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Coral IV - Ankomst. Att ta sig över ett världshav – reflektioner.
Coral IV - Ankomst. Att ta sig över ett världshav – reflektioner.
18/12/2012

Enya - All the Way to St Lucia

Well, we made it all the way to St Lucia, crossing the finish line at 2028 GMT/UT (1628 local time). We were surprised and touched to be welcomed over the finish line to the strains of Enya singing Caribbean Blue over the VHF radio - A brilliant and very thoughtful gesture from the WCC crew manning the boat forming part of the finish line - So, many thanks again to them. The only sad thing is that we motored quite a bit over the last couple of days, due a forecast predicting no wind until Monday, which turned out to be only partly accurate, as seems to be the case. However, the main thing is that we are here safe and sound, with no really significant problems along the way. I ended my last post by saying that the wind speed was less than forecast, but things changed quite significantly. read more...


18/12/2012

Enya - (Almost) Three Quarters of the Way to St Lucia

Well, we are now almost three quarters of the way to St Lucia. Our rate of progress has been slowed quite significantly by two days of light winds and one night of almost no wind. We have had a couple of impressive catches, both of which were consumed with relish. Unfortunately, Andrew and James continue to suffer from frequent bouts of seasickness, no doubt induced by the continual rolling motion that we have been experiencing since Sunday, as we sail dead down wind. I have to start off by apologising to Brian and Ali for not thanking them last time for their kind “half way” gift (a miniature of Johnnie Walker Red Label). Their first gift (chocolate golf balls) was for my birthday, which fell when we in Lanzarote, on our way to Las Palmas. I look forward to seeing what their. read more...


17/12/2012

Ailsa - blog 17

Position: 13:42.630N 59:31.384W Captains log; Stardate 2012-12-17 – 23:00 UTC We have entered the star system known as Windies and during the night will begin to orbit the planet Lucia barring any last minute problems. Today has been plain sailing as they say. A real delight with almost perfect conditions and not a Klingon in site. For the technically minded we are current sailing on a heading of 311 degrees with 14 knots of ENE, a full genoa and main and making 8 knots in a calm sea. As we reach the end of our first ocean passage what have we learnt. The Earth is definitely flat at least every bit of it over the last 3000 nm has been. We have learnt to do a very good impression of a Duck Bill Platypus. We have learnt that sailing skills are no more important than being a. read more...


17/12/2012

Selene - It is done!

Selene crossed the finish line at 11.30 local time on Tuesday 11th December after one final night of squalls and rain and winds in excess of 20Kts as a final hurrah from the mighty Atlantic Ocean.Bob spotted a spectacular cloud formation as we reached into the finish at the north of the island.It looked for all the world as if the cloud was giving us the finger.I would not tempt providence to respond to this gesture, but it seems that Nature conspired to test us to the limit with as much as she could throw at us.Well all I can say is that Selene and her crew measured up to all that was asked of us and we came through.Unfortunately we were unable to start the engine and had to be towed to a temporary dock by two charming men in an IGY dory with a 90HP engine.Further investigations. read more...


17/12/2012

Stormvogel - Tag 20 und 21: Wir segeln wieder!

Auch gestern früh hat uns ein Boot sehr dicht passiert - aber irgendwie waren die komisch. Reagierten nicht auf Winken oder Funkanrufe, standen aber an Deck.Hatten vielleicht Angst, Hilfe anbieten zu "müssen"?Na ja, kein ARC Boot.Ein interessantes Erlebnis war der aufkommende Wind. Mit einem mal setzte ein ganz, ganz schwaches Lüftchen aus NE ein. Hauchzart. Über Stunden entwickelte sich das dann zu einer kleinen Briese und wir setzten Segel um mit 1,5 bis 2 Knoten (also extrem langsam!) weiter zu kommen.Eigentlich möchte ich bei diesem wenigen Wind keine Segel setzten weil der Schwell das Boot bewegt und durch den zu geringen Winddruck die Segel schlagen. Und dabei das Material noch mehr belastet wird.Nun denn, über Nacht legte der Wind immer weiter zu, wir konnten 3,4 und sogar 5. read more...


