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13/12/2013

Hada - 19 days of Pitch, Yaw, Pivot... with 300 miles to go!

HADA Day 1919 days of Pitch, Yaw, Pivot... with 300 miles to go!Friday December 13th, 2013 10h58m UTC-4Post #10(5 pics attached)Greetings once again from from Anton, Ed, Stu, TJ & André aboard HADA, reporting from Mid Atlantic, 14 degrees 09 minutes North, 56 degrees, 00 minutes West.HADA is sailing steadily and confidently westward, with a bit more gybing (zig-zagging) required than we hoped for - the promised wind from the NE never materialized, blowing instead mostly from 90-110 degrees.We have about 300 miles to go, with landfall now expected to occur on Sunday.Crew is healthy and in good spirits, with everyone processing the slight disappointment from the slower than expected progress.Spirits got lifted however as we enjoyed another amazing meal yesterday evening, with fresh. read more...


Hada - 19 days of Pitch, Yaw, Pivot... with 300 miles to go!
Hada - 19 days of Pitch, Yaw, Pivot... with 300 miles to go!
Hada - 19 days of Pitch, Yaw, Pivot... with 300 miles to go!
Hada - 19 days of Pitch, Yaw, Pivot... with 300 miles to go!
Hada - 19 days of Pitch, Yaw, Pivot... with 300 miles to go!
Hada - 19 days of Pitch, Yaw, Pivot... with 300 miles to go!
Hada - 19 days of Pitch, Yaw, Pivot... with 300 miles to go!
Hada - 19 days of Pitch, Yaw, Pivot... with 300 miles to go!
Hada - 19 days of Pitch, Yaw, Pivot... with 300 miles to go!
Hada - 19 days of Pitch, Yaw, Pivot... with 300 miles to go!
13/12/2013

Mustique - Mustique.13.Dec.Blog.Fish.comp.entry

Arc Fishing Competition - Yacht Mustique- Official entry ARC 2013It was a day much like many others- living the dream, skies 50 shades of blue, trade winds off the quarter and white puffy cumulus clouds smiling the way to the Caribbean.......Then, all of a sudden, all went dull over Yacht Mustique and her crew. Suspecting a dark squall, skipper Fin lay down his book 'How to catch a massive monster fish in the North Atlantic Ocean' and he looked out to sea, to see the biggest flying fish he'd ever seen, soaring through the skies like a Top Gun Tuna!'Chief Fisherman Scott!!' he shouted.... 'FISH on!' Scott sprung into action with Becki the Fish Maiden at his side. The monster flying fish dived back into the deep blue Ocean, its sheer size creating a mini tsunami, drenching Mustique &. read more...


Mustique - Mustique.13.Dec.Blog.Fish.comp.entry
Mustique - Mustique.13.Dec.Blog.Fish.comp.entry
13/12/2013

Hecuba - Days 16 & 17 - Tradewinds, Dolphins & Autopilot issues

We finally found the tradewinds and have been enjoying consistent winds from the East, so our speed and trejectory has improved remarkably. That being said, the seas are bigger than expected making for uncomfortable conditions aboard. On day 17 we were also welcomed at lunchtime by a huge pod of dolphins - they proceeded to swim with us for a couple of hours, jumping out of the water and swimming at incredible speeds alongside. Not the first time we've seen dolphins on the trip, but probably the most impressive showing. In other more depressing news, our autopilot has officially given up the ghost (despite lots of attempts to resolve by Larry & Steve) with a possible hydraulic/power issue, so we're forced to hand steer for the last 650 miles. That means we're probably in for some. read more...


Hecuba - Days 16 & 17 - Tradewinds, Dolphins & Autopilot issues
Hecuba - Days 16 & 17 - Tradewinds, Dolphins & Autopilot issues
13/12/2013

Duplicat - Friday the 13th!

14.32N46.30WNicer conditions now since yesterday, we have slightly less wind today averaging 20 knots and the seas are more organised from behind so we are flying single reefed main and code zero which is giving us a faster ride, top surf speed recorded this morning 14.6 knots.Life is quite pleasant on board and Colin is happy to be doing our daily plot on the eastern end of the big chart!We have put our clocks back twice since Las Palmas but there has been resistance for any more yet as one of the crew wants to see the moon tonight.Being northern Europeans we like the days longer at the end so we can have dinner in the light.. read more...


