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Merlyn III - Merlyn III - Our feet never touched the ground
Merlyn III - Merlyn III - Our feet never touched the ground
30/11/2013

Swan Valhalla - Log 10 - Wet & wild

Guest blogger- Haig Cloud, rain, waves, wind, more rain, the blueplanet, lots of bad jokes, and still loads of Tuna! Once again, Yoyo pulled it out the bag with an amazingbeef tagine, which was a perfect meal for the occasion.    . read more...


30/11/2013

Lancelot II - Day 6 - WOW!!!

Hi all, day 6 off our race and what a 24 hours it has been. We have hadvery big seas and lots off rain with a very confused sea  state, but it isstill good to be sailing closer to st lucia, roll on the rum punch for all youdrinkers out their, for me all i require is a pint off coke and a big cheeseburger. Wish all the best to all the sailors and families out their and besafe, without all your support it  would be hard to do. Food on the boat has been quite good, epic concoctions. Managing all dutiesis going well to.On the good days we have had we got lucky enough to be in the water at thesame time as a pilot whale or what i say is WOW! Very lucky in weather that wasstunning, no wind, no wave, dead calm and hot what a change it is now. To the wind the stars and waves i bid you. read more...


30/11/2013

Shine - Day 6: You've made your point...

Having pointed out to the fleet exactly who's in charge of the elements, Neptune's now taking the p**s. Welook forward to not living life at 30 degrees,but all's well on board and the crew are in high spirits, if a little tired.We are currently heading west in 25 knots under blue skies accompanied by flying fish. One clearly failed his first solo flight yesterday as he landed in the cockpit.The inclement conditions of the last 48 hours ago have certainly cramped the style ofour resident foredeck naturist, but this pales into insignificance when set against being awoken in his bunk with a couple of gallons of sea water in the face-window opened by cabin-mate to let a little fresh air in !We lost all comms yesterday, but with Jerry's Tech Team on. read more...


30/11/2013

Selivra - Bennys Reisetagebuch No 14 - ARC Tag 6

ARC Tag 6Ahoi Ihr Landratten.Heute bin ich wieder dran mit meinem Bericht, nachdem die letzten Tagemeine Crew abwechselnd unsere Erlebnisse zum Besten gegeben hat.Ich kann euch sagen bis gestern Abend wars eigentlich ganz gemütlich aufunserer Selivra. Wir hatten guten Wind, das Wetter ist von Tag zu Tagwärmer geworden und wir sind die Afrikanische Westküste immer weiterRichtung Süden gesegelt. Ich habe nur mitbekommen das viele andere Bootevon der Regatta Probleme mit dem Wind – nämlich keinen – hatten, wirhingegen schon.Was macht man so als Hund den ganzen Tag am Schiff? Werdet ihr euch fragen.Ganz einfach – ich gebe lautstarke Segelanweisungen an meine Crew, wennirgendetwas an den Segeln nicht stimmt. Das Bellen habe ich in derZwischenzeit ja ausreichend laut geübt.Ansonsten beginnt. read more...


Selivra - Bennys Reisetagebuch No 14 - ARC Tag 6
Selivra - Bennys Reisetagebuch No 14 - ARC Tag 6
30/11/2013

LUV - Logbuch Luv Nr. 29

Position 15 Grad 08Minuten N 55 Grad 20 Minuten W Wetter :sternenklare Nacht, kein MondWind ONO 4, Seegang 3 Meter, Gefahr von White Squalls Kein Krönchen für den Spitzenreiter Noch 330 Seemeilen bis St. Lucia. Nur noch 330 Meilen! Wir haben den möglichen Sieg in dem Seerennen der Atlantic Rallye für Cruisers (ARC)unmittelbar vor Augen. Der Abstand zu unseren beiden engsten Verfolgern, der amerikanischen Swan 53 „Bela Vela“ und der dänischen X-442 „Mathilde“, wächst seit Tagen;langsam zwar, aber stetig. Der „Racetracker“, das Internetprogramm, das Position, Kurs und Geschwindigkeitaller 47 auf den Cap Verdischen Inselngestarteten Yachten in Echtzeit darstellt, notiert die Luv von Anfang an nur auf dem Platz zwei. Aber das ist Unsinn. Die „Viking“ aus England ist ganze drei Tage vor allen. read more...


