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05/11/2014

Adagio - Seas of Glass

WED 11/05/14 1500AST:The last time I saw waters like this was in 2006 in the Mediterranean sea.Of course, we were aboard a Celebrity cruise ship and really didn't care all that much about sea state, but nonetheless it was a topic of conversation that went kind of like "You know, if we ever really actually DO get to sail our own boat to places like this, I guess it'll be motoring all the way."...Well, we're not quite in the Med (yet) but the Atlantic looks almost identical to that water we experienced over 8 years ago.Not a whisper of wind to show us riplets on the water, not a breath to even shake the sails out just a little.What else could we do??Jump overboard, that's what :)It's swimming time!Tossed out a safety line, lowered the swim ladder and made a cursory attempt to heave to (I. read more...


05/11/2014

American Spirit II - Day 304; We Get Slammed by a Gale Today; & We're Halfway to Richard's Bay, South Africa; Wednesday, November 5, 2014

This is a special weather report we received this morning. We are in Grid 14D south of Madascascar, then will move into grids 14E, 14F and then 14G.WEATHER ROUTING INC. IS PROUD TO BE THE OFFICIAL WEATHER PROVIDER FOR THE WORLD ARC MAURITIUS TO RICHARDS BAYPREPARED: NOVEMBER 04 22:15ZFM: WEATHER ROUTING INC. (WRI)SYNOPSIS: HIGH PRESSURE NEAR 33S/56E WITH A RIDGE NW'WARD TO E'RN MADAGASCAR WILL MOVE E'WARD THROUGH TONIGHT. THE RIDGE WILL REMAIN STATIONARY ALONG THE E'RN COAST OF MADAGASCAR THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON, THEN SHIFT E'WARD THROUGH THIS EVENING. A THERMAL TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE ALONG THE W'RN COAST OF MADAGASCAR WILL WEAKEN THIS EVENING. A STRONG LOW ALONG THE E'RN COAST OF SOUTH AFRICA WILL TRACK NE'WARD WHILE STRENGTHENING INTO A GALE NEAR 31S/40E BY THIS EVENING. THE GALE WILL. read more...


05/11/2014

Lone Star - Day 2 -" Fish on" and Midwest Chops

Iexperienced my first night watch in the Atlantic under the tutelage of Lone Star's Capt. Craig Scott, who set the bar high with aperfect Russell Crow Masters and Commanders " lean and look "while hanging off rope. Lone Star crossed the Gulf Stream early today, adding another personal firstto my list along withmy new found friend/fishing buddy/ crew mate Joe Matthews. Thinking the fish might like the warmer waters we let out a couple lines, one in traditional Rod n Reel fashion, the other in cagey ole Salty DogRon Horton's traditional fashion, i.e. hand line. Results included one spit the bit Dorado near the boat and a nice" puppy tuna ".The evening meal was another highlight as Ron prepared Pork Chops extraordinary that would make Mike Ditka blush :)All in all an amazing day at. read more...


05/11/2014

Firefly - Firefly en route to New Zealand

Firefly's crew increased by one with the arrival of Gareth on Saturday 1st November. Arriving following a couple of weeks touring New Zealand with family, Gareth's timing was great as the preparations for the first World Cruising ARC New Zealand were in full swing and all 9 boats were in Port Moselle Marina at Noumea, New Caledonia. Gifts of chocolate and gin were gratefully recieved, in particular the gin as during the shopping trip earlier that day the alcohol sections had been closed, due to it being a holiday and Firefly was dry.In order to give Gareth some experience of tropical sailing we had a couple of days and a night cruising the islands and reefs just off Noumea. We spent the first day on a mooring off Illot Nge, sailed over to Baie Maa for a peaceful night and the following. read more...


05/11/2014

Club Carp - Windless in the Atlantic

Last night's watches were again uneventful.To keep us on our toes, we had a moon-lit, neck-to-neck race with Corsair, our closest competitor!We were also lucky to start the evening had an amazing home cooked lamb curry to keep us going during the night.Some of us even added ripe banana slices to our curry (chef Cooke said it's how his mum taught him, so we didn't argue) as well as a little diced up Trinidad Scorpion habaneros...sweet, yet spicy...could life get any better!!!  Throughout the night we kept vigilant with our sail trimming, until early in the morning when the wind completely died, leaving us bobbing like a rubber ducky.As our boat speed dipped to 2 knots at 5:45am, we were forced to spend the rest of our day listening to our Yanmar 110hp diesel engine which is about as. read more...


