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12/03/2015

Luna Quest - Thursday, 12th March, 2015

Noon Position:7.18S 107.18WDaily run: 147 milesAnother good day’s run with some long lazy seas and a fresh breeze on the port quarter. The sun has been out in full today and the batteries have been devouring its energy through the two solar panels mounted on the gantry over the cockpit. Julia forgot to take her Ibuprofen this morning and has been up and about most of the morning attending to little tasks and holding on at all times. She is definitely on the mend with any internal bruising subsiding. We found our potato locker and the carrot cache we keep in the f’castle infested with fruit flies. For weeks I have been bashing the little things around the boat. We cleaned out the locker, cleaned the potatoes and hung them up under the gantry in the shadow of the solar panels. The carrots. read more...


12/03/2015

Sweet Pearl - Kap Verden --> Azoren - 8. Tag - Genau eine Woche auf See

Jetzt sind wir genau eine Woche auf See; nach den anfänglich etwas mühsameren Tagen, haben wir seit 3 Tagen schöne Segeltage mit blauem Himmel und Sonne und so;-). Gestern gabs Röschti vom Fritz, heute Carbonara vom Alex; ja, und was macht der Tom? Der lässt es sich gut schmecken:). Liebe Grüsse, Tom. read more...


12/03/2015

Makena - Pacific Crossing - Halfway to go!

Writing this on the morning of March 12th, just over 1400 nm from our destination. This means we have less than halfway to go! Yesterday was an eventful day on Makena to say the least. We had to fix an electrical furler, we lost one bolt from that and then later our rear nav light, we didn’t climb the mast to fix the spinnacker halyard but we hooked a 2m+ long striped marlin! To say that Luc had fun would be a massive understatement. On this crossing so far we’ve hooked 9 fish but only had one for dinner. We’ve lost 7 lures…We have this marlin on video so we’ll upload something if we ever get good internet again ;)We battled the marlin for slightly over two full hours - we have video evidence and a very funny Raymarine track - unfortunately it snapped the line right at the very end,. read more...


12/03/2015

American Spirit II - Day 429; 1 Month Until Rally is Over & We Have a Great Day Sailing; Wednesday, March 11, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 67; Fish Fly in for Lunch ; Fixing the Hydro Generator under Sail; & Halfway to Marquesas; Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Awakened abruptly today with Mike and Joel talking about the hydro generator. It had stopped working. Why? Because the line holding it down has snapped. Second time this has happened. With 10 foot seas running up behind us, attaching a new line is doable but taking safety precautions are a must before doing so. No need to fix it now. The wind turbine is turned on, then Joel is back to bed. It's the middle of his night since he got off shift at 3:00 AM. Because the wind turbine can't generate all the electricity we need under sail, I turned off the refrigerator and freezer until we either start the electric generator later or fix the hydro. read more...


11/03/2015

Aislig Bheag - Antigua to British Virgin Islands Feb t March 2015

19th February 2015 Today we were joined by Michael, a friend of John’s sister from Pennsylvania and Fred from Tennessee, both keen sailors retired from their respective jobs.  On day one of our planned two week voyage, we sailed north in Antigua to Jolly Harbor where we spent a night in the marina next to our good friends Nigel and Tracy.  Surprisingly they are still our friends despite us swapping their St Georges cross flag for our Saltire from their mast.  We later entertained them in the evening and served them dinner on our new table cloth, their St Georges Cross flag. It took them a while to notice but despite the hilarity I have a feeling they will be working on a pay back! The following day we moved further north for a final stop over in Dickenson’s Bay before the. read more...


11/03/2015

Aislig Bheag - St Lucia to Antigua Jan to Feb 15

19th January 2015For the second time of the journey, we had Aislig Bheag lifted out the water to have some work done on the rudder stock to try to resolve the leak.  The boat yard in Rodney Bay seems quite well run and ‘China Man’, a skilled boat repair worker.  However, I hate boat yards.  So does John.  I think it is partly due to time spent preparing Aslig Bheag for the trip and our experience as mosquito magnets of being eaten alive by them in boat yards.  Despite this we survived three days of living on board in the aforementioned boat yard whist the repair was carried out and John, Eilidh and I worked on hull cleaning and various other maintenance tasks below water line.  We were relieved to have the boat re-launched in late afternoon of the 21st. read more...


