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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...


04/12/2012

Caryali - lampuga a go go

ebbene procediamo sulla nostra via verso il caribe... cose liete che peschiamo bene bene e sempre della giusta misura per il pranzo o la cena. il vento e' costante ma ben piu' dei noti 15/20 nodi che ci dicevano alla partenza. IL primo giorno abbiamo rotto il fiocco e questo ci impone grande prudenza con yankee e trinchetta . oggi abbiamo un po' rallentato equipaggio un po' affaticato.. ma ci riprendiamo. avevamo anche un bel problema con la randa che era rimasta infilzata da tre stecche e con lazy jack. oggi pomeriggio oskar ha risolto tutto e' andato sull'albero e ha liberato sia lazy jack che la randa ... adesso ahime' senza stecche ma di nuovo funzionale. ci stanno abbandonando due frigoriferi ma per fortuna le cibarie fresche erano destinate piu' ai primi 10 12 giorni.. e comunque. read more...


04/12/2012

Selene - 3 wheels on my wagon . . .

Tuesday 4th DecemberWe have passed our first night with no electricity. The instruments held out so far and are only using 0.4A of current. We are not sure how long it will take to deplete the battery at this rate, but hopefully with careful husbandry we can keep them for the night time. By day we use the binnacle compass and a GPS stuck to the binnacle with gaffer tape. A very sophisticated arrangement. By night the compass light draws too much current and it is helpful to have the wind information especially when the moon rtises late and the night is very dark with clouds obscuring the clouds. Last night was clear overhead with a magnificent view of the milky way, but clouds obscured the horizon. The wind continues unabated at 20-25 Kts whih is good for speed, but does nothing for our. read more...


04/12/2012

Sam III - Habe ihn

Moin Ihr Rumpanscher,nachdem ich nun wieder auf meiner Stange die Aussicht auf fette Beute geniessen kann ,fiel mir wieder eine Erzählung meines Großonkels meiner Großnichte "PIRAT zu Münchhausen "ein,den auf dem jährlichen Störtebeckerkongress getroffen habe.Er berichtet er wäre weite Strecken immer auf fliegenden Fischen geflogen.Oben schreit Ulli , daß er fliegende Fische gesichtet hat.Also nix wie einen ordentlichen Schluck Rum in den Schnabel und rauf auf die Reling und tatsächlich,da fliegen sie vorbei.Hm,wäre doch nicht schlecht mit so einemBurschen schnell rüber zum Papageien-Sundowner in die Karibik ! Die fliegen wie die Kanonkugeln an mir vorbei.Habe mir dann mal schnell einen mit der Kralle gepackt ,tief in seine Augen geschaut und in meiner charmanten Art geschrien"Du alten. read more...


Sam III - Habe ihn
Sam III - Habe ihn
04/12/2012

Murphy - As time goes by - Log Days 7 and 8

Time and TideAnd so we go on – the passage of time measured principally by the log (which with the help of the GPS tells us that yesterday morning (Monday) we passed the 1,000 mile mark in our journey of approximately 2,700 miles to St Lucia, a fact later celebrated at happy hour - see below), and the slow but relentless growth of the captain's whiskers (calculated at 0.00025 inches per thousand miles sailed.BTW as we make further progress to the west, we have moved the boat's time by one hour to GMT-1. At noon today (Tuesday) we have 1,528 miles to go.WarfareWe are now subject (particularly at night) to relentless aerial bombardment by squadrons of flying fish. Despite direct hits on both Andrew and Jeff, the guys have reluctantly signed up to a policy (instigated by Lucinda) of. read more...