05/11/2014

Tom Tom - Day 2

Following a beautiful moonlit night, through which we made great progress under sail, today we are becalmed.No choice but to motor sail, but we are using the opportunity to perform the numerous on deck chores needed to keep a ship shape yacht and a happy crew.Looking forward to chicken in cider for dinner this evening, especially following the fresh bread baked by the captain this morning. . read more...


Club Carp - Windless in the Atlantic
Club Carp - Windless in the Atlantic
05/11/2014

Shira - Rigginspektion mm

5 november: Shira passerade rigginspektionen galant! Arne och Jungman Wollberg gick igenom infästningar, block och löpande rigg samt gasolinstallation. En slang byttes och en klämkoppling byttes till slangklämma. Nu blir det inte bättre! Vi börjar hitta runt i båten. Det är MYCKET att gå igenom så vi har fullt upp. Så inspirerande! Men vi vill SEGLA!I morgon blir det genomgång av mat, har lastat 150 kg basvaror, men mer behövs.... read more...


05/11/2014

Log DAY - 4: Getting Ready

Short introduction might be important as it is our first blog (ever). We are sailing double handed if one excludes our boat cat BORIS (he is not much use doing watches as he tends to catch up with his sleep during sailing). Our yacht is an AMEL 54 build in 2010, which we intend to sail around the world (or a part of it if we run out of funds sooner than expected).Almost ready to go! As always the TO-DO list is, somehow, getting longer instead of shorter. However, we are going to adopt a ‘management best practise’ approach and simple clean out the TO-DO list once we are off. All important and essential items have been completed so anything left will have to be done on the ‘other side’!The wind forecast looks brilliant. With a full moon during the first night, we will have plenty of time. read more...


05/11/2014

Aviva - Day 3 -- Wednesday

Today is a lovely day on the water, although winds a bit light, but that feels nice after a couple of days of boiling right along with winds mostly around 15.With three on board to rotate watches, we are all well-rested, and after a pancake breakfast, well-fed.Since leaving the Gulf Stream, we have been heading just about due south rather than our original plan of further easting at this point due to the report of weather west of Bermuda, which we have been grateful to hear via the morning SAT phone meetings as our access to email via SAT phone has not been working thus far (am writing this in high hopes it will work again at some point).  With the water a rich blue color and air temps in the mid 70's, what more could we ask?OK, maybe this would be a good time for a fish to bite!So. read more...


05/11/2014

GEM - GEM at Sea, calm conditions on day 2, Noon update Wed 11/5

After much swearing and teeth clenching our onboard IT expert Jay has resolved the Iridium/Ocens email link so now we have weather and can send this blog.Covered 191 miles in first 24 hours :-).Fantastic sailing and weather Tuesday, everyone in shorts and tee shirts. The second 24 will be around 165 due to light winds and motoring for last 12 hours.Crew adjusting to the rhythm of life at sea. Craig and Jay are cooking, first night we had veg lasagna which we had purchased, second night Craig made pasta with veggie meatballs. Tonight it’s Jay’s turn with Chicken.No serious issues onboard either mechanical or human except for a water pump that won’t turn off.Jim took the sensor off and adjusted it, seems to have improved things.Grant was a little queezy but seems to have recovered.. read more...


05/11/2014

Second Wind - Calms after the Gulf Stream and a morning treat

I guess this is a day for recuperation as the wind is now light out of the West.Seas have flattened out and are much more regular, temperatures are rising, sun is shining so it's time to shed the thermals and don shorts instead!This morning began with a real treat of a pod of dolphins (at least 9) swimming in our bow wave.They were a delight to watch as they dived under the bow into the deep blue, clear sea and back up the other side. Howard has been trying out his fishing skills using Cuban Yo Yo's and cedar plugs but has only caught seaweed so far and has lost one of the 2 cedar plugs (must have been the big one that got away), oh dear.We just have to keep on trying! The forecast is for freshening winds from the NE so we'll enjoy the rest while we can.. read more...


