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02/12/2013

Hot Stuff - Fairies of the Lost Arc - Chapter 6

Fairies of the Lost Arc - Chapter 6     No. of Italian Canapés – 3 each No. of washed ladies - 9     Fairy ARC spa opened with the arrival of the sun today. We decided that Hotstuff was too heavy in the now light winds and a removal of grime was necessaryfor proper weight distribution. Operation complete - skipper is happy toannounce that 9 clean women can now finally sail in the right direction(!) andhave topped a speed of 11.7 knots upwind. Impressive!It's been a day of new beginnings. A new word 'clean' was added to our dictionaries. The Laundrette opened at dawn - read ahead to understand bucket and washingprocess... The Great ARC bake off started. Jo and Nikki kicked it off with a stunninglemon drizzle cake. They went for the rustic style of a. read more...


02/12/2013

Shine - Day 8 : Inadequate undergarment

Notwithstanding the ongoing depression at having lost the fishing rod,we have had a beautiful sunny day sailing in favourable winds,which appear to beimproving all the time.Quite a busy make-and-mend morning spent repairing and drying sails,servicing the outboard ,rigging the hammock etc, whichwas followed by our first foray into kite-land since last Thursday.With a bit of luck, and if the forecast holds, this could well be us to the finish line.We are now officially over half way, and unfortunately Michael missed the revised order that it's thongs at the finish, not half way. Every cloud has a silver lining, however, as having had a dry run, he now has a week to work out how he is going to accommodate his other testicle, as accommodate he must !Kite staying up all night , so stand by. read more...


02/12/2013

Swan Valhalla - Log 12 - What a difference a day makes!

After some dodgy weather for the past few days, it was awelcome relief to actually see a full sky of stars on shift last night. We had acontinuous breeze of about 10-12 knots for most of the night, and the windshifted round to the north. This meant we were at last actually pointing westtowards St Lucia. There were a lot of shooting stars reported and a beautifulsunrise at about 8am this morning - we are going back in time, so haveadjusted meal times according to when the sun rises and sets.   Blue skies meant only one thing - time to do somewashing and air all of our damp clothes! They were getting a bitsmelly in the boat with not much ventilation. We had our last bit of tuna forlunch with some more delicious home made bread. We attempted to. read more...


02/12/2013

Hebe - Day 9 2.12.13

17:11:58N034:51:43WThis awesome picture shows Harry mending our torn main sail, Peter at the helm holding the boat steady. The rest of us holding lines and our breath.All well now and today was brilliant, definitely getting into trade winds as the wind has trickled around to the north east. Wind died earlier so we drifted along, lit the barbie and had a few beers, all alone in the Atlantic with nothing to the north of us but the Arctic and the Antarctic to the south. We were so tempted to dive in and have a swim but Harry and Imo have had two close shaves with sharks appearing and didn't want to tempt fate……scary! Sarah and I are planning our mid point party, fancy dress and games, pictures to follow. Its amazing how little time there is what with helming, cooking, cleaning, fishing. read more...


Hebe - Day 9 2.12.13
Hebe - Day 9  2.12.13
02/12/2013

Great Escape of Southampton - 16 30 990n 28 52 770w

Log Day 9 Not another day in theoffice. The last 24 hours has seen steadyprogress to the West with sunny skies and gentle breezes from all round thecompass, but mostly enabling us to sail in the desireddirection. We have now travelled over 1,100 NMand have less than 1,900 NM to go to St Lucia. The unsettled weather of recentdays seems to have moved to the North East and we are hoping for cooperative –if light - winds for the next 48 hours, and Matt continues to promise that thevaunted Trade Winds will at some point arrive to waft us on a “conveyor belt” toSt Lucia. Away from sailing the boat, the mostexciting event of the last day was Matt and Mike succeeding in fixing the watermaker by ingeniously utilising the boat’s fresh water pump to bypass the watermaker’s failed primary. read more...


