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09/12/2013

Edelweiss - Day #16: Under 1000 miles to go!

Yes, we have a big milestone as of early this morning - only 966 nautical miles to go to St Lucia!While this is still plenty of ground to cover, it feels like we are really making progress.We've had good winds over the last 24 hours so we are picking up speed again.Even this morning's rainstorm could not dampen the excitement!On the other hand, enough with the flying fish already!Last night, just as we were cruising along in the dark with the moon lighting our way and I was thinking how lovely it was, a terrible ruckus started up in the otherwise quiet salon of the boat.Yes, the salon: as in "living quarters."Somehow (it's still unclear) a flying fish got in through a hatch or the main doorway and lodged itself under the table!It was only 10:30pm (not the fabled 3am), Lyell and I were on. read more...


09/12/2013

Challenger 3 - sailing and madness

st1\:*{behavior:url(#default#ieooui) } DAY 14 After a few days of motoring (and hitting the 2000 mile mark at midnight) Challenger 3 is back on proper sailing. Close to midday the wind started blowing again, we are now doing 8 knots with full main, yankee and staysail, heading towards our final destination. Today the crew tasted the excellent French crèpes done by Mark and sous chef Henry. Unfortunately the first batch didn’t come out quite right due to a convex bulge in the pan, which Mark then repaired with the nearest utensil to hand and some “gentle persuasion”. The crew are looking forward to making a consistent nine knots all the way to Saint Lucia. Meanwhile Challenger’s victual is nearly finished… the crew cant wait for eating out of superb tins.   Further on, a. read more...


20/11/2011

Pajarito - Day 10 - Yeeehaaaw!!!

We've been ridin' this buckin' bronc fer two straight days now, and still ain't tamed 'er.  Actually,I think it's us who's being tamed.The swells from the northeast continue to build, 12-14 ft now, making for a swashbuckling time.We've orange-locked (de-commissioned) the stove because it's just too dangerous in these seas to try to cook anything.Looks like it'll be cold cuts and Cheerios from here on out. Got milk?Yes! We do. We've found that our best sail combination is our main with two reefs and the staysail.This keeps us moving along at a 6- 6.5 kn pace.No reason to get too greedy.If we push it past hull speed in these swells, we could broach.Definitely not good.So, we'll just mosy on south and expect to reach Tortola Wednesday morning.Hum, my old rule used to be "No booze. read more...


09/12/2013

Blue Dolphin - Day 15 - Bread making

Sally gave Kathy and Carol a master class in bread making.  (insert photo).  The photo was going to be of the finished article but it disappeared almost as soon as it came out of the oven – delicious. The wind has died again!!!  The sea was eerily  smooth and oily looking.  So, it is back to the engine tonight.  Fuel is a real issue now and there are not many more engine hours left for motoring.  The winds should return on Tuesday – fingers x’d. The crew are wishing that a whale might appear to lift their spirits.  St Lucia still seems a long way off (1250 miles to go!)  BS.IMG_2414. read more...


Blue Dolphin - Day 15 - Bread making
Blue Dolphin - Day 15 - Bread making
09/12/2013

Nyaminyami II - Nyaminyami II Blog - Monday 07.12.13 1100hrs

By Chris Haworth ...Carols By Graham Pike! After the Dolphin pod visit at dawn yesterday a gloriously sunny day was spent under spinnaker heading roughly for the target in 10/15kts of wind 7.5 kts of bt speed. Hopefully a good 24 hr Run .....but unfortunately the guys in the north got through – we are now 3rd  100 miles behind the leader and just a few behind 2nd boat. With the wind due to stay in the NE veering East for the next few days it is now doubtful we will catch them....hey ho we weren’t really racing were we! Dinner was Stir fry Beef with Spaghetti and veg with a full bodied red, followed by fresh mango and coffee. Last night I followed the ‘silver avenue’ for about 3 hours! I was on first watch between 1000 to 0100 the night was. read more...


