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02/12/2013

Selivra - ARC Tag 8

2013-12-02, 1500Hi Folks, the guitar is gently weeping, the wind is rising, the wingakermakes the speed after hours of calmness. WE ARE CRUISING !Wir sind völlig fertig – die Super Makrele mit mehr als 35 kg und 1,40 m(die Augen waren so groß wie Kaffeetassen) hat nicht nur den Fänger HP undden Catcher Charly fertig gemacht – auch der Kurs war nach diesen Stundendes Kampfes im Eimer und der Taktiker am Ende.Alle Überlaufer und Schnürlwickel konnten beherzt bekämpft werden, Sorgenbereitet den Andren die KAFFEE Reserve – Gin Tonic gibt’s genug, Gott seiDank !Wie Ihr schon gelesen habt, sind wir ein ganz besonderes Schiff – mitschreibenden Hunden und fliegenden Pastafischen, wir trotzen jeder Flaute(leider fehlen Karlis Flautenbeisser), gehen leidenschaftlich baden (heuteschon wieder - ???). read more...


Selivra - ARC Tag 8
Selivra - ARC Tag 8
02/12/2013

Freebooter - Day 8 - 2nd Dec

Just to deter any complacency, we encountered 2 days of stormy weather. Winds up to gale force, constant rain and heavy seas helped to us see the other side of the ocean, mainly from peering through the hatch.This was followed by headwinds, (hence the sudden change of direction for those looking at the location tracker), and another of very light wind. However we have crossed the line of the tropics, and it is hot!The bimini (cockpit shade) has gone up, and we are waiting for more north-easterly winds to use the big cruising chute. So probably another slow day before we get the tradewind proper.Life on board is not too tough at present, other than the banana-biased diet. These have ripened faster than expected, and there are many to eat. Oh well, only another 1824 nm, as the seagull. read more...


02/12/2013

Merlyn III - Day 9 - Thesaurus crisis and other domestic matters

We are running out of ways to say “No Wind, Flat Sea” in the ship’s log.‘Dead calm’, ‘barely a breath’, ‘hardly rippled’, ‘oily swell’,' ‘painted ship’etc etc ... all have been used ad nauseam and suggestions would be gratefullyreceived.   In all other respects the supplies are holding up well. Some bananas arewaiting to become banana cake and avocados to transform into guacamole; thelettuces are on their last legs and the beans and tangerines are finished. Butmost other fruit and veg – in particular potatoes, cabbages, peppers, fennel,aubergine, oranges, apples, and even some still-green bananas are soldiering on.Our breakfast fruit salad and lunchtime salads are now decided by what hasreached what stage, but they continue to be delicious, and we are all becomingexperts at bread. read more...


Merlyn III - Day 9 - Thesaurus crisis and other domestic matters
Merlyn III - Day 9  - Thesaurus crisis and other domestic matters
02/12/2013

Resolute of Thames - self indulgent

In so many ways we are new to this blogging thing. We grasped the concept with the intent of creating something primarily for friends and family to follow what we are doing rather than opening a book on our lives. Before setting out we followed boats on last year's ARC and found some blogs interesting and other less so. Generally the more interesting were the factual accounts of the how rather than more self indulgent accounts of individuals' lives and emotions. As our world has contracted over the last few weeks it has also been a vehicle through which to rant - anything from tomatoes to the meteorologist. Today's submission is I am afraid self indulgent - today is our 35th wedding anniversary - and we are, if the current wind holds going to spend it bobbing around on the ocean going. read more...


02/12/2013

Silver Slipper - Silver Slipper and 1000 miles

Silver Slipper. Well the Silver Slipper achieved 1000 miles today at17.05 on 2nd December. The first 1000 miles has been full of greatmemories. Only one night of 6/7’s and some confused seas but on the whole thesailing has been great. We went south/south east from Las Palmas and followedthe African coast and then headed west to the Cape Verdes.  After motoring for around 100 hours inthe first week we decided to put into Mindelo and top up our fuel tanks. Wespent last night, 1st December hove too just off Sao Nicolau and setoff this morning motor sailing to Mindelo to try and arrive at the fuel dock atdaybreak. What a good decision that was. 8.30am and we were the first yacht tobe refuelled. We said, our hellos to many friend already in port and many othersjust arriving for the same. read more...


