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26/11/2013

Sephina of Beaumaris - Sephina Day 2 Rude Awakenings & Mysterious Flashing Lights

Sephina Day 2 Rude Awakenings & Mysterious Flashing Lights Day 2 began for me with a rude awakening from one of the cats, Thornton: leaping onto my belly & meowing full force into my face, desperate for attention. Luckily for me (& for him) it was 4.45am & time for me to get up & get ready for my 1st watch of the day.I scampered onto the deck (only a few minutes late) & sent Matt down for a sleep. First thing I saw as my eyes adjusted to the darkness was a sailing welly floating past the boat in the sea. I checked for any other signs of a person in the water but couldn’t see any! A sailor somewhere is going to be cross when he realizes he’s lost one of his boots overboard!5minutes after that & a flash of orange light caught my eye on a vessel up ahead of us.. read more...


19/11/2011

Wind Dancer 36 - Log Entry 11-19-2011

After 6 days of very little wind and running the motor very slowly to conserve fuel, we now have more wind than we'd like.Feast or famine it seems.We now have 25 knot winds and 12 foot seas.Through the night we had 30 knot winds pretty consistently and a pretty rough ride.It makes it difficult to sleep, so everyone is pretty bushed.  The position report yesterday showed eight boats already at Tortola in the British Virgin Islands.I'm sure today's report will reveal many more boats at the finish.With our need to conserve fuel we ran very slowly while many others with much less of a fuel issue motored into the good wind the past few days.We expect now to sail the rest of the way as winds look pretty good ahead.I expect the next few days to be as rocky as the past two have been.It. read more...


26/11/2013

Hanami II - A peaceful evening ....

Tuesday, 26 of Nov 201308:50 UTC15 05 N37 57 WI wouldn't say we had a nice night but an interesting one, yes, definitely.It all stared with that big black line of coulds on starboard, all along the north horizon line that merged with it and that brought us a lack of wind that was like a nasty warning. We did put a bit more south in our west as we were running 290 and took 2 reefs, just in case, with the solent pooled out.Christian and I are now well trained to do this in sync. I mean reefing and/or pooling the head sail. Since we left Mindelo when we had to reef twice before leaving the straight we had a fair bit of rehearsal, that's good. That wasn't such a bad idea as we soon got some big swirling gust at the time the lighr had completely disapered.Wind changed direction every minute. read more...


26/11/2013

Webster - Log 5 - Dolphins and the Gybe Bunnies!

Winds have been variable all day from 0 to 20 knts and from all directions, mostly NE. The boat was powered up from after lunchtime so expecting a rather better 24 hour run from the rather disappointing 90nm or so logged to 1300 Monday - kept sailing into holes! Saw our first dolphins during the day, Monday. Must have been 20 or so coming over to us from all directions and playing in the bow wave. We had a close shave with a small Dutch tanker vessel, the Texel, whom it was clear had steered a course to say hello to us. We could have shaken hands they were so close, and all on deck were waving their arms to us. Carl and I wondered if they were in trouble as that is an international signal of distress! We stood by just in case but they soon disappeared over the horizon.Ken made a green. read more...


26/11/2013

Dragonfly - Wind!!!!

Der Wind hat gehalten und ist weiter aufgefrischt.Seit gestern abend segeln wir wieder mit 6,5 bis 7,5 kn. Die ganze Nacht durch. Herrlich!Kaum Welle nur die schöne Atlantikdünung. Da kann man ruhig schlafen. Erst gegen Morgen wird es unruhiger. Eine unangenehme Welle hat sich aufgebaut und wir schaukeln wieder hin und her. Zum Glück hält der Wind und bring genügend Druck in die Segel. Der Himmel ist grau, wie schon gestern Abend. Auch in der Nacht haben wir kaum Sterne gesehen, nur der abnehmende Halbmond wirft gelegentlich etwas Licht durch die Wolken. Gestern haben uns die ersten Delphine besucht. Mehrere Schulen sind nacheinander an´s Schiff gekommen. Ein wunderschöner Anblick. Hajo hat schon wieder seine Angel draussen. Für heute Abend haben wir aber noch Thunfisch, und so lasse ich. read more...


