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26/04/2018

Mischief - Mischief in the Making Log 27 Further adventures of S/Y Mischief through the eyes and ears of Chas Baynes

Day 56 Tuesday 24th April 2018- Taina Marina Papeete, TahitiSet off early at 0645 from Cooks Bay towards Taina marina on Tahiti. It had been raining heavily during the night and into the early morning and we had a little lightning to boot. The rain had brought down some really murky water into the bay, which for some reason was really warm, much more so than usual. The anchor and chain were full of gloopy black mud so had to wash off the decks before it dried, not that it would have had much of a chance as the rain squalls are coming thick and fast this morning with no sun in prospect. It seems we have this weather for a couple of days at least according to the local forecast. We arrived at Taina fuel pontoon at 1030 in torrential rain, in fact it was raining so hard we couldn't take the. read more...


25/04/2018

Himmel - Himmel Blog #1

Himmel is finishing final preparations for the upcoming voyage to Europe. Our sea trial to practice all emergency procedures completed two weeks ago. Now it’s time to stock the boat with food, water, emergency gear and all of our sails. Can’t wait to leave our home dock on May 1. 2013 Gov Cup A 2135_reduced size. read more...


Himmel - Himmel Blog #1
Himmel - Himmel Blog #1
24/04/2018

La Capitana - Log Day Zero - Test

Thanks for your advise. This is a test.   La Capitana will arrive at Nanny Cay on Friday (after one day on the dry atthe boatyard).   See you! Skipper IletPinel0326201886. read more...


La Capitana - Log Day Zero - Test
La Capitana - Log Day Zero - Test
24/04/2018

Mischief - Mischief in the Making Log 26 Further adventures of S/Y Mischief through the eyes and ears of Chas Baynes

Day 54 Sunday 22nd April 2018 - Cooks Bay, MooreaI was awoken again early morning by torrential rain hammering on the coach roof. There were cars with different coloured flags flying on the road this early - it is Presidential election day! They are doing the count today, so we should know the result later on which should be interesting regardless who wins, whether it be the Blues, the Reds or the Oranges. Regardless, the rain seems set in for the day and the surrounding hills are all covered in cloud but still stunning in different shades of grey, what you can see of them anyway. We are going to move the boat to the other end of the bay this morning should it stop raining for a while. By mid-morning it had cleared up sufficiently to make a move, indeed the sun came out and now it was. read more...


22/04/2018

Mischief - Mischief Making Log 25 Further adventures of S/Y Mischief through the eyes and ears of Chas Baynes

Day 52 Friday 20 April 2018 - Moorea, Passe de VaiareSat for hours blogging whilst the others went ashore for breakfast on a lovely sunny morning here. The guys were back by 1030 and we were about to slip lines when Jean spotted a most unwelcome passenger: a big cockroach had landed on the steering wheel and was scuttling about. Dave immediately jumped at it but it made an escape and shot into the port side cockpit locker which was frantically emptied. It re-appeared on the lid and this time Dave didn't miss, grabbed it and chucked it over the side to a great big sigh of relief all round. This is especially poignant as Air Power, the guys we had a beer with last night had reported that they have a major infestation of the blighters centered on their main bedroom cabin - they have air. read more...


20/04/2018

Blue Pearl - Moorea

So, Moorea is the Island with the most photographed bay in all of French Polynesia!And that's where we are "Baie d'Opunohu". A bay surrounded bymajestic mountain scenery and the location of many famous movies such as "South Pacific and "Bounty". When we woke up this morning , we saw the result of all this beauty and fame,a huge cruise ship obstructing our view to the ocean outside. That's progress for you.We arrived here yesterday after a 36 hour passage from Rangiroa in the Tuomotu's, also in French Polynesia. We didn't have much wind so we motored for about 24 hours, never as nice as sailing. Rangiroa was a delightful spot. We dove, relaxed and visited a pearl farm. If you have an opportunity visit a pearl farm, you'll be amazed at the complexity of the process. I thought you'd just. read more...


16/04/2018

Mischief - A certain amount of Mischief Log 24 Further adventures of S/Y Mischief through the eyes and ears of Chas Baynes

Day 47 Sunday 15th April 2018 - passage to Papeete, TahitiWoken up early this morning with the tide rushing around the boat, indeed didn't really get much sleep at all to be honest with the boat rolling and rocking about and waves slamming under the back of the boat. Still, the anchor had held as steady as a rock.We watched with interest as a charter catamaran went out of the entrance with full sail up at an hour and a half before slack water with the tide ripping out. Actually, they didn't have too much trouble so we were happy to attempt to retrieve our anchor around 0930 even though the tripping line had sunk again and Dave rightly didn't want to tangle it around the prop so I took in the chain entirely on the windlass with no engine propulsion just in case. The tide was running at 2. read more...


