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28/11/2014

Vagaris - Goat's cheese and shower day

Today was our 4th day at sea and we're getting nicely settled into a routine of watches, sleep, sail changes, food and maintenance jobs. I must say, I haven't been bored yet or had time to kick back, do nothing and read a book as they promised...Today for lunch we had goats cheese and pear bruschetta with parma ham and toasted pine nuts. For supper Jax and Kath cooked Italian vegetable bake with aubergines, courgettes, tomatoes, mozzarella on a bed of onions. Strangely they forgot to add the meat layer - oh well... Good effort anyway.Due to it getting dark at 1730 our time, we've been eating quite late about 1830 and clearing up by around 1900. Most yachts recommend eating earlier before it gets dark, but that doesn't leave much time after lunch for us, so whilst the conditions are. read more...


28/11/2014

Milanto - Milanto log 28/11/14

good morning!this is herbert, aboard the MILANTO on her cruise from LasPalmas to St.Lucia. after two days of seasickness I am back to life again - and I can tell you, you cant imagine how happy I am about that. here we are - in the middle of nowhere, no better place to be. to be a little more accurate: 25.10.07N,23.16.09, bearing 257 at approximatly 8kts.Due to my not well being, I missed the first blog, so please excuse any repititions, as well please excuse my poor english (I am not improving much on that with so many Italians on board). Furthermore I have to fight this keyboard, where the numbers are stuck and the keys are mixed in the britain order.well, there is a lot to tell. short after the start Valerio got us to see dolphins, turtles and flying fish. This was much more than to. read more...


28/11/2014

Aretha - Day 4 - Crew back to full strength

Breakthrough day.Nichola and Jani are back to full strength. Sea legs acquired and all is well. Helped by calmer seas and beautiful sunshine this morning the feeling on Team Aretha is buoyant.During the day today we have lighter winds and start to experiment with different sail combinations, short cuts to our reefing system, splicing ropes and having a good freshen up all round Aretha.Columbus is learning from Paul how to whip ropes and Bluebell is working on her knots which she seems to pick up with remarkable ease.Jani back to form wastes no time in creating culinary genius - freshly baked bread with home made leak and potato soup for lunch, a chicken and rice dish for supper. We are eating well and its great to all sit down and have a meal together. A great practice so often forgotten. read more...


28/11/2014

Euphoria - Log Day 4 – Alone at Sea

Dear Blog,Routines arebecoming more solid as we enter the second half of our first week aboard. Today,our lunch was inspired by the great Chicken Tortillas success yesterday. Thistime the Tortillas were served with anchovies, sardines, eggs and numerousvegetables. Success once again!One particularly important routine is todownload and analyze the fleet position file. Today, the whole crew wasanxiously waiting for these results and expectations were high. They were alsoconfirmed as it became clear that we have now moved up to a second place in ourclass. We had to remind ourselves that although we have succeeded quite well sofar, there is still a long long way to go and many things will happen before wearrive in Saint Lucia.This is the first night with no other boats in sight.Although we. read more...


27/11/2014

Purrr-fect - leg two-day 8: Thanksgiving Day

We treated ourselves to a special celebration mid-ocean by celebrating Thanksgiving and also reaching the halfway point in our voyage. We reached 1047 nm distance to go last night just before midnight.Our Thanksgiving feast included some of our favorites from back home like cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes with gravy and homemade crescent dinner rolls. Of course, we had turkey but only turkey breast instead of a whole turkey which was impossible given our small freezer space on board. Nonetheless after such a feast a mid-day, we all had afternoon naps and only had a small bowl of soup for evening supper. Best of all, we have lots of yummy left overs in the fridge for meals the next few days. The seas continued to throw us around with 8-10 foot. read more...


27/11/2014

Exody - Day 18 - 27 November - Half way across!

More of the same as yesterday though a rather uncomfortable sea at night and for the first part of the morning.A bit overcast but sun getting through strongly and trades continue to blow from the East at circa 20 knots.We passed the half way point at 01.00 boat time Thursday morning (03.00 UTC) and then our noon position from the ARC yellowbrick email showed 995 miles to run and a good 24 hour average of 6 knots- so we are still reasonably on track and keep our fingers crossed the trades keep blowing for the next week.Sailplan unchanged (single poled out genny) though we did unsuccessfully try and fly the yankee loose luffed this afternoon - main problem being no winch for the available halyard so will try again tomorrow with a bit more forward planning.Fish (sadly canned not caught!). read more...