25/11/2013

Anettine - 25.11.2013

Frem til nå har vi seilt passivt om natta. Sist natt prøvde vi ut en litt mer aggressive stil (uten spinnaker) for å teste potensialet i forhold de andre. Resultatene taler for seg. Vi har nå funnet både et 5. gir for nattseiling og et for dag seiling. Vi vet jo ikke hva de andre finner på når det nærmer seg mål, så vi kommer til å spare 5. girene så lenge som mulig. Ettersom vi bare er 2 ombord ønsker vi også å spare kreftene så lenge som mulig. Seilføringen vi har nå har nærmest stått uberørt i 48 timer. Det sliter på genua skjøtene og vi har allerede kappet av dårlige ender 2 ganger. Vi kan snart ikke kappe mere og må finne en beskyttelse i stedet.Stein har prøvd fiskelykken. Det er bra vi ikke er avhengig av den. Alt er bra om bord.Vi har logget 870 nm og har 1340 igjen.Anettine. read more...


26/11/2013

Starblazer - Starblazer 26 November A day of mixed fortunes

Happy Birthday Jane.Last night the wind didn’t co-operate!It kept changing direction and went very light, culminating in the use of the iron topsail, aka engine.We had spent quite some time at watch changes rearranging the lines for the two headsails flying on the same side so that we could jibe them but all in vain.The main outcomes of us trying to continue sailing was a sleep deficit for both of us and very few extra miles under the keel.After breakfast John pulled out the two spinnaker poles to which he had already tied two downhauls and an uphaul each.We dropped the mainsail, hauled the headsail sheets out to the ends of the poles then pulled out the sails.They set instantly giving us a welcome burst of speed.The fleet is split into three groups by boat length for a daily SSB radio. read more...


26/11/2013

Hanami II - mardi 26/11/2013

Date: mardi 26/11/2013Heure UTC 01:57Position : 14 58 16 N - 37 28 68 WCap: 305Vitesse : 5NEt bien voici encore un jour.Un jour un peu different, toujours sans poisson, meme si les 3 lignes de traine ont occupe Christian un bon bout de temps car 2 d'entre elles se sont joilement emmellee, ce qui, au fond, n'est pas surprenant.La baisse de vent attendue a bien eu lieu et nous n'avons meme pas pu envoyer le Spi, de peur de le voir s'enrouler au tour de l'etais/enrouleur du genois en cas de devente et de roulis important.Nous avons donc alterne les voiles croisees et des bords de grand largue jusqu'a ce qu'un grain dans un ciel de plomb et bas vienne nous obliger a faire cap plein sud, le vent ayant tourne et significativement forci.C'etait la seule solution pour nous eloigner de cette zone. read more...


25/11/2013

Golondrina - Starting to head west

As we enter into our second evening we're continuing south / south west due to the lack of wind to the direct west of us.Our plan is to head closer to Cape Verde before turning due west and therefore go under the weather front.So far we're averaging between 6 and 7 knots due to a long period of very little wind mid afternoon which dropped our average from 8 knots.So far we've cracked through some 210 miles with only another 2,700 to go.Everyone's starting to get into the routine of life aboard.Special thanks today go to Brenda Parkes for the gift .One of the most useful bits of the kit on the boat ( that'll keep ya guessing ) Love toeveryone at home from the crew of Golondrina. read more...


25/11/2013

Blue Ocean - Blue Ocean

20,30 a bord. Le vent s`est releve a 25 knts et le bateau, au portant, abien accelere. Genois en ciseau ou code 0, on marche entre 8 –11 knts sans tropbouger. L`apres midi a d`abord ete belle et ensoleillee avec la breve vision debaleines, l`une tout pres mais quelques secondes seulement . Ensuite un petitpeu de pluie et puis la nuit. Avec elle et sa  perte de support visuel, ilsemble que la kine de Dominique n`aie pas ete suffisante... Mes carbonarazucchini ne sont pas passes chez chacun  :( Avec la meteo qui semble s`ouvrir un peu a l`ouest on a repris une routeplus directe vers Saint Lucia - we`ll see. L`option du Cap Verde semble moinsnecessaire ?On ne sait pas voir les logs des autres bateaux, peut-etre on va arriver ase logger mais on a leurs positions par un systeme. read more...


25/11/2013

Great Escape of Southampton - Log day 2 - Let us introduce ourselves...

