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19/05/2013

Alice in Red - Day Four

Making more progress in the right direction but a bit bumpy in places as the wind has reverted to being on the nose again! We have seen one other non-ARC yacht but otherwise all quiet.. read more...


19/05/2013

Paraty - Tag 10 (auf See ins gesamt ab Jungferninseln)- Alles OK

 DieWinde haben sich gedreht und kommt jetzt aus dem Norden so dass wir am Windsegeln richtung Horta. Die Segel sind gerefft weil wir teilweise ueber 20-25knoten haben. Es gibt eigentlich nicht so viel neues zu melden, ausser dassPeter M. das wackel ndeKlo wieder provisorisch mit laengeren Schrauben am Boden befestigt hat. Wirhaben jetzt noch 1250 sm von 1800 sm vor uns, es geht voran. Ausschlaggebendwerden die Winde sein. Es sind leichte Winde / Flaute angesagt fuer Montag. Ichbin dazu geneigt das letzte Fall, dass wir noch haben doppelt einzusetzen fuerSpinnaker und Vorsegel. Das Genoa muss sowieso nochmal runter weil es einleichten Schaden hat im Unterliek. Mal sehen was passiert. Heutenacht wardeutlich kaelter, weil wir noerdlicher segeln und wir am Wind fahren und diescheinbare. read more...


13/05/2013

Pendragon - caught another Dorado today

Pendragon is currently just about ready to exit the Old Bahama Channel. Not much wind, but we are having a beautiful day just the same. The boat is operating well, and to date, we have motored 86 hours. We've had some wonderful sailing as well...of the beam and off the beam. Ian (AKA, the Slayer) caught another Dorado today. Pink Squid, a light weight, 6 knots of boat speed...and bang.....hit again. Another night of Mahi Mahi Tacos!!!! She was 41 inches long, 28 pounds......8 pounds are in our reefer!All is well......37 hours out of Key West.ScottS/V Pendragon. read more...


19/05/2013

Easy Rider - Easy Rider...Captains Log..Days 3 & 4

Day 3 was every sailors dream.....clear blue sky &20+ knots of wind on our tail!! Surfing down the waves gives a real adrenalinerush...top speed recorded 15.2 kts!! Soy has now got a taste of it &managed a 13.9kt rush of her own. We managed a very creditable 200 miles in 24hours. The best Easy has ever achieved is 210 miles on the way to theCaribbean.   Day 4 in comparison was a slowday. We had a 180 degree wind shift & we had a couple of hours ploddingalong at just over three kts, followed by 5 hours at 5kts. Soy kept our spirits high though with her usualexcellent meals.   Today, Sunday, we are speeding along at 9 kts pointedstraight at the Azores. We have covered 655 miles so far, only 1200 to go!As it's Sunday we have got Soy's Sundaydinner to look forward to. read more...


19/05/2013

Azzurra 19 May

Today is our third day out to sea and it started with a blood red sun rising out of a grey ocean,set against a grey sky at 4. 30 am, soon to disappear into a low lying cloud bank, the sun has now lost the burning intensity that it has in the Tropics, an indication that we making progress towards Europe. We are now nicely settled into are on ship routine,it always seems to take 2/3 days to get into the rhythm of ship board life, the constant looking for hand holds now become second nature, the motion and heel of the boat is now normal, as is walking around with your back to the wall and bulkheads. We have become one with the boat as she carries us towards the Azores, it’s a special feeling, that has to be experienced to fully understand it, maybe that’s why we love to sail, to feel this “. read more...


19/05/2013

Johanem - Johanem blog Saturday 18th May

Day four. After a great fun start at Bermuda on Wednesday, the Johanem team are getting it together. The watches are working well all be it very tiring even after four days. We do three hours on and six off, the time fairly flys past. Day two we had to do a bit of engine work as things were very quiet on the wind front, we headed north and Graham provided us with diner, a skipjack tuna, very tasty!! Friday and Saturday have proved more exciting on the sailing front with winds gusting 30knts and waves to match, a great deal of sail adjusting but we are almost far enough north for a run to Horta. The skipper had us sing on deck after super, once we had done one or two of his favourites we introduced him to the highland songs, he surprised us and knew a good number of Scottish songs, so the. read more...