Murphy - Happiness is a shower of rain
Murphy - Happiness is a shower of rain
Murphy - The captain's whiskers
Murphy - The captain's whiskers
Murphy - A kamikaze flying fish
Murphy - A kamikaze flying fish
Murphy - Honing our sterring skills
Murphy - Honing our sterring skills
04/12/2012

Ostrea - sinterklaas

Day seven at sea was a day with a lot of wind. We sailed with the genua and the mainsail, both with a reef. Once we had a big wave in the boat, Pien was wearing her harnas, she didn't even looked surprised.. During the day there are a lot of things to do. I (Sabien) was busy with making fruit, turning vegetables and doing school. Although it is quite bumpy in the boat, Mare and Katie are still able to do their lessons. Even the writing looked very neat. During the night the wind was still blowing between 25 and 28 knots. The boatspeed was eight most of the time. I saw one boat and passed it within two hours. Fortunately there were no squalls this night. A lot of nights Sinterklaas (a famous saint in Holland) brings us presents. The kids are very pleased the helpers of Sinterklaas are. read more...


04/12/2012

Ailsa - Blog 8

Position: 16:25.698N 29:34.172 Captains log; Stardate 2012-12-04 – 14:00 UTC The beauty of this is that every day is a new experience - at least for us. So for example I am on watch last night. It is dark – no moon – and I am drifting in and out of the twilight zone when suddenly there is a thud and a thrashing around my feet in the cockpit. For a moment I thought I was about to do hand to hand combat with a Klingon until I found my torch and identified a flying fish. After a slippery few minutes I managed to catch it and dispatch it back into the blue. It turns out this morning that there are several on the deck. Clearly their sonar is not as well developed as the bat!Another new experience we had yesterday was me being hauled up the forestay to fix new sheets to the genoa. read more...


Ailsa - Blog 8
Ailsa - Blog 8
04/12/2012

Sam III - mal was leichtes

Wisst Ihr warum eine polnische Schiffscrew vor dem Start der ARC noch schnell eine deutsche Waschmachine eingebaut hat?Die haben gelesen ,die hätten so viele Umdrehungen...Bis neulich. read more...


04/12/2012

Sam III - Pirat Pit

Hall o Ihr alten Salzbuckel,mit der Sea Cloud ist ja voll in die Hose gegangen,Funny hat mir erklärt die Reichen an Bord hätten überhaupt kein Gold oder Dukaten an Bord,sondern nur Karten.KARTEN ,was soll das denn ?"Die geben ihre Reichtümer einer Bank und wenn sie Geld brauchen kommen sie mit der Karte an Ihr Geld"Die vergraben also nix mehr am Strand? Alles klar "macht klar die Segel zum Entern der Bank!!"Schreie ich."Geht doch auch nicht" "????" "Die haben das Geld doch auch nicht mehr,das haben die doch verliehen"  "Was ,die Leute geben diesen Piraten freiwillig Ihr Gold,ohne Säbel und Messer an der Kehleund die geben es wieder anderen?" "Dafür geben die Ihnen aber auch Zinsen,zB.1/100 pro Jahr" "Potzblitz ,ich gebe denen mein Gold und Geschmeide aus 100Jahren Piratenarbeit und. read more...


04/12/2012

El Mundo - Tuesday 4th December

God is good! God is great! What a difference 24 hours can make. Compare to torrential rain and wild seas yesterday, this morning we have classic radewinds sailing - a F5/6 from the port quarter, blue skies, cotton woolwhite clouds and a gently heaving sea. El Mundo bubbles, and hisses, and urfs forward across the sea, her rig occassionally chattering to itself, reating a creamy white wake behind her; flying fish head butt the waves round us; the occassional bird wheels about; and fish remain stubborn in heir refusal to take our line. But we do have an a snow white egret sitting on the ship's rail by the cockpit, hitching a ride for a while.Mind you the sea can still create surprises and will occassionally give us a good slapping just to remind us we are here by the sea's permission and. read more...


04/12/2012

Senta - Log day 8

On day 8 at sea we got a new position report on all boats, always really exciting to see where all our friends (and competitors!) are and how long to go. It feels like we have been on sea forever but it has not been boring yet, the days fly by. Watches, meals, games with the kids, emails, have not been able to read a book yet. Everybody in the fleet would be really relieved that the squalls are gone, we are scooting along with 8 knots under reefed main and No 2 Gib, movement much steadier, too. We have put our watches forward today by 1 hour and are looking forward to the half way mark.Our only connection with the world is our new SSB, expertly installed in Palma by Joerg from Yachtfunk. We had planned to use the Iridium for weather and emails but we wanted the kids to speak to other. read more...


