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WikiWiki - Last Night in Oeiras
WikiWiki - Last Night in Oeiras
WikiWiki - Last Night in Oeiras
WikiWiki - Last Night in Oeiras
28/06/2017

Blonde Moment - Blog

Blog 9Porto was VERY hot.Our tuk tuk tour was fun with great views of the Douro river from all angles and sides.Churchills Port Wine Lodge is rather modern 1984 ? but fun tasting their three varieties and learning about the process.Then a good sail down to Figueira da Foz with a long visit from bottle nose dolphins, who stayed at the bow, entertaining us for ages.(Sorry skipper, couldn't change sails whilst trying to take photos)!A sardine bbq finished off a great day in the sun.Following day we took a bus to Coimbra to visit Portugals and one of the worlds oldest universities and explore the narrow streets.That evening we joined two other boats for a meal out whilst a fiesta and parade were going on around us, but the difficulty of finding a table for 9 of us or a waiter willing to move. read more...


28/06/2017

Social Security Statement - Norfolk to Cape May Video on YouTube

I will be posting a video of Social Security Statement’s Delmarva Rally episode on my YouTube Channel:Sailing Epoch.I captured some of you other Ralliers along the way.Stop by the Channel and Subscribe to watch! Regards,Craig SavageauSST Crew. read more...


Social Security Statement - Norfolk to Cape May pics
Social Security Statement - Norfolk to Cape May pics
Social Security Statement - Norfolk to Cape May Pics
Social Security Statement - Norfolk to Cape May Pics
Social Security Statement - Norfolk to Cape May
Social Security Statement - Norfolk to Cape May
28/06/2017

Social Security Statement - Log 2 Norfolk to Cape May

Social Security Statement made it to Cape May safely.  We had a great sail coming out of Norfolk while narrowly missing a nuclear submarine!  We took a heading to about 20 miles offshore hoping for wind and found the doldrums.  The sea state was calm and we continued motoring towards Cape May.  During the night shift we encountered an UBO (unidentified boating object) that beamed a spot light on us for about 45 minutes, then disappeared into the night.  Entering Cape May we encountered a pod of about 100 porpoises!  Great ending to the sail.  SST CrewGOPR0478. read more...


Social Security Statement - Log 2 Norfolk to Cape May
Social Security Statement - Log 2 Norfolk to Cape May
28/06/2017

Meritage - Log entry 3: Cape May!

We survived our Ocean journey! The day started in Virginia and ended in New Jersey! Thats pretty cool for a bay sailor like me. Highlights include:1. Motoring out of Portsmouth with a surface submarine (and his armed patrol boat escort) beside us!2. If that wasn't cool enough, watching an aircraft carrier steam past us made us feel like the speck that we were! 3. 12 hours of sailing including another few hours of the spinnaker flying (we are determined to hoist that thing smoothly before the trip is over)!4. Watching the sunset over water and not land! As an east coaster this only happens when you are more than 15 miles offshore! 5. Alas, the winds would not hold out and we were back to motoring by 1am. Fortunately by morning, just as we were about to make shake-n-pour pancakes, the wind. read more...


28/06/2017

Timshel - Near Lautoka

After a pleasant days travel and fantastic scenery we anchored near Lautoka in Vitigo Bay.This was well protected and for once we dropped in relatively shallow water (5m under the keel) and in mud, with Taistealai nearby.I forgot to say that we were visited by the Customs at Volivoli point.Two Fijian Customs officers boarded the boats in turn and checked the papers, They were very pleasant.Misto was about to leave but decided it was prudent to wait and not look as though they were trying to evade the check. Apparently it is an initiative sponsored by New Zealand and they came in a NZ Naval RIB.Anyway they came on us again at Vitogo Bay, but Chris managed to explain that we'd been already checked the day before.We are now on or way to the Yasawa islands, but there is no wind.. read more...


28/06/2017

Taistealai - Navigating to Manta Ray pass reefs galore

Hope we see the Mantas !IMG_0157. read more...


