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13/12/2013

Skyelark of London - Final Night at Sea

Here we go, 118 nm to St. Lucia, our final (hopefully) night at sea. The mood is festive, everybody joking around, asking "are we there yet" to the helmsperson every few minutes, the perennial question asked by kids the world over to their parents on long car trips. Not that we are not having fun, we are, but the proximity of land is leaving us anxious to cross the finish line and make land fall. For our last sundowner of the trip we had popcorn, Spanish sparkling wine and a round of Danish aquavit. To top it off we had a whale sighting.I wanted to conclude by saying that last night was, for me, the best experience of the crossing -clear skies, no squalls, good wind, the boat sliding down the swells under jib alone, and I steering the boat down the silvery path illuminated by the moon,. read more...


13/12/2013

Swan Valhalla - Log 22 - Our last full day!

We have been having consistent weather for the past 24 hours with the wind coming from a North-easterly direction at about 18-20 knots. This is great news as we are hopefully going to make our target arrival in St Lucia at about 10am local time tomorrow morning (Saturday). Our bearing was not quite on target so we jibed this morning to head 260 degrees. Unfortunately when we jibed there was a tear in the leech so we had to put in a second reefing line to save the rip from getting worse. We have also hoisted the mizzen in order tokeep our speed up. By mid afternoon the sun was getting a little hot so Sam and Carl managed to rig the awning so there was some welcome shade in thecockpit. With 122 miles to go we are slowly counting down the hours to our imminent arrival. We will be having our. read more...


13/12/2013

Diva - Die Reise geht zuende – ein krönender Abschluss

Nach einer Rauschefahrt durch die Nachtfärbt sich das Wasser vor der Nordspitze St.Lucias immer mehr in tiefes, leuchtendes Türkis. PerFunk haben wir uns angemeldet und wir werden schon von einem Fotografen in einem RIB (Großes schnelles Schlauchboot) in Empfang genommen. Die Sonne scheint und die Bucht von Rodney Bay liegt direkt vor uns. Einige Yachten liegen vor Anker und als das Zielsignal ertönt ist die ARC, die weltgrößte Hochseeregatta für uns zu ende. Ein tolles Gefühl, wir sind mit 0,00 Motorstunden über den Atlantik gesegelt. Wir alle sind wahnsinnig stolz.***GREETINGS JMS***Im Hafen machen wir dann achtern an der Pier fest. Vom Komitee werden wir mit einem Obstkorb und einer Flasche karibischen Rums begrüßt. Die beiden Flaschen Moet Chandon werden geköpft und dieses Gefühl. read more...


Diva - Die Reise geht zuende – ein krönender Abschluss
Diva - Die Reise geht zuende – ein krönender Abschluss
13/12/2013

Selivra - ARC Tag 19

13.12.2103FREIAG DER 13.Ahoi ihr Landrattennein keine Angst, Freitg der 13. hat uns nichts Schlechtes gebracht.Nur wieder ein Stück näher zum Ziel.Mein Gott das bisschen Starkwind und die grausliche Kreuzsee von heuteNachmittag ist ja an und für sich kein Unglück sondern des Seglers Alltag.Nagut, der Passat könnte mit zwei oder drei Windstärken weniger blasen,dafür aber beständiger. die Böen bis zu 45 - 47 ktn sind ja auch dieAussnahe. Nur haben wir das schon seit drei Tagen und der Wind wird in dennächsten Tagen auch noch stärker. Einzger Vorteil wir machen ganz guteFahrt.Wenn die Windrichtung auch noch bleibt können wir sogar direkten Kurs St.Lucia anliegen.Meine Crew ist super gut drauf und geniesst das Eilzugstempo Leider ist derWind und die Welle zu stark um unsere Wingaker setzten. read more...


