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16/12/2013

Aspen - Log 23 Monday 16 Dec; NASA

It seems that the United States space program, NASA, is looking for volunteers, preferably a couple, to make the long and arduous passage to Mars.They are looking for those people who have spent extensive time alone together, faced numerous mechanical, electrical and logistical problems and who like to travel.Hmmmm, I think they just need to sign up some long distance sailors for the job!We spend long periods of time alone at sea, are required to fix anything and everything onboard our sailboats to ensure a safe passage and we constantly live as one with everything nature sends us.The only problem I see is that once the sailors get to Mars will they be able to get back to Earth?NASA admits that might be a slight glitch in the system but they may be able to get them back.The word MAYBE is. read more...


15/12/2013

Duplicat - Sunday 14th 14.21 51.50

This is not really sailing, not able to fly anything bigger than a pocket handkerchief jib, we have forgotten what our spinnaker looks like - not been out of the hatch for days. This leg from Mindelo has been either calm and you need to motor or 30 knots of wind with a new record gust of 42 this morning. We had a day when we could fly our code zero earlier this week but that has been taken down and stowed away.Life on board has deteriorated as sleep is now hard due to the sea conditions and you expend so much energy just moving around or trying to do stuff.On the plus side we have a new speed record of 18 knots made this morning surfing down a huge sea and the distance to go has gone down to 525 with a time of arrival of just over 80 hours but of course that may well change.. read more...


16/12/2013

Sweet Pearl - 23. Tag - Bergfest

Gestern haben wir die Marke der 1000 verbleibenden Seemeilen um 15:14 Lokalzeit geknackt! Da wir die Feste feieren, wie sie kommen, wurde zusammen mit dem Gott der Meere Erasmus auf ein Glas Sekt angestossen. Aber damit nicht genug, beim Abendessen gabs dann zur Feier des Tages auch noch ein Dessert: Karamelflan. Die lassen es sich gut gehen. Alle sind wohl auf, und dies trotz der im halbstündigen Takt immer wiederkehrende Querwelle, die unsere Sweet Pearl jedes Mal hin und her schwanken lässt, und einen ganz normalen Schlaf erschwert. Wenn ich diese Querwelle in die Finger kriege...dann zeig ich ihr wo der Bartli de Moscht holt;-).Wind, Welle und Wetter sollen in den nächsten Tagen so bleiben, so dass wir unsere Speedtour fortsetzen können. Gestern hat jeder sein Tipp fürs ETA. read more...


16/12/2013

Webster - Log 24: So near yet so far

Sunday 15th December:Position 14 37'N 57 07W.After a very squally and pitch black night Ken made ham and cheese omelets for breky. He doing everything he can not to lose this chief cook and bottle washer role he has assumed......he's not like this at home, his wife tells me! The boat rolling between 45 degrees to port and then to starboard gives some indication of how difficult this is, and with the boat surfing at 13+ knots. As we close St Lucia, our ETA seems to dominate conversation, with Jerry on his Garmin giving up to the second predictions, which are all based on assumptions as to speed and velocity made good given we cannot achieve the dead down wind angle necessary to sail direct. Still, everyone in good spirits. We even cleaned out the fridge and stacked it full of the beer we. read more...


16/12/2013

Hera - Hera über die Ziellinie

Das wars!!Um 12.   Uhr Ortszeit (UTC-4h) nach fast auf die Minute 22 Tagen gingdie “Hera” über die Ziellinie in Rodney Bay. Die letzten24 Stunden waren ein Höllenritt auf 4-5 m Wellen bei Windstärken von 7-8 bft.Damit konnten wir im dritten Reff ein Rekordetmal von 210 sm aufstellen. 12.35 ginges über die Ziellinie. Die Wende haben wir erst 10m vor dem Zielschiff gefahren.In den Augen der Zielrichterin  war das blanken Entsetzen zu lesen.Wahrscheinich dachte sie, dass wir für erlittene  Entbehrungen dasZielschiff versenken wollten. Der Empfangam Steg war grandios: Rumpunsch und Präsentkorb für die Crew-   Stefan PICT4282. read more...


