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08/12/2012

Sumatra - Log Day 12: Highs, Lows and Happy Birthday

It's been an eventful few days. After gloating atthe prospect of roast pork on Wednesday night, the wind picked up, the seas wentwild and before we knew it we were heeled up and hammering forth with all thehatches battened down to protect against rogue waves. It was horrible down belowdecks; hot, humid and sticky, with sail bags all over the floor and salt-crustedpillows that stick to your face every time you try to turn over. Eugh. This allseemed quite luxurious however when it came time to stand watch. We foundourselves huddled into the corner of the cockpit under a flimsy hood, withdriving rain hammering down overhead, howling wind making the sails buffet andgroan, and water roaring by the stern as the boat rocketed on into theblackness... Thank god for auto pilot! We managed to keep. read more...


09/12/2012

Mad Fish - ARC Birthday 3 of 3 aboard Mad Fish

Today is Oli's birthday and he is now 11. Some new DVD's and story CDs among the presents have been welcome addition. He had his favorate breakfast of pancakes which unfortunately saw the demise of Emma's favorite pampered chief batter bowl. Not comparable with trade wind rolling.Allowed ourselves showers today as we are doing well for fresh water having just switched over to tank 2.We took our kite down yesterday when the wind crept up to 28 knots and we found ourselves hoofing along at 12 knots! Currently running downwind under full main and a partly furled poled out headsail in 22 knots of wind doing 7 knots with surfs over 10 knots.830 miles to go.Russell. read more...


09/12/2012

Scarlet Oyster - Scarlet Oyster Blog Nearly there!

Hi All,Much nicer nights sailing than the previous one, which to be honest was not hard, bit less wind than wanted, but I guess better than too much when we just need to keep everything intact and get to the finish.We have been hanging in there with the Quokka, they are playing angles and shifts where we are on the 170 deg highway on stb all the way, bit different to last year when we were gybing 5 times most nights! It is interesting that both strategies are yielding almost identical VMGs, this is good news for us as with a slightly lower handicap every sched we match their pace we actually gain a bit on handicap, and with the runway fast running out they have an increasingly harder target speed to match to stay in contention.We have a lead now of about 1%, which does not sound a lot,. read more...


09/12/2012

Poespas - day 12

Day 12Another 24 hours gone and it looks as if we are in the trade winds now. We've been on starboard tack and on a broad reach all day, with genoa poled out to port to give it some stability and a partially reefed mizzen for balance. Beautiful trade wind conditions with warm sunshine almost all day. Highlight was Andy catching his match, the first tuna during our voyage. It certainly gave a good fight, but was eventually hauled in and despatched by our now highly experienced pescadorean gladiator team. We toasted it with a ration of whisky specifically reserved for such funereal occasions, thanked it for providing us with sustenance, and wished its spirit well on its eternal journey in the pelagic skies of the hereafter. What a lovely animal. Of course it took revenge on us soon after. read more...


09/12/2012

El Mundo - Sunday 9th December

Humiliating news!. Dee, the ocean sailing rookie who two weeks ago had never stood a night watch, last night during her three hours averaged 8.433 nautical miles per hour. Robert, who two weeks ago was also an oceansailing rookie, during his watch averaged 8.466. And me, who has done this before and who is the proud owner of El Mundo, only managed to average 8.2 nautical miles per hour. I am now sitting here at my keyboard sulking!. Of course, ice-man Nick, the sailor with over 30 years experience, beat us all with an average 8.633 nautical miles per hour during his three hour watch. As some small compensation to myself, Nick took over from me at 0300 when we were 2.1 miles off the direct line route to Rodney Bay. After his watch we were 5.0 miles off the direct line route - my thinking. read more...


