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Charm - Vanuatu 1
Charm - Vanuatu 1
Charm - Vanuatu 1
Charm - Vanuatu 1
Charm - Vanuatu 1
Selkie - Castle Hammershus
Selkie - Castle Hammershus
Selkie - BMX
Selkie - BMX
Selkie - BMX
Selkie - BMX
Selkie - BMX
Selkie - BMX
Selkie - Bubbles on Deck
Selkie - Bubbles on Deck
Selkie - Ice Cream on Every Land Adventure
Selkie - Ice Cream on Every Land Adventure
Selkie - Cruising Card Sharks
Selkie - Cruising Card Sharks
Selkie - Cruising Card Sharks
Selkie - Cruising Card Sharks
14/07/2019

Selkie - Rønne, Denmark

At our first port, Selkie was mid wall in the center of it all. It was wonderful to see the boats with flags flying. We found are old ARC Europe 2018 flag and proudly added that to the show. Even though the plant and stacks were not pretty, we loved the space for Mara to bike right next to our boat. Nature and downtown were such a short walk away that we had fun were we were. The BBQ was delicious and fun. It’s been so long since we had the opportunity to do that. Winter in Oban, Scotland did not lead to BBQs, but it did lead to a lot of fish and chips. We enjoyed sharing ARC stories with Cecille. Lily has been a bit down and grumpy. She does not like to talk about her broken arm, and I’m not use to seeing her this way. But! Her x-rays in Rønne went well; however, Nick’s slippery knife. read more...


13/07/2019

Circe - Day 4 - Calm overnight passage en route to Visby

A late afternoon departure on Friday from Rønne took us into a beautiful overnight passage with water like glass - great for the sleeping crew.Julie . read more...


11/07/2019

Sweet Dream - Day 177 July 11, 2019

Today was a project day, working on the boat until 15:00, then we kayaked out to the beach in front of the mooring field and had a little picnic of tabuleh salad and wine. There is a little market here that had beautiful produce. We took advantage to stock upon tomatoes, lettuce, celery, peppers, cukes and zucchini. Yummy stuff! As the sun went down we kayaked back to the boat and prepared ourselves for another evening of fine food and fellowship. The resort here does delicious food! It is so refreshing after months of seafood, coconut and breadfruit to eat green vegetables and lamb!! Of course they have sea food, fish, and all the usual tropical produce on offer if you want them. That’s the beauty of a Musket Cove resort...something for everyone!image1.. read more...


Sweet Dream - Day 177 July 11, 2019
Sweet Dream - Day 177 July 11, 2019
11/07/2019

Sweet Dream - Day 176 July 10, 2019

Today we manoeuvred through the inside of the Mamanuca’s from Mana Island to Musket Cove. On the way we passed “Castaway Island”. It’s real name is Qalito but ever since the filming of the Cast Away they call it Cast Away Island. We ended up coming in directly behind Someday. We both picked up mooring balls, then as the day went on we were directed to a stern tie space on the dock. Musket Cove is a very pretty resort and is a nice spot for the parties. This night we enjoyed rum punches, bbq, and great catching up fellowship on the beach in the perfect weather.image1.. read more...


Sweet Dream - Day 176 July 10, 2019
Sweet Dream - Day 176 July 10, 2019
11/07/2019

Circe - Day 1 - Spectacular Sunset from Circe

A smooth passage from Rostock to Rønne was a great way to begin the ARC Baltic. After arrival in Rønne on Tuesday evening, we were met with this beautiful sunset storm front scene.JulieS/V CirceSent from Yahoo Mail on AndroidIMG_20190709_214108_097. read more...


Circe - Day 1 - Spectacular Sunset from Circe
Circe - Day 1 - Spectacular Sunset from Circe
10/07/2019

Selkie - A poem for Leg 1

“Company” ~for the 2019 ARC Baltic Rally ~during leg 1 to the Pearl of the Baltic, RønneAs sunrise smoothly paints and stretches watercolors,when the wind is gentlebut the sails bulb full,when sea deep, wide, and longwater fill the lines and helm in hand with history,when the cobalt surfaceand the water tension holdto separate two worldsand peacefully work themtogether, I am in sailingin good company. -- MaggieMagdalena Hirt "Writing is a process, a journeyinto memory and the soul."-Isabel Allende. read more...


10/07/2019

Selkie - Sunset Leg 1 At Sea to Rønne

Purple skies and cobalt seas after a full rainbow, wing to wing we sail on. I listen to The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald by Gordon Lightfoot, a good Michigan tune. My son Tristan is my music man. He always chooses the right song for the right moment. We couldn’t ask for better conditions to sleep in at sea: Calm, rocking us to bed after some fruit-filled crepes. The windy, wavy start with a man overboard search seems like a different day. I wish every evening was like this one: Peaceful. Hopeful. Open skies and seas. Fire pink twilight. And a half moon. -- Maggie Magdalena Hirt   "Writing is a process, a journey into memory and the soul.". read more...


