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03/12/2012

Stormvogel - 7. Seetag kurz und schmerzlos

Die Nacht war für den Skipper anstrengend. Immer wieder Regenböen und anlufenden Dampfer. Kaum geschlafen und wenn, dann immer mit wirren Träumen...Der Tag begann dann auch wie die Nacht verlief, wurde aber erstaunlich gut. Mittags haben wir dann 62 Seemeilen vor Erreichen unseren Wegepunkt 20° Nord, 30° West aufgegeben weil wir durch überkommende Wellen mehr Wasser im Cockpit hatten als auf der ganzen Reise zuvor. Dieses rauhe segeln mag zwar sportlich sein - trifft aber nicht unsere Erwartungshaltung an einen Langstreckentörn.Nun also direkter Kurs 270° St. Lucia!Na ja, wenn die Windfahne denn unter 270° bleibt ist es auch nicht schlimm. Mit METABO diskutiere ich noch den Vorteil einer deutlich südlicheren Variante. Dieses "mehr an Strecke" soll durch ein "mehr an Wind" belohnt. read more...


03/12/2012

Loupan - Mot Västindien - måndag 3 december

Fortsatt friska vindar, men nu börjar de avta något och just nu runt 20 knop. Vi har ändrat segelsättning och går nu för halvvind mot vår nästa waypoint som ligger på LAT 16 grader nord och LONG 42 grader väst, cirka 580 härifrån. Tanken är att vi ska komma söder om ett område med svag vind mot slutet av veckan. Natten gick i flygfiskens tecken, med tre som landade framför Ulla respektive Björn och en som träffade Pelles glasögon så de åkte i vattnet. Tur att han har reservglasögon! En flygfisk landade på däck också. Man blir lätt förskräckt när de plötsligt kommer farande i natten. Dagens meny består av sallad med serranoskinka och melon till lunch och svamprisotto till middag. Ulla överrumplades av en stor våg när lunchen tillagades och en del av salladen hamnade på golvet. Stor. read more...


03/12/2012

Karma Daze - What's happened to the weather!

Nearly a week at sea and still the wind and the waves continue to pound us. The Atlantic weather this year is not conforming to its normal pattern – the UK gets lots of rain and winds, and we get the Azores high being pushed further north than it should be. The wind today is from the east at force 6-7. We had a very wet and windy night with winds up to 35 knots plus, but today the sun has been shinning. Life on board continues to be a round of watches, eating and sleeping. Because the sea continues with 1-2 m waves life below decks is a challenge. We are on our last pre-cooked meal out of the freezer tonight, so it may be bread and cheese until the winds ease a bit! We haven’t tried fishing yet but lots of other boats have with varying degrees of success – that’s for next week. Chris is. read more...


03/12/2012

Orion - Week 1 Monday 3rd

Orion continues surfing the waves of the southern part of the north Atlantic as she should be. Today we had an encounter with another boat, but we eventually headed with different bearing towards same destiny...St Lucia. Crew has having fun over the last few days washing hair, making the laundry and other personal but basic stuff. We are hoping the weather will be in our favor now and we will start catching up position in our division and category. This is fun indeed. DOMINGOWe saw lots of small dolphins on Sunday, playing round the boat and leaping out of the water; another leap was by a flying fish onto the side deck of the boat during the night watch. There was no moon last night so the stars were clear and the phosphorescence was sparkling bright; stunning! Doing a broad reach into. read more...


03/12/2012

Mary Jo - Musings on Flying Fish

Last night a flying fish leapt from the sea into the cockpit next to me. I picked her up carefully and put her back in the water. This morning we were greeted by a whole flight of them, wings working like hummingbirds as they skimmed across the contours of the ocean’s surface. They flew for well over a hundred yards before conducting a controlled crash landing into the waves again. Now we see them every five minutes or so, flight upon flight of them as they get surprised by the boat’s passage; they take off en masse and power gracefully above the waves, using the wind, working the gusts, curving, arcing in the simple joy of another dimension - in total control of their direction and re-entry.  I am still haunted by the power, the speed and the sheer presence of the fin. read more...


03/12/2012

Capricho - Dia 7 - El meneíto...