27/11/2014

Exody - Day 17 - November 26th - Trade Wind Day

The weather information on the morning radio net from boats ahead did not augur well- squalls, north winds, south winds, variable and light!But in our part of the ocean around 17 north and between 41 and 44 west heading just south of west, it was a fine trade wind sailing day with consistent winds between 15 and 20 knots all day long no squalls - just how it should be!Marian finally got around to doing a meal making and jobs rota so no more guessing who might volunteer from hereon in. Chef of the night was Tony with an excellent corned beef hash, first of the protein tins to be opened- and we also enjoyed some of a large long-lasting Las Palmas melon, that will still do us a few more meals.With the towing generator pulled in, Marian has tried a little fishing at dawn and dusk and now. read more...


27/11/2014

Lydia - Leg 2 Day 9 - Green Ham & Eggs

Steady and reasonably fast progress has been made all day today but the downside has been that the favourable wind is accompanied by this wearing corkscrew motion, which sees the mast swing rapidly through 30+ degrees either side of the vertical. Staying upright requires significant and almost continuous effort and, ratherlike being on low frequency wobble board 24 hrs a day, is probably the reason why we may be burning off some of calories we're taking onboard. It's also the reason why most of the expletives in Lydia emanate from the galley or when (as has just happened to the blogist) precious beer or wine is spilled.The day started with some confusion over what day & date it was. The source of the confusion may have been fat finger trouble when electronic watches were put back an. read more...


27/11/2014

Captain Blind - 4eme jour ...la routine !

quatrième jour de course a bord de captain blind ,manoeuvre intense durant la nuit, affalage du spi lourd ,envoie du génois,refus du vent pour passer au nord , renvoi du spi a nouveau , re affalage passage sous génois,navigation vraiment pluscool pour l'équipage mais des le réveil de notre navigateur yoann,envoie immédiat du grand spi,les vacances sur captain blind ne sont pas pour tout suite ,vraiment dommage ........nous allons navigué vent de travers pendant environ 24 a 36 heures avant d'atteindre la bascule vers l'est ,nous sommes sur laroute direct assité de Raymond a la barre,dans ces conditions pas de nouveau reccord ,il faudra atendre.journée tres ensoleillée,tout le monde en a profité pour passer sous la douche d'eau salé ,quelques bricoles de nettoyage ,lors de notre départ au. read more...


27/11/2014

Red Devil 3 - Estamos en el cuarto dia de navegación

Lunes 24   Salimos de Las Palmas a las 10.30 con viento yoleaje que se mantuvo fuerte todo el día A las 17.00h los patines de la mayor fallan alintentar tomar un rizo. Bajamos la mayor y continuamos sólo congenove durante lanoche. La marejada hace incomoda las actividades abordo. Comunicaciones,cocinar, etc.   Martes 25   Terminamos de reparar los patines de la mayor.Hemos sustituido las piezas de plástico por unas ligadas con cabillo. Izamosmayor y seguimos a rumbo sobre 250º con buena velocidad. Se mantiene la marejaday las incomodidades. A las 16.00 h hemos detectado agua en la sentina. Buscamosla causa. Encontramos en el cofre de popa que esta entrando agua a través de lostornillos de fijación del hidrogenerador. Aplicamos una pasta de sellado quehace su trabajo.. read more...


Helen - The one that got away
Helen - The one that got away
27/11/2014

Helen - Day 4

So far we have seen 1 dolphin, a couple of flying fish and 2 turtles. One turtle was flipped over by the wash of the boat and she flipped herself back by the time we disappeared. I have also seen phosphorescence for the first time and my iPad spelt it for me!Today I collected sea water for oceanconservation.uk who are doing research into the level of micro plastics in the Atlantic Ocean.I've also done a bit of fishing and a huge big Wahoo stole my hook and broke the rod, so I will have to give it another go tomorrow.All is well on yacht Helen and no Celine Dion so far. Fingers crossed.Mark. read more...