18/05/2013

Amelie d'Oslo - Amelie Blog - ARC Europe - Saturday 18th May 2013

Another day of the wind behind us, so trade windsailing with dry decks, has been appreciated by Amelie's crew.   We'd like to take a few moments to expoundon a few of the qualities of Amelie's owner, Per.   He often starts the day with two things uppermostin his mind - coffee and fish.   Taking the coffee first, Per is pretty fanaticalabout good quality coffee, and it isn't long before one of the crew is whippedinto putting the brew on, with the lovely smell of fresh grounds wafting throughthe boat. We say fanatical, and we really do mean it! The crew was draggedaround a number of restaurants in Bermuda, with Per questioning the poorunsuspecting restauranteur about the type of coffee machine, and how fit for thepurpose it might be, which ended up with us. read more...


18/05/2013

Amelie d'Oslo - Hurra for the 17th of may!

Salutations to all thebrave fighters for freedom! We have been bloging on ameliedoslo@blogspot.com but willalso update the arc site from now.  Today we have celebratedthe 199th Norwegian constitution day on Amelie. We are happy to celebratethat our country was given from Denmark to Sweden. (TheSwedish had us for almost another hundred years, but at least we got aconstitution)   This great day at seastarted with Miky Mikes great banana pancakes with syrup and beacon.We were debating whether we would march around on the boat singing "Ja vielsker" (Norway’s national song), but we endedup with the old classic chilling in the sun.  Richard decided thatdessert should be served before dinner – so his contribution was to makebread-and-butter pudding, which was. read more...


18/05/2013

Peter von Danzig - Ghosts in the night

The reckless fellow came straight through the companionway! Nils mighthave admired him for his skill had he not been deeply immersed in his bookof stars. The flying fish almost made it into the pantry (according toskips wishful thinking straight into the frying pan …) but then decided toland in an elegant curve just outside the oilskin locker. How to get ridof this stinking little creature?Shortly before Bermuda we were visited by a squid that expired its life inthe cockpit, not before leaving his mark … Sounds incredible, just asskips stories of squids jumping in through open pantry skylights orgathering on the foredeck. Everything seems possible, looks as if we had alucky escape with just a small flying fish through the companionway!No so the unlucky devil entering his personal hell.. read more...


18/05/2013

Mad Fish - North enough?

We have been pushing our way north as fast as possible to hook into the low pressures coming from the US to the UK. Yesterday we finally took the spinnaker down at about 1400 local when we were doing a consistent 9 knots in over 20 knots of wind. We ran with the main up all night until around 0900 local, 1200 UTC when the cold front went through and the wind cranked round 90 degrees. We are now heading for the Azores, tearing along at 8 kmots+ with 22 knots of wind just forward of the beam.This has made Ethan happy as if we are not doing 7 knots towards the Azores or more he gives me much abuse on how much faster we should be going and what sails we should put up! I hope we are ok on the rest of the fleet and we haven't been too extreme. Holding on tight with 1423 miles to go....... read more...


18/05/2013

Azzurra - Day -3 by Johanna

Johanna Johansson just checked in at the 5-star Azzurra recover yacht. It has been a fantastic day, with a lot of sun and, but not least wind up to 25 knots! Wherever you look in the horizont, you will see water, water and one or another wave, which will get you extremely calm down. You have no idea of when you will get to the Azores, but it really doesn't matter. You don't have to worry about which shoes you are matching to your outfit, or who Kate Perry are dating at the moment. The fact that the view of other boats has been reduced to zero, gives some benefits as well, you can basicly sing the higest you are capable to knowing that nobody can hear your false tones, so there is nothing to be embaresed to! If you get tired of the calm lifestyle, it does also feel like you are on a. read more...


