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20/12/2012

Marlin - SY Marlin in St.Lucia

Hallo ZaemeNur kurz. Wir sind nun im Hafen St.Lucia um 18.00 Uhr local Zeit angekommen. Alles ist gut gegangen. Jetzt wird gefeiert...! Karibische GruesseSY MarlinSkipper Werner & Crew. read more...


20/12/2012

Marlin - LAND IN SICHT...

Hallo ZaemeWir fuehlen uns fast wie in Colubus Zeiten.....!!! LAND IN SICHT..................!!! Der lange ersehnte Satz fur alle.. Juppi wir haben es geschaft.. 2'900sm sind ca. 5'500Km welche wir in 3 Wochen zurueckgelegt haben. Wir haben auf diesem Toern fast alles erlebt. Sei es Flaute, Hitze, Kaelte, Stuerme, Wolkenbruche das es Regnete wie aus Eimern, mit Walen geschwommen, Delfine welche uns begeitet haben, Fische gefangen, emotionale tiefs und hochs erlebt, Sachen gingen kaputt, Reperaturen mitten auf dem Atlantik usw.... Doch wir haben es geschaft, und dass ist was am Schluss zählt.. Oder nicht? Also wenn wir weiterhin mit 6.5kn so weiterkommen sollten wir heute am 20.12.2012 um ca. 17.00-20.00 Uhr localzeit Landfall haben.... Wir freuen uns wieder festen Boden unter den Fuessen. read more...


20/12/2012

Matilda - Escape From Durban, Capers on the Cape

The weather window mentioned in the last blog for once proved to live up to its promises and we made t'other side of the Cape in one hit. Not that it didn't have its excitement. The first night we got caught up in the middle of some serious electrical storms that were probably for me (Heather) the scariest bit of the circumnavigation so far. At one point we seemed to be surrounded by lightning bolts, and, true to form, Jonathan decided he needed to do something at the mast. Arrgh! Where were the rubber soled boots when you needed them. I am not sure what you have to do to get hit in a powerful electrical storm, I would have thought passing through the middle of one underneath the only tall metal thing on the horizon would do it, but we got through unscathed, only to have the whole thing. read more...


20/12/2012

Frilæns III - Happy Holidays

Hi to All our Supporters,Now already 6 days in Saint Lucia, after a very warm welcome and some celebrations we are now preparing Frilaens for a new crossing.The last few days of the crossing were very pleasant, with variable winds from NE-ENE 15 to 22 knots. We took our great spinnaker out. We saw land at sunset and later the lights from Martinique. The last 5 hours where very long because of lack of wind. Our arriving time was after 17 days, on the 14.12.12 at 02.09....... o'clock.We want to say thanks to all the friends and supporters who sailed and suffered with us on this long trip.Now we fix all the damage - in the end it was not too complicated. read more...


Frilæns III - Happy Holidays
Frilæns III - Happy Holidays
Frilæns III - Happy Holidays
Frilæns III - Happy Holidays
20/12/2012

Coral IV - Storrengjøring og Pigeon Island

I dag har vært en aktiv dag. Hadde avtale om storrengjøring av båten. I dager den vaske og polert utvendig – og grundig vasket inne. Alle dørkplater opp ogvasket rundt. Alle madrasser ute og vasket under. Alle vegger vasket. Byssa. Jegnå er det ganske rent. I tillegg er alt av sengetøy og håndklær vasket. To mannut – og en dame inne. Fra 08.00 til 17.00. Og de var effektive!   Da de var godt i gang – og klokken nærmet seg 10.30 – gjorde jeg noe jegegentlig hadde planlagt for første dag i land: Jeg tok gummibåten over bukta tilden halvøya som heter Pigeon Island. Der hadde jeg en times spasertur opp på deto toppene. På den ene var det bygget et festningsverk. Fra dette kunne man selike til Martinique – 30 NM unna. I tillegg var det flott utsikt over buktenRodney Bay den andre. read more...


Coral IV - Storrengjøring og Pigeon Island
Coral IV - Storrengjøring og Pigeon Island
Coral IV - Storrengjøring og Pigeon Island
Coral IV - Storrengjøring og Pigeon Island
Coral IV - Storrengjøring og Pigeon Island
Coral IV - Storrengjøring og Pigeon Island
20/12/2012

Johanem - 19th Dec

We have sailed to Martinique to a lovely bay called Grand Anse d'Arlet.Great sailing on a beam reach with about 15 knots of wind. Nick is ashore dealing with the paperwork which you have to do on each island. I have had a lovely swim and watched the sun set. No fish today or sightings of dolphin, whale etc. The only thing that seems to be in abundance at the moment are "flying fish" which sometimes resemble a skimming stone.. read more...


