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09/12/2012

Northern Child - When it rains, it pours.......

Daily Run    221mDTT             197nm Lunch          Pasta Cabonara with extra Bacon and Lardons :-)Dinner          Line caught Mahi Mahi with New Potatos and Tomato Jus Hello again!  So the 2000nm party was sick - Champagne, Caviar, dancing girls and magicians - awesome............  OK so lets be real, there was a Champagne Cocktail, with a Rum kick and the Mahi Mahi was delightful, prepared by Deb and Howard.  It was hard to get a real party going though, as we were racing along at 9-10 knots but none the less it was a big milestone in the journey to the Caribbean. Shortly. read more...


Islay - Wahoo I and Wahoo II
Islay - Wahoo I and Wahoo II
Islay - Islay - Wahoo I and Wahoo II
Islay -  Islay - Wahoo I and Wahoo II
09/12/2012

Stormvogel - Tag 13: Regen, Wind und STORMVOGELs way of fishing

Im Moment regnet es zwar nicht, aber die vergangene Nacht und der Morgen waren die reinste Süßwasser-Orgie.Der Skipper hat die Mannschaft von Deck verbannt und im Regen ausgiebig im Cockpit geduscht. Kaum eingeseift, bleibt der Regen weg...Mist ;-)Seit heute früh segeln wir auch wieder. Zuvor haben wir fast 30 Stunden unter Maschine zurück gelegt. Wir sind alle froh das der Wind wieder da ist. So ein Segelboot liegt einfach besser unter segeln als unter Motor - und es ist natürlich viel leiser!Während andere Crews stolz von ihren Angelerfolgen berichten haben wir an Bord des STORMVOGELs einen eigenen "way of fishing" erfunden.Auslöser für die Erfindung war der Umstand, das wir ja unseren Schleppgenerator hinter uns her ziehen - an einer 30 Meter Leine. Wenn wir da jetzt noch schnöde eine. read more...


09/12/2012

Bardeau - Low on Chocolate

16.31N 043.59WWhat a night. Too wet to sleep on watch. Squall of squall meant snoozing wassimply not an option. The entire watch conversation with motley Daverevolved about the nature of trench foot and rot of the posterior. We bothdecided that what with chafe, and trench foot, and rot...we were not in goodshape. However a bijou mishap made sure that the motleys did not sleep welleither. The autopilot steers bythe wind. When the wind shifts it beeps andflashes to warn you.The cure is to press any button. I confess that such wasmy level of indifference that I did not look at the gauge as I reached topress a button. Within a few minutes I observed to David what a flakey placethe Atlantic was...one minute were doing 7 knots, and the next, 1 knot orless. I looked up at the sails and observed. read more...


09/12/2012

Puddle Jumper - Captains Blog Star Date 09/12

Hi All (& Hey C)  Hansel (or Harry apparently) the Navigator here with another guestblog. FAQ of the Navigator: Where are we? What’s the depth!? What are the skull and cross bones you have put on the GPS?, Charlie veryworried. What happens if I press this button? oh no, too late. How fast are we going? But mostly, are we nearly there yet?   I guess we must be getting there, the taste of the air suggests we are alittle up north and the length of our beards suggests we have been going a longtime.  There are no stars to go by at the moment, in fact no sun and nomoon to sight on as we have clouds all across the sky and a lot of rain. After a Parasail run yesterday we put up the white sails as the windspicked up.  During the night we had a couple of all hands to. read more...


08/12/2012

Mary Jo - Blog Day 13.

Kerry back. After Nick’s profound message yesterday, which summed up his feelings, here’s the abridged/Kerry version. We are right in the middle of the Ocean, unable to influence anything in the world, However, we shattered Nick’s peace yesterday afternoon, by listening to the football on BBC World service. As for the rainclouds, TJ, Nick, & myself took Chris Tibbs advice, & upon the arrival of a squall, stripped naked in the cockpit, and soaped ourselves, awaiting the inevitable downpour. When it arrived, (10 minutes later) we got a cracking shower, but surprised owner Alex, when he appeared in the companionway, for his watch, dressed in full foul weather gear! It is VERY warm here, & the sun extremely strong.We’ve caught some fish, Doradas, big yellow ones, & Nick. read more...


