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02/06/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 144: Take Two

Roy was up early to go ashore for freshly baked baguettes, replenish his beers and stop off at the post office. While that was happening Elaine did her back exercises and got Paw Paw ready to move to our next anchorage, Port du Bourayne.Nina had left earlier and hailed us about the availability of mooring balls following their reconnaissance of the area. Once both yachts were safely on mooring balls, we headed out in the dinghies to explore the bay as well as to pass over a coral reef and under a little bridge to see Baie Maroe on the windward side of the island. Having enjoyed the beautiful scenery we decided that morning coffee aboard Paw Paw was the order of the day again.It wasn't long before we saw Do Over coming down the channel so we directed them to one of the mooring balls that. read more...


02/06/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 143: On Hindsight

Today was somewhat of a boat day. Elaine got to use her new washing machine again and got through all the towels that had piled up and desperately needed to be washed. We also had Lynda and Steve from Nina aboard for morning coffee to help us with the hangover we were all suffering from followingfar too much fun on games night.To clear our heads we then took a stroll around a section of the little town we hadn't seen then it was back to Paw Paw for an early dinner - a delicious lamb neck stew - and an early night.Unfortunately, between the party boat right behind us and the strong winds that kicked up during the night, it was a less than desirable night's sleep. On hindsight we should just have gatecrashed the birthday celebrations and forgotten about trying to get our beauty sleep!. read more...


01/06/2016

Aliena - Martes 31 Mayo 2016

A las 18h con la puesta de sol salimos hacia el Archipielago del Reino de Tonga a unas 250NM. Nos dirigimos a Neiafu, la capital de Vavau, que a su vez la componen50 Islas. Hoy a las doce de la noche, no será dia 1, sino 2 de Junio, pues vamos a cruzar en este trayecto la linea da cambio internacional de día y hora, de manera que tambien retrasaremos 1 hora el reloj y no se que haremos con el 1 de Junio. Estaremos en el mismo dia que en España pero con once horas de adelanto. Vamos a seguir discutiendo a ver si nos aclaramos.Carmen. read more...


01/06/2016

Hejira - Something for the Weekend Sir?

My mission was to visit the chandlers, get a haircut and a loaf of bread. In the event, people were queuing out of the door of the chandlers so it was off to find a barber. Obtaining a haircut while cruising has been a mixed bag of experiences. At the zenith of these experiences was a haircut in the Railway Station concourse in Inverness where the hairdresser was very attractive, exceedingly and revealingly well-endowed and seem to delight in thrusting her assets into me while ministering to my hair. The experience here in Horta was the opposite end of the spectrum with an exceedingly portly hairdresser who had to lean over her ‘portliness’ to reach my head and what was in between made unwelcome contact with me. Having said that it was a very good haircut and the cut, beard removal and. read more...


Hejira - Poignant memorial
Hejira - Poignant memorial
01/06/2016

Hejira - Hot Rocks

Our first glimpses of Faial were through a heavy mist and it was remarkable in its greenness. The islands are undoubtedly volcanic and the isthmus we had to round before heading up to Horta was clearly originally the rim of a volcano. The small fields were bordered by hedges and the whole impression was one of ‘time gone by’. Our timing into the harbour was inspired as the customs/fuel dock was clear and we moored alongside to do the necessary formalities – or rather we tried to do them. Our arrival at 11.45 was unfortunately just as the port office, customs and immigration offices closed for lunch but this gave us time to take on fuel and water. We have almost come to expect a lack of ‘joined up thinking’ when encountering bureaucracy and perversely, although the port office and. read more...


