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06/11/2014

T&T - Merci Anne

Bonjour Anne,Merci beaucoup pour tous les livres que Charles à amener. Bisous, Gerda. read more...


06/11/2014

T&T - Voorbereidingen in de haven

Wij zijn nu enkele dagen in Gran Canaria, Las Palmas en onze bemanning is voltallig en iedereen schijnt met elkaar overweg te kunnen (oef).Ik heb alle inkopen gedaan om een maand met 6 personen op zee te overleven, heb uren in de supermarkt rondgelopen en gerekend , hoeveel kilo vlees, vis, fruit, groenten enzAlles opgelijst en ik heb nu een hele inventaris van mijn "bootwinkeltje". Als ik zeeziek ben kunnen de mannen hieruit shoppen. Ik heb dus mijn steentje al bijgedragen aan het alimentaire welslagen van ons avontuur !Alle technische problemen op de boot zijn bijna opgelost : morgen moeten er 4 batterijen per luchtvracht uit België komen.Nergens op dit eiland noch in Spanje waren de batterijen te vinden : slecht voor bloeddruk van mijn ventje maar Novaedes is een super bedrijf dat er. read more...


06/11/2014

Opportunity - Carib 1500 - Day 4

Hi Everybody It's the fourth day of the BVI passage, and all is well. We had an excellent Gulf Stream crossing, finding muchmore current with us than against us. The winds have been pretty good, only one stretch of calm when we were in the middle of a high yesterday, so had to motor away from that, and the seas have been not overly big at all.The boat is doing well and I believe we are keeping up with the fleet.  Each day has been warm and sunny and weve had a big moon shining down on us each night so far. Duncan hasn't had any luck catching fish yet, but luckily we thought to bring plenty of food along, just in case. We've about settled in to an pleasant routine and are looking forward to each day and what it might bring. So far we have logged over 400 nautical miles on this. read more...


06/11/2014

Club Carp - The Return of the Windi

Shortly after posting yesterday's blog and devouring a spectacular home-cooked Carpenter meatloaf, the winds returned in strength making for adventurous night shifts.After reefing the main and jib, followed by lots of sail trimming, we settled into a nice cruising speed (8+ knots) under an almost full moon.However, along with the winds came the waves (8-12 feet), which left the the crew in the mid and forward cabins hanging on for dear life.(Please note that the Captain sleeps in the calmer rear quarters.)  The youngest crew member delegated to the forward v-berth swears that he spent more time levitating than lying on his actual mattress (feel the force, may the power of the Windi be with you!).As daylight broke, all crew members slowly crawled up on deck to be rewarded, after a. read more...


06/11/2014

Abigail - Abigail - What a difference a day makes

Good morning everyone. Yesterday saw light winds for us for most of the day.In fact light is an overstatement.There was no wind, so we motored until mid afternoon, when a light easterly developed and we set the spinnaker.We dropped the chute around dusk as the wind built.As the evening/night wore on the wind continued to build.First one reef, then two.Finally we dropped the main and sailed under jib and jigger (mizzen).  We are continuing under that sail plan even now as wind is around 20 knots.A few squalls around, but so far we've avoided them.We have just turned due south to avoid the highest winds.We all are enjoying the trip and each others company.. read more...


06/11/2014

GEM - Life in a Washing Machine ...

After motoring all day Wed we started to sail around 5 pm just as Jay was serving dinner.We had Chicken with Indian spices, rice and 2 different bean/veggie sides. Craig played sous chef.Seas and wind built overnight to steady 30’s as we approached a Low, Invest 97 I believe.At 1:30 am we took a reef in the main and rolled the jib sailing about 50 degrees of Apparent Wind.Boat was hobby horsing into some large seas and it made for an uncomfortable night.The crew likened it to being inside a washing machine, how true.At least it’s warm.We changed course to about 175 tohave the wind more to the beam,This helped increase boat speed to the mid 8”s but we still have a lot of wave action.As a result we are now West of the rhumb by about 25 miles.We can see 6 boats on our AIS display, KARINA,. read more...


06/11/2014

Tom Tom - Day 3

What a difference a day makes!Following yesterday's calm, we enjoyed wonderful sailing conditions overnight under a full moon. The wind has been steadily picking up and we are well reefed.Waves today are up to 11 ft - keeping the foredeck awash, but unfortunately resulting in strain on the dinghy which simultaneously sheered two rear fixings.Temporary repairs have been made. . read more...


