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05/12/2013

Free Spirit - Wednesday 4th December

 Still nowind.  The genoa was back in placeby lunchtime and the Parasailor launched with the optimistic hope that the windwould pick up………..?........Nope!  Wehad a very relaxing afternoon just wallowing around and the engine had a goodrest too.  As the sun was setting wetucked away the Parasailor for another day and switched the engine back on tohelp us on our way.  We are enjoyingthe sunny hot days and warm starry nights but St Lucia still seems a long wayaway.. read more...


04/12/2013

Free Spirit - Tuesday 3rd December

Another day with no wind and the sun beating down on the guys ondeck carrying out the repair to the storm damaged genoa.  I think most people would have given upon it but not Peter.  This is the3rd day he has spent stitching. His hands are so sore but this is what it takes and he’s got it!  Hopefully tomorrow the job will befinished, the sail will go up and the wind will blow.  (Please).. read more...


05/12/2013

Shine - Day 10 :

A command decision was made last night not to fly the kites.What a fine move that turned out to be, as we experienced a very squally night and would have necessitated more action than we felt we needed. We also reduced the watches to give the crew, and especially Giles, much needed rest which was greatly appreciated by all. The skipper appeared at 07:00 having  attended to his bedsores, and we embarked on  most glorious day of classical trade wind sailing, which will have undoubtedly rewarded us with another 200+ mile day.We are at present third in our class, but with Jeremy's meticulous planning and forecasting, fully expect to improve on that position in the coming days.A highly efficient shower was rigged in the cockpit utilising the hand pump and an elaborate array of pipes. read more...


05/12/2013

Amaris - Land Ho! Dead ahead!

Sailing Amaris Wednesday, December 4, 2013Land Ho! Dead ahead! Amaris sails the world14.13.11 N60.30.47 W Atlantic Ocean - 21 miles fom St Lucia Land Ho!  Dead ahead. What a plesant view to wake up to. In the distance St Lucia with the twin Pitons (Large volcanic mountains) and off the starboard quarter - Martinique.  Hard to believe these two islands were the grounds of many a battle between the navies of France and England. Very appropo that I read 5 of the Horatio Hornbower books on the way here. As per the rally requirements, we need to sail across the finish line. Not that this is a big deal- we just sailed 2100 miles - but we haven't raised or lowered a sail in 3 days. The spinnaker has been working like a champ with her newest patch. read more...


04/12/2013

Great Escape of Southampton - Fw: 16 23 420n 33 37 780w

Day 11 – Dancing the SightFantastic...  Another day of superb sunshine, thismorning we hoisted the spinnaker with an average speed of 8 knots. We arecurrently competing for a top speed on the Helm held my none other than Dr David!!  The sunsets have been absolutelystunning giving a rouge effect, due to the Sahara sand and with Jupiter andVenus up there, it sets for an excellent night watch!After much trial and error Mike,Uncle ‘Pete’ (Peter Bacon) and I have cracked the Sun sights with the sextant.With Peter’s excellent skills in mathematics it didn’t take us long to realisethat we were in actual fact heading in the right direction for St Lucia, thefirst day we took sights Skipper Matt was quite concerned when he saw the sights and realised we were somewhereover the Bay of. read more...


04/12/2013

Diva - Improvisation ohne Spi ist nun die Strategie

Nachdem unserSpinnaker im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes mit einem lauten Knall in der letzten Nacht aus den Nähten platzte und wir von etwa Mitternacht nur unter Großsegel in das Tageslicht fuhren gingen uns viele Strategien durch den Kopf. Alles wurde durchgespielt. Den Genaker als Spi vergewaltigen bei bis zu 20 Knoten Wind?Die Genua ausbaumen zum Butterfly? Das ist es irgendwie nicht. Was können wir tun um den nicht vorhandenen Spi zu ersetzten? Also Taktik anpassen. Wir entschieden uns mit der Standardbesegelung Groß & Genua weiterzumachen und die Strategie auf eine Kursänderung und eine angekündigte Winddrehung zu setzten. Damit akzeptierten wireine zu hohe Höhe bei etwa 280-310 Grad. Gemusst hätten wir 265. Nun warten wir hoffnungsvoll auf den Winddreher. Segelpoker auf dem. read more...


