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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...


07/12/2012

Maunie of Ardwall - Day 11 and Maunie hits light airs

Yesterday evening's half-way celebrations were fun. The crew were invited for drinks and nibbles in the cockpit at 6.00 and a bottle of Sharpham Park sparkling wine (produced on the banks of the River Dart) was very  much enjoyed. A slightly surreal video night followed with the laptop and speakers propped up in the companion way - we watched the excellent Sam Neal film 'The Dish' whilst reaching at 6 - 7 knots with the Parasailor. The evening ended with a very tasty pasta bolognese produced by Dianne. The forecast suggested that the winds would continue to decrease during the night so we decided that it would be fine to revert to one person on watch. Unfortunately Neptune had other ideas and at 01.30 delivered a Force 5, gusting 6 so it was an all-hands-on-deck moment to get. read more...


07/12/2012

Selene - Keep on sailing . . . . !

It is hard to imagine how far removed we feel from the Christmas preparations, both geographically and mentally. However I do feel a bit like Scrooge writing his journal by candle light as I try to eek out the last remaining amps from our batteries to keep the instruments burning and the computer charged so I can continue to write my blogs.Like Scrooge we try to have dinner before sunset so we can see what we are eating - usually this is an advantage, and the fare is much better than I anticipate Scrooge allowed himself to enjoy.So there we were yesterday afternoon anticipating Chicken Tikka Masala with rice - courtesy Kevin and a can opener - actually surprisingly good. We had been sailing all day under a very stable asymmetric kite and were debating the merits of leaving it up for the. read more...


07/12/2012

Stella-Maris - 6. detsember - Pool teed läbi

Täna sai siis pool teekonnast läbitud ja peab kiitma ARC korraldajaid, kes selleks puhuks olid verstapostiks keset ookeani paigaldanud suure purskkaevuga kivimüraka, kuhu me peaaegu otse kümnesse pidime põrutama. Muidugi, mingit kivi polnud ja veel vähem purskkaevu. Tegu oli hoopis ühe lainete vahele magama jäänud vaalapoisiga, keda esimesed hommikused päikesekiired veel äratanud polnud. Tänu vahis olnud roolimehe kiirele tegutsemisele jäi suurem õnnetus ära ja vaalake sai oma kalaunenäod tervete ribidega rahus lõpuni vaadata.Alates eile õhtust oleme purjetanud meile lubatud passaatide asemel hoopis Atlandi ületuse jaoks väga tavatus ja teravas tihttuules. Kuid Stella Marisele see sobib ja see paistab välja ka ARCi igapäevasest statistikast, kus jagame kuue jahiga 226 jahi hulgast. read more...


07/12/2012

Katerina - Weather Routing Gods

Hi there everyone. Well sunshine and flatish ( the spell checker wanted to respell flatish as flatfish, um spooky ) seas at last, time to catch up, clean the boat open a few "Not to be opened at sea" hatches, ahh fresh air below. I wont start with adding to our breakage list you would only, like me get depressed. I thought I would explain why we are sailing beautifully in 6.3 knots of true on the beam with a SOG of 5.2 knots. No I'm not talking about our well designed boat or my excellant light windsail trimming, I'm talking weather routing.Thanks to our great friends back in Cowes Tom, Philippa & Stan we are hooked up with an excellant weather router. Simon Rowell of www.rowellyachtingservices.com +44(0)7971974015. It's an amazing asset for this sort of undertaking. The 2 of us can. read more...


