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21/08/2016

Venturer II - VENTURER II Captain Slog Day 2

Not much to report today but should take some positives from itCelia and I are back on speaking terms again. Trying to fold a 150% Genoa on the deck yesterday in supersonic winds put our pretty solid 35 year marriage in jeopardy. The event also made me realise I am skipper in name only. Also I have just discovered that there are no bacon butties planned for the morning. Maybe if I am not really the skipper that means I am the crew and I could mutiny....not sure what that will achieve.I have been to 2 briefings now in the lighthouse. It reminds me of the crooked house that used to come to Barnet Fair. It also reminds me of our house, but that's another story.i haven't actually gleaned much from the meetings apart from the surprising thing that all the people seem nice and normal. No smart. read more...


Alpamayo - Life as an Autohelm Rabbit - Day 3 photo
Alpamayo - Life as an Autohelm Rabbit - Day 3 photo
21/08/2016

Alpamayo - Alpamayo - Life as an Autohelm Rabbit - Day 3

On an unexpected lay day due to continued bad weather what is a young autohelm rabbit to do?  I would happily have passed the day playing computer games on the chart plotter but the skipper said I had to practise my spelling.... With flags.  Shame I didn't have any time left to bake a Carrot cake for the Bake Off competition.  Looking forward to the chance to demonstrate my helming skills on the way to Cherbourg tomorrow.Flopsy  Alpamayo. read more...


21/08/2016

South Steyne - Log Day 2 - going tomorrow

The weather and sea state are finally in our favour and we are off to Cherbourg rather early tomorrow morning, away at 05.30. Fuel first and go. Tony, our 3rd crew member, joined us last night, provisions on board, passage planning done. Not much left to donow but have supper and get an early night. We hope to arrive by 18.00hrs (UK time). Fair winds and a safe passage to all our fellow rally members.. read more...


21/08/2016

Hufflepuff - ARC CI rally: Hufflepuff Post script to Bake Off Blog

...and the winner of the cupcake category is Jasmine James and Hufflepuff!image1. read more...


Hufflepuff - ARC CI rally: Hufflepuff Post script to Bake Off Blog
Hufflepuff - ARC CI rally: Hufflepuff Post script to Bake Off Blog
21/08/2016

Hufflepuff - ARC Channel Islands Rally: Day 4 (Sunday) Hufflepuff prepares for Bake Off!

The ARC team are ensuring we make the most of our stay in Gosport by organising a Bake Off competition 😀😀 Undaunted by the lack of an oven the Hufflepuff crew, led by youngest member Jasmine, have prepared rice crispy cakes - mmmimage3 image2 image1. read more...


Hufflepuff - ARC Channel Islands Rally: Day 4 (Sunday) Hufflepuff prepares for Bake Off!
Hufflepuff - ARC Channel Islands Rally: Day 4 (Sunday) Hufflepuff prepares for Bake Off!
Hufflepuff - ARC Channel Islands Rally: Day 4 (Sunday) Hufflepuff prepares for Bake Off!
Hufflepuff - ARC Channel Islands Rally: Day 4 (Sunday) Hufflepuff prepares for Bake Off!
Hufflepuff - ARC Channel Islands Rally: Day 4 (Sunday) Hufflepuff prepares for Bake Off!
Hufflepuff - ARC Channel Islands Rally: Day 4 (Sunday) Hufflepuff prepares for Bake Off!
21/08/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 224: A Change of Plan and Another First on Paw Paw

When we decided on our plan for our passage from Samoa to Tonga we took the decision to skip the northern island of Nuiatoputapu, Tonga and head straight for the Vava'u Group, in order to take advantage of the forecasted benign weather, as well as not wanting to risk another weather system coming through if we delayed our passage by stopping. We were also looking forward to a relatively peaceful passage based on the forecast of light and variable winds in flat seas, since we'd spent nearly a month in Samoa, enjoying a well deserved rest in glorious sunshine and in a protected anchorage. Well, not only was Murphy having a giggle,he had other plans for us. By late afternoon when the weather started to deteriorate unexpectedly we were already past Nuiatoputapu and could not make it in. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 224: A Change of Plan and Another First on Paw Paw
Paw Paw - Log Day 224: A Change of Plan and Another First on Paw Paw
Paw Paw - Log Day 224: A Change of Plan and Another First on Paw Paw
Paw Paw - Log Day 224: A Change of Plan and Another First on Paw Paw
Paw Paw - Log Day 224: A Change of Plan and Another First on Paw Paw
Paw Paw - Log Day 224: A Change of Plan and Another First on Paw Paw
21/08/2016

