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28/11/2014

Lydia - Leg 2 Day 9 - The Wall & Sargasso Sneezing

Rather like marathon runners, this blog was in danger of hitting the wall of no significant activity to report because today has been very straightforward. However, there have been a few noteworthy events that mark it out as different. One of which was that, after 3 or 4 days with a blank plotter screen (other than the midday positions of our closest competitors/fellow rally participants, which we enter as waypoints), we actually 'saw' a merchant ship. According to the AIS she was bound for London but sadly her closest point of approach was over 15 miles away so we never saw her lights.We continue to see lots of Sargasso weed - some of it in quite large clumps. It appears to be very healthy and since we're too many days out for a Cape Verde sniffle to materialise, the bouts of sneezing. read more...


28/11/2014

Time Bandit - Beam Me Up

Lat: 15 17NLong: 48 40WFor the last 48 hours the whole fleet has been reporting "washing machine" conditions. On one boat the crew took to the floor. On another, into the sail locker. Consequently, Eric, having read Prof Brian Cox book on physics and space stuff, has been collecting old bits of wire, broken radio and assorted fuses and is now trying to assemble a transporter; same as used on Star Trek.He's hoping to have it finished in time to get him off Time Bandit and back to his own wee bed at least before any more rock and roll nights!Other than that, we're all doing well. We had our best days run yesterday of 171 miles, just breaking the previous day of 170. The winds are dropping to 12-15 for the next few days so we will be logging more like 100-120 but it will be a shade less. read more...


28/11/2014

Aretha - Day 5 - Making rapid progress

We’re feeling properly at sea now.Life is calmer - we are all more relaxed. It helps to be making rapid progress too. After a morning heading South we’ve spent the past 10 hours pointing directly at St Lucia on a beam reach doing between 7 and 9 knots. It’s a fast bouncy sleigh ride. Watching Aretha carve through the water and the swoosh down the hull reminds me of skiing through fresh powder. The children are loving having Paul and Jani on board. They are brilliant with them and it helps to have different influences other than Nichola and mine after 3 months at sea together.More repairs today. An interesting one today. We punctured the tender on one of the davit pins which lost its protective cover. For today, it was hove to and lash the tender onto the davits with spare sheets. We. read more...


28/11/2014

Ellida 6 - fsrp29460

p:23 06.4'N:-28 00.6'WDag 5I dag samlet vi inn vannproeve nr 2 av til sammen 6. Proevene som taser ledd i prosjektet Marine Microplastics. Dette prosjektet er detstoerste som noensinne er gjennomfoert på omraadet, og maalet er åkartlegge mengde og type mikroplastiske partikler i Atlanteren. Av de 220baatene som er med i ARC er hele 150 baater med og samler inn proever ilaferden over Atlanteren.Bakgrunnen for prosjektet er erkjennelsen av urovekkende mengderplastavfall i sjoen, og oppdagelsen av at plastavfall gjoer mye mer skadeenn de triste bildene vi ser av sjoefugl med remaposer grodd fast i vingenog lignende. Mikroplast gaar inn i kretsloepet, blant annet ved at krillog smaafisk forveksler plastpartiklene med mat og spiser det. Smaafiskenspises av stoerre fisk, som igjen spises av. read more...


Ellida 6 - fsrp29460
Ellida 6 - fsrp29460
28/11/2014

Sojourner - Day 5; Eating words with extra salt.....

Been another tough day of working upwind against building NW winds and seas.....20-25kts and 2.5 to 3 meter seas, pretty bouncy ride and keeps driving us south of our desired course, playing havoc with our VMG.Been a good test of our watertight integrity; the new portlight seals we installed in Las Palmas have been great, no or minimal leaking there.Dorades a different story, need to recaulk to get rid of those annoying drips.At any rate, we expect the winds to clock tonight and think we will be reaching starting tomorrow and all will be rainbows and unicorns again.So what is life like on a heeling, bouncing boat crashing through waves?If you are in the Vee Berth, you pray for the integrity of the hull fiberglass as the waves sound like explosions a foot from Ken"s head and sometimes the. read more...


28/11/2014

Hugur - Hugur the Atlantic and green bananas.

