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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...


21/09/2015

Annabella - Annabella-Initial Entry

Hoping to figure out many things on this cruise not the least how to blog. This initial entry features the Admiral of my fleet, Wendy, servicing spreader lights. Yes, she's the one with the courage in this crew.Looking forward to leaving Groton, CT on or about October 8 to hook up with the flotilla in Portsmouth on October 30. Taking our time so we can figure out some more important technical challenges.Lou GriffithWendyonhigh. read more...


Annabella - Annabella - Wendy on high
Annabella - Annabella - Wendy on high
21/09/2015

Luna Quest - Monday, 21st September, 2015

Noon Position: 11.17S 101.04EDaily run: 159 logged milesThe wind has held steady from the Southeast enabling us to make good speeds to Cocos Keeling. The sun has not left us since Mackay in Australia and the sailing since that port has been the best so far, excluding the many days’ of motoring out of Darwin. When Julia recovered from her bug, I went down with it and have been under the weather for the last 4 or 5 days, but today I sense a degree of improvement and hope full recovery will be made without resorting to medicine. Eric. read more...


20/09/2015

Exody - Days 250-253: Luminous Sea and Crabs at Christmas

Steady trade winds, fair current, gentle sea and settled weather push Exody pleasingly across the Indian Ocean at over 7 knots - we are comfortably reaching towards the Australian atoll of Cocos Keeling just over 300 miles away.We left Christmas Island yesterday Saturday 19th at noon after the mandated maximum 48 hour stopover.This means the fleet all leave in their own time, dependent upon arrival time, but most of us left within three hours of each other and are now sailing in fairly close company.It had been a whirlwind pitstop- re-fuelling, re-watering, provisioning and even a tiny slice of very slow internet!Christmas Island is a curious place, founded on phosphate, with a population of 1500 people and several million crabs. Someone once said it would only be inhabited once the rest. read more...


20/09/2015

Luna Quest - Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th, September, 2015

Noon Position: 10.46S 103.23EDaily run: 145 logged milesThe jungle tour on Saturday took us in a 4x4 Toyota along dirt tracks into the mountainous landscape of Christmas Island formed by an seismic uplift that threw the coral seabed into the air and which can be seen everywhere. It makes the landscape very inhospitable. With the uplift came phosphate that the island mines and sells. There are only 1600 people in the island including 400 children.What the island is best known for is its crab population that has featured in one of David Attenborough’s programmes showing billions of red crabs scurrying down the beach to breed. It is the dry season now so that we did not see that migration, but we did see blue crabs, red crabs and the rubber crabs, pre-historic looking creatures with huge. read more...


19/09/2015

Y2K - PRE-ARC #4 - Mending ARC flag

The journey continues westward.Here in Ibiza, after little more than 800 mg, ARC flag needs a little mending.Here Alessandra reinforcing the seams with needle and thread.Will the flag arrive in good condition in St Lucia? Max Follow us also onhttps://www.facebook.com/Y2K.Bloghttp://www.y2ksblog.comIMG_20150919_114457. read more...


Y2K - PRE-ARC #4 - Mending ARC flag
Y2K - PRE-ARC #4 - Mending ARC flag
18/09/2015

Sail away - Sail Away with me!

I've never blogged before so this one is kind of experimental!   I'm taking a sabbatical to do this rally, and Anne is well basically retiring.  As we get closer and closer to the day we will shut down the house and sail to Portsmouth we're getting very excited. Sail Away is in the yard, getting some last minute improvements.  We will start our southward trek the first week in October!. read more...


18/09/2015

Luna Quest - Friday, 18th September, 2015

Position: 10.25S 105.40EChristmas Island (Indian Ocean)Distance covered since noon yesterday: 106 logged milesWe arrived at Christmas Island at 8.30am and were rafted up to Makena (a 62-ft catamaran) at 9.30am. A moderate to fresh breeze pushed our goose-winged boat at just under 6 knots to our destination in awkward seas that seemed to be affected by a big swell from the Southwest and a counter clock current against tidal forces. It would have been an extremely frustrating passage in lighter winds. In the early morning hours a large ship crossed our bows with less than a mile to spare. I tried to call them on the radio, but there was no response. Our AIS receiver showed the track of the vessel and although we were confident that there was no danger of collision, we wondered if they had. read more...


