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22/05/2019

Charm - Tonga 3

We are motorsailing.It’s rare for us on a race leg but the winds are continuing to be light and at some point, we have to decide if we want to spend our time gazing at the sea or being in it.Also, the forecast shows that a large swath of zero wind is approaching, with arrival in our area on Thursday afternoon.I have never actually seen a section of zero wind on the computer model and had to ask Joe what that giant purple pink section was that was overtaking our map.He didn’t know either.We consulted the wind color table and the purple/pink color means 0 wind.So, we would like to avoid that.It feels pretty close to zero wind right now and we have 10 knots.We dropped the mainsail today to try just using the spinnaker.That lasted about 7 minutes and then we dropped the spinnaker because it. read more...


Charm - Tonga 3
Charm - Tonga 3
Charm - Tonga 3
Charm - Tonga 3
Charm - Tonga 3
Charm - Tonga 3
21/05/2019

Attitude - 1000NM

Hello everyoneToday we hit the 1000NM point of this leg of the passage and 1st time for Anton, 2nd for Rui and João is a veteran of many. We had a small celebration, and were also joined by a school of dolphins who were equally excited.Today was a pleasant sunny day so we washed clothes and caught up with other chores amidst reading and eating. Beautiful sunset this evening!We are making good progress with steady wind and anticipate some increase in wind velocity in next 24 hours but we will seeBest wishes to allRui, João and Antonimage2 image3 image1. read more...


Attitude - 1000NM
Attitude - 1000NM
Attitude - 1000NM
Attitude - 1000NM
Attitude - 1000NM
Attitude - 1000NM
21/05/2019

Chantana - ARC Europe 2019 Blog: Chantana 20th May

Hello Landlubbers,Lovely sunny day with light Northerly winds.. read more...


21/05/2019

Sweet Dream - Day 126 May 20, 2019

Hooray! We fly back to USA today for the wedding of my middle child, N8! We doubled up dock lines, as our berth is crazy close to a huge steel barge holding a crane that is part of the marina expansion project. Eyeing the tall, rough edges of the barge makes me decidedly uneasy, I long to coat our starboard side in bubble wrap! We cleaned out the fridges and left them to air with the power off, made sure the bilge pumps were on, and generally tidied up. All the movable parts on the out side were tucked out of sight, and we caught a taxi to the airport. Here we had a few high Adrenalin moments when they informed us at check in that our tickets had been suspended! Oy vey! Thankfully, they took us to an office, called the airline we had made the reservation through, and sorted out that it. read more...


Sweet Dream - Day 126 May 20, 2019
Sweet Dream - Day 126 May 20, 2019
21/05/2019

Charm - Tonga 2

Good evening!Once again, I am writing from my 9 pm - 12 am shift.Conditions are still light with only 8 knots of wind floating around.We’re managing to convert that into a blistering 6 knots of speed which feels very slow.Many of the boats we travel with would consider that a fairly decent pace but we have higher standards for speed here on Charm!Tonight, the wind gods care nothing for our standards.Our new crew members, Chris and Griselle, are learning quickly.They showed up on the 15th, laden with all kinds of goodies for us - a new spinnaker, books, crosswords, water filters, Mac and cheese, blueberry pop tarts and Butterfingers!All of us were happy to see them.I was especially happy to see them since they brought new credit and debit cards.When we were at the dock on the island of. read more...


Charm - Tonga 2
Charm - Tonga 2
Charm - Tonga 2
Charm - Tonga 2
Charm - Tonga 2
Charm - Tonga 2
21/05/2019

Tintin - Leg 5 : Bora Bora to Tonga

After 2 months exploring French Polynesia (it's huge!) we are approaching the nextleg of the World ARC rally: Bora Bora to Vava'u, Tonga, via Suwarrow(Cook Islands) and Niue. It's 690 miles WNW to Suwarrow, anisolated uninhabited atoll and a National Park, then 540 miles SWto Niue, and finally 230 miles to Tonga. Niue is a bit like Makatea: avery steep-to island where it's too deep to anchor. There are limitedmoorings there, so the World ARC fleet has been divided into 2 groupsfor this leg.We arrived at Bora Bora yesterday in time to watch the start of the legfor group one - see photos. Many boats had their coloured sails out forthe start in Bora Bora lagoon, and it was a spectacle. Swade andStefano in their yellow shirts were organising the start. Gemma is thefigurehead on Aurora B's. read more...


Tintin - Leg 5 : Bora Bora to Tonga
Tintin - Leg 5 : Bora Bora to Tonga
Tintin - Leg 5 : Bora Bora to Tonga
Tintin - Leg 5 : Bora Bora to Tonga
Tintin - Leg 5 : Bora Bora to Tonga
Tintin - Leg 5 : Bora Bora to Tonga
20/05/2019

Attitude - Close to halfway

Hello everyoneWe are making good progress in steady 15-20kn winds and trying to skirt just south of gale force winds. Current wind is from North as are swells making for a bit of a “bumpy” ride, but are getting used to it. Everyone reading books and mood on board is good and looking forward to crossing halfway point in leg sometime tomorrow morning. The lunch challenge continues and today was turn of Chef Joao who turned out a superb fillet steak with Penne pasta and pepperocino and complimented with a fine Douro red wineBest wishesRui, João and Antonimage1. read more...


