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18/03/2017

Timshel - Galapagos to Marquesas Day 17

Rather variable winds today - first two little rain showers brought little increase in wind, next one had us going 10 knots before managed to reef!Proceeded all day with main reefed to first batten to avoid being caught out.Like a Breeze must be in Hiva Oa by now and others are planning their arrival, but it will be a while yet for us.We still have lots of limes - from 1795 British warships were required to carry lime juice for prevention of scurvy hence British sailors are called "Limeys" (by Americans) - so we should be OK.. read more...


19/03/2017

Misto - Days 68-71: Pleasant sailing, no fish!

We now have less than 350 nm to go to Hiva Oa - it's almost a strange sense of reality to think that we will soon be able to be back on land again.The reality on board on a long passage becomes the weather, watch schedules, meals, sleeping and passing the time, when conditions are benign, interspersed by periods of frantic activity when sails have to be changed, wind rises, squalls come up or gear fails.We are expecting the wind to diminish over the next couple of days and for there to be more squall activity.Currently we still have 15 knots of wind and a long 6' swell rising mainly from behind us.There is a nasty little swell that creeps in from the side every now and again throwing us a little off balance. We are still flying our parasailor and keep debating when we will need to take. read more...


18/03/2017

Hanna - "Kurz" vor dem Ziel Marquesas

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18/03/2017

Lexington - 3/17/17. 9°. 56'. south. 126°. 31'. west

I am on watch 9-12 p.m. There is no moon yet so it is fairly dark. We are speeding thru the night at around 7 knots using our good old twin headsails. The repair has held up. I am pleased. We are about 775 miles out and today is day 17. This is a little eerie sailing along with little to no reference to your surroundings. I sort of like it when the stars are out but I do prefer a full moonlit night. Sailing is not for everyone and this long haul sailing is for sure not for everyone. I can definitely see a cruising couple with no schedule just heading along not caring if it took 21 days or 31 days. It is a route with consistent winds and moderate seas although for the uninitiated the seas are a little big. You get used to it real easy. Then again some people would not get used to it or. read more...


18/03/2017

Aurora Polaris - 17. Mars 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Hva er en god blogg? Ikke vet jeg, for jeg leser ingen andre enn vår egen. Det er det mange grunner til, og den viktigste er at vi ikke har internett på samme måten som vi har det hjemme. Ellers har det med prioriteringer å gjøre. For meg er det viktig å få informert våre nærmeste om at vi har det bra, og at de ikke trenger å bekymre seg. Utenom det har jeg vanligvis mange andre gjøremål.Denne nattevakten begynte også litt travlere enn de foregående. I tillegg til å skrive blogg, må jeg altså justere litt mer segl enn tidligere, for vi har noen flere squaller rundt oss nå.Det kan bety at de inneholder noe mer vind enn vi har ellers, og siden radaren bare viser om de inneholder regn, må jeg anta at seglføringen må reduseres før vi går inn i dem. Sånne oppdrag gjør det egentlig bare. read more...


18/03/2017

Laura Dawn - Pacific Log 12: Bumpy old road

We seem to have been at sea for more days than logs:sorry about that, I'm not sure what we've been doing with our time quite honestly!Sleep has been eluding us certainly for the last 24 - 48 hours.Sometimes time passes quickly laying waiting for your watch and sometimes its there in a flash.Its been a bumpy old road for the last 2 days, with squalls holding up to 33 knots of wind, needing sharp eyes and some quick reefing and sail rolling attention.We've surfed down what feel like whopping waves, sometimes grinning with excitement like littlekids at the fun fair at what speed the digits say we will have reached and sometimes just gritting teeth and holding on! The decks have had a good wash too, with Martin getting the scrubbing brush out in the last rain squall! Currently we have 20 -. read more...


17/03/2017

Lexington - 3/17/17. 9°. 55' south. 125°. 20' west. Celestial navigation

So now after all my rambling about celestial navigation, I have some results. For the past 2-3 days I have been plotting our position by dead reckoning. Dead reckoning is just taking your course and time and speed for input data. Today I did a sun shot and a moon shot. I used the dead reckoning position for my sights. I did do the math on my iPad. For the sun shot I was off 10 minutes north and south and 09 minutes off east and west. For the moon I was off 58 minutes (miles) north and south and 30 minutes (miles) east and west. For a beginner this is not bad I think. Now if I can just remember how I did it next week and not run aground while trying to figure out where I am. At least I am keeping my mind active. Bob. read more...


