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Misto - Sight seeing in Salvador
Misto - Sight seeing in Salvador
Misto - Cathedral in Salvador
Misto - Cathedral in Salvador
Misto - Ilya bom Jesus
Misto - Ilya bom Jesus
Misto - Itapareica
Misto - Itapareica
18/02/2019

Misto - February 9-18 2019: Salvador, Brazil

We arrived in the Termino Nautico marina on February 10 at 6.30 am.The marina is right in the town, a short drive or walk from the old town.An elevator takes you up the steep hillside to the Old Town with its historic buildings and restaurants.We have enjoyed a number of good meals here including the local speciality of fish stew which comes still bubbling in a clay dish.We enjoyed the WARC tour to a couple of the historic churches and the lighthouse.There are said to be so many churches in Salvador that there is one for every day of the year.On Valentine’s Day we booked a tour for dinner and to go to a folk dance show in a small local theatre.It was a lively and energetic show that we thoroughly enjoyed.Communication here in Salvador is frankly a challenge if you do not speak. read more...


18/02/2019

Cassiopée W - Log February 17th 20:15 - No fish for dinner

Le Français suivra ...As we approach the Equator, the temperature rises and there is still very little wind. Today we were only able to sail the spinnaker for two short hours. Because it has been unusually calm, our day was spent trying to hide under the sunshade, doing some maintenance on the engine, reading and fishing, or I should say trying to fish. From early morning, two lines were cast behind the boat, and the captain even installed new lures to the fishing rods so as to put all the chances on our side. In the middle afternoon, we all thought our luck had come at last when schools of yellow tail tunas passed by the boat. They were by dozens dancing away at the surface of the water. A few birds flying over them were also hoping to get a catch. Unfortunately our potential dinner’s. read more...


18/02/2019

Endo 2 - Auf nach Galapagos

Nun sind wir bereits seit 3 Nächten unterwegs, der Start zu den Inseln war am 15.2. Wir sind sehr gespannt auf die Inseln und freuen uns schon auf die Drachenechsen. Es wird sicherlich etwas besonderes. Doch der Weg dahin dauert leider noch ein Weilchen. Der Pazifik ist im Moment - jedenfalls auf unserer Strecke - etwas windarm. So haben wir die Nacht motort - dabei haben wir noch gute 400 sm vor uns. Die Nächte sind nasser als erwartet, bei etwa 88% Luftfeuchtigkeit bleibt nichts trocken. Durch die Motorwärme kann die Feuchtigkeit nicht so in das Schiff eindringen. Gestern hatten wir einen tollen Segeltag - bis gegen abend der Wind zu Bett ging. Wir haben sogar unseren Genacker gesetzt, leider nur für kurze Zeit. Danach wurde wieder "Schmetterling" gesegelt und wir waren sehr zufrieden.. read more...


18/02/2019

Tintin - Bobbing towards the Galapagos

All is very gentle in this part of the Pacific as we slowly make ourway towards the Galapagos.After a good sail on Saturday the wind died overnight,and yesterday wehad enough wind to help us along for a few hours in the afternoon. Thismorning when I took over from Rob at 6am there was just enough of abreeze to use the sails again. Turning the throbbing engine off iswonderful. Then you can hear the gentle slap and ripple of the water onthe hull.But as the wind drops, then so does the lovely sound of the waterslipping by. It is replaced by the snap of idle rigging as Tintin rollsgently in the small swell, and an annoying rattle from within the boom.Rob's head pops up the companionway and he suggests it is time to usethe engine again. And our speed in the right direction leaps from 3 to6. read more...


Cassiopée W - Log 16 February - The magic of the spinnaker
Cassiopée W - Log 16 February - The magic of the spinnaker
17/02/2019

Cassiopée W - Log 16 February - The magic of the spinnaker

See English below La magie du spinnaker C’est au alentour de midi que nous avons décidé de déployer cette superbe voile dont j’avais oublié la couleur. Hier à la ligne de départ, plusieurs bateaux de la flottille avaient choisi de l’utiliser créant ainsi un festival de couleur devant le village d’Isla Contadora. Aujourd’hui, c’était à notre tour. Le capitaine, son tacticien Donald et nous les femmes avons essayé autant que possible de la déployer tout en gardant la grande voile mais les vents étaient d’arrière et cette dernière empêchait la brise de la gonfler comme il se doit. En d’autres mots, tout cette voile voulait, était d’être la vedette de la journée. C’est bon, on a compris! Nous sommes donc monté au vent, avons rentré la grande voile et avons déployé le ´SPI’. Oui seulement le. read more...


