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São Francisco 4 - Dia 5 Dez - Rabo de Junco avistado / 5th Dec - "Rabo de Junco" sea bird spotted
São Francisco 4 - Dia 5 Dez - Rabo de Junco avistado / 5th Dec -
05/12/2013

Queen Frederica - Bericht Tag 12 - Süßes Nichts-Tun

05.12.2013Der Skipper hat wieder gerechnet. Bei unserer aktuellenDurchschnittsgeschwindigkeit kommen wir am 17.12. (frühestens) in St Luciaan. Wenn’s ganz blöd läuft auch später. Dann müssten wir direkt nachMartinique segeln, damit alle ihren Flug bekommen. Wobei: Katharina undAndreas haben bereits umgebucht; vom 18. auf den 20.12. Gut, dass dasmöglich war. Denn im Grunde wollen alle unbedingt die ARC ‚offiziell‘abschließen, d.h. mit Rumpunsch, Party, Wiedersehen der anderen Crews undKaribik-Feeling.Wir sind immer noch mit eher schwachwindig unterwegs, mit ca. 12 kn ausENE. Direkt aufs Ziel gerechnet wäre das ein klarer Raumschotkurs. Denkönnen wir mit der Queen F. bei so wenig Wind aber nicht fahren. Wir luvenan auf Halb-Raumwindkurs, der liegt aktuell bei ca. 280 Grad und laufenwieder. read more...


05/12/2013

Jade - Day 10 - the Big Jade Bake Off

It's Day 10 and the shop bought bread has been eaten. This gastronomical landmark heralds the start of the Great Jade Bread Bake Off. Adam's first batch of 'Smith White' was somewhat black but tasty. In fact it was so good that Noah called it a 'masterpiece'. Ferne upped the stakes today with her wholemeal loaf which scooped her a 200 out of 10 score and no black bits... It's so exciting here.We're still skirting around Cape Verdes. We'll be glad to see the back of them WHEN the wind starts blowing.... Animal tally: More dolphins, turtles, a suspiciously sharky type thing, birds, flying fish...Thinking of all our family and friends and sending you all loveMichelle and all the crew of Jade xxxx. read more...


05/12/2013

Shelduck - Thu 5 Dec Chasing the Wind

Thursday 5 December Location:  15:24.042N31:04.593W      Distance travelled per 24 hours: Tue 3rd: 128 miles Wed 4th: 126 Thu 5th: 121   Since leaving the Cape Verde Islands on Monday we’ve only had an average of8 knots of wind from the NE.  Monday we headed south from Mindelo in searchof wind to the latitude of the southernmost leeward of the islands, Fogo andBrava.  Tuesday we headed west towards St Lucia and on Wednesday we added asouthward heading to it.  So much for the so called constant TradeWinds!  We’ve had to use the engine due to complete lack of wind for nearly6 hrs in the early hours of Wednesday morning.   Over the past two nights we’ve seen 2 enormous tankers or container shipswhose navigation lighting. read more...


05/12/2013

Meltemi - 10.Tag Illusionen

Mit Schmetterling den Pssat aufgenommen,den Parasailor gelegentlich hinzugenommen,gleiten wir bei ruhiger Seebefriedigen wir unser Fernweh.Der Rudergänger geigt das Lied der Wiegenwir träumwn dabei die Illusion vom Siegen,reihen die Meilen auf eine schnurlose Kette,produzieren dabei manch verrückte Wette,von Planters Punch und Stealband Barist der Traum, das soll wahr werdendarum fahren wir eben nicht zu den Kap Verden.Vielleicht - wenn wir so weiter wiegenwerden wir doch noch siegen.. read more...


05/12/2013

Hebe - Day11 4.12.13

17:18:30N040:14:64WEveryone on board is getting into high spirits as we're heading straight for St Lucia with the wind up the chuff and have had hours of fun flying the spinnaker and whizzing along the waves, which are still coming broadside ,giving us a real corkscrew motion. So life on board, the bananas have been sulking the entire time as they aren't allowed down in the boat with the other fruit and have refused to ripen at all, stubbornly remaining green and hard.  The pears misbehaved atrociously going bleeeeer the moment we started sailing. The mangoes have been divine we ate the last 2 today.  In my search for some escapee tea towels I peered into the washing machine and was delighted to find 2 melons I had quite forgotten we'd stowed there.  The avocados live in. read more...