05/11/2014

Windswept - day 3

Until this afternoon it has been a good SAIL now the wind has died and in order to maintain a 6+ knot speed we are forced to motor sail.We have started fishing today but as of now have only caught seaweed.All of our crew are doing fine and today is shower day since the seas are calm.  We have had 2 of our 3 boughten dinners from Portsmouth and not looking forward to the third the strogenoff was large chunks of fat and grizzle and we disposed of most of it and ate as much as we could salvage.Breakfast has been Bagels and lunch sandwiches.Looking forward to some Mia Mia.. read more...


05/11/2014

American Spirit II - Day 303; The Indian Ocean is Still Windy & Acts Up Twice Today; Tuesday, November 4, 2014

At 5:00 AM the cloud cover disappeared. The sunrise at 5:55 AM had a small layer of clouds obstruct the lower limb, so no green flash. I relieved Jeremy at 6:00 AM. At 6:24 AM a BIG slapper wave hit the side of the boat and threw water over the dodger and bimini. It also wrapped around the inside of the dodger and nailed me in the right side of my body. I slept poorly last night, getting 2 1/2 hours of sleep. I woke at the 3:00 AM watch change and couldn't go back to sleep. Additionally two drops of water fell on my head in the main cabin where I was sleeping. The boat is very dry so these two drops concern me. At 6:43 AM the wind is 20/25 and we're moving at 6.0 thu the water and over the land. The waves are still a problem. They keep tripping our keel rocking the boat. With most of the. read more...


05/11/2014

Second Wind - First night at Sea

It's Tuesday afternoon, and we are all up after sleeping off our overnight watches. We had as many layers of thermal clothing that we could fit under our jackets, wooly hats and gloves, and it was chilly.We entered the Gulf Stream around 5am, with the wind blowing 20-25 kts, nicely on a beam-broad reach, and immediately noticed a warm breeze. The water temperature rose to over 80F, and the wave height increased too! So now we can wash our dishes in hot salty water :-).As the sun came up, we could see huge piles of seaweed floating past - from where?. read more...


05/11/2014

Lone Star - Day 3 - Sportfisher Lone Star

After the hearty crew complained about not slowing the boat down when they caught a nice tuna yesterday I ordered up some more favorable fishing weather for today.The sea is glassy, the wind is two knots and we are trolling at 8knots pulling an assortment of lures.I think I could get into this sport fishing on Lone Star. Especially since I am burning one and a half gallons an hour and the sport fishing boat would be burning 75.The guys landed an Amberjack this morning and were satisfied with the slow down. So far they have not asked me to back down on a fish, but Sportfisher Lone Star stands ready.Fair winds,Craig. read more...


05/11/2014

Makena - Nov 5 - Safety Check Passed

Frustratingly we have very, very poor internet connection here at the marina in Las Palmas but this is our first little blog entry to test this system where we can email in an entry. We’ll try to do this occasionally out at sea using our satellite phone. We passed our safety check this morning. That quick, smooth check belied months of preparation from Luc, especially. Now, the task of provisioning for 7.? people for 30+ days is looming larger than anything else.The ARC+ organizers have confirmed that we have the youngest and oldest crew members. That’s pretty cool! Here is a photo of the youngest ARC+ sailor doing some of the more egregious (but fascinating for him!) chores in the marina facilities. 8 Euro per washing machine load just to make it that extra bit. read more...


Makena - Nov 5 - Introducing the youngest ARC+ crew member!
Makena - Nov 5 - Introducing the youngest ARC+ crew member!
05/11/2014

Crazy Horse - Nov. 5-a.m.

What a difference a night makes! Our first night was rough with waves hitting us all over but we sailed well and got off to a good start but not much sleep.Part of the confusion was the crossing of the Gulf Stream. Then last night was a motoring one with little wind but an easy nights sleep when one wasn't on watch. And what a glorious sunrise with lots of hues of color as my friend the seagull looked on with me at the ever changing light show. Yes, we had our visit from Jimmy again. He visited us before,on our trip to Galapogosas we did the ARC. Jimmy is Bill's cousin who had many sailing adventures with us. He passed away from cancer in about 2004. He loved birds of all kinds but especially the hawks and eagle. So when we go out on the seas we usually get a visit from a friendly winged. read more...


