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02/12/2013

Moondancer - Monday 2nd December 14.00

After Saturday mornings high seas we had the joy of the edges of the Tropical storm. We new we were far enough South to escape it but nobody mentioned the associated squalls tracking down towards Verdes.We were very lucky. The first I knew was when I heard Rob shout f..k. thinking it was just he's usual half hour toe stub I carried on regardless then I saw lightning. We reassured ourselves it was flashes from a distance from trop storm but on my watch suddenly the wind dropped , an ugly black mass starting catching us up and lightning appeared either side. Panic ! Dropped the sails motor on, collected wind ,sails back up and away.We now know that many unfortunate boats were caught with 50-70 mph winds,rain, lightning and collected damage. Best wishes to all of them.Sunday morning and. read more...


Defyr - Day Seven: Quite peculiar this "downwind sailing".
Defyr - Day Seven: Quite peculiar this
02/12/2013

Defyr - Day Six, Seven and Eight: Crash, Bang, Bang

These days blend into a period, which felt like FOREVER of heavy rain, strong headwind and things breaking down. WEATHERStarted with "lighter" 10-13m/s headwind with gusts of 15m/s, it continued to go up and was about 15m/s headwind with gusts of 20-22m/s. The rain was quite heavy and felt like it rained the whole time! We did not see the sun or the stars. We saw some thunder and lightning behind us, but gladly that didn't hit us.BOATI think that first thing that stopped working was the septitank meter, then plotter and auto pilot, then one of our reserve GPS. (We have around 10 devices that have GPS, so no worries about not knowing where we are.) One of the 12V inputs burned and the fuse went out. The doorway design of our boat was not great with big waves sweeping on top and it let too. read more...


Free Spirit - One of the nippers donated back to the Atlantic! (Free Spirit 62)
Free Spirit - One of the nippers donated back to the Atlantic! (Free Spirit 62)
Free Spirit - One of our competition entries (taken by Christian) (Free Spirit 62)
Free Spirit - One of our competition entries (taken by Christian) (Free Spirit 62)
Free Spirit - Sunset day 1, Mark at helm (Free Spirit 62)
Free Spirit - Sunset day 1, Mark at helm (Free Spirit 62)
Free Spirit - Talking tactics at the start line (Free Spirit 62)
Free Spirit - Talking tactics at the start line (Free Spirit 62)
02/12/2013

Incisor - Incisor update

Hi everyone from a hot and sunny Incisor. Today we are making most of the light winds by relaxing on deck in the sun and sending Derek up the mast to keep an eye out for any nearby competitors! Yesterday we spotted two separate boats within a few miles, one incommunicado and the other a German crew headed for Puerto Rico which Alex chatted to on the radio - sadly no ice creams onboard... It’s been nice to be able to catch up on some sleep and re-charge our batteries for the days ahead. We continue to enjoy top notch meals, shepherd’s pie last night followed by more bacon sandwiches for breakfast this morning.  Derek and Sandra, much to the surprise of the crew were both on the foredeck helping with a spinnaker change last night. They are slightly in shock. 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...


02/12/2013

Free Spirit - Fish are biting!! (but what type?) Free Spirit (62)

Hooray, we've finally hooked a good sized fish, our third on the rally and our first real keeper (although Chris claims the kiddies we caught would have warranted cooking - one wriggled free so he earned his freedom, and the other was donated back to the Atlantic!!). This one was wound in by Mark,dispatched by me with our cockpit manual bilge handle by me, skillfully :) filleted by Mark and Aaron and cooked for dinner in a red-Thai curry, fresh protein went down very well!! Lure was squid-like - we're running low on these now (we're clearly snagging some big ones that got away lol!!), so we're going to have to start fashioning them out of paper-clips and tin-lids, true survival style!Much calmer sailing now, fine and sunny with northerly winds 5 - 7 knots veering around towards what. read more...


Free Spirit - Critical work on a blocked head drainage line pre departure (Free Spirit 62)
Free Spirit - Critical work on a blocked head drainage line pre departure (Free Spirit 62)
Free Spirit - Fish are biting!! (but what type?) Free Spirit (62)
Free Spirit - Fish are biting!! (but what type?) Free Spirit (62)
02/12/2013

Mustique - Random places you never thought you'd visit

"Come for a cruise south to Cape Verde!" they said. "Discover a little-known island on the west coast of Africa!" they said. No - wait, they didn't say that. We were supposed to be sailing west non-stop across the Atlantic to the Caribbean, not south to the coast of Senegal. So how did we end up enjoying a short break on a sandy island called Saint Vincent? Did we have to make an emergency stop for HP Brown Sauce?! Did Fin's burst toilet pump finally get the better of him?In fact, as is usual in sailing, the fickle wind pushed our hand. Having had a stonkingly good blast of sailing in the wrong direction on Thursday (fun but pointless), we looked at our weather forecast and had 2 choices.Option 1 was to continue west in the right direction but going headlong into a few days of nasty. read more...


