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12/12/2013

Shelduck - Sun 8 Dec Watch Keeping, Wind? & Fabulous Sunset

Sun 8 Dec 15:08.355N 37:49.002W Distance travelled in 24h 120 miles   Anne and Neil keep one watch, Brendan and Gabby the other.  We havethe day split up into 5 watches. Two four hour watches from midnight(00:00-04:00 and 04:00-08:00) followed by two six hour watches (08:00-14:00 and14:00-20:00) and finally a four hour watch from 20:00 to midnight. We find thesix hour watches during the day pass more quickly than the four hour nightwatches and they also afford a good break to avoid fatigue and sleepdeprivation. The system rotates the watch times over a 48 hour cycle and dinneris cooked for all by the 14:00-20:00 watch. This Sunday evening we have the lastfresh roast which is beef, cooked by Gabby and Brendan. We still have some baconto cook over the next week.   No wind –. read more...


12/12/2013

Shelduck - Sat 7 Dec It's a Small World

Sat 7 Dec 15:09.749N 35:42.080W Distance travelled 24h 138 miles   Back on the 18 Nov while waiting in the queue for the bus tour of GranCanaria we met Jane who we discovered, like Anne, was a recent widow and proudowner of a Nicholson 35 yacht.  We were then found by Francis Williamsowner of the Swan 44 Mk II NYAMINYAMI II. He and Jane are now partners, anothertwo yacht couple. Karen, Francis’ wife died 18 months ago of cancer. Anne andNeil first met Karen and Francis in the Azores 2009 at the RCC/ICC Rally, onwhich Brendan crewed for Neil on the outward leg.  They were on the returnof their Atlantic Circuit having done the ARC in 2007. We met them again at theRCC Norway meet in 2010 at Skudneshavn when we were on Anne’s boat TamO’Shanter, also crewed by Gabby and. read more...


12/12/2013

Firefly - Arrived Antigua

Just before midnight local time we dropped anchor in Freeman's Bay English Harbour, Antigua.We sailed through the narrow(ish) entrance in moonlight -you Don't think twice and were confident its going to be all right as we made our way through lots of other anchored boatsand found what appeared to be the last space available. It was a great delight to get out of the Atlantic swell and sip a glass (or two) of malt whisky in a level cockpit.For the first night in 19 we slept in level and almost stable bunks.Paul, Murray, Peter and Grateful (very pleased to be here). read more...


12/12/2013

Edelweiss - Day #19: A whale of a playdate!

Hello again from (yes, still) the Atlantic!We continue to make good progress, now with a steady, strong wind at our stern (20-25 knots) pushing us along well, with only our jib up.The waves, however, cannot seem to make up their minds where they'd like to come from: either they come from behind us on our stern in which case Edelweiss surfs up and down them (wheeeee!) or else they come on her side and we get to roll back and forth (booooooo!).Either way, we're happily watching the miles tick down.... now under 480 miles to go.The highlight of the last 24 hours has to be the sighting of some big whales, frolicking with us.While we were surfing down some big waves yesterday afternoon, Stuart noticed them surfing right behind us. (And, by "right behind us" I mean that their spray when they. read more...


12/12/2013

Annabella - Log 17 - Thursday 12th December

Position: 14 10.20N 52 29.36WDistance to St Lucia: 491.8NMDistance since log 16: 198NMScreaming along at 9 knots + towards St Lucia and will break 200NM in 24 hours since we put the twin head sails up yesterday at about 1300. Recording lots of 10s and at one stage 12.3 going down a wave. VMG and boat speed the same so we must be doing something right. Forecast is for wind to hold and if it does we may be looking at Saturday night arrival. However, reluctant to count our chickens. We are now looking forward to the positions download to see if we made any ground on 3rd and 4th in class.Today is day 18 and we had originally targetedtoday for arrival. We probably lost one day due to our own inefficiencies and a couple of days to light winds. Nevertheless, it has been very enjoyable. read more...


