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07/03/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 57: "Be Careful What You Wish For"

Stable trade winds at last. We haven't had the engines on in nearly 24 hours. Thank goodness, but be careful what you wish for.Unfortunately with the steadier, stronger winds come the squalls and lumpy seas. Fortunately the squalls are light and more like isolated showers, so Paw Paw gets a fresh water wash down every few hours. We're hoping the seas settle down as we head further west, particularly the swell, which we have more or less on the beam at times and makes for a rather uncomfortable ride.Apart from that, we've settled in to our watch schedule and associated sleeping patterns as well as finding the time to read and bake.It's fair to say, that if anyone had told us 27 years ago, on the day our wonderful son was born, that we would be in the middle of the Pacific Ocean in the. read more...


06/03/2016

Aliena - Domingo 6 de Febrero de 2016

5º dia navegacion Galapagos a Marquesas.Menuda nochecita sin dormir!!!!!!!!!! y media hora que me he dormido he tenido una pesadilla porque soñaba que querian matar a Gilberto dos señores y Gilberto queria que huyeramos con un niño y un bebé en un autobus urbano rojo que él conducía, y claro en la parada se han subido los asesinos, ¿seran dos que no les ha gustado su paella?Ayer por fin apareció un viento mas o menos constante, pero del SE que nos hace navegar en una ceñida que aunque es abierta es muy incómoda. Las camas imposibles de dormir en ellas y para colmo nos ha cruzado esta noche un frente que primero nos asustó con unos relampagos impresionantes y luego nos ha calado por completo y ha vuelto al mar desapacible. Este inconveniente tiene la ventaja de que empezamos a navegar mas. read more...


06/03/2016

Exody - Days 415-418: Magic carpet to the equator.

The Brazil current 'lifted' Exody over 80 miles in the first two days out from Brazil, adding nearly 2 knots to our speed, whooshing us across the equator back into the northern hemisphere at 08.30 yesterday morning, 5th March. We have been in the southern hemisphere for over a year since crossing on 18th February 2015 just before the Galapagos landfall. As if to remind us of our step toward home waters, the cloud and the rain have rolled in two days in a row with heavy downpours and low visibility.The wind has been everywhere from SE to NNE putting us goosewinged, on a reach, occasionally even close-hauled as we steadily climb the shoulder of South America northwest towards the Caribbean, ticking off French Guyana, Suriname, Guyana, Venezuela away to the west. Currently nearly 200 miles. read more...


06/03/2016

Luna Quest - Sunday, 6th March, 2016

Noon Position: 12.03N 61.45WDaily run:130 logged milesArrival in Port Louis, St George’s, Grenada at 10.30 local time.Both safe and well and very tired.Eric. read more...


06/03/2016

Overseas Express - LOG 5 Galapagos - Marquesas Transit 1

LOG 5 Galapagos Marquesas Transit 1 This transit started Tuesday 1st March fromSanta Cruz Puorto Ayora on the Galapagos, and goes directly tol Hiva Oa, one ofthe Island in the Marquesas archipelago, a distance of 3000Nm, which is a bitlonger than the Atlantic crossing. This transit will last between three and fourweeks. We started 1200 hrs on 1 March, all four Tor Odin,Kirsten, Eric and myself. The wind was good, so we sailed the first 12 hrs, thenthe wind was gone. We were motoring the next two days, through the wind stilland rain with the swells from the side. Convergence zone between the south andthe northern trade wind belts, gives a lot of unstable wind from all directionsplus rain showers and squalls. That lasted for nearly 500 Nm till today the6th March 1200 hrs . Finally we have. read more...


06/03/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 21. At sea, 05.30.35S 98.19.26W

Sunday, 6/03/16.Quite forgot to say in previous blogs that we set off on this marathon sail with two of the crew well below par.The Ship's Boy suffered for 24 hours while we were on the Aida Maria and this time it was Jane and Anthony needing to be near the heads before taking to their beds and sleeping for nearly 24 hours.We all agreed that we should start on time and that Skipper and Wife and Ship's Boy would do 3 hour watches while the other two slept, which they did.Happily, all are well again now and going to sea was a good decision.Skipper and wife are keeping their fingers crossed and not quite walking around with face masks and alcohol gel, but very nearly!Yesterday was another day of engine off, engine on, with some good sailing when the wind obliged.Just after lunch and much to. read more...


