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29/11/2012

Puddle Jumper - 2nd Day at sea? Things are settling down

A quieter night was had by all with gentle winds from behind and a reducing sea. In the main a brightly light night with a nearly full moon and millions of stars. During the night we were visited by Dolphins for the first time this trip and Jupiter was clearly visible near the moon just before dawn. everyone slept much better and some didn’t appear until after 9 am..... Just to liven things up a little a certain crew member, (the oldest), who shall remain nameless caught the main power switch with his toe whilst blundering around in his cabin and caused a very short power cut. That caused the autopilot to loose control, reset the nav. instruments and gave us all a short fright! Then just to check the effect he did it again in the middle of the night when his alarm woke him with a. read more...


29/11/2012

Scarlet Oyster - Log Day 4 - more carnage!

Hi All,Seems that problems come in threes and I think we have had our three now!Awesome sailing yesterday, really flying with the kite up, topped out at 17.1kn, with many visits into the 16's, made 10kn av for the time it was up! As it was getting dark we were monitoring a line of squalls that were passing just to the N of us, behind appeared clear skies tempting us to hold on to the kite into the dark despite having a bit on with the driving. Would be a pity to have taken it down to find the wind at 20kn or less...As the last of the cloud appeared to be passing it seemed to be dropping, all good it seemed... Anyway, minutes later the wind was back at 30k plus all seemed ok till a big wave coming from the N spun the boat out. With now well over 30 apparent, I was quite concerned about. read more...


29/11/2012

El Mundo - Thursday 29th November.

Rock and roll, baby. Rock aannnd roolllll! Well here we are on Day Three with around 2,300 miles to go to the way-point off St Lucia. It is a beautiful sunny afternoon and the sea is heaving outside - deep blue and rolling white breaking large waves which El Mundo takes in her stride. We are bowling along at around 8-9 knots with deep rolling from side to side.Lunch is over and the crew are either asleep or on watch immersed in their Kindles! This the first blog from El Mundo as we have taken a little while to get into our stride after a very hectic and boisterous start. We were about 45 seconds behind the gun which we were pleased with; 45 seconds over the 2,700 miles to St Lucia is not too much to make up. In the first two days we experienced heavy seas and strong winds. With two crew. read more...


29/11/2012

Cheri - 2. Tag 29.11.12 Zwischen hoffen und bangen

Gleich nach meinem letzten Bericht holten wir unseren 140 qm Spi raus und setzten ihn. Bis jetzt zieht er uns also schon 27 Stunden durch den Atlantik. Der Nachmittag blieb schön, so dass Leo am Abend sogar Esser für sein Gulasch mit Nudeln fand. Allerdings hat er nur eine Dose aufgemacht, halb so viel, wie vorgesehen. Trotzdem blieb noch ein kleiner Rest übrig. Ein Zeichen dafür, dass noch keiner so richtig Appetit hatte. Meine letzte Tageswache von 16:00 h bis 20:00 h war ruhig und schön. Der Wind blies aus NO mit rd. 5 bft, zwischendurch ein paar Böen, aber die ließen sich gut abfangen. Es war auch nach Einbruch der Dunkelheit noch angenehm warm, kein Vergleich mit gestern. Auch unsere Nachtwache von 02:00 h bis 5:00 h war noch ruhig. Es wurde allerdings etwas kälter und der von. read more...


29/11/2012

Capricho - Dia 3 - buen atardecer

Posición actual                                               Día Nº 326ºN ~44,3’ 22ºW~27.5’              Distancia recorrida : 202 MN                      Velocidad promedio :   8+ NudosVientos del :. read more...


29/11/2012

Peter von Seestermühe - PvS 29.11.12

Liebe Peterfans,eine weitere Berichterstattung vom Peter. Wo anfangen?Der Gran Canaria Kalamari wurde von Maurits, unseren Bootsman, und Boris, unser Actionhero, herrlich zubereitet. In unendlichen Mengen konnten wir eine Gemüsepfanne, Reis und Kalamariringe geniessen. Besser als manch Restaurant... Essen war jedoch spät und die Vorbereitung lange.Vor dem Essen wurden wir zum ersten Mal von Delphinen begleitet. Sie prahlten des öfteren mit ihrem Bauch und der Höhe ihrer Sprünge. Ein wunderbares Erlebnis, immer wieder, das einen bewusst lassen wird das wir inmitten der Atlantik zwischen wilden Tiere Teil eines Ganzes sind.Vor dem Essen auch unser erstes Spibergemanöver. Um halb Acht Abends kam der Spi doch ohne Riss und zur Zufriedenheit des Skippers runter. Seither war er nicht mehr oben. read more...