12/12/2013

Milanto - Milanto Blog 10th & 11th December

Two days seemingly rolled into one.10thWe are 300 miles out of St Lucia. The Trade Winds are behind us and we roll with the waves and the wind that is steady around 15 knots. Mr Norris is still confined to his bag and we take turns at the helm  to get the optimum ride down the waves to maintain a fast pace. The swell is huge, but regular. It sometimes feels we are 50 feet  above the ocean as we crest a wave, before gently - and occasionaly crashingly - slide down the other side. The sun beats down and the temperature down below suggests another uncomfortable night trying to sleep in between watches.11th150 miles to go. This will be our last day at sea. Another beautiful day for sailing. Big swell, consistent wind and bright clear skies. We make good progress at. read more...


12/12/2013

Zingara

Tag 18 auf dem wasser! Wollten wir nicht am 18. Tag ankommen? Ja, so hattenwir gedacht, wie 2011 in dieser zeit die strecke absegeln zu koennen. Nungut, das richtige wetter kommt nicht auf bestellung! Kaum zu glauben, unslaeuft die zeit davon. Was wollten wir nicht alles an bord erledigen. Egal,das ziel vor uns, der kuehlschrank fast leer, die segel in schmetterlingposition, so lassen wir uns die letzten 3 tage im passat nach st luciatreiben. Leider war unsere berichterstattung etwas mager auf dieser ARC2013, die gruende hatte ich ja bereits dargelegt.So, ihr lieben in derheimat, seid recht herzlich gegruesst vom 29 grd warmen atlantik, position16grd 49N, 053grd25W, Cpt Ernsti u Crew. read more...


12/12/2013

Aspen - Log 19 Thursday 12 Dec; Anyone for Luge?

Trying to describe the sail beginning yesterday goes something like this:Imagine yourself on a 2 person luge, the kind of sled they use in theOlympics and the sport that only certified crazy people attempt.Theluge careens down a slippery tube, bobbing back and forth, twistingturning and screaming at a velocity approaching the speed of light attimes before coming to rest with hopefully both of the occupants stillhanging on.Sailing in 25 knots of wind is not that difficult - it is the seas thataccompany the wind that causes the problems.Aspen is currently runningdown 20 foot waves, careening back and forth like a luge but withmonster hills thrown in and getting tossed around like she was abath-tub toy.The seas smack her from nearly every direction sendingspray everywhere.The waves are much. read more...


12/12/2013

Sweet Pearl - 19. Tag - Jetzt geht's los!

Seit gestern haben wir endlich den lang ersehnten Passatwind: 10-20 Knoten aus Nordost. Und so purzeln die Meilen nur so. Wir sind uns zwar bewusst, dass wir die Zweitletzten sind, aber wenn es so weiter geht, werden wir die Zweitletzten:). Fritz hat sich einen steifen Nacken geholt; nach ein bisschen Salbe und einer vollen Nacht Schlaf, ist er aber heute wieder munter. Dann hatten wir diese Nacht noch Besuch von 2 Gästen, denen wir allerdings zu trocken waren, so dass sie zur Leiche erstarrt sind - zwei Fliegenfische sind auf unserem Deck gelandet und haben es nicht mehr ins Meergeschafft. Ansonsten nascht Sandra Reiswaffeln und Tom schreibt intelligente Blogeinträge. Liebe, sonnige, dreissiggradige Grüsse von uns allen. Tom. read more...


12/12/2013

Skara Brae - blog Skara Brae 12th dec

nothing much to report, still belting towards the Carribean at 8kts with 520 miles left, so a sunday arrival, but looks like tosh will miss his flight which is on sunday at an airport on the other side of the island from where we make landfall. still have the occasional squall and some very large seas - which have the habit sneaking in a monster wave that either picks us up and surfs us along at 16knts or catching us at the wrong angle and spinning us around by about 90 degrees which plays havoc if you are in the process of doing anything involving, eating, sleeping, cooking or visiting the heads, which just about covers all our activities! So there have been a few bruises and breakages.Andrew seems to be the most prone to being in the wrong place at the wrong time having. read more...


