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11/12/2012

Meltemi - 10.12.2012 - 14. Seetag - Zweistellig!

Position: 15-25N / 059-20WCOG: 235 degSOG: 7,9 kn99 nm to goLiebe Freunde,nun sind es nur noch weniger als 99 sm bis zur Ziellinie. Wir malen uns schon aus, was jeder so als erstes machen wird: Ein kuehles Bier an der Hafenmole, eine Zigarre in der Seglerbar, lange Duschen usw. Aber noch ist es nicht so weit und die letzten Meilen werden wir besonders geniessen.Der Atlantik schickt uns noch einmal einige beeindruckende Wogen, was zu einem kuenstlerisch wertvollen Bild fuehrt, hervorgerufen von Michaels Sabayone, die, von den Fliehkraeften beschleunigt,tolle Bilder im Salon hinterlaesst. Die Fotos davon werden die Kunstwelt in Erstaunen versetzen. Auch waehrend meiner Nachtwache laesst der Ozean noch mal seine Muskeln kurz spielen und schickt uns einen Squall mit viel Wind und. read more...


10/12/2012

Salsa af Stavsnäs - Family meeting N14 W44

Every monday, we try to have a short meeting where everybody can share their wishes and complaints. Well, the hard part is of course Andreas (4,5) who thinks these meetings are dull.Me: But Andreas, these meetings are good, look what happened, you wished a cake and we made it.Andreas: So, lets go and make a cake instead of a meetingMe: So what is it like to be on the ocean?Andreas: It's great, because I got a cake and I could build this gun with LEGOErika (8years old): I like it but start to look forward to go ashoreEllinor: It is peaceful, it's only us and the sea, but I can also look forward to have some land and the pile of laundry is growingMe:I think this is a very interesting situation,  have to practice patience, how long can it be? Imagine those that sailed to the USA in the. read more...


11/12/2012

Poespas - day 14

Day 14We finally did it! We got it up. The Parasailor that is. After many days of forlorn hope finally weather conditions allowed us to hoist it. A steady if slightly fishtailing wind of 15 knots gave us the right conditions to sail for a good 2 hours or so with just the Parasailor up and all other sails furled. Initially it was slightly unstable, waving to and from in front of our bow, but once the wind steadied and built up to a good 18 knots, it was just perfect. Speeds were approaching 9 knots, and towards the end when the wind picked up to a good true 20 knots (the Parasailor's recommended upper limit) it was as steady as a rock and pushing us along at almost 10 knots. As it was approaching dusk and the winds appearing as if it might increase, we took the decision to dowse it. It. read more...


10/12/2012

Capricho - Dia 14 - Empiezo la limpieza

Día Nº 14Posición 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 LuciaContinuamos con el viento soplando en perfecta dirección : directo a SaintLucia y como les dije, las olas están alineadas y también parece que vanpa’lla!!!Con la pesca que hemos hecho ya me puse agresivo, sin olvidarme del populardicho que sabiamente recuerda que : “el agalluo muere peluo” o como dice elPompi : “el que mucha mierda habla, mucha mierda come”. Decidí armar lacaña de mosca con una línea de profundidad, adornada con un señueloreconocido 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 esbienvenido. Pesca de. read more...


10/12/2012

Loupan - Mot Västindien - 10 december

I ett par dagar har vi haft relativt molnigt väder. Ganska skönt, tycker vi, då temperaturen i vattnet är uppe i 28,5 grader och minst lika varmt i luften. De flesta nätter under vår seglats har det kommit en eller flera så kallade squalls. Det är korta, men intensiva regnskurar med stark vind runt 30-35 knop. Squalls rör sig i vindriktningen så det gäller att hålla utkik både på himlen och på radarn, där regnet syns bra, så man inte blir överraskad. Normala nattklädseln är shorts och t-shirt, men seglarstället får åka fram när en squall nalkas (åtminstone jackan). Squalls är en av orsakerna till att vi alltid revar till natten så att den som har vakt i normalfallet ska klara hanteringen av båten även under en squall utan att behöva väcka någon annan. Fördelen med squalls är att båten. read more...


