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12/12/2012

Capricho - ya casi...

Día Nº 15 Posición actual : Latitud 15º 05,6 N ~ Longitud 59º 04,5’ W      Distancia recorrida del día : 183 MN          Velocidad promedio : 7.6 nudosFaltan : 123MN para llegar a Rodney Bay – Saint Lucia  Ultimo día de navegación, esta noche vamos a gritar : Tierra, Tierra como Cristóbal Colon y todos los bandidos malosos que trajo a estas tierras! Hay que estar “ojo pelao” porque empiezan aparecer una mayor actividad de navegación, cruceros, cargueros y los veleros del ARC, entre otros. Como continuamos con las velas en posición de oreja de burro, hay que estar bajando del puente de mando asegurarse que no haya alguna embarcación atravesada o mal colocada, porque un “maldita sea” luego de haberle metido mas de 2.700MN es barro, muy barro!!! Después de las guardias de anoche y algo de. read more...


12/12/2012

Capricho - Limpieza

Día Nº 14 Posición actual : Latitud 16º 20,0 N ~ Longitud 56º 24,0’ W      Distancia recorrida del día : 186 MN          Velocidad promedio : 7.7 nudosFaltan : 292MN para llegar a Rodney Bay – Saint Lucia  Continuamos con el viento soplando en perfecta dirección : directo a Saint Lucia y como les dije, las olas están alineadas y también parece que van pa’lla!!! Con la pesca que hemos hecho ya me puse agresivo, sin olvidarme del popular dicho que sabiamente recuerda que : “el agalluo muere peluo” o como dice el Pompi : “el que mucha mierda habla, mucha mierda come”. Decidí armar la caña de mosca con una línea de profundidad, adornada con un señuelo reconocido en el Orinoco como : rabo du fogo a ver si se me pega un dorado (mahi-mahi), peto (wahoo) o un pez espada (sword fish), lo que sea. read more...


12/12/2012

Capricho - mas pesca

Día Nº 13 Posición actual : Latitud 17º 40,2 N ~ Longitud 53º 25,0’ W      Distancia recorrida del día : 184 MN          Velocidad promedio : 7.7 nudosFaltan : 483MN para llegar a Rodney Bay – Saint Lucia Seguimos con viento en popa, soplando del E con pequeñas variaciones de intensidad o fuerza que obligan hacer cambios de velas subir unas, bajar otras, trasluchar; pura actividad que rompen lo que de otra forma seria una travesía monótona. Cuando se hacen de día, simplemente delicioso ... pero de noche, ahh ... con salvavidas puestos, oscuro, peor si hace frio y tienes la armadura puesta, siempre se traba un cabo – por el día no, los cabos saben que tienen que hacer ... pero en la noche, ahí la vaina es a otro precio. Como los vientos están oscilando entre los 18 y 25 nudos, venimos con. read more...


12/12/2012

Capricho - Pesca - Pez Espada

Día Nº 12 Posición actual : Latitud 19º 09,2 N ~ Longitud 50º 38,0’ W      Distancia recorrida del día : 170 MN          Velocidad promedio : 7.1 nudos  Diciembre 8 día de las velitas, anoche fue la gran parranda en Barranquilla; primera de las 4 fiestas. Ya sonó Estercita Forero en el Capricho!!! Cada vez mas cerca del destino, solo nos faltan 664MN que al ritmo que llevamos nos colocaran en Rodney Bay – Saint Lucia al final del día 12.12.12. Han pensado ustedes en hacer el Balance Personal de los logros del año?  de lo que va corrido de este milenio? Asumo que están consientes que esta es la ultima vez en la vida que nosotros viviremos una fecha igual? 12 días del mes 12 del año 12 de este milenio ... no se pongan hacer cuentas que nadie ha logrado vivir un milenio! Nunca lo había. read more...


12/12/2012

Capricho - Al agua patos!!!

Día Nº 11 Posición actual : Latitud 20º 05,0’ N ~ Longitud 48º 26,0’ W     Distancia recorrida del día : 161 MN          Velocidad promedio : 6.7 Nudos   Vientos suaves de 13 a 16 nudos, sol pelao, mar en calma ... al agua pato!!! Anoche, después de tanta vaina, fue una jornada deliciosa, fresca y calmada; muy reconfortante físicamente para todos, pésima para la regata. Los vientos amainaron desde ayer, pero se fueron alineando a soplar del NorEste lo cual nos lleva en dirección directa a Saint Lucia; además lo están haciendo en forma estable aunque no muy fuerte. En la guardia de las 04:00 a 07:00 estuvo realmente movida; bajo la dirección de Romain y al despunte del alba bajamos la mayor, recogimos el foque para colocar el genneker... baja aun mas el viento e igual pa’bajo el genneker,. read more...


