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07/11/2014

Club Carp - Spinnaker at Sea

Another breezy evening and morning gave us a lovely sail but has been followed by a lackluster afternoon.Fortunately, after each of our night shifts, we were rewarded with Belgium chocolates on our pillows and clean towels folded in various entertaining shapes.The shapes of our Captain's "towel Origami" included a rabbit, an elephant, and what looked like a fruit basket filled with one banana and two oranges...the Captain has a twisted sense of humor but always tries to keep the crews' spirits up.  This afternoon, we did our best to harness the dying wind with our bright yellow spinnaker, but ultimately resorted to running our engine again.We have heard multiple fish tails from our neighboring boats, but have yet to catch anything ourselves.This has not been due to a lack of trying. read more...


Club Carp - Spinnaker at Sea
Club Carp - Spinnaker at Sea
07/11/2014

Second Wind - Settling into life on the high seas

From the calms of our previous blog when we tried out our fishing gear and Karen practiced her newly taught skills of taking a sextant reading and calculating our position (to within 40 miles .... not bad!), the clouds then rolled in and the wind filled in from about ESE at about 10-12 knots, which led to more pounding into the waves and less comfort, especially for those trying to sleep in the forecabin.Today the wind shifted to the NW and has strengthened so we are enjoying a nice broad reach in bright sunny conditions with two reefs in the mainsail and our small staysail.The boat feels very comfortable and is handling the slightly confused seas very nicely so we are making good progress at about 7-8 knots. It is back to shorts and a T-shirt weather today.We have adopted a watch system. read more...


07/11/2014

Shira - 7 november

Idag blev vi klara med allt! Vi tog också en liten provtur och seglade lite. Kändes bra och Shira vill iväg! Men hon har gått och blivit lite tjock nu när hon legat still, vi har lastat i rätt mycket minst sagt. Nåväl, vi får äta mycket i början så hon får tillbaka sin forna spänst! Kött har vacuumpackats i vin, vi tror det blir toppen! Någon sa att det håller länge ... Vi får se om det bara var på skoj?. read more...


07/11/2014

GEM - Things go BANG in the day... and night

So right after posting yesterday’s blog entry, the first reefing line on the main parted with a BANG, the line chafed through at the clew fitting which is a ring that guides the line back down to the boom fitting.The wind was blowing 30 knots + on a reach and we were doing 8+ kn.After some discussion about why this occurred and how we quickly set the second reef point since the wind was building anyway.Jim and I sailed in much heavier winds down to VA with one reef and had no problems.When it broke the tail of the line shot back into the boom so it can’tbe retrieved :-(. Why did it chafe through ?This is important as you’ll see shorty. During this fire drill the stbd genoa winch stuck in hi speed mode and would not shut off.We suspected the switch since this happened once before.We threw. read more...


Lone Star - Day 5 - Sailfish Catch and Release
Lone Star - Day 5 - Sailfish Catch and Release
07/11/2014

Lone Star - Day 5 - Sailfish and Mahi Day

Yes friends, a sailfish being the highlight of the day (so far that is).We are sending a picture in separate email. And I must say the coordination and precision movements of captain and crew when the call of "fish on" goes out (or in this case "oh s____, somethings happening"), is difficult to describe in words. And now, some observations from you humble crew member,Seldom Sailer, or SS to my friends.Days 1-4 have been relativly uneventful if one doesn't consider the beatings, which continue unabated.However, with the excitement and good will that catching2 fish has brought, Gracious Captain has now scaled back to a cat-o-2 tails and we are forever grateful.Another observation is that the participants in this lovely activity which I thought was supposed to be relaxing sure seem to. read more...


07/11/2014

Adagio - Closing in ... on half-way :)

Well, we are at least moving again :)It has been a trip full of wonders so far; wondering if the wind will come back, which direction it might hold and how long it will last.Not to despair tho, we have some good winds today and are making good time with only the jib and mizzen out.We are holding pack putting the pedal down and trying to go faster because the winds seems to be gusty and unpredictable right now at 10 to 25 knots mainly from the west. The GRIB right at our position shows we should be seeing 10 knots out of the north.Ah well, it's only a forecast. Yesterday was an auspicious day as we celebrated crewman Tom's , Robin, birthday aboard.Nice job,Robin, on the ginger cake and chocolate ice cream!A very tasty treat. We are thinking we can have birthdays every couple of days. read more...