09/12/2012

Capricho - Dia 13 - multiplcacion de peces y pan

Día Nº 13Posición actual : Latitud 17º 40,2 N ~ Longitud 53º 25,0’ W Distancia recorrida del día : 184 MN Velocidad promedio : 7.7 nudosFaltan : 483MN para llegar a Rodney Bay – Saint LuciaSeguimos con viento en popa, soplando del E con pequeñas variaciones deintensidad o fuerza que obligan hacer cambios de velas subir unas, bajarotras, trasluchar; pura actividad que rompen lo que de otra forma seria unatravesía monótona. Cuando se hacen de día, simplemente delicioso ... perode noche, ahh ... con salvavidas puestos, oscuro, peor si hace frio ytienes la armadura puesta, siempre se traba un cabo – por el día no, loscabos saben que tienen que hacer ... pero en la noche, ahí la vaina es aotro precio.Como los vientos están oscilando entre los 18 y 25 nudos, venimos con lasvelas dispuestas. read more...


Murphy - Eagerly awaiting our roast chicken dinner
Murphy - Eagerly awaiting our roast chicken dinner
Murphy's much repaired asymmetric flies again
Murphy's much repaired asymmetric flies again
09/12/2012

Murphy - Hail to the prophet Grib for he is wise......eventually – Log Day 13

Passage notesCareful study of the grib files (pictorial predictions of wind and wave for the next few days ahead) showed yesterday afternoon that we were still some way from the right sort of winds, having tracked south into a bit of a hole, so after several hours of thoroughly enjoyable sailing with the asymmetric up (heading further north again) we decided to bang on the engine and make directly west towards stronger north-easterlies. At 8 am this morning we found them, so since then we have been sailing serenely (at an unhurried 6 knots or so in 13 knots of wind) with poled-out genoa more directly towards St Lucia – less than 800 miles to go.The weather today has been delightful so far, with bright sunshine, blue skies and the occasional white cloud, but thicker cloud seems to be. read more...


09/12/2012

Lancelot II - Day 13

Date: Sun 9th Dec 2012 Time: 13:30 UTCPosition: 15’15.34N 52’02.85WSOG: 9-11 knots With a few moments up to 14.6COG: 285 MWeather: TempestuousWind: All over the place but mainly ENE 18-34 Well – what another night ! Last night on both watches was a repeat of Saturday.  But Captain Jacko and his trusty crew have by now learned to handle the tempests.  Conditions under the line squalls are chaotic, with rotating wind directions, confused seas, and a seeming unwillingness to let the boat go once the tentacles of the Kraken got us.  At night its also v difficult to assess which way the squalls are moving, so avoidance is tricky.  Rain of tropical intensity accompanied all the squalls.  Pity none of us last night had time for shampoo.Conditions during the. read more...


09/12/2012

Skyelark of London - Day 12

9th DecemberAfter having achieved several runs in the high 190s and many a near miss,we celebrating having just done 200 miles noon to noon, a cold beer on deckwas just the reward we needed, and if we continue like this we will set anew transatlantic record for Skyelark.As we approach 500 miles it amazingly feels like we are nearly there!Despite it being just under a Fastnet/ Sydney Hobart race, orcircumnavigation of Ireland! In Atlantic terms were getting close to RodneyBay, we have all started to think of our reasoned or reflex actions when weget there. I interviewed my crewmates to get their opinions:Charlotte - Go for a run, shower and put on my red trousers (a Danishnautical tradition to signify that you have sailed the Atlantic)Malene - Beyond a slow run and a shower, hasn't. read more...


