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01/12/2013

Aspen - Log 7 Sunday 1 Dec; Still Heading South

The butter has not melted and it seems like we might even find icebergsif we search long and hard!Aspen is doing well and handling the gale force winds and squallsnicely.Her crew seems to be more annoyed with all the work involved ofshortening sail and waiting for better weather!All is well onboard.Steve and Maria. read more...


01/12/2013

Hada - HADA Day 7 - Repairs & Stitches

HADA Day 7 - Repairs & StitchesPost # 5 - Sunday, December 1st,2013, 7:33am GMTAs of noon today, we will have been underway for a week!We are pleased to learn that our rankings in the race have improved markedly, and have been able to avoid further wind holes except for a short two hour one last night.We hear from fellow sailors that some of our westerly/northerly colleagues have been exposed to rains of “biblical” proportions, which, so far at least, we didn’t experience (yet).A few minor repairs had to be undertaking in the past couple of days.Stu finished stitching up the A2 kite! We haven’t yet had a chance to fly it as we were mostly broadly reaching yesterday, but do look forward to doing so once we reach the trade winds.Our best guess is this could happen later today! Our. read more...


Hada - HADA Day 7 - Repairs & Stitches
Hada - HADA Day 7 - Repairs & Stitches
01/12/2013

Webster - Log 10- From the sublime to the ridiculous (and back)

Saturday 30th: The rain almost stopped at 0500 when we turned off the engine this morning. The wind had come up and behind us. Immediately put in reef 1 followed by reef 2 and a roll or two in the genoa. Now we were going! 0830 put in reef 3 - the wind really was coming at us, no way was this forecast at this wind speed and it was continuing up the Beaufort scale. The boat was over powered and screwing up on the sizable waves on the quarter, so just dropped the main completely. Just in time as steady apparent wind speed of 30 kts recorded gusting 35 knts, maxing at a true wind speed of 42 kts - force 9! But at least it wasn't raining. Really exciting stuff and the boat is a kitten in this stuff thankfully. Started abating around 1700 so put up main to reef 3 and full jib heading towards. read more...


01/12/2013

Free Spirit - Sunday 1 December

It’s been a quiet day today after the exhaustions of thenight.  We all started to feelbetter after bacon and eggs for breakfast. Then it was a day for stitching of the damaged sail and sleeping.  During the night most of us had ended upon the floor (no further to fall). The scene of chaos this morning was gradually restored to order with wetclothing hung out to dry and flung items put back in their place.  Andy and Dougie filled up the Heads tankwith sea water – so important to keep flushing the loos!  We ended the day with a comforting coqau vin and went to bed as soon as it was our turn.. read more...


01/12/2013

Northern Child - Northern Child 1/12/13

Happy December everybody great down wind sailinghey haven't eased a sheet for three days had a great ride through the waterfallrain showers and 40 knot squalls last night (29th) All is well on Board had alovely dorado dinner sushi to start fresh from the sea is definitely best. Our crew are now almost ready for some straightline sailing its been a tough trip so far but hopefully after sunday we willactually see some trade winds oh bliss. No more water proofs and a flat boat to lieon. I thought beating to cape verdi last year was crazybut this really does take the micheal. Sorry Micheal (Mick) All I can hear fromthe cockpit is excited spannish , is it excitement or fear ha ha ha One of the guys (I.T Guru) said today I willnever winge about my job again how and why do you do. read more...


30/12/2013

Anettine - 30.11.2013

I løpet av natten dreier vinden som forventet og vi står opp på styrbord halser. Morro å kunne ha fart rett mot målet selv om det vil ta nesten en uke før vi er fremme. Vi stortrives med skikkelig bidevind seiling og førsten noterer seg at folkene fra "Drøbak Motorbåtklubb" ikke klarer å holde følge. Det blir spennende å høre hvor mange det er av dem. Ut på dagen rommer viden og vi setter genaker med vinden rett tvers. Anettine blir langbeint. Lørdagen feires med peanøtter og en øl hver(sin)på ettermiddagen og avsluttes med festmiddag, grillpølser med mos og en øl (con). Når kapteinen turner inn i 2200 tiden er det bekk mørkt. Anettine bærer fortsatt genakeren og fosser frem i 7-8 knop til lyden av kapteinens snorking i sjøkøya.. read more...


