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05/12/2014

Euphoria - Log Day 11 - Rehab

Efter gårdagens händelserika dag var det ett något trött gäng som vaknadeupp till en sagolik morgon. Spinnakern var som utlovat redo och hissades redanpå morgonenkvisten när 3/5 delar av besättningen fortfarande sov djupt. Därefterföljde en 10 timmar lång fantastisk spinnakersegling i gassande solsken. Ingetbekräftat från segelloftet men det kändes som att spinn var några m2 större äntidigare. Under tiden fick besättningen en välbehövlig återhämtning frångårdagen då vår pålitlige First mate, Raymarine, skötte rodret medan övrigaägnade sig åt läsning, omvärldsbevakning (stundtals visuell kontakt med vårärkerival Cluck) och lunchförberedelser. Till lunch bjöds det än en gång pågårdagens fångst som kapten tillrädde på ett föredömligt vis. Lunchen avslutadessom sig bör med en dessert.. read more...


05/12/2014

Hot Stuff - The tales of nine - Wednesday 3rd December - BIG DAY

Writing this at 23:00 on 03/12/2014, two hours ago we officially reachedthe half way point on our Atlantic chart. Before we set sail we imagined this moment to feel scary; us on a wee boatbobbing around in that big mass of blue. But now we are here, in the moment, itis not scary at all. It feels safe and comfortable and totally fulfilling. Weare all content to be living in our own Hot Stuff world. Our half way party is planned for tomorrow as today was overtaken with TLC- for the maidens and for their trusted chariot. We began at dawn by sending baby monkey up the mast; there were a fewniggles that were playing on our skipper's mind so up she climbed for a full rigcheck. All hands were on deck proving what a great team we have become. To thoseof you who are watching us on the yellow. read more...


05/12/2014

Domini - We are sailing...

Ahoy there Boatbloggers,Well the wind's dropped, and the boat's stopped, so what does a sailor do in this situation?That's right. Put the kettle on and have a cup of tea. And then....it's time for a nice sing song to keep up morale.  So we put the piano in the cockpit, and this is what we came up with...(To the tune of "We are sailing," by Rod Stewart - obviously)We are sailingWe are sailingTo St Lucia'cross the seaWe are sailingAtlantic watersIn a boat called DominiSpent a fortuneSpent a fortuneFour thousand EurosAt RolnauticNow we're cruisingI think we're losingBut we should be thereBy Thursday weekCan you hear me?Can you hear me?Or has the sat phoneGone down againThe autopilotGave up on TuesdayAnd now the wind's droppedTill who knows whenWe are sailingWe are sailingTo. read more...


05/12/2014

Aretha - Light Winds. 18 05.8 N 41 51.8 W

Sir Chay Blyth said to me many years ago: “races are won and lost in light airs”.Ok. We’re not racing. But we are surrounded by other boats who we’d prefer to beat. Provided of course we’re safe and the children are getting enough time and are happy.Today has been light airs day. Shifting from one gybe to another as the light fluffy breeze shifts around. To boot, the largest squalls we’ve seen so far - massive on the radar screen.It’s continuous activity and it takes its toll as its full on concentration.We’re moving again properly now and we’re half way through the first watch of the night. Couple of match sticks would help as I’ve been on deck all day.In other news, Bluebell has been cooking today with Jani - Carbonara, Chocolate Brownies and Rissotto. If there were a prize for the. read more...


05/12/2014

Scarlet Oyster - Scarlet Oyster ARC Blog Update Thursday 4th Dec 2014

Day 11! The start seems another world away. We are fully into the routinehaving reached halfway on Day 8 ... This was celebrated in style with abottle of Veuve Cliquot and a few Abba and Bob Marley tunes blaring out ofthe Yacht's sound system... 'Ebbe' (one of our Swedish crew members) used towork for the Abba Museum... It is therefore him that I blame for the factthat my memorable 'half way' celebration point in the Mid Atlantic will nowalways be tarnished with 'Super Trooper' and 'Mamma Mia'! :)The ARC race it would appear is clearly a 'bucket list' item for all of the8 non regular crew.... One of the crew mentioned that is was No. 6 on hislist, which inevitably led to inquiries about No.s 1-5... The subsequentchatting in the cockpit by the crew on watch and inevitable loss. read more...