Thurstday 27thNovDo I love being on the sunny side of life? yesGood day at sea, good breeze we are taking a more southern heading andhoping for good winds all the way. Easy pea this Atlantic ocean, Ijustlove it. I know what it is capable of both here in the south andin the North where I come from. So I find it smooth and lovely as faras we have come anyhow.Friday 28th November.Still 5 days to go and the bananas are still green and hard !!*???Foodis otherwise good , most fruits and veggies finished, but we stillhave a lot of green hard bananas.We might need to throw them to the fish before arriving in theCaribbean , cause we are not allowed to bring fruits and veggieswithus.So also the Basil and Rosmarey and Mint plants will have to be thrown out .I love the Atlantic ocean it’s a smoothie J. read more...


28/11/2014

DreamCatcher - DreamCatcher Leg 2, 28th November

Hmmm. Sailing.I tell you what cracking winds and speed we are experiencing...and they drop and/or don't read the forecast and come from a different, and wrong, direction.I had penned a blog a couple of nights ago, telling you how wonderful certain bits of equipment were, especially Pandora, our Parasailor.That night, around 0130 ship's time, about 900nm from the nearest land, it decided to take a swim.As James wrote in the log sometime later: ''the halyard broke. Unintended drop''. I didn't have the heart to post the blog.Actually, the halyard was fine. We are very careful and vigilant about chafe, and had already shortened that rope to eliminate areas of wear, and we lengthen and shorten the halyards periodically to avoid the same surfaces meeting for prolonged periods. No, this was. read more...


28/11/2014

Makena - Meet Jerry

November 27, 2014Onboard Makena, Lagoon 620 crossing the AtlanticPosition at noon16° 41.4' N48° 12.2' WThanksgiving Day aboard Makena felt like a family affair. We have come to depend and rely on each other, building trust, help each other and living in (relatively) close quarters.During the day, we spotted the same whale, species anyway, that we had seen several days earlier. Very curious behavior as it surfed behind us, came alongside at just a few meters from the boat, a couple of meters deep and turned on its side, exposing that white underbelly and white pectoral fins. In the 30 minutes or so that the whale stuck around, we only saw her take a couple of breaths. We would lose it in the deep blue of the ocean, then spotting the dark outline streaming ahead or behind us. Spectacular. read more...


Makena - Meet Jerry
Makena - Meet Jerry
28/11/2014

Makena - Nov 28 - 1/4 DTD left!

Our distance to go to the destination (DTD) just fell below one quarter of where it started. It is now about the same as the recent trip between Mallorca and Gibraltar, to give you an idea of scale. We've made good distance these past 24 hours and spirits are high. We had a lovely Thanksgiving dinner which PW is going to describe in incredible detail for you! People are starting to prepare their photo albums for upload on arrival. It's really warm inside the boat... really warm! We got back within radio contact range of some boats yesterday evening so that was nice to have some chats. We had lunch with the red spinnacker of Archer in view. Happy Birthday to my beloved brother Mick - don't know if he is touring in Australia or Ireland right now so I think I'll leave off the phone call (I. read more...


28/11/2014

Libeccio - Friday Nov 28th

TGIF... inmaritime speak is, Thank Goodness It Floats!  Today:getting it RIGHT;  not only good, but, GREAT circles; where are ourmanners?; sparks are flying now;   We continueto make steady progress to the south and the west, however, not as much to thewest as we would like. We don’t have access to the fleet viewer, but, wouldguess that we are amongst the southern most boats in the ARC. As mentioned inone of the earlier missives, we were not going to take the Northerly routewhich, although faster, comes with potential for heavier seas and strongerwinds. As we are not in a hurry—why race to a marina where you can sit in yourboat with hundreds of others—and the winds have been almost perfect in terms ofstrength to allow us some of the best sailing we have ever. read more...


28/11/2014

Profile - Nic's Blog

....and so boys and girls, what can we see out of the rectangular windowtoday.....   Randy Richard has clearly decided his charms are not going to woo me afterall so I am watching with interest on my watches at the blossoming romance thatis unfolding between him and the crazy Russian....really rather sweet.   Are there plus points to being the only girl on board....well I get extraspecial offers of vicks vapo chest rubs and the option of having my legs shavedby Richy Rich ....and my own bunk...and I get toshare my life for 2.5 weeks with some rather special boys (who are really notvery good at fishing but don’t tell them I said that) who often appear halfnaked on the deck....what’s not to love  Lots and lots of water out here and still no sight of land.... Over and out. read more...


