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01/12/2013

Sephina of Beaumaris - Day 8 ­ Miserable weather

Day 8 – Miserable weather We’ve had some lovely sunny days. I’ve been swimming, we’ve all been on deck and then suddenly it all changes. The ocean decided to make it a miserable night for sleeping and then a miserable day to follow. At night I tried various sleeping positions to get to sleep but the boat was rolling about so much that I couldn’t stay still in bed. I tried my usual face down, arms and legs stretched out like a starfish but that didn’t work. Then I tried sideways on where the pillows are and wedging my feet into the cupboard. That failed as well. While all this was going on I was trying not to roll onto the cats. They just lay in the middle of the bed and rolled in time with the boat. I can‘t believe how they’ve adapted so. read more...


01/12/2013

Dragonfly - 1. Advent

Der Wind hat in der Nacht wieder aufgefrischt. Nicht mehr ganz so stark wie die Nächte zuvor aber immerhin bis 30 kn. Dabei wieder hohe Wellen und genau aus der Richtung in die wir müssen. Wir segeln "gegenan" un kämpfen um jedes Grad. Er ist sehr böig und hält etliche plötzliche Dreher bereit. Ständig müssen wir den Kurs und die Segelstellung ändern. Ich löse Edwin von seiner Wache ab, muss ihn aber dann doch nochmal rufen, um eine Wende zu fahren. Der Wind hat jetzt soweit gedreht, dass wir zu weit nach Norden kommen. In der Bugkabine kann man kaum schlafen. Wenn der Bug ins Wellental knallt, hebt man regelrecht ab. Alles ist sehr anstrendend. Ich bin froh, dass Hajo schon vor Ende meiner Wache an Deck kommt und mich ablöst. Danach schlafe ich schnell ein. Unser jetziger Kurs bringt. read more...


01/12/2013

Miciadue - Regen und Starkwinde

Gestern konnte ich wetterbedingt leider nichts schreiben. Die Bewegungen im Boot waren zu heftig. Die letzten 36 Stunden hatten wir nahezu ununterbrochen Regen und Starkwind mit bis zu 8-10 bft. Wir sind nur mit dem 3. Reff und ohne Vorsegel gefahren. Das war schon ziemlich heftig. Alle Klamotten sind nass oder feucht. Heute haben wir endlich wieder etwas Sonnenschein, um auch unsere Batterien wieder zu laden. Wir laufen zur Zeit unter Motor gegen den Wind Richtung Süden, räumen auf, trocknen Sachen und hoffen endlich in den Passat zu kommen. Unseren kostbaren Schinken haben wir vorgestern leider entsorgen müssen. Er fing an zu schimmeln und unangenehm zu riechen. Auch einige Bananen und Zitronen haben ihren Weg ins Wasser nehmen müssen.--. read more...


01/12/2013

LUV - Lobuch Luv Nr. 30

Position 15 Grad 35 Minuten N58 Grad 4408 Minuten WWetter : bedeckt., Neumond, die in der Nähe der Kurszahl liegtWind O 4 Bft , Seegang 3-4 Meter, Schauerböen bis 7 Bft. Vom Steuern mit dem scheinbaren WindDie letzte Nacht. Morgen Nachmittag segelt die Luv über die Ziellinie vor Rodney Bay, dem Hafen der Karibikinsel St. Lucia. Vorausgesetzt natürlich, dass wir nicht zuvor noch gegen einen herrenlos treibenden Container fahren. Den würden wir nicht sehen, dem würden wir nicht ausweichen können, selbst wenn er warngelb gestrichen wäre. Wir sehen nämlich gar nichts. Nur die Erfahrung sagt uns, dass zwischen dem dunklen Oben und dem noch schwärzeren Darunter irgendwo ein Horizont ist und auf dem Horizont unser Ziel.Den Kurs dahin zu finden und zu halten, ist heute Nacht das Problem.. read more...


