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10/12/2014

Antares - ARC`2014 - Day 16 A Whale of a Day

Winds are lighter today as our forecaster had predicted.Otherwise, it is a breezy, sunny, BEAUTIFUL day.About 1 PM, a long, slender swimming mammal appeared on our windward side.As of now, the 5-6 meter long swimmer has stayed with us swimming under the boat, in front of the bow then returns to our windward side.It seems as curious of us as we are about him/her. This has continued for over 2 hours.We have called this our first official whale siting as it has a white belly, white on the inner surface of fins behind the head and is very large for a dolphin.It is solitary, has a very small dorsal fin and only broaches with its dorsal surface every 10-15 minutes.If anyone has a firm idea about this unidentified swimmer, please post it and maybe our stateside watchers can forward your id.What. read more...


10/12/2014

Sojourner - Sojourner, Day 12. No, 15. Huh? Day 16?

What the heck happened to Day 14???We suppose that once we hit the trade winds, each day is pretty much like the next.....running wing & wing, Monika the windvane (origins of that nickname undoubtedly lost in the annals of time) doing all the driving, dealing with the occasional squall, and finding reasons to have celebrations.Which are coming more frequently; first there was the "less than 2000NM to go" celebration, then the 1/2 way (1333.5NM) celebration, then the "under 1000NM" celebration, then the 2/3 of the way (889NM) celebration, then the 3/4 of the way (666.7 NM) celebration.....you all get the drift.In all that time we have seen two boats; a German couple (non-ARC) headed to T&T that we traveled within sight of for 24 hours, and then Vagaris as we passed them Monday. read more...


10/12/2014

Anika - BLOG 5

Goodmorning, We have fish back on the menu a fourth Mahi Mahi, each one just theright size. Just as well because the fridge has large gaps starting to appearand it really is too early to be opening tins of Fray Bentos pies. We hadan excellent run overnight with full sail set all night and speeds of 8.8 kntsfrom time to time resulting in a 24 hour run of 146 nm. And 614 nm torun Thesun rose on another glorious day with very few squalls which missed us and nowit is just more of the same – down wind sailing in the sun – yea hah (atechnical term my family know). Sunsights continue to be taken with a best result so far of 1.5  nm from our GPS lat long position – welldone Simon. Offnow to do my daily deck checks and watch our friends the flying fish then maybea siesta on deck. David  . read more...


10/12/2014

Southern Child - Day 16 10/12

Day 16 10/12 Position 1200: 14* 52' 55N 058* 19' 59WDaily Run: 142Nm Distance to Waypoint: 158Nm   All going well ths will be our last full day atsea! Woop woop!! It's 9-toe Jo's birthday today, but her wishes for wind thatwould carry us to land today resulted in a measly 11 knots, so we expect toarrive tomorrow instead. In this last blog post we'll summarize ourexperience by answering these 3 questions; 1) What about this trip was better than youexpected? 2) What was harder? 3) Would you do it again? So, here we go; Laaahhhhrrrs 1) The food! I didn't expect all thischocolate and pringles. 2) Getting enough sleep, especially in thebeginning, It's really hard to wake up seven times a day. 3) Yeah, guess I would. On my own boat would becool. It's a very good experience.. read more...


10/12/2014

Bluewater Mooney - 16. Tag auf See – und der letzte Tag der Ost–West Atlantik-Passage

194 nm – und wir dachten, nun doch noch einmal die 200 nm zu erreichen.Wir haben den Wind von hinten direkt St Lucia – klingt gut, wäre auch mit dem Leichtwindspi gut, aber so kreuzen wir vor dem Wind unter Gennacker und Groß. Die Nacht war extrem stressig – wir haben jeder maximal drei Stunden geschlafen – permanent bildeten sich Squalls, die per Radar beobachtet werden mussten – bei Erreichen der 2 nm runter mit dem Gennacker, abwarten, ggf. Regen und Starkwindböen durchziehen lassen, dann wieder hoch. Das ging so 6 oder sieben Mal – genau kann sich keiner von uns mehr erinnern! Spricht für unseren Zustand.Aber wir haben heute einige Marken erreicht – so unter anderem beim Schreiben dieses Reports die 100 nm bis St. Lucia unterschritten – d. h. bei diesem Wind noch ca. 15 Stunden bis. read more...


10/12/2014

OOROO1 - Straight Lines and Tight Lines !!

