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Dolphin Star - IBIZA FIRST STOP (13.10.2016)
Dolphin Star - IBIZA FIRST STOP (13.10.2016)
18/10/2016

Paw Paw - Log Days 281 & 282: Another Beach Barbecue

Yesterday we woke to an overcast and somewhat rainy day, but the second round of stronger winds never really materialised, so Elaine took advantage of a quiet day and did the laundry in the afternoon, after spending the morning sifting through all the information provided by the All Points Rally, which we have joined for our passage to New Zealand. As a result, we added a few additional waypoints to our route and finalised our Radio Schedule for weather and position reporting.Roy also took the time to replace our water tank, as well as improve the way in which the tanks are secured, in an effort to alleviate a reoccurrence of the problem. We also enjoyed afternoon tea on Nina before returning to Paw Paw for dinner and a movie, given that the winds and rain eventually set in for the. read more...


16/10/2016

Ludanka -

Air Support up and flying, hoping to post some great shots from this-Medic JohnLudanka Air Support 1 Ludanka Air Support 2. read more...


Ludanka -
Ludanka -
Ludanka -
Ludanka -
16/10/2016

Paw Paw - Log Days 279 & 280: World ARC Activities Club

With some of the World ARC Drop Outs still together at Musket Cove,we wasted no time in gettingtogether for lunch yesterday to finalise the Activities Club itinerary after the reconnaissance of the sandbar, where we enjoyed a fabulous morning of snorkeling, which was definitely worth a second visit. Yesterday evening we enjoyed another game of Mexican Train Dominoes with Nina. This time at the Island Bar accompanied by a light dinner.Then, this morning, perfectly timed to coincide with low tide, the dinghy convoy from Paw Paw,Nina and Kiwi Beanz set off for the sandbar for a morning ofsnorkeling, followed by beachcombing on the sandbar itself and where the boysfrom Kiwi Beanz thoroughly enjoyed themselves by building a "starfish farm" for all the baby starfish they found. This second. read more...


14/10/2016

Orion - Beginn Oktober 14

Beginn Oktober 14.   So jetzt bin ich wieder auf Orion. Die Arbeiten in der Werft sehen sehr gut aus. Das Schiff lag da, wo es vorher auch lag. In Köln war es um die 0 Grad. Hier sitze ich ohne Hemd bei 30 Grad auf dem Schiff.Die Vorbereitungen schreiten immer weiter fort. In der Toilette hängt ein Netz, damit das Toilettenpapier nicht durch die Gegend fliegt. Am Kartentisch habe ich eine Einteilung gebaut. Und bei den Töpfen ist eine Stange,damit diese beim Segeln nicht herausfallen. Der Schalter für die Ankerwinsch ist auch wieder korrekt mit größeren Schrauben fixiert. Die Rohre für die Heizung sind jetzt passend und montiert. Nun ja Heizung brauchen wir wohl weniger aber es sollte schon in Ordnungsein. Der Motor besitzt ein neues Getriebe, da sich dort eine Schwimmleine. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Days 279 & 280: World ARC Activities Club
Paw Paw - Log Days 279 & 280: World ARC Activities Club
Paw Paw - Log Days 279 & 280: World ARC Activities Club
Paw Paw - Log Days 279 & 280: World ARC Activities Club
14/10/2016

Paw Paw - Log Days 277 & 278: Activities Galore

Just when we thought we might be a little short of company after waving goodbye to Do Over and Blue Summit as they made their way to Denarau,Kiwi Beanz and Nina arrived in Musket Cove yesterday and we wasted no time with get-togethers. The first, with Nina yesterday evening for sundowners, followed by a Pig Roast buffet dinner at Dick's Restaurant, accompanied by Fijian dancing and singing on the beach, which definitely had a very African influence. The second, this evening with Nina and Kiwi Beanz for sundowners and a beach barbecue Musket Cove Island style - "Bring you own food and we'll supply the barbecue,cutlery, crockery and drinks from the bar".So, no clean up, just great fun!In-between all this merriment and, although we could hardly move after our bicycle ride around Malolo. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Days 277 & 278: Activities Galore
Paw Paw - Log Days 277 & 278: Activities Galore
Paw Paw - Log Days 277 & 278: Activities Galore
Paw Paw - Log Days 277 & 278: Activities Galore
Paw Paw - Log Days 277 & 278: Activities Galore
Paw Paw - Log Days 277 & 278: Activities Galore
Paw Paw - Log Days 277 & 278: Activities Galore
Paw Paw - Log Days 277 & 278: Activities Galore
12/10/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 276: Storm Three and Falling Space Debris

