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01/12/2013

George - Has anyone seen the trade winds?

'Public Apology' yesterdays log was sent in error. I have tried to explain to Mason that if you press 'send' it will, at the next opportunity. We also had a panic over sailmail cutting us off for over usage... but that's another story..Disaster Murder Help! This morning we found the butter had melted.... then we found the fridge wasn't cooling. On further investigation I deduced it was actually broken! 7 days out of the canaries! So today we are declaring 'World Eating Day' in order to remember all those people who eat to much, which will end in a night of festivity's including an eating competition. It's not all bad we had a crisis meeting to discuss our options. Jim suggested Man Tuna? we didn't ask... I think he is still a bit bitter from being grassed up over 'Log gate' but yes we. read more...


01/12/2013

Merlyn III - Day 8

A pretty uneventful day. We are motoring in about three knots of Northerlytrue wind. The sea has a gentle swell but an alluring smoothness. We havepositioned ourselves as one of the southernmost yachts. This is interestingbecause the bulk of the fleet is currently experiencing Westerly headwinds tothe North of us. According to our forecasts we should start to benefit fromtrade winds in a couple of days. Those to the North may not be so lucky so thereis everything to play for. Such are the obsessions which begin to take hold whenone has been isolated from the rest of the world for all of a week.   The gastronomic highlight was provided by Jonathan and consisted of a roastshoulder of lamb with garlic and harissa (under the supervision of Iain). We arenow about to watch a DVD ‘Tell No. read more...


01/12/2013

Avel Biz - Avel Biz J+7 2, 3 et 4

Bonjour1 Décembre 2013Position 12h00 UTC24°13,7 N29°14,8 W97 milles en 24h2, 3 et 4Vous connaissez tous la formule qui compare la remontée contre le vent parrapport à la descente avec le vent."Deux fois la distance, trois fois le temps et quatre fois la peine"Déjà on dit remonter et descendre, c'est un signe.Et bien comme à chaque fois, nous confirmons que nos anciens avaientraison. Le près à la longue, c'est ch...Bien que nous fassions un "près océanique", c'est à dire plus abattu(écarté) d'environ 10° qu'au cours d'une régate en baie de Quiberon, c'esttrès inconfortable.Avel Biz tape fort dans les vagues, est recouvert par une lame une fois parminute. Sortir régler les voiles implique d'être immédiatement aspergéd'eau de mer (tiède, c'est vrai) et rincé à l'eau de pluie (pastoujours. read more...


01/12/2013

Dragonfly - Sonniger Tag

Der Tag wurde zunehmend freundlicher. Die Sonne scheint schon seit Stunden und der Wind bringt uns gut nach Süd-West.Er weht immernoch aus W mit ca. 20 kn. Wir kämpfen um jedes Grad nach West und fahren eine ungemütliche Schräglage. Da die Wellen etwas nachgelassen haben, kann ich vorsichtig auch mal meine Kabine durchlüften und dabei meine Sachen trocknen. Ich hab kaum noch was trockenes und mit dem Salzwasser bleiben die Sachen trotzdem klamm. Unsere Geschwindigkeit ist 7 - 8 kn. In der Funkrunde sind einige in unserer Nähe mit gleichen Bedingungen. Andere weiter in Süd-Ost warten noch auf besseren Wind. Wir sind auch noch nicht zufrieden, aber der Wind soll ja noch drehen. Hoffentlich bleibt die Nacht ruhig. Hajo fängt wieder einen Mahi Mahi. Ich hole ihn aus dem Wasser und Edwin ist. read more...


01/12/2013

Swan Valhalla - Log 11 - Sea legs lost!

The night held more continuous torrential rain, choppyseas, and we are now all very damp! Some of the crew hadn't quite got thesea legs they thought they once had.. It was a pretty rocky nightssleep and treacherous for those on shift, with winds gusting up to 30knots! On a positive note we got some good speed and travelled about 200 milesin 24 hours.  We awoke for Haig's big birthday, and Victoria paintedyet another beautiful card with a hammerhead shark on the front. The sea beganto calm a little, and the sun came out - things were on the up! We have,however, had a few squalls - one of which Victoria and I took advantage ofand had a nice rain shower on deck. Yoyo has baked some more deliciousbread and I think flambé banana pancakes may be on the menu. read more...


