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11/12/2013

Aditi - Day 15 &16; Hot & Roll

In brief Day 15 calm. Motoring. Noticed a bit of slack in the forestays. Nothing but sea until darkness fell. Passed one yacht then started to hear a merchant vessel (MV) calling a yacht with very specific questions at about 0230. At 0300 the MV drew alongside the yacht and two persons boarded via the pilot ladder. Thesort of thing you don't want to hear & sadly the yacht was abandoned.Day 16 started sailing about 0830. Clear sunny day. Creaking noise investigated in the afternoon. By 1700 the mast was moving at the base so quickly checked the rig. Rod shrouds OK but backstay and forestays slack although full pressure maintained in the rams. All sail dropped & motoring.About 0100 hrs all stays found to be tight again in the coo; of the night. The heat appears to be causing enough. read more...


11/12/2013

Great Escape of Southampton - 14 19 490n 48 24 930w

Log Day 17 – FishTales..   Last night’s watches began in highspirits following our celebratory champagne and canapés.  Everyone has stepped up to the helm anddone an excellent job of maintaining a consistent speed of between 8 and 10knots.  Position reports show thatwe have crept up on a number of boats ahead of us, and this has spurred everyoneon to keep focused and keep moving as fast as possible (in a totallynon-competitive way of course!) Excitement arose last night withthe sighting of a bright orange flashing light on the horizon.  The initial reaction was that it couldbe a flare but after a little investigation, plans to divert and perform aheroic rescue were averted as we worked out it was a weather buoy, quiteamazingly anchored in 4000m of ocean. Fishing was. read more...


Great Escape of Southampton - 14 19 490n 48 24 930w
Great Escape of Southampton - 14 19 490n 48 24 930w
11/12/2013

Webster - Log 20 - Flying!

Tuesday 10th December: Position 14 40N 42 34'W.Have had an excellent breeze all night and continued this morning and for most of the day. We put the kite up first thing and carried until after lunch when the wind came a bit shy for our compass course 284 degrees (267 T). Good job as I noticed that in the 20 knt breeze the spinnaker deck fittings had started to pull out which would have beena big problem should they have done so. Nothing that a bit of string can't fix and we are not short of string on this boat! Blocks are now lashed to the aft cleats and they are not about to go anywhere. Roll on tomorrow when we can set it again - we were really flying with it today, we just need some big seas to surf down and we will start hitting the big numbers. Our noon to noon mileage today was. read more...


11/12/2013

Merlyn III - Day16- The Boat that Rocked

We made contact with the wives who have now arrived in St. Lucia and are,we presume, anxiously awaiting our arrival.   We spent most of the day on  broad reach with about 20 knots of Eastby North wind, but we could not lay St. Lucia on this point of sail. However, inlate afternoon we put up our twin pole rig and are now sailing downwind straightfor St. Lucia currently maintaining 8.4 Knots. According to my chart plotter wewill arrive in approximately two days time if we keep this up. Realistically Iwould estimate we will arrive very late on Thursday or early on Friday. It isgratifying that the trade winds have finally arrived, albeit about two weekslate. While there is some swell it is not uncomfortable and we feel we are onthe last lap.   Last night’s feast was Poulet a. read more...


10/12/2013

Hada - HADA Day 16 — Swimmin' & Rockin' (Westwards!)

HADA Day 16 — Tuesday December 10th, 2013 19h29 UTC-3Post #10Greetings to all from everyone aboard HADA, reporting from Mid Atlantic, 13 degrees 40 minutes North, 47 degrees, 41 minutes West.We are finally rocking westward with good and steady winds propelling us toward our next destination, with only 772 miles to go to St. Lucia.On the basis of miles, this means we are about 75% of the way there given that we will have travelled close to 3000 miles since departing Las Palmas.The crew is healthy and starting to look forward to set foot on land in the (hopefully) not too distant future.Today we’ve had our highest “mile” day yet, running close to 9 knots on average and ticking off 200+ miles over the past 24 hours alone.This feels great to everyone aboard after the slow days.Our pace this. read more...


