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24/01/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: something light

I decided my last post was griping. Now for a lighter subject we will talk flags. When you enter a country you are supposed to put up a "Q" flag (yellow), stands for quarantine flag. It indicates that you have not cleared into the country. After you clear in you fly the courtesy flag of the country. We also have a World Arc flag that just makes a statement of our presenceand advertises a little for World Cruising.The last flag is one thatSam designed and had made for us. It has LEX. ING. TON, each three letters over each other in a block and then American flag stripes.It is the logo on our blog. For the country flags we found a good cheap supplier for flags that might not last a long time. When flags wear they fray from the edges, so I sewed a light webbing around the edge of each flag. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: something light
Lexington - Captain Bob: something light
24/01/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: another hot day for working on the boat

Today the bracket sent to us from Miles Poor of MRPREFITS arrived.It was supposed to be here Friday. I had understood that they were sending a bracket just like the one that broke. The one they sent is much larger, with larger bolt holes, further apart.They sent a plate to fit the Watt and Sea unit on, which is also larger any will need welding to adapt it to the fitting.The good news is that the people at the boat yard understand what I am trying to accomplish. They will start tomorrow. They have a metal worker coming tomorrow for another job so he can also start on my job. We are here anyway waiting to go thru the canal on or about 2/1/17.It will be nice to have most things done before others get here. Hope all is well with you!Bob. read more...


24/01/2017

Firefly - Adventures on St Helena Island

St Helena’s tourist strap line is ‘the most extraordinary place on earth’ –quite a claim. Based on our experiences during our 4 day stop over we now agreethat it might be one of them. The island, a British Overseas Territory in theSouth Atlantic Ocean has spectacular scenery, amazing marine wildlife and aunique history and culture.   Firefly arrived at the roadstead off St James at 2200 on Thursday 18thJanuary in darkness, the approach made more dramatic by the lights of houses ontop of the volcanic island, the moorings almost directly below, close to a sheerrock face. We also caught our first sight of Jacobs Ladder the flight of stepslinking the upper and lower settlements of the town.   As we sail away watching the Island disappear behind a cloud we are able toreflect on some. read more...


24/01/2017

Caduceus - Cape Town to St Helena Day 5 - The force is with us, most of the time

Position26:34.132 S 007:04.01 EDate2359 (UTC+2) Monday 23 January 2017Distance run in 24hrs 154nm over the ground, 140nm through the waterPassage total741nm over the ground, 707nm through the waterDistance to go961nmPlanned distanceCape Town to St Helena 1697nm The passage up and across the Atlantic is routed to be downwind and down current.So far, so good and the force (current) is definitely with us. Today’s difference between distance over the ground against through the water of 14nm represents favourable current.It may not seem much but if it was adverse at the same rate we would have only covered 126nm over the ground.It is however not entirely consistent by any means, and we have had hours when the current has been adverse as the current swirls and eddies, but overall we have no. read more...


24/01/2017

Aurora Polaris - 22. januar 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Denne dagen begynte kl.03.00 (for Bengt sitt vedkommende). Han klødde noe så innimarius! Da han slo på lyset, så han noe som hoppet på madrassen. Så oppdaget han svarte prikker på veggen, og da han så opp i takluka og myggnettet, forstod han hva et var. Da kom han seg ut i cockpiten, og trodde han var i sikkerhet. Men neida! De var overalt! Han begynte å lure på hvor «Radar-en» var. Til slutt våget han å rope på kapteinen. Da hadde det gått en time, og kapteinen og kaptinnen hadde begynt å føle invasjonen de også. Kapteinen fant insektssprayen, skalket alle luker og forgiftet hele båten, mens kaptinnen, inntullet i dynetrekket, satt og jamret seg over at hun nesten ikke fikk puste. Hun forstod til slutt at dette var noe hun måtte finne seg i dersom hun ville sove fredelig de siste timene. read more...