17/12/2012

Sunrise - 14.12.2012 - Letzter Tag auf See

14° 04,8 Nord 060° 57, 8 West. Ankunft Saint Lucia nach 2871 unvergesslichen Seemeilen um 14:15:15 Uhr local time ( UTC -4)Keine weiteren Worte, nur Gedanken." United we stood and thank you god for blessing the Sunrise ".The crew: Frank ( unser Skipper ), Ulf, Hans, Dirk, Frank, Robert, Andreas, Peter. read more...


19/12/2012

Stormvogel - Tag 23: Shine on you crazy diamond

(Pink Floyd, Ende der 70iger, glaube ich)Frühwache an Bord des STORMVOGEL´s von 04:00 bis 08:00 Uhr. Sitze im dunklem im Cockpit, sehe nach achteraus und beobachte wie im Osten die Dämmerung aufzieht. Höre erst ein paar Stücke von Marillion, dann kommt mir Pink Floyd in den Sinn.Erste Textzeile:"Remember when you where young..."Oh ja, als ich noch jung war:Da lag ich zum Beispiel im Jahre des Herrn 1980 mit 15 Jahren schlaflos am Vorabend meiner Abreise nach Hamburg in Köln im Bett. Das Zimmer teilte ich mir meinen beiden jüngeren Brüdern - die waren aber schon in den Sommerferien und das Zimmer war mein.So hörte ich also über meine Fischkiste ("Kassettenrecorder") Pink Floyd´s Shine on you crazy diamond. In der Studiofassung, von einem Klassenkameraden aufgenommen. Mit Pink Floyd hatte. read more...


19/12/2012

Mis Amores - Report five: Gone with the wind ...

December 18, 2012Dear friendsYou are probably making your last-minute purchases of X-mas presents and think about potential wishes of your loved ones. We have had only one wish: more wind! Yesterday in the afternoon our dream came true. Since 4pm we are sailing with NNE Bf. 3-4 and we celebrated today 299 mile to go. The galley produced yesterday the best meal ever (for lunch) and the worst meal ever (for dinner). ”Ever” means on this Atlantic crossing. The cook (i.e. me) compensated the debacle today with one of a few jokers left; traditional Swiss Rösti with sliced beef and sauce. In background played the traditional Swiss music. The crew felt good.Yesterday our 185sq.m. gennaker twisted around the forestay. Our crew needed more than an hour to untwist it again. Luckily the ocean swell. read more...


19/12/2012

Loupan - Rodney Bay - vår första vecka i Västindien

v\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} .shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);} Nu har vi varit en vecka här i Rodney Bay och deras fina marina. Merparten av de deltagande båtarna i ARC 2012 har kommit fram. Tiden har till stor del gått åt till att återställa båten till en normal bo-båt och att acklimatisera oss till klimatet här. Viktigt också att kontrollera rigg, segel och annan utrustning ifall något behöver åtgärdas efter sexton dagar till havs. Här en liten bild från riggcheck i masttoppen. Det är VARMT! Man får helt enkelt acceptera att dra ner ordentligt på takten och gå omkring svettfuktig större delen av dagen. Behagligaste tiden på dygnet är riktigt tidigt på morgonen när solen står lågt och så förstås. read more...


