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06/12/2013

Starla - Log Day 13 - Orca

Hello Everyone,Distance logged today - 170 nautical miles. Distance to date this trip - 1500 nautical miles. Remaining miles to St Lucia 1518.Well we were on engine for 20 hours and covered 145 miles, to get south west. At 0840 hrs this morning we stopped the engine and were in 10 knots of breeze. With the Genekar sail up, we managed to continue at the same speed as the engine was giving us.We had to do a few jobs, as the boom brake line was chafed through, we were able to reverse the line, to get the chafed part to the unused end of the line.The single side band (ssb), long distance radio we have on-board, has two antenna's. Each antenna is seven meters long and is in two sections. We lost the top of one of the sections. This meant that we had to swap the antenna's to give a seven meter. read more...


06/12/2013

Duplicat - Barrelling along

Thusday night a bit slow but managed to sail all night, this morning got spinnaker up and going well. John got a 14 knot surf on his watch a while ago. Will look forward to yellow brick fix saying some decent number today.New crew member (Colin W) got a cold so dosing him up with Beechams and making him use antiseptic gel frequently! but he managed to stand his night watch which made everyone feel better.Ate mahi mahi we caught yesterday for supper last night - lovely but today we have decided to keep trucking on and not to put rods out as slowing down the boat to land a fish is a pain with the kite up.May even complete one log sheet without motoring hours on it!. read more...


06/12/2013

Nyaminyami II - Nyaminyami II Blog Friday 06.12.13 - 1200hrs

By Chris Haworth aided by the crew! The introduction to yesterdays blog got me thinking – set me on a train to nowhere...like Rudi  (supertramp –crime of the century) below the is the result – best read in tune!  [Context: For readers who do not know the crew well, Francis (the Skipper) & Jane both lost their Wife/husband respectively in recent years and have ‘found’ each other to the great joy of everybody – All four of us used to race Merlin Rocket sailing dinghy’s against each other and are close friends]. I came up on deck yesterday evening Graham was at the Helm and asked ‘how you doing?’ he replied: G: It’s been a hard days night.C: Are you lonesome to night?G: All I need is the air that I breath and to love you. C: I’m not in love it’s just a silly. read more...


06/12/2013

Tatt av Vinden - 16:37N 033:32W Tatt av vinden at noon 12 days out - No more genaker, but enough fish

We are sailing in 10 knots of wind, genoa and cutter. Slowly with coursefor StLucia. We are still 1580 nm from the finish line. Nice weather, nice most,except for very little wind.   We sailed for three days with genaker, then the alyard broke. The newarrangement was no good. The thoughts I sent my rigger back home are not worthpublishing. OK, with more wind we shall make ok speed. In 2008 we only sailedfor four hours before the halyard broke, so a little improvement after all. Thethe original arrangement by Jeanneau was to blame that year. The pole for the genoa also broke, but just the fittings in the end, so weeasily improvised a replacement.   We have more luck with fishing! Today, just after half an hour with thelure in the water, we had a nice dorado. Plenty for. read more...


06/12/2013

Skook - Skook

Die Skook hat wieder Wind nach ueber einer Woche Flaute. Eine Ankunft in St. Lucia vor Schluss der Ziellinie ist damit wieder moeglich. Es gab schon einen Preis fuer das erste Boot nach Zielschluss. Die naechste Meldung beim Zieldurchgang.--. read more...


06/12/2013

Firefly - Less than a 1000 miles to go

We literally drifted across this milestone in the early morning with less than 4 knots of breeze. At one stage we dropped all the sails; their flapping was making it worse yet we were still going over a knot in the right direction helped by current and a following sea. This quiet spell will delay our arrival in Antigua but it did give Paul a chance to get on with some maintenance and repair jobs. The skipper has a comprehensive set of tools and spares on board for almost all eventualities but with one omission - he said' If I had a hammer I would get that job done quicker'Having undergone 2 days of beating in rain and several days of calm prior to that, we believed wrongly, that it was now all downhill in the tradewinds that seemed to start blowing nicely on Monday. Anyway C'est la Vie,. read more...