09/12/2012

Hera - Fotoshooting

Hatten gestern Abend bei Sonnenuntergang einen Fototermin mit der “Costa Illuminas”. Das über 300m lange Kreuzfahrtschiff mit Parallelkurs Richtung Barbados hatte den Passagieren als besonderes Schmankerl Fotos einer Segelyacht mit Schmetterling in den Sonnenuntergang segelnd zugedacht.Dem diensthabenden Offizier übergab ich per Funk unsere E_Mailadresse für Fotos auch für uns. Während unseres Small Talks auf Parallelkurs unter 1 sm machte uns der Offizier plötzlich auf einen nur 200m vor unserem Bug blasenden Wal aufmerksam. Für uns und die Passagiere der Costa gab der Finnwal dann eine Sondervorstellung mit tollen Sprüngen, die stark nach Angabe aussahen. Ich hoffe nur, dass die Costa kein Preisausschreiben unter den tausenden von Fotos veranstaltet und unsere Mail-Box damit. read more...


09/12/2012

Poco Loco -

Dag 12 - 15.56.937 - 49.15.171 Dagafstand 172 NMHet is een regenachtige dag. Er komen regelmatig flinke regenbuien langs die het gezouten dek schoonspoelen. In de afgelopen dagen viel het ons op dat er verschillende waardes op de instrumenten stonden die we niet konden thuis brengen. Dit is een prima dag om ons daar eens in te verdiepen. Boeken en kaarten op tafel en uitzoeken. Na enige tijd vinden we de oplossing, in dit deel van de wereld heeft het magnetisch noorden een afwijking (variatie) van 18 graden West. Dat hadden we nog niet ingesteld. Als we de instellingen aanpassen en de instrumenten kalibreren krijgen we weer de juiste waardes, maar nu blijken de klokken aan boord een uur voor te lopen. Weer gaan we op zoek. De oplossing blijkt simpel, doordat Las Palmas de Engelse tijd. read more...


09/12/2012

Ceilidh of Lorne - Time Travel

ARC Day 12 Ceilidh continued her great form with a tremendous 202NM days run which equalled our best on day 1 of the ARC. What was more remarkable this time round is that we had a F5 NE as compared to a F6-7 on day 1 so it has been a case of good helming by everyone to achieve this. It is hard to describe the concentration required on another dark night to steer on instruments with little or no horizon available. We limit each helm to 45minutes as otherwise it is too easy to lose any reference points and become disorientated allowing the track to wander. Steering an accurate course is very important now we have the finish line in site as we are tracking around 10degrees above our rhumb line of 260T. We continue to have the swell behind the beam which at times causes. read more...


09/12/2012

Lady Ann - taking a plunge

Had we posted a blog two days ago the title could have been: Bird. And the entry would have read: We saw a bird. Sometimes nothing happens and life at sea - to the casual observer - would seem boring. But in light of our earlier startup challenges we kind of enjoyed an uneventfull day: reading further through the on board library (Thomas couldn't help himself and read 'The sinking of whaleship Essex: about about 20 men that sail 4500 miles in the southern Passific in open boats after their ship had been sunk by a sperm whale, with them ending up drawing straws to see who would be the next victim to be cannibalised for dinner), listening to Beth Hart's 'ordi sexy' voice and blues, cooking Mexican chili con carne, or chatting & sweating away in the opressive heat. Yesterday morning,. read more...


09/12/2012

Caryali - it looks like being on a train more than a boat

allora siamo a meno 600nm dall'arrivo, e' quasi fatta e sembra che recuperiamo qualche posizione nella nostra categoria. tra ieri e oggi percorso circa 220nm il nostro record!. umore alle stelle perche' ben che si stia in barca abbiamo tutti voglia di sdraiarci su una bella spiaggia a questo punto. paolo vuole scalare i suoi pitons e oskar vuole vedere la sua savannah.. stefanello vuole il punch con il rhum promessoci alla partenza e polpetta anche lei vuole fare conoscenza con i gattacci caraibici. velegiamo con code zero e randa a farfalla. adesso i tonni hanno preso il posto delle lampuga .. sempre un bel mangiare. Carole. read more...


