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Lexington - Captain Bob: finishing canal
Lexington - Captain Bob: finishing canal
Lexington - Captain Bob: finishing canal
Lexington - Captain Bob: finishing canal
Lexington - Captain Bob: finishing canal
Lexington - Captain Bob: finishing canal
Lexington - Captain Bob: finishing canal
Lexington - Captain Bob: finishing canal
Lexington - Captain Bob: finishing canal
Lexington - Captain Bob: finishing canal
31/01/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: Forget Me Not

We are on the way this morning at 7:30.Ann and I went with Forget Me Not, another boat in the Arc, to act as line handlers. When boats enter a lock then the water goes either up or down depending on the lock. As this happens the line handlers have to take in or let out line to keep the boat in the center of the lock. When a boat first enters a lock,workers on the canal toss light line with a "monkey fist", a ball of line around a weight, to line handlers on the boat. The light line is tied to the heavy lines on the boat and pulled to a bullard, a large metal piece to tie to.The on land canal line handlers move the lines along the canal as each boat moves from lock to lock and reattach the lines to new bullards. Yesterday we did the first set of locks going up. We all tied to a hugh. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: Forget Me Not
Lexington - Captain Bob: Forget Me Not
Lexington - Captain Bob: Forget Me Not
Lexington - Captain Bob: Forget Me Not
Lexington - Captain Bob: Forget Me Not
Lexington - Captain Bob: Forget Me Not
Lexington - Captain Bob: Forget Me Not
Lexington - Captain Bob: Forget Me Not
Lexington - Captain Bob: Forget Me Not
Lexington - Captain Bob: Forget Me Not
Lexington - Captain Bob: Forget Me Not
Lexington - Captain Bob: Forget Me Not
Lexington - Captain Bob: Forget Me Not
Lexington - Captain Bob: Forget Me Not
Lexington - Captain Bob: Forget Me Not
Lexington - Captain Bob: Forget Me Not
31/01/2017

Caduceus - Cape Town to St Helena Day 12 - St Helena in the not so cold light of dawn

Position15:55.55 S 005:43.57 WDate1000 (UTC+2) Monday 30 January 2017 0800 UTC local St Helena time – British winter timeDistance run in 8hrs 62nm over the ground, 60nm through the waterPassage total1714nm over the ground, 1631nm through the waterDistance to go0nmPlanned distanceCape Town to St Helena 1697nm With fading winds we motored overnight, partially to stop the boat rolling and slamming around.We are assured that we can purchase diesel on St Helena at a cost of £1.27 per litre; the cost will make us feel at home. At 0500 we started to pick up the red lights on the top of the island and as dawn came up just after 7 o’clock, which is 5 o’clock local time, we having been travelling steadily west, the island came up out of the dark.At 0720 a minor disaster struck.After 49,000nm the. read more...


Caduceus - Cape Town to St Helena Day 12 - St Helena in the not so cold light of dawn
Caduceus - Cape Town to St Helena Day 12 - St Helena in the not so cold light of dawn
Caduceus - Cape Town to St Helena Day 12 - St Helena in the not so cold light of dawn
Caduceus - Cape Town to St Helena Day 12 - St Helena in the not so cold light of dawn
Hanna - Ein Tattoo von den Indios...
Hanna - Ein Tattoo von den Indios...
Hanna - Zu Besuch bei den Indios
Hanna - Zu Besuch bei den Indios
Hanna - Schiffe über Schiffe...
Hanna - Schiffe über Schiffe...
Hanna - Felix Henning und Sascha
Hanna - Felix Henning und Sascha
Hanna - Unsere geheime Bucht...
Hanna - Unsere geheime Bucht...
30/01/2017

Hanna - Zu zweit - aber nicht mehr lang

30. Jänner, Shelter Bay Marina, Colon, PanamaMal wieder ein Blog von uns. Wurde aber auch Zeit :-)Wir sind in Puerto Lindo, wie im letzten Blog geschrieben, angekommen. Allzu spannend ist es da nicht.Wenn man in den Dschungel gegangen wäre, hätte man ein paar Faultiere, viele Hunde und Affen gesehen. Ken von der „Polaris" hat das gemacht und wurde dann auch prompt von einem Alpha Männchen gebissen.Ich habe mir das mal erspart, man muss ja nicht alles mitmachen. Am nächsten Tag haben wir Felix vom „ARC Ralley Team“ (Den Organisatoren vor Ort) mitgenommen. Er macht gerade ein 6 monatiges Praktikum und kommt auch aus Deutschland. Er war bisher noch nicht auf einem so großen Segler unterwegs. (Das kleinste Schiff das teilnehmen darf muss mindestens 40 Fuss lang sein, größer ist besser). Wir. read more...


