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01/12/2013

Surya - Cross Atlantic Kite surfing

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Surya - Cross Atlantic Kite surfing
Surya - Cross Atlantic Kite surfing
01/12/2013

Vild Luxus - Vi håber på at fange passatvinden i morgen

Søndag den 1. decemberVi har nu været på havet siden søndag den 24. november, altså 8 dage, ogsejlet ca. 1169 sømil.Strategien for vores rute har indtil nu været, at vi ville forsøge at findevind til at sejle så stærkt som muligt, samtidig med at vi skulle retsydligt for at fange tradevinden, som har ligget mere sydligt endsædvanligt.Faktisk har vinden ikke været ”normal” for årstiden i denne del afAtlanterhavet, hvor vi burde have haft en god agten for tværs hele vejen,altså rigtigt spilervejr. Men vi har derimod måttet sejle ret hård skæringisær i de sidste 3-4 dage, hvor der har været op til 17 m/s og 5 m højebølger, og hvor regnen har VÆLTET ned.Én god ting var der dog ved de vældige regnskyl, for vi kunne opsamle altdet ferskvand vi havde lyst til, så tankene blev fyldte og hele. read more...


01/12/2013

Starla - Log Day 7 - Very Tough

Hello Everyone,Distance logged today - 160 nautical miles. Distance to date this trip - 830 nautical miles.During the day, all was fine, 10-15 knots, south east to south west, sailing nicely. As the evening came the wind got very strong, 30-35 knots. It was truly a roller coaster ride down wind!Because of the high winds overnight, the sea state is rough today.Cooking is not really possible, so it was cold hot dogs and beans for breakfast/lunch.The weather forecast is looking better and we should be able to pick up some North East trade winds in a few days time.If our track on the map looks a bit strange, you now know why!!Regards,Starla Crew(written by Steven Crake)http://www.worldcruising.com/arc/eventfleetviewer.aspx. read more...


01/12/2013

Milanto - Milanto Blog Days 5,6 & 7

For regular readers of this column, apologies for the tardy posting of updates, but frankly it has difficult to sit down and write. We have now experienced 3 days and 3 nights of Gale force conditions. Gusts of up to 25 knots turned into wind speeds consistently in the mid 30's and gusts up to 40 knots The sea produced waves up to 4m high, and numerous back to back squalls threw bucket loads of rain down on us. Below deck is like being in a tumble drier - where nothing dries. As the boat pitches through 90 degrees getting into bed is a challenge, let alone staying in it or getting any sleep. On deck is like being in a washing machine, water constantly being thrown in your face after every spin, and in between, multiple sail changes working against the strong winds sapping energy.But its. read more...


01/12/2013

Skook - Status

Hallo2 Missverstaendnisse die wir klaeren wollen, es gibt keine Passatwinde und da ist auch kein Fisch mehr im Atlantik. Nach 3 Tagen Flaute und 2 Tagen Motoren hatten wir Wind gegenan (West) und mussten kreuzen. Voraussichtliche Ankunftzeit in St. Lucia ist 08.12., und das ohne Fisch!!!Die Crew der Skook. read more...


01/12/2013

Ocean Venture - Sunday- week today

1000 miles covered,1900 to go. Breeze getting lighter, and speed reducing with it so moving tea bags to a safe house.All ten crew still in great humor and no rows despite the egos and status in such a star studded cast.someone not confessing to leaving heads valve open and drips on the gratings but HRH or Brucie lookingto be in the frame.Some still think they can leave a drink while getting up to reach a draw and expect it to stay on the table etc but Mr RYA is slowing grinding them down and making sailors out of them.Not sure if St Lucia is far enough away in realityfor that though!On domesticswe have been asked for rubber gloves for washing up and whilst thats not unreasonable it does reveal peoples home life and pause for reflection.Mr Woodford still has a formidable joke repertoire. read more...


