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26/03/2017

Lexington - 3/26/17. Beautiful Sky

Could not resist sharing the morning sky and clouds! . read more...


26/03/2017

Lexington - 3/25/17. Hiva Oa. Last Night.

We are waiting to go out to dinner tonight at the hotel on the hill side above the anchorage. Tomorrow we will head out for other islands in the Marquesas. We have not decided for sure. We can do a short easy sail to Tahuata. Or a longer sail to Ua Poa about 60 miles away. We need to be in Nuka Hiva on the 29th for the next leg.  From there we will spend about 6 weeks going thru the rest of the islands and end up in Bora Bora. There is a lot more to it but I need to study more before I can do an intelligent post. I will post a photo of our anchorage. You might make out the hotel on the hill side. Bob  . read more...


26/03/2017

Timshel - Galapagos to Marquesas Day 24 - Landfall!

We had a busy night, not much sleep - lots of squalls, thunder and lightning - big cracks of fork lightning this time not just the distant flashes.Steve had me put the EPIRB, the Satphone, the ipad and the mobile VHF into the oven (in case of a strike).And of course sluicing rain, and wind, up to 30, 35 knots often from a different direction, so you'd be careering off in whatever direction it took you and gradually you would manage to reef the sails, gain control and organise to get back on course and the boat would be sailing lovely and making good progress, but then the wind would drop away, and then some more until you had to set more sail, just when it had lulled you into a false sense of security, bang the next one hit and you'd be off all over again.Daylight brought sunshine and. read more...


26/03/2017

Laura Dawn - French Polynesia Log 1: Exploring

Bonjour! Can't believe we have been here 3 days already.Its been a whirlwind of boat jobs, cleaning and re-stocking produce.The walk to town from the anchorage in Hiva Oa at about 40 minutes each way got the blood pumping in our legs again, although our muscles are objecting slightly to the exercise after 21 days of laps around 46 foot of catamaran!Great to explore town a little though and meet some local folk (all of whom have been incredibly friendly and forgiving of our french speaking attempts). Now we are off exploring the islands.We left Hiva Oa yesterday afternoon after some local lunch of tuna ceviche and baked bananas in coconut and hoisted the sails headed to Tahuata Island, just below Hiva Oa, about 15 miles. We anchored in a beautiful bay and had our first (blissful and very. read more...


25/03/2017

Lexington - 3/24/17. Hiva Oa , Marquesas Islands

We are anchored at Tahauka Bay on the island of Hiva Oa in the Marquesas. The adjacent town is Atuona. This is where we cleared into the Marquesas. We have done a little exploring. Today I joined some others who had arranged a taxi tour of the island. The other boat that had arranged the tour was Aurora with Ken and Eileen Swan, the owners. Ken is a retired chemical engineer who worked for drug companies with the chemical engineering that goes into drug manufacturing. He met Eileen while working in Ireland. He was staying at an Inn that Eileen's family ran. Today we drove from one end of the island to the other. A lot of the roadway was rough and we were in a fourwheel drive pickup truck in order to make the steep hills and switchbacks. The island is volcanic with fantastic cliffs and. read more...


25/03/2017

Aurora Polaris - 24.. Mars 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Nå måtte jeg virkelig finne fram datamaskinen for å holde meg våken! Vi hadde nettopp inntatt en lapskaus av rester for å tømme kjøleskapet, og vi er på vei mot Ua Huka, ei naboøy til Nuku Hiva. På Nuku Hiva skal vi være om kvelden den 29. mars for å ta midlertidig avskjed med flåten vår. Deretter skal vi ha fri seiling i seks uker i Fransk Polynesia. Det betyr at vi nesten fra nå av bestemmer fart, tid og sted, og vi behøver ikke lenger rapportere om hvor vi er.Vi har altså satt kursen mot ei lita øy som heter Ua Huku. Mellom Hiva Oa og Tahuata, hadde vi delfinflokken helt for oss selv. De var rundt båten vår ganske lenge. Rundt på «baksiden» av Hiva Oa var det vindstille, og vi ble litt skuffet, for da måtte vi kanskje gå på motor helt til Ua Huka. Heldigvis tok vinden seg opp etter. read more...


