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21/01/2015

Exody - Days 10 & 11 - Delight tinged with Anxiety

So says the card on the chart table for the psychological state associated with Force 6 (22-27 knot) winds - graduating to 'Anxiety tinged with Fear' for Force 7 (28-33 knot winds). We have had mostly 25 knots plus and peaking at 33 knot gusts in the first 24 hours.No anxiety or fear on board Ex0dy- just respect!Our treble- reefed main sail plan may have looked cautious for the start of the Santa Marta to San Blas leg on Tuesday 20th, but it was just right for the winds once we cleared the land. Our send off was as eventful as our arrival, this time with hose-spraying tugs, coastguard vessels and photography helicopter all in close attendance on the start line. After 6 hours of broad reach to the waypoint off Baranquilla and the turn downwind, we dropped the main - since we have found in. read more...


21/01/2015

Luna Quest - Wednesday, 21 January, 2015

Noon Position: 10.31N 76.30WRun since Santa Marta: 144 milesNext destination: Chichime, an island in the San Blas group of islands near Panama.It was the first time that the World ARC fleet visited Santa Marta in Colombia, a tired old town with little architecture to recommend it, but with plenty of litter everywhere and gale force winds descending down the mountain ranges making the marina uncomfortable. The government had pulled all the stops out to to welcome us and show us the best side of Colombia where the guerrilla forces and the drug trade seem to have been subdued. Many activities had been laid on for us, including live bands, barbecue lunches, school visits and optional helicopter sorties into the mountains to visit the ‘lost city’, a collection of ruined horizontal foundations. read more...


21/01/2015

Nexus - St Helena is great

An imposing island in the middle of nowhere, filled with nice, helpful people. We had a good nights rest followed by a day of boat work to get ready for the next leg. We had a great first day clearing in with no hassles, and went to a great pub for a few beers and out to dinner and Karaoke at a Chinese restaurant...good to blow off steam after a 9 day passage! The locals have been very helpful, we're fueled and doing minor repairs today. We have an issue with our primary autopilot where an aluminum block has steadily worn over the 27000 miles we've put on it and it has started to make a clunking sound when it actuates, I don't believe it will fail as the bolt holes through it have just warn a bit, but it will wear faster as it becomes more loose. I'm hoping to McGuyver a solution with. read more...


21/01/2015

Folie a Deux - The 'Unsung Hero'

The ‘Unsung Hero’Every boat on the WORLD ARC has an unsung hero in its crew.After a year with the 2014-2015 WORLD ARC one can usually pick out the ‘unsung heroes’ amongst the other crews.Perhaps they should have a contest......anywaysThere is no ‘one size fits all’ definition of the unsung hero.The ‘unsung hero’ is not telling us about all they fish they have caught, or how they’ve skippered the boat along the course with the most fairest breezes, or miraculously fixed the autopilot.The unsung hero makes these long passages bearable.Somehow their thoughtfulness helps everyone aboard.Noticing a block that is twisted in a not quite right direction.Anticipating what needs to be done ahead of others.Even just sailing fast [without boasting].Having peeled cold fruit to refresh the crew, or. read more...


21/01/2015

American Spirit II - Day 381; A Cloudy, Rainy Day on the South Atlantic Ocean; Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Woke up early again, at 5:15 AM due to boat motion. Assumed watch duties at 6:00 AM; put 1/2 reef in the mainsail due to a squall line that was hitting us. Full reef in main now. At 6:20 AM the wind has died back down and is 12/14 knots and we're moving at 5.0 knots thru the water and 5.4 knots over the land. There is a solid, low cloud cover. Not a pleasant looking morning. There is no discernible sun rise. It just gets lighter out, gradually. I wake Joel at 7:20 AM as we're heading a few degrees south of west (256 degrees instead of a course of 298 degrees to St. Helena). Wrong direction. I hate waking him during his sleep hours, and only do so when absolutely necessary. We jibe the boat from port to starboard tack; the pole is now on the starboard side and the mainsail is on the port. read more...


21/01/2015

Aretha - Day 4, Caribbean Sea - 12 35 North, 69 47 West

22:11 Local Time.We’re 10 miles off the East Coast of Aruba. Trying to remember the title of the Beach Boys song…Aruba, Jamaica etc etc. Back when I heard the song, Aruba was a far off place. Now it’s a series of lights including a long line of red flashing lights on our port side and it comes to life as you study it on the charts. Ditto for Curacao - Blue Curacao now has a different meaning. Had a look earlier at the chart plotter and its amazing to see how far we’ve come since we left Southampton 5 months ago today. So many places, so many experiences - The South Coast of England, France, Spain, Portugal, Madeira, The Canaries, St Lucia, the Grenadines and now past the Venezualan coastline and Columbia and Panama appearing just ahead of us on the charts.We’re loving all the feedback. read more...


