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28/11/2013

Sunrise - Tag 5 - 28.11.2013 - Flaute

Gestern Nachmittag war wenig Wind und wir mussten wieder motoren. Am Abendgab es wieder feinsten Gemüseeintopf mit Kichererbsen von Christoph, fürSigi ohne Lamm. Einige legen sich heute früh in die Koje um später in derNachtwache fit zu sein. Nach einem flauen Tag briest der Wind aus SWordentlich auf, so dass wir bei einem Amwindkurs mit 7-8 Knoten durch dieNacht düsen.Der Morgen gestaltet sich wie üblich mit Kaffee, Müsli und von Christophselbst gebackenes Brot. Danach wieder klar Schiff und Abwasch mitSalzwasser. Anschließend genießen wir zusammen das Wetter in der Plicht unddenken über die verbleibenden 2300 Seemeilen nach St. Lucia nach. Der Windschläft wieder komplett ein und die Sunrise steht im Atlantik. Doch auchdiese Zeit wird effektiv durch ein Bad im Ozean genutzt. Das Wasser. read more...


28/11/2013

Mustique - Mustique.Arc2013.Day.4

SY  Mustique Blog Day 4   Life on board   This blog is written for the friends and family who are less familiar withthe daily and nightly routines of a yacht sailing across the Atlantic.There are 4 of us on the crew of Mustique,, a 66 foot Moody. We are a crosssection of nationalities, skipper Fin (Irish), then Stefan (Montenegrin), Scott  (Scottish of course) and Becki (English).   Sailing a yacht 24 hours per day for a number of weeks takes a considerableamount of organisation. For example, it is standard to run a watch system toensure that there is always someone on deck driving the boat / making surethings are smooth sailing, but at the same time making sure everyone getsenough sleep. Our watch system fits the 12 hour day nicely into our 4 crew. read more...


Mustique - Mustique.Arc2013.Day.4
Mustique - Mustique.Arc2013.Day.4
28/11/2013

Hera - Ölige See

Seit gestern Abend 18.20 Uhr läuft der Diesel. Das sonore Geräusch derMaschine und das lautlose Gleiten durch die See hatten den Vorteil, dass dieFreiwachen tief und fest schlafen konnten. Den Anblick der öligen See werden wirwohl noch bis zum Einbrechen der Dunkelheit ertragen müssen. Erst in derkommenden Nacht wird wohl wieder Wind aufkommen. Leider kann auch dieWetterprognose noch keinen Passat ausmachen. Vorsichtshalber haben wir uns aufden Kapverden in Mindelo zum Treibstoffbunkern angemeldet. Von oben brennt die Sonne und der diffuse Horizont verhinderte, eine genaueMittagssonne mit dem Sextanten zu schießen. Das ruhige Wetter nutzten wir für kleinere Reparaturen; unter anderem umdas Großsegel zu flicken. Heute haben wir ein Geburtstagskind – den Andreas Nr.2. ,für den wir. read more...


28/11/2013

Albatros - ALBATROS Day 5

We do not have the Passat wind yet, and therefore we have constantly to think about the route we are taking to Saint Lucia. The Weather Forecasts we receive is not always very reliable. Today Thursday we are running under engine already for a while because there´s no wind available. If there is wind, it is shifting. We took the quiet sea as an opportunity to have our first shower on deck, we did hairdressing and we also caught two Mahi Mahi, one of the Dorade did we release the other will be our dinner tonight. All that was quite a exciting event. Yesterday we had a group of dolphins joining us along the bug for about 10 minutes. On Saturday we expect quite some stronger winds around 20 knots. The crew is in a great mood and we enjoy the nice sunsets and sundowners as well as the stars. read more...


28/11/2013

Arkouda - Days One and Two, Not Just Another Fish Story

Sailing and seas have been very smooth for us.  After a harrowing start, (being non racers and double handlers) and nearly being run down by a boat under power after the 5 minute warning, we (being non racers, and a short crew of 2) instinctively headed away from the crowd under full main and jib.  Most of the boats have crew of at least 6, and are extremely competitive.  Ah, we could relax, grab the binoculars and watch the rest of the fleet start.  Wrong!  As soon as we looked back our beautiful sunny day was obliterated by a wall of water and wind headed our way.  Sean ran up to the mast, put in a reef, (to make our sails smaller, and better able to handle increased wind speed) and put up our cockpit covers to keep the rain out.  About 30 seconds. read more...