Selivra - ARC Tag 19
Selivra - ARC Tag 19
13/12/2013

Golden Spirit of Islay - Birthday and homeward run

My birthday on the 9thwas celebrated with a great home-made chocolate cake, made from really dark chocolate and we even had some long life cream on board. Caroline had done a superb job.  It was so calm we were motoring and even stopped for a mid-Atlantic birthday swim. It was only 4000 metres deep, so not thinking too much about what might be lurking in the deep, Caroline and I dived in and swam three times round the boat. Steve and the crew member and friend Mike Boys managed a quick dip, Vivien said she would rather not. Shortly before this we got some discarded fishing gear wrapped round the propeller, an immediate loss of r.p.m and blue smoke.  Luckily I had just purchased some diving gear in Las Palmas for just such an eventuality, so Steve, a really experienced diver,. read more...


Blue Dolphin - Day 19 -Sunset over the Atlantic
Blue Dolphin - Day 19 -Sunset over the Atlantic
13/12/2013

Hebe - Day 19 12.12.13

Had a fantastic sail to the finish, the moon lighting our path, the wind kicking off as we rounded Pigeon Island so that we roared over the finish line doing 11 knots screaming and waving ! Met by the Arc team with rum punches all round, champagne then flowed and we all fell about on shore ending up in comas some time that night. It rained heavily which eventually woke us up as the hatches were all open.We are 38th overall so far and 2nd in our class…whoop di do.You'll be interested to know that Dart our goldfish has survived and has been promoted to a large cereal container and is blissfully happy swimming around. He was the only one on board happy that the gas broke down and he could have the gimballed cooker all to himself.Its so nice to stop rocking and I don't want to think about. read more...


Hebe - Day 19 12.12.13
Hebe - Day 19  12.12.13
11/12/2013

Blue Ocean - Blue Ocean

Dernier log from St Lucia 1   Nous sommes bien arrives durant la nuit, 03,30 heure Canaries, 23,30 heurelocale, sous la lune, toujours pas mal de vent et le bateau toujours  tresrapide. La ligne d`arrivee etait definie par un bateau trois mats, et un patitvoilier. Le photographe officiel est venu nous acceuillir, en petit zodiaquequ`il chevauchait d`un main ferme pour se tenir debout, et de l`autre mous nousimmortaliser... Magnifique accueil, avec un team de ~`ARC qui nous a aide a docker, et unpunch de bienvenue, avec quelques fruits. Inoubliable.   Et on a mis pied a terre pour un verre dans un bar, tres cool, genre rastaplus cool et lent que nature !   J`ai fini le montage de notre petit film, que je mettrai sur YouTube unefois fermement arrimme sur un internet. read more...


13/12/2013

Koala - Dec 13th: The final run in...

We now seem to be in a period of sustained trade winds which means that we are making good progress in the right direction. After our initial exuberance, we have adopted a slightly more conservative approach. We did have one afternoon of surfing off waves at 10.5 knots thinking "This is great", but after the self steering let go a few times, we decided to reign it in a bit. We are now making a steady, but hopefully non boat breaking 6-7 knots. When the self steering did let go, with a poled out genoa and main with preventer, we ended up parked neatly hove-to and all was fairly calm, but as it was pushing 30 knots, we decided to go the extra reef.The high speeds caused a bit of havoc with the duogen water generator. There was a dull thud from behind the control panel and a smell of. read more...


13/12/2013

Miciadue - Freitag der 13.

Freitag der 13. ist der Glückstag unseres Skippers. Heut kann uns nicht passieren - sagt er. Hoffen wir´s und warten mal ab. Wir segeln mit unverminderter Geschwindigkeit 6-8 kts bei schönstem Wetter aber leider sehr unruhiger See unserem Ziel entgegen. Sollte nichts Unvorhergesehenes dazwischen kommen, werden wir Montag in St. Lucia eintreffen. Für eine kleine Kursänderung haben wir jetzt das Groß geschiftet und segeln nicht mehr in Butterfly-Segelstellung sondern mit raumen Wind. Die Zeit vergeht wie im Fluge. Noch 384 sm.. read more...


