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15/10/2018

Mischief - Mischief Blog International cuisine meets Come Dine with Mischief

Despite the Indian Oceans weather systems that bring giftsof strong winds interspersed with squalls that deliver more wind, torrential rain and 7 meter waves, Mischief's crew were determined to eat well led by skipper "Dave the Belly"!Mark and Wendy also stepped up to the challenge with alacrity and tenacious determination.The boat was thrashing around, waves pouring into the cockpit but still the meals kept coming from all corners of the earth.Ads bring your pinny.Saussisson Surprise or Sausage Casserole - UK and our continental friends FrenchCroissants - FrenchBeef Masala - IndianBeef Pie and pots - BritBar-b-q - AustraliaTim Tams Sweet - AustraliaSpag Bog - ItalianIrish Stew Cabbage and Pots (Potato famine over) - IrelandGreen Tea - ChinaSpanish Omelette - Surprise SpainSlaw - US of. read more...


14/10/2018

Misto - October 14, 2018: Calm and Serene (well, comparatively speaking)

For now the rambunctious winds and rough seas have given way to a calmer view of the Indian Ocean.Today the winds have dropped to an enjoyable 16 knots or so and the seas have dropped considerably, even if they can't quite make up their minds which direction to come from.It was a day when you are pleased to be out sailing, in comparison to the previous few when I wondered why on earth I was doing this! Tonight the small sliver of moon is also shining - through clouds it must be admitted - but when it does shine through it lights up the water with a ghostly, silvery sheen rather appropriate for approaching Halloween.-----At 10/14/2018 12:38 PM (utc) our position was 17°46.23'S 075°56.30'EOur course and speed are 251T at 6.2kts. read more...


14/10/2018

Aurora Polaris - World ARC - Oppdatering på seilasen til Mauritsius

12. oktoberVi har vært inne i et område med 35 knops vind en stund. Noen i flåten rapporterte at de hadde kast opp i 55 knop. 40 knops vind er grensen opp mot storms styrke. Vi venter på at vinden skal legge seg og dreie i mer østlig retning. Det er en stor fordel for oss, som seiler veldig godt med fokken og genoaen ute samtidig.Ved ni-tiden i dag, lyktes de endelig å føre over pasienten fra seilbåten til losbåten, og nå er de på vei med henne med legeteam om bord. Det har vært litt dramatisk, men veldig godt å se og oppleve den store omsorgen og velvilligheten til å hjelpe hverandre når noe står på.Vi seiler fortsatt i kompaniskap med den andre seilbåten vi har nevnt tidligere. Nå har vi oppe litt mer seil. Da det stod på som «verst», hadde vi over 11 knops hastighet med bare et par. read more...


14/10/2018

Timshel - Cocos to Mauritius Day 14

Unfortunately our wind died this morning - but not completely, we have been sailing along on what would be a beautiful day in the sunshine - if we were just cruising about the Clyde, just a bit slow at 3-4 knots in 9 knots of true wind when you are trying to make a passage.But the wind has come up in the last half hour and we are making progress again, just hope it lasts.We may be arriving in Mauritius on Wednesday rather than Tuesday though.We now have land in sight - the island of Rodrigues, another 350 miles to Mauritius.. read more...


13/10/2018

Timshel - Cocos to Mauritius Day 13

Another sparkling day sailing.Just before dark last night we set the (reefed) yankee with the pole wing and wing with reefed main turning more downwind as it was more east.Timshel runs very well like this albeit with some rolling - there is still a big swell.As the sun came up we could let out the reefs and have been going nicely all day.Now if it would just stay like this until we get there! With the calmer weather we were able to tidy up some things and run the watermaker, pizza for tea tonight.Our time is slightly skewed as we go west as we are still on Cocos time - as this is the time for the SSB net and the finish no point changing - but it now stays light in the evening, but sunrise is later in the morning.Of course we are also further south.. read more...