Arkouda - Days One and Two, Not Just Another Fish Story
Arkouda - Days One and Two, Not Just Another Fish Story
28/11/2013

Sweet Pearl - 5. Tag - Von Squalls umzingelt

In der vierten Nacht kamen wir nicht zur Ruhe. Squalls - kurze Regenschauer mit viel Wind - umzingelten uns, so dass wir einen Ausweg suchen mussten. Heute morgen jedoch wieder strahlendes Wetter - aber leider kein Wind. Wir hoffen, es wird bald wieder besser, damit wir Meilen Richtung St.Lucia gut machen können. Jürg, Fritz, Tom und ich nehmen heute ein Sonnenbad und Fritz meint, die Fische sind noch unten und müssen heute nach oben, aber nicht alle. Sandra. read more...


28/11/2013

Incisor - Incisor daily blog 28-11-2013

Hi everyone At the start of day 5, we are still managing to make good progress in very light winds, cruising between 3-7 knots. Katharine’s speed record of 16.2 knots remains unbeaten as we continue to head south off the coast of Africa to avoid a large area of no wind to our West. We are aiming to sail through the Cape Verde islands on Saturday before starting to head across to Saint Lucia. We are hoping to meet up with Dave the pigeon again when we go through the islands or if not perhaps some other wildlife, such as the pod of dolphins that joined us on the bow at dawn – amazing!   Before Dave made his departure we suspect he laid an egg (or another present) at the top of the mast in the anemometer, perhaps affecting the prevailing winds... Katharine, Mark and. read more...


28/11/2013

Second Wind - Things to do on a yacht

The Sun rises every day but the bread dough does not. As we cannot sail Second Wind due to light winds we have plenty of time to experiment in an almost level galley. We bought some bread mix packets and these do not rise but still taste good but baking from scratch is improving (no pun intended). My recipes are firmly based upon those of Paul Hollywood for you UK people and being away for several weeks I can also grow a goatee like his. My wife will be pleased. As I am Provisioning Officer my ARC motto is "be nice or starve". Not much danger of that however as we stripped Dino's supermarket on several occasions as it always seemed that we should buy just one more bar of chocolate or bottle of water just in case. Eventually I was physically restrained from going shopping.Daily inspection. read more...


28/11/2013

Free Spirit - Day 4 (Free Spirit 62) - Dolphins, suspected whale & first fish!!

Bright blue sky and minimal wind today, the forecast for Golf area is mildly encouraging that a better breeze will spring up this avo, in the meantime we've been enjoying having a 'flat' boat (the prior 24 hours were closed hauled port tack for the whole time), drying clothes and airing cabins. Our wildlife count is going up steadily, we've been visited by several pods of dolphins, up to 20 in each, playing in the pressure wave at our bow, some with pups (I'm guessing on terminology there!) ...swimming tightly alongside them! We will take a half-credit for a whale sighting, only in that it was a larger fin rising more slowly above the waterline and staying there a while, the dolphins haven't tended to do that, you'd be right to demand a photo though (we're working on that!).Mark has. read more...


Free Spirit - Day 4 (Free Spirit 62) - Dolphins, suspected whale & first fish!!
Free Spirit - Day 4 (Free Spirit 62) - Dolphins, suspected whale & first fish!!
28/11/2013

Avel Biz - Avel Biz J+4 Alizés ou Sézila

Bonjour28 novembre 2013Position à 12h00 UTC24°43,8 N23°34,5 W100 milles en 24hAlizés ou SézilaC'est bien la peine de s'inscrire à l'ARC si c'est pour faire ce que lamoindre course en Manche offre naturellement. Tirer des bords sur une mergrise face au vent sous les nuages et la pluie. Le vent est pile dansl'axe.Toute la journée d'hier, nous avons avancé lentement, bien gîtés et bienmouillés.Trinquette de brise, grand voile arisée. En somme, les alizés à l'envers.Puis le vent s'est calmé. La nuit a été tranquille, toujours face au vent.Depuis ce matin , c'est le grand calme blanc. Nous sommes même au moteur.Certain à bord parlent de se baigner et cherchent une falaise pour sauter.Mais ce n'est que la moitié de l'équipage. L'autre restera à bord, bien sûr.Maintenant, nous sommes vraiment. read more...