24/03/2017

Lexington - 3/24/17. 9°. 48.4985 south. 130° 01.965' west. Hiva Oa at anchor

We got in last night in the dark of the night. We had good charts and the navigation lights were right on. With Mark, Sam and I all being very diligent we made each landmark as we slowly guided our way into the anchorage. The main navigation light was what is called a sector light. It is a light that shines out from the shore. It has lenses that only allow the light to go in sectors (imagine section of a pie). It also has lenses that color the light so that if you are coming in at the right angle then your path toward the light is clear and correct. We then found an area to anchor in. There were other boats that we had to avoid and it is a relatively small narrow anchorage. We put the anchor down, checked our position, put on anchor alarms (signal if you are moving too much), watched to. read more...


24/03/2017

Aurora Polaris - 21.-22.. Mars 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Vi fortsatte å følge North helt inn til Hiva Oa. Jeg hadde før uttalt at Marquesas har jeg ingen forventninger til, så alt kan bare gå i positiv retning. Jeg visste det var høye, vulkanske øyer, fuktig og med mye vegetasjon og alt som følger med. I tillegg visste jeg at de har en del fluer som biter, og mygg selvfølgelig. At det var Hiva Oa som var det siste stedet det var kannibalisme, bekymret ikke så veldig. Vi oppdaget øygruppen ganske tidlig, siden de rager betydelig over vannflaten. Ettersom vi nærmet oss, registrerte vi også tegn på liv. Fugletettheten var det første vi så, og etter hvert la vi merke til aktiviteten i havflaten. Jeg oppdaget noen fine måkefugler med spisst, lyseblått nebb. Noen andre, brune suler forsøkte å lande på båten vår. Terje klarte å fotografere en av. read more...


24/03/2017

Timshel - Galapagos to Marquesas Day 23

So far.Big and confused sea meant slow progress over night.Daylight showed rain squalls approaching, but mostly haven't given too much wind and we need to make as much progress as we can.Spoke to Exit Strategy, she and Zeeland and Rainbow will finish today, which leaves just us, and Forget Me Not and Atla at sea, possibly TBC. Thought we would take advantage of a calm bit to siphon diesel from one of the jerry cans into the tank - then whoosh wind is up and boat charging along - it must have heard!. read more...


24/03/2017

Timshel - Galapagos to Marquesas Day 22 Southerly squall

Another gentle day, after early rain showers, sailing in the sunshine.Wished we could hoist the cruising chute, but probably just has well the halyard is still jammed in the block at the top of the mast, as without warning we suddenly got 22 knots of wind from the south.Had us running due north or even back NE until we could put away the pole, gybe the main, and found ourselves beam reaching, reefed right down, to make the course.Many more of the World ARC boats made it the finish at Hiva Oa today, just a few left on the radio net plus the couple of extra boats we've picked up along the way.Australian Amaquora which was well south of us also got the squall but got 45 knots!We are doing 2 hr watches taking it in turns to hand steer, can't wait until we get Hydra fixed.. read more...


24/03/2017

Timshel - Galapagos to Marquesas Day 21 A Vicious Calm!

You expect the wind to break things, not lack of it. We made good progress overnight, good breeze, but lots of (sheet) lightning around.Morning showed ominous black clouds then thunder rumbling as well as the lightning and we prepared for a blow.But the wind went away instead leaving us bouncing up and down in a huge sea from all directions, everything crashing and banging.Gave up waiting for wind and put sails and shark (towed charger) away and engine on.Then discovered that the slamming waves had seriously deranged the hydravane, it was all twisted round and the rudder at right angles, lashed it up as best I could.We motored slowly for just 2 hours and wind came back and sun came out, all lovely.  Steve tried to fix Hydra but just not possible underway - too much risk of dropping. read more...


23/03/2017

Laura Dawn - Pacific Log 16: We've arrived!

After a full night of lightening storms, variable winds (from 2 knots to 29 knots), emergency spinnaker rescuing in the path of huge squalls, we have arrived in Hiva Oa in the Marquesas Islands.We crossed the line at 10.31 our time, which is local to Galapagos, so 3.5 hours behind French Polynesia.We didn't change our clocks the whole way, so after sailing for 3 weeks we are still jet-lagged!It feels monumental: 3100 miles of Pacific.The weather and ocean were kind to us and LD held up beautifully.Our spinnaker (which we have now named Holly) didn't hold up so well unfortunately, with some 11 rips in total needing repair over the journey.Many more and we would have a spinnaker made entirely of rip-stop..There's a few checks, repairs and general maintenance to do now but mostly rest and. read more...


