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Misto - The beautiful exploring islands on Vanua Balava
Misto - The beautiful exploring islands on Vanua Balava
16/06/2017

Lexington - More Photos From Taveuni

Here are a few more photos from our tour. . read more...


16/06/2017

Lexington - Taveuni Island Tour

We are on the island of Taveuni in Fiji. All three boats hired a van and took a tour to several waterfalls in the south end of the island. We had two long walks to see various waterfalls. I am sore and tired from walking. We ended up having a pizza and then coming back to the boat. I will send a couple of photos. May fair winds fill your sails with enough energy to walk to your next waterfalls! Bob . read more...


16/06/2017

Lexington - To Taveuni

We are headed to the island of Taveuni which is part of Fiji and west of Bay of Islands on the island of Vanua Balavu where we were last night. Exit Strategy, Skyelark of London and Lexington are traveling together. This is free sailing time so we will go our various ways and end up in Musket Cove to begin the next leg. As usual it was down wind sailing and we used our twin head sails. We have come to the northern tip of the island. We are in the bay near Naselesele Point near the village of Matei. We are anchored in about 20 feet of water well off from land because there is a broad reef which is very shallow at low tides. We all came together because Dan from Skyelark has been here before. So we pooled our knowledge and followed Dan. We are going into the town tomorrow to do a tour. read more...


16/06/2017

Lexington - 6/13/2017 Daliconi

By now you have figured out that I am crazy or lying. And you figured that an old man like me must be lying. But I don’t have that much money. The photo in the previous post was real. It was from another boat that actually has a tub built into the steering well of the boat. As you can imagine it is a very nice boat. Now I will include a photo or two from the village. May fair winds fill your sails with island memories! Bob . read more...


16/06/2017

Lexington - 6/13/2017 Daliconi Village Meal

We went to the village of Daliconi for a dinner cooked by the local villagers. Their school was destroyed by typhoon Winston. They fixed the dinner for all our boaters and we paid a fee for the meal. It functioned as a fund raiser. They had dancing and music. They have a very nice clean village in a bay on the west side of the island. So here is the interesting dichotomy. The people were doing their traditional music, singing and dancing. During one of the songs, their traditional “farewell ” song, I took a picture of one of the singers holding a cell phone with the words to the song scrolling along as they sang. A real mixture of culture and technology. The only other thing to share was a visitor to our boat. On one of the islands a young lady wanted to hitch a ride to the next island.. read more...


WikiWiki - Albacore in Bay of Biscay
WikiWiki - Albacore in Bay of Biscay
16/06/2017

Yoda - OOPS I was having way too much fun

OOPS I was having way too much fun with the ARC Europe to write a blog ! Plus I am not sure anyone besides the ARC staff are reading it anyway? Keep up the great work Arc Rally control, you guys are fantastic and all your hard work is seriously appreciated. A HUGE thank you for everything you do, seeing your happy faces when we arrive makes it all worthwhile. Well what a journey. Having 40knot’s plus at times and huge seas to flat calm when coming into Lagos yesterday, us sailors really have experienced everything along the way. Lea and I agree that the last leg seemed to be the worst, because of the confused short choppy sea and the fact we were a bit worn out by this point and just praying we wouldn’t have anything major break. Thank God nothing major broke…a few leaks and a kitchen. read more...


WikiWiki - ARC Fleet in Bayona
WikiWiki - ARC Fleet in Bayona
WikiWiki - Never too many crew
WikiWiki - Never too many crew
WikiWiki - MRCYB, Bayona
WikiWiki - MRCYB, Bayona
16/06/2017

Isbjorn - ISBJORN OFFSHORE: Ireland Bound?

Friday, June 16. Day 70449I woke at 0345 to Martha & Bruce rousting Mia, who in turn rousted me. I'm not taking an 'official' watch this passage, but promised to do Mia's first half this morning. Getting up to see the sunrise sounded like a great idea last evening when I tucked into my warm bunk in sweatpants and a hoodie...A clear horizon was already visible by 0400 in the grey dawn, and it's light out now (it doesn't get fully dark until 2300 in the evening). A waning but bright half moon peeks through low, scudding clouds every few minutes. The cockpit is wet, though it's not raining. I'm dressed, fully - long underwear beneath sweatpants, wool socks, two long sleeve shirts under my puffy coat, my merino neck gaiter, hat, all under my waterproof foulies and PFD. It's not THAT cold. read more...