28/11/2013

Challenger 3 - Light winds and no fish

st1\:*{behavior:url(#default#ieooui) } Day 2 Well we’ve made it through two days and nights at sea .. the Crew on both watches still adorned in their Children With Cancer charity t-shirts…its truly beautiful out here with shooting stars galore, Port watch saw their first pod of dolphins and our first flashes of phosphorescence came  bubbling up like ocean  fireworks from the depths. Spent the last 24hrs running on a Southerly Course then gybed westerly steering at about 240 degrees...everyone is getting to know each other and great banter is developing amongst the watches, initially bought on by Trevor at the helm with a flagging Yankee that eventually tore, followed by yours truly opening tinned new potatoes rather than using fresh ones .. Skip thought the Yankee would go. read more...


28/11/2013

Dragonfly - Totale Flaute

Wir haben das Flautengebiet in der Nacht erreicht.Sowohl Hajo, Volker als auch Edwin versuchen jede Böe auszunutzen und setzen sofort die Segel, sobald der Windanzeiger auch nur halbwegs vernünftigen Segelwind anzeigt. Wir wollen jede unnötige Motorstunde sparen. Aber ab heute früh ist "tote Hose".Das Meer ist glatt, bis auf die Dünung und ein anderer Segler vor uns, der wie wir in der Nacht noch auf unterschiedlichen Kursen versucht hat zu segeln, geht jetzi unter Motor Richtung südwest. Wir behalten unseren 270 Grad Kurs, bis ich dann die neueste Wetterkarte herunter geladen habe. Von Südwest kommt ordentlich Wind. Früher als erwartet. Ich korrigiere leicht auf 260 Grad und gehe davon aus, dass wir in der Nacht den Motor endgültig abstellen können.Wir nutzen die ruhige Fahrt, um das. read more...


28/11/2013

XAR - Fjärde dygnet med XAR, "var är vinden?"

Senaste dygnet, det fjärde avverkade vi rekordlåga 75 NM, ger en total seglad sträcka om 590 NM. Kvar till St Lucia är 2 235 NMOnsdagens vackra morgon övergick i moln, vinden stod sig fram till sen eftermiddag då ett vindvred mot väst gjorde läge för att slå och gå mot waypoint cape verde på andra bogen. I samband med detta så ökade vinden till 10 m/s under en regnby. Blev lite hektiskt med disk och slag o vind samtidigt. Under större delen av eftermiddagens bidevind regnade det kraftigt. Lasse trivdes speciellt i kryssläget. I samband med maten vid 1800 såg vi ensamseglaren med Rehnborg och de två första avsnitten av Breaking Bad som Johan har med sig de fem första säsongerna av. Maten serverades av Anders och Johan och blev en god gryta med linser, morötter och stark korv. Till lunch. read more...


28/11/2013

Meltemi - 4.Tag Seemanns- Sonntag oder Skipper macht Crew nass

Meltemi auf Abwegen, -wenn wir so weiter machen müssen, sind es nur noch ca. 17.000 Kreuzschläge bis St. Lucia.Matthias, wir haben Passat gebucht und nicht SW- Wind!Weil heute Seemanns- Sonntag ist, haben wir gebadet und warten auf den Frühschoppen nach der Messe. Der Smut muss nur noch den Skipper einfangen, weil er mit dem Messwein abgehauen ist. Einen schönen Sonntag an die Gemeinde. read more...


28/11/2013

Firefly - Right turn and its 2000nm to go

They say that you head West when the butter starts to melt. Well the fridge is working too well for this to be an accurate indicator. So after lots of sailing South West at 1800 on Wednesday we made the decision to start heading directly to Antigua. So after a spicy chilli supper we added a waypoint to the chartplotter for Antigua and turned right.We have several sources of forecasting that inform us that a South Easterly will be well established by Friday so we are now heading West and hoping that this light wind spell will not drag on any longer, maybe we get some puffs of favorable wind later on Thursday. Unfortunately we believe that early next week there may be another quiet spell... maybe the wind gods will work some magic for us to avoid this.Paul, Murray, Peter and Grateful (a. read more...


28/11/2013

Edelweiss - Day #5: Happy Thanksgiving!

Hello and happy (American) Thanksgiving!We will be with you in spirit, as we enjoy turkey meatloaf and steamed carrots this evening.We hope your festivities are great!We have just entered an area of light winds, so we are sailing along quite slowly, but we're still sailing!Over the last few days, wehave made good progress south, towards Cape Verde, and we can tell we're getting close as it turned warmer and humid last night. As you may know, the adage goes that we're to "sail south until the butter melts, then turn right." We're now hoping to get to the "turn right" part!Most of our time is spent sleeping or on watch, but we also spend a lot of time studying the new weather predictions every midday and making any adjustments to our course.The real excitement here yesterday was when Teri. read more...