Well we’ve crossed the Tropic of Cancer, sailed over the Mid Atlantic Ridgeand the Canary Basin, crossed waters as deep as 6,380 metres and are now sailingjust below 15 degN. Celebration last night as we got our first sunset on theAtlantic, shortly lived by another rain cloud, but we’ve had a spectacular full moon and beautiful starrynights with phosphorous waters. 2200 songs on Floss’s ipod andwe’ve been through them about four times. Fishing hasreally picked up now !! Two Mahi Mahi on board yesterday with Tess’s name allover them, one 92cm and one 65cm both at about 6 knots. Score is 14-9-5. We hada Captains lunch yesterday with beef teriyaki surprise served. Many discussions have been had about thecurvature of the earth and how it affects our direction and they have all endedgenerally. read more...


10/12/2014

Monomotapa - 10 December

Monomotapa 10 DecemberWe have arrived, crossed the line at 07.05 a.m. local time (5 hours behind the UK)We have been carefully watching the boat positions as we approach the finishing line, and it is quite amazing that after 2,758 nm and more that 16 days that there are more than 35 boats within a 100 nm distance, about 12 hours sailing.We very much hope that you have enjoyed our blog , and that you have found it informative, interesting and humorous - thanks to our on-board Entertainment Team: Henrik and Trevor for keeping us smiling...For those of you following us on our Facebook page we plan to send some more photographs as soon as we reach a suitable cafe/bar with a wireless network. Special, and very big thanks to Natty for managing our Facebook page and acting as a focal. read more...


10/12/2014

Louise - Blog 12 - 16th Day at Sea

I’m still sailing, sorry for not writing to you the last few days, butthere is not much to report.No dolphins but flying fish entertain us. Funny creature but it is so sadin the morning finding some of these nice fellows dead  on deck, had theybeen alive they should have visited our frying pan. Else the sun is shining, a few showers, wind from different directions andof different force (today the highest gust was 32.1 kts). Nights are stillbeautifull with the full moon and lots of stars. And we all enjoy the silence,no motor noise (apart from the generator running some hours to keep or batteriesup), just the sound of the sea and wind. Oh I nearly forgot we have seen anotherboat. She was a passenger ship destination Barbados (this AIS system isgreat). All is well on board and we are. read more...


10/12/2014

Thula - day 17

Day 17The sixteenth day of our journey lies behind us and again we got one little step closer to our final destination. By now, we are only about 350 more miles from the shore – a tiny distance taking into account all the miles we have travelled so far. On the one hand, it is evident that we are all awaiting our arrival in St Lucia with great anticipation. After all, the reunion with family and friends, a motionless and spacious bed, a sinfully long shower, some private time and an unrestricted activity radius are all prospects that appear very attractive after almost three weeks at sea (we are probably the only boat on which the departure from the boat will result in a immediate downgrade in the food variety and quality; yesterday, on day 16 (!!!) of our trip, we, for example, had an. read more...


Thula - sunset
Thula - sunset
Thula - still a happy crew
Thula - still a happy crew
10/12/2014

Zulú - 10 December

1230UTC ZULU AVISTA TIERRA AMERICANA 3HORAS PARA LLEGADA ABRAZOS. read more...


10/12/2014

Take Off - A winning strategic decision!

Time: 9 dec 19.30 Position: 13:58.46N 59:35.25W Speed: 9 knots Distance sailed: 2610 NM Weather: ENE guessing windspeed 17-20 knots, beautiful night!   I was told today that I have missed out on giving our position in the blogso I guess that on the blog’s map we haven’t moved much.   So for our last blog on our way to St Lucia – these last 24h have beenheavenlike! This morning the wind took more speed just before sunrise. I couldhear the guys in the cockpit shouting “wouahhhhh we are surfing at 16,4knots!!!!” with Johan stearing. Johan has actually always been the lucky one tomanage to stear during the speed toppings?... The rest of the day  the windhas been stable at around 12-15 knots and spinacker 3 has shown to be moretenance than we thought it would be.   Every. read more...


