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10/12/2013

Blue Ocean - Blue OCean smells like punch

15,10   and 108 nm to go. St lucia at reach, probably gettingthere at 02,00 on Wednesday morning as we are still speeding 10 knts and more. Journee de navigation merveilleuse, avec un soleil tropical et de raresnuages,  une longue houle de 3-4 m, 35-40 knts de vent, et des surfsjusqu`a 18 knts.Je viens de preparer une derniere pizza a bord pour le dejeuner, et l`apresmidi sera animee : guetter les premieres vues des Barbades au Sud, de St Luciesous la lune,... Nous sommes toujours devant Aurora qui est maintenant 30 miles derrierenous, et devant Baleraria n`est qu`a 10 nm, avec une VMG – velocity made good-nettement inferieure a la notre sur les dernieres 24 heures. Peut etre encoreune place a gagner pour le fun   Biz. read more...


Blue Ocean - Blue OCean smells like punch
Blue Ocean - Blue OCean smells like punch
10/12/2013

Free Spirit - Trade winds / whales!

We're now well and truly settled into the trade wind conveyor belt, its remarkable!! Steady, strong breeze from the East at between 15 and 25 knots, gusting to 30 at times so the sea has built up to quite large lumps, 4 - 5m swells rumbling through every 10 seconds, approaching from the NE (over our right shoulder). So the job of steering Free Spirit is great fun, we're taking it in hour turns as its quite tiring, we have two reefs in and are cruising at 8 - 10 knots v. Comfortably, surfing the swells as they come through (which can get us into the 12 knot area when we've caught one!). The attached map shows the weather charts we've been getting twice daily from the Bluestone team in Aus. These charts come from www.weatheronline.co.uk, which is a comprehensive site showing output from a. read more...


Free Spirit - Trade winds / whales!
Free Spirit - Trade winds / whales!
10/12/2013

Ocean Venture - Home run- 880m left

Ok, no blog yesterday as not in best spirits after loosing spinaker at night and feeling too tired to write one is the honest truth.Been a slog till yesterday AM when the shift came that we have waited for. Northerly breeze and a beam reach has put us back on track with a two hundred mile run last 24hrs with exilerating ocean sailing and a good 5 day forecast of it continuing.Flying fish have taken to attacking helmsman at night and even finding there way below decks!All commenting what a fantastic boat this is and how easy to sail and maintain as well as keep clean with 10 men on here.A domestic teamrota of cleaning duties with two on a day (Duke gets away with this somehow), keeps our smell factor within acceptable limits.( I have been asked not to mention this for obvious reasons.....).. read more...


Ocean Venture - Home run- 880m left
Ocean Venture - Home run- 880m left
10/12/2013

Queen Frederica - Bericht Tag 17 - Halber Wind und volle Segel.

10.12.13Mehr als 40 Stunden segeln wir jetzt auf dem Backbord-Bug und haben unsunserem ersten Zielpunkt auf St. Lucia heute Morgen im 10 Uhr Bootszeit(UTC-2) auf 946 Meilen genähert. Die 1000er-Marke haben Petra und Andreasheute in ihrer Nachtwache geknackt. Aktuell luven wir an und laufen einwenig höher als 270 Grad. Der halbe Wind mit seinen 12-15 kn (4 Beaufort)geht gut mit der Queen F. Für Raumschotkurse, die wir bald anlegen müssen,brauchen wir mehr. Da kämen die angekündigten 20-25 kn gerade recht. HeuteMorgen steuern uns Dieter und Dietmar souverän und sportlich durch dieSee. Dieter im Steuerstand auf der Luv-Seite, Dietmar in Lee. In der Nachtgab es einen erneuten Angriff aus der Tiefe. Ein fliegender Fisch trafDieter an der Hand. Er hat es gut weggesteckt.Gestern haben wir zwei. read more...


10/12/2013

Milanto - Milanto Blog 9th December

After a long night of regular short watch changes - to ensure concentration at the helm in difficult sea conditions - the morning started with hoisting our "Mr Norris" spinnaker to maintain our fast boat speed and bring us to St Lucia that bit earlier. With winds anticipated of up to 28 knots, keeping the spinnaker up all day was ambitious, but as long as he was up, we knew we would be progressing as fast as was possible. As it happened, surfing down a 5m Atlantic swell, we kept that over-sized beast of a sail flying all day and hit almost 13 knots several times - fantastic! Our afternoon roller coaster ride ended when the wind and waves suddenly whipped up to throw us first into a Chinese Gybe and then a broach. It was a pretty dramatic moment - we could have lost the mast - but. read more...


