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18/06/2018

Blue Pearl - Paradise

This is the first time I am writing my little rally blurb sitting ashore, poolside at the Paradise Resort on the Island of Taveuni. If you want to experience peace in the South Pacific and excellent service, book a room here. It is simple but very special.We arrived here early Friday morning after a wonderful overnight sail from the Bay of Islands in Vanua Baluva ,where we had checked into the country of Fiji, which I reported on in my last blog.When I wrote that blog I didn't know yet about the bat colony in the Bay of Islands. This is a sight to be seen. Late in the afternoon we dinghied to bat country. Now, these are not the little black creatures that might fly around your attic. These are big bruisers about the size of a bird and there are hundreds if not thousand of them. They fly. read more...


17/06/2018

Mischief - Up to Mischief Log 50 Further adventures of S/Y Mischief through the eyes and ears of Chas Baynes

Friday, 15th June 2018 - start of Yasawa Island Group cruiseI was up really early this morning. Not only because Dave and Wendy needed to be in a taxi for the airport at 6.30 am but that curry last night was having its usual 'morning after' effect!So, having said cheerio and good luck, I was immediately promoted to acting Skipper……the responsibility! So now we have just the four of us on board me, Trevor, Gary and Marian. But first things first: provisioning for ten days. We all jumped in a taxi to the Nadi Town central market and the taxi driver said he would then take us on to the supermarket and then the butchers. Nadi town is about ten minutes away. When asked how much it would cost he shrugged and said "We'll see", which is always a worry. We went to the most amazing fresh produce. read more...


Morning Dew - lost cat
Morning Dew - lost cat
15/06/2018

Zaurak - Zaurak leg 2 Novice News

Novice NewsZaurak, 12th June 2018Leg 2: Bayona to Povoa de VarzimAll change! After some strong bonding over the Bay of Biscay, most of the original crew had to disband and return to keep the UK economy ticking over (or look after their pets). The ratio of Walshes to Bentleys changed dramatically in favour of the latter and skipper Richard was lumped with a crew whose enthusiasm and witty comments largely outweighing their sailing skills. Despite the drop in experience, Richard managed to get his nose over the start line well before anyone else in the fleet as we left the Bay of Bayona. We were off to a soaring start and spent the rest of the time drinking tea and enjoying the gradually increasing sunshine.At some point, Richard noticed that a rope was caught around a slightly faulty. read more...


15/06/2018

IceBear - Bay of Islands Lau Group June 12-16

Every place we go seems more beautiful than the previous place. Lomolomo is in the Lau Group and we gave Kava as a gift to the Chief and then proceeded to go around the island to a pretty cove that had a beautiful large cabin cruiser tied up to a small pier and then we saw an ATV parked on the rocks. There were 271 stairs that led to a magnificent plantation cut from the hills and mountains overlooking the Pacific! It reminded Kurt of a beautiful 18 hole golf course with palm trees dotting the middle of fairways,except with cows and horses and sheep grazing in the middle of the course! They were all busy cutting the grass. There were concrete cart trails all along this course.Every few acres, new fencing had been put up and we were greeted by a native woman who worked there. She showed. read more...


15/06/2018

Mischief - Up to Mischief Log 49 Further adventures of S/Y Mischief through the eyes and ears of Chas Baynes

Wednesday, 13th June 2018 - En route to Viti Levu island, FijiA really comfortable night at anchor other than having a heavy rain squall requiring all the hatches to be shut pronto! But up at first light to prepare the boat for an early departure for one of the main islands in Fiji, Viti Levu and Port Denarau marina. The anchor came up at 7am covered in mud (good holding but had to scrub the decks) and headed for a nearby exit from the lagoon purported to be 100 meters wide. It was difficult to see the opening at all through the breaking surf even though it was fairly calm waters as the gap was at an angle to our course. I was on the bow calling the course as the chart plotter had us actually on the reef on solid ground - they can't be trusted as I've said before and need a healthy bit. read more...


