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Paw Paw - Log Day 226: Imagine Life Without...
Paw Paw - Log Day 226: Imagine Life Without...
23/08/2016

Midnight Wanderer - Day 4 - Monday

This was one of the longest days of my life. It started with great expectations, (and a cup of tea), turned into a difficult morning and then a glorious afternoon, with a late arrival in the marina. The sea off Bembridge Ledge was lumpy but unfortunately, the only thing was that the boat coped well but all the crew didn't to a lesser or greater extent. Not fun! But onward we went, ate some ginger biscuits, drank ginger beer and played music very loudly. Seemed to work, except the playlist included Stormy Weather! The radio chatter on 77 was, at times, straight from an Ealing comedy and at times largely unnecessary. I clarified a point of detail, got my confirmation and was able to rely to Manitoba, "Roger Roger, Out" Silly, I know but the opportunity doesn't arise often.The navigation. read more...


23/08/2016

Majic-L - Magical Challenge Day 5

After an early night, a 4am alarm was the order of the day for our planned 5am departure from Gosport. Naively I reached for the cereals but Linda (with great foresight as it happened) said to leave it and we'd eat later so just a cup of tea and we were off.After motoring out of Gosport, we got the sails up as quickly as possible - which we know now meant we had to go a bit out of our way to keep the winds and if we had motored further at the beginning we could have traveled more directly, but then it wasn't a race!The first 4-5 hours of the trip were a challenge to say the least - we kept up a pretty good speed under sail but boy was it choppy! We were all knitted out with lifelines as it would have been easy to fall out of the cockpit never mind having to go up on deck as Richard did. read more...


22/08/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 225: So Many Aspects to Absorb

After both of us fell asleep while watching a movie last night, we woke this morning to glorious sunshine and another yacht limping into the anchorage.Bay Dreamer (Anna and Daniel), whom we'd briefly met in Samoa with their crew of five and a four month old baby on board, had also decided to take advantage of the forecasted benign weather and set sail for Vava'u, only to be forced to divert due to the terrible weather aswell.When we saw them coming through the channel, we looked at each other with a giggle and wondered whether or not we would experience the same inexplicable phenomena amongst sailors. With a completely empty anchorage, would they anchor on top of us? While sailing in the Caribbean, this is something we first thought that only the French did,but we have since discovered. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 225: So Many Aspects to Absorb
Paw Paw - Log Day 225: So Many Aspects to Absorb
Paw Paw - Log Day 225: So Many Aspects to Absorb
Paw Paw - Log Day 225: So Many Aspects to Absorb
Paw Paw - Log Day 225: So Many Aspects to Absorb
Paw Paw - Log Day 225: So Many Aspects to Absorb
21/08/2016

Bubsa - Bubsa's Journey Begins

Bubsa set off from Lymington on Thursday 18th August 2016 heading for Gosport and Haslar Marina. A gentle sail with up through the Solent, the sun shinning brightly we were luckyto spot The GB Americas Cup Boat fly by in training. What a fabulous sight.To welcome us into Haslar Marina, high above us against a blue sky two Spitfires flew overโ€ฆ.. our excitement rising with the prospect of our pending journey.How quickly things can change, waking up on Friday to rain and dull skies. Our spirits however were not dampened despite the change in weather as we ventured out into Gosport to sample the various retail outlets of Poundland, Pound Stretchers and even a Pound World.Ladened down with those all important items that could be somehow useful, we returned to the boat.With the rain still. read more...


