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06/12/2013

Magic - Tag 11: Badetag

04.12.2013Pos: 20° 51,6' N, 027° 12,1' WKurs: xxx°Richtige Regattafreaks werden das, was jetzt kommt möglicherweise nicht verstehen. Der Wind war mal wieder nicht segelbar. Da das Wetter traumhaft ist (strahlender Sonnenschein bei leichter Cumulusbewölkung) gibt es also einen Badestopp - das Schiff steht sowieso gerade. Wir reden uns damit raus, dass die ARC ja keine Regatta, sondern nur eine Rally ist.Es geht uns (zu) gut.Kennzahlen des Tages:Kurs bei Stillstand: unbekanntOlaf. read more...


06/12/2013

Magic - Tag 10: Bananenhandel

03.12.2013Pos: 20° 26,6,6' N, 029° 43,1' WKurs: 280°Wir haben 20kg grüne Bananen vom spanischen Großhandel an Bord, aber vergessen, was der italienische Fachverkäufer uns zu Unterbringung und Handhabung gesagt hat. Nun laufen unterschiedliche Experimente an Bord, die krummen Dinger portionsweise über die gesamte Reise verteilt reif zu kriegen. Kein einziges Experiment produziert reife Bananen. Irgendetwas hatte das mit klimakterischen und nicht-klimakterischen Früchten zu tun. Unsere Teile bleiben aber entweder grün oder werden gleich direkt schwarz. Sorry, wir sind ein Männerhaushalt.Wir würden die ganze Staude gerne gegen ordentliche Industriebananen umtauschen, sind aber schon über 1500km vom Einkaufsort entfernt.Kennzahlen des Tages:Obstreklamationen: 1Olaf. read more...


06/12/2013

George - I Got a Big One

I would like to claim the the biggest fish/Mammal caught! and I would like to dispel the myth that fish don't go for towed generators... this morning we heard a big puff of air only to find a 20 foot killer whale hanging off the towed generator... I gingerly pulled the generator rope in.. not wanting to piss said whale off any more than I could get away with! it was defiantly a tug of war and I was aware if he really wanted it the 700 lb breaking strain on the generator would snap like cotton.... Bob, as we will call him, came all the way to the sugar scoop... we have the pictures! Bob then circled the boat for a while... before blowing a mist of water over us and disappearing.... TBOK, I admit the lamb stew was a bit ripe and it was understandable that the crew did not fancy it.If you. read more...


06/12/2013

Blue Ocean - Day 12/13: St Nicholas Day

Another beautiful sunrise – we are almost into Day 13 of ouradventure.   Happy St Nicholas Day to children everywhere. Although not celebrated inthe UK, the Belgian and Polish crew are visibly excited at the arrival of SaintNick’s Day. If they have been good boys over the past 12 months then Santa Claus(Sinta Klaus?) might just be trekking out to the middle of the North Atlantic togive them a gift. Apparently, SC has paid a visit to Yv and JH but the rest ofus have clearly been too naughty.   I wonder if the aquatic SC uses reindeers and sleigh or rides on the backsof dolphins? Speaking of which, we have seen any for three days now. In factvery little wildlife except for the odd flying fish. Though Darek caught a hugemahi mahi yesterday.   We are all in good spirits (even. read more...


06/12/2013

Atika II - A bord d'ATIKA (par Valérie)

A bord d'Atika, j'ai la plus belle cabine (après celle du capitaine), double avec lavabo.Galanterie me direz-vous ? Attendez. Je la partage avec les fruits et légumes, sagement rangés dans des caisses, alignées sur la couchette; il y fait régulièrement 30°C et pas toujours possible d'aérer (embruns, pluie...). Alors de temps en temps l'un d'eux se décompose, dégageant alors un fumet écoeurant. Si l'on ne trouve pas rapidement le (la) coupable, une petite auréole beige marque alors le drap.Comme ma cabine est spacieuse j'ai également hérité des chaussures de D et V, pour ne pas les nommer. Pour le premier il s'agit de ses bottes en caoutchouc Aigle, qu'il préfère porter pieds nus, dit-il. "Val, pourquoi tu mets des chaussettes dans tes bottes ?". Concernant le second c'est ses basquettes,. read more...