27/11/2014

Sojourner - Day four: Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone from the Sojourner crew.Been a great day of sailing, nothing important broke, nobody got hurt, and we may have moved up a spot or two in the standings......all of which is great and for which we are thankful......but mostly we are thankful for this opportunity afforded us by all those we have back at home.Well, we are also thankful for rum, and veils, but that's another story.And a special "Happy Birthday" shout-out from Bob to his daughter Nicole.Tom and Ken saw a lot of threatening clouds on their 6pm to 1am shift last night, but only had a slight drizzle a couple of times. On the following watch Bob and Pete had steady, sometimes hard, rain for an hour. Woke up this morning to mostly sunny skies and warmer temps and the winds, all day, have been 15 to 20. read more...


27/11/2014

Hot Stuff - The tales of nine - DAY THREE AT SEA

It's been a dramatic day at sea.For starters the fruit hammock has had major fatalities - much to thedistress of fair maiden Kat. Despair was in the air as the orange casualtieslaid in pain on the saloon bunk. Don't all panic at once ... nothing that a fewgiant cable ties can't fix!! We are happy to announce that the luxury hammockhotel is up and swinging once more. Main course followed soon after - who would have thought nine cheese andham sandwiches could be such an ordeal! Two hours later the two kilos of rottendiced pork - apparently not so vacum packed as we thought - had been evacuatedfrom the fridge along with all its delicious juices. Never before has bacon,philidelphia, margarine and cheese been shown so much love an affection - eachone individually washed, antibacked and. read more...


27/11/2014

Rhumb - Log Day 1

With the weather in Las Palmas much improved and a similar outlook, the ARC organisers declared a Monday morning start at 10.30 for the hares and 11.00 for the tortoises.Ship board music and a brass band heralded our departure from the pontoon, with cheery waves from honorary 6th crew member Anne, and other well wishers. Spectators too on the harbour walls, clapping and cheering - quite one of the most thrilling and exhilarating experiences as we moved out into the waiting area with boats criss-crossing back and forth as they made ready for the start. Prompt at 11am, the committee boat fired the cannon, accompanied by more cheering and the sounding of boat horns we were off. With Lenny at the helm, we crossed the line at approx. 11.06 and out into the Atlantic to be met with some pretty. read more...


27/11/2014

Tanoa - wir wackeln über den Atlantik

Da später weiter südlich Flaute herrschen soll, haben wir uns entschieden, mehr nach Westen zu segeln. Das bedeutet Halbwind- bis Am Wind Kurs und Wellen von der Seite. Und so wackeln wir jetzt über den Atlantik. Die letzte Nacht war voller Squalls (Windwechsel von 13-30 kn), also hieß es immer wieder reffen, ausreffen, refffen... anstrengend! Dafür war der Segeltag heute bis auf die Wackelei ganz schön und wir haben einige Schiffe eingeholt. Mal sehen, was die nächste Nacht bringt. Es dämmert und schon wieder geht es los mit reffen, ausreffen...So wie es aussieht, werden wir wohl übermorgen den Passatgürtel erreicht haben, dann wird es hoffentlich ruhiger.. read more...


27/11/2014

Ellida 6 - Dag 4

p:24 33.9'N:-24 49.8'WDag 4”Crusin` ” er vel det ordet som beskriver dagen i dag best. Vi harcruiset av gaarde på vei mot way point i solskinn og på silkefoere. Livetblir ikke mye bedre enn det – bortsett fra dusjen vi ogsaa kunne unne oss.Det er rart aa oppleve hvor fort denne dagligdagse rutinen vi tar for gittog generelt sett haster gjennom i hverdagen oppleves saa luksurioes athvert eneste oeyeblikk under vannstrålen ( Som er under dekk! i et privatbadevaeelse! Med varmt vann!) nytes i fulle aandedrag.Men visst ble livet enda bedre! Det har vaert så jevn og deilig vind at vikunne sitte på hekken i bikini liv, med vinden som hårfoener og unne ossen liten 12 pils.…For undertegnedes del resulterte naturfoeningen i enartig Vibeke Loekkeberg sveis.Delfiner er selvfoelgelig noe som går. read more...