30/11/2013

Golondrina - Heading for Cape Verde

During his watch along side all his mates, (that's right Dave was alone) he was accompanied (unconfirmed reports) by some 30 dolphins to the starboard.  Due to the phosphorescent in the water they appear luminous however Dave's interpretation was that they were.. "spirits of the ocean untied by the hypocrisy of commercialism and symbolic of the struggle of the oppressive regime which is 'life'" ! We're a little concerned as Dave has turned his towel into a kaftan and would now like to be called 'Rainbow' and there's a light whiff of juniper wood about him! Back in the real world, Captain ‘Birds-Eye’ Chamberlin dragged in yet another dorado. This one was twice the size and twice as angry as the previous one.  During the ensuing battle, the 'beast' had the arrogance to. read more...


30/11/2013

Starla - Log Day 6 - Better Wind - One week In

Hello Everyone,Distance logged today - 151 nautical miles. Distance to date this trip - 670 nautical miles.Our best day so far in terms of distance logged. With more breeze, the boat is very capable of a lot more. Still nice to achieve our best day.The wind came in on the afternoon, we had 8-12 knots, then later 12 - 20 from the south west and south east. We were flying our big Genneker sail for a few hours in the afternoon, then the wind increased beyond the design of the sail and we then took it down.The evening and overnight brought rain, and it has rained ever since. The sea state is very lumpy, giving us the most uncomfortable night yet.Peter made a great pork curry for dinner last night, that served us lunch as well today.At breakfast time again, the fish came biting. Brian got a. read more...


30/11/2013

Diva - Das unbeständige Wetter prägte diese zwei Tage

Regen und Sturm machen die Nächte lang – das haben wir so nicht gebuchtDas unbeständige Wetter prägte diese zweiTage. Heftige Regenfälle und Sturm machte die Fahrt insbesondere bei Nacht, zu einer echten Anstrengung für die Crew. Insbesondere die Rudergänger Gero, Javier, Andreas, Eilert und ich mussten sich stundenlang konzentrieren unser Schiff bei 10-11 Knoten Fahrt in den 4 Meter hohen Wellen auf Kurs zu halten. Um Strom zu sparen schalteten wir die Navigationslichter aus (hier ist eh nichts außer uns) , nur die roten Anzeigen des Kompasses, Windmessers und Logs waren im schwarzen Nichts undin der Gischt zu erkennen. Im der vorbeirauschenden Bugwelle und im Kielwasser fluoreszierte Plankton wie Millionen LEDs im Funkenflug.Im Cockpit befinden sich zu diesem Zeitpunkt nur der. read more...


30/11/2013

Dragonfly - Wieder Sonnenschein

Die Stimmung ist mittlerweile besser. Bis zum Nachmittag haben wir noch gegen die hohen Wellen angekämpft und keinen Speed drauf bekommen. Die Wellen haben uns total ausgebremst. Ausserdem hat der Wind ständig gedreht und wir mussten einige Wenden fahren, ohne richtig voran zu kommen. Erst seit ca. 3 Stunden haben wir beständigen Wind mit ca. 20 kn der uns erlaubt direkten Kurs auf St. Lucia zu fahren. Die Wellen machen uns noch zu schaffen, aber die sind auch kleiner geworden. Die Sonne scheint wieder und die Stimmung ist besser. Mit ca. 7 kn sind wir in der jetzigen Situation sehr zufrieden. Unsere Genua hat in der letzten Nacht stark gelitten und Volker versucht das Unterliek wieder zu nähen. Edwin sichert ihn dabei. Wir haben ganz schön Schräglage und der Bug schaufelt Tonnen von. read more...


30/11/2013

George - Tip of Day.....

Our tip of the day from SY George is to use your wet wipes from the top downwards.This tip sadly too late for one of our crew members who no-one wants to sit next to.Second gold start of the week for Steve for his fantastic soda bread yesterday.Still no luck with the fishing despite Tim blessing the boat with a banana before leaving LP.Hacking along SW downwind with a little hankie of jib out in 25kts of wind and still doing over 8 knots....we peaked at 11 knots water speed during the night....MK19N 26WHere is just an insight into last nights night watch. Its basically black no stars tipping it down with rain and the occasional flash of lightning, we are ploughing along at 7-8 knots with ribbons of green phosphorescent plankton billowing from our bow wave, as it passes down he boat you. read more...


