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Flomaida II - Will der Kakadu bei uns anheuern? Lieber nicht! Er ist nicht stubenrein!
Flomaida II - Will der Kakadu bei uns anheuern? Lieber nicht! Er ist nicht stubenrein!
Flomaida II - eine " gewichtige" Damenrunde beim Einkauf in Mackay
Flomaida II - eine
Flomaida II - oder vielleicht ein neuer Hut?
Flomaida II - oder vielleicht ein neuer Hut?
Flomaida II - Buch oder LP gefällig?
Flomaida II - Buch oder LP gefällig?
Flomaida II - Ziemliche Herausforderung bei der Navigation!
Flomaida II - Ziemliche Herausforderung bei der Navigation!
Flomaida II - Ufff, gut wieder raus gekommen!
Flomaida II - Ufff, gut wieder raus gekommen!
31/05/2015

Starblazer - 31/05/2015 - Foiled by the weather

We hadn't intended to leave the Ha'apai until the end of the week however the forecast suggested the wind would back to the north by Thursday which would make the trip to Vava'u difficult!John completed the internal clearance on Monday morning and we intended to head north to the next island on Tuesday, however the whole day was overcast interspersed with showers.We don't particularly mind getting wet but we do need good visibility to wriggle between coral outcrops so we stayed where we were.The knock-on effect of this was that we faced a 75 mile passage in less than 12 hours of daylight.No, we are not scared of the dark either but see my previous comment aboutgood visibility..Dawn slowly brightened the horizon just before 0630 and by 0635 I could see well enough to start weighing. read more...


Flomaida II - Das erste Selfie von uns!!!
Flomaida II - Das erste Selfie von uns!!!
Flomaida II - Und wen hab ich wieder? Basilikum!
Flomaida II - Und wen hab ich wieder? Basilikum!
Flomaida II - Aha! Das steht im Schulbus!
Flomaida II - Aha! Das steht im Schulbus!
Flomaida II - Mit dem Schulbusfahrt in die Stadt Bundaberg
Flomaida II - Mit dem Schulbusfahrt in die Stadt Bundaberg
Flomaida II - Welcher Genuss auf Flomaida
Flomaida II - Welcher Genuss auf Flomaida
Flomaida II - Anlegerchen auf Flomaida in Bundaberg
Flomaida II - Anlegerchen auf Flomaida in Bundaberg
Flomaida II - Routenplanung auf Tulasi
Flomaida II - Routenplanung auf Tulasi
Flomaida II - Ist das etwa für uns gedacht???
Flomaida II - Ist das etwa für uns gedacht???
Flomaida II - Auf dem Markt in Bundaberg
Flomaida II - Auf dem Markt in Bundaberg
Flomaida II - Der wichtige und gewichtige Whesly entert .......
Flomaida II - Der wichtige und gewichtige Whesly entert .......
Flomaida II - Das ist Whesly von Biosecurity, am Ende waren wir BEIDE zufrieden!
Flomaida II - Das ist Whesly von Biosecurity, am Ende waren wir BEIDE zufrieden!
Flomaida II - Da gabs ihn noch, den Basilikum!
Flomaida II - Da gabs ihn noch, den Basilikum!
30/05/2015

Widago - Bermuda-Azores Log Day 11: Slow & Steady

Another beautiful calm day out here on the North Atlantic for WIDAGO and her crew. We have had the parasailor flying all day, with wispy winds of 8-10 on our tail. Not much to see out here except a random buoy...no turtles, no fish, no whales, nada. The good news is at this rate we should arrive in time for Father's Day. Remarkably, the boys really have yet to get restless. Even after 11 days confined to a few hundred square feet, no one has dared come to me whining, "I'm bored.".They manage to keep themselves occupied in a variety ways:1. Food - first and foremost the epicenter of our daily life. I posted a very rudimentary dinner schedule, really for myself, providing the day's dinner concept. It pains me to plan out that much, but I found it somewhat useful in times of exhaustion.. read more...


Widago - Bermuda-Azores Log Day 11: Slow & Steady
Widago - Bermuda-Azores Log Day 11: Slow & Steady
30/05/2015

Exody - Days 133 -138: Skirts and Pigs

........are the most obvious distinguishing characteristics of the Kingdom of Tonga as compared with previous islands - the general ambience and level of development closest in nature to the independent West Indian island states.Pigs evident on the streets, on the beach and in many gardens and yards.Skirts - locally called a tupenu - worn by schoolboys and men. Often superimposed by an uncomfortable looking heavy woven straw wrap, the purpose of which we are yet to deduce!We arrived mid morning Thursday 28th May at the town of Neiafu on Vava'u the northernmost of three island groups making up the country.We had lost 24 hours on the 250 mile passage from Niue, crossing the international dateline about halfway at 172 degrees and 30 minutes west so Wednesday 27th disappeared in a trice as. read more...


