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Sea The Stars - log day 2
Sea The Stars - log day 2
17/07/2017

Sea The Stars - log day 1

We have joined the Arc Baltic Rally!IMG_20170711_165958 - Copy. read more...


Sea The Stars - log day 1
Sea The Stars - log day 1
17/07/2017

Jambo - Ramble around the ramparts!

Enjoyed a guided tour of Visby with Peter our tour guide- a very beautiful town Back to Jambo now to get ready for the next leg to Tallinn via Gotska Sandonwhere hopefully we can see a seal colony. Crew may need the cato ninetails as sleeping off beer at lunchtime!IMG_0726 IMG_0727. read more...


Jambo - Ramble around the ramparts!
Jambo - Ramble around the ramparts!
Jambo - Ramble around the ramparts!
Jambo - Ramble around the ramparts!
17/07/2017

Lexington - Port Vila tour

We went on a tour that was optional thru World Arc. Most all the people went on the tour. It was very tourist oriented but enjoyable. We went to an area that was to demonstrate a typical village. They had good demonstrations on village life and how they use natural resources to survive. They used spider webs wrapped around forked sticks to catch small bait fish. Then they made a type of fish hook out of chicken bones to catch fish. The hooks were not hooked in shape or barbed. They let the fish swallow the hook deep in their gut before they attempted to bring in the fish. They made fishing line out of twisted tree bark. They also had a fire walking demonstration. I am sure there are a few tricks that I did not pick up. They walk across hot lava rocks. He was careful to hold his toes up.. read more...


16/07/2017

Lexington - Dillon Bay

Here are some more photos of our lunch at Dillon Bay . read more...


16/07/2017

Lexington - Williams Bay Village

 We anchored in Dillon Bay near a village called Williams Bay. Their chief, Jason, was very nice and receptive. They actually wanted to have their village a formal stop for the Arc. The Arc has stopped at a nearby village called Resolution Bay and has given a lot of support for the village and school. I am sure this village sees this as a good possibility for them to also benefit. World Cruising had contacted them just to get permission for us to have a potluck on the beach. The village escalated it into offering tours and a meal with the village. One tour was to caves where they used to leave their dead. There was a second cave where the bones of past chiefs were. This was all done before the missionaries changed their practices. I will show some pictures. Bob. read more...


16/07/2017

Jambo - Sunset on our way to Gotland

Sunsets have been a real treat - this was one as we made our way to Gotland PhilipIMG_0720. read more...


Jambo - Sunset on our way to Gotland
Jambo - Sunset on our way to  Gotland
15/07/2017

Lexington - Mixing of Cultures.

So I will probably show some of my ignorance, but I tend to notice things that do not fit the picture. Like the first grade lessons of looking at five objects and picking the one that does not fit. We were at the volcano and the people running the tour were doing their best to present their culture. They had dancers dressed in grass outfits doing native dances. It was very enjoyable. The "no fit" was several of the westernized workers of the tour company joined in dressed for work in westernized outfits. At another event with similar dancing and grass skirts etc there were examples of westernization. I spoke with someone who had been to the same event for the World Arc two years ago. At that time the dancers wore nothing but their traditional leaf wrapped around their penis and. read more...


Misto - Mount Yasur erupting at dusk
Misto - Mount Yasur erupting at dusk
14/07/2017

Misto - Days 186-188 July 12-14: Volcano, gift giving and the Holy Hill

Mount Yasur is billed as the world's most accessible volcano. The adventure starts with a 4 wheel drive in pick-up trucks across very rough tracks through the bush. Regrettably, it was drizzling and trying to rain so those in the back of the truck got wet!We crossed expansive, impressive ash plains. According to the available guide books and experiences of past visitors it would be an unsupervised walk up to the crater rim. However Vanuatu is starting to try and develop itself as a tourist destination and so it is being "developed". There was a short display of dancing and kava giving, however for me it lacked authenticity. One aspect of the development which was welcome was the provision large yellow raincoats. We drove further up the mountain and then walked up a steep, concreted. read more...


