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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...


28/05/2013

Starblazer - Starblazer has started her adventure

First of all, introductions are in order.Starblazer is a 20 year old Hallberg Rassy 42F, owned by John and Joyce Easteal.We completed an Atlantic circuit in 2009/10 in our much loved Westerly Corsair. We enjoyed it so much we set out to buy a bigger boat within months of returning home.Now we have arrived in Plymouth for the start of a four year adventure.We left Hardway Sailing Club an hour later than planned, refuelled then passed through Portsmouth harbour entrance at 1330.We hadn't heard the gale warning...oops!We had intended to overnight in Yarmouth but that was where the wind was coming from so we diverted to Cowes.Folly Reach is well sheltered but shallow, we stuck in the mud or an hour...oops again!Saturday morning was lovely, sunny but chilly with a gentle wind.We ghosted. read more...


27/05/2013

Amelie d'Oslo - Land in sight!

Coco gros pomplemouse!   We are now approaching European territory, and the Azores is only a few nautical miles away. The crew is eager on lay their sloppy corps in the arms of mother earth again. Felling hear dusty and polluted skin, and being able to take a piss standing upright.  In this blog post we would like to give out some creed to people that has done an outstanding effort in making this leg as good as it could possibly be:  First of all to our self, because we now have 6 bottles of beer left this means that our beer planning could not have been better!  Second shout out goes once again to our self for holding this plastic Jacuzzi floating for 13 days.  And last but not least to King Neptune for not inviting us to dine with him this Sunday. Rumours. read more...


27/05/2013

Johanem - Johanem Blog 27th May

Well here we are, coming to the end of our last full day at sea... less than 130 miles to go as I type away at 9.30pm our time, so we are hoping to cross the finish line during daylight tomorrow (Tuesday). The fortunes in our arrival time sweepstake competition has swung enormously since it was established a week or so ago - the earliest times are already cast aside and it is currently looking like a run off for the honours between Gus (15.00 hours Tues) and Ian (18.00 hours Tues) . The prize is the first night's food and drink on shore at the expense of the rest of the crew, so it could be a prize worth winning.... !!Today has seen some excellent sailing - winds have been decent and from a favourable direction; vindicating skipper's strategy of keeping north at the expense of outright. read more...


27/05/2013

Mad Fish - Getting There.....

It is getting tiresome living at 20 degrees of heel. The simplest task is made so much harder. It is impossible to shower and using the heads is somewhat interesting at times. We made a reasonable run yesterday of 144 miles. It is great to be able to lay Horta on this tack and we are opting to try to stay about ten degrees high in case the breeze shifts back out of the east which I expect it will at some point.We have decided not to fish today. we have had our share of tuna and its time for a change. Must say that last nights tuna dish was particularly good though.Looks like a middle of the night finish for us in tuesday/wednesday. My eta bet of monday at 1800 is a little off the mark! Didnt count on these headwinds.Looking forward to a hot shower and a whole nights sleep. Oh and a beer. read more...


27/05/2013

Alice in Red - Day 12

We're all getting a bit frustrated after three days with wind on the nose and now very little wind at all, but what there is...on the nose! Have used the engine for a few hours with the calm sea to make some progress, but we haven't got enough fuel to last all the way to Horta. So we are paying homage to the wind gods and hoping for a change. Otherwise all fine and well on good ship Alice. Just over 600 miles to go.. read more...


27/05/2013

Ayama - We continue to enjoy good speed

Southerly wind 18-20 knots pushes forward, we have two reef in the main and fly the jib. It is a bit bouncy and we get a few showers.The Atlantic is surprisingly (to us) populated. We have seen eight whales, and "seen" the same amount of Tankers and Cargo ships. Of the ships we have only actually visually seen two, the rest show up on the AIS. 15-20 Dolphins made company with us yesterday for about 15 minutes , and we always have a coouple of Great Shearwater birds around us.Then , less amusing we also see garbage floating, Plastic containers, logs and remains of fishing nets.-------------------------------------------------. read more...


27/05/2013

Paraty - Tag 18 - Letzter Tag..bis Horta..

Nach 12 Tagen auf See, eigentlich 1-2 Tage also zwischendurch gehofft, planen wir den Landfall. Duschen, Essen und endlich wieder mit der Familie telefonieren/Skypen....Momentan gibt einen guten Wind, truebes Wetter, aber gute Stimmung an Bord. Wir freuen uns auf den festen Boden unter den Fuessen...  . read more...


