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26/11/2013

Free Spirit - Monday 25th November

Monday 25th November So all started well yesterday but it nearly ended indisaster! We almost had a collision with another boat!  Everything had been fine until darknesscame and we switched on the navigation lights as did all the other boats aroundus.  Suddenly there was shoutingcoming from another boat which was heading straight across our bow!  Peter was on the helm and miraculouslyhe managed to yank the boat around his stern avoiding disaster by inches!  So close!  So frightening!  I hope this is the closest we ever getto a disaster.  We spent most of thenight trying to find black space as far from other boats as possible and bymorning the fleet was well spread so that by this evenings watch we only saw oneother boat.   The weather is the. read more...


Merlyn III - Day 3 Roller Coaster
Merlyn III - Day 3   Roller Coaster
26/11/2013

Merlyn III - Day 3 Roller Coaster

Nothingto do with the waves - the sea is very smooth – but ups and downs onboard. Good progress overnight and friendly winds. We hoisted the cruising chutethis afternoon as the winds lightened. The forecast is not so friendlythough.   Major down is the loss of the watermaker – we thought it repaired but it’snow indefinitely out of action. A quick tally shows several hundred litres in the tanks and 140 litres inbottles.So: plenty to drink but no showers – and we have masses of babywipes!! We are washing up with salt water and using a spray to rinse in freshwater. Slightly inconvenient but it works fine.   One a lighter note we commissioned the fishing rig and got a strike within an hour – the line screamed away but then jammed on the reel. We hauled in by hand but when. read more...


26/11/2013

LUV - Logbuch Luv Nr. 24

Position 15 Grad 26 Minuten N39 Grad 19 Minuten WWetter : bewölkt gelegentlich leichte Schauer,Wind O 4, Seegang 2 bis 3 MeterTemperatur: 28 Grad C.Mit langem Schnurrbart gegen Sonnenbrand28 Grad im Schatten! Im Schatten? Wo ist der? Eben gab es noch noch ein waschlappengroßes Fleckchen auf der hinteren Ecke der Backbordbank im Cockpit. Die schwarzrotgoldene Bundesflagge wirft diesen Schatten. Claus hat sich hineingesetzt. Eine kleine Kursänderung macht seinen Vorteil zunichte. Claus brät wieder und schwitzt.„Der Mann am Rohr“, der Steuermann also, ist der einzige mit dauerhaftem Schattenprivileg. Sein Arbeitsplatz ist mit einem schiffsbreiten und metertiefen Sonnensegel über ein am Heckkorb angeschraubtes Gestänge bespannt. So bleibt wenigstens der Kopf geschützt – aber nur bis zur. read more...


26/11/2013

LUV - Logbuch Luv Nr. 23

Position 14 Grad 42 Minuten N36 Grad 05 Minuten WWetter : leicht bewölkt. Wind O 3 bis 4, Seegang 2 bis 3 MeterIm Bordbuch der Luv findet sich diese Eintragung:“Basti hat eine Kakerlake getötet.Die Einzige?“ Wohl kaum. Mit Kakerlaken ist es wie mit Ratten. Sieht man eine, ist sicher: Da sind mehr. Wir haben also die Abwehrschlacht gegen die Invasion der krabbelnden Aliens verloren. Wie die meisten Teilnehmer der ARC-Ralleye in die Karibik hatten auch wir uns gegen das Ungeziefer gerüstet. Kakerlakenfallen sind im Schrank und auf den Bodenbrettern mit doppelseitigem Klebeband fixiert. Für alle Fälle gibt es eine Dose Giftspray. In den Häfen blieben die Schuhe vor dem Schiff auf dem Steg zurück. In den Sohlen hätten sich Eier oder Larven verstecken können.Michael, der Proviantmeister der. read more...


26/11/2013

LUV - Luv Logbuch 21

Position 16 Grad 27Minuten N 30 Grad 22 Minuten W Wetter : Mond im letzten Quadranten, leicht bewölkt. Wind NO 4 bis 5 Eggert hält sein Ohr ans Achterstag. Die lange Stahlstange, die den 22 Meter hohen Mast davon abhält, unter Wind- und Segeldruck nach vorn zu kippen, gibt ein jaulendes, quitschendes, unangenemes und vor allem unvorschriftsmässiges Geräusch von sich. Der hohe Ton läßt sich vergleichen mit dem Kratzen eines Fingernagels auf einer Schultafel. Unten im Salon hört man es auch. Es kommt aus dem Mast. Eggert vermutet, irgendeine der zahlreichen Umlenkrollen für die vielen Leinen, die zu den Segeln führen, macht schlapp, hat einen Defekt, läuft nicht mehr wie geschmiert und jetzt protestiert sie gegen die schlechte Behandlung und jammert. Segeln vor dem Nordost-Passat ist. read more...


