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19/05/2014

Ballytrim - Ballytrim day 5. 17th - 18th May 2014

"The Good the Bad and the Ugly".......Now if you think by mentioning the above, Im referring to my good friends and crew mates aboard "Ballytrim", you would possibly be correct..... However, as I am conscious that bad deeds or words can often be replaced with much the same, or worse and their are more of them, Im going to keep my council on what I call the crew sometimes!!!No, 'the good the bad and the ugly' could describe the past few days best and sort of sets the scene for the last 24 hours.The good - was getting away and leading the pack, on the first day, plus making the right decision on what route to take given the forthcoming gale and associated weather in the Atlantic ahead of us. It was also good to be in such good company of friends who had sacrificed so much to be here on. read more...


19/05/2014

Free & BrEasy - Another day in the office

Approaching the anchorage at Bora Bora we understood why it's a favourite place for cruisers to visit and has been called the "Pearl of the Pacific". Two mountains guard the lagoon giving an impressive undulating skyline. We were lucky enough to have a nearly full moon rising over the peaks so the skyline was visible even at night. The lagoon itself is big and deep with enough room for a battle fleet which is presumably why the Americans chose it as their South Pacific base during the war. The crowning glory of the anchorage is the Bora Bora Yacht Club which hosted a wonderful reception with delicious bar-b-q and rum cocktails. The club has recently been rebuilt after severe hurricane damage. It is a beautiful all wood construction with a high, wood tiled roof and a terrace made for. read more...


18/05/2014

Puerki - Zhe Boys

WAT VOORAFGING: U maakte reeds kennis met de wispelturige Francaise. Nu is het tijd om kennis te maken met haar vier vrienden, die het Varkentje in Bermuda wasten.   Patrick. Noemt zichzelf Inboorling. Weliswaar eigenaar van de Sun Odyssee, tevens bezeten door de French Bitch. Bepaald niet te beroerd om rondjes van de zaak te geven. Naast allerlei aspecten in het leven die normale mensen bij voorkeur mijden (zoals diepzeeduiken, bungeejumpen, skydiven en polstoklaagspringen vanaf de Euromast) staat een oceaanoversteek op zijn bucketlist. U voelt hem al aankomen, niet door de lucht. Nee, over het eindeloze water. Vindt dan ook alles wat blauw en zout is helemaal ‘de shit’. Kan met iedereen omgaan - behalve met de enige Chinees op Bermuda - en regelt met z’n hoge EQ voor een vis en. read more...


18/05/2014

Defyr - Towards Azores: things are getting better

Wind has calmed down and we are in good speed towards Azores. Easy Rider II is just behind us gaining us slowly. We still haven't gotten a visual of them but hopefully we will later today or at night.Here's captain and first mate doing some serious route planning.image.. read more...


Defyr - Towards Azores: things are getting better
Defyr - Towards Azores: things are getting better
18/05/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - The Shipping News

N24:25:954   W64:09:746   The Shipping News - it wasreported today that a retired couple sailing from the Caribbean north wereconcerned about the apparant lack of merchant shipping observed. They said "It'sas if its all gone - overcome by some catastrophe"! A spokesperson for theMerchant Shipping Organisation (LPG, LNG, VLCC, Cars, Trucks, White goods,electrical, computers, fabrics, frankinsence and myhrr) and its associatedorgansition, The Tramp Steamers Association, responded by saying that "they arestill very busy, but probably taking a well deserved rest." The retired couplereplied "Well that's good to know - it's ok when you can see them, it's when youcan't you worry!"   In an associated development the same coupleremarked that "the weather had disappeared". read more...


17/05/2014

Gertha 4 - We're All Flotsam

LAT 32.35 N 58.13 W   Just had a post dinner visit from a lovely little pod of five dolphins.Can’t imagine getting bored of that. Lovely stuff. We’re cruising pretty well atthe moment, 7+ knots in a fairly massive swell. I’ve never seen waves like it.Mauritz pointed out that I must be feeling good to be reading a book whilstgoing backwards:   “These are the worst...no, best...kind of waves to make you sea-sick.” Hesaid.  It’s a blast!  Feeling pretty exhausted, but gradually getting used to the demands of therota. Biscuits help, of course. Hard to believe we’re on our fourth day already.It’s shot by, but at the same time it hasn’t. I think we’re adjusting to therhythms of life at sea: wake, watch, wait, eat, sleep; repeat, in variousdifferent orders. Emma reports. read more...


