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05/12/2012

Northern Child - ARC DAY 7: 3/12 (19.1N 35.2W) - written by Adolfo

Today is a special day: it is end of week one on board Northern Child and we will be crossing the midpoint of the rally sometime soon Everyone on board will be happy to start counting down days. We are tired from little to no sleep followed by sessions at the helm in strong waves and winds, getting wet with spray and finding it hard to dry cloths outside the noon-4pm time bracket. NOw we approach the Weest Indies side of the race we expect more heat and dryer conditions This was always going to be a challenge and an adventure. A week in it feels that way with most of us needing a break or pit-stop. One that will only come when we get to St. Lucia or at least when weather changes a bit. This is an Atlantic crossing after all ;-) Last nite, we had a bit of a scare when. read more...


05/12/2012

Northern Child - Daily Log 6 - 2/12/12 -The Oily Black and the Humour Lack

Daily Run    241nmDTT             132nmDTG (distance to go to St Lucia)            1601nm Lunch           Pasta CabonaraDinner           Chinese Beef Stir Fry So the last 24hrs have seen us dive quite considerably South, hence our distance to target being only 132nm.  In doing this, for now, we have sacrificed our lead on some other baoats in our fleet who have taken a slightly more direct route.  However, there is method to the plan and I am hoping that our tactical move South will start to pay in the next 48hrs.   Hopefully we will. read more...


05/12/2012

Hera - Aufholjagd

Nachden Positionsmeldungen von gestern Mittag haben wir gegen einen Großteil desFeldes einen Tag aufgeholt.Wiropfern Rasmus täglich 11.00 Uhr die notwendige Menge Sherry, dass das so bleibt.Hatten auch gestern wieder ein Etmal von knapp 180sm.Gesternsind wir von einer Delphinschule eine ganze Weile begleitet worden. Der Himmelist fast ständig bedeckt, was das Rudergehen in der Nacht nicht ganz einfachmacht. Dafür bleibt uns am Tage die pralle Sonne erspart.Heutefrüh gab es ein üppiges Frühstück mit Rührei und gebratenem Speck. Janrückt  durch seinen Einsatz in der Pantry immer mehr in die Position desChefsmutje auf – einer der wichtigsten Posten,wenn es um ein “Lucky Ship”geht. Stefan. read more...


05/12/2012

Proteus of London - Blog 5.12.12 - Sail repair day!

Spirits aboard Proteus are high as the log reads 1700nm, meaning that we are still averaging over 200nm a day which 8 days into a trip is very pleasing. The wind has been remarkably kind to us for the last couple of days, staying at the higher end of the forecast speeds and keeping us moving nicely. However we are due for head winds by early tomorrow morning, although forecast to be light and dying of to almost nothing this could come assomewhat of a shock after so many days of downwind sailing.Today is also the day we must fix the tear in the leech of the mainsail and get the batten back in, not easy considering the batten is about 20ft long and even with the sail down the pocket it must go in is about 9ft above the deck! Just to add to the challenge we can only access the batten. read more...


05/12/2012

Proteus of London - ARC blog 05.12.12

Monday 3rd December (cont)As suggested in the last blog we did indeed go fishing. Tosh caught a perfect sizedDorado, which we had for lunch less than an hour after he caught it.Afternoon entertainment was provided by Oli having a haircut on the backdeck......Tuesday 4th DecemberWe were escorted by Whales (estimated size 25m). Unfortunately, they wereswimming just below the surface and moved too fast to get any decentpictures.Tosh caught another (slightly larger) Dorado but as dinner had already beenmade, that one went in the freezer.Wednesday 5th DecemberVery overcast today but the upside of that is we still have good winds,rather than the lull that was predicted. After eight days we've completedwell over 1700 miles. We can almost smell the rum...... read more...


05/12/2012

Jus' do it 5 - LOG DAY 8 - an ode to our Tuesday....

Tuesday 4th December 2012 1200GMT (5th December) miles in last 24 hours - 214 POSITION; 17' 00'.008 W , 040' 24.856 W Big BANG, there goes the vang,right on cue in late afternoon,Skipper says "==it!", McPhail says "That's it!"as the boom, it veers to the moon... There's then a debachle,while they find the right shackle,a right sprachle all over the deck,Gordon's concern is the angle,as the boat bits, they dangle,rum fuelled crew say, "och, what the heck?" But the vang boys succeed,the repair is complete,and McPhail gets back to the fishin',another new lure,this one's for surefor a wahoo we're all a'wishin' Annie    . read more...


