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02/12/2014

Blue Waves - Dzien 8 - Grill od brody po zal dupe sciska

Dzień 8 - Grill od brody po żal dupe ściska Czy ktoś kiedyś wyobrażał sobie zapach toitoia po powiedzmy sobie takim ostatnim dniu openera, a do tego podgrzanego do około trzydziestu stopni celsjusza? Na naszym pokładzie Mario był pierwszym, któremu przyśniło się to obiawienie. Gruntownie przestudiował instrukcje naszego okrętu napisaną perfekcyjnym angielskim z francuskimi naleciałościami. Obieg wody na statku przewiduje użycie słodkiej wody z jednego z dwóch zbiorników do, których na morzu braki wody uzupełnia nieszczęsna wspomniana już wielokrotnie i zepsuta na amen odsalarka. Blue waves jest dzisiaj na czwartym miejscu wśród katamaranów w klasyfikacji ogólnej. Ta klasyfikacja nie bierze pod uwagę przelicznika, który nadawany jest każdej łódce żeby ujednolicić różnice techniczne miedzy. read more...


02/12/2014

Take Off - Fw: Vindvinkel

Kanman bli tokig av att stirra på en siffra dagarna och nätterna i ända? 145gr ska det vara, inte 135 eller 150...man rattar för fullt i vågorna ochstirrar vidare på sitt instrument och vindvikeln. Vi söker den optimala vindvinkeln för båtenssegelställ, allt för att ta oss så nära målet som möjligt så fort som möjligt. Allt slutar i ett evigt stirrande på en siffra.... Över 7 dygn till sjöss nu,börjar kännas i både kropp och knopp.   Tänk på oss, vi tänker på er! //Take Off med Nils vidpennan. read more...


02/12/2014

Hera - Buletten für Buletten

Mit den selbst gefangenen Bonitos und Marlins lassen wir uns noch etwasZeit. Unsere gefrosteten Fleischvorräte sind schon lange aufgetaut. Geflügel istschon komplett verzehrt und so mußte gestern das restliche Hackfleisch dranglauben. Auf Wunsch von vier waschechten Buletten an Bord (Susanne, Michael,Frank und Stefan sind geborene Berliner) briet Susanne einen RiesenbergBuletten, die trotz ungeheurer Nachfrage zwei Tage reichen werden. Die Maschine hat jeden Tag drei Stunden zu tun, um die Bordbatterien zuladen. Einziger nennenswerter Verbraucher sind unsere beiden Kühlschränke. Undes wird von Tag zu Tag wärmer. Wir haben beschlossen, allmählich unsereRumvorräte für leckere Cocktails aufzubrauchen. Schließlich wäre es dochirrsinnig, mit Rum an Bord in der Karibik anzukommen.   Sefan. read more...


02/12/2014

Nexus - Leaving St Francis for Cape Town, South Africa

I must say it is with heavy hearts we are leaving St Francis this morning, and making our way to Cape Town. The reception we have received here by the NEXUS factory and friends has been exceptional and truly touching. The Paarmans, Hendricks and their friends have gone out of their way to make us feel welcome and show us the beauty of their Cape, and the warmth in their hearts. We feel we have new friends for life and hope to meet up with them again somewhere in the world soon!As for the sail back into the Atlantic Ocean, we have good weather and good winds from behind for our trip around Cape Agulhas and the Cape of Good Hope, and plan to arrive in Cape Town on Thursday morning! We'll update the blog with more extensive pictures and posts when we get there.Russ and Laurie on NEXUS 07:30. read more...


02/12/2014

Domini - Living at Sea

Hello again Boatbloggers,We are often asked, what is it like being at sea. Not the navigating, and setting the sails and all that stuff. What is the day to day living like?In a nutshell, it's like living in a very expensive caravan during an earthquake. It rolls about. It rolls about a lot.Which makes some tasks more difficult. Shaving for example, is particularly hazardous. So much so that Ju has started to grow a beard. For some time now, his hair has been sun-bleached; I guess it's the outdoor life that he leads, but we were surprised to discover that his beard actually grows sun-bleached. By the time we get to St Lucia. he's going to look like Uncle Albert.Eating can also be problematic. With all the rolling, it's like that Charlie Chaplin film, with the bowl moving from one. read more...


