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26/05/2014

Shenanigan - Does it get any better than this?

We are enjoying perfect sailing in the middle of the biggest infinity poolever, with a glass of ice cold Pinot Grigio! The sun is shining, the sea isflat, the wind is just right, the boat is perfectly flat, balanced and roaringalong. We are about 375nm away from Horta so hope to be there in a couple ofdays. Cheers! CSC_0546. read more...


Shenanigan - Does it get any better than this?
Shenanigan - Does it get any better than this?
26/05/2014

Sea Eagle - Good Gawly Miss Squawly

Skipper has moved shifts on 2 hours and my shift now starts at 3am. I woke up at 1am and even though we were smashing along and the water volume past the hatches was huge it was no match for Ian. I put ear plugs in, industrial ear defenders on, punched him, switched the lights on. tap danced, undone the lee cloth in an attempt to make him fall out of bed and still couldn't stop him or wake him. In fact I could no longer hear him, it was the vibration through my bunk from his rumble keeping me up now.Yep I give up, here I am on deck a good half an hour before my watch and the solitude is bliss. Just Ali and Ben, offering a master class in steering through squalls that are absolutely everywhere and keeping course, wind gusting up to 35 knots and from all directions, horizontal rain and. read more...


26/05/2014

Anna Sophia - Oceaanlogboek deel 2, dag 5

Positie: 34 398.864 N 50 39.966 WCOG: 0SOG: 6,1 ktsDagafstandZeilvoering: GR + GWind: 22 @ 230Weer: zwaar bewolktZicht: matigGolven: 3 mLuchtdruk: 1026 mbarWatertemp. 20.9 gr.Zieken: 0Naar het oosten varend, wisten we de 1e depressie van deze reis te vermijden! Het daaropvolgende koudefront leken we net voor te zijn, de natuur besliste anders. Gisteren kregen we een voorproefje met regen, golven van 3 meter en wind tot 30 kts (kr. 7). Met kotterfok en gereefd grootzeil zeilden we vlot door de dag en nacht.Het werd een echte zondagmiddag, met chips, chocolade en pizza 'quatre frommage'. Natuurlijk hadden we ontzag voor de maag van de schipper door het toedienen van muizehapjes. Nog voor de nacht vond diezelfde maag zijn evenwicht terug en de wachten verliepen al even relaxed als de dag. read more...


26/05/2014

Anettine - 25. May

Yet another nice day at sea. The sail has hardly been adjusted for three days and we keep sailing in 6-7,5 knots. We have done 1100 nm and have 700+ to go. This is the first day Daniel is free from sickness and takes part in the work below deck, and prepared the dinner.Jonn has been doing the main part of the cocking so far, and have become a specialist in healthy salads. He even says that this trip will have impact on his diet back home as well.In the afternoon we had an unpleasant collision with a timber log.We heard two loud, but still soft bangs. First from the bow, and then from the keel. From the sound and the fact that it didn't really influenced the boat speed, the captains first thought was that we had "touch" a whale.Looking back we discovered the timber log, about 10 feet long. read more...


26/05/2014

Anettine - 24, May

The captain was called on watch 0100 instead of 0000. Appreciated! We are running with two shifts.One shift with Jonn and Daniel, and one with the captain. We are sailing very conservative due to the experience level on the two crew. We are still sailing with good speed, even the sails not have been adjusted since yesterday! The tell-tales are still fine. It became a quit and enjoyable watch under the stars and moon.In the morning, as we coming to the south end of the search area, we got the sad message that Chekki Raffi was found with the life raft on board. It's terrible. We joined the rest of the ARC fleet for a minute silence at sun set.In the afternoon passed something1oo meter away on SB. We decided two turn to check if it was from Chekki Raffi. It turned out to be a marking buoy,. read more...


25/05/2014

Morning Haze - Fishing on Morning Haze

Fishing has been very good aboard Morning Haze since the start of the Rallye. So far , a 30 pound Mahi-Mahi, a 35 pound Wahoo and a 25 pound black fin tuna. A lot of Omega 3 in our diet! Now here is our latest catch... We are puzzled to find a recipe for this one.... Any suggestions?;)image1. read more...