01/12/2013

Tatt av Vinden - 18:26.05N 24:53.29 Tatt av vinden - noon report

At six o'clock this morning Lars reported clear skies with stars. After adark night which was only enlighted by the blitzes from the thunderstorms, andrain, rain, rain, the message sounded too good to be true. We had passed thetrough with all its small and bigger lows. We were through! And we had nosqualls. Further north up to 70 kn of wind has been recorded. Again weexperience that the advice from Mads in FreeWind is very good and reliable. When Bjørn took over the watch from Eva at 0800UTC, the sun was rising. Nowit shines from a bright sky, and we have about 16 kn of wind from SE. We changedcourse for St. Luci. Next waypoint is 2100 Nm ahead of us. 24 C in the air. Thisfeels like trade wind sailing! The sun is now close to 2 hours after London time. The captain rules theship’s. read more...


01/12/2013

La Rochelle - la rochelle. "hole finder"

Had a great sail yesterday in 10 - 15 knots of pressure on the beam giving us mid 7"s under full main and no1 heady. The windgradually dropped from 3pmand up went the asso. Carrying the apparent forwardby30 degreesand giving us a respectable 6 knots of boat speed in 8 knots of true wind.  By 8 pmthe pressure had dropped to 6 knots and backed around to the nne barely enough to keep our sails full With the main flogging itself to death , we dropped it , and sailedwith the asso only giving us 4 knots , not enough!!! We had found"another hole." With the " green death "itchingfor another go,we reluctantly gave in and motoredfrom midnight Managed to pick up a nice line of squalls at 6 amfor a hour propelling us along at 7 knots in 18 knots of breeze with the headiest. read more...


01/12/2013

Keoma - Keoma Day 8 The butter has finally melted

Great day yesterday with a good mileage for the daylight hours as we weresurfing down 4-5 meter waves with double reefed main, wind veered and we gybedto get between a couple of the islands, met with a current right on thenose!  Very strange.  Sundowners went down well with Poyner arrivingon deck saying that it was the first time he had spent all day in his pyjamas(to be fair he was on mother watch and did a great job getting the evening mealout in very lumpy conditions).  The Stowaway ready made meals were a bighit with everyone able to choose from a menu of 12. It is a strange feeling motor sailing through the Cape Verde islands with1/3 of our tank fuel gone and not stopping for diesel.  Perhaps we aretempting the wind gods?  It was after some debate that. read more...


01/12/2013

Hebe - Day 8 Advent Sunday 1.12.13

17:38:89N031:33:38WThinking of you all in church celebrating the beginning of Advent.  I was singing hymns yesterday on watch in ghastly squally weather, monsoon rain and up to 28kts of wind, in fact at its most nasty we couldn't hold the boat and had to just run ahead of the storm which meant turning north. In fact yesterday we managed to sail north, south and at one time east which wasn't a great idea!  The sea as a result was choppy and we all felt tired and queazy. A line got jammed up the mast and we managed to tear the main sail. All repairable and Harry was clambering around like an ape with Imo dancing behind like a gazelle, they are invaluable with their knowledge and abilities. We managed some cracking speeds though and are ahead in the fleet.This morning although the. read more...


La Rochelle - la rochelle. "hole finder"
La Rochelle - la rochelle.
01/12/2013

Shenanigan - Found the wind!

Sorry for no update for a couple of days we were caught in a storm for 48 hours just north of Cape Verde. Winds up to 35 knots, very big waves over boat and gushing into cockpit. Oh and someone threw sheet and fork lightening just for a laugh! The wind has now dropped the forecast seems calmer.Sun is out again so trying to dry three very wet tired people. Shenanigan has done us proud (as have her crew!).Further reports as often as we can.. read more...


01/12/2013

Edelweiss - Day #8: The butter has melted.....

