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Katherine - Day 13: Sunday 9th "14:17.33N 59:38.47W"
Katherine - Day 13: Sunday 9th
10/12/2012

Milanto - Log Day 16 The End nears

Day 16.The chase to the endNow for the last week or so, we humble sweaty members of the crew havebeen looking at the data - checking the speed dials - wind speed (trueand apparent), boat speed through the water, speed over the ground andof course velocity (for those of a mathematical leaning you will knowthe difference). We've poured over the distance gone, the distance tocome and of course the distance left on night watch until we can crashout our heads. . We've done the maths, re done the maths, dared towonder and talked in whispered tones. Yes, we've been trying to guessthe time and the date we might cross the finish line. The practice has been frowned upon by the boat management - we need tofocus on the sailing not the finishing. So Vale's statement that wewould be arriving in St. read more...


Milanto - Log Day 16 The End nears
Milanto - Log Day 16 The End nears
10/12/2012

Sam III - SAM III Nachtwache

Wie läuft eigentlich unsere Nachtwache ab ?Nun jeder hat 3 StundenWache,von 21-0Uhr,0-3,3-6 und6-9 Uhr.Welche Zeit man hat wechselt jedeNacht-quasie Wechselschicht.Die schönste Wache ist-theoretisch dieletzte,man kann lange schlafen und kann sich auf den Sonnenaufgang freuen.Zum Beispiel meine letzte 6 Uhr Wache:ich wache voller Euphorie auf ,geheins Cockpit um Funny abzulösen.Er reicht mir frischen Kaffee,den ich aberabstelle um mir unser Radarbild anzusehen.Dort wo bisher immerkonzentrische Kreise und ein schwarzer Hintergrund zu sehen sind ,hängt eingroßer,gelber Funnykuchen.Ich reibe mir die Augen und muß feststellen,daßes keinScherz von Funny ,sondern ein 26 sm großer Squall ist.Zur Bestätigungfliegt mein Kaffee quer über den Steuerstand und alles ist schön braun.Auchmein Krimi hat. read more...


10/12/2012

Fidelis of London - day 13, 154 nm , by janneke

Alli Allo,Het is weer Janneke ! :)gisteravond had papa met zijn liefde voor vliegvissen een vliegvis op zijn kop gekregen! Jammer genoeg was niemand daarbijom dat te zien :P hahahahhahet weer is nu heel saai het druppelt half en bijna geen wind en we hebben de moter niet aan dus we zijn aan het dobbelen :( we moten nu nog ongeveer een derde doen dus verschijnlijk doen we der drie korte weekjes over...Ik en Lonnie zijn gezelig een film aan het kijken terwijl een beetje aan het rond kijken omdat we ook schift hebben,Doei Doei!xHello Hello,Its Janneke again!Yesterday eve daddy had shift5 and with his love for fly fish one juped in his face! Sadly no one was there to see :p hahahaha The weather now is really boring its drizzling and the engine is not on so our average speed is 3.5 (WOOW. read more...


10/12/2012

Coral IV - Godt båten har holdt :-)

Legger en mail fra Kolbjørn ut. Interessant og skremmende lesning:Skal være glade som slapp følgende mareritt:Dag Rørslett og mannskapets ARC-deltagelse ble ikke slik som de drømte om. Båten mistet roret 1. Desember og tok inn mengder av vann. Lekkasjen ble stoppet, men problemene hopet seg opp. Det tok fem døgn før båten fikk slep inn til Kapp Verde.Fint driv– Vi seiler steady i 8-9 knop med spridde seil, sterkt revet genoa på spinnakerbom og en flik av storseilet ute. Farten hopper av og til opp i 10 og 11 knop eller mer. Vi er fire ombord som bruker mye krefter på å holde oss fast og vi sover nok ganske dårlig, men alle er happy – og båten er happy, forteller Rørslett.Mister styringenKl 11.40 må vi justere vindroret og også hovedroret fordi båten skjærer opp mot vinden. Roret føles. read more...


09/12/2012

Sumatra - Log Day 13: Triumph!