09/07/2019

Sweet Dream - Day 175 July 9, 2019

Palms swished in the wind. A swift flitted over the pool. A myna bird chortled to itself as it bathed on the shallow edge of infinity. Small green islands floated in a silver sparkling sea. The scene was framed by coconut trees and floored by creamy golden sand. Out in the sea, waves broke on the reefs, reminding us that while this is a beautiful paradise, it is an exacting one that commands complete attention to detail. Today we are revelling in paying attention to random bits of beauty. Thus, appreciating the achingly blue sky, the diamond reflection on the lagoon, the fine edged leaves of the trees, enjoying the laughter of children, and chirrup of birds, savouring a decadent pizza served poolside with summer salad and washed down with a cold Fiji bitter for the Captain and a fat red. read more...


Sweet Dream - Day 175 July 9, 2019
Sweet Dream - Day 175 July 9, 2019
09/07/2019

Sweet Dream - Day 174 July 8, 2019

The anchor came up clean( how we love sand!!) and we followed our track awhile as we took our leave of Waya. Soon we were following Danica and Babsea. Other than a lack of wind, it was a really nice day for changing anchorages. Danica and Babsea went around the outside of the islands toward Musket Cove, and we carried on down the inside until we came to Mana island. What a surprise! First, we were able to follow the ferry into the pass, second, there were proper red and green bouyage markers now where there used to be only sticks! Four years ago we followed a fishing boat in because there were only three sticks in the pass. Some progress is fantastic!! We found a nice spot near Someday, and shared the bay with 11 other boats, unlike four years ago when there were only two. There is. read more...


Sweet Dream - Day 174 July 8, 2019
Sweet Dream - Day 174 July 8, 2019
09/07/2019

Kleopatra - Safety Training at Warnemünde Bay

Skipper Philipp with new crew members Patricia and Robert  IMG-20190708-WA0001. read more...


Kleopatra - Safety Training at Warnemünde Bay
Kleopatra - Safety Training at Warnemünde Bay
09/07/2019

Kleopatra - Tag 3 - Training

Die Aussicht vom Warnemünder Leuchtturm geniessen, Crew-Briefing mit interessanten Informationen zur bevorstehenden Woche, ein Abendessen auf den Bootsterrassen am Alten Strom rahmten den Tag. Als einzige Crew sind wir heute auch rausgefahren, haben ein zweistündiges Training mit allen Manövern absolviert und sind mal kurz 14 Meilen durch und auf den Wellen gerockt. Das Boot läuft und wir kennen uns nun ... Morgen geht's RichtungBornholm, Dänemark. Philipp. read more...


09/07/2019

Jolief - Daily Blog

Our trip so far.  Colin, Tracey and Gwyn left Caernarfon, North Wales on 3rd June on JOLIEF heading up the Menai Straits to the Irish Sea.  We stopped over in St Mary, IO Man, Peel IOMan, Portpatrick, Gigha, and Oban where we met up with Ian.  We had a trip to Tobermory to meet some of Tracy's friends before going north on Loch Linnhe to Fort William to enter the Caledonian canal. Scottish weather accompanied us along the canal forcing us to have an unscheduled stay in Fort Augustus. Loch Ness looked foreboding in a NE wind and driving rain. We emerged from the canal into the Moray firth and sailed to Whitehills Harbour. Bertie the harbour master went over and above to help us during our brief stay. We left to cross the North Sea on 16th June.  We flew across through. read more...


Kleopatra - Panorama Old Lighthouse Warnemünde
Kleopatra - Panorama Old Lighthouse Warnemünde
09/07/2019

Kleopatra - Tag 2 - Warnemünde und Crewdinner

Am heutigen Sonntag durften wir die zwei Gesichter von Warnemünde kennen lernen. Bei einer „guided walking tour“ führte Heidi die beiden deutschsprachigen Crews der „Inflagranti“ und der „Kleopatra“ durch das beliebte Ferienziel. Sie zeigteuns nebst den malerischsten Ecken des 1000 Jahre alten Fischerdorfes auch das Wohnhaus des expressionistischen Malers Edvard Munch und die Skulpturen des zeitgenössischen Rostocker Bildhauers und Medailleurs Wolfgang Friedrich. Einst von Dänenkönigen regiert,dann von Vögten verwaltet, gehört das Dorf heute zu Rostock - Selbstverwaltung kannte es nie. Heute wird Warnemünde von der Grossschifffahrt geprägt. Nebst vielen Handelsschiffen und Fähren legen hier jedes Jahr rund 200 Kreuzfahrtschiffe an, was von AprilMärz bis Oktober für einen stetigen Strom. read more...