28/11/2014

T&T - Anniversaire

Vendredi 28 novembre 2014Nous nous remettons tant bien que mal de l’absence de « Chiffon » à bord, les symptômes spi-chiatriques s’estompent peu à peu, chacun à son bout d’chiffon et en fait ce qu’il veut…Nous apprivoisons « Oussama » qui il faut bien le dire se montre plutôt docile ces dernières heures…Du coup nous continuons notre route bon train vers sainte Lucie. Les grains aboient et la caravane passe.Aujourd’hui c’est l’anniversaire du capitaine, Gerda sa femme et notre cuisinière a préparé son plat préféré: Heinz red beans con eggs and bacon. Il a aussi reçu des cadeaux de l’équipage: un T-shirt, un livre et une pipe. Neptune aussi lui a fait un clin d’œil: des dauphins sont venus jouer devant l’étrave ce matin. Les filles du capitaine lui ont également. read more...


28/11/2014

Euphoria - Log Day 5 – Deadliest catch

Kära bloggen,  Detta inlägg blir på standard swenska, hoppas detta är ålrajt.  Först det viktigaste. Euphorin har lagt sig något, och mentaliteten hargått från “VM-guld” till “det viktiga är inte att vinna...”. Placeringen ärnumera 4a för Euphoria, även om vi fortfarande är överygade om att vårtmastermove norrut kommer att skörda frukt inom 3 dygn. Vänta ni bara. Men vägentill framgång är allt annat än glamorös. Euphoria piskar genom vågorna för kryss(“bidévind” enligt någon). Vågorna är höga, vindstyrkan hög, kränget ärkonstant. Detta fungerar alldeles utmärkt för båten, besättningen börjar dockbli lite sliten. Men som sagt, framgångarnas skörd kommer så småningom attberika. Rikligt. I övrigt ligger vi för styrbordshalsar sedan typ Gran Canaria.För att dubbelkolla att båten. read more...


28/11/2014

Weirkraken - Test Log

Force Ten from Las Palmas - Day 1We finally left the Harbour of Las Palmas on Monday 24th November - one day late because of atrocious weather. During our preparation days, Liz had a thorough sort out of the boat and thew out such vital items as an Iron and china Dinner service much to Rupert's horror. Liz and Anne then spent about 7 hours in the dreaded Carrefours and as a result Weir Kracken was left listing 10 degrees to port much to the discomfort of the Norwegian boat moored next door who spent Saturday night propping us up in a storm. Captain Rupert in his enthusiasm fell off his seat and twisted his ankle as we were preparing to cast off. We crossed the start line at a quarter to one and had a bit of a stand off with a large green boat (you know who you are). Shortly after the. read more...


28/11/2014

Red Devil 3 - Vamos al Hotel

Viernes 27   Las bajas presiones y el temporal que hay a laaltura de Portugal nos influye y nos envía mar de fondo y viento del NNW. Aefectos de la prevsión meteorológica, la organización ha dividido la zonaen cuadriculas con sus correspondientes nombre Alfa, Bravo, Charlie, etc.Estamos dejando atrás Bravo y entramos en Hotel. Parece premonitoriode que a medida que bajamos más al sur las condiciones vanmejorando. Hemos tenido sol buena parte del día, aunque a esta hora seha nublado bastante. La comida ha sido un festín, protagonista el dorado quepescamos ayer y unas patatas con mojo de Macu. De lujo! Hoy han vuelto a picarlos dorados. Hasta tres sobre las 14h aunque dos se han escapado. Mañanavolveremos a degustar el pescado fresco.. read more...


