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09/02/2016

Two Fish - Day 31 - More screwball adventures

We started the day with an early morning swim to our expansive private beach. Large rocks trapped pools of water that 20 small fish used as a home as they waited for the tide to return.In a few hours our private beach was back underwater and the green water prevented further fish sightings.After a hearty breakfast, the kind captain announced that a dinghy trip to the village of Canas was departing shortly.All aboard!The downwind trip was delightful.There is no sign of humans in most of these islands.After a couple of miles we neared the village and realized their beach was protected by a confusing mess of rocks.I raised the motor to low water mode,but the breeze was strong and I began to lose control of the dinghy.Both women jumped over board to guide One Fish into the anchorage. The. read more...


Two Fish - Day 31 - More screwball adventures
Two Fish - Day 31 - More screwball adventures
09/02/2016

Aliena - Martes 9-02-2016

Llevo varios días sin escribir nada debido a mi ignorancia de que se pueden enviar entradas al blog aunque no estemos navegando.Tras dejar el archipielago de San Blas, el pasado 26 de Enero sobre las 24h, llegamos a la mañana siguiente a Ciudad de Colon, en Panamá donde estuvimos unos días a la espera del paso del Canal de Panama el pasado 31 de Enero. Colon es una ciudad impresionante no por su belleza sino por el mal estado de conservación. De estilo colonial parece La Habana Vieja, pero en mucho peor estado aun. El paso del Canal es impresionante y el Lago Gatum tambien. Llegamos a Panamá city el pasado 1 de Febrero, teniendo que anclar en La Playita, en la entrada de la marina Flamenco, pues dicha marina solo tenía 5 plazas disponibles e hicimos turnos de amarre. El fondeo en si es. read more...


Zingara - Worldarc 2016 Panamacanal
Zingara - Worldarc 2016 Panamacanal
Zingara - Worldarc 2016 Panamacanal
Zingara - Worldarc 2016 Panamacanal
Zingara - Worldarc 2016 Panamacanal
Zingara - Worldarc 2016 Panamacanal
Zingara - Worldarc 2016 Panamacanal
Zingara - Worldarc 2016 Panamacanal
Zingara - Worldarc 2016 Panamacanal
Zingara - Worldarc 2016 Panamacanal
Zingara - Worldarc 2016 Panamacanal
Zingara - Worldarc 2016 Panamacanal
Zingara - Worldarc 2016 Panamacanal
Zingara - Worldarc 2016 Panamacanal
Zingara - Worldarc 2016 Panamacanal
Zingara - Worldarc 2016 Panamacanal
09/02/2016

Zingara - Panamacanl Passage Worldarc 2016

Hallo liebe Segelfreunde,Zingara ist bald wieder dabei ! Vorher aber einige Eindrücke von der Worldarc 2016, hier einige Bilder von der Durchschleusung der 2. Gruppe des letzten Panamacanal-Abschnitts. Der Truppe weiterhin viel Spass und Erfolg, speziell der SOLO mit dem leidigen Alternator-Problem.Es grüßt Ernst von der Zingara, z Zt. in der Marina LAGOS / Portugal.. read more...


09/02/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 30: Ended the Day on a Good Note

Our plan was to clean Paw Paw's bottom,make water and finish up the last little chores before going out to play. We were looking forward to a walk on the beach, which we haven't done in a while, followed by a dinghy ride up the river. Well, it wasn't meant to be.Within minutes of starting the generator we were breathing in plumes of black smoke. We spent the rest of day trouble-shooting, overhauling and praying, which all seemed to work, as we eventually got it running properly again - thank goodness! All this activity did mean we were a tad late for our beach barbeque with Into the Blue and Wishanger II, but at least we ended the day on a good note and thoroughly enjoyed the company ashore.. read more...


08/02/2016

Starblazer - 02/02/2016 – It’s good when a plan comes together!

Monday was a bit of an anti-climax because we had hoped to arrive by dusk. The winds had slackened considerably, often dropping to 10 knots overnight which in turn resulted in reduced boat speed.Straight after the 10:00 am SSB radio net we rolled the genoas away, motored gently into the breeze for a couple of minutes while I pulled up the mainsail, turned back on course and cut the engine then set about removing the poles.Once they were safely stowed we pulled up the cruising chute aka genniker or asymmetric. Some boats have them rolled away ready to deploy but ours is hoisted in its sock, the tack is pulled close to the end of the bowsprit and the sheet is fed back to the winches in the cockpit.As I pull down on the sock line John gently pulls the sheet so as the sock goes up and the. read more...


