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Paw Paw - Log Day 294: Inside an Industrial Strength Washing Machine
Paw Paw - Log Day 294: Inside an Industrial Strength Washing Machine
Paw Paw - Log Day 294: Inside an Industrial Strength Washing Machine
Paw Paw - Log Day 294: Inside an Industrial Strength Washing Machine
29/10/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 293: Looking forward to "Land Ahoy"

Elaine had the pleasure of enjoying another amazing sunrise, accompanied by the brighest and largest "green flash" she has seen to date. It was a wonderful start to a glorious day, under blue, sunny skies wirh a scattering of fluffy white clouds on the distant horizon and flat seas. Roy prepared delicious omelettes for breakfast in order to use some of the fresh produce we still have aboard, but cannot take into New Zealand.After breakfast Elaine decided to take advantage of the flat seas to get Paw Paw looking a little more presentable for the quarantine,customs and immigration officials who will board Paw Paw on arrival and then indulged herself with a nice hot shower, thanks to all the motoring we've been doing. For now though, with roughly 220NM to go, we're looking forward to" land. read more...


28/10/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 292: The Beauty of Nature

While this passage has been particularly challenging due to the enormous fluxuation in the condtions, compounded by a passage plan based on ill advice, resulting in us having to make a major course correction yesterday morning in order to regain our easterly component, which has basically cost us at least 100NM and precious time, we have been in awe of the beauty of nature which we have had the good fortune of experiencing. Elaine enjoyed the most spectacular sunrise this morning as both the moon and the sun rose in the east within a few hours of each other. While a crescent moon hung over the horizon, daybreak turned the sky to vivid shades of yellow, orange, pink, purple and blue, streaked by mauve and charcoal coloured cumulus,altocumulus and cirrus clouds, before the sun rose like a. read more...


27/10/2016

Caffè Latte - En route vers Portsmouth

Nous sommes à Reedville . read more...


27/10/2016

White Satin - Preparations for the ARC

This entry is primarily for our techie/yachting friends; it describes the various preparations that have gone on over the past few years for this trip.However, the WCC logs are primarily text only and we wanted to include lots of different photos of our bits of equipment so we have decided just to provide you with the link for google docs, in which this article has been composed.https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Z3_IyVeGj1evzZoO2If-2SIQgUJxLneDSeB9vmxYABI/editIt is also hoped that by doing it this way we won’t switch off those readers who are more interested in the ‘human’ side of the trip.Lots of loveVicki . read more...


27/10/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 291: In the Blink of an Eye

We made great progress today, sailing the majority of the time due south, although this has meant close-hauling. Fortunately the seas were relatively flat with only a large rolling south easterly swell which made this, normally unpleasant point of sail, easier.However,around sunset, after a chat on the SSB radio, where one yacht had just made the comment that we were all rather lucky thus far, given the conditions we have experienced, it all changed in the blink of an eye.The wind direction changed from easterly to south easterly and the sea developed a short, steep chop, causing usto slam and bounce around. After reefing further and altering course, we've managed to have a reasonable sail. It has meant, though, that we're not able to head south, but more south, southwest,which is not. read more...


26/10/2016

Orion - Vorbereitung Oktober 26

Vorbereitung Oktober 26   Seit heute morgen sind meine privaten persönlichen Vorbereitungen abgeschlossen. Den Notarvertrag, den ich abgeschlossen habe für den Fall, dass ich nicht greifbar bin oder nicht handlungsfähig bin, liegt allen Kindernvor Noch zwei Sachen sind mir wichtig.  Falls mein Organspendeausweis nicht gefunden wird, oder nicht lesbar ist: alles was man von mir gebrauchen kann, soll verwendet werden. Wenn das dann auch meine letzte medizinische Tat ist. Und das Zweite: Da ich viel für die Medizin getan habe, soll sie für mich alles machen, was sie kann. Wenn Pia sich als Zahnärztin unsicher ist, soll sie Walter fragen, was machbar und möglich ist.Das Testament ist fertig und geht heute zum Rechtsanwalt heraus. So dieser persönliche Teil war mir sehr wichtig. read more...


27/10/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 290: Consequences of Our Strategy

Today has been a mixed bag. Prior to this psssage we had taken the decision to sail Paw Paw more aggressively in order to keep our speed up and get to Opua ahead of the next wave of unpleasant weather.We knew, of course, that this strategy would have some consequences.In particular, we would make sail changes immediately to get the best out of the conditions as they fluxuated and we would motor-sail or motor as needed. This is different to previous passages in that we normally postpone sail changes to coincide with watch changes and we barely use the motors unless we start to bob.While the strategy has been successful for this passage thus far,we have had to make numerous sail changes throughout the day and night and the motors have been switched on and off like light bulbs as conditions. read more...


