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10/03/2017

Aurora Polaris - 8-9. Mars 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Vooolare, o-oh, Cantare, o-o-o-oh… Nå flyr vi med vinden! Ble nesten litt redd, for den er kraftig, særlig om nettene når jeg har vakt alene. Da jeg ble vant til den, var det ikke så ille, for den er jevn og fin. I går hadde vi litt rotete sjø, så vi ble lengt litt rundt omkring, men det har rettet på seg. Nå går vi med jevnt over 7 knop. De andre vi sammenligner oss med, tok oss kraftig igjen forrige natt. Da hadde jeg «pyset» litt ut, og ville vi skulle redusere seilføringen. Var redd for squallene som pleier å komme om natta. Nå guffer vi litt på igjen. Tvilsomt om vi klarer å ta igjen forspranget de andre fikk, men vi havner i alle fall ikke lenger bak.Livet om bord går sin gang. Vi spiser, vasker opp, sover, er med på radiorunden med de andre i følget vårt, leser litt, og nå er jeg. read more...


10/03/2017

Lexington - 3/9/17. 9°. 33' south. 104° 30' west

It has been a fine day. My weather prediction for possible rain was in error. The wind has held up nicely. Our pace has held up. The fish have not cooperated well at all. Sam has one line out. I have one line out with two flying fish as bait. I was thinking that natural bait skimming along the surface would attract some attention. I still have a few hours and the best fishing is at sunrise and sunset. I have been shut out for 8 days. We do not adjust our speed for the best trolling speed. We just sail along as fast as we can. The fish will just have to catch up with me. One boat cleaned 36 flying fish carcasses off their deck this morning. You would think something was chasing them. I have spent most of the day studying a course book from Power Squadron on celestial navigation. I am a. read more...


10/03/2017

Timshel - Galapagos to Marquesas Day 9

Still sailing across an empty sea, broad reach, white sails.Wind up and down a bit, rain at night but sunny day.Looked up the great circle course on the chart plotter, we do dip down below 10 deg S, would do it on he paper chart but we only have a Mercator projection.The interesting thing about the paper charts is that there are lines of magnetic variation marked as it changes as you go across the chart.At the moment we're at about 8deg 50' East, quite a contrast to the 15 deg West the other side of Panama and the Caribbean.In the UK the Variation has declined over the years we've head a boat from 8deg W down to virtually nothing so I guess it will go East there soon.Steve's trivia for today concerned Joshua Slocum sailing across the Pacific in the Spray, and meeting the widow of Robert. read more...


10/03/2017

Hanna - Galapagos-Marquesas : Rausche-Fahrt - der Wind hat ein Einsehen

Die Freude über das alte Parasail und entsprechender Fahrt endet leider kurz vor Mitternacht am Sonntag (5.März). Ein Riss im Segel verhilft uns zu unerwarteter nächtlicher Aktivität. Parasail bergen, Groß und Windseeker (große Genua) setzen, und weiter geht’s. Der Wind hält sich bei 15kn den ganzen folgenden Tag und wir genießen die Motoren-Ruhe an Bord. Gegen Abend legt der Wind weiter zu und fordert den Windseeker. Dafür werden wir mit fast 10kn Fahrt bei ca. 20-25kn Wind belohnt. Nach einer fast 500nm langen „Anreise“ haben wir somit endlich das windstabile Gebiet erreicht. Der Wind aus vornehmlich Ost beschert uns ein angenehmen Raumschot Kurs. Das Segeln hat tatsächlich begonnen und bei 220°-240 kommen wir auch unserem Ziel näher. Außer uns Dreien an Bord sichten wir nicht wirklich. read more...


