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09/07/2016

Aliena - Sabado 8 de Julio

1ºdia de Fidji a VanuatuA las 10,15h hemos salido esta mañana de Malololailai con destino a Vanuatu, a la Isla de Tanna. Poco s poco se han ido quedando barcos por el camino y de los 34 barcos que comenzamos solo quedamos 19. El último Take Off con sus niños, que esta reparando su quilla. Primero chocó contra un pesquero pequeño que hundió y luego le garreó el ancla y contra un arrecife se rompio los tornillos que sujetan la quilla. Tenemos 480Nm por delante y esperamos estar en lunes en nuestro destino a pesar de que no hace viento. Al ir todos a motor no nos hemos perdido de vista. Al menos ha aparecido la maleta de Marta y no tendrá que disfrazarse mas con mi ropa.Carmen. read more...


08/07/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 63. Nacula and Waya Islands

Thursday 30 June.Another lovely day and a short and uneventful motor to Nacula Island just south of Yasawa.Another lovely bay with a very tidy, up together village and another quite brief Sevusevu, this Chief being quite old and apparently quite tired.Then a walk down beach and through the village, meeting the local rugby team in training, while Anthony walked the hills.By afternoon the weather was clouding over and the wind strong enough to discourage a swim, so we watched the children coming home from school from the bigger village in the next bay and walked again in that direction, but avoiding the village as we getting short of Kava.Friday, 1 July.We set off in good time, aiming for a bay on the west coast of Naviti some 17nm away rather than the Blue Lagoon, with very little. read more...


08/07/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 180: A Small World

In the early hours of this morning we found the wind we were looking for and have been sailing along nicely since on headsail alone at 6.5 - 8.0 Kts with a following sea. The good ol' south-easterly swell, however, continues to preclude us from flying the mainsail. Also, the boisterous seas stuck around a little longer than forecasted so we had a very uncomfortable morning. We think the topography of the outlying atolls of the Leeward Society Islands contributed to the confusion. Once we were past them, things settled down.A highlight of our days are our morning and evening calls into the Mag Net on the HF/SSB radio. It always adds some comfort to the passage hearing other voices out there and knowing there are other yachts around, especially when the Net Controller turns out to be. read more...


07/07/2016

Altair - Altair's Refit activity

Altair’s re-fit is well under way, sails off to the sailmaker for inspections and repairs, mast will be pulled Monday, July 11 for rig inspection, rebuild and service of the Harken Bat Car system and anything else. The engine will be pulled for major service including honing the cylinders, new rings and anything else that may be needed.August, crew members Barbara and Jeff are taking sailing lessons with J-World of Annapolis. We will be put everything Altair back together and breaking in the rebuilt engine. Also the220V 50 Hz Battery charge system will be installed along with the reconfiguration of the inverters to support handle the hot water heater and air-conditioningSeptember and October are for sailing and system checkout. Capt. Joseph W. Reeds/v Altair. read more...


07/07/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 179: On the Move Again

Roy was up early to get to the supermarket in the hopes of finding eggs that may have been offloaded overnight from the supply ship that had arrived. Unfortunately he returned empty-handed as far as eggs go, but he was laden with freshly baked French pastries - the last that we would enjoy for some time to come.Then it was a quick call to Kiwi Beanz on the VHF radio under the disguise of "Endeavour" asking them if they were "ready to go for breakfast"; our prearranged ploy to let them know we were ready to leave our mooring ball so that they could get to it before everyone else in the anchorage who was hanging around waiting on a ball freeing up - Hens teeth have nothing on mooring balls in the Society Leeward Islands. With the switch over successfully completed we waved our goodbyes to. read more...


06/07/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 179: Our Last Day in French Polynesia

It was with a heavy heart that we cleared out of French Polynesia this morning and lowered their flag on Paw Paw. It seems like only yesterday that Elaine raised it after our Pacific Ocean crossing when we arrived in Hiva Oa. We did, however, enjoy our last day in Bora Bora with a stroll around town and then watched one of the Heiva pirogue races. We also had plenty of visitors stopping by this afternoon to say goodbye.No sooner had Michelle and Neil from YouNevaKnow left when Kiwi Beanz popped over.Tonight we had another Happy Hour at the Maikai Marina and Yacht Club with Nina to say our goodbyes to them with the hope of seeing them again in either Western Samoa or Tonga.For now though, we pray for a safe passage and look forward to a whole new group of islands to explore and their. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 179: Our Last Day in French Polynesia
Paw Paw - Log Day 179: Our Last Day in French Polynesia
Paw Paw - Log Day 179: Our Last Day in French Polynesia
Paw Paw - Log Day 179: Our Last Day in French Polynesia
05/07/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 178: Preparing and Resting

