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21/05/2016

Aliena - Viernes 20 de Mayo 2016

5º dia de BB a SuwarrowLa pasada noche ha sido de perros: Ni luna ni estrellas. Ha cambiado el viento para caer y olvidarse de nosotros, ha llovido toda la noche y el mar nos hace parecer una coctelera. Al menos funciona todo (salvo el generador que falleció), pues estamos recibiendo noticias de otros barcos con averias en el piloto automático, asi que no nos quejamos porque estamos a solo 116 nm de nuestro destino.Carmen. read more...


21/05/2016

Adagio - Over the Bounding Main

Well, whatever it means exactly, we are bounding a bit. Starting day 5 of the journey. Nearly 700 miles down and 1,140 to go.Adagio is performing well and making good speed for a cruising rig. We aren't pressing her too hard and appreciate some time in eased rides when we can get them. The weather, which has been "spirited" is starting to ease up on us and the choppy waves seem to be settling down in to predictable swells, even if they are a bit larger than yesterday's. It's making for a smoother ride overall, and a welcome change.Last night we waited as the winds gradually clocked around and eventually made the gibe to the north. The winds have stayed steady and provide plenty of power negating the need for engine propulsion.I believe this is the longest single leg that we've ever taken. read more...


21/05/2016

Lerina - La depression passe !!

On se bat depuis 2 jours contre une dépression qui nous poussebien mais qui met à 'épreuve les hommes et le matériel. Elle est entrain de s'élogner et demain nous allons retrouver des conditions anticycloniques.On se bat contre l'eau de l'océan qui s'infiltre partout et mouille les couchages. Yves a sa couchette trempée. On a trouvé l'origine et on a colmaté !! Une vague a suibmergé le bateau et a rempli la cabine ai=rrièrer, plus rien de sec de ce coté là. J'entends les déferlantes qui tapent contre les bordés et remplissent le cockpit. Les cirés sont sortis. A part ça, tout va bien; On mange, on boit, on dort. Il ne fait pas encore trop froid et Michel est un soutien non raqssurant, on sait où on va et ce qui nous attend. Tout va bien à bord .... Pascal. read more...


21/05/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 131: Magical Moorea - At Last

Having seen a program on TV years ago, there was only one island Elaine was prepared to sail across the Pacific Ocean to see and for three weeks we've looked at it from a distance. But, today, we arrived in Magical Moorea. From what we've been able to see while we sailed along the coast, as well as the stunning scenery from the anchorage and the pod of dolpins we spotted to our starboard side as we entered the lagoon, it has definitely been worth the wait and every nautical mile sailed to get here. To add to the excitement, our friends on Nina, Do Over and Cattiva were all in the same anchorage by a stroke of luck. Needless to say, we received a very warm welcome - A lovely start to what we have no doubt will be a wonderful "home" for the next few weeks. So, as we watched the sun set in. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 131: Magical Moorea - At Last
Paw Paw - Log Day 131: Magical Moorea - At Last
Paw Paw - Log Day 131: Magical Moorea - At Last
Paw Paw - Log Day 131: Magical Moorea - At Last
21/05/2016

Ximera - Leg 2, Log Day 4 – Weather, but not quite heavy

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20/05/2016

Testarossa - The Rocket Ship

Testarossa Daily Message: Testarossa, The Rocket Ship / 19-20 May 2016//As of 1218L hours on 20 May 2016, our position is: 34*51.077'N /53*11.160'W. We are steaming 102* COG making 10.0 Kts SOG, middle of theAtlantic, bound for the Azores. Making good time...Making good time! Our Day in Numbers: ------------------ In the past 24 hours, we have made 234 NM's (Just about 4* of Longitude to the East) We have averaged 9.9 NM's / hour So far, we have made 573 NM's total distance since the Start Line (Bermuda) By 5-6pm local time, we expect to be 1/3rd the distance to the Azores -----------------Anddddddd the rocket ride continues! We continue to ride the "wave" -both literally and figuratively, of our current Low pressure system - just on the bottom periphery, as we plow ahead making good. read more...


20/05/2016

Second Wind - YB Connect Message from Sylvie Furtado

Moving along very well with reefed sails. We are all doing well and got the penguin walk down path by now (see legs). All man aboard are concern about gaining weight, this a great complement for the chef. Sylvie--Transmitted by Sylvie Furtado using YB Connect (www.ybtracking.com). read more...


