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18/07/2015

Northern Light - Northern Light - Bornholm

Well, what a coincidence!Wednesday 8th JulyThe neighbouring yacht in the Rally to us at Ronne, is called Tenace (Tenacious in English), which happens to be the name of James and my grandfathers Hoegar Dutch barge yacht, that he sailed on the East Coast between 1956 and 1962.The owner, Dirk Rens told us that he thought that his father had in fact sold Tenace to our grandfather, which we confirmed by getting some old photos sent over from the UK - see attachment. In my early youth (very early) I used to spend summer holidays sailing with them around Suffolk, but based at Ramsholt , on the River Deben. My grandfather sold her in 1962, and she was then run down by a freighter in the English Channel whilst on her way to Southern climes.After being gale bound for a day in Bornholm, we set off. read more...


Northern Light - Northern Light - Bornholm
Northern Light - Northern Light - Bornholm
17/07/2015

Luna Quest - 17th July, 2015

Noon Position: 17.47S 165.36EDaily run: 138 measured milesNoon Position: 17.47S 165.36EDaily run: 138 measured milesNoon Position: 17.47S 165.36EDaily run: 138 measured milesWith one reef in the mainsail and a couple of rolls in the Genoa we made good progress yesterday and overnight. We normally reef well down for the night, but the wind was dead aft and not forecast to change much, so the single reef was left in. Winds have varied between 14 knots and 21 knots giving us a speed of well over 6 knots. One of the larger boats in the fleet managed around 9 knots to10 knots and is currently 60 miles ahead of us, achieved in less than 12 hours.This morning the bilge pump did not bring up any water. When sailing dead down wind, the boat does not heel much other than that caused by any. read more...


16/07/2015

Exody - Days 177 - 187: Cyclone Pam was for Vanuatu

.....with evidence everywhere of the devastation just four months ago both on the island of Tanna where we made our landfall on 7th July and here in Efate where we are poised to start our next leg to Australia tomorrow morning 16th July.It's been a busy ten days on Exody with five on board for the 450 mile passage from Fiji - which was mostly kind to our visiting crew though rather on the cool and damp side for us!Unusually we had at least two other boats of the fleet within sight for virtually the whole of the leg which was completed reasonably swiftly in three days.Customs and Immigration had been brought in by 4WD overland to the protected anchorage of Port Resolution for one day only to clear the fleet.We assembled at the 'Yacht Club' for processing and for banking services set up. read more...


16/07/2015

Luna Quest - Thursday, 16.7.15

Noon Position: 17.45S 168.06ERun since 10am: 14 milesThe fleet of 16 yachts crossed the start line at Port Vila in Efaté at 10am this morning on their way to Mackay on the East coast of Australia. In preparation for the start there are always many things to do, other than the ever lengthening list of maintenance things that can never be done in the places we tend to call at, but Mackay is a yachting place, so our hopes are high that we may be able to shorten that list. But the things that need to be done in every port include sticking to communication schedules, provisioning and carrying out essential repairs. We have spent many hours trying to identify the source of a leak that has me pumping 55 strokes of salt water a day. We have checked all the seacocks and the hoses and have failed. read more...


16/07/2015

Firefly - En route to Australia

At 1000 this morning, Thursday 16th July, Firefly crossed the start line first at the beginning of an 1100 mile passage to Mackay, Australia. With the wind directly behind the fleet, blowing at about 20 knots and the sun shining, it was glorious as the 16 boats sailed out of Mele Bay and headed due west towards a way point north of reefs that lie off New Caledonia. From that waypoint the route turns a little south and the boats will pass through the Great Barrier Reef at the 'Hydrographers Passage', about 100 miles short of Mackay.We have spent 5 nights on a mooring in Port Vila on Efate island, the capital of Vanuatu. Its been a very social time as World ARC 2015 was joined by Jonathan and Donna from Chez Nous, Dennis and Sherry from Trillium and Martin and Elizabeth from Caduceus - all. read more...


15/07/2015

Starblazer - 15/07/2015 - A rushed few days in Vanuatu

We left Tanna on Friday afternoon to pay a fleeting visit to Avokh, one of the Maskelyne Islands which we visited last year.The problem with the trip was the timing, it's 230 miles and unsafe to arrive in the dark.Leaving at about 4.00 pm should have been OK but we flew along in rather confused seas.Saturday afternoon we anchored off the west coast of Efate for nearly 5 hours.We chose to anchor there because there were no hazards to avoid when we wished to leave after dark.We had another fantastic sail overnight and anchored north of Avokh Island at about 1000 on Sunday morning. George paddled alongside in his outrigger and asked if we could charge his mobile phone which he brought out to us late afternoon.Sunday is a day of rest, nobody was out fishing, no children came visiting and we. read more...