04/12/2012

Karma Daze - Bowling along in the Sun and The Waves

It’s amazing how a good night’s sleep with no squalls can cheer one up.  Today has been a wonderful sailing day with ESE winds at around 25 knots and the waves a little kinder, but they do seem to have increased in the last half an hour again.  On deck is very pleasant – below decks continues to be a challenge.  But dinner is in the oven - lamb chops tonight.  The green bananas remain stubbornly green – no doubt each meal during last week will include a banana. Currently on schedule to reach St Lucia 14-15 days from now, wind permitting.. read more...


05/12/2012

Katherine - Day 8: Tues 4th Dec "17:42.22N 41:44.27W"

A number of firsts in the last 24 hours- first time since we’ve launched the boat we haven’t had to wear overalls and thermals must be heading in the right direction- the number of miles to go are less than what we have sailed- Lees had her time in the office crossing the Atlantic!- The wind finally dropped enough so we could get out the A3 – the Brolga is flying and we are sailing! Back to 10 kn boat speedAt midnight we added another first - in twelve years of sailing we've never damaged a sail now we have another failure on this trip. The A3 literally split last night with no warning or change in wind strength.So we are running out of options in our sail wardrobe back to the trusty staysail and wallowing for the moment in an awkward swell at 5kn Boat speed and 15-20 wind Still. read more...


Katherine - Day 8: Tues 4th Dec "17:42.22N 41:44.27W"
Katherine - Day 8: Tues 4th Dec
05/12/2012

Jay Jay - Day 9 18N 33W

Another cloudy morning but the sun is trying to put in an appearance and it is still very mild.  Fortunately the sea state has calmed a little with the wind and so it's making for a more comfortable, if slower, passage.  The forecast for the next few days is for diminishing winds so we may well be flying the gennaker within a short time. Currently bowling along at around 6.5 knots with the foresail poled out so not complaining! The whisker pole has been in permanent use since we left the Canaries and is proving its worth. We've been able to overcome the low battery situation by some judicial power management.  The basic problem was the draw for the fridge and so now we are just running the freezer and switching on the fridge whenever the generator is running. . read more...


05/12/2012

Islay - Times goes by...

We are 8 days at sea now and living the passage maker's life.A typical day starts with your shift, in my case at 0400: cup of coffee with previous watchman Marcel: check our position, the weather, sea state, and new e-mails. During the shift time passes by quickly as you may read a book or just look at the billion stars. At 0800 Peter is awake and joins me in the cockpit. I go to bed for a few hours.At 1200 the Yellowbrick tracker transmits our position to the ARC organisation. We put our position in the log and make a nice cross on the large map on the wall. So far the daily distance was good with 175/196 NM. Peter makes lunch; bacon and eggs or even wentelteefjes. Around 1300 we download mail and the fleet positions. Marcel made a new app to convert all reported positions to an app. read more...


05/12/2012

EH01 - Blog 3

Morning all from EH01, life on the high seas is treating us fairly well at the moment, we have good wind, a slight sea, and are making a steady 9 knots, more or less pointing at our destination. We crossed the half way mark yesterday so to celebrate we had a small tot of rum each, as well as some cold cola, both of which went down a treat. Now it's a case of looking at the numbers fall off the distance to go counter, pretty soon we'll be at 1000NM to go, and after that the miles just seem to disappear.We had some marginal excitement over the last few days. When reefing the other day a batten in the mainsail started to shake itself out, so it was a case of very gingerly dropping the main until it was low enough for me to  climb up and take it out, thankfully we didn't lose it!. read more...