02/12/2014

Vagaris - Trades Description Act

Well, we're in the trades but they're not as expected. Quite lumpy with far too regular changes in wind strength and direction from passing clouds and showers. We've had our parasailor out for a few hours this morning and it was lovely for a while, but with the winds pushing 20-25 knots regularly aren't able to keep it up for long. Our problem now is we don't really have a strong-wind completely downwind solution as we don't have a pole. So, without the parasailor we've been gybing the angles which is costing us dearly in time and westerly progress.Grib files suggest more of the same, so it's going to take us some time to work out our best configuration and get on track again. Hopefully the sea will calm, the squalls will decrease, the gradient wind decrease (so the squalls don't push it. read more...


02/12/2014

Libeccio - Libeccio Blog, Monday Dec 1st.- its our one week anniversary.

In today’s blog: Oh, what a night!; Christmas Carols;a different type ofwine glass; Izzy gets a make over; we are having a whale of a time; Beware thefish of the Atlantic;  There are sometimes when you look back over a period of time and wonder“did we really do all of that?”—this past 24 hours was just that for us- verybusy indeed. It all started off so innocently...   Inspired by one of the best days of sailing we had ever experienced withjust Izzy and a weather forecast that looked friendly, we took a big step anddecided to sail over night with just Izzy up. We had not considered this untilnow as it takes some level of confidence and competence to sail a parasail atnight. It is not the type of sail that can be managed effectively by one person,so that if it needed to be taken. read more...


02/12/2014

Aretha - Day 8 at sea - magic moments on Aretha

Picture the scene.It’s 10pm. The wind is warm and dry and the sky is clear. The moon is shining brightly. We’re mid Atlantic. Bluebell and I are lying on the foredeck looking up at the stars. We pick out Cassiopea and various other stars. We’ve slowed the boat down this evening to appreciate what’s around us and have furled the headsail in. We’re sailing with one reef in the main and are doing still doing 5-6 knots towards St Lucia.We have cushions on deck and are careful to clip on and walk our way carefully to the foredeck. Bluebell reminds me that back at home we used to spend on average 3 hours a week together. She does the mental maths and works out we’re now spending 168 hours a week together. The difference is not lost on her.These are the magic moments watching the moon and the. read more...


01/12/2014

Lydia - Leg 2 Day 12 - Even Lazier Monday

If it weren't for the skipper suddenly producing a bottle of very fine champagne at sunset tonight to celebrate what we hope may be our last full night at sea (but see below), it could be said that today was unremarkable. More food has been consumed (Matthew's Primordial Soup and Fridge Basement Rummage Sandwiches for lunch and steak [again!] for supper), more chapters of our books have been read and mercifully another 150 miles have passed under Lydia's keel.It wasn't all mundane though. We have a friend! Sometime during Steve's Middle/Morning watch a mystery yacht's lights appeared to the north of us. During the course of the day we have slowly converged and this afternoon, just as we were about to hail them to ascertain who they were, they turned on their AIS (power saving taken to. read more...


01/12/2014

Euphoria - Log Day 8 - Happiness Overload?

Kära bloggen,  Idag firade vi starten av den andra veckan till havs. Vi samtalade en stundkring hur det kändes, och kom fram till att 1) det var längesedan vi startade iLas Palmas och 2) tiden har gått sjukt snabbt. Det är egentligen ganskaimponerande hur snabbt en exotisk tillvaro (typ segla över atlanten) blir till"vardag". I grund och botten så börjar vi komma in i rutinerna här, och någotannat än precis bara skiften 4h på, 6h av känns lite...fjärran. Konstigt detdär. Hur som haver så ser vi fram emot vecka två till havs, och hoppas innerligtatt vi inte hamnar i stiltje under andra halvan av vägen. För imorgon såförväntar vi att Euphoria passerar halvvägsmilsstolpen(puh!)! Stort.    Idag har ytterligare en stor händelse inträffat. Den sista otvagadebesättningsmedlemmen. read more...