02/12/2013

Sunrise - Tag 9 - 02.12.2013 - Nach Fahrt Richtung Grönland nun Kurs St.Lucia

Nachdäm mir geschter Namitag di ganz Ziit i Richtig Grönland gfaare sind,also fast 360 Grad gäge Norde, hämmerüs wohl vum Ziil i dä Karibikentfärnt, doch simmer us taktische Gründ schön im Norde blibe und händ äsoimmer guete Wind gha. Sisch herrlich gsi so mit öppä 7 Chnöpf chönne z´sägle. D´Sunne schön vu halb vorne simmer in en wunderbare Sunneuntergangie gfahre. Wie ä kitschigi Kulissä so mit verschide grosse Wolke über ämMeer isch diä glüegi Chugle hinder em Horizont verschwunde. I dä Nacht ischdä Sternehimmel gigantisch gsi. Ez käni s´Sternbild vum Stier, mimTierkreiszeiche. Dä Paul und dä Christof känned sich guet us i dä Sterneund chönd mir einiges erkläre. Ä herrlichi Fahrt dur d´Nacht, verbunde mitvill Gedanke a die Liebe dihei, speziell mini Frau, aber au a Vergangenesund au. read more...


02/12/2013

True Colours - At rest.

Position 16:51.57N 024:56.76W   Arrived Mindelo , Sao Vicente about 00.30 on Sunday 1st, to find whatlooked like a totally full marina with other boats circling and manyanchored.  After abortive attempts to contact the marina anchoredovernight.  Doug’s eagle eyes spotted a large mast opposite, identified asRainbow (J H2), so we should be able to catch up with Oli for some fraternal andpaternal bonding   We then celebrated Toby’s birthday in the proper manner;  James pulledan unrepeatable stunt buy opening a bottle of Cava at the companionwaysteps;  up went the cork, and 10 seconds later it came back down straightthrough the hatch!!   Next morning Andrej showed a stroke of genius by befriending a Brazilianboat anchored next to us;  their Portuguese. read more...


02/12/2013

At Last... - from At Last... again

Forgot to mention that for awhile there we were without generator and engine, but thanks to our fantastic crew all is up and running again!. read more...


02/12/2013

At Last... - Arc 2013

Hoping everyone is out of the bad weather and finally able to relax and enjoy...especially the crew of At Last...We miss you Papa!image.. read more...


At Last... - Arc 2013
At Last... - Arc 2013
02/12/2013

At Last... - news from At Last...

The big storm has now passed. During the storm the conditions were rough with 40knts of wind and big crashing waves. Fortunately the sea has a good sense of humor…one huge wave crashed right onto Gian (who was steering) and hit him in the face with a 20cm SQUID!. read more...


02/12/2013

Blue Ocean - Day 8: Fine weather at last

Half time   Nous avons passe la moitie de notre traversee ! Il fait tres beau et chaudaujurd`hui, avec un vent qui reste leger de 12 knts, venant du Nord – de ladepression qui nous separe des bateaux de tete qui ont pris une route treshaute. On avance tranquillement a 7 knts, en attendant mieux.   Janusz, Inge tente quelques ameliorations sur les voiles, et on a commencea deployer le code 0 sur le deck pour voir l`etendue des degats.  On recoit les notes de l`ARc sur les infos autour de nous ; un bateau qui aperdu son liferaft dans le grain d`il y a deux jours, et qui doit flotterdeploye quelque part dans l`Atlantique, un bateau francais non ARC, tres au Nordde notre position, qui n`emet plus de signal depuis 3 jours (mais tous lesbateaux de l`ARC sont bardes de. read more...