Venturer II - Captain Slog Day One

Safety Visit went well in the morning. Celia needed little encouragement to see my Handy Billy in ActionWith the prospect of another day in port to keep my No 2 happy we have some fender polishing planned.Celia fell asleep this afternoon passage planning. She got bored trying to work out why her 201 degrees true to Cherbourg drawn on the chart is different to my 197 onthe iPad. We didn't have the stamina to apply Lee Bow whatever that is. I thought he played for Newcastle United.We discovered this evening that there is baking competition tomorrow . Not sure we will have time between fender polishing and googling LeeBow. I have spotted some shrink wrapped French bread with a picture of that smarmy beardedchap on Bake Off in our fridge that you put in the oven . Perhaps we could use that. read more...


20/08/2016

Majic-L - Majical Challenge Day 3

Woke up to the wind and rain today, but we had already decided that we would start the day with a Wetherspoons so as soon as the rain stopped we were off up the high st. Four large breakfasts later (and they were big!) and we were ready for anything after 1500 calories. Admired Linda's self control as she could watch the rest of us eat all that as she had taken the healthy option of grapefruit. That being said, we didn't have pints at 9:30 in the morning with our food as a few of the customers were doing surprisingly.We needed a walk after that so walked nearly 2 miles to Gosport Living Flame to buy some fireproof rope and special glue to fix the glass on the oven door on the boat - glad they had it after all that as we will need the oven for the challenge tomorrow (more of that later!).. read more...


Majic-L - Majical Challenge - meet the crew (Mark, Dave, Richard, Tony & Linda)
Majic-L - Majical Challenge - meet the crew (Mark, Dave, Richard, Tony & Linda)
Majic-L - Majical Challenge - meet the crew (Mark, Dave, Richard, Tony & Linda)
Majic-L - Majical Challenge - meet the crew (Mark, Dave, Richard, Tony & Linda)
Majic-L - Majical Challenge - meet the crew (Mark, Dave, Richard, Tony & Linda)
Majic-L - Majical Challenge - meet the crew (Mark, Dave, Richard, Tony & Linda)
Hufflepuff - Day 3
Hufflepuff - Day 3
20/08/2016

Hufflepuff - ARC CI RALLY DAY 3: Skipper checking steaming light on a blustery day

A leisurely lie in and cooked breakfast (thanks Cathy) was an ideal start to the day and set us up well for Roger "T" Seymour's visit to check over the boat and our passage planning. Jasmine impressed with her progress on learning to tie a bowline and lots of useful tips were gleaned from Roger in exchange for a cup of Twinings best. The windy weather didn't deter certain members of the crew from investigating the play park and steam fair whilst others went up the mast to check on the steaming light. Sally called in to say hello and was rewarded with a handful of candy floss from the fair and then we all headed off for a very enjoyable drink or few at Hardy's before a fish and chip supper back on board. All in all a happy day - and quite relieved to be listening to the wind from our. read more...


Midnight Wanderer - Stormy clouds, windy Gosport backdrop crew selfie. Killing time spending money. Uh oh.
Midnight Wanderer - Stormy clouds, windy Gosport backdrop crew selfie. Killing time spending money. Uh oh.
20/08/2016

Midnight Wanderer - Day 3 - Saturday

It was windy, with the odd squall, so once again, it was a lazy breakfast, with black coffee and toast and the bottom of the last jar of my homemade marmalade. Disaster, as we hadn't provisioned any more.This, as you will learn, had a major bearing on decisions made later.So the crew agreed that shopping would be good therapy given the exciting email we all received from Sally. Monday it is, thank heavens, when we will then get going. The green ferry gotus to Gun Wharf, a premier retail outlet. Bargains!Musto, Vans, M&S, Bose, Levi's and more, which meant the card took a hit.Over lunch in Tiger Tiger, which I had gone to thinking it was that Danish shop of things you buy but don't need, we agreed that we would leave the marina. After all, we had run out of marmalade and there was. read more...