16/06/2017

Starblazer - 16/06/2016 – Progress?

For the first five and a half hours after leaving the marina in Ponta Delgado we had a lovely smooth relatively fast sail along the south coast of the island though we only made about three miles towards the first waypoint we had put in the GPS!If you look at our track on either SPOT or the Yellowbrick (now that we have recharged it) you might well wonder where we plan to make landfall.Iceland perhaps?No we are going to Camaret, close to Brest, in the northwest corner of France.Our bizarre heading is an attempt to keep the wind for as long as possible as there is a large, untidy looking Low between us and mainland Europe.This is ‘déjà vu’ because our previous return with ARC Europe in 2010 was similarly challenged by the Azores High.That year the High went all the way to Scotland so we. read more...


Blonde Moment - DAVE FROM MISCHIEF - VICTORY!
Blonde Moment - DAVE FROM MISCHIEF - VICTORY!
Blonde Moment - Dave from Mischief fighting with his code zero
Blonde Moment - Dave from Mischief fighting with his code zero
14/06/2017

Blonde Moment - blog 6

Wednesday 14 June149 miles from 0800 Tuesday to 0800 Wednesday.A day of sails up; sails down.Engine on; engine off - bit frustrating, so our overall mileage good considering.Sail change again between 0300 and 0400 with moon up and lots of dolphins watching proceedings.Charlie and Paul handled this one allowing Dee 7 hours in her bunk.We have been goosewinging since the early hours (headsail poled out on one side; main the other) doing about 7 knots downwind.We hope to be in Bayona by daybreak tomorrow........if this wind continues.Having seen no other boats all night, we crossed within a mile of Blue Monde (HR43) and then had to dodge a "herd" of fishing boats (group name for fishings boat unknown)!As we rounded Cape Finisterre the wind double in strength and we have been surfing down. read more...


14/06/2017

Isbjorn - ISBJORN OFFSHORE: Alone in an empty sea

14 June, 20171255I'm a manly, manly man. Just took an ice cold shower in the cockpit outside. I sent the crew below so I could be comfortably naked. But man is that refreshing! The seawater temp is 62, and the tank water perhaps a degree or two warmer. Wakes you up!It's cleanup day on Isbjorn. We've been at sea now almost 4 days, have sailed 575 miles and been through some rough weather. The skies finally cleared around 0300 this morning and the wind & seas have abated slightly, so time for showers and a boat cleanup today (partly inspired by a full French press of coffee that exploded in the galley, grounds and all, earlier this morning...). I'm in charge of heads, Mia galley & floor, the crew scrubbing the cockpit. Nice to get a fresh start in the cleanliness department.Not. read more...


13/06/2017

Blonde Moment - blog 5

Tuesday 13 June 2017We are crossing from French waters to Spanish as I write - progress is good considering - 150 nm from 0800 Monday to 0800 Tuesday.The sun is shining; breeze gentle.We started on Sunday with winds from SW gradually veering WSW to NW and now on Tuesday NE to E !!The problem is the waves haven't quite caught up with all these changes.So today we have small (1.5-2) wind driven waves from behind NE with quite frequent, much larger rollers from the West.The result, we roll gently from side to side then lurch into a trough which rolls us vigorously for 4 or 5 then back to gentle.Whether sitting, standing or in our bunks, you are braced for the next lurch.........Bayona had better be worth this!A sail change was required at 0300 (code zero down; poled out headsail and main. read more...


13/06/2017

Starblazer - 12/06/2017 - Our mini cruise of the Azores

We made landfall in Horta on the island of Faial just before sunrise.The early arrival left us both short of sleep so that day was rather a non-event for us as one or the other was asleep!We did go for a walk and find a paint shop, useful because I wanted to paint our flag on the wall.In 2010 I painted a big one on the pavement close to where we were moored and a smaller one on a wall by some steps, alongside a number of other ARC Europe 2010 boats.I am pleased to say that they are still recognisable though the lettering has deteriorated.Sadly I didn't have enough time to refresh the paintwork.Starblazer's painting is much brighter than Fair Encounter's, I hope it lasts better though I doubt that we'll ever get back to check it!One afternoon we went for a sail on a traditional whaling. read more...