06/12/2013

Milanto - Milanto blog

We sailed through the night with "Mr Norris" up, Milantosspinnaker.This was very tricky as winds were light and variable so avoiding awrap was very challenging. To cover the watches Vale, Gianni,John Eand Nick took the helm for an hour at a time whilst John L and Karlprovided support on 2 hr shifts. It was a long night but by day breakwe had put 180 miles on the clock over a 24 hr period and mostimportantly had ourseleves well positioned vis our competition andwith regard to the area of high pressure that we are trying to avoid.Nick got a wrap in the spinnaker about 10 mins before coming off dutyat 8am but Vale soon had it sorted and he redeemed himself by helpingwith a very slick spinnaker gybe later in the day. Today we have seena mixture of 15knots to light airs, mainly sunny but with. read more...


06/12/2013

Ula - Day 9 - 2nd December - Becalmed

P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm; } The wind came!The sails went up!We used a spinnaker seldom used, the large asymetric.Its huge, and very stable.We cruised easily at 9 to 10 knots!To recap the history of this spinnaker.We used it at the start of ARC 2011, for half an hour.We then hoisted it as we repaired Boris after he was dunked.After approx. 1 hour, it shredded itself and fell into the ocean.We made comments such as “the one that lost its head”, and “the one that is in a bag that we are forgetting about”.We later had it repaired and improved. This morning, at 0300, in 17 knots of breeze, it parted.Two large pieces of flapping multi-coloured spinnaker material – no longer a sail.It was all held together only by the luff rope (incidentally this was the improvement after ARC 2011). It was up. read more...


São Francisco 4 - Dia 6 Dez - Hora do banho, 1ª passagem com água salgada! / 6th Dec - Bath time, 1st wash with salt water
São Francisco 4 - Dia 6 Dez - Hora do banho, 1ª passagem com água salgada! / 6th Dec - Bath time, 1st wash with salt water
São Francisco 4 - Dia 6 Dez - Golfinhos a acompanhar a banhoca! / 6th Dec - Dolphins underwater with us
São Francisco 4 - Dia 6 Dez - Golfinhos a acompanhar a banhoca! / 6th Dec - Dolphins underwater with us
06/12/2013

Blue Ocean - Day 13: Blue Ocean Master Chef Award goes to...

Grand bonjour a tous les enfants sages en ce jour de fete. Un baiser toutparticulier a Elena, Pierre et Sacha, trois enfants adorables que le grand Sainta surement gate !!! Craig nous a prepare un petit dejeuner des grands jours avec petits pains ala canelle et sirop d’erable fait maison. Un delice. Cote cuisine toujours, Laurent et Fred jouaient hier soir leur place auMaster Chef Blue Ocean... sashimi de dorade fraiche et japanese wasabi (2e jourde suite mais on ne pourrait s’en lasser) suivis d’un tartare de dorade, poivrede Cayenne, emince de pommes et lait de Coco ont ravi le jury. Ils reviendronten 3e semaine. Apres un long passage en boite automatique position “ceremonie’ a un petit6 noeuds de moyenne, notre Bentley des mer passe la surmultipliee depuis cematin, 20 a 25 noeuds de. read more...


Blue Ocean - Day 13: Blue Ocean Master Chef Award goes to...
Blue Ocean - Day 13: Blue Ocean Master Chef Award goes to...
06/12/2013

Koala - Dec 6th: Mid Atlantic Road-kill

Yesterday evening, as part of what is becoming a ritual, we had our sundowner in the cockpit reading emails from friends in the fleet and from family. Then the author sprang into action and rustled up a curry with some of the fresh stuff that was unlikely to last much longer following our detailed stock take and cull.The night-shift started well with Koala sailing by herself beautifully. The wind then got up a bit, which is great because we were making some good progress, but it was unstable in strength and direction which meant that we ended up hand-steering much of the night, and the cross swell banging the main about cut down on sleep for the off-watch as well.This morning, we noticed an unfortunate flying fish, a good size this time, that had hit the main during the night and had. read more...