09/12/2012

Ostrea - whale and bird

Hi all,We are currently motoring our way through day 13..... Nearly the entire crew is sunburned even though we have had the bimini up all day. Yesterday a very large whale came 10 meters from the boat to check us out. What an impressive animal! We are no longer with a crew of 7 as we have a stork like big white bird (witte reiger) travelling along with us. The bird is 800 miles away from the closed land and lost every sence of direction. The bird even went inside to see what was there but we quickly put him outside again. He refuses to do watches and sleeps during the night on our pull pit.We call him Regilio the Reiger. Probably Regilio heard in the fleet that we were the boat catching lots of fish but after he landed we have not caught a single mahi mahi....We keep you posted!pieter. read more...


09/12/2012

Ailsa - Blog 11 - Happy Campers

Position: 12:47.993N 40:41.862WCaptains log; Stardate 2012-12-09 – 10:30 UTCIt strikes me that sailors are rarely “happy campers”. There are many possible reasons for this but the most obvious culprit is their wind – of the meteorological variety that is. Wind and sailing go hand in glove. No wind, no sailing; too much wind, challenging sailing and possibility of breakages; too little wind, equally challenging sailing and still the possibility of breakages. Rarely is there the “perfect wind” and if there is the “perfect wind” it is usually in the wrong direction.For the past two days despite best efforts to navigate round the “hole” we have had too little wind. Let me give you a sense of this experience. When there is too little wind, particularly when you are running down wind to get to. read more...


09/12/2012

Maunie of Ardwall - Day 13 - Light winds in a heavy Maunie

A big sense of frustration aboard the good ship Maunie last night. Yesterday’s breeze gradually faded away in the afternoon and, in spite of the skipper’s best efforts on the wheel for 4 hours, the Parasailor spent more and more of its time deflated as the boat rolled in the gentle swell. As the sun set we were down to less than 2 knots of boat speed and the sail was threatening to wrap itself around the rigging so we dropped it and started the engine again. At 05.00 this morning, (boat time, 07.00 UTC) Rich and Graham rigged the pole and set the white sails goose-winged in about 11 knots of breeze, shut down the engine and we wallowed sedately at 3-4 knots. Sailors will know that the wind dead aft isn’t great at the best of times and a heavy yacht like Maunie really needs 15 knots. read more...


09/12/2012

Jay Jay - Communication problems ...

... we’re having difficulties receiving and sending emails so this might bethe last posting until we arrive in St Lucia.. read more...


08/12/2012

Jay Jay - Day 12 16.6N 39.6W

We lost the wind yesterday and still nothing much today. The waves and swell are greatly reduced too which makes for smooth sailing. Pretty much along the lines of the forecast, so we have had to resort to using the engine for propulsion. The good thing about this is that we have charged up the batteries properly, and the watermaker has been doing its stuff, and we have full tanks again. That will please everyone on board, as in these temperatures, a refreshing (albeit quick) shower is well received before turning into our pits. Last night when Ed was on watch,he was hit in the back of the head in the dark. It turned out to be a flying fish, which would technically have landed on the deck had it not ricocheted off Ed's head back into the water. That offshially brings the fish count. read more...


09/12/2012

Coral IV - God morgen fra 47 grader vest

 16:30.28 N 47:02.82 W Vi kjører fremdeles UTC tid ombord. Den viser 11.30. Samtidig følger vi solen i forhold til å legge oss og stå opp. Solen er bare ca 8, så vi har akkurat spist frokost. I natt har vi hatt et helt utrolig regnvær. Mørkt som i en sekk. Mye vind, men rett bakfra og bare fint. 830 nm igjen til mål. Det er rart. Vi har vært 12 dager på sjøen. Samarbeidet flyter ganske bra. Jeg må vel nesten si veldig bra. Vi er tross alt 6 personer, alder 22-65 stor bredde i utdannelse og erfaring. Et par “for tiden bohemer”, en pensjonist, ja, og så noen andre... Vi har fremdeles 6-8 dager igjen. Det følges kort – men er jo likevel det som kan være en hel ferie. Rart at dager ombord i en båt kan bli så travle. Aldri i nærheten av å kjede meg. Blir nesten for lite. read more...