Attitude - Close to halfway
Attitude - Close to halfway
20/05/2019

Charm - Tonga 1

Greetings fair reader!I have missed you.I picture you as a delightful person, face obscured in the shadows, with a congenial expression that I can just make out.Occasionally I hear a faint cough from your direction, to keep me on track.Otherwise, you just listen politely.You are kind, curious, and interested in everything I have to say.You are a perfect reader!But enough about you.We have spent the past six weeks exploring the Tuamotos and Society Islands.More on those adventures later.Today, at noon, we left Bora Bora for a 3-part island hop.First, we travel about 700 miles to Suwarrow, in the Cook Islands.I believe it is inhabited only by a warden because it is a national park or nature reserve.The ARC group has been split in two so we don’t overwhelm the resources of the islands.We. read more...


20/05/2019

Attitude - SY attitude - Skyper notes

Hi there in the comfort of the sofa At Attitude we star to feel the winter and the humidity of the Atlantic the water temperature change from the 27 in the BVI’s to the 20 today together with some rain showers making the evening watch a bit misery ...As we move along with choppy waters and steady windsabove 15 n the 50% of the passageshould be overcome in the next day.The target is to arrive in Azores Monday the 27th and more 2000 nm miles in our belt ... The challenge of the next days are a test for all of us as winds and swell will increase to Atlantic levels... the good news are the directions of the elements are in our favor The highest of the days are the food challenge as the chefs are making the best to make our lunch a memorable one Is now 5 am ( dark night in the sea ) boat time. read more...


19/05/2019

Attitude - Wind and Waves

Hello everyoneMay the swell be with youThe wind finally picked up around 3am this morning and has been with us all day blowing a steady 15-20 knots and sometimes gusting to 25. Boat is progressing well but the choppy swells are throwing us around a bit and testing our core stability musclesThe Lunch challenge continues and Chef Anton produced a baked Chicken dish today which was enjoyed by all. A big challenge for João tomorrowBest wishesRui, João and Antonimage1. read more...


Attitude - Wind and Waves
Attitude - Wind and Waves
19/05/2019

Tintin - Taha'a Coral Garden

Our last stop before heading on to Bora Bora tomorrow has been the coralgarden of Taha'a.We are anchored just next to a small motu on the west side of Taha'a.There is a steady gentle current of water flowing between twomotus, from the outer reef towards Taha'a. Snorkelling in thestream we were carried over a garden of coral the size of severalfootball pitches. It felt like we were flying over the coral andamazingly colourful (and fearless) fish. Another incredible place inthe world.m_YDXJ0044. read more...


Tintin - Taha'a Coral Garden
Tintin - Taha'a Coral Garden
19/05/2019

Tintin - Marae Taputapuatea

Our exploration around Raiatea continued from Alex's bay, as we tiptoedjust inside the reef around the south of the island with Aurora B.The channel was pretty narrow in places between the fringing reef andthe island, but under engine and with the centreboard up we navigatedthe 20 miles aound to the east side. More bright green mountains,waterfalls and bays kept opening up to our left; on our right theturquoise of shallow reef then deep blue ocean. Our destination was Marae Taputapuatea.The marae is just about 1m above sea level, a large rectangularconstruction with a row of standing stones at one end. Here priests wereinitiated, sacrifices made (both human and animal) and ancestors wereconsulted. It is said to be the most important marae in all of FrenchPolynesia. It held its own. read more...


Tintin - Marae Taputapuatea
Tintin - Marae Taputapuatea
Tintin - Marae Taputapuatea
Tintin - Marae Taputapuatea
Tintin - Marae Taputapuatea
Tintin - Marae Taputapuatea
19/05/2019

Tintin - Plateau Temehanirahi

The climb up to the sacred plateau of Temehanirahim_20190513_114655 m_20190513_120911. read more...


Tintin - Plateau Temehanirahi
Tintin - Plateau Temehanirahi
Tintin - Plateau Temehanirahi
Tintin - Plateau Temehanirahi
18/05/2019

Attitude - Full moon tonight

Hello everyoneA beautiful full moon rising over the Atlantic this evening.We had another day of relatively light winds so we focused on the lunch challenge. We will each put forward a signature dish over next few days and photo’s will follow. Chef Rui prepared a delicious seafood pasta today and set a high standard. More news on this challenge tomorrowDue to light winds today we set all the sail power we have, with code zero, Genoa and full main and got a bit more speed out of the boat. Hoping for stronger winds tomorrow and 500NM covered alreadyBest wishesRui, João and Antonimage1 image2. read more...