La Boheme - La Boheme crew happy to be in St Lucia
La Boheme - La Boheme crew happy to be in St Lucia
La Boheme - La Boheme crossing the finishing line at night
La Boheme - La Boheme crossing the finishing line at night
La Boheme - "Katerina" in Atlantic swell
La Boheme -
La Boheme - Lunch at sea
La Boheme - Lunch at sea
La Boheme - Trying to fix spinnaker
La Boheme - Trying to fix spinnaker
La Boheme - Twin genoa on but for a very short time as it has exploded in strong gust
La Boheme - Twin genoa on but for a very short time as it has exploded in strong gust
La Boheme - Flying spinnakers
La Boheme - Flying spinnakers
La Boheme - One of many beautiful sunsets
La Boheme - One of many beautiful sunsets
La Boheme - Tom and Greg getting Marlin
La Boheme - Tom and Greg getting Marlin
La Boheme - Almost there - after 2 hour chasing after it
La Boheme - Almost there - after 2 hour chasing after it
La Boheme - We caught Marlin
La Boheme - We caught Marlin
La Boheme - Fishing for Marlin
La Boheme - Fishing for Marlin
La Boheme - Half Way celebration
La Boheme - Half Way celebration
La Boheme - Half way cake
La Boheme - Half way cake
La Boheme - Nice vistor
La Boheme - Nice vistor
La Boheme - Resting a bit?
La Boheme - Resting a bit?
La Boheme - Wow, what a show!
La Boheme - Wow, what a show!
La Boheme - Meeting "Carrick" in mid Atlantic
La Boheme - Meeting
La Boheme - Tom trying his filleting skills
La Boheme - Tom trying his filleting skills
La Boheme - Catching our first tuna
La Boheme - Catching our first tuna
La Boheme - Taking down outrigger at night
La Boheme - Taking down outrigger at night
La Boheme - Using spinnaker in mid Atlantic
La Boheme - Using spinnaker in mid Atlantic
La Boheme - At sea
La Boheme - At sea
La Boheme - Loosing spinnaker
La Boheme - Loosing spinnaker
La Boheme - ARC 2012 cruising yachts- rally start
La Boheme - ARC 2012 cruising yachts- rally start
La Boheme - Anna at the start in Las Palmas
La Boheme - Anna at the start in Las Palmas
17/12/2012

Coral IV - Marigot Bay

 13:57.98 N 61:01.62 W I går, 14. des – konsolideringsdag. Ordne papirer med toll og emigrasjon. Vaske båt, vaske tøy, prate med folk på brygga, tørke spinnaker, pakke kutterseil, Julie og Scott fra Katherina til lunsj. Men Steinar og jeg fikk også tid til å ta gummibåten ut av havna til en strand hvor vi tok en dukkert og samlet masse fine sneglehus. Det var godt og varmt i vannet. Sikkert 27 (?) grader i følge Steinar. Da vi kom tilbake, satt Andy og Jeff fra Murphy ombord. Avtalen med Murphy var at den som kom ført over mållinjen skulle spandere middag på den andre båten. Det var Murphy som kom først over mållinjen. (Det fine var at vi likevel slo dem, fordi de hadde brukt motor i 43 timer, mens vi bare hadde brukt 4.)Carl hadde bestilt bord til oss på en restaurant på. read more...


Coral IV - Marigot Bay
Coral IV - Marigot Bay
Coral IV - Marigot Bay
Coral IV - Marigot Bay
Coral IV - Marigot Bay
Coral IV - Marigot Bay
17/12/2012

Rafiki - Rafiki - A frustrating finale

Sunday 16th DecemberPhil writes:Dawn came up at 09:10 (GMT) with no wind, so we were still motoring.As the sun rose at 10:10 (GMT), it came up behind a bank of greycloud, which looked just like a wall of fire - very impressive andmemorable.The day continued with no wind, so we motored all the time until 19:05(GMT) when the engine wound down of its own accord with no warnings.As lunch was on the table (tuna mayo sandwiches, with the mayo freshlymade from scratch by Emily!), we ate lunch while the engine cooled.On inspection, the only problem appeared to be that the hand primingpump was sucked flat, indicating a blockage of the fuel feed line.Rob dismantled the pump to find the inlet non-return valve to beblocked with a black gooey substance (possibly diesel bug).Afterclearing it out, we. read more...


17/12/2012

All-Linn - Dag 20 Vind

Yeeeees.Dagen da vinden skulle komme tilbake var endelig her. Mats klarte for førstegang på lenge å mekke i stand en god værmelding, og sa han ville gi oss vind iløpet av ettermiddagen. Forventningsfulle som vi var gikk derfor formiddagen altannet enn fort. Tiden ble brukt med nesen dypt inne i hver vår bok, avbrutt kunav saltvannsbad på akter-spadekk og forbannelser over vind, værguder og ikkeminst værmeldere. Like etter et forfriskende bad observerte vi bevegelser og enfisk noen meter fra båten. “Det kunne ha vært en hai? Ja det var noe som stakkopp fra overflaten. Sikkert en hai”. Nysgjerrige og utspekulerte som vi er, drogvi frem det eldste trikset i ludo. Chorizoskinke ble festet på fiskekroken ogtaktisk plassert noen meter bak hekken, i håp om å se mer til storfisken. Utende store. read more...