Surya - toch zeilen met (te) weinig wind
Surya - toch zeilen met (te) weinig wind
31/12/2013

Idea of London - VQ Ocean Race Team Blog Update 3 - Nov. 30, 2013

VQ Ocean Update Race Team Update 3Saturday, Nov. 30th 2013 - Last night, we had a real Old Man and the Sea moment when we hit a violent squall that hit us late evening and we were left battling huge winds and feisty sails forcing the whole crew on deck to take down the main jib in high seas...life jackets and clipping to the rails were no longer a nice to have as the sails flapped and snapped in the winds, feet struggled to gain purchase on the roller coaster, slippery deck, tempers frayed and some of us shook our fists at the driving rain. The respite below deck was tempered by soaking wet sailing gear and the continual thumping of the hull as it crashed against wave after wave. Thank God for the professional crew Mark and Clint, two voices. read more...


01/12/2013

Surya - ARC 2010

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Surya - ARC 2010
Surya - ARC 2010
30/11/2013

Amokura - Amokura Day 7

“Who’ll stop the rain?” Creedance Clearwater Revival   A line of squalls came after us today. Or maybe it was the other way around.   Triple reefed on main and jib. Holding steady on course at about 8knots. Pounding rains, 3 meter seas, and at the end, 40 knot winds. A quick heave-to for the last bit and then sailing towards blueskies. Actually, red skies at night. And you know the rest.   Now we head west into westerly winds. Slightly quieter seas and only 15-20 knot winds. Amazing the perspective one gains when you spend the first part of day in25-35 knot winds.   We are towards the end of our fresh fruit but still enjoying the fruithammocks swinging around the saloon. Just walk through and pick a fruit. Hmm, maybe not that one. Mangoes, papayas, tangerines, apples,. read more...


01/12/2013

Skara Brae - night watch on Skara Brae

Date: Sun, 01 Dec 2013 00:28:19 GMTwell its arse oclock here in the Atlantic!actually is it? the ships radio shows 00:30am and my ipad shows the same, but i thought we would have gained an hour by now (as we are heading west) - time will tell (if ye get the pun).So after our adventures yesterday it is nice to have a quiet night - if you can call being on a roller coaster in the dark a quiet night!but it quiet with respect to no more incidents - the winds dropped to 20-25kts, and our repairs held well with the boat keeping direction and speed at 5kts, but the seas didn't calm down - with breaking rollers ranging from 10ft to 15ft - which when they hit the boat from the side try to turn her, so the roller coaster becomes a dodgem - you can feel stuff hitting the boat but you don't. read more...


01/12/2013

Hanami II - Encore une ...

Samedi 30 novembre 201301:08 UTC14 52 N47 52 WEncore une journee avec peu de vent et pas de poisson du tout.Question vent, nous avons tout de meme reussi a naviguer a la voile sius genois puis spi assymetrique pour garder une moyenne proche de 5 noeuds. Avec du vent de travers c'etait faisable.Journee chaude egalement que nous avons passee en partie sous le bimini. Belle invention que cette protection.Comme nous avons passe les 45 degres de longitude nous avons aussi retarde la pendule de 1 heure et nous sommes a present a UTC-3.Rien de bien special donc et au menu: salade composee a midi et saucisses portugaise aux haricots du Cap Vert ce soir, suivi d'une salade de fruits relevee d'une touche de rhum et de canelle.Voila, c'est tout et demain risque d'etre identique car apparement le. read more...


30/11/2013

Aditi - Morale has plummeted

:startTumbling at a rapid pace. Crew are lethargic, life onboard is uncomfortable and the simple unknowns pushed it all over the edge. The lead up to this point is as follows:One primary winch comes and goes which is unsettling re mainsail reefing or mainsheet control. The headsail reefing is already a Harken mini winch handle at the anchor roller!The sea state is a mess as the waves have been driven hard from the north west, then we spent most of today in 28-33kn Easterly, then ESE, now we are due to be seeing SSW to SW! As the wind has dropped we have lost some power & stability with the sea being little changed.Nobody understands the ARC weather forecasts. What is an inverted low? A cut off gale? And they only point 48 hours ahead so at end of day we can't plan our next move as. read more...