17/03/2017

Lexington - 3/17/17. 9°. 54' south. 124°. 54' west

It is the 6-10 am watch and I am the person on watch. We have not changed our clocks since we left Galapagos so it is actually earlier by the sun. As a group we stay on the same time for each leg to try to prevent confusion. Time zones around the world are every 15 degrees. 24 time zones of 15 degrees each make a total of 360 degrees around the world. In some of our work like celestial navigation we have to have a universal time called UTC for universal time or Zulu or Greenwich mean time. That is the time at the prime meridian which goes thru Greenwich England. We are at 124 degrees 54 minutes west. Divide that by 15 degrees and round the nearest whole number to get the time zone with west being positive and east negative. So if it is 6:00 a.m. here you would add 8 to get UTC which. read more...


17/03/2017

Aurora Polaris - 16. Mars 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

En god dag sett fra en seilersynsvinkel. Vi har tilbakelagt ca 96nm på 12 timer (måling fra ARC), dvs. at vi har gått med en gjennomsnittsfart på 8,1kn. Det er vi veldig fornøyd med.På nattevakten min, som begynte kl.21.00, oppdaget jeg at vi ble innhentet av et skip som gikk med 17+knops hastighet. Det hadde retning rett mot oss, og jeg var så tidlig ute med oppdagelsen, at navnet og type båt ikke hadde kommet opp på AIS-en ennå. Ut fra farten den gikk med, antok jeg det var en lastebåt, noe som senere skulle stemme bra. Med en gang navnet kom opp, påkalte jeg dem over VHF-en på kanal 16 og lurte på om de hadde sett oss, noe de ikke hadde. De fikk posisjonen vår, og ønsket oss en trygg seilas videre. I skrivende stund holder de på å krysse kursen vår foran oss. Vi har fått beskjed om. read more...


17/03/2017

Timshel - Galapagos to Marquesas Day 16: We see some ships!

Having said in yesterday's blog that we had seen no other vessels, first Steve saw a cargo ship go past in the next watch, later at lunchtime we crossed with Australian yacht Amaquore (Sp?) who we have been talking to on SSB - and now on VHF.Nice to know we are not alone out here after all.Wind had quietened down by morning so another peaceful day rolling downwind.Celebrated 1000 miles to go at dinner time with chocolate.May be a little early to be calculating when we should get in though.. read more...


16/03/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob:3/16/17. 9* 51' south. 123*. 33' west

We have done well as reported we had a small rip in the outer edge of one of our two twin head sails. We repaired it and it is back up as we are heading along at 7-8 knots. Yesterday we had a 180 mile day. That is why we did not want to take a chance on ripping the sail beyond repair.This is a very lazy sail plan. It is moderately forgiving. To do it right we probably should only sail it 20-25 degrees off dead down wind. If we take it a little further it will catch wind on the wrong side (called back winded) and the sail will slap back with a big crack like vigorously shaking out a rug. I think that may have caused the rip. We did see dolphins swimming at the bow of the boat when we were repairing the sail. Some of us think they may like the sound of the engine. My thought is that we. read more...


Skyelark of London - Steak Dinner
Skyelark of London - Steak Dinner
17/03/2017

Skyelark of London - Milestones mean meals

It's the final approach, or at least that is how it feels -despite therestill being 700 miles to go. That's more than a Fastnet race,a Sydney toHobart or a lap of Ireland! However the nautical milestones are crashingdown -1/2 way (Roast Duck, German cabbage and roast potatoes) , 2/3rd(glass of wine) ,1000 miles to go (Steak, Chips and Peach crumble andcustard), final 1/4(steak and eggs for breakfast) and the next big onewill be when we are within fuel range which is fast approaching, and thiswill be celebrated with a very long and very hot shower as we will no longerneed to conserve fuel (and thereby water) in case of a prolonged calm andquite possibly a Gin and Tonic to cool down.One notable lack from our menu is fish, we have only caught one mahi mahiwhich is a stark change from our. read more...