Hada - HADA Day 16 — Swimmin' & Rockin' (Westwards!)
Hada - HADA Day 16 — Swimmin' & Rockin' (Westwards!)
Hada - HADA Day 16 — Swimmin' & Rockin' (Westwards!)
Hada - HADA Day 16 — Swimmin' & Rockin' (Westwards!)
Hada - HADA Day 16 — Swimmin' & Rockin' (Westwards!)
Hada - HADA Day 16 — Swimmin' & Rockin' (Westwards!)
10/12/2013

Monster project - We've arrived in Rodney Bay

Well here we are in sunny St Lucia, having completed the ARC in 12 days, 1 hours and finishing in 2nd place overall. We were greeted on arrival by a friendly local in his boat: “Well-com to da Caribbe-ahn” and then by the welcome sight of the ARC staff bringing instructions, tropical fruits and an ample supply of rum punch…After all the thrills and spills of the first half of the race, the second half seemed almost sedate by comparison, with the breeze easing sufficiently for three consecutive afternoon sundowners featuring the Monster Project playlist by DJs Andy (Skipper) and Nell (crew). Some of our guests cooked up a storm in the galley on day 11 and all of us were working hard on our tans for the last day or so – in between the occasional rainsquall which provided helpful. read more...


10/12/2013

Swan Valhalla - Log 19 - And now..the end is near!

Another night of winds gusting up to 20 knots - some ofthe crew could not handle this and unfortunately were seasick! However, moralewas back up today with the sun out and the wind shifted so it is now pretty muchbehind us, coming from the north east. We have goose-winged the genoa and havean average speed of about 8 knots and we are surfing the waves. The last coupleof days we have managed 180 miles in 24 hours which is pretty good going! We hada real Life of Pi moment when we found a flying fish had landed itself on board.Before it got thrown back into the sea, Skipper Sam had a photograph of it inhis mouth - much to the hilarity of the rest of thecrew.  Bets have been written down for anestimation of our arrival by all the crew - ranging from Friday to. read more...


10/12/2013

Golondrina - The Golondria saga continues

Apparently there have been complaints that the blog and sailing information is not serious enough and bordering on being flippant .. Perish the thought.So, let's try a different angle.Now hear this, now hear this.Since 08.12.13 the COG has been altered +1 degree T which has reduced our waypoint range to >600nm and our ETA to >76hr (approx 1030 GMT/UTC 14.12.13).Due to the true wind, which isF5, veering from 010T to 090T our AWS has obviously moved to ENE which has enabled us to sail slightly more abeam, to a reach, and thus reduce our XTE onto our waypoint bearing of 273T.Our SOG has increased to an AVG of 7.5 knts due to our preferential POS So there we are, it's all LOB especially if you don't get TLA's (LMCAO).And for the remainder of you out there (especially the Blue Arrow. read more...


Golondrina - The Golondria saga continues
Golondrina - The Golondria saga continues
10/12/2013

Ula - 10 Dec - Day 16 - The absolute latest day we planned to be in

Thankfully wind continued to blow overnight and throughout today, this is however inevitably accompanied by a swell of increasing size, now waves of up to 4 metres hit us from the starboard quarter. The starboard hull rides the sea well enough but then the wave becomes trapped between the two hulls, the resounding crash and reverberation being felt throughout the boat, particularly for those in the forward cabins who describe the experience as "man at work with sledge hammer below pillow". (We are running a competition for a suitable road sign signifying the danger. Send your entries to the ARC office please....)After 2 weeks of passive behaviour the breakfast cereals are becoming unruly. As our backs were turned this morning the Muesli made a bid for freedom, breaking lose from its. read more...