10/12/2013

Dragonfly - schalflos auf dem Atlantik

Wieder eine fast schlaflose Nacht.Wir haben ca. 15 kn Wind genau von hinten. In Böen über 20kn. Aber die Wellen werden immer höher und unberechenbarer. Die werfen das Schiff hin und her. Imposant zu sehen, wie die Wasserberge heranrollen, das Schiff in die Höhe heben und dann um 30 Grad herumdrehen. Seit heute früh fahren wir einen halbwegs stabilen Kurs mit gut 7 kn. Damit kommen wir Freitag früh in Rodney Bay an. Allerdings haben uns bis dahin noch einige Schiffe überholt. Den 3. Platz in unserer Gruppe können wir wahrscheinlich auch nicht halten. Aber egal, wir wollen nur gut ankommen. Wenn wir angelegt haben, schlafe ich wohl erst mal 2 Tage durch. Hajo, Edwin und Volker versuchen ständig mit ihren Foto- und Filmkameras die Wellen zu dokumentieren, Aber die kommen dann auf den. read more...


10/12/2013

Lancelot II - Day 16 - Homeward Bounders

Postcard from Lancelot II – Weather Hot, Fishing lousy, Wish you were herex   The final countdown has begun in earnest, as I write this we have 521Nautical Miles to go to Rodney Bay. We are homeward bounders. We watch the milestick by on the chart plotter like an all absorbing soap opera. The sea state hasbeen lively to say the least with the wind at 25kts and averaging 9 knots boatspeed. Big Atlantic rollers push up and down like a cork sometimes. Some wavesare as tall as the helmsman as they come behind us and we surf down them.Annette holds the record for boat speed on our watch – 14.4 knots. Yeha! Lastnights night watches started with a moon so bright you could almost read by it.It lit our way with a runway of light to follow.   Newsflash – Fish. read more...


10/12/2013

Meltemi - 15.Tag - Wilde Maus

Heute fahren wir mit der "Wilden Maus": ein kleiner Squal heute Nacht, nun geht es ab bei um die 30 Knoten wahrer Wind und einer schönen Atlantikdünung mit drei bis vier Meter Wellenhöhe. Wenn die Wellenkämme brechen, sieht das Wasser wunderbar türkis aus. Dabei brutzeln wir aber im Bikini bei strahlend blauem Himmel in der Sonne! Wir fahren also nur mit der Genua munter vor dem Wind. Statt Pizza wird es heute Abend wetterbedingt Nudeln geben. Unser bestes ETMAL lag gestern bei 186 sm. Aktuell haben wir noch ca. 415 sm bis St.Lucia. Die Zeit rennt! Nachts sieht man die ein oder andere Konkurrenz, die wir aber bereits bei Sonnenaufgang hinter uns gelassen haben. Mittlerweile möchten wir aber auch ankommen und sind schon sehr gespannt auf die Karibik!!(Caroline). read more...


10/12/2013

Sunrise - Tag 17 - 10.12.2013 - Schlafen im Tiefflug

In der Nacht hatte es Wind, in Böen bis 25kn, was zu einer Fahrt von bis zu12 Knoten über Grund führte. Der Lifebelt ist eingepickt und der„Silentwind“ ist nicht still sondern produziert geräuschvoll Strom. Überuns ein unglaublicher Sternenhimmel und viele ungezählte Sternschnuppen.Bis zur Rodneybay auf St. Lucia sind es noch 687 Seemeilen.In der Weite des Meeres siehst du vielleicht die zurückgelegte Meile nicht,aber sie ist gesegelt.Liebe Grüße (besonders nach Breuningsweiler und Meßkirch) von Sigi und derSunrise-Crew. read more...


