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10/06/2018

Firefly - Firefly now heading to Portosin

Firefly left ARC Europe when the fleet departed to SantaMaria. We are heading independently to Portosin in Ria Muros on NW Spain....weleft Ponte Delgado on Sao Miguel at 1200 on Friday 8th June in order to getahead of the light winds now surrounding the Azores. We have sailed 310nm so farand have 540nm to go.   However, we are still in touch with the fleet via SSB Radioand via the earlier net we heard that Lumikki has all of the wind as usual....wewish everyone bon voyage.   Our intrepid crewman Mike was replaced by Steve just before weleft. In fact Firefly left the dock as Steve came aboard. Mike was a ‘greenhorn’long distance sailor .... and he was the author of the prize winning poet thatwe posted on our blog during the passage from Bermuda. Below is a copy of theletter we. read more...


Miss Julia - Tag 8 - Zwischen den Zonen
Miss Julia - Tag 8 - Zwischen den Zonen
Miss Julia - Tag 8 - Zwischen den Zonen
Miss Julia - Tag 8 - Zwischen den Zonen
Miss Julia - Tag 8 - Zwischen den Zonen
Miss Julia - Tag 8 - Zwischen den Zonen
10/06/2018

Morning Dew - Baiona

Safely arrived in Baiona Sent from Mail for Windows 10 20180608_141423_resized 20180608_141536_resized IMG_2443 IMG_2480 IMG_2442 IMG_2475 IMG_2484 IMG_2487 IMG_2586. read more...


Morning Dew - Baiona
Morning Dew - Baiona
Morning Dew - Baiona
Morning Dew - Baiona
Morning Dew - Baiona
Morning Dew - Baiona
Morning Dew - Baiona
Morning Dew - Baiona
Morning Dew - Baiona
Morning Dew - Baiona
Morning Dew - Baiona
Morning Dew - Baiona
Morning Dew - Baiona
Morning Dew - Baiona
Morning Dew - Baiona
Morning Dew - Baiona
Morning Dew - Baiona
Morning Dew - Baiona
10/06/2018

IceBear - June 10 Sunday Going to Fiji

Hey Folks,We left Tonga after 12 days of rest and relaxation,getting provisions and fuel and enjoying Enolei Botanical Garden and the VaVaU group.The Kingdom of Tonga was like no other group of islands we visited. It is a lush New England green and reminds me of Maine, except for the palm trees.Its people are proud and dignified, usually wearing their customary skirts even for the men. They are very religious and church services are formal and crowded with church goers, unlike trends you see in the states where numbers of attendees are dwindling.So far, for the last 3 legs, there is only Kurt and myself. That is from Tahiti we had Calle who was awesome. We raced the Tahiti Pearl Regatta with Calle, but he said goodbye to be on Pretaixte when we arrived in Bora Bora. From Bora Bora we. read more...


09/06/2018

Blue Pearl - Tonga

We'll be arriving in the Lau Group of Islands tomorrow morning. This small archipelago is part of the country of Fiji where we will spend the next 3 weeks. We left Tonga yesterday morning (Saturday) having arrived there from Nuie on Monday. So we spent 5 days in Tonga, which is also an archipelago, but did not venture beyond the harbor we arrived at and where we checked into the country.We didn't see anything of Tonga beyond the small town ashore and the botanical gardens which are owned by a talkative gentleman (I forget his name) who is proud to show people around and tell them the story of his life including the facts that he inherited the land ,that is now his botanical garden, at age 8 and that for a number of years he was the minister of agriculture, fisheries and something else. read more...


09/06/2018

Firefly - Firefly sets out for Spain

Sadly we said farewell to the rest of the ARC Europe fleet in PontaDelgada, Sao Miguel and are now heading out on our own to Northern Spain. Wealso parted company with Mike our star trans Atlantic crew who is heading backfor work and hello to fellow SYC member Steve . We have yet to see how goodSteve is at rhyming verse, it will be hard following the skills and humour ofMike but we shall see....   Our week long cruise of the Azores has been fun; beautiful countryside andcoastline, wonderful hospitality, great local food and always a smile.Highlights include walking/climbing to the top of Pico, cycling down from theCaldera on Faial, the historic town of Angra, on Terciera; a World Heritage siteand finally the gardens and hot water baths at Furnes, Sao Miguel. Hopefully wewill be. read more...