Hebe - Day11 4.12.13
Hebe - Day11  4.12.13
05/12/2013

Avel Biz - Avel Biz J+11 Anniversaire au milieu

Bonjour5 Décembre 2013Position 12h00 UTC22°18,2 N40°18,0 W166 milles en 24hAnniversaireTient bon la barre et tient bon le vent, comme dit la chanson. Et biennous, c'est pareil, on la tient bien la barre, on ne la lâche plusd'ailleurs. Le relais est permanent.Mais aujourd'hui était un jour spécial, un grand jour pour tous. Monanniversaire. Je pense que l'aventure excite la curiosité et réveille lesamitiés, je ne reçois d'habitude pas tant de messages. Merci à tous, perduà la limite des océans ( là où la mer tombe ) ça fait encore plus plaisir.Nous avons su fêter ça dignement, prouvant, encore une fois,quel'équipage d'Avel Biz sait faire la fête quand il n'est pas en train depulvériser des records de pannes.Un gâteau exquis! UNE bougie! Mais surtout, un flacon de parfum. Cadeaufort. read more...


05/12/2013

Sunrise - Tag 12 - 05.12.2013 - Bergfest mit Fisch

Unser Spinacker ist kaputt, nachdem er vertörnt gesetzt wurde geriet dasUnterliek beim Versuch ihn wieder klar zu bekommen ins Wasser. Dadurchwurde er einmal komplett unter dem Boot durchgezogen, quasi Kielgeholt.Christoph und Hans unternahmen aufwendige Reparaturversuche, aber leiderhielt das Tape dem Druck des Windes nicht stand. Wobei das letzte Wort indieser Sache noch nicht gesprochen ist. Zu Abend kredenzte uns Christophmit dem letzten Frischfleisch ein sagenhaftes Curry-Gulasch. In der Nachtfuhren wir zum Teil im Tarnmodus, d.h. wir schalteten dieNavigationslichter aus um Strom zu sparen.Heute Morgen kurz nach dem Sonnenaufgang waren wir umringt von Wolken.Ringsherum regnete es, doch wir hatten die Sonne gebucht  Am Horizontlassen sich langsam Passatwolken blicken, so dass die. read more...


05/12/2013

Albatros - ALBATROS DAY 13

Yesterday´s Xmas market opened at Albatros with some roasted almonds from Urdorf (Switzerland), which everyone enjoyed.We face a good average speed of approx 7 knots during the last 24 hours. For the last 4 days we did not see any other boat.Among of The great things duringthe night shift are the great star formations and the stardust. Orion is constantly above us. It is always a pleasure to observe this planetarium in the sky. Thursday, december 5th we can celebrate Michael's Birthday. Who knows what surprises Neptun will prepare for us.Our thoughts are with you: Sabine, Nina, Monika, Reni, Karin, Carmen, Margit, Edith, Lea !. read more...


05/12/2013

Edelweiss - Day #12: another nice day

Hello again, and first off: apologies for admitting that there isn't much to report.I feel badly to say that, but I guess that on our lovely vessel in our patch of this huge ocean, there is only so much excitement to report.THANK HEAVENS!Those of you watching our course may have noticed that we veered much more southerly last night.We did this in order to get better winds for night-time sailing.As of this morning and a sail change (we now have Midsommar up and she is doing beautifully), we are headed again directly on course to St Lucia, which the crew appreciates.Still enjoying the flying fish - happy none has landed on the boat yet! Also from the culinary department: we are all enjoying the latest craze on Edelweiss: cheese quesadillas.It's a good thing, too, as I bought enough. read more...


05/12/2013

Ocean Venture - Slow boat to St. Lucia

Feast or famine dogs sailors when it comes to breeze.Lately its famine and all our pushing ahead and getting gains in the stronger winds has been lost as the lighter boats are moving up in what has been three days of light airs and we wallow on at 4-5 knots. Still, its gives time to fix water makers, prop shaft alternators, chaffe damage repairs etc. as well as enjoy the ocean which is just alive with sealife.Keeping cool with towing those brave enough to hold on a line for a drag.Just heard the ARC record has been broken as the first boat has arrived after 10 days! Is is a super yacht but still left us feeling dejected as we begin to impose rationning.Fishstew again tonight.(actually, all loving life on the ocean).see picThis e-mail was delivered via satellite phone using Iridium. read more...


