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02/12/2012

Ceilidh of Lorne - Losing our bearings!

This morning Ceilidh has now gybed to the South on a course of 230M since around 07:15 as the wind has become more Easterly. We have completed 190Nm as our daily run which means we have averaged 8knots for 5 days now and will celebrate a total of 1,000NM logged since Las Palmas in around 4 hours time. This is a very consistent average which we have never achieved before and has done despite steering problems which is down to a great team performance by all the crew as we continue to steer by hand. Yesterday was a classic ARC day with bright sunny conditions and a F6 NE driving Ceilidh  forward with some style, there was a 3-4 metre swell which she surfed down at 10-12knots whild staying on track. Since the wave period has increased we have found that Ceilidh is. read more...


02/12/2012

Mad Fish - Sunny Sunday

We are currently heading in a SW direction and it is noticeable how much warmer it is getting. Yesterday we saw our first flying fish of the crossing. A check round the deck saw none land onboard over night.For the last three days we have been running under headsail alone. We want an extra 5 knots of wind to fully power us up or 5 knots less so we can hoist the main and get the kite up! No pleasing us!As it is sunday, Emma is treating us to roast beef and yorkshire puddings which is Oli's favorite and something we are all looking forward to. How she prepares food in our galley for two fussy kids and two blokes while rolling away downwind is beyond me! 1970 miles to go......bye for now.Russell. --. read more...


02/12/2012

Jay Jay - Day 6 20N 24W

The good sailing winds continue for us and we're making decent progress.  Having received the GRIB files yesterday,which indicated an inverted trough to the NW of the Cape Verde Islands, we decided to head south to minimise the impact of this weather system.  Being now at 20N we have reverted to a more westerly course, next stop St Lucia.,  I have to confess that all the crew are hoping the seas will calm slightly - trying to cook is proving problematic at the moment with food flying around the galley,  All the nicely prepared stir-fry veg ended up on the floor under the navigator's table on Friday; the freshly baked bread in the washing-up water Saturday lunchtime and the BBQ sauce also in the sink last night.  I'm hoping we've learnt our lesson now! Phil. read more...


04/01/2004

Venomous - 2 December

2 Dec 2012 Venomous Ships BlogPosition: Over half way).Weather: A little Wild at times - Warm, occasional squalls.Windspeed15 - 32 plus / Temperature 24.3c - much hotter sitting here below deck.Race Position: dog catching up (17 39'.780 N - 038 42'.50' W)Top Speed: 20.5 Knots (watch this space)12 noon: Since leaving Las Palmas the deck of Venomous has been lit by the moon. Rising in the east and dropping in the west, it made the perfect natural guide last night towards SL. The crew are made up into 3 watches - 4 hours on, 4 hours off, with most crew on deck during Spinnaker peels (one up, one down). The evenings can be long, but somehow the evening sky can be quite comforting when the stories and laughter dry a little.The further west we head, the later each sunrise seems to be. This is. read more...


02/12/2012

Sam III - SAM III Advent

Statt Kerzen auf dem Tisch haben wir Schaumkronen auf der Welle.Der wind mit 6-7 Bf würde auch jedes Kerzchen auspusten.So surfen wir mit9-10 knvor den Wellen her.Heute Nacht waren viele Squalls im Anmarsch die den Sternenhimmel verdunkeln und mit Regen und starken Böen die Müdigkeitvertreiben. Gebe zu ich wäre lieber Müde.Wie läuft ein Frühstück bei diesem Wetter ab? Nun an Deck geht nicht,da wirdas Regencape gespannt haben,daß uns vor den starken Winden und Regen vonhinten schützt. Also unter Deck. Der Tisch mit Antierutschmattenausgelegt. Funny serviert Gekochtes Ei,Croissonts und Baquette undherrlichen Kaffee.Dann allerdings beginnt der kampf mit der Kränkung: Kaffeein einer Hand,schnell eine Hälfte Baquette belegen, achtung allesfesthalten,reinbeiisen, ein Schluck Kaffee, alles. read more...


