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13/08/2017

Legato - Log - day 2

Just in case all of the kit loaded on board hadn't been unpacked, screwed on, lashed down or tested, today was the day to do it.Early to bed, early to rise.  4.30 am alarm tomorrow??  Usually that time of day means nothing to me.Pete. read more...


13/08/2017

Lexington - Last Day in Sydney 8/13/2017

We are due to fly out of Sydney at 15:30 today. I am out to squeeze a little more out of my time in Sydney. I have an OPAL card that covers buses, ferries, trains and light rail. On Sundays the most you can pay for all travel for the whole day is $ 2.60. What a deal! To burn the little time I have, I have taken the train to Circular Quay where I rode the ferry to Manly Island. Because of time restraints, I got back on the ferry to Circular Quay. I have boarded the train that takes me to the airport. It has been a beautiful day. The amount of people going everywhere was tremendous. I am happy that I am on the proper train to the airport and I am on time. I am not that much of a tourist but Sydney sure makes it easy to see their sights. It took me a little to slow down and learn about the. read more...


13/08/2017

Lexington - Out and about in Sydney-photographs

Opera House at a distance.View of the harbor from inside the Opera HouseMore flowers in the Botanical garden and it is winter here.  . read more...


13/08/2017

Lexington - Sydney

   Skyline from tour bus  Statue of Robert Burns the poetFlowers from the Botanical gardenThese are converted old wharfs that were once decaying and an eye sore. They have now been converted into restaurants and condominiums over the wharf. You can live on the water and have a slip for your boat .........that is if you have enough to buy or rent one.. read more...


13/08/2017

Lexington - Sydney Opera House photos

 Inside view of the sail structure of Sydney Opera House. The concrete arches over the innards of the houseThe outer sails of the opera house. There are no attachments to distract from the appearance. The rain water is collected from a system between the tiles and diverted into the harbor.. read more...


13/08/2017

Lexington - Sydney photos

Parrots eating at local restaurant. I do not know how they afford it because most stuff is expensive in Sydney.Crepe stand in Sydney. I think they stole Mark Arnold's idea?Photo of Endeavor replica of Captain Cook's ship  . read more...


12/08/2017

Matakana Blue - ARC Channel Islands Day 1 - Haslar

Day one.all gathered in Gosport beautiful sunny morning Grey cloudy afternoon. Went over to gun wharf key. Zorbing, shopping, went up the Spinnaker Tower and had lunch at Zizzi's. really convenient tobe so close to all the facilities and historic attractions of Portsmouth.IMG_0176. read more...


Matakana Blue - ARC Channel Islands Day 1 - Haslar
Matakana Blue - ARC Channel Islands Day 1 - Haslar
12/08/2017

Lexington - 8/12/2017 Sydney

Our main event today is going to the opera at 14:00. We used the morning to cruise thru a festival of chocolate. There was a theme of chocolate but as with most festivals there was room for everyone and their wares. The festival was huge with a few streets blocked off and loads of people wandering about, lost like us. We had a lunch at a nearby restaurant and made our way to the Sydney Opera House. We are a little early so I am sitting outside as some tourists try to attract the pesky sea gulls for photos and other guests hover over their food lest it disappear into the sky. The restaurant (outside seating ) has screen covers to put over your food as you eat what you have in your hand. Even at that you should be quick with your hand if there is an aggressive group around. I am now in the. read more...


12/08/2017

Lexington - 7/30/2017 Cape Hillsborough

 Today at 05:00 most all the World Arc sailors loaded onto a bus to go to Cape Hillsborough, which is about a 45 minute drive north. The attraction is kangaroos and wallabies that come to the beach in the early morning. The people who run an R.V. Park have developed the attraction. They try to educate the public and protect the animals while making an experience for their guests. They place feed out on the beach to attract and somewhat control the animals. They place markers on the beach to control how close the humans come to the animals. The humans are the harder to control than the animals. The kangaroos and wallabies naturally come to the beach to get salt, eat seaweed and eat mangrove parts. I will do photos. May fair winds fill your sails with nature even if manipulated!. read more...