Diva - Improvisation ohne Spi ist nun die Strategie
Diva - Improvisation ohne Spi ist nun die Strategie
04/12/2013

Idea of London - VQ Ocean Race Update - the heat is on.

So, it's day eleven on the big brother boat and our intrepid sailors continue to impress (themselves, principally) by staring endless tuna and tomato salads head-on.As I write, Ben is expirmenting with beetroot and sardines, so I for one am looking forward to dinner tonight with a relish that borders on the homicidal. To wash things down, we have Ig's 'eclectic' choice of beverages from the Carrefour spirit isle (Baileys, Limoncello, Honey Rum and Vodka) as the last few cans of beer sink without trace. Lucas 'I've only had four cans' Bertrand claims no knowledge of where the rest of the beer has gone.Below decks, the temperature is rising and it's not because Al Mac has his special pants on.No, as we head relentlessly toward the Caribean (or towards Brazil when Lucas is at the helm) the. read more...


04/12/2013

Selivra - ARC Tag 10

2013-12-04, 20.30Ahoi an alle unsere LeserDie Dagi hat es ja gestern schon erwähnt – derzeit fahren wir fast nur mitdem Wingaker. (für alle Nichtwissenden - das ist unser buntes Vorsegel mit170 m2!!!!!) In den letzten 36 Stunden mussten wir ihn nur heute früh fürein paar Stunden bergen, da war der Wind ein bisschen zu stark. DieGeräusche von Boot, Wind und Wasser, die man in der Bugkabine mitkriegt,hörten sich da schon sehr nach Volvo Ocean Race an (oder zumindest nach demwas ich mir darunter vorstelle). Gefühlt war unsere Selivra da knapp davorins Gleiten zu kommen. „In echt“ aber wohl doch eher nicht :-). Wie auchimmer, wir haben das Segel routiniert geborgen und sind ein paar Stundennur unter Genua weitergesegelt.Aber jetzt zieht uns der „Große Weiße“ schon seit Stunden wieder. read more...


Selivra - ARC Tag 10
Selivra - ARC Tag 10
04/12/2013

Windleblo - Day Ten

They say events come in threes. Today was no exception.We were cruising along on a broad reach with 10 to 12 knot winds filling our gennaker. The wind veered further east, pushing our point of sail ever deeper. Perhaps we weren't paying enough attention, but the next thing we knew the gennaker was wrapped around the forestay. Event number one was upon us. Suddenly, all hands were needed on deck to recover the sail. Everyone responded well, but none-the-less the sheets and the tack line got away from us and we were forced to turn the boat into the wind to bring them back within reach. Several stressful minutes ensued but eventually we got the sail to the deck, through the hatch, and into the V-berth.We next decided to rig the dual head sails so the easterly wind could pull us due west. read more...


04/12/2013

Anettine - 3.12.2013

Vi hadde en fin og rolig seilas hele dagen. Skyfri himmel og varmt. Vi kjører spinnaker på ettermiddagen. I en bølge henger den seg fast i ene lanternen og får en stor flenge i underliket. Vi trenger spinnakeren for å holde "ulvene" bak oss unna og bestemmer oss for å reparere. Førsten setter seg på fordekk og syr i 2 timer mens skipperen setter genaker å prøver å få det meste ut av den. Vi setter spinnakeren igjen i 1700 tiden.Forholdene for natten ser bra ut så vi bestemmer oss for å kjøre med den gjennom natten. Det ble alt annet en rolig. Skipperen ble purret ut av køya i 22 tiden. Førsten lurte på hvor bremsene var. Vi fortsatte å kjøre sammen et par timer. Det var bekk mørkt og gikk kontinuerlig i 9-10 knopp, helt vanvittig. Etter hvert kom det enda mer vind, og nå økte bølgene. read more...


04/12/2013

Skyelark of London - Half way!

