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05/12/2012

Trompeta - Sailing the Wild Coast

The locals here call the East coast of South Africa the wild coast because of the sea conditions and often strong winds. We left Richards Bay a week last Monday in the wee small hours in the company of Zoe who was our sailing companion for the trip. Arrived safely in Durban later that evening after an uneventful passage. Only stayed one night in Durban and left the following day to sail down the East coast to Port Elizabeth some 475 miles from R Bay. In the event we had excellent sailing conditions with wind behind and a good 3 to 5 knots of  Agulhus current to whisk us along. The toughest part was the lumpy seas around Bashie Point near East London. The boats were going so fast (we were doing 11 to 12 knots at times!!) we decided to make for Mossel Bay. read more...


05/12/2012

Berenice by TWT - Day 10

Eventful day today.Early morning brought a shift in the wind forward so just before daybreak we prepared to drop the A4 we sailed with through the night. As the sock was coming down closing the gennaker we saw the boom swinging backwards and forth around the gooseneck. It had came loose. One of the screws holding the pin in place had unscrewed and so the big pin joining the boom and the gooseneck came out letting the boom free.Fortunately, in the middle of such bad luck, we think because of the angle we were sailing at, the boom remained practically in place and after about 15 minutes of pushing it up and down we managed to squeeze the pin through and the boom was back in place with little damage. A task that took me about half an hour back in March with the boat on the dry, we managed. read more...


05/12/2012

Surfing Petrel - Midnight

Stunning clear night sky, zero light pollution out here, millions of stars. The wind is quite light and Surfing Petrel is gliding along leaving a trail of phosphorescence in her wake. It is still warm on deck, but a welcome relief from the baking heat of the day. We have seen dolphins several times over the past couple of days. Their squeaking can be heard from inside the boat. Other than the dolphins and the occasional flying fish, we have seen no other wildlife for days. The weather for the next couple of days looks complicated. The trade winds are due to go on strike again. Our ETA in St Lucia will not be improving. Position reports, or 'school reports', as they are called on board, are available every four hours and eagerlyawaited.Time to pick up the midnight school report now.... read more...


04/12/2012

Poespas - day 8

Day 8Yet another day at sea for us. Last night we decided to change our heading somewhat in order to give everyone a good night's rest after more than 36 hours of running downwind which turned out a tad rolly. So we gybed the genoa and set off in a WSW direction on a broad reach, under reefed genoa, main and mizzen. Whilst there was indeed less rolling, we were nearly caught out a few times by rogue waves. One of us on night watch thought he was hallucinating, seeing flashing lights. Turned out to be the automatic light attached to the life buoy that had activated itself, by having been temporarily immersed.So this morning we set course due west again. What a right decision that proved to be! It put us right onto the great circle track to St Lucia, and as the day progressed, the sea. read more...


Johanem - (no subject)
Johanem - (no subject)
04/12/2012

Puddle Jumper - hoorah

Just reached half way mark & captain has allowed us all a glass of champagne to celebrate. As it is a special occasion John & I have served the crew Ribeye steak which they all seem to have really enjoyed.We have found the cooking far from easy with the constant rocking & rolling of the boat. No matter how careful you are things go flying all over the place much to the amusement of the others but not to us 2 cooks we have to try & keep a sense of humour but I think today I may have got the Gruffalo award rather than the captain!! Anyway we have had no complaints about the food which keeps us going when we are slaving away. The trip today has been the same as the last few with fairly heavy seas & the wind behind pushing us along but this is forecast to change in. read more...


04/12/2012

Little Pea - ARC Blogorama 6 - Jet Lag?!

21:28.6N 36:35.3W We have been on the same course now for a few days and the last vessel we saw was the one we nearly collided with. The days are starting to merge into one, as the weather becomes more consistent. We took out reef 2 which we had put in after the reef 1 line snapped, and by the end of the day we'd even shaken out reef 1 to show our full main sail for the first time of the trip. We are very much into the swing of our routine. Each crew member has their turn being 'Mother' once every 4 days for 24hrs. During this time the crew is relieved from all normal deck watch keeping duties to tend to the 'house keeping' on board. Washing, Cooking, cleaning and bilge checks are just a hand full of the jobs Mother has to get done throughout their watch. Today was Minkey's. read more...


