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28/03/2018

Lexington - Captain Bob: Sandy Island

We went from Tyrell Bay on Carricou to Sandy Island which is just off the island of Carricou. It is a beautiful small low sandy island.Alan and I swam around. They others are busy on the boat with what ever is on their minds, reading or cell phone stuff. I put my hammock up on the foredeck for this afternoon.image1. image2. image3.. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: Sandy Island
Lexington - Captain Bob: Sandy Island
Lexington - Captain Bob: Sandy Island
Lexington - Captain Bob: Sandy Island
Lexington - Captain Bob: Sandy Island
Lexington - Captain Bob: Sandy Island
28/03/2018

Lexington - Captain Bob: leaving Tobago Cays 3/28/2018

We are making our way slowly to Canouan. It is a short trip but we are going slow to have time to make a little water. I did not have enough to wash the dishes this morning. True to our coffee lovers we did not wash dishes last night to be sure we had coffee water this morning before trying to wash dishes. We are almost thru but you still must keep a little guard up. A neighboring boat dove their mooring and noted that the shackle was well worn as was ours when we checked. Both of us put a safety line at the shackles. This morning Take Off told us that their mooring ball had come loose and they drifted into another boat without any damage other than a scuff. Sailing is not for a Cissy. We are invited to a pig roast that Sand Vita has arranged on Bequia.It should be real nice.They have. read more...


27/03/2018

Mischief - Even more Mischief Log 13

Day 26 Sunday 25 March 2018.A bit of a headache this morning, can't think why! It may have something to do with the particularly nice bottle or two of Duoro red wine of 2011 Tintamara bought over last night followed by a few cartons of the cheap stuff we have on board.We weighed anchor at 0820 and headed off towards our next destination of Ua Pou and the Baie D'Hakahau - every anchorage on the island is a Haka something-or-other by the look of it, which is the main settlement on the island and the third most populated village in the Marquesas. It is well known for it's beautiful wood, stone and shell carvings by all accounts. Whatever, there are restaurants there, as it seems we haven't eaten ashore for ages.Trevor put the fishing lines out and almost straight away we had a bite but not. read more...


27/03/2018

Blue Pearl - UA-PUO

It's pronounced Wapoo but spelled Ua-Pou, the Polynesian names are a bit of a challenge but charming. Ua-Pou , a small island, is quite a sight. I can't help but compare its "skyline" to the pen drawings you might see in the Dracula type fairy tales. Tall Obelisk type rocks, jagged top of mountain lines, steep rock walls meeting the ocean surf, all a quite beautiful and somewhat unnerving sight.We spent time in two bays here. Baie de Vaiehue and Baie D'Hakahetau where we are now. Yesterday morning in Vaiehue we witnessed a dolphin early morning spectacle. Huge numbers of dolphins celebrating day break. We assume it is a daily ritual. It lasts for about an hour and then all goes quiet. They are all over the place and miscellaneous other fish are participating by also jumping out of the. read more...


27/03/2018

Lexington - Captain Bob: 3/26/2018 Tobago Cays Bob ‘s Birthday

I have had two birthdays on the World Arc. Today I turned 69 years old. I spent my birthday in Tobago Cays. I swam, napped in my hammock, had a happy hour on Take Off and had a birthday lobster dinner on the beach. For an old man I am not doing bad. image1. image2. image3. image4. image5. image6.. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: 3/26/2018 Tobago Cays Bob ‘s Birthday
Lexington - Captain Bob: 3/26/2018 Tobago Cays Bob ‘s  Birthday
Lexington - Captain Bob: 3/26/2018 Tobago Cays Bob ‘s Birthday
Lexington - Captain Bob: 3/26/2018 Tobago Cays Bob ‘s  Birthday
Lexington - Captain Bob: 3/26/2018 Tobago Cays Bob ‘s Birthday
Lexington - Captain Bob: 3/26/2018 Tobago Cays Bob ‘s  Birthday
Lexington - Captain Bob: 3/26/2018 Tobago Cays Bob ‘s Birthday
Lexington - Captain Bob: 3/26/2018 Tobago Cays Bob ‘s  Birthday
Lexington - Captain Bob: 3/26/2018 Tobago Cays Bob ‘s Birthday
Lexington - Captain Bob: 3/26/2018 Tobago Cays Bob ‘s  Birthday
Lexington - Captain Bob: 3/26/2018 Tobago Cays Bob ‘s Birthday
Lexington - Captain Bob: 3/26/2018 Tobago Cays Bob ‘s  Birthday
25/03/2018