09/03/2017

Lexington - 3/9/17. 9°. 26' south. 103°. 33' west. hunting for bear

I am tired of not catching fish. There were three moderate sized flying fish on the deck this morning so I decided to put them to good use. I have some wire for fishing leaders (hand made). The problem with fresh fish as bait is keeping them on the line. People who know what they are doing will salt dry their bait fish to harden them up so they stay on better. I passed a wire thru the length of the fish, attached a large hook on the end of the wire, then pulled the hook back into the fish. I then wrapped the wire around the fish several times to hold it. I even passed the wire around the wings to try to make them stand out naturally. I did a second bait fish and attached it to be behind the first fish by about 12 feet. I am hoping that they will stay on and be attractive to something.. read more...


09/03/2017

Lexington - 3/9/17. 9°. 24 ‘ south. 103°. 23 ‘ west

I have the 6-10 a.m. watch for now. It is a slightly cool morning with a 10-12 knot southeast wind, from 120 degrees. I just remembered that I should explain wind direction. The saying to remember is “wind is from where she blows, current is to where she goes”. So a southeast wind is coming from the southeast. We are headed at 260 degrees which would be called west southwest. Directly west is 270 degrees and we are headed a little south of that but still more west. If we had a favorable current, that is carrying us to our destination, it would be called a westsouthwest current. It is not as confusing as I have made it. We have good weather information but that is for the whole big area. I try to figure out what we are having locally. We have high cirrus clouds above us. Cirrus clouds are. read more...


09/03/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob 3/8/17 20:58. 9° 12 ‘ south. 102°. 11’ West

Well we have established a reputation that is going to be hard to beat. During our roll call, at the end we discuss anything else of interest to anyone in the fleet. Tonight a boat named Zeeland offered thanks to Lexington for the bl**j** that fixed his generator. Since all ages may read this, I left out 4 letters. As it turned out he had a problem with his generator. He thought that it would get hot when his boat was heeled (tilted to the side by wind). Often people will offer possible things to try to fix the problem. I had suggested a few things to try. I suggested he use his asymmetrical spinnaker which would not heel the boat that much. I also suggested that he clean out his raw water strainer ( straining sea water that is pumped into the boat to cool the generator) and if there was. read more...


Lexington - Dandy Don’s Beans are a Hit on Lexington
Lexington - Dandy Don’s Beans are a Hit on Lexington
09/03/2017

Lexington - Dandy Don’s Beans are a Hit on Lexington

Long ago and far from my present location a young whitewater paddler “Dandy Don Spangler” taught me the virtues of a simple meal of “beans and cornbread”. Tonight we enjoyed the same and toasted our friend Don for making this meal possible. Ann “looked” the beans a couple days ago. Let them soak them under my bunk for a day or so, pressure cooked them with a ham hock Jim Dinger cut up and tonight we dined on them with stovetop cornpone (cornbread). Thanks “Dandy Don”. read more...


Lexington - Flat Stanley is Sailing to French Polynesia
Lexington - Flat Stanley is Sailing to French Polynesia
09/03/2017

Lexington - Flat Stanley is Sailing to French Polynesia

We are on the longest sailing leg of our sail around the world. We left the Galapagos on March 01. We had good sailing for the first few hours as we made our way South of the Equator. Once we left the Galapagos heading towards a latitude of 10S we ran out of wind to power the sailboat. The water was pretty much like a lake and we had to use the diesel auxiliary engine to make the boat move towards our destination, Hiva Oa in the Marquesa Island Group of French Polynesia. From the Galapagos to Hiva Oa the distance is about 3100 Nautical Miles. We motored for several days through the Doldrums. There is not much wind in the Doldrums. Sailors of old avoided this area whenever possible before ships had auxiliary engines. We motored slowly to minimize our fuel usage. Once we reached a Latitude. read more...


