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Misto - Venancio Restepo displaying his Molas on Misto
Misto - Venancio Restepo displaying his Molas on Misto
Misto - Kuna lady on Isla Maquina with her Molas for sale
Misto - Kuna lady on Isla Maquina with her Molas for sale
Misto - Molas from the Master Mola Maker Venancio Restrepo
Misto - Molas from the Master Mola Maker Venancio Restrepo
26/01/2017

Misto - Days 16-17: Molas and the Chicha on Soledad Miria

On the evening of January 22 Vinancio Restepo, Master Mola Maker, came to Misto and shared his wonderful Molas with us.  He must have brought out over a hundred beautifully worked Molas – two huge plastic buckets full.  He went through them all and then we said “yes, no, maybe” to whittle them down.  The choice was overwhelming – beautiful birds, flowers, fish and wildlife, geometric designs or traditional scenes from his culture.  Eventually between Sharon and I we bought a total of 10!January 23 was an amazing day.  Idelfonso collected us at 11 am took us on a boat tour of the surrounding islands and ashore on Isla Maquina, where his family live.  Here we saw a traditional Kuna village and walked through his own home where, in the kitchen, on an open, fire. read more...


26/01/2017

Exocet Strike - 25-26 January 2017

Yesterday was a fun day, started going snorkelling with Whale Sharks. They are similar to Basking Sharks in both size and feeding, they have a filter mechanism to catch small fish eggs etc. They are pretty large 10 to 14 metres, but totally harmless to humans.We went ashore in the afternoon for some shopping, unfortunately it was early closing day but we managed to get a lot of tinned food. We also cleared out yesterday for today, which they are more than happy to do.We went ashore this morning for fresh produce, which is usually brought down from the hill farms on a Thursday.So today at 1300 we cast off from our mooring buoy and said our farewells to St Helena. A very friendly place and worthy of visiting when the airport is open. The diving here was better Han the Great Barrier Reef in. read more...


26/01/2017

Misto - Days 14-16 Beautiful San Blas Islands

The San Blas Islands are a group of exquisite, largely uninhabited islands.  It’s easy to sound trite when describing them, but they are picture-postcard perfect small coral islands, with tall palm trees and white sandy beaches.  The coconut trees are all owned by the native Kuna people and are still used to barter for goods from mainland Panama.  The islands are all fringed with reefs and much care needs to be taken in navigating them. We found Eric Barhaus’ book “The Panama Cruising Guide” to be invaluable – it is the only source of accurate waypoints.  The Admiralty charts and your chart-plotter will have you on the coral at some point!  We visited Coc Banderos Cays, purchased lobster from a local fisherman, and enjoyed a wonderful lobster and steak dinner. read more...


26/01/2017

Caduceus - Cape Town to St Helena Day 7 - Happy hour and we have a main sail again

Position23:15.93 S 002:46.96 EDate2359 (UTC+2) Wednesday 25 January 2017Distance run in 24hrs 141nm over the ground, 134nm through the waterPassage total1052nm over the ground, 996nm through the waterDistance to go656nmPlanned distanceCape Town to St Helena 1697nm This was not the best of days in terms of distance covered, the average speed being under 6 knots.However, for most of the day we did not have a mainsail, it was in the cockpit, and when the sail was repaired we lost an hour motoring gently into the wind whilst we hauled it back up and sorted it out. We may not use the sewing machine very often but when we have required it, it has been invaluable.Two of the main horizontal seams in the main had started to part, one by 30 cms and one by 50cms.It is fortunate that we got the sail. read more...