06/12/2013

Jambo - were are off

Trade winds arrived last night at 17.30 and we are flying!Bit of a rock and roll thing going on as the seas build to give us a good Atlantic rollJust need to keep our boat speed up so we get in before they close the finish line !Fishing still proving a challenge - we caught another monster that eventually bit through the line - will try a smaller lure next time. read more...


06/12/2013

Sephina of Beaumaris - Dau 12 Are we there yet?

Dau 12 Are we there yet? The dilemma of when is half way has played out over the past two days. The distance from Las Palmas to St Lucia is reported to be 2800 miles in the pilot books. We have so far logged 1525 so we are well over half way. Not so. As the route we have taken is via the Cape Verdes then the actual distance is 3000 miles. We achieved the former yesterday and the latter today. There is another half way which is when the rhumb line route to Las Palmas is equal to the rhumb line route to St Lucia. This will be later today. But is is actually when we have an equal number of days? As it is day 12 and the GPS says there is 11 to go then we are surely over half way. The only good news is that there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate half way. So far we have baked a cake,. read more...


Sephina of Beaumaris - Dau 12 Are we there yet?
Sephina of Beaumaris - Dau 12 Are we there yet?
05/12/2013

Swan Valhalla - Log 15 - Half way!!

Last night we had extra nibbles AND champagne AND mahimahi to celebrate reaching half way (1500 miles to go!)  We sailed into the evening, with some dark lookingclouds ahead. And sure enough, at about 11pm we went through a heavy squall withwinds of up to 18 knots. We were goose-winging the genoa on the spinnaker poleat this point, so many hands on deck helped to furl it in and keep the boatunder control. For the rest of the night there was a steady wind of about 12-14knots, which meant the motor stayed off all night.  The morning bought some more sunshine and blue skies andthe spinnaker went up. Unfortunately the wind died at about 11am and it was timefor a swim - much to the excitement of Matt who had been below deck all morningcarving up the remainders of our dried ham,. read more...


06/12/2013

Starblazer - Starblazer 6 December Not a good start to the day

Within 15 minutes of going on deck for my 0500-0800 watch it started to rain, heavily!Fortunately there was no wind squall associated with the rain though often the wind shifted.I went below to check it on radar, to find there was a succession of showers, some heavy, in our path.Every time the wind shifted the autopilot beeped to tell me it had altered course, if more than a couple of degrees the beeping was incessant.I had to scramble on deck to stop the alarm then wait to see if the autopilot had overcompensated. At 0745 I shot on deck to cancel the alarm, took my regular scan around the horizon though the radar showed nothing, and noticed something was wrong with the pole holding out the genoa and dawn was just breaking.I woke John and we discovered that the pole uphaul had chafed. read more...


06/12/2013

Aspen - Log 12 Friday 6 Dec; Sea Berths

When we are at sea we use our sea berths - cocoon like cloth enclosuresthat secure us to the two settees that are our berths where we sleep andrelax in the main salon.Maria likes the starboard side and Steve getsthe port side.The Admiral's side is neatly covered with a sheet, blankets and pillows.The shelf above her berth has medicines, eye drops, hair clips, hairbrushes, a crucifix, and her DVD player with a collection of movies.Atthe top of the movie collection is the movie "The Devil Wears Prada".If Maria is watching this number one movie then Captain Steve knowsthings are really bad outside!For some reason this movie gives Mariacomfort and helps to calm her nerves, maybe a little.The Captain's side is not quiet as neat.A sheet is half on and mostlyoff the settee, depending on the sea. read more...


