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01/12/2014

Reina - HALF WAY PARTY

Saturday at 18.00 hours Reina passed 1400 miles. So half of the crossing is done. PARTY TIME! Everybody onboard was invited for a Half Way Party. Free drinks and nice bites provided by the chef. Dress code: bow tie.The whole crew arrived well-dressed on deck with in one way or another a self-made bow tie around their neck. The lady aboard in a nice black evening ensemble. Champagne was offered to make a toast on the wonderful journey behind us and the beautiful things that still are in front of us. Our chef had made a nice salad dip and tortillas.Unfortunately one crew member did not arrive at party time.Rory Gillard did not make it in time. Actually he did not show up at all. Instead there was the appearance of Loretta Gillard, his good looking sister. She was wearing a sexy dress and a. read more...


Reina - Half Way Party
Reina - Half Way Party
01/12/2014

Frisco - Log Day 7 Alas the AIS is no more

After a number of hours of attempted hacking, our AIS system has died. This means that we have to be extra diligent at the helm and watch for traffic plus be strict about the "clip on" rules, because the AIS man overboard beacons are now useless unless there is another AIS equipped boat within VHF range. However we do have a radar target strength enhancer which makes us a bit more visible to passing ships. We are hand steering 24 hours a day anyway with three person watches, switching helmsmen every 30 minutes.To add to the excitement of the day, I had just put away the tools from the AIS investigation when George on the helm yells, HELP sail in water. Bounding on deck we saw that the Genoa had parted at the swivel and slid down the groove and over the side. We managed to get it all on. read more...


01/12/2014

Morning Haze - Sailor Ted aboard Morning Haze (Day 6,7 and 8)

Hello,On day 6, I was on watch (early in the morning) with Isabelle and I sawdolphins on the bow of Morning Haze performing aerobatics. That will always be a magic moment for the entire crew... too bad Demi, Rebecca and David were asleep. We always feel very privilege to witness such beauty. We also found two flying fish on deck...Demi loves them and always want to see them before we put them back to sea. And now that we are talking about fish... well what can I say... we caught another Mahi-Mahi with one of Rebecca's homemade lure. In the afternoon, Demi showed me how to make my own lure so I can catch a fish myself... we had lots of fun. That night I stayed up with Dave and Isabelle for their respective watch. At this time of year and at this latitude... the night is long...12. read more...


Helen - Monday morning blues
Helen - Monday morning blues
01/12/2014

Helen - Day 8 - Monday morning blues

During work weeks I have always struggled a little with the Monday morning blues. Many years ago I went to work in New Zealand hoping the blues would disappear only to find that they came 12 hours earlier! ( However Friday night used to come earlier too!)Today was no exception, an Audit committee today and a Board meeting tomorrow. The day started early by finishing the reading of the 206 pages that had arrived as usual in my iPad. A Nespresso coffee from freshly made water was essential to get through.My office this week is in the middle of an Ocean half way between Africa and America but the satellite phone line that I used to dial in to the committee was clearer than I would normally get from my mobile. By late afternoon the job was done and it was back to sailing.The only thing that. read more...


01/12/2014

Aurelia - Day 8

Hi everyone, it is that time of day again (between shifts for me).Very sleepless night for all due to heavy seas. 3 in a bed, that's all I am saying. The team on the early shift (Henry and I) had a nice sunrise at 07:00. First really nice day weather wise - hot,hot,hot! Come on solar panels! Half the crew were on their 3 day shower rota, excellent for some but not for all! We also celebrated our first full week at sea with a cappuccino and chocolate biscuit - a real luxury, trust me! Bye for now.J McLeish. read more...


