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10/12/2012

Jay Jay - Day 14 16.3N 44.2W

Another day of motoring and communication issues but, I'm pleased to report, the day did end on a higher note when the wind returned and we could turn the engine off.  Add to that some limited communication capabilities, then we all ended the day feeling more positive despite the rain! We've now less than a thousand miles to go to St Lucia.  And with favourable winds forecast for the next few days we hope to make good progress towards our goal. I spent a very useful hour last night plotting the position of all the fleet into an Excel graph so we've finally been able to see our position relative to everyone else.  We've been surprised how many yachts are considerably further north than we are, albeit further west, but providing my plotting is accurate, then we. read more...


09/12/2012

Jay Jay - Day 13 16.5N 41.7W

Yesterday proved to be an utter pig of a day. We had no wind, and the engine had to be running all day, the weather was particularly hot and our PC decided it wasn't going to talk to anybody via email. I spent most of the day wrestling with the damn computer, aided admirably by Debra and Ed who tried their best to help me get it working again. This morning on my watch between 00:00 and 03:00 I carried on the fight, and finally this morning we had a breakthrough and managed to connect, send and receive mails again. Things are looking positive, as I type this we have 1116 nm to go to ST Lucia, a nice current pushing us along at 1 knot, and the forecast is that we will have reasonable winds to sail again this afternoon. The nights have been pretty amazing on watch, as we get. read more...


10/12/2012

Coral IV - Not much to report...

Not much to report today; the boat is running fast before the trades and we haven’t changed a sail or even touched a sheet in hours. The night watches have been marked out by those who have been unfortunate enough to get absolutely soaked by tropical squalls and those who have managed to avoid them – namely me. Every time I came off watch it immediately bucketed down with rain, leaving the watchkeeper sodden and rather gloomy, while I had happily stood my watch in shorts and t shirt.The miles are ticking away nicely now and at the current rate we will be in St Lucia in five days. This is a manageable period of time compared to the vast ocean of time that 21 days seemed at the start of this trip. Ivory has been Kock today and has battled bravely with the extreme humidity. Steiner. read more...


10/12/2012

All-Linn - Dag 13 - Under 1000nm til mål.

En ting er sikkert. Ingen kan beskylde oss for å ha brukt motoren på veien over! ARC regattaen tillater bruk av motor, men dette skal loggføres og gir tillegg i tid. Det er også et handicap-system, som nok vil bringe oss et bra stykke oppover på resultatlistene tenker jeg. Uten propell burde den være grei, hehe.Vi har endelig kommet oss ut av et nedbørsområde som fikk Bergen til å minne om en sommerdag i sahara. Himmelens sluser har stått på vid gap, og vi har funnet fram Antrekk som best egner seg for Nordishavet. Men nå er det tilbake i bermudaen med deilig vind fra NØ, og rundt 30 grader. Vi holder god fart for øyeblikket, og har begynt å få los på land!!Gårsdagens 42 års dag ble av det uforglemmelige slaget. Det startet kl 0200 med utpurr og vakt i et salig regnvær, før det lettet og. read more...


10/12/2012

Ace at Sea: Approaching our last Day

Our Chart plotter is telling us that we are going to finish sometime tomorrow.  If the winds hold and it's correct, that would mean that I wouldn't get a chance to send the final email that's been bouncing around my head for the past few days, thus I am secretly penning this while our morning routine is underway.  An email to make a brief, but important, 7 acknowledgments.  The first is to Adrian and his incredible bravery and determination. For someone who has never spent a night at sea to sign on for an Atlantic crossing in an "Athletic" boat, and then to overcome his trepidation by proving himself a skillful helmsmen during tough conditions, and then when off watch, to whip up an absolutely incredible Nicoise….need I say more? William had similar hurdles, proved. read more...


10/12/2012

Little Pea's Arc Blogeramma 13 - MIKEY...!

16:25.20N 53:30.24W Day 13. It started with one of those strange moments when we all stood together bemused - facial expressions vacant... not yet able to make sense of the scene before us. When in unison our brains seemed to catch up and we all galloped to the front of the boat - still unsure why, but aware that our first priority was to retrieve the head sail from the water and to secure our floundering pole, currently flailing around above the deck now unstayed. Several minutes later we had retrieved our sail but now the question - what had caused it to drop? It must have been a problem with the rope that held the head sail up, but there was only one way to be sure... MIKEY - GET THE BOSUN'S CHAIR, YOUR GOING UP! 20 minutes later Mike. read more...