01/12/2014

American Spirit II - Day 330; Great White Shark Diving Experience; Monday, December 1, 2014

Not mentioned yesterday is that a small research motor boat next to us in the marina had a Great White Shark launch itself out of the water and into the cockpit of this motor boat. They couldn't get the shark out of the boat, so they had to make their way into port and have a crane lift it off the boat. Talk about a fish story!Up at 7:00 AM. Joel and Jeanine got up as I was cooking breakfast at 7:50 AM: eggs, potato, chilled pear halves and bread.After breakfast Joel fixed the video camera while I confirmed the boat's haul-out with the Royal Cape Town Yacht Club. The haul-out time is 12:00 PM for American Spirit II and for Civetta II 1:30 PM on December 8. The marina manager said that the haul-out can only be done if the winds are no more than 20 knots. I tried to find a dealer for our. read more...


01/12/2014

Meltemi - 9.Tag -Spinnakertag und Raetsel

Die Nachtwachen nahmen gestärkt durch Monikas Eintopf ihren Dienst auf - Groß und Spi blieben gesetzt. Der Wind spielte jedoch zunächst zusammen mit der Welle mit uns das Spiel - catch me if you can - hatte aber morgens ein Einsehen und treibt uns seitdem in angenehmer Stärke weiter zur Bergfestmarke von 1335 sm. Highlight am Vormittag war das Shiften des Spinnakers. Trotz moderatem Wind hatten alle Beteilgten viel Respekt vor den Kräften des größten Segels an Bord. Sonne, blauer Himmel mit vereinzelten Wolken eröffnen beim Blick auf die Kimm erneut die Diskussion, ob wir auf einer Kugel oder Scheibe segeln. Bedingt durch die Schlafzyklen der Diskutanten beginnt die Erörterung regelmäßig am kommenden Tag erneut...aber erst nach einem Blick auf die Kimm. Für Begeisterung sorgt die. read more...


01/12/2014

Ellida 6 - fsrp29460

p:22 26.3'N:-36 57.9'WDag 8Det har vaert ustabile vindforhold siste 24 t.Etter aa ha seilt påstyrbord halser i en uke har vi idag jibbet en rekke ganger pga storeendringer i vindretning pga squalls.Opp og ned med gennaker, av og paamed motor.Til og med en broach, pga rormannen prioritere aa ta paa segregnjakke i stedet for å styre baaten.Utseilt distanse siste 24 t er lav, og har tildels vaert i feil retning.Vi har vaert litt ukonsentrerte og har ikke posisjonert oss godt nok iforhold til squalls'ene.Det har vaert mye lesing og sosialt liv ombord idag, og mindre seiling.Jibbet naa i kveld, og kommer til aa seile babord halser utover uken.IMG_5498. read more...


Ellida 6 - fsrp29460
Ellida 6 - fsrp29460
01/12/2014

Antares - ARC 2014 Day 7

I didn't know this would be a fishing adventure.Not only does he cook, Captain Joe is also the chief fisherman.He caught two and landed one.What a great supper this will be.We are still making headway in light winds, just not as fast as we would like. Still Tres Amigos.Bobby. read more...


01/12/2014

Philocat Ena - 8ter Sonnenuntergang doch im Westen nichts Neues

Nur Himmel und Wasser und Himmel und Sterne und Mond dann und wann, ach ja,ein bisschen Horizont, ne Wolke oder zwei. Dann Sonne, heiß Bikini, Bier,Essen, Lachen, lustig, Sonnenuntergang, oh, ah, schön, kalt, kälter, dunkel,Nacht, Nacht, Nacht, schwarz, still, Wind, Wellen, Sch*** Spi schon wiedergerissen, alle an Deck, retten, was zu retten ist, Nacht, Nacht, Nacht - undnoch 1000 nm vor uns...Warten auf den Sonnenaufgang!Franziskawesten. read more...


