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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...


22/05/2013

Lady Ann - James the autopilot: friend or foe?

22/05/2013, 16:25UTC, POS:37*463N 44*44.2WWhen our autopilot James broke down at the very moment Bermuda'smagnificent skyline dropped behind the horizon we were at first a littlesad. From chilled out night watches with lots of books, star studies anda steady sleep for the standby watch, sailing changed to work. Hardwork. Four hours a day and two hours a night nothing else than the wind,the instruments and the almighty wheel. And after your watch? Norelaxation but another two or four hours as a standby.As a standby watch you are, with all possible respect, the servant ofthe next helmsman. Bringing coffee, playing music, grinding in sails,opening lids from water bottles, scratching backs. As the standby watchyou are in no position to question any request from the helmsman. Afterall: he. read more...


Lady Ann - James the autopilot: friend or foe?
Lady Ann - James the autopilot: friend or foe?
22/05/2013

Alice in Red - Day 7

Good news the sun is shining after a cloudy and windy night! We will soon have less than 1,000 miles to go (1040 at the moment) which will be an exciting moment. Rocking and rolling a bit on a downwind tack so difficult to get too much sleep with the boat lurching around - time for sitting on deck with that book or in Dawn's case hanging some washing over the stern for a salt water tumble.. read more...


22/05/2013

Alice in Red - Day 7

Good news the sun is shining after a cloudy and windy night! We will soon have less than 1,000 miles to go (1040 at the moment) which will be an exciting moment. Rocking and rolling a bit on a downwind tack so difficult to get too much sleep with the boat lurching around - time for sitting on deck with that book or in Dawn's case hanging some washing over the stern for a salt water tumble.. read more...


22/05/2013

Mad Fish - tough day

Bit windy at the moment. on the stb beam. 2 reefs and not much genoa out. Going fast the right way thankfully. Will write more another day when it is possible.798 miles to go.Russell--. read more...


22/05/2013

Ayama - 4 Spermwhales very close

Yesterday we sailed very close to 4 Spermwhales heading north, what a great sight!Today 13.00 UTC we have sailed 128 Nm since we left Bermuda, nice weather and a steady 5 knots speed. we plan to go up to 36 degrees before we turn east.. read more...


22/05/2013

Easy Rider - Captain's Log...Easy rider...Day 7

Yesterday was not a day that will live in the memory forvery long. Never the less, it was a beautiful day, the sun shone & the wind,what there was off it was fickle.......constant trimming of the sails & attimes use of the iron horse to keep us moving along. The crew spent aconsiderable time sunbathing on the tramps, not something we expected to do sailingacross the north atlantic!!   The high point of the day was our celebratory meal forcrossing the half way point. We should have had it yesterday but cooking a fancymeal wasn't an option after the gale. The rib eye steaks, bakedpotatoes & caramalised onions were quite superb, washed down with a decentAustralian cab sav & followed by a Spanish almond cake.   Today has started in much the same vain.....the sun. read more...


22/05/2013

Johanem - Johanem Blog Tuesday 21st May 2013

Day 7... and less than a thousand miles to go! Life on board has settled down into a comfortable routine: Beer at midday, G+T at 5.30pm and a glass of red with dinner. Followed by a wee dram on watch. But its not all home comforts... we have all been getting used to life at a 45 degree angle to the world and it is notable how cold it has got over recent days - the duvets are now all being used and the Cuppa Soup mountain that we started with is now a mere hillock. We have had a few rain showers too so the Scottish contingent are beginning to feel at home. Unfortunately, early this morning the winds died and we have had to do a bit of motoring but this did give us a chance this morning to stop for a swim (all part of our race technique...) Gus, Gavin (AKA Stan) and Peter duly jumped in. read more...


21/05/2013

Amelie d'Oslo - Half way!

Congratulations Amelie d’Oslo, first boat (in your class) to cross the half way line!  As we have honoured ourselves with this heavy weight title, the liquor was added already to this morning’s coffee. Al though we have been motoring the last 24 hours, we believe that our tactical sailing so far has resulted in us being the absolute best boat* to cross the Atlantic.  We are celebrating with rum and Bermudian rum cake later today. And thanks in advance for all the congratulations. Yes, we are great!  Today we saw two sea turtles, a lobster trap (we believe) and an aprox 50 foot long log that happened to drift around just 10 meters from our boat. So we were probably closer then ever to end our days as shark bait in the middle of the Atlantic (I might exaggerate a tiny bit).. read more...


