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16/12/2012

All-Linn - Dag 19 - På stedet hvil

Dag 19 og vi ligger stadig her ute i blåmyra og dupper. Vi skulle jo kommettil kai i dag, men dette stillebeltet var ikke med i beregningene våre. Tidengår saktere nå som vi ikke er opptatt med å holde båten på kurs. Tidligere harvi vært helt utslitt etter vaktene og stupt i sjøkøyene våre.Nå får vi i allefall sjangsen til og “nyte” disse ekstra dagene på sjøen og biblioteket ombordhar fått bein å gå på.Det er ganske facinerende at havet her ute kan endre segfra svære fjell (de største jeg har sett i mitt liv) til havblikk og ikke enkrusning i sikte.Etter gårsdagens e-post fra ARC kunne de informere om en annenbåt som også hadde mistet propellen sin og gjorde 1 knop-en liten gladsak der,kjekt å vite at vi ikke er de eneste,hehe.Etter værmeldingen fra Mats i går somikke var særlig lystig. read more...


16/12/2012

Fidelis of London - dag 20 152 j nmdoor thomas

met nog 50 mijl te gaan krijgt papa dorst dus gooien we de motor opplankgas tja kan het schelen. met zo'n 7.5 knopen gaan de fanatieke racersvan fidelis of london op de finishline af. met ons enige resterende zeildat niet gescheurt is de genua op voor de image. ik denk dat we ongeveer om17:30 rond borrel tijd, nu gaan we de uurtjes aftellen. Ik en jannekezitten op de punt om te kijken wanner er land in zigt is. Ik ben wel blijdat me laatste nacht waacht erop zit en me laatste wacht om 12 uur lokaletijd begint en aan het eind van die wacht wordt alleen nog ff douchen endan alles klaarmaken zodat we snel kunnen aanleggen en naar de pubs rennen.samen met de pocolocos en oestrianen die ons op staan te wachtenwith only 50 miles to go daddy is getting thirsty so we puut the engine onfull. read more...


Senta - The Limbo Queen
Senta - The Limbo Queen
Senta - Coles on Crossing
Senta - Coles on Crossing
16/12/2012

Stormvogel - Tag 19: Alles eine Frage der Einstellung!

Der Samstag (15/12/2012) begann recht lustig!Skipper sitzt am Kartentisch und verfasst seinen endlos langen Tauchbericht. Währenddessen geht die Sonne auf und es wird hell.Skipper hört auf einmal eine Leine gegen einen Mast schlagen - aber das ist nicht unsere Leine und nicht unser Mast!Dann Stimmen!Von denen wird sogar Heidi wach!Also raus an Deck......da hat sich doch tatsächlich von Achtern eine kleine französische Yacht (kein ARC Teilnehmer) an uns herangemacht und fragt nach dem Wetter!So rufen wir im Abstand von 15 Metern uns ein paar Nettigkeiten zu, ich den Wetterbericht für die kommenden zwei Tage und er fragt noch, ob er uns helfen kann. Ich verneine und er dreht ab.So "geweckt" kann der neue Tag ja nun beginnen. Heidi lacht sich natürlich tot darüber, das ausgerechnet auf. read more...


16/12/2012

Senta - St Lucia is paradise

Dear friends and family, we arrived in Rodney Bay, St Lucia Thursday morning and are really enjoying being here. Our finish was like our start, a race, this time with Ian, Helen and Dylan from Sundancer II, they beat us in, no problem. The reception on pontoon by our Fabiola and Savarna friends  was just the best and rum punch and champagne does taste fabulous at 9 am. It took us 17 days which was much fatser than we expected. Except from a blocked toilet and some diesle issued nothing is broken, good, old Senta. We all agree it was a real good crossing and no hardship at all.Since then we have been tidying, cleaning and getting the boat back to normal but mostly we haver been socialising with our friends. All the family boats are on dock J and we usually have a crowd of. read more...


16/12/2012

Rafiki - Buoy ahead!

