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30/05/2015

Widago - Bermuda-Azores Log Day 11: Slow & Steady

Another beautiful calm day out here on the North Atlantic for WIDAGO and her crew. We have had the parasailor flying all day, with wispy winds of 8-10 on our tail. Not much to see out here except a random buoy...no turtles, no fish, no whales, nada. The good news is at this rate we should arrive in time for Father's Day. Remarkably, the boys really have yet to get restless. Even after 11 days confined to a few hundred square feet, no one has dared come to me whining, "I'm bored.".They manage to keep themselves occupied in a variety ways:1. Food - first and foremost the epicenter of our daily life. I posted a very rudimentary dinner schedule, really for myself, providing the day's dinner concept. It pains me to plan out that much, but I found it somewhat useful in times of exhaustion.. read more...


Widago - Bermuda-Azores Log Day 11: Slow & Steady
Widago - Bermuda-Azores Log Day 11: Slow & Steady
30/05/2015

Exody - Days 133 -138: Skirts and Pigs

........are the most obvious distinguishing characteristics of the Kingdom of Tonga as compared with previous islands - the general ambience and level of development closest in nature to the independent West Indian island states.Pigs evident on the streets, on the beach and in many gardens and yards.Skirts - locally called a tupenu - worn by schoolboys and men. Often superimposed by an uncomfortable looking heavy woven straw wrap, the purpose of which we are yet to deduce!We arrived mid morning Thursday 28th May at the town of Neiafu on Vava'u the northernmost of three island groups making up the country.We had lost 24 hours on the 250 mile passage from Niue, crossing the international dateline about halfway at 172 degrees and 30 minutes west so Wednesday 27th disappeared in a trice as. read more...


30/05/2015

Gozwoz - Day 11 from Bermuda

It seems, fingers crossed, as though the last few days of motoring have paid off. We are now 30 miles north of Horta and some 580 miles to the west and since this morning have had a WNW wind of about 10 knots. We are currently sailing under the cruising chute alone with the wind close to our stern and are sailing at close to 6 knots in a fairly flat sea. Thanks to our course there is little apparent wind. It would be very warm but for the occasionally cloudy sky.According to our GRIB files and the ARC weather reports this wind will continue for several days, bringing us close enough to Horta to motor in on our remaining fuel, if necessary. The only threat, as suggested by Clive, is that the high pressure will extend to the north. We hope not.Our fresh meat has now gone and today, having. read more...


29/05/2015

Aislig Bheag - Tender is the Night

Despite having next to no wind and being forced to use the motor for 30+hours, Thursday was certainly an unforgettable day for multiple reasons...   Glorious sunshine and a totally smooth sea, other than a gentle rollingswell from the East, allowed the crew a day of pure relaxation. After manydiscussions over the course of the trip, the weather finally allowed 5 of thecrew the opportunity to tick “mid-Atlantic swim” off of our bucket list. Atlunch time the engine was stopped and in turn we each dived off the stern andinto the refreshing sea, only to then rapidly dash back to the boat in fear ofwhat may be lurking below, apart, of course, for our brave (or mental?) ItalianStallion, Gaetano, who drifted further and further astern as he filmed the boatwith Owen’s GoPro camera. With the. read more...


30/05/2015

Jambo - still motoring

It really is a strange sensation to be miles from anywhere and to experience complete silence, no artificial light and totally flat seas. The sea was so flat last night that it looked as if Jambo was floating in a pool of mercury under the moonlight. We may get some wind on Monday but the forecasting is saying that Tuesday lunch time is better provided we push north up to39/40 degrees to catch favourable winds as the Azores High drops South.It looks like the UK will be getting some rough weather.our plan is therefore to motor on and use the fuel we have and just hope that the winds come....it's certainly going to be close but we will have to save enough fuel to get into Horta safely.We struggled to get out of some adverse currents which form to southern end of the North Atlantic current(. read more...


30/05/2015

White Wave III - The BLURRRRRRR

Currently 36.30N; 52.27W; Est. 26C; Little Wind; Motoring @ 7 knots; Bearing 080 (what does that mean, she said?) Est. dist. to Horta, Faial...two weeks?The days have begun to blur into endless sunny days, calm waters, blissful clouds....I've lost count of how long we've been on the water.Who cares.Did the early night shift which meant a good nights sleep....calm waters means serious clean up and LAUNDRY!Handwashing in salt water, smalls etc. hanging off the lines.V. pretty sight.Chocolate, butter, muesli bar supplies all running a bit short!- kjc. read more...