01/12/2014

Philocat Ena - Groundhog day - täglich grüßt das Murmeltier

It's history repeating itself.The sun rises, the sun sets in the West, the story of the pink kite...Saturday, 5 am - the pink kite explodes, the whole day reparieren, Sunday, 3am same story.I really need to thank my phantastic crew at this point, Franziska, for cooking thrice a day afullmeal without yet a single repetition. She fixes, sews and mendes everything and is always there in case of emergency or moral support of any kind.Sven and Stefan for making the impossible possible. We have a greatturn-take system for our nightly shifts and whenever more than one person is needed everybody will appear within seconds on deck and help out.The next couple of days will remain exiting. Peter20141201_151901. read more...


01/12/2014

DreamCatcher - Leg 2 - 1st Dec

With only some 250 nm to go, it's rather reassuring to find some old favourites popping onto on our AIS screen- Lily, Roxana, Zera and Lady Pep. After 1800 miles apart we are within 20 or so, of each other.All good, aboard the good ship DreamCatcher. After the Parasailor issue, and the winds fell light again, we broke out the cruising chute. It is dated 1998, and the previous owner told me it was for a smaller boat, but had hardly been used. It looks it - a bit dirty and musty, but it's in good shape and is a welcome sight with it's bright and cheerful red, white, and blue colours. Sadly, though, it too went through the wars when a nasty squall wrapped it very tightly around the forestay the other night, accompanied by driving rain and 30 knot gusts. It survived, but with a few holes in. read more...


Philocat Ena - Groundhog day - täglich grüßt das Murmeltier
Philocat Ena - Groundhog day - täglich grüßt das Murmeltier
Miss Malin - Log day 7 - Miss Malin calling
Miss Malin - Log day 7 - Miss Malin calling
01/12/2014

Miss Malin - Log day 7 - Miss Malin calling

Another day at sea has passed and yes! Now we are half way across theAtlantic and we are moving steadily forward! Yay!A happy Skipper!Ciao!Jenny. read more...


01/12/2014

Jo - 20:39:16N 34:01:35W

Monday 1st December2014 .....day eight and our game of ‘Ispy’ is getting a little tedious. However, George was caught out today when Iansaid “I spy with my little eye something beginning with ‘s’”. ‘S’ Turned out tobe ‘ship’. That might have been funny except for the fact that George was onwatch! To be fair, the cargo ship was approximately 5 miles away. Last night wealso caught sight of ‘Profile’, identified by her MMSI. She is a Beneteau First40.7 in the racing division and therefore gives us time – not that we’reracing!!For some reason, ever since weentered into the warmer trade winds, we’ve not seen any dolphins; a shame asthey are always entertaining, though we have seen plenty of flying fish’ We’vedecided that the collective noun for flying fishes is a squadron, which. read more...


01/12/2014

King's Legend - Great hospitality and confidence on board King’s Legend

Today is day 7 and we are now half way.Wow, that’s fast!!!Our position in our division is still #1, whereas our position overall improvedfrom # 17 to 16.We are heading with a speed of 8 to 9 knots in the direction of Saint Lucia andmore important: we are all in a winning mood!!!We enjoy this trip to the max. Not only because of the beautiful ocean, nicewaves, remote feeling and the fish we caught. At least as important for our“feel-good-mood” is the great hospitality and the confidence offered by Gijs andFemke, the owners of our boat King’s Legend.It’s impressive!King’s Legend is not only their private “home” it’s also their baby.Don’t forget that we stay with 6 men during 3 weeks in their home. We are 6 moreor less lunatic men who eat, drink, talk, pee, and live in their home. (Thetotal. read more...