02/12/2012

Great Escape of Southampton - Day 6 Great Escape 22 06N 28 56W

Day 6Well, what a great day this has been! We’ve had 25 to 30 knots just aft of the beam for about 48 hours now, 3 to 4m swells, and Great Escape flying along at 9 to 12 knots.  When the moon is behind the few clouds that are around, helming into the dark sea is fantastic.  It gets even more fun when every minute or so there are some really big waves which need some careful helming to get the best speed surfing down the wave backs. The best night’s sailing I can remember!  Before the moon comes up at about 9.30pm, the night sky is really good.  With no light pollution at all, the Milky Way is very obvious.  I need to get used to the Sky Walk App on my phone – so more practice tonight.  We’ve also logged 2 shooting stars so far.In the last 24 hours we’ve. read more...


Great Escape of Southampton - Day 6 Great Escape 22 06N 28 56W
Great Escape of Southampton - Day 6 Great Escape 22 06N 28 56W
02/12/2012

Jus' do it 5 - LOG DAY 5 - on the rum route

Saturday 1st December - Sunday 2nd December 2012 Position @ 1200hrsGMT - 2.12.12 ; 20' 39 N, 029' 38' W miles in last 25 hours; 210  Ian, Annie and Frank see in the dawn with a bottle of Rose Cava to celebrate Ian and Annie's wedding anniversary. It's still quite cloudy after a squally night but a beautiful morning nevertheless. Crew (most!) helmed all night due to the malunction of the autohelm on starboard and the squally conditions. Gusts up to 35 knots - quite constant at 30 for most of the night. We see 2 yachts, one heading south and one which we overtake to starboard. A cargo ship also passes to stern en route to St Petersburg. The clouds clear throughout the morning and we soon have a sunny blue sky, now in the trade winds with the familiar puffy white clouds.. read more...


02/12/2012

Katherine - Day 5 - If there are two boats on the water it's a race

DAY 5Had the best night to date on the water – brilliant moonlight relatively settled seas and an almost consistent wind. Made for a much more pleasurable sail then the previous nights.  Today we have a boat in front of us – one of the Sunday starters - we’ve been slowly creeping up on her and its amazing how suddenly it becomes the point of interest for the change of watch. Not that were competitive just cruising with intent! We are trying to 2nd guess the weather, as there is likely to be a big hole coming up, if we were more experienced with Atlantic weather we may have been brave and tried to go over but discretion says go under. I guess we will know which was the best decision in the end. Slowly trying to make some south but its been a difficult route as we want to keep up. read more...


02/12/2012

Little Pea - Broken poles and near misses

24:50.3N 27:07.1W Day 4 was full of drama.... At about 0900 hrs we tried to launch our spinnaker pole and found that the fitting holding it to the mast had become damaged.  The split pin that holds the retaining bolt in place has worked loose over night and the whole mechanism had buckled.  We couldn't hoist the pole and, in fact, if we did so, the fitting would almost certainly give way and we'd lose the whole things over the side.  With no spare fitting we had to work out a way of stripping the whole thing off the mast and then repairing it.  Several hours later and a fair amount of "I told you we shiuld have brought a vice and a bigger hammer" later, our solution involved a bilge handle, some dyneema, various bolts and pins scrounged. read more...


02/12/2012

Ostrea - fish and 35 knots of wind

Its finally getting warmer out here and we are still heading west southwest towards are fictive waypoint before we turn west to St Lucia. Lastnight was a busy one again with lots of squalls and big winds of approx 35knots from the north east. At midnight we took are main away and sailed only on our reefed genoa. So far we have been seeing other boats at least once a day and currently we are sailing very close to a Norwegian Baltic 37 who told us they have been handsteering all the way so far as their autopilot cannot keep up with the pace. So far we are only handsteering in daylight for power reasons. The Mahi mahi fishing score is 7!! No tuna so far.... We ate all our meat so we need to catch fish now.best regards from all of us out here.Pieter. read more...


