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06/12/2012

Coral IV - Tropical storms

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


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

El Mundo - Thursday 6th December

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


06/12/2012

Puddle Jumper - blog 6th Dec 2012

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


18/11/2011

Morning Star - Carl blog2

Fri Nov 18 @15:30 Three hundred forty seven miles to go.Should be there sometime late Sun afternoon.We're moving along nicely at about 7.5 kts in 14 kts wind about 70 degrees off our bow, a nice point of sail.We've been on this tack forever.Life at 15 to 20 degrees of heel can be wearing.A period at closer to 25 degrees was downright aggravating. Fortunately spirts are good even though we're abstaining from spirits.I only do very terse, rude messages from the navigation computer which hooks directly to the email outlet.Trying to keep from sliding in the chair onto the keyboard is a challenge which soon grows tedious.  Yesterday we caught 3 dorados aka mahi mahi fish.We let the last one go as it was getting later and the fish was small.The two Johns are our fishermen, and John Kraft. read more...


06/12/2012

Ace - at Sea

Good Afternoon, Sorry for the late transmission today. Yesterday and today are the days we knew we would be sailing through a trough of light air and it presented lots of challenges. In addition to losing our air any going 4 knots or less at times, we had to sail a course that was slightly away from St Lucia in order to get to a more favorable wind. As a consequence you may have noticed that we sailed far less distance yesterday than in previous days. Last night we actually sailed away from our destination by about 35 miles. Sometimes it takes a lot of patience and faith in the navigation team! Late this afternoon we finally set a course directly to St.Lucia and put up our first spinnaker. As the sun set a few minutes ago we dropped the kite and put up a working jib for the night sail.. read more...


06/12/2012

Bardeau - Half Way Moet

17.44N 37.27WViolent argument on board. One bottle of Moet, 2 of Cava. C.Dundee calls the Cava Methode Champagnois...we all call it something not suitable for a family blog. 5 voted save fizz for end...1, Animal voted drink it now...so we drank it. Argument over. The exact moment of crossing the half way linewas interrupted by Mr Kennedy losing the seventh fish in 2 days ... whenever he approaches the rod...it goes limp. Wendy (Mrs K) please note. In fact so little fish has been landed that there is a hot dog crisis looming. 15 varieties down to three. JK estimates with his sextant and Colonel Norries book of Celestials we have 4 yards of hot dogs left. And so the water became thick with Cava and Champagne corks whilst we approached the line at 12.30....anyway enough of the nautical. read more...


06/12/2012

Rivendell - Log: "Rainy Days and Sunday's Get Me Down"

5 December 2012: "Rainy Days and Sunday's Get Me Down"Not really, it was a popular song title years ago. Today we experienced the first substantial rain storms of our voyage. Each night we've often had a very brief light rain squall, but today it was different. The winds were light 12 to 18 knots, but the rain was very heavy. It just poured! I would say that we encountered about 4 1/2 hours of rain. Interesting the crew opted to stay inside - Bruce and Ben were out on deck practically all of the time with brief visits by Ian and Dom. Everyone else were content to stay inside and watch movies that we have been down loading from the internet. Which is fine. After tonight's evening snacks and a brief movie - we will get back to our normal watch schedule. The discussion is coming up - when. read more...


06/12/2012

Orion - Dag 10

HeiStartet med nattevakt sammen Henrik : Kl. 05.00 Henrik styrer, plutselig skriker han " something hit my face " og boyer seg over rattet. Jeg finner lommelykten og ser at en flyvefisk har truffet Henrik midt i panna. Den ligger naa og spreller paa dorken.KL. 06.00 Jeg har styrt siden Henrik fikk fisken i panna. Vi bytter, men han er tydeligvis fortumlet enna for i det oyeblikket jeg kommer til luka horer jeg et brak, snur meg og ser kun de lange beina til Henrik over pidestallen. Han har tydeligvis vondt i rygge, saa jeg tar over igjen.KL 09.30 : Ligger og sover,kommer et vanvittig spetakkel fra cockpit. Spretter opp i bare trusa og synet som motte meg kommer jeg aldri til aa glemme. Keith styrer baaten staaende paa cockpitbenken. Russeren ligger og slaass paa doerken med en Blue. read more...