We are over 24 hours and 100 miles in – we’d like to be further butthe wind decided it was a school night last night so went to bed early! We hadfun playing dodge the fleet in the dark so kept ourselves amused, althoughwallowing around in the early hours getting excited when we could make 1 knot ofspeed isn’t quite what we all had in mind!  So time to introduce our illustrious crew...   First and foremost in skipper Matt – a cheerful, chatty typewho will answer any question you have – just be careful what youbelieve! Next comes Mike, our first mate – a super sailing engineer (IT& otherwise) who never-the-less admits a penchant for cheesyeuro-pop. Then there’s Pippa, Mike’s lovely partner who’s alreadylooking after everyone far too well – us girls have got to get these. read more...


Great Escape of Southampton - Log day 2 - Let us introduce ourselves...
Great Escape of Southampton - Log day 2 - Let us introduce ourselves...
Diva - Eingelebt & Routine stellen sich
Diva - Eingelebt & Routine stellen sich
25/11/2013

Diva - Eingelebt & Routine stellen sich

Eingelebt & Routine stellen sich ein, der Wind teilweise auch Nach der Wachübernahme gestern um 24h ließ der Wind stetig nach und ging auf Null zurück. Dafür wurden wir westlich von Marokko beim Rückwärtstreiben durch einen beeindruckenden Sternenhimmel, einer Menge von Sternschnuppen und einem Mond belohnt, der uns eine perfekte Sicht bescherte.Seltsamerweise wurden wir morgens früh gegen 2:30 von einem Segler unter Toplicht bei Null Wind mit deutlicher Fahrt durchs Wasser überholt. Ein Schelm wer etwas Böses denkt. Der Morgen begann dann mit einer leichten Brise und gutem Wetter, der Wind nahm jedoch wieder ab, was uns nicht wirklich nach vorne brachte. Die Stimmung an Bord ist gut, die neue Angel ist auch draußen jedoch bislang ohne Erfolg. Selbst Vögel haben wir hier draußen. read more...


25/11/2013

Merlyn III - Day 2

We had a rather difficult first night with hopeless winds and at times managed barely two and a half knots. The weather patterns have been disturbed by some big storms in the Northern Atlantic which has displaced the Azores High. However, things have greatly improved  and are presently sailing with a poled out jib and main on the preventer downwind. We have been averaging around 7.5 knots although the wind drops at night. We have around 165 miles on the log; still quite a long way to go. Last night crew morale was greatly improved by a delicious fish stew created by Jonathan and tonight David produced an excellent spicy Sheppard's pie.  So far we have had no technical problems with the boat and all is well.  The attached photo shows a small proportion of the food. read more...


Skyelark of London - 26 Nov - Day Two - On the Ocean Wave
Skyelark of London - 26 Nov - Day Two - On the Ocean Wave
Merlyn III - Day 2
Merlyn III - Day 2
26/11/2013

Skyelark of London - 26 Nov - Day Two - On the Ocean Wave

Skipper promised, and Skipper seems to have a good strategy.We got a good start and kept nice winda little by staying a little offshore. Though most of the yachts took more South-westerly course from Las Palmas, we are heading South..South.. South towards the Cape Verde Islands. Nice downwind sailing almost from the start, except a few hours motoring last night due to little wind, we are now cruising 8.5 knots at 2.5 m waves. Almost Goose wings. Great!Fishing is so far nothing to write stories about. As the Norwegian onboard I must regret it, but today There was nobite at all. Food, by the way, is excellent onboard.We are optimistic heading for our way point at Cap V somewhere, to go straight towards St Lucia.WiggoDay 2 Happy hour onSkyelark. read more...


25/11/2013

Idea of London - White Sail Reaching, 27N 18W

Hello hello everyone,For those of you following our tracker you've seen that we had quite aninteresting night of it. Gybes and tacks, sail changes, and periods of notonly not going the direction we wanted, but not going anywhere at all.The stars were out bright and strong unil a blanket of clouds was laid overthe sky. Quite a while later the moon rose and managed to shine throughthe breaks in the clouds. It lit up large swaths of the sea, and even laterinto the night the clousds cleared which allowed light back into our world.The sailing may have been painful at times, but there's no questioning thebeauty of night time in the ocean.Our breeze was, for most of last night and today, very light and fickle. Inthe middle part of the afternoon it finally filled in to a steady 12 - 16knots.. read more...