17/12/2012

Marlin - Einmaliger Besuch der SY Marlin mitten auf dem Atlantik

Hallo LandleuteSeit ungefähr 3 Tage, brauchen wir "nur" noch 6 Tage bis wir in St. Lucia ankommen. Den Mathematiker/innen unter euch, ist bestimmt schon aufgefallen, dass bei der Rechnung etwa nicht genau aufgehen kann, genau, wir sind in einer schönen Flaute. Nix geht in Sachen Wind. Da unser Motor auch etwas die Grippe hatte, konnten wir auch nicht wirklich Motoren, und so trieben wir mal so ein bissel im Atlantik rum. Ja und so gehen die Tage rum, und es dauert komischerweise, nach jedem neuen Sonnenaufgang, immer noch 6 Tage bis wir ankommen. Wenn dann auch wirklich Wind aufkommen würde.Was tut man so, wenn das Wasser fast glatt wie ein Spiegel ist, kein Lüftchen geht? Man geht baden, spielt den Doktor um die Motorengrippe loszuwerden, spielt Schach oder schläft einfach und geniesst. read more...


17/12/2012

Mis Amores - Report four: it's a paradise?

December 16, 2012Dear friendsFirst of all good news; the ARC boat in need is doing well and they do not require any assistance. We were relieved and wish them all the best!You remember I wrote about going through a trough three days ago? Well, as we went through we thought we entered a paradise! Blue skies, friendly sun, flat Atlantic Ocean… It’s just that this part “flat Atlantic Ocean” means no wind. And in a sailor’s paradise definitely must be windy. A little bit. We are struggling today and try not to use engine as our fuel is slowly but surely coming to the lowest level. But even with our code zero our speedo was pointing zero knots! The Grib data says we will have some wind as of tomorrow but who can wait?Daily activity was crafting. Linda made beautiful paper flowers for each. read more...


17/12/2012

Marlin - Einmaliger Besuch der SY Marlin mitten auf dem Atlantik

Hallo LandleuteSeit ungefähr 3 Tage, brauchen wir "nur" noch 6 Tage bis wir in St. Lucia ankommen. Den Mathematiker/innen unter euch, ist bestimmt schon aufgefallen, dass bei der Rechnung etwa nicht genau aufgehen kann, genau, wir sind in einer schönen Flaute. Nix geht in Sachen Wind. Da unser Motor auch etwas die Grippe hatte, konnten wir auch nicht wirklich Motoren, und so trieben wir mal so ein bissel im Atlantik rum. Ja und so gehen die Tage rum, und es dauert komischerweise, nach jedem neuen Sonnenaufgang, immer noch 6 Tage bis wir ankommen. Wenn dann auch wirklich Wind aufkommen würde.Was tut man so, wenn das Wasser fast glatt wie ein Spiegel ist, kein Lüftchen geht? Man geht baden, spielt den Doktor um die Motorengrippe loszuwerden, spielt Schach oder schläft einfach und geniesst. read more...


17/12/2012

Karma Daze - Day 21 Almost There.....

At last wehave some wind!  It arrived about02.00 this morning and we have been sailing on the genoa since then.  At our current speed we should reach StLucia in about 26 hours. By lastnight when we had been motoring for 3 days we felt that we would never reach ourdestination – a bit like trying find ones way out of Ikea (apologies to theSwedes).  But we were treated to afantastic sunset – the whole sky went pink and then a brilliant orange.  A little compensation. Tonight willbe our last night at sea so we will celebrate by eating the Fray BentosPies.  These seem to be a standby onany RYA sailing course we have done, so when we saw them for sale in Morrison’sin Gibraltar we couldn’t resist.  Sotonight’s menu will be Steak Pie/Chicken Pie, potatoes, peas and. read more...


17/12/2012

Maunie of Ardwall - Maunie's about to cross the finishing line - under sail!

Good morning all   We’re currently 2 miles from the finish line, looking at the beautiful andvery lumpy profile of Saint Lucia as the sun rises. We were delighted when thewind finally crept in at about 1.00 am boat time, not much but enough to give us3-4 knots of boat speed and, what relief, to stop the engine.   We’ve made our first VHF calls to the ARC Finish Line boat and are nowghosting towards the line (in the wind shadow of Pigeon Island). Another ARCyacht, Galetea, is  about half a mile ahead of us and another, Finnrose,finished about an hour ago. We are determined to finish under sail even thoughwe’re only doing 2 knots at the moment; it gives us time to drink in theview.   It’s just amazing to see land for the first time in 3 weeks. Last night wecould see the. read more...