Misto - We received beautiful woven hats as parting the gift giving ceremony
Misto - We received beautiful woven hats as parting the gift giving ceremony
Misto - Gift giving in Port Resolution. We received beautiful baskets of fruit and vegetables as well as woven bags (in the background) in exchange for our gifts.
Misto - Gift giving in Port Resolution.  We received beautiful baskets of fruit and vegetables  as well as woven bags (in the background) in exchange for our gifts.
Misto - Horse riding Vanuatu style.
Misto - Horse riding Vanuatu style.
Misto - Dancers in Port Resolution
Misto - Dancers in Port Resolution
Misto - Gift giving at Port Resolution school
Misto - Gift giving at Port Resolution school
14/07/2017

Lexington - 7/14/17 Leaving Tanna

We are underway, headed to Erromango Island, part of Vanuatu. We will anchor in Dillons Bay where we will have a pot luck lunch at noon tomorrow. Terry and Ben seem to be doing extremely well. We could not ask for better crew. They have fit in with the other boats as well as us. I am sending a couple of parting photos of a few of the children of Tanna. May fair winds fill your sails with happy children! Bob SVLEXINGTON . read more...


14/07/2017

Timshel - Fiji to Vanuatu Day 3 and arrival

Another nice day for sailing, but the wind got up again so we were charging along reefed down for our 3rd night at sea.I think the first boat got to Port Resolution, Tanna at 20.00, others arriving during the night, we finished at 05.28 in the morning, just behind Cesarina with only Ain't Fancy (who joined at Fiji and is now the smallest boat) still to come.We anchored in the dark at the back of the fleet, but we got up again after a very short sleep and moved much closer in next to Misto, then went ashore to do Customs clearance and money exchange at the Port Resolution "Yacht Club".I reckon that was 2 days 19 hours 28 minutes for the 450 nm passage and we had some good daily runs of 155 and 168 nm (by GPS as having been reset as under reading the log is now over reading).. read more...


14/07/2017

Timshel - Tanna Port Resolution

The early arrivals at the head of the fleet got to do the volcano trip on the Tuesday afternoon.The slow coaches had a lovely guided walk around the village.It is a beautiful setting, they have lovely gardens but they are rebuilding after the destruction caused by cyclone Pam 2 years ago.Most of the houses are built of plaited palms, easy to replace.We went to a beautiful beach - white sand beach (as opposed to the black sand at the anchorage) and several of us booked to eat at the little restaurant there the following night.It was great meeting the children as they came out of school.Next day Steve took Ros (from Misto) and I over to the cliffs in the dinghy to see if we could get a warm swim near where the hot springs came out of the cliff - and indeed we found a warm pool among the. read more...


13/07/2017

Lexington - 7/13/17. School Visit and Gifts

We are still in Tanna. We had a full day today. The first thing we did was to visit the school and present gifts that several of the boats had brought. We had managed to get 8 laptop computers for the school. Sam made contact with Lexmark who were willing to donate the computers that they had retired from service. Terry and Ben were able to transport the computers thru customs and overweight baggage to get them to the island. The school had 5 computers on their wish list. They were most surprised to see 8 laptops delivered in one gift. They already had computers but we surpassed their wishes. I will send a photo or two. May fair winds fill your sails with acts of kindness! Bob. read more...


13/07/2017

Jambo - Round church

Good tour of Bornholm with Ross which stopped at this churchIMG_0718. read more...


Jambo - Round church
Jambo - Round church
12/07/2017

Lexington - Tanna Volcano, More Photos!

Here are a couple more photos of our volcano tour. Bob . read more...


12/07/2017

Lexington - Tanna Volcano

We had a tour to the Mount Yasur volcano on Tanna that has been erupting for the past 800 years. It is a tourist attraction on Tanna. World Cruising had arranged the tour. Unfortunately it rained off and on. Fortunately sailors do well contending with weather and no one complained. We rode in pickup trucks to the site near the volcano and then hiked up to the area where we could see eruptions. It was an impressive site. I will attach a couple of photos. May fair winds fill your sails with benign eruptions! Bob. read more...


