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28/11/2013

Great Escape of Southampton - Log Day 5

After a delicious Dorado supperprepared expertly by Niki, David and Fabio the evening watches got off to a goodstart.  However as the nightprogressed, so did the clouds and it wasn’t long before some heavy showers setin and whoever was unfortunate enough to be on the helm got a good soaking.  The early hours brought little wind andwe found ourselves bobbing around and not making any progress.  Just before dawn Matt made the decisionto turn on the engine and so we motored on into Thursday morning, a littledisheartened at the lack of excitement.  Our spirits were brightened veryshortly afterwards when a pod of 6 dolphins appeared and played at the bow.  The word must have spread through thedolphin population that we needed some entertainment as we were joined later. read more...


Great Escape of Southampton - Log Day 5
Great Escape of Southampton - Log Day 5
28/11/2013

Windleblo - Day Three

We caught a fish!It was a five pound dorado caught using a magic lure. The lure is magic because it was given to us in Cavtat, Croatia, by the captain of a Dutch boat who said it had been given to him with the caveat that as soon as he caught a fish, he had to pass the lure along to another cruiser, which he faithfully did, and we were the beneficiaries. Martin prepared the dorado as a starter for our evening meal.So now that we have caught a fish we will have to pass the lure along. But probably not before we catch a few more as we have about 2,300 miles to go before we are stopped near another boat. Perhaps the lure will then continue to make its way around the world.Other highlights today:John Hoopes put in his first service as SSB radio Net Controller for the Noon ARC radio net,. read more...


28/11/2013

Hot Stuff - Fairies of the Lost Arc - Chapter 4

Rain drenched clothes - 1 guard rails full Leaky hatches mended - 1 Broken toilet seats mended - 1 Bruise review: 20% coverage due south. 10% coverage due north.   Day 4 ... what a day. After a great night of sailing with fair winds andamazing star coverage, the boat awoke to the doldrums effect - we can't be thatfar off course surely?! Bikinis were out in force from early morning as the crew maintained someserious tan-watch. By mid-morning, with sleep caught up, the girls broke out therubber (gloves) and deep cleaning (the boat) followed. A little magic and fairydust and Hotstuff is sparkling once more on the millpond that once was known asthe Atlantic. A visit to Charlotte's grocery was in order to see what survived a night ofbeating upwind. After trawling our way through the. read more...


28/11/2013

Free Spirit - 28 Nov Richie's log

25 Nov to28Nov (Richie’s log) I am writingthis at 10:00 on 28th Nov. The sea has a completely calm, flat,mirror-glass look about it this morning and the air is totally still. Having hadan uncomfortable, rocky night last night, we are now in the doldrums. We areheading in a south, south westerly direction to try and catch the trade windswhich will take us across to the Caribbean. DOLPHINS! … a large pod of dolphinsjust appeared about 100 metres away but they didn'’t come and play – just goingabout their daily business… We are about 280 nautical miles west of a placecalled Nouadhlbou on the west coast of the Sahara and have travelled 530NM,mostly south from Gran Canaria. TURTLE! … a little turtle was just swimmingalong 3 metres away aahhh … and we are about 300NM north of the Cape. read more...


Sweet Pearl - 5. Tag - Nachrrag - Erster Fisch
Sweet Pearl - 5. Tag - Nachrrag - Erster Fisch
28/11/2013

Sweet Pearl - 5. Tag - Nachtrag - Erster Fisch!!!

Heute haben wir unseren ersten Fisch gefangen!!! Eine Dorade - die wird morgen gebraten:-)! Leckerschlecker!Tom. read more...


28/11/2013

Diva - Hobbypsychologenwetter at its best - Segeln kann so schön sein.

Die Nacht begann mit erheblichen Drehern auf der Kreuz bei 10 bis 15 Knoten Wind. Der Himmel heiter und im Zusammenspiel mit den wie Atompilzen (Cumulus Nimbus) in den Himmel ragenden Schauerzellen und Regenbögen, ein für mich beeindruckender Anblick. Ich nannte diese Dinger nachher eine mobile Waschstraße. Erst drehte der Wind bis um über 100 Grad, briste stark auf und dann Schauerte es heftig. Ergebnis Rauschefahrt und Schiff sauber.Ein anderer Teilnehmer der ARC war uns lange auf den Fersen, verschwand dann jedoch in der Dunkelheit. Gegen Null Uhr ging der Wind für eine halbe Stunde auf Null. Dann kam die nächste Waschstraße und es folgte 15 Minuten Rock´n Roll mit bis über 10 Knoten Fahrt, bei so gut wie keiner Welle. Der heftige Regen dabei störte nicht. Daraufhin folgte die TOTALE. read more...


