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08/12/2012

Katherine - DAY 11 'Two For One'

Great day on the water. The wind came in and with Katherine's Headsail and Main restored we have been able to sail though out the night averaging 9 plus. The lack of battens – three on the deck and only three top remaining has only caused issues with her stability with wind and and wave movements – an annoying occasuinal luffing and slapping that keeps the watch person on their toes to stop.  We haven't been overly successful on the fishing side and apparently the number of flying fish that we have caught don't count as Islay’s crew believe we have the advantage of an airstrip for landing. However we may have just gained the upper hand in this competition with the catch of not one but two fish on the one line with a combined length of 1m. During the night we started our last. read more...


Katherine - DAY 11 Friday 7th Dec Two For One "14:41.45N 55:55.85W
Katherine - DAY 11 Friday 7th Dec   Two For One
08/12/2012

Capricho - Día Nº 11 - 7.12.2012 ... al agua patos

Día Nº 11Posición actual : Latitud 21º 17,0’ N ~ Longitud 45º 28,5’ W Distancia recorrida del día : 161 MN Velocidad promedio : 6.7 NudosVientos suaves de 13 a 16 nudos, sol pelao, mar en calma ... al aguapato!!!Anoche, después de tanta vaina, fue una jornada deliciosa, fresca ycalmada; muy reconfortante físicamente para todos, pésima para la regata.Los vientos amainaron desde ayer, pero se fueron alineando a soplar delNorEste lo cual nos lleva en dirección directa a Saint Lucia; además loestán haciendo en forma estable aunque no muy fuerte.En la guardia de las 04:00 a 07:00 estuvo realmente movida; bajo ladirección de Romain y al despunte del alba bajamos la mayor, recogimos elfoque para colocar el genneker... baja aun mas el viento e igual pa’bajo elgenneker, a subir el spinnaker (esta. read more...


08/12/2012

Jus' do it 5 - LOG Day 11- Major Setback-RACE OVER

Friday 7th December 2012 1200hrs GMT (8th December) - miles in last 24 hours -  POSITION;15' 55' 591 N, 048' 49.223W Late morning we decide to hoist the genaker - the big white blooter. We even got 9 knots wind from the N and we're cruising along nicely at 7/71/2 knots. It's still a fairly flat sea, the sun is splitting the skies and it's hot, hot, hot - we could do with some more breeze. In the afternoon the wind dies away, then starts to fill in again from the N , 13-15 knots. Speed increases to 9-10,1/2 knots - everyone enjoyijng the sail. We decide to play safe, however, and drop the blooter before sunset. With all hands on deck the drop goes well without a hitch. We commence our watch system for the night. At approximately 0215hrs in 20 knots of wind, Gordon and Annie. read more...


08/12/2012

Hera - Bergfest

Gestern18.00 flog der Sektkorken, mit dem Klaus fast einen fliegenden Fisch im Flugerlegt hätte. Dieverbleibenden 1400 sm schmelzen im Passat wie Butter dahin. Ja, wir haben ihnwieder - mit 15 kn aus Nordwest.Heragleitet von Rasmus beflügelt mit 8 kn über Grund, der allerdings 4000 km unteruns liegt, auf ihrem Sollkurs von 260 Grad dahin.Eswird von Tag zu Tag wärmer und Henrik hat soeben verkündet, ab sofort im BikiniRuder zu gehen. Stefan. read more...


08/12/2012

Ostrea - dr father in law

hi all,Yesterday when we were mid Atlantic, furthest away from land, we heard a request for a scalpel and local anaestetics on channel 16 on our VHF. We reacted and with the help of our friends from Oojah, we were able to talk to the crew of SY Johanem who had a medical emergency. One of their crew members had a big triple fishhook deep into his upper lower arm and we were only 25 miles away. We decided to both alter course and meet in the middle to operate the patient and free him from the hook. In the pitch dark we (Jan and myself) rowed to the Johanem with our medical kit. It was good to be off the boat after 11 days and to meet some other people again after so long at sea. Jan injected the anaestetics and happily got the hook out after a while. We stayed for one quick beer with the. read more...


