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Paw Paw - Log Day 157: Mystery Resolved
Paw Paw - Log Day 157: Mystery Resolved
Paw Paw - Log Day 157: Mystery Resolved
Paw Paw - Log Day 157: Mystery Resolved
14/06/2016

Tinia - Last leg

Its day two of the last leg to Portugal, 810 miles, we had been motor sailing til 2am this morning when we finally got enough wind to sail. Luke caught and filleted his first solo Tuna yesterday and we'v seen some more whales and dolphins. Seem to spend most of the calm days cooking and eating. 540 miles to go ,jl. read more...


15/06/2016

Aliena - Miercoles 15 de Junio 2016

Ayer a las 10h, despues de dos dias a motor sin viento y lloviendo llegamos a Vanua Balavu. A medida que nos acercabaos a la isla veiamos los numerosos arboles y palmeras sin ramas y casas con aspecto ruinoso. Al visitar el pueblo vemos casas destrozadas, arboles enormes arrancados de raiz, la tienda solo con las paredes...hace unos meses un huracan los dejó en este estado. Solo la iglesia y la escuela han sido reconstruidas. En esta zona los huracanes se forman al Norte, en las Islas Salomón, bajan a Fidji y desde aquí toman una dirección, pero aquí no se libran. Esta mañana con mucha pena le hemos dicho adiós a Giampi, que vuelve a España y va a pasar el Indico como una exhalación. Hasta la vista Maximo y Miguel Angel.Carmen. read more...


14/06/2016

Second Wind - YB Connect Message from Sylvie Furtado

This message is for Jeff, one of the crew that left us in Santa Maria. We hope you had a safe trip home and enjoy the company of your wife and kitty while having the comfort of your home. In the meantime, we want you to know that you are missing out on all the goodies on Second Wind but above all we want to thank you for you help throughout this trip. Yes, the pro-active dude that was first to see the far away vessels and those black clouds. Setting up the sail prudently. So long and till the next sailDA Skipper and DA crew on Second Wind--Transmitted by Sylvie Furtado using YB Connect (www.ybtracking.com). read more...


14/06/2016

Second Wind - YB Connect Message from Sylvie Furtado

We're closing in on our final destination of Lagos, on this, the last leg of an unforgettable trip.Sails have gone up and come down more frequently than on previous legs, but spirits remain high as we enjoy great food, scenery and company on relatively calm waters.We are still getting regular visits from the dolphins who love to play in our bow waves and the longer days have allowed for some spectacular dinner-time sunsets.It would be tempting to stay out here forever, enjoying life at sea and the companionship of all those who make up the fleet (it was nice to hear from Testarossa when they flew by this morning, as has been the routine for the last few legs,) but just as the driving force of the wind can only be harnessed with the ballast of a keel in the water, the passage we've made. read more...


14/06/2016

Adagio - How do you top this?

One of the dilemmas I faced about signing up for the ARC Europe Rally was the fact that during the time we were to be saling across the Atlantic Robin and I would be celebrating pour Tenth Anniversary.Now, usually I try to make a pretty big deal out of our Anniversaries and there have been times set aside for special trips or events to commemorate our years together.This year, however, presented a special challenge.My thinking was; "How do I get away with something like a special time together, a great weekend getaway, or a special event kind of thing when we are already going to be traveling to the Azores???" I mean, come on ..do I try to pass this off as "Hey sweetheart, I've been trying to figure out a really special place to spend our Anniversary ... How about I take you to the. read more...


14/06/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 156: A Rather Strange Looking Place

It was another early start to get ashore to use our data service at the Post Office so that Roy could get some banking done which he was unable to do using the wifi in Baie D'Avea.Elaine used the opportunity to Facetime Brooke and William which certainly started the day off on a good foot. Then we had to get some provisioning before heading back to Paw Paw to weigh anchor and set sail for Raiatea and Tahaa.With 15 to 20 Kts of wind it was lovely to be sailing again instead of motoring.We had, however, forgotten about our "good friend", the South Pacific swell which made for a rather rolly passage and an interesting entrance through Passe Teavapiti, the access through the barrier reef to the lagoon at Uturoa, the main town on Raiatea. Once inside we had time to enjoy the very pretty. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 156: A Rather Strange Looking Place
Paw Paw - Log Day 156: A Rather Strange Looking Place
Paw Paw - Log Day 156: A Rather Strange Looking Place
Paw Paw - Log Day 156: A Rather Strange Looking Place
13/06/2016

Dashzani - On our way again

Sadly we say goodbye to Bayona and Spain tomorrow. The people, especially at the yacht club, have been so welcoming. Thank you also to our ARC hosts for providing a great itinerary. Lunch today at the water mills was very superb! Portugal here we come...Andrew & SWadeFullSizeRender. read more...