Morning Haze - Fishing on Morning Haze
Morning Haze - Fishing on Morning Haze
26/05/2014

Starship - ED heading EAST - day 11

SUN-FACTOR: Fast Wolkenlos. Sonne und Glitzermeer.RUN-FACTOR: It is magic. Hier auf dem 39 Breitengrad weht untertags kaum Wind. Wir schleichen mit 4-5 Knoten dahin. Nach Einbruch der Dunkelheit stellt sich eine günstige Current ein, sodass wir auf einmal gute 6 Knoten machen. Aber dann - etwa zur Geisterstunde - setzt auf einmal Wind ein. Bis zu 20 Knoten. Wir sausen mit bis zu 8,5 Knoten dahin. Bei Tagesanbruch ist der Spuk vorbei. Wind und Current verlieren sich wieder. FUN-FACTOR: Zur Nachspeise gibt es Schokopudding aus der Dose der Marke "Mont Blanc". Da werden bei Dietmar Erinnerungen an seine Kindheit wach. Mont Blanc war seine Lieblingsmarke. Und wo haben wir diese drei kostbaren Dosen (richtige Antiquitäten) gefunden? In einem Minisupermarkt auf Marie Galante in Guadeloupe.. read more...


26/05/2014

American Spirit II - Day 140; Lost Satellite Fix, Rough Weather & Flying Cap; Saturday, May 24, 2014

At 12:05 AM wind 25-30 knots, boat speed 5.7 knots. Off watch 1:00 AM. Slept until 5;00 AM when Joel turned off generator. That woke me up. He had thought of not turning it off until 6:00 AM when I went on watch, but didn't. Bad choice. One hour less of sleep. On watch 6:00AM, speed 5.5 to 6.0 knots. Wind 20-25 with a lot of gusts 25-30 knots. Low cloud cover. Not a good visual picture. At 8:15 AM I let out more main sail and speed increased 2 knots from 4.8 to 6.8 knots. In hindsight, we had shortened sail too much last night, slowing the boat down too much. One BIG advantage of sailing faster, even if sailing faster is scary, is that by going faster you get to your destination sooner, spending less time in lousy weather. A lesson well learned.At 9:00 AM a large wave came aboard and. read more...


26/05/2014

Celebrate - High Commissioner Party and Rally Dinner with Dancers & Singers in Niue!

What a warm welcome at the High Commissioner's home in Niue.Drinks and snacks on the veranda, a welcoming talk, and insight into life on the island world.Then, we went to a Rally buffet dinner with dancing and singing with the locals and high school students.Food in great variety with local dishes in abundance.It was a festive night ashore for all!Next, passage to FijiCharlie. read more...


26/05/2014

Free & BrEasy - A Boat of One's Own

After 4 days of the easy life on the ocean waves we approached the deserted coral atoll called Suwarrow which is one of the northern islands of the Cook Island archipelago.The passage was a bit too easy and we were forced to decrease our speed overnight so that we arrived in the daylight and could make a safe entry through the pass into the coral lagoon. The only option was to take down all the sails as there are no brakes! Surprisingly, Free & BrEasy was able to make 3 to 4 knots with a 15-20 knot wind behind us, thanks to the "sail effect" of the large cockpit enclosure that we spend all day under sheltering from the sun. Worth knowing for the future! As we approached in the dark we could see a small village of lights despite Suwarrow being uninhabited. This turned out to be the. read more...


26/05/2014

Firefly - Approaching Niue after a difficult passage

This passage, despite being one of the shorter ones at 540nm, has proved to be difficult going. In the last post we described ideal broad reaching conditions for the first part of the trip but noted that we were concerned in case it got breezy. During the first night at sea it did - and it lasted for 36 hours with gusts up to 34 knots. As the light was fading during the first evening the wind backed putting Firefly onto a beam reach, the wind increased as we entered a line of squalls and the sea became very rough. With 2 reefs in the main and the jib reefed down to a hankerchief, Firefly, bounced happily along averaging 8 knots - the only problem being for the crew in trying to hang on and stay dry when in the cockpit.Before departure there had been a lot of debate amongst the World ARC. read more...