08/12/2012

Rafiki - Consolations of being becalmed

Friday 7th December 2012Cally writes:Last night Andy managed to steer us round the edge of the lightningand we escaped major squalls, while Phil had a couple of patches of nowind at all. It was unbearably hot.There was lots of bed swapping,as the kids sought out any airy bit of the boat they could find.Initially the morning loomed remarkably grey.We all feltheavy-headed and soporific.Towards mid-morning there were heavy rainshowers and it was wonderfully refreshing to take to the foredeck andget hosed down by them!The sea is relatively flat and calm and soyou can see for miles across the horizon.We’ve also continued tohave a small harvest of flying fish each day on the deck – we assumethey are leaping out of the water to avoid being eaten, oblivious toRafiki being in their path.They are. read more...


08/12/2012

Rafiki - Past Halfway

Thursday 6th DecemberCally writes:We reached our halfway point at about 3am this morning!We celebrated this afternoon with a fantastic Mexican meal prepared byAndy and the kids.They have been planning it ever since Andy firstdecided to join our boat and in Las Palmas, Andy and I picked up somecostumes to add to the party atmosphere.Chief Rob was in a figleafskirt and flower garland, as was Mini-chief James; Andy, Phil, Emilyand I wore grass hula skirts and flower garlands.Emily and I hadflower bikini tops to add to the look – all very fetching!As ever on this boat, the party centered around food, so here’s the menu:- fruit cocktails, served with pineapple slices and cocktail umbrellasand 2 of which were inside coconut shells;- starter: nachos with melted cheese, tomato salsa and sour. read more...


08/12/2012

Rafiki - Evading the Doldrums Effect (or not quite)

Thursday 6th DecemberEl Capitano Roberto writes:Today, we continued on about 245deg on port tack and will probablycarry on this way until tomorrow afternoon. This will mean we havebeen on the same point of sail for over five days and about 1000NM onour log (probably nearer 900 in reality)! We have recently beenmaintaining our course to avoid a ridge of high pressure to our westwhich has generally light and variable winds which we are keen toavoid, even if it means sailing for longer – it beats motoring orbeing becalmed. We also heard report on our radio net this morning ofboat who have sailed through this ridge experiencing heavy squallswith strong winds and rough conditions in between calm patches, not ahappy combination.As well as receiving email forecasts and downloading data. read more...


08/12/2012

Meltemi - 07.12.2012 - 11. Seetag - Nachtrag: Nikolaus-Gruesse

Position: 20-44N / 051-16WCOG: 255 deg (nein, wir wollen nicht nach Puerto Rico, wir halsen gleich. Der Blinker ist schon gesetzt!)SOG: 7,1 kn679 nm to goLiebe Meltemi-Freunde,es ist jetzt kurz vor Mitternacht und ich moechte die Highlights des heutigen Tages fuer euch imverschneiten Deutschland noch kurz zusammenfassen. uebrigens: Die Wassertemperatur betraegt bei unsaktuell 27 Grad! Wir sind also auf dem richtigen Weg ... Heute haben wir Bergfest nach Breite gefeiert (nicht zu verwechseln mit dem Bergfest nach Laenge), nachdemwir mit Meltemi den 21. Breitengrad 08 Minuten noerdlicher Breite unterschritten haben. Aktuell befindenwir uns zwar nicht mehr im Geschwindigkeitsrausch der ersten Tage, denn das geben Windstaerken um 15Knoten und Windrichtung ganz einfach nicht her. Trotzdem. read more...


08/12/2012

Little Pea's ARC Blogoramma 8 - We're over halfway!

19:21.5N 42:44.0W PLEASE NOTE: THIS POST WAS SUPPOSED TO BE POSTED ON 6th DECEMBER BUT DIDN'T MAKE IT. DON'T WORRY, WE'RE WELL BEYOND HALFWAY NOW! WE DID IT! Yesterday we reached the halfway mark in this marathon of a sail. We all woke up in a very good mood as we knew today we'd it the halfway mark. For breakfast Jags (who was on Mother duty) made porridge and added currents and apricots to make a smiliey face (ah bless...). By lunch time we past half way so our celebratory lunch was pizza and dinner was steak, followed up by a cigar and some rum. The sun shone dowm on us all day, the wind was steady and we were sailing fast.  All in all, it was probably our best day so far. .... And then the night came down on us.  The night shift. read more...


08/12/2012

Salsa af Stavsnäs - An almost perfect day 14.50N 37.51W

The half moon did rise at about four this morning,and with that the ocean came to life. Before it was the stars who where the...stars The children did rise about 6.30 local time thismorning, so now I have set the local time even further back. It cost me some ofmy time off from watch, but it is worth it. The genacker did rise about 9.30 this morning, andyes, it is BIG!When we hauled it we had 10 knots of wind, itlooked good, but then Poseidon got bored and decided to give it a go, - whatabout 20 knots you little humans down there? - Aha, now there is a lot of stressin the cockpit, and look how it flyes here and there! 200 square meters ofsheet, it's ridicolous! Look now, they are taking it down again,BORING! After pulling our arms 4 cm longer with a crazygenacker I went to bed.   The. read more...