12/12/2012

Murphy - Close Encounters – Log Day 16

Passage notesOn the chart-plotter Murphy is now permanently connected to St Lucia by a red line and the wind is kind enough to allow us to sail directly along that line towards our destination. Such is their force that we are knocking out the hundreds (of miles) like Alastair Cook on a particularly good day at Lords. Earlier in the passage it had seemed more like a Geoff Boycott innings. This morning at 08:00 we joined the 300 Club, with that number of miles to go, and we have immediately lodged an application to join the 200 Club. At our current speed we anticipate a positive response by no later than 21:00 this evening.Something went badly awry with the weather this morning – a major squall hit the dawn watch (Andrew and Lucinda), giving them a light but thorough soaking – it surely. read more...


Murphy - Lighting can be tricky
Murphy - Lighting can be tricky
Murphy - Post prandial Monte Cristos
Murphy - Post prandial Monte Cristos
Murphy - The captain's whiskers - soon to be no more
Murphy - The captain's whiskers - soon to be no more
12/12/2012

Maunie of Ardwall - Day 16 - 'Go North for Wind'. We did and found a Force 9

Hello from the Maunie crew on Wednesday morning. At last we are in bright sunshine so the rigging has lots of extra lines attached to dry wet clothes and foulies. Last night was quite an experience, and not one we’re very keen to repeat. We headed slightly north in search of stronger breezes, urged on by Steve our weather chart interpreter. Most of the day was under grey skies but with the Parasailor up so we were making good progress. Towards the end of the afternoon we switched back to white sails and below decks was a scene of domestic activity with Dianne making a carrot cake and Graham a Mahi Mahi fish pie. Said pie was almost ready to serve when we realised that the friendly Force 5 following wind was increasing  and the radar showed a huge orange mass of rain for about 6. read more...


12/12/2012

Jay Jay - Day 16 15.4N 49.1W

We were all pleased to see daybreak this morning after a rather challenging night.  Despite nothing in the weather forecasts, a tropical storm materialised early evening and we had to pull together as a team to ride it out.  Sails were reduced to a minimum - just a scrap of the foresail flown and no main at all - as Paul, Phil & Ed battled to keep Jay Jay on course.  The auto-helm just couldn't cope with the savage conditions as torrential rain, 50 knot winds and rough seas resulted in us being blown sideways some 45 degrees off course.  We were relentlessly pitched from side to side until the engine was put on and we were able to take back control of the boat, engage the auto-helm and revert to the approximate direction we wanted to sail.   It was a. read more...


12/12/2012

Fidelis of London - Wednesday 12 dec '12 day 16, 160nm

Het is vandaag even bijkomen geblazen,gisteravond tegen het einde van Lonneke en mijn wacht,was de wind steeds aan t draaien, we moesten de genua steeds overzettenvan stuurboord naar bakboord en weer terug met tevens onstabiele windsnelheidvan 8 tot 15 knoopjes, we vonden heteigenlijk al aardig vermoeiend, Lonneke haar wacht zat erop en Janneke kwamerbij.toen ging al snel de wind aantrekken tot een 35 knopen! Marco werd erbij gehaaldom de genua te reven, (kleiner te maken)iniddels goot het pijpenstelen, we dachten, het zal een squalletje zijn van eenkwartiertje, maar het werd er een van eenhele pikdonkere nacht lang met golven tot 6 meter, de windmeter was constanttussen de 35 en 40, met uitschieters tot maarliefst 45 knopen...er vloog weer en ander(dit keer oa het geliefde. read more...


12/12/2012

Baringo - Day 15

A gap in adding to the blog I am afraid as typing is difficult in these roly-poly conditions. We gybed yesterday onto a port tack to go more south and hoping for a more easterly wind which has partly emerged. The wind today remains about 25-30 knots with big following seas. Last night luckily no major squalls and a marvelous starry night with shooting stars and a thin slither of the old moon rising just before dawn. We been hampered by not having a proper genoa to pole out to enable us to go more downwind and it is impossible to repair in these conditions- the thought of getting it down in these winds is enough! We are now sailing with the main with 2 reefs and a strong preventer attached managing to sail about 160 degrees. But not ideal and last night we were a bit overcautious putting. read more...