13/12/2013

Adina - Day 19 Duck Winging on the Atlantic

Day 19 - more wind, more lumpy sea. This is the real Atlantic. It's good to have the wind but these seas are putting a lot of stress on all the yachts out here. One yacht has lost it's mast. Picture taking your home and then putting it on the sea. Everything is shaken around rather violently. Things will unfortunately break. Skippy was on the daily radio check-in finding out if other skippers were goose-winging given the sea state. Two confirmed they were, that was enough for Skippy - we'd be doing the same! For our non-sailing friends, you put your main sail on one side of the boat, holding it out in place with a line called a preventer. Then you rig a spinnaker pole and take your genoa/jib to the opposite side. This allows you to sail with the wind right behind you. But it's a fine. read more...


13/12/2013

Sunrise - Tag 20 - 13.12.2013 - Zielgerade

Nach einer Nacht ohne besondere Vorkommnisse haben wir noch 179NM zum Ziel.Die Sonne brennt, die Luft ist heiß und es geht uns gut.Die ersten Aktionen an Land werden geplant: Min 1 Stunde Duschen, einbisXkühle Cocktails, Waschenund dann werden wir weiter sehen. Wir stellenuns auch die Frage, wie die ersten Schritte an Land aussehen werden –hoffentlich ist der Steg breit genug. Wir sind gespannt wer als erster diePitons von St. Lucia entdeckt. Eventuell sehen wir vorher noch Barbados ausder Ferne.Liebe Grüße von Hans und Sebastian und der Sunrise-Crew. read more...


13/12/2013

Athena of Southampton - Athena log 11

Athena log 11 – Friday December 13th 2013 –15 36.84 N / 55 51.51 W Why is it the lastfew miles of any journey seem to stretch, is it the anticipation of what? A longshower with unlimited water?  Ormaybe the thought of a beer or a meal sat at a table that doesn’t move, thatsteady meal which doesn’t need lifelong curled arm around the plate to preventthe food joining previous meals in the bin.  Thecurled arm locked around the square plate dates back to Nelson’s day. Thisnecessary habit was often used as evidence by the press gang to prove a man wasa sailor, or had been. Hence the common wail of modern day mums “sit upstraight, get your elbows off the table” So not a measure of manners, but anancient ruse to fool those who would offer the Kings shilling. As another crossingcomes. read more...


12/12/2013

Hot Stuff - Fairies of the Lost Arc - Chapter 12

24 hours later and we confirm that we are slightly losing our minds... Thewashing machine sleeping experience has now turned into a tumble drying on extrahot and extra long cycle setting. Bruise count is now into triple figures -colours ranging from the palest of buttercup yellow to the deepest of purple. Anavvy would blush at our expletives - every time Tricia swears the whole boatcheers. She is now down with da kids. Ali G would be proud. She's got theheadlamp, sunnies, medallion and the batty rider shorts. Work that ghetto chicgirlfriend! The sailing experience has been awesome. Big swells push Hot Stuff's bottomtowards St Lucia - blissful surfing - it feel like we are flying sometime. Lifedoesn't get much better than this ... Nikki is currently on the helm eating lastnight's cold. read more...


13/12/2013

Firefly - When the ship comes in to Nelson's Dockyard

After our arrival in English Harbour, we had a lazy morning at anchor in Freeman's Bay catching up with sleep, jobsand swimming off Firefly. When the historic port was clear of charter yachts ( they have been having pre season charter fair here)they gave us a berth right in front of all the historic dock buildings and conveniently a bar. We can now claimed to be fully acclimatized however Peter is the only one so far to have tasted the local rum (the others prefer beer)We had a delicious supper at the Antigua Yacht Club in nearby Falmouth Harbour (no more on board catering for a while)and wandering the charter boat pontoons (millionaires row and lots of polishing!)We were greeted this morning by the arrival of Barney Greenhill so the party has really started . No more jokes by email .. read more...


