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08/12/2013

Sunrise - Tag 15 - 08.12.2013 - Nach Flaute kommt der Wind

Der gestrige Nachmittag war von einem monotonen Motorengeräusch geprägt.Eigentlich sollte die Flaute erst später auf uns zu kommen. Am frühen Abendlegten wir wieder eine Badepause ein. Der Atlantik als eigener Pool, einelustige Vorstellung. Das Wasser ist warm und klar und wir können dasUnterwasserbereich der Sunrise betrachten. Keine Schäden, fast kein Bewuchs– Alles Super!Später wirft Ernst noch eine Flaschenpost über Bord. Wer weiß, wo diese malangespült wird. Wir schauen der Flasche noch kurz hinterher, bis sie nichtmehr in den Wellen auszumachen ist. Abends bereitet und Christoph einleckeres Chilli con „Fisch“ zu.In der Nacht so gegen 0400 UTC beginnt der Wind wieder leicht zu zunehmen.Wir rollen die Fock aus, setzen das Großsegel und schalten den Diesel aus.Endlich Stille – lautlos. read more...


08/12/2013

Shenanigan - Squeals and Squalls

In the early hours of this morning Brian was woken up by a high pitched scream - it was me screaming! Brian leapt up Christopher stayed oblivious. I was defending myself in the dark against flying fish throwing themselves at me from the deep dark sea. Now wide awake Brian decided to stay up with me. We looked at each other we looked at the sky ummm... we said to each other that looks like a sqaull coming. We can't go round it, we can't go under it and we go over it oh no we've got to go through it!So we did singing - to the tune of 'Do you know the Muffin Man?'- Chris Tibbs the weatherman weatherman weatherman, Chris Tibbs the weatherman hadasquall rule of thumb - but neither of us could remember what it was! We got wet! We have been informed from home that we are now last in the fleet -. read more...


07/12/2013

Incisor - daily blog 7-12-2013

Hello Everybody!There is great excitement on board as we have just cracked the 1000 mile barrier! At bloody last! It’s all downhill from here.During the night it was the night of sail change. We put sails up down round and round back and front, all over the place! It involved lots of string work and everyone is now capable of making a macramé hanging basket holder. We took the main down and put it back up again, took the spinnaker down, put the staysail up, took that down and put up the wind seeker, then put up butch and now have the spinnaker back up. The night watch went very very quickly considering there was absolutely no wind which is usually very tedious. Everyone’s spirits are still very high and there is a real team spirit on board.  Alex is the man of the match today by. read more...


08/12/2013

Duplicat - Sunday 8 December

Big maintenance job yesterday with a deck fitting which holds the spi sheet and port main preventer which had sheared being replaced, with loads of boxes being dragged out to find just the right size of nut, bolt, eye etc. needless to say nothing matched but a double eye has been expertly fitted by skip and first mate.Managed to sail all day with kite up, fished, lost a big mahi mahi, hooked a small one which we threw back.We have had all sorts of strange animal life come aboard, flying fish, a largish squid found on the coach roof rain gutter (glad that was discovered before it started to honk) 2 locusts, and yesterday a poor little egret far from where he should be tried to get aboard but with no luck.Awarded ourselves a Superbock sundowner on a normally dry ship because it had been a. read more...


08/12/2013

Annabella - Log 13 - Sunday 8th December

Position @ 1000GMT 13 15.48N 40 43.23WDistance to St Lucia: 1180NMDistance since last log: 156NM We are now as south as we want to be and need to head west. Great winds yesterday and we were achieving 8+ knots of boat speed at times. Distance travelled is less than actual because of some weaving about trying to take advantage of the wind shifts. However, we now feel that we are on the down slope with light at the end of the tunnel (below 1000NM to go is the next milestone). Tomorrow we re expecting 15+knots from the north/north east and in preparation we have taken the twin head sails off the furler and hoisted the large genoa again. The spinny has been up for a few days now and continues to give us great service (not bad for a virgin sail and one some of us didn't know was on. read more...