12/12/2012

All-Linn - Dag 15 Rocking and rolling

Ja vi ruller avgårde, noen ganger flyr vi og surfer mens vi en sjelden gang ligger helt i ro. Forestillingene vi hadde om å ligge i cocpit og sole oss å lese bok er bortimot ikke eksisterende da vi er i konstant bevegelse. Med spridde seil ruller vi fra side til side, noe jeg tror man kan bli litt kokko av i lengden. Det er bedre med en litt rom slør eller lens da er vi i alle fall lagt til en side og bevegelsene mindre. Siden vi ikke kan kjøre motoren i de stille periodene er det lett og bli frustrert, vi kommer oss ingen vei og må rett og slett bare vente på vinden. Da kommer det gjerne utsagn som “nå kan det godt komme en squall” eller “storm er bedre enn dette”. Jeg tror værgudene hører disse utsagnene for det kommer som regel i bøtte og spann noen timer senere (stille før stormen?).. read more...


12/12/2012

Mad Fish - Gear Failure

On day 2 we suffered a major blow when in a broach we pulled the spinnaker pole fitting and the bottom bit of track off the mast. Not to be put off, we jury rigged this and it has been fine since. Up until yesterday. We were running downwind in 25 knots of wind with a reef in and a poled out part furled genoa when we got spun through 90 degrees by a monster wave. The genoa went aback and the jury rigged pole fitting came off the mast with another 2 ft of track!We are now running with no headsails under full main feeling a little under powered and frustrated as there is not long until the finish which still looks like friday but is in danger of being pushed back into darkness which would be a shame.342 miles to go......Can smell the rum.Russell--. read more...


12/12/2012

Stella-Maris - 11. detsember - Mees mastis

Täna sai täis kaks nädalat suurel merel. Kuigi käib igapäevane ETA arvutamine ja finiš on käega katsutavas kauguses, on siiski omamoodi kahju, et see merereis hakkab lõppema just hetkel, kui meeskond on oma toimetustes saavutanud teatava igapäevase rütmi ja tasakaalu. Kuigi midagi erilist ei juhtu ja ka see päev on kõrvalt vaatajale eelmisega sarnane nagu kaks kirjut koera, siis jäävad meile endale sellest päevast meelde kõik need teiste jaoks ebaolulised naljad, juhtumised, ilma muutused, jututeemad vahis ning kõik need muud pisikesed nüansid, mis meie jaoks olulised on.Näiteks täna võttis Vana ära meie igapäevase kümblemise käigus kaks ämbrit. No ju oli tal suurpuhastus käimas või läks tal neid rohkem vaja kui meil, aga ega meil kahju ka pole, Vana on meid seni hoidnud, andis. read more...


12/12/2012

Champagne - Final Approach of Champagne

We can see the end of the tunnel, but is it the light that might be hitting you because it is the train coming towards you ? Well, probably not. We had it all, but mostly wind of the strength BF 7, 8 and 9. We could have been faster, but with the cut in the Genoa that was difficult. And we were not lucky with the wind direction. Can't stand anymore the banging of the sails and the shuddering of the rig. Happy to still have a rig, and a rudder !But since yesterday all is really going our way. Finally the NE wind, finally with the right strength BF 7-8, and the boat towards the right direction ( S Lucia ), with a speed of 9-10 kts. Wonderful. During the night we had some scary moments, particularly with one squall that hit us, but we were prepared and had reefed early. Anyway, even that. read more...


12/12/2012

Poco Loco -

The final countdown.. Today Margo and “Rene from the blog “ decided it was my turn to describe the last 24 hours on board of the Poco Loco in their daily column.The day started with nice sunny weather and a good eastern wind which was ideal to get the spinaker out so we could head in 1 straight line for St. Lucia , around us just sea and an empty horizon, where are all these other competitors...We started off this 15th day at sea with 275 Nm to go on the clock at 12.00 this morning, and with an average speed of 7 / 8 knots, we have set the ETA between wednesday night 22.00 and thursday morning 03.00, and one thing is for sure we are the unbeatable number one in the Lagoon 500 class !!!Then there was lunch a nice spanish orientated shrimp dish with bread and a nice bottle of rose,. read more...


