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07/06/2013

Starblazer - Day five - Our last day at sea

Day five - Our last day at seaThis has been a constructive day with nothing else getting damaged.Our vital statistics: day's run, noon Wednesday to 1320 Thursday was 140.3 miles. In case you hadn't guessed, we arrived 15 minutes earlier than our guesstimate and are now safely tied up in Baiona. We have sailed a total of 583 miles, though had to motor 144.7 miles. Our elapsed time was 100 hours 21 minutes, of which 24 hours 14 minutes were spent motoring.We motored all morning as the wind was dead ahead and not strong enough to sail by. About an hour from Baiona the wind finally built up and veered a little so we motor sailed, maintaining the same speed but with far fewer revs. We turned the engine off when we altered course for the finish and flew the last three miles under sail! John. read more...


07/06/2013

Farfelu - Three, please. By sea if possible…

I remember sleep, it's such a normal thing to do.I slept like a log on Saturday night, content that the three weeks of intense preparation had passed with the job list complete.Last night I slept again like a log; the four and a half days and nights in between were a continuum, a contorted period of time without contours other than those imposed by light and darkness.It's now the morning after the night before, a night of a hundred hours, a night of indistinct boundaries, of unfamiliar sounds, continuous motion, of a challenge accepted and questions posed, of trepidation extinguished by those around us whose support and comfortable presence by radio linked Farfelu to the organic whole of a fleet.This morning I feel elated, emotional and immensely proud of K and H whose tolerance and. read more...


07/06/2013

Freebooter - Day 2 - Monday 3rd June

After a gentle night, dawn arose with the light winds continuing. Rather surprisingly, there were still about six other boats in sight. By 0600, the decision was taken to go onto the engine for a while to recharge the batteries and to put a bit of pace on. Thankfully we were back sailing again a couple of hours later with the chute up.The good weather continued throughout the day, with the wind strengthening in the late afternoon.The chute was dropped, and with bigger seas and stronger gusts, the sails were well reefed for the night.Passing over the edge of the Continental Shelf, the sea abated and the depth instrument went from 190 metres to 1.5 metres!The true reading should have been in the thousands.Coming on watch at dawn was beautiful.No other vessels in sight (or on AIS), and the. read more...


06/06/2013

Starblazer - Day one at sea

Day one at seaSorry, I can't think of a snappier title.I have just written the midnight log entry and plotted our position on the chart, John is asleep and all is well on Starblazer.The night is certainly living up to our boat name, with a very bright starry sky and no moon yet. When I finish this blog I intend to play with the Star Walk app on the iPad.Vital statistics first: we cast off at 0815 and waved goodbye to Cathy and Jamie, then motored towards the start. C and J were already ashore waiting for us when we got there. There was very little wind until we pulled out the genoa about 4 minutes before the start, a gust sent us hurtling ( bit of exaggeration there) towards the start line so we had to turn away and go right round, so then the wind dropped back to next to nothing. Sorry,. read more...


06/06/2013

Quirine - Log day 2, 3, 4 - sailing across the Bay of Biscay

The start at Plymouth was magnificent seeing the ARC fleet preparing itself for the crossing. A bit of manouvring and positioning attemting to be at the startline just in time. We may have been the first to pass the line after the signal - we will hear about that once in Baiona - we decided to just stick to the basic sailing plan of genua and mainsail, leaving the genaker where it was. Slightly beyond the breakwater the wind practically died down to nothing, reason to start the engine. After a few hours of motoring we were a bit surprised to pick up a nice NW3-4bft instead of the easterly wind we were expecting. This wind took over 24 hours to gradually shift to N and much later to NE were the wind would pretty much remain the rest of the trip. We were sailing along with two ARC boats. read more...