02/12/2013

Windleblo - Day Eight

I had the 4 - 6 a.m. watch last night (UTC). At this longitude, that was well before dawn. There moon was new, the sky cloudless, and the sea glassy. I took the bimini down to open the cockpit to the sky. The Milky Way was as dense as I have ever seen it. Several shooting stars crossed the sky. Priceless.As dawn came, the wind remained elusive. We motored on. It was my turn as Galley Master, and I fixed the guys walnut banana pancakes with syrup, sausages and coffee. Afterwards, we killed the motor and coasted to a stop. Then, we dove over the side for a swim. The water was perfect -- not too cold and not too warm and perfectly clear. It was weird knowing the bottom was 4,000 meters below. A few laps around the boat got the heart going. It felt good to get a bit of aerobic exercise.The. read more...


02/12/2013

Diva - Ruhe – was ein schönes Wort. Nachtwache extended.

Als Erstes:Heute erreichte uns eine Meldung der Rennleitung, dass die französische Yacht Pinkas zwischen Gran Canaria und Cap Verde vermisst wird. Die Crew der Diva wünscht unseren Sportsfreunden eine sichere Heimkehr trotz der extremen Bedingungen. Morgens um vier Uhr beginnt meine Nachtwache. Kein Windhauch, absolute Stille, Null Knoten, die Genau eingeholt, den Bullen gesetzt und gewartet. Gespenstische Stille, nur Sterne undkein Mond. Die nächsten Menschen zu uns - außer auf einem Boot oder im Flugzeug, sitzen in der Raumstation ISS. Ein Windhauch schiebt uns mit 0,5 Knoten geräuschlos durch das spiegelglatte Wasser. Aus dem Hauch wird Wind und wir segeln friedlich durch die Nacht. Da die Dämmerung an diesem Morgen so schön ist, komme ich gar nicht ins Bett, sondern segele zusammen. read more...


Diva - Ruhe – was ein schönes Wort. Nachtwache extended.
Diva - Ruhe – was ein schönes Wort.  Nachtwache extended.
02/12/2013

Great Escape of Southampton - 17 11 240n 26 35 750w

Log Day 8 – The Quantum ofSausage... So after the events of Friday nightchronicled by Jan in yesterday’s blog last night was pretty quiet aboard  the Great  Escape. We had a few sharp rain showers,flashes of distant lightning and thunder and during the night about a dozenflying fish landed on the deck one of which struck Fabs (as Fabio is now known )on the back as he sat in the cockpit in the dark. Everyone seemed strangelyreluctant to remove them and, having done so, I now know why….they areespecially smelly – once touched never forgotten. We have had a lovely sail today; amodest SE  to E wind, clear skiesand it is certainly warming up….even had to erect the bimini. We’ve seen pods ofhunting dolphins and several whales which Peter claims can be identified by theshape and. read more...


02/12/2013

Great Escape of Southampton - Fw: 18 17 190n 24 44 970w

 Great Escape’s progress over the pastseveral days may have been glorious, wet, frustrating but never could it bedescribed as ‘oceanic’. That was about to change. In the early hours of Saturdaymorning the wind began to build. Standing orders required notifying the skipperof a blow of over 20 knots. Since this occurred at watch change just about thewhole crew was in the cockpit putting in their 10 cents’ (6p) worth. As the windcontinued to build and the boat increasingly difficult to handle – we werehurtling into a black abyss and about 8 knots – Skipper ordered the mainsailtaken down. We would progress using the headsail alone. Peter and Jan were selected for theEVA and ventured out into the blustery black night to lower the sail armed withsafety tethers sail ties and head lamp. The. read more...


02/12/2013

Windleblo - Day Seven

We had just finished a scrumptuous Shepherd's Pie prepared by Coach when it happened.Sounding a bit like the raw whir of a dentist's drill, all of a sudden the drag on the fishing reel sounded off. In a flash, John jumped from his cockpit seat and grabbed the rod. A strong force bent the rod and fought with him as he worked the reel. Less than ten minutes later, the winner of the wrestling match between man and fish had been decided. John and Coach held big grins for the cameras as they hoisted their trophy, a ten kilo tuna. We hastily filleted the fish and stuck him in the fridge, wrapped carefully in plastic, wishing we had caught him just a few hours earlier. Tomorrow's menu was clear. Tuna for breakfast, tuna for lunch, tuna for dinner.The lumpy seas gradually diminished as we. read more...


02/12/2013

Skyelark of London - The one that got away, and the one we freed.

