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Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
21/07/2014

Jumbuck - Baltic Rally Leg 5 - Tallinn a Estonia to St Petersburg Russia

Long tiring passage, over 200 miles and a need to concentrate the whole way.We left around 1030 Monday along with some of the bigger yachts, knowing it was going to take us 36 odd hours, and not wanting two nights at sea.When we left it was into fresh easterly weather. Again hot hot sun. Jumbuck revelled in the flat water conditions as we beat to windward making close to 7 knots, taking three and a bit long boards out from the Estonian coast and into the commercial shipping lanes that bisect the gulf between us and Finland.Around 5pm the wind offshore began to moderate and back to the north, so we had a period surging east under Code 0. Sad to say it didn't last, and within the hour we had engine on fast tick over to help the sails to take advantage of the lighter breeze, as we shaped up. read more...


Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
10/07/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - So long, farewell, auf wuedersien, adiue..........'til the next time, perhaps...........

........well nearly - this will be the last blogposting to the ARC Europe Website, though we we shall continue to post to theAndromeda bog at mailasail.  Well we made it to Lagos some 25 days after thelast ARC party and prize giving, no drink to be had though, so we think its timeto say farewell to ARC Europe as we think about what to do for the nextyear.   Our last night at sea was dark and we had upto 35 knots of wind from the NW most of the time. We were double reefed on genoaand main, with mizzen stowed, so felt reasonable comfortable, though it waspretty cold, and were steering 104 then 112 Magnetic, as part of the last bit ofthe route from the Azores, with the wind mostly on the port sternquarter.   We did have a very close encounter with a verylarge container. read more...


10/07/2014

Hanse Sailor - Log Day 3 - Skipper/chef

Skipper Andy cooks up a storm with his Thai chicken curry, while we sit out easterly gales in the port of Ronne on the western side of Bornholm. photo. read more...


Hanse Sailor - Log Day 3 - Skipper/chef
Hanse Sailor - Log Day 3 - Skipper/chef
10/07/2014

American Spirit II - Day 185; Hello to Gloria, Volcanic Ash on Foredeck, Snorkeling, Village & Volcano Tour and Heading to Efate; Wednesday, July 9, 2014

First off I want to say Hello to Gloria, mother of Tracey from Folie a Deux. Tracey advised me at dinner last night that she is another avid follower of the American Spirit II logs. You're going to enjoy the log today, Gloria!We found out this morning that at 1:00 AM there were two 6.3 earthquakes northeast of the island of Efate, an island we're going to Thursday. We found this out via a text sent to Joel. Up at 6:45 AM. Cloudy, but not as overcast as the day before. Some blue sky visible and the wind had died to 15 knots. A number of dinghies were seen heading to shore at 7:00 AM to watch the soccer world cup semi-finals. Germany versus Brasil. Germany won 7-1. A lot of happy sailors in the fleet. Angela was up early at 8:01 AM; and found some volcanic ash on the foredeck. She was. read more...


09/07/2014

Boisbarbu - Pot luck BBQ in Ronne

Meanwhile we had a nice and friendly BBQ on the docks of Ronne (south harbour of the isle of Bornholm, Danmark), the colours and incredible shapes of the sky, scattered the BBQ participants, frightened by the coming gale. The wind blew strongly for 15 minutes, then stopped. No rain ! Gérard, S/Y BoisbarbuIMG_1214 IMG_1218. read more...


Boisbarbu - Pot luck BBQ in Ronne
Boisbarbu - Pot luck BBQ in Ronne
Boisbarbu - Pot luck BBQ in Ronne
Boisbarbu - Pot luck BBQ in Ronne
09/07/2014

Jubilare - ARC Baltic first leg to Ronne

After a superb first crew dinner we left earlier than planned at 22.00hrs from Schilksee bound for Ronne on the Danish Island of Bornholm. To begin with sea state was short and a little uncomfortable then after a couple of hours out things settled with wind behind. Experienced a large sausage shape cloud approaching boat at speed from behind so decided to reef which we were pleased about as the wind increased from 15 to 25 kts in seconds. Saw little of the moon as it was low in the sky but three hours out from Ronne experienced the tail end of a large electrical storm followed by heavy rain .Should have put all electrical appliances such as hand held GPS into a Faraday Cage eg the oven. After some brilliant sailing arrived in Ronne at 1.30 am and berthed alongside wall.Ronne is the. read more...


