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28/11/2013

Nyaminyami II - Nyaminyami II Blog Wednesday 27.11.13 - 1600hrs

By Chris Haworth.  Last night was another black one ...but not a beauty! Heavy rain G & I got soaked, no visibility, winds light and variable, eventually veered in to SW 7-10 knts, with 6 knts boat speed Nyaminyami impressive! By morning back to 12-18 knts  from SW close hauled on port cruising at 7knts now in clear skies & sunshine perfect vis and conditions. All well and happy on board although we are a little worried about Graham. He has been rolling around in the front cabin allot groaning and emerged this morning saying he had experienced something important - then recited the following poem: Nyaminyami she is more than a boat, she is a home. Nyaminyami she carries us securely across the ocean and gives us peace.  Nyaminyami she is more than a. read more...


28/11/2013

Arkouda - Fwd: Day 4 -- or is it Day 5? Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving!  Well almost, the sun is not quite up yet.Pre dawn yesterday, just as the sky was beginning to lighten up but before the sun had broken the horizon, Sean and I braved the rain to lower the the Parasailor.  Piece of cake!  I am not sure what we were worried about!  See Brady, we really didn't need you!  It helped that for the first time we had had written instructions on how to hoist, retrieve, and trim the sail.  May I also request written instructions on how to tack with two--that part didn't go as well.  My thanks to the support that Parasailor provided to the ARC participants, even for those people who had already purchased the sail in a different country.  We tried to motor a direct route toward the Cape Verde Islands after. read more...


28/11/2013

Arkouda - Fwd: Arkouda Day 3--Its cold in Nova Scotia

Could someone please tell my husband that we are going to St. Lucia!  Nova Scotia is just a bit off course!Seriously, we put the Parasailor up on Monday, and set the auto pilot for 150 degrees off the port stern (the wind coming off the back left part off the boat for my non sailor family and friends). This means that as the wind shifts the boat corrects for it, and we just follow along.  We had been doing okay, headed SW, then W--generally in the right direction.  Since we are not racing, and the sailing has been so comfortable, and okay--maybe we are just a little lazy--we left the sail up even though we knew we needed to head more south.  Besides that, by the time we finished with that darn fish it was already dark, and wrestling a 200 sq meter sail, with four. read more...


28/11/2013

Starblazer - Starblazer 28 November Reasons to be happy

Tonight’s blog should be more like a list with brief explanations, rather than an essay.That is the intention anyway.A pod of dolphins came and played around the boat for about 15 minutes late this afternoon.You could see them just below the surface, hurtling along like missiles, suddenly turning and diving, popping out of the water.Why are these creatures so mesmerising?The night sky is cloudless with so many stars that they light up the horizon, even the Milky Way is clear.The rapidly waning moon is not much more than a sliver and is due to rise at about 0300, during John’s watch.At sea level the phosphorescence sparkles in our wake, like handfuls of diamonds scattered on the surface.About 5 miles ahead we can see the lights of another ARC boat.Four years ago I think we saw the lights. read more...


28/11/2013

Adina - Day 4 Star Shooting

Day 4 onboard Adina and yet again we were beset by light winds and indeed sailed upwind which is not normal for this time of year. We've been trying to sail gybing or tacking which explains why we're back of our fleet as most boats have motored and are now having to go into the Cape Verde islands to refuel. With no winds for a lot of yesterday we had no choice but to motor for 9 hours ourselves. But we are trying our best. Crew are all into the swing of life at sea getting to know the boat, and Neil aptly described it as very monastic lifestyle. Google that! Alas no fish, but Lindsay had us doing squats, sit-ups and leg raises on the stern deck as seas were calm. Although it must be noted certain crew members will need to catch-up today as they sat and watched said exercise from the. read more...