07/11/2014

Crazy Horse - Nov. 7 Happy Birthday

Here we are againat sea reporting on our progress. Bill got on the net today but was not able to hear or transmit our position. We have not heard any boats nearby either on the VHF. I heard someone saying they were Blue Pearl but was not able to get an answer from them when I called. Guess we are out of range for the net.We are doing fine today. Washing off the boat , making water, taking showers. It has been a rough couple of daysgoing through that low pressure system. We had all sails reefed and still were rolling around and slamming into the waves. We didn't have much of an appetite which won't hurt Bill or me. But thinmint Matt- he is another case. He claims he kept on eating just fine. He did make us a wonderful comfort food dinner of turkey stuffing and veggies. But today is. read more...


07/11/2014

Tom Tom - Day 4

Woke this morning to beautiful sailing weather following a challenging overnight period, where we sailed through pretty much every point of sail, including the Iron Jenny as a Low front passed right over head. We just hit the half way point in the race by distance, and celebrated by dousing the forward head in salt water due to a hatch inadvertently left open. Discovered that electric heads don't like being doused in salt water - lost use of head for a while - while we repaired the broken flush switch.Perfect downwind sailing today so we will be raising the Anaconda shortly. Team all in good spirits, despite lack of sleep by crew (captain is getting plenty of sleep)Team Tom Tom. read more...


07/11/2014

American Spirit II - Day 305; Motor Sailing and Lighter Winds; Thursday, November 6, 2014

Relieved Jeremy 7:00 AM. Heavy overcast sky, rain showers all over. Wind on the bow. Cold. Wind 12 knots and we're moving at 4.8 knots thru the water and 5.2 over the land. I slept great last night, from 2:00 AM to 6:30 AM - 4 1/2 hours of straight continuous sleep.After the stress of the near gale, gale, constant slappers and being pooped a fair amount, it was like I slept 8-12 hours. Joel remarks to me later that he had the same good sleep. Polaris hosted the 9:00 AM net. I think it was Jon but not sure. First time. Good job. At the end of the net Tim from Ghost gave us a GRIB weather update. Breakfast at 9:30 AM consisted of eggs, potato, apricot halves and bread.Our noon position was 27 degrees, 47 minutes South; 43 degrees, 27 minutes East; and were 603 miles from Richards Bay. The. read more...


07/11/2014

Sweet Pearl - Mauritius -->Richards Bay - 8. Tag - Nicht mehr lange

Das Wetter ist wechselhaft, so der Wind. Wir machen das Beste draus und geben Gas um schnell nach Richards Bay zu kommen. Wir sind wohlauf, aber freuen uns gleichzeitig bald anzukommen - höchstwahrscheinlich Sonntagnacht auf Montag. Cheers, Tom. read more...


07/11/2014

Abigail - Abigail - Friday November 7

Good morning from the crew of Abigail.It's a beautiful morning were at sea as we are reaching down the rhumb line in about 15 knots of breeze from the Southwest.It is mostly sunny and warm, which is welcome after a windless and rainy night.We anticipated the conditions last night as we knew we were sailing toward a dissipating low pressure system, but that didn't make them anymore pleasant.The weather this morning, however, is nearly ideal as we reach the half way point of the trip.Everything is going well as Ron and I are currently on watch and Pat and Bernie are catching up on their beauty sleep.We are eating well.So far dinners have consisted of Lasagna, Chidken Cordon Bleu, Beef Bourgogne and Chicken Pie.Thanks to my wife, Pam, for the outstanding meal preparation before our departure.. read more...


07/11/2014

Lily - DDAY - 3; 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...


07/11/2014

Windswept - day six with 577 miles done and 742 miles to go opps day 5

After a day of east winds and some bumps we were becalmed las night .But it did not last for long, a good west wind came up and we are beam reaching south and ready for breakfast!. read more...