12/07/2017

Lexington - 7/12/17 Vanuatu

We are enjoying the day. We have a tour lined up to go to the volcano this afternoon. It is supposed to be the main attraction. I walked around the village a little today. I visited the clinic that was sponsored by the Methodist Church. They had a nurse who was from the village and retired back to the village after having worked in a larger village and hospital. They had a delivery room and beds for 4 overnight patients. If the patients were very sick they were transferred to a bigger village. If that was not good enough, then they could be flown to a large facility. The first photo is the delivery room. The next is nurse Nancy. May fair winds fill your sails with people as nice as Nancy! Bob . read more...


12/07/2017

Lexington - 7/12/17 Children of Vanuatu

Here are a few more photos of children in the village. The first is a boy with a bread like item made of yams. Next is a little girl eating rice at a big group meal that is common. The last is children pumping water from the well.   May fair winds fill your sails with happy children! Bob . read more...


12/07/2017

Lexington - 7/12/2017 Village Tour

We went to the village on Tanna. One of the villagers took us around while providing a little information about the village.    BobThis photo is of ovens that were built by an NGO that were made from local materials of clay, sand, and empty beer bottles. We were told that you cook on top.This next photo is a restaurant which seated 8-15 depending on friendly you were. This last photo is a great contrast on technology. In it is a piece of cabinetry salvaged from a yacht, wood that was sawn with a chainsaw and a thatch hut for a home.. read more...


12/07/2017

Lexington - 7/12/17 Tania Island, Vanuatu

We are on the island of Tania which is part of Vanuatu. We had a very nice day getting familiar with the island and village. I am sending a photo of Terry and I.  Bob. read more...


12/07/2017

Jambo - Dueodde beach

This beach on Bornholm is famous for its white sands - sadly no sun out as Jay was talking about a swimFingers crossed but winds look good for the next leg up to GotlandIMG_0713. read more...


11/07/2017

Aurora Polaris - Bilder fra Vanuatu (1) - World ARC 2017-2018

Noen bilder av hva vi har opplevd og sett på Vanuatu de første dagene.Dette blir bare litt av inntrykkene vi har de første to dagene.#end DSCN8459 DSCN8543 DSC_7616 DSC_7613 DSC_7648 DSC_7697. read more...


Aurora Polaris - Bilder fra Vanuatu (1) - World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - Bilder fra Vanuatu (1) -  World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - Bilder fra Vanuatu (1) - World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - Bilder fra Vanuatu (1) -  World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - Bilder fra Vanuatu (1) - World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - Bilder fra Vanuatu (1) -  World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - Bilder fra Vanuatu (1) - World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - Bilder fra Vanuatu (1) -  World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - Bilder fra Vanuatu (1) - World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - Bilder fra Vanuatu (1) -  World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - Bilder fra Vanuatu (1) - World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - Bilder fra Vanuatu (1) -  World ARC 2017-2018
11/07/2017

Aurora Polaris - Bilder fra Vanuatu (1) - World ARC 2017-2018

Noen bilder av hva vi har opplevd og sett på Vanuatu de første dagene.Dette blir bare litt av inntrykkene vi har de første to dagene.#end. read more...


11/07/2017

Aurora Polaris - 11. Juli 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Denne dagen var dedikert til innsjekk, pengeveksling ogtelefonkortkjøp. Kapteinen dro inn med lettbåten, og et par timer etterpå varhan tilbake. Han manglet papirene fra Fiji. Da ville også kaptinnen bli med. Vidro lettbåten opp på stranda, med fantastisk hjelp fra Gailin (den nyeARC-medarbeideren).Yacht-club’en var et sjarmerende trehus, med sofa,spisebord som for anledningen var innsjekkingsskranke, bar, og et lite«tekjøkken». Utenfor spankulerte hønemor med sine små kyllinger. Området varfin, kortklipt plen, busker med forskjellige farger løv, og utleiehytter hvorARC-medarbeiderne bodde. De hadde fått den fineste hytta med utsikt over helebukta. Det hele var pittoresk-fint, ikke overdådig, menvakkert.Ettermiddagen skulle vi bruke til to aktiviteter. Den ene gruppaskulle til vulkanen,. read more...