To celebrate the start of the Christmas season on 1 December, we cracked open some Danish Christmas beers over sundowners last night and put some Christmas music on. We hope and believe that we will reach St Lucia before Christmas! But the weather gods have not been kind to us and we keep on finding ourselves in a wind hole. Hopefully that will change soon.Over the last 36 hours we have had 3 lures on the line. Yesterday afternoon saw Loftus and my lure, Maximus, catch two fish. The first was a small tuna, called Donnatella, which was turned into sushi and the second was a catch and release we named Ethics. Loftus and I both felt that it was right to set this small fish free. After lunch Danielle, Kit's lure, was deployed.Another week, another swim in the sea! After a day of motoring we. read more...


02/12/2013

True Colours - Ready to go again

All provisioned again, re-filled with diesel, and ready to go again.   Given that a lot of the food had deteriorated in the seven days it took toget here, les reliance on meats and more on dried foods.  And we can catchfish.   We had used 56 litres of diesel in 39 hours of motoring;  for the nextleg we will up the speed a bit, but it still suggests we should have about 90hours of motoring and a range in excess of 500 miles.   Now we just need the weather gods to be a little kinder to us.   Plan to be off by 10.00 tomorrow.. read more...


02/12/2013

Amokura - Amokura Day 9

“Heavy clouds but no rain.” Sting   Quite a contrast. Today was picture perfect and gave us a chance to dry out. A 360 degree view of white fluffy clouds with varying shades of blueskies. Somewhat like the wallpaper of a baby’s nursery.   The boat and the rest of us got a good wash. Voluntarily, not from theheavens. Tried the gennaker but the winds would not cooperate.  So we rested and worked on projects.Go-Pro, bread, and food sorting. And maybe some reading.   The fruit hammocks have dwindled to one. And the pasta dishes are appearing. The saloon is now usable for activities other than foul weather gear, lifevests, clothing changes, and our Atlantic paper chart. Somehow it does seem appropriate that the old charts would be labeled,“there be dragons here.”  . read more...


02/12/2013

Selivra - ARC Tag 8

2013-12-02, 1500Hi Folks, the guitar is gently weeping, the wind is rising, the wingakermakes the speed after hours of calmness. WE ARE CRUISING !Wir sind völlig fertig – die Super Makrele mit mehr als 35 kg und 1,40 m(die Augen waren so groß wie Kaffeetassen) hat nicht nur den Fänger HP undden Catcher Charly fertig gemacht – auch der Kurs war nach diesen Stundendes Kampfes im Eimer und der Taktiker am Ende.Alle Überlaufer und Schnürlwickel konnten beherzt bekämpft werden, Sorgenbereitet den Andren die KAFFEE Reserve – Gin Tonic gibt’s genug, Gott seiDank !Wie Ihr schon gelesen habt, sind wir ein ganz besonderes Schiff – mitschreibenden Hunden und fliegenden Pastafischen, wir trotzen jeder Flaute(leider fehlen Karlis Flautenbeisser), gehen leidenschaftlich baden (heuteschon wieder - ???). read more...


Selivra - ARC Tag 8
Selivra - ARC Tag 8
02/12/2013

Freebooter - Day 8 - 2nd Dec

Just to deter any complacency, we encountered 2 days of stormy weather. Winds up to gale force, constant rain and heavy seas helped to us see the other side of the ocean, mainly from peering through the hatch.This was followed by headwinds, (hence the sudden change of direction for those looking at the location tracker), and another of very light wind. However we have crossed the line of the tropics, and it is hot!The bimini (cockpit shade) has gone up, and we are waiting for more north-easterly winds to use the big cruising chute. So probably another slow day before we get the tradewind proper.Life on board is not too tough at present, other than the banana-biased diet. These have ripened faster than expected, and there are many to eat. Oh well, only another 1824 nm, as the seagull. read more...


02/12/2013

Merlyn III - Day 9 - Thesaurus crisis and other domestic matters

We are running out of ways to say “No Wind, Flat Sea” in the ship’s log.‘Dead calm’, ‘barely a breath’, ‘hardly rippled’, ‘oily swell’,' ‘painted ship’etc etc ... all have been used ad nauseam and suggestions would be gratefullyreceived.   In all other respects the supplies are holding up well. Some bananas arewaiting to become banana cake and avocados to transform into guacamole; thelettuces are on their last legs and the beans and tangerines are finished. Butmost other fruit and veg – in particular potatoes, cabbages, peppers, fennel,aubergine, oranges, apples, and even some still-green bananas are soldiering on.Our breakfast fruit salad and lunchtime salads are now decided by what hasreached what stage, but they continue to be delicious, and we are all becomingexperts at bread. read more...