09/06/2018

Mazu - Santa Maria

Our sail from Sao Miguel was very relaxed as we had a down wind sail in winds of around 10-16 knots so, once we had poled out the genoa, we could relax and enjoy the sunshine along the way, occasionally passing another ARC boat, which always feels good.We arrived in the early evening, just enough time to make the uphill trek to the town of Villa Do Porto, take in the view of the harbor and find some refreshment.The airport on this island resulted from Britain, during the Second World War, invoking the 1373 Treaty of Alliance with Portugal. This enabled the allies to build a large military airport, which was the largest military/commercial in the Azores for many years, and was used post-war when commercial airlines needed to refuel on long-haul flights.This island, known as the golden. read more...


08/06/2018

Mischief - Up to Mischief Log 46 Further adventures of S/Y Mischief through the eyes and ears of Chas Baynes

Thursday, 7 June 2018 - depart Tonga for FijiWe sat filling out customs forms for departure - tons of them, asking exactly the same information as for those on clearance in which is a bit ridiculous. So afterwards Dave went to see Customs in Mangoes and Gary, Trevor and I walked up to the shops to get some more onions and stuff for lunches plus some beer naturally. We used every last cent of Tonga dollars bar $6 I had in my pocket which I spent on a tube of toothpaste from a street seller lady on the way back to the boat. We had just started back when I heard Dave shouting from the water in the dinghy - he had come down to the small dinghy dock as he had just had a call from Rally Control that we had been allocated an earlier refueling slot at 1030 so as it was already 1015 we had to get. read more...


08/06/2018

Miss Julia - Tag 6 Hafentag in Bayona

Nachdem wir gestern Abend in Bayona angekommen sind haben wir erst mal unsere Biskaya Überquerung gefeiert: frisch geduscht mit Rotwein, Käse, Oliven Focaccia und dem guten Gefühl, es geschafft zu haben. Und morgens geht wieder die Sonne auf, es ist still im Hafen - es ist eine sehr schöne Marina - die Segel sind unten.Elmoimage1. image2.. read more...


Miss Julia - Tag 6 Hafentag in Bayona
Miss Julia - Tag 6 Hafentag in Bayona
Miss Julia - Tag 6 Hafentag in Bayona
Miss Julia - Tag 6 Hafentag in Bayona
08/06/2018

Miss Julia - Tag 5 Ankunft Bayona

Wir sind gut angekommen. Die letzte Nacht war noch heftig: wir haben bei Sturm von vorne Cap Finesterre gerundet. Mit 1-2 Knoten....Die Strecke und der Sturm wollten nicht enden. Wir hatten aber Begleitung von Delfinen, die es anscheinend lustig fanden, wie wir über die Wellen gehüpft sind.image1.. read more...


Miss Julia - Tag 5 Ankunft Bayona
Miss Julia - Tag 5 Ankunft Bayona
Moondance - Day 3 - not a huge alternative to a mainsail
Moondance - Day 3 - not a huge alternative to a mainsail
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...


08/06/2018

Moondance - Day 3 - windsurfing harness for the storm sail

Fortunately Richard proved an unpalatable dining option, so we found another use for him as a storm sail out haul...ShaggyIMG_8814.. read more...


Moondance - Day 3 - windsurfing harness for the storm sail
Moondance - Day 3 - windsurfing harness for the storm sail
08/06/2018

Moondance - Day 3 kinky boom

Unhappy with the straight lines offered by our sturdy boom, we experimented with the insertion of a kink!Sadly our initiative was punished with the disabling of the mainsail prompting a radical rethink of our route and ETAIMG_8778.. read more...


Moondance - Day 3 kinky boom
Moondance - Day 3 kinky boom
04/06/2018

Moondance - Day 2 - pulled a bird!

After a very slow leg overnight, we are beginning to worry whether we have enough supplies on board. With choices over who we would have to eat first, Richard kindly volunteered on the basis of there being more of him to sustain the rest of us, than others could offer!His generosity was quickly rewarded with the arrival on deck of a small dove giving him hope that other options may defer the ultimate sacrifice.ShaggyIMG_8662 IMG_8676 IMG_8687. read more...