Ocean Venture - Slow boat to St. Lucia
Ocean Venture - Slow boat to St. Lucia
05/12/2013

Shenanigan - Wot no trades!

Slow slow progress since the storm.We have very light winds a very flat sea and are hardly moving.Is this why the Atlantic is referred to as ‘the pond’? because it’s like being in the middle of a pond on a hot (extremely hot!) summers day, the good thing is there are no wasps in the beer or attacking us when we are having our picnic lunches! We saw and made contact with ARC yacht Tumbledownwind this morning – first life form for three days- and they are just as frustrated as we are. We have motored a bit but are concerned for fuel levels.Our next concern will be battery power which is also waning and needs speed to regenerate. Does anyone know where the elusive trade winds are?Lots of relaxing, reading and sunbathing. Hope to be in St Lucia by Christmas!!Best wishes from Shenanigan.. read more...


Shenanigan - Wot no trades!
Shenanigan - Wot no trades!
05/12/2013

Annabella - Log 9 4th December

Position: 17 03.52N 32 22.43WDistance to St Lucia: 1658NMWind speed continues to be disappointing with 3-6 knots for the past 24 hours. The good news is that it is from the NE which allowed us to hoist the spinnaker for the first time. Despite the wind speed we are making probably on average 4.5 knots of boat speed. Some of us didn't realise that the spinnaker has never been used on Annabella and has been in its bag since new. Conor and I were itching to use it and it has saved the day for the past 24 hours (so to speak). The forecast still promises stronger winds in the near future (whenever that is). We intend to switch the Genoa for the twin head sails while still flying the spinnaker which should leave us set up to take full advantage of the following winds. The key question is. read more...


05/12/2013

Hera - Passat

Nach zwei Tagen schwachen Winds scheint sich jetzt endlich der richtigePassat einzustellen. Unsere letzten beiden Etmale von 135 sm waren auch etwasunbefriedigend. Beim Barfußsegeln muß man darauf achten, daß bei den Freiwachenkeine Langeweile aufkommt. Vielleicht sollte man neben dem Kochwettbewerb nochein paar andere Konkurrenzen ins Leben rufen – zum Beispiel sportlicher Naturwie Klimmziehen am Großbaum oder Liegestütze auf dem Vorschiff oder diegenaueste Standortbestimmung mit dem Sextanten. Möglichkeiten gibt esviele. Heute Mittag wird es mal Fleisch bis zum Abwinken geben, da unsereKühlschrank über einen Tag versehentlich abgeschaltet war und bereits eineKühltemperatur von 25 Grad erreicht hatte.   Stefan. read more...


05/12/2013

Blue Ocean - Blue Ocean

Jeudi, encore quelques jours de mer pour nous. Caro va arriver aujourd`hui,bravo a eux.Il semble que nous soyons toujours en mode furtif, la balise YellowBrick nefonctionne plus bien en depit mde plusieurs essais  pour le rebooter. Ontransmet par mail satellite notre position au comite ARC, mais je ne sais pas siils retranscrivent sur la carte . Actuellement, a 11,30 nous sommes a 18*18,783N 042*50,448 W, encore a peu pres mille miles a vue denez.Les alizes mollissent un peu, 18  knts de vent, on marche a 7,5 knts.Ce sera une journee de navigation cool par rapport aux dernieres. Je joins, jene sais pas si ca marche, une photo de Darius et Janusz dans la bome pour lesreparations hier...   La nuit a ete calme surtout pour moi qui ai zappe mon reveil, suis justearrive pour la. read more...


05/12/2013

La Rochelle - Last Day

At dawn this morning we have 90 miles to go to S/L, every one is getting exited about completely our mission. Had a great sail yesterday under main and poled out heady in the morning , and as the breeze dropped in the afternoon to around 12-16 knots we went for the parasailor. Very frustrating generating 8 knots of boat speed in 15 knots of wind and then tripping over it as we sailed into a hole of 10 knots of wind. The wind in the Atlantic is anything but consistent, and when the forecast says 10 - 15, it is just that, all in a minute, up and down like a yoyo. So sailing on the edge of the kite can only be done hand steering.Thought we would share some boat one liners from the tripWtf r weIf Fannie fisher beats us across the Atlantic I will cut my throat.Not that red rope the other. read more...