13/10/2018

Misto - October 8-13, 2018: Speeding Towards Mauritius

The first 2-3 days of this epic Indian Ocean passage were gentle to us.We sailed some and motor-sailed some, in sunny and relatively calm conditions.We had coconuts on board and at Howard's request to find a use or them, Ros found a coconut macaroon recipe and had fun baking up these delicious, sweet and gooey treats. Then things changed and we have been encountering winds up to 32 knots, with large and confused seas that have really been pushing us around.But it does mean that we are making fast progress towards Mauritius.Although we are behind the fleet due to our delayed departure, we have been able to hear most of the radio nets and participate in some.The propagation in the morning is better than the evenings, when we are lucky if we can make out a few words. Also some boats are. read more...


12/10/2018

Timshel - Cocos to Mauritius Day12

Good news first thing this morning that the injured lady was transferred to the Mauritius coast guard vessel Barracuda with medical back up on board and speeding off to Mauritius.So she will have immediately been given the treatment she needs, and we are all hoping for a quick recovery.They had declared the seas too rough the previous evening.It has all moderated today, less wind, less waves, but there are still a few spiteful ones about so we still have all hatches and windows fastened, one board in the companionway and the companionway hatch closed.A few boats did have torrents of the water below over the chart table damaging their instruments.We are probably fortunate that our chart table is on the port side, with the boat on port tack any water getting in sprayed the galley and. read more...


Aurora Polaris - World ARC - Vi nærmer oss, siste del av seilasen til Mauritsius
Aurora Polaris - World ARC - Vi nærmer oss, siste del av seilasen til Mauritsius
11/10/2018

Timshel - Cocos to Mauritius Day 11

Be careful what you wish for!Certainly plenty of wind today and a big rather confused sea.We have gradually reefed right down, now have at least 2 reefs worth of main rolled in and just the staysail.Timshel was handling the conditions Ok but every so often a big sea would hit us broadside with a huge crash and it was getting very wet, so we have slowed down and are sailing more downwind.We are probably missing an opportunity for great speeds and progress (I am sure the bigger boats are enjoying it more) but better not to break things.  . read more...


11/10/2018

Aurora Polaris - World ARC - Vi nærmer oss, siste del av seilasen til Mauritsius

Etter å ha seilt over halvvegs, kom vi til det området hvor vi kom til å ha en del vind. Pål, sønnen vår, informerte om at dersom vi fortsatte med samme kurs og fart, ville vi ankomme dette området innen tre dager. Nå er vi altså her, og vi har vind fra 25-30 knop og ganske høye bølger. Jeg har ikke før tørket opp sjøvannet hvor jeg sitter i cockpiten, før jeg får meg en ny dusj. Vinden ventes å øke på, og vil være på det sterkeste i ettermiddag. Etter det skal den dreie mot øst, og vi vil få den bakfra. Vi har gitt opp å ligge i teten denne gangen. Det er forskjellige grunner til det. Vi har bevist at vi kan seile fort, og nå dreier det seg mer om komfort og gjensidig støtte fra våre medseilere. Slik situasjonen er nå, har vi avtalt med naboen vår, Mischief, om å dreie litt nordover,. read more...


10/10/2018

Timshel - Cocos to Mauritius Day 10

Another sparkling day sailing, it is always much better in sunshine.We are making good progress in 11-24 knots of true wind on the beam.We could go faster with a bit more wind, but its OK.Another celebration today as we got to 1000 miles to go, but that was directly to the way point at the finish (and through the island) and we just now plotted intermediate waypoints round the north end of Mauritius which added 9 miles, but we have passed 1000 miles on this route as well now.Spoke to Misto again this morning on the long range channel, they are making steady progress and no doubt getting closer as they are faster.. read more...


