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11/12/2013

Lancelot II - Day 17 - rum punch and salad

Today is our 18th day at sea. With less than 350 nautical miles remainingin our journey across the Atlantic, it is beginning to feel like we are nearingthe end. While we are trying to not count our chickens before they hatch, talkon the boat is turning to topics like: “Where are the nicest beaches in St.Lucia?” ... and ... “I can’t wait for my first Rum punch when we hitland!” ... and ... “Remember salad?”  It seems that as each day passes, the weather gets hotter, the wavesbigger, and the flying fish are getting bolder. Just last night, in yet another“I-aint-never-seen-that-before” moment, a flying fish jumped out of the water,under the side rails, over the top deck, skimmed my lap, went through thecompanion-way hatch and down into the saloon. He flopped around inside the boatfor a. read more...


11/12/2013

Skara Brae - Skara Brae Blog Day 18

Another intersting 24 hoursAfter repairing the Gennaker finally and putting her away - we were sailing along nicely at 9-10kts with the spinnaker out, this we kept this up for 1/2 the day.But of course nothing ever stays the same when you are sailing along nicely - the wind had been gusting to 25kts then going back down to 18kts all day, but then it went to 25kts and kept climbing, I rallied the crew (who were all sleeping at 4pm in the afternoon! (nightwatches wipe everybody out)).By the time they had got up and had put their safety gear on the boat was surfing at 16kts! with wind blowing at 30 - 32kts.So we put into action our "get the Feckin Spinnaker down fast" plan, which we had actually practiced lots of times over the last days - and it worked, we had it down in 10mins! Which was. read more...


11/12/2013

Webster - Log 20B - to the tune of "One Wheel on my Wagon"

With apologies to the original songwriter, whomever that may have been:Full sail on our wagonand we're really flying along,The spinnaker's causing quite a stir,and we're singing this happy song.One reef on our wagon and we're getting into the throng,The spinnaker wrap caused quite a flap and we're now humming this very contrived song.Two reefs on our wagonand we're rock and rolling along,The ocean seas are after meand we're muttering this crappy song.Three reefs on our wagonand we're just clinging right on,These Atlantic swells are causing Helland we've stopped singing this Bloody Song!! We have got to stay sane somehow but fear we may be too late.........line up the men in the white coats.Charlie - Webster. read more...


11/12/2013

Freebooter - A Visit from the Flying Squad

Sailing with two crew for long passages is about settling into routines, most notably at night. We tend to work on 3 hour watches, one person on deck and one asleep below. Last night about 0130, I was in the cockpit reading my Kindle when I got thumped on the leg, followed by a lot of flapping. By the noise, I assumed a bird had made a bad landing, and reached for the torch to assess the situation. No, it was a flying fish that had managed to clear about 4-5 feet of hull and coming just to assault me!Crossing the threshold of 1,000nm to go seemed a major milestone. Not sure why, but it made the destination much closer, and as we reduce that by each 100nm, the measure becomes the number of days before we reach land. As I write this, there are about 750nm to St Lucia, probably about 5 days. read more...


11/12/2013

Nyaminyami II - Nyaminyami II Blog Wednesday 11.12.13 - 1200hrs

By Chris Haworth Some of the more observant amongst you will see I have started to lose track of the days as yesterdays Blog should clearly not have been entitled ‘..Tuesday 15.11.13..’ It’s a bit like that out here! In fact it was a bit of a ‘Groundhog day’ yesterday ......... An absolutely fantastic days sailing!  Although it was not Spini up at Dawn – too windy at 25kts from slowly veering E ..we carried on all day and all night under reefed main and slightly furled Genoa goose winged. Given the repaired state of our sails we are probably a little more cautious that we were as we don’t want to shred them again or undo the repairs! However we are still making a good average speed of about 7.5kts and we will settle on that for the time being.  Dinner was Rum. read more...


11/12/2013

Edelweiss - Day #18: cruising!