12/03/2015

Juno - Pacific, the southeast trades

It is the hottest part of the day in the South Pacific and the air is thick and heavy below decks. In the cockpit it is cool in the shade of the bimini, but still warm enough to prove the dough that seems to expand before my eyes, ready for the oven in time for supper.The sky is a washed out pale blue; bunches of towering white cumulus cloud gather on the southern horizon, greedily consuming the warm evaporating sea water that will transform them from harmless white cotton-wool balls into demonic black squalls.We are in the southeast trade winds; formed by cool air from the south and drawn into the low-pressure heat sink around the equator, they are deflected to the west by the force of the earth spinning on its axis.The sea is cobalt blue, a long slow swell from the southeast rolls past. read more...


Juno - Pacific, the southeast trades
Juno - Pacific, the southeast trades
12/03/2015

Karma Wins - Week one. The first thousand miles.

Carol and Barry have made us feel so welcome on Karma Wins and she already feels like a home. There were quite a few jobs to do on Karma Wins so Per set about the batteries, solars and wind generator to see why they weren’t charging very well.Later we walked up to the market and bought some fruit and veg.There is always some confusion between bananas and plantains which are only edible once they are almost totally black and then they have to be cooked.Back on Karma Wins it was hot so I was went in for a swim and a hull cleaning session but had to get out quick because today we had blue jellyfish around.Being on the boat is great, always some activity, seabirds fishing, rays, sharks, turtles, iguanas and sea lions all floating quietly around. I can sit for hours watching them.The iguanas. read more...


11/03/2015

GarliX - Warum wir das das nördlichste Boot sind

Tour: Santa Cruz - Hiva Oa - Gesamtstrecke ca. 2980sm, aktuell noch ca. 1.700 smEs ist nicht so, dass wir das Abbiegen vergessen haben…nein, nein - es gibt natürlich Gründe, warum wir zur Zeit das nördlichste Boot der Flotte sind. Unsere Segelstrategie setzt sich aus folgenden Punkten zusammen: 1) performen der Segel (hier haben wir mit dem gerissenen Genacker und dem problematischen Furler natürlich erstmal Minuspunkte gesammelt), 2) tägliche Wetterdaten von „WetterWelt“, 3) der kürzeste Weg 4) Strömung und WellenhöheDas Wichtigste sind allerdings die Segeleigenschaften von unserer XP44; die nicht soviel Wind benötigt, um schnell zu segeln. Unsere GARLIX erreicht den besten Speed bei ca. 130° wahren Wind (die Windrichtung, wo der Wind wirklich herkommt), bzw. 90° scheinbaren Wind (die. read more...


11/03/2015

Luna Quest - Wednesday, 11th March, 2015

Noon Position:7.17S 104.41WDaily Run: 149 milesWe have covered around a third of the distance to Hiva OA (Marquesas). The bigger boats are now a few days ahead of us and they will have longer to cruise French Polynesia on arrival, but we are making good progress and the sun is out. Unfortunately, we cannot open any of the windows or hatches, because the sea is quite rough in the 20kn of SE trade wind on our port quarter and every now again a wave will leap aboard. It is therefore quite hot in the cabin and it is a pleasure to go into the cockpit for a scanof the horizon or adjust the Hydrovane. The sea has a long deep swell with waves on their tops and some breaking, but whatever their size, Luna Quest rides over them easily. All night long we have been creaming along at around 7 knots. read more...


11/03/2015

American Spirit II - Day 427; Not a Great Sailing Day, but it Could be Worse; Monday, March 9, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 65; Flying Fish , Birds , First Green Flash & Over 1/3 Way There; Sunday, March 9, 2014. At 1:00 AM we passed the 1,000 nautical mile mark on this leg. With the entire leg being 2,980 miles, we're over 1/3 of the way from the Galapagos to the Marquesas Islands."*****************************************I relieved Heidi a little early today, at 5:40 AM. Heidi says she's really tired this morning. The wind is blowing 24 knots. At 6:09 AM the wind is 16 knots and we're sailing at 5.1 knots thru the water and 5.5 knots over the land. And I can see a few small patches of blue sky. But mainly I see gray and black low fast moving clouds. The gray and black clouds are under higher, white, wispy white clouds. I'm wearing my foul weather pants with suspenders and a short. read more...