Aurora Polaris - 22. januar 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - 22. januar 2017  -  World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - 22. januar 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - 22. januar 2017  -  World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - 22. januar 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - 22. januar 2017  -  World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - 22. januar 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - 22. januar 2017  -  World ARC 2017-2018
23/01/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: all the regs

So sailing around the world is like meeting all the state reguirements as you drive cross country.We were recommended to use a certain bottom paint but when we studied more we realized that it could have been a problem in Australia and Galapagos. Luckily we choose the right paint to get thru all areas. Bottom paints are often laced with chemicals to preventing organisms from growing on the bottom of the boat. When that happens it is ugly and if enough builds up it slows you down by a large factor. Some of these paints are what is called ablative, which means they slowly wear off, exposing more chemicals that are active.This process puts the chemicals into the water which is the regulatory problem.Some early boats were clad in sheets of cooper to prevent barnacles. So my photo of the day. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: all the regs
Lexington - Captain Bob: all the regs
Lexington - Captain Bob: all the regs
Lexington - Captain Bob: all the regs
Skyelark of London - San Blas Rio Diablo
Skyelark of London - San Blas Rio Diablo
Skyelark of London - San Blas
Skyelark of London - San Blas
Skyelark of London - San Blas
Skyelark of London - San Blas
23/01/2017

Exocet Strike - St Helena

We've been looking forward to getting to St Helena for a number of years since we planned to do this trip. We are not disappointed. The island has a population of approx 4000, with almost no unemployment. Wages aren't high but everyone seems to have a car, and a reasonable standard of living. The climate is great and everyone is so friendly. The mooring field where we are is very calm and pleasant. Reading from the various pilot books we expected it to be roly and uncomfortable, that isn't the case at all. Plus there is an excellent ferry service which runs every hour on the hour from 0700 to 1800 then at 2000 and 2200, for £2 return up until 1890 then £3 return. Makes the Fowey water taxi look expensive!Today we are off on a wreck dive, maybe a dive with Whale Sharks. This afternoon and. read more...


23/01/2017

Caduceus - Cape Town to St Helena Day 4 - Empty seas and not much wind

Position28:04.82 S 009:17.68 EDate2359 (UTC+2) Sunday 22 January 2017Distance run in 24hrs 151nm over the ground, 141nm through the waterPassage total587nm over the ground, 567nm through the waterDistance to go1114nmPlanned distanceCape Town to St Helena 1697nm The forecast said the wind would go light and of course it did.Today we had 15 hours motoring with what little wind there was directly on the stern so there was no chance of any sail assistance.This is a very empty stretch of water.The merchant shipping routes do not go up the middle of the Atlantic.Twice during the day something appeared on our AIS system but the range in both cases was over 100nm and to the east.In the continued absence of a working water maker conservation measures are proving effective.. read more...


23/01/2017

Skyelark of London - San Blas / Kuna Yala

San Blas / Kuna YalaThe sail from Colombia to the San Blas was anticipated to be one of the windiest and most challenging sections of the entire circumnavigation and we were not disappointed! There was nothing we hadn't seen or done before and the wind was not especially strong (30knots or so) but the sea was a short, steep and short period which made life onboard uncomfortable. Speaking to the fleet it was a testing start, with one skipper saying the boat was going very cheap last night and another rethinking sailing round the world! Not very helpfully I suggested it was probably easier to continue than to beat back through those seas to the Caribbean!With this trip in mind, the serene, surreal beauty of the San Blas is made even more magical -the promised Gin clear waters, deserted. read more...


23/01/2017

Lexington - Bob: not yet finished 24 hours

We had very nice day for our start. We had good wind and bright sun. It is taking a little adjustment to the following seas on the downwind sail.There's a significant amount of rolling to the boat as the swell rocks the stern left and right. The picture below is a boat over taking us at the start. The skipper and owner of the boat work for years on the repair mission for the Hubble telescope. He's a very good example of all the interesting people you meet doing things like this.image1. read more...


