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05/12/2014

Aglaia - perfect full moon lit sail

After a perfect full moon lit sail across and calm ocean with following seas and a clear stary sky the morning has brought constant 15 knots of wind powering our main sail less home across the sea at a very comfortable 7-8 knots.Sunbathing, chilling out on deck with a good book and listening to Lars's ipod chill out session on the deck speakers is making for a very relaxed and happy crew.Lunch today in the heat of the sun is being kept light by our chef by beginning with smoked salmon, cream cheese and muze bouche followed by Mediterraneanvegatables, serrano ham and local canarian cheese galettes de ble.Once again I don't know as skipper what i've been thinking all these year of sailing without a professional chef aboard.Forecast is looking good for us to make the final gybe onto a. read more...


05/12/2014

Paroya - Log Day 16 Wo ist St. Lucia

Es sind noch 40 sm bis St. Lucia und das einzige was man sieht sind Wolken am Horizont. Wir haben soeben den Motor gestartet, wollten eigentlich alles Segeln, aber wenn der Wind kurz vor dem Ziel abstellt, dann will die Crew einfach nur noch so schnell wie möglich an Land. Mit 6kts fahren wir direkt auf das nördliche Kap von St. Lucia zu. Fischen liegt nicht mehr drin das Meer ist voll von Algen oder Meerespflanzen, die sich sofort im Köder verhangen und ein Anbeissen für den Fisch verunmöglichen. ETA ist 1700 wir freuen uns auf St. Lucia.Gruss von der PAROYA , Roger Zürcher. read more...


Thula - day 12
Thula - day 12
05/12/2014

Thula - day 12

The day yesterday, the 11 day of our journey, was really one of the first days that reminded us of where we are heading: the Caribbean. From the early morning to the late evening the sky was almost entirely cloudless giving us a full 10 hours of glaring hot sunlight (and, luckily, even some pretty good wind).  After the cloudy day before, this weather was highly welcome. We used to it wash and dry some of our salty clothes (after all, we were all really expecting to spend some days less at sea), get some practice with the sextant (one of Dieter’s newly discovered passions as it appears), work on our tan (after the experiences from the day before everyone put on at least 6 layers of sunscreen – every half hour!), take the Atlantic Ocean Ice Bucket Challenge and… do some more fishing.. read more...


Thula - bucket challenge
Thula - bucket challenge
05/12/2014

Charisma - Passatstörung

Hinter uns liegt eine arbeitsreiche Nacht, die mit grandiosem Segelnunter 180 qm Spinnaker mit Vollmond und Passatbewölkung begann. Imweiteren Verlauf holten uns Wolkenfelder ein, deren wechselhaftenWindverhältnisse wir bei Regen sauber aussegelten. Die Charisma schosspfeilschnell durch den Atlantik bei Winddrehern bis zu 50°.Mit Erfahung, Gefühl und Intuition hielten wir unsere Swan imoptimalen Anstellwinkel zum Wind. Als uns dann allerdings dieregengetränkten Wolken-Störfelder erreichten und wir unter Spi nur nochim Kreis segelten, holten wir das Tuch ein. Die Situation war nicht mehrsegelbar und wir dümpelten im Atlantik auf der Suche nach verwertbarenWindfeldern.Nachdem wir die Yacht bei schwach umlaufender Brise wiederholt mitschlagenden Segeln durch den Wind gebracht hatten, setzte. read more...


Flomaida II - Unsere Begleitung für längere Zeit. Sie bildeten sogar einen Regenbogen
Flomaida II - Unsere Begleitung für längere Zeit. Sie bildeten sogar einen Regenbogen
Flomaida II - Wunderschönes Neuseeland
Flomaida II - Wunderschönes Neuseeland
Flomaida II - Kawakawa, Hundertwasserort liebte diesen Ort, wo er auch begraben ist
Flomaida II - Kawakawa, Hundertwasserort liebte diesen Ort, wo er auch begraben ist
05/12/2014

EH01 - It was a dark and squally night...

