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27/11/2013

Defyr - Day Four: Spiderman's hand

Now it's been a week since the ARC costume party. I had my Spiderman outfit, which isn't really a costume, since I am the real Spiderman. Well, in the party I got too excited about climbing the walls and I cut my hand on a piece of metal that was sticking out of the wall. I got my hand stitched in Las Palmas emergency room. The doctors put 10 stitches in my palm to close down the 7 cm long and 1 cm deep wound. Gladly we have a doctor on board, Fredrik, who is going to take the stitches out in some point. Las Palmas doctors suggested 7 days, but our ship doctor wants to keep them in for 10 days, which I think is a good idea since it's not completely healed. Which makes me rethink of my superhero choice. Should I actually be Wolverine instead? Or maybe I could be the Spiderman with the. read more...


27/11/2013

Lancelot II - Day 3 - A learning experience

I’ve heard people say that if you want to stay young, you should learnsomething new every day. Being a complete newcomer to this sailing thing, I havelearned enough in the past four days and three nights to keep me young fordecades to come...  I’ve learned a whole new language, where ‘heads’ are toilets and a ‘heel’is the lean of our boat. And apparently we cannot drink the ‘port’. I’ve learned that dolphins are amazing creatures, most especially for theirendless capacity to make us human beings smile and laugh every time they arenear. The waves of joy were palpable on deck this morning as they came to playin the boat’s waves while the sun crested the horizon.   I’ve learned that sailors are also amazing creatures with a sleep/wakecycle that requires super-human. read more...


27/11/2013

Edelweiss - Day #4: Bliss!

Hello from the gorgeous calm and sweet Atlantic.Not much to report other than gently rolling seas and nice 7-12 knot wind.Edelweiss is coasting along brilliantly and we're making nice time.A calm night made for good sleeping - though only 3 hours at a time.Such is lot of the crew member!We got our wish yesterday as a pod of delightful dolphins played with our bow for a good 30 minutes. Today we had only a drive-by as they checked us out then continued on their way.Not long enough even to get the camera out!We have steadily lost companion boats as each picks out its own course - today the last one (Athena II) left our screen.Now it's just us and the dolphins!We continue to head south to find the trade winds.Only another 450 miles or so to reach the Cape Verde Islands.... in the meantime,. read more...


27/11/2013

XAR - Tredje dygnet, XAR på god väg till waypoint "Cape Verde"

Senaste dygnet, det tredje avverkade vi 172 NM, ger en total seglad sträcka om 515 NM. Kvar till St Lucia är 2 278 NM. Sakta men säkert närmar vi oss passadvindarna som enligt grib filerna ska etablera sig under torsdag till fredag.Väderrouting programmet har gett ett intressant strategival. Det väder som man kunde se då gav fördelaktig rutt i norr. Dock så var det riskabelt då man lätt kan hamna i kuling motvind om man inte kommit så långt norrut som krävs. ARC metereologen Tibbs var helt övertygad om att den södra rutten och försöka fånga passadvinden är säkrare med risken att det tar tid att komma ner till Kap Verde. Vi känner stor osäkerhet om vi kan vara säker på att komma tillräckligt långt norrut med de svaga vindarna runt Kanarieöarna. Därför tar vi den södra vägen med. read more...


27/11/2013

Scarlet Oyster - Into the low! Day 4 on Scarlet

Well the trials and tribulations continue!Outcomes have been quitesatisfactory tho!Yesterday we realised our sat comms were down, out of credit?!How couldthis be?I had topped up before we left Las Palmas and even had an ereciept to prove it had gone through.The inmarsat voice service allows youto check balance free of charge, and even top up if you have a voucher, butfrustratingly at the time no way of topping up otherwise!I had given details to my girlfriend Sarah of our account, in case thishappened, so she could raise the alarm and authorise a top up, so I washoping we would be back online again soon, the concern was where 100 unitsof credit had gone!We identified a ship on AIS and called them, theykindly agreed to email Sarah with a message to let her know of our plight.After 3 hrs. read more...