16/03/2017

Aurora Polaris - 14. - 15. Mars 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Vi har nå endret kursen igjen, og går direkte mot målet. Værmeldingen sier at det blir stille rundt Marquesas uansett når vi nærmer oss, så vi hadde visst lite å tape på det. Dagen i dag har vært forholdsvis stille, så det er lite å berette. Morgendagen skal visstnok varte opp med litt mer vind……og det gjorde den. Det økte jevnt utover dagen, og ettermiddag/kveld, lå vi på rundt 8 knop SOG og over. Vi har sett over 9 flere ganger. Det liker vi! Vindstyrken er fra 18-23 knop fra øst-sørøst.I dag har vi vasket klær, laget yoghurt og bakt brød i tillegg til de vanlige gjøremålene vi har om bord. Nå er vaktordningen forskjøvet en time, fra kl. 21 – 9 om morgenen. Det er nå de mørke timene våre. Vi skal sette lokal tid på klokka når vi kommer fram til Marquesas. Foreløpig går vi etter. read more...


16/03/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: 9* 51' south. 122*. 54' west. end to sweet sailing

We have been doing great with our twin head sails. Today we logged 180 miles in 24 hours. Unfortunately we noticed a rip in the outer edge of one sail. It was only about 8 inches long but we worried about it enlarging. It took all of us working for 4 hours to get both sails down ( they were on same halyard) repaired and back up. We took the sails down and tied them to the deck while I set on the sails at the bow andI sewed the rip back together. One of the problems is that you do not want the wind to catch the sails on deck and blow them overboard. After I sewed the rip together, I put sail tape over the repair and sewed it in place. I will not win a blue ribbon at the state fair but it does seem to be holding for the time being. When I bought the sewing kit I thought I was wasting. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: 9* 51' south. 122*. 54' west. end to sweet sailing
Lexington - Captain Bob: 9* 51' south. 122*. 54' west. end to sweet sailing
Lexington - Captain Bob: 9* 51' south. 122*. 54' west. end to sweet sailing
Lexington - Captain Bob: 9* 51' south. 122*. 54' west. end to sweet sailing
16/03/2017

Timshel - Galapagos to Marquesas Day 15

Just over 2 weeks at sea now and we have not seen another vessel since the day after the start, just as well we are able to talk to the fleet via the SSB, closest to us is the Australian yacht that has joined our net is closest just now, almost in VHF range.Another lovely sunny day, have not hardly altered the sails or anything since Monday evening.Much discussion of the weather on this evenings net and the promised increase in wind did come through so have reefed main and yankee and put away the staysail for now.Other boats talking about there 1000 miles to go celebrations, but we wont get there until tomorrow night.The big multihull Like a Breeze must be nearly there.Apparently we should throw all fruit and veg overboard before arriving at Hiva Oa - don't think this will be a problem. read more...


16/03/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: 3/16/17. 10*. 00' south. 121*. 33' west

My watch this morning 3-6 am.We are hauling the mail tonight. We have had 10-15 knots of wind from the stern (east wind) and when it gets close to 15 knots of wind we move up to 8-9 knots of boat speed. This is not sustained but it is not unusual to look up and see speeds in the 8s often and in the 9s if we surf down a wave.If a wave comes and the boat goes down the front of it than the boat surfs along the wave for a very brief moment.At that time there is less friction (boat sticking out of the front of the wave) and you will have greater speeds than are sustainable. Back to the topic of what is it like to be on the boat. It is a "ride". You get used to it. No one has been Sea sick but the boat just went thru a roll that probably went from heeling to one side 25 degrees to the other. read more...


16/03/2017

Laura Dawn - Pacific log 11: Sour bears

We've had a day of zig-zagging on LD. We gybed north this morning again and are now heading south with 20-25 knots of wind, expecting up to 30, so have put a reef in for tonight. Less than 1000 miles to go! Whoo hoo! To celebrate we opened a pack of sour bears, which went down rather well (there are only 4 lonely sour bears left, that I suspect will not see the morning).We drew in the LD - Owl quiz today, meaning we are still clinging on to our lead by half a point. Our daily quiz provides a good bit of excitement and its nice to be able to chat with buddies on another boat.Spag Bol for tea tonight :)LD: 15 March 18.20. read more...