28/11/2013

Skyelark of London - Sweet sailing off Africa.

So, yesterday we got all cleaned up and had our first fishing success from which Dan prepared an excellent light lunch of baked fish and couscous salad. Just beautiful. This morning we woke up to yet another amazing calm day off the Moroccan coast enroute to the Cape Verde Islands. An impromptu rebuild of the fishing rod for improved stability and the reading of several pages from several novels by various crew members filled the morning, with Kit even getting the sextant out and having a play.Fleet updates indicate that our strategy of going south fast and direct might pay off in the long run so we are quite pleased with team Bower on the strategic front as well. Light winds overnight forced us to proceed under engine until midday at which point Skyelark spread her wings once more and. read more...


28/11/2013

Sephina of Beaumaris - Day 5 No Water and Lots of Water

Day 5 No Water and Lots of Water As we went to bed on day 4 the bilge was full of water and the water tank gauge empty! I remembered Chris Tibb’s session on Management of Emergencies and his helpful words to the effect “It will all seem better in the morning”. So nothing for it but to go to bed. It didn’t stop me catastrophising in my sleep. Will we die of thirst? In the morning I remembered that the ship was nearly sinking as we left port with the hundreds of coke cans in the bilges. We will not go without fluid but our teeth might rot! My wife is the ace bilge detective having lovingly painted every one in the refit. We turned on the second water tank and water started to gush into the bilge. In a flash she said “It’s coming from under our bed” How did she know this from looking at the. read more...


Sephina of Beaumaris - Day 5 No Water and Lots of Water
Sephina of Beaumaris - Day 5 No Water and Lots of Water
28/11/2013

Millport II - Millport II - Ted's Diary

Day 1:Today we left Las Palmas on our boat Millport II.We started sailing around with all the other boats in the bay waiting for the start.I thought it was really exciting but my Mum was a bit scared to have so many boats so close to us.We heard Joel count us down over the radio and after a boom from the Warship we were off!I have never seen so many sail boats at once, it was amazing.Lasagne for dinner, yum yum.Day 2:Today Dad put up the wisker pole so we could go fast.We saw dolphins and lots of other ARC boats.Hurray, I got to watch a DVD before bed.Day 3:We are not going so fast today, there is not much wind but the sun is shining.We decided to try out our new fishing rod and wow we caught our first fish.It was bright green and Dad said it was a MahiMahi.It was only about a kilo so we. read more...


Joy of Shamrock Quay - Swimming Mid Atlantic
Joy of Shamrock Quay - Swimming Mid Atlantic
28/11/2013

Nyaminyami II - Nyaminyami II Blog Wednesday 27.11.13 - 1600hrs

By Chris Haworth. Now it is a funny thing this competitive spirit and I have often contemplated whether it is ultimately a force for good or bad? We have all observed it’s manifestations in many situations sport, business, working life, personal life. You often hear people say things like...”Life is a big competition” and there is no doubt that it has driven humans to all sorts of achievement and good outcomes. However, it seems to me it can also be the source of bad things stress, destructive pride, feelings of failure when unsuccessful etc. And perhaps even wars! So here we are on the adventure of a life time enjoying the Ocean, time to think about who we really are – maybe to listen and get to know our inner self better ! – And yet Graham Francis and I cannot help ourselves. read more...


28/11/2013

Merlyn III - Day 5 - Mother's Work is Never Done

Not much to report on the sailing front; the  sea has been glassy calm all day with no  wind. We trundle on at 8  knots towardsour decision point off the Cape Verde Islands, no one else in sight. A pic ofthe captain  at work taking the noon  sight has been posted. Pleasenote the highly technical instrument in his assistant David’s left hand. So onto domestic matters.   Every five days one of us is not on sailing watch - instead we are on‘Mother’ watch and standby. This does not mean  a  day of rest.Preparing breakfast, lunch, and tea; tidying and cleaning the boat; and doingany other chores means that mother is usually run off her feet – althoughwith  the water rationing, there is no clothes washing and washing up is acommunal effort in. read more...


