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La Boheme - Taking down outrigger at night
La Boheme - Taking down outrigger at night
La Boheme - Using spinnaker in mid Atlantic
La Boheme - Using spinnaker in mid Atlantic
La Boheme - At sea
La Boheme - At sea
La Boheme - Loosing spinnaker
La Boheme - Loosing spinnaker
La Boheme - ARC 2012 cruising yachts- rally start
La Boheme - ARC 2012 cruising yachts- rally start
La Boheme - Anna at the start in Las Palmas
La Boheme - Anna at the start in Las Palmas
17/12/2012

Coral IV - Marigot Bay

 13:57.98 N 61:01.62 W I går, 14. des – konsolideringsdag. Ordne papirer med toll og emigrasjon. Vaske båt, vaske tøy, prate med folk på brygga, tørke spinnaker, pakke kutterseil, Julie og Scott fra Katherina til lunsj. Men Steinar og jeg fikk også tid til å ta gummibåten ut av havna til en strand hvor vi tok en dukkert og samlet masse fine sneglehus. Det var godt og varmt i vannet. Sikkert 27 (?) grader i følge Steinar. Da vi kom tilbake, satt Andy og Jeff fra Murphy ombord. Avtalen med Murphy var at den som kom ført over mållinjen skulle spandere middag på den andre båten. Det var Murphy som kom først over mållinjen. (Det fine var at vi likevel slo dem, fordi de hadde brukt motor i 43 timer, mens vi bare hadde brukt 4.)Carl hadde bestilt bord til oss på en restaurant på. read more...


Coral IV - Marigot Bay
Coral IV - Marigot Bay
Coral IV - Marigot Bay
Coral IV - Marigot Bay
Coral IV - Marigot Bay
Coral IV - Marigot Bay
17/12/2012

Rafiki - Rafiki - A frustrating finale

Sunday 16th DecemberPhil writes:Dawn came up at 09:10 (GMT) with no wind, so we were still motoring.As the sun rose at 10:10 (GMT), it came up behind a bank of greycloud, which looked just like a wall of fire - very impressive andmemorable.The day continued with no wind, so we motored all the time until 19:05(GMT) when the engine wound down of its own accord with no warnings.As lunch was on the table (tuna mayo sandwiches, with the mayo freshlymade from scratch by Emily!), we ate lunch while the engine cooled.On inspection, the only problem appeared to be that the hand primingpump was sucked flat, indicating a blockage of the fuel feed line.Rob dismantled the pump to find the inlet non-return valve to beblocked with a black gooey substance (possibly diesel bug).Afterclearing it out, we. read more...


17/12/2012

All-Linn - Dag 20 Vind

Yeeeees.Dagen da vinden skulle komme tilbake var endelig her. Mats klarte for førstegang på lenge å mekke i stand en god værmelding, og sa han ville gi oss vind iløpet av ettermiddagen. Forventningsfulle som vi var gikk derfor formiddagen altannet enn fort. Tiden ble brukt med nesen dypt inne i hver vår bok, avbrutt kunav saltvannsbad på akter-spadekk og forbannelser over vind, værguder og ikkeminst værmeldere. Like etter et forfriskende bad observerte vi bevegelser og enfisk noen meter fra båten. “Det kunne ha vært en hai? Ja det var noe som stakkopp fra overflaten. Sikkert en hai”. Nysgjerrige og utspekulerte som vi er, drogvi frem det eldste trikset i ludo. Chorizoskinke ble festet på fiskekroken ogtaktisk plassert noen meter bak hekken, i håp om å se mer til storfisken. Utende store. read more...


17/12/2012

Marlin - Einmaliger Besuch der SY Marlin mitten auf dem Atlantik

Hallo LandleuteSeit ungefähr 3 Tage, brauchen wir "nur" noch 6 Tage bis wir in St. Lucia ankommen. Den Mathematiker/innen unter euch, ist bestimmt schon aufgefallen, dass bei der Rechnung etwa nicht genau aufgehen kann, genau, wir sind in einer schönen Flaute. Nix geht in Sachen Wind. Da unser Motor auch etwas die Grippe hatte, konnten wir auch nicht wirklich Motoren, und so trieben wir mal so ein bissel im Atlantik rum. Ja und so gehen die Tage rum, und es dauert komischerweise, nach jedem neuen Sonnenaufgang, immer noch 6 Tage bis wir ankommen. Wenn dann auch wirklich Wind aufkommen würde.Was tut man so, wenn das Wasser fast glatt wie ein Spiegel ist, kein Lüftchen geht? Man geht baden, spielt den Doktor um die Motorengrippe loszuwerden, spielt Schach oder schläft einfach und geniesst. read more...


