Exody - Days 192-198 : Waves, Wind, Wallabies and Winter Sales
The wind kept on building on Tuesday 21st and much of the day we were in 25 to 35 knots with gusts topping 40 knots accompanied by horizontal rain and very poor visibility - the waves and swell were large but not uncomfortable on the rear quarter. We were down to treble reefed main and genny. Wednesday cleared progressively and we were able to see the one or two ships crossing our path north/south at five or six miles range. By the middle of the day, our long missed friend the sun was out and the wind dropped - we motored most of the last 40 miles in to the Hydrogapher's Passage - the well marked and lit shipping route through the Great Barrier Reef, crossing the World ARC finish line after dark at 20.10. Although still 100 miles off the mainland coast, the. read more...
Shenanigan - Tallinn to St Petersburg
Good downwind sailing from Tallinn to Russia with anti gybe, precision steering from Christopher.We negotiated the narrow traffic separation scheme into Russian waters in thick fog passing ships and cruise liners closer that we would normally due to the width of the channel.A little tussle with customs, 5 ¼ hours, sniffer dogs, 5 custom officers and some of our beer saw us safely through the immigration and customs process! A long story to be told over a glass of wine (or beer!).On this trip rather than arriving everywhere in the middle of the night as on previous trips, we are setting a pattern of arriving in 30+ knots of wind. St Petersburg lived up to this; which actually turned out to be to our advantage as we were given a berth on the super yacht pontoons. The boys were. read more...
Luna Quest - Thursday 22nd July and Friday 23rd July, 2015
Noon Position: 20.50S 149.49EDaily run: 139 logged miles since yesterday and 121 logged miles the day beforeYesterday marked the first good day since leaving Vanuatu other than the first day. The sun tried to come out and the wind settled to a moderate breeze from the ENE, just insufficient, however, to make for an entry into the Hydrographer’s Passage at slack tide at 22.30pm. We therefore motored-sailed to keep a speed up of 5 knots minimum. Well before we reach the Great Barrier Reef, the wind increased aided by squalls in the early evening improving our speed to over 6 knots. However, this meant an early arrival and potentially turbulent waters at the entrance. As we approached we took down all sail and motored into the entrance well marked by powerful lights at 21.45pm. No. read more...
Flomaida II - Darwin vom 6.7.-25.7.2015
Nachdem unser Schiffchen mal wieder von einem Taucher der Bio Security begutachtet wurde, durften wir in die Marina per Schleuse wie in Panama. Ebbe und Hochwasser haben hier ca 7 m Unterschied. Man hat hier Angst, dass eine besonders aggressive Muschelart eingeschleppt wird!Hier ist es "Winter", das ist so wie bei uns ein besonders heißer Sommertag! (30 tags/16 nachts)Die Menschen freuen sich, dass sie ihre Wintersachen tragen können, und in der Zeitung gibt es ein Bild einer Frau mit Hund: Beide tragen Wollmützen, Handschuhe und Schal, und sie trinkt gerade eine heiße Schokolade! Wir sind halt "Down Under" im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes!Jetzt am WE gab es eine Regatta mit Booten, die nur aus Bierdosen gebaut waren. Teilweise sehr kreative und originelle Modelle! Ein Riesenspaß für Groß. read more...
Starblazer - Finish Line Drama
Email lost in transit, so re-sent.First the good news, we crossed the finish line today at 13h 16” 49’ but wehave another night at sea before we reach Mackay.The sailing has beentremendous for the most part.The rapid progress from Saturday to Sunday(185 nM) continued right up until the early hours of this morning,Wednesday. Sunday to Monday 178 nM, Monday to Tuesday 171nM but Tuesday toWednesday we only covered 162 nM, not slow but this was only achieved bymotoring for1 ½ hoursbecause the wind dropped to 10 knots and we wereeager to reach the Hydrographers Passage with at least some of the floodtide remaining.Monday night threw up a challenge, a ridge of high pressure from EasternAustralia east to New Caledonia was accompanied by a trough from NEAustralia towards the Solomons, the. read more...