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12/12/2012

Loupan - Mot Västindien - 12 december

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


12/12/2012

Little Pea's Arc Blogeramma 16 - LAND AHOY!

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


12/12/2012

Coral IV - Efter regnet kommer solsken - Ons 12 dec

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


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

La Medianoche - Day 13..?

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


12/12/2012

Skyelark of London - are we there yet?

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


12/12/2012

Bardeau - The land of Milk and Honey

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


12/12/2012

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

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


12/12/2012

Orion - Week 2 Wednesday 12th December

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


12/12/2012

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

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


12/12/2012

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

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


12/12/2012

Oranda III - 12 del 12 a las 12 y 12

Querida afición, Día magnifico, parasail, sol, unos buenos 8 Kt y buena mesa, calamares en salsa con arroz blanco, caldo tempranillo de crianza, postre, naranjas maceradas en madira y canela..Hemos visto agunos delfines jugando con nuestro casco y asombrados con nuestra vela azúl, se despidieron con un salto acrobatico deseandonos buena travesía.La caña con sus nuevas muestras de pesca han pinchado un ejemplar, aparentemente grande, y despues de luchr 30 min se soltó, lastima que no lo pescamos y mas pena porque se le rompió la boca y seguramente no sobrevivirá. Algún otro pez comerá de eso. Unos mueren para que otros vivan.Esta noche el cielo se mostró generoso en estrellas, parece que se te caerán encima. millones y millones, son tan numerosas que es dificil distinguir las. read more...


12/12/2012

Sunrise - 10.12.2012 - 14. Tag auf See

Wir jagen mit hoher Geschwindigkeit dem Ziel entgegen!! Nachdem uns in denvergangenen Tage die schwachen Winde begleiteten, huldigten wir gesternAeolus, dem Gotte des Windes, mit einem Glas Bailys. Den mag eroffensichtlich sehr, denn wenige Stunden danach legte der Wind zu unddrehte auf eine günstige Richtung.Leider ist es uns seit 48 Stunden nicht mehr gelungen, eine Verbindung mitdem Iridiumnetz herzustellen. Aus diesem Grunde wird, sollte dieses "dailylog" auf der Website eingestellt werden, auch das des Vortages zum selbenZeitpunkt erscheinen. Aber keine Sorge, es geht uns bestens.Der Speiseplan sah für heute "Schleswig-Holsteinischen Nudelsalathausmacher Art" vor. Dieser ruhte schon, zum Verzehr bereit, in unseremKühlschrank als der "International Sunrise One Fishing Union" erneut. read more...


12/12/2012

Sunrise - 11.12.2012 - 15. Tag auf See

Wieder ein ruhiger Tag an Bord. Wir segeln mit ausgebaumtem Vorsegel und 8Knoten Fahrt Richtung Westen, es verbleiben noch 520 Seemeilen bis zuunserem Ziel. Langsam fangen wir an zu rechnen wann wir wohl Saint Luciaerreichen werden und rechnen bei konstantem Wetter mit Freitag mittag.Genau die richtige Zeit, um ins wochenendliche Trinkgeschäft einzusteigen.Heute haben wir wieder eine 87 cm grosse Goldmakrele gefangen. Das "Anlanden " und Ausnehmen der Makrele ist mittlerweile zur Routinegeworden. Was danach geschah nicht. Robert und Dirk verschwanden für 2Stunden in der Kombüse und das Mahl, dass uns anschliessend serviertwurde, war unbeschreiblich." Gebratenes Filet von der Atlantikgoldmakrele an fruchtigerCurry-Kokos-Rahmsosse, serviert mit Butterreis und kandiertem Pfirsich "Das ist. read more...


12/12/2012

Poespas - day 15

Day 15Our first proper day of tropical trade wind sailing. A lovely breeze of 20 to 25 knots from the north east and hot, sunny conditions with only fair weather cumulus clouds on the horizon, saw us making progress towards our ultimate waypoint at an average speed of 7 knots, sailing on a wide beam reach to broad reach with genoa and mizzen. We can't use the mainsail in these conditions because it will cause a wind shadow for the genoa which will then collapse and flap about, shaking the rigging. Unfortunately slightly too much wind for another Parasailor session since the seas were a little too confused as well.Towards the evening the wind veered as forecast by the grib files we downloaded (we still cannot receive sufficiently clear enough faxes of the synoptic charts due to too much. read more...