Albatros - ALBATROS Dec.6 Photo
Albatros - ALBATROS Dec.6 Photo
06/12/2013

Albatros - ALBATROS Dec.6

Santa Claus arrived today and brought us a few surprises. One of them is a 10kg Tuna which we caught with the handline. Although many people questionned the trollying method, we had quite some success up to today.It is always a special event for the whole crew. By the way it was the birthday gift to Michael. He asked for a Tuna Steak. Early morning at 4am Manfred prepared the fishwith the fishermen assistance ('what a bloody mess') and our crew will have enough food for 2 dinners. Although we are hunting the Tuna, there are 2 Tunas swimming along the boat and seem to have fun.Jupiter and Mars were the 2 attractions on the sky last night. A Planetarium App is a good tool to identify the planets, stars and their formation. The wind was rather low the last 12 hours, based on the. read more...


06/12/2013

Avel Biz - Avel Biz J+12 A la recherche du vent perdu

Bonjour6 Décembre 2013Position 12h00 UTC22°15,5 N42°26,1 W119 milles en 24hA la recherche du vent perduAprès nos 72 heures de gennaker, il fallait bien que le vent montre, unefois de plus, que ses caprices ne cessent jamais. Vers lui seul convergenttoutes nos pensées pour cette deuxième moitié de transat, s'il nous estfavorable il y a encore des places à gagner. Or il semble préférer lesbateaux au sud, et nous délaisse à leur profit.Nous laissant seul, sans vent, maintenant il faut le chercher.Obsédé par la performance, nous enfilons nos casquettes Groupama et Alinghipour nous donner des forces. Le gennaker est affalé, le spi est lancé. Iln'y a plus beaucoup d'air mais autant en profiter un maximum.La journée se passe entre réglages fins et partie de cache cache avec lesoleil. A midi. read more...


06/12/2013

Lancelot II - Day 12 - Sunny Days

Another day, more sun.  The days do more and more look one like the other, the daily routine getssettled. Sunbathing, being on watch, cooking, eating, washing up, sleeping,maybe some reading, sunbathing..... Fortunately there are “lazy days” with onlyone day-watch and “hard days” with two, so we don’t get completely lost in therow of days, that are like pearls on a string. The men get their hair done, whatmeans in the case of rob a freshly shaved skull and in the case of Jacko arather “sheepish” look.   The wind are still light, what makes helming during the night quitedifficult, not seeing Gary, but only hearing it flapping when it is too late.Yesterday evening we took Gary down seeing a very dark cloud coming towards us,but about 10 minutes later we hoisted it again. Maybe. read more...


06/12/2013

Queen Frederica - Bericht Tag 13 - Atlantische Dünung. Endlich.

6.12.2013An Bord entwickeln sich kleine Routinen. Eine davon immer gegen 14:30 Uhr.Stefan ruft die Mails ab und versendet unsere. Anschließend kommen wir imCockpit zusammen und lauschen den Neuigkeiten. Die drehen sich ums Wetter,um unsere Position im gesamten ARC-Feld und um spezielle Vorkommnisse aufden anderen Schiffen. Deswegen wissen wir, dass gestern bereits das ersteSchiff auf St. Lucia angekommen ist. Irre! Und das völlig ohne Maschine.Wir hingegen feiern mit ein bisschen Glück heute Bergfest. D.h. wir habennoch knapp 1500 sm vor uns. Der Wind soll ab Montag auf 20-25 knauffrischen, hören wir vom Skipperteam-Büro aus Hamburg, versehen mit demKommentar ‚wenn’s denn stimmt‘. Bisher waren die Vorhersagen nichtwirklich treffsicher. Wir hören auch, dass gestern ein Schiff mit. read more...


06/12/2013

Sunrise - Tag 13 - 06.12.2013 - gefühlte 27km Naht

Für Hans und mich war der Tag gestern ausgefüllt mit Spinaker nähen.Ungefähr acht Stunden versuchten wir uns als Segelmacher. Keine Ahnungwieviele Stiche wir mit Zange, improvisiertem Fingerhut und einer Nadel ausAndreas´ Hausapotheke gemacht haben. Zuletzt arbeiteten wir im Schein derStirnlampen, da wir nur noch wenig Strom zur Verfügung haben. Heute wollenwir den Spinaker wieder einsetzen. Damit könnten wir unseren Kurs soändern, dass wir direkt auf St. Lucia zusteuern könnten. Da es nur wenigWind hat, können wir ohne Spinaker keinen Vorwindkurs fahren. Die Segelbacken dauernd ein und das gibt ein nervtötendes Schlackern und keineFahrt.Paul hat uns aus der Dorade gestern ein absolutes Spitzenessen zubereitet.Er hat die Dorade in Stücken gebraten und dazu gab es Stampfkartoffeln. read more...