28/11/2013

Blue Dolphin - Day 4 - New Crew

2 new crew  joined the team to provide support: George – The autopilotDanny – The Dan Buoy Following a troubled night worrying about the water maker Mike and Carol set to work early trying to find out why it wouldn’t work.  It had been fine in Las Palmas.   Rhey checked all the pipe work and valves were in the right position, reset the system and went through start up again – but no joy.  Carol tried to phone – yes phone- the watermaker support but only got an answer machine – grrrr.   Carol called on the VHF for any support that other ARC boats may be able to give and despite efforts by ….. and …. there was no luck.   Carol had joined Kathy and Sally on deck for a cup of tea and a chat about water rationing when a yell and a smiling. read more...


28/11/2013

Shenanigan - Are we in the English Channel?

25.11.2013Nice weather but cool when we woke up.  Very quickly the sky blackened andwe were in full oilies for a light squall; after which the wind dropped to lessthan 3 knots. We wore our oilies all day.  The wind picked up again shortlyafter and we began to make steady progress.  About 5pm another yacht camesteaming into view heading from our port side and then directly towards ourstern.  We called him on the radio to ask his intentions as he didn’tappear to be changing course.  There was no response after threecalls.  We changed our bearing but by now he was so close we could’ve seenthe colour of the skipper’s eyes if they’d been open! Two long blasts on our foghorn woke him up and frantic arm waving telling him to change course did thetrick – a moment of. read more...


28/11/2013

Moondancer - Thursday 28th November 10AM

--Good progress last night as we were beating into wind and that's all we've done all year.Its getting warmer and warmer and the sea state is very good, odd Dolphins, Moon still upside down.We over did it on the salad again, that one lettuce is going off and will be chucked. Started drinking our own urine but that was on day one.The fellas are getting into their routines.Rob spends an hour every morning on the bow practising his Burlesque routine in nothing but a Basque, suspenders and life jacket.I'm a big fan. Butch entertains us every night on his acoustic guitar, with leather Cowboy hat, telling bawdy jokes and relating tales of jolly japes.Edd and Snowy are starting to show interest in one another.We might hear the quack/twooing of a baby owl duck in the near future.Riz87 -. read more...


Shenanigan - Are we in the English Channel?
Shenanigan - Are we in the English Channel?
28/11/2013

Azzurra - Day 4 Genoa Repair

Day 4 Genoa repairThis night as well the morning we were on a parking situation somewhere inthe Atlantic. Wind was between 1 and 3 knots and what we needed not atall, shifting from south to west. Of cause our mileage could not improve.We used the time in the morning to repair our Genoa. The ocean was like amirror making it easy to go up the mast twice. A cut from the top down 15meter on the Genoa leech, resulted by the low wind and the swell hittingthe Genoaon the spreaders. We used spinnaker ‘Duck ’tape for the repairhope it will make it to St. Lucia. Brian took care of the Crew and cookeda wonderful lunch. Right after we left our parking position, a light windcame up letting us run 4 to 6 knots, hope this carries on.Paul’s dinner, our crew member from Dallas, cocked exceptional. read more...


28/11/2013

Queen Frederica - Bericht Tag 6 - Calling Kapverden

28.11.2013Seit 17 Uhr gestern laufen wir wieder unter Segeln; seit 20 Uhr hoch amWind und das seit nunmehr 17 Stunden. Gut, dass wir Leesegel an den Kojenhaben, sonst wären wir alle rausgeflogen. Nach dem Sommer-Urlaubtaggestern ist es heute sehr bewölkt, immer wieder leichter Regen – dafür einkleiner Delphin, eine Walfamilie und fliegende Fische. Es wird immerwahrscheinlicher, dass wir die Kapverden für einen kurzen Stop-Overanlaufen. Wir hoffen, dass wir noch rechtzeitig zum Rumpunsch nach St.Lucia kommen; wegen der gebuchten Flüge am 18.12. könnte es für einige vonuns knapp werden.Unser aktueller Kurs: 210 Grad, ca. 200 sm nördlich der Kapverden.Approximate Arrival Time: Sonntag Morgen.‚Songs of the day‘ haben wir aktuell nicht, holen das aber nach.. read more...