12/12/2012

Frilæns III - LOGBOOK

NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN            12.12.12          12:00 O`CLOCK                                  FRILAENS III FIVE SAILOR FRIENDS FROM NORWAY TRONDHEIM AND ONE SAILER FROM GERMANY DUESSELDORF ARE CROSSING THE ATLANTIC OCEAN AT THE ARC 2012.THE BOAT: A DUFOUR 40 WELL EQIPED AND LOOKED AFTER FROM HERE OWNER AND SKIPPER ÅGE KRISTENSEN.AFTER A DELAYD START ON THUSDAY THE 27.12.12 WITH MEDIUM STRONG WINDS WE SAILING DOWN THE COAST OF GRAN CANARIA TO THE SOUTHER POINT.AN EARLY GYBE TOOK US TO AN WESTERLY COURSE.IN THE NIGHT THE WIND. read more...


12/12/2012

Sunrise - 10.12.2012 - 14. Tag auf See

Wir jagen mit hoher Geschwindigkeit dem Ziel entgegen!! Nachdem uns in denvergangenen Tage die schwachen Winde begleiteten, huldigten wir gesternAeolus, dem Gotte des Windes, mit einem Glas Bailys. Den mag eroffensichtlich sehr, denn wenige Stunden danach legte der Wind zu unddrehte auf eine günstige Richtung.Leider ist es uns seit 48 Stunden nicht mehr gelungen, eine Verbindung mitdem Iridiumnetz herzustellen. Aus diesem Grunde wird, sollte dieses "dailylog" auf der Website eingestellt werden, auch das des Vortages zum selbenZeitpunkt erscheinen. Aber keine Sorge, es geht uns bestens.Der Speiseplan sah für heute "Schleswig-Holsteinischen Nudelsalathausmacher Art" vor. Dieser ruhte schon, zum Verzehr bereit, in unseremKühlschrank als der "International Sunrise One Fishing Union" erneut. read more...


12/12/2012

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...


12/12/2012

Capricho - llegamos 12.12.12 07:30

Día Nº 16 - llegamos a Rodney Bay – Saint LuciaPosición actual : Latitud 14º 14,0 N ~ Longitud 60º 53,5’ W      Distancia TOTAL recorrida : 2.878 MN       Velocidad promedio : 8,1 nudos Boquita al hoyo, muerto al tiro. Vieca remata y dufla!!!... para todos aquellos que requieren Visa para entrar a Barranquilla, busquen a un Ñero que les traduzca, pero que haya jugado bolita de uñita!!!...  Que emoción!No vamos a tener Happy Hour sino Happy Day ... traducción : culo de pea bacana!!!... for that you know (pa’que sepas) al momento de enviar este escrito, ya estoy happy-happy, 3/15 o bacaneao que llaman!!! ... y son las 10+ de la mañana. Paso un local y pregunto, que tipo de corriente usan; 110 voltios contestamos y el man responde : “ok, after the rain, I ‘ll come, man ...” Bienvenido al. read more...


12/12/2012

Capricho - ya casi...

Día Nº 15 Posición 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 Lucia  Ultimo día de navegación, esta noche vamos a gritar : Tierra, Tierra como Cristóbal Colon y todos los bandidos malosos que trajo a estas tierras! Hay que estar “ojo pelao” porque empiezan aparecer una mayor actividad de navegación, cruceros, cargueros y los veleros del ARC, entre otros. Como continuamos con las velas en posición de oreja de burro, hay que estar bajando del puente de mando asegurarse que no haya alguna embarcación atravesada o mal colocada, porque un “maldita sea” luego de haberle metido mas de 2.700MN es barro, muy barro!!! Después de las guardias de anoche y algo de. read more...