12/12/2012

Great Escape of Southampton - Day 16 15 07N 55 31W

Day 16Day 16 will probably be remembered as one of our best sailing days. We had strong but consistent 15 knot to 20 knot winds and following seas which was accompanied by bright sunshine despite Emily’s predication of torrential rain in the morning. For once I was pleased she was wrong. When you get the right combination of wind and sail the whole boat just flies along and we managed to cover 190 miles in 24 hours, something of a record for us. Most of the day saw the normal routine of people reading books, doing a little washing, filling bottles with sea water for washing up and getting in a spot of sunbathing. David may have overdone it a little and by the end of the day he looked a little pink to say the least. The strong sunshine finally dried out John’s bed and we were able to get. read more...


Great Escape of Southampton - Day 16 15 07N 55 31W
Great Escape of Southampton - Day 16 15 07N 55 31W
12/12/2012

Coyote 2 - Tshirts, shorts and clothes pegs

T-Shirts and shorts was the dress code mentioned in the brochure.  But no. These could be scenes from ‘’Das Boot’.Our floating caravan moves steadily westwards, food and fruit stored everywhere.  People also! (How many people can you fit in a mini?) WET, WET, WET was a name of a similar Band of Brothers and this sets the scene.We see no boats but we are racing them.  Perhaps Captain Matt has a special route to follow.Is the Earth flat or round?Is Matt sailing us to the edge or perhaps to a new continent beyond St. Lucia? Who knows. Does he know?Clean clothes become wet and soiled, later to be recycled as best available.  The girls have the pegs to dry their clothes.  I have only one I reserve for my nose.  This was not in the brochure!Wait a minute, its day. read more...


12/12/2012

Ostrea - Shark week

Hi all,Day 16 today and tradewind conditions with 25 to 30 knots of East north easterly. Yesterday we experimented with our big fish lures and steel wire combo and suddenly we saw a big shark following our lure. We started toplay with the lure to let the shark bite and 2 minutes later BAM!!!! The shark went with all our fishing gear and we were glad we could keep the rod. Back to normal lures now again.......... The sun is shining and we are in the tropics so life on board is good. We all took a shower yesterday and are preparing our arrival. Do we wait until saturday morning if we arrive on friday night late?? That is currently the big dilemma on Ostrea. Yesterday we logged 178 miles and if we continue like that friday evening looks like a possibility and that would mean a crossing of. read more...


12/12/2012

Hera - squalls

Jewärmer es Richtung St. Lucia wird, desto feuchter wird es auch. Manchmal ziehendie Squalls hinter uns vorbei, doch ab und zu treffen sie uns auch.Inder Regel passiert das, wenn Klaus mit unseren beiden Sandras Wache geht.Irgendwie müssen es sich die drei mit Rasmus verdorben haben (Sie trinken 11 Uhrkeinen Sherry mit ihm!).DerWind geht dann hoch bis 35 kn, dreht und wir müssen dann vor dem Wind ablaufen,da wir seit Tagen Schmetterling segeln. Dazu gießt es wie aus Eimern. In derRegel ist der Spuk nach einer halben Stunde oder weniger vorbei. Anschließendkann man tolle Regenbogen beobachten.DieNacht hat es ordentlich geblasen und wir hatten 7-8 bft und bis zu 5m hoheWellen von achtern.Noch611 sm bis Rodney Bay! Stefan. read more...


12/12/2012

Ceilidh of Lorne - 1 Day to go!

ARC Day 15 Ceilidh kept up her great run with 201NM logged in the last 24 hrs. This maintains our 8knot boat speed average since leaving Las Palmas which is all the more creditable as we have steered by hand virtually the whole trip in difficult conditions. Last night was no exception as we had at times 30knot squalls and some total blackout conditions making steering very tough. We did however reach a new surfing speed record of 16.9knots yesterday afternoon with Richard on the helm. Ceilidh was in tune with the crew like a well rehearsed gay Gordon’s during this exhilirating period! We have gybed back to our Westerly course of 270T having dropped down to latitude 14:21N which is very close to our final destination. Today we have 230NM to go and our focus. read more...