07/12/2012

Albatros - Day 10, Fr 7th Dec: Petri Heil

Nachdem wir am Dienstag Abend Bergfest gefeiert hatten, wurden wir mit einer eher ruhigen Nacht beschenkt. Gegen Mittwoch nachmittag frischte der Wind wieder auf und die Wellen spritzten längs übers ganze Deck. Nach und nach verwandelte sich der blaue Himmel mit weissen Passat-Wölkchen in eine bedrohliche Kulisse voller schwerbehangener schwarzer Gewitterwolken. Sintflutartige Regenfälle mit starken Südwinden sorgten dann mehr oder weniger die ganze Nacht dafür, dass alle Wachen bis auf die Knochen durchnässt jeweils einen trockenen Platz zum Schlafen suchten. Nach dem Regen folgte die Flaute, welche aber glücklicherweise nur von kurzer Dauer war. Seit Donnerstag morgen ist es wieder sonnig, wir haben klare Nächte und ein wiederum angenehmer Passat-Wind und treibt uns Richtung St.. read more...


07/12/2012

All-Linn - Dag 10: Fronter meg her og der...

Eirik sine pannekaker var en kjempe suksess, med nugatti og brunost, og julemusikk på høytalerene. Linn disket opp med biffkjøtt og hjemmelaget potetstappe! Fantastisk! Etter å ha hatt et superbra døgn med 163nm tilbakelagt fikk vi en mail fra Mads som gjorde oss litt urolig. En kaldfront med kraftig vind 30-40kt+ med lyn og torden, ville treffe oss ila natten. Det syntes vi var litt skummelt, så vi la satelitt telefon og pc i ovnen (er vist et triks for å berge el. eiendeler under lyn-nedslag), og revet godt ned på seilene. Jeg og Amund fikk en stjerneklar vakt, delvis overskyet, men overhode ikke noen tegn til uvær. Eneste “problemet” var at vinden dreide kraftig over natten. Vi går nå på en skarp kryss, og har vinden fra ca 240. Vi ratter for harde livet for å klare å sikte på. read more...


07/12/2012

Sunrise - 06.12.2012 - 10. Tag auf See

Heute haben wir das erste Mal eine Tag auf hohem Niveau verpiemelt. Zwischen den mittlerweile üblichen Tagesfixen, dem gemeinsamen Morgenkaffe und dem von hawaiianischer Musik untermalten Sundowner im Cockpit, kamen Bücher und Magazine zum Vorschein. Es wurde geruht, gekocht, geredet und Körperpflege betreiben. So einige Bärte mussten heute weichen.Die Stimmung an Bord ist relaxt und harmonisch.Zum frühen Abendessen wurden die letzten Frischfleischvorräte, acht kapitale Ribeyesteaks, von je nicht unter 350 Gramm, gebraten. Morgen werden wir dann wieder ins Fischereigeschäft einsteigen. Die Rezepte für die Zubereitung von Bonito oder Goldmakrele (je nach Fangerfolg) wurden bereits diskutiert und festgelegt.Nun schauen wir, mit Blick auf die heranziehenden Squalls und das nahende. read more...


07/12/2012

Milanto - Log day 13. Cooking and catching

Day 13The final push.I believe it was Wellington who coined the phrase 'an army marches on its stomach', but my library of military quotes is limited to say the least, so forgive me if I have made a regimental faux pas. Whilst there is little or no marching going on on Milanto at present, least of all contortionist style on stomachs, we do need feeding. Like all boats of this size, the galley on Milanto is not the most spacious of areas in which to cook, and so feeding an army (or should it be navy?) of 8 can be an acrobatic affair at times.We waited until almost 3pm (new boat time today) for the wind to turn to the north sufficiently for us to raise the spinnaker and really turn the screws for our final five day home straight. And then we were really flying. As night fell the wind first. read more...


Milanto - Log day 13. Cooking and catching
Milanto - Log day 13. Cooking and catching
07/12/2012

Thaleia - Independence day

Finlands 95th Independence day was honoured 6th December on Thaleia with a flag ceremony, followed by the Captains reception and Dinner. . read more...


07/12/2012

Ceilidh of Lorne - Wrestling Match!

