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30/11/2012

Sam III - Pirat Pit

Himmel und Donnerwetter,gerade höre ich im Funk mit,daß der ViermasterSeacloud an unserer Seite segelt.Daß heißt reiche Beute!Nicht so wie dieausgehungerten ARC Boote mit Ihrem halbverdorbenen Früchten und Gemüse,vonGold und Euro ganz zu schweigen.Das haben schon die Handwerker denBootsbesitzern abgeluchst bevor die überhaupt aus dem Hafen gefahrensind.Ganz schön schlaue Piraten sich als Dienstleister zu tarnen,könnte mirauch gefallen,Nun denn,werde meinen Kollegen hier so lange mit"Seacloud,entern"auf die Nerven gehen bis ich rüberfliegen kann und mirmeine Beute holen kann,Übrigens haben meine Deppen hier beim Rennstart meine Sitzstangeabgebrochen.Jetzt muß ich immer im 120 Grad winkwl hocken.Ulli soll diesreparieren,habe aber gehört daß könnte dauernLass mich jetzt ab und zuKopfrunter. read more...


30/11/2012

Mad Fish - Friday 30th

Been a bit busy on Mad Fish since the autopilot stub tiller failed leaving us hand steering since Wednesday. Ethan's birthday on that same day kept our spirits up complete with baloons and cake. One happy 9 year old!We hear we are 4th on the water in class. This cannot last as we are not pushing. Cannot afford to break anything out here!Will try to post again soon.All happy aboard the Fish.--. read more...


30/11/2012

Bardeau - Hallo Mudder Hallo Fadder

Well after 3 days of rain, squalls, mountainous seas, and the odd murdered fish we have been convincing ourselves this is fun. At last 500 miles underway we seem to have found the sun and donned the factor 50+ . The height of yesterday, apart from the wanton killing by C.Dundee of a dorado,was the opening by Claretta of the first of a series of presents given to her by her parents. We all sat on deck with polite curiosity as she pulled open the first mini-parcel. Jelly Babies !!!!! They lasted 30 seconds. We await with keen interest the edibility of today's prezzie. Today is finally dog day. We are prob the only sailing yacht on the Atlantic carrying 15 varieties of dog...all so far uneaten. It's like teasing a thirsty man in the desert with water but taking it away at the last moment.As. read more...


30/11/2012

EH01 - Blog1

Good morning all from EH01. So as the sun rises on day 4 of our trip across the Atlantic life on the ocean waves is good and we are cruising along at a very comfortable speed of around 9 knots after a night with the number 3 headsail poled out, and 1 reef in the mainsail. The wind has been on average around 20-25 kmots for most of our trip, apart from the first day and a bit where we saw wind speeds of up to 36 knots! It made for some exciting surfing action and gave us cause to grin ear to ear as we ploughed our way westwards.Yesterday the fishing line went out for the first time and within minutes we had reeled in a nice big Dorade, and very nice he was too! We had some sushi, as well as baked fillets, and finally a fish soup which did us nicely for dinner.Once we had reeled him in the. read more...


30/11/2012

Little Pea - Little Pea's ARC Blogoramma 2 - Getting into the routine

25:24.7N 23:02.8W Yesterday proved to be quite physical and, beingtired from the previous day, it proved to be even more of a mental challenge. Aswe rocketed downwind, we had a small pod of Atlantic Spotted Dolphins join usfor 10 mins showing off their impressive acrobatic skills. Shortly after thedolphin display, we yet again had a close encounter with two more sleepingwhales prompting us to send out an 'All Ships Navigational Warning' to ourfellow ARC competitors. The ARC is a strange event, it's not really the winningthat counts, but the finishing. I know certain readers will be choking on theircornflakes reading such a statement coming from me 'Mr Uber-Competitive', butafter all, it's a rally! We all found ourselves genuinely wishing people goodluck before the start and actually. read more...