04/12/2012

Johanem - 4 December

Evening AllAnother fine day's sailing on board. We have been at sea for one week today and the routine on board is now well established. Breakfast in bed for the owners followed by a sauna and jacuzzi, some gentle retail therapy in the on board boutique and then a snooze before drinkies before lunch etc etc' I wish! In fact its a non stop routine of rigging checks, sail changes/trimming, boat cleaning, more rigging checks in a relentless attempt to squeeze out that extra quarter knot of boat speed!We clocked up around 165 miles in the 24 hours to noon today and, fingers crossed, we may reach the half way mark tomorrow. The crew are at a fever pitch of excitement with a virgin being sought for the usual half way sacrifice to Neptune (no volunteers so far), the bottle of cava being checked. read more...


04/12/2012

Peter von Seestermühe - PvS 04.12.12

Liebe Peterfans,The race is on! Und damit es auch gehört wird, hier nochmal: THE RACE ISON!!! Wir haben 1350 Seemeilen, also die Hälfte der Strecke, in 6 Tage, 23 Stunden und 37 Minuten geschafft. Anders gesagt: unter einer Woche!ARC Peter Rekord. Zumindest was die erste Halbzeit betrifft. Undseitdem? Der Alte dreht durch! Die feinsten Segel, die normalerweise der Nord Atlantik, der Biskaya und Regatten vorbehalten sind, mussten heute, zack, zack, zack, aus den tiefsten Stauraumen hervor. Und sie lagennatürlich nicht oben, für jederman leicht zugänglich. Das Vorpiek musstebis auf die Bugspitze leer geräumt werden: Spinaker raus, an den Weihnachtsbaum vorbei, hinter den Flossen und Taucherbrillen der Familievon Reibnitz rein in das tiefste innerste des Vorpieks, dort wo Meerjungfrauen. read more...


04/12/2012

Venomous - Daily Log

View from the back of the ship!Having spent the past week driving it like we stole it, we have found our way to the computer and thought we might as well put pen to paper! We have been nicknamed the meerkats as all we have been doing is sticking our heads outside and then running to the back of the boat. We have been fed very well and lots of tea, we have even been told off for being in the galley (brilliant!). As well as driving we have been doing lots of splicing keeping the halyards all working. As for the sailing I think we are doing ok and pulling through to the front of the fleet but the next few days will tell the tail if being the furthest South will pay off and of course having an extra night in the dock not getting beaten up.Right got to go as we can hear the skipper. read more...


04/12/2012

Bristolian - Day 10: Egrets, I've had a few

Ahoy hoyLife, like the Atlantic rolls on.  Kodachrome Ali donned his David Attenborough hat before snapping this passing stowaway - a thousand miles from anywhere and looking right shagged out.Boatwise we are making good progress in the right direction, with that large Gin & Tonic shaped carrot driving us relentlessly on.Go North Paddy was running a helming school for novices today. Good fun, but he thought my handbrake turn unnecessary. The Kat was up next and any jokes about rear view mirrors and applying lippy would be sexist and highly inappropriate.Petit Pierre has got the crew scratching their heads with the introduction of a rather tricky quiz.  Actually half of them were scratching their heads anyway due to the need for a good scrub.News from the galley: . read more...


Bristolian - Day 10: Egrets, I've had a few
Bristolian - Day 10: Egrets, I've had a few
04/12/2012

Indulgence - Please help us judge the best shirt competition onboard Induglence

To celebrate Joleen's birthday this afternoon, the boys onboard Indulgence dressed up in their finest for dinner. In the 'Best Shirt Competition' Joleen found it impossible to pick a winner, and so is asking YOU, the public, to help us decide who should take crowning glory?????From left to right, we have John Hanly, in a beer stained crew neck. Aidan Heffernan wears an authentic Hawaiian number with cream chinos and Denis Nagle sports his cleanest t-shirt and recently purchased Canarian sombrero. Results must be in by Friday, 17:00 UTC. Many thanks for your co-operation. Joleen and the crew xxPS: please vote for Aidan or he will be upset!. read more...


Indulgence - Please help us judge the best shirt competition onboard Induglence
Indulgence - Please help us judge the best shirt competition onboard Induglence
04/12/2012

Orion - Fisk....

Dag 8.HeiDa har vi seilt i 8 dager. 1400 nautiske og snart halvveis. Fisket min foerste dorado for 10 min. siden.Ca 5 kg og en muskelbunt av en fisk. Den ligger allerede i ovnen.Ha en trivelig kveld.Hilsen fra 19 grader nord.Rune. read more...


