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18/05/2017

Lexington - 13°. 51' south. 159°. 35' west

It is 5:30 and I am coming to the end of my watch. It has been a pleasant night with winds in the 10-13 knot range and boat speed 5.5-6.5 knots. The only negative is the roll from side to side caused by southerly swells coming to the boat from the port side. Right now I am steering a little to the north to help a rain shower move in front of the boat and then off to the rear in the south. It is not big but it was easy to help it get out of my way. The only other negative is that with the rolling, it causes the foresails to flap occasionally. I hate hearing the sound because I know it is hard on the sail. When the boat rolls a lot the sail will lose its air and refill with a snap like a whip. It has added to the wear. We are doing well and two hundred six miles from our. read more...


18/05/2017

Isbjorn - Isbjorn Offshore: Riding the Azores High

Before we dive into the start of our trans-Atlantic, let's recap our arrival and layover in Bermuda. If you haven't seen it yet, check out a few videos we posted on our Instagram (instagram.com/59northsailing) and Facebook pages (facebook.com/59north) - they show better than I can tell how it went down.We had a SERIOUSLY gnarly arrival in Bermuda, the wind building and building from the SW as we made landfall south of Gibb's Hill light. We made it all the way on celestial, so it was special seeing the lighthouse appear before the dawn right where we'd hoped it'd be. Cool stuff. With the sunrise came the wind, but gradually at first. I'd shaken the reefs once the sun came up and about six other boats were visible ('We are PASSING them!' I commanded). And we did, blowing by all of them as. read more...


18/05/2017

Yoda - Leaving Bermuda

Well that was quite the start ! Motor sailing down the town cut was emotional. I never wanted to leave Bermuda... until I checked the bank account. The first day at sea had very little wind, but it did bring an awe inspiring sunset. Just as it held the horizon for the last few minutes of splendid beauty we had 5 common dolphins swimming and jumping at the bow. I haven't seen this since we left Gibraltar and I think they were just a sweet reminder of what we are going back too. I had to use an app to figure out what constellations I was looking at as it's the clearest night and there are more stars than any land lubber will ever see. 01:30 what the hell is that over yonder it looked like a huge orange segment and was so bright it frightened me at first. The moon is back shining the way. I. read more...


18/05/2017

Starblazer - 18/05/2017 – Bermuda

My apologies if I have already posted some of this information already. Unfortunately we had a minor crisis when the computer couldn’t start up yesterday as we were getting ready to pull up the anchor.No computer would mean no e-mail, no weather forecasts, no GRIB files and no blogs!When it couldn’t restart the computer offered to try to mend itself (clever computer) but warned that we would lose recently added programmes.What it didn’t mention was that recently added files would also disappear.I have lost all the blogs written on the computer since the day we arrived back in Nanny Cay last November.Grrrr!Shortly after we anchored in St George’s Harbour, Bermuda we were hit by winds of up to 45 knots, not fun especially as we had to re-anchor in possibly the worst of it.In the afternoon,. read more...


17/05/2017

Timshel - Bora Bora to Suwarrow Day 2 - 3

Slow progress in light winds.We are now in a world of our own again as our nearest companions Zeeland and also Owl and Exit Strategy put on their engines and motored ahead. We never quite ran out of wind so carried on sailing slowly, there is still 1000 miles to go to reach Niue (assuming one can get fuel there?) so don't want to be too profligate with the diesel yet.During the night, both Steve and I saw a bright green/white flash in the sky - meteorite or shooting star?, similar reported by other boats during the morning SSB net.Put up the cruising chute (first time since had to cut it down on Marquesas leg), seemed OK, broad reaching and making some northing (as forecast says weather better N of 14 degS). The sail really needs hand steering, so took it down before dark and set poled. read more...