08/12/2012

Poespas - day 11

Day 11Another 24 hours gone and those promised 15 knot trade winds are due very shortly. Unfortunately before we get blessed by Aeolus who has been providing mankind with the right kind of global winds to explore, travel and to do trade, we had to go through a period of being becalmed.Unable to receive synoptic charts by fax through the SSB due to a lot of electrical disturbance, we have had to make do with grib files in order to make an assessment of the weather situation. As mentioned before, the grib files have been very accurate so far, and yet again they proved right. They foretold the winds would veer westerly and decrease to less than 10 knots, with an area of heavy precipitation. How right that proved to be! From early on in the morning we started getting lots of echoes on our. read more...


08/12/2012

Fidelis of London - day 10 152 nm by thomas

de champagne ging er gister avond wel in, en de vis ook. Het wordt steedswarmer. het is nu bijna 3 uur snachts en we zitten in shirts onzenachtwachten te doen. Tot 5 minuten geleden hebben we vandaag niet echtwind gehad, we hebben vooral veel gemoterd. maar we zijn wel blij dat degolven zijn gezakt. We hebben vandaag ook nog de klok een uurtje teruggedraaid. En voor de rest kijken we allemaal uit naar dde rumpunches in stlucia.The champagne was really nice yesterday, and so was the fish. It keepsgetting warmer , its almost 3 AM and we are doing our nightshifts inthsirts, until 5 minutes ago we barely had wind. so we mostly went on theengine. But we are happy that the waves have reduced. We also put the clockback an hour today. And we are all looking forward to the rupunches in stlucia.. read more...


07/12/2012

Rivendell - Log: "There's No Wind! So Let's Swim"

7 December 2012Well after yesterday's rain and last night's fog, and darkness we woke up toa glorious although windless day.Andy and Ian tried their luck at fishing- successfully - each landing a 25 to 28 inch Wahoo.They both decided tothrow them back in the pond - hoping for a bigger one."Moonbow" - okay internet surfers - over the last couple of nights Ben andBruce have witnessed a very large glowing arch on the opposite side of thehorizon from the moon.It's like a rainbow, but it has been taking placebetween 11:30 and 2 am in the morning.I imagine that the moon's glow isbeing refracted somehow, but neither of us are sure what we are seeing, butI know that someone's parent will tell us the answer.Swimming - as I said it was a glorious day - the boat wasn't moving so weput out some. read more...


07/12/2012

Little Pea's ARC Blogoramma 9 - Wind shifts and wind holes.

18:53.1N 45:37.8W We awoke exhausted after the havoc of the previous night to the great news that we had made some serious gains inspite of the foul conditions. Spirits were quickly raised as we knew we were going to be in for an easier time as the weather was due to ease off. Much of the day was spent trying to keep our pace up and then in the afternoon the inevitable happened: under a massive black cloud we had a 140degree windshift bringing all hands on deck to cope to settle Pea down to the new conditions. During this time the heavens opened. The biggest rain storm yet (and we've had some big ones) poured down. However, it was not all bad news, this was the first big rain storm we'd had during daylight. We took this opportunity to strip off and lather up in some shower gel. read more...


07/12/2012

Loupan - Mot Västindien - 7 december

Tänk vad fort det ändras här på havet. Precis när gårdagens blogginläggskickats kom en svag bris och vi kunde gå på ett kryssben genom större delen avnatten. Det var vackraste natten hittills med blankt vatten, massor av stjärnoroch månljus. Framåt morgonen blev det någon timmes motorgång igen innan vi kundehissa full stor och rulla ut Code 0. Resten av dagen flöt med härlig segling ochvi firade på eftermiddagen att det nu bara är 1000 sjömil kvar genom att hissaSt Lucia’s gästflagga under styrbord spridare. Nu till kvällen så har vindenökat till runt 24 knop och vi forsar fram med nattrevad stor och genua 3. Igår såg vi tre stycken späckhuggare som simmade förbi. Det är otroligt attse de stora djuren röra sig så graciöst i vattnet. Ovan vattnet är ju djurlivetinte så intensivt, men vi. read more...


