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01/12/2012

Johanem - 1st December 2012

Dear outside worldIn many ways life on board is much like life at home. Susie and I made our finest chilli con carnes for dinner last night, I've started reading a book, we sleep a lot, we do the washing up etc. However there are a few differences:- you can't walk the dog or go for a jog.- we are a little isolated - as in nobody at all for twelve miles around and most of them safely tucked up in bed over 600 miles away ( 2000 miles if you go the other way).- there's quite a lot of water around. In case you get bored with the salty stuff, it occasionally hammers down from above.- we can't get the X-factor results- our lunch gets interrupted sometimes by orders from the skipper to dangle off various corners of the boat in 27 knot winds and pull bits of string ( tied on of course for those. read more...


01/12/2012

Heartbeat IV - Day 7 - How's That For a Coincidence

After 7 days barely seeing another boat at about 2230h Friday a boat was spotted about 0.5 mile to windward. Who should it be but Selene. So > 1000 miles into the Atlantic with > 200 other boats to see, Heartbeat IV and Selene meet up; have adjacent moorings on the River Crouch in Essex, UK; both have flag officers or former flag officers of the Royal Burnham Yacht Club on board; the respective skippers went to school together; both are doctors; both crew and teams have raced against each other in RORC and East Anglian Offshore racing. Selene reported being under reefed main and furled genny - we on 2 reef main and #3. Conditions as North Sea like as possible - with two possible good exceptions slightly warmer and no wind farms. Selene doing very well - good sailing and tactical. read more...


Heartbeat IV - Day 7 - How's That For a Coincidence
Heartbeat  IV - Day 7 - How's That For a Coincidence
Heartbeat IV - Day 7 - How's That For a Coincidence
Heartbeat  IV - Day 7 - How's That For a Coincidence
Heartbeat IV - Day 7 - How's That For a Coincidence
Heartbeat  IV - Day 7 - How's That For a Coincidence
01/12/2012

Milanto - Log Day 7 - Things are different

Day 7 Its all a little different.I've been in sailing races before, many times in fact. Its pretty straight forward really, you look at the course, make a plan dependanton the wind, then change it a few times using your experience and whim, and then during the course of the race you make fine adjustments, as you see who's doing what and where the shifts are. People expend huge amounts of effort tweaking sheets and halyards, and of course shouting and generally being important and knowledgeable. This Ocean racing, doesn't work like that. You make your plans based on wind predictions days ahead, fine adjustments are simply pretty pointless, well certainly at our level anyway. Your Ellen Macarthur's get benefit from shinning up the mast in the small hours to twist or turn something or. read more...


01/12/2012

Milanto - Log Day 6 - I Think

Day 6. Or at least I think it is.All this unnatural getting up and crashing out every 3 or 4 hours has me a little confused. I know its Thursday, but I think we may have got a little out of sync with days and nights on this blog. So this one maybe a catch up, or it may simply be one too many, but which ever it will now bring us up to and including the nightshift of Thursday, which ends at 07.00.Milanto has sort of started operating in a semblance of a rhythm. We sort of know the routine now, and Grave Yard shift aside, we have kind of worked it out. It helps that the weather system seems to have changed and today (Thursday) has been glorious. The wind remains strong and the sea still resembles the swimming pool after the fat flatulent guy has jumped in, but we are adapting and managing.. read more...


01/12/2012

Milanto - Log Day 5 - The Rain

Day 5. The rain.Well yes, things were slightly different. I don't think that any of us really anticipated that we would encounter rain on this trip. Stupid I suppose, but Canary Islands to St Lucia, where's the rain in that? Well if yesterday is a typical example, a lot as it happens.One or two of us hadn't actually even brought anything waterproof, and there was I thinking that I was ill prepared having just my cycling trousers (although my brand new waterproof shell jacket with hood attracted envious looks). Rain arrived around, well to be honest I cant really remember when exactly, but it was somewhere between starting our first shift at 11.00 and ending it at 15.00, still light in other words. But it was the night shifts where it was hardest really. The deck of Milanto doesn't really. read more...