06/12/2013

Idea of London - VQ race team update: knock out

A chair, Michelle Pfieffer, shower, glass of wine, bed, cooked food, fresh fruit and a strong gin and tonic. A small sample of the key things people would like to have on arrival.I'll take all of those, just adjusting the order a little.Sadly Michelle is going to have to wait a bit longer for our arrival. Early this morning we were knocked down by a sudden huge gust of wind. All hands appeared on deck in various undress to find the boom in the water, the mast on the way in and the spinnaker blown. We got the boat under control, salvaged the sorry looking spinnaker back into the bow, took headcount and damage check. Rupert had been 'on watch' at the back and close to the rail when it happened. The sudden violence and angle had forced him tumbling down toward the ocean. Unfortunately he. read more...


06/12/2013

Freebooter - Day 12 - 5th Dec - Empty Sea

One question that is frequently asked is 'what is it like out there?' Now we like an enormous can make a few comments. In calm weather, it is a gigantic infinity pool, because there is no visible end to it. Clouds seemingly rise out of the water, the sun is reflected in crystaline waters, and glitters at night with the stars. You get to see the celestial sky in its full glory with zero light pollution from man. We have not seen another boat for about 4 days, although there was one light in the distance a couple of nights ago. As I write this, we are just clicking onto 1,500nm to St Lucia, having already sailed nearly that far since leaving the Canaries. However we are struggling to make good speed due to the very light winds. The forecast is for nearly no wind for the next few days...By. read more...


Freebooter - Day 12 - 5th Dec - Empty Sea
Freebooter - Day 12 - 5th Dec - Empty Sea
06/12/2013

Ocean Venture - Passed half way mark

The wind came up last night and the sound of singing while helming is always a sure sign miles getting knocked off quickly!.Spinnaker been working hard lately but rarely straining as dawn breaks and breeze goes soft.1,445 miles to go, Duke still holding up admirably under ships rigours and reduction of priveledges yet again as kettle boiling / tea making down to twice a day now.Night watches have also taken it out of him somewhat.Last of beers will be drank at sundown today.20131206_090443. read more...


Ocean Venture - Passed half way mark
Ocean Venture - Passed half way mark
06/12/2013

Arkouda - Day 10 Still Looking for the Trade Winds

We departed Sao Vincente at 11:20 this morning.I thought that I would have butterflies in stomach as the Verdes are truly like being on the edge of the abyss--no land west for 2100 miles!I guess I am really ready to just get on with it.The boat is ready, we are ready...time to go!The grib files (a weather map showing wind predicted wind direction and speeds) had been predicting the winds to pick up heading west, southwest, at about 15 degrees N.The latest grib shows it best at 14 degrees, so we will be searching a little longer.It also looks like yet another low north of us will disturb the normal speed of the trades--usually a steady 20-25 kts blowing east to west--so winds will not truly start for another 5 days.Ugh!The non-existent wind as we left this morning had Sean carefully. read more...


06/12/2013

Second Wind - Message from Chris Diggins

Dawn of the Cruising ChuteOn our boat the Cruising Chute usually hides in the sail locker only to be brought out to provide amusement to onlookers on the odd occasion that we attempt to fly it.In the past this exercise has only confirmed that there's a lot to go wrong and very little to be gained by its use.Where better to discover that it does actually work than in the middle of the Atlantic with no onlookers on the horizon in any direction and the ideal light breeze?Rigging the chute as recommended in a conversation with the other Moody 425 (Freebooter), we were able to convert a sad "nearly 4 knots" to a cracking 7.5, rekindling our hopes that the ARC events list for St Lucia was not just a chronicle of things we would miss!Getting the sail down again when the snuffer jammed at the. read more...