09/07/2014

Hanse Sailor - Log Day 1- Kiel to Ronne

The last 24 hours have thrown a little bit of everything at us. Sun, rain, busy shipping lanes, wind farms, tall ships, criss-crossing ferries. Winds varied from light 4 knots in the early morning, through a couple of ideal conditions to make the most of the Jennaker, to a strong north-westerly gusting 22 knots which even though “it’s not a race” gave us a respectable 9.5 knots.Mario’s been hard at work preparing Pesce al Succo (fish stew), which will fortify us for our second lot of night shifts. All going well, we’ll hit Ronne around 1am Tuesday morning – hopefully not literally.photo. read more...


Hanse Sailor - Log Day 1- Kiel to Ronne
Hanse Sailor - Log Day 1- Kiel to Ronne
09/07/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - All Right Now - and Happy Happy Happy Birthday to Phill

N37:06:605 W08:40:473Happy birthday Phill have a good one.All Right Now, we are there, after over 5088 miles from Trini we have arrived at our destination, Marina De Lagos, Lagos, Portugal.At last, it has been a real journey to get here and once we were tied to the dock we broke out the champagne again.......... it is delicious.....now we have to sort our selves out, open the hatches, start the drying process but more importantly, find some more champagne, it is delicious.More very soon,Susan and AndrewAndromeda of Plymouth ( she is a real star)Marina de Lagos,LagosPortugal.ps we are only 24 days after the end of the ARC Europe, is this a record?m_20140709_111402. read more...


Andromeda of Plymouth - All Right Now - and Happy Happy Happy Birthday to Phill
Andromeda of Plymouth - All Right Now - and Happy Happy Happy Birthday to Phill
Tomanita II - Rönne
Tomanita II - Rönne
09/07/2014

Tomanita II - Bornholm

Efter 3 dagar i Kiel, startade vi på måndag morgon 05.00 eftersom det skulle bli sämre väder senare och för sent komma till hamn i natten. Fin medvind,10,8 knop som senare blev halvvind och dog ut vid solnedgången. Motor en timme,kom ikapp Dansk segeltävling med tre X-412 och några andra snabba båtar som låg och guppade utan vind. Snart blev det kryss och vi fick sällskap av de tävlande. (Bra med AIS, man ser båtnamn,fart,kurs!. Vinden ökar så vi revar focken, kommer ikapp två X-412or!! Med bara 1/2 Nm kvar försvinner dom; dimma! Efter någon timme då vi inte ser någonting utom på radar/AIS och det börjar kännas obekvämt rusa fram med 8 knop utan att se något, ändrar vi kurs och rullar in seglet. Motor, snart lättar dimman och vi har 5 tim segling i sol till Rönne! Framme 10.20 efter 29. read more...


08/07/2014

Zoonie - Becalmed 37:08.14N 23:34.44W

Finally, just after 9.00 on our 7th day the wind veered 60' setting us free from its head-on trap and we can sail once more, albeit very slowly at 2.2 knots. The sky is covered in cloud and an obliging shower has just cleaned the salt off the spray hood windows. Sometimes back in the Force 6 a wave would hit the plastic windows so hard that it had the same effect.At 14.46 our agreeable little wind finally died and the engine went back on at 4 knots. We notice it is becoming much warmer and very humid. Usually my hands are cold but I can feel the heat radiating off them now.Zoonie is sliding over the smooth molten water, her only motion apart from forward is the gentlest occasional roll before she recovers her composure. For the last time this continual day of passage becomes dark, with. read more...