Posición actual  Día Nº 723ºN ~58,4’36ºW~20,8               Distancia recorrida : 217 MN                      Velocidad promedio :    9   NudosVientos del :  SE                                             Velocidad del viento : 25+ NudosEstado de Animo : Alto y movido. El meneíto...Continuamos con vientos fuertes del SurEste y la ola pegándonos de lado.. read more...


Capricho - Dia 7 - El meneíto...
Capricho - Dia 7 - El meneíto...
03/12/2012

Coral IV - Mandag 3. desember

20:56.57 N 32:27.100 W Dagen i dag har vært ganske fin. Fantastisk så mye som går galt – eller skaper bekymring. Går ut fra at har lest tidligere blogger, så du har hørt om bom og seil osv. Generator vil ikke gå og GPSen har falt ut. Men da har vi jo noe å holde på med. Selve seilingen går fort og fint – selv om vi ikke akkurat kommer til å vinne dette rallyet – noe som heller ikke er meningen. Vi skal ha 18 dager +/- på sjøen – og det skal bli fint. I morges – men mens det fremdeles var bekmørkt og jeg hadde vakt, begynte det å knirke og bråker fælt i masten. Jeg åpnet panelene nede, og så at masten beveget seg 5-6 mm. Jeg satte igang med avstiving, satte opp lensetakler og strammet stag – uten at det hjalp. Da det ble morgen, ringte jeg til Pål i Northsail, som styrer med seil og. read more...


Coral IV - Mandag 3. desember
Coral IV - Mandag 3. desember
Coral IV - Mandag 3. desember
Coral IV - Mandag 3. desember
Katherine - Day 6 - Lunch
Katherine - Day 6 - Lunch
Katherine - Day 6 - 32m above sea level
Katherine - Day 6 - 32m above sea level
Katherine - Day 6 First Fish
Katherine - Day 6 First Fish
03/12/2012

Milanto - Log Day 9 - Decisions, Decisions... & a very wet blogger

So today was to be all about the decision of where to head in order to avoid a hole, which is developing bang on our intended path (hole = a place with confused wind, or no wind at all).Should we head north like one or two other boats have, or head far south? This is all about studying forecasts and the trends that successive ones may, or may not, reveal. We are well and truly in the trade winds now, but within the trade wind channel, other weather systems develop, either pushing the channel south, or north, and placing holes, or at least different conditions where the channel would normally sit. Our modelling shows such a hole ahead in around 5 days. But things are far from certain, and successive forecasts are showing different stories each time, and very confused ones at that. As. read more...


03/12/2012

Ace - at Sea

Greetings from one of the Ace crew on day six of our sail.  We are now just passing the midpoint of the journey distance-wise while we continue to make very solid progress, racking over 200 miles per day on average. As the least experienced member of the team, I'll offer a few observations to help color the rich details of the experience thus far from one unaccustomed to such stuff. My day began -- like each of us - with a nudge in the middle of the night, the probe of the red light of a headlamp shining unobtrusively inches from my face, and a whisper that it's my time. It is my time, at 01:30 hours, to rise and rotate the two person watch on deck -- 4 hours on, eight off, 24/7, driving Ace westward. Rising stiffly from the narrow bunk, dropping to the floor whilst grabbing hold of. read more...


03/12/2012

Mad Fish - Day 7 and Birthday no. 2 out of 3.

Today is Gary's Birthday. Thought he may like the flying fish that wolloped me on the back and dropped into the cockpit at around 2000 last night but it proved too stinky to leave around for him so he has had to settle for an ARC T shirt!Birthdays mean special dinners so tonight we are treated to duck confit with trimmings. My wife never ceases to amaze.1750 miles to go. Still hand steering but its all good.Russell. read more...


03/12/2012

Morpion - Lundi 3 Decembre 24°04N:32°01W

Lundi 3 Decembre 24°04N:32°01W Presque une semaine de passée à bord de Morpion... On a eu une journée atlantique 'classique' hier avec une houle régulière, un vent de 25noeuds, un ciel semi-couvert, et quelques grains. Le tout agrémenté de la deuxième prise de pêche de Raymond: une belle dorade coryphène qu'il nous a préparrée au court-bouillon acompagnée de riz et tomate: excellent.La nuit a été plus demandante: beaucoup de grains pour les deux quarts: 1 à 2 par heure pour tout le monde. Avec de fortes rafales et des pluies diluviennes jusqu'à 11h ce matin. Personne n'a très bien dormis mais c'est pas grave, on n'est pas juste venu faire une promenade de santé!Après un apéro de magrais séché et une salade de riz-thon-concombre-poivron on se prépare pour les sièstes de l'après midi et le. read more...


