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29/06/2017

Raggy Doll - 27th, 28th, 29th June - Sweet sweet music

It's Thursday and we're sitting in Sines (pronounced singe) Marina, it's the second night here, the wind is howling around all the yachts and the water is slapping up the boat 24 hours a day, making sleeping an interesting concept. It's a beautiful bay with a local town and it would have been nice to stay longer, but we leave for our final destination tomorrow.Tuesday day time is a bit of a blur but the evening was spent with the whole rally on Wiki Wiki, a great evening with home grown music by Mike and Marty from Sweet Harmony and Colin from Serafina of Maldon. For anyone reading this, look up mikevass.com he's a very talented Scottish musician and he has several easy listening albums, in fact Marty, his brother is also a very talented musician. Wednesday, we sailed to Sines, winds. read more...


Social Security Statement - Cape May to Home Port - Log 3 Pic
Social Security Statement - Cape May to Home Port - Log 3 Pic
Social Security Statement - Cape May to Home Port - Log 3 Pic
Social Security Statement - Cape May to Home Port - Log 3 Pic
Social Security Statement - Cape May to Home Port - Log 3 Pic
Social Security Statement - Cape May to Home Port - Log 3 Pic
Social Security Statement - Cape May to Home Port - Log 3 Pic
Social Security Statement - Cape May to Home Port - Log 3 Pic
Social Security Statement - Cape May to Home Port - Log 3 Pic
Social Security Statement - Cape May to Home Port - Log 3 Pic
Social Security Statement - Cape May to Home Port - Log 3 Pic
Social Security Statement - Cape May to Home Port - Log 3 Pic
Social Security Statement - Cape May to Home Port - Log 3 Pic
Social Security Statement - Cape May to Home Port - Log 3 Pic
Social Security Statement - Cape May to Home Port - Log 3 Pic
Social Security Statement - Cape May to Home Port - Log 3 Pic
Social Security Statement - Cape May to Home Port - Log 3 Pic
Social Security Statement - Cape May to Home Port - Log 3 Pic
Social Security Statement - Cape May to Home Port - Log 3 Pics
Social Security Statement - Cape May to Home Port - Log 3 Pics
29/06/2017

Social Security Statement - Cape May to Home Port - Log 3

Social Security Statement left Cape May early Wednesday morning to get a head start!  We found a strong current exiting the marina and grounded.  After using our trusty bow thrusters and raising the mainsail, we’re able to break free and began our trip back to our home port of Baltimore.  The weather over to the canal was great.  We sailed past several freighters, spotted a few more dolphins and turned left into the canal.  With calm waters and several bridges to pass under, we exited on the Maryland side just before sunset; and ok course, the winds began to pick up.  Through the night the winds increased, with gusts to 25+ knots and seas 6 ft+ (not making for a wonderful sleep).  Through the night we crested and surfed down waves, finally turning to. read more...


Social Security Statement - Cape May to Home Port - Log 3
Social Security Statement - Cape May to Home Port - Log 3
29/06/2017

Aurora Polaris - 25.-29. June 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Bilturen vi hadde på øya, er billedgjort på facebook under Aurora Polaris, den offentlige og gruppesida vår. Den offentlige kan alle som vil bare «like», og deretter vil den være i nyhetsoppdateringene.Utenom bildene, kan jeg fortelle litt nærmere om en opplevelse vi hadde. Vi så en kirke ved veien. Den var veldig liten og unnselig, men Rita hadde lyst å stoppe for å se nærmere på den. Da vi hadde parkert utenfor, kom først en flokk med jenter bort. Vi hilste på dem, og deretter kom de voksne. Vi ble hilst hjertelig velkomne. De gav tydelig uttrykk for at de satte pris på besøket, for vi ble straks invitert hjem til den ene familien på te og pannekaker (vi ville heller sagt «lapper» på norsk).Det var ikke rare greiene av et hus de bodde i, men alle tok av skoene før de gikk inn. Bord og. read more...


WikiWiki - Last Night in Oeiras
WikiWiki - Last Night in Oeiras
WikiWiki - Last Night in Oeiras
WikiWiki - Last Night in Oeiras
WikiWiki - Last Night in Oeiras
WikiWiki - Last Night in Oeiras
28/06/2017

Blonde Moment - Blog

Blog 9Porto was VERY hot.Our tuk tuk tour was fun with great views of the Douro river from all angles and sides.Churchills Port Wine Lodge is rather modern 1984 ? but fun tasting their three varieties and learning about the process.Then a good sail down to Figueira da Foz with a long visit from bottle nose dolphins, who stayed at the bow, entertaining us for ages.(Sorry skipper, couldn't change sails whilst trying to take photos)!A sardine bbq finished off a great day in the sun.Following day we took a bus to Coimbra to visit Portugals and one of the worlds oldest universities and explore the narrow streets.That evening we joined two other boats for a meal out whilst a fiesta and parade were going on around us, but the difficulty of finding a table for 9 of us or a waiter willing to move. read more...