26/11/2013

Adina - Day 2

Dawn on day 2 treated us to cloudy skies but more importantly some wind. We discovered on tuning in to the daily ARC call for sailing participants that most boats had used their engines and motored through the windless night so were way ahead of us leaving us at the back. But we are sailors and persisted with our white floppy sails! We're hoping to have caught up a bit as we had good wind. It was a good day despite the seas being bumpy - we are all slowly getting our sea legs. A lot of hand helming too rather than using the autopilot - this is a crew that likes sailing! For dinner we had a chicken and chorizo casserole made by Susie - very, very good. Come night time it was time for more shooting star spotting - Tom has already bagged 6 sightings. We've also identified Venus, Orion,. read more...


26/11/2013

LUV - Logbuch der Luv Nr. 25

Position 15 Grad 26Minuten N 39 Grad 19 Minuten W Wetter :bewölkt gelegentlich leichte Schauer,Wind NO, Seegang 1 bis 2 Meter Unser Proviant an frischen Lebensmitteln wird knapp. Frisches Fleisch, Hühnchen und Gulasch, hatten wir zuletzt vorgestern. Knuspriges Brot vom Bäcker in Mindelo ist längst vage Erinnerung. Michael, der Allesverwerter, vertilgte tapfer die letzten trockenzähfaden Backwaren. 8 Äpfel reifen neben sechs Zitronen und vier kleinen Melonenim aufgespannten Früchtenetz über dem Salontisch. Nicht viel Vitamine für sieben Seeleute und 1040 Seemeilen bis zum Ziel. 1040. Eine magische Zahl. Halbzeit. Bergfest. Die Luv -Crew feiert mit einem Bier, eigens tags zuvor in froher Erwartung in den Kühlschrank gestellt. Auf See gibt es sonst null Alkohol. Das nächste Bier wird erst. read more...


26/11/2013

Hecuba - Days 1 & 2 - Atlantic Crossing

Exciting start to the ARC as we crossed the line 2 minutes after the gun, close to the shore. Weather had been good all morning, but we soon got hit by the predicted showers and variable wind. First few nights have been a tough induction into Atlantic sailing - with limited sleep and wind keeping up. We've covered over 300 miles so far, and tracking well on our heading towards Cape Verde. You can follow our progress on the World Cruising website: http://www.worldcruising.com and look for the yellowbrick fleet viewer.Cheers,Team Hecubahttp://www.teamhecuba.comIMG_4080. read more...


Hecuba - Days 1 & 2 - Atlantic Crossing
Hecuba - Days 1 & 2 - Atlantic Crossing
26/11/2013

Joy of Shamrock Quay - Slow progress in light winds

Slow progress overnight with very light winds, we left 'The Big Fella' out to make the most of what little wind we had, around 8-10 knots.Yesterday was a very cloudy squally day, we had rainy angry clouds both sides of us for most of the day and evening.I was on watch from 3 til 6 am, and had a big black cloud go overhead with the prevailing wind so enjoyed 20 minutes of 15-20 knots. The moon was very bright and there were many bright stars to be seen in between the rows of clouds, apart from the brief 9 knots of boat speed during the gust, we were generally achieving 4.5-5 knots on a sea resembling a lake. Not the Atlantic I was expecting!Waking today to sunshine, fair weather cumulus and a very flat sea, my bread is rising in the heat of the day and both fishing rods are out now that. read more...


26/11/2013

Starla - Log Day 2 - Meat and Vegetable Stew - Yummy

Hello EveryoneDistance logged today - 163 nautical miles. Distance to date this trip - 263 nautical miles.A good day of steady breeze had helped us to make good progress on day 2.We did have a few squalls that were cold and wet. We are making steady progress, heading south west towards the Cape Verde Islands. As we get more south the weather should get a lot warmer, but the chance of daily squalls still exists.The crew are still settling in and getting in to the swing of things.Yesterday was the first day of the SSB radio network. For those of us in the fleet that have a SSB radio, that is capable of long distance communication, we have a radio network on the sea. The network is administered by a network controller. The controller calls up all of the boats and each boat that wishes to. read more...


