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10/12/2013

Hot Stuff - Fairies of the Lost Arc - Chapter 10

We had an entertaining night last night that's for sure. Firstly, Hotstuff went extra terrestrial... The squirrel watch report thatat 2am (time zone +2h) the night sky was illuminated by what they believed to bea comet! Can it be true...? Or was it a bird? A plane? ET? A UFO? The illusiveTrade Winds? (Yes we are still beating upwind 1600 miles in.) Later in the watches a flying fish tried to knock Jo out and was almostsuccessful. A heroic and brave manoeuvre followed as she leapt onto the coachhouse roof and squealed almost as loudly as the high pitched unidentified creakwe keep hearing on board. Sarah however came to the rescue armed with protectivesailing gloves ... or was it marigolds? It's hard to believe that 4 days ago shetook a safety knife to the gills of a Dorado. A perfect end. read more...


10/12/2013

Jambo - we have wind!

Woke this morning to the sound of waves crashing over the boat - Carol was on the helm and at the first whiff of a trade wind had the boat humming through the water.Jambo like having a lady driving!We weretreated to an amazing shooting star showlast nightOver halfr way now so the race is on to get to the finish line before it closes !. read more...


10/12/2013

Blue Ocean - Blue Ocean.

Moins de 150 nm ! Avec 148 nm to go, on devrait arriver vers 03,00 UTC sile vent est stable et qu`on nen casse rien. Et comme trois ou uatre bateaux sontdans les memes DTD on ne devrait pas tarder a se voir...   Dommage cependant qu`on ne passe pas la finish line pendant la journee,mieux pour les photos    Yv. read more...


10/12/2013

Starblazer - Starblazer 10 December Yet another turning point?

Since leaving Gran Canaria we have headed SW, S to avoid bad weather, SW again, W near Cape Verde, SW again to find better winds, W, SW again to avoid strong headwinds (N) or no wind (W).Where is St Lucia?Our waypoint to clear Pigeon Island on the NW corner is on a bearing of 289 and, since this morning (Monday), we have been steering 289!We are hopeful that we can now aim straight there.Yesterday’s night watches were not pleasant.At about 0030 it started raining, the radar showed a two mile ring of showers, some heavy.OK, 2 miles, 20 minutes?Wrong.The 2 mile ring just kept moving with us until about 0800.Occasionally the showers brought 10-12 knots of wind, enough to sail by, but it rarely lasted more than 30 minutes.John did pull out the genoa and cut the engine.Within half an hour the. read more...


10/12/2013

Arkouda - Sea Day 14

13 42.0 N, 33 41.4W  Dec 10, 2013 - 03:32 GMTWe had a day of very light winds, the seas like glass, and a building of clouds and haze that I remember being prevalent in Caribbean due to the high moisture in the air.  The wind must be picking up somewhere--the swells begin to grow in height, but the seas still glasslike--undulating waves passing by--teasing us with a promise of being able to kill the motors and raise some sails.I had planned on writing about the emptiness of the ocean, and how I felt at times that we were the last people on earth.  It has been so empty out here!  Tonight I woke up to start my night shift and instead of being greeted with the usual "nothing out here, I'm going to bed" mumbled by my exhausted partner, I heard "coffee is on, we have. read more...


10/12/2013

Second Wind - Double Dip and Recovery

Double Dip and RecoveryA couple of days back we celebrated reaching the half way point of what has become a 2900 mile journey. As serendipity would have it, we reached this questionable point at the very same time as one of those unseasonable lows!This was in fact a benefit as the dip in the wind facilitated our celebratory dip in the ocean.With a drogue trailed from the back of the boat and the bathing steps down to avoid playing out that film ( which we all know but can't remember the name of) we all plunged into a glassy smooth, warm blue ocean.All safely recovered and refreshed, we looked ,forward to our celebratory glass of Champagne however the Purser, who has since been Keel Hauled, had neglected to store it in the Fridge. Since warm Champagne is just not on, we settled for a. read more...