28/11/2013

Aditi - Rotting vegetables and chocolate cake

Day 4 at seaFollowing a dawn calm reaching into a southerly wind at up to 6 knots before reefing down as darkness fell to make 4 to 5kn on a course of 220 deg. Rain showers, which missed us, disturbed wind flow and gradually reduced boat speed to 1-2kn. Motoring again until 7am when sails were set for a couple of hours before wind dropped to 5kn. Back under motor. Perhaps the downside of the ARC, as in any rally, is the fixed departure date which has not coincided with a suitable weather window. The option to divert to Mindelo and see Cape Verdes whilst waiting for a weather window is very attractive. An ARC Plus Plus is forming. Alongside yachts Saphir and Catara for almost 24 hours.We thought we had a crew member with seasickness upon departure but turns out that it is a stomach bug. read more...


28/11/2013

Anettine - 27.11.2013

Vi ser på listene at vi heldigvis ikke er de eneste som har blitt lidende av vindstille.Vi fikk en veldig fin start på seildagen og kunne nyte soloppgangen under frisk seilas, men så løyet det igjen.Resten av dagen jaktet vi vind, men måtte nye oss med 2-3 m/s. Vi faller stadig på resultatlisten og vet ikke om det skyldes at de andre er bedre til å seile i liten vind enn oss eller om de andre har bedre forhold. Vi har ikke sett noen andre båter på 4-5 dager.. read more...


28/11/2013

Starla - Log Day 4 - Stars or Planets

Hello Everyone,Distance logged today - 116 nautical miles. Distance to date this trip - 455 nautical miles.A little improvement over yesterday. The wind was still very light, however improved in to the late evening, going lighter again in to this morning.Still battling on.As we are heading west, we see a very bright low level star in the night to the south west. As Peter is the astronomy geek on-board, he has some computer software with him, where he can put the position of observation in to the computer application, and it shows an expected picture of the night sky. So, as it turns out,the star is not a star after all, it is actually the planet Venus.We had another sighting of dolphins swimming with us last night. Not sure what species, but they had a funny tail like a seal!Any ideas. read more...


28/11/2013

LUV - Logbuch Luv Nr. 27

           Position 15 Grad 31Minuten N 49 Grad 19 Minuten W Wetter :sternenklare Nacht, kein MondWind NO 4-5, Seegang 2-3Meter„Und was macht Ihr, wenn einer von Euch Nachts über Bord geht?“ Eine immer wieder gern gestellte Frage. Einer von uns geht also über Bord? Michael darf das auf keinen Fall sein. Er am allerwenigsten. Ohne ihn wäre die Luv fahruntüchtig. Außer Michael weiß niemand, wo was in den 87000 Schapps und Schränken, Schubladen und sonstigen Behältnissen der Yachtverstaut ist. „Michael! Wo ist mein Sonnenhut?“ Michael weiß nicht nur, wo das Utensil sich gerade mal wieder versteckt hat, er holt es auch und übergibt es:“Bitte sehr.“ Michael ist der gute Geist der Mannschaft. Er hat den Kaffee schon fertig, bevor nach ihm. read more...


28/11/2013

Ocean Venture - Day 5 - shark thursday

No news has meant no comms.Our Doctor operated with skill over three days to bring it back to life today so duly awarded with praise.In someways its sad to say we are back in the world!.(Good news was saw my new grandaughter for the first time!).Had some fantastic ocean sailing and more 200+ mile days which has ended abruptly in a dead calm 275 miles nnw of Cape Verde islands. In true OV spirit we dropped sail and swam at dawn,fished and caught 4 dorado in an hour and had to stop as it wasn't sporting anymore. What became the highlight of the day was when Ian hung the carcasses on a line and sure enough along came sharkey an hour later, a big 7' blue and with grace gently took his lunch.Then the fun started as we fed him most of our catch and pro cammed it feeding off the back. It now. read more...


28/11/2013

Joy of Shamrock Quay - Where are the Trade Winds?

We have had a very frustrating 48 hours with little wind and sails flogging. Graham has taught us how to play poker with Monopoly money (his rules though) and this has kept our minds off the flappy cloth thing dangling limply off the bow. At 3am this morning we took the decision to drop the Big Fella and put the motor on with less than 4 knots of true wind we were bobbing at 1.5 knots for over two hours with no flow over the rudder.This is the kind of decision that Jez and I find very difficult and, I have to say, depressing not only because of our love of sailing but also that we are tight farmers.We tried sailing again this morning when our wind increased from 2 to 6 knots, but that soon dropped again making sailing impossible. Three very unhappy bunnies!!So to cheer us up, we decided. read more...


