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09/12/2012

Great Escape of Southampton - Day 13 Great Escape 15 19N 46 37W

Day 13 We want morewind! “Mayday, mayday, mayday, we require immediate assistanceof much more wind” After some pretty tough weeks with loads of wind andfabulous sailing, ONE quiet day without wind was fine and actuallyappreciated. The SECOND day (yesterday) with flat sea, steaming heatand not even a sign of wind was OK and to live with. A THIRD day (today) is NOT. This night has basicallybeen without wind and very HOT, not giving us much hope for a windy day - butfinally, this morning we gained some breeze and are sailing again. We arecruising away in 4-5 knots or so, with winds of 10-13 knots – hoping that wewill reach 20-25 during the day (and for the rest of this journey). We have now covered more than 2/3 of the total distanceof 2700 miles and have approximately 800 miles to go.. read more...


Great Escape of Southampton - Day 13 Great Escape 15 19N 46 37W
Great Escape of Southampton - Day 13 Great Escape 15 19N 46 37W
09/12/2012

Islay - measurements

We are on 3/4th of the voyage of 2800 NM and enjoy every day. For an outsider it may look boring and the same every day. This is however not the case. Somehow every day is different and brings new ‘excitements’. As we make progress we keep a close eye on the DTD (Distance to Destination). The umber becomes more ‘understandable’ as it became below 1000 NM, 803 as I write this. The SOG (Speed over Ground), although the ocean is 5KM deep we still look at our speed over the ground, is an average speed of 7.5 knots (at times 8). Speed is everything (while keeping the boat together) because with the current average speed we will arrive in St.Lucia around happy hour on Thursday. So: every knot or mile counts. The weather is not as constant as it would typically be. The low brought rain,. read more...


Islay - measurements
Islay -  measurements
09/12/2012

Salsa af Stavsnäs - Going Bananas

Yesterday was a day in the desert. The sun shining and almost no wind. The terror to be with little wind and a swell of 1-2 meters is that the sails flap violently everytime the boat rolls. It sounds like thunder and it makes you wonder if it is going to hold. Our bananas matured all at the same time, just as exciting to tell the world, as writing home that you have seen the Eiffel tower in Paris. The difference is that we believed the guy who told us to cover them in dark and just bring out those you want and put them in the sun. The autopilot went bananas, it decided to stop working as soon as you did not look. We suspected some interference in the network and decided to shut the whole boat off, since it did not help to just switch off the unit.Strange feeling, in the. read more...


09/12/2012

Senta - Day 11?

The days are flying by now. We only had to motor for a day to get through the expected lull, then 1 day! of trade wind sailing and now it is bucketing down with rain, the brochure has been ling from the start! Morale on Senta is good, though, only 750 miles tp go and John has not even started to read his 800 page book. Kids are content, we eat too much, temperature is over 20 now, no compaints.. read more...


09/12/2012

Meltemi - 08.12.2012 - 12. Seetag - Regattamode

Daten siehe unten...Moin, Freunde der Meltemi,heute moechte ich einmal ein wenig ueber das Verhalten der Crew bei unserer Atlantic Rallye for Cruisers berichten.Zu Beginn unseres Toerns haben wir als uneingespielte Crew gleich in den ersten Tagen mit schwerem Wetter und den, bei einigen Segelkameraden recht ausgepraegten Symptomen der Seekrankheit gekaempft. Diesen Abschnitt koennte man durchaus als "Ueberleben auf See" bezeichnen.Im Laufe der Zeit spielten sich Crew und Yacht aufeinander ein, die Manoever gingen leichter von der Hand (wenn denn mal ein Manoever gefahren werden musste...) und das taegliche Leben an Bord ging in Routine ueber.Jetzt aber, knapp 700 Meilen vor Rodney Bay Marina kann man eine Veraenderung in der Einstellung unserer Crew feststellen:WIR SIND JETZT IM. read more...