02/12/2013

Meltemi - 8.Tag - Maximum Chill

Heute können wir nicht viel schreiben - Heute ist Maximum Chill angesagt.Der Regen hat aufgehörtDas Cockpit ist wieder trocken - die nassen Segelanzüge auchWir haben kaum noch DünungDas Schiff steht wieder geradeWir können uns wieder aufrecht bewegen Die Pantry ist wieder sauberWir hatten eine ruhige sternenklare Nacht mit vielen SternschnuppenDie Sonne scheint - der Himmel ist blau Gestern haben wir einen Wal gesehen - ganz nah - nur 10 Meter neben unserem SchiffWir haben schon über 1000 sm zurückgelegt - der Passatwind ist in greifbarer NäheHeute wird blankgezogen- das atlantische Duschwasser mit der pflegenden Prise Meersalz hat komfortable 26,5 GradGleich werden die Badehosen und Bikinis ausgepacktUnd dann gibts nur noch eines: Chill - Chill - Maximum ChillViele Grüße von der. read more...


02/12/2013

Blue Dolphin - Day 8 = Baking bread

The crew suffered a particularly bad night, as the seas were rolly and the boat was pitched about.  (Apart from Sally who slept like a log – again!)  Carol woke this morning with all the symptoms of a hangover – headache, raging thirst, feeling sick – without any of the benefits of alcohol the night before.  The diagnosis was dehydration, so much more fluids for her today. Because of the sea state yesterday Carol did not have her long awaited shower – just having a wash was too much like hard work.   So today Carol & Kathy took their 1st shower – bliss.  Mike then decided he would have one too, so the crew are now fully fragrant. Although the sun was shining today conditions were still difficult, with the boat being pitched about again,. read more...


02/12/2013

Lancelot II - Day 8 - flying fish and better weather

As I’m typing this the breeze has dropped off from the stronger head windsand squally conditions that we have had for the past few days. This has madelife aboard alot more comfortable, perhaps not as nice as it will be in a fewdays when we start to head downwind but better never the less.   Yesterday afternoon was fairly uneventful, quite warm with splashes comingover the deck which are nice relief to the person helming to cool them down. Wehave at last been joined by the squadrons of flying fish, interesting fish that fly out of the water to avoid predators but seem to lack the ability tomiss a 40ft sailing boat at night. We had our first fish land on the deck lastnight whilst I was below decks checking the weather on the computer, the first Iknew of it was a discussion. read more...


02/12/2013

Azzurra - Day 9 – Brian’s Birthday party-

Position:2.12.13 13:00,25” 26’,300 N;027” 37’,855 WSince we went thru the huge deep we changed our course from south to northwhere we expected to catch some wind fitting our sail clothes. We only canrun 40 percent of the Genoa. We went up north about 120 miles. Then at3:00 am this morning we changed to more or less to the direct course toSt. Lucia. We run 7 t0 8 miles at 50 degree apparent and wind speed of 18knots. The main is reefed as well 50 percent. It is hard to hold ourcourse as there is also a strong current with about 2 knots going 135degree SE. The spinnaker we store on deck was latched down again in orderto survive a bit longer than our two Genaker.We have no place to dry our clothes, everything is wet, even the bedclothes. It seems not to be a problem to the crew as the sun. read more...


Azzurra - Day 9 – Brian’s Birthday party-
Azzurra - Day 9 – Brian’s Birthday party-
02/12/2013

Annabella - Log 7 - 2nd December

Position: 17 56.15N 28 56.48WDistance travelled since Log 6: 132NMJust noticed that Log 6 didn't send yesterday. Had a few issues with the Satphone so perhaps that's the reason. The upside is that you now have two blogs to read ha! ha!.Forgot to mention in L6 that we saw "the dark side of the moon" the night before last. It's illuminated by earth light when the alignment of earth and moon is conducive. Obviously a clear sky helps.Stephen saw a porpoise yesterday and what appeared to be another type of wader tried to land on our mast, unsuccessfully. Another pod of porpoises has just appeared.Winds moved from SW to NW which, after a bit of tacking, allowed us to sail directly for St Lucia close hauled. We made reasonable speeds (avg 6ish) during the night in wind 7 to 10 knots. Wind. read more...


02/12/2013

Avel Biz - Avel Biz J+8 Après la pluie...