06/12/2013

Anettine - 5.12.2013

Førsten purres ut kl 0700. Vi har ikke fått posisjonen til båtene enda, men vi er klar for å starte oppløpet og setter spinnaker. Det viser seg etter hvert at det ikke vil være mulig for oss å ta igjen flere båter. Vi seiler spinnaker hele dagen og tenkte å la det stå ut natta. Rett etter solnedgang kjørte vi imidlertid inn i et område med squals med til dels friske og ustabile forhold. Vi valgte å ta ned spinnakeren og fortsatte ferden for spridde seil . Vi har vært sparsomme med ferskvannet og har mye igjen. Hele mannskapet ble innvilget sin første dusj i ferskvann siden avreise.Siste døgn satte vi ny rekord i utseilt distanse på drøye 180 nm. Ca. 70 nm igjen til mål. En fin dag på sjøen.Anettine. read more...


06/12/2013

Webster - Log 15: Groundhog Day

Thursday 5th December: Carried spinnaker all night as wind predominantly light NE (it has been flying for 48 hours or so now), but managing about 5kts towards our destination so making slow progress. Forecast is for much of the same for the next few days.As daybreak came the sun came out and was hot. We all spent the morning reading and fishing, the latter to no avail excepting that we did catch a tiny something that wriggled itself off the hook but we would have thrown it back in any case. 1300 position 16 23'N 30 52'W.The only real excitement today has been noting an element of chafe on the main halyard at the sheaf when we dropped the main to run under spinnaker alone.We took a piece of outer covering from a larger spare piece of rope and took out the main halyard completely to fit. read more...


06/12/2013

Aditi - Day 11: Unleashed from the dock

Thursday about 8am we headed for the shop in Mindelo Marina to see if our welding boy had done his stuff and the exhaust elbow was back in one piece. We have made this trip many, many times before. Ah but there on the floor is a filthy black carbon covered bag. It is...it is...and the 30 minute repair weld is complete on Day 4 in Mindelo.We bolted up, we fuelled up, and by 11.30 we slipped our berth and passed the space to incoming Zenara. We are going....fast.We motored out of the bay and clear of the island ready to select our go fast sails. Wind 11 knots behind. OK it's the cruising chute. So we drag the beast to the foredeck, we wrap the tack line round the anchor stem blocks, round the windlass and secure it. We are working fast; we are at the back....out comes the foot of the. read more...


06/12/2013

Hanami II - A moins de 150 miles du but ...

Vendredi 05 XII 201303:25 UTC14 08 N58 47 WReste 130 miles a couvrirEt bien cela devrait etre notre derniere nuit complete en mer pour cette transat. Si tout va bien nous devrions arriver a Rodney Bay dans la nuit de vendredi a samedi, donc si nous gardons la meme vitesse, ce soir entre 23:00 et 24:00.Aujourd'hui le vent a ete variable, comme d'habitude, moins fort que les previsions le l'ARC mais nous avons fait 8 heures sous spi ce qui nous a permi de couvrir 129 miles sur 24 heures.Cote peche, un jolie coryphene est venue se prendre a ligne de la canne mais, cette fois encore, elle s'est detachee avant que nous puissions la ramener a bord. C'est la 3eme depuis Mindelo et c'est frustrant. Mais c'est ainsi. Pas grand chose a y faire. J'ai essaye de changer les hamecons (ils sont triples. read more...


06/12/2013

Hot Stuff - Fairies of the Lost Arc - Chapter 7

Life with no wind.Day 11.   It's fair to say we have had an unconventional 11 days of sailing on theAtlantic Ocean. Last week five days of constant and persistent rain with galeshitting us from all wind angles. Then over the last few days very little wind,consistency or direction has been our issue. Not deterred, we have had the kiteup for 48 hours now (only took us 10 days!), with lightweight sheets and guys,and have been practicing the art of sailing close hauled with a symmetricspinnaker now turned code 0. Not exactly the norm  - but with a little bitof coaxing we have actually managed to maintain movement above 0.00 knots underthe pink glow of the sail. There have been a few hiccups with our upwind kitework - namely a tense moment this afternoon where a frilly thong was. read more...


