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01/12/2012

Ceilidh of Lorne - Consistent Trade Winds Blowing

We have continued to track West over the last 24hrs with a daily run of 188NM . Ceilidh is now approximately 500NM from land as we head to St Lucia currently along latitude 23N. We continue to have NE F5/6 winds with plenty of sunshine mixed in with some squalls from cloud cover. The winds and weather look to be settled in our area for the next 3 days, thereafter the winds look much lighter and more variable so if any of our armchair navigators can provide details of the synopsis for 7 days ahead in mid Atlantic then that would be very helpful. We have either passed or been in close contact with 4 yachts all who were heading in a more Southerly track than Ceilidh, we are not able to sail directly down wind with around 150 True wind angle our maximum. Having re-read. read more...


01/12/2012

Helia - Running into friends in St Croix

Almost three weeks since many of us arrived in Nanny Cay with the 1500 and a two weeks since the farewell dinner, it was a pleasant surprise to see Otto and Corrine pull up in Black Rose to St Croix Marina in Christiansted.  We had already been in town for a couple days and they were “popping over” for a day before heading back to St Thomas so their friends aboard could fly home.  Already big fans to Helia, Corrine and Otto  secured their rock star status in the eyes of our three girls by giving us the remainder of their bulk package of candy bars left over from the trip from Hampton. Both Helia and Black Rose were still proudly sporting their Caribbean 1500 banners at the first spreader.  We hope to run into more friends from the trip down over the. read more...


01/12/2012

Ailsa - blog 4 - butter still not melted

Position: 20:24.263N 22:48.245WCaptains log; Stardate 2012-12-01 – 12:00 UTCWe are clearly paying the penalty for my comments about Mauritania. We have been ambushed by a Klingon ship which has taken out our generator. They say fire at sea is the worst nightmare well we had smoke in the engine compartment arising from the generator! No flames on this occasion although the fire control team were standing by. Scotty tried to rescue the situation by changing the impellor – a pretty trick manoeuvre in a heavy sea – but the culprit appears to be the generator coil itself??? Outwith the scope of the onboard expertise me thinks. Well we have two alternative supplies of charging – the engine and the solar panels. The latter have had disappointing use to date but there is sun today so that will. read more...


01/12/2012

Baringo - Baringo 5th day

Fifth day at sea and our first belated blog. As by now well reported the start was not as in the brochure! It was cloudy, blustery, squally and as we headed out to sea a big swell developed. Not much has changed! We have been running downwind with wind speeds of about 25-30 knots and a large swell. The boat is rolling all over the place and difficult to keep anything in one place. We have broken our main genoa having inadvertently gybed it several times in strong winds so that the clew ring has nearly parted from the body of the sail. So we are using the smaller genny which is working surprisingly well giving us speeds of about 6 knots or more. But it would be nice to go faster in this wind but steering would be more difficult so perhaps we would be using the smaller sail in any case. We. read more...


01/12/2012

Jus' do it 5 - LOG DAY 4 - a rocky rolly sea

30th November 2012   Position; 21' 18'.055N  , 025' 58'.933W   11am ; 204 miles in last 24 hours  Quite overcast today, a big rolly sea and frequentsqualls. We put a reef in the main which makes breakfast and life ingeneral a lot more comfortable. About 2pm the wind drops and 3/4 hour later wegibe to head more west. Nathan ends up on the wrong side of the sheet durng thegibe and he's lifted off the deck saving himself by hanging on to the stays. Thefishing line is out but Ronnie says we'll never catch anything in this sea state- he's right. Later we find something has taken another of our preciouslures and still nothing to show! There's a lot of heated discussion, mostly fromNathan, about our watch system as he is feeling sleep deprived. However theskipper. read more...


01/12/2012

Ostrea - trade winds

Another day of northeasterly tradewinds passed. We still have 25 knots from the northeast and are still goosewinging our way to our waypoint 20 N 30 W. Cedric caught a couple of Mahi Mahis again and we need to switch to adifferent bait to try and get a tuna on the deck. We had VHF contact with another Dutch boat called Williams who seemed to have the same generator problems as we have been suffering over the passed days (all solved again now). The nights are still cold and we need to wear boots and coats to stay warm. During the day its a different story with mostly blue skies (some minor squalls with some 30 knots of wind and rain) Jan is currently hand steering in rather big seas to save amps and not to have to run the engine for electricity too long a day. The kids are doing well and. read more...