01/12/2012

Milanto - Log Day 4 - Things gets going

Day 4 - Things start going.So we boarded our 'train' at around 9pm yesterday (Monday) evening. It began life as the casual country variety, which even had halts or two for us to take in the view, but by around 01:30 this morning it morphed into something far more expressive. We, the crew, are divided into two 'watches', each rather neatly I'd say, having one German and one Brit. But what stands each apart, is B Watch's Frenchwoman (will anything ever change!), and our own American who makes up the happy trio that is A Watch, of which I myself am apart; a healthy rivalry has developed pretty quickly, and with each responsible for the others smooth passage during rest time, the stakes are high. The day is split into 7 watches, but there will be plenty of time for that another. read more...


01/12/2012

Milanto - Log Day 3 (The start Part 2)

Day 3, we start to restart.However sophisticated weather computer modelling is these days, what you actually wake up to each day retains more than a modicum of mystery, andthere is something pretty uplifting about that isn't there. We may have moved on from actively worshiping the sun (although looking along the impressive length of the sun cream display in the Gatwick branch of Boots you could be forgiven for assuming the faith was still going strong), but really we are still on Chapter One of the book of 'What will the sky do tomorrow?' In fact on Milanto, and all our neighbouring boats in the Marina, we are still on the prequel 'What the F*** will happen today?'.So with this in mind, we decided to throw caution to the wind and leave.Once we start we are to go back to where we finished. read more...


01/12/2012

Milanto - Log Day 2 (The Start Part 1)

Day two...So, we were off then. The 'powers that be' decreed that it was safe for the racers to race, and the cruisers to cruise should they wish. The latter also having the option to delay until Tuesday, we racers have to cross the start line. 'Safe but uncomfortable' is how it was described to us as we made our final preparations, but being in the racing division, we would be disqualified if we were not at the start at 12:45. The wind was coming from the South West, which meant an uncomfortable beat into 4m waves fora day or two. Force 6 with conditions to match is not what we had hoped for, but we were here to sail and that meant we would have an exciting start and a baptism by fire.Well at least that was the idea...Yesterday the marina was a hive of activity with people tinkering,. read more...


01/12/2012

Milanto - Log Day 1 - It Begins (we hope)

It begins (or at least we hope it does)...Like many a good yarn, our story begins with a truly multi-national lineup, however, there are a few more of us than the jokes typically involve. We are in fact at least two, probably even three jokes' worth: an Italian and a Frenchwoman, an American and two Germans, and last, but not in the least bit least, (did you hear the one about the...) three Englishmen. What's more, in our case, we all meet for the first timefrom our four corners, not in the ubiquitous bar or pub (and there are plenty here on our little Las Palmas strip), but on pontoon S17 in Muella Deportiva marina. On board a royal blue 46ft Swan Yacht called Milanto.Seven carnivores and one vegetarian; one woman and seven men; six IT geeks, and two relative luddites; two seasoned. read more...


01/12/2012

Peter von Seestermühe - PVS 01.12.12

Liebe Peterfans, und insbesondere heute, lieber Ben!Ben mein Schatz, herzlichen Glückwunsch von Deinem Papa zum Geburtstag!Ich drücke Dich! @Bine Baby: Bitte ruf Ben heute an und sag ihm dass er den Blog lesen soll und erklär ihm wie. Dicker Kuss an Dich und Tommy! Also die größte Neuigkeit seit dem Letzen einloggen und bis auf Bens 11. Geburtstag am heutigenTag: der Wind ist östlicher geworden und die Dünung kommt jetzt auch aus Osten. Und wir sindgestern Nacht eine Halse gefahren. FISCHALARM!!!! Schade. Fehlalarm. Der Zweite heute.Fahren weiterhin mit Klüver, Genoa und gereftem Gross. Wind ist weiterhin pfiffig, böeig undvorantreibend. Wir fahren weiterhin im Durchschnitt 8 Knoten. Die Fahrt ist weiterhin nass, aber eswird wärmer. So warm das die Halbblondine sich ohne Trombosestrümpfe. read more...


01/12/2012

Orion - Fishing

We are now on the 5th day and the golden hook is out using Keith's clever roller system made from an old plastic bottle and rubber bands. We are excited to see if a fish actually can swim with a speed of 7-8 knots and if the roller can stand the pull from a catch. We are close to one third of the distance to St Lucia. We had company from a competitor trailing us, but it is not visible anymore and we attribute that to our excellent sailing skills. HenrikFantastic sailing today, surfing the waves as they came along. People are getting inventive and we all are in a positive mood. No much visual activity about other contesters but we know they are there. This is great. DOMINGOTook some more sextant readings today and trying to get my head round all the different calculations. Keith is very. read more...