02/12/2012

Meltemi - 01.12.2012 - 5. Seetag - Druckstellen

Position: 25-33N / 031-13WCOG: 265 degSOG: 8,0 knCrew und Bordroutine haben sich inzwischen gut aufeinander eingespielt. Wache, Kochen, Schiffsmanoever, alles funktioniert immer besser. Beim Obst und Gemuese gibt es erste Verluste, faule Apfelsinen und Bananen muessen über Bord. Auch wir haben schon so manche "Druckstellen". Der Seegang und kraeftiger Wind in der Nacht fordert so manchen blauen Fleck und bei mir einen blauen Daumen, halb so wild.Wer sagt eigentlich, dass die Strecke von Las Palmas in die Karibik eine Barfussroute ist? Nach 5 Seetagen haben wir 889 nm auf der Logge und voraussichtlich 1.805 nm liegen noch vor uns.So, meine Nachtwache ist jetzt vorbei und ich haue mich in die Koje.Wir hoffen Ihr habt Freude an unserem Logbuch und würden uns über eine kurze Rückmeldung oder. read more...


02/12/2012

Poespas - Day 5

Saturday, 01 December 2012, Day 5Last night making good progress with genoa and mizzen sail fully unfurled going SSW averaging 7,5 knots. Early morning though we managed to find a deep hole all wind had disappeared into and it took us half an hour to paddle out of it.The morning brought immaculate blue skies before it turned into its more normal shade of british grey, the wind much the same, but gusting up to 35 knots and I feel we need to go much further south to get the butter to melt.Our kitchen fairies carry on coming up with all sorts of sailors delights: freshly baked bread at midnight, yummy bread pudding for lunch [says the bread pudding virgin] and the polish version of cabbage and onions for dinner…Instrumental altitudes of the sun were taken at midday and after one of the many. read more...


02/12/2012

Coral IV - Morgenrapport 2. desember

23:01.29N 27:44.58W Søndag 2. desember. 1. søndag i advent, kl 02:00.  Richard og Sam på vakt. Fin driv gjennom ca 3,5 m bølger. Fremdeles butterfly, men med stormfokk i stedet for kutterseil. Det skyldes at seilet revnet ved fire innfestinger! Seilet ble reparert ved møysommelig arbeid av Steinar gjennom ettermiddag og kveld, og kommer på plass igjen så snart det blir dagslys. Dette blir en slags dagbok. Jeg skriver derfor noen ting som ikke nødvendigvis er interessant for deg. For eksempel at watermakeren produserte nok vann i går til å fylle alle tanker. Riktignok stoppet dem mange ganger – men vi fikk den igang igjen uten annen prosedyre enn å kjøre en gjennomspyling. Generatoren stoppet fire ganger i går. Vi fikk ladet alle batterienen til ønskede 80 prosent, men det er en. read more...


Coral IV - Morgenrapport 2. desember
Coral IV - Morgenrapport 2. desember
02/12/2012

Lady Ann -

Just another day at the office..Today, like yesterday, it has been business as usual on Lady Ann. Barrelling along at speeds between 8 and 9 knots, only just below our great circle rhumb line, we see to it that our mini community runs smoothly. Davide starts with scissors and empty drinking water bottles: shredding them into our garbage bag. While doing so he mumbles unintellagable things to no one in particular in what must be his Sardinian language. Sometimes he gets this vague look in his eyes and starts smilimg, which most likely means he is daydreaming (again) about the female welcoming committee in St. Lucia.Fritze has been busy ever since the start of his watch, designing aspreadsheet into which the daily ARC fleet position reports can be uploaded. His next big challenge will be. read more...


01/12/2012

Johanem - 1st December 2012

Dear outside worldIn many ways life on board is much like life at home. Susie and I made our finest chilli con carnes for dinner last night, I've started reading a book, we sleep a lot, we do the washing up etc. However there are a few differences:- you can't walk the dog or go for a jog.- we are a little isolated - as in nobody at all for twelve miles around and most of them safely tucked up in bed over 600 miles away ( 2000 miles if you go the other way).- there's quite a lot of water around. In case you get bored with the salty stuff, it occasionally hammers down from above.- we can't get the X-factor results- our lunch gets interrupted sometimes by orders from the skipper to dangle off various corners of the boat in 27 knot winds and pull bits of string ( tied on of course for those. read more...


01/12/2012

Heartbeat IV - Day 7 - How's That For a Coincidence

After 7 days barely seeing another boat at about 2230h Friday a boat was spotted about 0.5 mile to windward. Who should it be but Selene. So > 1000 miles into the Atlantic with > 200 other boats to see, Heartbeat IV and Selene meet up; have adjacent moorings on the River Crouch in Essex, UK; both have flag officers or former flag officers of the Royal Burnham Yacht Club on board; the respective skippers went to school together; both are doctors; both crew and teams have raced against each other in RORC and East Anglian Offshore racing. Selene reported being under reefed main and furled genny - we on 2 reef main and #3. Conditions as North Sea like as possible - with two possible good exceptions slightly warmer and no wind farms. Selene doing very well - good sailing and tactical. read more...