01/12/2014

Jo - 20:39:16N 34:0135W

Monday 1st December2014 .....day eight and our game of ‘Ispy’ is getting a little tedious. However, George was caught out today when Iansaid “I spy with my little eye something beginning with ‘s’”. ‘S’ Turned out tobe ‘ship’. That might have been funny except for the fact that George was onwatch! To be fair, the cargo ship was approximately 5 miles away. Last night wealso caught sight of ‘Profile’, identified by her MMSI. She is a Beneteau First40.7 in the racing division and therefore gives us time – not that we’reracing!!For some reason, ever since weentered into the warmer trade winds, we’ve not seen any dolphins; a shame asthey are always entertaining, though we have seen plenty of flying fish’ We’vedecided that the collective noun for flying fishes is a squadron, which. read more...


Jo - Genoa poled out to starboard sailing downwind; idyllic trade wind sailing conditions.
Jo - Genoa poled out to starboard sailing downwind; idyllic trade wind sailing conditions.
01/12/2014

Paroya - Log Day 12 Holes in the Mainsail, Engine problems & Fish again

Durch das viele Geschaukel hat es in den letzten Tagen öfters mal das Grosssegel in die Wanten geschlagen. Leider sind dabei, wie wir gestern festgestellt haben, Risse entstanden, 2 grössere ca. 10cm. Um den Schaden Behelfsmässig zu flicken, wollten wir das Segel bergen. Beim Starten der Maschine, machte der Starter aber nur zwei drei Umdrehungen und fertig. Wir waren nicht in der Lage den Motor zu starten. Haben danach das Segel heruntergezogen gepacht und wieder neu im Reff 1 hochgezogen, damit die Scheuerstellen nicht mehr die selben sind. Unsere Vermutung war, das es wiedermal an den Batterien liegt, dass der Starter nicht in die Gänge kam, aber beim Messen mussten wir feststellen, dass alle Batterien voll geladen waren und sind. In der Funkrunde bekamen wir verschiedene Tipps die. read more...


Paroya - Log Day 12 Holes in the Mainsail, Engine problems & Fish again
Paroya - Log Day 12 Holes in the Mainsail, Engine problems & Fish again
01/12/2014

Cheri - Montag, 1. Dez. 2014

Montag, 1. Dez. 2014Von Maedchenschweiss und TodesfallenDer gestrige Tag unter Spinnaker hat sich auch rangmaessig ausbezahlt. Wir liegen (Sonntag 16 Uhr) wieder auf dem 3. Rang inunserer Kategorie.Für volle 8 Stunden blieb gestern der Spi oben und wir holten ihn erst um 19 Uhr bei Einbruch der Nacht ein. Anstelle desSpis baumten wir die Genua aus und segelten die ganze Nacht Schmetterling. Was fuer eine wunderschöne, friedlicheSegelnacht. Bei Winden von 10-20 kn machten wir bei herrlichsten Bedingungn und Halbmond wie gehabt 6-9 kn Fahrt.Das Tageswerk beginnt mit einem Grosseinsatz. Wir setzen um 9 Uhr, noch vor dem Fruehstueck, den Spinnaker. Wir wollen dieSpizeit von gestern ueberbieten. Erst dann geht´s ans Essen: Birchermuesli à la Max.Am Morgen liegen wieder zwei tote Fliegende. read more...


01/12/2014

Easy Rider - Captain's Log...Day's 11 & 12

NEARLY THERE!!! It's hard to believe that by tomorrow afternoon (Tuesday 2/12) Soy & I will have completed our 5th Atlantic crossing in two years........we are so looking forward to another extended stay in the Carribbean & meeting up with friends made on our previous visits.For the last two days we have sailed slowly down the rumb line directly towards St.Lucia, watching the miles tick off 1 by 1........the last day always takes the longest!!We are now all firmly entrenched in the daily routine of sailing a catamaran 24 hours a day, the highlights of each day being breakfast ( full English), lunch ( Soy usually comes up with something a little different) & dinner ( always superb....yesterday being a Sunday we had roast lamb). The weather has been warm & sunny during the. read more...