11/03/2015

American Spirit II - Day 428; A Bad 10 Hours of Sailing; Tuesday, March 10, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 66; Fast Sailing; Monday, March 10, 2014. Between 4:00 and 5:00 AM Mike saw a Chinese ship on AIS, on our chart plotter. A freighter heading east towards Panama. Surprised any ships traverse these seas in that direction. Not a shipping route. However, the Chinese manage the Panama Canal Zone, so doesn't surprise me one of their ships is heading there from the South Pacific."****************************Joel runs the generator to charge batteries from 12:00 AM to 3:00 AM. During his watch he has winds up to 28 knots. I relieve Heidi at 5:45 AM. The wind is blowing at 25/26 knots, and its not changing. The wind speed indicator is stuck on 25 or 26 knots. Not good. I turn the generator on. At 6:05 AM a big wave rounds the boat up thru the wind. This is interesting.. read more...


11/03/2015

Exocet Strike - Galapagos to Marquesas 10 to 11th March 2015

Nothing too exciting to report today. We had somefun with Japanes fishing boats, we guess they are long lining for Tuna, so wetry to go ahead or a long way behind, ie 4 miles, in case they are trailingfloating fishing lines. At one point I saw an AIS target moving towards us at88 knots, wow thats an impressively fast bat, then read the description HC-204,and guessed it was a helicopter from a fishing boat. Impressive that a fishingboat has a helicopter though, and confirmed by our friends on Juno since itbuzzed them. Other than this it has been great sailing weather,16 to 20 knots of wind from a great direction, ie abaft the beam meaning we havea beam reach, our fastest point of sail. so we are averaging 8 knots towardsHiva Oa, it would be more if the tide was with us. People often ask. read more...


11/03/2015

Exody - Days 57 to 59 - "an area to be avoided"

So says the World ARC Cruising Notes about the 250,000 square mile area of Pacific Ocean that we and the rest of the fleet are making our way through!I have now had the time to re-read these notes carefully and it advises this large patch as having a reputation for frequent unsettled weather conditions.However we are all in the zone necessarily to catch the SE Trades, now filled in as we are south of 5 South but we have had one day of continuous squalls and resultant variable winds, then one of puffy cloud tradewind skies and then today a mixture of both and we haven't seen much of the sun!It's great to still be on a broad reach and the last three days (Sunday 8th to Tuesday 10th) we have logged noon to noon runs of 183, 165 and 161 - ie an average of 7 knots. For the last two days we. read more...


11/03/2015

GarliX - Warum heißt die Erde nicht Wasser?

Tour: Santa Cruz - Hiva Oa - Gesamtstrecke ca. 2980sm, aktuell noch ca. 1.900 smUns gibt’s noch… als kleiner Punkt auf diesem großen Wasser. Hinter uns liegen schon mehr als 1.000sm - rd. 2.000 noch vor uns. In unserer Kajüte hängt ein (Badeball)Globus… da ist die Fläche des Pazifiks ausgesprochen dominierend. Der Pazifische (Stille) Ozean erhielt seinen Namen vom portugiesischen Seefahrer Magellan, der in diesen Gewässern mehrfach Flauten erlebte. Die Ausmaße des Ozeans sind beeindruckend und aus unserer Position heraus etwas erschreckend. In Nord - Süd Richtung erstreckt er sich über 15.000km und von West nach Ost sind es ca. 18.000km. Sämtliche Landflächen hätten in seinem inneren Bereich Platz. Die tiefste Stelle misst 11.022m (Mariannengraben); im Durchschnitt ist er 4.200m tief. Er. read more...


10/03/2015

Sweet Pearl - Kap Verden --> Azoren - 6. Tag - Und weiter gehts

Der Wind und die Wellen haben ein bisschen nachgelassen und morgen abend soll es sogar fast gar kein Wind geben. Wir können auch langsam mehr auf Kurs gehen und heute gab es sogar blauer Himmel mit Sonne - trotzdem merken wir dass es langsam kälter wird. Heute gab es Couscous-Salad à la Sandra und als Dessert ein Bier für jeden:-). Gruss, Tom. read more...


10/03/2015

Makena - Pacific Crossing

About an hour before sunset, as we were sailing with the gennaker and the main sail, we saw our gennaker slowly fall down in the water! Arghhh!We immediately jumped into action, and in about 20 minutes got the sail back in the boat. We were like fishermen bringing abord a net! The halyard shared by the gennaker and the spinnaker broke near its attachment point near the mast. We spent the rest of the evening discussing how to climb the mast to reattach the halyard. We enjoyed a lovely tasty dinner by guest chef Dave and since the winds are much too strong to be flying a spinnacker anyway we might leave the mast climbing off for a bit ;) We're sailing a bit more south now without the gennacker but we have under 1800nm to go and we're still making good speed. Trivia for the day is that. read more...