18/05/2013

Lady Ann - High spirits, high seas

17/05/2013 22:00 UTCpos: 36*14.8 61*23.8High spirits, high seasTwo days ago we left Bermuda. Heading: Azores. Some repairs were delayedby overactive customs officials so it was quiet a race to be ready intime. But, thanks to the combined efforts of some freshly arrived crewand the seasoned lads from the last leg we managed to get ready withonly a couple of hours delay.Now we are full at sea. No doubt about that. The first 24 hours we'vebeen heading north searching for wind. And wind we found! Together withthe wind came the seas. With 25 knots from behind we are surfing downfour meter swells, straight to the Azores.This is how sailing supposed to be. Friends, lots of fun and thebeautiful sea. No autopilot but we couldn't care less: now we've got thewhole playing ground for our. read more...


Lady Ann - High spirits, high seas
Lady Ann - High spirits, high seas
17/05/2013

Alice in Red - Day Two

Bit of a slow day as wind was light and variable. Better this morning and we're heading in the right direction for once! Crew all fed and watered but still feeling the effects of the watch system. . read more...


17/05/2013

Easy Rider - Soy's log

Hola!As Martin has mentioned (and I will mention again with great glee) a great start! The cut that we led through, in retrospect. looked like the eye of a needle! Marvellous start and what a great rush!We are now on day 3, and I think today the winds will pick up....Nice to sunbathe for a bit but it would be nice to get moving a bit more!The guys have been fishing like mad- the lure looks like something I would wear as an earring! Absolutely hideous. Probably scaring the fish away.Both Martin and Kristian were feeling a bit sea sick on day 1 and I produced some Spanish seasick pills which I assured them would alleviate the symptoms immediately. Not one of my finer medical moves...wiped them out for about 10 hours!Now they view anything I suggest with apprehension....Lovely lovely. read more...


17/05/2013

Easy Rider - Bermuda to Azores day 1 & 2

Setting off on the second leg in ARC Europe was just fantastic. Beautiful scenes as all boats kicked off and powered through the narrow town cut of St. Georges, off course we were first off! Though after just a few hours of trimming and racing, the calm and relaxed open ocean life seemed to get a hold off us once again. As expected, the wind died around dinnertime and our 9 knots of speed through the town cut was now reduced to 5 or 6... Since then the windgods haven't really been on our side, we've been forced to do some motoring though the nights. But what you can't get in wind, you'll get in sun, moon and starlight! Kristian and I have been working our tan on the front deck all day (day 2), and the moon and shootingstars have been doing their jobs in making my nightwatches the. read more...


17/05/2013

Azzurra - C=Day 1- Fantastic!

It was a perfect day for our start. The crew was ready and excited to leave. Azzurra has two in crew-mate, Ainsley Harrison and Johanna Johanssen. Ansley is a delivery captain with many crossings and miles under his feet. And Johanna is a Swedish student that has may years of sailing, but this is her first extended crossing. The start went well, we started about 3rd to the last but caught up quickly. The passage through the St. George's Cut was spectacular! The winds picked up as we entered the Atlantic Ocean and we had great time in the beginning hours of the Rally. Our first night was uneventful- which is really good for Azzurra! We have light and variable winds now so it is very peaceful this morning. We hope all of our other participants are having a great day, as we are! Azzurra. read more...


17/05/2013

Azzurra - Day 2- Spectacular!!

Our second day was spectacular We are all feeling very well and have our sea legs. The wind was very light- 0-2kts so we ended up motoring for approximately 4 hours. We flew our brand new Spinnaker for the first time for about and hour. Great photos. We have great wind this morning and have turn towards the Azores, beautiful weather and we are all getting to know one another. We really are enjoying our new crew. Johanna is a sailer with Swedish terms. So we are all learning new terminology for sailing!We plan to make some cosmetic repairs on Azzurra today and read!----. read more...


17/05/2013

Mad Fish - The Wind!