06/12/2013

Meltemi - 11.Tag - Der Nikolaus ist an uns vorbei gesegelt

Heute ist Freitag, der 6. Dezember. Nikolaustag. Aber der Nikolaus hat uns nicht gefunden. Ist wohl an uns vorbei gesegelt. Unsere Stiefel und Schuhe sind leer geblieben. Wahrscheinlich, weil wir in der Hitze jetzt alle barfuss segeln. Oder weil die Schokolade in der Hitze ohnehin geschmolzen wäre. Dabei wären wir auch mit einer Tüte Wind zufrieden gewesen. Damit der Parasailor nicht so oft einfällt. Wenn das so weiter geht, kommen wir nämlich alle mit Genickstarre in St.Lucia an.Es ist heiss und schwül. Die Hitze lähmt uns. Sie lähmt offenbar auch die Fische. Wir warten dringend darauf, dass mal wieder ein Fisch anbeisst. Damit unser Abendessen gesichert ist. Und damit hier endlich mal wieder was passiert. Damit wir wieder munter werden.Noch 1078 Seemeilen bis St.Lucia. Wenn wir Glück. read more...


06/12/2013

Athena of Southampton - Athena log 6 – Friday December 6th 2013

Athena log 6 – Friday December 6th 2013 – 1358.17 N / 36 25.27 W I know the world is round.  I’ve always known it.  I learnt it as a child.  There may be some flat-earth-theoristsleft but I’ve never been one.  Iknow the earth is round.  I sit on asmall boat, on a vast ocean, with a full-circle view of water to an unbrokenhorizon.  The sensation of beingatop a great sphere, rolling on an on, round and round, is stark and real.  It surprises and delightsme.  We make our way along this surface but it isunending.  The rolling seas andwhite-horse capped waves create an everchanging sameness, day after windblownday.  We pass our time in our boat,our capsule, our little home, in this great alien environment.  Protected within, we go about. read more...


06/12/2013

Mustique - Mustique.Arc.06th.Dec

Somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.....A day in the life of crew aboard Mustique.... by Scott from ScotlandMy alarm is set for 23.40 but i awake, as usual 5 mins before that, cancel the alarm and rise for my midnight to 3am watch. I make a cuppa tea for myself & Stefan and he tells me his watch report as he has been on since 21.00. We do 3 hour watches, 9hours off continuously.Stefan's watch report- 2 shooting stars, one flying fish on deck, zero ships, virtually zero wind. (we have 400miles of calm conditions to get thru until we hope to pick up wind on Monday so our tactic is to fly the kite in the day and motor in the night).. I bid Stefan a good night and settle down for my 3 hour watch- 3 cups of tea (coffee upsets the sleeping routine too much), 1 kit-kat, 1 hot. read more...


06/12/2013

Hebe - Day 13 6:12.13

15:36:65N044:09:16WApologies for lack of blog, we're now officially trade wind sailing but having certain trouble as they are lighter than normal and Hebe has to learn to sail down wind. She is proving to be a fussy lady, now named HRH Hebe. She really prefers to roar along, wind on the beam  with her big sails flying.  She kicks up a fuss when pointing down wind with her two headsails. Its as if she's saying  "I hate wearing a two piece and my bum looks big in this".  We have therefore been flying our asymmetric spinnaker which she loves, all big and colourful, however this has caused some monumental problems when the wind gets up.  Having had many lessons from patient Harry and Imo on raising, lowering and trimming said sail, all went to pieces the other. read more...