26/11/2013

Atika II - Log 3 ème jour: matinée agitée!

Tout va bien ... nous avons encore aujourd'hui des vagues qui nous poussent par derrière ce qui est moinsdésagréable qu'hier où les vagues nous balotaient par le côté : beurk :-))La déception passant, nous pouvons maintenant vous en dire un peu plus.Hier le spi asymétrique s'est cassé au niveau de la têtière et est tombé àl'eau. Nous avons pu le rattraper très vite puis avons réparé le haut dela voile en remplaçant l'anneau rompu par un anneau textile en vectrant denotre conception mais nous n'avons pas osé le remettre de nuit. Du coup,cette nuit nous nous sommes un peu trainés, 6-7 noeuds avec quelquesinstants à 8-9. Ce matin, de 8h à 10h, pendant que certains finissaientleur nuit, ceux de quart finissaient de réparer, puis de remettre biencomme il faut le spi asy dans sa chaussette. read more...


26/11/2013

Queen Frederica - Bericht Tag 3 - Ingwer without end

26.11.2013Logbuch-Eintrag Nr. 3 der Queen F.:Das ganze Schiff riecht nach Ingwer; der Koch – Dieter gen. Bocuse – läuftzu großer Form auf: Basmati Frederica als erster Hauptgang, gefolgt vonSoup a la Queen. Dazu passend der Song des Tages: "Down on my knees" vonAyo. Ein erster Vorgeschmack auf die Karibik.Ganz faktisch: Unser Etmal 132,64 sm. Das Wetter war heute besser(traumhaft findet Katharina). Die Genua haben wir erstmals ausgebaumt undeinen ganz besonders schönen Schmetterling daraus gemacht. Das erforderteunsere vollste Konzentration, das Steuern war sehr anspruchsvoll. Sehrangenehm hingegen schiebt uns der Kanarenstrom mit mehr als 1 knzusätzlich zum östlichen Wind mit 2-3 Beaufort zusehends in Richtung derKapverden. Wir hoffen, dass wir der nahenden Flaute entgehen können. read more...


26/11/2013

Shine - Day 2 Dolphin and ,Dorado

Another 200 miles under the belt (exactly 400.8 from the start line in 48 hours) and sliding along nicely.Foredeck fun and games after dark last night as we tried to roll in the 'A 'sail.Anything that could wrap itself onto the semi-rolled sail managed to do so, but after much foredeck manliness, that chap Dunger saved the day with the judicious use of his big knife. Ten minutes later in what was a most surreal scene, we were sitting around the saloon table eating a fine spaghetti bolognese washed down with a glass of Rioja-the show must go on.A rather dark wet night anddawn broke to grey drizzle but still plenty of wind...................STOP PRESS......got to go as we've caught our first fish.I'm back now and a small 5lb dorado is now filletetin the fridge and will be eaten as sushi. read more...


26/11/2013

Lancelot II - Day 2 - Dolphins and Fireworks

Greetings from Lancelot II! Before I give you a brief synopsis of our last24 hours I will introduce us all. Firstly there is the skipper Jacko, Steve‘sugar rush’ Ginger, Teresa and Matt from Canada, Annette from Switzerland, Robfrom London and me (Mel) also from the UK. You will be pleased to hear that weare making good progress with 7-8 knots of boat speed and about 15 knots ofwind. A few changes in sail configuration kept us busy last night. We areheading roughly south to pick up the trade winds and then shoot across west likea bullet – a slightly soggy bullet, but hopefully a speedy one! After night 1being full of stars we had no moon last night, no stars, a poor view of thehorizon because of the cloud and no other boats to look at, which made helmingslightly tricky with some lively. read more...


26/11/2013

Capital-Conseil.com - 3e jour!

