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Capricho - Dia 9 - Evolucion
Capricho - Dia 9 - Evolucion
Capricho - Dia 9 - Evolucion
Capricho - Dia 9 - Evolucion
05/12/2012

Stormvogel - 9. Seetag - leichte Entspannung...

...aber nur beim Skipper!Nachdem die gestrige Nacht mit einer bedrohlichen Wolkenlage begann und Heidi mich öfters zu Segelmanövern aus dem Bett holen musste, entspannte  sich die Situation zusehends und als Hendrik um 3 Uhr seine Wache  übernimmt läuft alles rund. Und der Skipper hat am nächsten Morgen tatsächlich erstmals das gute Gefühl, geschlafen zu haben!Des einen Freud, des anderen Leid:Heidi plagen heftige Kopfschmerzen und Hendrik will nur noch an Deck schlafen... ;-(Der Tag ansonsten wie gestern. Nur ein Segelmanöver heute: Wir segeln wieder Schmetterling mit Yankee und Groß (3. Reff). Damit machen wir ca. 6,5 Knoten, vielleicht wäre mit mehr Einsatz auch mehr Speed drin, aber  in Anbetracht der Erschöpfung und Müdigkeit an Bord legen wir den Fokus. read more...


05/12/2012

Ace - Wednesday Dec 5 aboard

Ace: Start of Day 9.  Somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic. I'm sure you're all bored of hearing about how happy we all are, how well we are getting along, how we are finding both peace and inspiration in the smallest of details…..well I thought it might be an apropos time to tell you some of the real details.  Some of the true facts about our day to day life at sea, 9 days out on a small 48 foot boat….…….To begin, the boat stinks.  Not in sailing ability but I mean it has a foul odor that seems to have saturated everything and everyone.  The forward cabin, or the place that Chris and I call home, has earned several  nicknames, the most popular being "Fetid Swamp", "Crepuscular cave", or just plain, "ghetto."  A deck pad-eye above Chris' port side bunk. read more...


05/12/2012

Surfing Petrel - Warm in the Tropics

Not an isobar to be seen for hundreds of miles on the synoptic chart. Light and fluky breeze on the menu for the next day or so. Surfing Petrel is still gently moving along. There are a few large clouds around, but we have been left in peace so far today. It's quiet in the midday heat, the crew keeping movement to a minimum, and occupying patches of shade. The heat has even silenced the story tellers...We should be liberated from the light air trap sometime tomorrow.. read more...


05/12/2012

Maunie of Ardwall - Day 9 on Maunie - the Yeo Valley Big Pot is flying!

Hi everyone Our ‘keep meandering southwest’ strategy has seen us move down to around 17 North so we are feeling very tropical now. There has been fairly solid cloud cover today but the sun has just broken through and it’s getting very warm down in our cabins. Last night’s supper selection was a fairly challenging one for Fergus, who claims to have no culinary skills but is, we are discovering, a potential Master Chef. Lemon Chicken breasts, marinated in lemon juice, honey and soy sauce were accompanied by baby roast potatoes and carrots steamed in butter, white wine , garlic, cumin and rosemary so it was quite a performance to pull off in a rolling boat – as Greg Wallace would say, “Cooking doesn’t come any tougher than this!” and the results were delicious. We’ve decided we. read more...


05/12/2012

Skyelark of London - Day 9, thoughts from mid atlantic.

Day Nine. In the early hours we passed the half way mark on the great circle route. In terms of the 1330n miles mid way to destination St Lucia, just over 7 knots achieved on average. Given actual miles sailed of 1587, speed through the water has averaged 8.3kts. We are 2nd in class, and in the top third of the fleet including the race boys.We have just set full main and cutter rig, all plain sail for the first time since we set off, and the first time we have seen true wind under 20kts - still a respectable F5. The first week saw average F6-7, 25-30kts wind and we had several spells of 30-35kts, F8. 2 reefs in the main by day, and 3 at night. Whilst not uncomfortable, we all welcome the smoother seas and the ability to move about with just a steadying hand instead of having to lurch. read more...