27/11/2013

Shelduck - Wed 27 Happy Birthday Bernadette, Water & Whale Shock

   Wed 27 23:57.138N 18:24.522W Distance travelled 90 miles in 24h, 30 underpower since 7am this morning.   We all wish Bernadette a very happy Birthday! (Bernadette is Gabby’s Mumand a good friend of Neil’s for almost 40 years.)   Slopping around, not much wind, Gabby hand steering much of the 00-04hwatch. Cloudy, cold, dry night.  Brendan spotted a cloud that looked likeRua curled up but watching us. Glimpses of Venus, Jupiter and Saturn showingstrongly through gaps in the clouds.   About 5am Anne heard a really loud splash and in the dark to starboard sawa large shape almost the length of the yacht rising up and splashing down,swiftly followed by a second one.  They were probably small whalestravelling in the opposite direction but only 2m from the. read more...


27/11/2013

Meltemi - 3.Tag Eine nautische Lesung

Umspielt von Delphinen zur AbendzeitMeltemi nicht lange im Osten verweilt,sie streckt ihren Bug in rauschender Fahrtnach Westen zum Ziel - so ist ihre Art.Im Spiel der Gezeiten, organisiert in 4 Wachenwir Kräfte sparend unsere Meilen machen.Die Bordroutine, sie rüttelt sich ein,Verlass muss auf jeden Einzelnen sein.Der Ausguck bei Tag und bei Nacht jetzt begreift,das Regattafeld sich auf dem weiten Atlantik verteilt.Vereinzelt taucht mal ein Hecklicht auf,das uns anspornt zum regattamäßigen Kommenauf.St. Lucia ist unser Etappenzielbis dahin wir noch hunderte Meilen Kielwasser ziehn.. read more...


27/11/2013

Duplicat - Lunch at 10 knots

We are all now settling into the voyage despite very untropical weather!  We have winds from every direction except south or southwest (fortunately), but we fear we may even get these in a couple of days.Today fish count - zeroNew speed record count -2 - 16.2 knots followed by 16.9 knots (skipper!)We spent the day paralleling NDS Darwin and Redcat who have now disappeared into the squall ahead of us.Still undecided about our route turning point but are happy to use these good winds to travel as far southwest towards the West Side of the Cape Verdes as we can.lunch at 10 knots. read more...


Duplicat - Lunch at 10 knots
Duplicat - Lunch at 10 knots
27/11/2013

Blue Ocean - Day 4/Jour 4: Who forgot the cinnamon

<South untill the butter melts, then West> En depit de toute notretechnologie meteo c`est finalement le vieil adage des traverseestransatlantiques  que l`on va suivre ! On n a plus aucun bateau en visuel , et seulement un encore sur l`AIS. Ilsemble que l`on avance pas trop mal par rapport aux autres, mais vous avez unemeilleure vision de la course que nous. Le vent a change, un peu moins fort a 20 knts, et au pres . Le bateaumarche bien malgre tout, 7 knts environ dans une belle mer qui s`est calmee. Lasoiree et la nuit ont ete plus agitee avec quelques grains et changement detoile. Heureusement le pilote auto marche a nouveau – Darek l`homme de lasituation a eu la firme francaise par telephone satellite et a reussi a reparer( l hydraulique tout de meme) grace a leurs. read more...


27/11/2013

Sephina of Beaumaris - Sephina Day 3 Sunny days

Sephina Day 3 Sunny days At last the sun is out and it’s getting hot! We’ve all settled into our night shifts very well but the day shifts have gone out of the window thanks to the sun. Everyone wants to be on deck and we lose track of time. The cats have been in the cockpit under supervision and they seem confused sniffing the air as there’s no land, but they seem happy enough. Peri is eating and playing as usual but Thornton just wants to sleep. We’ve had the water maker on today and  topped up all our water bottles and we’ve all had showers, which was gorgeous!! Steph cooked a lovely chicken stroganoff and added red wine. The only alcohol we’ll see for several weeks. Signed “The Cleaner”. read more...


27/11/2013

Adina - Day 3 Where is the Wind??

Good morning from the crew of Adina!Day 3 we experienced some light to moderate winds and kept east to try and stay with the wind. Out West there is little wind. Sea legs are now in place and Gareth and Tom rigged the spinnaker pole so we could 'goose wing'. For our non-sailing friends this means sailing dead downwind (wind right behind you) with one sail to the one side and the other sail to the other side. No sooner had they done this and the wind direction changed and the pole wasn't needed! Such is life. We then deployed the 'towable generator' which is a long line with a propeller at the back of it which you throw in the water. The propeller spins the line that works with a dynamo to generate electricity. Adina needs a lot of power! Throughout the day we tried our best to use what. read more...