Yesterday we did our shortest 24 hour run off the target ever of 112 miles. The wind shut off and we motored all day. At 1900 a bit of breeze came up from behind and throwing caution to the wind we hoisted the spinnaker and sailed with it all night clocking anything between 3.5 knots and 5.5 knots. It worked out ok and this morning the breeze is up a bit and we are doing 6-7.5 knots putting in plenty of north to get the breeze. We are looking at the gybe to improve VMG but I am happy to get up to the 38th parallel sooner rather than later.Crossed ahead of Johanem during the night whose crew complained that they were not allowed to fly kites at night. I explained that nether were we but its dark so no one will know!1573 miles to go.Russell--. read more...


17/05/2013

Azzurra - Day 2- Spectacular!

We have WIND! Yesterday we had to motor for about 4 hours....sadly. But today we have very nice winds and following seas. The new Spinnaker went up for the first time and we flew her for about an hour. We are are feeling very well - We plan to make some cosmetic repairs today and teach Johanna how to WHIP and SPLICE ropes. Should be a great day at SEA!. read more...


17/05/2013

Johanem - Johanem Thursday 8pm

We are making steady progress towards the Azores and everything hoped for has materialised, dolphins,starry nights, flying fish and landed fish. According to Nick the best way of despatching a Skipjack tuna is to give it whisky which seems to be his solution to most problems, whereas Graham prefers the knife in the head approach. Anyway it was delicious and worthy of Positanos on a good night. I was a bit queasy to start with as was Gus but we are both fine now and hopefully ready for whatever the voyage has in store. Heading north gooswinged looking for more wind. Nicks mood has improved since he found out what was wrong with Harry the Hydrovane and fixed him so morale high heading into our second night.ps Ian would like to apologise to all those accused of taking his phone charger. He. read more...


16/05/2013

Paraty - Tag 7 - Genua Fall gerissen

Derheutige Tag hat wieder mit Fruehsport begonnen. Um 7:30 reisst unser Fockfall.Der Schlitten der Rollreffanlage hat sich verkeilt und muss mit Gewalt gangbargemacht werden. Die gesamte Crew ist damit beschaeftigt, das Problem so schnellwie moeglich zu beheben, trotzdem verliegen wir Zeit gegenueber unseren direktenKonkurrenten am Ho rizont.Dann verlaest uns der Wind. Wir gehen unter Motor deutlich Nord, um in einewindreichere Zone oberhalb 34 Grad noerdlicher Breite zu kommen.Inder Nacht wird unser Skipper Opfer einer feigen Attacke. Waehrend seiner Wachewird er von einem fliegenden Fisch im Gesicht getroffen. Noch ein zeiter Fischfindet in dieser Nacht sein Ende auf Paraty, da haben wir fast schon eineMalzeit zusammen. PM. read more...


16/05/2013

Paraty - Auf zu den Azoren

Heutegeht es endlich weiter. Der Himmel ist wunderbar blau und der Start in der St.Georges Bay und durch den Channel istein fantastisches Erlebnis. Noch  nicht ganz raus aus dem Fahrwasserbeginnt das Race richtig. Wir haben guten Wind und Paraty zeigt, was sie am Winddrauf hat.  Wir liegen, glauben wir zumindest, ganz gut im Rennen. Leidermussten ein paar Schiffe wg. technischen Problemen wieder zurueck in den Hafen(meistens Autopilot...) PM. read more...


16/05/2013

Alice in Red - Day One

Good sailing overnight on Day One but wind has now dropped this morning. Bright and sunny though as are the crew.. read more...


16/05/2013

Mad Fish - Interesting Start

So, starting inside St. Georges Harbour, then having to sail out though the narrow cut, three abreast, Thats fun! Didn't win the start this time. There was a 55ft German boat that luffed us to put pay to that! Great fun though. First night at sea and since the start the wind has been slowly dying away. We are sailing at about 2.5 knots on port tack heading just north of course. We will be checking the weather we receive from this upload and decide if we should motor or not. We have enough fuel for 450 miles worth at 5 knots so we must make sure we use it wisely.Its good to have a third person in our watches. 3 on 6 off is so nice compared to normal. The kids haven't driven Sean nuts yet!1682 light and fluffy miles to go....Russell. read more...