06/11/2014

Anika - The Spirit of the ARC

It is never to early to demonstrate the spirit of the ARC. We were unable to remove our engine oil filter despite having straps for the purpose, but not to worry, Canada's Woolfgang of SIMPLE ABUNDANCE happily saved the day with his wicked looking wrench. Every yacht should have one!Finding the right crew is also very difficult, I thought I had it sorted that is until the beautiful French single handed sailor in the berth next to us needed two strong men to help her - move her boat - leaving me the single handed sailor. Happily for all concerned it was only to the fuel berth and back.Our arrival in Las Palmas was very welcoming and a credit to the World Cruising Club.So we are now at the start line after 2000 nm of sailing - only 2760 nm to go to the finish line!Davidimage1. read more...


Anika - The Spirit of the ARC
Anika - The Spirit of the ARC
06/11/2014

Windswept - Another Day at sea I think Day 4

It is a fine morning 400 mile from landit would be better if we had wind and less waves.the wind is light but the seas are bumpy due to winds east of us.Our weather router says today will be light wind but tomorrow we will have wind 15 -20 out of the west and we are going south east so that is great.. read more...


06/11/2014

Nisida - Las Palmas Arrival

Nisida & Crew arrived in Las Palmas about 2300 hrs last night all safe and secure Very strange sleeping with no noise or movement after 10 days being slammed and rolled all over the place! Nisida has behaved very well and the job list is not toooo long!! Cracking downwind leg yesterday under full main and spinnaker in 18-20 kts surfing all the way. Best 24 hr run to date 220nm! Time for a shower and something to eat then get on with the jobs. Regards Carl. read more...


06/11/2014

Infinity B - Our Blog

Please see our blog at www.SailBlogs.com/member/infinitybFrank Hatfull. S/Y Infinity B. GBR583R. read more...


Makena - Nov 6 - "Dressed Overall" - Kai helped decorate the boat with the signal flags
Makena - Nov 6 -
06/11/2014

Caduceus of Burnham - New Zealand Day 2 - Plunging on to windward

Position           26:00.94S 166:05.26EDate                1200 (UTC +11) Thursday 6 2014                        Distance run    Last 24 hours 128nm over the ground, 143nm through the waterDistance (OG) covered from start 254nmDistance to destination 701nmOriginal distance to Opua (direct route) 890nmAnalysis of the figures will show that as well as the wind we have been battling an adverse current of 1 knot for most of the 24 hours and are as hard on the wind as we can go and that is not in an entirely helpful direction hence the fact that. read more...


06/11/2014

Nexus - Rough nite but all ok

We stayed north and had a bumpy but nice evening, then early this morning the waves started to build and we're trying to keep our speed down to decrease the bouncing and stress on the rig and crew. We slowed to 5kts all night and have headed north west to find the best wave angle for the ride. We'll probably see the wind swing south then east over time, but right now it's on the nose straight from Richards Bay and we're close hauled with a double reefed jib alone. All is well, so far so good.Russ and Laurie on NEXUS 10:00 11/6/2014 at 27 24.6'S;41 05.4'E. read more...


06/11/2014

Starblazer - 06/11/2014 - Not plain sailing

In yesterday’s log I described this leg as the ‘potentially most daunting’ passage so far.Let me explain.The straight line distance from Noumea, New Caledonia to North Cape, New Zealand is just 800 miles, then a further 100 miles to Opua.The problems arise with the prevailing winds which blow almost directly against us and the weather systems which scoot along between Tasmania and New Zealand.With luck we should pick up some easterly or, even better, some north easterly winds otherwise this is going to be a very long passage.We have spent 48 hours beating into a 15-25 knot headwind with big seas.It isn’t fun.Starblazer is sailing well, with two reefs in the main and several rolls out of the jib, covering 243 miles through the water.Unfortunately those miles are in the wrong direction and. read more...