.... and now we are just looking for the turn to St Lucia!We write you today from a HOT and sunny Atlantic (do you know how long we've waited to write "hot!?')We are sailing along in delightful 9-13 knots of wind, pushing usgently along (do you know how long we've waited to write "gently!?").And, before we forget, "RABBIT RABBIT" and happy December to you!The last 24-48 hours have been challenging as we worked our way through some heavy weather, the good ship Edelweiss carrying us well through 30+ knot winds and 3+ meter waves.All the time, we have been working our way south, eager to pass Cape Verde so that we can start to look for the trade winds which will carry us to St Lucia.We had some good entertainment in the big seas, however, watching teems of flying fish soaring out of our. read more...


01/12/2013

Free Spirit - Heavy rain and strong squalls give way to blue skies and a hint of the trade winds? (Free Spirit 62)

Its been a tough past 24 hours, with winds through Friday night climbing to low 20 with persistant rain. On Sat morning we decided to rig our third reef whilst we had reasonable conditions, swapping reef 1 for the third, and quartering the sail area. This turned out to be v. sensible move as the winds picked up through Saturday morning, rain intensified, and we then hit a very severe squall line moving north-east up the Atlantic. Our max wind measurement was 42 knots, and we had about 20 minutes in the high 30s. Lightening was flashing around us (no strikes, although we disconnected the SSB just in case), and the sea state changed, with the peaks of the chop over the 4 - 5m swell being blown off into a spray by the strong wind, and beaten down by the rain, visibility was very minimal!!. read more...


Free Spirit - Heavy rain and strong squalls give way to blue skies and a hint of the trade winds? (Free Spirit 62)
Free Spirit - Heavy rain and strong squalls give way to blue skies and a hint of the trade winds? (Free Spirit 62)
01/12/2013

Arkouda - Day 6

Dec 1-- 1:38 AM18 degrees 15 minutes N,24 degrees 00 WWe are definitely moving south--this morning I am not bundled up in fleece and shoes!We just passed through a little rain, and I rushed to close the hardtop cover to keep out the cold and wet, and realized that these were big fat drops and not the cold drizzly stuff we had been experiencing.These nice fat drops were warm!I just checked the sea temp and it is 81.3 degrees, and the ambient air is 74 degrees.I guess its time to put away the blankets!We have most definitely taken the long way.We sailed SW, then West, then NW, then SE while trying to decide if it wise to head the Verdes.I think we added at least 2 days and who knows how many miles.How does the saying go"Its not the journey but the adventure?.I think I really screwed that. read more...


01/12/2013

Nyaminyami II - Nyaminyami II Blog Sunday 01.12.13 - 0600hrs

By Chris Haworth. Disaster – Ripped main and Genoa in Gale – Tried to ‘sail’ too long in 40knts – trying to effect repair – currently under storm jib but cant ‘point’ very well – however strategically well positioned for weather! Further blog update later!. read more...


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...


01/12/2013

Azzurra - Day 7 -dirty weather-

The night begun wonderful with 15 knots wind giving a nice speed tocontinue gathering some mileage.At 00:30 the wind constantly increased.At 02:30 it hit us, we were gibed! 43 knots gust, too much for comfortablecruising. The wind was cont’ blowing with 35 for several hours. We couldnot any more point to our target heading, as now the wind was on our nose.If this would have been all, we could focus on how to proceed in ourrally. A huge deep is in front of us, and as it looks we cannot reallyescape. We try to go south, staying out of the red. During our fight withthe 43 knots we lost both Genakers.The Genoa, we repaired is back forbeing repaired again. We hope it will make it to St. Lucia. Ones gettingto the trade winds we have the two spinnakers, which should be perfect forthe downwind. read more...


Azzurra - Day 7 -dirty weather-
Azzurra - Day 7  -dirty weather-
01/12/2013

Aspen - Log 7 Sunday 1 Dec; Still Heading South

The butter has not melted and it seems like we might even find icebergsif we search long and hard!Aspen is doing well and handling the gale force winds and squallsnicely.Her crew seems to be more annoyed with all the work involved ofshortening sail and waiting for better weather!All is well onboard.Steve and Maria. read more...