15/07/2015

Gertha 4 - Gotska

58.23.89 N 19.12.00 E   Now at the island of Gotska Sadon, small nature reserve sand bank with afew trees in the middle of the Baltic. Yesterday we achieced a new record time, 55 miles in 15 hours. Promise ofwind tommorow should blast us to Talin, hope to be there on fridaymorning. Sun is shining, sand is beconing, could be Bermuda if you let your minddrift and forget the sea is 18 and not 28, and the air is 20 not 25.   Simon. read more...


14/07/2015

Lyonesse - Ronne to Visby

Heute nur in Stichpunkten (keine Zeit, langsames Internet ...)Entspannter Overnight-Trip von Ronne nach Gotland – Parasailor-Wetter, viel gelernt beim Trimmen – etwas viel Motoren für unseren Geschmack – Visby: Mallorca und Mittelalter – Party auf riesigen Motorbooten im Hafen, DJ und tanzende Mädels an Deck – spektakulärer Stadtkern, Kirchenruinen, pittoreske kleine Biergärten und Cafes – Hauptgewinn: Auto vom Hafen zum Einkaufen geliehen (Service der Marina – cool!) – BBQ am Dock – Rotwein im Cockpit – alles super!- Doerte. read more...


13/07/2015

Luna Quest - 10th, 11th, 12, 13th July, 2015

Position: Run from Port Resolution in Tanna to Port Vila in Efaté(Vanuatu): 135 milesThe weather did improve a little on Friday last week to enable us to visit the live volcano in Tanna. The ride was in an Izuzu 4x4 where 10 of us sailors including 2 ladies were squashed in the open flatback while 6 of our ladies sat inside the double cab. We were meant to have gone in two 4x4s, but the second never turned up. On the way, to stretch our legs, we stopped at an indigenous village, where the men, women and children performed a welcoming dance. They were naked except that their front was covered by ‘une paille’, the French word for a kind a straw loin cloth. The women were jumping up and down outside the circle of stamping and clapping men holding their overused breasts. We soon moved on to. read more...


11/07/2015

Firefly - Squall in Port Resolution Bay

Firefly dropped anchor in Port Resolution, Tanna, Vanuatu at 0730 on Tuesday 7th July after 3 days at sea on passage from Musket Cove, Fiji. The wind had gradually dropped away during the final night at sea and the weather was poor with rain. We had decided to wait unto first light to enter the anchorage and had a comfortable night at sea with sails reefed down despite a reducing wind speed - trying to keep the speed low. As it happened the wind died away completely and we motored the last 30 minutes but this is always useful in order to arrive with the batteries charged. Having been to Tanna before we knew to expect but the contrast to Musket Cove, with its modern resort facilities and sunshine compared to Port Resolution in the rain was still surprising. The local villagers here use. read more...


11/07/2015

Starblazer - 11/07/2015 - The second part of the passage to Vanuatu.

No, we didn't get lost; life got in the way of log writing! .All day Monday we sailed well, averaging 7 knots, however we didn't want to go so fast because we didn't want a nighttime entry to a port where the electronic charts were frankly laughable.Both our electronic charting systems had the coast marked with straight lines and the entry to the bay completely covered with reefs whereas the chartlet provided by Hugh showed a clear entry with safe waypoints and a detailed jagged coast.Our paper charts are no better than the electronic ones.We bought a Cruising Guide and installed it on the laptop but have been unable to validate the download due to lack of reliable wi-fi..Monday evening we rolled away the genoa and slowed a bit, our eta at the finish line was creeping later, towards 0600. read more...


10/07/2015

Northern Light - Kiel - Bornholm

6th July - nautical miles to date 380We dropped James off at Dusternbrook marina, Kiel, where we had moved to from the British Kiel YC (don’t go there, no bar and no breakfast). The only positive I saw was the very handsome meter yacht which is I believe the last remaining one that the Brits commandeered from Field Marshall Goering in 1945!Rick and I then motor-sailed in light winds to Warnemunde, at the entrance of the Rostock estuary, a distance of 70 nm to the East. On the way we passed under the bridge connecting Fehman Island passing a forested coastline with lots of sandy beaches. We then stayed for three nights at the Hohe Duene Marina, an impressive development built originally for the unsuccessful German Olympic bid a decade or so ago. The most impressive thing for me was the. read more...


Northern Light - Cecilia from WCC
Northern Light - Cecilia from WCC
Northern Light - Another round church, a rather special one!
Northern Light - Another round church, a rather special one!
Northern Light - A round church, one of 7 on the island. More defensive than spiritual!
Northern Light - A round church, one of 7 on the island. More defensive than spiritual!
Northern Light - Bornholm
Northern Light - Bornholm
Northern Light - Hohe Duene - interior
Northern Light - Hohe Duene - interior
Northern Light - Hohe Duene Conference Centre, Warnemunde
Northern Light - Hohe Duene Conference Centre, Warnemunde
Northern Light - James and Rick looking cool!
Northern Light - James and Rick looking cool!
Northern Light - Now for some real food - Will and Livy
Northern Light - Now for some real food - Will and Livy
Northern Light - James and Rick looking cool!
Northern Light - James and Rick looking cool!
Northern Light - Northern Light - British Kiel YC
Northern Light - Northern Light - British Kiel YC
10/07/2015