30/11/2013

Resolute of Thames - Last tomato day

Since yesterday our spirits have soared as we have now have useable winds again which we hope and pray will prevail.Yesterday was a bad day which culminated in Gilly-mate having a (brief) episode of sense-of-humour failure.All day ( and the one before) Skipper was rightly completely obsessed by finding some wind and we actually found some but it was right on the nose so then there was lots of cynicism about lack of trade winds and the inaccuracies of forecasting...to put it politely.Gilly-mate decided the best course of action was to provide some domestic and culinary good-mood music and she set to to make some more bread only to find that her svelte digital scales do not work whilst the boat is rocking.Hitherto she had pre-weighed the dry ingredients whilst on terra firma.So some. read more...


30/11/2013

Firefly - The sun is out

The torrential rain we endured yesterday (and the day before) finally stopped around lunchtime today and we are now enjoying some sunshine. The 20 knot breeze is with us still from the South West and forecast to go further West so not ideal. The sunshine has raised our spirits as well as the Stollen cake for afternoon tea. We appear to be out of phase with the forecasts. We had yesterdays forecast today so we are expecting Yesterday's Tomorrow too!Meals are proving a challenge in the bumpy conditions but you will be pleased to read that we are still eating well and Murray's Spaghetti Bolognese lasted two evenings with a few modifications on the second night from Peter. With the warmer sea temperatures we are starting to see flying fish but the dolphins have deserted us to find better. read more...


30/11/2013

Windleblo - Day Five

Our high on catching the dorado has sunk to a low over losing two lures. The fish that took them must have been big as the lines were bit clean through. Undaunted, the fisherdudes (John and Coach) are responding with stronger wire leaders. We continue to troll.Based on the latest weather info, we've turned south to go around a stubborn low trough to the west. The current strategy is to keep south until closer to 15 degrees north, then curve west and go around the bottom of the trough. Our fellow Coloradoan, Steve of the boat Aspen, offered some longer term weather forecasts on the SSB net today, which supports this decision. We also sent an email to Chris Adams, our sailing buddy in the UK, requesting his assessment of the weather situation. We hope Chris can act as our informal "weather. read more...


30/11/2013

Incisor - Incisor daily blog 30-11-2013

Afternoon!Well, I can tell you, it is all going on here aboard the mighty Incisor. We are currently just passing the southernmost island of the Cape Verdes ( which is absolutely incredible!) and as we write our blog tomorrow we will hopefully be taking the plunge and heading west. It’s a beautiful day today, only our second day of real sunshine but this comes with a sacrifice as there is only 4knts of wind – you win some you lose some, but we are still plodding on and keeping the boat moving. It’s difficult to chat as the boom is flopping so much but the wind will be filling in soon. Last night and this morning were very eventful. In the pitch black night (and we mean pitch black) we have had a few visitors. Firstly there were dolphins, and because of the pitch black night they were only. read more...


30/11/2013

Idea of London - Lightning squalls and swimiming.

Good afternoon, Good evening, and Hello from IDEA AND a big HAPPY Independence day Barbados!!Today finds us charging through the ocean, white sail reaching again (and this time we actually have a white sail on).Charging along at 12 knots more or less pointed at home plate.St. Lucia we are on our way.I hope you have enough rum for our drinks and water for our showers because we're coming in hot, smelly, and thirsty.We've had an eventful day and night of it out here.After an awesome day of sailing yesterday in relatively smooth seas and breezes we finally managed to get to and ultimately through the first line of squalls at the edges of this weather system we've been playing with. As the sun went down the clouds rolled in and it turned into a dark black night.Another night of no. read more...


