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Lexington - Captain Bob: few more photos
Lexington - Captain Bob:  few more photos
Lexington - Captain Bob: few more photos
Lexington - Captain Bob:  few more photos
Lexington - Captain Bob: few more photos
Lexington - Captain Bob:  few more photos
30/01/2017

Caduceus - Cape Town to St Helena Day 11 - Almost there

Position16:30.66 S 004:53.94 WDate2359 (UTC+2) Sunday 29 January 2017Distance run in 24hrs 146nm over the ground, 138nm through the waterPassage total1652nm over the ground, 1571nm through the waterDistance to go62nmPlanned distanceCape Town to St Helena 1697nm The title of today’s entry is recycled, but there again we have been at this stage in a passage several times before.It is also rather busy on board with both of us sending out emails about our change of plan, heading for the Mediterranean instead of the Caribbean and the USA.More of this for the blog in a later entry.I will therefore leave it at a position report and add that in lighter winds we are motor sailing for the final lap to avoid wallowing.. read more...


30/01/2017

Tulla Mhor - Santa Marta to San Blas Day 12-14

We had a bouncy, frisky, boisterous, hairy, scary, exhilarating (?!) sail down to San Blas Islands from Santa Marta. After prising ourselves off the pontoon we started with an optimistic single reef in the main sail. This was soon increased to 3 reefs as we stormed away from the Columbian coast towards Panama. The seas were large with 4m waves and confused, hitting us from all directions. Shamal, a much larger and heavier boat then us, was just behind us, was tossed about like flotsam; Tulla Mhor could only have been worse. Anne was sick with food poisoning and had to go to bed, Dugald was also sick with probably the same. As night fell we took away the gib and sailed with a fully reeled main. Our auto helm held up and kept us on a steady course although there was some extreme. read more...


30/01/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: Embarra Peru tour

A bunch of us took a tour to a native Indian camp on the Chagres River that feeds the Gatun lake which is the middle of the Panama Canal.The area is a national park but the native Indians have been allowed to stay. We took tour buses to a point where we got in dug out canoes powered by outboard motors to go up the river to the village. There we had information about the people and their way of life. They try to maintain a traditional way of life while welcoming tourist info your village. It was hard to decide if the lady that let the children play with the games on her cell phone was doing good or not. Below is everyone loading into canoes to head up the river.image1 image2 image3 image4 image5. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: Embarra Peru tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: Embarra Peru tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: Embarra Peru tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: Embarra Peru tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: Embarra Peru tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: Embarra Peru tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: Embarra Peru tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: Embarra Peru tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: Embarra Peru tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: Embarra Peru tour
29/01/2017

Exocet Strike - 28-29 January 2017

Yesterday started slowly and built as the day and night progressed. We averaged nearly 7 knots towards our destination, which with an average of 14 to 16 knots of wind is not too bad.Last night there was no moon showing and tonight there I'll only be a sliver showing, but over the next few nights it will get bigger and be showing for much longer. The Stars were out to start with but as the night wore on a big bank of cloud built behind us, during this morning though it did burn off which was greatly appreciated.Overnight some of the boats in the fleet reported getting some much stronger gusts from squalls. Golden Dragon reported getting 30 knots for approx 2 hours which sped them along nicely, Katarina had up to 25 knots, but the max we saw was about 18.One of the fleet, Resolute II has. read more...


29/01/2017

Caduceus - Cape Town to St Helena Day 10 - Our first green flash

Position17:48.89 S 003:40.45 WDate2359 (UTC+2) Saturday 28 January 2017Distance run in 24hrs 130nm over the ground, 122nm through the waterPassage total1506nm over the ground, 1433nm through the waterDistance to go207nmPlanned distanceCape Town to St Helena 1697nm For those that have never heard of it and for those who think that it is a wind up by old salts, a green flash occurs as the sun sets.I believe that it occurs in tropical waters.Just as the upper limb of the sun disappears below the horizon there can be a momentary emerald green flash, or possibly just a glow.To observe this, you require a completely clear horizon just as the sun sets.The last time that I observed this was also in the South Atlantic but forty two years ago.We have both been watching for this phenomena all of. read more...


28/01/2017

Firefly - Eating well, mid South Atlantic

Today is Saturday 28th of January 2017 and we are about one third of the way to Salvador Brazil with 1250 miles to go. The passage is very enjoyable at present out here despite relatively light winds. The gennaker continuespulling us along very well. As described in the previous blog, it is set up in a special way (like a symmetrical kite) - a bit of a fiddle setting the furler on the spinnakerpole but it does allow us to run very deep, in fact we can make a better course than we can when goose winged. This morning we gybed in order to head further north to stay in the forecast wind. It took a while but we modified the set up to ‘mark 2’ - we can now furl the gennaker while it is out on the spinnaker pole. Yesterday we did 173 miles 0600 to 0600 and covered the most distance of all the. read more...


28/01/2017

Exocet Strike - 27-28 January 2017

Yesterday started slowly with 11 - 13 knots of wind from the ESE, averaging 5-6 knots, but as the day progressed to evening the wind started to increase and overnight we had up to 18 knots and averaging over 7 knots of boat speed. That always help to raise our spirits. It looks like the winds will start to ease today into tomorrow and by Monday it will be pretty light, only 8 to 10 knots. This is a long leg and we only carry enough fuel for maybe 4 days of motoring, so I expect we will sail slowly on. We may try another sail configuration, dropping the main and putting the stay sail up. This may help to stop the rig banging. This happens in lighter winds, the boat gets lifted by a wave and as the wave goes by the boat drops, losing the wind in the mainsail, which then flogs and makes a. read more...