12/12/2012

Capricho - Limpieza

Día Nº 14 Posición actual : Latitud 16º 20,0 N ~ Longitud 56º 24,0’ W      Distancia recorrida del día : 186 MN          Velocidad promedio : 7.7 nudosFaltan : 292MN para llegar a Rodney Bay – Saint Lucia  Continuamos con el viento soplando en perfecta dirección : directo a Saint Lucia y como les dije, las olas están alineadas y también parece que van pa’lla!!! Con la pesca que hemos hecho ya me puse agresivo, sin olvidarme del popular dicho que sabiamente recuerda que : “el agalluo muere peluo” o como dice el Pompi : “el que mucha mierda habla, mucha mierda come”. Decidí armar la caña de mosca con una línea de profundidad, adornada con un señuelo reconocido en el Orinoco como : rabo du fogo a ver si se me pega un dorado (mahi-mahi), peto (wahoo) o un pez espada (sword fish), lo que sea. read more...


12/12/2012

Capricho - mas pesca

Día Nº 13 Posición actual : Latitud 17º 40,2 N ~ Longitud 53º 25,0’ W      Distancia recorrida del día : 184 MN          Velocidad promedio : 7.7 nudosFaltan : 483MN para llegar a Rodney Bay – Saint Lucia Seguimos con viento en popa, soplando del E con pequeñas variaciones de intensidad o fuerza que obligan hacer cambios de velas subir unas, bajar otras, trasluchar; pura actividad que rompen lo que de otra forma seria una travesía monótona. Cuando se hacen de día, simplemente delicioso ... pero de noche, ahh ... con salvavidas puestos, oscuro, peor si hace frio y tienes la armadura puesta, siempre se traba un cabo – por el día no, los cabos saben que tienen que hacer ... pero en la noche, ahí la vaina es a otro precio. Como los vientos están oscilando entre los 18 y 25 nudos, venimos con. read more...


12/12/2012

Capricho - Pesca - Pez Espada

Día Nº 12 Posición actual : Latitud 19º 09,2 N ~ Longitud 50º 38,0’ W      Distancia recorrida del día : 170 MN          Velocidad promedio : 7.1 nudos  Diciembre 8 día de las velitas, anoche fue la gran parranda en Barranquilla; primera de las 4 fiestas. Ya sonó Estercita Forero en el Capricho!!! Cada vez mas cerca del destino, solo nos faltan 664MN que al ritmo que llevamos nos colocaran en Rodney Bay – Saint Lucia al final del día 12.12.12. Han pensado ustedes en hacer el Balance Personal de los logros del año?  de lo que va corrido de este milenio? Asumo que están consientes que esta es la ultima vez en la vida que nosotros viviremos una fecha igual? 12 días del mes 12 del año 12 de este milenio ... no se pongan hacer cuentas que nadie ha logrado vivir un milenio! Nunca lo había. read more...


12/12/2012

Capricho - Al agua patos!!!

Día Nº 11 Posición actual : Latitud 20º 05,0’ N ~ Longitud 48º 26,0’ W     Distancia recorrida del día : 161 MN          Velocidad promedio : 6.7 Nudos   Vientos suaves de 13 a 16 nudos, sol pelao, mar en calma ... al agua pato!!! Anoche, después de tanta vaina, fue una jornada deliciosa, fresca y calmada; muy reconfortante físicamente para todos, pésima para la regata. Los vientos amainaron desde ayer, pero se fueron alineando a soplar del NorEste lo cual nos lleva en dirección directa a Saint Lucia; además lo están haciendo en forma estable aunque no muy fuerte. En la guardia de las 04:00 a 07:00 estuvo realmente movida; bajo la dirección de Romain y al despunte del alba bajamos la mayor, recogimos el foque para colocar el genneker... baja aun mas el viento e igual pa’bajo el genneker,. read more...


12/12/2012

Murphy - Close Encounters – Log Day 16

Passage notesOn the chart-plotter Murphy is now permanently connected to St Lucia by a red line and the wind is kind enough to allow us to sail directly along that line towards our destination. Such is their force that we are knocking out the hundreds (of miles) like Alastair Cook on a particularly good day at Lords. Earlier in the passage it had seemed more like a Geoff Boycott innings. This morning at 08:00 we joined the 300 Club, with that number of miles to go, and we have immediately lodged an application to join the 200 Club. At our current speed we anticipate a positive response by no later than 21:00 this evening.Something went badly awry with the weather this morning – a major squall hit the dawn watch (Andrew and Lucinda), giving them a light but thorough soaking – it surely. read more...