Loupan - Rodney Bay - vår första vecka i Västindien
Loupan - Rodney Bay - vår första vecka i Västindien
Loupan - Rodney Bay - vår första vecka i Västindien
Loupan - Rodney Bay - vår första vecka i Västindien
Loupan - Rodney Bay - vår första vecka i Västindien
Loupan - Rodney Bay - vår första vecka i Västindien
Loupan - Rodney Bay - vår första vecka i Västindien
Loupan - Rodney Bay - vår första vecka i Västindien
Loupan - Rodney Bay - vår första vecka i Västindien
Loupan - Rodney Bay - vår första vecka i Västindien
Loupan - Rodney Bay - vår första vecka i Västindien
Loupan - Rodney Bay - vår första vecka i Västindien
Loupan - Rodney Bay - vår första vecka i Västindien
Loupan - Rodney Bay - vår första vecka i Västindien
Loupan - Rodney Bay - vår första vecka i Västindien
Loupan - Rodney Bay - vår första vecka i Västindien
Loupan - Rodney Bay - vår första vecka i Västindien
Loupan - Rodney Bay - vår första vecka i Västindien
Loupan - Rodney Bay - vår första vecka i Västindien
Loupan - Rodney Bay - vår första vecka i Västindien
Loupan - Rodney Bay - vår första vecka i Västindien
Loupan - Rodney Bay - vår första vecka i Västindien
Loupan - Rodney Bay - vår första vecka i Västindien
Loupan - Rodney Bay - vår första vecka i Västindien
Loupan - Rodney Bay - vår första vecka i Västindien
Loupan - Rodney Bay - vår första vecka i Västindien
Loupan - Rodney Bay - vår första vecka i Västindien
Loupan - Rodney Bay - vår första vecka i Västindien
Loupan - Rodney Bay - vår första vecka i Västindien
Loupan - Rodney Bay - vår första vecka i Västindien
18/12/2012

Stormvogel - Tag 22: Endspurt

Heute haben wir ordentlich Meilen gemacht. Wir haben die Borduhr auf St. Lucia Zeit umgestellt, es ist jetzt Dienstag, der 18.12.2012 18:45 Uhr und wir haben noch 168 Seemeilen bis zur Ansteuerung St. Lucia.Wenn es weiter so läuft rechnen wir mit der Nacht von Mittwoch auf Donnerstag als Ankunftszeit. Das ist auch gut so: Die ARC schließt die Ziellinie am Freitag um 12:00 lokale Zeit und wir wollen wenigstens finishen!Nachtankünfte sind eigentlich doof. Unbekanntes Revier, irritierende Lichter und so weiter. Aber wir wollen nun endlich ankommen und nehmen keine Fahrt raus.Ein Problem wird vor Ort dann noch der Schlepper - die arbeiten wohl nur tagsüber. Im Falle der Fälle soll man dann ankern. Aber wie ich wohl unseren 19 Tonnen Dampfer vor Anker bringe ohne Maschine? Und bitte möglichst. read more...


18/12/2012

Jay Jay - Days 20,21,22 The final stages

Day 22 StLucia!   Last night after several daysbecalmed, the wind decided to return and we could finally switch the engine offand give it a rest. The poor thing had been going non-stop and had done sterlingservice. We still have just under ½ tank of fuel left, plus the reserve jerrycan, so we can pat ourselves on the back for that. We passed a couple of otherboats yesterday who either had no fuel left or chose to be sailing purists andrefused to put their engines on, either way, they were not making any realprogress. We had to keep our progress rates up as we all have flights to catchthis week.   So with the wind on our tail,we had full sails set to port and were bowling along very nicely, reefing downas night fell in case the forecast increase in the wind speed materialised.. read more...


18/12/2012

Bardeau - St loosha

14.02N 61.00wIllustrious skipper here. It all went blank when at 11.00 local on sunday we arrived at an island where as we parked they plied us with loads of rum and rum punch and a banana . As the day progressed it all went rather hazy. I came too yesterday and it seems we are in st loosha First impressions very beautiful. Second impressions: very expensive. Wallet bruising. This makes harrods food hall look like aldi. Motleys spend time comatosing on the remains of the beer and we heading for grenadines on Thursday to see if the booze is any cheaper before returning to loosha on Saturday The blog will continue Thursday to pronounce on grenadines etc.seems we've just crossed the Atlantic and lived to tell the tale. Boats still staggering in.. Some still 500 to 1000 miles away. Seems we. read more...


15/12/2012

Jay Jay - Day 19 15N 54.3W Less than 400 miles to go!

A funny peculiar day yesterday - no wind, and what there was came from thewest which meant we were heading straight into it. No real use from the sails,although we tried the new patented "Witting Wonderset", which basically utilisesthe foresail in the same way that we would use the main sail to enhance the useof the engine, trap whatever breeze might be available, and sneak a couple ofextra tenths of a knot onto our speed. I spent the best part of 2 hours on mywatch tweaking and twiddling the sails to get the best I could out of her in thevain hope of preserving our fuel a bit. No real success, the wind was being itsusual fickle self and swinging either side of dead ahead.  On the fuel front, as we have been somewhat becalmed and are likely to beso for another day at least, we are. read more...


