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14/11/2013

Hanami II - Re: Reponse

DAns les commentaire recu sur le posting relatif au Watt&Seail apparait que mon hisoire n'est pas claire. Ca ne m'etonne pas car elle a ete ecrite au fur et a mesure.Donc voici un resume plus clair, pour ceux que ca interesse.Ce que le blog raconte c'est la successionLe matin 06:00- batteries basses au dessous de 60%, il faut charger car la tension baisse.- demarrage du groupe qui ne charge pas => pourquoi ?, pas le temps de chercher- demarrage du moteur car il FAUT recharger pour ne pas perdre les batteries- decouverte de la fuite en controlant le voltage des batteries au tableau: tout est rouge- recherche de la fuite en eteignant tous les instruments tour a tour.- indentification de la fuite => c'est l'hydrogenerateur, il ne restait que lui.- deconnection de toutes les. read more...


Morning Haze - pictures...
Morning Haze - pictures...
Morning Haze - pictures...
Morning Haze - pictures...
Morning Haze - pictures...
Morning Haze - pictures...
Morning Haze - pictures....
Morning Haze - pictures....
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Morning Haze - and more pictures
Morning Haze - and more pictures
Morning Haze - and more pictures
Morning Haze - and more pictures
Morning Haze - and more pictures
Morning Haze - and more pictures
Morning Haze - and more pictures
Morning Haze - More pictures
Morning Haze - More pictures
Morning Haze - More pictures
Morning Haze - More pictures
14/11/2013

Morning Haze - News from the Bahamas POB (Pumpkin over board)

Hello, The crew of Morning Haze made it!  For the young crew,  it was the first offshore passage and I am happy to report that they handled it very well!  The conditions were "bumpy" to say the least.... Even though the young ones were affected with sea sickness the first 3 days....no one ever complained.... On the fourth day, when the sun came up, the waves diminished and wind subsided to 20 knots...everybody had already forgotten about the 35 kts and the big waves in the Gulfstream. We were in contact with Tal' Lira on our way and exchanged information on weather and sea conditions as they were ahead of us.  We appreciated these exchanges while I noticed Pauline's concerned for the family...a mother will always be a. read more...


Morning Haze - News from the Bahamas POB (Pumpkin over board)
Morning Haze - News from the Bahamas POB (Pumpkin over board)
Joy of Shamrock Quay - ''I say, faster Helmsman, keep up with that Catamaran 'Amaris', I can smell the G&T they will owe us on the finish line''
Joy of Shamrock Quay - ''I say, faster Helmsman, keep up with that Catamaran 'Amaris', I can smell the G&T they will owe us on the finish line''
14/11/2013

Joy of Shamrock Quay - Day 5 begins ARC+

Graham,Life on a heavy cruiser.The last 24 hours have been wonderful, we are loving our Atlantic experience.Justbefore I began to write, we had a school of flying fish wizz past, some landing on our decks.They were followed by a huge pod of dolphins who stopped their breakfast hunt to perform a display along side our cockpit and under our bows.Sailing has been good, Susie our weather girl has done a good job at finding ussome nice breeze to keep our sails full enough to power our 37 tons through the water.Skip has been bold with our sail plan and has kept up 200m sheet even through the night.He seems to be pleased with the VMG most of the time, however he did get frustrated with our boat speed and ordered a third head sail to be raised (yes we have photos)Skip also did a provisioning. read more...


14/11/2013

Resolute of Thames - Slow but Sure

Thursday!What a way to spend a week..in a blue-water vacuum and becoming more aware as the days go by that this is just Act 1 of a 2 Act play and that the second Act will be much longer than this first. However,very much looking forward to the interval in the Cape Verdes. Coming at them across the waves like this it is plain to see how remote they are.Even the African coast is slipping off the side of the chart now and we are left with a vast white page with brave little islands in the middle.We had a slow night with winds dropping to a Force 3 and swell reducing too.It was conducive to some good off watch sleep.A huge fishing vessel passed by quite close going from the Falklands to Vigo in Spain.We imagined he did this regular trip and last night was wondering what on earth was going on. read more...


14/11/2013

Hanami II - Demain sera different ...

