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11/12/2012

Coral IV - Modus Vivendi igjen

Siden jeg nå først hadde formidlet historien om Modus Vivendi - slik den ble beskrevet av skipper Dag Rørslett, må jeg nesten også formidle denne oppfølgingsartikkelen fra Seilas. Som alltid har en sak flere sider: (Takk Kolbjørn for å holde oss oppdatert om det som skrives i verdenspressen).Her er en annen versjon av historien:Første desember mistet Dag Rørslett og mannskapet på «Modus Vivendi» styringen. Det viste seg at roret hadde falt av, og båten tok inn vann. Lekkasjen ble stoppet med en treplugg i rorstammen, og Rørslett hadde også kontroll på kursen ved hjelp av båtens vindror. Les «Mareritt i Atlanterhavet»Ingen nødmeldingSamme dag som ulykken skjedde var det kontakt mellom World Cruising Club som arrangerer ARC og «Modus Vivendi». Dokumentasjon fra ARC viser at Rørslett var. read more...


11/12/2012

Coral IV - For en nydelig dag....

14:55.27 N 54:06.24 WI går var jeg ikke helt i form. Hadde sovet dårlig - om i det hele tatt -natten i forveien. Hele dagen - frem til ved 16 tiden regnet det. Så kom detsol - men jeg la meg nedpå litt etter middag. Så husker jeg ikke så mye førSteinar drar meg i stortåa kl 03.30 for å kalle meg til vakt. Da våknerjeg - god og utsovet. Har en flott vakt under stjernehimmel - først medIvory, så med Sam, så tok jeg like gjerne litt av vakten til neste mann. Steinar hadde kjøkkentjeneste, men kom opp. Carl, Steinar og jeg nøt en deilig kopp kaffe til soloppgangen ca 09.30 UTC. Hele dagen var ellers et gastronomisk høydepunkt. Frokost: Havregrøt med rosiner, egg og bacon, lunsj, hjemmelaget pizza, middag, biff-gryte. Det var to ting å feire i dag. For det første at det var deilig solskinn. read more...


Coral IV - For en nydelig dag....
Coral IV - For en nydelig dag....
Coral IV - For en nydelig dag....
Coral IV - For en nydelig dag....
Coral IV - For en nydelig dag....
Coral IV - For en nydelig dag....
11/12/2012

Thaleia - Christmas Party!

Thaleia has taken an early start in celebrating Christmas. Rough partying is somewhat reflected in the appearance of the whole crew [see attached]. Luckily enough there are not so many days left of the crossing. St Lucia here we come, well prepared! Pikkujoulu. read more...


Thaleia - Christmas Party!
Thaleia - Christmas Party!
11/12/2012

Morpion - Mardi 11 decembre 17N:55W

La crise du jour: Il ne reste plus que 12 bières pour les deux joursrestants...La prise du jour: Une grosse doradeLa dorade a été relachée, on a eu notre dose de poisson, Raymond pêchemaintenant juste pour le sport... Et il reste encore des boccaux maison(roti de porc, porc aux olives, lentilles et poulet aux champignons) Alorson restera sur le souvenir du thon pêché hier pour ce qui est du poisson.Pour ce qui est de la bière, on a mis une cellule de crise en place pourgérer équitablement la fin du stock et fouiller tout le bateau afin detrouver les caches où certains on pu se faire des réserves personnelles.Bref on devrait s'en sortir.La journée d'aujourd'hui a été pas mal semblable à celle de hier: beautemps, grosse houle, navigation plein vent arrière, au pilote, sous grandvoile seule. read more...


11/12/2012

Loupan - Mot Västindien - 11 december

Idag har vi haft vår varmaste dag hittills med sol och svagare vind. Vitill och med passade på att svalka oss i regnet när en häftig squall kom påeftermiddagen. Vi har seglat lite långsammare och vindarna skulle kansketillåtit spinnaker, men vi softade lite med våra två försegel. Vi har för sistagången justerat tiden för en ny tidszon och är nu i UTC-4, dvs fem timmar efterer. I den här tidszonen ligger också vårt mål för seglatsen.  Några kommentarer till funderingar ni haft på bloggen kommer här:   Autopiloten har fått styra båten större delen av vägen. Oftast klarar dendet riktigt bra, men ibland  får den svårt med besvärlig sjö där den interiktigt hinner med att parera. Vi handstyr kanske 1-3 timmar per dag, delvis pågrund av vågorna men också för att känna av balansen. read more...