28/06/2017

Social Security Statement - Norfolk to Cape May Video on YouTube

I will be posting a video of Social Security Statement’s Delmarva Rally episode on my YouTube Channel:Sailing Epoch.I captured some of you other Ralliers along the way.Stop by the Channel and Subscribe to watch! Regards,Craig SavageauSST Crew. read more...


Social Security Statement - Norfolk to Cape May pics
Social Security Statement - Norfolk to Cape May pics
Social Security Statement - Norfolk to Cape May Pics
Social Security Statement - Norfolk to Cape May Pics
Social Security Statement - Norfolk to Cape May
Social Security Statement - Norfolk to Cape May
28/06/2017

Social Security Statement - Log 2 Norfolk to Cape May

Social Security Statement made it to Cape May safely.  We had a great sail coming out of Norfolk while narrowly missing a nuclear submarine!  We took a heading to about 20 miles offshore hoping for wind and found the doldrums.  The sea state was calm and we continued motoring towards Cape May.  During the night shift we encountered an UBO (unidentified boating object) that beamed a spot light on us for about 45 minutes, then disappeared into the night.  Entering Cape May we encountered a pod of about 100 porpoises!  Great ending to the sail.  SST CrewGOPR0478. read more...


Social Security Statement - Log 2 Norfolk to Cape May
Social Security Statement - Log 2 Norfolk to Cape May
28/06/2017

Meritage - Log entry 3: Cape May!

We survived our Ocean journey! The day started in Virginia and ended in New Jersey! Thats pretty cool for a bay sailor like me. Highlights include:1. Motoring out of Portsmouth with a surface submarine (and his armed patrol boat escort) beside us!2. If that wasn't cool enough, watching an aircraft carrier steam past us made us feel like the speck that we were! 3. 12 hours of sailing including another few hours of the spinnaker flying (we are determined to hoist that thing smoothly before the trip is over)!4. Watching the sunset over water and not land! As an east coaster this only happens when you are more than 15 miles offshore! 5. Alas, the winds would not hold out and we were back to motoring by 1am. Fortunately by morning, just as we were about to make shake-n-pour pancakes, the wind. read more...


28/06/2017

Timshel - Near Lautoka

After a pleasant days travel and fantastic scenery we anchored near Lautoka in Vitigo Bay.This was well protected and for once we dropped in relatively shallow water (5m under the keel) and in mud, with Taistealai nearby.I forgot to say that we were visited by the Customs at Volivoli point.Two Fijian Customs officers boarded the boats in turn and checked the papers, They were very pleasant.Misto was about to leave but decided it was prudent to wait and not look as though they were trying to evade the check. Apparently it is an initiative sponsored by New Zealand and they came in a NZ Naval RIB.Anyway they came on us again at Vitogo Bay, but Chris managed to explain that we'd been already checked the day before.We are now on or way to the Yasawa islands, but there is no wind.. read more...


28/06/2017

Taistealai - Navigating to Manta Ray pass reefs galore

Hope we see the Mantas !IMG_0157. read more...


Taistealai - Navigating to Manta Ray pass reefs galore
Taistealai - Navigating to Manta Ray pass reefs galore
27/06/2017

DIVA - Vorbereitungen

Die Vorbereitungen sind im vollen Gange.   Das Schiff ist fast fertig. Die Visa sind beantragt und werden am Donnerstag ausgeliefert.   Ebenfalls Donnerstag werden Segel, Anker und das Beiboot nach Grömitz gebracht….   Am WE sollen noch die Positionslaternen neu verdrahtet werden.   Eine Gasflasche fehlt noch…..   Sonst fertig….auch mit den Nerven!  . read more...


27/06/2017

Raggy Doll - 25th, 26th June - The stowaway exposed! The Raggy Doll.

The sail from Peniche to Oeiras was pretty uneventful, we left Peniche around 0815 and as we were pretty knackered we really just wanted to get to Oeiras as fast as possible. We motor sailed the whole way and just before reaching Oeiras came round headland with winds just about perfect, that we reached the dizzy speed of nine and a half knots. Wiki Wiki was hot on our tail and it was only when we had to take the sails down that she out sailed us as she has lots of electric gadgets that operate sails etc, whereas we have to do everything manually. Not helped by the fact that Andrew let go of the wheel to take an action picture of Wiki Wiki, making getting down the main sail down slightly harder work than usual!Our berth in the marina was luxury compared to the night of rafting, we had. read more...