01/12/2012

Seren Wen - Day 4

Friday 30thYesterday we may have spoken a bit too soon. After sending through yesterday’s log we frantically got our things together, closed all the hatches, and stowed the last few things away. We went to put the bathing platform up in order to attach the tender but guess what?! The other hydraulic system that controls the bathing platform also decided to break down! Jon Crouch came back to rescue us once more and 6 hours later we had fixed the problem. We decided to get a few hours’ sleep and then head off at first light the next day.So, we were all up at 5.30 this morning and raring to go! But then at around 6.30am, the fridge decided it didn’t want to work anymore! Luckily we have a fridge out in the cockpit and we weren’t going to waste any more time. The essentials went in the. read more...


01/12/2012

El Mundo - 1st December 2012

At last - brochure sailing at its best!!! Calmer seas, clear brilliant blueskies, F5 trade winds from astern, and the boat keeping to the rhumb lineheading straight for St Lucia. Last night was fantastic - a fullish moonand clear, clear skies - it was almost as bright as daylight. Porridge hasbeen eaten, Mother is baking bread, the fishing line is out the back, andthe crew are either on watch, asleep, or doing their domestics. Prettyperfect really. On perhaps we are just all getting used to and establishinga ship-board routine that works for us. We are now under 2,000 miles to thewaypoint off St Lucia. The boat is holding together well apart from a notworking tricolour and a broken davit line. This morning we have the oceanto ourselves.Last night in the middle of my watch I started. read more...


01/12/2012

Meltemi - 30.11.2012 - 4. Seetag - Von erfolgreichen Anglern und strahlenden Steuermaennern

Position: 26-10N / 027-55WCOG: 245 degSOG: 8,2 knEinen Guten Morgen an unsere geneigten Leserinnen und Leser!Das Nautische des gestrigen Tages ist schnell erzaehlt:Um Mitternacht sind wir per Q-Wende auf anderen Bug gegangen, um der unserer Meinung nach schnellsten Strecke in der Naehe des Grosskreises besser folgen zu koennen.Der geschulte Segler erinnere sich:Kursgleiche/Rhumbline/Loxodrome: Auf einer ebenen Karte in Mercator-Projektion eine gerade Liniezwischen zwei Punkten auf der Karte. ueberall der gleiche Kurs.Grosskreis/Great Circle/Orthodrome: Die kuerzeste Strecke zwischen zwei Punkten auf der Erdoberflaeche, der Faden auf dem runden Globus sozusagen. Sie ergibt auf der Mercator-Karte eine polwaerts gekruemmte Linie, also sich staendig veraendernde Kurse.Der Unterschied. read more...


01/12/2012

Great Escape of Southampton - Day 5 Great Escape 24 24N 26 20W

Day 5We are finally out in the “real” ocean -and away fromthe short and messy waves closer to land – the waves that took half of the crewout ( included our British friends – even though its hard for them to admit,real men as they are).NOW it’s the real Atlantic loooong waves perfect forsurfing and smooth sailing. Great Escapes is “Great” in any ways and a pleasureto sail. We are easily doing 8-9 knots trying to beat our own personal recordsas we go along. Over dinner last night we actually started to discuss“which day is it today?” – 5 days in sea and we are already out of the “phone,email, surfing, TV and red wine life” – amazing how fast you adapt.      I think we agreed that it was Fridayyesterday.Another amazing thing was actually the dinner in itself.My. read more...


Great Escape of Southampton - Day 5 Great Escape 24 24N 26 20W
Great Escape of Southampton - Day 5 Great Escape 24 24N 26 20W
27/11/2012

Thaleia - Leaving Las Palmas

Painting on the Wall is signed KL03, as this is a replica from 2003, designed by Katja:) Thanks. Certainly brings good luck. kuva Wall painting_1. read more...


