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11/12/2012

Ace has Finished!!!!

Greetings all!  We have FINISHED!  Let the clean up and festivities begin!  Time:  12:26:30 Position:   Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia, West Indies Wind:  Apparent Weather:  Rum Squalls Speed:  Declining Heading:  To the party!. read more...


11/12/2012

Sam III - letzter Tag auf See

Nur noch 170 sm bis zum Ziel.Die Zeit ist wie im Flug vergangen.Wir haben konstanten Tradewind und moderate Welle und sind irgendwie traurig wie schnell die Zeit vorbeigegangen ist.An Bord ist alles ok,keine besonderenSchäden.Das Schiff hat alle Erwartungen erfüllt und segelt wirklich ganz brav,wie eine Lokomotive seinen Weg.Und was hat es uns zu bieten ?Wassermacher: sind ein wirklicher Segen in den warmen Breiten,täglich ein herrliches Duschbad!Frühere Atlantiküberquerer mußten nach einem Squall das Wasser aus den Speiern lecken und haben mit abenteuerlichen Konstruktionen versucht ein paar Tropfen aufzufangen.Welchein Luxus heute ! Klimaanlage:fantastisch in der drückenen Kabinenhitze ,wenn Du keine Lucke aufmachen kannst wg.der überkommenen Seen und den Regenschauern. Internet: ist. read more...


11/12/2012

Fidelis of London - Day 15 by Lon 152 nm

Starting to lose track what day we´re on... I think it´s day 15. We were supposed to have lots of squalls today but we didn´t have any yet, and we´re all in our bikini´s so we´re not expecting them either! There isn´t a lot of wind but there´s enough to put out the genoa with the boom. It ranges between 5 and 15 knots. Everyone on board is starting to get very thirsty and can´t wait to be welcomed with some rum punch in st lucia! Apart from my sister who will have to celebrate with something alcohol free. We´re hoping to arrive on Sunday. Finally!!!! My highlight of the crossing so far was the flyfish hitting my dad´s face. I wish I´d seen that. It´s boiling and we´re all tired of the heat, but it´s better than rain! As I was typing this I looked out the window and saw lots of dolphins.. read more...


11/12/2012

Oranda III - ORANDA III Grandes noticias!!!!!!

Queridos seguidores, el misterio de las muestras de pesca,se aclara. Ayer, por fin, se encontró el "tuper" con los señuelos, ESTABAN EN LA NEVERA!!!!!, nadie fué quien las puso allí, ...En fin, ahora estan navegando detras del barco intentando solucionarnos la comida.El día parece perfecto, sol, por fin, sol magnifico y buen viento, el parasail govierna nuestro progreso al W a 8kt. Mientras, hemos hecho la colada, la lavadora funciona.Si todo va así, estimamos llegar el 14th late evening en Rodney bay. Cruzo los dedos y empiezo a sentir pena porque el viaje se está terminando.Pasamos una foto de como quedó el arroz negro de ante ayer para celebrar el paso de las primeras 1000 millas. Ojo a las fots no todo es buena cocina, navegar sigue siendo un placer muy duro a veces ¡¡¡¡¡Buena proa. read more...


Oranda III - ORANDA III Grandes noticias!!!!!!
Oranda III - ORANDA III Grandes noticias!!!!!!
Oranda III - ORANDA III Grandes noticias!!!!!!
Oranda III - ORANDA III Grandes noticias!!!!!!
Oranda III - ORANDA III Grandes noticias!!!!!!
Oranda III - ORANDA III Grandes noticias!!!!!!
Oranda III - ORANDA III Grandes noticias!!!!!!
Oranda III - ORANDA III Grandes noticias!!!!!!
Oranda III - ORANDA III Grandes noticias!!!!!!
Oranda III - ORANDA III Grandes noticias!!!!!!
Oranda III - ORANDA III Grandes noticias!!!!!!
Oranda III - ORANDA III Grandes noticias!!!!!!
Oranda III - ORANDA III Grandes noticias!!!!!!
Oranda III - ORANDA III Grandes noticias!!!!!!
11/12/2012