Heartbeat IV - Day 7 - How's That For a Coincidence
Heartbeat  IV - Day 7 - How's That For a Coincidence
Heartbeat IV - Day 7 - How's That For a Coincidence
Heartbeat  IV - Day 7 - How's That For a Coincidence
Heartbeat IV - Day 7 - How's That For a Coincidence
Heartbeat  IV - Day 7 - How's That For a Coincidence
01/12/2012

Milanto - Log Day 7 - Things are different

Day 7 Its all a little different.I've been in sailing races before, many times in fact. Its pretty straight forward really, you look at the course, make a plan dependanton the wind, then change it a few times using your experience and whim, and then during the course of the race you make fine adjustments, as you see who's doing what and where the shifts are. People expend huge amounts of effort tweaking sheets and halyards, and of course shouting and generally being important and knowledgeable. This Ocean racing, doesn't work like that. You make your plans based on wind predictions days ahead, fine adjustments are simply pretty pointless, well certainly at our level anyway. Your Ellen Macarthur's get benefit from shinning up the mast in the small hours to twist or turn something or. read more...


01/12/2012

Milanto - Log Day 6 - I Think

Day 6. Or at least I think it is.All this unnatural getting up and crashing out every 3 or 4 hours has me a little confused. I know its Thursday, but I think we may have got a little out of sync with days and nights on this blog. So this one maybe a catch up, or it may simply be one too many, but which ever it will now bring us up to and including the nightshift of Thursday, which ends at 07.00.Milanto has sort of started operating in a semblance of a rhythm. We sort of know the routine now, and Grave Yard shift aside, we have kind of worked it out. It helps that the weather system seems to have changed and today (Thursday) has been glorious. The wind remains strong and the sea still resembles the swimming pool after the fat flatulent guy has jumped in, but we are adapting and managing.. read more...


01/12/2012

Milanto - Log Day 5 - The Rain

Day 5. The rain.Well yes, things were slightly different. I don't think that any of us really anticipated that we would encounter rain on this trip. Stupid I suppose, but Canary Islands to St Lucia, where's the rain in that? Well if yesterday is a typical example, a lot as it happens.One or two of us hadn't actually even brought anything waterproof, and there was I thinking that I was ill prepared having just my cycling trousers (although my brand new waterproof shell jacket with hood attracted envious looks). Rain arrived around, well to be honest I cant really remember when exactly, but it was somewhere between starting our first shift at 11.00 and ending it at 15.00, still light in other words. But it was the night shifts where it was hardest really. The deck of Milanto doesn't really. read more...


01/12/2012

Milanto - Log Day 4 - Things gets going

Day 4 - Things start going.So we boarded our 'train' at around 9pm yesterday (Monday) evening. It began life as the casual country variety, which even had halts or two for us to take in the view, but by around 01:30 this morning it morphed into something far more expressive. We, the crew, are divided into two 'watches', each rather neatly I'd say, having one German and one Brit. But what stands each apart, is B Watch's Frenchwoman (will anything ever change!), and our own American who makes up the happy trio that is A Watch, of which I myself am apart; a healthy rivalry has developed pretty quickly, and with each responsible for the others smooth passage during rest time, the stakes are high. The day is split into 7 watches, but there will be plenty of time for that another. read more...


01/12/2012

Milanto - Log Day 3 (The start Part 2)

Day 3, we start to restart.However sophisticated weather computer modelling is these days, what you actually wake up to each day retains more than a modicum of mystery, andthere is something pretty uplifting about that isn't there. We may have moved on from actively worshiping the sun (although looking along the impressive length of the sun cream display in the Gatwick branch of Boots you could be forgiven for assuming the faith was still going strong), but really we are still on Chapter One of the book of 'What will the sky do tomorrow?' In fact on Milanto, and all our neighbouring boats in the Marina, we are still on the prequel 'What the F*** will happen today?'.So with this in mind, we decided to throw caution to the wind and leave.Once we start we are to go back to where we finished. read more...