22/03/2017

Lexington - 3/21/17. 9°. 48' south. 136°. 08' west Headed to the barn

It is my watch again from 9-12 p.m. We are 171 miles out in light air but we are doing 5 or so knots in 7-8 knots of wind which is hopefully building. We are using our twin head sails which gives us a wide range of wind strength to use. It will do ok in 7-8 knots but will not be over powered in 20 knots of wind. We have not had them up in greater than 20 knots but I would try. I think I remember that each time the wind speed doubles the force created quadruples. Someone check me on that one. It was a moderately hot muggy day. I took a shower and sat out on deck on my towel trying to have the wind dry and cool me off. I sat there for 30 minutes and was still a little damp. Mark Arnold will be flying home soon. He is pining bad for his woman. He has been a good shipmate. He has been very. read more...


21/03/2017

Laura Dawn - Pacific Log 15: We are the Champions!

We are the quiz champions!After the finale today (tough round) the scores stood at, LD 33 and a half:Owl 32.... Woop Woop! Not sure how we pulled that one off?Clearly we are quiz genius's..No fish, but we don't care!!Enjoying some of Hels' banana bread to celebrate.We have managed to keep sailing so far, the asymmetric is up and we still have 12 - 14 knots of wind keeping her flying, making 6 - 7 knots, with an average VMG of 5.5.The sea has flattened out a little and we have just over 200 miles to go, so Wednesday arrival is looking promising (obviously everything crossed).LD: 20th March 20:30. read more...


21/03/2017

Lexington - 3/21/17. 9°. 47' south. 134°. 48 west

Well we ended up motoring from midnight on in good wind because we anticipated less wind and did not put up the correct sail for the night until it was dark and too late. We could have put something up but we are trying to be conservative and not break, tear up anything or hurt anyone and that sort of thing is more common in the dark. Mark got a little rope burn a day ago when the spinnaker sheet pulled thru his unprotected hand. I know I have always gotten into more trouble when the lights were out. We are about 250 miles out. The last beer in the refrigerator is mine. I have been trying to sell it to Mark but he has been cheap. It is probably losing value now that we are so close to land. We will put up some sails at daylight. Hopefully we can sail into port just like Captain Cook. It. read more...


21/03/2017

Lexington - 3/20/17. 10°. 03 ' south. 133°. 40' west NIGHT SAILING

It is my watch again, 6 to 9 p.m. We have been sailing with the asymmetrical spinnaker most of the day. We took it down for a couple of squalls. Actually the other crew did. I was taking a nap and slept thru it all. So the quandary is what do you do at night. The person on watch is up all alone. Squalls happen much more often at night. Our spinnaker is very large. If we get a gust up to 18 knots it will really lay the boat over. But the winds are light in the 8-10 range and we like the speed of the spinnaker. We could go back to our twin head sails but we would probably lose a knot of speed. Our options are: 1. Motor all night but I hate to motor when we have some wind; 2. Continue with the asymmetrical spinnaker but that has more risk and we are not experts; or, 3. Rig the twin. read more...


21/03/2017

Aurora Polaris - 20. Mars 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Og så ble det stille! Jeg våknet rundt kl.6 av at motoren ble startet. Det var fremdeles mørkt, så jeg la meg til å sove videre. Hadde tross alt lov å sove til kl.9, noe jeg også gjorde. «North», som gikk forbi oss på min nattevakt, var laaangt foran oss. Terje hadde snakket med dem på VHF-en, og de fortalte at de motorseilte. For en lettelse! Men da jeg fikk høre grunnen: generatoren feilet, og de hadde bare 9 liter drikkevann igjen, og fortsatt over 300 nm til Hiva Oa! Da forstod jeg! Å mangle vann i denne varmen er faktisk ganske farlig. Terje hadde foreslått at vi kunne gi dem vann, men de mente de hadde nok. Vi «køla på» for å innhente dem, og lyktes det utpå ettermiddagen. Nå går vi side ved side, slik at de bare kan rope på oss hvis de trenger noe. Vi vet hva det er å ha lite. read more...


21/03/2017

Timshel - Galapagos to Marquesas Day 20

Another quiet day sailing gently in the sunshine, would really like a bit more speed.If you are doing your Astronav notable as the Equinox where the declination of the sun changes from South to North.We had another go but I think we need to set up the sextant again, it doesn't seem quite right.Also becoming increasing noticeable how diverged we are from Sun time as we haven't changed the clocks since Galapagos - mainly because the radio schedules and the finish is on Galapagos time. But 3 time zones on, sunrise is now after 8.30.The wind changed this afternoon round to ENE so we gybed onto starboard and set up the pole etc again.This is the first change we have made, apart from rolling sails in and out a bit, for a week since we set the pole last Monday night after the fiasco with the. read more...