We have covered 200 milesover the past 24 hours - a first for Sumatra and cause for celebration! It's aspecial day as we also find ourselves with less than 500 miles to go - drawingever closer to our sunny destination. If we continue at our current speeds,we should arrive in St Lucia sometime on Wednesday, hopefully beforedark... Time will tell. We'll be sure to keep you posted!   - Maddy from SYSumatra. read more...


10/12/2012

Poespas - day 13

Day 13After our beautiful tuna's revenge had worn off by pelting us with rain most of the night, dawn arrived with an overcast sky and winds of 20 to 25 knots, gusting to 30. Still sailing on starboard tack and on a broad reach, our speed occasionally hitting 9-10 knots. We are still Parasailor virgins, and we are awaiting conditions to be slightly more benign for its first use. Aeolus, please be gentle with us the first time!Those fish must have heard on the pelagic grapevine to avoid us like the plague, because we have been trailing our irresistible lure all day and not a single bite. So we spent most of the day lazing about, reading, eating and contemplating life, the universe and everything. Or at least yours truly did the contemplating. There's something special about being in the. read more...


10/12/2012

Senta - Log Dec 10 Day ? (can't find calendar)

"More rain, more squalls, more wind," our skipper is setting the tone 554 miles from the finish. The good news is we are speeding along with 8 1/2 to 9 knots beam reaching toward St Lucia, the air is warm albeit wet and we have plenty of food and water left. Some of the racing boats have arrived and are already enjoying their rum punches. Can't wait!Due to the torrential rain every so often we have to lock the cabin down which has now sauna temperatures. Nate could not cope in the hot pilot berth any longer and is now on a mattress on the floor below my bunk, so we have happy chats in the middle of the night when we can't sleep because the boat is pitching so much. We have had one full day of tradewind sailing with fluffy clouds and sunshine, otherwise one front after the other. At least. read more...


10/12/2012

Meltemi - 09.12.2012 - 13. Seetag - Am 2. Advent unter Vollzeug durch die See

Position: 17-25N / 056-33WCOG: 235 degSOG: 7,9 kn321 nm to goHallo Meltemi-Freunde,heute, am 2. Advent, haben wir mit leckerem Baumkuchen aus der fernen Heimat (vielen Dank, Stefanie!) unser "500 nm to go-Fest" gefeiert. Kaum waren die letzten schokoladigen Kruemel verspeist, wurde mit Ueberschreitung des 55. westlichen Laengengrades die Zeit zum vierten und auf dieser Reise letzten Mal um eine Stunde vorgestellt. Unsere Bordzeit ist nun MEZ-5 Stunden = UTC-4 Stunden = KaribikZeit: Yeah!Der heutige Segeltag war eine echte Herausforderung und ein ganz besonderes Vergnuegen. Schon waehrend der morgentlichen Fruehstuecksrunde wurde darueber diskutiert, welche Moeglichkeiten wir haben, das letzte Geschwindigkeitspotential aus Meltemi herauszuholen und einen tollen Endspurt hinzulegen. Es war. read more...


10/12/2012

Fidelis of London - Day 12 , 152 nm to go!

We waren de dag 12 blog vergeten dus nog even s nachts op de valreep. Er is vrijwel geen wind en hierdoor wordt het echt warm aan boord, De temperatuur en de luchtvochtigheid zijn hoog.Aan het einde van de middag kregen we een beetje wind, ongeveer 12 a 14 knopen, omdat er een paar scheuren kwamen in het grootzeil, gaan we vannacht enkel op de genua. We kijken morgen ochtend of we het grootzeil kunnen repareren. Ik had net in de kuip in een keer een vliegvis recht in ijn gezicht, ba heel smerig. Chris Tibbs de weerman voorspeld voor de komende dagen weer wind , dus dan kunnen we weer in een flink tempo richting sainte luciamarco. read more...


09/12/2012

Rivendell - Hopefully this is the Last Log

9 December 2012Well it's been sort of a dreary day - overcast - bit of rain showers - warm.The swells have returned and we are rocking and rolling along towards StLucia. Early this morning Schaefer, Ben, and Andy worked on repairing themain sail. This is the fifth repair. Four on the main sail and one on thegenoa. The work was completed shortly before lunch. The tear wasapproximately 2 feet long and it involved the area that the professionalsailmaker in Puerto de Mogan worked on. So the sails are definitely damagedby the ultra violet rays of the sun.Both Beau and Miles did something very nice - they have been carving smallanchors out of several coconut shells that are aboard. In ancient timeswhen a mariner crossed the Atlantic he would have a tatoo of an anchorplaced on his arm. So these. read more...