Skyelark of London - Day 12 on Skyelark
Skyelark of London - Day 12 on Skyelark
09/12/2012

Sam III - SAM III Die Wahrheit Teil II

Der Ausdruck'Barfußroute'erklärt sich nicht durch zunehmend schönes Wetterund höhere Temperaturen sondern allein durch die Tatsache,daß keinetrockenen Schuhe mehr an Bord sind. Heute Nacht mußte die SAM III vorübergehend ihre U-Boot Tauglichkeit unterBeweis stellen,da der vor Abfahrt häufig geäußerte Wunsch-immer einehandbreit Wasser unter'm Kiel-flächendeckend auf allen Seiten des Schiffesseine Erfüllung fand. Die 'gemeine Atlantikdorade in der Pfanne'läßt sich in diesen Breiten(ichglaube es geht in Richtung Beringstrasse)auch immer seltener sehen. Der Skipper hat,glaube ich,noch etwas Besonderes mit uns vor,da wir ihnbei der Festlegung des Kurs' häufig murmeln hören:aber Arved Fuchs hat dochauch.......!! Ansonsten ist die Stimmung an Bord sehr gut,wir sehen der nahenden Ankunftmit. read more...


09/12/2012

Coyote 2 - going swimming!

The last days have been very eventful ones… We had a day and a night of constantly raining, after which a lot of our clothes were soaked through. Luckily we woke up to a morning with sunshine. This of course meant that the boat was immediately transformed to a huge dryer for all the wet clothes. After a few hours of poor wind it disappeared altogether. However this in the end was a good thing, because it gave us an opportunity for a small break. Which we used on swimming – in the biggest swimming pool ever! An amazing experience. After all of us got up from the swim we had a visit from two whales, only 25 meters from the boat. Another box checked.Now we are again on the way. We have less than 1.000 miles to go, and most of the time we have good wind and sunshine. But now and again we. read more...


09/12/2012

Ace - at Sea

dear all,our world is composed of pretty basic elements: the shallow bowl of the sea, it's radius determined by the height of the waves and the inverted globe of the sky, it's blue void animated by clouds. endless combinations, permutations, and variations, modulated by the sun and the moon and wind create unique scenes of fascination and beauty.the last 48 hours has seen prototypical trade wind sailing, puffy white clouds, or no clouds at all. chute up all day into the evening as this new sailing experience with the big sail requires a bit more focus on the compass and apparent wind indicator if a bit less of a physical workout. like i said, a beautiful day, too bad Rob spent most of it in the engine room patiently and expertly fixing the diesel, with barely an audible. read more...


09/12/2012

Bristolian - Day 15: So Long, Farewell, Auf Weidersein, Goodbye

Ahoy hoyTouch wood laminate look-alike, we should be in Rodney Bay tomorrow morning most likely around 9 - hurrah!  Go North Paddy will be the sweepstake winner, pirate tattoos and ship polo shirts will be worn, and much champagne quaffed.  Most of us will be meeting up with our loved ones, the voluntary alcohol ban will be lifted and much merriment will follow. The past 24 hours have chugged by with many doing the mental equivalent of Alex Ferguson looking at his watch deep into injury time.  I suspect the next hours  will be quite similar until we see land tomorrow.Mr Big busied himself in the galley this morning cooking a serious breakfast for us all, which went down very well. All the pre cooked meals have now gone so tonight the crew will be spoilt with sausages and beans.Its. read more...


09/12/2012

All-Linn - Hurra for bursdagsbarnet Eirik!

Glad for at vinden er tilbake satset vi på å få en stabil vind som skulleblåse oss rett til St Lucia i god fart. Værmeldingen sa i tillegg at vi skullevære ute av området med det meste av skyer og vind. En lovende start på dagen.Eirik lagde tomatsuppe med egg til lunsj, og Linn lagde biffstrimmler med nudlertil middag. Da kveldingen kom slo virkelig drittværet til. Himmelen såg ut til ådette ned og vi hadde mer vann over, enn under oss. Vinden var fremdelesvariende i både rettning og styrke, som har resultert i mindre fart enn ønskeligde siste dagene. Syndefloden pågikk hele natten i det som ble to harde 6 timersvakter. Tanken på å snart kunne legge seg sjøkøyen holdt motivasjonen oppe. Snart blir det feiring av bursdagsbarnet Eirik på beste Atlanderhavs vis.Etter god innsats i byssen. read more...