01/12/2014

Little Pea - ARC 14 Blogoramma - First Blood

22:07.8N 033:37.3W   Song of the day: "Once in Royal David's City" -King's College Cambridge Choir (feat. Mike)   Day 8 - It's that time again, when the innerchorister in Mike comes out as he fails to belt out the discount part to all 246chorals on his playlist - much to Ben's dismay.  But hey, the countdown to Christmas has begun. In true Little Pea tradition, we have aptly themedadvent calendars on board. This year we have not just one, but 4 !Jags' is "Muppets" themed, with Minkey opting for "Gruffalo", Ben for"Lion King" and Mike has "Where's Wally" - or after yesterday's drone fiasco,should it be "Where's Dave the Drone"?  Jags said his chocolate prizetasted horrible, which led to a lengthy discussion about what is the best typeof chocolate in the. read more...


01/12/2014

Argalleiro - 20 Knots

Nice day , 20 knots Ne ..,great crew ,great ARC ...3 Argalleiro. read more...


01/12/2014

Argalleiro - eat cheese and drink chilean wine instead of butter

They makerun the Argalleiro to the west softly and we eat cheese and drink chilean wine instead of butter . .very happy .great trip 2. read more...


01/12/2014

Argalleiro - We can not eat moré butter

We can not eat moré butter ..it is now melted..in latitude 20 we aré enjoying the warm ,friendly,perfumed trade winds..Argalkeiro 1. read more...


01/12/2014

Vagaris - Sea Food

Well I may be a dietitian but Cordon Bleu chef I am not. I can rustle up a decent wholesome meal that most people will eat but if you are looking for an amazing culinary experience and an exquisite combination of flavours to delight your tastebuds then do not Come Dine With Me.Jacqui's cooking however is at a whole new level involving meticulous planning, the widest range of unusual ingredients and a very creative menu. The art form is achieved in a tiny galley with a swinging cooker and hardly any work surface, propped up and wedged in on board a downwind roller coaster.My experiences to date of dining at sea have been firstly anything but 'refined dining'. On a race boat in the Irish Sea in a Force 7 you are lucky if you get a piece of squashed malt loaf. Or on a charter holiday, some. read more...


01/12/2014

Profile - 01/12/2014

i cant believe it green watch are trying to sabotage best watch ive foundout forest has been putting a secret cat in my cabin of which im very allergicand then they blew the flipping kite so everyone had to get up so everyone hashad sleep deprivation apart from green watch (dirty tactics) !!!i would like to say a massive thank you for skipper and mate as they stayedup all night repairing the kite and how very proffesional they where dealingwith the situation even if they looked like a couple of seamstresses very sweet. green watch have done some great food last night and today which hasreleased me from cooking duties so i would like to show my appreciation to them. if anyone out there can get hold of suzzane on lancelot to ask here if shecan heel my eye for me that would be great. read more...


01/12/2014

Oynas - Dec 1

Flying fish on the decks and in through the hatchesTurtles, dolphins and birds we have seen on our watchesA highlight to see - a solitary whaleRolling over for Oynas - its belly so paleCame out to play for a half hour or so. read more...


01/12/2014

Monomotapa - 1 December

Monomotapa 1 DecemberStarship Enterprise. Captain's logstar date 01122014:123613.10: I am pleased to report that the suspected attack to the crew of the vessel by the Klingons was totally exaggerated and unfounded. However we are still awaiting the latest reports on another one of the other high performance racing vessels, the Open 60 with their freeze dried rations and considerably inferior diet???Yesterday we had another set back when our second genaker was damaged beyond repair. As always we were pushing the boat for maximum speed. One other factor could have been that we had just received the position report for all vessels and we were disappointed to see that we had moved down the rankings in the last 48 hours.We are finally into the true trade winds with the wind directly behind us. read more...


01/12/2014

Reberth - Happy Month!!