26/05/2013

Johanem - Blog 26 May 2013

My Dear WifeI thought I would send you a quick email whilst the rest of the crew were up on deck to tell you the real truth about what has been going on, on Johanem !!Well the truth is that our skipper has been running a very tight ship. No alcohol has past our lips since the night before we left. Obviously we could not tell you any of this as skip reads all our blogs before we can send them !!All our meals have the main ingredient of cabbage which is all very well with noodles but with porridge, I ask you. Apparently its the best veg to have onboard the boat as I does not rot too quickly. The cabbage we had today was over 8 weeks old.....mmmmmm.The fishing is marvelous, we've caught so many fish we are selling them to any passing trawlers, who we hail, when the freezer is over. read more...


26/05/2013

Amelie d'Oslo - Plakk sakk in the Atlantic!

 Have to, reader! We are boarding your brain with more blog content straight from the sea world! We are maybe floating around out here on our last day before we again see this hard element called earth. Around the lunch table today we were discussing what land was, and we all shared our vague memories of what land is. The conclusion was that its not sea, and you it does not constantly move around, and there are other people walking upon it. Of course we had to make a bet about it, and half of the crew has now put all their saving on land being a huge pile of strawberry jelly, where there is beer floating around in canals. The other half is determined that land is a round, orange tennis court with Abba tracks playing every time you start walking. As you can understand the. read more...


26/05/2013

Alice in Red - Day 11 and still counting...

"You cannot direct the wind, but you can adjust your sails.." Oh yeah? I don't think so! (Dawn here) No amount of adjusting is getting us a lot nearer Horta, I think we're on spin cycle in a washing machine with no emergency 'off' switch. Funny moment: Martin (below, trying to use mail-a-sail) to Dawn (on deck, catching a few rays) " Hey! You're blocking my satellites!" :). read more...


26/05/2013

Mad Fish - Little by little

We make our miles anyway we can. I suspect from the tracker it is hard to see when we are motoring and when we are sailing.We did two motoring stints yesterday. The first was for 2 hours and the second was for 5 hours. We are making an effort to keep them low but we will not sit out here in no wind going nowhere! We have been tacking on 20 degree windshifts!Sailing along nicely right now doing 6 knots plus right at the Azores and it feels great. We don't have enough fuel to motor at this distance and during one of our motoring stints stopping at Flores was discussed but if this breeze holds for a couple of days we will be just fine.Lots of wildlife out here. Big turtles, dolphins, whales and another tuna on our line a minute ago.The kids are doing well. Sean taught them how to play poker. read more...


26/05/2013

Easy Rider - EASY RIDER...Captain's Log...Day 11

Yesterday the Atlantic was at it's most benign....we had light winds all day and sunshine. Another relaxing day sunbathing, reading & fishing.We caught no fish, but no matter as our freezer is full of tuna!! We were treated however, to many visits from local wild life. Yesterdays list of visitors included many dolphins, a group of 8 killer whales, a bottlenose whale two turtles & a lot of Portuguese man'o'war jelly fish. It wasn'ta day for stopping the boat & going for a swim!!! At 18.00 hours the wind finally backed to give us a perfect wind angle to sail straight towards Horta, our destination on island of Faial. With 8 to 10kts of wind, Easy moved serenely along at 7 kts on a sea so calm, when sitting in the saloon, it was hard to imagine we were. read more...


25/05/2013

Easy Rider - Easy Rider...Captain's Log...day 11

Yesterday was another unaventful & relaxing day. We sailed slowly all day ( av 5.5kts) with the help of an engine a lot of the time. We are now at the southern endof the Azores high pressure area with light easterly winds. The further we travel in an easterly direction towards the Azores, the wind should slowly change directionto come from the north or north east....hopefully!! Many pages of our books were read, our tans were topped up & we managed to get some good video of dolphins, swimming & jumping around the boat. No more fish were caught, but again last night we had the best tuna burgers ever. The buns were warmed & ready, Soy had mixed a wonderful sauce, the frying pan was glowing hot& then our freshly caught tuna steaks got 15 seconds on each. read more...