Well, the solitary streamlined synoptic chart from NOAA, showing three storms, was indeed accurate. By 0300 this morning it passed over us with winds of 25 to 30 Kts, accompanied by rain and lasted until daybreak, by which time we were both more than ready to go back to sleep. When we awoke it was still raining and the marine forecast out of New Zealand on the SSB/HF Radio provided the "cherry on the cake" with regard to the weather in the South Pacific this sailing season. Not only did they rattle off information on all the cold fronts and various oceanic warnings, but they also indicated that mariners were advised to watch out for falling space debris that was expected to land in the South Pacific. The two of us just looked at each other, thinking what next, and then burst out. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 276: Storm Three and Falling Space Debris
Paw Paw - Log Day 276: Storm Three and Falling Space Debris
Paw Paw - Log Day 276: Storm Three and Falling Space Debris
Paw Paw - Log Day 276: Storm Three and Falling Space Debris
Paw Paw - Log Day 276: Storm Three and Falling Space Debris
Paw Paw - Log Day 276: Storm Three and Falling Space Debris
Paw Paw - Log Day 276: Storm Three and Falling Space Debris
Paw Paw - Log Day 276: Storm Three and Falling Space Debris
11/10/2016

Lumache - en attente du grand départ

LUMACHE est à Lanzarote, et attend le début du départ de la Transatlantique.A partir du 13 Novembre, nous essayerons de vous donner de brèves nouvelles tous les 2 ou 3 jours par ce blog. RIMG0290 (768 x 432). read more...


Lumache - en attente du grand départ
Lumache - en attente du grand départ
11/10/2016

Lumache - BLOG DE LUMACHE

Bonjour à tous !Après 3 semaines de convoyage cet été,de Cogolin aux Canaries14031185_10207011984080983_1885760611_n. read more...


Lumache - BLOG DE LUMACHE
Lumache - BLOG DE LUMACHE
11/10/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 275: Take Two on the Storms

We had a flurry of activity first thing this morning with defrosting the freezer and cleaning out the fridge, before going for a long walk on the beach towards the south end of Malolo Lailai Island, passing the length of Musket Cove Island Resort and the Plantation Resort. On our return we had planned to stop for a morning coffee, but with the skies darkening again, we decided it was best to return to Paw Paw.A short while later, it was Take Two on the storms. Fortunately the winds were "lighter" than yesterday. Sustained 28 to 30 Kts, gusting to just under 33 Kts. This second storm, however, had more rain associated with it. It was incredulous though  that all of the major forecasting models were depicting winds under 10 Kts, with the exception of Fiji Meteorological Office and a. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 275: Take Two on the Storms
Paw Paw - Log Day 275: Take Two on the Storms
Paw Paw - Log Day 275: Take Two on the Storms
Paw Paw - Log Day 275: Take Two on the Storms
Paw Paw - Log Day 275: Take Two on the Storms
Paw Paw - Log Day 275: Take Two on the Storms
Paw Paw - Log Day 275: Take Two on the Storms
Paw Paw - Log Day 275: Take Two on the Storms
09/10/2016

Firefly - Firefly clocks up 50,000 miles

Firefly now has 50,000 nautical miles on the clock, that milestone being past yesterday about halfway to Mauritius from Cocos Keeling. It was back in June last year that she reached 40k whilst en route to Savu Savu on Fiji. Those additional miles being used up reaching and then cruising in SE Asia with the northernmost point logged being the Myanmar border on the north west coast of Thailand. When Paul and Susie bought Firefly in 2009, the previous owner had sailed her 10,000 miles and when Firefly left Salcombe for this trip, back in September 2013, the log was at 20,100.So far on this passage she is performing very well and after the role call via SSB radio this morning is the second closest World ARC yacht to Mauritius - Resolute 2, the leading yacht being a high performance. read more...


10/10/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 274: So Much for Spring Time in Paradise

This morning after breakfast we had hoped to go ashore, but decided it was more prudent to stay onboard due to the impending storm that was approaching Fiji. Well,it's a good job we did, as we would never have been able to get back to Paw Paw.We had just finished an early dinner when all hell broke loose. Within minutes we had sustained winds of 40 Kts, gusting to near 48 Kts, accompanied by torrential rain. If we thought the storm in Boro Boro was the worst we had ever been in,well, this one most certainly takes the cake!We're in a secluded anchorage,but the waves coming across the reefs had all the yachts bouncing around like corks. Fortunately we are on one of the Musket Cove's hurricane mooring balls along with Do Over and Blue Summit and they held. What caused havoc in the middle of. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 274: So Much for Spring Time in Paradise
Paw Paw - Log Day 274: So Much for Spring Time in Paradise
Paw Paw - Log Day 274: So Much for Spring Time in Paradise
Paw Paw - Log Day 274: So Much for Spring Time in Paradise
09/10/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 273: "Bright Eyed and Bushy Tailed" at Sunrise

After our World ARC Drop Outs get-together yesterday evening, we enjoyed a tasty dinner with Paula and Dan at the Musket Cove Island Resort and Marina restaurant while the children enjoyed a movie. This morning, we were looking forward to a nice Sunday morning sleep-in, following all the festivities of yesterday, but, alas, we were both "bright eyed and bushy tailed" at sunrise again, so we opted for an early morning walk on the beach and breakfast at Traders, where we whiled away a good part of the morning, lounging around in the comfy chairs on the colonial style veranda, enjoying the scenery and people-watching.Then it was back to Paw Paw for a mid-morning nap for Elaine while Roy changed the diaphragm on the watermaker pump.When Elaine eventually surfaced, she decided to bake an. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 273: "Bright Eyed and Bushy Tailed" at Sunrise
Paw Paw - Log Day 273:
Paw Paw - Log Day 273: "Bright Eyed and Bushy Tailed" at Sunrise
Paw Paw - Log Day 273:
08/10/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 272: Members of the World's Exclusive Yacht Club