08/07/2014

American Spirit II - Day 184; Stormy Monday Night, School/Village Tour & Dinner on II Audeacious; Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Up at 7:30 AM. Windy, gusting 30+; 2-3 foot waves in the anchorage. Reef 100 yards behind us. Hope anchor holds. During the night before sunrise Vivo, Sweet Pearl, NDS Darwin and Kathea came in. Other than Sweet Pearl, the rest had left Fiji a day later than the rest of us. Saturday instead of Friday. Vivo left Saturday because Mike's wife, Dawn, had a flight out of Nadi Saturday evening. NDS Darwin didn't leave Friday because Nuno told me its unlucky to leave port on a Friday. A lot of sailors hold this superstition. At any rate, Vivo had wind gusts of 55 knots; NDS Darwin had gusts of 60 knots; and Kathea had one gust of 80 nots. In the process Kathea lost their jib. Gone. Blown away. At least that's the rumor I heard. I hope its not true. Mike on Vivo said for a number of hours he was. read more...


08/07/2014

Longbow of Argyll - Baltic Rally 2: Kiel to Bornholm

The first complement of Longbow's ever-changing crew arrived to join Ted (the Admirable Skipper) and Jane (the Skippers Admiral). First to arrive was Holly (aka The High Fairy), then Peter (chief Winchman) and Francoise (Artist in Residence), and finally Clare (self-nominated Tactician).We were warmly welcomed on board, given the safety briefing and sent to bed (with lots of supper).On Sunday we went shopping, went swimming, ate lots and learned lots about how the boat worked.In the afternoon there was a briefing about the rally followed by a crew dinner where we tried desperately to learn which faces belonged to which boats.Due to a forecast of strong easterlies due in 24 hours (and we were heading east), many boats left after dinner.We decided to catch a few z's and leave at 4am. read more...


08/07/2014

Longbow of Argyll - Baltic Rally 1: the Prequel

Ted and Janeleft Inverness with a crew of 3 onboard Longbow in windy weather on the 2nd of June, and arrived in Skagen on the 8th of June after a bumpy crossing. After a short recovery period, Longbow then wended her way south through the islands of Denmark on her way to Kiel for the start of the Baltic rally.Highlights of the trip include the wonderful anchorage at Dyvig(with a nerve-wrackingly narrow shallow entrance) and an unexpected sojourn in Bogense due to strong winds and a very narrow canal-like harbour.The enforced stay meant that the crew explored much more of the landward-side of Denmark than they had anticipated, but saw some great sights.The final stopover in Denmark before the passage to Kiel was in Marstal, where Britt's uncle was wonderfully hospitable.Longbow arrived in. read more...


08/07/2014

Jennie B - Kiel to Bornholm

A threatened gale meant that the Rally left Kiel early, some leaving Sunday night after the inaugural drinks and dinner, or first light Monday morning.We chose to get a bit of sleep and left Kiel at 0400. Sailing double handed we thought one night at sea would be enough for us on this first stage. We were targeting an average speed of 6.5 knots so we could complete the 170 nm passage to Bornholm by early Tuesday morning.With a combination of sailing and motor sailing we made it by 0530 Tuesday.After a few hours sleep and a shower we are revived and ready to go land side exploring.By lunchtime Tuesday the whole fleet had arrived in Rønne Harbour, all berthed together and looking great with all their flags flying in the sunshine. The winds are increasing and it looks like a good decision. read more...


08/07/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - How many layers do the Peeps wear to keep warm? The answer (dear reader) is blowing in the wind...........

N37:07:445   W09:27:235   Layers and layers is the answer. We have beenwearing 5 top layers and 4 on the bottom including undies and our salopettes addanother half to the top too. Getting dressed and undressed especially forablutions is quite a lengthy process. The winds have been mostly from the northand cold so we haven't even been divesting ourselves of any layers during thedaylight hours either. As for our heads, well we have our buffs, then a hat,then the hood on our jackets and even a hoodie hood on occasion. Got to keepthose drafts out of our ears. Our feet however are coping with one pair of socksand in Susan's case a hot water bottle sometimes.   Yesterday afternoon we thought for a time that wehad been transported to Piccadilly Circus. In the space of. read more...