Where have the days, and years, gone? I cannot believe that it is now ten years since we brought Reberth down to the Caribbean with the Caribbean 1500 in 2004 to start our Caribbean adventure. When the skipper heard about ARC Europe and ARC Plus he came up with the ‘Crazy Idea” and now the loop is nearly completed. We left Rodney Bay, St. Lucia, 17th February 2014 and now nearly 9000 nm later the circuit will be complete and our “ winter home” will be back where she started in February. Hopefully to enjoy many more winters afloat. Thank you World Cruising Club.Only 25 days to Christmas!!!. read more...


01/12/2014

Exody - Day 21- November 30th - Repeat !

Not much new to say today so here is an outline of our routine on board - we will shift Exody time another hour back today to UTC minus 4EAT - breakfast at 10, lunch at 3, dinner at 8 - all local ship's time, dinner and lunch by rota so each crew only prepares two meals in four days. We have a daily bartender to attend to happy hourSLEEP - we have adopted a simple two hours on watch , six hours off for the four of us and stuck to the same times - my three watches (originally designed to overlap the radio net slots) are 09.00-11.00 , 17.00 to 19.00 and 01.00 to 03.00 - so I get the sunset and moonrise but miss the dawn.The off watch are usually in bed by 21.00 and there is much napping during the day. SAIL - we set the current sails three days ago so only requirement is regular chafe and. read more...


Thula - spinnaker hoist
Thula - spinnaker hoist
01/12/2014

EH01 - In the middle of the Atlantic... no one can hear you scream

Bonjourno, Hallo, Bonjour etc etcThe day has arrived when we are pretty much the furthest point away from land we will be this trip. Over the next couple of days the nearest landfall will be the best part of 1000 miles away. A lot of the crew have said they have been looking forward to this point the most, to really feel like they are in the middle of no where. Although we are racing, the next nearest boat is currently 35 miles away and after that I don't think we have another boat for over 60 miles. Here we are floating in our little mobile world on our own patch of planet earth (population 11).Since yesterdays blog we have had some more fantastic sailing. We had a beautiful evening yesterday with wall to wall broken cumulus clouds (the fluffy variety) followed by a fantastic sunset. As. read more...


01/12/2014

Thula - day 8

After several days of happy, carefree sailing the day yesterday was primarily characterised by (comparably minor) mishaps. First, when putting up our mizzen staysail the shackle at the top of the sail suddenly opened resulting in the entire sail to drop into the water. It took the combined effort of 4 of us to slowly pull it back on board while the boat was still moving. Luckily no damage was done and we are now making the most of the trade winds with both our spinnaker and mizzen staysail again. Later that day, Dieter and myself began feeling increasingly ill, suffering from flu symptoms and even fever. We both lay down in our cabins and were perfectly taken care of by Liesel as well as our board medic, Markus. As we were still feeling quite dodgy in the evening, however, we skipped our. read more...


01/12/2014

Miss Liz II - Log Day 7 - 24 Days to Christmas.....

Oh no, I haven't started shopping yet....Ah well. Another good 24 hours. Yesterday we launched the Parasailor for the first time. The effect on the boat was instant, good speed and the rolling virtually disappeared...so it does do as it says in the brochure. Launching was fun as it was the first time in 5 months. It should be quite simple as everything is colour coded. Obviosuly Jon and I are colour blind as we got it wrong three times. Very impressive though when she finally launched. But then we found the extra halyard we had fited slipped very badly. Dyneema again....I am not very hapy with Dyneema any more...back to the originals I think. Eventually someone will invent a jammer that can actually hold it...No generator today as the Watt and Sea has maintained battery charge well for. read more...


01/12/2014

Nisida - Day 7

Position 1230hrs 1st Dec 19:49N 35:50 This morning as brought a 15 -20kt easterly breeze so we have poled out the headsail and are heading straight for Rodney Bay at 9-10kts boatspeed. Dinner last night was a very good Carbonnara. More suicidal flying fish around evidence of at least 5 strikes overnight and one dead on the foredeck. A couple of rain showers this morning made 2 vivid rainbows one only a few metres from the boat. All in good spirits on board enjoying chilling in the sunshine.. read more...