Saturday 15th December 2012Cally writes:I am currently on night watch on a very quiet evening. We are motorsailing, as the wind has started to fill in a tiny bit, but not enoughfor us to stop the engine.It is a little frustrating to be caught in this lack of wind and yettoday the Ocean has given us plenty of treats which we otherwisewouldn't have enjoyed.First up was our encounter with the East of Martinique weather buoy.This is one of a collection of buoys in the Atlantic that provideweather data for forecasting. We noticed last night that it would beon our track and so decided to find it. Not the most exciting thingto do you may think, but there is not a lot going on while motoringacross the ocean, nor are there many objects moored in 5km waterdepth! At breakfast time, Skipper. read more...


16/12/2012

Rafiki - Chugging away

Friday 14th December 2012Rob writes:We finally admitted defeat on our goal of sailing all the way to StLucia this morning - the wind died away during the night and there isno prospect of much wind for the next 3-4 days, a real shame. On theplus side, we have plenty of diesel left to take us the remaining400NM to St Lucia, having only used about 60l for battery charging sofar.So off we chugged across a flat calm ocean with nothing in sight allaround. We decided to try and use the last days of our trip to sortthe boat out for arriving in St Lucia so we don't have a lot of jobsto do when we get there. Cally set about cleaning the fridge andfreezer out as some fish defrosted and dripped liquid, which has givenit a rather off-putting smell, doing the last laundry before St Luciaand. read more...


16/12/2012

Karma Daze - Day 19 Where Has All the Wind Gone?

11 pmSaturday night – we have now been motoring for 48 hours.  There is a large area with light/verylight winds in this part of the Atlantic. We ran into it when we were about 500 miles from St Lucia with theprospect that there would be no wind until Monday.  However, looking at weather forecast wehave and other boats have we are hoping that the wind will gradually startreturning late afternoon/early evening on Sunday.  We were quite concerned when we firststarted motoring that we may have to sit and wallow as we do not have enoughdiesel to take us all the way to St Lucia, but we are now more optimistic thatwe have sufficient to get us to the wind. Our firstmotoring day we had a conversation with a passing large motor yacht on its wayto Grenada.  They were taking. read more...


16/12/2012

Salsa af Stavsnäs - Well it is always YOUR responsibilty!

What a nigh we had. No wind, no waves, just a silksmooth swell, stars all the way to the horizon. Some so low you thought theywhere lanterns from ships. One of the stars I named tonight, the Lantern Star.We are aiming for Orion of course, the star that leads sailors going west. Wehave not seen a boat or ship for more than 48 hours now.  My father died this date one year ago, so sittingwatching this bright stars, the milky way so grand, so vast, so...empty. Makes me feel small. This ocean makes me so small.Life is so small and short.  I do not think that my father and I reallyunderstood that when we spoke last time, a couple of days before the 15th ofDecember, that a year later just precise, we would be out in the Atlantic Ocean.He knew what it was about, in a way, he worked. read more...


15/12/2012

Mis Amores - Report three: what a day!

December 15, 2012Dear friendsWe went through a whole bunch of highs and lows in the last 24 hours. The lows concern our friends in ARC that are having less luck that we are. We are currently heading to one of them hoping we can help after a storm they went through and left them with a few damages inclusive two injured crew members. There was no Mayday sent out; it makes us believe that they are still holding well. Our boat is taking good care about us so far and we are grateful for that!The highs refer to us and our board life. Yesterday we have witnessed one of the most beautiful sunsets ever seen by any crew member, old and young ones. The pink and turquoise sky and clouds were mirroring in the Atlantic Ocean, so wide and endless. It was spectacular!Today we are sailing in smooth west. read more...


Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
15/12/2012

Rafiki - The aftermath of an 11 hour gale

Cally writes:Thursday 13th December 2012Sailing this ocean is like moving seamlessly through a series ofdifferent rooms. We are in a completely different "room" now, to thescary black one we were in last night.Today the weather has been beautifully sunny and mercifully cool, bycomparison to the horrible, close stickiness we had before the gale.We have had fun this afternoon averaging 9 kts with the spinnaker andare making good progress, ahead of a forecasted hole in the wind,which is set to last for the rest of our journey to St. Lucia.It's a pity that this will mean motoring (unless we want to be at seafor an extra week!) - especially as our aim in not using our enginethrough our last calm was to manage to sail the whole way.Ironically, if we had motored then, we would have got ahead of. read more...