07/07/2014

American Spirit II - Day 183; At Tanna, Vanuatu and Lava Steam Vents at our Anchorage; Monday, July 7, 2014

Joel on watch 12:00 AM to 3:00 AM. Chet on watch 3:00 AM to 6:00 AM. At 6:00 AM I was on watch until 9:00 AM. Sailboat on port, aft quarter. Called on VHF and identified our boat as American Spirit II. Boat I called was Avocet. On starboard bow was Saphir. Because AIS broken, we no longer had a means of easily identifying sailboats around us. Wind 12 knots, boat speed 7.1 knots. At 7:00 AM the island of Futuna, Vanuatu was visible thru the rain and mist and clouds off our port beam 7.3 miles away. The top of the mountain and island was not visible. Covered in clouds. Looked like Jurassic Park. At 7:05 AM the auto pilot cut off while I was down below looking at chars and a pilot book. No big deal. The boat did a 360 degree turn. I grabbed the wheel and got us back on course and punched. read more...


07/07/2014

Firefly - on the West of Fiji

Firefly left Nanuna-I-Ra on the North of Viti Levu 2 weeks ago. We managed to sail nearly all the way around the north coast of Vitu Levu only motoring from Lautoka. We met some very friendly Fijians and Spaniards at Vatia Beach Resort, a new resort they are establishing and ate excellent Tapas and Tortilla while we helped explain what we thought would attract yachts to stop at their resort. We checked into Vuda Point Marina, a really good and well priced marina, for 4 nights and caught up with several or our friends from World ARC, did a number of jobs, visited 'Ironsides' (the late actor Raymond Burr) orchid gardens and got provisioned before Rosy, our daughter arrived.Rosy arrived with 2 surfboards and jetlag aside, we sailed from Vuda to Namouto, near the famous surf spot called. read more...


07/07/2014

Sweet Pearl - Fiji --> Vanuatu - 4.Tag - Morgige Ankunft

Bis jetzt war es eine angenehme Fahrt. Leider werden wir es aber ganz knapp nicht schaffen bei Tageslicht heute den Ankerplatz zu erreichen. Deshalb haben wir das Tempo gedrosselt um erst am Dienstag früh morgens in die Bucht einzufahren. Seit ein paar Stunden regnet es, aber das sollte bis morgen aufhören. Wir freuen uns auf Vanuatu, von dem wir viel gelesen haben und das "Verborgene Paradies" genannt wird. Ob dem so ist, werden wir bald herausfinden. Ganz bald:-). Cheers, Tom. read more...


21/07/2014

Jumbuck - ARC Baltic - Tallinn

Tallinn Old TownSpent three days here in Pirita, the yacht marina 6 km east of Tallinn itself. The marinas big, plenty of space for the 27 rally boats to park up, and a bonus of finger pontoons for the smaller boats like ours. We are finding what with the volume of alcohol and combo of exhaustion, being able to step off and on is pure luxury!Afraid we missed out on the organised tour of the old city (drink inspired oversleep), but grabbed a bus and wandered around solo. Nice. Millions of beer halls, restaurants, and Estonians strolling around in medieval costumes.The ARC team had organised a team evening meal the night before we left. Very good.The facilities at the marina were adequate. Superb supermarket within walking distance, possibly one of the widest range of products I've ever. read more...


06/07/2014

Nexus - Safe Arrival in Vanuatu

Arrived safely in Port Resolution, Tanna, Vanuatu! Beautiful sheltered anchorage, complete with volcano in the distance and active steam vents along our western shore. The island is covered with jungle and the locals were calling to each other across the distances with bird calls like the Lost Boys in Never Never Land! We're looking forward to going ashore and meeting them! The Port Resolution Yacht club is a stick tree house hanging over the bay on the East side, the WARC staff have arranged to have officials travel here tomorrow to clear us. More later, but we'll be OFF THE GRID for the next week or so, and catch up on email when we can.Russ and Laurie on NEXUS 19 31.6'S;169 29.8'E. read more...