Ocean Venture - Sunday- week today
Ocean Venture - Sunday- week today
01/12/2013

Christobel - Die letzten 48 Stunden

Nach unserem wunderbaren Start unter Parasailor (wir waren vorne mit dabei)gab es sehr gemischte Windverhältnisse. Ab Freitag hingen wir bei Starkregen in der Flaute und msusten motoren. Wir hatten uns einen schönen Wegepunkt bei 20°N ausgesucht, an dem es nach den Wetterprognosen Wind aus Ost um die 15 Knoten geben sollte. Mit diesem Wind wollten wir auf den nächsten Punkt westlich der Kapverden ablaufen. Um 08.00 morgens sahen die Verhältnisse dort gänzlich anders aus: true wind von permanent um die 35 mit Böen von 45 Knoten. Die Welle war manchmal 5 Meter hoch oder mehr. Es ist schon furchteinflößend, wenn so eine Wand auf einen zurollt und die Welle das Cockpitdach überragt. Gefährlich wird es, wenn mehrere von diesen Dingern in kurzen Abständen heranrollen. Dann braucht der. read more...


Rosa Fascia - Crew Photo
Rosa Fascia - Crew Photo
01/12/2013

Golondrina - Sunday - Cape Verde

Our intrepid crew made their way to the island of São Vincente to refuel for the final leg to St Lucia.  Via the constant support of the Golondrina nerve centre, based in a secret location in Surrey,  information had already been received that pontoon F was the target area and opening times were only 3 hours on a Sunday - and there were already 10 ARC boats already waiting there.    Clearly a leader was required and Dave ( code name ‘Rainbow’) stood up to be counted.  He felt that operation ...'Push In the queue' ... was his goal.. This was where the deep blue thinking of a senior strategic high ranking officer could pull all his resources together and deliver the goods.  Clearly a diversion tactic was required as this was 'filling by appointment only’. read more...


Golondrina - Sunday - Cape Verde
Golondrina - Sunday - Cape Verde
Golondrina - Sunday - Cape Verde
Golondrina - Sunday - Cape Verde
01/12/2013

Ula - Day 8 - Steph and Precious

I'm Steph and I need a break!  Me and my girl friend Precious met this really cool guy Boris in some bar in Gran Canaria, he seemed really gorgeous, lean, tanned, quite the hunky seafarer type really. So this Boris offers us a trip of the life time, a cruise to the Caribbean. Well I have done a bit of cruising in the past and Precious was really very taken with Boris, if you get my drift, so off we went.Well bloody Boris has been nowhere to be seen for the past 24 hours, apparently he is sunning himself on the foredeck whilst yours truly has been confined to the Starboard Engine room peddling for all I'm worth night and day! And its not the first time its happened, I've been doing all the work for at least four of the past eight days and Precious over there in the Port Engine room. read more...


01/12/2013

Ula - Day 7 - Boris. Part 2

21.6 knots!  The boy is back!!  They decided last night to use me in a building breeze.  My favourite!  Skip was getting grumpy about motoring so much that we arranged a meeting.  I understood that I was of no use in light winds, but he said there was some wind forecast, and there might be a chance for me to fly.  It was decided that would be unleashed only if  the wind was blowing over 25 knots.  The breeze built, and exceeded all forecasts.  The other spinnakers couldn't cope.  Even the mainsail was dropped.  We had 25 knots!Me, by myself.  I couldn't have been happier. I was excited about 25 knots true wind.  I yawned at 30 knots.  I laughed off 35 knots.  40 knots tho, truly tickled me.  "Give me a big. read more...


01/12/2013

Firefly - Busier out here

The ocean has been a little more crowded over the last 24 hours, on Paul's watch he crossed one of the 23 ft single handed mini transat fleet en route from France to Guadaloupe via Lanzarote. We saw a number of them when in Lanzarote while they were having a compulsory 24hr stop-over. We did not see many of the skippers (they were asleep most of the time) but the boats are very small and a huge achievement for the predominantly French fleet. In complete contrast we passed close to a Big Boat today - Tashatoo III a 59ft Gunfleet participating in the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) from Las Palmas Gran Canaria to St Lucia (the event Paul and Peter have sailed in before). We had quite a long chat on the VHF radio with their owner/ skipper comparing experiences and weather reports. Having. read more...