09/12/2013

Free Spirit - Sunday 8th December (Peter's Blog)

At precisely 1000hours on Sunday 8th December the wind returned to stir us from ourtorpor.  Seven days wallowing in thedoldrums had dampened our enthusiasm somewhat and there was even talk of may benot reaching landfall by Christmas. A dwindling supply of cooking gas necessitating rationing of tea, did notimprove matters at all.  The windseemingly had exhausted itself trying to batter us into submission during theviolent storm that struck us during the last night of the monthof November.  For three and ahalf days we were occupied repairing the genoa sail that, in its fury, the windhad ripped to shreds.  But then thewind continued to stay away, for day after day after day, the boat lurchingincessantly in the Atlantic swell unopposed by any forward. read more...


09/12/2013

Golondrina - Sunday exclusive, Neyland boy is just a home boy at heart..

Due to an unprecedented demand for more action photos from the newly formed Mark Chamberlin fan club, please see the attached photo of Mark in a natural, relaxing pose, baking his favourite cake.   For the sake of decency, safety and hygiene the apron remained on at all times! To Anna and the Blue Arrow girls  Mark says "HI".  To Richard and James he says "Fancy a slice?" A sexy little number!.. read more...


Golondrina - Sunday exclusive, Neyland boy is just a home boy at heart..
Golondrina - Sunday exclusive, Neyland boy is just a home boy at heart..
09/12/2013

Skara Brae - Flying Scotsman

The trade winds have finally kicked in - we have had 15kts from NNE since 5pm yesterday.Boat was doing 7-10kts all night, i finally slowed her down at 4am, as we dont want anymore strain on the rigging, that has been repaired to 90% of functionality (we have some damaged Main Batton Cars) and the Gennaker Furler wont take the sail in past 2nd reef, we did attempt a repair of this yesterday, but looks like its Halyard (rope) is stuck at the top of the mast - and we have decided we are not spending good sailing hours fixing it and the crew are all tired of being battered up there - Tosh had some nice bruises from his ping-pong game with it - we have 3 other sails if this one gives out LOL.so we are flying along averaging 8kts on a direct route to St Lucia.at this rate we arrive there in 6. read more...


09/12/2013

Aspen - Log 16 Monday 9 Dec; Sailing vs. Ultra-Running

I am an ultra-runner.Running extremely long races is my passion in life.My favorite race is the Leadville Trail 100 Mile Race, "The Race Across the Sky".There is no more brutal 100 race in the US than that race.We run on trails in the mountains to over 12,400 feet within a 30 hour time limit to finish the race.Sailing across an ocean can be compared with running the Leadville 100 mile race.When running we have to take care of our body in order to finish the race.In sailing across the Atlantic we must take care of our sailboat to complete the journey.Our sailboat needs fuel as our body needs energy.Run out of fuel and we run out of power for things like the autopilot; and the ability to move through the water when there is no wind, just like now!Run out of fuel when we are running and we. read more...


09/12/2013

Starblazer - Starblazer 9 December So Slow

Happy 21st Birthday Zack.Family matters out of the way, back to sailing.Have I mentioned there is very little wind?We spent Saturday night sailing slowly south west, to try to get below a weak ridge of high pressure and little wind.Before breakfast Sunday morning John downloaded a GRIB file, basically a wind map of an area he defined.This suggested the area of almost no wind coming from every direction was north of us and it was reasonable to alter course for St Lucia.This change brought the wind closer behind and the genoa was doing very little so time for a sail change. As good cruisers do, to the chagrin of racers, we had breakfast first.We rolled away the genoa and hauled up the cruising chute; big, colourful, light weight, exactly what is needed in these light airs.We then dropped. read more...


