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05/12/2013

Ocean Venture - Slow boat to St. Lucia

Feast or famine dogs sailors when it comes to breeze.Lately its famine and all our pushing ahead and getting gains in the stronger winds has been lost as the lighter boats are moving up in what has been three days of light airs and we wallow on at 4-5 knots. Still, its gives time to fix water makers, prop shaft alternators, chaffe damage repairs etc. as well as enjoy the ocean which is just alive with sealife.Keeping cool with towing those brave enough to hold on a line for a drag.Just heard the ARC record has been broken as the first boat has arrived after 10 days! Is is a super yacht but still left us feeling dejected as we begin to impose rationning.Fishstew again tonight.(actually, all loving life on the ocean).see picThis e-mail was delivered via satellite phone using Iridium. read more...


Ocean Venture - Slow boat to St. Lucia
Ocean Venture - Slow boat to St. Lucia
05/12/2013

Shenanigan - Wot no trades!

Slow slow progress since the storm.We have very light winds a very flat sea and are hardly moving.Is this why the Atlantic is referred to as ‘the pond’? because it’s like being in the middle of a pond on a hot (extremely hot!) summers day, the good thing is there are no wasps in the beer or attacking us when we are having our picnic lunches! We saw and made contact with ARC yacht Tumbledownwind this morning – first life form for three days- and they are just as frustrated as we are. We have motored a bit but are concerned for fuel levels.Our next concern will be battery power which is also waning and needs speed to regenerate. Does anyone know where the elusive trade winds are?Lots of relaxing, reading and sunbathing. Hope to be in St Lucia by Christmas!!Best wishes from Shenanigan.. read more...


Shenanigan - Wot no trades!
Shenanigan - Wot no trades!
05/12/2013

Annabella - Log 9 4th December

Position: 17 03.52N 32 22.43WDistance to St Lucia: 1658NMWind speed continues to be disappointing with 3-6 knots for the past 24 hours. The good news is that it is from the NE which allowed us to hoist the spinnaker for the first time. Despite the wind speed we are making probably on average 4.5 knots of boat speed. Some of us didn't realise that the spinnaker has never been used on Annabella and has been in its bag since new. Conor and I were itching to use it and it has saved the day for the past 24 hours (so to speak). The forecast still promises stronger winds in the near future (whenever that is). We intend to switch the Genoa for the twin head sails while still flying the spinnaker which should leave us set up to take full advantage of the following winds. The key question is. read more...


05/12/2013

Hera - Passat

Nach zwei Tagen schwachen Winds scheint sich jetzt endlich der richtigePassat einzustellen. Unsere letzten beiden Etmale von 135 sm waren auch etwasunbefriedigend. Beim Barfußsegeln muß man darauf achten, daß bei den Freiwachenkeine Langeweile aufkommt. Vielleicht sollte man neben dem Kochwettbewerb nochein paar andere Konkurrenzen ins Leben rufen – zum Beispiel sportlicher Naturwie Klimmziehen am Großbaum oder Liegestütze auf dem Vorschiff oder diegenaueste Standortbestimmung mit dem Sextanten. Möglichkeiten gibt esviele. Heute Mittag wird es mal Fleisch bis zum Abwinken geben, da unsereKühlschrank über einen Tag versehentlich abgeschaltet war und bereits eineKühltemperatur von 25 Grad erreicht hatte.   Stefan. read more...


05/12/2013

Blue Ocean - Blue Ocean

Jeudi, encore quelques jours de mer pour nous. Caro va arriver aujourd`hui,bravo a eux.Il semble que nous soyons toujours en mode furtif, la balise YellowBrick nefonctionne plus bien en depit mde plusieurs essais  pour le rebooter. Ontransmet par mail satellite notre position au comite ARC, mais je ne sais pas siils retranscrivent sur la carte . Actuellement, a 11,30 nous sommes a 18*18,783N 042*50,448 W, encore a peu pres mille miles a vue denez.Les alizes mollissent un peu, 18  knts de vent, on marche a 7,5 knts.Ce sera une journee de navigation cool par rapport aux dernieres. Je joins, jene sais pas si ca marche, une photo de Darius et Janusz dans la bome pour lesreparations hier...   La nuit a ete calme surtout pour moi qui ai zappe mon reveil, suis justearrive pour la. read more...