13/12/2013

Manihi - La remontée des champs alizés - Encore 270 miles

9:15 heure locale - Profondeur 4910 m Encore 24 heures passées sous les alizés. Plus tranquille tout de même,avec 20-22 nds (force 5-6) réguliers et quelques rafales à guère plus de 25 ndssous les rares grains. Pendant la journée d'hier nous avons navigué les voilesen ciseaux, GV et génois, une de chaque coté. Pour ne pas prendre de risques encas de grain pendant la nuit, nous avons enlevé le tangon et affalé la GV pournaviguer sous génois seul. Confortable pour ceux qui dorment et pour celui dequart, et relativement efficace, 6 nds environ. Et ce matin, à la première heure(vers 6h30) remise des voiles en ciseaux pour la journée, après avoir réparé uncoulisseau de GV qui s'était cassé lors d'un empannage malencontreux ! Et c'estparti à 7-8 nds. La météo ne prévoit pas changement pour la. read more...


13/12/2013

Starblazer - 13 December ..it happens!

Yes, I have already sanitised this blog!Thursday 12th was an interesting day with a number of highs and lows; I’ll start with the highs.One of the reasons Tuesday’s blog was late was that the conditions called for 100% watchfulness.The swell is about 3 metres and it can pick the boat up and hurl you forward (good), down into a trough (not so good) or just allow you to surf.The GPS had occasionally been reading 10 knots when suddenly it peaked at 12.4.Should I scream as on a fairground ride?I don’t like fairground rides.Should I shout an exultant ‘wahoooo’ as I am sure racers would?What I did was mutter a short prayer that our speed would moderate, and soon!We had a fantastic day’s run of 182 miles in the right direction.During the afternoon the wind moderated, our speed dropped and the. read more...


Shenanigan - Trade Wind Trials
Shenanigan - Trade Wind Trials
13/12/2013

Starla - Log Day 20 - The air waves

Hello Everyone,Distance logged today - 191 nautical miles. Distance to date this trip - 2605 nautical miles. Remaining miles to St Lucia 561.As you can see from the log, we bettered yesterdays best ever daily distance by a few miles.The wind has been 20-28 knots from the east. We are still sailing south east, below the direct course for St Lucia on port tack. Either on a wind shift (which is not forecast)or when the sailing angle is what we need, we will gybe on to starboard tack and make out way back up towards St Lucia. So you may see us go a little south before heading back up. That's sailing, not very many direct routes!The sea state is still very uncomfortable, making life on-board more difficult. Cooking is a big challenge, but we are still managing well and spirits are good.. read more...


13/12/2013

Abraxas - 12/12/13 The Rhythm of the Sea

We are now about 600 nautical miles from our destination and the boat andcrew are in good shape.  Speeds are typically 6-8 knots – all downhillsailing.  We did a good rig check this morning and Abraxas is doing us allproud.   The trade winds are now in full swing and the ocean is delivering afantastic landscape of large waves and swell which have spiced things up alittle bit for the crew.   The beautiful blue waves line up/ tower up  behind the boat casting ashadow over the helmsman before they pass, only to be replaced by another, likea relentless marching army.  The rhythm of the waves seems to dictate therhythm of the crew.  Simple tasks like pouring tea, buttering toast andeven using the bathroom (even typing this blog!) are all done to this. read more...


