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04/12/2012

La Medianoche - Rock'n Roll

7th day at sea - rock'n roll - wet and wild. Everything is crusted in salt. Yesterday, just as breakfast was ready on the cockpit table a nasty wave crawled in and the coffee was well salted, too. We now switch to salon menus - much dryer. Right now our first freshly baked bread smells incredibly good in the oven. But it is rocking in there as well, so the creation is called atlantic bumper bread. La Medianoche is dancing her own dance. It seems like these confused seas never end. Is it tiring? Yes! We love the wind, still 20-25 knots but smooth sailing is definitely different. Every time it gets too wild, dolphins come by to cheer us up! Yesterday we celebrated our first 1000 miles with a beautiful sundowner. We are all well and happy, but looking forward to some calmer seas. As we are. read more...


04/12/2012

Sam III - SAM III Rausch der Sinne

Schwarz! Nass! Bedrohlich! - Das ist vorbei.Wir segeln in eine herrliche Nacht. Unzählige Sterne beleuchten den Nachthimmel. Wir sind allein. Die Milchstraße in einer unglaublichen Deutlichkeit über uns. SAM III teilt unablässig das Wasser vor uns. Das schwache Mondlich des nicht mehr ganz runden Mondes erhellt zart die weiße Gischt des an uns vorbeiziehenden Wassers. Stunde um Stunde. Meile für Meile. In den Kojen schlafen die Kameraden. Ich bin allein. Einsam und verlassen? Nein. Nicht einsam! Mit mir wachen die Sterne über unseren Weg. Vereinzelt sehe ich fliegende Fische. Ihre im Mondlich silbrig schimmernden Körper huschen an uns vorbei. Die kleinen Wölkchen am Himmel formen immer wieder neue Eindrücke und GedankenNein. Nicht verlassen!Wenn die meine Augen für einen kurzen Moment. read more...


04/12/2012

Bardeau - Groundhog day again and fifty shades of grey

Well 7 nights and 8 days in...an assessment. It's mostly grey, very windy, and it takes a brave man to look back at waves that build up behind the yacht, lift her up gently 15 feet and surf her down into some pretty steep valleys the other side. El Illustrious sits with his back to the waves so he can't see them whilst singing nursery rhymes and calling for his mother. The more serious effect of the resulting corkscrew motion of the yacht is that eating becomes a pain. Here we are, foi grassed, hot dogged, joints of every animal under the sun in the freezer, but with the diffiuculty of getting them cooked...and when they get cooked in a lull...the sea usually takes off again and one has to open one's mouth really wide to allow the fork to find the hole. This is where I have argued with. read more...


Vaquita - Leben im Land der Regenwolken
Vaquita - Leben im Land der Regenwolken
04/12/2012

Salsa af Stavsnäs - Oceanview N18.41 W28.25

Are we enjoying ourselves? Are we having fun? Do we remember what a great adventure this is? Do you like your unobstructed oceanview?Do you feel like a sperm?Let me explain. Today some friends sent us (thank you Mary and Lars) a still picture of the  Tracker on the web.There we are, all of us, small boats in different colors and with small tails...Guess it is ment to show a track so to speak, but actually I'm going to save this picture and use it when the kids ask how they came about.When you think about the name Virgin Islands it all becomes obvious, all these sperms swimming towards that same little egg called St Lucia, and the boat that gets there first...Thinking of that it must be great to be first ashore, only for one reason, wifi is still working on broadband.. read more...


04/12/2012

Rafiki - Skippe'rs Notes

Some notes on Rafiki and our course to the CaribbeanSailing-wise, since leaving Las Palmas, we have had a great time. Ourprevious sailing so far has all involved a lot of motoring due tolight winds - probably close to half our mileage since leavingSouthsea in August. All has changed now and we have had nearly a weekof winds between 15 and 25 kts, so have been flying along. So far ourdaily mileage by our log (which probably over reads true mileage byabout 10%) have been: 27/11: 192, 28/11: 152, 29/11: 183, 1/12: 175,2/12: 191, 3/12 186. We've now sailed about 1200NM since las Palmasat an average of around 7.5kts.We've used a variety of sail plans. We started with just the main andstaysail which worked OK, but were not great when sailing moredownwind, so we often just used the main alone. read more...


