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06/05/2014

American Spirit II - Day 123; Laundry, Storm, Wind Turbine Free Wheeling, Doctor Visit and Survery; Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Woke up at 6:00 AM in a lot of pain. Got out of bed at 8:15 AM. Rain squalls, high winds, wind turbine really spinning. Like the propeller on an airplane. Two cruise ships had anchored near us during the night. One was a conventional cruise ship; the other had four sailboat masts and looked like an old sailing ship, but it was steel and probably catered to a more adventuresome client. Who probably paid more for the experience. I turned on the navigation instruments to see how fast the wind was. The wind speed indicator was showing a lot of 25 knots - about 29 miles per hour. Seemed like the wind speed was higher. We think that our instruments are reading the wind at a lesser speed than it really is. When the wind gets too high for the wind turbine to charge the batteries, it starts to. read more...


09/05/2014

Webster - doing a wheely

Thursday 8th May 2014 Noon position 30 03'N 65 27'WWell last night turned out to be a bit rough all in all with 25 knot winds from the North and wave direction to match meaning we were crashing into quite big seas all night long. When the wind veered slightly later on so did the sea and we got little respite. I must be the first person on record to effectively do a 'wheely' in a 43 footer but have no pictures to prove it, only the complaints of the crew up ended down below. The gas alarm went off for some reason and I jumped down below to investigate. Stuck my head into the gas valve locker to check gas had been turned off which it was but being at an acute angle uphill the washing liquid bottle that was also stored in there came tumbling out and spilt washing liquid all over the floor.. read more...


09/05/2014

Shenanigan - Steady Progress

'29.58.48N 65.41.63W' Just a quick report today to say that we are continuing to make steadyprogress to Bermuda.  Wind still constant and from NE.  It was a bitof a bumpy ride last night so we have taken it in turns to make up for lack ofsleep during today. We are having to go a little bit west to keep the speed up,so not on such a direct route at the moment. It has become our tradition toarrive in unknown ports in the middle of the night and it is looking likely,that with 154 miles to go, our arrival in Bermuda will uphold that tradition!. read more...


08/05/2014

Anettine - 170 nm to go !

We have not been able to access the net and update the blog until now, but we keep sailing. The 5th we had a fantastic day with 12hrs spinnaker sailing.Just after dinner we had to tack the main in heavy rain and 24 knots of wind. Anettine was performing well with 2 reefs in the main and genua to the next morning. 'The main event the 6th was that the captain woke up freezing! For the first time for months we could sleep through the night without the exhausting heat. Great!We started the 7th with a bath in the sea. The day brought very little wind , and we had to use the motor again. The autopilot broke down in the afternoon and after demounting it we found that we can't repair it without parts. We are working to get spares to Bermuda in due time for the restart.'We had good sailing. read more...


08/05/2014

Anna Sophia - Oceaandagboek dag 5

Positie:28.42N 64.44WCOG: 348 gradenSnelheid: 5,7 ktsLOG: 8446 nmDagafstand: 106 nmZeilvoering: GZ + GWind: ÑE 15 ktsWeer: halfbewolktZicht: goedGolven: 2,0 m, kruiszeeenLuchtdruk: 1030 mbarWatertemperatuur: 24 gradenZieken: 0BijzonderhedenHet is do. morgen 03.00 uur. De Anna Sophia ligt zwaar onder helling, onmogeljke golven beuken de boeg en ik zit geharnast en aangelijnd in de cockpit. Nou, die wind hebben we gevonden! De tactiek naar het Noordoosten te varen werkt! Rond 01.00 uurvannacht pikten we de wind op, gingen rond 1.30 uur overstag en varen nu echt richting Bermuda.Maar wauw, wat een geweld! Oceaandeining van 3 meter + getransformeerd naar korte golven van alle kanten. De stuurautomaat redt het nog steeds, lijkt niet uit het roer te lopen. De Anna Sophia ploegt dapper voort en. read more...