14/12/2012

Jay Jay - Day 18 15.1N 53.4W less than 450 miles to go!

Yesterday was a great sailing day until tea-time when we suddenly lost thewind.  We knew light winds were forecast but expected them in another 36hours and could really have done with another 200 miles or so under windpower.  So we now have the dilemma about using the engine and our fuelreserves.  To the best of our calculations we have 180 litres of fuel left,which should equate to 90 hours of motoring at low revs.  And with justunder 500 miles left when the wind failed, we needed 100 hours of fuel if wewere to motor all the way.  So, very close and a tough decision as to whenwe should / should not use the engine.  The consensus yesterday evening wasthat we would look to sail through the night on wind power alone but weabandoned that when our speed dropped. read more...


13/12/2012

Jay Jay - Day 17 15.5N 51.5W 560 miles to go

Sitting in the cockpit we are discussing films and the actors who playedthem. Ice Cold in Alex is the topic of conversation, probably prompted by thedream of a cool beer waiting for us in St Lucia. Now we have moved on to the(British) Empire and what role if we had been around at the time, that we wouldlike to have had. Interesting how the thoughts flow.   We are making good progress today, the winds are favourable, the sun isshining, a few cumulus clouds scatter the skies, and we are in goodspirits.   The whales visited us again yesterday, as did the dolphins, small ones bycomparison with the European breed. All we have left to get under our belts iffor Ed and Phil to see the 'Green Flash' phenomenon. It does exist, Debra and Ihave seen it more than once, but they are somewhat. read more...


18/12/2012

Johanem - in Saint Lucia

We crossed the finish line on Sat 15th at 14.57 St Lucia time. We have since explored Pigeon Island and had a few beers. It is the ARC costume party tomorrow night (Toga!) and the official ARC prize giving is on Friday 21st which will mark the end of our ARC adventure for the moment. We will be bringing the boat back to the Med on ARC Europe 2013 next year. In the meantime Nick and I are off to explore Martinique tomorrow (Dec 19th) as the remainder of our crew disappear today. Richard, Lizzie and Eve arrive on Christmas Eve. We will head off to the Grenadines on Boxing Day for a week cruising with them before returning to Rodney Bay at the beginning of January 2013.. read more...


18/12/2012

All-Linn - Dag 21. Bahamas tvers om babord og ferten av MÅL!

Bareså det er sagt. Atlanterhavet er ufattelig stort. Men ikke større enn at det gåran å krysse det i en liten seilbåt! Vi har ca 100nm igjen til målstreken, og serfrem til fast grunn under føttene, samt flytende væske i glasset! Selv om vi haren lang liste med ting som skal gjøres ila de neste to dagene, blir det rom forfeiring når vi er vel fortøyd-eller aller helst vel i krybben på land . Nypropell er bestilt både via skipshandler i Rodney Bay, i tillegg til at minkjære mor, som sikkert lurer på om hun får plass til noe egen bagasje i tilleggtil alle bestillingene våre, tar med en fra gamlelandet. Ingen grunn til ågamble på Karibisk logistikk når man kan sikre seg i begge ender. Det siste døgnet har bydd på stødig passatvind mellom 15-25 knop, ogstemningen bygger seg opp ombord. Amund. read more...


18/12/2012

Coral IV - Ankomst. Att ta sig över ett världshav – reflektioner.

Redan ett par dagar innan ankomst hade vi beräknat att nå Rodney Bay på önSaint Lucia i Västindien under natten mellan torsdagen och fredagen. Jag hadenattvakten från midnatt till 03. Då jag gick på hade precis det första tecknetpå att vi närmade oss land kunnat börja skönjas – ett svagt ljus över himlen föröver något åt styrbord – det var ljus från Martinique, ön norr om St Lucia (samtden ö som gett Dry Martini dess namn, drycken heter ju egentligen - som väl allavet? - Dry Martinique).   Vi hade noggrannt studerat sjökorten för att förutse vilka fyrar vi skullese först, på vilket avstånd och i vilken riktning de skulle dyka upp och vilkenlyskaraktär de skulle ha, men studierna utmynnade endast i den enkla slutsatsenatt det inte fanns några fyrar över huvud taget ut mot Atlanten.. read more...