Skyelark of London - Day 15, Tuesday

We learn about 30 boats have finished and another 30 or so, us amongst them, are within 200 miles. With 2700nm behind us, we have just 180 or so to run. Our thoughts of spinnakers were dashed by continuing strong winds, 20-28 knots (F6) but the compensation has been some wonderfully fast sailing. Averaging 8kts, we have several times made the 200nm per day run. The night time squalls to 35kts+ bring torrential rain, but at other times we have had stunningly clear skies - although the moon has now left us.Those behind us, even just 40 miles away, have had heavy daytime rain, but we have generally missed that weather, although 12 hours beating to windward into driving rain was an unexpected "pleasure". Overall, however, all credit to skipper Dan for his skilled reading of the GRIB files. read more...


11/12/2012

Murphy - Tuesday Afternoon* – Log Day 15

Subtle ChangesAs the miles to go figure diminishes and we can say with some confidence that after today we have only two more full days to go before we reach St Lucia there is a discernible shift in the crew's focus. Thoughts are straying ever more frequently to the arrival itself (which is going to be unbelievably exciting), flights home and reuniting with family. We seem now to be in some settled weather that is allowing us to head directly for the finish line under main and poled-out genoa and it looks as though it should continue, so we are fairly confident that we shall arrive early Friday morning. This will allow our younger crew members to catch the flights we booked for them originally and get home to their husbands, wives and children as early as possible and exactly on. read more...


Murphy - The (mult)talented Mr Taylor, steering by foot while enjoying coffee & biscuits and drying his shorts
Murphy - The (mult)talented Mr Taylor, steering by foot while enjoying coffee & biscuits and drying his shorts
Murphy - Alone in the rolling blue ocean
Murphy - Alone in the rolling blue ocean
11/12/2012

Poco Loco -

Dag 14: 15:06 N - 55:52 W, dagafstand 189  milesMaandag tegen de middag zien we voor het eerst een zeiltje aan de horizon. Fantastisch, we zijn toch niet helemaal alleen. Langzaam lopen we in op de boot , 'Distant Shores'. Ze "vlinderen", dwz genua aan een kant en grootzeil over de andere kant. We zien dat het bootje alle kanten op stuitert. Ze roepen ons op via de marifoon en stellen voor dat als we ze straks inhalen, we foto's van elkaar maken. Want hoe krijg je anders foto's van je eigen schip in actie? We zitten met zijn allen buiten boven op de brug, windkracht 6-7, foto camera's in de aanslag als we tegen de kont van de boot aankijken. De enorme golven zetten de boot soms helemaal dwars. Wat lijkt het een klein bootje zo, zou je niet zeggen dat het een 50 voeter is, hij. read more...


11/12/2012

Ace - Land Ho!!!!

Dear all,After 14 days and over 2700 sea miles we are finally in sight of St. Lucia!  The last 24 hours were pretty fun with a few nice squalls passing with tons of rain and a bit of wind!  Richard has now made it into the "Over 20 Club" with a top speed of 23 knots!!!  It is a small club but we are happy to have him as our newest member!  Well earned!This will probably be the last email you will receive from the boat and this address.  Soon our cell phones and iPads will have service and we will be in contact with you all individually.  Back to reality…  We still have a few more miles to go to the northern tip of St. Lucia and then a nice beat into the finish line.  We have 22-25 knots of wind so we will have good ride right up to the end.  I. read more...


11/12/2012

Ailsa - Blog 13 Night Watch

Position: 12:31.416N 46:09.207W Captains log; Stardate 2012-12-11 – 13:30 UTC 3 am, alone in the cockpit. Four feet either side a murky grey interspersed with areas of white surf and 4000m to the bottom. We are over one Abysmmal Plain or another. Above the sky is inky, speckled with a thousand or more white dots. We are about 900 miles from land and although I scan the just visible horizon for the lights of another vessel there are none – in fact we have only seen one vessel’s lights since the second night. Where is everyone? Does it matter? In one way it is a relief because there is less chance of collision but in another it enhances the isolation. The attention turns to the dial indicating wind speed, it has risen to 15knots apparent – that’s good the boat speed will. read more...


