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03/12/2012

Johanem - (no subject)

This log is brought to you by the Convenor of The Amalgamated Union of Fore Deckworkers and Ancillary Trades. Management in the form of of the Skipper has requested a gybe or at least a change of sail plan contrary to normal working procedures. The matter is the subject of further detailed negotiations which will depend on the state of the weather. We will see what happens in the morning and if you see a change of course you may take it that Management has agreed to pay for additional beers in St Lucia. The negotiations were not helped when the Skipper decided to throw a bowl of curry over the Convenor and then cause him to spill his red wine.In all other respects the cruise/race another matter of debate between Management and the Union is preceding well everyone on board is doing well.. read more...


03/12/2012

El Mundo - 3rd December

Last night I had a dream. I dreamt I was sailing my boat in the North Sea. I knew it was the North Sea because the sky was grey, grey, grey, the sea was grey, grey, grey, it was rough, rough, rough, it was windy, windy, windy with waves pouring over the bows and tumbling into the cockpit, there were flashes of lightning and it was raining harder than it has ever rained onany summer Bank Holiday in the UK - stair-rods comes to mind! But wait aminute; hold up; I am not asleep; this isn't a dream - this is ARC 2012 tradewinds sailing!!!!!! I have never seen weather like it. When I getback I plan to take out a writ against God for unreasonable behaviour andcruelty to humans. Either that or he's having a laugh.And yesterday; yesterday was unbelievable. OK the sun was shining but the seas. read more...


03/12/2012

Little Pea's ARC Blogoramma 5 - The sun has got his hat on

22:40.4N 033:39.4W  Day 6, Sunday.  The sunrises are getting later for us as we head further West.  Daybreak continues to be my favourite time of the day and today was probably the more beautiful so far.  The rising of the new sun in this watery desert also brought our nicest weather day so far; the sky was clear, the sun beat down on us and the whole mood of the crew improved.  The shirts came off, the factor 30 was liberally applied. Today we decided to ease off a little on our fairly strict boat routine.  Up until now, we have been hand steering as we don't have the power reserves to run autopilot.  However, today we decided to switch on Beryl (our autopilot) for a few hours, relax a little in the sun and give our salt cracked and. read more...


03/12/2012

Heartbeat IV - Day 8 - 9 - Laundry, Bilge, Sun!!

200mile+ run by midday 45 Monday. Another windy, squally, wet, electrical night but rain flattened water so last 12 h overnight straightlining at ~ 8.5 - 12k. After sunrise big change in weather with sun and lighter breezes so have been using variously A2, A5 and # 2 with unreefed main. Managed to get everything dried pretty rapidly before became cloudy with a couple of showers. Wind now SE about 10-15k doing about 8k. Lots and lots of flying fish, laundry done, watermaker working, sail repairs underway to #3. Pics are of Ms Paterson, round-the-world sailor and sail repairer at work and the laundry team working under the supervision of Cabin Services Director - Ms Walker. The third is another of our 2012 Heartbeat IV December bruise collection! And the 4th is the bilge empting team. In a. read more...


Heartbeat IV - Day 8 - 9 - Laundry, Bilge, Sun!!
Heartbeat  IV - Day 8 - 9 - Laundry, Bilge, Sun!!
Heartbeat IV - Day 8 - 9 - Laundry, Bilge, Sun!!
Heartbeat  IV - Day 8 - 9 - Laundry, Bilge, Sun!!
Heartbeat IV - Day 8 - 9 - Laundry, Bilge, Sun!!
Heartbeat  IV - Day 8 - 9 - Laundry, Bilge, Sun!!
Heartbeat IV - Day 8 - 9 - Laundry, Bilge, Sun!!
Heartbeat  IV - Day 8 - 9 - Laundry, Bilge, Sun!!
03/12/2012

Heartbeat IV - MoBro - Movember Moustache for Charity - Paul Blande

Mr Paul Blande, Chefmeister on Heartbeat IV had the first opportunity to shave off his MoBro moustache - grown for prostate and testicular cancer charities. Go to the MoBro website and search his name and if possible donate an amount to charity in response to his stirling efforts at we think being the person to shave his moustache off further from land in a small boat than anyone else at 21 28N and 40 35W. It was a couple of days late as any attempt at shaving his moustache in the last couple of days would have resulted in him chopping his head off due to extreme weather. Pics are of before, intermediate and shaved. Well done Paul - say the Heartbeat IV team!!. read more...