21/01/2015

Juno - Santa Marta Welcome

‘Juno, this is the coast guard, come in please’. We are stowing the spinnaker pole on the foredeck as I hear the VHF crackle. ‘Juno, this is the Colombian navy, come in please’ the voice slightly more insistent this time, clearly not used to being ignored. To my relief the shoot bolt on the end of the big spinnaker pole springs shut, securing the pole on the mast and I reach for the hand-held VHF attached to my belt. ‘Coastguard, this isJuno’, I reply, slightly out of breath. ‘Juno, this is the Colombian coast guard, welcome to Santa Marta, we will escort you to the port’.Two bright orange coast guard vessels sweep up alongside us, crew on the bow, encouraging us to wave as they point video cameras at us. The local port authority now calls us on the VHF, asking for more information and. read more...


Juno - Santa Marta Welcome
Juno - Santa Marta Welcome
20/01/2015

Exocet Strike - Leaving Santa Marta

It was with a heavy heart that the fleet left SantaMarta, the welcome in Columbia has been quite unbelieveable, they put on anexcellent display of customer service. Yes there are no doubt problems in thecountry, but the government and business people try to keep us away fromthis. The start was great, it was either A Plus 2, Junoor ourselves first over the line, then a great reach for 30 miles in 25 to 30kn,we have just turned downwind and we have approx 20 to 25 kn of wind behindus. Next stop San Blas islands, part of Panama,interesting pilotage but cruise liners go in there, and it looks very picturepostcard beautiful. John. read more...


20/01/2015

Celebrate - Captain DJ

CAPTAIN DJ by Jay AilworthI think the captain may be going nuts,Actually there are no ifs ands or buts.During the morning radio call I heard him go Jekyll and Hyde,He went all crazy on the SSB uper side.After taking a position from the good ship Ghost,Suddenly he started talking like an A.M. radio game show host.Spouting some nonsense about reporting in rhyme,I fear a straight jacket is merely a matter of time.I am pretty sure I know what put him in this zone,There are bees in his bonnet from the constant diesel drone.I wish I could put his mind at ease,Saying it is okay, like hearing a gentle diesel breeze.Wow!I think he's just blown the final fuse,He keeps mumbling some ditty about the "No Wind Blues".Da Da Da Dunh!Until next time...Charlie, Cathy & Jay. read more...


20/01/2015

Aretha - Day 3. 12 19 North. 67 18 West

> > It’s 00:30. I’m on watch alone. It’s peaceful and quiet. We are running 6 lots of 2 hour watches during the night from 8pm to 8am so each person does 4 hours on and 8 hours off. It seems to be working well and we are well rested.> > Highlights from the last 24 hours:> > 1) The biggest Tuna landed so far on board Aretha. We weighed it at 11 lbs. It took a good half hour to bring it in with the boat slowed right now to 1 knot. That’s the next 2 days lunch taken care of at least.> > 2) Nichola and Caroline doing a full mornings school yesterday with Bluebell and Columbus. It’s not without back to school groans but we are getting there.> > 3) The breeze has filled in some more and we have a steady 12-15 knots and are making 7-8 knots boat speed towards the. read more...


20/01/2015

Aretha - Caribbean Sea. Day 2. 12 12 North, 64 43 West

> Flat seas. Consistent breeze. Good speed. Happy well fed crew.> > Think that sums things up so far today. Apart from the boat niggles that is.> > Currently about 22 miles North of the Island of La Blanquilla. The Venezualuan coast runs all the way along beneath that. We’re about 150 miles away from Caracas. The coastline looks inviting and the diving and swimming around the Islands is meant to be brilliant. That said it’s off our route for 2 reasons. One, we need to get a wiggle on to make our Panama crossing and secondly its not meant to be that safe (with the exception of certain islands like Bonaire, Aruba and Curacao) so we’re giving it a wide berth.> > We continue to settle into boat life. Today was the first day of the Values prizes for behaviour that fits. read more...