09/12/2012

Great Escape of Southampton - Day 13 Great Escape 15 19N 46 37W

Day 13 We want morewind! “Mayday, mayday, mayday, we require immediate assistanceof much more wind” After some pretty tough weeks with loads of wind andfabulous sailing, ONE quiet day without wind was fine and actuallyappreciated. The SECOND day (yesterday) with flat sea, steaming heatand not even a sign of wind was OK and to live with. A THIRD day (today) is NOT. This night has basicallybeen without wind and very HOT, not giving us much hope for a windy day - butfinally, this morning we gained some breeze and are sailing again. We arecruising away in 4-5 knots or so, with winds of 10-13 knots – hoping that wewill reach 20-25 during the day (and for the rest of this journey). We have now covered more than 2/3 of the total distanceof 2700 miles and have approximately 800 miles to go.. read more...


Great Escape of Southampton - Day 13 Great Escape 15 19N 46 37W
Great Escape of Southampton - Day 13 Great Escape 15 19N 46 37W
09/12/2012

Islay - measurements

We are on 3/4th of the voyage of 2800 NM and enjoy every day. For an outsider it may look boring and the same every day. This is however not the case. Somehow every day is different and brings new ‘excitements’. As we make progress we keep a close eye on the DTD (Distance to Destination). The umber becomes more ‘understandable’ as it became below 1000 NM, 803 as I write this. The SOG (Speed over Ground), although the ocean is 5KM deep we still look at our speed over the ground, is an average speed of 7.5 knots (at times 8). Speed is everything (while keeping the boat together) because with the current average speed we will arrive in St.Lucia around happy hour on Thursday. So: every knot or mile counts. The weather is not as constant as it would typically be. The low brought rain,. read more...


Islay - measurements
Islay -  measurements
09/12/2012

Salsa af Stavsnäs - Going Bananas

Yesterday was a day in the desert. The sun shining and almost no wind. The terror to be with little wind and a swell of 1-2 meters is that the sails flap violently everytime the boat rolls. It sounds like thunder and it makes you wonder if it is going to hold. Our bananas matured all at the same time, just as exciting to tell the world, as writing home that you have seen the Eiffel tower in Paris. The difference is that we believed the guy who told us to cover them in dark and just bring out those you want and put them in the sun. The autopilot went bananas, it decided to stop working as soon as you did not look. We suspected some interference in the network and decided to shut the whole boat off, since it did not help to just switch off the unit.Strange feeling, in the. read more...


09/12/2012

Senta - Day 11?

The days are flying by now. We only had to motor for a day to get through the expected lull, then 1 day! of trade wind sailing and now it is bucketing down with rain, the brochure has been ling from the start! Morale on Senta is good, though, only 750 miles tp go and John has not even started to read his 800 page book. Kids are content, we eat too much, temperature is over 20 now, no compaints.. read more...


09/12/2012

Meltemi - 08.12.2012 - 12. Seetag - Regattamode

Daten siehe unten...Moin, Freunde der Meltemi,heute moechte ich einmal ein wenig ueber das Verhalten der Crew bei unserer Atlantic Rallye for Cruisers berichten.Zu Beginn unseres Toerns haben wir als uneingespielte Crew gleich in den ersten Tagen mit schwerem Wetter und den, bei einigen Segelkameraden recht ausgepraegten Symptomen der Seekrankheit gekaempft. Diesen Abschnitt koennte man durchaus als "Ueberleben auf See" bezeichnen.Im Laufe der Zeit spielten sich Crew und Yacht aufeinander ein, die Manoever gingen leichter von der Hand (wenn denn mal ein Manoever gefahren werden musste...) und das taegliche Leben an Bord ging in Routine ueber.Jetzt aber, knapp 700 Meilen vor Rodney Bay Marina kann man eine Veraenderung in der Einstellung unserer Crew feststellen:WIR SIND JETZT IM. read more...


