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Lexington - Captain Bob: Tau Game Lodge
Lexington - Captain Bob: Tau Game Lodge
Lexington - Captain Bob: Tau Game Lodge
Lexington - Captain Bob: Tau Game Lodge
Lexington - Captain Bob: Tau Game Lodge
Lexington - Captain Bob: Tau Game Lodge
Lexington - Captain Bob: Tau Game Lodge
Lexington - Captain Bob: Tau Game Lodge
Lexington - Captain Bob: Tau Game Lodge
Lexington - Captain Bob: Tau Game Lodge
19/12/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob:12/19/2017

Forgotten Route Tour:We visited an olive grower on our tour. He was a good salesman. He made is own olive oil, tapenade , limoncello and some flavored olive oil. image1. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob:12/19/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob:12/19/2017
19/12/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: Wineflys tour

We signed up for a tour by a company called Wineflys. They had a two day tour called The Forgotten Trail. It was to a small village called Matjiesfpntein. It was along the railroad from Capetown to Johannesburg. An entrepreneur named James Logan set up a station along the railway.He was smart enough to establish a source of water which was valuable. The rail roads ran on steam engines. It took lots of water to make the trip. He also provided food and lodging for passages. It was a boom time of diamonds and gold. Lucas was also good at buying and selling diamonds and gold. He was probably a manic. He invited the Queen of England to visit his place in no where. He also invited the national cricket team from England and promptly beat them.The village has a population of about 300 now and is. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: Wineflys tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: Wineflys tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: Wineflys tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: Wineflys tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: Wineflys tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: Wineflys tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: Wineflys tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: Wineflys tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: Wineflys tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: Wineflys tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: Wineflys tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: Wineflys tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: Wineflys tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: Wineflys tour
19/12/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob:

We are now on the train from Capetown to Johannesburg. This is the premier train which is an over night train with a lounge, sleeping berths and a dinner car. They have very good service. They had champagne to start the trip. It is a very nice way to travel. image1 image2 image1 image2 image3. read more...


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19/12/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: Tuesday 12/19/2017 Catching up on post

I have gotten a little behind on post because of laziness and being out of contact. I am now on a train from Capetown to Johannesburg and I have time to catch up a little. image1 image1 image2 image3. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: Tuesday 12/19/2017 Catching up on post
Lexington - Captain Bob: Tuesday 12/19/2017 Catching up on post
Lexington - Captain Bob: Tuesday 12/19/2017 Catching up on post
Lexington - Captain Bob: Tuesday 12/19/2017 Catching up on post
Lexington - Captain Bob: Tuesday 12/19/2017 Catching up on post
Lexington - Captain Bob: Tuesday 12/19/2017 Catching up on post
Lexington - Captain Bob: Tuesday 12/19/2017 Catching up on post
Lexington - Captain Bob: Tuesday 12/19/2017 Catching up on post
17/12/2017

Ellen - Final day 20

We docked at 17:17 local time. Everything has went well and we had a fantastic and fast spinnaker sailing the last day. We are so satisfied and happy with everything, the boat, our self and the ARC engagement. Looking forward to next ARC!. read more...


17/12/2017

Avel Biz - ARC 2017 prizegiving

Dimanche 17 décembre 2017 12h00 UTC 49°01 N 02°25 E   Bonjour La soirée de remise des prix de l'ARC 2017 a eu lieu hier soir à Rodney Bay. Nous n'étions pas sur place mais une équipière de NORXL nous a représenté. Il y a eu beaucoup de prix distribués. AVEL BIZ a reçu deux prix. Celui du plus petit voilier ayant traversé, c'était prévu car nous étions le plus petit au départ. Celui de 3ème de la classe F (sur 14). Ce n'était pas joué d'avance. Nous avons battu le 4ème d'un peu plus de 2 heures. Par ailleurs, nous finissons 25ème toutes classe Cruising (sur 127). Résultat satisfaisant dont l'équipage est plutôt fier. Bon vent à tous. Sabine, Jean-Noël et Pierre-Yves  arc17-3975 arc17-3979 arc17-3981. read more...


Avel Biz - ARC 2017 prizegiving
Avel Biz - ARC 2017 prizegiving
Avel Biz - ARC 2017 prizegiving
Avel Biz - ARC 2017 prizegiving
Avel Biz - ARC 2017 prizegiving
Avel Biz - ARC 2017 prizegiving
17/12/2017

Shimna - Shimna ... Limps across the finishing line

At 21.09 on 15th December Shimna finally crossed the finishing line in Rodney Bay, St Lucia, 26 days after leaving Las Palmas.This has been a long slow and difficult passage with numerous technical problems starting a few hours after leaving Gran Canaria. An engine fire, 600 miles off the Senegal coast, with 1,560 miles to our destination, deprived us of all power to propel the yacht or replenish the batteries.So on the positive side we have the satisfaction of knowing we sailed the Atlantic without burning any diesel, using electronic navigation equipment or an auto helm.And here's the thing, this was a very challenging and frankly uncomfortable passage and if you asked any one of us would you do it all again tomorrow I feel very confident the response might just be .......no.John. read more...