St Lucia beckons but we are trying to stay focused on the here & now.We have under 650 miles left, which is only slightly more than our previous biggest crossing (to Porto Santo/Madeira), so it feels quite manageable.The seas are still confused, with waves coming at us from all directions (making necessary, for instance, the wedged sleeping positions mentioned earlier) but the wind has been constantly behind us and is pushing us along nicely, with only the jib up.We are happy to report finally a night with NO flying fish!I was seriously contemplating wearing the climbing helmet (which we have for going up the mast) at night to protect myself.Looks like that may be unnecessary - whew!Yesterday we did see some fun sea creatures - bigger than dolphins with blunt heads and dark grey. read more...


11/12/2013

Challenger 3 - land, sea and ladys

Its seems surreal to think we’ve been at sea for 16 days .. the days seem to drift into nights and visa versa … we haven’t seen another boat for 7 days and even the dolphins have deserted us but the good news is we are flying along at some pace . we completed our first 200 NM run in 24 hrs yesterday and from 2am yesterday to 2am last night we hit 221NM for the 24 hrs .. we’re having steady winds over 22 knots peaking in the 30’s and were currently surfing down 5 metre waves with the boat accelerating to 13knots the skip even managed a 14.5knot surge in boat speed albeit he didn’t have a witness !  Its funny how there’s a direct correlation between boat speed and morale aboard .. There’s been a few phases to our mood; we have now been through the first phase of the euphoria of. read more...


11/12/2013

Hera - Squalls und Schwell

Die Nacht hatten wir damit zu tun, den sich von Achtern nähernden Squallsauszuweichen, die viel Wind und Regen mit sich bringen. Da unsere Kühlschränkeabgeschaltet sind, können wir die Energie fürs Radar nutzen, um Entfernung,Zugrichtung und Geschwindigkeit der Squalls zu bestimmen – sehr hilfreich umGegenmaßnahmen wie Kursänderungen und Segelreffen rechtzeitig zu treffen. Die Welle schräg von achtern baut sich zunehmend auf und macht jedeTätigkeit unter Deck zu einem Balanceakt. Eine Folge ist ein abnehmenderGeschirrbestand. Mal sehen, wie das heutige  Kochteam damit fertig wird.Der Speiseplan scheint ihnen diesmal Kopfzerbrechen zu verursachen. Es bleibtalso spannend. Das GPS sagt was von 99 Std. bis zum Ziel, wenn wir die Welle hinuntersurfen.   Stefan. read more...


11/12/2013

Hot Stuff - Fairies of the Lost Arc - Chapter 11

Big news broadcast!!! We are pleased to announce the Trade Winds are not a myth ... they havefinally arrived! Hotstuff has been transformed overnight from a black runski-slope to the star surfer from Point Break. We are getting used to livinglife on a see saw corkscrew roller-coaster now and loving life moving at 8knots. The hull and rig hums with the speed it sounds delicious. Did someone sayPina Coladas?! Today we had the long awaited and belated half way party now turned tradewind/1000 miles countdown party. We celebrated in style with a yummy mushroomrisotto flavoured with the highly prized truffle oil (aka cup-a-soup). This wasfollowed by tinned strawberries and warm UHT cream - eaten from the same cupsthat we had drunk our two bottles of Moet Brut. Best meal we have eaten in 15days. read more...


11/12/2013

Arkouda - Sea Day 15 Magic Carpet Ride or Washing Machine?

03:26 UMT, 12/11/13,13 17.7 N37 25 8, Course 277 degrees, SOG8 Kts Wind speed 15 ktsYes, I know we are still heading a little south, but as the wind backs to the east (right now it still NNE, meaning more north than east) or slight NE, we should be able to adjust our course to the rhumb line and ride it in.As soon as I hit send on the button last night the radar showed rain ahead.I manage to close all the hatches and bring cushions inside and we got a nice little boat wash for an hour so.Once it passed the wind begin to pick up, first to 9 knots, 10, now 14-15 kts.If the waves matched the wind direction we would truly have a magic carpet ride whisking us from one continent to another.Unfortunately, the wind has been "swirly" farther north and we have two sets waves coming in--one from. read more...


