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06/12/2012

Ntanda - Blog Day 10 - Here's the hole

So despite our best efforts we have found the hole. Currently still fine reaching in 4 to 5 kts of winds and making around 3 to 4 kts boat speed; not ideal. Great for sleeping of course and getting the boat dried out. Its been a wet ride so far and not in a particularly pleasant way. So currently the flooring is up and all sails etc are on deck drying out (not stacked you understand just randomly put where there is space; stacking is cheating!) In fact it's been so wet the crew have categorised the situation; the following works for all areas from clothing, bunks, wet weather gear and underpants:Mildly Moist Disturbingly Damp Dangerously Dripping Sadly Soggy Woefully WetMr D had the sextant out earlier, ably assisted by his two lovely helpers (check out the website later for a. read more...


06/12/2012

Poco Loco - dag 9

Dag 9 - 16.33.922N - 40.23.501W Dagafstand 199 NMMet de zonsopgang gaat meteen de gennaker op, en de ZO wind van 20 kts laathet schip versnellen tot 10 knopen. Met lunch krijgen we garnalen geserveerd en een fles champagne. We vieren het bereiken van de helft van de reis (1400NM) De hele dag is het onbewolkt en de temperatuur is al boven de 30 graden en de luchtvochtigheid is hoog. De dag verloopt verder met vissen, zonnen en ezen, niks bijzonders dus. Tijdens het avond eten ontdekken wat we al weer een nieuwe tijdzone (UTC -3) zijn gevaren , maar uit praktische overwegingen zetten de we de klok pas morgen vroeg 1 uur terug. Norbert heeft de film Sweeny mee genomen en we kijken s 'avonds de film in het Atlantic theater. We besluiten om s 'nachts door te varen met de gennaker maar de. read more...


06/12/2012

Coyote 2 - The ultimate road trip

We’re just over 1450 nautical miles (2700km) into our trip, and hope to celebrate the halfway point tomorrow.  Suggestions for the party are:  -Fancy dress (though we don’t have any)-Masked ball (but somehow one suspects we’ll still recognize each other)-Moustache party (all the gents are well on the way and the ladies have found a black marker) We will keep you posted.     It’s been several days since we’ve seen another boat (though our modern communications equipment keeps us up to date on the position and progress of others).  The days roll into one another and our little arc seems more like home, as our team becomes more closely knit.  By the time we arrive, we will have crawled out of our bunks for roughly 150 shifts, which make it seem like. read more...


06/12/2012

Maunie of Ardwall - Day 10 and Maunie's half-way there!

Today sees us pass an important milestone (not literally, it’d sink) – we’re covered 1436 miles so far (as at 13.00 UTC) and the chart plotter tells us that there are 1443 to go. So, we’ll have a little half-way celebration later. Having hoisted the Parasailor yesterday at 13.30, it’s still up and powering us along nicely in a rather more gentle breeze than we’re used to. Flying such a big sail at night brings some challenges, particularly if we saw some rain squalls on radar and had to bring it down in a hurry, so we changed our watch-keeping regime to have two people on deck at all time. Graham and Di did the 8.00 - midnight and 04.00 – 08.00 watches, Fergus and Rich the midnight – 04.00 and then were back on deck at 8.00. It was a goodnight’s sailing with only a couple of rain. read more...


Maunie of Ardwall - Day 10 and Maunie's half-way there!
Maunie of Ardwall - Day 10 and Maunie's half-way there!
06/12/2012

Sunrise - 05.12.2012 - 9. Tag auf See

Wie schon mehrfach erwähnt haben wir in den letzten 4 Tagen eine größere Reparatur vorgenommen. Was war passiert? Am ersten Segeltag als wir noch voller Euphorie und Neugier alles ausprobieren wollten, ist unser Spibaum, ein 4,5 Meter langer, hochfester "Ausleger" aus Karbonfaser, der zum Ausbaumen der Vorsegel dient, gebrochen. Bei einem unglücklichen Segelmanöver schlug das Vorsegel back, eine Halteleine riss, der Spibaum krachte gegen die Backbordwante und brach sauber in zwei Teile. Durch unseren Skipper Frank auf solche Situationen vorbereitet konnten wir die Situation schnell unter Kontrolle bringen. Zurück blieb ein kleiner Schreck. Wenn die Naturgewalt einen Karbonfaserbaum in sekundenschnelle durchbrechen kann, was passiert dann mit einem menschlichen Knochen, geschweige denn. read more...