01/12/2014

Red Devil 3 - Al séptimo día no descansó

Domingo 29   El Red Devil 3 no desansa ni en Domingo. Hacemosbuen rumbo a Santa Lucia y buena velocidad. Aún nos quedan 1760 millas parallegar.Por la mañana con cielos semicubiertos nos hemos encontrado con otrobarco de la ARC de bandera Finlandesa. Ellos también iban pescando. Y además dedorados, habían capturado un "gran pez rojo". Atentos, que se nos han escapadodos esta mañana. A ver si hay más suerte la próxima ocasión. Porla noche elviento ha subido más de lo esperado. Y también los chubascos, aislados, pero queestaban por todas partes. Hemos tenido puntas de más de 30 nudos. Al amanecerdel Lunes el arraigo de la trapa de la botavara ha fallado (había trabajadobastante por la noche y antes). Hemos retirado el telescópico con el muelle yaparejado la trapa con cabo solamente.. read more...


30/11/2014

Louise - Blog 5 - 7th Day at Sea

We had a nice dinner yesterday and wind and sea gave us a nice sail duringthe night. Some clouds but still beautiful to watch the stars, and  thehalf moon made a show of moving amongst the clouds.When on night watch you are in your own world, as nobody is around here inthe Atlantic. But look at 00.43 green and yellow lights were spotted. It verymuch looked like navigation lights. Down to check the AIS. A Chines boat Xia ZhiYang 6. OK, we are not alone. But it was af funny feeling seeing a boat for thefirst time in 4 days. Today we have passed the daily routines, made some repairs. Unfortunately,we have not fixed our genoua, as we stick to our motto “Better safe thansorry”. No major problems have occured today so the crew are relaxed after a nicemeal. Right now we are making our way. read more...


01/12/2014

Blue Waves - Dzien 7 - Gdzie kapitanów szesc tam nie ma co jesc

Dzień 7 - Gdzie kapitanów sześć tam nie ma co jeść Żyjąc w nie ustannej świadomości skomplikowania własnego charakteru, ze wzgledu na szacunek dla pozostałych współtowarzyszy bardzo staram się nad sobą panować i być układny w stosunku do reszty. Bycie samcem alfa nie łatwym bywa jeśli się ma tego świadomość i stara się to kontrolować. Tak na prawdę to pretendujących do tytułu kapitana na łódce jest pięciu ale sześć się odrobinę lepiej rymuje. Z tych wspomnianych pięciu, dwóch to kapitanowie tytularni czyli Jarek i Maciek i dwóch częściowo ale nie zupełnie tych samych to kapitanowie nominalni czyli Jarek i nasz strateg Inge. Do tego dochodzi jeszcze dwóch kapitanów  zwyczajowych czyli ja i Kaczor. I jak tu nie zwariować. Jak po raz pierwszy z załogą w komplecie w zeszłym tygodniu. read more...


01/12/2014

Southern Child - Day 7 1/12

  Day 7 01/12 Position 1200:22*20' 50N 035* 55' 06W Daily Run: 161Nm Distance to Waypoint: 1506Nm   We finally got tropic temperatures and the trade winds (from the East) arenow fully setting in. The consumption of sun tan lotion has sky rocketed and theamount of day time clothing has been dramatically reduced to a minimum.Some of the crew have taken the opportunity to have a first "shower" in a week(aka a bucket of salt water). We've been accompanied by the Norwegian boat Ellida 6 throughout the day -a boat Lars believes  is berthed in the same marina as his own boat back inOslo, it sure is a small world.Our landmark in the next couple of hours will be reaching the under 1500mark, unfortunately the wind didn't play to our rules through the night and weended up. read more...


01/12/2014

Lily - Chef!