17/05/2017

Lexington - 5/17/17. 14°. 33? south. 156°. 56? west

It is 5:00 on my watch. We have had a nice improvement over the past several hours. Yesterday afternoon we were about ready to start the engine but elected to rig the twin head sails and head more north than the rhumb line while expecting the winds to slowly improve and come back to a more easterly direction. The initial more northerly course was because the winds were from the south south east and we need to sail downwind with our twin head sails. As the winds backed to the east we are now able to head directly to our destination downwind using the twin headsails with out changing anything but our course. I am sure there are good reasons why not many people use twin headsails but I do not know enough to know why. We are ahead of a catamaran with a brand new expensive parasail while. read more...


17/05/2017

Aurora Polaris - 15.-16. Mai 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Mandag var «fridagen» vår. Den ble brukt til å kjøpe stålwire for å erstatte den som røk kvelden før. Vi hadde snurret den rundt «davidene» (jeg aner ikke hvordan det skrives) og trodde vi hadde fått opp begge. Det viste seg at den ene ikke var løst opp, dermed røyk den. Heldigvis for oss, hadde skipshandelen akkurat det vi trengte, og dermed kunne vi bare gå videre bort til AVIS og leie bil for å kjøre rundt øya. Denne gangen fristet det med en liten Renault, el-bil, en sånn som man må «tre på seg». Det var riktig trangt om saligheten, men noe tryggere å sitte og filme og fotografere enn om jeg skulle sitte bakpå en scooter. Noen resultater er postet på facebook, og noen er på bloggen vår, forhåpentligvis. Vi ble ikke mer oppløftet av å se hele øya. Moorea var mye penere!Lunsjen ble på. read more...


17/05/2017

Lexington - 5/16/17. 15º. 06". south. 155º. 52" west

We are sailing along today in light air (6-7 knots) only doing about 3-4 knots. It is hard to keep from turning on the engine to make better speed but I am often reminded that good sailors do well in light winds. On the big leg from Galapagos to Marquesas one boat did not motor at all. We motored for 5 days at low rpms and only about 4-5 knots. They arrived 8 hours after we did. They have a very nice fast boat with three good sailors and they were about to go crazy for the first few days of very light air. They tried any and everything to make progress as if they did not have an engine. I was asked to explain a parasail. It is a type of down wind sail. It is usually colored and balloons out in front of the boat like a spinnaker. It has a halyard to raise it and two lines on each bottom. read more...


16/05/2017

Yoda - Just over 12 hours

Wow what a crossing that was…from not enough to way too much wind we had it all ! Dragging anchor morning was not a fun event and for the sailors that were out at sea it was even less fun I have heard. At least we had nice men handing over Dark and Stormy'sat anchor. Thank you again for that it was really appreciated !What a great group of people from the yellow shirt and socks to the sailors sailing across. We have had a fabulous time here an Bermuda, it is such a beautiful place and the people are most welcoming. We decided to rent a couple of mopeds along with a few of the other ARC yachts and go to see the America’s cup boats. What an adventure speeding down the motor way the wind in my hair AC/DC Thunderstruck playing in my ear, I really felt like I was riding a Harley Davidson. LOL. read more...


16/05/2017

Lexington - 5/16/17. 15 °. 34? south.154°. 54? west. Headed to Suwarrow

So it is 2:00 and I am on watch. The wind is just behind the starboard beam at about 7-8 knots. The seas are flat and we are motoring. I am sure some good sailors would be getting a little sailing in but we get a little inpatient and light winds often flap your sails around and cause wear. The winds are supposed to improve late tonight. I have seen two meteors tonight. I saw one when I just started my watch. Then I caught myself looking around the sky for another while thinking that that was silly…they are not that common….and then another one streaked across the sky on the other side of the boat. We have about 2/3 of a moon. It is nice and light out. We are coming up to the point where boats have to decide what they are doing. All boats have the option to drop out in the middle and. read more...