05/12/2012

Sam III - Breakfest Tabledancing

Unser morgendliches Frühstückstabledancing hat eine neue Liga erreicht! Heute morgen hat Ulli am Ende des Tisches plaziert bei 30°Kränkung zu seinen Ungunsten das wunderbar weich gekochte Ei leider knapp beim Vorbeifliegen verpasst und ist Richtung Sessel hinterhergetaucht.Die anderen drei Mitspieler haben je nach persönlicher Priorität die Frühstücksmesser(Kapitän,na klar),Brötchen,Salz,Teelöffel geschnappt. Dem aufmerksamen Leser wird klar sein das sechs Arme nicht mehr des ganzen Buffets Herr werden konnten.So tauchte Ulli mit dem in seiner Hand zerlaufenden Ei wieder über der Tischplatte auf und grinste.Nur kurz! Denn Ihm wurde offensichtlich klar ,daß sich ein halbes Pfund Gauda und das Nutellaglas im Anflug befanden...Ich esse morgen Müsli!Euer Kapitän Christoph. read more...


05/12/2012

Mad Fish - The other lure

Continuing on from yesterdays fishing story, we got our final lure out and let it out but a few hours passed and nothing.We decided to have a go at carrying out a temporary repair to our autopilot. So spanner in hand we took it in turns in the cockpit locker to salvage 2 M10 bolts. During this Gary noticed the fishing rod bent double and all the line out off the reel! I grabbed the rod and it had a big fish on it but before we could slow the boat the end of the line came off the reel and we lost the lot!Record 163 miles done in 24 hours for us! 1450 to go...... read more...


05/12/2012

Morpion - Mercredi 5 Decembre 22°24N/38°05W

Hier je me suis agacé. J’étais courroucé.Il faut dire que la transat n’a pas grand-chose à voir avec la chaise longue du même nom, et que je veux bien donner ma veste de quart à celuiqui serait capable de tenir là dessus sur le pont de Morpion à l’heure actuelle. En fait, pendant 2 jours, ce sont les nuits qui n’ont pas été marrantes. On reviendra pour les soirées sympas, hein. La musique est pas terrible, DJ Eole passe du plus de 25 Nœuds tout le temps, et Neptune, le barman, te sert toujours la même chose : un grand seau d’eau salé nature, avec l’amabilité d’un serveur de brasserie parisienne : droit dans les dents. On reviendra (aussi) pour la paille et la tranche de citron.Du coup hier (en fait avant-hier, mais ce n’est pas grave, je prends des libertés d’écriture pour soigner le. read more...


05/12/2012

Oranda III - 8 days to Santa Lucía

( días de camino a Santa Lucía, notiene nada que ver esta travesía con la que hice en 2005, frio, sin sol, el mar de costado que hace dificil disfrutar de la cocina a bordo. Sarna con gusto no pica, estamos disfrutando a pesar de todo.Seguimos sin encontrar la caja de los señoelos de pesca, alguien con mucho celo la ha guardado y no hay quien la encuentre. Otra vez comida cocinada del congelador (estofado de buey)Si el tiempo lo permite haremos un concurso de pinchos, la imaginación y el buen gusto espero al servicio de la gastronomía (gula!). read more...


05/12/2012

Laissez-faire - Ode

Las Palmas, Gran Canaria treated us wellSo did the spanish girls in old town but a gentlemen never tells (side note: spanish girls are phenomenally good looking and I will be back to find my wife)Race delayed until the tuesday, so what?  Time for another whiskey with Tom the mad bastard Scot.Last minute admin to run, washing to do, lures to buy, nothing need to be underdoneFaces were starting to get serious so we thought we'd chill on some roots, reggae and rum.Race starts, wind quite fresh and we hit a nice holeLaissez-faire up and running, even had to use the pole.Winds started to get fresh to death,that was gona turn our lamb roast in to a mess,the meat may have suffered some bruising…what the f**k we thought this was cruising!Couple days in and sleeping was nigglyat least. read more...