28/11/2014

Archer - In Archer's Wake

Remember the tale of Finnigan's Wake and the lilting Irish tune that goes with it? Poor 'ol Dan Finnigan died and was dressed in his coffin for his wake.The wake got so rowdy that one of his mates spilled whiskey on him.....at which point, Dan awoke from 'the dead" and joined in the fun.Carolyn was on watch last night .... it was a quiet night and she decided to write a song to the tune of Finnigan's Wake to memorialize the passage.If you download the tune, you can sing along....CHORUS:The mighty Archer charges on.Many change of sail we must make.We encounter others across the pondFor now they're all in Archer's Wake.VERSE 1:Bouncing on the tramp at our feetThe big red reacher flying overheadWe coil up the nice clean sheetsAnd we reef the sails when we go to bed.CHORUSVERSE 2:Meals of. read more...


28/11/2014

ARC14 Blogoramma - Life at 45 degrees

24:14.2N  026:02.7W   Tune of the Day: "When the Going Gets Tough", BillyOcean   Day 5.  A challenging 24 hours.  Nosooner had we finished enjoying Ben's second culinary masterpiece of the day- Doggie Pie - and the wind swung around to the NW putting us on a beamreach.  After dark it started to gust 25+ kts and we could nolongerhold our course.  We had to bear off the wind, hand steering for longperiods during the night as Beryl (our trusty auto-helm) couldn't cope with thegusts.  The boat went over onto a 45' heel and everything downbelow became pretty chaotic.  The leecloth holding jags into his bunk brokeand he landed with a crash and led to a "Jags moment".  Minkey spent asleepless night trying to get into any. read more...


28/11/2014

Northern Child - Northern Child Day 5

Our apologies for skipping one day in giving friends andloved-ones an update on our escapade on Northern Child. However, yesterday we were a bit occupied and pre-occupied witha small leakage problem around our rudder.  While some were thinkingof calling out "Houston, Houston, we have a....", others kept their calm andrepaired what turned out to be a moved seal around the rudder casing, which,. inturn, caused a minor leak from the bottom -- never a good thing for a boatcrossing the ocean.  Because of the potential implications, we evenconsidered paying a brief visit to Cape Verde to have it checked out.   But Houdini-like skipper Chris managed to wrigglehimself into the lazarette, and repair the seal with the rudder in motion.The casing. read more...


28/11/2014

Philocat Ena - day 5 - 1 spinnaker (kites) out of three left

A short update after 4 days in the ARC:Monday, 24th: We had a great start in a rough see, sailing downwind up to 23 knots with large heavy spinnaker. Lots of rolling and rocking of boat, not a good night sleep.Tuesday, 25th: Not too much wind south of the canary islands. Unfortunately,we lost our big spinnaker in the evening including our portside railing when everything went to sea by full speed. Stefan's foot was connected to spinnaker by rope but he luckily managed to stay on board and the injury could be mended quickly. Two holes in portside hull due to loss of stanchions but we fixed everything with ducttape and stay-afloat.Wednesday 26th: First dolphins accompanying our journey. Winds are still light- perfect conditions for our pink spinnaker. Unfortunately it broke very soon and. read more...


Philocat Ena - day 5 - 1 spinnaker (kites) out of three left
Philocat Ena - day 5 - 1 spinnaker (kites) out of three left
Philocat Ena - day 5 - 1 spinnaker (kites) out of three left
Philocat Ena - day 5 - 1 spinnaker (kites) out of three left
Philocat Ena - day 5 - 1 spinnaker (kites) out of three left
Philocat Ena - day 5 - 1 spinnaker (kites) out of three left
Philocat Ena - day 5 - 1 spinnaker (kites) out of three left
Philocat Ena - day 5 - 1 spinnaker (kites) out of three left
28/11/2014

Wiki - Ein neuer Autopilot mit fürchterlichen Geräuschen...

Jele übt das Rudergehen für den Fall, dass der Autopilot doch noch sein Leben aushaucht.Eure WIKI-CrewFür die lieben Kurznachrichten bedanken wir uns herzlich bei Jelenas Papa, Pitty aus Münster, Roland aus der Oberpfalz, Arne, Werner007 sowie den Atlantikseglern Denis und Volker!!!--jele. read more...