28/11/2013

Webster - Log 7 - What a difference a day makes

Wednesday 25th: We have spent all night drifting around with no wind at all wondering if we will ever make progress. The weather information suggests its not going to get much better til the weekend maybe so we have been considering our options: we have Verdes 550nm to the south where if necessary we could refuel and re-provision but it is 4 days away at 5.5 knots under engine which would take all our fuel, but at least we would be out of this hole in the wind. As the forecast also suggests light winds in mid Atlantic it almost seems that we have little option but to go to Verdes and by 1100 the decision is made; on goes the engine and we put two hours propulsion in heading for Sao Vincent. Came across Maurice in Habanera, a Hanse 342 and went over to say hello. He was pulling his hair. read more...


28/11/2013

Aspen - Log 4: Thursday 28 Nov; Happy Thanksgiving!

It is Thanksgiving Day in the USA.Ahhh we can smell the roastedturkey, dressing, mashed potatoes with gravy, corn on the cob, greenbeans, fresh lettuce, cranberries and of course pumpkin pie with lots ofwhip cream on top.Maria has some turkey burgers for us to eat today but our carrots wentbad 2 days ago :)No watching football on the TV today but there willbe reruns when we make landfall.Our progress is very slow toward our waypoint to the south near the CapeVerde islands because that is where the wind is coming from - South!Where are the trades or at least NE winds when we want them???All is well onboard.Steve and Maria. read more...


28/11/2013

Windleblo - Day Four

Overcast dawn! Where's the sun we were promised?No wind! Where are the trades?We hear this refrain several times today, spoken among ourselves, on the ARC SSB radio net, and in our thoughts.Not that we are complaining, mind you. Spirits are high on the Windleblo this Thanksgiving day, as we dream of football and turkey. We make lemons out of lemonade by stopping for a mid-ocean swim. The water is fine! Some hang off the stern swim step while others, more daring, do laps around the boat to get the heart going. (All this sitting is doing nothing for our fitness.)To add to the excitement, we sight two whales swimming laconically about a quarter mile of our starboard beam. The dolphins seem to be taking a break today, but the whale sighting more than makes up for it.We're hearing on the. read more...


27/11/2013

Sephina of Beaumaris - Day 4 - Cats, Movies, Brownies & Nachos

Day 4 - Cats, Movies, Brownies & NachosDay 4 Well today started out just like the past few, early 2am watch. Stare into the nights sky, off at 5am for a quick sleep before the boat wakes up.My task first thing was to befriend one of the cats (Thornton). He has in previous encounters with me liked my company so I was hired to get some food into him as he hasn’t eaten since we set off. Much to my joy he ate the first thing I gave him, setting in Ju’s mind that he finds her evil (for force feeding him water) and I am the new cat feeder a task I greatly enjoy. Lots of purring and meowing coming my way! Then, rig check just to keep on top of it all, as usual with this lovely yacht, all was well. Then sail configuration change, poles lowered and rigged for close haul sailing due to this. read more...


28/11/2013

La Rochelle - la rochelle still in the med

Has anyone seen a repsol ? As we are going to need one tonight. Very frustrating trying to motor sail down breeze in 7 knots of wind ,with our .5 ounce kite spending most of the time wrapped around the spreaders. We are eaking out 6 knots down the rhumb linetrying to punch through the hole using only 2.2 litres and hour at 1400 rpm. The " green death" isdoinga wonderful job. All that practice motor sailing in the med is now starting to pay off , as we may be able to squeeze another 12 hours out of our fuel supply.We need 40 litres spare which is in the Locker to be used for topping up our batteries,after we hopefully find the breeze, if not ,we will have to drift along under kiteat 3 knots and wait for a decent breeze.Bloody hot in the sun so we stopped for lunch today and had another. read more...


28/11/2013

Hot Stuff - Fairies of the Lost Arc - Chapter 3

We fairies feel like the wind gods are trying to take us back to the UK -for the last 24 hours we have had the delightful pleasure of beating upwind into15/20 knots. We don't think our lovely Hotstuff is too happy about it either!Even so spirits are high. The stars were out in their full glory last night andthe solar panel came out in the day – for 1 hour between squall dodging -sunshine and bikinis avec the very expensive sea salt hair spray. Beauty salon'smonthly turnover is soaring.   Oh what a night! Lots of drama chez nous! We VHF'd our green glowing neighbour (for tonight)called Andrew Halcrow. Andrew is four weeks into his year long single handedtrip sailing his boat Elsiarrub (.co.uk) around the world NON STOP! Good luckAndrew!   Activity hour was inevitably interrupted. read more...