17/12/2012

Mis Amores - Report four: it's a paradise?

December 16, 2012Dear friendsFirst of all good news; the ARC boat in need is doing well and they do not require any assistance. We were relieved and wish them all the best!You remember I wrote about going through a trough three days ago? Well, as we went through we thought we entered a paradise! Blue skies, friendly sun, flat Atlantic Ocean… It’s just that this part “flat Atlantic Ocean” means no wind. And in a sailor’s paradise definitely must be windy. A little bit. We are struggling today and try not to use engine as our fuel is slowly but surely coming to the lowest level. But even with our code zero our speedo was pointing zero knots! The Grib data says we will have some wind as of tomorrow but who can wait?Daily activity was crafting. Linda made beautiful paper flowers for each. read more...


17/12/2012

Marlin - Einmaliger Besuch der SY Marlin mitten auf dem Atlantik

Hallo LandleuteSeit ungefähr 3 Tage, brauchen wir "nur" noch 6 Tage bis wir in St. Lucia ankommen. Den Mathematiker/innen unter euch, ist bestimmt schon aufgefallen, dass bei der Rechnung etwa nicht genau aufgehen kann, genau, wir sind in einer schönen Flaute. Nix geht in Sachen Wind. Da unser Motor auch etwas die Grippe hatte, konnten wir auch nicht wirklich Motoren, und so trieben wir mal so ein bissel im Atlantik rum. Ja und so gehen die Tage rum, und es dauert komischerweise, nach jedem neuen Sonnenaufgang, immer noch 6 Tage bis wir ankommen. Wenn dann auch wirklich Wind aufkommen würde.Was tut man so, wenn das Wasser fast glatt wie ein Spiegel ist, kein Lüftchen geht? Man geht baden, spielt den Doktor um die Motorengrippe loszuwerden, spielt Schach oder schläft einfach und geniesst. read more...


17/12/2012

Karma Daze - Day 21 Almost There.....

At last wehave some wind!  It arrived about02.00 this morning and we have been sailing on the genoa since then.  At our current speed we should reach StLucia in about 26 hours. By lastnight when we had been motoring for 3 days we felt that we would never reach ourdestination – a bit like trying find ones way out of Ikea (apologies to theSwedes).  But we were treated to afantastic sunset – the whole sky went pink and then a brilliant orange.  A little compensation. Tonight willbe our last night at sea so we will celebrate by eating the Fray BentosPies.  These seem to be a standby onany RYA sailing course we have done, so when we saw them for sale in Morrison’sin Gibraltar we couldn’t resist.  Sotonight’s menu will be Steak Pie/Chicken Pie, potatoes, peas and. read more...


17/12/2012

Maunie of Ardwall - Maunie's about to cross the finishing line - under sail!

Good morning all   We’re currently 2 miles from the finish line, looking at the beautiful andvery lumpy profile of Saint Lucia as the sun rises. We were delighted when thewind finally crept in at about 1.00 am boat time, not much but enough to give us3-4 knots of boat speed and, what relief, to stop the engine.   We’ve made our first VHF calls to the ARC Finish Line boat and are nowghosting towards the line (in the wind shadow of Pigeon Island). Another ARCyacht, Galetea, is  about half a mile ahead of us and another, Finnrose,finished about an hour ago. We are determined to finish under sail even thoughwe’re only doing 2 knots at the moment; it gives us time to drink in theview.   It’s just amazing to see land for the first time in 3 weeks. Last night wecould see the. read more...


17/12/2012

Salsa af Stavsnäs - How to behave among normal people 13.35N 58.03W

Somebody told me that they had friends thatseriously thought that when you sail over the atlantic you sort of park the boatat night and sleep. Well we could use one night of full sleep now. Ellinor ismore sensitive than I am, but I do feel that my watches are longer and sleeptimeshorter.The kids are starting some frentic movements and they jump/run/climbwhenever they go from one place to another. The laundry bag is almost exploding and my armpitssmell coliflower  I took Andreas to the shower today and he screamed like apig going to be slaughtered. He have really enjoyed being wild, dirty and let'snot talk about table manners, when there is no table! So today we had some HOWTOBEHAVEAMONGPEOPLEpractice. Do you go up to the cockpit withoutpants? NOOOO. Do you pick your nose.... and so. read more...