Flomaida II - oder vielleicht ein neuer Hut?
Flomaida II - oder vielleicht ein neuer Hut?
30/05/2015

Dala - Swimming in the middle of the Atlantic!

Hi, all,You got it! The notable event of the past day was that I plunged from my boat into the 4000 meters deep Atlantic ocean... Not that I wanted to do so, but again we faced a problem which had to be solved. A most stupid problem, to tell the truth. Simply, we completely stopped the boat for we wanted to transfer fuel from a tank to the other. And while doing so, in the pleasant declining sun, calm sea and low swell, all the three of us forgot that we were trolling fishing lines. Of course, what had to happen happened and the port fishing line found itself completely entangled into the port propeller! What a mess!Well, we could have cut the line, but what was the situation down under in the propeller? It could be serious because the line end, about 2 meters, is metallic and there is a. read more...


30/05/2015

Mahe' 3 - nono giorno

La terra è rotonda. E' banale, lo sanno tutti, ma la cosa di solito non la si percepisce in città. Invece qui, in mezzo all'oceano, con questo mare calmo, liscio e luccicante che è un tutt'uno con il cielo è una cosa molto evidente. La sensazione è di essere immobili al centro dell'universo. Immobile è anche l'aria. L'anemometro segna 0. Abbiamo acceso il motore e ci muoviamo piano piano, per non consumare troppo gasolio, direttamente con rotta Faial. Infatti, come ci ha scritto anche il nostro meteorologo, siamo al centro dell'alta pressione e dobbiamo aspettare fino a domani mattina prima che il vento giri ad ovest e rinforzi fino a forza 4, ideale per la nostra rotta. Caro meteorologo, io mi auguro che sia come dici tu, ma ancora sto aspettando la tempestina che mi avevi promesso. read more...


29/05/2015

Widago - Bermuda-Azores Leg Day 10: Grass is not greener

Well, the gamble to motor two days north in hopes of finding this mythical wind, has not paid off. While we are finally sailing again with our parasailor, the wind machine has not been turned on like we had envisioned. Still, we are making headway at 5-6 comfortable downwind knots. You know it's a slow news cycle when today's highlight was cleaning the master cabin head. Linen scented Clorox, purple flavored Mr. Clean, a roll of paper towel, and fresh floor mat really does wonders on a small space. So we got that going for us. That "oh so clean feeling" should last approximately eight more minutes, give or take. We are still working out this whole local time business. Ahab made the executive decision to just go for it and jump ahead to Zulu time - that 's Greenwich mean to you land. read more...


Widago - Bermuda-Azores Leg Day 10: Grass is not greener
Widago - Bermuda-Azores Leg Day 10: Grass is not greener
29/05/2015

Firefly - Pangia, Nukanomo and a windy passage on to Vava'u

During Firefly's stay in Ha'apai the weather had generally been good but strong trade winds had always been present. When we left Uhia to return to the Ha'apai Beach Resort the wind had shifted to the north, reduced to a light breeze and the weather was just stunning. As part of the arrangements for cruising in Tonga we needed to go back into Pangai to do an internal clearance ready for our departure to the Vava'u Group. On arrival back off the Resort we radioed Matt and Jodie to book in for pizzas that evening and we had a superb evening drinking sundowners on their terrace watching the sun set over Kao and Tofua islands. We were joined by American friends Dennis and Sherry from Trillium with whom we had cruised with since we started the World ARC in January 2014. They were heading off. read more...


29/05/2015

Firefly - Passage to Ha'apai

Firefly was anchored in North Minerva Reef for 48 hours having arrived on Friday 8th May. Entering the reef through the narrow pass was quite easy. We had been told that the Navionics charting was exactly right, it was, the channel was clearly visible and the water flowing out but without any significant chop. The highest part of the reef is on the east side so during the first night there, while there was a strong easterly breeze, the anchorage was relatively calm. Having recovered from the 6 day passage from New Zealand we then spent Saturday morning enjoying a snorkeling trip to the south west of the lagoon in company with another 6 dinghies from other yachts taking part in the Pacific Circuit Rally. It was great to get back into tropical waters once again and while the coral was. read more...