10/12/2013

Windleblo - Day Sixteen

We greeted this new day with Mimosas in celebration of crossing the line leaving 1,000 nautical miles to go to St. Lucia. A bright sun was rising in the east as we toasted our vessel and ourselves. With this moment behind us, an air of finality pervades on board. Just a few short weeks ago, a voyage of 300 miles, much less 1,000, would seem daunting. Now, with the strengthening trade winds pulling us faster and faster toward our goal, the six days separating us from St. Lucia seem short. Windleblo has become a steed galloping downhill, the barn in sight.The Mimosas made the moment significant. For safety's sake, Jocelyn and I have always kept alcohol out of the picture whenever we are under way. Once the hook is set and the transits are steady, the beer and wine can flow, but beforehand. read more...


10/12/2013

Selivra - ARC Tag 16

2013-12-10, 19.00irgndwo auf dem AtlantikSo, nachdem die Nacht gut vorbeigegangen ist und wir konstant gesegeltsind, ging das heute eigentlich den ganzen Tag so weiter. Ein paar Squallshaben am Vormittag noch für Aufregung gesorgt, einreffen, ausreffen, Kuttersetzen, Kutter wieder wegrollen uswusf.. Aber seither- im Westen nichtsNeues, könnte man sagen. Dort mal ein fliegender Fisch, da mal ein Frachterin großer Entfernung. Aber wir fahren und fahren und fahren und kommen St.Lucia immer näher. Über 2000 Seemeilen haben wir schon zurückgelegt, baldsind wir nur noch „dreistellig“, dann sind weniger als 1000sm nochausständig.Jetzt geht grad wieder die Sonne unter, diesmal ganz besonders dramatisch,mit effektvoll beleuchteten Passatwolken. Fast schon wie auf den Gemäldender alten. read more...


10/12/2013

Scarlet Oyster - 10 Dec - Running down the clock! Day 16 on Scarlet

We have managed not to break anything since yesterday’s blog!  That should qualify for a prize of some sort! Weather is pretty good now, strong trades propeller by a high pressure N of us over the NW Atlantic, the boats back to the E will have less wind to play with.  We got on the runner for a few hours yesterday, pretty full on with upto 30knots at times, managed a couple of 40mile 4hr runs, this has helped make our lead look more secure, with some dodgy cloud around and forecast, we decided to run on white sails overnight, as it happened there were no big squalls, but the wind held in at 25kn, so the poled out jib was just fine. Having had an expensive month with the boat, damage limitation is the name of the game!  I have a rather elaborate spreadsheet that I. read more...


Selivra - ARC Tag 16
Selivra - ARC Tag 16
10/12/2013

Skyelark of London - Three quarters

With another night of fine sailing behind us I came on watch with good 22 knot winds at 06h00 this morning. The sea settled down nicely during the day and we are now flying along poled out in true ARC downwind sailing tradition. A lovely sunrise greeted us this morning with no clouds or rain and that stayed for the day and will hopefully last all night as well. Remaining nautical mileage to St Lucia now stands at 690m of the 3100m our route is working out to be, so well over three quarters done. We are all getting quite excited about the prospect of arriving in St Lucia over the weekend and enjoying some rum punch, ice cold beer and whatever else the place offers.Sundowners tonight entailed a taste of Norwegian Aquavit that has been aged while travelling around the world in casks. Very. read more...


10/12/2013

Atika II - Fwd: quelle nuit !

Quelle nuit !Petit matin, traits tirés, paupières lourdes, petits pas pour se déplaceren se tenant... bref, une nuit dont on se rappellera.Bien commencée avec toutes voiles en vent arrière 20 Nds de vent puis lesgrains arrivent, prise de 1 ris à minuit, surf de Victor à 23,1 Nds puis 2ris à 1h du matin pour freiner les surfs fous dans les vagues qui viennentexactement de l'arrière. A 2h surfs à 24,2 puis 24,4 Nds pourtant sousvoile réduite. Vent probable de 35 Nds (? 40?? pas de girouette de nuitavec direction/vitesse vent des capteurs Tacktick à la con dont lesbatteries solaires en tête de mat ne fonctionnent jamais). Enfin bref, unedescente à fond vers Ste Lucie, pour gagner qq places.Mais quasi impossibilité de dormir et nerfs à rude épreuve ( Del : je veuxsauter à l'eau pour que ça. read more...