08/05/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - Chapter 6 - Things to do when sailing the ocean at 1 knot....

N20:53:061 W64:22:618   Chapter 6 - Things to do when sailing the ocean at1 knot.......   ....Make a list of Sea, Boat and Sailor songs ofcourse.   We have come up with the followimg, if you can addto the list please send suggestions to: andromeda903799@hotmail.co.ukand when in port we will post a longer list on our blog and facebook (AndromdaPlymouth) page.   Sailing, Joined the Navy, Albatross, In the Navy,When the boat comes in, Rock the Boat, What shall we do with the drunken sailor,Blue Peter, Sailors Hornpipe, Bound for South Australia, Slow boat to China,Banana Boat Song, Good Ship Lollipop, My Bonnie lies over the Ocean, NightSwimming, This is the Captain of your Ship, My Heart Will go on, YellowSubmarine, Skye Boat Song, Under the beautiful briney sea,. read more...


08/05/2014

Reberth - and now, what a difference six hours make!!!

At six o'clock yesterday evening conditions were such that Ian was able to barbecue supper and we had very tasty cheeseburgers and salad , followed by cheese and crackers. Six hours later was a whole different story as it had turned into a very wet windy night with Reberth crashing into the waves. You really are thankful for a solid well founded boat when you hear all the creaks and groans and nothing appears amiss. The wetness in the cockpit was caused by waves crashing over the side but luckily below just a few drops through a solar vent.This morning the sun is shining and we are romping along in the general direction of Bermuda. Hoping for a Saturday arrival.. read more...


08/05/2014

Starship - ED-VENTURE day 01 to 04

SUN-FACTOR: Sun and Rain. RUN-FACTOR: A little bit of everything. Slowly and then faster again. FUN-FACTOR:Not so funny:we lost the big wahoo just when pulling on the boat. And we saw a hugh whale jumping out of the water.. read more...


08/05/2014

Webster - Up the mast and under the boat - a day of outdoor activities

Wednesday 7th May 2014 Noon position 28 00'N 64 46' W Noon day run 135nmEarly this morning 0200 hrs we had a really peculiar and worrying noise coming from the sail drive so I was awoken from a deep sleep to ask my opinion, rightly so, but did not have an answer so we throttled back a bit and carried on.At 0600 there was still little wind and the sea state was calm so it was time to try to get the spinnaker that remained half up and half down tied to the mast finally fully down. This meant someone going up the mast and Neal was keen but nowhere near as keen as Igor - he had even brought his own climbing chair and a hard hat for such eventualities and, being a keen climber, was in his element. So up he went and retrieved the spinnaker and halyard but not until he had taken a load of. read more...


Reberth - What a difference a day makes!!
Reberth - What a difference a day makes!!
07/05/2014

Reberth - What a difference a day makes!!

Today tells a different story with the engine throbbing in the background and earlier the sea like glass. Ian was on watch at daybreak and noted that view was amazing with Jupiter shining over the ocean.difference a day makes. read more...


07/05/2014

Webster - Hot Stuff!

Tuesday 6th May. Noon position : 25 48'N 64 57WNoon day run 150 nmThe wind did pick up last night thankfully and we set sail again after only a couple of hours motoring and the wind come morning was up to 20 knots giving us plenty of boat speed. However, the night was quite difficult and coming on watch at 4am was just as it started to rain again. It was horizontal and went straight down my neck; a good way to wake up I suppose. I could not wait for day break so that I could see what was going on with the boat crashing into some invisible confused waves and the wind fluking all over the place - not very pleasant at all. Dawn brought sunshine and a decent breeze from the north east so gave us some angle to our destination albeit tight.I have been trying all night to get emails. I am doing. read more...