Thaleia - Leaving Las Palmas
Thaleia - Leaving Las Palmas
01/12/2012

Katherine - Day 4 - The Art of Sleeping "23:54.89N 29:18.77W"

DAY 4:Sleep suddenly takes on a whole new level of importance when your on four hour shifts and nothing stays still. Our third cabin is set up for passage making and works well with the bunks and lee cloth, but the second rear cabin we knew would present a challenge. So unless you have the grip of a gecko or the reflexes of a startled cat and can propel your leg at the right moment whilst asleep then the safest and most comfortable option has proved to be to wedge oneself between the bed and the wall on a mattress. Then no matter how much we roll you have a chance of sleep! We have developed some games to keep ourselves amused one is to calculate the exact time we cover 640nm each time, that is the distance of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race. After 3 Days and 20 mins we covered the. read more...


01/12/2012

Champagne - ALL IS WELL

Dear Friends.First of all, we are all well, which of course is important. Mainly for us, may be also for you. Secondly, we had our ups and downs, and of that plenty.We actually had a good start. Tactics worked, and we were with roughly 30 others in the front having passed the starting line. The weather was lousy, a lot of wind, but that suits Champagne. Having passed Gran Canaria we turned after a while West. It must have happened after midnight , and we don't know why, but our Genoa developed a cut in the top third , so we have been running with a reef in our best sail, meaning we have the full main out and a hugely reefed Genoa. That makes the boat totally unstable on the run, meaning we take the wind now on the quarter, but for speed and direction it is not optimal. The only luck we. read more...


01/12/2012

Bardeau - Ground Dog Day

True excitement on board this morning. Mr Kennedy was consulting his Mr Norrie's Book of Celestial Navigation when he made a discovery. Today is ground dog day. The clocks go back at mid-day so we can have lunch twice in two hours. It's a double dog and double beer day. Firstly the technical stuff. Last night was tumble dryer night. Our weather guru predicted a night of big waves and turmoil. We had forgotten about that...but we were soon reminded. It seems that in our roller coaster state we hit 12.4 knots wildly surfing down a wave with the Beach Boys playing loudly on the radio. C Dundee and his Moll, Gen, were on watch, and we could here 'Yihaaa' echoing forward from the cockpit. Today is the day that JK gets his present from his former colleagues at the Hampshire fire service. It. read more...


01/12/2012

Coral IV - 1 December

23:58.65N 25:05.58W Da er det lørdag morgen – eller om vi skal si etternatt. Siste døgn har på mange måter vært det vi drømte om. Passe vind, ikke mer bølger enn at det går an å fungere ombord. Solskinn og varmt nok – men ikke for varmt. Med Carl som ansvarlig i byssa, ble det varm, asiatiskinspiret lunsj med papaja som forrett. Båten går som på skinner gjennom tre meter bølger. Vi har ikke endret seilføring eller –trim, og autopiloten har som vanlig fungert perfekt – og den har nå ikke vært av på to døgn. I går hadde vi en fantastisk “måneoppgang”. Vi satt ute og fant stjernebilder. Carl sang den svenske kongesangen. Vi måtte av med capsen og han sto høytidlig. Nydelig baryton. Flere bidro med sine sanger. Carl har som plan at han skal lære oss en sang å synge flerstemt. Våre. read more...


30/11/2012

Johanem - Johanem 30th Nov 2012

30th November Dear Blogosphere,You will be pleased to hear that we are making good progress aboard Johanem; at the time of writing we have completed over 530 miles... meaning that we have just 2211 (approx.) to go...! The sailing conditions laid on by the ARC to aclimatise the crew have been well received - moving from the rain and discomfort of the English Channel... to the same with a little sun interspersed. Glad we brought the full set of waterproofs...... Ah..... :-/So, I hear you ask: "How is the watch system working?".. Good question.... We are working with a 3 watch system - 3 hours per watch. The crew have been divided up ensure that there is no excess skill on any watch..Nick (skipper) + Tony (Whisky + BS department)Boo (Skipper's better half) + Ian (Philosophy/astronomy. read more...


30/11/2012

Poespas - Rally day 4

Rally day 4We are now all full converse with being cradled by the motions of the ocean, and in spite of a rolly night we managed to get some rest.Our watch system seems to work well based on an overlapping dual watch system, with 4 hours on, then 6 hours off.We appear to be getting sufficient rest every day although, depending upon the conditions next week, might go for a more flexible single watch system, once all the crew are used to the complexities of our very French Amel.We are also getting used to spotting squalls early. This afternoon we had reefed in less time than you can say Bob's your uncle before being hit by gusts of up to 36 knots.Until this morning we had been running with poled out genoa and mainsail on a preventer, but we then changed course SSW for our "butter melting". read more...