Caduceus - Cape Town to St Helena Day 7 - Happy hour and we have a main sail again
Caduceus - Cape Town to St Helena Day 7 - Happy hour and we have a main sail again
26/01/2017

Caduceus - Cape Town to St Helena Day 6 - A day of mixed fortunes

Position24:46.88 S 004:42.50 EDate2359 (UTC+2) Tuesday 24 January 2017Distance run in 24hrs 170nm over the ground, 155nm through the waterPassage total911nm over the ground, 862nm through the waterDistance to go796nmPlanned distanceCape Town to St Helena 1697nm We still make good progress assisted by the current.Today the sailing has been very downwind which makes for difficulties in setting sails and keeping them filled when the wind goes light.During one of our sail setting exercises I noticed that two seams in the leach of the mainsail were starting to come apart.Motoring into the wind allowed us to get the mainsail down and into the cockpit before the seam split right across.We should be able to repair it on board.For the time being and until that is done and hoisted we are running. read more...


Hanna - Gottfrieds vor dem Abflug im Gespräch mit dem Piloten
Hanna - Gottfrieds vor dem Abflug im Gespräch mit dem Piloten
Hanna - Einbaum
Hanna - Einbaum
Hanna - Porvenir mit Hanna
Hanna - Porvenir mit Hanna
Hanna - Hotel Porvenir
Hanna - Hotel Porvenir
26/01/2017

Hanna - Nur noch zu zweit - Wie schwierig kann Technik auf See sein..

Chichime Cays 25. Jännerin den letzten Tagen haben wir die Zeit in der Inselwelt der San Blas Islands genossen. Wir lagen 3 Tage vor Waisaladup und sind mit dem Dingi mehrmals zur Insel gefahren.Die Einheimischen sind super freundlich undtiefenentspannt. In der Hütte des Dorfältesten gibt es sogar Satellitenfernsehen! Mehrmals am Tagkommen Einheimische mit kleinen Einbaumbooten vorbeigefahren um Dinge zu verkaufen. Meistens sind es frisch gefangener Fisch, Oktopus oder Langusten.Aber auch selbstgenähte Sachen sind dabei und man kann Cola, Fanta, Eis (ja, sogar Eis bei 40° Grad Hitze) und viele andere Dinge kaufen. Was sie nichtdabei haben wird dann eben schnell von der Insel geholt. Die Crew von Sanvita (Schweden) haben wir einen Abend zum Sundiowner eingeladen, sie kamen zu uns herüber. read more...


25/01/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: new guest

Prince and Jim Dinger joined us today. They had been visiting Panama City for a few days and then joined us. Unfortunately Jim did not read our instructions and brought his guitar.Now we have Jim and his guitar onboard. Can someone send me some noise canceling headphones. Other boats are beginning to arrive.One person had a up front and personal experience with a monkey. They were walking down a path when a monkey came out and bit his ankle. The worse thing is that this is the second time a monkey has done this to him. The activity will pick up a little since the rest of the group is catching up with us. We will have tours of the canal and an Indian village and a city tour of Panama City. image1. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: new guest
Lexington - Captain Bob:  new guest
25/01/2017

Firefly - Racing with spinnakers up, mid South Atlantic

It is Wednesday  25th January and we had a good firstnight at sea moving at about 5.5 knots on average, more than we expected fromthe forecast. During our first 24 hours we managed about 135 miles, about 3hours of that under engine.   Mearra Neida, the Finnish World ARC boat came up behind usquickly at about 1100 this morning with their spinnaker up – so there wasnothing else for it but to get our gennaker out. Now we are going very fast, butare heading just a bit south of our required course which is almost duewest to Salvador. In fact we are heading for Rio de Janierobut at this stage its the speed that counts and the great circle route does takeus south anyway.   Mearra Neida is a little longer than Firefly and dare we sayit – even more sporty - so they did. read more...


25/01/2017

Tulla Mhor - Santa Marta day 6-12

Santa Marta is a lively, fun, interesting city. The Santa Martians (as they are probably not called) are very proud of their city and country so are welcoming and pleased to impart lots of information. Key Santa Marta facts we were told several times: Santa Marta is Columbia's oldest city; the Sierra Nevada behind Sant Marta are the highest coastal mountains in the world at a snow capped  6000m; the great liberator, Simon Bolivar, lived and died in Santa Marta, he has numerous statues around the city and his house is in a park and open to the public.Columbia has had a difficult and violent past but the area around Sant Marta is now opening up for tourism and there is plenty to see and do. The marina is in the centre of the city so it is an easy walk into the main town with lots of. read more...