03/12/2012

Selene - A game of two halves

Trans-Atlantic sailing like football it seems is a game of two halves.Following our rather nasty squall last night the remainder of the night was relatively uneventful and we had a pleasant night sail in fairly clear conditions, albeit with the occasional gentle rain cracking along at 7-9 kts under half the genoa and 2 slabs in the main and winds between 20-30kts from just aft of the beam. This morning dawned clear and bright and the sun shines down on us from a clear blue sky. The wind has dropped to a comfortable 15Kts TWA about 135 so we shall be hoisting the asymmetric shortly. Lets hope this is the beginning of the second half and more of this to come. Our latest grib shows a couple of wind holes, but we should be south of the first, but no way to avoid the second unless the. read more...


03/12/2012

Spirit - Day 5 Close Encounters!

Recovering from an evening of excitement and tension when the spinnaker pole broke at 19.30. All hands on deck as the jib flapped in high winds. Crew brought everything under control. Just as we thought all was OK the instruments failed with no readings for wind or speed. Skipper Alan was fast on his feet removing the instrument panel ably assisted by David. Between them the problem was solved so Ian could regain control at the helm. When order was restored, crew tucked into Mike's delicious meal of rib eye steak with thyme infused saute potatoes. In the calm of the early hours, new crew member Stewart {fishing ROD} came to life. Something VERY big was on the end of the line. Much discussion about how to bring in this big fish resulting in a sophisticated system of lines around strategic. read more...


03/12/2012

Ostrea - day 7

Hi guys. Here the latest news from OSTREA. We just passed the first 1000nm and the ship with her crew are doing perfect.Although my son in law promised me a tradewind from max 15 knts,we mostly are sailing with more than 25 knots with increasing at night.So on daytime we use a boomed genoa with a 80% mainsail and at night only the genua without boom.Except an overfilled (oil) generator we have no technical problems. We just passed our intended waypoint 20N/30W but we continue SW in the hope of finding more wind the next week. The idea of getting too little wind is for us unbelievable!The crew is doing well, although the night has a lot of "turbulence". It is amazing to observe my grandchildren coping with the hammering ship and even doing their schoolwork under these conditions.. read more...


03/12/2012

Sam III - die wahrheit

Jetzt mal ein ratschlag an unsere leser: VERTRÄGE IMMER GUT!!!DURCHLESEN.Laßt euch nicht von sclagworten wie-barfuß route-lauer zock-nehmt genug sonnencreme mit, ködern. Die crew befürchtet schon, das sie in St Lucia die gesamten vorräte an sonnencreme zu schnäppchenpreisen auf denmarkt werfen muß. Zur hiesigen fauna sei angemerkt,das wir bisher die`gemeine atlantik dorade in der pfanne genießen`durften.Als bochumer antwort auf die hier häufig gesehenen flying fishes wurden gestern abend bei sehrstarkem seegang erstmals flying döninghaus (nur für bochumer geeignet) gesichtet.Kurz darauf verschwanden sie aber in den unergründlichen tiefeneines bochumer magens. Da gerade die nächste 'dorade in der pfanne' sichtunggemeldet wird mache ich jetzt schluß und verbleibe-mit vielen grüßen analle. read more...


03/12/2012

Baringo - Baringo - Triumph - Day 7 - Mon 3 Dec

Dear All readers of our not so daily blog, this is Baringo - named after Lake Baringo in Africa - and a long way from our home port of Hong Kong. Here on board the skipper and crew are having a wonderful wild downhill ride on the boat, nothing beats surfing 12 tons of plastic down the front of 5m waves at night with a following wind gusting to 40 knots true.Whilst we note we are slowly dropping down the fleet at present in terms of position, we are congratulating ourseleves on our current rig - storm sail and small inner stay head sail, because alas we wore out the clue on our main head sail. The rig looks great, nothing like a bright orange storm sail to enliven life aboard. It is a triumph of our on board committee, because of course we have the ideal trans atlantic compliment: 3. read more...