30/05/2015

Gozwoz - Day 11 from Bermuda

It seems, fingers crossed, as though the last few days of motoring have paid off. We are now 30 miles north of Horta and some 580 miles to the west and since this morning have had a WNW wind of about 10 knots. We are currently sailing under the cruising chute alone with the wind close to our stern and are sailing at close to 6 knots in a fairly flat sea. Thanks to our course there is little apparent wind. It would be very warm but for the occasionally cloudy sky.According to our GRIB files and the ARC weather reports this wind will continue for several days, bringing us close enough to Horta to motor in on our remaining fuel, if necessary. The only threat, as suggested by Clive, is that the high pressure will extend to the north. We hope not.Our fresh meat has now gone and today, having. read more...


29/05/2015

Aislig Bheag - Tender is the Night

Despite having next to no wind and being forced to use the motor for 30+hours, Thursday was certainly an unforgettable day for multiple reasons...   Glorious sunshine and a totally smooth sea, other than a gentle rollingswell from the East, allowed the crew a day of pure relaxation. After manydiscussions over the course of the trip, the weather finally allowed 5 of thecrew the opportunity to tick “mid-Atlantic swim” off of our bucket list. Atlunch time the engine was stopped and in turn we each dived off the stern andinto the refreshing sea, only to then rapidly dash back to the boat in fear ofwhat may be lurking below, apart, of course, for our brave (or mental?) ItalianStallion, Gaetano, who drifted further and further astern as he filmed the boatwith Owen’s GoPro camera. With the. read more...


30/05/2015

Jambo - still motoring

It really is a strange sensation to be miles from anywhere and to experience complete silence, no artificial light and totally flat seas. The sea was so flat last night that it looked as if Jambo was floating in a pool of mercury under the moonlight. We may get some wind on Monday but the forecasting is saying that Tuesday lunch time is better provided we push north up to39/40 degrees to catch favourable winds as the Azores High drops South.It looks like the UK will be getting some rough weather.our plan is therefore to motor on and use the fuel we have and just hope that the winds come....it's certainly going to be close but we will have to save enough fuel to get into Horta safely.We struggled to get out of some adverse currents which form to southern end of the North Atlantic current(. read more...


30/05/2015

White Wave III - The BLURRRRRRR

Currently 36.30N; 52.27W; Est. 26C; Little Wind; Motoring @ 7 knots; Bearing 080 (what does that mean, she said?) Est. dist. to Horta, Faial...two weeks?The days have begun to blur into endless sunny days, calm waters, blissful clouds....I've lost count of how long we've been on the water.Who cares.Did the early night shift which meant a good nights sleep....calm waters means serious clean up and LAUNDRY!Handwashing in salt water, smalls etc. hanging off the lines.V. pretty sight.Chocolate, butter, muesli bar supplies all running a bit short!- kjc. read more...


Flomaida II - oder vielleicht ein neuer Hut?
Flomaida II - oder vielleicht ein neuer Hut?
30/05/2015

Dala - Swimming in the middle of the Atlantic!

Hi, all,You got it! The notable event of the past day was that I plunged from my boat into the 4000 meters deep Atlantic ocean... Not that I wanted to do so, but again we faced a problem which had to be solved. A most stupid problem, to tell the truth. Simply, we completely stopped the boat for we wanted to transfer fuel from a tank to the other. And while doing so, in the pleasant declining sun, calm sea and low swell, all the three of us forgot that we were trolling fishing lines. Of course, what had to happen happened and the port fishing line found itself completely entangled into the port propeller! What a mess!Well, we could have cut the line, but what was the situation down under in the propeller? It could be serious because the line end, about 2 meters, is metallic and there is a. read more...


30/05/2015

Mahe' 3 - nono giorno

La terra è rotonda. E' banale, lo sanno tutti, ma la cosa di solito non la si percepisce in città. Invece qui, in mezzo all'oceano, con questo mare calmo, liscio e luccicante che è un tutt'uno con il cielo è una cosa molto evidente. La sensazione è di essere immobili al centro dell'universo. Immobile è anche l'aria. L'anemometro segna 0. Abbiamo acceso il motore e ci muoviamo piano piano, per non consumare troppo gasolio, direttamente con rotta Faial. Infatti, come ci ha scritto anche il nostro meteorologo, siamo al centro dell'alta pressione e dobbiamo aspettare fino a domani mattina prima che il vento giri ad ovest e rinforzi fino a forza 4, ideale per la nostra rotta. Caro meteorologo, io mi auguro che sia come dici tu, ma ancora sto aspettando la tempestina che mi avevi promesso. read more...