05/12/2013

La Rochelle - Last Day

At dawn this morning we have 90 miles to go to S/L, every one is getting exited about completely our mission. Had a great sail yesterday under main and poled out heady in the morning , and as the breeze dropped in the afternoon to around 12-16 knots we went for the parasailor. Very frustrating generating 8 knots of boat speed in 15 knots of wind and then tripping over it as we sailed into a hole of 10 knots of wind. The wind in the Atlantic is anything but consistent, and when the forecast says 10 - 15, it is just that, all in a minute, up and down like a yoyo. So sailing on the edge of the kite can only be done hand steering.Thought we would share some boat one liners from the tripWtf r weIf Fannie fisher beats us across the Atlantic I will cut my throat.Not that red rope the other. read more...


04/12/2013

Aspen - Log 11 Thursday 5 Dec; Another Set of Footsteps

On these slow windless days at sea a sailor's thoughts begin to wander.Admiral Maria is Italian so obviously she is following in the steps of the Admiral of the Oceans, Columbus, as she sails across the Atlantic Ocean.Captain Steve is of mixed blood. Some say he is part American Indian (although that has never been firmly established except for the slightly red skin), part German but German sailors were not renown for sailing across the Atlantic, part French as evidenced by his sailing skills (yea right) and then there is the British part.Captain Steve is a direct descendant of Sir Oliver Cromwell, the ruler of England who was also directly responsible for the elimination of the British monarchy when he cut Chuck's head off (King Charles I, as he wasalso known).Sir Oliver only ruled for. read more...


05/12/2013

Starblazer - Starblazer 5 December Which gybe?

Wednesday has been an interesting day, mainly in good ways.Our first success was with the watermaker.When we first tried it after John’s repair and reinstallation on Tuesday I didn’t switch the generator to power the sockets, leaving it just to run the watermaker directly.The batteries were low so I switched it to boat as well; the watermaker promptly went on strike.It looks as though the extra load of the battery charger and  immersion heater load the generator a bit too much.Previously we had found  an electric kettle caused it to stop. (Underway we normally use gas.) Today we ran the watermaker without switching the boat circuit on, eureka!It ran faultlessly for over three hours, filling our tanks to capacity.John is still keen to obtain a replacement lift pump, but only to. read more...


05/12/2013

Blue Dolphin - Day11 - Fishing

Mike caught a fish!  After 5 nibbles he finally landed his 1st fish – and she was a beauty.  In the water she looked an iridescent purple and yellow but once out she was a fairly dull grey.  Once landed Kathy poured vodka down her gills and she died almost immediately, without any obvious signs of discomfort.  Kathy then got about the task of gutting her.  She was scarily proficient at wielding the knife.  Once cleaned she was passed to Carol to prepare for supper.  Tonight’s curry could wait - fresh barbecued fish was now the plate de jour.   There was plenty for 4 and it was delicious!   It was a good day for Mike as he fixed the water maker.  (Air in the system).  Showers were enjoyed by all. Still no wind –. read more...


Blue Dolphin - Day11 - Fishing
Blue Dolphin - Day11 - Fishing
05/12/2013

Azzurra - Day 12 –the flying fish-

Position Thursday: 05.12.2013 11:00 UTC:223”00’.688 N, 035”31’.186 W;DTW miles to go to st. Lucia : 1536 smToday’s blog is dedicated for Carole. The crew sends you their nicest compliments, to you and your husband. When Brian is watching the stars he starts dreaming on you and his family, especially when watching the Venus,so questioning why he is in the middle of the Atlantic and not sitting comfortable with you in front of the fire place having a nice glass of wine together. Enjoy the time without him and have three glasses of wine, one for you, one for Brian and one for the rest of the crew. We are sure, that way it will become a nice evening.The wind dropped down to below 10 knots, waves are now calm and long about 3 to 4 meter high. All is quiet. Too quiet; as a result our speed. read more...