08/12/2013

Zingara - blog 08/12

Guuuten tag ihr lieben, uns gibt es noch! Das sat phone war geblockt, daher keine infos. Tja, nach reichlichen wetterkapriolen auf unserer nordroute wird s nun so langsam caribisch, 28 grd wassertemp, 28 grd i schatten.Richtig gut. So, genug f d moment, bis spaeter, zingaras crew. read more...


08/12/2013

Albatros - Day 14

Saturday morning tiered on our patience because of low winds. The Blitzer (Genacker) was up and suddenly the wind increased substantially which brought us to a nice speed between 8 to 10 knots. We were quite reliefed catching up speed after hours of 'slow motion'At dec 7th, 1300 UTC, we were at postion 18.24N, 46.30W, dec 8th, 1300 UTC we were at position 17.42N, 49.26W. We heard from home, that we are currently on position 3 within our group.During Saturday afternoon we had again visitors along the boat. They looked like the dolphins we observed in earlier days but they were more than double the size.Sunday morning is great sailing wheather with boat speed of 8knots in average. We are heading around 270degrees towards Saint Lucia.. read more...


08/12/2013

Hera - Seglers Horror

Seit heute früh ist der letzte Windhauch eingeschlafen. Sturmtiefs nördlichvon uns trennen uns von dem Hoch über dem Nordatlantik und bringen den Passatzum Erliegen. Dieser Zustand soll sich bis zum 12.12. fortsetzen. Nun lechzenwir nach dem Fahrtwind, den uns der Diesel bringt. Die mogendlicheSalzwasserdusche im Cockpit hält nicht lange vor. Im Augenblicklich besteht inder Crew daher auch nicht das dringende Bedürfnis, Weihnachtsweisen zum 2.Adventzu lauschen. Das Hämmern des Diesels wäre da auch etwas störend. Einen gutenEffekt hat das Ganze – der Generator liefert Energie für unsere Kühlschränke undheute Nachmittag gibts endlich wieder kaltes Bier.Stefan. read more...


08/12/2013

Edelweiss - Day #15: Diesel sailing

Today marks the start of our 3rd week of sailing across the Atlantic and we are currently making progress not with the sails but with the motor.The winds are so light and are coming from directly behind our stern, so that we cannot carry any sail without them flopping as the boat rolls on the ocean swells.Flopping makes the sail unhappy (not to mention the Captain!) so we have elected to burn some of the dinosaur juice we stocked up on in Las Palmas for its intended use: moving us through the light air.The weather reports ("gribs") indicate that the wind should fill in nicely ahead of us and, with any luck, we should have the sails up for the rest of the ride into St Lucia.FINGERS CROSSED!In the meantime, I thought I would share with you some of the funny things that go on on Edelweiss. read more...


08/12/2013

Shine - Day 13: Wind !

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08/12/2013

Nyaminyami II - Blog Monday 08.12.13 - 1200hrs

Blog Subject of the day: (There can only be one)– FREEDOM! The subject simultaneously entered both mine and Grahams mind after we delighted in being joined by about 30 dolphins on Friday afternoon. It was not the classic encounter of dolphins jumping the bow wave, zipping around and alongside the boat as we were only doing about 1.5 kts in a flat calm!  They appeared someway off on our starboard side and a gentle tapping of the winch handle (on the winch) attracted them over – they were just lazily swimming along probably at no more than walking pace in several groups but all roughly together. As they got closer we realised just how many they were. They varied in size and It seemed to us there were several females with their young and a ‘big daddy’ (we reckon about 15ft long). read more...