Midnight Wanderer - Two men in hats. They both like boats.
Midnight Wanderer - Two men in hats. They both like boats.
Alpamayo - Day 2
Alpamayo - Day 2
20/08/2016

Alpamayo - Life as an Autohelm Rabbit - Day 2

I was a bit tied up yesterday but today I have focused on getting my jobs done. Even though the wind is currently keeping us in the marina it's important to fly the flag and take part! That's where today's adventure begins....While my adult minders were taken full advantage of the local shops and attractions I took it upon myself to get the rally flag back up the mast. Surely it's a simple task for a fully competent Autohelm Rabbit, how difficult could it be? (Famous last words). With one paw on the flag and the other three tying the knots, easy; you will know from yesterday's blog that I am quite proficient with a rope. However, those experienced sailors amongst you will have already realised my mistake, three paws is one paw too many. Slip, grip, fumble and go... the extra paw was. read more...


20/08/2016

Amy Clair - ARC Channel Islands - Gosport day 1..... & 2...&...

So we're still in Gosport instead of half way across the channel, thanks to the howling winds and weather warnings, but a joy to have some glorious sunshine whilst we dodge the downpours and try to avoid being swept off the pontoon!A good chance to make new acquaintances, share ridiculous boating stories, and build confidence for the forthcoming passages. Today's bonus was some added entertainment courtesy of the Armed Forces - a sail past with bagpipes sounding out across the harbour! How did our ARC rally leaders manage to organise that I wonder? Very impressed! Photo and or video to follow if my techie skills and icloud allow (that's probably a no then!)👏👏💨🌊⛵️Liz Hedges on S/Y Amy Clair. read more...


20/08/2016

Jessica - Calm before the storm, who'd have guessed from such a calm scene?

Sent from my iPhoneimage1. read more...


Jessica - Calm before the storm, who'd have guessed from such a calm scene?
Jessica - Calm before the storm, who'd have guessed from such a calm scene?
20/08/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 223: Murphy is Having a Giggle

After a reasonably good night Roy decided to tackle the port engine issue again.Unfortunately after cleaning the heat exchanger, the exhaust elbow, the pipes of the water pump and the filter, it is still running hot. The only two remaining possibilities are a blockage in the intake or the water pump.Lets hope it's the less expensive one. Either way neither can be investigated until we are at anchor. On another note, we've decided that Murphy is definitely having a giggle. Once again a South Pacific passage has no resemblance to what was forecasted.The flat seas we thought we were getting only lasted a day and now we are crawling our way through very lumpy and confused seas, with the swell anything from southwesterly to southerly, the current out of the east and winds out of the. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 223: Murphy is Having a Giggle
Paw Paw - Log Day 223: Murphy is Having a Giggle
Alpamayo - Life as an Autohelm Rabbit -day 1
Alpamayo - Life as an Autohelm Rabbit -day 1
19/08/2016

Alpamayo - Life as an Autohelm Rabbit -Day 1

Being an Autohelm rabbit can be tough. Here at my berth in Gosport Marina waiting to start the ARC Channel Islands, we are hit by some stormy weather.Outside, the rain is persistently washing the decks. This ruins my fur so I have had to shelter inside all day.As a keen sailing rabbit, I have used this time to practice my knots. To start with, things went well until there were some lewd suggestions about rope and knots from a crew member. I was so shocked, my ears stood up on end. Unfortunately the end result of my knot tying can be seen in the rather embarrassing photo taken by the skipper when I was well and truly indisposed. Fortunately, non of my female rabbit friends were nearby although the thought of this picture appearing on Furbook may keep me awake tonight.Fur. read more...


19/08/2016

Hufflepuff - waiting for the weather to blow through

After a bumpy night next to the Haslar lightship and with the weather expected to worsen, we made plans to move to a more sheltered berth. That was the cue for the sun to come out after hours of rain, naturally. The noise of the wind in the rigging is increasing now, though, so we're glad we made the move.We've had a relaxing day with games on board and a trip on the ferry across to Portsmouth. The crew split up with part going off to watch "Finding Dory" and part having lunch at Loch Fyne in Gunwharf Quays. The skippers' briefing went through the key points for our passage to Cherbourg with an update promised on Saturday. It's exciting to anticipate the trip, but let's see what the weather holds for us...FionaHufflepuff. read more...


