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01/12/2014

Reberth - Happy Month!!

Where have the days, and years, gone? I cannot believe that it is now ten years since we brought Reberth down to the Caribbean with the Caribbean 1500 in 2004 to start our Caribbean adventure. When the skipper heard about ARC Europe and ARC Plus he came up with the ‘Crazy Idea” and now the loop is nearly completed. We left Rodney Bay, St. Lucia, 17th February 2014 and now nearly 9000 nm later the circuit will be complete and our “ winter home” will be back where she started in February. Hopefully to enjoy many more winters afloat. Thank you World Cruising Club.Only 25 days to Christmas!!!. read more...


01/12/2014

Exody - Day 21- November 30th - Repeat !

Not much new to say today so here is an outline of our routine on board - we will shift Exody time another hour back today to UTC minus 4EAT - breakfast at 10, lunch at 3, dinner at 8 - all local ship's time, dinner and lunch by rota so each crew only prepares two meals in four days. We have a daily bartender to attend to happy hourSLEEP - we have adopted a simple two hours on watch , six hours off for the four of us and stuck to the same times - my three watches (originally designed to overlap the radio net slots) are 09.00-11.00 , 17.00 to 19.00 and 01.00 to 03.00 - so I get the sunset and moonrise but miss the dawn.The off watch are usually in bed by 21.00 and there is much napping during the day. SAIL - we set the current sails three days ago so only requirement is regular chafe and. read more...


Thula - spinnaker hoist
Thula - spinnaker hoist
01/12/2014

EH01 - In the middle of the Atlantic... no one can hear you scream

Bonjourno, Hallo, Bonjour etc etcThe day has arrived when we are pretty much the furthest point away from land we will be this trip. Over the next couple of days the nearest landfall will be the best part of 1000 miles away. A lot of the crew have said they have been looking forward to this point the most, to really feel like they are in the middle of no where. Although we are racing, the next nearest boat is currently 35 miles away and after that I don't think we have another boat for over 60 miles. Here we are floating in our little mobile world on our own patch of planet earth (population 11).Since yesterdays blog we have had some more fantastic sailing. We had a beautiful evening yesterday with wall to wall broken cumulus clouds (the fluffy variety) followed by a fantastic sunset. As. read more...


01/12/2014

Thula - day 8

After several days of happy, carefree sailing the day yesterday was primarily characterised by (comparably minor) mishaps. First, when putting up our mizzen staysail the shackle at the top of the sail suddenly opened resulting in the entire sail to drop into the water. It took the combined effort of 4 of us to slowly pull it back on board while the boat was still moving. Luckily no damage was done and we are now making the most of the trade winds with both our spinnaker and mizzen staysail again. Later that day, Dieter and myself began feeling increasingly ill, suffering from flu symptoms and even fever. We both lay down in our cabins and were perfectly taken care of by Liesel as well as our board medic, Markus. As we were still feeling quite dodgy in the evening, however, we skipped our. read more...


01/12/2014

Miss Liz II - Log Day 7 - 24 Days to Christmas.....

Oh no, I haven't started shopping yet....Ah well. Another good 24 hours. Yesterday we launched the Parasailor for the first time. The effect on the boat was instant, good speed and the rolling virtually disappeared...so it does do as it says in the brochure. Launching was fun as it was the first time in 5 months. It should be quite simple as everything is colour coded. Obviosuly Jon and I are colour blind as we got it wrong three times. Very impressive though when she finally launched. But then we found the extra halyard we had fited slipped very badly. Dyneema again....I am not very hapy with Dyneema any more...back to the originals I think. Eventually someone will invent a jammer that can actually hold it...No generator today as the Watt and Sea has maintained battery charge well for. read more...


01/12/2014

Nisida - Day 7

Position 1230hrs 1st Dec 19:49N 35:50 This morning as brought a 15 -20kt easterly breeze so we have poled out the headsail and are heading straight for Rodney Bay at 9-10kts boatspeed. Dinner last night was a very good Carbonnara. More suicidal flying fish around evidence of at least 5 strikes overnight and one dead on the foredeck. A couple of rain showers this morning made 2 vivid rainbows one only a few metres from the boat. All in good spirits on board enjoying chilling in the sunshine.. read more...