Nice sailing with medium winds and good progress, today we have been fishing and catching two Dorado's, Frida and Gertrud, Frida was rubbed on the back with garlic and put in the oven severing as an feast meal to celebrate we are halfway to St. Lucia, only 1550 miles left....because we took the scenic route.....to not see the Cape Verde islands, and off course giving the other boats a chance to see how it feels to be in front in the race. Enough of this babbling, now I will go on deck enjoy a cup of tea and the sunset, and just let the days pass while we continue to close in on St. Lucia and a Ice cold beer.Stay happy- Prince Myshkin. read more...


Joy of Shamrock Quay - Our daily rig inspection revealed it was not just the halyard suffering from chafe
Joy of Shamrock Quay - Our daily rig inspection revealed it was not just the halyard suffering from chafe
04/12/2013

Blue Ocean - Blue Ocean

Apres midi chargee sous un soleil de plomb, avec 22 knts de vent. Affalagede spinnaker  pour pouvoir reparer la poulie du point d`ecoute de grandvoile, qui a fini par casser apres 10 jours. Nos voltigeurs Dariusz et Januszont oeuvre une petite heure dans la bome pour reparer. Ensuite nous avons pecheun magnifique wahi wahi, enorme, sorti de l`eau par votre serviteur, et crochetepar notre capitaine. Sashimi au menu ce soir, apres une decoupe exemplaire desfilets par Dariusz.Enfin, reparation du pilote automatique, et purge du systeme hydraulique –ces gars la savent tout faire. Maintenant ca marche et ce sera moins fatigantpour la nuit, hope so.  Avec tout ca on a perdu un peu de temps, il nous reste 1173 nm a parcourir,un peu moins de six jours ?   Au total, pas eu le temps. read more...


04/12/2013

Ayesha II - Halfway!

At 1200UTC today we reached half distance which prompted the celebrations in the attached photo, closely followed by a celebratory beer and a sacrifice (Heineken) to neptune for good luck, fair winds and good fishing.We expect about 1500MN distance to go.The Trade Winds have arrived though are still light at around 10knts.We're progressing under main and poled out Genoa making 7-8knts VMGbig smiles all round. Sailing in company of s/y Surya and s/y Celementina who have been on or just over the horizon for the past 24hrs.014.28.066'N 035.29.618'WDSCF3448. read more...


Ayesha II - Halfway!
Ayesha II - Halfway!
04/12/2013

Merlyn III - Purser's report & Good Food Guide

Moving along thanks to Tradewind–lite breezes, we feel we are at lastmaking more progress than we would if we got out and pushed. Still a long way to go however – 1400 miles or so and none of the forecastsshow very steady breezes. But there are consolations, not least the food on board.  Thanksto hard work on the planning and buying front, our supplies are holding upwell. We also divided the vast Discovery freezer into two halves and kept halffor deep freeze and half for fresh produce.   Most important though: we took a decision early on that we would rotate thecooking around the crew, so that nobody was confined below decks all day everyday. The person on mother watch makes fresh fruit salad for breakfast and doeslunch (and much else) and the crew member on first day watch. read more...


Merlyn III - Purser's report & Good Food Guide
Merlyn III - Purser's report & Good Food Guide
04/12/2013

Adina - Day 10 Go West!

Day 10 on Adina and we were finally south of the Verdes. The wind so frustratingly comes and goes and to be honest has made a mockery of our routing strategy. That's sailing and weather forecasts for you, we got it wrong and eat humble pie but we'll fight on.4am the wind got up, the girls were on watch thinking these are our treasured trade winds, got excited, but needed to 'reef' (get rid of some sail). Unfortunately the furling mechanism which furls our genoa away is electric and failed. The manual override worked for a while then also failed! Heart rates did rise a tad as they do. We went through options for if the wind picked up and decided there was nothing to do but wait for daylight when we could see and assess properly.The winds dropped and as dawn rose Neil, Lindsay and Tom. read more...