05/12/2012

Ailsa - blog 9 Pole Dancing

Position: 15:33.348N 32:08.927Captains log; Stardate 2012-12-05 – 14:00 UTCNow Shelley has been looking for something to fill her time after this trip and I believe we have found the answer. Part of our down wind sailing configuration is an aluminium pole about 4 m long and 10 cms diameter fixed to the mast and which is used to hold out the forward sail. As we were deploying this pole it came out of its bracket on the mast (this a Gremlin not a Klingon). With sharp reflexes reminiscent of Mike Brearly at his best, Shelley put out her outstretched right hand and caught said pole close to the deck thus averting potential disaster. Since this incident Shelley has confidently assumed complete control of the mast – Queen of the pole!! So if Sue Ellis doesn’t have enough bank shifts in. read more...


05/12/2012

Lancelot II - day 10 on board - what is life like ?

Date: Wed 5th Dec 2012 Time: 14.30 UTCPosition: 16’58.3N 42’09.4WSOG: 8.0 knotsCOG: 255 approxWeather: Sunny !Wind ESE 18-25knots Good afternoon to you all Everyone is now fully settled into the watch system so we thought we would let you know what we have been up to in the last 24 hoursWe are operating on “yacht time” which is effectively GMT as no one ( except the Texan ) has changed their watch times since crossing two time zones – albeit his watch does barometer readings, straight line distance back to Las Palmas, moon rise time, sun rise time etc. Many of us have lost track of what day it is ( Wednesday) and the date ( 5th ) as we focus on “yacht time “Just as a reminder – Crew Jacko – John, Oscar, Ryan – Crew Sam – Jack,Neil,Peter Aim for those at the helm – 250 –255. read more...


05/12/2012

Milanto - Log Day 11 - Hot Hot Hot + bring out the toys

Day 11It's hot in the The Tropics. Especially in a yacht where we are obliged to keep the windows closed due to the disturbed weather. Whoever disturbed it has a lot to answer for I can tell you. We're over half way there now. Clearly we don't know exactly how far we will ultimately have travelled in this passage until we arrive, but we have now sailed 1,556 miles on our journey so far, and as the total islikely to be no more than say around 2,800, the maths will tell you, we're over half way. We still don't know when we will get there, but it is likely to be in around 7 days (give or take a day or so). Nothing to report from last night. All went without incident. B Watch were rained on momentarily, we were not. The stars last night were fabulous, the second real night of clear skies. read more...


Milanto - Log Day 11 - Hot Hot Hot + bring out the toys
Milanto - Log Day 11 - Hot Hot Hot + bring out the toys
Milanto - Fishing
Milanto - Fishing
Milanto - Speeeeed !
Milanto - Speeeeed !
05/12/2012

Ostrea - FV

hi all,Here another update from fishing vessel Ostrea. Yesterday was a big hunting day for all of us. The rod went RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR and we had a big marlin on the line (ca 2 meters). We had to use garden gloves to bring her to the stern of the boat and after 1 hour of hard work we finally managed to get a close look but she escaped in the end. We have the marlin on video so there lots of proof :). Cedric caught his 9th Mahi mahi today and every night we catch approx 3 to 4 flying fish on the deck by accident. today we changed lure to a bigger steel wire one so we are ready for the real big boys.The wind is finally less now. Yesterday we had 35 kn of wind. Today 22 to 25 knots and the outlook is that it will stay like this or even less. Also the waveheight is getting more. read more...


05/12/2012

La Capitana - Log 7 (I think) - Main sail hoisted

I think – because transmissions reported by Norton indicated that messages were not sent despite having moved to the sent folder and recommended a new attempt. So – hopefully some of the previous got through. Anyways, we are approaching the half-way point tomorrow morning. We are going to celebrate that – and the Finnish Independence Day- by opening a bottle of Cava. Getting another catch would crown the day. Since we broke our spinnaker pole on the day of departure we have sailed with the genoa as the only sail but as the winds settled today to a more comfortable status we raised the main sail. All the way up.Be aware – we are coming from behind! Jan. read more...


05/12/2012

Peregrine - Bit busy!!!