10/03/2015

Luna Quest - Tuesday, 10 March, 2015

Position: 7.16S 102.21WDaily Run: 142 milesJulia remains incapacitated. It is not unlikely that she has fractured a rib. She has appointed me as cook under close supervision. Yesterday, we intended to have sandwiches for lunch, but found that all our bread supply had gone green and white, so together with a bucket of bananas that we shipped in Santa Cruz and gone into a squidgy mess, I dumped the lot over the side. There were quite a few flying fish chased by dolphins that leapt for joy and outpacing Luna Quest by an easy margin. Alas, the little sunshine we had did not last long and by night fall a huge squall chased us from the East. I reefed the sails in anticipation, but there was less bite in it than we thought. Once it had passed I made full sail again to give the boat some. read more...


10/03/2015

Nexus - Almost to Grenada...flying along on big waves!

We're 167 miles from Grenada, flying along on 12ft waves in 27kts of wind. We're double reefed on the main and quad reefed on the head sail and still making 9.5kts as we slow the boat down to stop her from sailing off the wave tops. It's a squally but nice day and at this pace we'll be in the Port Louis marina tomorrow morning. We had very large squalls last night and the night before, which brought heavy rain and waves but not the power you would expect from their radar images. All in all we've had a good ride and will be glad to be in port. All is well on NEXUS.Russ and Laurie 14:00 3/10/2015 at 11 18.1'N:59 13.5'W. read more...


10/03/2015

Makena - Pacific Crossing Day 4

I’m writing this after my watch to start day 5 of this crossing. The waves are much smaller as the wind is less but I still managed to get 20nm extra behind us during the 2 hours I had the helm. For me it is really to strange to think about the fact that on this three thousand mile journey, twenty miles in two hours is really the best we can hope for. It seems so little but I do realize that there are boats in the fleet that would be happy with half of that progress. Their journey will be twice as long as ours, twice as many meals to make and days of sleep with all the noises of boat and sea. Anyway, at the start of my watch our “track” of the path travelled so far according to GPS was 999nm. So we are over one thousand miles from anywhere now. The sun is rising behind me and the moon. read more...


10/03/2015

Exocet Strike - Update for 8th and 9th March 2015

We are well on our way towards the Marquesas,tonight we pass the 1/3 distance, in just over 5 days and the past two days haveseen better progress in the right direction. The current has just turned againstus, hopefully that will reverse sometime soon and help again. Yesterday although a fast day for passage makingwas not great on other count, we took a wave inside the boat, no damage justsome wet bedding etc, someone put a wet wipe down the toilet and blocked it, andI had to remove the various pipes to remove it, thanks Dain! Various other smallissues but al in a days sailing, like the DuoGen drive coupler failed again,second time this trip, fortunately we carry spares and after an hour playing onthe back of the boat it was fixed.  We also gave some advice to another boat in. read more...


10/03/2015

Allegro - DOMINGO, 8 E SEGUNDA-FEIRA, 9 DE MARÇO DE 2015

A noite de Sábado para Domingo foi uma noite de chuvadas. Foram squalls uns atrás dos outros, com os respectivos aguaceiros e ventanias.O Allegro ficou todo molhado (e lavado) por fora, e todo húmido, escorregadio e peganhento por dentro! Além disso, o mar também se tornou mais desencontrado, e o barco rolava de um bordo para o outro constantemente. Andar lá dentro significava andar aos bordos, a bater nas paredes e nos vários obstáculos pelo caminho. As tentativas para se dormir dentro do barco significavam rolar na cama aos sacões, de um lado para o outro, sem posição estável. Tentar dormir cá fora, era igual a ficar todo molhado. Enfim, muito desconfortável.Felizmente, durante a manhã de Domingo, o céu desanuviou-se e acabou por ser um dia de sol, que contribuiu para secar o barco por. read more...


09/03/2015

Juno - Pacific, in the Doldrums again

There is a long swell running from the south, four metres high at the crests, rolling in under our beam and lifting us high before we slide down into the trough as it pulses north. Angry black squalls march overhead, bringing heavy rain that bounces off our decks and drips into the cockpit off the bimini. There is little wind; the engine is running and we roll drunkenly in the swell, the mast creaking, the boom snatching at the mainsheet as it swings from side to side. We are back in the Doldrums.It is two days since we left the Galapagos Islands and we are still searching for the trade winds. The forecast tells us that the wind will kick in at 4 degrees so we head south, towards Antarctica, a curious notion given that we are in sweltering heat.Down below it is hot and airless with all. read more...