06/12/2012

Orion - Week 2, Thursday 6th

Today was the big fishing triumph with Alex catching a 2 metre long blue marlin. It was properly sedated with Kalashnikov vodka before being cleaned and cut into fillets. We have more meat than we can eat. Henrik. This ARC this year is such a fantastic sailing experience, endless beam and broad reaching as fast as you dare to go with out breaking the equipment. The crew, now a team all going for their own golds, all working together, as this way they will all live their own dream. To see the star constellation Orion pass over the mast top of yacht Orion is one of our 24hr highlights. Keith It has been a very fishy day one way an another... I woke during the night to the sound of hysterical laughter from the cockpit and discovered that Henrik had been hit on the face by another flying. read more...


06/12/2012

Senta - Day 10

We celebrated half way yesterday with one drink, the first on this trip. After the happy times in Las Palmas we have not missed alcohol at all. Only 1200 miles to go and as our weather guru from wetterdienst had predicted we are in the middle of a low. So back with the reef (we have only sailed unreefed for one day) and out with the No 3 jib. The wind is from the side and we are still doing more than 7 knots, but it is grey and rainy. Inside the boat it is hot and humid as we can't open the hatches due to rain and waves. Last night we had squalls etc and nobody slept a lot. I believe we will not ever get trade winds on this trip, it is just one of those years. Fresh food slowly running out, still have some apples, bananas and a mango. Tonight has chicken stirfry on the menu. the guys. read more...


06/12/2012

Caryali - la buona vecchia bolina mediterranea

ciao ciao qui si prosegue tutto bene salvo che l'aliseo ha ceduto il posto ad un vento da sud che ci obbliga a cimentarci in una bolina oceanica.. davvero non pensavamo. stiamo avanzando abbastanza velocemente e stranamente ci e' passato sopra una specie di pappagallo. sicuramente no da terra siamo troppo lontani magari da una nave scappato chissa??. umore a bordo sempre buono anche se ce chi comincia a chiedersi cosa fara' una volta a terra a santa lucia. insomma bellissima esperienza ma il richiamo della terra e' sempre forte. le giornate volano via e non si ha davvero il tempo di annoiarsi tra pesca vela qualcosa da riparare la cucina e per alcuni il cinema serale si va via veloci. le giornate sono lunghe perche siamo ancora con rario utc e quindi abbiamo il sole sino alle 8 /9. read more...


06/12/2012

Loupan - Mot Västindien- 6 december

Efter gårdagen följde en natt då vi hela tiden på långt avstånd kunde följa åskväder som låg ute på havet. Vi var varnade av Mads att det skulle kunna finnas en hel del åska och kraftigt regn i samband med en lågtryckspassage längre norrut. Vid 5-tiden på morgonen var det sedan dags att stifta närmare bekantskap med åskan och regnet. Som tur var blev det inte så kraftig åska på nära håll, men våra livs häftigaste regnväder som varade i tre timmar. Häftigt var ordet! När regnet slutat dog vinden och vi har gått för motor några timmar när vinden helt dött ut. Man får göra det i cruisingklassen, som ju vi seglar i. Dock får man tilläggstid för motorgång, men det är inte så kul att ligga och gunga i dyningen (2-3 meter) heller. Vi hör andra båtar på VHFen runt omkring som också saknar. read more...


06/12/2012

Capricho - Día Nº 10 - Sale el sol

Día Nº 10 Posición actual                 21ºN ~17,0’45ºW~28,5’              Distancia recorrida del día : 161 MN          Velocidad promedio : 6.7 Nudos En ese tiempo de mierda que tuvimos ayer, se me olvido contarles que paso a nuestro lado un pequeño yate privado, el Vibrant de 279 pies. Sostuvimos una corta y amable charla con el Capitán Ingles, al principio very proper y hasta cauteloso, pero cuando supo que estábamos en el ARC se convirtió en un típico marinero cuentero. Se cruzan de Palmas a Saint Martin, a velocidad de crucero en modo de conservación de combustible 9 días. No es lo que cuesta. read more...


Capricho - Día Nº 10 - Sale el sol
Capricho - Día Nº 10 - Sale el sol
06/12/2012

Laissez-faire - Media Release

This goes out to our large and ever growing global fan base.Due to some minor complaints about the language used in our first post this is what we have to say on the matter:It was not our intention to offend the language used was harsh but we did not so intend.For those who are concerned everyday we remind Rick to brush his teethAlthough changing his undies might be greater feat.to date a lot of nudity going down,to our female followers I bet you wana know who wears the crown, we will leave this for your minds to wander,while we sit on the back waiting for mahimahi and ponder.Life is lonely out on the sea, but in its own way it looks like iv found the meaning of life for both you and me.Yes we're getting deep on the Laissez-faire like you do,pondering the big questions like are we the. read more...