03/12/2012

Sunrise - 02.12.2012 - 6. Tag auf See

Herrlich!! Unglaubliche Schönheit!!Sonnenschein; majestätisch rollen die schaumgekrönten Wogen heran, hebenuns sanft empor und schieben uns mit Macht unserem Ziel entgegen. Tiefblaudas Meer. Gelegentlich öffnet der Himmel seine Pforten und wäscht uns, mitsintflutartige Güssen, das Salz von den Körpern.Sonnenschein; tiefrot entlässt uns der Sonnenuntergang in einsterngeschmücktes Firmament. Wir stürmen voran, die Gischt voller Funken.Der Weg des Mondes zeichnet unseren Kurs.Sonnenschein; Kaffeeduft weckt unsere müden Geister, Wärme durchflutetunsere Körper. Die See beschenkt uns mit Ihren ersten Früchten.Sonnenschein.United we stand!Die Gründung der "International Sunrise One Fishing Union" hatunverzüglich Früchte getragen. Am Vormittag haben wir innerhalb von einerStunde 3 Goldmakrelen. read more...


03/12/2012

Stella-Maris - 2. detsember - kuues päev ehk pidulik õhtusöök Atlandil

Eile lubasime Atlandi ületusel esimest korda rooli Toomase ehk automaatroolining kogu meeskond kogunes päikeseloojangul messiruumi, kus süütasimeesimese advendi puhul küünla. Seejärel serveeris peakokk Martin meile mitmekäigulise piduliku õhtusöögi. Lisaks vajas veel tähistamist Saint Luciani jääva distantsi esimese numbri vahetumine kahest üheks, seega läbida on vaja veel 1999 meremiili. Sel puhul kirjutas kapten proviandi varudest väljaühe pudeli head punast veini. Pidusöögi muusikalise ja kultuuriprogrammi sisustas meie VJ Linnar mõnusate Ivo Linna noorusajast pärit muusikavideotega ning õhtu lõpetuseks linastus Stella-Marise kinos „Viini postmark“. Muus osas on kõik äravahetamisenisarnane eelnevate päevadega, ainult lendkalu ja delfiine näeb üha tihemini. Laev kõigub ookeanilainetes. read more...


03/12/2012

Albatros - Day 6, Wed 3rd of Dec

Gestern Sonntag morgen erwartete uns schönes sommerliches Wetter. Trotz ca. 20 Knts Wind genossen wir die angenehme Wärme des 23-Breiten-Grades.Am Nachmittag frischte der Wind dann etwas auf und die ersten grösseren Querwellen spritzten über die Reling. Nachdem alle platschnass zum zweiten oder drittenMal die Kleider gewechselt hatten, waren es klar, dass das Cockpit trotz Sonnenschein nur noch mit Ölzeug zu betreten ist.Nach den seitlichen Salzwasserduschen mit Sonnenschein erlöste uns dann bei Sonnenuntergang Regen von oben mit noch mehr Wind.Der Regen hielt dann mehr oder weniger die ganze Nacht durch. Somit wurden alle Nachtwachen einmal regelrecht durchnässt.Die Schlafzyklen sind noch sehr dynamisch, was heisst, dass der eher starke Wellengang nicht alle in den Schlaf schaukelt,. read more...


03/12/2012

Lancelot II - Lancelot II - Day 8 at Sea - Alton Towers!

Date: Mon 3rd Dec 2012 Time: 13:20 UTCPosition: 22’02.3N 33’15.1WSOG: 8.2 knotsCOG: 262 approxWeather: Sunny !Wind ESE 18-22knots Morning Sports fans! Well the Lancelot sled ride continues (well for the next couple of days until the winds lighten and Santa asks for his sleigh back. Apparently he has some business to attend to later this month).The last 24 hrs have seen us continue to truck along nicely towards our destination although the wind has come forwards a bit and we are now a bit closer to a beam reach. Plus side speed, negative side waves over the deck. However the extra height we have been taking should help us when we approach the light patch ahead over the next few days. We spent most of yesterday and last night tracking alongside an X65 yacht in the ARC who. read more...