04/12/2012

Charm Offensive - Life aboard a Hanse 445, crossing the Atlantic with the ARC

Life aboard Charm Offensive a Hanse 445, crossing the Atlantic with the ARC:Crew Onboard:Nick Black - SkipperJohn Black - First mate A.K.A Cabin Boy (Nick's father)Peter Smith - NavigatorJavier Perez - Chef Extraordinaire, HelmsmanSailing update:The winds keep blowing, we have had an average of 20kts with a low of 11kts and highs of 37kts at about 160-180 true. This has been for the last 7 days. To begin with we had higher winds of around 28kts which allowed us to surf very well. Javier reached max speed of 20.3kts  surfing down a wave. Since then the waves have dissipated and so has the swell so the surfing is still fun but the speeds less. The main is setup with a preventer and the jib has been poled out most of the trip.Gourmet cooking update:Javier our Spanish chef is. read more...


03/12/2012

Coyote 2 - one week in

One week has gone since we left the canaries. We have started to get into the routines like cooking food, making tea and doing the dishes. Everything is about teamwork to get the best results. We have started to refill our water storage by the water maker so you fall asleep either from the sound of the engine or the water maker. So now we mostly use the big water storage called the Atlantic sea. We cooked pasta in salt water yesterday but it was no success.The atmosphere on the boat is many happy faces and all nationalities are good. While the days are passing everybody start to feel more comfortable with the weather, waves,sea, helming and the sun that's drying our bodies out! But this has end up with a crew which has been more competitive, one after another reaching the ten knots on. read more...


04/12/2012

Sunrise - 03.12.2012 - 7. Tag auf See

Unser Weg führt uns auf dem gewünschten WSW Kurs Richtung St. Lucia.Beim Start in Las Palmas war eine grundsätzliche Entscheidung zu treffen.Wählen wir den "Nordkurs" Richtung Ziel was bedeuten würde, dass wir ersteinmal direkt Richtung Westen mit den guten starken vorherrschenden Windenentlang der nördlicheren Breitengrade segeln und später mit hoffentlichgenau so guten Winden Richtung St. Lucia weiterkommen. Dies hätte bedeuteterst einmal stärkere Winde, mehr Welle und unruhigeres Segeln, dafür aberschnell und Richtung Ziel. Aber in diesem Gebiet des Atlantiks muss manauch mit unbeständigeren Wetterlagen rechnen.Wir haben uns für die südliche standard "Barfußroute" entschieden. Dieseführt Anfangs fast parallel zur afrikanischen Küste und dann ab Höhe KapVerden nach Westen Richtung. read more...


04/12/2012

Lancelot II - day 9 at sea over half way celebration

Date: Tues 4th Dec 2012 Time: 13:00 UTCPosition: 18’51.7N 39’15.4WSOG: 8.0 knotsCOG: 255 approxWeather: Sunny !Wind ESE 18-25knots Good day to all of you,  Yesterday round 4 o’ clock UT we crossed the half way mark; 1450 nm covered and about 1450 to go. In the nice warm sun we enjoyed a small beer and jokes around this mile stone.After that three crew members had a bucket shower with salt water sitting on the aft deck. Some of us did some washing of clothing and we are still trying to get it all dry. Unfortunately this takes long because off the salt. The water maker is dearly missed on these moments. Dinner was a very good variation of curry with rice. The curry’s taste was dominated by ginger and orange which was well appreciated. Early evening the wind had dropped to. read more...


04/12/2012

Rivendell - Log: "Beau Knows"

4 December 2012 A follow-up to yesterday's whale sighting. Andy and Beau were the closest -particularily Beau, he feels pretty definitely that the whale was approximately 50 feet in length (18 - 19 meters) and that he came as closeas 3- 4 feet of the boat (1 meter). Anyhow it got everyone's blood pumping.We continue to work on our sails. We had difficultly bring the genoa downdue to the heavy seas. So the tear increased a bit. Also because of theheavy surf it was difficult to work on it. So at the end of daylight everyone was pretty tired and went to sleep early - no movie. Our snacks last evening were brought aboard by Dom - he had brought some excellent cheeses, sausages, and brown breads from Hamburg, Germany. It was a treat. So because of a hard days work and exposure to the hot. read more...