30/01/2017

Exocet Strike - 29-30 January 2017

Great sailing conditions yesterday and overnight, 15 to 17 knots of wind, not too many clouds, but also no fish! We passed the 1/4 and 1/3 distance overnight and this afternoon, just. Today the wind has been light and dead behind, with enough swell to make the main slam alarmingly, we hate it when it's like this. So this afternoon we tried something different, we dropped the main and pulled up the new staysail on the inner forestay, so normal Genoa poled out one side and stasis the other,miss what many would call wing on wing. Instead of having to be 20 to 30 degrees off course to try to minimise the mainsail slamming we are able to sail comfortably, and quietly dead down wind, with not much drop off in boat speed. The next few days are going to be light and slow so this new, to us,. read more...


30/01/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: few more photos

Just thought I would do a few more photos of the tour to the Embera Village. image1 image3 image2 image2 image3 image1. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: few more photos
Lexington - Captain Bob:  few more photos
Lexington - Captain Bob: few more photos
Lexington - Captain Bob:  few more photos
Lexington - Captain Bob: few more photos
Lexington - Captain Bob:  few more photos
Lexington - Captain Bob: few more photos
Lexington - Captain Bob:  few more photos
Lexington - Captain Bob: few more photos
Lexington - Captain Bob:  few more photos
Lexington - Captain Bob: few more photos
Lexington - Captain Bob:  few more photos
30/01/2017

Caduceus - Cape Town to St Helena Day 11 - Almost there

Position16:30.66 S 004:53.94 WDate2359 (UTC+2) Sunday 29 January 2017Distance run in 24hrs 146nm over the ground, 138nm through the waterPassage total1652nm over the ground, 1571nm through the waterDistance to go62nmPlanned distanceCape Town to St Helena 1697nm The title of today’s entry is recycled, but there again we have been at this stage in a passage several times before.It is also rather busy on board with both of us sending out emails about our change of plan, heading for the Mediterranean instead of the Caribbean and the USA.More of this for the blog in a later entry.I will therefore leave it at a position report and add that in lighter winds we are motor sailing for the final lap to avoid wallowing.. read more...


30/01/2017

Tulla Mhor - Santa Marta to San Blas Day 12-14

We had a bouncy, frisky, boisterous, hairy, scary, exhilarating (?!) sail down to San Blas Islands from Santa Marta. After prising ourselves off the pontoon we started with an optimistic single reef in the main sail. This was soon increased to 3 reefs as we stormed away from the Columbian coast towards Panama. The seas were large with 4m waves and confused, hitting us from all directions. Shamal, a much larger and heavier boat then us, was just behind us, was tossed about like flotsam; Tulla Mhor could only have been worse. Anne was sick with food poisoning and had to go to bed, Dugald was also sick with probably the same. As night fell we took away the gib and sailed with a fully reeled main. Our auto helm held up and kept us on a steady course although there was some extreme. read more...


30/01/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: Embarra Peru tour

A bunch of us took a tour to a native Indian camp on the Chagres River that feeds the Gatun lake which is the middle of the Panama Canal.The area is a national park but the native Indians have been allowed to stay. We took tour buses to a point where we got in dug out canoes powered by outboard motors to go up the river to the village. There we had information about the people and their way of life. They try to maintain a traditional way of life while welcoming tourist info your village. It was hard to decide if the lady that let the children play with the games on her cell phone was doing good or not. Below is everyone loading into canoes to head up the river.image1 image2 image3 image4 image5. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: Embarra Peru tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: Embarra Peru tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: Embarra Peru tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: Embarra Peru tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: Embarra Peru tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: Embarra Peru tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: Embarra Peru tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: Embarra Peru tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: Embarra Peru tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: Embarra Peru tour
29/01/2017

Exocet Strike - 28-29 January 2017

Yesterday started slowly and built as the day and night progressed. We averaged nearly 7 knots towards our destination, which with an average of 14 to 16 knots of wind is not too bad.Last night there was no moon showing and tonight there I'll only be a sliver showing, but over the next few nights it will get bigger and be showing for much longer. The Stars were out to start with but as the night wore on a big bank of cloud built behind us, during this morning though it did burn off which was greatly appreciated.Overnight some of the boats in the fleet reported getting some much stronger gusts from squalls. Golden Dragon reported getting 30 knots for approx 2 hours which sped them along nicely, Katarina had up to 25 knots, but the max we saw was about 18.One of the fleet, Resolute II has. read more...


29/01/2017

Caduceus - Cape Town to St Helena Day 10 - Our first green flash

Position17:48.89 S 003:40.45 WDate2359 (UTC+2) Saturday 28 January 2017Distance run in 24hrs 130nm over the ground, 122nm through the waterPassage total1506nm over the ground, 1433nm through the waterDistance to go207nmPlanned distanceCape Town to St Helena 1697nm For those that have never heard of it and for those who think that it is a wind up by old salts, a green flash occurs as the sun sets.I believe that it occurs in tropical waters.Just as the upper limb of the sun disappears below the horizon there can be a momentary emerald green flash, or possibly just a glow.To observe this, you require a completely clear horizon just as the sun sets.The last time that I observed this was also in the South Atlantic but forty two years ago.We have both been watching for this phenomena all of. read more...