Hera - Hera über die Ziellinie
Hera - Hera über die Ziellinie
Annabella - Hada
Annabella - Hada
16/12/2013

Sephina of Beaumaris - Day 22 - Meet the Sparkes'

Day 22 - Meet the Sparkes' Now if I said to a lot of people that they had to go and spend 3 weeks isolated on a 40 foot yacht in the middle of the Atlantic with their soon to be in-laws... well we can all imagine their reaction. So this is my account of such a trip....... Now to start with, a little back story. Nothing about my relationship with my Fiancée Steph or the Sparkes Clan has been in what I would call real time. For example, Steph and I had barley been together when we got our first job together and we soon flew out to run a yacht flotilla. So from day one we were in each others pockets. But it worked. And the same really applies to my in-laws to be. I have, between winter and summer seasons working with Steph, managed to go up to the Sparkes family home on three occasions.. read more...


16/12/2013

Aditi - Day 20: 9 out of 10

As dawn broke after a sleepless drumming with highest wind at 46.7kn we stared at a strange phenomena; everywhere you looked to sea seemed to be uphill! It seemed we were sailing up a steep incline which messed with the head.With the heat after sunrise the squalls dissipated. By 0900 the seas were huge but beautiful, organised and perfect longwaves of azure with turquoise crests shining in the sun. They gave a smooth ride in 30kn E so we set about with our new arts & crafts project, storm sail or staysail? Not much in it but the staysail is cut lower and may have more power; it was hoiked out of the forward shower, manhandled through the companionway and clipped to lifelines for a kind of drag down the deck. Once out of the bag it was keen to slip over the rail but on went the hanks,. read more...


16/12/2013

Miciadue - Noch am dritten Advent die Ziellinie durchlaufen

Wir haben es heute noch geschafft!!! Wir haben die Ziellinie in der Rodney Bay um 22.10 Uhr durchlaufen und haben um 22.30 Uhr festgemacht. Wir sind glücklich, zufrieden und dankbar, dass wir die Überfahrt gesund und unbeschadet geschafft haben. Wir haben in den letzten drei Wochen viel erlebt und haben sehr viel Spaß gehabt. Die Zeit ist wie im Fluge vorbeigegeangen. Wir danken allen Daheimgebliebenen, die uns mit dem Finger auf dem Monitor gefolgt sind, an uns gedacht haben und uns uns mit (Wetter)Infomationen versorgt haben. Die Miciadue, hat uns ohne große Probleme durch Wind und Welle, über das Wasser gebracht und hat uns keinen Augenblick im Stich gelassen. Dank natürlich auch an unseren Skipper Vincent! Insgesamt sind wir drei Wochen und 12 Stunden unterwegs geesen und haben 2914. read more...


Annabella - Hada in distance
Annabella - Hada in distance
Annabella - Washing the spuds
Annabella - Washing the spuds
Annabella - Conor giving Otto a rest
Annabella - Conor giving Otto a rest
Annabella - Fruit storage
Annabella - Fruit storage
16/12/2013

Annabella - Annabella - Final blog

Position: Berth E 17, Rodney Bay Marina, St LuciaOur arrival in Rodney Bay was a bit dramatic, because it was blowing 25 knots with big rolling waves as we approached the island. We thought that once we got around the top we would be in the lea of the land giving calmer water for gybing. How wrong can you be? We managed to get rid of the pole, and all we had to do was let the port twin over on to the starboard twin and sort the sheets. We could then scoot over the line. Port twin was let go too early and went in front of the forestay with gusts of 30 knots. Struggled to get the sheet around the forestay, but after a bit of flapping managed it and we were in. Kaoma, who we met in Las Palmas was coming in behind us and managed to squeeze ahead of us (higher division so not an issue).. read more...