10/12/2013

Shine - Day 14 : Land Ahoy

"Like as the waves make toward the pebbled shore, So do our minutes hasten to their end." William Shakespeare Stratford-upon-Avon 1584"F***k me,we're rattling along. We're almost within farting distance." Piers Sherlock 100 miles east of St Lucia 2013Wordsmiths both,saying much the same thing, it is encouraging to see that we have lost none of the flower of English prose in the last 400 years.Yesterday's conditions have continued as predicted, so at present we are 30 mile off St Lucia with the lights of Martinique to starboard, and expect to cross the finishing line inside the next three hours. Having had zero light pollution for the last fortnight, to see Martinique is a very strange sensation.In addition, various iphones are springing to life around the boat with the unfamiliar ping of. read more...


10/12/2013

Webster - Log 19: From the ridiculous to the sublime

Monday 9th December: Position 14 54'N 39 45'W. Hitting the key to send yesterday's entry was a master stroke. At 0600 the wind turbine started making a very unfamiliar nose whirring away there - yes, wind!! Sails up and engine off at 0610 after some 16 hours motoring, all of 8 knts NW which came more north and picked up to 15 knts and in no time were romping along at 7-8 knts boat speed under white sails and not yet light! We were concerned this was only a squall effect as there was a bit of rain about and plenty of squall cloud formations but no, it seems we have gone through the wind hole early and this seems set fair - we have been doing between 6-8 knts now all day and night knocking loads of miles off to destination. Not only that but the sun came out as well so we have had a day. read more...


10/12/2013

Great Escape of Southampton - 14 20 250n 45 23 730w

Log Day 15 – The Chorizo Ultimatum... WIND!!!!! At last after several days of lightwinds, at dusk yesterday the long hoped for wind shift into the North Easttranspired. The spinnaker was put away and we began to beam reach directlytowards our target. The breeze built steadily throughout the night and dawnfound Great Escape surfing on deep blue Atlantic ocean rollers – sometimes at11+ kts! The log shows that over the last 24hours we have covered 194 NM – a big improvement on recent days. We now haveless than 1,000 NM to go to St Lucia and this evening the otherwise dry shipGreat Escape is celebrating this milestone with champagne. Even now, thebleeping of the smoke alarm indicates that Jan is preparing canapés tocomplement the bubbly. While the business of sailing as fastas we can has. read more...


Great Escape of Southampton - 14 20 250n 45 23 730w
Great Escape of Southampton - 14 20 250n 45 23 730w
10/12/2013

Blue Ocean - Day 16: Steady progress

Day 16 is dawning on-board Blue Ocean though, in truth, I have long sincelost track of time. Vin and I spent almost a full hour the other day debatingwhat day it actually was. Our days are governed by the watch-keeping schedulesand cooking rota. Yesterday, Yellow Watch (Vin and I) turned out passableburritoes for the evening meal. A choice of chicken, chicken & black bean,and bean & chipotle. We hope to be in St. Lucia tomorrow – so that was thelast time that the crew will have to put up with Vin and I cooking.  We have had a request to post more photos. We certainly have a huge numberof photos (and video) which we will be sharing amongst ourselves. Posting themon the ARC blog uses up quite a lot of costly satellite data – but Yv says hehas the technology to reduce their. read more...


10/12/2013

Hada - HADA Day 14 — Sunday December 8, 2013 15h39 UTC-2

Greetings to all.  Ed here, sitting’ in as guest editor of the Hada TransAtlantic Blog. Thanks Andre for the invitation to scribble some notes.Not a lot to report:  Day is beautiful, but very hot and made more so by light winds.  Expecting some NE breezes to fill in soon, which we count on to be the traditional strong E-NE trades needed to bring us home to St Lucia.Had a couple of nibbles on the fishing lines yesterday, but nothing to bring onboard for dinner.  So for lunch had a salad with canned tuna.Big excitement yesterday was a broken turning block at the top of the mast, which held the spinnaker halyard.  Needed to be replaced, so sticking with tradition we loaded the lightest guy onboard, who in this case was Anton, into the bosun’s chair and hoisted him. read more...


Hada - HADA Day 14 - Up The Mast...
Hada - HADA Day 14 - Up The Mast...
09/12/2013

Golondrina - Monday - Another quiet day at sea

So what's the difference between sailing really fast and being totally out of control? It's a fine line and today Hartshorn has been renamed 'Rodeo' Dave. For the non-sailors amongst you - when there's TOO much wind and TOO much sail up the boat 'rounds up' into the wind and everything shakes itself to bits, even the tinsel round the chart table.   So 'Rodeo' Dave has become the rootinest, tootinest cowboy this side of the Carribean  with his round ‘em up-skills.  So kids, when you want the wildest cowboy in town just call for 'Rodeo' Dave and you’re welcome to join him! And just for extra entertainment make sure you let Rodeo have the helm at 3 in the morning when it's pouring with rain and everyone else is asleep cos that's when it's most fun.   'All hands. read more...