21/05/2013

Easy Rider - EASY RIDER....Captains Log...Day 6

Yesterday was a grueling day!! As Soy started her watch at 06.30, I heard the wind picking up & felt Easy speeding up, so I went up to give Soy a hand.Sure enough, the wind had increased to 20 kts  with gusts approaching 25kts. Kristian, who had just climbed into his bunk was summoned & together wereefed the main sail & the genoa. Just as well!! The gusts were soon reaching 30kts. At 08.00 we put the 2nd reefs in. For the next 5 hours with gusts inexcess of 40 kts, rain pouring down & waves crashing over the boat we battled on. Helming was a difficult & very wet experience.!! Finally at 11.30 we passed the "1000" miles to go mark & Martin commented in the log "wind only 20 kts!!" We still had large swells & an angry sea so we keptthe reefs for. read more...


21/05/2013

Azzurra - Day 6- Tuesday-HALF WAY POINT

Well Azzurra made the half-way point today! At 12;03 ( 1503 UTC) ship's time and LAT N38 .28.5 LONG W 48.38" we had a Champaigne Celebration! We had Pancakes, Omelettes and beans! Well, we do have a Brit on board! It was a great feeling to be half way there, but also it marks an accomplishment we are proud of! Azzurra's auto-pilot had a clutch failure, but Ray was great and able to repair. We only had 3 shifts of manual steering. The crew was really thankful for the repairs! Great Job Ray!We are cruising near Nyctea and Amelie d'Oslo and a few other boats. We can see them most of the time, especially at night! . It is comforting to know there are friends near by just in case and also great to have a short chat to see how they are doing. I have never felt so blessed to be afforded. read more...


21/05/2013

Peter von Danzig - Special lunch on a holiday

People in the north of Germany love to eat a dish called „Labskaus“. It isa traditionally eaten by sailors for one obvious reason. All ingredientscan be stored for quite a while without refrigerating. You can imagine itas a mash of potatoes, red beets, fried onion and corned beef served withpickles, pickled herring and a fried egg. Some people might say thatbecause of its pink colour and interesting structure it looks like eatenbefore, but its taste is in my opinion the best in the world. Especiallyfacing uncaribbean temperatures like we have to right now.On Monday we had Lapskaus. Since Monday was a holiday and we wanted tohave something special on this day our cook came up with a veryinteresting variation of this dish. Lacking of pickled herring he justreplaced it by our new “chicken. read more...


21/05/2013

Mad Fish - What a difference a day makes.

We ran our engine for hot water yesterday. While it was on we ran the heating too! Good showers were had all round and we felt much better. Last night saw squalls then the wind shut down. We did 4 engine hours as we were stopped. Dawn saw a fickle breeze from the SW so kite up and I have just finished 4 hours of light air trimming and need a rest. On the plus side the sun is out and it is warmer. Can see showers around and clouds approaching from the low thats coming to swallow us and shove us east.Its been nice to have someone new on the boat for this leg and having an operational autopilot! 3 hours on and 6 off makes for easy passage making. Sean is learning lots of offshore sailing stuff as well as some places to go see in the Caribbean and we are learning lots about Canada. He is. read more...


21/05/2013

Ayama - Sailing again !

We are now after four days in Bermuda back on the Ocean. The boom is repaired and should last us well over the Atlantic. Now all we need is wind to catch up with the rest of the fleet :). read more...


20/05/2013

Amelie d'Oslo - Whales and white russians

Day 6 at sea, bee, three, HIV.  God aften rocket scientists and wing suit flyers!  We are once again coming to you straight from the big blue pool! Sun had again reached its peak, and is now diving down in the sea, for a 10 hours dive (creeds to the sun for holding his breath for so long) before it once again makes its grand entrée tomorrow morning. Life at sea is, as it was yesterday and probably tomorrow, very comfortable. As I rest my butt in front of this technical device called personal computer we have just dug thorough an awesome dinner. One the menu today we had turkey breast, or to quote the description written on the “carte” at the restaurant here: “Turkey boobs, on a bed of Foid oise accompanied by hand picked war and peace, with a touch of La Sauce”  For. read more...