01/12/2013

Ula - Day 6 - Jambon

Well, we had to do it.  I saw it on ARC 2005, when a cat in-front of me in Vela Latina bought an entire leg.  I saw them again at the finish, and it was just a bone.  I dreamt of the succulent snacks they must have enjoyed during the crossing.We discussed it last time, 2011, but decided against, for a reason I can't quite remember.  This year we did it!  An entire leg.  All wrapped up in a pretty sock.  We hung it, took photos prior to departure.  Imagined all those night watches where we would take Julians sterilised dive knife and cut off a tasty little bite to qualm those midnight hunger pangs.  (To be honest I would use a clean galley knife - he was catching sea urchins with it only days before).After we left, we decided we should remove. read more...


01/12/2013

Keoma - Keoma Generator

Keoma has broken generator and cannot charge laptop for data coms. Pls donot try and contact boat as blog and emails cannot be replied to. All is well onboard but power is being conserved to run essentials such aswatermaker. read more...


01/12/2013

Ula - Day 6 - Boris

2011, I was the star of the show.  I stole the limelight.  I was king.  They proudly named me 'Boris - The Bullet Dodger (the famed un-killable Russian from the Guy Richie film 'Snatch', for those not in the know), and they even printed me on their "crew T-shirts" this year!  I was looking for a round two. This time, to better my best.Two years ago I eagerly pulled through 40 knot squalls, achieved the top boat speed of 18 knots, and even took on the briny blue when a weak shackle dumped me.  I fought the bowsprit during this, and won.  I fought the anchor during this.  Sadly, I had tired while overcoming the bowsprit and I came off worst (it was a particularly savage anchor in my defence), but I was flying again after a quick fix. I even gave the. read more...


São Francisco 4 - Tripulante voador (Alma de Mestre) a voar já recuperado! / Flying crew (Alma de Mestre) flying after recovery!
São Francisco 4 - Tripulante voador (Alma de Mestre) a voar já recuperado! / Flying crew (Alma de Mestre) flying after recovery!
São Francisco 4 - Vista para a proa com mau tempo de ontem / View to the bow during yesterday's bad weather
São Francisco 4 - Vista para a proa com mau tempo de ontem / View to the bow during yesterday's bad weather
01/12/2013

Millport II - Millport II - Ted's Diary

Ted's log days 5 to 8Day 5:Porridge for breakfast again.Today was a bit boring.There was no wind so we just floated on the water.I tried fishing but I didn't catch anything because the lure wasn't moving in the water.Dad woke me at midnight to keep him company on night watch.He woke Robert as well.The sea was very flat and sparkly because of the phosphorescence.It was really pretty.We were allowed to have a mini mars bar and a glass of milk before going back to bed.Day 6:Hurray, it was windy today so we are sailing again.It was very rainy so Dad wouldn't let me do any fishing.Dad let us watch two movies because our wind generator was pumping in lots of power.It got very bouncy in the afternoon so I was allowed to sleep in the saloon.Mum said it would have been too bouncy in my cabin.Day. read more...


01/12/2013

Moondancer - Saturday 30th

It's 00:00 and my 3 hour night shift has just started.... it's piddling down with rain and still no wind to talk of.I'm sitting here in the pitch black of night, it's poring with rain and still no wind. The wind has been poor so far this trip and we've been unable to sale for a straight 24hours.It's 03:00 and I've handed over the watch to Chris..i'm soaked and off to bed. As i'm drifting of to sleep in my bunk I hear the engine stop and the sound of water trickling against the hull... That's better..05:30 i'm woken by the boat pitching and the sound of strong winds and rain. Sounds like Chris has had a busy shift, the boat is really moving and the water sound on the hull has gone from a trickle to a full on waterfall.The tiredness is taking its toll and i fall back to sleep.I'm awaken by. read more...


01/12/2013

Manihi - Les tropiques et séchage ...

16:10.05N 28:00.61W10:30 Heure locale... sont les mamelles du marin, aurait pu dire Bobby Lapointe s'il avait étéavec nous aujourd'hui !Hier soir le vent est tombé comme c'était prévu. Nous avons continué notreroute au SW au moteur pour aller chercher le vent des alizés qui sont trèsbas en ce moment (pas de bol !). Demain matin nous devrions - enfin - letrouver.Ce matin il fait grand beau. Ciel bleu, mer calme ! Enfin un temps quiressemble à la pub qu'on voit dans les catalogues ! Notre premier réflexe àété de ... devinez ... non,pas d'aller bronzer sur le pont ni d'allerfaire un jogging, mais de sortir tout ce qu'on pouvait sur le pont pourfaire sécher après les dernières 48 heures très humides. Le linge courant,le sale, les vestes de quart, draps, chaussures ... Le pont ressemble à. read more...


