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07/04/2018

Lexington - Captain Bob: Marigot Bay

Tomorrow is the finish. Today I was totally lazy. The only think I did was to fix my own breakfast. After that we went to the restaurant for morning coffee. Then we spent the remainder of the day at the pool and the dinner at a marina restaurant. We only have about 6 miles to the finish line. It will be a big show of our boats decorated with all our flags parading to the finish line and then into Rodney Bay. We will have a big final party and then people will start leaving. I will fly home on the 10th. image1. image2. image3.. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: Marigot Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: Marigot Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: Marigot Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: Marigot Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: Marigot Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: Marigot Bay
06/04/2018

Blue Pearl - Fakarava

Sharks areswimming around Blue Pearl and this time the water is crystal clear. This spot is absolutely beautiful. It is the first atoll in the Tuamotu islands that we are visiting and we are impressed. The entrance to the atoll is through a cut in the reef and there are many horror stories on record about entering here. For us it turned out to be a piece of cake, very calm weather, very little current and slack tide. The atoll is huge and we are moored at a small beautifully maintained village with plenty of services including a hotel with, guess what, a spa! The ladies are there today..! Adrian and I are renting bicycles and are going to what is supposed to be a beautiful snorkeling spot.We arrived here yesterday after a really nice 3.5 day longsail from Nuku Hiva in the Marquesas.Our. read more...


06/04/2018

Mischief - Mischief making Log 18 Further adventures of S/Y Mischief through the eyes and ears of Chas Baynes

Day 36 Wednesday 4April 2018 - Makemo then en route FakaravaSuch a quiet night at anchor - the boat was rock steady and the only sounds were the waves breaking on the outside of the lagoon on the reefs, one or two ducks calling and a more ominous sound of fins splashing the surface of the water as sharks circled the boat in the dark. As morning came we snorkeled over to a nearby coral reef and were surprised by the number and variety of fish to be found. There were a couple of reef sharks that followed us over initially but they seemed to lose interest and we didn't see too many. By 1145 we were back on board and addressing the anchor issue - the chain had wedged under a coral head during the night in 10m water and had bitten into it making it potentially difficult to lift. We motored. read more...


05/04/2018

Lexington - Captain Bob: 4/3/2018

We are now in Cumberland Bay on St Vincent. It is a nice open bay. It is different in that the water is deep close to shore. We dropped anchor out from the shore and tied the stern to a tree on shore to keep the boat pointed to the swell and to keep the anchor engaged. In that way more boats can anchor close to each other. There is a small village with several boat boys that tend to the boats helping with anchoring and selling their wears of fruit and crafts. There are several small restaurants. We are now 4 days from the finish line. That will be an event worth celebrating. We will have a large celebration party on the 7th. I will fly home on the 10th. I will celebrate again upon homecoming. image1. image2.. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: 4/3/2018
Lexington - Captain Bob: 4/3/2018
Lexington - Captain Bob: 4/3/2018
Lexington - Captain Bob: 4/3/2018
05/04/2018

Lexington - Captain Bob: Marigot Bay

We are tied up at Marigot BayIt is a very nice marina. We are 6 miles from the finish which we will cross on 4/7/2018. I will send a couple of photos from the marina. image1. image2.. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: Marigot Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: Marigot Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: Marigot Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: Marigot Bay
04/04/2018

Lexington - Captain Bob: St Lucia

We are about 7 miles out of Marigot Bay, St Lucia. We will be here until 4/7/2018 when we will head to Rodney Bay to cross the finish line. It has been a long short trip. Seems like yesterday when we left but it also feels like we have been sailing forever.image1.. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: St Lucia
Lexington - Captain Bob: St Lucia
04/04/2018

Mischief - Mischief making Log 17 Further adventures of S/Y Mischief through the eyes and ears of Chas Baynes

Day 35 Tuesday 3 April 2018 - Arrival Makemo atoll - where is everyone?A quiet night on the whole with the wind dropping but with engine running at 2,100 rpm giving us about 7.5 knots. I awoke to a flat sea and blue sky with Easterly 10 knots breeze. Made the schoolboy error of not disposing of the Cadbury chocolate bar wrapper from the cockpit which had consisted of 2 squares of chocolate only but promptly accused on change of watch of eating the whole bar! Wendy and I had one square each with a coffee, honest! We made up for it by having a sword fight with a couple of stale French sticks;Aramis v Dartagnan aka Wendy and Chas. All for crumbs and crumbs for all! Our 0630 position fix gives us around 36 nm to run on 205 degrees to Makemo northwesternmost pass, Passe Tapuhiria, which we. read more...