Reberth - Dedicated Follower of Fashion - skipper didn't want to get wet feet when he went forward
Reberth - Dedicated Follower of Fashion - skipper didn't want to get wet feet when he went forward
07/05/2014

Shenanigan - Fresh Bread and Clean Crew

‘27.29.64N 64.43.32W’ Since last writing we have continued to have twelve hourly changes in theweather! Early yesterday morning the wind veered 180 degrees to come from thenortheast at 60 degrees on our starboard bow giving us a beat into 18-23 knotsof wind.  Despite the boat heeling heavily to port – something we haven’thad for a long time! – we had an enjoyable twelve hour sail with speeds at timestouching 8 knots; which made up for the difficulties cooking (galley is on thestarboard side!), going to the loo etc! By midnight the wind decided to gosomewhere else and left us with no other option than to put the engine back on.The photo shows the sea state as it has been all day (Wed 7th May 17:28 [22.28UK time]).  The weather is glorious.  Christopher took the. read more...


Shenanigan - Fresh Bread and Clean Crew
Shenanigan - Fresh Bread and Clean Crew
Shenanigan - Fresh Bread and Clean Crew
Shenanigan - Fresh Bread and Clean Crew
07/05/2014

Tigerlily -

Beautiful day for a sail! Greetings from Purnell, Julia, Tigerlily and Tess (Tess is our nickname for our ever faithful Hydrovane). Last time we checked we have about 213 NM to our way point just north of Bermuda. Can't wait to see you all and swap stories. With Gratitude,s/v Tigerlily and Crew. read more...


07/05/2014

Ballytrim - retrospective log extracts..

The following do not necessarily reflect the thoughts of the owner/s, skipper or crew - the author remains anonymous, unless there's a prize!!!1. Thoughts/summary on Day one noon 3/5/14 to noon 4/5/14"Subject: ARC Europe update for friends and familyA short version of the first 24 hours or so:-What a mixture of fortunes we have had over the last 24 hours!!We had a great start at mid day on Saturday ( 2nd over the line, or was it first?) and led the pack of over 30 yachts down the Francis Drake Channel. Our first mark of the course was to leave Great Thatch Island to Starboard and head off toward Bermuda some 840 miles away.It was a spectacle. "Champagne sailing" as some of my good friends would say ( we had celebrated the race the evening before with a couple of bottles of. read more...


05/05/2014

American Spirit II - Day 122; Brian to Clinic, Paul and Joel Go Swimming with Black-tipped and Lemon Sharks and a Giant Manta Ray, and Paul and David fly home; Monday, May 5, 2014

Went to bed at 12:30 AM.Paul first up at 5:30 AM, followed by David at 6:00 AM. I 'slept in' and got up at 7:00 AM.Joel and Paul were dropped off at Top Dive for 2 snorkels at 8:20 AM. David and I asked if we could do just one snorkel and then could be dropped off back at our marina, but we were told no. Too bad, as the first snorkel was at the pass a short distance from our marina. David and I then walked into town. David's 'mission' was to go to Air Tahiti and check in on his flight from Papeete to Los Angeles; mine was to find a doctor's clinic to look at and treat my infection. On the way back to the boat I bought a set of head phones, as Paul had demonstrated the utility of having such a set while he was on the boat. Ear plugs just don't do it for people (me) whose hearing isn't as. read more...


07/05/2014

Ballytrim - day 4

My last entry for a while - enjoy. Written at 1700 -4 UTCIts been a frustrating 20 hours or so since last reporting. As expected last night ended up being a lot of motoring, as there was precious little wind, but by 0200 we were back on it, making 6, 7, even 8 knots when the wind picked up and we had a smooth sea so no problems doing a little surfing.A good morning was had and spirits are high, as we can see an end approaching with the likelihood of a very favourable result - we hope.But now its pay back big time...... Since 1500 hours its been wind on the nose and building with short sharp ( those horrid sort of bashing into) seas...... Not so nice!! For those who might not realise, when a yacht wants to head into the wind, it can't - and must sail at an angle to the wind to achieve. read more...