17/12/2012

Ailsa - blog 16 - magical

Position: 13:18.256N 57:50.978W Captains log; Stardate 2012-12-16 – 24:00 UTC It is a truly magical experience at night, alone in the open ocean with a clear sky and stars shining from horizon to horizon with a sea so calm that their light is reflected in the surface. Add a bit of Coldplay or Phil Collins or Nina Simone or whoever your particular choice is and it is difficult to beat. The fact that there is no wind and therefore you can’t progress without the engine seems hardly to matter. It is also a magical experience watching the dough rise at it proves – at least when you have not made bread before and so it was that the day was put to good use. Now I wrestled with whether to include this photo. Is this really the image I want to portray? Would Kirk really make his own. read more...


Ailsa - ailsa - blog 16 - magical
Ailsa - ailsa - blog 16 - magical
Ailsa - ailsa - blog 16 - magical
Ailsa - ailsa - blog 16 - magical
16/12/2012

Promise - Captns Log 1 - STARTEN

Etter en hektisk periode med nitidig jobbing med å forberede båt og mannskap til Atlanterhavskryssing, var det en deilig følelse å fyre opp Promisen og gå over startstreken i årets ARC. Det var fint og rørende å se alle folkene som sto på molen og vinket oss farvel. Terjes familie stod der også og vinket med norske flagg. Det var en ganske så tøff start. Vi var ganske slitne i utgangspunktet og ble ikke noe mindre av den rotete sjøen, heftig regnvær og store bølger. Vinden lå mellom 8-14 sekundmenter og gjorde ikke tingene lettere. Jeg tror vi endret seilføring 15 ganger det første døgnet. Men vi holdt ganske grei fart uansett. Vi hadde et par nesten episoder der vi trodde båten skulle tippe over da den krenget noe voldsomt med hekkbølger som får båten til å rulle noe fryktelig. read more...


16/12/2012

Maunie of Ardwall - Maunie's last 24 hours at sea?

It’s slightly tempting fate to predict an exact arrival time but we nowhave less than 100 miles to go so an arrival at dawn looks likely.  Aboard the good ship Maunie, it’s brilliantly sunny, very hot and there isSTILL NO WIND! Unbelievable that we’ve had so little breeze for the past 3 days.Still, we are making the most of the conditions. The Maunie Mid-AtlanticSwimming Team were over the side this morning for a refreshing dip and we’vebeen hard at work since, cleaning and polishing the boat. We’ve been pretty goodat keeping on top of things every day but it’s been good to get her sparklingagain, ready for inspection in Rodney Bay.   Di’s just preparing lunch and the engine power has allowed us to run thespare fridge as a freezer so the pasta & pesto will be accompanied. read more...


16/12/2012

Ostrea - Statistics from Ostrea ARC 135

report of the ostrea of friday 14-12-2012,from the intented finishing day.So our goal was to finish,in day time and under full sail.After , with a decreasing tradewind,we changed the halfwinder for the genua,we just bent backwards and filled the daily milagereport from 11.00 utc.Every thing under control.the skipper is sleeping,children are playing,the inlandnearly visible and the crew total comfortable.All of a sudden a cry of the awakend skipper and we found our halfwinderwrapped around our cutterstay some 50 times and it had the shape of 5 bikinis and 6 monokinins.After 1 hour of trying to inwrap the sail,lines and a the skipper,theonly solution was to try to detatch the upper extension of the cutterstay from the mast in 4 BF with 3 mtrs waves.So our lokal hero :Zed(nickname of. read more...


16/12/2012

Skiathos - ARC 2012 Skiathos

Hallo Freunde, wo immer ihr auf unsere Nachricht wartetUm allfällige Sorgen von Beginn an zu zerstreuen: Wir lagern weder vorMadagaskar (Ostafrika), noch vor der westafrikanischen Küste, wiefälschlicherweise gemeldet. Unser Standort ist 14° 27´N, 057° 03´ W,wir sind also auf Kurs St. Lucia. Nach stürmischen und böigen Tagen undNächten erleben wir seit drei Tagen die Vor- und Nachteile eineranhaltenden Flaute. Sonnenschein ohne Ende und eher seichte Dünung sowiewunderbar kitschige Sonnenauf- und -untergänge. Ohne Motor läuft indieser Situation aber gar nichts. Zum Glück ist alles an Bord, was wirbrauchen, auch wenn wir mit dem Diesel haushälterisch umgehen müssen undrecht spät im Zielhafen einlaufen werden. Gerade erst haben wir eineSchwimmpause eingelegt - mit weit über 4000 m Wasser. read more...


