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11/12/2013

Mustique - ARC 11.12.13

444.4 miles to St LuciaDay 17 aboard Mustique.Highlight of the Day -Discovering that Becki had in fact not demolished all the digestive biscuits and one pack remained destined for cheese. Lowlight of the day- Discovering that we are sailing so fast that we must slow down to reach St Lucia in the daylightSea life spotted - SHARK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Weather & sailing - 20-25knot ENE Trade winds make for perfect downwind sail with the occasional surf! Beautiful blue skies with the odd fluffy24hr Log- 146Amazing Facto of the Day- As we now sailing due west the sun sets 15mins later every day.. today we exercise the power to change time and rewind one hour for another bonus hourFood.snack of the day - Chicken curry beefed out with the strange looking massive. read more...


11/12/2013

Queen Frederica - Bericht Tag 18 - You get what you want

11.12.2013Wir haben uns mehr Wind gewünscht – und gestern Nachmittag haben wir ihn bekommen. Quasi auf Knopfdruck. Während alle entspannt im Cockpit sitzen und ratschen, lesen, dösen, sieht Stefan achteraus eine markante Wolke. Sagt mal, ist das ein Squall? (ein Squall ist ein sehr lokales Wind- und Regengebiet, meist in Form einer dunklen Wolkenformation, die parallel zur Horizont steht. Sie kann sehr unangenehm sein und in diesen Breiten laut ACR jederzeit auftreten)? Wollen wir vorsichtshalber reffen?‘ Keine Reaktion außer: ‚Nein, ein Squall sieht anders aus.‘ Zwei Minuten später steigt der Wind von 12 auf 29 kn. Die Queen F. luvt dramatisch an und das Reffen wird sehr sportlich. Die Fockschoten rauschen aus, wickeln sich ums Vorstag und die Fock-Reffleine ist nicht bedienbar.. read more...


11/12/2013

Starla - Log Day 18 - Downwind best day yet

Hello Everyone,Distance logged today - 186 nautical miles. Distance to date this trip - 2227 nautical miles. Remaining miles to St Lucia 900.Not that much to report today, a steady day of downwind sailing in a big confused Atlantic swell. We managed to cover the best day distance completed to date.The wind has been 18-22 knots from the east. We are sailing south east, below the direct course for St Lucia on port tack. At some point we will gybe on to starboard tack and make out way back up towards the direct route. No fishing because of the conditions, and the fact that we have a couple of days supply in the fridge. The provisions are lasting well thanks to the supplement from the fishing successes. The fresh water is lasting fine as well, and we still have 120 liters of emergency. read more...


11/12/2013

Surya - Trade winds

Trade WindsNu zitten we echt in de “Trade Winds”. Een strakke wind van 20 tot 25 kn. net een beetje noordelijker dan oost. De zeilen hebben de laatste dagen over bakboord gestaan, maar omdat de wind steeds meer ruimde, kropen we steeds verder omhoog. We zouden in Antigua zijn uitgekomen. Daarom hebben we onze wat noordwestelijke koers van 285 graden over de grond om 13.00 utc verlaten en liggen nu een koers 265 graden voor.Nu varen we “Goose Winged” zoals de Engelsen dat noemen. De volle Genua helemaal over stuurboord uitgeboomd en het volle grootzeil dwarsscheeps over bakboord. De wind bijna recht van achteren. Er kwam zojuist een squall voorbij. Hij raakte ons niet maar de wind nam wel toe tot 25 kn. over dek. Surya accelereert dan tot 10+ kn. Goed voor een paar leuke plaatjes vanuit. read more...


Surya - Trade winds
Surya - Trade winds
11/12/2013

Miciadue - Was essen wir heute?

Bis auf ein paar Zwiebeln und Kartoffeln sind unsere Vorräte an frischem Obst und Gemüse aufgebraucht. Fisch ist heute gar kein Thema. Nach den Fängen der letzten Tage hat keiner mehr Bock auf Fisch. Morgen früh erst wollen wir wieder die Angelen raushängen. Essenswünsche wie "Ich könnte heute auf ein dickes saftiges Steak" oder "Ich möchte einen frischen Salat mit Schafskäse" laufen leider ins Leere. Unser Mittagssnack war statt dessen fertiger Milchreis mit Zimt und Pfirsiche aus der Dose und hinterher noch eine Lindt-Schokolade. Heute Abend wird es wohl dann wohl zur Abwechselung mal Nudeln geben (hatten wir zwar gestern erst ...). Ansonsten segeln wir auch. Noch 700 sm. Wir laufen bei bestem Wetter, nur die See ist etwas unruhig.. read more...