06/03/2016

Aretha - Our Next Project/ Cause

We’re back in the Northern Hemisphere now. After more than a year in the Southern Hemisphere, we’ve crossed the equator heading North and are making good progress towards Grenada. By the time we finish this adventure we will have spent an incredible 2 years together as family, all of us having learnt from it in our own different ways. For Nichola and I spending this intense time as a family we have seen the effect this has had on us and our children, not always easy, but something we wouldn’t want to change. Well, we’ve been talking for quite some time about what we should plan to do next. In my last email I promised I’d update on the first part of our plans for after we complete our sailing adventure.We plan to launch a new business and have been talking through the ideas of what that. read more...


06/03/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 56: Up and Down Like a Yo-Yo

It's been a day of exercise, mostly for Roy. If we dropped and raised the main sail once, we did it a hundred times. I don't think we have ever made so many sail changes in one day. We've either had no wind or some wind or reasnabky good wind or wind from the wrong direction ie on the nose. So rather than loose the south westing we've made to pick up the stable trades, it's been a case of sails down, motors on, then sails up, motors off, then head sail down, motors stay on, then gennaker, up, then gennaker down. It's been ludicrous to say the least. Right now it's stronger wind on the nose with motors on, head sail furled and main sheeted in as we wait on a directional change. Nope. Change that. Motors off. We're sailing with some isolated showers added for interest aka we're now wet. read more...


06/03/2016

Two Fish - Day 56 - Enormous

In our car trip analogy, (NYC to Miami to LA) we have made it to Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina.After driving for 3 continuous days, we are about 400 miles into our 3,000 mile journey.El Nino has slowed our progress as large patches have been windless.And unlike our theoretical car, we can not get out for a BBQ in North Carolina.Instead, we had fresh corn bread with chili last night for dinner.We also baked two loaves of banana bread.This morning we caught a 26 pound (measured with our luggage scale) wahoo.We sent the photo to our fishing guru, who is currently skiing, and he replied a few minutes later with the fish ID.I love technology.Tim opened up the wahoo's stomach for no particular reason and found the head of a smaller fish.Food chain.Just hope no one opens my stomach or they. read more...


05/03/2016

Aliena - Sabado 5 de Febrero de 2016

4º dia de navegaciónSeguimos en busca del viento. A ratos vamos a vela a ratos a motor. Nos rodean tormentas que nos dan viento flojo de unos 10 nudos de viento y con la corriente nos facilita entre 6 y 7 nm de velocidad. Ahora parece que aparece viento limpio del Este flojo. A ver si se establiliza ya. Tenemos una navegación bastante cómoda porque este mar tiene unas olas muy espaciadas y no muy grandes de momento. Con este panorama hoy hemos hecho 145nm. Nos faltan 2.580nm y vamos a paso de tortuga, pero esto va a mejorar. Esta noche se nos ha cruzado el velero Wishanger de lejos. Tras varias horas en paralelo a nosotros se ha debido desesperar y ha puesto rumbo al Sur en busca de viento. Ha habido muchisimas estrellas y he visto la Cruz del Sur -que es la única que identifico-, pero. read more...


05/03/2016

Luna Quest - Saturday, 5th March, 2016

Noon Position: 11.26N 59.55WDaily run: 115 logged milesYesterday’s subject should have read Friday, 4th March, not Saturday 4th March. Apologies for the error.The glorious weather we have been having the last few days continues today. The sun is out in full and the sky is as clear as it was in the night when the Plough was brightly visible on the northern horizon and pointing to the Pole star quite low down. Orion has been our steady companion and every detail of the constellation was as clear to the eye as if bright little led lights had been projected into a black hole. It is not often that the sky is completely clear of any cloud or haze. Several fishing boats beyond the horizon were busy catching their daily bread and several ships passed us. One was nearly 300 metres long with a. read more...