Raggy Doll - 25th, 26th June - The stowaway exposed! The Raggy Doll.
Raggy Doll - 25th, 26th June - The stowaway exposed! The Raggy Doll.
27/06/2017

Raggy Doll - Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th June - The Feast of St John

Friday should have been a nice relaxing trip to the local town, but we spent the day sucking water out of the bilges that had been put there by the delivery crew, whilst they were trying to unblock the heads, I hasten to add it was not sewage!We had been warned at the sardine dinner, that today was the eve of the celebration for St John the Baptist's birthday known as the feast of St. John. There would be a parade and fireworks and lots of celebrations. We ate on board as we quickly realised trying to eat out could prove tricky with the amount of people in the town. Around 2100 a small group of locals came down to our berth and we could hear a rather excited conversation, so duly went out to investigate. It transpired that it was their boat we were wedged up against and they wanted to. read more...


26/06/2017

Lexington - 6/26/17 Volivoli Point Resort

We are at Volivoli Point Resort anchored out. This is on the island of Vito Levi, meaning big land or big island. The resort is nice and welcoming. Today we went on a tour of the nearby area. Our guide was an articulate Fijian. He drove us around the area and discussed topics of interest. I will try to relay some of the more interesting thoughts. First of all land ownership is complicated. Tribes basically own areas of land. A member of the tribe can own a portion of that land but can not sell it. The land can be leased for up to 99 years. The land generally passes from father to sons. Daughters are left out. The tribes that had the land in the areas that became more populated with people, businesses and resorts also became more wealthy than tribes that owned farm land.. read more...


26/06/2017

Timshel - Passage inside the reef

Spent 2 nights at Volivoli in company with Taistealai and Lexington, Misto having set off next morning heading for Yadua Is.The two British boats had a lazy day just admiring the scenery, Lexington were much more energetic going ashore to eat and for an island tour, and Zeeland arrived.This morning Tuesday we set off at first light to wend our way round the channel inside the reef towards Lautoka. Beautiful sunrise, nice and calm and flat water, scenery very reminiscent of Scotland with bare hills - mostly we have found hills wooded right to the summits, don'tthink it can all be due to Winston.Motorsailing gently following Taistealai and the Magenta (brick) road on the electronic chart.Don't really like just driving on the chart but not much choice given the complexity of the route and. read more...


26/06/2017

Timshel - To Viti Levu

From Savusavu(on Vanua Levu) we had an early start and sailed (or rather we motor sailed) in company with Taistealai to Namena island going into the lagoon through North Save-a-tack pass and exiting through South Save-a-tack pass.After looking at the island we went on to Matagi leaving the one mooring buoy for Zeeland who was following to have for the night.It was a very bouncy motorsail down to the pass into Matagi - where did the wind and waves come from?Safely arrived in daylight, though the pass was interesting and all the markers are as missing as usual, we caught up Lexington and joined Misto, Laura Dawn, Sumore in the anchorage, Owl was just leaving.Next day another early start, heading through Broad Passage, and Vatu-i-ra channel to Nananu Passage and hopefully to find anchorage. read more...


WikiWiki - Coimbra Local
WikiWiki - Coimbra Local
WikiWiki - Tour Coimbra
WikiWiki - Tour Coimbra
WikiWiki - Thomas and the Maiden
WikiWiki - Thomas and the Maiden
WikiWiki - Boy Band Pose
WikiWiki - Boy Band Pose
Meritage - Photo 3 for Meritage:killer sunset!
Meritage - Photo 3 for Meritage:killer sunset!
26/06/2017

Meritage - Log entry 3: Meritage

We completed leg 1! 150 nautical miles feom Annapolis MD to Portsmouth VA in exactly 24 hours. Lots of exciting firsts for me and the crew!At the end of the last blog, I was going to get some rest before my first nightwatch...I knew that falling asleep would be difficult but eventually, 45 minutes before my watch started, I managed to get a nap in!When I woke, Craig and Paul had set me up with a good heading and a good handoff. Wecarried on with motoring until 2am when the winds returned. After 15 minutes (of waffling), I decided to let Meritage do what she was out there to do. So we raised sails, cut the engine and were back off to the races moving faster by wind power! As the sun rose we were greeted by a pod of 4 dolphins (screwed up the video, sorry) and by 7am we were entering the. read more...


25/06/2017

Raggy Doll - Thursday 22nd June - Dolphins

Porto to Figuera de Foz. Today was, for the other members of the rally a race start, we had decided not to get in the mix too early, so basically we crept up from behind to join. It was a bright, warm, blue sky kind of day. Not much wind, but now and again enough to tease us into putting up the cruising gennaker. This, for the non sailing people, is a huge sail that is attached to the front of the boat to give you more speed. We designed ours, red white and blue and so, it seems, did a lot of other people.The wind was so temperamental that the gennaker became more of a hindrance than a help so we took it down.We were relaxing and enjoying the sunshine when we were visited by a group of dolphins, it was great watching them swim around and under the boat, we knew other members of the rally. read more...