Philocat Ena - day 5 - 1 spinnaker (kites) out of three left
Philocat Ena - day 5 - 1 spinnaker (kites) out of three left
28/11/2014

Aislig Bheag - log day 4 - life at an angle

We continue to make good progress, clocking up the miles, we hope to havethe 1st 1000 miles ticked off late tomorrow, which will call for a celebration.The wind on your face is becoming increasingly warmer as we travel west, we arestill waiting for the wind to go behind us so that life will flatten out alittle. We are becoming increasingly adept at negotiating each other and movingaround  the boat whilst it is at a constant 15-20% angle, which in drivingterms is about a 1:6... there have been some very impressive moves from one sideof the boat to the other resulting in much hilarity..........strictly comedancing watch out! As a result of this we are changing colour but more due tobruises at this point in time.Last  night Duncan was rudely awakened when his lee.....no not. read more...


Aislig Bheag - log day 4 - life at an angle
Aislig Bheag - log day 4 - life at an angle
Wiki - Ein neuer Autopilot mit fürchterlichen Geräuschen...
Wiki - Ein neuer Autopilot mit fürchterlichen Geräuschen...
28/11/2014

Meltemi - 5.Tag

Nachdem sich Nils gestern beklagt hatte, dass wir "nur noch rumdümpeln" (7,5 kn!)sind wir heute Nacht wieder ICE gefahren, abwechselnd unter einer Wolkendecke und bei sternklarem Himmel.Wir haben die 2000er-Marke geknackt!!Heute Morgen schießt die Meltemi bei 20 kn Wind unter Vollzeug durch die blaue See. Sonnenfunkelnde Gischt spritzt üners Deck. Wache 1 macht Juhuuu und Nils schreit Jippiieeh! Ein Etmal von 182 Meilen zaubert auch auf Rüdigers Lippen ein Lächeln.Wache 1 versucht den Sipper dazu zu überreden, die Wachablösung unter Deck einzusperren um länger am Ruder bleiben zu dürfen. Leider erweist sich Rüdiger als unbestechlich.Der Wachplan nimmt unerbittlich seinen Lauf.Nun steuert Ines die Meltemi bei Rauschefahrt unter blauem Himmel und quietscht vor Vergnügen.Es sieht ganz so. read more...


28/11/2014

Philocat Ena - 5. Tag - 2. Spi kaputt

Unser fünfter Tag auf See, zwei unserer drei Spis sind mittlerweilegerissen. Einen konnten wir flicken - bis jetzt hält er...Viele fliegende Fische verirren sich auf unser Boot - gemein, irgendwie,wenn man bedenkt, wie viele Quadratkilometer ohne Hindernis sie hätten. Ab und zu sieht man noch einen Vogel unbestimmter Destination und Herkunftund sonst nur Wasser. Nachts schaut der Mond kurz auf uns herunter und wirzu ihm rauf. ob er hält. read more...


Philocat Ena - 5. Tag - 2. Spi kaputt
Philocat Ena - 5. Tag - 2. Spi kaputt
28/11/2014

Helen - Day 5

The challenges of the bread maker! Each day I put the same bread mixture, amount of yeast but possibly not quite the same amount of water due to the rolling of the yacht, into the machine and switch it on. Three and a half hours later it's a moment of wonder as to what shape of loaf it will be as it is turned out. We have had the port tack, the starboard tack, confused seas ( this one had a most interesting top) and this trip what I call the top hat. A very tall loaf that was a devil to slice as the top was just air holes. All loaves I hasten to add are very edible and enjoyed with a variety of fillings each lunch time. However uniformity of slice size and ease of actual slicing are a daily topic of discussion. Wendy. read more...


28/11/2014

Captain Blind - 4éme jour ..lecture et discussions

Vent de travers depuis hier ap midi avec GV et génois , vent 15 à 25 nds ,vitesse pratiquement constante à 8.5 nds et sur la route directe....pasgrand chose à faire sauf régler les écoutes de temps en temps...l'équipageen profite pour dévorer les romans emportés et refaire le monde autour dela table du carré...encore une douzaine d'heure et on envoie le spi ....il était temps..ce midi salade par Patrice et café par Donatien....un vrai travaild'équipe..Côté course il semble que la bagarre se passe ente les Fille de l'Ile ,l'Huite Scarlet et nous ...à suivre ..et gare à un 4éme larron !on espère en avoir plus à vous raconter dans les pochains jours .. read more...


28/11/2014

Aurelia - Day 2,3,4 & 5

Sorry we have been a bit quiet for those following. We have had a few technical challenges, nothing we haven't been able to overcome though. We have seen our first whale and 2 very large dolphin pods. All good.J.McLeish--. read more...