09/12/2012

Surfing Petrel - Match race to the finish

25 miles to go, land sighted, our rivals on The Kid just to leeward, flying a spinnaker. They are slightly better placed, but there will be no let up on Surfing Petrel until the finish. Helmsman concentrating on boat speed, surfing down every available wave. Aperitif cancelled, or rather postponed, until arrival in St Lucia. Some time much later: Surfing Petrel beat The Kid over the finishing line by just a few hundred metres, and the 4th boat to arrive, much to our delight. The boat is safely tied up in Rodney Bay, St Lucia, and the crew is well fed and watered and clean!. read more...


09/12/2012

Oranda III - parasail

Queridos seguidores, esto va cada vez peor, ademas de que seguimos sin poder pescar, los inventos de los ingenieros de diversas ramas han sido un fracaso. La llegada del buen tiempo, el poco viento y el sol, estan relajando la disciplina de la tripulación.Hoy hemos navegado con el parasail todo el día con lo que nadie govierna el barco, el parasail majico se encarga de eso. Duchas en cubierta y cocina han ocupado practicamente todo el día.Esta noche, dentro de tres horas, estaremos a menos de 1000 nm y será celebrado con una comida extraordinaria y doble ración de ron para la tripulación. Mañana, a primera hora, mas parasail y a disfrutar todo el día.Para poder comer pescado, hamos tomado sardinas en aceite de una buena marca de conservas.Buena navegación y buena proa.. read more...


08/12/2012

Johanem - Miracle on the Atlantic

Hi allOur readers are by now familiar with the generally schoolboy humour surrounding our lack of success with the fishing line. However, yesterday afternoon events in the fishing department took on a decidedly more serious tone.To cut a long story short we finally managed to catch a fish ... but at what cost.The day started well enough with the fishing department finally deciding to employ its best weapon from a highly depleted reserve of lures. This one was a sleek and convincing plastic fish with two triple hooks. This was deployed with great confidence.Several hours later, at 3:00 pm, just as Susie and I were coming off watch and handing over to Tony and Nick ( aka the fishing department), the fish alarm went off, Nick raced to grab the rod and it was all hands on deck. Seconds. read more...


08/12/2012

Berenice by TWT - Day 13 - Finished!

We finished this morning, second over the line in 12 days 21 hours and 40 minutes, give or take a few minutes this or that way. Congratulations to Vaquita who did a great race. They pushed us to always go a little faster, and we hope we did push them in the same way. Fair game to them. The last 3 days coming up were very variable. We got becalmed for about 15 hours with no wind at all,  we even went for an afternoon swim along and around Berenice. The wind slowly and fickly pick up and we had a couple of days of gennaker sailing with the last 12 hours or so being quite fun with squall showing up randomly all over the night and wind picking up to 28 knots, as some of the crew claimed “exciting is back”, making reference to the exciting conditions we had for a few days during the. read more...


08/12/2012

Puddle Jumper - Day 11 - 8th Dec 2012 - I think?!

During the clear starlight night I found two more flying fish landed at my feet. They are beautiful powerful little creatures which take a bit of holding to be able to throw them back in again. In the day they glide about a foot above the surface for up to about 100 metres singly and in small shoals which is fascinating to watch. After a very still 24 hr. period we started to sail again around 7 am PLT (Puddlejumper Local Time) which is currently 3 hrs before  GMT (aka UT...). By 9:00 we were on with working out a rig to fly the Parasail on Starboard tack for the first time. By the time we had tried one sheeting arrangement and changed it for another an hour had passed and we were well ready for the bacon butties we had been promised for breakfast..... after the usual cereal,. read more...


08/12/2012

Coral IV - Atlantens nätter – lö 8 dec

Kvällsmåltid har precis intagits och återigen ledde ett samarbete mellan Steinar och Richard till ett utmärkt resultat. För att fira att två tredjedelar av sträckan seglats bjöds på “Italian christmas cake” till efterrätt. Vi var också förnöjda efter att återigen ha fått den akterliga av de två toaletterna att fungera efter att Otto och Carl ägnat några timmar åt att på nytt demontera och montera den. En trasig impeller verkar ha varit problemet den här gången. I skrivandets stund har nattens lugn lagt sig över Coral IV; första nattvakten är på plats och nere i båten spelar Otto klassisk musik. Grieg är förstås givet på en norskflaggad båt. Den patriotiske svensken blev tvungen att erkänna att det är hans favoritkompositör. Vi rör oss bort från lågtrycksområdet och det är skönt. read more...