11/07/2017

Aurora Polaris - 10. Juli 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Ikke så mye å fortelle fra resten av seilasen, annet enn at vi fortsatte med farten vi hadde, og kom fram til Vanuatu, på Tanna, ved 18-tida lokal tid. Da var vi den fjerde båten som kom inn, forbigått av «Hanna» et par timer før ankomst. Det gjør ikke så mye, for Hanna er i en annen klasse enn oss, - hun er katamaran.I bukta vi ankret opp, kunne vi se vulkanen ruve, med glødende lys på toppen.#end. read more...


11/07/2017

Aurora Polaris - 9. Juli 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Natta gikk så det suste. Hele dagen har vi seilt i teten, som eneste mann/konebåt. De som ligger foran oss, er «Arabela» og «Kymothoe», begge bemannet med konkurranseseilere. Arabela har to russere om bord. Vi har fått veldig god kontakt med dem, og har vært deres «naboer» ved flere anledninger. «Kymothoe» har tre menn om bord. De kjenner vi ikke så veldig godt, for de har ved flere anledninger valgt andre ruter enn oss. Nå, andre kvelden, ligger altså vi som nummer tre. Vi har en katamaran, «Hanna», som ligger litt bak og lenger sør enn oss. Vi mistenker at de har valgt ei sørlig rute for så å snu nordover og få vinden bakfra det siste stykket. De er nemlig produsenter for parasail og vil naturligvis sjekke ut alle mulighetene og fordelene med slik seilføring. Vi har en perfekt. read more...


11/07/2017

Aurora Polaris - 8. Juli 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Avreise! Vi måtte komme oss ut fra brygga før det ble lavvann, for det er så grunt at vi ikke ville ta sjansen på å sitte fast. Da vi kom ut i bukta, ville kapteinen ta den dobben som lå nærmest revet. Kaptinnen gjorde ham oppmerksom på at den hadde vi blitt frarådet å ta tidligere, men kapteinen var ikke til å rikke! «Vi skal ikke være der sååå lenge!» Kaptinnen måtte bare gi seg, og idet vi var på vei mot den dobben, var det en som ropte at det der IKKE var noen dobbe! Vi ble henvist til en annen, og da gav han seg!Avsparket for regattaen var kl.10. Vi gjorde oss klar, og snart var vi i gang igjen. Det kom en hurtigbåt utover med vinkende venner om bord. Rart å reise fra dem, vi som har hatt så mye sammen! I hate all those goodbyes!Vi hadde lite vind til å begynne med. Aurora Polaris. read more...


11/07/2017

Aurora Polaris - 7. Juli 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Det er fredag og siste dag i Fiji. På programmet står utsjekk, skippers briefing og grilling sammen med vennene våre. Jeg går lettvint over utsjekken. Den tok flere timer, og briefingen en og en halv.Grillingen var slik at vi bestilte en meny vi ville ha, og den ble fraktet til ei lita øy som henger sammen med brygga vi lå ved. Det vi da gjorde, var å henvende oss ved en disk. Vi oppgav navn på båten vår, og fikk utlevert en pakke med alt vi trengte, samt kniver og gafler og tallerkener. Så grillet vi selv det vi hadde bestilt. Drikke kunne vi også kjøpe der, eller vi kunne ta med vår egen drikke. Veldig smart! Kaffe, kake og is, tok vi om bord i vår båt.#end. read more...