04/12/2013

Aspen - Log 11 Thursday 5 Dec; Another Set of Footsteps

On these slow windless days at sea a sailor's thoughts begin to wander.Admiral Maria is Italian so obviously she is following in the steps of the Admiral of the Oceans, Columbus, as she sails across the Atlantic Ocean.Captain Steve is of mixed blood. Some say he is part American Indian (although that has never been firmly established except for the slightly red skin), part German but German sailors were not renown for sailing across the Atlantic, part French as evidenced by his sailing skills (yea right) and then there is the British part.Captain Steve is a direct descendant of Sir Oliver Cromwell, the ruler of England who was also directly responsible for the elimination of the British monarchy when he cut Chuck's head off (King Charles I, as he wasalso known).Sir Oliver only ruled for. read more...


05/12/2013

Starblazer - Starblazer 5 December Which gybe?

Wednesday has been an interesting day, mainly in good ways.Our first success was with the watermaker.When we first tried it after John’s repair and reinstallation on Tuesday I didn’t switch the generator to power the sockets, leaving it just to run the watermaker directly.The batteries were low so I switched it to boat as well; the watermaker promptly went on strike.It looks as though the extra load of the battery charger and  immersion heater load the generator a bit too much.Previously we had found  an electric kettle caused it to stop. (Underway we normally use gas.) Today we ran the watermaker without switching the boat circuit on, eureka!It ran faultlessly for over three hours, filling our tanks to capacity.John is still keen to obtain a replacement lift pump, but only to. read more...


05/12/2013

Blue Dolphin - Day11 - Fishing

Mike caught a fish!  After 5 nibbles he finally landed his 1st fish – and she was a beauty.  In the water she looked an iridescent purple and yellow but once out she was a fairly dull grey.  Once landed Kathy poured vodka down her gills and she died almost immediately, without any obvious signs of discomfort.  Kathy then got about the task of gutting her.  She was scarily proficient at wielding the knife.  Once cleaned she was passed to Carol to prepare for supper.  Tonight’s curry could wait - fresh barbecued fish was now the plate de jour.   There was plenty for 4 and it was delicious!   It was a good day for Mike as he fixed the water maker.  (Air in the system).  Showers were enjoyed by all. Still no wind –. read more...


Blue Dolphin - Day11 - Fishing
Blue Dolphin - Day11 - Fishing
05/12/2013

Azzurra - Day 12 –the flying fish-

Position Thursday: 05.12.2013 11:00 UTC:223”00’.688 N, 035”31’.186 W;DTW miles to go to st. Lucia : 1536 smToday’s blog is dedicated for Carole. The crew sends you their nicest compliments, to you and your husband. When Brian is watching the stars he starts dreaming on you and his family, especially when watching the Venus,so questioning why he is in the middle of the Atlantic and not sitting comfortable with you in front of the fire place having a nice glass of wine together. Enjoy the time without him and have three glasses of wine, one for you, one for Brian and one for the rest of the crew. We are sure, that way it will become a nice evening.The wind dropped down to below 10 knots, waves are now calm and long about 3 to 4 meter high. All is quiet. Too quiet; as a result our speed. read more...


05/12/2013

Anettine - 4.12.2013

Et rolig og fint seildøgn. Seilte hele dagen med spridde seil og vi klarte å øke avstanden til båtene bak. Rett før skipperen tørner inn, kunne førsten begeistret fortelle at han hadde observert 2 båter foran oss og at det la an til avansement på lista. Vi trengte en rolig natt og fortsatte inn i natten med samme seilføring.Det ble en rolig natt med godt med søvn. Kl 0400 på morgenen kunne vi fortsatt se en båt foran.Avstanden til båtene bak hadde også økt. Vi har 190 nm til mål, det vil si litt over et døgn. Kanskje vi kan klare å ta den på oppløpet?Anettine. read more...


05/12/2013

George - Decisions decisions.....

With the wind dead from astern at about 10 knots and the boat aiming straight at St Lucia, with our speed at about 5 knots if we are lucky, the big kite up, and knowing that there are stronger winds 2-300 miles south of us, we have to make some important decisions.So, do we use the white and red lure for fishing for tuna, which are harder to catch and land, or the squidy looking lure and go for Dorado, which are more common and easier to catch?Do we have the lamb cooked in white wine or the beef in red wine?We need help here. MK 17N 34W.Since our fridge took a unexpected holiday, we are playing Russian roulette with with the meat menu. Today we are having Lamb and as Mason prepares it the gentle sound of retching can be heard from the galley, This is what curries are made for!The crew. read more...