09/12/2013

Calypso - No wind............Wind!

The previously predicted little wind arrived early afternoon on Sunday and we had expected it to last until Tuesday or even Wednesday. The main concern was how to manage our diesel use. We motored until 08:36 GMT today (Monday) when, to our surprise, the wind had returned with an F5 NE and by 10:30 we had a reef in both the main and genoa and were doing 6/7 knots. Now doing nearer 5 knots in 16 knots of wind - long may it continue.Dino landed our first decent fish late Sunday afternoon - a 3 foot King Mackerel (aka "Kingfish") which will provide us with 3 good meals.The in-mast main sail gave us a few problems on Sunday morning which took some time to correct but it's now OK.The first medical emergency involved Dino who cut his finger on the fin of a flying fish.After Savlon spray was. read more...


09/12/2013

Scarlet Oyster - 09 Dec - Big blue is no more ;-( Day 15 on Scarlet

Again apologies for lack of blogs, not sure where the time goes!Since I last wrote we had a wind hole to negotiate, being further down the track than the rest of your class does have drawbacks it seems, we had 2 choices N or S of the calm, the S optioned looked favourable to us, but those behind would not be able to follow, if we had tried to get N it would have been more distance, and an early park up, but the wind would re-establish quicker. If we could get S far enough it seemed there was no complete park up, but the strong NE wind would take longer to reach us.We chose S, and it was looking quite promising till the wind dropped out earlier than anticipated!The night of the 5th was pretty frustrating with between 2 and 5 knots of wind, we had to sail either almost due S or NW, as in. read more...


09/12/2013

Ula - 09 Dec - Day 15 - The day after the day we intended to be in

A day of sail changes, Big Blue has been down and back up, the genoa has been in and out like a rabbit in a bowline, the main has been flapping one minute and stretching the next. At lunch time Ula seemed to find her sea legs and with the main and the small asymmetric spinnaker (as yet unused and unnamed) we are powering into the setting sun at a steady 10 + knts. Julian is undoubtedly in pole position for the 'helm of the passage' award, simply by sitting in the helmsman's seat he seems to scare the wind into action!  We have dropped back in the rankings today, and others are already celebrating their arrival in St Lucia..., but unbeknown to them, Ula carries in her fore peak a valuable cargo without which their victory will be hollow. Carefully selected by the ARC for this special. read more...


09/12/2013

Selivra - ARC Tag 15

2013-12-09, 21.00Hallo Welt!Heute morgen 3.00 Uhr früh, die See ist spiegelglatt, die Luft diesig unddie Sicht eingeschränkt. Noch lässt uns der Wind im Stich und ich sitze amRuder begleitet vom gleichmäßigen Motorengeräusch unserer Selivra. Einregelmäßiger Rundumblick stellt sicher, dass es zu keinem unerwartetenZusammentreffen mit japanischen Fischern kommt und ein wenig kämpftman/frau mit schwer werdenden Augenlidern.Zum Glück teile ich aber seit mittlerweile 2 Wochen meine Wache mit Frankund so passierte es auch diese Nacht, dass plötzlich aus dem Niedergang derDuft von frischgebackenem Brot und – man glaubt es kaum – auch Kuchen mitSchokostreusel die Lebensgeister wieder weckt und in Vorfreude auf einausgiebiges Frühstück die Nachtstunden wieder kürzer werden.Der Vormittag verläuft. read more...


Selivra - ARC Tag 15
Selivra - ARC Tag 15
09/12/2013

Merlyn III - Day 15 - Cautious optimism continues

I hardly dare to write this, but we finally seem to be getting what waspromised in the brochure! After James’s cautious optimism yesterday, we set mainand genoa at 11.30 and began  sailing again. For the rest of the day thewind seemed to steady just east of north; we slipped along very nicely at 7 to 8knots with a generally overcast sky and a few squalls which stalked us but neverseemed to arrive. During the night the wind freshened a bit and we reefed thegenoa.   This morning we had a steady north-easterly at about 18-25 knots, with abiggish foam-flecked swell running in from our starboard quarter making us rollquite hard. The sun  shone and none of the clouds lasted long. We let outthe genoa and took in enough of the main to make sure it filled. By lunchtime wewere. read more...