10/12/2012

Johanem - Monday Eve - 10th Dec

Good evening all.I can't remember the brochure word for word, but I am pretty sure it said something like "Tee shirt and shorts sailing", "Stargazing par excellence", "Get into the rhythm downwind sailing with a following sea", "Discover the stars with beautiful clear skies", "Sleep on deck" etc etc... and I can certainly remember the skipper's request not to bring full oilies.... Ooops.. How wrong can you be.. Last night we had 12 hours solid of torrential rain in the pitch black, viciously changing wind conditions with frequent 360 deg changes of direction, gusts of up to 30 knots, and were greeted at dawn with all the fun of a jammed furling main sail (i.e. we couldn't move it in or out)... But its all character building apparently - and we are loving it! The mood is certainly. read more...


10/12/2012

Puddle Jumper - Blog

Not so far now.A solid day’s progress today with improved weather conditions and increasing excitement amongst the crew who will be meeting their loved ones on St. Lucia, although Captain Flint has also pined for the Norwegian fjords.Also more sails sighted today and contacts  made on the vhf.Water usage on board has been restricted on the skippers instructions due to problems with the generator, so both Blofeld and I took advantage of the squalls to have nature’s own showers.   SKIPPERWet weather yesterday has made Puddlejumper looks more like a Chinese laundry,but a much better day today. The generator has chewed up its impellor, normally a simple fix. However on PJ we have to remove a lot of the transom to get at it. Its possible but very difficult, especially with. read more...


10/12/2012

Peter von Seestermühe - 10.12.12

Liebe Peter-Freunde,Es sind noch 199 Seemeilen bis St Lucia. Die 200 Marke ist soebengeknackt. Jetzt setzen wir alles daran unseren Durchschnitt von 200Seemeilen in 24 Stunden weiter beizubehalten und morgen Abend in RodneyBay einzulaufen. Nach allgemeiner Schätzung haben wir vor Mitternachtden ersten Pina Colada in der Hand. Alle freuen sich auf die Abkühlung!Auch haben wir unseren Shanty fertig und üben fleißig. Damit ihr morgenmitsingen könnt, hier schon Mal der Text:Zehen Mann auf der Seestermühe,Ohhh, und ne Buddel kein Rum!über den Teich nach St Lucia,Ohhh, und ne Buddel kein Rum!unser Skipper hat das bestens geregelt,Ohhh, und ne Buddel kein Rum!drum haben wir dem Teufel ein Ohr abgesegelt,Ohhh, und ne Buddel kein Rum!unsere Köche haben neue Gerichte gekürt,Ohhh, und ne Buddel. read more...


10/12/2012

Ntanda - Blog day 14 - What could possibly go wrong?!

Not that you will realise of course but I was about to write this blog when I was flung from the chart table during a broach. Just enough time to grab the hand rail with left hand and monkey swing across the boat  using left toe to hold laptop onto chart table; interesting!! Anyway, where was I? Oh yeah, last night. Well after a good day with the spinnaker up we went to poled out headsail and one reef.  A little description of the weather would probably help, words like biblical rain, momentus squalls, titanic waves etc etc would not be (too) much of an exaggeration. We've had almost continuous really heavy tropical rain for the last 48 hours, and lets face it the whole trip over has been one long line squall! we've all got trench foot and the inside of the boat. read more...


10/12/2012

Orion - Week 2 Monday 10th December

Back to the old watch system as there are not enough bunks for everyone to get a comfy sleep. Overnight there was sheet lightning that lit up half the sky and heavy rain. It was like the start of the Bourne Ultimatum except we didn't find Jason Bourne floating unconscious in the sea.. shame. Because of the lightning we put the hand-held VHF radio in the oven to act as a Faraday cage and protect it in case all our other systems went down. It was rescued before tonight's dinner fortunately! Barbara. A great aspect about the ARC is they organise there departure date from Las Palmas a week after all the shops have stocked with there christmas cakes, sweets and chocolate which is ideal when considering a victualling for the trip. We have a new treat every day at sundown. Progress is up and. read more...


10/12/2012

El Mundo - Monday 10th December

Disaster averted!!!!! This morning we had a problem with the spinnakerpole. The spinnaker pole allows us to pole out the foresail to catch thewind when we are running dead before the wind - that is, it is directlybehind us. This is rather crucial as without it we could not aim straightfor St Lucia. The inboard end kept detaching itself from the mast fittingand falling on people's heads when we gybed or adjusted the sail settings.Not good! It's a very heavy pole! People's heads are not that strong! Atone time we had to sail without the pole and the best heading we could makewas either towards the Turks and Caicos Islands or Trinidad - neither ofwhich have I got any wish to go to: I want to go to St Lucia! So ice-manNick and I had a close inspection of the pole up forward. Other members. read more...