Solo - Embera - Indianer bei Panama
Solo - Embera - Indianer bei Panama
Solo - Embera - Indianer bei Panama
Solo - Embera - Indianer bei Panama
Solo - Embera - Indianer bei Panama
Solo - Embera - Indianer bei Panama
08/02/2016

Solo - 2. Leg - 07.02.2016

Was bleibt in Erinnerung seit wir die Reise am 9. Januar begonnen haben? Wir sind durch den Panamakanal durch und liegen vor der La Playita Marina vor Anker.   Zuerst: die technischen Pannen am Boot, leider überschattet so etwas die Reise sehr schnell. Die Lichtmaschine funktioniert nicht mehr, die Service-Batterien lassen sich jetzt nur nochüber den Generator laden. Amel war nicht in der Lage, eine neue Lichtmaschine innerhalb von zwei Wochen zu beschaffen, meine alten Studienfreunde Manu und Stefan Muckenfuss waren schneller: sie haben jetzt zwei davon in Slowenien bestellt. Alles kompliziert,da ich einen VW- Marine Motor in der Amel eingebaut habe und nicht, wie so viele, einen Volvo-Penta. Also wird auch keine Lichtmaschine von Mastervolt verbaut, die ich überall bekommen hätte.. read more...


08/02/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 29: "Killing Two Birds with One Stone"

On a falling tide we tipped toed out of our anchorage at Isla Bayoneta and headed for Cacique on Isla Del Rey. Although the winds were strong,they were directly downwind, so we decided to motor the 30 NM. This allowed us to "kill two birds with one stone" - getting to our next destination while simultaneously getting our well overdue chore of cleaning Paw Paw done.Las Perlas is not at all what we expected. The islands of this archipielago are very wild and rugged. Definitely not your typical tropical islands. They are, however, beautiful with plenty of sealife and birds. They got their name when spanish conquistadores Gaspar de Morales and Francisco Pizarro robbed a large amount of pearls from the indigenous King Toe. In 1515 the defeated the king and enslaved his skilled pearl divers.. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 29: "Killing Two Birds with One Stone"
Paw Paw - Log Day 29:
07/02/2016

Two Fish - Day 29 - Not always like the guide book

We had planned a busy day, so we weighed anchor at first light.We rolled out the screecher and enjoyed a brisk ride in 20 to 25 knots of breeze.Black Fish, the screecher, pulled us along at 8 knots, which is much faster than an ox cart.The Eastern side of Isla del Rey is windswept and pounded by waves, so affords no anchorages.During the downwind trip we were entertained by black clouds of birds.The tern, the pelican and many more which I could not identify swarmed over Two Fish.Their success in diving for fish teased us, as our rods were not able to summon dinner.Pasta tonight for the failed fisherman.Our goal for the day was the wreck of a very early submarine.The sub was built before man understood the effects of pressure.Many of the crew died of what was diagnosed as the flu.The sub. read more...


Two Fish - Day 29 - Not always like the guide book
Two Fish - Day 29 - Not always like the guide book
07/02/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 12, Panamá. 08.54.45N 79.31.65W

Thursday, 4 February.For a night in a Marina, this has to have been one of the least restful.Before moving the boat, the female members of crew set off for the Mall again to do another supermarket shop, while Anthony went walking and the Skipper did skipperly things.Shopping sorted for everything except cereals and meat, which were disappointing, the latter was fine if all you wanted was chicken and the former was devoid of anything not coated in sugar, a bit disappointing as this would be the last shop before the Galapagos.Fruit and vegetables left a lot to be desired as well, but we were planning to go to the market tomorrow.Back to the boat in good time for the move to the Marina, with Anthony still enjoying a walk somewhere, while the Skipper and wife helped the boys from "Into The. read more...


07/02/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 28: Too Close for Confort

We had a lovely tranquil sail to Isla Bayoneta, Las Perlas, today on headsail alone.  Negotiating our way around the rocks and shoals was interesting, but not as interesting as what developed late in the afternoon.  With a tidal range of 10ft, we anchored in depths to accommodate the change and ensured our scope (aka the length of chain we put out) was sufficient. It was rather disconcerting then, a few hours later, to witness a rather large collection of rocks appearing as the tide dropped. Fortunately we have avoided them, but we're a little too close for confort, especially with stronger winds than what was initially forecasted. So,  we've decide to change anchorages first thing in the morning, following which we'll give Paw Paw a good cleaning inside and out!We did,. read more...