06/12/2012

Heartbeat IV - 5th December and 6th December - Never a Dull Day - and Happy Birthday Lizzie P-J

Sorry about lack of blog yesterday but we had satphone probs (ran out of credit - I know, I know - but luckily we were cold called about claiming for mis-sold PPI so we asked them to contact our service provider)- now sorted - and a few electronics issues (no wind or speed or location data) - now sorted. Now going upwind - yes indeedy - along the rhumb line (or Rum Punch Line as we trying to think of it) - with under a 1000 miles to go. Weather situation interesting tactically. Last two days brighter and sunnny (well yesterday anyway - cloudier today) but with a steady lightening breeze - assy 2 and 5 out briefly yesterday for a few hours - now #2 and main. Last two nights still loads of electrical storm and enough rain to need full wets. On the food front - yesterday more fresh scones. read more...


Heartbeat IV - 5th December and 6th December - Never a Dull Day - and Happy Birthday Lizzie P-J
Heartbeat  IV - 5th December and 6th December - Never a Dull Day - and Happy Birthday Lizzie P-J
Heartbeat IV - 5th December and 6th December - Never a Dull Day - and Happy Birthday Lizzie P-J
Heartbeat  IV - 5th December and 6th December - Never a Dull Day - and Happy Birthday Lizzie P-J
Heartbeat IV - 5th December and 6th December - Never a Dull Day - and Happy Birthday Lizzie P-J
Heartbeat  IV - 5th December and 6th December - Never a Dull Day - and Happy Birthday Lizzie P-J
Heartbeat IV - 5th December and 6th December - Never a Dull Day - and Happy Birthday Lizzie P-J
Heartbeat  IV - 5th December and 6th December - Never a Dull Day - and Happy Birthday Lizzie P-J
06/12/2012

All-Linn - Dag 9 - Pudderføre på havet og halvveis!

Sundejuntaen leverte solide 7+ knop i snittfart ved vaktskifte kl 2000 igår, og etter å ha inntatt Amunds berømte komposisjon “Biff i vin ala ris ogannet godt” overtok vaktlaget Oter kontrollen over skuten. Alle kluter var satt,og Eirin måtte nærmest kjeppjages fra roret der hun sto og svinkjørte på GODTover halv kanin, som egentlig er hennes grense. Mørket falt raskt på, og tiltross for at vinden holdt seg stabilt mellom 8-12 m/s og farten rundt 7, så gikkdet ikke mer enn en times tid før jeg begynte å kjenne kriblingen i ryggraden.Jeg ante konturene av et bakholdsangrep fra en squall eller to, og skyene, som idagslys var lett og fin fremsto nå mørk og truende på den svarte nattehimmelen.Fullmånen som har gitt oss nydelig nattelys i klarvær siden vi gikk fra LasPalmas kommer nå ikke opp. read more...


06/12/2012

Mary Jo - blog, day 10

We are now firmly, & officially in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Although we had the company of Bardeaux for a time yesterday, the ocean seems pretty empty. We did a marathon sail change yesterday, and have put the downwind goosewinging, and rolling behind us. We are now reaching in a southerly breeze, and maintaining 7 knots. So good is the sailing, that we have been handsteering for long periods, especially at night. Loads of funny moments, but last night’s watch needs a special mention. TJ commented that he hadn’t seen a flying fish for a while, when one caught Alex cleanly on the chest while he was helming, leaving a scaly, smelly splatter. Food, on board still fantastic, no sign of scurvy amongst the crew. I could do with a cold beer though. Really hot during the day, and. read more...