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20/05/2016

Hejira - Internet dating

Well, it seems the Watermaker membrane is buggered. We ran the unit through the night and in the morning; the quality of the water was just as bad, if not worse. Email exchanges with the ever helpful Jim at Mactra confirmed the diagnosis and so Peter has another piece of equipment to add to his burgeoning luggage when he flies out to join Hejira in the Azores.We have been reaching under jib alone in increasing wind and seas for the last 24 hours and maintained good pace along the rhumb line to Faial. We have done 153 miles through the water but only 140 miles towards our destination because of a half knot adverse current. The wind has been a steady 25 knots with gusts over 30 exactly as forecast. AWOL continues to be stationed off our beam and we exchange the occasional VHF conversation. read more...


20/05/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 48. Suwarrow. 13.14.97S 163.06.46W

Thursday, 19 May, 2016.Sod's Law triumphant.We approached Suwarrow with about half the staysail and the spray hood in the company of Two Fish and Spirit, all of us faffing around in 17 to 20 knots of what would have been a perfect sailing wind.Needless to say, we had been motoring with whatever sails we could carry to help our speed until yesterday, when the wind got up from the E - ESE. To start with, we were making ideal progress, other than having to sail more south of our course.This was easily rectified when the wind went round to the SE, but with a gradual increase to 17 to 20 knots, we had to reduce sail over a 6 hour period to delay arrival time to arrive at daylight.At 06.30am it was still dark!The sea, which had reduced to a lovely slow and low swell, was getting rougher by the. read more...


20/05/2016

Aliena - Jueves 19 Mayo 2016

4º dia de BoraB a Suwarrow. Desde la pasada noche volvemos a navegar a vela, pero como en el mar no hay medias tintas ha ido subiendo el viento y vamos con dos rizos en la mayor y tres en el yankee. De todas formas lo peor es el mar. Estas olas "pacíficas" cruzadas hacen la navegación muy incomoda. No quiero ni pensar en los veleros que vienen detrás de nosotros que son los peques de la flota!!!!!!!!!!! Bueno, solo nos faltan 256nm y tenemos un atún de 4kg.Carmen. read more...


20/05/2016

Exody - May 19th - Weather !

Gale force gusts and sustained winds in the upper 20's befell our small ARC USA fleet last night as a low passed through, preceded yesterday with torrential rain and heavy cloud virtually all day.Exody was careering along under double reefed main and less than a treble reefed genny. Nearly close hauled, the south south westerly wind fortunately allowed us to maintain our rhumb line.It was very wet and we found new leaks in our cabin ceiling.As usual the movement down below was relatively gentle and we both slept well on our off watches.However, with that low for a taster, we are now even more keen to make port 300 miles away at the mouth of the Chesapeake before Saturday when the next deeper low forms off Cape Hatteras! Early this morning, the skies cleared, the winds abated and veered. read more...


19/05/2016

Ximera - Leg 2, Log Day 3 – Another fish! And flying along

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Ximera - Leg 2, Log Day 3 – Another fish! And flying along
Ximera - Leg 2, Log Day 3 – Another fish! And flying along
19/05/2016

Testarossa - Life on a 30* Angle

Testarossa Daily Message: Life on a 30* Angle / 18-19 May 2016//"If You're Not Living Life on the Edge - You're Taking Up Too Much Space!"Ole Naval Aviator's AdageAs of 1551L hours on 19 May 2016, our position is: 34*07.048'N /57*33.103'W. We are steaming 093* COG making 8.1 Kts SOG, middle of theAtlantic, bound for the Azores. Are we there yet? Quick Recap: ------------ Testarossa has made 339 total NM's since leaving Bermuda Day 1 at sea: 150 NM's made Day 2 at sea: 189 NM's made Distance to go: 1457NM (Argh!) ------------We have found the wind, and the wind has found us! So far, the wind hasbeen good to us. In the past 24 hours, we have had our best run yetthis voyage - 189 NM's made good. Winds remain at just over a steady10Kts, with this morning’s breeze building to 14. Seas remain. read more...


19/05/2016

Adagio - It's "Sporty"!

5/19/2016I've heard it said that while most people talk about the weather, sailors are the ones who live it.I know there are other professions (pilots, for instances) that have an equally intimate connection to the weather but I believe that the sailor is the one person who comes as close to the definition of 'purist' as it gets. Pretty much every aspect of weather directly affects the sailor.Nothing matters more to the sailboat than wind. It moves us along, it directs our course and our course of action.We make decision after decision based on current and forecast wind conditions; to either catch more of it or avoid the worst of it.I'm writing today about the wind and weather because, of course, we're out there in it.The low pressure systems that skate across latitudes north of us bring. read more...


