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27/10/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: Reunion

We are about 10 miles from the marina in Reunion. We have had mixed weather. We did motor some but had fair winds for a good portion of the 135 mile trip. It is amazing the efforts taken by islands and or countries to protect there boarders. We were called last night by the coast guard about 50 miles out. A plane just flew over ( about 10 miles from the marina) and circled behind us. The did not contact us on radio. On several occasions far off the Australian coast we were contacted by Australian planes by radioconfirming our identity. When we were in Christmas Island and Cocos Keeling there were large boats with about 25 personnel patrolling up and down the coast. Christmas Island actually had a prison for illegal immigrants for all of Australia. I think the Australian government tries. read more...


26/10/2017

La Pecadora - Log 001 - Back in the Water -

Since La Pecadora departed on June 25th 2017 from Portoroz - Slovenia, she has crossed the Adriatic, the Gulf and Canal of Corinth, criss crossed through the Aegean Sea, the Ionian Sea, the Tyrrhenian and Balearic Sea, covering more then 3000nm.  After a 14 day stop in Port Adriano - Mallorca, where she underwent some final preparations for her Atlantic crossing, La Pecadora is now under way since Oct-21st, and currently in the Alboran Sea, heading for Gran Canaria. With 23 days to go for the startof the ARC Atlantic 2017 Regatta. The excitement and expectation is clearly mounting for the whole Crew. LCDR. C.Schmidt. read more...


La Pecadora - Log 001 - Back in the Water -
La Pecadora - Log 001 - Back in the Water -
25/10/2017

Mad Monkey - Boat Prep Finished and TUNA for Dinner !

After 4702+ miles sailing around the Mediterranean, Mad Monkey is now ready for ARC inspection!Maybe like many yachts, we are used to only having a maximum of 3 weeks holiday per year at any 1 time sailing, and thus maybe not enough time to fully test out / shake out all kit onboard, thus the reason for our 3 month jolly’ (sorry… equipment test voyage) around the Mediterranean prior to our ARC (then WARC) adventure.Apart from the hot water hose exploding between the engine and hot water exchange module flooding the bilges with water, and then the primary fuel filter bleed nut gasket leaking thus pouring 30Ltr’s + again into the bilges nothing really failed!I guess that’s a good result as neither of the above one would normally not change during routine maintenance… (but maybe now!).With. read more...


Mad Monkey - Boat Prep Finished and TUNA for Dinner !
Mad Monkey - Boat Prep Finished and TUNA for Dinner !
25/10/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: Thank you to good service

My wife is stuck with trying to help us keep the boat running even though she is far from a sailor and at home in Kentucky.Her last task was getting us a remote microphone for our VHF radio.We had tried and found that some that were listed as available were not actually there to be shipped. Having failed we turned it over to my wife, Judy. She has been successful where we were not. She also ran into an excellent service provider who acknowledged right off that he did not have the item but provider her with the phone number and email address of a competitor who he knew had the item. This is my way of thanking him and alerting others as to a potential source of goods. His name was Edward. His data is below. EdwardAmerican Communication Systems>> P.O. Box 715>> Brooklyn, NY. read more...


25/10/2017

Shimna - Nearly ready

Well we are nearly ready for the off , shakedown sail today with all the experts on board making sure all is well . The cruising chute is up ,and we do have some wind today . The provisioning is nearly done . Dave keeps telling me where are we going to put all this the stuff !!( wait till he wants more crisps and chocolate and we’ve runout ) he’ll be throwing  me over board for the fishes . We have the car here , from memory it is a long  walk to the shops from the Marina in Las Palmas. We hope to leave on Saturday morning , the weather is looking good at the moment but that can change . It will take about 4 days. It’s (young ) cabin boy Johns birthday today a cake is called for ,he is considerably younger than Dave . If we don’t win any prizes for the race we might get one for. read more...


Shimna - Nearly ready
Shimna - Nearly ready
Shimna - Nearly ready
Shimna - Nearly ready
23/10/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: 10/23/2017 tour

This house in the distance is CHATEAU de LABOURDONNAIS. It was built by one of the early leaders of Mauritius. image1 image2 image3 image4. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: 10/23/2017 tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: 10/23/2017 tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: 10/23/2017 tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: 10/23/2017 tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: 10/23/2017 tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: 10/23/2017 tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: 10/23/2017 tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: 10/23/2017 tour
23/10/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob : tour 10/23/2017

We went on a tour today. They had nice buses and guides. The first place was SSR Botanical Gardens in Pamplemouse, Mauritius image1 image2 image3 image4 image5 image6. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob : tour 10/23/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob : tour 10/23/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob : tour 10/23/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob : tour 10/23/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob : tour 10/23/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob : tour 10/23/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob : tour 10/23/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob : tour 10/23/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob : tour 10/23/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob : tour 10/23/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob : tour 10/23/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob : tour 10/23/2017
22/10/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: Mauritius