30/11/2012

Proteus of London - Day 3-Proteus making steady progress

Well the journey so far has certainly had its ups and downs. The chaos of nearly 200 boats trying to leave the marina in Las Palmas in one go was looking to much of a squeeze, especially with a metallic gold paint job to protect, so being British we did the British thing and had a cup of tea and let the chaos unfold! Eventually about half an hour after the start wecrossed the line with the weather looking fairly wet and gloomy we set about making up for lost time. By the time we rounded the bottom of Gran Canaria we were back where we would've hoped to be after some fairly exhilarating sailing at speeds in excess of 15kts at times.The first night was uncomfortable at best with winds gusting up to 40kts at times we were playing with reefs trying to get the boat balanced, on the upside we. read more...


30/11/2012

Katherine - Day 3 - First Catch Landed - Sort of "25:28.58N 25:49.93W"

Well we have our first catch on board but don’t think it can count as itlanded itself and no one considered the size of the squid worthy of making intocalamari. So Pete with his gear ready is awaiting the opportunity to have a realcrack at landing the “Big One” – could be interesting to watch on this boat.   Lee made us a Beef Stroganoff last night with rice and hot crusty bread hopwe don't run out of this bread in a hurry.   All going well and getting used to the sleep depravation and continuingconfused swell, waiting for some long ocean swells to arrive rather than thisbumpy stuff.. read more...


30/11/2012

Ostrea - Squally night

Yesterday we had another northeasterly day with 20 to 25 knots and a fairly relaxed wave height. It was a bit warmer then before and we could sit outside in our shirts and shorts and little Pien even had a shower outside.The girls are doingwell and strangely enough never ask how long this trip is going to take. We are getting used to the rolling of the boat but the cold weather returned and we are sitting outside in our Musto gear again.This was not exactly in the brochure but i hope the cold and squalls will pass soon.Last night Zwarte Piet visited our boat with presents for the kids and its funny to hear how the kids explain how he can reach our boat in the middle of the ocean. The explanations vary from scuba Piet to Jetski or surf Piet.Greetings from all of us on board Ostrea.Pieter. read more...


30/11/2012

Meltemi - 30.11.2012 - 3. Seetag - Gulasch

Position: 26-24N / 023-47WCOG: 275 degSOG: 8,2 knGuten Morgen! Unser Wachplan sieht nachts dreistuendige Wachschichten vor (jeweils beginnend um 18-21-24-3 Uhr) und tagsueber vierstuendige Wachen (jeweils beginnend um 6-10-14 Uhr). Es ist jetzt 3:35 Uhr und ich habe vor ein paar Minuten das Steuerrad an Burhard uebergeben, mit dem ich gerade gemeinsam Nachtwache gehe. Um 4 Uhr bin ich dann wieder an der Reihe. Wir haben uns darauf geeinigt, uns nachts jede halbe Stunde am Steuerrad abzuwechseln, damit die Konzentration hoch bleibt. Das ist auch unbedingt noetig, da wir mit stetig 6-7 Windstaerken und bei bedecktem Himmel (also teilweise ohne Mondlicht) mit oft ueber 9 Knoten durch die Atlantikduenung preschen. Das fuehlt sich fuer mich warmduschenden Mittelmeersegler schon recht. read more...


30/11/2012

Karma Daze - Days 2and 3 Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th November

During the course of day 2 the wind eased, the waves were smaller and weall managed to catch up on our sleep.  The sun came out and life seemedwonderful and the sailing more comfortable. The ARC has an SSB radio net that runs once a day for boats to be able totalk to one another.  Penny has volunteered to be a Net Controller for thegroup of boats we are in, group A, which has about 30 boats in it.  So farit is a fairly small group.  There are 5 net controllers in our group andthey take it in turns to be lead person for the day.  Penny’s turn is onFriday. Wednesday was almost without incident; after dinner (Spag Bol) Penny wasputting away our plastic dinner bowls when the boat lurched and a couple ofchina bowls she’d stored on the wrong shelf fell out when. read more...


30/11/2012

Peregrine - Day 4

This what it's all about!Heading South, waiting for the butter to melt. Down wind with the sun shining.Only 2300 miles to go (ish). read more...


30/11/2012

Berenice by TWT - Speed, a baby on the way and a night rainbow!