01/06/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 142: Games Night on Paw Paw

This morning we headed ashore and, while Nina and Do Over hired bicycles to tour the island, we explored on foot due to Elaine's back, which is a lot better, but definitely not up to a bike ride.After snooping around the little town of Fare we headed northwards and eventually found a dirt road that brought us through to the beach. It was clear from the very rugged coastline why the island is called the Wild One. It was absolutely stunning with the powder soft white sands, dispursed amongst the volcanic rock that edged the coastline and the most amazing shades of turquoise waters that lapped over the coral reef and into the pools created by the volcanic landscape.We've taken photos that we hope do it justise and will load them up to the gallery as soon as we have a wifi connection. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 142: Games Night on Paw Paw
Paw Paw - Log Day 142: Games Night on Paw Paw
01/06/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 141: Huahine - The Wild One

After a rather slow passage, we arrived in Huahine mid-morning and were delighted to find Nina and Do Over in the anchorage we had chosen off the main town, Fare.So, as soon as we were anchored and settled we dinghied over to Nina for morning tea and to catch up with them after their return to Tahiti to get their dinghy engine sorted out. Then it was a quick stop off at Do Over to say hi and back to Paw Paw for an afternoon nap in order to be refreshed for our evening ashore - Happy Hour and Dinner at the Huahine Yacht Club with Nina and Do Over.Surprisingly the food was actually delicious and all mothers received 50% off their main course in celebration of Mother's Day in French Polynesia - Can't complain about that.Since Huahine is referred to as the Wild One we are looking forward to. read more...


31/05/2016

Aliena - Lunes 30 Mayo 2016

Niue es una pequeña Menorca con vegetación tropical. Esta en el centro de zona de huracanes y por eso creo que tiene tanta emigración a NZ. No hay industria y sus habitantes viven de la agricultura, funcionarios públicos y subvenciones de NZ. La isla es preciosa con el agua mas transparente que he visto. El ser un atolon emergido hace que tenga entrantes y cuevas donde se puede nadar, aunque el agua esta helada y hace frio por la noche. Impresiona la cantidad de casas abandonadas y la costumbre de enterrar a sus muertos en cualquier sitio. Hay tumbas por todas partes. Son polinesios pero no tienen aspecto salvaje como en la parte francesa, ni tatuajes. Son muy amables con los visitantes. Nos dieron una cena de bienvenida y se notaba que la comida la habian preparado en sus casas las. read more...


31/05/2016

Altair - Altair's lesson learned from the ARC USA

The 2016 ACR USA provided some insight into being prepared and having spares. In past I have operated that the Tri-Color Light was my primary navigation light system and my Navigation light were my backup. We left Tortola, BVI with all lights working. The second day out the tri-light failed so per plan we switched to the Nav lights. A week later we lost the green and stern nav lights. The quick work around was since we were motoring was to turn off the steaming light and turn on the anchor light. This gave us an all round white, equal to a steaming light and stern light.Researched revealed that all the led light that fail were original to the boat, 2003. The red had been replace several years ago. Preparing for the 2017 World ARC, I will be replacing both Navigation light systems. read more...


30/05/2016

Lerina - Dure journée !!

La nuit dernière , le vent est monté comme prévu et la journée de lundi a été marquée par de violents coups de vent (40-45 ) et de fortes pluies. l'océan est très creuséet ça mouille beaucoup. On navigue avec 2 ris dans la grand voile et un string devant. Ce soir après une acalmie le vent semble reprendre de la force, la nuit va être longue !! Mais le bateau et son équipage tiennent bon !! On arrivera demain dans la journée. On est à un peu plus de 100 M de l'arrivée. Tout va bien à bord.......... read more...


Hejira - Diesel transfer
Hejira - Diesel transfer
Hejira - Barry's Bloated Bladder
Hejira - Barry's Bloated Bladder
30/05/2016

Hejira - Cetaceans

As we close in on the Azores, yachts crossing the Atlantic funnel towards the island of Faial and the harbour at Horta. It has become one of the four busiest yacht transit harbours in the world. Zooming out on the plotter I can see 13 vessels within AIS range homing in on the refuge and clearing in and berthing promises to be a challenge. Hopefully the ARC organisation will help smooth the process.The warnings of a storm seem to have moderated to advice about a gale but we still press on to achieve a midday arrival, hopefully after the backlog of overnight arrivals have been processed. AWOL continues in our wake, keen to steer to our lights as their auto pilot is on the blink again. We have replenished their diesel stock by a further 60 litres, floated down to them in three cans and they. read more...