ARC Day 10 Ceilidh’s run over the past 24 was slightly reduced at 174NM. This was the first time we have dropped below the 8 knot daily average and was due to winds of less than 10knots at times. In addition we motored for a total period of 5knots as we hit the mid Atlantic calm patch or hole in the wind that had been lying ahead of the fleet. I am pleased to say that since 05:40 we have full sail set again are making around 7knots at 260M with a F3 Northerly breeze now setting in as was forecast. Today is also a bright fresher day with no rain and reduced humidity. We did take advantage of the rain yesterday to do some hand washing which is now all pegged to the handrails around the boat. Looking ahead we should have  a F4 NE breeze with us now for the next. read more...


07/12/2012

Jay Jay - Day 11 17N 37W

Yesterday was a lovely day - sun shining, gentle breezes coming from exactly the right angle to deploy the gennaker for the first time,  Flying this sail gained us an extra couple of knots - all good for helping us reach our target arrival date.  And added to that, the watermaker is fully functional so we were all able to indulge in a shower.  Luxury indeed. Of course there has to be some crisis requiring solving and yesterday it was the generator.  Turns out it was simply low on oil - being new, it presumably has burnt more than usual.  Anyway, it is now back on line charging the batteries - crisis averted. Jay Jay afloat is proving to be a gastronomic delight - fresh bread every day, home-cooked dinners and even desserts as and when.  Today,. read more...


07/12/2012

Indulgence - 'Aslyum Indulgence' or 'When good crew go bad'

Thursday 6th DecemberCurrent Position: N 18o 05'.833 W 38o 40".129Current Speed : 7.3 knotsDistance to finish at Saint Lucia : 1301 nm* * * * *'Aslyum Indulgence' or 'When good crew go bad'The blog has become topic of the day, especially since we are completely ignorant of what is going on in the outside world. This afternoon a notebook was handed around, with all crew members asked to write a line in the effort to compose a limerick of some sort for our readers. Read on, and ask yourself, is it time to be a bit worried about crew mentalities at this stage, or will we make it one piece? Can you guess who wrote what?Captain Blood, Scully, Esmerelda and Bob Johnny Smart PantsWith dreams of coconuts a plenty and lobster thermador.Are we there yet?We added a bit of colour to our own 200 sq. read more...


07/12/2012

Katherine - DAY 10: Productive Day at Sea "16:06.16N 48:07.38W"

With light to non existent winds for the majority of the day the fellows took to sending AB up the mast again to retrieve the halyard  and retrieve the top swivel and set about rechecking and removing another batten from the main, while Lee attacked the inside right down to digging out the vacuum cleaner. With sail wardrobe almost restored – don't have a sewing machine on-board to stitch up the A3 – every one was feeling pretty impressed. Even better we also got to dig out the Code 0 for a short time and put it away without any damage! To make the most of the calmer conditions we decided a BBQ was in order and set to cooking up some steaks with a good Aussie Shiraz as an early celebration for Darbs birthday which is actually Saturday. Highlight of the day was around 5pm. read more...


Katherine - DAY 10: Productive Day at Sea "16:06.16N 48:07.38W"
Katherine - DAY 10: Productive Day at Sea
Katherine - Day 10 Code 0
Katherine - Day 10 Code 0
Katherine - Day 10 Steak and Shiraz
Katherine - Day 10 Steak and Shiraz
07/12/2012

Proteus of London - ARC blog 07.12.12

Wednesday 5th December (part 2)Correction to the earlier comment on Tuesday 4th December; The whales were approximately 25 ft long, not 25m. Must be all the sun and excitement.....Sailed right into the centre of a huge storm, which besides shrivelling and shrinking the helmsmen, caused us to steer a lot further north than anticipated. Slow, uncomfortable progress made today.Thursday 6th DecemberAfter all the bad weather of yesterday we made the most of glorious sunshine and calm seas, enjoying swimming off the back deck (where we discovered that a boat that's travelling at 0.0 kts actually moves fairly quickly!!??), had two separate pods of dolphins swimming alongside us for quite a while and ended up with a spot of Oli boom dunking. A good day all round.. read more...