Hebe - Day 13 6:12.13
Hebe - Day 13  6:12.13
Diva - Leichte Brise & spanish Engineering
Diva - Leichte Brise & spanish Engineering
06/12/2013

Diva - Leichte Brise & spanish Engineering

Am Morgen leichte Fahrt mit Anlieger auf St.Lucia. Der Wind wird weniger und dreht immer weiter auf Geigenkurs Südost. Das ist gar nicht gut - nun denn als Segler haben wir keine Wahl. Die Zeit haben wir genutzt -Marcus und Javier haben den Riss in der Genua genäht. DasBuch mit dem Titel „Logbuch der Angst“, welches eine Atlantiküberquerung aus der ein authentischer Kriminalfall in Deutschland wurde, habe ich zu Ende gelesen. Empfehlenswert. Irgendwie kommt fast jeder zum Lesen, besonders bei wenig Wind. Die Diva hat 3 WCs. Von denen ist eines verstopft (Reparatur nur unter widrigen Umständen möglich), das zweite ist eine Süßwasser WC welches wir aus Wasserspargünden nicht benutzen dürfen und seit heute ist beim dritten WC die Steuerung ausgefallen. Zum Glück das wir nur Jungs an Bord. read more...


06/12/2013

Edelweiss - Toodeling along

Friday the 6th of December finds us with reasonably calm seas and calm winds behind us.Not going to set any speed records, but moving nicely toward St Lucia.Today, we celebrated 2,000 nautical miles on the trip log since we left Las Palmas. That doesnt mean that we are 2,000 miles closer to St Lucia than when we departed Las Palmas - in fact, we are probably about 1,500 miles from our starting point. But the miles on the trip log are sea miles (as opposed to direct or "rhumb line" miles) that indicate the amount of ground we have covered as we work our way to weather we think will be good, avoid obstructions (like the Cape Verde Islands, and large commercial ships), and generally wander around the ocean.Will the course from here be more straight?Watch here and see!. read more...


06/12/2013

Hada - Hada Log

HADA Day 10 -- Endless BluePost #7 -  Wednesday, December 4th,  2013, 15:41 UTC (GMT)Day 10 on HADA.  It’s sunny, seas are calm, and we’ve been in solid trade winds running 14-15 knots for the past 30+ hours.HADA is slicing like a knife through butter at an average speed of ~8 knots/hour, we’ve done almost 200 miles in the last 24 hours.   Our latitude at 14 degrees 7 minutes north is almost exactly due east of St. Lucia.We would like to head a bit more south as there seems to be even more wind blowing there, but we can’t do that at the moment because it would require going further downwind, which we cannot do with the sails we have.  Turns out the A2 spinnaker needs a bit more work before we can press it into use, and as soon as we can. read more...


06/12/2013

Annabella - Log 11 - Friday 6th Dec

Position 16 33.285N 36 41.1 WDistance to St Lucia: 1408NM (just like 2Round Irelands)Distance since last blog: 146NMWind was 7 - 10 knots since late afternoon yesterdayuntil about 0600 this morning. During that time we managed up to 8.5 knots of boat speed at times heading almost directly to St Lucia using spinny and main. Our intention was to head south for about 60 miles to catch better wind, but when the opportunity arose to bag some westing it was irresistable. We are now back down to5-6 knots and heading further south. We understand that the winds in the north have decreased. We now know that some of you have been commenting on our blog on the ARC website thanks to Joe. It's great to get the feedback and as a result we may be able to make our own yoghurt (thanks John). Getting. read more...


06/12/2013

Annabella - Log 10 - 5th December

Position: 17 30.743N 34 24.417WDistance to St Lucia: 1543NMDistance last 24 hours: 135NMWe tried to include a picture with yesterdays blog, but the upload was taking forever (despite reducing size of file to minimum) and was aborted. We thought that the edited version went last night but discovered it this morning in the trash. Sorry!The spinnaker produced a reasonable result in terms of distance yesterday, but we were being pushed a bit far north. Gybing would have taken us too far south. Dilemma! The winds never went above 7 knots over the past day and were mostly in the 4-5 range. Unfortunately, a bit of south crept into the easterlies. We decided first thing this morning to change from the spinny to the twin headsails and drop the main. Direction is slightly better but the speed. read more...


06/12/2013

Challenger 3 - mid way!

st1\:*{behavior:url(#default#ieooui) } Day 12 Good day readers, and a big hello to Mungo, wishing you well from the Biscay five! Hope the medication of Pussers Rum is hitting the spot ! The Challenger 3 crew AKA “Oceans 14” celebrated with a half way bash sponsored by San Miguel and Monte Cristo - a real salubrious affair. Spirits were high but none were consumed !  The galley has meanwhile been turned into an Artisan bakery.  Sell your shares in Greggs now – we’re coming after them.  Oceans 14, the newly formed boy band are currently in rehearsals of the world famous song : “If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands” .. this tuneful melody will be performed with great agility in five languages including our very own language of Scandik - for all the Hurdy. read more...