01/12/2014

Red Devil 3 - Al séptimo día no descansó

Domingo 29   El Red Devil 3 no desansa ni en Domingo. Hacemosbuen rumbo a Santa Lucia y buena velocidad. Aún nos quedan 1760 millas parallegar.Por la mañana con cielos semicubiertos nos hemos encontrado con otrobarco de la ARC de bandera Finlandesa. Ellos también iban pescando. Y además dedorados, habían capturado un "gran pez rojo". Atentos, que se nos han escapadodos esta mañana. A ver si hay más suerte la próxima ocasión. Porla noche elviento ha subido más de lo esperado. Y también los chubascos, aislados, pero queestaban por todas partes. Hemos tenido puntas de más de 30 nudos. Al amanecerdel Lunes el arraigo de la trapa de la botavara ha fallado (había trabajadobastante por la noche y antes). Hemos retirado el telescópico con el muelle yaparejado la trapa con cabo solamente.. read more...


30/11/2014

Louise - Blog 5 - 7th Day at Sea

We had a nice dinner yesterday and wind and sea gave us a nice sail duringthe night. Some clouds but still beautiful to watch the stars, and  thehalf moon made a show of moving amongst the clouds.When on night watch you are in your own world, as nobody is around here inthe Atlantic. But look at 00.43 green and yellow lights were spotted. It verymuch looked like navigation lights. Down to check the AIS. A Chines boat Xia ZhiYang 6. OK, we are not alone. But it was af funny feeling seeing a boat for thefirst time in 4 days. Today we have passed the daily routines, made some repairs. Unfortunately,we have not fixed our genoua, as we stick to our motto “Better safe thansorry”. No major problems have occured today so the crew are relaxed after a nicemeal. Right now we are making our way. read more...


01/12/2014

Blue Waves - Dzien 7 - Gdzie kapitanów szesc tam nie ma co jesc

Dzień 7 - Gdzie kapitanów sześć tam nie ma co jeść Żyjąc w nie ustannej świadomości skomplikowania własnego charakteru, ze wzgledu na szacunek dla pozostałych współtowarzyszy bardzo staram się nad sobą panować i być układny w stosunku do reszty. Bycie samcem alfa nie łatwym bywa jeśli się ma tego świadomość i stara się to kontrolować. Tak na prawdę to pretendujących do tytułu kapitana na łódce jest pięciu ale sześć się odrobinę lepiej rymuje. Z tych wspomnianych pięciu, dwóch to kapitanowie tytularni czyli Jarek i Maciek i dwóch częściowo ale nie zupełnie tych samych to kapitanowie nominalni czyli Jarek i nasz strateg Inge. Do tego dochodzi jeszcze dwóch kapitanów  zwyczajowych czyli ja i Kaczor. I jak tu nie zwariować. Jak po raz pierwszy z załogą w komplecie w zeszłym tygodniu. read more...


01/12/2014

Southern Child - Day 7 1/12

  Day 7 01/12 Position 1200:22*20' 50N 035* 55' 06W Daily Run: 161Nm Distance to Waypoint: 1506Nm   We finally got tropic temperatures and the trade winds (from the East) arenow fully setting in. The consumption of sun tan lotion has sky rocketed and theamount of day time clothing has been dramatically reduced to a minimum.Some of the crew have taken the opportunity to have a first "shower" in a week(aka a bucket of salt water). We've been accompanied by the Norwegian boat Ellida 6 throughout the day -a boat Lars believes  is berthed in the same marina as his own boat back inOslo, it sure is a small world.Our landmark in the next couple of hours will be reaching the under 1500mark, unfortunately the wind didn't play to our rules through the night and weended up. read more...


01/12/2014

Lily - Chef!

Those who have just finished a long transatlantic crossing seem to have a craving for proper food. One can see them rushing to a restaurant to dig in the minute they arrived. Not so much on this yacht. We are blessed having an excellent Chef. Besides also being quite an accomplished sailor (obviously as she has now nearly crossed the Atlantic Ocean), she has been more than able to feed the Skipper and Boris, the Cat, with excellent dishes on a daily basis. Clearly she knows what it takes to keep her menfolk happy (which is by all means not a small feat …). I say it is not easy to keep producing nice big juicy steaks, fresh fruit and vegetables on a daily basis whilst being tossed around. It is quite funny (maybe not for the Chef …) to see her sliding through the kitchen whilst stirring. read more...


