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Surya - ARC 2010
30/11/2013

Amokura - Amokura Day 7

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


01/12/2013

Skara Brae - night watch on Skara Brae

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


01/12/2013

Hanami II - Encore une ...

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


30/11/2013

Aditi - Morale has plummeted

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


30/11/2013

Resolute of Thames - Last tomato day

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


30/11/2013

Firefly - The sun is out

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


30/11/2013

Windleblo - Day Five

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


30/11/2013

Incisor - Incisor daily blog 30-11-2013

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


30/11/2013

Idea of London - Lightning squalls and swimiming.

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


30/11/2013

Blue Dolphin - Day 7 - One week in

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


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

Jade - Day 6 - 3 flying things...

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


30/11/2013

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

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


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

Skyelark of London - Go West!

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


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

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

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


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

Swan Valhalla - Log 10 - Wet & wild

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


30/11/2013

Lancelot II - Day 6 - WOW!!!

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


30/11/2013

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

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


30/11/2013

Selivra - Bennys Reisetagebuch No 14 - ARC Tag 6

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


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

LUV - Logbuch Luv Nr. 29

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


30/11/2013

Golondrina - Heading for Cape Verde

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


30/11/2013

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

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


30/11/2013

Diva - Das unbeständige Wetter prägte diese zwei Tage

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


30/11/2013

Dragonfly - Wieder Sonnenschein

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


30/11/2013

George - Tip of Day.....

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


30/11/2013

Milanto - Day 6 Milanto

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


30/11/2013

Milanto - Day 5 Milanto

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


30/11/2013

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

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


30/11/2013

Joy of Shamrock Quay - We have wind!

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


30/11/2013

Skara Brae - we hate Squalls!

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


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

Merlyn III - Day 6 29 November

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


30/11/2013

EH01 - ARC day 7

Blogfrom EH01Title:Crash, Vang, Boom! Yourjoining us live from EH01 surf contest, with the main contender Skipper AndyMiddleton at the helm racking up some amazing speeds with just a hanky sized No4 headsail and no main. He has been averaging 7kts with a surfing best for todayat 12.5! With entrants from the known surfing worlds of Australia, Scotland,Ireland, Wales and even Russia its going to be a tough contest! All contendersare hopeful and are looking forward to tonight's surf comp in the pitchblack. Thesunshine downwind cruise as promised by our sales team hasn’t happened yet. Wehave had some hefty winds, some big swells. We have been parked up for 4 hours,to then being smashed by heavy rain for 10 hours and now are in the middle ofbeen battered by all kinds of weather from. read more...


30/11/2013

Manihi - Nuit agitée

17:54.90N 26:18.40W9:00 Heure localeNous l'avions vu venir dans les fichiers météo ; ce n'était pas complètement une surprise. Mais ce fut (un peu !) plus fort que prévu cette nuit. Notre route était entre le Cap Vert et une petite dépression locale à 200 miles au NW des iles. Quand hier soir après diner le vent a forci (20-25 nds d'est), nous avons pris un ris, puis le deuxième étant coincé, nous avons carrément affalé la grand-voile et continué avec seulement le génois réduit à 1/3 ! Tout ça pour être tranquille pendant la nuit. En fait la dépression s'est trouvée plus près de nous et le vent a soufflé à 30 nds (force 7) en moyenne toute la nuit. Avec le pilote automatique, Manihi s'en est sorti majestueusement ! Bon, ça secouait un peu ! Maintenant, le vent commence à mollir autour de. read more...


30/11/2013

Adela - Mid atlantic report

We have now reached the half way point, having had our fair share of incidents. The rigging is holding, but then we have had little wind, however we have put safety lines around the back stays and fore stay just in case.Over the first week the wind just kept on dropping. We are now becalmed and I am sure I noticed the true wind indicator give a negative reading! The decision was taken to press on and start the engine as no-one wanted to swim and our efforts at fishing with a hopelessly inadequate line are frustrating. We have now been motoring for 2 days and, if the weather forecast is accurate, we hope to get some wind tomorrow.I am having fun experimenting with the SSB radio, the aerial is now balanced nicely by the new remote ATU, and although electrical noise from the chart plotter. read more...


30/11/2013

Queen Frederica - Bericht Tag 7 - Segeln ist kein Ponyhof

30.11.2013Alles fing so schön an: Delphine am Vorschiff, Wale etwas weiter weg, eineSkatrunde unter Deck und keine dauerhaften Schäden nach Stichflammen aufdem Herd. Am Horizont allerdings auffallend dunkle Wolken …Und jetzt wissen wir, was unser Wetterbericht unter Flaute versteht:zunächst tatsächlich wenig Wind, ab 20 Uhr auffrischende Winde mittropischen Regenfällen, Winde in der Nacht bis 33 kn, heute Morgen füreine Stunde auf 40 kn (im Maximum Windstärke 8, in Böen 9) ansteigend. ImMoment 3. Reff ins Groß, kein Vorsegel. Katharina surfte die Wellen mit 10kn hinab. In der Nacht hatten wir zudem ein kleines Vorsegel gesetzt.Erfreulich: Das von Andreas und Udo genähte Groß hält! Ein dickes Lob auchan unseren Skipper Stefan. Er hat sich die nasse Nacht für und mit uns umdie Ohren. read more...


30/11/2013

Queen Frederica - Bericht Nacht 6.5 - Team findet sich

Das erste Mal hatten wir letzte Nacht wirklich schweres Wetter und ganzheftige Regenschauer. Und alle haben mitgeholfen, diese Schweren Zeitenfür Crew und Schiff gut zu meistern. Und das ist ein ganz tolles Gefühl:Nach heftigen Stunden an Deck und am Steuer kann man sich beruhigt in dieKoje legen; denn man weiß, das an Deck eine Crew ist, die alles für einengeben wird...40 Knoten Wind sind selbst für gestandene Seeleute keine Kleinigkeit mehrund erfordern beim Steuern und beim Arbeiten an Deck absolute und 100prozentige Konzentratiion.Wir alle sind froh, dass diese "Handvoll Sturm" erst einmal hinter unsliegtAHOY und geht endlich segeln (Stefan, Schiffer). read more...


30/11/2013

Sojourner - Halfway celebration

Sojourner crew enjoying boat drinks after passing the halfway point,image1 image2. read more...


Sojourner - Halfway celebration
Sojourner - Halfway celebration
Sojourner - Halfway celebration
Sojourner - Halfway celebration
30/11/2013

Sojourner - First hot meal

Captain Dennis served up our first hot meal since getting underway. All enjoyed hearty soup for dinner.image1. read more...


Sojourner - First hot meal
Sojourner - First hot meal
30/11/2013

Duplicat - Saturday and it's still awful

Last night under a double reefed main and no jib we steadily watched the wind increase to 32 knots from our port quarter. Poor old skipper woken up from his slumbers to help get the main down and we rolled out some jib.We kept this sail plan up during a very bumpy night until now and we have rehoisted a triple reefed main to keep up our average speed for a daylight approach to Mindelo.We made the decision two days ago to head more south, away from any possibility of strong headwinds , we were wary of not having enough diesel for the trip across to St Lucia as we had motored through flat calms already but now we are definitely pulling in and probably staying until this storm to the north and west of us releases its grip on the proper trades.As I type the boys are having fun seeing who can. read more...



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