16/05/2017

Timshel - Bora Bora to Suwarrow Day 1

Back to rally mode after 7 weeks or so cruising French Polynesia, the fleet is reduced to 20 with boats either electing to stay in French Polynesia for a year, going on independently or awaiting repairs (Forget Me Not) (hopefully we will meet up with them all later on), and the 20 divided into two groups of 10 due to restricted space at Suwarrow and Niue, so only 10 started on Sunday afternoon.Who would sail out of the pass under spinnaker?Hanna of course - well Parasailor.Conditions were pretty light once outside, Chuck set his new Parasailor on Exit Strategy and Laura Dawn, who had been committee boat caught up with her Asymmetric.We settled for wing and wing.Time to get back into night watches and passage making mode.By next afternoon there was even less wind, some squalls had brought. read more...


16/05/2017

Timshel - Society Isles

We paid a quick visit to Huahine, taking care to give the outer reef a good offing - we had been warned about the Pogo (a racy type of yacht) that had been picked up by a wave and dumped on the reef - fortunately all the people were OK. Then hurried on to Raiatea as we hoped to get the electrician there to fix our Raymarine autopilot. he thought the hydraulic pump was stuffed - but great news they had one at the chandlery in Tahiti and it could be airfreighted (with help from the agent Laurent).So we went to the neighbouring island of Tahaa (its in the same lagoon) and snorkelled in the coral garden - very impressive lots of very tame fish. Then waited for our part.Unfortunately when it came it was completely the wrong thing, an electric pump for a wheel not hydraulic, they never had the. read more...


Misto - Bora Bora
Misto - Bora Bora
Misto - Bora Bora Yacht Club
Misto - Bora Bora Yacht Club
16/05/2017

Misto - Days 123-129: Bora Bora, cyclone Ella and eagle rays

Bora Bora is the quintessential South Pacific Island.The image is of a sparkling turquoise lagoon, steep green hills and hotels with thatched bungalows built on stilts over the water.We arrived on May 9 after a rolly passage from Raitea as the weather was already being influenced by the tropical depression that was to develop into cyclone Ella.The weather also meant that the mooring field of the Mai Kai marina was very bumpy and so we sought refuge around the corner to the north at the Bora Bora yacht club which was considerably more sheltered.The weather pattern continued to be unsettled so we decided to stay put on our mooring ball for a few days.We rented a car with Andrew from Laura Dawn and circled the island - its only about 31 km!It became clear that the beauty of the island. read more...


15/05/2017

Lexington - 5/15/17 Back at Sea

It is 3:00 and I am on watch. We are back at sea on a 600 mile leg to Suwarrow which is an atoll along our route. From there we will head to Niue which is an island further down the route.  We are sailing along nearly dead down wind with our twin headsails. Some boats have gone a little further north because of the weather report. We are on the direct course with two other boats. We are hoping that the weather will not be bad or that much different over such a short leg. The good news is that we are ahead and behind two catamarans that are flying brand new parasails. Parasails are relatively newly developed down wind sails. They are expensive. They are fast and can be sailed at night because they are not likely to cause trouble. I am sure if the wind were to pick up a lot, like. read more...


15/05/2017

Aurora Polaris - 10.-14. Mai 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Våknet til gråvær i dag. Temperaturen like god, kanskje enda bedre når sola ikke steiker slik den pleier. Dro av gårde kl 9 med formålet å stoppe på vaniljefarm og siden dra rundt Taha’a for å ankre opp på andre sida av øya.Vi fant oss ei bøye, og etterpå dro vi inn med «Shamal» sin dinghy. Der, utenfor barneskolen, stod ei dame med en gammel pickup for å hente oss. Hun kjørte oss til hjemmet sitt, og vi fikk innføring i dyrking av vanilje. Vaniljeplanten er en orkidé, og den vokser som en slyngplante på andre trestammer, som gir planten den skyggen den trenger. Blomsten på den, må bestøves manuelt, fordi fransk Polynesia har ikke den bien som kan gjøre jobben for dem. Det betyr at de i blomstringstiden må gå hver eneste dag i blomstringstida for å bestøve hver enkelt blomst, som. read more...