30/11/2012

Heartbeat IV - Day 6

0400 at watch change gybed to pick up SE - initially sailing about 240 degrees - gradually coming round to about 250. 20-30 knot breeze - rock and rolling between 9 - 12 knots - surfing top speed 17.4k. Main events of today - fresh cheese scones courtesy Judy and Paul - desqueaking of heads by Bogmeister Walker - Mr Magee supervising water re-stowage - Nic and Rog controlling deck - Ian, Trev, Rog, Jason and Russsell doing some helming - repair of safety line, change of chafed genny sheet - now getting ready for chicken in tarragon and mushroom sauce with crushed potatoes with garlic and cheese.Getting used to very long nights - and managing to get some sleep on the two watch system. Expecting another 24h of similar conditions. Passed 1000 miles 30 minutes ago. Another Musto HPX. read more...


Heartbeat IV - Day 6
Heartbeat  IV - Day 6
Heartbeat IV - Day 6
Heartbeat  IV - Day 6
Heartbeat IV - Day 6
Heartbeat  IV - Day 6
30/11/2012

Puddle Jumper - Fw: Day 4 :-) and :-(

HelloAll,   We had a fast smooth run through the night and saw a yacht’s starboardlight well astern indicating that they were on a more Southerly course than wewere. It was very dark until the moon rose later in the night with cloud covermost of the time. We had a smooth fast run through the night and made a goodcourse achieving a better VMG (velocity made good) towards our ultimatedestination. The new red lighting outside the starboard quarter cabin door isnow functional and does not suggest what some may think! The issue of nightvision at sea at night is an important one and it takes up to 20 mins for youreyes to adjust. One look at a white light takes you back to square oneimmediately. For reasons best known to the medical fraternity red light has muchless effect and that is why. read more...


30/11/2012

El Mundo - Friday 30th November

Well here we are another 200 miles or so further west than yesterday withanother Oyster 56, Purusha, showing on our port bow about four miles away.Funny how one can leave Las Palmas together, sail four days and near 600miles and end up in the same bit of ocean almost within shouting distance.From the roll call today there are two other Oyster 56's (Dreams Come Trueand Mariela) within a few miles of us, so the race is on to St Lucia - lastone in buys the beers.Last night was a beautifull moon-lit night and today has been sunny butquite chilly - those of us of a more delicate nature (me!) are wearing afleece to keep warm. The wind is gusting Force 6/7 and the sea is heavingjust as it was yesterday - with the not so occassional Matterhorn and MountEverest looming up astern of us. But we are. read more...


30/11/2012

Bardeau - The Book

Oh woe....oh woe Mr and Mrs Nash. You know not what you did. Yesterday was jelly babies. Today has been horrible. We call it the Book of Chairman C. It is a small Mao Tse Tung type red book of sailing...but it's blue. It's full of sailing wisdom. Sailing useless wisdom and anecdotes. From lunchtime until tonight we have been fed useless info instead of jelly babies. Where is the Cadbury's? Where are the Mars? A little blue book????? Did I really upset you that much?Anyway today has been like yesterday, which was like the day before...which in itself bore similarity to the day before. In fact so boring is it that we all sit in the cockpit discussing with excitement our sleep patterns, hygeine regimes, and the present chafing situation. Gerry the Rigger told us all to check for chafing for. read more...


30/11/2012

Coyote 2 - Blog: Day 4

Day 4: Another gorgeous day on the Atlantic. Downward 15-20 knot winds, food, laughs, dancing, singing and even brief exercises to burn a calorie or two.The crew is getting accustomed to the routine. Practicing charts, knots and helming.  No other boats seen around us today.   Fishing was almost successful with 2 tuna caught, one released and one big yellow tail escaped while ripping through the 30 pound line as we were getting it on board. Maybe more luck tomorrow... Communication is finally working.  We were sad to hear some boats had to make it back. In the meantime, we are getting ready for dinner and the weekend... Nav lights are on!. read more...