01/12/2013

Albatros - ALBATROS Day 7

Last night and today we experienced quite some wind changes between 8 and 25knots mostly from south western direction. It was also time to get our first shower from the splashy water and from the raining sky, Today we hit the 1000 nautical miles mark and during the night the 12knots speed record of the Albatros. In the late afternoon we mounted the smaller Fock in red color in order to better manage the stronger winds. The swell of the sea is more than it sometimes is beeing whished by the crew. Every work on the boat seems to be a bit more complicated than it would be on solid ground. This ARC route from Cran Canaria to St. Lucia is normally driven by Passat wind. This is up to know not the case and the boat is therefore in a constant 15degrees or more position. Shift at night from 12-3. read more...


01/12/2013

Surya - bootvluchtelingen

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Surya - bootvluchtelingen
Surya - bootvluchtelingen
Surya - beschouwende gesprekken
Surya - beschouwende gesprekken
Surya - niet gebruiken voor navigatiedoeleinden
Surya - niet gebruiken voor navigatiedoeleinden
Surya - Roy is weer beter
Surya - Roy is weer beter
01/12/2013

Hera - Relaxen in Mindelo

Sind gestern Abend in Mindelo eingelaufen, haben getankt, Wasser aufgefülltund kleinere Reparaturen durchgeführt. Nachdem wir mit der Crew gestern Abendlecker essen waren, konnten alle mal wieder ordentlich ausschlafen. ZumFrühstück stand unser kleiner Weihnachtsbaum auf der Back. So richtigweihnachtlich konnten wir uns bei über 30 Grad C und praller Sonne an diesemersten Advent trotzdem nicht fühlen. Heute Abend werden wir vor Einbruch wieder auslaufen – ca. 180 sm RichtungSW unter Maschine, um am Dienstag vielleicht auf 15 Grad Breite etwas Wind zufinden, um dann unter Spinnaker zu segeln. Der Passat soll ab Donnertageinsetzen.   Stefan PICT4263. read more...


Hera - Relaxen in Mindelo
Hera - Relaxen in Mindelo
01/12/2013

Calypso - End of Week One

We are now at the end of week one and our position at 1300 GMT on 1 December is 18 30 North, 24 09 West and we have logged exactly 850 miles. The last few days have been quite eventful. Very changeable weather from virtually calm with sunshine to gale force winds and cloudy yesterday. Overnight we've experienced tropical downpours with thunderstorms. We plan to call in at Mindelo, in the Cape Verdes to refuel as we have have had to do some motoring during the calms and anticipate our arrival in the morning (Monday).We have enjoyed excellent sandwiches prepared by Phil and John but our fresh bread will soon be finished. Dino continues to prepare some fantastic dinners, despite difficult conditions. Last night was pot roast lamb. Anita's biscuits (The Little Biscuit House) are going down. read more...


01/12/2013

Sunrise - Tag 8 - 01.12.2013 - Erster Advent ohne Weihnachtsstimmung

Gestern Nachmittag verstärkte sich der Wind noch einmal. Trotzdem konntendie bisherigen Rekorde nicht gebrochen werden. Gegen Abend refften wirzunehmend bis zum Reff 3 (kleinste Segelfläche im Groß) ein, um bei demvorherrschenden Wind sicher einen Amwindkurs fahren zu können. Hans gönntesich mehrere unfreiwillige Salzwasserduschen. Die Nacht war bis Mitternachtsehr unruhig, das ganze Schiff dröhnte und ächzte unter dem Winddruck.Zusätzlich wurde das Wacheschieben durch einen nicht enden wollenden Regenerschwert.Heute Morgen zeigt sich endlich die Sonne wieder. Der Seegang nimmt etwasab und der Wind hat auf West gedreht, also komplett gegen an. Daherschieben wir jetzt eine Zeit lang Lage und kreuzen auf. Heute haben wir denersten Fisch gefangen und für zu klein befunden und wieder in die. read more...