04/12/2013

Starla - Log Day 11 - Chores

Hello Everyone,Distance logged today - 134 nautical miles. Distance to date this trip - 1243 nautical miles. Remaining miles to St Lucia 1853.The map on the web site is not receiving our position information automatically. The Arc controllers are updating the web site manually with our position information for our 1200 UTC (GMT) position. This information is been sent from the boat by e-mail. hopefully this makes out position look a lot better!The wind has been in the north, and north west, 8- 12 knots, however lightened to 5-7 knots from 0100 hrs, making progress a little slower.We are entering a trough of pressure between a high and low pressure system, were the wind splits in to two different directions and leaves a lull in the middle. The winds will be lighter there. We are not. read more...


04/12/2013

Duplicat - On our way again

Duplicat has left Mindelo - albeit slowly!Our new crew arrived this morning, he had spent 7 hours in the terminal at Sao airport overnight so is as we sail having a well earned snooze.Trade winds are light but forecast to increase so we start again on the next stage of our adventure, at least the weather is better this time.. read more...


04/12/2013

Golondrina - Wednesday

Evening sports fans .. Have been told to do a serious blog! As you may have seen Golondrina left Cape Verde Islands on Sunday morning and currently heading due west.  From this point the boys are about a fifth of the way to St Lucia with 1570 miles to go.  So far because of the non-existent trade winds and the deviation they had to make in the initial part of the trip they have already clocked up 1600 miles.    From Las Palmas to St Lucia the direct distance is  2760 miles so when the crew reach 1380 to go (probably tomorrow) we are half way and on the home straight. Yesterday we reached a point where we picked up the Trade Winds, although at the moment they are relatively light about 10kts mainly from the NE or East - we could do with about another 5-6. read more...


Golondrina - Owain was clearly uncomfortable with Dave's ability to tie knots one handed
Golondrina - Owain was clearly uncomfortable with Dave's ability to tie knots one handed
04/12/2013

Mustique - Crew on the edge

    There is a 'well-known' ARClegend, of a skipper who entered his boat into the ARC afew years ago, and having got his yacht and crew a fair way out into theocean, got up one morning, calmly walked to the stern of his boat and threwhimself overboard.   His crew dutifully recovered him - only for him tochuck himself off a further 4 more times.     I seem to  remember that thiserratic behaviour was attributed to schizophrenia and a lack of adherenceto taking prescribed medications.   I however, based upon the last 24 hours of sailing,would like to submit a new possible reason for why this experienced sailorwould want to hurl himself headlong into the depths of the AtlanticOcean.   He just couldn't bear to listen to his. read more...


04/12/2013

Firefly - Getting hotter and a visit from a Minke

Our second day of 'typical' trade wind weather, (12 days into the voyage!)It is now much hotter, so the butter has definitely melted, and we have switched to Flora!(Actually the butter ran out, and we keep the other spreads in the fridge, otherwise they'd melt too!)The wind is a fairly gentle 10 to 15 knots, pretty much dead astern, so we are sailing goosewinged (that is one sail out each side of the mast for our non - sailing readers) at around 7 knots, rolling quite heavily in a northerly swell.Keeping lunch on the cockpit table is becoming quite a challenge! The dolphins appear to have deserted us, but we have just had the delight of having a Minke Whale surface about 10ft off the starboard beam, much to the surprise of Paul who was polishing the stanchions at the time!Played in our. read more...


04/12/2013

Defyr - Day Eleven: Defyr's book club

For few days it's been like everyone thought the crossing would be like. Sunny, downwind and reading!Fredrik is reading:Steve Alten: Maya testamentetComment on the book: "Not very interesting, this is an overkill. This is science fiction, but there are some facts as well, but can't tell the difference."Tuomas is reading:Fredrik Koivusalo: Rus-projektiThis book is written by our own crew member Fredrik. Tuomas comments "INSPIRING!".Juha is reading:Esa Siren: Kenttävartio joki"This is a great warbook about Finnish men fighting against Russians in 1943. This has strong connections to Finnish history."Kaija is readingKarl Ove Knausgård: Taisteluni, ensimmäinen osa"First book of the giant autobiographical book series of the writer's own, so far quite ordinary life. Entertaining, but not life. read more...