04/04/2018

Air Power - Apr 3

The lastentry should have been dated 29 Mar. The Marquesas were named by a couple of Spanish explorers in the late 1500s. However, the name in the local dialect is Fenua Enata. "The Land of Men". Whoa. Don't tell Gloria Steinman. She'd have a cow. Speaking of cows, the islands are somewhat of a breadbasket. Everywhere you go, mango, banana, papaya trees. Goats and wild pigs roam the islands. Most folks grow all their own vegetables and have chickens. Considering the island population was decimated from an original 100,000 when first discovered by Europeans to a paltry 2500 inhabitants in the early 1900s, there is plenty of land to sustain the current population of around 12,000.During our visit to Nuku Hiva, the tourism board put on a barbeque sort of like a Lua. Plenty of roasted pig,. read more...


04/04/2018

Shepherd Moon - Two tomatoes

I've just noticed that it's more than a week since we last posted a blog - apologies; we're clearly having too much fun! We have now left the Marquesas (and Jacob, who has returned to the UK to see his girlfriend) and are heading for the Tuamotus. The total passage is around 600 miles and we have 220 miles left to go. The sea is an electric blue, the swell is low and gentle, the wind is on the beam and we are sailing along at a very comfortable 6.5 knots. All is peace and tranquillity, albeit tinged with slight apprehension on Vanessa's part at the navigational challenges ahead. The two tomatoes, as they seem to have been christened, are a group of atolls with only narrow passages into the lagoons. The tide races through these passages at speeds that would challenge Shepherd Moon's. read more...


03/04/2018

Mischief - Mischief making - Log 16 Further adventures of S/Y Mischief through the eyes and ears of Chas Baynes

Day 33 Sunday 1 April 2018 - En route to TuamotosHappy Easter and pinch, punch, first of the month - April Fools Day!On deck at 0550 after Dave spotted some dolphins a way away - I caught a glimpse making these the first marine mammals I have seen since leaving Galapagos. We spent an hour looking at our routing as we want to end up at Rangiroa near the Westernmost end of the archepelago so we need to aim more to the south eastern part to make the most of the trade winds to head up the atolls. So we have decided to sail towards Makemo, a 40 mile long almost inland lake surrounded by coral and palm trees. It is the remains of a sunken volcano which has left its ring of coral reef around the perimeter. The entrance is a little easier than some given it is wider so will allow us a bit of. read more...


01/04/2018

Mischief - Mischief making Log 15 Further adventures of S/Y Mischief through the eyes and ears of Chas Baynes

Day 32 Saturday 31 March 2018We were ashore really early to get fresh provisions from the local market as we were warned that many items would run out before 0700. So we managed to get some tomatoes, cabbage, carrots, but no onions - they don't grow them on the island seemingly. So we had to substitute onions for the one thing you would try to avoid on a boat: leeks! We could have bought some fish off the dockside too as there was a small but thriving market going on but we decided to put our faith in Trevor and his fishing skills and forgo the easy option. No pressure there then Trev! I would have asked one of the fishermen to toss me a tuna and then I could truthfully tell the girls that I had caught it.By 0900 we had the anchor up and we were away towards the Taramoto Archipelego. read more...


01/04/2018

Blue Pearl - Big Day

Big Day for Blue Pearl today. We will be leaving The Marquesas Islands and start on our way to the Tuamoto's and we will have new crew aboard. Jack and Colin who have been with us since the Galapagos are leaving this morning and Brita and Adrian are joining us.Jack and Colin have been great. Wecould not have wished for a better crew for the long passage from the Galapagos. They are hard working, knowledgeable, good humored young men who made it easy for us to sail the 3150 nm. They will always be welcome to join us again. Brita now joins us from Amara, a fellow rally participant, and Adrian from Christine, also another rally boat. As the rally proceeds crew comes and goes and both Brita and Adrian became available as other crew (friends, family, etc) joined the boats they were on.We have. read more...


01/04/2018

Lexington - Bequia. HAPPY EASTER

We are just hanging out Nothing has been decided for today. If anyone else is up for it, I would favor doing a tour. Being on a sail boat is interesting. We sit in the cockpit and comment on our neighboring boats like old nosey neighbors that have nothing else to do in small neighborhoods on land. I have always said that your priorities and interest vary with the time on your hands. If you have enough time, you can manage several other peoples affairs and comment on several others that you are not managing. This is all totally free advice and well worth it. I am looking forward to officially finishing this trip and getting on a plane to head home.The trip home will seem like a rocket ship trip compared to sailing all this way. It will be a good study of psychology to see if the trip has. read more...