04/12/2012

Orion - Week 2, Tuesday 4th

We have been sailing for one week now and it has been the great washing and bathing day. We learned that being pulled at more than 7 knots after the boat is quite a challenge and only the very strong boys Alex and Rune tried it out. Placing the steel bucket for washing close to the compass turns it 30 degrees and we could have ended in Brazil! Henrik. Last night I was softly singing under the stars when a flying fish that was so impressed with the quality, threw itself into my chest showing its appreciation and then another one did an hour later, so now all you people I have sailed with in the past that have said to the contrary, Ha Ha!!! I have being trying to use the weather to our advantage to make a fast passage, however it has to be fun and safe so we have slowed a little to let. read more...


04/12/2012

Cheri - Wal getroffen und verletzt

Gestern um diese Zeit haben wir Cape Verde verlassen und sind wieder auf dem Weg Richtung Karibik. Bereits 2009 hatten wir auf der ARC 2009 Kontakt zwischen der CHERI und einem Wal. Heute (04.12.) erneut, allerdings mit vermutlich dramatischeren Folgen für den Wal.Um 16:15 h rief der am Ruder stehende Jens ganz erschrocken: „Wale !“ Vielleicht 15 Meter quer vor uns tauchten zwei große Wale auf und sofort wieder unter. Der eine Wal tauchte aufgrund der geringen Entfernung nicht schnell genug weg, denn es ging ein spürbarer Ruck durch die CHERI und hinter uns fing das Wasser an, große rote Flecken zu bekommen. Zweimal tauchte noch ein breiter Rücken und eine Schwanzflosse hinter uns auf, dann sahen wir nur noch die gefärbten Wasserflecken und entfernten uns schnell. Sofort suchten wir an. read more...


04/12/2012

Katerina - Wet n wild

A few days since our last blog. There are 3 reasons for this:a. wind-up to 42 knotsb. waves up to 5 meters or so and c. rain, mainly from squalls that rush in, dump half a ton of water on your head and then disappear! Blue water sailing huh - we're still in full oilies at night. So whilst these conditions have prevailed balancing a laptop whilst gripping the sat phone between your teeth trying to get a signal has been, to say the least, a little tricky. However, bit better now so here we go with a quick update of the highlights: Friday 30th Nov - our 25th wedding anniversary. A huge pod of dolphins arrived and gave us a spectacular acrobatic display. These were the first dolphins of the trip and we haven't seen them since. Now as the same thing happened on my 60th birthday in July I. read more...


04/12/2012

Oranda III - LAS 1000nm

LAS PRIMERAS 1000nm:Recuerdo la primera vez que crucé, las primeras 1000 millas se hicieron con gran consumo de gasoil por falta de viento, teniendonos que meter en Mindelo para repostar. Este año se han cubierto en seis días pero, a penas hemos visto el sol y las noches han sido cansadas y con sueño al no poder dormir por los meneos.Por fin hemos podido tomar el sol unas horas que se han agradecido. La pesca no ha sido, hasta ahora, muy abundante, un triste dorado y gran perdida de artes de pesca en los que hay que incluir: pulpos de plastico, peces de todos los colores y diseños y... la caja de las otras muestras no aparece por ningun lado. Enrique ha confeccionado artesanalmente un señuelo con unos anzuelos, lanas de colores y unos trozos de sedal, en la actualidad, nos sigue colgado. read more...


04/12/2012

Stormvogel - 8. Seetag - noch kürzer, aber mit Schmerzen

Zunächst hat unser privater GPS Tracker (SPOT Messenger) wohl ein Problem. Eigentlich soll er nur im Südatlantik nicht funktionieren. Da sind wir noch lange nicht. Seit gestern blinkt die GPS Lampe rot statt grün. Also über SPOT erst mal keine Positionsdaten. Wenn jemand eine Idee dazu hat?Mit METABO haben wir weiter an der Route gefeilt und gehen nun doch erst noch weiter südlich. Scheint besser für den (zukünftigen) Wind zu sein.Unter Schmerzen habe ich heute mein Haupthaar verloren - sämtliches Haupthaar!Denn: Justin Bieber ist tot - lang lebe Bruce Willis!Demnächst in diesem Kino - äh, Blog.. read more...


04/12/2012

Indulgence - Birthday Girl!

