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06/12/2014

Loni 3 - Die Atlantiküberquerung 23.11 - 6.12.2014 (Tag 1 bis 13) SY LONI 3

Der Start der ARC2014 wurde leider einen Tag durch Starkwind verzögert und so warteten wir gespannt auf den 24. November .Um 11:00 war unser Start.Wir kamen in einem großen Teilnehmerfeld recht gut über die Startlinie. Mehrere Stunden fuhren wir Seite an Seite mit anderen Booten bis wir uns für eine küstennahe Route um Garn Canaria entschieden So konnten wir die Winddüse am Airport mit 40 Knoten mitnehmen. Wir flogen förmlich über die Wellen. Das änderte sich leider in der Nacht südlich Gran Canaria. Wir hatten so gut wie keinen Wind und dümpelten mit 1..2 Knoten Fahrt dahin. Andere Schiffe drehte es bei dem schwachen Wind und so kam uns ein Catamaran einmal sehr gefährlich nah. Wir hätten den Motor einschalten sollen um voran zu kommen. Aber wer vergibt gern am ersten Abend seine Diesel. read more...


06/12/2014

Nisida - Day 13 ARC 2014

Position 16:19N51:11WAll overnight watches have reported good speeds often exceeding 10 kts we have now dropped the kite and continuing under white sails as the combination of wind strength & angle were making life on board hard work. 12 hour run from midnight to midday was 104NM. We had some small dolphins visit yesterday to break up the day.Getting very warm down below now as it has rained this morning and the hatches have been closed and half the crew sheltering from the wet stuff. We had sightings of 2 other boats both of which we left in our wake. . read more...


06/12/2014

Monomotapa - 6 Dec

Monomotapa 6 DecemberOur good friend Guido/Otto/Valerio has been misbehaving, he keep losing compass heading contact and veering off on his own way. This friend is our auto-pilot who when working correctly steers a steady course when the sails are correctly set and the sea conditions are not too rough. We have three names and the one we use is depending on his performance, so today he has been ... After investigations it was discovered that "he" had a missing link,this explains many things!Alberto exchanged the hydraulics and now he works again. It feels good to have a skipper that has at least two spares of all important equipment and the knowledge to execute repairs.At this stage of the journey when the end is approaching, there can be mixed emotions of disappointment that the voyage. read more...


Thula - under 1000nm
Thula - under 1000nm
06/12/2014

Juno - The one that got away

We have been sailing on a broad reach all day, making reasonable progress and hitting our target of 200 miles in the past 24 hours, despite one hour of the day when we were almost stationary, all eyes focussed on the action at the stern of the boat.It has been a relaxing day today after our drama with the spinnaker yesterday. The rope burns on Fatty’s fingers are mending slowly but she is limited in what she can do around the boat. Despite this she stood mother watch yesterday and served up some delicious salads. Kerry and I were on deck after lunch when we hear the unmistakable mechanical chatter of the fishing reel. Ever since my father first taught me to fish, the sound of the ratchet as the line pulls against the brake has always made my pulse quicken. My early memories were fishing. read more...


06/12/2014

Thula - day 13

If I had to give every one of our days here on board a meaningful title, I would have a really hard time picking one for the day yesterday. “The day on which we lost our Genacker”, “The day on which our fishing luck finally came back” and “The day on which we were all suddenly wearing ridiculous beards” – any one of these titles would probably do. But, first things first:The day before yesterday we had for the first time taken down all our “white sails” (Main sail, Mizzen sail, Genoa) and instead put up our two coloured sails, the Genacker with our signature dolphin as well as the smaller Mizzen Staysail. We found that this combination was in fact quite good for the moderate trade winds that we had been receiving the last couple of days and hence decided yesterday that we would like to. read more...


06/12/2014

EH01 - Are we there yet?!?!

Hi all,Day 12 on the good ship. The sun has taken a welcome break today leaving us with overcast skies and scattered squally showers. After the last couple of days a few of the crew (including myself) are looking the wrong shade of lobster. Its still hot and humid but the raw power of the sun over the last couple of days has been slightly overbearing so a day in the rain feels quite pleasant! I also have my towel and shower gel on standby hoping for a monster downpour.Talking of monster downpours... last night was another night of large squalls which left the boat and crew sodden within minutes. Everyone's sense of humour is intact though as I can hear them laughing in the rain through my cabin window! My offer of an umbrella last night was less than politely turned down though...After. read more...