07/12/2012

Jus' do it 5 - LOG DAY 10 - yahoo wahoo!

Friday 6th December 2012 1200hrs GMT (7th December) - miles in last 24 hours - 87 POSITION - 16' 16'55 N , 043' 15.159 W At mid-day we celebrate 1000 miles to go - camera shy McPhail takes the photos and we share a bottle of rose cava. There's very little wind in totally the wrong direction so the party's a little subdued......Just after our party, and well timed to lift our spirits, approximately 2 dozen dolphins appear from nowhere - could be the 'rough toothed' variety, but as usual it's difficult to tell. Annie hangs over the bow with the camera and we all enjoy the show as they leap and bound all around, but mostly playing with the bow. We're still doing an average 6-7 knots in 9-10 knots wind. It's very hot now, we're all lying about the deck when we. read more...


Coral IV - Ny solskinnsdag - lite vind men fisk!
Coral IV - Ny solskinnsdag - lite vind men fisk!
Coral IV - Ny solskinnsdag - lite vind men fisk!
Coral IV - Ny solskinnsdag - lite vind men fisk!
07/12/2012

Coral IV - Ny solskinnsdag - lite vind men fisk!

17:19.28 N 41:55.90 W Natten har vært veldig rolig- og ofte har vi kun seilt i 3-5 kn. Litt frustrerende når vi tross alt har mer enn 1.100 nm å gå. I tillegg har vinden kommet rett mot,  så vi har hatt valget mellom å seile for langt nord eller for langt sør. Men det har også vært veldig behagelig – og vi har latt det stå til. Nå har vinden økt og vi går i 5 kn. Jeg stresses litt av at mange andre båter ligger foran oss. I følge Morten (Persson) ligger vi som 114 av 234 båter. Også i vår gruppe ligger vi midt i. Men, som sagt før: Vi konkurrerer ikke. Vi koser oss. Har plenumsdiskusjon og konsensus på om vi skal øke eller redusere seil osv. Og vi har det aldeles utmerket ombord. Ikke hastverk med å komme til St. Lucia. " Reisen tar slutt når vi kommer til land"! Sen, varm. read more...


Vaquita - Dominic, Crew
Vaquita - Dominic, Crew
Vaquita - Martin, Crew
Vaquita - Martin, Crew
Vaquita - Udo, Crew
Vaquita - Udo, Crew
Vaquita - Christof, Skipper
Vaquita - Christof, Skipper
Vaquita - Nico, Crew
Vaquita - Nico, Crew
Vaquita - Andreas, Crew
Vaquita - Andreas, Crew
07/12/2012

Hera - Wetter

Noch 50 sm bis zum Bergfest. Von Passat ist seit Stunden nichts zu spüren. Wir kacheln mit doppeltgerefften Segeln hart am Wind aus SSW. Dazu schüttet es wie aus Eimern – ein feuchtes Geburtstagsständchen für unsere Sandra aus der Schweiz. Sie nimmt es gelassen und freut sich auf den Geburtstagskuchen, den Margrit gestern abend gebacken hat.Der Salonboden ist durch das Salz wie eine Rutschbahn. Habe gerade vom Kartentisch mit dem Rechner in der Hand einen doppelten Rittberger auf die Sitzpolster auf der anderen Bordseite hingelegt. Rechner. read more...


07/12/2012

Salsa af Stavsnäs - The Norrmalms Syndrom

There is a term in psychology called the Norrmalmstorgs syndrom. It was discovered around 1975 when a bank robbery became a record breaking 20 days of hostage taking in a bank at Norrmalms Torg / Stockholm. The syndrom happened after 10 days or so, the hostages actually startied to sympathize with the robbers. The situation was so absurd that when the police finally broke in the hostages tried to protect the robbers. The explanation is of course that when your life is dependent on somebody you cannot afford to make that your enemy. Most sailboat owners "love" their boat. I guess. Even in Falmouth the junk yard of boats laying around the mud in low tide have names that tell you about a relation that might not last any longer. A boat needs to be taken care of and it. read more...


