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Kairos - Muffins!
Kairos - Muffins!
Juno - Juno in the Atlantic
Juno - Juno in the Atlantic
Juno - Cleared the Chesapeake
Juno - Cleared the Chesapeake
Juno - Leaving Portsmouth 5:30 AM
Juno - Leaving Portsmouth 5:30 AM
22/06/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 164: Fairylights to Add a Little Magic

Yesterday evening we enjoyed sundowners on the trampoline, having not seen a sunset for quite some time and were rewarded with the most vivid "green flash", the likes of which we haven't seen before.Unfortunately a starry night was not forthcoming as the skies clouded over and the rain set in,continuing through today. After Roy helped Neil go up the mast on YouNevaKnow early this morning, we decided that, regardless of the overcast and rainy day, we would walk into the main town, Vaitape and we weren't disappointed.We stopped en route to enjoy freshly, made to order, Churros, French style, which were delicious.After a walk around town we stopped at a coffee shop to enjoy a cappuccino and Facetime Brooke and William, which definitely added a huge dollop of sunshine to our day.Tonight Roy. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 164: Fairylights to Add a Little Magic
Paw Paw - Log Day 164: Fairylights to Add a Little Magic
Paw Paw - Log Day 164: Fairylights to Add a Little Magic
Paw Paw - Log Day 164: Fairylights to Add a Little Magic
Juno - Leaving Portsmouth
Juno - Leaving Portsmouth
22/06/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 57, Bay of Islands. 18.10.624S 179.01.093W

Thursday, 18 June.09.00hrs, Sophia had left and we up anchored to tackle the route through the reefs NW of Bavatu Bay.We had Anthony on the bow and the Ship's Boy mid station to relay, while Skipper had his finger on the iPad, the cockpit Garmin chart display still being a non runner, with another display showing Peregrine's route on the computer and with the Skipper's wife keeping the boat on as straight a course as possible.As we approached the Bay of Island anchorage, we all agreed we should do the right thing and follow Sophia to Daliconi to report to head of the village who owned the area.This meant a 6 mile motor South and then back again, but it was worth it for the scenery and the ceremony.We were met on the beach by a charming man who put on a Fijian skirt in honour of the. read more...


22/06/2016

Halcyon Days - Delayed a Day

Weather forecasts kept us in Portsmouth an extra night, but we have a 36 hour window for a 32 hour sail and will leave the slip at 0600 today, bound for the Atlantic to make our way up to Cape May, along with 22 other boats in the Rally.  The crew is doing well...three blue-water experienced sailors and an bay-sailing skipper looking to get blue water legs, are now a working team, despite never meeting each other before - helped by good food (provisioned by Marcia) and a good boat. More about the team later.  Jim. read more...


22/06/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 56. Bavatu Harbour. 17.11.03S 179.00.08W

Wednesday, 15 June.After spending some time in Lomaloma trying to get some accurate way points for the next part of our trip round the Exploring Islands and with many thanks to Marie on Domini for her tracks and way points and Ann on Sophia for her help, we left Lomaloma for Bavatu Harbour on the NE side of Vanua Baluvu.There are many reefs to be avoided and most of the navigational marks have been destroyed or reduced to small sticks by the cyclone, so we were very grateful for all the help we have been given by the Sea Mercy yachts and for Anthony doing bow duty as reef spotter. Bavatu Harbour is absolutely lovely, deep but well sheltered and very beautiful in spite of all the cyclone damage., with plenty of space for Wishanger, Paradise Found and Sophia, who came to Alcedo for. read more...


22/06/2016

Aliena - Miercoles 22 Junio 2016

En la circunnavegación los satelites te recuerdan donde estas. En este viaje hemos visto como nuestro navegador mostraba latitud cero -Ecuador-, cambiaba de día y hora, de camino a la Isla Gau cambió de longitud Oeste a Este.... Como navegando no se aprecian estas cosas es dificil tomar consciencia de la situación espacio-tiempo. Lo que si hemos notado es la entrada del invierno y, a pesar del trópico, vamos con chaquetita. Ahora recorremos el Norte de Viti Levu, dirección al Oeste por dentro del arrecife que la rodea y como está tan lejos de la Isla entre medias los corales campan a sus anchas y los sorteamos haciendo eses, entre rachas de viento de 29 nudos, para no chocar con un enemigo que fuera del mar es invisible. Parecer que Aliena estuviera escribiendo sobre el mar su propia. read more...


22/06/2016

Halcyon Days - One leg under our belts...

After a slow start at 10:00, with light winds and some sail changes, Halcyon Days and her crew motored for several hours through the evening, then sailed like a dream through the night when the westerly winds picked up.With the only sounds the winds and the hull pushing through the water, we had a fast and relaxing, first-ever, night sail to Portsmouth, arriving at 10:00 the following morning.image1.. read more...