06/12/2012

Bristolian - Day 11: Meet the crew

Ahoy hoyShould be a quiet day today, engines running, sun is hot, sea is tranquil.  So instead of the normal drivel, lets have a Meet the CrewMr Big - Bristolian owner and the Petit Munster of the boat big cheeses - strong and dominating and often to be found on balconies of sensitive households. Ever the pragmatist he decided to get himself a boat to have a look at the world before making a final decision on whether to dominate it or notCapn Jonners - His cool head and sweet tooth has single handedly saved the gummy bear industry from decline.  Favourite Pea: MushyNorth Seeking Paddy - Keeps the scurvy crew well organised by a regime of terror. Its no more than we deserve.  Always busy keep the good ship Bristolian running, whether in the sweaty engine room or half way up. read more...


Bristolian - Day 11: Meet the crew
Bristolian - Day 11: Meet the crew
06/12/2012

Great Escape of Southampton - Day 10 Great Escape 16 09N 39 46W

Day 10What an eventful day …….!  It all started very well indeed, with the forecast for little wind and motoring being replaced by steady 25 knot winds from just the right direction and Great Escape doing 8 to 10 knots.  With less swell as well, it has been a very good day’s sailing.  Once again, the night sailing was fantastic – with no moon it was like driving your car with the lights off but with no risk of hitting anything.  And the stars were amazing!We celebrated the halfway stage in our epic voyage with fish soup made by Jan and Kaare, and it was really good (even with the cauliflower included in the recipe).  That was followed by apricot crumble and custard, and some bubbly.  We were regaled by Kaare singing Kalinka in Russian – what more can you. read more...


Great Escape of Southampton - Day 10 Great Escape 16 09N 39 46W
Great Escape of Southampton - Day 10 Great Escape 16 09N 39 46W
06/12/2012

Hera - Nikolaus auf der Hera

Wirwissen nicht wie, aber der Nikolaus muss heute Nacht an Bord gekommen sein. AlleCrewmitglieder hatten am Morgen ein Leckerli in ihrer Sandale.Beistrahlendem Sonnenschein war heute Duschtag mit der Pütz für alle  imCockpit. Dank Rasmus ging die Rauschefahrt in den letzten 24 Stundenweiter.Erstmaligkam gestern für mehrere Stunden der Spinnaker zum Einsatz. Inzwischen haben wirordentlich Halbwind, wo die Hera ihre Stäken ausspielen kann. Die mittäglichePositionsmeldung der ARC wird schon mit Spannung erwartet. Vielleicht erwartetuns in Rodney Bay doch ein nur halbgefüllter Hafen. Stefan. read more...


05/12/2012

Sumatra - Log Day 9: Heading North for Dinner

If you have been following our progress on Yellow Brick Tracker you may have noticed a slight turn to the right every evening between 6-8pm in our strange world of boat time (which we keep resetting every few days to avoid becoming jet lagged on arrival to St Lucia - a bizarre concept when there have most definitely been no jets involved in our journey, but it's possible). We call this heading north to dinner and it happens when whoever is in the galley cooking - usually me or Andrew - yells out in frustration to whoever is on the helm - usually Josh - to please keep the bloody boat steady. With the language varying in colour depending on the severity of the rocking. So we veer off track and away from the wind all in the interests of keeping cook alive and happy. It's no mean feat. read more...


06/12/2012

Jus' do it 5 - LOG DAY 9 - CARN(EGG)AGE

Wednesday 5th December 2012 1200hrsGMT ( 6th December )- miles is last 24 hours - 196  (1000 miles to go!) POSITION; 16' 35 N, 43' 47' W The day does not start well - Annie's noticed a smell from the egg store and on investigation finds maggots all over the egg boxes - an egg had broken, obviously some time ago.......The store is cleared out, eggs all washed and re-stowed - just as the last ones are being put away there's a huge wave and about 3 dozen eggs are launched across the main saloon , straight on to the cushions and floor...Aaaaarrrgghhhhh......the joys of life at sea! The 2nd clean up operation of the day - cushions removed and cleaned up on deck, Gordon on the floor with the kitchen roll, buckets of soapy disinfectant water - McPhail back on water. read more...


