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20/06/2016

Mischief - Thimble Shoal

At moon set and sun riseimage1. read more...


Mischief - Thimble Shoal
Mischief - Thimble Shoal
Juno - Sandy at the helm of Juno
Juno - Sandy at the helm of Juno
Juno - Sun rising at the mouth of the Rapahannock River
Juno - Sun rising at the mouth of the Rapahannock River
20/06/2016

Dawn - Good morning

Had a really great had a really great sail through the night. We ducked one tugboat. Before sunup we had to tuckin two reefs and both the jib and the main. We were way over powered. The wind has kicked up to 16 knots with gusts up to 20. Seas are building.Ben. read more...


20/06/2016

Dawn - Awesome!

After a lovely sunset dinner and some coffee the moon Rose and we headed through Cove Point. We had a little excitement as the night fell it was a little more difficult to read the charts and we had expected. But luckily the old adage green to starboard held true. Tom came up at midnight to take the helm. And so far we're doing about six and a half knots on a course of 180 degrees.Ben. read more...


20/06/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 162: Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to all the Dads out there, especially Elaine's Dad and our son, Keenan. Hope you both had a wonderful day and got to do exactly what you wanted. Sorry we weren't able to call you,but we're hoping to be able to do so tomorrow.This morning we were up early again.This time to set sail for Bora Bora.As things transpired we probably didn't have to set off as early as we did, since we ended up having a very fast sail. With slightly stronger winds than forecasted, inthe perfect direction,we were doing between 6.5 -and 9 Kts. Wewere here in less than 3.5 hours and on a mooring ball right next to Do Over in time for lunch.We hadn't expected to see Do Over again as we thought they had left for Nuie, so it was a lovely surprise to find them still here and to spend the afternoon. read more...


20/06/2016

Aliena - Lunes 20 Junio 2016

Ovalau: ayera las 17,30h llegamos a esta isla. Atracamos en Levuka, en un muelle medio roto, con medio pueblo mirando, detras de un crucero de lujo. Era lo diversion del domingo ya que en estas islas cierran todo los domingos. Es otra isla con los efectos del huracán. Hay una fábrica de conserva de atun que produce un fuerte olor a pescado. El pueblo calle, a lo largo del mar, es gracioso y su reloj se paró hace 50 años. Sus habitantes parecen caribeños. Todos nos sonrien y dicen "bula" (hola). Esta mañana vemos al camión de la basura al que hacemos una seña porque el viento nos ha separado del muelle mole mas de un metro y no podemos salir, de manera que acerca el camion y lanzamos las bolsas. Acto seguido nos llenan el tanque de agua y nos vamos a otra isla mas protegida porque hace. read more...


19/06/2016

Dawn - Cruising along.

Currently, we are the caboose of the fleet.  But........all sail.  So far we covered 40 nautical miles but can still see Annapolis.  Just kidding....sort of......but....can sees till see the bay bridge in he distance.  Tom has a line out to catch some stripers.   It is beautiful out here! We are having a blast.  Burt is on the helm!  Ben. read more...


19/06/2016

Kairos - Day 1 pm

Enjoying the afternoon sail. Just passing Cambridge. Happy Fathers Day!image1. read more...


Kairos - Day 1 pm
Kairos - Day 1 pm
19/06/2016

Kairos - Day One

The Kairos crew looking fresh and rested. image1. read more...


Kairos - Day One
Kairos - Day One
19/06/2016

Kairos - Day One

Day One ARC DelMarVa 2016. Departing Annapolis at 10:00image1 image2. read more...


Kairos - Day One
Kairos - Day One
Kairos - Day One
Kairos - Day One
19/06/2016

Evening Star - Passed Thomas. Point light

On our way south. Sadly no wind. Should improve after Tuesday's storm. Beautiful day! In the middle of the pack. Charlie and others having fun with their new toy-the chart plotter. Sent from my iPhone. read more...