04/12/2012

Rafiki - Wallowing between the Squalls

El Capitano Roberto writes: Monday 3rd DecemberEveryone was a bit low in the morning after a rather poor night’s sleep all round, plus we lost a fishing lure at some point in the early morning, no doubt to a large tuna that Rob is still looking to catch. The dorado we landed a few days ago tasted lovely and was by a factor of 5-10 the biggest fish any of us have caught, but it cannot be described as good looking! Tuna on the other hand not only tastes good, but are really beautiful – we will keep trying tomorrow.We took advantage of the daylight to put away the whisker pole and set the second reef in the mainsail along with the staysail (the smaller of our two foresails). Around 11am, we ran into the first of a series of minor squalls with accompanying stronger winds and heavy rain.This. read more...


04/12/2012

Rafiki - A Purple Patch

El Skipper Robbo en Rafiki reports: Sunday 2nd DecemberLots of crew morale boosting activity today. We had to run the engine today as lack of sun has led to the batteries being a bit low, but this meant hot water for showers all round. The crew cleaned themselves up well and got into the spirit by doing some clothes washing leaving Rafiki looking like a high speed, floating Chinese laundry with Andy’s purple underpants billowing in the 20kts breeze.We caught another fish just before lunch, a dorado we think, but it came off the hook on the way in, which was a real shame. The disappointment was short-lived as we perked ourselves up when Andy lowered the Spanish jamon from its cradle in the coach roof and proceeded to cut the first of what we hope will be a lot of thin slices for lunch.. read more...


04/12/2012

Meltemi - 03.12.2012 - 7. Seetag - Tolle Resonanz :-)

Position: 23-49N / 038-20WCOG: 260 degSOG: 9,2 knNoch 1.406 nm to goHallo an das feste Land!Wir haben in den letzten Tagen ja eine Menge Resonanz mit Tips und Glueckwuenschen erfahren.Das hat uns ziemlich ueberrascht, mit einer derartigen Reaktion hatten wir nicht gerechnet.Um so mehr freut sie uns!Besondere Gruesse auch in den hohen Norden an die Kolleginnen und Kollegen der DHH-Geschaeftsstelle in Hamburg und der Hanseatischen Yachtschule in Gluecksburg mit den besten Wuenschen fuer eine schoene Adventszeit.Die Chiemsee Yachtschule sei ebenfalls gegruesst von Bord! Ich kenne von dort aber nur Olaf R. Wenn das hier jemand aus Prien liest und ihn von uns gruessen wuerde, bitte!Adventsgruesse ebenfalls an die Zweigstelle in meiner Heimatstadt Hannover!Auch viele Nicht-DHH-Mitglieder sind. read more...


04/12/2012

Berenice by TWT - Day 9 - Tradewinds??

We took off again last night before midnight. A gentle breeze of 4 to 5 knots started filling in and so did the sails. The code 0 did its job and we were pushing through at 4-5 knots for an hour or so, then slowly the breeze built up to 6 and so did our speed.By early morning we had about 8-9 knots and we hoisted our A2 for the first time in this crossing and we dropped it about an hour later, when it torn apart about a third from the mast head rendering useless for the rest of the crossing... it was a lovely hour though!Then our loyal friend the A4 came up and we've been sailing with it since 9 am this morning (monday morning that is) and most probably will do so for a few more hours telling from the wind forecast.Speeds have been good all day today and I've just finished my watch with. read more...


04/12/2012

Bristolian - Day 9: My old man said patch up the vang, and don't dilly dally on the way

It seems that hitting the gybe button has a variety of repercussions.  A starboard tack such as that we've been on all day  is good for cooking as you are leaning against the right side of the galley, and is currently also good for improving our position. On the other hand its poor for washing up (galley layout again), staying in my normal bunk and not rolling on the floor, and most importantly, internet access.I'm currently preparing this offline in case we do a quick tack to allow the powers that be to pick up a weather forecast, in which case I will try and get this uploaded at the same time. If not, I have plenty of time to waste....Sailing-wise, the vang (giant piston that sits under the boom and is used I'm told for manipulation of the large flappy thing) developed a. read more...