29/05/2015

Gozwoz - Day 10 from Bermuda

A day of motoring due to the lack of wind. But even this brings added surprises to an otherwise lazy day. The sea is now like a rippled mirror and this makes it easier to see marine life up to 400 yards away. Consequently today has been a nature day - several pods of dolphins, at least three turtles, myriad sail jellyfish and, lo and behold, another two whales! The latter were seen off the port beam and were about 300 yards away. Traveling lazily about 4 knots first one then the other blew through their blowholes. One then decided to dive, the tail fin flashing in the afternoon sun. With regards to the weather the ARC weather forecast has promised, by tomorrow, a north-westerly wind, presumably the northern part of the high we are motoring across. All afternoon the wind has been backing. read more...


29/05/2015

Euphoria - Dag 9: Med luft i tankarna

Veckan inleddes medatt fira Simon som fyllde 29 år. Besättningen med skepparen i spetsen samladesför att i grupp sjunga Happy Birthday för Simon när han väcktes. Efter en kortpresentutdelning och gemensam frukost i en solig sittbrunn så beslötbesättningen sig för att ta en bad. Detta var möjligt då vattnet var heltspegelblankt, inte en krusning så långt ögat kunde nå. En snabb kontroll avsjökortet visade att vattendjupet var 5000m, så även de mest exklusiva klockornafick stanna på båten denna gång. Efter en halvtimme med brummande motor kom såden vind som ska föra oss mot Azorerna. Det lugna vädret hargett oss tid att noga studera vädret, detta ledde till att rutten justerade tillen något nordligare version. Igår var vi ca 400 nautiska mil från New Foundland,vilket också var närmaste. read more...


29/05/2015

Jambo - Totally becalmed but we have a visitor!

2.5 knots of wind and 1000 miles from anywhereso it's engine onOur weather routertells us we will get wind next Tuesday- gulp ! We hope he is wrongas the fuel will run out before then. We had a very jolly chat with a Frenchman in a Yacht on its way up from St Martin and he thought we would get usable wind a "little sooner" , whatever that meant It seems almost surreal to be this far from civilisation in mirror glass waters but yesterday evening we had a wonderful experience as we heard the noise of a large whale as it blew out alongside Jambo as she made her way in the opposite direction - they look so majestic.I quickly grabbed my whale book and decided it was probably a Minke whale or a small Fin back whale which can grow up to 24 metres. This visitor was about the size of Jambo-. read more...


29/05/2015

Free Spirit - Log 19: 29 May 2015

I have learned that there exists photographicevidence of the light-fingered culprit in flagrante delectostealing chocolate from the, rapidly depleting, Captainsstore. The photo has not reached me yet and I suspect acrooked deal to stop it getting into my hands - in which case twoindividuals are likely to experience the pleasure of mycat-o'-ninetails across their backs. I may have to indulge in a little'persuasion' myself to get it but get it I will. I have also had it, from avery reliable source, that the young whipper-snapper, whodefinitely looks guilty to me, has a lifelong history of snafflingchocolate. Apparently he developed an extraordinarily strong attraction toit before he was out of nappies. The case is. read more...


29/05/2015

Dala - Rock and Rolling day! Fishing day!

Hi, all,The past day was another multifaceted pleasure:I ended my morning watch at noon, just lo leave me enough time to finish the Horta chapter in my Azores tourist guide.And then, delicious lunch: Anthology salad, eggplant cream, tapenade, two different styles of hummus. All this, followed by various French cheeses, fatty and greasy just as they should be. In addition, Joelle has been bold enough to make bread on board. No, not that easily done bread that any dummy can make in those bread making machines. No, I am talking about real bread delicately done in the oven, and she added into it organic chia!After this treat, I had the easy job to make a coffee for Richard and myself, Joelle declined my offer, with an outrageously good dark chocolate. In the meantime, Joelle had started the. read more...


29/05/2015

Luna Quest - Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 29.5.15

Position: 18.39S 173.59WSince Tuesday, we have had an avalanche of squalls, making our passage to Vava’u, Tonga, very frustrating, but late Tuesday evening the wind and rain kicked in seriously with a strong breeze from the Southeast. The breeze forbade a good sail as we would have made too much speed to make landfall in daylight hours on Wednesday. We took in as much sail as we dared without losing direction. It was a tricky balance that required constant attention in the driving rain. Very little sleep was had, but many soakings. When daylight appeared we were only about 7 miles off and could just about make out the outlines of Vava'u in between curtains of rain. As we approached the island, we noticed two more World ARC fleet yachts coming from the Niue direction. Together we sailed. read more...