06/02/2016

Two Fish - Day 28 - On the hook in Las Perlas Islands

Sometimes we get a break from long sails, boat repair and crew floggings.Today we bobbed at anchor and enjoyed doing very little.Gail paddled me to the nearby island.We looked for a trail that would lead inland but none were to be found.Instead, we walked the varied coast line which is comprised of hard sand, large boulders, and mud flats.Each surface required a different technique since I was wearing flip flops.I must remember to wash my flip flops or the smell of the sea will become permanently bonded to them.While strolling down the beach I pondered what I would be doing back in the "real" world.Market volatility would have created a busy work week. A winter Saturday in NYC might include skipping over slush puddles on the way to the gym.This day beats the old life hands down.We have. read more...


Two Fish - Day 28 - On the hook in Las Perlas Islands
Two Fish - Day 28 - On the hook in Las Perlas Islands
Two Fish - Day 28 - On the hook in Las Perlas Islands
Two Fish - Day 28 - On the hook in Las Perlas Islands
06/02/2016

Lydia - Lydia's Blog 31 Jan - 1 Feb. Transit of Panama Canal.

Sunday 31 January 2016.Steve and I were up early to join experienced bird watchers David and Sally Batten and Anthony and Venitia from another ARC yacht. We see a number of wood peckers, many yellow breasted fly catchers, some euphonia, hawks and the ever present vultures circling high above. On our walk we also came across a three toed sloth and her baby clinging to her. Also in the trees we saw small black spider monkeys, some with young. Lastly we first heard this very loud and rather eerie howling and finally saw a small group of Howler monkeys before returning for breakfast.Since we did not need to be back on Lydia before midday as in any case like all yachts going through the canal that day we were to be fumigated and we had to be off the yachts when that took place, I decided to. read more...


06/02/2016

Lydia - Lydia's Blog 30 Jan 16. Visit to Emberra Indian village on Chargres River.

Saturday 30 January 2016.Called all hands at 6am asat 7am all ARC crews to board buses to visit a village of indigenous Emberra Indians in the upper reaches of the Chargres River. The bus trip took about an hour and half at the end of which we are deposited on the banks of the Chargres river. Here some 10, long dugout canoes with outboard motors were drawn up on the bank with Emberra Indians heavily tattooed and wearing only a small brightly coloured loin cloths were awaiting us. We were given life jackets and took our places one behind the other on little wooden benches in thecanoes. The trick as I learnt to my cost was not to be right at the front where I happend to end up being the last to board the canoe. We started off up the river which started fairly sheltered with an Indian on. read more...


06/02/2016

Exody - Days 385-388: First place into Salvador !

Chuffed at last night's prizegiving event to win our first World ARC first for this, the longest leg. So tolerating the slatting sails and keeping the engine off during the second part of the leg from St Helena paid off! We had a total of only 17.5 engine hours for the 3650 miles since Cape Town - just two jerry cans of diesel. The event was put on by local sponsors and we all wore their purpose designed teeshirts, drank Caipirinhas, ate tasty local snack foods with shrimp and were entertained with a small live band and local Capoeiradancers - based on the martial arts.The last night at sea on Monday 1st brought the loom of Salvador from over 50 miles as we sailed gently to make landfall in daylight under dark grey clouds.These thankfully brought us good wind for the final early morning. read more...


06/02/2016

Luna Quest - Saturday, 6th February, 2016

Position: 12.58S 38.31W (Salvador - Brazil)Daily run: 134 logged milesThis is the last blog entry before landfall today. A moderate little breeze kept pushing us most of the night while the loom of Salvador was clearly in our sight and dead ahead. The weather has been glorious since St Helena although we could have done with a little more wind. Our fresh food supplies lasted us all the way plus having some vegetables to spare. A lovely pizza last night that Julia made absorbed most of the ingredients that were going off giving the fruit flies less to feed on. No doubt we shall be besieged by another species in Salvador. Our water supplies were adequate and we have been careful not to waste our fuel.The next blog entry will be when we set sail at the end of next week.Eric. read more...


06/02/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 27: Goodbye Magical City

After enjoyong a long overdue "lie-in" this morning, we headed to the Albrook Mall, the largest one in the Americas, where we caught up on some much needed retail therapy ie new shoes for Elaine, since all her others have totally disintegrated in recent months for some weird and wonderful reason. That was followed by yet another grocery trip to top up on our provisioning to last us to the Marquesas. Then it was back to Paw Paw to try and return our "lives to  normal".  Well almost.  At least everything is back where  it is suppose to be.  Cleaning will just have to wait another day or so! Tonight we enjoyed a romantic "dinner for two",  the first in months, while overlooking the magical skyline of Panama City across the Causeway and enjoying the fireworks. read more...