20/03/2017

Laura Dawn - Pacific Log 14: A Squiggly track

We've continued to draw patterns with our tracker though a series of gybes following the wind that have left us heading north overnight. We were expecting the wind to drop today and so hoisted the spinnaker at first light in preparation, which of course by Murphys law then saw an increase in the wind!We have had 15- 20 knots of wind for most of the day, and only now is it showing any signs of dropping, just a bit too much to risk rolling out the spinnaker. We're grateful for still having wind though and with less than 350 miles to go we've high hopes of being able to sail all the way to the Marquesas (we're optimitistic folk!).After hearing of a huge tuna being caught by another boat, we changed our fishing lure and got the lines out again: 2 for good measure .... this did not go well.. read more...


20/03/2017

Lexington - 3/20/17. 9°59'. south. 132° 05' west. 410 miles to go

It is my watch, 3-6 a.m. We are motoring because we ran into a few squalls before dark and did not want to do the same after dark. I hate motoring for whatever reason. We will start sailing at daylight. We have not advanced our ship's clock so it will not be light until about 8 a.m. We do not advance the clock as a group so it is easier to keep everyone on the same time. We all advance at each port and then keep that time until the next port. When we get there we will be in time zone 9. Lexington is in 5 but you have daylight savings time which technically puts you in time zone 4. If I am right it is 4:30 a.m. here and it should be 9:30 a.m. in Lexington. If I am not right you can go back to bed! I have been doing a little reading on where we are going. Just trying to stay ahead and make. read more...


20/03/2017

Aurora Polaris - 18.-19. Mars 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Lørdag den 18. holdt på å gå inn i rekken av helt vanlige dager, da den plutselig ikke var helt vanlig likevel. Terje hadde lovet meg å ta inn fiskesnøret for kvelden, «.. for jeg er IKKE interessert i å dra opp noen ting på min vakt, særlig ikke om natta!» Jeg vet ikke om han reiste seg for å gjøre det, eller om det var aktiviteten bak på hekken hvor fiskestanga står som fikk han til å reise seg, men plutselig var det full «fyr». Det var «på med beltet», og han måtte sitte ned, fordi det var nok ingen liten fangst! Jeg fløy rundt ham og tilbød all mulig assistanse som jeg kunne gå god for. Sånn som, skal jeg lyse med lyskasteren? Skal jeg hente fjøl og kniv? Vil du ha vann? Sånn holdt jeg på, og jeg skal fortelle dere at det tok tid! Fisken bet på kl 21. Kl. 22.30 klarte han å få den. read more...


20/03/2017

Timshel - Galapagos to Marquesas Day 19

The wind went away completely just while I was sending yesterday's blog.Sails crashing and banging and shaking the boat to pieces, wind boxing the compass, trying to steer but not getting anywhere, boat rolling in the swell.Also just that moment saw a target on AIS, an American sailing boat, but she seemed to be having the same weather as us as she was going every which way at almost zero knots. Contemplating putting all the sails away, at least it would be quieter and less wear, then wind came back, thank goodness in less than an hour. Some rain squalls, bringing some wind during the night, then sailing very gently all day in sunshine, still with poled out yankee, main wing and wing, sometimes staysail as well.At least we are progressing slowly towards our destination.We did a noon. read more...


20/03/2017

Lexington - 3/18/17. 9°. 51'. south. 130°. 43'. west WASH DAY

We are doing well. The winds dropped a little so we changed to our asymmetrical spinnaker. A little squall came up so we furled the asymmetrical spinnaker and we are motoring until there is not much threat of too much wind. It keeps us thinking and paying attention to our environment. Our radar really helps a lot to allow us to see weather well away from us in the order of up to 48 miles. That is nice. Back to life on the boat. We mostly wear shorts and some sort of shirt. We get pretty sweaty with the least bit of effort. If I feel a little dirty I will wash whatever clothes I have on in the sink and hang them on the lifelines. Then I will shower and put on whatever I washed the last wash day. No sense getting fancy and you do not need much. We have to run the generator every night to. read more...


19/03/2017

Laura Dawn - Pacific Log 13: Where are all the fish?