Bubsa - A very British Sight
Bubsa - A very British Sight
Bubsa - The sun at last
Bubsa - The sun at last
Bubsa - A Turks Knot
Bubsa - A Turks Knot
21/08/2016

Bubsa - First Log

Bubsa set off from Lymington on Thursday 18th August 2016 heading for Gosport and Haslar Marina. A gentle sail with up through the Solent, the sun shinning brightly we were luckyto spot The GB Americas Cup Boat fly by in training. What a fabulous sight.To welcome us into Haslar Marina, high above us against a blue sky two Spitfires flew overโ€ฆ.. our excitement rising with the prospect of our pending journey. How quickly things can change, waking up on Friday to rain and dull skies. Our spirits however were not dampened despite the change in weather as we ventured out into Gosport to sample the various retail outlets of Poundland, Pound Stretchers and even a Pound World.Ladened down with those all important items that could be somehow useful, we returned to the boat.With the rain still. read more...


Midnight Wanderer - Variety is the spice of life, or in this case cake!
Midnight Wanderer - Variety is the spice of life, or in this case cake!
21/08/2016

Majic-L - Majical Challenge Day 4

Lazy start to the day knowing that the rest of the week will be earlies. First task of the day for RIchard as skipper was to get out his passage plan that we had all looked at back home last week, the tide time books and the charts and rewrite it all to take into account the revised schedule now we knew we were leaving on Monday - hurrah!Next up was to decide what to bake for the bake off competition - we wanted to be true to the spirit of the game so it was about what we could do with what we had on the boat.On the way out to the shops, Richard compared notes with one of Jessica's crew whom was also rewriting their plan which was helpful for reassurance we had the right calculations.Tony and I visited "Dave's Tackle" off the High St for a quick repair to his fishing rod. This was a real. read more...


21/08/2016

Midnight Wanderer - Day 4 - Sunday

Sunday morning seemed like a normal Sunday, insofar as we were at home!  After the morning papers and breakfast, I cooked plain scones, using a recipe from Delia's bible, and then we packed up, having had lunch which comprised of hot sausage rolls which the crew had made for the crossing. We did leave some so we won't starve on the way across.  The cabbie we had yesterday turned up and we returned with enough time to spare to fill the scones   (If you ate any, they were filled with clotted cream and raspberry jam) and for Louise to cook the chocolate chip cookies on board, and then off to the tea party. The effort some had taken was impressive and Malia beat the field with filled bread, but there were some wonderful cakes. If their sailing is as good as their baking, then. read more...


21/08/2016

Venturer II - VENTURER II Captain Slog Day 2

Not much to report today but should take some positives from itCelia and I are back on speaking terms again. Trying to fold a 150% Genoa on the deck yesterday in supersonic winds put our pretty solid 35 year marriage in jeopardy. The event also made me realise I am skipper in name only. Also I have just discovered that there are no bacon butties planned for the morning. Maybe if I am not really the skipper that means I am the crew and I could mutiny....not sure what that will achieve.I have been to 2 briefings now in the lighthouse. It reminds me of the crooked house that used to come to Barnet Fair. It also reminds me of our house, but that's another story.i haven't actually gleaned much from the meetings apart from the surprising thing that all the people seem nice and normal. No smart. read more...


Alpamayo - Life as an Autohelm Rabbit - Day 3 photo
Alpamayo - Life as an Autohelm Rabbit - Day 3 photo
21/08/2016

Alpamayo - Alpamayo - Life as an Autohelm Rabbit - Day 3

On an unexpected lay day due to continued bad weather what is a young autohelm rabbit to do?  I would happily have passed the day playing computer games on the chart plotter but the skipper said I had to practise my spelling.... With flags.  Shame I didn't have any time left to bake a Carrot cake for the Bake Off competition.  Looking forward to the chance to demonstrate my helming skills on the way to Cherbourg tomorrow.Flopsy  Alpamayo. read more...


21/08/2016

South Steyne - Log Day 2 - going tomorrow

The weather and sea state are finally in our favour and we are off to Cherbourg rather early tomorrow morning, away at 05.30. Fuel first and go. Tony, our 3rd crew member, joined us last night, provisions on board, passage planning done. Not much left to donow but have supper and get an early night. We hope to arrive by 18.00hrs (UK time). Fair winds and a safe passage to all our fellow rally members.. read more...