12/12/2012

Bardeau - update

15 32 N 50 28 WA short update, Robert has appeared from his cabin and turned on the water maker this morning, however it seems that our continuing attempts to desalinate the Atlantic is going well, to speed the process we have bypassed the tanks and are now pumping pure fresh water via the bilge into the sea. The coms update, Roberts sat phone is half working for data over my mail account!, the laptop however is dead! The night was fairly lively, but we are making good process and are currently doing around 8 knots in the Sun, the overnight watches reported seeing shooting stars some landing near the boat,we don't think it was the launch rocket that NASA put a notice to mariners on NAVTEC. also a ship was sighted.Stop PressJK has finally landed a fish, a 3 kg Tuna yes the hot dog of the. read more...


12/12/2012

Northern Child - Last ARC Log to file with ARC

ARC FINAL DAY 11/12: Saint LuciaThis is it. We made it and we are now in Saint Lucia.While the last 24 hours have been eventful (including me doing an accidental Gybe at 2am, Christian up and down the mast and out to the end of the pole, a hale storm shower first thing in the morning, torrid sun and tropical rain...) What can I say that is more relevant than WE MADE IT ! ?After 14 days and 12 hours since we left Gran Canaria we are now in the Caribbean. Non-stop. Only using wind and our own hands and physical strength to get here ! We must be mad !I believe this has been Northern Child's fastest ever Atlantic Passage and we are glad to have contributed and experienced it. We know we have had some unusual big seas and strong winds which made the cruising much harder and challenging. read more...


12/12/2012

Northern Child - Daily Log 14 - 11/12/12 - Shake, rattle and role!

Daily Run    201mDTT             205nm Lunch          Ham, Chorizo, Mushroom and Onion Tartiflette Dinner         Roasted Chicken Herb Provence with Mushroom and waterchesnut Noodles Well it was as if my daily log yesterday was a premonition!   Shake - So we furled away the genoas and put up the Spinnaker.  As the spinnaker filled at the top of a wave Northern Child accelerated like a dinghy - quite an amazing feeling in this 20 tonne yacht.  I helmed for an hour and NC was on fire, surfing down waves and hitting speeds up to 17 knots again quite regularly.  It's when she. read more...


11/12/2012

Sumatra - Log Day 15: Flying Fish and the Descent into Madness

I just sat down to write this log and looked across the galley to see the boys have uncovered a secret stash of Pepsi somewhere deep in the bowels of the boat - hurrah! Just when we were about to run out. Anyhow, we have less than 200 miles to go now and are eagerly anticipating the finish. We should arrive in St Lucia before midday tomorrow, all things going well.  The last few days seem to have blended together into one happy, sunny blur, and I think we all have mixed feelings about coming to the end of this passage. I will really miss the mental clarity that comes from being all alone in this great wide ocean, far from the reach of smart phones, internet, to-do lists, commuting and multitasking... However, it will be nice to sleep without having to brace myself, and to know that. read more...


12/12/2012

Laissez-faire - The Back 9

Well here we are with 40 miles to goWind up, waves tossing us too and fro.Who cares we didn't want it too easy,just finished a cheeseboard, roast pork, easy peasy.Will be nice to disembark I must say,Lazy Fairy will seemingly fit right in in Rodney Bay.Bikini comp apparently on wednesday night,Joe and Rick will probably enter after a few Mt Gays poured right.Norm and Mack busy talking tactics, while the younger boys are just keen to go for a stable shower, shave and sh&t..Looks like we're about to see land,and at this stage we'd like to thank all our fans.From the ones we left in Gran Canaria to the ones in NZ,Thank you for following our journey, and don't worry we've been well fed.Norm even got the word from HQ about his cheese intake,c'mon Helen he's on holiday, give mr fix it a. read more...


12/12/2012

Johanem - 11th December 2012

15 09'.727 North 50 22'.409 WestBearing 250 degrees, 615 NM to St Lucia, approx hours to go 101Today's landmarks - only 700 miles to go and reaching 50 degrees west. We also put the clock back another hour, so we are now UT minus 3 hours. All causes for celebration for which "the boys" (average age 56) called not one, but two beer o'clocks - one at 12 noon and the second at the new 12 noon. A very pleasant day after the heavy rains and thunder storms of yesterday and the night before, with light breezes and pleasantly warm. The waterproofs have had time to dry and we've opened the hatches to reduce the condensation.Lunch on deck included a new variation on the white cabbage salad. We are lucky to be still eating fresh fruit and veg after two weeks at sea - all that washing and daily. read more...


