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Annabella - The Thimble Islands from 3 directions
Annabella - The Thimble Islands from 3 directions
Annabella - The Thimble Islands from 3 directions
Annabella - The Thimble Islands from 3 directions
Annabella - The Thimble Islands from 3 directions
Annabella - The Thimble Islands from 3 directions
08/10/2015

Annabella - Wendy says goodbye to Shennecossett yacht Club

At least until next June. Headed to the Thimble Islands off of Branford CT tonight. read more...


Annabella - Wendy says goodbye to Shennecossett yacht Club
Annabella - Wendy says goodbye to Shennecossett yacht Club
08/10/2015

Annabella - Day 1

Left this morning from Shennecossett Yacht Club at 7 a.m.Beautiful New England day. Sailed most of the day to our first stop, Thimble Islands in CT.. read more...


08/10/2015

Exody - Days 269-271: It's like waiting for a bus..

.........none for ages then they all come at once! First up was Golden Zoushan on Tuesday, finding us a little off guard since first noticed at just three miles off, then one other and from Wednesday evening: Ocean Peony, Lawn Arrow, Ever Alliance, Hakkaisan and my favouritely named Hanjin Dangjin.She has been with me from first sighting for a whole four hour watch: for economic reasons the average speeds for cargo ships are low - so at her 9.4 knots (similar to World ARC recent averages for Makena and Tulasi !), she takes a while to pass us at our 7.We have been obliquely crossing the shipping route between the tip of Africa and Singapore, having four days and 630 miles to run to Port Louis, Mauritius.We have been at sea for ten days and have enjoyed quite the most consistent and. read more...


08/10/2015

Luna Quest - Thursday, 8th October, 2015

Noon Position: 17.31S 71.17EDaily run: 121 logged milesYesterday afternoon the wind began to lose its strength and overnight the sails banged from time to time. It can take a long time before the swell reduces and the sea loses its restlessness. Today, the banging has continued although there is slightly more breeze. The forecast is for more wind, however. The leading boats, who were lucky enough to escape this weather patch of soft breezes,are enjoying the better winds ahead and the gap between us is therefore widening.They are likely to make port at the end of the week. We fitted a new temporary preventer to stop the chafe on the old one, and surprisingly enough, it seems to work fine. Julia is completely submerged in her iPhoto book for Australia, fitting different pieces of music to. read more...


08/10/2015

Firefly - En route to see Borneo's Oragutan's

Its Thursday 8th October and at 0500 this morning Firefly's anchor was raised after 2 enjoyable days at Karimun Java. We are sailing to a small town called Kumai which is up a river on the south coast of Borneo. This is close to the location of the Tanyung Puting National Park, home of Camp Leakey, the largest Orangutan Sanctuary in the world.This was always going to be one of the highlights of the planned route for the Sail 2 Indonesia Rally. However, this dry season has seen some of the worst forest fires ever and much of Borneo is currently suffering from a serious smoke haze. The visit to Kumai is now down to the individuals and we are the first to go. The other Indonesia Yacht Rally is about a week ahead of us and some boats have been to Kumai already and reported via their blogs. read more...


07/10/2015

Annabella - Test blog - hello?

The fortunate Captain and First Mate of Annabella are scheduled to be departing their home base in Connecticut tomorrow morning, bound on a slow and probably interesting journey to Portsmouth. The less fortunate balance of the crew remain in their landlocked bases (in Massachusetts and Georgia), awaiting their respective fast and probably boring journeys in early November to join up with them. Will this blog make it easier to keep in touch, Cap'n Lou and FM Wendy? Are you there? Hello? Ahoy?. read more...


07/10/2015

Luna Quest - Wednesday, 7th October, 2015

Noon Position: 17.08S 73.31EDaily run: 184 logged milesThe favourable weather is holding and our good progress continues. We found the preventer line badly chafed yesterday afternoon and shortened it to put the pressure elsewhere. This morning we lost the pin holding the gate to the lifelines and shall need to replace that in Mauritius. The old aquagen is doing very well, keeping the lights and fridge on overnight. We have a new Ampair generator on order for delivery to Mauritius, but the bureaucracy seems to put the order in jeopardy. However, there is still time to have it couriered out if there are no further delays. Last night, as Julia was preparing supper, a rogue wave slopped over the deck and cascaded into the open hatch above the saloon table. The waterfall reached the chart. read more...