12/12/2013

Great Escape of Southampton - 14 23 310n 51 44 140w

LOG DAY 18- SPEEDRECORD Well, an excellent day of sailing,with less than 550nm to go, we are smashing them out ! It still feels we havethe ocean to ourselves as no sightings of any other vessels for over threedays. Ok so there is NOW a new speed recordof 13.2 knots to beat! I’m afraid I have to claim this one and shall bereceiving my crown upon arrival. Skipper Matt has suggested a pair of ‘SPEEDOS’for the prize to which uncle Pete (Peter Bacon) replied ‘ah something I cansupply from my personal collection’ It is fair to say Uncle Pete is not only aspecialist in speedos but is also an established Speedo wearer across the globe. Other news.. Jan is still rocking hisgreen head bandana, with comments that he is intending to represent a conventionof Makhi Makhi !!! Pip and Mike are on. read more...


Great Escape of Southampton - 14 23 310n 51 44 140w
Great Escape of Southampton - 14 23 310n 51 44 140w
20/11/2011

Pajarito - Day 10 - Yeeehaaaw!!!

We've been ridin' this buckin' bronc fer two straight days now, and still ain't tamed 'er.  Actually,I think it's us who's being tamed.The swells from the northeast continue to build, 12-14 ft now, making for a swashbuckling time.We've orange-locked (de-commissioned) the stove because it's just too dangerous in these seas to try to cook anything.Looks like it'll be cold cuts and Cheerios from here on out. Got milk?Yes! We do. We've found that our best sail combination is our main with two reefs and the staysail.This keeps us moving along at a 6- 6.5 kn pace.No reason to get too greedy.If we push it past hull speed in these swells, we could broach.Definitely not good.So, we'll just mosy on south and expect to reach Tortola Wednesday morning.Hum, my old rule used to be "No booze. read more...


12/12/2013

Aditi - Day 17

Having got under headsail only in the early hours the wind built to 18-26kn Easterly so we are following our great circle route on 268 degs. The sea was a mess all day with a 10ft cross swell hitting us beam on. In the morning I got thrown out of my bench and across the cockpit about every 3 minutes, by pm I could hang in for 5 to 10 minutes and now 16hrs on I can mostly remain seated! But just when you think it's all coming good the sea builds again...Today's problem child? As it was getting dark (of course) found the engine exhaust syphon breaker was leaking. It has pinholes around a mounting bracket weld and this is an issue with salt water leaks and a pulsing exhaust flow that we can feel through the floor. Have removed and bounded it with silicone tape. The arrivals snagging list is. read more...


11/12/2013

Swan Valhalla - Log 20 - Rolling in the deep

Guest blogger - SkipperSam          Miles are ticking down, 470 odd to go. Trades arefluctuating between 80 and 115 deg on the stern, keeping us going in a vaguelyright direction 285/290 heading. Reefed main, poled out genoa, mizzenstowed is quite conservative for winds gusting 30 plus, and a choppy swell,perhaps 10/11ft coming in from the NE quarter, helping us to rollquite merrily. Life down below is a challenge just now, and sleep is difficultfor some. Running 3 hourly watches, and hand steering continuously, thenights are longer in these Latitudes then are the days. The moon is now waxing,and so the very dark nights of earlier in the crossing are a thing of the past,and we can now even see the squalls coming. Barreling. read more...


11/12/2013

Merlyn III - Getting closer and still rocking...

The Boat that rocks has taken on its own meaning on Merlyn lll – less musicand more motion as we ride the Atlantic rolling from side to side, as well ascontinuing to make positive forward progress to St Lucia, about 230 miles -around thirty hours away depending on the wind strength, setting us up for avery late or early morning landfall on Thurs/Friday morning. The twin boom rigis doing its job but can’t counter the waves that seem to come from twodirections at once, providing a corkscrew motion that swings the back of theboat around – anything unsecured or not on special anti-slip matting goesflying..... Excellent vegetable curry from Iain last night, used up most of the spicesand lasted till lunch today. Will miss the totally clear and amazing night sky,enjoyed a huge shooting star at. read more...


11/12/2013

George - 500 miles to go....Diver required?!

I am in shock this morning, last night we lost the propeller off the towed generator. For those who don't know what a towed generator is it is a rope with a propeller attached to it, the other end is attached to a alternator that generates electricity as you sail along, it is specially good for sailing downwind. We have now rigged our high speed prop but it only works at speeds over 6 knots... if we go less than that we will slowly lose power and eventually go 'dark' on the bright side it didn't happen on my watch! TBVery lively 24 hours and no place for humour. All Tim's boat and passage preparations, of which there were many and many pennies spent, were all worth it as the boat has put up with quite a hammering through a rather squally night, so all credit must go to Tim and George,. read more...


