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13/12/2012

Mary Jo - Arnold

Once again the towed impeller for the water generator has been a big hitwith the more discerning of the Ocean’s inhabitants.   The array consists of a skinny missile-shaped device, about two feet long,black-painted metal (shiny ones kept getting taken by the big sharks in thepast).Attached by a thirty meter line to the conical, leading end it, has a fixedpropeller at the aft end (to make it turn).The other end of the line is secured to the actual generator spindle whichhangs from the stern of the boat.The impeller spins in the water which twists the line, which turns thespindle and, Eureka – you have power. Ingenious – and that is precisely what thelocal whales and dolphins seem to think...   This time it it was Arnold’s turn.   Arnold is a whale, more of a big overgrown. read more...


13/12/2012

Islay - Land!!!

Ten miles to go but the ocean has decided not to let us go yet. All daylong we had squalls with wind, lots of rain followed by lack of wind. The‘rambling’ of the rig is driving us crazy. Perhaps our dinner last night:great steak with greek salad accompanied by a delicious Oyster Baysauvignon blanc. The bottle was donated by the Katherine for a specialoccasion.Anyway, ten miles to go. Did we just spent 16 days at sea? It feels likeonly six,or eight. Time passed by with an incredible speed. Overall weenjoyed it very much. The special moments we remember most aredinners andphilosophical discussions in the cockpit underneath the stars. Catching 7fishes and ate a few of them. Relaxing inside while outside we have massivewaves and 30-35 kn of wind.Will we do this again? Every time (this is our. read more...


13/12/2012

Fidelis of London - Day 17 by Lon

Very jealous of our dutch friends on board of the Poco Loco and Biba who have just arrived!!!! Well done!!!! It´s very sunny today so we´re all trying to move as little as possible because it´s just too boiling to doanything productive. Instead of reading schoolbooks, I´m reading ´´Dom perignon in een rugzak´´ which is way more educational if you ask me. I particularly liked this quote: ´´I only drink champagne when I´m happy, andwhen I´m sad. Sometimes I drink it when I´m alone. When I have company, I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I am not hungry, and drink it when I am. Otherwise I never touch it... unless I´m thirsty.´´ The adults on board, or the one that pretends to be an adult(daddy) is starting to act increasingly like a desperate teenager so I think it´s about time. read more...


13/12/2012

Maunie of Ardwall - Day 17 aboard Maunie - this is more like it!

We seem, finally, to have found the weather promised in the brochure!Yesterday we sailed all day and night with goose-winged white sails,effortlessly making around 7 knots with Winnie firmly in control of thesteering; what’s more we had sunshine! The transformation of life on board wasdramatic – we were able to open hatches and get some fresh air through the boat(she’d become pretty damp below decks), finally dry our washing on deck andgenerally relax. Crew members spent the time in different ways: Fergus iswriting a novel, Rich caught up on lost sleep, Di reorganised things in thecabin and Graham took the forward sea toilet apart to replace a broken valve.Cruising is often described as boat maintenance in exotic places but he wassuccessful and we now have both heads operational again.. read more...


Maunie of Ardwall - Day 17 aboard Maunie - this is more like it!
Maunie of Ardwall - Day 17 aboard Maunie - this is more like it!
13/12/2012

Murphy - Homeward Bound* – Log Day 17

NumerologyWe are becoming obsessed by numbers: DTW – the distance remaining to our St Lucia waypoint; BTW – the bearing on which it lies; the reduction in the DTW achieved by each watch (a matter of some competition); COG – the course we can actually achieve, which depends upon the shifting wind direction and should ideally be the same as the BTW to avoid having to gybe before we get there. We refer to them endlessly and at the moment the numbers and their trend are looking good.AT noon today the DTW was 81.8 nautical miles, the BTW was 278 degrees, the last three watches (overnight) achieved a reduction of 90 miles between them (i.e. an average speed of 7.5 knots) and the COG is a little high at 295 degrees (north of our preferred course, but not a major problem). We have a sweep on. read more...