Merlyn III - Day 9 - Thesaurus crisis and other domestic matters
Merlyn III - Day 9  - Thesaurus crisis and other domestic matters
02/12/2013

Resolute of Thames - self indulgent

In so many ways we are new to this blogging thing. We grasped the concept with the intent of creating something primarily for friends and family to follow what we are doing rather than opening a book on our lives. Before setting out we followed boats on last year's ARC and found some blogs interesting and other less so. Generally the more interesting were the factual accounts of the how rather than more self indulgent accounts of individuals' lives and emotions. As our world has contracted over the last few weeks it has also been a vehicle through which to rant - anything from tomatoes to the meteorologist. Today's submission is I am afraid self indulgent - today is our 35th wedding anniversary - and we are, if the current wind holds going to spend it bobbing around on the ocean going. read more...


02/12/2013

Silver Slipper - Silver Slipper and 1000 miles

Silver Slipper. Well the Silver Slipper achieved 1000 miles today at17.05 on 2nd December. The first 1000 miles has been full of greatmemories. Only one night of 6/7’s and some confused seas but on the whole thesailing has been great. We went south/south east from Las Palmas and followedthe African coast and then headed west to the Cape Verdes.  After motoring for around 100 hours inthe first week we decided to put into Mindelo and top up our fuel tanks. Wespent last night, 1st December hove too just off Sao Nicolau and setoff this morning motor sailing to Mindelo to try and arrive at the fuel dock atdaybreak. What a good decision that was. 8.30am and we were the first yacht tobe refuelled. We said, our hellos to many friend already in port and many othersjust arriving for the same. read more...


02/12/2013

Gozwoz - ARC Rally Day 9 - Advent Calendar Day 2

So we have turned west at last! St Lucia on 2100nm away and the wind swinging into the north-east just like the trade winds! But we need a bit more wind than 8 knots! GOZWOZ is responding well with a steady 5 knots under full sail but at this rate we miss the important parties at the other end! However, the sea is flat and we have not yet experienced the joy of the "corkscrew" that is so often talked about on trans-Atlantic yacht voyages.The crew seem happy although Sheena and Liz are planning pedicure, partying, caffeine martinis (?) and other necessary accompaniments of 21st century life to partake of at the other end. But the catering has been superb - Charles and I (now known as Chas and Dave - rabbit, rabbit) have been dined (note - not wined - dry boat) on a variety of salads and. read more...


02/12/2013

Golondrina - Living the dream

Gareth's journey to St Lucia started in early September 2013 when he slipped lines from Neyland, Pembrokeshire bound for Gran Canaria to take his place on the start line of the annual ARC to St Lucia.  A passion for sailing had long drawn him towards an ocean passage and, as for so many sailors, as part of the ARC – an annual event for the past 28 years. Gareth's passion for sailing started some 40 years ago alongside his long time love of rugby.  Having worked as a surgeon for many years in both Edinburgh, Toronto and California, Gareth found that sailing was a release from the rigors of the hectic lifestyle of the medical world.  Although now retired from main stream surgery, Gareth managed to combine his skills and passion for many years as the surgeon for Llanelli. read more...


Golondrina - Living the dream
Golondrina - Living the dream
02/12/2013

Ayesha II - Jaws!

A very tranquil Atlantic today, with next to no wind as predicted and the reason for our fuel run to the Cape Verdes yesterday. However we have not wasted the opportunity to stock up the freezer and the picture shows lance with the magnificent mahi mahi he has caught and we shall be having for tea, it was 34 inches long and weighed approx 20lbs!Gloriously starry night last night with numerous shooting stars over a mirror like sea interspersed with the beautiful phosphorence sparkles from the plankton in our wake, just magical.DSCF3446blog2. read more...


