Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Good sailing on a beam reach for the first 3 hours then lost wind and motored for 36 hrs
On passing the Grand Passage wind picked up to 15 kts as predicted but not as predicted continued to pick up peaking at 40 kts by the time we reached Chesterfield reef.
After Chesterfield we did enjoy a great days sailing with wind on the beam, moving along at 7-8 kts.
The day before we arrived in Moreton Bay, the winds died again. motored all day to see winds pick up in time to enter Moreton Bay on Sunday night. by 9:00pm we were hit by a large thunderstorm. no damage.
Good to be back home
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Thinking about making landfall in Brisbane, although most of the boats here will head to Bundaberg.
We will be in Australia by the end of the month. Wow!
Saturday, September 25, 2010
A stationary front is in the area although it looks to be of little concern and will have moved on before we leave.
Sunday, September 5, 2010
Fiji weather issued a strong wind warning for all Fijian waters yesterday. so far on this passage we have had almost no wind motoring all the way. The forecast is for 20 to 25knt winds from the south east. expect winds to start picking up mid morning today, building to over 25kts by tomorrow morning.
We have already reefed down in anticipation of the increased trade winds.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Stationary front moving through Tonga as we departed. expect clear weather for rest of the passage.
Our route will take us from Nukualofa to Vatoa Island then to Totoya Island before making our way to Savusavu.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Overnight sail from Va'vau to Luangahu Island. Then to Ha'afeva followed by Tungua, Lalona, Kelefesia.
Expect to be in Nuku'alofa by the week-end
1. Yamaha outboard got water in fuel and is causing many problems with carburetor. Unable to clean fuel intake, Very unreliable. May need to replace carburetor if it cannot be cleaned properly.
2. Mainsheet traveler car bolts sheered. needs to be repaired/replaced.
Hoping we can make some sort of repairs in Nuku'alofa.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
A reminder of the dangers, we met the crew of Anna as we left. A 57 ft catamaran that was capsized after being hit by 60+ kt winds after sailing nicely in 18kt winds. Anna is adrift last seen at 19 32.30S 172 14.6W drifing 325T at 1kt.
We are on route with Whiskers, Marlin & Albatross III
Another slow passage. We will just sit back and enjoy the ride.
Monday, July 26, 2010
1 Using mizzen causes BR to fishtail and Monitor has difficult steering
2 Using main reduces roll however bashes from side to side and shadows the head sails, cannot sail directly down wind
3 Using a double reefed main reduces shadowing but still both main and head sail bashes, cannot sail directly down wind
4 Wing on wing with polled out headsail, BR rolls with ocean swell and causes main to bash excessively. however can sail close to directly down wind and better speed
5 Using only headsail removes bashing but BR rolls
6 Using spinnaker only removes bashing and BR does not roll. We are getting better speed from spinnaker in light winds and can sail directly down wind.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Cold front swept through last night. Winds from the SE at 18-20kts seas 10 feet.
Overcast with some squalls today
sailing at 6kts with double reefed main and genoa. steering with Monitor windvaine.
rolly start to passage in light winds, first 200nm average 4.8 kts
Passage making, 90% Boredom and 10% Terror. so they say.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Plan to stop for a couple of nights in Maupiti if possible before the longer passage to Niue.
Expect passage to take about a week.
Often called the milk run, wonder why as mostly 20-30 kt winds, moderate to rough seas, squalls and thunderstorms on the way.
Weather forecasts are unreliable for this part of the passage.
Monitor, Polynesian Breakfast Club, SSB radio on 8164 @ 7;30 Bora Bora time
also Penguin Net on 8104 @ 9:00AM and 8:00 PM Bora Bora time,
Friday, July 16, 2010
The islands are more beautiful than we expected, the people are very friendly and have a rich culture, cool tattoos and hip-notic dancing. Snorkeling is the best we have seen, fishing is great, surfing is awesome.
On the other hand the prices are what you would expect $$$, passage making is surprisingly rough with winds often at 30kts along with rough seas. Thunderstorms and dangerous squalls are a feature of most passages.
Friday, July 9, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Expect to have light trades all the way with wind out of the east and south east. The trip will be about 3 weeks.
I will try and post position reports daily and the WARC will be tracking our progress.