Date: 14/11/2013Heure UTC 02:45POsition : 21 34 67 N - 20 34 33 WSi le 12 avait ete une journee sans garnade particuliarite, on ne peut pas en dire autant du 13.Le pourcentage de charge des batteries baissant, il etait prevu de recharger avec le generateur lors de mon quart a 06:00. Donc a 6h, toutes les vannes du generateur etant ouvertes on lance le generateur depuis la console, tout se passe bien, il demarre, affiche une bonne tension de sortie mais pas de charge sur les batteries qui continuent a perdre 7Ah pour repondre aux besoins du bord.Pas normal ca. Verification du niveau des batteries sur le tableau et la, horreur absolue, la charge et a 11.75V (tres basse, dangereuse pour les batteries, je ne veux pas perdre un nouveau parc) mais surtout il y a une fuite electrique majeure,. read more...


13/11/2013

Tara - Land Ho! Fish On!

Mon 11-11-2013. 0524 hrAll hands on deck! We've left the lights of Anegada to port and the Caribbean 1500 finish line astern!  Captain Mark pops the cork!  Glasses are raised, toasts are made.  Cheers to an amazing passage with awesome people!  Cheers to the sailing vessel TARA, without whom I'd not known the exhilaration of charging through the dark of night on a galloping thoroughbred!  Wind in my hair, spray in my face, waves crashing over the bow and a raging sea awash along the leeward rail!Sighting Virgin Gorda amidst the clouds off port bow rallies the crew again.  Stories and laughter fill the cockpit.  Just when we think it couldn't get any better, we hear the seductive spin from our fishing pole, mahi-mahi, Fish On!. read more...


13/11/2013

Malisi - 190 Miles to Mindelo

Malisi boat log, 13 th of November 12:46The heat is coming. Even in the shadow. We are slowing down, the boat has slown down. Since two days we are witout spinnaker.  (Except this, we are doing fine!)  We are at first position, but  considering our handicap, we are not. We feel a litte bit like a lame duck here! Read the story how it happened:We are sailing with a catamaran. It is a Outremer 64 light. I arrived in Las Palmas a week ago,  to help with delivery of the boat to the Carribean. There I am going to command the boat during the winter , until then I will be a  watchleader. What has happened on Malisi?In the night after the start of the ARCplus-Rally we were pushing our luck. The tradewinds, increased by the Canary Islands, blew with up to 29 knots. We. read more...


13/11/2013

Rosa Fascia - Settling in!!!

Day three and getting in to the swing of ocean life. After a hectic night with the furling drum which meant we spent a few hours getting cold and wet sorting out the sails we dropped down the leader board :-(( A hearty breakfast kicked started the morning and all in good spirit. We hit the 500 mile mark so we are celebrating with a sunset dinner and a fruit cocktail ... life if good!! We are enjoying every moment of this wonderful adventure and a good time is had by all :-))) Oh, and I was not very well yesterday so spent the day in my cabin so Jack took over cooking duties and to my surprise it was rather good so I am worried I will loose my job as head chef..!! . read more...


13/11/2013

Resolute of Thames - 3 Days In = Nearly Halfway

Life on board is now well settled into our routine and with just over 400nm in the bag we are, as we enter our fourth day at sea, almost halfway there. Today a bit of a resume of the sailing so far. Yep, sailing, the motor has not been used in anger since just before the start. In the warm weather and with all the e-mails it has however been in great demand to provide power to the fridge, freezer, radio and Sat C. With the wind behind us the wind generator has just not been able to produce more than about 4 amps - a mere drop in the ocean for us power hungry individuals.We crossed the start about 8 seconds late under headsail only and then had a slow 2 hours as we headed south to the airport and the start of the wind acceleration zone. As predicted by the WCC team we knew exactly where. read more...


Joy of Shamrock Quay - Day 3 - Its 'Go Go Go' on Joy of Shamrock Quay
Joy of Shamrock Quay - Day 3 - Its 'Go Go Go' on Joy of Shamrock Quay
13/11/2013

Anettine - 24:08N 17:24W A hard night!

We took down the spinnaker at sunset due to waves and wind and replaced it with the genaker. Two hours later, during the dinner, the genaker broke big time. It took a while to get it down during the dark. It will be difficult to maintain our position without the genaker. We have made 310 nm since start.. read more...


13/11/2013

Anettine - 25:11:60N 16:32:30W

En fin dag på sjøen, med fin fart. Frisk vind 9-12 m/S fremm til ca 1400. Løyet til 8-10 m/s så vi har satt spinnaker (kun). Ser ut som om vi rister av oss han i kjølvannet som vi ikke vet hvem er. Vi vurderer å kjøre spinnaker gjennom natten dersom det blir mindre bølger. For mye bølger enda, men det går bra i dagslys. Vi har hatt besøk av masse delfiner flere ganger i dag. Vi har logget 216 mil siden start.Hilsen Anettine. read more...