05/12/2012

Ntanda - Blog Day 9 - Mostly moist

Ahh, trade wind sailing; tropical sunshine, 24 hour spinnaker runs, fishing for tuna and sunbaking on the poop deck.....Ahh, trade wind sailing; pissing with rain, horrible confused seas, ligtning storms, pitch black so you can't see the front of the boat, nor the horizon so helming is a tad difficult and bailing the wheel well 'cos the good ship Ntanda's butt plugs prevent it draining - Oh happy days! More fruit cake please!!Great sailing yesteday though. Asymetric up all day (mojo restored) and efficient drops and hoists for the numerous and rather large squalls encountered. Not sure yet who gets to wear 'The Dress', Dover or Kites. Dover for spiking the Asym the other day and leaving the safety stop on after a particularly special broach or 5 yesterday for spiking the wrong Tylasker,. read more...


05/12/2012

Coral IV - Ytterligare en dag på Atlanten

19:26.53 N 37:04.42 W Nok en fin dag ligger bak oss. Kjører nå med full gennoa og 3 rev i storseilet. Ikke noe spesielt som skjedde i går. Bare veldig hyggelig. Fikk tatt til båtpuss, men ellers var det en lat dag. Værvarselet for de neste 48 timer, tyder på at vi kan få litt lite vind. Helt ned til et par-tre knop. Om det skjer, kan det bli litt kjedelig å ligge å drive. VI får tenke på om vi da skal ta motoren til hjelp. Foreløpig har vi bare brukt den til lading en dag, da vi hadde problemer med generatoren. Av oppgaver i dag, blir det å få liv i det elektriske toalettet. Det sluttet å virke i natt. Ellers er EPIRBen (nødpeilesenderen) falt ut av de gummipakningene som holder den. Det er et lite mysterium hvordan det er mulig. Vi merker at vi kommer lengere. read more...


05/12/2012

Salsa af Stavsnäs - What a treat -Heart Beat N17.52 W30.07

Starting off the journey with stomach problems at both ends, sailing along the African coast and then start your own route put's us behind and... lonely. The rest of the fleet is 100 miles away.We haven't had any radio contact for almost a week. Email with friends and family back home is great, but we need some reassurance that we are at least in the right waters.We have probably seen more ships than anybody else, but they have no ARC flag and do not want to chat. So today my face was all smile, our boats name was called up!  SALSA! With a wonderful Spanish soft voice.YES! WE ARE HERE! WHO ARE YOU?- Salsa, Salsa, Salsa, this is Heart Beat, over.No 234 a Spanish participant was only 10 miles from us. They had no AIS transponder but a receiver.- How has it been? Over.- Dreadful start. read more...


05/12/2012

Caryali - jennaker good morning

passata una notte meravigliosa navigando e' proprio il caso di dirlo a gonfie vele. niente squalls niente cambi vele . abbiamo superato meta' del percorso e a prestosecondo il nostro geonav mancano poco piu' di 1400 miglia alla isla bonita ..sainta lucia... ma ancora per fortuna non siamo impazienti di toccare terra stiamo bene. stamattina sembra ci sia un buon vento per il jennaker e quindilo stiamo armando per acompagnarci in questo secondo pezzo di oceano.. read more...


05/12/2012

Berenice by TWT - Day 10 - Super sky

12 degrees 42 minutes South right now... and as we sail into the dawn, the sky has just spoiled us one more time. We are sailing now with the Northern Star to Starboard and we can clearly see the Southern Star on our Port side. It sort of give us a sense of the miles we've sailed... And then the there's the sunrise... awesome sunrise!. read more...


05/12/2012

Meltemi - 04.12.2012 - 8. Seetag - Grosses Programm

Position: 23-50N / 042-18WCOG: 250 degSOG: 6,2 knNoch 1.180 nm to goLieber feste Segeln als Feste feiern!Als Mitglieder von Europas grosser Yachtschule sind unsere Prioritaeten eindeutig!Rumpfgeschwindigkeit ist das Ziel!Bei vertretbarer Belastung von Crew und Schiff.Vor-vergangene Nacht haben wir das dritte Fest verpasst.Gesegelte 1.000 Meilen - verpasst.Bergfest nach Laenge (33-40W) - verpasst.Bergfest nach voraussichtlicher Strecke (1.342 nm to go) - verpasst.Da bleibt nur noch das Bergfest nach Breite (21-08N) uebrig.Natuerlich bieten sich noch viele andere Gruende fuer eine Feier an:1.111 nm to go,1.000 nm to go,999 nm to go,das erste Mal Reggae im Radio (MW oder UKW),der erste Green Flash beim Sonnenuntergang (bislang haben wir noch keinen Sonnenuntergang gesehen),die ersten. read more...