28/11/2013

Hot Stuff - Fairies of the Lost Arc - Chapter 2

No. of whales seen: 2 No. of dolphins seen: infinite No. of flying fish on board: 1 Wildlife watch over. David Attenborough would be proud.   The Hotstuff fairies are happy with their progress to date. Everyone hasnow helmed and one watch cycle is complete. Sea sickness has settled now and allhave developed wobbly sea legs. We are continuing to head south west hoping tobe able to turn right by the weekend (if south enough) and head straight for St.Lucia!   We have now settled into the watch system following a 3 hour on -- 6 houroff system at night, and a 4 hour on -- 8 hour off system during the day. Forthose of you who thought sailing was glamorous here's the lowdown of the nightwatch...   Extract from Clairy Fairy's diary: Get woken up by glowing red head torch light. read more...


28/11/2013

Second Wind - Iron Mainsail

We are now some 475 miles North East of the Cape Verde islands, sailing into the teeth of a 7 knot headwind using ourtrusty iron mainsail.Suffice to say that the reliable North Easterly winds expected in this area have taken this week off! If the forecast is to be believed, this form of sailing can be expected for another day or two which will probably mean an unscheduled visit to the Cape Verde islands for a spot of diesel (just in case the reliable Easterly trades are also thinking about a holiday). We have also had to carry a little extra weight for the last couple of days as a visiting racing pigeon decided to avail itself of our hospitality. It left yesterday just before we could look up a recipe for pigeon pie.The bread making has been slowly improving and now we are seeing a. read more...


28/11/2013

George - Day 4 aboard....

Day 4 evening of 27th NovWe have been beating into wind for 12 hours no with no sign of the wind changing. I seem to have missed the seminar for "How to sail up wind?" After yesterday's upheaval with the heads and Steve's heroic unblocking exercise, I have decided to award him the highest accolade on 'George' a gold star next to his name on the watch rota, 5 gold stars = a lolly that he can eat on watch....TBChris Rhea, Dire Straits and Adele...that's more like it for the night watch last night! Personally, I did not come all the way into the north Atlantic to beat to windward, which is what we are doing now, albeit it a healthy breeze. Going a bit further west than we would like but no choice really, unless we want to go back to Africa. Hoping the wind turns one way or the other. read more...


27/11/2013

Blue Ocean - Blue Ocean

Hi 21,30 a bord du Blue Ocean ce mercredi, 3 eme jour de mer (ou quatriemedeja ?) La vie a bord du bateau  s`est etablie, rythmee par les quarts et lesrepas du cooking  team.   tout le monde a recouvre la forme a bord, par une belle journeeensoleillee. Une journee calme de beau temps et de vent faiblissant en soiree,avec une route Sud Ouest pour  accrocher rejoindre  les trade windsesperes. Pas de passage par le Cap Vert, on va vers le sud-ouest le pluspossible en attendant le changement du regime des vents.  L`option sera peut etre payante – mais on voit sur les positions recues queles maxi comme Caro et Monster Project ont des routes beaucoup plus nord, oumeme Zenyatta, un magnifique grand catamaran de course.   Pendant la journee Fred a eu une grosse. read more...