30/11/2013

Milanto - Day 6 Milanto

25 kn of wind, rain and lots of clouds -so everyone is down belowwatching the movie Snatch and having a good time! Luckily a smallmodification means that the oven can be used so lasagne is back on themenu.Later that night: in the centre of a squall - everyone on board wideawake.Now that some stars are out one of the crew confess that he isno longer a squall virgin -something to be proud of !? The waves aregoing down a bit, but the wind is still on the nose - where have thetrade winds gone to is what I want to know? We're heading north westin the hope of coming outthe other side of the depression . All onboard with a glass of wine in hand and another movie of the screen.. read more...


30/11/2013

Milanto - Day 5 Milanto

We awoke to a becalmed sea, a clear sky and the prospect of a Days sunbathing. No wind turned the ocean into a mirror. The calm gave us the opportunity to throw JE over the starboard to try and free the propeller, it having become entangled in our fishing line following an ill conceived '360 doughnut' executed the previous day. JE - the consumate professional he is - did an outstanding job cutting the line and retaining some important tackle. (in fact, whether the success of this mission was done to JE's tenacity or our threat not to let him back on the boat, we will never know)The calm gave us the opportunity to do some washing, read, fish and catch some rays. ( thats sun rays, not the fish!)But they were too smart to take the bait.A couple of hours. read more...


30/11/2013

Sweet Pearl - 7. Tag - Viel Wind, aber aus der falschen Richtung

Gestern mittag haben wir unsere frisch gefangene Dorade gegessen - wirklich super! Am Abend und in der Nacht hatten wir dann mehr Wind als uns lieb war, entsprechend waren allen auf den Beinen. Jetzt hat er gerade ein bisschen nachgelassen, aber wir erwarten noch so eine Nacht...trotz Schräglage gab es heute mittag ein Teller Spaghetti für alle. Für die nächsten Tagen ist der Wind durchmischt...aber es geht immer weiter Richtung St.Lucia!:-) Tom. read more...


30/11/2013

Joy of Shamrock Quay - We have wind!

Great news, we have been making excellent progress since 7:30pm last night when the wind returned on a beam reach and we got our sails back out again.A tiring but excellent nights sailing with gusts of up to 16 knots from some very angry black clouds. I had two shifts last night, the first 9 til midnight whilst I tracked two squalls on the radar. Whilst they didn't directly hit us, we had some excellent wind off them and a little rain. Dolphins arrived alongside at 9:30pm but unfortunately helming took a lot of concentration and I couldn't leave the cockpit to watch them, but every few minutes they surfaced next to me as much as to say please come and play!When I woke Jez at midnight for his shift they were still with us, we had travelled over 20 miles at some 8 knots!We pondered on. read more...


30/11/2013

Skara Brae - we hate Squalls!

1st update!After a slow start due to no winds - we managed to get south of 20N hoping to find the trade winds the wind arrived as expected and we had a nice 15kts on our tail allowing us to goose-wing along at approx 8.7 kts but as per usual the best laid plans tend to mean nothing when sailing!It seems it wasn't the trades we were in but a vigorous squallAs the squal increased so did the wind then the rainwhen the wind passed 25 knts we put 1st reef inwhen it reached 30kts we put the 2nd reef in when it reached 35kts we tried to put the 3rd reef in - but to no avail, the main sail would not go up or down.While trying to remedy this situation the main sail managed to detach its self from the mast - being left held on by only the halyard and the 2nd reef! Seems the boom. read more...


Azzurra - Day 7 we love sailing
Azzurra - Day 7 we love sailing
29/11/2013

Merlyn III - Day 6 29 November

The daily routine has evolved quite comfortably. After breakfast David and I download various weather maps and Grib files. Unfortunately these have not made pleasant reading as basically the trade windshave disappeared under the baleful influence of a double depression. Our strategy has changed from sailing across the Atlantic to getting across the Atlantic . The trade winds are unlikely to be re-established until the middle of next week and in the meantime winds will be pitiful and in some cases Westerly. However, we carry around 1300 litres of fuel and we have a good engine. So far we have logged 43 engine hours and over the next four days we could well need to log significant additional engine hours to make any progress before we have any kind of reliable wind. In view of this we are. read more...