07/12/2012

Karma Daze - Day 10/11 Half Way There

The weathercontinues to improve and the wind has eased significantly.  The waves are smaller and life on boardis easier.  We have gone quite along way south and have so far managed to escape the wind hole that many boatshave encountered plus thunderstorms. We are fairly near the back of the fleet but think we are on schedule forabout 20 days.  Today we passed thehalf way mark and opened the bubbly to celebrate, not forgetting to give alibation to Poiseidon/Neptune. We now havethe fishing line out but so far have failed to catch anything; we thought we hadsomething earlier on but by the time we had reeled it in it hadescaped. Yesterdaywas the second time we put the clocks back so we are now 2 hours behind UKtime.  By the time we reach St Luciawe will be 4 hours. read more...


07/12/2012

Puddle Jumper - Day 10

Here we are just a speck in the Atlantic Ocean it can be quite romantic outhere!! At night due to no light you can see millions & millions of stars& ones mind starts to think of other Galaxies & beyond. But then you are soon bought back to earth with a whiff when you realiseyou have been unable to have a shower for 3 days. Mind you nobody complains(much) as we are all in the same boat! Over the last 10 days we have acquired newskills. I can now enter a head at 15 mph & when finished opening the door& get flung at 15 mph without breaking limbs. Eating our meals at night ischallenging its like eating off a trampoline at a chimps party. Today we weredeck cleaning & other chores  keeping the boat shipshape. Today hasbeen our calmest day with very light winds. read more...


07/12/2012

Peter von Seestermühe - PvS 07.12.12

Liebe Peterfans,Wir haben den Passat zu fassen und lassen nicht mehr los! Der Spinakerwird mit doppeltem Fäll und Schot gefahren, der Reservefall ist aus demWeg geräumt und wir haben fest vor den Spi vor Ankunft in Rodney Baynicht runter zu holen. Wir segeln mit ein wunderbarer nordöstlicherWind, der zwischen 15 bis 18 Knoten auf die Uhr weht, und erreichenweiterhin unsere 8 Knoten Durchschnitt und wir hoffen in maximal vierzigMinuten die 800 Meile Marke zu knacken. Dann hätten wir in 12 Stunden100 Meilen geschafft. The race goes on...Unsere Reise ist wie in zwei geteilt. Bis zum Gewitter (also ein Tagnach dem Bergfest): starker Wind, Regen, nass mit Genoa und Kluiver undjetzt. Nach der auf das Gewitter folgende Flaute: Passat, Sonne, trockenmit Spi und Besanstag. Beide Teile zwar. read more...


07/12/2012

Coral IV - Lågtryck

Vädret på oceanerna är inte som vädret hemma. På oceanerna är vädretförhållandevis förutsägbart. Seglar man på de breddgrader vi gör seglar man i deså kallade passadvindarna. Dessa blåser nästan alltid östligt eller nordöstligt(“medvind” för oss) – typiskt med 15 till 25 knops vindstyrka vilket passaroceanseglare utmärkt. Columbus var den första att upptäcka och användapassadvindarna och med deras hjälp tog han sig fyra gånger över Atlanten ochtillbaka.   Genom rapporter från tävlingsledningen får vi ibland uppdateringar på hurdet går för de andra båtarna. De första dagarna rapporterades att en handfullbåtar av de drygt 200 tvingats avbryta seglatsen. Orsaker kunde vara en skadadbesättningsmedlem som behövde få vård, eller något allvarligare problem medbåten. Några av båtarna. read more...


07/12/2012

Sam III - Funny Im Erholungsgebiet

Nachdem wir die Starkwindzonen nun schon länger hinter uns haben,sind wir seit gestern morgen im Atlantischen Erholungsgebiet gelandet.Flaute mir 1-2kn Wind oder besser einem Hauch von selben.Das Meer glatt wie Ol.30° im Schatten.Also Badeplattform aufgeklappt und reins in 3850 m tiefer Wasser. Herrlich.Tauchermaske und Flossen ran und die neue Welt erkunden.Nun neues haben wir auch unter der Wasseroberfäche nicht gefunden.Nur tiefblaues Wasser.Dann wieder die eiserne Genua an , nun schon seit 24st.Aber ich rieche Wind,bald!!! Freitag ist auch unser Wäsche Tag.die Maschine läuft schon zum zweiten mal und befreit unsere Kleidung vom salzwasser.Gut das uns keiner sieht,mit unseren gesetzten Kleidersegeln... Zwei Crewmitglieder haben sich schon in Einheimische verwandelt,fast schwarz statt. read more...