28/11/2013

Hecuba - Days 3 & 4 - Rough with the smooth

It's been a mixed bag the past few days - the wind has been up and down and shifting direction regularly with the odd squall thrown in for good measure, but sounds like we've been luckier than most by actually seeing some good wind after taking the Westerly route. We've also had mixed conditions, with a couple of miserable stormy/rainy nights in full wet weather gear and beautiful sunny days in shorts & t-shirts. Looking forward to eventually hitting the trade winds so we have a bit more predictability.Team Hecubahttp://www.teamhecuba.comIMG_4174. read more...


Hecuba - Days 3 & 4 - Rough with the smooth
Hecuba - Days 3 & 4 - Rough with the smooth
28/11/2013

Beetle - Beetle - day 4

Well, Well, WellThe first 2 days we were cruising at hull speed. Yesterday the wind went SW. Because of small but steep waves, it was not possible to go too close to the wind. Still we were pounding the waves making progress at 6,5 knots 190 magnetic. We had not done any pounding since the English Channel. By evening time the coarse was about 150-160 degrees, not really what we wanted. The forecast was for the wind to turn to SW-W.We had no patience for that, so we tacked to 260 degrees and set the autopilot on apparant wind angle 42 degrees on port tack. Unfortunately and since we are lightly crewed, Skipper being tired and only checked trafficking and also missed the alarm 3 hours later realized that the wind eventually had turned west and Beetle was heading course 005 degrees. read more...


28/11/2013

Nyaminyami II - Nyaminyami II Blog Wednesday 27.11.13 - 1600hrs

By Chris Haworth.  Last night was another black one ...but not a beauty! Heavy rain G & I got soaked, no visibility, winds light and variable, eventually veered in to SW 7-10 knts, with 6 knts boat speed Nyaminyami impressive! By morning back to 12-18 knts  from SW close hauled on port cruising at 7knts now in clear skies & sunshine perfect vis and conditions. All well and happy on board although we are a little worried about Graham. He has been rolling around in the front cabin allot groaning and emerged this morning saying he had experienced something important - then recited the following poem: Nyaminyami she is more than a boat, she is a home. Nyaminyami she carries us securely across the ocean and gives us peace.  Nyaminyami she is more than a. read more...


28/11/2013

Arkouda - Fwd: Day 4 -- or is it Day 5? Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving!  Well almost, the sun is not quite up yet.Pre dawn yesterday, just as the sky was beginning to lighten up but before the sun had broken the horizon, Sean and I braved the rain to lower the the Parasailor.  Piece of cake!  I am not sure what we were worried about!  See Brady, we really didn't need you!  It helped that for the first time we had had written instructions on how to hoist, retrieve, and trim the sail.  May I also request written instructions on how to tack with two--that part didn't go as well.  My thanks to the support that Parasailor provided to the ARC participants, even for those people who had already purchased the sail in a different country.  We tried to motor a direct route toward the Cape Verde Islands after. read more...


28/11/2013

Arkouda - Fwd: Arkouda Day 3--Its cold in Nova Scotia

Could someone please tell my husband that we are going to St. Lucia!  Nova Scotia is just a bit off course!Seriously, we put the Parasailor up on Monday, and set the auto pilot for 150 degrees off the port stern (the wind coming off the back left part off the boat for my non sailor family and friends). This means that as the wind shifts the boat corrects for it, and we just follow along.  We had been doing okay, headed SW, then W--generally in the right direction.  Since we are not racing, and the sailing has been so comfortable, and okay--maybe we are just a little lazy--we left the sail up even though we knew we needed to head more south.  Besides that, by the time we finished with that darn fish it was already dark, and wrestling a 200 sq meter sail, with four. read more...


28/11/2013

Starblazer - Starblazer 28 November Reasons to be happy

Tonight’s blog should be more like a list with brief explanations, rather than an essay.That is the intention anyway.A pod of dolphins came and played around the boat for about 15 minutes late this afternoon.You could see them just below the surface, hurtling along like missiles, suddenly turning and diving, popping out of the water.Why are these creatures so mesmerising?The night sky is cloudless with so many stars that they light up the horizon, even the Milky Way is clear.The rapidly waning moon is not much more than a sliver and is due to rise at about 0300, during John’s watch.At sea level the phosphorescence sparkles in our wake, like handfuls of diamonds scattered on the surface.About 5 miles ahead we can see the lights of another ARC boat.Four years ago I think we saw the lights. read more...