Shenanigan - Trade Wind Trials
Shenanigan - Trade Wind Trials
13/12/2013

Abraxas - Blog 13/12/13 Slovenian Edition- Slovenska izdaja bloga jadrnice Abraxas

Abraxas blog – Slovenian edition - Slovenska izdajabloga jadrnice Abraxas Zivjo vsi, ki to razumete, Naj na danasnji petek, 13. 12. 2013, na kratko povzamem,kaj se je dogajalo na jadrnici Abraxas kot udelezenki ARC 2013 od Kanarskihotokov do St. Lucie v Karibih. Startali smo 24. 11. izpred Las Palmasa, start seveda nipotekal ob kaksnem mrzlicnem prerivanju za startne pozicije. Po startu smo seusmerili proti Zelenortnim otokom, saj so prireditelji udelezencem svetovalijuzno varianto, ki cim prej pripelje do pasatnih vetrov, poleg tega pa je tudivremensko veliko bolj stabilna. Ze na startu se je pokazalo, kaj je tudi, poleg jadranjain nastavljanja jader, pomembno na takem jadranju: obvladanje vseh sortpopravil. Tako ze na samem startu motor ni hotel vzgati, in sta Gary in Nick zepred. read more...


13/12/2013

Free Spirit - Thursday 12th December (Peter's Blog)

Free Spirit smashed her personal speed recordtoday. Admittedly she was surfing down the face of a mountainous wave at thetime but the breathtaking, and slightly scary, 12.2 knots was driven mainly by avast expanse of deceptively thin, brightly coloured fabric called Parasailor.Expanded to its full extent by following winds it flies in front of the boat,like a kite, lifting the bow in the water and pulling her along at an impressiverate of knots,12,2 being the most extreme example so far. As David often remindsme, "Dad, if you want to go fast get a speed boat". But, nothing compares toploughing through the surf powered by wind and waves alone. Normally, on FreeSpirit, we get excited if she manages 6 knots. So, 12 is very fast indeed,and more than a bit exciting. This is. read more...


13/12/2013

Hada - 19 days of Pitch, Yaw, Pivot... with 300 miles to go!

HADA Day 1919 days of Pitch, Yaw, Pivot... with 300 miles to go!Friday December 13th, 2013 10h58m UTC-4Post #10(5 pics attached)Greetings once again from from Anton, Ed, Stu, TJ & André aboard HADA, reporting from Mid Atlantic, 14 degrees 09 minutes North, 56 degrees, 00 minutes West.HADA is sailing steadily and confidently westward, with a bit more gybing (zig-zagging) required than we hoped for - the promised wind from the NE never materialized, blowing instead mostly from 90-110 degrees.We have about 300 miles to go, with landfall now expected to occur on Sunday.Crew is healthy and in good spirits, with everyone processing the slight disappointment from the slower than expected progress.Spirits got lifted however as we enjoyed another amazing meal yesterday evening, with fresh. read more...


Hada - 19 days of Pitch, Yaw, Pivot... with 300 miles to go!
Hada - 19 days of Pitch, Yaw, Pivot... with 300 miles to go!
Hada - 19 days of Pitch, Yaw, Pivot... with 300 miles to go!
Hada - 19 days of Pitch, Yaw, Pivot... with 300 miles to go!
Hada - 19 days of Pitch, Yaw, Pivot... with 300 miles to go!
Hada - 19 days of Pitch, Yaw, Pivot... with 300 miles to go!
Hada - 19 days of Pitch, Yaw, Pivot... with 300 miles to go!
Hada - 19 days of Pitch, Yaw, Pivot... with 300 miles to go!
Hada - 19 days of Pitch, Yaw, Pivot... with 300 miles to go!
Hada - 19 days of Pitch, Yaw, Pivot... with 300 miles to go!
13/12/2013

Mustique - Mustique.13.Dec.Blog.Fish.comp.entry

Arc Fishing Competition - Yacht Mustique- Official entry ARC 2013It was a day much like many others- living the dream, skies 50 shades of blue, trade winds off the quarter and white puffy cumulus clouds smiling the way to the Caribbean.......Then, all of a sudden, all went dull over Yacht Mustique and her crew. Suspecting a dark squall, skipper Fin lay down his book 'How to catch a massive monster fish in the North Atlantic Ocean' and he looked out to sea, to see the biggest flying fish he'd ever seen, soaring through the skies like a Top Gun Tuna!'Chief Fisherman Scott!!' he shouted.... 'FISH on!' Scott sprung into action with Becki the Fish Maiden at his side. The monster flying fish dived back into the deep blue Ocean, its sheer size creating a mini tsunami, drenching Mustique &. read more...