17/09/2015

Allegro - QUINTA-FEIRA, 17 DE SETEMBRO DE 2015

De 9 a 11 de Setembro: Ilha de Lombok, na Indonésia.Hora local = UTC+08Moeda: Rupia (1 US$ = Rp 13017)Dia 9: a chegada, o abastecimento de gasóleo e um BBQ à noite, com toda a frota.Lombok pode ser comparada com o que Bali era há 15 anos.As pessoas são simpáticas, alegres, com sorriso fácil e agradável.Estão agora a começar a aprender como lidar com o turismo e como tratarem os visitantes.Lombok é um destino conhecido dos surfistas, com um local, o Desert Point, onde, segundo consta, e com as condições adequadas, se pode surfar um tubo completo com 300 m. Vai ser com certeza muito apreciado!… Dia 10: Tour de Lombok. Começou com a visita ao mercado local; seguiram-se as olarias caseiras; a visita a um templo que tem a particularidade de ser partilhado pelo culto hindu e muçulmano, e,. read more...


17/09/2015

Flomaida II - Das Inselhopping geht weiter (2.9.-10.9.)

In Keramat, einem Inselchen im Kanal zwischen Sumbawa West und Lombok, kamen Marine Officers, die für Sicherheit zuständig sind. Sie sahen sehr ernst und " official" aus, sodass wir gleich unsere Papiere bereit legten. Aber eigentlich waren sie nur neugierig, sehr nett und sehr stolz, dass sie endlich mal englisch sprechen konnten. Sie fuhren uns sogar mit ihrem Boot zu ihrem Office und dann mit dem Wagen in die Stadt. Gekostet hat uns das Ganze inclusive Übersetzung beim Einkauf 2 x 10 l Benzin (1x fürs Boot, 1x fürs Auto).Allerdings war der "Supermarkt" eine kleine Bretterbude und der "Gemüsemarkt" mehr bestückt mit Billigzeug als mit Gemüse und Obst. Trotzdem war es wieder ein Erlebnis, von den Offiziellen der Stadt begleitet zu werden, die uns stolz " vorführten" und ihren Freunden. read more...


17/09/2015

Luna Quest - Thursday, 17th September, 2015

Noon Position: 10.27S 107.35EDaily run: 139 logged milesThe rally organisers have decided to extend our sojourn at Christmas island by a day as we are one of last three boats due in tomorrow. We are therefore back to plan A and look forward to having a stopover at Christmas island. Luna Quest has been running goose-winged since we took the parasailor down and we have made cracking progress as a result. At the current rate of 6.5kn we would arrive in morning darkness, so we have taken in more sail and hope to arrive at around 8am. There is a jungle tour waiting for us and a beach BBQ in the evening.Eric. read more...


17/09/2015

Starblazer - 17/09/2015 – The challenges of sailing

The wind is free, it can do as it pleases and often does!The first few days from Lombok to Christmas Island were characterised by feeble winds which are not meant to drive heavy cruising boats.Most of the fleet tried to sail until early evening when the wind died further and there was an adverse current, speed towards the waypoint reduced to a crawl.The lighter ‘flyers’ were ahead and kept a bit more of the breeze though all boats reported some engine hours on the 0900 SSB net.To motor at a reasonable speed one needs an adequate fuel supply reaching the injectors, that is where our problems began at 0300.The engine died so John got me back on watch to restart the engine while he bled the injectors, something which had worked when we had a similar problem in Cairns and again just before. read more...


16/09/2015

Exody - Days 238- 249: Lombok Landfall and Leaving- Asia in one week!

A very full ten days since the last log we posted on Friday 4th, then half way through the 950 mile,seven day passage from Darwin to Lombok. We emerged from the Timor Sea into the Indian Ocean, motoring a fair amount, emptying our tank, refilling from our own cans en route and also a mid-sea transfer of a spare jerry can from Ayama - good seamanship practice! We sailed in company with Ayama for last couple days closing the dramatic mountains of Lombok in the dawn light of 8th September close behind Wayward Wind and ahead of Luna Quest.Only the multiple small fishing boats clustered near the finish line gave a hint of the populous habitation ashore that we were to discover.Foul five knot currents in the final few miles gave the chance to view the dramatic Lombok Strait and a surfer's. read more...