06/12/2013

Shine - Day 11:Please forward to Sir Richard Branson c/o Necker Island

Hi Richard,How are things, you old tax dodger?We are an ARC crew en route to St Lucia , and extensive speed,time and distance calculations demonstrate that we are going to miss our Virgin flight to Gatwick on Tuesday next. Could you be a love and jump on the Neckerphone to your St Lucia chaps and get us 8 seats on the Thursday flight, which at present is full ? I can confirm we all hate those B*****ds at BA as much as you do, which therefore makes us mates , and what is there in life if mates can't help mates? Don't worry yourself too much about the upgrade thing, we just need to get back for Giles and Tiddy's party...........obviously come if you are free.All the best and speak soon,Yacht Shine.. read more...


05/12/2013

Skara Brae - Night watch on Skara Brae

Well we were hoping to be a wee bit further to St Lucia than we are at present :-(12 days at sea, we should almost be there - but alas we are only at the 1/2 way mark! We have covered 1500nm but in actual fact only done 1300 as the crow flies as we were thrown a few curve balls of bad weather, which caused damage to the sails which made us route south for calm weather to repair the damage and then got us stuck in a an area with no wind.Which added to the lack of trade winds means we are going nowhere fast! So with 1500 covered and nearly 1500 left, we are nearly 1/2 way there!Finally tonight we have have started seeing winds above 10kts - and we are averaging 6knts with the spinnaker out front, so by morning we should have clocked 60 miles in 10 hours and hopefully 150 in the last 24. read more...


05/12/2013

Resolute of Thames - ON FLY-IN FISH AND SQUALLS

The fly-in fish, or more correctly Exocoetidae Beloniformes Actinopterygii, has been a regular visitor to the boat. I normally have to clear the decks of the dead each morning before Gilly-Mate assumes her first watch. In doing so I note that there are 2 types, Exocoetus has one pair of fins and a streamlined body to optimize for speed, while the other variant, Cypselurus has a flattened body and two pairs of fins, which maximizes its time in the air. They were actually studied closely in the early 1900s as a possible model upon which to develop an airplane. However, they have one major design fault in that they have no forward vision. Which is presumably why they all seem to impersonate second world war Japanese pilots. The difference is of course that they do us no harm - until last. read more...


05/12/2013

Golondrina - Thursday - nearly half way!

So news from the front.  Golondrina is in the trade winds and as you can see pressing west. The wind is directly behind the boat so at times we need to dip slightly south and north to avoid some exciting rolling from side to side so you may see a see-saw action on the tracker for a while. As regards positioning, Golondrina  is racing in a category with the following boats : Edelweiss, Polaris, Amokura, Homer, Zulu, Belle, At Last, Kondili, Zig Zag, Exeter, Zenara and Amokura to name a few.  At the moment We are 84th from 200 boats, the vast majority of which are much bigger and so it's fair to say we've done exceptionally well so far. A momentous day on board when the midday position was marked on the chart and we actually had to open it up so we have 'crossed. read more...


Golondrina - Thursday - nearly half way!
Golondrina - Thursday - nearly half way!
05/12/2013

Selivra - ARC Tag 11

2013-12-05, 15.00Ein herzhaftes moin moin, an alle Durchgeknallten,mir ist heute ein wenig schwülstig dramatisch zumute. Ich nutze diese, miransonsten völlig fremde Gefühlstiefe, euch an meinem tiefsten Innerenteilhaben zu lassen.Ich weiß nicht wie es Euch geht, aber ich als jungfräulicherAtlantiküberquerer, versuche jede Sekunde dieser Fahrt zu speichern, umauch ja nichts von diesem großartigem Abenteuer zu verpassen.Ich habe diese Tour nicht nur angetreten, weil ich der See verbunden binund seglerisch dazulernen will. Nein, auch weil ich meine „Festplatte“einmal entschlacken möchte, um ganz ohne Tunnelblick zu sehen, wo ich stehemit meinem bisherigen Leben. Der Nebel beginnt sich zu lichten, und sieheda, es stellt sich bescheidene Zufriedenheit ein.Bis dahin, einen ganz besonderen Gruß. read more...