16/12/2013

Selivra - ARC Tag 21

ARC Tag 21, Sonntag2013-12-15, 19.00Hola amigos!Mehr als 4 Tage schon reiten wir bei Tag und Nacht über den Atlantik. DieWellen erreichten schon mal die 4-5 Meter und wir werden so richtig durchund durch geschüttelt (bin schon gespannt, wie es sich anfühlt wiederfesten Boden unter den Füssen zu haben). Die Squalls kommen und gehen undheute hatten Frank und ich einen Spitzenwert von 9 Windstärken bei über 9Knoten Fahrt und einer netten Böe von 56 kts. Wir wurden dafür mit einererfrischenden sonntäglichen Süßwasserdusche belohnt.Im nächsten Leben möchte ich auf jeden Fall 10 cm größer sein, dann rutscheich hoffentlich nicht mehr vom Ruderstand (passiert letzte Nacht um 3.00).Aber man/frau ist ja gut gesichert und so ist man auch schnell wieder aufden Beinen.Mal fliegt ein Teller, hin und. read more...


Selivra - ARC Tag 21
Selivra - ARC Tag 21
15/12/2013

Windleblo - Day Twenty One

Seventy-five miles to go.Tonight's dinner, a mélange of sweet potato, raw peanuts, and tofu in a thick garlic, ginger, curry sauce, was assembled by John Hoopes, now called Hans by his Austrian shipmate. Around the cockpit table, you could sense the anticipation of landfall. Someone posed a simple question, "What's the first thing you are going to do once we hit land?" The answers were equally simple."Give my wife a hug.""Go for a cold beer.""Take a long walk."And, jokingly, "Polish the boat."Not spoken, but hidden just beneath the answers were the emotions held by each crewman. Among them areGratitude to the Almighty for a safe deliverance;Pride at having completed such a significant accomplishment;Admiration for my fellow shipmates for their strength and endurance;Sadness at reaching. read more...


15/12/2013

Milanto - Final Blog Entry

After a memorable moonlit downwind sail for the final 20 miles to St Lucia , we first sighted the lights of Martinique and shortly afterwards,St Lucia. It was an immensely satisfying and thrilling feeling after 18 days at sea.Final preparations were made for the upwind charge to the finish line once we had rounded Pigeon Island and importantly, the Champagne was ready and waiting on ice!The ARC photographer came out to greet us as we approached the finish line and we crossed at 1:06am local time on on Thursday 12th Dec to hoots of delight from all onboard.A welcoming rum punch awaited us dockside at Rodney Bay - as did the news that Team Milanto had achieved 3rd place in Racing B division, 6th in all Racing Divisions and 15th on real time out. read more...


15/12/2013

Shelduck - Sun 15 Dec Skipper's Fall

Sun 15 Dec 14:45.385N 55:54.185W Distance traveled in 24h 155 miles   We are out 3 weeks today and in that time have traveled 2735 miles at anaverage speed of 5.43 knots. Cloudless day for a change.This is our 3rd or 4th day of continuous rollercoaster combined with skidpan rally swerving, bucketing and rolling. At about midday yesterday (Saturday) the Skipper was moving to the charttable to download a weather forecast when he was caught off balance in a broachand was thrown across the boat and landed on a spot just to the left of hisspine on the bar protecting the cooker.  Gabby, our health, safety andwelfare officer, decided he should not be moved from the floor for an hour.Having made her assessments she decided he may, at worst, have cracked a rib ashis symptoms and pain. read more...


15/12/2013

Shelduck - Sat 14 Dec The Weather

Sat 14 Dec 14:53.568N 53:15.762W Distance travelled in 24h 151 miles   The wind has been blowing 20-25 knots since Wednesday with waves 5-6 metreshigh. Many days have been overcast.  The squalls are easy enough to see coming, dark shapes in the sky, and whenthey hit the wind usually increases to 30 knots and backs 30 degrees. A fewtimes it has backed 50 degrees and increased to reaching gale force. During oneof these Shelduck lay down and water came green over the cockpit coaming,engulfing the skipper up to his armpits.   The squall clouds come in at about 30-45 degrees from the direction of thewind, so when we look out behind us, anything nasty looking directly behind uswill pass to our port side and not cause too much trouble. It’s the ones comingfrom our starboard. read more...