Murphy - Lighting can be tricky
Murphy - Lighting can be tricky
Murphy - Post prandial Monte Cristos
Murphy - Post prandial Monte Cristos
Murphy - The captain's whiskers - soon to be no more
Murphy - The captain's whiskers - soon to be no more
12/12/2012

Maunie of Ardwall - Day 16 - 'Go North for Wind'. We did and found a Force 9

Hello from the Maunie crew on Wednesday morning. At last we are in bright sunshine so the rigging has lots of extra lines attached to dry wet clothes and foulies. Last night was quite an experience, and not one we’re very keen to repeat. We headed slightly north in search of stronger breezes, urged on by Steve our weather chart interpreter. Most of the day was under grey skies but with the Parasailor up so we were making good progress. Towards the end of the afternoon we switched back to white sails and below decks was a scene of domestic activity with Dianne making a carrot cake and Graham a Mahi Mahi fish pie. Said pie was almost ready to serve when we realised that the friendly Force 5 following wind was increasing  and the radar showed a huge orange mass of rain for about 6. read more...


12/12/2012

Jay Jay - Day 16 15.4N 49.1W

We were all pleased to see daybreak this morning after a rather challenging night.  Despite nothing in the weather forecasts, a tropical storm materialised early evening and we had to pull together as a team to ride it out.  Sails were reduced to a minimum - just a scrap of the foresail flown and no main at all - as Paul, Phil & Ed battled to keep Jay Jay on course.  The auto-helm just couldn't cope with the savage conditions as torrential rain, 50 knot winds and rough seas resulted in us being blown sideways some 45 degrees off course.  We were relentlessly pitched from side to side until the engine was put on and we were able to take back control of the boat, engage the auto-helm and revert to the approximate direction we wanted to sail.   It was a. read more...


12/12/2012

Fidelis of London - Wednesday 12 dec '12 day 16, 160nm

Het is vandaag even bijkomen geblazen,gisteravond tegen het einde van Lonneke en mijn wacht,was de wind steeds aan t draaien, we moesten de genua steeds overzettenvan stuurboord naar bakboord en weer terug met tevens onstabiele windsnelheidvan 8 tot 15 knoopjes, we vonden heteigenlijk al aardig vermoeiend, Lonneke haar wacht zat erop en Janneke kwamerbij.toen ging al snel de wind aantrekken tot een 35 knopen! Marco werd erbij gehaaldom de genua te reven, (kleiner te maken)iniddels goot het pijpenstelen, we dachten, het zal een squalletje zijn van eenkwartiertje, maar het werd er een van eenhele pikdonkere nacht lang met golven tot 6 meter, de windmeter was constanttussen de 35 en 40, met uitschieters tot maarliefst 45 knopen...er vloog weer en ander(dit keer oa het geliefde. read more...


12/12/2012

Baringo - Day 15

A gap in adding to the blog I am afraid as typing is difficult in these roly-poly conditions. We gybed yesterday onto a port tack to go more south and hoping for a more easterly wind which has partly emerged. The wind today remains about 25-30 knots with big following seas. Last night luckily no major squalls and a marvelous starry night with shooting stars and a thin slither of the old moon rising just before dawn. We been hampered by not having a proper genoa to pole out to enable us to go more downwind and it is impossible to repair in these conditions- the thought of getting it down in these winds is enough! We are now sailing with the main with 2 reefs and a strong preventer attached managing to sail about 160 degrees. But not ideal and last night we were a bit overcautious putting. read more...