25/05/2014

Webster - One Hunderd and Eight-teeee

Sunday 25th May 2014Position 37 37'N 32 59'W DTD 213nmLast night we ran the whole night under spinnaker which was fully powered up throughout in 15 knots of SE/S breeze, and we thought we may need to spend most of the night hand steering but the self steering came up trumps mainly because the waves were fairly benign. The boat just wanted to go and was returning speeds of 8-9 knots very comfortably. It was a beautiful clear night albeit someone has made off with the moon during the past few nights. Where does it go when you need it most? Come daylight we were flying and hit a high of 10.7 knots but it's a shame the sun took so long to appear from behind clouds as this would have been spectacular sailing in the sunshine. We were hand steering at this time as she was becoming over powered. read more...


26/05/2014

Defyr - Towards Azores: Last Nite

It's hopefully our last night at sea and we are able to make it to Horta before sunset tomorrow. My last night shift is the darkest possible 00-03, but the night is clear and the horizon visible, so it's all good.I am also given a nature's special treat with dolphins in bioluminescent sea! The dolphins are swimming next to Defyr leaving a britht sparkly trail behind them. It looks so amazing, kind of like a movie special effect, but for real. I have seen this once before last time we crossed the Atlantic, but it was not this strong and not so many dolphins! I am so happy to witness this and would hope to have all my family and friends here gasping to this sight. On camera it's just black on black...We have had the genaker up since sunday morning and the wind is getting calmer and calmer.. read more...


25/05/2014

Sweet Pearl - Suwarrow --> Niue - 4.Tag - Morgen kommen wir an

Der viele Wind lässt langsam, ganz langsam nach und wir reiten nicht mehr so hoch über die Wellen. Es hat auch noch viel geregnet die letzten Tage; alles ist ein wenig nass. Deshalb freuen wir uns anzukommen, zu lüften, zu waschen und zu trocknen. Uns, die Kleider und das Schiff!Liebe Grüsse nach hause - von uns allen;-)CheersTom. read more...


25/05/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - Saturday Night at the downpour...but it wasn't raining Men....it was Andromeda and the Amazing Techinicolour Light Show.....and yes we made it......

N32:22:685 W64:40:937   All we can say is what a 24hours. Yesterday morningwe were a bit tired because of the difficulty holding a course in the lumpy sea,however we had made so much better progress that at 9am had only 54 milesto go. There was now an outside possibility that we could make it justbefore dark.  The wind held steady and less time was spent swinging upand down the waves, but even so after a few hours we got fed up with theboom snatching  back and forth and took the main down finding the ridemuch smoother flying only the genoa.   Early afternoon a voice broke thesilence, we were picking up transmissions from Bermuda Radio.  Itwas great to hear another voice but more importantly we knew we were. read more...


25/05/2014

Starship - ED heading EAST - day 11

SUN-FACTOR: Kaum Wolken, Sonne ohne Ende. Wenig Welle (und leider auch wenig Wind), aber super entspanntes Segeln.RUN-FACTOR: Heute Nacht hatten wir bis zu 8,5 Knoten SOG, aber jetzt schleichen wir mit knappen 4,5 Knoten dahin.FUN-FACTOR: Dass wir noch immer "mitten am Atlantik" sind, vergessen wir bei diesen Bedingungen schnell. Wir lesen, sehen Filme an, backen Brot und genießen die Ruhe.. read more...


25/05/2014

Sojourner -

5/25,Another wonderful day sailing the North Atlantic.We have been wing on wing all day travelling about 5.5knts.Haven't touched the sails.Nothing to do except eat!About noon a pod of dolphins saw us and sprinted over from 50 yards out.A group of 20 or so crisscrossed the bow wave, before eventually getting tired and going back to what ever dolphins do.I'm sure one of them signaled,"hey!What's that going by?Let's go check it out!. . . Oh, it's only a boat.I'm going back."Current projection is that we will be at the Customs dock in Horta sometime Friday morning.We have a pump for the water maker we have to get and install and then we will plan cruise around the islands.Ken----This e-mail was delivered via satellite phone using GMN's XGate software.Please be kind and keep your replies short.. read more...