05/12/2013

Anettine - 4.12.2013

Et rolig og fint seildøgn. Seilte hele dagen med spridde seil og vi klarte å øke avstanden til båtene bak. Rett før skipperen tørner inn, kunne førsten begeistret fortelle at han hadde observert 2 båter foran oss og at det la an til avansement på lista. Vi trengte en rolig natt og fortsatte inn i natten med samme seilføring.Det ble en rolig natt med godt med søvn. Kl 0400 på morgenen kunne vi fortsatt se en båt foran.Avstanden til båtene bak hadde også økt. Vi har 190 nm til mål, det vil si litt over et døgn. Kanskje vi kan klare å ta den på oppløpet?Anettine. read more...


05/12/2013

George - Decisions decisions.....

With the wind dead from astern at about 10 knots and the boat aiming straight at St Lucia, with our speed at about 5 knots if we are lucky, the big kite up, and knowing that there are stronger winds 2-300 miles south of us, we have to make some important decisions.So, do we use the white and red lure for fishing for tuna, which are harder to catch and land, or the squidy looking lure and go for Dorado, which are more common and easier to catch?Do we have the lamb cooked in white wine or the beef in red wine?We need help here. MK 17N 34W.Since our fridge took a unexpected holiday, we are playing Russian roulette with with the meat menu. Today we are having Lamb and as Mason prepares it the gentle sound of retching can be heard from the galley, This is what curries are made for!The crew. read more...


05/12/2013

Scarlet Oyster - Normal service is resumed! Day 11 on Scarlet

Will be a short one this time (I promise!)Last couple of days have been almost like something from a sailing brochure! Steady 15-18knots directly behind with blue skies and no rain, these winds closely resemble the mythical 'Trade Winds' that you sometimes hear about!Perfect sailing then?Well nearly!Having had a night of 20knots plus wind with the monster kite up a few nights ago, we have developed a sort of taste for the 'powered up' feel!, the gentle rolling along at 8knots av speed without the sensation it is all going to end in tears imminently is frankly a bit boring!Also this is not helped that a couple of boats coming down from the N have been 'enjoying' (or perhaps enduring!) our now preferred 'powered up' mode for 2 days while we have been cruising along.We have kept them at. read more...


Bella - It's our Half Way Party
Bella - It's our Half Way Party
Bella - It's our Half Way Party!
Bella - It's our Half Way Party!
05/12/2013

Bella - Good Morning, fellow ARC-er, Catarina!

Good Morning, CatarinaIt is great to be sailing with you - and your red parasail is looking good over there! Take care, and see you in St Lucia next week ;o)Katie x04122013 ARC Catarina 005. read more...


Bella - Good Morning, fellow ARC-er, Catarina!
Bella - Good Morning, fellow ARC-er, Catarina!
Bella - Baking on board Bella ... after
Bella - Baking on board Bella ... after
Bella - Baking on board Bella ...
Bella - Baking on board Bella ...
05/12/2013

Bella - Baking on board Bella ...

Here's the before and after ...For the bread, Roy created the yeast from sultanas and ta da! this morning we have a wholemeal sourdough loaf for our European/Israeli-style breakfast ... fresh bread with diced tomatoes dressed in balsamic vinegar, onions (if Roy had his way, we'd eat onions with everything from dawn 'til dusk!) and ricotta cheese. Here's How to Make Ricotta On A Boat When You Are 1,500nm From Land:-- add flavours (garlic, herbs) to milk and warm gently- simmer (do not boil)- strain through a clean, cotton, flowery pillow case- leave to cool - add to sunshine and blue skies and enjoy ;o)Katie x. read more...


05/12/2013

Webster - Log 14- We catch a fish!

Wednesday 4th:0730 position 26 25'N 28 34'W. Winds becoming very light again early morning and engine had to go on about 0700 and dropped spinnaker. But it returned at 0900 and managed to sail a bit thereafter, just not very fast at the moment which is becoming increasingly frustrating. Have to remember this is a marathon not a sprint so have to be patient. The wind is supposed to come in after the weekend according to a wider forecast heard today on SSB, but that is what we were told last week too......Around 1200 Jeremy was checking our fishing line and was convinced there was something there. After a week or so of trailing a line we were sceptical to say the least but no, a fish there was, a Dorado of approx 2Kg, a beautifully coloured fish against he background of the blue water. So,. read more...