11/12/2013

Hebe - Day 18 11.12.13

14:09:46N060:38:30W FINALLY at sunset this evening Hebe sighted Land Ahoy. After days of rolling seas and gusty winds, today has been tantalisingly slow. We have been nursing Hebe along, her main damaged and out of use, and boiling heat. We have sweated the day out in desultory fashion wondering if our navigation is correct.  Another meal done in the microwave with dishes flying around, and then as the sun parted the mist and haze there was our first view of the Pitons of St Lucia. We won't be in for a few more hours and are longing to taste the rum.  Lets hope the bar's still open. Andrew has champagne chilling in the fridge.Shekina has beaten us and already tucking into steaks ashore.  Rats and double rats! In anticipation Sarah decorated all our water bottles,. read more...


Hebe - Day 18 11.12.13
Hebe - Day 18  11.12.13
São Francisco 4 - 11 Dez - Visita de kitesurf ao Oyster Reach / 11th Dec - São Francisco payed a little visit to fellow ARC SY Oyster Reach
São Francisco 4 - 11 Dez - Visita de kitesurf ao Oyster Reach / 11th Dec - São Francisco payed a little visit to fellow ARC SY Oyster Reach
São Francisco 4 - 11 Dez - Último fim de tarde da travessia, nas calmas de spi sem vela grande / 11th Dec - Last sunset of the crossing, very smoothly only with the spinnaker up
São Francisco 4 - 11 Dez - Último fim de tarde da travessia, nas calmas de spi sem vela grande / 11th Dec - Last sunset of the crossing, very smoothly only with the spinnaker up
São Francisco 4 - 11 Dez - Um novo ângulo do São Francisco, para a despedida do Atlântico! / 11th Dec - A new angle of São Francisco, before saying goodbye to the Atlantic
São Francisco 4 - 11 Dez - Um novo ângulo do São Francisco, para a despedida do Atlântico! / 11th Dec - A new angle of São Francisco, before saying goodbye to the Atlantic
11/12/2013

Shenanigan - Trade Wind Trials

It’s official – we are Trade Wind sailing! Consistent winds and some very big waves and swell. As you can see from the photo Christopher is enjoying our new found speed with a beer and a pizza. Serving meals has become interesting – a little like being in Fawlty Towers as rather a lot is ending up on the floor – poor Manuel we keep blaming him! Last week we had to take the jib down as the UV edge strip was shredding and catching on the forestay.We took off most of the offending strip and tried to tape the exposed sail edge.Sail tape didn’t hold but duct tape did! Unfortunately, this too has now come off.I am pleased to report though that the bit of UV strip we managed to salvage by sticking down with ‘No More Nails’ is still holding! While we are on the subject of wear and. read more...


Shenanigan - Trade Wind Trials
Shenanigan - Trade Wind Trials
Shenanigan - Trade Wind Trials
Shenanigan - Trade Wind Trials
Shenanigan - Trade Wind Trials
Shenanigan - Trade Wind Trials
11/12/2013

Windleblo - Day Seventeen

There's something about sailing at night that arouses the senses.During the day, we keep the bimini, our canvas cockpit "roof," over the cockpit to shield us from the sun. At sundown, the bimini folds away, opening the cockpit to the night sky.Just after sunset today, a waxing moon hovers directly overhead. The sky is clear. The moon shines like a big spotlight, bathing the boat in soft light. Soon, my evening watch is over and John starts his. I turn in for a couple hours sleep as one by one the planets and then the moon follow the sun over the western horizon.My next watch is at 6 a.m. on the ship's clock. But that's 6 a.m. Universal Time. We've now moved more than 37.5 degrees west of the Prime Meridian, which means my watch starts at 3 a.m. local time, well after moonset and well. read more...


11/12/2013

Second Wind - A fish supper

Charged with the responsibility of catching fish for the ships kitchen and not knowing much about sea fishing,my reading and research led to the purchase of a travel adapted boat rod, multiplier trolling reel, high breaking strain lines with miscellaneous traces, swivels and lures etc.For the first week nothing happened, then suddenly the reel screamed! The boat was doing 7 kts one way and whatever I had hooked was going like a train the other! Result broken line and broken reel. However our resourceful skipper has a huge collection of spare parts on board and is apparently able to repair almost any mechanical device, so I was soon able to fish on.Next day, another take on a small lure resulted in a much smaller fish which I was finally successful in reeling in! Simply cooked by baking. read more...