06/10/2015

Luna Quest - Tuesday, 6th October, 2015

Noon Position: 16.28S 76.16EDaily run: 175 logged milesThe trade winds are holding steady enabling us to make good progress. We are now over half way and if we can keep up the good progress, we could be making landfall early next week. The total distance from Cocos to Mauritius is about 2350 miles and we have 960 miles to go. Today was forecast to give us light winds, but the fresh breeze is holding. We emptied our last 2 jerrycans of water into the tank, which should now last us till we arrive. The seas are calmer. Only the occasional big swell causes Luna Quest to lurch setting the sails to bang about, but we are not worried so long as we are making good progress. The sun is out and the squalls seem to have disappeared. Eric. read more...


05/10/2015

Starblazer - Whether the weather be…

This rhyme which I had to recite in speech therapy when I was 5 seems most apt for sailors crossing oceans.It ends: whether the weather, whatever the weather, whether we like it or not.The Indian Ocean crossing from Cocos Keeling to Mauritius is about 2,350 miles, expected to take between 14 and 16 days.Within this time frame a number of weather systems will develop and affect the conditions we experience.At least we have access to weather forecasting at sea via e-mails to the satellite phone, together with routing advice, luxuries not available in even the fairly recent past.Knowledge is one thing, being able to do much about it is completely different!The 5 day forecast before we left Cocos Keeling mentioned 4-5m swell, plus waves, on Friday and Saturday and a small low over a thousand. read more...


05/10/2015

Exody - Days 266-268: Halfway- milestones,maths and menus

Exody passed the halfway point of 1170 miles at 08.30 today Monday 5th October just inside one week from Cocos Keeling departure having averaged 7 knots.We are 1400 miles due south of the tip of India and, by definition, as far away from anywhere as we can be!Yesterday the milestone was 1000 miles run and Saturday it was our best day's run ever of 189 miles, taking us just past the one third way mark. All occasions for celebration with a culinary or alcoholic treat!The focus on milestones and the arithmetic of the passage is addictive, absorbing and perhaps a little obsessive - I have been at it since the start and Marian's interest grows as arrival in Mauritius is now within one week's grasp!Whilst the iPad software forecasts our arrival at anywhere between 5 days and 8 days hence,. read more...


05/10/2015

Firefly - Rough night in the Java Sea

En route from Bali to Karimun Jawa, we encountered some strong wind and foul tide leading to a very rough night in the Java Sea. The forecast for wind of about 20 knots from behind had encouraged us to keep going as opposed to anchoring behind an island called Rass for the night. Typically, the wind did in fact get up well above the forecast, to about 30 knots, but it was the current running strongly against the wind that kicked up a very rough sea. Firefly handled it fine but the passengers managed little sleep as she rocked and rolled, the person on watch concentrating hard as there were lots of ships and fishing boats to avoid. A course was set to Palua Bawean, a remote island, the next place we could pull in for some shelter. Rounding the northern tip of Bawean at about 1000 the next. read more...


05/10/2015

Misto - Water, water everywhere!

We have four feet of flood water in Oriental NC.  Misto is floating so high off the submerged docks that it is difficult to get aboard, however we are grateful that it has not been worse. Preparations have continued - we got our sail mail working from our SSB yesterday.  Tomorrow one of our crew, Steve, is joining Howard to do some winch and windlass maintenance.  We'll be at the boat show and looking forward to meeting other crews.Ros and HowardS/V Mistomisto-log.tumblr.com. read more...