Juno - Pacific, in the Doldrums again
Juno - Pacific, in the Doldrums again
09/03/2015

Luna Quest - Monday, 9 March, 2015

Position: 05.56S 100.29WDaily Run: 138 milesJulia’s ribcage, sore from a fall 2 nights ago, has kept Julia in her berth while her discomfort is being kept at a reduced level by taking Ibuprofen tablets. We do not suspect anything broken, but a fracture is not impossible. Luckily, the weather today is benign with sunshine and a moderate breeze, enabling us to sail under full sail, so different from yesterday when it rained all day and the wind had difficulty finding stability in direction. At one point it was so poor that last night we found ourselves sailing 147 degrees rather than the desired 235 degrees. In the rain and in the dark with my head torch on, I managed to house the port pole, take down the staysail, roll up the genoa and bring in all the pole lines. The wind by then was no. read more...


09/03/2015

American Spirit II - Day 426; A Day Full of Storm Cells, Rain and Squalls; Sunday, March 8, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 64; Found the Wind; Saturday, March 8, 2014. Up 7:15 AM. Lot o f motion on boat during the night. A little uncomfortable. Tropical Trough to our right, skies clearing to our left. Wind 19 knots from SE. Speed over ground 7.3 knots."**************************Joel rolled the jib mostly up and turned the engine on, to give Heidi an easier 'ride' during her 3:00 AM to 6:00 AM watch. At 5:30 AM I jumped out of bed as a torrent of sea water cascaded down into my cabin from the hatch. I had thought I'd closed and dogged it the day before, but I was wrong. No harm. The water only landed on the floor. What's a little sea water?I relieved Heidi at 6:00 AM and turned the engine off; and rolled out more jib. The wind is 19 knots and we're doing 6.5 knots SOG.At 6:58 AM the. read more...


09/03/2015

Luna Quest - Thursday, March 5th, 2015

Position: 02.02S 91.59WDaily Run: 82 milesNext Destination: Hiva OA - French PolynesiaMost unexpectedly, Luna Quest was deemed the fastest boat from Contadora to the Galapagos on handicap, deserving a Galapagos shopping bag as first prize. However, we are unlikely to be the fastest boat to Hiva OA, a distance of some 3000 miles, the longest of any passage on our way round the world. The area that we are in currently, produces gentle breezes and we cannot wait to get further south to pick up the SE trade winds that blow considerably more strongly. Some boats have chosen a more direct southerly course, but we are headed southwest. Yesterday we tried every sail combination to optimise our speed, but none achieved a great deal more than 3kn. Today we took down every sail and hoisted the. read more...


09/03/2015

GarliX - ? nach Hiva Oa - es gibt auch mal blöde Tage

Tour: Santa Cruz - Hiva Oa - Gesamtstrecke ca. 2980sm, aktuell noch ca. 2230 smTag 4: Echt, der Pazifik ist weder still, noch ruhig… bei uns ist er grau, „squallig“ und „Stimmungsmiesmacherig“. Dabei ist noch nicht mal sooooviel Wind. Wir haben ca. 15-25kn Wind, im Squall mal etwas mehr, aber es ist ok. Die Wellen sind kabbelig und nehmen eine direkte Verbindung zum Magen auf. Ein Blick in den Himmel, es ist einfach alles grau. Ein Blick Richtung Horizont - da ist nur Wasser…überall. Die Stimmung steigernd ist auch nicht die Tatsache, dass sich unsere Fock nicht mehr auf- oder zurollen lässt. Aber das Problem haben wir heute Problem sein lassen und haben uns darauf konzentriert, uns an diese Schaukelei zu gewöhnen. Nur mit Großsegel segeln wir auch immer über 7-9 kn… reicht ja. Da. read more...


08/03/2015

Luna Quest - Sunday, March 8th

Position: 4.58S 98.03WDaily Run: 138 miles (135 miles for 7.3.15)Yesterday was a busy and exhausting day with many sail changes and little sleep the night before. The parasailor had demanded a lot of attention in the night although our progress was good with a full moon veiled by a thin cloud cover providing us with plenty of light to manage the parasailor, but yesterday the wind veered to the Southeast making the use of the big sailuntenable for our course to Hiva Oa. As fellow fleet participants had been reporting much stronger winds further south, we decided to take the parasailor down while we still could in a moderate breeze and go into the night with two reefs in the mainsail and a full genoa. There had been no sun to cheer us and replenish our batteries enabling me send a posting. read more...