10/12/2012

Rafiki - Rafiki - Jamon goes off

Sunday 9th DecemberJames and Cally write:This morning Emily and I had porridge for breakfast. In the nightEmily slept on deck again and saw dolphins and phosphorescence withAndy.Mum, Emily and I did a lot of cooking this morning: Emily made 3different flavours of cookie, Mum made a banoffi pie for lunch and Icooked up some popcorn to eat with Andy while we watched Star Wars.While we were doing this, the wind gradually came in, so we could sailat a proper speed again.Just before lunch we put up the spinnaker. It was wonderful and wemade good progress with it.This afternoon a sad thing happened. Andy went to his beloved jamonto cut off some slices for supper and found, to his utterconsternation, that the jamon had started to go off. We had no choicebut to go for a solemn burial at sea,. read more...


10/12/2012

Rafiki - Only 1000 miles to go

Saturday 8th DecemberEmily writes:We spent last night and this morning with very little wind. But bitby bit we are now edging on towards St.Lucia (instead of backwards!).We talked and decided we wanted to sail the whole way across and notuse our engine, exempt to charge the batteries. Thankfully, there wasjust enough wind to ensure that the night was not unbearably noisy,although progress has been slow. It has been incredibly hot, so Jamesand I are finding it very hard to sleep in our cabin at night. Iended up sleeping on deck during Andy and Phil's watches.This morning there has been very little wind, but we are just aboutstill sailing. When we were all awake (except for Andy) James, Mumand I made pancake batter and put in the fridge to settle while we hadporridge. Once Andy had woken. read more...


10/12/2012

Ailsa - Ailsa blog 12 - Sqaulls

Position: 12:24.878N 43:14.609WCaptains log; Stardate 2012-12-10 – 11:30 UTCOne of the phenomena of “trade wind” sailing are “squalls”. These are small areas of cloud characterised by increased wind speed and rain. They come up behind you, are easily spotted in the day but less so at night. They are not such an issue if your prepared for them – typically the wind speed increases by 2 forces for about 30 minutes so if you are caught with too much sail up then you might incur damage. The included photo is typical. We had our first significant squall last night and actually it was quite exciting – we really “motored” for a short time.With regard to the engine (now necessary to keep our batteries charged) the AA refused to come out – something to do with membership had expired at the. read more...


Ailsa - blog 12 - Sqaulls
Ailsa - blog 12 - Sqaulls
10/12/2012

Caryali - fishing until the very end

340 miglia e siamo a terra. Stefanello ci ha regalato un meraviglioso dorado. Veleggiamo a 290 gradi dritti su Santa Lucia dove contiamo arrivare mercoledì in tarda mattinata. Armati sempre con code zero e una mano terzaroli manteniamo una buona media sempre sopra 8nm. Stamattina abbiamo avuto tanta onda ed e' per questo che non abbiamo aperto jennaker . Questo jennaker che ci dicevano avremmo usato sempre di fatto lo abbiamo usato molto poco e abbiamo trovato il code zero molto versatile per questo tipo di navigazione.. read more...


Caryali - fishing until the very end
Caryali - fishing until the very end
10/12/2012

Stormvogel - Tag 14: Business as usual

Man glaubt es kaum, aber so langsam kommt Langweile auf.OK, das Boot schaukelt immer noch, wir müssen hier und da mal nach den Segeln sehen, aber ansonsten passiert hier an Bord herzlich wenig.Na ja, bei so einer reinen Familiencrew die sich schon ein Leben-Lang kennt gibt es wohl auch nicht viel zu diskutieren. Zumal der Bootsmann angeblich sehr dem Skipper ähnelt. (Tstststs)Einmal mehr merkt man, das uns der 1. Offizier fehlt...Letzte Nacht haben wir erstmals Blitze am Horizont gesehen - aber in ein Gewitter sind wir dann doch nicht gekommen. Dennoch haben wir in stockfinsterer Nacht das 2. Reff ins Groß gebunden um für den Fall der Fälle gerüstet zu sein.Den Vormittag haben wir dann kollektiv "verdöst".Mittags wollte ich dann mit unserem Weltempfänger mal Deutsche Welle hören - war. read more...