Ellida 6 - Dag 4
Ellida 6 - Dag 4
Blue Waves - It's getting windy. Mid Atlantic Ninja
Blue Waves - It's getting windy. Mid Atlantic Ninja
27/11/2014

Antares - ARC Log Day 3

Another blustery day in route to St. Lucia.We enjoyed a great Thanksgiving meal thanks to our captain, Joe. We added a little fresh tuna from yesterday's catch and it was perfect and almost leisurely.We remain tres amigos (so far).Bobby. read more...


27/11/2014

BearBaloo - Tag 4 - Generatorreperaturen und schöne Erlebnisse auf dem Atlantik

Gestern wollten wir unseren Generator laufen lassen, der es aber vorzog, inden vorzeitigen Ruhestand zu gehen und unseren armen Captain dazu zuverpflichteten, Anleitungen durchzugehen statt das schöne Segelwetter zugenießen. Da es aber dunkel wurde, konnten wir mit der Reparatur erst heuteanfangen. Um 9 Uhr versammelte sich die Mannschaft also zur Generatorwartung,die Stimmung war schlecht, weil ein funktionierender Generator für die optimaleStromversorgen doch unabkömmlich ist, und wir schon erwarteten, dass wir alsAmateurmechaniker nicht viel ausrichten können. Das Problem war, dass dasSeewasserkühlungssystem kein Wasser mehr pumpte und wir befürchteten, dass derImpeller möglicherweise kaputt ist, an den man natürlich mal wieder nicht soeinfach rankommt. Nach ein bisschen rumprobieren. read more...


27/11/2014

Makena - Happy Thanksgiving!

Just a quick hello from Sarah here. We have gotten word that Phillip Winter's blog posts are finally making it through to the these pages directly so he will continue to do the main daily update. We've had two days of painfully slow progress but have been doing much better since this morning. PW has a very tasty looking pumpkin pie in the oven now! He’s spent a Thanksgiving (and that Christmas) on a _53 day_ crossing before but he didn’t have pumpkin or condensed milk then.. Doing things better this time! Can't wait to taste it. We saw whales this morning. One criss-crossed in front of us for a while which was very exciting.Our Watt & Sea hydro generator's blades have been worn down, possibly by kelp of which we are seeing a lot these days. This means we need to run the generator. read more...


Miss Malin - Log day 5 - Trimming and sun!
Miss Malin - Log day 5 - Trimming and sun!
27/11/2014

Miss Malin - Log day 5 - Trimming and sun!

Best readers!We have already reached the fifth day on the Atlantic Ocean, the big blue.For those who haven't been out here, the feeling IS fantastic.As I had a late shift during night, I woke up quite late (I guess I am thesleepiest person in here). However, my dear friends had arranged breakfastwith bacon and egg. As fresh food, such as fruits and vegetables starts tobecome bad, the fruit storage is now shrinking. I guess we won't enjoy thecanned pineapple as much as the fresh one we had today.Sailing and weather has been extremely good today. The Genacker is set, andwind is good. During the day, I challenged my arm muscles when trimming thesails. As our crew appears to be very bad losers, we take every chance forplayful competition. At the moment, I can hear how they scream "trim" up. read more...


27/11/2014

Charisma - Im Mondschein

Auch die dritte pechschwarze Nacht haben wir gut überstanden. Mit dem zunehmenden Mond sollte es in den nächsten Tagen zumindest in dererstenNachthälfte etwas heller werden.In der Dunkelheithaben wir noch heute morgen die ersten Squallsabgeritten und gutStrecke gemacht. Starker Regen hat die Wache geduscht -immerhin 1/4der Crew ist jetzt wieder sauber.Das zunehmend wechselhafte Wetter fordert die Seemannschaft.Darüberhinaus hat uns unser Satellitentelefon einen kurzen Schreckeingejagt. Gestern kam die Nachricht "isatPhone MUST upgrade to firmware Version 5.3.0 or higher by 30.11.2014".Wie soll das denn bitte Mitten auf dem Atlantik gehen? Recherchenunserer multi-talentierten Shore-Crew (Wetterfrosch, Ghostwriter,IT-Experte in einer Person) haben ergeben, dass unser Gerät bereits überdie. read more...