07/11/2014

Celebrate - Calmer seas

'Its a little bumpy' has become the most commonly used understatement on the radio net over the last few nights. However after another day of high winds and bumpy seas the wind and waves have abated. At their worst the waves were reported on our weather reports by email as 4.5 metres high caused by a combination of the gale to our South and strong currents. We did not check but they werea dramatic sight. So we are now enjoying a milder current and wind pushing us towards Richards Bay and the delights of the Zululand Yacht Club. Our ETA should be after lunch tomorrow (Saturday).The 'Bring and Braai' on Monday evening sounds fun.Celebrate continues to look after us well despite the autohelm going on strike for a couple of hours yesterday. It had however just got us through the 'bumpiest'. read more...


07/11/2014

Makena - Nov 6 - First Crew Dinner

Thursday night we had all our crew together for the first time - very enjoyable and it bodes well for the days ahead. As with many boats, there are many passports represented (especially when certain people such as baby Kai carry 3!). Having people who speak Spanish and Portuguese is very helpful - everyone has English and most also speak French. Despite lots of combined experience on many other oceans and seas, no one has actually crossed the Atlantic before so it is very nice to be able to share this experience together. Philip was due to cross with a delivery many years ago but got appendicitis 3 days beforehand, was flown back to America and missed the crossing but not the birth of his 2nd child who arrived 2 weeks early! I’ll write these notes for friends reading more than for other. read more...


Makena - Nov 7 - Errand runners bringing "fanny packs" back in fashion?!
Makena - Nov 7 - Errand runners bringing
07/11/2014

Starblazer - 07/11/2014 – Bang, Bang, BANG, Rattle, Bang - An interesting 12 hours!

We sailed quite well all Thursday until late afternoon.The winds had stayed in the 20-25 knot range for 24 hours and the seas were quite big and nasty but Starblazer was handling it well.At about 1700hrs we were having a drink in the cockpit when we heard a bang.We both immediately looked at the shroud but that was still in place.John thought we might have hit something in the water then he spotted that the fuel cans were lying down on port side.The piece of builders’ plastic barge board which they were tied to had snapped into two.Within half an hour there was a bigger bang accompanied by the sound of a flogging sail.One of the 14mm diameter sheets (ropes which control the headsail) had chafed through.That was easily fixed by rethreading the other, lazy, sheet forward of the mast,. read more...


07/11/2014

Caduceus of Burnham - New Zealand Day 3 - Things that go bump in the night

Position 28:21.29S 166:55.40 EDate 1200 (UTC +11) Friday 7 2014                      Distance run    Last 24 hours 146nm over the ground, 144nm through the waterDistance (OG) covered from start 400nmDistance to destination 560nmOriginal distance to Opua (direct route) 890nmA bumpy day and night was had by the whole fleet according to reports on the 0900 morning SSB net and we were no exception as we fight our way south and during the last 24 hours a little more east.  The sea is taking our port bow but the occasional rogue creeps up from a different direction and the noise down below as that slaps against the hull is designed to induce insomnia.  Having said that our longer overnight watches, typically 6. read more...


Caduceus of Burnham - New Zealand Day 3 - Things that go bump in the night
Caduceus of Burnham - New Zealand Day 3 - Things that go bump in the night
07/11/2014

Nexus - 290 miles to go and all is well

A boisterous sailing night with good winds of 20-25kts and 4-5M waves gave us a rough ride but good progress. We sailed under double reef main and just "underpants" of jib showing and the boat sailed steady with as good a ride as we could produce. The bashing produced two minor bits of excitement to keep us entertained. First we heard a bang around 2am, and noticed the aft end of the dingy had dropped onto the safety lines we rigged around it. The stainless cross member that the davit pulley attaches to across the back of the dingy had snapped in half, probably from cycle fatigue failure. We rigged up a rough chain of spare shackles to replace it and lifted it back onto the davit pulley, while bouncing in the waves. The second thing we noticed was the elastic shock cord holding two of. read more...


06/11/2014

Lone Star - Day 4 - Weather Challenges

Last night and today we are experiencing uncomfortable sailing conditions as we sail through a low pressure trough.Winds have been as high as 25 and wave heights as high as 8 feet.The angle of the waves caused a bit of pounding for a while and we singled reefed our sails to straighten up the boat.That made the ride more comfortable and our excitement this afternoon has been trying to dodge the squalls we see ahead of us on radar.We are currently heading for one of two way points Chris Parker provided in his weather report today.  One, for an area extending 100 miles out from it, had the "worst" conditions and the other was an area that had the "least worse" conditions.It may be a surprise to some but we choose the "least worse" way point which is approximately 80 miles ahead of. read more...