06/12/2012

Milanto - Log day 12. We try everthing

Day 12The beginning of the endWe've all been there, or there or there abouts. An invitation to a Saturday wedding in Cornwall. Do we go M4/ M5 and then work our way across, or M3/ A303 and over? The former is potentially faster, but if there's a jack knifed lorry, then we're stuffed, or if its bank holiday or half term then forget it. So ok M3 / A303 it is then, but no that part around Stonehenge, and then there are those road works... You get the picture. Then there is the other debate: should we race down early Saturday on the M4 or perhaps we'll make a weekend of it using the M3 and drop into the Nicholsons in Stockbridge, we haven't seen them in years. Yes these are debates we are all familiar with, take it a stage further and take us to Monaco for the week and the Route de Soleil. read more...


Milanto - Log day 12. Red Sky at Night
Milanto - Log day 12. Red Sky at Night
Milanto - Nooooo.. What next?
Milanto - Nooooo.. What next?
Milanto - Big Game hunting
Milanto - Big Game hunting
06/12/2012

Katherine - Woo Hoo - We have a Main Sail

A day earlier than expected the wind dropped below 20 for a short period of time and we were able to rerig the main sail webbing and rehoist the sail. Never appreciated the main sail so much even if the top batten is hand made and the bottom batten is totally removed. The boat instantly went from wallowing in 5 knots to sailing 10’s and that's with the staysail. George the autopilot is also much happier as in the lower speeds hand steering was the preferred option to listening to George labour. To celebrate the main sail up morning tea of freshly baked Apple and Walnut Tea Bread. Just as well we have had a few hiccups to slow us down – still plenty of food to cook and enjoy. Think this should be called the Gourmet Food Crossing of the Atlantic.  Around 4pm with squalls. read more...


Katherine - Magnificent Rainbow just before the squalls
Katherine - Magnificent Rainbow just before the squalls
Vaquita - Enjoying the sailing
Vaquita - Enjoying the sailing
Vaquita - Heading towards the finish
Vaquita - Heading towards the finish
06/12/2012

Bristolian - Day 11: It's raining, men

Ahoy hoyFew hours late due to interweb being inaccessible.Just when the crew were getting the hang of the daily slog - breakfast, lay out the towel German wise on the most comfy sail bag, slap on the factor 20 and doze until lunch - fate throws a cruel twist.  Rain, rain and more rain. Tans are fading fast. Kat the Kats lifejacket strapline will not be reversed today.  So its all back below deck for a morning munching on dairy milk and gummy bears. Go North Paddy bucks the trend and shows how tough he is his by having a rain shower on deck.Mr Big has been demonstrating a remarkable control over weather.  Whenever the wind drops he chants loudly "Raise the Gennaker, Raise the Gennakar"  - this summons the crew from wherever they happen to be dozing to start. read more...


06/12/2012

Jay Jay - Day 10 17.6N 34.32W

We had problems with the water maker yesterday - having run it for an hour, the high pressure in the system ruptured a feed pipe. Undaunted, I cut the pipe and reconnected it to the system and restarted. two minutes later, it split in another place. Not good. The pipes were simply not up to the task intended. What were we to do? We need the water maker to maintain some degree of comfort, so we looked around the boat for some alternatives that we could bastardise. We found a high pressure hose as an overflow pipe coming from the calorifier, thankfully grossly over-engineered by Jeanneau (bless their little cotton socks). So, we cut a small length to replace the broken one and reinforced it with a water pipe on the inside. Connected it up again and set the water maker working again. The. read more...


05/12/2012

Oranda III - natalicio

Mandamos una foto para que quede constancia de que hemos pescado. Seguimos sin encontrar las muestras de pesca pero buscando, buscando hemos encontrado cosas inverosimiles.La gran noticia del día es que el armador ha sido abuelo de una preciosa niña, el sesto nieto. La criatura, la madre, el padre los abuelos y toda la tripulación se encuentran en perfecto estado.--. read more...