09/03/2017

Exocet Strike - Exocet Strike 8-9 March 2017

Yesterday we knew we were still in the ITCZ or doldrums, lots of big grey clouds, squalls and often very little wind. Then in the afternoon the wind started to stabilise the clouds lifted a bit and we were on our way. By midnight we put the third reef in since the winds were forecast to go further forward and build. By reefing early we made the boats motion and heel much more comfortable and didn't slow down. Earlier in the day I had swapped over from the low speed to the high speed Duogen propellor to endure we didn't break the shaft weak link.We are now averaging 8 - 9 knots over the ground and the current could go as high as plus four, which will give us an average speed of 9-10 knots, that will be impressive if it happens!We saw our fellow Warc boat Golden Dragon on AIS this morning. read more...


09/03/2017

Timshel - Galapagos to Marquesas Day 8

We have been at sea for a week now and everyone seems to be having a good sail. A shower of flying fish arrived on the deck, a couple even found there way below - must have flown in through the middle hatch.Steve was net controller and entertained folk with the curious tale of the Ile Clipperton which are north of us.Misto and Zeeland have fixed their generators, is there any in the fleet that have not broken at some point.Laura Dawn brought to our attention a yellow weather buoy right in our path, guess you don't expect anything right out here, but it will be a little while before Timshel gets that far.We had our best 24 hrs - 152 nm logged, and 178 nm made good towards our destination - there is a favourable current.Wind and sea got up by tea time so we reefed a bit for the night -. read more...


09/03/2017

Skyelark of London - 3rd of the way today

Well the wind has finally arrived! After a very slow and gentle motoring start out of Galapagos we are now happy to report that the SE trade winds are in full flow and whooshing us across the Pacific at a good rate of knots. Passing through the remainder of the doldrums the other day gave us a day of rain and overcast skies, but the boat certainly enjoyed the fresh water rinse and it hasn't actually rained on us since Colon in Panama, so can't really complain too much....Speeds have been in the high 8s a lot of the time and a noon run today of 195 miles has been great. Now just reached a third of the way to the Marquesas and we have been promised flap jacks tomorrow from Dan who is on mother watch. It's great sailing out here with full sail including the staysail and a couple of days ago. read more...


Skyelark of London - 3rd of the way today
Skyelark of London - 3rd of the way today
08/03/2017

Laura Dawn - Pacific Log 5: Stocks are up!

Oh yes, we are truly trading!We've been happily sailing now for over 24 hours with 18 - 22 knots of wind with the odd gust of 24, We think we have finally stumbled across the true trade winds.The seas are little livelier but we are making a good 7 - 10 knots, with an occasional 11 with one reef in the mainsail and a full genoa.We have Owl close by (about 15 miles although we cant see them on the horizon they pop up on AIS from time to time) and we whiled away a few happy hours yesterday afternoon playing radio quiz's! They did much better than us with 4 out of 7 correct answers to our 3 and a half! Its good to have company and hopefully we'll get a chance to redeem ourselves in a re-match.The chicken and bacon pasta bows made Jack a very happy chappy yesterday and we are going for no 32. read more...


08/03/2017

Misto - Dyas 60-61: Musings on Cruising on a long passage

Today is a landmark of sorts. If our original estimate of 21 days for the passage from the Galapagos to the Marquesas is correct, then at midday today we are 1/3 of the way through.Of course it may be longer due to needing to go so far south in order to find the trade winds.But it's always nice to have something to celebrate on board.Over the last 24 hours we finally feel that we have established ourselves in the SE trade winds, got out of the majority of the squalls, and are able to plot a sort-of direct course to Hiva Oa.We estimate that we have used about 40% of our available engine diesel to get this far and we are hoping that future engine use on this passage will be minimal.Of course, the starboard fuel gauge stopped working as we departed the Galapagos so our strategy has been to. read more...