18/05/2014

Starship - ED heading EAST - day 04

SUN-FACTOR: Was die Sonne nicht vermag, weil hinter den Wolken versteckt, schafft die Morning Haze. Wann immer wir sie am Horizont entdecken, wird uns warm ums Herz.RUN-FACTOR: Bei 9 Knoten SOG haben wir nun doch zwei Reffs gesetzt. Und dann für die Nacht noch ein drittes. Bei Wellen von 3+ Meter, ist die Fahrt durch die Nacht wie in der Achterbahn.FUN-FACTOR: Schokoladekuchen bei 22 Knoten Wind und hohen Wellen - die Nachmittagsbeschäftigung von Lukas und Katharina. Dass der Kuchen ein ziemlich eigenartiges Aussehen hat, ist dem Geschaukel zu verdanken.. read more...


18/05/2014

Webster - Progess at last but sailing fast into what?

Saturday 17th May noon position 31 22'N 57 26'W noon run 150NMAfter the wind change last night we have been making good progress at long last in the right direction 090 degrees, due east. We have a bright moon, big waves but from NE so we have been banging into some of them hard. The wind has been very patchy so reefs have been going in and out all night. Then at 0930 came the cry '9 knots!' as Neal hit our speed record so far.The weather forecast has a strong advisory warning to stay south of 33degs north which we are at 31 degs. Lots of chat on the SSB net about which way to go and the fact that this gale is tracking south before heading off but we considered that we are below the worst of it.The wind built during the morning as did the waves and we were doing over 8 knots constantly.. read more...


18/05/2014

American Spirit II - Day 133; Birthday, Early Torrential Rain Shower, Still Sailing Slow & Origin of the Molotov Cocktail; Friday, May 16, 2014

I turned a year older at 12:01 AM today. So did my twin brother David who lives outside Chicago. Actually, being 5 hours behind him he turned older sooner than me this year. Its times like this that you wished you were home with family. Got some Happy Birthday emails from them. Thanks guys and girls! And Joel, to celebrate my birthday, shaved. Next year for my birthday I'll be home. A good feeling.I went to bed at 1:00 AM and Joel took on watch duties from 1:00 AM to 6:00 AM. Ten minutes after he went off watch at 6:00 AMa big rain storm nailed us. I had already put on my foul weather pants and jacket before it hit. The only problem with the foul weather gear is that its heavy and hot. I put in another reef in the main before the winds hit. Not a lot of extra wind, but you never know.. read more...


18/05/2014

Happy Destiny - Moving East at Last - blog 18 May

We spent the night running at about 095 degrees with wind speeds 20-25 knots   We are continuing to keep the wind on our port quarter, hoping that it will back andallow us a more northerly course.  We averaged about seven knots despite large swells.  woke up this morning to scrambled eggs and bacon, thanks to chef Robbie.  Nice not to be beating into the wind for a while.  . read more...


18/05/2014

Anettine - Finally at sea again, its great!

17. MaiWe left ST. George 0900. Very light winds, but we are able to do 2-3 knots Ø-SØ. We were escorted by 40 playfull dolphins for nearly 2 hrs just after we left Bermuda. Very nice1Unfortunately our new crew member went seasick and could enjoy the dolphins. We have a great time on sea and look forward to the wind picking up.BKAnettine. read more...


18/05/2014

Skyelark of London - Arrived Suvarov

On Monday night we enjoyed a wonderful BBQ at the new Bora Bora yacht club and discussed with fellow crews the plans for our first ocean passage of this leg. We left behind the unseasonal rain, westerly winds and showers for settled easterly trade winds straight out of the Pacific Crossing Pilot books.Blue sky, gentle clouds and the long lazy swell of the Pacific.A steady F5 from astern saw us averaging 7 knots under main and boomed out headsail the entire way.The apparent wind at 150 degrees lasted the 4 days and an hour of our voyage.By night, a full moon and stars ~ we have now all steered a course by the Southern Cross.The cooler night timebreeze sees us sailing the silvery path of themoon on the waves ahead.To be fair, we had a few squalls but mainly of rain and the wind only. read more...