25/11/2013

Joy of Shamrock Quay - Day 5 on the Ocean

GrahamFirstly a big thanks to all our followers, supporters and fans. Apologies for not updating our log sooner.The crew on Joy are now fully into our daily and night time routine. The asymmetric spinnaker has now been up the whole time since our last report less a couple of hours this afternoon. Hand steering is the only option to guarantee best speed and prevent the spinnaker getting wrapped, so one of us is on the helm all the time. Daytime is fine as we are all up and doing odd jobs, cooking, cleaning, reading, trimming sails etc. Night time is more difficult as we each take it in turns, 3 hour watch at a time. The last hour of the 3 hour watch is a real struggle. Loud rave type music is my choice for staying awake, how skip manages to sleep next to the speaker is a mystery. Quality. read more...


25/11/2013

George - 24 hours in and a good start

Hi from SY George.Well, we have just had our second evening meal aboard and the sun is going down on what we are calling day 2.We enjoyed the start yesterday, Tim, our skipper started in very good shape and we were going well right up until the bit where the wind died...fortunately, we came out of it better than a lot of the others, including some of the top racing fleet, it definitely paid to go out away from Las palmas in the short term.We have seen lots of dolphins, had minor gear failure problems, had sunshine and heavy rain, light winds and strong winds and are now going great guns down towards the cape Verde Islands doing over 8 knots in a good breeze from dead behind. It seems amazing how spread out the fleet is already, with only one or two boats visible at a time.The watch. read more...


25/11/2013

Dragonfly - Flautentag

Fast den ganzen Tag Flaute. Wir motoren durch die hohe Atlantikdünung und verbrennen unseren Treibstoff schon zu Anfang unserer Reise.Zwischendurch kommt immer mal wieder Wind auf, aber der hält nicht lange an und wir holen die Segel wieder ein.Um 16 Uhr rufe ich zu meiner täglichen Funkrunde die deutschsprachigen Segler auf SSB und erfahre, daß wir wohl die Ausnahme sind. Fast alle anderen haben 15 bis 20 kn Wind. Kurz nach 13 Uhr melden sich beide Angeln. Hajo hat einen schweren Fisch dran, ich einen "kleinen". Dafür bekomme ich ihn rein, während der von Hajo wieder verschwindet. Edwin holt den Wodka (zum Betäuben) und Hajo steht mit dem Gaff bereit. Nach kurzem Kampf haben wir den Thunfisch an Bord und auch schnell filettiert. Der reicht für zwei ausgiebige Mahlzeiten.Nach der. read more...


25/11/2013

Free Spirit - Sunday 24th November 2013

Well this is it!  The day has arrived!  Today we set sail for S Lucia!  After 19 full on days in Las Palmas we are ready to go!  Yes!!  Our days have been filled with seminars, safety inspections, briefings, problem solving, lists of jobs to be done, repairs and boat shopping and oh yes…. a few parties.  All of this we did without hardly stepping foot outside the marina – except for one day when Peter and I hired a car and spent the day touring the island.  We discovered just what a spectacular island this is with mountains reaching to dizzying heights and canyons plunging to dizzying depths below.  I even started to think  “I feel safer at sea”…..(I know)…Anyway, back to our departure.  We have had the most amazing “send off” . read more...


Free Spirit
Free Spirit
25/11/2013

Azzurra - Day 2, 25 November 2013 Position 26.34.600 North, 15.41.537 West

As promised by the weather man, we had good wind starting out, but almost no wind once we reached the end of the island. Franz did his usual fantastic job in the kitchen, prepairng are spaghetti for dinner, and frankfurters and mashed potatoes for lunch today. Brian is proving to be an excellent yachtsman and a valuable assistant to Manfred. We have currently logged just over one hundred miles versus our goal of 180, but we are picking up better winds now and as we continue heading SW and hopeful the trade winds will develop into a broader band by Saturday or Sunday.Paul Wheeler, aboard Sailboat Azzurra. read more...


25/11/2013

Vild Luxus - Første døgn på Atlanten

25. november 2013Hej alle.Så kom afrejsedagen endelig for Crew Vild Luksus, efter utallige forberedelser og indkøb til turen over Atlanten.Der var flag fra utroligt mange forskellige lande i hækken på de mange både i Las Palmas, akkompagneret af levende hornmusik på broerne i de sidste timer inden afrejsen, de sidste hilsner blev givet og det sidste proviantblev båret om bord på bådene.Festivitassen blev ikke mindre før starten, da folk i hundredevis stod på broerne og så de mange både glide ud af havnen, og hvor dommerbåden var intet mindre end en kæmpe kanonbåd der afgav startskud med øredøvende brag!Det var et stort øjeblik for os alle på Vild Luksus, da vi endelig gled ud af haven, "next stop St. Lucia", ca. 2.800 sømil væk, hold da op!!! Men ude ved starten føltes det helt. read more...