05/03/2016

Starblazer - 05/03/2016 – Making progress towards the Caribbean

I don’t like ‘Med Mooring’ and John hates it, though we have different reasons.This style of mooring fits more boats into any given length of pontoon by removing the fingers between boats.In Italy and France we have often been faced with squashing our previous boat into a space narrower than our hull! The most basic style requires the crew to drop anchor while the helmsman carefully backs into the allotted space, the crew then has to dash aft to throw mooring lines ashore for someone to tie you to the pontoon.A more common style does not require an anchor, the helm reverses into the space and a pick-up line, often encrusted with sharp shells etc., is passed to the crew who works their way forward and pulls the pick-up line tight before securing it to a cleat.The third style has some. read more...


05/03/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 20. 04.41.48S 95.28.71W

Saturday, 5/03/16, 02.45am.Sorry to report that we have not yet found the trade winds, although we have had some good sailing and also some very frustrating conditions.We have had periods with nearly enough, but not quite enough wind to sail, plus some periods of headwinds, so the engine has been on and off and the sails in and out with monotonous regularity.We have been in touch with the rest of the fleet more often than on other passages and had severe FOMO when we heard that Two Fish and Blue Summit had Red Footed Boobies as passengers yesterday.They did not feature on our Galapagos cruise and although we did see one briefly yesterday, it would have been really good to have one on board to study.On the wildlife side, we did see a pod of small and very athletic Dolphins yesterday and a. read more...


05/03/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 55: Finding Wind

Well, we found some wind. From dawn until 1400 we were able to sail, but since then it has been a combination of motor sailing and plain old motoring. This afternoon we had another analyses session using every weather forecasts from every source we could get our hands on and it seems the "bubble" or "hole" of little to no wind is following us - Surprise,surprise!We remain hopeful though of picking up wind within the next 24 hours as we head SW where the SE trades are forecasted to be more stable. Keeping an eye on our fuel consumption indicates that we have used 12% of our fuel to complete 10% of our passage. Not too bad, but we'd much prefer wind please.Putting all these statistics aside, nothing compares tothe brightness of the starson this moonless night. They seem so close that one. read more...


04/03/2016

Aretha - 00 10 South 041 01 West - Heading back to the Northern Hemisphere

2044. In 10 miles time, we cross the equator for the second time on our passage. The last time was over a year ago as we sailed into Galapagos. It seems an age ago and it’s hard to believe we’ve spent a year in the Southern Hemisphere.This time round, we have no equator first timers - the salt encrusted crew of Team Aretha having all been tried in the Court of King Neptune over a year ago and naturally all found guilty.We had a roast dinner and the last of our Bundaberg Ginger Beer (no alcohol at sea) to celebrate this evening and will wake the children later as we cross the line back to the North.The weather is being kind to us - we have 12 knots of wind on the beam and flat seas = flat decks and happy crew.Next comm’s will be back in the Northern Hemisphere.Team Aretha, Out.. read more...


04/03/2016

Lydia - Lydia's Blog. 26 Feb - 3 Mar 2016. Santa Cruz to Start Leg 4.

Friday 26 Feb 2016.We arrived the evening before at Puerto Ayora, the main town on Santa Cruz and capital of the Galapagos and anchored with the rest of the World ARC yachts stern to the little harbour with bow and stern anchors. The water taxis were plentiful and we could see immediately it was a much larger town with a population of 5,000 than the main ports of San Cristobal and Isabela and clearly much going on.We sallied forth to the town with Alvaro and Nigel charged with restocking our provisions for the month or so crossing of the Pacific to the Marquesas. If you have little experience in provisioning for this type of passage you only know if you have stocked suffient if the crew do not go hungry with weeks to a landfall and then start eying you up for the pot. To avoid this. read more...


