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Lexington - Captain Bob
Lexington - Captain Bob
Lexington - Captain Bob
Lexington - Captain Bob
Lexington - Captain Bob
Lexington - Captain Bob
Lexington - Captain Bob
Lexington - Captain Bob
Lexington - Captain Bob
Lexington - Captain Bob
Lexington - Captain Bob
Lexington - Captain Bob
Lexington - Captain Bob
Lexington - Captain Bob
03/02/2017

Exocet Strike - 2-3 February 2017

Some great winds overnight pushing us in the desired direction, but this afternoon it all went quiet, hopefully it will pick up again and send us in the right direction. Currently heading 20 degrees to far north, but I don't want to gybe since I'm sure the wind will go more easterly soon. Always a difficult call but we don't want to be tubing in the dark, all manner of things can go wrong then.No fish today either, and it's not just us, several boats haven't caught anything. One do catch a 20lb Tuna. Another boat had strikes on both rods and lost the catch. It does happen. We had to cut a line off the Great Barrier Reef when the reel wouldn't stop spooling out. Not sure how big it was but we have 80lb line and a strong brake on the reel, so it must have been big!A new marina for us in. read more...


02/02/2017

Firefly - Its getting hot as we approach Brazil

All going well on Firefly, we have enjoyed almost 24 hours of perfectsailing, with good breeze of around 12- 15 knots from the east (so right behindus) and clear skies with the occasional cloud. The clouds can generate the oddwind squall raising the wind speed significantly when they pass over so onoccasions we have had to quickly furl in the gennaker to avoid any damage andtoo much excitement as Firefly takes off at speed.   We are now well into the tropics and as we move west it is getting a lotwarmer, plus the sea temperature up to 25 deg. C. Shade is essential so weextend the bimini with extra sections of canvas to create more shade. Its veryhot walking on the unshaded  deck in bear feet! Our three hour watches arelong enough to be out on deck even in the shade of the. read more...


Misto - Embera village children
Misto - Embera village children
Misto - Embera village painting on tattoos
Misto - Embera village painting on tattoos
02/02/2017

Misto - Days 18-23 Porvenir, Linton Marina, Shelter Bay and Embera Peruww

We ended our time in the San Blas Islands by checking out in Provenir.  The run down the coast to Linton Marina, following Rainbow, Shamal, Cesarina and Sumore, was accomplished under engine as there was insufficient wind for any form of sailing. Linton Marina is a pleasant place to stay a few nights with their floating bar attracting many patrons.On January 27 we made our way to Shelter Bay Marina.  The sailing Gods shined on us and we were able to hoist the parasailer and had a wonderful sail all the way to the breakwater entrance.  After dousing the parasailer and requesting permission from Cristobal Port Control we entered the breakwater and pointed our bows towards Shelter Bay Marina.  Here we hauled and power-washed in anticipation of entry into the Galapagos,. read more...


02/02/2017

Exocet Strike - Slow Progress 31st to 2nd February 2017

Well yesterday and Tuesday were slow progress days, light winds, making 4 - 5 knots max. The winds were forecast to pick up during yesterday evening, which they did, but around 0300 this morning the wind got up to 15 knots or so and there was a big cloud behind us. Then it started to rain heavily, squall. No further increase in wind though, unlike the North Atlantic. However when it passed us the wind dropped for newly two hours, to less than 5 knots. Also the wind had varied in direction by over 100 degrees, so our boat track was all over the place. It did start to pick up though and now, at 0830 it's approx 13 - 15 knots from the east, great, exactly what we want.Although the wind hasn't been too kind, the rest of the weather has, lovely days with only a few clouds, I could get used to. read more...