Seriously, we haven't even had a tickle on the lines, even the flying fish have stopped throwing themselves on the deck!?Maybe pacific fish are not fans of plastic glittery squid! Maybe they've seen it all before and know not to bite! We ate all of our freezer fish stocks before we left, in the anticipation of catching more along the way, so are feeling a little disappointed.Not that we've eaten badly at all, creamy chicken pasta last night and pork casserole, mash and veg tonight, fresh bread daily for our lunch sandwiches,and snacks a plenty, although I'm afraid to report that the tomatoes have finally fallen and we are all out. The wind is dropping now and we're getting 16 - 18 knots, so have a full main back up and full Genoa making about 7 knots. Its almost asymmetric weather, so. read more...


19/03/2017

Lexington - 3/18/17. 9° 56'. south. 129°. 21' west.

It is my turn in the barrel again. It is 1 a.m. We had a good day sailing. Winds were a tad light but satisfactory. We started to take down our twin head sails but the wind picked up a little so we reversed what we had done and kept the twin head sails up. It is a dark night again tonight. The moon will come up later. There are few clouds so the stars are bright. We had a little celebration tonight. It was just an excuse to have a little happy hour with a glass of wine. We are normally dry sailors but we decided to celebrate passing the 600 mile mark. So we are sailing along on a well traveled route, with excellent communication, with companion boats, with spot-on GPS positioning and charts of the whole of our travels, knowing that we are in time honored trade wind areas and we are a. read more...


19/03/2017

Timshel - Galapagos to Marquesas Day 18

A somewhat frustrating day with fickle wind varying in direction and strength, and rain showers.First thing in the morning rain and stronger wind more from the south, so our heading more north.But just when we'd decided to take out the pole and have all sails on same side on a reach, wind died and now coming more from North so our heading now more south.Just steered the boat downwind, whatever course gave enough speed to keep sailing.It's a bit like Dickens Mr Macawber - for sailing downwind, 12-18 knots wind equals boat sailing nicely all happy, less than 12 knots of wind, misery - boat is rolling in the swell sails alternately slatting and banging, hardly possible to stand up on deck or do anything useful.. read more...


07/12/2014

Take Off - Our first squall

Although the full moon lit our way so gently last night was quite unsmoothdue to wind changes all the time. We suspected several squalls so the spinnakerwent up and down all night in prevention. However we seemed everytime to “miss”them. This morning was a grey morning, no sunrise from the sea and heavy cloudsahead of us. However the heavy clouds were all along the horizon so we thoughtit was just normal rain. We sailed through it, got a bit wet, the wind wassteady and we thought this was smooth. The wind started to blow stronger and wasup to 30 knots when it then dropped gently down to 17 knots. And from nowhere astrong wind hit the boat, Jörgen stearing had difficulties in answering the windand the broach was inevitable. And then came the real rain – just like pouringhundreds of. read more...


18/03/2017

Timshel - Galapagos to Marquesas Day 17

Rather variable winds today - first two little rain showers brought little increase in wind, next one had us going 10 knots before managed to reef!Proceeded all day with main reefed to first batten to avoid being caught out.Like a Breeze must be in Hiva Oa by now and others are planning their arrival, but it will be a while yet for us.We still have lots of limes - from 1795 British warships were required to carry lime juice for prevention of scurvy hence British sailors are called "Limeys" (by Americans) - so we should be OK.. read more...


19/03/2017

Misto - Days 68-71: Pleasant sailing, no fish!

We now have less than 350 nm to go to Hiva Oa - it's almost a strange sense of reality to think that we will soon be able to be back on land again.The reality on board on a long passage becomes the weather, watch schedules, meals, sleeping and passing the time, when conditions are benign, interspersed by periods of frantic activity when sails have to be changed, wind rises, squalls come up or gear fails.We are expecting the wind to diminish over the next couple of days and for there to be more squall activity.Currently we still have 15 knots of wind and a long 6' swell rising mainly from behind us.There is a nasty little swell that creeps in from the side every now and again throwing us a little off balance. We are still flying our parasailor and keep debating when we will need to take. read more...