Today we sailed under the A4 again all day. Speeds soared throughout the day with everyone hitting low 20's and the top speed seen was 23.3 knots with the squalls pushing the breeze up to 32 knots. Turns at the helm were quite demanding so we again drop the gennaker just after sunset and we're running with the full main and jib on port tack. Our heading is 240-265 depending on the wind which shifts a lot in intensity and direction during the squalls that constantly wander by.In the afternoon we received an email with the big news that Topo, our bowman and rigger, is expecting a second baby so we all cheered for the new Topino or Topina on the way and the mood of the whole crew today was quite festive.To finish things off, just after dinner, and while a big squall had passed by and the. read more...


30/11/2012

Poespas - Day 3

Rally day 3All is going relatively well. After some southing we have been running dead downwind under poled out genoa and main. Winds have been as forecast from the ENE at 20 to 25 knots, with occasional periods of 15 to 20 knots. Making good speeds of up to 9 knots, and the Canaries currents is helping our speed over ground. We are keen to use our Parasailor, but being Parasailor virgins, we are biding our time for slightly less wind, with 15 knots and 20 knots max true wind still ringing in our ears after our training session with that ever so nice chap from Parasailor.Everyone has found their sea legs and we are managing to get our required sleep in spite of the rolling. Engaged the Watt&Sea hydrogenerator today, but for some reason it is not producing the promised 20 amps @ 24. read more...


29/11/2012

Lady Ann - Third Time Lucky.

Our first two days out have been largely about finding our rhythm and getting into the new sleeping and watch keeping routine. We left Gran Canaria with high winds and big seas as one of the first boats to cross the starting line just out of Las Palmas marina. Once we had survived the wind excelleration zone east of the airport and after we cleared the south of Gran Canaria it was high time to put in the second reef. The next day or two went by in a blur of sleeping, trying to eat and drink enough, and helming. We have opted for 'ze Zjerman' watch system: with Ronald, Frank and Thomas alternating every three hours and with a parallel watch of Maria, Fritze and Ingo alternating every three hours but having started 1,5 hrs later. Thus each watch member sees his co watch member change after. read more...


29/11/2012

Anastasia - Port St Francis

34:11.0S 024:51.1E Port St Francis is a small fishing port situated next to a squid factory, but it has a smart new marina surrounded by holiday cottages.  The marina has only private berths but some of the owners let them out to visiting yachts.  The port is actually only 50 miles from Port Elizabeth and we only stopped there because it was highly recommended by Sato from Umineko. Alan, who is currently travelling on Umineko arranged berths for us. It was a bit of a tight squeeze for Anastasia because the largest berth was 9 metres wide, which gave us a gap of 25 cm each side.  We managed to fit in, although our fenders were severely squeezed on each side. It has been getting continually colder as we move south down the coast and now we. read more...


Anastasia - Port St Francis
Anastasia - Port St Francis
Anastasia - Port St Francis
Anastasia - Port St Francis
29/11/2012

Anastasia - Addo Elephant Park

While in Port St Elizabeth we visited Addo ElephantNational Park, which is named after the 11 surviving elephants that existed whenthe park was created in the 1930s.  Now there are over 500 elephants in thepark, all descended from those original few.  In the park we saw someanimals we hadn't seen before (a jackal and some ostriches) but the mainattraction was a herd of about 150 elephants clustered around a waterhole.Young elephants playfighting Babyelephant  24 25. read more...


Anastasia - Addo Elephant Park
Anastasia - Addo Elephant Park
Anastasia - Addo Elephant Park
Anastasia - Addo Elephant Park
29/11/2012

Bardeau - murder most foul

It was shortly before lunchtime... Mr Kennedy, not known for his cooking skills, decided to do a fray bentos animal pie spectacular for dinner with speciality of le bateau, dogs a la hot for lunch washed down by a fine chilled mateus rose. It was then that it happened. The ship's up till then limp fishing rod suddenly became erect with the line taking off at 200 mph.Aroused from his sleep pit by the commotion, C.Dundee sauntered up to the prom deck and reeled in a fairly sizeable Dorado bringing it onto the bathing platform area where I insisted he release the poor creature as we were all anticipating dogs for lunch. Put it back I instructed in the manner learned in the ship's training manual, Master and Commander. The blighter, ignoring commands, called for a screwdriver. I asked if a. read more...