10/12/2013

Sunrise - Tag 16 - 09.12.2013 - Wir fliegen gen St. Lucia

Gestern Nachmittag besuchte uns eine große Schule von Delfinen und schwammeine Zeitlang mit uns mit. Wie Zirkuspferde in der Manege, bis fünfnebeneinander schwimmend in geschlossener Formation, holen sie über Wasserden notwendigen Betriebsstoff O2, gleichzeitig und in völligem Einklang.Das Abendessen war lecker und scharf. Gebratener Fisch (und noch immer istder Fang von gestern nicht alle und wir können noch nicht wieder fischen),Reis und eine Sahnesauce mit Harissa, viel Harissa, ja eigentlichvielzuviel Harissa. Schön scharf würde wohl jemand aus Südindien sagen, abernoch wurden wir da nicht wiedergeboren…Um ca. 16h frischte der Wind gehörig auf. Seit da laufen wir zwischen 7 und8,5 Knoten. Vor allem in der Nacht meint man übers Wasser zu fliegen. DerHimmel letzte Nacht war wiederum. read more...


10/12/2013

Albatros - Day 17, 10. Dec.

Yesterday, monday we were enlightened by watching 2 whales following our boat for about half an hour. This was a real exciting event for us. We tried to capture it on a video, but is was a difficult job. We also ate our second Tuna dinner. It was again deliciously prepared and everyone, who loves fish, got more than enough. There are 2 exceptions in our crew;-)We are now completely in the Passat winds and this brings us to an average of 9 knots. The ETMAL for the last 24 hours was 201 nautical miles, which is a record, since we are on the sea. The swell is impressive and moves our boat in all directions. We are 30tons of weight, what happens with the smaller boats???The strong wind brought us to record speeds of 12knots and more at night. The job on the steering wheel at night was quite. read more...


10/12/2013

La Rochelle - La Rochelle decisions decisions

With Shelley safely tucked up in Rodney bay marina , the hardest decisions for the day include,Do I really need to get out of bed today?Do I really need a shower?It's all too hard we will do it tomorrow Do I have the rock lobster or pizza for lunch?Who's boat are we going to party on this afternoon?To I have my 6th rum punch for the day or not?Can I get 4 days out of my clothes?Are we going out for dinner or stay and drink on the boat?Beach day?Which island next?Capt coco ,as I can't speak for the rest of the crew. read more...


10/12/2013

Skara Brae - Skara Brae

Another productive 24 hours - we managed to cover 200nm but this morning 2 more main sail batton cars had come undone and stuck in the rigging. We have already repaired these like 3 times in the last week, after they were damaged in a squall 10 days ago we had to remove them completely this time - the winds are getting stronger and we cant afford to lose the whole sail - especially with over 800miles to go!So we have managed to get the main down, remove the damaged parts and put her back up with 2 reefs in - leaving 1/3rd of the sail up, and the part thats up has missing battens so its depowered.To add to this our Gennaker (big foresail) has snagged at the top of the mast and we cant pull it all the way in - so we are hoping we dont have to.Anyway today we have full trade winds of 20kts. read more...


10/12/2013

Sweet Pearl - 17. Tag - Flaute

Sandra hat zu ihrem Geburtstag doch noch einen Kuchen erhalten - die Kerzen allerdings wurden vom Wind direkt ausgepustet... Jetzt hat uns die Flaute fest im Griff. Wir sind froh um den Diesel aus Kap Verden und machen Motorsailing. Ein Gutes hat die Flaute doch noch: Wir mussten nicht abbremsen, als wieder ein Fisch an der Angel zappelte. Erneut eine Goldmakrele- dieses Mal aber wirklich ein Prachtexemplar! Das gab ein super Mittagessen für uns drei. Wir verbringen die Zeit mit Sudoku, Lesen, Sportübungen, Schlafen, Kochen und Baden... Das sind Ferien! Liebe Grüsse von uns allen! Sandra. read more...


10/12/2013

Blue Dolphin - Day 16 - Trade winds?

Blue Dolphin enjoyed a fantastic sail yesterday in winds of 15Kn + reaching speeds of 7 and 8!!  Could this actually be the Trades? BS. read more...


10/12/2013

Aspen - Log 17 Monday 10 Dec; Rocking and Rolling

Last night on Steve's watch we went through a cloudy area and on theother side we no longer had smooth seas and no wind to large swells with5 foot choppy seas and wind.We think we found the Trade Winds!Skies are sunny with seas lumpy and bumpy.Steve. read more...