Selivra - ARC Tag 11
Selivra - ARC Tag 11
05/12/2013

Windleblo - Day Eleven

I had the 2 to 4 a.m. watch last night. The stars were out in force. The only problem with the 2 to 4 a.m. watch is that it ruins any chance of a good night's sleep.With four on board, we have it relatively easy, compared to double handers or other short handed crew. We adopted two hour single handed watches, with a dog watch from 4 to 6 p.m. so no one gets stuck with the same watch every day. Plus, the watch schedule stays on UTC so while we move west the solar day moves with us, creating even more variety to the watch times. With six hours between watches, each guy should have ample time to rest.None-the-less, I have started to find that after the 2 to 4 a.m. watch, despite the star show, I am more depleted than after any other night watch. No amount of cat napping or afternoon siesta. read more...


05/12/2013

Free Spirit - 5th December

Hi from Andy :)   We've been at sea for how long now? Oh yes, 12days. Well the sea views are nice but where is the wind? Down here at 16 degnorth there isn't any! Here we are genoa repaired, kite up, on the great circleto St Lucia and we are wallowing around doing 3.5kts. The Atlantic rollers lookgood I must say but most are beam on and cruelly taking our whatever wind is inour parasailor. Oh well, it's nice and hot at least!   Peter and I have been doing our astro navigation.We have dutifully got our sextants out at local noon every day. The others seemconfused as local noon is anything but noon in GMT terms. Still I've always beenhappy to live in GMT onboard, sadly, as Tom Cunliffe once said, this wonderfulidea is usually spoiled by crew who insist on sleeping at night and. read more...


05/12/2013

Merlyn III - Day 11 - Lack of mermaids

The lamentable loss of our last lure has put paid to anyfurther fishing. Dreams of sashimi, ceviche, tuna steaks, and other fishydelights are at an end. We ate our last seafood in a stew last night and fromnow on it’s meat and veg.   Apart from the unseen, but no doubt huge, fish which got awaywith the lures, the only creatures we have been aware of  are the flyingfish which have whizzed onto our deck during the night. No sign of dolphins,whales, narwhals, or even mermaids. A pity since they would have enjoyed twonotable events over the past 24 hours.  The first was our ‘halfway’ drinks party yesterday evening–champagne, smoked salmon, and rousing speeches. The other was the raising of our‘downhill’ rig at 10.30  this morning – poled out genoa and jib. The windseemed. read more...


Merlyn III - Day 11 - Lack of mermaids
Merlyn III - Day 11 - Lack  of mermaids
05/12/2013

Miciadue - Wenig Wind viel Motor

Die ganze Nacht sind wir unter Motor gelaufen. Das Dröhnen der Maschine hat diejenigen von uns, die keine Nachtwache gehalten haben, in ihren Träumen begleitet. Kurz nach Sonnenaufgang hatten wir eine Goldmakrele an der Angel, die unser Frühstück bereicherte. Wieder bestes Wetter heute, Wasser und Luft ca. 25 Grad. Der Skipper gönnte uns einen kurzen Badestopp für die Körperpflege. Eine deutsche Yacht - die CARO - hat den Rekord von 2006 gebrochen ist nach 10 Tagen und ca. 21,5 Stunden in St. Lucia über die Ziellinie gefahren. Am Nachmittag hat es ein wenig aufgefrischt, so dass wir zum ersten Mal den Spi setzen konnten. Der zieht uns nun mit ca. 5 kts in Richtung Ziel.. read more...


05/12/2013

Skyelark of London - Halfway again!