01/12/2013

Selivra - ARC Tag 7

Sonntag 01. Dezember 2013ARC Tag 7Die Crew weiss was sie die nächsten Tage essen wird. Nach zwei Tagen mit Starkwind und einer unangenehmen Welle ist meine Crew heute südöstlich der Insel Boavista, zugehörig zu den Kap Verden, mit einem außergewöhnlichen Fang belohnt worden.Kurz nachdem der Wind sich etwas beruhigt hat, hat mein Skipper, nach allgemeinen Wunsch der Crew nach Pasta mit Fisch, die Angel ausgeworfen. Die Alternative wär Paste mit Thunfisch aus der Dose gewesen. Kurz vor 15:00 der Biss. Ein Traumexemplar mit ca 1,5 m Länge und ca. 35 kg Gewichthat sich irrtümlich an unsere Angel gehängt.Mein Skipper nach langem Kampf und unter mordsmäßiger Mithilfe von Charly, hat dann um 16:20 eine unglaubliche Goldmakrele an Bord gezogen. Bordhund und Leichtmatrose Benny war ganz aus dem. read more...


Selivra - ARC Tag 7
Selivra - ARC Tag 7
01/12/2013

Jambo - Atlantic fireworks show

Last night was a roller coaster - better than any Disney ride with overhead electric stormsto cap it off. Any way the crew moaning about no wind has obviously set Neptune off to give us a blast of wind.We seem to get the opposite of what we ask for !At last making good progress west but need to get further south to get in the tradeswe saw the infamous green flash the other night as the sun set (Nick missed it as he was below and really cross). He got his revenge today and saw flying fish whilst I was napping. read more...


01/12/2013

Blue Ocean - Blue Ocean

Voila c est fait nous sommes montes dans le mat – enfin virtuellement avecla GoPro on fait des essais de plus en plus sophistiques. Ici il est  18,30heure de Paris, que l `on a gardee mais a 32,42 West , on a gagne 2 heures. Lesoleil va se coucher dans 45 min.   Belle journee ensoleillee, apres le petit grain de hier , qui fut unejournee pluvieuse. Malheureusement le vent n est pas terrible et on passe notretemps a tirer des bords comme en regate- sauf que notre remontee au pres n estpas top.   Alizes attendus impatiemment, pour plonger sur nos adversaires et lescoiffer a Rodney Bay ! Poissons volants (parfois jusqu`au flying deck), dauphins, ciel etoile,sillage phosphorescent.... Miracle des satellites, breve com teleph possible ! Un grand bonjour atous, notamment Juju et. read more...


01/12/2013

Blue Ocean - Day 7: Dolphins and Yellow Watch do the cooking

Following our 60knot storm, everything else is seeming fairlyone-dimensional in comparison. But despite the lumpy seas (too bumpy to trust apot on the stove), Yellow Watch (me & Vin) manfully stood our cooking rostaand turned out palatable, some would even say, tasty, food. American pancakesfor breakfast, pizza for lunch and baked potatoes for supper (with a range oftasty fillings).  We are now stuck with headwinds and no sign of the tradewinds. Still, weare all comfortable and mostly over our earlier sea sickness.  We saw a large group of dolphins yesterday evening – which stayed with theboat for some time allowing us to get some good photos and video. The Belgiansare slowly turning into a well equipped and highly skilled documentary film teamand can be found at all hours. read more...


01/12/2013

Amokura - Amokura Day 8

Blue skies, sunshine, flowers blooming, children saying, “Hello” (Spankyand Our Gang)    Wicked day yesterday. We forgot to have dinner. Stayed on watch in wet weather gear. Now drying out the inside of the boat, which someone remarked smells like aracing boat. Dampness abounds.   This morning we found the sun and a few scattered clouds. And, as always, afew squalls to run through. We are trying to skirt around weather waiting for, what one hopes, thetrade winds to show up tomorrow.   Our blooming flower is an aloe plant we bought in Lanzarote. Hangs our inthe galley.   And emails from the our kids are a perfect respite and recharger.   Our odd northern sail jumped us into a few other boats. One hailed us andwondered where we were eventually landing, as our. read more...


01/12/2013

Resolute of Thames - Green is more macho than fuschia pink

Gosh am I grateful that we are not a pink dot. I would find that difficult to live with. Green and last is good.It is now 21 days since we left Las Palmas and 11 days since we left Cape Verde. Having just re-read our last 2 entries it is apparent that our whole world has shrunk to the size of a 41 foot boat. After the last tomato drama yesterday I am today faced with the removal of a dead and rather squelchy yellow pepper from the netting. This is going to require some fortitude as it is our last yellow pepper. Fortunately, peppers are not revered by Gilly-Mate in the same way as tomatoes - which I guess is why it has been left to me to deal with. However, I shall miss him as I had a curry planed for tonight with his name on. In other news. The sun is shining and, despite our weather. read more...