19/05/2016

Testarossa - First Back Day at Sea - Bermuda to Azores

Testarossa Daily Message: First Back Day at Sea - Bermuda to Azores / 17-18 May 2016// "A Journey Begins With a Single Step..."As of 1700L hours on 18 May 2016, our position is: 33*38.213'N /61*10.340'W. We are steaming 097* COG making 8.0 Kts. SOG, and are...Wedon't even wanna think about how far we are from the Azores!!!And their off! For us in Class A, 1105L was the start of the ARC EuropeLeg from Bermuda to the Azores. And the setting couldn't have beenbetter. In the beautiful inner harbor just off the the quays of St.George's town, the ARC committee boat was anchored 100 meters off shore.Ringed by the amazing vista's of Bermuda on all sides; what is normallyquite a large harbor, suddenly became very small indeed with themaneuvering of 30 or so boats sailing back and forth - each. read more...


19/05/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 130: Chasing the Western Horizon

Keeping all our photographs catalogued and organised has turned into a major undertaking, but it's lovely to relive the moments when screening and sorting them. It's also amazing just how many places we've sailed to and experienced over the past two years, but one photo remains Elaine's favourite - It simply brings back the joy in an instant, every time we look at it, of having our grandson aboard when we did our transit of the Panama Canal. And so, with all systems back in working order on Paw Paw, our "ships stores" replenished, dinghy fuel tanks filled, diesel tanks to be filled tomorrow and Elaine's back much improved with the help of her back exercises and the additional support of a back brace, we are, one again, ready to continue chasing the western horizon and to take a whole. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 130: Chasing the Western Horizon
Paw Paw - Log Day 130: Chasing the Western Horizon
19/05/2016

Pentagram - Welcome Home

Day 3 (Wednesday 17th May), at sea. Heading direct to Niue with Barbara Jean. Position at 2100 GMT : 17 17' South, 155 41'West, Wind : 10-15 kts SoutherlyIt has been a long time coming after 3 months cruising the Society Islands & the 7 months prior spent traveling, visiting with friends & family in Australia & New Zealand. It feels good to get moving again & on to pastures new with a little sadness too, to say goodbye to so many lovely people we have met on the islands. Niue is a beautiful island though with warm, generous & welcoming people, a trait of all the South Pacific Islanders we have found in our time here. It will be good to return for a few days.It has been fantastic meeting up with this years entries to the rally, albeit that we are struggling with names. read more...


19/05/2016

Hejira - Water, water everywhere.

Something over 25 years ago, I went through the sequence of RYA shore-based courses which culminated in Yachtmaster Ocean. This is way back when Morse was still part of the Yachtmaster Offshore syllabus! I completed them with the practical on all but the Ocean qualification.  The Ocean practical is largely about celestial navigation and with the advent of GPS and other navigational aids, it didn’t seem so relevant – or at least that was my excuse as I had found all the complicated calculations really quite difficult. However, in the planning for my ‘Atlantic Circuit’, it seemed a good idea, given the prospect of weeks at sea and the need to keep busy, to equip myself to be able to complete ‘the full set’. So it was that I purchased, on EBay, a very attractive post war, Italian, all. read more...


19/05/2016

Aliena - Miercoles 18 Abril 2016

3 dia de BB a Suwarrow.Esta noche la luna casi llena nos hacia pensar que estaba la luz encendida y eso animaba un poco la soledad de la guardia. Esta mañana ha subido un poco el viento, 10 nudos, y hemos puesto el Gennaker aunque despues de comer y a la vista de que tan solo a veces rozabamos los 5 nudos de velocidad,hemos puesto motor de nuevo.Al menos el agua es de un azul brillante muy bonito. Para consolarnos hemos comido una pierna de cordero al horno con vino de Toro. Nos faltan 397 millas.Carmen. read more...


19/05/2016

Lerina - Premier jour en mer vers Horta

Depart de St Georges vent dans lenez nous obligeant a un long bord de pres vers le sud pour pouvoir rejoindre vers le Nord le premier Way Point donné par Michel en laissant la cardinale Est qui marque la fin des massifs coralliens à l'est des Bermudes. Apres une nuit agitée (à giter!!) dans un vent tres modéré (moins de 10 noeuds), nous avons tourneé notre nez progressivement vers l'Est en meme temps que le vent tournait vers le Sud et nous avons repris progressivemernt de la vitesse ... Demain et apres demain, le vent va forcir jusqu'à 30 noeuds. On a mangé un gros plat de nouilles ce soir. Du sport en perspective !! Tout va bien à bord Pascal. read more...