01/12/2014

Captain Blind - news for our foreign followers

Captain Blind and crew are now sailing under very nice conditions.. sunwarm, and tradewind unfortunately a little too moderate for us ! averagewinds are ca. 15/20 knots while we'd prefer 20/25 ! you can't it get all !We are exactly half way at this pointWe have entered the kingdom of flying fishes ( do we say exocets inEnglish, not so sure !)A vessel of her Majesty is giving us somme headaches , he has à very lowhandicap (even with a 48 footer ?), and has been in our track for the last24h . Luckyly he is now further back and has stopped his follower strategy...End of the day today we should change course en route to St Lucia where weplan to arrive either Monday pm or Tuesday am.Kind regards to allYannickPS : our mail onboard : capblind@skyfile.com. read more...


El Mundo - 30/11 - View of sunset during dinner
El Mundo - 30/11 - View of sunset during dinner
El Mundo - 30/11 - Bob enjoying downwind sailing
El Mundo - 30/11 - Bob enjoying downwind sailing
25/05/2005

El Mundo - 01/12 - Turning South

The day started with light winds and an uneasymotion for the boat in a rolly sea. However, as the morning went on the windwent more to the East which allowed us to gybe and run more to the South,'goose-winged'. By early afternoon the wind had filled in to 15-20 knots andcontinued like that overnight, so latterly we have made good progress, eventhough the log shows only 150 miles for the last 24 hours. The change in direction and more consistent windhas allowed everyone to get a better nights sleep, in between watches. During cocktail hour we enjoyed the first of eachcrew members 'Desert Island Discs', where you present 6 or 7 songs thatrepresent significant mmoments in your life. The skipper wentfirst......unfortunately no-one else remembered 'Two Little Boys' by RolfHarris! We also. read more...


01/12/2014

Lancelot II - Dec 1st Blog

Hello Lancelot II Fans   Currently at 22deg07’138N 035deg20’746W still zipping along with the S4 upand full main and 1528 nm to go to St Lucia. We overtook Milanto last night andnow Palpatine is on the horizon – good for motivating the drivers to payattention! We have a good 24 hour run overall without too much drama thankgoodness and took miles out of most of our close rivals and didn’t lose too muchto Ross and Scarlet Oyster.   The sun is out now, we sailed through a huge rainbow this morning so cuethe Dawn Photography Club Meeting. The flying fish are about too – had one inthe wheel well again and a couple which landed by the helmsmans feet, stinkythings.   The count down is now on until the next birthday on board – Chris is T-4 soget your birthday messages in  . read more...


01/12/2014

Rhumb - Log Day 7

Position 28° 01.2' N, 016° 36.8' WPutting an optimistic spin on our plight we sincerely hope that this is the last time we report the above position from Marina San Miguel, Tenerife. A productive day as we prepared lines for eventual deployment of the cruising chute and a poled out genoa, (please note - not at the same time) and of course a gybe preventer on the boom. All we need now is some bolognese sauce to go with the spaghetti laid out on deck. Staying with the culinary note, we did enjoy a rather welcome Sunday roast at Grandee O'Donnell's later in the day, together with the obligatory 3 pints of the creamy black stuff and a bottle of the creamy red stuff - well, someone has to do it!! Hopefully the last night of alcohol for a while - can't believe we said that.Weather is much more. read more...


01/12/2014

Purrr-fect - Leg two -day 11: the final quarter

Tonight we reached the milestone of 525 miles to go which is the last quarter of the 2100 distance. So to celebrate, we enjoyed rum punches with ice cubes and a sprinkle of nutmeg on top. It is getting warmer everyday and tonight was quite humid, so the ice cubes made a refreshing drink. Last night late, we slowed down because we had to drop the mainsail when the boat's steering acted up. We disagree about the cause of the steering malfunction but are just happy that it is resolved and working again. In any event,we have been moving well all day and so far the night is moonlit with steady winds, propelling us on a direct course for St Lucia.Provisioning for this trip has been a major focus before we left the Canary Islands,and Linda planned for 21 days. Now our nav software is showing. read more...