08/03/2017

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

Jeg husker ikke om jeg har nevnt det før, og jeg orker heller ikke å sjekke det, men nå har vi fordelt vaktene slik at vi i «mørketiden» har 6 timer på vakt, og 6 timer av. Det er primært mitt ønske. Jeg behøver å sove sammenhengende, og kjenner at døgnrytmen styres av lyset i mye sterkere grad her hvor dag og natt er like lange, og vi ikke kan kjøre full belysning når vi skal ha nattevakt. Dere som er vant med sjølivet, forstår sikkert hva jeg mener. Vi opererer med røde lykter for ikke å miste nattsynet, og kartplotteren og eventuelle andre skjermer stilles til mørkeste nivå. Noen mener at vi kan sove akkurat når på døgnet vi vil, men det er ikke så lett her i varmen. Jeg sov midt på dagen i dag, og da måtte jeg åpne alle luftekanaler tilgjengelig, og stenge takluken for solen. Da jeg. read more...


08/03/2017

Timshel - Galapagos to Marquesas Day 7

Another day sailing under blue skies, just the flying fish for company.Still reaching with 3 sails set - main, yankee and staysail, making 6 knots or more most of the time, and so far managed to avoid any more squalls. We slowed down temporarily first thing in the morning (by reefing away the yankee) in order to deploy the shark (towed charger), it gets in a terrible fankle if you try letting it out doing more than 2 or 3 knots.The news on the net was of Arabela managing to fix their engine (starter motor), North managing to fix their generator, someone, (Hanna?) caught 3 fish, but Tulla Mhor spent all day cleaning up diesel from a can that had split.Everyone is much more conversational on this leg, genuinely trying to give helpful advice when a boat reports a problem, and a lot of. read more...


08/03/2017

Exocet Strike - Exocet Strike 6-7 March 2017

The wind is still being a bit fickle, and lots of squalls! Hopefully b tonight we should be in a steadier trade wind pattern and just about climbing out of the ITCZ. We should also be getting a good push of current, maybe 2.5 to 3 knots if we are lucky. That will help to propel us in our way!. read more...


08/03/2017

Lexington - 3/8/17. 3 am. 8°. 54' south. 100°. 11' west

So it is my watch again. Getting up at 3 sucks but seeing the sunrise is a good reward. We have had a good night with southeast winds 10-14 knots. Our boat speed is high 6's. My guess is the air temperature is 78-80 but that is a guess. All in all, very pleasant. We are sailing great for my boat. We are trying to be conservative and not break stuff but we are usually 6 knots or above. For a 10 hour period during the day yesterday, we averaged 6.1 knots. The hooker is that we are in with a bunch of good boats and good sailors. When I looked at the position report just issued there just a few boats further from the destination than we were. One of those broke their mast and is catching up and another delayed their start to fix a generator problem. When we were motoring a lot at first we. read more...


08/03/2017

Lexington - Latest News from Lexington

We get position reports each day emailed to us from World Cruising. Each boat has a locator on it called a Yellow Brick which transmits to the satellite our position at the same time each day. The World Cruising Club then tabulates all the data and sends it out by email to each of the boats. One of the statistics that they keep is called 'velocity made good'. This is the velocity or speed you're making to your target location. For example, when we were heading South and not going very much West then the velocity made good to the Western target would be low. Now that we've been able to turn towards the West our course is directly to target. Therefore all of our progress, i.e., our speed is made towards the target therefore our velocity made good is higher. If you look at the. read more...


08/03/2017

Lexington - 3/7/17. 08°. 34 ' S. 98°. 09 ' W

Decisions, decisions. We are now down fairly far south and appear to be in for consistent trade winds in the 10-15 range. Now we need to decide how to sail them. Our wind will be about 120 degrees off our bow on a rhumb line course. Right now we are on a beam reach in 10-12 knots of wind but need to adjust our course about 20 to the west. Things get complicated.. as I have been writing this the winds have dropped to 6-8. Go figure! Our choices are: 1. Regular white sails down wind 2. Regular white sails with wing on wing 3. Two head sails, both poles out 4. Asymmetrical spinnaker.We decided that the others would fly the asymmetrical spinnaker that they can do with little effort without my help. I am doing the radio roll call soon. Little effort means that it is already up and furled on a. read more...