04/12/2012

Coral IV - Tirsdag. 4. desember kl Kl 03.30

Veldig fin dag i går. Vi kjenner vi er kommet i tropene. Asurblått hav og stadig besøk av flyvefisk. Temperaturen er bedre, selv om det fremdeles er genser og jakkevær om natten. Carl fikk fikset GPS en i går. dårlig kontakt i antennen. Demontering, reparasjon og remontering. Så litt arbeid med oppsett på GPS. Så var vi der igjen. I tillegg viste han i går nye sider av seg selv, da vi fikk en cd hvor han synger Sting og senere improviserer på tangenter. Veldig bra!  Så til fakta: Posisjon 20:37.20N 33:33.3WWind sp: 20 knSOG: 6,5-7,5 knTWA: 14+Kurs: 244Vindvinkel:Bølgehøyde: 2,5-3 mBarometer 1012Utseilt Seilte 190 nm på dag 5. Tilsammen hadde vi i går kl 11 – 6 hele døgn siden start, seilt 1133 nm med et snitt på 7,9 kn. (ca 1100 i luftlinje fra Las Palmas)DTD: (Nordpunkt. read more...


04/12/2012

Venomous - update

4th December 2012Venomous at Sea: We are currently 16 09.575N 42 54.89W heading 261 degrees with 16 knots of wind speed making about 10 knots towards St Lucia.It's been a funny old day, I awake this morning to the sound of sails flapping and as any good sailor knows a flappy sail is not a happy sail and this also went for the crew as becalment was a first for many of them. It was decided that pancakes would cheer us up and so to the galley to make them. It as a good job we were becalmed as making pancakes for 18 on any thing other than a flat boat would have been impossible, Unfortunately I could not find the lemons and I know that no maple syrup is on board so we improvised with apricot jam and I must say it was very good. Whilst eating the pancakes we were joined by a pod of whales,. read more...


04/12/2012

Lady Ann - An increasing state of disrepair

Since the previous log entry the atmosphere on board has changed remarkably. It has taken a couple of high tension phone calls for Maria to get back on speaking terms with her boyfriend. She keeps her diary very close and has been spotted sleeping with it safely tucked away under her pillow. Thomas has also gotten very particular about his pillow. He exchanged it for a bright yellow version that at closer inspection turned out to be one of our Grab bags. He clings to it with a maniacal expression in his eyes and started hissing at everyone getting closer then five meters to it. This made some of the crew rather nervous. We have had to sedate him with a mean concoction of a random selection from the on board pharmacy.Unfortunately Davide's situation has also deteriorated. Until a few days. read more...


03/12/2012

Ntanda - Blog day 7 - Fruit cake

Sorry we missed a day yesterday, I cant even remember what or why that may have been. If it was anything like today then rest assured we had a bit on.Oh today was unofficially half way for us so we celebrated with some awesome homemade fruit cake - beautiful!Another busy day for us on the good ship Ntanda, with a busted vang/boom joint to contend with. This is doubly annoying as we have had this 'fixed' twice already; once in Hamble by HSY then again when in in Las Palmas pre-departure and the fitting that connects the kicking strap/vang to the boom sh*t itself today anyway...BOOM... Thanks guys.After spotting it we dropped the main and set about jury rigging anopther vang out of spectra, all very heath robinson but so far seems to be holding. Whilst the main was down we took the chance. read more...


03/12/2012

Puddle Jumper - Skippers Blog - 3rd Dec 2012

Pace-Good;    Morale-High;    Food-Excellent;  Scenery-Monotonous  Sky-at night Fabulous We are now 450 nautical miles West of The Cape Verde Islands with 1700 nm of open ocean ahead of us to get to St. Lucia. Sometime tomorrow we expect to pass the halfway point in the voyage from Gran Canaria but as we expect light winds in a few days time this is unlikely to be halfway in time. We are of course not in a “race” but as always we are interested how we are progressing in relation to the rest..... in the last 24 hrs. we have moved up the rankings 9 places to 101. We are now closely monitoring our VMG (Velocity Made Good) to St Lucia and the weather patterns 3/4 days ahead to adapt our route to maximise our progress. It seems that finding the. read more...