Dashzani - On our way again
Dashzani - On our way again
13/06/2016

Second Wind - YB Connect Message from Sylvie Furtado

Not much happening right now, very light wind or no wind so we are very happy to have long range power or good volume of diesel. Yesterday's forecast predicted the formation of gale but it's far enough from us. We hope to have some wind effect and start sailing instead of powering later today. All are well aboard Second Wind and already into the comfort of our routine. Later....Sylvie--Transmitted by Sylvie Furtado using YB Connect (www.ybtracking.com). read more...


13/06/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 155: " It's Raining Again..."

Today we'll go with the 1980s band, Supertramp - "It's raining again..." since we woke to another dull, gloomy day and,yes, more rain.The good news though, is that the sun eventually came out around noon and the sea turned to the most magnificent colours of blue.About two hours later the weather had completely cleared and we were able to move anchorage.Nota moment too soon according to Elaine as she started to have serious concerns about Roy's sanity levels when she found one of the laptops in the fridge this morning. So, we'reback in Fare for the night before we make our way to Tahaa tomorrow.We were also hailed by Nina earlier in the day as they too had decided it was safe to move.To celebrate we all headed toHappy Hour and Dinner at the Huahine Yacht Club and thoroughly enjoyed seeing. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 155: " It's Raining Again..."
Paw Paw - Log Day 155:
Paw Paw - Log Day 155: " It's Raining Again..."
Paw Paw - Log Day 155:
13/06/2016

Aliena - Lunes 13 Junio 2016

2º dia de Tonga a FijiSeguimos con este invierno tropical fresquito. Mañana llegaremos a nuestro destino con cuidado de no tropezar con ninguna isla, pues Fiji al igual que Tonga es un archipielago de varios grupos de islas. En realidad son dos islas grandes Vanua Levu y Viti Levu rodeadas de 300 islas y atolones. Sus habitantes son mezcla de polinesios y melanesios y de indios que fueron llevados como esclavos y creo que hoy en dia superan a la población aborigen. A medida que vamos al Oeste del Pacifico sus habitantes son mas feos. Espero que aquí no pase.Carmen. read more...


12/06/2016

Second Wind - YB Connect Message from Sylvie Furtado

The Azores:For any of you that travel and look for different destinations, the Azores islands are great places to visit or even retire. Every island has somethings to offer. For me, food is number one then followed by the sceneries. One of the best way to see them is by hiking and taking a ferry from one island to the next. I have no idea about accommodation because we lived aboard our catamaran. When you travel that far by boat, land time becomes very important, one good reason to join the ARC Europe and have all these social events with your fellow sailors. These were filled with joy, information and great stories. We are on our way to Lagos, Portugal with all these great memories and look forwardto meet our sailor friends to celebrate the end of this grand voyage. Sylvie. read more...


12/06/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 154: "I Beg Your Pardon, I Never Promised You a Rose Garden..."

The 1960s song by Lynn Anderson springs to mind today - " I beg your pardon. I never promised you a rose garden, along with the sunshine.There's got to be a little rain sometime! "And rain we have had.Along with unabated winds.Relentless in fact.We spoke to Nina today by phone and their anchorage is no better.We heard Do Over on the VHF radio speaking to Corango and things are just as bad in Raiatea and Tahaa. So, although patience is not one of our virtues, we're trying to make the best of it.Every phone, tablet, laptop, chartplotter and navionics chart has been updated using the wifi we can pick up from shore. Every chore and Do List item that can be done, has been done. Elaine has played her saxophone, done her exercises and made various baked goodies. Roy has cooked up a storm in the. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 154: "I Beg Your Pardon, I Never Promised You a Rose Garden..."
Paw Paw - Log Day 154:
Paw Paw - Log Day 154: "I Beg Your Pardon, I Never Promised You a Rose Garden..."
Paw Paw - Log Day 154:
12/06/2016

Aliena - Domingo 12 de Junio 2016

1º dia de Vavaú a FijiLa persistente lluvia de ayer nos hizo volver camuflados a Neiafu y amarrarnos a una boya, de donde esta mañana a las 6,00h hemos salido con destino a Fiji, a la isla de Vanua Balavu. Son 290Nm de las que ya hemos hecho 56. Huimos del nubarron de Neiafu aunque nos sigue tan de cerca que a veces nos remoja. Le estan empezando a salir ramas al mastil. Ayer salió Giampi, con lo que hacemos la travesía solos aunque por detras llevamos cinco o seis y el resto ya deben de haber llegado, uno de ellos, Spirit, perdió la helice y lo han tenido que ayudar. Vamos bien pero hace dia de quedarse en casa.Carmen. read more...