Mischief - A little bit more Mischief Log 12

Day 23 Thursday 22 March 20180530 up for Morgen Dop then up anchor and away back to Hiva Oa to pick up Jean, Trevor's wife, from the airport. We motored due East with the wind on the nose and an increasingly rough sea but it was much better earlier rather than later as the sea in the canal really picks up during the day. But it was warm and sunny.We dropped anchor within the harbor and rowed ashore to go into town to do some victualling and get a haircut whilst Trevor went to the airport. The haircut shop was shut - it only opens odd days, then not all day, and it wasn't an opening day. Then another £140 in the shop later (mainly beer this time thankfully) we were taken back to the boat by the shop owner in her 4x4. She was particularly chatty and wanted to know our names etc. Turns out. read more...


25/03/2018

Lexington - Captain Bob: Sandy Island

We went from Tyrell Bay on Carricou to Sandy Island which is just off the island of Carricou. It is a beautiful small low sandy island.Alan and I swam around. They others are busy on the boat with what ever is on their minds, reading or cell phone stuff. I put my hammock up on the foredeck for this afternoon.image1. image2. image3.. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: Sandy Island
Lexington - Captain Bob: Sandy Island
Lexington - Captain Bob: Sandy Island
Lexington - Captain Bob: Sandy Island
Lexington - Captain Bob: Sandy Island
Lexington - Captain Bob: Sandy Island
25/03/2018

Blue Pearl - TAHUATA

Just for a day or two we feel like we are back in the Caribbean. We are anchored in the Bay of Hanamoenoa at the Island of Tahuata only 8 miles away from Hiva Oa where we arrived after our Pacific crossing. The Bay is beautiful, a sandy beach with palm trees, lazy swells rolling in and beautiful swimming and snorkeling. Calm waters for the first time in many weeks.And calm waters meanboat work can finally be done! So we have been busy for the last day or so withnice relaxing breaks in between and some nice socializing. Rally boats come and go, right now there are about 6 of us here and we get together for drinks or help each other out with boat jobs or issues. All quite cozy. We have started to buddy boat with Peter and Anisa originally from Wyoming but now from Georgia. Peter is a. read more...


24/03/2018

Shepherd Moon - Fallacies

The past couple of nights have been spent at anchor in the Baie des Vierges, or for those of you that have forgotten your school French, Bay of Virgins. Interesting name. Apparently the early explorers called it Baie des Verges, or Bay of Phalli, due to the shape of the rocky pillars surrounding the anchorage. The missionaries thought that highly inappropriate and so inserted an "i" into the name. Some friends of ours who sailed half way round the World more than 20 years ago, described it as the most picturesque place they visited on the entire trip and so with a recommendation like that, we felt it would be worth the 40 mile beat to windward. It certainly lived up to expectations; it was stunning.The bay is surrounded on all sides by steep, verdant slopes, sheer cliffs and the stone. read more...


22/03/2018

Mischief - A little bit of Mischief on the other side of the Pacific Log 11

Day 20 Monday 19 March 2018A really rolly night, in fact one boat latterly described it as possibly the most uncomfortable anchorage they had ever stayed in after X years yachting, but then they were Americans. Regardless, I slept the sleep of the dead and was up at 0600. We had to post a race declaration etc ashore at the WCC office on the quay which is a bit of a farce as our handicap puts us fourth fastest boat in the fleet as our handicap had been altered by ARC office to that which had been previously and successfully protested and amended prior to the start of the ARC in November. Given we were last but three to finish gives lie to the fact that the handicap is just wrong. Anyway, rant over, we then made our way to a local hotel by minibus transfer (as it was a fair way and all. read more...


22/03/2018

Lexington - Captain Bob: free cruising

We left Port Louis Marina yesterday and went to an anchorage off Hog Island. We had a nice evening with steak dinner. It was very windy thru the night but comfortable. This morning we came to Prickly Bay. We walked around and ended up at a lovely beach bar in the shade of big trees. We will head to the bar restaurant tonight to eat dinner and then watch the UK NCAA basketball game. We hope they win. For some of you UK is University of Kentucky. May fair winds fill your sails with a victory. Bob. read more...