11/12/2013

Albatros - ALBATROS Day 18. / 11.Dec.

Our position is 14.48N, 58.48W with a ETMAL of 197nm for the last 24hours. Because we are faster than expected we will probably arrive in St. Lucia in the early morning hours of Thursday. For the wellcoming it might have been better to arrive during day light.We are all happy to have Saint Lucia in close distance therefore we are exercising our 2 songs. The last night is about to come and the major topics are the planning of the landfall. Everyone is developing his ideas.Our 2 songs for everyone who wants to try and join our Albatrosen choir:Song 1: Vogu Lisi (acc. original Swiss folclore song)Wen i nume wuesst wo ds Vogu Lisi waerDs Vogu Lisi chunnt vo Adubodae haerAdubodae ligt im Baerneroberland, ds Baerneroberland isch schoenja ds Oberland ja ds Oberland, ds Baerneroberland isch. read more...


11/12/2013

Firefly - Less than 100 miles to English Harbour

Back to sunny skies, slightly calmer seas and around 20 knots of wind as we rock and roll the last part of our voyage.Yesterday was the roughest of our trip, with winds around 35 knots, and 5 metre waves, some with breaking crests and many unpleasantly steep.The day ended with 2 reefs in the main and the jib reefed down to resemble a pocket handkerchief, with a squall of heavy rain soaking us as we put the reefs in!Firefly handled the conditions well and apart from a couple of broaches in particularly steep waves, we all came through the day safely.Even Murray's pasta bake stayed safely in the pan in the oven!After over 19 days at sea, we are all looking forward to this evening to hurry sundown to a night at anchor, and a stationary shower followed by a few drinks tomorrow (as we shall. read more...


11/12/2013

Starblazer 11 December Not quite straight there.

The noon run from Monday to Tuesday was a startling 170 miles, all in the right direction.Thoughts turned, somewhat prematurely, to an eta.There are far too many what ifs so a bookie should almost certainly make money on us!The first dampener was the wind which veered a little and dropped.We had to steer north of our desired course to keep the sails safely filled, and it was slower.Q, aka Horace the Hydrovane, was put to work to give the power hungry Autopilot a rest.Just before I went off watch the wind shot up from 15 to 25 knots, the boat rounded up and Q couldn’t cope.I must put in a word of mitigation for Q, it’s a wonderful bit of kit with a very helpful service team.The difficulties encountered are caused by bits of the boat getting in the way, like the arch we fitted this spring,. read more...


10/12/2013

Incisor - Incisor daily blog 10-12-2013

The evening started out so clear with, for the first time a moon lighting up the way. But as the night progressed the big black clouds started to come over and bring lots more wind with them. We had gusts of up to 30knts. We just had to survive the night before we could get butch down. But the gods of the black clouds decided differently and blew a gust our way forcing us to take him down. After being practically stationary and heeled right over for 2 minutes in the gust, we managed to damage the steering cable. As the gust passed and had had time to gather our thoughts and got back on track our steering cable actually broke. Luckily we have the full proof plan of having two steering wheels so we were able to keep on going while Derek, Rich, Hazel and Kat fixed it (with the help of Josh. read more...


11/12/2013

Meltemi - 16.Tag

die letzten Tage hat uns der Passat guten Wind gebracht, der mitlaufende Seegang bringt die Hüften ins schwingen und so grooven wir uns gen Karibik. Aktuell sind es 243 nm to go.Die Crew wird langsam nervös, steht doch die Nominierung der besten Wachmannschaft bevor.Jede Wache hält sich natürlich für den ungeschlagen Sieger. Der Skipper registriert hier natürlich jede Verfehlungund lässt sich seine Entscheidung nicht anmerken. Bestechungsversuche werden natürlich dankend angenommen. Ebeso steht die Wahl zum Mister Meltemi steht noch aus. Insofern wird feist um die Gunst der Damen als Wähler gebuhltDie Platzierung des Wettkönigs scheint gelaufen zu sein.Hier hat sich Crewmitglied C unerreichbar an die Spitze gesetzt.Top des Tages gemeinsames Duschen am Heck mit der PützWasser 29°C mit. read more...