09/12/2013

Windleblo - Day Fifteen

Gozwoz, ARC 2013 boat number 165, is an Elan Impression 434 owned by David Gozzard of Great Britain. David volunteered to be an ARC SSB Radio Net Controller for Group B, whereas our John Hoopes volunteered as a Net Controller for Group A. The ARC organizers set up the groups by boat size, reasoning that boats of about the same length would move along at about the same pace, therefore staying within SSB radio range of each other.Despite this logic, as the 2013 ARC rally has evolved the fleet has become more and more dispersed. While some Group A boats have moved ahead of the Group A pack, some Group B boats have settled toward the rear of the Group B pack, mingling with the Group A boats. Consequently, some boats are having more and more difficulty receiving SSB broadcasts from their. read more...


09/12/2013

George - Only a 1000 Miles to go!

God knows what Jim's (JDR) smoking but I can't find it, and he won't share it? Anyhow! We have only a 1000 miles to go the wind has just picked up hopefully it will continue! We have lightened the boat by emptying the forward water tanks, mainly to try to get moving in the light airs. In other news, Mason was found hiding the snicker bars under his pillow, Steve as I suspected has started a downward spiral after falling in to bad (Mason) company... he had to be woken several times for his watch tonight! and I even beat him on deck! TB00:08 Monday 09/12/2013. 14 54.7N, 43 14.7W Finally some wind. We're doing a nice steady 8 kts in 18 kts of breeze on a comfortable beam reach in smooth seas. The sky is cloudy, but a bright moon is lighting our way. The first day of our third week has. read more...


09/12/2013

Skyelark of London - Write your own blog competition!

After a night of shifting force of winds and a lot of rain we are steadily sailing towards St. Lucia, only 850 nm away. With good winds from north north east we are doing 8.5 kts steadily.Today's wordlist:1. Fast sailing2. Heavy rain3. No fishing4. Big swells5. Honeysuckle6. Meat ballsPut the words together, making a little story about sailing, and send it in to join the sailing story writers challenge.Send it to: Skyelark of London, 13 34.4 N 46 23.4w, Atlantic Ocean.The best story will be published in the galley and the winner will receive a bottle of the finest saltwater from Skyelark's own cellar.Stay fitPrince Myshkin. read more...


09/12/2013

Windsurf - The Windsurf Nightwatch...

Windsurf Nightwatch at the Atlantic... The Windsurf, totally alone on a big ocean.... Only with a lot of stars,planets and the moon... And... more than 200 boats around us. But we cannot see them... Have theyfound the good winds ? We are on the 15th/16th lattitude, but our speed is below5 knots at the moment... Do we reach St. Lucia in time ? Of course we do, but not in the coming weekend. We think perhaps at Mondayor Tuesday... Ocean Management, a difficult subject. The wind behaves different than thevariety of forecasts learns us. A great pity... Or what do we do wrong ?Our sails are standing in the opposite of each other, like a butterfly. Sowe catch more wind. Monday, 9th of December, 2013, The day after.... Totally different... 15 knots of wind from the NW.   And..... read more...


09/12/2013

Ayesha II - No fishing today..... 'Gone Sailing'

The trade winds arrived today!With a good 20-25 knts of wind and full sail up we're making great progress to our destination at speeds approaching double figures.The swell comes and goes (ha ha), as much as 3 metres at times making live below decks harder and causing us to stow the fishing lines, but it can't remove the smiles from our faces as we're finally enjoying some champagne sailing.No vessels sighted for two days but some radio contact with 'Ghost'. Good to catch up and swap news - all good with them too.Enjoying the best sunset of the voyage so far, 704NM to go.14'40.438'N048'45.988'W. read more...


Ayesha II - No fishing today..... 'Gone Sailing'
Ayesha II - No fishing today..... 'Gone Sailing'
09/12/2013

Ayesha II - Yesterdays storm

We are relieved to be past the storms and squalls of yesterday.Attached is a picture of the one that hit us, bringing gusts of 40knts+ and a large amount of rain.Not what we bargained for.No damage done and a good clean down for Ayesha II.Boat and crew all doing well.. read more...