Skyelark of London - Arrived Suvarov
Skyelark of London - Arrived Suvarov
17/05/2014

Defyr - Towards Azores: little bit day off

Today we altered our course a little bit to wrong direction. We wanted enough down wind to make food, do the dishes and take a shower. After good meal and freezing showers we were ready to take some head wind again, BUT YES! During our break the wind had changed enough to get side wind and heading straight to Azores. Later it changed even more and we are now in good speed (7-8knots) towards Azores in down winds. NICE!!! image.. read more...


Defyr - Towards Azores: little bit day off
Defyr - Towards Azores: little bit day off
17/05/2014

Firefly - Firefly approaches Suwarrow

Its 1000 local time on Saturday 17th May and we will be making landfall shortly. The 690nm passage has gone really well - helped by good steady tradewinds of between 15 and 20 knots, a favourable current and 4 nights of incredibly bright moonlight.This has been a good introduction to sailing two handed - everything working out well, particularly once Susie and I had worked out our best sleep/watch patterns.The 690nm passage will have taken 96 hours so an average speed of 7.2 knots. We have been goosewinged nearly all the way apart from a short section just after we set off when we motored out of the lee of Bora Bora. We have towed the aquair generator and this has provided enough power for everything, autopilot, instruments, fridge, lights, radio etc - apart from one 20 minute charging. read more...


17/05/2014

Mystic - Mystic. At Sea

After a mildly dramatic morning, Mystic has somehow repaired their Main Sail and is headed back to the Azores! Yippie! I can’t even image what it must feel like to be 4 days away from shore, horizons at both ends with no Main Sail and no way to use the Jib! But the Mystic crew is resilient and strong and has a lot of faith and prayers on their side! From Don:“We fixed main and are headed to the Azores. Maybe we’ll out-run the storm. Wish us luck!”. read more...


17/05/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - All Around My Cockpit I will wear the wet washing

N22:36:378 W64:21:406   It was a bit like a chinese laundry in the cockpitthis morning as we put out our oillies to dry off a bit.  We did think wemight get through a night without a downpour but true to form at 4ish thismorning the wind suddenlyhowled up from 9/10ish to 20 knots in seconds and thenthrew water at us, on a change of watch as well so we both got soaked.  Itis drying lovely now and we are  bobbing about with light winds again soonly making 3.5sog.  We had another lovely afternoon yesterday which waslivenend up for a few hours by a brown noddy bird that came to visit us. He kept flying over and around us then plumped himself in the water nearby onlyto take to wing again when we had moved on and do the same manoevure all overagain, then just as. read more...


17/05/2014

Persistent Lady - May 16,2014 Mid-Atlantic

May 16, 2014Mid-Atlantic ... Still dancing with the storm.We are making good progress eluding the storm.If you think of the storm as a clock we started at about the 9:00 o,clock position and the storm was moving toward the 8-9 position. That was yesterday.Today we are about 7:30 and have moved out into the outer bands of it where the winds are pretty light (comparatively).At noon today we downloaded a grib file of the area with a three day forecast and analyzed it for options.It looked like, if the prediction was right, and if our speed held, and if the wind direction matched the forecast, that on the third day the storm would turn back North and, if that happened on the third day, we would benefit from tacking into the storm midday today.If all those assumptions held, we would end up in. read more...


17/05/2014

Starship - ED heading EAST - day 03

SUN-FACTOR: Kalt und kälter II. Jetzt muss auch noch der Militärschlafsack herhalten. Aber so ist es kuschelig warm bei der Nachtwache. RUN-FACTOR: Jetzt gerade 8 Knoten - ein super Gefühl.FUN-FACTOR: Morning Haze segelt an unserer Backbordseite. So unerwartet, dass wir nun schon den dritten Tag Seite an Seite dahin ziehen.. read more...


17/05/2014

Starblazer - 16/05/2014 – We have arrived!