Today was a day spent preparing for our passage to American and Western Samoa.We completed the last of our provisioning,rigged the various sails and completed a few odds and ends that needed doing, like Elaine hoisting Roy up the mast to sort out one of our flag halyards.Elaine also managed to complete and upload our latest website article. However, given the amount of information we decided to spilt the article into two parts - Enjoy. Writing it was definitely a trip down memory lane and brought home just how much we've experienced over the past six months. - Incredible really! This evening we enjoyed a Happy Hour with Nina at the Maikai Marina and Yacht Club before they headed off to see a Heiva show. We've decided to enjoy an evening aboard in order to have a few early nights to get. read more...


04/07/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 62. Sawa-i-Lau. 16.50.855S 17.27.941E

Tuesday 28 June.After peaceful night in Yadua, we left for Sawa-i-Lau at about 08.25 for the 54nm sail. Through the open waters south of the reefs that lie between Yadua and Sawa-i-Lau, then through the the Qio Channel using Sail Fiji's way points.With very little wind to start with, we ended up with 2 reefs in the main and a very fast sail across the gap. This was followed by a very rough motor through to narrow gap between the reefs that form the entrance to the bay between Yasawa Island to the N/W, Sawa-i-Lau to the east and Nacula Island to the south.Sawa-i-Lau anchorage is well sheltered with no swell and quite beautiful, plus there are the famous caves, good snorkelling and a very friendly village.We stayed 2 nights with only 2 other yachts both nights, Kevin's being one of them on. read more...


Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 62. Sawa-i-Lau. 16.50.855S 17.27.941E
Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 62.  Sawa-i-Lau.  16.50.855S 17.27.941E
04/07/2016

Paw Paw - Log Days 175 & 176: Awaiting a Weather Window

Yesterday morning we woke to a huge plume of black smoke and flames bellowing out of the restaurant area where the Heiva has been taking place. Within minutes the adjacent building was on fire as well.Since these buildings are constructed using traditional methods, the flames spread like wildfire. By the time the fire brigade eventually got it under control there was little left of either building. It was amazing though, that when we took a walk into town yesterday afternoon there wasn't a single sign of the event.The graders and trucks had hauled everything away.All that remained was the patch of sand where the buildings had stood.You don't see that kind of efficiency in too many places these days!While we await our weather window to set sail, we took advantage of the extra time.Roy. read more...


02/07/2016

Widago - Crossing the Coral Sea

Day 4 underway on our passage from Vanuatu to Australia. We crossed into Australian waters after breakfast this morning, and now have just over 300 miles to the Great Barrier Reef.Not gunna sugar-coat, this passage has been a bit of a doozy. Winds have been consistently in the mid to upper 20s, just abaft abeam. Sea swell has also been abeam at 8-10 feet, sometimes breaking. We've been set up with white sails double reefed and prevented way out, cooking right along around 8kts, and surfing at times well over 10.Needless to say, I have been less than enthusiastic to spend much time in the galley, or anywhere inside. Puking, no - seasick, sort of. It's like being a little bit pregnant, or day two after a nuclear hangover. Nauseous, headache (My name is Ali, and I am a caffeine addict.. read more...


Widago - Crossing Coral Sea
Widago - Crossing Coral Sea
02/07/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 174: One of Life's Mysteries

Another day of chores - Laundry day this time, but no sooner had Elaine completed her first load in the little washing machine, she then wasn't able to get the machine to work for the next load.Totally frustrated and upset that she may not have a washing machine any longer, she proceeded to wash what she could by hand. When Roy returned from filling the jerry cans with diesel, Elaine conveyed the news, only to discover that Roy had inadvertently switched off the inverter on his way out which supplies AC power to Paw Paw and is the power source that the washing machine uses. While w both tried to fathom why on earth Roy would have switched it off, when it was only a few minutes earlier that he turned it on, so that Elaine could use the washing machine, will remain one of life's mysteries. read more...