Aurora Polaris - World ARC - Seilasen til Mauritius
Aurora Polaris - World ARC - Seilasen til Mauritius
09/10/2018

Timshel - Cocos to Mauritius Day 9

Pleasant sailing in sunshine, beam reach with all white sails and going quite fast at times.And we passed halfway at 12.21 this afternoon! 1159 miles to go.Some of the big boats in front are celebrating 3 figures to the finish (i.e. 999).We have got quite spread out which makes the choice of frequency for the radio net a little contentious and some boats just don't like certain frequencies.Some boats have had a few issues; Adrienne's gear box has become detached from the engine so they will need a tow in, Aurora Polaris exploded a block on the main outhaul during a squall (they have spares), Mischief's wind speed reading has disappeared so for the daily reports we are getting the Wind scale according to Dave - not sure how it relates to the one devised by Admiral Beaufort, and is "old. read more...


09/10/2018

Aurora Polaris - World ARC - Seilasen til Mauritius

Vi fikk vite at vi kom til å ha plenty med vind over Indiahavet. De to første dagene hadde vi tilnærmet vindstille. Seilte de første 4 timene, men da gadd ikke kapteinen mer! Motoren i gang, og vi kom oss fort av gårde – helt til vi traff på vinden. Da var vi i et rotete område med vind, strømmer og bølger i disharmoni. Alle rapporterte om ubehagelige bevegelser i båtene sine, og vi var ikke noe unntak. Likevel er her noen i flåten som fortsatt har 0 motortimer, og en av dem er flere timer lengre kommet enn oss. Forstå det de som kan! (De har mannskap om bord, da!)Min kaptein er trøtt, og han klarer dårlig å bevege seg rundt i båten under fart. Han sier han blir kvalm. Dermed blir forflytningsoppgaver lagt på kaptinnen. Oppgavene er stort sett matlaging og oppvask – samt. read more...


08/10/2018

Timshel - Cocos to Mauritius Day 8

Monday night is pizza night!A very grey and damp start to the day, just as well we are not navigating by sextant.Wind dropping too.Set cruising chute at lunchtime but if anything slower as wind continued to go down, very peaceful progress.Took down the chute at sunset, luckily more wind and sailing more upwind to get back to track, able to set all white sails.Last night and this morning able to speak to Misto on SSB - arranged to talk on a longer range channel.They have left Cocos and made excellent progress, 90 miles in 12 hours - must have got more wind than us, so they will be getting closer.. read more...


08/10/2018

Misto - September 20-October 7 2018: Christmas island and Cocos Keeling

Arriving in Flying Fish Bay just before midnight we picked up one of the remaining mooring balls and were joined a few hours later by Mischief who rafted up with us.Flying Fish Bay is somewhat dominated by the port operations for the Phosphate mining operation that is the main source of employment on the island. Despite this the waters are brilliantly clear and visibility was tremendous.Ashore we enjoyed the tour arranged by WARC which really introduced us to the world renowned natural features of the island.The most famous of these being the red crabs and their annual migration.We were fortunate to see Red crabs and the huge Robber Crabs, even though is was not migration time.We enjoyed other natural sights including the blow holes. After the tour we took ourselves to the local museum. read more...


Aurora Polaris - World ARC - Cocos Keeling og klargjøring for Indiske Hav
Aurora Polaris - World ARC - Cocos Keeling og klargjøring for Indiske Hav
Aurora Polaris - World ARC - Cocos Keeling og klargjøring for Indiske Hav
Aurora Polaris - World ARC - Cocos Keeling og klargjøring for Indiske Hav
Aurora Polaris - World ARC - Cocos Keeling og klargjøring for Indiske Hav
Aurora Polaris - World ARC - Cocos Keeling og klargjøring for Indiske Hav
Aurora Polaris - World ARC - Cocos Keeling og klargjøring for Indiske Hav
Aurora Polaris - World ARC - Cocos Keeling og klargjøring for Indiske Hav
07/10/2018