29/11/2012

Northern Child - Northern Child: Daily Log 2 - 28/11/12

Daily Run    220nmDTT             190nm Lunch           Chorizo couscous with Tomato and PeppersDinner           Fish Pie with Carrots and Peppers  I am pleased to report that during the day today, the conditions have moderated and life aboard Northern Child is once again back to just a fast pace, rather than blazing a trail.  Mind you, no one is complaining as putting in some good miles early is always nice. Although we are only in day 2, I can see the crew starting to settle into a pattern and life aboard.  Those that were feeling a little frail, are gradually coming to. read more...


29/11/2012

Stormvogel - and than there where three...

(GENESIS Album aus den frühen 80´igern mit dem Klassiker "Follow you follow me" und dem weniger bekannten, viel besserem "Many too many")Nun denn. Wir sind auf See!Diesen Blogeintrag schreibe ich schaukelnder Weise auf den Notebook und werde ihn gleich via eMail -> Satellit -> Blog in den Orbit schicken. Wenn alles funktioniert wie es soll dann ist dieser Beitrag auf der ARCWebsite und unter www.wiedekamm.com zu lesen.Eigentlich gibt es viel zu berichten - und in der Tiefe eigentlich dann doch nicht. Wir sind nicht nur den Dritten Tag auf See, nein, wir sind auch nur noch zu Dritt.Unser erster nautischer Offizier Knut ist erkrankt und wir beide haben am Tag der Abreise (genau 3 Stunden vor Ralleye Start) entschieden, das es besser und sicherer ist von Bord zu gehen. Und zwar nicht. read more...


29/11/2012

Surfing Petrel - Thursday somewhere in the Atlantic

Surfing Petrel's crew put in three gybes during the late afternoon and night - just to make sure that we have the manoeuvre down to a fine art. The crew are competitive, as is only to be expected, and position reports are eagerly awaited. These we then laboriously reformat so that the positions of some of our competition can be displayed on the navigation software (perhaps the race org could do that in the future for the fleet?). Other than that, rather fine downwind conditions. Occasional flying fish, no direct hit on the boat yet. Amusing tales of old ocean racing antics getting an airing...Miranda/ Surfing Petrel. read more...


29/11/2012

Coral IV - 29th of November

25:27.10 N 20:46.23 WApologies for the delayed first entry; technological issues combined with general apathy and the chaos of departure all conspired against me. Anyway, we are now well on our way. One ninth of the way across, in fact, according to one of my fellow crewmembers. The first day was pretty chaotic; big swells after the start and breezes of 35 knots meant we were all battling with the boat as we tried to settle in. I was particularly struggling as I was assigned to do the cooking for the whole day. I started this task by tentatively opening the fridge which promptly hurled its contents all over the saloon. The low point came when I fried some peppers and managed to lose pan and contents down the back of the cooker. Day two was gave me a chance to ponder the enormity of the. read more...


29/11/2012

Sumatra - Log Day 3: Rock and Roll!

We have been underway for over 48 hours now and are starting to settle into this new routine of life at sea. With big swells and 30-knot winds behind us at first, we made good progress west and started heading a little further south this morning, hoping to catch the trade winds. We managed to gybe and put a reef in during a squall at about 4am this morning, so all feeling pretty pleased with ourselves. The boat has been rocking and rolling a lot which makes life interesting down below - boiling eggs has never seemed so difficult! Everybody is in good spirits though and not too seasick. There were a few other ARC boats in sight for the first couple of days, but we haven't seen a soul for many hours now. Some of the crew spotted a pilot whale and a pod of dolphins earlier this morning. read more...


29/11/2012

Orion - First status Orion

After 2 days at sea we are getting familiar with the routines, 4 hour shift at night and 6 hour during the day, 3 persons in each shift. We lost our Norwegian flag as a swell broke the pole. We will try to make a Norwegian flag from a spare Danish. We also lost two buckets trying to get sea water to wash the dishes, we were going so fast the fastenings broke.Barbara took her first sextant reading today and (eventually)found that the GPS is quite accurate. Domingo made a well-received chicken curry for dinner last night and tonight there will be pork casserole.Alex, Barbara, Domingo, Henrik, Keith and Rune. read more...