06/12/2012

Coral IV - Regnværsnatt

18:33.04N 39:12.85W Nok en fin dag ligger bak oss. Kjører nå med full gennoa og 3 rev i storseilet fortsatt. Vi er nå ca 200 nm fra ditt veipunkt 16 n 42 w. Kurs 232. Lite bølger, skyet , men har ikke hatt nedbør på flere døgn. Heller ikke squals. Vinden kommer skrått forfra, slik at vi seiler bidevind med stikk i skjøtet. Synes vi holder god fart med den komfort vi har definert at vi ønsker. Altså konservativ seilføring. Skjønt snitt på 8 kn er ikke så verst heller. Bortsett fra fisken til Steinar – skjedde det ikke noe ekstraordinært i går. Natten var varm og våt. Helt overskyet, 26 varmegrader og regn. Blir spennende å se hvor mye vi nå har lagt bak oss av lavtrykket vi har forsøkt å rømme fra, ved å holde en sørligere kurs enn den rette linje til St Lucia. Så til. read more...


06/12/2012

Meltemi - 05.12.2012 - 9. Seetag - Wasser im Schiff!

Position: 22-02N / 044-55WCOG: 245 degSOG: 8,9 knNoch 1.029 nm to goHallo, liebe Meltemi-Freunde!Es ist 19:10 Uhr und draussen bereits stockdunkel. Gerade habe ich das Steuerrad an Burkhard uebergeben. Da die Wellen heute deutlich moderater sind und der Wind auf nur noch etwa 10-15 Knoten nachgelassen hat, moechte ich diese guenstige Gelegenheit nutzen, euch ein paar weitere Einblicke in unseren Bordalltag zu geben.Wie ihr auf dem Fleet Viewer vielleicht schon gesehen habt, segeln wir seit einiger Zeit nun deutlich hoeher am Wind. Statt der starken Rollbewegung der ersten Tage aufgrund regelmaessig von hinten durchfliessender Wellen, stampft Meltemi nun mit in Boeen teilweise recht starker Kraengung durch die bewegte See. Das hat einen zielich dramatischen Einfluss auf unser Leben an. read more...


06/12/2012

Salsa af Stavsnäs - Life at sea

What does a day look like when sailing 24/7, a two handed crew with two small children? I will give you my fragment and then I'll try to convince Ellinor to give you her's. We run a four hour shift schedule. My day starts att 24.00, Ellinor wakes me up and we have a short handover routine about sailing, other boats etc.I start with writing the blogg and answer e mails, but the computer is not online. Today it was different, when I was woken up, the first news was that we need to start the generator. And since I have been waiting for an answer from our fabulous DP (Designated Person): - if I can add oil to the generator that is not the right quallity, and he in turn has started off a whole lab at an oil refinery and then gave us an answer this afternoon, I could now start. read more...


06/12/2012

Salsa af Stavsnäs - The ocean is so small, life is bigger N16.07 W 33.16

So there we are, trying to understand this mass of water, the Blue Planet. As days go by I can EXPERIENCE how big an ocean is.Down below my 4 year old son Andreas (OK 4,5) suddenly shouts : - It's the same amount!-What is the same amount? My curiousity cannot stand back.He gives me a youmightnotunderstandthisbutIwilltrytoexplain look: - Daddy, I have the same amount of fingers as toes! Those moments are a gifts we get, when we are priviliged enought to spend day after day with our children. The ocean is just a backdrop.The ocean was here before us and it will be here when we are gone.. read more...


06/12/2012

La Boheme - Log Day 8 = Half way

Last night we passed an invisible half way line, 1350 miles to Las Palmas or Saint Lucia, middle of Atlantic and no yacht to be seen. To celebrate the half way event, I baked a cake, but to my horror in these rolling seas the cake, after an hour in the oven, was baked only at the edges, the middle was liquid scrambled eggs tasting like cake. We ate the baked edge and washed it with a glass of Spanish champagne. As the seas are quite rolly, cooking is closer to an acrobatic exercise rather than culinary skill. Of course we shared the champagne with the Neptun. We are doing well, around 180 miles per day since Las Palmas. At the time of writing we still have 1250 miles to go.Anna for La Boheme team. read more...


06/12/2012

Matilda - Still in Durban, Cape Town Dreaming

Well we have had a bit of bad luck with weather windows, but hopefully we can get away this weekend. When the first window came, we were not ready for it as we were having too much fun in Durban and things to see (ballet, wine show, aquarium etc etc). With the second window we were all ready to go, but we dragged the anchor in a huge squall that hit while we were checking out. The boat was fine, thanks to some noble efforts of boats nearby led by Iain of Peat Smoke, but it did inadvertently cause a problem with our VHF and there was another problem that needed to be fixed, so we missed that weather window. The squall, by the way, contained some of the loudest thunderclaps I have ever heard and its the first time we have ever seen a flock of birds blown out of the sky. A bird-lover on a. read more...