10/12/2012

Mad Fish - Breeze is up.

The birthday celebrations yesterday were almost bought to a standstill with a very dodgy cake that ended up being donated to neptune. Not wanting Oli to go without, Emma set to the galley and within half an hour produced a chocolate brownie fresh from the oven with sparklers in. Tasted brilliant!Today we have quite a bit of breeze. We noticed we have a sail batten that is broken near the mast end. Therefore we are reluctant to disturb it by reefing etc. Consequently we are barreling along under full main and a part rolled genoa in 27 knots of wind. Fun for a bit but not sustainable. We need to gybe later so I think we will drop the main and stick with the genoa for the night.Worried for our friends on Rafiki who seem to be posting very slow daily runs. I hope all is well with them.Hoping. read more...


10/12/2012

Ceilidh of Lorne - Lucky 13th!

ARC Day 13 Ceilidh has put in another sparkling quick step performance today  giving the best yet daily run of 204NM. Everyone has been very focussed on the log and the concentration paid off proving a lucky 13th day at sea. The breeze has continued from the NE with F5 blowing, this is giving us a course of 270T against our rhumb line of 260T so we will put in a gybe at some stage soon. Everyone is well adjusted to the routines of sea with watches, cleaning and cooking all going mainly like clockwork. However last night for the second time in 5 days we had to replace the cooker gas cylinder during meal preparation. Most new yachts have the gas locker right up in the bow in the anchor locker for safety reasons. However this is not at all a practical. read more...


10/12/2012

Jus' do it 5 - LOG DAY 13 - another grey day on the sea.....

Sunday 9th December 2012 1200hrs GMT - miles in 24hrs - 178 POSITION - 15' 06 N, 53' 58 W Another overcast day - grey and squally conditions continue. A big sea with irregular HUGE waves.  In between showers we try to dry clothes, wetties and life jackets as best we can. Where are these sunny blue skies and tradewind puffy white clouds? We notice the headsail has deteriorated further - it's taking a real battering - so we decide further repairs are required. The sail is dropped to the deck and Ian , Frank and Annie spend the best part of an hour on a rocky, rolly bow with the sail draped over the dinghy, patching and stitching - Ian has the cheek to ask Annie if she ever got sewing lessons at school! We do the best job we can (with our limited skills!) and hope the. read more...


10/12/2012

Jus' do it 5 - LOG DAY 12 - making way under headsail...

Saturday 8th December 2012 1200hrs GMT (9th December) - miles in last 24 hrs - 180 POSITION - 15' 27 N , 050' 5 W We're all pretty tired and morose. The weather is awful, squall after squall running through gusting up to 35 knots. Morale is low - everything and everbody is wet and damp and we're still having to use our oilskins through the night - this was not part of the plan...... In daylight we further assess the damage and secure and tidy things as best we can. Some wee dolphins come to cheer us up at mid-day but we spend most of the time down below sheltering from the squalls. The sun comes out in the afternoon and Nathan fries - he forgets to put suntan cream on......"mad dogs and Englishmen" - lobster colour!We settle down for our night. read more...


10/12/2012

Lancelot II - Nearly there!

Date: Mon 10th Dec 2012 Time: 12:10 UTCPosition: 14’51.0N 55’23.4WSOG: 8-12 knots COG: 282 MWeather: Squalls & CloudWind: All over the place but mainly ENE 18-34 Squalls, squalls, and more squalls...  Another night of squalls with high winds and steering by instruments alone as it was to dark to so the horizon or even stars.  You look out and only see black.  We are starting to question if Galileo is taking us to the Caribbean.  The GPS seems to confirm we are 329 miles from St. Lucia, but the weather does not. We have finished up all of the fruit and vegetables and most of the meat, but we’re still working on the bacon. I think we will finish it off today with bacon and eggs on baguettes.  Squirrel maater Galileo found another bag of potatoes and. read more...