08/12/2012

Coral IV - Ny dodag

16:46.52 N 45:30.47 W Klokken er kvart over fire. Fra klokken 12 har Carl og jeg holdt på med det elektiske toalettet. Misforstå meg rett. VI har demontert det, bit for bit. Jobben Sam gjorde for et par dager siden var tydeligvis ikke nok – dvs han hadde ikke gravd dypt nok i materien. Nå har vi plukket av bit for bit. Byttet alle slitedeler og forøvrig rengjort. I tillegg er bruksanvisninger grundig lest. Virker det ikke nå, blir det demontert, og det gamle manuelle montert inn. I dag er det solskinnsdag. Litt for lite vind, men med vinden rett bakfra, og i blant squalls med vind opp i 35 kn – har vi latt spinnaker være spinnaker og seiler med den løsningen vi har lært å sette pris på – butterfly. Fungerer greit og med den vindstyrke og –retning vi har, gir det ca 6 kn. Ikke. read more...


Coral IV - Ny dodag
Coral IV - Ny dodag
Coral IV - Ny dodag
Coral IV - Ny dodag
Coral IV - Ny dodag
Coral IV - Ny dodag
08/12/2012

Northern Child - ARC DAY 12: 8/12

ARC DAY 12: 8/12 (16.4N 47.6W) I finished my log yesterday saying "As I type this, I am listening to Maverick Sabre singing "A change is gonna come"... I hope he is right" Well guess what ? - 15 mins after sending yesterday's log a storm developed and hell broke out lose- we had a massive rain down pour and Matt, Tim and I ended up on deck shampoo-showering under the rain. Probably the cleanest shower ever. - shortly after that the wind picked up to 20 knots so after a quick trim of sails we were again cruising at 9 knots (what a difference)- and while we were still addapting to the new conditions, Dietmar got a nice Mahi Mahi which will provide a nice tuna like dinner for the whole crew on Saturday night... - to top it all off, good old Christian readied a. read more...


08/12/2012

Coral IV - Return of the tradewinds

Having spent yesterday sweating over the stove, it was my turn to sleep blissfully through the night, uninterrupted by night watches. Alas, the squally weather had made our cabin unbearably humid and I sweated my way through a nightmarish sleep which offered little in the way of actual rest. Up on deck I could feel the listless rolling of the boat and hear the screech of gear and the dissatisfied grumblings of the watch as she slammed into the Atlantic swell. Sometime towards morning, the trades finally returned and the boat came back to life and by the time I stood my watch, she was running seven knots under main alone. The glooms of yesterday lifted; again we had a purpose and a goal. Incredibly, the toilet broke again. All my unblocking had clearly conspired to cause further. read more...


Coral IV - Return of the tradewinds
Coral IV - Return of the tradewinds
Coral IV - Return of the tradewinds
Coral IV - Return of the tradewinds
Coral IV - Return of the tradewinds
Coral IV - Return of the tradewinds
08/12/2012

Loupan - Mot Västindien - 8 december

Idag har vi haft vår första segelskada som drabbade storseglet. Det är inget allvarligt, utan kan enkelt lagas av ett segelmakeri när vi kommer fram och turligt nog sitter skadan så att vi kan använda seglet om vi har två rev satta.Innebär också att vi kommer att segla slutsträckan med lite lägre fart med nuvarande vindprognos. När vi fixade till en temporär lösning för att kunna segla vidare upptäckte vi också ena hel del slitage på vissa linor som används i rev systemet. Vi passade därför på att fixa detta. Dessutom upptäckte vi att andra lattan hoppat ur och försvunnit under nattens segling! Ett mysterium hur en flera meter lång glasfiberpinne kan rymma när vi alltid har någon i sittbrunnen, men antagligen har det skett i skydd av nattens mörker. Ny latta kan tillverkas ombord, vi har. read more...


