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18/05/2016

Hejira - A prudent start

Extracting Hejira from her cosy berth was tight with only a foot or so to spare as we turned to leave the harbour, but we managed it with aplomb, grateful that we had squeezed in and spent 3 relatively calm nights inside.The start within the harbour was curious as the course was dead to windward (usual) but with only a couple of tacks possible before the dead upwind narrow Town Cut and channel out to sea - we had misgivings. I think the organisers wanted the spectacle of all the yachts under sail but with the inevitable motoring through the cut and channel with flogging sails, there seemed little point and in our opinion, good seamanship favoured motoring across the start line, staying out of trouble with good visibility and raising sail once clear of the channel. It involved less than. read more...


18/05/2016

Ximera - Leg 2, Log Day 2 – Pleasant stay and well underway

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Ximera - Leg 2, Log Day 2 – Pleasant stay and well underway
Ximera - Leg 2, Log Day 2 – Pleasant stay and well underway
18/05/2016

Second Wind - YB Connect Message from Sylvie Furtado

Hello followers:We had a good starts yesterday after a little challenge. There was a line wrapped around our anchor. Jeff quickly came to the rescue with his pocket knife and freed us up to leave on time. Smooth sailing through last night and this morning. Moving south to avoid for cared strong wind. Enjoying good food and getting back into the routine. Crew is sending their regards to family and friends. Sylvie--Transmitted by Sylvie Furtado using YB Connect (www.ybtracking.com). read more...


18/05/2016

Exody - May 17th: Bound for the Chesapeake

It is midnight and the three quarter moon is filtering through the cloud cover - it's pattern just like an inverted rippled sand beach.The canopy masks the stars but an aircraft trail, straight as an arrow crosses, the sky and the moonlight reflects off the sea. One hundred miles out from Bermuda, Exody is goosewinging downwind rarely reaching five knots in less than ten knots of wind with a half knot adverse current.It seems too good a sail to spoil with the engine but too slow to reach port before a forecast weather system lands late Saturday!I am hanging my hopes on an imminent veer and increase in wind.Thirty six boats left St George's - thirty on ARC Europe for the Azores with a formal race start at 11.00, the other six in their own time on ARC USA. Pure Elegance and Viva left last. read more...


18/05/2016

Exody - May 15th: Blowy in Bermuda

It's Sunday lunchtime - the torrential rain and blustery westerly winds are abating and we may get out to be tourists.We are one of a dozen boats rafted up choc-a-bloc in the St George's Town Dock. It is a picture postcard little town with quaint historic buildings, a town crier. All roofs here like ribbed icing on a cake- kept pristine as water collectors.We arrived two days ago, motoring in most of the last 100 miles.The narrow 'Town Cut' is big enough for cruise ships but felt constrained to us.Queued then tied up at the customs dock for straightforward clearance then a very short hop to the town dock.Soon discovered the well sorted Yacht Services facility with internet, cafes and quite the highest quality toilets we have seen anywhere.Sadly no showers but that's maybe because we can. read more...


18/05/2016

Tinia - extreme

Here we go again. After a fantastic start yesterday we are flying along on the edge of a massive high pressure playing a weather routinversion of hot potato. Extreme sleeping ,was played by us all last night ,the game where you find a vertical surface and try to sleep on it,as always Luke has mastered this new discipline and taken it to a new level. Cooking should be fun today. No fish caught yet. jl. read more...


18/05/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 129: "Make Hay While the Sun Shines"

Another good day on the road to recovery - Elaine managed to do some of her back exercises and spend a little more time walking around and sitting up. She was able to make good use of her time out of bed by sorting and starting the upload of all our photos from our time in Nuku Hiva, Rangiroa and Tahiti. She's hoping to finish the remainder of the uploads tomorrow, so take a peek at the Gallery. While Elaine decided to "make hay while the sun shines",Roy decided to do the same thing and investigate the intermittent problem we've had with the generator. His troubles were richly rewarded when he eventually found the root cause - a messy and time-consuming job to fix, but at least it's resolved at last!A chat to Elaine's sister, Dianne, this morning and a visit from Cattiva this afternoon. read more...