15/03/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: 3/15/17. 10*. 4'. south. 119*. 58' west. Living on a sail boat

So what is it like being on a sail boat for a 3,000 mile passage?First of all, consider space. The boat is 46 feet long but that is tip to tip measurements for selling boats. It is 13.5 feet wide on the outside at the widest point. Here is another good saying, "boats shrink when you put them in water". You can buy a nice big boat in the show room and it looks perfect. Put it in the water and try to put all your stuff and all your friends in it and it will appear to have shrunken by 50%. We have a forward berth for two people, stern berth for 2 people and two can sleep in the saloon on the benches. When you have two in the saloon then that area of the boat stays pretty "lived in". We have two heads (bathrooms). One head has a stand up shower. We have a galley which is for one person to. read more...


15/03/2017

Timshel - Galapagos to Marquesas Day 13 and 14

Should have looked at the date, and it was all going so well! Wind (and our speed) was down a bit by morning so decided it was time to deploy the cruising chute - after all everyone else seemed to by flying them all along - or asymmetrics, schreechers or Code Zero or whatever or even Parasailors.I suppose it did give us a little extra speed but was so unstable in the swell that hand steering was required. Trouble really started when made to take it down at teatime, sail collapsed and started winding itself round the rig before the sock line was sorted, sock got fankled and jammed, tried to take down the sail in the conventual manner under the boom but the halyard jammed. The two of us spent a while fruitlessly trying to haul down the sail or haul down the sock while it twirled. read more...


15/03/2017

Timshel - Galapagos to Marquesas Day 12

Another day rolling along heading steadily west.Australian boat Emma Cora who is just ahead of us reported seeing and speaking to an Indonesian ship - we have seen nothing but must remember that there may be other vessels out here. Altair has fixed her cooker so they are not condemned to a diet of cold tinned tuna after all.We haven't changed our clock since Panama so it is now staying light much later.A beautiful moon, almost full, rises behind us just after sunset and sets in front of us just before sunrise.-------------------------------------------------Do not push the "reply" button to respond to this message if that includes the text of this originalmessage in your response.Messages are sent over avery low-speed radio link. The most concise way to reply is to send a NEW. read more...


15/03/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: 3/14/17. 10*. 09' south. 118*. 23' west

It's my watch again. It's a little after midnight on a beautiful night. We are still using Twinhead sails.There's about 10 to 11 kn of wind off our Stern. We are making 6.5 kn of boat speed. There just a few clouds out and a nearly full moon so there's lots of visibility. Our Twinhead sails have worked beautifully. There are times during the day that I'm sure we could be doing a little bit faster using a spinnaker. A great benefit of the Twinhead sales is that there's very little trim involved and we don't have to change them for the night.We checked our progress. With the sail configuration we're doing a little bit better than 150 miles a day which is what we were doing when we were switching back-and-forth on sail configuration.We are 1218 miles from our way point.Everybody seems to be. read more...


15/03/2017

Laura Dawn - Pacific Log 10: She's got another hole in her!

So we headed north overnight and made it to 11 degrees south, a mixed night of squalls, low VMG (velocity made good) and wind shifts, I think we only averaged about 100 miles in the 24 hours run.On a brighter note, we are now heading south again making 6-7 knots VMG with a full main sail and full genoa sailing 150 degrees to the wind.The wind speed has picked up to about 17knots and forecast to increase steadily over the next 48 hours.We will probably continue on this course (approx 250 degrees) for the next few days, we still have 1110 miles to go. As day break happened at about 8:00am this morning we decided to put the asymetric back up, we had 12-13 knots of wind and decided it was time for her to fly again!Sadly we only lasted a few hours before she blew another hole :(Some. read more...


14/03/2017

Misto - Days 65-67: Up the mast in the Pacific.

The last couple of days have gone by and almost melded into one.We moved further south to almost 12 degrees south in the hope of retaining reasonable wind, and by and large this has been successful.Only today are we experiencing winds as low as 11-13 knots directly from the east.This morning Howard noticed that our VHF antenna at the masthead had become completely loose.In all honesty we had been watching it wobble for about a week and hoping that it would hang on until we reached Hiva Oa.There was really only one option - go up the mast to fix it.We debated whether to douse the parasailor or leave it up and decided on the latter as we felt that, running downwind with the waves and the sail up, would give the most (relatively) stable platform. This happens to be a "pink" job aboard Misto. read more...