08/12/2013

Sweet Pearl - 15. Tag - Wieder auf See

Nach einem letzten Banana-Milchshake in der gemütlichen Floating Bar in der Marina von Mindelo, haben wir gestern um Punkt 13:00 abgelegt - jetzt nur noch zu dritt, nachdem Jürg leider heimfliegen musste. Mit einem voll gebunkertem Schiff mit neuem Wasser, Schokolade, Brot, Chips, Diesel etc sind wir mit gutem Wind und Sonne zwischen Sao Vincente und Santo Antao durchgesegelt. Super Segelbedingungen und anschliessend eine klare Nacht mit einem prallvollen Sternenhimmel- was will man mehr? Heute wissen wir es: anhaltenden Wind:). Aber die Wetterprognosen meinen, dass es ab Mittwoch wieder besser aussieht. Bis dahin werden wir uns mit Motoren, Motorsailing und Segeln versuchen.Liebe Grüsse an alle von Tom, Sandra und Fritz! Tom. read more...


08/12/2013

Great Escape of Southampton - Day 13 15 06 76 N 40 03 23 W

Good progress today. The jib was poled out overnight. We steered to thelight of the new crescent moon before it and neighboring Venus set aroundmidnight. Then nothing but blackness until dawn at 6.30 am. .We have adjustedthe ship’s clock to more nearly reflect local time so we are now GMT –2.    The spinnaker is hoisted at first light – the pattern ofthe last several days. And then an  easterly of about 15 knots propels usdirectly toward St Lucia at 6-8 knots. It has been sweltering. A sprinkle ofrain this morning was welcome relief.  Rations are holding up and we are still eating well, although theproportion of fresh food is diminishing rapidly. We still have half a head ofcabbage, some onions and a few eggs.So, when are we going to get there. We have yet. read more...


Great Escape of Southampton - Day 13 15 06 76 N 40 03 23 W
Great Escape of Southampton - Day 13  15 06 76 N   40 03 23 W
08/12/2013

Free Spirit - Friday 6th December

Still no wind.  Spirits are low with still1200 miles to go.  The ARC forecast of 19th December for our arrival in StLucia didn't help!  That means another 12 days at sea!  To add to ourtroubles the 2nd gas bottle ran out today!  This means we have only enoughgas for 6 more days, calculated on our present consumption. So now we have toration and conserve what little gas we have.  Cooking  is becoming areal challenge. Sushianyone?. read more...


08/12/2013

Resolute of Thames - Day of reckoning

As the last nautical miles fly (226 remain at this moment) by it is natural that we are excitedly reckoning up how many miles we have done and how many more to be done.We are also reckoning up how much wear and tear has been sustained to ROT (Resolute of Thames - affectionately abbreviated by our Ozzie friends aboard Fanny Fisher) and what a list of priority repairs and replacements to be faced when we arrive.Looks like our Christmas funds will be casually wiped out..but heigh ho!Skipper reckons ARC should initiate a sea-miles reward scheme.Seamiles hard won on their rallies could be converted into points and what do points make? Prizes! Yes, you get the picture.Skipper had in mind that these prizes would comprise anything from free coffee or cocktails at any appointed hostelry or for. read more...


08/12/2013

Azzurra - Day 15 – waiting for NE wind-

Position Sunday, 08.12.2013 09:00 UTC:19”56’.627 N, 038”25’.993 WDTW St. Lucia: 1334 smWe are on the edge of a big deep pressure area with lots of squalls and heavy rain. It is a wet course. Most of it we were able to navigate around. Some of it hit us. It is just some sweat water coming from above. The major part of water, salt water we get from the downer part. Due to the healing resulted by the upwind course we are unable to empty the bilge. We have to wait until we run a downwind course. It looks that this will not happen before Sunday noon. We will continue South until the wind will let us. North seems not to be an option; we would run into a heavy storm. The whole day we run thru more or less dirty weather. During the night we are unable. read more...