25/11/2014

Aurelia - Day 1

Afternoon all.175 miles yesterday with mixed weather.Surfing at 13 knots was fun.Excellent chilli from Gerry kept spirits high despite little to no sleep.J.McLeish. read more...


28/11/2014

EH01 - Eat Sleep Sail Repeat

Hi everyone,The last 24 hours has provided us with some excellent sailing. With the wind in the North it has provided fast reaching conditions allowing us to lay our mark to the north of St Lucia perfectly. We made the decision as a crew to maximise our VMG and proceed under white sails for the next day or so until the wind veers around to the east again. Fingers crossed this decision pays off as we continue on our mission to crack into the top 5 overall!!The weather was a bit on the chilly side this morning but it has now turned into a glamour afternoon with the sun shining and 15-20 knots of wind just ahead of the beam. All the crew are enjoying life in their shorts and t-shirts, makes a nice change from the foul weather gear!!As usual with these trips the crew are developing very. read more...


25/11/2014

Aurelia - test

Test email All Received --. read more...


28/11/2014

Rhumb - Log Day 4

Today saw the departure of David and Len - a very difficult moment for us all for lots of obvious reasons.The day did perk up a little though, as a wander into town brought us to an Irish hostelry, whereupon we just had to have a couple ofpints of Guinness - very nice they were too. Yours truly though, spilt most of his before the first sip was taken.On our way back to the marina, we happened upon a young lady who was preparing her boat to row across the Atlantic to Dominica - 3 months apparently rowing for 8 hours a day, we thought we had problems!! Quite a lady really - adventurous or foolhardy, only time will tell. On a similar subject, this reminded us of what could have been quite an embarrassing encounter on day 2 when we nearly ran down a British 4 man row boat, probably on a. read more...


28/11/2014

King's Legend - living at an angle

Four days of living at an anglePosition 23.07.303N & 28.03.561WMeans:• Steering at an angle• Walking and growing huge calves for free at an angle• Showering and dressing at an angle• Putting in my contact lenses at angle resulted in two lenses in oneeye. That doesn’t really help while steering and looking at the wind vane.• Peeing at an angle – men are only allowed to sit - pure damage control• Shitting at an angle. It is extremely hard to flush as water tendsflow downward. And aiming the toilet paper correctly at an angle is anotherdemanding task• Catching two fishes in 15 minutes. That is mostly the art of hoistingit on deck aiming at a bucket at an angle• Cooking at an angle. If you don’t fix it; it will fly through thegalley choosing any angle• Eating at an angle. Most of the. read more...


28/11/2014

Paroya - Log Day 9 Happy Crew

Volle zwei Tag konnte sich die Crew von Fisch ernähren und der Kühlschrank bot langsam wieder Kapazität. Also gut Angelstopp aufgehoben und Leine ins Wasser! 30' später ein Biss, Stress, Genua einrollen anluven und Leine langsam einholen. Schwierig, viel Zug, sehr viel Zug... nach 20' sehen wir den Prachtskerl unter dem Boot schwimmen, wieder mal eine Dorade, die 7te. Kurz später landete der Fisch im Boot und wurde mit Bier und Ruhm betäubt, trotzdem mussten wir den Steuerstand verlassen, da dieser noch immer wild um sich schlug. ca. 10-12Kg und 1.2m lang. Kühlschrank ist wieder voll und nun ist wieder Angelstopp. Das heisst, morgen ist die Zeit um wieder ein paar Meilen auf die Konkurrenz gut zu machen. In Bezug auf die Arbeit und Zubereitung, bevorzugen wir eher die kleineren Modelle,. read more...


Paroya - Log Day 9 Happy Crew
Paroya - Log Day 9 Happy Crew
28/11/2014

American Spirit II - Day 326; Another Great Day on Safari, Including Lions Again; Thursday, November 27, 2014

A little bit about the Lalibela Game Reserve. The game reserve spans 5 different eco-systems: valley bushveld, savannah grassland, fynbos, riverine forest and acacia woodland, resulting in a diversity of plants/trees, animals and birds. I have no idea what a 'valley bushveld,' 'fynbos,' 'riverine' forest and 'acacia' woodland are. However, the bottom line is, that with different types of topography you get a greater variety of animals.Its Thanksgiving Day in the USA, but not in South Africa. No turkey here. Up at 5:00 AM, with breakfast at 5:30 AM . My light breakfast consisted of toast, a banana and a glass of passion fruit juice.Even before the light breakfast, Jack and Joel saw 3 elephants on the hill behind our compound. The range ride started at 6:00 AM, with Joel and I seated in. read more...