Ayesha II - Jaws!
Ayesha II - Jaws!
Joy of Shamrock Quay - Are We Nearly There Yet?.......
Joy of Shamrock Quay - Are We Nearly There Yet?.......
02/12/2013

Magic - Tag 5: Motor oder nicht Motor, das ist hier die Frage

28.11.2013Pos: 22° 46,7' N, 018° 58,5' WKurs: 270°Es ist bestes Badewetter, aber das Spiel heißt eigentlich ARC. Den Begriff „im Rennen“ müssen wir dabei weit fassen, der letzte Positionsreport der Flotte ist unschön. Es gibt einen Knopf am Schiff, der den Stillstand beenden könnte: der Motor-Start. Die Versuchung ist groß. Wir versuchen so lange es geht fair (also unter Segeln) das Maximum an Fahrt aus dem Schiff herauszuholen. Dann müssen wir erkennen, dass das nichts bringt. Wir rechnen Option nach Option durch und schmeißen letztendlich den Motor an. Ziel: raus aus der Flaute mit minimalen Motorstunden. Die Motorstunden werden bei der Wertung übrigens später negativ angerechnet.Im Übrigen fangen wir an, die Flotte westlich von uns (ja, die mit den guten Platzierungen) zu bemitleiden.. read more...


02/12/2013

Magic - Tag 4: Eingeparkt

27.11.2013Pos: 22° 45,5' N, 017° 52,3' WKurs: 290°Alle zwei Tage sollte das Spi-Fall kontrolliert werden auf Beschädigungen direkt am Schäkel. Darauf will unser Fall nicht warten, es reißt direkt im Masttop. Ergebnis die ganze Blase landet im Bach, das Fall innerhalb des Mastes. So schlimm ist das allerdings nicht, da der Wind anschließend sowieso einschläft. Wir versuchen uns nun auch Richtung Westen durchzuschlagen, um nicht noch tiefer in die Flaute zu geraten.Da sich der Schwachwindbereich um uns herum immer weiter ausdehnt, müssen wir nun einen Tankstopp auf den Kap Verden einkalkulieren. Das würde uns natürlich zusätzlich Zeit kosten, geht aber nicht anders, falls wir aus der Flaute nur mit Motorkraft herauskommen sollten. Das Feld im Westen mit richtigem Wind zieht uns in der. read more...


02/12/2013

Magic - Tag 3: Segeln im Süden

26.11.2013Pos: 24° 05,5' N, 017° 03,6' WKurs: 240°Der Tag beginnt gut. 5 Bft bringen uns in der Nacht zügig voran. Nur: wir sind auf Höhe der Sahara und alle tragen dicke Jacken und Mützen. Mit der Temperatur am Tag sind wir eher zufrieden, bloß jetzt ist der Wind wieder weg. Irgendwas ist ja immer. Glücklicherweise reicht es für eine passable Spi-Passage. Die moderate Geschwindigkeit reizt die Crew zum Angeln, insbesondere, weil sich der Farbton beim Aufbackbrot deutlich ins Grünliche verschoben hat. Nur das Angelzeug ist wohl irgendwo ganz unten in den Kisten. Wir berichten über den Ausgang.Wir sichten immer noch Teilnehmer in unserer unmittelbarer Nähe. Unter denjenigen, die sich für die Südroute entschieden haben, sind wir weit vorne. Die Distanz zum Ziel spiegelt das leider. read more...


02/12/2013

Sephina of Beaumaris - Day 10 Interrupted Cat Naps

Day 10 Interrupted Cat Naps It’s been an odd week since we set off from land and the owners are behaving very strangely.   They’ve developed some odd routines and rituals.  When I go to bed, my favorite owner is there to cuddle me and we have a lovely snooze for a few hours and then suddenly bells start ringing and she shoots out of bed, gets dressed and puts on a big vest/jacket. I ignored this for the first couple of nights but then I thought I’d follow her to see where she was going.  She went upstairs into the dark and then sat there alone with a flask of coffee. She was reading her book thing but I don’t understand why she had to go upstairs in the dark to do this.  She does this every night and then after a few hours she comes back down and goes to bed again. I. read more...


Sephina of Beaumaris - Day 10 Interrupted Cat Naps
Sephina of Beaumaris - Day 10 Interrupted Cat Naps
02/12/2013

Fanny Fisher - Crossing the Atlantic on a Current!