05/10/2015

Luna Quest - Monday, 5th October, 2015

Noon Position: 15.55S 78.52EDaily run: 184 logged milesThe big swell from the Southwest has gone, the squalls have gone, the sun is out and the swell from the Southeast now dominates. The wind has moderated to a fresh breeze and this morning I took all the reefs out and poled out the genoa to port. The motion of the boat is much friendlier and Julia baked some bread this morning. She also made some Danish pastry, which, unfortunately, when checking it, bulleted out of the oven upside down in pieces all over the floor of the boat. We had it soon cleared up, however, either by eating it off the floor or by returning it to the oven upside down and having it for lunch, but none was wasted and it tasted deliciously.Eric. read more...


Annabella - Fall
Annabella - Fall
04/10/2015

Firefly - Lombok and Bali

Firefly left Bali this morning, Saturday 3rd October, bound for Karimum Jawa, about 340 miles to the north west. Prior to this we spent 2 nights on Lombok, one each at Medana Bay and Gili Air and 5 anchored off Lovina Beach on the north west coast of Bali.The trip to Lombok from Sumbawa had ended up being slow. Little wind and a counter current meant that it was almost dark before we reached Medana Bay, the venue for the next Sail 2 Indonesia Rally stop. Medana Bay is one of the only marinas on the route and we had booked a berth. However, on arrival we were put off by both the facilities and the swell that was entering the bay and instead dropped the anchor. The swell increased throughout the evening and all night Firefly was thrashing from side to side - no wind, just waves and very. read more...


04/10/2015

Luna Quest - Sunday, 4th October, 2015

Noon Position: 15.07S 81.33EDaily run: 171 logged milesThe strong breeze held steady overnight and LUNA QUEST has been making some cracking progress, but lighter winds are forecast over the next few days, giving us a respite from having to hold on as we move around the boat. Julia does a wonderful job cooking on the gimballed stove that rocks backwards and forwards as the ship rolls onto or off a wave. She is able to wedge herself between the work surface and the open door of the heads firmly held against the companionway bulkhead. Our fresh food supply is diminishing rapidly both as a result of us eating it in a race with natural degradation, but every day we have to chuck something over board. Our tinned provisions have barely been touched since we set off from Grenada in the Caribbean. read more...


03/10/2015

GarliX - Jumping Boot mit Fischergeruch

Tour: Cocos (Keeling) Island - Mauritius, ingesamt 2.350sm, noch ca. 1.300 sm3.10.15 Dieses Datum ist doch die absolute Vorlage für einen sentimentalen Blog. Ist ja auch cool - wir Ossis segeln ein Viertel Jahrhundert nach der Wende über den Indischen Ozean. Im Moment ist das hier aber nicht sehr Sentimental. Wir hüpfen von Welle zu Welle und finden es schon klasse, wie unser Boot durch die Welle geht. Es gibt kein Krachen in die Wellentäler, aber richtig sanft ist es auch nicht gerade. Die World ARC Boote haben sich weit auseinander gezogen. Jeder hat das Wetter für sich irgendwie anders eingeschätzt. Wir segeln durch zwischen „Pest und Cholera“ - und hoffen eben, dass wir von jedem nur ein bisschen abgekommen. Aus dem Süden entwickelte sich aufgrund eines weit im Süden liegenden. read more...


03/10/2015

Luna Quest - Saturday, 3rd October, 2015

Noon Position: 14.28S 84.18EDaily run: 190 logged milesThere is a little sunshine today in-between the clouds making the sea look friendlier despite the mountainous swell and waves that reach up to at least half the height of the mast, but as they approach, LUNA QUEST rises up to them and if they don’t break at the point of contact, she gallops over them before descending into the next valley. As the waves are about to break, their tops become pale blue translucent and with an incipient white crest, they become quite majestic. Then they break sending a wave of white water ahead of them before being absorbed by the next swell.All night we have been hammering along at around eight knots with a full genoa and two reefs in the mainsail. Our logged miles made good were 190 and our measured. read more...


02/10/2015

Exody - Days 260-265: Quarter way to Mauritius

Four days in to this 2340 mile passage and we clocked 637 miles at 10am this morning Friday 2nd October with daily runs to date of 180,168,134 and 155 nautical miles. Just over a quarter the way there, the wind has now picked up again and veered to a comfortable 20 knots southeasterly - Exody is romping over the Indian Ocean at well over seven knots on a reach with double reefed main and single reefed genny, doing her best to maintain a midfleet position behind the big boats! The forecast large swell generated by a distant Southern Ocean storm is not yet impeding orderly, mostly dry, progress along the rhumb line. The sea and long deep swell is impressive - sparkling white waves, sometimes translucent aquamarine, over deep blue. We spent our last day at Cocos Keeling on Sunday 27th with. read more...


