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05/02/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob : at anchor

We had a nice sail to one nearby islands. We will be in the area for about 5 days. We will anchor at a few islands and then return here for a rendezvous with the other members of the fleet. Prince will leave on the 9th and Jerry Hey will join us. We will have a captains briefing for the trip to the Galapagos which will take 6-8 days. I cleaned the waterline where moss had grown. It was good exercise. I did this while Prince, Sam and Karen landed the dinghy and explored the island. Prince wanted to make sure she knew where the ferry was that she will take back to Panama City. We invited another boat over tonight for happy hour. Two sailors from Switzerland can over from a boat named Kymothoe which is connected to Greek mythology. Both were research scientist in cancer research. They have. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob : at anchor
Lexington - Captain Bob : at anchor
Lexington - Captain Bob : at anchor
Lexington - Captain Bob : at anchor
Lexington - Captain Bob : at anchor
Lexington - Captain Bob : at anchor
04/02/2017

Misto - Days 24-28: Panama Canal and into the Pacific!

January 30 saw us departing Shelter Bay for our Panama Canal transit, with Cecilie from WCC on board.Around 13h00 we were anchored at "The Flats" awaiting our Advisor, Roy Torre, who boarded about an hour later.We made our way towards the first lock and the plans for locking all the World ARC boats together were changed and we locked in two groups behind two freighters.We rafted up with Forget-Me-Not about 16h00 and proceeded into the Gatun Locks.The heaving lines with heavy monkey's fists on them soared over the boat and we retrieved the lines, fastened them to the long lines we had been provided with and they were heaved up to the bollards on the edge of the lock.Sharon, Chuck, Howard and Cecile acted as line handlers and Ros was at the helm.Under Roys' watchful, and helpful guidance. read more...


04/02/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: hot day of touring

I was determined to see Panama City before I left. I took an hop on and off bus tour. I really was not all that successful because the route was too spread out. I stuck with it from 8 to 5 and then walked about 2 miles back to the boat. I did see a computer in the Miraflores lock visitors center that I looked up Judy's grandfather who have worked on the canal project. He was a lawyer accountant type. As usual I have some photos to share. Hope all is well with everyoneimage4 image5 image6 image7 image1 image2 image3. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: hot day of touring
Lexington - Captain Bob: hot day of touring
Lexington - Captain Bob: hot day of touring
Lexington - Captain Bob: hot day of touring
Lexington - Captain Bob: hot day of touring
Lexington - Captain Bob: hot day of touring
Lexington - Captain Bob: hot day of touring
Lexington - Captain Bob: hot day of touring
Lexington - Captain Bob: hot day of touring
Lexington - Captain Bob: hot day of touring
Lexington - Captain Bob: hot day of touring
Lexington - Captain Bob: hot day of touring
Lexington - Captain Bob: hot day of touring
Lexington - Captain Bob: hot day of touring
Misto - Misto in the Pacific approaching Bridge of the Americas
Misto - Misto in the Pacific approaching Bridge of the Americas
Misto - Rafted in Gatun Lake
Misto - Rafted in Gatun Lake
Misto - First world ARC 2017 transit
Misto - First world ARC 2017 transit
Misto - Sharon handling lines in the Panama Canal
Misto - Sharon handling lines in the Panama Canal
Misto - Misto entering the First Panama Canal lock behind the freighter
Misto - Misto entering the First Panama Canal lock behind the freighter
04/02/2017

Exocet Strike - 3-4 February 2017

Great nights sailing after a somewhat tepid afternoons sail.The wind had other thoughts though. It's supposed to be just South of East and up to 15 knots. Instead by 0600 it had gone from ESE to SE and we were heading NW rather than the due West we wanted. So at 0900 this morning we gybed, however we soon discovered that the pin holding the spinnaker pole fitting at the mast end had sheared, could have been any time over the last few days. So I fitted a slightly smaller diameter pie of studding and all is ok, need to fix it properly in Salvador.Not bothered fishing today, having a day off, it is Saturday after all!. read more...


03/02/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob

Ann and I toured Panama City a little today. We were going to do the hop on and off trolley tour but changed our minds and walked around the old section of town. At least I can say I went to church. I will add a few photos with captions. Hope all is well with everyone. Sorry this is a light post with not much meat. Beautiful ceiling of an old restored church. image1 image2 image4 image5 image6 image7 image9. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob
Lexington - Captain Bob
Lexington - Captain Bob
Lexington - Captain Bob
Lexington - Captain Bob
Lexington - Captain Bob
Lexington - Captain Bob
Lexington - Captain Bob
Lexington - Captain Bob
Lexington - Captain Bob
Lexington - Captain Bob
Lexington - Captain Bob
Lexington - Captain Bob
Lexington - Captain Bob
03/02/2017

Exocet Strike - 2-3 February 2017

Some great winds overnight pushing us in the desired direction, but this afternoon it all went quiet, hopefully it will pick up again and send us in the right direction. Currently heading 20 degrees to far north, but I don't want to gybe since I'm sure the wind will go more easterly soon. Always a difficult call but we don't want to be tubing in the dark, all manner of things can go wrong then.No fish today either, and it's not just us, several boats haven't caught anything. One do catch a 20lb Tuna. Another boat had strikes on both rods and lost the catch. It does happen. We had to cut a line off the Great Barrier Reef when the reel wouldn't stop spooling out. Not sure how big it was but we have 80lb line and a strong brake on the reel, so it must have been big!A new marina for us in. read more...