31/03/2018

Mischief - Yet more Mischief Log 14

Day 28 Tuesday 27 March 2018.Another fitful night as it was so warm and stuffy down below so up early again to set off at 0845 for the planned rendezvous with the fleet in Nuku Hiva. It was a beautiful day with winds from the east at 12 knots making it a close reach to our destination. Sparkling seas, blue sky, warm breeze, sun shining! It is only around 28 miles and the island was immediately visible on leaving anchor. Ua Pou looks stunning behind us in the bright sunlight with only limited white clouds around the peaks, normally they are covered. 0700 early morning skinny dip. Jumped in and swam around the boat and showered off on the stern swim platform only then to notice that Libeccio, a US catamaran at anchor close to us, had swung to face us and the entire family and crew were sat. read more...


30/03/2018

Lexington - Captain Bob: Canouan

Canouan Island is part of St Vincent. We took a tour there to see the sights. Our guide was very opinionated. The majority of the island has been leased to a company for 99 years. The original company split up over money. One owner has undertaken a marina development and the other has vacation villas that are very expensive. The guide was negative about all the money the investors were supposedly making. He claimed they were not paying good wages and not improving the rest of the island. It is hard to know what is right. I am sure the locals are not getting the best jobs and the best pay but I find it hard to believe that they are not better off on an island that is having massive capital investment. As is my usual conclusion, who know what is correct and just. image1. image2. image3.. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: Canouan
Lexington - Captain Bob: Canouan
Lexington - Captain Bob: Canouan
Lexington - Captain Bob: Canouan
Lexington - Captain Bob: Canouan
Lexington - Captain Bob: Canouan
Lexington - Captain Bob: Canouan
Lexington - Captain Bob: Canouan
Lexington - Captain Bob: Canouan
Lexington - Captain Bob: Canouan
30/03/2018

Lexington - Captain Bob: Mustique

We are now in Mustique, a small private island just south of Bequia. It is an island that is leased from the government of St Vincent by the Mustique Company. It was started by a Scotsman in 1940s. It is now home of the rich and famous with owners like Paul McCarthy, the owner on Acosta, Tommy Hilfingerand and Princess Margaret and other less known rich. We took a tour of the island to point out the Estates. They have a small private airport for propeller planes. It is a “company town”operation. The company provides housing for the workers, their own power plant, desalination plant and maintenance plant. It is a beautiful maintained island. They have mooring balls for visitors. There are small shops and grocery stores and liquor stores. The three policemen are under the power of St. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: Mustique
Lexington - Captain Bob: Mustique
Lexington - Captain Bob: Mustique
Lexington - Captain Bob: Mustique
Lexington - Captain Bob: Mustique
Lexington - Captain Bob: Mustique
Lexington - Captain Bob: Mustique
Lexington - Captain Bob: Mustique
30/03/2018

Air Power - Mar 16

As more of the ARC fleet arrived in the bay in Hiva Oa, it was time for us to make room for the other boats. It was a quick hello as they were anchoring, and we departed for the northern part of the island. Pifa, our tour guide pointed out a protected bay worth staying for a couple of days. It was then time to move north to Ua Huka. We decided to leave the anchorage at night, to arrive at our destination in daylight. Since the wind (and all the weather), came from the east, we knew we had to pass a a band of rain squalls. We figured we'd only put out the jib and motor sail until we passed through it. The squalls hit us pretty hard, so we double reefed the jib and still moved in excess of 10 knots. (Unfortunately, not in the direction we had hoped). That was probably the most lightening. read more...


28/03/2018

Lexington - Captain Bob: Sandy Island

We went from Tyrell Bay on Carricou to Sandy Island which is just off the island of Carricou. It is a beautiful small low sandy island.Alan and I swam around. They others are busy on the boat with what ever is on their minds, reading or cell phone stuff. I put my hammock up on the foredeck for this afternoon.image1. image2. image3.. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: Sandy Island
Lexington - Captain Bob: Sandy Island
Lexington - Captain Bob: Sandy Island
Lexington - Captain Bob: Sandy Island
Lexington - Captain Bob: Sandy Island
Lexington - Captain Bob: Sandy Island
28/03/2018

Lexington - Captain Bob: leaving Tobago Cays 3/28/2018

We are making our way slowly to Canouan. It is a short trip but we are going slow to have time to make a little water. I did not have enough to wash the dishes this morning. True to our coffee lovers we did not wash dishes last night to be sure we had coffee water this morning before trying to wash dishes. We are almost thru but you still must keep a little guard up. A neighboring boat dove their mooring and noted that the shackle was well worn as was ours when we checked. Both of us put a safety line at the shackles. This morning Take Off told us that their mooring ball had come loose and they drifted into another boat without any damage other than a scuff. Sailing is not for a Cissy. We are invited to a pig roast that Sand Vita has arranged on Bequia.It should be real nice.They have. read more...