Today's sailing involved gibing to get a better wind angle for our chosen route to St Lucia. This involved some pole dancing around the mast for some crew members and a lot of pulling and letting ropes go on both port and starboard side of the yacht for others. Winds are still slightly on the light side but we are making good steady progress.Yesterday we reached our halfway point based on the route we chose whereas today we reached the factual halfway point based on the remaining distance to St Lucia being 50% of the direct distance between Gran Canaria and St Lucia. This was celebrated with a bottle of bubbly and the most amazing lamb shank you can imagine prepared by our onboard chef disguised as co skipper Dan.On the fishing front we enjoyed the rest of Friday in Thai fish cakes. read more...


05/12/2013

Ayesha II - Tradewind sailing!

We've had what's felt like our first real day of tradewind sailng here on Ayesha today. Poled out headsail and one reef in the main we're learning works quite well, today we should average around 6.5 knots, on at that pace we should make St Lucia in ten days! We're far from alone out here, every day has seen other boats, some that keep popping up on the AIS or the horizon. One last night (which will remain nameless!) came a little too close for the watches liking and avoiding action was taken. We've also had a couple of interesting chats over the VHF with some beautiful square rig sail training ships when there's been less wind, we're all looking for the same thing so it's good to compare notes!Fishing (though not so much catching) continues apace with both lines going off together each. read more...


05/12/2013

Incisor - Incisor daily blog 5-11-2013

Hello everybody!All is going smoothly on the mighty Incisor. We are still heading towards St. Lucia which is always a bonus! Our VMG (Velocity made good- or as Derek’s son would say” VMG is king smack down”) is improving all the time which is what it’s all about. Now our VMG has improved over the last couple of days, we should start to look a bit better against the other yacht in our class. Our tactics have paid off as many of them are heading into a very light patch, whereas we have some steady trade winds. The first boat has finished already and its making us all work a little harder to get there quicker.We have lightened the boat by eating the rest of the bacon and some tinned peaches today. Very refreshing when they have been in the fridge for the morning. Today we have achieved and. read more...


05/12/2013

Adina - Day 11 Watermakers and a new quiz

Day 11 dawned with the same light winds that continue to taunt us. The motorers ahead have now got good winds. We've just got to stick it out and hope our fortune changes sometime. We got our downwind spinnaker up - to be specific our parasailor. For those who have not seen one, a quick google search will get you some pictures. It has a distinctive wing slot in the middle of it. It's doing a very nice job at the moment.The Adina crew spent most of the day catching up on sleep as we sailed with sunny blue skies and 10 knots of breeze.Given it was "Scrub the crew day episode III" we thought we'd continue our education on sailing an ocean by talking about water. Adina has two water tanks - one with 450 litres and one with 150 litres. We also have an ocean crossers' most treasured item - a. read more...


05/12/2013

Great Escape of Southampton - Niki typo!!

 Day 12 – Feeling hot, hot,hot… Welcome abroad the little world ofOcean Escape for another instalment. Having seen no other vessels for three dayswe operate our own alternate reality, content with the occasional company ofdolphins, storm petrels & boobies. The temperature is soaring, the oceanis changing colour - slowly edging towards turquoise, & we’ve done thesweepstake for our arrival time – entries now closely guarded by Mike. We mayonly be about half way but we definitely have the Caribbean on our minds!Debates abound as to whether we should swim or drink beer/rum first when wearrive – let’s face it, it’s going to be both! Our creativity knows no bounds withPeter’s excellent ‘Corned Beef Surprise’ for dinner last night & all sortsof ideas around keeping awake on. read more...