10/12/2012

Poespas - day 13

Day 13After our beautiful tuna's revenge had worn off by pelting us with rain most of the night, dawn arrived with an overcast sky and winds of 20 to 25 knots, gusting to 30. Still sailing on starboard tack and on a broad reach, our speed occasionally hitting 9-10 knots. We are still Parasailor virgins, and we are awaiting conditions to be slightly more benign for its first use. Aeolus, please be gentle with us the first time!Those fish must have heard on the pelagic grapevine to avoid us like the plague, because we have been trailing our irresistible lure all day and not a single bite. So we spent most of the day lazing about, reading, eating and contemplating life, the universe and everything. Or at least yours truly did the contemplating. There's something special about being in the. read more...


10/12/2012

Peter von Seestermühe - 09.12.12

Liebe Peter-Freunde,eine sehr späte Meldung. Seit gestern Abend machen wir Meile nach Meile.Innerhalb von 24 Stunden sind weitere 200 Meilen auf St Lucia gutgemacht. Die verbleibende Distanz beträgt 378 Meilen.Gestern Abend flogen wir mit teilweise 30 Knoten Wind mit vollerSpimontur durch die Nacht. Nur der Skipper konnte überhaupt das Ruderhalten und so war es an ihm unser wellensurfendes Geschoss auf Kurs zuhalten. Innen im Salon fühlte es sich an wie in einer Zugabteil wenn aufbeiden Seiten ICEs in voller Geschwindigkeit vorbei zischen. Ab und zuentgleitet das Geschoss von einer Welle in die falsche Richtung getragenund in diesen Momenten des free-falls ist es alsob wir abheben.Als um Mitternacht der Spi geborgen wird, damit auch der Skipper einbisschen schlafen kann, verspricht. read more...


09/12/2012

Salsa af Stavsnäs - Like a retriet

Are you having problems looking at those gadgets, called plotters, instruments, radar, AIS etc etc.Now we have been at sea for amost two weeks and I have found myself looking at that stupid little feature called ETA. It calculates the speed of the boat and instantly gives us an expected time of arrival.With a motor boat I can see that feature work well, but on a sailboat? One moment, that is on a way up a wave it tells me we will be in St Lucia in 45 days-18hrs-3,5 minutes, then we surf down the wave and the wind gets hold of us, we will be in St Lucia in 6 days-3hrs-43 minutes. So there I am staring at that stupid figure, wishing it was true. Relax man! Look at the sea! Let's be philosophical!OK, let's think deep, real deep. - If I start a journey and the GPS tells me we have 4 days. read more...


09/12/2012

Oranda III - 09Dec

Tras una excitante jornada en la mar, despues de abortar el izado del magnifico parasailing debido a la fuerza del viento y crudeza de la mar, nos hemos visto obligados a continuar con la busqueda de las muestras de pesca mientras nuestro Gourmet favorito cocinaba unos fantasticos langostinos estilo "napoleon" acompanados de arroz basmati y unos caldos de la rioja.Continuará.Buena mar y buena proa. Regards,. read more...


Oranda III - 09Dec
Oranda III - 09Dec
Oranda III - 09Dec
Oranda III - 09Dec
Oranda III - 09Dec
Oranda III - 09Dec
Oranda III - 09Dec
Oranda III - 09Dec
Oranda III - 09Dec
Oranda III - 09Dec
Oranda III - 09Dec
Oranda III - 09Dec
Oranda III - 09Dec
Oranda III - 09Dec
09/12/2012