02/12/2013

Gozwoz - ARC Rally Day 9 - Advent Calendar Day 2

So we have turned west at last! St Lucia on 2100nm away and the wind swinging into the north-east just like the trade winds! But we need a bit more wind than 8 knots! GOZWOZ is responding well with a steady 5 knots under full sail but at this rate we miss the important parties at the other end! However, the sea is flat and we have not yet experienced the joy of the "corkscrew" that is so often talked about on trans-Atlantic yacht voyages.The crew seem happy although Sheena and Liz are planning pedicure, partying, caffeine martinis (?) and other necessary accompaniments of 21st century life to partake of at the other end. But the catering has been superb - Charles and I (now known as Chas and Dave - rabbit, rabbit) have been dined (note - not wined - dry boat) on a variety of salads and. read more...


02/12/2013

Golondrina - Living the dream

Gareth's journey to St Lucia started in early September 2013 when he slipped lines from Neyland, Pembrokeshire bound for Gran Canaria to take his place on the start line of the annual ARC to St Lucia.  A passion for sailing had long drawn him towards an ocean passage and, as for so many sailors, as part of the ARC – an annual event for the past 28 years. Gareth's passion for sailing started some 40 years ago alongside his long time love of rugby.  Having worked as a surgeon for many years in both Edinburgh, Toronto and California, Gareth found that sailing was a release from the rigors of the hectic lifestyle of the medical world.  Although now retired from main stream surgery, Gareth managed to combine his skills and passion for many years as the surgeon for Llanelli. read more...


Golondrina - Living the dream
Golondrina - Living the dream
02/12/2013

Ayesha II - Jaws!

A very tranquil Atlantic today, with next to no wind as predicted and the reason for our fuel run to the Cape Verdes yesterday. However we have not wasted the opportunity to stock up the freezer and the picture shows lance with the magnificent mahi mahi he has caught and we shall be having for tea, it was 34 inches long and weighed approx 20lbs!Gloriously starry night last night with numerous shooting stars over a mirror like sea interspersed with the beautiful phosphorence sparkles from the plankton in our wake, just magical.DSCF3446blog2. read more...


Ayesha II - Jaws!
Ayesha II - Jaws!
Joy of Shamrock Quay - Are We Nearly There Yet?.......
Joy of Shamrock Quay - Are We Nearly There Yet?.......
02/12/2013

Magic - Tag 5: Motor oder nicht Motor, das ist hier die Frage

28.11.2013Pos: 22° 46,7' N, 018° 58,5' WKurs: 270°Es ist bestes Badewetter, aber das Spiel heißt eigentlich ARC. Den Begriff „im Rennen“ müssen wir dabei weit fassen, der letzte Positionsreport der Flotte ist unschön. Es gibt einen Knopf am Schiff, der den Stillstand beenden könnte: der Motor-Start. Die Versuchung ist groß. Wir versuchen so lange es geht fair (also unter Segeln) das Maximum an Fahrt aus dem Schiff herauszuholen. Dann müssen wir erkennen, dass das nichts bringt. Wir rechnen Option nach Option durch und schmeißen letztendlich den Motor an. Ziel: raus aus der Flaute mit minimalen Motorstunden. Die Motorstunden werden bei der Wertung übrigens später negativ angerechnet.Im Übrigen fangen wir an, die Flotte westlich von uns (ja, die mit den guten Platzierungen) zu bemitleiden.. read more...


02/12/2013

Magic - Tag 4: Eingeparkt

27.11.2013Pos: 22° 45,5' N, 017° 52,3' WKurs: 290°Alle zwei Tage sollte das Spi-Fall kontrolliert werden auf Beschädigungen direkt am Schäkel. Darauf will unser Fall nicht warten, es reißt direkt im Masttop. Ergebnis die ganze Blase landet im Bach, das Fall innerhalb des Mastes. So schlimm ist das allerdings nicht, da der Wind anschließend sowieso einschläft. Wir versuchen uns nun auch Richtung Westen durchzuschlagen, um nicht noch tiefer in die Flaute zu geraten.Da sich der Schwachwindbereich um uns herum immer weiter ausdehnt, müssen wir nun einen Tankstopp auf den Kap Verden einkalkulieren. Das würde uns natürlich zusätzlich Zeit kosten, geht aber nicht anders, falls wir aus der Flaute nur mit Motorkraft herauskommen sollten. Das Feld im Westen mit richtigem Wind zieht uns in der. read more...