13/06/2017

Raggy Doll - Time to call it

It is Tuesday 13 June, and I am writing this last blog with a sad heart. We left Falmouth on Sunday morning, well stocked with provisions and ready to head for Bayona Spain. All started well.When we were 6 hours into our journey AJ and I were hit with a stomach bug, that we are pretty sure was food poisoning. We had eaten at a local pizza restaurant Saturday evening and the common denominator between AJ and I and not including Andrew was a Pizza we had shared. We know it wasn't the dreaded sea sickness because of how it presented, I shan't go into too much detail but suffice to say the heads took a bashing along with the bucket. I was fortunate that I wasn't sick, just the other end and I can only put this down to the fact that I was wearing scopoderm. The concern was if Andrew got it. read more...


12/06/2017

Blonde Moment - blog 4

Monday 12th JuneWhat a difference a day makes.The wind started to drop on the skipper's watch 0500-0900 and despite Charlie helping Paul to rig and fly the Code Zero, the engine is now on, the sea oily and we are rolling as the 3-3.5 metre high waves head for France.A different challenge today - hot showers whilst wedged against the roll was interesting and making anything in the galley requires balance with one hand braced.A pod of pilot whales went past in leisurely fashion and a school of maybe ten small dolphins or porpoises.Engine now off and the code zero is full and flying.Home made curry, rice and naan breads has been polished off and we are ready for our night watches.. read more...


12/06/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob : 6/12/2017

We are anchored in an area called Bay of Islands. It is on the other side of the island that we checked into. The trip around was slightly challenging in that the charts are not that accurate so Sam stood watch at the bow for most all the trip. We left at about 10 a.m. and got the anchor down at about 3. The charts can be off about 1/2 mile. A good portion of the markers are not there. We were just trying to be careful and it is confusing when you do not know whether the next mark you see is the next mark on the chart or totally missing. There are several other boats here. One couple came up to us in their dinghy to ask if we knew someone. The someone was a skipper of Hanna, a boat from Sweden whom we knew. These people are from Germany. It is a small world. We are going to the next. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob : 6/12/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob : 6/12/2017
12/06/2017

Blonde Moment - Blog 3

Sunday 11th JuneFinally the day arrived - crews up early removing multiple storm lines ashore, which kept us safe during 40 knots of wind; multiple fenders keeping rafted boats apart and slipping lines so we could pull gracefully away from "A" pontoon, which has been our home during a week-long enforced stay. Blonde Moment has gained a new crew member - Charlie Pierce of World Cruising Club required a berth to Bayona and Dee and Paul gratefully accepted another (younger) pair of hands and eyes.Day oneLife has been challenging at 45 degrees. Vertical in the cockpit is OK as we cut through 4 metre Atlantic rollers left over from the storms or horizontal in a bunk - but anything in between is a huge effort requiring balance, grip and timing.As we left Falmouth basking sharks were spotted. read more...


11/06/2017

Misto - Days 150-155: June 6-11 Across to the Lau Group in Fiji

We spent the last couple of days in Tonga in Neiafu as the weather was rainy.In fact on our last day there the heavens opened and there was a deluge of rain for several hours that made the roads into rivers for a while.We stocked up on fresh produce at the local market and welcomed Cecilie from WCC on board for the passage to Lomaloma on Vanua Balavu.We departed on June 9 in calm conditions that we hoped would yield some wind suitable for sailing.However, we eventually motored the whole way apart from a few hours of sailing on the second day.We were warned that charts of the Fiji area are not entirely accurate and we found out that our electronic charts are about 0.5 nm out and displaced to the North East.We utilized the waypoints WCC had supplied without mishap but it is very. read more...