12/12/2012

All-Linn - Dag 15 Rocking and rolling

Ja vi ruller avgårde, noen ganger flyr vi og surfer mens vi en sjelden gang ligger helt i ro. Forestillingene vi hadde om å ligge i cocpit og sole oss å lese bok er bortimot ikke eksisterende da vi er i konstant bevegelse. Med spridde seil ruller vi fra side til side, noe jeg tror man kan bli litt kokko av i lengden. Det er bedre med en litt rom slør eller lens da er vi i alle fall lagt til en side og bevegelsene mindre. Siden vi ikke kan kjøre motoren i de stille periodene er det lett og bli frustrert, vi kommer oss ingen vei og må rett og slett bare vente på vinden. Da kommer det gjerne utsagn som “nå kan det godt komme en squall” eller “storm er bedre enn dette”. Jeg tror værgudene hører disse utsagnene for det kommer som regel i bøtte og spann noen timer senere (stille før stormen?).. read more...


12/12/2012

Mad Fish - Gear Failure

On day 2 we suffered a major blow when in a broach we pulled the spinnaker pole fitting and the bottom bit of track off the mast. Not to be put off, we jury rigged this and it has been fine since. Up until yesterday. We were running downwind in 25 knots of wind with a reef in and a poled out part furled genoa when we got spun through 90 degrees by a monster wave. The genoa went aback and the jury rigged pole fitting came off the mast with another 2 ft of track!We are now running with no headsails under full main feeling a little under powered and frustrated as there is not long until the finish which still looks like friday but is in danger of being pushed back into darkness which would be a shame.342 miles to go......Can smell the rum.Russell--. read more...


12/12/2012

Stella-Maris - 11. detsember - Mees mastis

Täna sai täis kaks nädalat suurel merel. Kuigi käib igapäevane ETA arvutamine ja finiš on käega katsutavas kauguses, on siiski omamoodi kahju, et see merereis hakkab lõppema just hetkel, kui meeskond on oma toimetustes saavutanud teatava igapäevase rütmi ja tasakaalu. Kuigi midagi erilist ei juhtu ja ka see päev on kõrvalt vaatajale eelmisega sarnane nagu kaks kirjut koera, siis jäävad meile endale sellest päevast meelde kõik need teiste jaoks ebaolulised naljad, juhtumised, ilma muutused, jututeemad vahis ning kõik need muud pisikesed nüansid, mis meie jaoks olulised on.Näiteks täna võttis Vana ära meie igapäevase kümblemise käigus kaks ämbrit. No ju oli tal suurpuhastus käimas või läks tal neid rohkem vaja kui meil, aga ega meil kahju ka pole, Vana on meid seni hoidnud, andis. read more...


12/12/2012

Champagne - Final Approach of Champagne

We can see the end of the tunnel, but is it the light that might be hitting you because it is the train coming towards you ? Well, probably not. We had it all, but mostly wind of the strength BF 7, 8 and 9. We could have been faster, but with the cut in the Genoa that was difficult. And we were not lucky with the wind direction. Can't stand anymore the banging of the sails and the shuddering of the rig. Happy to still have a rig, and a rudder !But since yesterday all is really going our way. Finally the NE wind, finally with the right strength BF 7-8, and the boat towards the right direction ( S Lucia ), with a speed of 9-10 kts. Wonderful. During the night we had some scary moments, particularly with one squall that hit us, but we were prepared and had reefed early. Anyway, even that. read more...


12/12/2012

Poco Loco -

The final countdown.. Today Margo and “Rene from the blog “ decided it was my turn to describe the last 24 hours on board of the Poco Loco in their daily column.The day started with nice sunny weather and a good eastern wind which was ideal to get the spinaker out so we could head in 1 straight line for St. Lucia , around us just sea and an empty horizon, where are all these other competitors...We started off this 15th day at sea with 275 Nm to go on the clock at 12.00 this morning, and with an average speed of 7 / 8 knots, we have set the ETA between wednesday night 22.00 and thursday morning 03.00, and one thing is for sure we are the unbeatable number one in the Lagoon 500 class !!!Then there was lunch a nice spanish orientated shrimp dish with bread and a nice bottle of rose,. read more...


12/12/2012

Great Escape of Southampton - Day 16 15 07N 55 31W

Day 16Day 16 will probably be remembered as one of our best sailing days. We had strong but consistent 15 knot to 20 knot winds and following seas which was accompanied by bright sunshine despite Emily’s predication of torrential rain in the morning. For once I was pleased she was wrong. When you get the right combination of wind and sail the whole boat just flies along and we managed to cover 190 miles in 24 hours, something of a record for us. Most of the day saw the normal routine of people reading books, doing a little washing, filling bottles with sea water for washing up and getting in a spot of sunbathing. David may have overdone it a little and by the end of the day he looked a little pink to say the least. The strong sunshine finally dried out John’s bed and we were able to get. read more...