01/07/2016

Paw Paw - Log Days 172 & 173: The Trusty Sewing Machine to the Rescue

Yesterday Elaine spent most of the day sorting, cataloguing and uploading our latest photographs of Tahaa and Bora Bora as well as writing a new website article.Unfortunately the latter is taking a little longer, given the experiences we've enjoyed in the last 6 months - Incredible really. The day was pleasantly interrupted when we heard a familiar voice on the VHF radio - Nina had eventually made it to Bora Bora after being weatherbound in Raiatea.No sooner had they got settle when we were hailed again.Happy Hour on Nina had started. Needless to say,there was a lot of chatter as we all shared our stories since last seeing them in Tahaa.Today it was Elaine's trusty 33 year old Singer sewing machine that came to the rescue. Nina had torn a section of their mainsail operation en route from. read more...


30/06/2016

Aliena - Viernes 1 Julio 2016

Unos van y otros vienen. Anoche cena de despedida al velero Ain´t Fancy. Bettina y Dirk dejan aquí el velero y vuelven a Alemania mienras deciden que hacer. En cambio apareció Carango, Peter, que quedó en Raiatea, ha cambiado el motor y se ha vuelto a unir al grupo. Giampi ya ha llegado a Tana y nos dice que en esta marina le han clonado sus tarjetas. Nosotros perseguimos operarios para que nos acaben la instalacion del generador para ver si hoy tiran el barco al agua. Anteayer fuimos a Lautoka, la segunda capital del País. Fue como entrar en Bombay: una ciudad india, llena de tiendas de indios pero todo muy limpio y organizado. Sorpresas del destino. Carmen. read more...


30/06/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 60. Sunday 26 June. Bula Bay. 16.51.95S 178.34.71E

Following Curley's way points, we left the very pleasant anchorage off the beach at 06.30am and set off past Point Reef and the unmarked, unseen rocks on the starboard side and motor sailed into the open sea with just the main up and not much wind.All the way points we have been given gave us a trouble free passage through the Nasonisoni Passage, across Wainunu Bay, round Solevu and Cocoanut Points, past Wairiki Warf and into Bula Bay.The bay is huge and quite open but gives good shelter from the prevailing winds and appears to have a very level bottom of nice mud, so provides excellent holding and a good overnight stop. We did not make our way very far into the bay, as it was windy and cloudy and too late for snorkelling and walking anyway and we were leaving in good time in the. read more...


30/06/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 59. Saturday 25 June. Savusavu. 16.46.67S 179.20.16E

Monday, 20 June.A dull morning with very little wind for the first couple of hours, so no drama going out of the pass. Then by 11.00 it was 2 reefs in the main and going 10 knots and Anthony on the helm really enjoying himself when a rogue wave broke over the boat, pouring salt water down the hatches that were on vent.Anthony was unaware, so got a dressing down by the skipper's wife when he failed to take the matter seriously!Hatches closed, water mopped up and a fast but rough sail to Point Reef before turning inside the reef and into the sheltered waters behind it and on up to Nakama Creek in time for a late lunch.Nakama Creek was full of yachts, devoid of all beacons and quite narrow.We picked up a mooring, courtesy of Copra Shed Marina as recommended by WARC, very close to another. read more...


29/06/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 171: Nope, It Didn't Last! It's Relentless!

We woke to glorious sunshine this morning, no wind and flat seas,so we had breakfast, gathered up our snorkeling gear and headed out.We thoroughly enjoyed snorkeling the Coral Gardens again, even though the sea was very choppy on the east side of the island. We had no sooner finished, however, when, in came the clouds and it's been raining on and off since, with a howling wind and choppy seas. Guess it's another night of bouncing around so, nope, it didn't last!It's relentless!We have, therefore, decided to reset our expectations and given up on the idea of having any decent weather for the remainder of this sailing season.if anything significantly different occurs, we'll be sure to let you all know. Until then just assume the weather's c*#*!. read more...


28/06/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 170: Only One Rain Shower

We've had a breakthrough.Although the winds howled and the sea was very choppy, we had clear skies and sunshine with only one rain shower the entire day. After enjoying the day aboard, we went ashore for Happy Hour at the Maikai Marina and Restaurant to celebrate. By the time we got back to Paw Paw neither of us felt like preparing a cooked meal so we settled for a nice tossed salad, the freshly baked baguette Roy had bought earlier in the day, some French brie and some pate accompanied by a French red wine. The best part of the meal was being able to eat it at the cockpit table outside, sitting on dry cockpit cushions, under a starry sky! Lets hope it lasts!. read more...


28/06/2016

Dashzani - Lagos here we come...

Last leg of the rally today. No wind this morning 'again' but the sun is shining on the fleet. Currently being escorted down the coat by a Portuguese frigate. Maybe they have clocked we are all UK vessels!! IMG_1013. read more...