25/05/2014

Anna Sophia - Oceaandagboek deel 2, dag 4

Positie: 33 26.716N; 053 00812WCOG80 gr.SOG 6,3 ktsDagafstand: 150 nmZeilvoering GR en KFWind21, 3 (variabel tot 30 kts)Weer bewolktZicht matigGolven 3 mLuchtdruk 1025 mbarWatertemp: 21,6 gradenZieken 1Het is donker, aardedonker en 23.00 uur. Al meerdere nachten gaan we getooidin een nieuw avondkostuum.Thermomaillot of joggingbroek, vlies en zeeronelegante sokken! Wat is het hier koud!! Ons tropenvelletje heeft moeite deboel te volgen.Jan is nog steeds niet lekker. Besloten heh ik hem deze nachtlanger telaten slapen. Ikzelf ben immers hartstikke fit en haal de rust later wel in!Om 1.20 uur voel ik iets vreemds. Wind is anders, blijft te lang hangen. Perdirekt roep ik toch maar om hulp bij het indraaien van de genua. "Ga maarweer liggen, Jan", klinkt het even later in de stikdonkere. read more...


25/05/2014

Sea Eagle - Dark and damp, not stormy

I was wondering why it was a little dark and damp in the forward cabin. I think we've worked out where Huds is getting his extra mushrooms, "he's growing em!"We are having some fabulous sailing. Sea Eagle is in her element, as are we. So far she just keeps marching on relentlessly. Very rarely dropping below 7 knots but often over 9. As I sit here writing we are at 10 (oh yes). Like us I think she is determined to get to the prize giving in Horta. The seas have been slightly calmer the last 24 hours though we do anticipate this changing through Sunday. Good luck to Ian in his attempt in making us a full blown Sunday roast. Should be top entertainment and probably result in his forehead being branded by a red hot grill.Lovely chicken curry made by Ali last night and pleased to report that. read more...


25/05/2014

Gertha 4 - Shift Change

First things first! HAPPY BIRTHDAY ISLA! My little niece, back in distantGuildford is another little year older. I love you lots, Isla, and cannot waitto see you and everyone in a month or two!   So, to business.   Yesterday it was decided that the rota should be changed, which though itcut my (precious, so precious) day off in half, means that we get more hours ofconsecutive rest on our shifts. Good stuff.  Something else has also shifted, as we find ourselves into the second halfof our crossing. Mileage wise we’re probably well over half way by now, but it’sin other senses that we have shifted. We are talking about our arrival in theAzores (mainly regarding cheese and Peter’s bar), and have literally beencounting down the miles. We’re not willing them away; it’s lovely. read more...


25/05/2014

American Spirit II - Day 139; Into the Gale, Moving Objects in the Heavens, Watch Keeping Hand Off Explained, in a New Time Zone & a Free Wheeling Wind Turbine

At 12:02 AM the wind is 10/11 knots and our boat speed is 6.0. Comfortable. At 12:39 AM I saw a 2 second shooting star that covered 20% from its zenith to the horizon. Spectacular! Like someone drew a lighted line across the night sky. I saw another, regular, shooting star2 minutes later.During the watch change at 1:00 AM we noticed on the SSB radio screen a message: "All Ships 53962000." Never heard it come in. Might have been a distress call?Joel relieved me at 1:00 PM. He had been sleeping until then. When another crew member takes over a watch, the person on watch doesn't just say 'good night' and head below to sleep. First off, the person on watch will make coffee for the person coming on watch, in exactly the manner they want it done. And they will hand deliver it to them. Then. read more...


05/06/2014

Happy Destiny - May 25 Beautiful sailing day - blog 25 May

A lovely sail today if you were not in a hurry to get someplace.  We ran under gennaker and main all day, probably averaging about 5.5 knots.  Wind remains on starboardquarter, but a lot lighter than forecast for zone JJ, which we are in southern portion of.  Blue seas, blue skies, what not to like.  Of course there is that pesky cutoff time in Horta.. read more...