30/05/2016

Hejira - Panto in Guildford

Torrential rain, thunder and lightning, lumpy sea and semi darkness did not augur well for the day as we were forced to motor to try to beat the storm into Horta. We had spotted the threatening weather system on our long term weather forecast nearly a week ago but it has only just shown on the shorter Emailed forecasts. With our self-imposed limited use of the Satellite communication system, we are relying on these Emailed forecasts but would prefer the grib files we used to download. The day actually soon brightened and with the wind and sea dropping we had a fairly languid day under engine.The fleet seems to be strung out and the warnings about the impending storm carry the advice to head south if it’s not possible to make Horta by Monday evening. Looking at the speed of some of the. read more...


30/05/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 51. Nuie. 19.03.33S 169.55.52W

Sunday 29 May 2016.We have been so busy since the last blog, time has just flown andthere has not been a moment to update the blog.Wednesday early morning watches were great for Anthony and then the wind died and Skipper's wife nearly threw herself overboard with one engine just keeping us going and the mainsail playing slap bang in the confused swell.Then by lunchtime we were sailing, wind just forward of the beam and from then on, it was no complaints, just comments in the log like "no rain, no squalls", "Really wonderful sailing", "Sunny, spinning along, sailing at it's best", so everyone happy.We had land in sight by 15.00 hrs on Thursday 25 and picked up a buoy behind Spirit at 18.50 ship's time, 17.50 Nuie time, with light enough to spare to see the FAD (Fishing Aggregation Device). read more...


29/05/2016

Lerina - On nes'ennuie jamais à bord de Lerina !!

On a avancé au moteur depuis hier midi. La nuit a été cool et reposant, sans stress particulier, que quelques cargos au loin seulement. Ce matin, notre père Kins nous fait un coup de calcaire. A 8h30, il s'est mis à accélérer, à ralentir, à réaccélérer et puis tout à coup, plus rien. Les non intiés ont paniqué mais le capitaine a tout de suite compris de quoi il s'agissait: problème d'alimentation en fuel. En remontant la ligne d'alimentation, je me suis aperçu que le préfiltre Racor était bien sale t probablement colmaté .....Ue heure plus tard et avec un filtre neuf, le moteur ronronnait à nouveau sous les pplaudissements soulagés de l'équipage. Probablement un fond de cuve, de la limaille ramassée lors d'un plein. Ce soir c'est pizza et veillée d'arme avbant 2 jours qui s'annoncent. read more...


29/05/2016

Allegro - QUINTA-FEIRA, 26 DE MAIO A DOMINGO, 29 DE MAIO DE 2016

10º a 13º dias da perna Bermuda - Faial.Estes 4 dias têm-se passado bem, com alguns períodos com muito pouco vento e necessidade de usar o motor para avançarmos, e outros de vento mesmo pela popa, o que, com as ondas, se torna uma mareação menos confortável. Mas tudo tem corrido bem a bordo, sem sobressaltos.O dia 26 foi um dia praticamente sem vento, e tivemos que andar a motor todo o dia e noite.No dia 27, o vento reapareceu e foi um agradável dia de vela - e de descanso do barulho do motor…Na última noite o vento estava fraco, mesmo de popa, e o mar mais agitado, fazendo com que a retranca balançasse toda a noite com cada onda um pouco maior. Agora de manhã estão 10 nós pela popa, muito pouco para o Allegro e temos ajudado com o motor, fazendo “motorsailing”.Soubemos há 2 dias que se. read more...