20/01/2015

Aretha - Back to sea - 11 57 North, 62 15 West

> We’re back. It feels good.> > It’s 21:15. The sky is filled with stars. There is a warm dry heat unlike the moist airs around Grenada. You can really feel the difference.> > So, we’re underway and on our way to the San Blas Islands and for our Panama Crossing in early Feb. One week later than expected due to a failing clutch (now replaced) and suspected electrical problems (water heater which was shorting and shutting down the electrics). Super grateful to bump into Gavin, one of the team of Oyster Engineers in St Georges, Grenada - he helped a lot with the fixing.> > So, we are 6 onboard Team Aretha. We’re delighted to have Caroline join us and the children have really taken to her and the increased focus on school work is being met well by the children. Caroline. read more...


20/01/2015

Sweet Pearl - Kapstadt --> St.Helena - 12. Tag - Noch 2 Tage

In 2 Tagen rechnen wir anzukommen. Das Wetter ist nach wie vor gut, alle an Bord sind gut drauf, wenn auch alle froh sind, anzukommen:-). Mehr gibts nicht zu berichten. Cheers, Tom. read more...


20/01/2015

American Spirit II - Day 380; We Enter the Western Hemisphere; Tuesday, January 19, 2015

Woke up early at 5:18 AM due to the boat's motion. Didn't feel right. Went right to the cockpit in sleeping shorts to see what was going on. All OK so back to bed. Jeanine wakes me at 5:50 AM for the 6:00 AM watch. I never did go back to sleep from getting up earlier. I relieved Jeanine at 6:13 AM after I brushed my teeth and shaved; and made some coffee. Shaving is a daily ritual I go thru, regardless of the conditions. Shaving in 21 foot waves like we had in the Indian Ocean is a real treat. Joel usually only shaves when he takes a shower. At 6:51 AM the wind is 17/18 knots and we're moving at 5.8 knots thru the water and 5.8 knots over the land. Its cloudy; heavy overcast; again. Its like that every morning. Don't know why. I have no idea when the sun actually rose above the horizon.. read more...


20/01/2015

Nexus - 40nm to go, will arrive this afternoon in St Helena!

With 40nm to go, will arrive this afternoon in St Helena, a protectorate of the UK! Reported to be the most remote island on earth with the closest other land being Ascension Island to the North. It's a small one, and we only have a 72hr stop here before we continue on to Brazil, which will be another 2000nm next week. Napoleon was imprisoned and died on St Helena, and the island is frozen in time as it has no airport and is visited by a ferry/supply ship on a regular basis. We had a calm night sailing with steady winds behind us. We laughed out loud when we caught a fish that was only a little bit larger than our lure! Between that and the Marlin we should be ranging in to the right size next time. Will email again after we arrive, but all is well.Russ and Laurie on NEXUS at 11:00. read more...


19/01/2015

A Plus 2 - Contrastes en Colombie

Colombie : (dés) information et réalités « …à Santa Marta en Colombie… » A ce moment le visage de mon interlocuteur se tord, front plissé, ses yeux s’agrandissent et me fixent tandis que sa main vient soutenir le menton dubitatif du chercheur compatissant : j’étais clairement devenu l'objet de laboratoire, la curiosité dont il fallait découvrir le fonctionnement… L’arrivée fut plutôt rock’n roll, toutes voiles dehors gennaker compris, avant de découvrir que les 3 derniers miles étaient exposés à des rafales de 30 nœuds tandis qu’il fallait communiquer notre position au Rally Control sur un canal radio en même temps que de saluer, également par radio sur un autre canal les deux bateaux garde-côtes, bardés de caméra et d’appareils photos , venus fêter notre arrivée, sans oublier de réduire. read more...


19/01/2015

Celebrate - Night Watch

NIGHT WATCH by Jay AilworthAbove myriad stars shimmer, sparkle and twinkle on the ocean below,Soon the silver moon rises extinguishing most of the star glow.Even the moon cannot beat a growing cloud cover,In defeat it disappears from it's celestial hover.Now all that is left is a black ebon sea,Leaving one's mind open to all sorts of fantasy.Between ocean and sky there is no edge,Sometimes it is very much like sailing off a ledge.Some would say this is a good time for inner reflection,However I am not one for deep introspection.I scan the horizon for telltale ships lights While mostly thinking of family and friends during the long lonely nights.Until next time...Charlie, Cathy & Jay. read more...


18/01/2015

Free & BrEasy - Atlantic Jacuzzi

The World ARC 'pack' is getting nearer St Helena. We are 500 or so nautical miles away surrounded by other members of the fleet although we have only glimpsed one of our fleet of 23 boats, on the distant horizon. We know they are there because of the daily single side band radio net where each boat reports their position and weather. We also receive, every day, an email from World Cruising Club headquarters back in Cowes, UK, detailing the positions of every boat which they know because of the yellow brick satellite transmitters strapped to each boat. It's a case of boats, boats everywhere but not one can be seen.We have briefly seen a few large cargo ships and tankers heading up the African coast. One enormous cargo ship was headed across our bows and the Automatic Identification System. read more...