04/12/2013

Blue Ocean - Blue Ocean - Day 9 or is it 10?

We are running undercover!  Le Yellow brick est reste sous la bomequelques heures et pas de transmission satellite de notre position. Onavance vite sous spi depuis 26 heures, par 20-25 knts de vent . La nuit desrafales a 38 knts nous ont amene a l`affaler, quelques heuresjusqu`au leverdu soleil.  Peu de repos car beaucoup d`attention et de monde sur lepont . Mer superbe, belles vagues, plein soleil, bon vent, excellent.  On avance a9-10knts , moins de 1200nm to go.   Yv   Our St. Lucia waypoint is now 1196nm distant as I write. We have allwritten down our estimated ETA on slips of paper and put them into a box – notto be touched until we reach the finish line. The person who gets the closestwill get a prize (or maybe the person who is most out will buy the. read more...


04/12/2013

Meltemi - 9.Tag - Bergfest

Um 23:39 Uhr Bordzeit hatten wir unser Bergfest!!! 1444 sm auf der Log, 1444 sm noch bis St. Lucia. Die Zeit vergeht wahnsinnig schnell!! Wir haben das Bergfest bereits heute Nacht ausgiebig gefeiert, heute Abend nochmal mit einem Festmahl - vielleicht beißt ja der dritte Mahi Mahi an! Die Angel hängt jedenfalls draußen und der Wodka steht bereit. Fliegende Fische hatten wir auch schon an Bord. Einige von uns haben sich mit der Astronavigation und der Handhabung des Sextanten beschäftigt - unsere bestimmte Position war relativ genau. Nun fahren wir vor dem Wind mit 277 Grad Richtung Ziel und hoffen, dass der Passat noch etwas zunimmt. Bis dahin brutzeln in der Sonne, kühlen unsere Füße beim Rudergehen in der Pütz und duschen mit Salz- und zum Schluss einem Schuss Süßwasser. Die aktuelle. read more...


04/12/2013

Koala - 4th Dec: Whale, did you see that!?

We were having a fun morning this morning trying to get the boat to sail down wind in 4-6 knots of breeze and a 1m cross swell when we finally decided that our (virtually insignificant) VMG may be slightly better on the other gybe, so we busied ourselves with setting up the boat for the gybe. It's a bit of a palaver what with poled out genoa and preventers on the main etc. Just as we finally rolled into the gybe, we looked out at the patch of water that we would have been in if we had not gybed, only to see a group of about 3 whales sleeping, sunbathing, or enjoying some kind of love in on the surface about a boat-length and a half away! I'm not sure what type they were, but they were not particularly massive. I would guess at Minke whales. They seemed perfectly happy, although I am not. read more...


04/12/2013

Dragonfly - 4. Mahi Mahi

Den Mahi Mahi habe ich in der Pfanne gebraten, Salzkartoffeln und etwas Gemüse dazu. Anschließend noch ein Glas leckeren Rotwein, dann beginnt die Nachtwache. Volker fängt an und wird von Edwin abgelöst. Kurz nach dem Wachwechsel wache ich auf und merke, dass etwas nicht in Ordnung ist. Schnell an Deck. Der Wind ist sehr böig geworden und hat heftige Dreher. Edwin versucht den Kurs anzupassen aber so schnell kann er nicht reagieren. Der Genaker knallt und flattert, aber der Spuk ist schnell vorbei und mit etwas nördlicherem Kurs geht es weiter. Es fängt an zu regnen. Ich habe mir nur schnell ein langes Shirt und Hose angezogen und bin schnell durchnässt. Nach einer Weile gehe ich mich dann doch noch umziehen. Ölzeug! Ich bleibe bei Edwin an Deck bis meine Wache beginnt. In Ruhe ein Buch. read more...


04/12/2013

Manihi - Pourvu que ça dure ... !