09/12/2012

Surfing Petrel - Match race to the finish

25 miles to go, land sighted, our rivals on The Kid just to leeward, flying a spinnaker. They are slightly better placed, but there will be no let up on Surfing Petrel until the finish. Helmsman concentrating on boat speed, surfing down every available wave. Aperitif cancelled, or rather postponed, until arrival in St Lucia. Some time much later: Surfing Petrel beat The Kid over the finishing line by just a few hundred metres, and the 4th boat to arrive, much to our delight. The boat is safely tied up in Rodney Bay, St Lucia, and the crew is well fed and watered and clean!. read more...


09/12/2012

Oranda III - parasail

Queridos seguidores, esto va cada vez peor, ademas de que seguimos sin poder pescar, los inventos de los ingenieros de diversas ramas han sido un fracaso. La llegada del buen tiempo, el poco viento y el sol, estan relajando la disciplina de la tripulación.Hoy hemos navegado con el parasail todo el día con lo que nadie govierna el barco, el parasail majico se encarga de eso. Duchas en cubierta y cocina han ocupado practicamente todo el día.Esta noche, dentro de tres horas, estaremos a menos de 1000 nm y será celebrado con una comida extraordinaria y doble ración de ron para la tripulación. Mañana, a primera hora, mas parasail y a disfrutar todo el día.Para poder comer pescado, hamos tomado sardinas en aceite de una buena marca de conservas.Buena navegación y buena proa.. read more...


08/12/2012

Johanem - Miracle on the Atlantic

Hi allOur readers are by now familiar with the generally schoolboy humour surrounding our lack of success with the fishing line. However, yesterday afternoon events in the fishing department took on a decidedly more serious tone.To cut a long story short we finally managed to catch a fish ... but at what cost.The day started well enough with the fishing department finally deciding to employ its best weapon from a highly depleted reserve of lures. This one was a sleek and convincing plastic fish with two triple hooks. This was deployed with great confidence.Several hours later, at 3:00 pm, just as Susie and I were coming off watch and handing over to Tony and Nick ( aka the fishing department), the fish alarm went off, Nick raced to grab the rod and it was all hands on deck. Seconds. read more...


08/12/2012

Berenice by TWT - Day 13 - Finished!

We finished this morning, second over the line in 12 days 21 hours and 40 minutes, give or take a few minutes this or that way. Congratulations to Vaquita who did a great race. They pushed us to always go a little faster, and we hope we did push them in the same way. Fair game to them. The last 3 days coming up were very variable. We got becalmed for about 15 hours with no wind at all,  we even went for an afternoon swim along and around Berenice. The wind slowly and fickly pick up and we had a couple of days of gennaker sailing with the last 12 hours or so being quite fun with squall showing up randomly all over the night and wind picking up to 28 knots, as some of the crew claimed “exciting is back”, making reference to the exciting conditions we had for a few days during the. read more...


08/12/2012

Puddle Jumper - Day 11 - 8th Dec 2012 - I think?!

During the clear starlight night I found two more flying fish landed at my feet. They are beautiful powerful little creatures which take a bit of holding to be able to throw them back in again. In the day they glide about a foot above the surface for up to about 100 metres singly and in small shoals which is fascinating to watch. After a very still 24 hr. period we started to sail again around 7 am PLT (Puddlejumper Local Time) which is currently 3 hrs before  GMT (aka UT...). By 9:00 we were on with working out a rig to fly the Parasail on Starboard tack for the first time. By the time we had tried one sheeting arrangement and changed it for another an hour had passed and we were well ready for the bacon butties we had been promised for breakfast..... after the usual cereal,. read more...