05/11/2014

Abigail - Fading winds

Good morning. It's a little after 0900 AST here aboard Abigail.Yesterday we saw the wind slowly fade away.Throughout the day and night we resisted the temptation to start the engine and motor and were too lazy to put up the spinnaker, so we sailed along under working sails.Pointing the boat roughly were we wanted to go, and trying to keep it moving.This morning we finally gave up and fired up the "iron genny." We are currently motoring on a glassy sea.There are silver linings, however, to the lack of wind.We have run the watermaker and filled t he water tanks; Ron and I showered (a real treat) and we are able to keep the hatches open for fresh air below.Right now Bernie and Pat are asleep after handling the 0300 to 0600 watch.Its a beautiful mostly sunny day as we search for wind and I. read more...


05/11/2014

Caduceus of Burnham - New Zealand Day 1 - Slow work to windward and too much west

Position           24:03.97S 166:22.49E Date                1200 (UTC +11) Wednesday 5 2014                        Distance run – 126nm over the ground, 133nm through the water Time from Noumea –22hrs 30mins   We were the last of the days departing yachts to leave Port Moselle and a slow motor directly into the wind for two hours to the Passe Boulari saw us out into the Pacific to join the fun following the other four boats, Firefly, Brizo, Trilliumand Starblazer.  Flomaida, Circe, Tulasi and Chessie are to follow today.   The wind is stuck. read more...


05/11/2014

Caduceus of Burnham - New Zealand day 0 - Catch up from Noumea

Position           22:16.62S 166:26.40E Date                1310 (UTC +11) Tuesday 04 November 2014                        There are some entries for our fabulous time in the Iles des Pins and return to Noumea that will have to be posted when we next have good WiFi.  We arrived back in Port Moselle to prepare for our departure to Opua, New Zealand on Thursday30 October 2014 and this time we were able to get a berth on the visitors’ pontoon, joining the other eight boats which make up the World ARC 2014 drop outs.  It is good to see that of the. read more...


Caduceus of Burnham - New Zealand day 0 - OCC members and crew in Noumea getting ready for the New Zealand passage
Caduceus of Burnham - New Zealand day 0 - OCC members and crew in Noumea getting ready for the New Zealand passage
05/11/2014

Celebrate - Windy and colorful weather

Celebrate is looking after us well, last night the wind rose to over 30 knots from the East with the occasional gust of 45 knots. Our top speed surfing down a wave was 16.5 knots, not bad sailing with 3 reefs in the main and just a little jib. The only casualty has been Charlie and Cathy's DVD collection which decided to fly around the saloon when one cross wave hit. So tonight when the next low hits us we will be battening down the DVDs as well as the hatches.Today started for Cathy with a good splash of color;a beautiful orange setting moon and a pink sunrise.Sadly another lure was lost yesterday, like the day before we got a bite during supper. This time the line with a breaking strain of 250 lbs snapped. We're not sure we wanted such a large fish joining us for supper anyway!Charlie,. read more...


05/11/2014

Nexus - Crossing the Mocambique Channel in bad weather

Our luck ran out with the weather over the last couple of days, as a gale is developing around a deep low off the Cape, creating waves and wind which are opposing the current. We've adopted a conservative stance and have been sailing with double and triple reefed headsail alone over the last 24 hours, with 35kts of true wind and 12 ft seas, keeping our speed down and the ride as comfortable as we can for the boat and crew. The gale should pass well south of us heading east, but will provide lots of wind and waves. We're taking a northerly course with an arc up through the Mozambique Channel to try to give it some distance and to enter the Agulhas current where it is least strong and organized. Everyone is doing well aboard and NEXUS is a strong boat so we're all feeling confident but not. read more...


05/11/2014

Sweet Pearl - Mauritius -->Richards Bay - 6. Tag - Genug Wind

Über nicht genug Wind können wir uns im Moment nicht beklagen. Wir segeln gut und kommen gut voran. Wir haben sogar unseren Geschwindigkeitsrekord vom Atlantik gebrochen. Alle sind wohl auf und sind froh die Hälfte erreicht zu haben. Wegen zuviel Blasen (Wind) wurde das Bergfest heute morgen abgeblasen;-). Cheers, Tom. read more...