Tintin - Preparing to visit the Galapagos Islands
Tintin - Preparing to visit the Galapagos Islands
16/02/2019

Charm - 16 feb 2019

Hello Charm followers,I’ve been given the task of writing the first Log for Leg 3.After a few day exploring the Las Perlas Islands it was time for race start day. It’s been a while since I’ve raced but lo and behold the usual pre-race start jitters returned! No nerves were however needed as Lara helmed us perfectly over the line crossing it in first place. My job was to be spinnaker trimmer for the first part of the race. The fleet slowly started to spread out as evening fell and just before the sunset we were treated to some acrobatic dolphins dancing across our bow.We have managed to hold a spinnaker through the night and our crew have worked hard to try and keep the boat speed high and in the general direction of the Galapagos. It’s been a steep learning curve for Sunil and Swagata. read more...


16/02/2019

Tintin - Settle down now...

After the ups and downs of the last couple of weeks, it may disappointsome of our readers if things get somewhat more samey for the next weekor so. I'm afraid that I'm rather looking forward to some plain sailingfor a few days. We started stage 3 from Las Perlas to the Galapagos islandsyesterday. 850NM direct, but we will probably have to do more miles inorder to keep the wind for as long as possible. The tactics are to headslightly west of south from the start, using the last breathes of theAtlantic trade winds that make it over the Panama Darien Gap in thePacific. These will peter out within a couple of hundred miles of thecoast and from there on we will be in the doldrums (or the ITCZ as it'sproper;y known).This is the area between the NE trades in the northand the SE trades in the. read more...


16/02/2019

Cassiopée W - Log Febuary 15 - Departure for Galapagos

Voir Français ci-dessousOur stay at Isla Contadora was filled with emotions. Full of happiness because of the fact that we are now four onboard, and this allowed us to experiment with new maneuvers while sailing among the islands Las Perlas, but also to take advantage of the expertise of our crew members to get to know our boat in more depth. Reuniting with friends of the fleet who we had not seen for six days, and enjoying the convenience of what land has to offer were pure joy as well. To sum it all, we received the second place in our category for the segment Columbia to Panama. Unfortunately, sadness was also at the rendezvous as we had to say goodbye to friends who have been travelling with the group since Saint-Lucia. Some left for other destinations whereas others encountered. read more...


16/02/2019

Tintin - Preparing to visit the Galapagos Islands

You can't just rock up in a boat to the Galapagos Islands. TheEcuadorians work very hard to look after this unique archipelago and toprotect it as far as possible from the impact of humans, balancing thisneed with allowing visitors to come and see its wonders.The World ARC team have taken on the administration of our visit tomake it as simple as possible for us. But it still feels like preparingfor a test!Crew lists have to be submitted months in advance, with 5 paper copies(at least one in colour) of each crew member's passport. The ARC teamapply for cruising permits which allow us to visit 3 designatedanchorages within the island group.We have been extensively briefed about the rules and regulations thatapply to visiting yachts. We have to make sure that the hull of theboat is squeaky. read more...


15/02/2019

Charm - Test blog post

Hello Charm followers-Just making sure we can post.  Please watch for rotating posts from all our crew on this page.Also, see past posts at Charmof5.comBest wishes,The Charmies. read more...


15/02/2019

Rubicon IV - Crossing to San Blas Islands, Panama post ; 6

January 30, 2019Santa Marta, Columbia was beautiful, with mountains near the shore, cool breezes and blue skies. In short, we all enjoyed Santa Marta. We had a tour of the city, and a beach day with a BBQ. We were planning to leave on the 23rd, but, the winds were so strong it would be stupid to go out. Then the next day we were recommended to stay back as the waves were 4 metres and the next day would be 2. So we decided to wait one more day. On the 25th, we left for San Blas, Panama. On the way, our route crossed the outflow of the Magdalena River for 4 or 5 hours. There was a sharp border between the river outflow and the ocean. The ocean was a beautiful sapphire blue, and the outflow was a murky olive-teal. Nothing was overly exciting on the river, but once we crossed into the salt. read more...