29/11/2012

Bristolian - Day 5 - Out of Africa

All going swimmingly. Running south of most of the fleet, but winds and seas are good, riding along nicely with little intervention required so now making up westerly ground.. read more...


29/11/2012

Skyelark of London - Day 3 on Skyelark

Day 3, noon.We are settling well into the watch system. 2 on watch, with 1 person joining and 1 leaving each hour, working 2hr on, 4 off, then 2hr on and 6 off. Little sleep, then big sleep! We are so glad the start was delayed.the few that set off (and several turned back) had 48hrs to windward. We were able to set off downwind, with 30kts+ of wind and they are only ½ a day ahead of us. We alternate between broad reach and poled out headsail with the wind further aft. At least 1 reef in the main and No3 Jib since we started, although thankfully the wind has eased to 20-25kts. Blue sky and fair weather clouds, after the first day of squalls and rain, this is more like the picture in the brochure.It has been interesting to have GRIB files via satcomms. We are juggling boat speed with VMG. read more...


29/11/2012

Johanem - Johanem 29.11.12

Hi allEverything is fine on the good ship Lollipop, oops I mean Johanem. We are currently about 340 miles into the voyage so only about 2500 miles to go. conditions have varied from strong winds touching 40 knots (v exciting) to now of about 5 knots (v boring!). The weather is damp in patches, mainly under the squalls and so far sunstroke has been a very unlikely threat. Half the crew have showered today so are now even closer to godliness and the other half are counting the minutes till their turn tomorrow. The catering has been upto the usual 5 star standards expected on board. Tony, despite earlier misgivings, is proving quite an adept under chef under my expert eye and may even be allowed to attempt a boiled egg on his own before the voyage is over. Whiskey consumption has declined. read more...


29/11/2012

Loupan - Mot Västindien - dygn 2

Vi fick en fin natt med härlig fullmåne som gjorde att det aldrig var riktigt mörkt, trots att den nu och då skymdes av moln. Vi såg också lanternor från en handfull andra båtar som seglade i natten. Martin och Ulla såg en val svepa förbi i morse, bara 50 meter från båten, men den verkade helt ointresserad av oss. Vi har haft fortsatt fina vindar runt 18-25 knop från OSO. Vi börjar också komma in i livsrytmen här ombord med vakter, mat, disk, segling och annat som behöver göras, t ex kolla väderprognoser, titta på hur det går för alla ARC-båtar i de dagliga positionsrapporter som kommer och gå igenom frukt och grönsaksförrådet på spaning efter vad som måste ätas härnäst för att inte bli dåligt. Just nu kör Pelle vattentillverkning och vi ska ta en dusch ute i sittbrunnen. Dagarna går. read more...


29/11/2012

Heartbeat IV - Days 4 and 5 - trials and tribulations

Well now we now about rain and squalls. Wednesday night truly wet, wild and windy - up to 35 knots, biggish rollers and disturbed seas. Took decision to revert to two watches as unpredictability of conditions meant needed faster reaction time. Good overnight run and began to settle and then had to cut reef 2 as jammed in block and reverted reef 1. Good run all day with debate on best option to repair boom end fitting - decided to drop mainsail at which point vang imploded. Two hour under #3 at ~6k as boom fitting and vang stopgap replacement by on-board Vangs'R'Us team. Underway again 1900h - great conditions 25-33k - but caution with sail plan - enough 11+ and 16.6 max to remain happy knowing there's a long long way to go. Now 22.8k NE 8knots + boat speed - sunny and well-fed by Subway. read more...


Heartbeat IV - Days 4 and 5 - trials and tribulations
Heartbeat  IV - Days 4 and 5 - trials and tribulations
29/11/2012

Selene - Scatalogical humour

It is not surprising when 5 people are cooped up together that the oddest things become funny and we are all living in such close proximity we share the most intimate and more private aspects of daily life.4 days in and using water sparingly in case we have a problem with the water maker later - which touch wood is working fine for now - we are all beginning to feel the less pleasant effects of heat and have been pleased to pay a little more attention to our hygiene than has been possible up until now in the conditions of the first few days. It is amazing how refreshing a wet wipe bath can feel. We have all become rather blase about throwing our used wet wipes out of the companion way hatch towards the leeward side to be consumed by the deep, without necessarily coming on deck.This. read more...