Taistealai - Navigating to Manta Ray pass reefs galore
Taistealai - Navigating to Manta Ray pass reefs galore
27/06/2017

DIVA - Vorbereitungen

Die Vorbereitungen sind im vollen Gange.   Das Schiff ist fast fertig. Die Visa sind beantragt und werden am Donnerstag ausgeliefert.   Ebenfalls Donnerstag werden Segel, Anker und das Beiboot nach Grömitz gebracht….   Am WE sollen noch die Positionslaternen neu verdrahtet werden.   Eine Gasflasche fehlt noch…..   Sonst fertig….auch mit den Nerven!  . read more...


27/06/2017

Raggy Doll - 25th, 26th June - The stowaway exposed! The Raggy Doll.

The sail from Peniche to Oeiras was pretty uneventful, we left Peniche around 0815 and as we were pretty knackered we really just wanted to get to Oeiras as fast as possible. We motor sailed the whole way and just before reaching Oeiras came round headland with winds just about perfect, that we reached the dizzy speed of nine and a half knots. Wiki Wiki was hot on our tail and it was only when we had to take the sails down that she out sailed us as she has lots of electric gadgets that operate sails etc, whereas we have to do everything manually. Not helped by the fact that Andrew let go of the wheel to take an action picture of Wiki Wiki, making getting down the main sail down slightly harder work than usual!Our berth in the marina was luxury compared to the night of rafting, we had. read more...


Raggy Doll - 25th, 26th June - The stowaway exposed! The Raggy Doll.
Raggy Doll - 25th, 26th June - The stowaway exposed! The Raggy Doll.
27/06/2017

Raggy Doll - Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th June - The Feast of St John

Friday should have been a nice relaxing trip to the local town, but we spent the day sucking water out of the bilges that had been put there by the delivery crew, whilst they were trying to unblock the heads, I hasten to add it was not sewage!We had been warned at the sardine dinner, that today was the eve of the celebration for St John the Baptist's birthday known as the feast of St. John. There would be a parade and fireworks and lots of celebrations. We ate on board as we quickly realised trying to eat out could prove tricky with the amount of people in the town. Around 2100 a small group of locals came down to our berth and we could hear a rather excited conversation, so duly went out to investigate. It transpired that it was their boat we were wedged up against and they wanted to. read more...


26/06/2017

Lexington - 6/26/17 Volivoli Point Resort

We are at Volivoli Point Resort anchored out. This is on the island of Vito Levi, meaning big land or big island. The resort is nice and welcoming. Today we went on a tour of the nearby area. Our guide was an articulate Fijian. He drove us around the area and discussed topics of interest. I will try to relay some of the more interesting thoughts. First of all land ownership is complicated. Tribes basically own areas of land. A member of the tribe can own a portion of that land but can not sell it. The land can be leased for up to 99 years. The land generally passes from father to sons. Daughters are left out. The tribes that had the land in the areas that became more populated with people, businesses and resorts also became more wealthy than tribes that owned farm land.. read more...


26/06/2017

Timshel - Passage inside the reef

Spent 2 nights at Volivoli in company with Taistealai and Lexington, Misto having set off next morning heading for Yadua Is.The two British boats had a lazy day just admiring the scenery, Lexington were much more energetic going ashore to eat and for an island tour, and Zeeland arrived.This morning Tuesday we set off at first light to wend our way round the channel inside the reef towards Lautoka. Beautiful sunrise, nice and calm and flat water, scenery very reminiscent of Scotland with bare hills - mostly we have found hills wooded right to the summits, don'tthink it can all be due to Winston.Motorsailing gently following Taistealai and the Magenta (brick) road on the electronic chart.Don't really like just driving on the chart but not much choice given the complexity of the route and. read more...