10/06/2016

Aliena - Viernes 10 de Junio 2016

Ayer hicimos la salida del Reino de Tonga. Ante la previsión de mal tiempo nos quedamos amarrados a una boya en Neiafu. Esta mañana al despertarnos ha comenzado a llover y a pesar de eso hemos salido con destino a Tapana, una islita cercana del grupo Vava´u, habitada por una familia española, con idea de saltar el domingo a Fidji. De camino a Tapana hemos entrado en Port Morelle y al ancla estamos a la espera de "tiempos mejores". Ahora a las 20,50h seguimos con la lluvia persistente como si fuera Macondo.Carmen. read more...


11/06/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 153: Where in the World Are We!

Well, the blustery and overcast weather continued today, but much improved from yesterday and is expected to continue to improve over the weekend.If the forecasts are correct,we're hoping to move to Fare, on the northwest coast of Huahine,either tomorrow or Sunday, so that we can do some provisioning before heading to Raiatea or Tahaa on Monday or Tuesday andnot a moment too soon. We're starting to wonder "where in the world are we" and perhaps have entered a parallel universe, where the South Pacific as we know it, is no more.It didn't help that the Dutch couple we met today from Vela, one of the yachts who have shared the anchorage with us through this storm, have been sailing here for three years and have never seen weather like this during the sailing season. On a positive note, it. read more...


10/06/2016

Lerina - Santa Maria

Aujourd'hui vendredi, fête nationale au Portugal, nous avons quitté Punta Delgada et fait route au sud vers Santa Maria. Il ne devait pas y avoir trop de vent et pourtant la journée nous a gratifiés d'une belle journée de voile au près bon plein sous 15-20 nœuds de vent. Un vrai régal dans une mer plate ou nous avons atteint de bonnes vitesses 8 nœuds par moment. Bien sur, Lerina s'est révélé moins rapide que certains bateaux modernes de la flottille ARC mais nous avons quand même apprécié la navigation après ces nombreux jours où nous avons beaucoup subi la mer. Demain, nous visiterons l'île qui s'annonce très différente des autres iles de l'archipel déjà visitées. Elle est plus méridionale, plus chaude, plus aride. Dimanche ce sera le départ pour Lagos. Y aura-t-il du vent ? On suit. read more...


Dashzani - Leg 1 Completed Successfully!
Dashzani - Leg 1 Completed Successfully!
10/06/2016

Dashzani - Leg 1 Completed Successfully!

Dashzani makes it safely to Bayona after a calm but great trip across Biscay. Both crew and boat are all well and very excited to be in Spain. DZ & CrewIMG_0969. read more...


Dashzani - Birthday Boy in Biscay
Dashzani - Birthday Boy in Biscay
Dashzani - A special birthday fly pass by a very low Lear Jet!
Dashzani - A special birthday fly pass by a very low Lear Jet!
Dashzani - Visit in the night from Pete the Pigeon
Dashzani - Visit in the night from Pete the Pigeon
10/06/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 152: Not Quite the Paradise, but Close Enough

Last night was indeed a very long night, as the worst of this winter storm passed over us, while we stood anchor watch, in less than desirable conditions. The winds never turned E/ESE which would have given us more protection behind the hills.So, instead, we endured sustained winds of 27 to 33 Kts, gusting to as high as 39 Kts at one point. Fortunately the sea state was not uncomfortable and Paw Paw held her ground, not dragging an inch. So too did the other yachts in the anchorage, thank goodness. Today remainded blustery, rainy and miserable, so Elaine decided she wasn't even getting out of bed. She did, however, take the time to study all the cruising guides and charts on the Society Islands we have yet to visit. In particular, searching for at least one anchorage per island that. read more...