11/12/2013

Hebe - Day 17 10.12.13

Barrolling along violently corkscrewing which has led to an eventful day on Hebe.Champion helmsman Sarah, clocked the highest speed…..13.5knts. Witnessed by us all rather astonished in the cockpit, she didn't have her hands on the wheel at the time. The men now all desperate to sail ever faster….Things in the galley have been hotting up all afternoon. Andrew and Peter 's turn to create a hot meal with no gas.  Lots of culinary ideas flowed in from all over the world (Thanks Ian from Ontario) first of all the potatoes flew out of the microwave along with the sweet potato and the glass revolving plate which catapulted into the stern cabin and smashed. Lots of unmentionable language. Amazingly they produced a very tasty little Spanish stew. To celebrate our last night on the ocean wave. read more...


11/12/2013

Duplicat - Wednesday 11th 14.31N 41.19W

Be careful what you wish for!We now have 20/28 knots from E but still a long northerly swell on the quarter. Last night was fairly peaceful early on 20 knots with just a full main, lovely moon and stars and then before midnight the first of the squalls. One crept up from behind and gave us a quick swipe of 30 plus knots which facilitated a quick main drop and half the jib pulled out.Now in daylight we have one reef and the code zero up which seems to be happy for now.Dinner may be a more modest affair than previous days but the miles are dropping away now and tomorrow will be our 'less than 1000 to go' celebration.. read more...


11/12/2013

Ocean Venture - Gadget man

For those requesting pics of Windy Millar, aka gadget man,rollin hitch, rapid response man etc, here he is kitted for action asseen on each watch. Other events: doctor attended to crewmans back this morning after boat rolled while having both hands full and flew across cabin.Most injuries are caused below decks and our onboard doctor is compiling photos of minor injuries on this trip to write an article for prevention or treatment while sailing.Even old hands are sporting some colourful bruises.Just had 214 mile run in last 24hrs and prompted changes on the sweepstake for correct ETA.All going well.. read more...


11/12/2013

Avel Biz - J+17 Madame, c'est quand qu'on arrive

Bonjour11 Décembre 2013Position 12h00 UTC17°15 N55°34 W161 milles en 24hMadame, c'est quand qu'on arrive.Chers enfants, je suis la nouvelle institutrice.Asseyez-vous et prenez vos cahiers.Aujourd'hui, nous allons faire plusieurs exercices, mathématiques, sciencesnaturelles, gymnastique et rédaction. Nous commençons.GéométrieUn père et son fils sont sur un bateau et vont du point A au point B,distants de 346 milles.Sachant qu'il ne peuvent aller tout droit à cause du vent arrière, calculerl'allongement de route qu'entraine chaque écart d'un degré.Réponse : Ca fait beaucoup, c'est une histoire de cosinus et ils ont intérêtà essayer d'abattre le plus possible (en gardant de la vitesse, bien sûr) siils veulent arriver à Rodney Bay avant l'heure de fermeture du Club.Sciences. read more...


11/12/2013

Annabella - Log 16 - Wednesday 11th December

Position : 14 00.64N 49 09.72WDistance to St Lucia: 685NMDistance since Log 15: 190NMAnother good 24 hours under full main sail and genoa heading slightly north of destination. Wind is now from the east (trade winds) which enables us to fly the twin head sails. We have just spent about 90 minutes changing and stowing main and genoa. Cracking along now at 8 knots + in 12-13 knots of wind. The change over probably cost us about 12 miles, but we had made overnight gains on the other boats in our class so still optimistic that we can catch one or two ahead. Motion of the boat has changed with the new sail configuration with more pitching from side to side. Lots of squalls about which show up really clearly on the radar. Very humid with lots of cloud and big swell.The unidentified. read more...


11/12/2013

Nyaminyami II Blog Tuesday 10.12.13 - 1200hrs

 By Chris Haworth and Graham Pike. An absolutely fantastic days sailing yesterday! Spini up at Dawn – 15 kts form NE in morning sunny and warm 20kts most of the afternoon Graham and I competing for fasted top speed surfing down waves regularly in the 10kt bracket and at the time of writing I had an 11.1 kt and he claims a 11.11kt....              Hang on the instruments only read to one decimal point!   24 hr run = circa 170 miles – Leader has ‘gone’ but very close between 2nd and 3rd...But were not racing!Overnight mixture of stars clouds and a few squalls up to 30knts at times - now got reef in and slightly furled genoa. Goose winging at average bt speed of 7.5kts (breeze slightly moderated now to. read more...