01/12/2012

Milanto - Log Day 2 (The Start Part 1)

Day two...So, we were off then. The 'powers that be' decreed that it was safe for the racers to race, and the cruisers to cruise should they wish. The latter also having the option to delay until Tuesday, we racers have to cross the start line. 'Safe but uncomfortable' is how it was described to us as we made our final preparations, but being in the racing division, we would be disqualified if we were not at the start at 12:45. The wind was coming from the South West, which meant an uncomfortable beat into 4m waves fora day or two. Force 6 with conditions to match is not what we had hoped for, but we were here to sail and that meant we would have an exciting start and a baptism by fire.Well at least that was the idea...Yesterday the marina was a hive of activity with people tinkering,. read more...


01/12/2012

Milanto - Log Day 1 - It Begins (we hope)

It begins (or at least we hope it does)...Like many a good yarn, our story begins with a truly multi-national lineup, however, there are a few more of us than the jokes typically involve. We are in fact at least two, probably even three jokes' worth: an Italian and a Frenchwoman, an American and two Germans, and last, but not in the least bit least, (did you hear the one about the...) three Englishmen. What's more, in our case, we all meet for the first timefrom our four corners, not in the ubiquitous bar or pub (and there are plenty here on our little Las Palmas strip), but on pontoon S17 in Muella Deportiva marina. On board a royal blue 46ft Swan Yacht called Milanto.Seven carnivores and one vegetarian; one woman and seven men; six IT geeks, and two relative luddites; two seasoned. read more...


01/12/2012

Peter von Seestermühe - PVS 01.12.12

Liebe Peterfans, und insbesondere heute, lieber Ben!Ben mein Schatz, herzlichen Glückwunsch von Deinem Papa zum Geburtstag!Ich drücke Dich! @Bine Baby: Bitte ruf Ben heute an und sag ihm dass er den Blog lesen soll und erklär ihm wie. Dicker Kuss an Dich und Tommy! Also die größte Neuigkeit seit dem Letzen einloggen und bis auf Bens 11. Geburtstag am heutigenTag: der Wind ist östlicher geworden und die Dünung kommt jetzt auch aus Osten. Und wir sindgestern Nacht eine Halse gefahren. FISCHALARM!!!! Schade. Fehlalarm. Der Zweite heute.Fahren weiterhin mit Klüver, Genoa und gereftem Gross. Wind ist weiterhin pfiffig, böeig undvorantreibend. Wir fahren weiterhin im Durchschnitt 8 Knoten. Die Fahrt ist weiterhin nass, aber eswird wärmer. So warm das die Halbblondine sich ohne Trombosestrümpfe. read more...


01/12/2012

Orion - Fishing

We are now on the 5th day and the golden hook is out using Keith's clever roller system made from an old plastic bottle and rubber bands. We are excited to see if a fish actually can swim with a speed of 7-8 knots and if the roller can stand the pull from a catch. We are close to one third of the distance to St Lucia. We had company from a competitor trailing us, but it is not visible anymore and we attribute that to our excellent sailing skills. HenrikFantastic sailing today, surfing the waves as they came along. People are getting inventive and we all are in a positive mood. No much visual activity about other contesters but we know they are there. This is great. DOMINGOTook some more sextant readings today and trying to get my head round all the different calculations. Keith is very. read more...


01/12/2012

Easy Rider - Log 3.....day 5

THE START And I thought nothing else could go wrong! 1/2 hour before takeoff we discovered we had a fresh water leak under the port bathrooms in a totally inaccessible place. We managed that problem by turning the water pressure off. We left with great excitement but no cheering fans or steel bands to see us off (as start had been delayed)! But we did look smart and I may have imagined it but I think one person took a photo! Hope so as I waved frantically! Grey and overcast (not raining- always look on the bright side) with a decent breeze blowing from the NE! Perfect.   Eventually settled into a routine and stopped telling each other what to do. David caught and lost a fish which he insisted was larger than Tyson- just as well as we would need a larger boat.. read more...