27/11/2014

Charisma - Silberhochzeit auf dem Atlantik

Am Dienstag haben wir die Silberhochzeit von Steffi und Andi gefeiert.Was will man mehr als nach 25 Jahren Ehe gemeinsam über den Atlantik zusegeln? Das Ereignis wurd entsprechend mit frisch gebackenem Kuchen undeinem Ständchen der Charisma-Liedergruppe (an der Gitarre der Bräutigamhöchst selbst) begangen.Aufgrund der aktuellsten Wetterinformationen halten wir uns westlich,um einer, von unserem Wetterfrosch angedrohten Schwachwind-Zone südlichvon 22,5 N° zu entkommen. Wir segeln weiterhin unter Genua II und Groß,je nach Wind auch mal gerefft.. read more...


27/11/2014

Weirkraken - Day 1&2

Force Ten from Las Palmas - Day 1We finally left the Harbour of Las Palmas on Monday 24th November - one day late because of atrocious weather. During our preparation days, Liz had a thorough sort out of the boat and thew out such vital items as an Iron and china Dinner service much to Rupert's horror. Liz and Anne then spent about 7 hours in the dreaded Carrefours and as a result Weir Kracken was left listing 10 degrees to port much to the discomfort of the Norwegian boat moored next door who spent Saturday night propping us up in a storm. Captain Rupert in his enthusiasm fell off his seat and twisted his ankle as we were preparing to cast off.We crossed the start line at a quarter to one and had a bit of a stand off with a large green boat (you know who you are). Shortly. read more...


27/11/2014

Magelanus III - Post 4 - We're back!

After a long week with no access to email and no news from the ARC, except from my wife through Irirdium, connection to the net was restored. Magelanus III is, I believe, among the last boats in the crossing and the crew humors are high. Let me reassure fans and friends. This is due to the fact that we have no spinacker pole. With trading winds on the back (E/ENE), we are forced to use only the main sail. But we are enjoying it all and the crew humors are high. An average six knots speed in the last 2-3 days, in these conditions, is a fair performance.Like most certainly others, we had our lot of squalls - laundry machine type on board - and small problems, most of them so far more or less ingeniously resolved. Batteries are a permanent concern and. read more...


27/11/2014

Aislig Bheag - Log day 3 -Dancing with Dolphins

Making great progress and getting ever increasingly more competitive bothwithin our own 3 watch teams and also with other ARC yachts after news of ourposition yesterday (not that its a race, of course!). Spotted our first sealifeat sunset on wed evening as we were surrounded by a massive pod of  veryplayful dolphins putting on a fantastic show for us. Wed night was quite roughwith winds gusting up to 25 n’s. First attempt at cordon bleu cooking resultedin some serious skating around the galley floor. Skipper John kindly covered Donand Eilidh’s 4-8am watch so both could sleep off the dreaded lurgy. There’s beena bit of water in the bilge that has to be pumped out once a day. More anuisance value. After all the work to achieve a dry boat the skipper is lessthan happy so  ends up. read more...


27/11/2014

Reina - LOG 7 PASS THE CHARDONNAY, PLEASE

“Chardonnay, Chardonnay, Chardonnay.” It is Harry Spedding trough the VHF. He is not really thirsty and also not ordering the drinks for another party aboard Reina. Our watch leader goes on with: “Here Reina, Reina, Reina. We are heading east. Please round our stern?”However we do not get a response we can understand that we are aware of the fact that they know we have the right to stay on our course. A few moments later we see the 235 meter long carrier with the name Chardonnay make a slight turn to port. That’s the way to pass the Chardonnay. Is not it?A few hours later our captain gets a message from another vessel. “Please stay away from us. We do have engine problems and we are drifting over the ocean without control over the steering.” Jarrod leads us with a big curve out of the. read more...


Reina - LOG 7 PASS THE CHARDONNAY, PLEASE
Reina - LOG 7 PASS THE CHARDONNAY, PLEASE
27/11/2014

Meltemi - 4.Tag - Geisterfahrt in den 4. Tag tagsueber Traumsegeln

Rumpsteak mit koellschen Kartoffeln bei Beginn der Dunkelheit erfreute uns wie der helle Tag sehr und bereitete uns auf die bevorstehende Nacht vor. Mond und Sterne sehnten wir uns herbei, aber leider gab es in dieser finsteren Nacht nur einen kurzen Regenschauer und ordentlich Wind mit Boeen bis 28 kn. Dabei mussten wir das erste Reff setzen. Die Meltemi brauste dabei mit 10 kn wie durch den Tunnel einer Geisterbahn. Die Atlantikwelle auf der wir tagsueber schoen reiten, wirft uns in der Dunkelheit schon mal ab. Die Meltemi Crew hat auch vor dieser Herausvorderung keinen Abstand genommen!Zum Tagesanbruch erfreuten uns ca. 20 spielende Delphine waehrendessen wir unseren Kaffe genossen. Nun brausen wir bei 4 Bft und Sonne, T-Shirt Temperaturen dem nächsten Tag entgegen - Traumsegeln!. read more...