08/12/2012

Coral IV - Atlantens nätter – lö 8 dec

Kvällsmåltid har precis intagits och återigen ledde ett samarbete mellan Steinar och Richard till ett utmärkt resultat. För att fira att två tredjedelar av sträckan seglats bjöds på “Italian christmas cake” till efterrätt. Vi var också förnöjda efter att återigen ha fått den akterliga av de två toaletterna att fungera efter att Otto och Carl ägnat några timmar åt att på nytt demontera och montera den. En trasig impeller verkar ha varit problemet den här gången. I skrivandets stund har nattens lugn lagt sig över Coral IV; första nattvakten är på plats och nere i båten spelar Otto klassisk musik. Grieg är förstås givet på en norskflaggad båt. Den patriotiske svensken blev tvungen att erkänna att det är hans favoritkompositör. Vi rör oss bort från lågtrycksområdet och det är skönt. read more...


08/12/2012

Coral IV - Ny dodag

16:46.52 N 45:30.47 W Klokken er kvart over fire. Fra klokken 12 har Carl og jeg holdt på med det elektiske toalettet. Misforstå meg rett. VI har demontert det, bit for bit. Jobben Sam gjorde for et par dager siden var tydeligvis ikke nok – dvs han hadde ikke gravd dypt nok i materien. Nå har vi plukket av bit for bit. Byttet alle slitedeler og forøvrig rengjort. I tillegg er bruksanvisninger grundig lest. Virker det ikke nå, blir det demontert, og det gamle manuelle montert inn. I dag er det solskinnsdag. Litt for lite vind, men med vinden rett bakfra, og i blant squalls med vind opp i 35 kn – har vi latt spinnaker være spinnaker og seiler med den løsningen vi har lært å sette pris på – butterfly. Fungerer greit og med den vindstyrke og –retning vi har, gir det ca 6 kn. Ikke. read more...


Coral IV - Ny dodag
Coral IV - Ny dodag
Coral IV - Ny dodag
Coral IV - Ny dodag
Coral IV - Ny dodag
Coral IV - Ny dodag
08/12/2012

Northern Child - ARC DAY 12: 8/12

ARC DAY 12: 8/12 (16.4N 47.6W) I finished my log yesterday saying "As I type this, I am listening to Maverick Sabre singing "A change is gonna come"... I hope he is right" Well guess what ? - 15 mins after sending yesterday's log a storm developed and hell broke out lose- we had a massive rain down pour and Matt, Tim and I ended up on deck shampoo-showering under the rain. Probably the cleanest shower ever. - shortly after that the wind picked up to 20 knots so after a quick trim of sails we were again cruising at 9 knots (what a difference)- and while we were still addapting to the new conditions, Dietmar got a nice Mahi Mahi which will provide a nice tuna like dinner for the whole crew on Saturday night... - to top it all off, good old Christian readied a. read more...


08/12/2012

Coral IV - Return of the tradewinds

Having spent yesterday sweating over the stove, it was my turn to sleep blissfully through the night, uninterrupted by night watches. Alas, the squally weather had made our cabin unbearably humid and I sweated my way through a nightmarish sleep which offered little in the way of actual rest. Up on deck I could feel the listless rolling of the boat and hear the screech of gear and the dissatisfied grumblings of the watch as she slammed into the Atlantic swell. Sometime towards morning, the trades finally returned and the boat came back to life and by the time I stood my watch, she was running seven knots under main alone. The glooms of yesterday lifted; again we had a purpose and a goal. Incredibly, the toilet broke again. All my unblocking had clearly conspired to cause further. read more...


Coral IV - Return of the tradewinds
Coral IV - Return of the tradewinds
Coral IV - Return of the tradewinds
Coral IV - Return of the tradewinds
Coral IV - Return of the tradewinds
Coral IV - Return of the tradewinds
08/12/2012

Loupan - Mot Västindien - 8 december

Idag har vi haft vår första segelskada som drabbade storseglet. Det är inget allvarligt, utan kan enkelt lagas av ett segelmakeri när vi kommer fram och turligt nog sitter skadan så att vi kan använda seglet om vi har två rev satta.Innebär också att vi kommer att segla slutsträckan med lite lägre fart med nuvarande vindprognos. När vi fixade till en temporär lösning för att kunna segla vidare upptäckte vi också ena hel del slitage på vissa linor som används i rev systemet. Vi passade därför på att fixa detta. Dessutom upptäckte vi att andra lattan hoppat ur och försvunnit under nattens segling! Ett mysterium hur en flera meter lång glasfiberpinne kan rymma när vi alltid har någon i sittbrunnen, men antagligen har det skett i skydd av nattens mörker. Ny latta kan tillverkas ombord, vi har. read more...