01/02/2017

Exocet Strike - 30-31 January 2017

Slow progress! Winds are definitely down, at one point today we only had 6 knots of wind, however it is behind us and we are still averaging 4.5 to 5 knots towards Salvador. In our new sail configuration it's so much quieter than before, much less stress on the rig!Yesterday for the first time since we left St Helena we gybed from Port to Starboard. Funny, when we raced we did that in a minute or less sometimes, now it can take 20 mins to half an hour, if we're trying hard that is!No fish yet on the leg, maybe they don't like South African lures, or maybe we are going too slowly. Hopefully a new month and new fishing luck.The pilot books suggest this leg is one of the quietest for conditions, it certainly seems to be. I'm sure though that going up the Brasilian coast will be more of a. read more...


01/02/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: Jim Dinger's birthday

We got a cake for Jim Dinger's birthday. We had it tonight and poured a little port over it which Jim and I though was good.We hope you all have just as lovely birthdays. image1. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: Jim Dinger's birthday
Lexington - Captain Bob: Jim Dinger's birthday
01/02/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: finishing canal

Today we were greeted by our pilots-advisors for the second part of our canal transit. It took most of the day to get all the way thru and to the new marina just outside Panama City. The photos below are of the sail boats tied up to the large mooring and each other. image1 image2 image3 image4 image5 image6. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: finishing canal
Lexington - Captain Bob: finishing canal
Lexington - Captain Bob: finishing canal
Lexington - Captain Bob: finishing canal
Lexington - Captain Bob: finishing canal
Lexington - Captain Bob: finishing canal
Lexington - Captain Bob: finishing canal
Lexington - Captain Bob: finishing canal
Lexington - Captain Bob: finishing canal
Lexington - Captain Bob: finishing canal
Lexington - Captain Bob: finishing canal
Lexington - Captain Bob: finishing canal
31/01/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: Forget Me Not

We are on the way this morning at 7:30.Ann and I went with Forget Me Not, another boat in the Arc, to act as line handlers. When boats enter a lock then the water goes either up or down depending on the lock. As this happens the line handlers have to take in or let out line to keep the boat in the center of the lock. When a boat first enters a lock,workers on the canal toss light line with a "monkey fist", a ball of line around a weight, to line handlers on the boat. The light line is tied to the heavy lines on the boat and pulled to a bullard, a large metal piece to tie to.The on land canal line handlers move the lines along the canal as each boat moves from lock to lock and reattach the lines to new bullards. Yesterday we did the first set of locks going up. We all tied to a hugh. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: Forget Me Not
Lexington - Captain Bob: Forget Me Not
Lexington - Captain Bob: Forget Me Not
Lexington - Captain Bob: Forget Me Not
Lexington - Captain Bob: Forget Me Not
Lexington - Captain Bob: Forget Me Not
Lexington - Captain Bob: Forget Me Not
Lexington - Captain Bob: Forget Me Not
Lexington - Captain Bob: Forget Me Not
Lexington - Captain Bob: Forget Me Not
Lexington - Captain Bob: Forget Me Not
Lexington - Captain Bob: Forget Me Not
Lexington - Captain Bob: Forget Me Not
Lexington - Captain Bob: Forget Me Not
Lexington - Captain Bob: Forget Me Not
Lexington - Captain Bob: Forget Me Not
31/01/2017

Caduceus - Cape Town to St Helena Day 12 - St Helena in the not so cold light of dawn

Position15:55.55 S 005:43.57 WDate1000 (UTC+2) Monday 30 January 2017 0800 UTC local St Helena time – British winter timeDistance run in 8hrs 62nm over the ground, 60nm through the waterPassage total1714nm over the ground, 1631nm through the waterDistance to go0nmPlanned distanceCape Town to St Helena 1697nm With fading winds we motored overnight, partially to stop the boat rolling and slamming around.We are assured that we can purchase diesel on St Helena at a cost of £1.27 per litre; the cost will make us feel at home. At 0500 we started to pick up the red lights on the top of the island and as dawn came up just after 7 o’clock, which is 5 o’clock local time, we having been travelling steadily west, the island came up out of the dark.At 0720 a minor disaster struck.After 49,000nm the. read more...