05/12/2013

Resolute of Thames - Tempus Fugit

It is true to say that time has been the primary marker for our voyage.Of course we are also ticking off the nautical miles and charting our progress which I am happy to report is now substantial as we tear along at 5-6 knots again at last.However, the time factor always looms large: 2 weeks now since we left Mindelo; nearly a month since we left Las Palmas and hopefully only about 5 or 6 days until we reach dry land in Saint Lucia.The days are divided into our 4 hourly watches which we rotate. With the time being one of our few absolutes on this trip I was somewhat taken aback when Skipper started playing with the clocks onboard and actually moving the hands!I felt the foundations of my tiny 41 foot world being shaken...what are you doing? Now, had I taken the sensible albeit totally. read more...


05/12/2013

Surya - meer wind graag

Het zier er allemaal wel mooi uit, maar echt hard gaat het niet. We moeten genoegen nemen met 5.5 tot 6.0 kn en dat is minstens een dikke knoop te weinig. Met de 9 dagen die we nog te gaan hebben scheelt dat toch een dag. Overdag varen we met de assymetric spinaker en dan kruipen we wat noordelijker om het zeil vol te houden. `S nachts bomen we de genua naar loef en het grootzeil over bakboord helemaal uit en gaan we weer wat zuidelijker, iets meer pal voor de wind. De Grib-files voorspellen voor morgen, donderdag 5 december, wat meer wind. Dat zou vrijdag ook het geval zijn, maar dan is het weer afgelopen voor zaterdag en zondag. Vanaf maandag wordt het dan echt goed met 18 kn wind tot aan St. Lucia. Dan vliegen we!Laten we het hopen.JacIMG_4609. read more...


Surya - meer wind graag
Surya - meer wind graag
05/12/2013

Milanto - Fwd: Day 10 Blog

Well, no sooner had we pressed 'send' on yesterdays Blog, high on the adrenelin of catching another large fish, but disaster struck. A squall and high wave combination, and our spinnaker tore in half. We scrambled to bring it down and put up 2 replacement sails but consequently lost speed over night.This morning - which is technically Day 11 at sea not Day 10 but seemingly one of us cant add up - started bright and remained hot all day. The sea was relatively calm and some of the older members of the crew took the opportunity to sleep through most of the day, recharging run down batteries/avoiding chores/whimpering etc.Come this evening, the wind has dropped considerably, and conscious to maintain our pace, we pulled our secret weapon - Mr Norris - out from his hiding place. read more...


05/12/2013

Hanami II - BARRY is back ...

Mercredi 04 XII 201300:22 UTC14 10 N56 19 WReste 274 miles a couvrir.Avec le vent qui revient de facon reguliere l'obligation d'avancer au moteur disparait et il est possible de remettre en route l'Hydrovane, BARRY, notre infatiguable barreur.Nous l'avions desactive et retire son safran car, au moteur, les turbulences crees sont nefastes pour le systeme et sa fixation. De plus cela cree une trainee (meme faible) dont on se passe volontier si elle n'est pas necessaire.Remettre le safran a necessite d'arreter le bateau: genois roule, voile au centre, face au vent.Mais persistait un tanguage et un roulis important qui faisaient valser la plage arriere et apres que j'ai abandonne, Michel (toujours lui) est arrive a le mettre en place.Le revoici donc a l'ouvrage, silencieux et fiable, sauf. read more...


05/12/2013

Free Spirit - Wednesday 4th December

 Still nowind.  The genoa was back in placeby lunchtime and the Parasailor launched with the optimistic hope that the windwould pick up………..?........Nope!  Wehad a very relaxing afternoon just wallowing around and the engine had a goodrest too.  As the sun was setting wetucked away the Parasailor for another day and switched the engine back on tohelp us on our way.  We are enjoyingthe sunny hot days and warm starry nights but St Lucia still seems a long wayaway.. read more...