13/12/2013

Hera - Turbulenzen

Die Abläufe unter Deck gestalten sich beim aktuellen Seegang zunehmendschwieriger. Man müßte 7 Arme wie ein Krake haben, um alles im Griff zubehalten. Der Mangel an solchen Extremitäten läßt Teller,Tassen und vielerleiandere Gegenstände während deren Nutzung durch die Gegend segeln. Bei dieserunangenehmen hohen und kurzen Hackwelle kann man nicht mal den Rudergänger fürdas Chaos verantwortlich machen. Eine während des Reffens aus dem Spibaum ausgeklinkte Vorschot hat uns inder Nacht 20 sm vom Etmal gekostet. Der Fehler ließ sich erst bei Tageslichtbeheben, so dass wir vier Stunden ohne Vorsegel segeln mußten. Auf die gewohnten ausgeklügelten Menüs werden wir die letzten drei Tage bisRodney Bay wohl verzichten müssen, da Rasmus auch weiter mit seiner Vitalitätprotzt. Abgesehen von den. read more...


13/12/2013

Arkouda - Big Rolly Seas and Green Chilie

13 28.2 N, 44 28.5 WSOG 6-6.5,COG 290We finally made contact with the sailing vessel Aspen yesterday!As I had mentioned I tried in wee hours of the morning to reach her, without success.Right after I hit the send button on the outgoing emails, I heard a voice on the VHF.Pretty exciting, only the could not hear us!We will be testing our distance and antennae when we reach St. Lucia.I got a little worried.We had passed her (despite what the position report showed, although she could have passed us again, but I would have at least seen the boat on the AIS.I am not sure if they stopped in the Verdes, which means that they have been out here four days longer.And although we had one stellar day of over 200 NM, most of our sailing is the average speed of average boat, adjusted to make us. read more...


13/12/2013

Edelweiss - signs of life

We can tell we are starting to get close.After days of no boats at all, we had both an ARC boat (Hada) and an LPG tanker cross our bow.Must mean that we are coming in off the great blue yonder toward land.Now, if we could only see a pontoon, a shower, and little restaurant that has cold beer.But we get ahead of ourselves.  Aboard Edelweiss, the creativity continues.Lyell released an illustrated work entitled "The Baby Dinosaur", and Mason's Chandlery has posted a complete products and services listing complete with Christmas Discount (can be applied until January 15, and cannot be combined with any other offers).The market here aboard Edelweiss is a little constrained but I think he will do well.Onward toward St Lucia!xo Edelweiss. read more...


13/12/2013

Shelduck - Thu 12 Dec Yet More High Seas

Thu 12 Dec 14:57.511N 48:00.025W Distance travelled in 24h 147 miles   Huge seas make life particularly difficult below decks. It’s almostimpossible to move around without using both hands to grip onto any availablehand hold and using other body parts such as shoulders, arms, back, hips,thighs, calves and feet to brace against bits of furniture as you move around.Everything has to be done very slowly, carefully thinking about what you aredoing, how you will do it without being flung around inside the cabin. Makingtea and coffee is still possible, but takes time and careful timing so as tobalance between swings and slides and swirls and catch the moment when you are,for a tiny instant, in equilibrium.  Brendan opened our second ‘tin’ dinner of M&S spaghetti bolognaisesauce. read more...


13/12/2013

Shelduck - Wed 11 High Seas & ARC Cruising Division

Wed 11 Dec 14:59.712N 45:28.977W Distance travelled in 24h 154 miles   Today we are crossing a very shallow part of the Atlantic.  There arehuge mountain ranges beneath us, taller than Mount Everest, in an area called,somewhat imaginatively, Researcher Ridge. We are well north west of the VemaFracture Zone, being carried by the North Equatorial Current as well as pushedalong by the Trade (and non-Trade) winds. The waves are huge and high because weare travelling over an area which is only 563 metres deep rather than the usual3000-5500 metres deep. It’s hard to imagine we have more than 5km of waterbeneath us at times and even harder to visualise the mountain ranges currentlybeneath us at the moment.   Eaten the first of our tinned suppers – it’s been fresh food. read more...