06/12/2013

Hera - Nikolaus auf dem Atlantik

Er ist eben überall und nicht nur für die Kinder da – der Nikolaus.Eigentlich wären gut geputzte Segelstiefel für seine Gaben die bessere Wahlgewesen, doch mittlerweile bevorzugen die meisten Crewmitglieder Badelatschen.Eigentlich hätte man nach zwei gemeinsamen Wochen auf See doch auf mehrKameradschaftssinn vertrauen müssen; dann wäre keiner auf die Idee gekommen,Schuhgröße 46 zu präsentieren (reichlich unverschämt wenn der Skipper nurSchuhgröße 40 trägt). Ein konstanter Passat mit 15 kn aus Ost treibt uns stetig voran, auch wennunsere Etmale immer noch unter 150 sm liegen. Gestern war der Spi wieder denganzen Tag oben, was aber auch keinen Geschwindigkeitsvorteil gegenüberausgebaumten Vorsegel brachte.   Stefan. read more...


06/12/2013

Azzurra - Day 13 –dead calm-

This day is dedicated for Nicklas and Annika, our grandchildren. They bothstarted to become great sailors. I would be proud to have both of them onboard. Nicklas turned out to be a great helmsman. We really would need himon board. Annika would be the one who brings all the fun on board makingthe crew happy. Both I miss. I need to tell them that Azzurra is doingfine and we are working on overtaking one by one to kick off all thecompetitors. The next 2 to 3 days we will most probably lose some placesin our ranking. But then we hope to catch up again. Azzurra is fast, muchfaster than most of the participating boats. We just need some wind toovertake them all. Right now we struggle with4 to 5 knots wind which meanswe are more or less pushed back due to the two knots current from NW.However. read more...


06/12/2013

Blue Dolphin - Day 12 - Oh no - they've eaten Colin!

Having taken advice from Claire, the crew took 4 cabbages aboard and stowed them in canvas bags on the back rail, to save for later weeks.   During some particularly bad weather one of the bags broke and the cabbage rolled across the deck.  It was duly rescued and the crew christened it Colin (BS psychologist says - with the lack of company outside of the boat it is usual for crew to humanise inanimate objects, however, this crew seem more prone than most – they now have George {autopilot}, Danny (Dan Buoy) and now Colin (The Cabbage)and I don’t think it will end there!!  Anyway, Sally made a very fine Pork curry tonight and used Colin to make a coleslaw.  Like the fish of last night, the crew thanked Colin for providing such a tasty accompaniment to their. read more...


Blue Dolphin - Day 12 - Oh no - they've eaten Colin!
Blue Dolphin - Day 12 - Oh no - they've eaten Colin!
06/12/2013

Magic - Tag 11: Badetag

04.12.2013Pos: 20° 51,6' N, 027° 12,1' WKurs: xxx°Richtige Regattafreaks werden das, was jetzt kommt möglicherweise nicht verstehen. Der Wind war mal wieder nicht segelbar. Da das Wetter traumhaft ist (strahlender Sonnenschein bei leichter Cumulusbewölkung) gibt es also einen Badestopp - das Schiff steht sowieso gerade. Wir reden uns damit raus, dass die ARC ja keine Regatta, sondern nur eine Rally ist.Es geht uns (zu) gut.Kennzahlen des Tages:Kurs bei Stillstand: unbekanntOlaf. read more...


06/12/2013

Magic - Tag 10: Bananenhandel

03.12.2013Pos: 20° 26,6,6' N, 029° 43,1' WKurs: 280°Wir haben 20kg grüne Bananen vom spanischen Großhandel an Bord, aber vergessen, was der italienische Fachverkäufer uns zu Unterbringung und Handhabung gesagt hat. Nun laufen unterschiedliche Experimente an Bord, die krummen Dinger portionsweise über die gesamte Reise verteilt reif zu kriegen. Kein einziges Experiment produziert reife Bananen. Irgendetwas hatte das mit klimakterischen und nicht-klimakterischen Früchten zu tun. Unsere Teile bleiben aber entweder grün oder werden gleich direkt schwarz. Sorry, wir sind ein Männerhaushalt.Wir würden die ganze Staude gerne gegen ordentliche Industriebananen umtauschen, sind aber schon über 1500km vom Einkaufsort entfernt.Kennzahlen des Tages:Obstreklamationen: 1Olaf. read more...


