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11/11/2014

Easy Rider - The Cabin Boy's Log..... Day 2

Day 2 was a slight anti climax as well a needed break after an action packed start. Winds were lighter than expected bringing our lofty hopes of a 4 day passage to a more grounded 5 - 6. That said, spirits onboard were high, fueled by fabulous food (thank you Soy) and more cups of tea than you can shake a stick at.With the weather forecast looking lighter than our initial predictions, we spent the afternoon pondering over GRIB files and watching our fellow sailors on AIS, trying to read their manouvers. Competition was in the air as some boats turned thier AIS to receive only, masking themselves from prying eyes.As the swell calmed and the sun set, we settled into a quiet night of somber sleep and moon lit watches.Max (the cabin boy). read more...


11/11/2014

Reberth - Day 3

All is well on Reberth, but would be even better if we had some wind!! Once again we have turned into a motor boat. Yesterday saw a milestone of less than seven hundred miles to go so chocolate was distributed. As I have just glanced up I see that we are now nearing the six hundred mark so I guess it’s treat time again.Last night was one of those magical evenings, before the moon rose, when all crew went “WOW” when they went on deck. The Milky Way was amazing. I wish I had a better camera to record such things.We are all getting our sea legs now so it may be curry for supper, we’ll see!!. read more...


11/11/2014

Windswept - Waitted all night for the sun rise than it DAWNED on me!

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Windswept - Waitted all night for the sun rise than it DAWNED on me!
Windswept - Waitted all night for the sun rise than it DAWNED on me!
11/11/2014

DreamCatcher - DreamCatcher - Day 3

So here we are, at 0930 onTuesday 11th November.....bobbin' around in the North Atlantic. 'We' are Edd, James, Josh, David, Margaret and Martin, and we make a pretty fair, and happy crew.We got off to a flying start with some incredible downwind sailing. With the wind gusting to over 30 knots we only used the white sails, but were regularly recording 11, 12, 13, and even 14.3 knots over the ground (Maggie on helm).Currently on a port tack with the Parasailor flying, but with scarcely 10 knots of wind, we are only making some 5 knots. At least it isn't uncomfortable.This is the first time we have flown Pandora for anything other than training drills, and she has coped very well. We began using her yesterday, with the strong gusty winds and lumpy seas of Sunday behind us, and flew her. read more...


11/11/2014

Adagio - Fish on!

Finally!!After a couple of Really good "the one that got away" stories (and it is frustrating to them have them shake the hook after wrestling them right up to the boat) we finally landed our first fish. Not really big, but plenty for a fresh ceviche and tasty fillets four four. Yum!!We're still plodding along in a search for favorable winds but, alas, it seems we are to tack out way in for the last few hundred miles.Tradewinds are at last building, but they are out of the southeast, and guess which way we want to go :)Ah well, the beauty of it all is that in just a short while we'll be joining the rest of the rally at Nanny Cay and ~then~ the real story telling can start :)Not much to report, really. Adagio is doing what we ask without complaint. I have photos of our speed at both 10.5. read more...


11/11/2014

Caduceus of Burnham - New Zealand Day 7 - Land ho New Zealand - Almost there

Date                1200 (UTC +11) Tuesday 11 2014                       1400 (UTC+13) local time New Zealand                        Distance run    Last 24 hours 179nm over the ground, 178nm through the waterDistance (OG) covered from start 1022nmDistance to destination 42nm 178nm made in the dayOriginal distance to Opua (direct route) 890nmLeaving our turn towards our waypoint and resorting to full motor meant that we had a decreasing swell to motor into and initially with only a well sheeted in main we made just over 5 knots. read more...


Caduceus of Burnham - New Zealand Day 7 - Land ho New Zealand - Almost there
Caduceus of Burnham - New Zealand Day 7 - Land ho New Zealand - Almost there
Caduceus of Burnham - New Zealand Day 7 - Land ho New Zealand - Almost there
Caduceus of Burnham - New Zealand Day 7 - Land ho New Zealand - Almost there
Caduceus of Burnham - New Zealand Day 7 - Land ho New Zealand - Almost there
Caduceus of Burnham - New Zealand Day 7 - Land ho New Zealand - Almost there
11/11/2014

Exody - Day 2 - Breeze, Baleines and Breakages

Having motored on and off throughout the light winds of the night, morning brought great trade wind conditions for a good sail in very nearly the right direction. There were two other yachts within sight and we realised at the first radio net this morning how relatively west we were - the wind and a good proportion of the fleet reporting in were further east- and maybe still are as we are motoring once again this evening to keep up the pace - 3.9 knots just wont cut it!Marian spotted a pair of spouting whales at extremely close quarters plus a large area of brown water adjacent - glad we didn't have the watermaker on!It's been a day of gear failure- our chartplotter decided we were doing up to 19 knots and heading in multiple directions - drawing a track on the screen which after a few. read more...