06/12/2012

Morpion - Jeudi 6 Decembre 22°01N:41°00W

Bon la VMG, comme promis.Comment ça marche un bateau à voile ? Lentement ! Et surtout, rarement dansla bonne direction.Pour la faire courte (mais bonne) un bateau performant, standard,fonctionne correctement entre 30 et 150 degrés du vent. Je m’explique. Sivous vous mettez face au vent, dans la rue par exemple, et que vousimaginez être un bateau (oui c’est bizarre je le conçois), afin d’avancervers l’avant il vous faudra vous tourner un peu sur le coté – disons versla gauche. La si le vent arrive entre 0 et 30° de votre axe (<13H, sur unemontre « virtuelle ») vous avez le vent dans le pif : c’est mort. Entre 30°et 60° vous allez avancer au « Près » (entre 13H et 14H), entre 60 et 120vous allez être dans des allures que les anglais appellent « Reaching » (ceterme pseudo-savant. read more...


06/12/2012

Baringo - Thu 6 Dec - Fishing Triumph

Dear Readers, Here on the good ship Baringo our deck mate 1st class David Surman has struck gold with a 10kg Mahi Mahi fish which will soon grace the dining table - its no.1 mess dress for the high table this evening. Crew morale has risen with the fishing triumph & the sunshine and a considerably calmer sea as we crack along at a comfortable pace towards 40 degrees west - our notional or psychological half way line of longitude. In respect of our sailing we are still somewhat hampered by the early loss of our main large head sail - the clew chaffed through - but are doing our best to make up for its loss and using what other sails we have; and have been fortunate to have fair winds that have generally favoured what sails we have. Thus far the rest of the boat is proving to be very. read more...


06/12/2012

Skyelark of London - Day 9 on Skyelark

Day 9Last night was particularly dark! Might sound silly back home but you have to be here to experience the difference between complete and utter darkness and a moonlit sky, the contrast is incredible. As we continue our push west the phosphorescence in the sea is growing, it looks like someone is sprinkling fairy dust behind the boat, Incredible!As dawn approached, we entered an area of squalls! Whilst we have seen some on the way, these were different and much more aggressive. Winds gusting to 40 knots and torrential rain, generally from the wrong direction (this wasn't in the brochure) all to a back drop of prolonged lightning. Bob was in his element!By mid morning the entire crew were completely drenched, I mean completely.  Dan's shorts and shirt became transparent, cheered. read more...


Skyelark of London - Day 9 on Skyelark
Skyelark of London - Day 9 on Skyelark
06/12/2012

Fidelis - Day 9, 155 nm, by Thomas

First time I put out the fishing rod I lost the lure. The second time the fish broke part of our line. But today i put out the line and 5 minutes later me and Roberto had a 85 cm Mahi Mahi on the line, which we will be eating tonight. We also saw lots of dolphins. tonight we are also having our halfway champagne bottle. Which we are all very much looking forward to.we are toasting to our grannies birthday . HAPPY BIRTHDAY OMA JETJEde eerste keer dat ik een vishengel uitgooide ging het aas ervan af. De tweede keer had een vis de lijn gebroken maar vandaag gooide ik de hengel uit en binnen 5 minuten hadden ik en roberto een 85 cm mahi mahi aan de lijn die we vanavond gaan eten. We hebben vandaag ook een goep van tientallen dolfijnen gezien. en vanavond drinken wij onze halverwegen. read more...


06/12/2012

Stormvogel - 10. Seetag - Bergfest!

Heute feiern wir unser Bergfest - jedenfalls nach Meilen. Die halbe Strecke haben wir hinter uns. Hurra!Ob wir noch 10 Tage brauchen oder doch 12 (oder mehr?) wissen wir noch nicht. Das hängt ganz massiv vom Wind ab. Lt. METABO wird der eher immer weniger und unsere guten Tagesergebnisse werden wir dann vielleicht nicht halten können.Womit wir bei einer Korrektur von gestern sind: Aus unerfindlichen Gründen hat der Skipper gestern den Wetterbericht für den falschen Quadranten gelesen und "viel Wind" verkündet. Das Gegenteil ist der Fall. Wir hatten heute erstmals mit wenig Wind zu kämpfen und unseren WINGAKER ausprobiert. Haben ihn aber gerade für die Nacht weg genommen.Ansonsten sind wir in relativer Nähe zu zwei anderen ARC Boote - wie die sich wohl hier verirrt haben?Für heute stehen. read more...