Aurora Polaris - World ARC - Cocos Keeling og turen dit eller omvendt

Vi forlot Christmas Island samtidig med Madrigal – de vi lå sammen med på bøye i bukta. Vi skiltes likevel på startlinja. Madrigal valgte å gå rett vest, og vi litt lengre sør. Det skulle vise seg å være litt uklokt av oss. Ikke bare gikk vi litt tregere, men vi kom også senere i mål, og måtte gå litt nordover igjen før sluttlinja. I tillegg begynte kaptinnen med magesjau – og den varte i tre dager, like lang som overfarten til Cocos Keeling. Som om ikke det var nok, begynte det å skje saker og ting undervegs. Først fikk vi noen underlige alarmer – på kaptinnens vakt. Meldingen på skjermen var: vil du gå på pilot, track eller standby? Kaptinnen ville selvfølgelig fortsette på track (slik vi pleier å gå), derfor valgte hun den opsjonen. Da snudde Aurora Polaris 180 grader og begynte å gå. read more...


07/10/2018

Timshel - Cocos to Mauritius Day 7

Sailing along downwind, sails wing and wing all day, but may change over to a reach soon to head back south to the rhumb line.At the front of the fleet Influencer (with the 2 Australian Olympians aboard) has overtaken Emily Morgan, Air Power is still ahead but she left over 3 days in advance.At the back the catamaran Spirit of Catherine and Adrienne are behind us, Callisto and Le Aum 30 miles or so ahead.Lydia is sailing very well 20 to nm in front of them.Le Aum is the other small boat in the fleet, also 40ft but newer and racier.We found the provisions available at Cocos to be better than expected, not a great variety of f fruit and veg but we did get good cabbage, carrots and onions, also frozen mince beef and some very nice casserole lamb.Without a freezer we can't carry that much. read more...


07/10/2018

Mischief - Mischief Blog 1st October - Mauritus

The long and winding road.And so it is, surfing over, through and around hairpin bends that the waves of the Indian Ocean create.Relax for a minute and the little devil has thrown you into the nearest hard object that bruises your skin upon impact.Or to describe it another way Woohoo, Yeeha!!!We're roller coasting our way to Mauritius.We flew over the start line, Mischief teaming a white ensemble, matching white genoa and main, the crew awaiting patiently for their donuts which were promised after the spinnaker was raised.As we rounded the island into the Indian Ocean the conditions allowed the skipper to raise the coloured sail, adding sparkle to the outfit and surging us forward to join the lead boats.At last the long awaited donuts were ours for the taking whilst relishing in audible. read more...


07/10/2018

Aurora Polaris - World ARC - Cocos Keeling og klargjøring for Indiske Hav

Da vi var ankommet Cocos Keeling hadde, jeg kapteinen, et par hovedgjøremålog det var å få autopiloten til å fungere samt få emailen til å virke.Det viste seg at ingen i flåten hadde tilsvarende vår motor som reservedelog ikke fikk vi svar fra Lewmar, leverandøren av driveuniten. Gode råd vardyre og det ente opp med at vi fikk tak i en gammel rustet elektromotor somhadde mye større børster som måtte files/pusses til rett størrelse. Motorenvar forseglet, ikke skrudd i sammen og denne måtte deles med det verktøyetvi hadde tilgjengelig.Da vi skulle hente den gamle motoren kom vi borti en generator som senkesned i sjøen, noe som medførte at dette feste brakk i to. Nå var vi utenautopilot og båten som gav oss den gamle motoren uten lader fra strømmen isjøen under seil. Kapteinen måtte dermed. read more...


Aurora Polaris - World ARC - Rundur på Lombok, Indonesia
Aurora Polaris - World ARC - Rundur på Lombok, Indonesia
Aurora Polaris - World ARC - Rundur på Lombok, Indonesia
Aurora Polaris - World ARC - Rundur på Lombok, Indonesia
06/10/2018

Timshel - Cocos to Mauritius Day 6

We went charging on, on a broad reach, during the night.By the morning with the wind up still more we reefed and turned downwind wing and wing with the yankee poled out - much more peaceful, but still making progress.Boats at the front of the fleet are getting a bit faint on the SSB, we need to shift to a longer range frequency soon.Connection to the sailmail station in Brunei for this message is getting more tenuous as the distance gets bigger, but we are still a long way from the Africa station.Martin set up a driver on the computer for me to connect with the satphone instead, but for some reason that wouldn't work this morning either.Hopefully I can get this message sent!. read more...