06/12/2014

Southern Child - Day 12 06/12

Day 12 06/12Position 1200: 17* 04' 80N 049* 05'49W Daily Run: 165Nm Distance to Waypoint: 706Nm   Finally we got our day and night ofconsistently good winds again, 15-20 knots and a wind direction of 130which has let us sail right on course. Perhaps it's thanks to the magic powersof our new friend, Winston the Winch. He's a handsome winch sporting a rip curlvisor, fake Ray-Bans and a dish towel with utmost flair (though his eyesare a bit creepy). If nothing else it's good to see a new face around here. Westill have days to go but our focus is building. Staying straight on target getsmore important the closer to the finish line we get. And it's starting tosink in that we are actually going to be back on land thisyear/week! Highlight of the night: We all. read more...


Morning Haze - Sailor Ted's 1st mid-Atlantic swim. "Demi...it's 24,000 feet...isn't that a bit deep for a swim???"
Morning Haze - Sailor Ted's 1st mid-Atlantic swim.
Babsea - BabSea: Provisioning in Las Palmas
Babsea - BabSea: Provisioning in Las Palmas
Babsea - BabSea: Arriving in St. Lucia at sunrise after 16 days at sea
Babsea - BabSea: Arriving in St. Lucia at sunrise after 16 days at sea
Babsea - BabSea: Sailing into a rainbow after leaving the Cape Verdes
Babsea - BabSea: Sailing into a rainbow after leaving the Cape Verdes
06/12/2014

Antares - ARC 2014, Day 12 -- Red Sky at Night....

We have had a couple of "Red skies at night" lately and true to the biblical admonition, they were a sailors delight. This morning, "red skies in the morning" lived up to its billing.Lots of rain but even better, lots of wind.Antares continues our safety patrol of the eastern sectors of ARC 2014. And from all reports, there have been no pirate or sea monster attacks that got by us so we are doing our job.You can thank us with a glass of rum punch.We have banned Joe from fishing for a while as he is too good.We can't eat them as fast as he can catch them.Joe still wants to catch swordfish so I am sure he will be back fishing soon.Thanks to our followers at home.Keep us on track with our tactics and any special recipes(short form only)for Mahi Mahi.Thanks to World Cruising for a great. read more...


06/12/2014

Bluewater Mooney - 12. Tag auf See

187 Meilen - klingt als wenn wir konstant Eisenbahn fahren, aber jeder Tagbis heute war sehr unterschiedlich, und wir sind über die letzten 24 Stundensehr zufrieden! Die ganze Nacht über konnten wir den Spi stehen lassen, derWind mit durchschnittlich 15 kn stärker als die vorhergesagten 10 kn, unddamit ausreichend für den Spi von Parasailor. Mit einer Ausnahme haben sichdie Squalls nicht mehr als 2 nm genähert, so dass wir bei gleichenKorrekturen auch noch den Kurs halten konnten - mittlerweile nach Kursnördlich nun wieder WestSüdWest - heißt Kurs St. LuciaZudem gibt es erste Tendenzen in der Vorhersage, dass das Hoch vor St Luciaweiter nördlich sein wird, und da uns bereits 300 sm nördlich reichen, habenwir gute Aussichten, deutlich besser als gehabt durch zu kommen - das kannbis 1,5. read more...


25/11/2011

Lady - Post Race Net Control

I understand that the Nanny Cay Caribbean 1500 office has closed.Thanks for all you did, Andy and Mia!Have a great vacation! I have been monitoring the SSB net since I left Nanny Cay, on Wednesday, and have had communications with Wavelength and Surprise. Tonight, 1900 Wavelength 20 52N 64 14W.Sailing, but not really fast, Surprise was at 20 28N 64 11W under power,wind E 8-9. Surprise estimates they will reach Nanny Cay about 1400-1500 tomorrow afternoon (Saturday, November 26, 2011) Wavelength thinks that they will get there tomorrow, but it may be after dark. Wavelength is uncertain if their VHF radio works. Charlie gave them advice on entering Nanny Cay after dark, and suggested to them that they tie up at the fuel dock either day or night if their radio does not work. Jenny. read more...