Purrr-fect - Leg two -day 11: the final quarter
Purrr-fect - Leg two -day 11:  the final quarter
01/12/2014

Hera - 1.Advent

Zum Frühstück gab es von Michael für jedes Crewmitglied einenSchokoladenweihnachtsmann. Andächtig lauschte die Crew anheimelndenAdventsliedern wie: “Sind die Lichter angezündet” oder “Leise rieselt derSchnee”. Leider wurde es nichts mit dem versprochenen Adventskranz, der wie einHeiligenschein über dem Sitzplatz des Skippers schweben sollte. Der rieselnde Schnee erschien Axel wohl etwas abwegig, so dass er esvorzog, mit wiederhergestellter Angelausrüstung auf Jagd gehen. Die war dennauch von einer Thunmakrele gekrönt. Eine war wohl für acht hungrige Mäuler zuwenig. So wurde sie wieder in die See entlassen. Unser provisorische Spibaumaufhängung ist fürs Nachtsegeln etwas riskant.So dümpelten wir die letzte Nacht nur mit Großsegel vor dem Wind dahin. Das wird uns in dem spannenden Kopf an. read more...


01/12/2014

Vagaris - 1000 Miles

Today we passed 1000 miles at sea. We've had a good day's sailing but still haven't found the warm downwind trade winds we're looking for. The last two days has been pleasant and easy sailing with northerly winds on our beam. We've had a couple of good daily runs, the best currently being 168 miles. We're not pushing the boat and are sailing quite conservatively for crew and boat comfort. The boat is working fine, but today I spent 4 hours upside-down in the bilges replacing some of the original watermaker water pipes after one of the wire reinforced 19mm pipes taking water from the feed pump to the watermaker sprang a leak leading to water in the bilges.The trouble seemed to be that over time when a pipe has been under pressure (particularly where itbends) the reinforcing wire in the. read more...


01/12/2014

Domini - Flying Tonight

Last night, Ju was attacked by a fish.He was just sitting in the cockpit, minding his own business, when all of a sudden he got whacked in the back of the head by a flying fish.It was all very Monty Python.Later Lyn saw hundreds of them, flying across the water together. At first she thought they were lots of little birds swooping over the water.And then...we sailed through a rainbow!Today's quiz:-Is it:-(a) a shoal of flying fish?or (b) a flock of flying fish?Answers on a ten pound note please, to the usual address.Keep on trackin'Ju & LynX. read more...


01/12/2014

Starblazer - 1/12/2014 - Our stay in the Bay of Islands

We quickly settled into shore-based life and hired a car for 7 days.This proved to be a bit of a mistake as, apart from a trip to the bank in Paihia to collect our debit cards then onwards to Kerikeri for a quick supermarket shop and SIM cards from Vodafone, we only used the car once more, to source gas refills at a filling station.We had been warned that Calor propane tanks would not be refilled, we had also heard they could be filled if they were pressure tested each time at a cost of NZ€45 each.In the event local knowledge suggested a filling station which might oblige!The next week was busy, with seminars in the afternoons run by the Island Cruising Association, social events in the evening and a few morning trips.The highlight for me was 9 holes of golf on the spectacular Weimata. read more...


30/11/2014

Free & BrEasy - Flying - Agulhas Style

Amazingly we are only 60 nm from Cape Town and due in at 5am tomorrow morning (1st November). All fears of missing my flight on the 9th have been banished. We will even make a party in Cape Town, organised by Charlie and Kath on Celebrate, and all because of the Agulhas current. We eventually made landfall at Mossel Bay which is 600 nm from Richards Bay after a passage of under 4 days. Most of the way we were motoring with only the jib as we could not use the mainsail until the glue had set on the boom repair! Once we found the Agulhas current we were travelling at 8-10 knots, often more than double our speed through the water. We decided to keep going through a shallow low pressure system which caused a bumpy night with some head winds and lightening, but it was worth it not to stop. In. read more...