07/03/2017

Laura Dawn - Pacific Log 4: Bows

We seem to have finally found the trade winds and have a steady 12 - 15 knots of breeze from east south east, making 6 knots with the asymmetric up.The squalls have cleared today, although we had a couple of big ones last night and it is sunny if a little hazy.We've discovered that geckos can swim and the debate of the day is which pasta to have for dinner.Jack has settled on bows.LD: 7th March 16:04. read more...


07/03/2017

Exocet Strike - Exocet Strike 6-7 Match 2017

If having a cold at sea wasn't enough, yesterday I developed a slight migraine. I get maybe one every couple of years, just my luck to get it a sea. I do carry mess and if I take them quickly enough and sleep loads it doesn't affect me too much. In the last 36 hours I've probably slept for at least 24 hours. Just as well there are three of us on board to stand watches. I haven't missed one yet.The wind was pretty fickle overnight but it started picking up this morning and we are now averaging over 6.5 knots speed over the ground. Currently our ETA is 7 days but as we get into more favourable current that may drop a bit!John. read more...


07/03/2017

Timshel - Galapagos to Marquesas Day 6

Sailing all day in the sunshine.After passing the 8 S deg mark at midday we bore away onto a beam reach to head more directly towards our destination, with all white sails set; in our case this is Mainsail, Yankee, Staysail.We contemplated bearing away more and hoisting the cruising chute, but at 13 knots of wind a lot of the time this might have been rather close to the limit for that sail, anyway we were making 6 knots or more most of the time, so better to keep the lightweight sail for when we really needed it.A lot of the fleet reported squalls with lightning, a least we just got the torrential rain and rather more wind than most last night.So far today its been fine hopefully it will remain so, but need to keep a look out for rain clouds.The fleet has not caught many fish so far,. read more...


07/03/2017

Lexington - 3/6/17 7° 58' S 97°18' W

We had a good day today. We sailed a lot of the day with the asymmetrical spinnaker. At times the wind was light in the 4-5 knot range. Later in the afternoon winds were 7-9 knots. At that time we were doing 6-7 knots of boat speed. Above was started earlier. Now it is midnight and I am finishing this post. The chances of squalls looked likely when we viewed the distant dark clouds and numerous boats had reported squalls. We have a reefed main and reefed jib 12-15 knots of wind and doing 5 knots of boat speed. We are still heading south west at 225 degrees. Our end waypoint is at 257 degrees. We are trying to make sure we go south enough to keep in good trade winds for the whole trip. We probably use the term squall too loosely. Most sailors doing this just mean any pop up rain. read more...


07/03/2017

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

Hadde ikke før nevnt det – om været, før jeg får meg en smekk på fingrene. Fra kl.23 og fram til ca.11-12 i dag, har det regnet som bare det! Nå har vi i alle fall fått vasket saltet av båten, tauverket og seglene! Kapteinen har laget en oversikt for oss om hvor i flåten vi befinner oss. Vi kan ikke se en eneste båt, men de er her likevel. Resten av dagen har vært overskyet, og jeg kan jo bare si – heldigvis! Det har vært heftig mye sol i det siste, så det var en nice avveksling.Dagen i dag er brukt til testing av radiofrekvenser, rope på de i flåten vi ikke har fått kontakt med, samt lage denne oversikten. Mens alt dette pågikk, fikk vi selvfølgelig en fisk på kroken. Alt har en tendens til å skje samtidig. Den ble hengende så lenge, at kapteinen hadde et svare strev med å få inn senen,. read more...


07/03/2017

Misto - Days 57-59: Doldrums give way to Trades

March 4 and 5 saw us still making our way South West through the ITCZ.Conditions were variable - the wind would blow a little, we'd sail a little and then the wind direction of strength would mean the iron jenny got turned on.March 5 was better and we only had one hour of motoring - but the wind direction was still not terribly helpful in making progress to Hiva Oa.The night of March 4 brought us almost 10 hours of on and off rain and squalls, together with some lightening. Other than that the sky was a dark, inky black.Finally today, March 6, at 10 degrees south we have around 13 knots of wind from the south east and are heading more or less towards our destination The wind direction means we will likely have to put in a few long tacks and we are sailing with gennaker and main (and not. read more...