11/12/2012

Jay Jay - Day 15 16.1N 46.3W 840 miles to go

I am sitting here in the cockpit with the washing hanging all around me drying in the breeze. It looks something reminiscent of Nanky-Poos laundry without the presence of Aladdin. and his magic lamp. However, back to news. Last night we had lightning flashes all around us. I noticed it ahead of us as night fell and kept an eye on its progress. After a while it seemed apparent that the storm might be moving away from us, but just to be on the safe side, I thought about turning south to avoid it. It was at that moment that the next flash lit up the sky from the south. Nope. we weren't going that way. Then more flashes from the east (directly behind us) moving in our direction. It didn't look good for us. We placed all our precious electrical items (iPads, iPhone, my phone, PC, Sat Phone,. read more...


11/12/2012

Skiathos - Fwd: 1000 NM

Noch 1000 NM bis St. Lucia. Es ist der 19. Tag an Bord, der 14. auf See. Bisher ist die Crew der Skiathos vom Wettergott nicht verwöhnt worden. Dunkle und stürmische Nächte wechselten sich immerhin mit klaren Vollmondnächten ab. Tagsüber waren die Wechsel ähnlich. Eine Begegnung mit einem Wal, mit Delphinen und Fliegenden Fischen werden in Erinnerung bleiben. Ebenso die beiden geangelten Doraden. Gestern war erstmals "Schmetterling"-Segeln angesagt. Ein schwieriges Unterfangen bei wenig Wind und ständiger Dünung. Alle Mitglieder an Bord sind fit und wohlauf und nehmen aktiv am Bordleben teil. Auch wurden bereits Wetten angenommen, wann wir in St. Lucia ankommen werden. Festen Boden unter den Füssen - wie uns das wohl vorkommen wird? Wir werden ja sehen. Die Mitglieder der Crew (3 aus CH,. read more...


11/12/2012

Stella-Maris - 10. detsember - Ei midagi erilist

Kuna täna meil mida eriskummalist ja põnevat ei juhtunud, siis suures osas piirdume seekord tehnilise ja täiustatud rubriigiga „Kuuse Kalle erisoovid“: 10. detsembril kl 11:00 asukoht 17° 37.6’ N 048° 39.7’ W; hetkel tegelik kurss 255° ehk mööda suurringi otse St Luciale; kuna ENE suunaline kerge 0.8 kts hoovus lükkab meid kursist natuke kõrvale, siis kompassi kurss on tegelikust mõned kraadid suurem; sõita on veel 744 nm; viimase ööpäeva läbisõit 168 nm; keskmine kiirus 7 kts; tuul NE-E 20-27 kts ilma mainimisväärsete puhanguteta; kuumava ja põletava päikesega ilm asendub aeg-ajalt pilves ja vihmase ilmaga; swell ehk laine valdavalt tuule suunaline kõrgusega 2.5 m kuni 4 m intervalliga 7 sek; baromeeter 1014 ning purjepindala kohta võib öelda, et viimasel ajal oleme sõitnud ainult. read more...


11/12/2012

Indulgence - Email blackout and the homestretch....

Tuesday 11th DecemberCurrent Position: N 15o 26'.155 W 52o 08'.286 Current Speed : 6.5 knots Distance to finish at Saint Lucia : 511 nm* * * * * Email blackout and the homestretch….No matter how hard we tried over the past days, we simply could not get the connection between the sat phone and our computer working. No more emails. No more blogging. No more, no more, no more!!!!! Ahhhh…. help, it's a black out!. Breathe deeply Joleen. Genuinely though, with the cessation of email communications, I was upset. Very upset. It was like someone decided they were going to cut off my right arm and it made me realise how important communications are to me. I've enjoyed bringing you all on this journey with us over the past few weeks, reporting on the days activities and general banter onboard.. read more...