Flomaida II - es gibt ihn wirklich, den green flash nach dem Sonnenuntergang!
Flomaida II - es gibt ihn wirklich, den green flash nach dem Sonnenuntergang!
25/05/2014

Ballytrim - Ballytrim Day 11 23rd to 24th May 2014

Noon 23rd to noon 24th- 198 nautical miles travelled. ( equals the record from the last leg to Bermuda).The last 24 hours has seen some hard work go into maintaining speed and attempting to 'open the gap' between ourselves and the other yachts around us. The effort put in by the boys appears to have paid and we have for our second day in a row exceeded 190 miles in 24 hours. Well down the team ...... Its an achievement in itself, to gain the miles we have, but more so because the seas/wave patterns are often at variance with the wind direction which adds to the challenge of making the boat steer in the right direction. Surfing down a wave in pitch black does make for an exciting time!This morning was fun. It was Tony's birthday, so the watch before he got up blew up balloons and. read more...


24/05/2014

Sojourner -

5/24:Turned out to be another good sailing day.Last night's shift ended up with confused seas caused by wind against current. After a while things settle down and we had 15knts of wind abaft of beam so we couldrun wing on wing.Main held out to port and secured with a preventer and the Genoa polled out to starboard. Didn't make fantastic time but the boat had acomfortable motion in rather heavy swells. Today's speed and distance numbers weren't as impressive as yesterday's but still good. All under warm temperatures and sun shine. A half dozen dolphins swam in our bow wake for about 30 minutes at sunset.We were doing about 5.8 knts at the time.They moved effortlessly back and forth our bow without seeming to move a muscle.They first approached the boat from the port side jumping whole. read more...


24/05/2014

Gertha 4 - Salty Cogs

Night watches are turning into quite the treat. Last night we saw dolphinszipping through the phosphorescence. They basically appear as giant serpents ortorpedoes speeding alongside the boat. Awesome!  New propeller should be waiting for us on the Azores. I hear there is goodcheese over there too, so I will dive out front and drag us in if the motorcan’t. Gertha is whizzing along though...no need to motor even if it waspossible!  What more to say? Couple of loaves in the oven and a squash to be roastedwith some pappies.  Feeling exceptionally tired today! Cogs a little salty perhaps.  It’s back to sleep for me...  Anthony    . read more...


24/05/2014

Webster - A Treacle Miner's Tale

NEAL WARD, A TREACLE MINERS TALE ARC EUROPE 24.5.2014Well were do I start? Here I am onboard Yacht Webster as part of the World Cruising Clubs Arc Europe which has taken us on leg one over six days from Tortola on the British Virgin Islands 900NM to Bermuda where we spent a few days on a glorious Island with a great atmosphere and some of the friendliest locals I have ever met.Leg two started almost two weeks ago now crossing the Atlantic to Horta on theAzores and we are approx three days away sailing at 8 knots with fifteen knots of wind on the beam GLORIOUS! It did not start out this way though, as the start and first few days saw some very challenging conditions and high seas but that's sailing for you!So what about me, the Dunchideock Treacle Miners Sailing Club (DTMSC) and how I. read more...


24/05/2014

Defyr - Towards Azores: Silence

Our silent moment for Cheeki Rafiki's crew. Our condolences to the family and friends.-Everyone in Defyr-image.. read more...


24/05/2014

Webster - Tributes

Saturday 24th May 2014 Position 37 15'N 36 40'WDTD 395nm at noonSo the bank holiday weekend is upon us but no real change to life onboard, after all we can't go hiking off to the supermarket or plan on going down to the rugby club or go off cycling, or perish the thought, mow the lawn. No - our world continues in a regime of sailing the boat, eating and sleeping, for some the latter seems to be the major part.We had a clear night last night, hardly a cloud in the sky and it was not too cold, just a bit damp generally. We had a very welcome email from Spiderman announcing that he (actually a she in this particular case) was 'coming to get us'. Spiderman attracted to Webster has a certain symmetry don't you think; who will end up in whose web I wonder. Thanks for that Defyr, very amusing. read more...