04/03/2016

Aliena - 4 de Marzo 2016

3º dia navegación Galapagos-MarquesasSeguimos mas o menos igual que ayer: viento inestable y flojo. Tenemos que navegar a motor a ratos. En este momento vamos a vela, veremos lo que dura. La protagonista es la lluvia que no nos ha dejado en toda la noche y con el cielo cubierto parecia que estabamos en la boca del lobo. Hemos tenido corriente en contra bastante rato y ahora parece que se porta bien y nos ayuda algo. Hoy hemos hecho 153 nm. Esta noche de ceñida ha hecho que nos caigamos de la cama porque no nos dio tiempo a preparar las lonas y ahora que ha rolado al Sureste vamos de traves bastante cómodos pero despacio. Cada día nos salta un calamar a cubierta, con lo que ya tenemos dos, de momento congelados. A este paso cuando lleguemos igual tenemos para una tapa.Carmen. read more...


04/03/2016

Firefly - Spectacular scenery in Phang Nga Bay

Today is Friday 4th March and Firefly is en route to Yacht Haven Marina on the north east of Phuket. Some land travel on the mainland north of Phuket to visit the jungle of the Ko Sok National Park is planned.We have just spent several days amid the splendour of the fantastic limestone islands in Phang Nga Bay. Although Phuket is an island, the north is close to the mainland and there is a bridge with an air gap of about 12 metres. Yachts can't get through that way so we had worked our way back down the west coast and around the south stopping at Freedom Bay and Nui Bay on the way. As well as being scenic and calm, Nui was memorable as it is home to the twice 'Fly Boarding' world champion. There is a small beach club there that provides lessons in this somewhat bizarre sport and we had a. read more...


04/03/2016

Luna Quest - Saturday, 4th March, 2016

Noon Position: 10.28N 58.03WDaily run: 115 logged milesThe good speeds we were making over the last few days have not been sufficient to allow us to plan landfall on Saturday. As we are not keen to make our approach to Grenada in the dark, we have slowed the boat down to 5.5 knots by putting in a third reef in the mainsail and rolling up half the genoa. There is only 250 miles to go or 125 miles per day. Today is the last of our ocean sailing days in this circumnavigation. It is a beautiful day with full sunshine and a steady moderate breeze from the East. Julia is making bread today and spiced current tea cake for afternoon tea. She is also making a pizza for tonight using most of the vegetables that have survived the near three-week period since Salvador. We still have steak and mince. read more...


04/03/2016

Starblazer - 04/03/2016 – Salvador to Fortaleza via Fernando de Noronha

We decided to visit the National Park on Fernando de Noronha rather than stop at one or two of the mainland ports on the way to Fortaleza.The trip was a little over 650 nM and we experienced just about every condition possible!2 knots of current against us, 2 knots with us, wind ‘on the nose’ (from dead ahead), wind on the beam (fast), wind aft (not quite so fast), sun, showers, rain, squalls, very cloudy and dark nights, bright moonlight – as I said, just about every weather condition imaginable with the exception of thunder and lightning thankfully.Overall we averaged just over 5 knots, not good but adequate because we arrived soon after first light on Thursday morning.On passage the little Honda generator and ‘intelligent’ battery charger stopped talking to each other so we had to run. read more...


04/03/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - From the Pacific. 3,03.2N 93,08.25

I am composing this at 0200 local.So far we have motored for several hours, drift sailed for a few and now we hope to have found the trade winds and are rocketing along towards the south west. We have now got about 2800 miles to go so a little bit less than our atlantic crossing.At present we have 8.5 knots of wind from the south east. So we have the sheets eased a bit and we are sailing well.We have just had the change of watch and Anthony is the lucky one to get the first proper sailing of the trip. Now all we have to do is to hope that this wind holds for the next two weeks! We are surrounded by the ghostly forms of the swallow tailed gulls as they circle the boat clicking at each other, (they use echo location and are the worlds only truly nocturnal gulls).We assume thatthey are. read more...