Mustique - Mustique.13.Dec.Blog.Fish.comp.entry
Mustique - Mustique.13.Dec.Blog.Fish.comp.entry
13/12/2013

Hecuba - Days 16 & 17 - Tradewinds, Dolphins & Autopilot issues

We finally found the tradewinds and have been enjoying consistent winds from the East, so our speed and trejectory has improved remarkably. That being said, the seas are bigger than expected making for uncomfortable conditions aboard. On day 17 we were also welcomed at lunchtime by a huge pod of dolphins - they proceeded to swim with us for a couple of hours, jumping out of the water and swimming at incredible speeds alongside. Not the first time we've seen dolphins on the trip, but probably the most impressive showing. In other more depressing news, our autopilot has officially given up the ghost (despite lots of attempts to resolve by Larry & Steve) with a possible hydraulic/power issue, so we're forced to hand steer for the last 650 miles. That means we're probably in for some. read more...


Hecuba - Days 16 & 17 - Tradewinds, Dolphins & Autopilot issues
Hecuba - Days 16 & 17 - Tradewinds, Dolphins & Autopilot issues
13/12/2013

Duplicat - Friday the 13th!

14.32N46.30WNicer conditions now since yesterday, we have slightly less wind today averaging 20 knots and the seas are more organised from behind so we are flying single reefed main and code zero which is giving us a faster ride, top surf speed recorded this morning 14.6 knots.Life is quite pleasant on board and Colin is happy to be doing our daily plot on the eastern end of the big chart!We have put our clocks back twice since Las Palmas but there has been resistance for any more yet as one of the crew wants to see the moon tonight.Being northern Europeans we like the days longer at the end so we can have dinner in the light.. read more...


13/12/2013

Adina - Day 19 Duck Winging on the Atlantic

Day 19 - more wind, more lumpy sea. This is the real Atlantic. It's good to have the wind but these seas are putting a lot of stress on all the yachts out here. One yacht has lost it's mast. Picture taking your home and then putting it on the sea. Everything is shaken around rather violently. Things will unfortunately break. Skippy was on the daily radio check-in finding out if other skippers were goose-winging given the sea state. Two confirmed they were, that was enough for Skippy - we'd be doing the same! For our non-sailing friends, you put your main sail on one side of the boat, holding it out in place with a line called a preventer. Then you rig a spinnaker pole and take your genoa/jib to the opposite side. This allows you to sail with the wind right behind you. But it's a fine. read more...


13/12/2013

Sunrise - Tag 20 - 13.12.2013 - Zielgerade

Nach einer Nacht ohne besondere Vorkommnisse haben wir noch 179NM zum Ziel.Die Sonne brennt, die Luft ist heiß und es geht uns gut.Die ersten Aktionen an Land werden geplant: Min 1 Stunde Duschen, einbisXkühle Cocktails, Waschenund dann werden wir weiter sehen. Wir stellenuns auch die Frage, wie die ersten Schritte an Land aussehen werden –hoffentlich ist der Steg breit genug. Wir sind gespannt wer als erster diePitons von St. Lucia entdeckt. Eventuell sehen wir vorher noch Barbados ausder Ferne.Liebe Grüße von Hans und Sebastian und der Sunrise-Crew. read more...