07/03/2017

Laura Dawn - Pacific Log 3: Every little helps

Well our spectacular sailing (9.5 knots!) came to an abrupt halt at 2:00 this morning when the wind dropped from 14 knots to 0 in seconds, then danced around the boat in full 360 circles followed by rain! Needless to say we are now motoring again.Theres been a few close attempts during the day, the asymmetric is rigged ready to go, its even been out twice onlyto be flumoxed by dropping and circling winds and wound back in again.What can I say: we are trying.We currently have 6 knots of wind from 330 degrees, 2 reefs in the main (ready for the assymetric unveiling again) and are making 5 knots under engine.Not much current now but what there is helps a little.In fact we have just let a little genoa out: it has given us .3 of a knot.The excitement debate of the day is remembering which. read more...


06/03/2017

Timshel - Galapagos to Marquesas Day 5 Wind!

Wind, wonderful wind at last!All of yesterday we either motored or drifted across a sea like molten metal.Only benefit was it allowed Anita to swim in the blue pacific thousands of metres deep, quite special looking back at the boat from the water, the only thing in sight, and the water so warm.We despaired, Steve said, what happens if we never get wind?But at 11pm there was a little and we could motorsail, by 11.50 Steve had switched off the engine and Anita got up to help set the hydrovane.And we have sailed more or less on a close fetch ever since, wind and speed varying but never stopped.Some of the time we were even heeling!We decided to continue heading down south to get to the magic 8 deg South (according to all the weather gurus) before bearing away for the destination.But we. read more...


06/03/2017

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

Terje var «busy» på flere områder på sin nattevakt, og min oppgave ble å steke bollene han har laget. Jeg hadde en rolig nattevakt. Vi har gått med motor hele tiden, selv om vinden har vært oppe i 10 knop. Da Terje hadde vakt, hadde vi ei regnbyge med 22 knops vind. Disse bygene går fort over, så kapteinen ser ikke noen vits i å seile. Han har bestemt seg for at vi ikke seiler før vi er nede i tradevinden, fordi vi åpenbart har nok av drivstoff. Da nytter det ikke å si noe annet, for han er jo kapteinen!Søndag er ofte tiden for satelittelefonen, og foreldrene våre. Det er da vi legger merke til hvor opptatt nordmenn er av været, for spørsmålet kommer hver eneste gang. Vi må le litt etterpå, for slik vi lever nå – i nærheten av ekvator, er været stort sett det samme hele tiden. Ingen av. read more...


Lexington - Random photo: Bougainvillea on Ayora restaurant rooftop
Lexington - Random photo: Bougainvillea on Ayora restaurant rooftop
Lexington - Random photo: Pelican beside boat catching fish
Lexington - Random photo: Pelican beside boat catching fish
06/03/2017

Lexington - 7 ° 11 ‘ S. 95° 38 ‘ W

So it is my time in the barrel again, I.e. Watch. In the subject line the numbers stand for latitude seven degrees eleven minutes South of the equator and longitude 95 degrees 38 minutes West of the prime meridian. So for navigation the world is divided into latitude North and South and longitude which is East and West. Zero to 90° North would be from the equator to the North Pole. Zero to 90 South would be from the equator to the South Pole. There is no natural point for East and West so it arbitrarily starts at Greenwich England or the prime meridian. Going west it would go from zero to 180 degrees West. Going east it would be zero to 180 degrees East. Where the two 180’s meet is the international date line. The international date line is not perfectly on that line because a country. read more...