Lexington - Bob: not yet finished 24 hours
Lexington - Bob: not yet finished 24 hours
22/01/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: not all beaches and parties

Coming out of Santa Marta we notice that one of the battens was sticking out of the sale. Batten is a rod that fits in a pocket in the sail to stiffen the sail.The piece of cloth holding the bat and then had formed a hole.Today Ann and I set out to repair this problem.We got out a sewing kit that we keep on the boat. And sold a piece of leather over the end of the batten to replace the part that was missing. I sewed webbing over the hole in the piece of cloth that held the batten in place.We were real proud of ourselves when we were through. Below are pictures of Ann doing some of her sewing.image1 image2 image3 image4. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: not all beaches and parties
Lexington - Captain Bob: not all beaches and parties
Lexington - Captain Bob: not all beaches and parties
Lexington - Captain Bob: not all beaches and parties
Lexington - Captain Bob: not all beaches and parties
Lexington - Captain Bob: not all beaches and parties
Lexington - Captain Bob: not all beaches and parties
Lexington - Captain Bob: not all beaches and parties
22/01/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: always interesting sailors

We invited a couple over last night. We had a nice but simple meal and an excellent visit. They are on the boat named Atla, a Sundeer 64.Their names are Eva and Peter Askulv.Now wonder if a good ole redneck like me can pronounce their last name. They are from Switzerland.They had a business manufacturing and selling extreme mountaineering gear. They sold their company and all their land based holdings and are off sailing with no immediate plans to return to land.They currently are arranging repairs.They have a crack in their mast. They will probably be delayed but catch up with us later. They are excellent sailors and were diligent enough to note the crack and prevent further damage by taking down the sails to reduce stress on the mast. They continued on by motoring.Any of you sailors. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: always interesting sailors
Lexington - Captain Bob: always interesting sailors
Lexington - Captain Bob: always interesting sailors
Lexington - Captain Bob: always interesting sailors
Lexington - Captain Bob: always interesting sailors
Lexington - Captain Bob: always interesting sailors
22/01/2017

Caduceus - Cape Town to St Helena Day 3 - Water, water everywhere

Position29:42.11 S 011:32.61 EDate2359 (UTC+2) Saturday 21 January 2017Distance run in 24hrs 165nm over the ground, 159nm through the waterPassage total436nm over the ground, 226nm through the waterDistance to go1264nmPlanned distanceCape Town to St Helena 1697nm We continue to make reasonable progress under poled out genoa with the wind, as forecast, lightening which meant that at the end of the 24 hours our hourly rate was falling with further decreases to go. The major issue of the day was the water maker failing again.The high pressure pump appears to be working but the system suddenly lost pressure whilst working and now refuses to pressurise.. I have sent an email to Dessalator asking for further advice but of course it is Saturday s no answer for two days.In the meantime, we are. read more...


21/01/2017

Aurora Polaris - 20. januar 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Vi ble liggende utenfor San Blas til det grydde av dag. Det vil si, vi hadde i alle fall en time igjen til «Finishing line». De båtene vi holdt følge med gjennom natta, krysset sluttlinja før oss. Har nå gitt opp håpet om å komme først til et sted. Like a Breeze med finske Henry er alltid først. Han har en katamaran på 67 fot, og han har mannskap om bord. Atla, vårt svenske bekjentsap, fikk så store skader på masta, at de måtte gå direkte til Panama. Atla var egentlig den som kom først, men de har nok hatt så mye vind og fart, at det har gått utover masta. Atla har et seil på 120 m2. Til sammenligning er vårt hovedseil på 65m2. Vi ankret opp ved et korallrev kl.11.30. Det første vi da gjorde, var å bade. Herlig! Senere tok vi en tur med lettbåten. Det lar seg vanskelig beskrive alt det. read more...


21/01/2017

Exocet Strike - 20-21 January 2017

Hello all,Well we've arrived in St Helena. What a great friendly place. No problem for the harbour master and customs to come out to the boat on a Saturday. Immigration at the police station ashore was a breeze. Such a great laid back attitude. Plus the moorings are great, if you've ever been to Fowey harbour they are just like the big ones there, probably made in the same place. Yesterday's sail was uneventful, the wind hadn't been told of the forecast, so what should of been a reach ended up as a run, but it was all ok, and we got in a couple of hours after sunrise, which us great, always better to arrive in a new mooring area in daylight.Next stop is Salvador Brasil, not sure when we will leave next week, maybe Wednesday or even Thursday. John. read more...