28/05/2015

Widago - Bermuda-Azore Leg Day 9: Dolphins, Turtles, & Lamb

Another slow steady day motoring across the North Atlantic for WIDAGO and her crew. We spent most of the morning discussing what time we thought it should be. Since leaving Bermuda, morning keeps coming earlier and earlier. Apparently that's what happens when you keep traveling (I can't say "sailing" since we can't remember what wind feels like) eastward.At the end of my mid-watch, (3AM to me) the sky was already beginning to lighten.Since I hit the rack early for these fun-filled 11-3 shifts, I find myself slowly becoming vampire. Only sleeping when it's light out, tan fading, and no desire to attempt a viewing of my reflection in the mirror. But I digress.. Back to the day's adventure...Yeppers, pretty much the samsies as yesterday. True wind on our nose at a whopping speed of 2-3. read more...


Widago - Bermuda-Azore Leg Day 9: Dolphins, Turtles, & Lamb
Widago - Bermuda-Azore Leg Day 9: Dolphins, Turtles, & Lamb
Widago - Bermuda-Azores Leg Day 9 - Sunset
Widago - Bermuda-Azores Leg Day 9 - Sunset
Widago - Bermuda-Azores Leg Day 9
Widago - Bermuda-Azores Leg Day 9
29/05/2015

Mahe' 3 - Ottavo giorno

Ho sempre pensato alla traversata atlantica di ritorno come un'impresa quasi impossibile; tempeste, mare forte, freddo, barche affondate.Oggi il mare è così calmo che sembriamo in porto. Il vento leggero spinge la barca molto lentamente, ed il pilota automatico timona senza sforzo. Non si è neanche rotto niente. Mi sto annoiando.In compenso questa mattina ho visto tantissime tartarughe immobili che si facevano trasportare dalla corrente e migliaia di Meduse con la vela. Credo si tratti delle "Caravelle Portoghesi". Sono grandi, hanno una vela e dei tentacoli grossi. A pranzo ho cucinato un risotto ai funghi porcini, niente di eccezionale. Raphael ha fatto il pane, ed una torta stupenda, ma quello che ha cucinato Stefano per cena ha superato ogni aspettativa: gnocchi di zucca fatti a. read more...


28/05/2015

Agua Dulce - Supplement to "Looking for Wind"

I goofed! For all of you pulling out your charts and saying, "Well, Charleston, SC and Cape St. Vincent, Portugal aren't on the same latitude!" - you are right! I guess I can use a sextant, but I can't read a chart. We are at the latitude between the mouth of the Chesapeake and Cape St. Vincent, Portugal. I have been duly reprimanded by the crew and will not be allowed any more "fun" size candy bars for the rest of this leg. Mea culpa.Gretchen CunninghamS/V Agua Dulce. read more...


28/05/2015

Agua Dulce - Looking for Wind - in All the Wrong Places (apparently)

When I showed up at my morning watch today, I walked into a very lively debate between Bill and Cap'n Charlie about whether we have ample fuel if we had to motor for rest of this leg (which we won't - it was a theoretical discussion). The captain was under the opinion that we would come within 10 miles of the Azores and then we'd have to all jump in, hold on to the stern, and kick our way into Horta. Bill, on the other hand, felt like we had so much fuel that we could sell some to anyone out here needing it. Clearly, there was a divided opinion. Jim arrived on the scene to add his scientific two-cents worth and answer the question, if we used sails while motoring, would our engine actually use less fuel? Seems a little gray, but the consensus was that we PROBABLY would use less fuel if. read more...


28/05/2015

Gozwoz - Day 9 from Bermuda

A celebratory glass (or two) of wine and a night of motoring required to avoid an area of easterly wind resulted in a good night's sleep for all, which left the crew fresh and theoretically in need of new adventures. The motoring has, however, brought us into the northern part of the Azores high where light winds prevail and in consequence it has been necessary to plan the future course with care. In his graciousness Our Great Leader has permitted the crew to consider the latest GRIB files he has downloaded via the SSB. Advice has also been received from Clive Sparkes in St Maarten and Harald on Sophie. The decision has been taken to continue motor-sailing on a course of 75 degrees true of thereabouts with a view to meeting a north-westerly wind in three days. The alternative would have. read more...