Defyr - Towards Azores: Silence
Defyr - Towards Azores: Silence
24/05/2014

Starship - ED heading EAST - day 10

SUN-FACTOR: Wir segeln hoch im Norden auf 39 ° im Hoch. Wind von achtern, 13 Knoten. Immerhin.RUN-FACTOR: 6-7 Knoten - das sieht wieder ganz vernünftig aus. FUN-FACTOR: Die "Half-Way" Feier ist dem Regen zum Opfer gefallen. Dafür öffnen wir jetzt - zur Feier des letzten Drittels - eine Flasche Sekt. Kindersekt wohlgemerkt.. read more...


24/05/2014

Flomaida II - 23.5. Mitternacht.Halleluja, bald sind wir da!

Flomaida rennt heute schon den ganzem Tag so, als wollte sie auch endlichankommen. Nach mehreren Tagen genüsslichem Parasailorsegeln, ging und gehtes immer noch so richtig zur Sache. Seit heute morgen flitzt Flomaida mit9-11 Knoten durch und über die Wellen bei 25-30 Knoten Wind von 60 Grad,dem idealen Winkel für sie. Das ist zwar schön, bringt aber unseren Plandurcheinander,der die Ankunft in Niue für den Morgen vor sieht. Ich mag esgar nicht, nachts an einer fremden Insel anzulanden, aber wir schaffen esfast immer!!!! Dazu kommt noch, dass kein Mondlicht uns die Umrisse zeigt,und Christoph die Genua mal wieder von Hand einrollen muss, aber das kanner mittlerweile auch schon im Dunkeln, hinter dem Rücken, oder wenn es seinmuss, sogar auf dem Kopf stehend!!In Nuie haben wir Bojen zur. read more...


24/05/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - It's the sea Jim, but not as we know it!

N31:45:377   W65:02:186   Very true Bones, this sea is not like any we haveexperienced to date - corkscrew motion with a whole chunk of sideways roll thatmake it very challenging to move around the boat. The sea is on the strern portquarter with short steep waves over the underlying ocean swell, which is why weare rolling quite so much - so far over 24 hours and a few to gotoo.   We have Klingons on the starboard bow captain.Yes, thank you Mr Sulu, we on earth know them as barnacles - and very tenanciousand sharp little beasties they are too!   Yes, sea madness has kicked in and we've beenthinking about silly quotes that seem to live on in many peoples memories - oursincluded. So forgive us these little foibles if you can.   It's the sails, Jim, they cannea. read more...


24/05/2014

Anna Sophia - Oceaandagboek deel 2, dag 3

Positie: 33.00 N 56.00 WCOG: 82 grSOG: 5.8 knpDagafstand: 151,3 nmZeilvoering; GR + GWind 15 kts ZWWeer; half bewolktZicht: goedGolven: 1tot 2 mLuchtdruk: 1025 ml barWatertemp.: 21,1 grZieken: 1Voorlopig zeilen we prima! Waar we gisterenavond nog een extra rif zetten,trekken we er nu elke mm zeil uit om tempo te maken! Nog steeds East, komter nu snel een Front naderbij. De bedoeling is 100 nm voor dit front teblijven en dan dinsdag nog meer NE te gaan (rond de 60 gr.) richtingoorspronkelijke koerslijn. . Zojuist verlegden we onze huidige koers alvastop 80 graden.Zo werd deze zaterdagochtend de ochtend van het puzzelen. Informatie van degribfiles en onze professional uit Amerika vormden onze beslissing. Allesgaat dus prima. Een enkele bui viel ons slechts ten deel, ben benieuwd hoedit de. read more...


24/05/2014

Sea Eagle - Sea Eagle Blog 24th May

Today life on Sea Eagle has started a lot more gently. The sun is shinning, the swell is diminishing and at last I have been able to hand steer comfortably on my morning watch. Sailing directly in to the rising sun with nothing around is definitely the best way to start the day. Yesterday morning we were all jolted into action quite abruptly when the autopilot decided to flick over to standby all by itself. The boat then proceeded to round up to wind, causing a huge wave to crash over the bow. As soon as I saw a wave crash in through the saloon hatch and heard the sails flog, I jumped out of bed in my pyjamas to assist Ben and Mackie on the helm. We then proceeded to assess the situation, which was quite challenging given the swell and the amount of equipment that was stowed in the. read more...