Hanna - Zieldurchfahrt
Hanna - Zieldurchfahrt
Hanna - schon schön...
Hanna - schon schön...
Hanna - schon schön...
Hanna - schon schön...
21/01/2017

Hanna - San Blas Islands

Samstag, 21. Jänner 2017 San Blas Islands, WaisaladupHallo Ihr Lieben,am 20. Januar um 03:02Uhr morgens haben wir die Ziellinie auf dem Weg zu den San Blas Islands überquert. Wir sind dann noch in der Nacht im Dunkeln zu einem Ankerplatz gefahren.Beim ersten Versuch lagen wir dem Nachbarn zu sehr auf der Pelle, beim zweiten Versuch hielt der Anker nicht, aber beim dritten Versuch hat es dann geklappt. Ein paar Minuten nachdem wirden Anker geworfen haben ging die Sonne auf. Also es ist schon unglaublich schön hier. Wir waren dann gleich schwimmen. Das Wasser ist total warm und wahnsinnig klar. Ich bin dann am Nachmittagzur Insel hinüber geschwommen und habe mich an den Strand gesetzt. Schon ein komisches Gefühl. Da auf der Insel (sie ist vielleicht 200 Meter lang) Menschen wohnen, hat man. read more...


21/01/2017

Timshel - Santa Marta to San Blas Day 3 Finish

Distance Run: 101.2 nm.We saw Rainbow and Zeeland during the night (lights and AIS).A lovely day but with the wind less the boat was slower and we realised we were in quite a strong adverse current.We set all possible sail - full main, poled out yankee and staysail.The question was, would we get to the finish line before it closed at 20.00?Should we used the engine?But as we were making 5 knots or more through the decided to continue as we were.As evening approached we came onto a reach, 3 sails set, hoping for increased speed.With 20 miles to go we knew if the wind held we could do it.Not many came up on the evening sched (Lexington was NC), they must be all finished and anchored.Eventually we crossed the line at 19.31 so just inside the cutoff time, and no engine hours.We radioed on. read more...


21/01/2017

Timshel - Santa Marta to San Blas Day 2

Distance Run: 133.3nm. The wild night continued with big seas and winds of 30 knots or more.In the morning we gybed and set the poled out yankee instead of the staysail but this and the main sail were heavily reefed.In the morning we discovered that the ARC number had been ripped away by a wave.Also the ARC flag was all fankled round the spare main halyard.We heard on the morning SSB sched (Steve was net controller) that poor Atla had discovered cracks in the mast and was motoring direct to Shelter Bay Panama. Cesarina had autopilot problems and had a few uncontrolled gybes resulting in some breakages, there were some ripped sails reported and Lexington was also heading direct to Shelter Bay due to a sick crew member.We also heard a DSC distress alert on the SSB but this was a relay by. read more...


21/01/2017

Caduceus - Cape Town to St Helena Day 2 - Plain sailing

Position31:20.91 S 014:08.92 EDate2359 (UTC+2) Friday 20 January 2017Distance run in 24hrs 174nm over the ground, 173nm through the waterPassage total271nm over the ground, 267nm through the waterDistance to go1428nm (yesterday’s DTG was 6nm short)Planned distanceCape Town to St Helena 1697nm Not much to report today.We made good progress along the rhumb line with the wind just aft the beam and holding steady at 17 to 18 knots.The forecast was for the wind to go more south easterly and just before dark that started to happen so with the remaining daylight we rigged the pole to port, trimmed forward, and set the genoa wing on wing with the main to starboard.As we have found in the past this is an amazingly effective rig with the apparent wind anything greater than 120 degrees, Supper was. read more...