27/11/2013

Freebooter - Day 3 - Wed 27th

It came as something of a relief to leave the marina and get out to sea again. A massed start makes for good spectator viewing, but was let down by some very inconsiderate seamanship by a few. It was therefore an even greater relief to reach clear water!The first 24 hours saw very fluky winds, and necessitated some motoring. Since then it been a mix of NE through to the S, making for some changes of course. However there is a messy weather system in the area, and we may end up with little or no wind over the next 48 hours.Currently about 450nm from Las Palmas, leaving a mere 2,500nm or so to the rum punch.... read more...


27/11/2013

Calypso - Day 4

Currently about 550 miles north east of Cape Verde Islands. Sunny and warm but little wind. We've been eating well and getting into a routine. We had our first sight of dolphins this morning which Dino filmed with his Ipad. The fishing line is out but we're not relying on catching anything for dinner! All aboard are happy and, thankfully, no problems so far.David, Dino, John and Phil.. read more...


27/11/2013

True Colours - Management of reources

Position 23:05.20N 019:42.05W   Midnight comes, and the princess goes home – in this case the princess isthe wind.  Steadily reduced, and at 03.00 the engine came on, and stayed onuntil 09.25. During the Night Toby and Nadine saw a pod of pygmy dolphins – hopefullythey will return.   At least the sea is calm, and the sun is shining, and we are now making 5.2Kn in 8 knots of breeze.   All this made me philosophizel about the use of scarce resources: diesel, water,  electricity, gas and food.  The latter two should notbecome scarce (I hope);  expected to use one, maybe one and a half gasbottles on the crossing.  Boat comes with two, on reflection I bought aspare, and then at the last minute, after hearing of the culinary delightspromised us by. read more...


27/11/2013

Aspen - Log 3: Wednesday 27 Nov; Headwinds?

Did Columbus have headwinds on this trade wind route?We have themtoday!At least the winds are light on our bow so we have tacked 60degrees away from the African coast.Luckily Captain Steve knew thesewinds were forecast so he allowed for this by sailing further east thannormal.Now hopefully we will be back on track and able to head for theNW Cape Verdes before turning west.And NO, the butter has not meltedbut our water is nearly frozen at night it seems!Also, we must have brought along some nasty germs from the Canaries withus because we have really nasty colds.With 1,000 sailors arriving fromall parts of the globe it is not surprising that we would catch something.All is well onboard.Steve and Maria. read more...


27/11/2013

Free Spirit - First log for Free Spirit (62) - making the most of favourable winds!!

Hooray, we have our satellite data system working, well done to the team at Mailasail for activating the Inmarsat contract on Monday, we had a few hours of concern that the activation would not go smoothly, options to resolve probs a bit limited out here, so happy days when our K9 email system (running on a Samsung tablet) kicked in!! We've all (Aaron Ashton, Mark SolomonChristian McCullum and myself) settled into a comfortable routine, 3 hour watches through the night with one on deck and a buddy on-call below, and two six hour 2-man watches during the day. Winds have been nearly perfect, 12 - 18 knot breeze generally from behind us which has meant relative fast broad reaches although now the wind has come around and we're expecting it to lighten and start switching around over the next. read more...


27/11/2013

Starblazer - Starblazer 27 November Challenges

“It’s not a problem, it’s a challenge!”So, in a positive frame of mind, wemust rise to the challenge of weak, occasionally variable winds. Yesterday’smini disaster with the jib’s unscheduled swimming trip has had several knockon effects.First and foremost is boat speed as the twin headsails hadallowed us to use the weak winds from astern to best effect.Overnight wecontinued on genoa alone, maintaining an acceptable but not stunning speed.After breakfast we decided to hoist the mainsail, which is impossible withwind from astern and not easy at the best of times because the lazyjackssnag the sail battens.John’s first job was to drop the sailtainer and pullthe lazyjacks back to the mast.Then we rolled away the genoa, started theengine and motored slowly head to wind so I could pull up the. read more...


27/11/2013

Moondancer - Honey I'm Home

371 miles completed, not far to go. The very light winds have left us all with time on our hands and reading our books is top of the list. I'm currently reading The Shining by Stephen King. First chapter and the paragraph below when Jack is being interviewed for the house keeping job jumps out at me.Cabin Fever:‘It’s a slang term for the claustrophobic reaction that can occur when people are shut in together over long periods of time. The feeling of claustrophobia is externalized as dislike for the people you happen to be shut in with. In extreme cases it can result in hallucinations and violence – murder has been done over such minor things as a burned meal or an argument about whose turn it is to do the dishes.’King, Stephen (2007-05-31). The Shining (p. 7)I do hope we get some wind. read more...