08/03/2015

Firefly - South Island Road Trip

Way back in Fiji in July 2014, the crews from all of the World ARC boats that were breaking off the rally to go to New Zealand had a meeting to compare plans. Firefly was the only yacht that had the South Island in its itinerary and we were at that time considering cruising to Fiordland, way down south and on the windy and isolated west coast.Over the following months we discussed our sailing plans with numerous New Zealand sailors and only about 20% recommended sailing south, all but a few ruled out Fiordland and most agreed that traveling by car was the best way to see that half of NZ. So common sense prevailed, Firefly was rested at the excellent Fairway Bay Marina near Gulf Harbour and we flew to Christchurch and hired a car.Another option would have been to hire a camper van.. read more...


09/03/2015

Free & BrEasy - Gathering the Flock

A casual observer of the progress of the World ARC fleet from Cape Town, as viewed through the lens of our Yellow Brick satellite tracking system, might wonder why the fleet gradually dispersed across the Southern Atlantic Ocean and are now converging again on Grenada in the Caribbean. Some boats did not go to Salvador or Fortaleza in Brazil, while many left early from these ports and are already in Grenada. We were one of the last to leave Salvador but as we did not go to any of the Brazilian islands, we left early from Fortaleza and should be in Scarborough, the main port of Tobago, by late afternoon on Sunday 8th March.For once we are not at the back of the fleet. We were tempted to go straight up to St Lucia and claim line honours for the whole circumnavigation but then we remembered. read more...


08/03/2015

Nexus - 550nm to go and all is well

We're sailing nicely over lumpy seas making about 9kts average for the last few hours, with the wind pushing 26kts true from our aft quarter. It's nice sailing with overcast skies and all is well. Unfortunately we're all alone now as Alpheratz are diverging north to Barbados and falling a bit behind us, but we still have the radio net to look forward to every morning and evening. It looks like a Wednesday arrival in within reach at this point, and all is well on NEXUS!Russ and Laurie on NEXUS at 16:00 3/8/2015 at 9 00.3'N:53 04.2'W. read more...


08/03/2015

Ayama - Is this the Pacific Ocean?

We left Galapagos on the 4th of March. We are now “double handed” which means it is only Anna and Stefan on this passage. Chrissy and Per went to another yacht in our fleet; Karma Wins where Berry was in a need for extra crew or he wouldn’t have made the start of this leg.Anna and I are looking forward to sail only the two of us for a while. We have done shorter trips, up to five days, before so we know we will be fine.There are four other boats in the fleet with only one couple onboard and they all say it’s a great way to sail.The first two days we motored a lot (31 hours) to get down to the trade winds, which normally are below 5 degrees south.Since then we have had good wind around 10 m/s (20 Knots) from the southeast, and make 150-170 nm per 24 hrs.We have now sailed 4 days towards. read more...


08/03/2015

Sweet Pearl - Kap Verden --> Azoren - 4. Tag - Langsam, aber stetig

Langsam, aber stetig gehts weiter. Allen sind mittlerweile Seebeine gewachsen und die Stimmung ist gut:-). Heute morgen haben wir 2 oder 3 Wale gesehen, versteckt hinter einigen Wellen, 3 Bootslängen von uns entfernt. Liebe Grüsse nach hause, Tom-------------------------------------------------Do not push the "reply" button to respond to this message if that includes the text of this originalmessage in your response.Messages are sent over avery low-speed radio link. The most concise way to reply is to send a NEW messageto:HBY4711@sailmail.comIf you DO use your reply button, be sure to deletethe original message text and these instructionsfrom your reply.Replies should not contain attachments and should beless than 5 kBytes (2 text pages) in length. This email was delivered by an HF. read more...


08/03/2015

American Spirit II - Day 424; We Hook a Bill Fish That Gets Away, and Joel and Heidi Land a 50 Pound Mahi Mahi; Friday, March 6, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 62; Spinnaker Sailing & Doing Laundry; Thursday, March 6, 2014. Awakened abruptly at 6:00 AM with commotion topside. The boat Auto Pilot had shut itself off and the sails were flopping around. Joel, who got off watch at 3:00 AM, got up to handle with Mike. I assumed watch duties shortly thereafter, and observed that we had two large storm cells in front of us, one on the left and one on the right. Wind 9/10 knots, speed over the ground 7.0 knots. Life is good. Auto Pilot shut off at 8:20 AM again. I was in forward part of cockpit when this occurred. The boat heads into the wind when this happens. I just let the boat go, doing a 360 circle. When the heading (265 degrees) that I wanted came up again, I grabbed the wheel and continued sailing. Also got a 'P.E'. read more...