16/05/2013

Johanem - Johanem blog 16 May 1130UTC

Hi everyoneWell here we go again! We had a good start yesterday from Bermuda for the 1950 mile sail to Azores . but since then the wind has fallen away and the lighter boats have pulled away from us in the night. We have a new tracker fitted, our fourth, which the yellowshirts assure me is working so hopefully our position will show on the fleet tracker page.We have 4 new crew. 3 are huge men from Scotland. All have names beginning with G (Gavin, Gus (6 foot 7 inches) and Graham), they all play golf and have not sailed on Johanem before. In their honour we are considering a change of boatname to McHanem. The sassenach team comprises short arse Nick the skip, Ian (veteran of ARC 20120 plus Pete, another tall (6 ft 1 inch) Trips ashore in the Avon in Bermuda required careful balance and. read more...


14/05/2013

Paraty - Morgen geht es weiter, Bermuda-Azoren

Geradewar Skipperbriefing. Die Startlinie morgen ist in der Bucht von St. Georges,danach geht es durch den Channel raus auf den Atlantik. Mit den 22 Yachten kannes ganz schoen eng werden im Channel (ca. 80 m breit). Die Empfehlung istzunaechst Nord bis auf 40 Grad noerdlicher Breite zu machen und dann auf Ostkurszu gehen. Die Wetterprognose stuetzt diese Taktik. Heute Abend machen wir nocheinmal Party mit einigen befreundeten Crews im Wahoo, danach geht es vielleichtnoch auf das Boot unserer Nachbarn, die Peter von Danzig. Ab Morgen ist dannwieder Abstinenz angesagt. PM. read more...


14/05/2013

Easy Rider - Easy Rider 14/5 - 2013 Preparing for the Azores!

After having spent some beautiful days on Bermuda with both sunny and rainy days we now once again have the boat prepped for another offshore leg.Soy fed us up good yesterday with a slow cooked leg of lamb, duck fat fried potatoes and gallons of gravy - should put some extra ballast in our keel for the 1800NM trip:)Kristian has been working his engineering magic on our port engine which had a shredded fan belt, I have been working my Bermuda-style-fashion-magic buying probably the most colorful t-shirts on the planet and David has now rightfully received his long deserved skippers hat!We expect to have our log running a little better on this leg than the first, but without no real promises made.Soy's now handing me a beer so i'm outta here! //Martin. read more...


14/05/2013

Ayama - Time to start blogging

We are nicely moored next to the customs house in old St George. We had a nice dinner last night with the old crew( Thomas and Sverker ) and new crew( Micke and Anders ) plus Anna and Stefan.Boat is ready and the new crew,are getting to know her. Anders is still missing his luggage so he went to Hamilton for shopping.. read more...


13/05/2013

Paraty - TAG ??? Zu lange auf Bermuda!!!

Heute mussten alle Yachten aus dem Hafen, da Starkwind vorhergesagt ist unddie Gefahr besteht, dass die Boote auf den Steg gedrueckt werden. Jetzt liegenwir bei viel Wind aber Sonnenschein vor Anker in der Bucht von St. George,Bermuda. Die Vorraete an Bord zu bringen wird damit noch einmal zusaetzlicherschwert. Zum Glueck haben wir gestern bereits das Meiste an Getraenkengebunkert, jetzt fehlen im Wesentlichen noch das frische Obst und Gemuese sowiedas Fleisch. Die Reparaturarbeiten am Boot sind soweit abgeschlossen. UnserGennaker haben wir nicht repariert bekommen ($$$$ und Zeit). Wir freuen uns aufdie Weiterfahrt am Mittwochnachmittag, weil ein paar Tage Bermuda reichen dannauch.......   PM. read more...


11/05/2013

Johanem - Arrival in Bermuda

We crossed the finish line at Spit Buoy at 1700 hrs yesterday. We would have been a few minutes earlier but Giles caught the most enormous Mahi Mahi which we were trying to get aboard. It was a beautiful fish and it also fought hard! We got it alongside and it gave an enormous fling and broke the line. In Giles' words "it deserved to live".Having cleared customs we came alongside St George's Dingy Club for the evening. Happy hour and bbq in the club where they cooked our kingfish from the previous day for us on the bbq and a few bevvies saw us retire fairly early for a good nights sleep.. read more...