30/11/2013

Blue Dolphin - Day 7 - One week in

Today the crew had  planned a mini celebration to mark the first week at sea.  Everyone was looking forward to a steak supper and their 1st glass of wine.  However, the weather had other plans!  Although the boat is on the southern tip of quite a dramatic low,it is enough to have caused strong winds, rain and huge swells.  Just getting a lunch of baguettes was a mammoth task and Sally did exceptionally well to bake the baguettes!  The crew are glad they chose  a southerly route and hope the boats taking the northern route are all safe and sound. The celebration has now been put back to the 1st 1000 miles and as they are currently on about 720 it will probably be Tuesday! BS. . 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...


São Francisco 4 - Acabadinho de tirar da água / Just taken out of the water
São Francisco 4 - Acabadinho de tirar da água / Just taken out of the water
São Francisco 4 - Kiko em reparações em suspensão / Kiko nesting in the boom
São Francisco 4 - Kiko em reparações em suspensão / Kiko nesting in the boom
São Francisco 4 - Novo tripulante / New crew
São Francisco 4 - Novo tripulante / New crew
30/11/2013

Jade - Day 6 - 3 flying things...

Hello, we are all fine and everything is tickety-boo on Jade (not a sailing term I'm told).3 flying things to report: 1. We are finally flying along thanks to better winds. Hooray!2. Keith's hatch window flew off this morning. Fortunately it is now back on. 3. Alex just had company.A flying fish just landed next to him. Noah and Ferne are great - just doing their normal stuff (including school). Us older crew members are getting into the rota and competitive edges (who will win best 'kitchen hand') are beginning to show through... Lots of love to everyoneMichelle (and all on Jade) xxxx. read more...


30/11/2013

Ayesha II - Head south until the butter melts.....

Hello from Ayesha II, 16'45.665'N 026'05.318'WMade a brief 'splash & dash' for fuel at Mindelo, Cape Verde this morning. Interesting volcanic island with large assortment of yachts and commercial vessels.Picture is of David concentrating whilst trying to avoid yachts queuing at fuel dock.After a hearty breakfast we headed south (until butter melted) before finally turning west toward our final destination.Just 2090NM to go, sea state sloppy after yesterdays storms but soon calmed down to allow 8knts+ 260degrees reaching under double reef.Avidly following the grib files to make the most of the wind. DSCF3404. read more...


Ayesha II - Head south until the butter melts.....
Ayesha II - Head south until the butter melts.....
30/11/2013

Skyelark of London - Go West!

Go West!We finally turned the corner and are now heading west. After six days ofmostly going South in search of the trade winds, we reached the Cape VerdeIslands and done all the southing we need to do to get to St. Lucia and willnow shoot across the pond straight westwards.We celebrated the event with a good Spanish bubbly at sundown, the spiritsare high, but no fish today. Life is good.Erico Celebration going west. read more...


Skyelark of London - Go West!
Skyelark of London - Go West!
30/11/2013

Merlyn III - Merlyn III - Our feet never touched the ground

 Obliged to head further south than intended by  the reluctance of thetrade wind to put in an appearance, we made a virtue of necessity by making apit stop  at Mindelo in the Cape Verde Islands. It is a jagged, grey, rather forbidding volcanic landfall which we reachedjust before 10 this morning. Mercifully we won an unofficial race into themarina with a flotilla of four other boats – the immensely valuable prize wasgetting first slot at the fuel pontoon. Within one hour we had refuelled,replenished the water tanks, and failed to leave our plastic rubbish behind – tohave done so would have involved going ashore, signing in with the port police,the customs, and other no doubt charming people who might have held us up.   As it was, we sailed away,  our feet. read more...


Merlyn III - Merlyn III - Our feet never touched the ground
Merlyn III - Merlyn III - Our feet never touched the ground
30/11/2013

Swan Valhalla - Log 10 - Wet & wild

Guest blogger- Haig Cloud, rain, waves, wind, more rain, the blueplanet, lots of bad jokes, and still loads of Tuna! Once again, Yoyo pulled it out the bag with an amazingbeef tagine, which was a perfect meal for the occasion.    . read more...


30/11/2013

Lancelot II - Day 6 - WOW!!!