Tuesday 4th DecemberCurrent Position: N 19o 42'.426 W 32o 54".267 Current Speed : 6.8 knots Distance to finish at Saint Lucia : 1638 nm* * * * * Close your eyes. Imagine you are on a thirty six foot yacht, crossing the Atlantic. We are eight days in, about half way there and our night watch has just passed. As it happens, it was a dirty night with several squalls and lots of rain passing through. Our headsail is shortened in and the three reefs still sit in the main. Me, I'm in my bunk, pretty cosy and all wrapped up. Aidan calls "Ten minutes Joleen, but take your time" and I know that i have to get up. Right. Here goes!. After a small stretch, I make my way out to the heads, and back again to my little corner to freshen up. But STOP!!!!! Go no further, because three guys are above in. read more...


04/12/2012

Capricho - Día Nº 8 - Se rompió el 2º rizo

Día Nº 8 Posición actual                 22ºN ~58,4’39ºW~59,3               Distancia recorrida del día : 211 MN          Velocidad promedio : 8.8 Nudos Llegamos a la mitad del océano!!! ... Seguimos? Si! Paramos? No!Ya nos quedan por recorrer menos de 1.350MN que es la mitad teórica (2.700+MN) del viaje en línea recta entre Palmas en Gran Canaria y Rodney Bay en Saint Lucia y no hemos efectuado ritual alguno, como lanzar una botella con un mensaje y cosas como el estilo. Hoy con internet esas vainas ya no se usan, puro “carelibro”.Al medio día de hoy 4.XII.2012 cumpleaños de la tía Lei, se. read more...


04/12/2012

Coral IV - Ytterligare en dag på Atlanten

20:01.27 N 35:19.00 W Ytterligare en dag på Atlanten Vår kurs mot Västindien för oss långsamt ner över allt sydligare breddgrader, och det ger oss sakta men säkert allt varmare väder. Dagstemperaturerna ligger nu omkring 30 grader, nätterna kanske drygt fem grader kallare. Det betyder inte att man sitter och svettas på nattvakterna; stillasittande i 20-30 knops vind gör att seglarställsjackan fortfarande är enda alternativet. Men själv har jag sedan några dagar bytt ut seglarställsbyxor och seglarstövlar mot tunna byxor och skor. Ett välkommet symboliskt tecken på att vi tar oss allt närmare målet – Västindien. Dagarna är mot vad man kan tro ganska olika. Ena dagen har vi allt emot oss – GPS-en slutar fungera, generatorn krånglar, rullgenuan trasslar in sig i förstaget och. read more...


04/12/2012

Enya - The First Quarter of the Way to St Lucia

Well, we started two days later than planned but are now approximately one quarter of the way to St Lucia, having had fairly steady trade winds of 20 to 30 knots, occasionally gusting to more than 40 knots, from a generally north easterly direction.The Tuesday start was a very much more condensed and low key affair from the point of view of any spectators. Las Palmas is a very busy port and had been closed for two hours on the Sunday for the original start, the line for which was actually some way down from the port, off the old town, and was only taken by about 30 boats. However, on Tuesday, the port was only to be closed for half an hour, to allow two hundred boats to start from between the ends of the main breakwaters! This meant that all boats only had one hour to leave the marina. read more...


04/12/2012

Skyelark of London - Day 8 - the one that didn't get away

Day 8The weather has calmed a little, particularly last night which for the first time was quiet and dry! So, with moral running high skipper decided we should go shopping.Phil was dispatched to launch the appropriate lucky lure, Princess, they all have names and are dispatched with a lucky kiss from a crew member, not really my thing, although heartily embraced by Charlotte. After only a shortwhile a good sized king mackerel, quite impressive we thought and the victim was soon dispatched to the galley, suitably dealt with. Don't ask!Skipper decided we should go again as the day was still young. Within minutes the rod was whirring again and Phil leapt to take control. It quickly became apparent that this was to be a slightly larger proposition.Eventually the beast was drawn closer to the. read more...


