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30/11/2012

Morpion - Point Journalier 25°24 N: 23°02 W

Début du message transféré :Date: 30 novembre 2012 14:47:40 HNECObjet: Point Journalier 25°24 N: 23°02 WBonjour tout le monde !Bon ben voila, on est dans n otre 4ieme jour de mer et tou continu de bien se passer. Bon, on a du vent, et de la mer. Rarement moins de 25 noeudsde zef et plus de 3 metres de houle encore aujourd'hui. C'est sportif maison s'y est fait et ca devrait aller mieux par la suite. Hier on a pris unejolie Dorade coriphene, elle est passée en sushi. Parfait. On a pri uneoption de route Nord, on continu a tirer a l'ouest encore une journée puison piquera cap au sud afin de passer sous la zone de pétole qui est entrain de s'installer au milieu de la zone atlantique. On vous fait a tousde gros bisous, et à très bientôt!. read more...


30/11/2012

Ace - Ace at Sea

Memory of dolphins hurdling along side is eclipsed by long surfs  on 25 kts 0f wind that gradually tapered off to the point where the spinnaker appeared on deck for the first time. As soon as it was rigged the wind picked up to 25 kts.  A reef followed by a jibe south and prep for a 2nd reef led to the discovery of a minor problem with the jib furler. we lowered the main for the night but not before Fred got his run of +20 in +30 kts of wind.Rob, Chris and Peter cooly and capably handled this series of  maneuvers.  A long rolly night under jib alone and mostly light winds. Steering with 25 kts a lot easier than steering with 15. all mitigated by a near full moon that brilliantly illuminated a silver and black sea scape. Daylight brought Chris and Rob to the bow and. read more...


30/11/2012

Sunrise - 29.11.2012 3. Tag auf See

Arbeitstag. Der Skipper scheucht uns über Deck, Putzen, Wasser umstauen,Steuerseil nachstellen, Segellatte einstellen und noch eine sehr spezielleReparatur über die wir später berichten, da diese noch mindestens einenweiteren Tag in Anspruch nehmen wird. Das verbesserte Wetter hilft unsdabei. Der Wind weht mit 15 Kn aus NO und die Sonne erfreut unsere Körper.Die Stimmung an Bord ist gut aber unter unserem Kiel wird sie sich baldändern. Wir haben unsere Angel montiert, wir gehen auf Jagd.Gleich beim ersten Catch hat eine ca. (wirklich) 70 cm grosse Goldmakrelegebissen. Nach langen, intensiven und sportlich fairem Kampf mit Roberthatten wir sie endlich Längsseits, doch die tapfere Makrele gab nicht aufund konnte uns dort noch vom Haken springen. Wir haben sie dann mit einemerstklassigen,. read more...


30/11/2012

Diamonds Are Forever - Day 3: Watches and pleasant weather

 Watches take a bit of getting used to. They start at 6am with 3 x 4 hour watches, then at 6pm it changes to 4 x 3 hour watches.  So at night you have to power nap for approx 2.5 hours in between watches and literally de-kit at the top of the companion way stairs and throw yourself face first into bed, shut your eyes to try and get to sleep, during the day you get 3.5 hours sleep in between.  It’s really quite amazing what you learn to be able to sleep with; life jacket, sails, grab emergency bag, bananas hanging 2 inches from your face, coats, flags, water bottles, oh and mostly at an angle or rolling around. Much more stable in the vom department thank goodness, so Sam on mother duty today, Cathy looking a lot more human, Jackie, Caroline and Blatch on the helm for. read more...


30/11/2012

Diamonds Are Forever - Day 2: The Vom Trapp Family - the hills are alive to the sound of barfing

Since day 1 was such a raging success with immense weather, maximum sea sickness, broken fridge, ripped main sail, bimini attempting to go overboard and jerry can making a run for it dangling off the port side, day 2 was proving to be a resounding success. The watch system started and so did operation clean up.  Jackie was on mother watch as she was the only crew member who could manage to make a whole meal and cuppas without going green, so definitely deserves the ‘Guts of Steel’ award for keeping us all fed and watered. J rustled up egg fried rice with stir fried veg then bacon, mash and beans which wasn’t bad going considering 90% of the meat had just gone overboard. Day 2 thankfully also saw the vomit count subside somewhat and replaced with ‘near barf experiences’:. read more...


30/11/2012

All-Linn - Dag 3

Vi har allerede begynnt og fantasere om hvor fantastisk det blir å se landigjen, kanskje litt tidlig?...Vi har hatt en ganske tøff seilasen og i går fikkvi nesten en reprise av første døgnet med mye vind og store bølger. Vi går tovaktlag og innad i vaktlagene tar vi en halvtime på roret hver i de mestkrevende timer. Vi har styrt båten manuelt siden vi dro og autopiloten blir kunslått på for og holde den ved like (enn så lenge). Vi seiler godt og det følesbra, vi skal være glad for den vinden vi får-blikkstille er ikke et alternativ.Mye bevegelse i båten enda, og kroppene våre venner seg så smått til å blislengt hit og dit. I går så vi delfiner i selskap med noe vi tror er hval, menav den mindre typen hval. Vi blir aldri lei synet av delfiner, det er likespennende hver gang. Vi har sett. read more...