Miss Julia - Tag 12 - Unterwegs nach Porto
Miss Julia - Tag 12 - Unterwegs nach Porto
14/06/2018

Miss Julia - Tag 12 - Unterwegs nach Porto

So langsam kneift selbst die luftige Segelhose, da wir es uns hier ausgesprochen gut gehen lassen... vor allem auch an den segelfreien Tagen. Nachdem wir am Mittwoch nachmittag an einer Tour durchs schöne Guimarães - der Wiege Portugals - teilgenommen hatten (juchhu, im Landesinneren mal ganz ohne Wind), stand zunächst die Gegeneinladung der netten Schottencrew im engen Cockpit von Miss Julia an, mit Portwein, regionalem Kuchen und Käse. Lecker, auch wenn uns der Wind wieder ordentlich um die Ohren pfiff. Alle guten Vorsätze, nun endlich mal etwas kürzer zu treten, scheiterten gleich darauf an der Dinnereinladung von Crewmitglied Moni im Vorgriff auf ihren Geburtstag - und dem Enthusiasmus des Restaurantkellners für die portugiesische Küche. Deutsch, englisch, spanisch, französisch:. read more...


Miss Julia - Tag 10 - perfektes Segeln!
Miss Julia - Tag 10 - perfektes Segeln!
14/06/2018

Miss Julia - Tag 10 - perfektes Segeln!

What a beautiful day: Leg 2 der ARC Portugal von Bayona nach Povoa de Varzim war fantastisch; einer der besten Segeltage ever! Unter grauem Himmel und wieder eingepackt ins Ölzeug gings morgens um 9 Uhr schon an die Startlinie. Welch ein Gewusel! Für ungeübte Regattastarter wie mich schon etwas nervenaufreibend am Steuer… Auf Amwindkurs lief Miss Julia zwar mit reichlich Schlagseite, aber überaus flott hinaus- und hat wieder zwei grössere Boote gecatcht :-) Bei Sonnenschein trugen uns dann verlässliche Winde bis zu 25 Knoten hinaus und hinaus - und noch weiter hinaus nach Westen. Alle übrigen Boote fuhren küstennah Schmetterling, Spinnacker oder ein doppeltes Tuch, das wir bisher noch nie gesehen hatten. So tief können wir nur mit Genua und Gross nicht fahren. Aber: Es machte höllischen. read more...


Miss Julia - Tag 8: Yippieh - Miss Julia auf Platz 3
Miss Julia - Tag  8: Yippieh - Miss Julia auf Platz 3
14/06/2018

Miss Julia - Tag 8: Yippieh - Miss Julia auf Platz 3

Genuss über Genuss: Am frühen Abend freuen wir uns über einen wunderbar weichen Whiskey, zu dem uns die schottische Crew von „A Capella“ auf ihr Boot eingeladen hat. Mit ihnen hatten wir uns am 1. Tag in Bayona beim Sangria und anschliessendem Dinner in der Altstadt angefreundet - Dank dafür an Alison, Lizzie, Fergus und Stewart!Vor dem „Prizegiving-Dinner“ im Yachtclub (smart casual:-) dann bei Tapas und Aperitif die grosse Überraschung für uns: Miss Julia hat in Gruppe B unter 10 Booten den 3. Platz erzielt!Wir haben uns unheimlich gefreut - und wahrscheinlich waren nicht nur wir erstaunt, wie gut unsere alte Lady gelaufen ist. Muss am guten Start und am versierten Skipper gelegen haben ... und natürlich an der motivierten Crew:-))Elmo bekam ein Fischerboot-Modell, das jetzt den Salon. read more...


13/06/2018

Jubilate Mare - Wonderful Wednesday

We are speeding along towards the end of our epic voyage. If theses winds continue we will arrive in a blaze of glory under full sail with the flags flying. Such a contrast to our westward crossing where we were rejoicing if we saw 4 knots!All is not well aboard though, Kieron called for a minute’s silence yesterday as the last of the gin was emptied into the glasses! Tonight’s tipple will have to be the Gosling rum that we’ve been saving for a special occasion. The eve of our arrival in Lagos would seem to fit the bill admirably.. read more...


14/06/2018

Mazu - Day 6 of Leg 3 - In the Shipping Lanes!

The northerlies filled in sooner than expected and gradually built in strength so we have had some great sailing over the past couple of days and have made good speed.I am appreciating more and more the value of the staysail.It is such a tiny sail in comparison with the genoa but since the apparent wind was forward of the beam, even in lighter winds we have been flying it in conjunction with the genoa and have found it has added to our speed.The big advantage of it is that as the wind builds, it keeps the forces low and central to the boat whereas a reefed genoa sets much higher and loses its shape with reefing.Gradually we have reduced sail and overnight, with winds of 20-25 knots and gusts over 30, we were flying the double-reefed mainsail with just the staysail and still averaging 6-7. read more...


