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06/09/2016

Katarina - Darwin to Lombok - Log Day 1 update

... The wind suddenly picked up and now we are flying, with no waves this is seriously nice sailing, I wish it was always like this!I was afraid it would take us two weeks to get to Lombok, but if we continue like this weshould be there in no time at all.. read more...


06/09/2016

Katarina - Darwin to Lombok Log Day 1

Our first official day in the World ARC Rally and we are excited, however the weather looks fine for sunbathing but not very enticing for sailing. There is hardly any wind at all. We had a spectacular start with all the World ARC yachts trying to fit into this narrow start line between the sail training ship Young Endeavour and the point of Stokes Hill Wharf. With so little wind everybody moved in slow motion. Many different sail combinations were tried by the fleet and after trying to sail for an hour and a half and making progress only courtesy of the current, we have turned on one of our engines. We certainly don't want to still be here when the current turns. We only run one engine to save fuel, it is a long way to Lombok, approx 1000Nm.It is hot, it is very hot we are melting. We. read more...


05/09/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 239: An Unexpected Evening of Fun

Today we had planned to venture further afield by "sailing"to a different part of the Vava'u Group, but weather prevented that unfortunately. Instead,we visited the local Fresh Produce Market and spent the rest of the morning running errands and catching up with cruising friends. Tonight we enjoyed a lovely eveningwith Nina at the Mango Café where the entertainment was provided by the brass band from one of the local schools. The music was fabulous and the children were so enthusiastic, not to mention very talented. Unfortunately we didn't have our camera with us which was a real shame.We did, however,get to enjoy a dance or two - Definitely an unexpected evening of fun!. read more...


04/09/2016

Paw Paw - Log Days 237 & 238: A Glimpse into Local Life

Yesterday we decided to leave the cruisers social scene in Neiafu behind and head out of town to get a better glimpse into local life here. We combined our walk with a hike up Mt Talau on one of the western peninsulas of Uta Vava'u Island.While it was lovely to get the exercise and enjoy the beautiful views over the Vava'u Group, when it was still somewhat sunny, it was definitely an eye-opener to see the level of poverty here, as well as the amount of garbage strewn around. Although Niuatoputapu was poor, it was neat and tidy for the most part and the locals were far friendlier and engaging. We've actually experienced the exact opposite here, with our greetings being point-blank ignored the majority of the time. Our theory for this relates to expat and cruiser fatigue. These islands. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Days 237 & 238: A Glimpse into Local Life
Paw Paw - Log Days 237 & 238: A Glimpse into Local Life
Paw Paw - Log Days 237 & 238: A Glimpse into Local Life
Paw Paw - Log Days 237 & 238: A Glimpse into Local Life
Paw Paw - Log Days 237 & 238: A Glimpse into Local Life
Paw Paw - Log Days 237 & 238: A Glimpse into Local Life
02/09/2016

Paw Paw - Log Days 235 & 236: The Social Aspect of Tonga

Since it has continued to pour with rain and remain overcast, with the temperatures having dropped significantly as well, we found no compelling reason to get up early yesterday morning or this morning, so we just stayed in bed.Elaine, however, was eventually forced to leave our cocoon yesterday to meet Lori from " Seams To Me" in order to hand over the dinghy chaps for overhauling and we had to collect our t-shirts as well.After getting both matters out of the way and enjoying yet another morning coffee to warm up, we headed back to Paw Paw,where Elaine decided to pass the afternoon baking a chocolate cake.By then it was time to meet Nina at the "Dancing Rooster" for happy hour and dinner, followed by Quiz Night at the "Bounty Bar".This morning the ladies enjoyed morning tea aboard Paw. read more...


31/08/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 234: Trying to Look Glamorous

Roy was up early to get to the Fresh Produce Market to collect the eggs we ordered - The strangest things are in short supply in this part of the world - We had the same issue with eggs in Bora Bora. He was hoping to get some lettuce as well, but no luck on that. While he was out, Elaine finalised the arrangements for the dinghy chaps, then we headed to town to finalise the design and place the order for the new Paw Paw t-shirts. By then it had started to drizzle, so we decided to stop in for a morning cappuccino.When we thought it was safe to venture back out, we headed for the hairdresser. Elaine was delighted that Fatima could wash, cut and blow-dry her hair straight away, while Roy headed back to "Trouble in Paradise"to get some help on one of the watermaker parts.Feeling like a new. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 234: Trying to Look Glamorous
Paw Paw - Log Day 234: Trying to Look Glamorous
Paw Paw - Log Day 234: Trying to Look Glamorous
Paw Paw - Log Day 234: Trying to Look Glamorous
30/08/2016