27/03/2018

Mischief - Even more Mischief Log 13

Day 26 Sunday 25 March 2018.A bit of a headache this morning, can't think why! It may have something to do with the particularly nice bottle or two of Duoro red wine of 2011 Tintamara bought over last night followed by a few cartons of the cheap stuff we have on board.We weighed anchor at 0820 and headed off towards our next destination of Ua Pou and the Baie D'Hakahau - every anchorage on the island is a Haka something-or-other by the look of it, which is the main settlement on the island and the third most populated village in the Marquesas. It is well known for it's beautiful wood, stone and shell carvings by all accounts. Whatever, there are restaurants there, as it seems we haven't eaten ashore for ages.Trevor put the fishing lines out and almost straight away we had a bite but not. read more...


27/03/2018

Blue Pearl - UA-PUO

It's pronounced Wapoo but spelled Ua-Pou, the Polynesian names are a bit of a challenge but charming. Ua-Pou , a small island, is quite a sight. I can't help but compare its "skyline" to the pen drawings you might see in the Dracula type fairy tales. Tall Obelisk type rocks, jagged top of mountain lines, steep rock walls meeting the ocean surf, all a quite beautiful and somewhat unnerving sight.We spent time in two bays here. Baie de Vaiehue and Baie D'Hakahetau where we are now. Yesterday morning in Vaiehue we witnessed a dolphin early morning spectacle. Huge numbers of dolphins celebrating day break. We assume it is a daily ritual. It lasts for about an hour and then all goes quiet. They are all over the place and miscellaneous other fish are participating by also jumping out of the. read more...


27/03/2018

Lexington - Captain Bob: 3/26/2018 Tobago Cays Bob ‘s Birthday

I have had two birthdays on the World Arc. Today I turned 69 years old. I spent my birthday in Tobago Cays. I swam, napped in my hammock, had a happy hour on Take Off and had a birthday lobster dinner on the beach. For an old man I am not doing bad. image1. image2. image3. image4. image5. image6.. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: 3/26/2018 Tobago Cays Bob ‘s Birthday
Lexington - Captain Bob: 3/26/2018 Tobago Cays Bob ‘s  Birthday
Lexington - Captain Bob: 3/26/2018 Tobago Cays Bob ‘s Birthday
Lexington - Captain Bob: 3/26/2018 Tobago Cays Bob ‘s  Birthday
Lexington - Captain Bob: 3/26/2018 Tobago Cays Bob ‘s Birthday
Lexington - Captain Bob: 3/26/2018 Tobago Cays Bob ‘s  Birthday
Lexington - Captain Bob: 3/26/2018 Tobago Cays Bob ‘s Birthday
Lexington - Captain Bob: 3/26/2018 Tobago Cays Bob ‘s  Birthday
Lexington - Captain Bob: 3/26/2018 Tobago Cays Bob ‘s Birthday
Lexington - Captain Bob: 3/26/2018 Tobago Cays Bob ‘s  Birthday
Lexington - Captain Bob: 3/26/2018 Tobago Cays Bob ‘s Birthday
Lexington - Captain Bob: 3/26/2018 Tobago Cays Bob ‘s  Birthday
25/03/2018

Mischief - A little bit more Mischief Log 12

Day 23 Thursday 22 March 20180530 up for Morgen Dop then up anchor and away back to Hiva Oa to pick up Jean, Trevor's wife, from the airport. We motored due East with the wind on the nose and an increasingly rough sea but it was much better earlier rather than later as the sea in the canal really picks up during the day. But it was warm and sunny.We dropped anchor within the harbor and rowed ashore to go into town to do some victualling and get a haircut whilst Trevor went to the airport. The haircut shop was shut - it only opens odd days, then not all day, and it wasn't an opening day. Then another £140 in the shop later (mainly beer this time thankfully) we were taken back to the boat by the shop owner in her 4x4. She was particularly chatty and wanted to know our names etc. Turns out. read more...


25/03/2018

Lexington - Captain Bob: Sandy Island

We went from Tyrell Bay on Carricou to Sandy Island which is just off the island of Carricou. It is a beautiful small low sandy island.Alan and I swam around. They others are busy on the boat with what ever is on their minds, reading or cell phone stuff. I put my hammock up on the foredeck for this afternoon.image1. image2. image3.. read more...



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