14/05/2017

Lexington - 5/13/17. What I got for $510

Well I did my third kite boarding lesson today. It is the last day possible. We leave tomorrow. I was a little late because the chop and wind were bad and it is a long dinghy ride. It is about 3 miles across two areas of bays. The lesson went relatively well. I did a little better but there is a lot of room for improvement. I will send a video if it will go thru. May fair winds fill your sails with ships.....friendships are the best ships!  BobMy instructor Video.MOV. read more...


14/05/2017

Nordik Light - Near Key West, Thursday, May 11, 2017

Near Key West, Thursday, May 11, 2017So here we are, motor sailing along at 9 knots on a course of 350M, recently emerged from the Old Bahama Channel.  The current ran a knot or more against us all night and is against us now, as we run up the east side of Cay Sal Bank.  This crewman thinks we will begin to find less current against us as we head for the main body of the Gulf Stream, where we will get a on board for a 3+knot boost north.  First time sailing in this area, but third crossing of the GS, the world’s largest river.  It is a beautiful day, with a sunny sky, a few small, scattered clouds and fairly calm seas, swells 2 to 3 feet. With the favorable conditions forecast, we had left M dock at Nanny Cay at 0800 Saturday, as planned and were soon leaving the. read more...


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13/05/2017

Lexington - Bora Bora Tour 5-12-17

We rented a car to tour the island today. It is a beautiful island but there was not as much to see as there appeared to be on the other islands. That sounds a little spoiled. Bora Bora is largely populated by hotels with cottages on stilts over the water as far as you can see. There are lots of locals in traditional housing. You can have a small hut next to a large hotel. We ate a nice lunch on the beach at the south end of the island. See below.We also went by the Bora Bora Yacht Club which looked nice. Several of the boats are staying there. Some of it was very nice but some of their cottages had black plastic over the roofs where they were in disrepair. It was hard to tell if anyone was staying in them.Restaurant sheeting area on the dockView out the front of Bora Bora Yacht. read more...


13/05/2017

Wethomi - Windy days and Bermuda far away for Wethomi

Wind was forecast. And it came and waves with it. But more of both than expected. But with sails at towel size at least we were sailing in the right direction. Than the coldfront arrived. Thundershowers, heavy rain, wind force 7-8, gusts 9. Behind the front the wind turned to north. Thats where we want to go to. No chance to reach Bermuda with those strong winds and big waves on the nose. So for hours now we are sailing more or less in a 100 miles distance from Bermuda without approaching any further. We just hope that the wind will eventually go to sleep as predicted. Arrival Bermuda not before sunday.. read more...


12/05/2017

Starblazer - 11 &12/05/2017 – Whether the weather, whatever the weather

Whether we like it or not! This was a speech therapy rhyme remembered frommy first few months in infant school, but it adequately describes the lastfew days! The highlight of Wednesday was possibly the beef carbonnade,however the wind finally picked up a bit and we managed to turn the engineoff at 2200.That marked the end of a 29 hour motoring stint, with a briefpause when the fresh water cooling reservoir needed topping up.That fewminutes confirmed why we were motoring, the mainsail was hanging limply andthe boat drifted backwards with a bit of sideways!The wind stayed with us for 24 hours, at times we were averaging 8 knots for2 consecutive 3 hour periods.This stunning progress encouraged us to startthinking about an early Friday morning entry. The day’s run to noon was avery. read more...


11/05/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob 5/10/17 Bora Bora

The major bit of news is that I did a kite board lesson today. I had to take the dinghy for about 4-5 miles in choppy water. The instructor was very nice. We went right to it. So on the first lesson I flew the kite, learned to change the position, learned to land it, learned emergency release, walked forward, backward and sideways while controlling the kite, controlled the kite with one hand, turned a 360 and let the kite drag me left and right thru the water. I go back Friday for another lesson. You are right. If I was all that smart I would act my age. May fair winds fill your sails with enough to get air without passing air! Bob. read more...