11/06/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: 6/11/2017 Lomaloma

So we are in Fiji at a village named Lomaloma. It rained hard last night and was raining some this morning. I decided to go to church to get a taste of Fiji church life. The service lasted 2 hours and the seats were very hard with straight backs. I did not understand a word that was said. There was lots of very nice singing which I enjoyed. As I left one gentleman invited me to have lunch with them. At first I was a little too shy to go but after talking with a few other men who also invited me to join them I decided to join them. We first sat on a mat behind the church cross-legged and talked. Then we retired to an adjacent building where the food was all set out on the floor mat. All the men sat around the floor mat and we served ourselves from the dishes that had been set out. We had. read more...


10/06/2017

Aurora Polaris - 10. juni 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Klokka 10.20, slapp vi bøyen vi lå på, og satte kursen ut fra Tonga mot Fiji. Det hadde vært ei hard natt å komme gjennom for kaptinnen. Kapteinen var så utslått at han sov som en stein, og kaptinnen holdt på å kveles i varmen. Det var ei svært stille natt – ikke et vindpust, og i tillegg regnet det, slik at alle luker måtte stenges. Airconditioningen var på, men av en eller annen grunn funket den ikke. Klokka tre om natta, ble den skrudd av. Da hadde temperaturen gått opp fra 27,3 til 28,5 grader. Kaptinnen var helt kokt! Hun forsøkte å åpne takluka, men da regnet det inn. Så lukket hun den delvis, bare for å få litt luft. Nattelufta kunne tilby 2,5 grader kaldere enn det som var inne i kabinen. Da måtte hun i tillegg ha viftene på! Til slutt må hun ha sovnet, for hun våknet av at hun. read more...


10/06/2017

Aurora Polaris - 9. juni 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Dagen for utsjekk av Tonga, fylling av drivstoff og påmontering av roret! Etter frokost, kom Shamal og la seg inntil oss. Siden vi var uten styring, måtte vi la oss lede inn til utsjekk og drivstoffylling. Det gikk veldig fint! Marcel er en dyktig kaptein, og han la oss fint og forsiktig inn mot Q-kaien (kaien for toll og immigrasjon). Senere kom Ashia og fortøyde seg utenpå der igjen, så vi lå 3 båter side ved side, men vi lå innerst mot kaien.Vi trodde vi kom til å få roret tilbake kl.10. Det viste seg at den tidsplanen sprakk nokså tidlig. Vi ble liggende ved tollkaien fra halv ni til tolv, og roret kom ikke før kl.14. Da var vi litt i manko på hjelpere, for de hadde også en tidsplan basert på at jobben skulle gjøres rundt kl.10.Steven og Elisabeth fra Sumore, var likevel på pletten.. read more...


10/06/2017

Raggy Doll - Day 6 and 7 - Fingers Crossed

Day 6 - Friday was filled with food shopping and re-stocking provisions, AJ had started cooking in readiness for our journey across Biscay, a slight feeling of deja vu, but hopefully with a better ending. The skippers' meeting was scheduled for 1800 in the Quayside Inn, with an add on of all other crew invited at 1830 for a free drink from ARC. We already knew from an email earlier today that there were suggestions on the table for extending the ARC as we had been delayed leaving the UK. This was then confirmed at the meeting and I'm pretty sure a lot of people breathed a sigh of relief as several crews were concerned about long day sails and quick turnarounds, rather than the relaxed rally with stop overs here and there that was originally on the timetable. The extention brings back. read more...


09/06/2017

Lexington - 6/10/2017. One Day Out of Fiji

It is just after midnight on Saturday 6/10.  I am on watch.That is when I do most of my posts.We have essentially no wind at all.We have been motoring for about 24 hours. With no wind you have no seas so the ride is comfortable.There is a full moon so it is very light out at night, sort of like twilight all night. We could not tolerate this for too long but we have full fuel tanks. Before we left Tonga, World Cruising had arranged for a fuel truck to come to the pier and fill up each boat that wanted additional fuel. It was only a short leg of about 250 miles but it is always nice to leave with full fuel tanks.So next I am going to share some thoughts on me and the trip. It is just me thinking and rambling. It is in response to someone asking if I was enjoying the trip or not. They. read more...


