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15/12/2012

Jus' do it 5 - LOG DAY 16 - the finish! - an ode at the end...

Wednesday 16th December 2012It's been doom and gloom since we lost our boomand the rain has never stopped falling,we've been soaked to the skinbut we'll take it on the chinas the sea has been our callingAs food supplies dwindlepower's low on the kindlewe wonder how far we've to gothe sails are in tattersbut the racing still mattersnever heed the carnage belowWhen we hear "land ahoy!"you can imagine our joythe end of the voyage is nearcocktails, rum on the beachit's almost in reach!and we're just about out of boat beer......The final hours.......We try hard to reach Rodney Bay before sundown but are less than an hour too late. We cross the finish line at 1818hours local time and are we glad to hear that horn!There are however, a final few challenges - the headsail furler is jammed so we. read more...


15/12/2012

Jus' do it 5 - LOG DAY 15 - yahoo wahoo 2!

Tuesday 11th December 20121200hrs GMT (12th) - miles in last 24 hours - 163POSITION - 14'26 N, 059'45WAt last we get what we asked for - a lovely sunny day, puffy white trade wind clouds and a landed wahoo!There's not quite enough wind - 10-15 knots, 6-7 knots boat speed. Still hopeful we'll get in Wednesday pm in daylight.We enjoy our fish with fried potatoes and salad - McPhail's favourite meal. We're all pretty exhausted now - the watches and helming are taking their toll and we're all looking forward to getting there. Three of the crew have come down with colds so Gordon is on constant contamination alert - no drinking out of bottles!. read more...


15/12/2012

Maunie of Ardwall - A Motoring Maunie on Day 19

As predicted we’re now in motorboat mode. We had some gentle sailing for afew hours yesterday afternoon but the wind evaporated and we’ve been at slowengine speed ever since. Still the sea is calm so we aren’t lurching aboutuncomfortably and the stars were superbly bright last night (the moon is just atiny crescent, from the bottom, so looks like a Cheshire Cat grin).  Rich cooked the last of our fresh steak last night in a delicious Italianbeef stew and we sat in the pilothouse watching War Horse on the laptop whilstConstance the electronic autopilot kept us pointing towards Saint Lucia.   Today has dawned hot and sunny so we stopped the engine and the three chapsjumped over the side for a swim. Wow, really warm water! We were surprised tofind dozens of little rubbery Klingons. read more...


Maunie of Ardwall - A Motoring Maunie on Day 19
Maunie of Ardwall - A Motoring Maunie on Day 19
15/12/2012

Fidelis of London - Day 19 by Lon

180 miles to go!!! The countdown has started!!!We just hope our engine won´t decide to give up, because there isabsolutely no wind. The engine stopped twice in the past 2 days, we had tochange the filters ourselves for the first time. I don´t think it was easycrawling into a boiling engine room while the boat was rolling a lot. Mumand dad only had the 3 of us for assistance as Robert fell quite badly justbefore. As always the 3 of us weren´t exactly taking things very serious soour help was pretty useless, we basically just handed them buckets andthrew things overboard. Luckily the second time we had to change afilter Robert was able to help out, and the rest of us just slept rightthrough it. For some reason these things always happen at the mostinconvenient times, like during dinner or. read more...


15/12/2012

Ceilidh of Lorne - Ceilidh Photos

Here are a few photos as promised. The sailing shots from the ARC finish were by Tim Wright. We are all enjoying the hospitality and glorious weather at St Lucia, still trying to fix various faults on the boat as usual! Hope the weather in Scotland is not too Baltic! Dave Sturrock. read more...