10/12/2013

Blue Ocean - Final day at sea?

Depending on how you count it, this is probably our final day at sea. Weshould arrive around 4am boat time or midnight local time. If the wind holds(and our sails dont give out) then we may even make it before midnight –possibly even 11pm local time when a few bars might still be open (so I amtold).   Certainly, this is the last round of watches and I just clocked off YellowWatch with a certain degree of sadness – tempered by the excitment associatedwith an imminent foreign landfall and stable accommodation.  Since our Yellowbrick is on the blink, here is a position update.   As I write, we are 60nm from Rodney Bay. Position 14*23’.10N and59*58’.68W. Speed about 9.5kn. We have a good following wind of around 25-30knots.   Bye   Craig  Arrivee dans quelques. read more...


10/12/2013

Diva - Diamond life- wir kommen

Die Sonne brennt, unsere Reise neigt sich dem Ende entgegen. Für den einen war es eine weitere Erfahrung im Seglerleben, für den anderen bedurfte es dieser Prüfung für das book of life. Wie schön Budde es lachend formulierte, sollte man an einen verkappten maritim veranlagten Gesprächspartner geraten: „Wie -Du hast den großen Teich noch nicht durchsegelt?“ Was haben wir gelacht.Der Wind hat deutlich an Stärke zugenommen und wir können die Höhe auf St. Lucia nicht gehen. Mittlerweile fehlen uns über 30 Grad. Gut das das für alle gilt. Die Frage ist nun – kommt noch ein Winddreher? Wann müssen wir halsen um einen Anlieger auf die Nordspitze von St. Lucia zu haben. Alles bei Nacht versteht sich bei bis zu 34kn Wind. Wir entscheiden uns gegen 6.45h morgens für eine Q-Wende weil es sicherer. read more...


10/12/2013

Surya - De chefs

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Surya - De chefs
Surya - De chefs
10/12/2013

George - All Blogged Out?

Certainly not 'blogged up' that's for sure. After a record 166 miles in the twenty-four hours to 13:00 today 10/12/2013 we're continuing to make good progress. As I write this we're currently showing an optimistic 106 hours (4 days 8 hours) to Rodney Bay! More Barracuda for tea yesterday, this time curried using Bev (Mrs N's) already tried and tested 'curry anything' recipe. Not without its issues though, judging by the number of times the light went on and off in the heads during the dog watches. Sleep is a bit scarce of the moment, after the calm seas of the preceding weeks, 20 knot beam reaching has those in the forward cabins wearing protective headgear to minimise cranial damage on contact with the ceiling (even after decamping to the lower bunks) and the rest of us wedging. read more...


10/12/2013

Adina - Day 16 A furling problem

Day 16 dawned with little wind and we were still using diesel to propel us.Come 11am, following a squall and a nice rain shower, that all changed. 14 knots of wind and we had the sails out faster than you can say jack flash!Life is never quiet and for some inexplicable reason our genoa furler motor decided to activate itself. While it didn't do anything to the sail it meant we had to send the engineering A team of Gareth and Susie to the bow to investigate. Returning looking rather wet (sea temperature is 27c so only wet, not cold) they reported our temporary drive belt had worn down and lost some teeth due to the inadvertent activation and the electric furler was once again non-operational. Various trips to the front with various Blue Peter style drive belts has not yet fixed the. read more...