Hola,Well its been a fairly wet and wild night on board the good ship last night. Like they say in this part of the world when it rains it pours... I mean the sort of rain that inspires you to build an Ark and start collecting animals in pairs.Yesterday afternoons sailing was a mixed bag with the occasional squall blowing through giving a mix of rain and higher winds followed by a huge hole in the breeze behind it. It made for some frustrating conditions sometimes listening to the sails flapping from side to side, the only option of getting the boat movingwas to sail upwind (and off course) to try and generate some apparent wind to get the boat rolling again. As the sun started to set yesterday it looked like the breeze was filling in again from the south east and we were in for a great. read more...


05/12/2014

Miss Liz II - Log - Day 11. Singing in the Rain and other Plumbing tales....

An eventful (ish) Day. No major issues - a major event in itself. The parasailor was up all night - even though we dropped to zero wind on occasions. On the whole, wind has faded now to 10 Knots, still good enough to push us on though. We still hope for 15!Not a curry or chilli in sight last night as Rob prepared his pork with three mustards pasta dish....OK, now mustard instead of Chilli's but still very good and team spirits high for the night shift.After dinner, Chris and Jon had a swim as the wind had dropped - even though we were floating along at 2 knots. Fortunately we had a swim line in the water so they could then drag themselves back.Then the big event. We lowered Jon over the side to poke out the stubborn lugged heads.Poking the seacock with the end of an old fishing rod did. read more...


05/12/2014

American Spirit II - Day 331; We Leave Mossel Bay for Cape Town and the Atlantic Ocean; Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Up at 8:00 AM. Breakfast at 8:40 AM: eggs, potato, chilled fruit cocktail and bread.Vlado and I headed to the Mossel Bay Yacht Club to pay our marina fee, which was 600 Rand for 3 nights, or about $18.00 a night. At around 9:30 AM we drive to the Bartholomeu Dias Museum, about 1/2 mile away. Its raining, overcast and cold. The museum visit is spectacular, with a facsimile of the Portuguese Caravel ship that Dias sailed in to Mossel Bay in 1501. He was the first Portuguese and the first sailor, in the Age of Discovery, to round the southern tip of Africa. Unfortunately, he drowned on this voyage or a subsequent one. The ship in the museum was actually built as close to the actual design of the ship he sailed in, and was actually sailed from Lisbon to Mossel Bay in 1987 or 1988? The. read more...


05/12/2014

OOROO1 - Marlin on Board !!

After changing to the BIG rods it was only a couple of hours before we hada Marlin hooked at 7 knots. He put up a great fight but luckily the boys onboard had been doing their weights and wrangled him in. Jeno has now joined theMarlin Club. He reckons he deserves a bit of leeway with his scheds now that heis Marlin Man. The moonlight cinema has been open for 2 nights and working atreat in these light winds. Parasail been up for 5 days now and delivering 5 or6 knots. Floss always on the lookout for signs of human life out here so she cancontinue her social media over the VHS. Enjoying theride.. read more...


05/12/2014

Juno - Runaway Spinnaker

Today was an eventful day with disaster narrowly averted and I am pleased to report that everyone is safe and well but with Fatty nursing an injured hand. It was a beautiful night last night with a big moon, steady trade winds and the perfect temperature for a night watch in shorts and T shirt.We celebrated with a huge breakfast made by Paulus and as the sun climbed into a cloudless sky the wind dropped off and we decided to set the spinnaker again.We have a few hitches unfurling today but the big red kite is soon up, powering us along on a beam reach, and everyone goes back to their mid morning jobs: Paulus in the galley as mother, Fatty on the SSB chatting to Amanda on El Mundo and Kerry on watch. I am just tweaking the spinnaker sheet when the fishing rod bucks in its holder and line. read more...


05/12/2014

Tinia - Day 10

Dieting started yesterday which happened coincide with us not catching any fish ** and saying farewell to the last of the meat on Day 9. Not too worry though as we are all healthy and remain well nourished thanks to a very tasty anchove and caper pasta at lunch and cheese board for tea. We resumed the habit of a lunchtime meal to the relief of a few who felt 'all at sea' due to to the interruption of this routine on the previous day. The quiz book has come into its own now as we have a new quiz master who's style adds a new level of difficulty to the simplest question. Light winds yesterday so we got another swim in the big blue abyss.** Matt has just caught a really ugly looking thing with big teethcalled a Gare Fish - we are not that desperate yet so won't be eaten.. read more...