15/02/2019

Rubicon IV - Bob the Boobie post ; 5

January 16, 2019Exciting things happened last night after I wrapped up with my last post.Our new crew came yesterday and left early this morning. He was Bob: Bob the Boobie.If I didn’t make it clear enough, Bob was a bird. After dinner, the adults were looking at something, and I didn’t understand what they were talking to, so I came on deck to see what the fuss was about. There was a booby, [BIRD] flapping its wings while kissing the railing as he was so close. Eventually, he settled on the cleat under a seat on the back of the boat. My mom gave me a briefing, “He landed on our dingy, [motor boat] and we shooed him off, but now he’s come back so we figure he’s very tired to put up with us.” Immediately we started thinking of names. He came from a Dutch Island, Aruba, so Glenn had said. read more...


15/02/2019

Rubicon IV - On the way to Santa Marta. post ; 4

January 14, 2019I’ve made some friends on the ARC, Eva, Daisy, Ivory and Lucia. We boat-hopped together in the marina for the rest of the time there in St. Lucia. A few days back, we left the marina for our first official ARC sail, St. Lucia to Santa Marta, Colombia. So far we’ve caught two fish, a mahimahi and yellowfin tuna that our crew, a man named Glenn, artfully carved. I helped my mom with her watch for a while before going to bedThe next dayLooking back, there wasn’t enough in my blog yesterday to post it. So here are some nitty-gritty notes about the wind, waves, sails etc.So far we’ve been underway for about three 24-hour periods. In short, three days and three nights. The waves are ‘confused’ or hitting the hull ( side of the boat ) from two different directions. So a constant. read more...


Sweet Dream - Day 30 February 11, 2019
Sweet Dream - Day 30 February 11, 2019
Sweet Dream - Day 31 February 12, 2019
Sweet Dream - Day 31 February 12, 2019
14/02/2019

Sweet Dream - Day 31 February 12, 2019

09:00, we let go the mooring ball at Isla Taboga, motored out into the morning mist, raised sails and had agentle glide through the traffic separation zone. Lots of the WARC fleet were on the move populating our chart plotter with buddy boat icons. The wind took a nap, we turned on the motor, encountered two whales, probably a Moma and baby, guessing by their size and proximity to each other. We radioed Danica that the whales were coming their way...they ended up having to change course to avoid them! Other boats in the group radioed in about the whales. What a joy to share these moments with our fellow travellers! We dropped anchor off of Isla Chapera, went and had a nice walk on the beach, dinner back onboard, and dancing to cannedimage1.. read more...


14/02/2019

Hope - sv Hope Status

With extreme sadness and huge disappointment we will be removing ourselves from World ARC 2019. We have suffered mechanical failure with our engine that will take 6-8 weeks to resolve. Not 100% sure but most likely will get issues resolved and cruise the waters of Central America for the next year and hope to rejoin World ARC 2020 when they get over to this side of Panama. We wish all the other family of World ARC 2019 all the best of this incredible adventure. Pat and Sandy.. read more...


13/02/2019

Sweet Dream - Day 30 February 11, 2019

Monday. We waited for our passports to come back from the agent. Typical Latin America no hurry attitude. Passports will be here at 09:00 hours..so we enjoyed breakfast and unlimited WiFi at the Beach house hotel while we were waiting for passports. At noon , with still not a passport in sight, we moved back onto the boat. At 14:00 we had a good talk with Pat and Sandi on Hope. They were elbows deep into an engine project, so we offered to take their friends, David and Susan Scott over to Isla Taboga then on to Contadora. That way,Pat and Sandi could focus on their boat, and David and Susan could see more than just the locks and marina. At 16:00, passports in hand, we loaded up David and Susan and sailed to Taboga. As we came into the bay , two pilot whales greeted us by dancing in the. read more...