15/12/2013

Shelduck - Fri 13 Dec The Leak

Fri 13 Dec 14:59.037N 50:40.675W Distance travelled in 24h 157   We continue to have to bail each watch about 1/2 a bucket. We suspect it isthe salt water inlet is leaking and plan to have it attended to in Martinique,hopefully at a Dufour agent.   The engine start button is not its usual self but continues to start ifpressed down firmly. This we hope to have attended to in St Lucia.   Sightings: flying fish, a pair ofshearwaters.. read more...


15/12/2013

Shelduck - Thu 12 Dec The Rig

Thu 12 Dec 14:57.511N 48:00.025W Distance travelled in 24h 147 miles.   Brendan is well experienced now in moving the two genoas from reaching torunning. To go from reaching to running the jib sheet and the lazy/back up jibsheet have both to be moved out of the amidships deck tracks to outside thestantions and the jib sheets put through the blocks at the ends of the twinspinnaker booms. This involves clambering about very carefully on the plungingforedeck, safety line clipped to the jackstays.   We learned of the need for these blocks at one of the ARC seminars in GrandCanaria. On the passage down from Lagos to Lanzarote we had badly damaged thejib sheets by chafe as they ran directly through the pole ends. Thankfully wehave no sign of chafe up to now with this. read more...


15/12/2013

Adina - Day 21 Singing our way to St.Lucia

Day 21 and more Atlantic mountains and more wind. Minds are definitely swinging towards thoughts of the finish line - one moment thinking of the joy of making it, next moment the relief of making it!And more 40 knot squalls - one person tends to stay upstairs and steers the boat through high winds and lashing rain while the rest stay dry down below. We have had two reefs in the genoa and two in the main sail. Again for our non-sailing friends, this is just a measure of how much of the good old white handkerchief you leave out.Three weeks on and we started having no idea that we would be plagued by light winds to start and clobbered by heavy winds to finish. We live on our little Adina island oblivious to all. Indeed we had no idea of the sad passing of Nelson Mandela until it was posted. read more...


15/12/2013

Jambo - new record

Big seas and winds today but Carol driving the boat and hit 11.1 knots - having the spinnaker up in 35 knotsdid seem excessive ! Actually she did this surfing down a rather large wave. I was asleep at the time to be woken by Nick and Tom sounding like screaming banshees as Jambo ( hull design speed 7 knots ) hit a new record.... go girl!. read more...


15/12/2013

Miciadue - Nun schmelzen die letzten Seemeilen dahin

Die letzten 42 sm liegen vor uns. Die Zeit verläuft so schnell. Heute hatten wir - wie gestern - 6 bft und relativ unruhige See. Wir bereiten uns nun langsam auf die Ankunft vor. Flaggen setzen, Startnummer wieder am Seezaun montieren, ARC-Flagge setzen, notwendige Unterlagen ausfüllen usw.. Wir hoffen noch heute anzukommen. Wir haben es jetzt aktuell 15.30 Uhr (= UTC minus 4 Stunden). Je nach Wind und ggf. noch notwendigen Manöver könnte das klappen. Und wir werden noch den Kühlschrank wieder einschalten, um den (echten) Champagner zu kühlen. Es gibt eine Flasche für die Miciadue und eine Flasche für die Crew. Wir sind nun bester Hoffnung, die letzten Seemeilen noch gut hinter uns bringen.--. read more...


15/12/2013

Blue Dolphin - Day 21 - Oh what a night!