24/01/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: something light

I decided my last post was griping. Now for a lighter subject we will talk flags. When you enter a country you are supposed to put up a "Q" flag (yellow), stands for quarantine flag. It indicates that you have not cleared into the country. After you clear in you fly the courtesy flag of the country. We also have a World Arc flag that just makes a statement of our presenceand advertises a little for World Cruising.The last flag is one thatSam designed and had made for us. It has LEX. ING. TON, each three letters over each other in a block and then American flag stripes.It is the logo on our blog. For the country flags we found a good cheap supplier for flags that might not last a long time. When flags wear they fray from the edges, so I sewed a light webbing around the edge of each flag. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: something light
Lexington - Captain Bob: something light
24/01/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: another hot day for working on the boat

Today the bracket sent to us from Miles Poor of MRPREFITS arrived.It was supposed to be here Friday. I had understood that they were sending a bracket just like the one that broke. The one they sent is much larger, with larger bolt holes, further apart.They sent a plate to fit the Watt and Sea unit on, which is also larger any will need welding to adapt it to the fitting.The good news is that the people at the boat yard understand what I am trying to accomplish. They will start tomorrow. They have a metal worker coming tomorrow for another job so he can also start on my job. We are here anyway waiting to go thru the canal on or about 2/1/17.It will be nice to have most things done before others get here. Hope all is well with you!Bob. read more...


24/01/2017

Firefly - Adventures on St Helena Island

St Helena’s tourist strap line is ‘the most extraordinary place on earth’ –quite a claim. Based on our experiences during our 4 day stop over we now agreethat it might be one of them. The island, a British Overseas Territory in theSouth Atlantic Ocean has spectacular scenery, amazing marine wildlife and aunique history and culture.   Firefly arrived at the roadstead off St James at 2200 on Thursday 18thJanuary in darkness, the approach made more dramatic by the lights of houses ontop of the volcanic island, the moorings almost directly below, close to a sheerrock face. We also caught our first sight of Jacobs Ladder the flight of stepslinking the upper and lower settlements of the town.   As we sail away watching the Island disappear behind a cloud we are able toreflect on some. read more...


24/01/2017

Caduceus - Cape Town to St Helena Day 5 - The force is with us, most of the time

Position26:34.132 S 007:04.01 EDate2359 (UTC+2) Monday 23 January 2017Distance run in 24hrs 154nm over the ground, 140nm through the waterPassage total741nm over the ground, 707nm through the waterDistance to go961nmPlanned distanceCape Town to St Helena 1697nm The passage up and across the Atlantic is routed to be downwind and down current.So far, so good and the force (current) is definitely with us. Today’s difference between distance over the ground against through the water of 14nm represents favourable current.It may not seem much but if it was adverse at the same rate we would have only covered 126nm over the ground.It is however not entirely consistent by any means, and we have had hours when the current has been adverse as the current swirls and eddies, but overall we have no. read more...


24/01/2017

Aurora Polaris - 22. januar 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Denne dagen begynte kl.03.00 (for Bengt sitt vedkommende). Han klødde noe så innimarius! Da han slo på lyset, så han noe som hoppet på madrassen. Så oppdaget han svarte prikker på veggen, og da han så opp i takluka og myggnettet, forstod han hva et var. Da kom han seg ut i cockpiten, og trodde han var i sikkerhet. Men neida! De var overalt! Han begynte å lure på hvor «Radar-en» var. Til slutt våget han å rope på kapteinen. Da hadde det gått en time, og kapteinen og kaptinnen hadde begynt å føle invasjonen de også. Kapteinen fant insektssprayen, skalket alle luker og forgiftet hele båten, mens kaptinnen, inntullet i dynetrekket, satt og jamret seg over at hun nesten ikke fikk puste. Hun forstod til slutt at dette var noe hun måtte finne seg i dersom hun ville sove fredelig de siste timene. read more...