09/12/2012

Milanto - Log Day 15

Day 15Not far nowIts now two weeks ago since our restated race.We set out with South inthe back of mind but in the end decided to hedge our bets and go centralto enable us to head north or south depending upon the outlook at thetime.Mixed weather reports gave us an inclination to head south, butwe changed our minds a day or two after setting off southbound and wentnorth. And here we are, on the 'Great circle'.We are well ahead of allthe re-starters and have over taken the first of the first day-ers withtwo more in our sights.The 4 race leaders seem to have an unassailablelead.But this is Ocean racing, and there is all to play for.This morning we decided to go for a tuna again.This time we snaggedone, but it proved to be the one that got away. In fact it got away withthe entire lure.We. read more...


Milanto - Log Day 15
Milanto - Log Day 15
09/12/2012

Selene - Big Blue

14 days into the race and again we are into 25Kts of wind from directly astern surfing 3m swell, making 8+Kts and surfing at up to 12Kts.We seem to be neck and neck with Persephone.The temptation is to push at this late stage, especially as we are so close to Persephone on handicap, but we are trying to stick to our strategy of steady, percentage sailing.That's not to say there is not the occasional rush of bllod to the head as the red mist rises.We had been sailing under Big Blue all day yesterday in 15-18 Kts, just below optimal wind speed for us and although doing OK, we could have done with another 2 or 3 Kts to really light her up.We had supper at 5pm boat time (we have put the clocks back another hour, so are now UTC-4). I had tried to take a nap for an hour before coming on watch. read more...


09/12/2012

Katherine - Day 12: Saturday 6th Birthday Onboard "15:00.47N 55:43.74W"

The focus of today was on Darb’s birthday. Thinking we should spoil him hehad an entire day free of washing up duties. Birthdays don't excuse you howeverfrom watches or sail duties so he still had to put in for that time. Pete andLee set about planning an appropriate dinner which now will see us all joiningweight watchers on our return to Terra Firma. The Menu: Slow Roasted Pork Belly with another special secret sauce on a bed ofRice Crispy Green Salad Chocolate Self Saucing Pudding with Macadamia Ice-cream Accompanied by a bottle of 2005 Cote De Imaz Reserva Rioja Not too bad for a birthday meal nearly two weeks out to sea.  As for the sailing side. The temporary fix to the outhaul clew gave wayagain and needed another set of Dynema lashings made. Looks like the area whereit. read more...


Katherine - Dressed for Dinner
Katherine - Dressed for Dinner
Katherine - Day 12: Saturday 6th Birthday Onboard "15:00.47N 55:43.74W"
Katherine - Day 12: Saturday 6th Birthday Onboard
09/12/2012

Stella-Maris - 8. detsember - 999 meremiili finišini

Laupäev, vist. Nädalapäevad on suhteliselt sassis, sest kõik päevad on üsna ühetaolise rütmiga. „Päevad sarnased kui neegrid kõrbes…“ ütleb tuntud mereteemaline lauluviis. Päike tõuseb meil ikka tavaliselt selja tagant ja täna oli kohe selline teistmoodi ärevus, sest oli lootus minna jäänud miilide hulk saada ühe koha võrra väiksemaks, ehk alla 1000 nm. Kuna tuule nurk lasi eelnevatel öödel sõita pisut liiga põhja, siis tegime halsi ja surusime pisut lõunapoole, mis kahjuks mõjus ka kiirusele. Proovisime küll erinevaid purjede kombinatsioone, kuid kiirus jäi ikka alla keskmise. Kui juba tundus, et tänasest päevast midagi suuremat loota ei ole, hakkas meie landi otsa miski elukas, kes meid meeleheitlikult kursilt välja sikutas. Kuna olime eelmisest kolmest ilma jäänud, siis nüüd läks. read more...