11/12/2012

Puddle Jumper - almost there

Hi All. So near yet so far. Progress the last few days has been slower than we would like due tocombination of wind direction & quite high seas. At last we are beginning tosee a few more boats & we had 3 near last night one of whom we had to takeavoiding action as he should have given way to us but didnt. It is still astrange sensation sailing through the night with no moon visible & plenty ofclouds & sometimes in sheet rain with only the AIS navigation screen beingable to warn you of whats around. Wind in difficult direction today & we are having to sail off coursewhich is frustrating so near to our destination but should be OK for ustomorrow. Making the most of heavy rain showers in the squals to try to showerourselves I think we all appear alright. Cooking for John. read more...


11/12/2012

Rafiki - The budding shipwright

Andy writes:We woke to a dark and cloudy sky which remained throughout the day.The sea was calm or moderate and we continued on our downwind courseunder two headsails. It had been suggested to Cally that the use ofthe staysail, winched hard into the centre of the boat, would counterthe roll sometimes experienced when goosewinged. We tried a variety ofset-ups, but the jury is still out on whether it did make a realdifference to the roll of the boat.James however was oblivious to these activities. He had set his mindto making a boat out of a margarine tub, bamboo skewers, and paper. Hedeterminedlyconcentrated on the production of said boat, and as you can imagine wehad improvement after improvement to the set-up. He ended up with amagnificent craftwith a solid keel and roller reefing. read more...


11/12/2012

Bardeau - special blog. from theothersideofbardeau

15 47 N 48 48 WThis is a special blog from theothersideofbardeau as Robert is without communication due to water ingress!We will post the truth until service is resumed.Well, further to my previous blog, we have now cleared the rain for now, the cruising Shute is up and we are back on route to St Lucia.The turning point was when I remembered that I had a pair of Ms Noble's finest 'Rose tinted Oakleys' this did the trick and I was full of the joys of spring.apparently. bono has a pair just like them.The update on the Bards electronics is not good, the sat phone and laptop were left in the rain along with the boats hifi and logbook. Currently I am trying the phone and laptop in bags of rice, butI fear the worst.He is in a foul mood and has taken to his bed , not even his dream lunch of hot. read more...


11/12/2012

Little Pea's Arc Blogoramma 14

15:15.9N 057:20.9W As I type we have "Reach" by S Club 7 blasting out the cockpit speakers. The level of Dad dancing by Minkey and Jags is very worrying... As is becoming a regular occurrence, yesterday was very hot forcing us to seek shelter under the bimini and suspend all maintenance tasks until the temperature had dropped. The day before we discovered that the furler (a drum at the front of the yacht used to roll Debs away) had lost a few bolts. In order to fix it we had to remove the pole, drop Debs to the deck make a quick repair and rehoist. We waited until early evening and performed the whole manouvre in less than 40mins and the relaunch was so slick we could have been fully crewed on a Solent round the cans race boat! Fresh rations are now sparse on board but. read more...


11/12/2012

Meltemi - 11.12.2012 - 15. Seetag - Finish Day

Position: 14-32N / 060-32WCOG: 225 degSOG: 8,8 kn34 nm to goHallo, liebe Meltemi-Freunde!Heute hatten wir noch einmal einen fantastischen, sonnig-warmen letzten Segeltag vor unserem ARC-Finish. Kurz nach Sonnenaufgang wurde die Genua sofort wieder ausgebaumt, um die achterlichen Winde zwischen 20 und 25 Knoten für unseren Endspurt bestmoeglich zu nutzen. Am fruehen Nachmittag tauchte dann Backbord querab seit vielen Tagen wieder ein erster Mitbewerber auf unserem AIS-Monitor auf. Kurze Zeit spaeter knarzten dann die ersten Funkmitteilungen der Küstenfunkstelle von Martinique in unserem Aussenlautsprecher. Keine Frage: Nach 15 Tagen auf See naehern wir uns der Zivilisation. Bei uns allen steigt die Vorfreude auf den baldigen Landfall und es werden die ersten Plaene fuer die Gestaltung der. read more...