02/10/2015

Luna Quest - Friday, 2nd October, 2015

Noon Position: 13.44S 87.15E Daily run: 155 logged milesLUNA QUEST really comes into her own when we have a strong breeze and a boisterous sea. Yesterday, we flapped about, sails banging, but failing to make much progress with any direction or determination. We became quite dispirited, but last night the wind rose steadily from the Southeast to give us a fresh breeze overnight. Today she is loving the strong breeze and so are we.The 4-mtr southwesterly swell that was forecast for today to Sunday has been overtaken by the stronger southeasterly swell and waves. The seas are therefore quite rough with breakers everywhere. We daren’t open any of the windows or hatches as rogue waves from time to time slew the boat round sending big seas over the deck. It is therefore quite close below. read more...


01/10/2015

Luna Quest - Thursday, 1st October, 2015

Noon Position: 13.04S 89.31EDaily run: 136 logged milesLast night was quite frustrating with the sails banging in the lighter winds. In the end we reefed the sails to give them less surface area to bang about. Once the swell had settled, however, the banging reduced and the speed increased. While we were adjusting the sails, I noticed that the aquagen was not spinning. I hauled it in to discover that the bearings felt seized. It is an Ampair towed water generator that I bought new last year especially for this circumnavigation. It has only given us power since Mackay as until we reached Australia, it had been wired up incorrectly by the engineers in Trinidad. I took it apart this morning to diagnose a frozen front bearing, which, unfortunately, cannot be probed.Luckily, we retained the. read more...


30/09/2015

Misto - Weather causes Misto a delay!

The heavy rain of the last couple of weeks which has delayed some on-going work, combined with tropical storm Joaquin, mean that we will not be travelling by water to the Annapolis Boat show.  Fortunately we booked a hotel as a back-up a couple of months ago.  Also we are still awaiting a part from Germany for our generator – we thought that problem was solved but the replacement inverter has more recent software than the generator so we need updated software – hopefully then it will be working again. We are now hoping to depart Oriental NC around October 12 as we still have to haul and do bottom paint up on the Chesapeake. Ros and HowardS/V Mistomisto-log.tumblr.com . read more...


30/09/2015

Annabella - Rigger Shout Out

A quick shout out to our very professional rigger, Dan Coan, at Connecticut Rigging, essexrigger@yahoo.com.Despite a torn ACL just 4 weeks ago (long story) Dan finished all promised work which included new sold tube safety lines from the stern to the side gates, preventers with cockpit control as well as all sorts of miscellaneous projects. This was all accomplished with me bugging him every minute and thereby learning how patient he is with ignorance and how much he is willing to share from his deep knowledge or all things nautical.Thanks, DanLou Griffith. read more...


30/09/2015

Luna Quest - Wednesday, 30th September, 2015

Noon Position: 12.46S 91.33EDaily run: 153 logged milesNews came through last night that a 4-mtr swell from the Southwest would come into our path for Thursday to Sunday set up by violent storms further south. These storms often emanate from the Southern Ocean as they sweep round the bottom of South Africa. There was also talk of a cyclone developing 250 miles north of us, but this appears to have dissipated. The news was accompanied by the advice to stay north of 13 degrees south to avoid the worst of the southwesterly swell. We, therefore, went back to our westerly course and ran all night goose winged. The good speeds we were making yesterday under the autopilot enabled us to catch up with the fleet and it is to be hoped that we can stay with it.This morning the deck was littered with. read more...