06/03/2017

Exocet Strike - Exocet Strike 5-6 March 2017

Whoop whoop, we are back in the northern hemisphere after more than 2 years in the southern. Must say we do look forward to heading back south in 2018!A challenging day yesterday, we are right in the middle of the ITCZ, or doldrums. We had squall after squall go over, and the wind angle was terrible, for some of the time we were heading due north. Then no wind, for maybe half an hour or so we persevered, but then with on,y 2-3 knots of wind that motorists g out of this area would be sensible. After 50 mins the wind went up and up and forward and we were able to start sailing again in 17 knots of easterly. This has remained all night, so we will take it while we can.Due to going a lot more north than required we have lost some current, but we should get back into that tomorrow. Even now. read more...


06/03/2017

Laura Dawn - Pacific Log 2: Oh we are sailing!

Ok, it might be short-lived yet.. but we are sailing!Full mainsail, full genoa, making 6.5 knots in 10 knots of wind.The seas a little confused and its definitely less comfortable than the last few days, but it feels good to be back.Had steak noodles for dinner last night (I know, who thought that steak would ever be 'leftovers') and have fajitas for dinner tonight with Martin rustling the pans.The bread is still turning out ok, so maybe we've finally cracked it and we will have to use something else to knock the fish out with (when we do manage to catch one).The jam is fab, that is it hasn't given anyone bellyache yet and tasted pretty good.Otherwise all going well here on LDLD: 5th March 16:45. read more...


05/03/2017

Hanna - Galapagos-Marquesas Tag 4 - endlich wieder Wind !

Wir sind gestartetDer fünfte Tag auf See ist angebrochen und die Bordroutine macht sich langsam breit. Aber zunächst zurück auf Anfang: Wir, die neue Crew für das Leg Galapagos-Marquesas (Gottfried, Tommy und Rainer), treffen uns rechtzeitig im Flieger in Amsterdam. Als  Gottfried und Tommy schon im Flieger sitzen, landet mein Anschluss Flug aus DUS gerade.  Der Adrenalinpegel steigt etwas und es folgt ein Dauerlauf bis zum Gate an dessen letzten Finger. Die Stewardess winkt schon aufmunternd und erklärt mir, dass mein Gepäck es wohl nicht schafft. Mir fehlen die Worte… Nach einer kurzen Zwischenlandung in Quito erreichen wir pünktlich Guayaquil. Die Passkontrolle nimmt sich selbst sehr wichtig und es dauert endlos lang. Dann aber eine gute Nachricht: mein Gepäck hat es doch. read more...


05/03/2017

Exocet Strike - Exocet Strike 4-5 March 2017

A great nights sailing, good boat speed and direction, rattling of miles. However as is said, after the Lord Mayors parade comes the ....Today it's been one long series of squalls heading us way north of our planned course. The wind direction is forecast to be NE or ENE, whereas it's mostly SE. Oh well it's gets us well north and away from negative current coming out of the Amazon.It's typical ITCZ or doldrums weather, so I guess another 3 or 4 days of this, hopefully when we reach 5 N it will clear up a lot. The forecast then is for very much NE winds and up to 20 or even 25 knots, that will be fast but not much fun, big seas, lots of slamming no doubt.. read more...


05/03/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob 3/15/17 6S.95W

It is 7:00 a.m. and my watch started at 6. We are sailing in 9-10 knots of wind and it feels great. I almost feel selfish because the others are asleep and I have not awakened them. It could die out at any minute but we are getting into the area where we should have some wind. I have weather information that indicates the wind might be a little iffy today but we are steadily moving to the area of steadily improving wind so those two factors combined are what we are hoping to improve our fate. Right now we have 7-8 knots of wind doing 4 knots on a beam reach (beam reach=wind coming directly from our side which is generally a good point of sail) I have two fishing lines out. I had two fishing lines out all day yesterday without any sign of a fish being anywhere near them. I did lose a lure. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob 3/15/17 6S.95W
Lexington - Captain Bob 3/15/17 6S.95W
05/03/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: Sunrise 3/4/17