20/07/2014

Jumbuck - ARC Baltic Leg 4 - Gotska Sandon Sweden to Tallinn Estonia

The sunset as we sailed from the island at 2100 was awesome, and have to say it still feels strange to know your going on to sail right through the night with zero hours of total darkness.The wind was supposed to veer to the W/NW this evening. It didn't, remaining from the SW and therefore directly behind us as we aimed for the Estonian shore 100 miles away. We were kept busy gybing our way downwind often seeing other rally boats as we travelled down a corridor maybe 20 miles wide using both sails and engine on tick over. The boat speed the engine created moved the wind forward, and in turn allowed the sails to work better for us. Probably averaged 6 knots SOG.Hot sun with the dawn just before 0500 Thursday saw us closing the Estonian Islands and able to hoist the asymetric which we. read more...


06/07/2014

Nexus - Great sailing to Vanuatu!

Two days into it now, we've had variable but good sailing winds and moderate seas on our way from Fiji to Tanna Vanuatu. We left in the afternoon on July 4 with choppy confused seas coming from two directions and 15-20kts of wind 60 degrees off our nose, which made for a bumpy but fast close hauled ride into the waves. Under single reefed main and double reefed jib we made 9.5kts over the first 12 hours, then slowed with the wind to 7-8kts later in the day. The waves have smoothed out and the wind eased and swung to our aft quarter, so we put the Gennaker out for the second day of sailing under partly cloudy skies.Its been good trade wind sailing since then, and we anticipate arriving at Tanna Vanuatu in the early hours of Monday morning. As sailing luck would have it, both of our. read more...


06/07/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - Where have alll the wooly hats gone? The sea has claimed them every one.

N38:02:638 W15:21:929   Progess report - we are over half way to thePortuguese Coast, yippee, will soon be heading down to Cabo de St. Vincente andround the corner to Lagos.   Hats! An essential part of our sailing gear and asource of frustration too. It sems that as soon as we break in a new hat or itfits wonderfully and is so comfortable,  the wind will suddenly catch usunawares and off it goes to be claimed by the sea. We estimate that we have lostaround 24ish pieces of headgear between the two of us. Sun hats, baseball caps,woolly hats, bush hats, etc.  They have rushed off our heads whilst weare on passage, at anchor, in the dinghy or on the dock.  We have managedto rescue about half a dozen by leaping into the water but most have gone overthe side and. read more...


06/07/2014

Boisbarbu - Log day 0 - Getting to the Rallye from France

It took Boisbarbu (Feeling 1090, 36ft) a month to join Schilksee, coming from France. A nice daylight only sailing with superb weather, mainly with north east light winds. Very few motoring, which is great. We took our time to visit and had a wonderfull stop in Lymington, where I had the chance to participate to the Around the Island (Wight) regatta, invited as a crew on Jumbuck. Then I am spending sometime here to find a place to winter the boat in a "bootswerft" around Kiel. As all my log book is already published on my website, you can have a look on:http://boisbarbu.free.fr/2014/jdb2/2014jdb2.htmand http://boisbarbu.free.fr/2014/jdb1/2014jdb1.htmfor saling route details and pictures.Gerard, S/Y BoisbarbuIMG_1127. read more...