16/04/2018

Blue Pearl - Swimming with Dolphins

I know daughter Nicole will be quite jealous of me because this morning I swam with dolphins on the reef just outside Passe Tiputa which is the access to the Rangiroa atoll, the second largest in the world. We were scuba diving and it didn't take long for the dolphins to show up. They were the big grey variety similar to the ones we see off the east coast, not the small black ones that we have been seeing in the Pacific. In any case a big one to a liking to me and we played around for a while. I was allowed to touch her and we swam along together...! What a treat.Brita took some pictures and a video which I will share when I can.We had arrived at the Passe Tiputa early yesterday morning. Just when the ebb current was at its greatest, we measured it at 6.5 kts. In addition the wind of. read more...


16/04/2018

Mischief - A certain amount of Mischief Log 23 Further adventures of S/Y Mischief through the eyes and ears of Chas Baynes

Day 45 Friday 13 April 2018 - Avatoru Quay, RangiroaA very slow morning on the good ship Mischief - coffee, a quick swim and a sausage sandwich for breakfast and it was already 1030. We were expecting the 20km canoe race to pass by us at anchor by now but then noticed a flotilla of speed boats heading our way from the other anchorage by the Kia Ora Hotel accompanying a number of three-man canoes in full flow - the race was indeed coming! In seemingly no time at all the leading two boats were upon us with the guys in the yellow hats marginally ahead of the All Blacks but all over each other; if this had been the Oxford and Cambridge the umpire would have been having fits over his megaphone and waving his flag frantically in vain. They passed by our stern by 10 meters going twenty to the. read more...


13/04/2018

Mischief - Yet more Mischief making Log 22 Further adventures of S/Y Mischief through the eyes and ears of Chas Baynes

Day 43 Wednesday 11 April 2018- Rangiroa Passe de AvatoraA slow morning, late to rise (at 0700!) and a late breakfast of sausage sandwich. We welcomed the Austrian S/Y Christine into the anchorage, a lovely Sweden Yacht 45 who had news of a potential weather front coming through our area in the next day or two meaning we are in the best place for the duration - at anchor in a lagoon! Weather files suggest it will pass west and south of us predominantly and be clear before we leave on Saturday for Tahiti. As there is not too much ashore at this end of the atoll as decided yesterday we upped anchor and wandered slowly down to the second entry point into the lagoon, Passe de Avatora. We had fun erecting Wendy's hammock before going ashore to explore. We walked straight into a. read more...


12/04/2018

Blue Pearl - Chez Gaston

Tomorrow evening we are dining at Chez Gaston et Valentine which sounds like a high end Paris establishment but in fact is the only structure on the atoll of Toau in the Tuomotu Archipelago. We are looking forward to it. We arrived here this afternoon and are anchored in about 55 ft of water in an idyllic harbor type inlet. The inlet does not cut through the reef so we are actually outside of the atoll.You already know that we had an enjoyable few days at the northern end of the atoll of Fakarava. From there we moved to Fakarava south which offered amazing snorkeling and scuba diving. The water there is crystal clear, the coral beautiful and undamaged and the fish unbelievable in number, color, size, shape etc. etc. . Most of all,there are sharks all over the place in the hundreds if not. read more...


11/04/2018

Mischief - Mischief making Log 21 Further adventures of S/Y Mischief through the eyes and ears of Chas Baynes

Day 41 Monday 9 April 2018 - en route RangiroaUp early to go ashore with Wendy to visit the boulangerie and to go for a run, albeit Wendy not up for the run part. The bread shop was also a small supermarket so we thought we would top up on a few things especially fresh stuff but all they had in that department was literally three onions. They did have a load of baguettes so I grabbed a few and some tinned bits and pieces, then noticed fresh baked croissants sitting on the counter with our name on them. Unfortunately, the chap from Fakarava Yacht Services was there in front of us to pay and he snaffled all but one of them. I asked in my bestest French whether there were any more but alas not. Wendy suggested whether we should have it to share but I immediately thought of the difficulty of. read more...