09/12/2012

BRIZO - Red Bull Flugtag 2012

Crew of BRIZO and Anastasia scored VIP passes aboard Nautilus for the Red Bull Flugtag 2012 @ V&A Marina, Cape Town. Great event - we should have entered as Team World ARC...a dingy with wings and a parasailor would definitely have gotten us airborne!IMG00407-20121209-1201. read more...


BRIZO - Red Bull Flugtag 2012
BRIZO - Red Bull Flugtag 2012
09/12/2012

Intrepid Bear - Intrepid Bear - Jack The Bear visits Intrepid Bear

Today was party day! Thea is 7 years old and thrilled to be enjoying her birthday in the middle of the Atlantic - aren't many who can have that claim to fame, let alone at her age. Amazingly, during the night Jack The Bear (aided by Rocio and Gaspar) had visited the boat and left clues to where he'd hidden treasure on board. The kids all dressed up in pirate costumes and the treasure hunt commenced, culminating in a wonderful pile of presents which is now keeping the kids amused. Thea was able to choose the menu for the day so it was a full english for breakfast, tuna pasta for lunch and steak for dinner...yum! Getting a little late to enjoy the apple crumble so that will be saved for tomorrow. Milly was asking whether they could have that for breakfast. When we started this trip, she. read more...


09/12/2012

Sunrise - 08.12.2012 - 12. Tag auf See!

Ludwig, unser kleiner Gast, hat sich in seinem Karton gut erholt und wurde am Abend langsam unruhig. Die Krankenschwestern wurden beschimpft, die Diagnose der auf dem Schiff versammelten tierärztlichen Kompetenz in Frage gestellt und massive Versuche unternommen, den Interkontinentalflug entgegnen den ärztlichen Rat bereits in der Nacht fortzusetzen. Im Rahmen einer außerordentlichen, nächtlichen Visite wurden entschieden, den Patienten bis zum kommenden Morgen mit einem Küchenhandtuch über dem Karton ruhig zu stellen. Eine Maßnahme, die außerordentlich erfolgreich war und daher ins "Bordbuch für die Heilung von Meeresvögeln, Fischen und schwimmenden Säugern" aufgenommen wurde. Am Morgen verließ Ludwig die Krankenstation, um vom Cockpit aus einen Blick in den Himmel zu werfen. Das. read more...


08/12/2012

Sumatra - Log Day 12: Highs, Lows and Happy Birthday

It's been an eventful few days. After gloating atthe prospect of roast pork on Wednesday night, the wind picked up, the seas wentwild and before we knew it we were heeled up and hammering forth with all thehatches battened down to protect against rogue waves. It was horrible down belowdecks; hot, humid and sticky, with sail bags all over the floor and salt-crustedpillows that stick to your face every time you try to turn over. Eugh. This allseemed quite luxurious however when it came time to stand watch. We foundourselves huddled into the corner of the cockpit under a flimsy hood, withdriving rain hammering down overhead, howling wind making the sails buffet andgroan, and water roaring by the stern as the boat rocketed on into theblackness... Thank god for auto pilot! We managed to keep. read more...


09/12/2012

Mad Fish - ARC Birthday 3 of 3 aboard Mad Fish

Today is Oli's birthday and he is now 11. Some new DVD's and story CDs among the presents have been welcome addition. He had his favorate breakfast of pancakes which unfortunately saw the demise of Emma's favorite pampered chief batter bowl. Not comparable with trade wind rolling.Allowed ourselves showers today as we are doing well for fresh water having just switched over to tank 2.We took our kite down yesterday when the wind crept up to 28 knots and we found ourselves hoofing along at 12 knots! Currently running downwind under full main and a partly furled poled out headsail in 22 knots of wind doing 7 knots with surfs over 10 knots.830 miles to go.Russell. read more...


09/12/2012

Scarlet Oyster - Scarlet Oyster Blog Nearly there!