10/12/2013

Abraxas - 10/12/13 The 'Trade Winds' have recommenced trading

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11/12/2013

Aspen - Log 17 Tuesday 10 Dec; Rocking and Rolling

Last night on Steve's wath we went through a cloudy area and on the other side we no longer had smooth seas and no wind but instead had large swells with 5 foot choppy seas and wind.We think we found theTrade Winds!Steve. read more...


11/12/2013

Aspen - Log 18 Wedneday 11 Dec; Morning Coffee

Maria likes to start the day with a nice cup of hot coffee, as most sailors do.Today was no exception and she made several cups using the stove.What is going on with the sea in the mornings?All night long the sea behaves itself, running along with huge crests that travel mainly in the same direction as we are with only the occasional drenching of the cockpit.But in the morning just after the sun comes up the sea turns into a boiling inferno around us!It is like it becomes a pot of coffee, bubbling, twisting and turning, foaming and spitting in every direction imaginable.Unfortunately this morning, Maria happened to be bending down to open the trash container when a monster wave flipped our gimbaled stove 120 degrees, sending the pot of freshly brewed coffee into the air.Unseen by Maria. read more...


10/12/2013

Sephina of Beaumaris - Day 17: Twistles & Needle Point

Day 17: Twistles & Needle Point After sailing over night for the first time in AGES! I experienced a change of wind during my watch, at around 6.30am it spun around in EXACTLY the direction we’ve prepared for...2 weeks into the trip.....better late than never! This meant after a speedy water conscious shower we popped on deck & put up Dad’s famed Twistle rig – for those with no idea, its basically 2 sails pinned out with poles from the fore-stay (the pointy end of the boat).We’ve been hooning it along at 7knts ever since – the GPS has even predicted us getting to St Lucia within 4days & 12hours.......YEAH RIGHT! Bets are on & dad is guessing we’ll be in on Monday at some time, I recon more like Tuesday ... Mums a bit more optimistic saying Sunday & Matt’s really. read more...


11/12/2013

Aditi - Day 15 &16; Hot & Roll

In brief Day 15 calm. Motoring. Noticed a bit of slack in the forestays. Nothing but sea until darkness fell. Passed one yacht then started to hear a merchant vessel (MV) calling a yacht with very specific questions at about 0230. At 0300 the MV drew alongside the yacht and two persons boarded via the pilot ladder. Thesort of thing you don't want to hear & sadly the yacht was abandoned.Day 16 started sailing about 0830. Clear sunny day. Creaking noise investigated in the afternoon. By 1700 the mast was moving at the base so quickly checked the rig. Rod shrouds OK but backstay and forestays slack although full pressure maintained in the rams. All sail dropped & motoring.About 0100 hrs all stays found to be tight again in the coo; of the night. The heat appears to be causing enough. read more...


11/12/2013

Great Escape of Southampton - 14 19 490n 48 24 930w

Log Day 17 – FishTales..   Last night’s watches began in highspirits following our celebratory champagne and canapés.  Everyone has stepped up to the helm anddone an excellent job of maintaining a consistent speed of between 8 and 10knots.  Position reports show thatwe have crept up on a number of boats ahead of us, and this has spurred everyoneon to keep focused and keep moving as fast as possible (in a totallynon-competitive way of course!) Excitement arose last night withthe sighting of a bright orange flashing light on the horizon.  The initial reaction was that it couldbe a flare but after a little investigation, plans to divert and perform aheroic rescue were averted as we worked out it was a weather buoy, quiteamazingly anchored in 4000m of ocean. Fishing was. read more...


Great Escape of Southampton - 14 19 490n 48 24 930w
Great Escape of Southampton - 14 19 490n 48 24 930w
11/12/2013

Webster - Log 20 - Flying!