Merlyn III - Noonsight
Merlyn III - Noonsight
28/11/2013

Surya - Surya 4 dagen onderweg

De schipper is 3 dagen ziek geweest (bacteriologische infectie), vandaar pas na 4 dagen een eerste berichtje in het log van Surya. Na 2 dagen antibiotica komt hij nu weer een beetje boven water, maar het is nog lang niet over. De dokter heeft verzekerd dat het goed komt.Het vertrek van de 225 boten uit Las Palmas is altijd een feestje. Iedereen is een beetje opgewonden, toch spannend zo`n oceaan oversteek. Er worden de laatste foto`s gemaakt van de bemanningen in hun beste outfit, er loopt een drumband over de steigers en de kades staan vol met honderden uitzwaaiers.Vrij snel na de start zag het er al helemaal anders uit. Een dikke zwarte lucht pakte zich samen boven de vloot en het  begon te regen. Er stond en koude strakke noorder wind en iedereen was al snel in de. read more...


28/11/2013

Miciadue - Es gibt immer wieder Überraschungen

Die letzten 24 Stunden waren ereignisreich. Gestern gab es selbstbelegte Pizza. Ein Teil des Belags landete seegangsbedingt hinter dem Herd. Das Ergebnis konnte sich aber dennoch sehen lassen und war ausgesprochen lecker. Leider ohne Thunfisch - weder frischen Thunfisch noch aus Dosen. Die konnten wir trotz unseren Stauplans nicht wiederfinden. Endlich fand dafür unser Schinken Verwendung. - Heute Nacht hatten wir eine heftige Schauerböe. Stunden später dann Flaute. Die nutzten wir für ein erfrischendes Bad im Atlantik. Als wir später unsere Bordbatterien überprüften, mussten wir feststellen, dass die Lichtmaschine nicht lädt. Das Ergenis unserer Messungen: Die Lichtmaschine ist offensichtlich defekt. Jetzt heisst es, nicht nur Wasser sparen, sondern auch mit dem Strom sparsam umzugehen.. read more...


28/11/2013

True Colours - We think we may have seen a ripple!!!

There again, maybe not.     Position 21:32.20N 021:45.30W   After a decent wind through the early part of the night, at 05.00 itstarted to drop, and by 07.00 the engine was on.  Needed not only to makeprogress but also to generate electricity. The sea is now glassy, with true wind showing as 1 kn, with very occasionalpuffs as high as 3 Kn.  So we are motoring, but do not expect enough windto sail until about 02.00 tomorrow, and then it will be very light, maybe 6 kn –but we think we can beam reach, and follow the backing wind down until we reachan area of more substantial winds.  But we may have to start to rationfuel, electricity and water, and then food.  What happened to the winds weall expected????   On consequence is that our arrival. read more...


28/11/2013

Queen Frederica - Bericht Tag 5 - Hoch hinauf

28.11.2013Jetzt hat uns die Flaute doch ereilt; nach der unruhigen Nacht (allehingen in den Leesegeln) ist das gar nicht so schlecht. Auch Udo hat dieChance zur Decksdusche genutzt (es war herrlich). Seitdem sieht die Frisurauch wieder besser aus (Gelächter der Crew).Vielleicht noch etwas wichtiger: Wir können die Flaute für notwendigeReparaturen nutzen - unter Maschine und Autopilot. Dietmar ist der Helddes Tages. Im Bootsmannsstuhl an Saling 2 polsterte er die Ecken ab. Daswar nötig, weil sie uns ein Loch ins Segel gescheuert hatten. Das Lochhaben wir im Anschluss auf dem Deck mit Zange, Nadel, Faden, Tape,Segelstoff und Frühstücksbrett nach allen Regeln der Segelmacherkunstgeflickt. Wird es bis St. Lucia halten?Kulinarisch ist ein weiterer Höhepunkt zu vermelden: Dieter kann nicht. read more...