09/07/2019

Kleopatra - Kleopatra's Crew

fltr: Patricia, Roger, Robert, Konrad, John, Walter, Angelika, Barbara and Martin IMG_20190706_204014. read more...


Kleopatra - Kleopatra's Crew
Kleopatra - Kleopatra's Crew
Kleopatra - SY Kleopatra with ARC flag
Kleopatra - SY Kleopatra with ARC flag
09/07/2019

Kleopatra - Tag 1 - Eintreffen in Warnemünde

Nach einer schnellen und beeindruckenden Nachtfahrt sind wir heute vor dem Mittag in Warnemünde angekommen. Wir haben den ganzen Nachmittag Arbeit gehabt und am Abend die ersten anderen Crews der ARC Baltic getroffen. Die Kleopatra liegt nun mit der Rally-Flagge geschmückt in der Box und die Crew von zwei Wochen sitzt beim Nachtessen.Philipp. read more...


Jolief - Windy Start @ Baltic Arc Gwyn Jolief
Jolief - Windy Start @ Baltic Arc Gwyn Jolief
Jolief - Daily blog
Jolief - Daily blog
Jolief - Daily blog
Jolief - Daily blog
Selkie - The Hirt Family
Selkie - The Hirt Family
08/07/2019

Selkie - Rostock

Early morning we entered Rostock on Saturday. We tied up on the outer wall, and then we were asked by the marina to join the other ARC boats, which meant our first mooring on pilings since Jolly Harbor on Antigua over a year ago. It could have gone better, but it is hard to do with only me to run about trying to lasso. We put the pilings on slips, which won’t be done again because we hardly had enough line. We do however prefer bow in and will continue to do so. We also lost power with our bow thrusters. Nick has tended to it and fixed the problem since. I also made friends with Suzanne, who promises to share her double-handed techniques. We were exhausted from our high traffic crossing from Copenhagen, so we rested up and then took the kids ashore to stretch their legs. In the park, the. read more...


07/07/2019

Sweet Dream - Day 173 July 7, 2019

Another day in paradise. Captain worked on our lighting problem, then did a once over of the engine, and boy were we lucky he had taken a good look! He found a leak coming from the turbo hose on the coolant. When he touched the hose clamp it fell off in his hand. That would have been uber uncomfortable next to areef! Whew! By the time that was sorted, it was too late to leave for another anchorage, so we repeated our Beach experience, then had a wonderful happy hour with a lovely couple , Nick and Charlie, that are staying here at the resort. We chatted with Chris and Sophie and Daisy from Mahinhi, and were able to share a cool photo with them of their boat next to a floatplane here in the beautiful anchorage. image2.. read more...


Sweet Dream - Day 173 July 7, 2019
Sweet Dream - Day 173 July 7, 2019
07/07/2019

Sweet Dream - Day 172 July 6, 2019

Captain worked on a minor electrical issue that popped up just as we left Vuda Marina. I cleaned, and then for lunch we packed a picnic, kayaked ashore to the beautiful beach. We found a sweet spot in the shade, had a visit from five of the local children who explained to us that every Friday afternoon they ride the boat here where their parents live, and every Sunday afternoon they make the return trip to the village to go to school for the week. We lolled about on the sand, enjoying this bit of paradise. This has been my favourite part of Fiji! The only thing that tempers our enthusiasm is that when the wind dies down about midnight to around nine am, the boat swings sideways to the swell and it’s very rolly here. image1.. read more...


Sweet Dream - Day 172 July 6, 2019
Sweet Dream - Day 172 July 6, 2019
Selkie - The Hirt Family
Selkie - The Hirt Family
05/07/2019

Sweet Dream - Day 171 July 5, 2019

At ten in the morning we let go the dock lines and motored out into Nadi bay. Our objective was to reachthe northwest corner of Waya island where the Octopus resort is on Likuliku beach. We went from motoring in four knots of wind to sailing in 18 knots quite fast! The squalls passed over us, the sun came back out, we were delighted by a visit from from some very fast moving dolphins, and we discovered a reef that WAS NOT on our navionics chartplotter, but WAS on the iPad navionics chart! Go figure! Captain spotted it with his trusty eyeball navigation system long before it was a danger, but it was one more sobering fact that these waters should NOT be traversed at night or even in bad light, and that we cannot trust the charts! As a side note here, the paper chart does say,”less water. read more...


Sweet Dream - Day 171 July 5, 2019
Sweet Dream - Day 171 July 5, 2019
Charm - Fijian Fourth
Charm - Fijian Fourth
Charm - Fijian Fourth
Charm - Fijian Fourth
Charm - Fijian Fourth
Charm - Fijian Fourth

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