06/12/2012

Poespas - day 9

As promised, the winds finally abated a tad this afternoon. Also, the swell has reduced somewhat, so conditions have become more comfortable. Which is just as well because all this rolling around our very comfy and safe Amel's axis is not conducive to getting a good kip.We are now on a heading close to that direct great circle track to St Lucia, and on port tack. So far, the downloaded Grib files via the SSB set have been remarkably accurate. Been trying to receive faxes of Atlantic synoptic charts but atmospheric disturbance has prevented us from getting intelligible versions. Also, we've been out of reach from the daily SSB radio net, although we did hear a couple of Germans giving each other informative advice on weather and routing. Just as well we have our German medic on board. read more...


05/12/2012

Peter von Seestermühe - 05.12.12

Liebe Peter-Freunde!Nur ein kurzer Nachricht heute, denn1/ Die Schreiberin hat Backschaft und ist seit heut morgen in der Kücheeingeschlossen2/ Wir fahren gerade durch ein heftiges GewitterAnsonsten bleibt es wie gehabt:1/ Morgen wird es ruhiger2/ THE RACE IS ON!3/ Es ist nass4/ Kein Fisch gefangen5/ Der Alte im RegattafieberEin schönen Abend Euch allen, wir putzen fleissig unsere Schuhe in derHoffnung, dass der Nikolaus uns besuchen kommt.Euer Peter-CrewKuzrznachricht verfasst von Hanneke. read more...


05/12/2012

Lady Ann - Back on track

After our last log Edo received an astounding number of emails and phonecalls through the satphone. Most were from close relatives of one of our crew. They mostly acknowledged the log description of their loved one crew member as typical and not to be worried about. Comments and suggestions followed as to how to deal with the person in question. These tips were not wasted on Edo. After having put them into practise the general behavement of the crew has improved remarkably and the atmosphere on board can now be described as 'tentatively positive'.Thomas for instance has recovered miraculously after reluctantly accepting toasted bread topped with thinly sliced compressed life raft food rations. Neptune is helping Thomas to stay alert by splashing him liberally with sea water. Wherever. read more...


05/12/2012

Johanem - Wed December 5th

Evening all...Today the onboard Marine Meteorology and Navigation Department has been spending hours pouring over the daily weather forecast and 'GRIB' files that Boo downloads via our shortwave radio from her bearded, anoraked friends around the world (where does she make these contacts..?. Depending on the number of other users trying to do the same and the random radio interference it can be impossible to get through.. & even if successful can take 45 minutes to download files. It also sets off flashing lights and an audible alarm on the instrument panel up on deck, turns parts of the rigging into dangerous high voltage no-go zones, and makes the sort of noise that we all remember from the early dial up internet modems attached to our Commodore 64s... But it works!! Well, it does. read more...


05/12/2012

Rafiki - Hanging on in the Heads

Wednesday 5th DecemberPhil writes:Having had a good night during which Andy had us bowling along at 11 kts, we started the day with cloud around. The first thing we saw was some loose stitching on the Genoa sail. Luckily the ever intrepid Rob did a super repair hanging out over the guard rail.As we're not getting enough sunshine to charge the batteries, we have to run the engine to keep them sufficiently charged. The bonus of this is that we get HOT WATER, so Andy and I took the opportunity of a shave and shower.Cally used the chance of hot water to wash the bed sheets. The mangle is a bit old-fashioned - i.e. Rob and Cally wringing between them. The plus side was we got 1/2 knot more speed when drying the sheets.One thing I learned last night is not to use the door of the heads (WC) to. read more...