Murphy - Wing on wing - St Lucia and Poole
Murphy - Wing on wing - St Lucia and Poole
Murphy - Rainbow betwen the Sails
Murphy - Rainbow betwen the Sails
Murphy - Singing along to An Englishman in New York
Murphy - Singing along to An Englishman in New York
Murphy - Murphy's umbilical Noon 13th December
Murphy - Murphy's umbilical Noon 13th December
Murphy - 81.8 miles to go
Murphy - 81.8 miles to go
13/12/2012

El Mundo - BRAIN TEASER ANSWERS

Here are the answers to the El Mundo brain-teasers.Question No. 1.The two judoists were womenQuestion No. 2.The other animal is a mule, a cross between a horse and a donkey, offspringof the original animalsQuestion No. 3.A reformed criminal, he was the precinct cleanerQuestion No. 4.Just over 10 cms.Question No. 5.Only three men went to the cinema: a son, a father and a grandfatherQuestion No. 6.Twelve each timeQuestion No. 7.He didn't get wet Because he was baldQuestion NO. 8.Nobody is born a Nobel Prize WinnerQuestion No. 9.Four female parrots and three male parrotsQuestion No. 10.Mr Arbothnot's horse is called Good Friday. He was playing polo on SaturdayQuestion No. 11.Both events are equally likely. The chances of either crew member pickingall the milk chocolates are 50:50 and if one. read more...


13/12/2012

Lady Ann - Post script

Before finishing this log with a personal remark of some of Lady Ann'screw, a very big thank you to all our loved ones that we left behind athome; for allowing us to 'do the ARC', for trusting Lady Ann and hercrew to bring us all across safe and sound, and generally for makingthis trip possible for Ingo, Thomas, Ronald, Frank, Fritze and Maria.Ingo: Auf Wache in der ersten wilden Nacht mit einem etwas flauenGefuehl im Magen dachte: welcher Teufel hat dich denn geritten, diesesAbenteuer zu starten? Doch dann am Ruder zu spueren, wie Lady Anngutmuetig gehorchte, kam schnell ein Gefuehl der Sicherheit auf. Dasauch am Ende des Toerns die Lust am Segeln voll da war liegt wohl amSkipper mit seinem nimmer mueden Assistenten und dann nicht zuletzt amtollen Miteinander unserer Crew. Drum als. read more...


13/12/2012

Poespas - day 16

Day 16Sun, sea and….no fishThe second day of typical tropical trade wind sailing, with conditions and hence sails very much like the day before. Running almost dead downwind goosewinged can be a tad rolly, but it is amazing how the body and mind can adapt to conditions like that, provided it is tired enough (but not too tired) and a good quality lee cloth is fitted to every bunk.Towards sunset we had two bites (see below), one of which an impressively sized tuna, but they both managed to do a runner when being very close to being hauled in and toasted in the usual way. Mike's rather colourful language certainly turned the skies even more blue than they already were…Perhaps it was the bottle of Glenlivet telling us that only the very best fish will be toasted with its 15 year old. read more...


13/12/2012

Great Escape of Southampton - Day 17 Great Escape 14 57N 58 46W

Day 178 people, strangers to each other, from different nations, on only 200 sq. feet, for three weeks and with no place to go or hide. This sounds like a good concept for any reality show. Especially when they in addition need to make food for each, do the washing up, be on duty for each other, help with sails up and sails down- day and night and not to mention sleep alongside each other as a bunch of snoring horses (this has not exactly been the boat of “quiet nights”)  As you may anticipate this could easily create some tension and open up for some good juicy conflicts. We haven`t actually had any of these. Seven “middle age “ men and one young woman (THE captain), all pretty well off, going on this trip with a similar mind and attitude of having a great sailing adventure. read more...


Great Escape of Southampton - Day 17 Great Escape 14 57N 58 46W
Great Escape of Southampton - Day 17 Great Escape 14 57N 58 46W
13/12/2012

All-Linn - Dag 16 Snart fremme?

Med mindre enn 500 nm igjen til St Lucia begynner det å kjennes på kroppenav vi nærmer oss mål, og få dager igjen på havet. Fart over vann, fart overgrunn, log, tripteller og kurs blir nøye studert og diskutert. Formelenlengde/fart = tid sjekkes i hytt og gevær, vi er veldig spendte på hvilken dagvi kommer inn, ned til hvillken time på døgnet. Vi har som mål å legge bak oss150 nm per døg, og dermed komme inn en gang på søndag. Propelløse som vi er,avhenger vi av å bli slept inn til kai. Ankommer vi da etter mørkets inntog måvi ankre opp over natten. En mulig stilleperiode på lørdag kan ligge mellom ossog vår lille søndagsdrøm, så vi krysser det vi har av fingrer og tær for atværprognosen ikke stemmer. Tanken på å drifte rundt uten vind, med land i sikteer lite hyggelig.Etter tirsdagens. read more...