26/05/2013

La Capitana - And today we eat Tuna steak - Log #4

Fresh out of the sink this morning at 06:15 LT. The chief steward ordered a tuna and what la capitana says is of course what she gets. Ordered size was"for three". Crew Matt and tuna posing.JanP.S. Okay okay... you had your fun. In my previous log was "Dolphin willeven better after theWashoo?"2605_atlantic_5000. read more...


La Capitana - And today we eat Tuna steak - Log #4
La Capitana - And today we eat Tuna steak - Log #4
25/05/2013

Amelie d'Oslo - Shipboard Life on Amelie

We thought that this would be an appropriate time to pause, and reflect on daily life in the middle of the Atlantic on Amelie.When we say pause, we really do mean just that, as the wind has entirely 100% paused completely. When we turn the engine off, there is NO wind. Not even enough of a breath to turn the anemometor cups at the top of the mast. So, how does a typical day go on board Amelie?Well, it starts with when one of the on-watch crew wanders down below, and are accosted by a loud and slightly unsettling "Good morning" bellowed out in a friendly manner from one of Amelie's two aft cabins. Well, actually, to be a little more specific, its always the same cabin - which is the one that Per, who is Amelie's owner, currently inhabits. This cry is very quickly followed up by. read more...


25/05/2013

Johanem - Johanem Blog 25 May 2013

Well here we are in the Azores high and while the sailing remains frustrating, morale remains high. The crew have continued with PT during the day, mainly today focused on book reading - well the average age is 50+. It has been very hot, sunny and calm today and so visibility has been excellent. Our eagle eyed watch crew spotted an orange object some way off and we had (joking apart) been asked to continue lookout for anything to do with missing boats from a recent storm, so we investigated. It turned out to be a large marking buoy and was duly recorded in the log. We also saw in the distance some whale activity, but it seemed different from the norm. As we approached it turned out to be a group of whales maybe 5 or 6 including a younger one which was breeching for fun. It came close to. read more...


25/05/2013

Alice in Red - Day 10

A frustrating day. Every way we tried to make progress against the wind didn't really work and we are zig-zaging about to keep us roughly in the right direction, albeit slowly! Dawn cooked the last if the fresh food, we only have a couple of oranges and onions left otherwise it's tins and packets. One achievement is that we have now done more than 1,000 miles.. read more...


25/05/2013

Mad Fish - Windward Work

We managed 130 miles yesterday. However, as the Azores lie exactly to windward, only 85 miles came off our distance to go. This is over 90 miles less than our best runs. What is fustrating is we are almost within motoring distance. However, we motor at low revs to save fuel and at that low power we wont be able to make good speed into the 8 knots of true wind and the small chop it has generated so we cant motor if we wanted to! Still, not much we can do other than tack on the big shifts and look for where the new wind will come from.In the night we heard from our friends on a non ARC boat, Flying Circus. They left a day ahead of us and we crossed within a mile of them. Not bad when you take into account they have a First 40.7!Fishing rod has been out. Caught a big tuna yesterday but it. read more...


25/05/2013

Ayama - Wind and Current is with us!

Last night we averaged over 8 knots in southerly 18 knots wind, and the current is also going our way, We did close to 200 Nm last 24 hours.It is fantastic to speed over the ocean wiht the full moon shining on us. Let's hope that the wind continues to be nice to us. read more...


24/05/2013

Easy Rider - Easy Rider ... Chief Engineers Update... Day 10

Finally we have caught some fish! After dragging the lure all the way since BVI, and have lost 2 lures in the fight with fishes, we finally managed to get a nice 20 pound black finned tuna on board. What a beauty! Before we didn't even finish the gutting, we had company by loads of Saddleback Dolphins. In out eager to make a nice video of these dolphins we forgot all about the lure that was already in the water again. After half an hour we were back in the cockpit and the captain realized that something was on the lure, dragged in the surface, 50 yards behind us. One again we slowed down the boat, and pulled in another nice tuna. Exactly the same size as the first one. This one was already dead when we got it onboard. Drowned after being dragged after the cat with 8 knots. Since the. read more...