06/10/2018

Mischief - Michief Blog Cocos Keeling Islands 25th September 2018 to 1st October 2018

A tropical island paradise, white sands, coral and coconut palms surrounded by azure blue ocean and blue skies.A cliche you say, maybe, but its the only way to describe it.Sadly evidence of the global problem of plastic waste could be seen on all of the windward shores.Direction Island was to be our home for the duration of our stay, no money would be required as there was no way of spending it on Direction Island.A truly tropical island where one expected to see Man Friday around every coconut palm.Our first night here was supposed to be a private affair with Misto where we were invited to share a wahoo that they had caught earlier in the day.Sadly they mentioned the invite on channel 72 so the whole fleet heard and enthusiastically invited themselves.Under friendly pressure from the. read more...


06/10/2018

Aurora Polaris - World ARC - Rundur på Lombok, Indonesia

Som dere sikkert har forstått, er det ikke noe latmannsliv å seile rundt jorden. Det er rally både til lands og til vanns.Torsdags morgen stilte vi på stranden kl.8 for å bli fraktet over til fastlandet Lombok. Først var det besøk på det lokale markedet. Der fikk vi fotografere både varer og folk. De syntes det var morsomt å bli tatt bilde av, og de fikk se dem etterpå.Så gikk turen mot Mataram. Der skulle vi besøke pottemakere, men først skulle vi kjøre med de lokale Ferrariene der. Det var ei lang rekke med hestedrosjer oppstilt ved siden av veien. Vi skulle være to og to i drosjen, og dermed ble det jo naturlig at Aurora Polaris’ kaptein og kaptinne kjørte sammen. Sjåføren var en bitte liten, ung mann, med en enda mindre sønn på fanget. Han var redd disse svære vikingene som entret. read more...


05/10/2018

Timshel - Cocos to Mauritius Day 5

Cloudy today, we are not used to grey, but we are making good progress on a broad reach over a slightly lumpy sea.The boat doesn't seem to mind this; one odd wave slapped us broadside and sprayed the cockpit and aft deck - but this has happened before on the sheltered waters of the Clyde, in that case the person at the wheel got a soaking, here there is only rarely someone at the wheel.As usual the course required is the one that is difficult to steer, in this case because it is just up wind of what we make with the sails poled out wing and wing and just downwind of what we make on a broad reach with the sails on one side filling and not slatting about.So we are alternating the sail plan.We are also affected by the (luckily favourable) current sometimes it pushes us north a bit sometimes. read more...


04/10/2018

Timshel - Cocos to Mauritius Day 4

Faster sailing, even reefed overnight, some rain squalls.The yachts ahead are still reporting more wind than we have.We saw a ship last night and one at lunchtime so the ocean is not completely empty.We need to change the chart chip - we seem to have come to the end of the Indian Ocean one and need to change to Africa - still 1926 miles to go to Mauritius though.. read more...


03/10/2018

Timshel - Cocos to Mauritius day 2 and 3

Quiet day sailing (ie slow) wing and wing downwind.From the evening Radio Sched yesterday others further south had more wind (Misto back at Cocos had been fishing without success), so put sails on same side Port gybe and headed that way. Seemed to be a good move with reasonable sailing overnight and better winds this morning.Until we got under a cloud and the wind shift had us running wing and wing again and reefed, a sharp shower washed the decks a bit.After a very variable patch on the edge of the cloud now sailing well again.But everyone else has disappeared off into the distance.Note: Influencer should do well on this leg as she now has not 1 but 2 Australian Olympic sailors on board.Saw one fishing boat on AIS and visual but at least 6 miles off.More birthdays today - Brigitte on. read more...