03/12/2012

Anastasia - Around the Cape Part 2

33:54.5S 18:25.1E So there we were, around Cape Aghulas and heading north, taking it easy.  We were well reefed and cruising downwind in 30 to 35 knot winds (moderate gale)  Then the wind started picking up.   First 35 to 40 knots then 40 to 45 knots, and finally 45 to 55 knots (strong gale/storm). It was not so bad for Anastasia because, with the jib furled and the mainsail fully reefed, the autohelm could cope OK and we could just retire indoors to sit out the storm.  We broke a batten when the tiny piece of mainsail that was still deployed backed up accidentally and the batten got bent in two.   It was more of an ordeal for Brizo because, with a broken autohelm, they had to hand steer and some of the larger. read more...


Anastasia - Around the Cape Part 2
Anastasia - Around the Cape Part 2
Anastasia - Around the Cape Part 2
Anastasia - Around the Cape Part 2
Anastasia - Around the Cape Part 2
Anastasia - Around the Cape Part 2
Anastasia - Around the Cape Part 2
Anastasia - Around the Cape Part 2
03/12/2012

Poespas - day 7

Day 7What a difference a day makes. We are now well and truly in tropical sailing conditions. Shirts came off in the very warm sunshine and even at night our comfy duvets are not strictly required anymore. We still have the winds right behind us as we are steering a course along the great circle track towards a waypoint just north of St Lucia. Whether we are in the trade winds is debatable. They are supposed to be blowing from the north east, and for the past 24 hours or so they have been easterly at 20 to 25 knots, with the odd gust to 30. Later on and further west along our track they are forecast to go east south east to even south east. Could this be due to climate change, I wonder, or is it merely because of a small depression forming a couple of 100 miles to our northwest? In any. read more...


03/12/2012

Johanem - (no subject)

This log is brought to you by the Convenor of The Amalgamated Union of Fore Deckworkers and Ancillary Trades. Management in the form of of the Skipper has requested a gybe or at least a change of sail plan contrary to normal working procedures. The matter is the subject of further detailed negotiations which will depend on the state of the weather. We will see what happens in the morning and if you see a change of course you may take it that Management has agreed to pay for additional beers in St Lucia. The negotiations were not helped when the Skipper decided to throw a bowl of curry over the Convenor and then cause him to spill his red wine.In all other respects the cruise/race another matter of debate between Management and the Union is preceding well everyone on board is doing well.. read more...


03/12/2012

El Mundo - 3rd December

Last night I had a dream. I dreamt I was sailing my boat in the North Sea. I knew it was the North Sea because the sky was grey, grey, grey, the sea was grey, grey, grey, it was rough, rough, rough, it was windy, windy, windy with waves pouring over the bows and tumbling into the cockpit, there were flashes of lightning and it was raining harder than it has ever rained onany summer Bank Holiday in the UK - stair-rods comes to mind! But wait aminute; hold up; I am not asleep; this isn't a dream - this is ARC 2012 tradewinds sailing!!!!!! I have never seen weather like it. When I getback I plan to take out a writ against God for unreasonable behaviour andcruelty to humans. Either that or he's having a laugh.And yesterday; yesterday was unbelievable. OK the sun was shining but the seas. read more...


03/12/2012

Little Pea's ARC Blogoramma 5 - The sun has got his hat on

22:40.4N 033:39.4W  Day 6, Sunday.  The sunrises are getting later for us as we head further West.  Daybreak continues to be my favourite time of the day and today was probably the more beautiful so far.  The rising of the new sun in this watery desert also brought our nicest weather day so far; the sky was clear, the sun beat down on us and the whole mood of the crew improved.  The shirts came off, the factor 30 was liberally applied. Today we decided to ease off a little on our fairly strict boat routine.  Up until now, we have been hand steering as we don't have the power reserves to run autopilot.  However, today we decided to switch on Beryl (our autopilot) for a few hours, relax a little in the sun and give our salt cracked and. read more...