19/06/2016

Second Wind - Doug - Crew Departure

Doug our first Mate for this Atlantic crossing was a great asset to our team. He joined on April 5th in St-Martin from that point on, he volunteered for several tasks. We worked hard during the day and played hard at night; happy hours, live band, good meals, etc... In between all this, Doug needed his naps, he was very original about it, a comfortable chair, a bench any place would do but the funniest one was in the dingy feet hanging in the water. This raised concern to many people walking by. We are grateful for his skills, knowledge and support throughout this trip. Well done Doug and thank you, this was a trip of a lifetime. We also want to extend our thanks to Roberta that visited in Tortola and set up our first aid kit and for her support from Santa Maria to Lagos. So long. read more...


19/06/2016

Dashzani - Lunch in Sunny Coimbra

A well deserved few beers after an epic sail south to Figuera de Foz yesterday. Weather has improved significantly so happy crew all round. Very interesting tour of the library and university here in Coimbra, definitely worth a visit! IMG_0999. read more...


Dashzani - Lunch in Sunny Coimbra
Dashzani - Lunch in Sunny Coimbra
Juno - Getting ready in the morning of the rally
Juno - Getting ready in the morning of the rally
19/06/2016

Second Wind - Karl - Crew Departure

It is time to start saying good buy, Karl left last night to catch his flight and fly to Canada where family , friends and work wait for him. We had a great time and took hundreds of pictures together but there are a million more that will remain in our memories. Stories to tell forever and ever. Karl was the first one to show up on deck when we needed to raise the sail, shake a reef or take one in. So agile he was, he could climbed and reached all that was needed. A great help all along. He was also our social beast meeting with all the rally people and being part of entertainment signing and playing guitar. He compose a song for us it is amazing. We really hope he will record it for our enjoyment years to come. Karl, we missing you already, start working on vacation time for your next. read more...


19/06/2016

Evening Star - Dsc Delmarva

We are in Annapolis at luxury marina with pool! Great dinner from sandi. Beautiful weather! Lovely sunrise. Today we are off to Portsmouth! Can't wait to head out!Sent from AOL Mobile Mail. read more...


19/06/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 161: Strange Events

Today was a day of chores - Laundry, sorting and storing the provisioning,cleaning Paw Paw's bottom, cleaning the heads (aka bathrooms) and making water. The strangest service we've experienced to date occurred when we went to collect our propane tank this morning at the designated time - We found it, unfilled, lying in a corner of the facility where we dropped it off and no one in sight to offer an explanation.Needless to say, we just rescued it and left. The second strange event occurred when Roy cut his finger on a barnacle while cleaning Paw Paw's bottom. Beforehe knew it, there were two sharks coming towards him from out of nowhere. Fortunately they scurried off when he confronted them - Guess we'll just give swimming and snorkeling a miss in these waters!Unfortunately it has also. read more...


19/06/2016

Dawn - Night before

We went out for a nice dinner after the briefing.  We are provisioned, emptied of waste tank, and topped off with diesel.  Water tanks are filled, and ice is on the beer.  Very exciting!!!!Ben. read more...


19/06/2016

Juno - Last night before Rally

Finally finishing our preperations for the ARC Delmarva Rally.Karl. read more...


19/06/2016

Nomad - Nomad Blog #1

Saturday evening, after a day of final prep, the crew of Nomad prepares to hoist the ARC Delmarva flag and bed down for the night. Wishing fair winds and following seas to all our rally sailors!FullSizeRender. read more...


Nomad - Nomad Blog #1
Nomad - Nomad Blog #1
19/06/2016

Mischief - First post from mischief 1

Ready for our trip, weather perfect, crew psyched. Here we go!. read more...


19/06/2016

Aliena - Domingo 19 de Junio 2016

Se sabe muy poco de Fiji antes de la llegada de europeos. Parece que fueron canivales amistosos y amables. El primer europeo superviviente fue el holandes, Abel Tasman en 1643. A partir de ahi se sabe que tambien hubieron misioneros, balleneros, comerciantes...y una colonia importante de europeos que creo una situación tan caotica que en 1874 hizo que una convención de Jefes de Fiji la cedieran a Gran Bretaña, quien manteniendo la situación latifundista que incluye tambien el mar, que hasta hoy subsiste, estableció plantaciones de azucar llevando esclavos indios. En 1970 G.B. decidió dar la independencia a Fiji y que formaran parte de la Commonwealth. Desde su declaración de estado republicano 1987 han habido 3 golpes de estado, el ultimo en 1999, cada vez que era elegido primer ninistro. read more...