30/11/2012

Lancelot II - Lancelot II - Eight men in a boat

Date: Fri 30th Nov 2012Time: 13:00 UTC Position: 22’39.3N 26’09.1W SOG: 8.0 knots COG: 272 approx Weather: Sunny morning, scattered rain clouds, unsettled!! Wind ENE 20 knots   Day 5 at sea.   We’ve all settled into our routines and the days are slipping by quickly...   There was lovely warm wind last night and  at last we’re in the sun.Everyone is drooping themselves on various parts of the deck and looking forwardto more of the same  Sam produced a mean Green Curry last night and there’s  bangers andmash tonight.  Great boys food.  Oscar is trying to find out where we are using a sextant. Just in casereaders are worried at this news – we do have a standby GPS if required !  Progress has been good – circa 900 miles to date and  Jacko. read more...


30/11/2012

All-Linn - Dag 2 på havet!

Det er en deilig følelse å komme på havet igjen, men tanken på å ikke seland på 3 uker, er noe skremmende. Rutiner begynner som smått å bli innarbeidet.Hvem vasker doen, lager lunsj og middag, vasker opp? Ja, det er et lite kapittelfor seg selv. I 3-4m rullebølger blir alle oppgaver ombord en smule vanskeligereen hjemme. Det er vel litt av sjarmen med å være på tur.  De første dagenehar vi forsøkt å gjøre måltidene så enkle som mulig, med ferdigpizza til lunsj,og en noe mer avansert kyllinggryte med koskos ala Eirik til middag. Det bleogså fort en luksus nattmat. Vi forlot Las Palmas som et forsyningsfartøy,bunkret opp med mengder diesel, vann og mat til et helt fotballlag, så nå spiservi og drikker taktisk i forhold til trimmen på båten.     Etter startskuddet gikk har. read more...


30/11/2012

Coyote 2 - Our First Days At Sea - Hello :)

Hello Family and Friends from the band of international adventurers onCoyote 2.  After two lumpy days heading west, we spent much of yesterdaymaking our way south, surfing our way towards the Cape Verde Islands – or awayfrom a depression in the north – take your pick.  Last night we turned westagain and are enjoying sunny trade wind sailing today.  We’re all having agreat time, despite some initial sea sickness (gotta love the patch). We’ve seen dolphins, had a salon session at Poseidon's Hairdressers, and havebeen blessed with beautiful full moon sails (its bright spotlight has shone on afew of us ‘closing our eyes for a second’ during our night watches).  And,we have just caught our first fish – a small tuna who is happily back in thesea.  Laughter &. read more...


30/11/2012

Great Escape of Southampton - Day 4 Great Escape 24 59N 23 32W

Day 4 Yesterday’s fishing drew not a sprat, only hard labourresulting from the two tangled lines used, but David and Graham’s creative spagbol, as threatened in yesterday’s, log hit the spot – almost as good as Kaare’sbanana bread at lunchtime, which was closer in taste to a peshwari nan – yumyum! Around 2.30 am on one of the graveyard shifts David andGraham witnessed a shard of light at around 1 o’clock on starboard side, no morethan 100m away.  David described itas the shape of razor fish shell, long and thin broken at its tale and thecolour of bright golden, which sharpened as it hit the water.  Graham, on the helm, described it as abright golden ball with a red tail exploding as the waves swallowed it up.  Our initial thoughts were of a flare,but falling rather than. read more...


Great Escape of Southampton - Day 4 Great Escape 24 59N 23 32W
Great Escape of Southampton - Day 4 Great Escape 24 59N 23 32W
30/11/2012

Fidelis of London - day 3, 130nm position 23.44N 20.34W 12.35 UTC

Goede middag, vandaag een berichtje van Jeske, we zijn nog aardig aan het rollen, maar op een paar druppels na, houden wijhet goed droog..er waren wel wat squalls ten westen, die hingen helaas boven het hoofd van onze vrienden aan boord van de Ostrea..Ik heb de wacht van 04h tot 08h en van 16h tot 20h.vanochtend om 04h, eerste 2 uur met mijn schatje captain Marco, we kletsen een beetje bij en genieten van het mooiemaanlicht dat op de golven van de zee schijnt en dan 2 uur met Lonneke, samen zingen we lekker met groovy muziekje mee, om07 uur mail ik onze positie, wind en golven en koers door aan ons weermannetje en specialist Chris Tibbs, en om 10h krijgenwe een weerbericht met route advies op maat terug..perfect.Via de ARC ontvangen we ook nog een uitgebreid weerbericht.na de wacht ging. read more...