Loupan - Mot Västindien - andra advent

Dagen var till en början lugn och vi läste och vilade. Vi firade också Anna-Sofia’s födelsedag och  andra advent med risgrynsgröt, glögg, dadlar och tomteskum. GRATTISKRAMAR till Anna-Sofia!Vi upptäckte att något såg konstigt ut runt andra revinfästningen vid mastliket och vi bestämde oss för att ta ner storseglet, vi vill förstå varför och vara säkra på att inget ytterligare händer. Vi låter nu storseglet vila i sin stackpack tills blir lite lugnare, just nu tillåter inte vind och sjögång att vi försöker reda ut detta just nu. Som framdrivning seglar vi nu med spirad genua 3 åt lovart och kutterstagsfocken i lä. Lite saktare går det, men vi tar oss framåt med hyfsad fart 8-9 knop. Vinden är frisk och vi har vågor mellan 2.5 – 3 meter. Några kommentarer till frågor vi fått:*. read more...


09/12/2012

Scarlet Oyster - last 100miles!

Hi all,Looks like we will be into the top of St. Lucia on this stb gybe, whichmakes life simple, having a great last days run in perfect conditions20knots and 155deg TWA, even the waves are being easy to read!What an adventure this race has been! Completely different to last year,from the wind conditions to breakages that nearly ended our race it has beenquite a roller coaster!My team on board have really worked hard together to face and overcome thechallenges presented to us.The first 36hrs of punishing upwind work was probably quite a shock to myteam who had seen brochure shots of blue skies and downwind sailing surfingdown a rolling Atlantic swell! The boat coped well, and I was happy withour route which got us the right side of most the shifts yet kept us out ofthe worst of the. read more...


09/12/2012

Orion - Week 2, Sunday, Dec.9

Again we have got our share of tropical rain during the night, but the wind is more stable now and we can head directly towards St Lucia in a comfortable downwind. The visibility has been low and we used the radar to keep watch. Clouds and rain and lumpy seas, apart from the temperature it reminds me of home. The humidity is high and quite exhausting, especially wearing a special Musto sauna suit. Wet from the inside or wet from the outside, which is preferable? Change of watches today, two people per watch instead of three so I had a marathon 6 hours sleep; bliss. Barbara. A quick tweak of sails after I came on watch this morning and we were surfing at 12 knots down waves after waves, now its dark and phosphorescence is flying as again I am on watch. ( Tim that is gunning it )The last. read more...


09/12/2012

Little Pea's ARC Blogoramma 10 - Sail repairs at sea

18:22.3N  46:30.8W Friday, day 11 at sea.   "Spinnakers were made for man to put up, and God to bring down..."Qu: Laurie Smith (famous racing sailor) It all started with the decision to launch Barbara.  All our sails have names and Barbara (also known as Big Babs) is our big kite.  She is the largest spinnaker in our wardrobe and is a b*tch at the best of times.  Used in the right conditions and handled with respect, she will give us another 2 knots of boat speed.  However, Babs is also moody, temperamental and prone to savage bursts of anger.  Unfortunately, she was is such a frame of mind today and the price we had to pay was high. At 0900 hrs, whilst Mike was on watch, we prepared Barbara for. read more...


09/12/2012

Coral IV - 2. søndag i advent går mot slutten

16:15.08 N 48:23.13 W   Tusen takk for alle hyggelig mailer. Jeg får visst ikke rukket å svare pådem alle. Uansett koselig med livstegn hjemmefra. Er litt rart å skrive bloggflere ganger om dagen å føle at jeg "snakker" mye - men uten direkte respons.Kommer en og annen mail selvfølgelig - men det oppleves likevel ofte som enmonolog.  Vi har det bra. Har akkurat spist middag - selvfisket dolphin fisk - resterfra forgårs. Veldig godt! Tente også adventslys. Sunget og lest dikt. Alt pånorsk. Verken svensken, briten eller iren hadde det som tradisjon. Ivory harkalender fra moren sin. Ellers ikke mye adventsstemning i 28 varmegrader ogregn. Fikk telefon fra Kolbjørn og hele det årlige pinnekjøttlaget i går. Det varhyggelig. Rart å ikke være der.  Det er underlig å sitte å. read more...