13/12/2012

Bardeau - normal service resumed....

15 04 N 53 04WWell we have released the Top Dog from his cabin the tablets seem to be working and all talk of a mutiny has subsided. Blythe I mean Bard will be given access to the blog to resumes the merciless slagging off of the crew thebARC etc, whilst I will continue on blogging at Theothersideofbardeau. Today's highlight so far was the sighting of a sea, we played by the rules and he just stood on in the 'I am big. You are small' tradition he said that he had seen 3 yachts overnight however he didn't state whether he had run them over!. read more...


13/12/2012

Peregrine - Oh what a night!

Tuesday night. We have just recovered from it! Out of nowhere we were hit by a squall. Well you expect that ... this is the Atlantic Ocean after all ... this 'squall' went on for 10 hours though. 10 hours wind winds around 30 knots, 6 hours with over 35 knots, with continuous driving rain. I'd call that a gale!Afterwards we were all a bit broken. All is now good though. We have all caught up on our sleep and are now just preparing for lunch, with a nice benign 16 to 20 knot wind and sunshine. All we need is dolphins for Hannah.We did see a whale though. A Sperm Whale we think. It we swam beside us for about 20 minutes before have a dolphin like play at the bow! Beautiful! She (He?) was about the same size as Peregrine, so a baby perhaps?Joy continues to attract the water, so much so that. read more...


13/12/2012

La Medianoche - Day 15

Day 15 La MedianocheOk ok, - we had our share of shifts, rain and gusts in the last days. More than enough. They where really slowing us down. But before we got really tired, the sun came out again and - what a wonder – today on day 15, the day before arrival we have finally set the parasailor. Great sailing. The big colourful one will not stay up all night, but it is good to have at least a bit of trade feeling in the end. Well the wind is picking up again and we should get prepared now... see you tomorrow in St. Lucia. read more...


13/12/2012

La Capitana - Dolphin, Dorado and/or Mahi-Mahi) 5kg - tasted good

Three Dorados caught so far (3, 5 and 2 kg) but the biggest one was lost due to boat speed. The fish was probably 10kg.Jan. read more...


La Capitana - Dolphin, Dorado and/or Mahi-Mahi) 5kg - tasted good
La Capitana - Dolphin, Dorado and/or Mahi-Mahi) 5kg - tasted good
13/12/2012

Mad Fish - Pants

As you may well have guessed it is getting pretty hot down here at 15 degrees N. I have taken to wearing shorts and t-shirt with a lightweight waterproof top for night watches. Last night at around 0130 I was sawing away at the wheel (we are still hand steering) alone on deck when I felt the wind freshen. I looked behind to see a very dark cloud. I just hoped it wouldn't start to rain which it then did. Now at this point of the crossing I am running a tad low on clean shorts. Not wanting to ruin a pair by getting them soaked I had a great plan of just taking them off and lobing them down the hatch. This I did but at the instant they hit the saloon floor, the rain stopped and the squall passed down our starboard side. I was then left stuck at the wheel just in my waterproof top and pants.. read more...


13/12/2012

Stella-Maris - 12. detsember - kihutades finishi poole

Eilset suhteliselt sündmustevaest ööd ilmestas ootamatult üle kahe nädala tekkinud olukord, kus vahist vabaks saanud mehed ei kiirustanud enam kajutisse kahe lina vahele, vaid lauale tekkis soe rummipudel koos veel soojema cocaga. Jutuks võeti erinevaid eksistentsiaalseid teemasid, lahati maailmaelu, arutati ookeanide suuruse üle ning uue päeva koidikul mindi sõbralikult laiali.Kaunistamaks tänast natuke uimasemat hommikut on ilmavana saatnud siia reisi kõige palavama päeva. Kajutis näitab termomeeter üle 30 kraadi, päikese käes aga vajab roolimees juba veega jahutust. Õnneks tänasest alates on meeskonnale antud voli magevee dušši mõnusid nautida. Oleme oma veekulu hoidnud mõistlikul tasemel ja paariks päevaks on duššitamiseks ette nähtud koguni ca 100L magevett. Ka muus osas on peakokk. read more...