10/12/2014

Morning Haze - Sailor Ted's journey continue (day 15 and 16)

Good morning to you all,Finally the wind pick up on the evening of the 7th and the sail are not flapping against the rig anymore! This morning (day 15) Morning Haze is sailing along nicely on a broad reach although not exactly on target as our B&R rig prevents downwind sailing. So we will have to "tack our way down". This will obviously increase our mileage but it's strange... we don't care as we are enjoying the ride! In the evening we met again with Cygnus Pena and David was able to speak with Carsten the skipper, in order to get the weather forecast...it had been a few days and it's nice to know what is ahead of us. We were happy to know that everybody is fine aboard Cygnus Pena. When we left Las Palmas, David and Carsten made a bet for a fishing contest between the two boats...so. read more...


El Mundo - 09/12 - Skipper Finally Relaxes
El Mundo - 09/12 - Skipper Finally Relaxes
El Mundo - 09/12 - The 'El Mundo' logo flies
El Mundo - 09/12 - The 'El Mundo' logo flies
El Mundo - 09/12 - 9 Knots in the Sunshine...Bliss!
El Mundo - 09/12 - 9 Knots in the Sunshine...Bliss!
26/05/2005

El Mundo - 10/12 - Good Day for Fresh Water and Spinnaker

It's been a nice day with consistent wind, exceptfor an hour around midnight when it became light and a small squall camethrough. The log is 2660, so just shy of 180 miles in the last 24hours and about 175 miles to run.....looking good for a morning arrival inRodney Bay. It was a good day...foundthe fresh water leak first thing in the morning, it was a faulty high pressurerelease valve on the hot water tank, cunningly hidden by an overly long drainagepipe that exited into an obscure part of the bilge. Removed the offending valve,soaked it in vinegar for an hour to clear any calcification (scarily effective),lubed it with PTFE and refitted it successfully. Even though it was a small flowof water, we lost 500 litres of fresh water but the water maker produces about150 litres. read more...


10/12/2014

Pelican - pelican caught a fish

Hay!!!! after 6 year s of arcs  or so of trying to catch a fish we did it t, the worlds most expensive fish ,think i should be in line for THEfishing prize (hint world cruising) .So here we are may well be our last blog1hr or so to go  pelican is close to her winter perch in st lucia . Id like to thank the acadamy my supporting actors my make up artist meproducer iam  going  into a gwinith here but most of all id like tothank world cruising and all the chaps and chapesses   er indoors, mymum (this one was for youxx) and  so a finale fairwell from Pelican (untill next year may be)sob....sob.....sob. read more...


10/12/2014

Miss Liz II - Log - Day 16 - Nothing to report sir!

Nothing broke, nobody broke anything, no one hurt. So a good day! The wind continues to frustrate. With under 300 miles to go as I write this we have 5 - 10 knots from the East, pushing us a long at 5 - 6 Knots. Not as fast as we would like, but the destination is near...We can almost smell the cocktails!Parasailior driven by Harry continue to work well down wind and that means we are in watch mode so reasonably low stress.Chicken curry for dinner last night so Miss Liz II has an interesting fragrance today!. read more...


10/12/2014

Tinia - Day 16

Bouncy seas and good wind on Day 16 . Squally last night and had a 35 knot gust which required some skillful steering to prevent broaching. The fishing reel purred again this morning but we were disappointed to discover 2 clumps of seaweed on the line - amazing how much drag a bit of weed can cause - we thought we might have finally caught the long awaited tuna. Due to fresh food supplies being low we gladly gulped the weed down and we live in hope for the tuna.The quiz book has boosted our general knowledge to new levels - eg. flogging was banned in the UK IN 1940 -however we have discovered this does not apply outside UK waters and a small crewing error ends up with painful consequences out here.Lucky enough to have tomato soup and tuna mayo on par baked baguette for dinner. Hmmm tasty. read more...


09/12/2014

Hera - Seegras und fliegende Fische

Das erste Mal auf dieser Tour landete ein fliegender Fisch auf demOberdeck. Der gestrige Ruf “Hai an Steuerbord” entpuppte sich als blinder Alarm.Es waren doch nur die gewohnten Delphine.Neben den Squalls haben wir eine neue Plage. Die Hera durchpflügt Teppichevon Seegras. Als wir plötzlich trotz frischem Passatwind etwa zwei Knoten Fahrtverloren, machte sich Axel mit seiner wasserdichten Kamera und dem Gaff alsVerlängerung an die Untersuchung des Unterwasserschiffs. Die spektakulärenAufnahmen zeigten ein Ruderblatt und den Propeller völlig ummantelt von Seegras.Mit einigen energischen Segel- und Maschinenmanövern konnten wir unsglücklicherweise von diesem Handicap befreien. Bis St. Lucia sind es wenig mehr als 500 sm und die Ankunftszeit wird immerplanbarer. Die Crew ist schon dabei,. read more...