Moondance -Day 2 - pulled a bird!
Moondance -Day 2 - pulled a bird!
Moondance - Day 2 - pulled a bird!
Moondance - Day 2 - pulled a bird!
Moondance - Day 2 - pulled a bird!
Moondance - Day 2 - pulled a bird!
07/06/2018

Zaurak - Novice news day 5

Zaurak, Day 5, 7th June 2018Just before our watch this morning there was a cacophony of beeping from various corners of the boat. The four days signal-free black out was over. We all received so many lovely messages that we almost missed an event happening simultaneously, that is to say: Land ahoy! Richard and I replaced Claire and Adrian on watch. Despite the roaring wind and heeling angle they had managed to finish their audiobook. Goodness knows how because for the next 3 hours all I could focus on were the rolling waves, keeping upright and laughing at the intermittent rain shower of salty water flung into the cockpit. Unfortunately at this point, our two fair weather pigeons, obviously dissatisfied with the new conditions of their board and lodging, took to the skies and have not. read more...


07/06/2018

Mischief - Up to Mischief Log 45 Further adventures of S/Y Mischief through the eyes and ears of Chas Baynes

Friday, 1st June 2018 - Neiafu harbor, TongaA slow news morning on board Mischief. So, went ashore late morning and had a bacon sarney at Mangoes where as usual the wifi was poor so Dave and I went up to the shops to buy some beer for tomorrow evenings' BBQ at Rob and Sue's B&B.We had been informed by Stanley (a waiter at the Refuge bar just on shore from our mooring) a day or so back that there was to be a school's rugby match today, and he would happily take us. So, after we had stowed the beer aboard we made our way across to the Refuge where Stanley was busy digging a roasting pit for the Tongan Feast taking place there this evening. He broke off and took Dave, Trevor and I up to one of the larger schools for what transpired to be a full-on rugby tournament finals. We met Rob and. read more...


06/06/2018

Miss Julia - Tag 4 - Mit Delfinen über den Kontinentalshelf

Nach einer angenehmen trockenen Nacht mit ruhig laufendem Schiff auf Raumschot mit Bullenstander, gab es zum Wachwechsel um 0800 Bordzeit erst mal ein Müsli für alle. Den Schlafmangel aus der Nacht davor konnten wir wieder etwas nachholen. Den ganzen Tag schon begleitet uns eine ganze Gruppe von Delfinen: große und kleine, sie schwimmen vor unserem Bug hin und her und springen sogar ganz aus dem Wasser. Sehr herrlich anzusehen. Da jetzt endlich mal die Sonne scheint, kann Elmo endlich mit dem Bobby die Sonne schießen! Seit Tagen wartet er darauf.Aktuell fahren wir bei Sonnenschein mit halbem Wind und 5,5 kn SOG direkt über den Anstieg des Kontinentalshelfs. Es ist ein ehrfürchtiges Gefühl zu wissen, wie rasant sich der Meeresboden unter uns verändert: Zwischen der 4000 und 1000 m. read more...


Miss Julia - Tag 4 - Mit Delfinen über den Kontinentalshelf
Miss Julia - Tag 4 - Mit Delfinen über den Kontinentalshelf
Miss Julia - Tag 4 - Mit Delfinen über den Kontinentalshelf
Miss Julia - Tag 4 - Mit Delfinen über den Kontinentalshelf
06/06/2018

Zaurak - Novice news day 4

Zaurak day 4, Wednesday 6th June 2018Novice newsFood on this yacht has been an endless success. Take today as an example: we started the day with homemade croissant and coffee; elevenses consisted of tea, Ruth's banana cake and Rolly's brownies (available near you!); lunch is set to be meatballs and Adrian's freshly made bread and dinner is going to be Yael's homemade beef stew. Difficult to say we are roughing it, even with the swell out in the Bay of Biscay.We still have our hitchhiking pigeons. They say that the devil makes work for idle hands and such was the case when Claire and I tried to pick up one of the pigeons. The pigeon launched into the skies joined companionably by his buddy and have been circling the boat ever since. Much to the skipper's consternation, we imagine they. read more...


05/06/2018

Zaurak - Day 3

Zaurak day 3, Tuesday 5th June 2018Novice newsAs it is my first major journey out on the great seas in a 50 foot yacht, the crew are being vigilant in checking after my welfare. I'm glad, however, that no one asked me in the early hours of this morning when I discovered that waves have the ability to keep time. At 2.50am, ten minutes before my watch was due to start, my body, wrapped in a duvet was flung violently onto the floor, as if by some kind of manhandling alarm clock, with my face planted straight into my wet weather gear.That said, during the watch, just after dawn, a fin broke the water, followed by another three. Either we were looking at enormous dolphins or they were porpoises. After a search around the boat for a book of sea animals, we had to suffice with guesswork. We now. read more...