04/03/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 54: The Doldrums - We Can't Have Everything

After motoring all night last night, we had to motor all day as well and, unfortunately, we are still motoring tonight.There is not a breath of wind - I guess that's the Doldrums and one can'thelp but wonder what it must have been like for those sailing vessels, centuries ago, that got stuck here with no other means of propulsion. We can't have everything though, so we settled for the beautiful sunny skies,the deep blue flat seas, the dolpins that stopped by to play in Paw Paw's bows and the yellowfin tuna Roy caught this evening and served for dinner - It's a sailors life alright!We are hopeful though that we will pick up the SE trades within the next 24 hours based on thelatest forecasts we analysed this afternoon and altered course to headSSW from our original planned course of SW. I. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 54: The Doldrums - We Can't Have Everything
Paw Paw - Log Day 54: The Doldrums - We Can't Have Everything
04/03/2016

Aretha - 01 58 South 039 18 West - Sailing Brazil to Grenada

0110am,Calm seas tonight and the stars are out now. We have the wind on the beam and Aretha glides effortlessly through the flat seas carving a line of phosphorescence on either side of her. It’s magical sailing and the fact we are calm means we have a full strength crew.We’re aided by a couple of knots of current meaning the 1700 or so miles to Grenada is being rattled off at a good rate. We have an ETA calculator on the chart plotter which calculates our arrival time based on our speed. Currently its showing we are some 9 days away.Fortaleza was a much nicer and more relaxing stop than we were expecting. The marina was best described as an upgraded anchorage. Anchor and reverse sideways whilst your friends in dinghies take your lines and secure them to large metal piles with jagged. read more...


03/03/2016

Two Fish - Day 54 - Mega Passage

As the first day of our long voyage drifts into the record books, I see in sharp relief life onshore versus passage mode.We had our last ice cream, our last laundry, bought as many carrots as we thought might last, weighed anchor and cut our final tether to land, cell service.We are now in the big blue ocean.The earth's largest ocean.Our 3,000 mile crossing has begun.El Nino has reduced the trade winds and the weather files encouraged us to fill up every jar with extra diesel.We can motor at 6 knots for 1,100 miles yet still have enough reserve fuel to run the genset to produce drinking water.Like on all passages, the Captain's job is never formulaic.Sometimes we are fighting current, sometimes dodging weather. But this leg is about conserving resources.Diesel and food are finite.As I. read more...


03/03/2016

Aliena - 3 de Marzo 2016

2º dia navegación Galapagos-Marquesas.Ayer a las 12h comenzamos la singladura mas temida del tramo: dirección Polinesia, casi 3000nm. Ya nos vamos acostumbrando toda la flota y las salidas son cada vez mas relajadas. Comenzamos con un viento razonable que fue disminuyendo y a pesar de poner la vela código dos al poco tuvimos que poner motor por falta de viento. Vamos dirección Sur buscando el Alisio. Vemos en el AIS que la flota está detrás de nosotros, a unas cuantas millas y con un rumbo un poco al Oeste. La navegación es tranquila pero pasamos las guardias poniendo y quitando el motor, poniendo y quitando velas a causa del viento flojo variable. Aun así a esta hora hemos hecho 135nm. La salida fue entre nubes y al poco de salir vimos que en Puerto Ayora llovia mucho. Al anochecer,. read more...


03/03/2016

Luna Quest - Thursday, 3rd March, 2016

Noon Position: 09.27N 55.56WDaily run: 151 logged milesThe Guyana ocean current is helping Luna Quest achieve good speeds towards Grenada. With the wind from the East, the genoa poled out to starboard, one reef in the mainsail and the staysail set to leeward, Luna Quest is regularly achieving speeds of over 8 knots in a moderate breeze. The Sargasso weed, that has been in evidence for the last four days, is thinning out. At no point was there any threat of the weed getting stuck underneath Luna Quest, as the keel and the rudder skeg will have dealt with it before it might compromise the spade rudder blade of the Hydrovane. We passed Dutch Guyana over night (Surinam) and are now in British Guyana’s territorial waters. As we are so far ahead of the World Arc fleet, that are setting off. read more...