We are travelling with Inspiration Lady, Anthem and Jackster.
We will be communicating on SSB on 8149 at 7:00am and 5:00pm (Galapagos time)
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Will leave Bacuerizo Moreno around 7:00am.
On board will be Jack (Anthem) Gary and Jackie (Inspiration Lady).
We will stay in Santa Cruz long enough to check out the Darwin Center and other sights plus take in a day tour.
Have full tanks of fuel, still need approx 20 gals of drinking water.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Depart Taboga Island Morning of Saturday 27th March, 2010
Weather forecast is for light and variable winds. Anticipate a slow sail.
due south for the first 150nm
218 T for 185nm to Malpelo Is.
240 T for 565nm to Galapagos.
Make landfall at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Isla San Cristobal around 3rd of April, 2010
8:00 am 8155 Khz net with other cruising boats
9:00 am 8143 Khz Check in with Pan Pacific Net
5:00 pm 8155 Khz net with other cruising boats
Monitor VHF Channel 16
Post Noon Position Reports to both WARC and Winlink
Bristol Rose will be traveling with the following Yachts
Inspiration Lady (Canada)
We are looking forward to an uneventful passage.
Monday, March 15, 2010
VHF channel 16 when underway
0900am (local time) Pan Pacific Net Frequency 8143 kHz
0500pm (local time) Frequency 8155 kHz
In addition we will pick up AirMail email via SSB radio and post regular position reports.
Monday, March 8, 2010
Bristol Rose is in need of repairs following our accident.
So far, so good
MaxProp gears were sheared. A local machine shop repaired the propeller with help from the US distributor and Bill Ramus for Shannon.
Simrad Autopilot is repaired, thanks to local support company
New downwind sails are on order
New Bilge pump is on order
What? how did all this happen. Spinnaker sheet wrapped around prop and broke gears. during our tow at 9 knts we lost our new sail even though it was strapped to the deck. the back pressure on the bilge pump stipped the gears. score so far $120 for accident, $5000 from the rescue. Hmmm
Thursday, February 18, 2010
On Saturday night around 10pm we were hit with a gust of strong winds while flying a spinnaker. In our attempts to get the sail under control we wrapped a sheet around the propeller. disabling both our ability to motor and more importantly our ability to steer.
We could not fix the problem as sea and need to be rescued by Ligia Elena. We were towed to closed safe harbor, Bahia Pinas after 36 hrs adrift.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Thursday, February 4, 2010
*06N-Panama from Panama/Colombia-82W*
WIND: NNW/NNE 08-13 gust 18, except 13-18 gust 23 still likely near 79W.
NNW/NW 05-10 close to the shoreline in the eastern Gulf of Panama.
SEAS: 0.5-1.5m mixed from SW/SSW and NNW/N.
WEATHER: Few/sct cld & isolated shwrs.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
We will stay at Shelter Bay until our Canal Transit on January 27/28.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
We have be sailing at night with only a double reefed main, flying the yankee during the day. Surfing down the face of waves is making it difficult to keep BR from false jibbing. Power management poor as we are using the auto helm to steer. PC battery is dead and have to use inverter for power.
The damage so far. Snapped the Monitor safety tube, snapped a lug that holds the boom vang, broken china, very tired crew.
We are now 96 nm from the San Blas. Not sure what we will do about anchoring as we arrive after sun set. Will study the charts today.
Friday, January 8, 2010
Tonight we expect 20 to 30 kt winds and seas building to 10 ft. sailing only with 130% headsail. Monitor is steering very well however following sea is making for a very rolly ride.
Friday, January 1, 2010
We will leave in the afternoon around 5:00pm, uplock into lake and stay the night. The following morning we will down lock into the pacific, completing the transit around lunch time.
You will be able to see us on web cam, click here.
The fleet of 40 boats will depart Rodney Bay, sail south to Casteries, then head west to Panama.
Weather forecast is for light(10-15kt) winds and 5-6ft swell. However we will want to monitor conditions off Columbia that have a reputation for high winds and seas. I expect it to take 7-8 days to complete the passage to the San Blas Islands.
Bristol Rose will be fitted with a "Yellow Brick" and you can track her progress here I will also log position reports via the SSB.