13/12/2013

Avel Biz - Avel Biz J+19 Terre (bientôt) en vue

13 Décembre 2013Position 12h00 UTC14°14 N60°23 W160 milles en 24hTerre (bientôt) en vueCes bateaux modernes, ce n'est vraiment pas fait pour le vent arrière. Noustirons des bords de grand largue, 70° d'un bord sur l'autre, comme les AC72 de la Coupe America, en un peu moins rapide quand même.Nous avons choisi de tirer des petits bords pour rester dans le couloir de vententre Ste Lucie et la Martinique et éviter l'effet "matelas" de dévent de l'airvenant buter contre ces îles montagneuses. La manœuvre d'empannage est bien aupoint.Nous croisons et doublons des voiliers classiques qui vont tout droit,voiles en ciseaux, à l'ancienne. L'AIS se réveille d'un coup. C'est amusant dese retrouver comme ça après des jours et des jours de solitude, ça fait du bien.Cette dernière journée de mer a été. read more...


13/12/2013

Annabella - Log 18 - Friday 13th December

Position: 14 11.7N 55 49.9WDistance to St Lucia: 297.4NMDistance since log 17: 194NMPossibility that we will get into St Lucia Saturday evening sometime. Daily mileage is holding well and forecast is suggesting 25 + knots for tomorrow. The twin headsails are working well, but the rolling they induce means that the body is constantly in motion. It is especially noticeable when trying to sleep. Feels as if someone is pushing you continuously. The distance left is similar to the Dunlaoghaire to Dingle race so it feels very much in home territory.We moved into 4th place in our class yesterday and we think we can see no. 3 ahead of us on the horizon. He was 19 NMs ahead yesterday in the position report. We are optimistic that we can catch him (if it is him) before we get much. read more...


13/12/2013

Moondancer - Friday 13th

Friday 13th, that’s not a good start.Hi to all you still following us on the blog. It seems to me that anybody with the mental stamina to continue reading this load of old rubbish day after day has all that’s required to do the ARC.Its been a few days since our last blog as we’ve been very busy trying to get the boat St Lucia in one piece. The trade winds we’ve been praying for (thanks Sue) have come and we now have a constant 20kts of wind. The downside to lots of wind is the sea state which is confused at best but we’ve been clocking steady 165 mile days.It was managements turn to prepare lunch yesterday, catering was at the helm and I was in my cabin when a big wave hits the boat. Management superman’s past my cabin into the heads wall. After a little groaning from management and. read more...


13/12/2013

Skara Brae - Skara Brae blog day 20 friday 13th

We are in a wee squall at the moment and its very strange the sun keeps getting up later than us, bugger didn't get up until 10am must be the laid back Caribbean way of things.You think someone (hmm was that another job I forgot)would have told ma GPS and electronics that there is a one hour time zone shift every 600miles west we goSo when we arrive on sun morning at 5am - it will actually be 1 am, just what we need, im sure there will be a wee whisky joint (if you excuse the pun)open somewhere.Well the crew are getting fidgety to get there and Tosh has his flight home on Sunday afternoon, so he wants to be there late sat, to acclimatize hahahahSo they decided yesterday that since it was too windy fer the Spinny and too windy fer ure fecked main sail - we should fly both genoa and. read more...


13/12/2013

Golondrina - The last 99 miles

As 0700 (local time) arrived with the sunrise ... 11 am GMT (UK time), trip shows 99 miles to go.Pressing on with all speed.Golondrina. read more...


13/12/2013

Jade - Day 20 - zooming along

Hooray we are zooming along like, erm, a boat in the Trade Winds. Yeehaaa!All are well and happy including the kids who have been super stars. We celebrated our windy day yesterday with a Virgin Mary - talk soon turned to when we arrive in St Lucia and drink the real thing and rum punch)!Hope everyone is well, happy and feeling festive.Lots of love Michelle and all the crew of Jadeps: Noah's advent calendar joke of the day - What do snowmen wear on their heads? Ice caps. Boom boom xx. read more...