09/12/2013

Webster - Log 18: Giant wind hole

Sunday 8th December: Position 15 06'N 37 27'W. We turned the engine off at 0800 this morning after 10 hours motoring as we felt there was some breeze to sail and we did make a little progress but not enough really. The worry is the ARC forecast suggests that it is to remain light along the 15 degree line until the 12th - Thursday! We have nowhere near enough fuel for that eventuality so lets hope that changes; the grib files however tend to back it up or at least until Wednesday am anyway. We spotted a bulk container ship this morning the Andrea Paladio, which was on collision course but altered course herself to pass astern. Jerry called the bridge up on VHF and thanked him, very British.We gleaned from the SSB net that there is wind butquite well West and some boats now in it and. read more...


09/12/2013

Milanto - Blog 8th December

A fairly balmy night in which winds held strong and we covered a great deal of distance. At supper last night we had 800 miles to complete, by early morning we had chalked off another 70. This morning we made the decision to unfurl Mr Norris - our super light spinnaker - once again to make the most of the steady prevailing wind and we took it in turns at the helm to carve our way through a big sea - huge but regular swell - ata fast pace fluctuating between 7 and 10 knots.The day has been very warm and those members of the crew who are follicaly challenged have had to take extra precautions, including factor 500 sun cream and large brim hats.Still no sign of any other yachts although we did spy a vessel early this evening but heading in a different direction. They clearly don't want to. read more...


09/12/2013

Blue Ocean - Day 15/16: Remarkably fast

On 4am-8am (boat time) watch.   Now that the tradewinds have kicked in and, in the last 12 hoursstrengthened, we are clocking up some impressive speeds. Currently under singlereefed main and 75% rolled genoa (probably a bit over-canvassed) we are clockingup a consistent 10 knots plus.   We celebrated breaking the 500nm barrier during supper yesterday and itlooks like we will break the 400nm barrier before the end of this watch.  Sleeping is difficult as the sea is choppy and the noise ofrushing/slamming water and straining ropes more noticeable than when going moreslowly.  It is Yellow Watch’s (final?) turn to cook and I am trying to get somebread baked for breakfast. But, as a petulant TV chief might say, “how can I beexpected to work under such conditions!”. Even. read more...


09/12/2013

Resolute of Thames - The Final Night At Sea

Really impossible to believe that there is some land with our name on somewhere in the distance.We have 2 other yachts on the horizon..but one is not an ARC yacht....no details of the other one yet...you will know of course from your yellow brick screen. Sorry to keep you all waiting for our arrival and know we aren't going very fast at the moment.The swell is not to be messed with and there are also squalls around which increases our wind speeds++ so trying to keep a steady course under headsail and the sweet little trysail which to my knowledge has never had an outing since we have had ROT.With the mainsail poorly little trysail is hanked onto the mast but has 2 sheets into the cockpit and she helps to keep us a little more stable in the swell...every little helps.The plan tonight was. read more...


09/12/2013

Aditi - Day 14: Marigold squids rule!

Every day I check on our progress and the answer for the last 4 days is an estimated time to go of 12 days. Have been motoring since 1240 today in progressively declining 8 to 3kn ESE wind. Outlook for the crossing remains slow. Fishing today. Decided the marigold lure needed a bit of help so first thing this morning I made a fish attractant out of an empty half squashed 330ml coke bottle and a cork. The two things rattle together when dragged. A couple of hours later and we had a 2ft dorado on the line. A beautiful looking fish the majority of which ended up pan fried. Marigold's should add the tag line 'can also be used as squid' on the pack.Staring into the pretty colours of the radar in the middle of the night I can see into tomorrow's future. Becalmed, a voice calls over the. read more...


Aditi - Day 14: Marigold squids rule!
Aditi - Day 14: Marigold squids rule!
08/12/2013

Jambo - Becalmed again!

We were tonking along with spirits raised high and then the low to the NE sucked away our wind! - Basically it has knocked a hole in the trades of about 300 miles - our only option will be to motor west until fuel becomes low as food looking low but Tom and I reckon that Renny could be quite tasty if slow roasted in wine - Carol has a good recipe !!Come on wind as we all need to get to St Lucia!. read more...