11/12/2013

Sunrise - Tag 18 - 11.12.2013 - Nichts Besonderes

Die Tage vergehen wie im Flug, kaum ist man aufgestanden, hat seine Wachengestanden, kommt schon die Überlegung „essen oder schlafen?“ Am gestrigenNachmittag war nichts Besonderes, außer die Sonne, die unerbittlich auf denRudergänger brennt. Da ist gute Vorbereitung angesagt, Sonnencreme,Sonnenhut, Sonnenbrille und genügend Wasser. Die, die können verziehen sichan einen der wenigen Schattenplätze, außer Paul, der sitzt am liebsten ander prallen Sonne um Vitamin D zu tanken. Auf dem Vordeck seitlich sitzend,im Schatten des Großsegels, kann man wunderbar dem Wogen der Wellenzuschauen. Ein wirklich überwältigendes Schauspiel! Abwechselnd sieht manan hohe Berge und in tiefe Täler in unterschiedlichen Formen.Zum Nachtessen kochte Ernst einen feinen Pilzrisotto, war lecker! Beimgemeinsamen. read more...


11/12/2013

Lancelot II - Day 17 - rum punch and salad

Today is our 18th day at sea. With less than 350 nautical miles remainingin our journey across the Atlantic, it is beginning to feel like we are nearingthe end. While we are trying to not count our chickens before they hatch, talkon the boat is turning to topics like: “Where are the nicest beaches in St.Lucia?” ... and ... “I can’t wait for my first Rum punch when we hitland!” ... and ... “Remember salad?”  It seems that as each day passes, the weather gets hotter, the wavesbigger, and the flying fish are getting bolder. Just last night, in yet another“I-aint-never-seen-that-before” moment, a flying fish jumped out of the water,under the side rails, over the top deck, skimmed my lap, went through thecompanion-way hatch and down into the saloon. He flopped around inside the boatfor a. read more...


11/12/2013

Skara Brae - Skara Brae Blog Day 18

Another intersting 24 hoursAfter repairing the Gennaker finally and putting her away - we were sailing along nicely at 9-10kts with the spinnaker out, this we kept this up for 1/2 the day.But of course nothing ever stays the same when you are sailing along nicely - the wind had been gusting to 25kts then going back down to 18kts all day, but then it went to 25kts and kept climbing, I rallied the crew (who were all sleeping at 4pm in the afternoon! (nightwatches wipe everybody out)).By the time they had got up and had put their safety gear on the boat was surfing at 16kts! with wind blowing at 30 - 32kts.So we put into action our "get the Feckin Spinnaker down fast" plan, which we had actually practiced lots of times over the last days - and it worked, we had it down in 10mins! Which was. read more...


11/12/2013

Webster - Log 20B - to the tune of "One Wheel on my Wagon"

With apologies to the original songwriter, whomever that may have been:Full sail on our wagonand we're really flying along,The spinnaker's causing quite a stir,and we're singing this happy song.One reef on our wagon and we're getting into the throng,The spinnaker wrap caused quite a flap and we're now humming this very contrived song.Two reefs on our wagonand we're rock and rolling along,The ocean seas are after meand we're muttering this crappy song.Three reefs on our wagonand we're just clinging right on,These Atlantic swells are causing Helland we've stopped singing this Bloody Song!! We have got to stay sane somehow but fear we may be too late.........line up the men in the white coats.Charlie - Webster. read more...


11/12/2013

Freebooter - A Visit from the Flying Squad

Sailing with two crew for long passages is about settling into routines, most notably at night. We tend to work on 3 hour watches, one person on deck and one asleep below. Last night about 0130, I was in the cockpit reading my Kindle when I got thumped on the leg, followed by a lot of flapping. By the noise, I assumed a bird had made a bad landing, and reached for the torch to assess the situation. No, it was a flying fish that had managed to clear about 4-5 feet of hull and coming just to assault me!Crossing the threshold of 1,000nm to go seemed a major milestone. Not sure why, but it made the destination much closer, and as we reduce that by each 100nm, the measure becomes the number of days before we reach land. As I write this, there are about 750nm to St Lucia, probably about 5 days. read more...