São Francisco 4 - 10 Dez - A bordo as leituras são uma rotina diária / 10th Dec - Reading is a daily routine aboard
São Francisco 4 - 10 Dez - A bordo as leituras são uma rotina diária / 10th Dec - Reading is a daily routine aboard
São Francisco 4 - 10 Dez - Miguel em "figura-de-proa" / 10th Dec - Miguel enjoying the bow splashes
São Francisco 4 - 10 Dez - Miguel em
10/12/2013

Manihi - La chevauchée, c'est reparti !

14:52.11N 49:08.32W   9:00 heure locale - Profondeur 560 m Hier nous avons passé notre matinée à nous relayer à la barre jusqu'endébut d'après-midi (matinée jusqu'en début d'après-midi, ça ne fait pas un peupléonasme ?). La houle s'étant calmée nous avons rendu la barre à Raymond.Toujours du vent, 15-18 nds, mais moins de cahots sur la route. Donc nous sommesrestés comme ça, jusqu'à 19h, heure de la séance d'hydratation (un grand verred'eau avec un peu de Pastis pour le gout). Et puis pour être tranquille pour lanuit, nous reprenons les deux ris avant de passer à table. Au menu, saucissesaux lentilles du Lauragais, plat préparé en conserve dégoté par Bertrand chez unpetit charcutier de Castelnaudary, celui qui fait aussi l'excellent cassoulet etles sublimes saucisses confites ! .... read more...


10/12/2013

Starla - Log Day 17 - Daily distance is Improving

Hello Everyone,Distance logged today - 176 nautical miles. Distance to date this trip - 2041 nautical miles. Remaining miles to St Lucia 1061.As you can see from the distance logged over the day, this is the best day under sail we have had on the trip so far. The wind was in the North and continued to veer to the North East and build from 10 to 20 knots.This gave us a pretty fast night, some times too fast and overpowered. We had to reef (reduce sail area) twice over the night and shake the reefs out early in the morning, only to put them in again as the morning progressed.The sea state is still very uncomfortable. It is a mixture of the a swell from the north and waves on top of that from the north east.Lunch today was anything we could conjure up considering the conditions. It was hot. read more...


10/12/2013

Avel Biz J+16 C'est comment qu'on freine

Bonjour10 Décembre 2013Position 12h00 UTC18°46 N53°15 W187 milles en 24hC'est comment qu'on freineDepuis hier, Avel Biz fonce au portant. Et ça va être comme ça jusqu'àl'arrivée.Le vent est vraiment fort, aux environs de 30 nœuds réels (et jusqu'à 40sous les grains).Le grand spi est trop grand. Le bateau part au lof tout de suite.Le gennaker aussi. Il faudrait être un équipage complet pour le tenir.Plusieurs fois, pendant la nuit, le barreur a du appeler au secours. Celuide veille se précipite, met son harnais et ses gants qui sont prêts dans ladescente, sa lampe frontale et sort manœuvrer tout nu. Ça doit être unspectacle pour les poissons volants qui tombent sur le pont la nuit.Depuis ce matin, nous sommes sous GV 1 ris et génois roulé de 5 tours. Lescreux deviennent impressionnants. read more...


10/12/2013

Athena of Southampton - Athena log 9

Athena log 9 – Tuesday December 10th 2013 –15 18.47 N / 47 26.45 W That Saturday was an event day.  Well yes, I know, every day has itsevents, but sometimes I wonder what they are.  What do we do all day?  The hours fly by.  But what do we do? Well there’s the daily dolphinwatch.  They come to play beside theboat and dance and dive and skim the surface.  Sleek blue-grey forms sliding by.  Then there are the turtles, their littleheads stuck up out of the water, they carelessly drift along.  Next come the flying fish.  Like little swallows, they dart and dashover the waves, turning, twirling and diving again.  All of these shows must bewatched. But we don’t really doanything.  Well of course there aremeals to be prepared, washing,. read more...


10/12/2013

Firefly - Landfall ahoy!