28/11/2014

Sandvita - Dag fyra och fem

Dag 4 och 5. En vacker soluppgång förhöjer färdens värde med glans. Natten har varit lite jobbig med växlande vindar. Att reva i kompakt mörker, monstervågor och tjuriga vindar är lika skrämmande som att leka kurragömma med en knicbeväpnad psykopat. Nåväl allt gick bra tack vare det ovanöiga mod som denna besättning besitter. Vi fick sällskap av några förvånade delfiner som avundsjukt glodde på vårt kaffe och våra mumsiga Ballerinakakor. God mat och äkta glädje är det som kännetecknar Sandvita. Matros Magnus tilldelades en ofrivillig chock där han låg och drömde en otäck dröm om misshandel när han väcktes med det vänliga orden "det är din tur nu" tydligren passade dessa ord illa in i drömmen. Kanske hade det något med straffpåföljden att göra. Nätterna på havet kan stundtals kännas lite. read more...


28/11/2014

Monomotapa - 28th November

Monomotapa 28th November 2014Another day of excellent progresswith good wind all day and night ranging from 14 - 20 Knots from North East or...from David: "Over there!!!"Highlight was a school of about 30 dolphins that played around the boat for about 15 minutes just after 7.00pm - absolutely wonderful to see..The boat s constantly leaning about 15-30 degrees to port which has made the watermaker unhappy. We will need to conserve water until we can have a more neutral angle. This will hopefully happen in one to two daysAlberto's "Galley Slave", Antonella, keepsover-feeding us with full breakfast, including fried eggs & bacon, every morning thena coked lunch and finally cooked dinner - as good as a Sienna Restaurant...David and Mike wish their family and friends in the USA a belated. read more...


28/11/2014

Rhumb - Log Day 3

Early morning saw our arrival at Marina San Miguel, whereupon, David and Len confirmed their decision to travel home, so flights were organised for Thursday morning.With the fantastic support of the ARC organisers, we were put in touch with Pepe, the local Raymarine engineer who attended the boat during the afternoon, but unfortunately the repairs he made did not do the trick as the problem remained. It was decided to replace the complete drive unit, and this was placed on order with Raymarine in Spain, with planned delivery and installation on the following Friday.A quiet day then ensued as we all dealt with the ongoing disappointment of further delay and the sad departure of David and Len. Anyway, we enjoyed a good meal on board in the evening, shared a glass of wine or three and made. read more...


28/11/2014

Reberth - Middle of the Atlantic.

We may be on a sailboat nearly  800nm from land but we can still celebrate holidays!! Yesterday, being American Thanksgiving, saw  a menu of Bacon and egg sandwich for breakfast, Cape Verde cream cheese and Ryevita for lunch and supper of Avocado and crab salad on croissant, barbecued Turkey with a cream sauce, rostii and sweetcorn and red pepper fritters followed by fresh fruit salad. The galley mate says today her get up and go has got up and gone!!!. read more...


28/11/2014

Jo - 22:18N 25:14W

Friday 28th November After the excitement of the dolphins, Alastair upped theante with his version of a Spanish omelette, which had just about everythingthrown in for good measure. It did not disappoint! We decided to calm things down for dinner as we werecharging around doing 9+ knots with the code zero and although scraping food offthe floor to eat probably adds some interesting flavours and textures, theomelette deserved a more dignified presentation. Sadly we overlooked theopportunity to open a decent Rioja to toast the King of Spain’s singed beard; Ithink I can get away with that now we are outside Spanish territorialwaters! Dinner concluded (doing almost 7 knots under mainalone); we unfurled the genoa and resumed normal service, flying along on a beamreach at approximately 8-9. read more...


Jo - More dolphins
Jo - More dolphins

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