11/12/2012

Orion - Week 2Tuesday 11th December

We have been sailing for 2 weeks and are now going with the tradewind meaning more comfort, sunshine and the course directly towards St Lucia. We have to charge with the engine running twice a day to keep up with the consumption. Best estimate for arrival is Saturday if we can maintain the speed we have now. That would be great :-) Hernik. To see the plots on a paper chart means a lot more, comparing days run, figuring into our progress the current, allowing the different values of variation and the effect it has to what you read on the compass. It does not draw the power either. The distance to go is now conversation topic, where as a few days ago it was how far we have come. The salt water shampoo is now a great fun daily exercise, cool down and byproduct we get clean as well.. read more...


11/12/2012

Easy Rider 2. Log 5..Days 11 & 12

Beautiful rolling waves that are pushing us along. Sun very hot now. Great excitement as we spot 2 whales and a cub. Huge and very beautiful as they jump in unison. Carlos suggests that they like onions (which I think is prompted because he Hates them!) Didn't do a lot for our whales. Later 2 more adults appear, which I think are sharks- darker, smaller( only 20 feet long) and circling our boat. I know they like humans but I'm not feeding them! After a couple of hours of circumventing the boat...they are gone! Have some great pics and would be interested to know if they were indeed sharks. Eyes close together (not to be trusted), white belly which they kept exposing with gay abandon! I always have the last watch! Droit de dogs body and cook! Yesterday watching the sunrise pushing. read more...


11/12/2012

Stormvogel - Tag 15: Man schicke uns bitte eine Tüte Wind!

Über Wettervorhersagen im allgemeinen haben wir ja schon berichtet. Im besonderen ist es nun so, das die Vorhersage bis zum Wochenende eigentlich super ist, nur die Realität auf dem schaukelnden STORMVOGEL schon wieder eine andere.Jedenfalls laufen wir seit einer Stunde wieder unter Motor und hoffen innigst, das der Wind am Abend wieder kommt. Eine neue Motor-Nacht wollen wir nicht! Nein, Nein, Nein!Die Sonne war heute brennend und stechend, aber nun kommt wohl bald wieder eine Regenfront durch. Gar nicht so einfach, die passende "Regenkleidung" zu finden. Das Segelzeug ist eigentlich zu warm, im T-Shirt wird es nach einer halben Stunde aber zu kalt... ;-)) (...aber bis dahin ist es super!!!)Gestern Abend steckten wir mit einem Mal in einem großen Gewittergebiet, aber ohne Donner und. read more...


11/12/2012

Mary Jo - day 15

Weather has been changeable to say the least. Lightning all night Sunday, Squalls every couple of hours, dull and cloudy yesterday, I could have been in the Irish sea, but then I wouldn’t have had shorts on. Last night during one of our many squalls, I was tucked up away from the torrential rain, under the sprayhood, when a flying fish glanced off my forehead.This morning, we have been joined for over an hour by an ‘Orca’ type whale. It swam alongside us, regularly crossing our bow. I felt sure it was sizing us up for lunch.Last nights stars were amazing, with no moon, the milky way was incredibly clear. Boiling hot today, and we skirted the only squall. Only 600 miles to go, a mere Biscay crossing, I can almost smell the Rum. K . read more...


11/12/2012

Ntanda - ARC BLOG DAY 15 - NO CLOSER TO THE BEER...