11/12/2013

Nyaminyami II - Nyaminyami II Blog Wednesday 11.12.13 - 1200hrs

By Chris Haworth Some of the more observant amongst you will see I have started to lose track of the days as yesterdays Blog should clearly not have been entitled ‘..Tuesday 15.11.13..’ It’s a bit like that out here! In fact it was a bit of a ‘Groundhog day’ yesterday ......... An absolutely fantastic days sailing!  Although it was not Spini up at Dawn – too windy at 25kts from slowly veering E ..we carried on all day and all night under reefed main and slightly furled Genoa goose winged. Given the repaired state of our sails we are probably a little more cautious that we were as we don’t want to shred them again or undo the repairs! However we are still making a good average speed of about 7.5kts and we will settle on that for the time being.  Dinner was Rum. read more...


11/12/2013

Edelweiss - Day #18: cruising!

St Lucia beckons but we are trying to stay focused on the here & now.We have under 650 miles left, which is only slightly more than our previous biggest crossing (to Porto Santo/Madeira), so it feels quite manageable.The seas are still confused, with waves coming at us from all directions (making necessary, for instance, the wedged sleeping positions mentioned earlier) but the wind has been constantly behind us and is pushing us along nicely, with only the jib up.We are happy to report finally a night with NO flying fish!I was seriously contemplating wearing the climbing helmet (which we have for going up the mast) at night to protect myself.Looks like that may be unnecessary - whew!Yesterday we did see some fun sea creatures - bigger than dolphins with blunt heads and dark grey. read more...


11/12/2013

Challenger 3 - land, sea and ladys

Its seems surreal to think we’ve been at sea for 16 days .. the days seem to drift into nights and visa versa … we haven’t seen another boat for 7 days and even the dolphins have deserted us but the good news is we are flying along at some pace . we completed our first 200 NM run in 24 hrs yesterday and from 2am yesterday to 2am last night we hit 221NM for the 24 hrs .. we’re having steady winds over 22 knots peaking in the 30’s and were currently surfing down 5 metre waves with the boat accelerating to 13knots the skip even managed a 14.5knot surge in boat speed albeit he didn’t have a witness !  Its funny how there’s a direct correlation between boat speed and morale aboard .. There’s been a few phases to our mood; we have now been through the first phase of the euphoria of. read more...


11/12/2013

Hera - Squalls und Schwell

Die Nacht hatten wir damit zu tun, den sich von Achtern nähernden Squallsauszuweichen, die viel Wind und Regen mit sich bringen. Da unsere Kühlschränkeabgeschaltet sind, können wir die Energie fürs Radar nutzen, um Entfernung,Zugrichtung und Geschwindigkeit der Squalls zu bestimmen – sehr hilfreich umGegenmaßnahmen wie Kursänderungen und Segelreffen rechtzeitig zu treffen. Die Welle schräg von achtern baut sich zunehmend auf und macht jedeTätigkeit unter Deck zu einem Balanceakt. Eine Folge ist ein abnehmenderGeschirrbestand. Mal sehen, wie das heutige  Kochteam damit fertig wird.Der Speiseplan scheint ihnen diesmal Kopfzerbrechen zu verursachen. Es bleibtalso spannend. Das GPS sagt was von 99 Std. bis zum Ziel, wenn wir die Welle hinuntersurfen.   Stefan. read more...


11/12/2013

Hot Stuff - Fairies of the Lost Arc - Chapter 11

Big news broadcast!!! We are pleased to announce the Trade Winds are not a myth ... they havefinally arrived! Hotstuff has been transformed overnight from a black runski-slope to the star surfer from Point Break. We are getting used to livinglife on a see saw corkscrew roller-coaster now and loving life moving at 8knots. The hull and rig hums with the speed it sounds delicious. Did someone sayPina Coladas?! Today we had the long awaited and belated half way party now turned tradewind/1000 miles countdown party. We celebrated in style with a yummy mushroomrisotto flavoured with the highly prized truffle oil (aka cup-a-soup). This wasfollowed by tinned strawberries and warm UHT cream - eaten from the same cupsthat we had drunk our two bottles of Moet Brut. Best meal we have eaten in 15days. read more...


11/12/2013

Arkouda - Sea Day 15 Magic Carpet Ride or Washing Machine?