02/12/2013

Magic - Tag 3: Segeln im Süden

26.11.2013Pos: 24° 05,5' N, 017° 03,6' WKurs: 240°Der Tag beginnt gut. 5 Bft bringen uns in der Nacht zügig voran. Nur: wir sind auf Höhe der Sahara und alle tragen dicke Jacken und Mützen. Mit der Temperatur am Tag sind wir eher zufrieden, bloß jetzt ist der Wind wieder weg. Irgendwas ist ja immer. Glücklicherweise reicht es für eine passable Spi-Passage. Die moderate Geschwindigkeit reizt die Crew zum Angeln, insbesondere, weil sich der Farbton beim Aufbackbrot deutlich ins Grünliche verschoben hat. Nur das Angelzeug ist wohl irgendwo ganz unten in den Kisten. Wir berichten über den Ausgang.Wir sichten immer noch Teilnehmer in unserer unmittelbarer Nähe. Unter denjenigen, die sich für die Südroute entschieden haben, sind wir weit vorne. Die Distanz zum Ziel spiegelt das leider. read more...


02/12/2013

Sephina of Beaumaris - Day 10 Interrupted Cat Naps

Day 10 Interrupted Cat Naps It’s been an odd week since we set off from land and the owners are behaving very strangely.   They’ve developed some odd routines and rituals.  When I go to bed, my favorite owner is there to cuddle me and we have a lovely snooze for a few hours and then suddenly bells start ringing and she shoots out of bed, gets dressed and puts on a big vest/jacket. I ignored this for the first couple of nights but then I thought I’d follow her to see where she was going.  She went upstairs into the dark and then sat there alone with a flask of coffee. She was reading her book thing but I don’t understand why she had to go upstairs in the dark to do this.  She does this every night and then after a few hours she comes back down and goes to bed again. I. read more...


Sephina of Beaumaris - Day 10 Interrupted Cat Naps
Sephina of Beaumaris - Day 10 Interrupted Cat Naps
02/12/2013

Fanny Fisher - Crossing the Atlantic on a Current!

Day 13Having left Oscar, Papa and Quebec we had great hopes for Romeo and some wind, but that was not to be. Instead we have had plenty of time to philosophise - we have discovered the world is round, the horizon goes up hill, boats that we are sighting fall off the edge and for the next crossing we will bring our own moon as this one doesn’t work very well although it does make the stars more plentiful. So you can see with all that heavy thought the days just slip by. Fanny is happy and David is not only catching fish but also sleeping with the the flying fish that fly in through the hatch.  So life is good on the ocean.. read more...


02/12/2013

Pelican - boat normality resumes

WELL now that was thirty six hours that was  where did all that raincome from i will tell you were most of it went on my bed  it seems golly gosh it was wet there was a bit of wind as well but we all over  thatnow as we potter along towards st lucia (i think) . tis funny as you do yournight watch if compose a wondrful blog all goes as soon as i get my head down.Fresh bread on the cobb oven great piece of kit handfull of charcoal your goodto go for  two hrs cake just being cooked well that all for today PS thosedisbelivers about the paw marks on my bed will have photographic proof sothere!!!. read more...


02/12/2013

Starblazer - Starblazer - 2 December - The first week at sea.

We have now been at sea for seven and a half days so I think a brief review is in order.Statistics: This is a yacht but we have motored for about 50 hours because we can’t sail in next to no wind.We have been surprised at the speeds we have managed in 7 or 8 knots but at 5 or less we drift.We have covered a  distance of 909 miles but only about 570 were towards St Lucia.Within the next 24 hours we hope to find the trade winds and set a direct course.Weather: We have had a bit of nearly everything; wind, no wind, showers, rain, cool overcast days, warm bright sunny ones, cold nights, pleasantly warm nights (tonight), rough seas, flat calm.We have been lucky to avoid the squalls so far.Problems: There have been a few we have yet to resolve.The jib diving overboard was not too much of. read more...