04/12/2012

Maunie of Ardwall - Day 8 on Maunie - pushing hard

Hello from 18 degrees 55 N, 30 degrees 52 W. It’s 10.15 am ship’s time; we put the clocks back an hour a couple of days ago and will repeat the process 3 more times before we reach Saint Lucia. Confusingly the ship’s log and all the radio nets work on UTC / GMT so the brass clock has “add 1 hour for log” written on its glass to remind us. Last night was a great sail, still broad reaching in a Force 6 so another 24-hour record has fallen as we achieved 174 miles. The three watch-keepers have worked brilliantly to keep Maunie running at optimum speed, hand-steering for most of their watches. We have just downloaded the latest weather forecasts and it looks as though we have another 24-36 hours of good winds before it all goes a bit light. We are still hoping that our ‘head south a bit. read more...


04/12/2012

Fidelis of London - Day 7 , 169 nm by Janneke

Hallo,vandaag schrijf ik janneke weer de blog! met perfect nederlands:)we hebben in precies een week 1000 meil gedaan (dat is dus vandag)de hele dag zien we fliegende vissen dus we komen dichter bij het warmere weertje, zelfs 6 keer spronge de fliegende vissen helemaal in de kokpit (AHHH) :p roberto en thomas zijn nu lekker uitjes aan het koken om een reuze lekker omelet te maken, lonnie voelt ze weer ee beetje ziek dus die ligt lekker te slapen, papa en mama zitten buiten goed optelette. en ik en dit aan het schrifen :) En de fuse van de genrator was affgegaan dus die haad papa die weer gereset, de watermaker doet het niet met all deze golven dus moeten we heel kort douchen, morgen avond vieren we suprise en pakjes avonnd :D hopelijk is de zee dat helemaal plat en kunnen we gaan zitten. read more...


04/12/2012

Ace - at Sea

What do you get when you put a lawyer,  two architects, an artist, yacht broker, businessman and yacht captain in a 48 foot boat for seven days?  Surprisingly enough, a very cohesive crew.  Hailing from Switzerland, Scotland and the United States, our 7 member crew has an average age of 54 years with 23 years spanning the largest gap. Three of our crew have crossed the Atlantic multiple times while two of our crew have never been to sea before.  When not at sea each crew member is a captain of their own sort when at their respective jobs.  We constrain these 7 unique individuals in a 48' x 13' vessel and set them loose on a 2700+ mile journey across the ocean.  While there is one "Captain" of the vessel, all crew share duties and do their part to make the. read more...


04/12/2012

Ceilidh of Lorne - Full Sail

ARC Day 7 The ESE winds continue to blow and send Ceilidh along the rhumb line course of 260M to St Lucia. Our  daily run was 189NM once again. This is very satisfying as by sailing direct rather than gybeing down wind we save around 20% on distance sailed through the water. It is all to do with Ceilidh’s design and in lay man’s terms we normally “zigzag” down wind as this is the most effective for our boat speed. Around 21:00 last night we saw the breeze briefly drop to only knots, we shook out 2 reefs from the main and before long it was back up at 25knots! However at 04:40 today and for the first time since we set sail from Las Palmas we hoisted full main in around 15knots of breeze. As we continue to see strong squalls up to 35knots  from. read more...


04/12/2012

Jus' do it 5 - LOG DAY 7 - Happy Monday!

Monday 3rd December 2012 - dawn Tuesday 4th December 1200hrs GMT - miles covered in 24 hours - 217 POSITION; 18' 28' N , 037' 00' W A beautiful morning, early clouds clear to a bright sunny blue sky. Wind blowing 20-25 knots, we're doing a steady 8-10 knots with occasional downwind surges pushing us to 14 knots. Boat very steady, skipper and crew in top form. Late breakfast, relaxing in the sun, everyone chilling out - another couple of 'hafftles' - (hooked another fish failed to lands). Music and suncream on - Frank happy as he has received an email from the lightness of his darkness... A lovely easy day, sailing along in the right direction enjoying surfing the great ocean breakers. Just to keep us on our toes, at sundowner time the vang bursts again - Sunny Jim and. read more...