05/11/2014

Starblazer - 05/11/2014 – Back in Noumea

We returned to Noumea and spent a useful week there.On the ‘boat’ side of things: we took a lot of laundry ashore (relatively cheap, friendly, efficient service); John went up the mast to change the anchor light bulb and do a rig check; I re-waterproofed the bimini and sprayhood; we had a lift out, block up and scrub in the boatyard (again, very efficient, friendly and a reasonable price); while ashore we scrubbed out all the through hull fittings, replaced some anodes and topped up with anti-fouling where the copper coat was damaged.We also did countless other small jobs to prepare for the trip to New Zealand.The damage to the Coppercoat was a bit of a surprise.We applied it in June 2012, were out of the water in March and April 2013 and topped up a couple of patches.In Spain in. read more...


04/11/2014

Avanti - Day 1 - Smooth Sailing

What a great start yesterday!With mild winds and sunny weather, we were able to raise the spinnaker and enjoy the last views of landSteady winds pushed us across the Gulf Stream last night and today, and we've enjoyed a calm day with winds ~15knts.All equipment is running smoothly, and to stay occupied, Jeremi has been talking to the fish, Marek has been playing with gadgetry to find our fastest route, and Mike has been wondering what's happening in the world now that we're without internetOur onshore race team (read: amazing women that we miss very much) tell us that we may see some heavy weather later in the week.Still any more days to go - we wish all the other boats safe and happy sailing!!- Avantiimage1. read more...


04/11/2014

Adagio - 2nd Night ... not the same as the first!

Tuesday evening marks night number 2 aboard Adagio. The boat is handling well and the crew is great! Last night was lumpy and 'rolly' as we pushed through the Gulf Stream but all told it was a very good crossing.It took a little bit of 'adaptive reasoning' to look at a nearly 50 degree difference between our heading and our course over ground. Strong current?I think yes :)We declared ourselves 'though' and happily into steadier seas after lunch.We are now enjoying a brisk south-southeasterly run toward a waypoint which should see us wet of this advancing low pressure system. Then we'll turn further to the east and make the last leg run for the BVIs.All told a safe and mostly ... well sort of ... comfortable ride thus far. Adagio (Gary, Robin, Levent, Tom). read more...


Avanti - Day 1 - Smooth Sailing
Avanti - Day 1 - Smooth Sailing
04/11/2014

American Spirit II - Day 302; The Fleet Gets Hammered by Strong Winds; Monday, November 3, 2014

I relieve Jeremy at 6:27 AM, and turn the engine off. The wind is 12/13 and and we're moving at 5.5 knots thru the water and 6.7 knots over the land. We're sailing. Yeah! Its partly cloudy, with a rain squall to leeward. I shake 1 reef out of the mainsail. No reefs in the main and jib now. Polaris is 1/2 miles off our port stern and gaining on us. The wind is on the starboard beam, a rarity on our trip where its usually on the port side. At 7:05 AM I put 3 fishing lines in the water: one reel and two hand lines. Polaris passes us to port at 7:30 AM. Bye bye. They're a much bigger Laurie on Nexus hosts the 9:00 AM net. We can't hear her but Ghost relays for us. Breakfast at 9:30 AM consists of eggs, potato, chilled fruit cocktail and bread. At 10:30 AM we put 1/2 reef in the main.At 11:00. read more...


04/11/2014

American Spirit II - Day 301; A Good Day Motor-Sailing & a Swim Party with Polaris; Sunday., November 2, 2014

Jeremy catches the sunrise as I'm sleeping in. Clouds on the horizon so no green flash. I relieve Jeremy at 6:50 AM. Sunny and warm out. Motor sailing with the mainsail up, at 1600 RPM. The wind is 4/5 knots, we're moving 5.6 knots thru the water and 5.9 knots over the land. I read a publication titled South African Cruising Notes by Tony Herrick and Katherine Botha. Very sobering. Page 3 titled 'Abnormal Waves' reads in part: 'Abnormal waves up to 20 meters (65 feet) in height, preceded by deep troughs may be encountered in the area between the edge of the continental shelf and twenty miles to seaward.' In order to get into Richard's Bay, South Africa; the termination point of this leg, we must cross this current.For those who like to Google at home, we're staying at the Zululand Marina. read more...