Bonjourtous, ici le team Capital-Conseil.com! Tout va bien en ce 3me jour nous filons dans le nord-ouest10 nuds sous spi pour tenter d'éviter les perturbations causées par une petite dépression qui barre notre chemin. L'objectif étant d'obtenir des vents plus favorables d'ici 1,5 jours. Nous sommes avec un bon petit groupe de copains bagarreurs et on se laisse pas faire! La viebord prend forme, les quarts s'enchaînent et on prend un rythme. Moral1012 hecto pascals, stable!Temps gris et mer peu organisée, ça bouge.Record vitesse sur la distance: 15,8nds (3 fois atteint avec Pierric, puis Marc, puis Morvan)KenavoM.B. read more...


26/11/2013

Manihi - Enfin du soleil ...

24:41.78N 19:36.44W   Si le vent est bien établi depuis hier, c'est le soleil qui nous manquait !La crème solaire a été sortie pour la première fois ce matin ! Jusque-là c'étaitpolaire, pantalon, et même veste de quart hier après-midi. On a du mal à secroire près des tropiques pour le moment !   Nous continuons à environ 7 Nds notre route au 240 (SW) avec toujours unvent portant de 15-20 nds, l'idéal, qui devrait malheureusement faiblir demain.Y'a plus qu'à espérer que la météo se trompe !   Nous avons l'impression d'avancer mais sans aucune idée d'où sont lesautres bateaux ! Nous en apercevons un de temps en temps, mais difficile desavoir où nous sommes par rapport au reste de la flotte :-( Suspense !   Nous sommes toujours au portant (vent arrière) ; ce qui fait. read more...


26/11/2013

Swan Valhalla - Log 6

First sailing blog- guest blogger, Victoria   After months of preparation, it was finally time toleave. The boat and our 8 strong crew were ready as we wouldever be. Valhalla was packed to the brim with all of Yoyo's tastytreats, which even included a huge leg of dried cured ham, currently strapped toour saloon table below the cargo nets full of fruit & veg- picture to followonce we have a decent internet connection. The harbour was buzzing and all of the boats were doinglast minute jobs including last minute showers. I think Yoyo, Hen and myselfmust have had about 3 in the final 12 hours, knowing it would be the last for awhile! We were kitted out in our white crew t-shirts evenhaving time for a photo (I am looking forward to seeing before and aftershots)! Around 11h30 on. read more...


26/11/2013

Bella - The view from my shower this morning ...

This is really quite surreal. Here we are in the middle of the Atlantic (well, at 25 degrees North and 19 degrees West - check us out on the AIS) and when I look out of the bathroom window, I see a 60' mast, a huge pink Spinnaker and our ARC 2013!Really looking forward to that dip in the Pond at our Half Way Party (sharks not invited!)Katie x m_The view from my shower. read more...


Bella - The view from my shower this morning ...
Bella - The view from my shower this morning ...
26/11/2013

Incisor - Incisor daily blog 26-11-2013

Last night was really dark, with a lot of wind and rain. Fortunately at a certain point the moon came through and it is was so bright that we almost put on our sunglasses as we were used to the dark. Unfortunately this was only a brief moment and soon it  became dark again. The stars were not seen at all due to the clouds. So no astronavigation. Luckily we don’t have to do that as we have other equipment. Well this morning we had a new passenger on board. He was not on the crew list??? Where did he came from? It was Dave the pigeon. It has been sailing on with us since and  entertaining the boat. We send him out for pizza courier and that is what we had for lunch, some nice pizza in the middle of the ocean. Hmm, sitting in the sunshine and having a pizza. Well life could. read more...


26/11/2013

Blue Dolphin - Day 2 - On the boat

(All of the below to be said with Geordie accent in BB style).   Having settled onto the boat the crew are getting to know each other better: Carol, Skipper – newly qualified Yachtmaster and keen to assert her authority.Mike, Chief Engineer – salty old sea dog, relegated to 1st mate following a stroke.Kathy, Navigator – very keen and carries her sextant everywhere, but still keeps bumping into thingsSally, Quatermaster –Organised the provisions down to the last Jamacain Ginger cake and woe betide anyone who eats anything out of orderThe watch system is starting to dictate the structure of the day.  ‘Cook of the day’ already has a competitive element (fully encouraged by Mike).  Kathy has already upped the anti by producing pudding on Day 2.  Sally is feeling. read more...


Blue Dolphin - Day 2 - On the boat
Blue Dolphin - Day 2 - On the boat
26/11/2013

Queen Frederica - Bericht Tag 2 - More "Lost in Space...