Hi all, day 6 off our race and what a 24 hours it has been. We have hadvery big seas and lots off rain with a very confused sea  state, but it isstill good to be sailing closer to st lucia, roll on the rum punch for all youdrinkers out their, for me all i require is a pint off coke and a big cheeseburger. Wish all the best to all the sailors and families out their and besafe, without all your support it  would be hard to do. Food on the boat has been quite good, epic concoctions. Managing all dutiesis going well to.On the good days we have had we got lucky enough to be in the water at thesame time as a pilot whale or what i say is WOW! Very lucky in weather that wasstunning, no wind, no wave, dead calm and hot what a change it is now. To the wind the stars and waves i bid you. read more...


30/11/2013

Shine - Day 6: You've made your point...

Having pointed out to the fleet exactly who's in charge of the elements, Neptune's now taking the p**s. Welook forward to not living life at 30 degrees,but all's well on board and the crew are in high spirits, if a little tired.We are currently heading west in 25 knots under blue skies accompanied by flying fish. One clearly failed his first solo flight yesterday as he landed in the cockpit.The inclement conditions of the last 48 hours ago have certainly cramped the style ofour resident foredeck naturist, but this pales into insignificance when set against being awoken in his bunk with a couple of gallons of sea water in the face-window opened by cabin-mate to let a little fresh air in !We lost all comms yesterday, but with Jerry's Tech Team on. read more...


30/11/2013

Selivra - Bennys Reisetagebuch No 14 - ARC Tag 6

ARC Tag 6Ahoi Ihr Landratten.Heute bin ich wieder dran mit meinem Bericht, nachdem die letzten Tagemeine Crew abwechselnd unsere Erlebnisse zum Besten gegeben hat.Ich kann euch sagen bis gestern Abend wars eigentlich ganz gemütlich aufunserer Selivra. Wir hatten guten Wind, das Wetter ist von Tag zu Tagwärmer geworden und wir sind die Afrikanische Westküste immer weiterRichtung Süden gesegelt. Ich habe nur mitbekommen das viele andere Bootevon der Regatta Probleme mit dem Wind – nämlich keinen – hatten, wirhingegen schon.Was macht man so als Hund den ganzen Tag am Schiff? Werdet ihr euch fragen.Ganz einfach – ich gebe lautstarke Segelanweisungen an meine Crew, wennirgendetwas an den Segeln nicht stimmt. Das Bellen habe ich in derZwischenzeit ja ausreichend laut geübt.Ansonsten beginnt. read more...


Selivra - Bennys Reisetagebuch No 14 - ARC Tag 6
Selivra - Bennys Reisetagebuch No 14 - ARC Tag 6
30/11/2013

LUV - Logbuch Luv Nr. 29

Position 15 Grad 08Minuten N 55 Grad 20 Minuten W Wetter :sternenklare Nacht, kein MondWind ONO 4, Seegang 3 Meter, Gefahr von White Squalls Kein Krönchen für den Spitzenreiter Noch 330 Seemeilen bis St. Lucia. Nur noch 330 Meilen! Wir haben den möglichen Sieg in dem Seerennen der Atlantic Rallye für Cruisers (ARC)unmittelbar vor Augen. Der Abstand zu unseren beiden engsten Verfolgern, der amerikanischen Swan 53 „Bela Vela“ und der dänischen X-442 „Mathilde“, wächst seit Tagen;langsam zwar, aber stetig. Der „Racetracker“, das Internetprogramm, das Position, Kurs und Geschwindigkeitaller 47 auf den Cap Verdischen Inselngestarteten Yachten in Echtzeit darstellt, notiert die Luv von Anfang an nur auf dem Platz zwei. Aber das ist Unsinn. Die „Viking“ aus England ist ganze drei Tage vor allen. read more...


30/11/2013

Golondrina - Heading for Cape Verde

During his watch along side all his mates, (that's right Dave was alone) he was accompanied (unconfirmed reports) by some 30 dolphins to the starboard.  Due to the phosphorescent in the water they appear luminous however Dave's interpretation was that they were.. "spirits of the ocean untied by the hypocrisy of commercialism and symbolic of the struggle of the oppressive regime which is 'life'" ! We're a little concerned as Dave has turned his towel into a kaftan and would now like to be called 'Rainbow' and there's a light whiff of juniper wood about him! Back in the real world, Captain ‘Birds-Eye’ Chamberlin dragged in yet another dorado. This one was twice the size and twice as angry as the previous one.  During the ensuing battle, the 'beast' had the arrogance to. read more...