Windswept - Thanks for Dinner
Windswept - Thanks for Dinner
05/11/2014

Juno - 100 Miled to Lanzarote

One hundred miles to run to Lanzarote and we are sailing fast, consistently over 9 knots in 11 knots of wind. It is impressive that a fat cruising boat (sorry Juno) weighing 32 tons can convert wind into boat speed so efficiently.Kerry woke me at 2am this morning to tell me that the wind had increased and backed to the north west, allowing us to set sail. As the day has gone on the wind has moved progressively forwards, increasing our apparent wind speed andnow we are close-reaching at full speed towards Lanzarote in bright sunshine. The reason for the wind shift is the deep low to the north of us, moving south and bringing a strong westerly airflow with it.  Gibraltar airport reported 50 knots of windfrom the west this morning with huge seas running through the straits. If we. read more...


05/11/2014

Juno - En route to the Canary Islands

We are sitting in the Waterfront Café in Queensway Quay marina, Gibraltar. Three meals a day, it has replaced the galley on Juno while we prepare for our trip down to the Canaries.  There is a large cloud that hangs perpetually over the Rock, casting its shadow over the marina while all around bright sunshine blazes down on the Spanish mainland.  The European summer is definitely on the wane and we are looking forward to sailing south to warmer climes.The wind is gusting around the marina, halliards clatter on masts, our ensign flutters imperially and the swell rolls us gently us at our mooring. This morning several yachts left the marina, heading south and I am impatient to leave. The weather is good for our trip: the easterly wind is still squeezing its way through. read more...


05/11/2014

Adagio - Seas of Glass

WED 11/05/14 1500AST:The last time I saw waters like this was in 2006 in the Mediterranean sea.Of course, we were aboard a Celebrity cruise ship and really didn't care all that much about sea state, but nonetheless it was a topic of conversation that went kind of like "You know, if we ever really actually DO get to sail our own boat to places like this, I guess it'll be motoring all the way."...Well, we're not quite in the Med (yet) but the Atlantic looks almost identical to that water we experienced over 8 years ago.Not a whisper of wind to show us riplets on the water, not a breath to even shake the sails out just a little.What else could we do??Jump overboard, that's what :)It's swimming time!Tossed out a safety line, lowered the swim ladder and made a cursory attempt to heave to (I. read more...


05/11/2014

American Spirit II - Day 304; We Get Slammed by a Gale Today; & We're Halfway to Richard's Bay, South Africa; Wednesday, November 5, 2014

This is a special weather report we received this morning. We are in Grid 14D south of Madascascar, then will move into grids 14E, 14F and then 14G.WEATHER ROUTING INC. IS PROUD TO BE THE OFFICIAL WEATHER PROVIDER FOR THE WORLD ARC MAURITIUS TO RICHARDS BAYPREPARED: NOVEMBER 04 22:15ZFM: WEATHER ROUTING INC. (WRI)SYNOPSIS: HIGH PRESSURE NEAR 33S/56E WITH A RIDGE NW'WARD TO E'RN MADAGASCAR WILL MOVE E'WARD THROUGH TONIGHT. THE RIDGE WILL REMAIN STATIONARY ALONG THE E'RN COAST OF MADAGASCAR THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON, THEN SHIFT E'WARD THROUGH THIS EVENING. A THERMAL TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE ALONG THE W'RN COAST OF MADAGASCAR WILL WEAKEN THIS EVENING. A STRONG LOW ALONG THE E'RN COAST OF SOUTH AFRICA WILL TRACK NE'WARD WHILE STRENGTHENING INTO A GALE NEAR 31S/40E BY THIS EVENING. THE GALE WILL. read more...


05/11/2014

Lone Star - Day 2 -" Fish on" and Midwest Chops

Iexperienced my first night watch in the Atlantic under the tutelage of Lone Star's Capt. Craig Scott, who set the bar high with aperfect Russell Crow Masters and Commanders " lean and look "while hanging off rope. Lone Star crossed the Gulf Stream early today, adding another personal firstto my list along withmy new found friend/fishing buddy/ crew mate Joe Matthews. Thinking the fish might like the warmer waters we let out a couple lines, one in traditional Rod n Reel fashion, the other in cagey ole Salty DogRon Horton's traditional fashion, i.e. hand line. Results included one spit the bit Dorado near the boat and a nice" puppy tuna ".The evening meal was another highlight as Ron prepared Pork Chops extraordinary that would make Mike Ditka blush :)All in all an amazing day at. read more...