01/12/2013

Nyaminyami II - Nyaminyami II Blog Sunday 01.12.13 - 1600hrs

By Chris Haworth. Disaster! (con’t) 1700hrs yesterday (Saturday) having sailed in 30/40knots all day (with torrential rain, like a series of ‘line squalls’) with a sea that had become quite big, and after making excellent progress (8/9 kts from 0000 onwards), the Genoa ripped from leech to luff about 1/3rd from top plus the Main leech ripped vertically on back ‘tape’ and at lowest reefing point. Main down – Genoa furled to about 40%. Crew a bit disappointed about that!!!! On reflection (20:20 hind sight a wonderful thing!) we were probably pushing too hard and as that strength of breeze had not been forecast we kept thinking it was going to moderate (no point getting any more sail down!) – should have either Taken down main earlier (it only has two reefing points) and sailed. read more...


01/12/2013

Windleblo - Day Six

"What a difference a day makes."So said the ARC Net Controller to those ARC boats listening on 4149 kHz at 1300 November 30th. In only 24 hours, the skies and seas had turned from clear and glassy to grey and tempestuous. Average wind speeds in the high 20's and gusts to 49 knots were reported among the boats giving their positions to the net. Suddenly, this ARC had dealt us Irish weather, as the Coach liked to put it.Windleblo and crew rode it out gallantly, pushing southeast toward the Cape Verde Islands. We decided to put in for a "touch and go" stop for refueling given that we have burned so much fuel motoring through the calms of yesterday and earlier days. It seems only prudent to take on fuel given the distance yet to traveled and the prospect of more calms.Yet all aboard are a. read more...


01/12/2013

Skyelark of London - Christmas has arrived!

Said good bye to the Cape Verde Islands and started our westward flight. Overnight we had a lesson in the points of sailing with the wind going from dead astern to a broad reach, a beam reach and a close reach all within 6 hours. We must have passed the overnight sail changing exam as today has been a great beam reach towards St Lucia - just as promised in the brochure.First tuna of the trip was landed using a lure named Maximus. The fish currently holds the record interval between swimming in the sea to being served as sashimi of just 15 minutes. Fresh or what?Realised that today is 1st December so decided to celebrate Christmas just a little early. Danish Christmas beer was followed by some schnapps, the recipe of which should be sent to the people at Porton Down for analysis.A roast. read more...


01/12/2013

Skara Brae - sunday in the Atlantic

After morning prayer, it was decided to hove-to again and get back up the mast and repair the damaged track/cars Allan volunteered for this - and did his best but couldn't budge the stuck car we had to abandon our work due to another Squall,2nd time Scott had a shot - but after bashing himself off the mast a few times and with some choice words that should not be heard on a Sunday - we let him down next up was Andy - who reluctantly went up - and fixed it - woho the sail came down!Oncedown we surveyed the damage cars, tracks and sail holes, we repaired what we could before dark is upon us in 1/2 hr. We now have a sail that can go up an down but with 2 reefs - in as we cant go past the damaged track, this will severely curtail our speed - as we are now experiencing light winds and need. read more...


01/12/2013

Abraxas - 01/12/13 Quest for the golden fleece

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Surya - No Photoshop
Surya - No Photoshop
Surya - Ocean Kite
Surya - Ocean Kite
Surya - even zwaaien
Surya - even zwaaien
01/12/2013

Surya - Cross Atlantic Kite surfing

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Surya - Cross Atlantic Kite surfing
Surya - Cross Atlantic Kite surfing
01/12/2013

Vild Luxus - Vi håber på at fange passatvinden i morgen

Søndag den 1. decemberVi har nu været på havet siden søndag den 24. november, altså 8 dage, ogsejlet ca. 1169 sømil.Strategien for vores rute har indtil nu været, at vi ville forsøge at findevind til at sejle så stærkt som muligt, samtidig med at vi skulle retsydligt for at fange tradevinden, som har ligget mere sydligt endsædvanligt.Faktisk har vinden ikke været ”normal” for årstiden i denne del afAtlanterhavet, hvor vi burde have haft en god agten for tværs hele vejen,altså rigtigt spilervejr. Men vi har derimod måttet sejle ret hård skæringisær i de sidste 3-4 dage, hvor der har været op til 17 m/s og 5 m højebølger, og hvor regnen har VÆLTET ned.Én god ting var der dog ved de vældige regnskyl, for vi kunne opsamle altdet ferskvand vi havde lyst til, så tankene blev fyldte og hele. read more...