28/11/2013

Hanami II - Journee assymetrique

Mercerdi 27 Novembre 201323:01 UTC15 21 N41 09 WCap 280, Vitesse 6NUne journee assymetrique, ca commence sur le bateau par la question clef du matin; "D'apres toi, on met le spi symetrique ou assymetrique?"Et ca prend deja plus d'une heure pour decider par manque de vent.Aujourd'hui la bonne decision fut d'envoyer le spi assymetrique et ses couleurs rouge et blanche.Puis une fois le spi etabli est venu le moment du "bain-douche" car aujourd'hui par grand soleil et mer calme et deja il fait CHAUD.MIchel et Marie se sont faits plaisir sur la jupe arriere, sous l'oeil du 'capitaine', en s'adonnant a un savonnage, rinces de sceaux d'eau de mer, quel bonheur!On a bien fait de profiter de la piscine.La journee se poursuit par le quart cuisine, 11h30 arrivant et le 'Chef Cuistot' et son. read more...


27/11/2013

Great Escape of Southampton - Day 4

A good 24 hours aboard Great Escape.The log shows that we have made 135NM, noon to noon – and mostly in the right direction. Last night we had mostly light windsfrom the SE and we made decent progress to the S. Weather was beautiful withbright stars and a late moon. Highlight was a visit from a whale which surfacedabout 20 feet from our starboard quarter. We think it was a pilotwhale. In the morning the wind veered S andwe took down the #3 (smaller) jib and replaced it with the #2 (bigger) jib. Havebeen having a fantastic sail all day to the W. Pippa claims top speed of the dayof 9.3 kts, but even us lesser helmspeople have kept the boat moving at a steady7+ kts all morning. Yesterday Jan was all talk about hisfishing prowess, but at lunchtime he delivered as we hooked – and landed. read more...


Great Escape of Southampton - Day 4
Great Escape of Southampton - Day 4
27/11/2013

Dragonfly - Unglaublicher Sternenhimmel

Nach Hajos neuem Wachplan habe ich heute von 19 bis 22 Uhr Wache. Der Abend ist so schön, dass ich schon ankündige bis mindestensb23 Uhr zu machen. Der Tag war ruhig. 3 Segelyachten fuhren hartnäckig unseren Kurs und blieben in unserer Nähe. Erst als der Wind weiter rechts dreht und wir immer weiter nach Norden gehen müssen, sprechen die sich untereinander über Funk in portugiesich ab und fahren gleichzeitig eine Wende. Das bringt sie ziemlich direkt nach Süden und sie machen nicht soviel zum Ziel gut wie wir. Wir diskustieren eine Weile und stellen Berechnungen an. Letztendlich entscheide ich, doch auf mein Telefonat mit Martin zu warten. Der hat von zu Hause aus bessere Informationen und kann uns bei der Strategie helfen. Die Flaute läßt sich nicht vermeiden, die Frage ist nur: Wie. read more...


27/11/2013

Jade - Days 3&4 Dorados and Dolphins

Yup, Keith's fishing skills came into play today as he landed not one but two dorado. For lunch we marinaded them in cajun spices and for dinner in lemon and garlic with sauteed potatoes. After the excitement of all that we were then very pleased to spot some dolphins. Noah and Ferne were not keen to partake in fish eating so they've had sausages.There's little wind which gave Keith and Alex time to fix a minor prob we had with our main sail. Something broke and now it's fixed but it meant we had no main for 24hours when it would have been useful hence our slow progress. All we need now is some wind and we'll be off!! Much loveMichelle and all the crew xx. read more...


27/11/2013

True Colours - Wizard Wednesday

Position 22:34.50N 020:34.13W   After the slow start to the day, things picked up well.   Some light clouds quickly cleared and we had bright sunshine all day. Thewind gradually veered and we ended up close hauled doing around 6 – 7 Kn in 10Kn of breeze.   Watermaker on for six hours, but only served toreplace the water we used during the day on showers and other domestics.   No fish today – not even a bite, so fish stew will have to wait.  Chefof he day was Andrej;  saksuka (traditional Turkish dish) which followedtortilla wraps mid afternoon.  High standards are being set!!   Apart from a yacht on the distant horizon at dawn, we have seen no otherboats until 10 minutes ago, when a tanker travelling in the opposite directionmade a 5 degree. read more...