27/11/2013

Webster - Log 6 - Where is the wind?

Tuesday 26th: Bright and breezy to start today; still going SW at 5/6 knts. Forecast looking very dodgy but not in the meaning of the term I was dreading - light to no wind and possibly on the nose. How is it, and I say this yet again, that whenever I go sailing I end up with head winds! I apologise to the rest of the fleet as clearly it must be my fault.The light airs this afternoon allowed us to stick the cruising chute up for a few hours and we ended up dropping the main sail to allow sufficient wind to fill it. We even rigged it as a spinnaker but this didn't really work either. However, it has been glorious sunshine this afternoon so its not all bad. Ken was chef again and cooked potato hash with a load of chorizo sausage in it. Very good too. The wind has been light to nothing all. read more...


26/11/2013

Firefly - Run out of wind

Just before sunset we put in a reef in anticipation of another breezy night, apart from a brief period this didn't materialise and by Peter's 2AM to 4 AM watch the engine was on and sails dropped - a case of too much of nothing. Now mid-afternoon and we are still motoring with no wind. We have been struggling to get connected to the internet due to lots of traffic from the ARC fleet using all of the available SSB bandwidth (if that sort of thing happens with long distance radio). We are also using up our 90 minutes of air time per week a little quickly so apologies if our logs appear brief or we don't get connected. Fortunately we have the satphone email as a back up so can still get weather reports. What wind there is, about 6 knots, is now coming from the South East and we anticipate. read more...


27/11/2013

Aditi - Day 3 Wind?

Morning of Day 3. Wind overnight left the rig banging in the swell as it fell below 8 knots. Started motoring. Wind now 4 knots SSE and grib files show no wind/headwinds until at least Dec 1st so we are now on course to Mindelo to wait for a change in weather. Current ETA under sail would be just under 40 days not factoring in the expected headwinds. Expect to see a large number of ARC boats at anchor unless outlook changes suddenly or they are secretly fitted with oars. An ARC Office guide to the location would be appreciated on arrival.. read more...


27/11/2013

Dragonfly - Wir sind nicht allein

Mit dem Regen kommt eine totale Windstille.Nach dem Essen sind alle schlafen gegangen, Bis auf Hajo, der hat die erste Wache. Von meiner Koje aus höre ich den Regen aufs Deck prasseln und merke, dass kein Wind mehr da ist. Ich ziehe mich schnell wieder an und helfe Hajo die Segel bergen. Innerhalb Sekunden bin ich klatschnass. Wir fahren unter Motor weiter, bis ich dann davon aufwache, daß das Motorengeräusch fehlt und höre wie Hajo wieder Segel setzt. Die Geschwindigkeitsanzeige in meiner Kabine geht auf 7,5 kn hoch und ich schlafe beruhigt wieder ein. Um Halb 4 stehe ich auf um Edwin abzulösen. Der Wind hat, wie vorhergesagt, weiter gedreht und wir fahren nun einen Amwindkurs 260 Grad. Es sind noch ein paar Sgeler um uns herum und vor uns taucht ein weißes Licht auf, kurz über der. read more...


27/11/2013

Free Spirit - Wednesday 27th November

The sun isshining, the sky is blue, the sea is calm. We have croissants and coffee and a dolphin show for breakfast.  It’s a beautiful  start to the day!  By mid morning a fresh breeze fills thesails and we relax in the sun and talk and listen to and make music with twoguitars and a didgeridoo.  At middayPeter and Andy make their second attempt at a noon sight (navigation by the sunusing their sextants).  Yesterday’s attempt failed because there was no sun and today’s attemptfailed because they miscalculated Greenwich meantime.  Thank goodness for GPS. We had VirginCocktails followed by Yaghtage Pie for dinner ( my maritime version of cottagepie) which we ate out of “doggy bowls” as the wind started to blow from thesouth west in to the evening to. read more...