01/12/2013

Starla - Log Day 7 - Very Tough

Hello Everyone,Distance logged today - 160 nautical miles. Distance to date this trip - 830 nautical miles.During the day, all was fine, 10-15 knots, south east to south west, sailing nicely. As the evening came the wind got very strong, 30-35 knots. It was truly a roller coaster ride down wind!Because of the high winds overnight, the sea state is rough today.Cooking is not really possible, so it was cold hot dogs and beans for breakfast/lunch.The weather forecast is looking better and we should be able to pick up some North East trade winds in a few days time.If our track on the map looks a bit strange, you now know why!!Regards,Starla Crew(written by Steven Crake)http://www.worldcruising.com/arc/eventfleetviewer.aspx. read more...


01/12/2013

Milanto - Milanto Blog Days 5,6 & 7

For regular readers of this column, apologies for the tardy posting of updates, but frankly it has difficult to sit down and write. We have now experienced 3 days and 3 nights of Gale force conditions. Gusts of up to 25 knots turned into wind speeds consistently in the mid 30's and gusts up to 40 knots The sea produced waves up to 4m high, and numerous back to back squalls threw bucket loads of rain down on us. Below deck is like being in a tumble drier - where nothing dries. As the boat pitches through 90 degrees getting into bed is a challenge, let alone staying in it or getting any sleep. On deck is like being in a washing machine, water constantly being thrown in your face after every spin, and in between, multiple sail changes working against the strong winds sapping energy.But its. read more...


01/12/2013

Skook - Status

Hallo2 Missverstaendnisse die wir klaeren wollen, es gibt keine Passatwinde und da ist auch kein Fisch mehr im Atlantik. Nach 3 Tagen Flaute und 2 Tagen Motoren hatten wir Wind gegenan (West) und mussten kreuzen. Voraussichtliche Ankunftzeit in St. Lucia ist 08.12., und das ohne Fisch!!!Die Crew der Skook. read more...


01/12/2013

Ocean Venture - Sunday- week today

1000 miles covered,1900 to go. Breeze getting lighter, and speed reducing with it so moving tea bags to a safe house.All ten crew still in great humor and no rows despite the egos and status in such a star studded cast.someone not confessing to leaving heads valve open and drips on the gratings but HRH or Brucie lookingto be in the frame.Some still think they can leave a drink while getting up to reach a draw and expect it to stay on the table etc but Mr RYA is slowing grinding them down and making sailors out of them.Not sure if St Lucia is far enough away in realityfor that though!On domesticswe have been asked for rubber gloves for washing up and whilst thats not unreasonable it does reveal peoples home life and pause for reflection.Mr Woodford still has a formidable joke repertoire. read more...


Ocean Venture - Sunday- week today
Ocean Venture - Sunday- week today
01/12/2013

Christobel - Die letzten 48 Stunden

Nach unserem wunderbaren Start unter Parasailor (wir waren vorne mit dabei)gab es sehr gemischte Windverhältnisse. Ab Freitag hingen wir bei Starkregen in der Flaute und msusten motoren. Wir hatten uns einen schönen Wegepunkt bei 20°N ausgesucht, an dem es nach den Wetterprognosen Wind aus Ost um die 15 Knoten geben sollte. Mit diesem Wind wollten wir auf den nächsten Punkt westlich der Kapverden ablaufen. Um 08.00 morgens sahen die Verhältnisse dort gänzlich anders aus: true wind von permanent um die 35 mit Böen von 45 Knoten. Die Welle war manchmal 5 Meter hoch oder mehr. Es ist schon furchteinflößend, wenn so eine Wand auf einen zurollt und die Welle das Cockpitdach überragt. Gefährlich wird es, wenn mehrere von diesen Dingern in kurzen Abständen heranrollen. Dann braucht der. read more...


Rosa Fascia - Crew Photo
Rosa Fascia - Crew Photo
01/12/2013

Golondrina - Sunday - Cape Verde

Our intrepid crew made their way to the island of São Vincente to refuel for the final leg to St Lucia.  Via the constant support of the Golondrina nerve centre, based in a secret location in Surrey,  information had already been received that pontoon F was the target area and opening times were only 3 hours on a Sunday - and there were already 10 ARC boats already waiting there.    Clearly a leader was required and Dave ( code name ‘Rainbow’) stood up to be counted.  He felt that operation ...'Push In the queue' ... was his goal.. This was where the deep blue thinking of a senior strategic high ranking officer could pull all his resources together and deliver the goods.  Clearly a diversion tactic was required as this was 'filling by appointment only’. read more...