08/12/2012

Northern Child - Daily Log 11 - There she goes, there she goes again...........

Daily Run    177mDTT             171nm Lunch          Hot Dogs with homemade ColeslawDinner          Homemade Lasagne followed by Banofee Pie  By early evening, with the grated cheese on the Lasagne bubbling away in the oven, the wind decided to join us again.  This was a very, very welcome arrival but as fussy as it may seem, not the perfect timing.  You see, after nearly 36 hours bobbing around in very little wind, it arrived fairly suddenly, right at the point that when I was putting my Banofee Pie (well Banofee Slop) in the fridge.  It lurched to one side and cream poured. read more...


08/12/2012

Northern Child - ARC DAY 11: by Adolfo

What a day !!! Everything goes soooooooooooo slow that if it continues for another 24 hours I might have to get into the sea and swim with sharks for excitement ;-) If I had my iTunes and iPod with me I would have to build a playlist for today including the following songs:- "Travelling without moving" by Jamiroquai- "Quiet Nights of Quiet Starts" by Stan Getz- "Shooting Stars" by Maverick Sabre- "Move me no Mountain" by  Soul II Soul- "When the sun(wind) goes down" by Fleetwood Mac- "Staring at the Sun" by  U2- "Dont Stop the Party" by The Black Eyed Peas- "Where did we go wrong?" by  Incognito Yes. All of that. We are simply stucked in a no/little wind zone and we make barely any progress with this. Northern Child is a heavy solid boat that has given us. read more...


08/12/2012

Northern Child - Daily Log 10

Daily Run    93mDTT             73nm Lunch          Pizza and Corn on the Cob   Dinner          Chicken wrapped in Parma Ham with Roasted Vegetables Well I think the mileage says it all - bob, bob, bob went Northern Child........  The wind has been under 6 knots for that last 24hrs making slow going at best.  The positive side of this very light wind and hot sunny weather is that we have been able to get all of the wet waterproofs and sails out on the deck to dry.  We have also blitzed the boat, cleaining every surface, ceiling and floor space.  Once dried,. read more...


Northern Child - Daily Log 10 - 7/12/12
Northern Child - Daily Log 10 - 7/12/12
08/12/2012

Orion - Week 2, Saturday, Dec.8

We had a day of trying, some will say a trying day! depends on how you perceive ocean sailing. Just after sunrise up went the spinnaker and it just set. The forecast predicted the wind filling so we trimmed, tried, and altered course on every degree of wind shift. By lunch time the wind was half of what we started with and the Kite was taken down. We were hot and cooled down under buckets of sea water. Now we head north , chasing that elusive stuff that a few days ago we had so much of, wish us luck.Keith.  With slow speed the hygiene level improves both for the body and the kitchen zone. Use of seawater for cooking and doing the dishes is saving on the freshwater. We are living from tinned food and some of the crew members are counting the meatballs being served for each crew. read more...


08/12/2012

Morpion - Samedi 8 Decembre

hello tout le monde !Aujourd'hui on a envoyé le spi pour la première fois !on a un nouveau spi tout neuf, un truc bizarre qui s'appelle Parasailor.C'est comme un spi normal mais avec comme une aile de parapente aumilieu...c'est csensé le maintenir "en l'air"....le stabiliser.Pour le moment c'est imbatable point de vue "securité" et stabilité de lavoile/bateau. En revanche, je trouve pas ca très rapide. Donc on verra pourdemain.Je sais que je devais faire une petite intgroduction au routage aujourd'huimais pour ne rien vous cacher j'ai fait aut' chose :)Du coup je vous ferai ca demain, en plus actuellement c'est complètementdans le sujet, car notre routage nous a permi d'arrive r ici un peu plusvite (on est plutôt bien classés je trouve) mais la "descente" risqued'être un peu. read more...