Hi All,Much nicer nights sailing than the previous one, which to be honest was not hard, bit less wind than wanted, but I guess better than too much when we just need to keep everything intact and get to the finish.We have been hanging in there with the Quokka, they are playing angles and shifts where we are on the 170 deg highway on stb all the way, bit different to last year when we were gybing 5 times most nights! It is interesting that both strategies are yielding almost identical VMGs, this is good news for us as with a slightly lower handicap every sched we match their pace we actually gain a bit on handicap, and with the runway fast running out they have an increasingly harder target speed to match to stay in contention.We have a lead now of about 1%, which does not sound a lot,. read more...


09/12/2012

Poespas - day 12

Day 12Another 24 hours gone and it looks as if we are in the trade winds now. We've been on starboard tack and on a broad reach all day, with genoa poled out to port to give it some stability and a partially reefed mizzen for balance. Beautiful trade wind conditions with warm sunshine almost all day. Highlight was Andy catching his match, the first tuna during our voyage. It certainly gave a good fight, but was eventually hauled in and despatched by our now highly experienced pescadorean gladiator team. We toasted it with a ration of whisky specifically reserved for such funereal occasions, thanked it for providing us with sustenance, and wished its spirit well on its eternal journey in the pelagic skies of the hereafter. What a lovely animal. Of course it took revenge on us soon after. read more...


09/12/2012

El Mundo - Sunday 9th December

Humiliating news!. Dee, the ocean sailing rookie who two weeks ago had never stood a night watch, last night during her three hours averaged 8.433 nautical miles per hour. Robert, who two weeks ago was also an oceansailing rookie, during his watch averaged 8.466. And me, who has done this before and who is the proud owner of El Mundo, only managed to average 8.2 nautical miles per hour. I am now sitting here at my keyboard sulking!. Of course, ice-man Nick, the sailor with over 30 years experience, beat us all with an average 8.633 nautical miles per hour during his three hour watch. As some small compensation to myself, Nick took over from me at 0300 when we were 2.1 miles off the direct line route to Rodney Bay. After his watch we were 5.0 miles off the direct line route - my thinking. read more...


09/12/2012

Hera - Fotoshooting

Hatten gestern Abend bei Sonnenuntergang einen Fototermin mit der “Costa Illuminas”. Das über 300m lange Kreuzfahrtschiff mit Parallelkurs Richtung Barbados hatte den Passagieren als besonderes Schmankerl Fotos einer Segelyacht mit Schmetterling in den Sonnenuntergang segelnd zugedacht.Dem diensthabenden Offizier übergab ich per Funk unsere E_Mailadresse für Fotos auch für uns. Während unseres Small Talks auf Parallelkurs unter 1 sm machte uns der Offizier plötzlich auf einen nur 200m vor unserem Bug blasenden Wal aufmerksam. Für uns und die Passagiere der Costa gab der Finnwal dann eine Sondervorstellung mit tollen Sprüngen, die stark nach Angabe aussahen. Ich hoffe nur, dass die Costa kein Preisausschreiben unter den tausenden von Fotos veranstaltet und unsere Mail-Box damit. read more...


09/12/2012

Poco Loco -

Dag 12 - 15.56.937 - 49.15.171 Dagafstand 172 NMHet is een regenachtige dag. Er komen regelmatig flinke regenbuien langs die het gezouten dek schoonspoelen. In de afgelopen dagen viel het ons op dat er verschillende waardes op de instrumenten stonden die we niet konden thuis brengen. Dit is een prima dag om ons daar eens in te verdiepen. Boeken en kaarten op tafel en uitzoeken. Na enige tijd vinden we de oplossing, in dit deel van de wereld heeft het magnetisch noorden een afwijking (variatie) van 18 graden West. Dat hadden we nog niet ingesteld. Als we de instellingen aanpassen en de instrumenten kalibreren krijgen we weer de juiste waardes, maar nu blijken de klokken aan boord een uur voor te lopen. Weer gaan we op zoek. De oplossing blijkt simpel, doordat Las Palmas de Engelse tijd. read more...