09/06/2017

Blonde Moment - BLOG TWO – FALMOUTH 5th to 9th June

BLOG TWO – FALMOUTH 5th to 9th June If you have to be stormbound anywhere, Falmouth isn’t a bad place to be.Known internationally as a safe haven it lived up to its reputation this last week.  Monday saw horizontal rain with winds gusting up to 40 knots from dawn till dusk.  Ian very sensibly jumped ship (again!) and had a difficult train journey to Bristol airport.  In his own words “signal failure at Par; train off tracks at Saltash; all trains suspended on Dawlish route – it can’t get any worse!.   It took 20 hours to reach Milan and he arrived in drizzle and thunder rolling around the alps!  Maybe it can……Pendennis Marina has been wonderfully welcoming.  We are located five minutes from a Tesco Express and fifteen minutes from lovely. read more...


09/06/2017

Timshel - Tonga to Fiji Day 1 and 2

Very little wind so we set off under engine.At 21.00 managed to set sail wing and wing, but only making 3 kt or so, gave up after 6 hours when boat speed down to less than 2 kt and wind at 5 kts and motored.And motored, wind getting less and less all day by evening a glassy calm.Spectacular sunset in front of us with the full moon rising behind.The moon makes the night passage so easy almost as bright as day.We slowed a bit to conserve fuel as we are obviously not going to get there in daylight Saturday so plan for Sunday morning arrival at Vanua Balavu in the Eastern Lau group of Fiji.. read more...


09/06/2017

Lexington - THE NEXT CHALLENGE

We are 150 miles from the north east portion of Fiji. We are going to a village named Lomalomawhich is in the Lau group or eastern group of islands. From what we hear Fiji is not as wellcharted as most of the other areas that we will visit on our trip. Most of the time our chartsare right on and our GPS shows us our position on our accurate charts. With that informationwe will sometimes enter areas in less than ideal circumstances. In Fiji we will need to bemore cautious. In and around areas where reefs are or might be, we will move in the daylightwith someone on the bow to look at the depth of water. Another tool that we will use is GoogleEarth and Google charts. These are satellite photos that have been geo-referenced. That meansthat we can look at a photo which should coincide with. read more...


09/06/2017

Timshel - Tonga

Our time in Tonga was all too short but we had a great few days.Snorkelled on the reef at Coral Gardens, fantastic fish and coral, but we should have waited for the tide to come in to make it easier to start off over the reef.Tulla Mhor and Taistealai came over for curry that night, next day we went anchored at Port Maurelle and took the dinghy into the spectacular Swallows cave, and then back in to shelter from heavy rain.We had a great visit to the Botanic gardens with demonstrations of Tongan culture and handicrafts and a wonderful Tongan feast (with roast suckling pig) and Tongan dancing. Wednesday was mainly taken up with getting clearance out with Customs and getting fuel, I also managed to get my hair cut, then we had a great dinner at the Mango cafe, with entertainment from local. read more...


09/06/2017

Timshel - Arrrival in Tonga

The 2nd day of the passage started off as Wednesday 31 May and finished as Thursday 1 JUNE, we crossed the International date line at 16.20 and celebrated with scones and jam for afternoon tea.Managed to keep sailing wing and wing, gybing just after midnight on Friday.We could see Vav'au, Tonga as it got light, and Shamal overtook.Closing the land the wind died so we motor-sailed the last bit to the finish line, ironically having crossed the line (at 11.40) we were able to then sail most of the way to Neiafu.Stefano and also Martin and Helen (of Laura Dawn, just transferring to Owl) were on the dock to take our lines, the officials started with the Quarantine man and then Customs, but it did not take long, then we could move off to find a mooring, inflate the dinghy and go ashore for a. read more...


09/06/2017

Raggy Doll - Day 4, 5 and the Morning of 6 - The results are in

Before I get embroiled in the why's and wherefore's of the election results, that I'm sure by the time this is posted you will all know, I, for one did not vote, purely because I left home before the postal vote arrived and I wasn't organised enough to arrange a proxy, so at this point, I am taking the "no comment" stance.Wednesday was used doing general odds and ends with AJ spending in excess of three hours in the marina laundry room washing the boats smalls (or larges as the case may be), while Andrew and I went into town and enjoyed a Costa Coffee and dipped in and out of various usual or unusual shops. Those of you reading this, may be thinkingby now, that AJ is just the yacht skivvy, in Andrew and my own defence, that is not the case, she is a well respected and valued member of. read more...