Miss Julia - Tag 11 - Fitness mit Morning Dew in Povoa de Varzim
Miss Julia - Tag 11 - Fitness mit Morning Dew in Povoa de Varzim
14/06/2018

Blue Pearl - Lau Group

We cleared into Fiji in the village of Lomaloma on the Lau Group Island of Vanua Baluva on Monday June 11th. The Lau Group of Islands ,for those of you trying to find them on the map,are also called the Exploring Isles. We had to wait all day for the various officials to show up at the boat to do their thing which usually consists of filling out lots of forms and taking a cursory look around the boat for things like fresh fruit and vegetables and other things that come from non-Fiji territory and might carry some deadly bacteria exposing the locals to all sorts of maladies. But they tend to be very nice people. So, we are now legally in Fiji and cleared to explore the territory. There are some complications with that for example some of the outlying islands have a local "King" who, when. read more...


Morning Dew - Baiona to Povoa de Varzim
Morning Dew - Baiona to Povoa de Varzim
Morning Dew - Baiona to Povoa de Varzim
Morning Dew - Baiona to Povoa de Varzim
Morning Dew - Baiona to Povoa de Varzim
Morning Dew - Baiona to Povoa de Varzim
Morning Dew - Baiona to Povoa de Varzim
Morning Dew - Baiona to Povoa de Varzim
Morning Dew - Baiona to Povoa de Varzim
Morning Dew - Baiona to Povoa de Varzim
Morning Dew - Baiona to Povoa de Varzim
Morning Dew - Baiona to Povoa de Varzim
13/06/2018

Firefly - Almost in Spain

We are on our last day of sailing for while,with around 60 nautical milesfrom the Ria Muros and Portosin- Firefly’s temporary home for a week orso.   As we approach the land the wind has come in as forecast from the Northmaking it a good reach in with speeds of 7 to 10 knots- its a good job  wewent North over the passage, otherwise it might have been a slog towindward.   This will most likely be our last log (for a while?) so hope you haveenjoyed our random thoughts and thank you to all those ashore particularlySusie, Jane,  Gráinne and Julie for their emails, love and supportand  juggling all the balls we left behind in the air .   Paul and Peter sailed off from Prickly Bay,Grenada in late May and havesailed over 4000 miles with lots of great experiences. read more...


13/06/2018

Morning Dew - Povoa de Varzim

A very pleasant sail from Baiona to Povoa  de Varzim during which my new trousers performed admirable was followed by some interesting pontoon shouting . read more...


Miss Julia - Wg: Tag 8 - Zwischen den Zonen
Miss Julia - Wg: Tag 8 - Zwischen den Zonen
Miss Julia - Wg: Tag 8 - Zwischen den Zonen
Miss Julia - Wg: Tag 8 - Zwischen den Zonen
Miss Julia - Wg: Tag 8 - Zwischen den Zonen
Miss Julia - Wg: Tag 8 - Zwischen den Zonen
12/06/2018

Jubilate Mare - The Gap’s Closing

We had superb winds overnight and achieved speeds of up to 8.4 on occasions. Today, however, is a different story and we are back to motoring. I woke to a very grey day. Grey sky, grey sea and an unpleasant chill to the air. This has been the most unpromising day of our crossing so far but it is nothing to complain about. We really have been so very lucky on this passage and fingers crossed that for the last few days our luck will hold.Crew morale is high with Kieron, once again, baking daily bread. I don’t think it canbe beaten, straight out of the oven, spread with butter melting into the warm slices. The rest of the crew prefer to have peanut butter or jam added but I think that spoils it. We have had two near misses with catching fish number two but at least we have won the bottle of. read more...


12/06/2018

Mazu - Day 4 of Leg 3 - Past the Half-way Mark

We have had mixed conditions over the last couple of days.The emphasis has been on maintaining a boat speed of at least 5 knots and keeping a little north of the rhumb line in anticipation of a current sweeping us south as we approach Portugal and northerly winds to fill in.Yesterday we had some periods of great sailing, including about 4 hours of flying the spinnaker, resulting in boat speeds often over 8 knots, and also some periods where there just wasn’t enough apparent wind speed to get us over that 5 knot mark so we resorted to seeking assistance from the engine.We should add that after raising the spinnaker, we received a VHF call from La Capitana nearby who thought we may have been having issues with it.It was true that it didn’t go up like clockwork because we hadn’t flown it. read more...