Meritage - Photo 2 from Meritage: the genaker flies!
Meritage - Photo 2 from Meritage: the genaker flies!
25/06/2017

Meritage - Log entry 2 for Meritage: 12 hours in!

We have been on the water for 12 hours now. Currently we are motor sailing due to the lack of wind however the first 8 hours were fantastic! We were making great time and having fun. We hoisted our asymmetrical spinnaker (for the first time)! I will attach a picture because it was a long awaited experience and it did not disappoint! A bright red, blue and green colored sail that carried us for hours at 6-7 knots in very light air. Amazing! There is video of me doing an Irish jig I was so happy! Breakfast was a dozen home grown eggs from my birds, Lunch were simple PB&Js, and dinner was veggie chili. We are on our watch schedule (I am supposed to be sleeping) so I will sign offnow as I have the midnight to 4am shift. Cool sitings include dolphins, stingray, and a pelican the followed. read more...


24/06/2017

Timshel - A cautionary tale - ants in the pants!

On Timshel we were stocking up with provisions in Savusavu and unpacking stuff and washing fruit and veg in the cockpit as usual.Steve opened the outer cardboard box of a packet of cup-a-soups (yes, how can he want soup in the tropics, but he is addicted to them) and let out a great shriek as hundreds of ants ran out.We set to to drown them in seawater, the inner soup packets were OK, but we were so glad we had followed all the sage advice and got rid of cardboard in the cockpit, also washing stuff and storing dried goods in extra sealed poly bags in case of contamination.or all those ants would have been in the cabin!. read more...


24/06/2017

Social Security Statement - Log 1 - Preparing for Departure

After a rainy evening, the Crew of Social Security Statement are sitting in Back Creek prepping for the day.  The weather is clearing, the sun is bright and breakfast is about to be cooked.  Our Rally Flag is flying to port, and we’re awaiting a great start to the Rally.  Hoping our friends on Evening Star (Pearson 33) are making out ok and that leak has stopped for the time being!   Let us know if you need a tow!  Big winds and following seas to our Rally friends.  ~ Social Security StatementSSS Log 1 Email. read more...


Social Security Statement - Log 1 - Preparing for Departure
Social Security Statement - Log 1 - Preparing for Departure
24/06/2017

Aurora Polaris - 24. juni 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Etter frokost hørte vi på Copra Shed sin VHF-kanal, nyheter og innspill fra seilerne som ligger i havna her. Han som styrer radiokanalen er litt lik de som har radio Lyngdal. Til å begynne med trodde jeg han bare tøyset, men så fant vi snart ut at alt var på ramme alvor, selv om han på en måte var litt flåsete. Terje spurte ham om han visste om noen som kunne reparere kjøleskapet vårt. Han oppgav et navn og telefonnummer, og ikke lenge etter var kjøleskapsmannen om bord. Han fant ut at de som var her i går og reparerte, måtte ha gjort en feil og tappet ut KFK-gassen fra kjøleskapet, så han fylte på ny gass, og etterpå virket det. I tillegg byttet Terje ut styreenheten, så nå så det veldig bra ut. Jeg nevnte også at airconditionen ikke virket, og da ville han kikke på det med det samme.. read more...


24/06/2017

Aurora Polaris - 21.-22. juni 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Så er det gått to dager siden jeg sist skrev! Må bare si at det ikke er noe hvilehjem vi er på! Det skjer noe hele tiden, men nå valgte jeg å bli i båten for å skrive videre på bloggen. Har barrikadert meg med tepper rundt cockpiten for å stoppe sola fra å skinne inn på meg. Det er tilsynelatende alltid altfor mye arbeid å henge opp solskyggen vi kjøpte i Shelter Bay, så da blir det altså tepper! Jeg foreslo forsiktig å ta opp skyggen da vi ankret opp i Fawn Harbour etter om lag fem timers seilas den 21. midt på dagen, for lufta stod stille. Rita og Marcel plumpet uti med en gang, og etter en stund hoppet vi også uti. Terje tok skrubben fatt, og feide over den ene skutesida. Litt senere kom Shamal’s og lurte på om vi ville være med og snorkle. Det sa vi selvsagt ja til, men vi måtte. read more...


24/06/2017

Jubilate Mare - Off to Peniche!

A perfect sailing start this morning, which made a nicechange. Cruising chutes are up and the sun is coming out. We had a lovely time in Figueria da Foz and said goodbye to Tony before we left Porto. Tony's last supper was BBQ'd salmon steaks, Tom caught mackerel on the way down, which Pete pan fried for lunch and we had BBQ'd sardines for supper at the Yacht Club. The fish, as you would expect, is superb and plentiful, as is all fresh produce, and the local market was shopping heaven. We have been welcomed warmly everywhere we've visited and been showered with gifts. 🐝 x. read more...