Great Escape of Southampton - Day 16 15 07N 55 31W
Great Escape of Southampton - Day 16 15 07N 55 31W
12/12/2012

Coyote 2 - Tshirts, shorts and clothes pegs

T-Shirts and shorts was the dress code mentioned in the brochure.  But no. These could be scenes from ‘’Das Boot’.Our floating caravan moves steadily westwards, food and fruit stored everywhere.  People also! (How many people can you fit in a mini?) WET, WET, WET was a name of a similar Band of Brothers and this sets the scene.We see no boats but we are racing them.  Perhaps Captain Matt has a special route to follow.Is the Earth flat or round?Is Matt sailing us to the edge or perhaps to a new continent beyond St. Lucia? Who knows. Does he know?Clean clothes become wet and soiled, later to be recycled as best available.  The girls have the pegs to dry their clothes.  I have only one I reserve for my nose.  This was not in the brochure!Wait a minute, its day. read more...


12/12/2012

Ostrea - Shark week

Hi all,Day 16 today and tradewind conditions with 25 to 30 knots of East north easterly. Yesterday we experimented with our big fish lures and steel wire combo and suddenly we saw a big shark following our lure. We started toplay with the lure to let the shark bite and 2 minutes later BAM!!!! The shark went with all our fishing gear and we were glad we could keep the rod. Back to normal lures now again.......... The sun is shining and we are in the tropics so life on board is good. We all took a shower yesterday and are preparing our arrival. Do we wait until saturday morning if we arrive on friday night late?? That is currently the big dilemma on Ostrea. Yesterday we logged 178 miles and if we continue like that friday evening looks like a possibility and that would mean a crossing of. read more...


12/12/2012

Hera - squalls

Jewärmer es Richtung St. Lucia wird, desto feuchter wird es auch. Manchmal ziehendie Squalls hinter uns vorbei, doch ab und zu treffen sie uns auch.Inder Regel passiert das, wenn Klaus mit unseren beiden Sandras Wache geht.Irgendwie müssen es sich die drei mit Rasmus verdorben haben (Sie trinken 11 Uhrkeinen Sherry mit ihm!).DerWind geht dann hoch bis 35 kn, dreht und wir müssen dann vor dem Wind ablaufen,da wir seit Tagen Schmetterling segeln. Dazu gießt es wie aus Eimern. In derRegel ist der Spuk nach einer halben Stunde oder weniger vorbei. Anschließendkann man tolle Regenbogen beobachten.DieNacht hat es ordentlich geblasen und wir hatten 7-8 bft und bis zu 5m hoheWellen von achtern.Noch611 sm bis Rodney Bay! Stefan. read more...


12/12/2012

Ceilidh of Lorne - 1 Day to go!

ARC Day 15 Ceilidh kept up her great run with 201NM logged in the last 24 hrs. This maintains our 8knot boat speed average since leaving Las Palmas which is all the more creditable as we have steered by hand virtually the whole trip in difficult conditions. Last night was no exception as we had at times 30knot squalls and some total blackout conditions making steering very tough. We did however reach a new surfing speed record of 16.9knots yesterday afternoon with Richard on the helm. Ceilidh was in tune with the crew like a well rehearsed gay Gordon’s during this exhilirating period! We have gybed back to our Westerly course of 270T having dropped down to latitude 14:21N which is very close to our final destination. Today we have 230NM to go and our focus. read more...


12/12/2012

Bardeau - update

15 32 N 50 28 WA short update, Robert has appeared from his cabin and turned on the water maker this morning, however it seems that our continuing attempts to desalinate the Atlantic is going well, to speed the process we have bypassed the tanks and are now pumping pure fresh water via the bilge into the sea. The coms update, Roberts sat phone is half working for data over my mail account!, the laptop however is dead! The night was fairly lively, but we are making good process and are currently doing around 8 knots in the Sun, the overnight watches reported seeing shooting stars some landing near the boat,we don't think it was the launch rocket that NASA put a notice to mariners on NAVTEC. also a ship was sighted.Stop PressJK has finally landed a fish, a 3 kg Tuna yes the hot dog of the. read more...