25/10/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 289: Paw Paw Surrounded in Sparkles

The weather eventually settled down to lovely calm seas under glorious sunshine after Elaine enjoyed a beautiful sunrise while on her watch. The wind, however,did drop enough from time to time throughout the day, necessitating at least one engine in order to keep our speed up . Fortunately last night, with Paw Paw surrounded in sparkles from the bioluminescence in the water under a moonless night, the wind picked up again, so we are enjoying an average speed of 8 kts supplied purely by Mother Nature. Our day was broken up by a number of radio nets to report our position, a call to Keenan and a chat to friends via our SSB radio who are also underway and wrapped up with a delicious pre-cooked beef stew to sustain us through our night watches.. read more...


25/10/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 288: Running the Gauntlet

It was an early start this morning in order to head across the bay to Vuda Marina. Once anchored out we dinghied ashore to see Nina and clear out. While waiting on the officials to arrive, we reconnected with Tallulah Ruby (Andy and Paul), whom we haven't seen since Curacao two years ago. It was wonderful to catch up with them and to learn that they too were sailing to New Zealand with us, along with a host of other yachts who were clearing out as well.It was no surprise though, when transiting Navula Passage, to encounter winds and seas much higher than forecasted, resulting in a very fast sail this afternoon and into the night, but no complaints, as this is the passage where yachts are invariably running the gauntlet to get to New Zealand between the unfavourable weather systems that. read more...


23/10/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 287: An Unexpected Degree of Sadness

This evening, while standing on the beach to watch the sun set and then enjoying sundowners at the Waitui Beach Club in the Sofitel Resort, we experienced an unexpected degree of sadness. It was time to say goodbye to wonderful Fiji and her friendly people with their huge smiles. For us, Fiji was a lovely surprise as we had not planned on visiting here this year and had, therefore,done very little research prior to our arrival. It's hard to believe though, that our yearlong back-to-back sailing seasons are over and we head to New Zealand tomorrow. We did, however,have a relaxing morning, before wandering over to Do Over and Kiwi Beanz to say cheerio. We'll say our goodbyes to Nina tomorrow morning at Vuda Marina where we're clearing out, but fortunately we'll have Blue Summit for company. read more...


22/10/2016

Paw Paw - Log Days 285 & 286: South Pacific Sailing Season Coming to a Close

After breakfast yesterday morning we hopped on the dollar bus bound for Nadi town, where Roy got a haircut and we bought what little provisioning we needed for our passage to New Zealand, given the amount of surplus ships stores we've had to work our way through as many items are not permitted to be brought into New Zealand. Once we were back onboard, we spent the bulk of the afternoon cooking the remainder of our passage dinners before getting ready for our night on the town - An impromptu get-together with Nina, Do Over,Kiwi Beanz and Blue Summit at the Port Denarau Yacht Club, followed by a delicious dinner with Steve and Lynda at the Rhum-Ba Restaurant - New Zealand Lamb for the ladies and Seared Tuna for the men, completed with chocolate truffles for dessert. It was a fitting. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Days 285 & 286: South Pacific Sailing Season Coming to a Close
Paw Paw - Log Days 285 & 286:  South Pacific Sailing Season Coming to a Close
Endeavour of Cork - Endeavour of Cork - safe and sound in Las Palmas
Endeavour of Cork - Endeavour of Cork - safe and sound in Las Palmas
20/10/2016

Delfini - DELFINI

Hello from team DELFINI - after a fairly boisterous trip from UK we arrived safely in Las Palmas and the boat (and possibly the crew) are ready for the next part of the ARC challenge. The insurance company said we should escape the Bay of Biscay before 1stSeptember to avoid the deteriorating weather later in the season and an increased premium so we left Brighton on 6th August but found 30 knots from the SE down to Lyme Bay which moved to NW past Ushant and then built to 45 knots from the NE with breaking 5metre seas over 24 hours about 150 miles north of Finestere - boat and crew knackered and wet but all goodWe are hoping for something a. read more...


Delfini - DELFINI
Delfini - DELFINI
20/10/2016

Paw Paw - Log Days 283 & 284: Mini-Golf Anyone?