01/12/2013

Lancelot II - Day 7 - Rain to Bilblical Proportions

Rain..... to biblical proportions, our shift started at 1600, we loaded onour damp, musty rain gear and headed out into the grey and relieved Steve fromhelming the past four hours. The Atlantic was huge, the waves rolling as wedisappeared between them, the wind gusting and pushy. The skies opened and for acouple hours we were poured on more then skipper Jacko had experienced on thisboat.... ever. While we tried to avoid it more then a few waves crashed over thebow of the boat soaking all on deck and managing to make there way into thecabin. Watching waves come over and smack into Jacko as he held the helm with aserious scowl... made me think this is what movies are made of! With all thishappening the ladies were serving risotto from the galley....amazing, what agreat crew this boat has!. read more...


01/12/2013

Meltemi - 7.Tag - die Ruhe nach dem Gefühlten Sturm

Wir sind alle wohlauf! Heute Morgen haben wir beigedreht und das üppige Adventsfrühstück bei herrlichem Sonnenschein genossen. Besonders gestern hatten wir einen sehr anstrengenden Segeltag mit Dauerregen und südöstlichen Winden und 7-8 Beaufort. Kalt war es aufgrund der 24 Grad Wasssertemperatur gar nicht. Ein für diese Gegend noch unüblicher Squal kam uns in die Quere mit reichlich über 40 Knoten Wind und heftigstem Regen, sodass der ganze Atlantik weiß war. Auf Halbwind sind wir dann abgelaufen; kurze Zeit später kam die Sonne schon wieder heraus, die wir seit zwei Tagen nicht gesehen hatten. Eine sternenklare Nacht folgte. Wir befinden uns nun südwestlich des großen Tiefdruckgebietes, das so stark gar nicht vorhergesagt war und von den Kanaren Richtung Capverden zieht. Abends gab es. read more...


01/12/2013

Adina - Day 7 Chasing Wind and Hair Straighteners

Day 7 and we had the winds we've been seeking to get us south. It also came with a very lumpy sea state. But we were doing good speeds of 6-8kts so were happy.Given the sea state "Scrub the Crew day Episode II" didn't happen. Well Susie bucked the trend and showered only to be rewarded with a sea salt shower from rogue waves.The sea state also means people are struggling to get sleep as your body is tossed all around your berth so we now have some very tired crew.The weather forecast is playing up with promised winds now looking lighter and it's a hard call as to whether to go through the Cape Verde islands or south of them - frustrating. Luckily we didn't go north and west as many friends have been battling 20-30 knots upwind - not pleasant. We signed up for nice trade winds and. read more...


01/12/2013

Incisor - Daily blog Incisor 01.12.2013

Hello everybody, Here a small update from the Incisor. You will not believe it but we are heading west! Yesterday late afternoon we changed our course to 270 degrees. We saw a big turtle swimming in the ocean. During the night, which was the first real night in short and shirt, we did not have many winds as of this the spinnaker was stuck between the steam light and got riped. So we will not get bored the next couple of days sewing her back up.  Also some of us are getting the X-mas spirit as they were singing already some X-mas Carols. We put down the mainsail as it was slapping around. This morning we saw that the halyard was damaged so this has been expertly respliced by Rich this morning.. As we woke up some dolphins were joining us again.After sailing sometime with only. read more...


01/12/2013

Sephina of Beaumaris - Day 8 ­ Miserable weather

Day 8 – Miserable weather We’ve had some lovely sunny days. I’ve been swimming, we’ve all been on deck and then suddenly it all changes. The ocean decided to make it a miserable night for sleeping and then a miserable day to follow. At night I tried various sleeping positions to get to sleep but the boat was rolling about so much that I couldn’t stay still in bed. I tried my usual face down, arms and legs stretched out like a starfish but that didn’t work. Then I tried sideways on where the pillows are and wedging my feet into the cupboard. That failed as well. While all this was going on I was trying not to roll onto the cats. They just lay in the middle of the bed and rolled in time with the boat. I can‘t believe how they’ve adapted so. read more...