04/12/2013

Free Spirit - Tuesday 3rd December

Another day with no wind and the sun beating down on the guys ondeck carrying out the repair to the storm damaged genoa.  I think most people would have given upon it but not Peter.  This is the3rd day he has spent stitching. His hands are so sore but this is what it takes and he’s got it!  Hopefully tomorrow the job will befinished, the sail will go up and the wind will blow.  (Please).. read more...


05/12/2013

Shine - Day 10 :

A command decision was made last night not to fly the kites.What a fine move that turned out to be, as we experienced a very squally night and would have necessitated more action than we felt we needed. We also reduced the watches to give the crew, and especially Giles, much needed rest which was greatly appreciated by all. The skipper appeared at 07:00 having  attended to his bedsores, and we embarked on  most glorious day of classical trade wind sailing, which will have undoubtedly rewarded us with another 200+ mile day.We are at present third in our class, but with Jeremy's meticulous planning and forecasting, fully expect to improve on that position in the coming days.A highly efficient shower was rigged in the cockpit utilising the hand pump and an elaborate array of pipes. read more...


05/12/2013

Amaris - Land Ho! Dead ahead!

Sailing Amaris Wednesday, December 4, 2013Land Ho! Dead ahead! Amaris sails the world14.13.11 N60.30.47 W Atlantic Ocean - 21 miles fom St Lucia Land Ho!  Dead ahead. What a plesant view to wake up to. In the distance St Lucia with the twin Pitons (Large volcanic mountains) and off the starboard quarter - Martinique.  Hard to believe these two islands were the grounds of many a battle between the navies of France and England. Very appropo that I read 5 of the Horatio Hornbower books on the way here. As per the rally requirements, we need to sail across the finish line. Not that this is a big deal- we just sailed 2100 miles - but we haven't raised or lowered a sail in 3 days. The spinnaker has been working like a champ with her newest patch. read more...


04/12/2013

Great Escape of Southampton - Fw: 16 23 420n 33 37 780w

Day 11 – Dancing the SightFantastic...  Another day of superb sunshine, thismorning we hoisted the spinnaker with an average speed of 8 knots. We arecurrently competing for a top speed on the Helm held my none other than Dr David!!  The sunsets have been absolutelystunning giving a rouge effect, due to the Sahara sand and with Jupiter andVenus up there, it sets for an excellent night watch!After much trial and error Mike,Uncle ‘Pete’ (Peter Bacon) and I have cracked the Sun sights with the sextant.With Peter’s excellent skills in mathematics it didn’t take us long to realisethat we were in actual fact heading in the right direction for St Lucia, thefirst day we took sights Skipper Matt was quite concerned when he saw the sights and realised we were somewhereover the Bay of. read more...


04/12/2013

Diva - Improvisation ohne Spi ist nun die Strategie

Nachdem unserSpinnaker im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes mit einem lauten Knall in der letzten Nacht aus den Nähten platzte und wir von etwa Mitternacht nur unter Großsegel in das Tageslicht fuhren gingen uns viele Strategien durch den Kopf. Alles wurde durchgespielt. Den Genaker als Spi vergewaltigen bei bis zu 20 Knoten Wind?Die Genua ausbaumen zum Butterfly? Das ist es irgendwie nicht. Was können wir tun um den nicht vorhandenen Spi zu ersetzten? Also Taktik anpassen. Wir entschieden uns mit der Standardbesegelung Groß & Genua weiterzumachen und die Strategie auf eine Kursänderung und eine angekündigte Winddrehung zu setzten. Damit akzeptierten wireine zu hohe Höhe bei etwa 280-310 Grad. Gemusst hätten wir 265. Nun warten wir hoffnungsvoll auf den Winddreher. Segelpoker auf dem. read more...


Diva - Improvisation ohne Spi ist nun die Strategie
Diva - Improvisation ohne Spi ist nun die Strategie
04/12/2013

Idea of London - VQ Ocean Race Update - the heat is on.