07/12/2012

Sam III - Pirat Pit und die weisse Massei

Hallo Ihr Badewannenpiraten,Pirat Pit ist ja bekannt dafür,daß er in jedem Hafen zwei Bräute hat. Aberda gehören meine Mädels auch hin,und nicht auf ein Schiff. AltePiratenweissheit, Frauen an Bord bringen Unglück. Zumindest fürmich, grauenhafte Vorstellung - tägliche Federpflege,Rum nur wenn gnädigsteschläft, nee nee, das kommt mir nicht in die Tüte !Und dann kommt diese afrikanische Vögelchen hier mitten auf dem Atlantik anBord. Du liebe Zeit, mußte mich erstmal eine halbe Stunde im Badeinschliessen um wieder halbwegs respektabel auszusehen. Tja,und dann wardas Spätzchen nicht mal schwarz. Eine scheeweisse Schönheit aus Afrika, mitgelben Schnabel und Augen. Da war ich aber platt. Hab Ihr erstmal ein paarAnekdoten von mir erzählt, damit sie weiss wen sie vor sich hat. Waranscheinend. read more...


07/12/2012

Sam III - Im Rausch der Sinne - II.

Der morgendliche Ozean erfreut uns mit einem tiefen Blau. Wir genießen die Morgensonne beiunserem gemeinsamen Frühstück an Deck.SAM III schiebt uns weiterhin unablässig Richtung Karibik. da der Wind uns verlassen hatnutzen wir die Kraft der Maschine.Um den Start in den Tag aber noch perfekter zu gestalten, wird der Motor nach Beendigungdes Frühstücks gestoppt. Wir dümpeln nur noch sanft auf der Stelle. Die Badeleiter wirdins Wasser gelassen.- Kein Hai in Sicht -Mehr oder weniger elegant hüpfen wir in den Ozean. Ausgelassenes schwimmen, plantschen undtauchen ist nun angesagt. Unendliche Weite umgibt uns. 5000 Meter tiefes Wasser gibtAnlass zu Spekulationen, was alles unter uns sein könnte. Aber es ist nicht bedrückendoder beängstigend, eher befreiend oder beglückend.Doch weiter geht die. read more...


07/12/2012

Coral IV - The Doldrums

17:09.019 N 42:49.30 W   Today we seem to have hit the cursed doldrums, where winds die and leavesailors stranded in sweaty humid conditions for periods that seem endless. Wehave bobbed around making next to no progress and wishing that the Hanse 46 hadbeen fitted with air con as standard.   These doldrums have a historical reputation of making sailors irritable.This negative mindset is not really what you want on a small boat 1000 milesfrom the nearest shore. It is therefore best to try and keep upbeat. Sam’sapproach to this conundrum was an interesting one; While the rest of us loungedaround sunning ourselves and reading, he decided to cook a full 3 course mealfor lunch. This was a fabulous idea for those of us who got to eat it, but notso amazing for the ‘kock’ (cook in. read more...


07/12/2012

Orion - Week 2, Friday Dec.8

The day started with heavy rain and both watches got soaked - luckily the afternoon has been with sunshine. The wind is only around 5 knots and we are doing slow progress. Tomorrow we should have the wind back, pushing us west. Rune was dragged after the boat and he confirmed that 6 knots is the max. speed to get safely back into the boat even for a strong man. The marlin was today served by Alex with curry - very delicious. Henrik The fresh rain was cooling and quite welcome although visibility at the time was very poor; no discernible horizon at all. The deck light seems to have worked loose so there might be a second trip up the mast in store for me. We saw some large dolphins playing round the boat today but they didn't stay long, just long enough to make us smile. Enjoyed Alex's. read more...


07/12/2012

Indulgence - The good, the bad and the ugly.

Friday 7th DecemberCurrent Position: N 17o 51'.516W 40o 49'.509 Current Speed : 6 knots (motoring)Distance to finish at Saint Lucia : 1177 nm* * * * * The good, the bad and the ugly.So much for our predicated light airs and calm seas last night. Shortly after our last blog post, the rain set in. Hot. Sticky. Wet. Warm. Rain. We ate our evening meal below, peepingour heads above deck every so often hoping the squall would pass through. After a few hours it still hadn't and the wind was picking up. Time to reef our main and furl in the headsail. I reckon the lads were on a conspiracy against me, because they all sat below and jointly exclaimed " I'd be Fffff'd if I go up up there, Joleen it's your watch". Good luck now. And all three huddled together whimpering, while I sat in the cockpit,. read more...