04/12/2014

Frisco - Log Day 10 Moonlight spinnaker sail

Today I asked the crew what were the most memorable events of the day. One answer was "We did not break anything", another was from Jim "I cleaned the toilet", and another was "We ran the spinnaker all night". So I attempt to attach a photo of the moon showing through our Parasailor .DSC00273 (1). read more...


Frisco - Log Day 10 Moonlight spinnaker sail
Frisco - Log Day 10 Moonlight spinnaker sail
04/12/2014

Northern Child - Northern Child blog Thursday 4 Dec 2014

Our on-board activities and routines as describedpreviously continue with it seems an increasing sense of routine acceptanceand commitment. Despite the wide range of people and personalities reflectingour very differing backgrounds, ages and experiences, the group including bothguests and professional crew seem to have settled well into a necessaryacceptance of  and respect for diversity - and occasional differences ofviewpoint and style! - and of the need also for a well-oiled and structuredboat and a people management  system.   In terms of the processof group formation described by group analysts we seem tohave successfully negotiated the stages of'stormin, formin and normin...'.     As previously noted, our. read more...


04/12/2014

Thula - day 11

It is not easy to sit down and recapture the day yesterday since it brings up very bitter memories for me. The day started off quite well. There were many quite angry looking clouds on the sky and we saw rains coming down all around us, however, apart from the odd raindrop on our deck we really had quite a pleasant and dry day with even some nice sunny periods. Already 20 minutes after the lure hat been put out in the morning, we had a first bite and Mike landed our biggest mahi-mahi to date (approx. 6 kg). This one was definitely a keeper, so we took it straight down to the galley where the fish was prepared by Mike for the departure to its (her) final destination: Liesel’s world-famous south African fish curry. In the meantime I put out the lure again in the hope of further exploiting. read more...


04/12/2014

Libeccio - Log: Dec 4th

Today we discuss:  going through “the change”; half full or halfempty?; speed partying; the great whale debate is finished;  Hi,  Hope you are well, have you got your coffee? tea? oh, go on, get a biscuitas well—we can wait.  Here goes,  We continue to make steady, if not spectacular, progress- Izzy continues tofly proudly at bow converting the steady trade winds (today between 8 and 15knots per hour) into forward progress. While a big generalisation, we canconvert roughly 50 – 60 % of the wind speed into boat speed when we aretravelling with the wind directly behind us. And that is what we have been doingfor the past day or two—until, the change. It was rather a highlight of today-we decided that we would not take the direct “great circle” route to St.Lucia,but,. read more...


Thula - sun screen
Thula - sun screen
Thula - halyard schmalyard
Thula - halyard schmalyard
04/12/2014

Zulú - EDUARDO ACLAMADO

EDUARDO ACLAMADO POR EL MARMITAKO TARDE SOLEADA MUSICA ROMANTICA EN CUBIERTA MIL MILLAS DESTINO FIESTA RAMON ROGELIO. read more...


04/12/2014

Tanoa - Bergfest und 1. Fisch

Gestern hatten wir Bergfest, die Hälfte ist geschafft. Dafür hat der Wind nachgelassen und wir "dümpeln" unter großem Spinnaker mit 4-5 kn dahin.Heute hatten wir das 1. Mal die Angel draußen und innerhalb kurzer Zeit einen Wahoo an der Leine, gerade in der richtigen Größe für 3. Zum Abendessen gibt es also frischen Fisch.1541 sm gesegelt, 1223 sm vor uns. read more...


04/12/2014

Red Devil 3 - Record de la ARC y celebraciones abordo

Jueves 4   El Leopard ha batido el record de la ARC este añoen 8 días 14 horas. Enhorabuena y a celebrarlo!!!!! Al Red Devil le quedatodavía un rato, algo más de 1000 millas. Hoy la mar ha bajadoconsiderablemente. Aunque esta nublado, casi se agradece porque la temperaturaes alta, más de 25º. Para comer hemos tenido ensaladilla. Nosotros también hemoscelebrado abordo. El cumpleaños del capitán. Con champán y pastas de cocoartesanales (estaban riquísimas Ana). Hemos mejorado el aparejo (defortuna) que llevamos en la trapa de mayor y retenida. Utilizando lasbrazas como retenidas y de forma que la botavará está más controlada y podemoshacer rumbos más abiertos sin que la ola nos haga gualdrapear la mayor. Con estomejoramos nuestro ángulo de navegación a Santa Lucia. La. read more...