Bonjour2 Décembre 2013Position 12h00 UTC23°21,4 N31°22,4 W129 milles en 24hAprès la pluie...Cette fois, ça y est, nous en sommes certains, la renverse a eu lieu. Etaprès avoir passé 72 heures à l'annoncé dans 20 heures, on ne l'apprécieque plus. La mer s'est calmé et le voiles sont ressortis, le speedo n'a pasattendu plus pour se réveiller.Nous avons filé au travers tout le début de la nuit à 8 nœuds, c'estrenversant!Enfin nous pouvons apprécier avec douceur les magnifiques nuits étoilés del'atlantique, et prendre la mesure de notre isolement. C'est vrai quependant le coup de vent, l'espace tendait à se refermer. Cloisonnés àl'intérieur de notre barque avec la pluie pour seul compagnon, le tempsprenait des allures d'épreuves de patience.Maintenant l'humidité cesse de ruisseler sur les. read more...


02/12/2013

Golondrina - A milestone reached

This morning, as a the sun rises behind Golondrina, it is a fair indication that the boys are, at last, now travelling west. Two milestones have been passed -  firstly, the crew have notched up 1000 miles of constant sailing and secondly, the distance remaining is below 2000 miles! At 0800 UTC the distance to go is 1949 miles. read more...


02/12/2013

Aspen - Log 8 Monday 2 Dec; Refueling at Sea

Today we did a very difficult task - refueling at sea from our jerry cans.The winds were down and the rolling wasn't as bad as it has been so today was the day!We had quite a few comments from people in Las Palmas about the sheer number of jerry cans we have on Aspen's deck full of diesel.There are 12 cans for a total amount of 60 extra gallons (not including Captain Steve's hidden 10 spare gallons).The procedure was to:1. Unfasten cans from the secure deck,2. Drag each can weighting 40 pounds to the stern of Aspen,3. Have Admiral Maria hold the spigot of each can as the Captain lifts the 40 pound can and pours the contents into the itty bitty tiny hole for the fuel tank,4. Watch Admiral Maria take several light diesel showers with each can poured, and5. Admiral Maria watches Captain. read more...


02/12/2013

Edelweiss - Day #: Shhhhhh.......

No, we are not hunting wabbits here on the Atlantic.We are listening for wind!Now it may seem ironic to you that we worked all during the first week of this voyage to get down here to the trade winds, only to have them die on us. Luckily we sailors are a hardy lot.And flexible too: books, crosswords, and iPads have come out on Edelweiss (except for the Captain, who cannot help but tinker with the sails).Taking advantage of the calm, we've used up the last of the fast-ripening bananas in banana bread, baked off all the chicken that was left in the freezer, and there are rumors of chocolate chip cookies even today.So don't worry that we aren't eating well!And, as if she is listening, as I type this, Edelweiss has taken off!So off to coax her on....xo Edelweiss. read more...


02/12/2013

Hera - Öl bis zum Horizont

Die Kapverden verabschiedeten sich beim Auslaufen aus Mindelo beiSonnenuntergang mit einer spektakulären Kulisse. Während die Maschine bei einerangenehmen Drehzahl kultiviert die Abendstille untermalte, verschwanden dieLichter Sao Vincentes und Santo Antaos allmählich achteraus und ein grandioserNachthimmel breitete sich über uns aus. Zuerst tauchte an der Backbordseite derOrion auf und etwas später erhob sich achtern Ursa Major mit der Deichsel nachunten aus der See, während an Steuerbord Cassiopeia auf uns herab blickte unduns die Venus voraus den Kurs wies. Je weiter wir dem Äquator kommen, desto mehrSternschnuppen ziehen über uns ihre Bahnen. Heute müssen wir mit dem absoluten Horror für jeden Segler leben. In alleRichtungen ertreckt sich bis zum Horizont eine ölige See. Der Wind ist. read more...


02/12/2013

Shelduck - Mon 2 Dec Cape Verde

 Mon 2 Dec Location at 11:30 is 16:53.493N 25:01.530W Mindelo Marina, CapeVerde   We’ve made a lightening stop for fuel and water.  The wind has beenincredibly variable in the last few days from Gale Force 7 gusting Force 8 tonothing at all.  Others experienced Force 9 so we were lucky. Somewonderful waves and incredible skies. Saw a pod of Pilot Whales right up at ourstern in the huge swell!   We’ve had to motor a lot so needed to refuel.  Prospects for wind areconsistently ‘trade like’ but lower speeds than average, so it may take us 18days to cross from here, arriving around 20th Dec.  Brendan and Gabby dueto fly back on the evening of 21st so hope we make it in time!. read more...