07/12/2012

La Boheme - Day 10 at sea - We caught the mighty Marlin

The night of the 5/6 December was a show of light. We had a Low to the North of us around 200 miles and we could see the lightning everywhere. At some stage, we packed all our electronic devices in alu foil and place them in our oven. Fortunately for us, we did not hear any thunder and therefore assumed the center was far from us. We were surrounded by squalls, the wind changing from 20 kn to 42kn and this lasted all night. By morning, we started to come out of the Low system and we could see the blue sky in front of us. Behind us and to the North, the clouds were dark, forbidding, and you could see the streaks of rain under. Ahead of us was a day with light winds.At 4pm we started the engine and decided to start fishing, there was no wind. At 7pm just as we were eating our dinner, the. read more...


07/12/2012

Meltemi - 06.12.2012. Seetag - Nikolausi

Position: 21-12N / 047-48WCOG: 270 degSOG: 7,0 knNur noch schlappe 862 nm to go !!!Heute ist der Tag des Feste Feierns!Nikolausi!Bordzeit-Umstellung!1.000-Meilen-To-Go-Fest!Darauf ein Duschbad!Doch die Ereignisse ueberschlagen sich - zunaechst kein Duschbad:In der neuen Rangliste, die wir taeglich gegen 12:00 Uhr utc bekommen, haben wir uns auf den zweiten Platz unserer Klasse gesegelt. Jubel bricht aus!Und da - ploetzlich beisst eine Dorade von 107cm Laenge und ist bald darauf sicher an Bord. Was fuer ein grosser und schoener Fisch! Danke ergebenst, ihr Goetter der Winde und der See, fuer dieses herrliche Geschenk! Das Nikolausi-Diner ist gesichert! :-) @ Matthias: Hartmuts Leine hat vor deiner Rute gewonnen!Dann wird ausgerefft, das angescheuerte 1. Smeerreep gerichtet (googelt doch. read more...


07/12/2012

Scarlet Oyster - The drag race commences!

Hi All,We finally seemed to extract ourselves from the light wind zone by about 2100UT, after a tense day working really hard to keep moving, the weather files suggested that we had to get to the wind rather than it come to us, so it was important to gain every bit of boatspeed we could through the light stuff.By our calculations we came out the hole about 1% behind Quokka 8 on handicap, we have a more southerly position which means she will have to spend more time on the less favoured port gybe to get to the finish line, wealso have the benefit of more runway before the finish to better our average speed for the trip. One thing is for sure no one will be giving up easily!The Sigma Persephone, and our friends on the Swan 44 Selene are also well in the hunt and are currently only a. read more...


07/12/2012

Poespas - day 10

Day 10From the skipper's logApologies for the inadvertent cockup (pardon the pun) at the end of my last blog. Please see further below for a plausible explanation.Another eventful day in our hectic transatlantic sojourn into the annals of history. We just learned from a well-placed source that we may have stirred literary leanings in the few readers of our daily blogs by being selected blog of the week or some such. Who had thought that sailing across the Atlantic would invoke prosaic feelings in battle-hardened sailors, but then ocean sailing can be very special indeed.Anyway, I digress. Back to nautical basics. That long since promised eulogy about our using that whatchamacallit Parasailor will have to wait a tad longer, as we still did not have the right conditions to lose our. read more...


07/12/2012

Venomous - Update

6th December 2012.Venemous At SeaDuring the past 24 hours we witnessed a spectacular sunset with the horizon displaying many shades of red with lovely reflection off the clouds. It was a sight to behold. However not long after we were becalmed for over 10 hours. While the vessel rolled, we had a lovely star light with Jupiter, Orion's Belt and Sirius as well a almost full moon lighting up the sky. The downside was it was like an oven below decks as there was no movement of air through the boat .We were all delighted when a bit of wind eventually returned followed shortly afterwards by a downpour of warm rain which was treat and very refreshing. The lads on watch were even able to have a quick shower!!As the winds were very variable we had fewer sail changes during the day but spent a lot. read more...