12/02/2019

Cassiopée W - Log February 10th 15:30 - Isla Viveros, Las Perlas Panamá

English to follow...Ce matin, l’équipe de Cassiopée était occupée à nettoyer le sel accumulé durant les derniers jours après une navigation au près à travers d’autres îles désertes. Nous avons également fait la lessive, nettoyer les cales du bateau ainsi que la multitude de moustiques. Durant les derniers jours, la seule compagnie que nous avons eu était un groupe de dauphins qui nous ont escortés de Isla San Jose à Isla del Rey. Mammifères et humains étaient tous très excités de se rencontrer. Certains membres de l’équipage ont même avoué n’avoir jamais vu autant de dauphins auparavant. 10 points pour Cassiopée! Nous avons aussi rencontré ce que certains ont crû être un mammifère mort flottant avant de réaliser qu’il s’agissait du dos d’une baleine recouvert de bernacles. Pendant ce. read more...


12/02/2019

Timshel - St Helena to Brazil Day 16 nearly there.

Yesterdays GRIB showed all red arrows (18 kts +) for +24hr i.e. today, new one we got this morning was all green arrows (max 13 kts).Deployed the cruising chute with pole and sailed quite well with a little wind for some hours then it died even more, too little for even the lightweight sail to set, so we put sails away and switched to engine power - bit of a shock after 2 weeks - noisy.Also it is getting very hot.So we are plugging on, just 40 miles to go now so we will arrive in Salvador very early tomorrow morning, hopefully in time do go on the tour at 9am (Brazil time UTC -3) but will probably not make the closing time at the finish of 0700 UTC.But we did start a day late.. read more...


11/02/2019

Endo 2 - Panama

Hurra, wir haben es geschafft. Wir sind im Pazifik angekommen - kein Traum nein wir sind hier in Panama City!Die Kanalpassage war ein Erlebnis - im Päckchen durch die Schleuse ist schon etwas besonderes. Aber es hat alles gut geklappt und auch die Adviser der Kanalgesellschaft waren hilfsbereit und nett. Auch an unserem Essen gab es nichts auszusetzen, es schien geschmeckt zu haben.Panama ist schon gewaltig und wie alle großen Städte sehr vielfältig. Auf der einen Seite die imposante Skyline mit den riesigen Hochhäusern und andererseits die Altstadt, mit verfallenden Gebäuden. Dazwischen gibt es immer wieder toll restaurierte Häuser, und die Regierung scheint eine Menge für die Restaurierung zu tun. Es gibt allerdings noch eine ganze Reihe Brachen, die nach dem Abzug der Amerikaner sich. read more...


Sweet Dream - Day 28 February 9, 2019
Sweet Dream - Day 28 February 9, 2019
10/02/2019

Timshel - St Helena to Brazil Day 15

Mostly good progress today sailing in sunshine but wind is still pretty variable.The boat can be charging along at 7 -8 knots and you are thinking maybe it us time to reef then it all goes peaceful again.We are looking forward to arriving in Brazil, 178 miles to go.. read more...


10/02/2019

Sweet Dream - Day 29 February 10, 2019

Again we hooked up with Louis, our favourite taxi driver. We met him four years ago when we spent several weeks anchored in the bay outside La Playita, or on a mooring ball at Isla Taboga. Back then he helped us get propane, boat parts, the out board engine repaired, eye doc appointment and glasses for Laura, and charts. We are so happy to see him again. He took us to the wonderful Rey store for groceries, then to the duty free store for liquor. On our first trip across the Pacific we learned that good spirits are ten times more expensive in French Polynesia than in Panama, so it is prudent to stock up here. It is really lovely being on a dock in La Playita marina..just roll the cart to the boat! Decadent luxury being part of the WARC! We appreciate the ease of being in the marina here. read more...


Sweet Dream - Day 29 February 10, 2019
Sweet Dream - Day 29 February 10, 2019
10/02/2019

Sweet Dream - Day 28 February 9, 2019

We engaged the services of our favourite taxi driver, Louis, to take our crew for the Panama Canal transit of Mike and Ed to the airport, then did a bit of provisioning. Boat was cleaned, fridge and freezer defrosted and cleaned out, linens washed, .that never ending hot wind is great for laundry drying! Not a very exciting day....but that is the flip side of paradise...best part was receiving the exhaust flap cover plus spare ! We have tried to find this silly little important part in five countries and finally succeeded here!! A happy Sweet Dream!image1.. read more...