Da daaa, da da daaa...dada daaa, da da daaaa. Dadaaa, da da daaa...dada daaa, da da daaaa. Da dadada da da da daaaaaa,  dadaaa da da da da daaaaaaaaaaaa  (Theme to Rocky, obviously)   Had another of those funny moments this morning -"OK guys, lets pop the 2nd reef in, prep and hoist the asymetric kite then dropthe storm jib"   Always raises a giggle that, but what the hey wedon't or at least did'nt have a lot of choice in sail plan left and it works orat least did. Yep thats right, we have managed to ping another bit of boat offthe old girl.   This time the second spinnaker spactacle shearedoff (first one went a few days ago) so we can no longer fly spinnakers at alland are left with a reefed main in anything approaching 20kts (busted vang juryrig) and storm jib. read more...


11/12/2012

Mis Amores - Report one: what a voyage!

December 11, 2012Dear friendsIt’s our 15th day on the Atlantic Ocean. Why didn’t we post any blog until now? Because we are having a lot of fun here!We are sailing beautifully downwind with pleasant trade winds. Each day a new culinary specialty is being produced in our galley. We are also drawing, playing music and singing. All of us; big and small. Every day is different.It wasn’t like that at the beginning. The first 9 days we had a lot of wind and waves, several squalls, and some mechanical issues. Until now we repaired our autopilot two times, generator once, replaced our spinnaker halyard; we have had questions regarding our AIS and our board computer. But since December 6 everything works perfectly. And on that day we had a guest on board: St. Nicklaus visited us during the night. read more...


11/12/2012

Capricho - Dia 15 - ya casi llegamos

Día Nº 15Posición actual : Latitud 15º 05,6 N ~ Longitud 59º 04,5’ W Distancia recorrida del día : 183 MN Velocidad promedio : 7.6 nudosFaltan : 123MN para llegar a Rodney Bay – Saint LuciaUltimo día de navegación, esta noche vamos a gritar : Tierra, Tierra comoCristóbal Colon y todos los bandidos malosos que trajo a estas tierras!Hay que estar “ojo pelao” porque empiezan aparecer una mayor actividad denavegación, cruceros, cargueros y los veleros del ARC, entre otros. Comocontinuamos con las velas en posición de oreja de burro, hay que estarbajando del puente de mando asegurarse que no haya alguna embarcaciónatravesada o mal colocada, porque un “maldita sea” luego de haberle metidomas de 2.700MN es barro, muy barro!!!Después de las guardias de anoche y algo de descanso, todos. read more...


11/12/2012

El Mundo - Tuesday 11th December

We have just passed the 50 miles to go marker; the boat is quiet; ice-manNick is hand steering to extract every ounce of speed from the boat;everyone is willing the wind to hold and stay in the right direction. Itseems scarcely credible that two weeks ago we were leaving Las Palmas; bythe time we finish we shall have sailed approximately 2,760 miles in alittle over 14 days. My original projection was 16-18 days so I am wellpleased with our performance.Now the voyage is drawing to a close it seems appropriate to give thanks toall those who made this possible. It is not my first ARC, and nothing canbe as special as that first time. But it is still an achievement. So firstmy thanks go to Dr Hugh Kindness whose vigilence first discovered the evil15 years ago and to Roger, Katherine and Uday. read more...


11/12/2012

Sunrise - 09.12.2012 - 13. Tag auf See, 2. Advent

Die Flaute begleitet uns und wir fahren tagsüber unter Spinnaker mit 4 bis5 Knoten Geschwindigkeit gemütlich über die ruhige See, des nachts nutzenwir den Motor, um unsere Notbatterie zu laden und Strom für diePositionslichter und Navigationsinstrumente zu haben.Die ruhige und sonnige Fahrt lässt uns Zeit zu entspannen, wir lesenBücher, spielen Schach und genehmigen uns den ein oder anderen Drink.Herrlich, so haben wir uns das vorgestellt.Die größte Aktion heute war das Schiften des Spinnakerbaumes. NähereErläuterungen dazu sind an dieser Stelle nicht möglich, da ich das Manöververpennt habe.Heute Abend hatten wir die erste, große ernstzunehmende Krise an Bord.Unsere wichtigsten Getränke neigen sich dem Ende zu, mittlerweile passtalles in die kleine Bordbar. Bilgen und Backskisten wurden. read more...