08/12/2013

Golondrina - Sunday

As the heat increases to 35 degrees and the wind drops to near nothing we find our heroes bobbing around in the centre of a weather pattern of …. no wind.... Now young Owain features a lot in today's tales.   Our young charge is slowly working his way through the Day Skippers course under the ever watchful eye of, soon to be chief instructor, Dave 'Rainbow' Hartshorn - sorry did he mention this? Anyhow, 'Rainbow' with his wealth of teaching skill gained over many years, and in an attempt to create a degree of realism, thought it would be a brilliant test to hit young Owain with the task of carrying out a mayday drill at 1 am in the morning as he came on watch for the night.  With great gusto, passion and meaning the young Owain gave a perfect re-enactment and all was. read more...


Golondrina - Sunday
Golondrina - Sunday
08/12/2013

Selivra - ARC Tag 14

2013-12-08, 19.00Zwei Wochen auf See, deutlich mehr als die Hälfte liegt hinter uns.Feiertag und eine Überraschung jagt die andere.Aber der Reihe nach – letzte Nacht hat uns ein schönes und sanftesVorwindsegeln gebracht, die Tagesleistung hat es zwar nicht wirklichbereichert (Sorgenfalten für den Taktiker !), aber es war stimmungsvoll inder sternklaren Nacht nach Monduntergang dahinzugleiten.Und dann um 06:00 war es soweit – aus, kein Wind, jede List und Tücke warvergebens, sogar der eisernen Genua ist vor Schreck die Luft weggebliebenund sie konnte erst nach gutem Zureden überzeugt werden können, dass sienicht nur wegen des Gewichts mit an Bord ist. Die Batterien haben auch dieStromabgabe eingestellt, so war das wunderbare Geräusch des festen Brummensein wahrer Segen für fast alle.Doch. read more...


08/12/2013

Jade - 2 weeks at sea...

The second week at sea and Keith baked a loaf to celebrate. What a mighty white it was - he had his slices with jam! The wind is light AGAIN so we're pootling along and keeping our fingers crossed for winds that will get us to St Lucia in time for Christmas (and for Adam to get his Boxing Day flight). Alex and Ads put up our BIG spinnaker today. It looks good even if there's no wind to fill it!Despite lack of wind and moving at a snail's pace everyone is well and happy and enjoying the sunshine. The kids have been very good. Today they did lots of colouring-in and Lego. Lots of love to allMichelle and all the crew of Jade x. read more...


08/12/2013

Hebe - Day 15 8:12:13

15:31:88N051:17:38WHebe Jeebies Harry ,A normal day at the office for our intrepid crew!P1030318. read more...


Hebe - Day 15 8:12:13
Hebe - Day 15 8:12:13
Selivra - ARC Tag 14
Selivra - ARC Tag 14
08/12/2013

Free Spirit - Sunday 8th December

More from Andy...   Apparently most people think that the trade windsaren't trading this year! But what's this..? 15kts of breeze? Wow, we haven'tseen that much since the storm. Even better, we have sails up and we arepowering along at 7.6kts SOG. Peter's excellently repaired genoa is doing it'sjob! Is it some trade wind or the edge of a squall? Mmm, with the wind from thenorth, I'm tempted to think it's the edge of a squall. Still, we'll take what wecan get and be grateful for it...   As I write, Richie is patiently waiting for ashower. Sadly no-one's told him that the rain seems to have passed us by but heis persevering by waiting calmly with his shower gel on deck. Yes it is warmenough to shower in the rain!   Dougie on the other side of me heroically went upthe mast to. read more...