25.11.2013Logbuch-Eintrag Nr. 2 der Enterprise alias Queen F.:Scanneranalyse negativ, Sunrise unaufwindbar, wir konzentrieren uns aufunsere Stärken: Jörg hat soeben die Angelleine ausgebracht. Ab sofortschwimmen Fische bis 37 kg unter erhöhter Lebensgefahr durch den südlichenKanarenstrom. Unklar ist, wer dem Fisch den Garaus macht.Alle haben die erste Nachtwache hinter sich; von 20-24 Uhr war es sehrungemütlich, zwischen 0 und9 4 Uhr nicht wirklich besser, ab dann liefalles glatt und rund. Unser erstes Etmal liegt bei 116 sm. Daraus leitetsich direkt unser ‚Song of he day‘ ab: ‚Old man‘, in der Version vonRedlight King aus dem Album Something for the pain.Drei Tage lang haben wir eingekauft. Werden 3 Wochen reichen, um dieVorräte aufzubrauchen? Das Fressen hat begonnen. Erste Opfer:. read more...


26/11/2013

Sweet Pearl - 3. Tag - Langsam, aber stetig

Wir kommen voran, aber nicht so schnell wie wir gerne möchten - dank Wetter (wenig Wind mit wechselhafter Richtung und Slalomfahren um die Squalls). Gestern wurden wir von Delfinen begleitet, einer hat uns sogar mit drei aufeinander folgenden Saltos begrüsst. Einfach super. Nachher gings zum nächsten Highlight, Jürg hat unsere nigelnagel neuen Dampfkochtopf eingeweiht - alle waren begeistert. Letzte Nacht wars ruhig, und so wird es wohl noch bleiben...aber wir geben die Hoffnung nicht auf dass wir noch einige überholen werden. Watch out. Tom. read more...


26/11/2013

Miciadue - Kostbares Süßwasser vergeudet

Wir laufen mit 6 kn Kurs 260°. Mit 163 sm in den letzten 24 h sind wir sehr zufrieden. Unser Schinken hat Platz in der Dusche zusammen mit dem Dinghi gefunden. Gestern Abend hatten wir jede Menge Wasser in der Bilge. Ursache: Das zusammengefaltete Dinghi ist gegen den Hebel der Ducharmatur gerutscht und hat diese geöffnet. Unbemerkt sind schätzungsweise kostbare 50 l Süßwasser aus der Dusche in die Bilge geflossen. Es war also kein Leck in der Außenhaut. Mit Süßwasser müssen wir jetzt noch sparsamer umgehen. Alle sind wohlauf bis auf Thomas der noch gelegentlich von der Seekrankheit gequält wird. Viele Grüße an alle!. read more...


26/11/2013

Boingo alive - Great Start ARC

UTC 13:15 / 26°25N 019`43WAfter all the intensive time of preparation we finally started. Because of a handling problem our Parasailor was not up at the perfect time we wanted, hence we have been late on the starting line but only by about 2 minutes. And then the boat was picking up speed easily even with this heavy load. Our course helped us to be and stay in front of nearly all Cruisiers (see picture - cruising fleet behind us) and only a moment later we found ourselves already in between the slower Catamarans and Racers starting before us - what a excitement to realize, that the start was better than we expected.A while later our mood changed a little because we stood in a calm and had to see all Cruisers picking us up from behind - the great start had only a short time effect and we. read more...


Boingo alive - Great Start ARC
Boingo alive - Great Start ARC
26/11/2013

Manali - Planking and poling aboard Manali on Day 2

13:00 UTC Atlantic Ocean, just over 500 nautical miles to Waypoint Butter (where the butter starts to melt)  168 nautical miles on day 2, average speed of just over 7 knots Sunrise: no sign of life other than a square rigged Spanish sailing ship behind us in the distance looking like The Black Pearl (yes Johnny Depp again) in the morning haze. Fitness:  The gym opened early this morning.  A punishing regime starts with doing the plank stretched between cockpit seats with a quick plyometric switch to maximum push ups with no break.  Pat pushed out 30 before Jus followed with 12 before flopping on the deck like a flying fish.  Three sets of tri drips and sit ups follow.  Ian and Pete said they would work out later (right). Sailing:  Goose. read more...