10/05/2013

Zingara - Da sind wir wieder...

ARC 2011 und ARC Europe 2012 liegen hinter uns, nun laufen bereits unsere Vorbereitungen für die diesjährige ARC auf vollen Touren!Wir:das sind Uwe aus Essen, Wolfgang aus Hamburg, Berny aus Frankfurt und ich, Ernsti aus Friedrichsdorf.In dieser Besetzung wollen wir am kommenden Dienstag, dem 14. Mai die Algarve von Portimao aus verlassen und zunächst nach Porto Santo und Madeira segeln.Danach soll der Kurs bereits Richtung Las Palmas gewählt werden, allerdings könnte zunächst La Palma angesteuert werden, um dann über La Gomera und Teneriffa im Bogen Gran Canaria zu erreichen.Sehen wir mal, wohin uns die Winde treiben. Das erste Kribbeln in Verbindungmit der Vorfreude auf das Treffen mit den vielen auch bereits bekannten Segelfreunden in Las Palmas ist bereits zu spüren.Nun hoffen. read more...


10/05/2013

Pendragon - Fish on AGAIN!

Pendragon is currently just about ready to exit the Old Bahama Channel.Not much wind, but we are having a beautiful day just the same.The boat is operating well, and to date, we have motored 86 hours.We've had some wonderful sailing as well...of the beam and off the beam.Ian (AKA, the Slayer) caught another Dorado today.Pink Squid, a light weight, 6 knots of boat speed...andbang.....hit again.Another night of Mahi Mahi Tacos!!!!She was 41 inches long, 28 pounds......8 pounds are in our reefer!All is well......37 hours out of Key West.ScottS/V Pendragon. read more...


10/05/2013

Alice in Red - Good to hear Bermuda radio

Heard the sounds of Bermuda radio about 75 miles off this morning. Hopefully we will be there by later tonight. All good but a bit bumpy again!. read more...


09/05/2013

Johanem - 9th May

Hi everyoneThe Cap'n tells us we have only about 24 hour to go and thus this may be the last blog from the good ship Johanem while still en route to Bermuda.Following last nights antics with the corned beef, Giles clearly needed to redeem himself. And how. We were bowling along at about 8 knots and just in the process of setting up the spinacker pole to goose wing, when the fishing line announced the presence of a fish. This required a combined effort to land. The (failed) ballet star (aka Simon) pulled in most of the line, but it required the skills of the key fisher on board (aka Giles) to land it. And what a fabulous fish--a large kingfish. There was some suggestion that this should be presented to the Governor of Bermuda (apparently known to Giles), but common sense (Boo) prevailed. read more...


09/05/2013

Johanem - Johanem blog 8 May

Hi everyoneAssuming the wind holds this may prove to be our penultimate night at sea before we reach Bermuda about 270 miles away. After a very still first few days we now finally are enjoying a steady SE wind of about 15 knots and are bowling along at about 7 or 8 knots. Unfortunately our large beautiful cruising chute has tied itself in knots and can't be used until we get it fixed in Bermuda and our tracker device which should automatically update our position on the fleet viewer has been on the blink since we left Tortola.Happily most other things including the motley crew are working ok although as time passes we discover interesting things about each member. Giles, ex Captain in HM forces led such a moolycoddled life trundling around officers' messes in Germany that he is incapable. read more...