25/11/2013

Firefly - Rock and roll Monday

Monday morning broke to a beautiful warm and sunny day out in the ocean. If the Boomtown Rats had experienced Monday mornings like these they wouldn't have had the inspiration for their hit single! We were accompanied last night with more dolphins and a star filled sky punctuated by shooting stars. Sunday's Northerly wind stayed with us all night, peaking at 25 knots. We have been broad reaching and have posted our best noon to noon run so far at 178 miles. The slight sea state of the first few days has developed and while we are going faster, we are now really rocking and rolling. Life on board is however manageable, its warm enough for tee shirts and shorts in the cockpit by day, a light sweatshirt being required for night watches. Our food and water is holding up well. Sausage baps. read more...


25/11/2013

Blue Dolphin - Log Day 1 - Leaving Las Palmas

Blue Dolphin says goodbye to Gran Canaria. Photo taken by the boys on Nye Holder.  Our ‘adopted sons’. CarolIMG_2341b. read more...


Blue Dolphin - Log Day 1 - Leaving Las Palmas
Blue Dolphin - Log Day 1 - Leaving Las Palmas
25/11/2013

Manihi - Les premières 24 heures

26:16.05N 17:17.88WCa y est ; nous avons passé nos premières 24 heures en mer. Les premiers miles se sont passés avec moins de vent qu'on nous l'avait annoncé et la fin de la journée fut bien calme ; le début de la nuit aussi avec le vent qui tombe complètement et reprend dans des directions inattendues obligeant à des manœuvres répétées ! Vers minuit enfin un vent régulier de NW s'est établi autour de 15 Nds. C'est resté comme ça jusque vers aujourd'hui midi. Nous avons bien avancé avec le spi asymétrique. Depuis le vent a tourné N-NE et nous sommes revenus sous génois ; ce qui devrait continuer pendant la nuit.Coté équipage, les Manihi Boys se portent bien après cette première journée. Personne malade ni mal en point. Bon début tout ça ! Les quarts se sont enchainés sans problème cette. read more...


25/11/2013

Annabella - Log Day 2 - Finding our Feet

Having spent the last week preparing the boat (which we know something about), buying the food (which we know little enough about) we were very pleased to leave the dock and start the ARC. The weather at (and after) the start was livelier than we had anticipated with gusts in the 20s. We then got hit with a downpour which lasted for over an hour. During the soaking we found the furled twin headsail configuration to be a bit of a challenge until we figured out what to do with the sheets. Boat speed was 8-9 knots for the first few hours and that continued for most of the night. We are currently averaging 7 knots with main and headsail with wind from NNW. We followed the ARC advice to head south until we reach approx 20 degrees N to pick up the trade winds and then head west with the. read more...


25/11/2013

Resolute of Thames - The Theroy and the Practice

Those of you glued to our little icon on the yellow brick will, I am sure, have noticed we have not actually been heading directly to St Lucia since about mid night last night. Let me (Colin) try and explain. Firstly, the shortest route across the Atlantic is, on most maps, not a straight line but what is known in the trade as a great circle route. The construction of a great circle route requires special charts or an electronic chart plotter that can do the maths for you. So we left Cape Verde with a series of marks on our charts that took us first very slightly north and then with a series of small adjustments southward to produce something that looks like a small tangent of a very big circle. Then there is the weather. In theory the trade winds (those constant winds which in days gone. read more...


25/11/2013

Defyr - Day two: Weird winds

Last night and today winds have been mostly all over the place. From 2m/s to 15m/s. We should have used the engine, but it would have felt like giving up already the first day, so we just continued with 2 knot speed. Right now we have the mainsail and genoa out as "virsikirja", which means that we have the sails on different sides and going great speed: 7,2 knots!Crew rotation is working fine with five of us, so there's actually possibility to do something else than just sleeping during the time of.We have also started a small betting on our arrival. If you want to join, send us an e-mai of your estimation.Later!Kaija the "First Mate". read more...