02/12/2013

Webster - Log 11 - Arrival Mindelo, Verdes

Sunday 1st December: It Exists!!! That orange yellowey thing in the sky that we had been expecting from day one was here. As day broke this morning the skies had cleared and not a cloud to be seen let alone any rain, thankfully. A perfect breeze ENE 20 knots greeted us and we were creaming across on a beam reach - Ken managed to achieve 10.4 knts before he screwed up into the wind - time for a reef methinks! The smile on his face said it all......... a perfect sailing day. Sw hundreds of flying fish around, one of which committed suicide on deck but it was far too small to eat.Everything on board is either wet or damp due to condensation or rain, other than our spirits which remain remarkably robust despite the fact that we are about to make an unscheduled stop in Mindelo, Sao Vincent on. read more...


02/12/2013

Anettine - 1.12.2013.

Genaker har stått hele natten. I løpet av natten tok vi igjen og forbiseilte 10 båter. Totallisten fra ARC viser at vi har gått fra 31. til 22. plass. Vi har nok ikke lenger noen mulighet til å hevde oss i toppen, men kommer ikke til å gi oss før på målstreken og legger opp til en spurt på 600nm og har endret rutinen om bord i forhold til det.I mørket i fire tiden seiler kapteinen inn i sin første ordentlige squal. Vinden øker og vi logger rundt 9 knopp i lett regn i utkanten av squalen, og så går vi rett i neste. Det ble fire på rad og helt vanvittig morsom seiling med loggen konstant rundt 9 og et par tilfeller tosifret!Etter den fjerde er det noen minutter til en virkelig stor en. Den ser ikke bra ut i mørket. Førsten ble purret opp fra køya. Det varikke lenger mulig å seile ut mellom. read more...


02/12/2013

Athena of Southampton - Athena log 3 – Monday December 2nd 2013

Athena log 3– Monday December 2nd 2013 – 0830 hrs., 16 13 N 27 19W I’m writing this as the Cape VerdeIslands are now far behind us with a notional waypoint entered for our halfwaymark to look forward to. Just a 12 hour stop to take on diesel at MindeloMarina, alongside the fuel berth at 20.30 and gone again in the early morningwith full tanks. We had a great meal ashore on Saturday night but that anotherstory for later. It wasn’t so long ago that I waspacking my old Musto bag for this trip and trying to leave out as much as Icould to hit the magic 20 kg for the EasyJet scales at Gatwick! Aer Lingus, atDublin, I knew would be tolerant of a couple of kilos more if I told them whereI was going and why, I was not so sure about EasyJet. Two days after I leftDublin this proved to be the case. read more...


02/12/2013

Sephina of Beaumaris - Day 9 Pit Stop

Day 9 Pit StopAfter leaving Gran Canaria thinking the next land we will see is St.Lucia, one week after our departure we called into Mindelo. However, unlike several of the other ARC yachts there, we did not need to wait around for repair work etc. It was a simple sail in, wait 10 minuets for fuel and then off again. It was what I’d call an F1 pit stop. We did however anchor up for a couple of hours just so that we could get the washing machine on (something that I am still not used to). Being out of the wind whilst at anchor we suddenly realised how hot it is, and were glad to finally get on the move again. So far contact with home has been fairly simple, simply pick up the sat phone and call home. I was eager to call yesterday as being out here, I missed the final autumn international. read more...


Sephina of Beaumaris - Day 9 Pit Stop
Sephina of Beaumaris - Day 9 Pit Stop
02/12/2013

Sweet Pearl - 9. Tag - Zwischenstopp auf Cape Verde

Wir haben uns jetzt entschieden Mindelo auf Sao Vincente (Cape Verde) anzulaufen. So kann Jürg nach seinem Sturz quer durchs Schiff seinen Rücken anschauen lassen, der Autopilot, der Mucken macht, repariert werden und wir alle uns ein bisschen erholen. Der Wind (Halbwind) ist für diesen Kurs optimal. Wir hoffen Mittwoch Nacht oder Donnerstag dort anzukommen. Vorgestern Nacht hatten wir noch ein zweites Mal recht viel Wind, dafür war gestern ruhiger. Die Crew ist den Umständen entsprechend gut drauf und sind gespannt auf die Cape Verden.Tom. read more...


02/12/2013

Great Escape of Southampton - Day 7 17 22 06n 26 16 08

Great Escape passed West of the Cape Verde islands yesterday and reportedhaving a bumpy night with winds in excess of 30knots. Later the weather hadimproved and were sailing comfortably in much improved Conditions. With somelights winds forecast over the next day the strategy is to put more west intoour course with the trades building tomorrow.  . read more...