08/06/2017

Lexington - Tonga Prize Giving Party

We had the usual prize giving party that is at the end of a leg. It is just a good excuse to have a party and give a few prizes. It is usually a festive atmosphere as everyone is anxious to get on with the next leg. I will add a photo of three of our sailors who decided to get a Fiji cloth ( lava lava ) which is a wraparound skirt that Tongan men wear. One fella even had his boat logo put on the bottom edge. The biggest news is that we won two prizes. We guessed closest to our arrival time and came in first in our division.  I am sure there are much better sailors in our group but we had a pretty good sail with winds that were strong enough to make our twin head sails work well. We also gained a little by being able to sail directly on the rhumb line (straight line to the. read more...


08/06/2017

Aurora Polaris - 4.-7. Juni 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

4.- 7.juni 2017 World ARC 2017-2018Vi hadde bestemt oss for å gå fra havna til ei av øyene, siden det var søndag og første pinsedag. Alt er stengt på søndager, for da går alle i kirken. Terje var borte hos Shamal for å informere dem om hva vi hadde tenkt å gjøre, og kom tilbake med beskjed om av vi skulle gå i kirken. I mitt stille sinn syntes jeg det var helt OK. Vi kledde oss med tildekkede skuldre og knær, slik de gjør her på Tonga – ikke bare i kirken, men også ellers.Den nærmeste kirken var katolsk. Ikke helt som i Europa, men mønsteret var det samme. Mange bibelske bilder på veggene, men her var det ikke så mange helgener og Mariaer. De fleste bildene var av Jesus. Det føltes nesten som om vi satt midt i kirkekoret, for det var kraftig sang rundt omkring oss. Dirigenten stod framme. read more...


07/06/2017

Mischief - HI HO!

The infamous partner of Duncideock treacle mine lead his crew towards the start line in Plymouth cheered on from the shore by his noteworthy business partner Rumpelstiltskin. As a salute to Crumpledforeskin a cry of HIHO was made across the airwaves. A local Devonshire bylaw permits Treacle Miners the right to use this pro-word as correct radio procedure. The crew of Dave's worked together like a well oiled spring. Dave on the helm, Dave and Dave on the winch, Dave on watch, not forgetting Dave on the lazy sheet.Mabel the mouse taking it uponherself to squeak orders at the crew. After tight manoeuvring on the start line Mischief to Mabel's delight, found herself leading the fleet out of Plymouth Sound.Close hauled out into open waters, the wind reached 32 knots necessitating the use of. read more...


Mischief - HI HO!
Mischief - HI HO!
07/06/2017

Blonde Moment - BM blog 1

Hi AllWell it is a week since Blonde Moment left the Hamble on the first part of what we hope is going to be a great summer of sailing!!!Paul and friends left Hamble point Marina late afternoon on Tuesday 30 th May after the completion of some late minute work - thanks Transworls yachts and   Dan for your help  - As is the norm the wind was on the nose and they had to beat out of the Solent but then enjoyed a fast sail to Studland Bay, where they anchored overnight.  Followed by every type of wind to Salcombe and then Plymouth via the Eddystone Lighthouse to show Ian what it looked like as his RORC qualifying race the weekend before unfortunately did not make it that far!Mayflower Marina Plymouth was as always, very welcoming and we managed to. read more...


07/06/2017

Raggy Doll - Day 2 and 3 - Falmouth

The last two days have been spent at Falmouth, with winds reaching 40 plus mph. Even though we are safely tucked up in the marina the boat has been rocking and rolling as if we were at sea, ropes clanging and banging against rigging, mooring lines groaning and creaking under the strain. At times rain lashing down and then breaks of glorious sunshine. The only weather we haven't experienced since we left Hamble, Southampton is sleet and snow, we've been hit with everything else including thick fog while we were sailing. Grib files (weather charts) are being checked by skippers several times a day, with everyone looking for that window to make the smoothest journey across the notorious Bay of Biscay. We know now we are here until at least Saturday, but as I have said before Mother Nature. read more...