07/05/2014

Nirvana - Nirana: Day 5

We see Cuba!But first early this morning: the night watch was rough with rough see's and heavier wind...we asked for wind but geez.Rich hung tough through dawn outside of Great Inagua Island where the daylight revealed "confused seas".Eddie said it looked like the ocean was boiling.Strong winds, strong currents, swells going in various different directions.  Nirvana held strong and the seas; although still swelling and rock and rolling, became tolerable and the wind is now in our favor.All four sails are up and we are pulling 7 to 8 knots.The "reach" is Nirvana's sweet spot.About 100 miles to go to our next mark and then........turn.-Rich, Ellen, and E:-). read more...


07/05/2014

Celebrate - Giant Anemones and Colorful Clams on Bora Bora Dive

On my recent Bora Bora scuba dive, I was introduced to lots of new sea creatures.Huge sea cucumbers, perhaps four inches in diameter and two feet long.I saw lots of giant clams which had brilliant blue or purple insides which retracted and closed when I got close—-but weren't very giant at just several inches across.Perhaps the most novel creatures for me were sea anemones, over a foot across, with brilliant red undersides which became visible when they closed up.I hope to dive Bora Bora again later this week.Charlie. read more...


07/05/2014

Altair - Happy Sailing from Altair!

Caught a mahi mahi yesterday. She was about three feet long and produced four very large fillets for great eating now and in the future. We sautéed one of the fillets last night in garlic, olive oil, lemon, and red pepper flakes...served over a bed of wilted baby spinach. Had leftovers in fish tacos today. In the meantime, we have been rocking and rolling up toward the Old Bahamas Channel, just passing between Cuba and Great Inagua now. 20-25 knots of true wind, well behind the beam, running under a wing-on-wing rig with the pole in the genoa on one side and the jib on the other. No main. Very comfortable...8-9 knots of boat speed. Expect to get into Ft Lauderdale on Friday.. read more...


Altair - Happy Sailing from Altair!
Altair  - Happy Sailing from Altair!
07/05/2014

Anna Sophia - Oceaandagboek dag 4

Positie:26.48N 65.06WCOG: 36 graden Snelheid: 5,7 ktsLOG: 8340 nmDagafstand: 88 nm :-(Zeilvoering: MWind: ÑE 3 ktsWeer: onbewolktZicht: goedGolven: 2,0 mLuchtdruk: 1026 mbarWatertemperatuur: 25 gradenZieken: 0Dinsdag; het is al meteen duidelijk, dit wordt een prima zeildag! Zowaar 20 knopen wind (kr. 5). Lachend zet het opperhoofd Genua, Kotterfok enGrootzeil. Genietend kijken we over de Atlantische Oceaan. Heerlijk zittend op onze eigen veranda, spotten we 5,5 knoop. Niet al te veel, maar we zeilen wel. Al snel besluiten we zoveel mogelijk Noord te varen en pas de motor testarten, wanneer we tot onder de 3 knopen zakken.De dag vordert; na 4 dagen zeggen we de zeeziektepillen vaarwel. Onze systemen zijn nu gewend aan het strakke ritme dat we hanteren en je kan ook overdrijven natuurlijk.. read more...


07/05/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - Musings on fishing......

N22:14:496 W64:30:235   Having time to think we have been mulling thingsover and have decided that all in all we are very successful fishermen. Sosuccessful that we only catch really bit fish that end up as dinner for evenbigger ones.  This fits the facts.  We do catch fish. Andromeda sloweddown by a knot when we caught one fish, two people were reeling it in andalmost had it in grabbing distance when a bigger fish came past and just tookit.   So far in 5 years of cruising we have landed on thedeck: 1 yellow fin tuna, just big for a couple of delicious mouthful each. And off Bequia this year we caught something and excitedlystarted reeling it in only to end up with just the head of a big mahi mahi....wereally should have take a photo. Then we have. read more...