08/12/2013

Skyelark of London - Breeze is back

At long last a breeze. A long day of motoring in the sun is at an end. But I am getting ahead of myself.Last night a particularly heavy shower drenched the on watch crew makingthem look like drowned rats. Sadly no shampoo was available so the opportunity for a free shower was lost. Sadly also, with the rain went the wind and hence the day of motoring.Further sad news from the fishing team involving a major loss of fishing gear including the lure Gloria. Apparently, according to the fishing team, a monster from the deep, with a mass equal or greater than that of a killer whale, snatched the lure and dived deep, dragging all the line to Davey Jones locker. They were powerless to intervene against such a creature and gloomy faces were the order of the day.Much searching took place during. read more...


08/12/2013

Skyelark of London - Stowaway foods, A Skyelark review!

We are entering our final week at sea, and it's fair to say that thesupplies are dwindling, the last of the fresh fruit was eaten this morningand all but the frozen veg is gone. We now look through the fridge onlypicking the most 'ripe & ready' produceto go into today's lunches so thatwe eke out a bit of freshness for everyday.On a yacht that prides itselfon excellent food, and with a hungry and demanding crew-what are we goingto do?Usually we would turn to our stores of pre made and frozen meals, lovinglyprepared in Las Palmas and enroute, or the long life cupboard staples suchas bacon and pesto pasta! This year however we have a new plan, we havekindly been given a supply of pre made, ambient ready meals from Stowawayfoods. Having heard that sailing with Skyelark is all about. read more...


São Francisco 4 - 8 Dez - São Francisco 4 no meridiano do Tratado de Tordesilhas (fim séc. XV) / 8th Dec - São Francisco 4 at the Tordesilhas Treaty meridian (XV century)
São Francisco 4 - 8 Dez - São Francisco 4 no meridiano do Tratado de Tordesilhas (fim séc. XV) / 8th Dec - São Francisco 4 at the Tordesilhas Treaty meridian (XV century)
São Francisco 4 - 8 Dez - O último atum pescado do lado Português, 10Kg / 8th Dec - The last tuna fished on the Portuguese side, 10 Kg
São Francisco 4 - 8 Dez - O último atum pescado do lado Português, 10Kg / 8th Dec - The last tuna fished on the Portuguese side, 10 Kg
08/12/2013

Adina - Day 13 Up and down with the Parasailor

Day 13 and the crew kindly chose not to wake Skippy and let him catch up on sleep - he's looking a lot better for it and full of mischief again.The wind forecast for the day was for anything from NE to SE, and added to that the sea state has become confused from these differing angles. So it was time to get the parasailor down and hoist it on the other gybe. It also gave us a chance to check everything over. Much to our surprise, the tacker that holds it to our forestay was half way through losing it's holding, with its webbing wearing through. Susie bought out some hot hair ballooning webbing and did a very good job of reinforcing it. Plus the boys fitted shoft shackles to reduce wear on it. Back up went the parasailor. Then the wind shifted and back down came the parasailor. So to the. read more...


São Francisco 4 - 8 Dez - Um Kitesurfzucho em pleno oceano atlântico! Ai tubaralho... / 8th Dec - Kitesurfing in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean!
São Francisco 4 - 8 Dez - Um Kitesurfzucho em pleno oceano atlântico! Ai tubaralho... / 8th Dec - Kitesurfing in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean!
08/12/2013

Incisor daily blog 8-11-2013

Hello everyone!Well, we are certainly eating up the miles today. We haven’t been under 9knts all day! We keep telling ourselves, only a Fastnet and the delivery back to go! We have been reaching most of the day which makes it feel as though we are going even faster. After a lighter patch last night the wind is back up to a steady 13knts and due to increase this evening and through till we get to St. Lucia. All those boats North of us are now getting into that light patch we have been trying to avoid this whole time so hopefully we should cover some ground against them in the next few days. We have had lots of sail changes today and we really are getting pretty slick at them now! Derek likes to keep us busy you see. No idle bodies on this boat that’s for sure.Derek has been carrying out. read more...