04/12/2014

Take Off - Entering the tropics

The night from the 3rd to the 4th of dec was magic! After a wonderful andpeaceful afternoon yesterday we spent a magic night with wind at 20 knots,bright moonlight, sparkling stars and gentle waves. The moon was so bright wecould clearly see the horizon sailing the spinnaker all night.  At our first mail this morning we got the happy news that we managed tocatch up our 5th place in division D and even a few more positions in thecruising class all in all. We were not competing in the beginning howevernow..... Today we celebrated that we now only have 1000 NM to go (ok still a weekmore to go...) however it’s lovely to celebrate anything that is worthcelebrating!   And today has been a really hot day. We realise that we are now enteringthe tropics!   This morning we gave the. read more...


25/05/2005

El Mundo - 05/12 - Amanda's Ode from the Ocean

Quiet day, not many miles and no fish.....apart from the tiniest flying fish. This is the anniversary of Columbus first setting foot on Hispaniola (Haiti & Dominican Republic) in 1492 and the day of the Great London Smog of 1952, thought to have killed 12,000 people. On a happier note, less than 1000 miles to go, so about time we had one of Amanda's poems.... An Ode from the Ocean It's time I wrote a rhymeBut really I haven't had time!Checking the veg, lemons and limes,Dealing with all the chores and grime,Filling the water bottlesand putting them in line,Rig checks, looking for chafe......that tell-tale warning sign.On El Mundo everything seems fineAnd our Dorado count stands at nine.We enjoy a daily sundowner of wine,Then delicious dishes on which we dine.For winter at home we do. read more...


El Mundo - 04/12 - Canapes anyone?
El Mundo - 04/12 - Canapes anyone?
El Mundo - 04/12 - 'Last 1000 Mile Belgian Chocolates'
El Mundo - 04/12 - 'Last 1000 Mile Belgian Chocolates'
El Mundo - 05/12 - Catch of the Day
El Mundo - 05/12 - Catch of the Day
05/12/2014

Louise - Blog 9 - 11th Day at Sea

The night passed peacefully, apart from some showers, but we are gettingused to them. The quietness and the beauty of the night still impesses the crew.Stars and clouds in the skye and a full moon. And a ship! We could do with a little more wind but otherwise the crew is content. Ithas been a sunny day where Jan used the sextant, Carina made food, and of courseI kept them busy too. I can always think of something which I would like thecrew to do. And I’m very fine and clean. During the day I got several showers. Funnyhow the crew can jump from cockpit to saloon as soon as the rain sets in andback again when the sun shines. Meals of today: Spanish Omlet, Chese snacks, Chicken and corn. Night watch on. Almost 1/2 way to St. Lucia On behalf of Louise, Carina  . read more...


05/12/2014

Peter von Seestermühe - Men Do Have Showers on Board

We are very, very lucky with our male crew members. In the morning they serve breakfast in perfect style with a smile on their faces and are already discussing what they will serve for dinner.Even better they have caught fresh fish every day. For us romance seeking girls, the trip offers tropical nights with flying spinnaker and speeds of 8 knots plus in the moonshine.Unfortunately there are only 1000 miles to go.Elke, Petra & CordulaMessaged relayed via s/y Juno on SSB radio. read more...


05/12/2014

Captain Blind - au mauvais endroit ...au mauvais moment

le bilan de la nuit n'est pas bon pour nous . Nous nous sommes fait piégésdeux fois sous des enormes nuages sans vent , et qui se déplaçaient trèslentement ! une 1ere fois vers 22h et pendant 2h, et une deuxiéme fois vers2h et pendant1h ! 3h à 2/3 nds pendant que les autres avancent à 9 nds, ça fait mal au compteur et aux nerfs de l'équipage .. C'est la course !Scarlet Oyster situé à 9 milles sous notre vent a évité tout ça ...chanceou génie ?well done Scarlet !Nous avons aussi dû nous arrêter 2 fois pour retirer des gros paquetsd'algues dans le safran.. Pas la bonne nuit quoi !Encore 3 j , il peut s'en passer d'autres et cette fois en notre faveur,nous gardons le moral et sommes de nouveau à l'attaque.Les routages nous donnent une arrivée dans la nuit de lundi à mardi n. read more...