Quirine - Log day 1 - bemanning klaar voor vertrek, Wouter richting NL
Quirine - Log day 1 - bemanning klaar voor vertrek, Wouter richting NL
06/06/2013

Arcarius of Plymouth - Day 2 Another amazing day

Hi All, Day started in sublime fashion,light winds ,not a cloud in the sky cruisingalong at about 4 knots .Very relaxing after Derek and i had done a 2 hour watchsystem with not a lot of sleep! Only downside is that Paul has not felt well !on the positive side for him is that has got some serious Zeds' in like 2 daysand nights solid .I am sure he will shake it off soon and be back to his perkyself ! This evening winds have been gusting 25 knots and Arcarius is going likea train with a top speed of 9 knots (well down a wave anyway! )Solar panelsworking well,Cruising chute has been great after being up for most of the day.Wedo have a problem with the Alternator which I might have to fix in SpainOtherwise we live in a perfect world. Gary Musings of an oldseadog. read more...


05/06/2013

Paraty - Tag 20 - Nachtfahrt nach Sao Miguel

Mit untergehender Sonne laufen wir aus Angra aus. 95 sm nach Sao Miguel. Bei schoenem, halbem Wind, mit Reff in Genua und Grosssegel, machen wir gut Fahrt. Doch schon nach einer Stunde Fahrt haben wir ziemlich Welle genau von Backbord. Das Schiff rollt enorm und der Autopilot faehrt einen Schlingerkurs. Das wird eine unruhige Nachtwache. Am kommenden Morgen in Ponta Delgada kommt dann unser 4. Crewmitglied, Markus, an Bord. Noch ein paar letzte Besorgungen und dann geht es auch schon bald weiter auf das verbleibende Leg nach Lagos. Die letzten 5 Wochen sind wie im Flug vergangen. PM. read more...


05/06/2013

Abraxas - blog 2

Yesterday we saw more dolphins having turned the engine over for the first time as our voltage had dropped right off.  It was a brilliant sight with them playing around the bow and in our wake.  We have little news from our last to report.  The most exciting occurrence was Gary trying to recover a bucket that he had tried to partly fill with seawater to do the washing up only to find that it was a very effective drogue that we could not recover without luffing up.   Our watch system is working very well and everyone is getting sufficient sleep.  Vis was a little poorer last night but still ample to navigate by the stars as desired.  We are now approx 40nm off land according to our plotter so everyone is starting to get excited about the creature comfort. read more...


05/06/2013

Freebooter - Day 3 - Tue 4th June

A cracking day's sail! Stayed on a single course for the last 24 hours with only minor tweaks for the wind, and maintained great speed throughout. We only saw one ship and a yacht in the distance heading North until the evening. However the highlight had to be the dolphins. Late afternoon, a large pod came up and played around our bows, including mothers and young. They weaved enchantingly within centimetres of the boat. Hopefully we can get a photo up later.As the sun rises on Day 4,we have just sighted another Rally yacht, Ocean Trilogy (if the AIS is correct), the first since Monday. Only 108nm to our next waypoint off the tip of Spain!. read more...


04/06/2013

Arcarius of Plymouth - Log Day 3 Rockin' & rolling

Hi All, Another great day sailing if a bit rolley  ! Bit of cloud around todayand the NE wind still has a bite to it. We have been in contact via VHF with several of the other boat in the fleetbut they are pulling away now and I don’t think we will hear them in themorning. I do feel sorry for the fast boats they could loose out an extra dayssailing by the end of the trip( Ah well that will teach them to have fastboats) Hours and days seem to be passing really fast now we are in a routine ofeating ,sleeping and all the other things you have to do on a boat! That’s it for now skipper Gary signing off  . read more...


04/06/2013

Webster - Log 2 - Biscay!