Halcyon Days - One leg under our belts...
Halcyon Days - One leg under our belts...
21/06/2016

Aliena - Martes 21 Junio 2016

Ayer dejamos la simpática Levuka y fuimos hasta la Isla Makagai con un viento de 24 nudos que con dos rizos nos hizo llegar en un santiamén a pesar de ir sorteando arrecifes. No fuimos a tierra porque el huracan ha dejado poco en pie, pero la bahia que hace la isla unida a un islote por un arrecife debe ser bonita con sol. Ahora estamos en el Norte de Viti Levu, una de las islas grandes, por dentro del arrecife. Hemos fondeado en Voli Voli Point. Igual hay algun habitante.Carmen. read more...


Juno - Sandy at old town Portsmouth
Juno - Sandy at old town Portsmouth
21/06/2016

Sablier - Day 3

Unfortunately, the weather is not in our favor. There is a cold front coming and that means storms. So we will lay over at Ocean Yacht Marina tonight,  Right now, we anticipate leaving Portsmouth Wednesday morning around 3 am.  As always, things can change. So we are prepping for the possibility of  rough seas.  What does "prep" mean? Pre-plotting course options, prepping food, cleaning up the boat, napping . . . .Grant the navigator 20160621_124749. read more...


Sablier - Day 3
Sablier - Day 3
21/06/2016

Sablier - Leg 1 completed!

We began our journey to sail around the Delmarva Peninsula months ago. But the final day was upon us. Grant Woodside (skipper), Diane (DePew) Woodside, Susan Whalen, and Nick Steinbrecher had done a shake out cruise 3 weeks earlier. We identified what was needed (Coast Guard approved live jackets)  and optional luxuries (cup holders!). We had done everything we could think of (bounded only by time and money) to prepare the boat and ourselves. Good thing we each prepped out nails to show team spirit! (See pic). The last few items were brought aboard the boat on the eve of departure and we hoped to have a good night sleep.​On Sunday, June 19, Grant, Diane, Susan and Nick left Glebe Bay aboard the s/v Sablier at 8:57 am to start the first leg of the trip. The goal was to leave at 9 am. read more...


Sablier - Leg 1 completed!
Sablier - Leg 1 completed!
21/06/2016

Evening Star - Delmarva trip

We arrived in Portsmouth in middle of pack! Unfortunately the forecast for today is for major storms so we are delayed. The plan is to leave as soon as storms are over and get to cape may before the next serious storms hit. We will need to leave around 3 am image2 image3 image1. read more...


Evening Star - Delmarva trip
Evening Star - Delmarva trip
Evening Star - Delmarva trip
Evening Star - Delmarva trip
Evening Star - Delmarva trip
Evening Star - Delmarva trip
Juno - Making lunch on Juno. Mediterranean chicken Bring your own plate and hurry it's going fast
Juno - Making lunch on Juno. Mediterranean chicken Bring your own plate and hurry it's going fast
21/06/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 163: "Pearl of the Pacific"

Bora Bora,known as the " Pearl of the Pacific ".For us though, our first night here was anything but pearls. We had the worst storm that either of us has ever encountered.Worse than any storm in South Africa that we can remember. Worse than any monsoon storm in Phoenix.Worse than tropical storm, Raphael, that we experienced while in St Martin. Worse than the one we just endured in Huahine.Besides the howling wind,the thunder and lightening could have woken the dead. The torrential rain was so bad we couldn't even see the yachts on the mooring balls next to us and, at times, we couldn't even see beyond the perimeters of Paw Paw's hulls. What made it the worst is that all of this lasted the entire night. It was never-ending! With all our onboard systems shutdown and our battery bank. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 163: "Pearl of the Pacific"
Paw Paw - Log Day 163:
Paw Paw - Log Day 163: "Pearl of the Pacific"
Paw Paw - Log Day 163:
21/06/2016

Nomad - Sailing under a full strawberry moon

After 7 hrs of tacking down the Chesapeake, a beautiful breeze from the SW kicked in and we had a wonderful one-tack sledride from Choptank to Portsmouth under a full strawberry moon. IMG_2983. read more...


Nomad - Sailing under a full strawberry moon
Nomad - Sailing under a full strawberry moon
Juno - One has to kiss the frog in Portsmouth for good luck
Juno - One has to kiss the frog in Portsmouth for good luck
20/06/2016

Mischief - Thimble Shoal

At moon set and sun riseimage1. read more...