13/12/2012

Ceilidh of Lorne - The Hokey Cokey!

ARC Day 16 Ceilidh has completed a solid days run with 195NM in 24hrs. We were pushed to the North of our 270T rhumb line course overnight thus adding extra mileage before gybing South at  06:30 this morning. At the time of writing we have 49NM to go before crossing the finish line in Rodney Bay, St Lucia which should happen around 15:30 local time. Once again had very mixed conditions with a beautiful and very warm day yesterday with a steady F5 breeze. In the early hours of this morning we suffered some severe squalls with torrential rain and 35knots of wind. As soon as we were clear of one set and shook out the reefs then another squall pounced, hence our title today with shake it in out and all about! So a very challenging night to keep everyone on their. read more...


13/12/2012

Ostrea - Tradewind course

Dayreport of the Ostrea,boat arc 135,from wednesday 12-12We have sailing conditions from the arc folder,25 -30 knts tradewind,untill 11.2 knts boatspeed while surfing from 4 m high waves and a crew,who thinks this is the normal way of living. Although St Lucia is more than 200 milesaway we look with the binoculars for mountains,we try to smell our first rhumpunch and we try to hear the local drums. Our ETA is calculated on a minute excact time,namely tomorrow 18.01 local time(utc-4)and at that timein our local pub Stobbe Rotterdam, the champaincorks will hit the sky. Boat and crew are in a perfect condition except opa who has a contused lower rib and a wife who wants to play golf with him next week.Baby Pien learned walking during the crossing and we are very interested how she will. read more...


13/12/2012

Hera - Standlinien

dengestrigen Sonnentag nutzten Jan und Klaus, um mit dem Sextanten rechterfolgreich ein paar Standlinien zu schießen.Nachtsscheint es vom Sternenhimmel Sternschnuppen zu regnen. So viele Wünsche bekommtman überhaupt nicht zusammen.UnserKlabautermann scheint uns zu einem baldigen Landfall anzutreiben. Das Knarrenund Ächzen nimmt nachts an allen möglichen Stellen des Bootes immer mehr zu.Ruder und Mastfuß scheinen es ihm besonders angetan zu haben.Noch433 sm bis Rodney Bay!. read more...


13/12/2012

Karma Daze - Day 16 What a Night!

Coming to the end of day 16 at sea.  The last few nights have been squally with variable winds.  It is now 07.10 (10.10 in the UK), the sun is shining and we are sailing west towards St Lucia in winds of 22-28 knots (force 6) at a speed of 6 to 7 knots which makes for a comfortable sail.  Earlier the wind got up to 30-35 knots and the speed increased to 8 to 9 knots which is a bit too lively for us old people!The night before last several boats, including Karma Daze, got into quite a stormy area, with winds over 30 knots, and for one boat winds up to 49 knots.  It means that no-one can really sleep as there are frequent sail changes, or sleeping in your life jacket so you’re ready to help quickly.The SSB daily radio net is where to relate these experiences, and as. read more...


12/12/2012

Salsa af Stavsnäs - What a Gal!

Last night was the first night that our sleep cycles and watch got totally messed up.It all started with two squalls that passed on both sides of the boat and I smiled and thanked mother fortune.Next I see on radar is not a squall but a wall, an entire front.So i keep the genua reefed after being prepared for the squalls and decide to start the engine to keep us moving.There is hardly no wind in front of the front. The propulsion does not create any movement of the boat and I wake up Ellinor.She drives and I check the aft of the boat and realize that our problem child Hydrovane wind rudder is messing up itself in the waves. Has nothing to do with the engine but is an important issue for the boat.We have to get the rudder off again! Now in darkness and big waves pounding on the boat. The. read more...