30/11/2013

EH01 - ARC day 7

Blogfrom EH01Title:Crash, Vang, Boom! Yourjoining us live from EH01 surf contest, with the main contender Skipper AndyMiddleton at the helm racking up some amazing speeds with just a hanky sized No4 headsail and no main. He has been averaging 7kts with a surfing best for todayat 12.5! With entrants from the known surfing worlds of Australia, Scotland,Ireland, Wales and even Russia its going to be a tough contest! All contendersare hopeful and are looking forward to tonight's surf comp in the pitchblack. Thesunshine downwind cruise as promised by our sales team hasn’t happened yet. Wehave had some hefty winds, some big swells. We have been parked up for 4 hours,to then being smashed by heavy rain for 10 hours and now are in the middle ofbeen battered by all kinds of weather from. read more...


30/11/2013

Manihi - Nuit agitée

17:54.90N 26:18.40W9:00 Heure localeNous l'avions vu venir dans les fichiers météo ; ce n'était pas complètement une surprise. Mais ce fut (un peu !) plus fort que prévu cette nuit. Notre route était entre le Cap Vert et une petite dépression locale à 200 miles au NW des iles. Quand hier soir après diner le vent a forci (20-25 nds d'est), nous avons pris un ris, puis le deuxième étant coincé, nous avons carrément affalé la grand-voile et continué avec seulement le génois réduit à 1/3 ! Tout ça pour être tranquille pendant la nuit. En fait la dépression s'est trouvée plus près de nous et le vent a soufflé à 30 nds (force 7) en moyenne toute la nuit. Avec le pilote automatique, Manihi s'en est sorti majestueusement ! Bon, ça secouait un peu ! Maintenant, le vent commence à mollir autour de. read more...


30/11/2013

Adela - Mid atlantic report

We have now reached the half way point, having had our fair share of incidents. The rigging is holding, but then we have had little wind, however we have put safety lines around the back stays and fore stay just in case.Over the first week the wind just kept on dropping. We are now becalmed and I am sure I noticed the true wind indicator give a negative reading! The decision was taken to press on and start the engine as no-one wanted to swim and our efforts at fishing with a hopelessly inadequate line are frustrating. We have now been motoring for 2 days and, if the weather forecast is accurate, we hope to get some wind tomorrow.I am having fun experimenting with the SSB radio, the aerial is now balanced nicely by the new remote ATU, and although electrical noise from the chart plotter. read more...


30/11/2013

Queen Frederica - Bericht Tag 7 - Segeln ist kein Ponyhof

30.11.2013Alles fing so schön an: Delphine am Vorschiff, Wale etwas weiter weg, eineSkatrunde unter Deck und keine dauerhaften Schäden nach Stichflammen aufdem Herd. Am Horizont allerdings auffallend dunkle Wolken …Und jetzt wissen wir, was unser Wetterbericht unter Flaute versteht:zunächst tatsächlich wenig Wind, ab 20 Uhr auffrischende Winde mittropischen Regenfällen, Winde in der Nacht bis 33 kn, heute Morgen füreine Stunde auf 40 kn (im Maximum Windstärke 8, in Böen 9) ansteigend. ImMoment 3. Reff ins Groß, kein Vorsegel. Katharina surfte die Wellen mit 10kn hinab. In der Nacht hatten wir zudem ein kleines Vorsegel gesetzt.Erfreulich: Das von Andreas und Udo genähte Groß hält! Ein dickes Lob auchan unseren Skipper Stefan. Er hat sich die nasse Nacht für und mit uns umdie Ohren. read more...


30/11/2013

Queen Frederica - Bericht Nacht 6.5 - Team findet sich

Das erste Mal hatten wir letzte Nacht wirklich schweres Wetter und ganzheftige Regenschauer. Und alle haben mitgeholfen, diese Schweren Zeitenfür Crew und Schiff gut zu meistern. Und das ist ein ganz tolles Gefühl:Nach heftigen Stunden an Deck und am Steuer kann man sich beruhigt in dieKoje legen; denn man weiß, das an Deck eine Crew ist, die alles für einengeben wird...40 Knoten Wind sind selbst für gestandene Seeleute keine Kleinigkeit mehrund erfordern beim Steuern und beim Arbeiten an Deck absolute und 100prozentige Konzentratiion.Wir alle sind froh, dass diese "Handvoll Sturm" erst einmal hinter unsliegtAHOY und geht endlich segeln (Stefan, Schiffer). read more...


30/11/2013

Sojourner - Halfway celebration

Sojourner crew enjoying boat drinks after passing the halfway point,image1 image2. read more...