09/12/2012

Ceilidh of Lorne - Time Travel

ARC Day 12 Ceilidh continued her great form with a tremendous 202NM days run which equalled our best on day 1 of the ARC. What was more remarkable this time round is that we had a F5 NE as compared to a F6-7 on day 1 so it has been a case of good helming by everyone to achieve this. It is hard to describe the concentration required on another dark night to steer on instruments with little or no horizon available. We limit each helm to 45minutes as otherwise it is too easy to lose any reference points and become disorientated allowing the track to wander. Steering an accurate course is very important now we have the finish line in site as we are tracking around 10degrees above our rhumb line of 260T. We continue to have the swell behind the beam which at times causes. read more...


09/12/2012

Lady Ann - taking a plunge

Had we posted a blog two days ago the title could have been: Bird. And the entry would have read: We saw a bird. Sometimes nothing happens and life at sea - to the casual observer - would seem boring. But in light of our earlier startup challenges we kind of enjoyed an uneventfull day: reading further through the on board library (Thomas couldn't help himself and read 'The sinking of whaleship Essex: about about 20 men that sail 4500 miles in the southern Passific in open boats after their ship had been sunk by a sperm whale, with them ending up drawing straws to see who would be the next victim to be cannibalised for dinner), listening to Beth Hart's 'ordi sexy' voice and blues, cooking Mexican chili con carne, or chatting & sweating away in the opressive heat. Yesterday morning,. read more...


09/12/2012

Caryali - it looks like being on a train more than a boat

allora siamo a meno 600nm dall'arrivo, e' quasi fatta e sembra che recuperiamo qualche posizione nella nostra categoria. tra ieri e oggi percorso circa 220nm il nostro record!. umore alle stelle perche' ben che si stia in barca abbiamo tutti voglia di sdraiarci su una bella spiaggia a questo punto. paolo vuole scalare i suoi pitons e oskar vuole vedere la sua savannah.. stefanello vuole il punch con il rhum promessoci alla partenza e polpetta anche lei vuole fare conoscenza con i gattacci caraibici. velegiamo con code zero e randa a farfalla. adesso i tonni hanno preso il posto delle lampuga .. sempre un bel mangiare. Carole. read more...


09/12/2012

Ostrea - whale and bird

Hi all,We are currently motoring our way through day 13..... Nearly the entire crew is sunburned even though we have had the bimini up all day. Yesterday a very large whale came 10 meters from the boat to check us out. What an impressive animal! We are no longer with a crew of 7 as we have a stork like big white bird (witte reiger) travelling along with us. The bird is 800 miles away from the closed land and lost every sence of direction. The bird even went inside to see what was there but we quickly put him outside again. He refuses to do watches and sleeps during the night on our pull pit.We call him Regilio the Reiger. Probably Regilio heard in the fleet that we were the boat catching lots of fish but after he landed we have not caught a single mahi mahi....We keep you posted!pieter. read more...


09/12/2012

Ailsa - Blog 11 - Happy Campers

Position: 12:47.993N 40:41.862WCaptains log; Stardate 2012-12-09 – 10:30 UTCIt strikes me that sailors are rarely “happy campers”. There are many possible reasons for this but the most obvious culprit is their wind – of the meteorological variety that is. Wind and sailing go hand in glove. No wind, no sailing; too much wind, challenging sailing and possibility of breakages; too little wind, equally challenging sailing and still the possibility of breakages. Rarely is there the “perfect wind” and if there is the “perfect wind” it is usually in the wrong direction.For the past two days despite best efforts to navigate round the “hole” we have had too little wind. Let me give you a sense of this experience. When there is too little wind, particularly when you are running down wind to get to. read more...


09/12/2012

Maunie of Ardwall - Day 13 - Light winds in a heavy Maunie

A big sense of frustration aboard the good ship Maunie last night. Yesterday’s breeze gradually faded away in the afternoon and, in spite of the skipper’s best efforts on the wheel for 4 hours, the Parasailor spent more and more of its time deflated as the boat rolled in the gentle swell. As the sun set we were down to less than 2 knots of boat speed and the sail was threatening to wrap itself around the rigging so we dropped it and started the engine again. At 05.00 this morning, (boat time, 07.00 UTC) Rich and Graham rigged the pole and set the white sails goose-winged in about 11 knots of breeze, shut down the engine and we wallowed sedately at 3-4 knots. Sailors will know that the wind dead aft isn’t great at the best of times and a heavy yacht like Maunie really needs 15 knots. read more...