01/12/2013

Dragonfly - 1. Advent

Der Wind hat in der Nacht wieder aufgefrischt. Nicht mehr ganz so stark wie die Nächte zuvor aber immerhin bis 30 kn. Dabei wieder hohe Wellen und genau aus der Richtung in die wir müssen. Wir segeln "gegenan" un kämpfen um jedes Grad. Er ist sehr böig und hält etliche plötzliche Dreher bereit. Ständig müssen wir den Kurs und die Segelstellung ändern. Ich löse Edwin von seiner Wache ab, muss ihn aber dann doch nochmal rufen, um eine Wende zu fahren. Der Wind hat jetzt soweit gedreht, dass wir zu weit nach Norden kommen. In der Bugkabine kann man kaum schlafen. Wenn der Bug ins Wellental knallt, hebt man regelrecht ab. Alles ist sehr anstrendend. Ich bin froh, dass Hajo schon vor Ende meiner Wache an Deck kommt und mich ablöst. Danach schlafe ich schnell ein. Unser jetziger Kurs bringt. read more...


01/12/2013

Miciadue - Regen und Starkwinde

Gestern konnte ich wetterbedingt leider nichts schreiben. Die Bewegungen im Boot waren zu heftig. Die letzten 36 Stunden hatten wir nahezu ununterbrochen Regen und Starkwind mit bis zu 8-10 bft. Wir sind nur mit dem 3. Reff und ohne Vorsegel gefahren. Das war schon ziemlich heftig. Alle Klamotten sind nass oder feucht. Heute haben wir endlich wieder etwas Sonnenschein, um auch unsere Batterien wieder zu laden. Wir laufen zur Zeit unter Motor gegen den Wind Richtung Süden, räumen auf, trocknen Sachen und hoffen endlich in den Passat zu kommen. Unseren kostbaren Schinken haben wir vorgestern leider entsorgen müssen. Er fing an zu schimmeln und unangenehm zu riechen. Auch einige Bananen und Zitronen haben ihren Weg ins Wasser nehmen müssen.--. read more...


01/12/2013

LUV - Lobuch Luv Nr. 30

Position 15 Grad 35 Minuten N58 Grad 4408 Minuten WWetter : bedeckt., Neumond, die in der Nähe der Kurszahl liegtWind O 4 Bft , Seegang 3-4 Meter, Schauerböen bis 7 Bft. Vom Steuern mit dem scheinbaren WindDie letzte Nacht. Morgen Nachmittag segelt die Luv über die Ziellinie vor Rodney Bay, dem Hafen der Karibikinsel St. Lucia. Vorausgesetzt natürlich, dass wir nicht zuvor noch gegen einen herrenlos treibenden Container fahren. Den würden wir nicht sehen, dem würden wir nicht ausweichen können, selbst wenn er warngelb gestrichen wäre. Wir sehen nämlich gar nichts. Nur die Erfahrung sagt uns, dass zwischen dem dunklen Oben und dem noch schwärzeren Darunter irgendwo ein Horizont ist und auf dem Horizont unser Ziel.Den Kurs dahin zu finden und zu halten, ist heute Nacht das Problem.. read more...


01/12/2013

Tatt av Vinden - 18:26.05N 24:53.29 Tatt av vinden - noon report

At six o'clock this morning Lars reported clear skies with stars. After adark night which was only enlighted by the blitzes from the thunderstorms, andrain, rain, rain, the message sounded too good to be true. We had passed thetrough with all its small and bigger lows. We were through! And we had nosqualls. Further north up to 70 kn of wind has been recorded. Again weexperience that the advice from Mads in FreeWind is very good and reliable. When Bjørn took over the watch from Eva at 0800UTC, the sun was rising. Nowit shines from a bright sky, and we have about 16 kn of wind from SE. We changedcourse for St. Luci. Next waypoint is 2100 Nm ahead of us. 24 C in the air. Thisfeels like trade wind sailing! The sun is now close to 2 hours after London time. The captain rules theship’s. read more...