19/01/2015

American Spirit II - Day 379; A Cloudy, Rock and Rolly Day on the South Atlantic; & Other Boat's Poem and Rhyms Are Listed; Sunday, January 18, 2015

Up at 6:00 AM. The wind is 22 knots and its cloudy and dark out. A light, misty rain falls briefly at 6:30 AM. The wind is 11/14 knots and we're moving at 5.6 knots thru the water and 5.6 knots over the land. A short while later (7:11 AM) the wind has increased to 19/22 knots and we're moving at 7.0 knots thru the water and 7.7 knots over the land. The clouds are so thick I can't see when the sun rises. And the boat is rocking and rolling a fair amount. What you'd expect with winds around 20 knots going dead down wind wing-on-wing. At 7:50 PM with the wind 23 knots I put a reef in the main sail. The boat was starting to round up; and the rock and roll was getting to be a bit much. By 8:10 AM the wind is down again to 13/15 knots so I shake the reef out of the main. But at 9:30 AM the. read more...


19/01/2015

Exody - Days 4 & 5 - Santa Marta Welcome

Thursday 15th was press day for World ARC at Santa Marta and,as it happened, Exody's timely arrival at lunchtime suited them all perfectly - so we had cameras and notebooks vying with customs officials, event organisers, marina staff and WCC yellowshirts all at our busy finger pontoon. Martin kindly helped out with the Spanish interviews - the TV reporter's face in particular was a picture of inscrutable non-comprehension when faced with my enthusiastic response in English.This after being escorted in and welcomed by radio from more than two miles out by two coastguard/marine police vessels, one of which led us all the way into the marina.What a welcome - Colombia and Santa Marta have pulled out all the stops for the World ARC fleet!The new-ish and attractive marina, home mostly to large. read more...


19/01/2015

Exody - Day 3 - Closing Colombia

Crew recovering from bugs and back to normal duties and appetites - weather less squally but the night quite windy with much over 25 knots and the morning seas rough. We tried our shorter pole with a furled/reefed genny but not very effective, so since Monday night have been mostly under main alone ranging from full sail to double reefed - less sail usually best!Now on Tuesday we are bowling along with average days runs so far of just over 170 miles and average speed just over 7 knots for the first three days.As we close the Colombian coast from our position 50/60 miles north of Aruba at the morning roll call (the most northerly boat in the fleet by quite a way), the equatorial current has reduced.We are hoping to maintain the average without it's help and our northerly position has. read more...


19/01/2015

Nexus - One day to go, and fish on!

We had a nice sail through the night, making good progress. The wind is up and steady over 20kts from the stern, so we're sailing down wind and a bit to lee so we'll probably have to switch the Gennaker over to the starboard side at some point to make our wind angles. Very nice downwind sailing with 200 nm to go! We had a bit of excitement this morning, one of our large reels started singing...finally! However when we started to tighten the drag, we saw a huge marlin erupt behind the boat! Mike estimated it at 300lbs as it made a huge splash as it tail walked and surged behind the boat. We couldn't stop it from taking line out, it was too powerful, and eventually it jumped high one last time and broke the line with it's bill. We got most of the line back wth the broken end heavily. read more...


19/01/2015

Starblazer - 19/01/2015 - A month on the hard

IJust like most sailors back home, Starblazer came out of the water in mid December.There the similarity ends!When the rain stopped the average daytime temperature was in the mid 20s, quite unlike December and January in the UK.We removed the fuel tank though it was too big to go up through the companionway so we strung it up sideways in the saloon.John set about putting new sealant in the gap between the forward end of the keel and the hull while we were held up in slings then tightened the forwardmost keel bolt when the boat was lowered back onto the keel.Christmas Day was spent largely in the cockpit, inside the tent, as the saloon was rather a no-go area though we managed to rig up the TV to watch the 2013 Christmas Edition of Downton Abbey!We are rather late converts, having. read more...


18/01/2015

Nexus - What a difference a day makes!

This morning we had a large squall line pass through, and brought us fresh winds and we've been sailing well all day in beautiful partly cloudy skies and moderate following seas...just magic after so many days of bobbing, motoring and just sailing around 5kts making very little progress. We were all excited to have the kind of sailing day we all love on board, and we celebrated crossing the prime meridian (00 00.00E/W) this morning...and it's the first time Finnbar has been in the Western Hemisphere! We'll have to add that ritual to his upcoming equator crossing ritual next month! We're now making good progress, and anticipate arrival in around 2 days time in St Helena, but everything can change quickly so we're not counting on it! We've been fishing all day and haven't caught a. read more...