29/11/2012

Puddle Jumper - 2nd Day at sea? Things are settling down

A quieter night was had by all with gentle winds from behind and a reducing sea. In the main a brightly light night with a nearly full moon and millions of stars. During the night we were visited by Dolphins for the first time this trip and Jupiter was clearly visible near the moon just before dawn. everyone slept much better and some didn’t appear until after 9 am..... Just to liven things up a little a certain crew member, (the oldest), who shall remain nameless caught the main power switch with his toe whilst blundering around in his cabin and caused a very short power cut. That caused the autopilot to loose control, reset the nav. instruments and gave us all a short fright! Then just to check the effect he did it again in the middle of the night when his alarm woke him with a. read more...


29/11/2012

Scarlet Oyster - Log Day 4 - more carnage!

Hi All,Seems that problems come in threes and I think we have had our three now!Awesome sailing yesterday, really flying with the kite up, topped out at 17.1kn, with many visits into the 16's, made 10kn av for the time it was up! As it was getting dark we were monitoring a line of squalls that were passing just to the N of us, behind appeared clear skies tempting us to hold on to the kite into the dark despite having a bit on with the driving. Would be a pity to have taken it down to find the wind at 20kn or less...As the last of the cloud appeared to be passing it seemed to be dropping, all good it seemed... Anyway, minutes later the wind was back at 30k plus all seemed ok till a big wave coming from the N spun the boat out. With now well over 30 apparent, I was quite concerned about. read more...


29/11/2012

El Mundo - Thursday 29th November.

Rock and roll, baby. Rock aannnd roolllll! Well here we are on Day Three with around 2,300 miles to go to the way-point off St Lucia. It is a beautiful sunny afternoon and the sea is heaving outside - deep blue and rolling white breaking large waves which El Mundo takes in her stride. We are bowling along at around 8-9 knots with deep rolling from side to side.Lunch is over and the crew are either asleep or on watch immersed in their Kindles! This the first blog from El Mundo as we have taken a little while to get into our stride after a very hectic and boisterous start. We were about 45 seconds behind the gun which we were pleased with; 45 seconds over the 2,700 miles to St Lucia is not too much to make up. In the first two days we experienced heavy seas and strong winds. With two crew. read more...


29/11/2012

Cheri - 2. Tag 29.11.12 Zwischen hoffen und bangen

Gleich nach meinem letzten Bericht holten wir unseren 140 qm Spi raus und setzten ihn. Bis jetzt zieht er uns also schon 27 Stunden durch den Atlantik. Der Nachmittag blieb schön, so dass Leo am Abend sogar Esser für sein Gulasch mit Nudeln fand. Allerdings hat er nur eine Dose aufgemacht, halb so viel, wie vorgesehen. Trotzdem blieb noch ein kleiner Rest übrig. Ein Zeichen dafür, dass noch keiner so richtig Appetit hatte. Meine letzte Tageswache von 16:00 h bis 20:00 h war ruhig und schön. Der Wind blies aus NO mit rd. 5 bft, zwischendurch ein paar Böen, aber die ließen sich gut abfangen. Es war auch nach Einbruch der Dunkelheit noch angenehm warm, kein Vergleich mit gestern. Auch unsere Nachtwache von 02:00 h bis 5:00 h war noch ruhig. Es wurde allerdings etwas kälter und der von. read more...


29/11/2012

Capricho - Dia 3 - buen atardecer

Posición actual                                               Día Nº 326ºN ~44,3’ 22ºW~27.5’              Distancia recorrida : 202 MN                      Velocidad promedio :   8+ NudosVientos del :. read more...