14/03/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: 3/14/17. 10*. 11' south. 127* 17' west

I have been trying to review the celestial navigation information that I have studied before when I did a power squadron celestial navigation course. To me it never came naturally. I have also been trying to interest Mark Arnold in it. He did 60 sun shots yesterday off the back of our rolling boat.Most were within 3-15 miles off which is excellent for someone new to the game. He did more today but I have to confess that one time he could not find the sun. After two days he has probably done more sun shots that most students that take the course. There is a lot more to it than just shooting the shots but he has a good start.May fair winds fill your sails from the right direct with the correct strength. Bobimage1. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: 3/14/17. 10*. 11' south. 127* 17' west
Lexington - Captain Bob:  3/14/17. 10*. 11' south. 127* 17' west
14/03/2017

Hanna - Halfway done : Sailors at work - vitamins are vital

Di. 14. März Am Sonntag Morgen, 07:30h (Borduhr) war‘s geschafft. Mehr als die Hälfte des Weges liegt hinter uns. Grund genug die Freiwache aus der Koje zu holen und gemeinsam ein Glas Champus zu leeren. („Möht schonn dooh sinn“ ,  für die Rheinländer J). Bei dem Angel-Game haben wir zur Halbzeitpause einen Spielstand von 6:0 für die Heimmannschaft L. Es tröstet ein wenig, dass auch die anderen Schiffe keinen Fisch-Erfolg aufweisen können. Das gilt im Übrigen auch für die Sichtung von Walen und Haifischen. Wir hoffen auf eine stärkere zweite Halbzeit… Segeltechnisch bescherte uns das Gebiet um 12/13° Süd zunächst noch recht ordentlichen Wind bis hin zu 35kn Wind in Böen und mit Windseeker hielt sich die Geschwindigkeit z.T. gut über 10kn bei Kursen um 240 und Wind aus Ost. Damit. read more...


Hanna - Halfway done : Sailors at work - vitamins are vital
Hanna - Halfway done : Sailors at work - vitamins are vital
14/03/2017

Timshel - Galapagos to Marquesas Day 12

Another day rolling along heading steadily west.    Australian boat Emma Cora who is just ahead of us reported seeing and speaking to an Indonesian ship - we have seen nothing but must remember that there maybe other vessels out here.  Altair has fixed her cooker so they are not condemned to a diet of cold tinned tuna after all!   We haven't changed our clock since Panama so it is now staying light much later.  A beautiful moon, almost full, rises behind us just after sunset and sets infront of us just before sunrise.. read more...


14/03/2017

Aurora Polaris - 13. Mars 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Det er ikke sikkert situasjonen for oss og regattaen er så helsvart som jeg av og til gir uttrykk for. Det skal bare så lite til for å vippe meg over på minussiden. Nå har det seg slik at vi faktisk seiler ganske godt likevel. Det er bare prioriteringene våre som er litt avslappede. Jeg har nevnt før at det er autopiloten som styrer, og vi gjør andre ting. I dag, f.eks, satt vi på dekk i skyggen av seilene og leste/slappet av. Så begynte vi å snakke om hva vi skulle ha til middag. Jeg holder på tradisjonen at vi har fisk annenhver dag, og mandag er det alltid fisk. Begge to var skråsikre på at vi hadde brukt all fisken vi hadde i frysen, og måtte enten få en fisk på kroken, eller finne noen pølser i frysa. Vi reiste oss og gikk tilbake til akterenden av båten. Terje trakk litt mer ut av. read more...


14/03/2017

Aurora Polaris - 12. Mars 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Vi opplever nesten hver dag, om morgenen, at noen har gått forbi oss. Det har seg slik at vi går lengst nord, der vinden er svakest, og strømmen i mindre favør. Det betyr at vi får behagelig seilas, der vi kan få gjort ting vi liker å gjøre. Jeg putler i vei med blomsterhekling når jeg ikke vasker opp eller lager mat. Terje baker boller og deltar i matlaging på lik linje med meg. Så hører vi på musikk og leser, eller bare nyter freden på havet. Vi styrer aldri! Det er det autopiloten som tar seg av. Han forlanger bare litt strøm, og det gis ham hver dag av aggregatet.De som går litt lenger sør enn oss, klager over at de har det «humpete» på sjøen. Til gjengjeld har de bedre fremdrift enn oss nå.#end. read more...