24/05/2014

Puerki - De keerzijde van zeezeilen

Sinds maandag weten we aan boord van S/Y Puerki dat een ander jacht wordt vermist. Per e-mail via de satphone ontvingen we bericht van de Atlantic Rally for Cruisers en van de Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre/Bermuda Radio.  De Cheeki Rafiki, van het Engelse charterbedrijf Stormforce Coaching begon op donderdag 15 mei water te maken. De veertig voet Beneteau First 40.7 is onderweg van Antigua naar Engeland. In overleg met ‘de wal’ wordt besloten een tussenstop te maken op de Azoren. Sinds vrijdag 16 mei is echter geen contact meer met de bemanning van vier personen geweest. Drie vliegtuigen en drie vrachtschepen gaan zoeken.  Het schip kwam echt midden op de Oceaan in de problemen. 1900 km van de Azoren, 1300 km van Nova Scotia in Canada, 1400 km van Bermuda. De vloot van de. read more...


24/05/2014

Defyr - Towards Azores: Wet Wet Wet

Grey and wetness surrounds us and we have just three goals in mind.1. Get to Horta before dark. This means keeping up the speed atleast 7,14kn.2. Get to Horta before Webster and do a Spiderman dance on the peer when they arrive.3. Cross the finish line with zero motoring hours. This seems possible since we have proven there is no such thing as Azores high.image.. read more...


05/06/2014

Happy Destiny - May 24 Dolphins Playing - blog 24 May

High point of our morning has been a pod of  dolphins playing about the boat.  And a huge whale swimming past us about 20 yards to starboard.  Wind is pushing us alittle southerly.  Flew gennaker yesterday until dusk, but using  genoa today.  We have not used engine for propulsion at all so far.  May need it at end to make cutoff time next Saturday, but a lot of miles to go before then.. read more...


Defyr - Towards Azores: Wet Wet Wet
Defyr - Towards Azores: Wet Wet Wet
24/05/2014

Reberth - Time for reflection.

The crew of Reberth are saddened to learn of the confirmation that the hull of the Cheeki Rafiki has been found but that there is no sign of the crew. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families and friends.We have now reached the halfway point of our journey from Bermuda to The Azores and celebrated this milestone with a breakfast of orange juice, hash browns/rosti, bacon, fried eggs, baked beans, followed by coffee and tea. All this whilst romping along at a speed of eight knots. We should be there by next weekend.. read more...


24/05/2014

Starship - ED heading EAST - day 09

SUN-FACTOR: Am frühen Nachmittag ist der Regen vorbei. Der Wind lässt nach. Die Wellen bleiben. RUN-FACTOR: Wieder viel langsamer. Schade eigentlich, die schnelle Fahrt durch den Regen hat mehr Spaß gemacht.FUN-FACTOR: Unser Salon ist nicht wieder zu erkennen. Überall hängt nasses Gewand. Eine Langzeitfolge des Regens, denn bei diesen Temperaturen und dieser Luftfeuchtigkeit trocknet nichts so schnell.. read more...


24/05/2014

Starblazer - 23/05/2014 –From one sailing club to another!

A year ago today, Friday, we cast off from our home club, Hardway Sailing Club, to head westwards. Since then most of our travels have been in the right direction except a detour into the Mediterranean for a couple of months and our Panama Canal transit which heads from northwest to southeast. Yesterday we arrived in Niue, 12 hours behind British Summer Time but not quite half way around the world.Our arrival was well timed, before the immigration team stopped working for the day, and we went ashore to clear customs and immigration.Getting ashore can be rather fraught but fortunately the seas were relatively flat. There is no pontoon, jetty or beach where you can leave the RIB in the water and all are lifted ashore onto the quay.I scrambled up one set of steps, then John positioned the. read more...


24/05/2014

Sweet Pearl - Suwarrow --> Niue - 2.Tag - Weiter gehts

Gestern haben wir uns von der wunderschönen Insel Suwarrow verabschiedet und sind jetzt unterwegs nach Niue (530 Seemeilen). Es war ein herrlicher Tag gestern - himmlisches Segeln ohne Wellen und genug Wind. Heute machen wir Slalom um die Squalls, haben mehr Wind, kommen deshalb aber auch schneller voran. Wir hoffen am Montag anzukommen. Ansonsten gibts nicht viel zu berichten - wir sind beide gesund und munter:). Cheers. Tom. read more...