13/11/2013

Anettine - 26:03:50N 15:54:50W The first night

We had good sailing all night with the sail spread. 7-10 m/s wind. We both had some sleep. The night was surprisingly moist and cold. We have sailed 145 nm since start with 8 knots average speed. In the afternoon we were pleased to see that the position report from rally control had us on 3rd place. Very motivating!. read more...


13/11/2013

Anettine - 28:07:70N 15:25:50W, A good start

We are happy with the start. The genaker was set 3 minutes before start and we crossed the line 20 seconds late. A block for the mainsheet broke during a jib 5 minutes before start. The mainsheet is now heavy to work, but it will not have any impact other than on Steins arms. We will make the repair in Cape Verde.We carried the genaker in 7-13 m/s wind until around 1700 when we had to take it down because of heavy sea.20-30 playful dolphins made us a visitjust before sunset. Making 8,5-9 knots in the dark with the genua spread with boom and full mainsail. We have good contact with far bigger boats just before dark, so we believe we are making it good overall,. read more...


13/11/2013

Golden Spirit of Islay - Arrival in Las Palmas - getting ready for the 24th

We reached Las Palmas at last on Sunday 10th November.  After leaving Puerto Calero, Lanzarote on the 2nd, we sailed to a bay on the south of the island and spent a night there enjoying the quiet and lack of lights. Unfortunately the freezer stopped working (again) and we had to return to the marina to have it repaired.  This was not successful and we decided to wait until we were in Las Palmas in the hope that we would find a good refrigeration engineer there.  We spent the next day sailing down to a little island called Islas de Lobos, variously translated as Island of the Wolves or Island of the Fur Seals. It was very peaceful, the water was beautifully clear and we had a lovely swim before the jellyfish found us. That evening we set off on a night sail to. read more...


Rosa Fascia - This Really Beats the Daily Commute!!
Rosa Fascia - This Really Beats the Daily Commute!!
13/11/2013

Joy of Shamrock Quay - Day 3 Great Progress

We have thoroughly enjoyed our downwind sailing over the last couple of days. The last 24 hrs has brought more dolphin, a whale blow holing, winds generally NE 13-18 with max gust at 29 knots over night, top speed 9.5 (surfing the waves!). Toptastic.Fresh bread rolls have been baked, and on the menu for dinner has been roast chook, Thai curry with noodles (made from scratch of course) and last night Graham prepared marinated pork chop with baked pear, rosemary potatoes, courgettes and green beans! Who said galley food should be pre-prepared or from a tin!Bellies are full, muscles beginning to tone from balancing against the rolly swell, and we still have smiles on our faces despite the lack of sleep!Hand steering all the way except for sail changes and logs at night, we are LOVING this. read more...


13/11/2013

Sonsy Lass - Halfway to Cape Verdes.

First blog entry from latest crew member Keith, aka Spare Rations. I’m toldthat when the food runs out, I’m next ! I have my plastic Pirate’s sword forprotection. At last we are just over half way. A small champagne later. Weatheris now blue sky with following wind. Shorts and tee shirts sailing. We are notseeing many other vessels, often a clear 360deg horizon. Making good progress,with an average speed of over 7kts . Sea state remarkably kind. On a personalnote, hi to all family and friends following our progress. Mark, I looked foryour Gran’s canary without success, now head along the Mumbles front for someice cream. Best wishes to all from Sonsy Lass. . read more...


13/11/2013

Calypso - Getting ready to leave

New batteries fitted, rig checked, excellent and very welcome Hallberg Rassy support who checked steering, engine & deck fittings. Also had hull scrubbed, passed safety inspection & booked lots of training seminars. Lots of socialising including meeting up with Alan & crew from "Far Fetched" & drinks with Ian, Wendy & Bumble of "Silver Slipper". Fantastic ARC welcoming party. Phil now on board.. read more...


13/11/2013

La Rochelle - Halfway

At 1am this morning we reached the halfway mark ,only 430 miles to go ,yippee.Gliding along under the moon at 7 knots with dolphins for company and louvre driving,doesn't get much better.All the big boats have 2 headsails , so we decided to havea go. Flying the storm jib as a staysail, balances the boat quiet nicely and. Gives us another .2 knot.Have been hand steering during the day with full main and poled out no 1headsail , doing hull speed , not much point flying a kite. Breeze has been 17-25 knotsfrom 60 degrees .Everyone is settling in to the rhythm nicely and getting plenty of rest.Cheers La Rochelle. read more...