10/11/2014

Lydia - Day 2 - The first update

After a good start winds of 20 knots steadily increased to more than 30 knots through the night and created a swell of more than 4m. Lydia took all this in her stride but left the crew less than enthusiastic about the chefs frozen seafood paella dinner.Opting for the eastern route we headed towards Westerm Sahara overnight. And with the wind calming to about 15 knots by morning the 'swift' rigging of the twin foresail rig was achieved barely two watches later. The mainsail has been furled and the yankee and the newly named hankee are flying superbly carrying us on a swift dead run since.The morning fleet high frequency (HF) radio check gave us an opportunity to exchange updates with others and to throw down the gauntlet to. read more...


10/11/2014

Starblazer - 10/11/2014 –A Brilliant day!

The slightly lumpy seas of Sunday afternoon finally abated and by midnight the sea was quite slight.The moon shone like a beacon, illuminating the sea all around the horizon.There was a slight downside, it was cold! Musto fleece lined mid layers are very good!Some people might consider them a bit OTT for sailing in the tropics but I can assure you it is not tropical here.With a stunning sunrise the temperature rose fairly quickly, the seas became even flatter and what little wind there was veered to allow us to set a course for our waypoint off North Cape, New Zealand.We have been motoring steadily all day, getting a boost from the current occasionally, getting held back some of the time.It is great to see the Distance To Waypoint (DTW) reduce at roughly the same rate as we are. read more...


10/11/2014

Windswept - Easting

EastingDue to strong south winds we were able to do the necessary sailing to the east 65 longitude.The crew is all in better spirits now that the winds turned east and we are heading toward Tortola instead of away.In the past 48 hours we only made 108 Miles good to destination but traveled 300 miles some of today’s sailing was over 7 knots.I cooked up 1 Mia last night it was so large that it fed the crew and we had leftovers.Tonight is Mexican night and the enchiladas / burritos comcomption I made up is finishing in the oven.Our ETA to Tortola is Thursday night.. read more...


10/11/2014

Aelfgifu - 10th November 2014 Las Palmas

Today we had our ARC Safety Inspection.IMG_9854. read more...


Aelfgifu - 10th November 2014 Las Palmas
Aelfgifu - 10th November 2014 Las Palmas
10/11/2014

Aviva - Simple Pleasures

After several days and nights of making the most of moderate to fresh breezes for easting, last night as the winds moderated we decided we could reef a bit more overnight than we might have otherwise, and get better sleep.What a concept, and what a pleasure, walking about the cabin and cockpit sans lurching, and sleeping flat versus pressed into side of the boat.I think we are all feeling refreshed today.  Next in the simple pleasure realm, as the wind dropped below 10 knots, and our speed dropped to 3.5, and the cloudiness of the last few days gave way to full sun, and the temp broke 80 degrees, that blue, blue water started beckoning to us.At Mark's suggestion we hove to and took turns bathing (Joy dish soap laters in salt water!) and cooling off, off the transom.What about. read more...


10/11/2014

Lone Star - Day & - The final push

We are going fast today and nothing could be better.Well, one thing could.We could be heading for the BVI's rather than Puerto Rico.We went through a number of squalls last night and this morning and each had its own weather system.Wind shifts as much as 180 degrees from one side to the other.Even had to tack once and Lone Star does not like to tack.Now all of that is in the past and we are close hauled and making 7.5 knots. If the wind continues like it is we should be in Nanny Cay in the early afternoon of November 11th. It has been seven days since I have had a conversation with Captain Morgan or checked in with my Clash of Clan buds so I am looking forward to landfall.Fair winds,Craig. read more...


10/11/2014

Makena - Nov 10 - Cape Verde leg day 2 sunset report

We covered over 170nm in the first 24 hours but the winds have not been so much fun today, or not fun with the wave direction anyway. We lost a fish who ran off with a favourite lure while sailing under the spinnacker (300m2 of orange and red). The spi got taken down at the start of a squall instead of before it so it was a case of free showers all round, including for baby Kai who was rudely rushed to the flybridge to help those less familiar with the boat to know which line was which. Our 1st cunnignham line got damaged where it turns at the mast but that is at least easy to repair. We have some problems with our square top sail touching the boom topping lift when we have one reef taken unfortunately for the sail. Anyway, that it is not meant to sound all negative at all - we are. read more...