The final part of the trip with less than 250 nautical miles to go is a bit of a sleigh ride but is proving to be more testing than the earlier part ofour passage due to the wind strength of 20-25 knots and relatively large waves (around 5 metres) coming from behind and across our track. The sea has been kicked up into something resembling a caldron of stewball (only bright blue in colour). On the subject of food the sea conditions have not made preparing meals that easy either. Fortunately we have a safety line strapping us into the galley and a cooker on gimbals but we still have to be quick to keep supper in the pan when we go over the top of a wave catching the odd item of flying crockery or cutlery, washing up (yes we do) is not much easier. For men unfamiliar with the art of. read more...


10/12/2013

Miciadue - Mit maximaler Geschwindigkeit dem Ziel entgegen

Windstärke 5 aus NNE. Wir laufen mit maximaler Geschwindigkeit dem Ziel entgegen. Wenn die Welle uns schiebt, kommen wir kurzzeitig auf über 10 kts, ansonsten laufen wir momentan mit mindestens 7 kts. Morgen soll es bis 6 bft geben. Zu der Dünung kommen noch überlagerte Wellen dazu, die seitlich von achtern unter der Miciadue hindurchlaufen. Der Aufenthalt unter Deck wird zum Abenteuer. Kochen und Abwaschen ein Erlebnis. Die ersten Teller sind zu bruch gegangen. Das Abwaschen wird zur Schaumparty. Aber es geht gut voran. Noch 850 sm liegen vor uns. Unter den derzeitigen Bedingungen werden wir am 16. unser Ziel erreicht haben. Sonne satt, angenehme Temperaturen und ab und zu mal ein kleiner Schauer.. read more...


10/12/2013

Jambo - A good day

Made good progress today as good trade wind and blue skies. The great boatcook off is going well and Nick is going through to the next round havingcooked the fish we caught yesterday and it was yummy- we just don't know what it was ! Must get that book on fish. More flying fish on the boat yesterday but they are tiddlers and difficult to keep in the pan.. read more...


10/12/2013

Koala - Dec 10th: Crossed 40 deg west!

Well, it might not sound much to you, but 40 degrees west is a bit of a milestone for us. We should be over half way now. There is a bottle of cava in the fridge cooling for tonight's sundowner by way of celebration and Julia has battled through in some fairly lumpy seas to make another batch of dough. So tonight is flatbreads and dhall, a bit of a favourite.There was a bit of a discussion on the net today about wildlife out here. The two ever present species are some small black birds that flit around scooping things up from the surface that we think are Storm Petrels. The other are the flying fish, which are amazing creatures. They remind me of little silver spitfires, probably one of the later marks with the eliptical wings! They turn away from the breeze once they are up and shoot. read more...


10/12/2013

Shine - Final Day: Betty Swollocks crosses the finishing line.

A quiet final night with no dramas.More quality time spent in the stern  sauna with our ever present companion,Betty Swollocks, the crew member who I for one  will  most certainly  not miss.So, finally across the line at roughly 08:26:37 this morning, which works out at around 30 minutes short of 16 days from the start  in Gran Canaria. Including the race yachts we  are 13th of the250+ starters, and depending on the handicapping will be first or second in class - not bad for a crew with the combined age of 468.As promised, the whole crew finished in Tiddy's polyester black  thongs (supplied, not owned by.................I think) . The official ARC photographer came out to meet us so  by the time he's syndicated his photos, we could well be on the. read more...


10/12/2013

Mustique - Mustique.Arc.10thDec13

592.7 Nautical Miles to St Lucia!!Finally the trade winds have kicked in and we sailing 8-9knots broad reaching, Mustique purring with delight. Spent much of last night squall running- 60deg wind shifts, rain & 30knot gusts made it the most interesting & fun night watch of the trip.Now only 4 days to St Lucia and we can almost smell the rum punch, coconut water & hear the beat of the steel pan...yeah man!!We have conceded defeat to the Atlantic monster fish as we lost our 3rd squidy lure yesterday... the reel clicked for a second, I rushed to grab the rod and then the battle commenced. the reel ran out at such an amazing speed, steam rising out the reel as 300metres of line disappeared in a few seconds, the rod bent to boomerang dimensions and bang, he as gone, the fish. read more...