12/08/2017

Lexington - 8/12/17 Sydney Martime Museum

 I spent the day at the Sydney Maritime Museum yesterday. It was a very nice place and I wanted to get the most out of it. There were the boats on exhibit. One was a copy of the Endeavor, the ship that Captain Cook sailed to Australia when he discovered Australia. (Warning do not quote any of my facts). There was a small part on the boat which was flown on the space mission of Endeavor. It was taken to space and then returned to the sailing ship. Probably the biggest thing to note for a non-sailor is that the Great Barrier Reef was a navigation maze for an explorer. Cook went aground once and then he needed to navigate the rest of the way up the coast of Australia. They would use a line with a lead weight to repeatedly measure the depth as they sailed along. They also sent out. read more...


11/08/2017

Lexington - 8/11/2017 Touring Sydney

We are in Sydney for a side trip. We are doing our best to see as much as we can in our short time. There is a lot of learning on what and how to do things. There is an excellent transport system with their OPAL card that works for most public transport. We toured the Opera House and bought tickets for an opera. That is a real dichotomy, a redneck farm boy going to an opera at the Sydney Opera House. We will see if I survive. I took a tour of the Sydney Opera House which I thought was very well done. I can not remember many of the facts. Like most public arts projects, it took a lot of foresight and probably blind faith. They had a cost overrun of about 1500%. The architect fell out with the political powers that came into power after the project began. He resigned. The project was put. read more...


Legato - Arriving at Haslar
Legato - Arriving at Haslar
10/08/2017

Legato - Log Day 1 - And so it begins...

After weeks of planning, tweaking, fitting and generally keeping the chandleries of the South Coast in business, we arrived in Haslar to meet our new rally buddies.  In complete contrast to yesterday, the sun shone out of a blue sky and reminded us why we all wanted to go sailing in the first place.Thanks to the Haslar crew, the welcome drinks set the tone for a great evening.. read more...


10/08/2017

Jambo - Cycle ride on Armand

Cycle ride through the islands and snack lunch- Julia and Richard catch the ferry tomorrow to Stockholm and Tom and me take Jambo to the sailing club outside StockholmIMG_0939. read more...


Jambo - Cycle ride on Armand
Jambo - Cycle ride on Armand
09/08/2017

Lexington - Sydney

A few photos from Sydney View from our condo in SydneyBondi beach, known for surfingOpera House whose architect never saw it. Sent from my iPad. read more...


09/08/2017

Lexington - 8/9/2017 Sydney

We flew to Sydney this morning for a few days of sight seeing. We checked into an air b&b which is a brand new condo in the central city. We rode the hop on and hop off bus all afternoon to get our bearings so we will know what to try to go back and see tomorrow. My impression so far is: 1. Sydney is a huge big city 2. Sydney seems very affluent and young 3. Most of the young people we saw had a cell phone in their hand. 4. I saw little obesity. Now the big question: What is the difference between Port Resolution, Vanuatu and Sydney, Australia ? They both had people at about the same time. They are both islands. One has skyscrapers and one has thatch houses. The more developed one was started with convicts. WHY the difference? May fair winds fill your sails with questions that make. read more...


07/08/2017

Lexington - 8/7/2017. Fitzroy Island

We motored overnight to be able to get to Fitzroy Island in time to enjoy the day. We need to be in a marina in Cairns tomorrow. We planned our time to be very near Cairns but have time to enjoy the resort area. Sam, Tom and I did two tank scuba dives on the nearby reefs while Karen and Fran snorkeled. We later had a very nice and pricy dinner at the resort. I will add a photo of all of us at dinner. Bob . read more...


07/08/2017

Jambo - Evening sail in the Sun

Sun came out we headed north and rolled out the sails - perfect!Now on the lookout for a quiet anchorage for the nightIMG_0917. read more...