Bluewater Mooney - 12. Tag auf See
Bluewater Mooney - 12. Tag auf See
06/12/2014

El Mundo - 06/12 - Spinnaker was up....briefly

Wind during the day pretty steady and, as it veeredslightly, we set the kite during late morning and were making 9 knots.... verynice. We had just finished a gespachio soup lunch when there was a loud bang asthe end of the bowsprit detached itself. We managed to drop the sail on deck.The pullpit had been bent a bit with the vertical force (the only thing holdingthe spinnaker was a safety strop), so our guardrails are a bit slack. We bent itback a bit but some further remedial work will be required at the other end. Thebowsprit has been rerigged but we now need to wait for some very light airsto reraise the kite to try and furl it again (still hoping we'll need it for thefinal leg into St Lucia). The crew areall in good spirits and just took it in their stride...some great. read more...


05/12/2014

Euphoria - Re: Log Day 12 - bara 900 nm kvar!

Bästabloggen,   I gryningen bjöds på nybakat bröd av nattskiftet. Enutomordentlig god start på dagen. Bagaren har numera en viss förhoppning om attslippa disken framöver. För övrigt bjöd denna dag inte på några omvälvandehändelser. Solbränner jämfördes, böcker lästes och besättningen samlades kringen fantastisk Spagetti Carbonara, signerad Överkalix svar på PerMorberg. Rivalen Cluck har tagit in ytterligare några sjömil påoss och ligger endast 1 sjömil efter. Ganska otroligt att det är så jämnt efteratt ha seglat mer än 1700 sjömil. Vi har därför beslutat att pausa fisket ochfokusera en aning mer på seglingen vilket innebär att fler jämförelser nu görsmed Volvo Ocean Race än någonsin tidigare. Bland annat har vi i detalj avhandlatolika strategier för rundningen av märket utanför. read more...


06/12/2014

Captain Blind - 12éme jour

environ 500 milles restant selon l'endroit où on va aller chercherl'empannage , la bulle prévue sur l'est et NE de Ste Lucie à l'arrivée esttoujours sur les fichiers, donc pas trop de choix , on arrivera par le sud.Pour vous parler de la vie à bord le mieux c'est de vous décrire notregarde-robe , car l'activité principale de la journée est de passer d'un spià l'autre ...on a même été sous génois avec un vent au 180° , bien lesalizés!!Donc on passe d'un grand spi medium (165m2) , à un spi de capelage lourd (115m2) et quand ça mollit bien , un spi asymétrique de tête (145m2)...tousces spis dessinés par Ronan Floch..du bon boulot Ronan , bravo!Coôté vivres on a atteint la limite basse pour pas mal de choses , et deschoses importantes comme la confiture et les tablettes de chocolat. read more...


El Mundo - 05/12 - The girls dolphin watching
El Mundo - 05/12 - The girls dolphin watching
06/12/2014

Aglaia - Suprises from the Atlantic

Just when you think you know what to expect from the weather each night the infinite possibilities of the Atlantic surprise you.All of the weather information suggested we would have lightish wind, rolling swell and struggle to make the direct course to St Lucia we are hoping for.When darkness finally fell yesterday we were doing around 7 knots about 10 degree North of course which looked like solid if not stunning progress.Within half an hour a dark cloud started to form behind which rapidly caught us giving the boat and crew on deck a real tropical wash down and dropped the boat speed down into the mid 5 knots.Then the moon came out from behind the big dark cloud, the winds filled in to 18 knots and we started a fast 10 plus knot surf directly on course.Everyone helming through the. read more...