Azzurra - Day 15 – waiting for NE wind-
Azzurra - Day 15 – waiting for NE wind-
08/12/2013

Aspen - Log 15 Sunday 8 Dec; The Days Go By

It looks like I said it was Friday yesterday for this log when in fact it was Saturday.Wow, how time flies when we are rolling along with the seas.The winds are still very light and we are making slow progress as you can see from our position report with the ARC fleet tracker.We don't believe the Trade Winds actually exist, at least not any longer.The oscillation of the north pole must be the cause for the winds to have disappeared or maybe the magnetic poles are starting to reverse themselves as they have done so many times in past geologic history as evidenced from the core samples taken along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge that we are now nearly sailing over.Whatever the reason there is just not a lot of wind out here and the miles creep by for. read more...


08/12/2013

Blue Dolphin - Day 14 - The day after

The crew had a quiet day yesterday following the previous night’s frolics.  The only thing of note was that the bananas have finally started turning yellow!!! BS.. read more...


08/12/2013

Second Wind - Message from Chris Diggins

Cruising chute - the sequelA curious mix of confidence and desperation led to the brave decision to fly the chute throughout the night.With a small lamp rigged to allow us to see what was going on in the event of the helmsman falling to sleep, we leapt into the unknown. The result was a surprisingly easy sail maintaining over 5 kts in very light but strangely reliable winds. Fortunately the weather was benign and we didn't get to test the quick release shackle.So far there is no sign of the forecast "hole in the wind" and well be happy if this is something the good old forecasters got wrong, however, even with the now idolised Cruising Chute we'll need a bit more wind if we are to enjoy any of the complimentary rum and celebrations at St Lucia.. read more...


08/12/2013

Sephina of Beaumaris - The Real Day 14.... Hot Hot Hot

The Real Day 14.... Hot Hot Hot After a very humid night last night and a boring, uneventful watch, I woke up to find it raining this morning.  I hate rain as it makes sitting on deck very unpleasant.  We settled into our daily routines but there was no chance of me hanging any washing out.   As we’ve nearly come to the end of week 2 I thought it would be a good idea to check on the snack rations. So far, so good. We’ve nearly finished the Week 2 box of goodies and haven’t broken in to Week 3’s box. (Unless someone has been sneaky behind my back!). And, we still have the emergency snack box well hidden and untouched. There looked like there’d been a murder in the shower room this morning. There were streaks of red running down one of the walls. read more...


Sephina of Beaumaris - The Real Day 14.... Hot Hot Hot
Sephina of Beaumaris - The Real Day 14.... Hot Hot Hot
08/12/2013

Challenger 3 - living the dream

DAY 13 Another day, another sunrise. Challenger 3 continues to motor along at a steady 7 knots, chasing the winds that will blow us to paradise. We continue to follow the modified watch system and all aboard are enjoying the extra free time by sleeping, reading and kicking back in their own ways. I find it surprising at how tired we all were initially and realized the fatigue was there only once we had a chance to break from our routine of watches. Whilst off watch the foredeck is proving to be a popular choice for crew to get away from the cockpit, curl up in a sail and doze, sheltered from the heat of the midday sun.It’s a great feeling having the sun and warmth for company, although pay her too much attention and you will get burnt! It’s easy to forget it’s. read more...


08/12/2013

Arkouda - Day 12 (or 14?) How time flies

13 36 N 30 25 WI swear that I counted the days since we left when I sent the blog yesterday. I guess I subtracted the days that we spent in the Verdes.We are sailing, albeit very, very slowly, headed WSW.We are headed south still to try to avoid the even lighter winds predicted for the next few days, and hopefully the adverse (predicted west to east at 14 N) winds.We are still making progress...the true wind is down to 7-8 kts so I guess that I should be thankful for 4-5 kts that we are moving.We have had quite a number of hitchhikers and stowaways on this adventure.The first were these little green caterpillars that stowed away in the basil and coriander that I planted for fresh herbs.I bought these cute little 3 inch pots at .50 euros each, stuck them in a bowl, and the coriander took. read more...