Mustique - Mustique.Arc.10thDec13
Mustique - Mustique.Arc.10thDec13
10/12/2013

Blue Ocean - Blue OCean smells like punch

15,10   and 108 nm to go. St lucia at reach, probably gettingthere at 02,00 on Wednesday morning as we are still speeding 10 knts and more. Journee de navigation merveilleuse, avec un soleil tropical et de raresnuages,  une longue houle de 3-4 m, 35-40 knts de vent, et des surfsjusqu`a 18 knts.Je viens de preparer une derniere pizza a bord pour le dejeuner, et l`apresmidi sera animee : guetter les premieres vues des Barbades au Sud, de St Luciesous la lune,... Nous sommes toujours devant Aurora qui est maintenant 30 miles derrierenous, et devant Baleraria n`est qu`a 10 nm, avec une VMG – velocity made good-nettement inferieure a la notre sur les dernieres 24 heures. Peut etre encoreune place a gagner pour le fun   Biz. read more...


Blue Ocean - Blue OCean smells like punch
Blue Ocean - Blue OCean smells like punch
10/12/2013

Free Spirit - Trade winds / whales!

We're now well and truly settled into the trade wind conveyor belt, its remarkable!! Steady, strong breeze from the East at between 15 and 25 knots, gusting to 30 at times so the sea has built up to quite large lumps, 4 - 5m swells rumbling through every 10 seconds, approaching from the NE (over our right shoulder). So the job of steering Free Spirit is great fun, we're taking it in hour turns as its quite tiring, we have two reefs in and are cruising at 8 - 10 knots v. Comfortably, surfing the swells as they come through (which can get us into the 12 knot area when we've caught one!). The attached map shows the weather charts we've been getting twice daily from the Bluestone team in Aus. These charts come from www.weatheronline.co.uk, which is a comprehensive site showing output from a. read more...


Free Spirit - Trade winds / whales!
Free Spirit - Trade winds / whales!
10/12/2013

Ocean Venture - Home run- 880m left

Ok, no blog yesterday as not in best spirits after loosing spinaker at night and feeling too tired to write one is the honest truth.Been a slog till yesterday AM when the shift came that we have waited for. Northerly breeze and a beam reach has put us back on track with a two hundred mile run last 24hrs with exilerating ocean sailing and a good 5 day forecast of it continuing.Flying fish have taken to attacking helmsman at night and even finding there way below decks!All commenting what a fantastic boat this is and how easy to sail and maintain as well as keep clean with 10 men on here.A domestic teamrota of cleaning duties with two on a day (Duke gets away with this somehow), keeps our smell factor within acceptable limits.( I have been asked not to mention this for obvious reasons.....).. read more...


Ocean Venture - Home run- 880m left
Ocean Venture - Home run- 880m left
10/12/2013

Queen Frederica - Bericht Tag 17 - Halber Wind und volle Segel.

10.12.13Mehr als 40 Stunden segeln wir jetzt auf dem Backbord-Bug und haben unsunserem ersten Zielpunkt auf St. Lucia heute Morgen im 10 Uhr Bootszeit(UTC-2) auf 946 Meilen genähert. Die 1000er-Marke haben Petra und Andreasheute in ihrer Nachtwache geknackt. Aktuell luven wir an und laufen einwenig höher als 270 Grad. Der halbe Wind mit seinen 12-15 kn (4 Beaufort)geht gut mit der Queen F. Für Raumschotkurse, die wir bald anlegen müssen,brauchen wir mehr. Da kämen die angekündigten 20-25 kn gerade recht. HeuteMorgen steuern uns Dieter und Dietmar souverän und sportlich durch dieSee. Dieter im Steuerstand auf der Luv-Seite, Dietmar in Lee. In der Nachtgab es einen erneuten Angriff aus der Tiefe. Ein fliegender Fisch trafDieter an der Hand. Er hat es gut weggesteckt.Gestern haben wir zwei. read more...