29/11/2012

Peter von Seestermühe - PvS 29.11.12

Liebe Peterfans,eine weitere Berichterstattung vom Peter. Wo anfangen?Der Gran Canaria Kalamari wurde von Maurits, unseren Bootsman, und Boris, unser Actionhero, herrlich zubereitet. In unendlichen Mengen konnten wir eine Gemüsepfanne, Reis und Kalamariringe geniessen. Besser als manch Restaurant... Essen war jedoch spät und die Vorbereitung lange.Vor dem Essen wurden wir zum ersten Mal von Delphinen begleitet. Sie prahlten des öfteren mit ihrem Bauch und der Höhe ihrer Sprünge. Ein wunderbares Erlebnis, immer wieder, das einen bewusst lassen wird das wir inmitten der Atlantik zwischen wilden Tiere Teil eines Ganzes sind.Vor dem Essen auch unser erstes Spibergemanöver. Um halb Acht Abends kam der Spi doch ohne Riss und zur Zufriedenheit des Skippers runter. Seither war er nicht mehr oben. read more...


29/11/2012

Northern Child - Northern Child: Daily Log 2 - 28/11/12

Daily Run    220nmDTT             190nm Lunch           Chorizo couscous with Tomato and PeppersDinner           Fish Pie with Carrots and Peppers  I am pleased to report that during the day today, the conditions have moderated and life aboard Northern Child is once again back to just a fast pace, rather than blazing a trail.  Mind you, no one is complaining as putting in some good miles early is always nice. Although we are only in day 2, I can see the crew starting to settle into a pattern and life aboard.  Those that were feeling a little frail, are gradually coming to. read more...


29/11/2012

Stormvogel - and than there where three...

(GENESIS Album aus den frühen 80´igern mit dem Klassiker "Follow you follow me" und dem weniger bekannten, viel besserem "Many too many")Nun denn. Wir sind auf See!Diesen Blogeintrag schreibe ich schaukelnder Weise auf den Notebook und werde ihn gleich via eMail -> Satellit -> Blog in den Orbit schicken. Wenn alles funktioniert wie es soll dann ist dieser Beitrag auf der ARCWebsite und unter www.wiedekamm.com zu lesen.Eigentlich gibt es viel zu berichten - und in der Tiefe eigentlich dann doch nicht. Wir sind nicht nur den Dritten Tag auf See, nein, wir sind auch nur noch zu Dritt.Unser erster nautischer Offizier Knut ist erkrankt und wir beide haben am Tag der Abreise (genau 3 Stunden vor Ralleye Start) entschieden, das es besser und sicherer ist von Bord zu gehen. Und zwar nicht. read more...


29/11/2012

Surfing Petrel - Thursday somewhere in the Atlantic

Surfing Petrel's crew put in three gybes during the late afternoon and night - just to make sure that we have the manoeuvre down to a fine art. The crew are competitive, as is only to be expected, and position reports are eagerly awaited. These we then laboriously reformat so that the positions of some of our competition can be displayed on the navigation software (perhaps the race org could do that in the future for the fleet?). Other than that, rather fine downwind conditions. Occasional flying fish, no direct hit on the boat yet. Amusing tales of old ocean racing antics getting an airing...Miranda/ Surfing Petrel. read more...


29/11/2012

Coral IV - 29th of November

25:27.10 N 20:46.23 WApologies for the delayed first entry; technological issues combined with general apathy and the chaos of departure all conspired against me. Anyway, we are now well on our way. One ninth of the way across, in fact, according to one of my fellow crewmembers. The first day was pretty chaotic; big swells after the start and breezes of 35 knots meant we were all battling with the boat as we tried to settle in. I was particularly struggling as I was assigned to do the cooking for the whole day. I started this task by tentatively opening the fridge which promptly hurled its contents all over the saloon. The low point came when I fried some peppers and managed to lose pan and contents down the back of the cooker. Day two was gave me a chance to ponder the enormity of the. read more...


29/11/2012

Sumatra - Log Day 3: Rock and Roll!

We have been underway for over 48 hours now and are starting to settle into this new routine of life at sea. With big swells and 30-knot winds behind us at first, we made good progress west and started heading a little further south this morning, hoping to catch the trade winds. We managed to gybe and put a reef in during a squall at about 4am this morning, so all feeling pretty pleased with ourselves. The boat has been rocking and rolling a lot which makes life interesting down below - boiling eggs has never seemed so difficult! Everybody is in good spirits though and not too seasick. There were a few other ARC boats in sight for the first couple of days, but we haven't seen a soul for many hours now. Some of the crew spotted a pilot whale and a pod of dolphins earlier this morning. read more...