07/12/2012

Johanem - Ocean musings

On the moon...We spend as much time in the dark as in the light and up until now the moon has been our friend. Moonlight is a sort of alternative daylight, complete with shadows and a soft light (as loved in Jane Austin novels for summer balls etc. as Susie reminded me) However, its coming up later and later (last night 01:45) and there is less and less of it - leaving us to hurtle (if 7 kts can be considered hurtling) through the pitch black night. Sometimes we have the stars as compensation but of late .. not a lot. We look forward to the moon's return next week.On our watery world...We are now quite used to the fact that we exist on an 8 mile wide watery disc under the dome of the sky. It's always the same size but it's constantly changing. The bit we love the most is when the wind. read more...


06/12/2012

Peter von Seestermühe - 06.12.12

Liebe Peterfans,Heute war morgen...Nach dem Gewitter - ein gewaltiger Anblick ohnes Gleichen (zumindest nicht Viele) und unmengen Süßwasser welches auf Christoph und die Wache nieder geprasselt ist - absolute Windstille und ein endloser Spiegel um uns herum. Dann nichts. Vielen Stunden lang. Auf große Strecken kein Ruderwirken und Halbblondine die es geschafft hat, den Peter wieder Richtung Gran Canaria zu drehen. Dann eine kleine Brise so gegen 5 uhr morgens, genug um das Schiff wieder in Richtung St Lucia zu steuern (zumindest Quadrant) und 3 Knoten zu fahren. Dann wieder nichts außer der Druck der aus den Positionslisten hervor geht und die Ruhe einerunendlich scheinender 2 Knoten Bummelfahrt.Der Skipper muss was in der Luft gerochen haben, denn kurz vor der Kaffeepause kam die. read more...


06/12/2012

Northern Child - Daily Log 9 - 5/12/12 - Singing and Laughter in the Air

Daily Run    209mDTT             197nm Lunch           Oven baked Baguette with Ham, Cheese and Sweet Chilli SauceDinner           Red Thai Pork Curry There has been good news and bad news today.  The bad news was our midday report which showed us doing only 130nm towards target and having lost out on many of the yachts in our fleet - that was very disappointing.  BUT, the good news was, well fabulous. The last 24hrs has been one of the pivotal moments that happen on a long offshore or Ocean passage.  It is that magical moment, when you know that the duckling has. read more...


06/12/2012

Northern Child - ARC DAY 10: 6/12 (16.5N 44.1W) written by Adolfo

Now officially less than a 1000 nautical miles to go..... yiiiiiiiiiiiiiiippiee! It feels good to achieve another symbolic milestone and begin the countdown. As I type this we are in a painfully slow situation, sailing at at 3-4 Knots with 3-4 Knots of wind. Obviously we can't use the day to log a lot of miles. If anything we are happy to just keep moving. Christian has marched us all into a dry out, cleaning, wiping, sorting out day. This included everything from sail storage, dry up and preparation of spinakers, cushions, bedding, towels, cloths, drying out oil skins and trousers.... all of that and always 10 people on deck. From a mile away Northern Child would have looked as a gipsy boat or a car boot sale. After the cleaning and giving that we have gone throught a lot of supplies. read more...


06/12/2012

Northern Child - ARC DAY 9: 5/12 (17.0N 41.5W) - written by Adolfo

Hot hot hot.Pretty much all day on deck since 6am and it has been hot from early on. Matt, Howard and I were on the helm in shorts from 8am and it only got hotter since.The morning started with an unexpected change in wind direction which made our navigation towards St. Lucia difficult so we had to remove pole and move from a run to a reach to stay on a southerly course. We did the, by now well established, routine of 30 mins rotating 30 mins stints at the helm while taking care of other important chores like breakfast, shave, washing, etc... By the time we get to St Lucia we reckon that Matt, Richard and I would have been at the helm for at least 400 nautical miles each in top-end conditions. Good training I'd say.The rest of the crew started coming on deck around 10am... everyone was. read more...