25/05/2013

Paraty - Tag 16 - endlich Sushi

Wir haben unseren ersten Fisch angelandet, einen Thunfisch. Gerade als die Crew angesichts des Engpasses an frischen Lebensmitteln anfaengt an Meuterei zu denken, fangen wir ein leckeres Abendessen. Heute gibt es Sushi, morgen schoene Thunfischsteaks. Die Stimmung ist praechtig, die Sonne scheint, aber der Wind kommt immer noch mit 7 – 8 Knoten aus Ost. Eigentlich gute Bedingunegn fuer Paraty, die bei leichten Winden sehr gut laeuft. Am Wind mit einem Kurs von 30 – 40 Grad kommen wir unserem Ziel, das genau im Osten liegt, jede Stunde aber nur ca. 3 Seemeilen naeher, trotz einer Bootsgeschwindigkeit von bis zu 6 Knoten. Trotzdem segeln wir und werden prompt von ein paar Yachten ueberholt, die genau gen Osten fahren, also unter Motor unterwegs sein muessen. Wir bekommen taeglich mehrfach. read more...


24/05/2013

Amelie d'Oslo - Motoring onwards..........

So there is no wind. Well, that's not quite true. There is a little bit of wind but, sadly, it comes from just where we want to go, which is the Azores. When we try to sail we make just three knots or so, and we can choose between heading for Nigeria, or up to Norway. As soon as Per found this out he made it quite clear that we he did NOT want Amelie to go to Nigeria. We then had a bit of trouble with the engine, so spent much of this afternoon quietly sailing towards Norway!Luckily, Mike The Mechanic ably assisted by Andy and Per managed to get to the bottom of our fuel injector problem, and with remarkably good humour - in fact we didn't even hear any swearing which was quite surprising really - they soon managed to get the motor going again. When we were filling Amelie with fuel. read more...


24/05/2013

Johanem - Johanem Blog 24/5/13

Day Nine at sea.Finished day 8 on a high, as dinner was cooking Big G caught his "second" fish of the trip, something that resembled a Cod. The Skipper lashed out and we had Rum and cokes while Gus and Pete cooked the fish with mashed potatoes and cabbage preceded by macaroni, a veritable feast. Nick went daft and allowed us a glass of wine or two with the meal which was A1 excellent. Pete then added to the party atmosphere by surprising us all with a package full of party hats and toys, a dram was allowed!! We were celebrating 2/3 of the trip done and in a reasonably good position slightly to the north of the Azores and some good wind albeit easterly. We managed to clock 197 knms in a 24 hour period, this is a record for Johanem. A good wee party was had, it even included some singing. read more...


24/05/2013

Lady Ann - Peperoni Albercore

24/05/2013 13:42 UTC pos: 38* 18.5 N 38*50.1WDTD: 466nmThe excitement of surfing down waves and flying across the ocean with 10knots is -unfortunately- over; the wind has dropped or is almost headon. This means that another rhythm on the Lady Ann kicks in. First, thedecreasing swell allows cleaning and freshening up the boat. After theheat of Bermuda, it is quite nice to wake up with hatches wide open, agust of fresh air and the sound of cresting waves. Next, together withthe fixed autopilot, the roaring Steyr diesel engine provides time andfreedom to read and converse more. Thankfully, nature provided us with other excitement instead of wind:dolphins are joining us regularly. But it got even better: afterspotting whales (!) yesterday, new fishing tactics finally paid off thissunny. read more...


24/05/2013

Mad Fish - To Windward

Well, yesterday the wind died so we motored for a bit. sea went glassy smooth. Took advantage by showers allround and Emma cooked a great roast chicken dinner with bacon and stuffing using some chicken she hid in the icebox! It really hit the spot. The wind came back in from the NE light so engine off and lightwind sailing overnight. Wind is now up to 12 knots and we are faced with a 500+ beat to windward to the Azores. Oh and we have a bit of current against us! Perfect. Our worst ever run of 96 miles yesterday!All in good spirits and grateful that we have wind and are keeping our engine hours down.538 miles to go.Russell--. read more...


24/05/2013

Alice in Red - Day 9

We're now more than half way, but as if to remind us that we have a long way to go, the wind has switched around to being direct ahead. Debates on board about how to tack and whether and how much to use the engine. At least we have a lot of time to discuss things!. read more...


24/05/2013

Ayama - Current against us

Slow, but nice summer sailing, 1 Kt current against us, shouldn't the gulf stream help us, we wonder ?. read more...