Heartbeat IV - MoBro - Movember Moustache for Charity - Paul Blande
Heartbeat  IV - MoBro - Movember Moustache for Charity - Paul Blande
Heartbeat IV - MoBro - Movember Moustache for Charity - Paul Blande
Heartbeat  IV - MoBro - Movember Moustache for Charity - Paul Blande
Heartbeat IV - MoBro - Movember Moustache for Charity - Paul Blande
Heartbeat  IV - MoBro - Movember Moustache for Charity - Paul Blande
03/12/2012

Indulgence - 'Dar she blows…

Monday 3rd DecemberCurrent Position: N 20o 40'.375 W 30o 17".111 Current Speed : 7.3knots Distance to finish at Saint Lucia : 1792 nm* * * * * 'Dar she blows…At 9.30am, Denis stopped, paused, looked at us all and exclaimed "hey guys I didn't sign up for a job in a fishing trawler!" At this point of the day, we had already caught and filleted two fine Mahi Mahi fish. That was lunch and dinner set, and just as well since the majority of our fresh provisions have now run their course. Denis already had a tough watch the night before, and we had all heard a lot of "Ohhh fffff's, ohhhh bloody fffff's" and so on from our cozy bunks below. At one point a rouge wave crashed over the starboard stern, soaking Denis and causing a ripping noise from the push pit. By the time he got his wits about. read more...


03/12/2012

Peter von Seestermühe - PvS 03.12.12

Liebe Peter-Freunde!Kaum waren die Worte Actionheld Boris ist unterfordert getippt, schonkam der waghalsigster (oder war es leichtsinnigster?) Einsatz unseren Heldes zum tragen. Vielleicht bedarf es nun auch eine Unbenennung. Heman- Master of the Universe? Aber wer kennt Heman überhaupt noch? Batman? Uns fehlt der Joker. James Bond? Nein, nicht James Bond, obwohl Actionheld Boris Tauchermesser neben dem Badeanzug von SuperBackschaffistin Uta am Railing hängt und wir uns desöfteren in ein James Bond Film glauben. Der Held von Die Hard, wie heist er schon wieder? McLane? wäre eine zutreffende Umschreibung. Aber Boris hat Haare. Spidy? Ja, spidy geht schon in die richtige Richtung. Ach was, wir bleiben beiActionheld Boris. Aber vielleicht werden die Erwartungen nun sehr. read more...


03/12/2012

Coral IV - Into the tropics

Into the tropicsI was awoken this morning at 06.30 by the unmistakeable sound of the mast groaning in its heel. This sounded pretty ominous to me, and clearly to Otto, the Captain, aswell as he was inspecting it frantically. The rigging, however seemed fine and a quick chat with his rigger in Norway via satphone confirmed that things were alright. Visions of diverting to the Cape Verdes were banished and we plough on. We are now tenth in our class of 20, which is fine. I am glad that while we are running along nicely, we’re not racing and making lots of crazy sail changes in order to gain 0.1 of a knot of speed.The weather has finally eased somewhat and suddenly it feels like we are in the tropics, or nearby at least. The water is no longer a deep, navy blue but is azure and beautiful.. read more...


Coral IV - Into the tropics
Coral IV - Into the tropics
03/12/2012

Skyelark of London - Day 7, almost half way

Day 7Just recovering from my 3rd dousing in the last 24 hours when Bob is driving this cruise ship!! We have now spent the last few days in an interesting swell, its not that its rough but every so often a wave breaks just off our beam and 'plops' over the boat - it's a lottery where It goes but so far its mostly 'pooped' (technical term) the cockpit and once managed to create a waterfall cascade down the companion way stairs. This has created a no hatch open policy, which suits our scandavian crew. 30 mins in the sauna below, followed by a cold (ish) dousing on deck. Good job I don't have an aversion to salt.We are now almost half way across the Atlantic and the good news that the wine, cava and beer are holding out -we do need to finish it before we arrive in St Lucia because of. read more...


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...



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