01/12/2014

Allegro - Segunda-feira 01 Dezembro 2014

Tem sido um dia agradável, com o mar e o vento ainda um bocado remexidos, mas já com um aspecto mais parecido com o esperado para os alísios.Esta tarde tive de ir novamente à porta do leme do Hydrovane, para dar um jeito no freio do pin.Não ficou exactamente como queria, mas ficou muito melhor. Foi o que o mar permitiu. O barco com as velas recolhidas, faz 3,4 nós!…Os “squalls” continuam escassos e muito pacíficos. Mas já apanhámos algumas chuvadas maiores.Faltam-nos ainda 700 e poucas milhas para a linha de chegada que queríamos cortar, a todo o esforço, dentro do limite definido: 1200 h locais do dia 08 de Dezembro, em St. Lucia.Depois de tanto empenho e esforço, não cruzar a linha de chegada é decepcionante. Mas o gasóleo tem mesmo que ser racionado.Mas já falta pouco. O moral está. read more...


01/12/2014

Northern Child - nc blog

We are now a week and couple of hours at sea andapproaching the middle of the Atlantic. Sailing is fair and we havefinally hit the downwind autobahn, wind averaging 20kts. Today a very different Monday morningawaited all of us. Rather than the painful sound of the alarm callingus to work we were awakened abruptly for our increasinglydark 6am-12pm watch. Groundhog day led once again to goodconversations - those of excellent star universe and the occasionalsurprising personal disclosure. This morning we saw a swordfish jumping outof the water seeking his breakfast, lost two of our own fishcatches (one now is swimming around with our best lure!) - and we justlost the third as I write - these guys are. read more...


01/12/2014

Tanoa - Endlich im Passat

Seit gestern haben wir endlich den Passatgürtel erreicht und werden jetzt belohnt mit herrlichem Spinnakersegeln. Nachts steht der kleine Sturmspi, tagsüber der große, sofern nicht zu viel Wind ist. Immer noch ist es häufig bedeckt und selten lange blauer Himmel. Dafür hat ein kräftiger Regenguss das Schiff vom Salz befreit. Momentan segeln wir mit moderatem Wind um die 6 kn, zwischendurch surfen wir aber immer wieder mit 9 oder sogar 10 kn die Wellen hinunter. So soll es sein!. read more...


01/12/2014

Milanto - Dec 1st

Hi everybody,Good morning today is a great day and we have so many things to celebrate that we are thinking to organize a party on board so everyone who is in the area is welcome to join us.You maybe think thatI'm little bit crazy but let's go in order- FIRST of all today is our first sunny day ole'- SECOND we finally changed our point of sail and now we are downwind sail urra'- THIRD last night we fly the kite all the night and Milanto were going so fast that she seems to fly on the water, but unfortunately we just blow it up so were are again on white sails for the moment sigh sigh...... BUT WE have a spare spinnaker so soon it will fly AGAIN- FORTH we've ready sailed more than 1200miles almost half way of our trip and this is another reason to celebrate- FIFTH but the most important. read more...


01/12/2014

Bluewater Mooney - 6. und 7. Tag auf See

Wir hatten leider einen Ausfall unseres Mailsystems auf Seiten unseresInternetproviders KHV. Daher hier gleich der Report für zwei Tage - Sorry!Allerdings beginnt das Gefühl für Tage und Daten zu schwinden - die Tagerasen, die Nächte sind anstrengend, geschlafen wird in maximal 4 StundenPhasen, unabhängig von der Tageszeit.Am 29. haben wir noch über unseren Leichtwindspinnaker berichtet - mit 260Quadratmetern unser wichtigstes Vorwandsegel bei leichtem und mittlerem Wind- leider haben wir ihn am Nachmittag des 29.11. in Einzelteile zerlegt!? Wirhatten mit 18 Knoten perfekten Wind - doch dann kamen ohne Squall plötzlichBöen zwischen 28 bis 30 Knoten, und Schwupps ist er weggeplatzt - 26 Tonnenzeigen eben ein extremes Trägheitsmoment - und da gibt das schwächste Gliednach, und das war eben. read more...