29/11/2012

Orion - First status Orion

After 2 days at sea we are getting familiar with the routines, 4 hour shift at night and 6 hour during the day, 3 persons in each shift. We lost our Norwegian flag as a swell broke the pole. We will try to make a Norwegian flag from a spare Danish. We also lost two buckets trying to get sea water to wash the dishes, we were going so fast the fastenings broke.Barbara took her first sextant reading today and (eventually)found that the GPS is quite accurate. Domingo made a well-received chicken curry for dinner last night and tonight there will be pork casserole.Alex, Barbara, Domingo, Henrik, Keith and Rune. read more...


29/11/2012

Bristolian - Day 5 - Out of Africa

All going swimmingly. Running south of most of the fleet, but winds and seas are good, riding along nicely with little intervention required so now making up westerly ground.. read more...


29/11/2012

Skyelark of London - Day 3 on Skyelark

Day 3, noon.We are settling well into the watch system. 2 on watch, with 1 person joining and 1 leaving each hour, working 2hr on, 4 off, then 2hr on and 6 off. Little sleep, then big sleep! We are so glad the start was delayed.the few that set off (and several turned back) had 48hrs to windward. We were able to set off downwind, with 30kts+ of wind and they are only ½ a day ahead of us. We alternate between broad reach and poled out headsail with the wind further aft. At least 1 reef in the main and No3 Jib since we started, although thankfully the wind has eased to 20-25kts. Blue sky and fair weather clouds, after the first day of squalls and rain, this is more like the picture in the brochure.It has been interesting to have GRIB files via satcomms. We are juggling boat speed with VMG. read more...


29/11/2012

Johanem - Johanem 29.11.12

Hi allEverything is fine on the good ship Lollipop, oops I mean Johanem. We are currently about 340 miles into the voyage so only about 2500 miles to go. conditions have varied from strong winds touching 40 knots (v exciting) to now of about 5 knots (v boring!). The weather is damp in patches, mainly under the squalls and so far sunstroke has been a very unlikely threat. Half the crew have showered today so are now even closer to godliness and the other half are counting the minutes till their turn tomorrow. The catering has been upto the usual 5 star standards expected on board. Tony, despite earlier misgivings, is proving quite an adept under chef under my expert eye and may even be allowed to attempt a boiled egg on his own before the voyage is over. Whiskey consumption has declined. read more...


29/11/2012

Loupan - Mot Västindien - dygn 2

Vi fick en fin natt med härlig fullmåne som gjorde att det aldrig var riktigt mörkt, trots att den nu och då skymdes av moln. Vi såg också lanternor från en handfull andra båtar som seglade i natten. Martin och Ulla såg en val svepa förbi i morse, bara 50 meter från båten, men den verkade helt ointresserad av oss. Vi har haft fortsatt fina vindar runt 18-25 knop från OSO. Vi börjar också komma in i livsrytmen här ombord med vakter, mat, disk, segling och annat som behöver göras, t ex kolla väderprognoser, titta på hur det går för alla ARC-båtar i de dagliga positionsrapporter som kommer och gå igenom frukt och grönsaksförrådet på spaning efter vad som måste ätas härnäst för att inte bli dåligt. Just nu kör Pelle vattentillverkning och vi ska ta en dusch ute i sittbrunnen. Dagarna går. read more...


29/11/2012

Heartbeat IV - Days 4 and 5 - trials and tribulations

Well now we now about rain and squalls. Wednesday night truly wet, wild and windy - up to 35 knots, biggish rollers and disturbed seas. Took decision to revert to two watches as unpredictability of conditions meant needed faster reaction time. Good overnight run and began to settle and then had to cut reef 2 as jammed in block and reverted reef 1. Good run all day with debate on best option to repair boom end fitting - decided to drop mainsail at which point vang imploded. Two hour under #3 at ~6k as boom fitting and vang stopgap replacement by on-board Vangs'R'Us team. Underway again 1900h - great conditions 25-33k - but caution with sail plan - enough 11+ and 16.6 max to remain happy knowing there's a long long way to go. Now 22.8k NE 8knots + boat speed - sunny and well-fed by Subway. read more...