09/12/2012

Johanem - daily log

What a strange few days! We have just ended a protracted period of very little wind. The upside is that half the crew had the most amazing swim mid Atlantic and we have managed one whole day without wearing the waterproofs! The "fish" made excellent eating and Tony got his revenge! The night watches saw amazing night skies and shooting stars with Pink Floyd as an accompanient!We'e now heading for New York and not St Lucia as the wind is south easterly not north easterly as forecast! Lightning overhead and our Atlantic experiences continue!We're all well and happy. Not too much Danny Boy you'll be pleased to hear.The good ship Johane. read more...


09/12/2012

Heartbeat IV - Sunday pm - Still Frustrations

..running out of spare or replacement running rigging - sea state not safe enough for up mast so having to wait for a bit of a lull to see if we can re-rig a couple of halyards. Now currently the 'Atlantic Rig' - #2 poled out with main. Had hoped to be in in under 15 days but not possible as have lost 60 miles in last 2 days. Last night however was superb A5 and main - 8.5 - 13.3 knots - but not after temp halyard blew on 0400-0800 watch (aka the Calamity watch). Followed by genny halyard - so rerouted spin pole uphaul. What japes. Still a nice a selection of charcuterie for lunch with iced coffee and PB currently preparing apple crumble and custard for sups. Pics of Jude trimming assy - Rog helming early Sunday morning and daytime downwind.. read more...


Heartbeat IV - Sunday pm - Still Frustrations
Heartbeat  IV - Sunday pm - Still Frustrations
Heartbeat IV - Sunday pm - Still Frustrations
Heartbeat  IV - Sunday pm - Still Frustrations
09/12/2012

Northern Child - ARC DAY 13

Matt has been asking me whether I had already written today's blog... I guess he is curious as to how I relay events since last night. In short, a royal cluster sh*t night. It all started with a failed attempt to have a small siesta after dinner and before watch. Bad idea. Really bad idea. The boat was rolling and pitching like in the first few days and I was brutally thrown about the bunk for 3 hours, hitting either the ropes keeping me in the bunk of the side of the hull next to my bunk.... Add humidity and closed hatches due to wave and there it goes: by the time I got up to do my watch (10pm - 2am) I was a real raging monster. I felt bruised, boilt, sick and all on the back of 2.5 hours sleep in the last 24 hours. Not a good start to the night. Fortunately Richard and. read more...


09/12/2012

Northern Child - When it rains, it pours.......

Daily Run    221mDTT             197nm Lunch          Pasta Cabonara with extra Bacon and Lardons :-)Dinner          Line caught Mahi Mahi with New Potatos and Tomato Jus Hello again!  So the 2000nm party was sick - Champagne, Caviar, dancing girls and magicians - awesome............  OK so lets be real, there was a Champagne Cocktail, with a Rum kick and the Mahi Mahi was delightful, prepared by Deb and Howard.  It was hard to get a real party going though, as we were racing along at 9-10 knots but none the less it was a big milestone in the journey to the Caribbean. Shortly. read more...


Islay - Wahoo I and Wahoo II
Islay - Wahoo I and Wahoo II
Islay - Islay - Wahoo I and Wahoo II
Islay -  Islay - Wahoo I and Wahoo II
09/12/2012

Stormvogel - Tag 13: Regen, Wind und STORMVOGELs way of fishing

Im Moment regnet es zwar nicht, aber die vergangene Nacht und der Morgen waren die reinste Süßwasser-Orgie.Der Skipper hat die Mannschaft von Deck verbannt und im Regen ausgiebig im Cockpit geduscht. Kaum eingeseift, bleibt der Regen weg...Mist ;-)Seit heute früh segeln wir auch wieder. Zuvor haben wir fast 30 Stunden unter Maschine zurück gelegt. Wir sind alle froh das der Wind wieder da ist. So ein Segelboot liegt einfach besser unter segeln als unter Motor - und es ist natürlich viel leiser!Während andere Crews stolz von ihren Angelerfolgen berichten haben wir an Bord des STORMVOGELs einen eigenen "way of fishing" erfunden.Auslöser für die Erfindung war der Umstand, das wir ja unseren Schleppgenerator hinter uns her ziehen - an einer 30 Meter Leine. Wenn wir da jetzt noch schnöde eine. read more...