Golondrina - Sunday - Cape Verde
Golondrina - Sunday - Cape Verde
Golondrina - Sunday - Cape Verde
Golondrina - Sunday - Cape Verde
01/12/2013

Ula - Day 8 - Steph and Precious

I'm Steph and I need a break!  Me and my girl friend Precious met this really cool guy Boris in some bar in Gran Canaria, he seemed really gorgeous, lean, tanned, quite the hunky seafarer type really. So this Boris offers us a trip of the life time, a cruise to the Caribbean. Well I have done a bit of cruising in the past and Precious was really very taken with Boris, if you get my drift, so off we went.Well bloody Boris has been nowhere to be seen for the past 24 hours, apparently he is sunning himself on the foredeck whilst yours truly has been confined to the Starboard Engine room peddling for all I'm worth night and day! And its not the first time its happened, I've been doing all the work for at least four of the past eight days and Precious over there in the Port Engine room. read more...


19/11/2011

Jade - Log Written Saturday 3pm

We asked for wind and we got it. Since yesterday we have had steady 15 to 25 knots with gusts up to 35.It's a little rough too so we weren't able to cook the Mahi last night. The boat's motion is a little better now so we'll try cooking tonight. We are still enjoying ourselves. We certainly chose the right crew, everyone on the boat is in good spirits and working together as a team. We can't wait to hear how the other participants made it to Tortola so quickly. What do they know that we don't know?  Thanks for following, Frances and the Crew of Jade. read more...


01/12/2013

Ula - Day 7 - Boris. Part 2

21.6 knots!  The boy is back!!  They decided last night to use me in a building breeze.  My favourite!  Skip was getting grumpy about motoring so much that we arranged a meeting.  I understood that I was of no use in light winds, but he said there was some wind forecast, and there might be a chance for me to fly.  It was decided that would be unleashed only if  the wind was blowing over 25 knots.  The breeze built, and exceeded all forecasts.  The other spinnakers couldn't cope.  Even the mainsail was dropped.  We had 25 knots!Me, by myself.  I couldn't have been happier. I was excited about 25 knots true wind.  I yawned at 30 knots.  I laughed off 35 knots.  40 knots tho, truly tickled me.  "Give me a big. read more...


01/12/2013

Firefly - Busier out here

The ocean has been a little more crowded over the last 24 hours, on Paul's watch he crossed one of the 23 ft single handed mini transat fleet en route from France to Guadaloupe via Lanzarote. We saw a number of them when in Lanzarote while they were having a compulsory 24hr stop-over. We did not see many of the skippers (they were asleep most of the time) but the boats are very small and a huge achievement for the predominantly French fleet. In complete contrast we passed close to a Big Boat today - Tashatoo III a 59ft Gunfleet participating in the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) from Las Palmas Gran Canaria to St Lucia (the event Paul and Peter have sailed in before). We had quite a long chat on the VHF radio with their owner/ skipper comparing experiences and weather reports. Having. read more...


01/12/2013

Ula - Day 6 - Jambon

Well, we had to do it.  I saw it on ARC 2005, when a cat in-front of me in Vela Latina bought an entire leg.  I saw them again at the finish, and it was just a bone.  I dreamt of the succulent snacks they must have enjoyed during the crossing.We discussed it last time, 2011, but decided against, for a reason I can't quite remember.  This year we did it!  An entire leg.  All wrapped up in a pretty sock.  We hung it, took photos prior to departure.  Imagined all those night watches where we would take Julians sterilised dive knife and cut off a tasty little bite to qualm those midnight hunger pangs.  (To be honest I would use a clean galley knife - he was catching sea urchins with it only days before).After we left, we decided we should remove. read more...


01/12/2013

Keoma - Keoma Generator

Keoma has broken generator and cannot charge laptop for data coms. Pls donot try and contact boat as blog and emails cannot be replied to. All is well onboard but power is being conserved to run essentials such aswatermaker. read more...