05/12/2012

Trompeta - Sailing the Wild Coast

The locals here call the East coast of South Africa the wild coast because of the sea conditions and often strong winds. We left Richards Bay a week last Monday in the wee small hours in the company of Zoe who was our sailing companion for the trip. Arrived safely in Durban later that evening after an uneventful passage. Only stayed one night in Durban and left the following day to sail down the East coast to Port Elizabeth some 475 miles from R Bay. In the event we had excellent sailing conditions with wind behind and a good 3 to 5 knots of  Agulhus current to whisk us along. The toughest part was the lumpy seas around Bashie Point near East London. The boats were going so fast (we were doing 11 to 12 knots at times!!) we decided to make for Mossel Bay. read more...


05/12/2012

Berenice by TWT - Day 10

Eventful day today.Early morning brought a shift in the wind forward so just before daybreak we prepared to drop the A4 we sailed with through the night. As the sock was coming down closing the gennaker we saw the boom swinging backwards and forth around the gooseneck. It had came loose. One of the screws holding the pin in place had unscrewed and so the big pin joining the boom and the gooseneck came out letting the boom free.Fortunately, in the middle of such bad luck, we think because of the angle we were sailing at, the boom remained practically in place and after about 15 minutes of pushing it up and down we managed to squeeze the pin through and the boom was back in place with little damage. A task that took me about half an hour back in March with the boat on the dry, we managed. read more...


05/12/2012

Surfing Petrel - Midnight

Stunning clear night sky, zero light pollution out here, millions of stars. The wind is quite light and Surfing Petrel is gliding along leaving a trail of phosphorescence in her wake. It is still warm on deck, but a welcome relief from the baking heat of the day. We have seen dolphins several times over the past couple of days. Their squeaking can be heard from inside the boat. Other than the dolphins and the occasional flying fish, we have seen no other wildlife for days. The weather for the next couple of days looks complicated. The trade winds are due to go on strike again. Our ETA in St Lucia will not be improving. Position reports, or 'school reports', as they are called on board, are available every four hours and eagerlyawaited.Time to pick up the midnight school report now.... read more...


04/12/2012

Poespas - day 8

Day 8Yet another day at sea for us. Last night we decided to change our heading somewhat in order to give everyone a good night's rest after more than 36 hours of running downwind which turned out a tad rolly. So we gybed the genoa and set off in a WSW direction on a broad reach, under reefed genoa, main and mizzen. Whilst there was indeed less rolling, we were nearly caught out a few times by rogue waves. One of us on night watch thought he was hallucinating, seeing flashing lights. Turned out to be the automatic light attached to the life buoy that had activated itself, by having been temporarily immersed.So this morning we set course due west again. What a right decision that proved to be! It put us right onto the great circle track to St Lucia, and as the day progressed, the sea. read more...


Johanem - (no subject)
Johanem - (no subject)
04/12/2012

Puddle Jumper - hoorah

Just reached half way mark & captain has allowed us all a glass of champagne to celebrate. As it is a special occasion John & I have served the crew Ribeye steak which they all seem to have really enjoyed.We have found the cooking far from easy with the constant rocking & rolling of the boat. No matter how careful you are things go flying all over the place much to the amusement of the others but not to us 2 cooks we have to try & keep a sense of humour but I think today I may have got the Gruffalo award rather than the captain!! Anyway we have had no complaints about the food which keeps us going when we are slaving away. The trip today has been the same as the last few with fairly heavy seas & the wind behind pushing us along but this is forecast to change in. read more...


04/12/2012

Little Pea - ARC Blogorama 6 - Jet Lag?!

21:28.6N 36:35.3W We have been on the same course now for a few days and the last vessel we saw was the one we nearly collided with. The days are starting to merge into one, as the weather becomes more consistent. We took out reef 2 which we had put in after the reef 1 line snapped, and by the end of the day we'd even shaken out reef 1 to show our full main sail for the first time of the trip. We are very much into the swing of our routine. Each crew member has their turn being 'Mother' once every 4 days for 24hrs. During this time the crew is relieved from all normal deck watch keeping duties to tend to the 'house keeping' on board. Washing, Cooking, cleaning and bilge checks are just a hand full of the jobs Mother has to get done throughout their watch. Today was Minkey's. read more...