01/12/2014

Hot Stuff - The tales of nine - Running out of the madness and into the sunshine

Our most sincere Arabian apologies dear avid readers, for we forgot towrite for the last two days; we have been caught up in our own worldon-board. Hurrah! We are moving again! And fast! And downwind! And there are longslowww drawn out Atlantic rollers. Hot Stuff and maidens are now as one. Words could never justify the sensation of standing at the helm of HotStuff, be it in the sunshine of day or under the star laden moonlit sky atnight. Today after a restless night of very low winds we have been soaring along(Diamonds in the Rough came through in the end with a whopping 10 knots woopwoop as we write this!). She feels as though she is breathing; a quick breath inas she is swooped up by a wave and then she relaxes with a sensual breath out;the rigging resonates with a delicious hummmm as. read more...


11/11/2014

Starblazer - 11/11/2014 – The Good, the Bad and the downright Ugly.

Last night was lovely. The seas were a flat calm, the wind a gentle zephyr, the sky was clear, the moon very bright and the engine a mighty motive force towards our waypoint.I don’t think it was as cold as Sunday night but it was nevertheless quite chilly.Today started with very little wind but by mid-afternoon it had filled in from the west and built quite quickly to 20 knots.That allowed us to sail quite fast, rolling just like on the Atlantic crossing.We have made excellent progress and our ETA came forward from Thursday midday perhaps to Wednesday midnight.We have now reviewed that and hope to arrive at about 1800 tomorrow, to achieve that we are making best speed with the help of the engine because of the ‘Ugly’.I have had another productive day, experimenting with baking a carrot. read more...


30/11/2014

Aretha - Almost one week out

Tonight we are thundering along. There is no need for deck lights. The moon is half full and lights up the sea in front of us and the deck. You can clearly see the seas ahead and more importantly pick out the clouds and spot squalls. I’m grateful there are none in sight.Squalls at sea have a different meaning to squalls on land. Here in the tropics you can see them and the massive energy release of wind and water. They are like dark grey stacks on the skyline. To sail under one means heavy downpours (which can be great if you’re short on water and want a shower) and fierce winds. It's not uncommon for 20 knots of wind to become 30-35 knots in a heartbeat. Get the sails wrong and you’re overcanvased and in a bit of a pickle. Either pinned on your side or flogging/ shredding sails or. read more...


30/11/2014

Lydia - Leg 2 Day 11 - Lazy Sunday

After night watches in which we had an exciting time with winds up to 30 kts for a short while under a squall cloud, a mystery yacht crossed us heading north and a merchantman appearing directly ahead of us and passed relatively close by, in keeping with the Keep Sunday Special campaign we have consciously done not a lot today. Lydia gets no rest though and, thanks to the continuing favourable wind, we have rumbled along nicely all day and, for the second day running, topped the leader board in our division for 'Velocity Made Good' (VMG) by half a knot over our nearest rival with an average of 6.5 kts.Despite the lazy Sunday routine shipboard life goes on. Real men don't make fire - they make water. And touch wood the water maker has done its bit every day to ensure our tanks are topped. read more...


30/11/2014

Euphoria - Log Day 7 - Spinnacker söndag

Kära bloggen,   Idag har vi för första gången fått uppleva nöjet att segla spinnaker på vårfärd västerut. Snacket om att sätta spinnakern har pågått sen dag ett så det varinte direkt små leenden som uppstod när strumpan, efter mycket om och men,äntligen hissades. Succén var ett faktum direkt, nu är klockan strax efter 20.00och dagen har framför allt bestått av 8-11knop och tillvaron i ruffen är just numer eller mindre vågrät. Dock inträffade ett mindre avbrott när det upptäcktesatt en latta trängt igenom storseglet och stod ut som ett svärd föröver. Efteren snabb överläggning beslutade kapten att lattan skulle tas ut, vi påbörjadeatt ta ner storen och allt gick bra fram till dess att storen skulle hissasigen. Den satt fast i rullbommen och ville inte ge med sig en tum. Efter. read more...