13/03/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: 3/13/17. 10*. 11'. south. 115*. 23'. west

We have really gotten lazy. We have the twin head sails up, we do not trim them(can not do much) all we have to do is keep the wind behind the boat in the right direction which is about 30 degrees to either side of the stern. We do not change sail plans at night because this plan will take a lot of wind and it can be reefed by furling (rolling up partially). We have literally not changed anything in 24 hours. That is not uncommon in long passages in trade wind routes. Set the sail and ride into the sunset. During the day we could probably get a little more speed out of our asymmetrical spinnaker but it is a sail change that would not add that much. Our daily distance sailed has been comparable to when we were working harder using the asymmetrical spinnaker in the day and changing at. read more...


14/03/2017

Laura Dawn - Pacific Log 9: She's flying again

The asymmetric is back out and flying again - Yea!, giving us 8 knots of speed in 16 knots of breeze.The debate continues over when and if to gybe to head back north as currently the wind is leading us further south...The debate has been being discussed for the last 4 days!Helen's Thai coconut chicken curry on the menu tonight followed by more chocolate brownies for desert :)After a day of rest on Sunday, LD made a comeback in todays Owl LD Quiz scoring 5 out of 8 (Owl only managed 1 1/2.. for a change, its usually us!)I think the question asking the amount of power needed for the flux capacitor in the Back to the Future Delorian got them! Totals now stand at 15 1/2 Owl and 15 to LD.Between writing this and posting we have blown the Asymetric, yes yes, I know it only managed less than 10. read more...


13/03/2017

Exocet Strike - Exocet Strike 12-13 March 2017

Now we are making our way towards one of our penultimate waypoints of this trip. The wind dropped a bit earlier so we shook out reef 3 to reef 2. Within an hour a squall hit and pushed the wind up to 25 knots, it's well behind though so the apparent wind was much lower. Pushed us in our direction pretty well though at up to 9.5 knots.After not having any squalls for some days it's a bit of a surprise to now get one, apparently a lot around today, oh well. Still looking like tomorrow Tuesday 14th sometime in the afternoon, that will be good!. read more...


13/03/2017

Firefly - Crew heading home

After a week or so in Grenada sight seeing and a little rum (some might say more than a little! ) first Gerard then Peter head back to the UK.Many thanks to Paul and Susie for letting us share their adventure and good look on the last part of the circumnavigation up to St Lucia. Firefly has looked after us well and a great yacht to sail on.Alsocongratulations , good luck and fair winds to all on the World ARC for the rest of the rally and trips back to their home ports.Peter. read more...


12/03/2017

Lexington - Captain: Bob 3/12/17. 10*. 16'. south. 112*. 42' west. safety continued

I got a question or two on my safety post. So here is more information. The whole maritime safety and rescue system is coordinated thru what is called GMDSS( global maritime distress system).There arelayers of agencies and international agreements concerning shipping and maritime affairs. In the United States the Coast Guard plays a big role in the whole game. In the event of a Mayday ( emergency with danger of injury or loss of life, not just out of beer or gas) the boater would have the options of:1. Activation of the EPIRB. This would send out an emergency distress or Mayday signal to orbiting satellites. There are multiple satellites which can triangulate the signals to pin point a position on the EPIRB?Most EPIRB these days have a built in GPS.THE EPIRB would then be able to send. read more...


13/03/2017

Laura Dawn - Pacific Log 8: Mid Pacific breakfast celebrations

We are truly replete! After a mid Pacific celebration breakfast cracking out the Branston beans no less, bacon, eggs, potatoes and bread the boat is a little lighter, but we are carrying our full bellys off for a nap.Its official: we have less than 1500 miles to go to the Marquesas.Woop Woop! We still have the full genoa and reefed main with 18 - 22 knots of wind, making 7 - 8 knots, although it was quite a bit livlier overnight with heavy rain squalls and 27 knots on Jacks watch.It seems crazy that at 1500 miles from land yesterday we were within 8 miles of 3 other boats.We had Altair, Sandvita and Ocean Bird for company and can see Sandvita and Taistealai on the horizon this morning.Its a happy feeling to have company and buddies we can chat to on the radio.We are still clearing. read more...