Sojourner - Halfway celebration
Sojourner - Halfway celebration
Sojourner - Halfway celebration
Sojourner - Halfway celebration
19/11/2011

Jade - Log Written Saturday 3pm

We asked for wind and we got it. Since yesterday we have had steady 15 to 25 knots with gusts up to 35.It's a little rough too so we weren't able to cook the Mahi last night. The boat's motion is a little better now so we'll try cooking tonight. We are still enjoying ourselves. We certainly chose the right crew, everyone on the boat is in good spirits and working together as a team. We can't wait to hear how the other participants made it to Tortola so quickly. What do they know that we don't know?  Thanks for following, Frances and the Crew of Jade. read more...


30/11/2013

Sojourner - First hot meal

Captain Dennis served up our first hot meal since getting underway. All enjoyed hearty soup for dinner.image1. read more...


Sojourner - First hot meal
Sojourner - First hot meal
30/11/2013

Duplicat - Saturday and it's still awful

Last night under a double reefed main and no jib we steadily watched the wind increase to 32 knots from our port quarter. Poor old skipper woken up from his slumbers to help get the main down and we rolled out some jib.We kept this sail plan up during a very bumpy night until now and we have rehoisted a triple reefed main to keep up our average speed for a daylight approach to Mindelo.We made the decision two days ago to head more south, away from any possibility of strong headwinds , we were wary of not having enough diesel for the trip across to St Lucia as we had motored through flat calms already but now we are definitely pulling in and probably staying until this storm to the north and west of us releases its grip on the proper trades.As I type the boys are having fun seeing who can. read more...


30/11/2013

Anettine - Log 30 November

Vi har endelig fått litt vind, men det er motvind. Ut på dagen krysser vi kurs med Marsails (HR43), kun noen meter fra hverandre.Vi søker begge mer vind og diskuterer over VHF. De velger å gå nord og vi sør. Vi mener det er lurt å seile styrbord halser da vinden vil dreie slik at vi får løft mot St. Lucia. Marsail forteller at de har brukt motor i tre dager og er i ferd med å gå tom for diesel.Det skal vist være mange som har benyttet motor, så de foreløpige listene er misvisende.Vi har ikke benyttet motor så her kommer det endringer i vår favør.Vinden øker og vi får en kjempefin og morsom kryss. Dette er skikkelig seiling.Litt før solnedgang legger vi oss på styrbord halser for natten. Vi forventer at vinden vil dreie 30 grader i løpet av natta slik at vi står opp til St.Lucia.Skal vi. read more...


30/11/2013

Sunrise - Tag 7 - 30.11.2013 - Erste Woche auf See, gut Wind

Gestern Nachmittag hatten wir zum ersten Mal Funkkontakt mit der QueenFrederica, dem zweiten Schiff vom Skipperteam. Dabei erfuhren wir, dass siedie Kap Verden anlaufen werden und daher ca. 3 Tage verlieren werden. Diesdrückte etwas auf die Stimmung, zusätzlich zu dem grau in grau desAtlantiks. Dafür haben wir gegen Abend endlich wieder Wind.Kurz vor 18Uhr tat es einen Schlag im Kochbereich, die Innenscheibe desBackofens, zum Glück aus Sicherheitsglas, zerlegte sich in hunderte kleinerScherben. Wir hoffen dass wir weiterhin Brot backen können, falls nichthaben wir jedoch ausreichend anderes Essbares an Bord. Beim Einholen derAngel zappelte zum ersten Mal ein Fisch am Haken, konnte sich jedoch kurzvor dem Boot wieder losreißen. Wieder kein frischer Fisch außer bisher zweifliegenden. read more...


30/11/2013

Azzurra - Day 6 Dorado Whow !

The night was calm, almost no wind. Early in the morning 5:30 some windshowed up giving us a ride with 6 knots, however it died after 3 hours. Sowe were back to the weather forecast.It looks like we are still punishedas we followed the ARCweather God’s advise going south to Cape Verdes.Nevertheless it was our decision. Everything bad also has something good.We most probably made a new negative record. This record is a good reasonfor another happy hour two drinks for one and after a Board Party.It became true. Brian had a nice catch this morning; a small Dolphin alsoknown as Dorado or Mahi Mahi, just enough for an appetizer.Itimmediately was put on the Menu.We decided to have an early Brunch.The Brunch Menu of today: Dorado in pieces done in Butter covered withflower and eggs and drops of. read more...