08/12/2012

Laissez-faire - Opportunity Lost

Good Evening from the Lazy Fairy,Action from start to finish of late,Cheap red vino to think what might have been fate.400 metres of line peeled and the bastard went deep,full drag on - this bad boy was one we wanted to keep.Fight had started and everyone knows Joe doesn't mind a scrap,but the look on his face had all the markings that he might have just taken a crap.Norm made the life jacket in to a harness and it was working well,Mack slow the f***ing boat down, this was turning into a hard sell.Slowly progress was being made but proving quite tough,but it was getting closer and that was enough.Looks like Mr Yellow Fin has seen the boat,and my lord he was angry he was nearly afloat.He went this way and that and tried to shake free,The big fish finally got his wish, manipulating. read more...


08/12/2012

Rivendell - "Beau Knows Fish"

8 December 2012Well I was kidding Beau about the whale that we encountered a few days past.It was a typical fish story (but a true one) but as time goes by the fishgrows in size. Beau gets very enthusiastic and excited - he's having agreat time that he will never forget.Well as I stated yesterday we encountered two small Wahoo fish and threwthem back. Well early this morning Beau caught a huge Wahoo (1 1/4 meters -40 inches). Biggest fish that he has ever caught and was he excited. Andynext to Ben our most experienced crew member helped him fillet it. Taryndid a beautiful job cooking a meal fit for a king. You cannot get fish anyfresher than we had.Yesterday was very calm - no wind - sea very flat - so we were able to dolaundry in the washing machine. Today the winds have returned. We. read more...


08/12/2012

Peter von Seestermühe - 08.12.12

Liebe Peter-Freunde,Die Kapitänstasse ist in Scherben. Das kann nur Glück bringen!Um wieder 20 nach 6 sollten wir die 600 Seemeilen knacken! Zugegeben wirhaben heute die Uhren um eine Stunde zurück gestellt, aber wir müssenauch 10 bis 20° von unserem Zielkurs abweichen um nicht ganz platt vorden Laken zu fahren. Wenn der Skipper seine Nerven behält, so derSkipper selbst, dann fahren wir die Halse im letzten Moment. Mal schauenwie stark seine Nerven sind! Eine mögliche Ankunft am Mittwoch ist nunschon vom Skipper bestätigt. Rechnet aber bitte noch mal selbst unserenAnkunftszeitpunkt nach. Da gibt es raum für Verbesserung...Heute morgen wurde der Schinken hinter die Tür des Vorpieks verbanntnachdem zwei besorgte Crewmitglieder dem Skipper die Wutausbrüche vonHalbblondine zugetragen haben. read more...


08/12/2012

Capricho - Dia 12 - Pesca

Día Nº 12Posición actual : Latitud 19º 09,2 N ~ Longitud 50º 38,0’ W Distancia recorrida del día : 170 MN Velocidad promedio : 7.1 nudosDiciembre 8 día de las velitas, anoche fue la gran parranda enBarranquilla; primera de las 4 fiestas. Ya sonó Estercita Forero en elCapricho!!!Cada vez mas cerca del destino, solo nos faltan 664MN que al ritmo quellevamos nos colocaran en Rodney Bay – Saint Lucia al final del día12.12.12.Han pensado ustedes en hacer el Balance Personal de los logros del año? delo que va corrido de este milenio? Asumo que están consientes que esta esla ultima vez en la vida que nosotros viviremos una fecha igual? 12 díasdel mes 12 del año 12 de este milenio ... no se pongan hacer cuentas quenadie ha logrado vivir un milenio!Nunca lo había visto funcionar tan bien el. read more...


Capricho - Dia 12 - Pesca
Capricho - Dia 12 - Pesca

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