12/03/2017

Aurora Polaris - 11. Mars 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Det han ikke nevnte, var at vi har hatt motstrøm det meste av tiden vi har gått uten motor. På kartet vårt står det at der vi seiler skal vi egentlig ha medstrøm. Når det ikke skjer, lurer vi på om det er fordi hele stillebeltet har flyttet seg sørover, og dermed også strømmen??? Hvem vet?Kapteinen kan jo her fortelle litt om vår ørlille kursendring:I går, 11. tok vi ut en ny langtidsværmelding hvor vi ser at vinden ville løye av i et område på 8°S, på den breddegrad vi hadde valgt å seile vestover på. Det vindstille område vil skje så langt sør som 9°S og i område 115-125°V, hvor vi forventet å seile gjennom de neste 4-6 dagene. På grunn av dette endret vi kursen litt sørover slik at vi når 10°S, 120°V innen 2-3 dager. Stemmer værmeldingen vil vi da opprettholde en øst-sørøstlig. read more...


12/03/2017

Exocet Strike - Exocet Strike 11-12 March 2017

We considered pulling the main up again yesterday afternoon, and almost immediately the wind picked up to over 20 knots again. We had a quick overnight sail instead. Less current now though, only between 0.5 and 1 knot with us, but still making good progress.This morning we figured the wind would start to drop off, and by noon we had taken the main up again, albeit with three reefs. It's kept our average above 7 knots and not unduly pushing the boat around.. read more...


12/03/2017

Timshel - Galapagos to Marquesas Day 11

Good progress again today helped by the favourable current.We have been running with main and poled out yankee wing and wing and also staysail set.Quite a lot of cloud and a few spits of rain,but we managed to dodge the squalls - so far.Sometimes a big sea though so we felt we had enough sail.Many of the boats have already passed half way (hopefully we should get to that point in a couple of days), but Like a Breeze is way out in front.We seemed to lose Skyelark part way through the evening sched (she was net controller) hopefully it was just a problem with he SSB - they did say it was playing up.. read more...


12/03/2017

Laura Dawn - Pacific Log 7: off the chart

Its official, we've fallen off the bottom of chart 4618 and are now onto the chart that has the Marquesas on it!Its feels like we are making progress.Even though we have had wind shifts pushing us further south overnight we should make halfway by overnight tonight, which feels monumental.We still have good wind currently: 18 - 20 knots making 7 - 8 knots still with one reef in the main and the full genoa.No fish to report yet sadly, but we still have some fresh food left as well as our freezer and dry stocks to keep us going.We are eeking out the tomatoes - 7 left!,Probably no 16 on the takeout menu tonight: prawn noodles as we are trying to keep some variety in our dinners. Chicken and tomato pasta last night and mince and veg the night before (spot the brits - its 30 degrees and 66%. read more...


24/02/2017

Starblazer - Starblazer, St Martin, Marigot Bay

Hi to allThe plan was to collect the new alternator Tuesday and install it on Wednesday.Tuesday.Collect new alternator from Interline in Phillipsburg.Completed.Great shipping company. $10 shipping, $7.50 optional insurance. From Miami.During day collected Joyce's iPad after screen replaced I had fallen into 1m of sea with it in a backpack.---Left mine in repairers as torrential rain going ashore got it wet, inside a waterproof case inside a rucksack.Home button not working.Might get a new one under warranty.Whilst in Phillipsburg went looking to find a company to make a new high pressure hose for the watermaker.Finally found them in Cole Bay and had new hose made.FKG are recommended but not cheap.Wednesday.Install new alternator. Failed, couldn't swap the new single pulley for the wanted. read more...