02/12/2013

Adina - Day 8 - A spinnaker pole and squid and flying fish ondeck

Day 7 and the forecast had changed punishing souls like us who have chosen to chase wind going south. The promised winds were now forecast to be light. But joy of joy - the new forecast was wrong and the previously promised winds blew! So we stuck with our track south as going between the Verdes there was little wind. The sea state calmed and crew were soon catching up on sleep.As the wind went behind us we decided to try goose-winging and Tom and Lindsay ventured forward hoisting the spinnaker pole. It is always amazing how lines like to twist themselves around everything they shouldn't! Add in a good squeal from Lindsay as she stepped on a squid! Life at sea is never dull. But we got the pole up and goose-winging with the main sail to port and genoa to starboard worked a treat, no need. read more...


02/12/2013

Northern Child - Wake up

Its lovely out here at last! Pheeew what a few dayswe have wind rain more wind more rain. The gracious Northern Child has lookedafter us all very well though. Even managing a braised lamb dinner for eleven asthe sun set last night so our plans of picking our way through the weather bitsand breaking out just about here have worked. Frustrating day yesterday waitingfor the wind to shift but now its here just off the beam and gently slooshing usalong. We have a few hatches open to vent some of theoilskin moisture out and I think today as the sun rises there will be lots ofdamp clothes being drapped on the deck. No major issues really had a little issue with abilge pump found one of those nasty cable numbers jammed in a poppet valve butthe manual pumps coped with what little wetness there. read more...


02/12/2013

Hanami II - Ca s'ameliore un peu

Lun 01 XII 201303:20 UTC14 36 N50 11 WOn dirait que le vent se soit decide a reprendre le cours de ses "affaires" habituelles depuis dimanche matin. En effet il a vire au NE puis ENE et a repris un peu de vigueur, restanttoute la journee entre 8 et 15 noeuds ce qui nous a permis de faire, a peu pres 9 heures de spinaker au portant et au soleil.Par mer calme, c'est a dire sans trop de houle par le travers et a condition d'avoir au moins 10 noeuds reel, le pilote fait bien l'affaire et on marche a 60% de la vitesse du vent au moins,Au desous de 10, il faut reprendr la barre a la main.A 18h retour aux voiles croisees avec un ris dans la GV pour mieux equilibrer le bateau et l'empecher de loffer car, avec le genois tangonne et donc partiellement deroule, il y trop de GV et le genois se met. read more...


02/12/2013

Hot Stuff - (damp) Fairies of the Lost Arc - Chapter 5

(damp) Fairies of the Lost Arc - Chapter 5   Our sailing adventure across the Atlantic now feels like an extreme sport.   Flat calm seas seems like a lifetime ago. It has definitely been a testingfew days but the teamwork of 9 women has no limits; we have gotten each otherthrough it in one piece.   The challenge really hit home about 3am this morning. The sea decided toput Nikki, Sue and Claire's top of the range wet weather gear, boots and (quickdrying) thermals to the test. It succeeded in finding its way right through intoSue's undergarments. Following all glamorous watches such as these, the crewproceed down to the exclusive sauna - £5 a day is not a bad rate - which isrammed full however, not appreciated by the residents.  Cooking dinner has proved to be an. read more...


01/12/2013

Diva - Aufatmen nach einem harten Ritt und Wunden lecken.

Aufatmen nach einem harten Ritt und Wunden lecken.Junge, junge, junge, da hat uns Rasmus mit dem Wetter die letzten Tage aber einen eingeschenkt. Heute antritt zur 8 Uhr Wache, die Anstrengungen waren Krause und Javier anzusehen als ich genauso gerädert in das Cockpit kam. Dennoch ein tolles Team hier auf der Diva – Stimmung beide Daumen hoch.Andre ein Crewmitglied aus Hamburg wird 44 Jahre. Happy Birthday lieber Andre. Als Erinnerung an diese Zeit im Griff der Natur und als Nichtsegler, bekommst Du von uns am Ende der Reise die bereits jetzt ausgewehte Flagge der ARC Rallye. Der Wind an diesem schönen Morgen völlig untypisch aus Südwest mit 4Bft. Genau dahin wollen wir - also kreuzen. Ziemlich hohe Wellen, bei mittlerem Wind, das sind die Reste der letzten Krawalltage. Der Wetterbericht. read more...