05/06/2018

Miss Julia - Tag 3: Schicht für Schicht zum seegerechten Outfit

Noch ein kleiner Nachtrag für diejenigen, die sich wundern, womit wir uns so beschäftigen auf See...Eine kleine Herausforderung ist die seegerechte Kleidung, vor allem bei Nacht, in Regen und Kälte - und leider noch ganz fern von Sonne und Badehose :-)Folgendes Szenario: Es ist nachts, halb 1 - der Wecker ruft zum Wachdienst. Die lange Skiunterwäsche haben die Faulen unter uns schon lange gegen den Pyjama getauscht (ja, die Sitten verrohen ein wenig ); die sitzt also schon einmal. 1.) Die erste Herausforderung liegt nun darin, die warme Koje zu verlassen und die müden Gebeine aus der Schlafstätte zu bugsieren (gelingt in der Vorkoje nur jungen Balletteusen mit Anmut). 2.) Im Halbdunkel suchen wir sodann nach den folgenden Schichten: Weiteres Longshirt, darüber Fleece Nr 1 - und evtl.. read more...


05/06/2018

Miss Julia - Tag 3: Bergfest!

Bergfest! Die Hälfte unseres Weges von Plymouth nach Baiona ist geschafft…Gestern abend frischte der Wind etwas auf — und wir sausten mit 7-8 Knoten (beim „Wellensurfen“ nach Skipper Elmo sogar mit 10,5 kn) unter Vollzeug durch eine stockdunkle Nacht hinein in das tiefe Wasser der Biskaya. Wie uns unsere Heimbasis — Dank an Paul Reck — mitteilte, lagen wir gestern zu Skippers Freude auf dem 8. Platz, und das noch ohne Korrekturfaktor!! In der Nacht sind wir dann allerdings weit nach Westen; Manöver wollten wir bei teils heftigem Wind und ordentlich Regen nicht fahren. Das haben wir dann gleich heute morgen erledigt. Alle Mann an Deck (auch die hundemüden Crewmitglieder, die sich gerade ins Bett gelegt hatten): Elmo brüllte am Steuer die Kommandos gegen Wind und Regen, Matthias - der. read more...


Miss Julia - Tag 3: Bergfest!
Miss Julia - Tag 3: Bergfest!
05/06/2018

Gertha 5 - Biscay Day 2

46.38 N  08.13 W   Weather continues to play the game, a bit light at time. Main excitment was a pigeon for the night he has departed heading for thehorizon. The chalange is to clear Finistear before wind drops and goes on the nose,anyones guess   Simon  . read more...


05/06/2018

Southerner - Surfing Southerners

Surfing Southerners46°09' N 007°42' W 0630 BSTSoutherner has found the promised higher winds in western Biscay. 25 knots NNE surfing at 8 to 9 knots on 3 metre waves. Woohoo!. read more...


Miss Julia - Pictures. day 2
Miss Julia - Pictures. day 2
Miss Julia - Pictures. day 2
Miss Julia - Pictures. day 2
31/05/2018

Mischief - Up to Mischief Log 44 Further adventures of S/Y Mischief through the eyes and ears of Chas Baynes

Tuesday, 29th May 2018 -Neiafu harbor, TongaA Boat Day for me! Whilst Dave, Wendy and Trevor went ashore I stayed on board and tidied sails, ropes etc, did some washing and updated the blog. Very nice just to spend time on your own sometimes and catch up with yourself.The weather has certainly brightened up form yesterday. After we dropped our lines from Spirit of Catherine this morning at 7am we motored to the moorings where there are plenty of buoys to choose from, so we are now sat on a mooring some 100 meters off the Mangoes jetty, very convenient for the pub!Dave came over to the boat mid-afternoon to pick me up and we spent the rest of the day and most of the evening there when, a little worse for wear we came back again! The prices are so much cheaper here than in French Polynesia. read more...


04/06/2018

Miss Julia - Tag 2 Umrundung von TSS vor Brest

Die erste durchgefahrene Nacht. Creweinteilung 4 h on 4 h off, in der Nacht 5 h on 5 h off. Bei moderatem achterlichem Wind sind wir auf Raumschotkurs auf Steuerbordbug unterwegs. Der Tag fing um 4:30 mit einem herrlichen Sonnenaufgang an. Zwei Delfine haben uns ein Stück begleitet. Zum Mittagessen gab es leckeres Chilli con Carne und handcooked chips. Dann mussten wir uns eilen um nicht von Frachter Henrik aufgegabelt zu werden. Jetzt gerade haben wie viele Fliegen und die Biene Maja an Bord. Wo kommen die nur alle her...? image1. read more...



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