Yesterday, after our last morning coffee at Trader's Café,we said our goodbyes to beautiful Malolo Lailai Island as we set sail for Port Denarau Marina.After taking on diesel and filling our jerry cans on arrival, we were delighted to learn that the Port Denarau Yacht Club had managed to secure our request for one of their mooring balls, where we plan to stay until our departure to New Zealand and outward clearance from Vuda Marina. Yesterday evening, after collecting our repaired sail, we enjoyed sundowners and a delicious seafood dinner at Lulu's Bar and Restaurant before heading back to Paw Paw for an early night.Although we've seen Do Over and Kiwi Beanz in their slips and lsaw Blue Summit arriving this afternoon, we haven't managed to catch up with them as yet.This morning we walked. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Days 283 & 284: Mini-Golf Anyone?
Paw Paw - Log Days 283 & 284: Mini-Golf Anyone?
Paw Paw - Log Days 283 & 284: Mini-Golf Anyone?
Paw Paw - Log Days 283 & 284: Mini-Golf Anyone?
Paw Paw - Log Days 283 & 284: Mini-Golf Anyone?
Paw Paw - Log Days 283 & 284: Mini-Golf Anyone?
20/10/2016

Endeavour of Cork - Endeavour of Cork

Well, Endeavour arrived in Las Palmas today, in good shape for the adventures to come.A sterling effort by all those who sailed her from Cork, via Caiscais and Madeira over the last month. Thanks Anais, Denise and Conor (and others!).The rest of us are still here at home in Ireland, packing bags, getting ready and getting more excited by the day (well I am anyway). Bring on November!!!All going well, we'll leave Las Palmas on 6th November for Cape Verde, 800-odd miles to the south, and then depart there on 16th November for sunny St. Lucia, 2100 miles across the Atlantic - woohoo!!!Standby for further updates!! Endeavour. read more...


Endeavour of Cork - Endeavour of Cork
Endeavour of Cork - Endeavour of Cork
18/10/2016

Dolphin Star - IBIZA FIRST STOP (13.10.2016)

Here is the crew enjoying the first stop in San Antonio (Ibiza Island):Finnish Captain : KariFrench Chef : NicolasFinnish Handyman : AntiiFrench Touch : EricLook at us closely and you should find an error.Dolphin Star095 100. read more...


Dolphin Star - IBIZA FIRST STOP (13.10.2016)
Dolphin Star - IBIZA FIRST STOP (13.10.2016)
Dolphin Star - IBIZA FIRST STOP (13.10.2016)
Dolphin Star - IBIZA FIRST STOP (13.10.2016)
18/10/2016

Paw Paw - Log Days 281 & 282: Another Beach Barbecue

Yesterday we woke to an overcast and somewhat rainy day, but the second round of stronger winds never really materialised, so Elaine took advantage of a quiet day and did the laundry in the afternoon, after spending the morning sifting through all the information provided by the All Points Rally, which we have joined for our passage to New Zealand. As a result, we added a few additional waypoints to our route and finalised our Radio Schedule for weather and position reporting.Roy also took the time to replace our water tank, as well as improve the way in which the tanks are secured, in an effort to alleviate a reoccurrence of the problem. We also enjoyed afternoon tea on Nina before returning to Paw Paw for dinner and a movie, given that the winds and rain eventually set in for the. read more...


16/10/2016

Ludanka -

Air Support up and flying, hoping to post some great shots from this-Medic JohnLudanka Air Support 1 Ludanka Air Support 2. read more...


Ludanka -
Ludanka -
Ludanka -
Ludanka -
16/10/2016

Paw Paw - Log Days 279 & 280: World ARC Activities Club

With some of the World ARC Drop Outs still together at Musket Cove,we wasted no time in gettingtogether for lunch yesterday to finalise the Activities Club itinerary after the reconnaissance of the sandbar, where we enjoyed a fabulous morning of snorkeling, which was definitely worth a second visit. Yesterday evening we enjoyed another game of Mexican Train Dominoes with Nina. This time at the Island Bar accompanied by a light dinner.Then, this morning, perfectly timed to coincide with low tide, the dinghy convoy from Paw Paw,Nina and Kiwi Beanz set off for the sandbar for a morning ofsnorkeling, followed by beachcombing on the sandbar itself and where the boysfrom Kiwi Beanz thoroughly enjoyed themselves by building a "starfish farm" for all the baby starfish they found. This second. read more...