22/03/2018

Blue Pearl - HIVA OA

It took us 17 days and 20 hours across the Pacific Ocean to arrive atHiva Oa Tuesday night , we could smell the Island way before we could see it because of all the flowers on the Islands, and in a couple of hours we will move on to our next Island. That's how the rally goes. Too many Islands to visit.Our two days at Hiva Oa were actually very interesting. It is a good thing we are moving on because, apparently, this is the last place on earth where cannibals were active, who knows if any are still hanging out in the forest and dense vegetation the Island is covered in? We explored the little village where Paul Caugin and Jacques Brel are burried (not entirely sure why they were here), visited a really interesting covered art market and bought some cool stuff and Jean took us on a trip. read more...


22/03/2018

Mad Monkey - 21/03/2018 - Mid-Pacific Crossing

We are now two thirds of the way to the French Polynesia, having left Santa Cruz- Galapagos- a week late due to an unexpected medical situation…For me, this is an ocean crossing like other. I certainly did not expect to be the recovering patient having to spend most of my time on the saloon sofa, keeping my spine straight and my foot elevated; all whilst wearing a corset! When I lie awake during the night, I never thought I would miss being outside doing a nightshift so much, battling the elements and reefing due to squalls, however I better be careful what I say about that because I may soon be regretting those words in the Indian Ocean!Thankfully, for most of this passage the wind has remained constant and the sea state has been reasonably calm, meaning it has aided my recovery big. read more...


07/12/2014

Take Off - Our first squall

Although the full moon lit our way so gently last night was quite unsmoothdue to wind changes all the time. We suspected several squalls so the spinnakerwent up and down all night in prevention. However we seemed everytime to “miss”them. This morning was a grey morning, no sunrise from the sea and heavy cloudsahead of us. However the heavy clouds were all along the horizon so we thoughtit was just normal rain. We sailed through it, got a bit wet, the wind wassteady and we thought this was smooth. The wind started to blow stronger and wasup to 30 knots when it then dropped gently down to 17 knots. And from nowhere astrong wind hit the boat, Jörgen stearing had difficulties in answering the windand the broach was inevitable. And then came the real rain – just like pouringhundreds of. read more...


Blue Pearl - Wahoo for Dinner
Blue Pearl - Wahoo for Dinner
21/03/2018

Lexington - Captain Bob: Prize giving party.

We had a nice dinner and prize giving party tonight. A rum company had an open bar with very good rumdrinks. They also had a local band. image1. image2. image3.. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: Prize giving party.
Lexington - Captain Bob:  Prize giving party.
Lexington - Captain Bob: Prize giving party.
Lexington - Captain Bob:  Prize giving party.
Lexington - Captain Bob: Prize giving party.
Lexington - Captain Bob:  Prize giving party.
21/03/2018

Lexington - Captain Bob: Belmont Estates tour

Tom, Fran, Alan and I hired a car and went exploring today. We went to the north end of the island to a place called Belmont Estates. It is a 400 acre estate that raise spices and makes chocolate. We had a very nice guide and a good tour. As always it was a long run for a short slide but we all enjoyed our trip. We also visited Fort St George. image1. image2. image3. image4. image1. image2. image3. image4. image5.. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: Belmont Estates tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: Belmont Estates tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: Belmont Estates tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: Belmont Estates tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: Belmont Estates tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: Belmont Estates tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: Belmont Estates tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: Belmont Estates tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: Belmont Estates tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: Belmont Estates tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: Belmont Estates tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: Belmont Estates tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: Belmont Estates tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: Belmont Estates tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: Belmont Estates tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: Belmont Estates tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: Belmont Estates tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: Belmont Estates tour
20/03/2018

Mischief - A little bit more Mischief Log 10

Day 19 Sunday 18 March 2018. Difficult night; bread causes depression; Dave extends the journey; Land Ahoy!; phone signal; cross finish line; more sail trouble; Trevor's hot air put to use; we stay aboard.I had a feeling it was going to be a difficult night and I was spot on. As dusk fell you could tell where those squalls were south of 10 degrees with big black clouds which really played havoc with the wind all night. The wind switched from SE to NE and back again, and everything in between, and fluctuated from 17 knots to 8 knots with vivid lightning lighting up the sky ahead. This all meant constant course changes and several gybes requiring visits to the bow to deal with the spinnaker pole in the dark, so sleep was hard to come by and there was a real danger of losing the sense of. read more...