12/12/2012

Northern Child - Last ARC Log to file with ARC

ARC FINAL DAY 11/12: Saint LuciaThis is it. We made it and we are now in Saint Lucia.While the last 24 hours have been eventful (including me doing an accidental Gybe at 2am, Christian up and down the mast and out to the end of the pole, a hale storm shower first thing in the morning, torrid sun and tropical rain...) What can I say that is more relevant than WE MADE IT ! ?After 14 days and 12 hours since we left Gran Canaria we are now in the Caribbean. Non-stop. Only using wind and our own hands and physical strength to get here ! We must be mad !I believe this has been Northern Child's fastest ever Atlantic Passage and we are glad to have contributed and experienced it. We know we have had some unusual big seas and strong winds which made the cruising much harder and challenging. read more...


12/12/2012

Northern Child - Daily Log 14 - 11/12/12 - Shake, rattle and role!

Daily Run    201mDTT             205nm Lunch          Ham, Chorizo, Mushroom and Onion Tartiflette Dinner         Roasted Chicken Herb Provence with Mushroom and waterchesnut Noodles Well it was as if my daily log yesterday was a premonition!   Shake - So we furled away the genoas and put up the Spinnaker.  As the spinnaker filled at the top of a wave Northern Child accelerated like a dinghy - quite an amazing feeling in this 20 tonne yacht.  I helmed for an hour and NC was on fire, surfing down waves and hitting speeds up to 17 knots again quite regularly.  It's when she. read more...


11/12/2012

Sumatra - Log Day 15: Flying Fish and the Descent into Madness

I just sat down to write this log and looked across the galley to see the boys have uncovered a secret stash of Pepsi somewhere deep in the bowels of the boat - hurrah! Just when we were about to run out. Anyhow, we have less than 200 miles to go now and are eagerly anticipating the finish. We should arrive in St Lucia before midday tomorrow, all things going well.  The last few days seem to have blended together into one happy, sunny blur, and I think we all have mixed feelings about coming to the end of this passage. I will really miss the mental clarity that comes from being all alone in this great wide ocean, far from the reach of smart phones, internet, to-do lists, commuting and multitasking... However, it will be nice to sleep without having to brace myself, and to know that. read more...


12/12/2012

Laissez-faire - The Back 9

Well here we are with 40 miles to goWind up, waves tossing us too and fro.Who cares we didn't want it too easy,just finished a cheeseboard, roast pork, easy peasy.Will be nice to disembark I must say,Lazy Fairy will seemingly fit right in in Rodney Bay.Bikini comp apparently on wednesday night,Joe and Rick will probably enter after a few Mt Gays poured right.Norm and Mack busy talking tactics, while the younger boys are just keen to go for a stable shower, shave and sh&t..Looks like we're about to see land,and at this stage we'd like to thank all our fans.From the ones we left in Gran Canaria to the ones in NZ,Thank you for following our journey, and don't worry we've been well fed.Norm even got the word from HQ about his cheese intake,c'mon Helen he's on holiday, give mr fix it a. read more...


12/12/2012

Johanem - 11th December 2012

15 09'.727 North 50 22'.409 WestBearing 250 degrees, 615 NM to St Lucia, approx hours to go 101Today's landmarks - only 700 miles to go and reaching 50 degrees west. We also put the clock back another hour, so we are now UT minus 3 hours. All causes for celebration for which "the boys" (average age 56) called not one, but two beer o'clocks - one at 12 noon and the second at the new 12 noon. A very pleasant day after the heavy rains and thunder storms of yesterday and the night before, with light breezes and pleasantly warm. The waterproofs have had time to dry and we've opened the hatches to reduce the condensation.Lunch on deck included a new variation on the white cabbage salad. We are lucky to be still eating fresh fruit and veg after two weeks at sea - all that washing and daily. read more...