14:43.25N 34:52.95W   9:45 heure locale Cette nuit nous avons enfin eu un vent régulier pas très fort mais qui nousa permis de bien avancer en gros dans la bonne direction, Ste Lucie, pour ceuxqui n'ont pas suivi le début ! Ce matin l'état du ciel avec ses bancs de nuageset ses grains (averses très locales) coiffés d'un gros nuage, et la vitesse duvent qui semble, restons prudent, s'établir autour des 13-15 nds nous fontpenser que, peut-être, nous avons enfin trouvé les alizés. Confirmation dans lesdeux jours qui suivent ! Pourvu que ça dure ...   Cette année, pas de chance avec les alizés. Normalement, en général, enmoyenne, la plupart du temps, selon la littérature, selon les marins, selon lesrécits, selon la météo marine, selon ce qui ce dit dans tous les bistrots deports,. read more...


04/12/2013

Sephina of Beaumaris - Day 11 Part 2 - Changing Time Zones

Day 11 Part 2 - Changing Time Zones I’ve mentioned before how the sun was getting later coming up in the morning. Today the sun didn’t rise until past 8am – after I finished my shift. A clear indication that we were well & truly into a new time zone – confirmed by Matts iPhone (but oddly no-one elses) automatically going backwards an hour – we knew it was time to change the clocks!!With our new time zone we seemed to have sailed into the tropics! The weather is baking hot – almost unbearable to be down below for pro-longed periods of time during the day. Gone are the days of wearing wooly socks at night & a jacket in the day!!The cats have noticed the heat increase & are spending a lot of time basking in the heat on their bellies. We had them upstairs today for most of the. read more...


Sephina of Beaumaris - Day 11 Part 2 - Changing Time Zones
Sephina of Beaumaris - Day 11 Part 2 - Changing Time Zones
São Francisco 4 - Dia 4 Dez - Uns no ioga, outros no Gin! / Some doing ioga, others doing Gin!
São Francisco 4 - Dia 4 Dez - Uns no ioga, outros no Gin! / Some doing ioga, others doing Gin!
São Francisco 4 - Dia 4 Dez - Ioga ao pôr-do-sol / 4th Dec - sunset ioga
São Francisco 4 - Dia 4 Dez - Ioga ao pôr-do-sol / 4th Dec - sunset ioga
04/12/2013

Queen Frederica - Bericht Tag 11.5 - Endlich Wind

04.11.13Moin moin liebe Freunde des Hochseesegelsportes,wie ihr wisst, beklage ich mich ja ständig darüber, dass die Yachten aufdenen ich bin, zu langsam sind. So auch bisher in diesem Fall. Aber seitheute morgen um 8 Uhr ( übrigens UTC -1) bin ich ganz glücklich: zur Zeitlaufen wir dauerhaft über 7 Knöpfe (Kn.), juhuuuu endlich. Dh, wir könntenimmer noch halbwegs pünktlich in St. Lucia ankommen. Ich sage nur: Needfor Speedddddddddd :-).Wenn wir Segler uns auf die Ozeane dieser Welt begeben, lassen wir ganzviele geliebte Menschen (Söhne, Kinder, Freundinnen, Freunde undStandtelefonleitungen mit erhabenen Berlinern) und Dinge hinter uns. Undwir erleben kein schönen Advents-Tee, keine Zuckerstangen und warmeFranzbrötchen auf Jahrmärkten und keine herrlichen Schnee-Spaziergänge intollen. read more...


04/12/2013

Queen Frederica - Bericht Tag 11 - Nous avons un look d’enfert (Dieter lernt französisch)

04.12.2013Es ist 10:30 Uhr. Mindelo auf den Kapverden liegt jetzt 360 sm hinter uns.Heute Nacht gegen 2:00 Uhr ist der Wind eingeschlafen. Andreas, Petra undStefan haben die Segel eingeholt und um 2:30 die Maschine gestartet. Gegen7:30 haben wir dann die Segel wieder hoch geholt und bei 12-15kn Windrauschen wir mit mehr oder weniger 270 Grad und 5-7 kn durch die Wellen.Katharina und Stefan haben die Mastrutscher beim Segelsetzen mit Spüligeschmiert. Hin und wieder haben die Dinger geklemmt und nun hoffen wir,dass sie flüssiger laufen. Bei nächster Gelegenheit wollen wir nochWindbändsel (schweizerisch: Spione) ans Achterliek des Großsegels binden.Dieter ist sehr gut im Segel trimmen und mit diesen kleinen Hilfen kann erhoffentlich noch den ein oder anderen Zehntelknoten herausholen.Petra,. read more...