29/05/2015

Widago - Bermuda-Azores Leg Day 10: Grass is not greener

Well, the gamble to motor two days north in hopes of finding this mythical wind, has not paid off. While we are finally sailing again with our parasailor, the wind machine has not been turned on like we had envisioned. Still, we are making headway at 5-6 comfortable downwind knots. You know it's a slow news cycle when today's highlight was cleaning the master cabin head. Linen scented Clorox, purple flavored Mr. Clean, a roll of paper towel, and fresh floor mat really does wonders on a small space. So we got that going for us. That "oh so clean feeling" should last approximately eight more minutes, give or take. We are still working out this whole local time business. Ahab made the executive decision to just go for it and jump ahead to Zulu time - that 's Greenwich mean to you land. read more...


Widago - Bermuda-Azores Leg Day 10: Grass is not greener
Widago - Bermuda-Azores Leg Day 10: Grass is not greener
29/05/2015

Firefly - Pangia, Nukanomo and a windy passage on to Vava'u

During Firefly's stay in Ha'apai the weather had generally been good but strong trade winds had always been present. When we left Uhia to return to the Ha'apai Beach Resort the wind had shifted to the north, reduced to a light breeze and the weather was just stunning. As part of the arrangements for cruising in Tonga we needed to go back into Pangai to do an internal clearance ready for our departure to the Vava'u Group. On arrival back off the Resort we radioed Matt and Jodie to book in for pizzas that evening and we had a superb evening drinking sundowners on their terrace watching the sun set over Kao and Tofua islands. We were joined by American friends Dennis and Sherry from Trillium with whom we had cruised with since we started the World ARC in January 2014. They were heading off. read more...


29/05/2015

Firefly - Passage to Ha'apai

Firefly was anchored in North Minerva Reef for 48 hours having arrived on Friday 8th May. Entering the reef through the narrow pass was quite easy. We had been told that the Navionics charting was exactly right, it was, the channel was clearly visible and the water flowing out but without any significant chop. The highest part of the reef is on the east side so during the first night there, while there was a strong easterly breeze, the anchorage was relatively calm. Having recovered from the 6 day passage from New Zealand we then spent Saturday morning enjoying a snorkeling trip to the south west of the lagoon in company with another 6 dinghies from other yachts taking part in the Pacific Circuit Rally. It was great to get back into tropical waters once again and while the coral was. read more...


29/05/2015

Gozwoz - Day 10 from Bermuda

A day of motoring due to the lack of wind. But even this brings added surprises to an otherwise lazy day. The sea is now like a rippled mirror and this makes it easier to see marine life up to 400 yards away. Consequently today has been a nature day - several pods of dolphins, at least three turtles, myriad sail jellyfish and, lo and behold, another two whales! The latter were seen off the port beam and were about 300 yards away. Traveling lazily about 4 knots first one then the other blew through their blowholes. One then decided to dive, the tail fin flashing in the afternoon sun. With regards to the weather the ARC weather forecast has promised, by tomorrow, a north-westerly wind, presumably the northern part of the high we are motoring across. All afternoon the wind has been backing. read more...


29/05/2015

Euphoria - Dag 9: Med luft i tankarna

Veckan inleddes medatt fira Simon som fyllde 29 år. Besättningen med skepparen i spetsen samladesför att i grupp sjunga Happy Birthday för Simon när han väcktes. Efter en kortpresentutdelning och gemensam frukost i en solig sittbrunn så beslötbesättningen sig för att ta en bad. Detta var möjligt då vattnet var heltspegelblankt, inte en krusning så långt ögat kunde nå. En snabb kontroll avsjökortet visade att vattendjupet var 5000m, så även de mest exklusiva klockornafick stanna på båten denna gång. Efter en halvtimme med brummande motor kom såden vind som ska föra oss mot Azorerna. Det lugna vädret hargett oss tid att noga studera vädret, detta ledde till att rutten justerade tillen något nordligare version. Igår var vi ca 400 nautiska mil från New Foundland,vilket också var närmaste. read more...


29/05/2015

Jambo - Totally becalmed but we have a visitor!