26/11/2013

Avel Biz - Avel Biz J+2 Une matinée bien remplie

Bonjour26 novembre 2°13Position à 12h00 UTC26°10,5 N19°23,7 W143 milles en 24hUne matinée bien rempliePendant l'après midi d'hier nous avons continué à nous faire rattraper pardes plus gros que nous. Puis nous avons mangé notre premier repas chauddepuis le départ.Le vent a fraichi régulièrement par l'arrière. Nous avons du empannerplusieurs fois et nous sommes passés du spi au gennaker puis au génois etnous avons pris un ris dans la GV pendant la nuit. Ciré de rigueur. Ila fait frais et le temps est plutôt "breton".Ce matin, plus que deux bateaux à l'horizon.Pas tout à fait réveillés, nous lançons le spi et constatons qu'il a unepetite déchirure en haut. Pas de problème, on affale pour le recoudre plustard.Nous hissons le gennaker. Au bout d'une heure, la poulie de tête de matexplose. La. read more...


26/11/2013

Mustique - Mustique.Arc2013.Day2

Highlight of the Day -  Awesome 3 metre divingdolphin jumps over the bow!   Lowlight of the day- Rain, rolling, rain, rolling...with some more of the same!   Sea life spotted - Dolphins!, unidentified bird, lesserspotted silver Canadian Robin   Weather & sailing - 4-8knots am.. 15knotsNE inpm goosewinging at 7knots  24hr Log- 155nmAmazing Facto of the Day- 70% of Americans believe theScottish Haggis is a real animal, hunted by highlanders in kilts Food.snack of the day - Monteneggran sausage surpriseand mash   Awesomeness of the Day- uber awesome dolphindive   Crew Vibe- jolly   Crew members who still retain sufficient levels ofsanity.... - Fin, Scott, Stefan, Beckie  . read more...


26/11/2013

Ula - Day 3 - 26th November

A breakfast change to the main (reefed) and genoa – heading SW on a broad reach. This becomes a beam reach by lunchtime and by mid afternoon we are close hauled as the wind veers around. The water maker has been causing problems but, for the moment at least, has been nursed back into life by our “engineering department”. (Paul and Anthony). Resisting the temptation to indulge in ones personal stash of nibbles becomes a battle of self-will which must be won, there are no supermarkets between here and St Lucia.!Spotted a lone bird on the wing at lunchtime, which exceeds the number of boats we have seen today. ARC reporting shows us in the top third of the pack. As we dive south to find the allusive trade winds most have already set course for the west. We will watch with interest the. read more...


Mustique - Mustique.Arc2013.Day2
Mustique - Mustique.Arc2013.Day2
26/11/2013

Scarlet Oyster - Snakes and ladders Day 3 on Scarlet

It has been an interesting race so far, with some highs and lows, somedecisions have sent us powering up the leader board others have had usdrifting back down again!Still not much sleep, prob about 3hrs so far, better than none though.Racehas been a mixture of no wind and quite a lot!Last night we were pressingon with the Asail in nearly 30knots, we have spent several hours last nightdrifting, now we have 15knots so not too bad.It has been pretty hard to see what the right thing is tactically, 2 daystime we will be passing through the low pressure, into light headwinds, itis too far to go to clear the North of it for us, and no way under iteither, we are looking closely at the weather to see where our best point ofentry may be.Going further N could see us locked out up there, with a slow. read more...


26/11/2013

Silent Wings - Log Day 7 - Wildlife!

The wind comes and goes andwe have much to occupy our days.On Sunday, the Silent Wings Fishing Team (Skip Steve, Sal and Peter) landed a beautiful 10 kg Mahi Mahi (Dirk was not so keen!) so a splendid dinner was assured.And yesterday, we were visited by a lone Orca whale who swam alongside us for a while then dived under the boat, showing us its white belly and looking right up at us in the cockpit!Stunning...though rather scary!. read more...


26/11/2013

La Rochelle - La Rochelle tripping over our apparent

Having caught up yesterday with the back of the fleet, the breeze has dropped to 9 knots overnight, but managed to Pass another couple of yachts last night (picked them up on radar). Had a dream run yesterday afternoon as the breeze swung north and the kite went up , managed to average 8 knots in 14 knots of breeze. The kite came down at sunset along with the breeze.We have spent the night winding the boat up and down at 120 degrees apparent managing to achieve high 5's, can't wait for sunrise to put the bag back up.( 8 knots apparent is the minimum to fill our sails so they don't flap)This will probably be the last day of sailing as we are headed for a huge hole.Hopefully our mother ship Josie Marie waits for us as they are carrying our reserve supply of fuel , she carries 1300 litres. read more...