02/12/2013

Second Wind - An unscheduled stop

As dawn broke this morning we found ourselves gently motoring into the beautiful approaches to the marina at Mindelo.  We were accompanied by a large pod of dolphins shadowing our relaxed pace and a number of other arc boats who had also a been waiting for daylight to make their final approach. The visit here is an unexpected pleasure,  mainly driven by the need to replace the full tank of diesel used in the "sail" down here, but it is great to see the place and its culture. A visit to a roadside market to purchase some used plastic containers (so we can carry even more diesel) seemed a very satisfactory trade for both parties. Tomorrow we will hit the road again in the expectation of more light winds for a couple of days but we need to press on if we are to avoid missing all. read more...


02/12/2013

Hada - HADA Day 8 -- Wahoo! Dolphins!!

HADA Day 8 -- Wahoo!Dolphins!!Post #6 -Monday, December 2nd,2013, 16:00 UTC (GMT)Day 8 on HADA.It’s sunny, clear, with gentle seas andwinds running light at 5-10 knots.Given the winds, our forward progress has been a tad slower than we’d like but the “comfort” factor of the crossing has shot through the roof these past 2 days.The boat is being pulled along by our A3 gennaker at an average of 6.5 knots for the past 24 hours, heeling about 9 degrees to port, with very little sail changes expected from here on.The ride is smooth, which made for some nice sleeping at night and relaxing on deck earlier today.Wahoo!Bang, early this morning - the sun wasn’t up for long -and we had another hit on the fishing line.So far we’ve had 2 Tunas, but today we got a Wahoo! White, firm meat, ready to eat. read more...


Hada - HADA Day 8 -- Wahoo! Dolphins!!
Hada - HADA Day 8 -- Wahoo!  Dolphins!!
Hada - HADA Day 8 -- Wahoo! Dolphins!!
Hada - HADA Day 8 -- Wahoo!  Dolphins!!
Hada - HADA Day 8 -- Wahoo! Dolphins!!
Hada - HADA Day 8 -- Wahoo!  Dolphins!!
Hada - HADA Day 8 -- Wahoo! Dolphins!!
Hada - HADA Day 8 -- Wahoo!  Dolphins!!
Hada - HADA Day 8 -- Wahoo! Dolphins!!
Hada - HADA Day 8 -- Wahoo!  Dolphins!!
02/12/2013

George - Westward Ho.

Well what a day! with the fridge problems, We were celebrating our Festival of meat yesterday lunch when there was uproar, Jim found a twenty pence piece under his burger, it took quiet a time to convince him that it wasn't the one discussed in earlier blogs. In fact it was only after I showed him this one didn't have any teeth marks on it. All this came after I managed to stop the crew calling him 'Jonah' Jim. I think I am gaining his trust because he let me open door 2 on this Advent calendar this morning...TBDecember arrived with a vengeance, the fallout from which can still be heard reverberating around the cabins on board S/Y George. The sun came up to clearing skies and favourable winds allowing us to make steady progress through the reducing swell on a course of 260 degrees. After. read more...


Starla - Fishing success in the Atlantic
Starla - Fishing success in the Atlantic
02/12/2013

Scarlet Oyster - Milestone day Day 9 on Scarlet

Yesterday was something of a day of milestones, 1000nm taken off the total distance, 1 full week at sea, wind finally switching to a more appropriate angle, last tack of the race (hopefully!), oh and breaking a steering cable for the first time!Sunday started quite uncomfortably as we continued to bash upwind in a NW direction, trying to gain position for the next few days of downwind sailing in good breeze.Through the night we had squalls with up tom 38knots in them, Scarlet confidently strode on upwind under no.4 jib and 1 reefed main, both these sails are from the 1st suit of racing sails the boat had back in 1988, I am amazed they are not only still in one piece but actually quite fast still!The guys onboard were pleased to have Scarlet as our steed as she took all the punishment in. read more...