The night was terrible.  The winds continued to build and were gusting up to 35kns.  Sleeping was impossible (except for Sally who seems to be able to sleep through anything).  The crew wondered why they ever thought this would be a good idea!  The boat was tossed all over the place.  It was like being in a washing machine – on spin!!  Looking out at the seas was scary as the waves were huge – at least double decker bus size.  The only upside was the speed – the fastest time recorded was 12.1 Kts but that was only from surfing down a big wave. Doing anything was a huge task and opening cupboards was positively dangerous.  How did a jar of olives manage to hurl itself out of the cupboard, losing its lid on the way, scattering olives and all. read more...


Blue Dolphin - Day 21 - Oh what a night!
Blue Dolphin - Day 21 - Oh what a night!
15/12/2013

Magic - Tag 22: Zieleinlauf

15.12.2013, 15:15 Uhr OrtszeitPos: 14° 04,8' N, 060° 57,8' WKurs: nach Sicht und Seezeichen (Betonnungssystem B)Hurra, wir sind da! Gesund und munter.Strahlender Sonnenschein.Alles gut.Kennzahlen des Tages:Loggestand: 2993smReisezeit: 21 Tage, 6 Stunden, 15 MinutenTraditioneller Begrüßungsrumpunsch: 10Olaf. read more...


15/12/2013

Nyaminyami II - Blog Friday 13.12.13 - 1200hrs

The crew of Nyaminyami2Nyaminyami II Blog Friday 13.12.13 - 1200hrs By Chris Haworth & the Crew of Nyaminyami II Blog subject today: What have we got out of this trip? Another brilliant days sailing yesterday in an Easterly 15/20Kts sea state still lots of rolling in particular, probably my last night watch  between 0200 and 0600 wind and sea state the same as during the day so savoured the stars and all the marvellous things I have described about being out here! – Another good 24 hr run of 175 miles, now only 75 miles to go yeooooo! This morning we have the spinnaker up in 15/20kts heading straight for Rodney Bay and the finish! ETA unchanged at either late to day or early hours tomorrow GMT probably 2000/2200 local time – were going clubbing West Indies. read more...


15/12/2013

Moondancer - Sunday 15 December 15.20 (GMT - 3)

--Last Tango in Paris / Last Fanta in the AtlanticDont worry Marlon Brando isn't after us with a pound of butter, it's worse, we are getting to that point in every seafarers life that he dreads the most. The last Fanta in the fridge!There is still plenty of booze aboard and I for one intend leaving the boat dry.The Jamesom's could be a problem especially after being practically dry for so long.Well to the sailing situation it was looking so good on Friday 13th then the lazy jacks gave way and we removed what was left of them. Then the great storm of Friday 13th, more like Saturday 14th came in.it was on my watch of course when I was hit by 6 squalls in 3 hours on the midnight til 3. I woke the fellas up about 2.30 and it got worse until it was just one continuous storm. The waves were. read more...


15/12/2013

Starla - Log Day 22 - Not that far to go

Hello Everyone,Distance logged today - 195 nautical miles. Distance to date this trip - 3002 nautical miles. Remaining miles to St Lucia 214.The wind is out of the east between 25 and 30 knots, pushing us along at a nice 8 to 9 knots. The sea state is still a bit lumpy, and that is not going to change for the rest of the journey. The sun is shinning.Last night and early morning was free of squalls, which is a good thing, as the wind speed typically increase by a 1/3, at the front of the squall, with a lot of rain.Yesterday we were hit by a lot of squalls, making it a very demanding morning to get through them.It has been too rough to fish, but we will give it a go this afternoon.We keep getting flying fish, landing in the cockpit, especially at night. They are only little, so we throw. read more...


15/12/2013

Millport II - Ted's Diary

Day 21:The wind is still very strong so I am still not allowed to fish.Dad said that it will probably be like this until we get to St. Lucia which is good because we will get there quickly but bad because no fishing.Robert and I made more Christmas decorations instead.Because it is so windy we were able to play the Wii today and watch a movie without running the generator.We only have 6 apples left so Mum took down the apple net today as well which we are all happy about.It was hanging above the table and we were always bumping our heads on it.We had sausage and bean stew for dinner, it was nice and a good change from chicken.. read more...