18/06/2016

Lerina - De Santa Maria a Lagos .....

Après un peu moins de deux jours au moteur, le vent de NO est progressivement monté en puissance et ce fut tellement une belle navigation vers l'Est et le sud du Portugal. Nous avons été constamment sur la brèche essayant d'optimiser notre route et notre vitesse et a trois, barrant en permanence pour aider l'hydrovane dans une mer qui s'est formée au fur et à mesure du temps pour atteindre des creux impressionnants et une houle qui nous prenait par notre arrière bâbord, ce fut une semaine àssez épuisante. La fin fut marquée par la gestion du passage des couloirs des cargos qui remontent vers l'Europe du Nord ou descendent vers Gibraltar et un vent forcissant très vigoureusement après le cap Saint Vincent jusqu'à atteindre plus de 45 nœuds. Nous avons parcouru les derniers nM sans GV,. read more...


Juno - Getting started on Juno
Juno - Getting started on Juno
18/06/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 160: From One Extreme to the Other

This morning we debated whether or not to stay another day in Tahaa or head for Raiatea.The deciding factor became our preference to have our empty propane tank filled, get to a bank, finish our provisioning for our passage to Somoa and exit the western all-weather pass for our trip to Boro Boro. So, Raiatea it was. After picking up a mooring ball, to avoid the endless struggle of trying to anchor in yet another really deep anchorage with a rocky bottom, we headedto shore. First to explore the Carenage, drop off our tank, drop off garbage and then to inquire as to where all the other services were. That lead us to the Opooiti Marina where Sunsail and Moorings are based. A quick snoop around there yielded very little, so we decided to stretch our legs and walk the 4km into the main town. read more...


18/06/2016

Dawn - Sailed from Rock hall

We left Rock Hall and sailed to Annapolis under mainsail and spinnaker.  It was a beautiful sail!. read more...


17/06/2016

Paw Paw - Log Days 158 & 159: Tahaa, a Very Unusual Island

Yesterday was yet another early start as ourselves and Nina had to meet Vanilla Tours at 0800 for our tour of what we thought was the Vanilla Plantation, but turned out to be so much more.After dinghying to their dock we were met by Noah, our tour guide and son of the owners of the operation, as well as Tika, their very friendly dog. It wasn't until Elaine asked that we realised the property was in fact their home, built using the traditional Tahitian methods, where more than one building is situated on the property and each building is dedicated to a particular function of the home ie the kitchen, lounge and dining room, for instance, are a separate building from the bedrooms, which can be separate buildings again per bedroom and bathroom. The tour started with an explanation of the. read more...


17/06/2016

Aliena - Viernes 17 Junio 2016

Continuamos en la Isla Vanua Balavu. Es preciosa. Hemos subido a la montaña de la Bahia de Puerto Mbavatu. Allí vemos al capataz de una plantación de cocoteros del dueño de la calay estam reconstruyendo el desastre del paso del huracan. Las casas de los trabajadores tambien volaron.Hemos dado la vuelta al lado opuesto del lugar de nuestra llegada y estamos en Islands Bay. Entiendo la fama de Fidji: a diferencia de Polinesia Francesa, en lugar de una montaña con arrecife alrededor, aquí hay un arrecife que contiene muchas islas e islotes, con la particularidad de que el mar desgasta la parte sumergida y cuando baja la marea, mas de un metro, se quedan como suspendidas en el agua como si fueran un florero con arboles. Parecen las islas de Avatar. La navegación es muy dificil. Mañana. read more...


16/06/2016

Ximera - Leg 3, Log Day ?? (Penultimate day) – Flying to Lagos

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Ximera - Leg 3, Log Day ?? (Penultimate day) – Flying to Lagos
Ximera - Leg 3, Log Day ?? (Penultimate day) – Flying to Lagos
16/06/2016

Adagio - Hazardous Duty Pay

Doing the dishes after a meal is a noble cause.Trying to save water, minimize trash and waste and making sure things get clean are all in the forefront of consideration when taking on the daily task.Without getting in to any 'discussion of 'roles' aboard, I do a lot of dishes. I figure it's only fair-share tasking for the great meals I enjoy aboard.Last night was a bit different for me as I started the post-meal cleanup chores.Most of the dishes were cleaned and racked for drying and I reached for the big pot as the last item of the evening.Just about then I hear from the helm "here comes a good one" ....Even when properly braced and secured there are times when it would be best to simply be sitting down.This was one such time, and when Adagio tilted over my downhill foot, even though. read more...