Paw Paw - Log 233: The Coolest Names

After a lazy morning we headed to town.We had a laundry list of errands which included a trip to the Fresh Produce Market to stock up on some fresh veggies, the grocery store for fresh bread, a visit to "Trouble in Paradise" to get a spanner ground down so that it fits our watermaker that needs some maintenance,a book store to pick up the latest cruising guide, the pharmacy to pick up some sterilisation tablets for our water - just as a precaution to be sure, to be sure, enquired about "Seams To Me" where we're going to get the dinghy chaps overhauled and, finally, "Tropical Tease" to select a design for our new Paw Paw t-shirts. The only item we forgot was to make an appointment at the hairdresser for Elaine. Who would have thought one could get such a variety of services in this tiny. read more...


29/08/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 232: Definitely Rustic

After listening to the Vava'u morning net, which gives sailorsinformation about the area, we headed to the dinghy dock to meet Nina for a tour around the main settlement of Neiafu, as we worked our way towards the Customs Office and Digicel, where we had to drop off our Inter-Island documentation and arrange a data service for our phone, respectively. Then it was a stop off at Tropicana's for a morning coffee, followed by lunch at the Mango Café. By then we were ready to return to Paw Paw for an afternoon nap and a quiet evening aboard after all the socialising since our arrival here.We did, however, have Cetacea (Gail and Tony)stop by to say hello and invite us out to dinner this evening to catch up, since last seeing them in Samoa.As tempting as the offer was, we opted for the early. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 232: Definitely Rustic
Paw Paw - Log Day 232: Definitely Rustic
Beowulf - Channel Sunset
Beowulf - Channel Sunset
Majic-L - Photo comp - sunset over the channel - get that picture!
Majic-L - Photo comp - sunset over the channel - get that picture!
28/08/2016

Majic-L - Majical Challenge - Days 10 & 11

So here we are - the last blog entry for the Channel ARC. After a quick breakfast on Saturday we decided to head off into town and hit Carrefour for cheese, wine, charcuterie and pressies for friends and relations back home. I always enjoy that trip - the French seem to do fresh food much better than our supermarkets! We had to give way to an armed patrol as we walked through town - obviously security still high after recent events in France.After lunch with some of our purchases in the bright sunshine and a group photo that Clare wanted, we got underway back to Gosport. No wind of any substance meant motor sailing for the first 4 hours. We enjoyed sitting on the front bow and dangling our feet in the water when the sea was a little bumpy. Then somehow Richard managed to serve up pie,. read more...


28/08/2016

Paw Paw - Log Days 230 & 231: A Great Welcome to Vava'u

After seeing whales as we left Nuiatoputapu,we were delighted to be greeted by whales again as we arrived in Vava'u.Only this time they were breeching which was just spectacular and a lovely ending to a terrible passage.We had no sooner got settled on a mooring ball when we saw a man approaching us in a dinghy. At first we thought it was someone coming to tell us we couldn't use the ball,but then we saw a huge smile.It turned out to be Campbell from Annecam,whom we haven't seen since spending Christmas anchored next to him and his wife, Annette,in Bequia, Caribbean - What are the odds of that. - Just amazing! Then, after a bite to eat and a shower it was off to Nina (Lynda and Steve) for afternoon tea and catch up, having last seen them in Bora Bora.By late afternoon we were fading fast. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Days 230 & 231: A Great Welcome to Vava'u
Paw Paw - Log Days 230 & 231: A Great Welcome to Vava'u
28/08/2016

Midnight Wanderer - Days 8 & early 9 - Friday and Sunday am.

Bought the oil, as we anticipated that it would be another motor sail. The whole trip has encompassed about half an hours sailing (!), so just as well our tonker is in tip top condition.Skippers' Briefing,accompanied by coffee and biscuits provided by the marina staff, revealed that the fleet was splitting with some going to Lymington, some up the Hamble, and some to Haslar for the lunch and prize giving.Guy Malpas arrived from Portsmouth, having had a very early start, and he was a welcome sight. Breakfast, followed by a boat walk around, followed by lunch and off we departed at 1510. Main up in the outer harbour, but no genoa and we motored on, and on. No wind and then mid channel it turned southerly, peaking at 25 knots as it came over the stern port quarter. And still we motored on.. read more...