29/11/2012

Heartbeat IV - Day 3

Day 3 and Heartbeat IV is heading ~ 270 degrees. Under spinnaker and mainsail – wind 12-20 knots NE to East. Bright sunshine and warm at last after a pretty grim first two days more reminiscent of beating up to Smith’s Knoll in May on the North Sea Race. After slowish start down the Gran Canaria coast we followed the wind round with part of the fleet, although many appeared to adopt the inshore route. With winds S and SW up to 32 knots it was full HPX gear overnight and some of the day. Pretty miserable and not helped by genoa sheet failure on Sunday night, followed by reef line failure on the Monday morning. Both sorted without too much effect on speed. Skipper particularly unwell after failure of scopolamine. Excellent food provided by Paul B and Nicola. Waited for wind to veer to N on. read more...


Heartbeat IV - Day 3
Heartbeat  IV - Day 3
29/11/2012

Fidelis of London - Day 2 by Thomas, 125 NM

Dit is Thomas.Vandaag begon de zon een beetje te schijnen. Dat is vooral fijn voor mij en lonneke omdat wij aan baywatch mee gaan doen inSt Lucia. de wind is gezakt naar zo ongeveer 12 knopen. maar de golven zijn nogsteeds best flinke en we hobbelen eenbeetje. Ik en papa luisteren nu naar Doe maar terwijl alle andere slapen omdat hun wachten zo beginnen. behalve jannekenatuurlijk die ligt vrolijk films te kijken. Helaas is de Ostrea niet meer berijkbaar via VHF dus liggen die voor. Maarniet voor lang hopelijkThis is Thomas.today the sun started shining a bit. thats really pleasent especially for me and Lonneke because we are joining Baywatchin St Lucia. The wind dropped to about 12 knots. but the waves are still quite big and we are rocking. Me and my dad arelistening to Doe Maar . The. read more...


29/11/2012

Northern Child - Northern Child ARC DAY 2: 28/11 (26.4N 19.5W)

Now we are talking !!!! Blue water, long swells, persistent trade winds and sun ! Just as in the brochure ;-)   After clocking yesterday in excess of 200 miles (a good day would be anything above 150) today has been a different and easier day. I was up "refreshed" after a 3 hour sleep this morning. Managed to brew some coffee and life seemed better after two cups of coffee ;-)   We then took the noon-6pm shift. Long session under the sun... suncream on several times and lots of water. Today wins have been calmer around 15-20 Knots and Northern Child was sailing at 8-12 Knots for most of the day/night. The time I had at the helm shift was great. She is a great boat to steer.   Apparently we are doing well in terms of position with respect to the pack. We think we are part. read more...


29/11/2012

Indulgence - The story of a Mahi Mahi fish

Thursday 29th NovemberCurrent Position: N 25o 33'.411 W 20o 20".601 Day 2, distance covered : 144 nmCurrent Speed : 6.6 knots Distance to Finish : 2380 nm* * * * * If you have ever seen a Mahi Mahi fish been caught, then you have seen something very special indeed. The fish, claimed to be one of the fastest species in the water, runs through a mass of colours from green in the water, the bright turquoise spots, then transitioning to a deep mustard yellow and finally a steel gray. All happening within the thirty minutes he bites the bait. It is a sight that I have been dreaming about since 2004 when I first saw the spectacle, but the taste of this warm water fish is even more to behold. We cast out the lines and each ordered our catch which varied from "Tuna", to 'I don't mind what we. read more...


29/11/2012

Albatros - Donnerstag, 29.11.12, Tag 3 auf See

Nach einem erfolgreichen Start haben wir zunächst einen Kurs 180° Süd genommen, um anschließend auf Westkurs 270° einzuschlagen, wodurch wir die Südspitze Gran Canarias weiträumig umfahren haben. Die erste Angel wurde ausgeworfen und wir hatten schnell einen Biss der uns einen Köder weniger bescherte (Stahlvorfach regelrecht abgebissen). Nachts wurden die Verhältnisse dann ziemlich ruppig mit Wellen bis zu 4 m bei Wind aus NO um 4-6 Bft. Nach Patenthalsen und diversen Schäden am Schiff, die wir jedoch souverän beheben konnten surfen wir durch die Nacht. Die Crew gewöhnt sich langsam an das Schiff und die sportlichen Verhältnisse. Am Morgen des 26.11. waren wir alle sehr müde und erschöpft, was aber unserer Moral keinen Abbruch tat. Der zweite Tag verlief relativ normal und bei guter. read more...