24/05/2013

Paraty - Tag 15 - noch 500 sm gegenan

Jetzt ist das eingetreten, was eigentlich erst fuer die letzten 200 sm vor Horta angesagt war. Entweder wir haben keinen Wind oder Wind genau aus Osten, dorther wo wir hin wollen. Da wir nicht genuegens Diesel haben, um die gesamte Strecke einfach zu motoren, nutzen wir jeden kleinen Windhaus aus, um nach Osten aufzukreutzen. Ausserdem sind wirt ein Segel- und kein Motorboot, auch wenn es so den ein oder anderen Tag laenger bis nach Horta dauert. Entschaedigt werden wir durch grossartige Naturdarbietungen. Vollmond ueber einem fast stillen Ozean und traumhafte Sonnenauf- und untergaenge. Tagsueber besuchen uns Delfine, die von allen Seiten mit Freudenspruengen auf uns zu geschwommen kommen, um sich ein paar Minuten in unserer Bugwelle zu vergnuegen.PM. read more...


24/05/2013

Amelie d'Oslo - A loot of fish!

Ave Gladiators and Oracles!  Another eventful day at the sea! Waking up this morning, the sun was shining with a nice breeze from south south east, so we had a good speed the first half of the day before the wind decided not to blow (for us) anymore.  Just after breakfast we caught the first fish of the trip! We getting worried that this big ocean didn’t have any fishes left, maybe due to global warming, or a nuclear war that we are not yet aware of. Or just maybe either Amelie or Per had some sort of curse put upon their fishing activities. But our thoughts have now been proven wrong. As soon as Richard wrestled this 7 lb tuna-like Dorado thing on board (it was not in a can for those of you land crabs that believe tuna is born in a can), Kasper proved himself brave. read more...


23/05/2013

Peter von Danzig - The night is also a part of the day!

Wow! The beautiful brown haired tough special agent just jumps behind apile of cardboard boxes to take shelter from a burst of bullets. The olddepartment building in which she busted the gangsters drug-deal is burningand about 20 pretty angry Triads try to make swiss cheese out of her body.She……“Hey get up! Time for your watch!“We are 12 people on board, have no autopilot and a lot to do. Changingsails for example is a good thing to spend some time: It takes four peopleto carry the Genoa 1 on deck and to the bow. It is quite an act to setthis 100 sqft beast just to take it down two hours later and replacing itby a double-head (two headsails at once) because the apparent wind justslightly exceeds 16kn. This is the downside of having the luxuriousposition of having the right sail for every. read more...


23/05/2013

Alice in Red - Day 8 -nearly half way

Lovely day today with the sun shining and a good wind blowing us in the right direction. Martin has cooked a couple of meals, Dawn is still trying to dry her washing without it getting wetter again with sea spray and we're all learning how to keep upright in a boat moving in five different planes at the same time. We are waiting for the next landmark soon - the halfway point to Horta - should happen this evening if the wind is kind.. read more...


23/05/2013

Mad Fish - Whats With the Weather?

Yesterday we had an uncomfortable day with 25 knots of wind just forward of the beam and some nasty waves. We were fully expecting as forecast that the wind would clock round to the west, then end up northwest, going north. Today we still have a southeasterly wind and it has gone light. The only thing that I can think of that may have happened is the low pressure has tracked further south than forecast and is passing right over us. This is not good as we wanted to spend time sailing in the downwind conditions that it should have brought us. I will find out what the future brings when I send this in the next weather report.On the plus side the seas have eased right up so me may make some hot water later and treat ourselves to showers all round which is a good thing. The kids are occupying. read more...


23/05/2013

Easy Rider - Captain's LOG...Easy rider...Day 8

Yesterday was another "relaxing" day. We had light windsall day & not from a very good angle. When we set course for theAzores our speed was down to 4 kts, but when we set a more northerly course our speedincreased to nearer 6 kts.......all in all a frustrating day but at least thesun shone all day. When Martin & Kristian arrived in the BVI they were aswhite as sheets after a long cold nordic winter, but now they have both aquireda good tan.   Our fishing is equally frustrating.....when we reeledthe line in at sunset, after another fishless day, we discovered we had caughttwo small plastic bags. So far on this trip we have hooked one whopper whichsmashed the tackle & that's after we upgraded to 100lb line & a wiretracer.....Another large. read more...