Been a bit busy here. We broke Martha. That's the windvane steering system, not a poor abused cabin wench. So now we have to hand steer to St Lucia. The crew needed help with their upper body strength anyway .... Not that that is unpleasant, it just leaves little time for leisure activities. WHAT! You thought this was supposed to be fun? The ARC brochure certainly give the wrong impression with it's photos of clear blue skies, spinnakers and calm oceans ;o)Well it is the Atlantic. It reminds us regularly when a huge random wave dumps itself on us. None of us want to be on deck when Joy is there. She seems to attract the worst of it. It doesn't look like she'll have a dry bum before we step off Peregrine in Rodney Bay! Rob was tempting fate earlier, out in his shorts, but has now taken. read more...


05/12/2012

Murphy - Half way there - Day 9

CorrigendumFull marks to anyone who spotted the error in the last log – even the captain's whiskers don't grow that slowly – it should have said 0.00025 inches per nautical mile sailed (not 1,000 miles, as stated). For those who didn't notice – sit up and fold your arms and attend!Nightly imaginingsYou wouldn't expect the captain to be very imaginative – he is a chartered accountant after all – but sometimes even accountants can surprise you. Boats on passage make a lot of noise: the rush, slap, splash, gargle, gurgle, bubble, surge and occasional roar of the water against the hull; the sounds of the rigging and the gear: squeak, eek*, click, clang, bang, ding, dong; the occasional flutter or thwack of the sails, that lovely sound like a drum-roll on timpani; and those less well-defined. read more...


Murphy - Just a pretty picture - Day 9
Murphy - Just a pretty picture - Day 9
Murphy - A message for the Suttons
Murphy - A message for the Suttons
Murphy - A message for the Jameses
Murphy - A message for the Jameses
05/12/2012

Selene - Wednesday 5th December

The good news is my hair no longer needs washing, the bad news is we are heeling at an angle of 45 degrees again and pushing upwind in 18kts of breeze from the SSW. We have been through another depression last night with rain like stair rods. Not cold, but variable winds swinging round the compass. An inadvertent gybe took out Kevin's glasses but luckily nothing worse and he and Bob could barely see the instruments anyway the rain was so dense and both being spectacle wearers. New captain's edict - if it is raining cats and dogs put lenses in so you can at least see what is coming.Anyway through that and into clearish skies now with the odd small squall. We are anticipating a shift later this evening and then, hopefully following winds all the way to St Lucia. Unfortunately that probably. read more...


05/12/2012

Sunrise - 04.12.2012 - 8. Tag auf See!

Heute möchte ich von etwas berichten, über das Herren in unserem Altervermehrt zu sprechen beginnen. Die tägliche Verrichtung. Anders als imtrauten Heim, handelt es sich um ein besonderes Ereignis, dessen Verlaufzum Beispiel im Cockpit beginnen könnte. Aus den der folgenden Schilderungzu entnehmenden Gründen, handelt es sich um einen Akt, der gerne bis zumletzten Moment hinausgezögert wird. Aber ich kann nicht mehr.Heil gelange ich, vorschriftsmäßig rückwärts den Niedergang hinabsteigend,auf den Boden des Salons. Die Nächte Welle, der nachlässige Griff und dieReste der nicht ordnungsgemäß beseitigte Vinaigrette erledigen den Rest.Rückwärtiger Sturz in den Salon, krachender Aufprall in der Naviecke.Glück gehabt, nur ein Fußnagel eingerissen und eine Beule im Hinterkopf.Aufgerappelt. Durch. read more...


05/12/2012

Poco Loco - Dag 8

Dag 8 - 017.01.410N - 037.03.622W Dag afstand 178Zoals de weerberichten doen beloven begint vandaag de wind en de golven af te nemen. Aan het eind van de middag komt de wind niet meer boven de 20 knopen uit. Zouden we eindelijk eens een rustige nacht krijgen. We vissen wat, maar vangen nog steeds niks. We gaan gewoon te hard en veroorzaken alleen maar hazenlippen bij de vissen want het schip blijft maar 9 tot 11 knopen varen. Overdag varen we met de code zero/gennaker en voordat het donker wordt zetten we het grootzeil en de genua op. We hebben geen zin om s 'nachts een zeilwissel te doen in het donker als we in een squall (heftige regenbui met extra wind en golven) komen. Als ik om 23:00 aan dek kom voor mijn wacht is het bloedheet, ik trek mijn jas maar weer uit en doe voor het eerst. read more...