19/03/2018

Blue Pearl - Almost There

Close but yet so far. We have 250 miles to go and have 2700 miles behind us. Piece of cake, except the cake is a little stale. The weather is not cooperating, we are moving slowly at 6-6.5 kts so we still have about 40 hours to go. Hiva Oa, (the Island we are heading for) can expect us sometime early Tuesday morning. This is the longest sail we have ever done, 18 days from the Galapagos, 432 hours, almost all of it sailing with a little bit of motoring here and there. Just under 7kts per hour. Which is not bad but a little slower than we anticipated and that's all because of the last few days. Confusing andlight winds, overcast, squally skies, some rain. Just like at home. Except it is nice and warm.Our experience with the 18 day passage is that time goes by slowly but the days go by. read more...


19/03/2018

Shepherd Moon - Crying wolf

As dawn breaks tomorrow morning we should be greeted by the steep, verdant slopes of Hiva Oa. After 19 days at sea, and nearly 3,100 nautical miles, it will be strange to see something green. The last couple of days have been largely uneventful, or at least they would have been if the Blue Water Runner had remained safely stowed in its locker down below. As it was, it was very nearly the catalyst for a divorce.In fairness to the Blue Water Runner, it behaved impeccably until it was told to stop playing and come inside. While other boats struggled to cope with the repeated wind shifts, having to choose between heading off course or gybing, which with poled out sails is not an easy task, the Blue Water Runner took it all in its stride. There are no poles to fiddle with, just the two. read more...


17/03/2018

Air Power - Mar 16

We been on the Island of Hiva Oa, Marquesas since Tuesday morning. There is one small town call Atuona which makes up the hub of this island. There are several small grocery stores whose stock is dependentupon the last supply ship. One came in yesterday, and most of the stores seemed well stocked. During the weekdays, everything seems to close between 11:00 & 2:00 pm. Except the few places to eat. Then at 2:00, then close until the next day, or maybe open for dinner at 6:00 pm. So, don't expect to sit down and drink some wine in the afternoon, unless you brought it yourself. There is a museum dedicated to Paul Gauguin and his burial site up on the hill. If you don't who he was, he was a starving artist who painted tropical island living. He died in 1903.We went on a fantastic tour. read more...


18/03/2018

Mischief - A little bit more Mischief Log 9

Day 18 Saturday 17 March 2018. Northerlies?; through 200 nm; England disaster; boat scrubbed; Trevor offers to make us compliant; ETA firming upThe wind increased slightly in the middle of the night and settled into the north east, occasionally due north, not forecast on any grib files I've seen. This has put us onto a beam reach so not ideal with a boomed out genoa and intent on holding a direct course. We managed around 5-6 knots through the night and first light set the genoa normally and dropped the pole for a beam reach and put another knot of speed on.At 0815 we went through the 200 nm to destination mark.Had a YB text from the wife this morning - Ireland have beaten England 14-25 in the final Six Nations match, putting England 5th in the table having started favourites - what a. read more...


17/03/2018

Lexington - Captain Bob:

Today is March 15th and we are in Grenada. Tom and Fran have joined us for about a three week spell. Alan will join us tomorrow. We have been extremely lazy today. We had breakfast of cinnamon rolls and pastries and coffee in the cockpit this morning. We have spent good time around the pool doing some reading. Tonight we will have a party at the yacht club. Tomorrow we have a tour at some sights on the island. With all this said I have a little trouble being so lazy. It is the old farm boy coming out in me.image1.. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob:
Lexington - Captain Bob:
17/03/2018

Lexington - Captain Bob: tour of Grenada

We had a very nice tour today. The guide was intelligent and articulate. He was an excellent representative of his country. image1. image2. image3. image4. image5. image6.. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: tour of Grenada
Lexington - Captain Bob:  tour of Grenada

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