06/12/2013

George - I Got a Big One

I would like to claim the the biggest fish/Mammal caught! and I would like to dispel the myth that fish don't go for towed generators... this morning we heard a big puff of air only to find a 20 foot killer whale hanging off the towed generator... I gingerly pulled the generator rope in.. not wanting to piss said whale off any more than I could get away with! it was defiantly a tug of war and I was aware if he really wanted it the 700 lb breaking strain on the generator would snap like cotton.... Bob, as we will call him, came all the way to the sugar scoop... we have the pictures! Bob then circled the boat for a while... before blowing a mist of water over us and disappearing.... TBOK, I admit the lamb stew was a bit ripe and it was understandable that the crew did not fancy it.If you. read more...


06/12/2013

Blue Ocean - Day 12/13: St Nicholas Day

Another beautiful sunrise – we are almost into Day 13 of ouradventure.   Happy St Nicholas Day to children everywhere. Although not celebrated inthe UK, the Belgian and Polish crew are visibly excited at the arrival of SaintNick’s Day. If they have been good boys over the past 12 months then Santa Claus(Sinta Klaus?) might just be trekking out to the middle of the North Atlantic togive them a gift. Apparently, SC has paid a visit to Yv and JH but the rest ofus have clearly been too naughty.   I wonder if the aquatic SC uses reindeers and sleigh or rides on the backsof dolphins? Speaking of which, we have seen any for three days now. In factvery little wildlife except for the odd flying fish. Though Darek caught a hugemahi mahi yesterday.   We are all in good spirits (even. read more...


06/12/2013

Atika II - A bord d'ATIKA (par Valérie)

A bord d'Atika, j'ai la plus belle cabine (après celle du capitaine), double avec lavabo.Galanterie me direz-vous ? Attendez. Je la partage avec les fruits et légumes, sagement rangés dans des caisses, alignées sur la couchette; il y fait régulièrement 30°C et pas toujours possible d'aérer (embruns, pluie...). Alors de temps en temps l'un d'eux se décompose, dégageant alors un fumet écoeurant. Si l'on ne trouve pas rapidement le (la) coupable, une petite auréole beige marque alors le drap.Comme ma cabine est spacieuse j'ai également hérité des chaussures de D et V, pour ne pas les nommer. Pour le premier il s'agit de ses bottes en caoutchouc Aigle, qu'il préfère porter pieds nus, dit-il. "Val, pourquoi tu mets des chaussettes dans tes bottes ?". Concernant le second c'est ses basquettes,. read more...


06/12/2013

Jambo - were are off

Trade winds arrived last night at 17.30 and we are flying!Bit of a rock and roll thing going on as the seas build to give us a good Atlantic rollJust need to keep our boat speed up so we get in before they close the finish line !Fishing still proving a challenge - we caught another monster that eventually bit through the line - will try a smaller lure next time. read more...


06/12/2013

Sephina of Beaumaris - Dau 12 Are we there yet?

Dau 12 Are we there yet? The dilemma of when is half way has played out over the past two days. The distance from Las Palmas to St Lucia is reported to be 2800 miles in the pilot books. We have so far logged 1525 so we are well over half way. Not so. As the route we have taken is via the Cape Verdes then the actual distance is 3000 miles. We achieved the former yesterday and the latter today. There is another half way which is when the rhumb line route to Las Palmas is equal to the rhumb line route to St Lucia. This will be later today. But is is actually when we have an equal number of days? As it is day 12 and the GPS says there is 11 to go then we are surely over half way. The only good news is that there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate half way. So far we have baked a cake,. read more...


Sephina of Beaumaris - Dau 12 Are we there yet?
Sephina of Beaumaris - Dau 12 Are we there yet?
05/12/2013

Swan Valhalla - Log 15 - Half way!!