2.5 knots of wind and 1000 miles from anywhereso it's engine onOur weather routertells us we will get wind next Tuesday- gulp ! We hope he is wrongas the fuel will run out before then. We had a very jolly chat with a Frenchman in a Yacht on its way up from St Martin and he thought we would get usable wind a "little sooner" , whatever that meant It seems almost surreal to be this far from civilisation in mirror glass waters but yesterday evening we had a wonderful experience as we heard the noise of a large whale as it blew out alongside Jambo as she made her way in the opposite direction - they look so majestic.I quickly grabbed my whale book and decided it was probably a Minke whale or a small Fin back whale which can grow up to 24 metres. This visitor was about the size of Jambo-. read more...


29/05/2015

Free Spirit - Log 19: 29 May 2015

I have learned that there exists photographicevidence of the light-fingered culprit in flagrante delectostealing chocolate from the, rapidly depleting, Captainsstore. The photo has not reached me yet and I suspect acrooked deal to stop it getting into my hands - in which case twoindividuals are likely to experience the pleasure of mycat-o'-ninetails across their backs. I may have to indulge in a little'persuasion' myself to get it but get it I will. I have also had it, from avery reliable source, that the young whipper-snapper, whodefinitely looks guilty to me, has a lifelong history of snafflingchocolate. Apparently he developed an extraordinarily strong attraction toit before he was out of nappies. The case is. read more...


29/05/2015

Dala - Rock and Rolling day! Fishing day!

Hi, all,The past day was another multifaceted pleasure:I ended my morning watch at noon, just lo leave me enough time to finish the Horta chapter in my Azores tourist guide.And then, delicious lunch: Anthology salad, eggplant cream, tapenade, two different styles of hummus. All this, followed by various French cheeses, fatty and greasy just as they should be. In addition, Joelle has been bold enough to make bread on board. No, not that easily done bread that any dummy can make in those bread making machines. No, I am talking about real bread delicately done in the oven, and she added into it organic chia!After this treat, I had the easy job to make a coffee for Richard and myself, Joelle declined my offer, with an outrageously good dark chocolate. In the meantime, Joelle had started the. read more...


29/05/2015

Luna Quest - Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 29.5.15

Position: 18.39S 173.59WSince Tuesday, we have had an avalanche of squalls, making our passage to Vava’u, Tonga, very frustrating, but late Tuesday evening the wind and rain kicked in seriously with a strong breeze from the Southeast. The breeze forbade a good sail as we would have made too much speed to make landfall in daylight hours on Wednesday. We took in as much sail as we dared without losing direction. It was a tricky balance that required constant attention in the driving rain. Very little sleep was had, but many soakings. When daylight appeared we were only about 7 miles off and could just about make out the outlines of Vava'u in between curtains of rain. As we approached the island, we noticed two more World ARC fleet yachts coming from the Niue direction. Together we sailed. read more...


28/05/2015

Widago - Bermuda-Azore Leg Day 9: Dolphins, Turtles, & Lamb

Another slow steady day motoring across the North Atlantic for WIDAGO and her crew. We spent most of the morning discussing what time we thought it should be. Since leaving Bermuda, morning keeps coming earlier and earlier. Apparently that's what happens when you keep traveling (I can't say "sailing" since we can't remember what wind feels like) eastward.At the end of my mid-watch, (3AM to me) the sky was already beginning to lighten.Since I hit the rack early for these fun-filled 11-3 shifts, I find myself slowly becoming vampire. Only sleeping when it's light out, tan fading, and no desire to attempt a viewing of my reflection in the mirror. But I digress.. Back to the day's adventure...Yeppers, pretty much the samsies as yesterday. True wind on our nose at a whopping speed of 2-3. read more...


Widago - Bermuda-Azore Leg Day 9: Dolphins, Turtles, & Lamb
Widago - Bermuda-Azore Leg Day 9: Dolphins, Turtles, & Lamb
Widago - Bermuda-Azores Leg Day 9 - Sunset
Widago - Bermuda-Azores Leg Day 9 - Sunset
Widago - Bermuda-Azores Leg Day 9
Widago - Bermuda-Azores Leg Day 9
29/05/2015

Mahe' 3 - Ottavo giorno

Ho sempre pensato alla traversata atlantica di ritorno come un'impresa quasi impossibile; tempeste, mare forte, freddo, barche affondate.Oggi il mare è così calmo che sembriamo in porto. Il vento leggero spinge la barca molto lentamente, ed il pilota automatico timona senza sforzo. Non si è neanche rotto niente. Mi sto annoiando.In compenso questa mattina ho visto tantissime tartarughe immobili che si facevano trasportare dalla corrente e migliaia di Meduse con la vela. Credo si tratti delle "Caravelle Portoghesi". Sono grandi, hanno una vela e dei tentacoli grossi. A pranzo ho cucinato un risotto ai funghi porcini, niente di eccezionale. Raphael ha fatto il pane, ed una torta stupenda, ma quello che ha cucinato Stefano per cena ha superato ogni aspettativa: gnocchi di zucca fatti a. read more...