17/12/2012

Salsa af Stavsnäs - How to behave among normal people 13.35N 58.03W

Somebody told me that they had friends thatseriously thought that when you sail over the atlantic you sort of park the boatat night and sleep. Well we could use one night of full sleep now. Ellinor ismore sensitive than I am, but I do feel that my watches are longer and sleeptimeshorter.The kids are starting some frentic movements and they jump/run/climbwhenever they go from one place to another. The laundry bag is almost exploding and my armpitssmell coliflower  I took Andreas to the shower today and he screamed like apig going to be slaughtered. He have really enjoyed being wild, dirty and let'snot talk about table manners, when there is no table! So today we had some HOWTOBEHAVEAMONGPEOPLEpractice. Do you go up to the cockpit withoutpants? NOOOO. Do you pick your nose.... and so. read more...


17/12/2012

Ailsa - blog 16 - magical

Position: 13:18.256N 57:50.978W Captains log; Stardate 2012-12-16 – 24:00 UTC It is a truly magical experience at night, alone in the open ocean with a clear sky and stars shining from horizon to horizon with a sea so calm that their light is reflected in the surface. Add a bit of Coldplay or Phil Collins or Nina Simone or whoever your particular choice is and it is difficult to beat. The fact that there is no wind and therefore you can’t progress without the engine seems hardly to matter. It is also a magical experience watching the dough rise at it proves – at least when you have not made bread before and so it was that the day was put to good use. Now I wrestled with whether to include this photo. Is this really the image I want to portray? Would Kirk really make his own. read more...


Ailsa - ailsa - blog 16 - magical
Ailsa - ailsa - blog 16 - magical
Ailsa - ailsa - blog 16 - magical
Ailsa - ailsa - blog 16 - magical
16/12/2012

Promise - Captns Log 1 - STARTEN

Etter en hektisk periode med nitidig jobbing med å forberede båt og mannskap til Atlanterhavskryssing, var det en deilig følelse å fyre opp Promisen og gå over startstreken i årets ARC. Det var fint og rørende å se alle folkene som sto på molen og vinket oss farvel. Terjes familie stod der også og vinket med norske flagg. Det var en ganske så tøff start. Vi var ganske slitne i utgangspunktet og ble ikke noe mindre av den rotete sjøen, heftig regnvær og store bølger. Vinden lå mellom 8-14 sekundmenter og gjorde ikke tingene lettere. Jeg tror vi endret seilføring 15 ganger det første døgnet. Men vi holdt ganske grei fart uansett. Vi hadde et par nesten episoder der vi trodde båten skulle tippe over da den krenget noe voldsomt med hekkbølger som får båten til å rulle noe fryktelig. read more...


16/12/2012

Maunie of Ardwall - Maunie's last 24 hours at sea?

It’s slightly tempting fate to predict an exact arrival time but we nowhave less than 100 miles to go so an arrival at dawn looks likely.  Aboard the good ship Maunie, it’s brilliantly sunny, very hot and there isSTILL NO WIND! Unbelievable that we’ve had so little breeze for the past 3 days.Still, we are making the most of the conditions. The Maunie Mid-AtlanticSwimming Team were over the side this morning for a refreshing dip and we’vebeen hard at work since, cleaning and polishing the boat. We’ve been pretty goodat keeping on top of things every day but it’s been good to get her sparklingagain, ready for inspection in Rodney Bay.   Di’s just preparing lunch and the engine power has allowed us to run thespare fridge as a freezer so the pasta & pesto will be accompanied. read more...


16/12/2012

Ostrea - Statistics from Ostrea ARC 135

report of the ostrea of friday 14-12-2012,from the intented finishing day.So our goal was to finish,in day time and under full sail.After , with a decreasing tradewind,we changed the halfwinder for the genua,we just bent backwards and filled the daily milagereport from 11.00 utc.Every thing under control.the skipper is sleeping,children are playing,the inlandnearly visible and the crew total comfortable.All of a sudden a cry of the awakend skipper and we found our halfwinderwrapped around our cutterstay some 50 times and it had the shape of 5 bikinis and 6 monokinins.After 1 hour of trying to inwrap the sail,lines and a the skipper,theonly solution was to try to detatch the upper extension of the cutterstay from the mast in 4 BF with 3 mtrs waves.So our lokal hero :Zed(nickname of. read more...



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