25/11/2013

Nyaminyami II - Blog Monday 25.11.13 - 1600hrs

By Chris Haworth & Graham Pike. After the excitement of yesterdays start and first few hours we settled down to our first night at sea – for me effectively the first nights proper sailing ever. I have read about the night sky at sea away from light pollution of the land – we have all at times in our   universe – the thought of star light arriving here from stars dead and gone years ago – is there anybody else out there? what would they be like – would they be ‘intelligent’? understand love? Teach and share their resources/experience with us? Save us from ourselves or exploit/enslave or destroy us?  – what would the human race do to others? (whales, dolphins, fish on our own planet!).Star Gazing – Mind boggling – good to have time and peace to do so! Back to the. read more...


25/11/2013

Hebe - Day 2 25.11.13

25:53:15N  17:40:12WGentle rolling seas, not much wind so motoring quite a bit which is dull. Andrew has his usual de tox headache, after the partying of the last week its no surprise. The fruit is swaying in the net with some going off already.  I guess its pretty hard to provide so many yachts with the provisions they need, must have started stocking up months ago.Harry has mended the light in the compass. I spent practically the whole day asleep, why do we do this boating lark? With six of us we get 3hrs on and 6 off so can crash out. I look forward to being capable for more than 3 hrs.Andrew and Peter on dinner duty tonight ha ha!!!Janie Lax. read more...


Defyr - Day one: Defyr's captain Alf and crew (Tuomas, Fredrik, Kaija and Juha) ready for the journey.
Defyr - Day one: Defyr's captain Alf and crew (Tuomas, Fredrik, Kaija and Juha) ready for the journey.
25/11/2013

Selivra - ARC Start and day 1

2013-11-25, 1500Whow what a start ….A grandiose scenery at the Marina, the music, people on the quay and morethan 200 vessels going through the gate to the start line. First sun, thanmuch more wind as expected and rain. The start under the eyes of theSpanish Royal Marine was very exiting. The first 24 hours are behind us,the vessel and the crew worked very well and we lookingoptimistically forward.Und jetzt in unserer Muttersprache :Whow was für ein Start …Aber alles der Reihe nach - es war eine für uns Newcomer, First Mate MrsDagi, Charly, Frank und Gunther, und die "alten Hasen" Hans-Peter (oder HPder Skipper) und sein persönlicher vierbeiniger Leichtmatrose Benni,schon einmalige Situation! Wann wird man schon von mehreren Musikkapellen mitkanarischen Klängen und vielen hundert. read more...


Selivra - ARC Start and day 1
Selivra - ARC Start and day 1
25/11/2013

Hebe - Day 1 24.11.13

Left Las Palmas at long last on a glorious day amid the racket of brass bands, cheering crowds and fond farewells to all our new boaty friends, flags, photos and excitement. All 240 yachts then jostling together to get out of the narrow marina entrance, then off to the start line and the big gun and off we go. A quite unexpected squall then obliterated the entire fleet and we all got a thorough soaking and one boat broke their boom, it was all rather hectic, and not the start we wished.Weird weather after that with the sails up and whizzing along followed by wind holes everyone stopped dead and all the boats just sitting bobbing about.Unevetful first night. Sarah'e spag bol quite delicious.Janie Lax. read more...


25/11/2013

Hera - Kurs Kapverden

Die erste Nacht nach dem Start bescherte uns in Lee von Gran Canaria zeitweise kurze Flauten, so dass unser erstes Etmal bei nur 130 sm lag.Die Taktik vom Start weg direkt Schmetterling zu segeln machte sich bezahlt und wir konnten uns zum Einbruch der Nacht gut plazieren.Wie erwartet haben wir heute nur noch ein halbes Dutzend Mitsegler gesichtet. Von der ARC haben wir bisher noch keine Positionsmeldungen bekommen, so dass wir augenblicklich nicht wissen, wie gut wir liegen. Ich habe bei der Crew erstmal Optimismus erzeugt, indem ich erklärte, dass wir uns wahrscheinlich schon im Feld der Racer bewegen.Die Handlungen der Crew bei den Segelmanövern werden inzwischen sicherer und die Küchenteams spielen sich in der Pantry gut ein.Sollten wir in eine mehrtägige Flaute vor dem Erreichen der. read more...