13/12/2013

Aspen - Log 20 Friday 13 Dec; Mother Mother Ocean

'I've wanted to sail upon your waters since I was 3 feet tall'.Those words by Jimmy Buffett pretty much sum up my life.Dreams of crossing oceans were just that, childhood dreams.But guess what?Several oceans later and I'm still amazed at the mother of all life on Earth, the sea.75% of our planet is covered in water and the oceans seem timeless. Especially when it is blowing 25-27 knots all night long with squalls to keep things interesting for Maria and I on little Aspen!Yet Aspen has found the key - she rides the waves with such skill and grace as she has become one with the sea.Maria fights the sea with every meal she has to cook.Staying upright in a pitching galley takes the kind of skill she has developed over the last several years out here.Captain Steve tries to keep Aspen moving. read more...


13/12/2013

Webster - Log 22: Rock and roll blues

Thursday 12th December: Position 14 42'N 48 24'W. We're all getting a bit fed up with the constant rolling I sense, mainly because I for one certainly am even though it was expected. On deck first thing with an E 15-20knts blowing and big waves on the quarter and the boat just gyrating around. The auto helm handled it fairly well over night it must be said so took the pressure off.The forecast for the day was for NE/E 19-24 knts increasing 20-25 knts with 27 knt gusts over next 36 hours. We have a load more of this to come then especially as 4-5m swells forecast to boot. We were hand steering most of the day and getting 8/9 knts regularly.Had a good clear out of the galley his morning, coffee grinds everywhere. Trouble is every time a cupboard is opened the contents are deposited on the. read more...


13/12/2013

Great Escape of Southampton - 14 26 160W 54 46 350N

Logday 19 -  Two days to go. It seems only yesterday that Skipper Matt was warning us ofwind holes in our future – massive wind holes (200 miles wide) and massivemassive wind holes 600 miles across. This last sort would have seen us eatingegg noodles and capers for Christmas dinner somewhere on the high seas.Now afterseveral great 200 mile days we have only 360 miles to go. After three thousandmiles and three weeks at sea we may yet be in a photo finish at the line withother boats in our class. The night saw several weak squalls passing through, a bit of rain and smallmodifications to our sail plan. Since there is not much to look at at sea theslightest activity is of great interest. Thus the eating habits of the BrownBooby ( a sea bird} was studied carefully by the early watch. It. read more...


Great Escape of Southampton - 14 26 160W 54 46 350N
Great Escape of Southampton - 14 26 160W 54 46 350N
13/12/2013

Aditi - Day 18: Nothing, which is great!

Nothing happened today which is great news. Bright sunshine and 17-24kn ESE but slow progress due to lousy wave sets. Tonight much smoother in 20-27kn E under headsail only making c. 6.8kn. Clear skies and bright moon. Always rolling, lots of motion and noisy; waves hitting the hull, general water flow, wind & waves.The Perils of Sleep:1. Waking up mid-air whilst being thrown from one side of the cockpit to the other2. Falling asleep whilst standing at the top of the companionway and waking as legs give way3. Waking after a fantastic long sleep anticipating that many miles rolled off only to find it's been just 20 minutes and barely 2 miles have passed.Sailing relatively short-handed are we tired? We don't know as there is no stopping & no reference point so it's just 24x7 and. read more...


13/12/2013

Windleblo - Day Eighteen

Trade wind sailing is the perfect time to experiment with different downwind sail plans. On this voyage, we've tried three.The first is simply reaching as deep downwind as possible on a port tack, then jibing the boat and reaching deep downwind on a starboard tack. The end result is a zigzag downwind course.The second is a twin headsail arrangement. Many boats fly two headsails raised on a common forestay furler that has two headsail luff slots. Windleblo is equipped with such a furler, but we choose not to use it based on lessons learned at a pre-ARC downwind sailing seminar.There, the presenter compared twin headsails to a parachute. The earliest parachutes were solid cloth. As the parachute descended, it filled with air. But the air had nowhere to go once inside the canopy and piled. read more...