Ceilidh of Lorne - Ceilidh Photos
Ceilidh of Lorne - Ceilidh Photos
Ceilidh of Lorne - Ceilidh Photos
Ceilidh of Lorne - Ceilidh Photos
Ceilidh of Lorne - Ceilidh Photos
Ceilidh of Lorne - Ceilidh Photos
Ceilidh of Lorne - Ceilidh Photos
Ceilidh of Lorne - Ceilidh Photos
Ceilidh of Lorne - Ceilidh Photos
Ceilidh of Lorne - Ceilidh Photos
Ceilidh of Lorne - Ceilidh Photos
Ceilidh of Lorne - Ceilidh Photos
Ceilidh of Lorne - Ceilidh Photos
Ceilidh of Lorne - Ceilidh Photos
15/12/2012

All-Linn - Dag 18 Solslikking

En tålmodighetsprøve, risiko for hjerteinfarkt og sekunder fra å bli gal!Tripptelleren har tatt ferie sammen med speedometert, og vinden – ja, den er eteventyr for seg selv... Med kort avstand til land ligger vi fortsatt er ute ådupper og venter på at seilene atter skal fylle seg opp. Etter mye klaging,sutring og forbannelse over værguder og værmeldere (ja, for det er jo deresfeil!), tar vi oss selv i å ligge på dekk og slikke sol, med en pils i hånden,et blikkstille hav og skyfri himmel – og bare klage! Vi kommer frem til at vihar det faktisk bare bra. Å klage over denne tilværelsen blir i ganske mangentilfelder bare feil.  Vi nyter dagene i sola, med godt selskap og godehistorier. På nattevakten ligger jeg og ser på stjernene, styrer roret med beinaetter relativ peiling på Stella. read more...


15/12/2012

Hera - Ölige See

ImLaufe der Nacht ist auch der letzte Lufthauch eingeschlafen – der Alptraum einesjeden Seglers: Eine ölige See soweit das Auge reicht.Fürdie letzten Stunden unserer Atlantiküberquerung hat sich Rasmus endgültig zurRuhe gebettet. Da hilft auch kein Sherry mehr.Umdie unerträgliche Hitze im Cockpit zu ertragen (Zum Glück konnte ich gestern denAutopiloten wieder zum Leben erwecken.), werden wir wieder ein Sonnensegel ausBettlaken aufspannen. Die Lust zum Rudergehen hat erheblich abgenommen.Malsehen, ob es mit den Eiswürfeln aus dem Tiefkühlfach wird. Gestern Abend hattenwir unter einem phantastischen Sternenhimmel dank Henrys Apple eine tolleDiashow aller bisher von der Crew geschossenen Fotos.Noch138 sm bis Rodney Bay! Stefan. read more...


15/12/2012

Stormvogel - Tag 18: Wo die Frustration keine Grenzen kennt...

(in Anlehnung an U2´s famosen "Where the streets have no name" Hit).Dieser Blogeintrag wird geschrieben am 15.12.2012, Morgens zwischen 5:30 und 8:00 Uhr. Also einen Tag später als die Ereignisse selbst. Aber etwas Abstand von den Dingen ist ja bekanntlich immer gut.Der Tag begann mit der Erkenntnis, das wir handeln müssen. Die ganze Nacht sind wir ziellos durch die Flaute getrieben und die "Wettervorhersagen" (...werde ich ab jetzt immer nur noch in Anführungszeichen setzten) melden einvernehmlich Flaute bis Montag.Also handeln!Also irgendwie die Leine aus dem Propeller bekommen!Die Sonne geht auf und mein Plan zur Lösung dieses Problems steht:Ich binde mir einen Rettungsknoten auf den Bauch (spezieller Knoten mit einer Leine um Menschen am Oberkörper abbergen zu können), daran machen. read more...


15/12/2012

At Last - New Blogs Posted!

At Last just updated their blog for their trip from Richard’s Bay to Cape Town.  Please visit the site at www.sailingatlast.com.. read more...


Murphy - ... and lunch at Spinnakers restaurant, looking out towards Pigeon Island
Murphy - ... and lunch at Spinnakers restaurant, looking out towards Pigeon Island
Murphy - Breakfast with champagne
Murphy - Breakfast with champagne
Murphy - .... and finding it - St Lucia on the horizon
Murphy - .... and finding it - St Lucia on the horizon
Murphy - looking for land...
Murphy - looking for land...
Murphy - The last happy hour - at the wheel
Murphy - The last happy hour - at the wheel
Murphy - The last happy hour at sea
Murphy - The last happy hour at sea
15/12/2012

Murphy - If* (a picture paints a thousand words...) – Supplementary log Days 17 and 18

A few images from our last day at sea andour first day onland Footnote: * If, originally by Bread and famously reprisedby Telly Savalas Andrew,Lucinda, Jake and Jeff Friday ,14th December 2012 in StLucia. read more...