19/08/2016

Majic-L - Majical WRC challenge - day 2

So, here we are this morning in a wet and windy Haslar marina. Had afunny start to the day - we have more eggs than you can shake a stick at so Tony offered to cook breakfast. After a bit of debate - fried, boiled, poached, scrambled we opted for poached eggs on toast for the 5 of us. Thing was, Tony knew what to do but two issues - he'd seen his wife doing them but hadn't done himself, so the "advice" started from his crew mates and you know what they say about "too many cooks" - how true! Then you know what they say about being in someone else's kitchen, well in a boats galley this is even more so as everything is stowed for travel so much searching for things like vinegar, ramekins etc. But it all turned out well and we enjoyed the eggs and all ready at the same time. He's been. read more...


19/08/2016

South Steyne - Log Day 1 - going nowhere...yet

Thanks to the reliable British summertime weather, we are not leaving for Cherbourg tomorrow morning, looks like it might be Sunday or possibly Monday now. After a rather improved breakfast (yesterday was porridge with mixed spices - yuck), we had oursafety meeting on board this morning and had an interesting MOB conversation. With so many variables to consider, followed by the difficult task of actually getting some-one back on board, especially if you are short handed, it does seem like the best possibleadvice is to just prevent it from happening in the first place. Stay in the cockpit, tight jack stays, clip on, short safety lines, maintaining a low centre of gravity, shoes with good grip, one hand for you and the other for the boat..... After visiting a local chandlery and leaving. read more...


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...


19/08/2016

Midnight Wanderer - Day 2 - Friday

The day dawned dreek and got worse. The crew decided that we should spend time visiting the Mary Rose museum, especially as they recently uncovered the hull and the s'board is now visible in all its glory. I had never been to see her before, but I do remember some 35 years ago, skiving from work to see the wreck lifted from the Solent. Amazing then and amazing now to see her and especially the artefacts and the human stories. We didn't (couldn't in the time available) see it all and therefore we'll be back to see it and the other exhibitions.Of course, that wasn't the highlight of the day. No, that was the Skippers' Briefing. With signature performances from Jeremy, Sally and Roger, in addition, there there was a PowerPoint presentation, but as far as I could see, no-one fell asleep in a. read more...


Midnight Wanderer - A wobbly wait in Haslar Marina
Midnight Wanderer - A wobbly wait in Haslar Marina
19/08/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 222: Decisions, Decisions, Decisions ...

As with most things in life we have choices and, therefore, decisions to make.Prior to leaving Samoa this morning, we had to make a decision on our departure date, based on the weather forecasts we had been studying for the past week. Do we take advantage of the forecasted flatter seas, but lighter winds, which meant we would be motoring or, at best, motor-sailing or do we wait until after the weekend for stronger winds that would allow us to sail, albeit a beat, accompanied by higher seas?Based on the sailing season we have had thus far, we opted for the former. With two engines, the prospect of motoring or motor-sailing just meant we would adopt our normal strategy - motor at a low RPM to conserve fuel, alternate between engines and add some time to the passage to account for the. read more...


19/08/2016

Hufflepuff - ARC CI DAY 1: arrives at Haslar Marina

The welcome from the ARC CI team on Manitoba was distinctly brighter than the forecast for the weekend (their yellow shirts competing with our dayglo green ones for the prize for "team least likely to be lost in a crowd". The Hufflepuff shirts also turned out to be good camouflage against the Haslar lightship, Mary Mouse, where we enjoyed the marina's hospitality and met the Mayor (very exciting for our youngest crew member, Jasmine - a fun start to the rally. FionaHufflepuff. read more...