01/12/2012

Vaquita - week one

Day seven in our third ARC and I haven't managed to report back and have only taken 15 photos and a short video. Maybe I got a bit lazy, but have had quite a bit on as well!Very tricky start this year; two wind systems fighting each other. A last minute headsail change and the blanketing of larger yachts stopped us 50 meters from the line. Only Berenice got right away into the fresh southerly wind, while we had to fight light winds downwind.Once free we opted for a mid inshore route to get into the southerly breeze. The plan worked out alright and we found ourselves amidst much larger yachts in position 4 or 5. Near the airport we had to let Auliana and Tyke go; there's no way we can keep up with yachts 20 feet longer hard on the wind.While the Madeira low delivered some exceptional ARC. read more...


01/12/2012

Coral IV - Breakages:

 Day five has been all about breaking things. I slumped in to bed in the early hours after a lengthy night watch surrounded by foreboding looking storm clouds and fell asleep immediately. The much needed rest was short lived, however, as I was rudely awoken by the flogging of sails and demented shouts which sounded unmistakeably like a group of Scandinavians trying to deal with a nasty problem.On deck, things weren’t looking too good; in trying to gybe the Genoa and staysail across in opposite directions, a nasty tangle had left the Genoa partially furled and hopelessly jammed in a tourniquet of its own sheets. It was clearly going to flog itself to bits quite rapidly. Memories of a deeply incompetent sailing instructor I once worked with who tried to deal with a similar problem by. read more...


Coral IV - Breakages: damage to a sail today
Coral IV - Breakages: damage to a sail today
Coral IV - Carl preparing dinner
Coral IV - Carl preparing dinner
Coral IV - Richard at the pantry
Coral IV - Richard at the pantry
Coral IV - One of the other ARC participants
Coral IV - One of the other ARC participants
Coral IV - From the start in Las Palmas 27 November
Coral IV - From the start in Las Palmas 27 November
01/12/2012

Loupan - Mot Västindien - dygn 4

Här är det mesta sig likt . Vi har sen i tisdags kväll slörat/länsat för styrbords halsar, men tidigt i morse började vinden vrida så mycket mot ost att det var lagom att gippa. På den här bogen kommer vi nu att fortsätta några dagar. Segelsättningen har också varit ganska konstant, två rev i storen och spirad genua 3, som ibland är utrullad och ibland inrullad lite grann eller ibland helt. Vindstyrkan håller sig fortsatt runt 20-25 knop med kortare perioder med lite mindre eller mer vind. till St LuVi har under dagen passerat Kräftans vändkrets och har nu mindre än 2000 sjömil till St Lucia.Nu har vi inte sett några andra båtar på över ett dygn. På positionsrapporterna från ARC ser vi ju att de finns  härute, men man ser ju bara några sjömil.Vi har börjat se lite flygfisk, roligt. read more...


01/12/2012

Bristolian - Day 7 - under bombardment

Photo attached is one of several kamakazi flying fish that have attempted to take over the boat.So far we have managed to repel them all although Richard found one in his pants (or at least thats what he said it was)Curry night passed well, so to speak, although there was a near disaster as the Lamb Jalfrezi escaped across the galley floor after a particularly violent lurch.The cook was heard praying to the great curry god, Pharr, King of Hell shortly afterwards. Luckily next weeks ration had only just gone to the freezer so disaster was averted.Sailing-wise all going well. A bit of excitement when a shackle came off the main, caused by an errant splitpin, but situation was swiftly brought under control thanks to acrobatics by Paddy and Lachie. Very consistant wind and waves for the past. read more...


Bristolian - Day 7 - under bombardment
Bristolian - Day 7 - under bombardment
01/12/2012

Rafiki - Friday 30th November

Emily writes:)Friday was our fourth day at sea and we have now got our sea legs. Today the waves were calmer than they have been previously. We have been doing a good speed of 7 to 10 kts and we are all really enjoying it. Sadly, we did not see any dolphins or other wildlife until we put out both of our fishing lines.It was mid-morning when we caught a fish on our "Johnny no-stars" line, which has now become "Johnny One-star". At first we thought we had caught a small tuna, but as we reeled it in, it appeared to be bigger and bigger and bigger. James and I got really excited when we brought it on board, because it was absolutely enormous. But it wasn't a tuna - what could it have been? It was yellowy gold with a blue fan fin all the way down its back and it had dark blue spots on it. It. read more...