03/03/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 53: Setting Off on Capri's Birthday

With a good breeze at 120", Paw Paw was on her favourite point of sail. With Elaine helming and flying along at 7.5 Kts,it wasn't long, after we crossed the start line, before we were ahead of all the other catamarans and 3rd overall.We were indeed grateful for the wind that wasn't forecasted.We settled into a lovely afternoon of sailing and as the wind dropped, with gennaker deployed, we were entertained by a pod of rather large dolphins - all of them at least 6ft in length. That was followed by a rendition of "Happy Birthday"via the satellite phone, to our grand-daughter, Capri. It was a perfect ending to a magical visit in the Galapagos islands and a perfect stsrt to our first cean passage!Now we concentrate on fuel consumption as we motor along in less than 2 Kts of wind, heading in. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 53: Setting Off on Capri's Birthday
Paw Paw - Log Day 53: Setting Off  on Capri's Birthday
03/03/2016

Exody - Days 411-414: it was like planes lining up to land at Heathrow....

.....as five boats homed in on Fortaleza first thing on the morning of Sunday 28th February.Exody was first in, two miles behind(as they had been most of the night) were Chateau Bleu (from Recife)and then Hugur's mast visible five miles away.Behind them almost equally spaced Garlix (from Salvador)and Ayama.The marina staff were nowhere to be seen so our 'marinheiro' was Luc of Makena who greeted each boat, led us in one by one, advised on anchor drop and then helped nudge sterns round for the tricky cross wind berthing stern-to and not too close to the unfortunately dilapidated metal pontoons! No sooner tied up were we before Hugur were alongside and then Garlix.Ropes and fenders adjusted,dinghies launched as stepping stones to the pontoons, we were soon availing ourselves of the Marina. read more...


02/03/2016

Luna Quest - Wednesday, 2nd March, 2016

Noon Position: 08.02N 53.37WDaily run: 173 logged milesThe sunshine weather and brisk winds are jolly companions out on the ocean. At the dead of night and in the very early hours of the morning, when a half moon through a thin veil of white cloud cover, kept total darkness at bay, a tired bird tried to land somewhere at the back of Luna Quest. It hovered around the cockpit trying to pick a suitable perch. Its size was about that of a small jackdaw, but its colour matched. It is the second time that we have had such a bird coming to seek rest on Luna Quest. Eventually, it decided on a solar panel wedged in between its edge and the supporting frame. During the day these birds can be spotted from time to time skimming the waves looking for an easy morsel, but they are always at some. read more...


02/03/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 52: The Next Chapter - Our First Ocean Crossing

Excitement is definitely running high on Paw Pawtonight with less than 15 hours to go before we commence our first ocean crossing.We leave the Galapagos at noon tomorrow and head into the great blue yonder for 25to 30 days. Seeing land again, we believe, will be a welcome sight indeed after this voyage. It's a scary thought to think that,in 35 years together,Roy and I have never spent this length of time alone in a 46ft x 25ft space - Should make for interesting developments.We will, however,have plenty of time to indulge ourselves with our favourite pastimes - Playing the saxophone and writing for Elaine; Fishing and reading for Roy and refining ourCelestial Navigation skills together. For now we're enjoyed a lovely dinner in the company of the crew from Waterman, content in the. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 52: The Next Chapter - Our First Ocean Crossing
Paw Paw - Log Day 52: The Next Chapter - Our First Ocean Crossing
01/03/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 18. Galapagos. 00.44.92S 90.18.46W

Tuesday, 1/03/16.  We have now been in the Galapagos for 2 weeks,enjoying the daily company of sea lions, pelicans, boobies, storm petrels andfinches.  The sea lions are everywhere on the water front at PuertoBaquerizo Morina, on the benches, on the steps, on the terraces and on any boatthey can get on, including most of the catamarans on the rally, who had to adoptall sorts of strategies for keeping them off the boat.  After a great stayin Wreck Bay, San Cristobal where we enjoyed lots of socialising and a day’stour including a trip to a fabulous beach on the north eastern point of theIsland and a snorkel tour of the famous Kicker Rock, in turbulent and murkywater, where some saw a ray and a shark and the rest of us only saw turtles andhuge fish.  We also visited the. read more...