29/11/2012

Ace - ACE Across the Atlantic

"It's the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting."-The AlchemistDay 3 aboard ACE: From the smiles, It's clear that everyone is full of possibility at this point.  Our third unbelievable day sailing has everyone fighting for their time behind the wheel.  We are regularly sailing at 10+ knots, with surfing rides that easily push the boat to 15, 16, 17, and even 18 knots.  I hit 19 once, and Chris hit 21! All with white sails! Hopefully we will get to the spinnakers soon, though no one is eager to give up these amazing reaching stints.  A pod of dolphins arrived a few minutes ago just as we were tucking into our citrus/vegetable soup, expertly cooked by galley king, William.  The dolphins stayed for 15 minutes or so, acrobatically. read more...


29/11/2012

Jay Jay - 29 November 2012 -Day 3

Mid-Atlantic Day 3 After a couple of days where the seas were somewhat bouncy, things appear to be settling down a bit and the wind has dropped from 30 knot gusts down to less than 20 knots. The crew are settling into something of a routine but Phil hasn't shaken off his mal-de-mer yet. Everything he has eaten has seen the light of day again before long, and although he said he wanted to lose weight on the trip, this isn't exactly the best way to achieve it. However, day 3 usually sees a significant change. Let's hope so. We have seen several of the other boats in the ARC around us at various times, we seem to be heading on similar tracks and it is comforting to see lights on the horizon at night. One or two ships have passed within a few miles of us too. We are heading. read more...


29/11/2012

Sunrise - 28.11.2012 2. Tag auf See

Unser erster ganzer Tag auf See.Am frühen morgen verabschiedet vom runden Mond und begrüsst vom hellenBall der aufgehenden Sonne segeln wir bei 3 m Welle, ca. 25 Kn Wind mit8-9 Kn Geschwindigkeit gegen SW.Der ganze Tag vergeht mit 2-stündigen Wachwechseln bei unverändertenBedingungen, wir gewöhnen uns weiter ans Steuern und jede Minute an Deckist ein Genuss.Langsam verabschieden sich die letzten sichtbaren Schiffe am Horizont,unserer Wahrnehmung nach hinter uns, und der Blick schweift über denfreien Atlantik.So haben wir uns das vorgestellt.Erstaunlicherweise hat weiterhin keiner von uns mit ernsthafterSeekrankheit zu kämpfen. Wir führen dies darauf zurück, dass wir allenMeeresgöttern, Poseidon, Neptun, Rasmus und zur Sicherheit auch allen unsunbekannten Meeresgöttern einen Drink in die. read more...


29/11/2012

Seren Wen - Day 3

Its 13.30 hrs and after a morning of waiting and hoping, the pipes reattached, oil arrived and added, test done and the sounds of sails furling in and out was music to ours ears! After a cold and rainy morning in Las Palmas the sun has come out to add to our optimism. So, St Lucia  here we come!! Thanks to all who have sent us good wishes and supprotive comments. At last you should see us moving on all those purcahsed apps!!. read more...


28/11/2012

Karma Daze - Day 1

Our first night at sea – akin to being in a washing machine!  We were the last to leave the marina, well with 3000 miles to go what is the rush?  As we crossed the start line we could see 200 odd sails vanishing into the distance.  By evening we could see very few other boats around us.  The weather forecast and our own assessment told us we would have strong NE winds and swell which we certainly did. We decided to go South – a few other yachts were also heading in that direction.  We had thought we could get decreasing wind and less swell but that certainly wasn’t the case. We’ve spent the night with a force 7 and 2-3m swell.  We managed to have some dinner, chicken casserole and rice, with only a small amount ending up on the floor.  The very rolly. read more...


29/11/2012

Ceilidh of Lorne - Having a whale of a time!