01/12/2012

Easy Rider - Log 3.....day 5

THE START And I thought nothing else could go wrong! 1/2 hour before takeoff we discovered we had a fresh water leak under the port bathrooms in a totally inaccessible place. We managed that problem by turning the water pressure off. We left with great excitement but no cheering fans or steel bands to see us off (as start had been delayed)! But we did look smart and I may have imagined it but I think one person took a photo! Hope so as I waved frantically! Grey and overcast (not raining- always look on the bright side) with a decent breeze blowing from the NE! Perfect.   Eventually settled into a routine and stopped telling each other what to do. David caught and lost a fish which he insisted was larger than Tyson- just as well as we would need a larger boat.. read more...


01/12/2012

Vaquita - week one

Day seven in our third ARC and I haven't managed to report back and have only taken 15 photos and a short video. Maybe I got a bit lazy, but have had quite a bit on as well!Very tricky start this year; two wind systems fighting each other. A last minute headsail change and the blanketing of larger yachts stopped us 50 meters from the line. Only Berenice got right away into the fresh southerly wind, while we had to fight light winds downwind.Once free we opted for a mid inshore route to get into the southerly breeze. The plan worked out alright and we found ourselves amidst much larger yachts in position 4 or 5. Near the airport we had to let Auliana and Tyke go; there's no way we can keep up with yachts 20 feet longer hard on the wind.While the Madeira low delivered some exceptional ARC. read more...


01/12/2012

Coral IV - Breakages:

 Day five has been all about breaking things. I slumped in to bed in the early hours after a lengthy night watch surrounded by foreboding looking storm clouds and fell asleep immediately. The much needed rest was short lived, however, as I was rudely awoken by the flogging of sails and demented shouts which sounded unmistakeably like a group of Scandinavians trying to deal with a nasty problem.On deck, things weren’t looking too good; in trying to gybe the Genoa and staysail across in opposite directions, a nasty tangle had left the Genoa partially furled and hopelessly jammed in a tourniquet of its own sheets. It was clearly going to flog itself to bits quite rapidly. Memories of a deeply incompetent sailing instructor I once worked with who tried to deal with a similar problem by. read more...


Coral IV - Breakages: damage to a sail today
Coral IV - Breakages: damage to a sail today
Coral IV - Carl preparing dinner
Coral IV - Carl preparing dinner
Coral IV - Richard at the pantry
Coral IV - Richard at the pantry
Coral IV - One of the other ARC participants
Coral IV - One of the other ARC participants
Coral IV - From the start in Las Palmas 27 November
Coral IV - From the start in Las Palmas 27 November
01/12/2012

Loupan - Mot Västindien - dygn 4

Här är det mesta sig likt . Vi har sen i tisdags kväll slörat/länsat för styrbords halsar, men tidigt i morse började vinden vrida så mycket mot ost att det var lagom att gippa. På den här bogen kommer vi nu att fortsätta några dagar. Segelsättningen har också varit ganska konstant, två rev i storen och spirad genua 3, som ibland är utrullad och ibland inrullad lite grann eller ibland helt. Vindstyrkan håller sig fortsatt runt 20-25 knop med kortare perioder med lite mindre eller mer vind. till St LuVi har under dagen passerat Kräftans vändkrets och har nu mindre än 2000 sjömil till St Lucia.Nu har vi inte sett några andra båtar på över ett dygn. På positionsrapporterna från ARC ser vi ju att de finns  härute, men man ser ju bara några sjömil.Vi har börjat se lite flygfisk, roligt. read more...


01/12/2012

Bristolian - Day 7 - under bombardment

Photo attached is one of several kamakazi flying fish that have attempted to take over the boat.So far we have managed to repel them all although Richard found one in his pants (or at least thats what he said it was)Curry night passed well, so to speak, although there was a near disaster as the Lamb Jalfrezi escaped across the galley floor after a particularly violent lurch.The cook was heard praying to the great curry god, Pharr, King of Hell shortly afterwards. Luckily next weeks ration had only just gone to the freezer so disaster was averted.Sailing-wise all going well. A bit of excitement when a shackle came off the main, caused by an errant splitpin, but situation was swiftly brought under control thanks to acrobatics by Paddy and Lachie. Very consistant wind and waves for the past. read more...