03/12/2012

All-Linn - Dag 6 Squally natt

“EEEEIIIIIIRIIIIIINNNNN!!!!!!”... Klokka er åtte på morgenen, regnet pisker inn den lille åpningen på luka og vinden uler for full hals. Jeg blir kjeppjaget ut av køya - forseilet skal inn, men den vil ikke! Vi ligger midt i en squal, som dukket opp fra intet, og valgte å “piffe opp” den ellers koselige stemningen ombord. Vinden tar godt tak i seilet og fører båten sidelengs som et stabeist. Vi starter motoren for å komme opp mot vinden samtidig som vi ruller inn seilet, men da skjer det...: Motoren bråstopper.. Midt oppi alt kaoset og vinden sto på som mest, har forseilet pisket skjøtene i vannet, og det ene festet seg til propellen med et brak... 12t tidligere...Vinden har dreid noe, og vi seiler nå mot punktet 19N36W. Mulig et lavtrykk blir dannet i nord, den vil vi gjerne unngå,. read more...


03/12/2012

Rivendell - Log "Thar she blows"

3 December 2012Last night for the first time we sailed with all three sails up. No new tears in the main sail, the genoa - we need to repair, we just didn't unfurl it all the way, and the staysail is fine. We watched a movie last night - "Abe Lincoln - Vampire Slayer" I will withhold my comments on this movie, ask me about it when I get home about it. I cannot wait to share my thoughts about this film with Dr. Richard Sommers, from the U S Army War College, the most respected living authority of the American Civil War and President Lincoln.The seas remain rather choppy, this is a more difficult crossing than last year. A number of other boats are experiencing breakdowns such as ourselves. Some 7 to 8 boats have dropped out of the race due to mechanicaldifficulties. This morning our first. read more...


03/12/2012

Proteus of London - Proteus ARC blog 03.12.12

Monday 3rd DecemberSince our last log we have had a mixture of weather, none of which would usually be associated with an Atlantic crossing at this time of the year!There has been plenty of wind though and we have been double reefed for 48hrs or more! We have taken a more northern route than most yachts and seem to have had less sunshine as a consequence. Pah! We have managed to clock up just over thirteen hundred miles in the first six days. However, we expect our progress to be slower over the next few days when the wind drops.Wildlife sightings have been almost non-existent. Oli saw a pod of dolphins and Tosh sighted a whale. Apart from that, we've only seen a few birds and lots of flying fish (we've had two on the deck so far). We're being well catered for by Bryony who surpassed. read more...


03/12/2012

Katherine - DAY 6 A new dance onboard

With a change of sail plan overnight comes a new challenge on board. We’ve now all got to learn to dance to a different rhythm on board and cupboards that were previously safe now require skill and calculation to open, remove the intended content and close without being imploded upon by everything secured behind the door.  Food is still the highlight with Pete and Lee now looking at how they present the antipast platter for lunch or the next days salad with secret ingredients like kiwi fruit We are not far off or 2nd S-H just 2 and a bit more and we are there. read more...


03/12/2012

Hera - Crew der Hera wohlauf

Die Bordroutine hat sich nach drei Tagen seit San Miguel eingespielt. Wetter und Wind sind recht konstant und bei gleichbleibenden Bedingungen sollten wir spätestens am 18.12. in St. Lucia eintreffen. Vom 1.Advent haben wir bei Sonne, 24 Grad Luft- und Wassertemperatur nicht viel mitbekommen. Leider haben wir den Adventskranz vergessen. Zur Zeit segeln wir mit ausgebaumtem Vorsegel Schmetterling fast auf Direktkurs St.Lucia. Stefan  . read more...


03/12/2012

Jay Jay - Day 7 20N 27W

It was a trying day yesterday, the swells were throwing us all about inside the boat again - quite relentless, but on the positive side, we made some good progress to the west. We now have less than 2000 miles to go to St Lucia so our first milestone has been passed. We are sufficiently south to avoid the bad weather front that exists around 25N and hopefully it will be plain sailing from here. We are steering due west which should take us straight to St Lucia. If the winds keep us going in the same direction then I will be very happy. An interesting meal last night: We were going to have sausages, mash, cabbage and gravy. We put the sausages into the oven to cook, got everything else cooked to coincide with the sausages, mashed the potatoes, buttered the cabbage, went to get the. read more...