13/12/2012

Rafiki - Dark and Stormy

Tuesday 11th DecemberEl Capitano Robert scribbles in the salt:Today started normally with relatively clear skies and F3/4 wind from the east, so after breakfast we hoisted the spinnaker and progressed well at about 6-8 kts in light winds. Cally was investigating the freezer and found that some of the frozen fish we had bought in Las Palmas was beginning to defrost, so got it out for lunch and announced "of course, you're now going to catch something...". Indeed she was right and about 45 minutes later, we hooked a third Dorado and managed to land it despite not being able to slow down to land it as we hadthe spinnaker flying. This time we filleted it straight away and put the meat into a lemon juice marinade to be fried later.Emily has been busy making friendship bracelets to be. read more...


13/12/2012

Lady Ann - Land ho!

This is our last night out on the big open ocean. We spend it with mixed feelings: eager to step ashore, have a good shower and a sumptious meaty meal. But simultaneously realising we are about to end a very specialtrip, perhaps one that will turn out to be a 'once in a lifetime' for some of us. For others it might be the final self confidence step to serious deep blue water cruising, or - as in Ronalds case - a final push into a carreer as a professional sail maker.  So we will treasure one more watch under the starry sky, running out of wishes because of all the shooting stars, one more rising of a very tiny little horizontal moonsickle, a couple of more downpoors under passing squalls, some more sweaty moments in our full foul weather slops, perhaps some last solitairy. read more...


13/12/2012

Johanem - 12/12/12

A very steady day making good progress directly towards St Lucia which is some 450 miles away. We hope to arrive later on Saturday providing the wind holds firm.All on board are well and looking forward to a full nights sleep plus the odd rum punch on arrival.In all other respects there is little to report although negotiations between management and the Union will have to start over arrangements for the finish which seem likely to involve at least a gybe and a drop of the pole.. read more...


13/12/2012

Laissez-faire - The Back 9 version2

 It suits your lazy fairy'Tho term a bit ineptTo do Atlantic cruisingWith cheeseboard sort of boozingYour words just keep af-flowingLike tide which needs no mowing Love your choice of phrasingTo describe sh? -oh go to blazes!Maybe Canaries friends will tweetCarribean ones more sweetwho knows! But one venture nearly overNext one to beginIf I was your age for next one I'd sign in!congrats to all the crewMack the Master's done his jobTo meld you all together - but he knewYou'd integrate like corn upon a cob.He probably deserves a knighthoodBut in British Virgins that might be newso best of luck to your fairy friendsBut don't toss over your captain he may get the bendsJust you all just smile and sayThank god we've done it. ? Again?Maybe another day.Avid fan (fairy grandma!)Ruth K-T. read more...


12/12/2012

Bardeau - Tuna

15 19 n 51 29 wWell the beast was caught in the morning and eaten as sushi for lunch and steaks for dinner, the dogs b******ks. For Bard it was just Dogs, he is happier as we have reconnected him via my 'good offices' to his world.It is a clear night, and theatre are out, no rain or any sign off although Simone weather report seemed to indicate that we may get some after midnight me hopes,So it looks lime we will pass the 500 mile mark and Sunday is back on if the wind stays, an adventure is drawing to a close.. read more...


12/12/2012

Coral IV - Ny perfekt dag

14:31.45 N  57:16.55 W   Det er interessant å lese blogg-innleggene fra resten av crewet. Jeg leggerden usensurert ut, men etter å ha lest Sam sitt innlegg i dag, kan jeg ikke ladet stå uimotsagt.   “We’re all incredibly tired now” – det utsagnet får stå for ungdommensregning. Det har vært en fantastisk dag. Natten – mild og fin, 25-26 grader.Stjerneklart. Dagen god og varm, ja 27-29 grader. Men alltid mulighet til å søkeskygge. De “unge” – fra 32 og ned, virker ganske slitne, ja. Ligger og soverstørste delen av den tiden de ikke er på vakt. – Mens vi “gamle” ikke virkertrett i det hele tatt. Etter en enkel men velsmakende pastamiddag fra Sam – ble“gamlingene” Steinar, RIchard og jeg sittende i solnedgangen og nøt en koppkaffe, litt mørk sjokolade og hyggelig prat, mens de. read more...