27/08/2016

Midnight Wanderer - Day 8 - Friday

A day of very little really, but in essence our pool of knowledge was extended, that hangovers do eventually pass, and Cherbourg is a charming little town, with lots of English influence.One member of the crew raided the M&S pastry counter, and supplied the Skipper with Guernsey full fat milk for his cereal, at least 80% fat the label said. Certainly not for daily consumption! In tea, the milk coated the surface with large fat globules making the cuppa very unattractive.We left St. Peter Port at about 1130, taking the Race north in a largely flat sea. Wind on the nose so motor sailed expecting to catch a decent blow after Cap de la Hague. No such luck, which meant a motor sail all the way to the marina. We overrode the marina staff and parked at the end of P pontoon across from Beuwolf. read more...


27/08/2016

Bubsa - The last morning.

Getting up as the sun comes up over Cherbourg Marina you realise what a magical time of day it is. Slowly you see the world waking up. The odd head pops up over the parapit looking around to survey the scenery. Looking up at the sky's to see what the wind will bring. People padding down the pontoon in their pyjamas heading to the showers. It's so great to be able to take time out and just sit and watch and think about the journey home. It's been a fun few days and I am sorry it's coming to end but thankyou all for your company and friendship and safe sailing to all on their journeys home. By Fiona on Bubsa. read more...


Bubsa - Sunrise in Guernsey
Bubsa - Sunrise in Guernsey
Bubsa - I see no ships... But flying the flag got Arc Channel Islands.
Bubsa - I see no ships... But flying the flag got Arc Channel Islands.
Majic-L - Morning view from Majic-l
Majic-L - Morning view from Majic-l
Majic-L - Sunrise @ Alderney- Majic-l
Majic-L - Sunrise @ Alderney- Majic-l
Majic-L - Yacht overtaking on the port bow
Majic-L - Yacht overtaking on the port bow
26/08/2016

Majic-L - Majical Challenge Day 9

After we had spotted the showers last night, early morning trip across in the inflatable to use the facilities. Got chatting to the cleaner - turns out she came here on a sailing trip herself and liked the place so much she came back and stayed.Came back to bacon butties that Richard had served up - had to wolf them down to get across for the Alderney railway trip at 9am. What a quaint little railway - an old diesel pulling some ex London Underground carriages. Only a relatively short length of track but lots to see and some great views across the harbour - at one point you could see both shorelines on either side of the Island. After looking around the lighthouse, Richard and Linda took the train back whilst Tony and I walked back along the coast. We came across a beer festival in "The. read more...


26/08/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 229: Plenty of New Firsts on Paw Paw

We agree on something which, in itself, is a momentus occasion. We agree that this passage will go down as the worst passage we have ever had to undertake on Paw Paw.While we knew it would be difficult based on the fact that we had to turn around the last time we tried it, on hindsight, we should have just soldiered on because we have spent the last 24 hours, with Bay Dreamer (Anna and Daniel) for company on the high seas, bouncing around and slamming into waves anyway.Thankfully, the wind direction and swell held, which on paper makes this look like the perfect sail.We haven't deviated from our rhumb line by more than 0.5NM at any time. Unfortunately, the choice to deviate in order for a more comfortable ride was unavailable, as there are numerous shallow area that one has to navigate. read more...


Bubsa - 22 toppings between them. Bubsa enjoys a delicious meal at The Moorings.
Bubsa - 22 toppings between them. Bubsa enjoys a delicious meal at The Moorings.
Midnight Wanderer - The drama, the horror and the safe arrival of Anne of Wight in St Peters Port completes day 5.
Midnight Wanderer - The drama, the horror and the safe arrival of Anne of Wight in St Peters Port completes day 5.
Midnight Wanderer - The drama, the horror and the safe arrival of Anne of Wight in St Peters Port completes day 5.
Midnight Wanderer - The drama, the horror and the safe arrival of Anne of Wight in St Peters Port completes day 5.
Midnight Wanderer - The drama, the horror and the safe arrival of Anne of Wight in St Peters Port completes day 5.
Midnight Wanderer - The drama, the horror and the safe arrival of Anne of Wight in St Peters Port completes day 5.
26/08/2016