10/11/2014

Easy Rider - Captain's Log......Day 1

WHAT A DAY!! After 11 days in Las Palmas it was marvellous to finally slip the lines & motor out into the bay, ready for the start. We had a lovely breeze & after 40 minutes of going round in circles we powered up & headed for the start. Easy Rider was first over the line, and we set sail down the coast of Gran Canaria with 50 yachts in hot pursuit.As the afternoon progressed, the wind & the seas grew in equal measure & it became necessary to reduce sail.......with winds suddenly gusting up to 40 knots this was easier said than done!!A number of yachts, including ourselves suffered some damage to sails.Our crew for this trip, Neil from Canada, & Max from England, proved to be very competent sailors in what turned out to be some very difficult conditions, which. read more...


10/11/2014

GarliX - Day 1

Ein Tag zum Abgewöhnen und ein blinder Passagier…Gerade sitzen wir alle in der Sonne und genießen und beobachten eine erschöpfte Taube - es ist ein blinder Passagier eingezogen!! Nun, etwas erschöpft waren wir vom ersten Tag auch. Wir hatten von 3 - 35kn aus fast jeder Windrichtung alles, das hat ermüdet und unsere Crew etwas verschreckt. Dummerweise ist Max bei einer Halse in und mit der Großschot gefallen und wurde erstmal mit geprelltem Arm und Schulter in die Koje geschickt. Das allein hätte gereicht - dann hat uns eine riesige Welle im Cockpit besucht… was nicht dramatisch gewesen wäre, wenn ich nicht vorher heimlich eine Luke offengelassen hätte…. alles war plötzlich nass…. selbst schuld!! Jetzt so frisch nach der Mittagsruhe kann man alles vergessen. Wir sind gut vorangekommen,. read more...


10/11/2014

Time Bandit - Wild and Windy

Finally, we're out of Las Palmas and out into the wide blue yonder. Wide and a bit wild.The ARC forecast guru said it would be blowing 20 knots at the start and when we hit the acceleration zone at the airport we would see 30 knots. As we quite like 30 knots from behind we headed for the airport, leaving the bulk of the fleet who mostly headed out to sea. We got our 30 knots and a bit more, gusting 35-40 with big rollers. The wind lasted much longer than the acceleration zone. In fact it lasted till about midnight so we had a great blast down the side of Gran Canaria and offshore regularly in double figures with a top speed from Huw of 12.8. We've 2 1/2 hours to go to our noon position and we've already tucked away 156 miles.And the end of our spinnaker pole which got twisted and chomped. read more...


10/11/2014

Abigail - Abigail - 11-10 Report

Greetings from the merry crew of Abigail.It's a beautiful sunny day and we are headed straight for the finish line with 250 miles to go.That's quite a bit further away than we had hoped at this time, but yesterday was a very difficult day.The day began well enough with the numerous squalls we faced the night before seemingly behind us.But by late morning the squalls returned with a vengeance.  While we were dealing with squalls one of the bilge pumps started to back siphon (ie, put water in the boat instead of taking it out.This was resolved quickly enough, but not before it was the sloshing bilge water shorted out the battery charger and the freezer.This is added to the watermaker that quit working two days ago.This means we are running low on water, but should have enough to make. read more...


10/11/2014

GEM - SE wind woes - thank God for Superman and Garrison Keilor

We have had strong SE winds for several days now and the sea state and winds create a very uncomfortable slow march to the finish line ;-(Crew is tired of beating and being beaten but with 270 miles to go we are motorsailing to the mark with an ETA Wed afternoon.You may have noticed the zig zag in our track last night, we tried to get more east of the rhumb line hoping that the winds would shift to East/SE but as of 10:30 this am that hasn’t happened.Since we have plenty of fuel left (~60 % in both tanks) and are running on one engine we can follow this strategy as uncomfortable as it is.The other boats around us, Lucky Strike, Abigail and Club Carp appear to be tacking.We suspect they are low on fuel.I am confident that we’ll win the ‘Most Motoring” award :-)Yesterday right after. read more...


10/11/2014

Asylum - Rock and Roll

Rock and Roll on Asylum took on a new meaning last night as we sailledthrough the "accelleration zone" of increased wind along the side of Gran Canaria and south of the island. It was quite a ride, surfing and falling off the side of cresting waves. No real injury to bodies or property, so all is good after 26 hours...but lots of issues with balance!. read more...