09/12/2012

Jay Jay - Communication problems ...

... we’re having difficulties receiving and sending emails so this might bethe last posting until we arrive in St Lucia.. read more...


08/12/2012

Jay Jay - Day 12 16.6N 39.6W

We lost the wind yesterday and still nothing much today. The waves and swell are greatly reduced too which makes for smooth sailing. Pretty much along the lines of the forecast, so we have had to resort to using the engine for propulsion. The good thing about this is that we have charged up the batteries properly, and the watermaker has been doing its stuff, and we have full tanks again. That will please everyone on board, as in these temperatures, a refreshing (albeit quick) shower is well received before turning into our pits. Last night when Ed was on watch,he was hit in the back of the head in the dark. It turned out to be a flying fish, which would technically have landed on the deck had it not ricocheted off Ed's head back into the water. That offshially brings the fish count. read more...


09/12/2012

Coral IV - God morgen fra 47 grader vest

 16:30.28 N 47:02.82 W Vi kjører fremdeles UTC tid ombord. Den viser 11.30. Samtidig følger vi solen i forhold til å legge oss og stå opp. Solen er bare ca 8, så vi har akkurat spist frokost. I natt har vi hatt et helt utrolig regnvær. Mørkt som i en sekk. Mye vind, men rett bakfra og bare fint. 830 nm igjen til mål. Det er rart. Vi har vært 12 dager på sjøen. Samarbeidet flyter ganske bra. Jeg må vel nesten si veldig bra. Vi er tross alt 6 personer, alder 22-65 stor bredde i utdannelse og erfaring. Et par “for tiden bohemer”, en pensjonist, ja, og så noen andre... Vi har fremdeles 6-8 dager igjen. Det følges kort – men er jo likevel det som kan være en hel ferie. Rart at dager ombord i en båt kan bli så travle. Aldri i nærheten av å kjede meg. Blir nesten for lite. read more...


09/12/2012

Great Escape of Southampton - Day 13 Great Escape 15 19N 46 37W

Day 13 We want morewind! “Mayday, mayday, mayday, we require immediate assistanceof much more wind” After some pretty tough weeks with loads of wind andfabulous sailing, ONE quiet day without wind was fine and actuallyappreciated. The SECOND day (yesterday) with flat sea, steaming heatand not even a sign of wind was OK and to live with. A THIRD day (today) is NOT. This night has basicallybeen without wind and very HOT, not giving us much hope for a windy day - butfinally, this morning we gained some breeze and are sailing again. We arecruising away in 4-5 knots or so, with winds of 10-13 knots – hoping that wewill reach 20-25 during the day (and for the rest of this journey). We have now covered more than 2/3 of the total distanceof 2700 miles and have approximately 800 miles to go.. read more...


Great Escape of Southampton - Day 13 Great Escape 15 19N 46 37W
Great Escape of Southampton - Day 13 Great Escape 15 19N 46 37W
09/12/2012

Islay - measurements

We are on 3/4th of the voyage of 2800 NM and enjoy every day. For an outsider it may look boring and the same every day. This is however not the case. Somehow every day is different and brings new ‘excitements’. As we make progress we keep a close eye on the DTD (Distance to Destination). The umber becomes more ‘understandable’ as it became below 1000 NM, 803 as I write this. The SOG (Speed over Ground), although the ocean is 5KM deep we still look at our speed over the ground, is an average speed of 7.5 knots (at times 8). Speed is everything (while keeping the boat together) because with the current average speed we will arrive in St.Lucia around happy hour on Thursday. So: every knot or mile counts. The weather is not as constant as it would typically be. The low brought rain,. read more...


Islay - measurements
Islay -  measurements

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