28/11/2013

Adina - Day 4 Star Shooting

Day 4 onboard Adina and yet again we were beset by light winds and indeed sailed upwind which is not normal for this time of year. We've been trying to sail gybing or tacking which explains why we're back of our fleet as most boats have motored and are now having to go into the Cape Verde islands to refuel. With no winds for a lot of yesterday we had no choice but to motor for 9 hours ourselves. But we are trying our best. Crew are all into the swing of life at sea getting to know the boat, and Neil aptly described it as very monastic lifestyle. Google that! Alas no fish, but Lindsay had us doing squats, sit-ups and leg raises on the stern deck as seas were calm. Although it must be noted certain crew members will need to catch-up today as they sat and watched said exercise from the. read more...


28/11/2013

Webster - Log 7 - What a difference a day makes

Wednesday 25th: We have spent all night drifting around with no wind at all wondering if we will ever make progress. The weather information suggests its not going to get much better til the weekend maybe so we have been considering our options: we have Verdes 550nm to the south where if necessary we could refuel and re-provision but it is 4 days away at 5.5 knots under engine which would take all our fuel, but at least we would be out of this hole in the wind. As the forecast also suggests light winds in mid Atlantic it almost seems that we have little option but to go to Verdes and by 1100 the decision is made; on goes the engine and we put two hours propulsion in heading for Sao Vincent. Came across Maurice in Habanera, a Hanse 342 and went over to say hello. He was pulling his hair. read more...


28/11/2013

Aspen - Log 4: Thursday 28 Nov; Happy Thanksgiving!

It is Thanksgiving Day in the USA.Ahhh we can smell the roastedturkey, dressing, mashed potatoes with gravy, corn on the cob, greenbeans, fresh lettuce, cranberries and of course pumpkin pie with lots ofwhip cream on top.Maria has some turkey burgers for us to eat today but our carrots wentbad 2 days ago :)No watching football on the TV today but there willbe reruns when we make landfall.Our progress is very slow toward our waypoint to the south near the CapeVerde islands because that is where the wind is coming from - South!Where are the trades or at least NE winds when we want them???All is well onboard.Steve and Maria. read more...


28/11/2013

Windleblo - Day Four

Overcast dawn! Where's the sun we were promised?No wind! Where are the trades?We hear this refrain several times today, spoken among ourselves, on the ARC SSB radio net, and in our thoughts.Not that we are complaining, mind you. Spirits are high on the Windleblo this Thanksgiving day, as we dream of football and turkey. We make lemons out of lemonade by stopping for a mid-ocean swim. The water is fine! Some hang off the stern swim step while others, more daring, do laps around the boat to get the heart going. (All this sitting is doing nothing for our fitness.)To add to the excitement, we sight two whales swimming laconically about a quarter mile of our starboard beam. The dolphins seem to be taking a break today, but the whale sighting more than makes up for it.We're hearing on the. read more...


27/11/2013

Sephina of Beaumaris - Day 4 - Cats, Movies, Brownies & Nachos

Day 4 - Cats, Movies, Brownies & NachosDay 4 Well today started out just like the past few, early 2am watch. Stare into the nights sky, off at 5am for a quick sleep before the boat wakes up.My task first thing was to befriend one of the cats (Thornton). He has in previous encounters with me liked my company so I was hired to get some food into him as he hasn’t eaten since we set off. Much to my joy he ate the first thing I gave him, setting in Ju’s mind that he finds her evil (for force feeding him water) and I am the new cat feeder a task I greatly enjoy. Lots of purring and meowing coming my way! Then, rig check just to keep on top of it all, as usual with this lovely yacht, all was well. Then sail configuration change, poles lowered and rigged for close haul sailing due to this. read more...


28/11/2013

La Rochelle - la rochelle still in the med

Has anyone seen a repsol ? As we are going to need one tonight. Very frustrating trying to motor sail down breeze in 7 knots of wind ,with our .5 ounce kite spending most of the time wrapped around the spreaders. We are eaking out 6 knots down the rhumb linetrying to punch through the hole using only 2.2 litres and hour at 1400 rpm. The " green death" isdoinga wonderful job. All that practice motor sailing in the med is now starting to pay off , as we may be able to squeeze another 12 hours out of our fuel supply.We need 40 litres spare which is in the Locker to be used for topping up our batteries,after we hopefully find the breeze, if not ,we will have to drift along under kiteat 3 knots and wait for a decent breeze.Bloody hot in the sun so we stopped for lunch today and had another. read more...