05/12/2013

Scarlet Oyster - Normal service is resumed! Day 11 on Scarlet

Will be a short one this time (I promise!)Last couple of days have been almost like something from a sailing brochure! Steady 15-18knots directly behind with blue skies and no rain, these winds closely resemble the mythical 'Trade Winds' that you sometimes hear about!Perfect sailing then?Well nearly!Having had a night of 20knots plus wind with the monster kite up a few nights ago, we have developed a sort of taste for the 'powered up' feel!, the gentle rolling along at 8knots av speed without the sensation it is all going to end in tears imminently is frankly a bit boring!Also this is not helped that a couple of boats coming down from the N have been 'enjoying' (or perhaps enduring!) our now preferred 'powered up' mode for 2 days while we have been cruising along.We have kept them at. read more...


Bella - It's our Half Way Party
Bella - It's our Half Way Party
Bella - It's our Half Way Party!
Bella - It's our Half Way Party!
05/12/2013

Bella - Good Morning, fellow ARC-er, Catarina!

Good Morning, CatarinaIt is great to be sailing with you - and your red parasail is looking good over there! Take care, and see you in St Lucia next week ;o)Katie x04122013 ARC Catarina 005. read more...


Bella - Good Morning, fellow ARC-er, Catarina!
Bella - Good Morning, fellow ARC-er, Catarina!
Bella - Baking on board Bella ... after
Bella - Baking on board Bella ... after
Bella - Baking on board Bella ...
Bella - Baking on board Bella ...
05/12/2013

Bella - Baking on board Bella ...

Here's the before and after ...For the bread, Roy created the yeast from sultanas and ta da! this morning we have a wholemeal sourdough loaf for our European/Israeli-style breakfast ... fresh bread with diced tomatoes dressed in balsamic vinegar, onions (if Roy had his way, we'd eat onions with everything from dawn 'til dusk!) and ricotta cheese. Here's How to Make Ricotta On A Boat When You Are 1,500nm From Land:-- add flavours (garlic, herbs) to milk and warm gently- simmer (do not boil)- strain through a clean, cotton, flowery pillow case- leave to cool - add to sunshine and blue skies and enjoy ;o)Katie x. read more...


05/12/2013

Webster - Log 14- We catch a fish!

Wednesday 4th:0730 position 26 25'N 28 34'W. Winds becoming very light again early morning and engine had to go on about 0700 and dropped spinnaker. But it returned at 0900 and managed to sail a bit thereafter, just not very fast at the moment which is becoming increasingly frustrating. Have to remember this is a marathon not a sprint so have to be patient. The wind is supposed to come in after the weekend according to a wider forecast heard today on SSB, but that is what we were told last week too......Around 1200 Jeremy was checking our fishing line and was convinced there was something there. After a week or so of trailing a line we were sceptical to say the least but no, a fish there was, a Dorado of approx 2Kg, a beautifully coloured fish against he background of the blue water. So,. read more...


05/12/2013

Resolute of Thames - Tempus Fugit

It is true to say that time has been the primary marker for our voyage.Of course we are also ticking off the nautical miles and charting our progress which I am happy to report is now substantial as we tear along at 5-6 knots again at last.However, the time factor always looms large: 2 weeks now since we left Mindelo; nearly a month since we left Las Palmas and hopefully only about 5 or 6 days until we reach dry land in Saint Lucia.The days are divided into our 4 hourly watches which we rotate. With the time being one of our few absolutes on this trip I was somewhat taken aback when Skipper started playing with the clocks onboard and actually moving the hands!I felt the foundations of my tiny 41 foot world being shaken...what are you doing? Now, had I taken the sensible albeit totally. read more...