Ayesha II - Yesterdays storm
Ayesha II - Yesterdays storm
São Francisco 4 - 9 Dez - Com alísios é outra conversa, uma esteira que parece um barco a motor! / 9th Dec - Trade winds are ON, boat speeding up to 15 knots!
São Francisco 4 - 9 Dez - Com alísios é outra conversa, uma esteira que parece um barco a motor! / 9th Dec - Trade winds are ON, boat speeding up to 15 knots!
São Francisco 4 - 9 Dez - A passarmos pelos franciús do Rum / 9th Dec - Passing close by the French catamaran "Manua"
São Francisco 4 - 9 Dez - A passarmos pelos franciús do Rum / 9th Dec - Passing close by the French catamaran
09/12/2013

Sephina of Beaumaris - Day 16 Washing Machine and not the one I installed

Day 16 Washing Machine and not the one I installed Nothing much to say today as everyone is quiet as the sea and wind has got up and we are in a bit of a washing machine for the next 48 hours. Steph and Matt are doing sterling work keeping the boat going but not too quickly. Cats OK and will write more when it is quieter. Clive. read more...


09/12/2013

Adina - Day 15 Harold on the Blog

It's Harold the much loved mallard duck here doing a guest blog for Adina! I featured in a blog just the other day - for those of you who've forgotten, I belong to Neil's wife Hallie. I'm crossing the Atlantic with Neil while Hallie looks after baby Amelie who will be meeting us in St.Lucia.I thought I'd give you a walk through of crew onboard Adina. Skippy Tom is like the Daddy. He's always reminding people of the proper order to do things in so as not to risk the crew blowing the boat up! He's often sat studying the weather and working out the best way for us to go, reminding all to trim and steer. He loves to helm, especially when his baby, the parasailor, is up. Dab hand on the SSB radio talking to other boats and getting our emails in and out for us. Then there's Susie - by gum she. read more...


09/12/2013

Skook - Arrived

Hallo Die Skook hat es geschafft. Nach 2226 gesegelten Meilen ist sie sicher in Rodney Bay auf St. Lucia eingelaufen. Die letzten 2 Tage konnte nochmal richtig mit staendig ueber 20 Kn. Wind gesegelt werden und der Atlantik zeigt sich nochmal von seiner normalen Seite. Richtig grosse Wellen trieben die Skook an. Markus Ralf Thomas Volker und Werner freuen sich schon auf die Karibik Parties.. read more...


09/12/2013

Hebe - Day 16 9.12.13

15:03:21N054:00:93WWater water everywhere and not a drop to drink.Well the first part is true - most of it should stay in the ocean but at 5am this morning quite a lot of it seemed to be in our cabin.My darling husband had left the hatch 'only a tiny bit open'.Anyway, resulting in all our bedding, towels, clothes and me being absolutely soaked.And I am NOT exaggerating.Apart from that the day has not been without other challenges - the boys fancied (after a particularly gruelling swell of a watch) bacon sandwiches.Unfortunately not to be since the regulator on the gas cylinder (or whatever those things are called) had furred up with salt and this and that and despite poor Harry lying prone for 3 hours with his head in the gas chamber, the thing simply could not be fixed.Peter and Andrew. read more...


Hebe - Day 16 9.12.13
Hebe - Day 16  9.12.13
09/12/2013

Athena of Southampton - Athena log 8

Athena log 8 – Sunday December 9th 2013 – 1450’ N / 44 20’ W Quigley’sPoint Regular readers will recall that wehad nominated a waypoint midway between the Cape Verdes and St Lucia as“Quigley’s Waypoint” (16.40N 44.00W). However not even I had anticipated howthis would unfold.It was my watch as we approachedthis waypoint and to my amazement there appeared to be lights visible at thisapproximate location. As I did not want to disturb anyone I waited until we werea little closer when it was now clear that there was a large platform heresupporting what seemed like a number of small buildings. I edged Athena onto thepontoon and a very helpful man assisted in taking our lines. “What on earth isthis place? “ I enquired immediately.“Ah sir you are very welcome toMADS” he replied. I said I had. read more...