11/07/2017

Aurora Polaris - 6. Juli 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Tidlig på morgenen tok vi hurtigbåten inn til Denarau igjen. Kapteinen måtte ha seg ei ny skjorte til det svarte fijiskjørtet sitt. Så fikk vi formiddagen på ny handlerunde, lunsj og retur ved 14-tida, akkurat nok tid til å vinke til Shamal som var på vei ut til Musket Cove for å ta avskjed med oss og resten av «World ARC-fleet» som seiler videre til Vanuatu og Australia.Om kvelden hadde vi en avskjedsmiddag med tradisjonsmat fra Fiji, samt en opptreden av lokale dansere. Til slutt ble alle de avtroppende båtene fra flåten vår tatt fram for at vi skulle se hvem de var og ønske dem lykke til med året som ligger foran dem. De skal gjøre forskjellige ting her i området. Noen seiler til andre områder – kanskje også til New Zealand, siden det ikke ligger i ruten til «World ARC». Andre skal. read more...


11/07/2017

Aurora Polaris - 5. Juli 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Vi fikk komme inn i havna ved 13.30-tida. Da stod en hel velkomstkomité for å ta linene våre. Stor gjensynsglede etter fri-seiling i to uker i Fiji-øyene.Musket Cove er et feriested for Australere og New Zealendere.Der var både restauranter og resort, en riktig fin plass å feriere for familier, siden det er et stort havnebasseng som blir delvis tørrlagt to ganger i døgnet. Dermed er det relativt trygt å la unger boltre seg på sandbunnen, og lære å svømme på et ikke altfor dypt vann. De øvde seg på padlebrett, kajakk og kanoer. I tillegg var det kort vei til korallrevene for de som heller ville snorkle. Det er kort og godt et lite ferieparadis!Vi hadde prøvd å få legge båten vår her over til neste år, men siden de ikke har besvart henvendelsene våre, går vi nå videre til Vanuatu og. read more...


11/07/2017

Aurora Polaris - 4. Juli 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Vi forlot Denarau på ettermiddagen. Da var skroget ferdig vasket, kjøleskapet ute av drift og drivstofftankene fulle. I tillegg ei brukket kaptinnetå! Ikke så enkelt når det står badestige i veien når fortøyningslinene må kastes ut, og det raskt! Det er da man ønsker at man hadde litt mer mannskap!Ankom Musket Cove ved 5-tida, men fikk ikke komme inn i havna, for de var redde for at det ikke var dypt nok vann til oss. Dermed la vi oss på bøye utenfor.#end. read more...


11/07/2017

Aurora Polaris - 3. Juli 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Mandagen har gått med til arbeidsfolk igjen. I dag ble kompressoren sveiset og montert, og det tok halve dagen. I tillegg har en mann på kaien fått i oppdrag å vaske skroget og rubbe og bone det. Han har gått rundt og spurt etter vaskemidler og filler – og drikkevann, og jeg har måttet fortelle ham at det ikke er så lett å få tak i noe som helst når kjøkkenet er blokkert av arbeidsfolk. Han ville ha iskaldt vann, og jeg sa at da måtte jeg ta av flaska vi bruker til kjøleelement i kjøleskapet, for det virker jo ikke! (Han fikk av kjøleelementet)#end. read more...


11/07/2017

Aurora Polaris - 2. Juli 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Søndag skulle vi ha kjørt til et raftingsenter, men kjølefolkene kom denne dagen også. De gikk på timelønn – dobbel – og utrettet ingen målbar ting. I tillegg hadde de glemt å ta med seg en ny kompressor, og da de skulle ekstratur til kontoret for å hente gass, tok de ikke med seg kompressoren som også stod der! Dermed måtte de komme tilbake mandag morgen!Vi kjørte av gårde rundt middagstider, med kurs mot Suva, hovedstaden. Da vi kom ned i sørvestre hjørne, kjørte vi inn på øya for å komme tilbake til Nadi via fjell og daler. Lite visste vi om veikvaliteten, og det var kanskje bra, for ellers hadde vi nok ikke begynt på den lange veien.Vi kjørte innover på asfaltvei, men ganske snart begynte grusveien. Den gikk også gradvis over i pukk, og de kan ikke ha hørt om veiskraping. Den fine,. read more...