11/12/2012

Katherine - Day 14 - ARC Completed in St Lucia and a little reflection

Well we made it, Lee and Andrew still talking to each other and Lee planning where to next (as you would expect)Pete and Darb still talking to us and each other and reflecting fondly on the past 2 weeks and desperately awaiting fresh company (their respective wives) Distance Travelled: 2782nmVMG: (straightline speed) 8.9knMax Speed: 19knMax Miles in 24hrs: 265nmMiles without Main sail (flaked on deck): 1800nmMiles without Jib (flaked on deck): 620nmMiles under spinnaker (prior to it exploding): 110nmNumber of Flying fish on Deck: 24Number of Dorado Caught: 3Number Gourmet Meals Consumed (cooked with fresh ingredients): almost all Best Breakfast: Poached eggs with Serrano hamBest Lunch: Fresh Cooked QuicheBest Main: Slow Cooked Pork Belly with Asian sweet sauce and riceBest Red. read more...


Katherine - Day 14 - ARC Completed in St Lucia and a little reflection
Katherine - Day 14 - ARC Completed in St Lucia and a little reflection
11/12/2012

Lancelot II - daily log Dec 11th

Date: Tuesay 11th Dec 2012 Time: 12:30 UTCPosition: 15⁰ 28’.2 N 59⁰ 53’.2 WSOG: 6- 8.5 knotsCOG: 285 ⁰ MWeather: Sun & CloudWind: E-Ne 15-22 kts Hello to all our followers, Yesterday round noon we enjoyed an occasional spell of sun. The sky gradually cleared during the afternoon but new squall started to develop in the early evening. During the cooking of the potatoes wedges and chilli con carne we had to connect a new gas bottle. Galileo just had diner ready when the call was made to shut the hatches for a shower was approaching quickly. As it was awfully hot inside from the afternoon sun and the cooking on both gas rings and the oven the complete crew went outside for a quick eat looking at the nearby shower. Luckily the rain was limited to some drizzle and after that we. read more...


11/12/2012

Mad Fish - Cake and eat it

The phrase "you can't have your cake and eat it" is quite frankly absurd. If I cant eat the cake then it does not interest me. Who on earth would be satisfied with a big bit of nice cake but because they "cant have their cake and eat it" only looks at it? What about if you are allowed to eat the cake but not have it? How does that work?Anyway, in summery I want to have my cake and eat it. All of it. And finish the ARC on Friday.510 miles to go.Russell(With far too much time on his hands). read more...


11/12/2012

All-Linn - Dag 14 Hurra for mamma! :)

Nå har nedtellingen startet for fult! Hjernen blir stadig trimmet med S=v*t formelen for å beregne ankomsttid. Det er undner 1000nm igjen. Det føles så kort! De siste 1000..! Det er jo bare samme avstand som Bergen – Tallinn.... Eller Tromsø-Bergen...  Nei, vi ser ikke land enda, selv om nattevaktene klarer å lure frempå noen halusinerende syn som ligner på hvite strender og coctailbarer under alle palmene.. En liten sjøsprøyt i ansiktet vekker meg til virkeligheten.. Det eneste som er å se er milevis blått hav, en himmel full av stjerner, og drøssevis med flygefisk som stuper ut av bølgene og fyker avgårde i en sinnsyk fart..! (De burde vært betegnet som ammunisjon, og gitt strenge restriksjoner! Livsfarlig!!)Sett bortifra alle kamikaseangrepene er det svært fredlig på havet. Litt. read more...


11/12/2012

Ostrea - big squall

hi,We are currently sailing in real brochure like tradewind conditions, goosewinging towards st lucia. We have a reefed main as we ripped her partially by breaking one of the vertical sailbattens and that came right throught the sail because of that. This is the 5th time this happens during our trip so we really need to think of another system for the future. Yesterda ynight was a bit of a rough one with one big squall that took 3 hours with lots of rain, wind and lightning. As soon as we see lightning close to the boat we put all are spare electronic instruments in the oven (cage of faraday) and then we need to remember before we start baking breadin the morning.......We are going to have a beer tonight to celebrate we have less then 500 miles to go to st Lucia! We keep you posted.Pieter. read more...