Skyelark of London - Day 8 - the one that didn't get away
Skyelark of London - Day 8 -  the one that didn't get away
04/12/2012

EH01 - blog

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04/12/2012

Loupan - Mot Västindien - 4 december

Idag på förmiddagen var det exakt en vecka sedan vi startade. Vi roade oss på lunchen (gazpacho och äggsmörgås) med att summera intrycken från den gångna veckan på det här sättet: Vart tar all tid vägen?????? Dagarna rullar på snabbt och det är bara ljust 06-18. Sen är det svart och vi har bara lite rött ledljus för aktiviteter inne i båten (=diskning efter middagen och sömn i huvudsak). Ute är det verkligen kolsvart om inte månen är framme, men stjärnhimlen är som magnifikast då. Nattvakterna kan ibland kännas lite tunga, speciellt när vi haft så stark vind. Senaste natten var dock mycket lugn och alla kunde lyssna på sina ljudböcker med propp i ena örat. Speciellt Björn och Martin tycker det varit lite mentalt slitsamt med avbruten sömn, spänning och att man aldrig är riktigt. read more...


04/12/2012

EH01 - blog

 Hi all from EH01! The last few days have seen us flying along at a pretty  steady 9 knots over the ground. The weather has left much to be desired  though as there has been squall after squall coming through pushing the wind  up to 40 knots at times! This coupled with the moonrise getting later and later has made for some pretty interesting, and wet early evening rides! More fish have been caught and the dining has been fine, a whole assortment of meals have been prepared with our Dorade including sushi, baked fillet, grilled fillet, and fish soup. All have gone down an absolute treat! The wind has veered into the South East and we are now on a nice beam reach point of sail. The forecast is looking much the same for the next few days, however there is looking. read more...


04/12/2012

All-Linn - Dag 7 No pain no gain!

Først og fremst en stor takk til pappa Torkel(Eirin og Amunds pappa). Etter å ha mottat mail fra Torkel om tips til hvordan vi kan få løs skjøte fra propellen forsøkte vi dette ut umiddelbart. Vi satt propellen i gir både forover og bakover uten og starte motoren for å prøve og lurke ut skjøtet. Mens Eirin stod og dro i skjøtet, slapp det litt og tok litt før det slapp helt. Jaggu kom ikke hele skjøte ut uten problemer,gledes ropene gjallet over atlanteren-hurra og jippi. Hele operasjonen tok et par minutter-helt fantastisk!.Amund har gjort et merkbart inntrykk i byssen etter siste kylling episode. I går disket han opp(i mye sjø) med tortilla lefser fylt med tomatpure,pesto,løk,mais,annanas, ost og svinekjøtt servet som en minipizza-Eirin pizzaen har fått en konkurrent. Det skal også. read more...


04/12/2012

Milanto - Log day 10 - Where to go... (still wondering)

Day 10.Where to go...We've all seen those nature programs, where the pack of wolves pick off the weakest looking buffalo or antelope. The producers always contrive to show the sequence of the one that got away first, to make us all feel good, but some poor soul is usually ripped limb from limb in the end, and becomes the main course of wolf dinner, and puts us off our own. Valerio makes great play of the fact that he is not competitive in the ARC, but he has our first prey in his sights, so lets just say his ambivalence isn't entirely genuine. The Tropic of Cancer sits at a latitude of 23'N. It is the point at which the sun reaches its maximum height for us for the summer solstice and is the point beyond which lies The Tropics. We passed over to the other side the day before yesterday.. read more...


04/12/2012

Mad Fish - Day 8. The one that got away.......

Got the fishing rod out today. Caught a 3ft Dorado but our line snapped within 15 ft of the boat! No success yet with our second and final lure.We have been sailing with just the genoa up for nearly a week now! I am suprised we have had such steady trade winds to allow us to get away with this. We currently have 25 knots from the SE giving us 7-8 knots of boatspeed. Bliss!2611 miles to go...... read more...


04/12/2012

Caryali - lampuga a go go

ebbene procediamo sulla nostra via verso il caribe... cose liete che peschiamo bene bene e sempre della giusta misura per il pranzo o la cena. il vento e' costante ma ben piu' dei noti 15/20 nodi che ci dicevano alla partenza. IL primo giorno abbiamo rotto il fiocco e questo ci impone grande prudenza con yankee e trinchetta . oggi abbiamo un po' rallentato equipaggio un po' affaticato.. ma ci riprendiamo. avevamo anche un bel problema con la randa che era rimasta infilzata da tre stecche e con lazy jack. oggi pomeriggio oskar ha risolto tutto e' andato sull'albero e ha liberato sia lazy jack che la randa ... adesso ahime' senza stecche ma di nuovo funzionale. ci stanno abbandonando due frigoriferi ma per fortuna le cibarie fresche erano destinate piu' ai primi 10 12 giorni.. e comunque. read more...


04/12/2012

Selene - 3 wheels on my wagon . . .