03:26 UMT, 12/11/13,13 17.7 N37 25 8, Course 277 degrees, SOG8 Kts Wind speed 15 ktsYes, I know we are still heading a little south, but as the wind backs to the east (right now it still NNE, meaning more north than east) or slight NE, we should be able to adjust our course to the rhumb line and ride it in.As soon as I hit send on the button last night the radar showed rain ahead.I manage to close all the hatches and bring cushions inside and we got a nice little boat wash for an hour so.Once it passed the wind begin to pick up, first to 9 knots, 10, now 14-15 kts.If the waves matched the wind direction we would truly have a magic carpet ride whisking us from one continent to another.Unfortunately, the wind has been "swirly" farther north and we have two sets waves coming in--one from. read more...


10/12/2013

Abraxas - 10/12/13 The 'Trade Winds' have recommenced trading

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11/12/2013

Aspen - Log 17 Tuesday 10 Dec; Rocking and Rolling

Last night on Steve's wath we went through a cloudy area and on the other side we no longer had smooth seas and no wind but instead had large swells with 5 foot choppy seas and wind.We think we found theTrade Winds!Steve. read more...


11/12/2013

Aspen - Log 18 Wedneday 11 Dec; Morning Coffee

Maria likes to start the day with a nice cup of hot coffee, as most sailors do.Today was no exception and she made several cups using the stove.What is going on with the sea in the mornings?All night long the sea behaves itself, running along with huge crests that travel mainly in the same direction as we are with only the occasional drenching of the cockpit.But in the morning just after the sun comes up the sea turns into a boiling inferno around us!It is like it becomes a pot of coffee, bubbling, twisting and turning, foaming and spitting in every direction imaginable.Unfortunately this morning, Maria happened to be bending down to open the trash container when a monster wave flipped our gimbaled stove 120 degrees, sending the pot of freshly brewed coffee into the air.Unseen by Maria. read more...


10/12/2013

Sephina of Beaumaris - Day 17: Twistles & Needle Point

Day 17: Twistles & Needle Point After sailing over night for the first time in AGES! I experienced a change of wind during my watch, at around 6.30am it spun around in EXACTLY the direction we’ve prepared for...2 weeks into the trip.....better late than never! This meant after a speedy water conscious shower we popped on deck & put up Dad’s famed Twistle rig – for those with no idea, its basically 2 sails pinned out with poles from the fore-stay (the pointy end of the boat).We’ve been hooning it along at 7knts ever since – the GPS has even predicted us getting to St Lucia within 4days & 12hours.......YEAH RIGHT! Bets are on & dad is guessing we’ll be in on Monday at some time, I recon more like Tuesday ... Mums a bit more optimistic saying Sunday & Matt’s really. read more...


11/12/2013

Aditi - Day 15 &16; Hot & Roll

In brief Day 15 calm. Motoring. Noticed a bit of slack in the forestays. Nothing but sea until darkness fell. Passed one yacht then started to hear a merchant vessel (MV) calling a yacht with very specific questions at about 0230. At 0300 the MV drew alongside the yacht and two persons boarded via the pilot ladder. Thesort of thing you don't want to hear & sadly the yacht was abandoned.Day 16 started sailing about 0830. Clear sunny day. Creaking noise investigated in the afternoon. By 1700 the mast was moving at the base so quickly checked the rig. Rod shrouds OK but backstay and forestays slack although full pressure maintained in the rams. All sail dropped & motoring.About 0100 hrs all stays found to be tight again in the coo; of the night. The heat appears to be causing enough. read more...


11/12/2013

Great Escape of Southampton - 14 19 490n 48 24 930w

Log Day 17 – FishTales..   Last night’s watches began in highspirits following our celebratory champagne and canapés.  Everyone has stepped up to the helm anddone an excellent job of maintaining a consistent speed of between 8 and 10knots.  Position reports show thatwe have crept up on a number of boats ahead of us, and this has spurred everyoneon to keep focused and keep moving as fast as possible (in a totallynon-competitive way of course!) Excitement arose last night withthe sighting of a bright orange flashing light on the horizon.  The initial reaction was that it couldbe a flare but after a little investigation, plans to divert and perform aheroic rescue were averted as we worked out it was a weather buoy, quiteamazingly anchored in 4000m of ocean. Fishing was. read more...