08/12/2013

Selivra - ARC Tag 13

Samstag 7. Dezember 2013und schon wieder segeln wir einen abenteuerichen Kurs, anders als er Restder Flotte. Wir wollen das vor uns liegende Windloch im Süden umfahren umdann mit dem stärkeren Passatwind St. Lucia direkt anzusteuern. MeinSkipper und der Teilzeit Navigator der Crew, Gunther, sind vollerZuversicht das das im Moment wieder einmal die einzig richtige Routenwahlist um Motorstunden zu vermeiden. Wie aus den Funksprüchen zu hören warliegen viele Schiffe in der Flaute und treiben, da sie keinen oder nichtausreichend Diesel haben um aus dem großen Loch wieder herauszukommen.Da die Motorstunden ja als Strafe bei der Endabrechnung gewertet werden,wird erst nach der Ankunft das Ergebnis festliegen. Bisher ist meineeiserne Genua fast gar nicht zu Einsatz gekommen, nur zur. read more...


Selivra - ARC Tag 13
Selivra - ARC Tag 13
08/12/2013

Starblazer - 8 December Cava for breakfast!

At 0643 Saturday morning we reached the imaginary line drawn on the ocean to mark halfway.We chose a position 1,375 miles from St Lucia, assuming 2,750 miles in total.Our GPS thought it was 2,680 miles from the start line, but then the machine thinks we can sail over land! Just to confuse matters, the ship’s log read 1,639 miles travelled through the water which doesn’t take into account the miles the current has carried us.The one certain fact is that we have less distance to go than we have sailed already.We celebrated with Cava at breakfast in lieu of fruit juice.During the afternoon we had several minor problems, now all sorted.We decided to gybe the sails again to get a bit more south into our course which isn’t on a direct line to St Lucia but might help us miss a big wind. read more...


08/12/2013

Blue Ocean - Day 14: Spinnaker gets a well deserved rest

After several days of flying the spinnaker in light to moderate winds,tonight we got more than 30knots. Time to take the spinnaker down. All hands ondeck at 06:30 to handle the blue beast.   Successfully wrestled into its sock and taken down, we are now running withall working sails set and still making 9 knots plus towards St. Lucia.Better progress than we had hoped, our average speed is now back ontarget. Craig. read more...


08/12/2013

Athena of Southampton - log 7 – Sunday December 8th 2013

We sat in the cockpit the otherevening as the sun set after dinner and discussed how lucky we are to be here onan evening such as this. The boat stretching out ahead of us, under full sail,rising and falling gently on an easy smooth sea as we silently sailed west. Save for the rush of water downeach side, there was just the conversation. No guitars this evening, we havemany more times like this to come before we reached St Lucia. We are indeedprivileged; sailing towards the setting sun.To be able sail like this fordistant shores and for as long as this takes, away from our responsibilities andworking environments, is wonderful opportunity. To be able take this time forourselves is also, in many cases, totally down to the support or indulgence ofour families back at home. Personally. read more...


08/12/2013

Webster - Log 17: Its not usually like this around 'ere!

Saturday 7th December: Position 15 32' N 35 20'W. Lovely bright and sunny morning this morning, wind 8-10 knts, too little as usual but we getting used to that. Forecast is for less according to our grib files but that just cant be right, surely?1000 kite went up again and bacon, eggs and beans for brekky - beans has got to be our secret weapon of last resort in these conditions. Jerry then caught a fish - no he hadn't, yes he had, no he hadn't - no he hadn't, just wishful thinking! The wind was following its daily pattern coming up slightly during the early morning and we enjoyedup to 15 knts of breeze and again felt we were on our way hitting 8-9 kts on occasions. When we are going at reasonable speed (and at planning speed) it is surprising how the miles fall away; we are now roughly. read more...