Sweet Dream - Day 27 February 8, 2019
Sweet Dream - Day 27 February 8, 2019
Sweet Dream - Day 26 February 7, 2019
Sweet Dream - Day 26 February 7, 2019
Sweet Dream - Day 25 February 6, 2019
Sweet Dream - Day 25 February 6, 2019
09/02/2019

Makara of Exe - Las Perlas Islands Feb 9th 08.28N 078.52W

Another day and yet more highlights. We arrived in The Las Perlas Islands on Feb 7th and anchored to the south of Isla Chapera and went ashore later afternoon. The islands is deserted except for wildlife. In the water we saw fishing jumping, massive shoals of fish on the surface making the water look like a jacuzzi, rays basking in the shallows and flocks of pelicans feeding. On the beach we spotted humming birds and very small birds that looked like green finches. We cannot believe here islands are so unspoiled when they are only 40 miles from Panama City.The sunset was glorious and in the morning we were surrounded by hundreds of frigates, pelicans and egrets feeding on small fish in the shallows. It was difficult to leave but we headed south to an anchorage on Isla Del Rey just by. read more...


09/02/2019

Cassiopée W - Log Feb 09 06h10 - Isla San Jose, Las Perlas

En Français ci-dessous...After three days at Marina La Playita where the crew was busy cleaning the boat, provisioning, reconnecting with the rest of the flotilla who had crossed the canal at different days of the week, and visiting Panama City, we finally set sail for Isla Taboga.There we were at a mooring buoy for a rather rolling night. Yesterday we lifted anchor for a group of islands known as Las Perlas. This archipelago is located a day sail from the big city with its high rises and shopping malls. Very unsettling when you are used to the local Saturday morning street market. Las Perlas got their name after the Spanish conquistadors stole pearls from the indigenous King Toe, and later enslaved his skilled pearls divers. This morning, our big neighbour with its Festival of. read more...


09/02/2019

Smoke and Roses - The Breakaways Explore Namibia

Logged 830 Nautical Miles, 116.75 Hours41.25 Hours Sailing 75.5 Hours MotoringJanuary 9 – 16Cape Town, South Africa to Walvis Bay, NamibiaAfter being in South Africa for two months, it is time to head into the South Atlantic Ocean. Historically the 1700 nautical mile leg from Cape Town to St Helena has 15 knots of wind with downwind sailing, but the forecast is calling for less than 10 knots of wind for the first 5 days. This could mean more motoring. Some boats are concerned about having enough fuel and they would like to see another country on the African Continent. A stop in Namibia adds a couple hundred miles but affords flexibility as well as interest to the route and we can still meet the World ARC Fleet in St Helena. Along with 5 other boats, we broke away from the fleet and took. read more...


09/02/2019

Sweet Dream - Day 25 February 6, 2019

Left the marina at 1100 in the morning and motor sailed to Isla Taboga. We picked up a mooring ball and spent a lovely afternoon exploring the darling village. In the evening we braved the surf into town, walked up to the quaint hotel/restaurant only to discover their cook had not come to work....no dinner....back through the rolling surf to the big boat, and a quick dinner of Spaghetti and meat sauce with garlic toast. It was cool to have the entire anchorage to ourselves, and was an uber peaceful night.image1.. read more...


09/02/2019

Sweet Dream - Day 26 February 7, 2019

Isla Taboga....lovely sunrise, good kayaking, sweet swim off the beach, bump bump bump in the night from a fish boat pulling in a net on our stern! Even being woke up by the fish boat, it was a nice break here. In the afternoon Tumi, Eq2, and Cassiopee joined us in the mooring field. Just living the Sweet Dream.image1.. read more...


09/02/2019

Timshel - St Helena to Brazil Day 14

More wind today so good progress under white sails.The forecast shift to NE wind (from WRI supplied by World ARC) didn't really happen, in fact it is more SE so we gybed back onto port, still running wing on wing. More warm trade wind sailing.We are getting better connection to Sailmail stations with the SSB now - even connecting via Belgium over 4000 miles away so it is easier to download weather GRIB files.We are now on the other half of the folded chart - i.e. the half with the coast of Brazil on it.Nice to have the moon back too.. read more...