18/03/2017

Hanna - "Kurz" vor dem Ziel Marquesas

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18/03/2017

Lexington - 3/17/17. 9°. 56'. south. 126°. 31'. west

I am on watch 9-12 p.m. There is no moon yet so it is fairly dark. We are speeding thru the night at around 7 knots using our good old twin headsails. The repair has held up. I am pleased. We are about 775 miles out and today is day 17. This is a little eerie sailing along with little to no reference to your surroundings. I sort of like it when the stars are out but I do prefer a full moonlit night. Sailing is not for everyone and this long haul sailing is for sure not for everyone. I can definitely see a cruising couple with no schedule just heading along not caring if it took 21 days or 31 days. It is a route with consistent winds and moderate seas although for the uninitiated the seas are a little big. You get used to it real easy. Then again some people would not get used to it or. read more...


18/03/2017

Aurora Polaris - 17. Mars 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Hva er en god blogg? Ikke vet jeg, for jeg leser ingen andre enn vår egen. Det er det mange grunner til, og den viktigste er at vi ikke har internett på samme måten som vi har det hjemme. Ellers har det med prioriteringer å gjøre. For meg er det viktig å få informert våre nærmeste om at vi har det bra, og at de ikke trenger å bekymre seg. Utenom det har jeg vanligvis mange andre gjøremål.Denne nattevakten begynte også litt travlere enn de foregående. I tillegg til å skrive blogg, må jeg altså justere litt mer segl enn tidligere, for vi har noen flere squaller rundt oss nå.Det kan bety at de inneholder noe mer vind enn vi har ellers, og siden radaren bare viser om de inneholder regn, må jeg anta at seglføringen må reduseres før vi går inn i dem. Sånne oppdrag gjør det egentlig bare. read more...


18/03/2017

Laura Dawn - Pacific Log 12: Bumpy old road

We seem to have been at sea for more days than logs:sorry about that, I'm not sure what we've been doing with our time quite honestly!Sleep has been eluding us certainly for the last 24 - 48 hours.Sometimes time passes quickly laying waiting for your watch and sometimes its there in a flash.Its been a bumpy old road for the last 2 days, with squalls holding up to 33 knots of wind, needing sharp eyes and some quick reefing and sail rolling attention.We've surfed down what feel like whopping waves, sometimes grinning with excitement like littlekids at the fun fair at what speed the digits say we will have reached and sometimes just gritting teeth and holding on! The decks have had a good wash too, with Martin getting the scrubbing brush out in the last rain squall! Currently we have 20 -. read more...


17/03/2017

Lexington - 3/17/17. 9°. 55' south. 125°. 20' west. Celestial navigation

So now after all my rambling about celestial navigation, I have some results. For the past 2-3 days I have been plotting our position by dead reckoning. Dead reckoning is just taking your course and time and speed for input data. Today I did a sun shot and a moon shot. I used the dead reckoning position for my sights. I did do the math on my iPad. For the sun shot I was off 10 minutes north and south and 09 minutes off east and west. For the moon I was off 58 minutes (miles) north and south and 30 minutes (miles) east and west. For a beginner this is not bad I think. Now if I can just remember how I did it next week and not run aground while trying to figure out where I am. At least I am keeping my mind active. Bob. read more...


17/03/2017

Lexington - 3/17/17. 9°. 54' south. 124°. 54' west

It is the 6-10 am watch and I am the person on watch. We have not changed our clocks since we left Galapagos so it is actually earlier by the sun. As a group we stay on the same time for each leg to try to prevent confusion. Time zones around the world are every 15 degrees. 24 time zones of 15 degrees each make a total of 360 degrees around the world. In some of our work like celestial navigation we have to have a universal time called UTC for universal time or Zulu or Greenwich mean time. That is the time at the prime meridian which goes thru Greenwich England. We are at 124 degrees 54 minutes west. Divide that by 15 degrees and round the nearest whole number to get the time zone with west being positive and east negative. So if it is 6:00 a.m. here you would add 8 to get UTC which. read more...


17/03/2017

Aurora Polaris - 16. Mars 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

En god dag sett fra en seilersynsvinkel. Vi har tilbakelagt ca 96nm på 12 timer (måling fra ARC), dvs. at vi har gått med en gjennomsnittsfart på 8,1kn. Det er vi veldig fornøyd med.På nattevakten min, som begynte kl.21.00, oppdaget jeg at vi ble innhentet av et skip som gikk med 17+knops hastighet. Det hadde retning rett mot oss, og jeg var så tidlig ute med oppdagelsen, at navnet og type båt ikke hadde kommet opp på AIS-en ennå. Ut fra farten den gikk med, antok jeg det var en lastebåt, noe som senere skulle stemme bra. Med en gang navnet kom opp, påkalte jeg dem over VHF-en på kanal 16 og lurte på om de hadde sett oss, noe de ikke hadde. De fikk posisjonen vår, og ønsket oss en trygg seilas videre. I skrivende stund holder de på å krysse kursen vår foran oss. Vi har fått beskjed om. read more...