02/10/2018

Timshel - Cocos Keeling to Mauritius Day 1

It's finally time to leave Australia after a few days at the beautiful Cocos Keeling Islands way out in the Indian Ocean.We'd all been busy with various tours and activities - probably too many as the best day was the last one where we had the briefing for the next leg, the prizegiving and lunchtime BBQ and all chilled out together at the Shelter on uninhabited Direction Island where we were anchored.And we got a prize - 1st in Class B on corrected time.This was mainly due to not having used the engine at all as others were penalised by an extra 1.8 hours for each engine hour added to their time.Our friends on Misto got 1st in the multihull class, with Madrigal 1st in Class A.On departure Steve had to clear out with Cocos Police ashore, unfortunately once this was doen there was not a. read more...


30/09/2018

Blue Pearl - Little Australia

Early tomorrow morning (Tuesday September 25th), we will arrive in Cocos Keeling after a wonderful 3 day passage from Christmas Island. Both are beautiful, small Australian Territories located in the Indian Ocean.During the short passage we enjoyed nice wind, nice blue skies and even a very welcome rain shower, the first in several months, that cleaned the salt and grime off Blue Pearl,. She sparkles again. We also had the opportunity to use our new Code Zero sail which was shipped from Annapolis to Darwin where we collected it. In simple terms it is a very large jib designed to sail in light wind conditions on a beam reach or closer to the wind. I am very pleased  with it! We now have Big Orange, Big Grey and our three standard white sails. We are a true around the world cruising. read more...


29/09/2018

Smoke and Roses - Christmas in September

Log 1489 Nautical Miles, 8 Days, 21.5 Hours113.25 Hours Motoring 100.25 Hours SailingSeptember 12 -23 Darwin to AustraliaChristmas Island was named by Captain William Mynors when he sighted it on December 25th.It is a dormant volcano that rose from the depths of the Java Sea and was abundant in pure phosphate. The island is full of natural wonders including; rare and unusual birds, the annual red crab mass migration to the sea, glorious deserted beaches, caves, coral reefs and drop off.Although Darwin, Australia is a lovely place, we are excited to leave and have high hopes of catching the fleet at Christmas Island, 1489 nautical miles to the west. The fleet leaves Lombok in 4 days with 620 nautical miles to get to Christmas Island and will only stay there for two days. We put the new. read more...


25/09/2018

Timshel - Cocos Keeling Finish

More wind for the last afternoon and evening of the passage.Duly crossed the line off Direction Island just after midnight (or 01.42.10 Lombok time).Navigated round HMAS swarship to anchor on outer lagoon for rest of the night.Will make our way into the inner anchorage and hopefully clear customs in the morning when we can see the coral.. read more...


25/09/2018

Mischief - Mischief Blog Lombok to Christmas Island 16/9/2018 to 22/9/2018

Lombok to Christmas IslandsFirstly, I need to apologies to Lillian Tipton for the recent unreliable postings of the Mischief blog.Unfortunately the diligent Charlie Baynes has been replaced with "Nearly Neen" who sometimes is a little slow at reporting Mischief shenanigans.I will endeavor to rectify this but sometimes teaching your son to sail has to be addressed as a priority.Big seas, 25 knots of wind and a big tanker do their utmost to throw our Skipper, who had to stay in command in difficult conditions as Mabel had retreated to her nest in the hope it would all be over in the morning when the crew would serve her slices of her favourite cheeses.It's fair to say Lillian that "Yer boy done good" with the spinnaker flying, he steered the crew through the enormous waves and managed to. read more...