10/12/2013

Duplicat - Tuesday 10 Dec 14.34N 38.31W

What a difference a day makes, after motoring through flat calms yesterday we started to sail at 1700 last evening with the code zero. Tad lumpy with cross seas from the north but we sailed 93 miles in 12 hours and looks like we finally have current with us.Disappointed that the nights, even though there is a half moon, are cloudy for most of the time but today is as clear as can be.After nights of gentle slumber with the purring of a 30hp diesel, the crew are complaining about it being a 'bit bumpy' last night - delicate souls!But we can taste the Caribbean rum and Red Stripe now and we have just passed the 1299 nm to go landmark.. read more...


10/12/2013

Hera - Alles im Lot

Wir haben für das gebrochene Want eine hervorragende Lösung gefunden undkonnten den Mast mit dem Topnanten stabilisieren. Das hält selbst bei dem zuerwartenden Starkwind bis St. Lucia. Heute Nacht haben wir die 1000 sm Marke bis zum Ziel unterschritten, nähernuns dem 45 Längengrad und werden heute 13.00 Bordzeit die Uhren um eine Stunde(UTC-3 h) zurück stellen. Ihr seid uns zu Hause also 4 Stunden voraus. Durch eine Kaltfront im Norden bekommen wir zwischenzeitlich ein etwasangenehmeres Klima. Die Nachtwache hatte sich sogar Pullover angezogen. Das wirdleider wohl nur einen Tag anhalten. Dafür werden uns dann bis 30 kn Wind vonAchtern etwas Erleichterung bringen. Die Netze sind aus dem Salon verschwunden und nur ein paar Äpfel undZitronen sind noch übrig. Dann haben wir alles Frische. read more...


10/12/2013

Blue Ocean - Day 16: Update

We just logged a new sailing record for Blue Ocean – 221nm in 24 hours(previous record 220nm in 2011). Plus a new top speed; 18.7 knots whilst surfingdown waves.  We have been sailing hard day and night – it certainly helps that we have acrew of nine – but we have also been flying as much canvas as we dare. Luckily,the early loss of the Code 0 hasnt seemed to affect our performance much as wehave been able to use our spinnaker in light winds.   We are sailing to win but have been slightly frustrated by the fact thatFleet Viewer and ARC reports are showing out of date positions due to thefailure of our Yellowbrick Tracker, which was beyond our control.   Anyway, let us hope that our finish time is recorded correctly! At themoment we think that we will finish in the early. read more...


10/12/2013

Annabella - Log 15 - 10th December

Position: 13 23.6N 45 53.8WDistance to St Lucia: 878NMLast 24 hours: 186NMProbably our best 24 hour run so far. Wind has veered from N to ENEapprox 15 knots and we are trucking along averaging high 8s boat speed. Saw 10s at one stage this morning. We had wind up to 24 knots during the night,had 2 reefs in the sails with no impact on boat speed. Shook out the reefs on the 3 - 5 watch (Conor) to maintain speed. The forecast suggests that we should havegood winds for the next day or so. Makes life on board more challenging when trying to prepare food etc because the waves are coming across just aft of the beam with a tendency to shift anything loose (including crew) from one side to the other.Just spotted an unidentified yacht behind us who, like us, must be operating in stealth. read more...


10/12/2013

Edelweiss - week 3 in a can

Greetings from under a beautiful blue sky in the middle of the Atlantic.There is lots of activity I could write about today.More flying fish in the cockpit (two last night).The different ways of arranging yourself in your bunk so you dont roll around (book length feature on this forthcoming).But today, its about the food.  After two weeks, we find ourselves in a position where the fresh food has all been enjoyed.Fortunately, and despite chuckles on the dock in Las Palmas as she loaded in box after box of canned goods, Teri has us prepared.Now in the week of the can, the creativity is really starting to emerge on Edelweiss.For example, nobody thought that black bean and tuna might go together well with pasta, but voila - a real crew pleaser!Dont worry, we will keep a journal of these. read more...


10/12/2013

Nyaminyami II - Nyaminyami II Blog Tuesday 15.12.13 - 1200hrs

By Chris Haworth and Graham Pike. An absolutely fantastic days sailing yesterday! Spini up at Dawn – 15 kts form NE in morning sunny and warm 20kts most of the afternoon Graham and I competing for fasted top speed surfing down waves regularly in the 10kt bracket and at the time of writing I had an 11.1 kt and he claims a 11.11kt....              Hang on the instruments only read to one decimal point!   24 hr run = circa 170 miles – Leader has ‘gone’ but very close between 2nd and 3rd...But were not racing!Overnight mixture of stars clouds and a few squalls up to 30knts at times - now got reef in and slightly furled genoa. Goose winging at average bt speed of 7.5kts (breeze slightly moderated now to. read more...


