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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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08/12/2012

Maunie of Ardwall - Day 12 and Maunie falls into the hole!

The wind hole that we’ve been trying to avoid acted as a something of amagnet to Maunie so, despite our best efforts, we fell into it at 18.00 lastnight and took the decision to motor through it for about 14 hours (the Fleettracker will show a very straight line where we had the engine and autopilotrunning). The wind hole was also full of very heavy rain – Rich described it ashis wettest sail ever! Listening to  the SSB radio net, lots of other boatsmotored between 12- 15 hours though the hole.   Eventually the weather cleared and we emerged this morning into sunshineand, thankfully, a reasonable (but not quite strong enough) breeze so we hoistedthe Parasailor at 10.00 UTC and we’re currently trundling along at about 5knots, enjoying the silence after all hour of the engine. read more...


08/12/2012

Selene - Everlasting battery

We seem to have an everlasting battery.We have kept the instruments running for the last 36 hours over two nights and all days yesterday whilst sailing with the kite as it helps to know TWA, VMG and heading to get the most out of our downwind performance. The instruments use only 0.4 A of current and the voltage has only dropped from 12.1 to 12.0V at this load over 4-5 days now since we lost the alternator.The drain from the computer charger puts the drain up to 4A, but this is only for the 20-30mins it takes to write and send the blog and download messages and gribs.I have been reading Nigel Calder's Boatowner's Mechanical and Electrical Manual to try to diagnose the problem.It seems that 12.7V in the starter battery really ought to be enough to crank the engine, so it is possible there. read more...


08/12/2012

Milanto - Log Day 14 - Something fishy

Day 14The last long weekend cometh.It is abundantly clear to me now that Flying Fish are the dimwits of themarine world.Fish are not known for their brightness in any of the species its true;I only know of one Fish who once attained greatness.He was aWeatherman, and he got it horribly wrong with a hurricane in October1987, and he lost it.It's the stuff of legend.I don't imagine thatthere are many Einsteins of the fish world (team mammal seems to haveall the brainiacs down there), so to be bottom of the pile of your tribein the underwater brains department, is not a good start.When you lookup in awe to your cousin the squid for his brains (at least they cansquirt ink and stuff you know) it's simply a case of:"Just face itfish face, you is thick." When you see a flying fish at a distance,. read more...


Milanto - Log Day 14 - Something fishy
Milanto - Log Day 14 - Something fishy
08/12/2012

Bristolian - Day 14: Chocks Away!

Ahoy hoyThis mornings mini crisis was caused by the main halliard becoming detached due to a faulty shackle.  Mr Big had the cunning plan to send up the topping lift with a fisherman's gaff attached to snag it. The plan worked brilliantly and much slapping of backs ensued until halfway down the halliard twisted and caused an internal jam which bent the gaff straight and destroyed said cunning plan.  My understanding of the consequence of this is now that we cant use the big flappy thing until and if we hit a flat calm stretch of water and can send up fearlessly Lucky Lucky Lachie in the bosun's chair to recapture the elusive halliard.   Our jib  though is doing us proud on its own though, so who needs the big flappy thing.Saturday morning it seems is clean the boat morning so all hands. read more...


Bristolian - Day 14: Chocks Away!
Bristolian - Day 14: Chocks Away!
Murphy - A mid Atlantic swimming party
Murphy - A mid Atlantic swimming party
Murphy - Help!
Murphy - Help!
Murphy - Ready for the Off
Murphy - Ready for the Off
08/12/2012

Murphy - The wind and the Sea - Log Day 12

WindyWind, which one can't actually see and is therefore probably not real, is fundamentally different from other real stuff., like the sea, say, which is a three dimensional thing – i.e. it moves up, down and sideways and, in my experience based on the passage so far, often all three at once. Wind on the other hand has two dimensions – speed and direction – and is cunningly designed so that one or the other is always wrong. It is for this reason that for the last day or so we have been motoring – for much of that time the wind has effectively had no dimensions at all – neither speed (or at least not enough) nor direction. Right now the speed is enough to turn off the motor, but while the direction according to the prophet Grib is supposed to be from the north-east, it's actually from. read more...