23/05/2013

Paraty - Tag 14 - Eine (zu) ruhige Nacht

Diese Nacht war sehrruhig, gut zum Schlafen. 6 Knoten Wind, ca. 4 Knoten Speed. Unter Segeln sindwir gerade mal 40 Meilen weitergekommen. Jetzt haben wir entschieden den Motorzu starten, damit wir unserem Ziel naeher kommen. Gestern haben wirmehrere Wale, Delfine und eine grosse Wasserschildkroete gesehen. Vor allem dieAnzahl der Wale nimmt zu, je mehr wir Richtung Azoren kommen....noch 630 sm (ca.4 Tage). Wieder keinAngelerfolg. O-Ton PM: “In diesem Meer gibt es gar keine Fische”. Als wir aberhoeren, dass andere Boote Fische gefangen haben sollen, kann es nur daranliegen, dass wir einfach zu schnell sind. An Ausreden, warum wir keinen Fischfangen, mangelt es uns also nicht.  AV. read more...


23/05/2013

Ayama - Sunny day

Another sunny day! but not much wind. Last night we had a flying fish onboard. It was quickly moved back overboard as we are a "fish-free" ship due to Annas seafood allergy. Another day or so we will be going northeast before we turn east to hopefully pass north of the Azores high pressure... read more...


23/05/2013

Peat Smoke - Blog poem

Peat Smoke All At Sea, composed by CarolineSince leaving Bermuda, we all now agree,That we really don’t want another 2 weeks at sea!But this is the last ocean that we have to roam,And in less than 7 weeks, we will all be back home!!The wind and the water they change very quick,And the strength and direction we don’t get to pick.The Atlantic is mighty and to forecast is a pain,When the Met Office says sunshine, we have the rain!The wind it is 2 knots and comes from behind,And 10 minutes later it’s blowing our minds.The sails they are up, they are in and they’re out,And everything aboard gets Shaken about!Last night we had 10 knots and then 35,The direction kept changing so we had to jibe!The swell was quite slight, then 5 metres high,And Peat Smoke was surfing way up to the sky!All night. read more...


22/05/2013

Johanem - McHanem blog wednesday 22 May

Hello family, friends, camp followers and other readersWe have been at sea for almost exactly one week and have covered over 1000 miles with about 825 to go to Horta. All is well on board but we have strong southerly winds which make the boat fairly frisky down below. On the up side we are howling along at 9/10 knots with heavily reefed white sails. The record run over a 3 hour watch is 25 miles with a top speed of 10.3 knots achieved by Stan but competition remains fierce with several days to go. Harry the hydrovane is having to work pretty hard but still manages to steer better than most of the motley over a period of timeOn board activities have settled down into the usual relaxed pattern. The wine appreciation club meets every evening, albeit briefly, to sample the delights of the. read more...


22/05/2013

Peter von Danzig - Morning dawn

After breakfast, I just finished my watch, I ask, what could I do the restof the morning. Out of a lot of useful and not so useful tips, I chose theone to write a small article for the ARC-Blog.Thinking of what to write I remember the one question I often get asked byfriends and relatives: How can you spend three weeks of precious holidayson the Atlantic on a 55ft vessel without seeing anything else then water,water, water and the same eleven other faces? I try to answer thatquestion by giving a detailed explanation of the first four and a halfhours of this still very young day.At 1:45 am somebody wakes my up with a silent singing of “rise, rise” tostart my watch. It is pitch black outside. Not a good time to wake up.Still half asleep I start to get dressed. Peter von Danzig rushes. read more...


22/05/2013

Paraty - Tag 13 - Rasante Nacht

Gesternhatten wir 2 Walsichtungen und ein scheuer, einzelner Delfin hat mal kurzvorbeigeschaut. DieWetterdaten sagen, wir sitzen in einem Flautenloch. Dafuer geht es aber ziemlichzur Sache. Die ganze Nacht durch sind wir fast mit Vollzeug und gutem Bootsspeedunterwegs gewesen. Der Wind hatte immer 4, in Boen 5 Windstaerken. Leider hattenwir den Strom gegen uns, erst um etwa 8:00 Uhr heute Morgen ist er gekentert undfaengt langsam wieder an, uns auf unserem Weg zu den Azoren zu unterstuetzen.Heute ist es wieder sonnig und wir haben das Gefuehl, es ist etwas waermergeworden. Es sind jetzt nur noch weniger als 800 sm bis Horta. PM. read more...



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