09/12/2013

Moondancer - Monday 9th December 17.30 (GMT+1)

Fishing appendix 2 - Tales from the deepA couple of things I forgot to mention Fish based.Firstly when Maintenance catches a Dorada he has a rather clever way of preparing them. They have to be skinned rather than descaled so Maintenance holds down the slippery fella and first cuts behind the skin by the head.He then needs both hands to hold him so he peels the skin back with his teeth removing one whole side at a time. It's like watching Gollum eat his dinner.He's using quite a lot of dental floss.Flying fish! What's that all about? I mean what are they? a fish , a bird ? They should make up their mind. One of them flew on deck during my night watch and nearly caught me square on the jaw, I ducked and showed him the back door. I will make an official complaint later. And Dolphins, what. read more...


09/12/2013

Jambo - have you seen becalmed?

great film with Billy Zane and a very young Nicole Kidman but conditions here are just like the film !anyway caught our first fish - not sure what it is - maybe a baby Mahi mahui- decided we will have it for breakfast as Tommie has been working his magic in the galley.A bit more motoring tonight then we will have to sit out and await the NE trades - expected sometime soon. read more...


09/12/2013

True Colours - The wind returns

Position 14:38.44N 039:19.80W   Log entry 21.00 08/12/2013 – “Boring”   We motored from midday yesterday until 10.00 today, with wind varying from0 knots to 7  knots, with direction varying but generally behind.  Infairness this was in line with predictions, and we expected to keep motoringuntil possibly early evening, but  the wind filled in from the beam andwithin an hour we were reaching at 7 knots;  the wind strength anddirection have continued through the day, being consistently higher than theforecasts.  An approaching squall with winds increasing caused us to puttwo reefs in the main, but nothing stronger than 20 knots materialised, andafter it passed we shook out one and then both reefs.   During the day we were gradually overtaken by a. read more...


09/12/2013

Incisor - Incisor daily blog 9-12-2013

Bonjour!It’s certainly a party on board as we are only 592 miles away! We really are trucking along eating up these miles. To treat ourselves for doing so well we have had a bottle of sprite which was very welcome. We are averaging a 9.5 VMG which is all very exciting. It has been a day of treats as we have also had a Christmas mix of dried fruit and delicious sugar coated peanuts. For breakfast we had a mid Atlantic delicacy of giant cola bottles, dried apricots and chorizo pieces. I can’t say any of us will be having that again. Only at sea.It was a fast and furious ready money night surfing through the waves in a pitch black night topping out at 15knts of boat speed. At night it all seems a lot faster especially when you can’t actually see anything. The night did. read more...


09/12/2013

Silver Slipper - Wind, Wind, Wind

Can’t believe it. After 24 hours of bobbing around, swimming off the boatand sunbathing we have wind. Now doing 8.5 knots in the right direction. Ohhappy days.. read more...


09/12/2013

Idea of London - VQ race team update 4 Sun Dec 1 17.30 UST

Thump.. thump.... thump.... thump.... from down below the impact of IDEAsmashing into waves at 15 knots shuddered through the boat. Sleeping trickyonce again - either thrust up against a wall on the low side orclinging onfor dear life to prevent falling out of bunk on the high side.Up top, nicesteady breeze, great driving and a few shooting stars to keep usentertained. Having had a few hours to sort out the boat yesterday, we weresomewhat out of the shift routine but over today we're back on track.Todays highlights probably culminate in me (Ben) preparing what can only bedescribed as the best tomato salad for an 800 mile radius, almostundoubtedly the most delicious meal we've had since we left.In fact i'dhave written more tonight but have been so busy preparing this veritablefeast of. read more...


09/12/2013

Koala - Dec 9th: In the hole

Our efforts to avoid the big hole in the wind seemed to have dropped us right in it last night. As the sun went down, so did the breeze, to absolutely nothing. We agreed to motor for 12 hours to get everything charged up and water made etc so that we would be ready to wait it out. So after 12 hours, the engine went off and we sat there. Then a breeze of a few knots came up from the north and enabled us to get moving again, albeit at about half a knot. We thought we were in for a long frustrating day, but eventually, about 15:00, the breeze kicked in from the North at about 12 knots, so we are currently reaching along nicely at about 6.5-7 knots. A welcome relief to be moving again and in the right direction too! Forecasts look to be improving for the next few days, so hopefully we will. read more...