Jambo - Evening sail in the Sun
Jambo - Evening sail in the Sun
07/08/2017

Timshel - Mackay and Australia

The Marina is lovely, hot showers and a really good launderette.Only problem it is a 25 min bus ride to the shops, mostly the buses are exclusively occupied by WARC folk.At the mall we were surprised to find ourselves doing food shopping in Woolworths which went bust in the UK some years ago.Such a lot of stuff available, but the fruits and veg seemed almost too perfect, we are used to more natural looking produce.There was a trip to view wallabies feeding on the beach at dawn, later the prize giving and the dinner.A really good function, just a shame that the results for the leg had not been worked out correctly, motoring hours not applied in some cases so that prizes went to the wrong boats, and I think this has also happened on previous legs.A new version was issued next morning but. read more...


07/08/2017

Timshel - Vanuatu to Australia Day 8 The Finish

We worked hard today, several big squalls, especially one just as Steve was on the 9am radio net, sails reefed sails out again when it went calm and repeat, hand steering to get maximum speed.  Ain't Fancy and Cesarina were fairly close behind as Cesarina had gallantly waited to escort Ain't Fancy who had a problem with their engine (and also therefore electricity generation).  They talked a lot on the VHF in German; we assumed if they needed us they would call in English.  As we approached the line near the entrance to the Hydrographers Passage the tide was against us, not much we could do about it, we arrived when we arrived, but with 4 knots against us we were down to 2 over the ground and it took ages to cross at 17.49, then there was the bit with the overfalls marked. read more...


06/08/2017

Lexington - 18.10 south. 146. 27 east

We are traveling overnight from Magnetic Island to Fitzroy Island. We have an overcast day with minimal wind. We have been lucky enough to catch about 5 fish. We do not know what they are so I would appreciate a little help from any fisherman. I think it is a type of mackerel. It has a band of coloration along the upper body that goes from behind the head and gills to about half way back its body. There are also a few spots along the side. I will send a photo. Bob . read more...


06/08/2017

Jambo - Heatwave In Finland

Lovely cooling 30 knot wind helped keep the temperature down todayWanted a sauna at the end of the day but no takers from Jambo meant the marina wouldn't crank it up fo just oneWhisky was a good substitute!Sweet dreamsPIMG_0915. read more...


Jambo - Heatwave In Finland
Jambo - Heatwave In Finland
05/08/2017

Lexington - 19. 36 south. 147. 40 east. 8/5/2017

We are heading to Magnetic Island. We were underway shortly after 06:00. We have some long runs for a few days and expect not much wind. We are also hoping to get to Fitzroy Island early before going into Cairns to take advantage of their resort and diving center. My posts lately have been boring. This morning I will try to dig deeper into my thoughts. We have been at this for 7 months. Now might be a good time to reflect. My thoughts are somewhat ambiguous. I would definitely think I would be just as happy at home but I admit I really do not know. For a red neck farm boy this is a long time without getting dirt under my fingernails. This morning's sunrise was spectacular but no better than Huffman Mill Road where I grew up in Kentucky. I am glad I am seeing sights that are new and. read more...


05/08/2017

Lexington - 8/4/2017 Upstart Bay

  We got underway early this morning at about 06:30. We wanted to have plenty of time to get where we were going and have time to look around or enjoy happy hour. The wind was light so we motored most all day. We arrived in the mid afternoon at Upstart Bay. We anchored on the outer aspect of the bay. We had noticed another boat come in ahead of us. We came close by to ask them about the anchorage. They were nice friendly people who were easy to talk to so we invited them over for happy hour. As usual they were very interesting people who have been retired for about 9 years and have sailed around Australia about 2 1/2 times in total over the years. We spent 2 days in the Whitsunday Islands while they just spent 6 weeks. They know how to do it right. They had a neat name for their. read more...


05/08/2017

Lexington - 8/2/2017 Sawmill Bay

 We are now at Saw Mill Bay anchorage on Whitsunday Island. We have free sail time where we are not traveling together with everyone. It has been an interesting day of changing our minds. We initially went to Whitehaven beach on Whitsunday for a lunch stop. It was a beautiful long white beach. Lots of locals and resort guests came to the area by boats, float planes and helicopters. We then decided it was too rolly and decided to go to Hamilton Island in hopes of doing a scuba dive thru their marina. That turned out to be too expensive and a two hour boat ride to the site. This pushed us on to the next spot which turned out to be a very peaceful well protected anchorage. Everyone else is helping fix dinner, tuna given to us by Aurora Polaris. Off to somewhere tomorrow depending on. read more...