Lyonesse - Rostock to Ronne

Thursday, July 9th – First week on board Whilemy dad was already on board of Lyonesse for a week, my mom and me joined him inKiel. We used the following days to sail to Warnemünde for that’s the placewhere the ARC Baltic starts. Yeah, the ARC Baltic... The rally turnedout to be even more exciting and amazing than I thought it would be, and I already thought it was great. We spend the firstevening in Warnemünde meeting other crews in the rally and trying tomemorize about a thousand names (probably only 10 or so, but I’m horrible at memorizing them). The rally started on Monday but wehad a dinner and a briefing on Saturday and Sunday. It’s hard todescribe the two days but I can say that I met some amazing people and I am happy to spend the next four weeks with a friendlyand impressing. read more...


Flomaida II - Gemütliche Abendstimmung in der Marina von Cairns
Flomaida II - Gemütliche Abendstimmung in der Marina von Cairns
Flomaida II - Ein wunderschön angestrahlter Baum im Park
Flomaida II - Ein wunderschön angestrahlter Baum im Park
Flomaida II - Wer kein Dinghi hat wie wir, der nimmt sich halt ein Wasserflugzeug
Flomaida II - Wer kein Dinghi hat wie wir, der nimmt sich halt ein Wasserflugzeug
Flomaida II - Keine Angst, wir verloddern nicht!
Flomaida II - Keine Angst, wir verloddern  nicht!
Flomaida II - Ohne Worte!
Flomaida II - Ohne Worte!
Flomaida II - Herrlicher Ausblick auf Regenwald und Wasserfall
Flomaida II - Herrlicher Ausblick auf Regenwald und Wasserfall
Flomaida II - Die Wurzeln der Bäume im Regenwald sind gigantisch!
Flomaida II - Die Wurzeln der Bäume im Regenwald sind gigantisch!
Flomaida II - Die sehr enge und flache Passage durch den Hinchinbrook Chanel
Flomaida II - Die sehr enge und flache Passage durch den Hinchinbrook Chanel
Flomaida II - Klein-Wallabi scheint es ja recht gut zu gehen!
Flomaida II - Klein-Wallabi scheint es ja recht gut zu gehen!
Flomaida II - Ist er nicht süß???? Und zufällig mal wach!
Flomaida II - Ist er nicht süß???? Und zufällig mal wach!
Flomaida II - Ankern in der Abendstimmung vor Low Island
Flomaida II - Ankern in der Abendstimmung vor Low Island
Flomaida II - Wer sagt denn, dass sie böse ausschauen?? Das sind aber Süßwasserkrokodile
Flomaida II - Wer sagt denn, dass sie böse ausschauen?? Das sind aber Süßwasserkrokodile
Flomaida II - Im Papaya Garten, nur leider hängen die Früchte zu hoch......
Flomaida II - Im Papaya Garten, nur leider hängen die Früchte zu hoch......
Flomaida II - Entweder sind sie zu schnell, oder die Krokos mögen ihr Fleisch nicht
Flomaida II - Entweder sind sie zu schnell, oder die Krokos mögen ihr Fleisch nicht
Flomaida II - Wir haben Nemo gefunden
Flomaida II - Wir haben Nemo gefunden
Flomaida II - So fängt man in Cooktown Köderfische
Flomaida II - So fängt man in Cooktown Köderfische
Flomaida II - Ankern vor dem stimmungsvollen Städtchen Cooktown
Flomaida II - Ankern vor dem stimmungsvollen Städtchen Cooktown
Flomaida II - Einmal muss es sein- Aborigines in kunstvoller Bemalung
Flomaida II - Einmal muss es sein- Aborigines in kunstvoller Bemalung
Flomaida II - Herrlicher Segeltag vor der Küste von Queensland
Flomaida II - Herrlicher Segeltag vor der Küste von Queensland
Flomaida II - besondere Morgenstimmung beim Ablegen um 7 Uhr
Flomaida II - besondere Morgenstimmung beim Ablegen um 7 Uhr
Flomaida II - Wir würden Fish and Chips durch Spaghetti-Vongole ersetzen! Welch wahrer Spruch!
Flomaida II - Wir würden Fish and Chips durch Spaghetti-Vongole ersetzen! Welch wahrer Spruch!
Flomaida II - Abendvergnügen der Bewohner von Cooktown
Flomaida II - Abendvergnügen der Bewohner von Cooktown
Flomaida II - Man sieht, es geht uns gut!
Flomaida II - Man sieht, es geht uns gut!
Flomaida II - Die Aborigines haben ihren eigenen Kalender
Flomaida II - Die Aborigines haben ihren eigenen Kalender
Flomaida II - Ein waiser Captain Cook!
Flomaida II - Ein waiser Captain Cook!
Flomaida II - Eine Aborigines Familie beim Picknick am WE
Flomaida II - Eine Aborigines Familie beim Picknick am WE