30/11/2013

Free Spirit - 29 Nov Richie's log

Friday 29 Nov (Richie's log) Those trade winds are proving to be quite illusive.The problem is that a big low pressure system has plonked itself to thesouth west of us, and it isn't budging. Does that remind you of a typicalEnglish summer forecast? The weather is pretty similar here too, youwouldn't think we're in the tropics!Last night we were duped into thinking we mighthave found the trade winds though. We were creaming along and our boat wasloving it! The wind had 'backed' (the direction the wind was coming from hadchanged in an anticlockwise direction) from a southerly to asouth-easterly, allowing us to sail with the wind behind us westwardsas we are expecting to once we do catch the tradewinds.The boat was beatifully balanced and, sorry for. read more...


30/11/2013

Monster project - Log Day 7 - The Story So Far!

Firstly, apologies for the lack of communication coming off of the boat. I promised daily updates at the start of the race. The plan was to move this to a "beginning, middle & end" feature but life onboard has been tiresome and tough. Everything you can imagine that could have happened has happened.All the crew are exhausted and these boats are often described as "Man Eaters". It's doing just that. Easily burning through 3 helmsman in a 4 hour watch. The constant hassle of repacking the enormous kites inside a 70 foot boat. And the constant screaming and banging of the boat hammering along crashing through waves with the screech of the rudders every time the boat goes above 15 knots. But not all plain sailing with a few sail issues, debris issues anda minor keel issue. The boat is. read more...


30/11/2013

Meltemi - 6.Tag - der Skipper hat an der Uhr gedreht

Der Skipper hat an der Uhr gedreht, ist es wirklich schon so spät? Nein, denn er hat sie zurückgedreht. Heute um eine Stunde.In den letzten 12 Stunden (20:00 bis 08:00 Uhr) haben wir mehr als 90sm gesegelt, am Wind, bei S um 6."Wir segeln dem Teufel ein Ohr ab!"Kutterfock, Großsegel mit 3 Reffs, dafür 8-9kn Fahrt. Es regent dabei auch nur einmal, seit gestern früh ohne Unterbrechung, dafür wie aus Eimern. Einige neue Erkenntnisse gibt es auch:"Nachts sieht man den Regen zumindest nicht." "Wenn es stärker regnet, werden die Wellen kleiner." "Barfuss-Route deshalb, weil alle Schuhe nass sind." "Dafür ist das Wasser (von oben oder untern?) wenigstens warm.""Jetzt sind wir aber wieder langsam geworden, nur noch 7,7kn!"Liebe GrüßeEure Meltemi-Crew. read more...


30/11/2013

Avel Biz - Avel Biz J+6 Coup de vent

Bonjour30 novembre 2013Position à 12h00 UTC23°57,0 N2°30,8 W7115 milles en 24hCoup de ventEt bien vous parlez d'une transat dans les alizés.A part la température (26° quand même) le reste n'évoque pas les îlesenchanteresse. Tout est gris et lugubre, la mer aussi bien que le ciel. La seuletache de couleur, c'est le bel orange fluo du tissu à voile du tourmentin (lepetit foc de tempête).Le vent a fraichi continuellement depuis hier. Nous avons beaucoup manœuvré.Trinquette, Grand Voile à 1 ris, puis 2 ris, puis 3 ris, pour finir dans la nuitsous tourmentin seul. Xavier s'est bien battu sur la plage avant avec la toilequi battait fort, juste éclairé par sa frontale.La dernière fois que ça m'est arrivé au large c'était pendant la Mini Transatavec Véro. Ça remonte à quelques années (1983) et. read more...


30/11/2013

XAR - Sjätte dygnet med XAR på Atlanten, rekorddygn med 201 NM

Senaste dygnet, det sjätte avverkade vi 201 NM, ger en total seglad sträcka om 949 NM. Kvar till St Lucia är 1 965 NM. Nytt dygnsrekord.Vår plats i fältet baserat på hur många distansminuter man har kvar till mål har förbättrat de senaste 3 dygnen. Hoppas trenden håller i sig. Dygn 1 24:e Dygn 2 37:e Dygn 3 57:e Dygn 4 91:a Dygn 5 82:a Dygn 6 72:aDen fina bidevinden fortsatte fram på eftermiddagen, sydostlig vind med 5-7 m/s o kurs 220 grader. Helt molnigt under fredagen. Lunch intogs av kockarna Lars o Peter, denna gång helkonserv från Blå Band från den blandade påsen. Allmänt tycker de flesta att dessa är godare än det frystorkade även om dessa också är ok. Eftermiddagens stora händelse inträffade omkring kl 1500 och det var att styrbordspiedestalens svetsar på sidorna gick av.. read more...