27/11/2013

La Rochelle - la rochelle the med has come to the atlantic

At 8am yesterday we jibed over to 240 degrees to try and avoid the 5 day hole in front of us .the breeze had dropped to 7 knots from the nne, The hole is bigger than first predicted so we will stay on this course until 15 degrees south. Still managing 5 knots vmg with the aid of the " iron maiden" ticking over at 1400 rpm and assi. Very comfortable conditions quiet warm in the sun and with the water temp at 27 degrees we stopped for lunch and practiced our man overboard drill , with a swim in the pool.Everyone has caught up on sleep , made heaps of water , washed the boat , got a suntan ,and did laundry, just as if we were in the med.Still can't catch a fish , trolled 2 lures all day for zero reward.Hopefully today we get some assistance from the wind but it doesn't look good with the. read more...


La Rochelle - la rochelle the med has come to the atlantic
La Rochelle - la rochelle the med has come to the atlantic
27/11/2013

La Rochelle - la rochelle tripping over our apparent

Having caught up yesterday with the back of the fleet , the breeze has dropped to 9 knots overnight.,but managed to Pass another couple of yachts last night(picked them up on radar). Had a dream run yesterday afternoon as the breeze swung north and the kite went up , managed to average 8 knots in 14 knots of breeze. The kite came down at sunset along with the breeze.We have spent the night winding the boat up and down at 120 degrees apparent managing to achieve high 5's, can't wait for sunrise to put the bag back up.( 8 knots apparent is the minimum to fill our sails so they don't flap)This will probably be the last day of sailing as we are headed for a huge hole.Hopefully our mother ship Josie Marie waits for us as they are carrying our reserve supply of fuel , she carries 1300 litres. read more...


27/11/2013

Aditi - Day 2 at Sea

:startAir has been very turbulent up to 200 miles south of Canaries so first we went east, then across the swell (yuk) to avoid shallows off Africa, then when clear of the coast turned south to run on the other tack at about 220 degs. Beautiful day today until about 4pm when our h/sail furling packed up. Initial reactions we looked at returning to Las Palmas, going to Mindelo, carrying on. After an hour on course for Mindelo switched back to course for St Lucia. Just been on deck for a 1am walk around and emergency manual furling is totally smooth and easy so tried hydraulic. Seems to be working but can't be sure it's normal due to engine noise. Motoring as winds dropped to 4-8kn and swell was bashing the rig.ARC Nets proving to be fantastic on SSB and VHF. Starblazer's evening cocktail. read more...


27/11/2013

Diva - Aufholjagd bei bestem Wetter

Aufholjagd bei bestem Wetter – danach ein gespenstischer Regen.Nach einer trockenen Nacht bei leichter Marschfahrt konnten wir heute nach einem frischen Obstsalat mit Joghurt und Kaffee unsere Fahrt fortsetzen. Zuerst unter normaler Besegelung unter Groß und Genua. In der Frühe packten wir die Angel aus und fischten mit einem Rapala Blinker in blau/silber 14 cm im Kielwasser der Diva. Der Biss eines kapitalen Fisches entpuppte sich als komplette Fehleinschätzung der Situation, denn die acht Knoten Fahrt und der Wiederstand des Blinkers genügten uns zu glauben, wir hätten das Mittagessen perfekt. 45 Minuten Kampf gegen den Blinker waren eine Enttäuschung über die wir uns köstlich amüsierten. Den nächsten Köder Riss dann wohl ein großer Fisch ab. Also Angel beiseite und den Spi hoch. Mit. read more...


27/11/2013

Hanami II - Calme et agite a la fois

Date: mardi 27/11/2013Heure UTC 01:04Position : 15 00 96 N - 39 25 73 WCap: 290Vitesse : 5NJournee calme du point de vue du vent.De 7 a 12 noeuds, meme pas suffisant pour porter le Spi ce matin. Il a ete en l'air 3 heures maxi puis il a fallu le descendre. Ca c'est donc continue au moteur jusqu'a 17h environ ou nous avons eu 10N, juste assez pour repartir a la voile sous GV et Genois au largue et sous regulateur d'allure.Calme au niveau de la fuite electrique qui a quasiement disparu!Ou est elle allee? Mystere. Le tout est qu'elle ne re-apparaisse pas.Autre calme, celui impose par la chaleur et le soleil. Depuis Mindello nous avons un vrai temps "de saison". Il fait chaud pour de bon jour et nuit. On ne va pas 'en plaindre.L'agitation, c'etait au bout de la ligne de traine de Christian. read more...