11/05/2017

Isbjorn - Isbjorn Offshore: Ghosting Through a Placid Night

9 May, 0400Despite the early hour, there's the slightest hint of the coming dawn in the sky to the east. The night is crystal clear, and crisp. For the first time since November I have on a fleece to ward off the chill. And thanks to the northerly wind, it's a DRY chill, a feeling I've been looking forward too all winter long through the oppressive Caribbean heat & humidity.The wind came back at midnight, a light northerly, but enough to set sail. We'd been motoring since dinner time on a flat calm sea. Though our course should have been due north, the best we could make in the new breeze was 045 on the compass, about 030 true.0500As the nearly full moon sinks in the west and the sky lights up in the east, we're headed. 045, then 050. Frustrating. I tack, managing some fancy footwork. read more...


11/05/2017

Wethomi - Nightmare and paradise

A calm night. Wethomi moving constantly under motor. Lonely watch under the stars.Suddenly smell of electric fire. Smoke. "All men up!"Motor off. Electricity shut down. Look into the motor compartement: No fire! Uff!What happened? Took some time to find out that the main alternator cables had burned and disconnected. After a provisional repair of some hours we could continue into the beautiful morning.Later the wind came back. But from the wrong direction: directly onto the nose. So we tacked and had a wonderful sailing day with a nice breeze, little waves, sunny sky, delicious wahoo fish meals. Only our arrival in Bermuda will be much later now. Probably we will the last boat arriving. So what?What else happened?Sundowner with a red sun on one and a full moon on the other side, wahoo. read more...


Misto - Practising for cultural events - Raitea
Misto - Practising for cultural events - Raitea
11/05/2017

Misto - Days 120-122: Around Raiatea

We came down from Baie Hurepiti on Tahaa to the town of Uturoa on Raiatea early on May 6 as we have learned the hard way that shops close at lunch time on Saturdays.We passed Skyelark going the opposite way and they suggested using a Dream Charters mooring ball.No sooner had we attached to one than a dream charters boat captain informed us that we could not use them on Saturday's as they were needed by the owners.So we went on into the town dock.In the prevailing fairly benign conditions, there was only a little swell pushing us onto the concrete dock and later in the day we were able to move to a different position where we were facing more into the wind and the swells.This was a great base for exploring the town and made it easy to visit the supermarket.On Sunday morning we attended. read more...


10/05/2017

Starblazer - 10/05/2017 – A different day.

Yesterday the sun reappeared, for most of the day anyway.The wind, on the other hand, reduced even further, barely reaching the heady heights of 8 knots!All this means one thing; we have been plodding along on the engine since 1700, though we should have given in rather sooner. There was one brief spell when the wind piped up a bit, from about 6 to 12, when a squall came through yesterday afternoon.It was almost certainly part of a front which has been lurking around and the wind veered from southeast (starboard tack) to west (porttack).The mainsail went across easily however the genoa was poled out to starboard and was too far off the wind to be helpful so we rolled it away.During the brief but heavy shower two boats, motoring on a parallel course to us on our port side, quickly pulled. read more...


10/05/2017

Wethomi - Wahoo day on Wethomi

On the "road" again. After 5 month of cruising the caribbean islands we are now on the ocean once more. Back home to the mediterranean sea. After a nice start at Tortola where we crossed the starting line under parasailor we soon reached the open sea. It took us a while to get into the long range modus again. But once our Monitor windsteering had taken over the helm, the watergenerator was running, the fishing line was out and the sails were set we could lean back and enjoy the wide open ocean. Good reaching winds were pushing us fast to Bermuda. The waves were stressing our stomachs. The sky was beautiful.Two days of wonderful sailing were followed by "Jokel"-days. Jokel is our reliable diesel engine and as the wind went sleeping he took over.Yesterday it was so calm that we stopped the. read more...


