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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
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 - Enjoy !
Hanna - Enjoy !
19/01/2017

Timshel - Santa Marta to San Blas Day 1 Start

Distance run (12.00 to 24.00): 82 nm, Max spd: 11.7 knots MWF: 40.9 knots.Our speed log is working again.We took it out when moored in the marina, always a delicate operation as you try not to get too much water in the boat while replacing the log impeller with the blanking plug and back again.the problem seemed to be a colony of little things that look like wood lice (slaters in Scotland), I guess the aquatic version, that had taken up residence.We also managed to put some more foam (swimming)noodles up the aft shrouds to protect the mainsail,for aesthetic reasons blue ones were chosen.One might have used foam pipe insulation, but it seems nobody in Santa Marta needs to insulate pipes, we couldn't find it.The whole fleet had a great time in Santa Marta, the marina, the tour guides,. read more...


19/01/2017

Exocet Strike - 18-19 January 2017

Hello anyone who is reading today.What of the Western Hemisphere then. Much the same as the eastern, moderate winds giving us good speed towards our destination of St Helena. The direction was great SE allowing us to aim slightly low of our waypoint in case the wind clocks a bit further south. We still have two reefs in but I suspect we will be down to one or even no reefs by later today. The forecast suggests less wind overnight and tomorrow.Fish, great we caught a Mahimahi or Dolphin fishor Dorado yesterday, a beautiful fish that tastes and is a bit like Plaice or Lemon sole in texture, but if careful no bones, result. The fishing gear was out today, but no luck so far so it's Beef Pie, from Woolworth's (not like the old UK one more like M&S for all those UK readers). There are. read more...


19/01/2017

Skyelark of London - Colombia

Colombia has been a new stop for Skyelark, and one we have very much enjoyed. Santa Marta is a lovely historic town with all the hustle, bustle , colour and charm you would expect from South America.Streets are lined with vendors, selling beautiful produce, little stands that can fix anything from broken shoes to an I-pod screen and of course street food. Steak, chicken and sausages sold hot on sticks, ceviche and seafood cocktails and fresh juices -Pineapple, Limes, Orange, Mango - all for less than a dollar and all amazingly tasty.In amongst these the city thrives, and outside of the historic quarter there is a modern town with everything you can need.As a crew we have spent our nights in the charming city squares (mostly marvelling at the price and quality of fillet steak) and at some. read more...


18/01/2017

Exocet Strike - 17-18 January 2017

The wind started picking up later yesterday and even though it wasn't quite in he exact direction we needed it was close enough to speed us on our way.This lunch time we crossed from the east to the west as we crossed the meridian.Stella put the fishing gear out again, only to catch something pretty big which broke the line. Lost the lure but fortunately no line. Shame obviously a good lure.After fixing the line and putting a new life on, almost immediately after we had another strike. It's the fourth one in three days, but Stella reeled this one in and Brian helped by pulling it out with our net. A nice 6 or 7 lb Mahi Mahi or Dorado or Dolphin fish, call it what you like, but it looks amazingly yellow when it's pulled in. Great tasting as well, so fish for supper tonight.Under 450 miles. read more...


Misto - Day 5 - 25 lb tuna
Misto - Day 5 - 25 lb tuna
17/01/2017

North - St Lucia - Colombia

815 NM ..We had a great Sailing to Colombia except the last 5 hours :-)) 30-35knots with high wavesssss20170110_095136-01. 20170110_182849-01. 20170111_090701-01.. read more...


North - St Lucia - Colombia
North - St Lucia - Colombia
North - St Lucia - Colombia
North - St Lucia - Colombia
North - St Lucia - Colombia
North - St Lucia - Colombia
17/01/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob:tuna

The boat next to us has a wonderful owner and crew. The boat is Exit Strategy which is a huge new catamaran.The caught two 40 pound tuna coming to Santa Marta.They kindly gave us a large package of tuna.Tonight Sam cooked the tuna on the grill to perfection. I had the best tuna I have ever had.image1 image2 image3. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob:tuna
Lexington - Captain Bob:tuna
Lexington - Captain Bob:tuna
Lexington - Captain Bob:tuna
Lexington - Captain Bob:tuna
Lexington - Captain Bob:tuna
17/01/2017

Lexington - Bob: tour

We took another tour today. We went to an area called Taironaka. Is the site where previous Indians that were native to the area lived. We had a very nice tour. We went by boat up a river.We had a guide that showed us around that area. He showed areas were previous homes have been.He showed us structures that were reproductions of what would've been there at that time 3 to 400 years ago. He talked of the Indian traditions and ceremonies.We had buses that took us for about an hour and a half ride to get there.These would've been some of the Indians that were conquered by the Spanish conquistadors.We had a snack of fried plantain with a salsa topping and a creamy topping. At the end of the trip several of us floated down the river in innertube's while the others took the boat back.Below in. read more...


Lexington - Bob: tour
Lexington - Bob: tour
Lexington - Bob: tour
Lexington - Bob: tour
Lexington - Bob: tour
Lexington - Bob: tour
Lexington - Bob: tour
Lexington - Bob: tour
Lexington - Bob: tour
Lexington - Bob: tour
17/01/2017

Lexington - Bob: school visit

The World Cruising group arranged for a tour of a school that they supported in Santa Marta, Columbia.The school was named Fundehumac. It was the school set up for disadvantaged children. A lot of the disadvantage children were orphaned because of the recent civil War. The school was in a very simple building. The program we went to demonstrated a lot of the work that they had done. They had graduates of their program who were working as professionals after having completed college and or graduate school.They also had some singing and dancing done by some of the current students.image2 image1. read more...


Lexington - Bob: school visit
Lexington - Bob: school visit
Lexington - Bob: school visit
Lexington - Bob: school visit
17/01/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: Beach Party

We had a nice beach party and barbecue arranged by world cruising. Most everyone went from the group. We had two busloads of people that went to the remote national Park where where there was a nice beach. They had a caterer who provided a barbecue and serve drinks. Most everybody just chilled out and enjoy themselves. I swam a couple of times. The water was refreshing but not terribly cold and comfortable after you were in for a little while. Most people just chilled out and talked. We are still doing a lot of meet and greet exchanges as we learn and remember stuff about each boat. There are lots of interesting people in the world but you seldom meet a sailor that does not have some sort of interesting background or expertise I will post a few beach photos. image5 image4 image3 image2. read more...