Midnight Wanderer - Day 7 - Thursday

(This is Day 7, not Day 6 as previously advised - today Friday will be Day 8!)We made our decision and cleared it with the lead boat. We are now directly on a pontoon, not rafted and so w decided to stay in St. Peter Port, act like a grockle, and have a good dinner, again!We refuelled, checked the tonker, and took on water in anticipation of tomorrow, and then went to La Vallette and the German museum. Met Molly, who was a child of 9 when the Germans invaded and lived through the occupation unlike many other children who were evacuated to the UK. She has written a number of books. What was disappointing was that there were no "living histories" as there are in the Imperial War Museum. Interesting museum, which is rather more a private collection of militaria. Off to lunch where we met. read more...


26/08/2016

Midnight Wanderer - Day 6 -Wednesday

(This is Day 6, not Day 5!)It was a day that augured well, but hit rock bottom before matters were retrieved by food and drink.The boat inside us left at 0725, and we executed a great manoeuvre using stern landline and bow thruster. However, the warp trailed in the water and was sucked in to the bow thruster, causing it to stop. The language was pretty rich. Called the Harbour Master and agreed a price for the dive team to attend.Trouble was that Chinese whispers prevailed and the message was that the skipper of Midnight Wanderer was designated Mr Nasty as I wanted the dive team but wouldn't pay! Bit of a delay and the Harbour Master turned up ready to reconcile Mr Nasty! We spent some time explaining our situation and with his intervention the dive team turned up, I paid, we got our. read more...


25/08/2016

Majic-L - Day 8 - Majical Challenge

Lazy start to the day in Guernsey as we had knew we had a midday start, chance for a bit more last minute mooching around the harbour before the mass untying as we made ready for the off. Tried to finish the Guardian crossword between us and almost managed it. The sight of the group of ARC yachts all heading out together from Guernsey harbour was quite something.We enjoyed listening in to the conversation on the ARC channel along with the other boats and thecomments from other ARC boats. Linda and Richard's son is a merchant seaman, has done his studying and passed his exams unlike the guy on the call who did seem a bit bitter to say the least. Got some good photos of other yachts but not unfortunately any Dolphins - or mermaids as reported! Combination of sailing and motoring again, but. read more...


Majic-L - Molly Moo approaching Braye alongside Majic-L
Majic-L - Molly Moo approaching Braye alongside Majic-L
Majic-L - Molly Moo approaching Braye alongside Majic-L
Majic-L - Molly Moo approaching Braye alongside Majic-L
25/08/2016

Midnight Wanderer - Day 5 - Wednesday

It was a day that augured well, but hit rock bottom before matters were retrieved by food and drink.The boat inside us left at 0725, and we executed a great manoeuvre using stern landline and bow thruster. However, the warp trailed in the water and was sucked in to the bow thruster, causing it to stop. The language was pretty rich. Called the Harbour Master and agreed a price for the dive team to attend.Trouble was that Chinese whispers prevailed and the message was that the skipper of Midnight Wanderer was designated Mr Nasty as I wanted the dive team but wouldn't pay! Bit of a delay and the Harbour Master turned up ready to reconcile Mr Nasty! We spent some time explaining our situation and with his intervention the dive team turned up, I paid, we got our line back intact and a. read more...


Midnight Wanderer - Photo competition
Midnight Wanderer - Photo competition
07/12/2014

Take Off - Our first squall

Although the full moon lit our way so gently last night was quite unsmoothdue to wind changes all the time. We suspected several squalls so the spinnakerwent up and down all night in prevention. However we seemed everytime to “miss”them. This morning was a grey morning, no sunrise from the sea and heavy cloudsahead of us. However the heavy clouds were all along the horizon so we thoughtit was just normal rain. We sailed through it, got a bit wet, the wind wassteady and we thought this was smooth. The wind started to blow stronger and wasup to 30 knots when it then dropped gently down to 17 knots. And from nowhere astrong wind hit the boat, Jörgen stearing had difficulties in answering the windand the broach was inevitable. And then came the real rain – just like pouringhundreds of. read more...