07/05/2014

Starship - ED-VENTURE day 00

SUN-FACTOR: Rain and Squalls: we know it is a pity that we leave. But no reason for a whole country to cry.RUN-FACTOR: WOW. 7 kn SOG. Almost racing. Ed is speeding us up.FUN-FACTOR: When leaving the marina, we could not trust our eyes. There wasHECKOGECKO motoring to wave us good bye. HECKOGECKO with whom we had crossed Biskaya, explored the canary islands, done the ARC 2013 and spent great times sailing the caribbean island. We had tears in our eyes.. read more...


Flomaida II - Die Farben sind unglaublich!
Flomaida II - Die Farben sind unglaublich!
22/11/2011

Pajarito - Day 12 - The Welcoming Committee

This morning at dawn, two sea gulls flew over to check us out.They circled several times, closely inspected, then scolded us for not having our fishing lines out.A little later, several dolphins joined us for breakfast.They swam along side keeping us on course.We must be close now, the welcoming committee is here! All is good this morning.We have smooth (relatively speaking) sailing, cinnamon rolls, and coffee.Who could ask for anything better?Sure beats last night when Captain Bill was battling the elements over a bag of tater chips.The elements got the upper hand, and the contents of the bag became airborne, swirling around the cockpit like a blizzard.Bob and I had to turn our heads; we couldn't stand to see a grown man cry. We're getting close enough to the tiki bar on Tortola that. read more...


Flomaida II - Ein sehr geselliger Abend bei Josephine in Raritonga
Flomaida II - Ein sehr geselliger Abend bei Josephine in Raritonga
Flomaida II - Das traumhaft schöne Resort Kia Ora in Raritonga/Tuamotus
Flomaida II - Das traumhaft schöne Resort Kia Ora in Raritonga/Tuamotus
Flomaida II - Welche wird MEINE?
Flomaida II - Welche wird MEINE?
Flomaida II - Dagmar's Zoo auf der Flomaida
Flomaida II - Dagmar's Zoo auf der Flomaida
Flomaida II - Schön, dass Arbeit in der Perlfarm in Ahe auch Spaß macht
Flomaida II - Schön, dass Arbeit in der Perlfarm in Ahe auch Spaß macht
Flomaida II - Perlfarm in Ahe
Flomaida II - Perlfarm in Ahe
Flomaida II - Mein Geburtstagsgeschenk- Ahe/Tuamotus
Flomaida II - Mein Geburtstagsgeschenk- Ahe/Tuamotus
Flomaida II - 7.4.2014 meine Geburtstagsparty
Flomaida II - 7.4.2014 meine Geburtstagsparty
Flomaida II - Dicht am Riff durch die Passage mit Strömung und Wind aus Ahe
Flomaida II - Dicht am Riff durch die Passage mit Strömung und Wind aus Ahe
Flomaida II - Resort Kia Ora- wo hört der Pool auf? Wo fängt das Meer an?
Flomaida II - Resort Kia Ora- wo hört der Pool auf? Wo fängt das Meer an?
Flomaida II - Christoph im Unterwasserparadies von Raritonga
Flomaida II - Christoph im Unterwasserparadies von Raritonga
Flomaida II - Christoph bei der morgentlichen Baguette Lieferung
Flomaida II - Christoph bei der morgentlichen Baguette Lieferung
Flomaida II - Paradies??
Flomaida II - Paradies??
Flomaida II - Zwei im Paradies
Flomaida II - Zwei im Paradies
Flomaida II - Die Blue Lagoon in Raritonga.........
Flomaida II - Die Blue Lagoon in Raritonga.........
06/05/2014