18/01/2015

Celebrate - Celebrate's Pre-departure Briefing

THE PRE-DEPARTURE BRIEFING by Jay AilworthThe pre-departure briefing was short and sweet,There were certain expectations I would have to meet.The captain and mate alone are an accomplished crew he says,But for this trip we decided to bring along you.I was simply to be used as an added tool on their belt,He had no idea how bad I felt.Here I thought I was a sailing rock star for hire,Only to find out I am nothing more than a spare tire!. read more...


18/01/2015

American Spirit II - Day 378; An Ode to the South Atlantic; We Enter the Tropics; & a Good Day Sailing; Saturday, January 17, 2015

Up at 6:45 AM. Solid, low cloud cover; but not cold at least. Rain showers all over. The weather looks threatening. I slept great, almost 6 hours of sleep. A rarity. Maybe the longest solid sleep, time wise, in the entire circumnavigation while under sail.I turned the engine off at 7:49 AM; and at 7:58 AM put the whisker pole back out on the port side. The wind is 10/11 knots and we're moving at 4.2 knots thru the water and 4.4 knots over the land. At 8:10 AM I put the canvas insert connecting the bimini and dodger back in, as it looks like rain is coming. At 8:20 AM the wind is 20/22 knots and we're moving at 6.0 knots thru the water and 6.5 knots over the land. The rain that hits is misty and light. Not a big deal. At 9:00 AM we're under 700 miles to St. Helena (690). We've already. read more...


18/01/2015

Sweet Pearl - Kapstadt --> St.Helena - 10. Tag - Immer weiter

Immer weiter segeln wir und immer näher kommen wir St.Helena - jetzt sogar mit ein bisschen mehr Wind:-). Alle sind nach wie vor gut drauf, freuen sich aber bald anzukommen:-). Cheers, Tom. read more...


17/01/2015

Celebrate - Rhyme-time on the SSB Net

Today was “RHYME-TIME” and the radio-net assignment was to report in with a rhyme. I received the terrific entries below via email and also received wonderful on-the-spot rhyming reports from: Adela, Ghost, Polaris, and Sweet Pearl.*****FROM Merlyn of PooleThere once was an Oyster called 'Merlyn'But not the sort having a pearl in,She had a great dayBeen sailing awayMain fully out no need for furlin'*****FROM American Spirit IIAn Ode to the Southern OceanDavie Jones has nothing on me, Because we are where we should be, Sailing over the ocean,With a nice gentle motion. As we continue to sail,There is no need to bale,As we've missed that giant sperm whale.While other boats make the mad dash,American Spirit II is content to watch another green flash.*****FROM Folie a Deuxcaught and released. read more...


17/01/2015

Celebrate - Deep Blue

DEEP BLUE by Jay AilworthInland dwellers have heard the ocean is blueBut in their mind's eye they really have no clue.Coastal waters are always green,A true blue can never be seen.A transition takes place somewhere many miles from shore,Suddenly all around is blue and green no more.The cobalt depths shame the azure sky,Overhead clouds create shadows of dark indigo dye.It feels as though one can see into its depths forever,No landlubber will see this mystical color ever.Until next time...Charlie, Cathy & Jay. read more...


17/01/2015

Ayama - A Slower Day

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17/01/2015

American Spirit II - Day 377; We Video a Green Flash Sunset, No. 28; & Celebrate the Half Way Point of the Leg with a Great Dinner; Friday, January 16, 2015

Up at 6:00 AM. The wind is 13 knots and we're moving at 6.7 knots thru the water and 7.2 knots over the land. We're still motor sailing. The wind is behind us, on the port quarter. We tried to sail, but were going too slow. I'll wait until sunrise and see what the wind does.The sun rises at 6:57 AM Cape Town start time. Its cloudy on the horizon, so no green flash, despite there being a big, green hue in the clouds around the rising sun.Iput one fish line in the water at 7:20 AM; and at 7:21 AM I turn the engine off. The wind is 12/14 knots and we're moving at 5.3 knots thru the water and 5.9 knots over the land. At 7:30 AM I put two more fish lines in the water. Saphir is 3.4 miles behind us on the port quarter. Their sails are visible in the sunlight.At 8:49 AM I'm forced to put the. read more...