Started from Royal Plymouth Corinthian YC at 0800 UTC bound for Bayona, some 550 miles off. Light northerlies saw us put the brand new spinnaker up for the first time (at all, let alone in anger). Second across the line, but its not a race, they keep saying - boats motoring to get clear air confirmed this as a fact! Sunshine, can you believe it? Weather briefing forecasting N/NE 4-5 cant be more perfect. Got the fishing gear out of its packet stuck it out over the back and caught a whopping mackerel, all of 5 inches long. If no-one else catches anything this trip I am in line for biggest fish prize! Really pleased with the boat, pointing high in the S-SW shore breeze (yes- on the nose) going fast. AIS not working again which is a pain as it had been on delivery to Plymouth. Monday had my. read more...


04/06/2013

Imagine - evening 4th June

In the middle of the Bay of Biscay we've just been caught and passed by Infinite Dream. It's been a great chance to take photos and she looked magnificent rising and falling in the swell. We're in good shape and have had a great day on a broad reach under mainsail and screacher averaging about 7 knots. I guess it's the weight that's slowing us down but if I wanted to be uncomfortable I would have bought a monohull. At the moment the fleet seems to be focussing on getting to Cape Finisterre while the weather is good. It's spaghetti for supper so it's goodnight to all of you. David. read more...


04/06/2013

Capricorn - Startbereit in Las Palmas

Nach viereinhalb Tagen schönstem Atlantiksegeln ab Gibraltar haben uns unsere Freunde mit Sekt auf der Hafenmole empfangen, ein schöner Empfang!Nun beginnt das lange Warten .... read more...


04/06/2013

Abraxas - Life on ABRAXAS

Day three, the crew on Abraxas are settling into life at sea.  After an initial spell of sickness, everyone is in good form.  Nick tried his luck at fishing and has only caught a piece of blue rope – it wasn’t very tasty.   The boat is handling well with a fully reefed main and partially reefed headsail.  We flew the parasailor yesterday for several hours and decided to drop after a big wave caught us by surprise.  Although we can receive email and are picking up some VHF transmissions, especially those from Starblazer each day, our internet connection is too slow to get the yellow brick information.  Therefore, we phone friends ashore for an update on our position. An exhausted ring neck dove landed on board yesterday, poor thing was so worn out. read more...


04/06/2013

Imagine - All at sea Tuesday 4th June

Blimey, it's dark out here at night. The AIS is full of ships deliberately heading straight at me. It looks a lot better when I alter the scale and realise the nearest one is 5 miles away. We slowed down a bit last night. Consistent speeds over 8 knots and touching 10 were a bit hairy even in day light. Apart from the autopilot thinking it was beneath him (her?) to steer the boat we've had no major problems. Other boats are reporting tearing 'canvass' and we wonder if there's a square rigger in the fleet with Lord Nelson in command. Jonathan claims to have seen a dolphin; the sighting has not been verified. Jonathan has heard by text this morning that his daughter Caroline has got engaged. Congratulations. I wonder why your future son-in-law, Michael, has waited until you are 20 miles. read more...


03/06/2013

Imagine - Monday 3rd June - all at sea

One night down and only 440 miles to go. So far it's been like a pleasant summer cruise. The main difference is that it's further to swim to shore if things go wrong. One other problem is the lack of shore power. We've got two fridges going, had hot water showers and been using the autopilot all night. We're now motoring but only to charge up the batteries. For much of the morning we had our Parasail up which must look fabulous from other boats but seriously impedes the sun bathing area if the sun is shining from ahead. Mustn't grumble though. We have all this but still manage to sail as fast as those boats dragging lead along underneath, and we do it with a heads we can use while underway and a cooker that doesn't have to swing about on gimbals. Another 30 minutes before my watch. read more...


04/06/2013

Freebooter - Day 2 - Monday 3rd June

After a gentle night, dawn arose with the light winds continuing. Rather surprisingly, there were still about 6 other rally yachts in sight. By 0600, the decision was taken to go on engine for a while to maintain some pace and to recharge the batteries. The good news was that a couple of hours later we had the chute up. The good weather continued throughout the day, with the wind strengthening in the late afternoon. The chute was dropped, and with bigger seas and stronger gusts, the sails were well reefed for the night. Passing over the edge of the Continental shelf, the sea abated, and the depth instrument went from 190 metres to 1.5 metres! The true reading should have been in the thousands.Coming on watch at dawn was beautiful. No other vessels in sight (or on AIS), and the knowledge. read more...