15/12/2012

Johanem - Shooting Stars and Land (very nearly) ahoy.....

I am sure that each of us will include the sky at night on our list of highlights from this trip .... we have spent hours trying to identify the constellations, tell the time from the stars, work out just how large the universe is and, of course, wonder how many other planets have intelligent life and how many of them have "people" bobbing about in a boat looking up to their sky to see us! To top it all, last night we were treated to one of the most spectacular displays of shooting stars that any of us have seen. Apparently, Dec 6 to 16 is the best time of the year to spot Shooting Stars, and the Atlantic has to be the best place to see them... on our watch last night we must have seen 25 or so, one or two leaving massive trails in the sky. A fantastic finale to our time on board. And it. read more...


15/12/2012

Salsa af Stavsnäs - NO WIND and what have we learned 2?

This trip does not come easy. Escaping to the Westof 50degrees made us miss the thunderstorm but it left us with nowind. The engine has been running since last night and itmakes about 24 hours (Im writing at UTC 23). Local time on board is minus 3hours now from UTC. Makes it easier with daylight and when we get to StLucia. So today we had lovely sunshine, big swell, no windand 28 degrees C. Not sailing is boring but also less work, forsome. For the technician on board it is always check andcheck. And having a propeller rotating under the boat can mean a lot of messwith rope, fishing nets etc. So far the sea has looked extremely clean. We seeno floating debris or anything. But our friends on Kaminante have had a bigrope in their propeller. Diving off shore with a pounding 40 ton. read more...


14/12/2012

Spirit - Final days of the crossing

The past few days have seen a mixture of heavy squalls and beautiful sunshine with everyone on deck reading, lazing in a hammock, practising with sextant (James!) or fishing!Stewart has been very active and the competition between Alan and James for the best lure is hotting up!Alan landed the largest fish so far with James' most productive lure.It was gutted and filleted by Dave, battered by Jenny and eaten by everyone within a few hours.Sighted another yacht nearby and chatted with skipper of Reboot on his way to St Maarten with 3 female crew members.It has been amazing how few vessels we have seen on this crossing.Maintaining average speed of 10 KN. Flew spinnaker for a couple of days until both spinnaker poles broke in a heavy squall while double poling.Ceremonial cutting of ham. read more...


14/12/2012

Sunrise - 13.12.2012 - 16. Tag auf See

Der Morgen begrüßt uns an unserem letzten, ganzen Tag auf See mit einemphantastischen Sonnenaufgang, riesigen blauen Wogen und einem frischenWind. Die Stimmung ist gut, auch wenn morgens der Wunsch nach baldigerAnkunft am größten ist. Die Intensität dieses Wunsches folgt, wie fastalle Dinge auf unserer Reise, einem Rhythmus. Morgens, wenn uns dieMüdigkeit der Nachtwachen in den Knochen steckt, ist der Wunsch, St. Luciabald zu erreichen am größten. Das Tagesgeschehen drängt ihn in denHintergrund und spätestens beim Anblick des mit hawaiianischer Musikuntermalten Sonnenuntergangs ist er vergessen. Wir könnten ewig so weitersegeln!Es hat fast den Anschein, als wolle die See uns verabschieden. Wir hattenfür einige Minuten Besuch von einer kleinen Delfinschule, eine riesigeGoldmakrele, 104 cm. read more...