26/06/2017

Timshel - To Viti Levu

From Savusavu(on Vanua Levu) we had an early start and sailed (or rather we motor sailed) in company with Taistealai to Namena island going into the lagoon through North Save-a-tack pass and exiting through South Save-a-tack pass.After looking at the island we went on to Matagi leaving the one mooring buoy for Zeeland who was following to have for the night.It was a very bouncy motorsail down to the pass into Matagi - where did the wind and waves come from?Safely arrived in daylight, though the pass was interesting and all the markers are as missing as usual, we caught up Lexington and joined Misto, Laura Dawn, Sumore in the anchorage, Owl was just leaving.Next day another early start, heading through Broad Passage, and Vatu-i-ra channel to Nananu Passage and hopefully to find anchorage. read more...


WikiWiki - Coimbra Local
WikiWiki - Coimbra Local
WikiWiki - Tour Coimbra
WikiWiki - Tour Coimbra
WikiWiki - Thomas and the Maiden
WikiWiki - Thomas and the Maiden
WikiWiki - Boy Band Pose
WikiWiki - Boy Band Pose
Meritage - Photo 3 for Meritage:killer sunset!
Meritage - Photo 3 for Meritage:killer sunset!
26/06/2017

Meritage - Log entry 3: Meritage

We completed leg 1! 150 nautical miles feom Annapolis MD to Portsmouth VA in exactly 24 hours. Lots of exciting firsts for me and the crew!At the end of the last blog, I was going to get some rest before my first nightwatch...I knew that falling asleep would be difficult but eventually, 45 minutes before my watch started, I managed to get a nap in!When I woke, Craig and Paul had set me up with a good heading and a good handoff. Wecarried on with motoring until 2am when the winds returned. After 15 minutes (of waffling), I decided to let Meritage do what she was out there to do. So we raised sails, cut the engine and were back off to the races moving faster by wind power! As the sun rose we were greeted by a pod of 4 dolphins (screwed up the video, sorry) and by 7am we were entering the. read more...


25/06/2017

Raggy Doll - Thursday 22nd June - Dolphins

Porto to Figuera de Foz. Today was, for the other members of the rally a race start, we had decided not to get in the mix too early, so basically we crept up from behind to join. It was a bright, warm, blue sky kind of day. Not much wind, but now and again enough to tease us into putting up the cruising gennaker. This, for the non sailing people, is a huge sail that is attached to the front of the boat to give you more speed. We designed ours, red white and blue and so, it seems, did a lot of other people.The wind was so temperamental that the gennaker became more of a hindrance than a help so we took it down.We were relaxing and enjoying the sunshine when we were visited by a group of dolphins, it was great watching them swim around and under the boat, we knew other members of the rally. read more...


Meritage - Photo 2 from Meritage: the genaker flies!
Meritage - Photo 2 from Meritage: the genaker flies!
25/06/2017

Meritage - Log entry 2 for Meritage: 12 hours in!

We have been on the water for 12 hours now. Currently we are motor sailing due to the lack of wind however the first 8 hours were fantastic! We were making great time and having fun. We hoisted our asymmetrical spinnaker (for the first time)! I will attach a picture because it was a long awaited experience and it did not disappoint! A bright red, blue and green colored sail that carried us for hours at 6-7 knots in very light air. Amazing! There is video of me doing an Irish jig I was so happy! Breakfast was a dozen home grown eggs from my birds, Lunch were simple PB&Js, and dinner was veggie chili. We are on our watch schedule (I am supposed to be sleeping) so I will sign offnow as I have the midnight to 4am shift. Cool sitings include dolphins, stingray, and a pelican the followed. read more...


24/06/2017

Timshel - A cautionary tale - ants in the pants!

On Timshel we were stocking up with provisions in Savusavu and unpacking stuff and washing fruit and veg in the cockpit as usual.Steve opened the outer cardboard box of a packet of cup-a-soups (yes, how can he want soup in the tropics, but he is addicted to them) and let out a great shriek as hundreds of ants ran out.We set to to drown them in seawater, the inner soup packets were OK, but we were so glad we had followed all the sage advice and got rid of cardboard in the cockpit, also washing stuff and storing dried goods in extra sealed poly bags in case of contamination.or all those ants would have been in the cabin!. read more...