05/12/2013

Surya - meer wind graag

Het zier er allemaal wel mooi uit, maar echt hard gaat het niet. We moeten genoegen nemen met 5.5 tot 6.0 kn en dat is minstens een dikke knoop te weinig. Met de 9 dagen die we nog te gaan hebben scheelt dat toch een dag. Overdag varen we met de assymetric spinaker en dan kruipen we wat noordelijker om het zeil vol te houden. `S nachts bomen we de genua naar loef en het grootzeil over bakboord helemaal uit en gaan we weer wat zuidelijker, iets meer pal voor de wind. De Grib-files voorspellen voor morgen, donderdag 5 december, wat meer wind. Dat zou vrijdag ook het geval zijn, maar dan is het weer afgelopen voor zaterdag en zondag. Vanaf maandag wordt het dan echt goed met 18 kn wind tot aan St. Lucia. Dan vliegen we!Laten we het hopen.JacIMG_4609. read more...


Surya - meer wind graag
Surya - meer wind graag
05/12/2013

Milanto - Fwd: Day 10 Blog

Well, no sooner had we pressed 'send' on yesterdays Blog, high on the adrenelin of catching another large fish, but disaster struck. A squall and high wave combination, and our spinnaker tore in half. We scrambled to bring it down and put up 2 replacement sails but consequently lost speed over night.This morning - which is technically Day 11 at sea not Day 10 but seemingly one of us cant add up - started bright and remained hot all day. The sea was relatively calm and some of the older members of the crew took the opportunity to sleep through most of the day, recharging run down batteries/avoiding chores/whimpering etc.Come this evening, the wind has dropped considerably, and conscious to maintain our pace, we pulled our secret weapon - Mr Norris - out from his hiding place. read more...


05/12/2013

Hanami II - BARRY is back ...

Mercredi 04 XII 201300:22 UTC14 10 N56 19 WReste 274 miles a couvrir.Avec le vent qui revient de facon reguliere l'obligation d'avancer au moteur disparait et il est possible de remettre en route l'Hydrovane, BARRY, notre infatiguable barreur.Nous l'avions desactive et retire son safran car, au moteur, les turbulences crees sont nefastes pour le systeme et sa fixation. De plus cela cree une trainee (meme faible) dont on se passe volontier si elle n'est pas necessaire.Remettre le safran a necessite d'arreter le bateau: genois roule, voile au centre, face au vent.Mais persistait un tanguage et un roulis important qui faisaient valser la plage arriere et apres que j'ai abandonne, Michel (toujours lui) est arrive a le mettre en place.Le revoici donc a l'ouvrage, silencieux et fiable, sauf. read more...


05/12/2013

Free Spirit - Wednesday 4th December

 Still nowind.  The genoa was back in placeby lunchtime and the Parasailor launched with the optimistic hope that the windwould pick up………..?........Nope!  Wehad a very relaxing afternoon just wallowing around and the engine had a goodrest too.  As the sun was setting wetucked away the Parasailor for another day and switched the engine back on tohelp us on our way.  We are enjoyingthe sunny hot days and warm starry nights but St Lucia still seems a long wayaway.. read more...


04/12/2013

Free Spirit - Tuesday 3rd December

Another day with no wind and the sun beating down on the guys ondeck carrying out the repair to the storm damaged genoa.  I think most people would have given upon it but not Peter.  This is the3rd day he has spent stitching. His hands are so sore but this is what it takes and he’s got it!  Hopefully tomorrow the job will befinished, the sail will go up and the wind will blow.  (Please).. read more...


05/12/2013

Shine - Day 10 :

A command decision was made last night not to fly the kites.What a fine move that turned out to be, as we experienced a very squally night and would have necessitated more action than we felt we needed. We also reduced the watches to give the crew, and especially Giles, much needed rest which was greatly appreciated by all. The skipper appeared at 07:00 having  attended to his bedsores, and we embarked on  most glorious day of classical trade wind sailing, which will have undoubtedly rewarded us with another 200+ mile day.We are at present third in our class, but with Jeremy's meticulous planning and forecasting, fully expect to improve on that position in the coming days.A highly efficient shower was rigged in the cockpit utilising the hand pump and an elaborate array of pipes. read more...


05/12/2013

Amaris - Land Ho! Dead ahead!