Bluewater Mooney - 6. und 7. Tag auf See
Bluewater Mooney - 6. und 7. Tag auf See
01/12/2014

Reina - HALF WAY PARTY

Saturday at 18.00 hours Reina passed 1400 miles. So half of the crossing is done. PARTY TIME! Everybody onboard was invited for a Half Way Party. Free drinks and nice bites provided by the chef. Dress code: bow tie.The whole crew arrived well-dressed on deck with in one way or another a self-made bow tie around their neck. The lady aboard in a nice black evening ensemble. Champagne was offered to make a toast on the wonderful journey behind us and the beautiful things that still are in front of us. Our chef had made a nice salad dip and tortillas.Unfortunately one crew member did not arrive at party time.Rory Gillard did not make it in time. Actually he did not show up at all. Instead there was the appearance of Loretta Gillard, his good looking sister. She was wearing a sexy dress and a. read more...


Reina - Half Way Party
Reina - Half Way Party
01/12/2014

Frisco - Log Day 7 Alas the AIS is no more

After a number of hours of attempted hacking, our AIS system has died. This means that we have to be extra diligent at the helm and watch for traffic plus be strict about the "clip on" rules, because the AIS man overboard beacons are now useless unless there is another AIS equipped boat within VHF range. However we do have a radar target strength enhancer which makes us a bit more visible to passing ships. We are hand steering 24 hours a day anyway with three person watches, switching helmsmen every 30 minutes.To add to the excitement of the day, I had just put away the tools from the AIS investigation when George on the helm yells, HELP sail in water. Bounding on deck we saw that the Genoa had parted at the swivel and slid down the groove and over the side. We managed to get it all on. read more...


01/12/2014

Morning Haze - Sailor Ted aboard Morning Haze (Day 6,7 and 8)

Hello,On day 6, I was on watch (early in the morning) with Isabelle and I sawdolphins on the bow of Morning Haze performing aerobatics. That will always be a magic moment for the entire crew... too bad Demi, Rebecca and David were asleep. We always feel very privilege to witness such beauty. We also found two flying fish on deck...Demi loves them and always want to see them before we put them back to sea. And now that we are talking about fish... well what can I say... we caught another Mahi-Mahi with one of Rebecca's homemade lure. In the afternoon, Demi showed me how to make my own lure so I can catch a fish myself... we had lots of fun. That night I stayed up with Dave and Isabelle for their respective watch. At this time of year and at this latitude... the night is long...12. read more...


Helen - Monday morning blues
Helen - Monday morning blues
01/12/2014

Helen - Day 8 - Monday morning blues

During work weeks I have always struggled a little with the Monday morning blues. Many years ago I went to work in New Zealand hoping the blues would disappear only to find that they came 12 hours earlier! ( However Friday night used to come earlier too!)Today was no exception, an Audit committee today and a Board meeting tomorrow. The day started early by finishing the reading of the 206 pages that had arrived as usual in my iPad. A Nespresso coffee from freshly made water was essential to get through.My office this week is in the middle of an Ocean half way between Africa and America but the satellite phone line that I used to dial in to the committee was clearer than I would normally get from my mobile. By late afternoon the job was done and it was back to sailing.The only thing that. read more...


01/12/2014

Aurelia - Day 8

Hi everyone, it is that time of day again (between shifts for me).Very sleepless night for all due to heavy seas. 3 in a bed, that's all I am saying. The team on the early shift (Henry and I) had a nice sunrise at 07:00. First really nice day weather wise - hot,hot,hot! Come on solar panels! Half the crew were on their 3 day shower rota, excellent for some but not for all! We also celebrated our first full week at sea with a cappuccino and chocolate biscuit - a real luxury, trust me! Bye for now.J McLeish. read more...