First of all, an apology is in order because this log is very late.John says I can blame him because he didn’t wake me up for my second watch, instead he let me sleep through so I didn’t sit at the chart table to write this straight after I did the 0600 logbook entry, which I obviously didn’t do today.The night was interesting because we got trampled over by a large squall. This time it was my turn to get soaked to the skin holding Q’s hand, or rather yanking on the steering wheel when Q was overwhelmed.Most boats try to turn towards the wind when there is a sudden gust and this is what happened last night.The wind suddenly increased from 14 knots to 24, the bow of the boat immediately shot round more than 45o and Q lost control.I was worried because I couldn’t see what was happening to. read more...


17/05/2014

American Spirit II - Day 132; Just Sailing & Slowing the Boat Down to Suwarrow; Thursday, May 15, 2014

Off watch at 1:00 AM. Joel on watch from 1:00 AM - 6:00 AM. Before going to bed I showered and shaved. It's always a good feeling to climb into bed 'clean.' Usually I shave when I get up at 6:00 AM, but this morning I didn't. Still getting used to the 'new' routine. Joel had a good watch. No rain squalls; full moon; and some stars out. At 6:50 AM the sun broke thru the clouds on the horizon. Clouds = no green flash. Still looking for my 2nd sunrise green flash. We still have the 'giant' stalk of bananas hanging on our transom. I grabbed 4 of them. Usually you can eat 60-70% of each. They're really small, 3 1/2 inches at most; 3/4 of an inch in diameter. And taste different than the Delmonte's you buy at Publix. A little sweeter. We had bought them 2 weeks ago and they've been 'ripening'. read more...


Flomaida II - Da pass nur ich rein zum Entwirren der Ankerkette
Flomaida II - Da pass nur ich rein zum Entwirren der Ankerkette
16/05/2014

Webster - Hurray, we think.....

Thursday 16th May 2014.Noon Position 30 45'N 60 06'W Noon run 130NMThe wind late last night flattered to deceive. We have been willing the wind to back and on occasions it has done just that and we managed a course of 090 degs, due east, but it soon shifted back to ENE and our course went back to 120 deg M as if on a piece of elastic. Sometimes I am thinking the compass is stuck on 120. Coming on watch at 0400 the wind came right round to 080M for half an hour or more gusting 20 knots and I thought yes, this was it, but no it wasn't, just the wind Gods playing games with us. The waves and the fluking wind (thoughts go to alternative spelling of 'fluking') made steering in the dark really quite difficult and therefore speed was not perhaps what it could have been resulting in the noon to. read more...


Flomaida II - Tahiti- wat mutt, datt mutt!!!
Flomaida II - Tahiti- wat mutt, datt mutt!!!
17/05/2014

Shenanigan - Tomorow is the FA Cup

We spent a great few days in Bermuda, seeing as much as we could in thelimited time by buses and ferries.  It was delightful in St Georges onSunday morning, as we walked through the old town hymns floated out of openchurch doors from Mother’s Day services.  We spent time with Trevor andAlison, our loyal friends and supporters from home. We enjoyed a welcome party,an Hawaiian evening, a Gossling’s rum tasting evening and ‘fish fry’ prizegiving supper. Along with a ‘lucky ticket’ trip to Bermuda radio (thecoastguard) meeting the controller that had guided us in to Bermuda in the earlyhours of Saturday morning – all perfectly hosted by the World Cruising ‘yellowshirts’ team. We left our berth on Wednesday morning to refuel and bid farewellto Trevor and Alison and Bermuda.  We. read more...


Shenanigan - Tomorow is the FA Cup
Shenanigan - Tomorow is the FA Cup
Flomaida II - Die Tuamotus- das kommt dem Paradies wohl sehr nah?
Flomaida II - Die Tuamotus- das kommt dem Paradies wohl sehr nah?
16/05/2014

Gertha 4 - Skipper Becoming Dog

LAT 32.16 N LON 60.49 W  We’ve spent the first couple of days at a funny angle, sloshing around likea can of Special Brew during a fight. Saw my dinner twice but have been finesince then (thanks due to Webster for the tablets). Cooked a fry-up this morningat said angle...harder than you might think (or I thought). As guessed, morewildlife has popped up today, in the form of a small pod of little dolphins,playing up front (or, if you’re Emma, a herd of dolphins). Lovely treat, andsomething I’ve been hoping to see for some time. Hopefully they will come backto play some more.  We’re all in good spirits, having a merry old time, but word is that ourmerriment will soon be obliterated by the coming gale that we keep hearing abouton the radio. Have baked an emergency loaf of bread as. read more...