17/03/2017

Timshel - Galapagos to Marquesas Day 16: We see some ships!

Having said in yesterday's blog that we had seen no other vessels, first Steve saw a cargo ship go past in the next watch, later at lunchtime we crossed with Australian yacht Amaquore (Sp?) who we have been talking to on SSB - and now on VHF.Nice to know we are not alone out here after all.Wind had quietened down by morning so another peaceful day rolling downwind.Celebrated 1000 miles to go at dinner time with chocolate.May be a little early to be calculating when we should get in though.. read more...


16/03/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob:3/16/17. 9* 51' south. 123*. 33' west

We have done well as reported we had a small rip in the outer edge of one of our two twin head sails. We repaired it and it is back up as we are heading along at 7-8 knots. Yesterday we had a 180 mile day. That is why we did not want to take a chance on ripping the sail beyond repair.This is a very lazy sail plan. It is moderately forgiving. To do it right we probably should only sail it 20-25 degrees off dead down wind. If we take it a little further it will catch wind on the wrong side (called back winded) and the sail will slap back with a big crack like vigorously shaking out a rug. I think that may have caused the rip. We did see dolphins swimming at the bow of the boat when we were repairing the sail. Some of us think they may like the sound of the engine. My thought is that we. read more...


Skyelark of London - Steak Dinner
Skyelark of London - Steak Dinner
17/03/2017

Skyelark of London - Milestones mean meals

It's the final approach, or at least that is how it feels -despite therestill being 700 miles to go. That's more than a Fastnet race,a Sydney toHobart or a lap of Ireland! However the nautical milestones are crashingdown -1/2 way (Roast Duck, German cabbage and roast potatoes) , 2/3rd(glass of wine) ,1000 miles to go (Steak, Chips and Peach crumble andcustard), final 1/4(steak and eggs for breakfast) and the next big onewill be when we are within fuel range which is fast approaching, and thiswill be celebrated with a very long and very hot shower as we will no longerneed to conserve fuel (and thereby water) in case of a prolonged calm andquite possibly a Gin and Tonic to cool down.One notable lack from our menu is fish, we have only caught one mahi mahiwhich is a stark change from our. read more...


16/03/2017

Aurora Polaris - 14. - 15. Mars 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Vi har nå endret kursen igjen, og går direkte mot målet. Værmeldingen sier at det blir stille rundt Marquesas uansett når vi nærmer oss, så vi hadde visst lite å tape på det. Dagen i dag har vært forholdsvis stille, så det er lite å berette. Morgendagen skal visstnok varte opp med litt mer vind……og det gjorde den. Det økte jevnt utover dagen, og ettermiddag/kveld, lå vi på rundt 8 knop SOG og over. Vi har sett over 9 flere ganger. Det liker vi! Vindstyrken er fra 18-23 knop fra øst-sørøst.I dag har vi vasket klær, laget yoghurt og bakt brød i tillegg til de vanlige gjøremålene vi har om bord. Nå er vaktordningen forskjøvet en time, fra kl. 21 – 9 om morgenen. Det er nå de mørke timene våre. Vi skal sette lokal tid på klokka når vi kommer fram til Marquesas. Foreløpig går vi etter. read more...


16/03/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: 9* 51' south. 122*. 54' west. end to sweet sailing

We have been doing great with our twin head sails. Today we logged 180 miles in 24 hours. Unfortunately we noticed a rip in the outer edge of one sail. It was only about 8 inches long but we worried about it enlarging. It took all of us working for 4 hours to get both sails down ( they were on same halyard) repaired and back up. We took the sails down and tied them to the deck while I set on the sails at the bow andI sewed the rip back together. One of the problems is that you do not want the wind to catch the sails on deck and blow them overboard. After I sewed the rip together, I put sail tape over the repair and sewed it in place. I will not win a blue ribbon at the state fair but it does seem to be holding for the time being. When I bought the sewing kit I thought I was wasting. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: 9* 51' south. 122*. 54' west. end to sweet sailing
Lexington - Captain Bob: 9* 51' south. 122*. 54' west. end to sweet sailing
Lexington - Captain Bob: 9* 51' south. 122*. 54' west. end to sweet sailing
Lexington - Captain Bob: 9* 51' south. 122*. 54' west. end to sweet sailing
16/03/2017