13/12/2013

Calypso - Rock & Roll

Not much rock and rather a lot of roll and, apparently, we are likely to be stuck with it for a few more days yet. Currently E F5.We passed the half way mark yesterday (between Cape Verdes Islands and St Lucia) and marked the event in suitable fashion.John's son James had sent him off with a sealed box to be opened at the half way mark. When John opened it he found that it contained two novels (inc. Moby Dick), a can of John Smith's beer (which didn't last much past sundown), Mint Imperials, custard powder, some family photographs largely of the dog, a miniature dog's bone and a poop bag. A very thoughtful gift.Dino served up another brilliant meal.This time it was roast beef which was followed by Dundee cake & Custard (John has a thing about custard) and finished off with a glass or. read more...


13/12/2013

Duplicat - Celebration

OurARC journey has been a bit strange but today we were very happy to celebrate breaking the less than 1000 miles to go barrier.We had El Corte Ingles best entrecotes, homemade chips and champagne which wiped us all out for the afternoon. Skipper managed to cook them on our electric grill inside the cockpit to avoid the splashes from the pesky side seas which often hit us.Conditions a bit boisterous but being a cat we don't seem to get the rolls too bad and stuff doesn't fly around too much.We have 22-29 knots of wind and pretty large seas coming from astern as well as the side ones.Everyone eating less - we cut the steaks in half so we have just as much again for another dinner and we all seem to be able to sleep which is brilliant.. read more...


Duplicat - Celebration
Duplicat - Celebration
12/12/2013

Ula - Day 19 - Part 1

On the home run – less than 60 nm to go! The colour of the water seems to have changed and everybody preparing for a long night ahead. We are still on UK time (UST) St Lucia is 4 hours behind us, so we will be putting our clocks back 4 hours on arrival, adding 4 hours to our night. Weighing up whether that 4 hours is extra sleep time or extra celebratory Rum and Beers time! Surprisingly no other boats seen today, have we been overhauled, is every body else already home and dry?. read more...


12/12/2013

Ula - Day 18

The loss of Boris has cost us half a day, so our arrival will now be in the middle of the night on Thursday instead of the middle of the day.Everybody seems to have “moved on” today. Hotel rooms are being booked in Rodney Bay, Skipper has started filling in the paperwork for our arrival in St Lucia, Tanya is making a shopping list for the Christmas charter. Others are discussing business to be done on return to the UK, or in my case writing a wedding speech. Only Julian seems immune to this feeling – I guess youth and lack of responsibility enables one to live more fully in the here and now.. read more...


12/12/2013

Golondrina - The blogger identified !

It may only be a day to go and you would think nothing else new could occur however, once again the 'dudes' have been surfing and just to make it a bit more extreme they did it at 2am, that's right, in the pitch dark.First up was 'Rodeo' Dave and the Owain 'kid' ..So here's how it's done, you sit and wait for a big black angry cloud, wait for the first spots of rain, indicating a squall, and then haul on the sails and grip on ... Now, bearing in mind Golondrina is a cursing vessel and is designed to cruise at 7 knots, when the gauge shows 16 knots things are going to shake around a bit... Including Gareth ! Anyhow, next up Rattie Davis and his 'lovelyness' Mark.. Both adults ( allegedly ) but with a combined mental age only just bordering a teenager - it was never going to be simple .... read more...


Golondrina - The blogger identified !
Golondrina - The blogger identified !
12/12/2013

Selivra - Bennys Reisetagebuch No 17 - ARC Tag 18

Ahoi meine lieben Landrattenlangsam aber sicher neigt sich meine Reise ber den Atlantik seinem Ende zu.Leider im Moment nicht unbedingt mit dem erwarteten Schönwetter, wie man essich das so in der Karibik vorstellt. Sondern seit Anfang der Woche blästein ganz kräftigr Wind und von Tag zu Tag werden die Wellen höher. MeiHerrchen meint das das Wetter so auch noch die nächsten Tage anhalte wirdDamit sind mir leider meine Spaziergänge über das Schiff und meinSchatteplatz neben dem Mast verboten wodrden. Auf der anderen Seite ist esgar nicht mehr lustig dirt zu liegen, denn ich kann mich nicht halten undrutsche immer wieder von dirt herunter. Also habe ich kurz entschlossenmir einen Platz auf der Cockpitbank geschnappt und dort verbringe ich jetztden ganzen Tag. Der Crew ist das natürlch. read more...