10/12/2012

Hera - Orcas

gesternsind wir den ganzen Tag von einer Herde Orcas begleitet worden, die sich auchheute früh wieder sehen ließen.Vielleichthaben sie in uns einen neuen Leitbullen gefunden, so stolz und edel mitausgebreiteten weißen Segeln über die Wellen dahinfliegend.Allmählichkommen wir zu der Erkenntnis, dass trotz ausgezeichneter Verpflegung auch einBruchteil des Proviants für die Atlantiküberquerung gereicht hätte. Auch mitunseren Wasservorräten können wir zunehmend üppiger umgehen.DieCrew ist wohlauf und freut sich schon auf rauschende Partys undKaribikfeeling.. read more...


10/12/2012

Katherine - Day 13: Sunday 9th "14:17.33N 59:38.47W"

Started the morning with eggs and iberian ham and continued on with a relatively  non eventful day which is how we prefer the day to be. Consistent winds around 20 – 24 knots saw us put away some good miles through most of the day. Unfortunately mother nature decided to put in a reminder around 6 pm that we weren't home yet and there was still no time to be complacent. So just as we were plating up the tuna salad -  which took on a life of its own and began to head to all corners of the bench – basically any where but in its bowl squalls came in gusting to 30 knots plus along with a call from up top for immediate stowing of food while we reefed down.With strong winds we made good progress throughout the night and are excited to say that for the first time we have St Lucia on. read more...


Katherine - Day 13: Sunday 9th "14:17.33N 59:38.47W"
Katherine - Day 13: Sunday 9th
10/12/2012

Milanto - Log Day 16 The End nears

Day 16.The chase to the endNow for the last week or so, we humble sweaty members of the crew havebeen looking at the data - checking the speed dials - wind speed (trueand apparent), boat speed through the water, speed over the ground andof course velocity (for those of a mathematical leaning you will knowthe difference). We've poured over the distance gone, the distance tocome and of course the distance left on night watch until we can crashout our heads. . We've done the maths, re done the maths, dared towonder and talked in whispered tones. Yes, we've been trying to guessthe time and the date we might cross the finish line. The practice has been frowned upon by the boat management - we need tofocus on the sailing not the finishing. So Vale's statement that wewould be arriving in St. read more...


Milanto - Log Day 16 The End nears
Milanto - Log Day 16 The End nears
10/12/2012

Sam III - SAM III Nachtwache

Wie läuft eigentlich unsere Nachtwache ab ?Nun jeder hat 3 StundenWache,von 21-0Uhr,0-3,3-6 und6-9 Uhr.Welche Zeit man hat wechselt jedeNacht-quasie Wechselschicht.Die schönste Wache ist-theoretisch dieletzte,man kann lange schlafen und kann sich auf den Sonnenaufgang freuen.Zum Beispiel meine letzte 6 Uhr Wache:ich wache voller Euphorie auf ,geheins Cockpit um Funny abzulösen.Er reicht mir frischen Kaffee,den ich aberabstelle um mir unser Radarbild anzusehen.Dort wo bisher immerkonzentrische Kreise und ein schwarzer Hintergrund zu sehen sind ,hängt eingroßer,gelber Funnykuchen.Ich reibe mir die Augen und muß feststellen,daßes keinScherz von Funny ,sondern ein 26 sm großer Squall ist.Zur Bestätigungfliegt mein Kaffee quer über den Steuerstand und alles ist schön braun.Auchmein Krimi hat. read more...


10/12/2012

Fidelis of London - day 13, 154 nm , by janneke

Alli Allo,Het is weer Janneke ! :)gisteravond had papa met zijn liefde voor vliegvissen een vliegvis op zijn kop gekregen! Jammer genoeg was niemand daarbijom dat te zien :P hahahahhahet weer is nu heel saai het druppelt half en bijna geen wind en we hebben de moter niet aan dus we zijn aan het dobbelen :( we moten nu nog ongeveer een derde doen dus verschijnlijk doen we der drie korte weekjes over...Ik en Lonnie zijn gezelig een film aan het kijken terwijl een beetje aan het rond kijken omdat we ook schift hebben,Doei Doei!xHello Hello,Its Janneke again!Yesterday eve daddy had shift5 and with his love for fly fish one juped in his face! Sadly no one was there to see :p hahahaha The weather now is really boring its drizzling and the engine is not on so our average speed is 3.5 (WOOW. read more...