Bristolian - Day 7 - under bombardment
Bristolian - Day 7 - under bombardment
01/12/2012

Rafiki - Friday 30th November

Emily writes:)Friday was our fourth day at sea and we have now got our sea legs. Today the waves were calmer than they have been previously. We have been doing a good speed of 7 to 10 kts and we are all really enjoying it. Sadly, we did not see any dolphins or other wildlife until we put out both of our fishing lines.It was mid-morning when we caught a fish on our "Johnny no-stars" line, which has now become "Johnny One-star". At first we thought we had caught a small tuna, but as we reeled it in, it appeared to be bigger and bigger and bigger. James and I got really excited when we brought it on board, because it was absolutely enormous. But it wasn't a tuna - what could it have been? It was yellowy gold with a blue fan fin all the way down its back and it had dark blue spots on it. It. read more...


01/12/2012

Capricho - Dia 5 - Amanecio lloviendo

Posición actual                                               Día Nº 527ºN ~01,1’26ºW~06.9’              Distancia recorrida : 209 MN                      Velocidad promedio :   8- NudosVientos del :  E-NE                                        Velocidad del viento : 23+ NudosEstado de Animo :  continua Alto y todos contentos.  Amanecimos con lluvia y el cielo como si fueran las 7 de la noche, aun siendo las 8 de la mañana.   Hemos cocinando con Julian en los últimos 2 días, preparando los almuerzos (esta tirando todo el repertorio de recetas –o el único?. Anoche repetimos la dosis colombiana de papa salada, esta vez con un guacamole todo preparado por el flaco, para la guardia o turno de la noche. Diferencia con el “tente-en-pie” de celadores, vigilantes, porteros o “sereno” como le. read more...


Capricho - Dia 5 - Amanecio lloviendo
Capricho - Dia 5 - Amanecio lloviendo
01/12/2012

Skyelark of London - Day 5 on Skyelark

Day 5A delicious evening meal was served on the 'poop' deck, the freshly caught Dorado(Thanks Buller Bear!!! J) baked in lemon, garlic and onions served with new potatoes and the seasons vegetables, and a glass of white wine.Brisk winds over night with the odd squall and gusts in the late 30 knots saw helmsman Steve touch 12.4 knts/h . Good helming today, Phil saw 12.8knts/h so we are really flying.Just after dawn there was a fabulous double rainbow (where there is one rainbow inside a second - there is a particular name for this phenomenen which we cant remember so someone google it and let us know please?!). The rainbow was only just short of a full circle with the two ends just close to the bow. Unbelievable and unforgettable image. By the time we got the camera up to the bows if had. read more...


Skyelark of London - Day 5 on Skyelark
Skyelark of London - Day 5 on Skyelark
01/12/2012

Bardeau - The present

Well it was present day today carried out over the ground dog double hour at lunchtime served by David...this was a fusion of baby cocktail dogs stuck with very dangerous tooth pick devices, which have the advantage of being able to pick one's teeth whilst chomping. The rest of the motleys were served spainish omelette with green and potato like things embedded. Mateus supplies running dangerously low: 3 bottles left.It' suddenly gone from cold grey and gloomy to boiling hot a bit like an English summer. No fishing at moment due to a shortage of lures and excess of onboard food. Genevieve cooked some gluten free bread, but the result was as much bread free as gluten free. 1 to the sharks. Nil to Bardeau, but as yet I have declined to comment openly, I find a few vicious looks here and. read more...


01/12/2012

Ntanda - Blog Day 5 (6) - HOLD FAST!

We had a bit on again last night. With the kite up most of the day we felt quite comfortable as dusk came and the change of watch put yours truly on the helm. Pitch darkness fell as with the nearly full moon not yet up heavy cloud cover the only thing visible were the jumbo instrument repeaters at the mast. Strange times indeed tearing down waves at 14kts with only flickering numbers on the instruments and the feel in your feet to tell you which way to turn the helm so as not to broach. Still we made it through to the watch change as the moonlight started to filter through and thought the worst to be over as we had a horizon and the wind was reasonably steady at 20-25kts. However 4 hours later we got a wake up call; with Mike on the helm a big wave picked up the back of the boat and. read more...