03/06/2013

Arcarius of Plymouth - Log Day 1-What a send off!

Hi All , Fantastic send off from family and friends from Wrington Bristol,Exmouth& Cardiff !! You all looked amazing up on the ramparts. Well what a day! Glorious sunshine all day now watching the sunset ,,crewasleep Paul not feeling too good but another sleep should sort him( slept allafternoon bless him-now2100hrs ) downside was the light winds so it was anengine job ! but now under cruising chute doing 7 knots in 14 knots of app windfantastic! So what have we seen today ?,well we have seen the sea and then some moresea brilliant ! Not heard about any world disasters ,nobody trying to kill each other ,theworld is at peace with itself (well out here anyway) Thats it for day one Cheers Gary. read more...


03/06/2013

Freebooter - Day 1

The start of the sailing! With glorious sunshine we were all up early and managed to cross the starting line on time. I say on time, because we hung back a little to cross the lone with the cruising chute hoisted. We had a great sail down the Plymouth Sound, only to lose the wind as soon as we cleared it. We eventually had to resort to the engine when it became clear we might never get past the Eddystone Light. However after only another 40 mins, the engine was off and we started to try and catch up. It was also the first chance to use the Hydrovane wind steering for a passage, and it is brilliant!The rest of the day was good sailing much of it with the chute up. As evening came, the chute was dropped, but by the early hours the sails were flopping around in the light swell, and as the. read more...


02/06/2013

Paraty - Tag 19 - von Faial nach Terceira

Nach 4 Tagen in Horta auf Faial, geht es heute weiter nach Angra auf Terceira. Mal schauen, ob unsere Reparaturarbeiten am Boot erfolgreich waren. Seit der gestrigen Prizegiving Party haben wir Gewissheit. Wir sind nach berechneter Zeit drittes Boot der ARC Europe Flotte (23 Boote) geworden, nicht schlecht. Es hat sich also gelohnt, dass wir jeden Windhauch zum Segeln ausgenutzt und nicht gleich den Motor angeschmissen haben.Fuer heute Abend haben wir alle Boote zu einer Halfmoonparty hollaendischer Art eingeladen. Das bedeutet, jeder bringt etwas mit und es wird ausgelassen gefeiert. Leider ist das Wetter truebe und regnerisch, dass kann sich hier aber schnell aendern.Am 4. wollen wir dann weiter nach Ponta Delgada auf Sao Miguel.Am 6. geht es dann voraussichtlich los auf unseren. read more...


02/06/2013

Ayama - Last day on the Ocean

Blue skies, blue water, Sea birds and Dolphins, 12 knts of southerly winds pushing us towards Horta at a speed of 6-7 knt. What a great day it will be! and what a great way to end this leg of our trip!We have hardly used the engine on this trip, especially after the fridge and freezer packed up. The wind generator and solar panels keeps our batteries charged!We are estimating to arrive Horta Monday morning. Hopefully Yvonne, Bert and Erik will be there -with spares for the compressors :). read more...


02/06/2013

Quirine -

Na weken van voorbereidingen is het zover: we gaan! Het was niet echt een heel aangename reis over de Noordzee na vertrek op 2e pinksterdag na afloop van onze steigerborrel. Naast de schipper waren Jaap Meijer, PeterJan van Kekerix en Peter van Breda ingescheept. Er was geen wind en de "onderwater spinaker" bracht ons op weg, totdat er een windje kwam opzetten. Na de shippinglane werd dat gewoon een bft7 met de bijbehorende golven. Ramsgate to the rescue. De tocht daarna naar Eastbourne is soepeltjes gegaan, met buitengewoon veel humor en pret. De volgende dag stond er een tikje veel wind bij Beachy Head, en ZW bft7 liet zich weer zien in de buien, voldoende aanleiding om Brighton maar eens met een uitgebreid bezoekje te vereren en een dagje verwaaid in te lassen. Zaterdag 25 juni was. read more...