12/06/2018

Mischief - Up to Mischief Log 48 Further adventures of S/Y Mischief through the eyes and ears of Chas Baynes

Monday, 11th June 2018 -Bay of Islands, Vavua Balava, FijiWhat a glorious place this is! These anchorages just get better and better, despite the fact that the cockpit is a graveyard for mozzies and moths this morning after Dave's efforts last night with the spray can. We all went off in different directions this morning with snorkels. I had the most marvelous swim for an hour and a half in brilliant sunlight in perfectly clear water, back in time to see the Arc fleet start to trickle in from Lomaloma, so now our secluded anchorage is less so but good to see them regardless. It seems that Someday and Amara had climbed up the hill overlooking our bay and have taken some cracking photos of us at anchor. Also, the news is that two of the catamarans on leaving the last anchorage ran aground. read more...


11/06/2018

Blonde Moment - fish on!

Rain overnight Saturday to Sunday and grey, damp and cold at dawn.However, the day improved with good sailing under code zero, blue skies and then the spinnaker.Having finished dinner by 1900 hours we were just discussing dropping the spinnaker for overnight when both fishing lines "caught".Mayhem followed........The wind picked up; the skipper wanted the spinnaker down "now" and two fish needed pulling in.The spinnaker won followed by two beautiful big eye tuna, which were landed, despatched, filleted and in the fridge before the code zero was put up and the back deck hosed down - all within the hour!More rain overnight last night and another damp, grey dawn but we have enjoyed fresh tuna salad for lunch and Jamie Oliver's working girls pasta (more tuna) this evening.All well on board. read more...


11/06/2018

Khaleesi - Blog Day 23 - The Plight of the Night Watch

It is a funny thing, darkness.We have a policy on board Khaleesi that we hand steer most of the time, for two reasons: the first is the power required by the autohelm can be high especially if conditions are not good, and secondly we need to be practised in hand steering should anything go wrong with the autohelm.Steering during the day tends to be relatively easy, but a funny thing happens at night when the helm suddenly loses all visual references such as the sky or clouds or even the position of the bow relative to another boat.The only reference left is the compass in which you need to place all your trust, else you will be lost.The main culprit is the mind or the brain.Everyone has a built in compass but humans have lost the art of using it over the years.So at night, when the stars. read more...


11/06/2018

Jubilate Mare - Magic Monday

Tuna was enjoyed for lunch (sashimi with soy and wasabi) and dinner (seared) yesterday but the hoped for second fish is stilleluding us. However, after a number of hours under engine we are now happily sailing again. Kieron produced a fantastic breakfast of pink grapefruit juice, toast, mushrooms, bacon and pancakes. So that has got the day off to a cracking start. Happy Hour continues to be a daily focus which takes a lot of planning and is always greatly welcomed by the crew. We are a happy bunch laughing and singing along to the CD of choice for the evening’s pre-dinner entertainment. I will be sorry when this epic adventure comes to an end and our ‘boat family’ disperses across the globe. However, on the plus side, my friend Jeannie is flying out to be dockside to welcome us in and. read more...


11/06/2018

Khaleesi - Blog Day 25 - A tale of two extremes

Well we made into Horta, but not before Neptune teased us again by veering the wind onto our bow, and by lowering the wind speed.We ended up motor sailing the final 100 miles although the wind changed about one hour out and we had a barnstorming sail into the channel between Pico and Faial.I had emailed the ARC team to ask if we could have a berth that gave easy access for our rudder repair, but this was not to be and we ended up three out on a raft against the harbour wall. We started work immediately clearing the lazerette locker, and I went to clear in with the marina authorities. It was all straight forward albeit a little bureaucratic and slow.nevertheless the staff were all very pleasant and I was soon walking up to the Mid Atlantic Yacht Services (MAYS) office to book us in for. read more...


10/06/2018

Mischief - Up to Mischief Log 47 Further adventures of S/Y Mischief through the eyes and ears of Chas Baynes

Saturday, 9th June 2018 - Arrival Lomaloma, Vavua Balavu Lau Group, FijiThe seas remained uncomfortable throughout the night moderating early morning, despite the wind dropping slightly. It had also moved around to the NE requiring a gybe on change of watch, but it put us onto a decent angle for Vavua Balavu at least. Also, Shepherd Moon had caught right up with us as were under reduced sail and passed us so close that should I have had a long enough run up I could have jumped and landed on her deck.Nothing quite like cruising in close company at night!At first light Land Ahoy! I was below so not sure who won the Blue Peter Badge, but we need to make a new one anyway as the old one has been stolen no doubt for auction somewhere. We arrived at the entrance to the lagoon surrounded by. read more...