08/12/2013

Windleblo - Day Fourteen

Seasickness. Coming from the Rocky Mountains, I have often likened this dreaded sailor's disease to altitude sickness, at least in one respect. Just as altitude sickness is only cured by coming down to a lower elevation, for coastal cruisers seasickness is only cured by returning to calmer waters.I've never fully understood how, but apparently its the inner ear that's the culprit with seasickness. Somehow, the random motions of a sea tossed boat cause the inner ear to get mixed up. The consequences are the signature symptoms of seasickness -- lethargy, headache, nausea. As I said, for the day sailor the only cure is to head back to port. But for the blue water sailor, happily there's another solution. Time. After a few days at sea, the inner ear adjusts and, mysteriously, the symptoms of. read more...


08/12/2013

Millport II - Ted's Diary - Days 13 - 15

Day 13:It is still windy today which is good.We bought some more bananas in Mindelo so we had porridge with bananas, raisins and honey for breakfast. Mum said today that I am not to fish anymore until all the meat on the boat is gone because it will otherwise go bad.Its only a few days so I don't mind too much.We had Brazilian chicken for dinner again tonight - yummy.After dinner Karen taught Robert and I now know how to play a game she brought called Bean Farmer.Its a really good game but Robert won.Day 14:Fried eggs and beans for breakfast.I had to have another shower this morning, I didn't think I was that smelly though.This afternoon Dad decided to change the sails because the wind was not as strong.It was really bouncy when we turned the boat around into the waves which made me feel. read more...


08/12/2013

Millport II - Ted's Diary

Day 9: Mum and Dad said that they sailed through a line of squalls last night.They told me that they were really glad to have radar because they could sail the boat between them. There is not very much wind again today.We found another flying fish on the deck, it was only a baby one though.Brazilian Chicken with sweet potato mash for dinner tonight.Day 10:Last night Dad decided that we would go to Mindello in the Cape Verde Islands.There is still no wind and the forecast is for no wind for the next few days.Because we had not planned to go there, we had no courtesy flag so Mum, Robert and I made one.It was fun, we coloured in some paper, then glued some white and red strips and gold stars to it. We laminated the paper and Dad hoisted it up the mast,and it looks a bit strange like the. read more...


08/12/2013

Blue Ocean - 500 miles to go!

500nm to go ! Toujours 30 knts de vent, belle houle de 3m, le bateau avance a 10 knts demoyenne avec quelques beaux surfs.   Le spi affale en urgence a 06,00 pour cause de `night squall` n`a pas eterehisse depuis, on est sous grand voile full et grand genois.   On a un bateau en contact AIS a 20 nm, l`Aurora – on ne devrait pas tardera revoir des bateaux.Vers 09,00 la balancine s`est rompue et notre voltigeur Darius est monte enchaise de calfat jusqu`en tete de mat : a 22 metres au dessus de l`eau, dans lahoule et avec la vitesse du bateau, ce n`etait pas rien d`eviter de setransformer en pendule... Durant la nuit, grosse prise sur la ligne, mais gros poisson , tresdifficile a ramener, surtout avec la vitesse du bateau. La ligne a fini parcasser et on ne saura pas si c`etait un. read more...


08/12/2013

Merlyn III - Best To Be Optimistic

Bestto be optimistic   Wentto sleep to the sound of Billie Holiday; woke to the sound of the diesel enginepowering us through another morning of light winds.  Hopespring eternal and as our wives were preparing to take off from London, weopenly welcomed leaden skies and distant squalls urging them to get behind us.Our short term wishes were answered with stronger winds and heavy rain coming inon the beam - we creamed along at 8 knots and crossed our fingers as it wasahead of the forecast winds; the oft repeated the story of yesterday’s wind forecast moving tantalisinglyahead of us, when reviewed the following morning!Yetwe are aboard an extremely comfortable yacht that rides the waves beautifully,with good food and good company. Truly away from today's, yesterday's and. read more...