Heartbeat IV - Days 4 and 5 - trials and tribulations
Heartbeat  IV - Days 4 and 5 - trials and tribulations
29/11/2012

Selene - Scatalogical humour

It is not surprising when 5 people are cooped up together that the oddest things become funny and we are all living in such close proximity we share the most intimate and more private aspects of daily life.4 days in and using water sparingly in case we have a problem with the water maker later - which touch wood is working fine for now - we are all beginning to feel the less pleasant effects of heat and have been pleased to pay a little more attention to our hygiene than has been possible up until now in the conditions of the first few days. It is amazing how refreshing a wet wipe bath can feel. We have all become rather blase about throwing our used wet wipes out of the companion way hatch towards the leeward side to be consumed by the deep, without necessarily coming on deck.This. read more...


29/11/2012

Heartbeat IV - Day 3

Day 3 and Heartbeat IV is heading ~ 270 degrees. Under spinnaker and mainsail – wind 12-20 knots NE to East. Bright sunshine and warm at last after a pretty grim first two days more reminiscent of beating up to Smith’s Knoll in May on the North Sea Race. After slowish start down the Gran Canaria coast we followed the wind round with part of the fleet, although many appeared to adopt the inshore route. With winds S and SW up to 32 knots it was full HPX gear overnight and some of the day. Pretty miserable and not helped by genoa sheet failure on Sunday night, followed by reef line failure on the Monday morning. Both sorted without too much effect on speed. Skipper particularly unwell after failure of scopolamine. Excellent food provided by Paul B and Nicola. Waited for wind to veer to N on. read more...


Heartbeat IV - Day 3
Heartbeat  IV - Day 3
29/11/2012

Fidelis of London - Day 2 by Thomas, 125 NM

Dit is Thomas.Vandaag begon de zon een beetje te schijnen. Dat is vooral fijn voor mij en lonneke omdat wij aan baywatch mee gaan doen inSt Lucia. de wind is gezakt naar zo ongeveer 12 knopen. maar de golven zijn nogsteeds best flinke en we hobbelen eenbeetje. Ik en papa luisteren nu naar Doe maar terwijl alle andere slapen omdat hun wachten zo beginnen. behalve jannekenatuurlijk die ligt vrolijk films te kijken. Helaas is de Ostrea niet meer berijkbaar via VHF dus liggen die voor. Maarniet voor lang hopelijkThis is Thomas.today the sun started shining a bit. thats really pleasent especially for me and Lonneke because we are joining Baywatchin St Lucia. The wind dropped to about 12 knots. but the waves are still quite big and we are rocking. Me and my dad arelistening to Doe Maar . The. read more...


29/11/2012

Northern Child - Northern Child ARC DAY 2: 28/11 (26.4N 19.5W)

Now we are talking !!!! Blue water, long swells, persistent trade winds and sun ! Just as in the brochure ;-)   After clocking yesterday in excess of 200 miles (a good day would be anything above 150) today has been a different and easier day. I was up "refreshed" after a 3 hour sleep this morning. Managed to brew some coffee and life seemed better after two cups of coffee ;-)   We then took the noon-6pm shift. Long session under the sun... suncream on several times and lots of water. Today wins have been calmer around 15-20 Knots and Northern Child was sailing at 8-12 Knots for most of the day/night. The time I had at the helm shift was great. She is a great boat to steer.   Apparently we are doing well in terms of position with respect to the pack. We think we are part. read more...


29/11/2012

Indulgence - The story of a Mahi Mahi fish

Thursday 29th NovemberCurrent Position: N 25o 33'.411 W 20o 20".601 Day 2, distance covered : 144 nmCurrent Speed : 6.6 knots Distance to Finish : 2380 nm* * * * * If you have ever seen a Mahi Mahi fish been caught, then you have seen something very special indeed. The fish, claimed to be one of the fastest species in the water, runs through a mass of colours from green in the water, the bright turquoise spots, then transitioning to a deep mustard yellow and finally a steel gray. All happening within the thirty minutes he bites the bait. It is a sight that I have been dreaming about since 2004 when I first saw the spectacle, but the taste of this warm water fish is even more to behold. We cast out the lines and each ordered our catch which varied from "Tuna", to 'I don't mind what we. read more...