10/11/2014

Club Carp - Club Carp: Boats life

Following yesterday's Easting, we've reverted to a Southern tack and have been making good headway under roughly 20 knots of apparent wind.It appears, based on some of the other boats that have popped up on our radar (really our AIS for those familiar), that everyone was trying to find the optimal course over the past 24 hours.Those boats that attacked the South, while we were making our Easting, have now crossed back over our course.We can't see Sail Tracker to view the courses of our competitors but I'm thinking something like two skiers coming down an untracked powder slope on opposing slaloms to create a beautiful repetitive figure 8 pattern (skiers will know what I mean...think of any Warren Miller flick).  Over to the daily meal recap (really all we do out here is sail, drink,. read more...


Club Carp - Club Carp: Boats life
Club Carp - Club Carp: Boats life
10/11/2014

Tom Tom - Day 7

This is what ocean rallying is all about - a wonderful night of sailing. After yesterday's thunderstorms, with its 45 knot gusts, conditions are now as close to perfect as they could be - small puffy clouds highlighted by the waning moon - calmer seas, and 10-15 knots of breeze. After beating to the east, we've picked up a south easterly breezy, a little off the nose, but the boat is beautifully balanced and running well as we enjoy the occasional lifts from the wind moving to the east and then the forecast north east trades as we approach Tortola. An honorary mention has been requested by the crew of the exceptional culinary skills demonstrated in the preparation of the freshly caught Mahi Mahi - enjoyed again last night with a little lime, olive oil, butter & soy. read more...


10/11/2014

Crazy Horse - Nov 10,2014

Here we are at the under 200 mile mark. These last couple hundred miles have been very frustrating-as far as the wind.Wind is constantly on our nose-prescisely where we want to go! Southeast southeast! No matter what we do- put up sails, sail to the east, sail to the west, take sails down, no progress is made. One hour we made 2 miles. So finally we have decided to motor sail with one reef in the mainsail. We feel like we are clawing our way uphill to the finish line.We have had lots of squalls the past 2 days. A blanket of darkness comes upon us like the millennium falcon and the rains come barreling down.But don't get me wrong I am not complaining. There are still many great sunsets, cloud sculptures, and fish to see flying by. We are already talking about going to the places we. read more...


10/11/2014

Reberth - Day 2 ARC+

After a boisterous first twenty odd hours we are all hoping Day 2 will be a little calmer and we can catch up on some sleep!! Conditions have not been for the faint hearted but at least no one on board has sea sickness. After taking last night’s SSB several boats that called in has crew members not too well. Let’s hope all is better for them today. The sun is shining and our first water sample has been taken for the OceanWatch research project.Oh happy day. Now for the Net.. read more...


10/11/2014

Hugur - Hugur bids fairwell and thank you to the Yellowshirts

DAGBÓK fyrir ARC+ blog Day 1.Yey , we are starting today the dream has come true!. With big anticipation and butterflies in the stomach we cast off our lines and set off to the big adventure.The last 11 days in the harbour in Las Palmas have flown out the window, we have been busy busy preparing, doing the seminars and the social program and meeting with new friends to be .Just yesterday our crew Pascal Schuermanna German Journalist for the  German sailing magazine, Yacht arrived on board , he will stay with us to the Cape Verdes, and we are looking forward to sail with him and even learn from his experience as a sailor.   Otherwise we are double handling on our World Cruise most of the time. Today the thing is to remember to buy baguettes in the Minimarket. read more...


10/11/2014

Caduceus of Burnham - New Zealand Day 6 - Sail east then cut and run

Position           32:32.21S 171:22.66 EDate                1200 (UTC +11) Monday 10 2014                        Distance run    Last 24 hours 149nm over the ground, 155nm through the water                        Distance (OG) covered from start 843nm                        Distance to destination 220nm 110nm made in. read more...


10/11/2014

Exody - Day 1 - Spanking Start

Conditions were perfect for a fantastic ARC+ start cheered on and snapped by the WCC Yellowshirts - even checking on our fruit/vegetable delivery from the photography RIB. The final morning had been as hectic as the previous 17 days of preparations in Las Palmas, where we had arrived after a 2300 mile three month cruise from Scotland.We had one crew wife waving from the shore plus John and crew from a fellow Clyde boat doing the main ARC. With the big cats starting 15 minutes ahead we were out from our berthg amongst the Cats in good time but found a twisted reefing line so down came the 'just hoisted' main to re-reeve and tie the second reefline by which time we found ourselves almost the most distant boat from the startline at the 10 minute gun.We managed to close the start mid fleet. read more...


