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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

1024x768Cleanfalse false falseEN-GB X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4/* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-fareast-language:EN-US;} The full moon rises early in the sky behind us, a faint silver disc in the blistering afternoon sun, glowing brighter as the sun fades, then rising high in the cloudless night sky and casting a shimmering light over the. read more...


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...


06/03/2015

Sweet Pearl - Kap Verden --> Azoren - 2. Tag - Und ab die Post

Gestern haben wir um 17:30 von der Tankstelle in Mindelo abgelegt, nachdem wir den ganzen Nachmittag dort standen, da es keinen Strom hatte und wir nicht tanken konnten. Jetzt segeln wir mit bescheidener Geschwindigkeit die 1250 Seemeilen Richtung Azoren (Ponta Delgada). Wir müssen im Halbkreis Richtung Westen dorthin segeln, da der Wind von quasi Norden kommt. Fritz ist am sich Eingewöhnen und alle sind gut drauf. Gruss, Tom. read more...


06/03/2015

Nexus - Another Great sailing day and night!

We've had nice consistent winds from the NE for the last 24 hours, between 15-25kt true, from the starboard rear quarter, which NEXUS pulls forward to ahead of the beam and runs with a bone in her teeth! We've had double reefed main and gib all day and she's bounding along at 11kts through the water, 9.5kts SOG with an adverse current. It's a bumpy but decent ride, but we are all enjoying the nice sailing. 930nm to go and we're enjoying sailing in company with Alpheratz!Russ and Laurie on NEXUS at 15:00 3/6/15 at 5 38.5'N:47 34.3'W. read more...


06/03/2015

American Spirit II - Day 423; A Slow Start to Genada; Thursday, March 5, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 61; We're Sailing, We're Sailing!; Wednesday, March 5, 2014. Mike was kind enough to let me sleep an extra hour, waking me at 7:00 AM instead of 6:00 AM. As I poked my head into the cockpit at Mike's urging, he pointed out a rainbow on our starboard bow. Nice. First rainbow of our trip. Still raining a little bit. 2,594 miles to go to Hiva Hoa in the Marquesas. Speed 7.4 knots over the ground, 6.0 knots thru the water. A helping current of 1.4 knots. Only one boat near us now, II Audeacious. Wind 9 knots just behind our port beam."*************************************I was first up at 6:20 AM, as Heidi wasn't running this morning with Vlado from Civetta II. Joel is up at 6:40 AM. I write up a list of 'To Do's' that we need to accomplish before leaving Fortaleza.. read more...


06/03/2015

Makena - Pacific Crossing Day 1

05-03-2015 ThursdayNoon Position 02º 48’S 092º 33’WThanks to the World Arc organizers & their agent we had a super easy check out from the Galapagos - we just showed up at a local cafe en masse and they had immigration officers there for us. The islands and the waters around them are really teeming with unusual wildlife… unusual for this Irish woman, at least. Kai is more aware of his surroundings than ever and so he is probably more familiar now with seals, pelicans and marine iguanas than cows, crows or cats! We did some great tours but took it easy every second day since it is just so hot here by 8am. Highlights were definitely the seeing the giant tortoise nursery, seeing penguins and a sea horse in the wild, snorkeling with huge turtles, and the Kicker Rock tour where we. read more...


06/03/2015

Exocet Strike - On our way across the Pacific

Yesterday was the start of the leg from Galapagosto the Marquesas, 3000 nautical miles. We have a start for all the boats, a funracing type start which we have won on two out of three occasions, yesterday wemade it three out of four, nailed it again. then off in a SSW direction to try to get past theregion of squally weather that is in our route. The various forecasts showedthat there might not be too much wind on the first and second days, so we weredelighted with 10 to 12 knots of wind on our beam, ideal conditions. It diget light an confused at one point and we had to motoer for all of 17 mins, thenput up our Code Zero sail, like a huge Genoa, worked perfectly, thanksto the design work of Peter Sanders at Sanders Sails. We have managed to sailmost of today. read more...


05/03/2015

Nexus - Stormy night, fast day!

Last night we were bounding along in good wind and decided to leave the main up all night due to the good progress we were making. Well we sailed into a very large and spread out group of squalls from about 1am to 5am that kept me up pretty much all night. One set of squalls on my watch from 2-4am covered the entire 16nm radius of our radar screen and although they had very little power in them(25kts), the wind swung right around the compass at one point. I was alone and had a preventer rigged, so I couldn't tack. I ended up sailing around 180 with the wind and dousing the main altogether, and ended up motoring in very little wind for a couple of hours of heavy rain, before getting underway again. This morning we had very nice wind but severe choppy seas, which are giving us some fast. read more...