10/05/2017

Aurora Polaris - 4.-9. Mai 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Oppdateringene kommer i bolker nå. Vi har jo ferie – hele seks uker i fransk Polynesia, og den nærmer seg nå slutten. Klarte å komme oss videre fra Tahiti den 5.mai. Da måtte vi stoppe på Moorea, eller seile direkte til Huahine, som lå om lag 75 nautiske mil fra Moorea. Kaptinnen var ikke så gira på nattseilaser når vi ikke må. Vi la oss på anker i nærheten av Hilton Resorts. Det var litt billigere enn å bo på Hilton med priser på far 500-1300 dollar pr.natt. Der var badestrand, korallrev og massevis av aktiviteter for unge og spreke folk. Vi valgte bade-/snorkleaktiviteter rundt båten. Etterpå dro vi til neste resort, Intercontinental, for der skiltet de med skilpadder og bading med delfiner. Vi hadde lunsj der, og etterpå gikk vi rundt og kikket og fotograferte. Nå er det slik at vi. read more...


10/05/2017

Aurora Polaris - 28. April 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Det øyriket vi nå befinner oss i, går under samlebetegnelsen Fransk Polynesia. Den første øygruppa heter Marquesas. Av de øyene har vi besøkt Hiva Oa, Ua Huka og Nuku Hiva. Alle disse øyene har høye fjell, og det er relativt dypt vann rundt. De er svært fruktbare, og leverer frukt til de andre øyene rundt omkring.Neste øygruppe er Tuamotu. Disse øyene består av korallrev, og har rikelig med kokospalmer. Der besøkte vi Takaroa, Fakarava og Kauehi. Det vi har erfart her, er at de lever av kokospalmene og det havet kan gi dem, det være seg fisk, skalldyr eller perleproduksjon.Der vi nå er, kalles Society islands. Disse øyene har både høye fjell og korallrev rundt. Det betyr at de nyter alle fordelene disse to landskapstypene gir, og bærer også bud om høyere befolkningstall og større. read more...


10/05/2017

Aurora Polaris - 28. April 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Vi fikk tidlig besøk av Marcel, for han og Terje skulle snakke wifi og nettverk om bord i båter. Nesten hele formiddagen gikk til det, og etterpå dro vi til Papeete. Hva mennene gjorde, kan de redegjøre for. Det var båtutstyr og deler til reparasjon det gikk i, mens damene gjorde det de hadde lyst til. Det innebærer ikke bare «unyttige» ting, for vi også kjøpte litt til reparasjon av klær.Det lå et stort turistskip fra Royal Caribbean Cruiseline inne i havna, så der var yrende aktivitet. Alle perlebutikkene hadde 16% avslag på varene sine, og det så ut som om hele markedet hadde flyttet ut på kaien og rundt turistinformasjonen. Det var tromming og musikk og dansende Tahitidamer på hjørnet.Vi gikk til en stoffbutikk og snakket med innehaveren der. Hun fortalte om disse store. read more...


10/05/2017

Aurora Polaris - 26. April 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Nå har servicemannen gjort seg ferdig med motor og generator. Da han gikk, var det tid for fiksing på bimini og innsying av kapteinens bukser. Det er han selv som står for arbeidet, så all ære til ham!Det går stadig folk forbi båten, og noen sier mer enn god dag. I dag var det to unge menn som var veldig interessert i båten vår. Til slutt ble de invitert inn, og fikk omvisning om bord. Det viste seg at den ene av dem var mannskap og vedlikeholdsmann på en Najad 57 som lå et stykke bortenfor vår. Eierne var nå hjemme i Israel, men skulle komme tilbake til sommeren og seile her i Fransk Polynesia.Denne kvelden dro vi til Belvedere, fjellrestauranten igjen, og vi hadde med oss Rita og Marcel fra båten Shamal. Det var like artig som sist, bare at denne gangen ventet de oss, og der var ikke. read more...


09/05/2017

Starblazer - 09/05/2017 – ‘After the Lord Mayor’s Show’

If you understand this statement; no we don’t have to go and clear up after the horses! After two days of rewarding, fast sailing we sort of hit the buffers, to mix my metaphors. Between midday and 1800 yesterday we sailed a frustrating 23 nM, a distance we had happily covered in five of the 3 hour log periods over the first two days.Eventually, we had to revert to the ‘iron tops’l’ (the engine) though we have been quite disciplined.As there is a motoring penalty, between 1 and 2, we try to react to the worst case scenario.If we can motor at more than three times the speed we can sail at then the engine goes on!It is, however, very frustrating sailing at 2.1 knots, knowing that we can motor at 5.5 to 6 depending on the conditions. We are aware that most of the boats are motoring but past. read more...