16/05/2014

Sweet Pearl - Bora Bora --> Suwarrow - 4.Tag - Die Hälfte

Letzte Nacht haben wir die Hälfte der Strecke hinter uns gelegt; diesmal ohne ausschweifende Bergfestparty;). Alles läuft gut. Wir hatten zwar drei Squalls, aber die sind schnell über uns hinweg gefegt. Der Wind ist gut und jetzt scheint die Sonne. Wir gedenken am Sonntag anzukommen; mal schauen ob das auch so ist. Sandra und ich sind oft nicht allein auf dem Schiff, seit wir von der Vogelwelt als Raststätte proklamiert wurden - jede Nacht und manchmal auch am Tag gesellen sich Vögel zu uns. Da die ausser Puste sind, ist nichts mit Zwitschergesang. Wir sind zwar nicht ausser Puste, singen trotzdem nicht...wir lesen. Liebe Grüsse. Tom-------------------------------------------------Do not push the "reply" button to respond to this message if that includes the text of this originalmessage. read more...


Flomaida II - Alles echt! Ehrlich!,
Flomaida II - Alles echt! Ehrlich!,
Flomaida II - Der Himmel in Flammen
Flomaida II - Der Himmel in Flammen
Flomaida II - Da schmück ich mich mal wieder mit fremden Federn! danke Gaby!
Flomaida II - Da schmück ich mich mal wieder mit fremden Federn! danke Gaby!
Flomaida II - Tahaa-society Islands
Flomaida II - Tahaa-society Islands
Flomaida II - Die Tuamotus
Flomaida II - Die Tuamotus
Flomaida II -
Flomaida II -
Flomaida II - Grüße von der blauen Lagune in Rangiroa/Tuamotus
Flomaida II - Grüße von der blauen Lagune in Rangiroa/Tuamotus
Flomaida II - Perlfarm in Ahe/ Tuamotus bei Rangiroa
Flomaida II - Perlfarm in Ahe/ Tuamotus bei Rangiroa
16/05/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - Stairway to the cockpit....

N20:44:865 W54:34:112 It's a constant surprise how many ways, in a bumpysea, you can try and get up and down 4 steps between the cockpit and the saloonwithout doing too much harm, other than the odd bruise, and while carrying cupsof tea - sometimes most of it makes to the intemnded recipient, but all tooften in these seas it doesn't. And indeed how many parts of the body are usedto brace yourself. This is particularly noticeable at the moment as we arebeating in to a choppy sea in a ENE-NNE breeze - not our best point of sailingit must be said, so bouncing around and crashing into a few waves. This makes aracket below - sounds like bricks being thrown at the hull - and causes a gooddeal of water to cascade down the decks, and is a fairly slow point of sailingfor us. On the shipping front. read more...


16/05/2014

Defyr - Towards Azores: Double blAaaaaah!

Yesterday and today we've gotten wind against us and very choppy waves. Antero was feeling very seasick yesterday and throwing up and cursing: "Voi ny saatana, mitä maakrapu tekee täällä?!". After patching him up with anti seasickness bandage today has been better. Ansgar wasn't feeling too hot either yesterday and our master chef had to retire. Today he's pretty well and I can smell the delicious pasta from outside. The ride is so pumby that sleeping is quite impossible, so me and Afu are both quite dead, me more than the captain. SO YES, WE ARE LIVING THE DREAM!!-kaija-image.. read more...


Defyr - Towards Azores: Double blAaaaaah!
Defyr - Towards Azores: Double blAaaaaah!
16/05/2014

Mystic - Mystic. At Sea. One Spot Wind... One Spot Not

From Don: "one spot wind;one spot not;go to starboardgo to port;fall off;more wind 4.8 knots8 knotsgoing south; want East!Waiting to tack.Challenging sail good food however!". read more...


16/05/2014

Tigerlily - Back to Bermuda

After only making 88 nm towards Horta in the first 36 hours of sailing our 1800 mile journey and noting that the forecast is for much more of the same through May 19th, Skipper Purnell and first mate Julia have decided to turn back to Bermuda until a more favorable weather pattern develops. Purnell and Julia. read more...