05/11/2014

Firefly - Firefly en route to New Zealand

Firefly's crew increased by one with the arrival of Gareth on Saturday 1st November. Arriving following a couple of weeks touring New Zealand with family, Gareth's timing was great as the preparations for the first World Cruising ARC New Zealand were in full swing and all 9 boats were in Port Moselle Marina at Noumea, New Caledonia. Gifts of chocolate and gin were gratefully recieved, in particular the gin as during the shopping trip earlier that day the alcohol sections had been closed, due to it being a holiday and Firefly was dry.In order to give Gareth some experience of tropical sailing we had a couple of days and a night cruising the islands and reefs just off Noumea. We spent the first day on a mooring off Illot Nge, sailed over to Baie Maa for a peaceful night and the following. read more...


05/11/2014

Club Carp - Windless in the Atlantic

Last night's watches were again uneventful.To keep us on our toes, we had a moon-lit, neck-to-neck race with Corsair, our closest competitor!We were also lucky to start the evening had an amazing home cooked lamb curry to keep us going during the night.Some of us even added ripe banana slices to our curry (chef Cooke said it's how his mum taught him, so we didn't argue) as well as a little diced up Trinidad Scorpion habaneros...sweet, yet spicy...could life get any better!!!  Throughout the night we kept vigilant with our sail trimming, until early in the morning when the wind completely died, leaving us bobbing like a rubber ducky.As our boat speed dipped to 2 knots at 5:45am, we were forced to spend the rest of our day listening to our Yanmar 110hp diesel engine which is about as. read more...


05/11/2014

Tom Tom - Day 2

Following a beautiful moonlit night, through which we made great progress under sail, today we are becalmed.No choice but to motor sail, but we are using the opportunity to perform the numerous on deck chores needed to keep a ship shape yacht and a happy crew.Looking forward to chicken in cider for dinner this evening, especially following the fresh bread baked by the captain this morning. . read more...


Club Carp - Windless in the Atlantic
Club Carp - Windless in the Atlantic
05/11/2014

Shira - Rigginspektion mm

5 november: Shira passerade rigginspektionen galant! Arne och Jungman Wollberg gick igenom infästningar, block och löpande rigg samt gasolinstallation. En slang byttes och en klämkoppling byttes till slangklämma. Nu blir det inte bättre! Vi börjar hitta runt i båten. Det är MYCKET att gå igenom så vi har fullt upp. Så inspirerande! Men vi vill SEGLA!I morgon blir det genomgång av mat, har lastat 150 kg basvaror, men mer behövs.... read more...


05/11/2014

Log DAY - 4: Getting Ready

Short introduction might be important as it is our first blog (ever). We are sailing double handed if one excludes our boat cat BORIS (he is not much use doing watches as he tends to catch up with his sleep during sailing). Our yacht is an AMEL 54 build in 2010, which we intend to sail around the world (or a part of it if we run out of funds sooner than expected).Almost ready to go! As always the TO-DO list is, somehow, getting longer instead of shorter. However, we are going to adopt a ‘management best practise’ approach and simple clean out the TO-DO list once we are off. All important and essential items have been completed so anything left will have to be done on the ‘other side’!The wind forecast looks brilliant. With a full moon during the first night, we will have plenty of time. read more...


05/11/2014

Aviva - Day 3 -- Wednesday

Today is a lovely day on the water, although winds a bit light, but that feels nice after a couple of days of boiling right along with winds mostly around 15.With three on board to rotate watches, we are all well-rested, and after a pancake breakfast, well-fed.Since leaving the Gulf Stream, we have been heading just about due south rather than our original plan of further easting at this point due to the report of weather west of Bermuda, which we have been grateful to hear via the morning SAT phone meetings as our access to email via SAT phone has not been working thus far (am writing this in high hopes it will work again at some point).  With the water a rich blue color and air temps in the mid 70's, what more could we ask?OK, maybe this would be a good time for a fish to bite!So. read more...


05/11/2014

GEM - GEM at Sea, calm conditions on day 2, Noon update Wed 11/5

After much swearing and teeth clenching our onboard IT expert Jay has resolved the Iridium/Ocens email link so now we have weather and can send this blog.Covered 191 miles in first 24 hours :-).Fantastic sailing and weather Tuesday, everyone in shorts and tee shirts. The second 24 will be around 165 due to light winds and motoring for last 12 hours.Crew adjusting to the rhythm of life at sea. Craig and Jay are cooking, first night we had veg lasagna which we had purchased, second night Craig made pasta with veggie meatballs. Tonight it’s Jay’s turn with Chicken.No serious issues onboard either mechanical or human except for a water pump that won’t turn off.Jim took the sensor off and adjusted it, seems to have improved things.Grant was a little queezy but seems to have recovered.. read more...