02/12/2013

Albatros - ALBATROS Day 9

On Sunday the nice weather came back with some wind, sunshine and stars at night. The swell was lower and therefore we were able to sleep much better than the 2 nights before. We are using the time to do different maintenance work, some are reading, some are cooking, the fishing line is mostly out and 2 crew members are always on deck behind the steering wheel. We also enjoyed a Xmas cake from Germany as the first advent started.By the way we are still enjoying Karin's´fruitbread'. It needs to be hidden from the hungry crowd.The temperature is constantly raising and we measured 24 degrees at night, 27 degrees during the day. the warmer sleeping bags can be stowed away. We are thinking at our families at home, where there are freezing temperatures. Our position at 2.12.2013, 1300 UTC is. read more...


02/12/2013

Starla - Log Day 9 - Sunshine, Fishing and Repairs

Hello Everyone,Distance logged today - 134 nautical miles. Distance to date this trip - 964 nautical miles. Remaining miles to St Lucia 1983.Yesterday afternoon and evening were a slow in terms if distance made good to St Lucia, as the wind was directly from on the nose. That meant that we were tacking. The wind eventually moved around to the west by north west. Allowing us to sail a direct course. This should help us regain some lost ground on the rest of the fleet.It has been tough to get to the present position. The forecast moving forward is very favorable and for the next few days we should make considerable progress, and gain some places in the fleet.This morning we had to carry out some repairs to the boom brake, and also the jib sail track end stop.The sun is shinning today and. read more...


02/12/2013

Manihi - Cap ... Ste Lucie !!!

15:44.57N 30:28.79W10:00 Heure localeHier après-midi, petit meeting tactique après avoir reçu les fichiers GRIBs(Maintenant, tout le monde sait ce que c'est ; sinon voir la "Vie à bord"d'hier). La question était : sachant qu'on est maintenant à la hauteur(latitude) de Ste Lucie, doit-on continuer à descendre SW pour retrouver lesalizés au plus vite, ou bien prendre plein ouest, direction tout droit versSte Lucie, et se contenter de peu de vent dans un premier temps et naviguer,éventuellement au moteur, pour se faire rejoindre un peu plus tard par lesalizés, au bout de 2 jours ? Belle question, hein ! En considérant le gasoilrestant, la probabilité d'exactitude des GRIBs, la vitesse probable danschacune des options, nous avons décider de partir plein ouest. Ca doit sevoir par notre. read more...


02/12/2013

Aspen - Log 8_Supplemental; Monday 2 Dec; Refueling at Sea a Picture!

Here is how to refuel at sea on a small sailboat!Notice the safety harnesses and low position on deck.Now if we could just get more of these jerry cans that poured easily that would be nice!Steve and MariaAspen_Refueling_Small. read more...


Aspen - Log 8_Supplemental; Monday 2 Dec; Refueling at Sea a Picture!
Aspen - Log 8_Supplemental; Monday 2 Dec; Refueling at Sea a Picture!
São Francisco 4 - Atum e caldeirada / Tuna and "Caldeirada"
São Francisco 4 - Atum e caldeirada / Tuna and
São Francisco 4 - Nuvem preta = vento! / Dark cloud = wind!
São Francisco 4 - Nuvem preta = vento! / Dark cloud = wind!
02/12/2013

La Rochelle - Pressure hunting

Yesterday morning we went "hunting" pressure and managed to hook into a nice line of 12-15 knots at around 9am running square just a smidge off the rum line at an average of 7 knots boat speed. It was hard work steering in a very confused sea, the pressure started to drop off at around 4 pm to 10 knots and the main started flogging, again, every time it rolled over a 3 metre swell, which was on the beam and tossing us about like a cork. Not a fun ride being under powered. Our solution to the flogging main was to put 2 reefs in it with pretty much full trim down traveller. Worked like a charm and gave us a little drive as the boat speed had dropped to under 6 knots. Last night was again motor sailing in light winds of 5- 10 knots trying to drive the apparent forward to the beam to create. read more...