01/12/2013

Hada - HADA Day 7 - Repairs & Stitches

HADA Day 7 - Repairs & StitchesPost # 5 - Sunday, December 1st,2013, 7:33am GMTAs of noon today, we will have been underway for a week!We are pleased to learn that our rankings in the race have improved markedly, and have been able to avoid further wind holes except for a short two hour one last night.We hear from fellow sailors that some of our westerly/northerly colleagues have been exposed to rains of “biblical” proportions, which, so far at least, we didn’t experience (yet).A few minor repairs had to be undertaking in the past couple of days.Stu finished stitching up the A2 kite! We haven’t yet had a chance to fly it as we were mostly broadly reaching yesterday, but do look forward to doing so once we reach the trade winds.Our best guess is this could happen later today! Our. read more...


Hada - HADA Day 7 - Repairs & Stitches
Hada - HADA Day 7 - Repairs & Stitches
01/12/2013

Webster - Log 10- From the sublime to the ridiculous (and back)

Saturday 30th: The rain almost stopped at 0500 when we turned off the engine this morning. The wind had come up and behind us. Immediately put in reef 1 followed by reef 2 and a roll or two in the genoa. Now we were going! 0830 put in reef 3 - the wind really was coming at us, no way was this forecast at this wind speed and it was continuing up the Beaufort scale. The boat was over powered and screwing up on the sizable waves on the quarter, so just dropped the main completely. Just in time as steady apparent wind speed of 30 kts recorded gusting 35 knts, maxing at a true wind speed of 42 kts - force 9! But at least it wasn't raining. Really exciting stuff and the boat is a kitten in this stuff thankfully. Started abating around 1700 so put up main to reef 3 and full jib heading towards. read more...


01/12/2013

Free Spirit - Sunday 1 December

It’s been a quiet day today after the exhaustions of thenight.  We all started to feelbetter after bacon and eggs for breakfast. Then it was a day for stitching of the damaged sail and sleeping.  During the night most of us had ended upon the floor (no further to fall). The scene of chaos this morning was gradually restored to order with wetclothing hung out to dry and flung items put back in their place.  Andy and Dougie filled up the Heads tankwith sea water – so important to keep flushing the loos!  We ended the day with a comforting coqau vin and went to bed as soon as it was our turn.. read more...


01/12/2013

Northern Child - Northern Child 1/12/13

Happy December everybody great down wind sailinghey haven't eased a sheet for three days had a great ride through the waterfallrain showers and 40 knot squalls last night (29th) All is well on Board had alovely dorado dinner sushi to start fresh from the sea is definitely best. Our crew are now almost ready for some straightline sailing its been a tough trip so far but hopefully after sunday we willactually see some trade winds oh bliss. No more water proofs and a flat boat to lieon. I thought beating to cape verdi last year was crazybut this really does take the micheal. Sorry Micheal (Mick) All I can hear fromthe cockpit is excited spannish , is it excitement or fear ha ha ha One of the guys (I.T Guru) said today I willnever winge about my job again how and why do you do. read more...


30/12/2013

Anettine - 30.11.2013

I løpet av natten dreier vinden som forventet og vi står opp på styrbord halser. Morro å kunne ha fart rett mot målet selv om det vil ta nesten en uke før vi er fremme. Vi stortrives med skikkelig bidevind seiling og førsten noterer seg at folkene fra "Drøbak Motorbåtklubb" ikke klarer å holde følge. Det blir spennende å høre hvor mange det er av dem. Ut på dagen rommer viden og vi setter genaker med vinden rett tvers. Anettine blir langbeint. Lørdagen feires med peanøtter og en øl hver(sin)på ettermiddagen og avsluttes med festmiddag, grillpølser med mos og en øl (con). Når kapteinen turner inn i 2200 tiden er det bekk mørkt. Anettine bærer fortsatt genakeren og fosser frem i 7-8 knop til lyden av kapteinens snorking i sjøkøya.. read more...