18/05/2016

Aliena - Martes 17 Mayo 2016

2ºdia de BoraBora a SuwarrowVamos a motor y hemos hecho 140nm. De momento hay poco viento.Suwarrow es un atolon de las 15 islas que forman el archipielago de las Islas Cook, sitadas en el triangulo central del Pacífico, son de cultura Polinesia. Esta deshabitado, bueno en realidad vive un guarda y su familia durante ocho meses al año, en época de huracanes se van. Dicen que estas islas tienen las aguas mas limpias de toda el Pacifico y creo que Suwarrow tiene tiburones grandes. Yo me pregunto para que vamos.Carmen. read more...


17/05/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 128: On the Road to Recovery

It seems some patience, taking heed of good doctor's advise, TLC, medication, being able to speak to / video conference family and enjoying the surprise arrival of Cattiva has gone a long way to improving Elaine's back and disposition. She was able to walk unassisted for the first time today, albeit for very short distances around Paw Paw. The fact that she felt well enough to start tidying up around Paw Paw, while "supervising" poor Roy, was a great indication and reliefto both of us that she was definitely on the road to recovery! Then again, Roy might have a different opinion!. read more...


17/05/2016

Aliena - Lunes 16 Mayo 2016

1 dia navegacion a SuwarrowA las 16h hemos salido desde Bora Bora con destino a Suwarrow. Tenemos 600nm por delante y nos costará unos 5 o 6 dias, de momento a motor por falta de viento. Nos hemos unido al segundo grupo de la salida oficial desde Raiateia, si bien tan solo han salido tres barcos y nos hemos unido dos barcos mas. Por delante va el primer grupo que salieron hace tres dias. Se han quedado entre Raiatea y Tahiti unos siete barcos que no siguen y hay otros en Bora Bora que saldran mañana. Esta vez parece que la organización de la travesia no le ha gustado a muchos.Carmen. read more...


17/05/2016

Hejira - How to guarantee a reservation

The second half of our 24 hour scooter hire enabled us to access the town for some chores more easily than on foot. We paid the whopping $375 docking fee for our 4 night stay and we managed to do a final shop. Making the most of the scooters, we explored St.George’s island, swam in Clearwater Bay and visited several forts along the coast. We ‘cleared out’ conveniently as the officials visited the marina and we attended the skippers briefing. The start line will be within the harbour and we will all have to thread our way through the Town Cut before exiting down the channel out to sea. This is supposed to provide a spectacle for the locals who apparently line the shores. The ARC USA fleet were encouraged to set off last night rather than joining the start today as there is some bad. read more...


Hejira - How to guarantee a reservation
Hejira - How to guarantee a reservation
17/05/2016

Lerina - Belle journée pour faire de la voile

Il fait beau, la mer est belle et malgré le vent faible, ce sera une belle journée de voile. Nous partons a 11h ce matin pour Horta aux Acores et nous goûtons à nos dernières senteurs et couleurs tropicales avant d'affronter la grisaille, l'humidité et le froid. Michel nous a indique nos premiers waypoints. Vers le nord pour 30 milles d'abord puis vers l'ENE ..... Prochaines nouvelles depuis quelque part sur l'eau .....Tout va toujours bien à bord. Pascal. read more...


17/05/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 47. At Sea. 15.01.48S 156.61.308W

Friday 14 May.After a windy night, up at six and prepared for leaving the Society Islands. Last trip to the supermarket to use up some CFPs, more chocolate, cheese and bread and oranges.Then cast off as the Dream Yacht Charter Yachts were circling like sharks for their 8.00am reservations on the quay.We set off 2 hours ahead of the "race" start time and were in Passe Paipai when the heavens opened and we were drenched within minutes.Fortunately we could still see the buoys as the pass is quite narrow and it was at this moment that we learnt of Carango's engine failure and rescue by Into The Blue.We really feel for Peter and Vicky as the problem may be serious enough to require parts from Volvo or even a new engine.We will really miss them, as will everyone else, but thank goodness they. read more...