29/05/2016

Second Wind - YB Connect Message from Sylvie Furtado

We hope to see land by the end of the afternoon. Youououiulllleeee!We will be able to rest from our routine, the 3 our shift and 6 hours off. We are very fortunate being 6 people aboard as we are always double up for the watch and have a decent down time. The night shifts 12:00 to 3:00 and 3:00 to 6:00 are the hardest in my opinion. Last night Karl and I did my favourite, the 9:00 to midnight then off to bed for 6 hrs straight. After a good night of sleep, I cooked everyone's favourite, bacon and eggs.We have done very well with our food and we still have fresh fruits and vegetables for today and maybe next. We wereout of bread about 5 days ago but I baked focaccia, corn bread and muffin. We also had to incorporate crackers to our diet. XOXO to all that read our postingSylvie. read more...


29/05/2016

Second Wind - YB Connect Message from Sylvie Furtado

Making tracks to Faial ahead of gale. Boat ETA to Horta 2000 today. Large black whale had to be avoided this A.M. Dolphins continue to play on our wake thru the day. All great!  Jeff. read more...


29/05/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 140: Goodbye to Magical Moorea

After checking the weather forecast again this morning and this afternoon,the weather system that was expected to pass through today with increased winds and churned up seas had passed last night and further north of us.With that we made the decision to set sail for Huahine this evening and had to say goodbye to magical Moorea. We did, however,get to enjoy one last day playing in the beautiful turquoise lagoon under suuny skies and having a delicious crepe, washed down with cappuccino, for lunch.The downside is that the weather forecast was still wrong.So, instead of reasonably good winds, we actually have exactly 1.7 kts and, instead of sailing, we're motoring again.The upside is that we have flat seas, on a moonless night which allows the stars to reflect off the water - magical. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 140: Goodbye to Magical Moorea
Paw Paw - Log Day 140: Goodbye to Magical Moorea
Paw Paw - Log Day 140: Goodbye to Magical Moorea
Paw Paw - Log Day 140: Goodbye to Magical Moorea
28/05/2016

Adagio - Home stretch for Adagio

It appears as though we will be making landfall in Horta sometime tomorrow afternoon (05/29/16). The winds are holding for now, and if we need to motor in the last hundred miles we can do so with the remaining fuel and have plenty of reserves.If the winds DO die down, we won;t hesitate to motor in as the need to stay ahead of the next weather system outweighs considerations for engine time and fuel burn. That's just the way it goes.This morning was our first encounter with thunder and lightning along our path, a single cell just ahead of us and several larger ones to the north by a few miles.Thankfully the storms pressed ahead and north faster than we were going so we only encountered the one noisy one and the rest were just washing the boat off for us.I imagine had we been a few miles. read more...


28/05/2016

Paw Paw - Log Dsy 139: Reflecting on the Wonderful Memories

Today was a day to stay onboard and get all those niggling little tasks out of the way, mostly those that Elaine had been unable to do since hurting her back. With those taken care off, it was time for Elaine to attempt a swim off the back of Paw Pawand, more importantly, be able to get back on board - success!Then, while enjoying sundowners and watching the sunset from the swim platform, we said our goodbyes to Heidi 2.0 and Do Over, both of whom left for their overnight sails to Bora Bora and Huahine respectively. We then had a lovely surprise when hailed on the VHF by Nina and had a lovely chat. They were sailing pass Moorea from Tahiti on their way to Huahine tonight as well. Weather permitting we'll see Nina and Do Over in a few days.In the interim, we're enjoying our last few days. read more...


01/06/2016

Testarossa - Shift Colors - Arrived Azores! Safe N' Sound / Friday 27 May 2016 / 1027L //

Testarossa Daily Message: Shift Colors - Arrived Azores! Safe N' Sound / Friday 27 May 2016 / 1027L //"What port awaits us, Davy Jones' or Home?" From Middle Passage, by Robert Hayden"Azores!" From S/V TestarossaAs of 1027L hours on 27 May 2016, our position is: 38*31.927'N /28*37.493'W. We are pierside, starboard side too, seawall, main marina,Horta, Azores. Note: Land was sighted at 0655L. Finish line wascrossed at 0913L. Landfall was made at 0950L. Ship's work commenced at1010L. Customs clearing still underway. After an unofficialtransit time of 9 Days / 20 Hours / 52 minutes, S/V Testarossa arrivedsafe and sound in Horta, Azores. Boom Broken, Water maker inop,mainsheet frayed, crew tired & needing showers, but all in all - noworse for the wear. Twas a good crossing. And...uhh. read more...