30/11/2012

Orion - 4 th.day Orion

Three days on this adventure and we're really going strong indeed. 6 nationalities and a common goal willmake the crossing unforgettable. South and west is the challenge but the weather dictates the decision in this situation. we were told we were placed 3rd in our division few days ago, but it is impossible to follow the race position without more reliable info. Meanwhile we continue our quest for St Lucia and the Caribbean islands. DOMINGOCooking is an interesting experience at sea and concocting meals that everyone will enjoy is a challenge! My pork casserole was not a big hit but was later rescued by a more competent chef... It is getting warmer now and the layers are coming off. Lots of sun cream today and more shots of the sun with the sextant. Practice, lots of practice. BARBARAWe. read more...


30/11/2012

Oranda III - ORANDA III Gran dilema

El tercer dia en la mar, buenas singladuras, ahora hay que decidir si seguir corriendo el paralelo con los vientos hasta que lleguemos a la previsión de calmas o comenzar a hacer sur hacia el calorcito y sortear las zonas de calma al sur. el ultimo día 192 NM que no esta mal.De pesca no hablamos, aún no hemos estrenado la caña, tiramos de las proteinas congeladas, hoy fabada antes de que empiece el calor.Buena proa a todos.--. read more...


30/11/2012

Peter von Seestermühe - PVS 30.11.12

Liebe Peterfans,Wir hoffen es geht Euch blendend auf dem festen Land! Wir machenweiterhin gute Fahrt und haben nun 600 Meilen in etwas über drei Tagehinter uns. Derzeit sind es noch 2100 vor uns. Wir segeln seid demletzten Eintrag mit böeigem nordöstlicher Wind und dieser schwankt, jenach Regenwolke welches über uns rauscht, zwischen 20 und 35 Knoten.Kleine Unterbrechung: Der Schekel am Steuerbordfall ist während demSchreiben des ersten Absatzes gebrochen und die Genoa kam der Wacheentgegen gerauscht. Großes Glück dass die Genoa das Wasser nicht berührthat und sich wie ein Mundharmonica auf die Schot zusammengefaltet hatund so ohne Schaden wieder an Bord geholt werden konnte. Innerhalb vonfünf Minuten ist die Genoa jedoch, unter Einsatz eines der zahlreichenFällen an Bord und mit Hilfe. read more...


30/11/2012

Capricho - Dia 4 - Cambio de guardias

Posición actual                                               Día Nº 427ºN ~01,1’26ºW~06.9’              Distancia recorrida : 209 MN                      Velocidad promedio :   8+ NudosVientos del :  E-NE                                        Velocidad del viento : 22+ NudosEstado de Animo :  continua Alto.  He publicado en el Blog el articulo que escribió Clemence Rebours en la revista www.actunautique.com . “Ala, que pena” que no les envié la traducción al español, pero el que la necesite me contacta –fuera de micrófonos- para darle los nombres de unas traductoras simultaneas. (pilas! : Chia y Vivian después que tengamos el marranito cuadramos la comisión!!!). Hemos encontrado la forma de subir unas fotos de baja resolución que les dará una idea de lo que estamos viendo. Anoche. read more...


30/11/2012

Loupan - Mot Västindien - dygn 3

Tack för era kommentarer på vår blogg! Vi får dem per mail och det kännsverkligen roligt att höra av er och veta att ni tänker på oss där hemma. Enhöjdpunkt på dagen med högläsning för hela besättningen.Vi har fortsatt bra vindar runt 20-25 knop från nordost (inte OSO som viskrev igår. Fingrarna slant lite). Prognoserna säger att vi kommer att haliknande vindstyrka fram till och med söndag, men mer vridande mot ost. Vi ficken väldigt gungig natt och hade lite svårt att sova ordentligt. Det är liteunderligt med vågmönstret, då det under många timmar kan vara harmoniska vågorfrån ett håll och sedan plötsligt en period med ytterligare vågor från annathåll. Det är då ett lätt irriterande oförutsägbart gungande kommer och det blirsvårt att hitta en bra och avslappnad sovposition.Vi har ställt. read more...


30/11/2012

Rivendell - Logs 4/5 "When it rains it pours"

28 Nov 2012 The last time we chatted we had pulled into Puerto de Mogan to have our sailrepaired. Pedro our sailmaker referred us to Jose, who worked at the localNorth Sails loft.Puerto de Mogan is a quaint village strictly for tourists(mainly British, Germans and Scandinavians) expensive stores and restaurantswith either pricey European goods or cheap Chinese merchandise. We spent acomfortable evening at the dock.Wednesday afternoon Jose showed up withthe repaired sail. We got a late start, put the sail back on track whilemotoring out to sea. We soon hit some very choppy seas and Bruce took a badspill in the gally.He fell and slid about 9 feet (3 metres) and hit theoven with his right shoulder.The hot safety glass shattered - it was allover the place - Bruce has some bad bruises and a. read more...