18/01/2015

American Spirit II - Day 376; Moby Dick Lives! - We Encounter Our First Giant Sperm Whale; Thursday, January 15, 2015

The wind goes light and we have to turn the engine on at 2:25 AM. Even though I'm off watch until 6:00 AM, the engine is located in the aft cabin where I sleep. So if it goes on in the middle of my night, I usually wake up. The wind picks up enough at 7:00 AM that I turn off the engine at that time. An our later I put 2 fishing lines in the water, one on a rod and the other a hand line with a coke can as an alarm when we get a hit.At 8:25 AM the wind is 14/15 knots and we're moving at 6.3 knots thru the water and 6.7 over the land.Its sunny and clear.Saphir pops up on our AIS at 9:00 AM, 7 miles aft on our starboard quarter. The AIS doesn't give me their boat name because I'm not receiving all their data, but their MMSI number is listed, and I look it up in my rally directory and see. read more...


17/01/2015

Nexus - Too slow for Russ...

Well we sailed almost all of yesterday and well into the evening, but 4.5kts was too slow for Russ, so the noisy motor came on for a few hours. Fortunately the wind came up in the early morning and we pulled the sail back out...now it's dying off midday again and we're looking motoring for a little while. 5kts really is my threshold of pain, even though the boat was sailing nicely at 4kts, it would take us another week at that rate. We'll sail again as soon as the wind goes back to 10-12kts, but unfortunately it's now swung directly behind us so there's no opportunity to heat up the sails with apparent wind angles, it's just a down wind slog. Interesting weather pattern today, this morning we had 12-15kts of wind and horizon to horizon cloud cover but as the wind died off, the clouds. read more...


17/01/2015

Celebrate - Over the Horizon

OVER THE HORIZON by Jay AilworthCape Town lies 700 miles in our wake,To reach St. Helena leaves another 995 to make.Adela is in the northeast 140 miles aheadShe got so far out in front while we were anchored and in bed.Slowly we are catching the Fleet,With good winds CELEBRATE is swift on her feet.Now flying fish frolic alongsideThe blue horizon empty and wide.Off to starboard we see a leviathon blowOblivious to us he crosses our bow thinking thoughts we will never know.We look forward to a wonderful dayAs we motor sail nicely making way.Until next time...Charlie, Cathy & Jay. read more...


17/01/2015

Firefly - Hot Water Beach and Cathedral Cove, Mercury Bay

New Zealand's north island has been bathed in sunshine since the New Year and the good weather looks set to continue. After a week spent on Great Barrier Island Firefly took us south to the Coromandel Peninsula and we have cruised down the east side reaching as far south as Hot Water Beach, near a large town called Whitianga. Although the winds have been light there has been a continuous swell coming in from the east and despite our best efforts to find sheltered anchorages, we have not had a still night at anchor. With the weather very settled there is little wind about although with 'Windguru' (their forecasts are the best out here) and a good internet connection we have managed to find just enough to sail, albeit quite slowly on most occasions. Hot Water Beach was a highlight as. read more...


17/01/2015

Luna Quest - Friday, 16th January

Noon Position: 12.42N 73.11WDaily Run: 144 milesWith wind strengths around 22 knots, a double reefed mainsail and a few rolls in the genoa, we were just making 4.5kn towards Santa Marta. A strong 2kn counter current prevented us from making an early morning landfall and so we took the reefs out which made Luna Quest power along at 8kn on a broad reach into the current, which had set up a very lumpy sea with plenty of water mounting the decks. The wind then strengthened to 32kn (near gale), which proved too much for the Hydrovane. We had to help her from time to time, especially as we neared the coast to find the entrance to the bay in which Santa Marta Marina lies. At 09.40 this morning we found ourselves accompanied by a naval press boat that took many shots of Luna Quest thundering. read more...


16/01/2015

GarliX - Kolumbien - Santa Martha - geschafft!!

Strecke: Rodney Bay / St. Lucia - Santa Martha / Kolumbien, 840 sm gesegelt / 103h /Durchschnitt 8,2 kn = unsere bisher schnellste FahrtNun hatten wir die ganze Zeit so viel Wind…. und die letzten 20sm müssen wir wegen Windmangel doch noch motoren. Ist bloß blöd, dass „wenig Wind“ nicht gleichzeitig „wenig Wellen“ bedeutet. Vor uns ist die Küste Kolumbiens - hohe Berge im Nebeldunst. Aber es ist ein schöner Anblick - wie wohl jedes Ankommen ein Erlebnis ist und alle Widrigkeiten der vergangenen Tage vergessen lässt. Obwohl wir nicht soviel „Katastrophen“ verzeichnen können. Wir hatten wesentlich mehr Wind und höhere Wellen, als auf dem Atlantik, was das Leben an Bord entsprechend „lustig“ - soll heißen akrobatisch gestaltet hat. Wir hatten immer zwischen 18 - 30kn Wind und wir. read more...