06/12/2014

Hot Stuff - The tales of nine - Half-way day! 04/12

Our day began with the debut hoist of our Loveshack spinnaker to keep HotStuff gliding along in the diminishing winds. We nine fair maidens gazed up inawe at the peaceful breathing heart logo - it is such a beautiful sail. Onceagain our teamwork rose to the occasion with two perfect hoists and drops. 10days of rigging lessons, learning about poles and sails and trimming and allother things sailing all came together today. When we began to plan our half way party we visualised a spa day,champagne, canned strawberries and a nice civilized Arabian celebration. As youcan imagine it didn't turn out quite as planned... 4pm came and Hot Stuff blared out the stereo. Nine maidens as you havenever seen them before marched up the stairs, faces streaked with multi-colouredwar paint and handmade. read more...


06/12/2014

Miss Liz II - Log - Day 12. Whoops, we've dunnit again!

A quiet day, good winds and god progress - in the right direction. Parasailed all day and the sail really is making a difference. For one the rolling is greatly reduced, which means we can actually sleep comfortably in the forepeak! Bliss.It also allows a run with very little adjustment which makes the days routine much easier.Better still Harry is perfect downwind so we able to maintain a good angle.No more friends on deck this morning and minimal chafe as we are managing the Parasailor halyard carefully. Probably drop her at sometime today just to double check.Movies have now moved on to band of brothers....which means we will have to stay out longer if we want to watch the entire series!!!!Panic at dinner as Jon set off the fire alarms and eventuallyprovided us with a good but well. read more...


El Mundo - 06/12 - Would make a nice painting
El Mundo - 06/12 - Would make a nice painting
El Mundo - 06/12 - Repairing the damage
El Mundo - 06/12 - Repairing the damage
El Mundo - 06/12 - Eating Gespachio is a bit tricky
El Mundo - 06/12 - Eating Gespachio is a bit tricky
El Mundo - 06/12 - Enjoying a steady 9 knots
El Mundo - 06/12 - Enjoying a steady 9 knots
El Mundo - 06/12 - The kite is flying
El Mundo - 06/12 - The kite is flying
Vagaris - Fishing exploits
Vagaris - Fishing exploits
Vagaris - Kath with sun sights
Vagaris - Kath with sun sights
Vagaris - Heavy weather compatible marshmallow cake
Vagaris - Heavy weather compatible marshmallow cake
06/12/2014

Philocat Ena - heads up

It's about time to give you all heads up.We've had some exhausting last days as Stefan's leg got very infected and wewere not sure how to treat him correctly or whether to call the helicopterin order to get him to hospital. But nothing is easy off shore and sometimesthere is just nothing you can do. Franziska was in close contact with thehead of the Austrian society of maritime health and safety and anothercompetent doctor and they helped us through. The leg seems to get betternow, Stefan is feeling better, too.As there is hardly any wind left, the pink Spi is absolutely neccessary.Instead of trying to fix the broken part I just tied a big fat knot on topand though it might not be in best shape this funny construction has lastednow for the past 48 hours and we even gain some speed.Due to. read more...


06/12/2014

Philocat Ena - offshore-Peter

Die Augen klar am Ziel - und hinter ihm der unendliche Horizont, das istOffshore-PeterAim clearly in focus - and in the background the infinite horizon - meetOffshore-Peter:-)peter. read more...


Philocat Ena - offshore-Peter
Philocat Ena - offshore-Peter
Philocat Ena - heads up
Philocat Ena - heads up
Vagaris - Half way sundowner
Vagaris - Half way sundowner
06/12/2014

Louise - Blog 10 - 12th Day at Sea

Celebration on board.At 15:29:06 on the 5/12/14 our log trip showed 1424 nm and DTW displayed1424 nm! Exactly midway between Las Palmas and St. Lucia. The crew was excited. From now it’s count down. A cold beer for thecommander and a cava for the captain, St. Lucia here we come. The sailing today has been very nice with fair wind and we are doing fine.Only a tiny shower otherwise we were blessed with sun and the sea is to ourliking. Apart from the celebration the day went on as usual. Morning tea, hugebreakfast (bacon and egg), snacks and stew for supper. The night watch has started and the crew look forward to another lovelynight at sea. On behalf of Louise, Carina. read more...