10/12/2012

Sumatra - Log Day 14: Happy Days

I have been accused by some of the crew of being too negative in previous posts... it hasn't all been bad, I promise! And that storm last Wednesday was really rough... during mine and Josh's watch, at least. We are still catching all the squalls, while Andrew and Basil kick back in the starlight with rum and cokes and ICE, I tell you, freshly made ICE CUBES. Oh yes, and about 10 days into the trip Andrew revealed that he and Basil trot off for showers the minute their watch begins... hot, freshwater showers, none of this saltwater business... while the rest of us scrimp and save up our water rations for a shower every four days! Outrage!  Anyhow, the past few days have been very smooth sailing. Plenty of time to sit around, read, eat fine French brie, sing along to. read more...


11/12/2012

Ceilidh of Lorne - Vang on a minute!

ARC Day 14 We still had a good run yesterday in mixed circumstances making 197NM, we now have less than 400NM to reach St Lucia this morning. Generally the wind was around F5 NE but with squalls up to 30knots, this necessitated that we go from 1 reef to 2 and then 3 overnight in the mainsail. Also another difficult quartering swell which gave a rollicking run at times causing items to fly around the saloon! In dance terms Ceilidh was giving a rendition of the Orcadian  Reel of the 51st (Highland version). Around 22:00 we gybed to the South as we were being pushed well to the North of our 260T rhumb line course and we made around 240T on our new heading. Shortly after the change of direction we had what had previously been described as an Andy Williams moment. read more...


11/12/2012

Karma Daze - Day 14 Rain, Rain, Go Away...

Today we will have been at sea for 2 weeks.  The scenery stays pretty much the same but on the other hand is always changing.  The wind usually continues from mainly east south east at anything between 15 and 25 knots (mainly force 5).  We did have much lighter winds a couple of days ago when we had to motor for a few hours otherwise we sail all the time.  Tonight we have a poled out genny and 2 reefs in the main and are bowling along at 6-7 knots in the pitch black – quite an experience!The weather the last couple of nights has been  very squally.  Big black clouds come up behind us and then deposit large amounts of rain then carry on.  We had another celebration today as we now have under 1000 miles to go to St Lucia.  We should be there in about. read more...


11/12/2012

Hera - Nichts Neues auf dem Atlantik

Schauer,Wind, Regenbögen und Delphine – das Fazit der letzten 24 Stunden. Die Nacht sindwir auf einen südlicheren Kurs gegangen,umeiner Starkwindzone nördlich von 17 Grad Nord ab heute Abend zu entgehen. DieUhr wurde eine weitere Stunde auf UTC-3h zurück gestellt.Heutefrüh zeigt sich Klärchen von seiner besten Seite und wir kommen dazu, die nassenKlamotten zu trocknen.Noch779 sm bis Rodney Bay! Stefan. read more...


11/12/2012

Jus' do it 5 - LOG DAY 14 - droochit!

10th December 2012 1200hrs GMT (11th December) - miles in last 24 hours - 172 POSITION; 14' 56' N , 56' 54' W Torrential downpours throughout the night continue throughout the day - deluges of heavy, heavy rain which temporarily flattens the sea. We're all running out of dry clothes - Ian appears in a very dandy pair of stripey shorts which have been lurking in their rightful place at the back of the cupboard for a long time...As they truly are his last dry shorts he's determined to keep them that way so is now wearing his wettie trousers all the time - never worn before in these climes! Thankfully, the inside of the boat remains leak free which is a great relief to us all. Wind speed is a steady 20 -25 knots, gusting up to 35 knots in the squalls, wind from N/NE ,. read more...


11/12/2012

Rivendell - Log: "More of the Same"

9 December 2012 Well yesterday was not one of our better days from a weather point of view - matter of fact it was a Carribbean resort director's nightmare. Guess what? It rains in paradise! The skies were cloudy all day, waves were 8 to 12feet and occassionally the rain was very heavy, but the good news is that we are getting closer to our goal of St Lucia.The main sail is patched and ready to go, but the genoa jib developed a new tear - so I think that is repair number 7. Also something I would have never expected. Our primary winch on the port side (Lewmar size 88) theelectric motor dropped through it's housing. I will be easily repairable, but not at sea due to the heavy motion of the boat. The area in question is too close to the cables that steer the boat. So it will have to wait. read more...