13/12/2013

Athena of Southampton - Athena log 11

Athena log 11 – Friday December 13th 2013 –15 36.84 N / 55 51.51 W Why is it the lastfew miles of any journey seem to stretch, is it the anticipation of what? A longshower with unlimited water?  Ormaybe the thought of a beer or a meal sat at a table that doesn’t move, thatsteady meal which doesn’t need lifelong curled arm around the plate to preventthe food joining previous meals in the bin.  Thecurled arm locked around the square plate dates back to Nelson’s day. Thisnecessary habit was often used as evidence by the press gang to prove a man wasa sailor, or had been. Hence the common wail of modern day mums “sit upstraight, get your elbows off the table” So not a measure of manners, but anancient ruse to fool those who would offer the Kings shilling. As another crossingcomes. read more...


12/12/2013

Hot Stuff - Fairies of the Lost Arc - Chapter 12

24 hours later and we confirm that we are slightly losing our minds... Thewashing machine sleeping experience has now turned into a tumble drying on extrahot and extra long cycle setting. Bruise count is now into triple figures -colours ranging from the palest of buttercup yellow to the deepest of purple. Anavvy would blush at our expletives - every time Tricia swears the whole boatcheers. She is now down with da kids. Ali G would be proud. She's got theheadlamp, sunnies, medallion and the batty rider shorts. Work that ghetto chicgirlfriend! The sailing experience has been awesome. Big swells push Hot Stuff's bottomtowards St Lucia - blissful surfing - it feel like we are flying sometime. Lifedoesn't get much better than this ... Nikki is currently on the helm eating lastnight's cold. read more...


13/12/2013

Firefly - When the ship comes in to Nelson's Dockyard

After our arrival in English Harbour, we had a lazy morning at anchor in Freeman's Bay catching up with sleep, jobsand swimming off Firefly. When the historic port was clear of charter yachts ( they have been having pre season charter fair here)they gave us a berth right in front of all the historic dock buildings and conveniently a bar. We can now claimed to be fully acclimatized however Peter is the only one so far to have tasted the local rum (the others prefer beer)We had a delicious supper at the Antigua Yacht Club in nearby Falmouth Harbour (no more on board catering for a while)and wandering the charter boat pontoons (millionaires row and lots of polishing!)We were greeted this morning by the arrival of Barney Greenhill so the party has really started . No more jokes by email .. read more...


13/12/2013

Hera - Turbulenzen

Die Abläufe unter Deck gestalten sich beim aktuellen Seegang zunehmendschwieriger. Man müßte 7 Arme wie ein Krake haben, um alles im Griff zubehalten. Der Mangel an solchen Extremitäten läßt Teller,Tassen und vielerleiandere Gegenstände während deren Nutzung durch die Gegend segeln. Bei dieserunangenehmen hohen und kurzen Hackwelle kann man nicht mal den Rudergänger fürdas Chaos verantwortlich machen. Eine während des Reffens aus dem Spibaum ausgeklinkte Vorschot hat uns inder Nacht 20 sm vom Etmal gekostet. Der Fehler ließ sich erst bei Tageslichtbeheben, so dass wir vier Stunden ohne Vorsegel segeln mußten. Auf die gewohnten ausgeklügelten Menüs werden wir die letzten drei Tage bisRodney Bay wohl verzichten müssen, da Rasmus auch weiter mit seiner Vitalitätprotzt. Abgesehen von den. read more...


13/12/2013

Arkouda - Big Rolly Seas and Green Chilie

13 28.2 N, 44 28.5 WSOG 6-6.5,COG 290We finally made contact with the sailing vessel Aspen yesterday!As I had mentioned I tried in wee hours of the morning to reach her, without success.Right after I hit the send button on the outgoing emails, I heard a voice on the VHF.Pretty exciting, only the could not hear us!We will be testing our distance and antennae when we reach St. Lucia.I got a little worried.We had passed her (despite what the position report showed, although she could have passed us again, but I would have at least seen the boat on the AIS.I am not sure if they stopped in the Verdes, which means that they have been out here four days longer.And although we had one stellar day of over 200 NM, most of our sailing is the average speed of average boat, adjusted to make us. read more...


