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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
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...


23/06/2016

Sablier - Ocean bound

Yesterday's Skipper meeting gave the weather a-okay for us to depart this morning for leg 2 of the trip. So, last night we tried on our safety equipment and practiced lashing to the jack lines that are now running along both sides of the boat's deck. Jacklines allow you use a tether to connect to boat should one need to be out on deck in unstable seas. This is a pic of Nick, with all his gear on. Can you tell what is wrong with picture? Hint: Nick is standing in the cockpit behind the binnacle.     20160618_181956.jpg We rose early and left Ocean Yatch Marina at 5:30 am. It was pretty to watch sunrise and the cities that flank the Elizabeth River start to wake-up. Initially, winds are light and from our stern. As the day went on and our route changed, we were able to set sail.. read more...


Juno - Setting sun over Delmarva in Maryland
Juno - Setting sun over Delmarva in Maryland
Juno - Under spinnaker at 4.9 knts
Juno - Under spinnaker at 4.9 knts
Juno - Karl's first nap
Juno - Karl's first nap
22/06/2016

Evening Star - Delmarva

We're on the ocean!!fair winds and following seas! Life couldn't be better!!!image. read more...


Evening Star - Delmarva
Evening Star - Delmarva
Kairos - Muffins!
Kairos - Muffins!
Juno - Juno in the Atlantic
Juno - Juno in the Atlantic
Juno - Cleared the Chesapeake
Juno - Cleared the Chesapeake
Juno - Leaving Portsmouth 5:30 AM
Juno - Leaving Portsmouth 5:30 AM
22/06/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 164: Fairylights to Add a Little Magic

Yesterday evening we enjoyed sundowners on the trampoline, having not seen a sunset for quite some time and were rewarded with the most vivid "green flash", the likes of which we haven't seen before.Unfortunately a starry night was not forthcoming as the skies clouded over and the rain set in,continuing through today. After Roy helped Neil go up the mast on YouNevaKnow early this morning, we decided that, regardless of the overcast and rainy day, we would walk into the main town, Vaitape and we weren't disappointed.We stopped en route to enjoy freshly, made to order, Churros, French style, which were delicious.After a walk around town we stopped at a coffee shop to enjoy a cappuccino and Facetime Brooke and William, which definitely added a huge dollop of sunshine to our day.Tonight Roy. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 164: Fairylights to Add a Little Magic
Paw Paw - Log Day 164: Fairylights to Add a Little Magic
Paw Paw - Log Day 164: Fairylights to Add a Little Magic
Paw Paw - Log Day 164: Fairylights to Add a Little Magic
Juno - Leaving Portsmouth
Juno - Leaving Portsmouth
22/06/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 57, Bay of Islands. 18.10.624S 179.01.093W

Thursday, 18 June.09.00hrs, Sophia had left and we up anchored to tackle the route through the reefs NW of Bavatu Bay.We had Anthony on the bow and the Ship's Boy mid station to relay, while Skipper had his finger on the iPad, the cockpit Garmin chart display still being a non runner, with another display showing Peregrine's route on the computer and with the Skipper's wife keeping the boat on as straight a course as possible.As we approached the Bay of Island anchorage, we all agreed we should do the right thing and follow Sophia to Daliconi to report to head of the village who owned the area.This meant a 6 mile motor South and then back again, but it was worth it for the scenery and the ceremony.We were met on the beach by a charming man who put on a Fijian skirt in honour of the. read more...


22/06/2016

Halcyon Days - Delayed a Day

Weather forecasts kept us in Portsmouth an extra night, but we have a 36 hour window for a 32 hour sail and will leave the slip at 0600 today, bound for the Atlantic to make our way up to Cape May, along with 22 other boats in the Rally.  The crew is doing well...three blue-water experienced sailors and an bay-sailing skipper looking to get blue water legs, are now a working team, despite never meeting each other before - helped by good food (provisioned by Marcia) and a good boat. More about the team later.  Jim. read more...


22/06/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 56. Bavatu Harbour. 17.11.03S 179.00.08W

Wednesday, 15 June.After spending some time in Lomaloma trying to get some accurate way points for the next part of our trip round the Exploring Islands and with many thanks to Marie on Domini for her tracks and way points and Ann on Sophia for her help, we left Lomaloma for Bavatu Harbour on the NE side of Vanua Baluvu.There are many reefs to be avoided and most of the navigational marks have been destroyed or reduced to small sticks by the cyclone, so we were very grateful for all the help we have been given by the Sea Mercy yachts and for Anthony doing bow duty as reef spotter. Bavatu Harbour is absolutely lovely, deep but well sheltered and very beautiful in spite of all the cyclone damage., with plenty of space for Wishanger, Paradise Found and Sophia, who came to Alcedo for. read more...


22/06/2016

Aliena - Miercoles 22 Junio 2016

En la circunnavegación los satelites te recuerdan donde estas. En este viaje hemos visto como nuestro navegador mostraba latitud cero -Ecuador-, cambiaba de día y hora, de camino a la Isla Gau cambió de longitud Oeste a Este.... Como navegando no se aprecian estas cosas es dificil tomar consciencia de la situación espacio-tiempo. Lo que si hemos notado es la entrada del invierno y, a pesar del trópico, vamos con chaquetita. Ahora recorremos el Norte de Viti Levu, dirección al Oeste por dentro del arrecife que la rodea y como está tan lejos de la Isla entre medias los corales campan a sus anchas y los sorteamos haciendo eses, entre rachas de viento de 29 nudos, para no chocar con un enemigo que fuera del mar es invisible. Parecer que Aliena estuviera escribiendo sobre el mar su propia. read more...


22/06/2016

Halcyon Days - One leg under our belts...

After a slow start at 10:00, with light winds and some sail changes, Halcyon Days and her crew motored for several hours through the evening, then sailed like a dream through the night when the westerly winds picked up.With the only sounds the winds and the hull pushing through the water, we had a fast and relaxing, first-ever, night sail to Portsmouth, arriving at 10:00 the following morning.image1.. read more...



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