12/11/2013

Jambo - The final preparations

Back to Jambo to give her a thorough check up Found a crack in one of the four fuel filters so need to replace this before we start- at least we found it now and not half way to the rum punch!. read more...


12/11/2013

Resolute of Thames - All Well

Over a third of the way to Cape Verde! After a great send-off in Las Palmas on Sunday it feels good to be on our way and making progress.Incredible that we all left together but we have soon become out here on our ownsomes with seldom another sail to be seen.Being only double handed is proving to be a doddle.The four hour watch system is working fine with the dog-watch between 4-8 being our full-on communication time (well, at least Gill talks non-stop and Colin listens!). The dog watch system also means we rotate our shifts which adds variety and ensures some nights with more sleep.The nights are certainly a long 12 hours (3 watches)with the moon being a strict time-keeper and making himself scarce at about 0400 - shirker!He is also upside-down in these southern climes - decidedly. read more...


12/11/2013

Free Spirit - Life at sea has never been better

We treated ourselves to fresh water showers, since after all Saturday night is bath night, thanks to prudent water management resulting in an ample supply.We finally had some wind and were able to take advantage of the main with only the first reef and the genoa for most of the afternoon.  By midnight we put a second reef in the main and switched over from the genoa to jib.The wind eased and shifted by 0400, making our progress painfully slow.We furled the jib and fired up the motor so we could head in the desired direction.We are getting closer, with 250 miles to go.Hope to make landfall by Tuesday.. read more...


12/11/2013

Free Spirit - Anticipation was in the air.

The mood was upbeat and almost festive, as we hunkered down for our last night of the passage Monday night.A dinner of beef bourgignone on a bed of mashed potatoes followed by brownies will just have to do.We started out motor sailing, then saw that the fuel gauge on the remaining fuel tank was reading lower than it should have been.Do we have a fuel problem?Mike quickly figured out that by switching the fuel return from one tank to the other while leaving the fuel intake set on the current tank, we could in essence siphon the fuel into the tank with the reliable gauge.Worked like a charm and sure enough, we had a bad gauge but ample fuel.In the early hours of the morning, we began to see the far off glow of lights from Tortola and St Thomas beaconing us on.The winds picked up and the. read more...


12/11/2013

Tatt av Vinden - Just twelve days left

The dayshave passed very quickly here in Las Palmas. We have been back for 10 daysalready. But we think preparations are under control. Tomorrow we shall havesecurity check. We even feel that “Tatt av vinden” is prepared for that! We havehad two Norwegian families visiting us. Both stays in Puerto Rico at themoment. Just 45 minutes from here but 3 – 5 degrees warmer!  During thedays here the temperature is nice, but it is a bit chilly in the evenings. Butwe love it here. We always loved Gran Canaria. Tonight we shall go for our firstsundowner with other ARC people. Yes, Eva and I are onschedule!. read more...


12/11/2013

Solar Blue - A chilly night :)

After a chilled night with not much going on and a lot of time to just think about this and that, we were greeted to the day by a horde of dolphins. It's great to see how nature can be quite difficult sometimes and then reward you with such beauty. Nature has to be female ;-)Beat Luginbühl, Switzerland. read more...


12/11/2013

Windsurf - ARC preparations

Preparations and preparations...Too much preparations on  Pontoon L, and probably on the rest of the pontoons.Everybody likes to start the Crossing to the Carib...All boats are provisioned except the fresh vegetables, fruits and meat. We get a  bit nervous and time is going very slow. We are glad that there are many meetings (the sundowners) and activities to do and seminars to learn more about the handling of the Atlantic. Subjects such as wheather forecast, navigation, provisioning, safety activities, etc. are the most important items to learn more about, especially for the Mid Atlantic area.Yesterday we got green light from the organisation that our boat is very good equipped and safe for take off.   Pfff we were glad, because that was a lot of work. More than we. read more...


12/11/2013

Sonsy Lass - 300nm down

2 days out and making good progress with the last day we have been “gullwinged”. Managed to put the cruising shute up for a good few hours which aidedour speed. With our  sail setup and the seas are causing Sonsy to wallowside to side, very uncomfortable.. read more...