06/12/2012

Coral IV - Dag med kontraster

18:33.04N 39:12.85W Dette har vært en litt rar dag – spesielt med hensyn til vær. Det regnet. Ikke litt regn. Ikke mye regn. Nei himlens sluser åpnet seg. Fra etternatten fortsatte det utover til langt ut på ettermiddagen. Vi kunne til tider ikke se fra den ene siden av cockpit til den andre. Inne i båten var det 32-33 varmegrader og fuktig så det dryppet fra taket. Sam og Steinar tok med seg sjampo og dusjet seg i regnet. En bøtte som sto i cockpit ble fylt av vann. Så ble det opphold – og mindre vind. Vi heiste storseilet til topps for første gang på denne turen. Inn i en aldeles vakker solnedgang seilte vi for fulle seil i 11 kn vind og 8 kn. Ganske lite sjø. Mild fin luft. Steinar sin fruktsalat med krem, på toppen av “får-i-kål”. Da blir det ikke mye bedre. //Otto. read more...


Coral IV - Dag med kontraster
Coral IV - Dag med kontraster
Coral IV - Dag med kontraster
Coral IV - Dag med kontraster
Coral IV - Dag med kontraster
Coral IV - Dag med kontraster
06/12/2012

Coral IV - Tropical storms

17:38.08 N 41:02.41 W Last night the wind shifted and for the first time we found ourselves on a beam reach. It made a nice change after all the downwind running and I hand steered the boat through my watches. In addition to being rather relieved that we always have auto pilot, I have also been secretly rather disgusted and it was a pleasant change to get a feel for the boat driving through the tropical night at eight or nine knots.I awoke late to the drumming of rain on the deckhead. The yacht had developed a listless motion as  the wind died away to nothing. Up on deck it looked like a pretty standard day in the Solent; grey and monotonous and I cowered under the sprayhood trying to avoid the rain. The big difference was the heat. Down below decks it was stiflingly hot and. read more...


Coral IV - Tropical storms
Coral IV - Tropical storms
Coral IV - Tropical storms
Coral IV - Tropical storms
06/12/2012

El Mundo - Thursday 6th December

Sometimes nothing happens at sea and the last 24 hours or so have been such a period, so I have nothing to report.Other than:We had the most enormous and impressive lightening last night with the mainstorm centred to the North - God's fireworks in all their splendour.We had numerous squalls and changeable gusting winds last night that tried the patience and stamina of all the crew.We have no wind today and have decided to motor towards St Lucia to find wind - drifting away from St Lucia in circles was no one's idea of fun. Dee, Robert and Nick went swimming at 18 degrees 30 minutes point 8 North;43 degrees 31 minutes point 3 West - in 4,000 metres!We sighted a whale 50 metres off our starboard beam.Robert blocked the forward heads with kitchen paper - I know, I know - and has spent the. read more...


06/12/2012

Puddle Jumper - blog 6th Dec 2012

SkipperJust in case you were wondering where we are headed for, we noticed from the weather grib files a hole about 150 mls across with no wind. So we set off South to try and get around its Southern edge, very fast sail Dickie and i never saw less than 9 kts and did see a sustained 11.5 kts. Unfortunately we are not going to miss it so expect little progress and even hotter conditions which are even now hot. On the up side, on the other side it should be ideal for the big Parasail. WB Letter from over Halfway to America by A Cook (L. J. Silver/JAD)   So here we all are, on the good ship Puddlejumper with Captain Blue Beard and his not so scurvy crew, on account of the significant cargo of fresh fruit and vegetables placed on board during our provisioning in Las Palmas. The Captain. read more...