09/11/2014

Lydia - Introducing the Crew

Right to left in the photoRichard Jackman (Commodore)Matthew Fyfe - First Mate (Commander)Steve Jones - Ships DoctorDonald Begg - SkipperHenry Wood - EngineerSet sail at 12:30 with good winds behind uscrew_small. read more...


Lydia - Introducing the Crew
Lydia - Introducing the Crew
09/11/2014

Reberth - Close encounter with the Falconberg!!

Couldn’t resist letting you see the vessel we had to radio as they appeared to be heading straight for us!! The skipper, very obligingly made a large turn to starboard and we passed port to port.Happy Sailing. Sure it won’t be our only encounter on this trip!!!!Falconberg. read more...


Reberth - Close encounter with the Falconberg!!
Reberth - Close encounter with the Falconberg!!
09/11/2014

Zulú - DIA -14

body{font-family:Helvetica,Arial;font-size:13px}En los dias pasados hemos intercambiado muchas impresiones los miembros de la tripulación. A todo el mundo se le nota la elevación del grado de ansiedad, a medida que la fecha se aproxima. No en vano, venimos de una preparación de casi un año y el día 23  esta la vuelta de la esquina.Por lo demás no hay grandes novedades. La amabilidad de Javier y los buenos oficios de Fernando han permitido que mi sextante esté a ya a bordo, listo para competir con el gps. No vendrá mal un poco de ejercicio mental con los viejos instrumentos de marear para no olvidar todo lo que uno ha aprendido y que nunca ha necesitado  utilizar. Espero que, a la vista del interés de algunos por aprender, su uso sea, al menos, divertido. A los útiles de pesca. read more...


08/11/2014

American Spirit II - Day 307; The Race to Richards Bay & a Bad Weather GRIB Report; Saturday, November 8, 2014

Last night we downloaded a weather GRIB report that was not good. It stated that the wind was going to swing to the southwest at 20+ knots Monday morning at 6:00 AM UTC (10:00 AM boat time). This is a half day sooner than the previous weather report. Therefore, we have to be in by then or we risk an ugly and possibly dangerous condition in crossing the Aghulas Current. As a result of this information, we turned on the motor at 10:17 PM last night (Friday). We have more than enough wind to sail to Richards Bay, but motor sailing, even with 20 knots of wind, will be quicker by a half knot to 1 1/2 knots. So off we go.Also, yesterday I ended the log (Day 306) prematurely, so I will resend it with the added information in it.Up at 6:00 AM. I relieved Jeremy and noticed before he went below. read more...


09/11/2014

Lone Star - Today's Lone Star dribble

I write this under great duress from my salty and crusty skipper Craig. This being my 4th time sailing with Craig, he knows that I resist doing a blog from the boat. So he has been flogging me since we left Port. Now my back can take it no more and I write this piece. Being a Member of the ORDER OF THE SALTY DOG is a very prestigious and Honorable thing. Skipper Craig is still lacking the requirements to become a member and has been soliciting for a rule change. Well I do not think that is going to happen. So Craig will just have to keep on sailing, and in only a few more rallies to succeed in becoming a member in the ORDER OF THE SALTY DOG. It only takes 7 rallies events as boat owner or as a crew member to become one.My crew mate Joe and Stacey are both ardent fisherman and have. read more...


09/11/2014

Tom Tom - Day 6

Another interesting, and at times very challenging day. We began with little or no wind, which gave us a chance to throw out a line - and our first catch of the rally: a 7-8lb Mahi Mahi - which was enjoyed (by 3 of the crew) for dinner. The evening brought wind and some major and menacing thunderstorm cells, which we had to spend most of the night and this morning dodging - unfortunately mostly under engine power. We can assure you that alcohol played no part in the seemingly random nature of our track overnight!Just after lunch now and the worst of the squalls are behind us. We are making 7.5kts under sail, beating to the wind. Hopefully these winds will hold up all the way to TortolaTeam Tom Tom. read more...