27/11/2014

Milanto - Milanto log 27/11/14

So we are all settling in and luckily  the sea-sickness  suffered  by Herbert has nearly passed and more than just white rice is being served at last.  Maybe we'll do some fishing soon too! We’re  travelling at 7.7 to 8.4 kn  so happy with thatPromise to begin a full blog soon!2222 NM to go  489 NM sailed so far Pos at 12UTC  25.9 N 23.17W. read more...


27/11/2014

Blue Waves - Dzien 3 - Obcy ósmy pasazer na stromo i morskie nogi

Dziwne że dopiero dzisiaj, ale zaczynam od chwalenia się. Mieliśmy SUPER przelot dobowy. Zrobiliśmy 210 mil morskich w ciągu doby. To ponad 300km na żaglach, sporo. Dla porównania super profesjonalny, regatowy jacht z ubiegłego volvo ocean race zrobił tylko 245 mil w tym samym czasie. Poczuliśmy krew w wodzie i atakujemy przez całą dobę. Regularne wymiany sterników i pełna koncentracja procentują. Właściwie wszyscy jak jeden mąż stwierdziliśmy że gdyby to nam dali taką łodke jak to volvo open70 to dopiero byśmy wszystkim pokazali co to jest ocean racing.Po 3 dobach załoga rozłożyła swoje morskie nogi i znowu zaczeło powiewać żartami. Mamy tylko jednego obcego na pokładzie który nadal choruje. Konsylium zaleciło transfuzję winną. Podobno ten typ tak ma. Jak medycyna naturalna zawiedzie. read more...


27/11/2014

Jo - 23:54:43N 23:03:09W

Thursday 27thNovember The weather keeps us guessing. We’danticipated classic trade wind sailing with twin headsails, but what we’ve beengiven is a beam/ broad reach all the way so far. That’s not strictly true, wetacked downwind on leaving Las Palmas as it would have been too uncomfortablesailing dead downwind given the heavy seas. Today is the first day I’ve awoken,bounded onto deck to find out what’s happened (since I went to bed 3 hours ago)and thought ‘it’s a little warmer’. This is especially welcome because whilstthe days are not cold, the nights certainly are. Our shifts comprise 3 hours onstandby/ lookout (on deck) followed by 3 hours at the helm. By the end of 6hours on watch at night, it’s very chilly despite multiple layers. At the startof a 6 hour night watch it’s all. read more...


Jo - 23:54:43N 23:03:09W
Jo - 23:54:43N  23:03:09W
27/11/2014

Aretha - Day Three - Safety First

Cruising along on a beam reach at 8 knots, Aretha is on course for St Lucia. We have just enjoyed a delicious leek and potato soup and freshly made bread thanks to Jani our watch leader and expert chef. All participated in lunch during happy hour which celebrated the changing of the clocks by one hour. Crew members who had suffered from bouts ofsea sickness have now found their sea legs The skipper insists on safety. Life jackets on at all times night and day. Life lines when on when moving around the deck and at night. Children secured to lifelines at all times. Rig checks every day which has revealed some necessary repairs. Everything secured below decks and sail plan adjusted to suit the current conditions and the conditions expected from reading the weather forecast. Sleep now is. read more...


27/11/2014

EH01 - Sun is shining, Weather is sweet!!

Hi Everyone,Another busy past 24 hours on board EH01! As the sun set last night the latest forecast we had received indicated that the wind was going to head to the north and blow 20-25 knots. At that time we were currently reaching along nicely with the wind on the beam and making an average 9 knots over the ground. We were left with the decision of whether to reef early to make life easier in the night, or take the gamble and reef when the stronger breeze appeared. We decided it was better to reef early and went into the night under our number 2 headsail and 2 reefs in the main. Thankfully the big breeze did arrive at 0200 this morning and blew until the sun rose.As soon as it backed down again to 15 knots we shook both reefs out and hoisted the fractional spinnaker. We have had. read more...