Aurora Polaris - 22. januar 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - 22. januar 2017  -  World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - 22. januar 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - 22. januar 2017  -  World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - 22. januar 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - 22. januar 2017  -  World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - 22. januar 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - 22. januar 2017  -  World ARC 2017-2018
23/01/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: all the regs

So sailing around the world is like meeting all the state reguirements as you drive cross country.We were recommended to use a certain bottom paint but when we studied more we realized that it could have been a problem in Australia and Galapagos. Luckily we choose the right paint to get thru all areas. Bottom paints are often laced with chemicals to preventing organisms from growing on the bottom of the boat. When that happens it is ugly and if enough builds up it slows you down by a large factor. Some of these paints are what is called ablative, which means they slowly wear off, exposing more chemicals that are active.This process puts the chemicals into the water which is the regulatory problem.Some early boats were clad in sheets of cooper to prevent barnacles. So my photo of the day. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: all the regs
Lexington - Captain Bob: all the regs
Lexington - Captain Bob: all the regs
Lexington - Captain Bob: all the regs
Skyelark of London - San Blas Rio Diablo
Skyelark of London - San Blas Rio Diablo
Skyelark of London - San Blas
Skyelark of London - San Blas
Skyelark of London - San Blas
Skyelark of London - San Blas
23/01/2017

Exocet Strike - St Helena

We've been looking forward to getting to St Helena for a number of years since we planned to do this trip. We are not disappointed. The island has a population of approx 4000, with almost no unemployment. Wages aren't high but everyone seems to have a car, and a reasonable standard of living. The climate is great and everyone is so friendly. The mooring field where we are is very calm and pleasant. Reading from the various pilot books we expected it to be roly and uncomfortable, that isn't the case at all. Plus there is an excellent ferry service which runs every hour on the hour from 0700 to 1800 then at 2000 and 2200, for £2 return up until 1890 then £3 return. Makes the Fowey water taxi look expensive!Today we are off on a wreck dive, maybe a dive with Whale Sharks. This afternoon and. read more...


23/01/2017

Caduceus - Cape Town to St Helena Day 4 - Empty seas and not much wind

Position28:04.82 S 009:17.68 EDate2359 (UTC+2) Sunday 22 January 2017Distance run in 24hrs 151nm over the ground, 141nm through the waterPassage total587nm over the ground, 567nm through the waterDistance to go1114nmPlanned distanceCape Town to St Helena 1697nm The forecast said the wind would go light and of course it did.Today we had 15 hours motoring with what little wind there was directly on the stern so there was no chance of any sail assistance.This is a very empty stretch of water.The merchant shipping routes do not go up the middle of the Atlantic.Twice during the day something appeared on our AIS system but the range in both cases was over 100nm and to the east.In the continued absence of a working water maker conservation measures are proving effective.. read more...


23/01/2017

Skyelark of London - San Blas / Kuna Yala

San Blas / Kuna YalaThe sail from Colombia to the San Blas was anticipated to be one of the windiest and most challenging sections of the entire circumnavigation and we were not disappointed! There was nothing we hadn't seen or done before and the wind was not especially strong (30knots or so) but the sea was a short, steep and short period which made life onboard uncomfortable. Speaking to the fleet it was a testing start, with one skipper saying the boat was going very cheap last night and another rethinking sailing round the world! Not very helpfully I suggested it was probably easier to continue than to beat back through those seas to the Caribbean!With this trip in mind, the serene, surreal beauty of the San Blas is made even more magical -the promised Gin clear waters, deserted. read more...


23/01/2017

Lexington - Bob: not yet finished 24 hours

We had very nice day for our start. We had good wind and bright sun. It is taking a little adjustment to the following seas on the downwind sail.There's a significant amount of rolling to the boat as the swell rocks the stern left and right. The picture below is a boat over taking us at the start. The skipper and owner of the boat work for years on the repair mission for the Hubble telescope. He's a very good example of all the interesting people you meet doing things like this.image1. read more...