05/11/2014

Second Wind - Calms after the Gulf Stream and a morning treat

I guess this is a day for recuperation as the wind is now light out of the West.Seas have flattened out and are much more regular, temperatures are rising, sun is shining so it's time to shed the thermals and don shorts instead!This morning began with a real treat of a pod of dolphins (at least 9) swimming in our bow wave.They were a delight to watch as they dived under the bow into the deep blue, clear sea and back up the other side. Howard has been trying out his fishing skills using Cuban Yo Yo's and cedar plugs but has only caught seaweed so far and has lost one of the 2 cedar plugs (must have been the big one that got away), oh dear.We just have to keep on trying! The forecast is for freshening winds from the NE so we'll enjoy the rest while we can.. read more...


05/11/2014

Windswept - day 3

Until this afternoon it has been a good SAIL now the wind has died and in order to maintain a 6+ knot speed we are forced to motor sail.We have started fishing today but as of now have only caught seaweed.All of our crew are doing fine and today is shower day since the seas are calm.  We have had 2 of our 3 boughten dinners from Portsmouth and not looking forward to the third the strogenoff was large chunks of fat and grizzle and we disposed of most of it and ate as much as we could salvage.Breakfast has been Bagels and lunch sandwiches.Looking forward to some Mia Mia.. read more...


05/11/2014

American Spirit II - Day 303; The Indian Ocean is Still Windy & Acts Up Twice Today; Tuesday, November 4, 2014

At 5:00 AM the cloud cover disappeared. The sunrise at 5:55 AM had a small layer of clouds obstruct the lower limb, so no green flash. I relieved Jeremy at 6:00 AM. At 6:24 AM a BIG slapper wave hit the side of the boat and threw water over the dodger and bimini. It also wrapped around the inside of the dodger and nailed me in the right side of my body. I slept poorly last night, getting 2 1/2 hours of sleep. I woke at the 3:00 AM watch change and couldn't go back to sleep. Additionally two drops of water fell on my head in the main cabin where I was sleeping. The boat is very dry so these two drops concern me. At 6:43 AM the wind is 20/25 and we're moving at 6.0 thu the water and over the land. The waves are still a problem. They keep tripping our keel rocking the boat. With most of the. read more...


05/11/2014

Second Wind - First night at Sea

It's Tuesday afternoon, and we are all up after sleeping off our overnight watches. We had as many layers of thermal clothing that we could fit under our jackets, wooly hats and gloves, and it was chilly.We entered the Gulf Stream around 5am, with the wind blowing 20-25 kts, nicely on a beam-broad reach, and immediately noticed a warm breeze. The water temperature rose to over 80F, and the wave height increased too! So now we can wash our dishes in hot salty water :-).As the sun came up, we could see huge piles of seaweed floating past - from where?. read more...


05/11/2014

Lone Star - Day 3 - Sportfisher Lone Star

After the hearty crew complained about not slowing the boat down when they caught a nice tuna yesterday I ordered up some more favorable fishing weather for today.The sea is glassy, the wind is two knots and we are trolling at 8knots pulling an assortment of lures.I think I could get into this sport fishing on Lone Star. Especially since I am burning one and a half gallons an hour and the sport fishing boat would be burning 75.The guys landed an Amberjack this morning and were satisfied with the slow down. So far they have not asked me to back down on a fish, but Sportfisher Lone Star stands ready.Fair winds,Craig. read more...


05/11/2014

Makena - Nov 5 - Safety Check Passed

Frustratingly we have very, very poor internet connection here at the marina in Las Palmas but this is our first little blog entry to test this system where we can email in an entry. We’ll try to do this occasionally out at sea using our satellite phone. We passed our safety check this morning. That quick, smooth check belied months of preparation from Luc, especially. Now, the task of provisioning for 7.? people for 30+ days is looming larger than anything else.The ARC+ organizers have confirmed that we have the youngest and oldest crew members. That’s pretty cool! Here is a photo of the youngest ARC+ sailor doing some of the more egregious (but fascinating for him!) chores in the marina facilities. 8 Euro per washing machine load just to make it that extra bit. read more...