17/05/2016

Starblazer - 16/05/2016 - Bermuda

We did eventually reach Bermuda in the very early hours of Saturday after a very frustrating passage.It was frustrating for numerous reasons: the winds were too light to sail by for about three days; the water pump generously shared the engine cooling water with the oil (again); the replacement water pump didn't want to share its water with the cooling system; the water maker decided to stop pumping water through the membranes in less than 10 minutes.For the last 42 hours we motored at 2000 revs and, though the water pump wasn't putting much water through the system, the temperature readings at various points in the system remained acceptable.Yards from the Customs dock the overheat alarm went off!The engine overheated when the revs were very low.Surprisingly the Customs and Immigration. read more...


16/05/2016

Hejira - Chips

What a good decision it was to hire scooters for 24 hours. They were booked for 8.30 in the morning but torrential rain prompted a phone call and a delay in their collection until lunch time by which time the weather had brightened and we set off to explore the islands. Early caution gave way to 3 Barry Sheene alikes speeding down the Bermudan lanes. This is a BEAUTIFUL place! The lanes are bordered by hedges of Oleander and Hibiscus all in bloom, the properties are all well kept (some palatial) and the gardens are all manicured. There is a dated charm about the place with the exception of Hamilton town itself which is really quite cosmopolitan. The beaches are stunning and there is a plethora of bays and coves populated by moored boats. It is ‘off the beaten track’ but well worth the. read more...


Hejira - Chips
Hejira - Chips
16/05/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 46. Raiatea and goodbye French Poynesia. 16.43.79S 151.26.56W

Wednesday 11 May.We were lucky with the weather in the morning, when we snorkelled near the Passe Toahotu, as last night's rain had cleared and there was some sun.Aliena joined us, and there were a few other boats anchored in the shallows off the reef.Plenty of sand and not many coral heads, but quite a lot of the coral was damaged by anchors or the weather.Then it was Motor to Raiatea, leaving Grand Bank central to starboard and following Alena and Chilli B.We were lucky to be able to tie up to the quay reserved for the charter boats on Wednesdays and Saturdays after it was vacated by a Dream Yacht Charter catamaran, as the weather deteriorated and we had a lot of SE winds, making the usual space on the quay untenable.Other WARC boats had a fewvery uncomfortable nights at anchor or were. read more...


16/05/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 127: A Lovely Surprise to Brighten Our Day

With the WARC fleet having left the Society Islands today, heading for Surwarrow in the Cook Islands and then with Do Over leaving Tahiti for Moorea this morning, we were feeling rather lonesome in the anchorage, unable to move until Elaine has recovered a little more. Then Elaine heard Roy speaking to a yacht that was motoring past Paw Paw, followed by the dinghy being lowered into the water and the outboard motor starting up.About 10 minutes later he returned with a message: "Maria says hi". Confused about who he was talking about,Roy then promptly announced that he had just helped our friends, Maria and Maurice on Cattiva, moor on the ball next to us.They had just arrived from the Tuamotos while en route to Moorea, but had to make an unexpected stop in Tahiti.Whata lovely surprise as. read more...


16/05/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 45. Tahaa. 16.38.18S 151.29.21W

8 May.An uneventful motor sail/motor to Tahaa, dead downwind as usual with 8 to 10 knots of wind.Carango, Wishanger and Take Off left before us, heading for Bora Bora, the must do/see Island and Hannah's 21st birthday celebrations today, while we are going for less distance and tourism. We found only one other yacht in Haamene Bay, so had a choice of buoys and picked up the one with most depth.A very beautiful and deep bay with a good restaurant, which of course immediately closed on our arrival until Tuesday lunchtime!So afternoon walk and supper on board.9 May.A day of rain after a bit of shopping in the well stocked supermarket, so we arranged car hire, walked to a vanilla farm and had a lazy afternoon.It was a foul afternoon and everyone remained below.10 May.Drove round the island,. read more...