06/12/2014

Take Off - Full moon

After 11 days we had to surrender... We could not fit in one more peace ofplastic or garbage in our garbage bag. Our first garbage bag was taken outtoday. And yes we’ve been cuting, cuting, cuting and cuting more.... We do havethe time and the kids found it entertaining . Today we’ve been filming underneath the boat, quite cool! Another beautiful day has passed. We understand that we are taking inposition after position in all cruising division. We started of at around 37thin cruising division and as off today we have climbed down to 19th, howeverstill 5th in our division D. Shows that we are fighting with the toughest ones Yes the competing horns has grown out of everyone’s head, even among thekids. Alex and Inez are asking every day if we’re winning, who’s ahead andbehind of us, how. read more...


06/12/2014

Hera - St. Niclas war ein Seemann

Wir haben es 06.00 Uhr in der Früh, wir haben Nikolaus und wir habenendlich wieder Wind. Keiner hat geputzte Stiefel vor seine Kammer gestellt. Abervielleicht gibt es von Michael ja doch noch für jeden einenSchokoladenweihnachtsmann zum Frühstück. Gestern Abend gab es die ersten Squalls, die uns regelrecht umzingelthatten. Dank Radar konnten wir uns zwischen ihnen durchmogeln. Susanne und ihre Wache haben zum Mittag einen Nudelauflauf unter Verwendungder letzten Möhren versprochen. Bis auf Äpfel und die letzten zwei Melonen sindfrisches Obst und Gemüse aufgebraucht. In der letzten Woche bis zum Ziel werdenwir hoffentlich keine Fälle von Skorbut haben.  Stefan. read more...


06/12/2014

Domini - Cap'n Ju's Atlantic Waters Shaving Balm.

Ahoy Boatbloggers,Today has been a day of slow winds, and little progress, but despite all that there have been a few firsts.To conserve our fresh water supplies, we had our first ever salt water shower. Well, not so much a shower, more a wash in a bucket, but you know what I mean. We've got this special shampoo which is rather unimaginatively called, "Sea Shampoo," probably because it is shampoo for the sea, and today we gave it a go.And we're happy to tell you it works a treat. Ju even had a shave using it, and it is actually better that a fresh water shave. The salt water heals all those little nicks and scratches before you've even done them. It's brilliant. We're thinking of bottling some and bringing it back home to sell.  Cap'n Ju's Atlantic Waters Shaving Balm. What do. read more...


06/12/2014

Vagaris - Progress update

The past three days has seen a few milestones. We've passed the half way mark, 1500 miles away from land which we celebrated with a little tipple of each person's choosing. We have definitely reached the trades, as we are now in a reoccurring cycle of (currently) light winds from the East during the clear days of blue sky's, puffy cumulus clouds and lovely hot weather, followed by growing clouds and squalls at night. They tend to come about two in the morning, so if we've been able to sail through the early evening with the parasailor up, we've had to get all hands on deck for a quick drop before the rain and winds hit.This morning around 4am we were brave and thoughed one out (due to sub-10 Kt background winds) and had an exhilarating ride along the front of a squall in 17 knots. If. read more...


06/12/2014

Frisco - log day 11

Today I write the log from the cockpit using my iPad. It communicates with the Iridium Go using WiFi. George is at the Helm And Andy is sitting across from me. The others are fast asleep in their bunks, as it is ten to midnight local time.Today we fixed a couple of things. The watermaker is now producing approximately 1,5 gallons per hour. We only turn it on when the engine is running because it uses significant amounts of electric power. The engine is run twice a day anyway to recharge the batteries and charge the freezer holding plate using the engine driven compressor.The other item has been needing attention for a few days. Every time the steering wheel turned a louder and louder screach came from deep within the cockpit floor. At times it sounded like whale vocalizations and I could. read more...


06/12/2014

Aretha - 17 34N 43 57 W - Highlights from 5th December 2014

It’s 1004 miles to go to St Lucia. It’s the most gorgeous evening - I’m on deck in shorts and lifejacket only - the sky is clear and the moon is so bright you can see for miles. Its calm and peaceful on board.Here’s the top 5 highlights from our day today:1) Light and variable winds meant sailing progress was slow. What to do? Obvious of course - turn the cockpit into a swimming pool by closing off the cockpit drain seacocks and filling it with buckets of sea water. The sea temp gauge tells me water temp is 31.6 degrees Centrigrade. Result - 3 happy children splashing and playing in the cockpit and throwing buckets of water over each other. The simple things in life.2) International Adopt a Star Day. School project - find a constellation or star, learn about it, draw a picture and tell. read more...