07/12/2012

El Mundo - Friday 7th December

One of the great joys of being at sea in the middle of the ocean is the airis soooooooooo clean!!!!!! One just wants to take great gulpfuls of thestuff. It just makes one feel SO WELL!!!Another day, another bit of ocean. We have motored clear of the area of nowind and at about midnight last night found a F3/4 going in the rightdirection. First light we had the cruising chute up for the first time thistrip. For the non-sailors the cruising chute is a HUUUUGE sail thatreplaces the foresail at the front of the boat. Ours is massive and drivesus through the water like a battering ram. The sail is attached at themast, at the bow, and back to a winch near the cockpit towards the stern.The feeling is a bit like being on a very powerful roller-coaster - there isa delicious sense of excitement. read more...


07/12/2012

Bardeau - Thank God it's Friday and nearly the weekend

17.25N 039.26WSo at last it's POET's day. Last night was back to the bad old days of pitch black, nasty squalls with lightning. It almost stopped me from sleeping on watch, but I told my venerable assistant David that I would have to deal with important nautical matters at the chart table and I might not be back up in the swamping drenching bone rotting rain for a little while...but should he need me he should just call ! Works every time.Today is a mixed bag of achingly hot sunshine with 100 % humidity and rain. Mr Frog the barometer is happy though,says its only 33C, and pressure steady at 1009mbEnough of the technical boat stuff though. Lunch today was by David, and comprised a fusion of pasties el hyperdino and croquettes, with a mere hint of OK sauce, washed down with a fine vintage. read more...


07/12/2012

Skyelark of London - Day 10 on Skyelark

7th DecemberAfter being completely 'splooshed' yesterday we are slowly drying out. Drying out is really over selling it - clothes hung in the sun and breeze all day are still really only 'less damp' and are a little bit sticky to be honest. Apparently it's the salt but it does make for uncomfortable pants!We passed the '1000 miles to go' mark during the early hours of this morning so we raided the fridge for bacon and had Club sandwhich's for breakfast soon after sun rise.Some of the crew are struggling with yesterdays time zone change and get up for their watch (a nautical shift) an hour early??? This is a really stupid thing to do in the early hours of the morning when you could still be sleeping - Dave!Gerard and Bob have been playing with the sextant which is a device a bit like a. read more...


Skyelark of London - Day 10 on Skyelark
Skyelark of London - Day 10 on Skyelark
07/12/2012

Coral IV - Hva slags fisk?

17:11.64 N 42:37.30 W Da har vi fått svar fra bror til Richard – som er marinbiolog: Den gullfargede fisken er en makrellfisk, mest sannsynlig “gullmakrell”Dagens fangst er en dolphin fish – eller dorado. (Ikke forveksles med den blanke fisken som i Spania og Portugal kalles dorado). Doradoen er forøvrig delevis fortært. Halvparten ble (av Steinar) panert i kavringstrø og egg, og stekt i smør. Ovnsbakte poteter og en stuing av grønnsaker, hovedsakelig erter og gullrøtter. Nykvernet pepper på toppen og en boks kald øl ved siden av.... sukk. Ellers kruser vi sakte (5 kn) avgårde for spinnaker, etter 4 timer med motorkjøring. Alt vel! Har akkurat hatt en hyggelig samtale med Kolbjørn – som ringe oss på satelittelefonen. Hyggelig å høre en annen stemme enn de. read more...


07/12/2012

Venomous - Update

Venomous Ships Blog - Friday 5.47 GMTPosition: Below Deck (14 40' 585 N - 055 17'.842 W)Weather: Cloudy - Occasional sunshine - VERY Humid.Windspeed: 15ktRace Position: TBC Catching the pack.Venomous is now on the home straight with 32 hrs or so hrs to go. Based on the fact that we departed 24 hrs after the few professionally crewed leader boats in front, being a short distance behind and catching - the Venomous crew are upbeat, in race mode and gradually moving up the leader board. Yesterday we completed 12 sail changes, with Lawrence and Spike directing some awesome peeling on the foredeck. (Obviously this is a biased view as Lawence is writing this blog! In fact when dawn broke it became very obvious that Lawrence and Spike were awesome at maypole dancing!! - San) We also hit the. read more...