30/11/2012

Northern Child - ARC DAY 4: 30/11 (25N 26.2W)

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30/11/2012

Maunie of Ardwall - Day 4 and Maunie's first catch

A little additional news from today for you – at lunchtime Fergus announcedthat he thought it was time to go fishing so he attached a green plastic squidlure to the new line, purchased in Las Palmas and loaded onto the sea-fishingreel mounted on Maunie’s aft rail. Between us, what we know about ocean fishingcould be written on a matchbox so there was not much confidence of a result, itmust be said.   35 minutes later, though, the reel started screaming so we wound in the150m line to land a beautiful 4lb Dorado. A shot of cheap vodka into its gillsfinished it off in a humane way and Fergus ‘Robson Green’ McDonald gutted andfilleted it very expertly. So we’re looking forward to our fish supper.   From now on blog entries won’t have as many photos, due to limits on satphone data. read more...


Maunie of Ardwall - Day 4 and Maunie's first catch
Maunie of Ardwall - Day 4 and Maunie's first catch
30/11/2012

Skyelark of London -

Day 4We had an amazing night sail last night, for the first time in was actually dark since thefull moon was hiding behind the squall clouds -we literally couldn't see the sails in front of us, helming was by instruments alone which is a very different experience.Morning broke with clearing skies and another beautiful day; with the sun shining and trade winds blowing at a steady 25-30knots we are cruising along nicely with poled out headsail and a deep reefed main at a respectable 8-9 knots, the miles keep ticking by and we should pass 1/ 4 of the way in the next 24hrs - a bottle of Dr Dave's Cava is on ice! There is a general feeling that we are going to fast, it's not the exciting sailing that worries us, but the realisation that our adventure could be over to soon.Life onboard is. read more...


Skyelark of London -
Skyelark of London -
30/11/2012

Stormvogel - 4. Seetag: Wir erzeugen grünen Strom!

Die Seekrankheit ist auf dem Rückzug und wir haben heute wie geplant unseren Schleppgenerator ausgebracht.Das Teil kann man sich wie einen großen Dynamo vorstellen, den wir an der Heckreling montiert haben. Daran haben wir heute eine 30 Meter lange Leine befestigt und daran dann die "Turbine". Das ist ein massives Metallteil bestehend aus Propellerschaft und Propeller.Sauber über Bord geworfen - keine Finger und Ösen darin - und schon dreht das Teil und erzeugt grünen Strom. Ausgelegt ist die Anlage für maximal 8 Knoten, wenn wir eine Welle runter surfen haben wir auch mal 10 drauf - dann springt die Turbine aus dem Wasser wie ein Fisch ;-)Ferner haben wir heute die Segelstellung drastisch verändert. Wir haben das Großsegel geborgen (gar nicht so einfach bei der Welle und dem Wind) und. read more...


30/11/2012

Northern Child - Daily Log 3 - 29/11/12 Record Breakers

Daily Run    243nmDTT             207nmLunch           Avocado & Prawn PastaDinner           Spaghetti Bologniese with fresh Parmasan  So the large seas and strong winds continue, with the odd respite in the conditions allowing a few hours of relative relaxation.  It is fair to say that I keep telling the crew that these conditions are much rougher than normal and 'normally' there is a nice rolling Atlantic swell making the steering and living aboard very comfortable.  Needless to say, I am getting a gentle ribbing from the crew about the conditions continuing to be heavy and they are starting to. read more...


30/11/2012

Northern Child - ARC DAY 4: 30/11 (25N 26.2W) - written by Adolfo

Typing earlier today with a cup of coffee after a long hour at the helm with 30 knots of wind and large waves towering over the boat. Not a pretty sight. I wish I could send pictures or films. Now I fully understood the subtle difference between an "ocean certified boat" like Beneteaux, Jeanneau, Dufour,.... and a "designed for ocean yacht" like this Swan..  What a difference in stability, control and dynamic between rudder, transom and waves.... Impressive ! I must admit that I can't stop thinking about those people I saw in Gran Canaria ready to join the ARC with smaller boats, small crews and "mediterranean boats". If we are feeling tired and a bt down due to taxing sailing conditions I can only imagine how they must feel by now.... In their case it certainly feels nothing like. read more...