03/12/2012

Heartbeat IV - Day 8 - 9 - Laundry, Bilge, Sun!!

200mile+ run by midday 45 Monday. Another windy, squally, wet, electrical night but rain flattened water so last 12 h overnight straightlining at ~ 8.5 - 12k. After sunrise big change in weather with sun and lighter breezes so have been using variously A2, A5 and # 2 with unreefed main. Managed to get everything dried pretty rapidly before became cloudy with a couple of showers. Wind now SE about 10-15k doing about 8k. Lots and lots of flying fish, laundry done, watermaker working, sail repairs underway to #3. Pics are of Ms Paterson, round-the-world sailor and sail repairer at work and the laundry team working under the supervision of Cabin Services Director - Ms Walker. The third is another of our 2012 Heartbeat IV December bruise collection! And the 4th is the bilge empting team. In a. read more...


Heartbeat IV - Day 8 - 9 - Laundry, Bilge, Sun!!
Heartbeat  IV - Day 8 - 9 - Laundry, Bilge, Sun!!
Heartbeat IV - Day 8 - 9 - Laundry, Bilge, Sun!!
Heartbeat  IV - Day 8 - 9 - Laundry, Bilge, Sun!!
Heartbeat IV - Day 8 - 9 - Laundry, Bilge, Sun!!
Heartbeat  IV - Day 8 - 9 - Laundry, Bilge, Sun!!
Heartbeat IV - Day 8 - 9 - Laundry, Bilge, Sun!!
Heartbeat  IV - Day 8 - 9 - Laundry, Bilge, Sun!!
03/12/2012

Heartbeat IV - MoBro - Movember Moustache for Charity - Paul Blande

Mr Paul Blande, Chefmeister on Heartbeat IV had the first opportunity to shave off his MoBro moustache - grown for prostate and testicular cancer charities. Go to the MoBro website and search his name and if possible donate an amount to charity in response to his stirling efforts at we think being the person to shave his moustache off further from land in a small boat than anyone else at 21 28N and 40 35W. It was a couple of days late as any attempt at shaving his moustache in the last couple of days would have resulted in him chopping his head off due to extreme weather. Pics are of before, intermediate and shaved. Well done Paul - say the Heartbeat IV team!!. read more...


Heartbeat IV - MoBro - Movember Moustache for Charity - Paul Blande
Heartbeat  IV - MoBro - Movember Moustache for Charity - Paul Blande
Heartbeat IV - MoBro - Movember Moustache for Charity - Paul Blande
Heartbeat  IV - MoBro - Movember Moustache for Charity - Paul Blande
Heartbeat IV - MoBro - Movember Moustache for Charity - Paul Blande
Heartbeat  IV - MoBro - Movember Moustache for Charity - Paul Blande
03/12/2012

Indulgence - 'Dar she blows…

Monday 3rd DecemberCurrent Position: N 20o 40'.375 W 30o 17".111 Current Speed : 7.3knots Distance to finish at Saint Lucia : 1792 nm* * * * * 'Dar she blows…At 9.30am, Denis stopped, paused, looked at us all and exclaimed "hey guys I didn't sign up for a job in a fishing trawler!" At this point of the day, we had already caught and filleted two fine Mahi Mahi fish. That was lunch and dinner set, and just as well since the majority of our fresh provisions have now run their course. Denis already had a tough watch the night before, and we had all heard a lot of "Ohhh fffff's, ohhhh bloody fffff's" and so on from our cozy bunks below. At one point a rouge wave crashed over the starboard stern, soaking Denis and causing a ripping noise from the push pit. By the time he got his wits about. read more...