28/05/2015

Aislig Bheag - An Introduction to The Crew (In rhyme)

I must go down to the sea again on a yacht called Aislig Bheag, Seven aboard since Bermuda, To the Azores on the second leg, And all I ask is a gentle breeze, Maybe 10-15 knots, and a hearty meal, and a steady wind, and a crew awaiting rum tots.   I’ll introduce first John the skipper, A salty old seadog indeed, He rules his ship with a clear command, Unless he spins up in his “heid”, And all he asks is a peaceful night, with the helmsman steady, and a full sail, and a good course, and a great crew ready.   So back we go out to the sea again, To meet the next in command, Aiison’s found in the galley, at the wheel, up the mast, cloth in hand, And all she asks is a comfy bed, and to cook in an upright position, and a quiet sleep, and a sweet dream, and a working toilet to pish. read more...


28/05/2015

Aislig Bheag - Be careful what you wish for...

So after fatefully asking Neptune for ‘a bit of wind’ in our last blogentry and Gaetano even more  dangerously saying to Alison during dinnerthat “he’d like to see a storm very much!” we sailed straight into a bit ofweather.  Luckily it wasn’t a storm, but it was still a pretty drearytwenty four hours of strong squalls, grey skies and heavy rain. Clearly oursacrificial offerings to the Gods had not worked or more likely our cheek had tobe aptly rewarded!  But despite a wet day and night for most of the crew we managed to havesome fun with silly principal among them was how we’d missed a trick by notgetting Pringles to sponsor us.  During bad weather it turned out to be thefavourite snack (lunch) of choice for the crew on watch.  Owen wasdelighted to discover that. read more...


28/05/2015

Free Spirit - Log 18: 28 May 2015

The only bad thing that happened yesterday was thatthe knob 'fell' off the trash bin draw in the galley. I think I'll get Ian torepair it. He has a degree in agricultural engineering, which could come inhandy. Knobs must fall off tractors all the time. Ian is an Ulstermanwith the demeanor of a terrier on speed. The noise of a winch inthe middle of the night and he's at the companionway steps in seconds wanting toknow what's happening. "Nothing Ian, just tightening the sail. Go back to bed".Or the motor is is turned off, "S'happening? Why has the motorstopped?" "We switched it off Ian Go back to bed". Keen as mustard he is.Does more helming than anyone else and when there's a job to be done he'sthere, spanner and oily rag in hand. Top chief. read more...


28/05/2015

Jambo - the plan from here

Well it looks like we have light and unfavourable winds I.e on the nose for at least the next 3/4 daysand we do not have enough fuel to get to Horta . Plan A is therefore to make best use of the winds in the day and motor forFlores the most westward of the Azores Islands at night when it is difficult so see the tell tails on the sail and the sea settles down a bit .Our weather Guru thinks we might get some winds that will help us around then so bingo!we could then review wether we go into Flores to re fuelor sail on to Hortato aim to get there before the gate goes down on this leg of the rally. Well that's plan A and we are working on plan B as I type this It's a beautiful day in theMid Atlantic with very light winds so it's a time to catch up on jobs ,audit what food we have .Carol is. read more...


28/05/2015

Tara - Motor Motor Motor

Ok, serious boredom has set in.Definition: I just cleaned out the pencil box! Why does a boat of 800 square feet need 14 highlighters, 8 sharpies, and a fifty cent pen from damn near every hotel that Lisa and I have ever stayed in?Oh, and most importantly I found the missing chart-plotter chip that provides the detailed navigational information of reefs, harbors, marinas, etc. for The Azores and the Western Med.For those friends that have been involved in the search, it is FINALLY over! (Hey Diana!)This is no small thing!Well, the chip is tiny but its importance is huge.The little bastard was $400.00+ and I had to special order the thing from the UK because I guess there is not a big market of buyers crossing the Atlantic Ocean at the local West Marine.Anyway, we had this computer chip. read more...


28/05/2015

Dala - Merci, Bernard!

Hi, all,Oui, merci, Bernard!Yes, thank you, Bernard!Who is this Bernard I am talking to in the middle of a quiet night? Some of you may have guessed: I'm talking (in my imagination) to Bernard Moitessier. This guy is one of the best seamen France has ever produced. I thank him because if I am sitting right now in my boat sailing bound Horta, I owe this to him. Forty years ago, I was 22 years old and I read some of his books, among them "La longue route" (I think it was translated in English under the title "The long way"). When I finished that book, while closing it I promised to myself to sail around the world some day in my life time. Apparently this day has arrived, in spite of the fact that this crossing is only a sub-project for me and my Lady Joelle. The real project is a 3 to 6. read more...