07/12/2013

Magic - Tag 13: Nikolaus

06.12.2013Pos: 20° 06,5' N, 034° 43,3WKurs: 300°Heute ist Nikolaustag. Die 0600 Uhr Wache findet überraschend weihnachtliche Schokoladenhohlkörper im Schiff. Dabei hatte niemand seine Sandalen geputzt. Alles was wachfrei hat, läuft ja sowieso barfuß herum. Die echte Barfußroute läuft tatsächlich nur etwas südlich von hier. Wir bemühen uns um rechtzeitigen Verzehr, bevor die Schokolade der tropischen Mittagshitze zum Opfer fällt.So gesehen geht es uns prima. Einen Sack voll Wind hätten wir vom Nikolaus auch genommen. Es ist immer noch Schwachwind, wodurch die Segel in der Dünung teilweise nur lustlos hin und her schlackern.Kennzahlen des Tages:Reststrecke: 1536sm (nur langsam abnehmend)Wind: Ost, 1-2 BftGeputzte Schuhe: 0Weihnachstmänner (aus Schokolade): 10Olaf. read more...


08/12/2013

Silver Slipper - Good Bye Dad

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08/12/2013

Hada - Day 12 -- The Mahi That Got Away

HADA Post #8 -  Friday, December 6th,  2013The Mahi That Got Away… Came back!Or his cousin, at least, :-).Dinner will be good tonight.   HADA is sailing almost herself, with very little tweaking needed.We have about 1450 miles to go, and it looks like we will get to landfall later than we originally hoped.  Nevertheless rankings in the race improved to 11th!The weather is nice and the duties aboard are light given the gentle conditions.Endless blue in all directions continues.AndreHADA MAHIMAHI1 HADA MAHIMAHI2. read more...


Hada - Day 12 -- The Mahi That Got Away
Hada - Day 12 -- The Mahi That Got Away
Hada - Day 12 -- The Mahi That Got Away
Hada - Day 12 -- The Mahi That Got Away
08/12/2013

Aditi - Day 13; Unexpected dinner guest

:startAfter shaking out the reef at dawn we glided along all day on an 11-15kn Easterley with swell occasionally shaking the rig. It is the occasional shaking of the rig that causes problems as during the cycle back and forth there are moments of slack. That is when things come undone. And I found a vital bolt on the boom furling universal joint about 50% out of it's thread. Lucky! Now secured with lots of threadlock; pity the manufacturer did not enable the bolts to be pinned or locked.Uneventful, hot and bright day. Came across a trawler, two ships and tailed by a yacht in the distance. Made a new marigold squid but it's now made of dyneema middle cover rather than the stiffer outer cover so the swimming action isn't there. Tried a professional popper lure but no takers.Just starting. read more...


07/12/2013

Windleblo - Day Thirteen

Food -- its storage, preparation, and consumption -- occupies a large share of the time on an ocean voyage.Just before shoving off from Las Palmas, we filled Windleblo's holds with all kinds of food. We ordered some meats for delivery to the boat frozen and vacuum packed and we got the guy at the deli counter at the "HiperDino" (the Las Palmas grocery store) to vacuum seal the lunch meats and cheeses we bought there.We managed to fit all the meats and cheeses in the two on board refrigerators, plus the ten or so packs of frozen pre-cooked seal-a-meal dishes. To keep things fresh, we try to open the fridges as little as possible. One is opened several times a day; the other only once every other day or so. So far, so good, as we've had very little spoilage in the meat and cheese. read more...


07/12/2013

Idea of London -

A final push towards st lucia, only 150 miles to go, would the last night at sea deliver the usual array of shooting stars, phosphorescence and idle chat between the changing watches? No, it wouldn't. At 2am a squall had developed and all hands were required to pull down the the flogging kite, having blown one in similar circumstances two nights previously the pressure was on to move fast. The team pulled together yet again to pull off a flawless sail drop in rising wind and pouring rain. The rest of the night had each watch receive a soaking under incredibly tricky sailing conditions, dawn was a welcome sight, although the lack of food (down to a few boil-in-the-bags and, rather strangely, a hugh quantity of manchego cheese) had the team thinking. read more...