10/12/2013

Hot Stuff - Fairies of the Lost Arc - Chapter 10

We had an entertaining night last night that's for sure. Firstly, Hotstuff went extra terrestrial... The squirrel watch report thatat 2am (time zone +2h) the night sky was illuminated by what they believed to bea comet! Can it be true...? Or was it a bird? A plane? ET? A UFO? The illusiveTrade Winds? (Yes we are still beating upwind 1600 miles in.) Later in the watches a flying fish tried to knock Jo out and was almostsuccessful. A heroic and brave manoeuvre followed as she leapt onto the coachhouse roof and squealed almost as loudly as the high pitched unidentified creakwe keep hearing on board. Sarah however came to the rescue armed with protectivesailing gloves ... or was it marigolds? It's hard to believe that 4 days ago shetook a safety knife to the gills of a Dorado. A perfect end. read more...


10/12/2013

Jambo - we have wind!

Woke this morning to the sound of waves crashing over the boat - Carol was on the helm and at the first whiff of a trade wind had the boat humming through the water.Jambo like having a lady driving!We weretreated to an amazing shooting star showlast nightOver halfr way now so the race is on to get to the finish line before it closes !. read more...


10/12/2013

Blue Ocean - Blue Ocean.

Moins de 150 nm ! Avec 148 nm to go, on devrait arriver vers 03,00 UTC sile vent est stable et qu`on nen casse rien. Et comme trois ou uatre bateaux sontdans les memes DTD on ne devrait pas tarder a se voir...   Dommage cependant qu`on ne passe pas la finish line pendant la journee,mieux pour les photos    Yv. read more...


10/12/2013

Starblazer - Starblazer 10 December Yet another turning point?

Since leaving Gran Canaria we have headed SW, S to avoid bad weather, SW again, W near Cape Verde, SW again to find better winds, W, SW again to avoid strong headwinds (N) or no wind (W).Where is St Lucia?Our waypoint to clear Pigeon Island on the NW corner is on a bearing of 289 and, since this morning (Monday), we have been steering 289!We are hopeful that we can now aim straight there.Yesterday’s night watches were not pleasant.At about 0030 it started raining, the radar showed a two mile ring of showers, some heavy.OK, 2 miles, 20 minutes?Wrong.The 2 mile ring just kept moving with us until about 0800.Occasionally the showers brought 10-12 knots of wind, enough to sail by, but it rarely lasted more than 30 minutes.John did pull out the genoa and cut the engine.Within half an hour the. read more...


10/12/2013

Arkouda - Sea Day 14

13 42.0 N, 33 41.4W  Dec 10, 2013 - 03:32 GMTWe had a day of very light winds, the seas like glass, and a building of clouds and haze that I remember being prevalent in Caribbean due to the high moisture in the air.  The wind must be picking up somewhere--the swells begin to grow in height, but the seas still glasslike--undulating waves passing by--teasing us with a promise of being able to kill the motors and raise some sails.I had planned on writing about the emptiness of the ocean, and how I felt at times that we were the last people on earth.  It has been so empty out here!  Tonight I woke up to start my night shift and instead of being greeted with the usual "nothing out here, I'm going to bed" mumbled by my exhausted partner, I heard "coffee is on, we have. read more...


10/12/2013

Second Wind - Double Dip and Recovery

Double Dip and RecoveryA couple of days back we celebrated reaching the half way point of what has become a 2900 mile journey. As serendipity would have it, we reached this questionable point at the very same time as one of those unseasonable lows!This was in fact a benefit as the dip in the wind facilitated our celebratory dip in the ocean.With a drogue trailed from the back of the boat and the bathing steps down to avoid playing out that film ( which we all know but can't remember the name of) we all plunged into a glassy smooth, warm blue ocean.All safely recovered and refreshed, we looked ,forward to our celebratory glass of Champagne however the Purser, who has since been Keel Hauled, had neglected to store it in the Fridge. Since warm Champagne is just not on, we settled for a. read more...