Makena - Nov 5 - Introducing the youngest ARC+ crew member!
Makena - Nov 5 - Introducing the youngest ARC+ crew member!
05/11/2014

Crazy Horse - Nov. 5-a.m.

What a difference a night makes! Our first night was rough with waves hitting us all over but we sailed well and got off to a good start but not much sleep.Part of the confusion was the crossing of the Gulf Stream. Then last night was a motoring one with little wind but an easy nights sleep when one wasn't on watch. And what a glorious sunrise with lots of hues of color as my friend the seagull looked on with me at the ever changing light show. Yes, we had our visit from Jimmy again. He visited us before,on our trip to Galapogosas we did the ARC. Jimmy is Bill's cousin who had many sailing adventures with us. He passed away from cancer in about 2004. He loved birds of all kinds but especially the hawks and eagle. So when we go out on the seas we usually get a visit from a friendly winged. read more...


05/11/2014

Abigail - Fading winds

Good morning. It's a little after 0900 AST here aboard Abigail.Yesterday we saw the wind slowly fade away.Throughout the day and night we resisted the temptation to start the engine and motor and were too lazy to put up the spinnaker, so we sailed along under working sails.Pointing the boat roughly were we wanted to go, and trying to keep it moving.This morning we finally gave up and fired up the "iron genny." We are currently motoring on a glassy sea.There are silver linings, however, to the lack of wind.We have run the watermaker and filled t he water tanks; Ron and I showered (a real treat) and we are able to keep the hatches open for fresh air below.Right now Bernie and Pat are asleep after handling the 0300 to 0600 watch.Its a beautiful mostly sunny day as we search for wind and I. read more...


05/11/2014

Caduceus of Burnham - New Zealand Day 1 - Slow work to windward and too much west

Position           24:03.97S 166:22.49E Date                1200 (UTC +11) Wednesday 5 2014                        Distance run – 126nm over the ground, 133nm through the water Time from Noumea –22hrs 30mins   We were the last of the days departing yachts to leave Port Moselle and a slow motor directly into the wind for two hours to the Passe Boulari saw us out into the Pacific to join the fun following the other four boats, Firefly, Brizo, Trilliumand Starblazer.  Flomaida, Circe, Tulasi and Chessie are to follow today.   The wind is stuck. read more...


05/11/2014

Caduceus of Burnham - New Zealand day 0 - Catch up from Noumea

Position           22:16.62S 166:26.40E Date                1310 (UTC +11) Tuesday 04 November 2014                        There are some entries for our fabulous time in the Iles des Pins and return to Noumea that will have to be posted when we next have good WiFi.  We arrived back in Port Moselle to prepare for our departure to Opua, New Zealand on Thursday30 October 2014 and this time we were able to get a berth on the visitors’ pontoon, joining the other eight boats which make up the World ARC 2014 drop outs.  It is good to see that of the. read more...


Caduceus of Burnham - New Zealand day 0 - OCC members and crew in Noumea getting ready for the New Zealand passage
Caduceus of Burnham - New Zealand day 0 - OCC members and crew in Noumea getting ready for the New Zealand passage
05/11/2014

Celebrate - Windy and colorful weather

Celebrate is looking after us well, last night the wind rose to over 30 knots from the East with the occasional gust of 45 knots. Our top speed surfing down a wave was 16.5 knots, not bad sailing with 3 reefs in the main and just a little jib. The only casualty has been Charlie and Cathy's DVD collection which decided to fly around the saloon when one cross wave hit. So tonight when the next low hits us we will be battening down the DVDs as well as the hatches.Today started for Cathy with a good splash of color;a beautiful orange setting moon and a pink sunrise.Sadly another lure was lost yesterday, like the day before we got a bite during supper. This time the line with a breaking strain of 250 lbs snapped. We're not sure we wanted such a large fish joining us for supper anyway!Charlie,. read more...