10/12/2014

Bluewater Mooney - 15. Tag auf See

183 nm – klingt nach nicht besonders viel Abwechslung – und so ist es auch.Allerdings sehen wir nun auch tatsächlich – und nicht nur über AIS – andere Segler. So langsam kommen alle bei der Annäherung auf St Lucia wieder zusammen. Und damit gilt weitestgehend, gleicher – schwacher – Wind für alle. Unsere letzte Prognose für die Ankunft können wir getrost um 24 Stunden nach hinten raus schieben, und nähern uns der Anfänglichen – zurzeit 11.12. mittags.Denn es geht zurzeit mit Wind von schräg hinten von Backbord, also segeln auf Steuerbordkurs Richtung Barbados, um kurz davor zu halsen, um wenigstens weitestgehend Richtung St Lucia zu kommen – aber anliegen können wir auch dort nicht – also mit Geduld weiter so!Grüße von der Bluewater Mooney(Alle Fotos zum Report unter. read more...


Blue Waves - Gienia tonie
Blue Waves - Gienia tonie
10/12/2014

American Spirit II - Day 336; We Move the Boat to Royal Cape Yacht Club; Monday, December 8, 2014

Up at 5:40 AM. I send an email to the World Cruising Club requesting a letter to use for our Visa applications for Brazil. We have to get a Visa for Brazil because Brazilians must get a Visa to enter the US, so Brazil demands the same stuff we require their citizens on entering the US. Members from the European Union are exempt. Its laborious and requires that I give them two passport photos; a copy of my driver's license; a copy of a bank statement; and that Joel and Jeanine both have letters from me, as Captain and Owner of the boat, stating that I am responsible for them financially and that they will be entering Brazil on a boat and leaving on a boat. Our boat is scheduled to be hauled at 12:00 PM at the Royal Cape Yacht Club, so we leave our slip at 11:00 AM. Civetta II is getting. read more...


Blue Waves - 8 Beufort
Blue Waves - 8 Beufort
Blue Waves - Stowaway
Blue Waves - Stowaway
Blue Waves - Welcome on the finish line
Blue Waves - Welcome on the finish line
10/12/2014

Northern Child - Blog Day 15

With the 300-mile mark passed today, the countdown hasnow truly started. With the winds getting slightly lighter, we decided to put upthe asymmetrical spinnaker. This additional power added a nice 2 kts to our speed and put our expected arrival timeat mid-morning Thursday. With winds freshening a bit to around 17 kts during thenight, we decided to take the kite down again to make our nocturnal livesslightly easier. We might put it up again when daylight breaks. Most crew are getting anxious to finally get to St.Lucia after two-and-a-half weeks at sea. Discussion topics have turned towhether it is a shower or a proper bed that one looks most forward to, or justsimply a nice pint of beer.... or two, or three. Or whom will you call first tosay that you crossed the Atlantic on wind. read more...


10/12/2014

Blue Waves - Dzien 15 i pól - Aruba, Jamaica I wanna take you

Dzień 15 i pół - Aruba, Jamaica  I wanna take you Przed rejsem spotkałem się z moim brokerem ubezpieczeniowym żeby wykupić polise na wyjazd. Stwierdziłem że na wszelki wypadek kupie na miesiąc i na cały świat bo wypływamy z Hipszpani, potem jakieś dziwne państwa wyspy na karaibach a wracamy do domu samolotem przez stany. Na szczęście broker wypisując polise kurtuazyjnie zapytał gdzie i po co wyjeżdżam że mnie tak długo nie będzie. Dla mnie to było oczywiste że wybieram się w rejs przez Atlantyk, przecież myślałem o tym prawie od roku. W tym momencie ręka brokera wypisująca odręcznie polise się zatrzymała. Zapytał się czy sobie nie żartuje. Ja powiedziałem że oczywiście że nie, że się na rejs przygotowuje od dawna i że jestem w pełni zwarty i gotowy żeby za dwa dni wsiąść do. read more...