16/12/2017

NoStress - Log Day 27 - Saint Lucia

How do I start?  Anyone watching the Facebook page will have noticed that we saw land at a little after midday UK time today.  The gamutof emotions that unfolded afterwards was something that we all “expected” - but it’s one of those truisms:  you don’t understand it until you’ve done it.  We crossed the finish line with a siren from the comittee boat and the crew hugged one another.  Elationwas the emotion most felt - it overcame and surprised us, we actually did it!  Fittingly, the weather delivered a squall for the exact time we crossed the line where the photographer had us framed - fresh, smart crew t-shirts for the photo show us all lookinglike we’ve been dragged out of the water.  The Atlantic was definitely. read more...


15/12/2017

Infinity of Yar - Infinity of Yar - Ode To St Lucia

An Ode to St LuciaSt. Lucia, St. Lucia is an Island so fair,That we left Las Palmas without a care.To cross the ocean of endless blue,And find an island with pastures new.Over the horizon the armada did come, To the lure of the beaches and smell of the rum.So stock up the bars and get the beer on ice,The fleet's in town and the mainbrace is spiced.The crews tie up and head ashore like rockets,The locals just smile and then empty their pockets.Oh St. Lucia; a brazen mistress thou art,I'll walk to that restaurant but leave in a cart.. read more...


15/12/2017

Infinity of Yar - Infinity of Yar - Final Blog

Blog No. 12 Infinity of YarDate: Wednesday 13th December Location: Rodney Bay Marina, St. Lucia.Alert the press!!We made it to St. Lucia, although I admit that is slightly old news now. We actually arrived on Monday morning at 07.15 So, why is this, probably my final epistle, three days late? Well, it might be writers block, it might be the rum or it might be sheer bone idleness. Probably the answer lies in all three. A wave of euphoria on crossing the line was quickly followed by a wave ofrum which was quickly followed by a wave of apathy leading to sheer bone idleness! That probably sums up the Caribbean lifestyle,let’s face it the “ rate race “ here is an entirely different problem!So, dear readers, let me explain the silence of the last days of our journey prior. read more...


NoStress - Log Day 26 - A Visitor
NoStress - Log Day 26 - A Visitor
14/12/2017

NoStress - Log Day 26 - A Visitor

“Careful what you wish for” is the oft-heard phrase.We’ve been waiting for the wind for days and finally, last night, it arrived. The breeze filled in after dinner (which was the previously maligned but much enjoyed risotto - thanks Fi for the magic recipe) building from 12 to 20 knots through the night.At about 4am local time it hit 25~30 knots - wish granted.“That’s enough wind now thanks” we said, and put a reef in the mainsail which we kept in until the airs softened a little this afternoon.We made 132 miles in the 24 hours until midday today with 160 miles now left to go. So, if all proceeds as planned we should be in Saint Lucia tomorrow!In the title of the log entry I mentioned a visitor.We had a small bird, some sort of sparrow or martin, join us for the night at sunset.Although. read more...


14/12/2017

Cassiopeia - Episode 6/6 – Laaaaand!

There was a joke going around at some point about a two-page literary composition: "The horse entered the forest and went thubalup, thubalup, thubalup, thubalup, thubalup, thubalup, [...] thubalup, thubalup, thubalup until it got out of the forest." What if the composition had to be 4 pages long? No problem: more 'thubalup'.Same goes for me, with episode 6. What else is there to tell by the end of it? The same: more stories from Episode 5 – “Tradewinds”! But here comes a new element ... a telluric one. For me, these were the most memorable moments from the sea adventure movies when the sailor in the crow’s nest would shout as loud as they could: ‘Land ahoy! Land ahoy!’ to the great joy of the crew.I must confess that I felt a bit like cheating by having all that on-board equipment. In. read more...


Cassiopeia - Episode 6/6 – Laaaaand!
Cassiopeia - Episode 6/6 – Laaaaand!
14/12/2017

Cassiopeia - Episode 5/6: Trade Winds - The Santa Lucia Express

Today we'll reach the 999 miles mark until our destination. My father, who left yesterday from Gibraltar, has still to master 5000... we are 6 on a modern and new yacht. He is alone on a yacht, which which is one year older than myself... Our boat was equipped by Liviu with a hydro generator which reloads our battery from the boat's speed as it is propelled by the wind. Without that we would have ended up as a "black ship", a boat with zero power in its battery. In any battery. And this, after we would have used up all the diesel in our tanks, trying to keep up the high voltage. We had foreseen approximately 21 days for our trip. Dad has 50+ to spend on the open sea. Without hydro generator.Our nightwatches last 4 hours, for everyone, and upon finishing  everyone drops dead for. read more...