16/06/2016

Second Wind - YB Connect Message from Sylvie Furtado

In honour of our skipper Eduardo M Furtado s/v Second Wind. Eduardo was born on the small island of Terceira, Azores and grew up in a family of seven with love and care. They relocated to Angola and later returned to continental Portugal. While living on that small island a dream was born; the ocean looked so appealing Eduardo started drawing submarine, hoping to one day travel the ocean and live out great adventures. His dream was put aside when as a young man he left his loving family to make a living in Canada. Then,as often happens, obligation prevented the dream from unfolding, but the sailboat photos on the wall and the annual visit to the boat show with his children kept the dream alive. About 17 years ago, he finally purchased his first sailboat and started sailing towards bigger. read more...


16/06/2016

Tinia - Last 200

Last 200 miles to go of our 4000 mile trip home, time seems to be slowing down even though the boat is speeding up, we are flying along surfing down waves at up to 12 knts. The cooking and fishing is suffering as its become almost impossible to stand up with the waves and rolling, we only managed two meals yesterday and they were only two courses (Tuna sushi,followed by a cheese fondo)Roll on Portugal x. jl for the Brixton Boat Club. read more...


16/06/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 55. Vanua Balavu, Lau Islands, Fiji. 17.17.612S 178.59.056W

Tuesday, 14 June.After somewhat abrupt ending to the last blog, sent before it was really finished, we had reducing winds and great sailing in spite of the rain, until Friday evening, when the wind dropped and headed us.We then had some motor sailing until the wind got up again in the early hours of the morning and we had trouble keeping our speed down in order to be at the pass into the area known as Exploring Islands in daylight. When this came, it was grey and rough and there was a moment when we thought we would not be able to see our way in, but the sky lightened and by 09.00 we were making our approach to the pass and by 11.00, we made the anchorage off Lomaloma. We had followed all the way points given in the skipper's briefing, we made it without seeing any reefs or depths of. read more...


15/06/2016

Saving Grace II - Log Day 9: Soggy & Moist

Log Day 9: Soggy & moist!Departure from Bayona was a little soggy to start with, but by mid-afternoon we enjoyed the best sail of the rallyIMG_0635. read more...


Saving Grace II - Log Day 9: Soggy & Moist
Saving Grace II - Log Day 9: Soggy & Moist
Saving Grace II - Log Day 8: Wonderful lunch at O Follon
Saving Grace II - Log Day 8: Wonderful lunch at O Follon
15/06/2016

Saving Grace II - Log Day 8: Over the Hill

Log Day 8: Over the HillHiking the rocky hills above O Follon proved hugely rewarding with possibly the finest lunch of the trip so far! IMG_0644. read more...


Saving Grace II - Log Day 8: Over the Hill
Saving Grace II - Log Day 8: Over the Hill
15/06/2016

Second Wind - YB Connect Message from Sylvie Furtado

Wow only 239 nautical miles to go! Something to put a smile on our faces. You all know the day "be carful what you wish for". WIND, we got a good wind and sail away however we could have done without the squalls last night and this morning, up to 40 knots. We have a third reef on and very little Genoa out, prudent is good. Since 3 AM we have came across 8 cargo ship. They average 235 meters. We watch to keep out of their way. We are all well and look forward to Lagos, Portugal. Have a great day!Sylvie--Transmitted by Sylvie Furtado using YB Connect (www.ybtracking.com). read more...


15/06/2016

Saving Grace II - Log Day 5: Arrival in Bayona

Log Day 5: Arrival in BayonaUpon arrival in Bayona, having got ourselves across Biscay, the next navigational challenge was finding the rally office!IMG_0640. read more...


Saving Grace II - Log Day 5: Arrival in Bayona
Saving Grace II - Log Day 5: Arrival in Bayona