Dashzani - Lagos here we come...
Dashzani - Lagos here we come...
27/06/2016

Aliena - Lunes 27 Junio 2016

Estos dias hemos recorrido algunas islas del grupo Yasawa al Oeste del archipielago. En Navite, unica zona donde hemos encontrado algo de turismo. Son islas remotas sin infraestructura alguna, de ahi que tengan que llevar a los turistas en hidroavion. De momento no me expico muy bien la fama de Fidji. Es tan bonito como pueda ser cualquier otra zona de esta Polinesia y sin en el encanto chic de la Polinesia Francesa. Desde ayer estamos en tierra firme, en la marina de Vuda donde si hoy hubiera funcionado el travel lift, hubieran sacado el barco del agua para quitarle el campo de futbol que nos ha salido en la quilla y cambiar el generador. En fin a ver a lo largo de la semana podemos conocer alguna población importante del País.Carmen. read more...


27/06/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 168 & 169: Is this Paradise or Only Paradise for Some?

We have had a few quiet days,mostly due to unpleasant weather, but in-between the rain, we managed to attend another Heiva event last night with groups from other districts competing in the singing and dance categories.It is amazing to see the productions that have been presented for such a small island.What makes it more unique is the "stage" - the floor is beach sand, the roof open-air with fairylights strung overhead. Three sides of the perimeter are cordoned off with rope and mats laid out for spectators to sit on or you can choose to sit in the grandstand, located on the fourth side, for a small entrance fee. Being shown to your sit in the grandstand reminds one of the movie theatres years ago, but, here, beautiful ladies, in traditional dress with flowers in their hair, escort you.. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 168 & 169: Is this Paradise or Only Paradise for Some?
Paw Paw - Log Day 168 & 169: Is this Paradise or Only Paradise for Some?
27/06/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 58. Viani Bay. 16.45.00S 179.53.26E

Saturday, 18 June.With some North in the wind we had pleasant sailing all night and the wind conveniently dropped in the early hours so we could slow down and time our arrival in the Somosomo Straight at dawn and Viani Pass in daylight.Good timing, because Paradise Found and Wishanger were just approaching the pass as well on their way to a snorkelling and diving session with Jack, the local who has taken upon himself to provide services to yachties.We were very lucky to be allowed to tag along and Paradise Found and Alcedo rafted up on either side of Wishanger anchored off the reef that forms the NE side of the pass.Our ISailor chart showed us to be parkedon the reef definitely local knowledge required to do this!The snorkelling was wonderful, with great coral and masses of reef fish,. read more...


25/06/2016

Halcyon Days - The Circle Completed!

The leg from Cape May back to Annapolis was an interesting one - Up the narrow shipping channel of the Delaware River at night, with channel lights that weren't on the charts and nuns that were on the charts, but no where to be seen; then across the C&D and meeting a huge car carrier coming around the bend at 0200; then down the familiar Chesapeake Bay, complete with a final perfect close reach home.What a great trip!Well organized by the World Cruising Club and Andy, Mia and Isabelle; very competent crew that knew their sailing and safety, who all pitched in and did what was needed and who were fun to be around; and provisioning that was unbelievable - we ate like kings and the only hard part was deciding what wonderful dish to have for dinner - "tonight let's have Asian Pork with. read more...


Halcyon Days - The Circle Completed!
Halcyon Days - The Circle Completed!
25/06/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 167: Authentic Traditions Simply Priceless

Roy was up bright and early again to head ashore for more freshly baked goodies and, after breakfast, he helped Neil from YouNevaKnow again to go up the mast. Elaine took the opportunity to get some cleaning done and give the cockpit and helm station a detailed cleaning as it had not been done since the Marquesas. Then it was time to spend the afternoon relaxing and reading.After dinner we walked in to Vaitape to enjoy the festivities of the annual Heiva. Tonight's lineup was the traditional singing and dance competition.Other activities of the Heiva include outrigger racing, the coconut husk removing competition,tropical fruit races amongst others. The Heiva is basically a month long competition that takes place on all the Society Islands, but we arrived too early on the other islands. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 167: Authentic Traditions Simply Priceless
Paw Paw - Log Day 167: Authentic Traditions Simply Priceless
Juno - 2 AM anchored in front of the Naval Academy in Annapolis. We have completed our Delmarva rounding.
Juno - 2 AM anchored in front of the Naval Academy in Annapolis. We have completed our Delmarva rounding.
Evening Star - Sunset on the Atlantic view from Evening Star
Evening Star - Sunset on the Atlantic view from Evening Star
25/06/2016

