un reportaje fotografico que colgará en internet cuando vuelva a Madrid y estaba muy contento, porque la salida fue bastante espectacular.El viento aumento de los 10 nudos de la salida a unos 20 nudos y continuó refrescando por la noche, en la guardia de Carmen llego casi a los 30 nudos y. read more...