28/01/2017

Firefly - Eating well, mid South Atlantic

Today is Saturday 28th of January 2017 and we are about one third of the way to Salvador Brazil with 1250 miles to go. The passage is very enjoyable at present out here despite relatively light winds. The gennaker continuespulling us along very well. As described in the previous blog, it is set up in a special way (like a symmetrical kite) - a bit of a fiddle setting the furler on the spinnakerpole but it does allow us to run very deep, in fact we can make a better course than we can when goose winged. This morning we gybed in order to head further north to stay in the forecast wind. It took a while but we modified the set up to ‘mark 2’ - we can now furl the gennaker while it is out on the spinnaker pole. Yesterday we did 173 miles 0600 to 0600 and covered the most distance of all the. read more...


28/01/2017

Exocet Strike - 27-28 January 2017

Yesterday started slowly with 11 - 13 knots of wind from the ESE, averaging 5-6 knots, but as the day progressed to evening the wind started to increase and overnight we had up to 18 knots and averaging over 7 knots of boat speed. That always help to raise our spirits. It looks like the winds will start to ease today into tomorrow and by Monday it will be pretty light, only 8 to 10 knots. This is a long leg and we only carry enough fuel for maybe 4 days of motoring, so I expect we will sail slowly on. We may try another sail configuration, dropping the main and putting the stay sail up. This may help to stop the rig banging. This happens in lighter winds, the boat gets lifted by a wave and as the wave goes by the boat drops, losing the wind in the mainsail, which then flogs and makes a. read more...


28/01/2017

Caduceus - Cape Town to St Helena Day 9 - East to West

Position19:38.40 S 001:27.46 WDate2359 (UTC+2) Friday 27 January 2017Distance run in 24hrs 154nm over the ground, 150nm through the waterPassage total1376nm over the ground, 1311nm through the waterDistance to go334nmPlanned distanceCape Town to St Helena 1697nm At 0555 (UTC +2) we crossed the Greenwich Meridian, not quite as momentous as crossing the equator, especially as you can do this twice in one rotation of the M25 Motorway around London, but nevertheless a sailing milestone.The last time that we crossed a major meridian was in 2014 in between Tonga and Fiji and on that occasion, we lost a day.At the present time, we could do with losing a couple of hours as the westing that we have made has put sunset and dawn some way out from the natural way of things.We will reset the clocks. read more...


28/01/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: a nice party

The marina hosted a wine tasting tonight. They served chicken liver pate which was very good. They invited everyone in the marina, the regulars and the World Arc people. It was not much of a tasting.More or a cocktail party. They had two reds and a white.It was nice to talk to more people and see how they were doing. One boat is having to drop out because of a significant problem back home in Germany of a personal nature. I do not know what. The boat with the broken mast is still figuring what their options are. All of which are not easy or cheap. They are trying to make an insurance claim. They have to convince the insurance company that it was not wear and tear. Everyone on the boat went to water aerobics today. It was good exercise and the lady leading them was very good. There were. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: a nice party
Lexington - Captain Bob: a nice party
Lexington - Captain Bob: a nice party
Lexington - Captain Bob: a nice party
Lexington - Captain Bob: a nice party
Lexington - Captain Bob: a nice party
27/01/2017

Firefly - In Joshua Slocum's wake

It is Friday 27th January and we have had the gennaker up since 0700 thismorning and are making great progress in the sunshine. The wind is almost dueEast and our destination almost due West - not the ideal track for anasymmetrical sail.  So we have made some modifications to the set up flyingthe tack (front bottom corner) from the end of a spinnaker pole furtheroutboard- this has helped Firefly sail more down wind and on track at good speed- long may it continue....   Peter has just finished reading Sailing Alone Around the World by JoshuaSlocum- the ideal book for this passage so thank you Susie and Toby for such athoughtful Christmas present. There are few comparisons between our adventureand Slocum’s undertaken between 1895 and 1898 - he was single handed sailingfrom. read more...


27/01/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: Hard to keep a good ole boy down on the farm

The marina has a little area where they have a band on Saturday nights and an open mic last night. After dinner they were still playing so Jim Dinger had to get out his guitar that he bought in a pawn shop in Panama City to try a few tunes. The fellow that was playing was very good and welcoming. He tuned Jim's guitar to his and they played together for several songs. There was a small crowd that was very enthusiastic so that probably lifted Jim's confidence. Another fella joined in for a few songs and Sam Moore even got up for one song. A good time was had by all!image1 image2. read more...



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