18/05/2016

Free Spirit - Rockin it, Mon!

16 May 2016We left Bahia Mar Marina early this am, in time to catch the 8 am bridge opening.SV Nimble, one of our ARC USA FL Fleet boats is right ahead of us in the bridge queue.We understand that SV Aurelia won't be far behind.SV Altair and SV Karina have already left.SV Big Friskie is remaining behind in FL for a few more days.We basically sailed out into the gulf stream then hung a left.Once we found the current, it was sit back and enjoy the ride.We've had a beautiful day of sailing, sunshine and a gentle wind.We are rocketing up the coast, clocking speeds of 10 and up to 11.6kts!It doesn't get any better than this.We hope it will last long enough to get us home ahead of the next storm front.Andrea & Mikesv Free Spirit. read more...


18/05/2016

Free Spirit - Hail and farewells

14 May 2016It's time to scrub all the salt off Free Spirit and get things back in order following the passage from Tortola.Sadly, reality sets in and it's also time to say good bye to David and Alex, who are flying back home to family, friends, and that 4 lettered word called work.They've been a wonderful crew and we have really enjoyed sailing with them.After fond farewells, we hope our paths will cross again, be it on land or at sea.Our crew for the remainder of the passage home to Virginia flies in today and will join the boat in the am.Tonight is the ARC USA Florida Fleet final dinner, as we gather at a local restaurant to swap passage stories, as well as compare notes and plans from here.Everyone knows to give us a holler when they get to the Chesapeake Roads area for a continuation. read more...


18/05/2016

Free Spirit - Surfing USA

13 May 2016Another quiet night without much wind to speak of.We're continuing to motor and eagerly anticipating hitting the gulf stream as we feel the need for speed.We're determined to make it in tonight, preferably with daylight.About 10 am we added 10 gallons of diesel to the tank from the jerry cans on the rail.We were cooking right along until about 1230 when the block on the second reef clew gave way.Fortunately we were able to quickly replace it with a spare without losing too much time.By 1400 we were surfing the gulf stream, clocking 10.9 kts speed over ground… yeehaw!The skyline of Miami is on the horizon and our excitement continues to build.We know we're making it in tonight!!!!We just missed the 1830 bridge opening, so had to circle and wait until the next opening at. read more...


18/05/2016

Adagio - Off and Running: Leg #2

Leg #2, Day 1:Woke up and got going early. We left our spot, rafted up at the City Dock, and, expecting a big line-up, motored over to the City fuel dock to top the water and fuel tanks.We were pleased that it was open and vacant and we came right in.Water and fuel cost about the same (not really, but it's cool to say) and as I was paying our tab I had one last look around the store with that particular sense of "what on earth could I possibly be forgetting?" and finally decided that a bottle of orange juice might be nice to start the day :)Motoring away from the last fuel and water and supply dock we would see for 1,800 nautical miles sure puts a feeling of anticipation in you."Is everything ready?", "Will everything behave and work and come together on the boat?", "Are WE ready??"As a. read more...


18/05/2016

Adagio - It's the Little Things ( 5/18/2016 )

Having not been a lifelong sailor, I am often (very often) amazed by the solutions to seemingly difficult problems which come forth out of innovative necessity. I remember the day I innocently retrieved our anchor from the deep waters of Soper's Hole, Tortola only to find a second anchor tangled in ours. Now where did THAT come from???It did explain why the windlass seemed to labor a lot, but I didn't have a clue how to separate them. The owner of the other boat, obviously more seasoned than I, already had his engine started and was single-handing his larger boat to make sure that he didn't get set too far off.I lowered the chain back down to the bottom and ,moved forward a few yards, hoping that dragging them along would separate them, and it did. However, when I retrieved our anchor. read more...


18/05/2016

Hejira - A prudent start

Extracting Hejira from her cosy berth was tight with only a foot or so to spare as we turned to leave the harbour, but we managed it with aplomb, grateful that we had squeezed in and spent 3 relatively calm nights inside.The start within the harbour was curious as the course was dead to windward (usual) but with only a couple of tacks possible before the dead upwind narrow Town Cut and channel out to sea - we had misgivings. I think the organisers wanted the spectacle of all the yachts under sail but with the inevitable motoring through the cut and channel with flogging sails, there seemed little point and in our opinion, good seamanship favoured motoring across the start line, staying out of trouble with good visibility and raising sail once clear of the channel. It involved less than. read more...