05/12/2014

Bluewater Mooney - 10. Tag auf See

Die letzten 24 Stunden 174 nm - ganz gut, doch dann ist der Wind eingeschlafen - und die Vorhersagen sind alles andere als gut!Auf direktem Kurs nach St. Lucia und südlich bis vor Barbados wenig Wind und wechselhaft, dann ein Gebiet mit Flaute , max. 5 kn Wind, welches sich von südlich Barbados St Lucia nach Norden erstreckt.Nördlich von uns auch wechselnde Winde aber größere Strecken von 15 bis 20 kn.Wir haben uns entschlossen, nach Norden auszuweichen, auch wenn wir zum Schluss wie alle anderen nach Süden müssen, um das Gebiet der Flaute im Süden zu nehmen - 150 nm Umweg, aber vielleicht unterm Strich doch schneller - wenn die Vorhersage stimmt.Aber ohne unseren Leichtwindspi haben wir keine Aussicht, in den windarmen Gebieten mitzuhalten.Mal sehen was passiert – dabei sein ist. read more...


05/12/2014

Euphoria - Log Day 11 - Rehab

Efter gårdagens händelserika dag var det ett något trött gäng som vaknadeupp till en sagolik morgon. Spinnakern var som utlovat redo och hissades redanpå morgonenkvisten när 3/5 delar av besättningen fortfarande sov djupt. Därefterföljde en 10 timmar lång fantastisk spinnakersegling i gassande solsken. Ingetbekräftat från segelloftet men det kändes som att spinn var några m2 större äntidigare. Under tiden fick besättningen en välbehövlig återhämtning frångårdagen då vår pålitlige First mate, Raymarine, skötte rodret medan övrigaägnade sig åt läsning, omvärldsbevakning (stundtals visuell kontakt med vårärkerival Cluck) och lunchförberedelser. Till lunch bjöds det än en gång pågårdagens fångst som kapten tillrädde på ett föredömligt vis. Lunchen avslutadessom sig bör med en dessert.. read more...


05/12/2014

Hot Stuff - The tales of nine - Wednesday 3rd December - BIG DAY

Writing this at 23:00 on 03/12/2014, two hours ago we officially reachedthe half way point on our Atlantic chart. Before we set sail we imagined this moment to feel scary; us on a wee boatbobbing around in that big mass of blue. But now we are here, in the moment, itis not scary at all. It feels safe and comfortable and totally fulfilling. Weare all content to be living in our own Hot Stuff world. Our half way party is planned for tomorrow as today was overtaken with TLC- for the maidens and for their trusted chariot. We began at dawn by sending baby monkey up the mast; there were a fewniggles that were playing on our skipper's mind so up she climbed for a full rigcheck. All hands were on deck proving what a great team we have become. To thoseof you who are watching us on the yellow. read more...


05/12/2014

Domini - We are sailing...

Ahoy there Boatbloggers,Well the wind's dropped, and the boat's stopped, so what does a sailor do in this situation?That's right. Put the kettle on and have a cup of tea. And then....it's time for a nice sing song to keep up morale.  So we put the piano in the cockpit, and this is what we came up with...(To the tune of "We are sailing," by Rod Stewart - obviously)We are sailingWe are sailingTo St Lucia'cross the seaWe are sailingAtlantic watersIn a boat called DominiSpent a fortuneSpent a fortuneFour thousand EurosAt RolnauticNow we're cruisingI think we're losingBut we should be thereBy Thursday weekCan you hear me?Can you hear me?Or has the sat phoneGone down againThe autopilotGave up on TuesdayAnd now the wind's droppedTill who knows whenWe are sailingWe are sailingTo. read more...