03/12/2012

Ceilidh of Lorne - Rolling, rolling, rolling!

ARC Day 6 Ceilidh has continued her magnificent charge downwind with another 8 knot average day for a 190NM run.It is more rock and roll moves than Dashing White Sargeant as the swell has continued to throw in a very big roll which effectively gives us a speed wobble.Another inspiring day of being at sea with some high speed but controlled surfing. It is hard to describe the feeling of elation and sometimes trepidation as first the nose goes down as a wave grabs our stern. Next the helm position is lifted around 4 metres as the crest of the wave passes beneath our hull and then Ceilidh accelerates down the wave front with breaking white water all around. The roaring wake from the stern sounds like we are a power boat such is the speed and force. The wind has. read more...


03/12/2012

Jus' do it 5 - LOG DAY 6 - an all action Sunday!

Sunday 2nd December 2012 Position ; 19' 46 N, 033'26' W @1200hrs GMT miles covered in last 24 hours - 218 Late morning a few big squalls blow through gusting 40 knots. We've noticed a tear in the headsail but  there's no option to reef as fear head to wind will flog the sail to bits. Ian's on the helm for periods although the autohelm holds well for most of the time. On three separate occasions throughout the morning we hook fish, but same old story, we fail to get them in. As Gordon's winding in the reel Annie's watching the numbers as we clock gusts of 40+ knots, and top 14 knots - not a chance. After breakfast the wind settles to more like the forecast so the crew begin the sail repairs. We're unable to roll the headsail. read more...


03/12/2012

Fidelis of London - Day 6 , 162 NM

vanaf 12.00u hebben we het groot zeil weer omhoog gehesen,we liggen nu wat stabieler en gaan iets sneller gemiddeld 7 knopen, bij 20 a 28 knopen wind met soms uitschieters naar 33 knopen. We zien veel vliegvissen langs de boot vliegen , maar tot nu toe is er nog geen op het dek belandt. We zijn nu nog 150 mijl van waypoint 20N 30W , op advies van onze weerman Chris Tibbs varen we hier naar toe. Na dit waypoint moet de passaatwind gaan waaien en de de temperatuur tropische vormen aan gaan nemen. We kunnnen dan de Musto zeilkleiding wisselen voor zwemshort en bikinis. Thomas had bijna een vis gevangen maar toen brak de lijn, vandaag dus gambas met knoflook uit dee vriezer. We hebben nu ongveer 850 mijl gevaren , we drinken geen alchohol tijdens het zeilen, behalve als we halverwege zijn ,. read more...


03/12/2012

Vaquita - Udo Moser and Nico Delle Karth sail Vaquita into the night

Udo Moser and Nico Delle Karth sail Vaquita into the night. A decisive phase for the outcome of the race lies ahead for the team on Vaquita. Who will keep the breeze and not stop in calm? Vaquita or the southern fleet of Berenice, Kid and Petrel.. read more...


Vaquita - Udo Moser and Nico Delle Karth sail Vaquita into the night
Vaquita - Udo Moser and Nico Delle Karth sail Vaquita into the night
03/12/2012

Great Escape of Southampton - Day 7 Great Escape 20 35N 31 23W

Day 7Like most of the last 3 or 4 days the weather during the day was fine with strong winds 25 to 30 knots and sunshine as we head south west to avoid an area of light winds developing to the north of us. Most of the crew rest or read books but some have taken the opportunity to do a little washing and at one point the boat resembled a Chinese laundry with washing hanging off the side rails. Given the swell at times all we managed was an additional rinse cycle as opposed to dry.Evening meal was courtesy of Steve and was a great British classic sausage and mash which went down well with everyone. Steve, under strict instructions, managed to use the last of the carrots in the mash and I wouldn’t be surprised if there weren’t more of our out of date vegetables thrown in along the way.. read more...


Great Escape of Southampton - Day 7 Great Escape 20 35N 31 23W
Great Escape of Southampton - Day 7 Great Escape 20 35N 31 23W
03/12/2012

Maunie of Ardwall - Day 7 and Maunie's flying!