18/05/2016

Ximera - Leg 2, Log Day 2 – Pleasant stay and well underway

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Ximera - Leg 2, Log Day 2 – Pleasant stay and well underway
Ximera - Leg 2, Log Day 2 – Pleasant stay and well underway
18/05/2016

Second Wind - YB Connect Message from Sylvie Furtado

Hello followers:We had a good starts yesterday after a little challenge. There was a line wrapped around our anchor. Jeff quickly came to the rescue with his pocket knife and freed us up to leave on time. Smooth sailing through last night and this morning. Moving south to avoid for cared strong wind. Enjoying good food and getting back into the routine. Crew is sending their regards to family and friends. Sylvie--Transmitted by Sylvie Furtado using YB Connect (www.ybtracking.com). 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...


18/05/2016

Exody - May 17th: Bound for the Chesapeake

It is midnight and the three quarter moon is filtering through the cloud cover - it's pattern just like an inverted rippled sand beach.The canopy masks the stars but an aircraft trail, straight as an arrow crosses, the sky and the moonlight reflects off the sea. One hundred miles out from Bermuda, Exody is goosewinging downwind rarely reaching five knots in less than ten knots of wind with a half knot adverse current.It seems too good a sail to spoil with the engine but too slow to reach port before a forecast weather system lands late Saturday!I am hanging my hopes on an imminent veer and increase in wind.Thirty six boats left St George's - thirty on ARC Europe for the Azores with a formal race start at 11.00, the other six in their own time on ARC USA. Pure Elegance and Viva left last. read more...


18/05/2016

Exody - May 15th: Blowy in Bermuda

It's Sunday lunchtime - the torrential rain and blustery westerly winds are abating and we may get out to be tourists.We are one of a dozen boats rafted up choc-a-bloc in the St George's Town Dock. It is a picture postcard little town with quaint historic buildings, a town crier. All roofs here like ribbed icing on a cake- kept pristine as water collectors.We arrived two days ago, motoring in most of the last 100 miles.The narrow 'Town Cut' is big enough for cruise ships but felt constrained to us.Queued then tied up at the customs dock for straightforward clearance then a very short hop to the town dock.Soon discovered the well sorted Yacht Services facility with internet, cafes and quite the highest quality toilets we have seen anywhere.Sadly no showers but that's maybe because we can. read more...


18/05/2016

Tinia - extreme

Here we go again. After a fantastic start yesterday we are flying along on the edge of a massive high pressure playing a weather routinversion of hot potato. Extreme sleeping ,was played by us all last night ,the game where you find a vertical surface and try to sleep on it,as always Luke has mastered this new discipline and taken it to a new level. Cooking should be fun today. No fish caught yet. jl. read more...


18/05/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 129: "Make Hay While the Sun Shines"

Another good day on the road to recovery - Elaine managed to do some of her back exercises and spend a little more time walking around and sitting up. She was able to make good use of her time out of bed by sorting and starting the upload of all our photos from our time in Nuku Hiva, Rangiroa and Tahiti. She's hoping to finish the remainder of the uploads tomorrow, so take a peek at the Gallery. While Elaine decided to "make hay while the sun shines",Roy decided to do the same thing and investigate the intermittent problem we've had with the generator. His troubles were richly rewarded when he eventually found the root cause - a messy and time-consuming job to fix, but at least it's resolved at last!A chat to Elaine's sister, Dianne, this morning and a visit from Cattiva this afternoon. read more...


18/05/2016

Aliena - Martes 17 Mayo 2016

2ºdia de BoraBora a SuwarrowVamos a motor y hemos hecho 140nm. De momento hay poco viento.Suwarrow es un atolon de las 15 islas que forman el archipielago de las Islas Cook, sitadas en el triangulo central del Pacífico, son de cultura Polinesia. Esta deshabitado, bueno en realidad vive un guarda y su familia durante ocho meses al año, en época de huracanes se van. Dicen que estas islas tienen las aguas mas limpias de toda el Pacifico y creo que Suwarrow tiene tiburones grandes. Yo me pregunto para que vamos.Carmen. read more...


17/05/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 128: On the Road to Recovery

It seems some patience, taking heed of good doctor's advise, TLC, medication, being able to speak to / video conference family and enjoying the surprise arrival of Cattiva has gone a long way to improving Elaine's back and disposition. She was able to walk unassisted for the first time today, albeit for very short distances around Paw Paw. The fact that she felt well enough to start tidying up around Paw Paw, while "supervising" poor Roy, was a great indication and reliefto both of us that she was definitely on the road to recovery! Then again, Roy might have a different opinion!. read more...