I could not resist sending this photo. I am just going off watch. I experienced a beautiful dawn and sunrise. The sea is glassy calm because there is no wind. There is a gentle swell from the South. That is a slightly good sign since it means that there are winds to the South that are generating the swell. The only problem is that the swells come from far away. Enjoy! Bob  image1. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: Sunrise 3/4/17
Lexington - Captain Bob: Sunrise 3/4/17
05/03/2017

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

Det er lørdag, og vi har sovet godt – de timene vi fikk sove. Ingen skip i sikte, og det er lite her som bryter havflaten – en og annen flyvefisk, det er alt. På morgenrapporteringen via SSB-radioen i dag, forteller de om lite vind, og alle går på motor. En fortalte at han kun har ¼ tank med drivstoff igjen, mens en annen har brukt opp alt, og må vente på vinden. Veldig synd, for vi har som nevnt lite vind.Det er et høydepunkt på dagen kl. 9 om morgenen, og kl.18 om kvelden, når vi hører stemmene til de andre i flåten. Først opplyser vi om vår posisjon og vindstyrke. Når alle har fått oppgitt det, har vi en runde med spørsmål om emner som opptar oss. Det kan f.eks være om det marine livet, månen, stjernene og planetene, eller dersom det er medisinske emner – noen trenger hjelp osv. Været. read more...


Aurora Polaris - 4. Mars 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - 4. Mars 2017  -  World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - 4. Mars 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - 4. Mars 2017  -  World ARC 2017-2018
05/03/2017

Timshel - Galapagos to Marquesas Day 4

Motored slowly all night, trying to conserve fuel by motorsailing when possible.Switched off the engine for about 4 hours in the middle of the day to allow it to cool down so we could do the checks, sailing in 3 knots of wind or less mostly at 1 knot or less of boat speed.Anita went for a swim, absolutely no problem keeping up with the boat, and very warm. Yippee, Steve had a shower!At tea time altered course to head due south.Apparently you have to go as far as 8 deg S to get some wind.On the current course 230 deg 8 deg S is 280 miles, on 180 deg it is 180 miles - we may have just enough fuel for the shorter distance.Wildlife count:Pod of large dolphins swam under the boat this morning, but did not stop to play (probably we were going too slowly), Galapagos storm petrels skimming over. read more...


05/03/2017

Laura Dawn - Pacific log 1: Birthday Celebrations..

Steak dinner on the plancha yesterday to celebrate Martins birthday seemed very extravagant, especially as we are down to our last 8 tomatoes already! But it was a lovely treat. Jack baked a very well received birthday chocolate cake in the breadmaker too. We are still chasing the wind and enjoying our motor to the Marquesas, with it seems daily visits from dolphins and whales to keep our sailing spirits up. Unfortunately it looks like we will have to go further south than we thought to pick up the trade winds so have a couple more days of flat glassy seas to go.Oh! the hardship!We are making the most of pleasant conditions though as we know it will all change once wind and waves are here.Hels even made jam yesterday from some mystery fruit from the Galapagos(not something she even does. read more...


04/03/2017

Firefly - 45 miles to Grenada

Today is Saturday 4th March and we will arrive at Prickly Bay, Grenada by about 1600 local time. Firefly won't complete her circum navigation until she reaches St Lucia at the beginning of April. It is however a massive milestone as we have just crossed the Atlantic again, this time starting from Cape Town way down in the south.Our 4 day passage from the Maroni River has been wet and windy and uncomfortable.We benefited from some favorable current for most of the trip but have been hampered by a cross sea (waves across our track) with waves breaking on the deck. We have had frequent rain and wind squalls too and needed all of our sprayhood and rain covers in place to try and stay dry. The winds on the beam have been up to 35 knots in the squalls and mostly over 20.Fortunately our last. read more...


04/03/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: A Treat

I have ordered each of you a whole dried fish to be delivered for Christmas dinner. I found them in Sant Cruz on the street. EnjoyBobimage2 image1. read more...