Tuesday 4th DecemberWe have passed our first night with no electricity. The instruments held out so far and are only using 0.4A of current. We are not sure how long it will take to deplete the battery at this rate, but hopefully with careful husbandry we can keep them for the night time. By day we use the binnacle compass and a GPS stuck to the binnacle with gaffer tape. A very sophisticated arrangement. By night the compass light draws too much current and it is helpful to have the wind information especially when the moon rtises late and the night is very dark with clouds obscuring the clouds. Last night was clear overhead with a magnificent view of the milky way, but clouds obscured the horizon. The wind continues unabated at 20-25 Kts whih is good for speed, but does nothing for our. read more...


04/12/2012

Sam III - Habe ihn

Moin Ihr Rumpanscher,nachdem ich nun wieder auf meiner Stange die Aussicht auf fette Beute geniessen kann ,fiel mir wieder eine Erzählung meines Großonkels meiner Großnichte "PIRAT zu Münchhausen "ein,den auf dem jährlichen Störtebeckerkongress getroffen habe.Er berichtet er wäre weite Strecken immer auf fliegenden Fischen geflogen.Oben schreit Ulli , daß er fliegende Fische gesichtet hat.Also nix wie einen ordentlichen Schluck Rum in den Schnabel und rauf auf die Reling und tatsächlich,da fliegen sie vorbei.Hm,wäre doch nicht schlecht mit so einemBurschen schnell rüber zum Papageien-Sundowner in die Karibik ! Die fliegen wie die Kanonkugeln an mir vorbei.Habe mir dann mal schnell einen mit der Kralle gepackt ,tief in seine Augen geschaut und in meiner charmanten Art geschrien"Du alten. read more...


Sam III - Habe ihn
Sam III - Habe ihn
04/12/2012

Murphy - As time goes by - Log Days 7 and 8

Time and TideAnd so we go on – the passage of time measured principally by the log (which with the help of the GPS tells us that yesterday morning (Monday) we passed the 1,000 mile mark in our journey of approximately 2,700 miles to St Lucia, a fact later celebrated at happy hour - see below), and the slow but relentless growth of the captain's whiskers (calculated at 0.00025 inches per thousand miles sailed.BTW as we make further progress to the west, we have moved the boat's time by one hour to GMT-1. At noon today (Tuesday) we have 1,528 miles to go.WarfareWe are now subject (particularly at night) to relentless aerial bombardment by squadrons of flying fish. Despite direct hits on both Andrew and Jeff, the guys have reluctantly signed up to a policy (instigated by Lucinda) of. read more...


Murphy - Happiness is a shower of rain
Murphy - Happiness is a shower of rain
Murphy - The captain's whiskers
Murphy - The captain's whiskers
Murphy - A kamikaze flying fish
Murphy - A kamikaze flying fish
Murphy - Honing our sterring skills
Murphy - Honing our sterring skills
04/12/2012

Ostrea - sinterklaas

Day seven at sea was a day with a lot of wind. We sailed with the genua and the mainsail, both with a reef. Once we had a big wave in the boat, Pien was wearing her harnas, she didn't even looked surprised.. During the day there are a lot of things to do. I (Sabien) was busy with making fruit, turning vegetables and doing school. Although it is quite bumpy in the boat, Mare and Katie are still able to do their lessons. Even the writing looked very neat. During the night the wind was still blowing between 25 and 28 knots. The boatspeed was eight most of the time. I saw one boat and passed it within two hours. Fortunately there were no squalls this night. A lot of nights Sinterklaas (a famous saint in Holland) brings us presents. The kids are very pleased the helpers of Sinterklaas are. read more...


04/12/2012

Ailsa - Blog 8

Position: 16:25.698N 29:34.172 Captains log; Stardate 2012-12-04 – 14:00 UTC The beauty of this is that every day is a new experience - at least for us. So for example I am on watch last night. It is dark – no moon – and I am drifting in and out of the twilight zone when suddenly there is a thud and a thrashing around my feet in the cockpit. For a moment I thought I was about to do hand to hand combat with a Klingon until I found my torch and identified a flying fish. After a slippery few minutes I managed to catch it and dispatch it back into the blue. It turns out this morning that there are several on the deck. Clearly their sonar is not as well developed as the bat!Another new experience we had yesterday was me being hauled up the forestay to fix new sheets to the genoa. read more...