06/11/2014

Alchemy - Swell Hell

Three days towards Tortola and about 350 miles. The low pressure forecast seems to have slipped north of us as planned, as we stayed a more southerly course to duck under it. But now the wind has dropped and we are feeling the effects of the low with the gift of 8-12 swell that has been sent our way. Alchemy plunges hi on the crest and the bow buries into the next as we begin to turn more directly into them to gain easterly.Chanticleer, another rally boat is seven miles off our starboard. The fleet has almost separated into several small groups, perhaps based on the weather forecasts they are using.The crew are beginning to get used to the four hour watch schedules. My watch gets to see sunrises, the other gets to see sunsets. Some tiredness and some odors are starting to creep in as the. read more...


06/11/2014

Crazy Horse - 11-06-14

Well, another day and yet totally different than the motoring one spent so much the previous night. Remember how I said I'd either complainabout the wind as far as too much or wrong direction? Well- right on both counts. The wind built yesterday afternoon and we had a great sailing delight .But as it kept on building and buildingafter dinner not much sleep wasgoing on -in this boat, at least. By the time my watch came on at 4am the seas were building to 10-15ft. Winds were up to 35kts. Bow was slamming into the sea.Quite the little show of power. But after the stormsat noon today things have settled down again a little. Our boat speed has been a continuous 8to 10 kts so we have been moving along. I think even the sailfish havent had time to drop in. Oh yes, that is a little fish no one. read more...


06/11/2014

Shira - 6 november

Shira har nu gått igenom säkerhetsbesiktningen utan anmärkning. Vi har också haft säkerhetsövningar. Det man kan säga är att handbloss blir väldigt varma och att livflottar inte är mysiga. Man kan inte ens ställa upp ett parti monopol...I övrigt har vi börjat kolla på seglen. En ny revbar högskuren kutterfock på 22 kvm har inköpts. Ser oerhört fin ut. Den är högt skuren, speciellt när man revar, för att inte påverkas av kraftig sjö. Lite annorlunda mot fockar hemma som man vill ska täta mot fördäck...Vi har även en ny lösning för spinnbommen. Man sätter preventergajar i själva bommen framåt och bakåt. Det gör att vi kan rulla in genuan utan att bommen kommer farande. Känns tryggt och bra!Sista matlistan är skriven och inhandling av färskvaror sker i morgon tror vi. Vi har också fått vårt. read more...


06/11/2014

T&T - Merci Anne

Bonjour Anne,Merci beaucoup pour tous les livres que Charles à amener. Bisous, Gerda. read more...


06/11/2014

T&T - Voorbereidingen in de haven

Wij zijn nu enkele dagen in Gran Canaria, Las Palmas en onze bemanning is voltallig en iedereen schijnt met elkaar overweg te kunnen (oef).Ik heb alle inkopen gedaan om een maand met 6 personen op zee te overleven, heb uren in de supermarkt rondgelopen en gerekend , hoeveel kilo vlees, vis, fruit, groenten enzAlles opgelijst en ik heb nu een hele inventaris van mijn "bootwinkeltje". Als ik zeeziek ben kunnen de mannen hieruit shoppen. Ik heb dus mijn steentje al bijgedragen aan het alimentaire welslagen van ons avontuur !Alle technische problemen op de boot zijn bijna opgelost : morgen moeten er 4 batterijen per luchtvracht uit België komen.Nergens op dit eiland noch in Spanje waren de batterijen te vinden : slecht voor bloeddruk van mijn ventje maar Novaedes is een super bedrijf dat er. read more...