05/02/2016

Two Fish - day 27 - Escape from Balboa

At first light the clattering of our anchor chain could be heard as it returned to its locker.Two Fish was escaping from Balboa, Panama and heading off to explore Panama's Las Perlas Islands.We used our motors to thread through 40 ships waiting for their turn to pass through the lock.Ships pay more for express passage so I suppose most of these were on the discount program.Busy season for the locks is in advance of the Christmas shopping season.We are in the middle of low season, a good time for sailing yachts to pass through. The anchorage has large wakes that mercilessly tossed Two Fish side to side. This forced us off the boat to explore a charming old town and a vibrant city.Confession: we spent one afternoon at a modern mall.Panama looks like a nice place for Americans to retire. read more...


Two Fish - day 27 - Escape from Balboa
Two Fish - day 27 - Escape from Balboa
05/02/2016

Luna Quest - Friday, 5th February, 2016

Noon Position: 13.12S 36.25WDaily run: 139 logged milesAs luck would have it, the breeze returned in the afternoon and stayed with us overnight giving us a great sail on the two poled-out foresails. At noon today (GMT) or 0900hrs local time we have just 120 miles to go, which at 4.5 knots will get us there by midday tomorrow. Carnival will have started so we are not expecting many hands from the marineros to see us in. Hopefully, there will be some crew about of the other boats to help us, as parking the boat is Mediterranean style requiring the stern to be fastened to the quay and the bow to a mooring line ahead.We expect to be heading off again later next week towards Grenada in the Caribbean (some 2000 miles). We may stop on the way at Fortaleza if we are running short of water, food. read more...


05/02/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 26: Wonderful Memories and Panama City

Although it was really sad to say our goodbyes to Keenan, Brooke and William this morning, we are grateful that we had the opportunity to create such wonderful memories together this past week - priceless!We did enjoy a lovely afternoon though, after taking a taxi to El Casco Viejo (The Old City), founded on 21 January 1673 after the destruction of Panama La Vieja (Old Panama)  in 1671 by pirate Henry Morgan and 1200 men who sailed up the Chagres River to the city which they then plundered and reduced to ruins. El Casci Viejo is a fabulous old town in which to stroll around, with the most amazing old buildings that have been beautifully restored. After a delicious lunch we, of course, then treated ourselves to a Panama Hat each. Our taxi drive back to our anchorage in La Playita. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 26: Wonderful Memories and Panama City
Paw Paw - Log Day 26: Wonderful Memories and Panama City
Paw Paw - Log Day 26: Wonderful Memories and Panama City
Paw Paw - Log Day 26: Wonderful Memories and Panama City
Paw Paw - Log Day 26: Wonderful Memories and Panama City
Paw Paw - Log Day 26: Wonderful Memories and Panama City
Paw Paw - Log Day 26: Wonderful Memories and Panama City
Paw Paw - Log Day 26: Wonderful Memories and Panama City
Paw Paw - Log Day 26: Wonderful Memories and Panama City
Paw Paw - Log Day 26: Wonderful Memories and Panama City
Paw Paw - Log Day 26: Wonderful Memories and Panama City
Paw Paw - Log Day 26: Wonderful Memories and Panama City
05/02/2016

Firefly - The Surin Islands, a Thailand highlight

Firefly has spent 4 nights moored in a large bay on the south east of Ko Surin Nua, one of the 5 Surin islands. Today, is Friday 5th February and we are moving on to the north east again and the destination is an island called Ko Phayam. The wind is coming almost from where we want to go and we are currently motorsailing hard on the wind with just the jib out. There is a good breeze of about 12 knots and it would be perfect close hauled sailing conditions - but without engine assistance we would be too far off course. Using the engine with the jib boom set in very close gives us the optimum performance.At Surin we caught up with our Aussie sailing companions again on yachts Reverie and Evolution and are in convoy with them again today. They are both a little slower than Firefly and left. read more...


04/02/2016

Lydia - Lydia's Blog. Shelter Bay Panama Canal zone. 27-29 Jan 16

Wednesday 27 Jan 16.At 6pm the previous evening we weighed anchor from Lemon Cays in the San Blas Islands and motor-sailed out of the San Blas Islands then followed the Panamanian shore some miles off using the detailed electronic charts which proved most effective. The wind at 15 knots was on our quarter which gave Lydia a somewhat corkscrewing motion at times and thus difficult to sleep. We could see the harbour lights of small ports along the coast and rather wished we had had the time to go into Porto Bello, one of the main ports used by the Spanish from which to export their treasure from Peru in the 16th and 17th centuries using the famous Camino Real road from Panama. As the grey dawn came up we found ourselves about 10 miles off the entrance to the Panama Canal. Some score or so. read more...