11/12/2012

Caryali - minus 163 nm

a cosi poca distanza dalla meta non poteva mancare l'ennesima e si spera l'ultima rottura... code zero muerto scoppiato. ed eccoci che si torna anavigare con randa terzarolata e fiocco, Peccato perche perdiamo almeno 1 nodo e passa. Diciamo la verita' a questo punto siamo tutti pronti allo sbarco. Vogliamo fare i terricoli e le ultime miglia sembrano le piu' lunghe. Fa anche un gran caldo e c'e' voglia di buttarsi nel mare. Spiagge di Santa Lucia a rriviamo magnana por la magnana. carole. read more...


11/12/2012

Milanto - Log Day 17. The finish.

Day 17.The Beginning of the End, The End and the End of the Beginning.Last night the end was in sight. We knew that at the first light of the morning, if we hadn't already crossed the finishing line, it would be there, in clear view.We would have done it.We would have sailed across the Atlantic, in a Blue Water Ocean race and unless something momentous broke, we should have done rather well, even if we said so ourselves.But then we hadn't counted on the 'welcoming' night-time Caribbean weather. The cut and thrust of races such as this, is played out over hundreds of miles.We, on the Great Circle, in the central zone, were racing to the finishing line, as were those in the north and those in the south, each area having its own microclimate of wind and squalls.By late afternoon we felt. read more...


11/12/2012

Sunrise - 09.12.2012 - 13. Tag auf See, 2. Advent

Die Flaute begleitet uns und wir fahren tagsüber unter Spinnaker mit 4 bis5 Knoten Geschwindigkeit gemütlich über die ruhige See, des nachts nutzenwir den Motor, um unsere Notbatterie zu laden und Strom für diePositionslichter und Navigationsinstrumente zu haben.Die ruhige und sonnige Fahrt lässt uns Zeit zu entspannen, wir lesenBücher, spielen Schach und genehmigen uns den ein oder anderen Drink.Herrlich, so haben wir uns das vorgestellt.Die größte Aktion heute war das Schiften des Spinnakerbaumes. NähereErläuterungen dazu sind an dieser Stelle nicht möglich, da ich das Manöververpennt habe.Heute Abend hatten wir die erste, große ernstzunehmende Krise an Bord.Unsere wichtigsten Getränke neigen sich dem Ende zu, mittlerweile passtalles in die kleine Bordbar. Bilgen und Backskisten wurden. read more...


11/12/2012

Maunie of Ardwall - Day 15 - strange golden globe spotted in sky

Hello from the Maunie crew on day 15 of our transatlantic meander. Yesterday saw us, at last, return to some predictable and relatively steady wind so we flew the Parasailor from 11.00am until sunset. We did consider leaving it up overnight but, after the previous night’s squalls, decided we didn’t want another drama getting it down in the middle of the night and  so returned to goose-winged white sails. It turned out to be a wise decision as we were overtaken by several very wet rain squalls with wind speeds of up to 30 knots. At one stage the lightning was so intense that Rich described it as looking like a WW1 battle and Di put the laptop in the oven (it acts as a ‘Faraday Cage’ if there’s a lightning strike to protect the contents) This morning, for the first time in two. read more...


11/12/2012

Ace has Finished!!!!

Greetings all!  We have FINISHED!  Let the clean up and festivities begin!  Time:  12:26:30 Position:   Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia, West Indies Wind:  Apparent Weather:  Rum Squalls Speed:  Declining Heading:  To the party!. read more...