05/11/2014

Nexus - Crossing the Mocambique Channel in bad weather

Our luck ran out with the weather over the last couple of days, as a gale is developing around a deep low off the Cape, creating waves and wind which are opposing the current. We've adopted a conservative stance and have been sailing with double and triple reefed headsail alone over the last 24 hours, with 35kts of true wind and 12 ft seas, keeping our speed down and the ride as comfortable as we can for the boat and crew. The gale should pass well south of us heading east, but will provide lots of wind and waves. We're taking a northerly course with an arc up through the Mozambique Channel to try to give it some distance and to enter the Agulhas current where it is least strong and organized. Everyone is doing well aboard and NEXUS is a strong boat so we're all feeling confident but not. read more...


05/11/2014

Sweet Pearl - Mauritius -->Richards Bay - 6. Tag - Genug Wind

Über nicht genug Wind können wir uns im Moment nicht beklagen. Wir segeln gut und kommen gut voran. Wir haben sogar unseren Geschwindigkeitsrekord vom Atlantik gebrochen. Alle sind wohl auf und sind froh die Hälfte erreicht zu haben. Wegen zuviel Blasen (Wind) wurde das Bergfest heute morgen abgeblasen;-). Cheers, Tom. read more...


05/11/2014

Starblazer - 05/11/2014 – Back in Noumea

We returned to Noumea and spent a useful week there.On the ‘boat’ side of things: we took a lot of laundry ashore (relatively cheap, friendly, efficient service); John went up the mast to change the anchor light bulb and do a rig check; I re-waterproofed the bimini and sprayhood; we had a lift out, block up and scrub in the boatyard (again, very efficient, friendly and a reasonable price); while ashore we scrubbed out all the through hull fittings, replaced some anodes and topped up with anti-fouling where the copper coat was damaged.We also did countless other small jobs to prepare for the trip to New Zealand.The damage to the Coppercoat was a bit of a surprise.We applied it in June 2012, were out of the water in March and April 2013 and topped up a couple of patches.In Spain in. read more...


04/11/2014

Avanti - Day 1 - Smooth Sailing

What a great start yesterday!With mild winds and sunny weather, we were able to raise the spinnaker and enjoy the last views of landSteady winds pushed us across the Gulf Stream last night and today, and we've enjoyed a calm day with winds ~15knts.All equipment is running smoothly, and to stay occupied, Jeremi has been talking to the fish, Marek has been playing with gadgetry to find our fastest route, and Mike has been wondering what's happening in the world now that we're without internetOur onshore race team (read: amazing women that we miss very much) tell us that we may see some heavy weather later in the week.Still any more days to go - we wish all the other boats safe and happy sailing!!- Avantiimage1. read more...


04/11/2014

Adagio - 2nd Night ... not the same as the first!

Tuesday evening marks night number 2 aboard Adagio. The boat is handling well and the crew is great! Last night was lumpy and 'rolly' as we pushed through the Gulf Stream but all told it was a very good crossing.It took a little bit of 'adaptive reasoning' to look at a nearly 50 degree difference between our heading and our course over ground. Strong current?I think yes :)We declared ourselves 'though' and happily into steadier seas after lunch.We are now enjoying a brisk south-southeasterly run toward a waypoint which should see us wet of this advancing low pressure system. Then we'll turn further to the east and make the last leg run for the BVIs.All told a safe and mostly ... well sort of ... comfortable ride thus far. Adagio (Gary, Robin, Levent, Tom). read more...


Avanti - Day 1 - Smooth Sailing
Avanti - Day 1 - Smooth Sailing
04/11/2014

American Spirit II - Day 302; The Fleet Gets Hammered by Strong Winds; Monday, November 3, 2014

I relieve Jeremy at 6:27 AM, and turn the engine off. The wind is 12/13 and and we're moving at 5.5 knots thru the water and 6.7 knots over the land. We're sailing. Yeah! Its partly cloudy, with a rain squall to leeward. I shake 1 reef out of the mainsail. No reefs in the main and jib now. Polaris is 1/2 miles off our port stern and gaining on us. The wind is on the starboard beam, a rarity on our trip where its usually on the port side. At 7:05 AM I put 3 fishing lines in the water: one reel and two hand lines. Polaris passes us to port at 7:30 AM. Bye bye. They're a much bigger Laurie on Nexus hosts the 9:00 AM net. We can't hear her but Ghost relays for us. Breakfast at 9:30 AM consists of eggs, potato, chilled fruit cocktail and bread. At 10:30 AM we put 1/2 reef in the main.At 11:00. read more...



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