10/12/2014

Northern Child - Blog Day 11

Northern Child Day 11 What do you think of the music ? Well I don't really know. I am not listening other thanto the snuffling of the sails and the splash of the waves.On a voyage you must be able to switch off, appreciatethe nothingness of the ocean and not have any feeling of restlessness and ennui. This is not easy for some people. Yet it is important to try and reach some sort ofcontentment and strike a bargain with the at times harsh and difficultconditions.The Watch is the basic tenet, code and foundation oflife on board. First look after yourself, not from selfishness, butbecause if you do not you will become a burden to others. Secondly look after your watch, then look after theother watch and finally the "Officers". Everyone is getting along and looking after each otherso. read more...


10/12/2014

Blue Waves - Dzien 14 - Katar i albatrosy z twarza Marlyn Monroe

Dzień 14 - Katar i albatrosy z twarzą Marlyn Monroe Czasem gdy wachta się wdłuża i jest mało adrenaliny to gramy w cyferki. Obserwójąc dystans pozostały do mety szukamy skojarzeń z obecnym stanem licznika. Parę dni temu jak na wachcie pokazało sześćset szeździesiąt sześć mill to rozsypał się spinaker. Dziś bawimy się zbowu w samoloty i odliczamy Airbusy. Zaczelismy od słynnego dwó pietrowca i zeszliśmy gróbo po niżej A320. Ja osobiście nie mogę się doczekać F16 ale na to to chyba będe musiał poczekać do sŕody. Chyba że niż budujący się nad Guadelupe nie p Od rana ciepło i żar leje się z nieba, jesteśmy szczęśliwi choć jak to klasyczni polacy już po kilku godzinach zaczeliśmy nażekać że może za gorąco i po raz pierwszy od kanarów postawiliśmy bimini na fly bridgu. Rano przywitał mnie mój. read more...


Vagaris - The beast
Vagaris - The beast
09/12/2014

Vagaris - Taming the beast

We have a beast on board. Wild, powerful, unpredictable, intimidating and beautiful. And our mission is to tame it - or if not possible then to at least try to understand its character, predict its behaviour, harness its energy and enjoy its beauty. The Beast needs wind to come alive. No wind and it is fast asleep, buried in its dark burrow. A little wind and it can be enticed out but still hangs limp and lifeless with barely any energy to move itself. Too much wind however and it turns into a screaming banshee, out of control, intimidating the crew as it dances wildly above the foredeck and terrorising the boat as it drags it across the sea like a child's toy. The secret is to give it enough wind to fill its belly, enough energy to tiptoe lightly on the bow and enough scope to work in. read more...


10/12/2014

Vagaris - St Lucia top 10

Now that we are counting down the miles instead of counting up, thoughts turn inevitably to what we are going to do when we arrive in St. Lucia.Here is my top 10:1. Sleep through the night without having to get up for squalls/sail changes2. Have a shower every day.3. Not having to fit 3 meals into 11 hours of daylight (failed horribly at this, eating by moon or artificial light on a regular basis).4. Not worry about running out of fresh produce, milk, butter, eggs etc.5. Drink alcohol (how come this is only number 5?!)6. Eat a meal at a table, off a plate. With a knife and fork.7. Have a pee without getting smacked in the back by the toilet seat.8. Be able to wash up in plenty of hot, clean water.9. Have a good hair day.10. Enjoy the novelty of putting things down and them staying put. read more...


10/12/2014

Aretha - The A to Z of an Atlantic Crossing - Team Aretha - 9th December 2014

15 13 North, 54 05 West.Calm reigns on board Team Aretha today. Alan the autopilot seems happy in his work with half a ram and we’ve been in dialogue with the outstanding support team at Oyster to understand what happened and why, and to work on the fixes when we arrive in St Lucia. Also confirmed today is our replacement toilet pump which will arrive one day ahead of us in St Lucia ready for us to fit. The joys of modern technology that we can get all this diagnosed and ordered whilst at sea.Excellent sailing today - good settled breeze, sunshine, flat deck and more outstanding cuisine. Bluebell is rapidly becoming our Number 1 chef - lunch was Pasta with an excellently prepared spicy vegetable sauce.Medical notes - managed to clonk a shackle on my forehead today. My own fault. Doh. No. read more...