Tuesday 10th December: Position 14 40N 42 34'W.Have had an excellent breeze all night and continued this morning and for most of the day. We put the kite up first thing and carried until after lunch when the wind came a bit shy for our compass course 284 degrees (267 T). Good job as I noticed that in the 20 knt breeze the spinnaker deck fittings had started to pull out which would have beena big problem should they have done so. Nothing that a bit of string can't fix and we are not short of string on this boat! Blocks are now lashed to the aft cleats and they are not about to go anywhere. Roll on tomorrow when we can set it again - we were really flying with it today, we just need some big seas to surf down and we will start hitting the big numbers. Our noon to noon mileage today was. read more...


11/12/2013

Merlyn III - Day16- The Boat that Rocked

We made contact with the wives who have now arrived in St. Lucia and are,we presume, anxiously awaiting our arrival.   We spent most of the day on  broad reach with about 20 knots of Eastby North wind, but we could not lay St. Lucia on this point of sail. However, inlate afternoon we put up our twin pole rig and are now sailing downwind straightfor St. Lucia currently maintaining 8.4 Knots. According to my chart plotter wewill arrive in approximately two days time if we keep this up. Realistically Iwould estimate we will arrive very late on Thursday or early on Friday. It isgratifying that the trade winds have finally arrived, albeit about two weekslate. While there is some swell it is not uncomfortable and we feel we are onthe last lap.   Last night’s feast was Poulet a. read more...


10/12/2013

Hada - HADA Day 16 — Swimmin' & Rockin' (Westwards!)

HADA Day 16 — Tuesday December 10th, 2013 19h29 UTC-3Post #10Greetings to all from everyone aboard HADA, reporting from Mid Atlantic, 13 degrees 40 minutes North, 47 degrees, 41 minutes West.We are finally rocking westward with good and steady winds propelling us toward our next destination, with only 772 miles to go to St. Lucia.On the basis of miles, this means we are about 75% of the way there given that we will have travelled close to 3000 miles since departing Las Palmas.The crew is healthy and starting to look forward to set foot on land in the (hopefully) not too distant future.Today we’ve had our highest “mile” day yet, running close to 9 knots on average and ticking off 200+ miles over the past 24 hours alone.This feels great to everyone aboard after the slow days.Our pace this. read more...


Hada - HADA Day 16 — Swimmin' & Rockin' (Westwards!)
Hada - HADA Day 16 — Swimmin' & Rockin' (Westwards!)
Hada - HADA Day 16 — Swimmin' & Rockin' (Westwards!)
Hada - HADA Day 16 — Swimmin' & Rockin' (Westwards!)
Hada - HADA Day 16 — Swimmin' & Rockin' (Westwards!)
Hada - HADA Day 16 — Swimmin' & Rockin' (Westwards!)
10/12/2013

Monster project - We've arrived in Rodney Bay

Well here we are in sunny St Lucia, having completed the ARC in 12 days, 1 hours and finishing in 2nd place overall. We were greeted on arrival by a friendly local in his boat: “Well-com to da Caribbe-ahn” and then by the welcome sight of the ARC staff bringing instructions, tropical fruits and an ample supply of rum punch…After all the thrills and spills of the first half of the race, the second half seemed almost sedate by comparison, with the breeze easing sufficiently for three consecutive afternoon sundowners featuring the Monster Project playlist by DJs Andy (Skipper) and Nell (crew). Some of our guests cooked up a storm in the galley on day 11 and all of us were working hard on our tans for the last day or so – in between the occasional rainsquall which provided helpful. read more...


10/12/2013

Swan Valhalla - Log 19 - And now..the end is near!

Another night of winds gusting up to 20 knots - some ofthe crew could not handle this and unfortunately were seasick! However, moralewas back up today with the sun out and the wind shifted so it is now pretty muchbehind us, coming from the north east. We have goose-winged the genoa and havean average speed of about 8 knots and we are surfing the waves. The last coupleof days we have managed 180 miles in 24 hours which is pretty good going! We hada real Life of Pi moment when we found a flying fish had landed itself on board.Before it got thrown back into the sea, Skipper Sam had a photograph of it inhis mouth - much to the hilarity of the rest of thecrew.  Bets have been written down for anestimation of our arrival by all the crew - ranging from Friday to. read more...