09/04/2018

Mischief - General Mischief making Log 20 Further adventures of S/Y Mischief through the eyes and ears of Chas Baynes

Day 38Saturday 7 April 2018 - Fakarava SouthAn early morning skinny dip with our black finned friends but not too many around this morning. We then all went ashore to check out the restaurant for this evening - it is the only one there so not much by way of choice. We tied up to the restaurant's dock for a cup of coffee: it was instant, make it yourself with luke warm water from a flask all for a giveaway price of $3 a cup (i.e not even a mug)! However, the veranda on the dock over the water in the bright sunshine was something else and made up partially for the disgusting coffee and rubbish wifi (yet again). It allowed us a stunning close up view of a multitude of sharks of different types, mostly black tips, swimming against the fast flowing current and thousands offish of differing. read more...


09/04/2018

Shepherd Moon - Paradise found

We have travelled well over 10,000 nautical miles since leaving the UK. There have been times when we've questioned whether it was really worth turning our lives upside down, leaving family, friends and our beautiful home far behind. Not least because there are so many places closer to home to explore.The past four days have totally changed our perspective; we've arrived in paradise. It is difficult to put into words just how beautiful this place is, even photos don't do it justice.We're in Fakarava, one of the many atolls that make up the Tuamotus. A series of elongated islands enclose a massive lagoon, some 30 miles long by 11 miles wide. Most of the gaps between the islands are just shallow channels, where the water from the waves breaking on the fringing reef washes through, but at a. read more...


08/04/2018

Lexington - Captain Bob: Rodney Bay

After 15 months we are finally back in Rodney Bay crossing our start line and finalizing our circumnavigation.It has been a long short voyage. Video image1. image2.. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: Rodney Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: Rodney Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: Rodney Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: Rodney Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: Rodney Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: Rodney Bay
08/04/2018

Lexington - Captain Bob: last post

It is over. We have crossed the finish line and the fat lady has sung the last song. image1. image2.. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: last post
Lexington - Captain Bob: last post
Lexington - Captain Bob: last post
Lexington - Captain Bob: last post
07/04/2018

Mischief - Even more Mischief making Log 19 Further adventures of S/Y Mischief through the eyes and ears of Chas Baynes

Day 37 Thursday 5 April 2018 - Fakarava Atoll SouthSpent the night motoring slowly due west in a completely flat sea and no wind. The stars were out in abundance and eventually the moon appeared giving us a very clear night. The Milky Way is amazing.We were aware that another World Arc yacht Shepherd Moon was at anchor just outside the atoll of Faaite just 10 miles short of Fakarava so we slightly diverted to meet up with them early morning as we were both headed for the same ultimate anchorage. We dropped our anchor at 0730 and swam over to Shepherd Moon to say hello - the water is crystal clear and warm. We both wanted to get to the southern pass into Fakarava lagoon on the last of the ebb tide meaning leaving around 1030 ish to arrive around 1230 which we did, Mischief venturing. read more...


07/04/2018

Lexington - Captain Bob: Marigot Bay

Tomorrow is the finish. Today I was totally lazy. The only think I did was to fix my own breakfast. After that we went to the restaurant for morning coffee. Then we spent the remainder of the day at the pool and the dinner at a marina restaurant. We only have about 6 miles to the finish line. It will be a big show of our boats decorated with all our flags parading to the finish line and then into Rodney Bay. We will have a big final party and then people will start leaving. I will fly home on the 10th. image1. image2. image3.. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: Marigot Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: Marigot Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: Marigot Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: Marigot Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: Marigot Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: Marigot Bay
06/04/2018

Blue Pearl - Fakarava

Sharks areswimming around Blue Pearl and this time the water is crystal clear. This spot is absolutely beautiful. It is the first atoll in the Tuamotu islands that we are visiting and we are impressed. The entrance to the atoll is through a cut in the reef and there are many horror stories on record about entering here. For us it turned out to be a piece of cake, very calm weather, very little current and slack tide. The atoll is huge and we are moored at a small beautifully maintained village with plenty of services including a hotel with, guess what, a spa! The ladies are there today..! Adrian and I are renting bicycles and are going to what is supposed to be a beautiful snorkeling spot.We arrived here yesterday after a really nice 3.5 day longsail from Nuku Hiva in the Marquesas.Our. read more...


06/04/2018

Mischief - Mischief making Log 18 Further adventures of S/Y Mischief through the eyes and ears of Chas Baynes

Day 36 Wednesday 4April 2018 - Makemo then en route FakaravaSuch a quiet night at anchor - the boat was rock steady and the only sounds were the waves breaking on the outside of the lagoon on the reefs, one or two ducks calling and a more ominous sound of fins splashing the surface of the water as sharks circled the boat in the dark. As morning came we snorkeled over to a nearby coral reef and were surprised by the number and variety of fish to be found. There were a couple of reef sharks that followed us over initially but they seemed to lose interest and we didn't see too many. By 1145 we were back on board and addressing the anchor issue - the chain had wedged under a coral head during the night in 10m water and had bitten into it making it potentially difficult to lift. We motored. read more...