06/11/2014

Opportunity - Carib 1500 - Day 4

Hi Everybody It's the fourth day of the BVI passage, and all is well. We had an excellent Gulf Stream crossing, finding muchmore current with us than against us. The winds have been pretty good, only one stretch of calm when we were in the middle of a high yesterday, so had to motor away from that, and the seas have been not overly big at all.The boat is doing well and I believe we are keeping up with the fleet.  Each day has been warm and sunny and weve had a big moon shining down on us each night so far. Duncan hasn't had any luck catching fish yet, but luckily we thought to bring plenty of food along, just in case. We've about settled in to an pleasant routine and are looking forward to each day and what it might bring. So far we have logged over 400 nautical miles on this. read more...


06/11/2014

Club Carp - The Return of the Windi

Shortly after posting yesterday's blog and devouring a spectacular home-cooked Carpenter meatloaf, the winds returned in strength making for adventurous night shifts.After reefing the main and jib, followed by lots of sail trimming, we settled into a nice cruising speed (8+ knots) under an almost full moon.However, along with the winds came the waves (8-12 feet), which left the the crew in the mid and forward cabins hanging on for dear life.(Please note that the Captain sleeps in the calmer rear quarters.)  The youngest crew member delegated to the forward v-berth swears that he spent more time levitating than lying on his actual mattress (feel the force, may the power of the Windi be with you!).As daylight broke, all crew members slowly crawled up on deck to be rewarded, after a. read more...


06/11/2014

Abigail - Abigail - What a difference a day makes

Good morning everyone. Yesterday saw light winds for us for most of the day.In fact light is an overstatement.There was no wind, so we motored until mid afternoon, when a light easterly developed and we set the spinnaker.We dropped the chute around dusk as the wind built.As the evening/night wore on the wind continued to build.First one reef, then two.Finally we dropped the main and sailed under jib and jigger (mizzen).  We are continuing under that sail plan even now as wind is around 20 knots.A few squalls around, but so far we've avoided them.We have just turned due south to avoid the highest winds.We all are enjoying the trip and each others company.. read more...


06/11/2014

GEM - Life in a Washing Machine ...

After motoring all day Wed we started to sail around 5 pm just as Jay was serving dinner.We had Chicken with Indian spices, rice and 2 different bean/veggie sides. Craig played sous chef.Seas and wind built overnight to steady 30’s as we approached a Low, Invest 97 I believe.At 1:30 am we took a reef in the main and rolled the jib sailing about 50 degrees of Apparent Wind.Boat was hobby horsing into some large seas and it made for an uncomfortable night.The crew likened it to being inside a washing machine, how true.At least it’s warm.We changed course to about 175 tohave the wind more to the beam,This helped increase boat speed to the mid 8”s but we still have a lot of wave action.As a result we are now West of the rhumb by about 25 miles.We can see 6 boats on our AIS display, KARINA,. read more...


06/11/2014

Tom Tom - Day 3

What a difference a day makes!Following yesterday's calm, we enjoyed wonderful sailing conditions overnight under a full moon. The wind has been steadily picking up and we are well reefed.Waves today are up to 11 ft - keeping the foredeck awash, but unfortunately resulting in strain on the dinghy which simultaneously sheered two rear fixings.Temporary repairs have been made. . read more...


06/11/2014

Anika - The Spirit of the ARC

It is never to early to demonstrate the spirit of the ARC. We were unable to remove our engine oil filter despite having straps for the purpose, but not to worry, Canada's Woolfgang of SIMPLE ABUNDANCE happily saved the day with his wicked looking wrench. Every yacht should have one!Finding the right crew is also very difficult, I thought I had it sorted that is until the beautiful French single handed sailor in the berth next to us needed two strong men to help her - move her boat - leaving me the single handed sailor. Happily for all concerned it was only to the fuel berth and back.Our arrival in Las Palmas was very welcoming and a credit to the World Cruising Club.So we are now at the start line after 2000 nm of sailing - only 2760 nm to go to the finish line!Davidimage1. read more...


Anika - The Spirit of the ARC
Anika - The Spirit of the ARC
06/11/2014

Windswept - Another Day at sea I think Day 4

It is a fine morning 400 mile from landit would be better if we had wind and less waves.the wind is light but the seas are bumpy due to winds east of us.Our weather router says today will be light wind but tomorrow we will have wind 15 -20 out of the west and we are going south east so that is great.. read more...