01/12/2013

Ula - Day 6 - Boris

2011, I was the star of the show.  I stole the limelight.  I was king.  They proudly named me 'Boris - The Bullet Dodger (the famed un-killable Russian from the Guy Richie film 'Snatch', for those not in the know), and they even printed me on their "crew T-shirts" this year!  I was looking for a round two. This time, to better my best.Two years ago I eagerly pulled through 40 knot squalls, achieved the top boat speed of 18 knots, and even took on the briny blue when a weak shackle dumped me.  I fought the bowsprit during this, and won.  I fought the anchor during this.  Sadly, I had tired while overcoming the bowsprit and I came off worst (it was a particularly savage anchor in my defence), but I was flying again after a quick fix. I even gave the. read more...


São Francisco 4 - Tripulante voador (Alma de Mestre) a voar já recuperado! / Flying crew (Alma de Mestre) flying after recovery!
São Francisco 4 - Tripulante voador (Alma de Mestre) a voar já recuperado! / Flying crew (Alma de Mestre) flying after recovery!
São Francisco 4 - Vista para a proa com mau tempo de ontem / View to the bow during yesterday's bad weather
São Francisco 4 - Vista para a proa com mau tempo de ontem / View to the bow during yesterday's bad weather
01/12/2013

Millport II - Millport II - Ted's Diary

Ted's log days 5 to 8Day 5:Porridge for breakfast again.Today was a bit boring.There was no wind so we just floated on the water.I tried fishing but I didn't catch anything because the lure wasn't moving in the water.Dad woke me at midnight to keep him company on night watch.He woke Robert as well.The sea was very flat and sparkly because of the phosphorescence.It was really pretty.We were allowed to have a mini mars bar and a glass of milk before going back to bed.Day 6:Hurray, it was windy today so we are sailing again.It was very rainy so Dad wouldn't let me do any fishing.Dad let us watch two movies because our wind generator was pumping in lots of power.It got very bouncy in the afternoon so I was allowed to sleep in the saloon.Mum said it would have been too bouncy in my cabin.Day. read more...


01/12/2013

Moondancer - Saturday 30th

It's 00:00 and my 3 hour night shift has just started.... it's piddling down with rain and still no wind to talk of.I'm sitting here in the pitch black of night, it's poring with rain and still no wind. The wind has been poor so far this trip and we've been unable to sale for a straight 24hours.It's 03:00 and I've handed over the watch to Chris..i'm soaked and off to bed. As i'm drifting of to sleep in my bunk I hear the engine stop and the sound of water trickling against the hull... That's better..05:30 i'm woken by the boat pitching and the sound of strong winds and rain. Sounds like Chris has had a busy shift, the boat is really moving and the water sound on the hull has gone from a trickle to a full on waterfall.The tiredness is taking its toll and i fall back to sleep.I'm awaken by. read more...


01/12/2013

Manihi - Les tropiques et séchage ...

16:10.05N 28:00.61W10:30 Heure locale... sont les mamelles du marin, aurait pu dire Bobby Lapointe s'il avait étéavec nous aujourd'hui !Hier soir le vent est tombé comme c'était prévu. Nous avons continué notreroute au SW au moteur pour aller chercher le vent des alizés qui sont trèsbas en ce moment (pas de bol !). Demain matin nous devrions - enfin - letrouver.Ce matin il fait grand beau. Ciel bleu, mer calme ! Enfin un temps quiressemble à la pub qu'on voit dans les catalogues ! Notre premier réflexe àété de ... devinez ... non,pas d'aller bronzer sur le pont ni d'allerfaire un jogging, mais de sortir tout ce qu'on pouvait sur le pont pourfaire sécher après les dernières 48 heures très humides. Le linge courant,le sale, les vestes de quart, draps, chaussures ... Le pont ressemble à. read more...


01/12/2013

Albatros - ALBATROS Day 7

Last night and today we experienced quite some wind changes between 8 and 25knots mostly from south western direction. It was also time to get our first shower from the splashy water and from the raining sky, Today we hit the 1000 nautical miles mark and during the night the 12knots speed record of the Albatros. In the late afternoon we mounted the smaller Fock in red color in order to better manage the stronger winds. The swell of the sea is more than it sometimes is beeing whished by the crew. Every work on the boat seems to be a bit more complicated than it would be on solid ground. This ARC route from Cran Canaria to St. Lucia is normally driven by Passat wind. This is up to know not the case and the boat is therefore in a constant 15degrees or more position. Shift at night from 12-3. read more...


01/12/2013

Surya - bootvluchtelingen

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Surya - bootvluchtelingen
Surya - bootvluchtelingen
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