Bubsa - How to relax. Bubsa knows how.
Bubsa - How to relax. Bubsa knows how.
25/08/2016

Bubsa - arrived in Alderney

We set off from Guernsey and headed out last a huge cruise ship. We were glad we had done our retail therapy before the hoards headed in to town. Sun and little rain and fairly flatcrossing the sun broke through the clouds and gave three of the crew our first sight of Braye. Once moored up the champagne was opened and we raised a glass to celebrate Hope's very successful results in her GCSE's. Now time to relax and swim deck went down and the two men took up their positions with a beer in hand. A perfect end to another leg of the ARC Channel Islands. By Fiona. read more...


25/08/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 228: The Price of a Contrary and Nomadic Life

Having watched the actual weather and compared this to the forecasts following our unplanned arrival in Nuiatoputapu on Sunday, we decided that tomorrow would be the best time to depart, based on the better direction of wind and swell that is forecasted and having seen evidence of the shift today.So, with that decision made, it was time to clear out and say our goodbyes.It struck us that this is the first island where we have had so many locals to say our goodbyes to; people who have shown us nothing by kindness and invited us into their hearts and homes to share a meal or just have a chat; people who are happy to share what little they have.While we left our hearts in Samoa,we're definitely leaving something of ourselves behind here as well. Tonight, under a spectacular starry night,on. read more...


Midnight Wanderer - What a difference a day makes...gorgeous Guernsey, hello!
Midnight Wanderer - What a difference a day makes...gorgeous Guernsey, hello!
Majic-L - Just taking a short cut!
Majic-L - Just taking a short cut!
24/08/2016

Majic-L - Majical Challenge Day 7

Day started at 7am with a walk to see what the showers were like here in Guernsey - intercepted by customs at top of the ramp off the pontoon "what boat are you on, have you done your form?" Being the organised guy that he is, Richard posted our form in the yellow box last night, so I was able to go straight in and jump the queue whilst others there had to provide their details.What a busy harbour this is - we were sat watching the comings and goings when we saw a live "man overboard" when a French guy was reaching across when berthing up to another boat when he stretched too far and fell in! We heard the splash and all looked around - Tony was there quickly to help pull him out of the water - he was smiling at the end so all ok!We met at 10am for the coach trip around the island after. read more...


24/08/2016

Amy Clair - ARC CI rally day ..? 24/8/16 - St Peter port

Completely lost track of days and dates and to complicate things further plans keep changing! However, despite a fairly hairy start with massive swells and force 6 winds outside the Solent, we eventually managed a fantastic passage to Cherbourg with bright sunshine and cloudless skies. Couldn't quite believe that no less than 3 big vessels in the channel went out of their way to change course for us! Perhaps seeing a whole bunch of sails together was scary enough for them to avoid us - there's safety in numbers!So then straight on to Guernsey the next day as we were already 2 days behind schedule, sadly minus a few of our fleet for a variety of reasons. A completely different day and the Alderney race was extremely kind to us all! Sadly we didn't get the radio alert so missed the. read more...


24/08/2016

Midnight Wanderer - Day 5 - Tuesday

Whilst it may be true that everyone gets what they deserve, today, we were blessed with blue skies, flat water, epic sunshine BUT no wind to speak of. So the tonkergot another outing, except for a period when we decided to sail, slowly. The silence was golden but our speed was decidedly leaden. Skipper served Darjeeling and back came on the tonker, and we were surprised by how benign the Race turned out to be. We headed for Little Russel and played spot the mark against the passage plan and the chart. It was easy, but unlikely to be in driving rain and a Force 6!I'd never been to Guernsey before, even on business, and we look forward to the tour tomorrow, - bus, soft seat, and with someone else driving and doing the navigation. Dinner was in the Pickled Pig, also discovered by Magic-L.. read more...


24/08/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 227: Hospitality and Sharing

Today we decided to explore by dinghy.First stop was the moto to the west of the anchorage that appeared to be surrounded by a beautiful white sandy beach.Unfortunately, after beaching the dinghy we witnessed, once again, the damage caused by the tsunami that devastated parts of Nuiatoputapu, Samoa and American Samoa in September 2009 and which many of the islanders are still trying to recover from. It was in American Samoa that we first learnt about the tsunami. Besides the polluted water in Pago Pago from the fish cannery, we learnt that the reason anchors snag in the anchorage is due to the amount of debris that was washed into the harbour by the tsunami - cars, houses, personal possessions, vegetation, all of which still remains there today. It also provided an explanation as to why. read more...



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