Great Escape of Southampton - Niki typo!!
Great Escape of Southampton - Niki typo!!
05/12/2013

Koala - Dec 5th: End of carrots

Before I start, I know you're all dying to know what we had to eat last night. Well let me tell you. We had linguine alla carbonara, and very good it was too. Made with real eggs, lardons and some grated cured manchego.We also had to run the engine for a couple of hours to charge the batteries yesterday afternoon as the lack of speed has meant that the duogen has not been providing enough amps for us. I got a voltage warning alarm from the battery monitor when transmitting on the SSB. Whilst the engine was running, we had the water maker and everything else going flat out to make use of the excess power from the alternator. Obviously it makes sense to have the engine in gear whilst doing this so we gained a cheeky 12 miles or so in the process! All will be declared to the relevant. read more...


05/12/2013

Starla - Log Day 12 - Rolling the Dice

Hello Everyone,Distance logged today - 86 nautical miles. Distance to date this trip - 1329 nautical miles. Remaining miles to St Lucia 1667.The wind at our current position is virtually none existent, 2 kn from the north - north west. The trough is a really bad spot to be and it extends for a hundred miles or so.We have decided to roll the dice, turn on our engine and motor for 150 miles to the south west to try and pick up the trade winds. We will have a time penalty added to our rally time, however, we would have been stuck around our previous position for a few days! Let's hope that it pays off. Fingers crossed everybody.I made a chilli con carne last night that nearly blew the crew's heads off. A little to generous with the Chilli powder. It served us for lunch today as well.Sun has. read more...


05/12/2013

Mustique - Mustique.Arc13.5thDec

5th December - 670miles west of Cape Verde, 1000miles from Africa, 1400milesfrom St Lucia, 2,800 miles from Iceland, and only 1100 miles fromBrasil!!...ie middle of Ocean.Highlight of the Day -breaking the 5knot barrier under sailLowlight of the day- Not seeing wind over 8knots all day longSea life spotted - Flying fish a plentyWeather & sailing - 0 to 8 knots of wind, combined with north swell makesfor slow rocking, sails slapping. Temp solution to this is to play music athigher volume..24hr Log- 131nmAmazing Facto of the Day- We moving so slow even the flying fish are notscared of us.Food.snack of the day - Fresh Mahi Mahi with wasabi sauce & saladScott's Fish count - 1 x Yellowfin Tuna, 3 x DoradoNautical Miles to St Lucia - 1400. read more...


NDS Darwin - NDS Darwin Two success fishing event Photo #3
NDS Darwin - NDS Darwin Two success fishing event Photo #3
NDS Darwin - NDS Darwin Two success fishing event - Photo #2
NDS Darwin - NDS Darwin Two success fishing event - Photo #2
05/12/2013

NDS Darwin - NDS Darwin Two success fishing event

After 12 day at sea, meanwhile we wait for the trade winds, we hooked one nice wahoo (54 pound) and one sword fish, at night we delighted a excellent sashimi!!IMG_0570. read more...


NDS Darwin - NDS Darwin Two success fishing event
NDS Darwin - NDS Darwin Two success fishing event
05/12/2013

Manihi - Les alizés :-D !!!

14:04.45N 36:59.70W   10:30 heure locale (UTC-2) Le régime de vent d'est a tenu depuis hier. Il est resté régulier pendantla nuit. Ce sont les alizés. Entre 12 et 17 nds, c'est impeccable ! Ce qui l'estmoins c'est noter façon d'en profiter :-(   Depuis avant-hier, nous avons essayé de privilégier la stabilité du bateau... et notre confort ! C'est à dire quand le pilote peut tenir le cap sanssurveillance attentive : un équipier est dans le cockpit, peut lire ous'occuper, mais n'est pas obligé de rester derrière la barre à scruter lesvoiles, le compas, et la girouette. De jour c'est la GV et le spi asymétrique,et la nuit c'est la GV et le génois. Mais cela a un cout en matière de cap et deVMG ; vous vous souvenez, hier, la vitesse à laquelle on se rapproche de SteLucie ! Résultat. read more...


Azzurra - Brian, one of the four greenmen
Azzurra - Brian, one of the four greenmen