06/11/2014

Nisida - Las Palmas Arrival

Nisida & Crew arrived in Las Palmas about 2300 hrs last night all safe and secure Very strange sleeping with no noise or movement after 10 days being slammed and rolled all over the place! Nisida has behaved very well and the job list is not toooo long!! Cracking downwind leg yesterday under full main and spinnaker in 18-20 kts surfing all the way. Best 24 hr run to date 220nm! Time for a shower and something to eat then get on with the jobs. Regards Carl. read more...


06/11/2014

Infinity B - Our Blog

Please see our blog at www.SailBlogs.com/member/infinitybFrank Hatfull. S/Y Infinity B. GBR583R. read more...


Makena - Nov 6 - "Dressed Overall" - Kai helped decorate the boat with the signal flags
Makena - Nov 6 -
06/11/2014

Caduceus of Burnham - New Zealand Day 2 - Plunging on to windward

Position           26:00.94S 166:05.26EDate                1200 (UTC +11) Thursday 6 2014                        Distance run    Last 24 hours 128nm over the ground, 143nm through the waterDistance (OG) covered from start 254nmDistance to destination 701nmOriginal distance to Opua (direct route) 890nmAnalysis of the figures will show that as well as the wind we have been battling an adverse current of 1 knot for most of the 24 hours and are as hard on the wind as we can go and that is not in an entirely helpful direction hence the fact that. read more...


06/11/2014

Nexus - Rough nite but all ok

We stayed north and had a bumpy but nice evening, then early this morning the waves started to build and we're trying to keep our speed down to decrease the bouncing and stress on the rig and crew. We slowed to 5kts all night and have headed north west to find the best wave angle for the ride. We'll probably see the wind swing south then east over time, but right now it's on the nose straight from Richards Bay and we're close hauled with a double reefed jib alone. All is well, so far so good.Russ and Laurie on NEXUS 10:00 11/6/2014 at 27 24.6'S;41 05.4'E. read more...


06/11/2014

Starblazer - 06/11/2014 - Not plain sailing

In yesterday’s log I described this leg as the ‘potentially most daunting’ passage so far.Let me explain.The straight line distance from Noumea, New Caledonia to North Cape, New Zealand is just 800 miles, then a further 100 miles to Opua.The problems arise with the prevailing winds which blow almost directly against us and the weather systems which scoot along between Tasmania and New Zealand.With luck we should pick up some easterly or, even better, some north easterly winds otherwise this is going to be a very long passage.We have spent 48 hours beating into a 15-25 knot headwind with big seas.It isn’t fun.Starblazer is sailing well, with two reefs in the main and several rolls out of the jib, covering 243 miles through the water.Unfortunately those miles are in the wrong direction and. read more...


Windswept - Thanks for Dinner
Windswept - Thanks for Dinner
05/11/2014

Juno - 100 Miled to Lanzarote

One hundred miles to run to Lanzarote and we are sailing fast, consistently over 9 knots in 11 knots of wind. It is impressive that a fat cruising boat (sorry Juno) weighing 32 tons can convert wind into boat speed so efficiently.Kerry woke me at 2am this morning to tell me that the wind had increased and backed to the north west, allowing us to set sail. As the day has gone on the wind has moved progressively forwards, increasing our apparent wind speed andnow we are close-reaching at full speed towards Lanzarote in bright sunshine. The reason for the wind shift is the deep low to the north of us, moving south and bringing a strong westerly airflow with it.  Gibraltar airport reported 50 knots of windfrom the west this morning with huge seas running through the straits. If we. read more...


05/11/2014

Juno - En route to the Canary Islands

We are sitting in the Waterfront Café in Queensway Quay marina, Gibraltar. Three meals a day, it has replaced the galley on Juno while we prepare for our trip down to the Canaries.  There is a large cloud that hangs perpetually over the Rock, casting its shadow over the marina while all around bright sunshine blazes down on the Spanish mainland.  The European summer is definitely on the wane and we are looking forward to sailing south to warmer climes.The wind is gusting around the marina, halliards clatter on masts, our ensign flutters imperially and the swell rolls us gently us at our mooring. This morning several yachts left the marina, heading south and I am impatient to leave. The weather is good for our trip: the easterly wind is still squeezing its way through. read more...


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...