02/02/2017

Firefly - Its getting hot as we approach Brazil

All going well on Firefly, we have enjoyed almost 24 hours of perfectsailing, with good breeze of around 12- 15 knots from the east (so right behindus) and clear skies with the occasional cloud. The clouds can generate the oddwind squall raising the wind speed significantly when they pass over so onoccasions we have had to quickly furl in the gennaker to avoid any damage andtoo much excitement as Firefly takes off at speed.   We are now well into the tropics and as we move west it is getting a lotwarmer, plus the sea temperature up to 25 deg. C. Shade is essential so weextend the bimini with extra sections of canvas to create more shade. Its veryhot walking on the unshaded  deck in bear feet! Our three hour watches arelong enough to be out on deck even in the shade of the. read more...


Misto - Embera village children
Misto - Embera village children
Misto - Embera village painting on tattoos
Misto - Embera village painting on tattoos
02/02/2017

Misto - Days 18-23 Porvenir, Linton Marina, Shelter Bay and Embera Peruww

We ended our time in the San Blas Islands by checking out in Provenir.  The run down the coast to Linton Marina, following Rainbow, Shamal, Cesarina and Sumore, was accomplished under engine as there was insufficient wind for any form of sailing. Linton Marina is a pleasant place to stay a few nights with their floating bar attracting many patrons.On January 27 we made our way to Shelter Bay Marina.  The sailing Gods shined on us and we were able to hoist the parasailer and had a wonderful sail all the way to the breakwater entrance.  After dousing the parasailer and requesting permission from Cristobal Port Control we entered the breakwater and pointed our bows towards Shelter Bay Marina.  Here we hauled and power-washed in anticipation of entry into the Galapagos,. read more...


02/02/2017

Exocet Strike - Slow Progress 31st to 2nd February 2017

Well yesterday and Tuesday were slow progress days, light winds, making 4 - 5 knots max. The winds were forecast to pick up during yesterday evening, which they did, but around 0300 this morning the wind got up to 15 knots or so and there was a big cloud behind us. Then it started to rain heavily, squall. No further increase in wind though, unlike the North Atlantic. However when it passed us the wind dropped for newly two hours, to less than 5 knots. Also the wind had varied in direction by over 100 degrees, so our boat track was all over the place. It did start to pick up though and now, at 0830 it's approx 13 - 15 knots from the east, great, exactly what we want.Although the wind hasn't been too kind, the rest of the weather has, lovely days with only a few clouds, I could get used to. read more...


01/02/2017

Exocet Strike - 30-31 January 2017

Slow progress! Winds are definitely down, at one point today we only had 6 knots of wind, however it is behind us and we are still averaging 4.5 to 5 knots towards Salvador. In our new sail configuration it's so much quieter than before, much less stress on the rig!Yesterday for the first time since we left St Helena we gybed from Port to Starboard. Funny, when we raced we did that in a minute or less sometimes, now it can take 20 mins to half an hour, if we're trying hard that is!No fish yet on the leg, maybe they don't like South African lures, or maybe we are going too slowly. Hopefully a new month and new fishing luck.The pilot books suggest this leg is one of the quietest for conditions, it certainly seems to be. I'm sure though that going up the Brasilian coast will be more of a. read more...


01/02/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: Jim Dinger's birthday

We got a cake for Jim Dinger's birthday. We had it tonight and poured a little port over it which Jim and I though was good.We hope you all have just as lovely birthdays. image1. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: Jim Dinger's birthday
Lexington - Captain Bob: Jim Dinger's birthday
01/02/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: finishing canal

Today we were greeted by our pilots-advisors for the second part of our canal transit. It took most of the day to get all the way thru and to the new marina just outside Panama City. The photos below are of the sail boats tied up to the large mooring and each other. image1 image2 image3 image4 image5 image6. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: finishing canal
Lexington - Captain Bob: finishing canal
Lexington - Captain Bob: finishing canal
Lexington - Captain Bob: finishing canal
Lexington - Captain Bob: finishing canal
Lexington - Captain Bob: finishing canal
Lexington - Captain Bob: finishing canal
Lexington - Captain Bob: finishing canal
Lexington - Captain Bob: finishing canal
Lexington - Captain Bob: finishing canal
Lexington - Captain Bob: finishing canal
Lexington - Captain Bob: finishing canal
31/01/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: Forget Me Not

We are on the way this morning at 7:30.Ann and I went with Forget Me Not, another boat in the Arc, to act as line handlers. When boats enter a lock then the water goes either up or down depending on the lock. As this happens the line handlers have to take in or let out line to keep the boat in the center of the lock. When a boat first enters a lock,workers on the canal toss light line with a "monkey fist", a ball of line around a weight, to line handlers on the boat. The light line is tied to the heavy lines on the boat and pulled to a bullard, a large metal piece to tie to.The on land canal line handlers move the lines along the canal as each boat moves from lock to lock and reattach the lines to new bullards. Yesterday we did the first set of locks going up. We all tied to a hugh. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: Forget Me Not
Lexington - Captain Bob: Forget Me Not
Lexington - Captain Bob: Forget Me Not
Lexington - Captain Bob: Forget Me Not
Lexington - Captain Bob: Forget Me Not
Lexington - Captain Bob: Forget Me Not
Lexington - Captain Bob: Forget Me Not
Lexington - Captain Bob: Forget Me Not
Lexington - Captain Bob: Forget Me Not
Lexington - Captain Bob: Forget Me Not
Lexington - Captain Bob: Forget Me Not
Lexington - Captain Bob: Forget Me Not

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