Caduceus - Cape Town to St Helena Day 12 - St Helena in the not so cold light of dawn
Caduceus - Cape Town to St Helena Day 12 - St Helena in the not so cold light of dawn
Caduceus - Cape Town to St Helena Day 12 - St Helena in the not so cold light of dawn
Caduceus - Cape Town to St Helena Day 12 - St Helena in the not so cold light of dawn
Hanna - Ein Tattoo von den Indios...
Hanna - Ein Tattoo von den Indios...
Hanna - Zu Besuch bei den Indios
Hanna - Zu Besuch bei den Indios
Hanna - Schiffe über Schiffe...
Hanna - Schiffe über Schiffe...
Hanna - Felix Henning und Sascha
Hanna - Felix Henning und Sascha
Hanna - Unsere geheime Bucht...
Hanna - Unsere geheime Bucht...
30/01/2017

Hanna - Zu zweit - aber nicht mehr lang

30. Jänner, Shelter Bay Marina, Colon, PanamaMal wieder ein Blog von uns. Wurde aber auch Zeit :-)Wir sind in Puerto Lindo, wie im letzten Blog geschrieben, angekommen. Allzu spannend ist es da nicht.Wenn man in den Dschungel gegangen wäre, hätte man ein paar Faultiere, viele Hunde und Affen gesehen. Ken von der „Polaris" hat das gemacht und wurde dann auch prompt von einem Alpha Männchen gebissen.Ich habe mir das mal erspart, man muss ja nicht alles mitmachen. Am nächsten Tag haben wir Felix vom „ARC Ralley Team“ (Den Organisatoren vor Ort) mitgenommen. Er macht gerade ein 6 monatiges Praktikum und kommt auch aus Deutschland. Er war bisher noch nicht auf einem so großen Segler unterwegs. (Das kleinste Schiff das teilnehmen darf muss mindestens 40 Fuss lang sein, größer ist besser). Wir. read more...


30/01/2017

Exocet Strike - 29-30 January 2017

Great sailing conditions yesterday and overnight, 15 to 17 knots of wind, not too many clouds, but also no fish! We passed the 1/4 and 1/3 distance overnight and this afternoon, just. Today the wind has been light and dead behind, with enough swell to make the main slam alarmingly, we hate it when it's like this. So this afternoon we tried something different, we dropped the main and pulled up the new staysail on the inner forestay, so normal Genoa poled out one side and stasis the other,miss what many would call wing on wing. Instead of having to be 20 to 30 degrees off course to try to minimise the mainsail slamming we are able to sail comfortably, and quietly dead down wind, with not much drop off in boat speed. The next few days are going to be light and slow so this new, to us,. read more...


30/01/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: few more photos

Just thought I would do a few more photos of the tour to the Embera Village. image1 image3 image2 image2 image3 image1. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: few more photos
Lexington - Captain Bob:  few more photos
Lexington - Captain Bob: few more photos
Lexington - Captain Bob:  few more photos
Lexington - Captain Bob: few more photos
Lexington - Captain Bob:  few more photos
Lexington - Captain Bob: few more photos
Lexington - Captain Bob:  few more photos
Lexington - Captain Bob: few more photos
Lexington - Captain Bob:  few more photos
Lexington - Captain Bob: few more photos
Lexington - Captain Bob:  few more photos
30/01/2017

Caduceus - Cape Town to St Helena Day 11 - Almost there

Position16:30.66 S 004:53.94 WDate2359 (UTC+2) Sunday 29 January 2017Distance run in 24hrs 146nm over the ground, 138nm through the waterPassage total1652nm over the ground, 1571nm through the waterDistance to go62nmPlanned distanceCape Town to St Helena 1697nm The title of today’s entry is recycled, but there again we have been at this stage in a passage several times before.It is also rather busy on board with both of us sending out emails about our change of plan, heading for the Mediterranean instead of the Caribbean and the USA.More of this for the blog in a later entry.I will therefore leave it at a position report and add that in lighter winds we are motor sailing for the final lap to avoid wallowing.. read more...