06/06/2017

Serafina of Maldon - The Start. Plymouth to Falmouth and Dolphins!

One of two Serafina's in the ARC Portugal this is the blog of Serafina of Maldon, a Najad 460. She has taken part in this event in her early youth, back in 2008 (with her first owners). We've owned her since 2015 and we took her back to her roots to cruise the Baltic for the last two summers. We thought we should see a bit of the north before going south to warmer climes!Although we knew we were not going to get much further, it was good to move on from Plymouth and actually start the rally. The weather refused to be kind to us as it started raining at 0855, just as all the boats were gathering at the start line for the off at 0900.Of course the wind was coming from exactly the course we wanted to make. As we can't tack Serafina's genoa through the jib easily (she's cutter rig) we short. read more...


Serafina of Maldon - The Start. Plymouth to Falmouth and Dolphins!
Serafina of Maldon - The Start. Plymouth to Falmouth and Dolphins!
05/06/2017

Raggy Doll - Day 1, 4th June - off to Falmouth we go

Nature decided that Bayona was off the cards for now, we were headed for Falmouth!This morning at 0900, twenty yachts of varying sizes lined up at the start line, a wiggly line anyway! We were off. The journey to Falmouth was very mixed, we managed to get caught up in a squall which meant we had to reef down, as with full sail Raggy Doll was overpowered. Andrew shouted instructions with a couple of Anglo Saxon words thrown in, as he held the wheel keeping her on course, while Jane and I pulled, palmed and winched various halyards and sheets (ropes for the lay people reading) I cannot describe it as pleasant, but I did get away with not requiring a sick bucket! AJ (Aunty Jane for the non family members) was in a much better state than me and kept Andrew and myself fed and watered the. read more...


05/06/2017

Serafina - Log Day 1 - Plymouth to Falmouth

Our rally start day began with a good breakfast and a quick tidy up on the boat.  We headed off to the start line around 0815 ready for the 0900 start.  It began raining prior to the start and continued to get worse during the morning.The weather was not kind to us and we had to battle the wind and seas until mid afternoon when the day started to brighten up.  The wind however was still not in our favour.  We sailed on without turning to the engine for assistance and crossed the finish line in Falmouth harbour at 2200. Barbara HeyworthSailing with Jubilate Mare at the back of the pack.IMG_2692.. read more...


Serafina - Log Day 1 - Plymouth to Falmouth
Serafina - Log Day 1 - Plymouth to Falmouth
05/06/2017

Misto - Days 144-149 May 30-June 5 Across the date line and into Tonga

We were able to fly the parasailor from Niue to Vava'u in Tonga with very little motoring.At last we caught a fish and landed a 11lb Mahi Mahi. On this leg we crossed the date line and are now ahead of the USA which is very confusing. We arrived around midday and checked in without any issues - we just had to wait to the afternoon for Customs and Immigration as a P&O cruise ship was in Neifau - apparently this only happens once a month.The Vava'u group in Tonga has a different geology compared to the other islands we have visited before. The land has been formed by volcanic activity that has uplifted the sea bed.Tectonic plates have collided, one is being pushed under the other forming the deep Tonga trench to the east resulting in fairly low islands of corraline rock (limestone) and. read more...


04/06/2017

Taistealai - Suwarrow & Niue

We are just having the best time on the World Arc visiting amazing places with amazing friends its such unique event. Lots of photos on our blog https://my.yb.tl/yblogtaistealai cant believe we are almost half way around the world !  . read more...


04/06/2017

Lexington - 6/4/17 Tonga

We are at an anchorage called Coral Garden in Tonga. It was a short distance travel from the port city of Neiafu which was the checkin port. The whole area is lots of islands and interesting spots within very short distances. It is an excellent area if the weather is good and you do not want to sail long distances. We have only been to one spot so we do not know that much. Unfortunately we need to be back in Neiafu Wednesday to do checkout and skippers briefing for the next leg. We had Edwin and Bianca from Zeeland over for dinner last night. We were looking for an opportunity to share some of our wahoo that we had caught earlier. We had a lovely dinner. Edwin and Bianca are a very interesting couple who are world travelers. He is from Holland originally but has lived in Italy for a long. read more...



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