10/12/2013

Shine - Day 14 : Land Ahoy

"Like as the waves make toward the pebbled shore, So do our minutes hasten to their end." William Shakespeare Stratford-upon-Avon 1584"F***k me,we're rattling along. We're almost within farting distance." Piers Sherlock 100 miles east of St Lucia 2013Wordsmiths both,saying much the same thing, it is encouraging to see that we have lost none of the flower of English prose in the last 400 years.Yesterday's conditions have continued as predicted, so at present we are 30 mile off St Lucia with the lights of Martinique to starboard, and expect to cross the finishing line inside the next three hours. Having had zero light pollution for the last fortnight, to see Martinique is a very strange sensation.In addition, various iphones are springing to life around the boat with the unfamiliar ping of. read more...


10/12/2013

Webster - Log 19: From the ridiculous to the sublime

Monday 9th December: Position 14 54'N 39 45'W. Hitting the key to send yesterday's entry was a master stroke. At 0600 the wind turbine started making a very unfamiliar nose whirring away there - yes, wind!! Sails up and engine off at 0610 after some 16 hours motoring, all of 8 knts NW which came more north and picked up to 15 knts and in no time were romping along at 7-8 knts boat speed under white sails and not yet light! We were concerned this was only a squall effect as there was a bit of rain about and plenty of squall cloud formations but no, it seems we have gone through the wind hole early and this seems set fair - we have been doing between 6-8 knts now all day and night knocking loads of miles off to destination. Not only that but the sun came out as well so we have had a day. read more...


10/12/2013

Great Escape of Southampton - 14 20 250n 45 23 730w

Log Day 15 – The Chorizo Ultimatum... WIND!!!!! At last after several days of lightwinds, at dusk yesterday the long hoped for wind shift into the North Easttranspired. The spinnaker was put away and we began to beam reach directlytowards our target. The breeze built steadily throughout the night and dawnfound Great Escape surfing on deep blue Atlantic ocean rollers – sometimes at11+ kts! The log shows that over the last 24hours we have covered 194 NM – a big improvement on recent days. We now haveless than 1,000 NM to go to St Lucia and this evening the otherwise dry shipGreat Escape is celebrating this milestone with champagne. Even now, thebleeping of the smoke alarm indicates that Jan is preparing canapés tocomplement the bubbly. While the business of sailing as fastas we can has. read more...


Great Escape of Southampton - 14 20 250n 45 23 730w
Great Escape of Southampton - 14 20 250n 45 23 730w
10/12/2013

Blue Ocean - Day 16: Steady progress

Day 16 is dawning on-board Blue Ocean though, in truth, I have long sincelost track of time. Vin and I spent almost a full hour the other day debatingwhat day it actually was. Our days are governed by the watch-keeping schedulesand cooking rota. Yesterday, Yellow Watch (Vin and I) turned out passableburritoes for the evening meal. A choice of chicken, chicken & black bean,and bean & chipotle. We hope to be in St. Lucia tomorrow – so that was thelast time that the crew will have to put up with Vin and I cooking.  We have had a request to post more photos. We certainly have a huge numberof photos (and video) which we will be sharing amongst ourselves. Posting themon the ARC blog uses up quite a lot of costly satellite data – but Yv says hehas the technology to reduce their. read more...


10/12/2013

Hada - HADA Day 14 — Sunday December 8, 2013 15h39 UTC-2

Greetings to all.  Ed here, sitting’ in as guest editor of the Hada TransAtlantic Blog. Thanks Andre for the invitation to scribble some notes.Not a lot to report:  Day is beautiful, but very hot and made more so by light winds.  Expecting some NE breezes to fill in soon, which we count on to be the traditional strong E-NE trades needed to bring us home to St Lucia.Had a couple of nibbles on the fishing lines yesterday, but nothing to bring onboard for dinner.  So for lunch had a salad with canned tuna.Big excitement yesterday was a broken turning block at the top of the mast, which held the spinnaker halyard.  Needed to be replaced, so sticking with tradition we loaded the lightest guy onboard, who in this case was Anton, into the bosun’s chair and hoisted him. read more...