03/12/2012

Peter von Seestermühe - PvS 03.12.12

Liebe Peter-Freunde!Kaum waren die Worte Actionheld Boris ist unterfordert getippt, schonkam der waghalsigster (oder war es leichtsinnigster?) Einsatz unseren Heldes zum tragen. Vielleicht bedarf es nun auch eine Unbenennung. Heman- Master of the Universe? Aber wer kennt Heman überhaupt noch? Batman? Uns fehlt der Joker. James Bond? Nein, nicht James Bond, obwohl Actionheld Boris Tauchermesser neben dem Badeanzug von SuperBackschaffistin Uta am Railing hängt und wir uns desöfteren in ein James Bond Film glauben. Der Held von Die Hard, wie heist er schon wieder? McLane? wäre eine zutreffende Umschreibung. Aber Boris hat Haare. Spidy? Ja, spidy geht schon in die richtige Richtung. Ach was, wir bleiben beiActionheld Boris. Aber vielleicht werden die Erwartungen nun sehr. read more...


03/12/2012

Coral IV - Into the tropics

Into the tropicsI was awoken this morning at 06.30 by the unmistakeable sound of the mast groaning in its heel. This sounded pretty ominous to me, and clearly to Otto, the Captain, aswell as he was inspecting it frantically. The rigging, however seemed fine and a quick chat with his rigger in Norway via satphone confirmed that things were alright. Visions of diverting to the Cape Verdes were banished and we plough on. We are now tenth in our class of 20, which is fine. I am glad that while we are running along nicely, we’re not racing and making lots of crazy sail changes in order to gain 0.1 of a knot of speed.The weather has finally eased somewhat and suddenly it feels like we are in the tropics, or nearby at least. The water is no longer a deep, navy blue but is azure and beautiful.. read more...


Coral IV - Into the tropics
Coral IV - Into the tropics
03/12/2012

Skyelark of London - Day 7, almost half way

Day 7Just recovering from my 3rd dousing in the last 24 hours when Bob is driving this cruise ship!! We have now spent the last few days in an interesting swell, its not that its rough but every so often a wave breaks just off our beam and 'plops' over the boat - it's a lottery where It goes but so far its mostly 'pooped' (technical term) the cockpit and once managed to create a waterfall cascade down the companion way stairs. This has created a no hatch open policy, which suits our scandavian crew. 30 mins in the sauna below, followed by a cold (ish) dousing on deck. Good job I don't have an aversion to salt.We are now almost half way across the Atlantic and the good news that the wine, cava and beer are holding out -we do need to finish it before we arrive in St Lucia because of. read more...


03/12/2012

Stormvogel - 7. Seetag kurz und schmerzlos

Die Nacht war für den Skipper anstrengend. Immer wieder Regenböen und anlufenden Dampfer. Kaum geschlafen und wenn, dann immer mit wirren Träumen...Der Tag begann dann auch wie die Nacht verlief, wurde aber erstaunlich gut. Mittags haben wir dann 62 Seemeilen vor Erreichen unseren Wegepunkt 20° Nord, 30° West aufgegeben weil wir durch überkommende Wellen mehr Wasser im Cockpit hatten als auf der ganzen Reise zuvor. Dieses rauhe segeln mag zwar sportlich sein - trifft aber nicht unsere Erwartungshaltung an einen Langstreckentörn.Nun also direkter Kurs 270° St. Lucia!Na ja, wenn die Windfahne denn unter 270° bleibt ist es auch nicht schlimm. Mit METABO diskutiere ich noch den Vorteil einer deutlich südlicheren Variante. Dieses "mehr an Strecke" soll durch ein "mehr an Wind" belohnt. read more...


03/12/2012

Loupan - Mot Västindien - måndag 3 december

Fortsatt friska vindar, men nu börjar de avta något och just nu runt 20 knop. Vi har ändrat segelsättning och går nu för halvvind mot vår nästa waypoint som ligger på LAT 16 grader nord och LONG 42 grader väst, cirka 580 härifrån. Tanken är att vi ska komma söder om ett område med svag vind mot slutet av veckan. Natten gick i flygfiskens tecken, med tre som landade framför Ulla respektive Björn och en som träffade Pelles glasögon så de åkte i vattnet. Tur att han har reservglasögon! En flygfisk landade på däck också. Man blir lätt förskräckt när de plötsligt kommer farande i natten. Dagens meny består av sallad med serranoskinka och melon till lunch och svamprisotto till middag. Ulla överrumplades av en stor våg när lunchen tillagades och en del av salladen hamnade på golvet. Stor. read more...