08/12/2012

Northern Child - Daily Log 11 - There she goes, there she goes again...........

Daily Run    177mDTT             171nm Lunch          Hot Dogs with homemade ColeslawDinner          Homemade Lasagne followed by Banofee Pie  By early evening, with the grated cheese on the Lasagne bubbling away in the oven, the wind decided to join us again.  This was a very, very welcome arrival but as fussy as it may seem, not the perfect timing.  You see, after nearly 36 hours bobbing around in very little wind, it arrived fairly suddenly, right at the point that when I was putting my Banofee Pie (well Banofee Slop) in the fridge.  It lurched to one side and cream poured. read more...


08/12/2012

Northern Child - ARC DAY 11: by Adolfo

What a day !!! Everything goes soooooooooooo slow that if it continues for another 24 hours I might have to get into the sea and swim with sharks for excitement ;-) If I had my iTunes and iPod with me I would have to build a playlist for today including the following songs:- "Travelling without moving" by Jamiroquai- "Quiet Nights of Quiet Starts" by Stan Getz- "Shooting Stars" by Maverick Sabre- "Move me no Mountain" by  Soul II Soul- "When the sun(wind) goes down" by Fleetwood Mac- "Staring at the Sun" by  U2- "Dont Stop the Party" by The Black Eyed Peas- "Where did we go wrong?" by  Incognito Yes. All of that. We are simply stucked in a no/little wind zone and we make barely any progress with this. Northern Child is a heavy solid boat that has given us. read more...


08/12/2012

Northern Child - Daily Log 10

Daily Run    93mDTT             73nm Lunch          Pizza and Corn on the Cob   Dinner          Chicken wrapped in Parma Ham with Roasted Vegetables Well I think the mileage says it all - bob, bob, bob went Northern Child........  The wind has been under 6 knots for that last 24hrs making slow going at best.  The positive side of this very light wind and hot sunny weather is that we have been able to get all of the wet waterproofs and sails out on the deck to dry.  We have also blitzed the boat, cleaining every surface, ceiling and floor space.  Once dried,. read more...


Northern Child - Daily Log 10 - 7/12/12
Northern Child - Daily Log 10 - 7/12/12
08/12/2012

Orion - Week 2, Saturday, Dec.8

We had a day of trying, some will say a trying day! depends on how you perceive ocean sailing. Just after sunrise up went the spinnaker and it just set. The forecast predicted the wind filling so we trimmed, tried, and altered course on every degree of wind shift. By lunch time the wind was half of what we started with and the Kite was taken down. We were hot and cooled down under buckets of sea water. Now we head north , chasing that elusive stuff that a few days ago we had so much of, wish us luck.Keith.  With slow speed the hygiene level improves both for the body and the kitchen zone. Use of seawater for cooking and doing the dishes is saving on the freshwater. We are living from tinned food and some of the crew members are counting the meatballs being served for each crew. read more...


08/12/2012

Morpion - Samedi 8 Decembre

hello tout le monde !Aujourd'hui on a envoyé le spi pour la première fois !on a un nouveau spi tout neuf, un truc bizarre qui s'appelle Parasailor.C'est comme un spi normal mais avec comme une aile de parapente aumilieu...c'est csensé le maintenir "en l'air"....le stabiliser.Pour le moment c'est imbatable point de vue "securité" et stabilité de lavoile/bateau. En revanche, je trouve pas ca très rapide. Donc on verra pourdemain.Je sais que je devais faire une petite intgroduction au routage aujourd'huimais pour ne rien vous cacher j'ai fait aut' chose :)Du coup je vous ferai ca demain, en plus actuellement c'est complètementdans le sujet, car notre routage nous a permi d'arrive r ici un peu plusvite (on est plutôt bien classés je trouve) mais la "descente" risqued'être un peu. read more...