16/12/2012

All-Linn - Dag 19 - På stedet hvil

Dag 19 og vi ligger stadig her ute i blåmyra og dupper. Vi skulle jo kommettil kai i dag, men dette stillebeltet var ikke med i beregningene våre. Tidengår saktere nå som vi ikke er opptatt med å holde båten på kurs. Tidligere harvi vært helt utslitt etter vaktene og stupt i sjøkøyene våre.Nå får vi i allefall sjangsen til og “nyte” disse ekstra dagene på sjøen og biblioteket ombordhar fått bein å gå på.Det er ganske facinerende at havet her ute kan endre segfra svære fjell (de største jeg har sett i mitt liv) til havblikk og ikke enkrusning i sikte.Etter gårsdagens e-post fra ARC kunne de informere om en annenbåt som også hadde mistet propellen sin og gjorde 1 knop-en liten gladsak der,kjekt å vite at vi ikke er de eneste,hehe.Etter værmeldingen fra Mats i går somikke var særlig lystig. read more...


16/12/2012

Fidelis of London - dag 20 152 j nmdoor thomas

met nog 50 mijl te gaan krijgt papa dorst dus gooien we de motor opplankgas tja kan het schelen. met zo'n 7.5 knopen gaan de fanatieke racersvan fidelis of london op de finishline af. met ons enige resterende zeildat niet gescheurt is de genua op voor de image. ik denk dat we ongeveer om17:30 rond borrel tijd, nu gaan we de uurtjes aftellen. Ik en jannekezitten op de punt om te kijken wanner er land in zigt is. Ik ben wel blijdat me laatste nacht waacht erop zit en me laatste wacht om 12 uur lokaletijd begint en aan het eind van die wacht wordt alleen nog ff douchen endan alles klaarmaken zodat we snel kunnen aanleggen en naar de pubs rennen.samen met de pocolocos en oestrianen die ons op staan te wachtenwith only 50 miles to go daddy is getting thirsty so we puut the engine onfull. read more...


Senta - The Limbo Queen
Senta - The Limbo Queen
Senta - Coles on Crossing
Senta - Coles on Crossing
16/12/2012

Stormvogel - Tag 19: Alles eine Frage der Einstellung!

Der Samstag (15/12/2012) begann recht lustig!Skipper sitzt am Kartentisch und verfasst seinen endlos langen Tauchbericht. Währenddessen geht die Sonne auf und es wird hell.Skipper hört auf einmal eine Leine gegen einen Mast schlagen - aber das ist nicht unsere Leine und nicht unser Mast!Dann Stimmen!Von denen wird sogar Heidi wach!Also raus an Deck......da hat sich doch tatsächlich von Achtern eine kleine französische Yacht (kein ARC Teilnehmer) an uns herangemacht und fragt nach dem Wetter!So rufen wir im Abstand von 15 Metern uns ein paar Nettigkeiten zu, ich den Wetterbericht für die kommenden zwei Tage und er fragt noch, ob er uns helfen kann. Ich verneine und er dreht ab.So "geweckt" kann der neue Tag ja nun beginnen. Heidi lacht sich natürlich tot darüber, das ausgerechnet auf. read more...


16/12/2012

Senta - St Lucia is paradise

Dear friends and family, we arrived in Rodney Bay, St Lucia Thursday morning and are really enjoying being here. Our finish was like our start, a race, this time with Ian, Helen and Dylan from Sundancer II, they beat us in, no problem. The reception on pontoon by our Fabiola and Savarna friends  was just the best and rum punch and champagne does taste fabulous at 9 am. It took us 17 days which was much fatser than we expected. Except from a blocked toilet and some diesle issued nothing is broken, good, old Senta. We all agree it was a real good crossing and no hardship at all.Since then we have been tidying, cleaning and getting the boat back to normal but mostly we haver been socialising with our friends. All the family boats are on dock J and we usually have a crowd of. read more...


16/12/2012

Rafiki - Buoy ahead!