Great Escape of Southampton - 14 19 490n 48 24 930w
Great Escape of Southampton - 14 19 490n 48 24 930w
11/12/2013

Webster - Log 20 - Flying!

Tuesday 10th December: Position 14 40N 42 34'W.Have had an excellent breeze all night and continued this morning and for most of the day. We put the kite up first thing and carried until after lunch when the wind came a bit shy for our compass course 284 degrees (267 T). Good job as I noticed that in the 20 knt breeze the spinnaker deck fittings had started to pull out which would have beena big problem should they have done so. Nothing that a bit of string can't fix and we are not short of string on this boat! Blocks are now lashed to the aft cleats and they are not about to go anywhere. Roll on tomorrow when we can set it again - we were really flying with it today, we just need some big seas to surf down and we will start hitting the big numbers. Our noon to noon mileage today was. read more...


11/12/2013

Merlyn III - Day16- The Boat that Rocked

We made contact with the wives who have now arrived in St. Lucia and are,we presume, anxiously awaiting our arrival.   We spent most of the day on  broad reach with about 20 knots of Eastby North wind, but we could not lay St. Lucia on this point of sail. However, inlate afternoon we put up our twin pole rig and are now sailing downwind straightfor St. Lucia currently maintaining 8.4 Knots. According to my chart plotter wewill arrive in approximately two days time if we keep this up. Realistically Iwould estimate we will arrive very late on Thursday or early on Friday. It isgratifying that the trade winds have finally arrived, albeit about two weekslate. While there is some swell it is not uncomfortable and we feel we are onthe last lap.   Last night’s feast was Poulet a. read more...


10/12/2013

Hada - HADA Day 16 — Swimmin' & Rockin' (Westwards!)

HADA Day 16 — Tuesday December 10th, 2013 19h29 UTC-3Post #10Greetings to all from everyone aboard HADA, reporting from Mid Atlantic, 13 degrees 40 minutes North, 47 degrees, 41 minutes West.We are finally rocking westward with good and steady winds propelling us toward our next destination, with only 772 miles to go to St. Lucia.On the basis of miles, this means we are about 75% of the way there given that we will have travelled close to 3000 miles since departing Las Palmas.The crew is healthy and starting to look forward to set foot on land in the (hopefully) not too distant future.Today we’ve had our highest “mile” day yet, running close to 9 knots on average and ticking off 200+ miles over the past 24 hours alone.This feels great to everyone aboard after the slow days.Our pace this. read more...


Hada - HADA Day 16 — Swimmin' & Rockin' (Westwards!)
Hada - HADA Day 16 — Swimmin' & Rockin' (Westwards!)
Hada - HADA Day 16 — Swimmin' & Rockin' (Westwards!)
Hada - HADA Day 16 — Swimmin' & Rockin' (Westwards!)
Hada - HADA Day 16 — Swimmin' & Rockin' (Westwards!)
Hada - HADA Day 16 — Swimmin' & Rockin' (Westwards!)
10/12/2013

Monster project - We've arrived in Rodney Bay

Well here we are in sunny St Lucia, having completed the ARC in 12 days, 1 hours and finishing in 2nd place overall. We were greeted on arrival by a friendly local in his boat: “Well-com to da Caribbe-ahn” and then by the welcome sight of the ARC staff bringing instructions, tropical fruits and an ample supply of rum punch…After all the thrills and spills of the first half of the race, the second half seemed almost sedate by comparison, with the breeze easing sufficiently for three consecutive afternoon sundowners featuring the Monster Project playlist by DJs Andy (Skipper) and Nell (crew). Some of our guests cooked up a storm in the galley on day 11 and all of us were working hard on our tans for the last day or so – in between the occasional rainsquall which provided helpful. read more...


10/12/2013

Swan Valhalla - Log 19 - And now..the end is near!

Another night of winds gusting up to 20 knots - some ofthe crew could not handle this and unfortunately were seasick! However, moralewas back up today with the sun out and the wind shifted so it is now pretty muchbehind us, coming from the north east. We have goose-winged the genoa and havean average speed of about 8 knots and we are surfing the waves. The last coupleof days we have managed 180 miles in 24 hours which is pretty good going! We hada real Life of Pi moment when we found a flying fish had landed itself on board.Before it got thrown back into the sea, Skipper Sam had a photograph of it inhis mouth - much to the hilarity of the rest of thecrew.  Bets have been written down for anestimation of our arrival by all the crew - ranging from Friday to. read more...