11/12/2013

Blue Dolphin - Day 17 - Less than 1000 miles to go

The crew celebrated yesterday as they have less than 1000 miles to go.  They enjoyed a bottle of red (just the one) with their meatballs.  They all agreed that having broken the 1000 mile barrier feels significant. The wind continued to blow and Blue D made great headway – at last.  The crew’s spirits were lifted. BS. read more...


11/12/2013

Dragonfly - Endlich ruhiger

Die Nacht war mal wieder der Horror. Hohe Wellen, starke Böen und ewiges Geschaukel. Erst heute vormittag wurde es etwas ruhiger. Die Wellenhöhe nimmt kontinuierlich ab. Nur hin und wieder noch ein paar Wellenkombinationen, die uns völlig aus dem Kurs werfen. Wir optimieren die Segel und sind mit dem Speed ganz zufrieden. Alle anderen sind zwar schneller, aber wir kommen so auch ans Ziel. In der Nacht überholen uns die Marrylin III und die Merryn. Beide sind mit Spinaker unterwegs und wir haben nichts entgegenzusetzen.ARC-Rally-Control meldet vorgestern, dass eine Segelyacht etwas östlich von uns von der Crew aufgegeben wird. Die Crew wird von einem Motorschiff aufgenommen. Heute kommt dann die Mitteilung, dass es sich nicht um ein ARC-Schiff handelt. Es treibt jetzt führunglos über den. read more...


11/12/2013

Jade - Day 18 - Making a splash

Well we are going along very nicely now, thank you very much.The days are rolling into one with highlights (apart from the glorious sun, lovely waves and good company)not varying at all. Apart from yesterday that is... oh, a very exciting day indeed. We saw:2 sticks 1 plastic round shaped object1 birdIt's all go here!We're all fine and happy. Kids being troopers.Tomorrow a special, secret treat... Magnum ice creams... ssshhhh! Michelle and all the crew of Jade xxx. read more...


11/12/2013

Manihi - Des grains de folie !

14:54.17N 51:47.66W   8:30 heure locale - Profondeur 3750 m Em - por - tés par la houle, qui nous traine, nous entraine ... Tiens, çapourrait faire une chanson, ça !   Ca devait arriver. Avec un régime de vents qui se met de plus en plus àressembler à des alizés, des vrais,  il fallait bien que tôt ou tard qu’onnous serve la spécialité locale, le grain ! Nous avions été épargnés jusque là ;à peine quelque petites ondées au milieu d'un ciel généralement bleu. Depuiscette nuit, c'est un défilé continu. La mer ne s'est pas calmée ; toujours unegrande houle de NE (3 à 4 m), hachée par un clapot de 1 m à 1 m 50 qui vient s'ysuperposer. Un vrai rodéo ! Et par dessus arrivent les grains avec leurs accélérations et changements de direction de vent.   Depuis 2 jours le. read more...


11/12/2013

Azzurra - Day 16 & 17 & 18 – Last Lure-

Position Wednesday, 11.12.2013 19:00 UTC:17”21’.387 N, 047”40’.924 WDTW St. Lucia:788 smWe try hard! The last two days we made some good mileage 154 and 164sm,however we have no idea on our position in relation to all the otherYachts. According to the weather forecast we now should have sufficientwind taking us to St. Lucia. Right in the moment we run with 5 to 6 knots.The wind speed is about 15 knots. The waves, 4 meters high, are comingfrom starboard, giving us a hard time as they shake and roll uscontinuously. Especially the Genoa is flapping back and force. In a fewhours the wind hopefully will follow the forecast and increase to 25mknots.The whole day it’s sunny. We celebrated our last 1000m miles with‘Weisswurst’. Brian learns something about Bavarian food and habits. We donot know. read more...