03/12/2012

Karma Daze - What's happened to the weather!

Nearly a week at sea and still the wind and the waves continue to pound us. The Atlantic weather this year is not conforming to its normal pattern – the UK gets lots of rain and winds, and we get the Azores high being pushed further north than it should be. The wind today is from the east at force 6-7. We had a very wet and windy night with winds up to 35 knots plus, but today the sun has been shinning. Life on board continues to be a round of watches, eating and sleeping. Because the sea continues with 1-2 m waves life below decks is a challenge. We are on our last pre-cooked meal out of the freezer tonight, so it may be bread and cheese until the winds ease a bit! We haven’t tried fishing yet but lots of other boats have with varying degrees of success – that’s for next week. Chris is. read more...


03/12/2012

Orion - Week 1 Monday 3rd

Orion continues surfing the waves of the southern part of the north Atlantic as she should be. Today we had an encounter with another boat, but we eventually headed with different bearing towards same destiny...St Lucia. Crew has having fun over the last few days washing hair, making the laundry and other personal but basic stuff. We are hoping the weather will be in our favor now and we will start catching up position in our division and category. This is fun indeed. DOMINGOWe saw lots of small dolphins on Sunday, playing round the boat and leaping out of the water; another leap was by a flying fish onto the side deck of the boat during the night watch. There was no moon last night so the stars were clear and the phosphorescence was sparkling bright; stunning! Doing a broad reach into. read more...


03/12/2012

Mary Jo - Musings on Flying Fish

Last night a flying fish leapt from the sea into the cockpit next to me. I picked her up carefully and put her back in the water. This morning we were greeted by a whole flight of them, wings working like hummingbirds as they skimmed across the contours of the ocean’s surface. They flew for well over a hundred yards before conducting a controlled crash landing into the waves again. Now we see them every five minutes or so, flight upon flight of them as they get surprised by the boat’s passage; they take off en masse and power gracefully above the waves, using the wind, working the gusts, curving, arcing in the simple joy of another dimension - in total control of their direction and re-entry.  I am still haunted by the power, the speed and the sheer presence of the fin. read more...


03/12/2012

Capricho - Dia 7 - El meneíto...

Posición actual  Día Nº 723ºN ~58,4’36ºW~20,8               Distancia recorrida : 217 MN                      Velocidad promedio :    9   NudosVientos del :  SE                                             Velocidad del viento : 25+ NudosEstado de Animo : Alto y movido. El meneíto...Continuamos con vientos fuertes del SurEste y la ola pegándonos de lado.. read more...


Capricho - Dia 7 - El meneíto...
Capricho - Dia 7 - El meneíto...
03/12/2012

Coral IV - Mandag 3. desember

20:56.57 N 32:27.100 W Dagen i dag har vært ganske fin. Fantastisk så mye som går galt – eller skaper bekymring. Går ut fra at har lest tidligere blogger, så du har hørt om bom og seil osv. Generator vil ikke gå og GPSen har falt ut. Men da har vi jo noe å holde på med. Selve seilingen går fort og fint – selv om vi ikke akkurat kommer til å vinne dette rallyet – noe som heller ikke er meningen. Vi skal ha 18 dager +/- på sjøen – og det skal bli fint. I morges – men mens det fremdeles var bekmørkt og jeg hadde vakt, begynte det å knirke og bråker fælt i masten. Jeg åpnet panelene nede, og så at masten beveget seg 5-6 mm. Jeg satte igang med avstiving, satte opp lensetakler og strammet stag – uten at det hjalp. Da det ble morgen, ringte jeg til Pål i Northsail, som styrer med seil og. read more...


Coral IV - Mandag 3. desember
Coral IV - Mandag 3. desember
Coral IV - Mandag 3. desember
Coral IV - Mandag 3. desember
Katherine - Day 6 - Lunch
Katherine - Day 6 - Lunch

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