01/12/2012

Indulgence - Three things slipped by Indulgence today.

Saturday 1st DecemberCurrent Position: N 22o 58'.137W 24o 38".831 Current Speed : 6.8 knotsDistance to finish at Saint Lucia : 2123 nm* * * * * Three things slipped by Indulgence today. The Indulgence Times :In headline news, Jambon Hoche, the yachts mascot, was swept away in what we believe was an involuntary gybe during the middle of the night. Hoche was a pink little pig that has sailed with Aidan on his last boat Argus and more recently Indulgence. Since 2005, he has been tied onto the ships binnacle, but that was until the early hours of this morning. A memorial was held in his honour with close friends and family present. May he rest in peace and swim with the fish forever. A coronary investigation is now being held into the matter. In other news, we managed to avoid a close. read more...


Indulgence - Three things slipped by Indulgence today.
Indulgence - Three things slipped by Indulgence today.
01/12/2012

Coral IV - 1. desember - en dag da ikke alt gikk helt som det skulle

23:33.61N 26:32.94W   VI startet dagen med en litt røff værmelding – ikke den vi fikk fra Mads –den var like grei som den pleier, men vi lastet ned et værbilde som viste“tropisk syklon”. Vi mente det skulle ligge et stykk nord av oss, men det vargreit å få det diskutert med vår trofaste metrolog i Frivind. Ingen fare sa han– og vi seiler videre på planlagt kurs.  Mens dagen i går var fløte-dag, har vi hatt litt flere utfordringer i dag. Som du vet, har vi seilt med gennoaen og kutterseilet på bom. På vårdagligerunde for å sjekke chafeing - fant vi at 4-5 av maljene på kutterseilet var revnet. Vi har da satt opp stormseilet der i stedet, mens vi (les Steinar) sitter og syr forsterkninger, så får vi håpe det da holder. Det harforeløping ikke vært noen anledning til å kjøre. read more...


Coral IV - 1. desember - Steinar reparerer skader på seilet
Coral IV - 1. desember - Steinar reparerer skader på seilet
Coral IV - 1. desember - Sam håndstyrer i litt uregjerlige bølger
Coral IV - 1. desember - Sam håndstyrer i litt uregjerlige bølger
Coral IV - 1. desember - Slik så seilene ut tidlig på morgenen
Coral IV - 1. desember - Slik så seilene ut tidlig på morgenen
Coral IV - Carl reparerer AIS
Coral IV - Carl reparerer AIS
Coral IV - Stemningsbilde fra Steinar sin hånd
Coral IV - Stemningsbilde fra Steinar sin hånd
Coral IV - Richard, Ego og Ivory slapper av
Coral IV - Richard, Ego og Ivory slapper av
Coral IV - Sam og Ivory har problemer med å holde seg våken...
Coral IV - Sam og Ivory har problemer med å holde seg våken...
01/12/2012

Katerina - The next fews days at Sea

This seems amazing fun I think. We seem to be human pinballs most of the time, with scores rated on the amount of bruises we each have. First I would like to amend our breakage list. 1 reef pennant, 1 spinaker sheet, 1 spinnaker track car, 2 mainsail battens, 2 coffe cups, several toe nails. Most of the time we have winds of 25-30 knots and the atmosphere is more like a volvo ocean racer than blue water cruising. On the second night or was it the third, I was powering along on the helm and then decided to give the auto pilot a go. Big mistake, he coped well for half an hour then in a big gust and huge set of waves he broached. This is the closest we have come to a knock down but this was not the problem. As Jeeves (our autopilot) over corrected we spun around and over onto the other. read more...


29/11/2012

Milanto - Nov 29th: Day 6....Or at least I think it is

All this unnatural getting up and crashing out every 3 or 4 hours has me a little confused. I know its Thursday, but I think we may have got a little out of sync with days and nights on this blog. So this one maybe a catch up, or it may simply be one too many, but which ever it will now bring us up to and including the nightshift of Thursday, which ends at 07.00.Milanto has sort of started operating in a semblance of a rhythm. We sort of know the routine now, and Grave Yard shift aside, we have kind of worked it out. It helps that the weather system seems to have changed and today (Thursday) has been glorious. The wind remains strong and the sea still resembles the swimming pool after the fat flatulent guy has jumped in, but we are adapting and managing. I have become to really. read more...