08/12/2012

Laissez-faire - Opportunity Lost

Good Evening from the Lazy Fairy,Action from start to finish of late,Cheap red vino to think what might have been fate.400 metres of line peeled and the bastard went deep,full drag on - this bad boy was one we wanted to keep.Fight had started and everyone knows Joe doesn't mind a scrap,but the look on his face had all the markings that he might have just taken a crap.Norm made the life jacket in to a harness and it was working well,Mack slow the f***ing boat down, this was turning into a hard sell.Slowly progress was being made but proving quite tough,but it was getting closer and that was enough.Looks like Mr Yellow Fin has seen the boat,and my lord he was angry he was nearly afloat.He went this way and that and tried to shake free,The big fish finally got his wish, manipulating. read more...


08/12/2012

Rivendell - "Beau Knows Fish"

8 December 2012Well I was kidding Beau about the whale that we encountered a few days past.It was a typical fish story (but a true one) but as time goes by the fishgrows in size. Beau gets very enthusiastic and excited - he's having agreat time that he will never forget.Well as I stated yesterday we encountered two small Wahoo fish and threwthem back. Well early this morning Beau caught a huge Wahoo (1 1/4 meters -40 inches). Biggest fish that he has ever caught and was he excited. Andynext to Ben our most experienced crew member helped him fillet it. Taryndid a beautiful job cooking a meal fit for a king. You cannot get fish anyfresher than we had.Yesterday was very calm - no wind - sea very flat - so we were able to dolaundry in the washing machine. Today the winds have returned. We. read more...


08/12/2012

Peter von Seestermühe - 08.12.12

Liebe Peter-Freunde,Die Kapitänstasse ist in Scherben. Das kann nur Glück bringen!Um wieder 20 nach 6 sollten wir die 600 Seemeilen knacken! Zugegeben wirhaben heute die Uhren um eine Stunde zurück gestellt, aber wir müssenauch 10 bis 20° von unserem Zielkurs abweichen um nicht ganz platt vorden Laken zu fahren. Wenn der Skipper seine Nerven behält, so derSkipper selbst, dann fahren wir die Halse im letzten Moment. Mal schauenwie stark seine Nerven sind! Eine mögliche Ankunft am Mittwoch ist nunschon vom Skipper bestätigt. Rechnet aber bitte noch mal selbst unserenAnkunftszeitpunkt nach. Da gibt es raum für Verbesserung...Heute morgen wurde der Schinken hinter die Tür des Vorpieks verbanntnachdem zwei besorgte Crewmitglieder dem Skipper die Wutausbrüche vonHalbblondine zugetragen haben. read more...


08/12/2012

Capricho - Dia 12 - Pesca

Día Nº 12Posición actual : Latitud 19º 09,2 N ~ Longitud 50º 38,0’ W Distancia recorrida del día : 170 MN Velocidad promedio : 7.1 nudosDiciembre 8 día de las velitas, anoche fue la gran parranda enBarranquilla; primera de las 4 fiestas. Ya sonó Estercita Forero en elCapricho!!!Cada vez mas cerca del destino, solo nos faltan 664MN que al ritmo quellevamos nos colocaran en Rodney Bay – Saint Lucia al final del día12.12.12.Han pensado ustedes en hacer el Balance Personal de los logros del año? delo que va corrido de este milenio? Asumo que están consientes que esta esla ultima vez en la vida que nosotros viviremos una fecha igual? 12 díasdel mes 12 del año 12 de este milenio ... no se pongan hacer cuentas quenadie ha logrado vivir un milenio!Nunca lo había visto funcionar tan bien el. read more...


Capricho - Dia 12 - Pesca
Capricho - Dia 12 - Pesca
08/12/2012

Indulgence - Singing in the rain

Saturday 8th DecemberCurrent Position: N 17o 30'.573 W 44o 12'.916 Current Speed : 7 knots Distance to finish at Saint Lucia : 983 nmIt began as a promising morning, with bright blue skies and a salt water shower to start the day. So far, I've been smothering myself in factor 50, as red hair and freckles do not agree with the sunshine and this morning called for LOTS of factor foxy. Denis showed us all his guilty pleasure by turning up Frank Sinatra very loud on the mp3 player and dancing in the cockpit with his new sunhat. Priceless moment.Well, well, well, the day was purely out to fool us all, as ever since we've been looking out at rain, rain and more of the same. We all feel right at home. We passed a milestone today. Less than 1000 nautical miles left on the clock. They are ticking. read more...