09/05/2013

Paraty - TAG 5 - Wieder ein erfolgreicher Tag

Nichtnur, dass wir am Tag zuvor 163 sm gesegelt sind, heute haben wir das Ergebnissogar noch uebertroffen. Dank des hervorragenden Essens von Peter M. ist unsereStimmung bestens und unsere Einsatzbereitschaft ueberragend. Durch das aendernder Einstellung des Navigationsdisplays haben wir das AIS wieder einsatzbereitgemacht. In BVI hatten wir ein Reset der Navigationssoftware gemacht undvergessen die richtige Baudrate fuer die AIS-Verbindung anzugeben. Wir haben dasAIS direkt als competitive Element eingesetzt. Die ganze Nacht haben wirgekaempft, um den direkten Konkurrenten zu ueberholen. Wir sind naeher gekommen,wir hoffen ihn bis Bermuda geschlagen zu haben.....   AuchPeter J. befindet sich auf dem Weg der Besserung, dank entsprechenderMedikamente und seines abendlichen Gin Tonic.. read more...


09/05/2013

Mad Fish - Getting Chilly!

This is not good. last night I had to wear trousers, a jumper, a jacket and some things called socks. Most strange. We are just not used to this! Still, it was bound to happen. There is much work happening aboard Mad Fish today. I have been trying (unsuccessfully) to repair the steaming/deck light, Emma and the kids are making pirate costumes down below ready for the party.The breeze has dropped a little so we have the spinnaker back up. We have 135 miles to go and should be finishing tomorrow at dawn so this will be my last blog on this leg. For those wondering, we did do a lot of engine hours. We turned it on during the first evening and motored for 56 hours. However, to save fuel we only used 2000 rpm, enough for almost 5 knots. the rest of the speed came from whatever wind we could. read more...


09/05/2013

Alice in Red - Making progress

Much better day over the past 24 hours and we have sailed more than 100 miles - in the right direction for once! First sight of dolphins on this trip, first big ship spotted on the horizon, Martin cooked his first meal and Dawn and Doug had their first attempt at sunbathing. We also managed to dry all the damp clothing from the first days when everything was covered with spray. Alice is doing very well and is looking good.. read more...


09/05/2013

Alice in Red - Making progress

Much better day over the past 24 hours and we have sailed more than 100 miles - in the right direction for once! First sight of dolphins on this trip, first big ship spotted on the horizon, Martin cooked his first meal and Dawn and Doug had their first attempt at sunbathing. We also managed to dry all the damp clothing from the first days when everything was covered with spray. Alice is doing very well and is looking good.. read more...


09/05/2013

Lady Ann - FW: What a difference a day makes...

08/05/2013 (21:00 UTC)How radical can the looks and behavior of the ocean change in 24 hours.Take for example yesterday, from windless warmth in the morning we wentthrough one of the heavier, longer and funkier front passage withsqualls I have ever experienced. The rain was so thick and heavy that itflattened out the seas completely, gusts of wind came from everydirection, increasing from 3 to 35 knots in seconds. This mayhem did notcontinue for a normal 20 minutes but for more than one and a half hourwith all four crew members in the cockpit, wearing swim shorts and foulweather jackets, struggling and singing along in the ankle deep waterthat came down more rapidly than the water holes could carry away. Allof us sincerely happy with the boat, the surroundings and each other.And with the. read more...


Lady Ann - FW: What a difference a day makes...
Lady Ann - FW: What a difference a day makes...
09/05/2013

Johanem - Johanem blog 8 May

Hi everyoneAssuming the wind holds this may prove to be our penultimate night at sea before we reach Bermuda about 270 miles away. After a very still first few days we now finally are enjoying a steady SE wind of about 15 knots and are bowling along at about 7 or 8 knots. unfortunately our large beautiful cruising chute has tied itself in knots and cant be used until we get it fixed in bermuda and our tracker device which should automatically update our position on the fleet viewer has been on the blink since we left Tortola. Happily most other things including the motley crew are working ok although as time passes we discover interesting things about each member. Giles, ex Captain in HM forces led such a moolycoddled life trundling around officers' messes in Germany that he is incapable. read more...