Cassiopeia - Episode 5/6: Trade Winds - The Santa Lucia Express
Cassiopeia - Episode 5/6: Trade Winds - The Santa Lucia Express
14/12/2017

Cassiopeia - Episode 4/6 - Ten days on the Ocean. Almost halfway

I didn’t felt inspired and didn’t had much to say. Then I got a message from home: “Ovidiu, people are waiting for the 4th episode!”. I smiled like I just heard a good joke, but suddenly the title crossed my mind - 10 days on the ocean. And so, here I am trying to put the words together.I am in the bow cabin, lying on the bed, wearing only a pair of shorts. I just finished my 8.00 to 12.00 watch split with Cătălin. It’s hot, we’ve descended below 18th parallel and the butter melted for some time in the saloon. I felt myself pushed into the cabin walls while the boat was dancing on the waves. It’s Andreea’s turn on the helm, it’s her's and Blondu’s watch.We sail with a speed of 7,5 kn in straight line to Santa Lucia. We keep our schedule on the watch, rigurously as we planned on the. read more...


Cassiopeia - Episode 4/6 - Ten days on the Ocean. Almost halfway
Cassiopeia - Episode 4/6 - Ten days on the Ocean. Almost halfway
14/12/2017

Cassiopeia - Episode 3/6 - Five days on the Atlantic. Cassiopea tour

We have sailed for 5 days already on the Atlantic Ocean on our way to Carribean and I thought to invite you on a tour aboard our boat, Cassiopea.Cassiopea is a Beneteau Oceanis 38 sailboat. 38 representing 38 feet, in the imperial units system, around 3 feets for one metre. So a craft of about 12 m.The 30-32 feet yachts, with two cabins, a companionway and a bathroom, start to be confortable for sea voyages, more coastal.The 34-35 feet go over B category and are more suitable for longer distances, away from the shore.The 38-43 feet yachts offer a generous confort with three double cabins, a big companionway and 1-2 bathrooms.The ones who exceed 44 feet host four or more cabins or they keep only three generous, overly confortable cabins on “the owner version” worthy of fine. read more...


Cassiopeia - Episode 3/6 - Five days on the Atlantic. Cassiopea tour
Cassiopeia - Episode 3/6 - Five days on the Atlantic. Cassiopea tour
14/12/2017

Cassiopeia - Episode 2/6 - Las Palmas. Starting point

Big round of applause! It's the final briefing for the ARC race - Canaries/Las Palmas to Caribbean/Santa Lucia. The room is packed, even thought the skipper and one member of each crew were given the access. No one missing. From Pogo 30, the smallest yacht in this race, with two people aboard, to Oyster 885, a luxury aircraft carrier.It is the end of the East Atlantic Ocean event organized by Jimmy Cornell and carried on by those who took the license. It's a proof of impeccable organization, a fleet of over 150 sailors and over 1500 participants. Think about it, a small part of the logistical work was to take most of the navy residents and anchor them in a nearby bay, in order to make room for hundreds of participating vessels with  an average size of 50 feet ( yes, yes, we know. read more...


Cassiopeia - Episode 2/6 - Las Palmas. Starting point
Cassiopeia - Episode 2/6 - Las Palmas. Starting point
14/12/2017

Cassiopeia - Episode 1/6 - Preparations for Atlantic Crossing

I'm going to cross the Atlantic! This is what I have been telling everyone in the past week. Not to brag, but because I can feel it coming. Every passion has got a milestone, every sport has got its standards. For yachting lovers, crossing the Atlantic on a sailboat is like climbing the Everest for rock-climbers. (Circumterra is something like the Seven Summits). About 3000 nautical miles from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to Santa Lucia, the Caribbean.  One of the longest sailing distances in a straight line. Even in the Pacific - there are no 3000 miles without a patch  of land. We think it will take 3 weeks, unless we have days of calm waters. Three weeks of sailing on Cassiopeia, Beneteau Oceanis 38, Liviu and Alex Chiric's boat. Three weeks in which you only. read more...


Cassiopeia - Episode 1/6 - Preparations for Atlantic Crossing
Cassiopeia - Episode 1/6 - Preparations for Atlantic Crossing
14/12/2017

Manihi - Interlude

Oui c'est vrai il y a un peu de relâchement dans l'écriture du blog. C'est vrai qu'on prend ses habitudes ... Des petites nouvelles chaque jour ... C'est vrai aussi que depuis que nous sommes à terre, la pression et les routines quotidiennes ont laissé la place à des journées rythmées par le soleil et probablement ralenties par une certaine nonchalance locale ! De plus, il n'y a rien de très intéressant à raconter, entre les lessives, menage, réparations en tout genre ...Et puis, est-ce bien décent en cette période hivernale d'évoquer la chaleur, la couleur et la température de l'eau, les palmiers, les langoustes et le reste ... Nous avons oublié confits, foie gras, soubressades, aligot et autres jambons pour nous mettre en mode Caraïbes !Bref, tout ça pour dire que nous. read more...



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