Morning sailors! A cracking day of ARC weather and progress to report. We have racked up 190NM as our days run on Ceilidh although this is not the rhumb line route to St Lucia. We have continued South on a course of 220M as we head towards the Cape Verde islands and are currently approximately 100NM offshore from Mauritania. We continue to have steering issues with slippage when we have 25knots of wind with swell so we have maintained 2 reefs in the main and continue to hand steer most of the time. This gives us more options to pick up the steadier trade winds which blow in the Southern latitudes although we may start heading West later today as the NE4/5 is forecast to fill in further West of our current position. Some of our armchair navigators have been. read more...


29/11/2012

Lancelot II - Lancelot II - Day three at sea

Date: 29th Nov 2012 Time: 09:45 UTCPosition: 23 37.318N 22 39.738WSOG: 7.5 knotsCOG: 247 approxWeather: Fine, some high cloud.  The odd grey cloud developing as the day goes on.Wind NW 20 knots 100M Hello all Last evening we had diner together at the switch between the daytime and night time watches. The watch before that Oscar, John and Ryan enjoyed themselves making lots of pictures helming the boat right on the surf of the 12 to 15 ft waves.  After that it became a bit of an eventful night really, with the notable bits being breakages of gear.Overnight round 2115h UT we were goose winged, with spinnaker pole & jib to port.  The car slider (a bronze casting) snapped.During the shenanigans following the car break, we also lost a horseshoe off the stern rail. read more...


29/11/2012

Maunie of Ardwall - Day 3 and the Parasailor adds entertainment

All well aboard Maunie, we are pleased to report. Yesterday afternoon the Force 6s began to ease so we launched the Parasailor spinnaker – the first time a moment of inattention from the skipper at the wheel resulted in a perfect ‘wine glass’ knot so we sorted this and relaunched for an hour or so before dusk when the photo was taken. Last night was a lot less rolly so we all managed some off-watch sleep after a good evening meal and feel a lot more with-it today! The generator has been running for 3 hours to recharge batteries and to allow us to put the breadmaker into action – the first Atlantic Loaf looks pretty good! Meanwhile we flew the Parasailor again for a couple of hours but lots of clouds kept bringing extra gusts of wind under them so we took it down before it became too. read more...


Maunie of Ardwall - Day 3 and the Parasailor adds entertainment
Maunie of Ardwall - Day 3 and the Parasailor adds entertainment
Caryali - piccola pesca apre la stagione
Caryali - piccola pesca apre la stagione
29/11/2012

Morpion - Jeudi: 25°35N:19°37W

Bonjour tout le monde!Bon, après une première nuit et journée assez Rock and Roll, tout va bien a bord du Morpion.L'équipage a bien dormi cette nuit et nous faisons une route plus Ouestpour les prochains jour afin de commencer un peu a se rapprocher del'arrivée ;)Le bateau avance vite (8 Noeuds de moyenne) et faits de bonnes petitesperfs (14Noeuds pour l'instant !) Bref, tout va bien !. read more...


29/11/2012

Caryali - fishing season is open

Siamo al terzo giorno di navigazione, tutto procede bene a parte rottura del fiocco adesso sostituito con nuovo fiocco. Qui le vele non mancano!!!. Navighiamo con randa e fiocco tangonato a farfalla 8,5 –9 nodi. Stamattina abbiamo preso il nostro primo dorado 2,5kg, la giusta dimensione per il pranzo di oggi. La stagione della pesca e' finalmente aperta. Il momento ovviamente e' stato catturato con la foto di rito. In cucina si sente un buon odore di pane da poco infornato. Poco sole ma anche poche scottature.  Abbiamo incontrato i tanto temuti squalls …. Ma finche non li conosci li temi.Carole. read more...


29/11/2012

Little Pea - Little Pea's ARC Blogoramma 1 - We're away!

25:42.3N 20:09.2WSo as you've probably guessed by the lack of posts since we set sail from Las Palmas yesterday at 1030 UT, the first 48 hours of sailing have been pretty intense. It's been a while since we have all been on voyage like this (with the exception of Mike - who has been at sea so long he is definitely beginning to form webbed feet) but the rest of us are settling back into the swing of things and making good progress. SOME IMPORTANT STATS FROM DAY 1:Number of crew to vomit so far = 2Maximum Boat speed = 14.7 KnotsNumber of Reefs = 2Maximum Gust = 40 KnotsNumber of Dolphins = 0Number of Whales = 0Amount of Rain on Day 1 = A Lot As we entered our first night, the nearly full moon rose to give us day-like shine over. read more...