06/12/2012

Intrepid Bear - Unexpected visitors

After 10 days of large swell, winds from the South and close hauled port tacks (that wasn't in the brochure!), we're now motoring. Very much feeling the effects of the low we tried to duck under and currently seeing 3 knots of wind, not really enough to push us along comfortably. As a result, engine is on and fishing rods are out. Had tried to do some fishing already but it seems that surfing down waves isn't conducive to keeping lures on the line...let's see if we have better luck now we're going somewhat slower. The let up in the wind has allowed us one expected pleasure...taking the plunge in the middle of the Atlantic. After assuring the kids that there weren't any whales, sharks etc, in we all jumped. First surprise..it's WARM!! Not warm as in "a little tepid but it will warm up",. read more...


06/12/2012

Sam III - Santa Claus

Wie wahrscheinlich bei allen 230 Booten auch war bei uns Nikolaus zu Besuch (s.Foto).Die Crew von SAM III wünscht allen einen schönen Nikolaustag! Wir haben gerade Christstollen und Käsekuchen mit Spekulatius genossen und an Zuhause gedacht. Übrigens hat Nikolaus hier nur eine Badehose und Mütze (gegen die Sonne) auf.Angeregt von dieser Erscheinung sind wir erstmal mit 4kn Fahrtim Schiff schwimmen gegangen. Gefühlte 30° Wassertemperatur, nicht zum Aushalte, aber durchaus eine Alternative zum Kaminfeuer. Also, lasst Euch die Nasen nicht erfrieren und feiert schön!Euer Skip Christoph. read more...


Sam III - Santa Claus
Sam III - Santa Claus
06/12/2012

Northern Child - Daily Log 8 - 4/12/12 - The one that got away!

The one that got away! Daily Run    209m DTT             197nm Lunch           Spanish Omlette and home made ColeslawDinner           Pork Sausages & Mash with Onion Gravy Today has been a nice simple day.  No sail changes, no sail repairs, no dramas, just plain sunshine sailing towards St Lucia.  Now THIS, is why we do it - the easy miles in the right direction to conquer our next destination - which I suspect will be the bar in Rodney Bay Marina........ The less demanding conditions have meant that all the crew have had a chance to do more steering which is. read more...


06/12/2012

Scarlet Oyster - Lying Grib files!

Hi All,Been a few days since I found time to write anything, anything I wrote yesterday would have sounded a bit negative with being stuck in a wind hole!I seemed to have developed a knack for seeking out windless areas, this is not a talent I am too proud of to be honest, could be useful for a spot of mid atlantic wakeboarding perhaps but is not too handy in a yacht race!We got a little stuck for 6hrs a few days ago, having given a windless area a wider berth than others around us, they carried on we parked!Had a night of biblical rain, at times the cockpit drains were struggling so we had a mini foot spar, these drains can clear the cockpit in a couple of mins when we fill it with a big wave, so, the rain was pretty hard! (though moving some of the debris and spare lines that had. read more...


06/12/2012

Surfing Petrel - Back on track

The wind dropped off yesterday afternoon, eventually reading 0.1 knots in the middle of the night, with not a ripple on the sea which by then was helpfully lit by the moon. However, there is always some swell on the ocean, and so the sails flogged noisily from side to side, preventing some from getting their allocated quota of beauty sleep. The wind finally filled in from the northeast, and Surfing Petrel is now up to surfing speed, heading in the general direction of the finish line for once. We have seen only one other yacht and a couple of ships in the past week, living in our own world at sea, and are not missing the pre-Christmas commercial fest, dodgy xmas muzak, or the smell of cinammon being pumped into supermarkets.Only 545 miles of peace left! Miranda/ Surfing Petrel. read more...


06/12/2012

Enya - Half Way to St Lucia

Well, we are now over half way to St Lucia (based upon our planned route, heading south, close to the Cape Verde Islands) and have continued to benefit from moderate to strong north easterly winds, although we have now encountered two significant issues which have combined to cause us to lose time due to sailing under mainsail alone for a day and a half.This week started around 6am last Sunday morning, when Fred heard a loud squeaking noise coming from the rudder mechanism, which is located directly underneath his berth. Complete dismantling of his and Andrew’s berths was required to allow further investigation. This showed that it was not a major problem and it was quickly solved with a liberal application of WD40. A suspected recurrence, later that day, caused the berths to be removed. read more...