11/03/2017

Misto - Days 62-64: Flying the parasailor at last

Since last night we have had our parasailor up and this is enabling us to get a much better angle on our destination with these ESE winds.Regrettably, the promised winds from 120-130 degrees have not really materialized and the wind direction is tending to be variable from 90-110 degrees. Seas remain rolly but are down a little from the last few days enabling some domestic activities this morning, including bread making.With the additional miles we had to do at the beginning of the leg to get down to the trade winds, we are now past half way and have just over 1500 nautical miles to go. For those from the east coast of the USA who make the annual trek to the Caribbean, this distance starts to feel familiar and not so daunting.We have caught no fish aboard Misto so far on this leg - a. read more...


11/03/2017

Exocet Strike - Exocet Strike 10-11 March 2017

We certainly have a lot of positive current with us. In the last 24 hours we did 179 miles through the water but 205 over the ground. That shows we had 26 minutes miles worth of current with us, pretty useful.On of our sister boats has just advised that they are now experiencing current against them, they are approx 350 miles ahead of us, so we have that to look forward to.Depending on what happens with current etc we still hope to arrive sometime on Tuesday.From later today we will be putting our AIS in silent mode and may turn off our yellowbrick tracker. Being off the coast of both Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago is unfortunately a hot spot for piracy. We need to be very wary of unusual vessels.. read more...


11/03/2017

Lexington - 3/10/17. On Watch

Sally Shafer asked about our safety measures. A lot of money is spent on things that you hope you will never use. I will try to organize this post a little.Flares: We have a whole set of flares which we will keep safe and dry but hope to never use. We have red , white, parachute and smoke (orange) signalsPFD: Personal Flotation Device. We have automatic PFDs. Each has a strobe light, signaling mirror, whistle, spray hood and crotch strap. The spray hood is something most people are not familiar with. It is a hood that you can pull over your head so spray blowing into your face does not drown you. I made ours several years ago for our first Caribbean 1500. I made them out of reflective material on the back and sides and clear plastic in the front. The plastic is attached with Velcro so if. read more...


11/03/2017

Lexington - 3/10/17. 9°. 58' south. 108°. 09' west

I am on watch from midnight to 3 a.m. It is a little lighter on wind tonight. I have about 7 knots of wind and am doing about 6 knots of boat speed. We have a full or nearly full moon. It is amazing how well you can see with a full moon. Your eyes get adjusted and you can see much better than you think. My mind is in neutral most of the time. By that, I mean that I try not to calculate everything about our progress and when we will arrive. I am just taking it a day at a time. Doing the radio call twice a day adds a little structure and responsibility. I am trying to study celestial navigation but by the time I have set up my fishing gear in the morning, had my coffee and checked my email, half the day is gone. That sort of sounds like how people describe retirement. I think Judy sent me. read more...


11/03/2017

Lexington - 3/10/17 FISHING FRUSTRATION

Not only am I not catching any fish, Sam and I got our lines twisted in a rats' nest late last night. I am beginning to try to untangle them today. Fishing lines can start to twist in the water as they are pulled through. As the boat continues the lines continue to twist on each other. It will be a good task for me today. 3/11/17 update continuation 9°. 57 ' south. 108°. 06 ' west On the fishing line above, I ended up cutting my hooks off and pulling my line out of the twisted other line. Sam was not as lucky. He just trashed his line and did not fish any more. I kept a line out with two hooks and two flying fish as bait. No luck at all. I did check the rice and bean supply and we are good even if I never catch a fish. I have ordered some more lures and supplies. The fish I am not. read more...


11/03/2017

Aurora Polaris - 10. Mars 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Egentlig ikke så mye å fortelle for meg, så jeg får overlate til kapteinen å fylle inn med data og konstanter og realfaggreier som dere gutta liker så godt å lese! Da blir dere så opplyste at dere ikke lenger behøver lommelykt!Gjennom Panama kanalen kom der med fire nye båter, en av dem skulle bare være med til Las Perlas øyene som ligger ca. ett døgn seiling sør av Panama City. De andre tre båtene er nå med oss videre. Der var en båt, Atla, eid av et Svensk par som ble liggende igjen i Shelter Bay Marina, innløpet til Panama kanalen, grunnet nødvendig reparasjon av mast. Under seilasen mellom Colombia og San Blas øyene i Panama oppdaget de en sprekke rundt masten som strekte seg ca 75% av omkretsen. Sprekken var helt nede ved dekksnivå og det var bare helt utrolig at masten stod da. read more...



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