28/05/2015

Widago - Bermuda-Azores Leg Day 8: Morale Booster

When it comes to morale on a long passage, you've really got two options: sail very fast all the time, or bribe crew with treats. Since Mother Nature has blessed us with a striking high pressure system, fast sailing is fond memory, replaced by loud lumbering motoring. So naturally, I turn to food porn in order to keep spirits high. Since I am galley wench to an all male, predominantly tweenage crew, delectable delights may differ than other vessels in the fleet.The afternoon cheese plate of Brie and olives, is exchanged for cheesy poofs. There will be no yelling today from the wench about taking care not to wipe their grease laden cheese product encrusted stubby fingers on my fancy new cushions. Oh no, I must resist and silently defunk the pillows as to not disturb morale. "Mom, can I. read more...


Widago - Bermuda-Azores Leg Day 8: Morale Booster
Widago - Bermuda-Azores Leg Day 8: Morale Booster
Widago - Morale booster
Widago - Morale booster
Widago - Morale booster
Widago - Morale booster
Widago - Morale booster
Widago - Morale booster
28/05/2015

White Wave III - White Wave - Day Six

Currently Six days at sea, mostly easy, sometimes bumpy especially on a different tack.Fresh fruit + veggies now in short supply.Last night most gorgeous evening....veggie curry w baked spuds, crisp bottle of white, on deck listening to Adele while watching yet another gorgeous sunset.Leaks plugged --- until the next big crash of water.Medic seems to holding on to the rum for "MEDICINAL PURPOSES ONLY".Now crew all complaining of various aches, pains and mysterious illnesses.Suspect, I say.Another 8 days of this, perhaps. Depending on wind.- kjc. read more...


25/05/2015

GarliX - Niue - ein Land… nicht größer als ein Dorf

Vorab… falls Ihr unsere Route verfolgt habt… und uns nicht gefunden habt… unser Yellobrick war kaputt. Deswegen waren wir plötzlich mitten im Pazifik verschwunden. Jetzt ist alles wieder top… !!Es ist unwirklich hier; ein ganzes Land, aber nicht größer als ein Dorf. Niue hat rd. 1.400 Einwohner, die sich auf 14 Dörfer verteilen. Es leidet unter der großen Abwanderung nach Neuseeland, so dass die Dörfer bei allem Nationalstolz sehr traurig aussehen mit den vielen verlassenen Häusern. Die Einwohner von Niue haben automatisch die Staatsbürgerschaft von Neuseeland, so dass die Einwanderung kein Problem ist. Wir sind sehr überrascht, über die Publicity von diesem Land… www.niueisland.com; ein Land mit Schule, Gymnasium, Universität… Polizei, eigene Justiz - und Quarantäneland für. read more...


GarliX - Niue - ein Land… nicht größer als ein Dorf
GarliX - Niue - ein Land… nicht größer als ein Dorf
27/05/2015

Mahe' 3 - Riparazioni effettuate

Il sole sta tramontando e dopo una dura giornata di lavoro in sala macchine, siamo riusciti ad aggiustare il Generatore ed un tubo del dissalatore, che nel frattempo si era spaccato. E' incredibile come ogni giorno si rompa qualche cosa, la barca è sottoposta a stress continui. Ho fatto il conto che in meno di un anno io e Mahè abbiamo percorso oltre 8 mila miglia, la stessa distanza che una barca normale percorre in 8 anni (se viene usata abbastanza). Comunque, adesso che tutto è a posto (almeno, così sembra) ed i serbatoi d'acqua sono stati riempiti, mi merito una bella doccia.C'è poco vento, questa notte faremo un bordo a scendere in quanto dalle previsioni meteo sembra che nei prossimi giorni ci sarà un buono a sud dei 38°N. Ma mentre noi avanziamo piano piano, vediamo barche che. read more...


27/05/2015

Gozwoz - Day 8 from Bermuda

After a gentle night's sail on a north-easterly course, the wind dropped and the engine started. Grinding noises were heard when it was put in gear and the engine stalled. Another problem to add to the repairs left over from Sunday night's Examination.As usual the resourceful Bosun led the way in setting about the repairs. The starboard lazy line had parted at the highest joint and had to be threaded through a sheave on the second spreader, requiring the Bosun to be lifted to that point using, of course, the bosun's chair. The Bosun was duly hoisted to that level while GOZWOZ sailed on in a very gentle wind, the boat rolling much less while sailing than she does with the sails down.That task having been accomplished, the first reef was taken out in the course of doing which it was. read more...