11/12/2012

Sam III - letzter Tag auf See

Nur noch 170 sm bis zum Ziel.Die Zeit ist wie im Flug vergangen.Wir haben konstanten Tradewind und moderate Welle und sind irgendwie traurig wie schnell die Zeit vorbeigegangen ist.An Bord ist alles ok,keine besonderenSchäden.Das Schiff hat alle Erwartungen erfüllt und segelt wirklich ganz brav,wie eine Lokomotive seinen Weg.Und was hat es uns zu bieten ?Wassermacher: sind ein wirklicher Segen in den warmen Breiten,täglich ein herrliches Duschbad!Frühere Atlantiküberquerer mußten nach einem Squall das Wasser aus den Speiern lecken und haben mit abenteuerlichen Konstruktionen versucht ein paar Tropfen aufzufangen.Welchein Luxus heute ! Klimaanlage:fantastisch in der drückenen Kabinenhitze ,wenn Du keine Lucke aufmachen kannst wg.der überkommenen Seen und den Regenschauern. Internet: ist. read more...


11/12/2012

Fidelis of London - Day 15 by Lon 152 nm

Starting to lose track what day we´re on... I think it´s day 15. We were supposed to have lots of squalls today but we didn´t have any yet, and we´re all in our bikini´s so we´re not expecting them either! There isn´t a lot of wind but there´s enough to put out the genoa with the boom. It ranges between 5 and 15 knots. Everyone on board is starting to get very thirsty and can´t wait to be welcomed with some rum punch in st lucia! Apart from my sister who will have to celebrate with something alcohol free. We´re hoping to arrive on Sunday. Finally!!!! My highlight of the crossing so far was the flyfish hitting my dad´s face. I wish I´d seen that. It´s boiling and we´re all tired of the heat, but it´s better than rain! As I was typing this I looked out the window and saw lots of dolphins.. read more...


11/12/2012

Oranda III - ORANDA III Grandes noticias!!!!!!

Queridos seguidores, el misterio de las muestras de pesca,se aclara. Ayer, por fin, se encontró el "tuper" con los señuelos, ESTABAN EN LA NEVERA!!!!!, nadie fué quien las puso allí, ...En fin, ahora estan navegando detras del barco intentando solucionarnos la comida.El día parece perfecto, sol, por fin, sol magnifico y buen viento, el parasail govierna nuestro progreso al W a 8kt. Mientras, hemos hecho la colada, la lavadora funciona.Si todo va así, estimamos llegar el 14th late evening en Rodney bay. Cruzo los dedos y empiezo a sentir pena porque el viaje se está terminando.Pasamos una foto de como quedó el arroz negro de ante ayer para celebrar el paso de las primeras 1000 millas. Ojo a las fots no todo es buena cocina, navegar sigue siendo un placer muy duro a veces ¡¡¡¡¡Buena proa. read more...


Oranda III - ORANDA III Grandes noticias!!!!!!
Oranda III - ORANDA III Grandes noticias!!!!!!
Oranda III - ORANDA III Grandes noticias!!!!!!
Oranda III - ORANDA III Grandes noticias!!!!!!
Oranda III - ORANDA III Grandes noticias!!!!!!
Oranda III - ORANDA III Grandes noticias!!!!!!
Oranda III - ORANDA III Grandes noticias!!!!!!
Oranda III - ORANDA III Grandes noticias!!!!!!
Oranda III - ORANDA III Grandes noticias!!!!!!
Oranda III - ORANDA III Grandes noticias!!!!!!
Oranda III - ORANDA III Grandes noticias!!!!!!
Oranda III - ORANDA III Grandes noticias!!!!!!
Oranda III - ORANDA III Grandes noticias!!!!!!
Oranda III - ORANDA III Grandes noticias!!!!!!
11/12/2012

Skyelark of London - Day 15, Tuesday

We learn about 30 boats have finished and another 30 or so, us amongst them, are within 200 miles. With 2700nm behind us, we have just 180 or so to run. Our thoughts of spinnakers were dashed by continuing strong winds, 20-28 knots (F6) but the compensation has been some wonderfully fast sailing. Averaging 8kts, we have several times made the 200nm per day run. The night time squalls to 35kts+ bring torrential rain, but at other times we have had stunningly clear skies - although the moon has now left us.Those behind us, even just 40 miles away, have had heavy daytime rain, but we have generally missed that weather, although 12 hours beating to windward into driving rain was an unexpected "pleasure". Overall, however, all credit to skipper Dan for his skilled reading of the GRIB files. read more...