14/12/2012

Sunrise - 12.12.2012 - 15. Tag auf See

Nervosität an Bord, Spannung in den Gesichtern, wir belauern unsgegenseitig. Ist er ein Konkurrent ? Verhindert er mein Glück ? Was istlos ?? Der Skipper hat uns darüber aufgeklärt, dass wir uns ja ininternationalen Gewässern befinden und er daher Trauungen an Bordvornehmen kann, an diesem magischen Datum. 12.12.2012. Und alle wollenDirk heiraten !! Unseren athletischen, braun gebrannten Dirk,Schnuckelchen. Diplomatisch weisst er darauf hin, dass er glücklichverheiratet ist und auch ansonsten unmöglich eine Wahl zwischen seinenBordkameraden treffen möchte. Wir beschliessen also alle, unserenbestehenden Status beizubehalten.Bei schönem Nachmittagswetter haben wir dann noch eine schöne "Patenthalse " hinbekommen. Wie das so geht. Der Wind dreht ein wenig, dieWelle kommt etwas seitlicher,. read more...


14/12/2012

Bardeau - nearly there

Today was brochure sailing. Very hot very sunny sea flatso we decided to stop so that the motleys could test el illustrious skipper theory in 4000 meters of water that ancient primeival motley-eating beasts still survive in these unexplored regions. It was also time to say goodbye to polly the repeating parrot and the remains of Doris. We had kept the remains of everything nasty on the tuna taken out of the freezer and attached to polly with a long line. I stabbed the chum bag ready to set up a shark trail but to my disappointment the motleys who were now in the sea swimming round the boat asked me politely to wait until they had finished. Laughing wildly I allowed them this favour. Anyway, once the cowards had reboarded..not waiting I suppose wasn't really an option we launched polly. read more...


14/12/2012

Ailsa - Blog 15 Wind hole

Position: 13:09.098N 53:04.322W Captains log; Stardate 2012-12-14 – 19:30 UTC When is sailor not a sailor? We could get into a discussion about “every port” or perhaps spinach. I am really referring to the use of mechanical propulsion. In Kirk’s language vapourdrive or warp drive in our language a 75hp diesel. Specifically its use instead of wind power and sails. Last night we fell into a wind hole with the gribs showing the same for at least 48 hours. Our will finally cracked in the early hours doing 1.5 knots with a true wind speed of 5 knots albeit in the right direction. The interminable clunk – clank with the rolling caused by the persistent swell and the flogging of the sails does eat away at your resolve to obey the covenant according to Ainsleus. So on went the engine. read more...


Ailsa - Ailsa Blog 15 Wind hole
Ailsa - Ailsa Blog 15 Wind hole
14/12/2012

Orion - FINISH .....

Hi3085 nm is now on the log. No,we haven't been drinking while we sail but this is the way our tactical plan was. There is still 140 to go, so we better be in St. Lucia around 12:00 tomorrow. We are surrounded by other Norwegian boats, and I have been in touch with them on the VHF. They have appr. 2700 on their logs...... better luck next time. ( If there will be any ).Right now we are sailing in a way I've never done before. Spinnaker in combination with genoa. It's too little wind for both the genoa and the spinnaker, but those two in combination works together and do increase the speed with 1 knot. Did I mention alcohol ? The only one who has had any alcohol on this tour, is the Blue Marlin Alex killed with vodka. I'm sorry to tell you this Hilde, but I'm gonna drink a really big beer. read more...


14/12/2012

Mis Amores - Report two: we went through a trough!

December 14, 2012Hello to everybodyThe title of this report says it all. In last two days we went through a trough. So the theme for our upper deck crew would be “I am singing in the rain” and for our lower deck team “Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’”. The winds gusting up to 46 knots were very well supportable as we were able to continue our downwind sailing. The lower deck team prepared a puppy theatre theme “Snowwhite” and went to bed early. The upper deck tough guys managed the elements brilliantly! A heartfelt thank you!Today we were able to escape from a few left-over squalls and are enjoying a sunny and pleasant day. For lunch we had a tuna and black bean salad with freshly baked French baguette; for dinner tortilla with chicken filets, peperoni and a special sauce from Croatia called. read more...