Saturday 15th December 2012Cally writes:I am currently on night watch on a very quiet evening. We are motorsailing, as the wind has started to fill in a tiny bit, but not enoughfor us to stop the engine.It is a little frustrating to be caught in this lack of wind and yettoday the Ocean has given us plenty of treats which we otherwisewouldn't have enjoyed.First up was our encounter with the East of Martinique weather buoy.This is one of a collection of buoys in the Atlantic that provideweather data for forecasting. We noticed last night that it would beon our track and so decided to find it. Not the most exciting thingto do you may think, but there is not a lot going on while motoringacross the ocean, nor are there many objects moored in 5km waterdepth! At breakfast time, Skipper. read more...


16/12/2012

Rafiki - Chugging away

Friday 14th December 2012Rob writes:We finally admitted defeat on our goal of sailing all the way to StLucia this morning - the wind died away during the night and there isno prospect of much wind for the next 3-4 days, a real shame. On theplus side, we have plenty of diesel left to take us the remaining400NM to St Lucia, having only used about 60l for battery charging sofar.So off we chugged across a flat calm ocean with nothing in sight allaround. We decided to try and use the last days of our trip to sortthe boat out for arriving in St Lucia so we don't have a lot of jobsto do when we get there. Cally set about cleaning the fridge andfreezer out as some fish defrosted and dripped liquid, which has givenit a rather off-putting smell, doing the last laundry before St Luciaand. read more...


16/12/2012

Karma Daze - Day 19 Where Has All the Wind Gone?

11 pmSaturday night – we have now been motoring for 48 hours.  There is a large area with light/verylight winds in this part of the Atlantic. We ran into it when we were about 500 miles from St Lucia with theprospect that there would be no wind until Monday.  However, looking at weather forecast wehave and other boats have we are hoping that the wind will gradually startreturning late afternoon/early evening on Sunday.  We were quite concerned when we firststarted motoring that we may have to sit and wallow as we do not have enoughdiesel to take us all the way to St Lucia, but we are now more optimistic thatwe have sufficient to get us to the wind. Our firstmotoring day we had a conversation with a passing large motor yacht on its wayto Grenada.  They were taking. read more...


16/12/2012

Salsa af Stavsnäs - Well it is always YOUR responsibilty!

What a nigh we had. No wind, no waves, just a silksmooth swell, stars all the way to the horizon. Some so low you thought theywhere lanterns from ships. One of the stars I named tonight, the Lantern Star.We are aiming for Orion of course, the star that leads sailors going west. Wehave not seen a boat or ship for more than 48 hours now.  My father died this date one year ago, so sittingwatching this bright stars, the milky way so grand, so vast, so...empty. Makes me feel small. This ocean makes me so small.Life is so small and short.  I do not think that my father and I reallyunderstood that when we spoke last time, a couple of days before the 15th ofDecember, that a year later just precise, we would be out in the Atlantic Ocean.He knew what it was about, in a way, he worked. read more...


15/12/2012

Mis Amores - Report three: what a day!

December 15, 2012Dear friendsWe went through a whole bunch of highs and lows in the last 24 hours. The lows concern our friends in ARC that are having less luck that we are. We are currently heading to one of them hoping we can help after a storm they went through and left them with a few damages inclusive two injured crew members. There was no Mayday sent out; it makes us believe that they are still holding well. Our boat is taking good care about us so far and we are grateful for that!The highs refer to us and our board life. Yesterday we have witnessed one of the most beautiful sunsets ever seen by any crew member, old and young ones. The pink and turquoise sky and clouds were mirroring in the Atlantic Ocean, so wide and endless. It was spectacular!Today we are sailing in smooth west. read more...


Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
19/11/2011

Sialia

What a difference a day makes! Shortly after I sent yesterday’s blog entry I went for a nap.I woke up to find 15 knots of wind on a broad reach.It was sunny, not a cloud in the sky and the ocean was that aquamarine blue you only ever find in post cards and photoshoped pictures.  All hands, on duty and off, were in the cockpit soaking it up so we decided to go find the jenniker and see what we could do with it. Wow. Just Wow! We got it rigged and then pulled the snuffer.It is a crispy new North Sails red, yellow and blue…. And its just got the nicest shape.It exceeded our expectations in just about every arena.We flew it for almost two hours – curling and trimming – the whole crew smiling and listening to the surf.Then the wind crept closer to 20 and we. read more...


Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012

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