27/11/2013

Diva - Ein schöner Tag – so langsam vergisst man zu Hause

Nachdem sich Jack Sparrow in der Nacht mit einer sechsstündigen Flaute mit anschließendem Regen verabschiedete, riss der Himmel auf und ein schöner Tag begrüßte die acht Uhr Wache bei 4-5 Bft aus Südwest Norddrehend**Greetings JMS **. Der Teil der Crew der in Luv schlief, hat sich eine neue Gekko-Schalftechnik entwickelt, die es erlaubt auch bei starker Krängung sicher im Bett zu bleiben. Dabei klammert der Unterarm an den rechten Rand der Matratze und mit den Beinen bildet man ein breites V um nicht wegzurollen. Bei mir versagte der Klettverschluss der Matratze und ich rutschte samt der kompletten Garnitur unter den Salontisch.Die ersten Gemüse wie Champions ermüdeten ihrer Frische und wurden Neptun geopfert. Einige Avocados und Tomaten müssen jetzt definitiv weg. Den ganzen Tag gegen. read more...


27/11/2013

Golondrina - Wednesday

The past 24 hours has been a mixed bag of luck.  At first light we saw a sail ahead on the horizon and set that as an object as it appeared to be on the same course as ourselves, so with favourable winds and the spinnaker set we hunted her down and past her about 4 pm yesterday afternoon, which increased morale after a really hard night on Monday, involving the consumption on many "man up" pills! But with bright sunshine and good winds, Gareth decided to turn SW and we ran all day and night with the spinnaker flying.   The warm winds from the coast of Africa meant the evening dress code was shorts and flip flops.. Plus the customary life jackets - so at least there was a sense of decision making.   So this morning our luck ran out and we entered the Azores. read more...


Golondrina - Wednesday
Golondrina - Wednesday
27/11/2013

Skyelark of London - Day 3 - writing the brochure

Gentle downwind sailing, barefoot, shorts and t-shirt, lazy days in the sun, cocktails on deck at sunset, daily dolphin shows and fresh fish for lunch. That's what the brochure promised and that's what has been delivered over the last 24 hours!You may have noticed on the Yellowbrick tracker that we have opted to continue to head south. The idea is to keep the wind behind us and avoid the windless area to the west of us. I am happy to report that we are gently gliding along on a beam to broad reach in a flat calm sea.Shorts and t-shirts are the norm in the afternoon sun and I don't even know where my shoes are stashed away, as I have not needed them since Las Palmas. Life on board has been good. Mom, you will be pleased to know that I have not suffered from any seasickness and as far as I. read more...


Skyelark of London - Day 3 - writing the brochure
Skyelark of London - Day 3 -  writing the brochure
27/11/2013

Amokura - Log Day 3 Amokura

5...4...3...2...1  we are In perfect position to clear the yellow,gigantic blow up mark as an armada of yachts on our left block our plannedstart, they are aligned and racing for the second bobbing marker. To stay on ourcourse  would be the equivalent of crossing the M-5 at rush hour, so ourunplanned gybe put us on course with the fleet headed toward the line. Maneuvering 34 tons of boat in a seaway full of similar beasts rushing around asthough they were a bunch of nursery school kids on the playground is a bit offun and something never to be forgotten.  We are the first Discovery 57 to cross a line, she is our first boat andthis is also our first time.   After the start, the fleet  spread out and the squall we werewatching hit us with 30 kt winds.  We. read more...


27/11/2013

Merlyn III - Day 4: 'A painted ship upon a painted ocean'

We have had to switch the motor on, the last thing any of us wanted to do.We made only 90 miles in the last twenty-four hours in winds always below 10knots.  That makes 350 miles in 3 days.  The winds are forecast to satsub-10 kn forecast for the next three days  at least, and to swing roundsoon to head us - under the malign influence of two lows, one of which separatedfrom a monster storm in the mid Atlantic. Both are almost stationary and havepushed the trade winds, such as they are, down to about 15degN rather than20degN where we might have expected them.  We were at 24degN when wedecided – over 500m north. At the moment the trades are not forecast to re-assert themselves properlyin our part of town, the eastern half of the Atlantic, for the next five days. read more...