10/12/2014

Cheri - Dienstag, 9. Dez. 2014

Land in Sicht!Gestern hatten wir einen Prachtsnachmittag unter Segeln. Aber es war brutal heiss. Kein Wunder, dass sich nach und nach alleunter Deck zurueckzogen und nur noch die Wache die Stellung hielt. Ronny und Juergen installierten ueber dem Cockpit einbehelfsmaessiges Sonnendach. Sonst waeren die Steuerleute schlichtweg verschmachtet. Erst gegen Abend wurden dieTemperaturen bei aufziehenden Wolkenfeldern wiederangenehmer, und das Deck fuellte sich wieder mit Leben. Der Wind aber gabimmer mehr ab.Ein naechster Paukenschlag folgte um 17 Uhr. Ein aufziehendes Gewitter sorgte fuer hektische Aktivitaet an Deck der Cheri.Doch diesmal war der Spi geborgen, bevor es richtig losging. Ein Platzregen ergoss sich ueber unser Schiff. Denanschliessenden Landregen nutzten Matthias, Uli und Max zu. read more...


10/12/2014

Domini - Hats off to Sir Robin...

Ahoy there, Boatblog fans,We've just been reading about Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, and how at the age of 75 he recently came third in the Route de Rhum. An incredible achievement. Apparently, when he finished, they asked him how he felt and he said, "Fantastic. Never been better. It's great to be at at sea.I feel like a man of sixty."I'd just like to take this opportunity to echo Sir Robin's sentiments. After two weeks at sea, I too feel like a man of sixty. The difference is, when I left Las Palmas I was only 52.We're starting to see birds again, so we must be getting close. We saw an enormous one earlier today, and thought it must be an albatross, but when it came closer we realised it was just a lost seagull trying to find its way back to Blighty.691 miles to go.Keep on trackin'Ju & LynX. read more...


10/12/2014

Muline - half way or over the hill

We celebrated on the 27th of November 2014.The MULINE Crew Christoph, Katja, Uta, Emil and Matilda Katja Hanoldt. read more...


Muline - half way or over the hill
Muline - half way or over the hill
10/12/2014

Meltemi - 17.Tag - Melancholie zum Ende einer langen Tour

Die vorletzte Nacht auf der Meltemi war eine ruhige, um nicht zu sagen eine Flautennacht. Ohne Wind, dafür aber garniert mit einem goldenen Mond und vielen strahlenden Sternschnuppen. So viele haben wir auf diesem Toern gesehen, dass uns langsam die Wuensche ausgehen. Der letzte volle Segeltag brachte dann Sonne satt und 18 Knoten Wind. Also hoch mit dem Spinnaker und mit Rauschefahrt gen Rodney Bay - ein kroenender Abschluss. Jubel als wir am fruehen Dienstagmorgen auf 199 Seemeilen rutschten, dann am spaeten Nachmittag nochmals gegenseitige Glueckwuensche der Crew an sich selbst zu 99 Seemeilen. 2.700 Seemeilen haben wir insgesamt zurueckgelegt, umgerechnet sind das respektable 5.000 Kilometer! 16 Tage waren wir zusammen auf engstem Raum auf hoher See. Kaempften mit Squalls,. read more...


Miss Malin - Log day 15 - More Blogging
Miss Malin - Log day 15 - More Blogging
10/12/2014

Firefly - Heading south to Auckland

Its Wednesday 10th December and Firefly is en route to Fairway Bay Marina just north of Auckland. Its a 50 mile passage and it started well with a strong breeze from behind. For an hour or so the wind dropped and the engine was on, however, it has now switched direction as the sea breeze is builds up, its beautifully sunny and the scenery is great as we travel south near the coast.At the end of the previous posting we described our arrival at Hukatere Lodge on 90 Mile Beach during our land based travels. Found at the end of a long unmade road andnestled in the dunes just off the extensive beach (which is actually 64 miles long). Gabi, the owner of the lodge and a really friendly lady, originally from Germany, made us feel at home, immediately offering us beer and wine to drink and. read more...


09/12/2014

Free & BrEasy - Cape Town

Cape Town One of the big pleasures in sailing is the slow, measured approach to a new port. Instead of jetting in and being suddenly exposed to a new place, you are able to observe the contours and details on the charts slowly become reality and arrive in the same manner that seamen have through the centuries. Our arrival into Cape Town in the early morning was a wonderful example of the more contemplative style of travelling. We had rounded Cape Point light house in the dark and as first light came, we motored our way passed the mountain range called the twelve Apostles, just south of Cape Town. The sun climbed over these peaks to reveal the iconic view of Table Mountain and Lions Head which tower impressively over Cape Town. What an amazing sight! In the sea, we passed seals languidly. read more...