It was another early start to the day, but this time to weigh anchor, following which we enjoyed a lovely motor-sail to Malolo Lailai Island. At last we felt we had arrived somewhere in Fiji that reflected everything we had read about.  After our lunch of tropical fruit to celebrate our little spot of tropical paradise,  we headed ashore to become members of one of the most exclusive yacht clubs in the world,  the Musket Cove Yacht Club; exclusive because one can only become a member if you have sailed from or are sailing to a foreign port.With our membership cards in hand and having snooped around the facilities, we were heading back to Paw Paw when we encountered another surprise. First Do Over, on the dinghy dock, then a visit from another World ARC yacht, Blue Summit. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 272: Members of the World's Exclusive Yacht Club
Paw Paw - Log Day 272: Members of the World's Exclusive Yacht Club
Paw Paw - Log Day 272: Members of the World's Exclusive Yacht Club
Paw Paw - Log Day 272: Members of the World's Exclusive Yacht Club
Paw Paw - Log Day 272: Members of the World's Exclusive Yacht Club
Paw Paw - Log Day 272: Members of the World's Exclusive Yacht Club
Paw Paw - Log Day 272: Members of the World's Exclusive Yacht Club
Paw Paw - Log Day 272: Members of the World's Exclusive Yacht Club
08/10/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 271: Fire Walkers and Kava

Elaine awoke to the most spectacular sunrise this morning and after taking some photographs, had no sooner snuggled back under the covers when she heard Roy take the plunge off the back of Paw Paw. Yes, at last, Paw Paw has a clean bottom, but, sadly, her topsides are filthy again from all the black soot caused by the numerous fires that burn day and night in the sugar fields. Anyway, once the final cleaning was done, Roy went ashore to have the dive tanks refilled and check on our sail repairs while Elaine spent the morning finishing off her research on all the entry procedures as well as completing our itinerary for New Zealand.After lunch it was time to head back to shore to attend a seminar on New Zealand Passage Planning and Management which we found very worthwhile indeed.. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 271: Fire Walkers and Kava
Paw Paw - Log Day 271: Fire Walkers and Kava
Paw Paw - Log Day 271: Fire Walkers and Kava
Paw Paw - Log Day 271: Fire Walkers and Kava
Paw Paw - Log Day 271: Fire Walkers and Kava
Paw Paw - Log Day 271: Fire Walkers and Kava
Paw Paw - Log Day 271: Fire Walkers and Kava
Paw Paw - Log Day 271: Fire Walkers and Kava
08/10/2016

Air Support

New air support for the boat, should be able get some great video- medic JohnIMG_1403. read more...


06/10/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 270: Looking Forward to Some Peace and Quiet

This morning Roy finished cleaning the waterline of the port side, but didn't have the energy to dive the hull, so we settled for a morning onboard giving Elaine the time to plow through all the documentation on entry into New Zealand as well as research places to see and things to do. Then it was off to enjoy a lunch ashore at Lulu's Bar and Restaurant before taking the dollar bus into Nadi Town again to top up on some fresh produce before we head to the Mamanuca outer islands for some R&R.After a week in the hubbub of Denarau, we're looking forward to some peace and quiet!. read more...


05/10/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 269: A Close Encounter with the Venomous Fiji Sea Snake

Last night we eventually had the opportunity to catch up with our friends, Justine and Paul, whom we've been trying to call for ages. Prior to that,  Elaine had the pleasure of our grandson, William,  who is all of 17 months old, show his grandma his new bedroom and "bed" now that he's sleeping on his own, in preparation for becoming a "big brother" in a few weeks to his twin brothers.  He was so proud showing Elaine everything he can now do,  including opening and closing doors and cupboards, helping mom and dad tidy up, getting off a bed safely, getting up and down the stairs safely and pointing out various parts of his anatomy and those of anyone around him.  It was certainly a wonderful way to end a day half a world away from family and friends. This morning,. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 269: A Close Encounter with the Venomous Fiji Sea Snake
Paw Paw - Log Day 269: A Close Encounter with the Venomous Fiji Sea Snake
05/10/2016

Firefly - Smooth sailing to Mauritius

Many of the smaller boats in the WARC fleet were delayed at their last stop at Christmas Island due to last week's tropical low. Therefore the decision was taken to postpone the restart from Cocos Keeling until Tuesday 4th October to give them a little more time to prepare. However, following the very windy spell the forecast was for increasingly light winds in this area - it would be almost calm within a few days. It therefore made sense for Firefly to leave early and the anchor was hauled up at 1620 on Sunday 2nd.Firefly in company with 2 other World ARC boats, Exocet and Carango, stormed west in winds over 20 knots with a surprisingly rough sea the first night. Progress was so good that Firefly clocked up 360 miles in the first 48 hours, averaging 7.5 knots and equalling some of her. read more...