16/05/2016

Aliena - Domingo 15 Mayo 2016

Por fin ha lucido el sol. Acabamos de llegar a Bora Bora, a las 18 hora local. Ayer con un tiempo muy malo salió el primer grupo hacia Suworrov. Mañana saldrá el segundo grupo desde Raiatea y nosotros nos uniremos cuando esten a la altura de Bora Bora. Vamos a Tonga pero pasamos por Suworrov y Niue, donde estaremos unos tres dias en cada sitio. Son lugares muy pequeños y nos han tenido que dividir en dos grupos aunque Miguel, para variar, hace la salida mas complicada. Creo que no vamos a tener internet durante bastante tiempo, con lo que seguiré con estas entradas al blog de la ARC.Carmen. read more...


15/05/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 126: Grant a Miracle Please

While Roy runs around like a headless chicken trying to get everything done before our departure for Moorea, "slow" is too good a word for the recovery Elaine is making. "Snails pace" would be more accurate, but the highlight of her day was being able to take a shower and wash her hair after Roy put the cooler box in the shower for her to sit on - "A boer maak a plan", as they say in South Africa. It was, however, only when she tried to drop her head forward in order to wrap a towel around her wet hair that it really hit home just what her sister, Dianne, has suffered for 10 years - Disabled and in chronic pain every day due to injuries from a car accident 22 years ago that resurfaced 10 years ago and that were neglected by doctors at the time. Elaine hasn't managed just 4 days of agony. read more...


15/05/2016

Hejira - Crew Quorum

Barry and I ‘took a turn into town’ and it is quite clear that Bermuda is a really lovely, organised destination  – or so it would seem from our current experience of St. George’s island. The town of St. George was originally the capital before it was transferred to Hamilton and it dates back to the early 18th century. History abounds and it is a World Heritage Site with a museum to support this accolade.An interesting feature of the island is white roofs on seemingly every building. These are apparently made of limestone with a cement serving over the top. They all have ridges to divert rainwater into underground tanks as there are no springs and this rainwater harvesting is very important to the community. Taking a break from the culture, we took a beer in the Wahoo Bistro and. read more...


15/05/2016

Lerina - Hommage à la Marine Nationale

Nous avons visité l'Etoile, navire école de la Marine Nationale, qui est en escale aux Bermudes avant de monter au Nord vers New York. L'équipage nous avait salué lorsque nous sommes passés devant eux pour aller au ravitaillement en fuel (deux bateaux Brestois se sont rencontrés). Hier soir nous sommes montés à bord pour les saluer. L'équipage a été très accueillant malgré l'heure tardive. Il s'apprêtait à recevoir quelques personnalités locales. Nous avons visité le pont et discute "technique" .... Nous sommes repartis fiers de notre Marine et de ses marins en se souhaitant mutuellement bon vent ..... Quenavo Pascal. read more...


15/05/2016

Lerina - Jour de repos à George Town

La journée de samedi a vu le retour du vent (sud ouest 20-25 N) qu'on aurait bien aimé avoir plus tôt. La baie non protégée (les Bermudes sont très plates) écume. A notre arrivée, nous nous sommes mis à couple de deux autres bateaux (en centre ville). Les autres bateaux de l'ARC sont soit a l'ancre soit au Dinghy Club avec eau et électricité. La journée a été consacrée au ravitaillement en fuel. L'ARC a fait venir un camion de fuel détaxe qui s'est positionné sur un quai en béton gardé par des vieux pneus énormes. Chacun a son tour, les bateaux sont venus s'amarrer a ce quai et remplir leur cuve et bidons. Joli spectacle que ce balai continuel de voiliers arborant le drapeau de l'ARC allant et venant dans la baie. Les manœuvres ont été plutôt délicates avec le vent qui poussait contre la. read more...