11/12/2012

Coral IV - Fire and water

We ran through the night before the squally trades, running nine and ten knots at a time through the inky night and enjoying the feeling of being thrown bodily forward by the big following swells. We are all very tired of night watch, but I still find it the best time to ponder irrelevant details of my life that I haven’t had time to examine up until now. In the morning I awoke to the drumming of torrential rain on the deckhead. It was pissing down, and the violent motions of the boat suggested that the wind and waves were not being terribly helpful either. Cursing the helmsman, I struggled into my clothes and faced the full misery of the tropics at their rainiest. The boat seemed to be getting hurled continuously on its side while the sails flogged horribly. It was a lull between. read more...


11/12/2012

Great Escape of Southampton - Day 15 15 44N 52 13W

Day 15Adding to our plant woes, our inverter which works off the motor by converting its 12 volt supply to a 240 supply is largely used to power our boat’s computer – yesterday, it decided to act up for a couple of hours.  Its failure not only would close off Em’s navigation aids, which we could learn to tolerate, but more importantly it would close off our daily blog to YOU, our adoring public!  Luckily, this catastrophe has been averted – and Yahoo users worldwide can still gain access to the unique happenings on the Great Escape!So what’s new, you ask?  Well, yesterday started in strong variable winds gusting at 25 knots combined with periods of torrential rain.  Em’s decision to head west north west to escape these bleak waters resulted in some late afternoon. read more...


Great Escape of Southampton - Day 15 15 44N 52 13W
Great Escape of Southampton - Day 15 15 44N 52 13W
11/12/2012

Albatros - Day14, Tue 11th of Dec: Almost there

Das Wochenende und zu Begin dieser Woche wurde wir mit traumhaften schönen karibischen Segeltagen beglückt. Tagsüber meist 4-5 Bft Beaufort und ca. 25 Grad, in der Nacht ab und zu mal ein bischen weniger. Nachdem wir uns gestern schon über eine weitere ruhige Nacht gefreut hatten, frischte der Wind wieder etwas auf. Da die hohen Wellen und der dieses Jahr zu Beginn aussergewöhnlich starke Passat-Wind waren eine grosse Herausforderung für die Crew. Wir waren sehr froh, dass die Bullentalje die eine oder andere Patenthalse abgefangen hat.Vor einigen Nächten nun hat uns unser Grosssegel die begangenen Sünden schwer übel genommen und uns dies mittels eines horizontalen Risses, ca. 3-4 Meter unterhalb des Masttops dies auch deutlich angezeigt. Das Achterliek war durchtrennt und das Gross hing. read more...


11/12/2012

Northern Child - ARC DAY 14: 10/12 (14.5N 55.6W) written by Adolfo

What a difference a day makes ! After the "interesting" couple of days I wrote about yesterday things changed a lot. It is amazing how much things change so much for no apparent reason even in the middle of the Atlantic in a boat with 11 "until-two-weeks-ago-totally-strangers" Things are looking bright. Everyone is happy to see the TO GO counter going down quickly. We all realise that we have around 40 hours of sailing left to complete this challenge and everyone is eager to achieve it. After reaching rock bottom sleep depravation in the last couple of days I have now transform into "sleeping beauty (not)". Yesterday I managed to sleep on deck for a couple of hours during the day, four hours on the bunk and another on the deck in the middle of the night....Well over 7. read more...


11/12/2012

Northern Child - Daily Log 13 - 10/12/12 -Lucky number 13?

Daily Run    229mDTT             223nm Lunch          Hot Bacon, Cheese and Tomato BaguettesDinner         Spaghetti Bologniese, followed by home made Brownie Well lucky for us anyway.  Yet again for the 2nd day in a row, we had the best VMG (Velocity Made Good) in our fleet, better than even the faster boats.  Our 9.2knot VMG is speed towards target which is the ultimate measure of speed when sailing around a course or between 2 points.  Afterall, sailing at 20 knots in the wrong direction may be fun, but won't get you to the Rum! Of course whilst we are catching boats up, it is still. read more...


11/12/2012

Meltemi - 10.12.2012 - 14. Seetag - Zweistellig!