15/12/2012

Jus' do it 5 - LOG DAY 16 - the finish! - an ode at the end...

Wednesday 16th December 2012It's been doom and gloom since we lost our boomand the rain has never stopped falling,we've been soaked to the skinbut we'll take it on the chinas the sea has been our callingAs food supplies dwindlepower's low on the kindlewe wonder how far we've to gothe sails are in tattersbut the racing still mattersnever heed the carnage belowWhen we hear "land ahoy!"you can imagine our joythe end of the voyage is nearcocktails, rum on the beachit's almost in reach!and we're just about out of boat beer......The final hours.......We try hard to reach Rodney Bay before sundown but are less than an hour too late. We cross the finish line at 1818hours local time and are we glad to hear that horn!There are however, a final few challenges - the headsail furler is jammed so we. read more...


15/12/2012

Jus' do it 5 - LOG DAY 15 - yahoo wahoo 2!

Tuesday 11th December 20121200hrs GMT (12th) - miles in last 24 hours - 163POSITION - 14'26 N, 059'45WAt last we get what we asked for - a lovely sunny day, puffy white trade wind clouds and a landed wahoo!There's not quite enough wind - 10-15 knots, 6-7 knots boat speed. Still hopeful we'll get in Wednesday pm in daylight.We enjoy our fish with fried potatoes and salad - McPhail's favourite meal. We're all pretty exhausted now - the watches and helming are taking their toll and we're all looking forward to getting there. Three of the crew have come down with colds so Gordon is on constant contamination alert - no drinking out of bottles!. read more...


15/12/2012

Maunie of Ardwall - A Motoring Maunie on Day 19

As predicted we’re now in motorboat mode. We had some gentle sailing for afew hours yesterday afternoon but the wind evaporated and we’ve been at slowengine speed ever since. Still the sea is calm so we aren’t lurching aboutuncomfortably and the stars were superbly bright last night (the moon is just atiny crescent, from the bottom, so looks like a Cheshire Cat grin).  Rich cooked the last of our fresh steak last night in a delicious Italianbeef stew and we sat in the pilothouse watching War Horse on the laptop whilstConstance the electronic autopilot kept us pointing towards Saint Lucia.   Today has dawned hot and sunny so we stopped the engine and the three chapsjumped over the side for a swim. Wow, really warm water! We were surprised tofind dozens of little rubbery Klingons. read more...


Maunie of Ardwall - A Motoring Maunie on Day 19
Maunie of Ardwall - A Motoring Maunie on Day 19
15/12/2012

Fidelis of London - Day 19 by Lon

180 miles to go!!! The countdown has started!!!We just hope our engine won´t decide to give up, because there isabsolutely no wind. The engine stopped twice in the past 2 days, we had tochange the filters ourselves for the first time. I don´t think it was easycrawling into a boiling engine room while the boat was rolling a lot. Mumand dad only had the 3 of us for assistance as Robert fell quite badly justbefore. As always the 3 of us weren´t exactly taking things very serious soour help was pretty useless, we basically just handed them buckets andthrew things overboard. Luckily the second time we had to change afilter Robert was able to help out, and the rest of us just slept rightthrough it. For some reason these things always happen at the mostinconvenient times, like during dinner or. read more...


15/12/2012

Ceilidh of Lorne - Ceilidh Photos

Here are a few photos as promised. The sailing shots from the ARC finish were by Tim Wright. We are all enjoying the hospitality and glorious weather at St Lucia, still trying to fix various faults on the boat as usual! Hope the weather in Scotland is not too Baltic! Dave Sturrock. read more...


Ceilidh of Lorne - Ceilidh Photos
Ceilidh of Lorne - Ceilidh Photos