09/12/2012

Bardeau - Low on Chocolate

16.31N 043.59WWhat a night. Too wet to sleep on watch. Squall of squall meant snoozing wassimply not an option. The entire watch conversation with motley Daverevolved about the nature of trench foot and rot of the posterior. We bothdecided that what with chafe, and trench foot, and rot...we were not in goodshape. However a bijou mishap made sure that the motleys did not sleep welleither. The autopilot steers bythe wind. When the wind shifts it beeps andflashes to warn you.The cure is to press any button. I confess that such wasmy level of indifference that I did not look at the gauge as I reached topress a button. Within a few minutes I observed to David what a flakey placethe Atlantic was...one minute were doing 7 knots, and the next, 1 knot orless. I looked up at the sails and observed. read more...


09/12/2012

Puddle Jumper - Captains Blog Star Date 09/12

Hi All (& Hey C)  Hansel (or Harry apparently) the Navigator here with another guestblog. FAQ of the Navigator: Where are we? What’s the depth!? What are the skull and cross bones you have put on the GPS?, Charlie veryworried. What happens if I press this button? oh no, too late. How fast are we going? But mostly, are we nearly there yet?   I guess we must be getting there, the taste of the air suggests we are alittle up north and the length of our beards suggests we have been going a longtime.  There are no stars to go by at the moment, in fact no sun and nomoon to sight on as we have clouds all across the sky and a lot of rain. After a Parasail run yesterday we put up the white sails as the windspicked up.  During the night we had a couple of all hands to. read more...


08/12/2012

Mary Jo - Blog Day 13.

Kerry back. After Nick’s profound message yesterday, which summed up his feelings, here’s the abridged/Kerry version. We are right in the middle of the Ocean, unable to influence anything in the world, However, we shattered Nick’s peace yesterday afternoon, by listening to the football on BBC World service. As for the rainclouds, TJ, Nick, & myself took Chris Tibbs advice, & upon the arrival of a squall, stripped naked in the cockpit, and soaped ourselves, awaiting the inevitable downpour. When it arrived, (10 minutes later) we got a cracking shower, but surprised owner Alex, when he appeared in the companionway, for his watch, dressed in full foul weather gear! It is VERY warm here, & the sun extremely strong.We’ve caught some fish, Doradas, big yellow ones, & Nick. read more...


09/12/2012

Capricho - Dia 13 - multiplcacion de peces y pan

Día Nº 13Posición actual : Latitud 17º 40,2 N ~ Longitud 53º 25,0’ W Distancia recorrida del día : 184 MN Velocidad promedio : 7.7 nudosFaltan : 483MN para llegar a Rodney Bay – Saint LuciaSeguimos con viento en popa, soplando del E con pequeñas variaciones deintensidad o fuerza que obligan hacer cambios de velas subir unas, bajarotras, trasluchar; pura actividad que rompen lo que de otra forma seria unatravesía monótona. Cuando se hacen de día, simplemente delicioso ... perode noche, ahh ... con salvavidas puestos, oscuro, peor si hace frio ytienes la armadura puesta, siempre se traba un cabo – por el día no, loscabos saben que tienen que hacer ... pero en la noche, ahí la vaina es aotro precio.Como los vientos están oscilando entre los 18 y 25 nudos, venimos con lasvelas dispuestas. read more...


Murphy - Eagerly awaiting our roast chicken dinner
Murphy - Eagerly awaiting our roast chicken dinner
Murphy's much repaired asymmetric flies again
Murphy's much repaired asymmetric flies again
09/12/2012

Murphy - Hail to the prophet Grib for he is wise......eventually – Log Day 13

Passage notesCareful study of the grib files (pictorial predictions of wind and wave for the next few days ahead) showed yesterday afternoon that we were still some way from the right sort of winds, having tracked south into a bit of a hole, so after several hours of thoroughly enjoyable sailing with the asymmetric up (heading further north again) we decided to bang on the engine and make directly west towards stronger north-easterlies. At 8 am this morning we found them, so since then we have been sailing serenely (at an unhurried 6 knots or so in 13 knots of wind) with poled-out genoa more directly towards St Lucia – less than 800 miles to go.The weather today has been delightful so far, with bright sunshine, blue skies and the occasional white cloud, but thicker cloud seems to be. read more...