10/12/2013

Golondrina - The Golondria saga continues

Apparently there have been complaints that the blog and sailing information is not serious enough and bordering on being flippant .. Perish the thought.So, let's try a different angle.Now hear this, now hear this.Since 08.12.13 the COG has been altered +1 degree T which has reduced our waypoint range to >600nm and our ETA to >76hr (approx 1030 GMT/UTC 14.12.13).Due to the true wind, which isF5, veering from 010T to 090T our AWS has obviously moved to ENE which has enabled us to sail slightly more abeam, to a reach, and thus reduce our XTE onto our waypoint bearing of 273T.Our SOG has increased to an AVG of 7.5 knts due to our preferential POS So there we are, it's all LOB especially if you don't get TLA's (LMCAO).And for the remainder of you out there (especially the Blue Arrow. read more...


Golondrina - The Golondria saga continues
Golondrina - The Golondria saga continues
10/12/2013

Ula - 10 Dec - Day 16 - The absolute latest day we planned to be in

Thankfully wind continued to blow overnight and throughout today, this is however inevitably accompanied by a swell of increasing size, now waves of up to 4 metres hit us from the starboard quarter. The starboard hull rides the sea well enough but then the wave becomes trapped between the two hulls, the resounding crash and reverberation being felt throughout the boat, particularly for those in the forward cabins who describe the experience as "man at work with sledge hammer below pillow". (We are running a competition for a suitable road sign signifying the danger. Send your entries to the ARC office please....)After 2 weeks of passive behaviour the breakfast cereals are becoming unruly. As our backs were turned this morning the Muesli made a bid for freedom, breaking lose from its. read more...


10/12/2013

Windleblo - Day Sixteen

We greeted this new day with Mimosas in celebration of crossing the line leaving 1,000 nautical miles to go to St. Lucia. A bright sun was rising in the east as we toasted our vessel and ourselves. With this moment behind us, an air of finality pervades on board. Just a few short weeks ago, a voyage of 300 miles, much less 1,000, would seem daunting. Now, with the strengthening trade winds pulling us faster and faster toward our goal, the six days separating us from St. Lucia seem short. Windleblo has become a steed galloping downhill, the barn in sight.The Mimosas made the moment significant. For safety's sake, Jocelyn and I have always kept alcohol out of the picture whenever we are under way. Once the hook is set and the transits are steady, the beer and wine can flow, but beforehand. read more...


10/12/2013

Selivra - ARC Tag 16

2013-12-10, 19.00irgndwo auf dem AtlantikSo, nachdem die Nacht gut vorbeigegangen ist und wir konstant gesegeltsind, ging das heute eigentlich den ganzen Tag so weiter. Ein paar Squallshaben am Vormittag noch für Aufregung gesorgt, einreffen, ausreffen, Kuttersetzen, Kutter wieder wegrollen uswusf.. Aber seither- im Westen nichtsNeues, könnte man sagen. Dort mal ein fliegender Fisch, da mal ein Frachterin großer Entfernung. Aber wir fahren und fahren und fahren und kommen St.Lucia immer näher. Über 2000 Seemeilen haben wir schon zurückgelegt, baldsind wir nur noch „dreistellig“, dann sind weniger als 1000sm nochausständig.Jetzt geht grad wieder die Sonne unter, diesmal ganz besonders dramatisch,mit effektvoll beleuchteten Passatwolken. Fast schon wie auf den Gemäldender alten. read more...


10/12/2013

Scarlet Oyster - 10 Dec - Running down the clock! Day 16 on Scarlet

We have managed not to break anything since yesterday’s blog!  That should qualify for a prize of some sort! Weather is pretty good now, strong trades propeller by a high pressure N of us over the NW Atlantic, the boats back to the E will have less wind to play with.  We got on the runner for a few hours yesterday, pretty full on with upto 30knots at times, managed a couple of 40mile 4hr runs, this has helped make our lead look more secure, with some dodgy cloud around and forecast, we decided to run on white sails overnight, as it happened there were no big squalls, but the wind held in at 25kn, so the poled out jib was just fine. Having had an expensive month with the boat, damage limitation is the name of the game!  I have a rather elaborate spreadsheet that I. read more...