Thursday´s Child - Safely in Bermuda
Thursday´s Child - Safely in Bermuda
Thursday´s Child - Rum punch in one hand, camera in the other
Thursday´s Child - Rum punch in one hand, camera in the other
Thursday´s Child - Arriving in Bermuda through the Cut
Thursday´s Child - Arriving in Bermuda through the Cut
Thursday´s Child - Gennaker number 1
Thursday´s Child - Gennaker number 1
Thursday´s Child - Happy days
Thursday´s Child - Happy days
Thursday´s Child - Man over board practice
Thursday´s Child - Man over board practice
Thursday´s Child - Dolphins swimming with us in the rain
Thursday´s Child - Dolphins swimming with us in the rain
Thursday´s Child - Disco Diva..? Definitely raining anyway
Thursday´s Child - Disco Diva..? Definitely raining anyway
Thursday´s Child - Rigging check
Thursday´s Child - Rigging check
Thursday´s Child - Rain
Thursday´s Child - Rain
Thursday´s Child - Prize for the smallest fish?
Thursday´s Child - Prize for the smallest fish?
Thursday´s Child - Steve, Chris and George
Thursday´s Child - Steve, Chris and George
14/05/2016

Hejira - Bermudan Blockade

Dawn prompted a flurry of activity to prepare for our arrival. The mast top burgee had to be hoisted before we could deploy our RVYC defaced red ensign. The Bermuda courtesy flag and the yellow ‘Q’ flag had to be flown at the starboard and port crosstrees and the ARC people like their flag to be on display. We were amongst a ‘bevvy’ of yachts converging on St. George’s Town Cut and after exchanges with the affable and efficient Bermuda Radio officials, we were given permission to enter the harbour and instructions to go to Ordinance Island and moor at the Customs Clearance Dock to complete the entry formalities.The officials were a refreshing contrast to our usual experiences in the Caribbean with only one officer dealing with the many forms. The ARC had even negotiated a waiver on the. read more...


Hejira - Bermudan Blockade
Hejira - Bermudan Blockade
14/05/2016

Lerina - Arrives à Ste Georges Harbour

C'est après plus de 50 heures de moteur que nous avons enfin pu toucher la terre ferme. Notre arrivée de nuit à été quelque peu stressante le chenal d'entrée dans la baie étant très étroit, mais tout s'est bien passé. Nous avons accompli les formalités d'entrée dans la foulée et a 11h du soir, nous pouvions goûter à une bière bien fraîche dans un bar voisin. Nous sommes à couple de deux autres bateaux. Le port est surchargé. Tout le monde est concentré sur le ravitaillement, en fuel en particulier car l'anticyclone des Acores semble se situer très haut ce qui peut nécessiter "quelques" heures de moteur sur notre route vers Horta. La chasse aux bidons est ouverte !! Nous repartons mardi prochain. Nous sommes un peu KO mais pas trop fatigués. La ville est belle et les couleurs du petit. read more...


13/05/2016

Tinia - Last day to Bermuda

65 miles to go no wind, very hot,flat calm, and the sea is getting colder ,only 24. We still seem to be just ahead of the yacht Lerina who have been within sight nearly all week, not that we are racing ! almost caught two huge fish last night ..... but they got away. jl. read more...


13/05/2016

Hejira - Bermuda Radio

We continue to motor across a glassy sea and expect to arrive in Bermuda around 1300 today. Soon after leaving the BVI, we witnessed a spectacular patch of ‘boiling’ water as the surface briefly erupted with quite sizeable jumping fish. It has been notable since then that we have not seen much in the way of wildlife with few birds or flying fish. The water temperature continues to drop, from 25.5 degrees in the Caribbean to a current 20 degrees. The advice for the passage from Bermuda to the Azores is to go north before heading east to optimise the wind but they caution not to go too far north because of ice bergs!!! The ‘upside’ to travelling north however at this time of the year is that the nights are becoming significantly shorter.Rather than carry lots of plastic bottles of. read more...


13/05/2016

Exody - May 12th: Gunning and Ghosting, Chill in the Air

It is 21.00 and the last of the sunset has not long disappeared, the moon now bright, the skies clear and the seas flat. Heard this before?Just 70 miles out from Bermuda, we are ghosting along at around four knots with the light south easterly breeze.Although progress is slow and we want to optimise our very short three night stopover in Bermuda, it seems a shame to 'gun' the engine and spoil the magical peace.We are feeling chilled having dug out and recharged our old ipods to deliver sweet music over dinner of Frittata! At the 09.00 daily radio net which Exody hosted this morning, we reported 20.5 hours motoring out of the previous 24, but the wind has since picked up allowing us to sail off and on today.Once again at daybreak, we had three boats in sight, Zython, Here & Now and. read more...