16/09/2015

Luna Quest - Wednesday, 16th September, 2015

Noon Position: 10.15S 110.02EDaily run: 148 logged milesThe good news today is that Julia has recovered. Everything seems to be functioning normally again. In the early afternoon the wind returned to sailable conditions and the parasailor stood firmly in the SE 10 knot wind. As forecast the wind began to increase slowly and build to more than 14 knots. Yachts ahead warned us of unlit fishing buoys and boats; plotting their coordinates meant that we had to have more south in our course. The parasailor was already at its limit for broad reaching and the extra south in our course would mean that it provided no benefit over conventional sails and also would make the boat quite unmaneuvrable. We decided therefore to take it down for the night and deploy our conventional mainsail and genoa. We. read more...


15/09/2015

Luna Quest - Tuesday, 15th September, 2015

Noon Position: 09.34S 112.11EDaily run: 114 logged milesA gentle breeze sprang up yesterday afternoon giving us enough confidence to raise the parasailor. The seas were calm and as the wind increased to a moderate breeze, Luna Quest galloped her way over the swell and gave us a remarkably stable experience. We left it up for the night and good speeds were had until about 5am when the wind dropped to a light air causing the parasailor to sway about without getting filled. Later in the morning we took it down and started the engine.The seas last night around Luna Quest were a diffused luminous milky white as though a powerful spotlight shone from the sea bottom. Julia compared it to sailing in a lime milkshake The sky was clear, but melded into the white sea as though a misty veil. read more...


14/09/2015

Luna Quest - Monday, 14th September, 2015

Noon Position:Daily run:We weighed anchor yesterday at 8am to get to the start line for 9am. In the event the start was delayed by 20 minutes as the committee boat had difficulty getting anchored. The day looked promising without a cloud in the sky and a gentle breeze from the South. The start line was at the top end of the Lombok Strait where fierce tidal streams dominate. The timing was such that we could expect the tide to take us out into the ocean. All the boats were pushed out within an hour and Luna Quest experienced over 8 knots of speed. But the water was extremely turbulent with the ocean swell being concertinaed into the Strait while the tide was trying to get out. The confused seas were so tumultuous that one particularly steep wave caused Luna Quest to nosedive and stop her. read more...


13/09/2015

Firefly - Cruising the north coast of Flores, Indonesia

Its Sunday 13th of September and Firefly is sailing west along the north coast of Flores, Indonesia, towards a town called Ruing. Firefly left World ARC 2015 in Darwin and we will be spending the next year in South East Asia before joining WARC 2016 in Cocos Keeling next September to complete our circumnavigation. From Darwin, Firefly sailed independently to Kupang where we checked into Indonesia. At Ruing we are joining the Sail2Indonesia Rally and will be travelling with the rally for our remaining time in Indonesia, until mid November. Sail2Indonesia is now in its second year and is organised by the ICA (from NZ) and is sponsored by the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism - it started in Cairns in July and we are joining part way through as that way it best suited our schedule with. read more...


12/09/2015

Starblazer - 12/09/2015 - Lombok

The last 27 miles could have been worse, the wind came up to help us through the straight though the tide against us was up to 3 knots, rather more than the tidal data suggested.The slowest part was the last 5 miles to the anchorage which was straight in to the wind which was a healthy 17 knots and current.Where was this wind when we needed it?We certainly didn't need it for this section of the trip as it slowed the boat down and we could only make about 1.5 knots!Once in the anchorage we were directed to the refuelling point, took on only 400 litres having motored for 165 hours in total, then anchored in the mooring field.In places the mud is very soft so to prevent any chance of dragging John attached the Fortress on mud setting 5 metres ahead of the Delta.We have held firm.There was. read more...


12/09/2015

Luna Quest - Lombok

Gile Gede is a small island off the Southwest of Lombok. Its anchorage is very sheltered and the sun rises almost directly overhead. There is no protection from the heat, which at 11am is already up to 95F. Our fridge is whirring away all the time, especially as we filled it last night from yesterday's shopping at the end of our 2-day tour.Our 2-day tour took, which we organised with a private agency, took us into the very heart of Lombok. We stopped where we pleased to explore life in the villages and wherever we went and stopped, we were always impressed by the friendliness and good-nature of the people. There is no social security in Lombok and income taxes do not seem to exist. Everybody is working and nowhere did we come across any begging. The lame and the sick are cared for by. read more...