11/12/2012

Bristolian - Postscript: Thats All Folks

Ahoy hoySo finally we finished, getting over the finishing line in the early hours of Monday morning.As seems to be the way of all things yachting, even past the post problems occurred when we discovered  the bow thrusters, handy thing for a boat the size of Bristolian, had stopped working .  Curse you Generator 1.  You only have one task to do, some simple hydraulics, and despite having a leisurely fortnight doing naff all you refuse to start up for one last task.Luckily the good people in the marina happily supplied a chap in a dingy to help moor, and so disaster was averted for our final docking.  And what a final docking it was. Over 30 good folks, friends of Mr and Mrs Big and the crew, all gathered a shoutin' and a hollerin' and waving  flags as we came in. Fantastic.Once Capn. read more...


11/12/2012

Salsa af Stavsnäs - Thunder and Lightning

For once I write at daytime. It is raining outsideand it has done so since this morning. Last night was a firework from nature that was hardto beat. We where never under those clouds but they make menervous. I just hate thunder and lightning. Ellinor is not worried at all. So we have anagreement, when we are right under the lightning she goes up, I go down.There is a good reason for that, other than she likes it... Statistically menare hit by lightning in a ration of 8 to 2. So if Ellinor is up our odds arebetter. Right?   Believe it or not but now we are stressed sailors,we push Salsa as much as we dare, for two reasons, one to get out of this areabefore the big show starts on thursday, the thunder and lightninng is going tobe very intense. The other reason is that there will. read more...


11/12/2012

Coral IV - Modus Vivendi igjen

Siden jeg nå først hadde formidlet historien om Modus Vivendi - slik den ble beskrevet av skipper Dag Rørslett, må jeg nesten også formidle denne oppfølgingsartikkelen fra Seilas. Som alltid har en sak flere sider: (Takk Kolbjørn for å holde oss oppdatert om det som skrives i verdenspressen).Her er en annen versjon av historien:Første desember mistet Dag Rørslett og mannskapet på «Modus Vivendi» styringen. Det viste seg at roret hadde falt av, og båten tok inn vann. Lekkasjen ble stoppet med en treplugg i rorstammen, og Rørslett hadde også kontroll på kursen ved hjelp av båtens vindror. Les «Mareritt i Atlanterhavet»Ingen nødmeldingSamme dag som ulykken skjedde var det kontakt mellom World Cruising Club som arrangerer ARC og «Modus Vivendi». Dokumentasjon fra ARC viser at Rørslett var. read more...


11/12/2012

Coral IV - For en nydelig dag....

14:55.27 N 54:06.24 WI går var jeg ikke helt i form. Hadde sovet dårlig - om i det hele tatt -natten i forveien. Hele dagen - frem til ved 16 tiden regnet det. Så kom detsol - men jeg la meg nedpå litt etter middag. Så husker jeg ikke så mye førSteinar drar meg i stortåa kl 03.30 for å kalle meg til vakt. Da våknerjeg - god og utsovet. Har en flott vakt under stjernehimmel - først medIvory, så med Sam, så tok jeg like gjerne litt av vakten til neste mann. Steinar hadde kjøkkentjeneste, men kom opp. Carl, Steinar og jeg nøt en deilig kopp kaffe til soloppgangen ca 09.30 UTC. Hele dagen var ellers et gastronomisk høydepunkt. Frokost: Havregrøt med rosiner, egg og bacon, lunsj, hjemmelaget pizza, middag, biff-gryte. Det var to ting å feire i dag. For det første at det var deilig solskinn. read more...


Coral IV - For en nydelig dag....
Coral IV - For en nydelig dag....
Coral IV - For en nydelig dag....
Coral IV - For en nydelig dag....
Coral IV - For en nydelig dag....
Coral IV - For en nydelig dag....
11/12/2012

Thaleia - Christmas Party!

Thaleia has taken an early start in celebrating Christmas. Rough partying is somewhat reflected in the appearance of the whole crew [see attached]. Luckily enough there are not so many days left of the crossing. St Lucia here we come, well prepared! Pikkujoulu. read more...