14/12/2012

Fidelis of London - Day 17 blog by the amazing janneke ! x

Hallloooooo,het is weer janneke met heel veel jalouzie op de booten die al zijngeariveerd ! en wij moeten nog well 300 mijll!! buhuh :(Ik en tho hoopde voor de lunch een lekkere vis te vangen maar een vis hadde lijn kapot gemaakt dus we zijn lekker omeletjes aan t maken want de 32van de 108 eitjes nog over moeten snel op, morgen gaan we weer browniesmaken :) YAAMM, in de nacht shifte speelen we vaak hang man in het engelsen papa is daar zoooo goed in het woord was steering wheel, jaa uhh er zitwel een dubbel e of a ergens ja ik weet niet precies waar maar ze zijn derwel, geeft papa dus een hele goeie hint! ( je hebt ze niet nodig op eenpaard...) :pDoei doeiii !!! xHeelllloo,Its janneke again with tons of jealousy with the boats that have alreadyarrived and knowing we still got 300 miles. read more...


14/12/2012

Baringo - Westren Atlantic - Friday 14 Dec

Dear All, This morning - Friday - the wind died.Before we turned on the motor, we had a long debate about it. But thoughts of land and a realization from receiving weather information that we were unlikely to get any decent wind for possibly days meant the old 'iron sail' was cranked up.However, before we commenced motoring, we had a swim in the Atlantic.As I swam I looked all around me and thought, north of here there is nothing but sea until about Newfoundland or Greenland ; south of me there is nothing until the Falkland Islands or the Arctic, west of me there is the Caribbean - the Leeward Island lay due west of us here (St. Lucia is in the Windward Islands which are a bit further south) , to the east of me as I swam there are several thousand miles to the coast of Africa. Below me. read more...


14/12/2012

Ostrea - Matrozen in de mast!

We zijn er bijna... maar nog niet helemaal!Gisteren was een dag waar we al zo lang op gewacht hadden, 15 tot 20 knopenwind, 7,5 knoop bootsnelheid. Maar eerlijk gezegd, als we dat de heleoversteek hadden gehad, was het misschien ook wel een beetje gaan vervelen.De nachtwacht was erg rustig, haast geen buien meer en de buien die erwaren,zat haast geen wind in.Overdag zijn we met name bezig met uit te rekenen hoelaat we aankomen,hebben we een echte douche op het achterdek, eten we hotdogs (wij wistenniet dat die dingen zo lekker waren) en hebben we het over de dingen diewe gemist hebben en die we zeker niet gaan missen (dat alles van tafel valtals je wat drinkt, of erger, wat eet).Met een gemiddelde van 6,7 knopen, zouden we om 18:00 uur lokale tijdRodney bay binnen kunnen varen. Helaas,. read more...


14/12/2012

Bardeau - swimming with Sharks, parrots and doris!

14 41 n 55 26 WAll pleas note that Roberts Mailasail email is not accessible please send all emails to david_walker89@gmm-usa.comWell we have lost the wind as predicted over night so we have been swimming in the sea and have just committed the parrot to the sharks. Simon you must tell me where you got it so we can buy a new one for the Bard!Talking of which he was allowed out again to watch the swimming and parrot, we asked him to come swimming but he declined muttering something about not knowing what was in the water.John H is preparing lunch which will have som dog element for Robert, we are getting down to the last knockings of food but we should be able to give home dogs everyday, tomorrow he will get that Halal ones which should be I testing.We should pass the 2500 miles today and. read more...


14/12/2012

Cheri -

Es ist Freitag, der 14.12. ca. 13:30 UTC und noch 70 sm oder rd. 9-10 Stunden trennen uns von der Ziellinie in der Rodney Bay von St- Lucia. Heute wird es mit ziemlicher Sicherheit etwas, aber leider wohl nicht mehr bei Tageslicht.Der vergangene Tag und die letzte Nacht verliefen ruhig und friedlich. Der einzige Aufreger war, dass zwei Wachen ihre Übergabezeit nicht auf die Reihe bekamen und Jens und Jürgen in dieser Nacht vier Stunden Wache gehen mussten. Lesekompetenz, hätte meine Frau gefordert. Über zwei Wochen geht es gut und in der letzten Nacht gibt es Gegrummel. Shit happens!Der aktuelle Positionsbericht der Jachten zeigt, dass aus unserer Gruppe nur noch wir und drei andere Jachten unterwegs sind. Alle anderen sind bereits eingelaufen. Die drei Tage nach Cape Verde tun doppelt. read more...