02/12/2013

Firefly - Just about half way there

The wind has today come round to the North, so at last we can set a course straight for Antigua.Beating over the last few days has added about 100 miles to our trip, so we are now about halfway to Antigua and those Rum punches.The sun is shining, and we are experiencing the other side of this life!Fresh meat and salad has now all been used up, as well as most of our vegetables.We still have quite a few citrus fruit though, so we should keep scurvy at bay! A fresh grapefruit for breakfast in the middle of the Atlantic is a delight. Also the yoghurt maker is working well so if you don't like grapefruit try muesli with yoghurt. Murray cooked the first mainly tinned meal last night.A tuna and pasta bake, which went down well.We haven't tried fishing, as we are concerned that the line could. read more...


02/12/2013

Annabella - Log 6 - 1st December

Position: 18 50.825N 26 52.723WDistance since last blog: 150NMToday we have flying fish and sunshine which are the first real signs of tropical climate todate. In contrast to yesterday when we had force 7 winds, huge seas and rain. The upside of the F7 is that we had some great sailing and Annabella at one stage achieved 15.4 knots surfing down the back of a wave. That's a record for the boat and probably the highest winds she has experienced. We had two reefs in the main and the genoa was also heavily reefed. We were expecting a line of squalls during last night so kept the reefing, but they didn't really happen. That probably cost us about 20 miles in distance. The Sweden 45 is a great boat for the heavy weather which it can handle with relative ease. Very comforting. We are still. read more...


02/12/2013

Dragonfly - Kaum Wind

Nach dem Abendessen sind alle früh ins Bett gegangen.Ich hatte die erste Wache. Der Wind war gut und auch keine so hohen Wellen mehr. Alle können heute tief und fest schlafen.Anfangs war es noch etwas bewölkt, aber so nach und nach zeigte sich ein grandioser Sternenhimmel.Die Sterne reichen bis zum Horizont hinab. Das gibt es bei uns zu Hause nicht. Einige Male greife ich zum Fernglas, wenn am Horizont wieder ein neues Licht auftaucht. Ist es ein anderer Segler, oder ein Stern?Einen anderen Segler sehen wir, als ich mich gegen 5 Uhr zu Edwin geselle, der zu der Zeit Wache hat. Der Wind ist komplett eingeschlafen und davon bin ich wach geworden. Wir nehmen die Segel rein und starten den Motor. Zwei Stunden später kommt wieder etwas Wind. So geht es heute den ganzen Tag. Segel raus, Segel. read more...


02/12/2013

Nyaminyami II - Nyaminyami II Blog Monday 02.12.13 - 1400hrs

By Chris Haworth & Graham Pike. The last 24 hrs has been spent limping under much reduced sail, whilst planning sail repairs and ‘race strategy’! I think we are effectively ‘out of it’ now having lost 150/200 miles but that competitive spirit will not leave us alone - and we have a plane to catch (amazingly still two weeks away ...yeoooo!). Unfortunately couldn’t effect sail repairs yesterday. Three factors: 1. Need to do them in situ as realistically can’t get main off the boom  2. Still making some headway under reduced Genoa schooner style with storm jib. 3. Continued heavy rain, making the sails too wet to patch,  with very disturbed big sea still running. On the basis the forecast for today was sunny and light breeze we decided to Limp at circa 4kts for. read more...


02/12/2013

Skara Brae - meandering monday in the Atlantic

Our yellowbrick is acting up - we have it on charge at present hopefully it will work again laterMeandering in the Atlantic!we made a decision yesterday to head south where there was no wind - so we could repair our mainsail - which was stuck up the mast on 2nd reef obviously this was not good for 2 reasons1. we cant get it up full when there is light winds2. we cant get it down when there is too much windoh and we cant sail into St Lucia Marina with a sail that is powered as we try to maneuver around a few hundred boats etc.Finally after 2 days of climbing the mast, alan, andrew and scott are bruised tae feck, but main sail is finally fixed - as long as we don't try and push it in heavy winds - as i'm sure the repairs will not hold up to large winds.Not that we need to worry about heavy. read more...