08/12/2012

Great Escape of Southampton - Day 12 Great Escape 15 19N 44 18W

Dia 12Hoy  hace un dia esplendido como ayer con algo mas de viento, esto es bueno para la navegacion. Acompanado por la luna y las estrellas nos sentimos como en casa eso si, tenemos ganas de llegar a Santa Lucia y continuar la Aventura del Caribe.[As yesterday, today is a splendid day, with some more wind – this is easier for helming the boat.  With the moon and the stars as company, we are feeling at home, such that we are looking forward to arriving in St Lucia and to continue the adventure of the Caribbean.]  Gregorio. After the trials and tribulations of the last few days this was probably the first day where the crew could relax, take some sun and finally step off the roller coaster that has been our home for the last 12 days. Phew!We spent the day motoring in a. read more...


Great Escape of Southampton - Day 12 Great Escape 15 19N 44 18W
Great Escape of Southampton - Day 12 Great Escape 15 19N 44 18W
08/12/2012

All-Linn - Dag 11 Hai på kroken og ingen propell

Det endret seg fort i går fra atlanterhavsidyll med god seilevind til mordor stemning med regnskurer og blikkstille hav. Vi benyttet anledningen til å dykke ned under båten for en status på propellen og Eirik hoppet i vannet. Halvveis, midt i atlanteren, ingen vind og opp av vannet kommer Eirik med nyhetene vi fryktet – propellen er borte!!!. Okei, hva gjør vi nå? Vi spiste lunsj, Eirin hadde laget en steike god omelett. Det er liksom ikke så mye man kan gjøre, propellen er og blir borte så det eneste vi kan håpe på er nok vind til å komme oss til kai før jul. Stemningen er god ombord tross alt og litt galgenhumor må til i en slik situasjon. Litt ut på dagen får vi en videresent e-post fra våre “konkurrenter” Rabalder der de spør etter vaier. De kan ikke seile og har problemer med riggen. read more...


08/12/2012

Sunrise - 07.12.2012 - 11. Tag auf See

14° 30,8' Nord, 040° 14,5' West. Wir befinden uns mitten auf dem Atlantik.Nördlicher als das nördlichste Südamerika, westlicher als das westlichsteNordamerika, südlicher als das südlichste Südeuropa und westlicher als daswestliche Westafrika. Bis zum nächsten Festland ( Brasilien ) sind es 840Seemeilen und bis zu uns nach hause sogar 3480 Seemeilen.Und wir gehen schwimmen !! Beigedreht, Fender an Leinen rausgehängt undKöpper vom Schiff ins 3500 Meter tiefe erstaunlich klare und warme Wasser.Kein Gedanke an Meerestiere, nur pure Freude. Herrlich, nach dem Motto:Ein gesunder Geist braucht eine saubere Hülle.Die Nacht vorher war viel Aktion im Schiff. Mehrere Squalls ziehen überuns hinweg. Der Wind nimmt auf bis zu 30 Knoten zu, Regen kühlt unserekonzentrierten Gesichter, der Lärm nimmt zu. read more...


08/12/2012

Stella-Maris - 7. detsember - 11 päeva Atlandil

Reedene päev Atlandil algas täieliku tuulevaikusega, mis märkis kahe kõrgrõhkkonna vahel kiiluks oleva madalrõhkkonna keskpunkti jõudmist. Kuna kätte oli saabunud hommikune akude laadimise aeg, siis otsustasime mõttetu lainetes kõlkumise asendada mootorpurjetamisega, kuid paistis, et Vana meie plaanidega nõus polnud. Seega esimese hooga katelt käivitada ei õnnestunud. Remondimeeskonna uurimisel selgus, et viga on suhteliselt lihtne: nimelt käivitusakust olid jäädavalt lahkunud tööd tegevad elektronid. Proovisime käivitada tarbeakude pealt, kuid need olid ööga nii tühjaks kurnatud, et proovimiseks see jäigi. Viimaks saime mootori tööle vöörivindi akuga. Töölepingu ühepoolselt üles öelnud käivitusaku plaanime St Lucias laevast maha kirjutada ning kuni uue ametivenna hankimiseni, ülendasime. read more...


08/12/2012

Northern Child - ARC DAY 11: written 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 - 7/12/12

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...



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