24/05/2014

American Spirit II - Day 138; Leaving Suwarrow for Niue, Humpback Whales , the Book Dark Wave & a Marlin Hit; Thursday, May 22, 2014

Up at 7:30 AM. Rain showers passing by. Closed hatches. Free & Breezy was weighing anchor and getting ready to head out to Niue. At 9:08 AM Sweet Pearl departed, followed by Circe at 9:38 AM.Had our last breakfast for a while in a tranquil anchorage. Bacon, eggs, pear halves and toast. And coffee. Tomorrow we'll be eating breakfast maybe standing on our heads. After the 9:30 AM net, we put stowed our dingy. This is a laborious process. First the motor is dismantled. The electric motor is reduced to 3 pieces: handle, battery and shaft. Then the seat is removed and the two oars. Then the drain is opened in the back of the dingy at the base of the transom. We then pull the dingy around to the side of the boat and stand it vertically, draining any water in it. Once we have it on deck,the. read more...


23/05/2014

Gertha 4 - Orange Turtles

LAT 38.35 N LON 46.26   Business as usual today. It’s a hot, sunny day. The ocean being kind to us.We’re cruising above seven knots bang in course toward Horta. To be honest, itfeels good. The last few days have been difficult, and hard to articulate.Skipper described it in passing earlier as feeling hollow. I feel similar. Itwas not an easy thing sailing away from the search area. But we had done what wecould. I’ve thought and written about the whole thing, but I’m not sure it’suseful or appropriate to publish here. We are not happy to have left the searchoperation, we are sad that we didn’t find anything helpful, and we are eager tohear some good news.   But, in a way, we are back to business as usual. If you can call it that.Last night, as I was on watch, with Mauritz asleep. read more...


24/05/2014

Webster - Treacle miners demonstrate their prowess

Friday 23rd May 2014. Postion 36 50'N 40 19'WNoon DTD 570nmThe wind dropped a little this morning early on so we shook out the reefs and romped on. Good job we are not in the military otherwise Dave would have been on yet another charge for sleeping on duty. He can't hide the fact that he's asleep given the audible signs given out; he would contend that he is making sure whales don't come too close by warning them of our presence. He managed to wake up in time for the end of his watch this morning just in time to go to bed again; if he slept any more it would not be worth his while getting up!The sailing has been brilliant today with plenty of wind from a good direction for us (SE) allowing us to close reach direct to Horta. The boat is powered up and loving it. Igor and I were helming. read more...


24/05/2014

Firefly - Suwar-WOW

Firefly's anchor was lifted at 0700 this morning (Friday 23rd May) and we left the shelter of Anchorage Island on the fringe reef of Suwarrow lagoon. We, along with several other World ARC boats managed to double the planned stop to 6 days - even that feels too short a period to spend in such a fantastic place, especially when we know its unlikely we will ever return.On Wednesday morning we went back to the reef where the Manta Rays are frequently seen. Having snorkeled around the reef looking for them - Susie found them 'gliding' in the area under where we had anchored the dinghys! It appears as though the reef is where they come for 'cleansing' - they swim slowly while lots of smaller fish provide a cleaning service. We saw 2 - one about 3 meters wing tip to wing tip, black on top with. read more...


24/05/2014

Sojourner - A good day at sea

The past couple of days have been unexpectantly good.We were advised yesterday morning that we would have to motor for a day or two until we found wind.After three hours of motoring,though, the wind did fill in and we sailed the rest of the day.Went to bed last night with OSPREY a mile or so off our stern but seemingly headed in another course.This morning I was surprised to seem them still with us.After coffee, we raised the spinnaker thinking we would smoke them but, instead, they pulled away and over the horizon as we tried to get a good sail set. Most of us accepted that OSPREY had beaten us but Bob went about tweaking the spinnaker lines. He had us up to 7+ knots for most of the day! That, and Paul had a insight as to how to replumb the water maker hoses to by pass a malfunctioning. read more...