Surya - toch zeilen met (te) weinig wind
Surya - toch zeilen met (te) weinig wind
31/12/2013

Idea of London - VQ Ocean Race Team Blog Update 3 - Nov. 30, 2013

VQ Ocean Update Race Team Update 3Saturday, Nov. 30th 2013 - Last night, we had a real Old Man and the Sea moment when we hit a violent squall that hit us late evening and we were left battling huge winds and feisty sails forcing the whole crew on deck to take down the main jib in high seas...life jackets and clipping to the rails were no longer a nice to have as the sails flapped and snapped in the winds, feet struggled to gain purchase on the roller coaster, slippery deck, tempers frayed and some of us shook our fists at the driving rain. The respite below deck was tempered by soaking wet sailing gear and the continual thumping of the hull as it crashed against wave after wave. Thank God for the professional crew Mark and Clint, two voices. read more...


01/12/2013

Surya - ARC 2010

Normal 0 21 false false falseNL JA X-NONE/* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:Standaardtabel; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:NL;}In de eerste week hebben we een aantal mooie zeildagen gehad, afgewisseld met periodes met te weinig wind. Wat dat betreft lijkt de ARC van dit jaar op die van 2010. We zitten nu weer in zo`n gebied van nagenoeg windstilte. Als de. read more...


Surya - ARC 2010
Surya - ARC 2010
30/11/2013

Amokura - Amokura Day 7

“Who’ll stop the rain?” Creedance Clearwater Revival   A line of squalls came after us today. Or maybe it was the other way around.   Triple reefed on main and jib. Holding steady on course at about 8knots. Pounding rains, 3 meter seas, and at the end, 40 knot winds. A quick heave-to for the last bit and then sailing towards blueskies. Actually, red skies at night. And you know the rest.   Now we head west into westerly winds. Slightly quieter seas and only 15-20 knot winds. Amazing the perspective one gains when you spend the first part of day in25-35 knot winds.   We are towards the end of our fresh fruit but still enjoying the fruithammocks swinging around the saloon. Just walk through and pick a fruit. Hmm, maybe not that one. Mangoes, papayas, tangerines, apples,. read more...


01/12/2013

Skara Brae - night watch on Skara Brae

Date: Sun, 01 Dec 2013 00:28:19 GMTwell its arse oclock here in the Atlantic!actually is it? the ships radio shows 00:30am and my ipad shows the same, but i thought we would have gained an hour by now (as we are heading west) - time will tell (if ye get the pun).So after our adventures yesterday it is nice to have a quiet night - if you can call being on a roller coaster in the dark a quiet night!but it quiet with respect to no more incidents - the winds dropped to 20-25kts, and our repairs held well with the boat keeping direction and speed at 5kts, but the seas didn't calm down - with breaking rollers ranging from 10ft to 15ft - which when they hit the boat from the side try to turn her, so the roller coaster becomes a dodgem - you can feel stuff hitting the boat but you don't. read more...


01/12/2013

Hanami II - Encore une ...

Samedi 30 novembre 201301:08 UTC14 52 N47 52 WEncore une journee avec peu de vent et pas de poisson du tout.Question vent, nous avons tout de meme reussi a naviguer a la voile sius genois puis spi assymetrique pour garder une moyenne proche de 5 noeuds. Avec du vent de travers c'etait faisable.Journee chaude egalement que nous avons passee en partie sous le bimini. Belle invention que cette protection.Comme nous avons passe les 45 degres de longitude nous avons aussi retarde la pendule de 1 heure et nous sommes a present a UTC-3.Rien de bien special donc et au menu: salade composee a midi et saucisses portugaise aux haricots du Cap Vert ce soir, suivi d'une salade de fruits relevee d'une touche de rhum et de canelle.Voila, c'est tout et demain risque d'etre identique car apparement le. read more...