10/12/2012

Coral IV - Godt båten har holdt :-)

Legger en mail fra Kolbjørn ut. Interessant og skremmende lesning:Skal være glade som slapp følgende mareritt:Dag Rørslett og mannskapets ARC-deltagelse ble ikke slik som de drømte om. Båten mistet roret 1. Desember og tok inn mengder av vann. Lekkasjen ble stoppet, men problemene hopet seg opp. Det tok fem døgn før båten fikk slep inn til Kapp Verde.Fint driv– Vi seiler steady i 8-9 knop med spridde seil, sterkt revet genoa på spinnakerbom og en flik av storseilet ute. Farten hopper av og til opp i 10 og 11 knop eller mer. Vi er fire ombord som bruker mye krefter på å holde oss fast og vi sover nok ganske dårlig, men alle er happy – og båten er happy, forteller Rørslett.Mister styringenKl 11.40 må vi justere vindroret og også hovedroret fordi båten skjærer opp mot vinden. Roret føles. read more...


09/12/2012

Sumatra - Log Day 13: Triumph!

We have covered 200 milesover the past 24 hours - a first for Sumatra and cause for celebration! It's aspecial day as we also find ourselves with less than 500 miles to go - drawingever closer to our sunny destination. If we continue at our current speeds,we should arrive in St Lucia sometime on Wednesday, hopefully beforedark... Time will tell. We'll be sure to keep you posted!   - Maddy from SYSumatra. read more...


10/12/2012

Poespas - day 13

Day 13After our beautiful tuna's revenge had worn off by pelting us with rain most of the night, dawn arrived with an overcast sky and winds of 20 to 25 knots, gusting to 30. Still sailing on starboard tack and on a broad reach, our speed occasionally hitting 9-10 knots. We are still Parasailor virgins, and we are awaiting conditions to be slightly more benign for its first use. Aeolus, please be gentle with us the first time!Those fish must have heard on the pelagic grapevine to avoid us like the plague, because we have been trailing our irresistible lure all day and not a single bite. So we spent most of the day lazing about, reading, eating and contemplating life, the universe and everything. Or at least yours truly did the contemplating. There's something special about being in the. read more...


10/12/2012

Senta - Log Dec 10 Day ? (can't find calendar)

"More rain, more squalls, more wind," our skipper is setting the tone 554 miles from the finish. The good news is we are speeding along with 8 1/2 to 9 knots beam reaching toward St Lucia, the air is warm albeit wet and we have plenty of food and water left. Some of the racing boats have arrived and are already enjoying their rum punches. Can't wait!Due to the torrential rain every so often we have to lock the cabin down which has now sauna temperatures. Nate could not cope in the hot pilot berth any longer and is now on a mattress on the floor below my bunk, so we have happy chats in the middle of the night when we can't sleep because the boat is pitching so much. We have had one full day of tradewind sailing with fluffy clouds and sunshine, otherwise one front after the other. At least. read more...


10/12/2012

Meltemi - 09.12.2012 - 13. Seetag - Am 2. Advent unter Vollzeug durch die See

Position: 17-25N / 056-33WCOG: 235 degSOG: 7,9 kn321 nm to goHallo Meltemi-Freunde,heute, am 2. Advent, haben wir mit leckerem Baumkuchen aus der fernen Heimat (vielen Dank, Stefanie!) unser "500 nm to go-Fest" gefeiert. Kaum waren die letzten schokoladigen Kruemel verspeist, wurde mit Ueberschreitung des 55. westlichen Laengengrades die Zeit zum vierten und auf dieser Reise letzten Mal um eine Stunde vorgestellt. Unsere Bordzeit ist nun MEZ-5 Stunden = UTC-4 Stunden = KaribikZeit: Yeah!Der heutige Segeltag war eine echte Herausforderung und ein ganz besonderes Vergnuegen. Schon waehrend der morgentlichen Fruehstuecksrunde wurde darueber diskutiert, welche Moeglichkeiten wir haben, das letzte Geschwindigkeitspotential aus Meltemi herauszuholen und einen tollen Endspurt hinzulegen. Es war. read more...


10/12/2012

Fidelis of London - Day 12 , 152 nm to go!