09/05/2017

Windsurf - LOG day 3 Halfway to Bermuda

Hi,here is a note from SY Windsurf, Peter and Marianne from theNetherlands. ! We areon half the trip from the British Virgin Islands to Bermuda. All kinds ofweather we have had so far. Everything is turning out great. According to thefleettracker form Yellow Brick we are in the middle of the fleet.  So we feel very safe !!!  Also our boat Windsurf, a Contest 50cs,is doing allright. Ourstart on Saturday, May 6th 2017, was a bit slow, so we ended up inthe back of the field. When we were out of the islands (a beautiful goodbye ofthe BVI’s), the wind came from the SE,  13-20 knts. Nice sailing conditions… withan average SOG of 8-9 knts, we came into the middle of the fleet…  the first 24hrs we covered 180nM !!  the first days at sea are always tiring.You have to get. read more...


09/05/2017

Isbjorn - Isbjorn Offshore: Squalls, Calms & Navigating by the Stars

8 May, 1600Isbjorn is running wing on wing on the starboard tack, the genoa poled out to catch the SE'ly breeze. The wind is steady and she's making 5-6 knots, but the sea is confused and the sails slat hard in the worst rolls. There's a NW'ly swell rolling in from our left, opposing the wind-driven SE'ly swell and corkscrewing the boat around at times.The sky off of our port quarter is a fearful shade of grey, and there's rain in the clouds behind us. Up to now, all the weather has come from the E, as it does in the Trades. But we're sailing out of that zone now and need to remember that the continental weather will come from the west, our left.1630A half hour goes by and those dark clouds are DEFINITELY moving from west to east. Time for action. We quickly stow the pole and set Isbjorn. read more...


09/05/2017

Isbjorn - Isbjorn Offshore: A Good Day's Run

Isbjorn Offshore: A Good Day's Run6 May, 0800An early morning for Isbjorn's crew. We're all rested after a night of teetotaling in preparation for today's departure. The boat's ready to go...the afternoon before we basically completed the pre-departure checklist. All that's left this morning is to top up the water tanks, unplug the shore power and pay our bill at Nanny Cay.The crew's assembled in the cockpit for the morning briefing, our last at the dock. Mia & I complete the orientation now that we've finished stowing all the provisions. I assign roles for the start - Mike & Tom will be jib trimmers, Cheryl's on main sheet, Thane is spotting and Mia's on general assist.The temperature in the marina is HOT, even at 8 o'clock n the morning. All of us look forward to getting out in. read more...


09/05/2017

Lexington - On to Bora Bora

We went to Bora Bora today. It was a short distance as the crow flies but we had to go south before heading northwest to be able to get out of the reef. These islands have shallow reefs around their outer edge. The reefs keep the water near the island coast calmer. There are only a few spots where the reef opens up into a deep entrance. You just can not go anywhere. I will send photos of the waves at the reefs as we left Tahaa. The second thing that slowed us down awhile was that I hooked a significant fish. I tried to wear it out for over an hour. We were sailing along at 3-4 knots and it was right along with us. It took a lot of line at first. I set the drag a little tighter. I did not want to try to horse it in. When the pole would have a little less bend, I would reel in a. read more...


08/05/2017

Lexington - 5/7/17. I Hate Boats.

So we had our refrigerator worked on in Tahiti. After that it did not work and displayed an error message. We have been planning on when we are going to get to Bora Bora based on how to get someone to work on it. We were getting conflicting information on where would be best. We knew the error message was that it was overcharged. Finally out of frustration and thinking I could do no harm, I took off the cap to the high pressure side and let a little gas out. In about half an hour we could tell it was working well and the error light had gone off. It was an easy fix but it took me a long time to build up the nerve to do it. Boating is a learning game with a steep learning curve!!! Boating is humbling! Boating is for crazy people! No wonder I fit in so well. May fair winds fill your. read more...