05/12/2012

Rafiki - Rafiki - Gybing Away

Tuesday 4th DecemberIt is sunset after a week at sea and we are listening to a very loud blast of Adele. I have just carried out an evening walk along the decks to check the rigging and am now typing this. All looks sound and the vast open seas are still surging around us with their soporific hiss, punctuated by the odd loud boom as a wave pounds against the hull. The ever-changing 360 degree panorama of the skies is stunning and life is wonderful! Rafiki is still steaming along at the rate of knots and you can feel her keel hum as the miles disappear beneath us. We are at the beginning of the second week of an anticipated 3-week passage and morale is good!Andy is humming along to the music as he cooks, Phil is looking out for flying fish as he sits by the wheel, talking to Emily and Rob. read more...


05/12/2012

Little Pea's ARC Blogoramma 7 - The impending doom

20:19.5N 39:47.7W Day 8.  The wind is becoming unstable and fluky as we head downwind towards a HUGE wind hole. We're doing well now but we're trying to carefully plan how we're going to pass through the light area as fast as possible and back into the stronger trade winds which we've been in for the past week. Life on board carries on in the same merry way, although the temperature is increasing making life down below a bit unpleasant.  Cooking is particularly difficult, especially as Pea is healing over quite a bit now and we've now had our 8th straight day at sea living at a 45 degree angle. We're nearly halfway now, and will hopefully sail the 2nd half as quick as the first, but this wind hole may hinder us somewhat. Thank you for all your emails.  Morale on. read more...


05/12/2012

El Mundo - Wednesday 5th December

Those bastard fish have had ALL my lures, and ALL my line off the reel. We must have 'caught' five or six but each time the line breaks and we cannot get them aboard. I guess the speed of the boat (8-9 knots) and the size of the fish(!?) is too great. Well it must be otherwise we would be eating sushi and fish fillets. But we have a plan. Early this morning ice-man Nick and I delved into the bilges and found some really, really strong line and hooks and have rigged up a cats cradle of blocks and lines with bungee cord as a shock absorb. The lure is over the side and instead of a rod and reel the shipboard end of the line is attached to my biggest powered winch. I plan to winch the bastards aboard!Last night we passed the halfway mark and in celebration awarded ourselves a small beer. El. read more...


05/12/2012

Cheri - 7. Tag Es geht weiter!

In der Marina Mindelo lagen neben der CHERI noch drei Jachten, die am ARC 2012 teilgenommen haben. Die Easyrider mit Problemen am Autopiloten, die Kazaio und die Spok aus Bremen. Auf der Spok fuhren zwei Bekannte von Ronni. Mit ihnen hatten wir in Las Palmas öfter Kontakt. Der Spok ist ca. 650 sm westlich von L.P. der Mast komplett abgebrochen. Natürlich in der Nacht, welch schauriger Gedanke. Mit dem Mast waren die Funkantennen weg und damit die Möglichkeit, Hilfe zu rufen. Nachdem alle Verbindungen zum Mast mit der Flex (Thorsten!) abgetrennt waren, ging bei einem letzten Kontrollgang auch noch ein Crewmitglied über Bord. Obwohl eingepickt, rutschte er aus seiner Schwimmweste, weil der Schrittgurt nicht fest war. Da das Schiff aber noch keine Fahrt hatte, konnte er schnell wieder. read more...


05/12/2012

Bardeau - Let them eat bread and ice cream

So at last weather woman in West End near Hamble has got it right. Rolling canyons behind have subsided to mere hillocks: the wind has also dropped to 15 knots giving us the best day yet. Mr Frog the barometer says it's 35c which is hot...too hot. With all this in mind we have decided to sail to St Lucia, where I believe there is a decent Chinese Restaurant. Saw our first yacht this morning in 4 days. Able Seaman Kennedy spoke to the fellow ARC yacht and said we would see them for a drink in St Lucia. You won't, they said, we are stopping at Barbados. Note to ARC head office...can we stop there too????Such was the calm Genevieve, C.Dundee's Moll and myself decided to complement the steak and dorado cuisine of this evening with our own specialities a la bateau....soggy bottom bread. read more...


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Coral IV - I dag var det visst kø på bloggen...
Coral IV - I dag var det visst kø på bloggen...
Coral IV - I dag var det visst kø på bloggen...
Coral IV - I dag var det visst kø på bloggen...
Coral IV - I dag var det visst kø på bloggen...