01/06/2016

Testarossa - Last Day at Sea Prior to Azores Landfall / Thurs - Fri 26-27 May 2016 //

Testarossa Daily Message: Last Day at Sea Prior to Azores Landfall / Thurs - Fri 26-27 May 2016 // / Late Entry // "Land Ho!" Cry of the sailing lookout, since time immemorialThe day prior to making landfall is always special. To be sure - youcan feel it in the air – in our case literally, as we were still making agood 9-10 knots ship's speed and over ground on a good breeze. But whatwe mean is, the excitement of the crew was palpable. Everyone wasexcited and giddy about finally making it to the Azores. Plus, I thinkwe were all exhausted, and tired of living "on the edge"...we were readyfor the heel to stop! What does all this mean? We couldn't sleep that well the night before, inspite of everything. And for various reasons:The proverbial wedgie in the starboard aft cabin, the angle in. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Dsy 139: Reflecting on the Wonderful Memories
Paw Paw - Log Dsy 139: Reflecting on the Wonderful Memories
Paw Paw - Log Dsy 139: Reflecting on the Wonderful Memories
Paw Paw - Log Dsy 139: Reflecting on the Wonderful Memories
28/05/2016

Second Wind - YB Connect Message from Sylvie Furtado

Shook out all reefs, full sails wing on wing as we run down the last 200 miles ahead of quite a gale.Joined by a squid washed up on deck, and our (now usual) evening visitors, the dolphins, who love playing in our bow wave.Having placed bets, and now anticipating arrival tomorrow, it looks like I'm going to win the pool for this leg... Again. First round of drinks in Faial on me with the winnings.All eyes on the horizon with the wind and the sunset at our backs, Karl. read more...


28/05/2016

Hejira - Sailing Explained

While off watch at 0300, I had a knock on the door as Ollie was concerned about an AIS indicator and enormous radar reflection apparently coming our way. He had rightly scrolled the data and established that the Sofia Express, bound for New York would pass us 1 mile away but its track was seemingly towards AWOL, 1 mile astern. The AIS data lists lots of useful information like speed, draft beam and length and this is usually quoted in feet. The size of the Sofia Express was such that its length was quoted in fractions of a mile! I was concerned because AWOL does not transmit an AIS signal and its radar signature is not very strong, had they been seen?A call to their bridge established that the Sofia Express had indeed seen AWOL and was tracking them. So, a reassuring outcome and a. read more...


28/05/2016

Lerina - Bouge de là !!

Samedi après-midi - On s'est bien battus mais il faut se rendre à l'évidence, il faut qu'on avance rapidement vers l'ESt pour éviter les effets dévastateurs d'un dépression qui va passer normalement au Nord des Açores. On a donc mis en route le "père Kins". On a tout fait pour avancer à la voile mais un vent trop faible de 4-5 N et une allure difficile entre vent arrière et grand largue dans une houle croisée nous a contraint à laisser à l'énergie mécanique de nous propulser vers notre point d'arrivée. On devrait mouliner jusqu'à lundi matin. Il fait de plus en plus frais; on sort tous de nos sacs les vêtements techniques .... Sinon RAS. On a à manger et il nous reste du rhum donc: TOUT VA BIEN A BORD. read more...


28/05/2016

Adagio - Movie Madness, as it were.

Finally some wind this evening. I don;t know if we just hit it right on the head, or if we fell exactly into place with the progressing Hi pressure ridge, but it has been quite a run of light winds and smooth seas.It makes for a nice ride and enjoyable socializing but a tough choice of slow going or using engine hours.When we received the email briefing that the next weather feature we would experience would be a pretty strong LOW pressure system with some accompanying strong winds and higher waves it cemented our decision to make as much forward motion as possible.So, with our priorities rearranged we kept the engine running throughout the day and motor-sailed as quickly as possible for several extra hours.As of this writing we are sailing again because the winds have picked up again.I. read more...