Boingo alive - Enterprise "Boingo alive" in full function
Boingo alive - Enterprise
27/11/2013

Boingo alive - Enterprise "Boingo alive" in full function

27.11.13 - 15.00 UTC / 25°29,12N 022°50,63WThe days of "first experiences" in open sea are the three behind us - but as expected, our "enterprise" is ready for everything to come and nothing can stop us now!The downwind sail got its first damages perfectly fixed by our sewing team Felice and Sandra with their circumnavigation tested, old Bernina (see picture). Great job!And there's the fishing - a story on its own! Yehuda, our skilled fisherman, caught finally "Verdia", our very first Dolphin (see picture). She was big enough for all of us and we enjoyed a very delicious fish meal prepared by Jürg. After three days on sea we know, that we'll have approx. two fish on board out of five fish on the hook. For the moment the fishing is inactive (by order), because we have already enough on. read more...


Boingo alive - Enterprise "Boingo alive" in full function
Boingo alive - Enterprise
27/11/2013

Balearia - shower

Balearia crew is enjoying the sail at average speeds of 8.8 knots in these difficult winds. Constant changing of sails keep the crew busy!Yesterday night we all freshed up with a tropical shower, so all good!. read more...


Sephina of Beaumaris - Sephina What do cats dream of at sea?
Sephina of Beaumaris - Sephina What do cats dream of at sea?
27/11/2013

Starla - Log Day 3 - Celebrating the Sun but not the Wind

Hello EveryoneDistance logged today - 77 nautical miles. Distance to date this trip - 340 nautical miles.As you can see from the distance logged for the day, we had very light winds. It is a case of being in the right place at the right time. We do have weather forecast information and the wind has been generally lighter than that forecast.We had decided to take the more traditional route, which is south west, towards Cape Verde and then turn west in to the trade winds, to cross in a more westerly direction to St Lucia.The forecast is not good for the trade winds at the moment. As the major weather system that drives them, called the Azores high, is located very north, toward Ireland (No, it is not now called the Paddy high!). Needless to say, the high should be over the Azores!! So it. read more...


27/11/2013

Idea of London - Suspended Animation. 29N 25W

Hello World,Coming at you live and direct from 500 miles out in the ocean Rupert Spiegelberg is our introductee of the day and he comes to us out NY, NY but that is not his home.Rupert is from London and still calls London home. He's made his way over to the US to help start up the US branch of the company he works for developing apps and websites for all us techies.He's here on IDEA to make a long standing dream come true.To participate in a long ocean sail, and get away from it all.Have really enjoyed himself yesterday he's happy to announce that his "Sea Legs". have finally arrived. There was some sort of glitch in the delivery service, and I guess it took a while for them to find him out here.He's now happily moving around the boat getting ever more involved in the manuvers, and life. read more...


27/11/2013

Hebe - Day 4 - Jacket Potatoes or Dinner Jackets

27. 11 1322:02:7N 22:24:8WAfter a very dark night we ventured into the unknown, no moon or stars to guide us, but good breeze on the beam and the sea gentle. Later a small quarter moon appeared and made all the difference, then a wonderful morning with sunshine  at last.  We are enjoying the momentary pleasure of being fifteenth in the fleet yay !   Heading southwest and motoring out of dead patches.  Sarah has taught Andrew how to use the Swiffer and Cillit Bang.  On Mother Watch this morning Andrew was busily swiffing and banging (sounds like a brothel) and scrubbing the heads, his new name is Jonny Bogbrush.  Meanwhile Peter in the pinny dusting aimlessly listening to Pink Floyd.  . read more...