29/11/2012

Albatros - Donnerstag, 29.11.12, Tag 3 auf See

Nach einem erfolgreichen Start haben wir zunächst einen Kurs 180° Süd genommen, um anschließend auf Westkurs 270° einzuschlagen, wodurch wir die Südspitze Gran Canarias weiträumig umfahren haben. Die erste Angel wurde ausgeworfen und wir hatten schnell einen Biss der uns einen Köder weniger bescherte (Stahlvorfach regelrecht abgebissen). Nachts wurden die Verhältnisse dann ziemlich ruppig mit Wellen bis zu 4 m bei Wind aus NO um 4-6 Bft. Nach Patenthalsen und diversen Schäden am Schiff, die wir jedoch souverän beheben konnten surfen wir durch die Nacht. Die Crew gewöhnt sich langsam an das Schiff und die sportlichen Verhältnisse. Am Morgen des 26.11. waren wir alle sehr müde und erschöpft, was aber unserer Moral keinen Abbruch tat. Der zweite Tag verlief relativ normal und bei guter. read more...


29/11/2012

Ace - ACE Across the Atlantic

"It's the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting."-The AlchemistDay 3 aboard ACE: From the smiles, It's clear that everyone is full of possibility at this point.  Our third unbelievable day sailing has everyone fighting for their time behind the wheel.  We are regularly sailing at 10+ knots, with surfing rides that easily push the boat to 15, 16, 17, and even 18 knots.  I hit 19 once, and Chris hit 21! All with white sails! Hopefully we will get to the spinnakers soon, though no one is eager to give up these amazing reaching stints.  A pod of dolphins arrived a few minutes ago just as we were tucking into our citrus/vegetable soup, expertly cooked by galley king, William.  The dolphins stayed for 15 minutes or so, acrobatically. read more...


29/11/2012

Jay Jay - 29 November 2012 -Day 3

Mid-Atlantic Day 3 After a couple of days where the seas were somewhat bouncy, things appear to be settling down a bit and the wind has dropped from 30 knot gusts down to less than 20 knots. The crew are settling into something of a routine but Phil hasn't shaken off his mal-de-mer yet. Everything he has eaten has seen the light of day again before long, and although he said he wanted to lose weight on the trip, this isn't exactly the best way to achieve it. However, day 3 usually sees a significant change. Let's hope so. We have seen several of the other boats in the ARC around us at various times, we seem to be heading on similar tracks and it is comforting to see lights on the horizon at night. One or two ships have passed within a few miles of us too. We are heading. read more...


29/11/2012

Sunrise - 28.11.2012 2. Tag auf See

Unser erster ganzer Tag auf See.Am frühen morgen verabschiedet vom runden Mond und begrüsst vom hellenBall der aufgehenden Sonne segeln wir bei 3 m Welle, ca. 25 Kn Wind mit8-9 Kn Geschwindigkeit gegen SW.Der ganze Tag vergeht mit 2-stündigen Wachwechseln bei unverändertenBedingungen, wir gewöhnen uns weiter ans Steuern und jede Minute an Deckist ein Genuss.Langsam verabschieden sich die letzten sichtbaren Schiffe am Horizont,unserer Wahrnehmung nach hinter uns, und der Blick schweift über denfreien Atlantik.So haben wir uns das vorgestellt.Erstaunlicherweise hat weiterhin keiner von uns mit ernsthafterSeekrankheit zu kämpfen. Wir führen dies darauf zurück, dass wir allenMeeresgöttern, Poseidon, Neptun, Rasmus und zur Sicherheit auch allen unsunbekannten Meeresgöttern einen Drink in die. read more...


29/11/2012

Seren Wen - Day 3

Its 13.30 hrs and after a morning of waiting and hoping, the pipes reattached, oil arrived and added, test done and the sounds of sails furling in and out was music to ours ears! After a cold and rainy morning in Las Palmas the sun has come out to add to our optimism. So, St Lucia  here we come!! Thanks to all who have sent us good wishes and supprotive comments. At last you should see us moving on all those purcahsed apps!!. read more...



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