29/09/2015

Nordic Belle II - Nordic Belle II is a rest on a mooring ball by Bert Jabin's Boat Yard, Back Creek Annapolis

Today we picked up a mooring in anticipation of some nasty weather heading towards Annapolis.  Today's adventure was to go to the Super Giant grocery store by going up to the end of Back Creek, climb up a break wall, walk through the woods and 10 minutes later we were at a very decent grocery store.  We are now relaxing as the rain begins.  We will be here until the end of the boat show.Let us know if there are any exciting ARC activities this week.Torstein Braaten. read more...


29/09/2015

Starblazer - 29/09/2015 – Cocos Keeling

Wednesday evening, after dinner, John had a strike on his line, so did I almost simultaneously!I started winding mine in slowly, John allowed his fish to fight a bit longer.Eventually they were both on the surface about 15 metres behind the boat then one of them made a bid for freedom with the result that the two lines got crossed.I continued to wind mine in as John pulled the line manually, then his line chafed through and he lost both his fish and lure again.We landed a lovely mahi mahi weighing 2.5kg which John duly filleted and it is now in the freezer.As anticipated we arrived before sunrise, but dawn was lightening the sky. We anchored at about 0700 Lombok time, 0530 Cocos time.We had a busy time in these spectacular islands.Thursday we cleared in then straightened the boat. read more...


29/09/2015

Luna Quest - Tuesday, 29th September, 2015

Noon Position: 12.26S 93.56EDaily run: 164 logged milesDownloading a forecast yesterday indicated more wind north of our rhumb line and the building of an area of high pressure to our south. We changed course to near due west and ran all night goose winged making about 7 knots, but today we decided that we were going too far off course and have changed our course back towards the rhumb line of 257 degrees to Mauritius.We are already at the back of the fleet, but as we can carry more sail on the autopilot than on the Hydrovane, we have engaged the autopilot for the time being to give us a chance to keep up. We had our first drop of rain last night since leaving Mackay, a light shower that barely wetted the boat. A good downpour would not come amiss as LUNA QUEST could be a lot cleaner,. read more...


28/09/2015

Kleronia - Finally windy day

FINALLY WINDY DAY After  a lot of days motoring today (28th sept)  finally with a  windy day (5-6 Beaufort) we reach the really nice Almerimar Marina. Sailing a day with 20-30kn and surfing on the waves up to 9 knots of speedFabio S . read more...


28/09/2015

Luna Quest - Monday, 28th September, 2015

Noon Position: 12.07S 96.34EDestination: Mauritius (Indian Ocean)Direction Island in the atoll of Cocos Keeling is a small tropical uninhabited paradise of white sand, turquoise seas, tropical vegetation and palm trees, hermit crabs and a moderate trade wind to keep you cool. The shallow and reef-strewn lagoon in the atoll is surrounded by four islands, of which Direction island is the only one uninhabited. To get to the other islands one can take the yacht’s tender and venture across the choppy lagoon. We made the trip to Home Island twice and received a good soaking of spray and wavelets. Julia had put in an order for provisions for delivery to Home Island, but as the lagoon was so choppy, Rally Control had laid on a special boat to help bring them back safe and dry to Direction. read more...


27/09/2015

Sweet Caroline - Our Countdown begins

It seems like we've been counting for years, but it's finally coming into site.We just finished up work at Port Annapolis and our official list of projects is complete.Of course, it's still a boat, so we always have a list.We moved the boat to Oxford to enjoy the Eastern shore a bit before heading south to start the Rally.Kirk is finishing up a project in Tucson, AZ on Oct 29th, and Mary is taking a long break from Duke.We will meet up in Oxford the weekend before the rally to begin the journey south.Our original plans were to try to make it to the SSCA Gam next weekend, but it looks like it's probably back to the boat tostraighten up from the endless projects and start to organize the boat for the long trip.2 more weekends planned on the boat before the start.S/V Sweet Caroline. read more...


28/09/2015

Rum Truffle - Rum Truffle - Log 2 - 28th September 2015 - I'm afloat again in Palma!