Merlyn III - Best To Be Optimistic
Merlyn III -   Best To Be Optimistic
08/12/2013

Starla - Log Day 15 - Over half way

Hello Everyone,Distance logged today - 128 nautical miles. Distance to date this trip - 1722 nautical miles. Remaining miles to St Lucia 1339.It is a nice feeling to be over half way and counting down the distance to St Lucia.Yesterday afternoon we had light south westerly breeze 5 - 8 knots. This persisted through the night. This morning the wind is in the west and we are pushing north west to get more breeze further north. Not a direct route, but this should pay off in the long term. The wind will lighten in the south.We did not catch any fish, but had two bites from Tuna. One got off a long way behind the boat, but the other, Brian managed to get right behind the boat. The fish then dived deep and managed to get off. We really thought that we had that one. A big one it was, honest!So. read more...


08/12/2013

XAR - 8 Dec

nu har vi varit på havet i 14 dygn och kan nästan känna att vi snart är framme, torsd hoppas vi. alla mår bra. tyvärr har datorn havererat som ni kanske märkt. hälsn fr xar i tio knop. read more...


08/12/2013

Firefly - A flying fish came to visit

Peter started his morning watch at 9.00 AM to see an extra body on deck! A flying fish had taken a wrong turn and landed in the cockpit. Sadly it was too latefor itand was buried at sea-and they don't make good fish stew!We are expecting consistent North Westerly winds from now on into Antigua with good winds of 15 to 20+ knots. Our last 24 hour run is our best yet,194 miles, just missing the holy grail of 200 nm a day. This should make sailing the last 630 miles (yes we are counting them down)a fun sail and those days of drifting a distant memory! Yesterday evening we were called up by one of the Mini Transat single handed sailors on board Marcel Forever. We were the first people he had spoken to since he left Lanzarote a day before us. Marcel was making good progress to Guadalupe 13th. read more...


08/12/2013

True Colours - Happy Together (Clue)

Position 14:35.36N 036:51.40W   For readers of this blog (assuming there are any) who are both old enoughto remember 1960s/70s hit music, and are also fond of puzzles, the subjectheader of this piece may had told you what is to come – others, you may have toread to the end.  But on to the blog...   All on board seems to be getting a bit repetitive.   Sailing through the night watches, with the wind gradually dying, until theengine went on at 02.00.  Come dawn, a breeze reappeared, enough to set theasymmetric and give a consistent 6 knots of boat speed, but then the windstarted to fade, perhaps a little earlier than we had expected, and the enginecame on again at 12.00.  Looks like we will be motoring for possiblyanother 24 hours, but after that it looks like. read more...


08/12/2013

Koala - Dec 8th: Ahh... Sleeep....

Had a great night last night. Both of us got our full allowance of sleep and feel much better for it. This 4 hours on 4 off pattern is fine when you get to sleep when not on watch, but gets pretty tiring when you can't! Because we are trying to get some more south in to avoid an area of light winds up ahead, we were on a bit of a tighter angle to the wind. Koala sailed herself beautifully all night without a single adjustment and making 6-7 knots to the south west as well. We should have a good daily run today although our 24 hour VMG will not be quite so good as we have not been pointing directly at St Lucia.We are now down at 14 degrees N and it is getting hotter. Today is a port tack day (sails out on the Starboard side) which means that we will not get any shade from the sails as we. read more...


08/12/2013

Free Spirit - And the winner of our 'stanchions' challenge is......!

Hi all - I'm pleased to announce the winner of our 'Stanchions' challenge is Ian Chester from Ontario, Canada You'll recall the story of a week or so ago, when we were struggling to find exactly 4 additional stanchions to extend our life-lines to comply with ARC rules. The afternoon that this obstacle appeared, 4 'as new' 640mm stanchions (posts) appeared in the dumpster beside our berth, something that felt so unbelievable we did a quick check amongst ourselves before posting the story that no 'short-cuts' had been taken (which would clearly shorten the odds)!! We hypothesised that 4 such posts might be dumped once every five years, and speculated on the odds of us looking for them just when they were being dumped, in between collections! I've inserted Ian's response verbatim below,. read more...