It is Sunday and we are chilling out. We had coffee and breakfast if the cockpit with a nice breeze blowing and moderately comfortable temperature. It is a little hot later in the day. I am posting a few photos of the marina area. image1 image2 image3 image4 image5 image6. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: Mauritius
Lexington - Captain Bob: Mauritius
Lexington - Captain Bob: Mauritius
Lexington - Captain Bob: Mauritius
Lexington - Captain Bob: Mauritius
Lexington - Captain Bob: Mauritius
Lexington - Captain Bob: Mauritius
Lexington - Captain Bob: Mauritius
Lexington - Captain Bob: Mauritius
Lexington - Captain Bob: Mauritius
Lexington - Captain Bob: Mauritius
Lexington - Captain Bob: Mauritius
22/10/2017

Brag - PARKED IN LAS PALMAS

Hi! By some series of minor, middling and major miracles plus a modicum of champagne, here we are tucked up, stern to, in what can only be described as a fenderama in Las Palmas. Three thousand miles from West Loch Tarbert, Scotland, UK. There have been imperfect storms, whaley ceilidhs and titanic tantrums along the way; Brag has been on and off the market like a very expensive YoYo as everything including the kitchen sink has broken, failed and/or misbehaved; cracking crews have come and gone; and for now it's just Brian and Agnes,  the Accountant and the Journalist...cooking the books...So far, my best friend in LP is the nice young man from El Corte Ingles who is pledged to turn victualling for six for the three (maybe four?) week passage from a nutritional and logistics. read more...


Brag - PARKED IN LAS PALMAS
Brag - PARKED IN LAS PALMAS
21/10/2017

Blue Top - Samedi 21

Depuis la remise à l'eau, mercredi après-midi, la préparation de BlueTop bat son plein...Catherine a l'avitaillement de base......Moi a regréer le bateau, Grand Voile,Bricolages divers sur le pont, inspection en tête de mât, montage du panneau solaire....Et même, puisque c'est la seule Rhumerie d'Europe...visite a la Rhumerie de Porto da Cruz.....avec forcément dégustation et découverte d'un Rhum agricole bon comma la -bas.....si siBref nous sommes débordés.....mais heureux!Beaucoup de bateaux sur les pontons de Quinta.....la saison des Transat's approche!Lundi départ vers l'Île de Graciosa aux Canaries..... read more...


21/10/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: tour continued

This is all the religious buildings around the sacred lake with many statues of gods. image1 image2 image3 image4 image5 image6 image7. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: tour continued
Lexington - Captain Bob: tour continued
Lexington - Captain Bob: tour continued
Lexington - Captain Bob: tour continued
Lexington - Captain Bob: tour continued
Lexington - Captain Bob: tour continued
Lexington - Captain Bob: tour continued
Lexington - Captain Bob: tour continued
Lexington - Captain Bob: tour continued
Lexington - Captain Bob: tour continued
Lexington - Captain Bob: tour continued
Lexington - Captain Bob: tour continued
Lexington - Captain Bob: tour continued
Lexington - Captain Bob: tour continued
21/10/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob10/21/2017 Mauritius

We hired a taxi to take us around the southern portion of Mauritius yesterday. We were out a full day seeing the sights. Our driver spoke fair English and was very friendly. The first thing I was impressed with was the modern and big buildings that were outside Port Louis. There was a area called Cybercity which was an area that was where a lot of new development was occurring. It was comparable to any major city in the USA. A lot of the IT services of this region are based here. The is a lot of international banking done is Mauritius. I will now show some photos and explanation.image1 image2 image3 image4 image5. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob10/21/2017 Mauritius
Lexington - Captain Bob10/21/2017 Mauritius
Lexington - Captain Bob10/21/2017 Mauritius
Lexington - Captain Bob10/21/2017 Mauritius
Lexington - Captain Bob10/21/2017 Mauritius
Lexington - Captain Bob10/21/2017 Mauritius
Lexington - Captain Bob10/21/2017 Mauritius
Lexington - Captain Bob10/21/2017 Mauritius
Lexington - Captain Bob10/21/2017 Mauritius
Lexington - Captain Bob10/21/2017 Mauritius
20/10/2017

Shimna - SHIMNA prepares for 4 days sail!!!!!

Have organised the provisioning today , visiting various shops in Largos it's great that we have the car . Unfortunately the water pump still not fixed , though it has arrived. We need to test the new water maker and have shake down sail out of the marina . We hope to off to Las Palmas , the middle of next week . At the moment it seems two steps forward one back . We are not suffering though we are staying in Dave's lovely villa, with pool. Uncle Dave is getting frustrated,Well we all are . We now have to store all this food , and remember where it is, a little plan is called for . We've come up with a menu and based our food shopping around that, plus extras. We also need treats , plus the good old (ginger biscuits) for those times when another day at seaseems all too much . A nice. read more...


Shimna - SHIMNA prepares for 4 days sail!!!!!
Shimna - SHIMNA prepares for 4 days sail!!!!!
20/10/2017

Muttley - Getting to Las Palmas

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Blue Top - L hélice polie...
Blue Top - L hélice polie...
19/10/2017

Shimna - Preparing for sea

Will the water pump arrive in time, do we have enough gin, how many sedatives do we need to keep the skipper on side, is 36 toilet rolls enough, why are these bananas going brown, where did all these bolts on the deck come from.Looking forward to getting underway and leaving Lagos8ED4F0EE-82E3-4511-9DFD-D36684464865. read more...