Attitude - Full moon tonight
Attitude - Full moon tonight
Attitude - Full moon tonight
Attitude - Full moon tonight
17/05/2019

Attitude - Wind

Hello everyoneWind picked up today and made everyone happy and we benefitted from a steady 15- 20 knots as we progress to Horta. We are also noting the water temp starting to reduce as we feel the chilly winds coming.We have noticed a lot of Sea grass along the journey from the Caribbean and now also here in Atlantic. The view is that there is a lot more than people can remember. Any concurrence with this and why? Best wishesRui, João and Antonimage1. read more...


Attitude - Wind
Attitude - Wind
17/05/2019

Salamander - YB Connect Message from Rebecca Hayter

Salamander, day three... yesterday was our wildlife day. We?d already seen lots of Portuguese man of war jellyfish, like a big version of the blue bottles we get in NZ so that cancelled the daily swim. Around mid morning our first dolphins came to play, like speckled small bottle nos--Transmitted by Rebecca Hayter using YB Connect (www.ybtracking.com). read more...


17/05/2019

Sweet Dream - Day 122 May 16, 2019

Morning brought buckets of pouring rain. This was perfect for washing the salt off the boat. While nature washed the outside, I tidied the interior, and Lars did errands and appointments. Our friend, Roy withMabrouka came in to the marina in the early afternoon. We invited him and his crew, Dave to come for a light supper. In the afternoon, Lars and I visited the big central city market and found souvenirs for our family members. We wrapped and tagged and packed them all before it was time for supper. Roy, Dave, and another single-hander, Mike from Washington DC came for drinks, cheese and crackers and chicken salad. Not a bad dinner considering we hadn’t picked up the cooking gas yet! We found it amusing that around the table were four folks who set out of Washington state, and one from. read more...


Sweet Dream - Day 122 May 16, 2019
Sweet Dream - Day 122 May 16, 2019
16/05/2019

Sweet Dream - Day 121 May 15, 2019

Today we bid farewell to Moorea and all her stunning beauty. We had a wild, wet rollicking sail very close hauled on a port tack to Papeete, Tahiti City Marina. On our way in, we passed Chao Lay sailing out to Moorea. Just as two nights before we had passed Endo 2 going to Huahine as we were leaving. Ah, ships passing, and all that....We arrived on the city dock in time for a nice rain storm and a crazy street musician serenading us from the promenade directly behind the boat. What fun! I love this vibrant city! After the street musician was done, the “ party boat” next to us cranked up some happy local tunes. I tidied up the inside of the boat, Lars checked us in, and dropped off both our cooking gas tanks to be topped off. Soooo...since it was raining, and we couldn’t cook on the. read more...


Sweet Dream - Day 121 May 15, 2019
Sweet Dream - Day 121 May 15, 2019
16/05/2019

Sweet Dream - Day 120 May 14, 2019

Today we arrived in Moorea about 09:30 after a very lovely squall free overnight passage. We anchored at the Tiki garden spot, had a quick lunch while we settled that the anchor (which we could see buried in the sand) was holding securely. Then we popped the kayaks in and headed to shore. Going across the fields of coral we spotted four young sharks having brunch! Shudder.....anyway, we ended up leaving the kayaks at the International hotel and getting directions to Woody. A short walk on a very nice pedestrian area of a well paved road brought us to Woody’s place where we made his acquaintance and purchased one of his lovely hand made ukuleles. Who hoo. We had brought a large dry bag to transport it back to the boat in. Then we upped the anchor and moved round intoOpunahu bay. Once. read more...


Sweet Dream - Day 120 May 14, 2019
Sweet Dream - Day 120 May 14, 2019
17/05/2019

Attitude - Potuguese Man O War

Hello everyoneA quiet day for wind so time was spent checking on critical systems and contact points as well as trying to figure out the wind over next few days. We spotted a lot of Portuguese Men O War ( Bluebottles) shaped like sailing caravelle’s floating in the ocean. I’m told these contain enough toxin to kill a man, só best left alone.Again, a good lunch was enjoyed by allBest wishesRui, João and Antonimage1 image2. read more...


Attitude - Potuguese Man O War
Attitude - Potuguese Man O War
Attitude - Potuguese Man O War
Attitude - Potuguese Man O War
14/05/2019

Sweet Dream - Day 119 May 13, 2019

Lars and Glen started the day drift snorkelling with the dinghy. I baked a pan of scone bread. We bid farewell to Glen and Mary, who were on their way to tour the island,motored over to Mango and joined in the fun for George’s birthday party. Patrick and Brigita were gracious hosts. We had good times with George, Bobbi, Tony and Susan from Cabana, JF and Marie of Cassiopeia, Peter and Nicky of Chanto, while the”boys” played with a drone “toy” we ladies discussed lots of aspects of sailing life. Later the discussion turned to Fiji, NZ and Oz. So exciting looking ahead to new vistas! We reluctantly bid them all adieu and returned to get our Sweet Dream ready for the journey back to Tahiti. We had all marvelled at the Polynesian house boat that puttered by during George’s party, then Lars. read more...



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