05/12/2012

Stella-Maris - 4. detsember - Esimene nädal Atlandil

Esimene nädal Atlandil on nüüd täis. Me ise just arutasime hommikul, mis nädalapäev täna võiks olla, kuid siis vaatasime tõsisemalt numbreid ja nüüd saame statistika huvilistele pakkuda järgmiseid andmeid: läbitud distants 1108 nm, keskmine ööpäevane läbisõit 160 nm, keskmine kiirus 6.6 kts ja maksimaalne kiirus 12.4 kts. Eile öösel kurtis Daniil, et sai vahis millegi libeda ja külmaga vopsu vastu pead ning oletas, et see pidi lendkala olema. Kuna lambi valguses süüdlast ei leitud, siis oli plaanis pressiteates kasutada väljendit „kinnitamata andmetel“. Hommikul aga avastati roolimehe lähedusest knaabist lendkala esmapilgul elutu keha, mistõttu peab Daniili juttu uskuma jääma. Tiibadega amfiib eluka surma põhjuseks lahkamise sooritanud tohtrihärrade Indreku ja Ülo ühisel kinnitusel sai. read more...


05/12/2012

All-Linn - Dag 8 Fiskelykke

Vi fikk en fantastisk dag i går med strålende sol og mindre sjø enn tidligere. Det var særdeles god stemning på øverste dekk, og frivaktene ble brukt på å ligge som slakt i solsteken. Dette resulterte i et utmerket eksempel på et vestskille på min nå rød/bleik-stripete overkropp, til stor underholding for de andre. Eirik sin fiskelykke slo til, og vi halte ombord ikke mindre enn tre fisker. De grønnlige fiskene var av ukjent sort og navn, men kapteinen gjenkjente den ene som spiselig etter beskrivelse fra noen i marinaen. Og med det var kveldens meny satt, denne gangen med noe uten kylling... Linn satt igang med filetering og tilberedning av fiskemiddagen, imens Eirin og meg trakk ned i kinosalen for ukens andre visning av den übercoole Ford Fairlane, etter anbefaling av de to andre.. read more...


05/12/2012

Great Escape of Southampton - Day 9 17 20N 36 56W

Day 9Our first angling success came to Graham with a 2 kg dorado, which was brought on board amidst great celebration and joy – it may be a tiddler to some, but this catch spelt some fresh fare to have the following evening!  It was at this point the Norwegians came into their own (they know their fish!) with Jan bringing instant death with an unusual fist down the throat approach followed by an upward yank, prompting his father, Kaare into action, wielding a knife, topping and tailing the beast spilling its guts on the floor, all completed within the bat of an eye.  Our attempts to catch a second dorado ended prematurely with the loss of our fifth lure – therefore settling for a future fish soup rather than a large fish dinner.  Maybe not akin the drama of the ‘The Old. read more...


Great Escape of Southampton - Day 9 17 20N 36 56W
Great Escape of Southampton - Day 9  17 20N 36 56W
05/12/2012

Ceilidh of Lorne - Lighter & warmer conditions

ARC Day 8 Ceilidh continued her great turn of speed with a daily log run of 198NM, our total run since Las Palmas is now 1,547NM. We adjusted our course South from the rhumb line So we are now steering 230M with a wind angle of 120T which has accelerated our speed in slightly less wind of 16-20knots SE. Last night was dazzling clear and the first night for several days that we did not suffer squalls or rainfall. Today is the warmest so far with full sunshine and everyone taking deck showers. We are approaching the mid point this evening which will leave 1,420NM to go toward St Lucia so will have a small celebration for this. Now some very sad news from on land. The father of 2 of my previous ARC crew on Flyer of Lorne Brian & Alan McCann has passed. read more...