08/03/2015

American Spirit II - Day 425; We Cross the Equator and Are Back in the Northern Hemisphere; Saturday, March 7, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 63; Bread Disaster & Blue Fin Tuna Catch; Friday, March 7, 2014. 6:00 AM. Overcast. Wind light, 6/7 knots from the SE. Speed 5.5 knots over the ground. Two large rain showers ahead, one on our left and one on our right. Not a pleasant sight to wake up to."*********************************As we were moving across some waves, the hydro generator made a noise I hadn't heard before, waking me up at 4:00 AM. I got up and pulled it out of the water and then went back to bed. I was intermittingly vibrating. I relieve Heidi at 6:00 AM. Right after that I noticed a short vernicle only rainbow 80 degrees on the starboard bow, with the colors right to left of red, yellow, light green and light blue. It disappeared in a few minutes. I let some more jib out and put the. read more...


08/03/2015

Makena - Pacific Crossing Day 3

We are making great progress here. I’m writing this just after 6pm on Saturday March 7th and we have just over 2370nm to go. In our 3rd 24 hour period since the leg start we’ve done 221nm by the GPS, which is close to our all time record. With 11kts SOG frequently up on the monitor today I’m sure we could pick a different 24 hour window and totally smash our record. It is a little noisy aboard with the seas knocking us about but things are comfortable enough and not too hard on the rigging, which is the main thing!We always enjoy our twice daily chats with the other boats using the SSB radio. It feels good to be in touch. Today we even fit in an extra chat session and we spoke to a French boat named Argo that we happened to see off to our portside during lunch (they didn’t show up on AIS. read more...


08/03/2015

Exocet Strike - Saturday 7th March

Busy day today as the SSB Net controller. The SSBis a radio, very similar to a ham amateur radio, whereby you can transmit overvast distances with a relatively simple piece of kit. It was until satellitecomms the only way ships could remain in contact, ditto for aircraft. Its usehas fallen a lot now for commercial use but for us yachties its a great way tokeep in daily touch. We have a morning and evening roll call, position and windstregth and directin plus any other useful info. Plus it was getting much windier today often 25 to30 kn, so we put in a second reef, no change in boat speed but much morecomfortable. The seas were getting bigger and often beam on, not a great angle,but now its getting better. Plenty of squalls today as well, and we broke theDuogen again. This is a great. read more...


08/03/2015

Exody - Days 53 to 56 - pointed at Hiva Oa

Three hundred miles out from the start of Leg 4 on Wednesday 4th, we altered course to starboard yesterday afternoon (Friday) and Exody is now pointed at Hiva Oa, a mere 2600 miles away as at noon today!If we continue at our typical 140 miles per day, we will arrive on Wednesday 25th or Thursday 26th March after three weeks at sea.All good so far- the start of the leg went well with the fleet giving a colourful sail display and farewell to Galapagos- Exody was fourth across the start line.The first days have been relatively quiet and several boats had to motor to find the wind as we all headed south or southwest to pick up the trades - it never continues to surprise me how 16 boats on the same route can experience such different wind conditions whilst still fairly closely distributed!We. read more...


07/03/2015

Allegro - QUARTA-FEIRA, 4 A SÁBADO, 7 DE MARÇO DE 2015

Largámos finalmente! Não é que estivéssemos hÁ muito tempo nas Galápagos (estivemos lá 15 dias), mas chega uma altura em que começamos a desejar largar para uma nova perna. Esta nova perna vai ter 2980 milhas. É por isso considerada a mais comprida de toda a World ARC.Largámos bem, com quase todos os barcos a largarem como se fossem para uma regata. Foi bonito.O primeiro dia decorreu sem nada de significativo a assinalar: vento a favor, corrente a favor, ondas de altura moderada. Foi um dia que nos foi favorável. A noite veio com uma lua cheia a iluminar tudo até ao horizonte. Contudo, à medida que as horas iam passando o vento começou a diminuir, obrigando-nos, quando o SOG (“speed over ground”) chegou aos 2,5 nós, a ligar o motor. Ficámos um pouco desapontados porque a previsão era. read more...