04/12/2013

Incisor - Incisor

Hello Everyone,Here is our blog..Starting yesterday afternoon when we were treated to a plethora of flying fish I mean 100’s closely followed but jumping Tuna not sure what was chasing the Tuna some on board though killer squid but this sighting was unconfirmed and not from a reliable source.The flying fish were pretty frisky all evening and one even dared to fly into Derek’s chest when he was on the helm, he screamed like a girl! Tee Hee Since that daring assault several more fishes leapt to join us and we delegated Mark as chief thrower offer usually followed by copious amounts of hand washing.We have used all our fresh meals so last night Derek voted for a cowboys breakfast of bacon baked beans and smash, Our European contingent were unsure of this culinary delight!During the past few. read more...


04/12/2013

Skara Brae - picnic on Skara Brae

So here we are in the middle of the Atlantic and the wind is once again elusive.It is getting hot in the midday sun with no breeze to cool us down and no beer :-(So since the boat is almost stopped - doing about 3kts, we decided to pull the sock down on the spinnaker and have a wee swim in the middle of the Atlantic at 17N 33W.Then when we got out Tosh suprised us with a chilled bottle of champers that he had kept for just such an occasion - so we decided to have a wee glass then we changed our mind and decided to make a wee champ/punch with what was left off the bar - wee drop of bacardi, vodka, rum, then added oranges and orange juice and a wee bit of lemonade - voila, we made a wee punch champers cocktail and emptied the bar - this could be a dry boat for the next week(s)So day 3 of. read more...


04/12/2013

Calypso - "Back to School"

David & John dug out their sextants yesterday afternoon to re-fresh their skills. After taking some sun sights David got within 1 mile of our latitude.Fresh fruit & veg supplies are dwindling. Plenty of oranges and apples left but bananas all gone and our last cucumber is looking more than a bit sad. We still, however, have enough fresh meat for another 4 meals before we have to resort to the M & S/Waitrose cans.Dino continues to dish up stunning dinners with a chinese style pork dish last night accompanied by egg fried rice.Fishing has not gone well with only one small fish caught to date.Something large took away the lure today - Dino insists it was a shark....David has started baking with blueberry muffins made this morning - report later! Currently doing 6/7 knots.Weather. read more...


04/12/2013

True Colours - Symmetric Sailing

Position 16:37.10N 027:16.21W   Lasagne for dinner, thanks to Nadine (biggest thanks of all from James,whose turn it was to cook, but N wanted to use some of the beef before it wentoff, so took over  - actually on reflection it may have been an act of selfpreservation;  J’s cooking skills are an unknown quantity)Last night the wind progressively died, so it was hydrogenerator up andmotor on at 01.00. It’s noticeably warmer here, no need for oilies at night and the watertemperature is up to 29.1 – seems bizarre that the water out of the watermakeris warm. Motor stayed on until about 11.00, when the wind filled in at 10 knots, andwith smooth sea and a favourable direction it was time to break out thesymmetric spinnaker for the first time.  Worked well and currently. read more...


Hada - HADA Day 10 -- Endless Blue
Hada - HADA Day 10 -- Endless Blue
04/12/2013

Sunrise - Tag 11 - 04.12.2013 - Die Nacht

Das war ein pompöser Sonnenuntergang. Mit Dark Side Of The Moon fuhren wir unter Spinaker direkt Richtung Sonne. Ein eindrückliches Erlebnis, am Ruder stehend, das zu erleben. Nach Sonnenuntergang wurde der Spi geborgen und die Nacht brach an. Die Venus ist wie immer zuerst am Leuchten und zeichnete mit zunehmender Dunkelheit einen silbernen Streifen auf das dunkle Wasser. Als das letzte Tageslicht vom Himmel verschwindet beginnt die mächtige Milchstraße zu leuchten. Es wird nie ganz dunkel um uns herum, die Millionen von Sterne erhellen die Nacht. Immer wieder zeichnen die Sternschnuppen weiße Streifen an das Firmament und lassen uns mit Wünschen im Cockpit zurück. Unsere ständigen Begleiter sind dabei Kassiopaia, Orion, großer und kleiner Bär, natürlich der Polarstern als Zentrum und. read more...