Position: 15-25N / 059-20WCOG: 235 degSOG: 7,9 kn99 nm to goLiebe Freunde,nun sind es nur noch weniger als 99 sm bis zur Ziellinie. Wir malen uns schon aus, was jeder so als erstes machen wird: Ein kuehles Bier an der Hafenmole, eine Zigarre in der Seglerbar, lange Duschen usw. Aber noch ist es nicht so weit und die letzten Meilen werden wir besonders geniessen.Der Atlantik schickt uns noch einmal einige beeindruckende Wogen, was zu einem kuenstlerisch wertvollen Bild fuehrt, hervorgerufen von Michaels Sabayone, die, von den Fliehkraeften beschleunigt,tolle Bilder im Salon hinterlaesst. Die Fotos davon werden die Kunstwelt in Erstaunen versetzen. Auch waehrend meiner Nachtwache laesst der Ozean noch mal seine Muskeln kurz spielen und schickt uns einen Squall mit viel Wind und. read more...


10/12/2012

Salsa af Stavsnäs - Family meeting N14 W44

Every monday, we try to have a short meeting where everybody can share their wishes and complaints. Well, the hard part is of course Andreas (4,5) who thinks these meetings are dull.Me: But Andreas, these meetings are good, look what happened, you wished a cake and we made it.Andreas: So, lets go and make a cake instead of a meetingMe: So what is it like to be on the ocean?Andreas: It's great, because I got a cake and I could build this gun with LEGOErika (8years old): I like it but start to look forward to go ashoreEllinor: It is peaceful, it's only us and the sea, but I can also look forward to have some land and the pile of laundry is growingMe:I think this is a very interesting situation,  have to practice patience, how long can it be? Imagine those that sailed to the USA in the. read more...


11/12/2012

Poespas - day 14

Day 14We finally did it! We got it up. The Parasailor that is. After many days of forlorn hope finally weather conditions allowed us to hoist it. A steady if slightly fishtailing wind of 15 knots gave us the right conditions to sail for a good 2 hours or so with just the Parasailor up and all other sails furled. Initially it was slightly unstable, waving to and from in front of our bow, but once the wind steadied and built up to a good 18 knots, it was just perfect. Speeds were approaching 9 knots, and towards the end when the wind picked up to a good true 20 knots (the Parasailor's recommended upper limit) it was as steady as a rock and pushing us along at almost 10 knots. As it was approaching dusk and the winds appearing as if it might increase, we took the decision to dowse it. It. read more...


10/12/2012

Capricho - Dia 14 - Empiezo la limpieza

Día Nº 14Posición actual : Latitud 16º 20,0 N ~ Longitud 56º 24,0’ W Distancia recorrida del día : 186 MN Velocidad promedio : 7.7 nudosFaltan : 292MN para llegar a Rodney Bay – Saint LuciaContinuamos con el viento soplando en perfecta dirección : directo a SaintLucia y como les dije, las olas están alineadas y también parece que vanpa’lla!!!Con la pesca que hemos hecho ya me puse agresivo, sin olvidarme del populardicho que sabiamente recuerda que : “el agalluo muere peluo” o como dice elPompi : “el que mucha mierda habla, mucha mierda come”. Decidí armar lacaña de mosca con una línea de profundidad, adornada con un señueloreconocido en el Orinoco como : rabo du fogo a ver si se me pega un dorado(mahi-mahi), peto (wahoo) o un pez espada (sword fish), lo que sea esbienvenido. Pesca de. read more...


10/12/2012

Loupan - Mot Västindien - 10 december

I ett par dagar har vi haft relativt molnigt väder. Ganska skönt, tycker vi, då temperaturen i vattnet är uppe i 28,5 grader och minst lika varmt i luften. De flesta nätter under vår seglats har det kommit en eller flera så kallade squalls. Det är korta, men intensiva regnskurar med stark vind runt 30-35 knop. Squalls rör sig i vindriktningen så det gäller att hålla utkik både på himlen och på radarn, där regnet syns bra, så man inte blir överraskad. Normala nattklädseln är shorts och t-shirt, men seglarstället får åka fram när en squall nalkas (åtminstone jackan). Squalls är en av orsakerna till att vi alltid revar till natten så att den som har vakt i normalfallet ska klara hanteringen av båten även under en squall utan att behöva väcka någon annan. Fördelen med squalls är att båten. read more...