Day 13Having left Oscar, Papa and Quebec we had great hopes for Romeo and some wind, but that was not to be. Instead we have had plenty of time to philosophise - we have discovered the world is round, the horizon goes up hill, boats that we are sighting fall off the edge and for the next crossing we will bring our own moon as this one doesn’t work very well although it does make the stars more plentiful. So you can see with all that heavy thought the days just slip by. Fanny is happy and David is not only catching fish but also sleeping with the the flying fish that fly in through the hatch.  So life is good on the ocean.. read more...


02/12/2013

Pelican - boat normality resumes

WELL now that was thirty six hours that was  where did all that raincome from i will tell you were most of it went on my bed  it seems golly gosh it was wet there was a bit of wind as well but we all over  thatnow as we potter along towards st lucia (i think) . tis funny as you do yournight watch if compose a wondrful blog all goes as soon as i get my head down.Fresh bread on the cobb oven great piece of kit handfull of charcoal your goodto go for  two hrs cake just being cooked well that all for today PS thosedisbelivers about the paw marks on my bed will have photographic proof sothere!!!. read more...


02/12/2013

Starblazer - Starblazer - 2 December - The first week at sea.

We have now been at sea for seven and a half days so I think a brief review is in order.Statistics: This is a yacht but we have motored for about 50 hours because we can’t sail in next to no wind.We have been surprised at the speeds we have managed in 7 or 8 knots but at 5 or less we drift.We have covered a  distance of 909 miles but only about 570 were towards St Lucia.Within the next 24 hours we hope to find the trade winds and set a direct course.Weather: We have had a bit of nearly everything; wind, no wind, showers, rain, cool overcast days, warm bright sunny ones, cold nights, pleasantly warm nights (tonight), rough seas, flat calm.We have been lucky to avoid the squalls so far.Problems: There have been a few we have yet to resolve.The jib diving overboard was not too much of. read more...


02/12/2013

Second Wind - An unscheduled stop

As dawn broke this morning we found ourselves gently motoring into the beautiful approaches to the marina at Mindelo.  We were accompanied by a large pod of dolphins shadowing our relaxed pace and a number of other arc boats who had also a been waiting for daylight to make their final approach. The visit here is an unexpected pleasure,  mainly driven by the need to replace the full tank of diesel used in the "sail" down here, but it is great to see the place and its culture. A visit to a roadside market to purchase some used plastic containers (so we can carry even more diesel) seemed a very satisfactory trade for both parties. Tomorrow we will hit the road again in the expectation of more light winds for a couple of days but we need to press on if we are to avoid missing all. read more...


02/12/2013

Hada - HADA Day 8 -- Wahoo! Dolphins!!

HADA Day 8 -- Wahoo!Dolphins!!Post #6 -Monday, December 2nd,2013, 16:00 UTC (GMT)Day 8 on HADA.It’s sunny, clear, with gentle seas andwinds running light at 5-10 knots.Given the winds, our forward progress has been a tad slower than we’d like but the “comfort” factor of the crossing has shot through the roof these past 2 days.The boat is being pulled along by our A3 gennaker at an average of 6.5 knots for the past 24 hours, heeling about 9 degrees to port, with very little sail changes expected from here on.The ride is smooth, which made for some nice sleeping at night and relaxing on deck earlier today.Wahoo!Bang, early this morning - the sun wasn’t up for long -and we had another hit on the fishing line.So far we’ve had 2 Tunas, but today we got a Wahoo! White, firm meat, ready to eat. read more...


Hada - HADA Day 8 -- Wahoo! Dolphins!!
Hada - HADA Day 8 -- Wahoo!  Dolphins!!
Hada - HADA Day 8 -- Wahoo! Dolphins!!
Hada - HADA Day 8 -- Wahoo!  Dolphins!!
Hada - HADA Day 8 -- Wahoo! Dolphins!!
Hada - HADA Day 8 -- Wahoo!  Dolphins!!
Hada - HADA Day 8 -- Wahoo! Dolphins!!
Hada - HADA Day 8 -- Wahoo!  Dolphins!!
Hada - HADA Day 8 -- Wahoo! Dolphins!!
Hada - HADA Day 8 -- Wahoo!  Dolphins!!
02/12/2013

George - Westward Ho.