01/06/2013

Alice in Red - Day 17 Land ahoy!!!

At last! After 17 days of sea, sea and more sea, we can finally see the steep, volcanic mass that is Faial Island. Thankfully, the plume of smoke coming from the top is just cloud :) We still have 30 miles to go and alas, The ARC celebrations will be starting without us, but hopefully, with a wing and a prayer, we can jump in a taxi and join everyone at Capelinhos, on the West of the island... fingers, toes and everything else crossed.... read more...


01/06/2013

Ayama - good wind, 12 days and 3 hr watches

We have slowed down slightly but are still enjoying southerly 10 knts winds - Where is the Azores high hiding? Hopefully it's gone south...The rally "closes" today at 12:00. We will miss that deadline, however we feel pretty good about our progress considering that we lost six days due to the broken boom.On Ayama we are using 3 hour rolling watches. The schedule was designed by Sverker (who crewed with us to Bermuda). It takes into account that Anna does not do any night watches -she has day watches and meal duties instead. The rest of us have two watches in 24 hours, and every forth day we have three watches. It rotates so we have the same watches only twice in a row. Two common meals a day, Lunch at 12:00 and dinner at 19:00, breakfasts are individualWe have now 12 days at sea since we. read more...


01/06/2013

Webster - Log day 1: Away at last

After some 15 years or so in the planning here we are in Mayflower marina, Plymouth! Can't believe it really. Set off last Friday with Phil Greenwood, Phil and Chris Dowsett and Mark Emmerson bound for a world tour of Ramsgate. Wind and tide predominantly against but that's very normal for me, but we could have done without the incessant rain. Leaving Ramsgate bound for Cherbourg to sample the Fruit de mere and Chablis we had the most magical trip - sun, wind in the right direction (mostly) and the clearest night I can remember. The trip Cherbourg to Plymouth not suite so kind; what was a planned 116nm turned into 165nm with head wind the entire way so a bit of motor sailing required for sanity reasons. Arrived Wednesday morning in sunshine and its been lovely since. So, come tomorrow. read more...


31/05/2013

Arcarius of Plymouth - Log -2 day

Hi All,Another great day at Mayflower Marina with all the flags flying and lots of hustle & bustle .Last food shop now done extra fuel on board (not of lot of wind by the look of the latest weather forecast !!)Photo is of Derek sorting the bilges after I have not screwed down the cap on the spare diesel enough  Ah well these things happen lucky I have obliging crew !!!! cheers for now GaryDay -2 001. read more...


Arcarius of Plymouth - Log -2 day
Arcarius of Plymouth - Log -2 day
Easy Rider - Easy Rider the fishing boat!
Easy Rider - Easy Rider the fishing boat!
Easy Rider - Easy Rider the fishing boat!
Easy Rider - Easy Rider the fishing boat!
Easy Rider - Easy Rider the fishing boat!
Easy Rider - Easy Rider the fishing boat!
31/05/2013

Alice in Red - Day 16

The race is on to get to Horta before the party the night before the rest of the fleet leave. Being the smallest boat in the rally fleet, we are always going to be last, but it would be great to catch up with everyone else, however briefly. We are now around 160 miles to go and using all means - sails and engine to get the best speed! One advantage of the engine is hot water, so we are all getting clean!. read more...


31/05/2013

Ayama - 50 shades of grey..