10/12/2012

Johanem - Monday Eve - 10th Dec

Good evening all.I can't remember the brochure word for word, but I am pretty sure it said something like "Tee shirt and shorts sailing", "Stargazing par excellence", "Get into the rhythm downwind sailing with a following sea", "Discover the stars with beautiful clear skies", "Sleep on deck" etc etc... and I can certainly remember the skipper's request not to bring full oilies.... Ooops.. How wrong can you be.. Last night we had 12 hours solid of torrential rain in the pitch black, viciously changing wind conditions with frequent 360 deg changes of direction, gusts of up to 30 knots, and were greeted at dawn with all the fun of a jammed furling main sail (i.e. we couldn't move it in or out)... But its all character building apparently - and we are loving it! The mood is certainly. read more...


10/12/2012

Puddle Jumper - Blog

Not so far now.A solid day’s progress today with improved weather conditions and increasing excitement amongst the crew who will be meeting their loved ones on St. Lucia, although Captain Flint has also pined for the Norwegian fjords.Also more sails sighted today and contacts  made on the vhf.Water usage on board has been restricted on the skippers instructions due to problems with the generator, so both Blofeld and I took advantage of the squalls to have nature’s own showers.   SKIPPERWet weather yesterday has made Puddlejumper looks more like a Chinese laundry,but a much better day today. The generator has chewed up its impellor, normally a simple fix. However on PJ we have to remove a lot of the transom to get at it. Its possible but very difficult, especially with. read more...


10/12/2012

Peter von Seestermühe - 10.12.12

Liebe Peter-Freunde,Es sind noch 199 Seemeilen bis St Lucia. Die 200 Marke ist soebengeknackt. Jetzt setzen wir alles daran unseren Durchschnitt von 200Seemeilen in 24 Stunden weiter beizubehalten und morgen Abend in RodneyBay einzulaufen. Nach allgemeiner Schätzung haben wir vor Mitternachtden ersten Pina Colada in der Hand. Alle freuen sich auf die Abkühlung!Auch haben wir unseren Shanty fertig und üben fleißig. Damit ihr morgenmitsingen könnt, hier schon Mal der Text:Zehen Mann auf der Seestermühe,Ohhh, und ne Buddel kein Rum!über den Teich nach St Lucia,Ohhh, und ne Buddel kein Rum!unser Skipper hat das bestens geregelt,Ohhh, und ne Buddel kein Rum!drum haben wir dem Teufel ein Ohr abgesegelt,Ohhh, und ne Buddel kein Rum!unsere Köche haben neue Gerichte gekürt,Ohhh, und ne Buddel. read more...


10/12/2012

Ntanda - Blog day 14 - What could possibly go wrong?!

Not that you will realise of course but I was about to write this blog when I was flung from the chart table during a broach. Just enough time to grab the hand rail with left hand and monkey swing across the boat  using left toe to hold laptop onto chart table; interesting!! Anyway, where was I? Oh yeah, last night. Well after a good day with the spinnaker up we went to poled out headsail and one reef.  A little description of the weather would probably help, words like biblical rain, momentus squalls, titanic waves etc etc would not be (too) much of an exaggeration. We've had almost continuous really heavy tropical rain for the last 48 hours, and lets face it the whole trip over has been one long line squall! we've all got trench foot and the inside of the boat. read more...


10/12/2012

Orion - Week 2 Monday 10th December

Back to the old watch system as there are not enough bunks for everyone to get a comfy sleep. Overnight there was sheet lightning that lit up half the sky and heavy rain. It was like the start of the Bourne Ultimatum except we didn't find Jason Bourne floating unconscious in the sea.. shame. Because of the lightning we put the hand-held VHF radio in the oven to act as a Faraday cage and protect it in case all our other systems went down. It was rescued before tonight's dinner fortunately! Barbara. A great aspect about the ARC is they organise there departure date from Las Palmas a week after all the shops have stocked with there christmas cakes, sweets and chocolate which is ideal when considering a victualling for the trip. We have a new treat every day at sundown. Progress is up and. read more...



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