Hada - HADA Day 14 - Up The Mast...
Hada - HADA Day 14 - Up The Mast...
09/12/2013

Golondrina - Monday - Another quiet day at sea

So what's the difference between sailing really fast and being totally out of control? It's a fine line and today Hartshorn has been renamed 'Rodeo' Dave. For the non-sailors amongst you - when there's TOO much wind and TOO much sail up the boat 'rounds up' into the wind and everything shakes itself to bits, even the tinsel round the chart table.   So 'Rodeo' Dave has become the rootinest, tootinest cowboy this side of the Carribean  with his round ‘em up-skills.  So kids, when you want the wildest cowboy in town just call for 'Rodeo' Dave and you’re welcome to join him! And just for extra entertainment make sure you let Rodeo have the helm at 3 in the morning when it's pouring with rain and everyone else is asleep cos that's when it's most fun.   'All hands. read more...


09/12/2013

Calypso - No wind............Wind!

The previously predicted little wind arrived early afternoon on Sunday and we had expected it to last until Tuesday or even Wednesday. The main concern was how to manage our diesel use. We motored until 08:36 GMT today (Monday) when, to our surprise, the wind had returned with an F5 NE and by 10:30 we had a reef in both the main and genoa and were doing 6/7 knots. Now doing nearer 5 knots in 16 knots of wind - long may it continue.Dino landed our first decent fish late Sunday afternoon - a 3 foot King Mackerel (aka "Kingfish") which will provide us with 3 good meals.The in-mast main sail gave us a few problems on Sunday morning which took some time to correct but it's now OK.The first medical emergency involved Dino who cut his finger on the fin of a flying fish.After Savlon spray was. read more...


09/12/2013

Scarlet Oyster - 09 Dec - Big blue is no more ;-( Day 15 on Scarlet

Again apologies for lack of blogs, not sure where the time goes!Since I last wrote we had a wind hole to negotiate, being further down the track than the rest of your class does have drawbacks it seems, we had 2 choices N or S of the calm, the S optioned looked favourable to us, but those behind would not be able to follow, if we had tried to get N it would have been more distance, and an early park up, but the wind would re-establish quicker. If we could get S far enough it seemed there was no complete park up, but the strong NE wind would take longer to reach us.We chose S, and it was looking quite promising till the wind dropped out earlier than anticipated!The night of the 5th was pretty frustrating with between 2 and 5 knots of wind, we had to sail either almost due S or NW, as in. read more...


09/12/2013

Ula - 09 Dec - Day 15 - The day after the day we intended to be in

A day of sail changes, Big Blue has been down and back up, the genoa has been in and out like a rabbit in a bowline, the main has been flapping one minute and stretching the next. At lunch time Ula seemed to find her sea legs and with the main and the small asymmetric spinnaker (as yet unused and unnamed) we are powering into the setting sun at a steady 10 + knts. Julian is undoubtedly in pole position for the 'helm of the passage' award, simply by sitting in the helmsman's seat he seems to scare the wind into action!  We have dropped back in the rankings today, and others are already celebrating their arrival in St Lucia..., but unbeknown to them, Ula carries in her fore peak a valuable cargo without which their victory will be hollow. Carefully selected by the ARC for this special. read more...


09/12/2013

Selivra - ARC Tag 15

2013-12-09, 21.00Hallo Welt!Heute morgen 3.00 Uhr früh, die See ist spiegelglatt, die Luft diesig unddie Sicht eingeschränkt. Noch lässt uns der Wind im Stich und ich sitze amRuder begleitet vom gleichmäßigen Motorengeräusch unserer Selivra. Einregelmäßiger Rundumblick stellt sicher, dass es zu keinem unerwartetenZusammentreffen mit japanischen Fischern kommt und ein wenig kämpftman/frau mit schwer werdenden Augenlidern.Zum Glück teile ich aber seit mittlerweile 2 Wochen meine Wache mit Frankund so passierte es auch diese Nacht, dass plötzlich aus dem Niedergang derDuft von frischgebackenem Brot und – man glaubt es kaum – auch Kuchen mitSchokostreusel die Lebensgeister wieder weckt und in Vorfreude auf einausgiebiges Frühstück die Nachtstunden wieder kürzer werden.Der Vormittag verläuft. read more...