28/11/2013

Golondrina - Thursday

It‘s unlikely that anyone watching the 'fleet tracker' isn’t asking the question "What on earth is Golondrina doing ? I thought they were going to St Lucia not South Africa ?" .. So here's what's happened – Today at about midday we noticed Dave's Ipod speakers (and no-one’s knocking his choice of music - we really do like all of those smashing tracks!) has been sitting next to the compass and something about magnets makes them go odd, so and after a very pleasant fisherman from Senegal gave us a few tips about left and right, we're now firmly heading in the right direction. So wouldn't that be a story to tell your kids?   The truth is - we've been monitoring the weather systems and have skirted around a number of them which other fleets have ploughed. read more...


28/11/2013

Ayesha II - Another day dawns

Hi from Ayesha, current pos 20.42.446N 023.09.877W heading towards the Cape Verde islands.Very light winds indeed today, better sailing conditions are forecast albeit not until tomorrow.Picture shows Leslie and the amazing sunrise we had today a gloriously tranquil start to the the day, we all like to do the dawn watch to see the sun coming up after very dark nights as the moon has nearly gone.Caught our first fish yesterday, a mahi mahi and it made for a very pleasant lunch in the cockpit today.--DSCF3383. read more...


Ayesha II - Another day dawns
Ayesha II - Another day dawns
28/11/2013

Moondancer - we've been so busy

Done over five hundred miles now. We’re all starting to get in the swing of it all. Night shift a drag... Night shift a drag … Night shift a drag … Night shift a drag .Having to crush all our cans and put them in separate bags… Fanta orange is the favourite fizzy… not going to last more than a couple of days at this rate.It's nice to see Pauls making a big effort to eat healthy on the trip with a staple diet of 3 Mars bars a day. Go Paul….Yesterdays Atlantic creation was Burger and chips, unfortunately the chips never made it. The chef decided they weren’t up to standard and we had to settle for burger between two slices of bread. Not up to his normally high standards but he’s very particular about his jockey’s whips.My turn to cook tonight , and chef made it easy for me with precooked. read more...


28/11/2013

Athena of Southampton - Athena Log 2

Athena log 1– Thursday 28th November 2012 – 1200 hrs I think I will remember the nightsthe most.  Gazing up at the starfilled sky, the great clear form of Orion moving across heaven.  It will be at the top of the mast atabout 2 am, half way through my watch by then.  That’s also when the sky will begin tolighten, as the moon begins to rise and climbs out of the eastern sea.  It will have no top on it.  Only it’s lower quarter to act as alantern.  ‘Tis enough...  For now, the sea is black dark to thedistant horizon, whose line divides the slightly lighter, dark grey sky;occasionally the flicker of a distant vessel’s lights.  It is hypnotic to gaze at.  Even though we are only three days out,I think I will remember the nights the most. . read more...


28/11/2013

Aurora - Catamaran Aurora (57) - Swimming Mid Atlantic

On a lovely morning on the Atlantic 650NM SW of Gran Canaria what better thing to do than drop the sales and have a Swim in 5000m of sea water. Can you believe it the temperature of the water was 24C. The Aurora Crew needed some relaxation after 4 daysof variable weather sailing and in preparation, we hope, for some good winds the next two days. But as soon as we saw Zulu behind us, on the horizon, we decided to get on our way! Swimming Mid Atlantic 4 Swimming Mid Atlantic 5. read more...


Aurora - Catamaran Aurora (57) - Mid Atlantic Swimming
Aurora - Catamaran Aurora (57) - Mid Atlantic Swimming
Aurora - Catamaran Aurora (57) - Mid Atlantic Swim
Aurora - Catamaran Aurora (57) - Mid Atlantic Swim
28/11/2013

Annabella - Log 3 Thursday 28th

Position 22 09.697N 21 11.163WTime: 14:30 GMTHad 12 - 15 knots for most of yesterday evening and night from SW. Died off early this morning and we now have 2 knots of wind so making no progress. There were a number of yachts close to us during the night and managed to have a fairly close encounter with (we think) Windleblow. Radio traffic would suggest that some of the boats within VHF range are talking about going to the Cape Verdes to wait for the easterlies and fuel up. We would like to make some more progress in a SW direction to pick up the trade winds when they arrive.We have been checking the stores looking for baddies and turning the eggs. Today seems to be the turning point as the fresh produce is beginning to deteriorate so today we had a fresh fruit salad for breakfast, mango. read more...