09/11/2014

GarliX - Start am 9.11.14?. Richtung Kapverden

Start am 9.11.14…. Richtung KapverdenBei guten 20-25 kn Wind sind wir Punkt 13:00 gestartet… und jetzt - gut 3h später fliegen wir mit sportlichen 9kn Richtung Kapverden. Die ersten 3h sind wir erst einmal Richtung Afrika… nach einer Kuhwende haben wir jetzt den richtigen Kurs anliegen. Die Stimmung an Bord ist gut, kleine Verletzung kurz nach dem Start - aber alles ist wieder gut. Max kam gerade in die Kajüte und meint"… jetzt passieren in den nächsten 5 Tagen keine Aktionen…." er wird noch staunen, was der Käpt'n sich noch einfallen lässt… Genacker, Code Zero…. . Aber dafür ist gerade etwas viel Wind. Gegen 17:00 wurde es dann richtig windig - bis zu 35kn Wind und in Spitze (die Welle runter) 16,7kn Geschwindigkeit… eindeutig zu viel. Haben das Vorsegel weggenommen und das 2. Reff im. read more...


09/11/2014

Makena - Nov 9 - Cape Verde leg day 1

Just some stats: Max TWS 48.9 ktsMax SOG 19.5 ktsCurrent avg speed 8.7 kts55 nm done as I write this. Dinner time aboard.. read more...


09/11/2014

Club Carp - Finally a fish

FINALLY, yesterday just before cocktail hour we managed to hook a Mahi.He was on the smaller side of what one hopes to catch, yet is plenty to feed the crew dinner tonight...we're thinking fish tacos.On the weather front, we ended up with too much wind on our nose to continue on our previous course and are basically only able to sail SW or E, neither really in our favor.We ultimately chose E based on our current wind forecasts.  Adding to today's fun were several squalls this morning (winds in the upper 20s), which resulted in us having to reef our sails on multiple occasions.The one benefit was that we got free fresh water showers on deck.Additionally, we got to see an end-to-end rainbow, which is always a treat.That's it for today as the Captain requested I not write another Club. read more...


Club Carp - Finally a fish
Club Carp - Finally a fish
09/11/2014

Second Wind - Blow the Wind Southerly, no thanks!

Sunday afternoon. The baked Mahi Mahi last night was utterly delicious, eaten on deck with the sun going down. Unfortunately, the wind has swung round to come from the direction of Tortola, so since we can't point the boat at the wind, port tack won over starboard, and we headed off at an angle west of our desired route.By morning, we were 60 miles south west and reckoned that it was time to tack onto starboard to head south east. But the winds are lighter, and the swell is banging straight into the boat, so reluctantly, we are now motor sailing to get east knowing that the wind is set from the south east for the next two days, then should turn easterly. If all goes well, we'll have a lovely reach towards Tortola from the East...of course, followers on yellow brick can see how it works. read more...


09/11/2014

Makena - Nov 9 - underway

I think we got past the start line around two minutes after the gun so that went pretty well. The 400m start line had lots of tankers for decoration so that made it fun to find the coast side marker bouy. Anyway, the famous acceleration zone is certainly no myth and we are in 37 knots wind still now about 5 hours into the race. We long ago took down the gennacker and took some reefs - Lots of excitement for the 3 that have never sailed aboard Makena before. Earlier today the plan was to have the crew make lunch at 10:30 since we were leaving the marina at 11 to wait for the start. Anyway that was not a good idea because everyone was so excited about the sandwiches they made that there had to be some serious persuasion applied just to get them to keep *some* till later! Maybe we are a. read more...


09/11/2014

Firefly - Approaching Cape Reinga, North Island, New Zealand

Its 0300 on Monday 10th November and its extremely chilly. We were told it could be cold during the evenings when we got closer to New Zealand but were not prepared for an Antarctic like chill - perhaps we have gone soft after a year in the tropics. We have been enjoying lighter winds and the change to starboard tack which finally occurred at midday on Sunday. 5 days close hauled and heeled over on port in 15 to 25 knots of wind and rough seas has been enough and with the wind now at about 10 to 12 knots, the sea slight to moderate we are heading almost due east for Cape Reinga some 170 miles away. The wind angle is a little tight for our required course and we are having to motor sail to make good progress.At the Cape we will turn south east and reach the Bay of Islands sometime later. read more...


09/11/2014

Reberth - Last supper and on the way!!

Having managed to download some photos whilst rocking and rolling over the start line and I thought I would share them with you. Whilst trying to get the code flags down the halyard got caught and Ian had to go up the mast just before we left, but all is now well.We were very happy with our start and now need to figure out the most comfortable sail configuration for our journey to Mindelo. Cape Verde here we come.Just looked up and our speed over ground is over eight knots. WOW for us that is shifting.last supper up mast 0n our way. read more...


Reberth - Last supper and on the way!!
Reberth - Last supper and on the way!!