04/12/2012

Hera - Zweigänge Menü

über die normale Bordroutine sind wir seit gestern weit hinaus. Zwei warme Mahlzeiten am Tage (abends  mit anschließendem Dessert), Teatime und zwischendurch mal leckere Snacks wie Schinken mit Honigmelone und ein Durchschnittsspeed von 7,5 kn auf dem richtigen Kurs halten die Crew bei Laune. Nur die dabei anfallende Geschirrmenge ist für die Geschirrwäscher etwas belastend.Ziel ist es, möglichst wenige Partys in St. Lucia zu verpassen. Stefan. read more...


04/12/2012

Jay Jay - Day 8 18.5N 29.4W

Cloudy today, but still nice and warm in the tropics. Sun-dried tomato and olive bread is baking in the oven, we are preparing a pear crumble and cottage pie for our dinner this evening, and we are bowling along quite nicely in the breeze. Close to 1800 miles left to go now. We had our first flying fish land on the deck last night, and yesterday afternoon, we passed some flotsam nearby - a fishing net (or part of one) with a turtle trapped inside it, and another pushing it along presumably trying to help its dead friend. People should be more responsible with their detritus. We managed to get some astro navigation done last night - taking sights on Sirius and Procyon which when reduced gave our position as only 11 nautical miles away from our GPS reading. Not bad considering. read more...


04/12/2012

Great Escape of Southampton - Day 8 19 10N 34 09W

Day 8We are still keeping up with the speed that we have been doing for the last week. We are only in our 8th day but it actually feels like we left Las Palmas ages ago…or sometimes like it was yesterday…It`s never a dull moment on board. Yesterday, our routines were spiced up with the “Scottish Poetry Hour” by David and Stephen.  Great fun with each and every poem sounding like this:               “Bubbely, bobbelau, bobbelu Sue, I kindai knawinga aty bubbalai stew               Ckalay Alan bubalai bue, and fromathere itmast hav been you!…the poems ending with “a good one - hahahah”. We obviously didn’t understand a word but what fun it was and. read more...


Great Escape of Southampton - Day 8 19 10N 34 09W
Great Escape of Southampton - Day 8  19 10N 34 09W
04/12/2012

Intrepid Bear - Halfway marker

During the course of the night we crossed another landmark point for us...the halfway marker. For some time the Cape Verdes offered a bolt hole if we had any problems to deal with on the boat. In passing the 1,400 mile marker, it is with some nervousness that we appreciate that this door has been firmly shut and that regardless of what is thrown at us, the only option is to head West towards the Caribbean. For some time now the only company we've had are the shoals of flying fish that literally fly to get out of our way. Some make it, others impale themselves on various parts of the boat leaving us with a morning chore of clearing the deck of dead fish each morning. This makes sitting out on the helms more interesting - you never know if you're going to get a direct hit! We've been told. read more...


04/12/2012

Katherine - DAY 7: Monday 3rd - Lessons Learned "19:00.81N 39:01.29W"

We’ve had consistent winds since starting and last night it once more blewfor a while to 35+. We know we have a hole coming up and have been hoping thatits just long enough for us to rerig our main in some fashion and now sort outthe Jib etc. So just when you think you have a plan – something new comes along.   At 8am while changing shifts our headsail let go at the shackle,considering we are sailing at the moment with only the staysail and the headsailthis wasn't a welcome event. With sail retrieved and back on deck Andrew headedup the mast once more this time to try and retrieve the halyard after a whilebeing beaten about at the top trying to hang on and sort out the jammed swiveland other complications he came down with a lot of serious bruises and nohalyard or swivel. . This is. read more...