Coral IV - Ny perfekt dag
Coral IV - Ny perfekt dag
Coral IV - Ny perfekt dag
Coral IV - Ny perfekt dag
12/12/2012

Coral IV - Approaching St Lucia

The last couple of days have just involved everything getting hotter andhotter as we near the West Indies. The night watches have been amazing with thesoft warm air blowing over you and simply begging you to doze off as the boatspeeds on. We’re all incredibly tired now and the stand by for the watch keepergenerally tends to arrive on deck, update the log and then slump in the cockpit,dead to the world. The other night I somehow managed to stand three nightwatches. That’s nine hours of staring into darkness in a twelve hour night. Butwhat darkness! The moon is no longer more than a sliver which joins us at about6am and for the rest of the night there is the most magnificent canopy of starsto gape at in awe. I have never seen so many shooting stars and have got throughso many wishes that. read more...


12/12/2012

Loupan - Mot Västindien - 12 december

Vi har haft en solig och lugn dag med måttliga vindar. Vi har förberettlite inför den stundande ankomsten genom att rensa bland frukt och grönt, sättaupp ARC-nummerlappen igen och gå igenom rutinerna i samband med målgång. Nu kl18 lokal tid har vi 55 sjömil kvar så vi kommer fram någon gång under natten. Era svar på dagens fråga om vad vi längtar mest efter när vi kommer fram äralla frestande. Gunnar träffade helt rätt på vad som står högst upp på vårlista, dvs en hel natts sömn och en stillastående båt, så han får dagens poäng.Fia känner oss förstås väl så på det individuella planet ligger hon väldigtnära, bortsett från långkoket eftersom det är 30 grader varmt. Vi tycker förståsalla att det ska bli härligt att träffa andra, gå ut och äta, dricka rompunsch,få röra på sig och att få rå. read more...


12/12/2012

Little Pea's Arc Blogeramma 16 - LAND AHOY!

14:05.9N 060:32.4W St Lucia sighted at 2047hrs 24nms out! Jags, Minkey, Ben and Mike. read more...


12/12/2012

Coral IV - Efter regnet kommer solsken - Ons 12 dec

Solen har varit med oss idag och igår vilket vi är väldigt tacksamma för efter de dagar av regn vi fick. För två dagar sedan, när det var som värst, var jag ganska missmodig, men humöret återhämtar sig snabbt när vädret blir bättre. Gårdagskvällen bjöd äntligen på något vi hoppats på hela resan: delfiner. Under en tillfällig regnby dök de upp vid sidan av båten. Även en måsliknande fågel dök upp igår – ett tecken på, tror vi, att vi närmar oss land. Och det gör vi i rask takt. Vi har nu under 300 sjömil kvar, vilket betyder omkring ett och ett halvt dygn. Det innebär ankomst till St Lucia någon gång under natten torsdag-fredag. Vi har valt att inte justera våra klockor när vi rest genom tidszonerna och istället använt UTC (Greenwich-tid, vilket också sammanfaller med lokal. read more...


Coral IV - Efter regnet kommer solsken - Ons 12 dec
Coral IV - Efter regnet kommer solsken - Ons 12 dec
Coral IV - Efter regnet kommer solsken - Ons 12 dec
Coral IV - Efter regnet kommer solsken - Ons 12 dec
12/12/2012

La Medianoche - Day 13..?

Yiiiehaaa!The fast and the furious – this ARC will propably go down in history as one of the shortest...We had hoped for a quick journey, but this really looks good! We very rarely had winds below 20 knots, averaging rather 25. Which means the poor parasailor has not seen daylight yet. But we are speeding along anyway and looking forward to arrive on Thursday. Our weather router Meeno Schrader has led us brilliantly around the worst of squalls and calms and we have enjoyed every mile so far. Enough wind and waves – thanks to Aeolus. The first wave ever that climbed into our cockpit yesterday, left me totally soaked and my crewmates crying with laughter. We have very delicious, and more than enough food! So we did not even start fishing, because beef and lamb had to be eaten first. Just. read more...


12/12/2012

Skyelark of London - are we there yet?