24/06/2017

Social Security Statement - Log 1 - Preparing for Departure

After a rainy evening, the Crew of Social Security Statement are sitting in Back Creek prepping for the day.  The weather is clearing, the sun is bright and breakfast is about to be cooked.  Our Rally Flag is flying to port, and we’re awaiting a great start to the Rally.  Hoping our friends on Evening Star (Pearson 33) are making out ok and that leak has stopped for the time being!   Let us know if you need a tow!  Big winds and following seas to our Rally friends.  ~ Social Security StatementSSS Log 1 Email. read more...


Social Security Statement - Log 1 - Preparing for Departure
Social Security Statement - Log 1 - Preparing for Departure
24/06/2017

Aurora Polaris - 24. juni 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Etter frokost hørte vi på Copra Shed sin VHF-kanal, nyheter og innspill fra seilerne som ligger i havna her. Han som styrer radiokanalen er litt lik de som har radio Lyngdal. Til å begynne med trodde jeg han bare tøyset, men så fant vi snart ut at alt var på ramme alvor, selv om han på en måte var litt flåsete. Terje spurte ham om han visste om noen som kunne reparere kjøleskapet vårt. Han oppgav et navn og telefonnummer, og ikke lenge etter var kjøleskapsmannen om bord. Han fant ut at de som var her i går og reparerte, måtte ha gjort en feil og tappet ut KFK-gassen fra kjøleskapet, så han fylte på ny gass, og etterpå virket det. I tillegg byttet Terje ut styreenheten, så nå så det veldig bra ut. Jeg nevnte også at airconditionen ikke virket, og da ville han kikke på det med det samme.. read more...


24/06/2017

Aurora Polaris - 21.-22. juni 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Så er det gått to dager siden jeg sist skrev! Må bare si at det ikke er noe hvilehjem vi er på! Det skjer noe hele tiden, men nå valgte jeg å bli i båten for å skrive videre på bloggen. Har barrikadert meg med tepper rundt cockpiten for å stoppe sola fra å skinne inn på meg. Det er tilsynelatende alltid altfor mye arbeid å henge opp solskyggen vi kjøpte i Shelter Bay, så da blir det altså tepper! Jeg foreslo forsiktig å ta opp skyggen da vi ankret opp i Fawn Harbour etter om lag fem timers seilas den 21. midt på dagen, for lufta stod stille. Rita og Marcel plumpet uti med en gang, og etter en stund hoppet vi også uti. Terje tok skrubben fatt, og feide over den ene skutesida. Litt senere kom Shamal’s og lurte på om vi ville være med og snorkle. Det sa vi selvsagt ja til, men vi måtte. read more...


24/06/2017

Jubilate Mare - Off to Peniche!

A perfect sailing start this morning, which made a nicechange. Cruising chutes are up and the sun is coming out. We had a lovely time in Figueria da Foz and said goodbye to Tony before we left Porto. Tony's last supper was BBQ'd salmon steaks, Tom caught mackerel on the way down, which Pete pan fried for lunch and we had BBQ'd sardines for supper at the Yacht Club. The fish, as you would expect, is superb and plentiful, as is all fresh produce, and the local market was shopping heaven. We have been welcomed warmly everywhere we've visited and been showered with gifts. 🐝 x. read more...