Selivra - Bennys Reisetagebuch No 17 - ARC Tag 18
Selivra - Bennys Reisetagebuch No 17 - ARC Tag 18
12/12/2013

XAR - Artonde dygnet med XAR över Atlanten "Målrakan"

Senaste dygnet har vi seglat 214 NM och har nu kommit 2 994 NM. Kvar till St Lucia är 31 NM kl 1200 UTC tid, kl 0800 lokal tid. Några timmar alltså bara.Onsdagen blev en fin seglingsdag med slör i frisk vind på babords bog. Kursen landade oftast på Barbados. Efter frukosten fixade Rolf ihop att dra upp gennakern en bit i lovart, med denna skotning kunde vi bära gennaker på 150-160 AWA. Toppade farter kring 13 knop. Under dagen fick vi lite kontakter med andra båtar och plötsligt började AIS fungera mera normalt. Tidigare har den klagat på att den tappar connection, saknar targets kanske?Värdar på onsdagen var Peter och Lars. Lunchen blev tysk nudelsoppa på burk, inköpt i Brunnsbuttel på vägen hem från Holland. Middag blev en favorit i repris pasta carbonara. Vi känner av målrakan,. read more...


12/12/2013

XAR - Sjuttonde dygnet med XAR över Atlanten "Ska vi gippa idag eller imorgon?"

Senaste dygnet har vi seglat 213 NM och har nu kommit 2 780 NM. Kvar till St Lucia är 227 NM. Tisdagen flöt på bra. Intressant att se hur livet ter sig på en liten yta. Vi är 9 st ombord men det känns aldrig riktigt trångt eller att vi går på varandra. Två stycken har aktiv vakt, två st öär på standbye. Resten har frivakt. Under dagen läser de som har frivakt, vilar eller lyssnar på musik. Nattens frivakter sover alla på. Blir nog att de flesta sover mellan 6-7 h per dygn. Det bidrar förstås att alla är positiva och hjälpsamma. Har inte än så länge varit några konflikter och nu är vi ju snart framme. Gas flaska nr 2 tog slut under tisdagen. Fungerar bra med att vi använder mycket 230 volt till att koka vatten. Har tre stycken till så dessa räcker med god marginal. Vattentank nr tog också. read more...


12/12/2013

XAR - Femtonde dygnet med XAR över Atlanten "Passadvindarna har kommit, en vecka försenat"

Senaste dygnet har vi seglat 216 NM och har nu kommit 2 350 NM. Kvar till St Lucia är 636 NM. Så äntligen kom passadvindarna för att stanna och med bra drag i seglen. Söndag förmiddag började det och byggde succesivt under dagen. Körde orange spinnaker hela dagen och vi mådde på topp allihopa. Vinde kanske toppade på 10 m/s NO. Sen eftermiddag lyste kraftiga regnmoln upp himlen. Körde säkert och tog ner spinnaker. I samband med molnen vred vinden lite mot norr och det blev bra drag med endast genoan och stor med kurs mot mål. Anmärkningsvärt är att den kraftigt sydgående strömmen. Mellan 2,5 o 3,5 knop, om inte instrumenten spelar oss ett spratt.Matgänget för dagen Fredrik och Stefan började med torrfoder, en pasta rätt och följde upp med kyckling gryta med ananas och till det coscos.. read more...


12/12/2013

XAR - Sjuttonde dygnet med XAR över Atlanten "Ska vi gippa idag eller imorgon?"

Senaste dygnet har vi seglat 213 NM och har nu kommit 2 780 NM. Kvar till St Lucia är 227 NM. Tisdagen flöt på bra. Intressant att se hur livet ter sig på en liten yta. Vi är 9 st ombord men det känns aldrig riktigt trångt eller att vi går på varandra. Två stycken har aktiv vakt, två st öär på standbye. Resten har frivakt. Under dagen läser de som har frivakt, vilar eller lyssnar på musik. Nattens frivakter sover alla på. Blir nog att de flesta sover mellan 6-7 h per dygn. Det bidrar förstås att alla är positiva och hjälpsamma. Har inte än så länge varit några konflikter och nu är vi ju snart framme. Gas flaska nr 2 tog slut under tisdagen. Fungerar bra med att vi använder mycket 230 volt till att koka vatten. Har tre stycken till så dessa räcker med god marginal. Vattentank nr tog också. read more...