Murphy - Kamikaze flyer becomes bait
Murphy - Kamikaze flyer becomes bait
Murphy - Solo flyer
Murphy - Solo flyer
Murphy - A passing Brise de Mer 34
Murphy - A passing Brise de Mer 34
07/12/2012

Murphy - Summertime and the living is easy... Day 11

Conditions on board improveSummer time and the living is easy; fish are jumping...... I'm going to have to be careful, as this log is rapidly turning into a musical, but at least its one based on a very pleasant current reality. The wind has all but died, the ocean has become almost a millpond and we are now motor-sailing calmly onward hunting for the north easterlies that the grib files predict further south and west. All that noise (the rolling and banging and crashing) is a thing of the past; memories of the drenching we all got last night are fading and the steering has become so easy that one or two of the more confident crew members are using their feet (it's easier to manage one's beer that way). More importantly it is a whole lot easier to get some decent sleep.So, rested and at. read more...


07/12/2012

Caryali - pancakes with nutella

dopo una smotorata durata tutta la note stamattina siamo stati presi dalla gola e vai di pancakes con nutella. tutti hanno apprezzato anche il capitano che dice di non amare i dolci. stiamo provando adesso a sfruttare questo refolo di vento ma sara dura credo. qui calma piatta... finite le onde oceaniche per il momento. poche miglia e saremo sotto le mille miglia al traguardo. a bordo atmosfera sempre ottima. stiamo benone.. read more...


07/12/2012

Easy Rider - Log 4, days 6 to 10

Day 6: Record run! 190 miles. Beautiful. Evening watch David and I were sitting on helm. Thought I heard his cup drop at my feet.Looked down to see a UFO- a flying fish! We squealed like gals. Smith kicked the brute into the corner - my hero! Day 7: Only thing of interest- genny kept tripping out. Appears electric kettle was causing problem so back to the gas kettle. Slumming again. Day 8 : Stormy night. Winds up to 40 knots. We were summoned urgently and while grabbing clothes and lifejackets to scurry upstairs I thought David said 'Sail has fallen out of bag'. Sweet mother of God, what do we do now? Misheard what he said ...one of our travelling bags had tipped over. Put 2nd reef in main sail and main sail resting comfortably in her hammock.Water leak repaired! Great mirth on. read more...


06/12/2012

Spirit -

Days 6 - 8 Squalls, sunshine and fish!Satellite comms problems have prevented blog entries for past few days. During a heavy night on Saturday with high winds and large waves, a record speed of 21.1 KN was achieved with Dave at the helm. Exhaustion led to exhilaration when Stewart came into action and Ian landed our first fish! Still issues with rigging of jib which led to main sail being dropped before dusk. Jenny and Mike prepared Sunday roast - beef joint, Mediterranean vegetables, roast potatoes and Yorkshire puddings covered with a rich dark gravy. Judging by satisfied silence and empty plates, consider this meal was a success! Then followed a long wet night with very heavy squalls, an electrical storm and sheet lightening. Established cause of head car ripping off main halyard. read more...


07/12/2012

Ace - at Sea. 800 to go!!!

Ahoy Landlubbers!Greetings from the good ship ACE.All is well onboard, with 800miles to go. Better sleeping, cleaner clothes (it's all relative), and less swamp like conditions generally, making for some pretty pleasurable sailing. Spinnaker has been up the past two days and you'll hopefully have noted that speed is looking a little better again. We are even heading in roughly the right direction now!A few engine issues (...it doesn't work) have kept me pretty busy with my head in the hole that passes for an engine room for the past couple of days, with the occasional ' helpful' comment from passers by. it is not a great problem, as we elected not to motor through the light stuff anyway, and can still run the freezer without it. Hopeful that i can get it sorted today. Funny - the. read more...


07/12/2012

Bristolian - Day 13: Diving for pearls

Ahoy hoyHigh excitement this morning as the cursed gennaker dragged one of its sheets around the prop.  Step forward hero of the hour Go North Paddy, armed only with mask, flippers and water wings, plus the galleys sharpest bread knife.  In less time than than it would take you to say "James Cameron is slightly obsessed"  he'd  freed the rope, played with some dolphins and amused a passing shoal of flying fish. Otherwise yesterday was pretty much as anticipated, motoring in a dead calm and sunbathing.   Not much energy was wasted on board games although GN Paddy introduced a new game called s***head which was warmly adopted.Capn Jonners was tickled by receiving a call on our sat phone from someone wanting to speak to Design Concepts. He had a pleasant chat. read more...