27/11/2014

Bahati - 3. Hochseetag

Heute ist, glaube ich, der erste Tag, an dem unser Cockpit trocken bleibt. An den vorherigen Tagen kamen immer wieder vereinzelt Wellen über und duschten uns unfreiwillig ab. Deshalb ist auch durch die Kabeldurchführung am Mast Wasser in die Kabine gekommen. Wahrscheinlich hat das Wasser die Navigationslichter (LED) im Masttop auf dem Gewissen. Das ist aber zurzeit unser einziger Defekt. Wir haben noch die normalen Navigationslichter. Jetzt ist kein weiterer Segler mehr in Sichtweite. Das Abrufen der Wetterdaten hat gestern funktioniert. Wir werden jetzt noch etwas 2 Tage mit Nordwind der Starke 4-5 Richtung Westen fahren. Die Geschwindigkeit ist ganz ok. Leider bläst der Wind nicht ganz konstant, sodass wir häufig ein- und ausreffen müssen damit der Windpilot auch weiter so gut. read more...


27/11/2014

Oynas - Nov 26

Two celebrations in order todayThanksgiving and now we are over half wayBreakfast blueberry pancakes with honeyBolognese for tea its bound to be yummyOnly saw one boat - a friend not foe.. read more...


27/11/2014

Pelican - day three empty trap

Hi this little beasty has a taste for the finer things in life not for himthe old cheese he she prefers avacardo or bannana humpf a gormet mouse ,any ontothe other thing good day sailing yesterday crew standing own watches with helpand,  creditable 230 miles  ,cut on elbow results  in the sheetlooking like ive caught the thing and cut its neck thats going to be a problemgetting clean still  on we go. read more...


Bluewater Mooney - auch dies gehört zur Tagesroutine - genau wie die Knetmaschine
Bluewater Mooney - auch dies gehört zur Tagesroutine - genau wie die Knetmaschine
27/11/2014

Profile - Blog

ok boys and girls after climbing mount everest and the highest peeks inholand this comes a close first class experience . ive managed to bring skipperback from near death after suffering from serious man flu but dont you guysworry i had LEMSIP which was very lucky indeed . We eventually put the fishinglines out olly lost the first of which was a blue fin tuna hehe then so out goesthe lure again an hour or so later the reel goes off again and but i didnt getto it in time as i was tendering to skipper patting the sweat of his brow . Imhaving trouble keeping Nikki from staring at me as i walk around the boat withmy top of all i can say is its not my fault i have the body of of god and lookextreamly like David Beckham .Its nice to see green watch (Forest Paul Giles)not leaning over the side. read more...


27/11/2014

Bluewater Mooney - 3. Tag

Leider am dritten Tag „nur“ 196 NM zurückgelegt.Ich schreibe meine Reports nach 11:00 am, also immer kurz nach Ablauf des jeweiligen Tags, gerechnet von 11:00 UTC, dem Start in Gran Canaria.Die Routine festigt sich. Lediglich die Nachtwachen fallen noch recht schwer. Wir haben zurzeit ein Drei-Stunden-Wachsystem, welches wir jedoch erst ab 18:00 Uhr beginnen. Nach den Regeln der Seemannschaft sicherlich „bedenklich“, denn auf den schulmäßig gesegelten Schiffen wird der Wachplan exakt für 24 Stunden sieben Tage in der Woche, und dann für die gesamte Überfahrt festgeschrieben. So und nur so ist es möglich, dass gleich große Schiffe mit Crews von 10 Seglern miteinander auskommen.Wir halten es lockerer und tragen daher dem Zustand der Crew Rechnung, ohne Gefahr zu laufen, dass bei dem Einen. read more...