04/12/2012

Johanem - 4 December

Evening AllAnother fine day's sailing on board. We have been at sea for one week today and the routine on board is now well established. Breakfast in bed for the owners followed by a sauna and jacuzzi, some gentle retail therapy in the on board boutique and then a snooze before drinkies before lunch etc etc' I wish! In fact its a non stop routine of rigging checks, sail changes/trimming, boat cleaning, more rigging checks in a relentless attempt to squeeze out that extra quarter knot of boat speed!We clocked up around 165 miles in the 24 hours to noon today and, fingers crossed, we may reach the half way mark tomorrow. The crew are at a fever pitch of excitement with a virgin being sought for the usual half way sacrifice to Neptune (no volunteers so far), the bottle of cava being checked. read more...


04/12/2012

Peter von Seestermühe - PvS 04.12.12

Liebe Peterfans,The race is on! Und damit es auch gehört wird, hier nochmal: THE RACE ISON!!! Wir haben 1350 Seemeilen, also die Hälfte der Strecke, in 6 Tage, 23 Stunden und 37 Minuten geschafft. Anders gesagt: unter einer Woche!ARC Peter Rekord. Zumindest was die erste Halbzeit betrifft. Undseitdem? Der Alte dreht durch! Die feinsten Segel, die normalerweise der Nord Atlantik, der Biskaya und Regatten vorbehalten sind, mussten heute, zack, zack, zack, aus den tiefsten Stauraumen hervor. Und sie lagennatürlich nicht oben, für jederman leicht zugänglich. Das Vorpiek musstebis auf die Bugspitze leer geräumt werden: Spinaker raus, an den Weihnachtsbaum vorbei, hinter den Flossen und Taucherbrillen der Familievon Reibnitz rein in das tiefste innerste des Vorpieks, dort wo Meerjungfrauen. read more...


04/12/2012

Venomous - Daily Log

View from the back of the ship!Having spent the past week driving it like we stole it, we have found our way to the computer and thought we might as well put pen to paper! We have been nicknamed the meerkats as all we have been doing is sticking our heads outside and then running to the back of the boat. We have been fed very well and lots of tea, we have even been told off for being in the galley (brilliant!). As well as driving we have been doing lots of splicing keeping the halyards all working. As for the sailing I think we are doing ok and pulling through to the front of the fleet but the next few days will tell the tail if being the furthest South will pay off and of course having an extra night in the dock not getting beaten up.Right got to go as we can hear the skipper. read more...


04/12/2012

Bristolian - Day 10: Egrets, I've had a few

Ahoy hoyLife, like the Atlantic rolls on.  Kodachrome Ali donned his David Attenborough hat before snapping this passing stowaway - a thousand miles from anywhere and looking right shagged out.Boatwise we are making good progress in the right direction, with that large Gin & Tonic shaped carrot driving us relentlessly on.Go North Paddy was running a helming school for novices today. Good fun, but he thought my handbrake turn unnecessary. The Kat was up next and any jokes about rear view mirrors and applying lippy would be sexist and highly inappropriate.Petit Pierre has got the crew scratching their heads with the introduction of a rather tricky quiz.  Actually half of them were scratching their heads anyway due to the need for a good scrub.News from the galley: . read more...


Bristolian - Day 10: Egrets, I've had a few
Bristolian - Day 10: Egrets, I've had a few
04/12/2012

Indulgence - Please help us judge the best shirt competition onboard Induglence

To celebrate Joleen's birthday this afternoon, the boys onboard Indulgence dressed up in their finest for dinner. In the 'Best Shirt Competition' Joleen found it impossible to pick a winner, and so is asking YOU, the public, to help us decide who should take crowning glory?????From left to right, we have John Hanly, in a beer stained crew neck. Aidan Heffernan wears an authentic Hawaiian number with cream chinos and Denis Nagle sports his cleanest t-shirt and recently purchased Canarian sombrero. Results must be in by Friday, 17:00 UTC. Many thanks for your co-operation. Joleen and the crew xxPS: please vote for Aidan or he will be upset!. read more...