Coral IV - Ankomst. Att ta sig över ett världshav – reflektioner.
Coral IV - Ankomst. Att ta sig över ett världshav – reflektioner.
18/12/2012

Enya - All the Way to St Lucia

Well, we made it all the way to St Lucia, crossing the finish line at 2028 GMT/UT (1628 local time). We were surprised and touched to be welcomed over the finish line to the strains of Enya singing Caribbean Blue over the VHF radio - A brilliant and very thoughtful gesture from the WCC crew manning the boat forming part of the finish line - So, many thanks again to them. The only sad thing is that we motored quite a bit over the last couple of days, due a forecast predicting no wind until Monday, which turned out to be only partly accurate, as seems to be the case. However, the main thing is that we are here safe and sound, with no really significant problems along the way. I ended my last post by saying that the wind speed was less than forecast, but things changed quite significantly. read more...


18/12/2012

Enya - (Almost) Three Quarters of the Way to St Lucia

Well, we are now almost three quarters of the way to St Lucia. Our rate of progress has been slowed quite significantly by two days of light winds and one night of almost no wind. We have had a couple of impressive catches, both of which were consumed with relish. Unfortunately, Andrew and James continue to suffer from frequent bouts of seasickness, no doubt induced by the continual rolling motion that we have been experiencing since Sunday, as we sail dead down wind. I have to start off by apologising to Brian and Ali for not thanking them last time for their kind “half way” gift (a miniature of Johnnie Walker Red Label). Their first gift (chocolate golf balls) was for my birthday, which fell when we in Lanzarote, on our way to Las Palmas. I look forward to seeing what their. read more...


17/12/2012

Ailsa - blog 17

Position: 13:42.630N 59:31.384W Captains log; Stardate 2012-12-17 – 23:00 UTC We have entered the star system known as Windies and during the night will begin to orbit the planet Lucia barring any last minute problems. Today has been plain sailing as they say. A real delight with almost perfect conditions and not a Klingon in site. For the technically minded we are current sailing on a heading of 311 degrees with 14 knots of ENE, a full genoa and main and making 8 knots in a calm sea. As we reach the end of our first ocean passage what have we learnt. The Earth is definitely flat at least every bit of it over the last 3000 nm has been. We have learnt to do a very good impression of a Duck Bill Platypus. We have learnt that sailing skills are no more important than being a. read more...


17/12/2012

Selene - It is done!

Selene crossed the finish line at 11.30 local time on Tuesday 11th December after one final night of squalls and rain and winds in excess of 20Kts as a final hurrah from the mighty Atlantic Ocean.Bob spotted a spectacular cloud formation as we reached into the finish at the north of the island.It looked for all the world as if the cloud was giving us the finger.I would not tempt providence to respond to this gesture, but it seems that Nature conspired to test us to the limit with as much as she could throw at us.Well all I can say is that Selene and her crew measured up to all that was asked of us and we came through.Unfortunately we were unable to start the engine and had to be towed to a temporary dock by two charming men in an IGY dory with a 90HP engine.Further investigations. read more...


17/12/2012

Stormvogel - Tag 20 und 21: Wir segeln wieder!

Auch gestern früh hat uns ein Boot sehr dicht passiert - aber irgendwie waren die komisch. Reagierten nicht auf Winken oder Funkanrufe, standen aber an Deck.Hatten vielleicht Angst, Hilfe anbieten zu "müssen"?Na ja, kein ARC Boot.Ein interessantes Erlebnis war der aufkommende Wind. Mit einem mal setzte ein ganz, ganz schwaches Lüftchen aus NE ein. Hauchzart. Über Stunden entwickelte sich das dann zu einer kleinen Briese und wir setzten Segel um mit 1,5 bis 2 Knoten (also extrem langsam!) weiter zu kommen.Eigentlich möchte ich bei diesem wenigen Wind keine Segel setzten weil der Schwell das Boot bewegt und durch den zu geringen Winddruck die Segel schlagen. Und dabei das Material noch mehr belastet wird.Nun denn, über Nacht legte der Wind immer weiter zu, wir konnten 3,4 und sogar 5. read more...


La Boheme - La Boheme crew happy to be in St Lucia
La Boheme - La Boheme crew happy to be in St Lucia
La Boheme - La Boheme crossing the finishing line at night
La Boheme - La Boheme crossing the finishing line at night
La Boheme - "Katerina" in Atlantic swell
La Boheme -
La Boheme - Lunch at sea
La Boheme - Lunch at sea
La Boheme - Trying to fix spinnaker
La Boheme - Trying to fix spinnaker

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