06/12/2012

Murphy - Farewell to an old friend and hallo to a new game – Day 10

The weatherToday's log is being written in conditions that can only be described as miserable (not the crew you understand, just the weather) – a palette of greys (at least 50 Shades!), a pall of clouds and an overwhelming dampness. We expect better. It would be nice if having used a towel one emerged drier than one started – not the case today, particularly if, like the captain, one drops it in the shower. Nevertheless the wind is staying pretty strong allowing us, despite a more southerly course to move a further166 miles closer to St Lucia in 24 hours.Half way confirmedAs expected we reached the half way point yesterday afternoon, just in time for happy hour, and to make things a bit special eschewed the gin and tonic in favour of a frisky young Rioja Crianza. It went down very. read more...


Murphy - Muggi replaced
Murphy - Muggi replaced
Murphy - In the dry
Murphy - In the dry
Murphy - In the wet
Murphy - In the wet
Murphy - Same place different poison
Murphy - Same place different poison
Murphy - Dawn day 10
Murphy - Dawn day 10
06/12/2012

Marlin - 1/3 hinter uns. Erste Woche vorbei....

So, es ist endlich an der Zeit für unseren ersten Marlin Bericht...Wir haben 1/3 der Strecke hinter uns gebracht und befinden uns gerade ungefaehr westlich der Kap Verden. In dieser ersten Woche ist in der Tat schon sehr viel Atlantik Meerwasser unter und auch über uns durchgerauscht. Die ersten paar Tage nach dem Start am Dienstag hatten es ziemlich in sich. Wir durften mit unserer Marlin bis zu 6-8m Wellen "hinunter surfen". Die Bedingungen zum Toern beginn waren also, wie wollen wir das mal ausdrücken, Medikament, blaue Flecken und kaputte Zehen foerdernd. Langsam aber sicher werden die Bedingungen aber besser und auch das Bordleben kommt langsam in einen Rhythmus. Es gibt Zeit zum Fischen, "Braetle", Spiele spielen und einige Verrueckte, die sich tatsaechlich regelmaeßig ein. read more...


06/12/2012

Sam III - Bergfest

Bereits am Dienstag abend haben wir Bergfest gefeiert ,1422sm theoretisch haben wir die hälfte geschafft.Der erste Alkohol in Form von Sekt wurde von dre Crew genossen.Obwohl die lange Abstinenz sich in maximaler Wirkung bemerkbar machte .Alle sind super drauf , die Fische beissen pünktlich wenn die Pfanne heiss ist,das Wetter ist fantastisch.Gut das wir unseren Kurs weiter nach Süden verlegt haben und so den Tiefdruckgebieten und einem Sturm ausweichen.Gripfiles sei dank! Seit der Nacht von Dienstag auf Mittwoch haben wir einen Passagier an Bord.Nein keinen Flüchtling aus Afrika,sondern einen schneeweisen Vogel.den Namen wissen wir nicht,aber es ist einer der Vögel die auf Rindern und Flusspferden sitzen und Ungeziefer aus dem Fell picken.Er muß wohl mit den stürmischen Winden von der. read more...


Sam III - Bergfest
Sam III - Bergfest
Sam III - Bergfest
Sam III - Bergfest
06/12/2012

Selene - Thursady 6th December

Now this is more like it!Last night was, on the whole gentle, rather better on the leeward bunk than the windward, but after staying on port tack until the wind veered round to 270 - the direction we wished to go, then tacking we have continued to make good upwind progress but only 140 miles run yesterday. It could have been much worse. We seemed to miss the predicted wind hole. Overnight the wind freed and steadied to 12-14kts at 025, as predicted. Some gentle showers, but on the whole a clear night and a nice red sky at sunset.After a hearty breakfast of porridge, OJ and coffee we hoisted the pink asymmetric kite managing a course of 270 with a TWA of 120 - perfect conditions. Our speed was surprisingly down and there followed an amusing debate between the skipper and the navigator as. read more...


06/12/2012

Ceilidh of Lorne - Back on the West Coast of Scotland?

ARC Day 9 Ceilidh’s Daily run by log was 200NM on a course of 250M with a wind angle of 100T at F4 and full sail set. Again a really fantastic consistent performance sailing on a beam reach with 14-16knots of breeze and hand steered by all the watches once again. Almost a surreal 24hrs to report this morning with first of all the warmest and most pleasant day of the trip yesterday  as Ceilidh showed her quick step again to cruise at 9knots with ease. The sea conditions were the most comfortable yet with just a slight beam swell. We held our mid Atlantic celebration with some excellent snacks and a cold  beer all round. We all felt it was amazing to have reached this point already and for me it put in perspective a year’s planning for the whole trip. We had. read more...


Ceilidh of Lorne - Back on the West Coast of Scotland?
Ceilidh of Lorne - Back on the West Coast of Scotland?
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...