Anna Sophia - Oceaandagboek dag 3

Positie:24.56N 65.14WCOG: 348graden Snelheid: 5,2 ktsLOG: 8252 nmDagafstand: 122 nmZeilvoering: GZ + KFWind: ÑE 20 ktsWeer: half bewolktZicht: goedGolven: 2,0 mLuchtdruk: 1022 mbarWatertemperatuur: 26 gradenZieken: 0Rustig zeilen we verder. Veel wind is er niet, maar wel voldoende redelijk vooruit te komen. Wanneer we om 09.00 uur het oceaanradionetje van de ARC afluisteren via de SSB, schrikken we van een 2 tal ernstige problemen met halfwinders!De boel is bij beiden in de knoop geraakt en oncontroleerbare lappen zeil bungelen ergens halverwege de voorstag. Daar moet een bemanningslid de mast in en deboel lossnijden! Geenpretje op de oceaandeining.Helaas valt tegen de avond,inmiddelsmet uitzicht op het donkere gebied waar de warme Passaatwind de Noordelijke stroming ontmoet, de wind. read more...


06/05/2014

Nirvana - Nirvana: Day 4 Morning

Greetings from N20.12 and W71.26!We saw luminous green algae in our wake last night for miles.It was a welcomed and entertaining find.Still, no rain and we continue to be fortunate with weather excepted for favored winds. We motor sailed as long as we could last night.We are wanting wind at 050 so think "050, 050, 050".The engine has a nice sound, but the silence of the sails is what we are longing for. Surprisingly, last night, it chilled down enough for more than a T-Shirt.Looking forward to a forecast of favored winds and happy seas.- Eddie (Rich and Ellen are off watch currently).They were kind and gave me the 9pm to midnight.It's a very pleasant morning.:-). read more...


06/05/2014

Webster - A day nearer Bermuda

Monday 5th May 2014. Position at noon 23 24'N 64 32'W We motored much of last night with little if any wind. We came across a couple of ARC boats which we could see on AIS but otherwise no real activity during the night, although the stars were amazing plus many spectacular shooting stars. Igor and I had eaten most of a packet of Bourbon biscuits on our watch which Neal and Dave thought was a tad greedy but we then noticed empty packets of Snickers bars all over the place, so that evened the score.Just before day break there was a puff of wind on my neck so up with the sails and by the time Dave and Neal came on deck at 7am we were sailing in 10 knts SW. This built through the morning and having dreaded the prospect of little wind all day here we were in 15-20 knots and making between 7. read more...


06/05/2014

Free Spirit - Free Spirit 3- Please send wind

We're motoring along, off the coast of the Dominican Republic, making agonizingly slow progress while sucking diesel fumes. Hard to sail when there isn't any wind. Our big excitement was celebrating Brandon's birthday yesterday. We surprised him with birthday brownies and sang Happy Birthday to him. Hopefully he wished for wind when he blew out the candles. We've had the fishing line in the water for two days, but the fish don't seem to be biting. We'll keep trying as hope springs eternal. With no wind it is getting rather warm and everyone smells a tad tired. We ran out of downwind positions last night, so we splurged and everyone had a shower. Roger was able to contact his wife last night via the satellite phone and confirmed that our efforts succeeded in getting the ARC USA tracker up. read more...


06/05/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - Well there goes another adventure.....

In very light airs (5-7kts) we decided to put the engine on and continue towards Bermuda. Around midnight the boat stopped and there was no forward motion. We inspected everything for damage, fluid loss, breakages, etc. and have concluded that there is major problem with the gearbox, although serviced in Trinidad late last year. This means we cannot proceed for the time being and will try and retrurn to Nanny Cay, if the winds permit, as this is our closest landfall. Updates to follow.......we are ok but obviously disappointed, though we did catch another bunch of seaweed! We are currently drifting at 1 kt in a roughly southerly direction. Andrew & SusanS/V Andromeda. read more...


05/05/2014

Nirvana - Day 3 Evening

Had a lovely sail in the morning then the wind died.Went for swim.Now, motoring into the sunset.. read more...



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