WednesdayAnticipation! The casual glance to see if land is in sight is building towards some who have definitely seen it (or seen something!) to staring longingly into the mist where St Lucia ought to be.Since the 1000 miles to go milestone we have started to talk about 'getting there'. At 750 miles, still further to go than any single leg passage I have made, we thought we were getting there. And with 27 miles to go, 1% of the journey we still have about 4 hours sailing still to do.On one the days before we left Gran Canaria we took a drive the rugged and stunningly beautiful mountains of Gran Canaria. I cant tell you now if that was a few days ago or many months. Although our lives are strictly governed here by the hourly shift pattern, 2 hours on, 4 off, 2 on, 6 off, 'time' has been. read more...


12/12/2012

Bardeau - The land of Milk and Honey

15 21N 51 22WAt last Simone has brought us to the land or rather the sea of milk and honey, the Tuna caught this morning was served as sushi lunchtime and as steaks tonight. The fridge and freezer seem to have come back to life, I wonder if the bilge water [world cruising ed: the end of this log was not received!]. read more...


12/12/2012

Indulgence - The Indulgence crew's Top Ten while completing the ARC rally

Wednesday 12th DecemberCurrent Position: N 14o 47'357W 56o 00'.286 Current Speed : 7.2 knotsDistance to finish at Saint Lucia : 288 nm* * * * * Here is the crew's rating as to what was hot and what was not for the whole trip.TOP TEN : What's Hot1. Our buddy the fin whale, coming close, but not too close!2. Night passages, with a moon like a search light, starry skies and flash lightning in the distance3. Joleen's onboard cuisine (not commented by me)4. The 1,000 mile party5. Celebrating two birthday parties mid ocean6. Catching, tasting and eating Mahi Mahi / Dorado fish7. Losing communications from some competitors, and gaining communications with others (you know who you are and we did find you)8. The Broleens9. The first mid atlantic spinnaker hoist, brief but exciting. 10.. read more...


12/12/2012

Orion - Week 2 Wednesday 12th December

Here on the 15th. day of sailing, we continue with great progress towards St. Lucia. We have been a bit liberal with freshwater consumption and need to save water the last 3 days. The compass light broke in the middle of the night and we had challenges steering. Keith and Rune made a heroic effort and dismantled the compass in high sea, used a gas operated soldering iron to fix the wires and got the light back again. Henrik Scorching hot all afternoon with a soft following breeze, one or two on board are starting to look a bit toasted. Slaving over a hot stove in the galley today with a bit more success than last time. Paella of sorts after much tin-opening but very tasty. I feel like I've had an all day sauna. Hope there's a cool breeze tonight, Barbara. Well all has been said, we are. read more...


12/12/2012

Little Pea's Arc Blogeramma 14 - It's the FINAL COUNTDOWN!

14:07.7N 60:0.9W We're ever so nearly there!  Current predictions are that we will finish in the early hours of the morning of the 13th Dec. Its getting hotter and hotter, the sea is turning turquoise and we can smell the run punch now.  How much further to go is becoming a routine question... When we were in Las Palmas (having heard about the postponement) we did a little sweep stake on when we would arrive.  the predictions were as follows (all times are in UT - British Time Zone) Jags - refused to say for fear that he'd jinx our campaign and, as the owner of the boat, didn't want to tempt fate.  However, he is now saying that (privately) he thought it would be 1am on 13th Dec (Huh?)Ben - 1200hrs 14th DecMinkey - 2100hrs 16th DecMike -. read more...


12/12/2012

Stormvogel - Tag 16: ...ich sprach von ein paar Tüten Wind...

...und nicht von einem Sturm!Wir sind gestern Abend knapp an einer Katastrophe vorbei geschrammt und haben jede Menge Schäden an Bord zu verzeichnen.Das hätte mir nicht passieren dürfen. Aber im Moment sind wir noch in der "nach Schock Phase" und werden das erlebte wohl noch länger verarbeiten.Nachdem der Wind gestern Abend nicht wieder kam sind wir unter Motor und vollem Großsegel in die Nacht gefahren. Wir hatten in den Nächten zuvor immer das Groß gerefft und speziell gesichert. Dieses eine mal nicht...Hendrik hatte Wache und sollte mich wecken, wenn Wind zum segeln kommt.Das hat er dann auch ordentlich und gut gemacht. Als er ich weckte und von Wind sprach habe ich irgendwie viel zu lange gebraucht wach zu werden, die Situation einzuschätzen und vor allem Handlungen abzuleiten.So. read more...



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