28/11/2013

Hot Stuff - Fairies of the Lost Arc - Chapter 3

We fairies feel like the wind gods are trying to take us back to the UK -for the last 24 hours we have had the delightful pleasure of beating upwind into15/20 knots. We don't think our lovely Hotstuff is too happy about it either!Even so spirits are high. The stars were out in their full glory last night andthe solar panel came out in the day – for 1 hour between squall dodging -sunshine and bikinis avec the very expensive sea salt hair spray. Beauty salon'smonthly turnover is soaring.   Oh what a night! Lots of drama chez nous! We VHF'd our green glowing neighbour (for tonight)called Andrew Halcrow. Andrew is four weeks into his year long single handedtrip sailing his boat Elsiarrub (.co.uk) around the world NON STOP! Good luckAndrew!   Activity hour was inevitably interrupted. read more...


28/11/2013

Hot Stuff - Fairies of the Lost Arc - Chapter 2

No. of whales seen: 2 No. of dolphins seen: infinite No. of flying fish on board: 1 Wildlife watch over. David Attenborough would be proud.   The Hotstuff fairies are happy with their progress to date. Everyone hasnow helmed and one watch cycle is complete. Sea sickness has settled now and allhave developed wobbly sea legs. We are continuing to head south west hoping tobe able to turn right by the weekend (if south enough) and head straight for St.Lucia!   We have now settled into the watch system following a 3 hour on -- 6 houroff system at night, and a 4 hour on -- 8 hour off system during the day. Forthose of you who thought sailing was glamorous here's the lowdown of the nightwatch...   Extract from Clairy Fairy's diary: Get woken up by glowing red head torch light. read more...


28/11/2013

Second Wind - Iron Mainsail

We are now some 475 miles North East of the Cape Verde islands, sailing into the teeth of a 7 knot headwind using ourtrusty iron mainsail.Suffice to say that the reliable North Easterly winds expected in this area have taken this week off! If the forecast is to be believed, this form of sailing can be expected for another day or two which will probably mean an unscheduled visit to the Cape Verde islands for a spot of diesel (just in case the reliable Easterly trades are also thinking about a holiday). We have also had to carry a little extra weight for the last couple of days as a visiting racing pigeon decided to avail itself of our hospitality. It left yesterday just before we could look up a recipe for pigeon pie.The bread making has been slowly improving and now we are seeing a. read more...


28/11/2013

George - Day 4 aboard....

Day 4 evening of 27th NovWe have been beating into wind for 12 hours no with no sign of the wind changing. I seem to have missed the seminar for "How to sail up wind?" After yesterday's upheaval with the heads and Steve's heroic unblocking exercise, I have decided to award him the highest accolade on 'George' a gold star next to his name on the watch rota, 5 gold stars = a lolly that he can eat on watch....TBChris Rhea, Dire Straits and Adele...that's more like it for the night watch last night! Personally, I did not come all the way into the north Atlantic to beat to windward, which is what we are doing now, albeit it a healthy breeze. Going a bit further west than we would like but no choice really, unless we want to go back to Africa. Hoping the wind turns one way or the other. read more...


27/11/2013

Blue Ocean - Blue Ocean

Hi 21,30 a bord du Blue Ocean ce mercredi, 3 eme jour de mer (ou quatriemedeja ?) La vie a bord du bateau  s`est etablie, rythmee par les quarts et lesrepas du cooking  team.   tout le monde a recouvre la forme a bord, par une belle journeeensoleillee. Une journee calme de beau temps et de vent faiblissant en soiree,avec une route Sud Ouest pour  accrocher rejoindre  les trade windsesperes. Pas de passage par le Cap Vert, on va vers le sud-ouest le pluspossible en attendant le changement du regime des vents.  L`option sera peut etre payante – mais on voit sur les positions recues queles maxi comme Caro et Monster Project ont des routes beaucoup plus nord, oumeme Zenyatta, un magnifique grand catamaran de course.   Pendant la journee Fred a eu une grosse. read more...


28/11/2013

Hanami II - Journee assymetrique

Mercerdi 27 Novembre 201323:01 UTC15 21 N41 09 WCap 280, Vitesse 6NUne journee assymetrique, ca commence sur le bateau par la question clef du matin; "D'apres toi, on met le spi symetrique ou assymetrique?"Et ca prend deja plus d'une heure pour decider par manque de vent.Aujourd'hui la bonne decision fut d'envoyer le spi assymetrique et ses couleurs rouge et blanche.Puis une fois le spi etabli est venu le moment du "bain-douche" car aujourd'hui par grand soleil et mer calme et deja il fait CHAUD.MIchel et Marie se sont faits plaisir sur la jupe arriere, sous l'oeil du 'capitaine', en s'adonnant a un savonnage, rinces de sceaux d'eau de mer, quel bonheur!On a bien fait de profiter de la piscine.La journee se poursuit par le quart cuisine, 11h30 arrivant et le 'Chef Cuistot' et son. read more...