Selivra - ARC Tag 16
Selivra - ARC Tag 16
10/12/2013

Skyelark of London - Three quarters

With another night of fine sailing behind us I came on watch with good 22 knot winds at 06h00 this morning. The sea settled down nicely during the day and we are now flying along poled out in true ARC downwind sailing tradition. A lovely sunrise greeted us this morning with no clouds or rain and that stayed for the day and will hopefully last all night as well. Remaining nautical mileage to St Lucia now stands at 690m of the 3100m our route is working out to be, so well over three quarters done. We are all getting quite excited about the prospect of arriving in St Lucia over the weekend and enjoying some rum punch, ice cold beer and whatever else the place offers.Sundowners tonight entailed a taste of Norwegian Aquavit that has been aged while travelling around the world in casks. Very. read more...


10/12/2013

Atika II - Fwd: quelle nuit !

Quelle nuit !Petit matin, traits tirés, paupières lourdes, petits pas pour se déplaceren se tenant... bref, une nuit dont on se rappellera.Bien commencée avec toutes voiles en vent arrière 20 Nds de vent puis lesgrains arrivent, prise de 1 ris à minuit, surf de Victor à 23,1 Nds puis 2ris à 1h du matin pour freiner les surfs fous dans les vagues qui viennentexactement de l'arrière. A 2h surfs à 24,2 puis 24,4 Nds pourtant sousvoile réduite. Vent probable de 35 Nds (? 40?? pas de girouette de nuitavec direction/vitesse vent des capteurs Tacktick à la con dont lesbatteries solaires en tête de mat ne fonctionnent jamais). Enfin bref, unedescente à fond vers Ste Lucie, pour gagner qq places.Mais quasi impossibilité de dormir et nerfs à rude épreuve ( Del : je veuxsauter à l'eau pour que ça. read more...


10/12/2013

Blue Ocean - Final day at sea?

Depending on how you count it, this is probably our final day at sea. Weshould arrive around 4am boat time or midnight local time. If the wind holds(and our sails dont give out) then we may even make it before midnight –possibly even 11pm local time when a few bars might still be open (so I amtold).   Certainly, this is the last round of watches and I just clocked off YellowWatch with a certain degree of sadness – tempered by the excitment associatedwith an imminent foreign landfall and stable accommodation.  Since our Yellowbrick is on the blink, here is a position update.   As I write, we are 60nm from Rodney Bay. Position 14*23’.10N and59*58’.68W. Speed about 9.5kn. We have a good following wind of around 25-30knots.   Bye   Craig  Arrivee dans quelques. read more...


10/12/2013

Diva - Diamond life- wir kommen

Die Sonne brennt, unsere Reise neigt sich dem Ende entgegen. Für den einen war es eine weitere Erfahrung im Seglerleben, für den anderen bedurfte es dieser Prüfung für das book of life. Wie schön Budde es lachend formulierte, sollte man an einen verkappten maritim veranlagten Gesprächspartner geraten: „Wie -Du hast den großen Teich noch nicht durchsegelt?“ Was haben wir gelacht.Der Wind hat deutlich an Stärke zugenommen und wir können die Höhe auf St. Lucia nicht gehen. Mittlerweile fehlen uns über 30 Grad. Gut das das für alle gilt. Die Frage ist nun – kommt noch ein Winddreher? Wann müssen wir halsen um einen Anlieger auf die Nordspitze von St. Lucia zu haben. Alles bei Nacht versteht sich bei bis zu 34kn Wind. Wir entscheiden uns gegen 6.45h morgens für eine Q-Wende weil es sicherer. read more...


10/12/2013

Surya - De chefs

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Surya - De chefs
Surya - De chefs
10/12/2013

George - All Blogged Out?