Those who have just finished a long transatlantic crossing seem to have a craving for proper food. One can see them rushing to a restaurant to dig in the minute they arrived. Not so much on this yacht. We are blessed having an excellent Chef. Besides also being quite an accomplished sailor (obviously as she has now nearly crossed the Atlantic Ocean), she has been more than able to feed the Skipper and Boris, the Cat, with excellent dishes on a daily basis. Clearly she knows what it takes to keep her menfolk happy (which is by all means not a small feat …). I say it is not easy to keep producing nice big juicy steaks, fresh fruit and vegetables on a daily basis whilst being tossed around. It is quite funny (maybe not for the Chef …) to see her sliding through the kitchen whilst stirring. read more...


01/12/2014

Captain Blind - news for our foreign followers

Captain Blind and crew are now sailing under very nice conditions.. sunwarm, and tradewind unfortunately a little too moderate for us ! averagewinds are ca. 15/20 knots while we'd prefer 20/25 ! you can't it get all !We are exactly half way at this pointWe have entered the kingdom of flying fishes ( do we say exocets inEnglish, not so sure !)A vessel of her Majesty is giving us somme headaches , he has à very lowhandicap (even with a 48 footer ?), and has been in our track for the last24h . Luckyly he is now further back and has stopped his follower strategy...End of the day today we should change course en route to St Lucia where weplan to arrive either Monday pm or Tuesday am.Kind regards to allYannickPS : our mail onboard : capblind@skyfile.com. read more...


El Mundo - 30/11 - View of sunset during dinner
El Mundo - 30/11 - View of sunset during dinner
El Mundo - 30/11 - Bob enjoying downwind sailing
El Mundo - 30/11 - Bob enjoying downwind sailing
25/05/2005

El Mundo - 01/12 - Turning South

The day started with light winds and an uneasymotion for the boat in a rolly sea. However, as the morning went on the windwent more to the East which allowed us to gybe and run more to the South,'goose-winged'. By early afternoon the wind had filled in to 15-20 knots andcontinued like that overnight, so latterly we have made good progress, eventhough the log shows only 150 miles for the last 24 hours. The change in direction and more consistent windhas allowed everyone to get a better nights sleep, in between watches. During cocktail hour we enjoyed the first of eachcrew members 'Desert Island Discs', where you present 6 or 7 songs thatrepresent significant mmoments in your life. The skipper wentfirst......unfortunately no-one else remembered 'Two Little Boys' by RolfHarris! We also. read more...


01/12/2014

Lancelot II - Dec 1st Blog

Hello Lancelot II Fans   Currently at 22deg07’138N 035deg20’746W still zipping along with the S4 upand full main and 1528 nm to go to St Lucia. We overtook Milanto last night andnow Palpatine is on the horizon – good for motivating the drivers to payattention! We have a good 24 hour run overall without too much drama thankgoodness and took miles out of most of our close rivals and didn’t lose too muchto Ross and Scarlet Oyster.   The sun is out now, we sailed through a huge rainbow this morning so cuethe Dawn Photography Club Meeting. The flying fish are about too – had one inthe wheel well again and a couple which landed by the helmsmans feet, stinkythings.   The count down is now on until the next birthday on board – Chris is T-4 soget your birthday messages in  . read more...


01/12/2014

Rhumb - Log Day 7

Position 28° 01.2' N, 016° 36.8' WPutting an optimistic spin on our plight we sincerely hope that this is the last time we report the above position from Marina San Miguel, Tenerife. A productive day as we prepared lines for eventual deployment of the cruising chute and a poled out genoa, (please note - not at the same time) and of course a gybe preventer on the boom. All we need now is some bolognese sauce to go with the spaghetti laid out on deck. Staying with the culinary note, we did enjoy a rather welcome Sunday roast at Grandee O'Donnell's later in the day, together with the obligatory 3 pints of the creamy black stuff and a bottle of the creamy red stuff - well, someone has to do it!! Hopefully the last night of alcohol for a while - can't believe we said that.Weather is much more. read more...