Lexington - Bob: not yet finished 24 hours
Lexington - Bob: not yet finished 24 hours
22/01/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: not all beaches and parties

Coming out of Santa Marta we notice that one of the battens was sticking out of the sale. Batten is a rod that fits in a pocket in the sail to stiffen the sail.The piece of cloth holding the bat and then had formed a hole.Today Ann and I set out to repair this problem.We got out a sewing kit that we keep on the boat. And sold a piece of leather over the end of the batten to replace the part that was missing. I sewed webbing over the hole in the piece of cloth that held the batten in place.We were real proud of ourselves when we were through. Below are pictures of Ann doing some of her sewing.image1 image2 image3 image4. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: not all beaches and parties
Lexington - Captain Bob: not all beaches and parties
Lexington - Captain Bob: not all beaches and parties
Lexington - Captain Bob: not all beaches and parties
Lexington - Captain Bob: not all beaches and parties
Lexington - Captain Bob: not all beaches and parties
Lexington - Captain Bob: not all beaches and parties
Lexington - Captain Bob: not all beaches and parties
22/01/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: always interesting sailors

We invited a couple over last night. We had a nice but simple meal and an excellent visit. They are on the boat named Atla, a Sundeer 64.Their names are Eva and Peter Askulv.Now wonder if a good ole redneck like me can pronounce their last name. They are from Switzerland.They had a business manufacturing and selling extreme mountaineering gear. They sold their company and all their land based holdings and are off sailing with no immediate plans to return to land.They currently are arranging repairs.They have a crack in their mast. They will probably be delayed but catch up with us later. They are excellent sailors and were diligent enough to note the crack and prevent further damage by taking down the sails to reduce stress on the mast. They continued on by motoring.Any of you sailors. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: always interesting sailors
Lexington - Captain Bob: always interesting sailors
Lexington - Captain Bob: always interesting sailors
Lexington - Captain Bob: always interesting sailors
Lexington - Captain Bob: always interesting sailors
Lexington - Captain Bob: always interesting sailors
22/01/2017

Caduceus - Cape Town to St Helena Day 3 - Water, water everywhere

Position29:42.11 S 011:32.61 EDate2359 (UTC+2) Saturday 21 January 2017Distance run in 24hrs 165nm over the ground, 159nm through the waterPassage total436nm over the ground, 226nm through the waterDistance to go1264nmPlanned distanceCape Town to St Helena 1697nm We continue to make reasonable progress under poled out genoa with the wind, as forecast, lightening which meant that at the end of the 24 hours our hourly rate was falling with further decreases to go. The major issue of the day was the water maker failing again.The high pressure pump appears to be working but the system suddenly lost pressure whilst working and now refuses to pressurise.. I have sent an email to Dessalator asking for further advice but of course it is Saturday s no answer for two days.In the meantime, we are. read more...


21/01/2017

Aurora Polaris - 20. januar 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Vi ble liggende utenfor San Blas til det grydde av dag. Det vil si, vi hadde i alle fall en time igjen til «Finishing line». De båtene vi holdt følge med gjennom natta, krysset sluttlinja før oss. Har nå gitt opp håpet om å komme først til et sted. Like a Breeze med finske Henry er alltid først. Han har en katamaran på 67 fot, og han har mannskap om bord. Atla, vårt svenske bekjentsap, fikk så store skader på masta, at de måtte gå direkte til Panama. Atla var egentlig den som kom først, men de har nok hatt så mye vind og fart, at det har gått utover masta. Atla har et seil på 120 m2. Til sammenligning er vårt hovedseil på 65m2. Vi ankret opp ved et korallrev kl.11.30. Det første vi da gjorde, var å bade. Herlig! Senere tok vi en tur med lettbåten. Det lar seg vanskelig beskrive alt det. read more...



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