Indulgence - Please help us judge the best shirt competition onboard Induglence
Indulgence - Please help us judge the best shirt competition onboard Induglence
04/12/2012

Orion - Fisk....

Dag 8.HeiDa har vi seilt i 8 dager. 1400 nautiske og snart halvveis. Fisket min foerste dorado for 10 min. siden.Ca 5 kg og en muskelbunt av en fisk. Den ligger allerede i ovnen.Ha en trivelig kveld.Hilsen fra 19 grader nord.Rune. read more...


04/12/2012

Orion - Week 2, Tuesday 4th

We have been sailing for one week now and it has been the great washing and bathing day. We learned that being pulled at more than 7 knots after the boat is quite a challenge and only the very strong boys Alex and Rune tried it out. Placing the steel bucket for washing close to the compass turns it 30 degrees and we could have ended in Brazil! Henrik. Last night I was softly singing under the stars when a flying fish that was so impressed with the quality, threw itself into my chest showing its appreciation and then another one did an hour later, so now all you people I have sailed with in the past that have said to the contrary, Ha Ha!!! I have being trying to use the weather to our advantage to make a fast passage, however it has to be fun and safe so we have slowed a little to let. read more...


04/12/2012

Cheri - Wal getroffen und verletzt

Gestern um diese Zeit haben wir Cape Verde verlassen und sind wieder auf dem Weg Richtung Karibik. Bereits 2009 hatten wir auf der ARC 2009 Kontakt zwischen der CHERI und einem Wal. Heute (04.12.) erneut, allerdings mit vermutlich dramatischeren Folgen für den Wal.Um 16:15 h rief der am Ruder stehende Jens ganz erschrocken: „Wale !“ Vielleicht 15 Meter quer vor uns tauchten zwei große Wale auf und sofort wieder unter. Der eine Wal tauchte aufgrund der geringen Entfernung nicht schnell genug weg, denn es ging ein spürbarer Ruck durch die CHERI und hinter uns fing das Wasser an, große rote Flecken zu bekommen. Zweimal tauchte noch ein breiter Rücken und eine Schwanzflosse hinter uns auf, dann sahen wir nur noch die gefärbten Wasserflecken und entfernten uns schnell. Sofort suchten wir an. read more...


04/12/2012

Katerina - Wet n wild

A few days since our last blog. There are 3 reasons for this:a. wind-up to 42 knotsb. waves up to 5 meters or so and c. rain, mainly from squalls that rush in, dump half a ton of water on your head and then disappear! Blue water sailing huh - we're still in full oilies at night. So whilst these conditions have prevailed balancing a laptop whilst gripping the sat phone between your teeth trying to get a signal has been, to say the least, a little tricky. However, bit better now so here we go with a quick update of the highlights: Friday 30th Nov - our 25th wedding anniversary. A huge pod of dolphins arrived and gave us a spectacular acrobatic display. These were the first dolphins of the trip and we haven't seen them since. Now as the same thing happened on my 60th birthday in July I. read more...


04/12/2012

Oranda III - LAS 1000nm

LAS PRIMERAS 1000nm:Recuerdo la primera vez que crucé, las primeras 1000 millas se hicieron con gran consumo de gasoil por falta de viento, teniendonos que meter en Mindelo para repostar. Este año se han cubierto en seis días pero, a penas hemos visto el sol y las noches han sido cansadas y con sueño al no poder dormir por los meneos.Por fin hemos podido tomar el sol unas horas que se han agradecido. La pesca no ha sido, hasta ahora, muy abundante, un triste dorado y gran perdida de artes de pesca en los que hay que incluir: pulpos de plastico, peces de todos los colores y diseños y... la caja de las otras muestras no aparece por ningun lado. Enrique ha confeccionado artesanalmente un señuelo con unos anzuelos, lanas de colores y unos trozos de sedal, en la actualidad, nos sigue colgado. read more...