Yesterday was grey, Dark grey ocean with patchy grey covered skies.Skies were sometimes interrupted by semi grey Cumulus Nimbus who released their compact grey rain over us and very dark grey gusts up to 28 knots. No sun, no moon and no starsNot many birds but our friendly dark gray spotted Dolphins paid us a visit to cheer us up.Anna brightened up the afternoon with a fresh baked spice cake! We left the oven on for a while to chase out the grey moisture.The crew is looking forward to the Azores with all its colors. We can already sense the green mountains and colorful flowers.We are doing fine, and sailing straight towards Horta -mostly around 7 knots in southerly winds (15-20 knts).This morning we got a glimpse of the sun, Hurray !ETA Monday around lunch time -maybe :). read more...


30/05/2013

Leviathan II - Log day 1 - Opening Day !

For the past week now the Mayflower Marina has slowly been filling up. With the opening of the ARC Portugal office this morning, we were greeted by the enthusiastic event staff, their smiles as bright as their yellow polos. You can really notice a change in atmosphere today amongst the boats, crews have been busy with rally introductions, inspections and final preparations. By the time the sun had started to set, the entire marina had been swept with a vast array of colorful festive flags, with each sailor a beaming excitement and an itchy eagerness to seeflags. read more...


Leviathan II - Log day 1 - Opening Day !
Leviathan II - Log day 1 - Opening Day !
30/05/2013

Arcarius of Plymouth - Day-3 -Last scrub off

Hi All,2 more days and counting !!!Just had a quick lift and scrub off Arcarius bottom now clean and ready for the off !! Must add at least 0.1 off a knot ! .Safety inspection went off with flying colours .didn't realise I was that good.all that prep paid off .Now cleaning the rest of the boat .I love my handheld Dyson best bit of equipment on the boat (am i sad or what ? )Cheers for now(a very excited ) GaryDay-3 002. read more...


Arcarius of Plymouth - Day-3 -Last scrub off
Arcarius of Plymouth - Day-3 -Last scrub off
Zingara - noch einer
Zingara - noch einer
Zingara - erstel Erfolg
Zingara - erstel Erfolg
30/05/2013

Zingara - Las Palmas hat uns wieder

So, liebe Freunde der "ZINGARA": die vorbereitenden Etappen haben wir erlebnisreichhinter uns gebracht.Hatten wir doch auf der gesamten Strecke der ARC 2011 keinen einzigen Fisch anlandenkönnen,so überraschte uns unser Angelexperte Berny in kurzer Folge gleich zwei malmit guter Beute.Natürlich wieder einmal zum Zeitpunkt der fast fertig gegrillten Bratwürste ratterte dieAngel am frühen Abenddes ersten Legs Richtung Porto Santo.Nach taktischen 15 Minuten hatten wir ihn, den ersten Fang , an Bord.Eine maßgeschneiderte Makrele für eine 4 - Personen Mahlzeit , und die fiel reichlich aus.Aber nicht genug :Das Leg Porto Santo nach Madeira brachte dann einen richtig großenErfolg.So hatte sich tatsächlich ein Tuna an unserem Köder verbissen und konnte nicht anders,er mußte sich seinem Schicksal. read more...


30/05/2013

Alice in Red - Day 15

Another better day and another hundred miles under our belt. Lively night with wind strengthening and then slacking and changing direction just to confuse things. We are now all starting to fantastise about what we would most like as our first meal in Horta - steak, chips and salad seems the favourite at the moment, plus of course that hard-earned beer.. read more...


30/05/2013

Edelweiss - Introducing Edelweiss!

Looking forward to launching our adventure in early July 2013 ... stay tuned. The Read FamilEdelweiss. read more...


Edelweiss - Introducing Edelweiss!
Edelweiss - Introducing Edelweiss!
30/05/2013

Ayama - Dolphins and rain and rain

Yesterday started out as one of our "normal days" good wind and speed, giant shear waters and some smaller black birds (not identified yet) flying around us. A fishing boat and a cargo ship, and Dolphins!We are making good progress towards Horta.We also managed to be in contact with Working on a Dream over the SSB. We can't reach the rst of the fleet.At 21:00 UTC it started to rain, interrupted by some squalls with more rain.During the night and in the morning we got more visits from the Dolphins, its a nice interruption to see these butiful animals. It is still raining and we are a bit wet..Hope the new weather report gives us good news,Cheers from Ayama-------------------------------------------------. read more...