09/12/2013

Amokura - Amokura Day 15

Rockin’ and a rollin” Rockin’ and a reelin’ Yes I am (apologies to the Beach Boys)   Confused seas. Shifting winds. Almost downwind course. Overcast and blustery. A little unsettled weather which also brought a double rainbow (I think St.Lucia was at the southern tip).   All and all, a very good set of circumstances for shaking the boat. And for us to keep the boat “ship shape.”   This kind of motion tends to keep people up in the cockpit where we swapstories and wish lists (end of night watches, more fresh fruit, welcoming drink, fixing the“little” things that inevitably occur, phone calls and emails (with pictures)from home.   Dinner is in staggered courses as befits removing oneself from a galleyheated by the cooker. Pasta with a mixture of leftovers. We ate it. read more...


09/12/2013

Miciadue - Der Tag fäng gut an und geht gut weiter...

Heute 6.15 Uhr ein riesiger Fang. Wir haben einen Thunfisch mit etwa 15 kg (!!!) an der Angel gehabt. Das Ergebis: 16 pfannengroße Thunfischsteaks. Mehr als genug für zwei Tage für die ganze Crew. Eine kleinen Teil gabs gleich als Sushi zum Frühstück. Wir waren über drei Stunden damit behäftigt, den Fisch auszunehmen, die Steaks zu braten zwischendurch zu frühstücken und das Cockpit und die Pantry wieder zu reinigen. Die nächste gute Nachrcht von unserem Wettercoach Joachim: Die Langfristprognose sagt: Wir haben es geschafft. Bis zum Ziel erwarten wir stetige Winde östlich drehend und zunehmend. Der Motor kann sich von nun an ausruhen. Die Sonne scheint vom wolkenlose Himmel, das Wasser leuchtet in einem kräftigen dunkelblau, und wir haben eine schöne lange 2-3 m hohe Atlantikdünung, die. read more...


09/12/2013

Second Wind - Message from Chris Diggins

I wake from the nightmare. The baleful looks, the accusing eyes. 21 perfect onions look out from the storage nets. "So", they say, "you had the good times with all that fancy fruit and veg but where are they now? Gone, gone into cakes and crumbles. And now you must confront us. We are still hard enough but are you? Last night you baked a creamy pasta with ham and pea with a breadcrumb and blue cheese crust and a garlic bruschetta. You've been to the River Cafe too often Jamie. And did you think to use an onion? No, not good enough for your fancy food. Well, not too many veg options left now, eh matey? How are you going to make tinned mince interesting? Might need an onion or two? Well maybe we'll be out that night".The nightmare fades but the onions remain. Don't cry for me...Glyn.--This. read more...


08/12/2013

Hada - HADA Day 14 - Up The Mast....

Greetings to all.Ed here, sitting’ in as guest editor of the Hada TransAtlantic Blog. Thanks Andre for the invitation to scribble some notes.Not a lot to report:Day is beautiful, but very hot and made more so by light winds.Expecting some NE breezes to fill in soon, which we count on to be the traditional strong E-NE trades needed to bring us home to St Lucia.Had a couple of nibbles on the fishing lines yesterday, but nothing to bring onboard for dinner.So for lunch had a salad with canned tuna.Big excitement yesterday was a broken turning block at the top of the mast, which held the spinnaker halyard.Needed to be replaced, so sticking with tradition we loaded the lightest guy onboard, who in this case was Anton, into the bosun’s chair and hoisted him up some 74 feet to the top of the. read more...


Hada - HADA Day 14 - Up The Mast....
Hada - HADA Day 14 - Up The Mast....
09/12/2013

Dragonfly - hohe Wellen

In der Nacht habe ich kaum geschlafen. Die hohen Wellen aus Norden machen mir Sorgen und kosten Geschwindigkeit. Hoffentlich hören die bald auf! Ich stehe um 1 Uhr auf und korrigiere den Kurs etwas, damit uns die Wellen nicht so herumwerfen. Aber wieder einschlafen kann ich nicht.Gestern haben wir Wale gesehen. Eine große Herde, die wir entweder mitten durch oder knapp vorbei passiert haben. Wir haben sie erst gesehen, als sie in unserem Kielwasser auftauchen. Heute hat sich eine Schule mit ca. 30 Delphinen zu uns gesellt und begleitet uns eine Weile. In der Funkrunde haben fast alle guten Wind und sind jetzt mit Parasailor und Genaker alle scheller als wir. Nur weit im Norden herrscht jetzt Flaute. Am Horizont zieht im Laufe des Nachmittages eine Segelyacht vorbei. Wir können nicht. read more...


Dragonfly - hohe Wellen
Dragonfly - hohe Wellen