Sailing Amaris Wednesday, December 4, 2013Land Ho! Dead ahead! Amaris sails the world14.13.11 N60.30.47 W Atlantic Ocean - 21 miles fom St Lucia Land Ho!  Dead ahead. What a plesant view to wake up to. In the distance St Lucia with the twin Pitons (Large volcanic mountains) and off the starboard quarter - Martinique.  Hard to believe these two islands were the grounds of many a battle between the navies of France and England. Very appropo that I read 5 of the Horatio Hornbower books on the way here. As per the rally requirements, we need to sail across the finish line. Not that this is a big deal- we just sailed 2100 miles - but we haven't raised or lowered a sail in 3 days. The spinnaker has been working like a champ with her newest patch. read more...


04/12/2013

Great Escape of Southampton - Fw: 16 23 420n 33 37 780w

Day 11 – Dancing the SightFantastic...  Another day of superb sunshine, thismorning we hoisted the spinnaker with an average speed of 8 knots. We arecurrently competing for a top speed on the Helm held my none other than Dr David!!  The sunsets have been absolutelystunning giving a rouge effect, due to the Sahara sand and with Jupiter andVenus up there, it sets for an excellent night watch!After much trial and error Mike,Uncle ‘Pete’ (Peter Bacon) and I have cracked the Sun sights with the sextant.With Peter’s excellent skills in mathematics it didn’t take us long to realisethat we were in actual fact heading in the right direction for St Lucia, thefirst day we took sights Skipper Matt was quite concerned when he saw the sights and realised we were somewhereover the Bay of. read more...


04/12/2013

Diva - Improvisation ohne Spi ist nun die Strategie

Nachdem unserSpinnaker im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes mit einem lauten Knall in der letzten Nacht aus den Nähten platzte und wir von etwa Mitternacht nur unter Großsegel in das Tageslicht fuhren gingen uns viele Strategien durch den Kopf. Alles wurde durchgespielt. Den Genaker als Spi vergewaltigen bei bis zu 20 Knoten Wind?Die Genua ausbaumen zum Butterfly? Das ist es irgendwie nicht. Was können wir tun um den nicht vorhandenen Spi zu ersetzten? Also Taktik anpassen. Wir entschieden uns mit der Standardbesegelung Groß & Genua weiterzumachen und die Strategie auf eine Kursänderung und eine angekündigte Winddrehung zu setzten. Damit akzeptierten wireine zu hohe Höhe bei etwa 280-310 Grad. Gemusst hätten wir 265. Nun warten wir hoffnungsvoll auf den Winddreher. Segelpoker auf dem. read more...


Diva - Improvisation ohne Spi ist nun die Strategie
Diva - Improvisation ohne Spi ist nun die Strategie
04/12/2013

Idea of London - VQ Ocean Race Update - the heat is on.

So, it's day eleven on the big brother boat and our intrepid sailors continue to impress (themselves, principally) by staring endless tuna and tomato salads head-on.As I write, Ben is expirmenting with beetroot and sardines, so I for one am looking forward to dinner tonight with a relish that borders on the homicidal. To wash things down, we have Ig's 'eclectic' choice of beverages from the Carrefour spirit isle (Baileys, Limoncello, Honey Rum and Vodka) as the last few cans of beer sink without trace. Lucas 'I've only had four cans' Bertrand claims no knowledge of where the rest of the beer has gone.Below decks, the temperature is rising and it's not because Al Mac has his special pants on.No, as we head relentlessly toward the Caribean (or towards Brazil when Lucas is at the helm) the. read more...


04/12/2013

Selivra - ARC Tag 10

2013-12-04, 20.30Ahoi an alle unsere LeserDie Dagi hat es ja gestern schon erwähnt – derzeit fahren wir fast nur mitdem Wingaker. (für alle Nichtwissenden - das ist unser buntes Vorsegel mit170 m2!!!!!) In den letzten 36 Stunden mussten wir ihn nur heute früh fürein paar Stunden bergen, da war der Wind ein bisschen zu stark. DieGeräusche von Boot, Wind und Wasser, die man in der Bugkabine mitkriegt,hörten sich da schon sehr nach Volvo Ocean Race an (oder zumindest nach demwas ich mir darunter vorstelle). Gefühlt war unsere Selivra da knapp davorins Gleiten zu kommen. „In echt“ aber wohl doch eher nicht :-). Wie auchimmer, wir haben das Segel routiniert geborgen und sind ein paar Stundennur unter Genua weitergesegelt.Aber jetzt zieht uns der „Große Weiße“ schon seit Stunden wieder. read more...


Selivra - ARC Tag 10
Selivra - ARC Tag 10