16/05/2014

Starship - ED heading EAST - day 02

SUN-FACTOR: Kalt und kälter. Wir sitzen im Ölzeug und mit Stiefeln im Cockpit. RUN-FACTOR: Jetzt gerade 7 Knoten - aber wie lange noch?FUN-FACTOR: Morning Haze kreuzt an uns vorbei. So nahe, dass wir unseren seekranken Crewmitgliedern gegenseitig Mut zusprechen könnten.. read more...


16/05/2014

American Spirit II - Day 131; Surfing, Lost Shackle Pin, Jib Sheet Wear and Big Squall; Wednesday, May 14, 201Fi

At 3:00 AM I woke up off watch because the wind turbine was 'dumping' power so wouldn't overcharge batteries. I got up and turned it off. The hydro generator was making enough power for us anyway. Joel did the 1:00 AM to 6:00 AM watch. I got up at 6:00 AM. Still very tired. Didn't sleep well. Will have to take a nap today to recharge. During my morning watch before breakfast we were surfing up to 10.6 knots. It's fun to do, but not after 5 minutes. Gets old fast. 10.6 knots is fast. The sun rose above the clouds at 6:39 AM. Cloudy on the horizon, so no chance for a sunrise green flash.At 7:46 AM I saw a sail on the horizon, port bow. Skylark of London or Circe? No AIS contact on chart plotter. We had the net communication at 9:30 AM. Conducted by NDS Darwin. All boats in Group 2 checked. read more...


16/05/2014

Webster - Worries down South.......

Thursday 15th May 2014. Position 31 6'N62 27'WStarting to get back into the watch patterns now but it is hard work dealing with inevitable sleep deprivation, and we have only been out a day and a bit. It has not helped by Dave having a bad throat infection which has confined him to his bunk last night and all of today. I put it down to drinking from a wet glass during our time in Bermuda on top of an ability to raise the cabin roof in his sleep. However, he is up for doing watches tonight so we shall see how he fares otherwise we shall think again.Last night we saw lights from other boats heading up high and indeed saw several boats tack across onto starboard tack to head further north. This was a little disconcerting as we know there is a huge depression out there and going north then. read more...


16/05/2014

Celebrate - Waves of Dolphins and Mountainous Water to Suwarrow/Niue

The waves beside our boat were filled with jumping dolphins at least ten deep on a side that just kept coming for about fifteen minutes.It was incredible to see.Also, we have enjoyed surfing down the mountainous swell(12ft or so).Speed at 11.1 knots is our record!Cathy. read more...


16/05/2014

Nexus - Safe Arrival in Suwarrow

We arrived in Suwarrow at 08:30 Bora Bora time, on a beautiful morning. We had a great passage with lots of wind for a while and good wind coming in. Yesterday afternoon we decided to pull down the gennaker to slow our arrival time to daylight hours, and broke the spinex luff line again, so we'll be repairing that at anchor here. We then moseyed in, and went from first place to fourth, but nobody on board minded very much and it was good to see Vivo get their first line honors for catamarans! At dusk last night, again we simultaneously hooked two Skipjack Tuna, and this time boarded both of them and Brian and Lauren made sushi for dinner! We set anchor this morning amongst many coral heads, but managed to find a white patch of sand to drop the anchor in. Suwarrow is very very remote, and. read more...


16/05/2014

Firefly - Halfway to Suwarrow

At around noon on Thursday 15th May we passed the halfway point and have 345 nautical miles until we arrive at the unihabited coral atoll called Suwarrow. We are expecting landfall on Saturday and will only enter the atoll during daylight - if the wind holds our timing will be fine. Our second day at sea saw similar conditions to the first with a healthy trade wind blowing at around 20 knots from dead astern. Despite sailing goose winged (jib and mainsail on opposite sides or wing on wing as its sometimes called) we can't actually sail on a dead run - if we do the rolling and yawing of the boat in the waves means that in every cycle there is a point where the boat is running by the lee and the mainsail effectively covers the jib and will take its wind, leading to a flap or slam.. read more...



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