01/12/2014

Jo - 20:39:16N 34:0135W

Monday 1st December2014 .....day eight and our game of ‘Ispy’ is getting a little tedious. However, George was caught out today when Iansaid “I spy with my little eye something beginning with ‘s’”. ‘S’ Turned out tobe ‘ship’. That might have been funny except for the fact that George was onwatch! To be fair, the cargo ship was approximately 5 miles away. Last night wealso caught sight of ‘Profile’, identified by her MMSI. She is a Beneteau First40.7 in the racing division and therefore gives us time – not that we’reracing!!For some reason, ever since weentered into the warmer trade winds, we’ve not seen any dolphins; a shame asthey are always entertaining, though we have seen plenty of flying fish’ We’vedecided that the collective noun for flying fishes is a squadron, which. read more...


Jo - Genoa poled out to starboard sailing downwind; idyllic trade wind sailing conditions.
Jo - Genoa poled out to starboard sailing downwind; idyllic trade wind sailing conditions.
01/12/2014

Paroya - Log Day 12 Holes in the Mainsail, Engine problems & Fish again

Durch das viele Geschaukel hat es in den letzten Tagen öfters mal das Grosssegel in die Wanten geschlagen. Leider sind dabei, wie wir gestern festgestellt haben, Risse entstanden, 2 grössere ca. 10cm. Um den Schaden Behelfsmässig zu flicken, wollten wir das Segel bergen. Beim Starten der Maschine, machte der Starter aber nur zwei drei Umdrehungen und fertig. Wir waren nicht in der Lage den Motor zu starten. Haben danach das Segel heruntergezogen gepacht und wieder neu im Reff 1 hochgezogen, damit die Scheuerstellen nicht mehr die selben sind. Unsere Vermutung war, das es wiedermal an den Batterien liegt, dass der Starter nicht in die Gänge kam, aber beim Messen mussten wir feststellen, dass alle Batterien voll geladen waren und sind. In der Funkrunde bekamen wir verschiedene Tipps die. read more...


Paroya - Log Day 12 Holes in the Mainsail, Engine problems & Fish again
Paroya - Log Day 12 Holes in the Mainsail, Engine problems & Fish again
01/12/2014

Cheri - Montag, 1. Dez. 2014

Montag, 1. Dez. 2014Von Maedchenschweiss und TodesfallenDer gestrige Tag unter Spinnaker hat sich auch rangmaessig ausbezahlt. Wir liegen (Sonntag 16 Uhr) wieder auf dem 3. Rang inunserer Kategorie.Für volle 8 Stunden blieb gestern der Spi oben und wir holten ihn erst um 19 Uhr bei Einbruch der Nacht ein. Anstelle desSpis baumten wir die Genua aus und segelten die ganze Nacht Schmetterling. Was fuer eine wunderschöne, friedlicheSegelnacht. Bei Winden von 10-20 kn machten wir bei herrlichsten Bedingungn und Halbmond wie gehabt 6-9 kn Fahrt.Das Tageswerk beginnt mit einem Grosseinsatz. Wir setzen um 9 Uhr, noch vor dem Fruehstueck, den Spinnaker. Wir wollen dieSpizeit von gestern ueberbieten. Erst dann geht´s ans Essen: Birchermuesli à la Max.Am Morgen liegen wieder zwei tote Fliegende. read more...


01/12/2014

Easy Rider - Captain's Log...Day's 11 & 12

NEARLY THERE!!! It's hard to believe that by tomorrow afternoon (Tuesday 2/12) Soy & I will have completed our 5th Atlantic crossing in two years........we are so looking forward to another extended stay in the Carribbean & meeting up with friends made on our previous visits.For the last two days we have sailed slowly down the rumb line directly towards St.Lucia, watching the miles tick off 1 by 1........the last day always takes the longest!!We are now all firmly entrenched in the daily routine of sailing a catamaran 24 hours a day, the highlights of each day being breakfast ( full English), lunch ( Soy usually comes up with something a little different) & dinner ( always superb....yesterday being a Sunday we had roast lamb). The weather has been warm & sunny during the. read more...