10/12/2013

Golondrina - The Golondria saga continues

Apparently there have been complaints that the blog and sailing information is not serious enough and bordering on being flippant .. Perish the thought.So, let's try a different angle.Now hear this, now hear this.Since 08.12.13 the COG has been altered +1 degree T which has reduced our waypoint range to >600nm and our ETA to >76hr (approx 1030 GMT/UTC 14.12.13).Due to the true wind, which isF5, veering from 010T to 090T our AWS has obviously moved to ENE which has enabled us to sail slightly more abeam, to a reach, and thus reduce our XTE onto our waypoint bearing of 273T.Our SOG has increased to an AVG of 7.5 knts due to our preferential POS So there we are, it's all LOB especially if you don't get TLA's (LMCAO).And for the remainder of you out there (especially the Blue Arrow. read more...


Golondrina - The Golondria saga continues
Golondrina - The Golondria saga continues
10/12/2013

Ula - 10 Dec - Day 16 - The absolute latest day we planned to be in

Thankfully wind continued to blow overnight and throughout today, this is however inevitably accompanied by a swell of increasing size, now waves of up to 4 metres hit us from the starboard quarter. The starboard hull rides the sea well enough but then the wave becomes trapped between the two hulls, the resounding crash and reverberation being felt throughout the boat, particularly for those in the forward cabins who describe the experience as "man at work with sledge hammer below pillow". (We are running a competition for a suitable road sign signifying the danger. Send your entries to the ARC office please....)After 2 weeks of passive behaviour the breakfast cereals are becoming unruly. As our backs were turned this morning the Muesli made a bid for freedom, breaking lose from its. read more...


10/12/2013

Windleblo - Day Sixteen

We greeted this new day with Mimosas in celebration of crossing the line leaving 1,000 nautical miles to go to St. Lucia. A bright sun was rising in the east as we toasted our vessel and ourselves. With this moment behind us, an air of finality pervades on board. Just a few short weeks ago, a voyage of 300 miles, much less 1,000, would seem daunting. Now, with the strengthening trade winds pulling us faster and faster toward our goal, the six days separating us from St. Lucia seem short. Windleblo has become a steed galloping downhill, the barn in sight.The Mimosas made the moment significant. For safety's sake, Jocelyn and I have always kept alcohol out of the picture whenever we are under way. Once the hook is set and the transits are steady, the beer and wine can flow, but beforehand. read more...


10/12/2013

Selivra - ARC Tag 16

2013-12-10, 19.00irgndwo auf dem AtlantikSo, nachdem die Nacht gut vorbeigegangen ist und wir konstant gesegeltsind, ging das heute eigentlich den ganzen Tag so weiter. Ein paar Squallshaben am Vormittag noch für Aufregung gesorgt, einreffen, ausreffen, Kuttersetzen, Kutter wieder wegrollen uswusf.. Aber seither- im Westen nichtsNeues, könnte man sagen. Dort mal ein fliegender Fisch, da mal ein Frachterin großer Entfernung. Aber wir fahren und fahren und fahren und kommen St.Lucia immer näher. Über 2000 Seemeilen haben wir schon zurückgelegt, baldsind wir nur noch „dreistellig“, dann sind weniger als 1000sm nochausständig.Jetzt geht grad wieder die Sonne unter, diesmal ganz besonders dramatisch,mit effektvoll beleuchteten Passatwolken. Fast schon wie auf den Gemäldender alten. read more...


10/12/2013

Scarlet Oyster - 10 Dec - Running down the clock! Day 16 on Scarlet

We have managed not to break anything since yesterday’s blog!  That should qualify for a prize of some sort! Weather is pretty good now, strong trades propeller by a high pressure N of us over the NW Atlantic, the boats back to the E will have less wind to play with.  We got on the runner for a few hours yesterday, pretty full on with upto 30knots at times, managed a couple of 40mile 4hr runs, this has helped make our lead look more secure, with some dodgy cloud around and forecast, we decided to run on white sails overnight, as it happened there were no big squalls, but the wind held in at 25kn, so the poled out jib was just fine. Having had an expensive month with the boat, damage limitation is the name of the game!  I have a rather elaborate spreadsheet that I. read more...


Selivra - ARC Tag 16
Selivra - ARC Tag 16

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