04/12/2014

Juno - Spinnakers and Squalls

Yesterday started badly when I took over from Paul at 3am and he said ‘you might need your foulies’. This was an understatement. Rain was lashing the cockpit as he bade me goodnight and scuttled off to his dry cabin, leaving me sitting in puddles of water in the cockpit. Then things got worse: the wind dropped away leaving us rolling drunkenly in the swell, and still the rain fell. We get these short lulls in the wind every so often but usually normal service is quickly resumed and off we go again with 15 to 20 knots from astern. Not so this morning. The wind refused to blow, the rain continued to fall and although I was happy with the fresh water rinse for the sails and the deck, it made for a miserable watch. After watching our speed bleed away to 3 knots I finally lost patience at 6am. read more...


04/12/2014

Lancelot II - Dec 4th Blog

Hello Lancelot II Fans   Hot hot hot!!! We’ve gone from moaning about the rain to thinking a cloudis a good thing for a few moments! Last night we were under the poled out headsail. Harriet from Southern Child spoke to us at 9pm, they were 6nm behind usand doing fine but they got rained on all day poor things. Palpatine popped upon the AIS about 5nm behind later on the evening and they’ve been on the horizonto the left of us ever since. They have a big red kite up so they are easy tospot!   Things we’ve learnt today- 1. Everyone kicking the little washboard on the way of the companionway isstill funny. Honestly, we’ve been on this boat for more than 10 days now, you’dthink we would have learned. 2. Tying your swim shorts to the aft guard rails after a shower is noguarantee. read more...


04/12/2014

Helen - Day 11- A quiet day

Today we have wind of around 13 knots which is giving us a speed of 6 knots which is less than we would have hoped for. We have just over a 1,000 miles to go so that at this speed it looks like we will get to St Lucia on Friday next week. If we could speed up to average 7 knots then we wouldbe in by Rebecca's birthday on Thursday and at 8 knots it would be a Wednesday arrival.The sun has been strong at times so we have put our sun awning up. We have not seen any more Dolphins so it's a day of reading books or doing puzzles for those inclined.There are several different types of watch systems to determine who is sailing the boat at any one time. No system is right or wrong,just what works for the boat and her crew at any particular time.We have settled into a 3 hours on and 6 hours off. read more...


04/12/2014

Jo - 19:14:41N 42:45:50W

Thursday 4th December2014 ...day eleven seems to haveestablished a very settled routine; boring many a non-sailor would say. Thereare little routines we perform; as much ways to fill the time as necessary tothe maintenance and record keeping of the boat. Log keeping, navigation,meteorology and watches are all important functions to assist our safe passage,but there are also other duties which are important in a different way such asmeals! Lunch and dinner are highlights of the day and a time when we gather. Theremainder of the time one is either on watch (helm or standby) or off watch, andif you are off watch the time is yours to do as you like. For most, this meansreading as there is a limit to what one can get up to on a 43’ boat! As I’ve said previously, we’re notexactly slumming it.. read more...


Jo - ...another glorious sunset
Jo - ...another glorious sunset
04/12/2014

Antares - ARC 2014 Day 10 - Finally, sunny skies

First, congratulations to Leopard and the other early finishers.Two days from a 10 day record is a great accomplishment. We were really close to you on Day One until you crossed the start line then we only saw your stern light.Antares continues on our westerly course and as our stateside observers tell us, we are right in the middle of the pack north to south but a bit east of the main body.We think of ourselves as the rear guard. Hope the faster boats appreciate the safety we are providing them. Plus, we have more time to work on our suntans. Our meals continue to be a highlight.I doubt that Leopard ate any better than we do but they did it a lot faster.Our thanks to all at home who monitor our progress and wait PATIENTLY for the Tres Amigos.Bobby. read more...


04/12/2014

Pelican - pelcan star date well dont ask me!