04/12/2012

La Medianoche - Rock'n Roll

7th day at sea - rock'n roll - wet and wild. Everything is crusted in salt. Yesterday, just as breakfast was ready on the cockpit table a nasty wave crawled in and the coffee was well salted, too. We now switch to salon menus - much dryer. Right now our first freshly baked bread smells incredibly good in the oven. But it is rocking in there as well, so the creation is called atlantic bumper bread. La Medianoche is dancing her own dance. It seems like these confused seas never end. Is it tiring? Yes! We love the wind, still 20-25 knots but smooth sailing is definitely different. Every time it gets too wild, dolphins come by to cheer us up! Yesterday we celebrated our first 1000 miles with a beautiful sundowner. We are all well and happy, but looking forward to some calmer seas. As we are. read more...


04/12/2012

Sam III - SAM III Rausch der Sinne

Schwarz! Nass! Bedrohlich! - Das ist vorbei.Wir segeln in eine herrliche Nacht. Unzählige Sterne beleuchten den Nachthimmel. Wir sind allein. Die Milchstraße in einer unglaublichen Deutlichkeit über uns. SAM III teilt unablässig das Wasser vor uns. Das schwache Mondlich des nicht mehr ganz runden Mondes erhellt zart die weiße Gischt des an uns vorbeiziehenden Wassers. Stunde um Stunde. Meile für Meile. In den Kojen schlafen die Kameraden. Ich bin allein. Einsam und verlassen? Nein. Nicht einsam! Mit mir wachen die Sterne über unseren Weg. Vereinzelt sehe ich fliegende Fische. Ihre im Mondlich silbrig schimmernden Körper huschen an uns vorbei. Die kleinen Wölkchen am Himmel formen immer wieder neue Eindrücke und GedankenNein. Nicht verlassen!Wenn die meine Augen für einen kurzen Moment. read more...


04/12/2012

Bardeau - Groundhog day again and fifty shades of grey

Well 7 nights and 8 days in...an assessment. It's mostly grey, very windy, and it takes a brave man to look back at waves that build up behind the yacht, lift her up gently 15 feet and surf her down into some pretty steep valleys the other side. El Illustrious sits with his back to the waves so he can't see them whilst singing nursery rhymes and calling for his mother. The more serious effect of the resulting corkscrew motion of the yacht is that eating becomes a pain. Here we are, foi grassed, hot dogged, joints of every animal under the sun in the freezer, but with the diffiuculty of getting them cooked...and when they get cooked in a lull...the sea usually takes off again and one has to open one's mouth really wide to allow the fork to find the hole. This is where I have argued with. read more...


Vaquita - Leben im Land der Regenwolken
Vaquita - Leben im Land der Regenwolken
04/12/2012

Salsa af Stavsnäs - Oceanview N18.41 W28.25

Are we enjoying ourselves? Are we having fun? Do we remember what a great adventure this is? Do you like your unobstructed oceanview?Do you feel like a sperm?Let me explain. Today some friends sent us (thank you Mary and Lars) a still picture of the  Tracker on the web.There we are, all of us, small boats in different colors and with small tails...Guess it is ment to show a track so to speak, but actually I'm going to save this picture and use it when the kids ask how they came about.When you think about the name Virgin Islands it all becomes obvious, all these sperms swimming towards that same little egg called St Lucia, and the boat that gets there first...Thinking of that it must be great to be first ashore, only for one reason, wifi is still working on broadband.. read more...


04/12/2012

Rafiki - Skippe'rs Notes

Some notes on Rafiki and our course to the CaribbeanSailing-wise, since leaving Las Palmas, we have had a great time. Ourprevious sailing so far has all involved a lot of motoring due tolight winds - probably close to half our mileage since leavingSouthsea in August. All has changed now and we have had nearly a weekof winds between 15 and 25 kts, so have been flying along. So far ourdaily mileage by our log (which probably over reads true mileage byabout 10%) have been: 27/11: 192, 28/11: 152, 29/11: 183, 1/12: 175,2/12: 191, 3/12 186. We've now sailed about 1200NM since las Palmasat an average of around 7.5kts.We've used a variety of sail plans. We started with just the main andstaysail which worked OK, but were not great when sailing moredownwind, so we often just used the main alone. read more...