30/11/2013

Aditi - Morale has plummeted

:startTumbling at a rapid pace. Crew are lethargic, life onboard is uncomfortable and the simple unknowns pushed it all over the edge. The lead up to this point is as follows:One primary winch comes and goes which is unsettling re mainsail reefing or mainsheet control. The headsail reefing is already a Harken mini winch handle at the anchor roller!The sea state is a mess as the waves have been driven hard from the north west, then we spent most of today in 28-33kn Easterly, then ESE, now we are due to be seeing SSW to SW! As the wind has dropped we have lost some power & stability with the sea being little changed.Nobody understands the ARC weather forecasts. What is an inverted low? A cut off gale? And they only point 48 hours ahead so at end of day we can't plan our next move as. read more...


30/11/2013

Resolute of Thames - Last tomato day

Since yesterday our spirits have soared as we have now have useable winds again which we hope and pray will prevail.Yesterday was a bad day which culminated in Gilly-mate having a (brief) episode of sense-of-humour failure.All day ( and the one before) Skipper was rightly completely obsessed by finding some wind and we actually found some but it was right on the nose so then there was lots of cynicism about lack of trade winds and the inaccuracies of forecasting...to put it politely.Gilly-mate decided the best course of action was to provide some domestic and culinary good-mood music and she set to to make some more bread only to find that her svelte digital scales do not work whilst the boat is rocking.Hitherto she had pre-weighed the dry ingredients whilst on terra firma.So some. read more...


30/11/2013

Firefly - The sun is out

The torrential rain we endured yesterday (and the day before) finally stopped around lunchtime today and we are now enjoying some sunshine. The 20 knot breeze is with us still from the South West and forecast to go further West so not ideal. The sunshine has raised our spirits as well as the Stollen cake for afternoon tea. We appear to be out of phase with the forecasts. We had yesterdays forecast today so we are expecting Yesterday's Tomorrow too!Meals are proving a challenge in the bumpy conditions but you will be pleased to read that we are still eating well and Murray's Spaghetti Bolognese lasted two evenings with a few modifications on the second night from Peter. With the warmer sea temperatures we are starting to see flying fish but the dolphins have deserted us to find better. read more...


30/11/2013

Windleblo - Day Five

Our high on catching the dorado has sunk to a low over losing two lures. The fish that took them must have been big as the lines were bit clean through. Undaunted, the fisherdudes (John and Coach) are responding with stronger wire leaders. We continue to troll.Based on the latest weather info, we've turned south to go around a stubborn low trough to the west. The current strategy is to keep south until closer to 15 degrees north, then curve west and go around the bottom of the trough. Our fellow Coloradoan, Steve of the boat Aspen, offered some longer term weather forecasts on the SSB net today, which supports this decision. We also sent an email to Chris Adams, our sailing buddy in the UK, requesting his assessment of the weather situation. We hope Chris can act as our informal "weather. read more...


30/11/2013

Incisor - Incisor daily blog 30-11-2013

Afternoon!Well, I can tell you, it is all going on here aboard the mighty Incisor. We are currently just passing the southernmost island of the Cape Verdes ( which is absolutely incredible!) and as we write our blog tomorrow we will hopefully be taking the plunge and heading west. It’s a beautiful day today, only our second day of real sunshine but this comes with a sacrifice as there is only 4knts of wind – you win some you lose some, but we are still plodding on and keeping the boat moving. It’s difficult to chat as the boom is flopping so much but the wind will be filling in soon. Last night and this morning were very eventful. In the pitch black night (and we mean pitch black) we have had a few visitors. Firstly there were dolphins, and because of the pitch black night they were only. read more...


30/11/2013

Idea of London - Lightning squalls and swimiming.

Good afternoon, Good evening, and Hello from IDEA AND a big HAPPY Independence day Barbados!!Today finds us charging through the ocean, white sail reaching again (and this time we actually have a white sail on).Charging along at 12 knots more or less pointed at home plate.St. Lucia we are on our way.I hope you have enough rum for our drinks and water for our showers because we're coming in hot, smelly, and thirsty.We've had an eventful day and night of it out here.After an awesome day of sailing yesterday in relatively smooth seas and breezes we finally managed to get to and ultimately through the first line of squalls at the edges of this weather system we've been playing with. As the sun went down the clouds rolled in and it turned into a dark black night.Another night of no. read more...