08/12/2013

Dragonfly - Genaker futsch

Wieder eine ruhige und dunkle Nacht. Meine Wache geht bis 4 Uhr. Hajo löst mich ab und ich gehe in die Koje. Nach zwei Stunden wache ich auf und merke, dass der Wind zugenommen hat. Ich ziehe mich an und gehe an Deck. Wirhaben guten Wind und laufen über 6 Knoten mit Groß und Genua. Wir warten, bis es etwas heller geworden ist und setzen dann den Genaker. Super! Endlich wieder ein guter Speed. 8 bis 9 kn. Euphorisch rechne ich schon unsere Ankunftszeit für Donnerstag hoch. Alle sind guter Laune. Bis, ja bis der Genaker wieder herunter kommt. Diesmal endgültig. Der Bergetrichter hängt noch nit ein paar bunten Fetzen oben, der Rest liegt im Wasser. Einmal längs und einmal quer gerissen. Nicht mehr zu reparieren. Zumindest nicht mit Bordmitteln. Still bergen wir die Reste aus dem Wasser und. read more...


08/12/2013

Avel Biz J+14 Vie à bord

Bonjour8 Décembre 2013Position 12h00 UTC20°10 N47°19 W170 milles en 24hVie à bordDepuis hier, nous sommes sous génois et grand voile haute, à 70° du vent. Caglisse sans effort. Les fichiersnous annoncent du vent fort et portant àpartir de demain. Le bulletin météo de l'ARC, quand à lui, prévoitl'installation des "vrais" alizés à partir du 13. Caramba, encore raté.Comme nous recevons beaucoup de questions sur notre organisation à bord,voici quelques précisions.Depuis le début, nous avons adopté un système de quart "souple". Sansconfondre les genres, j'ai lu ça plusieurs fois. Dans les grandes coursesen double, Jacques Vabre, Barcelona, beaucoup de coureur adoptent cesystème. En pratique il y a toujours quelqu'un officiellement de quart maisc'est lui qui sent quand il a besoin de passer la. read more...


08/12/2013

Skara Brae - the trades at last

Finally we have the wind at more than a whisper and in the right direction:-) After a wee night of rain and Squall, the wind shifted from south to north and went from 6kts to 12kts so we are already belting along at 7.5kts average and as the trades deepen we will get faster towards St Lucia and the long awaited beer.We are officialy a dry boat - with all beer, wind and spirits depleted, unless you count shirleys 1/2 bottle of Baileys Irish Cream - which will get tanned tonight LOL.All books on board have been read and swapped - and we are now reading sailing books - which maybe we should have read before we started this journey LOL.After 2 weeks at sea we have covered 1860nm (200 more than planned) we have 1150nm left so at 7.5kts avg we will be there in 6.5 days but we. read more...


08/12/2013

Miciadue - Fisch satt

Rückblickend war der gestrige Tag einer der schönster der Überfahrt. Wind, Sonne, strahlend blauer Himmel, über 30 Grad und wir haben auch noch eine 80 cm (!) lange Goldmakrele geangelt. Unser Skipper bereitete zum Abend den Fisch in drei verschiedenen Geschmacksvarianten zu: Mit Orangen, mit Pesto und mit Currysauce. Die letzte Nacht war ätzend. Gegen 23 Uhr ließ der Wind nach und wir mussten wieder motoren. Dazu gabs dann noch Regen. Der Atlantik war platt wie ein Ententeichs - kaum zu glauben. Heute Morgen endlich wieder Wind. Den brauchen wir auch dringend, denn der Diesel wird zusehens knapper. Dem Wetterbericht nach solls ab jetzt ausreichend Wind geben - endlich der so lang erhoffte Passat? Wir hoffen, dass das nun auch so eintritt. Wenn ich jetzt auf den Garmin sehe, fange ich. read more...



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