04/12/2013

Lancelot II - Day 10 - Half Way

Lancelot II calling world, Lancelot II calling world, over. Today willmostly be sailing, sunbathing and salty showers.   As we continue on our journey we have shared many special moments together,from dolphin spotting, to Matt playing his guitar and singing us travellingsongs under starry skies, Annette’s beautiful choral voice drifting across theocean as well as many shared stories of journeys past and adventures to come. Wetalk of our families and our lives back home, what we’ll do when we reach StLucia (cold beer or cocktail to start, or both?), who we’ll eat first if we runout of food (Sorry, I think I’m a gonna!) and films we’ve seen, but mostly wetalk about food. In a terrible provisioning oversight we have no cake (Arghh!)but we do have our own body weight in cheese to munch. read more...


04/12/2013

Albatros - ALBATROS Day 11

Last night we celebrated the 'Half-Time' with a can of beer (Polar Pils from Venezuela) for everyone. Before we enjoyed a delicious Spaghetti Bolognaise with Parmesan Cheese. The night was more or less dominated by NNE Winds which brought us a speed between 5 and 8 knots. The 1 min showers were rather seldom.We read on our instruments 1292 nautical miles to go.The showers on the deck with several bins of saltwater are very refreshing and one can observe this procedure more often than the first week before.The swell is still moving Albatros in every direction and sometimes we see some flying fish above the waves.The speculations about the number of days which are ahead is a daily topic on board.The shifts on deck are still the same as we left Las Palmas. 3hours at night and 4hours during. read more...


Joy of Shamrock Quay - La Rochelle overtaking in the fast lane
Joy of Shamrock Quay - La Rochelle overtaking in the fast lane
04/12/2013

Nyaminyami II - Nyaminyami II Blog Wednesday 04.12.13 - 1200hrs

By Chris Haworth. As I commence the Blog today, I am trying to remember what happened/what I reported yesterday!  Post Blog there was lots to do! Further mainsail repairs (we now have it fully hoisted..Yeoooooooooow), Lunch (avocado salad), Boat tidying , Yapping(!), some helming, Shower and shave ..for me, it was then time for bed (1700) as I had been up since 0130hrs!  I had 3hrs Kip whilst Jane prepared dinner and Francis and Graham doused spinnaker for night sailing. Deflating news of yesterday had been  Grib file download (i.e. wind forecast for next 3 days) – after having done long hard miles limping to position ourselves north .....wham out of nowhere came a ridge of high pressure (no wind), now forecast to block our way to St Lucia on Friday/Saturday!- (mental. read more...


Diva - All you need is speed. Bergfest.
Diva - All you need is speed. Bergfest.
04/12/2013

Diva - All you need is speed. Bergfest.

Die gestrige Nacht hatte es in sich. Motiviert durch eine gute Ausgangsposition und beste Windbedingungen zogen wir den 100%/0,75 Spinnaker und pflügten wie immer gen Westen. Die Bugwelle war so groß das man sie vom Cockpit aus über die Süllkante sehen konnte. Da ist ordentlich Zong drauf.So lief es auch in die Nacht unter Top Speed. Alles lief perfekt jedoch machte uns eine dunkle Wolke, die uns von hinten überlief einen Strich durch die Rechnung. Der Wind ging über 22 Knoten und die Diva ging weit über 11 Knoten. Eine Bö und ein darauf folgenderexplosionsartiger Knall zerlegten gegen Mitternacht den etwas in die Jahre gekommenden Spinnaker. Bergen blieb überflüssig, das hat sich erledigt. Die Reste und fliegende Fische eingesammelt, erst einmal sortiert und den nächsten Spi gezogen. read more...