08/12/2012

Surfing Petrel - Almost there

We have about 65 miles to go to the finish line in St Lucia, though naturally not in a straight line, with several gybes to keep us occupied. The waves are now fairly well aligned, but yesterday afternoon and during the night, there were periods when we had swell coming straight on despite sailing downwind. It's rather strange slamming into the sea with the spinnaker flying. Quite testing too for those trying to sleep.The boat we have been racing closely with over most of the Atlantic is The Kid, a slightly bigger and faster boat. We have managed to mostly stay in touch all this way. Yesterday afternoon their speed had dropped significantly and it transpires that their big spinnaker is out of action (there is often a good story attached to spinnaker disasters.. we shall have to wait. read more...


08/12/2012

Stormvogel - Tag 11 und 12: Im Westen nichts neues....

...jedenfalls sehen wir kaum noch andere Boote und hören auch keine Funkanrufe mehr mit. Absolut einsam!Wir stehen nun ca. 1.250 Seemeilen vor dem Ziel und laufen seit gestern (Freitag 7/12/2012) fast ausschließlich unter Motor. In der Nacht haben wir zweimal versucht mit dem wenigen vorhandenen Wind zu segeln, aber außer aufwendigen (...und aufregenden!) Segelmanövern kam dabei nicht viel heraus.Also weiter mit dem "Brüllaffen" unten in der Bilge. Das ist schon merkwürdig nach 10 Tagen "Ruhe" (...nur im Sinne der Akustik!) dieses laute Teil nun an der Backe zu haben.Aufgrund der Lautstärke musste Hendrik seine Koje räumen und ins Deckshaus ziehen.Dadurch, das kein Segel (und kein tiefer Schwingkiel) das Boot stabilisiert rollen (schaukeln von einer auf die andere Seite) wir wie blöde.. read more...


08/12/2012

Marlin - 1/2 des Atlantiks geknakt.

Hallo LandleuteHeute ist fuer uns ein bessondriger Tag.. Wir haben die haelfte der Strecke hinter uns gebracht. Dies war heute morgen einen Grund zum feiern.. Wir haben heute um 10:00 Uhr ausgediegen im Cockpit bei fast flacher See und nur 5-10Kn Wind, mit einem Glas Sekt angestossen. Heute war ein sehr guter gemütlicher Tag. Alle haben die Seelen in der weite des Atlantiks baumeln lassen, sowie deren Gedanken und zum teil auch an die geliebten welche zuhause geblieben sind... Zwei Stunden nach dem herlichen Fruestueck haben wir noch ein Wellnessbad in der Maennerrunde genossen. Mann stelle sich, tiefblaues Wasser welches herliche 26-28° warm ist. Und dies noch in der mitte des Atlantiks. Das macht mann nicht alle Tage.. Anschliessend haben wir wieder die Segelgesetzt (Parasailor &. read more...


08/12/2012

Skyelark of London - Day 11 on Skyelark

8th December"Dear Father and Mother. I write You to tell You I am doing well. My duties on this fine fishing vessel have shown to be in the filleting compartments on the port side. The working conditions are excellent as I have not yet cut myself. The boat often rolls back and forth - not too much of course - which makes it necessary for me to hold the fish with one foot as I fillet and skin the fish. I did cut my finger though, but given the fact that that must have been my own fault and not caused by any helming not being carried out correctly, I found no reason to raise this to the Skipper. The helmsmen, Bob, Dave, Gerard and Phil do all a very fine job, so I just need to accustom myself to the new conditions.I do now realize how spoiled I have been, working at an office desk.I am. read more...