09/12/2012

Lancelot II - Day 13

Date: Sun 9th Dec 2012 Time: 13:30 UTCPosition: 15’15.34N 52’02.85WSOG: 9-11 knots With a few moments up to 14.6COG: 285 MWeather: TempestuousWind: All over the place but mainly ENE 18-34 Well – what another night ! Last night on both watches was a repeat of Saturday.  But Captain Jacko and his trusty crew have by now learned to handle the tempests.  Conditions under the line squalls are chaotic, with rotating wind directions, confused seas, and a seeming unwillingness to let the boat go once the tentacles of the Kraken got us.  At night its also v difficult to assess which way the squalls are moving, so avoidance is tricky.  Rain of tropical intensity accompanied all the squalls.  Pity none of us last night had time for shampoo.Conditions during the. read more...


09/12/2012

Skyelark of London - Day 12

9th DecemberAfter having achieved several runs in the high 190s and many a near miss,we celebrating having just done 200 miles noon to noon, a cold beer on deckwas just the reward we needed, and if we continue like this we will set anew transatlantic record for Skyelark.As we approach 500 miles it amazingly feels like we are nearly there!Despite it being just under a Fastnet/ Sydney Hobart race, orcircumnavigation of Ireland! In Atlantic terms were getting close to RodneyBay, we have all started to think of our reasoned or reflex actions when weget there. I interviewed my crewmates to get their opinions:Charlotte - Go for a run, shower and put on my red trousers (a Danishnautical tradition to signify that you have sailed the Atlantic)Malene - Beyond a slow run and a shower, hasn't. read more...


Skyelark of London - Day 12 on Skyelark
Skyelark of London - Day 12 on Skyelark
09/12/2012

Sam III - SAM III Die Wahrheit Teil II

Der Ausdruck'Barfußroute'erklärt sich nicht durch zunehmend schönes Wetterund höhere Temperaturen sondern allein durch die Tatsache,daß keinetrockenen Schuhe mehr an Bord sind. Heute Nacht mußte die SAM III vorübergehend ihre U-Boot Tauglichkeit unterBeweis stellen,da der vor Abfahrt häufig geäußerte Wunsch-immer einehandbreit Wasser unter'm Kiel-flächendeckend auf allen Seiten des Schiffesseine Erfüllung fand. Die 'gemeine Atlantikdorade in der Pfanne'läßt sich in diesen Breiten(ichglaube es geht in Richtung Beringstrasse)auch immer seltener sehen. Der Skipper hat,glaube ich,noch etwas Besonderes mit uns vor,da wir ihnbei der Festlegung des Kurs' häufig murmeln hören:aber Arved Fuchs hat dochauch.......!! Ansonsten ist die Stimmung an Bord sehr gut,wir sehen der nahenden Ankunftmit. read more...


09/12/2012

Coyote 2 - going swimming!

The last days have been very eventful ones… We had a day and a night of constantly raining, after which a lot of our clothes were soaked through. Luckily we woke up to a morning with sunshine. This of course meant that the boat was immediately transformed to a huge dryer for all the wet clothes. After a few hours of poor wind it disappeared altogether. However this in the end was a good thing, because it gave us an opportunity for a small break. Which we used on swimming – in the biggest swimming pool ever! An amazing experience. After all of us got up from the swim we had a visit from two whales, only 25 meters from the boat. Another box checked.Now we are again on the way. We have less than 1.000 miles to go, and most of the time we have good wind and sunshine. But now and again we. read more...


09/12/2012

Ace - at Sea

dear all,our world is composed of pretty basic elements: the shallow bowl of the sea, it's radius determined by the height of the waves and the inverted globe of the sky, it's blue void animated by clouds. endless combinations, permutations, and variations, modulated by the sun and the moon and wind create unique scenes of fascination and beauty.the last 48 hours has seen prototypical trade wind sailing, puffy white clouds, or no clouds at all. chute up all day into the evening as this new sailing experience with the big sail requires a bit more focus on the compass and apparent wind indicator if a bit less of a physical workout. like i said, a beautiful day, too bad Rob spent most of it in the engine room patiently and expertly fixing the diesel, with barely an audible. read more...



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