25/11/2013

Selivra OLD - ARC 2013

2013-11-25, 1500Whow what a start …. A grandiose scenery at the Marina, the music, people on the quay and more than 200 vessels going through the gate to the start line. First sun, than much more wind as expected and rain. The start under the eyes of the Spanish Royal Marine was very exiting. The first 24 hours are behind us, the vessel and the crew worked very well and we looking optimistically forward.Und jetzt in unserer Muttersprache:Whow was für ein Start …Aber alles der Reihe nach - es war eine für uns Newcomer, First Mate MrsDagi, Charly, Frank und Gunther, und die "alten Hasen" Hans-Peter (oder HPder Skipper) und sein persönlicher vierbeiniger Leichtmatrose Benni, schoneinmalige Situation! Wann wird man schon von mehreren Musikkapellen mitkanarischen Klängen und vielen hundert. read more...


Selivra OLD - ARC 2013
Selivra OLD - ARC 2013
25/11/2013

Miciadue - alles im grünen Bereich

Wir laufen mit Butterfly 240 Grad bei 4 Windstärken und bedecktem Himmel. Heute Nacht hatten wir eine kleine Flaute. 135 sm liegen bereits hinter uns. Wir haben nur ein Problem: Wohin mit unserem großen Vorderschinken?. read more...


25/11/2013

Shine - Day 2

They're off. A couple of hundred boats milling around in circles then at 13:00 we were away..............in the rain.Frantic reference to the brochure revealed no reference to oilskins or rain for this particular cruise, but thankfully this was short lived and we were soon roaring along at 12 knots in sunshine.A little local knowledge is a wonderful thing, and many thanks to Jorge for letting us know that standing off the island would pay dividends.Many unfortunate souls sailed straight into the inshore wind hole and waved us on our way.At writing we have been informed that we are leading the race having opted to go further north than any other boat, and have managed an impressive 200 miles in the first 24 hours.A long way to go and many surprises ahead of us, but so far so. read more...


25/11/2013

Beetle - Day 2

What a fantastic start for the ARC 2013.Within hours we sailed dead dead downwind, broad reaching, reaching, beating. Today we have had a beam reach since 5 am this morning. Doing +7 knots all day - slowing a knot or so the last hour.We still have about 5 other vessels visible.Thanks to every one in Las Palmas: Rolnautic, the local rigger, the Yanmar shop, dive shop, fishing shop, Cortes Inglés, Hyper Dino, all taxi drivers and all the restaurants we frequented.Also thanks to the yellow shirt, whom we will meet again on the other side.Can't wait to the steel band extravaganza.BeetleN26.15, W17.01. read more...


22/11/2013

Skyelark of London - 25 Nov - Day One - Hi from Peter

Sun,shorts, and Duran Duran "Her name is Rio" on repeat, the weather this morning is great after an night of different wind forces, now the sun is up and so is the cruising shute, the great big wave hammeringmachine called Skyelark of London is skipping along with 9 knots of speed, the crew is happy and enjoying them self. No fishing though, hope tomorrow will be the day when we haul Moby Dick in on my lucky lure, yes mine is off course the best, I named it Horriatio the squid. Times up and I don't want to waste any more time talking to you when I could sit in the cockpit sailing away!bye :-DPeter!blog 2. read more...


25/11/2013

Second Wind - 25 Nov - first blog

Welcome to the first blog of Second Wind. Having spent two weeks in Gran Canaria doing all those little jobs which one does before an Atlantic crossing, and a slightly bigger job (when the rigging inspection uncovered the fact that the standing rigging replacement carried out only 2 years ago in Greece was not so hot). We are now on our way. With our clothes (but not our enthusiasm) dampened by a wet and windy start. We have had a mixed bag of winds, not necessarily abiding by the forecast and we are presently hard on a HEADWIND.At least we have a great view of the rest of the fleet from our slot down the back.All on board fit and well so far.. read more...


Skyelark of London - 25 Nov - Day One - Hi from Peter
Skyelark of London - 25 Nov - Day One - Hi from Peter
Manali - Off to a flying start chasing down the French
Manali - Off to a flying start chasing down the French
25/11/2013

Incisor - Daily blog

We are 24 hours into the race and already we have seen a whole host of different conditions – upwind, downwind, no wind, lots of wind! The atmosphere on the pontoon was one of nervous anticipation, with everybody eager to set sail. The conditions were excellent at the start line with 15 knots of wind from the north west as a Spanish naval ship fired the gun to set us off. It was a spinnaker start and there was little room for manoeuvre as the other yachts in our class jostled to make an early lead. We made good progress through the fleet, soon catching a number of multihulls which had set off before us. But the satisfaction wasn’t to last long as a squall came through forcing us to take down the spinnaker to be replaced with our number 4 jib. It was with this headsail – and with Franz at. read more...



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