04/02/2016

Luna Quest - Thursday, 4th February, 2016

Noon Position: 13.09S 34.16WDaily run: 141 logged milesOur hopes of a gentle sail yesterday were soon dashed with the wind dwindling to less than a light breeze. There was nothing for it but to put the engine on and having taken stock of the amount of fuel we had left, we were confident that we could motor the 380 miles remaining. We left the the two poled-out foresails out and with just 1400 revs we were making 5.5 knots of speed, which is the speed required to make landfall during the day on Saturday. Allegro, who had been some 12 miles behind us, caught up and we motor sailed in tandem throughout the night, but in the morning they overtook us and disappeared beyond the horizon at about midday. We are now the last boat home…Eric. read more...


04/02/2016

Luna Quest - Wednesday, 3rd February, 2016

Noon Position: 13.12S 32.06WDaily run: 102 logged milesYesterday the wind began to take an afternoon siesta leaving us wallowing and rolling in an awkward swelly sea causing the genoa to jerk explosively from time to time. The staysail does not have that problem as it is tautly set. If we furl the genoa to set it taut, then the sail area is reduced, the speed is reduced and the rolling accentuated. We spent some time optimising the sail area without causing too much stress on the genoa. The wind levels did not recover and all night we rolled westwards with the genoa banging away as soon as Luna Quest began her rolling. This morning, heralding another beautiful day, the wind eased further to less than a gentle breeze and although the swell had diminished, the sails would not have it. At. read more...


04/02/2016

Allegro - QUINTA-FEIRA, 4 DE FEVEREIRO DE 2016

Desde que largámos de Santa Helena, temos tido predominantemente vento fraco, dos quadrantes de Este (SE,ESE,E), entre 8 e 12 nós. Por vezes chegou aos 15 e, raramente, aos 20. De vez em quando ligámos o motor para não ficarmos parados. Sempre que o vento permite, navegamos em borboleta, com a genoa no pau. A escota deteriorou-se na extremidade junto ao pau, e tivemos que a cortar e reposicionar; mudámos um pouco a posição do pau e, sobretudo,a tensão na escota da genoa com bom resultado - até agora, não voltou a acontecer. Durante a noite em que não pudemos fazer “borboleta” navegámos demasiado para Norte, e, noutras ocasiões, o vento e, sobretudo a corrente, não nos permitiram um rumo mais directo e desviámo-nos demais para Sul.Nestes últimos dias, o vento caiu para menos de 10 nós e,. read more...


04/02/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 25: Hello Pacific Ocean and William's First Words

We're in the Pacific, anchored in La Playita with Panama City in the background.  We completed our transit, but unfortunately lost a cleat in the last lock due to incorrect handling of the lines on the port side rafted yacht and the unwillingness of two individuals on the middle yacht to relay the communications needed to avoid the situation.  By the time they realised what was being asked of them it was too late - the cleat snaped!  Fortunately Roy was not injured, but now the inconvenience of finding a new cleat commences. For now though, we've enjoyed our last night with Keenan,  Brooke and William. A wonderful week of adventure and family time draws to a close. We're delighted that they got to enjoy the experience with us and guess what William's first words were. read more...


03/02/2016

Luna Quest - Wednesday, 3rd February, 2016

Noon Position: 13.12S 32.06WDaily run: 102 logged milesYesterday the wind began to take an afternoon siesta leaving us wallowing and rolling in an awkward swelly sea causing the genoa to jerk explosively from time to time. The staysail does not have that problem as it is tautly set. If we furl the genoa to set it taut, then the sail area is reduced, the speed is reduced and the rolling accentuated. We spent some time optimising the sail area without causing too much stress on the genoa. The wind levels did not recover and all night we rolled westwards with the genoa banging away as soon as Luna Quest began her rolling. This morning, heralding another beautiful day, the wind eased further to less than a gentle breeze and although the swell had diminished, the sails would not have it. At. read more...


03/02/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 24: An Engineering Marvel - The Coolest Day

At this writing we are rafted to two other yachts, Paradise Found and Overseas Express and tied to a huge mooring, with another raft consisting of Nina, Carango and Mystique Soul on the other side of the mooring, floating in the Gatun Lake. Yes, we've started our transit of the Panama Canal, having completed the three Gatun Locks! With Paw Paw on the starboard side of the raft, Roy and Keenan did a great job as line handlers today. Tomorrow we'll be up early to transit the remaining two locks, Pedro Miguel and Miraflores. The canal, which opened in 1913, ten years after the USA and Panama signed the Hay-Bunau-Varilla treaty, following Panama's independence from Colombia in 1903, was initially started by the French in 1892, but disease, the harsh geographical and climate conditions. read more...