24/11/2013

Keoma - Sunday

Last breakfast ashore, nice shirts!Mad down on the pontoon, bands playing horns blowing, no going backnow!Mike and Trace. read more...


15/12/2013

Manihi - ON L'A FAIT !!!!

14:04.42N 60:56.98W   12:00 heure locale - Profondeur 4.2 m Cette nuit à 1h45 du matin nous passions la ligne d'arrivée.YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEES !!!!!!!!!!! La journée avait été plus que difficile. Arrivésau ponton, nous avons été accueillis avec un punch et une corbeille de fruits !Charmante bienvenue à 2h du matin, non ? Bref la seule information importante dela journée, celle qui compte le plus, celle que nous n'oublierons pas, c'est queNOUS AVONS TRAVERSÉ L'ATLANTIQUE !!! Alors aujourd'hui, dimanche, jour duseigneur, nous allons savourer noter plaisir ... y compris le blogueur !!! Reposbien mérité pour tous (enfin, nous trouvons !) et donc une pageexceptionnellement courte !  Maintenant que nous avons le wifi, nous mettrons quelques photos sur leblog  pendant les jours qui. read more...


15/12/2013

Queen Frederica - Bericht Tag 22 - Jeder Traum geht mal zu Ende

15.12.2013Sonntag, der 3. Advent, 12:30 Uhr Bordzeit. Der Wind weht nach wie vor mitüberwiegend 25-30 kn (6-7 Beaufort) aus E-NE – unsere Segelstellung istunverändert: platt vor dem Laken mit ausgebaumter Genua. Es ist heiß.Petra, Katharina und Udo haben eine Borddusche bereits hinter sich.Gepützt haben sie selbst; die Pützer hatten heute frei, der Seegang war zustark. Stefan hat auf eine letzte Borddusche verzichtet. Er will dieFreude steigern auf die Marina-Süßwasser-Duschen auf St. Lucia (wirempfehlen ihm, bis sein Deo aufzubrauchen). Dietmar ist allein am Steuerund im Cockpit und tut etwas für seinen Teint. Alle anderen sind vor derSonne geflohen, sitzen im Salon und tun etwas für ihren Kreislauf, essen,snacken.Kurz vor 12 haben wir die letzte 3-stellige-Meilendistanz genommen;. read more...


15/12/2013

Starblazer - 15 December A squally day

We are now in ARC weather forecast area Romeo. If you thought Romeo was lovely, a star crossed lover, cruelly misled, think again.Yesterday’s forecast was possibly the most threatening we had received.Squalls all day, winds of 20 – 25 knots gusting 27, swell 4 metres, waves1.5 to 2 metres from a different direction; it was time to be a little more cautious. When John came on deck at 0800 we decided it was time to reef the mainsail which, unfortunately, means one of us has to go to the mast while the other helms. I’m not keen on helming in relatively calm conditions, we did not have relatively calm conditions!It took about 30 minutes to sort out what we were doing, in which order and to execute the plan.I pulled two reefs in, making the sail significantly smaller, we reset it and off we. read more...


14/12/2013

Amokura - Arrival Day St. Lucia

Triskaidekaphobia.   Appropriately enough the ARC ended as it had begun.   Remember the start? As the gun sounded, ARC control announced that there was a squall coming upon the fleet. And we began fashionably wet.   Our finish:   Early AM Friday the 13th. Approaching and rounding Pigeon Island, white out squall in 32 knots ofwind. It went flying by, then another less intense hit us. Then another.   As we changed sail configurations, and pinched toward the finish line, thefourth squall came through. Our conversation at the start......wouldn’t it be funny if we had to getour wet weather gear on for the finish? We learned. Never make suppositions with the sea.   Then the rain passed. The seas calmed. The ARC welcoming committee guidedus to our berth. Can’t say. read more...