Diva - Aufatmen nach einem harten Ritt und Wunden lecken.
Diva - Aufatmen nach einem harten Ritt und Wunden lecken.
01/12/2013

George - Has anyone seen the trade winds?

'Public Apology' yesterdays log was sent in error. I have tried to explain to Mason that if you press 'send' it will, at the next opportunity. We also had a panic over sailmail cutting us off for over usage... but that's another story..Disaster Murder Help! This morning we found the butter had melted.... then we found the fridge wasn't cooling. On further investigation I deduced it was actually broken! 7 days out of the canaries! So today we are declaring 'World Eating Day' in order to remember all those people who eat to much, which will end in a night of festivity's including an eating competition. It's not all bad we had a crisis meeting to discuss our options. Jim suggested Man Tuna? we didn't ask... I think he is still a bit bitter from being grassed up over 'Log gate' but yes we. read more...


01/12/2013

Merlyn III - Day 8

A pretty uneventful day. We are motoring in about three knots of Northerlytrue wind. The sea has a gentle swell but an alluring smoothness. We havepositioned ourselves as one of the southernmost yachts. This is interestingbecause the bulk of the fleet is currently experiencing Westerly headwinds tothe North of us. According to our forecasts we should start to benefit fromtrade winds in a couple of days. Those to the North may not be so lucky so thereis everything to play for. Such are the obsessions which begin to take hold whenone has been isolated from the rest of the world for all of a week.   The gastronomic highlight was provided by Jonathan and consisted of a roastshoulder of lamb with garlic and harissa (under the supervision of Iain). We arenow about to watch a DVD ‘Tell No. read more...


01/12/2013

Avel Biz - Avel Biz J+7 2, 3 et 4

Bonjour1 Décembre 2013Position 12h00 UTC24°13,7 N29°14,8 W97 milles en 24h2, 3 et 4Vous connaissez tous la formule qui compare la remontée contre le vent parrapport à la descente avec le vent."Deux fois la distance, trois fois le temps et quatre fois la peine"Déjà on dit remonter et descendre, c'est un signe.Et bien comme à chaque fois, nous confirmons que nos anciens avaientraison. Le près à la longue, c'est ch...Bien que nous fassions un "près océanique", c'est à dire plus abattu(écarté) d'environ 10° qu'au cours d'une régate en baie de Quiberon, c'esttrès inconfortable.Avel Biz tape fort dans les vagues, est recouvert par une lame une fois parminute. Sortir régler les voiles implique d'être immédiatement aspergéd'eau de mer (tiède, c'est vrai) et rincé à l'eau de pluie (pastoujours. read more...


01/12/2013

Dragonfly - Sonniger Tag

Der Tag wurde zunehmend freundlicher. Die Sonne scheint schon seit Stunden und der Wind bringt uns gut nach Süd-West.Er weht immernoch aus W mit ca. 20 kn. Wir kämpfen um jedes Grad nach West und fahren eine ungemütliche Schräglage. Da die Wellen etwas nachgelassen haben, kann ich vorsichtig auch mal meine Kabine durchlüften und dabei meine Sachen trocknen. Ich hab kaum noch was trockenes und mit dem Salzwasser bleiben die Sachen trotzdem klamm. Unsere Geschwindigkeit ist 7 - 8 kn. In der Funkrunde sind einige in unserer Nähe mit gleichen Bedingungen. Andere weiter in Süd-Ost warten noch auf besseren Wind. Wir sind auch noch nicht zufrieden, aber der Wind soll ja noch drehen. Hoffentlich bleibt die Nacht ruhig. Hajo fängt wieder einen Mahi Mahi. Ich hole ihn aus dem Wasser und Edwin ist. read more...


01/12/2013

Swan Valhalla - Log 11 - Sea legs lost!

The night held more continuous torrential rain, choppyseas, and we are now all very damp! Some of the crew hadn't quite got thesea legs they thought they once had.. It was a pretty rocky nightssleep and treacherous for those on shift, with winds gusting up to 30knots! On a positive note we got some good speed and travelled about 200 milesin 24 hours.  We awoke for Haig's big birthday, and Victoria paintedyet another beautiful card with a hammerhead shark on the front. The sea beganto calm a little, and the sun came out - things were on the up! We have,however, had a few squalls - one of which Victoria and I took advantage ofand had a nice rain shower on deck. Yoyo has baked some more deliciousbread and I think flambé banana pancakes may be on the menu. read more...



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