Free Spirit - Alistair (Free Spirit 62)
Free Spirit - Alistair (Free Spirit 62)
Free Spirit - Mark (Free Spirit 62)
Free Spirit - Mark (Free Spirit 62)
Free Spirit - Deckshot 1 (Free Spirit 62)
Free Spirit - Deckshot 1 (Free Spirit 62)
Free Spirit - Deckshot 2 (Free Spirit 62)
Free Spirit - Deckshot 2 (Free Spirit 62)
07/12/2013

Swan Valhalla - Log 16 - Nutty Nick

Nick as guest blogger..........this has been the pantsday of the trip, we always need pants days to show up the rest and give us thefull contrast. Today was scorchio, no swimming as we are trying to make bestspeed, had to make do with buckets over us instead. Also this was a mysteriousday of no fish even though we were going at a very suitable trawling speed fortuna. Absence of the ubiquitous flying fish was probably the reason. Feeling ourway through the light evening breeze with our ghoster up and clocking a healthy6 knots helped by the very flat sea state. Crew have been trying to bust through the lethargy bydoing several things..........Matt doing proper Japanese coulior ski prep withsome very impressive squats on the foredeck to get ready for his ski trip toJapan in. read more...


07/12/2013

Hecuba - Satellite phone fixed - we're back online!

After a pretty fierce storm about 6 days ago, our sat phone looked dead after suffering water damage. However, once the weather improved we set about attempting to fix the fried cables. Thanks to some expert soldering by Steve (and a hefty chunk of luck), we managed to get it up and running again - quite unbelievable. Over the past week we've been stuck in some low winds making slow progress and well behind schedule, but we're well past the half way mark at least. More updates to follow over next couple of days. Team Hecubahttp://www.teamhecuba.com . read more...


Hecuba - Satellite phone fixed - we're back online!
Hecuba - Satellite phone fixed - we're back online!
07/12/2013

La Rochelle - The party begins in Saint Lucia on La Rochelle

We finally finished at 9 pm on Thursday night after counting down the last 85 miles from sunup on Thursday . Just over 14 days for us as we started 30 hours late but managed to overtake a few boats on the way. The crossing can be described in thirds. First third, lovely sailing conditions up to 20 knots, second third, boring as bat****, hard work motor sailing and the final third, reasonable pressure but a little frustrating . Overall the crossing was very tame, but the rock and roll was still there. The Atlantic didn't bite us so we should be grateful for that.Wonderful support from Paul and his team, again, again and again . We definitely have had more sleep than them, as they are basically working 24 /7. Superb effort .I cannot recommend the ARC + enough, having established. read more...


07/12/2013

Jade - Days 12 & 13 Board/bored games...

The Monopoly Set has come out. Noah and Ferne are quite the little Alan Sugars. Ferne snapped up Mayfair and Park Lane within minutes, whilst Noah took to building houses and hotels on any other spare land. 5 hours later and I had to retire from the game owing them thousands in (thankfully) make-believe money. Alex has fared no better.The wind has finally perked up and today we've been flying along. We've seen only a bird and some flying fish all day long. Tonight the sky is full of stars and Venus is twinkling below a smiley-mouthed moon. Everyone on board is well and happy. Lots of love to allMichelle and all on Jade xxxx. read more...


07/12/2013

Golondrina - Christmas is here ......

Today the crew of Golondrina stood and had a minutes silence, thinking of all those loved ones at home running around doing the Christmas shopping.  Our thoughts are with you - fighting for parking spaces, buying rolls of wrapping paper only to find the load left over from last year, trying to work out what does "Don't go mad on me" actually mean? buying yet another Christmas tree stand because you can't find the old one and they always fall over anyway, realising you still haven't updated the address book from last year for the Christmas Cards,  un-knotting the Christmas tree lights which don't work anyway,  working which parents to visit and which ones to offend AND our special thoughts go to retail sales persons who are listening to a loop of Christmas music - Remember. read more...


Golondrina - Christmas is here ......
Golondrina - Christmas is here ......

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