04/11/2014

Crazy Horse - Day 2 11042014

November 4, 2014As I wake up this morning, my mind reeling like an old motion picture player spinning through countless dreams, I am greeted out my port with the sapphire blue and snow white waters of the Atlantic.Comforting, strong, erratic and somehow reminding me of liquid metal.Crazy Horse slips through a tiny slice, tiptoeing carefully as if to avoid waking the beast that lies beneath. I am reminded of so many things when I look at the big blue.Summers in Rehoboth as a child, tuna fishing offshore as a teen, and the Outer Banks this past summer, watching as my niece and nephew gain their new founded confidence among the waves.There have been frightening times, too, when one really learns what 'respect for the water' means.  For me, the love and excitement comes from deep. read more...


04/11/2014

Windswept - first day

It was a very good first day at sea very few engine hours and 158nm noon to noon miles.We are almost through the Gulf Stream and it is a bit rock and roll but probably one of our calmest crossings.No fish to report yet (we do not have lines out yet). We have not settled fully into this voyage yet a couple more days and all should be life as usual.. read more...


04/11/2014

Tom Tom - Day 1

Entered Gulf Stream around 4am. Sea temperature at start Of rally was 59 degrees and it is now 79 and the air temp is 78 with blue skies and deep blue seas.Ran single watches so crew well rested. SSB somewhat challenging, receiving but not transmitting. . read more...


04/11/2014

Abigail - Abigail - Day1

Yesterday was a beautiful sailing day.After the start we had a light air spinnaker run out Chesapeake Bay and down the Virginia coast.At dusk the wind briefly died and then began to build slowly.After awhile we were sailing at 9 knots and decided it was time for a reef.A few hours later (around midnight) the wind build to 25 knots and we tucked in a second reef in the main.  Now, at about 1000 on Tuesday, the wind is back down to 13 knots and we have shaken out the reefs and have made it across the gulf stream.We all are enjoying a beautiful sail, although I think Bernie and Pat, who just came off watch, will soon be enjoying some well deserved sleep. All in all Abigail is a happy yacht after the first day of its adventure to the BVI, . read more...


04/11/2014

Corsair - Corsair update

After a light wind spinnaker start out of the Chesapeake, winds improved about 17:00 and continued throughout the night. Tuesday morning we began our crossing of the Gulf Stream off Cape Hatteras.We were fortunate to be just ahead of Naval operations including an aircraft carrier. Several of the boats behind us have been asked to divert either east or southwest o avoid the Naval operation.  One of our fleet "Hearts Desire" issued a Pan Pan early this morning reporting engine problems. Tom Rose and Crew signing off and waiting for morning radio roll call.. read more...


04/11/2014

Folie a Deux - you say frittatta, i say fritattoe

The indian ocean gave us a 'nasty taste' last night. a high pressure cold front came thru yesterday at 430pm local as we were sailing southwest around Madagascar.winds shifted from the NW at 10 knots to the S at 30 knots as the clouds and rain raced over folie a deux.We were able to get a reef in the main and the jib, then the 'Mad Hatter teacup ride' ensued till this morning around 4-6am.Our little Lagoon 380 was built to handle these type of Caribbean charter conditions and we actually caught up to some of our WORLD ARC fleet which had been motoring.Our crew, well that's another story.They were excellent[all stood watch],yet drenched, chilled to the bone and exhausted......Oh, but so well fed!!Luckily, we are always ready, the 'larder' is always full!. We were well prepared yesterday. read more...


03/11/2014

Exjuvantibus - Letzte Vorbereitungen

Badehose eingepackt, Proviantliste erstellt, Batterien geladen... Wirglauben, wir sind jetzt dann bereit! So langsam brennt es unter demFuudi. Freuen uns wenns los geht!Alpae. read more...