01/12/2014

Purrr-fect - Leg two -day 11: the final quarter

Tonight we reached the milestone of 525 miles to go which is the last quarter of the 2100 distance. So to celebrate, we enjoyed rum punches with ice cubes and a sprinkle of nutmeg on top. It is getting warmer everyday and tonight was quite humid, so the ice cubes made a refreshing drink. Last night late, we slowed down because we had to drop the mainsail when the boat's steering acted up. We disagree about the cause of the steering malfunction but are just happy that it is resolved and working again. In any event,we have been moving well all day and so far the night is moonlit with steady winds, propelling us on a direct course for St Lucia.Provisioning for this trip has been a major focus before we left the Canary Islands,and Linda planned for 21 days. Now our nav software is showing. read more...


Purrr-fect - Leg two -day 11: the final quarter
Purrr-fect - Leg two -day 11:  the final quarter
01/12/2014

Hera - 1.Advent

Zum Frühstück gab es von Michael für jedes Crewmitglied einenSchokoladenweihnachtsmann. Andächtig lauschte die Crew anheimelndenAdventsliedern wie: “Sind die Lichter angezündet” oder “Leise rieselt derSchnee”. Leider wurde es nichts mit dem versprochenen Adventskranz, der wie einHeiligenschein über dem Sitzplatz des Skippers schweben sollte. Der rieselnde Schnee erschien Axel wohl etwas abwegig, so dass er esvorzog, mit wiederhergestellter Angelausrüstung auf Jagd gehen. Die war dennauch von einer Thunmakrele gekrönt. Eine war wohl für acht hungrige Mäuler zuwenig. So wurde sie wieder in die See entlassen. Unser provisorische Spibaumaufhängung ist fürs Nachtsegeln etwas riskant.So dümpelten wir die letzte Nacht nur mit Großsegel vor dem Wind dahin. Das wird uns in dem spannenden Kopf an. read more...


01/12/2014

Vagaris - 1000 Miles

Today we passed 1000 miles at sea. We've had a good day's sailing but still haven't found the warm downwind trade winds we're looking for. The last two days has been pleasant and easy sailing with northerly winds on our beam. We've had a couple of good daily runs, the best currently being 168 miles. We're not pushing the boat and are sailing quite conservatively for crew and boat comfort. The boat is working fine, but today I spent 4 hours upside-down in the bilges replacing some of the original watermaker water pipes after one of the wire reinforced 19mm pipes taking water from the feed pump to the watermaker sprang a leak leading to water in the bilges.The trouble seemed to be that over time when a pipe has been under pressure (particularly where itbends) the reinforcing wire in the. read more...


01/12/2014

Domini - Flying Tonight

Last night, Ju was attacked by a fish.He was just sitting in the cockpit, minding his own business, when all of a sudden he got whacked in the back of the head by a flying fish.It was all very Monty Python.Later Lyn saw hundreds of them, flying across the water together. At first she thought they were lots of little birds swooping over the water.And then...we sailed through a rainbow!Today's quiz:-Is it:-(a) a shoal of flying fish?or (b) a flock of flying fish?Answers on a ten pound note please, to the usual address.Keep on trackin'Ju & LynX. read more...


01/12/2014

Starblazer - 1/12/2014 - Our stay in the Bay of Islands

We quickly settled into shore-based life and hired a car for 7 days.This proved to be a bit of a mistake as, apart from a trip to the bank in Paihia to collect our debit cards then onwards to Kerikeri for a quick supermarket shop and SIM cards from Vodafone, we only used the car once more, to source gas refills at a filling station.We had been warned that Calor propane tanks would not be refilled, we had also heard they could be filled if they were pressure tested each time at a cost of NZ€45 each.In the event local knowledge suggested a filling station which might oblige!The next week was busy, with seminars in the afternoons run by the Island Cruising Association, social events in the evening and a few morning trips.The highlight for me was 9 holes of golf on the spectacular Weimata. read more...