Ailsa - Blog 8
Ailsa - Blog 8
04/12/2012

Sam III - mal was leichtes

Wisst Ihr warum eine polnische Schiffscrew vor dem Start der ARC noch schnell eine deutsche Waschmachine eingebaut hat?Die haben gelesen ,die hätten so viele Umdrehungen...Bis neulich. read more...


04/12/2012

Sam III - Pirat Pit

Hall o Ihr alten Salzbuckel,mit der Sea Cloud ist ja voll in die Hose gegangen,Funny hat mir erklärt die Reichen an Bord hätten überhaupt kein Gold oder Dukaten an Bord,sondern nur Karten.KARTEN ,was soll das denn ?"Die geben ihre Reichtümer einer Bank und wenn sie Geld brauchen kommen sie mit der Karte an Ihr Geld"Die vergraben also nix mehr am Strand? Alles klar "macht klar die Segel zum Entern der Bank!!"Schreie ich."Geht doch auch nicht" "????" "Die haben das Geld doch auch nicht mehr,das haben die doch verliehen"  "Was ,die Leute geben diesen Piraten freiwillig Ihr Gold,ohne Säbel und Messer an der Kehleund die geben es wieder anderen?" "Dafür geben die Ihnen aber auch Zinsen,zB.1/100 pro Jahr" "Potzblitz ,ich gebe denen mein Gold und Geschmeide aus 100Jahren Piratenarbeit und. read more...


04/12/2012

El Mundo - Tuesday 4th December

God is good! God is great! What a difference 24 hours can make. Compare to torrential rain and wild seas yesterday, this morning we have classic radewinds sailing - a F5/6 from the port quarter, blue skies, cotton woolwhite clouds and a gently heaving sea. El Mundo bubbles, and hisses, and urfs forward across the sea, her rig occassionally chattering to itself, reating a creamy white wake behind her; flying fish head butt the waves round us; the occassional bird wheels about; and fish remain stubborn in heir refusal to take our line. But we do have an a snow white egret sitting on the ship's rail by the cockpit, hitching a ride for a while.Mind you the sea can still create surprises and will occassionally give us a good slapping just to remind us we are here by the sea's permission and. read more...


04/12/2012

Senta - Log day 8

On day 8 at sea we got a new position report on all boats, always really exciting to see where all our friends (and competitors!) are and how long to go. It feels like we have been on sea forever but it has not been boring yet, the days fly by. Watches, meals, games with the kids, emails, have not been able to read a book yet. Everybody in the fleet would be really relieved that the squalls are gone, we are scooting along with 8 knots under reefed main and No 2 Gib, movement much steadier, too. We have put our watches forward today by 1 hour and are looking forward to the half way mark.Our only connection with the world is our new SSB, expertly installed in Palma by Joerg from Yachtfunk. We had planned to use the Iridium for weather and emails but we wanted the kids to speak to other. read more...


04/12/2012

Charm Offensive - Life aboard a Hanse 445, crossing the Atlantic with the ARC

Life aboard Charm Offensive a Hanse 445, crossing the Atlantic with the ARC:Crew Onboard:Nick Black - SkipperJohn Black - First mate A.K.A Cabin Boy (Nick's father)Peter Smith - NavigatorJavier Perez - Chef Extraordinaire, HelmsmanSailing update:The winds keep blowing, we have had an average of 20kts with a low of 11kts and highs of 37kts at about 160-180 true. This has been for the last 7 days. To begin with we had higher winds of around 28kts which allowed us to surf very well. Javier reached max speed of 20.3kts  surfing down a wave. Since then the waves have dissipated and so has the swell so the surfing is still fun but the speeds less. The main is setup with a preventer and the jib has been poled out most of the trip.Gourmet cooking update:Javier our Spanish chef is. read more...


03/12/2012

Coyote 2 - one week in

One week has gone since we left the canaries. We have started to get into the routines like cooking food, making tea and doing the dishes. Everything is about teamwork to get the best results. We have started to refill our water storage by the water maker so you fall asleep either from the sound of the engine or the water maker. So now we mostly use the big water storage called the Atlantic sea. We cooked pasta in salt water yesterday but it was no success.The atmosphere on the boat is many happy faces and all nationalities are good. While the days are passing everybody start to feel more comfortable with the weather, waves,sea, helming and the sun that's drying our bodies out! But this has end up with a crew which has been more competitive, one after another reaching the ten knots on. read more...



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