09/02/2019

Sweet Dream - Day 27 February 8, 2019

We sailed back to La playita marina in the afternoon. Tried to dock at d dock....not enough water, backed out through the churning mud and were given a cosy spot on c dock. We all enjoyed the delicious food, fun fellowship, and exotic belly dancing at Beirut restaurant in the evening. A very fine finish to our canal transit on the Sweet Dream.image1.. read more...


08/02/2019

Timshel - St Helena to Brazil Day 13

Another day of warm sunshine and gentle breeze.Set the cruising chute in the morning with the pole, little wind so going slowly, later with more wind it got in a fankle and the guy had practically chafed through where it goes through the pole end, so we hauled it down and back to white sails.The grib files do promise more wind for tomorrow.We have finished all the fresh fruit and most of the veg, plenty of onions left though and some cabbage and squash.Made brownies yesterday.. read more...


08/02/2019

Misto - February 7-8 2019: The parasailor is no more

At 3 am on the morning of Feb 8, with a coupe of cracks and sounds of tearing our parasailor ripped itself to death.The fabric in the top half has split right down both edges past the actual wing of the sail.We think that the fabric was just well used and its time had come. We've had the sail for over 5 years and it has been flown extensively - especially in the Pacific.We managed to snuff it and so we can take a look in Salvador, but I think that it is not repairable - or at least not worth repairing. It's really a pity as for the last two days we had better wind, 14-17 knots and were sailing along really well.Now it has dropped back to 9-13 knots and we are motor sailing with the gennaker. So we will be without a real downwind sail for the rest of our return to the USA.Hopefully most. read more...


Sweet Dream - Day 25 February 6, 2019
Sweet Dream - Day 25 February 6, 2019
Tintin - Emberapuru Village
Tintin - Emberapuru Village
07/02/2019

Timshel - St Helena to Brazil day 12

Another day of gentle sailing in the sunshine, it would be nice to go faster because we want to get there, but its not really an option.Some of the bigger boats can put the engine on and do 8 knots, we have to be going very slowly for it not to be faster under sail.Something like 550nm to go now.. read more...


07/02/2019

Makara of Exe - Makara of Exe Panama Canal transit - February 6th 2019

We have been a bit tardy with our logs recently, in fact more than recently, but we have had so much to see and do that it hardly leaves time for tapping on a keyboard.The San Blas Islands were terrific. A bit like Pacific islands but with the indigenous Indians still living on the islands, some the size of a suburban garden, So first blog entry for PvR. Joined Makara at Shelter Bay ready to transit the Panama canal. Great experience climbing 26 meters up through 3 massive locks rafted together in three's. Our on board advisor for the transit a font of knowledge on Panama and its canal. If you want to sail your container ship from the Caribbean to the Pacific then you will need $1,000,00 in your wallet. Back down three more locks and into the Pacific Now in Panama City, which has a great. read more...


07/02/2019

Tintin - Emberapuru Village

A few days ago we visited a village in the rainforest called Emberapuru. The Embera Indians are one of 7 indigenous tribal groups within Panama. They used to occupy territory bordering Columbia in the Darien region, but were forced to relocate when military activity encroached on their lands. In the 1960s this group of the Embera Indian tribe moved west  to an area of forest by the banks of the River Chagres, which has since been designated National Park by the Panamanian government. The Embera villagers govern themselves, and have actively decided to continue with their traditional ways of living. Their children attend secondary school in local towns, and as they grow up they decide if they want to stay and live traditionally or move away.It was a fascinating day. Here are some of. read more...


07/02/2019

Sweet Dream - Day 25 February 6, 2019

We set sail for Isla Taboga at 11:30 am. Had a lovely trip through the big ships at anchor. Picked up a mooring ball at 13:30, and settled in for lunch. The mooring guy came by and collected $40.00 for two nights...fair enough, as it was $15.00 a night 4 years ago. We went ashore and tried to make reservations at the hotel for supper, where four years ago we enjoyed three delicious meals over two weeks time, image1.. read more...



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