Bluewater Mooney - 3. Tag
Bluewater Mooney - 3. Tag
27/11/2014

Babsea - ARC+ 2014: Start in Mindelo / Die erste Halbzeit

Es geht wieder los.Am 19. November brechen wir nach nur drei Tagen Aufenthalt in Mindelo, die wir mit Landausflügen und in der "Floating Bar" verbracht haben, wieder auf. Drehende, böige Winde zwischen 10 und 18 Knoten fallen in die Bucht von Mindelo, wo die Startlinie zwischen dem äußeren Wellenbrecher und einer großen gelben Boje liegt.Wir bereiten unseren Parasailor so vor, dass wir nur noch den Hut des Bergeschlauchs hochziehen müssen und positionieren uns in ca. 200 Meter Abstand zur Startlinie. Eine Minute vor dem Start gibt der Skipper das Kommando "Parasailor hoooooch!!!" - Simon zieht in Rekordzeit den Bergeschlauch hoch und der Parasailor steht mit einem leisen "Plopp".Der Start glückt, wir laufen als zweites Schiff über die Startlinie. Wieder als einzige Yacht unter. read more...


27/11/2014

Nisida - Day 4 Position 0200hrs 22:45N 23:30W

Dolphins yesterday afternoon, Sunshine & showers today but much warmer! Soon be in the tropics! We will get a fleet position report today so will know how we are doing compared to the rest of the fleet. We did not spot another boat or ship at all last night. Sailing & navigational lessons continue but everyone seems more interested in beating Jake playing Chess, Andy has beaten him a couple of times! We have been on white sails only so far may get a kite up this afternoon. A few rotten satsumas and peppers have been sacrificed already so there has been a fruit eating frenzy this morning. Egg & bacon for lunch & Beef, onions, carrots & potatoesfor dinner tonight.. read more...


27/11/2014

Little Pea - Arc14 Blogoramma - Sailing under the stars

25:22.6N  023:26.3W   Tune of the day: "Starlight" by Muse   Day 4.  Finally, our journey is starting tofeel like a passage, rather than a test of endurance.  We had a rip roaringsail last night with winds gusting 25kts and steady boat speed all night. LP isholding up well and the only scary noise in the night was a tool box which flewacross the forepeak (aka the room of death due to its abilityto induce instant seasickness to anyone who ventures) with a loudcrash. We sent Mike up there to sort it, which pretty much put him out of actionfor the next couple of hours.   We've now switchedto using Beryl, our trusty autopilot, partly through fatigue, but mostly inrelucatant acceptance that she is much better at helming than us humans(Mike. read more...


27/11/2014

Cheri - Donnerstag, 27. Nov. 2014

Tropentag unter GennakerEine relativ friedliche Nacht liegt hinter uns. Wir hatten groesstenteils 10-20 kn Wind (WS 3-4), fuer kurze Zeit drehte eraber sogar auf 30 kn (WS 7) auf. Da sich vor uns ausserdem eine riesige, pechschwarze Wolkenwand auftuermte (ja, sowas siehtman auch in einer dunklen Nacht!), blieb uns nicht anderes uebrig, als zwei Reffs ins Gross zu binden und die Genua etwaseinzurollen. Trotzdem erfreuten wir uns am herrlichen Sternenhimmel.Bis zum Sonnenaufgang schwaecht sich der Wind etwas ab. Doch mit der aufgehenden Soonne dreht er wieder auf. Wir setzen denGennaker und rauschen bei 10-15 kn Wind (WS 4) mit 6-8 kn den ganzen Tag gegen Westen.unsere Position heute um 12 Uhr mittags: 24° 55.0’ N 023° 55.6’ Wunsere Reisezeit heute um 12 Uhr mittags: 3 Tage 1. read more...


27/11/2014

Southern Child - Day 3 27/11

Day 3 27/11Position 1200: 25* 37' 34N 024* 23'08W Daily Run: 190Nm Distance to Waypoint:2156Nm   Meet the Crew! Onboard Southern Child we're 5 womenand 3 men of wildly different backgrounds (But all with awesome pirate names!)Today our skipper and first watch answers the question "why do you lovesailing?"   Skipper Harriet, Studley, UK A.K.A Harriet the Boat Wench "it's a combination of everything. Amazing people,travel to places not many people get to go and see, and sail across oceans thatnot many people get to experience in a life time but it's a part of my yearlyschedule."   First Mate & Watch leader Cedric, Mezos,France A.K.A Gum Flapping Scallywag Cedric. "Because I can't read blogs there. There's alwayssomething different to do and it pushes me out of my normal. read more...