So, it's day eleven on the big brother boat and our intrepid sailors continue to impress (themselves, principally) by staring endless tuna and tomato salads head-on.As I write, Ben is expirmenting with beetroot and sardines, so I for one am looking forward to dinner tonight with a relish that borders on the homicidal. To wash things down, we have Ig's 'eclectic' choice of beverages from the Carrefour spirit isle (Baileys, Limoncello, Honey Rum and Vodka) as the last few cans of beer sink without trace. Lucas 'I've only had four cans' Bertrand claims no knowledge of where the rest of the beer has gone.Below decks, the temperature is rising and it's not because Al Mac has his special pants on.No, as we head relentlessly toward the Caribean (or towards Brazil when Lucas is at the helm) the. read more...


04/12/2013

Selivra - ARC Tag 10

2013-12-04, 20.30Ahoi an alle unsere LeserDie Dagi hat es ja gestern schon erwähnt – derzeit fahren wir fast nur mitdem Wingaker. (für alle Nichtwissenden - das ist unser buntes Vorsegel mit170 m2!!!!!) In den letzten 36 Stunden mussten wir ihn nur heute früh fürein paar Stunden bergen, da war der Wind ein bisschen zu stark. DieGeräusche von Boot, Wind und Wasser, die man in der Bugkabine mitkriegt,hörten sich da schon sehr nach Volvo Ocean Race an (oder zumindest nach demwas ich mir darunter vorstelle). Gefühlt war unsere Selivra da knapp davorins Gleiten zu kommen. „In echt“ aber wohl doch eher nicht :-). Wie auchimmer, wir haben das Segel routiniert geborgen und sind ein paar Stundennur unter Genua weitergesegelt.Aber jetzt zieht uns der „Große Weiße“ schon seit Stunden wieder. read more...


Selivra - ARC Tag 10
Selivra - ARC Tag 10
04/12/2013

Windleblo - Day Ten

They say events come in threes. Today was no exception.We were cruising along on a broad reach with 10 to 12 knot winds filling our gennaker. The wind veered further east, pushing our point of sail ever deeper. Perhaps we weren't paying enough attention, but the next thing we knew the gennaker was wrapped around the forestay. Event number one was upon us. Suddenly, all hands were needed on deck to recover the sail. Everyone responded well, but none-the-less the sheets and the tack line got away from us and we were forced to turn the boat into the wind to bring them back within reach. Several stressful minutes ensued but eventually we got the sail to the deck, through the hatch, and into the V-berth.We next decided to rig the dual head sails so the easterly wind could pull us due west. read more...


04/12/2013

Anettine - 3.12.2013

Vi hadde en fin og rolig seilas hele dagen. Skyfri himmel og varmt. Vi kjører spinnaker på ettermiddagen. I en bølge henger den seg fast i ene lanternen og får en stor flenge i underliket. Vi trenger spinnakeren for å holde "ulvene" bak oss unna og bestemmer oss for å reparere. Førsten setter seg på fordekk og syr i 2 timer mens skipperen setter genaker å prøver å få det meste ut av den. Vi setter spinnakeren igjen i 1700 tiden.Forholdene for natten ser bra ut så vi bestemmer oss for å kjøre med den gjennom natten. Det ble alt annet en rolig. Skipperen ble purret ut av køya i 22 tiden. Førsten lurte på hvor bremsene var. Vi fortsatte å kjøre sammen et par timer. Det var bekk mørkt og gikk kontinuerlig i 9-10 knopp, helt vanvittig. Etter hvert kom det enda mer vind, og nå økte bølgene. read more...


04/12/2013

Skyelark of London - Half way!

Nice sailing with medium winds and good progress, today we have been fishing and catching two Dorado's, Frida and Gertrud, Frida was rubbed on the back with garlic and put in the oven severing as an feast meal to celebrate we are halfway to St. Lucia, only 1550 miles left....because we took the scenic route.....to not see the Cape Verde islands, and off course giving the other boats a chance to see how it feels to be in front in the race. Enough of this babbling, now I will go on deck enjoy a cup of tea and the sunset, and just let the days pass while we continue to close in on St. Lucia and a Ice cold beer.Stay happy- Prince Myshkin. read more...