Mustique - Praying for tuna
Mustique - Praying for tuna
27/11/2013

Mustique - ARC Day 3

Highlight of the Day -sailing 10knots close hauled...Lowlight of the day- con't from above- .....in wrong direction Sea life spotted - Lord Rob Lucan Weather & sailing - Night of squalls and variable winds and calm. Now beating south into SW15knots. 24hr Log- 140nm Amazing Facto of the Day- One can be becalmed under a squall! Food.snack of the day - Highly awesome taste bud sensation of Fin's Irish Stew Awesomeness of the Day- Having 6 portions of stew between 4 of us! Crew Vibe- somewhat frustrated by wind Crew members who still retain sufficient levels of sanity.... - Fin, Scott, Stefan, Beckiemustique2. read more...


Mustique - ARC Day 3
Mustique - ARC Day 3
27/11/2013

Blue Dolphin - Day 3 Ɔn the boot'

The winds dropped dramatically during the night and the crew had to revert to engine power.  Carol spent a long time working out how many engine hours we could afford to use but agreed that we had to engine until at least we had a puff of wind (which turned out to be all night!) Welcome entertainement was provided by StarBlazer who invited all boats in the vicinity to join him for a virtual happy hour.  At least 4 boats participated and the crew of BD enjoyed virtual G&Ts followed by a bottle of virtual Pinot Noir.  If they are still in range tonight they are going to order cocktails!!  They needed something to alleviate the detox headaches. Sally rose to the challenge of the cook off by producing a fabulous Greek salad for lunch followed by Jamacian. read more...


27/11/2013

Swan Valhalla - Log 7 - Hen's back blogging!

After a few days on the rolling seas,we have now all got our sea legs - thank God! We awoke tobeautiful sunshine, little wind and flat sea, which was definitely a welcomerelief to some on board. It really is incredible/scary to not see any landor boats for miles, just us and the sea!  Some scramblies and bacon were the order of the morningthen it was into bikinis and off with the shirts for our first bout ofsunbathing. With the little wind we had, there was an attempt to fly thegennaker which much to the annoyance of Haig and Sam was not a great success sothe motor went back on. The boys put up the awning, which was anice relief from the hot sun - none of us want to be burnt to a crisp onthe first sunny day! Yoyo made a healthy and delicious lunch,. read more...


27/11/2013

Selivra - ARC Tag 3

2013-11-27, 1500Hier meldet sich die First Mate von Bord!Nach der dritten Nacht gewöhnt man sich an den neuen Schlafablauf und wirbegannen nach einer ruhigen Nachtfahrt (nur kurz unterbrochen durch einenzum Glück glimpflich verlaufenen Absturzes unseres Segelwachhundes Benny)bei Sonnenaufgang mit dem Setzen unseres genialen Wingackers.Bei leichtem Wind nutzten wir jeden Hauch und konnten somit auf einstörendes Motorengeräusch verzichten. Weit und breit der Atlantik undmitten drin wir mit unserem Segel, das uns zügig weiter bringt. Nach vielFingerspitzengefühl am Ruder war es um 14.00 Uhr an der Zeit mit einemperfekten Bergemanöver unser "Baby" zu bergen.Das tiefblaue Wasser, das uns umgibt lässt uns gar keine andere Wahl: wirmüssen einen Stopp einlegen und hinein! Was für ein traumhaftes. read more...


Selivra - ARC Tag 3
Selivra - ARC Tag 3
27/11/2013

Avel Biz - Avel Biz J+3 Allo Houston

Bonjour27 novembre 2à13Position à 12h00 UTC25°42,4 N22°08,3 W143 milles en 24hAllo HoustonHier à bord c'était un peu l'ambiance Appolo 13, comme dans le film.Récupération de matériel puis utilisation de choses non prévues.D'ailleurs, notre modification de la fixation du gennaker semble très bientenir.Mais le plus fort, c'est la girouette électronique qui était complètementfolle depuis la veille du départ. A la demande du chantier Pogo-Structureset de son responsable technique, nous transmettions régulièrement lesdonnées indiquées par notre centrale de navigation. Il a contacté lefabricant. Il semble qu'il y a un problème d'aimant décollé dans le capteurde tête de mat, un truc impossible à réparer.Ils ont trouvé et nous ont indiqué une procédure absolument pas prévue parle manuel. Nous. read more...