15/12/2013

Arkouda - Other observations regarding Friday the 13

As you may or may not know, sailors are a superstitious lot.They have all kinds of idioms, i.e., no soil on a boat (just heard that one in Cape Verde) never leave port on Friday, and I am sure many others.I am sure that Friday the 13th falls in there somewhere.Besides the mishap of taking on water, and the boat that lost their mast (they are both doing very well, due to an outstanding crew) another boat had an engine fire that had started, been put out, and then re-ignighted.Scary stuff, but the boat and crew make it to Barbados safely.I had been smug about the lack of problems that we have had, only to wake up the gremlins that seem to reside in Arkouda's electrical system.We noticed last night that our AIS was out.It had worked a few days ago when we passed close enough to sv Aspen to. read more...


15/12/2013

Albatros - Albatros Dec 12

As we approached our peer E20, we were welcomed with Rum Punch.We started with the Swiss team 'Boingo live' in Las Palmas nov 24th, 1pm and we ended the Atlantic crossing within 2 minutes of each other.We couldn't believe it!!!The arrival celebrationcontinued on our boat until the day started with sunshine, then we went straight to a very very enjoyable breakfast in the Cafe Ole @ the boardwalk. We sleep later.......A journey with lots of excitement, surprises but also risks and austerity ended here in Saint Lucia. The friendly local people sets a remarkable difference to what we sometimes experience in western europe. Thanks everyone for watching, following and supporting ourcruising adventure.'The Albatrosen'Skipper Manfred, Michael, Mike, Christopher, Clemens, Alfredo, Walter, Nic,. read more...


14/12/2013

Sephina of Beaumaris - Day 20 Pigs to the rescue

Day 20  Pigs to the rescue As there is far too much rolling and being thrown about I’ve got some ugly bruises to contend with.  On one of the days I had to stay in bed and dose myself up with Stugeron and paracetamol.  I refused to eat or drink so when I finally surfaced at 6pm I was told I had to have something. The only thing I could face were chewy sweets but there were none left in Week Three’s snack box.  Did this count as an emergency?  The skipper was asleep so I gathered the rest of the crew (all two of them) to have a vote. Fortunately, they saw the situation as an emergency so I went to retrieve the emergency snack box from it’s hiding place. Only two of us knew where it was hidden but as there aren’t many places to hide things on the boat I think there. read more...


Sephina of Beaumaris - Day 20 Pigs to the rescue
Sephina of Beaumaris - Day 20  Pigs to the rescue
15/12/2013

Freebooter - Day 22 - 15th Dec

Now only 155nm to St Lucia, plus a few miles further to Rodney Bay which is on the west side of the island :)We are so looking forward to arriving, and escaping this rough sea! Last night was full of squalls and showers, not what we ordered. No matter, not far now.. read more...


15/12/2013

Abraxas - 15/12/13 Getting closer now

Just a quick blog tosay that we expect to arrive in St Lucia early hours of Tuesday, probably about0300hr.  The wind has remaining t about 20-25 knot often gusting over 30knots.  Crew are all fine but increasingly looking forward to  avariety of pursuits ashore.  These include Drew wanting a pizza, Karenwanting a warm shower and everyone wanting a well earned rest.  Lookingforward to seeing Ness, Andrina, Dorcas, Marc, Arabella and Frances when theyarrive on 21st December – at least we will be there before you which wasquestionable when we had such light winds initially. Abraxas still holdingup well  little further to report at present but hope allwell.>Nick. read more...


15/12/2013

Magic - Tag 21: Einmal werden wir noch wach...