Thaleia - Christmas Party!
Thaleia - Christmas Party!
11/12/2012

Morpion - Mardi 11 decembre 17N:55W

La crise du jour: Il ne reste plus que 12 bières pour les deux joursrestants...La prise du jour: Une grosse doradeLa dorade a été relachée, on a eu notre dose de poisson, Raymond pêchemaintenant juste pour le sport... Et il reste encore des boccaux maison(roti de porc, porc aux olives, lentilles et poulet aux champignons) Alorson restera sur le souvenir du thon pêché hier pour ce qui est du poisson.Pour ce qui est de la bière, on a mis une cellule de crise en place pourgérer équitablement la fin du stock et fouiller tout le bateau afin detrouver les caches où certains on pu se faire des réserves personnelles.Bref on devrait s'en sortir.La journée d'aujourd'hui a été pas mal semblable à celle de hier: beautemps, grosse houle, navigation plein vent arrière, au pilote, sous grandvoile seule. read more...


11/12/2012

Loupan - Mot Västindien - 11 december

Idag har vi haft vår varmaste dag hittills med sol och svagare vind. Vitill och med passade på att svalka oss i regnet när en häftig squall kom påeftermiddagen. Vi har seglat lite långsammare och vindarna skulle kansketillåtit spinnaker, men vi softade lite med våra två försegel. Vi har för sistagången justerat tiden för en ny tidszon och är nu i UTC-4, dvs fem timmar efterer. I den här tidszonen ligger också vårt mål för seglatsen.  Några kommentarer till funderingar ni haft på bloggen kommer här:   Autopiloten har fått styra båten större delen av vägen. Oftast klarar dendet riktigt bra, men ibland  får den svårt med besvärlig sjö där den interiktigt hinner med att parera. Vi handstyr kanske 1-3 timmar per dag, delvis pågrund av vågorna men också för att känna av balansen. read more...


11/12/2012

Puddle Jumper - almost there

Hi All. So near yet so far. Progress the last few days has been slower than we would like due tocombination of wind direction & quite high seas. At last we are beginning tosee a few more boats & we had 3 near last night one of whom we had to takeavoiding action as he should have given way to us but didnt. It is still astrange sensation sailing through the night with no moon visible & plenty ofclouds & sometimes in sheet rain with only the AIS navigation screen beingable to warn you of whats around. Wind in difficult direction today & we are having to sail off coursewhich is frustrating so near to our destination but should be OK for ustomorrow. Making the most of heavy rain showers in the squals to try to showerourselves I think we all appear alright. Cooking for John. read more...


11/12/2012

Rafiki - The budding shipwright

Andy writes:We woke to a dark and cloudy sky which remained throughout the day.The sea was calm or moderate and we continued on our downwind courseunder two headsails. It had been suggested to Cally that the use ofthe staysail, winched hard into the centre of the boat, would counterthe roll sometimes experienced when goosewinged. We tried a variety ofset-ups, but the jury is still out on whether it did make a realdifference to the roll of the boat.James however was oblivious to these activities. He had set his mindto making a boat out of a margarine tub, bamboo skewers, and paper. Hedeterminedlyconcentrated on the production of said boat, and as you can imagine wehad improvement after improvement to the set-up. He ended up with amagnificent craftwith a solid keel and roller reefing. read more...


11/12/2012

Bardeau - special blog. from theothersideofbardeau

15 47 N 48 48 WThis is a special blog from theothersideofbardeau as Robert is without communication due to water ingress!We will post the truth until service is resumed.Well, further to my previous blog, we have now cleared the rain for now, the cruising Shute is up and we are back on route to St Lucia.The turning point was when I remembered that I had a pair of Ms Noble's finest 'Rose tinted Oakleys' this did the trick and I was full of the joys of spring.apparently. bono has a pair just like them.The update on the Bards electronics is not good, the sat phone and laptop were left in the rain along with the boats hifi and logbook. Currently I am trying the phone and laptop in bags of rice, butI fear the worst.He is in a foul mood and has taken to his bed , not even his dream lunch of hot. read more...


11/12/2012

Little Pea's Arc Blogoramma 14

15:15.9N 057:20.9W As I type we have "Reach" by S Club 7 blasting out the cockpit speakers. The level of Dad dancing by Minkey and Jags is very worrying... As is becoming a regular occurrence, yesterday was very hot forcing us to seek shelter under the bimini and suspend all maintenance tasks until the temperature had dropped. The day before we discovered that the furler (a drum at the front of the yacht used to roll Debs away) had lost a few bolts. In order to fix it we had to remove the pole, drop Debs to the deck make a quick repair and rehoist. We waited until early evening and performed the whole manouvre in less than 40mins and the relaunch was so slick we could have been fully crewed on a Solent round the cans race boat! Fresh rations are now sparse on board but. read more...