Mischief - Thimble Shoal
Mischief - Thimble Shoal
Juno - Sandy at the helm of Juno
Juno - Sandy at the helm of Juno
Juno - Sun rising at the mouth of the Rapahannock River
Juno - Sun rising at the mouth of the Rapahannock River
20/06/2016

Dawn - Good morning

Had a really great had a really great sail through the night. We ducked one tugboat. Before sunup we had to tuckin two reefs and both the jib and the main. We were way over powered. The wind has kicked up to 16 knots with gusts up to 20. Seas are building.Ben. read more...


20/06/2016

Dawn - Awesome!

After a lovely sunset dinner and some coffee the moon Rose and we headed through Cove Point. We had a little excitement as the night fell it was a little more difficult to read the charts and we had expected. But luckily the old adage green to starboard held true. Tom came up at midnight to take the helm. And so far we're doing about six and a half knots on a course of 180 degrees.Ben. read more...


20/06/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 162: Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to all the Dads out there, especially Elaine's Dad and our son, Keenan. Hope you both had a wonderful day and got to do exactly what you wanted. Sorry we weren't able to call you,but we're hoping to be able to do so tomorrow.This morning we were up early again.This time to set sail for Bora Bora.As things transpired we probably didn't have to set off as early as we did, since we ended up having a very fast sail. With slightly stronger winds than forecasted, inthe perfect direction,we were doing between 6.5 -and 9 Kts. Wewere here in less than 3.5 hours and on a mooring ball right next to Do Over in time for lunch.We hadn't expected to see Do Over again as we thought they had left for Nuie, so it was a lovely surprise to find them still here and to spend the afternoon. read more...


20/06/2016

Aliena - Lunes 20 Junio 2016

Ovalau: ayera las 17,30h llegamos a esta isla. Atracamos en Levuka, en un muelle medio roto, con medio pueblo mirando, detras de un crucero de lujo. Era lo diversion del domingo ya que en estas islas cierran todo los domingos. Es otra isla con los efectos del huracán. Hay una fábrica de conserva de atun que produce un fuerte olor a pescado. El pueblo calle, a lo largo del mar, es gracioso y su reloj se paró hace 50 años. Sus habitantes parecen caribeños. Todos nos sonrien y dicen "bula" (hola). Esta mañana vemos al camión de la basura al que hacemos una seña porque el viento nos ha separado del muelle mole mas de un metro y no podemos salir, de manera que acerca el camion y lanzamos las bolsas. Acto seguido nos llenan el tanque de agua y nos vamos a otra isla mas protegida porque hace. read more...


19/06/2016

Dawn - Cruising along.

Currently, we are the caboose of the fleet.  But........all sail.  So far we covered 40 nautical miles but can still see Annapolis.  Just kidding....sort of......but....can sees till see the bay bridge in he distance.  Tom has a line out to catch some stripers.   It is beautiful out here! We are having a blast.  Burt is on the helm!  Ben. read more...


19/06/2016

Kairos - Day 1 pm

Enjoying the afternoon sail. Just passing Cambridge. Happy Fathers Day!image1. read more...


Kairos - Day 1 pm
Kairos - Day 1 pm
19/06/2016

Kairos - Day One

The Kairos crew looking fresh and rested. image1. read more...


Kairos - Day One
Kairos - Day One
19/06/2016

Kairos - Day One

Day One ARC DelMarVa 2016. Departing Annapolis at 10:00image1 image2. read more...


Kairos - Day One
Kairos - Day One
Kairos - Day One
Kairos - Day One
19/06/2016

Evening Star - Passed Thomas. Point light

On our way south. Sadly no wind. Should improve after Tuesday's storm. Beautiful day! In the middle of the pack. Charlie and others having fun with their new toy-the chart plotter. Sent from my iPhone. read more...


19/06/2016

Second Wind - Doug - Crew Departure

Doug our first Mate for this Atlantic crossing was a great asset to our team. He joined on April 5th in St-Martin from that point on, he volunteered for several tasks. We worked hard during the day and played hard at night; happy hours, live band, good meals, etc... In between all this, Doug needed his naps, he was very original about it, a comfortable chair, a bench any place would do but the funniest one was in the dingy feet hanging in the water. This raised concern to many people walking by. We are grateful for his skills, knowledge and support throughout this trip. Well done Doug and thank you, this was a trip of a lifetime. We also want to extend our thanks to Roberta that visited in Tortola and set up our first aid kit and for her support from Santa Maria to Lagos. So long. read more...


19/06/2016

Dashzani - Lunch in Sunny Coimbra

A well deserved few beers after an epic sail south to Figuera de Foz yesterday. Weather has improved significantly so happy crew all round. Very interesting tour of the library and university here in Coimbra, definitely worth a visit! IMG_0999. read more...



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