04/12/2012

Stormvogel - 8. Seetag - noch kürzer, aber mit Schmerzen

Zunächst hat unser privater GPS Tracker (SPOT Messenger) wohl ein Problem. Eigentlich soll er nur im Südatlantik nicht funktionieren. Da sind wir noch lange nicht. Seit gestern blinkt die GPS Lampe rot statt grün. Also über SPOT erst mal keine Positionsdaten. Wenn jemand eine Idee dazu hat?Mit METABO haben wir weiter an der Route gefeilt und gehen nun doch erst noch weiter südlich. Scheint besser für den (zukünftigen) Wind zu sein.Unter Schmerzen habe ich heute mein Haupthaar verloren - sämtliches Haupthaar!Denn: Justin Bieber ist tot - lang lebe Bruce Willis!Demnächst in diesem Kino - äh, Blog.. read more...


04/12/2012

Indulgence - Birthday Girl!

Tuesday 4th DecemberCurrent Position: N 19o 42'.426 W 32o 54".267 Current Speed : 6.8 knots Distance to finish at Saint Lucia : 1638 nm* * * * * Close your eyes. Imagine you are on a thirty six foot yacht, crossing the Atlantic. We are eight days in, about half way there and our night watch has just passed. As it happens, it was a dirty night with several squalls and lots of rain passing through. Our headsail is shortened in and the three reefs still sit in the main. Me, I'm in my bunk, pretty cosy and all wrapped up. Aidan calls "Ten minutes Joleen, but take your time" and I know that i have to get up. Right. Here goes!. After a small stretch, I make my way out to the heads, and back again to my little corner to freshen up. But STOP!!!!! Go no further, because three guys are above in. read more...


04/12/2012

Capricho - Día Nº 8 - Se rompió el 2º rizo

Día Nº 8 Posición actual                 22ºN ~58,4’39ºW~59,3               Distancia recorrida del día : 211 MN          Velocidad promedio : 8.8 Nudos Llegamos a la mitad del océano!!! ... Seguimos? Si! Paramos? No!Ya nos quedan por recorrer menos de 1.350MN que es la mitad teórica (2.700+MN) del viaje en línea recta entre Palmas en Gran Canaria y Rodney Bay en Saint Lucia y no hemos efectuado ritual alguno, como lanzar una botella con un mensaje y cosas como el estilo. Hoy con internet esas vainas ya no se usan, puro “carelibro”.Al medio día de hoy 4.XII.2012 cumpleaños de la tía Lei, se. read more...


04/12/2012

Coral IV - Ytterligare en dag på Atlanten

20:01.27 N 35:19.00 W Ytterligare en dag på Atlanten Vår kurs mot Västindien för oss långsamt ner över allt sydligare breddgrader, och det ger oss sakta men säkert allt varmare väder. Dagstemperaturerna ligger nu omkring 30 grader, nätterna kanske drygt fem grader kallare. Det betyder inte att man sitter och svettas på nattvakterna; stillasittande i 20-30 knops vind gör att seglarställsjackan fortfarande är enda alternativet. Men själv har jag sedan några dagar bytt ut seglarställsbyxor och seglarstövlar mot tunna byxor och skor. Ett välkommet symboliskt tecken på att vi tar oss allt närmare målet – Västindien. Dagarna är mot vad man kan tro ganska olika. Ena dagen har vi allt emot oss – GPS-en slutar fungera, generatorn krånglar, rullgenuan trasslar in sig i förstaget och. read more...


04/12/2012

Enya - The First Quarter of the Way to St Lucia

Well, we started two days later than planned but are now approximately one quarter of the way to St Lucia, having had fairly steady trade winds of 20 to 30 knots, occasionally gusting to more than 40 knots, from a generally north easterly direction.The Tuesday start was a very much more condensed and low key affair from the point of view of any spectators. Las Palmas is a very busy port and had been closed for two hours on the Sunday for the original start, the line for which was actually some way down from the port, off the old town, and was only taken by about 30 boats. However, on Tuesday, the port was only to be closed for half an hour, to allow two hundred boats to start from between the ends of the main breakwaters! This meant that all boats only had one hour to leave the marina. read more...


04/12/2012

Skyelark of London - Day 8 - the one that didn't get away

Day 8The weather has calmed a little, particularly last night which for the first time was quiet and dry! So, with moral running high skipper decided we should go shopping.Phil was dispatched to launch the appropriate lucky lure, Princess, they all have names and are dispatched with a lucky kiss from a crew member, not really my thing, although heartily embraced by Charlotte. After only a shortwhile a good sized king mackerel, quite impressive we thought and the victim was soon dispatched to the galley, suitably dealt with. Don't ask!Skipper decided we should go again as the day was still young. Within minutes the rod was whirring again and Phil leapt to take control. It quickly became apparent that this was to be a slightly larger proposition.Eventually the beast was drawn closer to the. read more...