27/11/2013

LUV - Logbuch der Luv Nr. 26

Position 15 Grad 48 Minuten N46 Grad 22 Minuten WWetter : leicht bewölktWind NO 4-5 , Seegang 3 Meter  Eine gar nicht so herrliche Nacht auf See : White Squalls im Passat   „Und wieder beginnt ein herrlicher Tag auf See.“ Irgendeiner kommt garantiert mit diesem Schnack, und recht hat er: Es ist noch nicht heiß, die Sonne beginnt den Horizont erst pastellblau, dann rosa bis glutrot zu färben. Wieder ein Sonnenaufgang, den Caspar David Friedrich sich geschämt hätte, zu malen. So kitschig schön. Das erste Licht des neuen Tages verleiht den Passatwolken eine ungeheuer präzise Plastizität. Der erste Kaffee in der Mug dampft, wir unterhalten uns entspannt über Gott und die Welt. Wegen solcher Momente fahren wir mit der Luv zur See. Heute Nacht dagegen hätte sich die Crew. read more...


27/11/2013

Shine - Day 4:Sushi and Sunshine

Dear wives,Many thoughts from us all as you meet for dinner this evening.We know you will all be very concerned for our welfare but do try and draw strength from each other.Stick together through this, and remember that while we are putting ourselves through this dreadful ordeal, it is only possible knowing that you are behind us.Our currently position is about 350 miles west of Nouadhibou off the coast of Mauritiana, heading due west.Light winds last night meant a few hours on the engine but thankfully we were under sail again by midnight. Gently increasing wind through the night gave us a beautiful dawn and a glorious day's sail under blue skies.We appear to be blessed with significant computer /electronic brilliance on board.Team TJM set to this morning and solved some teething. read more...


27/11/2013

Athena of Southampton - Blog 1 - Wed 27th November 2012 - 0430 hrs.

Athena (of Southampton) Blog 1 – Wed 27th November 2012 – 0430 hrs.                                                                                                             At last time to sit and begin our blog. Following 4 frantic days of work before we. read more...


27/11/2013

Firefly - More light winds

Knowing what the temperatures are like in the UK we don't expect any sympathy but could do without these rain squalls. The dark patches on the water in front of us looked like much needed breeze only to be disappointed and saturated in one go. We have all been caught out over the last two days. Fortunately they are over quickly and back to sunshine and a chance to dry out! As forecast we continue to be short of wind but we did sail part of the evening in 10 knots of breeze, and just after mid day we are A sailing again. The rest of the time we are motoring with Paul keepinga close watch on fuel supplies; we have plenty at the moment. Long range radio connections continue to be a challenge so hope you get this log soon.Considering how large this ocean is, we continue to be surprised at. read more...


27/11/2013

Manihi - On est partis au près !

23:31.96N 21:52.10WDepuis cette nuit les vents sont de sud ; ce qui nous oblige à naviguer auprès. Nous visons un cap au 240 (SW) pour passer entre les Iles du Cap Vertet une dépression qui va se former à 300 miles au NW des iles. Nous devonscontinuer à tenir ce cap pendant les deux jours qui viennent. Naviguer auprès c'est quand le bateau s'efforce vaillamment de remonter contre le vent.Il y arrive, mais au prix d'un inconfort certain ; il gite et son contactavec l'eau est disons ... viril !!! Mais la mer a pitié de nous. Elle estcalme et réduit la violence de l'affrontement !Dans ces conditions il est compliqué de cuisiner. Les feux à gaz sont montéssur un axe qui leur permet de pivoter pour rester à l'horizontale en tempsnormal. Dans les conditions actuelles ils jouent plutôt à la. read more...


27/11/2013

Bella - Port & Starboard ...

Check out Port & Starboard ... all the best submariners on the Conqueror looked like this, don't you know! Well done, Roy & Mike :o)27112013 ARC PM1 002. read more...



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