02/12/2013

Queen Frederica - Bericht Tag 8 - Angriff der Meeresbewohner

30.11.2013Das Meer beruhigt sich. Wir nehmen 2 Reffs aus dem Groß und rollen dieGenua auch wieder aus. Gegen Abend schläft der Wind dann völlig ein. Inder Nachtwache sind Petra und Andreas entnervt von den schlagenden Segelnund holen sie ein. Ab jetzt laufen wir unter Maschine, Kurs 195 Grad,Richtung Sao Vicente (die zweitwestlichste Insel der Kapverden). Der Ort,den wir ansteuern, heißt Mindelo.Aber noch ist es nicht soweit und auf den letzten 20 sm passiert uns das,wovon auch alle Weltumsegler berichten: fliegende Fische rauschen nachtsüber das Deck. Einer trifft Udo im Gesicht, einer landet unter derSprayhood und zappelt sich von dort in den Salon. Unmöglich, den Fisch zugreifen und so müssen wir warten, bis er das Zeitliche segnet und werfenihn dann wieder über Bord. Überhaupt, das. read more...


Solo - The wind is so weak - dog Bella can navigate the sailing yacht Solo. With a little help of our TCF... best of group...
Solo - The wind is so weak - dog Bella can navigate the sailing yacht Solo. With a little help of our TCF... best of group...
02/12/2013

Free Spirit - 2 December (Richie's log)

2 December (Richie's log) Mum's birthday today! and, to celebrate we caughtanother fish- which we are going to have for lunch with a glass of champagne!Hooray! I know we said it's a 'dry' boat but this is an exception. we did have abit of an isssue as we were reeling the fish in! one of the lines from theparasail which we had taken down one hour previously had fallen in thewater and jammed the propeller, cutting the engine. At the time the fish wasbeing blamed for this mishap from certain quarters. Actually, it hadnothing to do with the fish, it was our mistake for not ensuring that all lineswere secure and tight before starting the engine in the first place. should haveknown better but hopefully we'll learrn from it. Anyway, Alex volunteered todive down and cut the rope free. read more...


02/12/2013

Koala - Day 8: The story so far

Well, we have survived our first week at sea and are finally settling in to life on board. Food is starting to have an appeal again and I have also found the email address to send log entries to. Probably a long one today as there is a bit of catching up to do! Progress has been pretty slow so far, but we are now finally past Cabo Verde, which is good. We have had a bit of everything so far. We had a couple of nights with about 3 knots of wind and 2m swell where we just took the sails down and sat there listening to stuff falling out of lockers rather than putting the rig through a beating as the sails slatted back and forth. It is amazing. I think the boat takes more of a beating in those conditions rather than in a gale. The whole thing quivers and shakes each time the main fills.Two. read more...


02/12/2013

Miciadue - Der perfekte Wind - die perfekte Welle - der perfekte Tag

Wir laufen mit 6 kts unter voller Besegelung auf Kurs 255 Grad bei schönstem Sonnenschein in Badeshorts und T-Shirt (ich hoffe, jetzt werden alle, die das lesen und in D frieren neidisch ;-) ). Die Stimmung an Bord ist wieder entspannt nach den letzten Sturm und Regentagen. Die Miciadue sieht aus wie ein Rattenschiff. Alle Polster, alle Klamotten, alle Handtücher sind an Deck zum Trocknen. Die Spannungsversorgung ist erstmal wieder gesichert. Ob durch das Solarpanel oder die evtl. wieder arbeitende Lichtmaschine werden wir noch rausfinden. Die Bilge bleibt auch trocken. Schöner kann Segeln nicht sein. Im Laufe des morgigen Tages werden die Winde östlich drehen, so dass wir dann langsam in die Passat kommen.. read more...


02/12/2013

Manali - 16 Degrees North - heading in the right direction

It’s always exciting to visit a new restaurant.For weary reviewers, new ventures are like shining beacons on the horizon.  Some disappear overnight, others slowly sink, while the few that weather the swirling fortunes of hospitality stand proudly like cardinals, setting and maintaining standards.16 Degrees North is Jean Pierre Thomas’ latest enterprise after his well-earned break following the success of Australian restaurant Rasputin’s.At first glance, 16 Degrees could almost be mistaken as a pop up restaurant, the infuriating worldwide trend which celebrates fast messy food, delivering to an undiscerning under 30 populace.  The restaurant somehow seemed a little transient last night, as though it was just passing by.  Not surprising given the doors only opened 9 days. read more...



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