10/12/2012

Morpion - Lundi 10 decembre 19°01N: 52°11W

Hello All!Bon, on arrive gentiment au 15 ième jour de mer!Et nous sommes toujours au Nord de la cible.Oui. C'est les options deroutage qui ont voulu ca.C'est quoi ca le routage? Ah ben c'est facile, c'est une succession dedécisions consécutive à l'analyse (supposée) pointue de 3 choses: Lesperformances du bateau, la meteo, et la cible que l'on veut ateindre.La combinaison de ces trois points amènent à définir le chemin à suivrepour arriver d'un point à un autre. Et cette route sera différente pourchaque bateau !En effet, le plus court chemin n'étant que très rarement la ligne droite,il faut determiner celui qui sera le plus rapide pour notre bateau, enfonction de la force du vent et de la direction de se dernier au moment ouon sera sur un point de la carte. Et cette route varie donc pour. read more...


10/12/2012

Maunie of Ardwall - Day 14: The Maunie Team, what a team!

The great thing (usually) about long sailing voyages is seeing how the team dynamics of crew develop. On Maunie we’re very lucky to have four very competent and experienced sailors aboard but over the days we’ve developed into a very good team; people work to their strengths and support each other even when off watch, coming on deck uncomplainingly when needed . Yesterday was, in many ways, quite a challenging day but the teamwork saw us through it. Things started fairly positively with the wind filling in and allowing us to fly the Parasailor from lunchtime with good teamwork to set it safely. Almost as soon as it was up, we caught a fish – a European Barracuda about 70cm long -  and new team roles came into place. Rich despatched it with a shot of vodka to the gills, Fergus. read more...


10/12/2012

Skyelark of London - Day 13 on Skyelark

After a two weeks visit on the good ship Skyelark of London, I have found some interesting differences between the Danish and the English. One should think that Malene and I would be using the most water in order to keep ourselves clean and ladylike, however it seems that the Englishman has much higher standards than a simple girl from Copenhagen. I find it more than enough to let myself in to a little room where the chances of my collection of bruises extents massively (as the boat throws me around), but these gentlemen seem to go the extra mile in order to look good at any time - always fresh of face, oiled, moisturised and pampered. But the gentleman conveniently disappears whenever the ever so eager fishermen trawl in one fish after another, because apparently they don't do dirty. read more...


Skyelark of London - Day 13 on Skyelark
Skyelark of London - Day 13 on Skyelark
10/12/2012

Charm Offensive - Can almost smell the St Lucian Rum

After 13 days at sea we can almost smell the Rum of St Lucia, we are currently 400 miles out and assuming nothing goes wrong we should arrive in St Lucia in the next few days.Since the last blog update we have caught a Wahu and another Dorado but only caught them when we had 5kts of wind and were travelling around 2-3kts and sadly it was not in the right direction due to the wind on the nose. With a bunch of pure sailors on board the decision not to motor was made so we sat it out while our main flopped back and forth in the Atlantic for a little over a day. I've been told no wind can make people go crazy well I can tell you that after 24 hours of the sails flapping and the distance to St Lucia no closer that was enough to send us all a little batty. I can't imagine what weeks in the. read more...


10/12/2012

Murphy - Wet, Wet, Wet - Log Day 14

Passage notes (continued)I seem to remember saying something yesterday about the weather being delightful, while there appeared to be thicker cloud heading our way for the afternoon. Well, you know that thicker cloud.....boy is it thicker! It drenched the night watch (Jeff and Jake), spared the next watch (hooray) and we are currently surrounded by a grey mist with lashing rain that is drenching the morning watch (Jake and Jeff – it's alright, spare your sympathy – they're tough, they can take it and they're getting used to it). Lucinda and I, however, are not used to it and are hoping it will abate before we have to out at 2:00. Oh did I mention that those nice trade winds are now howling?Only 612 miles to go, though, now.The ship's companyAll are or are shortly to be wet.Andrew's. read more...


Murphy - Before the squall
Murphy - Before the squall
Murphy - After
Murphy - After
10/12/2012

Great Escape of Southampton - Day 14 15 46N 49 42W

Day 14Well, Jan’s wish for more wind came partly true.  There has been a lot more wind, 35 knots during the night, but a huge amount of rain and water.  The water came yesterday afternoon when I was dozing in one of the forward cabins.  We’d had the hatch open for ages and Graham said to watch out for rain that looked imminent.  I was doing his when, and you will have worked out the next event by now…….  Jan (aka the Mad Helmsman), managed to find a rogue wave which promptly came thought hatch and I emerged like a drowned rat.  There were some choice words exchanged and a threat to hang Jan upside down from the mast!  With a lot of rain since then, the inside of the boat now looks like a Chinese laundry.We are still wondering if we signed up to the. read more...