Hufflepuff - ARC CI DAY 1:arrives at Haslar Marina
Hufflepuff - ARC CI DAY 1:arrives at Haslar Marina
Hufflepuff - ARC CI DAY 1: arrives at Haslar Marina
Hufflepuff - ARC CI DAY 1: arrives at Haslar Marina
18/08/2016

Midnight Wanderer - Day one

We had a short trip to Haslar from Port Solent, and moored up opposite the lighthouse. Very convenient for the ablution facilities, I must say, as we've never been closer wherever we have parked for the night.First impressions are indicative as to how things turn out generally, and I must say all are good. So far, we have hooked up with Simon and Becky (Anne of Wight) with whom we found we had an interest in rugby. Simon (proud son) told me that his father played rugby for England. "When " I asked to which he replied "in the 1930's." I think I disappointed him by not remembering his father's exploits on and off the field! I'm just not old enough!We were moored ahead of Howard (FourForty) who admitted that this would be his first time across the channel, just like us, which reassured my. read more...


18/08/2016

Majic-L - Majical Channel ARC - Day 1

My names Mark and I offered to write our blog as I'm the weekend sailor amongst our crew. There are 5 of us doing this great sailing adventure - my crew mates are Richard (the skipper and boat owner), his wife Linda, Tony and Dave. Tony and Dave have both owned yachts themselves and they are all experienced sailors - unlike me but I can type.We started with an early sailing from Lymington Yacht Haven where Majic-L had been berthed to Gosport for the start of the ARC. Pretty good sail over - took about 4 hours and we managed to find enough wind to sail much of the way. Brilliant sunshine and warm - unbelievable that the weather is forecast so pants for tomorrow!Tony told me about an app called Find Ship which I told my wife about - next I get an excited text that she could see we had left. read more...


18/08/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 221: Saying Goodbye to Beautiful Samoa

Tonight, after a delicious tuna fest on board and sitting on the trampoline under a beautiful full moon, we can't help but reflect on the wonderful time we've had in Samoa. There aren't too many places that we have visited during our sailing adventures where we feel we are leaving are hearts behind. Tomorrow morning we will say our goodbyes to beautiful Samoa as we set sail for Tonga, taking with us the fondest of memories. Today, after completing all the officialdom of clearing out we made a last stop at the fresh produce and fish markets, enjoyed one last lunch at the Milani Caffé,filled our diesel jerry cans, topped up on dinghy petrol and finally collected Elaine's "poletasi" (Traditional Samoan dress). Since it's a more formal outfit, she's looking forward to wearing it to a nice. read more...


17/08/2016

Paw Paw - Log Days 219 & 220: Getting Back Into the Swing of Things

Yesterday we had a great outing - We played golf - The first time since moving onto Paw Paw. In fact the last time we can remember playing was on Keenan's birthday two and half years ago in Chandler. The Royal Samoan, rated as one of the top 100 golf courses in the world, was beautiful, set in the mountains about 15 minutes drive from Apia. Although a longer course than we were expecting, we didn't do too badly at all and it was simply lovely just to get back into the swing of things.Afterwards we enjoyed a delicious lunch at the Gormet Seafoodrestaurant before starting our re-provisioning exercise ahead of our departure for Tonga later this week and had to continue today. Unfortunately one of the joys of sailing is that it's extremely unusual to be able to find everything you need in. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Days 219 & 220: Getting Back Into the Swing of Things
Paw Paw - Log Days 219 & 220: Getting Back Into the Swing of Things
Paw Paw - Log Days 219 & 220: Getting Back Into the Swing of Things
Paw Paw - Log Days 219 & 220: Getting Back Into the Swing of Things
15/08/2016

Paw Paw - Log Days 217 & 218: A Quiet Sunday and Monday

We had a quiet Sunday yesterday and another quiet day today since it was a public holiday and everywhere was closed, with the exception of a few smaller supermarkets. We did, however, keep ourselves busy with various odd jobs like topping up the diesel tanks, fixing the boom bail and strap, fixing the outhaul, doing laundry - Elaine is still loving her washing machine -making water, cleaning the hulls, cleaning under the floorboards and in the bilges, re-routing the TV to the main saloon speakers, fixing some additional bungies and getting some provisioning done in preparation for our time in Tonga, as we understand supplies are fairly limited there. We did find time for some fun activities as well like facetiming Keenan and Brooke. Unfortunately William was far too busy playing in the. read more...



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