17/05/2016

Aliena - Lunes 16 Mayo 2016

1 dia navegacion a SuwarrowA las 16h hemos salido desde Bora Bora con destino a Suwarrow. Tenemos 600nm por delante y nos costará unos 5 o 6 dias, de momento a motor por falta de viento. Nos hemos unido al segundo grupo de la salida oficial desde Raiateia, si bien tan solo han salido tres barcos y nos hemos unido dos barcos mas. Por delante va el primer grupo que salieron hace tres dias. Se han quedado entre Raiatea y Tahiti unos siete barcos que no siguen y hay otros en Bora Bora que saldran mañana. Esta vez parece que la organización de la travesia no le ha gustado a muchos.Carmen. read more...


17/05/2016

Hejira - How to guarantee a reservation

The second half of our 24 hour scooter hire enabled us to access the town for some chores more easily than on foot. We paid the whopping $375 docking fee for our 4 night stay and we managed to do a final shop. Making the most of the scooters, we explored St.George’s island, swam in Clearwater Bay and visited several forts along the coast. We ‘cleared out’ conveniently as the officials visited the marina and we attended the skippers briefing. The start line will be within the harbour and we will all have to thread our way through the Town Cut before exiting down the channel out to sea. This is supposed to provide a spectacle for the locals who apparently line the shores. The ARC USA fleet were encouraged to set off last night rather than joining the start today as there is some bad. read more...


Hejira - How to guarantee a reservation
Hejira - How to guarantee a reservation
17/05/2016

Lerina - Belle journée pour faire de la voile

Il fait beau, la mer est belle et malgré le vent faible, ce sera une belle journée de voile. Nous partons a 11h ce matin pour Horta aux Acores et nous goûtons à nos dernières senteurs et couleurs tropicales avant d'affronter la grisaille, l'humidité et le froid. Michel nous a indique nos premiers waypoints. Vers le nord pour 30 milles d'abord puis vers l'ENE ..... Prochaines nouvelles depuis quelque part sur l'eau .....Tout va toujours bien à bord. Pascal. read more...


17/05/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 47. At Sea. 15.01.48S 156.61.308W

Friday 14 May.After a windy night, up at six and prepared for leaving the Society Islands. Last trip to the supermarket to use up some CFPs, more chocolate, cheese and bread and oranges.Then cast off as the Dream Yacht Charter Yachts were circling like sharks for their 8.00am reservations on the quay.We set off 2 hours ahead of the "race" start time and were in Passe Paipai when the heavens opened and we were drenched within minutes.Fortunately we could still see the buoys as the pass is quite narrow and it was at this moment that we learnt of Carango's engine failure and rescue by Into The Blue.We really feel for Peter and Vicky as the problem may be serious enough to require parts from Volvo or even a new engine.We will really miss them, as will everyone else, but thank goodness they. read more...


17/05/2016

Starblazer - 16/05/2016 - Bermuda

We did eventually reach Bermuda in the very early hours of Saturday after a very frustrating passage.It was frustrating for numerous reasons: the winds were too light to sail by for about three days; the water pump generously shared the engine cooling water with the oil (again); the replacement water pump didn't want to share its water with the cooling system; the water maker decided to stop pumping water through the membranes in less than 10 minutes.For the last 42 hours we motored at 2000 revs and, though the water pump wasn't putting much water through the system, the temperature readings at various points in the system remained acceptable.Yards from the Customs dock the overheat alarm went off!The engine overheated when the revs were very low.Surprisingly the Customs and Immigration. read more...


16/05/2016

Hejira - Chips

What a good decision it was to hire scooters for 24 hours. They were booked for 8.30 in the morning but torrential rain prompted a phone call and a delay in their collection until lunch time by which time the weather had brightened and we set off to explore the islands. Early caution gave way to 3 Barry Sheene alikes speeding down the Bermudan lanes. This is a BEAUTIFUL place! The lanes are bordered by hedges of Oleander and Hibiscus all in bloom, the properties are all well kept (some palatial) and the gardens are all manicured. There is a dated charm about the place with the exception of Hamilton town itself which is really quite cosmopolitan. The beaches are stunning and there is a plethora of bays and coves populated by moored boats. It is ‘off the beaten track’ but well worth the. read more...



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