05/12/2014

Aretha - Light Winds. 18 05.8 N 41 51.8 W

Sir Chay Blyth said to me many years ago: “races are won and lost in light airs”.Ok. We’re not racing. But we are surrounded by other boats who we’d prefer to beat. Provided of course we’re safe and the children are getting enough time and are happy.Today has been light airs day. Shifting from one gybe to another as the light fluffy breeze shifts around. To boot, the largest squalls we’ve seen so far - massive on the radar screen.It’s continuous activity and it takes its toll as its full on concentration.We’re moving again properly now and we’re half way through the first watch of the night. Couple of match sticks would help as I’ve been on deck all day.In other news, Bluebell has been cooking today with Jani - Carbonara, Chocolate Brownies and Rissotto. If there were a prize for the. read more...


05/12/2014

Scarlet Oyster - Scarlet Oyster ARC Blog Update Thursday 4th Dec 2014

Day 11! The start seems another world away. We are fully into the routinehaving reached halfway on Day 8 ... This was celebrated in style with abottle of Veuve Cliquot and a few Abba and Bob Marley tunes blaring out ofthe Yacht's sound system... 'Ebbe' (one of our Swedish crew members) used towork for the Abba Museum... It is therefore him that I blame for the factthat my memorable 'half way' celebration point in the Mid Atlantic will nowalways be tarnished with 'Super Trooper' and 'Mamma Mia'! :)The ARC race it would appear is clearly a 'bucket list' item for all of the8 non regular crew.... One of the crew mentioned that is was No. 6 on hislist, which inevitably led to inquiries about No.s 1-5... The subsequentchatting in the cockpit by the crew on watch and inevitable loss. read more...


04/12/2014

Frisco - Log Day 10 Moonlight spinnaker sail

Today I asked the crew what were the most memorable events of the day. One answer was "We did not break anything", another was from Jim "I cleaned the toilet", and another was "We ran the spinnaker all night". So I attempt to attach a photo of the moon showing through our Parasailor .DSC00273 (1). read more...


Frisco - Log Day 10 Moonlight spinnaker sail
Frisco - Log Day 10 Moonlight spinnaker sail
04/12/2014

Northern Child - Northern Child blog Thursday 4 Dec 2014

Our on-board activities and routines as describedpreviously continue with it seems an increasing sense of routine acceptanceand commitment. Despite the wide range of people and personalities reflectingour very differing backgrounds, ages and experiences, the group including bothguests and professional crew seem to have settled well into a necessaryacceptance of  and respect for diversity - and occasional differences ofviewpoint and style! - and of the need also for a well-oiled and structuredboat and a people management  system.   In terms of the processof group formation described by group analysts we seem tohave successfully negotiated the stages of'stormin, formin and normin...'.     As previously noted, our. read more...


04/12/2014

Thula - day 11

It is not easy to sit down and recapture the day yesterday since it brings up very bitter memories for me. The day started off quite well. There were many quite angry looking clouds on the sky and we saw rains coming down all around us, however, apart from the odd raindrop on our deck we really had quite a pleasant and dry day with even some nice sunny periods. Already 20 minutes after the lure hat been put out in the morning, we had a first bite and Mike landed our biggest mahi-mahi to date (approx. 6 kg). This one was definitely a keeper, so we took it straight down to the galley where the fish was prepared by Mike for the departure to its (her) final destination: Liesel’s world-famous south African fish curry. In the meantime I put out the lure again in the hope of further exploiting. read more...


04/12/2014

Libeccio - Log: Dec 4th

Today we discuss:  going through “the change”; half full or halfempty?; speed partying; the great whale debate is finished;  Hi,  Hope you are well, have you got your coffee? tea? oh, go on, get a biscuitas well—we can wait.  Here goes,  We continue to make steady, if not spectacular, progress- Izzy continues tofly proudly at bow converting the steady trade winds (today between 8 and 15knots per hour) into forward progress. While a big generalisation, we canconvert roughly 50 – 60 % of the wind speed into boat speed when we aretravelling with the wind directly behind us. And that is what we have been doingfor the past day or two—until, the change. It was rather a highlight of today-we decided that we would not take the direct “great circle” route to St.Lucia,but,. read more...