28/11/2013

Windsurf - Wednesday, 27th November, 2013

Everything ok on the Windsurf, except that we do notcatch any fish so far. Our son Eric is doing his utmost with a 50m line behindour boat, but no fish will bite into our beautiful neon fishes. Maybe tomorrow….In the meantime the skipper is occupied with our high pressure pan for making aboeuf bourguignon. He has bought a nice piece of beef at JP. Butchers at theMercado Central of Las Palmas and believe it or not the meat was well done within20 minutes. Very delicious with onion, garlic and a carrot and… red wine !  The side dish was grilled vegetables andspanish potatoes… compliments to Peter, our allround skipper ! We had 15 knots of wind on the nose but that does notmatter the food was of high quality … a good alternative for the fish, we hopethat they will bite tomorrow. If so,. read more...


28/11/2013

Manihi - Les rois du (de la) pétole !

21:39.75N 22:41.32W   11:30 heure locale Ca devait arriver et ben voilà ! Cette nuit à minuit et demi : plus de vent... pétole (définition : voir blog du 23/11) ! Nous n'avons pas été surpris dansla mesure où nous nous y attendions un peu ! Après avoir rapidement éliminé lasolution d'attendre le vent sur place (on fait une course quand-même !), leschaudières ont été rallumées et c'est le moteur qui nous fait avancer depuis:-(   Au fait hier, nous avons croisé le tropique du Cancer (23°26" Nord) sansnous en apercevoir ! Même pas mal ... C'était au moment de l'apéro. Probablementpour ça que nous ne l'avons pas senti passer !   Mais revenons à nos moutons ; ou plutôt à l'absence de moutons ! La mer n'apas une ride, les nuages en forme de grands voiles se déplacent très. read more...


28/11/2013

Keoma - Keoma day 5

We’ve had a very productive morning whilst motoring towards the Cabo Verdes(I said we might not come back!)Laundry, fishing, hairdressing ( I cut Nick’s, and will do Mark once he’sfinished with his noonsites) and general tidying the boat, all in readiness forthe following breeze we are promised!  Nick has just proved his first loaf,and now we’re not sure its gonna fit in the oven in one go, itseeenormous!!  Provisioning seems about right, except for the 1000 oranges,and milk and rum rationing... Getting hot now, but no wind forecast anywhere across the race track forthe foreseeable, don’t like your grib files much at the mo, Mr. Tibbs! Hope Sophie is behaving herself (sofa cat), and its not too chilly and wetin blighty. Love Trace    . read more...


28/11/2013

Manali - Eagles aboard the windless floating hotel

Aaaah the winds of change  One minute we can smell South America on the wind and Manali is surprising herself in the ARC polls. The next Manali is bobbing about on calm seas and all we can think about is diving into the water to cool down! 1800, Wednesday 27 November 2013 What to do on a sail boat when you’re out of wind in the middle of The Atlantic, there’s not another boat in sight, the dolphins are jumping about and the sun is setting?  Why, you turn up Hotel California on the deck speakers and sing.  If your name is Ian, you might even dance a bit on the foredeck.  You make the most of a beautiful isolated setting.  And, yes occasionally, you look skyward and seek some divine intervention – where is the wind and where do we go? Pete saw an. read more...


Shenanigan - Searching for wind
Shenanigan - Searching for wind
Shenanigan - Searching for wind
Shenanigan - Searching for wind
São Francisco 4 - Sandocha voadora / Flying sandwich
São Francisco 4 - Sandocha voadora / Flying sandwich
São Francisco 4 - Nascer do Sol dia 28 / Sun rising on the 28th
São Francisco 4 - Nascer do Sol dia 28 / Sun rising on the 28th
28/11/2013

Defyr - Day Five: From head wind to no wind

Yesterday and last night we got moderate head wind around 6-8m/s and we were able to sail nicely and fast! During the night it started to drop and our course was getting worse. My dad, the captain, wanted to start the engines even though me and Fredrik would have much rather floated towards Saint Lucia than burn fossil fuels. Oh well, got to respect the skipper and do as he demands! So we've been propelling towards our goal since 7.00. Fredrik, Tuomas and me threw coins in the sea, since that is suppose to bring winds. We'll see.Now that there's not much to do with sailing we have all taken a cold shower, which has been amazing. The crew smells now more like roses than old cheese, GREAT! We also vacuum cleaned inside and washed the floors and toilets and made some extra fresh food. We've. read more...