As one of the smaller boats in the ARC, Maunie is also one of the slowest, only no one  seems to have told her that; last night was fast and furious. If you are following us on the Fleet Tracker, you may have spotted a distinct kink in our track – we’re heading further south, aiming to be below 20 degrees north by the end of today. We are hoping to keep below the disturbed and light winds ahead of us so all being well the extra miles will pay off. Proper racing boats have shore based forecasters producing optimal weather routes for them whereas we’re interpreting (in a distinctly amateur way)the general weather charts and grib files as best we can – with helpful additional input from Graham’s father in Scotland. Our change of course also meant a change in sail plan. We. read more...


03/12/2012

Senta - Log Day 7

Last night we had another series of squalls with rain (not in the brochure!!!) and nobody got a lot of sleep. We have to catch up on sleep over the day today otherwise we will be hallucinating soon. The wind was in the late 30 knots and made us shorten sail regularly, in this case furl in the headsail. Seas huge as before. Only the children sleep through it all. But this morning the sun is out and we gybed the headsail so are now beam reaching toward St Lucia, 1700 miles to go. Wind around 25 knots, we have a Dutch boat next to us, always nice to see other ARC participants. Highlight of the day is the 1300 SSB call for our group where we hear what conditions the other boats have had, what broke and what sort of fish they caught. The kids chat at night with their friends with Emily of. read more...


03/12/2012

Puddle Jumper - Late filing - no penalty please! :-)

We didn’t get around to posting a blog last night due to the extreme roll making us all rather tired. The sea temperature feels warm from the splashes and is now 26.5 C according to the instruments! we yet to get the opportunity to have a dip due to the speed of the boat and the sea condition..... we are seeing lots of flying fish now and have had one fly past Will B’s ear and land at Richards feet which caused them a bit of a shock.... We are making in excess of 200 miles/day and the forecast for the next few days suggests that we will continue in 20-25 Knot mostly Easterly winds with gusts up to 30 knots. We are looking for the best latitude to find a way through to the West that does not leave us in a lull. All are well and managing to sleep on and off. More news. read more...


03/12/2012

Oranda III - ORANDA III una guardia de las que se disfrutan

Guardia de 12 a 2, un chubasco para empezar que duró 5 min, viento fresco que con trinqueta y mayor rizada nos ha dado 7 kt. Estrellas, luna que permite ver casi como si fuese de día, tranquilidad y sosiego en comparación con noches anteriores.El entorno y la tranquilidad te llevan a pensamientos que no tendrias en otro lugar. Las olas llegando por la popa iluminadas por la luna como murallas de plomo derretido, amenazantes, pero despues eres perdonado y pasan suabes por debajo del barco empujandolo hacia su destino, una y otra y otra. Algunas veces, el mar, te enseña los dientes, solo un aviso para que no olvides que debes ser umilde al surcarlo, respetuoso, entonces el mar te respeta. No hay duda, si quieres hechar un pulso con el mar, él gana siempre y tú pierdes.Esta mañana, por fin,. read more...


03/12/2012

Meltemi - 02.12.2012 - 6. Seetag - 1. Advent, Mortzatzventz! Size matters!

Position: 24-21N / 035-03WCOG: 260 degSOG: 9,4 knNoch 1.585 nautical miles to goDas Nautische ist heute etwas nach hinten gerutscht.10:15 Uhr Angel raus. Festtagsmenue besorgen...Schon waehrend die Leine auslaeuft beisst eine grosse Dorade.Sie reisst aber leider ab :-(12:30: Angel wieder raus. 13:00 BISS! Jetzt aber... Eine 94 cm lange Dorade (auch Goldmakrele, Goldbrasse oder Dolfin genannt) ist kurz darauf an Bord. Ein wunderschoener, golden/weiss glaenzender Prachtkerl mit blauen Punkten! Und das bei 9,4 kn Boatspeed!Das Abendessen ist gesichert :-) Size matters!Es ist Advent! Mortzatzventz!Unseren respektvollen Dank an die Goetter der Winde und der See!Ganz herzlichen Dank auch an alle, die uns ueber die Yachtschule Elba (yse@dhh.de) geschrieben haben.Wie beispielsweise Admiral. read more...