Played a great game last night with a three sail beam reach in about 15 to20 knts to see who could get the best speed surfing with no hands on the wheel agreat game of chicken any way who won need you ask 16.5 knts oh well ho hum .ALLsorts of wind last night from right aft to 60 degs off good speed some times bitto much squall activity for consistant speeds .  Any way today we fiddledwith the ships time and Ian pulled the long straw and had another hr ho ho Nowlets get to the important stuff Ants part from squishing them and i did tryasking them to leave they did not see to keen to jump ship not to happy to swimme thinks how do we get rid of then that old clipcloppty mouse has friends.Hadan email this morning  said we had a 1000 to run just off to switch theplotter on and. read more...


04/12/2014

Take Off - Oh what a night

Oh what a night Sailing in moonlight What a wonder night Oh oh with spinnaker up Chewing miles What a wonder night Running to St Lucia all the way   Sailing since 1973, last night was priceless. Hope you ARC participants enjoyed the stars, moon and waves as I did.   Take Off, skipper Jörgen. read more...


04/12/2014

Exody - Day 24 - 3rd December - Golden Day

What a contrast to yesterday- cleanest, clearest horizon virtually free of any cloud and certainly no squalls!Sun glistening on a calm sea with just enough wind to push us along at 4.5/5 knots - we'd rather more but this along with the 31/32 temperature really feels like the Caribbean now. We can just about forgive the tradewinds for blowing light on this our second last full day at sea. The multiple blues and hues contributed to it being a very calming day and night with much time spent simply gazing at the magical sea and sky under sun then moon.We feel the Atlantic is eeking out our experiences at her leisure!With yesterday's grey windy day, our days run to 12 noon UTC was 123 miles - daylight arrival on Friday however now looking a target too far with the continued light winds!By. read more...


Aglaia - Dawn 4/12/2014
Aglaia - Dawn 4/12/2014
04/12/2014

Aglaia - Dave the Autopilot

Good afternoon everyone, today whilst everyone is working hard or sound asleep between watches I thought I would introduce myself, I'm Dave, Aglaia's autopilot.Now, I've been feeling a little under appreciated over the first half of the crossing, working tirelessly to keep the boat on course and being dismissed as soon as the helming conditions look 'fun'.Yesterday I decided enough was enough and it was time everyone aboard realized just how much work I really do.Starting yesterday afternoon I went on full time strike, first result was regular visitor coming to see me in the lazertte at the back of the boat, all my connections were cleaned, setting checked, temperature taken, all in all I started feeling a bit of love so put in an hours work as a thank you.Talking with Berg the plotter. read more...


Thula - en garde, fish!
Thula - en garde, fish!
04/12/2014

Anika - BLOG DAY 11

I am in trouble for not blogging since we leftLas Palmas at the begining of the ARC 2014!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Anyway better late than never. We were hugely appreciative of the support offamily and friends who took the time to come out to Gran Canaria to see us offyou will never know what that meant. If you have been looking at the Fleet Viewerpositions you may be forgiven for thinking that Simon had mutinied locked theskipper below and was heading home to New Zealand as we went due southand only 71 nm off Mauritania the African coast when we finally headedwest passing 320 nm nort west of the Capr Verdes Islands - it might havehad something to do with someone asking how far out into theAtlantic did pirates come - or maybe it was just a judgment call togo south with. read more...


04/12/2014

Cheri - Donnerstag, 4. Dez. 2014

Die Nacht unter Spinnaker durchgesegeltDoch der grosse Spinnaker blieb gestern nachmittag nicht lange oben. Bereits um 16 Uhr zwangen uns die auffrischenden Winde,auf den kleinen Spi zu wechseln. Eine ziemliche Arbeit, aber alles ging zuegig und problemlos ueber die Bühne. Bei 15-25 knWind segelten wir in den Abend hinein. Der Skipper beschloss, den Spi während der Nacht oben zu lassen. Das war fuer vielevon uns eine Premiere. Doch scheinbar hatte der Skipper viel Vertrauen in unsere Faehigkeiten.Es wird eine absolut tolle Segelnacht. Bei herrlichstem Wetter und Mondscheinrauschen wir Richtung Westen. Der Wind schwanktzwischen 20-30 kn und erlaubt uns bei maessiger Welle 6-9 kn Fahrt. Die Rekordmarke von Ronny bleibt bestehen, Uli (12,3 kn)und Max (11,1 kn) kommen nicht annaehernd an. read more...