11/12/2012

Murphy - Tuesday Afternoon* – Log Day 15

Subtle ChangesAs the miles to go figure diminishes and we can say with some confidence that after today we have only two more full days to go before we reach St Lucia there is a discernible shift in the crew's focus. Thoughts are straying ever more frequently to the arrival itself (which is going to be unbelievably exciting), flights home and reuniting with family. We seem now to be in some settled weather that is allowing us to head directly for the finish line under main and poled-out genoa and it looks as though it should continue, so we are fairly confident that we shall arrive early Friday morning. This will allow our younger crew members to catch the flights we booked for them originally and get home to their husbands, wives and children as early as possible and exactly on. read more...


Murphy - The (mult)talented Mr Taylor, steering by foot while enjoying coffee & biscuits and drying his shorts
Murphy - The (mult)talented Mr Taylor, steering by foot while enjoying coffee & biscuits and drying his shorts
Murphy - Alone in the rolling blue ocean
Murphy - Alone in the rolling blue ocean
11/12/2012

Poco Loco -

Dag 14: 15:06 N - 55:52 W, dagafstand 189  milesMaandag tegen de middag zien we voor het eerst een zeiltje aan de horizon. Fantastisch, we zijn toch niet helemaal alleen. Langzaam lopen we in op de boot , 'Distant Shores'. Ze "vlinderen", dwz genua aan een kant en grootzeil over de andere kant. We zien dat het bootje alle kanten op stuitert. Ze roepen ons op via de marifoon en stellen voor dat als we ze straks inhalen, we foto's van elkaar maken. Want hoe krijg je anders foto's van je eigen schip in actie? We zitten met zijn allen buiten boven op de brug, windkracht 6-7, foto camera's in de aanslag als we tegen de kont van de boot aankijken. De enorme golven zetten de boot soms helemaal dwars. Wat lijkt het een klein bootje zo, zou je niet zeggen dat het een 50 voeter is, hij. read more...


11/12/2012

Ace - Land Ho!!!!

Dear all,After 14 days and over 2700 sea miles we are finally in sight of St. Lucia!  The last 24 hours were pretty fun with a few nice squalls passing with tons of rain and a bit of wind!  Richard has now made it into the "Over 20 Club" with a top speed of 23 knots!!!  It is a small club but we are happy to have him as our newest member!  Well earned!This will probably be the last email you will receive from the boat and this address.  Soon our cell phones and iPads will have service and we will be in contact with you all individually.  Back to reality…  We still have a few more miles to go to the northern tip of St. Lucia and then a nice beat into the finish line.  We have 22-25 knots of wind so we will have good ride right up to the end.  I. read more...


18/11/2011

Morning Star - Carl blog2

Fri Nov 18 @15:30 Three hundred forty seven miles to go.Should be there sometime late Sun afternoon.We're moving along nicely at about 7.5 kts in 14 kts wind about 70 degrees off our bow, a nice point of sail.We've been on this tack forever.Life at 15 to 20 degrees of heel can be wearing.A period at closer to 25 degrees was downright aggravating. Fortunately spirts are good even though we're abstaining from spirits.I only do very terse, rude messages from the navigation computer which hooks directly to the email outlet.Trying to keep from sliding in the chair onto the keyboard is a challenge which soon grows tedious.  Yesterday we caught 3 dorados aka mahi mahi fish.We let the last one go as it was getting later and the fish was small.The two Johns are our fishermen, and John Kraft. read more...


11/12/2012

Ailsa - Blog 13 Night Watch

Position: 12:31.416N 46:09.207W Captains log; Stardate 2012-12-11 – 13:30 UTC 3 am, alone in the cockpit. Four feet either side a murky grey interspersed with areas of white surf and 4000m to the bottom. We are over one Abysmmal Plain or another. Above the sky is inky, speckled with a thousand or more white dots. We are about 900 miles from land and although I scan the just visible horizon for the lights of another vessel there are none – in fact we have only seen one vessel’s lights since the second night. Where is everyone? Does it matter? In one way it is a relief because there is less chance of collision but in another it enhances the isolation. The attention turns to the dial indicating wind speed, it has risen to 15knots apparent – that’s good the boat speed will. read more...