We waren de dag 12 blog vergeten dus nog even s nachts op de valreep. Er is vrijwel geen wind en hierdoor wordt het echt warm aan boord, De temperatuur en de luchtvochtigheid zijn hoog.Aan het einde van de middag kregen we een beetje wind, ongeveer 12 a 14 knopen, omdat er een paar scheuren kwamen in het grootzeil, gaan we vannacht enkel op de genua. We kijken morgen ochtend of we het grootzeil kunnen repareren. Ik had net in de kuip in een keer een vliegvis recht in ijn gezicht, ba heel smerig. Chris Tibbs de weerman voorspeld voor de komende dagen weer wind , dus dan kunnen we weer in een flink tempo richting sainte luciamarco. read more...


09/12/2012

Rivendell - Hopefully this is the Last Log

9 December 2012Well it's been sort of a dreary day - overcast - bit of rain showers - warm.The swells have returned and we are rocking and rolling along towards StLucia. Early this morning Schaefer, Ben, and Andy worked on repairing themain sail. This is the fifth repair. Four on the main sail and one on thegenoa. The work was completed shortly before lunch. The tear wasapproximately 2 feet long and it involved the area that the professionalsailmaker in Puerto de Mogan worked on. So the sails are definitely damagedby the ultra violet rays of the sun.Both Beau and Miles did something very nice - they have been carving smallanchors out of several coconut shells that are aboard. In ancient timeswhen a mariner crossed the Atlantic he would have a tatoo of an anchorplaced on his arm. So these. read more...


10/12/2012

Poespas - day 13

Day 13After our beautiful tuna's revenge had worn off by pelting us with rain most of the night, dawn arrived with an overcast sky and winds of 20 to 25 knots, gusting to 30. Still sailing on starboard tack and on a broad reach, our speed occasionally hitting 9-10 knots. We are still Parasailor virgins, and we are awaiting conditions to be slightly more benign for its first use. Aeolus, please be gentle with us the first time!Those fish must have heard on the pelagic grapevine to avoid us like the plague, because we have been trailing our irresistible lure all day and not a single bite. So we spent most of the day lazing about, reading, eating and contemplating life, the universe and everything. Or at least yours truly did the contemplating. There's something special about being in the. read more...


10/12/2012

Peter von Seestermühe - 09.12.12

Liebe Peter-Freunde,eine sehr späte Meldung. Seit gestern Abend machen wir Meile nach Meile.Innerhalb von 24 Stunden sind weitere 200 Meilen auf St Lucia gutgemacht. Die verbleibende Distanz beträgt 378 Meilen.Gestern Abend flogen wir mit teilweise 30 Knoten Wind mit vollerSpimontur durch die Nacht. Nur der Skipper konnte überhaupt das Ruderhalten und so war es an ihm unser wellensurfendes Geschoss auf Kurs zuhalten. Innen im Salon fühlte es sich an wie in einer Zugabteil wenn aufbeiden Seiten ICEs in voller Geschwindigkeit vorbei zischen. Ab und zuentgleitet das Geschoss von einer Welle in die falsche Richtung getragenund in diesen Momenten des free-falls ist es alsob wir abheben.Als um Mitternacht der Spi geborgen wird, damit auch der Skipper einbisschen schlafen kann, verspricht. read more...


09/12/2012

Salsa af Stavsnäs - Like a retriet

Are you having problems looking at those gadgets, called plotters, instruments, radar, AIS etc etc.Now we have been at sea for amost two weeks and I have found myself looking at that stupid little feature called ETA. It calculates the speed of the boat and instantly gives us an expected time of arrival.With a motor boat I can see that feature work well, but on a sailboat? One moment, that is on a way up a wave it tells me we will be in St Lucia in 45 days-18hrs-3,5 minutes, then we surf down the wave and the wind gets hold of us, we will be in St Lucia in 6 days-3hrs-43 minutes. So there I am staring at that stupid figure, wishing it was true. Relax man! Look at the sea! Let's be philosophical!OK, let's think deep, real deep. - If I start a journey and the GPS tells me we have 4 days. read more...


09/12/2012

Oranda III - 09Dec

Tras una excitante jornada en la mar, despues de abortar el izado del magnifico parasailing debido a la fuerza del viento y crudeza de la mar, nos hemos visto obligados a continuar con la busqueda de las muestras de pesca mientras nuestro Gourmet favorito cocinaba unos fantasticos langostinos estilo "napoleon" acompanados de arroz basmati y unos caldos de la rioja.Continuará.Buena mar y buena proa. Regards,. read more...