Skyelark of London - Day 11 on Skyelark
Skyelark of London - Day 11 on Skyelark
08/12/2012

Heartbeat IV - Saturday morning.....A busy 48 hours

Well - Thursday night nice steady 20 knots S2 and main - sudden unexpected increase in wind but manageable for most of the time - all helms struggling with round ups and broaches - all sail outofable (if that's a word). Then spin halyard broke in am leaving us short of halyards. Too unstable to replace - rehoisted on remaining spin halyard (currently topping lift). Change to assy 5 - another halyard loss - then to boomed out #2 - slight lull - Trevor up mast - externalised two new halyard - S2 back up. Noted slight damage to starboard spreader 2. Wrap of S2 - down - 4 hour repair of damage by Nic. Continued on. Weather good and sunny - 13 - 15k - making good progress - 270 degrees. Overnight steady downwind - trouble free progress till 0400-0800 watch - with S2 - wrap (this time by Wrap. read more...


Heartbeat IV - Saturday morning.....A busy 48 hours
Heartbeat  IV - Saturday morning.....A busy 48 hours
Heartbeat IV - Saturday morning.....A busy 48 hours
Heartbeat  IV - Saturday morning.....A busy 48 hours
Heartbeat IV - Saturday morning.....A busy 48 hours
Heartbeat  IV - Saturday morning.....A busy 48 hours
08/12/2012

Baringo - Sat 8 Dec 2012

Dear All, after a Thursday night and Friday (6th and 7th Dec) characterized by three things: rain; rain; and more rain - and a fourth namely such varibale winds that we were turning in all directions - we finally as of about 1800 hrs Friday (6th Dec) picked up a strong and steady north east breeze and have been making steady and comfortable progress since then. Crew morale is as always excellent and was improved by a celebratory slice of Christmas cake (generously donated to crew supplies by Brownen Richardson - my sister) as we passed the half way point in the rain on Friday. The crew sweepstakes on the most accurate forecast for the time at which we would cross 40 degrees W , was won by Professor Andrew Peacock - despiet the very best efforts of one helmsman to steer 270 / due west and. read more...


08/12/2012

Mary Jo - Yesterday and today

16 deg. 38 mins. North, 041 deg. 37 mins. West  First Mate's Log, Stardate:- 1630/08/12/2012 GMT,Current Epoch.  A beautiful sunny day, wind's dropped; a vast horizonand a tall sky. The big lines of white and grey puffyclouds sit low over the water in the distance in all directions so that you can see their full, towering heights; theycast big pools of shadow over portions of the sea.There is rain under some of them.I had a shower under one such just yesterday, windswept,cooling, fresh water straight from the sky - a gift toone who was parched.... It is very hot now, for the first time - panting likedogs, sweat providing the only cooling possible.Luckily we still have a fridge and so the water is cold;mixed with a little lime squash and concentrated lemon juice, one has,. read more...


08/12/2012

Bardeau - Need an Arctic Arc

Last night watch went badly. I sat watch with motley Dave, who along with other still awake motleys was much amused when the illustrious skipper nodded off on the bench and rolled onto the cockpit floor. I told them I was testing them to see if they were awake enough to notice I had fallen asleep.So it's Saturday. Doesn'tfeel like...it feels very much like all the days gone before...except heaven has opened up a furnace....Mr Frog the digital barometer is wearing sun glasses and smiling, and is giving a late pm shade temperature of 33C. Motleys are all upstairs fishing and sunbathing whilst we sail gently along in a light breeze at 5 knots with the cruising chute up. Lunch went from being cooked, to a light snack. Wish we were heading for the Arctic like last night when the wind swung. read more...


08/12/2012

Ace at Sea

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08/12/2012

Little Pea - Little Pea's ARC Blogoramma 10 - Sail repairs at sea

18:22.3N  46:30.8W   Friday, day 11 at sea.   "Spinnakers were made for man to put up, andGod to bring down..." Qu: Laurie Smith (famous racingsailor)   It all started with the decision to launchBarbara.  All our sails have names and Barbara (also known as BigBabs) is our big kite.  She is the largest spinnaker in our wardrobeand is a b*tch at the best of times.  Used in the right conditions andhandled with respect, she will give us another 2 knots of boatspeed.  However, Babs is also moody, temperamental and prone to savagebursts of anger.  Unfortunately, she was is such a frame of mind todayand the price we had to pay was high.   At 0900 hrs, whilst Mike was on watch, weprepared Barbara for. read more...


08/12/2012

Ntanda - Blog Day 12 - Due West Finally!

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