08/05/2013

Johanem - Johanem Blog 08/05/13

TuesdayIt was another beautiful day onboard Johanem on Tuesday. Since we have moved away from the BVI the intensity of heat and humidity has declined and, of course, the sea breeze has made life on board much more pleasant.Until today the sea has resembled a village mill pond, and the winds have been slight... making progress very comfortable but frustratingly slow.The debate has been whether to put the motor on and incur penalties in the race (Ed: its NOT a race) or to plod on and win the moral high ground.We have tended more to the latter (whilst others seem to have sped ahead) using the time to perfect other interests such as cards, singing and fishing.The loss of our beloved cruising chute which was twisted in a thousand different directions simultaneously (stop sniggering Mssrs. read more...


08/05/2013

Mad Fish - Rolling Along

Our luck changed yesterday as we went faster and faster under our old ragged spinnaker when the fishing line went. A quick snuff of the kite and a round up was proceeded by a monumental battle that we won against a Dorado! We now have stopped fishing as we have enough fish to last until we reach Bermuda.We dowsed the spinnaker at around 1630 yesterday as our speeds were approaching double figures and we don't want to blow out another kite. The wind built nicely to 30 knots overnight. Unfortunatly at around midnight we took a rogue wave that flooded the cockpit and also Ethan's cabin as his window was open. The poor boy ended up with about two gallons of seawater over him and his bedding and his dvd player which may be dead now. This is taking some clearing up and so we are very tired. read more...


08/05/2013

Paraty - TAG 4 - Good Day!!!

Gesternwar segeln wie im Rausch. Wir hatten 15-25kn Wind und wir sind die Nacht mit 7,5bis 8,5 knoten durchgebrettert. Es war zu spaet zum reffen, aber OK wir haben esueberlebt, halbe Wind mit ein bisschen Schraeglage.  PeterJ. (Gehirnerschueterung/Zaehne)  scheint es besser zu gehen nach einePackung Antibiotika und Painkillers. Heutemorgen konnte er sich wieder zuFruehsport bewegen. Unser Tank war fast leer und haben 40 liter Dieselnachgefuellt. Inzwischensind wir komplett vegetarisch unterwegs, das letzte Karibikfleisch mussten wirwg. wenig aromatischem Geruch den Haien spendieren. Hat uns beim Fischen abernichts geholfen, weil die Fische nur die Koeder abbeissen aber nicht haengenbleiben wollen.....fliegende Fische gibt es schon, aber die reichen nicht fuer 3hungrige. read more...


08/05/2013

Lone Star - 7 May - Day 4 - Pure Sailing

Today I started to appreciate the difference between a cruiser and a racer.Having spent many a day with the sails set and never adjusting them, we spent the day trying to optimize the sails for the changes in wind speed and direction while considering the impact of the waves.Although I felt like a rookie with the "heavy hitter crew" I learned a lot and the log enty at 2300 showed we covered 200 miles in the preceeding 24 hours.That was a first for Lone Star.We had fish and chips with the second Mahi we caught the previous day to get ourselves into the proper British mindset for Bermuda.If the winds hold on we may make landfall somtime during the night of Day 5.. read more...


08/05/2013

Alice in Red - Right direction at last - slowly

We had a rough couple of days starting out - freezing cold on day and night one - and then bumpy across the Gulf Stream. Then we have had strong wind on the nose all the way which finally turned last night and has dropped to nothing. Dawn has been fantastic, Martin had a bit of mal de mere but is OK now and Doug has been keeping us all in order.. read more...


07/05/2013

Lady Ann - Fish Factory Lady Ann

07/05/2013 (10:00 UTC)Its three days since the start and the Lady Ann looks more like a motor yacht than anything else. Apparently, Mister Wind and his friends have important appointments elsewhere because we didn't see much of them. A sad thing, for sure. On the other hand gives the lack of sailing challenges the opportunity to spend time on other hobbies. Guitar playing at sunset, fiddling around with a sextant and above all: fishing.With three fishes in three days we didn't do bad. I would love to say what exactly we did catch but. it was a wahoo like a barracuda, and a barracuda like a wahoo. A mahi mahi that fought like a shark and lots of tuna that appeared to be seaweed. Anyways, good times in the galley with lots of fresh supplies.It looks like we going. read more...


Lady Ann - Fish Factory Lady Ann
Lady Ann - Fish Factory Lady Ann