27/05/2015

Tara - Mid - Atlantic Blues

The last couple of days have been a little bi-polar.Light winds one hour and high winds just a bit later.Oh btw, we have this all figured out now.When the winds lighten and the weather forecast has called for long-term calm, we turn on the engine.With the engine running we have an abundance of power from the alternator to charge the batteries.One of the worst battery sucking hogs that we have aboard is the ice machine. So, when I remember to turn the ice machine on so that we have fresh ice for ‘Captain’s Hour’ (just a term to lean authority to what is actually a good excuse for a cocktail while underway). On three successive occasions, within thirty minutes of firing up the ice machine, the winds inexplicably picked up and the engine was doused. (Don’t worry about us losing ‘Captain’s. read more...


27/05/2015

Agua Dulce - Learning how to use a sextant

Today has been a beautiful day on the water with smooth seas and sunshine, but a little more of a breeze would be nice. It's been quite pleasant, but we'd like to arrive in the Azores before Thanksgiving, so we're hoping that the breeze freshens soon!In the meantime, Charles and I have been trying to learn to use the sextant to find out our position taking noon sightings. First try, 120nm off. But, I think we have a much better grasp on how it works now, and I think I will be able to get the settings better tomorrow. The trick is figuring out exactly what is Local Apparent Noon which is when the sun is at it's zenith wherever you are. We don't even know what time zone we are in right now, so that was a little tricky. But, we're going to try again tomorrow and see if we can get closer. I. read more...


27/05/2015

Jambo - 1000 miles to go but there is a catch

Ok7 daysinto this little adventure and we hoped to be half way but we are just short of this A- decided that the difference is due to a nasty current. Carol asked what was the raisin for this boom boom!Anyway that's the good news .The bad news is we gather from Stokey ,our expert on weather that we are about to sail into a massive black hole with not a zephyr of wind for 500 miles - blistering barnacles I say check the food and water rations . The problem for Jambo is we have a lovely old Volvo 60 hp engine that guzzles diesel so our range is about350 miles. At the end of today we will be about 900 miles short so the maths is not greatWe may end to look at plan Band plan C me thinksPhilip. read more...


27/05/2015

Zingara - Via Inmarsat:

Doch kein wind ... Nun sind wir sooo weit noerdlich und doch noch zudicht am vor uns liegenden hochdruckgebiet. Also nur sehr schwacher wind,der sich aber am abend zu unseren gunsten verstaerken soll. Der motorsollte ne lange pause haben, nun aber muss er doch einige stunden schieben.Nils muss ja letztlich seinen flieger von horta aus erwischen! Immer diesezwaenge...! Uns geht s blendend, entspannung und ruhe pur. Heute wirdwieder gegrillt, morgen knabbern wir coq au vin. Oh, das bier wird knapp. Tee schmeckt auch. Genug fuer heute, gruesse in die heimat, ernst u crew. read more...


27/05/2015

Free Spirit - Log 17: 26 May 2015

Having spent the best part of 2 days astride theboom or dangling from the mast drilling out sheared-through bolts and replacingthem, very laboriously, I am pleased to report that Mr. Mainsail is back onthe job again. He has been spruced up with a couple of new patches stitchedonto his leech, which was looking a bit tatty (holey), to say theleast, and he now looks almost presentable. Anyway, he is back inharness again and we have 3 fully functioning sails once more. Onlytrouble is we have no wind!! We have entered theAzores 'High" where, in the summer, the air circulates in a clockwisedirection - very slowly. Right now the centre of this system is tothe north of the Azores putting us into. read more...


27/05/2015

Dala - Am I a lucky man?

Hi, all,I've always thought about myself that I was a lucky guy.However, look at list of problems I ran into these last weeks:Even before this crossing, after I sailed from Florida to the Bahamas and then to the British Virgin Islands, I had a series of repeated failures of my water maker, a sequence of stop-and-work-and-stop-again with my satellite communication system, a shower pump out of order, a fan stubbornly silent. And I certainly forgot a few unpleasant additional occurrences of that kind...And since the start of that crossing, you already know if you read this blog. Short partial list reminder: We broke a batten (French: latte) and the headboard connector, together with a few mainsail cars (French: coulisseaux), experienced an overriding of the genoa sheet on the winch (French:. read more...



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