28/01/2017

Caduceus - Cape Town to St Helena Day 9 - East to West

Position19:38.40 S 001:27.46 WDate2359 (UTC+2) Friday 27 January 2017Distance run in 24hrs 154nm over the ground, 150nm through the waterPassage total1376nm over the ground, 1311nm through the waterDistance to go334nmPlanned distanceCape Town to St Helena 1697nm At 0555 (UTC +2) we crossed the Greenwich Meridian, not quite as momentous as crossing the equator, especially as you can do this twice in one rotation of the M25 Motorway around London, but nevertheless a sailing milestone.The last time that we crossed a major meridian was in 2014 in between Tonga and Fiji and on that occasion, we lost a day.At the present time, we could do with losing a couple of hours as the westing that we have made has put sunset and dawn some way out from the natural way of things.We will reset the clocks. read more...


28/01/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: a nice party

The marina hosted a wine tasting tonight. They served chicken liver pate which was very good. They invited everyone in the marina, the regulars and the World Arc people. It was not much of a tasting.More or a cocktail party. They had two reds and a white.It was nice to talk to more people and see how they were doing. One boat is having to drop out because of a significant problem back home in Germany of a personal nature. I do not know what. The boat with the broken mast is still figuring what their options are. All of which are not easy or cheap. They are trying to make an insurance claim. They have to convince the insurance company that it was not wear and tear. Everyone on the boat went to water aerobics today. It was good exercise and the lady leading them was very good. There were. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: a nice party
Lexington - Captain Bob: a nice party
Lexington - Captain Bob: a nice party
Lexington - Captain Bob: a nice party
Lexington - Captain Bob: a nice party
Lexington - Captain Bob: a nice party
27/01/2017

Firefly - In Joshua Slocum's wake

It is Friday 27th January and we have had the gennaker up since 0700 thismorning and are making great progress in the sunshine. The wind is almost dueEast and our destination almost due West - not the ideal track for anasymmetrical sail.  So we have made some modifications to the set up flyingthe tack (front bottom corner) from the end of a spinnaker pole furtheroutboard- this has helped Firefly sail more down wind and on track at good speed- long may it continue....   Peter has just finished reading Sailing Alone Around the World by JoshuaSlocum- the ideal book for this passage so thank you Susie and Toby for such athoughtful Christmas present. There are few comparisons between our adventureand Slocum’s undertaken between 1895 and 1898 - he was single handed sailingfrom. read more...


27/01/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: Hard to keep a good ole boy down on the farm

The marina has a little area where they have a band on Saturday nights and an open mic last night. After dinner they were still playing so Jim Dinger had to get out his guitar that he bought in a pawn shop in Panama City to try a few tunes. The fellow that was playing was very good and welcoming. He tuned Jim's guitar to his and they played together for several songs. There was a small crowd that was very enthusiastic so that probably lifted Jim's confidence. Another fella joined in for a few songs and Sam Moore even got up for one song. A good time was had by all!image1 image2. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: Hard to keep a good ole boy down on the farm
Lexington - Captain Bob: Hard to keep a good ole boy down on the farm
Lexington - Captain Bob: Hard to keep a good ole boy down on the farm
Lexington - Captain Bob: Hard to keep a good ole boy down on the farm
27/01/2017

Exocet Strike - 26-27 January 2017

The trip from St Helena to Salvador is pretty much a downwind leg.We set off in the company of five other boats, a Paradise Found, left at 0800, Overseas Express left at 0900, Wishanger II left at 1000, we left with Golden Dragon at approx 1300 and Katarina at approx 1400. All night four of the above have been on our AIS system, except Paradise Found who was too far ahead to show up. Now only two remain, Overseas Express 6.5 miles ahead and Wishanger II approx 23 miles abeam of us (north of our current position).The wind has dropped from 16 knots when we set off to only 9 as I type this, not helpful, hopefully it will fill in a bit for us, otherwise it will take another 13 or 14 days to reach land.. read more...


27/01/2017

Caduceus - Cape Town to St Helena Day 8 - An uneventful day

Position21:23.39 S 000:31.32 EDate2359 (UTC+2) Thursday 26 January 2017Distance run in 24hrs 170nm over the ground, 165nm through the waterPassage total1222nm over the ground, 1161nm through the waterDistance to go487nmPlanned distanceCape Town to St Helena 1697nm Possibly a case of no news is good news.A combination of not having to stop to deal with hoisting the mainsail, the added speed gained from having a working mainsail and stronger winds gave us an additional 30nm on yesterday.Despite a very rolly motion, Elizabeth bashed to pans and produced a tuna bake, one of my favourites.. read more...


27/01/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: full day

We had a full day today. The start was the canal people coming by to measure the length of the boat. Over 50 feet is a 1,000pounds more. We were 49feet 3 inches. I had taken off the windvane paddle to make sure we were under. Next we checked on the Watt and Sea bracket which was waiting for my approval of their estimate that they did not have done yet. Next we went on a tour of the new portion of the Panama Canal. It was very interesting. Judy Woods's grandfather worked on the canal. I will include a few photos. image1 image2 image3 image4 image5 image6. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: full day
Lexington - Captain Bob: full day
Lexington - Captain Bob: full day
Lexington - Captain Bob: full day
Lexington - Captain Bob: full day
Lexington - Captain Bob: full day
Lexington - Captain Bob: full day
Lexington - Captain Bob: full day
Lexington - Captain Bob: full day
Lexington - Captain Bob: full day
Lexington - Captain Bob: full day
Lexington - Captain Bob: full day
Misto - Sunset in Gaigar, San Blas
Misto - Sunset in Gaigar, San Blas
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

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