25/09/2018

Timshel - Christmas to Cocos Day 3

Another quiet day sailing.We don't seem to get the 17-20 knots of wind reported by boats ahead, on the other hand we have not been becalmed either.Set the cruising chute mid-morning; it seemed like a lot of work for at most 0.5 knot increase in speed, I guess the wind dropped as we set it and we also went further downwind to be on the proper course.At least we noticed that the halyard snapshackle was coming apart BEFORE we hoisted the sail.Saw one fishing boat, otherwise not a lot out here, one tanker seen on AIS yesterday, one yacht (Pleiades bound for Freemantle) hailed us on VHF the day before.And there are flying fish on the deck again, have to put then overboard before they start to smell.107 miles to go - getting closer!. read more...


25/09/2018

Mischief - Christmas Island to Cocos Keeling 23/9/2018 to 25/9/2018

As we set sail from Christmas Island, Misto waving us off, Booby Birds and Frigates could be seen squabbling for food over the cliffs of the island and the exotic Yellow Bosun bird indigenous to Christmas Island were displaying their colourful coats on our port side. We were expecting a lively passage but it has turned into a beautiful sail in perfect conditions.This meant we could deploy the fishing rods and we were as usual entertained by the "ones that got away"A huge fish this morning not only broke the 80 lb breaking strain line but nearly took the rod to the deep with him.That one better left in the sea we felt.Bit scary.The Boobies were fascinated by the fishing lures and we were worried they would take the lure.Mark took the line in until they lost interest.Flying fish have been. read more...


24/09/2018

Timshel - Christmas to Cocos Day 2

A quiet sailing day, all white sails set.Port gybe, wing and wing for much of the day, then back to a reach. Our favourable current seems to push us north a bit in the morning and south a bit during the afternoon.It actually rained late afternoon, the first since a v light shower in Darwin, but we were on the edge of it and got no extra wind.Good to wash some of the salt off the boat.The towed generator, with the solar panels and the wind generator is keeping our batteries charged.. read more...


23/09/2018

Timshel - Christmas to Cocos Day 1

The time allowed for the stopover at Christmas Island was 48 hours so we were busy.Our yellow shirt, Galen, efficiently organised mooring for all the boats (we were rafted with Emily Morgan and Pinta) and the clearances with Australian Border Force and Biosecurity, even though he had to rearrange this for Misto at the last minute as Ros unfortunately had to fly home to North Carolina to deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Florence and their house.It was good to see a bit of the island and the wildlife - some amazing huge crabs (apparently there are over 20 kinds) and some interesting birds such as the Golden Bosun Bird that flew around the harbour.The water was amazingly clear and Anita went for a quick swim to look at the fish.On Saturday morning we refilled our small diesel can at the. read more...


23/09/2018

Mischief - Mischief Blog "Lovely Lombok" 11th September - 16th September 2018

Lombok's infamous barrel wave picked Mischief up and guided her into Gili Gede, just a little too enthusiastically for Mabel's liking.The things she had neatly stowed for the passage were thrown onto the floor, including the skipper who was awaken unceremoniously from his slumber in the cockpit.Secret resort, very easy to find and so not so aptly named, was to be our base just around the corner from the marina.Peter the elderly American owner was very accommodating and happy to share the islands history with those willing to listen.The new yacht club was hurriedly finished and made ready for the ARC prize giving party which became very lively after Josh from Mad Monkey took control of the music and ensured nobody had an early night.Cheers Josh.Woohoo We're the Monkey's!!!Road Trip on. read more...


22/09/2018

Smoke and Roses - Stranded In Darwin

August 29 - September 10Darwin is in the Northern Territory of Australia, referred to as the Top End. It is a friendly cosmopolitan city on the doorstep of World Heritage Wilderness areas. Darwin’s cultural heritage is a unique blend of ancient Aboriginal custom, European pioneering legacy, WWII history and fresh Asian influence. There is a 21 foot tide in Darwin so there was a lock to get in and out of Cullen Bay Marina where we docked. We spent a full two weeks in Darwin, the longest we have been in one place since December, we needed to replace the engine that Boabab Marine worked on in Fiji. They put the engine together improperly causing the crank shaft to break in half. There is a lot to see and do in this beautiful tropical city and surrounding area, unfortunately most of our time. read more...