21/08/2016

Hufflepuff - ARC CI rally: Hufflepuff Post script to Bake Off Blog

...and the winner of the cupcake category is Jasmine James and Hufflepuff!image1. read more...


Hufflepuff - ARC CI rally: Hufflepuff Post script to Bake Off Blog
Hufflepuff - ARC CI rally: Hufflepuff Post script to Bake Off Blog
21/08/2016

Hufflepuff - ARC Channel Islands Rally: Day 4 (Sunday) Hufflepuff prepares for Bake Off!

The ARC team are ensuring we make the most of our stay in Gosport by organising a Bake Off competition ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€ Undaunted by the lack of an oven the Hufflepuff crew, led by youngest member Jasmine, have prepared rice crispy cakes - mmmimage3 image2 image1. read more...


Hufflepuff - ARC Channel Islands Rally: Day 4 (Sunday) Hufflepuff prepares for Bake Off!
Hufflepuff - ARC Channel Islands Rally: Day 4 (Sunday) Hufflepuff prepares for Bake Off!
Hufflepuff - ARC Channel Islands Rally: Day 4 (Sunday) Hufflepuff prepares for Bake Off!
Hufflepuff - ARC Channel Islands Rally: Day 4 (Sunday) Hufflepuff prepares for Bake Off!
Hufflepuff - ARC Channel Islands Rally: Day 4 (Sunday) Hufflepuff prepares for Bake Off!
Hufflepuff - ARC Channel Islands Rally: Day 4 (Sunday) Hufflepuff prepares for Bake Off!
21/08/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 224: A Change of Plan and Another First on Paw Paw

When we decided on our plan for our passage from Samoa to Tonga we took the decision to skip the northern island of Nuiatoputapu, Tonga and head straight for the Vava'u Group, in order to take advantage of the forecasted benign weather, as well as not wanting to risk another weather system coming through if we delayed our passage by stopping. We were also looking forward to a relatively peaceful passage based on the forecast of light and variable winds in flat seas, since we'd spent nearly a month in Samoa, enjoying a well deserved rest in glorious sunshine and in a protected anchorage. Well, not only was Murphy having a giggle,he had other plans for us. By late afternoon when the weather started to deteriorate unexpectedly we were already past Nuiatoputapu and could not make it in. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 224: A Change of Plan and Another First on Paw Paw
Paw Paw - Log Day 224: A Change of Plan and Another First on Paw Paw
Paw Paw - Log Day 224: A Change of Plan and Another First on Paw Paw
Paw Paw - Log Day 224: A Change of Plan and Another First on Paw Paw
Paw Paw - Log Day 224: A Change of Plan and Another First on Paw Paw
Paw Paw - Log Day 224: A Change of Plan and Another First on Paw Paw
21/08/2016

Venturer II - Captain Slog Day One

Safety Visit went well in the morning. Celia needed little encouragement to see my Handy Billy in ActionWith the prospect of another day in port to keep my No 2 happy we have some fender polishing planned.Celia fell asleep this afternoon passage planning. She got bored trying to work out why her 201 degrees true to Cherbourg drawn on the chart is different to my 197 onthe iPad. We didn't have the stamina to apply Lee Bow whatever that is. I thought he played for Newcastle United.We discovered this evening that there is baking competition tomorrow . Not sure we will have time between fender polishing and googling LeeBow. I have spotted some shrink wrapped French bread with a picture of that smarmy beardedchap on Bake Off in our fridge that you put in the oven . Perhaps we could use that. read more...


20/08/2016

Majic-L - Majical Challenge Day 3

Woke up to the wind and rain today, but we had already decided that we would start the day with a Wetherspoons so as soon as the rain stopped we were off up the high st. Four large breakfasts later (and they were big!) and we were ready for anything after 1500 calories. Admired Linda's self control as she could watch the rest of us eat all that as she had taken the healthy option of grapefruit. That being said, we didn't have pints at 9:30 in the morning with our food as a few of the customers were doing surprisingly.We needed a walk after that so walked nearly 2 miles to Gosport Living Flame to buy some fireproof rope and special glue to fix the glass on the oven door on the boat - glad they had it after all that as we will need the oven for the challenge tomorrow (more of that later!).. read more...