Great Escape of Southampton - Day 14 15 46N 49 42W
Great Escape of Southampton - Day 14  15 46N 49 42W
10/12/2012

Ostrea - RAIN!

Day 14. Yesterday was rainy and squally. Sometimes we could sail andsometimes we had to motor in a choppy sea with no wind.. Last night wesailed on genua only and had a windy, wet and thundery night and it wasvery dark because of all the cloudcover and hardly any moon. Cedric caughta wahoo with our superbait pink squid and we ate her for diner. Today isno different, rain, rain, rain. We are wearing our Mustos again and lookforward to arrive in st lucia.... Our eta is probably saturday. Pien hassome kind of child disease and is covered with red spots and is not feelingtoo good. We hope the weather will improve and we get some typical ARCsunnny tradewind days like in the brochure... :)regards from all of us.pieter. read more...


10/12/2012

Ace - Monday, December 10th

Greetings to our extended Ace family from the crew:Today begins as yesterday ended, with Ace running on a starboard tack towards Saint Lucia, now about 260 miles distant.  The morning rose with the sun on a blue sky, steady winds, relatively modest rolling seas and a decent heading towards the Caribbean.  It was the air, however, which dominated the setting.  Warm, sweet, velvety, seductively gentle -- it offered an enticing welcome to those of us awakening for another watch shift.  The Ace of the last couple of days differs from the Ace of last week.  Gone for now is the relentless muscular, ever demanding  locomotive of last week,  substituted by a steadier, albeit slower course towards home on an ocean that herself has tamed considerably.  The. read more...


10/12/2012

Selene - Final day!

As we run down to St Lucia the tension is mounting if anything. It would be too awful for something to go wrong at this stage, but with a constant wind of 22-25Kts from dead astern we are trying to get the best out of Selene for a final assault. We have been running under our standard rig of 1 slab in the main and the genoa almost fully out poled out in a goosewing. It is fast, but rather rolly and last night was one of my most uncomfortable yet.By day break the seas were a little calmer and we rolled out a little more headsail and began the usual debate over the Badger. 25Kts is really rather more than I would care to hoist, but we needed to see what it would be like. So we decided to keep the reef in the main to take some of the sting out and hoist it and see. The hoist went OK, but we. read more...


10/12/2012

Poco Loco -

Dag 13: 15:35 N - 52:42 W, dagafstand 188 miles Zondag regent het de hele dag. Dat verwacht je hier niet. Meestal duurt zo'n squalletje een half uurtje om daarna door het zonnetje weer verdreven te worden, maar helaas gisteren dus niet.  Gelukkig vangen we weer een mooie Dolphin (nee geen dolfijn, maar een soort dorade!), en 2 uurtjes later smikkelen we van een heerlijke lunch. Het hoogtepunt van de dag. Verder is het erg onrustig, veel wind, variabel uit alle hoeken en hoge golven. Niets geen passaatwinden zoals ze ons beloofd hadden, daar hebben we nog niets van gemerkt deze trip. We hebben via de marifoon contact met een ander schip dat 8 miles bij ons vandaan zit, maar dat we niet kunnen zien. s' Avonds komt er een groot vrachtschip onze kant op en de kapitein roept ons op.. read more...


10/12/2012

Stella-Maris - 9. detsember - 2. advent Atlandil

Teine advent merel koos kerge pilvisusega ja 30 kraadise temperatuuriga.Sellel korral kujunes aga meie tavapärane pühapäev hoopis eriliseks.Tegeleme siin aktiivselt igasuguste tähtsündmuste väljamõtlemisega ja hetkeltundub, et tähistamist vajavaid sündmusi tuleb juba liiga palju. Kui jubapea kaks nädalat muutumatus keskkonnas elada, siis hakkab inimloomus tähelepanema ka iga väiksemat muutust. Pühapäev, teine advent, 2000 miili läbitud,Kasparil ja Virkol 3 kuud merel jne. Kui kõik langeb ühele päevale paneb seekokka kõvasti pead murdma, sest kogu värske kraam on juba peeneltsinihallituseks muutunud ja lihakapis olev kana väidetavalt juba koputas, etkeegi ukse lahti teeks. Aga see ebatavaline pühapäev muutus üsna kiireltveel erilisemaks just hetkel, kui olime tegemas püha. read more...


Stella-Maris - 9. detsember - 2. advent Atlandil
Stella-Maris - 9. detsember -  2. advent Atlandil
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