GarliX - Kolumbien - Santa Martha - geschafft!!
GarliX - Kolumbien - Santa Martha - geschafft!!
16/01/2015

Nexus - Ghosting along at 5kts in light air....again.

We'll it's another slow and beautiful day in the South Atlantic. We've got 10kts from the stern which we're making about 5-6kts on and just ghosting along. We got hot yesterday and stopped for a swim party in 7,250ft of the clearest blue water we've seen in a while. It was a refreshing break, and as we got back on the boat, a very large sea turtle swam by! No joy on the fishing so far, and we're now trying everything in the tackle box on the rods. Mike and I spent the last two days resurrecting two old reels we found in the bottom of the fish locker...we're proud to say they've gone from "salt licks" to serviceable fishing gear! I'm sure some lucky fisherman along the route will appreciate them. We're all looking for wind, but there is apparently a gale blowing far south of here and it's. read more...


16/01/2015

Sweet Pearl - Kapstadt --> St.Helena - 8. Tag - Gemütliches Vorankommen

Die einen spekulieren auf den Schweizer Franken, die anderen auf den Wind. Wir gehören zu Letzteren. Mal ist er da, mal nicht; das bringt uns aber nicht weiter aus der Ruhe, weil wir nehmen das ganz gemütlich und gemütlich kommen wir voran. Die Hälfte war gestern; gefeiert wurde im kleinen Kreis. Ist sowieso nicht sehr viel los hier; keine Menschenseele wohnt hier, wie auch, wenn es kein Land gibt. Nein, wir haben kein Sonnenstich, aber haben es ganz lustig;-). Cheers, Tom. read more...


16/01/2015

Celebrate - Ode to the Sea, Wind and Birds

Rolling Rolling Rolling by Jay AilworthI came on watch to find the masthead fly going berserkSpinning to every point of the compass like some insane jerk.The diesel keeps up a steady droning while side to side the boat is rolling.A reefed main has the rigging creaking and groaningWe would rather have wind with the lines and wires singing and moaningBoats ahead tell us there is wind on this trackAll we can do now is bemoan its lack.Above hangs a daytime half moon in a sky of azure blueBestowing a sense of future things to view.Sea birds swoop and soar with amazing graceSilently mocking our meandering pace.Until next time...Charlie, Cathy & Jay. read more...


15/01/2015

Allegro - 5ªFEIRA, 15 DE JANEIRO DE 2015

Ontem o dia decorreu semelhante aos anteriores em relação ao vento e estado do mar.Pela hora do almoço, enquanto cozinhava, a Margarida desequilibrou-se com um movimento brusco do barco, e caiu desamparada, batendo com as costas nas escadas, parecendo ter-se magoado bastante. O Luís esteve a observá-la, achando que terá fracturado uma costela flutuante. Passou o resto da tarde e noite deitada, com alívio progressivo da dor e mobilizando-se cada vez melhor. Hoje tem continuado a melhorar, mas quando chegarmos deverá ser observada numa urgência.Ao fim da tarde e durante a noite o tempo foi melhorando progressivamente. Foi o primeiro por do sol que não se escondeu atrás das nuvens, e a primeira noite sem “squalls”. O vento, regular, com cerca de 20 nós e algumas rajadas ocasionais atingindo. read more...


15/01/2015

American Spirit II - Day 375; The Wind Dies and We Start Motoring; & We Use the Satellite Phone to Send and Receive Emails for the First Time; Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The wind dies at 4:20 AM and we're forced to turn on the iron jenny, i.e., engine. I get up at 7:00 AM; and at 7:30 AM the wind is still light at 6 knots and we've motor sailing at 5.9 knots thru the water and 6.7 knots over the land. The clouds are solid, low overcast; with some rain showers visible around us. At 9:20 AM we put two fish lines in the water; one on a pole and the other a hand line. The hand line itself has a string tied around an empty coke can, so that when the line is pulled (a fish hits it), the coke can will make noise so we know to pull the line in. Tim from Ghost hosts the 10:00 AM net. Folie a Deux appears to be the only boat 100% still sailing, with 14 knots of wind. They're closer to the coast and have more wind. Most of the boats like us have wind at 10 knots or. read more...