Dawn - June 22

We had an exhilarating sail to Portsmouth!  Once we were out of Annapolis area, we were moving!  Night sailing was gorgeous!  We were ready to leave on Tuesday, but due to bad weather, the recommendation from Andy and Mia was that the fleet should stay put. Initially, I wanted to leave anyway.  We all got up at 4 am, We had a team meeting and I reviewed the weather fax, Grib files, and given the knowledge and experience of Andy and Mia, and other factors such as crew fatigue, the only decision was to stay.  Then, at about 6:00 am, I got a text from the admiral back at home:  "If the admiral was with you, she would tell you to stay put."  We stayed.  So....we all got some hammock time, met some of our rally mates, relaxed.  It was a fun. read more...


25/06/2016

Evening Star - Delmarva

What a great day! We left cape may and had the best day of sailing thanks to a local thunderstorm. Then.we saw some dolphins! We are on our third overnight trip to home. What a fantastic experience!Sent from AOL Mobile Mailimage image image. read more...


Evening Star - Delmarva
Evening Star - Delmarva
Evening Star - Delmarva
Evening Star - Delmarva
Evening Star - Delmarva
Evening Star - Delmarva
Juno - Headed back to Annapolis
Juno - Headed back to Annapolis
25/06/2016

Halcyon Days - Where was the wind?

We had a smooth voyage from Portsmouth to Cape May - departing at 0600 Wednesday and arriving in Cape May at 0800 on Thursday.There was a gently rolling sea on our starboard stern quarter and light westerly winds the entire trip...just not enough wind to sail once we turned the corner to head north, so we motored all but a few hours.Now we are tucked into Cape May for the day - some sightseeing for the crew that hasn't visited yet, relaxing for some...some sleep for all....then ready for the home stretch tomorrow/Saturday.The crew, Peter, Gary and Jim S, are all very experienced blue water sailors.Gary has done the DelMarVa twice before with other groups - and in both directions!He regularly sails with his NJ sailing club.Peter has a large number of passages to all sorts of destinations. read more...


Juno - Traveling on the C&O canal
Juno - Traveling on the C&O canal
Juno - Cape May from the Delaware Bay
Juno - Cape May from the Delaware Bay
Juno - Cape May lighthouse
Juno - Cape May lighthouse
Juno - Cape May in the morning
Juno - Cape May in the morning
Juno - The Sunrising as we leave Cape May New Jersey 5:57 AM Friday morning June 24 2016
Juno - The Sunrising as we leave Cape May New Jersey 5:57 AM Friday morning June 24 2016
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...


24/06/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 166: Twin Boys

This morning we said our goodbyes to Do Over who are heading west to Palmerton, Cook Islands and then on to Nuie before heading to American Somoa, where we hope to catch up with them again. E wish them fair winds and following seas. After helping Do Over with their docklines at the fuel dock, Roy returned home with some freshly baked goodies for breakfast. Then, under sunny skies, it was time to go exploring again.This time we dinghied to the south west corner of the island and, after beaching the dinghy, enjoyed a lovely walk on the Mitara beach. Next stop, the Coral Gardens, where we snorkeled in water that was so clear,it was like being in a swimming pool. There wasn't an ounce of sediment in the water and the colours were just amazing.This evening we enjoyed Happy Hour ashore with. read more...


24/06/2016

Evening Star - Delmarva

Offshore leg was fantastic. Amazing sunset complete with rainbow! Super job of navigating by Charlie, missed both storms and had a wonderful ride. Rick will give a presentation at the last party on Saturday. Arc world cruising expects to post an article about the trip and dsc will be featured. All around a great trip!Sent from my iPhone. read more...


Juno - Sunset from Atlantic Ocean
Juno - Sunset from Atlantic Ocean
23/06/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 165: The Beauty of Bora Bora

We eventually had a break in the weather today and woke to glorious sunshine. It was so nice just to be able to enjoy breakfast outside in the cockpit again. So, after a breakfast of a selection of fresh fruit, fresh fruit juice, granola and homemade yogurt and a cup of tea, it was time to get the snorkeling gear together and head out in the dinghy for a little exploring.Under sunny, blue skies we discovered the beauty of Bora Bora as we dinghied around the island of Toopua. To our delight we got to snorkel with the hugest Manta Rays we have every seen.One of the guides told us that they were at least three metres wide from tip to tip and they had just returned to the lagoon after being away for a number of weeks due to all the bad weather. We also got to swim with and pet Sting Rays. read more...



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