05/04/2018

Lexington - Captain Bob: 4/3/2018

We are now in Cumberland Bay on St Vincent. It is a nice open bay. It is different in that the water is deep close to shore. We dropped anchor out from the shore and tied the stern to a tree on shore to keep the boat pointed to the swell and to keep the anchor engaged. In that way more boats can anchor close to each other. There is a small village with several boat boys that tend to the boats helping with anchoring and selling their wears of fruit and crafts. There are several small restaurants. We are now 4 days from the finish line. That will be an event worth celebrating. We will have a large celebration party on the 7th. I will fly home on the 10th. I will celebrate again upon homecoming. image1. image2.. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: 4/3/2018
Lexington - Captain Bob: 4/3/2018
Lexington - Captain Bob: 4/3/2018
Lexington - Captain Bob: 4/3/2018
05/04/2018

Lexington - Captain Bob: Marigot Bay

We are tied up at Marigot BayIt is a very nice marina. We are 6 miles from the finish which we will cross on 4/7/2018. I will send a couple of photos from the marina. image1. image2.. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: Marigot Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: Marigot Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: Marigot Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: Marigot Bay
04/04/2018

Lexington - Captain Bob: St Lucia

We are about 7 miles out of Marigot Bay, St Lucia. We will be here until 4/7/2018 when we will head to Rodney Bay to cross the finish line. It has been a long short trip. Seems like yesterday when we left but it also feels like we have been sailing forever.image1.. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: St Lucia
Lexington - Captain Bob: St Lucia
04/04/2018

Mischief - Mischief making Log 17 Further adventures of S/Y Mischief through the eyes and ears of Chas Baynes

Day 35 Tuesday 3 April 2018 - Arrival Makemo atoll - where is everyone?A quiet night on the whole with the wind dropping but with engine running at 2,100 rpm giving us about 7.5 knots. I awoke to a flat sea and blue sky with Easterly 10 knots breeze. Made the schoolboy error of not disposing of the Cadbury chocolate bar wrapper from the cockpit which had consisted of 2 squares of chocolate only but promptly accused on change of watch of eating the whole bar! Wendy and I had one square each with a coffee, honest! We made up for it by having a sword fight with a couple of stale French sticks;Aramis v Dartagnan aka Wendy and Chas. All for crumbs and crumbs for all! Our 0630 position fix gives us around 36 nm to run on 205 degrees to Makemo northwesternmost pass, Passe Tapuhiria, which we. read more...


04/04/2018

Air Power - Apr 3

The lastentry should have been dated 29 Mar. The Marquesas were named by a couple of Spanish explorers in the late 1500s. However, the name in the local dialect is Fenua Enata. "The Land of Men". Whoa. Don't tell Gloria Steinman. She'd have a cow. Speaking of cows, the islands are somewhat of a breadbasket. Everywhere you go, mango, banana, papaya trees. Goats and wild pigs roam the islands. Most folks grow all their own vegetables and have chickens. Considering the island population was decimated from an original 100,000 when first discovered by Europeans to a paltry 2500 inhabitants in the early 1900s, there is plenty of land to sustain the current population of around 12,000.During our visit to Nuku Hiva, the tourism board put on a barbeque sort of like a Lua. Plenty of roasted pig,. read more...


04/04/2018

Shepherd Moon - Two tomatoes

I've just noticed that it's more than a week since we last posted a blog - apologies; we're clearly having too much fun! We have now left the Marquesas (and Jacob, who has returned to the UK to see his girlfriend) and are heading for the Tuamotus. The total passage is around 600 miles and we have 220 miles left to go. The sea is an electric blue, the swell is low and gentle, the wind is on the beam and we are sailing along at a very comfortable 6.5 knots. All is peace and tranquillity, albeit tinged with slight apprehension on Vanessa's part at the navigational challenges ahead. The two tomatoes, as they seem to have been christened, are a group of atolls with only narrow passages into the lagoons. The tide races through these passages at speeds that would challenge Shepherd Moon's. read more...