30/11/2013

Starla - Log Day 6 - Better Wind - One week In

Hello Everyone,Distance logged today - 151 nautical miles. Distance to date this trip - 670 nautical miles.Our best day so far in terms of distance logged. With more breeze, the boat is very capable of a lot more. Still nice to achieve our best day.The wind came in on the afternoon, we had 8-12 knots, then later 12 - 20 from the south west and south east. We were flying our big Genneker sail for a few hours in the afternoon, then the wind increased beyond the design of the sail and we then took it down.The evening and overnight brought rain, and it has rained ever since. The sea state is very lumpy, giving us the most uncomfortable night yet.Peter made a great pork curry for dinner last night, that served us lunch as well today.At breakfast time again, the fish came biting. Brian got a. read more...


30/11/2013

Diva - Das unbeständige Wetter prägte diese zwei Tage

Regen und Sturm machen die Nächte lang – das haben wir so nicht gebuchtDas unbeständige Wetter prägte diese zweiTage. Heftige Regenfälle und Sturm machte die Fahrt insbesondere bei Nacht, zu einer echten Anstrengung für die Crew. Insbesondere die Rudergänger Gero, Javier, Andreas, Eilert und ich mussten sich stundenlang konzentrieren unser Schiff bei 10-11 Knoten Fahrt in den 4 Meter hohen Wellen auf Kurs zu halten. Um Strom zu sparen schalteten wir die Navigationslichter aus (hier ist eh nichts außer uns) , nur die roten Anzeigen des Kompasses, Windmessers und Logs waren im schwarzen Nichts undin der Gischt zu erkennen. Im der vorbeirauschenden Bugwelle und im Kielwasser fluoreszierte Plankton wie Millionen LEDs im Funkenflug.Im Cockpit befinden sich zu diesem Zeitpunkt nur der. read more...


30/11/2013

Dragonfly - Wieder Sonnenschein

Die Stimmung ist mittlerweile besser. Bis zum Nachmittag haben wir noch gegen die hohen Wellen angekämpft und keinen Speed drauf bekommen. Die Wellen haben uns total ausgebremst. Ausserdem hat der Wind ständig gedreht und wir mussten einige Wenden fahren, ohne richtig voran zu kommen. Erst seit ca. 3 Stunden haben wir beständigen Wind mit ca. 20 kn der uns erlaubt direkten Kurs auf St. Lucia zu fahren. Die Wellen machen uns noch zu schaffen, aber die sind auch kleiner geworden. Die Sonne scheint wieder und die Stimmung ist besser. Mit ca. 7 kn sind wir in der jetzigen Situation sehr zufrieden. Unsere Genua hat in der letzten Nacht stark gelitten und Volker versucht das Unterliek wieder zu nähen. Edwin sichert ihn dabei. Wir haben ganz schön Schräglage und der Bug schaufelt Tonnen von. read more...


30/11/2013

George - Tip of Day.....

Our tip of the day from SY George is to use your wet wipes from the top downwards.This tip sadly too late for one of our crew members who no-one wants to sit next to.Second gold start of the week for Steve for his fantastic soda bread yesterday.Still no luck with the fishing despite Tim blessing the boat with a banana before leaving LP.Hacking along SW downwind with a little hankie of jib out in 25kts of wind and still doing over 8 knots....we peaked at 11 knots water speed during the night....MK19N 26WHere is just an insight into last nights night watch. Its basically black no stars tipping it down with rain and the occasional flash of lightning, we are ploughing along at 7-8 knots with ribbons of green phosphorescent plankton billowing from our bow wave, as it passes down he boat you. read more...