30/11/2012

Ceilidh of Lorne - Going West

Ceilidh  had a further 8knot average daily run giving us 192NM on thelog this morning.   We gybed to the West at 13:45 yesterday having reached latitude 23N andhave been making a course of 275M which is on the rhumb line to St Lucia, happydays!   We continue to see fresh NE winds of F4-6 putting plenty of drive in oursails.   We mainly have had 1 or 2 reefs in the main although just recently put inthe 3rd reef after a large broach caused some angst among the crew.   We also still have autopilot issues and are hand steering most of the timeas our chain drive keeps jumping on the drive sprocket.   We have checked out the steering system alignment and tension once againand are closely monitoring the integrity of the system.   Ceilidh is proving a real. read more...


29/11/2012

Fabiola - BLOG - Day 2

The wind is dropping as we head further south.It is now a game of tactics to track the best course to find the wind the Fabiola needs in abundance. We are heading South West towards the Cape Verde Islands.A low pressure system is starting to develop in the Atlantic to the North West of our location and will start to pull the winds in towards it as it tracks North East.This literally sucks out the air / breeze from other systems that we need to power us West.What we need is for someone to interrogate the competitions tracks, boat-speed and decide if we are taking the right path... Amores 2 and Northern Child have probably taken some time out of us.As we are sailing early this evening it is evident that Mildred our Hydrovane self-steering) is not happy.She is making a grinding noise.I give. read more...


30/11/2012

Bristolian - Day 6- Missed the Cape verde isles

Continue to make good progress with main and big jib.At present too much wind. for Gennaker, photo attached.Gastric juices flowing in anticipation of Friday night is curry night extravaganza.Heads have been serviced accordingly.After the success of Monday night at the Movies (In Bruges) the next film, Fargo, is currently being wound on to the reels.Moving close to a westerly direction now, so any concerned that we were going to run through Cape Verde can relaxphoto. read more...


Bristolian - Day 6- Missed the Cape verde isles
Bristolian - Day 6- Missed the Cape verde isles
30/11/2012

Jus' do it 5 - Log Day 3 - Big Black Spinnaker Day!

Thursday 29th November 2012   Position at 1100hrs  23' 58' 643N , 020'19'199W   Miles covered 370   Beautiful sunrise , everyone much happier today.Ronnie hooks a dorado at approximately 10.30am - Gordon is ready with the gaff,Annie with the squeezy vodka, but alas, it's off the hook 10 metres from theback of the boat. WE then hold a crew meeting to discuss the fankle issue. Thereare 2 timid (but commendable nevertheless!) volunteers to go up the mast -Ronnie and Gordon - while Frank and Annie remain mute and Nathan disappearsdownstairs pretending to sort out the communication problems knowing he wasprobabaly the most likely canditate! Anyway by the time there's been somechat, the wind has picked up making the task too difficult so new attemptsare. read more...


30/11/2012

Jus' do it 5 - Log Day 2 - Calm after the Carnage

Wednesday 28th November 2012   Position at 1100hrs  26' 11' 983N , 018' 00'868W   Miles covered 178   We start the day with mince and tatties refuellingfor a day of repairs.Its still blowing 25 knots with a big rolling sea, we stillhave 2 reefs in the main sail & 1/3 headsail and still manage to top 18knots surfing down a wave. Further damage we forgot to mention in yesterdaysblog was: -B&G instruments had their face covers rippedoff -The cover over the cockpit electrics hasgone! 1st repair is the Vang which is successful- thetemporary repair of yesterday had caused more damage, it bent the strut so Ianand Ronnie carry out a permanent repair by drilling a hole in the tang and fit abig shackle. However although the wind has dropped to about 20knots we. read more...


30/11/2012

BRIZO - Passing the Cape!

We are sailing toward Cape Town, currently 17 miles from the Cape of Good Hope! We have been sailing with ANASTASIA who is now several miles ahead of us and we both plan to arrive Saturday morning. We have had somewhat rough conditions with 30+ kts of wind all night and day along with high seas. It has been tiring to hand steer the entire time (still waiting for autopilot parts...) and we look forward to completing this leg. We will have over four weeks in Cape Town before departing for Brazil so we will have plenty of time for resting.. read more...


30/11/2012

Sam III - Die See nimmt und gibt

Nachdem wir der See mit Fischfutter und einem verlorenem Rettungsring samtRettungsboje mit Blinklicht reichlich Tribut gezollt haben ,ist die Seeauch gnädig:Unser Fischermeister Ulli,kaum ein wenig von der Seekrankheiterholt,stürmt an Heck ,von hunger geplagt.Immerhin ist es schon 11 Uhr.10 Minuten später klingelt der atlantische Fischlieferservice an der Angel.Nach einem kleinen Kämpfchen ist die Dorade an Bord und auch gleich zumMittagessen als Capaccio und Kusskus verspeisst.Dem Koch Regis ist dasallerdings nicht gut bekommen,er fiel wenige Stunden später mit Magen-Darmgrippe komplett aus.Kommt davon wenn amn Fisch roh essen will.Heutelacht die Sonne mit 24 kn Wind um die Wette.Wenn die Welle noch ein wenigabnehmen könnte,wärs optimal.Bis neulich(und haut die Bayern weg!Kapitano. read more...


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...



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