14/10/2016

Orion - Beginn Oktober 14

Beginn Oktober 14.   So jetzt bin ich wieder auf Orion. Die Arbeiten in der Werft sehen sehr gut aus. Das Schiff lag da, wo es vorher auch lag. In Köln war es um die 0 Grad. Hier sitze ich ohne Hemd bei 30 Grad auf dem Schiff.Die Vorbereitungen schreiten immer weiter fort. In der Toilette hängt ein Netz, damit das Toilettenpapier nicht durch die Gegend fliegt. Am Kartentisch habe ich eine Einteilung gebaut. Und bei den Töpfen ist eine Stange,damit diese beim Segeln nicht herausfallen. Der Schalter für die Ankerwinsch ist auch wieder korrekt mit größeren Schrauben fixiert. Die Rohre für die Heizung sind jetzt passend und montiert. Nun ja Heizung brauchen wir wohl weniger aber es sollte schon in Ordnungsein. Der Motor besitzt ein neues Getriebe, da sich dort eine Schwimmleine. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Days 279 & 280: World ARC Activities Club
Paw Paw - Log Days 279 & 280: World ARC Activities Club
Paw Paw - Log Days 279 & 280: World ARC Activities Club
Paw Paw - Log Days 279 & 280: World ARC Activities Club
14/10/2016

Paw Paw - Log Days 277 & 278: Activities Galore

Just when we thought we might be a little short of company after waving goodbye to Do Over and Blue Summit as they made their way to Denarau,Kiwi Beanz and Nina arrived in Musket Cove yesterday and we wasted no time with get-togethers. The first, with Nina yesterday evening for sundowners, followed by a Pig Roast buffet dinner at Dick's Restaurant, accompanied by Fijian dancing and singing on the beach, which definitely had a very African influence. The second, this evening with Nina and Kiwi Beanz for sundowners and a beach barbecue Musket Cove Island style - "Bring you own food and we'll supply the barbecue,cutlery, crockery and drinks from the bar".So, no clean up, just great fun!In-between all this merriment and, although we could hardly move after our bicycle ride around Malolo. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Days 277 & 278: Activities Galore
Paw Paw - Log Days 277 & 278: Activities Galore
Paw Paw - Log Days 277 & 278: Activities Galore
Paw Paw - Log Days 277 & 278: Activities Galore
Paw Paw - Log Days 277 & 278: Activities Galore
Paw Paw - Log Days 277 & 278: Activities Galore
Paw Paw - Log Days 277 & 278: Activities Galore
Paw Paw - Log Days 277 & 278: Activities Galore
12/10/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 276: Storm Three and Falling Space Debris

Well, the solitary streamlined synoptic chart from NOAA, showing three storms, was indeed accurate. By 0300 this morning it passed over us with winds of 25 to 30 Kts, accompanied by rain and lasted until daybreak, by which time we were both more than ready to go back to sleep. When we awoke it was still raining and the marine forecast out of New Zealand on the SSB/HF Radio provided the "cherry on the cake" with regard to the weather in the South Pacific this sailing season. Not only did they rattle off information on all the cold fronts and various oceanic warnings, but they also indicated that mariners were advised to watch out for falling space debris that was expected to land in the South Pacific. The two of us just looked at each other, thinking what next, and then burst out. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 276: Storm Three and Falling Space Debris
Paw Paw - Log Day 276: Storm Three and Falling Space Debris
Paw Paw - Log Day 276: Storm Three and Falling Space Debris
Paw Paw - Log Day 276: Storm Three and Falling Space Debris
Paw Paw - Log Day 276: Storm Three and Falling Space Debris
Paw Paw - Log Day 276: Storm Three and Falling Space Debris
Paw Paw - Log Day 276: Storm Three and Falling Space Debris
Paw Paw - Log Day 276: Storm Three and Falling Space Debris
11/10/2016

Lumache - en attente du grand départ

LUMACHE est à Lanzarote, et attend le début du départ de la Transatlantique.A partir du 13 Novembre, nous essayerons de vous donner de brèves nouvelles tous les 2 ou 3 jours par ce blog. RIMG0290 (768 x 432). read more...


Lumache - en attente du grand départ
Lumache - en attente du grand départ
11/10/2016

Lumache - BLOG DE LUMACHE

Bonjour à tous !Après 3 semaines de convoyage cet été,de Cogolin aux Canaries14031185_10207011984080983_1885760611_n. read more...


Lumache - BLOG DE LUMACHE
Lumache - BLOG DE LUMACHE
11/10/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 275: Take Two on the Storms

We had a flurry of activity first thing this morning with defrosting the freezer and cleaning out the fridge, before going for a long walk on the beach towards the south end of Malolo Lailai Island, passing the length of Musket Cove Island Resort and the Plantation Resort. On our return we had planned to stop for a morning coffee, but with the skies darkening again, we decided it was best to return to Paw Paw.A short while later, it was Take Two on the storms. Fortunately the winds were "lighter" than yesterday. Sustained 28 to 30 Kts, gusting to just under 33 Kts. This second storm, however, had more rain associated with it. It was incredulous though  that all of the major forecasting models were depicting winds under 10 Kts, with the exception of Fiji Meteorological Office and a. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 275: Take Two on the Storms
Paw Paw - Log Day 275: Take Two on the Storms