29/05/2013

Alice in Red - Day 14 -still at sea!

Great to be picking up speed over last few days (400 miles to go), but disappointing to think even our best efforts, without the addition of wings or another 10 feet in length, probably won't get us to Horta in time for the gathering/prize-giving or the departure of the cruise - sniff! Was really looking forward to catching up with everyone.... read more...


29/05/2013

Ayama - Calmer seas and Swedish language lesson

The sea has calmed down and is less choppy. Winds are also down to 15 knts from the south, boat speed still very good at around 7-8 knots. The crew is getting some well deserved quality sleep. Spirits are high and yesterday Micke entertained us with nice songs from a ( Toddy Spex) play based on Vilhelm Mobergs epic "Utvandrarna" or the Emigrants in English.(Moberg is world famous in Sweden) Maybe Micke will have a short performance in Horta when we arrive? They song texts describe life on a ship in the Atlantic. The songs might not entirely reflect V Moberg intentions though...We get our weather forecasts via ARC over the SSB radio (kortvågsradio). They have been quite accurate so far.They typically finishes like this:SKIES CLOUDY. SCATTERED SHWRS/SQUALLS** WINDS AND SEAS HIGHER IN. read more...


28/05/2013

Alice in Red - Day 13

Wind has picked up a bit and we are making better speed. Dawn and Doug saw a whale, but Martin was snoozing at the time. Just over 500 miles to go, another landmark.. read more...


28/05/2013

Easy Rider - EASY RIDER...Captain's Log...Day 12

WE'VE ARRIVED IN HORTA!!!!!! We crossed the finishing line at 03.40 in FIRST PLACE, some 3 hours in front of the second placed boat.The last day at sea we had 20 kts of wind at a perfect wind angle & Easy just galloped along. When we received the fleet positions first thing in the morning, we discovered we were neck & neck with another yacht called Windwalker...we pushed Easy to the max, with constant trimming of the sails to gain maximum speed......our hard work payed off & Soy, I & the crew are absolutely delighted. I think it will take a little time for it to sink in. Crossing the atlantic is a great achievement, but to come in first.....just fantastic!!!!!! We will spend about 6 days here in Horta before setting off to visit three other islands in the. read more...


28/05/2013

Mad Fish - Final Bash

We are really getting a good bashing out here today. We are close hauled on port tack fully powered up with 20 knots over the deck under full sail. Every now and again we hit a wave that feels like we have driven into a volkswagon. Maybe we should ease off a bit but we are nearly there so instead we have chosen to floor it and hang on. The forecast says this should lighten which is good as we are not quite laying Horta on this tack which is a bit of a disaster. We plan to do the tacks in the lee of the island. Lets see what the weather brings.Really really looking forward for the boat to be still and upright. And some quality sleep. I think we have all had enough of this upwind stuff for a long time.95.7 miles to go... Taste the beer. Almost.--. read more...


28/05/2013

Ayama - The Force is with us -sometimes-

1.5 knots current and 22 knots wind from the southto is helping us speed along in 8-9 knots towards Horta! We have enjoyed gourmet food on Ayama thanks to Anna since we started.She will have a bigger challenge for the rest of the trip as both the fridge and the freezer are down due to a cock up.In short:The involved components are, a seacock, a bypass valve for the galley sink drain,a gray water tank installed below sea level and and its grey water pump. Add to that two refrigeration compressors with their associated electronics installed in close proximity to the bilge.When the aforementioned components during a short period weren't operated in absolute harmony several buckets of seawater entered the bilge. Our proud steel-lady, with the help of some gusty southern winds leaned over to. read more...



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