Azzurra - Day 16 & 17 & 18 – Last Lure-
Azzurra - Day 16 & 17 & 18 – Last Lure-
11/12/2013

Adina - Day 17 Friendship bracelets and halfway party

Day 17 and we had wind - lot's of it. Against that, the washing machine style seas were back. On a boat things tend to take twice as long to do as you move all over the place. When the seas really start going things take four times as long and you have to plan for it and factor it in. Cooking becomes far more difficult so you have to watch the weather and plan ahead, cook a few meals in advance. Overnight, Gareth and Susie had left a drive belt glued up to test on our broken electric furler in the morning. Sadly it didn't work but they didn't give up. During the day various models appeared, Blue Peter was being pushed to the maximum. A new very clever model then came out. Using blue 1.5mm diameter rope they formed coils and Susie sewed the coils together into a belt. It was stiff with a. read more...


11/12/2013

Skyelark of London - 500 miles to go

Dear friends and family,As you will remember, I promised you that we will be in St Lucia on the third Wednesday after leaving Las Palmas. As you can see on the Yellowbrick tracker, we are currently NOT in St Lucia, in fact, we have another 500 miles or so to go.Remember to enter our competition for the best prediction on our arrival time and date. The closes time wins a rum punch! (T's & C's apply, prizes cannot be exchanged for cash, prizes must be collected in person from the ARC office in St Lucia before 25 December, competition closes 21 December)Before leaving Las Palmas, I had a list of items that I wanted to see or be able to do during this trip. My list is coming on pretty well!Things that I have seen:1 Dolphins2 Phosphorescence3 Dolphins swimming through. read more...


11/12/2013

Selivra - ARC Tag 17

2013-12-11, 17.00Moin moin,Kaffee kochen bei Seegang ist eine haarige Angelegenheit. Bei dem Worthaarig ; Benni, unser struppeliger Bordhund scheint in den letzten Tageneiner Spontanmauser zum Opfer gefallen zu sein. Gerade glaubte ich genugEchthaar für meine Großtante mütterlicherseits zusammen zu haben, sieleidet auch unter der altersbedingten Mauser, da fegten in den frühenMorgenstunden gleich mehrere Squalls über uns hinweg. Das Haar, welcheszuvor zum Trocknen über das ganze Schiff verteilt war, ist jetzt bei denFischen, schade.Die Squalls haben wir dann in vollen Zügen genossen. Eine leichteSüßwasserdusche mit anschließender Fönwelle mit bis zu 48 knts, Wellegefühlte 3 Meter hoch.Dazu sensationellen Sonnenschein und ein doppelter Regenbogen.Das Beste ist der Speed, mit Spitzen bis. read more...


Selivra - ARC Tag 17
Selivra - ARC Tag 17
11/12/2013

Koala - Dec 11th: Bit green

The 40 degree celebrations had to be put on hold as the act of writing this log made me feel so rank, the idea of any food or drink was unappealing! The motion last night and this morning was pretty stomach churning with 10 ft cross swells mixing with 6 ft wind generated waves. It has calmed down a lot today and the boat has assumed an easier rolling and yawing motion. I am pleased to report that I have regained my mojo.We are running down wind in about 20 knots of breeze with poled out genoa and main making 6.5 to 7 knots. Long may it continue! Forecast looks good for the next few days.Anyway, going to keep it short today. Hopefully celebration will go ahead today!. read more...


Magic - Offshore-Bordadventskranz. BAM-T1 zugelassen. Brennt nicht lange aber hell.
Magic - Offshore-Bordadventskranz. BAM-T1 zugelassen. Brennt nicht lange aber hell.
11/12/2013

Athena of Southampton - Athena log 10

Today again we greeted the morningwith good coffee as the sunrise revealed a very grey and confused sea. We’ve been flying along at between 7.5 and 9.5 kts with the occasional squall requiring us to get a quick reef in only to shake it out soon after to maintainspeed. We are really clocking off the miles to St Lucia now. It’s been fantastic sailing in the moonlight with glimpses of stars between the clouds while all night making steady speed. Now that the dawn has arrived we can see our true speed in the wake as we rise and surge forward with the sea on our quarter. Sanding with head above the sprayhood is like riding a runaway train as we surge forward. Yesterday we watch an intensely blue sea build small mountains of blue and white, works of art almost and then destroy them in an. read more...


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...



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