28/05/2015

Agua Dulce - Supplement to "Looking for Wind"

I goofed! For all of you pulling out your charts and saying, "Well, Charleston, SC and Cape St. Vincent, Portugal aren't on the same latitude!" - you are right! I guess I can use a sextant, but I can't read a chart. We are at the latitude between the mouth of the Chesapeake and Cape St. Vincent, Portugal. I have been duly reprimanded by the crew and will not be allowed any more "fun" size candy bars for the rest of this leg. Mea culpa.Gretchen CunninghamS/V Agua Dulce. read more...


28/05/2015

Agua Dulce - Looking for Wind - in All the Wrong Places (apparently)

When I showed up at my morning watch today, I walked into a very lively debate between Bill and Cap'n Charlie about whether we have ample fuel if we had to motor for rest of this leg (which we won't - it was a theoretical discussion). The captain was under the opinion that we would come within 10 miles of the Azores and then we'd have to all jump in, hold on to the stern, and kick our way into Horta. Bill, on the other hand, felt like we had so much fuel that we could sell some to anyone out here needing it. Clearly, there was a divided opinion. Jim arrived on the scene to add his scientific two-cents worth and answer the question, if we used sails while motoring, would our engine actually use less fuel? Seems a little gray, but the consensus was that we PROBABLY would use less fuel if. read more...


28/05/2015

Gozwoz - Day 9 from Bermuda

A celebratory glass (or two) of wine and a night of motoring required to avoid an area of easterly wind resulted in a good night's sleep for all, which left the crew fresh and theoretically in need of new adventures. The motoring has, however, brought us into the northern part of the Azores high where light winds prevail and in consequence it has been necessary to plan the future course with care. In his graciousness Our Great Leader has permitted the crew to consider the latest GRIB files he has downloaded via the SSB. Advice has also been received from Clive Sparkes in St Maarten and Harald on Sophie. The decision has been taken to continue motor-sailing on a course of 75 degrees true of thereabouts with a view to meeting a north-westerly wind in three days. The alternative would have. read more...


28/05/2015

Aislig Bheag - An Introduction to The Crew (In rhyme)

I must go down to the sea again on a yacht called Aislig Bheag, Seven aboard since Bermuda, To the Azores on the second leg, And all I ask is a gentle breeze, Maybe 10-15 knots, and a hearty meal, and a steady wind, and a crew awaiting rum tots.   I’ll introduce first John the skipper, A salty old seadog indeed, He rules his ship with a clear command, Unless he spins up in his “heid”, And all he asks is a peaceful night, with the helmsman steady, and a full sail, and a good course, and a great crew ready.   So back we go out to the sea again, To meet the next in command, Aiison’s found in the galley, at the wheel, up the mast, cloth in hand, And all she asks is a comfy bed, and to cook in an upright position, and a quiet sleep, and a sweet dream, and a working toilet to pish. read more...


28/05/2015

Aislig Bheag - Be careful what you wish for...

So after fatefully asking Neptune for ‘a bit of wind’ in our last blogentry and Gaetano even more  dangerously saying to Alison during dinnerthat “he’d like to see a storm very much!” we sailed straight into a bit ofweather.  Luckily it wasn’t a storm, but it was still a pretty drearytwenty four hours of strong squalls, grey skies and heavy rain. Clearly oursacrificial offerings to the Gods had not worked or more likely our cheek had tobe aptly rewarded!  But despite a wet day and night for most of the crew we managed to havesome fun with silly principal among them was how we’d missed a trick by notgetting Pringles to sponsor us.  During bad weather it turned out to be thefavourite snack (lunch) of choice for the crew on watch.  Owen wasdelighted to discover that. read more...


28/05/2015

Free Spirit - Log 18: 28 May 2015

The only bad thing that happened yesterday was thatthe knob 'fell' off the trash bin draw in the galley. I think I'll get Ian torepair it. He has a degree in agricultural engineering, which could come inhandy. Knobs must fall off tractors all the time. Ian is an Ulstermanwith the demeanor of a terrier on speed. The noise of a winch inthe middle of the night and he's at the companionway steps in seconds wanting toknow what's happening. "Nothing Ian, just tightening the sail. Go back to bed".Or the motor is is turned off, "S'happening? Why has the motorstopped?" "We switched it off Ian Go back to bed". Keen as mustard he is.Does more helming than anyone else and when there's a job to be done he'sthere, spanner and oily rag in hand. Top chief. read more...