03/12/2012

Salsa af Stavsnäs - Closing the first two circles

As we are passing by a few 100 miles above Cap Verde I suddenly realize that's here it started.Five years ago Ellinor, Erika and I where at the island of Sal in a December holiday. One of those escapesfrom the Swedish winter where you dream about heat and sunlight. Andreas was pointing out from Ellinors stomach as she was lying at the beach listening in her iPod at somebody that got really sick and talked about what matters most in life is what we do the least.Then I guess Ellinor got some sand in her face or something annoyed her about the wind, she sat up, looked at her private travel agent with some accusement in her eyes: - Can you pls tell me, is it always going to blow on this vacation?I looked up and could not miss the disappointment, it was not really that warm... - Honey, this. read more...


03/12/2012

Salsa af Stavsnäs - Poseidon must be the god to be

If there was one god I'd like to be, it would be Poseidon.He is probably the only one that does not have to listen to praiers but actually gets thousands of gifts every day.  Anchors, fenders, hats... I personally must have given him more hats than he can use.I actually stopped using them when I'm sailing, so now I loose hair instead. Do they have wigs with a strap? But the main reason to be Poseidon must be all the fun he has, looking at us. Can you believe how many hilarious situations he must be watching?Look at this one from yesterday:Our spinacker boom goes free from the track on the mast that it first bent and then got out. As it does that I tell my daughter Erika to wake up mommy now! I haul in the genua to stop the flogging around with a 40 Kg boom.Then I run forward to grab. read more...


03/12/2012

Surfing Petrel - Trade winds on strike

As expected, the trade winds have gone on strike (wonder what nationality they could be...??). Yesterday the crew of Surfing Petrel got punished for having enjoyed several days of fairly easy sailing - there were a lot of large cumulo beasties around, playing havoc with the wind, and so we went through almost the entire sail wardrobe several times over. Since nightfall there hasn't been much wind at all. Every so often, a cloud comes and sits over Surfing Petrel, removing any last vestige of breeze, leaving the sails slatting horribly in the swell. Sense of humour a must.Miranda/ Surfing Peterl. read more...


02/12/2012

Senta - Log Day 6

We are on day 6 of our Atlantic crossing and have sailed more than 800 miles in blistering conditions. Quite unexpectedly we have had winds force 5-6, in gusts 7 and more (20-40 knots) in our first week and have reached cracking speeds under No 3 gib and reefed main (1 1/2). We did not know 20 ton boat can surf like a dinghy. The boys are trying to crack the top speed of 13,4 knots reached by Karen steering while John was sorting out something on the bow, he was a bit frazzled when he returned into the cockpit. Our watch system of two hours on during the night and three hours at daytime seems to work well and nobody has complained about the cooking yet. The kids are ok, Finn is a bit lethargic and does not eat well but they are enjoying watching a movie every afternoon and talk to some. read more...


02/12/2012

Poespas - day 6

Day 6Andys view:Woke up and found ourselves knee deep in butter so its time to turn right . If I was in charge of morale I'd make a point of saying we were now on the home straight, just omit the fact its 2010 miles long.Mike has got over his tackle faux pas, that's fishing tackle for those that missed the previous blog. The dog nobbler still observes from its resting place in the dinghy but undeterred we rigged the daughter of the said perros nobbler on a new rod with freshly wound line. I don't know where these lures have come from but this one would be at home in an Ann summers shop. An exploratory deployment and voila, immediately hooked into another monster of the deep. With an almost touching paternal gesture mike offered me the opportunity of landing the beast, perhaps he is my. read more...


02/12/2012

Berenice by TWT - Day 7

Seven miles. That's how many miles we've sailed today. And it's quite frustrating. We've seen a couple of sailing yachts today passing by, motoring obviously, and we sopke to them for a while on the VHF. They were on their way to the Caribbean as well and were quite surprised when we told them we were on the ARC to find us here, so far ahead. Then they passed by us, motoring steady at 6 knots. And we rolled and our sails fluffed all day.We went for a swim too. And we could swim faster than Berenice was moving through the water. A couple of days ago we logged 323 miles in 24 hours, and that was a boat's record and a record for everyone on board... today we've sailed 7... and that's a record too! I think we've never wished a squall would passed just on top of us so much as right now, but. read more...



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