01/12/2012

Peregrine - Day 6

We have a contender for the ARC award of "Most Embarrassing Injury" ... perhaps!During a particularly vigorous roll, Peregrine threw her first aid kit at the skipper's head, resulting in some blue language and a sticking plaster repair (to the skippers head!) Just another of Peregrine's little 'love bites' ;o)The offending first aid kit now resides in disgrace at the foot of the skippers bunk where it can do no further harm.The sailing is great. We're sailing very conservatively, with just a reefed main up, but that seems ideal for the conditions that we have at the moment and we are making good speed, for Peregrine anyway! We have spent the last 24 hour hand steering (just for the hell of it really) but now Martha (the wind vane) is back on, and time is available to blog.We are heading. read more...


28/11/2012

Milanto - Nov 28th: Day 5. The rain

Well yes, things were slightly different.I don't think that any of us really anticipated that we would encounter rain on this trip. Stupid I suppose, but Canary Islands to Lt Lucia, where's the rain in that? Well if yesterday is a typical example, a lot as it happens.One or two of us hadn't actually even brought anything waterproof, and there was I thinking that I was ill prepared having just my cycling trousers (although my brand new waterproof shell jacket with hood attracted envious looks). Rain arrived around, well to be honest I can't really remember when exactly, but it was somewhere between starting our first shift at 11.00 and ending it at 15.00, still light in other words. But it was the night shifts where it was hardest really. The deck of Milanto doesn't really afford much. read more...


01/12/2012

Albatros - 1 Dezember

Nach einem heftigen Gewitter gestern Freitag Abend, welches wir in voller Ölzeug-Montur hervorragend gemeistert haben, erwartete uns eine ruhige und klare Nacht mit moderaten Winden. Nach unserer ersten Halse am Samstag morgen trägt uns seit heute ein eher moderater Passat-Wind mehr und mehr Richtung St. Lucia. Wir sind sehr zufrieden mit unserer bisher gesegelten Strecke. Da wir tagsüber meist sonniges warmes Wetter haben sind wir in sommerlicher Kleidung unterwegs. Die hervorragende Küche gibt uns jeweils die entsprechende Motivation auch die nächtlichen Einsätze durchzuhalten. Einzig unser Fischerman hat noch etwas Pech, da ihm die Fisch entweder den Silk mit der Angel durchbeissen oder gleich der Silk reisst.. read more...


27/11/2012

Milanto - Nov 27th: Day 4 - Things start going.

So we boarded our 'train' at around 9pm yesterday (Monday) evening. It began life as the casual country variety, which even had halts or two for us to take in the view, but by around 01:30 this morning it morphed into something far more expressive.We , the crew, is divided into two 'watches', each rather neatly I'd say, having one German and one Brit. But what stands each apart, is B Watch's Frenchwoman (will anything ever change!), and our own American who makes up the happy trio that is A Watch, of which I myself am a part; a healthy rivalry has developed pretty quickly, and with each responsible for the others smooth passage during rest time, the stakes are high. The day is split into 7 watches, but there will be plenty of time for that another day, as for now, there is a locomotive. read more...


26/11/2012

Milanto - Nov 26th: Day 3, we start to restart.

However sophisticated weather computer modelling is these days, what you actually wake up to each day retains more than a modicum of mystery, and there is something pretty uplifting about that isn't there. We may have moved on from actively worshiping the sun (although looking along the impressive length of the sun cream display in the Gatwick branch of Boots you could be forgiven for assuming the faith was still going strong), but really we are still on Chapter One of the book of 'What will the sky do tomorrow?' In fact on Milanto, and all our neighbouring boats in the Marina, we are still on the prequel 'What the F*** will happen today?'.So with this in mind, we decided to throw caution to the wind and leave.Once we start we are to go back to where we finished and restart, but our. read more...


Vaquita - Surfing fun on Vaquita
Vaquita - Surfing fun on Vaquita