09/12/2014

Milanto - Milanto 16th day dec 9th

Here is Herbert again on board of MILANTO on her cruise to St.Lucia.14 23 387N 5829 554W, another 145nm to go.With calm winds we have beenflying the spinnaker now for almost 3 days day and night. Chasing the sun during the day and chasing the moon during the night. The GPS calculates, that we will reach our destination in app 24 hours. Only two night watches more to go. Only one day more on deck. Only one sunset and one sunrise more. Hopefully the sunshine accompanies us till Rodney Bay.We are thinkingalready about all the stuff we have to sort out for our arrival,likefixing the number on the side of the boat, preparing for immigration, etc.. I am trying to slow down the motion of sun and moon - everything went so fast so far, almost at home.#Best regards,Ahoi HerbertPS Done so much. read more...


10/12/2014

Miss Malin - Log day 15 - More Blogging

Fair winds all readers,Our journey with Miss Malin starts to reach its end. During the recent three weeks, yet stayed together 24 hours a day, our crew has formed a fantastic team. Day and night, we have worked on a limited area, slept under a heaven full of stars, and laughed. Experiences that made the passage possible. A journey that, with the power of wind, physical strength and full sails let us cross the Atlantic Sea. We have seen endless linkage between ocean and horizon, the sun rise and set, dolphins and whales curiously following our boat.This has been an experience that I wish everybody could fulfill. One could say that, to travel across this ocean is to be described as a palette of colors where land is out of sight, but also a moment for thoughts and reflections.Finally, our. read more...


09/12/2014

Aurelia - Day 16

Evening everyoneSorry blog is a bit late today, we have all been busy doing nothing! Not much wind today so much floating around in the sun, torture! (honest)Ralph reminded us today how well we were doing with our routines. It goes like this - Sail, eat, wash the dishes & sleep. Sail, eat, wash the dishes & sleep. And so on... In particular the dishes are becoming a real chore as we must have washed them 700 times!350 miles to go. Hopefully with more wind than we have tonightBye for nowJ.McLeish. read more...


09/12/2014

Aislig Bheag - Log Day 15 - Slowly Basting in Tropical Sunshine

A well it just shows you should never wish  for anything on a boat.Janice thought a little storm would add something to the trip. She was grantedher wish on Sunday evening when we sailed into a large thunderstorm which wenton for several hours in the dark, accompanied by  strong winds andtorrential rain. We got in a right fankle with our fancy downwind sails withsails and ropes in a right tangle. It took a couple of hours to sort out and wegot soaked.   Since then we have been taking things easy, not much wind and just gybingdown our course reluctant to use the engine. Our ETA is probably Friday nowunless we are further delayed by having to  go back for Janice (onlyjoking).   Bye for now   John. read more...


09/12/2014

Ekaterina - Swim Ex!!

Wind has really dropped off. Still enough of it, but too directly behind us and the sails don't like it. So out went the swim rope and we had a drift swim for an hour. The water must be 26-28 degrees, beautiful. Something eerie about swimming over several miles deep of water though! Dave lost the swim rope and we had to do an about turn to go and fetch him! Fish ain't anywhere to be seen, so we are onto the tinned food. I suggested we leave Dave out there as bait but the Captain wasn't having it! Counting down now with 450 miles to go. Hopefully there in the early hours of Sat morning. Can taste my first Rum punch already!!Ash. read more...


09/12/2014

Little Pea - Little Pea's Arc 14 Blogoramma - Time to turn up the heat...

14:57.5N  052:19.6W    Tune of the day: "Call Me Irresponsible",Michael Buble.   Day 16.  After the trauma of realising that wehad run out of rum last night, our misery continued as we went into a night oflight winds which brought our boat speed crashing down.  This morning wetherefore set about the task of trying to regain the lost ground. At 0900 hours we launched Melinda, the largest of our spinnakerkites.  Melinda is a ridiculously oversized sail that really shouldn'tbe ever let out of the bag.  However, faced with light winds again thismorning and needing to do something dramatic to improve our boat speed, welaunched her.  Apart from a couple of moments of drama, both involving anintense physical relationship. read more...