26/11/2013

Blue Raven - Blue Raven settling into cruising routine

Blue Raven settling into cruising routine After two days out we are settling into the cruising routine and all is well on Blue Raven. Best wishes to all for a smooth crossing.ReinhardSkipper Blue Raven. read more...


26/11/2013

Defyr - Day Three: Time after time!

Two nights behind us and probably 18 to go. It feels like time is defined differently during the night. Time slows down incredibly much after dark and then again after sunrise, it feels like just a few hours and then it's dark again.This morning we got a visit from couple of dolphins, they were hard to follow in the dark, but we could hear them well! When the sun came out, we noticed there was a dead flying fish on our deck... Poor thing!Everybody is in good humor and well, so no need to worry!Kaija "The night watch". read more...


26/11/2013

Meltemi - 2.Tag - Windspiele

Der Wind spielt mit uns. Zeigt uns seine Bandbreite. Weht mal mehr, mal weniger stark aus unterschiedlichen Richtungen. Tendenz eher schwach; kurzzeitig auch fast vollkommene Flaute. Das gefällt uns gar nicht. Wir wollen segeln, wollen schnell segeln, wollen die maximale Speed, egal wo der Wind herkommt und wie stark er ist. Und so haben wir in den letzten 24 Stunden unterschiedliche Besegelungen ausprobiert. Haben den Spinnaker vorbereitet, dann aber doch nicht gesetzt, weil der Wind schon wieder gedreht hatte. Nach kurzer Regenpause am Nachmittag pendelt der Wind sich ein bei 3-4 Bft aus Nordost. Wir bergen das Groß und fahren die ganze Nacht nur mit der Genua. Das klappt bei der starken Dünung am Besten. Die bis zu 4 Meter hohen Wellen rauschen unter uns durch und sorgen dafür, dass. read more...


26/11/2013

Moondancer - Tuesday 26th November - ARC

12.10PMIn the swing of things nowDolphins on the bow - business as usual267 miles done and the sun is shining.Last night they put the Moon out late and upside down AGAIN. Anyway they soon realised their mistake and took it back in.We've still got boats with us including Shenanigan and Starblazer and they are going in the same direction as us so maybe we're going the right wayRiz, Rob and Butch/ (Edd, Snowy and Wilson) - Moondancer. read more...


26/11/2013

Edelweiss - Day #3: smooth sailing....

Hello from the lovely Atlantic, where the waves are nice, smooth rollers that we are coasting down. Edelweiss is taking good care of us and is sailing well.We are on the lookout for some sea life, having only had a glimpse of dolphins very early in our trip. Second night of watches went well - we are surrounded still by about 20 ARC boats which makes for good company through the dark.It's a beautiful blue sky day and we're enjoying it!xo Edelweiss. read more...


26/11/2013

XAR - Andra dygnet med XAR över Atlanten, var är vinden?

Dygn 2, måndag 1200 UTC - tisdag 1200 UTC, seglades 176 NM.Måndags eftermiddagen spenderades i stiltje och bad i sköna Atlanten vågor. Var varmt både i luften och i havet; 25 resp 22 kanske. Vinden fyllde på senare på em och i någon knop (2-3) gled vi sakta mot Kap Verde. Med denna fart är vi nog inte framme förrän i januari! Hoppas det blir bättre så småningom. I några regnbyar senare på kvällen etablerade sig västlig vind upp till 12 m/s, skönt att kunna segla igen. Natten blev lite bökig med akterlig vind och stora vågor. Krävdes koncentration för att undvika slänggippar. Maten är en viktig del av dagens rutin, förutom Pariserbiffen till lunch så fick vi en jättegod kyckling med ris även den serverad av Lars o Peter. Nespresso maskinen får jobba hårt. Hoppas den håller för de 1000 +. read more...