27/11/2013

George - Day 3 all at Sea

At 18:00 last night Steven (name changed to keep his anonymity) ventured into the heads only to find them jammed solid....being an honest and somewhat upright guy, reported this fact to me as skipper. After some extensive investigations I discovered that James (name changed to keep his anonymity) had made boastful remarks about an earlier experience in the said "little room" to a fellow crew member who sang like a canary, when he was asked....TBDay 3 and Captain Tim's threat of me being "beaten to death with my own severed arm" has not yet come true. One of the great things about ocean sailing is the opportunity to see wildlife adapting to it's environment.This morning for example, Steve was seen with his head and hands down the toilets unblocking the system, with a glum look on his. read more...


26/11/2013

Idea of London - Awesome Sailing, 30N 22W

Hello hello,Here we are again reporting on IDEA news from out in the wild blue yonder. Or I should say black yonder as it's a black black night.The kind of black that you can take our knife out and cut.At the moment there is no sky, no horizon our entire world is just the boat. Everything outside the nav lights doesn't exist.And all of this after a day of just about the most perfect sailing you could ask for.Breeze from exactly the right direction.Waves from exactly the right direction and heads in exactly the right place.The sun brilliantly out all day and just about the entire crew took advantage.All hands on deck, not necessarily for a manuver but just simply to be outside and relaxed.Books got read, press ups were done, but most of all it was a cleaning day.Everyone pitched in a hand. read more...


26/11/2013

Resolute of Thames - Wind-less.

Just as we were doing so averagely....overnight there was a big downpour of rain after which the wind failed to show.We initially turned Evil Engine on for a burst - we needed to charge everything anyway but after breakfasting...still no wind.Grumbling Skipper subsumed himself in weather forecasts and declared we were indeed in a hole with little prospect of wind for several days.We worked out how much fuel we had and how many miles that would allow us to cover and immediately turned the engine off as with about 1250 miles to go to St Lucia and no wind in any direction within striking distance the realisation dawned on us that motoring was a futile act.So here we are with very little wind and every sail we own to the fore to try to utilise it (well, actually at the moment the full main. read more...


26/11/2013

Blue Ocean - Day 3: All OK on Blue Ocean

Mardi 10,30 Le vent est bien etabli depuis 16h, et le Blue Ocean garde une vitessemoyenne au dessus de 9 knts – bien apres ce depart un peu lent. Entre 25 –28knts de vent, toujours full mainsail et code zero, avec une houle qui se forme a2,5 m, et un bateau tres soft dans la mer. Temps nuageux mais doux, on est ahauteur de Mauritanie. Route sud ouest, encore 1 seul bateau en vue a 4,5 miles,un monocoque racing 49ft, Je tente des essais de montage des videos, ca commencea marcher - j`essaierai d`envoyer la go pro en tete de mat, plus safe qued`aller soi-meme ;) . On reste aux pates, encore rien peche malgre notrespecialiste planctonique. mais ca ne saurait tarder > JH en forme, ecrit sansrelache son article,  Fred va mieux, Laurent aussi – il a pu nousentretenir quelque peu de. read more...


26/11/2013

Nyaminyami II - Nyaminyami II Blog Tuesday 26.11.13 - 2000hrs

By Chris Haworth. If Monday night was an awesome display of the celestial heavens, last night was a black beauty! Dead running in 15/20 knots, goose winged in a decent swell – 7.5 knots of boat speed...couldn’t see a thing! Tricky and weird on the helm, easy to become disorientated, with no horizon, a bit like a full ‘white out’. Sailing by the instruments and thinking..... if anyone goes over the side you would never find them – maximum caution and clipped on at all times! However, in the blackness the ocean treated us to the marine equivalent of  a November 5th pyrotechnic display, of stunning phosphorescence - fascinating and mesmerizing, the wake of the boat filled with an ever-changing ‘sparkle’, plumes and clouds and flashes of bright light on the crests of little wave. read more...


26/11/2013

Amaris - The Plague

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 The Plague Amaris sails the world November 26, 201316.25.06N38.55.14 WAtlantic OceanThe Plague We were somehow exposed to the plague just beforewe left - All our produce yesterday was covered with mold!  I blame this onthe pineapples - they get around.  I mean honestly - do you know of a Thaidish without pineapple?  Chinese?  they are on Hawaiian Pizza - so Ithink that throws in Italy, and the Pacific Islands - how do they do all thiswithout contracting something.  Then sure enough, put them in the dark withsome other fruits/vegetables and they pass their disease all around. Imagine flaccid carrots covered in green powder.  Certainly not natural inany way.  Sweet potatoes with the same in their crevices...  and. read more...