14/12/2012

Maunie of Ardwall - Day 18 - a Perfect Day on Maunie, until the wind died

Hello from 14 degrees 52 N, 54 degrees 55 W, 350 miles from Saint Lucia. Bright blue sky, deep blue water, absolutely no wind so there’s a smooth sea with just a gentle rolling swell. Yesterday was pretty much a perfect sailing day for us – the Parasailor was drawing well – and Maunie was surging along as though she knew that she had to make the most of the wind whilst it lasted. To give you an idea of what it’s like running under a spinnaker, there’s a video we posted on YouTube a couple of years ago as we were sailing back from Ireland – search ‘Maunie of Ardwall and Perfect Day’ on YouTube to have a look.  As the sun set we sat in the cockpit for supper, marvelling at the night sky. It was probably the best star scape we’ve had all trip, with no pesky rain clouds to spoil. read more...


14/12/2012

All-Linn - Dag 17 - Close, but no cigar!

Vi befinner oss nå i det som må være tidenes mest frustrerende situasjon.Vi har jobbet hardt for å krysse denne fjorden så raskt som mulig, og lå inntili går aften an til å klare turen på ca 19,5 døgn utelukkende for seil. Vi vissteat det var mindre vind i vente et døgns tid, men at det skulle bli totalthavblikk – ikke så mye som en krusning – var aldri i våre tanker. Nå ligger viher og ruller fra side til side, seilene blafrer så vi holder på å gå fravettet, og uten propell er det i grunnen ingenting annet å gjøre enn åvente...Personlig er jeg definitivt ikke av den tålmodige typen, og dette er denultimate prøvelse for blodtrykket mitt. Amund og Eirin logget 0,8nm på sin 6timers nattevakt, og så langt ser det ikke ut til at vi klarer å slå den.Antageligvis vil dette bety – med mindre. read more...


14/12/2012

Mad Fish - End Game

Very typically, yesterday afternoon, with 150 miles to go, the wind shuts down to 12 knots. We carried on under kite until sundown but took it down to save preparing the guest cabin for "Mr Cock-up". Last night saw boatspeeds between 3.5 and 5 knots as we struggled along under main alone, the finish seemingly further away than ever.First light saw the kite back up. My dodgy spinnaker track repair mk.2 is still holding up. Now we have just enough boatspeed to maybe make landfall in daylight but it is tight.We have 2/3 of a tank of fresh water left so showers all round which is refreshing.Really looking forward to seeing our friends at the finish and most of all a cold beer. Or two. Maybe a rum as well....etc.54 miles to go.Russell--. read more...


14/12/2012

Murphy - How sweet it is*..........to be here – Log Day 18

St Lucia – finallyWell here we are in St Lucia – we arrived at 21:04 (GMT-4) on Thursday 13th December – it took us a total of 16 days and 14 hours to cover the approximately 2,700 nautical miles from Las Palmas. Boy are we glad to be here. We're also amazed that we have succeeded in hand-steering Murphy for the last 2,500 miles and 15 days (an average of 3.8 days or 625 miles each). A few drinks were had after we arrived and then we all fell into a deep slumber, rising at around 7am to find a beautiful marina, blue skies, light breeze and, weirdest of all, ground that doesn't move. We are all finding it quite difficult to walk around without appearing drunk.Now is the time to thank a few people:My WifeI could not have done this without Pauline's practical help and moral, financial and. read more...


Murphy - the mean machine
Murphy - the mean machine
14/12/2012

Hera - Flaute

Gestern nach Sonnenuntergang saß die komplette Crew im Cockpit versammelt,um den samtigen Abend unter einem weiten Sternenhimmel zu genießen. Wie von den Wetterfröschen vorausgesagt, schlief der Wind ein paar Stundenfrüher als erwartet ein. Seit drei Uhr früh läuft die Maschine, um die letzten300 sm zu bewältigen.  Der Plotter sagt augenblicklich einen Zieleinlauffür Sonntag früh 04.00 Uhr UTC voraus. Wir werden 11.00 Rasmus reichlichhuldigen, um entgegen allen Voraussagen vielleicht doch noch eine leichte Briesezu erwischen. Einen Vorteil hat das Motoren natürlich: Wir haben genügend Strom, umEiswürfel für unsere ersten Sundowner an Bord zu produzieren.   Stefan. read more...