13/12/2013

Edelweiss - signs of life

We can tell we are starting to get close.After days of no boats at all, we had both an ARC boat (Hada) and an LPG tanker cross our bow.Must mean that we are coming in off the great blue yonder toward land.Now, if we could only see a pontoon, a shower, and little restaurant that has cold beer.But we get ahead of ourselves.  Aboard Edelweiss, the creativity continues.Lyell released an illustrated work entitled "The Baby Dinosaur", and Mason's Chandlery has posted a complete products and services listing complete with Christmas Discount (can be applied until January 15, and cannot be combined with any other offers).The market here aboard Edelweiss is a little constrained but I think he will do well.Onward toward St Lucia!xo Edelweiss. read more...


13/12/2013

Shelduck - Thu 12 Dec Yet More High Seas

Thu 12 Dec 14:57.511N 48:00.025W Distance travelled in 24h 147 miles   Huge seas make life particularly difficult below decks. It’s almostimpossible to move around without using both hands to grip onto any availablehand hold and using other body parts such as shoulders, arms, back, hips,thighs, calves and feet to brace against bits of furniture as you move around.Everything has to be done very slowly, carefully thinking about what you aredoing, how you will do it without being flung around inside the cabin. Makingtea and coffee is still possible, but takes time and careful timing so as tobalance between swings and slides and swirls and catch the moment when you are,for a tiny instant, in equilibrium.  Brendan opened our second ‘tin’ dinner of M&S spaghetti bolognaisesauce. read more...


13/12/2013

Shelduck - Wed 11 High Seas & ARC Cruising Division

Wed 11 Dec 14:59.712N 45:28.977W Distance travelled in 24h 154 miles   Today we are crossing a very shallow part of the Atlantic.  There arehuge mountain ranges beneath us, taller than Mount Everest, in an area called,somewhat imaginatively, Researcher Ridge. We are well north west of the VemaFracture Zone, being carried by the North Equatorial Current as well as pushedalong by the Trade (and non-Trade) winds. The waves are huge and high because weare travelling over an area which is only 563 metres deep rather than the usual3000-5500 metres deep. It’s hard to imagine we have more than 5km of waterbeneath us at times and even harder to visualise the mountain ranges currentlybeneath us at the moment.   Eaten the first of our tinned suppers – it’s been fresh food. read more...


13/12/2013

Avel Biz - Avel Biz J+19 Terre (bientôt) en vue

13 Décembre 2013Position 12h00 UTC14°14 N60°23 W160 milles en 24hTerre (bientôt) en vueCes bateaux modernes, ce n'est vraiment pas fait pour le vent arrière. Noustirons des bords de grand largue, 70° d'un bord sur l'autre, comme les AC72 de la Coupe America, en un peu moins rapide quand même.Nous avons choisi de tirer des petits bords pour rester dans le couloir de vententre Ste Lucie et la Martinique et éviter l'effet "matelas" de dévent de l'airvenant buter contre ces îles montagneuses. La manœuvre d'empannage est bien aupoint.Nous croisons et doublons des voiliers classiques qui vont tout droit,voiles en ciseaux, à l'ancienne. L'AIS se réveille d'un coup. C'est amusant dese retrouver comme ça après des jours et des jours de solitude, ça fait du bien.Cette dernière journée de mer a été. read more...


13/12/2013

Annabella - Log 18 - Friday 13th December

Position: 14 11.7N 55 49.9WDistance to St Lucia: 297.4NMDistance since log 17: 194NMPossibility that we will get into St Lucia Saturday evening sometime. Daily mileage is holding well and forecast is suggesting 25 + knots for tomorrow. The twin headsails are working well, but the rolling they induce means that the body is constantly in motion. It is especially noticeable when trying to sleep. Feels as if someone is pushing you continuously. The distance left is similar to the Dunlaoghaire to Dingle race so it feels very much in home territory.We moved into 4th place in our class yesterday and we think we can see no. 3 ahead of us on the horizon. He was 19 NMs ahead yesterday in the position report. We are optimistic that we can catch him (if it is him) before we get much. read more...