Caduceus - Cape Town to St Helena Day 2 - Plain sailing
Caduceus - Cape Town to St Helena Day 2 - Plain sailing
20/01/2017

Exocet Strike - 19-20 January 2017

Some great sailing last night,mast and uneventful, as it should be. We have been aiming to the west of St Helena, expecting the wind to clock more east and drop, which it is now doing . We have shaken the second reef out and have moved the Genoa from poled out to starboard to normal position on port.We are now well west of the meridian, in fact a little while ago we were due south of Plymouth, and we are just passing Fowey, bit of a trek to make SAMs for a burger tonight though.Just as I'm writing this the fishing reel started screaming out. Fish for supper? Stella starts to wind in and we have another Mahi Mahi, great news, a bit smaller but big enough for three people easily.Tomorrow we should arrive in st Helena it's just over 100 miles to go now.I will let you know how we get on.. read more...


20/01/2017

Misto - Days 12-A Lively trip from Santa Marta to the San Blas Isands

We departed Santa Marta at 12h00 on January 18 and had an excellent start with one reef in the main and wind in the mid 20 knots.Shortly after the start the wind picked up and was gusting to 30 knots and so we added a second reef to the main.Reefing while sailing downwind is a technique that we are definitely still perfecting! I suspect that additional practice over the coming months will mean that we will have ample opportunity to work this through and find what works best on Misto. The next 24 hours were lively to say the least as the winds peaked around 30-35 knots with seas 10-12'.Fortunately we came though these challenging conditions unscathed apart from some chafe on a couple of lines.Other boats were not so fortunate: a steering chain failure that was repaired by fabricating a. read more...


20/01/2017

Caduceus - Cape Town to St Helena Day 1 - Away at last and to a good start

Position33:00.93 S 016:52.10 EDate2359 (UTC+2) Thursday 19 January 2017Distance run in 13hrs 97nm over the ground, 94nm through the waterPassage total97nm over the ground, 94nm through the waterDistance to go1595nmPlanned distanceCape Town to St Helena 1697nm We thought that we would never leave.Whilst we were in no hurry to leave Cape Town it would have been good to leave with some of the World ARC fleet, who themselves spread their departures over 5 days.However, a combination of a water maker high pressure pump that required extracting, stripping, cleaning and rebuilding with new seals and the subsequentrepair required to the skipper’s back by a chiropractor as a result of the engine room gymnastics required to achieve the former meant that Caduceus was the last one out. Thursday is. read more...


Caduceus - Cape Town to St Helena Day 1 - Away at last and to a good start
Caduceus - Cape Town to St Helena Day 1 - Away at last and to a good start
Hanna - Manuelles Abpumpen der Waschmaschine
Hanna - Manuelles Abpumpen der Waschmaschine
20/01/2017

Hanna - Es gibt etwas nachzuholen

Auf dem Weg zu den San Blas Islands, 19. Jänner 2017Hallo Ihr Lieben,Ihr habt lange nichts von uns gehört. Woran liegts? Die letzten Tage waren einfach zu ereignisreich und einen Blog Eintrag zu schreiben dauert doch länger als gedacht :-)Da war ja noch das Thema Thunfisch. Auf der letzten Leg (Regatta Etappe) hat das Boot "Exit Strategy“ gleichzeitig zwei!! „Yellow Thunas“ von jeweils 20kg Größe geangelt.Chuck Johnson (Eigner) hat erzählt das sie über eine Stunde benötigt haben um beide Fische an Bord zu ziehen. Diese wurden dann gleich filetiert und eingefroren.(Keine Ahnung was die für eine Tiefkühltruhe an Bord haben müssen…) Gottfried und ich sind dann hin und haben uns ein Kilo Thunfisch abgeholt. Ein paar gefrorene Stücke habenwir dann in Kokosmilch eingelegt und mit Wasabi und. read more...


Hanna - Unser Gewinn :-)
Hanna - Unser Gewinn :-)
Hanna - Manuelles Abpumpen der Waschmaschine
Hanna - Manuelles Abpumpen der Waschmaschine
Hanna - Strand
Hanna - Strand

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