I can’t tell you how pleased I am to be back in the water again today, with both my hulls wet, the way they are supposed to be!  My crew took me straight out for a quick sea trial – for which, of course, I behaved perfectly - but as the weather was a bit stormy, I genuinely thought that the moment had arrived for me to take my crew straight off on our 5,000 mile voyage to the Caribbean. And I was really REALLY excited when I saw my sister ship, Laissez Faire, an identical Lagoon 560 catamaran that was built alongside me by the French, sailing alongside me! There was lots of tooting’s of horns, waving, and generally outrageous and exuberant behaviour by both crews; sometimes I have to keep reminding myself that I am flying the burgee of the Royal Thames Yacht Club! My excitement. read more...


Rum Truffle - Rum Truffle - Log 2 - 28th September 2015 - I'm afloat again in Palma!
Rum Truffle - Rum Truffle - Log 2 - 28th September 2015 - I'm afloat again in Palma!
27/09/2015

Misto - Misto final outfitting in Oriental NC

It's flat out activity here in Oriental NC as we complete some installations before leaving for the Chesapeake, including installing a Watt and Sea hydrogenerator to augment our solar panels.We are still hoping to depart around October 5 to sail to the Annapolis boat show.After the boat show we are going to Deltaville to haul and apply fresh bottom paint.We'll see everyone in Portsmouth at the end of October where our crew of friends, Steve, Scott and Sandy will be joining us.Misto is a Nautitech 442 catamaran, named after Mr Mistoffelees the Magical Cat from the musical Cats.Ros and HowardS/V Mistomisto-log.tumblr.com. read more...


26/09/2015

Exody - Days 254 - 259: Wahoo and Cocos Keeling

The line whirred out just after Marian had gone for a nap- she had set it to show willing but only a couple of boat lengths long and we were doing seven knots - potentially a little fast for fish.They say fishing is easy in the Indian Ocean - but anyway we were pleased to land a 4kg Wahoo - white meat as a change to the dark tuna flesh.Good four meals worth for us and we had the last batch, still good in the fridge, barbecued on the beach at Direction Island, Cocos Keeling last night Friday 25th September.We caught the fish on Monday evening and a day later, with an hour and a half to spare before sunset on Tuesday 22nd, we crossed the finish line for Leg 10 and made our way into the sheltered transparent turquoise waters and pristine white sands of Port Refuge anchorage, ninth World ARC. read more...


26/09/2015

Firefly - Lombok, Pilot Whales and Gunung Rinjani

Its Saturday 26th September and Firefly is en route for Medana Bay on the north west of Lombok. It was an 0530 start this morning from an Island called Kramat, a few miles off the north west coast of Sumbawa. Medana Bay is the next stop for the Sail 2 Indonesia Rally and as this is the only marina on the entire route, we have booked a berth in order to get some chores completed. Currently we are motoring in calm conditions but did manage to sail for about 3 hours in a southerly wind as we crossed the straight between Sumbawa and Lombok. As we approached Lombok there was a staggering view of Gunung Rinjani which at 3726 metres (about 12,000 feet) is pretty tall when viewed from sea level. A pod of about 10 Pilot Whales joined us as we starting heading west around the north of Lombok.. read more...


Kleronia - Fishermen picture
Kleronia - Fishermen picture
24/09/2015

Kleronia - Small fishermen big sailors?

21 SEPTEMBER 2015 SMALL FISHERMEN/WOMAN ! BIG SAILORS?!Here we are, starting on June from Procida Island(Naples) and touching Rome, we spent August sailing our nice Tuscany sea… Argentario, Elba and then Corsica, West Liguria , Cote d’Azur . At the end of august after crossing Lion’s Gulf we reached Barcelona staying in marvellous Port Vell. Now leaving yesterday from Barcellona we are landed in Valencia today meeting some suicide small tunes in the morning as you can see in the picture!!FABIO SFishermen... (2). read more...


Kleronia - Small fishermen big sailors?
Kleronia - Small fishermen big sailors?
23/09/2015

Luna Quest - Wednesday, 23rd September, 2015

Noon Position:Cocos KeelingDaily run: 131 logged milesWe arrived in the anchorage at noon today, turquoise blue water and very clear. Rubbish is not accepted in any of the atoll islands. They are pristine clean and the coral lives in a pristinely clean environment. We shall be here till Monday, when we set sail for Mauritius. We have just finished putting up the canopy over the boat to keep the sun off, but leave the breeze to cool us. Tonight we join a beach BBQ. There will be no blog until we set sail.Eric. read more...