26/11/2013

Hot Stuff - Fairies of the lost Arc - Chapter 1

Prologue: To bring you all up to speed ....   1 yacht. 9 women. 1 crazy night dressed as fairies. 1 week of boat prep.400 pieces of fruit and veg. 48 hours at sea.  Now to introduce the crew (fellow twinklets): #1 Nikki el capitan. Head of the ‘watchdogs’. #2 Emma - in charge of keeping the capitan in order. Leader of the'Nightowl' watch #3 Sarah - chief impersonator and leader of the 'Squirrel' watch #4 Karen - our rock. She supplies enough fairy dust to keep us all happyand moralle high #5 Claire - Owns the Hotstuff salon - beauty technician, social secerataryand head of decor - unfortunately capitan says fairy lights are a fire hazard :( #6 Sue - mummy twinklet. Her domain is the fridge; she is yet to show usher sons body building techniques! #7 Charlotte - our youngest. read more...


26/11/2013

Milanto - Fwd MILANTO BLOG FOR DAYs 1 & 2 ARC 2013

We slipped our lines at 1030 to head out to the start line. What a great feeling we are finally to begin our adventure. There is a big crowd lining the marina, brass bands playing and hooters blowing to send us on our way. We slipped out of Las Palmas marina and out to the ocean. 250 boats emerged like ants from the marina all heading to the start line where the start boat a Spanish Navy Frigate was acting as Committee boat. We hoisted the sails and started to manouver into position. Vale is an old hand at this and got us perfectly positioned at the windward end of the start line with seconds to go and then we were OFF !  What a start we must have been 1st or 2nd over the line and could see all the out and out racers jockeying for position. Bit of a scrap going on for best position. read more...


26/11/2013

Jambo - A dark and bumpy night

We head South at the momentand will start to turn SE today as the winds are favourable to take us towards the NW corner of the Cap Verde islands and hopefully the NE trade winds .Will get todays forecast laterto see if that remains a good planStir fry on the menu tonight which will be a challenge in this seaStill see a few yachts but we suspect most will have gone further westas the urge to make the turn is almost impossible to resist.Our butter still has not melted even if the sun is out.. read more...


26/11/2013

Hera - Wind und Sonnenschein

10.20 Uhr Bordzeit: Rasmus verwöhnt uns mit Wind und Sonnenschein. Dafürbekommt er auch um 11.00 wieder seinen Sherry. Unser zweites Etmal seit Las Palmas  betrug 186 sm. Leider haben wirimmer noch keine Positionsmeldungen von der ARC. Gestern begleitete uns eine Delphinschule von über 20 Tieren und einkleiner Babykalmar verirrte sich an Bord. Das herrliche Morgenwetter verleitete einen Teil der Crew dazu, dass ersteSalzbad im Cockpit zu nehmen. So gepöckelt werden wir den Törn ,dermatologischgesehen, wohl gut überstehen. Die Backschaftswache hat soeben die Menükarte für den heutigen Tagpräsentiert:Reis mit Ratatouille und Pon de Horno Tierno dazu einen 1847er Port Solera und als Nachtisch frischen Obstsalat a laHera   Stefan. read more...


26/11/2013

Pelican - Tuesday 26 Nov

Hibeen a little remiss of late writing up the blog so here goes, crew settled in well blew out cruising cute first ripped up Parasailor later on, pulled fridge main supply out and screwed up salt water pump. however things look a little better this morning plodding along at 9- 10 knots not sure in the correct course but hay ho we are all jolly sailors. read more...


26/11/2013

Albatros - ALBATROS Day 3

Day 3, Nov 26thWith cheering people and a brass band on the peer H17 in Muelle Deportivo we crossed the starting line at nov 24, 1pm just outside of the marina. With a nice breeze began our adventure heading to Saint Lucia. In the meantime the first 2 nights are behind us and we get more and more adjusted to the boat, the waves, the team.Yesterday we were welcomed by a few dolphins joining us for a few minutes along the boat. The handreel with the fishing line didn´t bring any results yet. The last night was pretty dark due to the clouds and the disappearing moon. With a compass course of 240 degrees we were cruising through the dark night. We were able to spot about 5 other boats around us. The wind around 10knots, the waves and the darkness made it pretty challenging to hold. read more...


26/11/2013

Aspen - Log 2; Tuesday 26 Nov; The Atlantic is Cold!

The admiral wore a wool stocking hat, tights, gloves and three jacketson her watch last night.Brrrrr!Where are the tropics??We areanxiously waiting for our butter to melt!All is well onboard.Steve and Maria. read more...



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