30/11/2012

Northern Child - ARC DAY 3: 29/11 (25.5N 23.5W) - written by Adolfo

Guess what ? We have just seen a Rainbow... a very special rainbow with monlight instead of sunlight. Cool or what ? Yes, there is a bit of rain here and there and we are back wiyj strong winds of 25-30+ knots which helped us beat the speed record once again, this time 21.4 knots. Well done Northern Child. ! We will changing course tomorrow to bear more southerly tack around 200-220 degrees to try to avoid a low pressure depresion developing ahead of us. We could have done that today but we missed the slot before sunset and the exercise to reset the poles, genoas and rigging requires vissibility and able hands... so we will do that after breakfast ! We are on track to have another 200+ miles day today. This would make around 600 miles in 3 days. read more...


30/11/2012

Anastasia - Around the Cape

Save all photosWantto save all these photos at once? Learn how Online pictures are available for 30 days  34:53.4S 19:42.6E   Yes, we are now back in the Atlantic!  Wegybed around Cape Agulhas, the southernmost point of the Africancontinent, an hour ago, closely followed by yacht Brizo.  We have hadbrilliant sunshine and an easterly wind of around 30 knots to push usalong.  The waves have been quite boisterous so we have just beentaking it easy, with a double reef in the mainsail, cruising at about8 knots.     We are now heading back up north, hugging thewestern coast of Africa so the mainland will give us some protection from windand waves and hopefully the weather will get warmer with every miletravelled.  We. read more...


Anastasia - Around the Cape
Anastasia - Around the Cape
Anastasia - Around the Cape
Anastasia - Around the Cape
30/11/2012

La Medianoche - What a wonderfull start

Wouw.Wouw.Wouw! Fast over the line and with good speed and spirits heading first south and now west. The first day at sea was nothing but a perfect ten! With surfs up to 16 knots, a beautifull rainbow, dolphins in the sunset, 208nm/24h - what else could we ever wish for? Since it got a littler rougher and last night saw us with reefed main and genoa in rainy squalls up to 38 knots from the ENE. But as long as the wind is not slowing down our progress west is very much appreciated. A broken halyard shackle sent me up in the mast yesterday - and I can tell you: even on a catamaran its rough up there in this breeze! But we are all well and happy, though still getting into routine before we start fishing tomorrow. Fair winds from La Medianoche, Mareike. read more...


30/11/2012

Ntanda - Blog day 4 - South then!

So it's day 4 on Ntanda, or is it day 5? (thatsounds familiar....) I guess officially it's day 5 as we started on Sunday, butit feels like day 4 and as far as clean T shirts go its definately day4. It's been a somewhat wild ride so far, squalls aplenty and a sail plan alternating between 2 sail reaching, poled out headsailand occasional dabble with the kite. We've had a couple of wild broaches andsome serious 'rock n role' - never a good thing when you've got2000+ NM to go. It all got a bit serious yesterday when wediscovered rather large amounts of water inthe bilges. We had been raising eyebrows at each other for some time over theamount of wet pumps we did every watch change and this came to a head when abilge check showed us awash. So kite down and the next. read more...


Murphy - The genoa pole restored
Murphy - The genoa pole restored
30/11/2012

Indulgence - The Little Drummer Boy

Friday 30th November Current Position: N 23o 51'.57W 22o 02".32 Current Speed : 6.8 knots Distance to finish at Saint Lucia : 2273 nm* * * * * The Little Drummer BoyFirstly thanks to those who have commented on the blog posts so far. Our communications are limited, so we are posting these messages via sat phone email, which in turns appears here on the blog, with twitter and Facebook alerts to these new posts. We are receiving the comments posted back to us here directly on the site, so big thanks to Robert, Eric, Angela, Jean, Julie, Des, Helen, Kate and Suas for your words. We had an entertaining evening yesterday as John read out all the comments as we were having a sundown dinner. I can imagine it to be not to dissimilar to a scene when families would huddle around a radio listening. read more...


Indulgence - The Little Drummer Boy
Indulgence - The Little Drummer Boy

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