Timshel - Galapagos to Marquesas Day 15

Just over 2 weeks at sea now and we have not seen another vessel since the day after the start, just as well we are able to talk to the fleet via the SSB, closest to us is the Australian yacht that has joined our net is closest just now, almost in VHF range.Another lovely sunny day, have not hardly altered the sails or anything since Monday evening.Much discussion of the weather on this evenings net and the promised increase in wind did come through so have reefed main and yankee and put away the staysail for now.Other boats talking about there 1000 miles to go celebrations, but we wont get there until tomorrow night.The big multihull Like a Breeze must be nearly there.Apparently we should throw all fruit and veg overboard before arriving at Hiva Oa - don't think this will be a problem. read more...


16/03/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: 3/16/17. 10*. 00' south. 121*. 33' west

My watch this morning 3-6 am.We are hauling the mail tonight. We have had 10-15 knots of wind from the stern (east wind) and when it gets close to 15 knots of wind we move up to 8-9 knots of boat speed. This is not sustained but it is not unusual to look up and see speeds in the 8s often and in the 9s if we surf down a wave.If a wave comes and the boat goes down the front of it than the boat surfs along the wave for a very brief moment.At that time there is less friction (boat sticking out of the front of the wave) and you will have greater speeds than are sustainable. Back to the topic of what is it like to be on the boat. It is a "ride". You get used to it. No one has been Sea sick but the boat just went thru a roll that probably went from heeling to one side 25 degrees to the other. read more...


16/03/2017

Laura Dawn - Pacific log 11: Sour bears

We've had a day of zig-zagging on LD. We gybed north this morning again and are now heading south with 20-25 knots of wind, expecting up to 30, so have put a reef in for tonight. Less than 1000 miles to go! Whoo hoo! To celebrate we opened a pack of sour bears, which went down rather well (there are only 4 lonely sour bears left, that I suspect will not see the morning).We drew in the LD - Owl quiz today, meaning we are still clinging on to our lead by half a point. Our daily quiz provides a good bit of excitement and its nice to be able to chat with buddies on another boat.Spag Bol for tea tonight :)LD: 15 March 18.20. read more...


15/03/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: 3/15/17. 10*. 4'. south. 119*. 58' west. Living on a sail boat

So what is it like being on a sail boat for a 3,000 mile passage?First of all, consider space. The boat is 46 feet long but that is tip to tip measurements for selling boats. It is 13.5 feet wide on the outside at the widest point. Here is another good saying, "boats shrink when you put them in water". You can buy a nice big boat in the show room and it looks perfect. Put it in the water and try to put all your stuff and all your friends in it and it will appear to have shrunken by 50%. We have a forward berth for two people, stern berth for 2 people and two can sleep in the saloon on the benches. When you have two in the saloon then that area of the boat stays pretty "lived in". We have two heads (bathrooms). One head has a stand up shower. We have a galley which is for one person to. read more...


15/03/2017

Timshel - Galapagos to Marquesas Day 13 and 14

Should have looked at the date, and it was all going so well! Wind (and our speed) was down a bit by morning so decided it was time to deploy the cruising chute - after all everyone else seemed to by flying them all along - or asymmetrics, schreechers or Code Zero or whatever or even Parasailors.I suppose it did give us a little extra speed but was so unstable in the swell that hand steering was required. Trouble really started when made to take it down at teatime, sail collapsed and started winding itself round the rig before the sock line was sorted, sock got fankled and jammed, tried to take down the sail in the conventual manner under the boom but the halyard jammed. The two of us spent a while fruitlessly trying to haul down the sail or haul down the sock while it twirled. read more...


15/03/2017

Timshel - Galapagos to Marquesas Day 12

Another day rolling along heading steadily west.Australian boat Emma Cora who is just ahead of us reported seeing and speaking to an Indonesian ship - we have seen nothing but must remember that there may be other vessels out here. Altair has fixed her cooker so they are not condemned to a diet of cold tinned tuna after all.We haven't changed our clock since Panama so it is now staying light much later.A beautiful moon, almost full, rises behind us just after sunset and sets in front of us just before sunrise.-------------------------------------------------Do not push the "reply" button to respond to this message if that includes the text of this originalmessage in your response.Messages are sent over avery low-speed radio link. The most concise way to reply is to send a NEW. read more...



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