27/11/2013

Great Escape of Southampton - Day 4

A good 24 hours aboard Great Escape.The log shows that we have made 135NM, noon to noon – and mostly in the right direction. Last night we had mostly light windsfrom the SE and we made decent progress to the S. Weather was beautiful withbright stars and a late moon. Highlight was a visit from a whale which surfacedabout 20 feet from our starboard quarter. We think it was a pilotwhale. In the morning the wind veered S andwe took down the #3 (smaller) jib and replaced it with the #2 (bigger) jib. Havebeen having a fantastic sail all day to the W. Pippa claims top speed of the dayof 9.3 kts, but even us lesser helmspeople have kept the boat moving at a steady7+ kts all morning. Yesterday Jan was all talk about hisfishing prowess, but at lunchtime he delivered as we hooked – and landed. read more...


Great Escape of Southampton - Day 4
Great Escape of Southampton - Day 4
27/11/2013

Dragonfly - Unglaublicher Sternenhimmel

Nach Hajos neuem Wachplan habe ich heute von 19 bis 22 Uhr Wache. Der Abend ist so schön, dass ich schon ankündige bis mindestensb23 Uhr zu machen. Der Tag war ruhig. 3 Segelyachten fuhren hartnäckig unseren Kurs und blieben in unserer Nähe. Erst als der Wind weiter rechts dreht und wir immer weiter nach Norden gehen müssen, sprechen die sich untereinander über Funk in portugiesich ab und fahren gleichzeitig eine Wende. Das bringt sie ziemlich direkt nach Süden und sie machen nicht soviel zum Ziel gut wie wir. Wir diskustieren eine Weile und stellen Berechnungen an. Letztendlich entscheide ich, doch auf mein Telefonat mit Martin zu warten. Der hat von zu Hause aus bessere Informationen und kann uns bei der Strategie helfen. Die Flaute läßt sich nicht vermeiden, die Frage ist nur: Wie. read more...


27/11/2013

Jade - Days 3&4 Dorados and Dolphins

Yup, Keith's fishing skills came into play today as he landed not one but two dorado. For lunch we marinaded them in cajun spices and for dinner in lemon and garlic with sauteed potatoes. After the excitement of all that we were then very pleased to spot some dolphins. Noah and Ferne were not keen to partake in fish eating so they've had sausages.There's little wind which gave Keith and Alex time to fix a minor prob we had with our main sail. Something broke and now it's fixed but it meant we had no main for 24hours when it would have been useful hence our slow progress. All we need now is some wind and we'll be off!! Much loveMichelle and all the crew xx. read more...


27/11/2013

True Colours - Wizard Wednesday

Position 22:34.50N 020:34.13W   After the slow start to the day, things picked up well.   Some light clouds quickly cleared and we had bright sunshine all day. Thewind gradually veered and we ended up close hauled doing around 6 – 7 Kn in 10Kn of breeze.   Watermaker on for six hours, but only served toreplace the water we used during the day on showers and other domestics.   No fish today – not even a bite, so fish stew will have to wait.  Chefof he day was Andrej;  saksuka (traditional Turkish dish) which followedtortilla wraps mid afternoon.  High standards are being set!!   Apart from a yacht on the distant horizon at dawn, we have seen no otherboats until 10 minutes ago, when a tanker travelling in the opposite directionmade a 5 degree. read more...


19/11/2011

Lady - Passage to Tortola - Day 8

Friday November 18th to Saturday November 19th, 2011 At Sea Another tough day of sailing - just kidding.  We've had really great winds for the past day, and Lady has raced through the swells.Winds in the 15 knot range keeps her moving at around 7 knots.We've had reefs in and out as the wind speed has changed. Heeling at this angle make moving about quite difficult.You have to climb up to the galley, slide down to the chart table.Leeward drawers are hard to pull our, and the contents of windward cupboards may spill to the floor when the door is opened. Whenever anyone moves, they need to always be holding on to a fixed part of the boat. Steve had a difficult time getting into his berth last night.Charlie and I cannot sleep together in our berth unless we sleep across the bed. These. read more...



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