29/11/2012

Great Escape of Southampton - Day 3 Great Escape 25 57N 20 25W

Day 3All are surprisingly well given the high seas we have been experiencing (grade 7 NE gales gusting at grade 8 during the night) – with a couple of notable exceptions; Gregorio has been badly sea sick with regular stomach emptying moments, and for the first time on departing Las Palmas has appeared on deck this morning (Day 4); David managed to shake off his less extreme ‘mal de mer’ early yesterday afternoon after Emily gifted him a Scoporderm plaster, stuck behind his left ear!  John and Graham were already sporting them on the day we left port, and here’s me thinking that Sweeney Todd did their coifs!We have settled down to our regular shift routines drafted by First Mate Steve – two hours on per pair and four hours off; alternating with a two hours on and six hours off. read more...


29/11/2012

Poco Loco - Dag 2: 24:55 N - 19:38 W, dagafstand 153 miles

Als ik s'ochtends buiten kom, is er in de verre omtrek geen boot meer te zien. Heel apart, zo vertrek je met 240 boten en zo ben je weer alleen. Op de AIS zien we wel dat er boten in de buurt zijn, maar die zien we niet met het blote oog. Na best wel een heftige eerste dag en nacht waar we al dansend op de golven een topsnelheid halen van 19,8 knopen!, is de 2e nacht gelukkig een stuk rustiger; zowel de wind als de golven zijn gekalmeerd. Op de genua varen we 5,5 knoop, koers richting het westen. Even bijkomen met zijn allen. Als Martijn en Pat om 5 uur vannacht de wacht van Rene en mij overnemen, zetten ze de gennaker op en zo komt er weer wat meer snelheid in de boot. De weersvoorspellingen zien er goed uit voor de komende dagen. Over 48 uur verwachten we tropische temperaturen. We. read more...


29/11/2012

Jus' do it 5 - Log Day 1- Race Day

Tuesday 27th.We have a great start on the line and get away with the head of the fleet. A couple of hours out decision is made to pole out the headsail - it's blowing 25knots. Then our 1st mishap of the day - the spinnaker pole mast fitting shears - the downhall wasn't let off...THEN, as the headsail is being rolled back out, the toping lift gets fankled with the headsail furler at the top of the mast preventing further use for now. Looks like poor Nathan may be going up the mast earlier than he had hoped! THEN the vang bursts so we are now sailing with 2 reefs in the main and less than a third of a headsail, no vang and no pole  - doom and gloom befalls the Jus'do it crew.....In the evening the wind increases steadily before our starboard autohelm fails which result in a couple of. read more...


26/11/2012

Jus' do it 5 - Log Day 0 - Final Preparations

Monday 26th,Las Palmas Marina Although eager to get away, all our crew were thankful for the extra couple of days in which to do last minute jobs.emails and shopping! By Monday evening we're all done so a few quiet beers after the boys have been to buy new lures and we're all good to go, and well behaved,all home for an early night!Ann, Jus'do it 5 Sorry about the delay, there has been a problem with our sat-phone which is now resolved.. read more...


29/11/2012

Ostrea - generator

Hi folks,We are still cruising along with 21-25 knots from the north east, goosewinging in a southwesterly direction. We made a day distance of just over 150 miles and we were happy to have a bit less wind and waves than the first day. Cedric caught two dolphin fish (mahi mahi) of which we ate one yesterday evening. We enjoyed a full moon while sailing through the night and could see quite a bit.Yesterday our generator broke down but happily we were able to fix the problem today that cause the overheating of our little power generator. The waves are more constant now and we are getting used to the big movements of the boat. It's sometimes a challenge to get something done inside. Michielv Eijck is giving us our daily weather update and we decided to head towards 20 N and 30 W before. read more...


29/11/2012

Katerina - First few days at sea

Well that was an exciting first day, rain squalls, large following sea. This carried on through the first night and the next day with winds gusting to 34knts and 4 mtr + waves in places. We did however get our all time speed record of 15.8 SOG down one wave and another 5 trips down waves at 15 +. Moving around the boat has been pretty difficult with the sea state but that was expected. List of breakages so far top main sheet car, top main sheet batten and the nav station seat. So trying not to push too hard as I can see these breakages continuing. Just about staying awake on watch but I hope we shall get used to that soon.Having a ball Scott & JuliaPS The butter hasn't melted yet, thick coats needed at night. read more...