04/11/2014

Club Carp - Ascending the mast

Good morning,We learned something new at the start line: don't hoist your spinnaker too high or it will get jammed.Result: the Captain gets a herky-jerky ride up our 72-foot lightning rod, which comes with a bonus birds-eye view of our competition.And while our competitors looked mighty fancy at the start, we definitely made some good headway overnight in 20-25 knot winds.Our first round of night shifts was reasonably uneventful, with the "no spooning" rule in full effect and any "sleep walkers" receiving a code red.  As of this morning, we entered the balmy gulf stream, with the water temp jumping from 56 to 72 degrees, and celebrated with pancakes.Along with the high seas, the Captain had to navigate a small "coffee-shortage rebellion." Fortunately, the coffee reserves were. read more...


Club Carp - Ascending the mast
Club Carp - Ascending the mast
04/11/2014

Nexus - Rounding Madagascar in lumpy seas

Well, the winds came back and we had a boisterous sail over the last 24 hours, with confused seas and reversing currents and an epic squall line! We sailed up to what looked like a line of steady rain on radar, and as we sailed through the veil the wind rose to 25kts and it rained on us...no big deal. Then suddenly in the clear air behind it, the wind reversed 180degrees and peaked at 42kts in the other direction! We did a nice pirouette along with it, rode it for a while as we took the sails down, and sailed on with a sliver of jib out on the other side. It was a lumpy night with a few seasick crew, but today things look a bit calmer and we're sailing West as we round the bottom of Madagascar. We're pretty much alone now, as Darwin cut the corner on the bottom of Madagascar last night. read more...


04/11/2014

Sweet Pearl - Mauritius -->Richards Bay - 4. Tag - Madagaskar

Wir sehen Madagaskar zwar nicht, aber wir sind ganz nahe:-).Heute hatten wir viel Regen und viel Wind; eine Front zieht durch. Dies sollte aber morgen schon bereits vorbei sein. Mal schauen. Ansonsten gibts nicht viel Neues. Der Segelalltag hat sich auf der Sweet Pearl eingependelt: morgens Frühsport (Segeln), dann Segeln (Professionell), zum Lunch nach Downtown ins Schiffsinnere, am Nachmittag Sightseeing an Deck und Blauwassersegeln und am Abend ein Snack und ins Kino;-). Cheers, Tom. read more...


04/11/2014

Aviva - Boiling along

After a slow start slogging in light wind plus two instrument failures wonderfully debugged by Fred, we are boiling along at 6.5 knots in 11 knots of wind toward the Gulf Stream. Today featured meals prepared by each of us. We don't mind that we are almost last ... we are just happy we have chartplotter and autopilot operational and are well fed!Beautiful moon up there, too. Oh yes - dolphins!. read more...


03/11/2014

Lone Star - Class A - Start plus 30 minutes.

Having fun stealing wind!photo. read more...


Lone Star - Class A - Start plus 30 minutes.
Lone Star - Class A - Start plus 30 minutes.
03/11/2014

Abigail - Abigail - A beautiful day to start a rally

Well we're off!It was well worth waiting a day.We have a beautiful sunny day with west winds of about 12 knots.Our start was a bit sloppy.We were late at the pin on a downwind start and got rolled by most of the fleet.But we recovered quickly and began making up ground.We have now exited the Chesapeake and are sailing under spinnaker toward the Gulf Stream were things could be a little bouncy with left over swells from the storm that just passed by.Everyone is in good spirits and looking forward to the passage.. read more...


03/11/2014

Alchemy - Alchemy has Set Sail

It's been an intense and challenging few days. Only fours days before the start of the Caribbean 1500 rally to Tortola, BVI, we discovered a fracture in our headstay chainplate. Somewhat important, as it keeps the mast up.After heroic efforts by the crew, Scott, Jere, Rick and Jim, we have  five new chainplates fitted and a well-found boat ready for offshore.As the sun starts sinking towards the horizon, we chase the fleet, past Navy aircraft carriers and out of the Chesapeake Bay.We are ready for offshore, and excited for the 1400 mile passage to Tortola in the BVI's.Alchemywww.sailingwithkids.net. read more...


Heart's Desire - The Crew
Heart's Desire - The Crew
03/11/2014

Club Carp - We're Off

After resupplying with the "appropriate" amount of rum, Club Carp is ship shape and ready for the high seas!We left our slip at 9:45am EST and are now headed to the starting line.Bring on the competition!Dog quote of the day #1: "The later you are, the more excited your dogs are to see you."DSC_0818. read more...



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