01/12/2013

La Rochelle - la rochelle. "hole finder"

Had a great sail yesterday in 10 - 15 knots of pressure on the beam giving us mid 7"s under full main and no1 heady. The windgradually dropped from 3pmand up went the asso. Carrying the apparent forwardby30 degreesand giving us a respectable 6 knots of boat speed in 8 knots of true wind.  By 8 pmthe pressure had dropped to 6 knots and backed around to the nne barely enough to keep our sails full With the main flogging itself to death , we dropped it , and sailedwith the asso only giving us 4 knots , not enough!!! We had found"another hole." With the " green death "itchingfor another go,we reluctantly gave in and motoredfrom midnight Managed to pick up a nice line of squalls at 6 amfor a hour propelling us along at 7 knots in 18 knots of breeze with the headiest. read more...


01/12/2013

Keoma - Keoma Day 8 The butter has finally melted

Great day yesterday with a good mileage for the daylight hours as we weresurfing down 4-5 meter waves with double reefed main, wind veered and we gybedto get between a couple of the islands, met with a current right on thenose!  Very strange.  Sundowners went down well with Poyner arrivingon deck saying that it was the first time he had spent all day in his pyjamas(to be fair he was on mother watch and did a great job getting the evening mealout in very lumpy conditions).  The Stowaway ready made meals were a bighit with everyone able to choose from a menu of 12. It is a strange feeling motor sailing through the Cape Verde islands with1/3 of our tank fuel gone and not stopping for diesel.  Perhaps we aretempting the wind gods?  It was after some debate that. read more...


01/12/2013

Hebe - Day 8 Advent Sunday 1.12.13

17:38:89N031:33:38WThinking of you all in church celebrating the beginning of Advent.  I was singing hymns yesterday on watch in ghastly squally weather, monsoon rain and up to 28kts of wind, in fact at its most nasty we couldn't hold the boat and had to just run ahead of the storm which meant turning north. In fact yesterday we managed to sail north, south and at one time east which wasn't a great idea!  The sea as a result was choppy and we all felt tired and queazy. A line got jammed up the mast and we managed to tear the main sail. All repairable and Harry was clambering around like an ape with Imo dancing behind like a gazelle, they are invaluable with their knowledge and abilities. We managed some cracking speeds though and are ahead in the fleet.This morning although the. read more...


La Rochelle - la rochelle. "hole finder"
La Rochelle - la rochelle.
01/12/2013

Shenanigan - Found the wind!

Sorry for no update for a couple of days we were caught in a storm for 48 hours just north of Cape Verde. Winds up to 35 knots, very big waves over boat and gushing into cockpit. Oh and someone threw sheet and fork lightening just for a laugh! The wind has now dropped the forecast seems calmer.Sun is out again so trying to dry three very wet tired people. Shenanigan has done us proud (as have her crew!).Further reports as often as we can.. read more...


01/12/2013

Edelweiss - Day #8: The butter has melted.....

.... and now we are just looking for the turn to St Lucia!We write you today from a HOT and sunny Atlantic (do you know how long we've waited to write "hot!?')We are sailing along in delightful 9-13 knots of wind, pushing usgently along (do you know how long we've waited to write "gently!?").And, before we forget, "RABBIT RABBIT" and happy December to you!The last 24-48 hours have been challenging as we worked our way through some heavy weather, the good ship Edelweiss carrying us well through 30+ knot winds and 3+ meter waves.All the time, we have been working our way south, eager to pass Cape Verde so that we can start to look for the trade winds which will carry us to St Lucia.We had some good entertainment in the big seas, however, watching teems of flying fish soaring out of our. read more...


01/12/2013

Free Spirit - Heavy rain and strong squalls give way to blue skies and a hint of the trade winds? (Free Spirit 62)

Its been a tough past 24 hours, with winds through Friday night climbing to low 20 with persistant rain. On Sat morning we decided to rig our third reef whilst we had reasonable conditions, swapping reef 1 for the third, and quartering the sail area. This turned out to be v. sensible move as the winds picked up through Saturday morning, rain intensified, and we then hit a very severe squall line moving north-east up the Atlantic. Our max wind measurement was 42 knots, and we had about 20 minutes in the high 30s. Lightening was flashing around us (no strikes, although we disconnected the SSB just in case), and the sea state changed, with the peaks of the chop over the 4 - 5m swell being blown off into a spray by the strong wind, and beaten down by the rain, visibility was very minimal!!. read more...



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