10/12/2013

Milanto - Milanto Blog 9th December

After a long night of regular short watch changes - to ensure concentration at the helm in difficult sea conditions - the morning started with hoisting our "Mr Norris" spinnaker to maintain our fast boat speed and bring us to St Lucia that bit earlier. With winds anticipated of up to 28 knots, keeping the spinnaker up all day was ambitious, but as long as he was up, we knew we would be progressing as fast as was possible. As it happened, surfing down a 5m Atlantic swell, we kept that over-sized beast of a sail flying all day and hit almost 13 knots several times - fantastic! Our afternoon roller coaster ride ended when the wind and waves suddenly whipped up to throw us first into a Chinese Gybe and then a broach. It was a pretty dramatic moment - we could have lost the mast - but. read more...


10/12/2013

Dragonfly - schalflos auf dem Atlantik

Wieder eine fast schlaflose Nacht.Wir haben ca. 15 kn Wind genau von hinten. In Böen über 20kn. Aber die Wellen werden immer höher und unberechenbarer. Die werfen das Schiff hin und her. Imposant zu sehen, wie die Wasserberge heranrollen, das Schiff in die Höhe heben und dann um 30 Grad herumdrehen. Seit heute früh fahren wir einen halbwegs stabilen Kurs mit gut 7 kn. Damit kommen wir Freitag früh in Rodney Bay an. Allerdings haben uns bis dahin noch einige Schiffe überholt. Den 3. Platz in unserer Gruppe können wir wahrscheinlich auch nicht halten. Aber egal, wir wollen nur gut ankommen. Wenn wir angelegt haben, schlafe ich wohl erst mal 2 Tage durch. Hajo, Edwin und Volker versuchen ständig mit ihren Foto- und Filmkameras die Wellen zu dokumentieren, Aber die kommen dann auf den. read more...


10/12/2013

Lancelot II - Day 16 - Homeward Bounders

Postcard from Lancelot II – Weather Hot, Fishing lousy, Wish you were herex   The final countdown has begun in earnest, as I write this we have 521Nautical Miles to go to Rodney Bay. We are homeward bounders. We watch the milestick by on the chart plotter like an all absorbing soap opera. The sea state hasbeen lively to say the least with the wind at 25kts and averaging 9 knots boatspeed. Big Atlantic rollers push up and down like a cork sometimes. Some wavesare as tall as the helmsman as they come behind us and we surf down them.Annette holds the record for boat speed on our watch – 14.4 knots. Yeha! Lastnights night watches started with a moon so bright you could almost read by it.It lit our way with a runway of light to follow.   Newsflash – Fish. read more...


10/12/2013

Meltemi - 15.Tag - Wilde Maus

Heute fahren wir mit der "Wilden Maus": ein kleiner Squal heute Nacht, nun geht es ab bei um die 30 Knoten wahrer Wind und einer schönen Atlantikdünung mit drei bis vier Meter Wellenhöhe. Wenn die Wellenkämme brechen, sieht das Wasser wunderbar türkis aus. Dabei brutzeln wir aber im Bikini bei strahlend blauem Himmel in der Sonne! Wir fahren also nur mit der Genua munter vor dem Wind. Statt Pizza wird es heute Abend wetterbedingt Nudeln geben. Unser bestes ETMAL lag gestern bei 186 sm. Aktuell haben wir noch ca. 415 sm bis St.Lucia. Die Zeit rennt! Nachts sieht man die ein oder andere Konkurrenz, die wir aber bereits bei Sonnenaufgang hinter uns gelassen haben. Mittlerweile möchten wir aber auch ankommen und sind schon sehr gespannt auf die Karibik!!(Caroline). read more...



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