Thula - sun screen
Thula - sun screen
Thula - halyard schmalyard
Thula - halyard schmalyard
04/12/2014

Zulú - EDUARDO ACLAMADO

EDUARDO ACLAMADO POR EL MARMITAKO TARDE SOLEADA MUSICA ROMANTICA EN CUBIERTA MIL MILLAS DESTINO FIESTA RAMON ROGELIO. read more...


04/12/2014

Tanoa - Bergfest und 1. Fisch

Gestern hatten wir Bergfest, die Hälfte ist geschafft. Dafür hat der Wind nachgelassen und wir "dümpeln" unter großem Spinnaker mit 4-5 kn dahin.Heute hatten wir das 1. Mal die Angel draußen und innerhalb kurzer Zeit einen Wahoo an der Leine, gerade in der richtigen Größe für 3. Zum Abendessen gibt es also frischen Fisch.1541 sm gesegelt, 1223 sm vor uns. read more...


04/12/2014

Red Devil 3 - Record de la ARC y celebraciones abordo

Jueves 4   El Leopard ha batido el record de la ARC este añoen 8 días 14 horas. Enhorabuena y a celebrarlo!!!!! Al Red Devil le quedatodavía un rato, algo más de 1000 millas. Hoy la mar ha bajadoconsiderablemente. Aunque esta nublado, casi se agradece porque la temperaturaes alta, más de 25º. Para comer hemos tenido ensaladilla. Nosotros también hemoscelebrado abordo. El cumpleaños del capitán. Con champán y pastas de cocoartesanales (estaban riquísimas Ana). Hemos mejorado el aparejo (defortuna) que llevamos en la trapa de mayor y retenida. Utilizando lasbrazas como retenidas y de forma que la botavará está más controlada y podemoshacer rumbos más abiertos sin que la ola nos haga gualdrapear la mayor. Con estomejoramos nuestro ángulo de navegación a Santa Lucia. La. read more...


04/12/2014

Juno - Spinnakers and Squalls

Yesterday started badly when I took over from Paul at 3am and he said ‘you might need your foulies’. This was an understatement. Rain was lashing the cockpit as he bade me goodnight and scuttled off to his dry cabin, leaving me sitting in puddles of water in the cockpit. Then things got worse: the wind dropped away leaving us rolling drunkenly in the swell, and still the rain fell. We get these short lulls in the wind every so often but usually normal service is quickly resumed and off we go again with 15 to 20 knots from astern. Not so this morning. The wind refused to blow, the rain continued to fall and although I was happy with the fresh water rinse for the sails and the deck, it made for a miserable watch. After watching our speed bleed away to 3 knots I finally lost patience at 6am. read more...


04/12/2014

Lancelot II - Dec 4th Blog

Hello Lancelot II Fans   Hot hot hot!!! We’ve gone from moaning about the rain to thinking a cloudis a good thing for a few moments! Last night we were under the poled out headsail. Harriet from Southern Child spoke to us at 9pm, they were 6nm behind usand doing fine but they got rained on all day poor things. Palpatine popped upon the AIS about 5nm behind later on the evening and they’ve been on the horizonto the left of us ever since. They have a big red kite up so they are easy tospot!   Things we’ve learnt today- 1. Everyone kicking the little washboard on the way of the companionway isstill funny. Honestly, we’ve been on this boat for more than 10 days now, you’dthink we would have learned. 2. Tying your swim shorts to the aft guard rails after a shower is noguarantee. read more...


04/12/2014

Helen - Day 11- A quiet day

Today we have wind of around 13 knots which is giving us a speed of 6 knots which is less than we would have hoped for. We have just over a 1,000 miles to go so that at this speed it looks like we will get to St Lucia on Friday next week. If we could speed up to average 7 knots then we wouldbe in by Rebecca's birthday on Thursday and at 8 knots it would be a Wednesday arrival.The sun has been strong at times so we have put our sun awning up. We have not seen any more Dolphins so it's a day of reading books or doing puzzles for those inclined.There are several different types of watch systems to determine who is sailing the boat at any one time. No system is right or wrong,just what works for the boat and her crew at any particular time.We have settled into a 3 hours on and 6 hours off. read more...