12/12/2013

XAR - Sextonde dygnet med XAR över Atlanten "Häftig undanvind i passaden"

Senaste dygnet har vi seglat 217 NM och har nu kommit 2 567 NM. Kvar till St Lucia är 421 NM. Hela måndagen förde vi lila gennaker med vindar mellan 7-10 m/s. Seneftermiddag togs den ned för byte av tacklina och kontroll av fall mm. Inget var trasigt. Dock fortsatte vi med spirad genoa inför natten. Visade sig vara rätt val. Vinden höll sig kring ONO 10-16 m/s. Värdarna på måndagen var Anders och Johan. Lunchen torrmat, pasta med tomat o vitlök. Allmänt omtyckt. Ransoneringen av öl tog en ny vändning när vi hittade ytterligare 2 flak som inte var inräknade. Alla fick fler öl! Middagen bestod av linser med choritzo korv i sås. Till efterrätt bjöds en sockerkaka. Natten fortsatte i vackert väder med massa stjärnor och begynnande måne. Stundtals ganska kraftig rullning. Speciellt en. read more...


12/12/2013

XAR - Trettonde dygnet med XAR över Atlanten "ett evigt gungande och smällande"

Senaste dygnet har vi seglat 147 NM och har nu kommit 1 983 NM. Kvar till St Lucia är 995 NM. Precis spräckt 1000 mila gränsen kvar till mål, firades 1120 med GD.De svaga vindarna är påfrestande för alla. Smäller i seglen och riggen och det går väldigt sakta. Eftermiddagen bjöd på svaga vindar t.o.m. från Sydost. Körde fortsatt högt mot syd för att möta NO passadvinden. Molnen skapade lite skydd för solen under fredagen som var välbehövlig för de flesta.Matparet Rolf och Mats skapade kulinariska godsaker. Till lunch en omelett med skinka, lök och tomat. Middagen var en lyx variant på pyttipanna med oxkött, biff greta kallas den tydligen. Fina middagen kantades av lite röd vin. Seglingsmässigt var kvällen en tråkig histioria. Svaga vindar och smällande segel. Rolf undrade om det inte var. read more...


12/12/2013

XAR - Fjortonde dygnet med XAR över Atlanten "regnet tillbaka, dags för väderskifte?"

Senaste dygnet har vi seglat 151 NM och har nu kommit 2 134 NM. Kvar till St Lucia är 849 NM. Fredagen fortsatte i lågt tempo, vinden fyller seglen men vågor gör det svårt att bygga fart. Vi går i omkring 3-5 knop i riktning 265 grader mot mål. Vinden håller sig kring ONO så med andra ord ganska öppen bog.Nya små hål i den oranga spinnakern lagas med spinnaker tejp och symaskin och den åker upp igen. Middagsparet för lördagen var Lasse och Peter. Lunch färdig konserv blå band. Chili con Carne. Väldigt omtyckt. Middagen var en favorit i repris; pasta carbonara. Kvällen fortsatte att vara en vindbesvikelse. Först efter midnatt i regn så ökade vinden, Vid vaktskiftet 0200 fick vi vindvred. Gick inte att bära spinnaker, ner med den och åker vidare i vind från norr med genoa och vi fick. read more...


12/12/2013

XAR - Tolfte dygnet med XAR över Atlanten "tradewinds eller?"

Senaste dygnet har vi seglat 157 NM och har nu kommit 1 836 NM. Kvar till St Lucia är 1 128 NM.Torsdagens eftermiddag var varm med svaga ostliga till nordostliga vindar. Den oranga spinnakern var uppe hela dagen. Farten varierade mellan 4-6 knop. Sakta men säkert stretar vi mot målet. Lite projekt under eftermiddagen;-                           Montera om Zodiac livflotten så att bombromsen inte fastnar i den.-                           Lagning av gennaker som gick i sönder första eftermiddagen.  Lunchen bestod av frankfurter. read more...



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