Majic-L - Majical Challenge - meet the crew (Mark, Dave, Richard, Tony & Linda)
Majic-L - Majical Challenge - meet the crew (Mark, Dave, Richard, Tony & Linda)
Majic-L - Majical Challenge - meet the crew (Mark, Dave, Richard, Tony & Linda)
Majic-L - Majical Challenge - meet the crew (Mark, Dave, Richard, Tony & Linda)
Majic-L - Majical Challenge - meet the crew (Mark, Dave, Richard, Tony & Linda)
Majic-L - Majical Challenge - meet the crew (Mark, Dave, Richard, Tony & Linda)
Hufflepuff - Day 3
Hufflepuff - Day 3
20/08/2016

Hufflepuff - ARC CI RALLY DAY 3: Skipper checking steaming light on a blustery day

A leisurely lie in and cooked breakfast (thanks Cathy) was an ideal start to the day and set us up well for Roger "T" Seymour's visit to check over the boat and our passage planning. Jasmine impressed with her progress on learning to tie a bowline and lots of useful tips were gleaned from Roger in exchange for a cup of Twinings best. The windy weather didn't deter certain members of the crew from investigating the play park and steam fair whilst others went up the mast to check on the steaming light. Sally called in to say hello and was rewarded with a handful of candy floss from the fair and then we all headed off for a very enjoyable drink or few at Hardy's before a fish and chip supper back on board. All in all a happy day - and quite relieved to be listening to the wind from our. read more...


Midnight Wanderer - Stormy clouds, windy Gosport backdrop crew selfie. Killing time spending money. Uh oh.
Midnight Wanderer - Stormy clouds, windy Gosport backdrop crew selfie. Killing time spending money. Uh oh.
20/08/2016

Midnight Wanderer - Day 3 - Saturday

It was windy, with the odd squall, so once again, it was a lazy breakfast, with black coffee and toast and the bottom of the last jar of my homemade marmalade. Disaster, as we hadn't provisioned any more.This, as you will learn, had a major bearing on decisions made later.So the crew agreed that shopping would be good therapy given the exciting email we all received from Sally. Monday it is, thank heavens, when we will then get going. The green ferry gotus to Gun Wharf, a premier retail outlet. Bargains!Musto, Vans, M&S, Bose, Levi's and more, which meant the card took a hit.Over lunch in Tiger Tiger, which I had gone to thinking it was that Danish shop of things you buy but don't need, we agreed that we would leave the marina. After all, we had run out of marmalade and there was. read more...


Midnight Wanderer - Two men in hats. They both like boats.
Midnight Wanderer - Two men in hats. They both like boats.
Alpamayo - Day 2
Alpamayo - Day 2
20/08/2016

Alpamayo - Life as an Autohelm Rabbit - Day 2

I was a bit tied up yesterday but today I have focused on getting my jobs done. Even though the wind is currently keeping us in the marina it's important to fly the flag and take part! That's where today's adventure begins....While my adult minders were taken full advantage of the local shops and attractions I took it upon myself to get the rally flag back up the mast. Surely it's a simple task for a fully competent Autohelm Rabbit, how difficult could it be? (Famous last words). With one paw on the flag and the other three tying the knots, easy; you will know from yesterday's blog that I am quite proficient with a rope. However, those experienced sailors amongst you will have already realised my mistake, three paws is one paw too many. Slip, grip, fumble and go... the extra paw was. read more...


20/08/2016

Amy Clair - ARC Channel Islands - Gosport day 1..... & 2...&...