Well what a day! with the fridge problems, We were celebrating our Festival of meat yesterday lunch when there was uproar, Jim found a twenty pence piece under his burger, it took quiet a time to convince him that it wasn't the one discussed in earlier blogs. In fact it was only after I showed him this one didn't have any teeth marks on it. All this came after I managed to stop the crew calling him 'Jonah' Jim. I think I am gaining his trust because he let me open door 2 on this Advent calendar this morning...TBDecember arrived with a vengeance, the fallout from which can still be heard reverberating around the cabins on board S/Y George. The sun came up to clearing skies and favourable winds allowing us to make steady progress through the reducing swell on a course of 260 degrees. After. read more...


Starla - Fishing success in the Atlantic
Starla - Fishing success in the Atlantic
02/12/2013

Scarlet Oyster - Milestone day Day 9 on Scarlet

Yesterday was something of a day of milestones, 1000nm taken off the total distance, 1 full week at sea, wind finally switching to a more appropriate angle, last tack of the race (hopefully!), oh and breaking a steering cable for the first time!Sunday started quite uncomfortably as we continued to bash upwind in a NW direction, trying to gain position for the next few days of downwind sailing in good breeze.Through the night we had squalls with up tom 38knots in them, Scarlet confidently strode on upwind under no.4 jib and 1 reefed main, both these sails are from the 1st suit of racing sails the boat had back in 1988, I am amazed they are not only still in one piece but actually quite fast still!The guys onboard were pleased to have Scarlet as our steed as she took all the punishment in. read more...


02/12/2013

Albatros - ALBATROS Day 9

On Sunday the nice weather came back with some wind, sunshine and stars at night. The swell was lower and therefore we were able to sleep much better than the 2 nights before. We are using the time to do different maintenance work, some are reading, some are cooking, the fishing line is mostly out and 2 crew members are always on deck behind the steering wheel. We also enjoyed a Xmas cake from Germany as the first advent started.By the way we are still enjoying Karin's´fruitbread'. It needs to be hidden from the hungry crowd.The temperature is constantly raising and we measured 24 degrees at night, 27 degrees during the day. the warmer sleeping bags can be stowed away. We are thinking at our families at home, where there are freezing temperatures. Our position at 2.12.2013, 1300 UTC is. read more...


02/12/2013

Starla - Log Day 9 - Sunshine, Fishing and Repairs

Hello Everyone,Distance logged today - 134 nautical miles. Distance to date this trip - 964 nautical miles. Remaining miles to St Lucia 1983.Yesterday afternoon and evening were a slow in terms if distance made good to St Lucia, as the wind was directly from on the nose. That meant that we were tacking. The wind eventually moved around to the west by north west. Allowing us to sail a direct course. This should help us regain some lost ground on the rest of the fleet.It has been tough to get to the present position. The forecast moving forward is very favorable and for the next few days we should make considerable progress, and gain some places in the fleet.This morning we had to carry out some repairs to the boom brake, and also the jib sail track end stop.The sun is shinning today and. read more...


02/12/2013

Manihi - Cap ... Ste Lucie !!!

15:44.57N 30:28.79W10:00 Heure localeHier après-midi, petit meeting tactique après avoir reçu les fichiers GRIBs(Maintenant, tout le monde sait ce que c'est ; sinon voir la "Vie à bord"d'hier). La question était : sachant qu'on est maintenant à la hauteur(latitude) de Ste Lucie, doit-on continuer à descendre SW pour retrouver lesalizés au plus vite, ou bien prendre plein ouest, direction tout droit versSte Lucie, et se contenter de peu de vent dans un premier temps et naviguer,éventuellement au moteur, pour se faire rejoindre un peu plus tard par lesalizés, au bout de 2 jours ? Belle question, hein ! En considérant le gasoilrestant, la probabilité d'exactitude des GRIBs, la vitesse probable danschacune des options, nous avons décider de partir plein ouest. Ca doit sevoir par notre. read more...


02/12/2013

Aspen - Log 8_Supplemental; Monday 2 Dec; Refueling at Sea a Picture!

Here is how to refuel at sea on a small sailboat!Notice the safety harnesses and low position on deck.Now if we could just get more of these jerry cans that poured easily that would be nice!Steve and MariaAspen_Refueling_Small. read more...



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