28/11/2013

Sunrise - Tag 5 - 28.11.2013 - Flaute

Gestern Nachmittag war wenig Wind und wir mussten wieder motoren. Am Abendgab es wieder feinsten Gemüseeintopf mit Kichererbsen von Christoph, fürSigi ohne Lamm. Einige legen sich heute früh in die Koje um später in derNachtwache fit zu sein. Nach einem flauen Tag briest der Wind aus SWordentlich auf, so dass wir bei einem Amwindkurs mit 7-8 Knoten durch dieNacht düsen.Der Morgen gestaltet sich wie üblich mit Kaffee, Müsli und von Christophselbst gebackenes Brot. Danach wieder klar Schiff und Abwasch mitSalzwasser. Anschließend genießen wir zusammen das Wetter in der Plicht unddenken über die verbleibenden 2300 Seemeilen nach St. Lucia nach. Der Windschläft wieder komplett ein und die Sunrise steht im Atlantik. Doch auchdiese Zeit wird effektiv durch ein Bad im Ozean genutzt. Das Wasser. read more...


28/11/2013

Mustique - Mustique.Arc2013.Day.4

SY  Mustique Blog Day 4   Life on board   This blog is written for the friends and family who are less familiar withthe daily and nightly routines of a yacht sailing across the Atlantic.There are 4 of us on the crew of Mustique,, a 66 foot Moody. We are a crosssection of nationalities, skipper Fin (Irish), then Stefan (Montenegrin), Scott  (Scottish of course) and Becki (English).   Sailing a yacht 24 hours per day for a number of weeks takes a considerableamount of organisation. For example, it is standard to run a watch system toensure that there is always someone on deck driving the boat / making surethings are smooth sailing, but at the same time making sure everyone getsenough sleep. Our watch system fits the 12 hour day nicely into our 4 crew. read more...


Mustique - Mustique.Arc2013.Day.4
Mustique - Mustique.Arc2013.Day.4
28/11/2013

Hera - Ölige See

Seit gestern Abend 18.20 Uhr läuft der Diesel. Das sonore Geräusch derMaschine und das lautlose Gleiten durch die See hatten den Vorteil, dass dieFreiwachen tief und fest schlafen konnten. Den Anblick der öligen See werden wirwohl noch bis zum Einbrechen der Dunkelheit ertragen müssen. Erst in derkommenden Nacht wird wohl wieder Wind aufkommen. Leider kann auch dieWetterprognose noch keinen Passat ausmachen. Vorsichtshalber haben wir uns aufden Kapverden in Mindelo zum Treibstoffbunkern angemeldet. Von oben brennt die Sonne und der diffuse Horizont verhinderte, eine genaueMittagssonne mit dem Sextanten zu schießen. Das ruhige Wetter nutzten wir für kleinere Reparaturen; unter anderem umdas Großsegel zu flicken. Heute haben wir ein Geburtstagskind – den Andreas Nr.2. ,für den wir. read more...


28/11/2013

Albatros - ALBATROS Day 5

We do not have the Passat wind yet, and therefore we have constantly to think about the route we are taking to Saint Lucia. The Weather Forecasts we receive is not always very reliable. Today Thursday we are running under engine already for a while because there´s no wind available. If there is wind, it is shifting. We took the quiet sea as an opportunity to have our first shower on deck, we did hairdressing and we also caught two Mahi Mahi, one of the Dorade did we release the other will be our dinner tonight. All that was quite a exciting event. Yesterday we had a group of dolphins joining us along the bug for about 10 minutes. On Saturday we expect quite some stronger winds around 20 knots. The crew is in a great mood and we enjoy the nice sunsets and sundowners as well as the stars. read more...


28/11/2013

Arkouda - Days One and Two, Not Just Another Fish Story

Sailing and seas have been very smooth for us.  After a harrowing start, (being non racers and double handlers) and nearly being run down by a boat under power after the 5 minute warning, we (being non racers, and a short crew of 2) instinctively headed away from the crowd under full main and jib.  Most of the boats have crew of at least 6, and are extremely competitive.  Ah, we could relax, grab the binoculars and watch the rest of the fleet start.  Wrong!  As soon as we looked back our beautiful sunny day was obliterated by a wall of water and wind headed our way.  Sean ran up to the mast, put in a reef, (to make our sails smaller, and better able to handle increased wind speed) and put up our cockpit covers to keep the rain out.  About 30 seconds. read more...