Bristolian - Day 13: Diving for pearls
Bristolian - Day 13: Diving for pearls
07/12/2012

Ostrea - its a rainy day!

Hi all there,It has been a rainy day the last 24 hours but now the sun is shining. We had to go right through a trough last night. There were lots of squalls but we were able to avoid the most of it by diving under the 16N line. We are now on a rhumbline to st lucia and not going to deviate anymore. We are still sailing 7 knots but listening to other boats ahead it looks like the wind will drop a bit more for 24 hours. Afterwards the trades are expected to return so we will have a good sail to st lucia.we keep you posted!pieter. read more...


07/12/2012

Champagne - Broken Hearts

Yesterday it finally happened. At exactly 19:00 h UTC. The empire has struck back. Poseidon goes for a brake, the dark forces are having dinner, I don't know what, but after a very strong rain shower it really happened what we did not have since we departed on the 27th of November. For the first time we experienced significantly less than F 7 wind, in fact , and this is the funny bit, we experienced no wind at all . Niente, basta, fini, aus, nothing goes any more. We waited for an hour , tried to hoist the Parasailor to take advantage of that whisper of a wind that wasn't really there, but gave up quickly. Who wants to hang around Mid-Atlantic ? No Cafe Sport ( Azores) here, no Sailor's Bar ( Gran Canaria ), or any other friendly 'etablissement' available, no Disco like in Benidorm, no. read more...


07/12/2012

La Capitana - Log 8 - Flying fish

Voyage is proceeding as expected. Winds have been blowing from NE to SE meaning it has been smooth riding with the wind. The swell has diminished from three meters to one meter. Present ETA to destinatioin is in the morning of the 15th, next week Saturday. We lost a sizable fish on day before yesterday. The only limitation is the imagination but it could have been a big tuna. Anyways, we have seen a lot of flying fish. One poor guy landed in our boat.Jan. read more...


07/12/2012

Lancelot II - Day 11

Date: Fri 7th Dec 2012 Time: 12:45 UTCPosition: 15’47.1N 45’38.4WSOG: 1.2 – 5.9 knotsCOG: 255’ – 325’ MWeather: Sun & CloudWind: All over the place and light! Well, a frustrating last 24 hours have been had aboard Lancelot II from a sailing progress point of view, very light winds, sometimes no wind at all has made for not allot of progress over the last day.  This has however allowed us to turn ourselves into a slow moving Laundry Service as all the boats guardwires, deck space, and nearly any other part of the boat outside was used to dry out or wash all the clothing and bed linin that had got wet, damp (or just plain smelly!) over the last 10 days.  Another bonus of light winds in the middle of the Atlantic when you are this far South is the air and sea. read more...


07/12/2012

Great Escape of Southampton - Day 11 15 52N 41 51W

Day 11After yesterday’s excitement around our AC electrical supply short-circuiting and the follow-on circumstance of no generator and no fresh water maker, Skipper Emily has wisely instructed energy and water reduction measures including washing dishes, clothes and ourselves in saltwater and conserving our fresh water supplies for cooking and drinking.  The crew are more than happy with a little squalor, happy that we have enough fresh water to see us through to St Lucia in 8 or 9 days, and confident that our run of bad luck had come to an end and today things would be on the up?  How wrong can you be!After a plentiful and multi-spiced chili con carne prepared by David and Graham, the wind in our tummies were given cause to rise but those in our sails began to fall away. . read more...


Great Escape of Southampton - Day 11 15 52N 41 51W
Great Escape of Southampton - Day 11  15 52N 41 51W
07/12/2012

Lancelot II - Day 10?11?

Date: Thurs 6th Dec 2012 Time: 11:30 UTCPosition: 15’47.6N 44’16.3WSOG: 4.9 – 7.0 knotsCOG: 282 (Course straight at St Lucia at last!!!!)Weather: Squalls/Sun/Cloud/Rain/Snow... well not really :)Wind S – SW –W – NW 4-10 knots Dolphins, Squirrels, Doctor on Board, Texan Rituals and now waiting for Frank. Just as I thought we had set into a rhythm the unexpected is beginning to happen. Certain hidden skills are now being identified in peoples actions. What the rest of the crew did not realise is that we are blessed with some of the highest squirrel abilities known to man. Above all, we have “Galileo” – the sights shooting navi - Oscar. By general consensus (we like to call it fact, Oscar prefers to name it fiction) his ability to find snacks in black holes in the boat are now. read more...



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