05/12/2012

Fidelis of London - day 8, nm 153, by Jeske

Goede morgen,Nog onder de indruk van het wavesurfen de laatste dagen met ons 35 ton wegend schip,varen we nu weer rollend met toch nog 5,9 knoopskses vooruit, je voelt alleen veel minder de snelheid..we hebben zojuist de genua uitgeboomd aan bakboordzijde en het grootzeil staat helemaal uit over stuurboord.Gister middag hebben Janneke en ik voor t eerst brownies gebakken, enkele blackies maar daar houden vissen weer van..De brownies smaakten zeker naar meer..Vanmiddag doen we surprise aan boord, onze 3 pubers, van 16,15 en bijna 13, zijn nog net zo vol van sinterklaas als dejonge crew van 6, 4 en 1,5 jaar oud aan boord van de Ostrea..Morgen is mijn lieve mamske haar 65e verjaardag, allen aan boord van de Fidelis wensen je alvast een VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY..Good morning,Still impressed by. read more...


05/12/2012

Northern Child - ARC DAY 8: 4/12 (17.2N 38.4W) - written by Adolfo

It feels as if we have just started a new trip: it is warm, very warm, wind has droped to 15 knots and sea is now calmer to a more traditional atlantic swell AND we have have been sailing with the Spinaker up for most of the day.... last but not least we have had a small rum punch to celebrate coming past the half way point ;-)As we have been complaining about the conditions to date being hard and "not what is said" on the brochure we must admit that today was just like we all imagined. A great day.Quick run of events in last 24 hours:- I experienced a really weird sensation that I would define as a "black out" (not passing out but getting totally disoriented at the helm when everything around you is 100% dark). My head was spining and I felt I was going to be sick overboard as a result.. read more...


05/12/2012

Northern Child - Daily Log 7 - 3/12/12 - Up, up and away.........

Daily Run    198nmDTT             178nm Lunch           CheeseburgersDinner           Thai Green Chicken Curry and Rice So the last 24hrs has seen many changes and all very good ones!  Firstly, the conditions are doing what they are supposed to with a moderating wind and sea state.  I know I keep mentioning this, but I can't fully explain what a joy that is after 5 hard days at sea.  The sailing through the night was very pleasant with a beautiful starry night for the 0200-0600 watch.  There was one surprise visitor during that shift which was a flying fish that almost. read more...


05/12/2012

Northern Child - ARC DAY 7: 3/12 (19.1N 35.2W) - written by Adolfo

Today is a special day: it is end of week one on board Northern Child and we will be crossing the midpoint of the rally sometime soon Everyone on board will be happy to start counting down days. We are tired from little to no sleep followed by sessions at the helm in strong waves and winds, getting wet with spray and finding it hard to dry cloths outside the noon-4pm time bracket. NOw we approach the Weest Indies side of the race we expect more heat and dryer conditions This was always going to be a challenge and an adventure. A week in it feels that way with most of us needing a break or pit-stop. One that will only come when we get to St. Lucia or at least when weather changes a bit. This is an Atlantic crossing after all ;-) Last nite, we had a bit of a scare when. read more...


05/12/2012

Northern Child - Daily Log 6 - 2/12/12 -The Oily Black and the Humour Lack

Daily Run    241nmDTT             132nmDTG (distance to go to St Lucia)            1601nm Lunch           Pasta CabonaraDinner           Chinese Beef Stir Fry So the last 24hrs have seen us dive quite considerably South, hence our distance to target being only 132nm.  In doing this, for now, we have sacrificed our lead on some other baoats in our fleet who have taken a slightly more direct route.  However, there is method to the plan and I am hoping that our tactical move South will start to pay in the next 48hrs.   Hopefully we will. read more...