Selivra - ARC Tag 15
Selivra - ARC Tag 15
09/12/2013

Merlyn III - Day 15 - Cautious optimism continues

I hardly dare to write this, but we finally seem to be getting what waspromised in the brochure! After James’s cautious optimism yesterday, we set mainand genoa at 11.30 and began  sailing again. For the rest of the day thewind seemed to steady just east of north; we slipped along very nicely at 7 to 8knots with a generally overcast sky and a few squalls which stalked us but neverseemed to arrive. During the night the wind freshened a bit and we reefed thegenoa.   This morning we had a steady north-easterly at about 18-25 knots, with abiggish foam-flecked swell running in from our starboard quarter making us rollquite hard. The sun  shone and none of the clouds lasted long. We let outthe genoa and took in enough of the main to make sure it filled. By lunchtime wewere. read more...


09/12/2013

Windleblo - Day Fifteen

Gozwoz, ARC 2013 boat number 165, is an Elan Impression 434 owned by David Gozzard of Great Britain. David volunteered to be an ARC SSB Radio Net Controller for Group B, whereas our John Hoopes volunteered as a Net Controller for Group A. The ARC organizers set up the groups by boat size, reasoning that boats of about the same length would move along at about the same pace, therefore staying within SSB radio range of each other.Despite this logic, as the 2013 ARC rally has evolved the fleet has become more and more dispersed. While some Group A boats have moved ahead of the Group A pack, some Group B boats have settled toward the rear of the Group B pack, mingling with the Group A boats. Consequently, some boats are having more and more difficulty receiving SSB broadcasts from their. read more...


09/12/2013

George - Only a 1000 Miles to go!

God knows what Jim's (JDR) smoking but I can't find it, and he won't share it? Anyhow! We have only a 1000 miles to go the wind has just picked up hopefully it will continue! We have lightened the boat by emptying the forward water tanks, mainly to try to get moving in the light airs. In other news, Mason was found hiding the snicker bars under his pillow, Steve as I suspected has started a downward spiral after falling in to bad (Mason) company... he had to be woken several times for his watch tonight! and I even beat him on deck! TB00:08 Monday 09/12/2013. 14 54.7N, 43 14.7W Finally some wind. We're doing a nice steady 8 kts in 18 kts of breeze on a comfortable beam reach in smooth seas. The sky is cloudy, but a bright moon is lighting our way. The first day of our third week has. read more...


09/12/2013

Skyelark of London - Write your own blog competition!

After a night of shifting force of winds and a lot of rain we are steadily sailing towards St. Lucia, only 850 nm away. With good winds from north north east we are doing 8.5 kts steadily.Today's wordlist:1. Fast sailing2. Heavy rain3. No fishing4. Big swells5. Honeysuckle6. Meat ballsPut the words together, making a little story about sailing, and send it in to join the sailing story writers challenge.Send it to: Skyelark of London, 13 34.4 N 46 23.4w, Atlantic Ocean.The best story will be published in the galley and the winner will receive a bottle of the finest saltwater from Skyelark's own cellar.Stay fitPrince Myshkin. read more...


09/12/2013

Windsurf - The Windsurf Nightwatch...

Windsurf Nightwatch at the Atlantic... The Windsurf, totally alone on a big ocean.... Only with a lot of stars,planets and the moon... And... more than 200 boats around us. But we cannot see them... Have theyfound the good winds ? We are on the 15th/16th lattitude, but our speed is below5 knots at the moment... Do we reach St. Lucia in time ? Of course we do, but not in the coming weekend. We think perhaps at Mondayor Tuesday... Ocean Management, a difficult subject. The wind behaves different than thevariety of forecasts learns us. A great pity... Or what do we do wrong ?Our sails are standing in the opposite of each other, like a butterfly. Sowe catch more wind. Monday, 9th of December, 2013, The day after.... Totally different... 15 knots of wind from the NW.   And..... read more...


09/12/2013

Ayesha II - No fishing today..... 'Gone Sailing'

The trade winds arrived today!With a good 20-25 knts of wind and full sail up we're making great progress to our destination at speeds approaching double figures.The swell comes and goes (ha ha), as much as 3 metres at times making live below decks harder and causing us to stow the fishing lines, but it can't remove the smiles from our faces as we're finally enjoying some champagne sailing.No vessels sighted for two days but some radio contact with 'Ghost'. Good to catch up and swap news - all good with them too.Enjoying the best sunset of the voyage so far, 704NM to go.14'40.438'N048'45.988'W. read more...