10/06/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 54. 17.40.52S 177 27. 11W. At sea en route for Vanua Balavu

Today is Friday 10 June, we are approx 59 nm from the way point giving us a safe arrival point off the coral reef surrounding Vanua Balavu and the pass through the reef. It has been a few days of classic sailing dilemma.Do we leave Tonga as planned after clearing out on Wednesday with a forecast of strong winds and rough seas, the latter being an issue rather than the former as the winds are in a very favourable direction.Or do we wait for the gale to the south to pass south east of us, by which time, there will be very little wind.We had decided on a compromise and with permission from Customs and Immigration to stayed another day after checking out. We hoped to have at least 24 hours of favourable winds, a promise of reducing seas and, hopefully, calm weather for getting into the pass. read more...


09/06/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 151: A Long Night

We had a good night weatherwise last night, all things considered, but the worst of the storm is forecasted to hit tonight. We also heard from Do Over today who left for Tahaa on Sunday and they've changed anchorages a few times in order to get the best protection.It's definitely going to be a long night for a lot of sailors in the Society Islands, but we can't help but wonder about the rest of the WARC fleet. They are currently suppose to be enjoying free-sailing time in Tonga and Fiji, but these winter storms are coming all the way up to the lower latitudes, which is extremely unusual, passing over them first before making their way eastward to us.It didn't help matters to see on the news that these storms have given Australia's Gold Coast the worst in years. We trust that Do Over in. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 151: A Long Night
Paw Paw - Log Day 151: A Long Night
Paw Paw - Log Day 151: A Long Night
Paw Paw - Log Day 151: A Long Night
08/06/2016

Lerina - Repos et tourisme aux Acores

Nous sommes à San Miguel depuis deux jours. Depuis notre arrivée aux Acores, nous avons vu passer 3 dépressions, beaucoup de vent et des trombes d'eau !! Les iles de cet Archipel sont magnifiques, la végétation est luxuriante et les paysages somptueux.Comme l'anticyclone semble vouloir s'établir dans les parages, c'est le beau temps qui semble s'établir mais cela veut dire aussi qu'on aura peu de vent sur notre route vers Lagos au moins au début. Sur la fin, on compte sur les alizés portugais.Nous avons quelques soucis électriques, des problèmes de pompe à eau, de filtres à régler mais rien de bien sérieux et le bateau se porte bien. Il est difficile de trouver des pièces ici et il nous faudra probablement attendre Lagos pour tout remettre en ordre.Vendredi matin, nous partirons pour. read more...


08/06/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 150: "There and Back to See How Far It Was"

We were up early this morning to check the weather and make our decision on whether or not tp accompany Nina to Port du Bourayne for a more sheltered anchorage with more bad weather approaching.Well, we essentially just "went there and back to see how far it was" because our original information and experience hadn't change. While Nina picked up the only mooring ball in the anchorage,we scouted every part of the bay that could possibly be viable and still concluded that there was no decent place to anchor, given the depths. For due diligence, we also reconsidered the mooring balls just outside the bay, which we had used previously in calmer weather, but decided against that as well, given the really strong and confused currents.So,we left Nina alone in Port du Bourayne and returned to. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 150: "There and Back to See How Far It Was"
Paw Paw - Log Day 150:
07/06/2016

Exody - June 4th - Portsmouth, Annapolis, New York, Bristol, Newport

Exody completed ARC USA arriving in a grey and damp Portsmouth, Virginia two weeks ago today on Saturday May 21st.Motored most of the last 24 hours to beat the forecast deeper low.Portsmouth is well up the Elizabeth River, home to Uncle Sam's impressive naval fleet and the city of Norfolk across the water. Negotiating the busy shipping lanes that cross over at the entrance to the Chesapeake, we still had a few hours to go after passing over the 13 mile Chesapeake tunnel-bridge.The landscape was low and apparently bleak.Today June 4th we are anchored in a foggy Newport Rhode Island, which feels as busy a sailing venue as the Solent.It is Saturday so there were yacht and dinghy races aplenty and many elegant, classic, excursion sailing boats plying their trade.In the intervening fortnight. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 149: Balti Curry to Warm the Cockles of Our Hearts
Paw Paw - Log Day 149: Balti Curry to Warm the Cockles of Our Hearts
06/06/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 53. Kappa Island, Port Maurelle. 18.41.96S 174.01.81W

Monday, 6 June 2016.We spent Thursday and Friday in Nieafu, shopping in the market, which is excellent and daily, walking, renting a car and driving as much round the island as the roads allowed, visiting the botanical gardens and learning about Tongan life and traditions from the owner and visiting the viewing points, or at least the ones we could find.Time spent with other crews such as Blue Summit, Two Fish and Take Off and a crazy late night dancing and being entertained by some lady boys, led astray by Wishanger and Paradise Found.Another WARC party at the Aquarium, with great food and Tongan dancers and then everyone dancing.Sadly, no luck with the alternator, which needs a bearing and some repair to the cables, not available on the Island and maybe a new alternator is the only. read more...