26/11/2013

Amaris - Down Spinnaker

Sunday, November 24, 2013 Down SpinnakerAmaris sails the world16.25.42N34.23.23 WAtlantic Ocean Down Spinnaker With light winds all day yesterday and predictedovernight, we decided to fly the spinnaker all night due down wind -conveniently the direction of St Lucia.  When I came out from my slumber,grabbed a coffee, and walked out onto the back of the boat I was eager to lookup at our beautifully flying spinnaker. Quickly, the smile "turned upside down"as I saw a 15 inch tear on the side of the sail.  "Down Spinnaker!" Isaid.  Soon, everyone on the boat saw the same tear and helped me get thespinnaker down. The day was spent trying twice to tape the sailback together using specialized sail tape.  Unfortunately the tear, whichis along the edge of the. read more...


26/11/2013

Amaris - Eating at Sea

Saturday, November 23, 2013Eating at SeaAmaris sails the world16.30.10 N 31.27.25 WEating at seaWhile traveling around the Med, we have routinelybeen surprised on how food is presented to a buyer.  We were routinelyshown entire carcases from which to choose our cut of beef, pork, lamb, orhorse.  Well, we never saw the carcass of a horse, but the meat wascertainly available in several countries.  In preparing for our crossing we visited severalmeat markets, produce markets, fish mongers, etc.  In many cases it seemedthat we were getting food direct from the growers - which of course welike.  Now that we are 400 miles however from shore, we are finding ourfood is - well passing the ripe stage quickly.  The oranges never reallylooked like oranges (mostly. read more...


26/11/2013

Windleblo - Day Two

Dolphins joined us today on several occasions. First, a pod of eight or ten played on our bow. A couple of hours later we were intercepted by about 100 of them, dancing and jumping all around the boat. At first, we were enamored and stopped what we were doing to watch. But by afternoon, it became so common that we kept on with our duties rather than gawk. Their presence augurs well for our voyage.I mentioned duties. Among them is galley master. We rotate the galley work a day at a time, with each crewman responsible for all cooking and cleaning on his assigned day. Then, he is off for three days. (That's the bonus.) So far, so good, and the job has been made easy by all the prep work last week. In a Las Palmas AirBNB rental we cooked several passage meals, then vacuum packed them using a. read more...


26/11/2013

Dragonfly - Wind!!!!

Den ganzen Tag unter Genaker gesegelt. Super!Der Wind dreht leicht rechts und wir korrigieren den Kurs bis auf 250 Grad. St. Lucia liegt in Richtung 260.Gegen Mittag setzen wir noch das Groß dazu und wir schaffen damit knapp einen Knoten mehr.In der Funkrunde um 16 Uhr bestätigen mir die anderen in der Nähe den gleichen Wind. Aber keiner kommt so gut voran wie wir. Das müsste sich heute Abend in den Platzierungen bemerkbar machen. Aber jetzt ist noch alles sehr eng.Gegen Abend kommt eine Regenwand auf uns zu. Wir drehen weiter vor den Wind und essen unseren Thunfisch im Salon. Danach bergen wir den Genaker und setzen Groß, Genua und Stagsegel. Das bringt uns auch auf 7,5 kn und wir haben in der Nacht mehr Ruhe.Schöne GrüßeAndreas. read more...


26/11/2013

Selivra - ARC Tag 2

2013-11-26, 1500Seit gestern sind wir wieder dem Ziel 140 nm näher.Der Wind hat uns auf raumen Kurs vor sich hergetrieben und ein Schwell mit2 m Höhe hilft mit, damit wir schneller vorankommen aber auch, dass dasSteuern immer spannend bleibt. Heute Vormittag hat sich der Wind gedrehtund wir segeln unter leichterem Halbwind weiter. Wir sind mit demVorankommen halbwegs zufrieden.Spannend ist die Frage - wie geht es mit dem Wetter weiter ? Wir dokternrecht heftig an den Wetterprognosen herum, überlegen uns verschiedeneVarianten und bleiben bei unserer Entscheidung Richtung Kap Verden zufahren, um das Hoch südlich zu runden.Die Nacht war teilweise klar und nicht zu warm, ab Mitternacht kam der Mondhoch, doch als Hilfe zum Kurshalten hat's leider nicht gereicht.Ganz alleine sind wir am Meer. read more...