05/12/2012

Hera - Aufholjagd

Nachden Positionsmeldungen von gestern Mittag haben wir gegen einen Großteil desFeldes einen Tag aufgeholt.Wiropfern Rasmus täglich 11.00 Uhr die notwendige Menge Sherry, dass das so bleibt.Hatten auch gestern wieder ein Etmal von knapp 180sm.Gesternsind wir von einer Delphinschule eine ganze Weile begleitet worden. Der Himmelist fast ständig bedeckt, was das Rudergehen in der Nacht nicht ganz einfachmacht. Dafür bleibt uns am Tage die pralle Sonne erspart.Heutefrüh gab es ein üppiges Frühstück mit Rührei und gebratenem Speck. Janrückt  durch seinen Einsatz in der Pantry immer mehr in die Position desChefsmutje auf – einer der wichtigsten Posten,wenn es um ein “Lucky Ship”geht. Stefan. read more...


05/12/2012

Proteus of London - Blog 5.12.12 - Sail repair day!

Spirits aboard Proteus are high as the log reads 1700nm, meaning that we are still averaging over 200nm a day which 8 days into a trip is very pleasing. The wind has been remarkably kind to us for the last couple of days, staying at the higher end of the forecast speeds and keeping us moving nicely. However we are due for head winds by early tomorrow morning, although forecast to be light and dying of to almost nothing this could come assomewhat of a shock after so many days of downwind sailing.Today is also the day we must fix the tear in the leech of the mainsail and get the batten back in, not easy considering the batten is about 20ft long and even with the sail down the pocket it must go in is about 9ft above the deck! Just to add to the challenge we can only access the batten. read more...


05/12/2012

Proteus of London - ARC blog 05.12.12

Monday 3rd December (cont)As suggested in the last blog we did indeed go fishing. Tosh caught a perfect sizedDorado, which we had for lunch less than an hour after he caught it.Afternoon entertainment was provided by Oli having a haircut on the backdeck......Tuesday 4th DecemberWe were escorted by Whales (estimated size 25m). Unfortunately, they wereswimming just below the surface and moved too fast to get any decentpictures.Tosh caught another (slightly larger) Dorado but as dinner had already beenmade, that one went in the freezer.Wednesday 5th DecemberVery overcast today but the upside of that is we still have good winds,rather than the lull that was predicted. After eight days we've completedwell over 1700 miles. We can almost smell the rum...... read more...


05/12/2012

Jus' do it 5 - LOG DAY 8 - an ode to our Tuesday....

Tuesday 4th December 2012 1200GMT (5th December) miles in last 24 hours - 214 POSITION; 17' 00'.008 W , 040' 24.856 W Big BANG, there goes the vang,right on cue in late afternoon,Skipper says "==it!", McPhail says "That's it!"as the boom, it veers to the moon... There's then a debachle,while they find the right shackle,a right sprachle all over the deck,Gordon's concern is the angle,as the boat bits, they dangle,rum fuelled crew say, "och, what the heck?" But the vang boys succeed,the repair is complete,and McPhail gets back to the fishin',another new lure,this one's for surefor a wahoo we're all a'wishin' Annie    . read more...


04/12/2012

Karma Daze - Bowling along in the Sun and The Waves

It’s amazing how a good night’s sleep with no squalls can cheer one up.  Today has been a wonderful sailing day with ESE winds at around 25 knots and the waves a little kinder, but they do seem to have increased in the last half an hour again.  On deck is very pleasant – below decks continues to be a challenge.  But dinner is in the oven - lamb chops tonight.  The green bananas remain stubbornly green – no doubt each meal during last week will include a banana. Currently on schedule to reach St Lucia 14-15 days from now, wind permitting.. read more...


05/12/2012

Katherine - Day 8: Tues 4th Dec "17:42.22N 41:44.27W"

A number of firsts in the last 24 hours- first time since we’ve launched the boat we haven’t had to wear overalls and thermals must be heading in the right direction- the number of miles to go are less than what we have sailed- Lees had her time in the office crossing the Atlantic!- The wind finally dropped enough so we could get out the A3 – the Brolga is flying and we are sailing! Back to 10 kn boat speedAt midnight we added another first - in twelve years of sailing we've never damaged a sail now we have another failure on this trip. The A3 literally split last night with no warning or change in wind strength.So we are running out of options in our sail wardrobe back to the trusty staysail and wallowing for the moment in an awkward swell at 5kn Boat speed and 15-20 wind Still. read more...