27/05/2016

Adagio - All Things "Running"

So many times I've thought about all the 'things' and systems aboard Adagio.It seems sometimes like the boat is more of a self-contained city than a pleasure craft and keeping everything up to speed is often a challenging task.Every sailor has the "to-do" list and often times the list gets longer instead of shorter when you set out to fox something but discover a couple more layers of effort are now needed to solve adjacent problems.Boats are like Ogres, we joke making reference to Shrek's analogy about onions and many "layers" of complexity.Today we are running a bunch of the boat's systems as we make progress toward the Azores.Since we have very little to absolutely no wind, we are motoring along. As the motor, transmissions and drive train hum along spinning the propeller, we are. read more...


28/05/2016

Tinia - The chase

At 12,30 utc yesterday we got news of a massive storm coming in behind us over the next 3 days, we had 465 miles to go and we have been averaging about 135 mile a day ,so we decided to make a run for it, with the spinnaker up we covered 155 miles in the last 24 hours so if we can repeat that over the next two days we should just get in port before it hits. Everything to go faster, Matt has been rowing with the dinghy paddles, Luke has been jumping up and down (he says it lightens to load). Daves been working on the tobacco and iv been getting rid of the cases of beer. So we are picking up speed and not looking behind us. x jl. read more...


28/05/2016

Aliena - Viernes 27 Mayo 2016

4º dia de Suwarrow a NiueHoy Alicia cumple 3 añitos y estamos llegando a Niue. Solo faltan 11nm. Ha sido un buen viaje a vela y con buena velocidad. El mar desde esta pasada noche esta mas tranquilo y hemos podido dormir mejor. El cansancio tambien ayuda. Hace rato que vemos a lo lejos una isla plana que cada vez es mas grande. A ver si se nos quita la sensación de soledad.Carmen. read more...


27/05/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 138: Pineapple, Flavour of the Day

Today we were up early to get ourselves ready to meet the car hire company ashore. Once all the paperwork was completed we then had the major decision on which way to start our explorations - clockwise or anticlockwise around the island. A visit to the Moorea Fruit Juice Company, where we could sample various fruit juices, virgin or otherwise, was the deciding factor, so anticlockwise it was. Besides enjoying a sample of their Tahiti Drink made with rum, pineapple and coconut, we also got to sample their new juice, watermelon and passion fruit - Delicious! In fact it was so good, we bought some and finished it before we even got back to Paw Paw this evening. At least we still have the Banana and French Vanilla to enjoy.Our next stop was the Le Belvedere, accessed via La Vallee de. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 138: Pineapple, Flavour of the Day
Paw Paw - Log Day 138: Pineapple, Flavour of the Day
Paw Paw - Log Day 138: Pineapple, Flavour of the Day
Paw Paw - Log Day 138: Pineapple, Flavour of the Day
27/05/2016

Adagio - How do They ... ummm well ...

This morning's coffee discussion started up because we'd just sailed past/thru a rather huge 'patch' of Portuguese Man-of-War jellyfish.The 'patch' extended for two miles or so and was pretty densely populated, enough to prevent counting them (which, at 5 knots, is pretty thick).They were sort-of-spread-out and also sort-of-gathered-together-in-clumps and it just makes you wonder exactly how these cool (but deadly) little creatures get along in their world.So, they have these 'sails' atop the water and dangle their venomous tentacles deeply beneath them. Some tentacles are visible but some are so sinewy and fine that they are nearly invisible and perhaps dangling ten feet below the water level.These guys purportedly have no brains, no means of propulsion except to go where the wind. read more...


27/05/2016

Lerina - Coups de pompe !!