Selivra - ARC Tag 2
Selivra - ARC Tag 2
26/11/2013

Golondrina - Day 3 - Tuesday

The last 24 hrs have seen a change in fortune for the boys especially towards their chosen route of close to the African Coast.  On writing, Golondrina is parallel with the coast of Mauritania however very soon they will be turning for Cape Verde.     As midday passed they have clocked up some 330 miles and you could argue that some are in the right direction - please remember the earth is round.  It would seem that we may well be one of the early boats to pick up the trade winds which will take us to St Lucia.   Last night was fairly tough, not just with the odd squall, but with heavy cloud cover so with no stars or moon to use as a point of reference to steer, it was down to looking at the compass.  Sadly, it being in the companionway some of the. read more...


Golondrina - Day 3 - Tuesday
Golondrina - Day 3 - Tuesday
26/11/2013

Hebe - Day3 26:11:13

23:40:9N  020:01:8WChecking in on our third day at sea.  it has been an interesting one - most exciting for the boys since we have  been chasing Acheron (Master and Commander for those in the know),  Hugely exciting but no doubt we will lose them under the cover of darkness.  Since they were so busy in pursuit, they completely forgot all other important things like log, lunch etc.  All was rectified somewhat later than normal.  Harry and I  have had more of a marine life day - 3 resting humpback whales and our very first flying fish on deck (sadly dead in the night) so we couldn't even cook it. Our speeds have been jumping all over the place but I clocked my first PB on Hebe of 10.4 knots!!  Janie and I have been battling the elements. read more...


26/11/2013

Shelduck - Tue 26 Light Winds & Engine

At 13:00h 25:00.216N 17:16.201W travelled 127 miles since the start of ourjourney at 13:00 yesterday. Brendan woke remembering he’d forgotten his sister’s birthday – HappyBirthday for yesterday Maxine!   We removed the No 4 jib and reached with full main for some time.  Wechanged to polled out twin headsails for about 3hrs but the wind shifted so wereverted to reaching with full sail in very light winds.  With just 3 knotsof wind the Autohelm had difficulty keeping on track so we hand steeredagain.   We had trouble starting the engine yesterday and because the wind was sostrong (unlike today!!!) we decided to leave investigating it to today.  Itis the first time in 10 years it has not started first time for Neil. Thankfully Neil had installed an EFOY Comfort. read more...


26/11/2013

True Colours - The one that got away

Position 23:51.60N 018:43.88W   Reasonable progress during today.  Tried all combinations of sails,but wind was moving about too for consistency.  Currently trying to threadthe eye of a needle, with (according to grib files) areas of almost zero windeither side in a couple of days – so a course of 235 – currently beam reachingbut we expect to be both running and beating at various times while we maintainthis.   We discovered today that the speed record is now held by the autohlelm –sometime during the night, but we know not when. Saw another ARC boat at close quarters today – Beneteau First 47.7; they passed around our stern and Toby got a whole load of photos.   Our first fish.  Obviously it was a massive one, as after Toby spent10 minutes hauling it. read more...


26/11/2013

Sarah Jane - Log day Three

We have had variable winds down to 200 nm south of Las Palmas and have to crack on now, so engine is now on!Next stop Mindelo, Cape Verdes, 650 mms, for topping up our fuel and provisions. Then to hunt down the trade winds.We are digging out our blue cruising chute for an extra edge . . .   S/Y Sarah Jane. read more...


26/11/2013

Ayesha II - Ayesha II Tuesday Nov 26th

We are now sailing (position at 1850 24.13.532N 19.40.805W) on a broad reach on a course of 220 enjoying much better winds than originally feared and have made good progress to date down towards the Cape Verde islands to pick up the trade winds which are proving somewhat fickle this year.Start of the ARC was very special with so many yachts and a wonderful turnout by the local people to give us a super send off (happiest of them were the local bar owners who must make enough off the ARC for the year!).We chose to be circumspect at the start, with 3000 miles to go we wanted no problems and left with just the headsail up, which helped us cope very well with the squall that came in immediately after the start.Yesterday we spent sailing with both sails right out, taking us in a more westerly. read more...


Ayesha II - Ayesha II Tuesday Nov 26th
Ayesha II - Ayesha II Tuesday Nov 26th

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