30/11/2013

Milanto - Day 6 Milanto

25 kn of wind, rain and lots of clouds -so everyone is down belowwatching the movie Snatch and having a good time! Luckily a smallmodification means that the oven can be used so lasagne is back on themenu.Later that night: in the centre of a squall - everyone on board wideawake.Now that some stars are out one of the crew confess that he isno longer a squall virgin -something to be proud of !? The waves aregoing down a bit, but the wind is still on the nose - where have thetrade winds gone to is what I want to know? We're heading north westin the hope of coming outthe other side of the depression . All onboard with a glass of wine in hand and another movie of the screen.. read more...


30/11/2013

Milanto - Day 5 Milanto

We awoke to a becalmed sea, a clear sky and the prospect of a Days sunbathing. No wind turned the ocean into a mirror. The calm gave us the opportunity to throw JE over the starboard to try and free the propeller, it having become entangled in our fishing line following an ill conceived '360 doughnut' executed the previous day. JE - the consumate professional he is - did an outstanding job cutting the line and retaining some important tackle. (in fact, whether the success of this mission was done to JE's tenacity or our threat not to let him back on the boat, we will never know)The calm gave us the opportunity to do some washing, read, fish and catch some rays. ( thats sun rays, not the fish!)But they were too smart to take the bait.A couple of hours. read more...


30/11/2013

Sweet Pearl - 7. Tag - Viel Wind, aber aus der falschen Richtung

Gestern mittag haben wir unsere frisch gefangene Dorade gegessen - wirklich super! Am Abend und in der Nacht hatten wir dann mehr Wind als uns lieb war, entsprechend waren allen auf den Beinen. Jetzt hat er gerade ein bisschen nachgelassen, aber wir erwarten noch so eine Nacht...trotz Schräglage gab es heute mittag ein Teller Spaghetti für alle. Für die nächsten Tagen ist der Wind durchmischt...aber es geht immer weiter Richtung St.Lucia!:-) Tom. read more...


30/11/2013

Joy of Shamrock Quay - We have wind!

Great news, we have been making excellent progress since 7:30pm last night when the wind returned on a beam reach and we got our sails back out again.A tiring but excellent nights sailing with gusts of up to 16 knots from some very angry black clouds. I had two shifts last night, the first 9 til midnight whilst I tracked two squalls on the radar. Whilst they didn't directly hit us, we had some excellent wind off them and a little rain. Dolphins arrived alongside at 9:30pm but unfortunately helming took a lot of concentration and I couldn't leave the cockpit to watch them, but every few minutes they surfaced next to me as much as to say please come and play!When I woke Jez at midnight for his shift they were still with us, we had travelled over 20 miles at some 8 knots!We pondered on. read more...


30/11/2013

Skara Brae - we hate Squalls!

1st update!After a slow start due to no winds - we managed to get south of 20N hoping to find the trade winds the wind arrived as expected and we had a nice 15kts on our tail allowing us to goose-wing along at approx 8.7 kts but as per usual the best laid plans tend to mean nothing when sailing!It seems it wasn't the trades we were in but a vigorous squallAs the squal increased so did the wind then the rainwhen the wind passed 25 knts we put 1st reef inwhen it reached 30kts we put the 2nd reef in when it reached 35kts we tried to put the 3rd reef in - but to no avail, the main sail would not go up or down.While trying to remedy this situation the main sail managed to detach its self from the mast - being left held on by only the halyard and the 2nd reef! Seems the boom. read more...


Azzurra - Day 7 we love sailing
Azzurra - Day 7 we love sailing
29/11/2013

Merlyn III - Day 6 29 November

The daily routine has evolved quite comfortably. After breakfast David and I download various weather maps and Grib files. Unfortunately these have not made pleasant reading as basically the trade windshave disappeared under the baleful influence of a double depression. Our strategy has changed from sailing across the Atlantic to getting across the Atlantic . The trade winds are unlikely to be re-established until the middle of next week and in the meantime winds will be pitiful and in some cases Westerly. However, we carry around 1300 litres of fuel and we have a good engine. So far we have logged 43 engine hours and over the next four days we could well need to log significant additional engine hours to make any progress before we have any kind of reliable wind. In view of this we are. read more...



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