04/12/2014

Monomotapa - 4 December

Monomotapa 4 DecemberRain, rain and more rain, the ARC is supposed to be a t-shirt and shorts trip? My packing strategy was for limited clothes and plenty of opportunities for quick drying on the sun drenched/scorched decks. My supply of sun cream will now last well into next year's summer!We are now beginning to understand where all this very big puddle comes from...Heading towards the 1,000 nm to go milestone, could this be a poor excuse for another round of Cuba libres (rum and coke to the less sophisticated) and cakes....Juan is making agood recovery from his rope burns and should be back on limited duties tomorrow.We have been more lucky on the wind lottery than our sister boat Milanto. Yesterdaywe have had good sailing but Milanto is supposed to be running at speeds ranging 2-4. read more...


04/12/2014

Albatros - "Albatros" 04.12.14

„Albatros“ 04.12.14   Der Regen liegt hinter uns und wir genießen einen wunderschönen Segeltag mit moderatem Wind (13-15 kn) und 7 kn speed. Nur noch 965 sm bis St. Lucia! Die „Albatrosen“ beginnen zu träumen… Gruß Manfred & Crew P.S.: Vergangene Nacht wurden die Rudergänger Heiner und Fritz beinahe Opfer einer Kollision mit einem fliegenden Fisch!  . read more...


04/12/2014

EH01 - Life in it's simplest form...

Afternoon all,Well its been a quieter 24 hours on board the good ship EH01. After writing yesterdays blog I mentioned that the wind had gone just forward of the beam so the kite had come down. The weather situation has roughly remained the same (bar a period of about 2 hours yesterday evening where we ended up poling out the headsail) so the crew have managed to have a slightly more 'relaxed' 24 hours. It was nice to be able to rota a few of the crew out of the watch system to get a whole nights sleep after what has been a tiring 10 days. It was another stunning moonlit night (we are approaching the full moon) so again it felt like sailing in daylight with the now consistent warm trade winds blowing 24 hours a day.With less to do in terms of constant kite trimming and other checks the. read more...


04/12/2014

Zulú - EXCELENTE NAVEGACION

EXCELENTE NAVEGACION VIENTOS 15/20NUDOS.PESCA ABUNDANTE.HOY COMEMOS MARMITAKO.CONTAMOS LLEGAR ENTRE 10 Y 11 DICIEMBRE. read more...


04/12/2014

Sanuk - Full fart mot St Lucia

Härlig segling. Känns skönt att vara tillbaka på banan efter reparationer på Cap Verde. Alla har det bra och Anders har just slängt i nattens skörd av flygfisk. Knäppfiskarna landar på däck på nätterna. Både Uffe och Patrik har fått fisk i skallen på nätterna. Ingen av dom har hår så dom kanske lockas av glansen.Alla hälsarOlle. read more...


Miss Malin - Log day 11-Big game fishing and workout
Miss Malin - Log day 11-Big game fishing and workout
04/12/2014

Paroya - Log Day 15 Barfussroute

Wenn man an die Barfussroute denkt, hat jeder sicherlich so seine Vorstellungen. Meine waren die folgenden, immer schön warm, moderate bis steife Briese aus immer der selben Richtung, eine Segelstellung bis ans Ziel, viel Zeit zum lesen, nothing to do, einfach gemütlich und schön. Nicht alle der oben erwähnten Punkte sind jedoch so eingetroffen. Der Wind dreht fortlaufend, dies führt zu aufwendigem Segel schifften. Immer ist etwas zu tun, kochen, fischen, flicken, putzen, wachen, steuern, konnte noch kein Buch lesen, ok war auch ein bisschen zu faul. Einzig die Wärme die haben wir gefunden, mit einigen Ausnahmen, wenn es zum Beispiel den ganzen Tag regnet und es einiges an Wind hat, kann und wird es verdammt kalt, und die Finger beginnen sich langsam aufzulösen. Trotzdem das Erlebnis ist. read more...


Paroya - Log Day 15 Barfussroute
Paroya - Log Day 15 Barfussroute
25/05/2005

El Mundo - 04/12 - Finally resolved the chafe issue

It's been a solid 24 hours, with reasonablyconsistent winds, covering 160 miles.....and its dawned a beautiful warm sunnyday....the girls have even donned bikini's. It has taken a fewattempts but we appear to have finally resolved our chafe issue on the pole....so hopefully no further trips up the forestay. We didn't catch anyfish yesterday, unless you count the large flying fish that landed in thecockpit on Amanda's watch! There was a disproportionate amount of attentiongiven to the hanging out of the skippers washed 'smalls'.....apparently it was asure fire way of getting an indication of how many days of the voyageremained....crucial clues for our arrival time sweepstake! Dinner was a beefstrogonoff, followed by mini Magnums. It would appear our provisioning. read more...