03/04/2018

Mischief - Mischief making - Log 16 Further adventures of S/Y Mischief through the eyes and ears of Chas Baynes

Day 33 Sunday 1 April 2018 - En route to TuamotosHappy Easter and pinch, punch, first of the month - April Fools Day!On deck at 0550 after Dave spotted some dolphins a way away - I caught a glimpse making these the first marine mammals I have seen since leaving Galapagos. We spent an hour looking at our routing as we want to end up at Rangiroa near the Westernmost end of the archepelago so we need to aim more to the south eastern part to make the most of the trade winds to head up the atolls. So we have decided to sail towards Makemo, a 40 mile long almost inland lake surrounded by coral and palm trees. It is the remains of a sunken volcano which has left its ring of coral reef around the perimeter. The entrance is a little easier than some given it is wider so will allow us a bit of. read more...


01/04/2018

Mischief - Mischief making Log 15 Further adventures of S/Y Mischief through the eyes and ears of Chas Baynes

Day 32 Saturday 31 March 2018We were ashore really early to get fresh provisions from the local market as we were warned that many items would run out before 0700. So we managed to get some tomatoes, cabbage, carrots, but no onions - they don't grow them on the island seemingly. So we had to substitute onions for the one thing you would try to avoid on a boat: leeks! We could have bought some fish off the dockside too as there was a small but thriving market going on but we decided to put our faith in Trevor and his fishing skills and forgo the easy option. No pressure there then Trev! I would have asked one of the fishermen to toss me a tuna and then I could truthfully tell the girls that I had caught it.By 0900 we had the anchor up and we were away towards the Taramoto Archipelego. read more...


01/04/2018

Blue Pearl - Big Day

Big Day for Blue Pearl today. We will be leaving The Marquesas Islands and start on our way to the Tuamoto's and we will have new crew aboard. Jack and Colin who have been with us since the Galapagos are leaving this morning and Brita and Adrian are joining us.Jack and Colin have been great. Wecould not have wished for a better crew for the long passage from the Galapagos. They are hard working, knowledgeable, good humored young men who made it easy for us to sail the 3150 nm. They will always be welcome to join us again. Brita now joins us from Amara, a fellow rally participant, and Adrian from Christine, also another rally boat. As the rally proceeds crew comes and goes and both Brita and Adrian became available as other crew (friends, family, etc) joined the boats they were on.We have. read more...


01/04/2018

Lexington - Bequia. HAPPY EASTER

We are just hanging out Nothing has been decided for today. If anyone else is up for it, I would favor doing a tour. Being on a sail boat is interesting. We sit in the cockpit and comment on our neighboring boats like old nosey neighbors that have nothing else to do in small neighborhoods on land. I have always said that your priorities and interest vary with the time on your hands. If you have enough time, you can manage several other peoples affairs and comment on several others that you are not managing. This is all totally free advice and well worth it. I am looking forward to officially finishing this trip and getting on a plane to head home.The trip home will seem like a rocket ship trip compared to sailing all this way. It will be a good study of psychology to see if the trip has. read more...


31/03/2018

Mischief - Yet more Mischief Log 14

Day 28 Tuesday 27 March 2018.Another fitful night as it was so warm and stuffy down below so up early again to set off at 0845 for the planned rendezvous with the fleet in Nuku Hiva. It was a beautiful day with winds from the east at 12 knots making it a close reach to our destination. Sparkling seas, blue sky, warm breeze, sun shining! It is only around 28 miles and the island was immediately visible on leaving anchor. Ua Pou looks stunning behind us in the bright sunlight with only limited white clouds around the peaks, normally they are covered. 0700 early morning skinny dip. Jumped in and swam around the boat and showered off on the stern swim platform only then to notice that Libeccio, a US catamaran at anchor close to us, had swung to face us and the entire family and crew were sat. read more...


30/03/2018

Lexington - Captain Bob: Canouan

Canouan Island is part of St Vincent. We took a tour there to see the sights. Our guide was very opinionated. The majority of the island has been leased to a company for 99 years. The original company split up over money. One owner has undertaken a marina development and the other has vacation villas that are very expensive. The guide was negative about all the money the investors were supposedly making. He claimed they were not paying good wages and not improving the rest of the island. It is hard to know what is right. I am sure the locals are not getting the best jobs and the best pay but I find it hard to believe that they are not better off on an island that is having massive capital investment. As is my usual conclusion, who know what is correct and just. image1. image2. image3.. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: Canouan
Lexington - Captain Bob: Canouan
Lexington - Captain Bob: Canouan
Lexington - Captain Bob: Canouan
Lexington - Captain Bob: Canouan
Lexington - Captain Bob: Canouan

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