Oranda III - 09Dec
Oranda III - 09Dec
Oranda III - 09Dec
Oranda III - 09Dec
Oranda III - 09Dec
Oranda III - 09Dec
Oranda III - 09Dec
Oranda III - 09Dec
Oranda III - 09Dec
Oranda III - 09Dec
Oranda III - 09Dec
Oranda III - 09Dec
Oranda III - 09Dec
Oranda III - 09Dec
09/12/2012

Loupan - Mot Västindien - andra advent

Dagen var till en början lugn och vi läste och vilade. Vi firade också Anna-Sofia’s födelsedag och  andra advent med risgrynsgröt, glögg, dadlar och tomteskum. GRATTISKRAMAR till Anna-Sofia!Vi upptäckte att något såg konstigt ut runt andra revinfästningen vid mastliket och vi bestämde oss för att ta ner storseglet, vi vill förstå varför och vara säkra på att inget ytterligare händer. Vi låter nu storseglet vila i sin stackpack tills blir lite lugnare, just nu tillåter inte vind och sjögång att vi försöker reda ut detta just nu. Som framdrivning seglar vi nu med spirad genua 3 åt lovart och kutterstagsfocken i lä. Lite saktare går det, men vi tar oss framåt med hyfsad fart 8-9 knop. Vinden är frisk och vi har vågor mellan 2.5 – 3 meter. Några kommentarer till frågor vi fått:*. read more...


09/12/2012

Scarlet Oyster - last 100miles!

Hi all,Looks like we will be into the top of St. Lucia on this stb gybe, whichmakes life simple, having a great last days run in perfect conditions20knots and 155deg TWA, even the waves are being easy to read!What an adventure this race has been! Completely different to last year,from the wind conditions to breakages that nearly ended our race it has beenquite a roller coaster!My team on board have really worked hard together to face and overcome thechallenges presented to us.The first 36hrs of punishing upwind work was probably quite a shock to myteam who had seen brochure shots of blue skies and downwind sailing surfingdown a rolling Atlantic swell! The boat coped well, and I was happy withour route which got us the right side of most the shifts yet kept us out ofthe worst of the. read more...


09/12/2012

Orion - Week 2, Sunday, Dec.9

Again we have got our share of tropical rain during the night, but the wind is more stable now and we can head directly towards St Lucia in a comfortable downwind. The visibility has been low and we used the radar to keep watch. Clouds and rain and lumpy seas, apart from the temperature it reminds me of home. The humidity is high and quite exhausting, especially wearing a special Musto sauna suit. Wet from the inside or wet from the outside, which is preferable? Change of watches today, two people per watch instead of three so I had a marathon 6 hours sleep; bliss. Barbara. A quick tweak of sails after I came on watch this morning and we were surfing at 12 knots down waves after waves, now its dark and phosphorescence is flying as again I am on watch. ( Tim that is gunning it )The last. read more...


09/12/2012

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, and God to bring down..."Qu: Laurie Smith (famous racing sailor) It all started with the decision to launch Barbara.  All our sails have names and Barbara (also known as Big Babs) is our big kite.  She is the largest spinnaker in our wardrobe and is a b*tch at the best of times.  Used in the right conditions and handled with respect, she will give us another 2 knots of boat speed.  However, Babs is also moody, temperamental and prone to savage bursts of anger.  Unfortunately, she was is such a frame of mind today and the price we had to pay was high. At 0900 hrs, whilst Mike was on watch, we prepared Barbara for. read more...


09/12/2012

Coral IV - 2. søndag i advent går mot slutten

16:15.08 N 48:23.13 W   Tusen takk for alle hyggelig mailer. Jeg får visst ikke rukket å svare pådem alle. Uansett koselig med livstegn hjemmefra. Er litt rart å skrive bloggflere ganger om dagen å føle at jeg "snakker" mye - men uten direkte respons.Kommer en og annen mail selvfølgelig - men det oppleves likevel ofte som enmonolog.  Vi har det bra. Har akkurat spist middag - selvfisket dolphin fisk - resterfra forgårs. Veldig godt! Tente også adventslys. Sunget og lest dikt. Alt pånorsk. Verken svensken, briten eller iren hadde det som tradisjon. Ivory harkalender fra moren sin. Ellers ikke mye adventsstemning i 28 varmegrader ogregn. Fikk telefon fra Kolbjørn og hele det årlige pinnekjøttlaget i går. Det varhyggelig. Rart å ikke være der.  Det er underlig å sitte å. read more...