01/12/2014

Little Pea - ARC 14 Blogoramma - First Blood

22:07.8N 033:37.3W   Song of the day: "Once in Royal David's City" -King's College Cambridge Choir (feat. Mike)   Day 8 - It's that time again, when the innerchorister in Mike comes out as he fails to belt out the discount part to all 246chorals on his playlist - much to Ben's dismay.  But hey, the countdown to Christmas has begun. In true Little Pea tradition, we have aptly themedadvent calendars on board. This year we have not just one, but 4 !Jags' is "Muppets" themed, with Minkey opting for "Gruffalo", Ben for"Lion King" and Mike has "Where's Wally" - or after yesterday's drone fiasco,should it be "Where's Dave the Drone"?  Jags said his chocolate prizetasted horrible, which led to a lengthy discussion about what is the best typeof chocolate in the. read more...


01/12/2014

Argalleiro - 20 Knots

Nice day , 20 knots Ne ..,great crew ,great ARC ...3 Argalleiro. read more...


01/12/2014

Argalleiro - eat cheese and drink chilean wine instead of butter

They makerun the Argalleiro to the west softly and we eat cheese and drink chilean wine instead of butter . .very happy .great trip 2. read more...


01/12/2014

Argalleiro - We can not eat moré butter

We can not eat moré butter ..it is now melted..in latitude 20 we aré enjoying the warm ,friendly,perfumed trade winds..Argalkeiro 1. read more...


01/12/2014

Vagaris - Sea Food

Well I may be a dietitian but Cordon Bleu chef I am not. I can rustle up a decent wholesome meal that most people will eat but if you are looking for an amazing culinary experience and an exquisite combination of flavours to delight your tastebuds then do not Come Dine With Me.Jacqui's cooking however is at a whole new level involving meticulous planning, the widest range of unusual ingredients and a very creative menu. The art form is achieved in a tiny galley with a swinging cooker and hardly any work surface, propped up and wedged in on board a downwind roller coaster.My experiences to date of dining at sea have been firstly anything but 'refined dining'. On a race boat in the Irish Sea in a Force 7 you are lucky if you get a piece of squashed malt loaf. Or on a charter holiday, some. read more...


01/12/2014

Profile - 01/12/2014

i cant believe it green watch are trying to sabotage best watch ive foundout forest has been putting a secret cat in my cabin of which im very allergicand then they blew the flipping kite so everyone had to get up so everyone hashad sleep deprivation apart from green watch (dirty tactics) !!!i would like to say a massive thank you for skipper and mate as they stayedup all night repairing the kite and how very proffesional they where dealingwith the situation even if they looked like a couple of seamstresses very sweet. green watch have done some great food last night and today which hasreleased me from cooking duties so i would like to show my appreciation to them. if anyone out there can get hold of suzzane on lancelot to ask here if shecan heel my eye for me that would be great. read more...


01/12/2014

Oynas - Dec 1

Flying fish on the decks and in through the hatchesTurtles, dolphins and birds we have seen on our watchesA highlight to see - a solitary whaleRolling over for Oynas - its belly so paleCame out to play for a half hour or so. read more...


01/12/2014

Monomotapa - 1 December

Monomotapa 1 DecemberStarship Enterprise. Captain's logstar date 01122014:123613.10: I am pleased to report that the suspected attack to the crew of the vessel by the Klingons was totally exaggerated and unfounded. However we are still awaiting the latest reports on another one of the other high performance racing vessels, the Open 60 with their freeze dried rations and considerably inferior diet???Yesterday we had another set back when our second genaker was damaged beyond repair. As always we were pushing the boat for maximum speed. One other factor could have been that we had just received the position report for all vessels and we were disappointed to see that we had moved down the rankings in the last 48 hours.We are finally into the true trade winds with the wind directly behind us. read more...