30/11/2013

Arkouda - Day 6 Headed to the Verdes

The decision to head for the Verdes has been finalized.We spent the day motoring yesterday and into this evening--we could have headed south a 100 miles to find better wind, over the ridge of pressure, but we have already added many extra miles in futile search for winds in the right direction.We have sometimes found them, set the sails, only to have the wind shift again.We spoke with a weather router via email today, and he does not see the trades re-estaablishing until about Dec 3.We might as well do some sight seeing, and little shopping.Time to find out the history of these islands!We are still doing great, and all systems are WORKING!All that hard work in Lanzarote (and in Turkey, and Thailand...) has paid off.I have noticed that nothing really seems to break while we are. read more...


30/11/2013

Keoma - Keoma Day 7

Well, after days of praying for wind it has arrived by the truckload!  Steady breeze built through the night from 15 – 20 kts through to30  by day break. This brought about the corresponding sail changes fromkite to scrapet of headsail and the reefs went in, all good fun in the dark and5m swell running through.  The menu might be a bit less sophisticated todaydue to the sea state, not sure the best silver wear will stay on thetable! All eyes on todays position log, has our southerly trajectory paidoff?   Mike & Team Keoma   Our skipper has evidently seen a shark this morning, last night was bumpyto say the least, followed by an even bumpier morning but at last pointing inthe right direction. Problem is the wind is due to drop again tomorrow so thereis talk of. read more...


30/11/2013

Shine - Day 4: Mother Nature bites back

Neptune clearly has internet access.After four days of our sunshine cruise, he has evidently been reading the blog and has decided it's time to show who's in charge around these parts.Last evening developed rapidly from a comfortable 15 knots to 25 across the deck with the resulting need for a reef in the main and a change to staysail. High winds and lashing rain was the order of the day throughout the night, and in truth, the day hasn't been much better. All well, however and spirits high.Jeremy's vigilance with the weather programming (ably assisted by Jorge on dry land) has put us in an excellent position versus the other boats in our class....................................(12 hours later)A spicy night but happy to report we now have comms and weather forcasting.All aboard fit and. read more...


30/11/2013

Annabella - LOG 5 Saturday 30th

Position: 19 42.663N 24 15.859WDistance since last blog: 150 NM ishWell, what a difference a day makes! contrary to yesterdays lack of wind, but in line with the forecasts we have been receiving, the wind picked up during the night and we are now experiencing 25 - 30 knots of breeze. During the night we put two reefs in the main and furled the genoa to2 reef equivalent. We have been competing to see who can get the most speed on the wheel. Conor and I are on 10.1 and 10.4 knots respectively and Peter is trying to catch up. (Otto just managed 12.3 knots going down a wave) We should have good winds for the rest of the day with less this evening and tomorrow looking light enough. We are now below 20 degrees latitude and will continue SW for another 60 - 100 miles. Hopefully by then the. read more...


30/11/2013

Free Spirit - Saturday 30th November

Saturday 30th November What a grey day, windy and wet.  The ARC control team had warned thatthere was a band of squally weather and the advice was to continue west to getthrough it as quickly as possible. Sadly this turned into a storm of 50 knot winds.  Dinner was a disaster as the microwaveoven door flew open and flung out our dinner of chicken pasta all over thegalley floor.  Luckily no one washurt and luckily no one was hurt when the table came crashing down off thewall.  But then the nightmarestarted….in the black of night with the rain lashing down and the wind gustingto 54 kts….the genoa blew out!  Allhands on deck!  Does that meanme?  No, Carole, you staythere.  Shall I switch on the decklight?  Yes – I did somethinguseful. . read more...