11/12/2012

Jay Jay - Day 15 16.1N 46.3W 840 miles to go

I am sitting here in the cockpit with the washing hanging all around me drying in the breeze. It looks something reminiscent of Nanky-Poos laundry without the presence of Aladdin. and his magic lamp. However, back to news. Last night we had lightning flashes all around us. I noticed it ahead of us as night fell and kept an eye on its progress. After a while it seemed apparent that the storm might be moving away from us, but just to be on the safe side, I thought about turning south to avoid it. It was at that moment that the next flash lit up the sky from the south. Nope. we weren't going that way. Then more flashes from the east (directly behind us) moving in our direction. It didn't look good for us. We placed all our precious electrical items (iPads, iPhone, my phone, PC, Sat Phone,. read more...


11/12/2012

Skiathos - Fwd: 1000 NM

Noch 1000 NM bis St. Lucia. Es ist der 19. Tag an Bord, der 14. auf See. Bisher ist die Crew der Skiathos vom Wettergott nicht verwöhnt worden. Dunkle und stürmische Nächte wechselten sich immerhin mit klaren Vollmondnächten ab. Tagsüber waren die Wechsel ähnlich. Eine Begegnung mit einem Wal, mit Delphinen und Fliegenden Fischen werden in Erinnerung bleiben. Ebenso die beiden geangelten Doraden. Gestern war erstmals "Schmetterling"-Segeln angesagt. Ein schwieriges Unterfangen bei wenig Wind und ständiger Dünung. Alle Mitglieder an Bord sind fit und wohlauf und nehmen aktiv am Bordleben teil. Auch wurden bereits Wetten angenommen, wann wir in St. Lucia ankommen werden. Festen Boden unter den Füssen - wie uns das wohl vorkommen wird? Wir werden ja sehen. Die Mitglieder der Crew (3 aus CH,. read more...


11/12/2012

Stella-Maris - 10. detsember - Ei midagi erilist

Kuna täna meil mida eriskummalist ja põnevat ei juhtunud, siis suures osas piirdume seekord tehnilise ja täiustatud rubriigiga „Kuuse Kalle erisoovid“: 10. detsembril kl 11:00 asukoht 17° 37.6’ N 048° 39.7’ W; hetkel tegelik kurss 255° ehk mööda suurringi otse St Luciale; kuna ENE suunaline kerge 0.8 kts hoovus lükkab meid kursist natuke kõrvale, siis kompassi kurss on tegelikust mõned kraadid suurem; sõita on veel 744 nm; viimase ööpäeva läbisõit 168 nm; keskmine kiirus 7 kts; tuul NE-E 20-27 kts ilma mainimisväärsete puhanguteta; kuumava ja põletava päikesega ilm asendub aeg-ajalt pilves ja vihmase ilmaga; swell ehk laine valdavalt tuule suunaline kõrgusega 2.5 m kuni 4 m intervalliga 7 sek; baromeeter 1014 ning purjepindala kohta võib öelda, et viimasel ajal oleme sõitnud ainult. read more...


11/12/2012

Indulgence - Email blackout and the homestretch....

Tuesday 11th DecemberCurrent Position: N 15o 26'.155 W 52o 08'.286 Current Speed : 6.5 knots Distance to finish at Saint Lucia : 511 nm* * * * * Email blackout and the homestretch….No matter how hard we tried over the past days, we simply could not get the connection between the sat phone and our computer working. No more emails. No more blogging. No more, no more, no more!!!!! Ahhhh…. help, it's a black out!. Breathe deeply Joleen. Genuinely though, with the cessation of email communications, I was upset. Very upset. It was like someone decided they were going to cut off my right arm and it made me realise how important communications are to me. I've enjoyed bringing you all on this journey with us over the past few weeks, reporting on the days activities and general banter onboard.. read more...