01/03/2016

Luna Quest - Tuesday, 1st March, 2016

Noon Position: 06.26N 51.05WDaily run: 174 logged milesBroad reaching in the moderate breeze yesterday, we decided to hoist the staysail on the inner forestay to augment to sail surface area and increase our speed if possible. Luna Quest clearly loved the additional sail as she leaped into sustained speeds of over 7 knots. Before nightfall we put one reef in the mainsail not expecting the wind to increase much, but before long the wind did increase to a fresh breeze sending Luna Quest along her chosen course at over 8 knots. We ought to have put another reef in, but the exhilaration we enjoyed with the new speeds overcame the cautionary approach to put a second reef in. All night she sped along cutting her way through the choppy sea and throwing the brine either side of her.In the. read more...


01/03/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 50 & 51: Enjoying the Last of " Terra Firme"

We've had a busy few days in preparation for the Wednesday start of Leg 4 to Hiva Oa, Marquesas - the longest passage of the circumnavigation - 3000NM. Activities have included laundry, topping up on provisioning, topping up on diesel,making water so we have full tanks,checking every inch of Paw Paw to make sure all the rigging is sound and in good working order, finishing off some last minute maintenance jobs, etcIt hasn't been "all work and no play" though. We enjoyed a get-together arranged by Mary Beth from Paradise Found yesterday evening followed by dinner with Steve and Linda from Nina and their new crew members,Karen and Peter. Tonight was the Skippers Briefing followed by an informal prize-giving andthen dinner - a delicious three course meal served at one of the local. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 50 & 51: Enjoying the Last of " Terra Firme"
Paw Paw - Log Day 50 & 51: Enjoying the Last of
29/02/2016

Two Fish - day 51 - The Curse of Captain Cook

I have been reading a couple of books on Captain Cook.Short version: he explored the South Pacific, Australia, New Zealand and the South Pole and was eaten by cannibals in Hawaii.As we are sailing in his wake I thought it would be enjoyable to read his adventures, but now I am convinced he is cursing us from the grave (actually from the belly of the Hawaiian who ate him).The evidence of this curse is that every time I read a chapter where something afflicts Cook's ship something similar occurs on Two Fish.I have wisely suspended reading anymore pages until we are safely in Australia. #1Shortly after reading about a series of painful illness striking the Endeavor, I was set back with a flu.I am sure this came from the pages of the book. #2We had the amazing crew of Mike and Rebecca from. read more...


Solo - iguanas
Solo - iguanas
Solo - sealion resting on Solo
Solo - sealion resting on Solo
Solo - Blue-footed booby
Solo - Blue-footed booby
Solo - Sealion
Solo - Sealion
Solo - Flamingo
Solo - Flamingo
Solo - Whispering iguanas
Solo - Whispering iguanas
29/02/2016

Luna Quest - Monday, 29th February, 2016

Noon Position: 04.50N 48.35WDaily run: 144 logged milesThe trade winds are holding steady, grey clouds have made way for white ones and the sky is visible through a thin veil of white fluff. The fleet that we have left behind are now in Fortaleza, in the middle of the doldrums with much humidity and fickle winds. What we have gone through in the doldrums awaits them in no small measure when they set off on Thursday on their way to Grenada. Only two other boats in the fleet will be bypassing Fortaleza. We have not had to adjust the sails since we came out of the doldrums. The trade winds have proved stable in direction and force so far. We hope they may continue in this way to carry us all the way to Grenada.Eric. read more...