14.12.2013Pos: 15° 14,9' N, 056° 52,8' WKurs: 271°Mit der Navigationsmelone (hatte mit einem Edding 3000 aufgezeichnete Hilfslinien zur Darstellung der Prinzipien der astronomischen Navigation) essen wir unser letztes Stück Obst. Der Einkauf war rückblickend doch ganz gut. Selbst die Bananen sind dann irgendwann reif geworden. Ein paar Orangen hätten wir uns noch mehr gewünscht, oder Äpfel – Basics halt. Dafür haben wir noch Auberginen, zu denen uns die Rezepte fehlen. Insgesamt war die All-inclusive-Verpflegung hier an Bord super. Ein besonderer Dank geht an die Köche.Süßwasser haben wir noch in so großen Mengen, dass wir ab jetzt damit Duschen könnten. Der freiwerdende Stauraum kann langsam wieder seiner ursprünglichen Verwendung zugeführt werden. Zum Beispiel mit Fendern, aus denen. read more...


15/12/2013

George - Arrived at last

We arrived at 11.48 utc last night. The pleading, screaming and crying has faded away, Things have stopped crashing about (except Mason) all is calm, all is quiet and still, the work of the day over, the dust has settled....at bloody last! 20 days at sea. The guys are now sleeping in there beds dreaming of what tosh they are going to right in there final blogs tomorrow! TB. read more...


15/12/2013

Aspen - Log 22 Sunday 15 Dec; Life in the Fast Lane

I normally write the daily log sitting in the cockpit and staring out at the endless sea.Not today!Right now the crests of monster waves are sending sheets of water horizontally across the usually dry cockpit, soaking everything in its' path. Instead I am down below watching for other sailboats and ships as well as looking at our speed indicator.12.8 knots has been the highest I have seen so far as we careened and surfed down a wave.Just think of that, 12.8 knots.Aspen usually travels at 4-6 knots, sometimes with the help of her beautiful engine. Today we have a scrap of jib out for steering and a scrap of main out for power and stability. That is all.Yet with only that amount of sail we averaged 6 knots for the last 24 hours.An average of 6 knots! Aspen can't and doesn't go that fast,. read more...


15/12/2013

Second Wind - A chance meeting

The Atlantic is a big place.People watching the ARC on the fleet tracker could be excused for thinking that the yacht get to see each other often but, for us at least, that is not the case. Up until yesterday it had been 10 days since we saw any sign of humanity, no Yachts, no ships, not even the twinkling light of an overflying aircraft. It is strangely serene being isolated in this way and perhaps one of the experiences people look for from the event.Last night started out like any other but with the added spice of big winds, big seas and a sprinkling of squalls. In the middle of this maelstrom we spotted the single green light of another yacht. It gives you a lift to see that you are not alone out here doing battle with the elements.The lights got closer and at dawn we established. read more...


15/12/2013

Aditi - Day 19: What da ya mean worse?

After yesterday's pounding we awoke to an ARC forecast that said things were going to get worse! Bigger winds & waves. What da ya mean worse - did you see yesterday?So along came dawn and the usual roll of squalls. Then the wind started climbing to settle in the 28-33kn band with squall peaks again at 39. But the sea state was so much better than yesterday at 2-3 metres that this was a breeze. We were gliding along and having adjusted the auto-pilots max rates of turn and sensitivity levels upward the previous day all was well. We were keeping a speed that would get us to the Vegas Party!Then came 14.00hrs. No change to wind but the swell racked it up a couple of notches and we were on our way back down memory lane - almost, but yesterday was worse. But given the forecast we set the. read more...


15/12/2013

Webster - Log 23: More of the same old, same old...... just windier

Saturday 14th December: Position 14 41'N 53 57'W. Have had the best part of 30 knots of wind all day and big seas throwing us around. We noticed a particularly horrid squall cloud at first light looming from behind and it was already blowing hard enough to have all three reefs in the main and a couple in the genoa. Nothing for it but to take the main down completely and it was a good job we did - it blew over 35 knots! The wind has hardly abated much all day, minimum 25 knots, so we have continued with poled out genoa and a scrap of main to balance us and have set the auto pilot which has managed alright today with essentially a storm rig set. Still doing 7 knots. The sun has been out though so it doesn't seem as bad as it actually is! Forecast is for 25-30 knots of wind for the. read more...



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