Rum Truffle - Rum Truffle - Log 1 - 23rd September 2015
Rum Truffle - Rum Truffle - Log 1 - 23rd September 2015
23/09/2015

Rum Truffle - Rum Truffle - Log 1 - 23rd September 2015

Although my crew have a reputation for being a pretty wild bunch, I was pleased that they decided to start my 5,000 mile journey from Mallorca to St. Lucia in a very sensible manner – with a haul out, and a thorough check. Luckily, I didn’t need anything significant, as I’m only four years old, but my crew wisely decided to change both my propeller shaft cutlass bearings and some sea cocks, to be certain. Can’t wait to get back in the water and have some fun with my crew!! . read more...


22/09/2015

Firefly - Komodo, Diving and Dragons

Its Tuesday 22nd September, the sun is about to set and Firefly is anchored in a large semi circular bay, that was originally a caldera. The scenery is spectacular around this island called Gili Banta - there are no people and not much vegetation and as we are close in to the shore, lava flows can be seen on the steep slopes. This is our last stop in the Komodo area, tomorrow we will be traveling to Sumbawa which can be seen about 20 miles away. The island lying off the NE tip of Sumbawa is actually the most prominent part. This is Pulau Sangeang and it has a live volcano that is 6000 feet high, called Gunung Api - either steam or smoke can be seen emerging from the crater.About 10 days ago we reached Ruing on the north coast of Flores and stayed there for 2 nights, attending our first. read more...


22/09/2015

Luna Quest - Tuesday, 22nd September, 2015

Noon Position: 11.43S 98.54EDaily run: 135 logged milesNot a cloud in the sky, night and day, a hot sun overhead, stars as far as the eye can see and a blue moderate sea with occasional white caps are the component parts of our Indian Ocean universe. The wind continues to hold steady and today’s distance to Cocos Keeling is 120 miles from our noon position. We aim to arrive in the morning so that we may see the reefs and bommies in the shallow lagoon of the atoll during daylight hours as we approach the anchorage in the lee of Direction Island, one of the three islands that form the atoll. The other two are Home island and West island at 2 and 5 miles distance from the anchorage. Direction Island is small and deserted and one has to go by dinghy to the other islands for contact with the. read more...


22/09/2015

Flomaida II - 11 Tage in Lombok vom 10.-21.September

Wie die Zeit vergeht! Nun sind wir  unterwegs nach Bali.11 Tage Lombok waren nötig, da wir hier unsere Visumsverlängerung machen mussten.Der Aufwand war extrem, da wir für Fingerabdrücke und Bild in die Hauptstadt fahren mussten. Auch hatten wir wieder viele Papiere auszufüllen. Dann dauerte es 5 Arbeitstage, und wir hatten die Verlängerung! Mein Pass ist zwar noch gültig bis 2021, aber leider voll mit Stempeln und Visa. Daher muss ein neuer Pass her, den wir in Bali beantragen können, um ihn dann in Singapur abzuholen.In der Medana Marina ( 2 Stege und viele Ankerbojen) haben wir uns riesig wohl gefühlt und konnten gemütlich diverse Wartungs- und Reparaturarbeiten erledigen:1)Taue waschen, da sie durch Salzwasser sehr steif geworden waren. Teilweise sehr aufwendig, weil Knoten. read more...


22/09/2015

Nordic Belle II - Nordic Belle II is cruising the Chesapeake

We are on Middle River, Clark Point at anchor for the night.A very protected bay with good holding.We are making our way slowly down the Chesapeake and will be in Annapolis for the boat show.We look forward to meeting fellow ARC 1500 cruisers very soon.Torstein BraatenNordic Belle IIBlog: Nordicbelle2.wordpress.com. read more...


21/09/2015

Annabella - Annabella.

Lou and I are very excited aboutour adventure.Setting sail for VA from CT on October 8th.Looking forward to meeting our Rally companions on October 31.. read more...