Boisbarbu - Log day 0 - Getting to the Rallye from France
Boisbarbu - Log day 0 - Getting to the Rallye from France
06/07/2014

Zoonie - The second half, Day 4 to 7 37:15.26N 22:53.57W

Day 4 started under full sail and a 13 knot wind under blue skies. We have322M under our belt and steering well north of the required track, thinking thatthe Westerly wind that is due will cause us to bend around back onto track asthe wind backs. A sailing yacht passes us the other way from the Azores, shipsare now few and far between.   Are we flagging. The Rally and Oyster flag have become tangled around thehalyard and we nearly lost our lovely big ensign over the stern in the F6, butall are now recovered and a frayed edge on the rally flag is repaired ready tobe flown as we enter Santa Maria. So no we are not flagging!   I remember the glorious blue of the Atlantic from when I crewed on theStavros Niarchos from Tenerife to Barbados ten years ago and I wonder why it isnot. read more...


06/07/2014

Tulasi - It's time to say "Good Bye"

Fiji is a great place to explore. Beautiful anchorages, turquoise waters, reefs, you name it and you will find it here. The Fleet gathered in Musket Cove and for us on TULASI it was time to say good bye to most of the other crews. Unbelievable six months passed on a fly and now we are alone, sailing at our own pace, knowing friends are sailing in other parts of the world. It is also time to say thank you to Suzanna and Paul from World ARC Management, who both led us through the difficult Pacific waters, landfalls and administrative burdens. Both dedicated, now to call friends, made the lives of all boats and crews much more easy.Thank you, Paul and Suzanna, Tulasi will miss you! . read more...


06/07/2014

American Spirit II - Day 181; Sailing to Tanna, Vanuatu; Saturday, July 5, 2014

Happy July 4th for those in America back home. We celebrated July 4th yesterday in Fiji. Remember, we're a day ahead of you. Joel stood the 12:00 AM to 3:00 AM watch. Chet the 3:00 AM to 6:00 AM watch. The highlight of Chet's watch was seeing one shooting star; and the fact that its not often you get to see the Milky Way the way he and we are doing crossing another ocean away from all lights on land. For his first overnight watch on a yacht on the ocean, with some interesting wave sets and heights, Chet did quite well. Chet's dad, Bill, who passed away a couple of years ago, I'm sure is proud of seeing his son getting his sea legs. At 5:43 AM our auto pilot quite. It does this once a month or so. The boat rounded up into the wind and before it was over we'd done a 360 circle and headed. read more...


06/07/2014

Free & BrEasy - Zen and the Art of Boat Maintenance

Cruising around the Pacific in a sailboat must rate as one of the most beautiful and romantic of experiences. Boats themselves are lovely creatures that require tender loving and care if they are going to take you anywhere safely. As we spend our third week in Vuda Marina, Fiji, waiting for boat repairs, we have had to remind ourselves of these simple facts. We are becoming at one with Free & BrEasy by meditating deeply on her rigging. What appeared to be a straight forward job that would take only a few days has transcended into a psychic exploration of shroud ends and mast shroud seats. We have been humbled before the Budha of boat maintenance!Roger in particular has been spending long hours thinking about mast fittings. After days and days of discussion with distributors and. read more...


06/07/2014

American Spirit II - Day 182; Whisker Pole Breaks, Hydro Generaor Failure & 4th AIS Failure; Sunday, July 6, 2014

6:19 AM relieved Chet; who was on watch from 3:00 am to 6:00 AM. Wind 12 knots, boat speed 5.2 knots. Sunrise 7:04 AM, due east, behind boat. Orange glow thru clouds. At 7:06 AM the sun itself rose above a cloud bank on the horizon; its upper limb rising like a phoenix from the ashes. A green haze was visible around the clouds near the sunrise. Without the clouds I might have seen a green flash sunrise. Sunrise green flashes are rare. I've only seen one in 6 months on this voyage; and only one in my entire life. Of coursepeople see more sunsets than sunrises. Angie up in cockpit at 7:15 AM. Brought Kindle with her to read. At 7:48 AM wind and boat speed up a little. 5.6 knots now. At 9:00 AM the communications net. Jane on Seaduced conducted. Breakfast at 9:30 AM. Scrambled eggs, chilled. read more...