30/11/2013

Hera - Wilder Ritt

Der Skipper muß wohl doch auf Diät gesetzt werden. Habe es geschafft mitmeinem Leesegel zu segeln – aus der Koje quer durch die Kammer. Die Ösen desSegels sind bei vollem Körpergewicht einfach ausgerissen. Unser Etmal waren 180 sm. Die Nacht brachte uns Starkwind und Böen von über40 kn, so dass wir zweimal reffen mußten. Unsere Geschwindigkeit betrugzeitweise bis zu 12 kn. Die Crew sieht ziemlich geschafft aus und die meistenhaben heute aufs Frühstück verzichtet. Wir haben uns nun doch entschlossen, Mindelo auf Sao Vincente anzulaufen,um Diesel zu bunkern und Montag dann den Passat südlich des 15. Breitengrades zusuchen.   Stefan  . read more...


30/11/2013

Nyaminyami II - Nyaminyami II Blog Saturday 30.11.13 1200hrs

By Chris Haworth Sailing the Atlantic!  We have seen some ‘action’ since we last reported. Having graduated from the fore cabin to the galley floor last night as the boat was being thrown around so much, our current helmsmen, Mr Pike, has just commented 28Knts now seems quite light!The Ocean ‘stretched’ yesterday - all day we enjoyed beam reaching in 20 kts  and in the evening she flexed her muscles and gave us a brief taste of her potential strength & power delivering a steady 30 kts (gale force 7) most of the night, gusting up to 40kts at times (gale force 8). A black dark night with heavy rain at times spray being whipped off the top of ever bigger waves, wet with low visibility, luckily not too cold but full oilies and a fleece! – this isn’t what we signed up for. read more...


30/11/2013

Amaris - Becalmed in the middle of the Atlantic

Becalmed in the middle of the Atlantic Amaris Sails the World11/25/1316.26.04N38.34.85W Becalmed in the middle of the Atlantic It is horribly difficult to believe we are sittingin the middle of the Atlantic with a mere 4 knots of wind.  Of course weare doing everything possible to sail the boat - but lack of wind, waves, and alot of sun seems to give us a little time to get a few chores or to do itemscompleted. For example...  while bobbing here in theAtlanticI reorganized our trash - which has now beensitting in the 80 degree weather for a weekmade a batch of yogurt - who would have known itwould be so easy Shawn scrubbed the shower and watched 18 episodesof "How I met your mother."  Seriously. Ross knitted.  And we then sat around for anhour. read more...


30/11/2013

True Colours - testing conditions.

Position 17:36.45N 023:35.35W   Another testing day for the weather.  We have had no wind (motoring atslow speed to conserve fuel), light wind (A sail  set and worked well forat least 1 hour till the wind shifted), full genoa Etc Etc.  After somethought we decideed that our preferred route took us past the Cape VerdeIslands, so we would stop to refuel and renew some provisions.  With fullfuel, and perhaps a couple of extra cans, we could motor at 6 rather than 4.5knots, and given the forecast light winds may not lose any time overall. Added bonus, we would be on land for Toby’s birthday.   So, believing the weather forecasts we had, we took a route east of therhumb line to avoid an area of high winds (25 kn+)  So what did weget?  Since 10.00. read more...


30/11/2013

Blue Ocean - Day 6: Code 0 sail is now of zero use

I have not had the time to write over the last couple of days (though Yvhas). So, consider this a three day update.  The winds have generally been kind to us – our average speed so far is over8 knots. We had a bit of a setback early this morning – at 6am on Yellow Watch(my watch) - when our Code 0 sail (the largest, downwind genoa) blew up. Itlooks as if the luff rope parted sending the sail into the sea. Luckily, we wereable to grab all the disperate parts and stuff them in the forward locker. Thissail wont be seeing the light of day until it can be repaired in St. Lucia.   We are seeing dolphins every day now – sometimes just a glimpse. At othertimes we are enthralled by an elegant acrobatic display lasting a few minutes.We also have a small bird (an egret, we think) visiting. read more...


30/11/2013

Starblazer - Starblazer 30 November Not what it says on the packet!

The title refers to the weather and sailing conditions.I do not expect any sympathy, after all I’m sure it is cold, wet and miserable at home and sailors would relish sailing in shirt sleeves at this time of the year in the Solent.It was warmer yesterday and remained tolerable overnight, a  fleece was quite adequate.Today was warm enough but with 100% cloud cover and frequent light showers.This evening it rained quite heavily for about 6 hours which has soaked the cockpit cushions!The wind is another matter.According to the pilot charts, the prevailing winds in this area at this time of year are NE, a comfortable run in sailing terms.We have had several days of weak SE –S- SW winds meaning our intended heading, SW until the butter melts, has been difficult to achieve. The wind in. read more...



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