04/12/2014

Jo - 19:14:41N 42:45:50W

Thursday 4th December2014 ...day eleven seems to haveestablished a very settled routine; boring many a non-sailor would say. Thereare little routines we perform; as much ways to fill the time as necessary tothe maintenance and record keeping of the boat. Log keeping, navigation,meteorology and watches are all important functions to assist our safe passage,but there are also other duties which are important in a different way such asmeals! Lunch and dinner are highlights of the day and a time when we gather. Theremainder of the time one is either on watch (helm or standby) or off watch, andif you are off watch the time is yours to do as you like. For most, this meansreading as there is a limit to what one can get up to on a 43’ boat! As I’ve said previously, we’re notexactly slumming it.. read more...


Jo - ...another glorious sunset
Jo - ...another glorious sunset
04/12/2014

Antares - ARC 2014 Day 10 - Finally, sunny skies

First, congratulations to Leopard and the other early finishers.Two days from a 10 day record is a great accomplishment. We were really close to you on Day One until you crossed the start line then we only saw your stern light.Antares continues on our westerly course and as our stateside observers tell us, we are right in the middle of the pack north to south but a bit east of the main body.We think of ourselves as the rear guard. Hope the faster boats appreciate the safety we are providing them. Plus, we have more time to work on our suntans. Our meals continue to be a highlight.I doubt that Leopard ate any better than we do but they did it a lot faster.Our thanks to all at home who monitor our progress and wait PATIENTLY for the Tres Amigos.Bobby. read more...


04/12/2014

Pelican - pelcan star date well dont ask me!

Played a great game last night with a three sail beam reach in about 15 to20 knts to see who could get the best speed surfing with no hands on the wheel agreat game of chicken any way who won need you ask 16.5 knts oh well ho hum .ALLsorts of wind last night from right aft to 60 degs off good speed some times bitto much squall activity for consistant speeds .  Any way today we fiddledwith the ships time and Ian pulled the long straw and had another hr ho ho Nowlets get to the important stuff Ants part from squishing them and i did tryasking them to leave they did not see to keen to jump ship not to happy to swimme thinks how do we get rid of then that old clipcloppty mouse has friends.Hadan email this morning  said we had a 1000 to run just off to switch theplotter on and. read more...


04/12/2014

Take Off - Oh what a night

Oh what a night Sailing in moonlight What a wonder night Oh oh with spinnaker up Chewing miles What a wonder night Running to St Lucia all the way   Sailing since 1973, last night was priceless. Hope you ARC participants enjoyed the stars, moon and waves as I did.   Take Off, skipper Jörgen. read more...


04/12/2014

Exody - Day 24 - 3rd December - Golden Day

What a contrast to yesterday- cleanest, clearest horizon virtually free of any cloud and certainly no squalls!Sun glistening on a calm sea with just enough wind to push us along at 4.5/5 knots - we'd rather more but this along with the 31/32 temperature really feels like the Caribbean now. We can just about forgive the tradewinds for blowing light on this our second last full day at sea. The multiple blues and hues contributed to it being a very calming day and night with much time spent simply gazing at the magical sea and sky under sun then moon.We feel the Atlantic is eeking out our experiences at her leisure!With yesterday's grey windy day, our days run to 12 noon UTC was 123 miles - daylight arrival on Friday however now looking a target too far with the continued light winds!By. read more...


Aglaia - Dawn 4/12/2014
Aglaia - Dawn 4/12/2014
04/12/2014

Aglaia - Dave the Autopilot

Good afternoon everyone, today whilst everyone is working hard or sound asleep between watches I thought I would introduce myself, I'm Dave, Aglaia's autopilot.Now, I've been feeling a little under appreciated over the first half of the crossing, working tirelessly to keep the boat on course and being dismissed as soon as the helming conditions look 'fun'.Yesterday I decided enough was enough and it was time everyone aboard realized just how much work I really do.Starting yesterday afternoon I went on full time strike, first result was regular visitor coming to see me in the lazertte at the back of the boat, all my connections were cleaned, setting checked, temperature taken, all in all I started feeling a bit of love so put in an hours work as a thank you.Talking with Berg the plotter. read more...



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