09/12/2012

Johanem - daily log

What a strange few days! We have just ended a protracted period of very little wind. The upside is that half the crew had the most amazing swim mid Atlantic and we have managed one whole day without wearing the waterproofs! The "fish" made excellent eating and Tony got his revenge! The night watches saw amazing night skies and shooting stars with Pink Floyd as an accompanient!We'e now heading for New York and not St Lucia as the wind is south easterly not north easterly as forecast! Lightning overhead and our Atlantic experiences continue!We're all well and happy. Not too much Danny Boy you'll be pleased to hear.The good ship Johane. read more...


09/12/2012

Heartbeat IV - Sunday pm - Still Frustrations

..running out of spare or replacement running rigging - sea state not safe enough for up mast so having to wait for a bit of a lull to see if we can re-rig a couple of halyards. Now currently the 'Atlantic Rig' - #2 poled out with main. Had hoped to be in in under 15 days but not possible as have lost 60 miles in last 2 days. Last night however was superb A5 and main - 8.5 - 13.3 knots - but not after temp halyard blew on 0400-0800 watch (aka the Calamity watch). Followed by genny halyard - so rerouted spin pole uphaul. What japes. Still a nice a selection of charcuterie for lunch with iced coffee and PB currently preparing apple crumble and custard for sups. Pics of Jude trimming assy - Rog helming early Sunday morning and daytime downwind.. read more...


Heartbeat IV - Sunday pm - Still Frustrations
Heartbeat  IV - Sunday pm - Still Frustrations
Heartbeat IV - Sunday pm - Still Frustrations
Heartbeat  IV - Sunday pm - Still Frustrations
09/12/2012

Northern Child - ARC DAY 13

Matt has been asking me whether I had already written today's blog... I guess he is curious as to how I relay events since last night. In short, a royal cluster sh*t night. It all started with a failed attempt to have a small siesta after dinner and before watch. Bad idea. Really bad idea. The boat was rolling and pitching like in the first few days and I was brutally thrown about the bunk for 3 hours, hitting either the ropes keeping me in the bunk of the side of the hull next to my bunk.... Add humidity and closed hatches due to wave and there it goes: by the time I got up to do my watch (10pm - 2am) I was a real raging monster. I felt bruised, boilt, sick and all on the back of 2.5 hours sleep in the last 24 hours. Not a good start to the night. Fortunately Richard and. read more...


09/12/2012

Northern Child - When it rains, it pours.......

Daily Run    221mDTT             197nm Lunch          Pasta Cabonara with extra Bacon and Lardons :-)Dinner          Line caught Mahi Mahi with New Potatos and Tomato Jus Hello again!  So the 2000nm party was sick - Champagne, Caviar, dancing girls and magicians - awesome............  OK so lets be real, there was a Champagne Cocktail, with a Rum kick and the Mahi Mahi was delightful, prepared by Deb and Howard.  It was hard to get a real party going though, as we were racing along at 9-10 knots but none the less it was a big milestone in the journey to the Caribbean. Shortly. read more...


Islay - Wahoo I and Wahoo II
Islay - Wahoo I and Wahoo II
Islay - Islay - Wahoo I and Wahoo II
Islay -  Islay - Wahoo I and Wahoo II
09/12/2012

Stormvogel - Tag 13: Regen, Wind und STORMVOGELs way of fishing

Im Moment regnet es zwar nicht, aber die vergangene Nacht und der Morgen waren die reinste Süßwasser-Orgie.Der Skipper hat die Mannschaft von Deck verbannt und im Regen ausgiebig im Cockpit geduscht. Kaum eingeseift, bleibt der Regen weg...Mist ;-)Seit heute früh segeln wir auch wieder. Zuvor haben wir fast 30 Stunden unter Maschine zurück gelegt. Wir sind alle froh das der Wind wieder da ist. So ein Segelboot liegt einfach besser unter segeln als unter Motor - und es ist natürlich viel leiser!Während andere Crews stolz von ihren Angelerfolgen berichten haben wir an Bord des STORMVOGELs einen eigenen "way of fishing" erfunden.Auslöser für die Erfindung war der Umstand, das wir ja unseren Schleppgenerator hinter uns her ziehen - an einer 30 Meter Leine. Wenn wir da jetzt noch schnöde eine. read more...



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