17/07/2014

Jumbuck - ARC Rally Leg 3 - Visby Sweden to Gotska Sandon Sweden

Day sail this time, covering the 50 miles almost due north from Visby to the almost deserted island of Gotska Sandon.Our original schedule would have seen us overnight anchored off The Islands sandy beaches, but with one day lost from the schedule in Bornholm due to weather, the ARC Team suggested move on to get back on track.The sail north was great. Under yet another blistering hot sunny morning we were almost the last boat to depart Visby at 0745 local time, and enjoyed chasing back through the fleet broad reaching under the Code 0. It felt good to sail along in close company.Slid around the islands western tip at 1600 local time, to deploy our anchor for the first time in an idyllic location. Trouble was it was supposed to be hard sand bottom, and of all the boats, we were unlucky. read more...


06/07/2014

Celebrate - Farewell to Friends at Fijian Feast Dinner in Musket Cove, Fiji

Fiji was our favorite place so far, but bitter sweet because of friends leaving the rally at this point mostly for New Zealand. The World Rally arranged another fabulous dinner for all of us with World ARC momentos for the boats departing the rally. Many of the boats expect to catch up with the rally next year. We will miss them! Now at sea on our way to Vanuatu. Next: Village Welcome and a Volcano.Cathy. read more...


Jennie B - Sharing the Kiel Canal with big ships
Jennie B - Sharing the Kiel Canal with big ships
05/07/2014

Jennie B - UK to Kiel the slow way

Jennie B left Woolverstone on the River Orwell in Suffolk on the east coast of the UK at dawn on the 4th May and arrived in Kiel on the evening of the 4th of July. That's 570 slow but interesting nautical miles in two months. We are specialists in slow sailing, having set off in 2008 to sail clockwise round the UK and Ireland - six years later we are yet to completely finish that circumnavigation!For most of that time we could only manage 2 or 3 week stints and we included 3 years on the beautiful west cost of Scotland. We had our first introduction to the spirit of the ARC rallies there when we coincided with the Classic Malts Cruise several times in Tobermory on Mull. From Woolverstone we crossed the North Sea to Ostend with a great sail the next day to Vlissingen, entering the Dutch. read more...


Till - Thundersky over Schilksee
Till - Thundersky over Schilksee
03/07/2014

American Spirit II - Day 177; Lawai Pottery Village; Kula Eco Park; & Visit to Naudi's Home and Family; Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Before I write today's log, I want to welcome Dee, Michael Roberts from Vivo's mother, as a reader of the American Spirit II logs. Hello Dee! I'll try to keep the logs interesting. Which is tough when you're in port. It's more fun to write when under sail and the proverbial (fill in the blank) is hitting the fan. I'd also like to also welcome the students from Tampa Tech as frequent log readers. My daughter Angela advised me today that she occasionally sees comments from Tampa Tech students on the World Cruising Club web page. I'd like to say that I read the log comments all the time, but unfortunately, the internet in most countries around the world is not good; so it's hard to stay up to date with the comments. However, to remedy this problem Angela is going to relay any comments she. read more...


Till - Thundersky over Schilksee
Till - Thundersky over Schilksee
05/07/2014

American Spirit II - Day 180; Heading to Tanna, Vanuatu; GPS Problem & a Bumpy Start; Friday, July 4, 2014

Woke up at 6:0 AM; got up at 7:00 AM. Breakfast at 8:00 AM after the obligatory coffee. Scrambled eggs, fruit and bread. After breakfast Angela finished copying my paperwork for Fiji Customs and Immigration. Thank you Angie!The Rally broadcast occurred at 9:00 AM. Nothing new, really. Leaving today. Weather update. Tried to call the water maker company in Tampa but got a recording. Must be taking a half day off (it's July 3rd there) to celebrate July 4th. Though we in the United States celebrate July 4th in recognition of our independence from the United Kingdom, wouldn't it have been interesting to still be part of the British Commonwealth like Australia and New Zealand? We've met a lot of British nationals on our voyage, and after learning how to understand their 'English' dialects. read more...



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