06/06/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 148: An Authentic Polynesian Feast

This morning we were up early to have a light breakfast and made our way to Restaurant Chez Tara to watch them prepare their buffet which we would be enjoying for Sunday dinner - Pig Roast, Polynesian Style. When we arrived the huge fire pit was already smoldering and the chefs were preparing the various local dishes that would accompany the pork, all of which gets cooked in the ground - Coconut Bread, Banana Bread,Chicken and Callaloo Stew, Stewed Red and Yellow Bananas,Roast Chicken, Breadfruit. Depending on the dish being prepared it was either wrapped in palm leaves smeared with coconut milk, placed in baskets woven from palm leaves, placed in large steel pots or just placed "as is" on bamboo in the huge metal rack. Once that was all neatly packed into the metal rack, the sections of. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 148: An Authentic Polynesian Feast
Paw Paw - Log Day 148: An Authentic Polynesian Feast
Paw Paw - Log Day 148: An Authentic Polynesian Feast
Paw Paw - Log Day 148: An Authentic Polynesian Feast
05/06/2016

Aliena - 5 de Junio 2016

El conjunto de Islas Vava´u fue casualmente descubierto por Francisco Maurelle en 1781, quien llevando un correo de Filipinas a Mejico fuera de temporada tomó la ruta sur, creyendo que las corrientes lo llevarían. Tuvo que entrar en estas islas para hacer aguada, aprovisionar y arreglar el barco y sanar a los marineros de escorbuto. Habló a la corona de España la existencia de estas islas y en 1793Alejandro Malaespina tomó posesión para España, quien nunca puso un pie aquí. Un siglo despues con la fiebre de navegación del Pacifico, la London Misionary Society fueron los primeros extranjeros en establecerse. Es posible quepor esto no esten tan occidentalizados como sus primos polinesios aunque la Iglesia tiene mucho poder. Aun visten a la manera tradicional hombres y mujeres: sarong ellos. read more...


05/06/2016

Dashzani - The Rally Begins

We have all made it over the start line! Sea is like glass this morning so not long before all the engines went on. I fear we will be listening to the iron topsail humming away for a few days...Very happy and excited crew. SWade & Andrew. read more...


05/06/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 147: Another Day, Another Beach Barbecue

After a night of more rain and strong winds, we woke to sunny skies this morning, so, after breakfast we headed ashore for a long walk on the beach, where we encountered Nina taking advantage of the sunshine with a morning snorkel. Once back onboard, we enjoyed a morning coffee and Elainestarted the process of sorting out our latest photos, while Roy ensured our water tanks were getting filled and our energy needs were being adequately satisfied. By then it was time to pack up our contributions to a potluck beach barbecue, which was postponed from yesterday due to the bad weather. Thankfully the weather held, so, another day and anotherbeach barbecue with Nina and Do Over was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Of course, it was Happy Hour when we had to walk right past the Relais Mahana Hotel,. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 147: Another Day, Another Beach Barbecue
Paw Paw - Log Day 147: Another Day,  Another Beach Barbecue
Paw Paw - Log Day 147: Another Day, Another Beach Barbecue
Paw Paw - Log Day 147: Another Day,  Another Beach Barbecue
04/06/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 146: "Bangers and Mash" with a French Flair

Although we had a number of fun activities planned for today, the weather dictated otherwise, so it ended up a boat day. With the wind howling and endless bands of rain drenching the anchorage, we decided that staying in bed with a good book was probably the best option.Elaine did, however, still get to play her saxophone and Roy took the opportunity to update the software on all our Raymarine electronic equipment onboard. We decided the best end to the miserable day was "bangers and mash"with a French flair for dinner - French sausages, French puree potatoes and French baked beans - followed by a movie. The day ended on an even higher note though, when Steve from Nina delivered a fresh baguette and some beers, acquired while shopping with the hired car they had for the day.. read more...



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