29/02/2016

Allegro - QUARTA-FEIRA,17 DE FEVEREIRO A SÁBADO, 20 DE FEVEREIRO DE 2016

A manhã e o princípio da tarde de quarta-feira foram passados à espera da caixa ou de notícias dela.Até que pelas 1600 se ouviu “Allegro??????” e “está aqui a peça”.E estava. Com deficiências mas estava e em condições de ser montada.Depois de bem avaliada pelo Steffan, foi colocada. Finalmente, ao fim de mais de uma semana, o leme podia, outra vez, ser utilizado.Após duas horas estava tudo pronto!Foi um momento muito agradável e de descontracção. Tudovolta a ser mais real. E possível …Assim, ficou decidido que largaríamos no sábado com destino a Fernando de Noronha.QUINTA-Na quinta aproveitámos para fazer um Tour pela cidade no Hop on, Hop off e ficarmos com uma noção mais correcta da cidade.À noite os Starblazers jantaram a bordo. Foi muito agradável. Eles são boas pessoas, simples e. read more...


28/02/2016

Luna Quest - Sunday, 28th February, 2016

Noon Position: 03.21N 46.25WDaily run: 160 logged milesOur hopes of yesterday were fulfilled. Other than one feeble squall in the early evening, the northeast trade winds had clearly won the battle with the wayward doldrum winds and vicious squalls. We had not seen the sun since we rounded the northeast point of Brazil, but the lighter grey sky and the apparent absence of atmospheric turbulence gave us hope that we were coming out of the doldrums. All night the trade winds held steady never letting Luna Quest’s speed fall below 6.5 knots. Today, daybreak started with not a cloud in the sky and our hearts leaped for joy as the doldrums had clearly given up. The trade winds have been gathering in strength and at 20 knots are pushing Luna Quest at over 7 knots towards Grenada. We have had. read more...


28/02/2016

Aretha - 03 34 South 34 58 West - Sailing Fernando de Noronha

0145 am. It’s a sensible time to be asleep. Apart from when you’re not. Being short handed (just Nichola and me) means we are single handing 12 hours a day each. Fortunately on this stretch of water Nichola is in good form and the seas are relatively calm (relative being the operable word).We left the anchorage in the tiny island of Fernando de Noronha yesterday morning for the 365 mile passage to Fortaleza in Northern Brazil. We have the wind on our beam and are making fast progress at some 9 knots to Fortaleza. It’s a murky night outside with lots of squalls and lightening around Aretha. We’ve taken the precautions of putting the iPad, VHF, spare GPS and spare EPIRB in a metal box and put this inside our microwave. This is our makeshift Faraday cage to prevent these essential bits of. read more...


28/02/2016

Exody - Days 404-410: Buggies, Beaches, Beautiful People

That's Fernanda de Noronha for you!The VW beetle based beach buggies are ubiquitous for locals and tourists alike - the characteristic engine noise swiftly bringing memories of my student days dismantling and rebuilding beetles!Beaches - reputed to be amongst the top in the world and plenty bronzed young couples enjoying them for this is a top honeymoon destination! There is also the dramatic volcanic landscape, the tropical vegetation with half the island and its waters as a fully protected national park.The main village has characterful cobbled streets and the island boasts one five star hotel and 105 poussadas (guest houses).Apparently visitor numbers are limited to 420 at a time in addition to the 2,600 permanent residents.Exody was anchored for five days in Porto St Antonio where. read more...


28/02/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 48 & 49: 1st World or 3rd World?

Yesterday was an early start as was today, but for very different reasons.As the sun peeked over the horizons we weighed anchor for our motor from Isla Isabela to Santa Cruz, arriving mid afternoon and not a moment too soon for Elaine, who was very nearly seasick for the second time in her life due to the frequency of the swell on our beam. Fortunately a nap took care of the initial symptoms. This morning it was up early to "race" all the other yachts to the Saturday morning fresh produce market for all our supplies prior to heading across the Pacific. As it transpired, although everyone else had the same idea, there was no need. The market was so well stocked that there wasmore than plenty to go around. In fact,it was an amazing market, given the size of this island.But, the astonishing. read more...