20/05/2013

Johanem - Johanem blog 20 May 2013

Day 6So we all ignored the skipper with his instruction to only pack light weight clothing and thank goodness we did. Even Graham, Stan and Gus - the hardy Scots are finding it a wee bit cold at 3 am !!C watch has now been upgraded from The Pink Bottle Watch (Gus & Pete) to the Wet Pink Bottle Watch due to the fact that its only rained on their watch ! However they were rewarded with a bit of dolphin watching and a marvelous bacon and fried egg sandwich cooked by our very own Capitano. Thank's skip. Talking of the skipper, his array of jokes still keep coming to the merriment of all, although Ian tends to go into a bit of a comma when he starts. Talking of Ian, due to the rain, he has now managed to turn his cabin into a Chinese laundry, I hope this situation will change before night. read more...


20/05/2013

Azzurra - Azzurra's fourth day at sea.

Azzurra's crew has taken turns writing the blog and it is, at last, my turn. Problem is they are a hard act to follow. Johanna has accurately reported my fishing endeavors and Ainsley has described our sail thus far with such a vivid narrative. I must say first that Azzurra is most fortunate to have such a wonderful crew. We have British, Swedish and American influences that are making the journey rewarding and exciting. We are making friendships that will certainly last for life, and Dawn and I are most thankful for that. It is truly delightful having Johanna's youthful viewpoint and Ainsley's wisdom, experience and wonderful humor aboard for the crossing. One of my discussions with Johanna bears mention here. It may be a cultural difference, it may be an age difference or it may. read more...


20/05/2013

Peter von Danzig - Fit fish

These fish really keep us alert. No day passes without fish excitement.Some come voluntarily onboard (see previous blog), the more desirable oneshave to be coaxed and persuaded. We are trailing two fishing lines, areally strong green line and a smaller one on a rod.Yesterday fish alarm on the green line, and the fish put up a powerfulfight! Going at eight knots did not help, we lost him on the last twometers. Tough luck. Line broken, tackle gone.Shortly afterwards alarm on the rod line, and this time we have learnt ourlesson: pointing the boat against the wind, easing the sheets, and gentlybringing him up to the stern. We keep our priorities even in this rally.At the last moment a desperate dive into the deep but to no avail. Abeauty, not quite big enough for the entire crew but a. read more...


20/05/2013

Alice in Red - Day 5

Happy Birthday Mum from the middle of the Atlantic. We all hope you have a good day with Susan and Nick. We have done well over the past 24 hours and have now done more than 500 miles from Bermuda - only problem is that there are another 1,300 to go! See you soon.. read more...


20/05/2013

Mad Fish - Cold!

I cannot believe how cold it has got. Last night I was on watch wearing full foul weather gear and two jumpers and was still cold. The wind is out of the north and very shifty and squally. Just five minutes ago we went from sailing nicely with full sail up to a reef and half the genoa as the breeze shot up to 25+knots. It is forward of the beam too to make it that bit more hard.on the plus side we are making good speed. We made 174 miles on target yesterday which is pleasing. Would trade some for a hot shower! (Still not possible)! Gary, you did the right Atlantic crossing!1080 miles to go.Russell. read more...


20/05/2013

Paraty - Re: Tag 11 - es ist empfindlich kalt

Letzte Nacht waren wir wieder ziemlich schnellunterwegs. Die Geraeuschkulisse, die Paraty beim duerchpfluegen des naechtlichenAtlantik hinterlaesst, ist beeindruckend. Der zunehmende Mond wirft einenSilberstreif auf das Meer und sorgt zusaetzlich fuer Gaensehautstimmung – odersind das doch die empfindlich kalten Temperaturen? Den Skipper hat es wohl schonmit einer Erkaeltung erwischt, wir haben ihn erst mal in die warme Kojegeschickt. Hoffentlich kommt er schnell wieder auf die Beine. Die frischenVorraete werden langsam weniger. 3 Tage gibt es noch Abwechslung auf dem Teller,dann heisst es Nudeln mit Tomatensosse in verschiedenen Variationen (klassisch,arrabiata und tonno). An Abwechslung auf der Speisekarte frisch aus dem Meerglauben wir schon fast nicht mehr. Zwar hatten wir. read more...


20/05/2013

Amelie d'Oslo - Life at 18 degrees!

Day 5 at sea   O’hoi princess and princesses!   Weekend is over here at sea as we sail into Monday the21th of May. There is not a very notable difference between weekday and weekendout here on the ocean, but at least we manage to keep track of which day it is.   We can report the following activities on board thisSunday fun day:   -        Mike and Kasper took ashower -        Per and Jake tied up oursupplies under the floor so they wont crack the bottom of our vessel open. -        Bendik stopped taking seasickmedication, we hope he will be fine without them -        Andy finished his book aboutFlorida. read more...