El Mundo - 04/12 - Amanda's Advent Calendars
El Mundo - 04/12 - Amanda's Advent Calendars
El Mundo - 03/12 - Making mods to the rig
El Mundo - 03/12 - Making mods to the rig
El Mundo - 04/12 - Filling the Avon 'bin lorry'
El Mundo - 04/12 - Filling the Avon 'bin lorry'
04/12/2014

Oynas - Dec 4

And now she's crossed the Atlantic OceanFifteen days in perpetual motionBut sights are now set on Rodney BayAnd on the marina in which she'll stayQuite an accomplishment?I should say so!ETA... within 24 hoursYahoo! :). read more...


El Mundo - 03/12 - Barometer of 'days to destination'
El Mundo - 03/12 - Barometer of 'days to destination'
El Mundo - 03/12 - Sun rising over the pole
El Mundo - 03/12 - Sun rising over the pole
04/12/2014

Hugur - We have arrived in Paradise

Wednsday 3 dec.0909 over the finishline for Hugur and crew, wery happy after thisamazingly beutlyful crossing of the Atlantic ocean 14 days Yey We havearrived in paradise.Nice rum punch and fruits await us on the doc , thank you Santa Lucia .Next explore island and other islands around St Lucia and then prepfor the World Arc in January.Thank you all .. read more...


04/12/2014

OOROO1 - Big Buddies !!

OMG !! The whales escorted us across the Atlantic for most of the day. Wethink they were Blainville’s Beaked whales and they seemed to love the rattlingmirrored teasers. They played like dolphins surfing the waves, circling the boatand zooming around, breaching beside the boat and lying on their side checkingus out. One even surfed between the hulls. Parasailed all day and night in lighteasterly trade winds and reducing swell. Got smoked again by a Mahi Mahi at 8knots and lost another of Mikes pink skirts. I’m thinking a bit of linemaintenance may need to be done !! Now we have the BIG rods out so no excuses.Enjoying the sunshine and had our first Atlantic salt water shower on the frontof the boat courtesy of the captain spraying us down after we soaped up. Crossedthe 20 deg lat line and. read more...


OOROO1 - Whale of a time ....
OOROO1 - Whale of a time ....
03/12/2014

Louise - Blog 8 - 10th Day at Sea

I have to be a bit nice and easy going today, the crew has been workinghard. In the night squalls came and we needed to get all sails down.When the weather was bright again in the morning all was ready to make a goat setting the genua. It all went so very well. Down she went, halyard changed,and we started hoisting. Up she goes, and up she goes, a little down, and upagain ... and then no further. She was stock 1 meter from top ..... you shouldhave seen the crew! they were so sad. Well what to do, secure the sail again,and just  be happy that the genua and the forstay did not break. Thoughtotally exhausted they set the main sail and we could all “relax” and enjoy thesun and a well deserved cup of tea (they are getting kind of English) and a wrapwith beef. Thus well feed they checked. read more...


04/12/2014

Domini - A long way south...

We saw The Southern Cross last night, so I guess we really must be a long way south.The wind has really died overnight, so unless it picks up, I don't think we'll get very far today.We'll keep you posted.Ju & LynX. read more...


03/12/2014

Purrr-fect - Leg two -day 14: Only 200 miles to go

Some of the larger and faster boats have already arrived in St Lucia so we are getting eager to see land. Late this afternoon, we hit the milestone of less than 200 miles to go. So we celebrated with rum punch and a plate of cheese and crackers. Today was a great sailing day with moderate wind pushing along in the right direction. We hope this situation lasts so the final 200 miles are pleasant. Our navigation software is now estimating our arrival sometime late Thursday after midnight. We have started to access our supplies. Water will be just right but Dave will probably make some tomorrow just so we have extra in the tanks. Normally he runs our water maker every 3 days just to make drinking water. We have been using our water tanks for showering and cooking. We will have lots of. read more...