30/11/2014

Free & BrEasy - Flying - Agulhas Style

Amazingly we are only 60 nm from Cape Town and due in at 5am tomorrow morning (1st November). All fears of missing my flight on the 9th have been banished. We will even make a party in Cape Town, organised by Charlie and Kath on Celebrate, and all because of the Agulhas current. We eventually made landfall at Mossel Bay which is 600 nm from Richards Bay after a passage of under 4 days. Most of the way we were motoring with only the jib as we could not use the mainsail until the glue had set on the boom repair! Once we found the Agulhas current we were travelling at 8-10 knots, often more than double our speed through the water. We decided to keep going through a shallow low pressure system which caused a bumpy night with some head winds and lightening, but it was worth it not to stop. In. read more...


01/12/2014

Hot Stuff - The tales of nine - Running out of the madness and into the sunshine

Our most sincere Arabian apologies dear avid readers, for we forgot towrite for the last two days; we have been caught up in our own worldon-board. Hurrah! We are moving again! And fast! And downwind! And there are longslowww drawn out Atlantic rollers. Hot Stuff and maidens are now as one. Words could never justify the sensation of standing at the helm of HotStuff, be it in the sunshine of day or under the star laden moonlit sky atnight. Today after a restless night of very low winds we have been soaring along(Diamonds in the Rough came through in the end with a whopping 10 knots woopwoop as we write this!). She feels as though she is breathing; a quick breath inas she is swooped up by a wave and then she relaxes with a sensual breath out;the rigging resonates with a delicious hummmm as. read more...


11/11/2014

Starblazer - 11/11/2014 – The Good, the Bad and the downright Ugly.

Last night was lovely. The seas were a flat calm, the wind a gentle zephyr, the sky was clear, the moon very bright and the engine a mighty motive force towards our waypoint.I don’t think it was as cold as Sunday night but it was nevertheless quite chilly.Today started with very little wind but by mid-afternoon it had filled in from the west and built quite quickly to 20 knots.That allowed us to sail quite fast, rolling just like on the Atlantic crossing.We have made excellent progress and our ETA came forward from Thursday midday perhaps to Wednesday midnight.We have now reviewed that and hope to arrive at about 1800 tomorrow, to achieve that we are making best speed with the help of the engine because of the ‘Ugly’.I have had another productive day, experimenting with baking a carrot. read more...


30/11/2014

Aretha - Almost one week out

Tonight we are thundering along. There is no need for deck lights. The moon is half full and lights up the sea in front of us and the deck. You can clearly see the seas ahead and more importantly pick out the clouds and spot squalls. I’m grateful there are none in sight.Squalls at sea have a different meaning to squalls on land. Here in the tropics you can see them and the massive energy release of wind and water. They are like dark grey stacks on the skyline. To sail under one means heavy downpours (which can be great if you’re short on water and want a shower) and fierce winds. It's not uncommon for 20 knots of wind to become 30-35 knots in a heartbeat. Get the sails wrong and you’re overcanvased and in a bit of a pickle. Either pinned on your side or flogging/ shredding sails or. read more...


30/11/2014

Lydia - Leg 2 Day 11 - Lazy Sunday

After night watches in which we had an exciting time with winds up to 30 kts for a short while under a squall cloud, a mystery yacht crossed us heading north and a merchantman appearing directly ahead of us and passed relatively close by, in keeping with the Keep Sunday Special campaign we have consciously done not a lot today. Lydia gets no rest though and, thanks to the continuing favourable wind, we have rumbled along nicely all day and, for the second day running, topped the leader board in our division for 'Velocity Made Good' (VMG) by half a knot over our nearest rival with an average of 6.5 kts.Despite the lazy Sunday routine shipboard life goes on. Real men don't make fire - they make water. And touch wood the water maker has done its bit every day to ensure our tanks are topped. read more...