Last night we had extra nibbles AND champagne AND mahimahi to celebrate reaching half way (1500 miles to go!)  We sailed into the evening, with some dark lookingclouds ahead. And sure enough, at about 11pm we went through a heavy squall withwinds of up to 18 knots. We were goose-winging the genoa on the spinnaker poleat this point, so many hands on deck helped to furl it in and keep the boatunder control. For the rest of the night there was a steady wind of about 12-14knots, which meant the motor stayed off all night.  The morning bought some more sunshine and blue skies andthe spinnaker went up. Unfortunately the wind died at about 11am and it was timefor a swim - much to the excitement of Matt who had been below deck all morningcarving up the remainders of our dried ham,. read more...


06/12/2013

Starblazer - Starblazer 6 December Not a good start to the day

Within 15 minutes of going on deck for my 0500-0800 watch it started to rain, heavily!Fortunately there was no wind squall associated with the rain though often the wind shifted.I went below to check it on radar, to find there was a succession of showers, some heavy, in our path.Every time the wind shifted the autopilot beeped to tell me it had altered course, if more than a couple of degrees the beeping was incessant.I had to scramble on deck to stop the alarm then wait to see if the autopilot had overcompensated. At 0745 I shot on deck to cancel the alarm, took my regular scan around the horizon though the radar showed nothing, and noticed something was wrong with the pole holding out the genoa and dawn was just breaking.I woke John and we discovered that the pole uphaul had chafed. read more...


06/12/2013

Aspen - Log 12 Friday 6 Dec; Sea Berths

When we are at sea we use our sea berths - cocoon like cloth enclosuresthat secure us to the two settees that are our berths where we sleep andrelax in the main salon.Maria likes the starboard side and Steve getsthe port side.The Admiral's side is neatly covered with a sheet, blankets and pillows.The shelf above her berth has medicines, eye drops, hair clips, hairbrushes, a crucifix, and her DVD player with a collection of movies.Atthe top of the movie collection is the movie "The Devil Wears Prada".If Maria is watching this number one movie then Captain Steve knowsthings are really bad outside!For some reason this movie gives Mariacomfort and helps to calm her nerves, maybe a little.The Captain's side is not quiet as neat.A sheet is half on and mostlyoff the settee, depending on the sea. read more...


06/12/2013

Idea of London - VQ race team update: knock out

A chair, Michelle Pfieffer, shower, glass of wine, bed, cooked food, fresh fruit and a strong gin and tonic. A small sample of the key things people would like to have on arrival.I'll take all of those, just adjusting the order a little.Sadly Michelle is going to have to wait a bit longer for our arrival. Early this morning we were knocked down by a sudden huge gust of wind. All hands appeared on deck in various undress to find the boom in the water, the mast on the way in and the spinnaker blown. We got the boat under control, salvaged the sorry looking spinnaker back into the bow, took headcount and damage check. Rupert had been 'on watch' at the back and close to the rail when it happened. The sudden violence and angle had forced him tumbling down toward the ocean. Unfortunately he. read more...


06/12/2013

Freebooter - Day 12 - 5th Dec - Empty Sea

One question that is frequently asked is 'what is it like out there?' Now we like an enormous can make a few comments. In calm weather, it is a gigantic infinity pool, because there is no visible end to it. Clouds seemingly rise out of the water, the sun is reflected in crystaline waters, and glitters at night with the stars. You get to see the celestial sky in its full glory with zero light pollution from man. We have not seen another boat for about 4 days, although there was one light in the distance a couple of nights ago. As I write this, we are just clicking onto 1,500nm to St Lucia, having already sailed nearly that far since leaving the Canaries. However we are struggling to make good speed due to the very light winds. The forecast is for nearly no wind for the next few days...By. read more...


Freebooter - Day 12 - 5th Dec - Empty Sea
Freebooter - Day 12 - 5th Dec - Empty Sea
06/12/2013

Ocean Venture - Passed half way mark

The wind came up last night and the sound of singing while helming is always a sure sign miles getting knocked off quickly!.Spinnaker been working hard lately but rarely straining as dawn breaks and breeze goes soft.1,445 miles to go, Duke still holding up admirably under ships rigours and reduction of priveledges yet again as kettle boiling / tea making down to twice a day now.Night watches have also taken it out of him somewhat.Last of beers will be drank at sundown today.20131206_090443. read more...