04/12/2012

Rafiki - Wallowing between the Squalls

El Capitano Roberto writes: Monday 3rd DecemberEveryone was a bit low in the morning after a rather poor night’s sleep all round, plus we lost a fishing lure at some point in the early morning, no doubt to a large tuna that Rob is still looking to catch. The dorado we landed a few days ago tasted lovely and was by a factor of 5-10 the biggest fish any of us have caught, but it cannot be described as good looking! Tuna on the other hand not only tastes good, but are really beautiful – we will keep trying tomorrow.We took advantage of the daylight to put away the whisker pole and set the second reef in the mainsail along with the staysail (the smaller of our two foresails). Around 11am, we ran into the first of a series of minor squalls with accompanying stronger winds and heavy rain.This. read more...


04/12/2012

Rafiki - A Purple Patch

El Skipper Robbo en Rafiki reports: Sunday 2nd DecemberLots of crew morale boosting activity today. We had to run the engine today as lack of sun has led to the batteries being a bit low, but this meant hot water for showers all round. The crew cleaned themselves up well and got into the spirit by doing some clothes washing leaving Rafiki looking like a high speed, floating Chinese laundry with Andy’s purple underpants billowing in the 20kts breeze.We caught another fish just before lunch, a dorado we think, but it came off the hook on the way in, which was a real shame. The disappointment was short-lived as we perked ourselves up when Andy lowered the Spanish jamon from its cradle in the coach roof and proceeded to cut the first of what we hope will be a lot of thin slices for lunch.. read more...


04/12/2012

Meltemi - 03.12.2012 - 7. Seetag - Tolle Resonanz :-)

Position: 23-49N / 038-20WCOG: 260 degSOG: 9,2 knNoch 1.406 nm to goHallo an das feste Land!Wir haben in den letzten Tagen ja eine Menge Resonanz mit Tips und Glueckwuenschen erfahren.Das hat uns ziemlich ueberrascht, mit einer derartigen Reaktion hatten wir nicht gerechnet.Um so mehr freut sie uns!Besondere Gruesse auch in den hohen Norden an die Kolleginnen und Kollegen der DHH-Geschaeftsstelle in Hamburg und der Hanseatischen Yachtschule in Gluecksburg mit den besten Wuenschen fuer eine schoene Adventszeit.Die Chiemsee Yachtschule sei ebenfalls gegruesst von Bord! Ich kenne von dort aber nur Olaf R. Wenn das hier jemand aus Prien liest und ihn von uns gruessen wuerde, bitte!Adventsgruesse ebenfalls an die Zweigstelle in meiner Heimatstadt Hannover!Auch viele Nicht-DHH-Mitglieder sind. read more...


04/12/2012

Berenice by TWT - Day 9 - Tradewinds??

We took off again last night before midnight. A gentle breeze of 4 to 5 knots started filling in and so did the sails. The code 0 did its job and we were pushing through at 4-5 knots for an hour or so, then slowly the breeze built up to 6 and so did our speed.By early morning we had about 8-9 knots and we hoisted our A2 for the first time in this crossing and we dropped it about an hour later, when it torn apart about a third from the mast head rendering useless for the rest of the crossing... it was a lovely hour though!Then our loyal friend the A4 came up and we've been sailing with it since 9 am this morning (monday morning that is) and most probably will do so for a few more hours telling from the wind forecast.Speeds have been good all day today and I've just finished my watch with. read more...


04/12/2012

Bristolian - Day 9: My old man said patch up the vang, and don't dilly dally on the way

It seems that hitting the gybe button has a variety of repercussions.  A starboard tack such as that we've been on all day  is good for cooking as you are leaning against the right side of the galley, and is currently also good for improving our position. On the other hand its poor for washing up (galley layout again), staying in my normal bunk and not rolling on the floor, and most importantly, internet access.I'm currently preparing this offline in case we do a quick tack to allow the powers that be to pick up a weather forecast, in which case I will try and get this uploaded at the same time. If not, I have plenty of time to waste....Sailing-wise, the vang (giant piston that sits under the boom and is used I'm told for manipulation of the large flappy thing) developed a. read more...