Katherine - Day 8: Tues 4th Dec "17:42.22N 41:44.27W"
Katherine - Day 8: Tues 4th Dec
05/12/2012

Jay Jay - Day 9 18N 33W

Another cloudy morning but the sun is trying to put in an appearance and it is still very mild.  Fortunately the sea state has calmed a little with the wind and so it's making for a more comfortable, if slower, passage.  The forecast for the next few days is for diminishing winds so we may well be flying the gennaker within a short time. Currently bowling along at around 6.5 knots with the foresail poled out so not complaining! The whisker pole has been in permanent use since we left the Canaries and is proving its worth. We've been able to overcome the low battery situation by some judicial power management.  The basic problem was the draw for the fridge and so now we are just running the freezer and switching on the fridge whenever the generator is running. . read more...


05/12/2012

Islay - Times goes by...

We are 8 days at sea now and living the passage maker's life.A typical day starts with your shift, in my case at 0400: cup of coffee with previous watchman Marcel: check our position, the weather, sea state, and new e-mails. During the shift time passes by quickly as you may read a book or just look at the billion stars. At 0800 Peter is awake and joins me in the cockpit. I go to bed for a few hours.At 1200 the Yellowbrick tracker transmits our position to the ARC organisation. We put our position in the log and make a nice cross on the large map on the wall. So far the daily distance was good with 175/196 NM. Peter makes lunch; bacon and eggs or even wentelteefjes. Around 1300 we download mail and the fleet positions. Marcel made a new app to convert all reported positions to an app. read more...


05/12/2012

EH01 - Blog 3

Morning all from EH01, life on the high seas is treating us fairly well at the moment, we have good wind, a slight sea, and are making a steady 9 knots, more or less pointing at our destination. We crossed the half way mark yesterday so to celebrate we had a small tot of rum each, as well as some cold cola, both of which went down a treat. Now it's a case of looking at the numbers fall off the distance to go counter, pretty soon we'll be at 1000NM to go, and after that the miles just seem to disappear.We had some marginal excitement over the last few days. When reefing the other day a batten in the mainsail started to shake itself out, so it was a case of very gingerly dropping the main until it was low enough for me to  climb up and take it out, thankfully we didn't lose it!. read more...


05/12/2012

Ntanda - Blog Day 9 - Mostly moist

Ahh, trade wind sailing; tropical sunshine, 24 hour spinnaker runs, fishing for tuna and sunbaking on the poop deck.....Ahh, trade wind sailing; pissing with rain, horrible confused seas, ligtning storms, pitch black so you can't see the front of the boat, nor the horizon so helming is a tad difficult and bailing the wheel well 'cos the good ship Ntanda's butt plugs prevent it draining - Oh happy days! More fruit cake please!!Great sailing yesteday though. Asymetric up all day (mojo restored) and efficient drops and hoists for the numerous and rather large squalls encountered. Not sure yet who gets to wear 'The Dress', Dover or Kites. Dover for spiking the Asym the other day and leaving the safety stop on after a particularly special broach or 5 yesterday for spiking the wrong Tylasker,. read more...


05/12/2012

Coral IV - Ytterligare en dag på Atlanten

19:26.53 N 37:04.42 W Nok en fin dag ligger bak oss. Kjører nå med full gennoa og 3 rev i storseilet. Ikke noe spesielt som skjedde i går. Bare veldig hyggelig. Fikk tatt til båtpuss, men ellers var det en lat dag. Værvarselet for de neste 48 timer, tyder på at vi kan få litt lite vind. Helt ned til et par-tre knop. Om det skjer, kan det bli litt kjedelig å ligge å drive. VI får tenke på om vi da skal ta motoren til hjelp. Foreløpig har vi bare brukt den til lading en dag, da vi hadde problemer med generatoren. Av oppgaver i dag, blir det å få liv i det elektriske toalettet. Det sluttet å virke i natt. Ellers er EPIRBen (nødpeilesenderen) falt ut av de gummipakningene som holder den. Det er et lite mysterium hvordan det er mulig. Vi merker at vi kommer lengere. read more...



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