10/06/2018

Mazu - Day 2 of Leg 3 - Fish On!

So, after close to 3000 miles and Mike diligently running the fishing lines out almost every morning, trying different lures, bringing the lines back in before dusk, we have caught our second fish!The only problem was that he was sleeping at the time so Benjy is the one who landed the very handsome big-eyed tuna on deck, getting all the glory with photos to prove it, much to Mike’s chagrin..... you can, I’m sure, imagine the banter.Mike did an excellent job of filleting it without getting any fishy bits into our cabin.So, dinner tonight started with tuna sashimi with wasabi and sesame followed by seared tuna with quinoa, beets and wasabi .... excellent!The beam reaching wind out of Santa Maria lasted until about midnight last night when we finally had to turn on the engine.We are gently. read more...


10/06/2018

Blonde Moment - Azores to Lagos Blonde Moment

Well our Azores cruise definitely saved the best till last!Horta was a safe haven where we caught up on sleep and made repairs.The tour of the volcano crater was disappointing because all we saw was cloud.Terceira had potential with a beautiful garden in the Unesco World Heritage city (David Austin roses).We took a taxi to a sulphur crater which was interesting and caught glimpses of volcanic peaks through cloud.BUT our mooring on the sea wall was uncomfortable with the swell coming round the corner and we were all glad to leave.Ponta Delgada was calm in contrast and we had a wonderful tour of pineapple estate, green craters, lakes and pastoral scenes.However, Santa Maria, our final stopover is a little gem.We hired a car and saw such contrasts in landscapes for such a small island.White. read more...


Moondance - Re: Moondance day 8 - captain Chris road tests the new brompton
Moondance - Re: Moondance day 8 - captain Chris road tests the new brompton
10/06/2018

Jubilate Mare - Leg 3

Well after a cracking start we have now been motoring for 12 hours. However, the sun is still shining and it has been a fantastic rally, I will be sorry when it finally comes to an end. But that won’t be until Sunday so anything could happen. Dolphins have been spotted again but we have still to catch a fish - or even two! I’ve assured Bruno that we WILL catch one before we get to Lagos and I only hope we don’t have to delay our arrival to keep that promise!The sky is beautiful and Kieron has just echoed my thoughts by saying “What a glorious day.” I wonder if we have been especially lucky on this crossing? Other people we have known to journey west have talked of having to endure rain and cold. We on the other hand have been able to sunbathe. The mini cruise in The Azores was a delight,. read more...


10/06/2018

Firefly - Firefly now heading to Portosin

Firefly left ARC Europe when the fleet departed to SantaMaria. We are heading independently to Portosin in Ria Muros on NW Spain....weleft Ponte Delgado on Sao Miguel at 1200 on Friday 8th June in order to getahead of the light winds now surrounding the Azores. We have sailed 310nm so farand have 540nm to go.   However, we are still in touch with the fleet via SSB Radioand via the earlier net we heard that Lumikki has all of the wind as usual....wewish everyone bon voyage.   Our intrepid crewman Mike was replaced by Steve just before weleft. In fact Firefly left the dock as Steve came aboard. Mike was a ‘greenhorn’long distance sailor .... and he was the author of the prize winning poet thatwe posted on our blog during the passage from Bermuda. Below is a copy of theletter we. read more...


Miss Julia - Tag 8 - Zwischen den Zonen
Miss Julia - Tag 8 - Zwischen den Zonen
Miss Julia - Tag 8 - Zwischen den Zonen
Miss Julia - Tag 8 - Zwischen den Zonen
Miss Julia - Tag 8 - Zwischen den Zonen
Miss Julia - Tag 8 - Zwischen den Zonen
10/06/2018

Morning Dew - Baiona

Safely arrived in Baiona Sent from Mail for Windows 10 20180608_141423_resized 20180608_141536_resized IMG_2443 IMG_2480 IMG_2442 IMG_2475 IMG_2484 IMG_2487 IMG_2586. read more...


Morning Dew - Baiona
Morning Dew - Baiona
Morning Dew - Baiona
Morning Dew - Baiona
Morning Dew - Baiona
Morning Dew - Baiona
Morning Dew - Baiona
Morning Dew - Baiona
Morning Dew - Baiona
Morning Dew - Baiona
Morning Dew - Baiona
Morning Dew - Baiona

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