13/12/2012

Coyote 2 - The Final Days

We are now in the final miles of our transit of the great Atlantic ocean journey – 279 miles as I write.  It seems though, that we have been in the final days for a while now.  Weather and wind have conspired to slow our progress down and the forecast is not looking all that helpful.  But, with each tick over -600, 500, 400, 300 miles left to go - there is renewed excitement on deck and in our somewhat cozy cabin.  There are excited and exuberant discussions about first drinks, first meals, lengthy and extensive spa visits – oh, and the blessed first and second shower.  But, most often talked of is the return to our own beds – or any bed for that matter.  One that doesn’t roll and lurch unexpectedly, or have a 30 horsepower engine inches from your head, or. read more...


14/12/2012

Peregrine - Starry night!

The sky last night was amazing. There was no moon and it was cloudless so we were able to see all the stars in there full glory, and so many shooting stars that we stopped bothering to count them. Hannah got to 10 in 30 seconds! It must have been some sort of meteor shower. Does anybody out there in real life know for sure? Real life! That certainly isn't what we have on board. We have seriously lost track of time. Well not Time, we know what the hour is (UTC) at any given moment, but what day is it? Um? I'll just check the logbook! The reason we have been able to concentrate on the stars so much is that we have lost the wind again and sadly we are motoring. Lots of mental calculations are going on. We only have enough fuel to motor for 48 hours (about 240 miles) we are currently 460. read more...


14/12/2012

Great Escape of Southampton - Day 18

Day 18We have now safely arrived in St Lucia and results will be issued in time – but we are about 7th out of 22 in class…………all depends on handicap.  But what do we care……………time for a beer!An attempt at poetry is attached to outline some of the main happenings on our journey…………..like any tall fishing story our journey here will become more extraordinary with each telling.All that is left to do is for us, the crew, to thank Emily our skipper, and First Mate Stephen for taking such good and safe care of the boat and us.  Thank you ever so much and safe sailing. Graham, John, Gregorio, Jan, Kaare and David  GREAT ESCAPE – ARC 2012 REPRISEIt was on a bright November morn, Twenty fifth was the date.South westerly’s of gale force nine, The ARC, it started. read more...


14/12/2012

Poespas - getting very close

Day 17, 2330 UTLooks like yours truly has lost his bet …I had said I expected the crossing to take 16 days and 10 hours. My crew estimated a bit longer and it looks as if I owe them that bottle…. We are definitely past 16 days now. I had hoped to take the intermediate route via the south, but not as far south as we went eventually. Obviously that added at least another 80 to 100 miles to our transatlantic sojourn. I had counted on an average speed of 7 knots which worked out quite well as an average overall. What didn't help was being becalmed a few days ago, but then that was easily compensated for by that sight of the 2 minke whales circling around us for a good hour or so. That and of course the mid ocean windsurfing session of which the pics will be uploaded shortly.We are now. read more...


14/12/2012

Salsa af Stavsnäs - St Lucia, today!

Well, if you can't make it in time to her, she has to come to you!St Lucia is a big celebration in Sweden, I think it is a saint that brought us light and we thanked her by killing her.The 13th of December every year we dress in wihte gowns, light candles on somebodys head (yeah, sometimes it goes wrong), and walk gently singing her praise. Why? It is the darkest day of the year, sort of, from today the days will be longer. And up North they have no daylight at all now, in Stockholm we have from 10 am to 2pm. Well that's far away now from 13 degrees North to 57th North, one would think. Not Erika, she came up this morning and decorated the whole saloon with christmas stuff she has made herself (some look terrible but you are not supposed to say that, then you are a nasty father, but. read more...