Joy of Shamrock Quay - Our daily rig inspection revealed it was not just the halyard suffering from chafe
Joy of Shamrock Quay - Our daily rig inspection revealed it was not just the halyard suffering from chafe
04/12/2013

Blue Ocean - Blue Ocean

Apres midi chargee sous un soleil de plomb, avec 22 knts de vent. Affalagede spinnaker  pour pouvoir reparer la poulie du point d`ecoute de grandvoile, qui a fini par casser apres 10 jours. Nos voltigeurs Dariusz et Januszont oeuvre une petite heure dans la bome pour reparer. Ensuite nous avons pecheun magnifique wahi wahi, enorme, sorti de l`eau par votre serviteur, et crochetepar notre capitaine. Sashimi au menu ce soir, apres une decoupe exemplaire desfilets par Dariusz.Enfin, reparation du pilote automatique, et purge du systeme hydraulique –ces gars la savent tout faire. Maintenant ca marche et ce sera moins fatigantpour la nuit, hope so.  Avec tout ca on a perdu un peu de temps, il nous reste 1173 nm a parcourir,un peu moins de six jours ?   Au total, pas eu le temps. read more...


04/12/2013

Ayesha II - Halfway!

At 1200UTC today we reached half distance which prompted the celebrations in the attached photo, closely followed by a celebratory beer and a sacrifice (Heineken) to neptune for good luck, fair winds and good fishing.We expect about 1500MN distance to go.The Trade Winds have arrived though are still light at around 10knts.We're progressing under main and poled out Genoa making 7-8knts VMGbig smiles all round. Sailing in company of s/y Surya and s/y Celementina who have been on or just over the horizon for the past 24hrs.014.28.066'N 035.29.618'WDSCF3448. read more...


Ayesha II - Halfway!
Ayesha II - Halfway!
04/12/2013

Merlyn III - Purser's report & Good Food Guide

Moving along thanks to Tradewind–lite breezes, we feel we are at lastmaking more progress than we would if we got out and pushed. Still a long way to go however – 1400 miles or so and none of the forecastsshow very steady breezes. But there are consolations, not least the food on board.  Thanksto hard work on the planning and buying front, our supplies are holding upwell. We also divided the vast Discovery freezer into two halves and kept halffor deep freeze and half for fresh produce.   Most important though: we took a decision early on that we would rotate thecooking around the crew, so that nobody was confined below decks all day everyday. The person on mother watch makes fresh fruit salad for breakfast and doeslunch (and much else) and the crew member on first day watch. read more...


Merlyn III - Purser's report & Good Food Guide
Merlyn III - Purser's report & Good Food Guide
04/12/2013

Adina - Day 10 Go West!

Day 10 on Adina and we were finally south of the Verdes. The wind so frustratingly comes and goes and to be honest has made a mockery of our routing strategy. That's sailing and weather forecasts for you, we got it wrong and eat humble pie but we'll fight on.4am the wind got up, the girls were on watch thinking these are our treasured trade winds, got excited, but needed to 'reef' (get rid of some sail). Unfortunately the furling mechanism which furls our genoa away is electric and failed. The manual override worked for a while then also failed! Heart rates did rise a tad as they do. We went through options for if the wind picked up and decided there was nothing to do but wait for daylight when we could see and assess properly.The winds dropped and as dawn rose Neil, Lindsay and Tom. read more...


04/12/2013

Starla - Log Day 11 - Chores

Hello Everyone,Distance logged today - 134 nautical miles. Distance to date this trip - 1243 nautical miles. Remaining miles to St Lucia 1853.The map on the web site is not receiving our position information automatically. The Arc controllers are updating the web site manually with our position information for our 1200 UTC (GMT) position. This information is been sent from the boat by e-mail. hopefully this makes out position look a lot better!The wind has been in the north, and north west, 8- 12 knots, however lightened to 5-7 knots from 0100 hrs, making progress a little slower.We are entering a trough of pressure between a high and low pressure system, were the wind splits in to two different directions and leaves a lull in the middle. The winds will be lighter there. We are not. read more...



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