So we're still in Gosport instead of half way across the channel, thanks to the howling winds and weather warnings, but a joy to have some glorious sunshine whilst we dodge the downpours and try to avoid being swept off the pontoon!A good chance to make new acquaintances, share ridiculous boating stories, and build confidence for the forthcoming passages. Today's bonus was some added entertainment courtesy of the Armed Forces - a sail past with bagpipes sounding out across the harbour! How did our ARC rally leaders manage to organise that I wonder? Very impressed! Photo and or video to follow if my techie skills and icloud allow (that's probably a no then!)๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’จ๐ŸŒŠโ›ต๏ธLiz Hedges on S/Y Amy Clair. read more...


20/08/2016

Jessica - Calm before the storm, who'd have guessed from such a calm scene?

Sent from my iPhoneimage1. read more...


Jessica - Calm before the storm, who'd have guessed from such a calm scene?
Jessica - Calm before the storm, who'd have guessed from such a calm scene?
20/08/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 223: Murphy is Having a Giggle

After a reasonably good night Roy decided to tackle the port engine issue again.Unfortunately after cleaning the heat exchanger, the exhaust elbow, the pipes of the water pump and the filter, it is still running hot. The only two remaining possibilities are a blockage in the intake or the water pump.Lets hope it's the less expensive one. Either way neither can be investigated until we are at anchor. On another note, we've decided that Murphy is definitely having a giggle. Once again a South Pacific passage has no resemblance to what was forecasted.The flat seas we thought we were getting only lasted a day and now we are crawling our way through very lumpy and confused seas, with the swell anything from southwesterly to southerly, the current out of the east and winds out of the. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 223: Murphy is Having a Giggle
Paw Paw - Log Day 223: Murphy is Having a Giggle
Alpamayo - Life as an Autohelm Rabbit -day 1
Alpamayo - Life as an Autohelm Rabbit -day 1
19/08/2016

Alpamayo - Life as an Autohelm Rabbit -Day 1

Being an Autohelm rabbit can be tough. Here at my berth in Gosport Marina waiting to start the ARC Channel Islands, we are hit by some stormy weather.Outside, the rain is persistently washing the decks. This ruins my fur so I have had to shelter inside all day.As a keen sailing rabbit, I have used this time to practice my knots. To start with, things went well until there were some lewd suggestions about rope and knots from a crew member. I was so shocked, my ears stood up on end. Unfortunately the end result of my knot tying can be seen in the rather embarrassing photo taken by the skipper when I was well and truly indisposed. Fortunately, non of my female rabbit friends were nearby although the thought of this picture appearing on Furbook may keep me awake tonight.Fur. read more...


19/08/2016

Hufflepuff - waiting for the weather to blow through

After a bumpy night next to the Haslar lightship and with the weather expected to worsen, we made plans to move to a more sheltered berth. That was the cue for the sun to come out after hours of rain, naturally. The noise of the wind in the rigging is increasing now, though, so we're glad we made the move.We've had a relaxing day with games on board and a trip on the ferry across to Portsmouth. The crew split up with part going off to watch "Finding Dory" and part having lunch at Loch Fyne in Gunwharf Quays. The skippers' briefing went through the key points for our passage to Cherbourg with an update promised on Saturday. It's exciting to anticipate the trip, but let's see what the weather holds for us...FionaHufflepuff. read more...


19/08/2016

Majic-L - Majical WRC challenge - day 2

So, here we are this morning in a wet and windy Haslar marina. Had afunny start to the day - we have more eggs than you can shake a stick at so Tony offered to cook breakfast. After a bit of debate - fried, boiled, poached, scrambled we opted for poached eggs on toast for the 5 of us. Thing was, Tony knew what to do but two issues - he'd seen his wife doing them but hadn't done himself, so the "advice" started from his crew mates and you know what they say about "too many cooks" - how true! Then you know what they say about being in someone else's kitchen, well in a boats galley this is even more so as everything is stowed for travel so much searching for things like vinegar, ramekins etc. But it all turned out well and we enjoyed the eggs and all ready at the same time. He's been. read more...