08/05/2017

Lexington - 5/7/17 Tahaa

We went to Tahaa, an island north of Raiatea. There was a site noted for good snorkeling at Muto Tautau where there is a big hotel with cottages over the water. The area to snorkel is protected from boats and reserved for people to snorkel. It is shallow and full of coral and fish. We had a lovely afternoon. I will send some photos. May fair winds fill your sails with tropical fish!  Bob   Coral and fish More coral Next are fish Next is a church since it is SundayMy next boat. read more...


08/05/2017

Lexington - Derby Day in Raiatea

We are at an anchorage at the north end of Raiatea. We have had a very relaxing day of making a few miles, taking the dinghy up a river, diving along an entrance and taking an afternoon nap. We are now enjoying happy hour with Alan singing and playing his guitar. We have a near full moon already up. What else do I need to say. I will attach two photos.  The first is a photo showing Raiatea, Tahaa and Bora Bora in the distance. The next is Alan singing. We will probably head to Bora Bora tomorrow.. read more...


08/05/2017

Lexington - Moving On

I am sure I am crazy as a run over dog. I am making myself slow down and relax and I am also thinking we do not have enough time to see as much as we should. That is a common thought among all cruisers. It is interesting that cruisers think bareboaters are crazy because they only stay one night at each place and move on. At the same time, long term cruisers think World Arc people are going too fast. And at the same time, it is a long time for me to be away from home, wife, grandkids, friends and farm and garden. Again, I can only say I am crazy as a run over dog. We need to be in the marina at Bora Bora for the activities on 5/10/17. We will do two days in Raiatea and two days in Bora Bora outside the marina and then go to the marina. I will keep you up-to-date. It will be good to catch. read more...


08/05/2017

Lexington - Huahine Tour, more photos

  This is a continuation of our driving tour around Huahine.On a beach along the way.Alan wondering how he got here and how to get home!Marae sitePhotos of the signage that you might be able to read Best wishes! May fair winds fill your sails with good memories! Bob. read more...


08/05/2017

Lexington - 5/4/17 Touring Huahine

We rented a car today for a self directed tour of Huahine. It is a lush island that is very neat and clean. We went to a vanilla farm on the trip. I did not realize that vanilla plants were orchids. The farm mulched them heavily with coconut hush to provide moisture and cooling from the evaporation. Some were growing under shade cloth or in the natural shade. They are slow to produce. I think it was said that it takes 3 years to start to produce. May fair winds fill your sails with adventurous friends!  BobGang with Francois the vanilla producer. Francois is the one in the brown hat.Vanilla beans that are green and still on the plant Vanilla plants mulched with coconut husk Demonstration of pearl seeding at a pearl farm. They implant a bit of the mother of pearl producing. read more...


08/05/2017

Lexington - 5/3/17. Huahine

We are on a mooring ball at Baie d’Avea on the island of Huahine Iti. It is a very nice place with a mix of very few boats, peace and quiet, a hotel restaurant and another restaurant. Today we just chilled out and swam a little. We did do a walk of about 3-4 miles. I used my hookah. The visibility was not the best and there was not that much to see. I will send photos of a sea monster, a sea anemone with a clown fish. read more...


08/05/2017

Starblazer - 08/05/2017 – An interesting day!

The 24 hours from noon Sunday to noon Monday presented us with a few challenges.From a sailing point of view, the wind held through to about 0600 when it began to drop a little.From 0900 to noon it also veered, bringing the wind further behind us.The problem with this is that the mainsail blanks the genoa which cannot draw properly, causing the genoa to lose the plot and flap idly!This, of course, affects the speed.The day’s statistics make good reading for a boat of our size.Overall, the day’s run was 166nM, an average of a hair’s breadth under 7 knots.This average includes the last 6 hours when we only managed 38nM, a 6.33knot average. Tomorrows figures are likely to be bad.We are occasional fishermen, i.e. when one of us thinks about putting a lure in the water.John put in a bright. read more...