Vendredi matin - Hier nous a montré une des facettes de ce bel océan ..... pétole complête avec une eau lisse doucement et longuement ondulée. Comme quoi cet océan ne fait jamais les choses à moitié. Nous avons donc fait ronfler le père Kins jusqu'à ce matin où nous touchons enfin du vent de WSW ce qui nous a permis à tangonner le gégène à tribord et GV sur babord (beau ciseau bien géré par Gaby). On avance pour l'instant à 4-5 N ce qui n'est pas si mal. On a eu des problèmes de pompe hier: le groupe d'eau a laché et on l'a remplacé par une pompe que j'avais en réserve. On a court circuité les filtres qui sont probablement colmatés. Il y a eu ensuite une grosse fuite qui a quasiment vidé le réservoir d'eau douce. Heureuisement, avec le désal, on a pu reconstituer le stock d'eau dans la. read more...


27/05/2016

Second Wind - YB Connect Message from Sylvie Furtado

Dream accomplished, one more item off my bucket list. Today I swam in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean with crew and my son Karl. Position 37 38.53 N 39 05.08 WIt was refreshing and the Bleu water was crystal clear with 4,000 Meeter deepWe had to keep an eye on jelly fish, the Portuguese man of war were numerous. Also some pilot whales came in proximity. Sylvie and Max chicken out and were able to take pictures. Captain Eduardo. read more...


27/05/2016

Hejira - Barry's Bloated Bladder

The settled windless weather has resulted in the sea eventually losing its boisterous attitude and we continued to motor while the crew stirred themselves.Our first job was to decant the diesel bladder (loaned to Hejira by Barry) contents into our fuel tank and it was very heartening to see the starboard tank needle rise from about ¼ full to over ¾. We subsequently connected the deck wash pump and gave the decks, cockpit and the bladder a thorough hosing down.While talking about tank levels, even with our shower indulgence a couple of days ago, we are still using water from our first tank even though the gauge is showing empty. With only 3 days to go to Horta, it may be time to relax the showering regime which would be welcomed by all on board and probably those ashore in Horta when we. read more...


27/05/2016

Second Wind - YB Connect Message from Sylvie Furtado

Motoring lots.Transferred 160 litres of fuel from the jerry cans into the starboard tank. Have taken over 100 sights with the sextant, so I have lots of reductions and plotting to keep me busy. Regards to all.Doug--Transmitted by Sylvie Furtado using YB Connect (www.ybtracking.com). read more...


27/05/2016

Dashzani - Dashzani is on her way...

Currently on our way down to the start of Rally Portugal 2016 (Gosport to Plymouth). Stopping via Weymouth for fish & chips tonight.Should be in Plymouth on Sunday where we look forward to meeting our fellow participants as we all start to gather. SWade & Andrew. read more...


27/05/2016

Hejira - Bill Shock

The drone of the engine greeted my watch with little wind and that from behind and AWOL trailing in our wake. The wind was due to veer to the NW and this duly happened at about 0600. The wind now just behind our beam meant that we began to accelerate the wind rather than diminish it so we could sail. So it was head to wind, full main raised and thus started a really good day under sail. Unfortunately the weather was miserable and the clouds were so leaden that I couldn’t pick up the sun for a sight until midday.Then came the bombshell, what was that noise? It was traced to the telephone. It never rings so we didn’t know what the call tone sounded like. It was a very bad line and I thought the woman said that it was Helen before ringing off. This happens to be the name of Barry’s wife so. read more...


27/05/2016

Aliena - Jueves 26 de Mayo 2016

3º dia de Suwarrow a NiueEl mar se puso anoche bravo de nuevo y sufrimos el efecto coctelera con unas olas que rompen solas de vez en cuando. Una de ellas ha subido a la cubierta, ha roto y nos ha pasado por encima de la capota cuando estabamos comiendo. El mar siempre recuerda quien manda. Lo bueno es que seguimos navegando a viento con una corriente de un nudo a favor y asi hacemos entre 7 u 8 nudos de velocidad. Solo nos faltan 155Nm.Carmen. read more...


27/05/2016

Ximera - Leg 2, Log Day 10 – Mellowing out

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Ximera - Leg 2, Log Day 10 – Mellowing out
Ximera - Leg 2, Log Day 10 – Mellowing out

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