29/11/2012

Selene - The Atlantic Ocean is a big place

Excitement last night. We saw the first evidence of other human existence in 3 days when a supertanker crossed about half a mile ahead, just before dawn. We seem to have been bowling along for days with 20-28 Kts right from behind. We are surfing along down some very big waves making a steady 8-9 kts and a peak so far of 13.68 scored by the student body. I managed 13.2 and Bob is still trying to break 13kts. The sea state is confused with the remnants of the northerly swell and some west going waves caused by this wind. We are rolling a bit which makes cooking (and sleeping) a little trying, but I think the Badger would be a little ambitious and probably would not increase our speed. The current sail plan of 2 slabs in the main and the genoa reefed to the second mark gives us almost. read more...


29/11/2012

Bardeau - A life on the ocean wave and hotdogs

Done over 300 miles now, with only a bit to go. Last night's great Atlantic cook-off was a creation, by David. For lunch we had mince pate a la circular, with an enveloping fusion of bread on either side. The drink was a tin each of the only thing the Canaries know how to do well, Tropical beer. Eco values are now coming thick and fast to the good ship Bardeau. We have recycling hatches in the ceiling. One is marked Glass and tins, the other food and waste. We on deck all know when our brace of chefs are at work by the profusion of objects that come flying out through the hatches into the sea. As illustrious skipper I keep reminding them to use the right hatch for the right refuse.Our fishing line which we are optimistically trawling across the Atlantic at the moment gave us a pause for. read more...


29/11/2012

Peter von Seestermühe - erste Meldung von der Peter von Seestermühe

Hallo zusammen,hier dann doch mal die erste Meldung von der Peter von Seestermühe.Nach den ersten 24 Stunden sind alle wohlauf. Ein paar Blessuren blieben nicht aus. Wie man Wasser mit der Pütz holt musste schmerzhaft erlernt werden von unsere Halbblondine. Ihre Hand ist jetzt so gut eingepackt von unserem Crewsanitäter, man könnte glauben sie läuft mit Ofenhandschuh durch die Gegend. Tippen bleibt aber schwer.... Aber alles nichts ernsthaftes. Und jetzt weiss die Crew wie Wasser zu holen ist bzw. einfach den Schlauch zu nehmen...Es ging aber sportlich los: Nordöstlicher Wind mit Boen in 8. So sind die ersten 19 Stunden durchweg mit 9 bis 10 Knoten gesegelt worden. Auch haben wir das geschafft was wir nicht schaffen durften: eine Patenthalse. Rig und Segel stehen aber noch und. read more...


29/11/2012

Katherine - Day 2 Who needs Main Sail anyway "26:16.66N 22:10.89W"

Day 2 saw us get a break in the weather to drop our mainsail on deck, sounds so simple, in practice a mammoth task. AB took on riding lessons once more with the boom to cut the lashings and has the bruises to show how well you can grip when at sea riding your boom in a lumpy offshore swell. The only problem with having four on board is that when incidents happen you need all hands and no one seems to have a spare hand for the camera and I also note AB doesn’t seem too keen to hang on for a photo.  With  the main on deck we now know the problem was, at this stage we will see how we go and try and continue without the main. All it means is a bit slower crossing at the moment as we are around 2kn+ slower than normal targets. Bit disappointing as we only got the first 3 hours. read more...


29/11/2012

INNcredible Sea Lodge - Day Two

It's night now after a beautiful sunset followed shortly thereafter by the rising full moon to light our way. Although today started out with strong winds and high seas both have tempered a bit and the wind is pushing 20 knots more or less almost behind us allowing us to point SW. Beautiful day today with sun and a breeze which we all enjoyed. Every one has to follow a watch schedule of on 6 hours and off 9. We always have two people on and during the daytime more people are up any way. The watch schedule moves like a volleyball team so no one is stuck with midnight until 6am more than once every three or four days. No watch schedule is easy to get used to but this one gives one the ability to get a long rest in between. Racing sailors prefer on 4 hours off 4 hours but Nate complains. read more...


29/11/2012

Oranda III - primera noche al SW

Se ha dormido poco. viento frescachon y olas altas han hecho que no se pudiera dormir bien, hacemos puntas de 9 y 10 Kt y nos hemos mojado con alguna ola que otra.Para mantener la moral alta, pensaremos en un menú algo especiál, seguramente callos con garbanzos.Buena proa a todos. read more...



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