30/11/2014

Ellida 6 - fsrp29460

p:22 27.2'N:-34 15.5'WDag 7 - NattevaktNettene om bord er tid for refleksjon, om man ikke sover da. Vi gaardognkontinuerlig 4 timers vakter med 2 personer på vakt hele tiden, men med mulighet for en til aa ta en liten ”nap” i cockpit.Nettene er langer her soer, og slik sett det eneste som minner om at det er foerste sondag i advent.Fra klokken 19 til kl 07 er det kullsvart – og vi ser ikke annet enn en svart vegg for oss, med mindre det er maanelyst, da ser vi overgangen mellom sjoe og himmel i to toner av svart.I 4 timer sitter vi da i moerket – gjerne to omganger pr natt, fra 18-24, fra 00-04 eller fra 04-08.Med vindstyrke opp i kuling, boelger hoeye som hus og 9 knops seilfart – har vi overlatt vaar skjebne til baatens konstruktoer, baatbyggeren og elektronikken vi styrer etter.Paa en. read more...


Ellida 6 - fsrp29460
Ellida 6 - fsrp29460
30/11/2014

American Spirit II - Day 329; We Arrive in Mossel Bay; Sunday, November 30, 2014

Joel is on watch from 12:00 AM to 3:00 AM. He turns on the engine at 3:00 AM, which wakes me up. I'm glad to hear it, because it means the strong winds are dying. Good. The wind is 12 knots instead of gusting 27/28 like it did from 9:00 PM to midnight during my watch. Jeanine does the 3:00 AM to 6:00 AM watch. I relieve her at 5:40 AM and immediately roll in the mainsail as its back winding. Once I do that our speed increases from from 5.3 to 6.0 knots. There is a heavy fog along the coast, and the sun is obstructed by the fog. With the wind only blowing 2-3 knots, at least its not cold out. We're 7.8 miles off shore. Joel gets on the SSB at 9:00 AM for the net but like last night, no one is there. Breakfast at 9:02 AM is bacon, eggs, chilled pears and bread. At 10:00 AM the wind is 3/5. read more...


30/11/2014

Meltemi - 7.Tag - 1. Advent mal anders

Nach einer Flauten-Nacht heute zum 1. Advent strahlender Sonnenschein und 30 Grad im Schatten (voll Schadenfreude hören wir, in Deutschland hat's 0 Grad...??!). Dem Tag angepasstes Kaffeetrinken im Cockpit in Bade-Shorts und Bikini, dazu Weihnachtsmusik aus den Lautsprechern. Der Rettungsring macht Karriere - und wird zum Adventskranz ernannt. Eine Kaffeerunde unter Spinnaker! (Zuerst hatten wir ihn auf links gedreht hochgezogen... Aber egal, es hat ja keiner gesehen.)Am Kaffeetisch philosophiert Alexander derweil munter weiter. Noch immer säßen wir inmitten dieses blauen Kreises aus Wasser. Seit Tagen, ganz allein. Und wir im Mittelpunkt. Was erwartet uns dahinter? Alexander erklärt die Theorie, die Erde sei rund, kurzerhand für Unsinn: Wir zumindest sehen doch nur eine Scheibe! Nein,. read more...


30/11/2014

Wiki - Rendevous with Ripple II in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean

Ein ereignisreicher erster Advent: wir starten mit Schwimmkerzen und einem gemütlichen Brunch in Shorts in den 1. Advent. Schwache Winde helfen uns zu einem erquickenden Bad bei bescheidenen 5000 m Wassertiefe. Keine Haie in Sicht. In Sicht ist aber auf dem AIS eine Lagoon450 aus UK: Ripples II.Ein kurzer Funkspruch und ein Rendevous mitten auf dem Atlantik war perfekt:Wir bekommen zwei neue Dieselfilter, die wir aus "unerfindlichen" Gründen benötigen (der Skipper schweigt beharrlich zu dem Vorfall).Viele Grüße von der WIKI Crew!Special Thanks for the outstanding assistance and kind support to the crew of Ripples II. Due to the fantastic manoeuvre and accomplished handover we are going to sleep well tonight!! We wish the Crew of Ripples II always fair winds and a great passage across the. read more...