Certainly not 'blogged up' that's for sure. After a record 166 miles in the twenty-four hours to 13:00 today 10/12/2013 we're continuing to make good progress. As I write this we're currently showing an optimistic 106 hours (4 days 8 hours) to Rodney Bay! More Barracuda for tea yesterday, this time curried using Bev (Mrs N's) already tried and tested 'curry anything' recipe. Not without its issues though, judging by the number of times the light went on and off in the heads during the dog watches. Sleep is a bit scarce of the moment, after the calm seas of the preceding weeks, 20 knot beam reaching has those in the forward cabins wearing protective headgear to minimise cranial damage on contact with the ceiling (even after decamping to the lower bunks) and the rest of us wedging. read more...


10/12/2013

Adina - Day 16 A furling problem

Day 16 dawned with little wind and we were still using diesel to propel us.Come 11am, following a squall and a nice rain shower, that all changed. 14 knots of wind and we had the sails out faster than you can say jack flash!Life is never quiet and for some inexplicable reason our genoa furler motor decided to activate itself. While it didn't do anything to the sail it meant we had to send the engineering A team of Gareth and Susie to the bow to investigate. Returning looking rather wet (sea temperature is 27c so only wet, not cold) they reported our temporary drive belt had worn down and lost some teeth due to the inadvertent activation and the electric furler was once again non-operational. Various trips to the front with various Blue Peter style drive belts has not yet fixed the. read more...


São Francisco 4 - 10 Dez - A bordo as leituras são uma rotina diária / 10th Dec - Reading is a daily routine aboard
São Francisco 4 - 10 Dez - A bordo as leituras são uma rotina diária / 10th Dec - Reading is a daily routine aboard
São Francisco 4 - 10 Dez - Miguel em "figura-de-proa" / 10th Dec - Miguel enjoying the bow splashes
São Francisco 4 - 10 Dez - Miguel em
10/12/2013

Manihi - La chevauchée, c'est reparti !

14:52.11N 49:08.32W   9:00 heure locale - Profondeur 560 m Hier nous avons passé notre matinée à nous relayer à la barre jusqu'endébut d'après-midi (matinée jusqu'en début d'après-midi, ça ne fait pas un peupléonasme ?). La houle s'étant calmée nous avons rendu la barre à Raymond.Toujours du vent, 15-18 nds, mais moins de cahots sur la route. Donc nous sommesrestés comme ça, jusqu'à 19h, heure de la séance d'hydratation (un grand verred'eau avec un peu de Pastis pour le gout). Et puis pour être tranquille pour lanuit, nous reprenons les deux ris avant de passer à table. Au menu, saucissesaux lentilles du Lauragais, plat préparé en conserve dégoté par Bertrand chez unpetit charcutier de Castelnaudary, celui qui fait aussi l'excellent cassoulet etles sublimes saucisses confites ! .... read more...


10/12/2013

Starla - Log Day 17 - Daily distance is Improving

Hello Everyone,Distance logged today - 176 nautical miles. Distance to date this trip - 2041 nautical miles. Remaining miles to St Lucia 1061.As you can see from the distance logged over the day, this is the best day under sail we have had on the trip so far. The wind was in the North and continued to veer to the North East and build from 10 to 20 knots.This gave us a pretty fast night, some times too fast and overpowered. We had to reef (reduce sail area) twice over the night and shake the reefs out early in the morning, only to put them in again as the morning progressed.The sea state is still very uncomfortable. It is a mixture of the a swell from the north and waves on top of that from the north east.Lunch today was anything we could conjure up considering the conditions. It was hot. read more...


10/12/2013

Avel Biz J+16 C'est comment qu'on freine

Bonjour10 Décembre 2013Position 12h00 UTC18°46 N53°15 W187 milles en 24hC'est comment qu'on freineDepuis hier, Avel Biz fonce au portant. Et ça va être comme ça jusqu'àl'arrivée.Le vent est vraiment fort, aux environs de 30 nœuds réels (et jusqu'à 40sous les grains).Le grand spi est trop grand. Le bateau part au lof tout de suite.Le gennaker aussi. Il faudrait être un équipage complet pour le tenir.Plusieurs fois, pendant la nuit, le barreur a du appeler au secours. Celuide veille se précipite, met son harnais et ses gants qui sont prêts dans ladescente, sa lampe frontale et sort manœuvrer tout nu. Ça doit être unspectacle pour les poissons volants qui tombent sur le pont la nuit.Depuis ce matin, nous sommes sous GV 1 ris et génois roulé de 5 tours. Lescreux deviennent impressionnants. read more...