01/12/2012

Capricho - Dia 5 - Amanecio lloviendo

Posición actual                                               Día Nº 527ºN ~01,1’26ºW~06.9’              Distancia recorrida : 209 MN                      Velocidad promedio :   8- NudosVientos del :  E-NE                                        Velocidad del viento : 23+ NudosEstado de Animo :  continua Alto y todos contentos.  Amanecimos con lluvia y el cielo como si fueran las 7 de la noche, aun siendo las 8 de la mañana.   Hemos cocinando con Julian en los últimos 2 días, preparando los almuerzos (esta tirando todo el repertorio de recetas –o el único?. Anoche repetimos la dosis colombiana de papa salada, esta vez con un guacamole todo preparado por el flaco, para la guardia o turno de la noche. Diferencia con el “tente-en-pie” de celadores, vigilantes, porteros o “sereno” como le. read more...


Capricho - Dia 5 - Amanecio lloviendo
Capricho - Dia 5 - Amanecio lloviendo
01/12/2012

Skyelark of London - Day 5 on Skyelark

Day 5A delicious evening meal was served on the 'poop' deck, the freshly caught Dorado(Thanks Buller Bear!!! J) baked in lemon, garlic and onions served with new potatoes and the seasons vegetables, and a glass of white wine.Brisk winds over night with the odd squall and gusts in the late 30 knots saw helmsman Steve touch 12.4 knts/h . Good helming today, Phil saw 12.8knts/h so we are really flying.Just after dawn there was a fabulous double rainbow (where there is one rainbow inside a second - there is a particular name for this phenomenen which we cant remember so someone google it and let us know please?!). The rainbow was only just short of a full circle with the two ends just close to the bow. Unbelievable and unforgettable image. By the time we got the camera up to the bows if had. read more...


Skyelark of London - Day 5 on Skyelark
Skyelark of London - Day 5 on Skyelark
01/12/2012

Bardeau - The present

Well it was present day today carried out over the ground dog double hour at lunchtime served by David...this was a fusion of baby cocktail dogs stuck with very dangerous tooth pick devices, which have the advantage of being able to pick one's teeth whilst chomping. The rest of the motleys were served spainish omelette with green and potato like things embedded. Mateus supplies running dangerously low: 3 bottles left.It' suddenly gone from cold grey and gloomy to boiling hot a bit like an English summer. No fishing at moment due to a shortage of lures and excess of onboard food. Genevieve cooked some gluten free bread, but the result was as much bread free as gluten free. 1 to the sharks. Nil to Bardeau, but as yet I have declined to comment openly, I find a few vicious looks here and. read more...


01/12/2012

Ntanda - Blog Day 5 (6) - HOLD FAST!

We had a bit on again last night. With the kite up most of the day we felt quite comfortable as dusk came and the change of watch put yours truly on the helm. Pitch darkness fell as with the nearly full moon not yet up heavy cloud cover the only thing visible were the jumbo instrument repeaters at the mast. Strange times indeed tearing down waves at 14kts with only flickering numbers on the instruments and the feel in your feet to tell you which way to turn the helm so as not to broach. Still we made it through to the watch change as the moonlight started to filter through and thought the worst to be over as we had a horizon and the wind was reasonably steady at 20-25kts. However 4 hours later we got a wake up call; with Mike on the helm a big wave picked up the back of the boat and. read more...


01/12/2012

Indulgence - Three things slipped by Indulgence today.

Saturday 1st DecemberCurrent Position: N 22o 58'.137W 24o 38".831 Current Speed : 6.8 knotsDistance to finish at Saint Lucia : 2123 nm* * * * * Three things slipped by Indulgence today. The Indulgence Times :In headline news, Jambon Hoche, the yachts mascot, was swept away in what we believe was an involuntary gybe during the middle of the night. Hoche was a pink little pig that has sailed with Aidan on his last boat Argus and more recently Indulgence. Since 2005, he has been tied onto the ships binnacle, but that was until the early hours of this morning. A memorial was held in his honour with close friends and family present. May he rest in peace and swim with the fish forever. A coronary investigation is now being held into the matter. In other news, we managed to avoid a close. read more...


Indulgence - Three things slipped by Indulgence today.
Indulgence - Three things slipped by Indulgence today.