Wiki - Rendevous with Ripple II in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean
Wiki - Rendevous with Ripple II in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean
30/11/2014

Libeccio - Libeccio blog Sunday, Nov 30th

Today we discuss: dodge ball Atlantic style; Izzn’t it wonderful; secretsfrom the Clare family; recipes from down under; Saskatchewan Bars; and a shoutout.  Isn’t it always the way- you figure that nothing more is going to happen soyou cheat just a little and complete the  blog a couple hours before theend of the day—i am sure it happens to you all the time. Well, last night was myturn at the stove and so I thought I would sneak in an early close on the blogwhich would give me time to complete my culinary masterpiece around 18:00, whichwould be before my 19:00 – 22:00 watch. This way I wouldn’t have to getpermission to stay up past my mandated bedtime (something about becoming agrumpy old git- me?) . So, complete the blog- hit send and then all heck breaksout. We obviously. read more...


30/11/2014

Take Off - First Advent

Pos 20:50.27N 32:13.32W Heading 277 speed 7,5   4 weeks to go for Christmas! This we will celebrate at the sundowner with Glögg that we brought fromSweden (we received it as a farewell present – very welcomed!) and pepparkakorwe bought at IKEA in Las Palmas. Miam miam... This morning the sea showed to be a bit calmer however the wind has beenspeeding up more during the afternoon continuing to bring along more waves. Butat  least it is from behind nowadays and we have finally been able to carrythe spinaker... We have taken our second sample of water to help the MarineMicroplastics tocomplete their research of how much microplastics there are in the sea and howthey affect our environment and in the long run our health. We are more than 100boats that have signed up for this and we. read more...


30/11/2014

American Spirit II - Day 328; Two Humpback Whales Tandem Breaching;, Seals & Green Flash No. 23; Saturday, November 29, 2014

Up at 5:00 AM. Breakfast at 5:25 AM consisted of bacon, eggs, chilled fruit cocktail and bread.Started engine at 6:08 AM; and departed the marina at 6:13 AM ten minutes after Civetta II departed. Called Port Elizabeth Port Control on VHF Channel 12 and received permission to depart the port. Entering and leaving a port in South Africa is like a plane taking off or landing at an airport. Its very controlled. At 7:04 AM we had our first whale sighting; a whale on the surface, perhaps sleeping, only 150 feet to starboard of Civetta II. I called them on the radio and told them what I saw.At 7:14 AM Joel pointed out to me that we had just passed 34 degrees south latitude; and that we were only 6 degrees or 360 miles from the 'Roaring 40's' of sailing fame. We passed by a fishing fleet. read more...


30/11/2014

Jo - 20:50:01N 31:36:96W

Sunday 30th November 2014 It was all looking so promising, charging along at 8-9knots ever since we left Las Palmas. That all changed last night when we seemedto enter a vacuum. The sails flogged and sea flopped us from side to side.Because it was night and everyone needs their sleep, rather than make anydrastic changes to the sail plan, we furled the genoa and motored with theengine in search of wind. By 03:00 the wind had returned and we were sailingagain in 10 knots of wind on a beam reach heading approximately 270 degrees; arhum line for our final destination. There was purpose again to our venture.Ever since then, a pattern has emerged of wind steadily building and then dying,interrupted by the occasional small squall of no more than 20 knots. Currentlywe are bobbing along at 8. read more...


Jo - What would the RCC make of this signal?
Jo - What would the RCC make of this signal?
Jo - Alastair with lunch
Jo - Alastair with lunch
30/11/2014

GarliX - Atlantiküberquerung - gut für Leber und Augen

Wie ist das nun - solche Atlantiküberquerung…Es schaukelt und wackelt einfach immer. Es ist NIEMALS ruhig!… also ausgesprochen gut für alle Bürostuhlhocker und deren Muskeln in der Lendenwirbelsäule. Diese werden hier wunderbar trainiert!! Keine Schmerzen mehr - überhaupt keine!Dieser Fakt kann echt lustig sein… z.B. beim Kochen - da ist man schon ganz schön unterwegs um an den Herd zu kommen, oder um Milch in den Topf zu bekommen. Oder auch beim Duschen - eine Hand duschen, eine Hand einseifen, eine Hand festklammern…. da ich Mädchen bin, darf ich mich ja hinsetzen, bei den Männern ist das anders. Die müssen sich noch den Eimer über den Kopf gießen… nee, nee. Es ist natürlich auch gefährlich… deswegen einfach IMMER Schwimmweste anlegen, wenn es nach vorne geht, oder in der Nacht. Da gab. read more...