05/12/2014

Meltemi - 13.Tag Ohne viele Worte

Wir sind wunschlos gluecklich. Und entspannt. Dazu braungebrannt. P.S.: Zu unserem Raetsel "Wie viel haben wir fuer die Proviantierung der Atlantikueberquerung ausgegeben?" gibt's heute den Hinweis, dass wir 420 Liter Mineralwasser mitgenommen haben. Dies waren die anderen Tipps fuer Euch: Hinweis 1: 7 Personen - 5 Maenner, 2 Frauen, 20 TageHinweis 2: 15 kg Frischfleisch, dazu 7 HuehnerbeineHinweis 3: 60 Packungen à 1 Liter MilchHinweis 4: 60 Rollen KlopapierHerzliche Gruesse von Nils & Ines fuer die Meltemis. read more...


05/12/2014

Pelican - pelican day humm hummm dont know

HI my dear reader at home boom broke last night well very early thismorning, you would have  thought after all these arc that pin would havebeen in there for life, not a bit of it the old thing just dropped out of thegoose neck good o;d z spar any way half an hour we were on our wayagain.standing back and watching as any good captain would perchanced to view amottly collection of underware  jack in his budgi thingies ausi influenceme thinks, andy in his back to front shorts (what the was he doing when thebaloon went up )what was he thinking what was he smoking mouse?....anyway tomorrow is find out where we are day so wish me luck any where with in a 5 mileradi me thinks, hopefully. read more...


05/12/2014

Wiki - Bergfest!!

Nachdem niemand uns ein Bananenrezept gesschickt hat :-((, hatten wir die Vermutung, dass unser Blog nicht interessiert. Nach Mehrheitsbeschluss bloggen wir heute trotzdem wieder , denn es gabwas zu feiern - unser Bergfest :-)):- Skipper hat lt. eigener Aussage seit sieben Jahren kein derartig gutes Steak genossen. ...Aufgrund von wenig Wind lassen wir uns von unserem Diesel grade ein Schlaflied singen. Sollte heute wider Erwarten doch jemand unseren Blog lesen: Drückt uns die Daumen für mehr Wind!Viele Grüße, Eure WIKI - CrewIMG_3200. read more...


05/12/2014

BearBaloo - Day 12 - 1438 nm behind us and 1438 nm left to sail - it´s party time!

Today we celebrated our half way party to St. Lucia with a chocolate cakeand a bottle of champagne! Again, it was a perfect sailing day  with abright blue sky, good wind for our parasailor (he luckily survived the damageand is doing a good job again) and a calm sea. And this in the middle of theAtlantic (I have to admit that we have a Catamaran)! Unbelievable! I alwaysthought that in the middle of the Atlantic, the waves would be at least like 4Meters, the Wind would be so strong that we have to use our stormsail and thatwe have to secure our glasses and cups to the table! But actually, it wasn´tlike this the whole journey! For my first Atlantic experience it´s reallyamazing! Our crew is very glad about our weather today, because yesterday wehad nearly 0 knots wind, it was raining. read more...


Wiki - Bergfest!!
Wiki - Bergfest!!
Reina - Log 12 SINTER CHRISTMAS
Reina - Log 12 SINTER CHRISTMAS
05/12/2014

Aurelia - Day 12

Evening everyoneA fairly uneventful day on the good ship Aurelia expect for one moment of excitement at around 07.00 when John H and I were on shift. John H was preparing our fishing implements on the hope of fish for dinner (we are having pasta, again) and I was on the helm and suddenly the boom disconnected from the mast. Thanks to the speedy reactions of John H, Henry and Nic we soon sorted it. Another very warm day with not much wind, however it was shower day for lucky me! Have a good night from all here. J.McLeish. read more...