04/12/2012

Coral IV - Tirsdag. 4. desember kl Kl 03.30

Veldig fin dag i går. Vi kjenner vi er kommet i tropene. Asurblått hav og stadig besøk av flyvefisk. Temperaturen er bedre, selv om det fremdeles er genser og jakkevær om natten. Carl fikk fikset GPS en i går. dårlig kontakt i antennen. Demontering, reparasjon og remontering. Så litt arbeid med oppsett på GPS. Så var vi der igjen. I tillegg viste han i går nye sider av seg selv, da vi fikk en cd hvor han synger Sting og senere improviserer på tangenter. Veldig bra!  Så til fakta: Posisjon 20:37.20N 33:33.3WWind sp: 20 knSOG: 6,5-7,5 knTWA: 14+Kurs: 244Vindvinkel:Bølgehøyde: 2,5-3 mBarometer 1012Utseilt Seilte 190 nm på dag 5. Tilsammen hadde vi i går kl 11 – 6 hele døgn siden start, seilt 1133 nm med et snitt på 7,9 kn. (ca 1100 i luftlinje fra Las Palmas)DTD: (Nordpunkt. read more...


04/12/2012

Venomous - update

4th December 2012Venomous at Sea: We are currently 16 09.575N 42 54.89W heading 261 degrees with 16 knots of wind speed making about 10 knots towards St Lucia.It's been a funny old day, I awake this morning to the sound of sails flapping and as any good sailor knows a flappy sail is not a happy sail and this also went for the crew as becalment was a first for many of them. It was decided that pancakes would cheer us up and so to the galley to make them. It as a good job we were becalmed as making pancakes for 18 on any thing other than a flat boat would have been impossible, Unfortunately I could not find the lemons and I know that no maple syrup is on board so we improvised with apricot jam and I must say it was very good. Whilst eating the pancakes we were joined by a pod of whales,. read more...


04/12/2012

Lady Ann - An increasing state of disrepair

Since the previous log entry the atmosphere on board has changed remarkably. It has taken a couple of high tension phone calls for Maria to get back on speaking terms with her boyfriend. She keeps her diary very close and has been spotted sleeping with it safely tucked away under her pillow. Thomas has also gotten very particular about his pillow. He exchanged it for a bright yellow version that at closer inspection turned out to be one of our Grab bags. He clings to it with a maniacal expression in his eyes and started hissing at everyone getting closer then five meters to it. This made some of the crew rather nervous. We have had to sedate him with a mean concoction of a random selection from the on board pharmacy.Unfortunately Davide's situation has also deteriorated. Until a few days. read more...


03/12/2012

Ntanda - Blog day 7 - Fruit cake

Sorry we missed a day yesterday, I cant even remember what or why that may have been. If it was anything like today then rest assured we had a bit on.Oh today was unofficially half way for us so we celebrated with some awesome homemade fruit cake - beautiful!Another busy day for us on the good ship Ntanda, with a busted vang/boom joint to contend with. This is doubly annoying as we have had this 'fixed' twice already; once in Hamble by HSY then again when in in Las Palmas pre-departure and the fitting that connects the kicking strap/vang to the boom sh*t itself today anyway...BOOM... Thanks guys.After spotting it we dropped the main and set about jury rigging anopther vang out of spectra, all very heath robinson but so far seems to be holding. Whilst the main was down we took the chance. read more...


03/12/2012

Puddle Jumper - Skippers Blog - 3rd Dec 2012

Pace-Good;    Morale-High;    Food-Excellent;  Scenery-Monotonous  Sky-at night Fabulous We are now 450 nautical miles West of The Cape Verde Islands with 1700 nm of open ocean ahead of us to get to St. Lucia. Sometime tomorrow we expect to pass the halfway point in the voyage from Gran Canaria but as we expect light winds in a few days time this is unlikely to be halfway in time. We are of course not in a “race” but as always we are interested how we are progressing in relation to the rest..... in the last 24 hrs. we have moved up the rankings 9 places to 101. We are now closely monitoring our VMG (Velocity Made Good) to St Lucia and the weather patterns 3/4 days ahead to adapt our route to maximise our progress. It seems that finding the. read more...