15/01/2015

Luna Quest - Thursday, 15th January

Noon Position: 12.42N 73.11WDaily run: 141 milesWhen Henri Charrierè (known as Papillon) managed to escape from French Guyana’s inhuman prison camp in the 1930s, he fell upon a litoral tribe in Guajira in Colombia that lived a life far removed from civilisation. The tribe nursed his terribly scarred and sunburnt body and adopted him as one of their own. He lived with them for well over a year fathering two children by the chief’s two daughters.We passed the headland of Guajira yesterday, where the winds had been forecast to be accelerating along the coast, but we found the opposite and were lulled into a false sense of security overnight when a changed wind direction headed us for the coast. We were not able to maintain our course for Santa Marta without much banging and crashing of the. read more...


15/01/2015

Nexus - 830nm to go, no wind...

Motoring in flat calm with 3kts of wind from the stern, we're concentrating on fishing but no joy yet. Pulled GRIB files again today, it looks like we'll get a little wind on Friday then again on Sunday but it looks like this high pressure ridge is here to stay. The fleet is spread out, we're about 35-40nm south and south west of the leaders with the rest of the fleet spread out across a wide area around us. Everyone has their own voodoo on looking for pockets of wind to sail in, even if it exists mostly in their imagination. Still, it's a nice day out, sunny and not too warm. We're working on puzzles and resurrecting some old salt encrusted fishing reels we found in the lockers. If we get them in good shape, they'll make nice gifts for the local fisherman we may meet along the way in. read more...


14/01/2015

American Spirit II - Day 374; A Great Day of Sailing in the South Atlantic & Saphir Almost Collides with a Whale; Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Up at 7:00 AM. At 7:10 AM we jibed from port to starboard tack as wind has gone to southeast at 164 degrees. The wind is 13/14 knots and we're moving at 4.4 knots thru the water and 4.7 knots over the land. The sky is a solid overcast and our COG (Course Over Ground) is 008 degrees, just east of north. Even at this slow rate of sail I'm OK with it. As long as we're going 4 knots, its OK. At 8:39 AM the clouds are clearing from the east. Its sunny now. I've taken off my pants and long sleeved shirt and put on shorts and a short sleeved shirt. The days continue to be warm and the nights cold. At 9:30 AM the wind is 11 knots and we're moving at 4.6 knots thru the water and 4.3 knots over the land; with a COG of 025.Tim from Ghost hosts the 10:00 AM net. At 10:20 AM Joel and I have. read more...


14/01/2015

Ayama - 14th January The Final Leg to Santa Marta

We are having a wonderful sail.After a beautiful starlit night with one spectacular shooting star Ayama is nowon course for the turn to Santa Marta, 137 miles to the Marina, calm seas anddoing 7 to 9 knots in 22 to 26 knots of wind and also 1 knot of current with us.We are in sight of the Colombian coast and a few ships passing us. We haven’t seen any of the other yachts yet but we are all looking hard as the first to see one gets a double tot of rum!Everybody is very relaxed in the sunshine apart from Per who is feeling the cold and just had to put his fleece on…these hardy northern Swedes.I have killed the jumping spider that was in my bunk so hopefully no more bites!Apart from a few birds that is all the wildlife we have seen.. read more...


14/01/2015

Exody - Day 3 - Closing Colombia

Crew recovering from bugs and back to normal duties and appetites - weather less squally but the night quite windy with much over 25 knots and the morning seas rough. We tried our shorter pole with a furled/reefed genny but not very effective, so since Monday night have been mostly under main alone ranging from full sail to double reefed - less sail usually best!Now on Tuesday we are bowling along with average days runs so far of just over 170 miles and average speed just over 7 knots for the first three days.As we close the Colombian coast from our position 50/60 miles north of Aruba at the morning roll call (the most northerly boat in the fleet by quite a way), the equatorial current has reduced.We are hoping to maintain the average without it's help and our northerly position has. read more...


14/01/2015

Exocet Strike - Weds 14th January, somewhere off Columbia

A great afternoon and evening sail, in company withour fellow World ARC boat Garlix, an XP44 from Germany.  The sailing wasgreat until about 1000 this morning when the wind started to drop, and drop anddrop, from expecting 25 to 30 knots, which we had last night and a fastpassage in. The wind then eventually dropped to only 5 knots, from deadbehind with a 1.5 knot tide against us, so  we reluctantly at 1438 UTC-4  started to motor, so at least we could be in tonight rather than face anight of the same as the day, it isnt a race apparently!   Looking forward to getting to Santa Marta now, somebig mountain ranges we can see already.   Will let you know tomorrow how we geton,   John. read more...



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