30/11/2013

Blue Dolphin - Day 7 - One week in

Today the crew had  planned a mini celebration to mark the first week at sea.  Everyone was looking forward to a steak supper and their 1st glass of wine.  However, the weather had other plans!  Although the boat is on the southern tip of quite a dramatic low,it is enough to have caused strong winds, rain and huge swells.  Just getting a lunch of baguettes was a mammoth task and Sally did exceptionally well to bake the baguettes!  The crew are glad they chose  a southerly route and hope the boats taking the northern route are all safe and sound. The celebration has now been put back to the 1st 1000 miles and as they are currently on about 720 it will probably be Tuesday! BS. . read more...


São Francisco 4 - Acabadinho de tirar da água / Just taken out of the water
São Francisco 4 - Acabadinho de tirar da água / Just taken out of the water
São Francisco 4 - Kiko em reparações em suspensão / Kiko nesting in the boom
São Francisco 4 - Kiko em reparações em suspensão / Kiko nesting in the boom
São Francisco 4 - Novo tripulante / New crew
São Francisco 4 - Novo tripulante / New crew
30/11/2013

Jade - Day 6 - 3 flying things...

Hello, we are all fine and everything is tickety-boo on Jade (not a sailing term I'm told).3 flying things to report: 1. We are finally flying along thanks to better winds. Hooray!2. Keith's hatch window flew off this morning. Fortunately it is now back on. 3. Alex just had company.A flying fish just landed next to him. Noah and Ferne are great - just doing their normal stuff (including school). Us older crew members are getting into the rota and competitive edges (who will win best 'kitchen hand') are beginning to show through... Lots of love to everyoneMichelle (and all on Jade) xxxx. read more...


30/11/2013

Ayesha II - Head south until the butter melts.....

Hello from Ayesha II, 16'45.665'N 026'05.318'WMade a brief 'splash & dash' for fuel at Mindelo, Cape Verde this morning. Interesting volcanic island with large assortment of yachts and commercial vessels.Picture is of David concentrating whilst trying to avoid yachts queuing at fuel dock.After a hearty breakfast we headed south (until butter melted) before finally turning west toward our final destination.Just 2090NM to go, sea state sloppy after yesterdays storms but soon calmed down to allow 8knts+ 260degrees reaching under double reef.Avidly following the grib files to make the most of the wind. DSCF3404. read more...


Ayesha II - Head south until the butter melts.....
Ayesha II - Head south until the butter melts.....
30/11/2013

Skyelark of London - Go West!

Go West!We finally turned the corner and are now heading west. After six days ofmostly going South in search of the trade winds, we reached the Cape VerdeIslands and done all the southing we need to do to get to St. Lucia and willnow shoot across the pond straight westwards.We celebrated the event with a good Spanish bubbly at sundown, the spiritsare high, but no fish today. Life is good.Erico Celebration going west. read more...


Skyelark of London - Go West!
Skyelark of London - Go West!
30/11/2013

Merlyn III - Merlyn III - Our feet never touched the ground

 Obliged to head further south than intended by  the reluctance of thetrade wind to put in an appearance, we made a virtue of necessity by making apit stop  at Mindelo in the Cape Verde Islands. It is a jagged, grey, rather forbidding volcanic landfall which we reachedjust before 10 this morning. Mercifully we won an unofficial race into themarina with a flotilla of four other boats – the immensely valuable prize wasgetting first slot at the fuel pontoon. Within one hour we had refuelled,replenished the water tanks, and failed to leave our plastic rubbish behind – tohave done so would have involved going ashore, signing in with the port police,the customs, and other no doubt charming people who might have held us up.   As it was, we sailed away,  our feet. read more...


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...



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