05/03/2015

American Spirit II - Day 422; Last Full Day in Fortaleza; & a Farewell Party and Dinner; Wednesday, March 4, 2015

I woke up again early, at 4:32 AM. Don't know why. Maybe Joel went to the bathroom and the head electric pumps woke me up when he flushed. Heidi is up at 6:00 AM; and at 6:40 AM she takes off with Vlado from Civetta II to go running. Impressive. Joel and I get up at 7:15 AM. Breakfast is at 8:15 AM after morning coffee. Eggs, potato, chilled peach halves and brown bread. One of the refrigerated eggs I crack open is bad. The reason I crack one egg in a bowl by itself is that if I crack it in a bowl with all the other eggs, like I used to do, then one bad egg makes them all bad. When I crack an egg if the yoke is intact the egg is fine. If its not intact, it might be bad. I then give it the smell test. This egg not only had no solid yoke, it looked bad and smelled bad. Adios! This bad. read more...


05/03/2015

Exocet Strike - Left Galapagos!

Well certainly a place to remember. Initially, dueto all the red tape etc I was not looking forward to arriving here, what withall the requirements to have zero hull fouling, to be very environmentally awareetc. The actual outcome was very pleasant, very easy going officials, a greatagent and some great visits. The Kicker Rock visit was heralded as the best oneto do, and it certainly was, the snorkeling was fantastic, even Stella loved it,swimming with sharks, even some hammerhead ones, turtles etc, amazing. Bestisland though was Isabela, very much not developed, whereas the ports of bothSan Cristobal and Santa Cruz are much more developed than one would haveexpected. All told, very enjoyable, and many thanks to Paul Tetlow for hisdeligence in preparing us for the inspection regime and. read more...


05/03/2015

GarliX - Start: 3000nm up to Hiva Oa / Marquesas

Start direction Hiva Oa / Marquesas at 4.march 2015 to??? 18:00 UTC.Well done - GARLIX - Crew!! 10minutes after the start we ripped two sails and we still have 3000nm ahead!! This is an incredible long route!!What happened?… no idea!! We wanted to start with the gennaker. While we hoisted it the sail hose ripped an enormous hole into the sail. Damn…!!! We got it down and hoisted the code zero instead!! A rip was In the code zero too!! Got down the code zero and sailed with the headsail. We were fast with the headsail; after 30 minutes only MAKENA, JUNO und EXOCET STRIKE were in front of us. We were able to repair the code zero and we are now sailing comfortably with 6kn in direction „infinity“. Nearly 1kn is a gift from the current. The gennaker is unfixable on board. So - und jetzt das. read more...


04/03/2015

American Spirit II - Day 421; Final Fueling; Post Office Run; Pool; Laundry; & and Pizza Hut Dinner; Tuesday, March 3, 2015

One year ago today:"Day 59; Sea Lion Sighting; Radio Net; Shark Leaping; Southern Cross & Big Dipper; Monday, March 3, 2014. Sailed all night with engine off. Ran generator 3:00 AM to 7:00 AM to charge batteries. Wind went light so had to start motor sailing at 7:00 AM. Many boats started motor sailing last night at 10:00 PM."********************************Heidi up at 6:00 AM. I got up at 6:30 AM. Vlado from Civetta II next to us and Heidi went running at 6:40 AM. Heidi was back on board at 7:10 AM.Joel got up at 7:10 AM. Breakfast at 8:20 AM: scrambled eggs; cut up and spiced potato; chilled peaches; and brown bread with butter and strawberry jelly. Joel from Rally control conducted the 9:00 AM net, relaying information concerning activities over the next few days. Joel and Johnny. read more...


04/03/2015

Nexus - Sailing again in variable winds

Winds have been up and down, from nothing to 20kts today, we're happy to be sailing, but we've been switching between Asymmetric and the white sails which is work. We were just bobbing along trying to keep the Asymmetric up at 3kts an hour ago, now we have 20kts and we're not able to head to course so we're sailing fast a bit closer to the coast. We'll probably take it down again and switch if the wind doesn't shift back in an hour or so. We've seen a lot of seaweed in the water, which fouls the fishing lines so we've stopped fishing for the moment. At any rate, we're happy to be sailing and to have the boat quiet all day!Russ and Laurie on NEXUS 14:30 3/4/15 at 2 02.3'N:42 12.1'W. read more...



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