Skyelark of London - Day 8 - the one that didn't get away
Skyelark of London - Day 8 -  the one that didn't get away
04/12/2012

EH01 - blog

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04/12/2012

Loupan - Mot Västindien - 4 december

Idag på förmiddagen var det exakt en vecka sedan vi startade. Vi roade oss på lunchen (gazpacho och äggsmörgås) med att summera intrycken från den gångna veckan på det här sättet: Vart tar all tid vägen?????? Dagarna rullar på snabbt och det är bara ljust 06-18. Sen är det svart och vi har bara lite rött ledljus för aktiviteter inne i båten (=diskning efter middagen och sömn i huvudsak). Ute är det verkligen kolsvart om inte månen är framme, men stjärnhimlen är som magnifikast då. Nattvakterna kan ibland kännas lite tunga, speciellt när vi haft så stark vind. Senaste natten var dock mycket lugn och alla kunde lyssna på sina ljudböcker med propp i ena örat. Speciellt Björn och Martin tycker det varit lite mentalt slitsamt med avbruten sömn, spänning och att man aldrig är riktigt. read more...


04/12/2012

EH01 - blog

 Hi all from EH01! The last few days have seen us flying along at a pretty  steady 9 knots over the ground. The weather has left much to be desired  though as there has been squall after squall coming through pushing the wind  up to 40 knots at times! This coupled with the moonrise getting later and later has made for some pretty interesting, and wet early evening rides! More fish have been caught and the dining has been fine, a whole assortment of meals have been prepared with our Dorade including sushi, baked fillet, grilled fillet, and fish soup. All have gone down an absolute treat! The wind has veered into the South East and we are now on a nice beam reach point of sail. The forecast is looking much the same for the next few days, however there is looking. read more...


04/12/2012

All-Linn - Dag 7 No pain no gain!

Først og fremst en stor takk til pappa Torkel(Eirin og Amunds pappa). Etter å ha mottat mail fra Torkel om tips til hvordan vi kan få løs skjøte fra propellen forsøkte vi dette ut umiddelbart. Vi satt propellen i gir både forover og bakover uten og starte motoren for å prøve og lurke ut skjøtet. Mens Eirin stod og dro i skjøtet, slapp det litt og tok litt før det slapp helt. Jaggu kom ikke hele skjøte ut uten problemer,gledes ropene gjallet over atlanteren-hurra og jippi. Hele operasjonen tok et par minutter-helt fantastisk!.Amund har gjort et merkbart inntrykk i byssen etter siste kylling episode. I går disket han opp(i mye sjø) med tortilla lefser fylt med tomatpure,pesto,løk,mais,annanas, ost og svinekjøtt servet som en minipizza-Eirin pizzaen har fått en konkurrent. Det skal også. read more...


04/12/2012

Milanto - Log day 10 - Where to go... (still wondering)

Day 10.Where to go...We've all seen those nature programs, where the pack of wolves pick off the weakest looking buffalo or antelope. The producers always contrive to show the sequence of the one that got away first, to make us all feel good, but some poor soul is usually ripped limb from limb in the end, and becomes the main course of wolf dinner, and puts us off our own. Valerio makes great play of the fact that he is not competitive in the ARC, but he has our first prey in his sights, so lets just say his ambivalence isn't entirely genuine. The Tropic of Cancer sits at a latitude of 23'N. It is the point at which the sun reaches its maximum height for us for the summer solstice and is the point beyond which lies The Tropics. We passed over to the other side the day before yesterday.. read more...


04/12/2012

Mad Fish - Day 8. The one that got away.......

Got the fishing rod out today. Caught a 3ft Dorado but our line snapped within 15 ft of the boat! No success yet with our second and final lure.We have been sailing with just the genoa up for nearly a week now! I am suprised we have had such steady trade winds to allow us to get away with this. We currently have 25 knots from the SE giving us 7-8 knots of boatspeed. Bliss!2611 miles to go...... read more...