10/12/2013

Athena of Southampton - Athena log 9

Athena log 9 – Tuesday December 10th 2013 –15 18.47 N / 47 26.45 W That Saturday was an event day.  Well yes, I know, every day has itsevents, but sometimes I wonder what they are.  What do we do all day?  The hours fly by.  But what do we do? Well there’s the daily dolphinwatch.  They come to play beside theboat and dance and dive and skim the surface.  Sleek blue-grey forms sliding by.  Then there are the turtles, their littleheads stuck up out of the water, they carelessly drift along.  Next come the flying fish.  Like little swallows, they dart and dashover the waves, turning, twirling and diving again.  All of these shows must bewatched. But we don’t really doanything.  Well of course there aremeals to be prepared, washing,. read more...


10/12/2013

Firefly - Landfall ahoy!

The final part of the trip with less than 250 nautical miles to go is a bit of a sleigh ride but is proving to be more testing than the earlier part ofour passage due to the wind strength of 20-25 knots and relatively large waves (around 5 metres) coming from behind and across our track. The sea has been kicked up into something resembling a caldron of stewball (only bright blue in colour). On the subject of food the sea conditions have not made preparing meals that easy either. Fortunately we have a safety line strapping us into the galley and a cooker on gimbals but we still have to be quick to keep supper in the pan when we go over the top of a wave catching the odd item of flying crockery or cutlery, washing up (yes we do) is not much easier. For men unfamiliar with the art of. read more...


10/12/2013

Miciadue - Mit maximaler Geschwindigkeit dem Ziel entgegen

Windstärke 5 aus NNE. Wir laufen mit maximaler Geschwindigkeit dem Ziel entgegen. Wenn die Welle uns schiebt, kommen wir kurzzeitig auf über 10 kts, ansonsten laufen wir momentan mit mindestens 7 kts. Morgen soll es bis 6 bft geben. Zu der Dünung kommen noch überlagerte Wellen dazu, die seitlich von achtern unter der Miciadue hindurchlaufen. Der Aufenthalt unter Deck wird zum Abenteuer. Kochen und Abwaschen ein Erlebnis. Die ersten Teller sind zu bruch gegangen. Das Abwaschen wird zur Schaumparty. Aber es geht gut voran. Noch 850 sm liegen vor uns. Unter den derzeitigen Bedingungen werden wir am 16. unser Ziel erreicht haben. Sonne satt, angenehme Temperaturen und ab und zu mal ein kleiner Schauer.. read more...


10/12/2013

Jambo - A good day

Made good progress today as good trade wind and blue skies. The great boatcook off is going well and Nick is going through to the next round havingcooked the fish we caught yesterday and it was yummy- we just don't know what it was ! Must get that book on fish. More flying fish on the boat yesterday but they are tiddlers and difficult to keep in the pan.. read more...


10/12/2013

Koala - Dec 10th: Crossed 40 deg west!

Well, it might not sound much to you, but 40 degrees west is a bit of a milestone for us. We should be over half way now. There is a bottle of cava in the fridge cooling for tonight's sundowner by way of celebration and Julia has battled through in some fairly lumpy seas to make another batch of dough. So tonight is flatbreads and dhall, a bit of a favourite.There was a bit of a discussion on the net today about wildlife out here. The two ever present species are some small black birds that flit around scooping things up from the surface that we think are Storm Petrels. The other are the flying fish, which are amazing creatures. They remind me of little silver spitfires, probably one of the later marks with the eliptical wings! They turn away from the breeze once they are up and shoot. read more...