13/05/2016

Paw Paw - Log Days 122, 123 & 124: Changed in a Moment

With Olga and Denis in Bora Bora, we decided to use the few days to get some To Dos out of the way in preparation for our departure to Moorea early next week.In particular, taking the bus to Papeete on Tuesday to pick up a Duty-free Fuel Permit and getting some shopping done at the various chandleries and hardware stores. Yesterday morning we decided to combine a dive with cleaning Paw Paw's bottom, but no sooner had we got our tanks ready with BCDs and Regulators attached,when one moment changed everything. As Elaine bent down to rest her tank horizontally on the cockpit floor, so that it wouldn't fall over, the lower part of her back exploded in pain. It was so intense she nearly passed out, but Roy managed to get her to the floor and then to her bed,where, unfortunately, she has. read more...


13/05/2016

Free Spirit - Amazing how we spring to life

12 May 2016We had another beautiful night underway, cruising off the northern coast of Cuba.We had decent wind and were sailing until about 6am when the wind died.We turned the motor on and put the pedal to the medal as we are close enough and have plenty of fuel to reach our destination.Cruising up the Old Bahamas Channel is very civilized, as islands and reefs on either side break up the waves to provide fairly calm waters.Talk on the passage has turned to the subject of boats, with Mike and David tempting Alex with visions of his future boats.Alex has his notebook out and is carefully making notes.I think we have a future Caribbean 1500 skipper in the making.This afternoon's Ladies Chat featured a special guest, Mrs. Doubtfire, with an analysis of the Gulf Stream and strategies for. read more...


12/05/2016

Aurelia - Aurelia Trip Day 6

After a couple of days of really good sailing we reached the entrance tothe Old Bahama Channel, just North of Cuba, around 12.30am this morning. TheSpinnaker had been up for the past 14hrs constant but we now had to move on to acloser reach.  Lots of boats around , sailing, Tankers & a US Navy shipall coming up on the AIS as being dangerously close. We just needed to be extravigilant being night time.   We are now through the Channel & moved on to a more Northerly course aswe pass the Great Bahama Bank headed for the Straits of Florida & then PortEverglades. We hope to pick up some good speed once we enter the northerlycurrent of the Gulf Stream which could add 3 or 4knts to our boat speed inplaces.   For a change on board Sandy made the porridge this morning. read more...


12/05/2016

Mariposa - Log day 7, Dressed

We departed Cape Canaveral on May 5th heading for Bermuda. Our crossing was mostly uneventful except for our first day at sea. King Neptune decided to test the teams ability to work together in a high stress situation. That being 12'-14' seas and steady 25 knts winds, a stuck rolling fuller with the full jib out, and full main up. We needed to reef the main badly but had to solve the stuck jib problem first.Even though 3 members of the team had never met until the day before departure everyone came together to work as a team to solve the problems efficiently and quickly.Everyone adjusted well to the helm duty and on call duty quickly. We arrived in Bermuda on May 11th by 10am under sunny clear skies. The team took the remainder of the day to relax and get caught up on some. read more...


Mariposa - Log day 7, Dressed
Mariposa - Log day 7, Dressed
12/05/2016

Starblazer - 12/05/2016 – The revenge of the engine water pumps.

We must have seriously annoyed the Norse God, Volvo!No sooner had I written that the engine was running well, it decided to cause us further grief. During Tuesday afternoon John decided to check the fresh water cooling reservoir and the oil levels, he’d meant to do it on Monday but forgot.The water reservoir was almost full, thankfully.The pipework is push fit pieces that go in various different directions and they do tend to leak, according to the Volvo engineer in Cape Town. The oil level was a different matter, the dip stick showed too much oil (about twice as much as there should be!) with the tell-tale grey emulsion evident, a sign that water had got into the oil.It was too late to start dismantling the water pump and draining the oil, that was yesterday’s job.We first encountered. read more...



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