05/08/2017

Lexington - 8/2/2017 Burning Point on Shaw island

We left Mackay yesterday and sailed to Burning Point on Shaw Island. We had an extremely pleasant gentle sail using our twin head sails most of the way. The highlight is that we had several whale sightings. I got a short video but no single shots that I can send from the boat. One whale surfaced right behind the boat probably not more than 75 feet behind the boat. That was a little close but that was the whales choice, as we were traveling on a straight course. You are supposed to keep away about 100 meters but as I say you can not control what the whales do. We grilled steaks with baked potatoes and a salad for a nice meal at anchor. I have been working on our trip plan which is not easy for me. I am not familiar with all the anchorages and it is hard to have the right distances between. read more...


05/08/2017

Lexington - 7/30/2017 Mackay

 We had a very enthusiastic prize giving dinner tonight. I am proud to say we got second place for this leg. I did not think we did all that well but we had low engine hours and some good twin sail sailing. There are a lot of very good sailors in the World Arc. We are happy to be a part of a great group of very congenial people. We have made very good friends that we will keep in touch with in the future. May fair winds fill your sails with down wind easy sailing! Bob SVLEXINGTON Sent from my iPad. read more...


04/08/2017

Jambo - Big guns on the ARC

Maybe not quite what you thought but we hung out with the big guns today on the fort at Helsinki Tomorrow we set off through the islands / rock hopping but the. Forecast is not greatPhilipIMG_0903. read more...


Jambo - Big guns on the ARC
Jambo - Big guns on the ARC
03/08/2017

Jambo - Sunny morning in Helsinki

Arrived yesterday after another night sail but made good time Julia met us after her train trip up from St Petersburg and two nights of luxury!Club house here is fabulous with a warm welcomeTook a shot of this mermaid I found on the deck of Jambo with the clubhouse in the backgroundIMG_0892. read more...


Jambo - Sunny morning in Helsinki
Jambo - Sunny morning in Helsinki
01/08/2017

Jambo - Haapasaari island

Beautiful spot to break the journey to Helsinki after rough old night bashing into the wind. Annie feeling better now on terra firmaGreat to be back in the EU!Impressive display of Russian military hardware in the night as they leave St Petersburg after Navy DayIMG_0854. read more...


Jambo - Haapasaari island
Jambo - Haapasaari island
Aurora Polaris - Utdrag av bilder fra vår tur så langt - World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - Utdrag av bilder fra vår tur så langt -  World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - Utdrag av bilder fra vår tur så langt - World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - Utdrag av bilder fra vår tur så langt -  World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - Utdrag av bilder fra vår tur så langt - World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - Utdrag av bilder fra vår tur så langt -  World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - Utdrag av bilder fra vår tur så langt - World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - Utdrag av bilder fra vår tur så langt -  World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - Utdrag av bilder fra vår tur så langt - World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - Utdrag av bilder fra vår tur så langt -  World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - Utdrag av bilder fra vår tur så langt - World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - Utdrag av bilder fra vår tur så langt -  World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - Utdrag av bilder fra vår tur så langt - World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - Utdrag av bilder fra vår tur så langt -  World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - Utdrag av bilder fra vår tur så langt - World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - Utdrag av bilder fra vår tur så langt -  World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - Utdrag av bilder fra vår tur så langt - World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - Utdrag av bilder fra vår tur så langt -  World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - Utdrag av bilder fra vår tur så langt - World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - Utdrag av bilder fra vår tur så langt -  World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - Utdrag av bilder fra vår tur så langt - World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - Utdrag av bilder fra vår tur så langt -  World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - Utdrag av bilder fra vår tur så langt - World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - Utdrag av bilder fra vår tur så langt -  World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - Utdrag av bilder fra vår tur så langt - World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - Utdrag av bilder fra vår tur så langt -  World ARC 2017-2018

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