07/03/2015

Nexus - Still nice sailing...

Nice day with good winds 22kts starboard quarter, we've reefed down a bit to slow to 8kts to stay together with Alpheratz for another 300nm, before we diverge to Grenada and they go to Barbados. It's been nice sailing in company with them on this long passage. We think we'll be in on Wed 11 March at this point, with 745nm to go! We're off the coast of Suriname and Guyana, in the Guyana basin at the moment, about 150nm offshore. We've given them sea room due to Jimmy Cornell's book reporting some acts of Piracy along this border. We're passing the time playing Cribbage and doing odd jobs around the boat, and so far the weather has been partly cloudy but very nice. The seas are still a bit confused with waves coming from two directions giving us a lumpy ride, but it's not bad. I believe. read more...


07/03/2015

GarliX - Tag 3 nach Hiva Oa/ Marquesas

Endlich ist Wind - 15kn aus SO und wir kommen vorwärts. Der gestrige Tag war zermürbend; es war ein Pazifik ohne Wind. Zuverlässig ist der Strom Richtung Westen. Uns werden immer so 1-2 kn pro Stunde geschenkt. Wir sind noch alle Drei etwas down…. haben uns noch nicht an den Wachrhythmus gewöhnt. Ach, hatte ich erwähnt, dass wir nun doch zu Dritt sind… Hanna begleitet uns noch ein Stück weiter. Dadurch gestalten sich die „Nachtdienste“ viel entspannter. Jens bleibt bis 24:00 draußen, dann bis 4:00 ich, dann löst mich Hanna ab. Dadurch habe ich zweimal die Freude, in die Koje krabbeln zu können. Warum die Wache ab 0:00 „Hundewache“ heißt, kann ich nicht nachvollziehen. Aktuell sind die Nächte wunderschön hell, so dass ich viele Grüße in den Himmel schicken kann!!!Gestern hatten wir Mitten. read more...


07/03/2015

Exocet Strike - second full day out from Galapagos

Interesting weather, thought the Pacific was thepeaceful ocean! Today we have had several small squalls, but othersin the fleet have had more serious ones.We are going through what is called a low pressuretrough, on some weather info it is called the ITCZ or Doldrums as it was known.Its a band of lower pressure which allows convection of seewater into clouds.There is a lot of energy in this process and thats where the wind comes from. Weare hopeful of getting throught this tonight into some more consistent winds, ithas got better this afternoon, so heres hoping. We have only seen a few sea birds and flying fish,or Exocets today, no Dolphins, Whales, or anything else. Fishingtomorrow,who knows if we catch anything, will let you knowtomorrow. John. read more...


07/03/2015

Makena - Pacific Crossing Day 2

We’ve just had some freshly caught Bonita for dinner - thanks Dave for reeling it in and Luc for cooking it up for us with some tasty sesame seeds atop. The small but uncomfortably aligned waves are making things just slightly ‘lumpy' for us now but being on a catamaran we really cannot complain. We’ve averaged 165nm towards our destination in the past 2 days. There are still some pretty huge numbers up next to the “DTW” or Distance to Waypoint heading. At 5pm we dropped below 2600nm to go. Cause for a celebratory beer for some. We had our first ever near incident with the spinnacker but we avoided trouble and took it down not long after when we got some gusts of wind. We can see the boat A Plus 2 nearby so that is nice and it means that they are also within VHF range for the occasional. read more...


06/03/2015

Juno - Galapagos, Santa Cruz

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Juno - Galapagos, Santa Cruz
Juno - Galapagos, Santa Cruz
06/03/2015

Juno - Galapagos to Marquesas, the start

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Juno - Galapagos to Marquesas, the start
Juno - Galapagos to Marquesas, the start
06/03/2015

Luna Quest - Friday, March 6th, 2015

Position: 03.22S 93.43WDaily Run: 130 milesDestination: Hiva OAYesterday’s run of 82 miles was understated by some 40 miles as I had not included the effects of the South Equatorial Current. Today’s run is the measured run on the chart, whereas the distance covered through the water since yesterday’s noon position was only 86 miles, although I suspect that our log reader may be somewhat erroneous. The winds seem to be steadier today around 10kn to 11kn and the parasailor is doing an excellent job pulling us along at over 6kn. Early this morning at around 4am the full moon shone brilliantly through the billowing sail and a clear sky promised a day of uninterrupted sunshine. We have rigged up the canopy over the cockpit to shield us from the sun overhead, while the boom is right out to. read more...