11/12/2012

Meltemi - 11.12.2012 - 15. Seetag - Finish Day

Position: 14-32N / 060-32WCOG: 225 degSOG: 8,8 kn34 nm to goHallo, liebe Meltemi-Freunde!Heute hatten wir noch einmal einen fantastischen, sonnig-warmen letzten Segeltag vor unserem ARC-Finish. Kurz nach Sonnenaufgang wurde die Genua sofort wieder ausgebaumt, um die achterlichen Winde zwischen 20 und 25 Knoten für unseren Endspurt bestmoeglich zu nutzen. Am fruehen Nachmittag tauchte dann Backbord querab seit vielen Tagen wieder ein erster Mitbewerber auf unserem AIS-Monitor auf. Kurze Zeit spaeter knarzten dann die ersten Funkmitteilungen der Küstenfunkstelle von Martinique in unserem Aussenlautsprecher. Keine Frage: Nach 15 Tagen auf See naehern wir uns der Zivilisation. Bei uns allen steigt die Vorfreude auf den baldigen Landfall und es werden die ersten Plaene fuer die Gestaltung der. read more...


11/12/2012

Orion - Week 2Tuesday 11th December

We have been sailing for 2 weeks and are now going with the tradewind meaning more comfort, sunshine and the course directly towards St Lucia. We have to charge with the engine running twice a day to keep up with the consumption. Best estimate for arrival is Saturday if we can maintain the speed we have now. That would be great :-) Hernik. To see the plots on a paper chart means a lot more, comparing days run, figuring into our progress the current, allowing the different values of variation and the effect it has to what you read on the compass. It does not draw the power either. The distance to go is now conversation topic, where as a few days ago it was how far we have come. The salt water shampoo is now a great fun daily exercise, cool down and byproduct we get clean as well.. read more...


11/12/2012

Easy Rider 2. Log 5..Days 11 & 12

Beautiful rolling waves that are pushing us along. Sun very hot now. Great excitement as we spot 2 whales and a cub. Huge and very beautiful as they jump in unison. Carlos suggests that they like onions (which I think is prompted because he Hates them!) Didn't do a lot for our whales. Later 2 more adults appear, which I think are sharks- darker, smaller( only 20 feet long) and circling our boat. I know they like humans but I'm not feeding them! After a couple of hours of circumventing the boat...they are gone! Have some great pics and would be interested to know if they were indeed sharks. Eyes close together (not to be trusted), white belly which they kept exposing with gay abandon! I always have the last watch! Droit de dogs body and cook! Yesterday watching the sunrise pushing. read more...


11/12/2012

Stormvogel - Tag 15: Man schicke uns bitte eine Tüte Wind!

Über Wettervorhersagen im allgemeinen haben wir ja schon berichtet. Im besonderen ist es nun so, das die Vorhersage bis zum Wochenende eigentlich super ist, nur die Realität auf dem schaukelnden STORMVOGEL schon wieder eine andere.Jedenfalls laufen wir seit einer Stunde wieder unter Motor und hoffen innigst, das der Wind am Abend wieder kommt. Eine neue Motor-Nacht wollen wir nicht! Nein, Nein, Nein!Die Sonne war heute brennend und stechend, aber nun kommt wohl bald wieder eine Regenfront durch. Gar nicht so einfach, die passende "Regenkleidung" zu finden. Das Segelzeug ist eigentlich zu warm, im T-Shirt wird es nach einer halben Stunde aber zu kalt... ;-)) (...aber bis dahin ist es super!!!)Gestern Abend steckten wir mit einem Mal in einem großen Gewittergebiet, aber ohne Donner und. read more...


11/12/2012

Mary Jo - day 15

Weather has been changeable to say the least. Lightning all night Sunday, Squalls every couple of hours, dull and cloudy yesterday, I could have been in the Irish sea, but then I wouldn’t have had shorts on. Last night during one of our many squalls, I was tucked up away from the torrential rain, under the sprayhood, when a flying fish glanced off my forehead.This morning, we have been joined for over an hour by an ‘Orca’ type whale. It swam alongside us, regularly crossing our bow. I felt sure it was sizing us up for lunch.Last nights stars were amazing, with no moon, the milky way was incredibly clear. Boiling hot today, and we skirted the only squall. Only 600 miles to go, a mere Biscay crossing, I can almost smell the Rum. K . read more...