13/12/2013

Moondancer - Friday 13th

Friday 13th, that’s not a good start.Hi to all you still following us on the blog. It seems to me that anybody with the mental stamina to continue reading this load of old rubbish day after day has all that’s required to do the ARC.Its been a few days since our last blog as we’ve been very busy trying to get the boat St Lucia in one piece. The trade winds we’ve been praying for (thanks Sue) have come and we now have a constant 20kts of wind. The downside to lots of wind is the sea state which is confused at best but we’ve been clocking steady 165 mile days.It was managements turn to prepare lunch yesterday, catering was at the helm and I was in my cabin when a big wave hits the boat. Management superman’s past my cabin into the heads wall. After a little groaning from management and. read more...


13/12/2013

Skara Brae - Skara Brae blog day 20 friday 13th

We are in a wee squall at the moment and its very strange the sun keeps getting up later than us, bugger didn't get up until 10am must be the laid back Caribbean way of things.You think someone (hmm was that another job I forgot)would have told ma GPS and electronics that there is a one hour time zone shift every 600miles west we goSo when we arrive on sun morning at 5am - it will actually be 1 am, just what we need, im sure there will be a wee whisky joint (if you excuse the pun)open somewhere.Well the crew are getting fidgety to get there and Tosh has his flight home on Sunday afternoon, so he wants to be there late sat, to acclimatize hahahahSo they decided yesterday that since it was too windy fer the Spinny and too windy fer ure fecked main sail - we should fly both genoa and. read more...


13/12/2013

Golondrina - The last 99 miles

As 0700 (local time) arrived with the sunrise ... 11 am GMT (UK time), trip shows 99 miles to go.Pressing on with all speed.Golondrina. read more...


13/12/2013

Jade - Day 20 - zooming along

Hooray we are zooming along like, erm, a boat in the Trade Winds. Yeehaaa!All are well and happy including the kids who have been super stars. We celebrated our windy day yesterday with a Virgin Mary - talk soon turned to when we arrive in St Lucia and drink the real thing and rum punch)!Hope everyone is well, happy and feeling festive.Lots of love Michelle and all the crew of Jadeps: Noah's advent calendar joke of the day - What do snowmen wear on their heads? Ice caps. Boom boom xx. read more...


13/12/2013

Aspen - Log 20 Friday 13 Dec; Mother Mother Ocean

'I've wanted to sail upon your waters since I was 3 feet tall'.Those words by Jimmy Buffett pretty much sum up my life.Dreams of crossing oceans were just that, childhood dreams.But guess what?Several oceans later and I'm still amazed at the mother of all life on Earth, the sea.75% of our planet is covered in water and the oceans seem timeless. Especially when it is blowing 25-27 knots all night long with squalls to keep things interesting for Maria and I on little Aspen!Yet Aspen has found the key - she rides the waves with such skill and grace as she has become one with the sea.Maria fights the sea with every meal she has to cook.Staying upright in a pitching galley takes the kind of skill she has developed over the last several years out here.Captain Steve tries to keep Aspen moving. read more...


13/12/2013

Webster - Log 22: Rock and roll blues

Thursday 12th December: Position 14 42'N 48 24'W. We're all getting a bit fed up with the constant rolling I sense, mainly because I for one certainly am even though it was expected. On deck first thing with an E 15-20knts blowing and big waves on the quarter and the boat just gyrating around. The auto helm handled it fairly well over night it must be said so took the pressure off.The forecast for the day was for NE/E 19-24 knts increasing 20-25 knts with 27 knt gusts over next 36 hours. We have a load more of this to come then especially as 4-5m swells forecast to boot. We were hand steering most of the day and getting 8/9 knts regularly.Had a good clear out of the galley his morning, coffee grinds everywhere. Trouble is every time a cupboard is opened the contents are deposited on the. read more...



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