12/11/2013

Rosa Fascia - Good day 1

So we finally slipped our lines and with our help our our racing driver Richardat the helm got a good start .. Kept east and with a poled out Genoa had a good run though the acceleration zone and through the night.  The wind has veered and we're on track for Cape Verde enjoying the sunshine.Circa 180mileson the log and 680 to go ... Amanda is is cooking lunch with a three bean salad - in between sunbathing.Pete is splicing and Richard has his feet up with the autopilot on.. I'm just about to get the fishing rod out. Love to all, Jack, Richard. Pete and Amanda . read more...


12/11/2013

Rosa Fascia - Day 2 Mon. Nov.11th

We're all having a wonderful time out here on the big blue marble. The seas are 2 to 3 meters and the wind is really very constant all things considered. The air in not hot yet but the suns warmth is intense. This evening I had two night time (darkness) watches. The first having a "D" shape moon and the latter being moonless and much darker. There was some Iridescent algae glowing in the hull wash. For those of you that have not seen it before, it sometimes appears in the water as cinders from a campfire and sometimes the algae appears like small 16" wide light explosions. Like little starbursts. Very neat to see again.Peter J. Puky (Mate on Rosa Fascia). read more...


12/11/2013

Pandora of Feock - Helming

Helming is fun!  So we have discovered after 2 days at sea. Trying to give the autopilot a rest and have discovered that Jerry is betterthan the autopilot and so he can stay there for the rest of the trip.   We had an interesting discussion last night with a large oil tanker who wason a collision course with us.   The Captain was extremely polite andaltered course for us but was worried when we told him there were another 44yachts in the fleet.    We have kept to the east as per ourcunning plan and have had good wind and boat speed but now have to work out howto go west, thus the reason for keeping Jerry at thehelm.. read more...


12/11/2013

Ocean Venture - Duke on course for ARC

Now with 2000 miles behind him, and with Gran Canaria on the horizon, the Duke is growing in confidence and has been enjoying the 200 mile a day averages.''Pppfftt,... kids today have got nothing on me. I should award myself the D of E platinum award'' the duke boasted as he caught another dolphin fish.The duke is looking forward to a proper old fashioned knees up at the ARC festivities and cavorting with the natives. .20131110_155101-1. read more...


Ocean Venture - Duke on course for ARC
Ocean Venture - Duke on course for ARC
12/11/2013

Hanami II - SSB at sea ou la BLU en mer

In the SailMail software to send and receive mails or files through the SSB radiowaves there is a function that tells you which frequency to use at which time of the day to reach the gateway you want to access (to collect your mail) depending on the distance between you and this gateway.As radiowaves propagation depends upon sun light, temperature and seasons, there are many gateways one can choose from.Hence punching this F8 key tells you that if you are where we are, between Canaria island and Cape Verde, there is no way you can get the weather files between 09:00 and 15 to 17:00 either from Belgium (OSY), Lunenburg, or South Carolina.Stangely that is precisely when you want them, before the SSB radio-net starts and at a time the ARC should publish them.The only solution left is to. read more...


12/11/2013

Meltemi - nicht mehr unterhopft

Wie das so ist, zwischen Leinen los und Leinen fest gibt es keinen Alkohol. Aber dann schmeckt das!!!!!!P1180468. read more...


Meltemi - nicht mehr unterhopft
Meltemi - nicht mehr unterhopft
12/11/2013

Ninfea - First Day at Sea

First Day at sea –November 10Yesterday November 10 at 1.00 pm we left Las Palmas and set sails for Cape Verde. The biggest challenge on the start was to avoid collision with the 45 boats all leaving at the same time through the narrow gate of the start line. We had two hair raising encounter with an onlooker who wanted a somewhat too close look at us and an ARC boat that approached us from downwind, starboard side. She only moved away after I shouted a “what the …” at the skipper at the top of my lungs! That was close!After we negotiated the classic acceleration zone at the southern tip of the island (20-30 kn) we settled on a more comfortable 14-18 kn, which is what we expect for the next 2-3 days. No squalls in the forecast so far.Marianto prepared a “finger-licking-good” chicken for. read more...


12/11/2013

La Rochelle - 5th member of crew makes an appearance

Louvre our 5th crew member who has been a stowaway in the aft cabin since the med, finally decided to make an appearance yesterday at 5 pm. Having jibed over it must have woken him, the sea state had settled and being only able to helm in reasonable conditions decided to helm all night , to make up for his lost shifts ,( what a legend ). He certainly has not lost his talents, Hopefully today we can pull out the "weapons" and get a move onCrew La Rochelle. read more...