30/11/2014

Antares - ARC Day 6

Today was eventful if not satisfying.Thirty minutes after raising the spinnaker, we had a 20Kt+ gust across the bow and the spinnaker spit from tack to top.There is not enough tape or suture to make it whole. RIP.We continue to enjoy Joe's great meals and the company of the Tres Amigos.Bobby. read more...


30/11/2014

Reina - Log 9 "PLEASE? NO MORE BANANAS!"

“Ahoy men! Did you all have your bananas today? Jeroen, Jack, Rory did you eat a banana? Harry, Jarrod, Arie! Please take a banana otherwise I have to throw them in the rubbish bin!” Chef Floss encourages the crew to eat bananas. As many other competitors of the ARC she bought a lot of fresh green bananas. Enough for one month and by the look of their green colour you might believe they would at least stay good a fortnight. Well, they don’t. After two days we left Gran Canaria the bananas were yellow. Two days later they got freckles and it took no more than another day they became totally brown. And soft.We have eaten them for breakfast in our yoghurt. For lunch in a fruit bowl and after dinner as desert. Baked with ice cream. Now everybody is totally finished with bananas. The rest of. read more...


Reina - Log 9 "PLEASE? NO MORE BANANAS!"
Reina - Log 9
30/11/2014

Defyr - Day 6 - Mastwalk at Night

We were sitting in the night watch with Rimpiläinen. It started to get dark as the moon was hiding behind the clouds. We had only 5-6 m/s wind and it was coming almost directly behind us. Even so it rather looked like we were heading to New York instead of St Lucia. We had hoped to get more wind and from better angle, but this is what we had. With this 5 knots speed our estimated arrival to New York would be in three weeks. So we more or less let the autopilot do the work and chatted this and that. Wind lowered even more and turned behind us. "What an earth is happening with our genoa." First it hovered towards deck and then slipped into the sea. Rimpiläinen run off to collect the sail and I run inside to put on decklight and wake up others. The shackle of the genoas halyard had broken.. read more...


30/11/2014

Sanuk - Mot Cap Verde

Strul med laddning och trasig vattenpump på motorn. Vi beslutade att gå till Cap Verde för rep. Ingen fara men att gå 2000 nm utan stöm lockar oss inte. Alla mår utmärkt och vi ser fram emot en natt i en stilla båt. Räkna med att vara framme sent imorgon kväll/natt. read more...


30/11/2014

Sandvita - Dag sex och sju

Jag vaknar till med ett ryck, slår upp ögonen och beskådar den mest fantastiska stjärnhimmel jag någonsin sett. Inte ett moln på himlen gör att man tydligt ser jordens rundning och man inser hur liten man är i denna glaskula till jord. Jag har nog aldrig sett så många stjärnor förr. Försöker orientera mig bland stjärnbilderna och finner snabbt Orions bälte.-"Få se nu, Karlavagnen, Karlavagnen. Där! Men den är upp och ned. Ser jag i syne? Nä, det verkar stämma. Märkligt.."Jag har somnat på en av tofterna i sittbrunnen och vaknat till då båten krängt till. Det är ännu några minuter kvar tills jag ska styra så jag gosar in mig under fleecetröjan och seglarstället och bara njuter av att vara här. I en liten segelbåt, mitt ute på stora Atlanten. I början kändes havet bara stort, kallt och. read more...


30/11/2014

Pelican - were do i begin

I know what your going to say but boat speed at 14 knts apparent  wind19 knts 90 deg off yep you can guess the rest blown chute into three parts greatsea anchor though unlucky no my third attempt at such goings on .woke up thismorning the boys had put the goose neck on the deck dont no nufink they say fourhrs later  boom on the mast even sorted the twisted reefing lines out , sonw the sun is out the sky is blue (thats a song ?) so boat clean and shower dayboat fine at time of blog parasailer up and pulling at 9 knts  . read more...