Meritage - Arriving in Annapolis!
Meritage - Arriving in Annapolis!
24/06/2017

Meritage - Log entry 1 for Meritage

We made it to Annapolis in record time! 3 and a half hours thanks to a following sea. This morning, we loaded our gear and our absurd amount of food, and off we went from Deale to Annapolis. Winds were brisk and we only needed the mainsail to zip along at 6-8 knots (thats only like 9-10 miles per hour which to most of you is laughable, but to sailors, especially cruisers, thats like formula 1 racing! We found the Port Annapolis Marina, settled in, and rode marina bicycles to the skipper's briefing where we got to meet other teams on the rally. A dip in the pool, a nice shower and we were ready to settle in for the night...until...I wanted to do a Navigation lights check. Low and behold a key light (stern running light) was not working. We replaced the bulb but still no light. 2 hours. read more...


24/06/2017

Andiamo - Getting prepared for tomorrow's start

Shakedown cruise by Doug solo on trip from Oxford to Annapolis.  Seas 2 to 3 feet and wind 15-20 knots with gusts to 25.. Briefing done, dinner finished.   Life vest fitting and adjustments tonight. Boat safety overview as well. Then some well deserved sleep.  Start time 10 am tomorrow.  Ready to go!. read more...


24/06/2017

Starblazer - 24/06/2017 – Welcome to the English Channel!

Yesterday’s improvement in the wind happened sooner than expected.We finally turned the engine off at 1450 and have sailed well ever since.In fact we have only seen our speed drop to about 5 knots during the past 6 hours as we have had a west going tide knocking us back.It is, however, about to change in our favour so our fantastic progress should be maintained.Our day’s run was a wonderful 155.7nM which included 6 consecutive hours where we returned an 8 knot average!This speed does have a potential drawback; we don’t want to arrive at the Needles Channel too early to catch the tide through Hurst narrows though the adverse tide has helped.This morning dawned damp, drizzly and misty with visibility down to shadowy outlines at 4 nM, the damp was increased by intermittent light showers and. read more...


23/06/2017

Misto - Days 164-167 June 20-23 : Savusavu, Namena and Makogai

The trip from Taveuni to Savusavu on Vanua Levu island started well enough with the parasailor up and doing 5-7 knots.However half way across the wind died and swung all over the place so we had to douse the sail and motor.Fueling at the Copra Shed marina was interesting - you purchase the fuel at the local petrol station, its pumped into 50 gallon drums which are then transported to the fuel dock where its pumped aboard using a 12 v pump- with the 12 volts supplied by the boat. The marina facilitates the process and transport and the system works - a permit for a fuel pump at the dock has been applied for so the system may change in the future.We squeezed Misto, with her 6.8m beam into a 7m wide slip and made a trip to the hardware store for the appropriate electrical plugs and hose. read more...


23/06/2017

Timshel - Onwards in Fiji

The fleet intended to separate leaving Vanua Balavu in the Lau group.3 boats set off the day before, then on Friday we set off at first light with a group of 6 heading for the hurricane hole on Quamea island, and another 5 set off for an Atoll called Waligilala Is that was a bit nearer and looked interesting.Things are complicated as most place names seem to have 2 or 3 spellings, none of us know how to pronounce them and and many of them sound the same. In the event we had a good sail although worried rather that we might not get there in time in the good daylight required for Navigation. especially as the faster boats arriving first had decided to go on further to an anchorage in the bay at the North of the island.But we made it and Atla invited everyone over for sundowners so we. read more...


23/06/2017

Timshel - Fiji 180 deg longitude halfway round the world?

Leaving Somosomo the 180deg meridian was just around the corner.But what happened when you got there?Most of our chart plotters had a white or possibly brown or blue line at this point, and some missing information, as though the join was imperfectly made.The question was - is the world in fact flat after all and do we fall off?Fortunately this was not the case, and in fact the mobile Navionics on the ipad would scroll right across continuously, so we were able to navigate down to Paradise Taveuni resort at the south end of the island.So that's us halfway round the world, from Greenwich anyway, and it's the Winter Solstice coming up, not the Summer.Paradise Taveuni were wonderfully welcoming and helpful, guys in Kayaks to tell us where to anchor (all 6 mooring buoys being already. read more...


23/06/2017

Starblazer - 23/06/2017 – Change of plan!