20/09/2018

Timshel - Lombok to Christmas Day 4

Some fast reaching, even with sails reefed.Great speed helped along by the current, we are now 41 miles from the Finish for the stopover at Christmas island, only 5 hours as we are making 8 knots over the ground.. read more...


19/09/2018

Misto - September 16-19, 2018: To Christmas Island

The Lombok to Christmas Island start was slightly delayed as we had to wait for our clearance papers, but eventually we all set sail for Christmas Island. The current was running fast, up to 6 knots, in the Lombok Channel and it made for very large, and sometimes churning, seas in the channel.Having started with all our white sails up we had to put 2 reefs in the main when we encountered the conditions in the channel, but eventually we made it out to calmer waters.The next 12 hours included some motoring, but then we had a day or so of beautiful sailing with big, gentle ocean swells.However on the evening of September 18 the wind started to pick up and the seas became increasingly lumpy and confused due to a weather system to our south.With winds up to 25 knots, a reef in the main, wind. read more...


19/09/2018

Timshel - Lombok to Christmas Day 3

Again sailing all day with the Cruising chute, more wind and slightly lumpy sea so hand steering.The current is sweeping us NW, wind is SE.Doused chute before sunset and put up white sails to go closer to the wind as now to leeward of our track.Wind and sea increased during the night, even with 1 reef in the main(rolled to first batten) and staysail furled we had a lively ride, good progress partly because of the favourable current.In the morning we reefed the sails more, going nearly as fast in more comfort.We deployed the shark (towed charger) last night so we didn't have to run the generator this morning.With more breeze the wind charger is giving us more, the solar panels work best in the morning as on a westerly course they are shaded by the sails in the afternoon (and of course. read more...


18/09/2018

Timshel - Lombok to Christmas Day 2

Sailed slowly for the rest of the night, but making progress so no motoring yet.From the Morning Roll Call, most of the boats have some engine hours. Set the cruising chute but wind dropped as we did so just going the same speed, but able to sail all day with this and Hydra the Hydrovane steering.Late afternoon more wind and making great speed, hand steering with the chute more upwind, but took it down at sunset, reaching all night with all white sails set.Saw no fishing boats that others apparently had to dodge.. read more...


17/09/2018

Timshel - Lombok to Christmas Day 1

After a hectic few days now is the restart from Lombok.The excitement mounts as the boats leave the dock.At the start we are on a broad reach and some boats set coloured sails, we have all 3 white sails deployed.Much waving joking and taking of photos as we are all close together.Can see we have to harden up as we round the lighthouse into Selat Lombok, but I don't think anyone is prepared for the maelstrom that develops in the fast flowing current.We are making 12 knots or more over the ground, which of course increases the apparent wind more, huge waves develop and are washing over the deck.The Discovery 55 Aurora Polaris cruises past - later Terje says " there was just a little spray over the front part of the boat".Fortunately it dies down as we get out of the strait, unfortunately. read more...


Misto - Trying traditional hose drawn transport
Misto - Trying traditional hose drawn transport
15/09/2018

Timshel - Lombok

We leave Lombok this morning after a whirlwind few days. It was a very slow, hot and windless passage from Darwin. Timshel does not carry enough fuel to motor for 900 miles, so after the first few days the rally fleet left us behind as they motored on, and we had to do our best to sail in very little wind. We did make the finish line just before the closing time (more than a day later than the next slowest boat), and we still had enough fuel. Luckily our timing was good for the passage up Selat Lombok between Lombok and Bali. Boats that got this wrong found up to 8 knots against them. But we benefited from the info and advice mailed back by the first boats to finish, creeping up close to the shore we benefited from a counter current of at least 3 knots. We were so touched by the amount. read more...



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