What are plans for, if not to moderate or change them as circumstances dictate?But more of that later.It can be dangerous to slavishly stick to a plan when conditions change, for example if driving from the South Coast to Scotland you wouldn’t plan your trip on an average speed of 70 m.p.h. then not alter speed when a fog descends because ‘the plan says we average 70.’Thursday was another gentle day with just enough breeze to allow us to drop the revs to little more than tickover to maintain an average speed of 5 knots or better.The day’s run to noon was a record breaking (at least for this leg) 128 nM, nothing to shout about but, hey, we are making satisfactory progress while conserving fuel. The day was interspersed with meal breaks, cups of tea and not much else.Dinner was spicy. read more...


23/06/2017

Raggy Doll - Wednesday 21st June - Groundhog Day!

It's finally arrived, today we get to go on ARC Portugal, we have been looking forward to this for so long and now it is actually happening.Wednesday morning started bright and early - pause - rewind! Wednesday morning started overcast and foggy, we were not going anywhere early. To make the most of the delay, it was decided I should go up the mast to repair the broken sail bag rigging. This involves wearing a harness a bit like a large nappy, that is attached to a rope and you are then winched up the mast with a second rope as a safety line. I was the obvious choice as I am the lightest (sorry AJ). So I'm prepared like a trussed chicken and up I go, to be honest it's actually something I enjoy, the views up there are amazing, sadly the fog put a stop to that. The rigging was quickly. read more...


23/06/2017

Lexington - Namena Island

We left Savusavu Copra Shed Marina this morning after a three night stay. We have come to Namena Island inside a large reef that extends from Vanua Levi, a large island of Fiji. We are on a mooring ball just on the northwest of the island. We have had a very relaxing afternoon and evening. I took the dinghy around the island, about a mile long. It is a nesting area for birds. I saw many birds on their nest. I think I saw male birds feeding the females on the nest. I think I saw one young bird sticking its head up. I did not have binoculars so I am not for sure. It is a lovely mooring with a gentle motion on the water to rock me to sleep. May fair winds fill your sails with gentle rocking! Bob. read more...


23/06/2017

Lexington - Produce Market in Savusavu

 Photos of the produce market in Savusavu . read more...


23/06/2017

Lexington - 6/22/2017. Savusavu

We are in the Copra Shed Marina in Savusavu, Vanua Levi island which is part of Fiji. We rented a car so we drove to the other side of the island in the morning. We went to a town called Labasa. The other side of the island is flatter. For that reason they grow sugar cane and vegetables there. We saw numerous loads of sugar cane on the road. On the other side of the town was a large sugar mill with probably 100 or more trucks waiting to unload their cane. We also saw a lot of log trucks loaded with logs of pine and hardwood. There were numerous gardens growing vegetables, kava growing, oranges, kasava (tapioca). I will attach photos from along the way. May fair winds fill your sails with fun and adventure! Bob    . read more...


23/06/2017

Mariposarah II - Ready for Annapolis!

Mariposarah II is ready. Food is stocked. Crew is ready. Dark and Stormies ready, Will see ya’ll at the briefing!  . read more...


23/06/2017

Timshel - Onwards in Fiji

The fleet intended to separate leaving Vanua Balavu in the Lau group.3 boats set off the day before, then on Friday we set off at first light with a group of 6 heading for the hurricane hole on Quamea island, and another 5 set off for an Atoll called Waligilala Is that was a bit nearer and looked interesting.Things are complicated as most place names seem to have 2 or 3 spellings, none of us know how to pronounce them and and many of them sound the same. In the event we had a good sail although worried rather that we might not get there in time in the good daylight required for Navigation. especially as the faster boats arriving first had decided to go on further to an anchorage in the bay at the North of the island.But we made it and Atla invited everyone over for sundowners so we. read more...


Jubilate Mare - Chocolate biscuits on the foredeck.
Jubilate Mare  - Chocolate biscuits on the foredeck.

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