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07/12/2012

Coral IV - Lågtryck

Vädret på oceanerna är inte som vädret hemma. På oceanerna är vädretförhållandevis förutsägbart. Seglar man på de breddgrader vi gör seglar man i deså kallade passadvindarna. Dessa blåser nästan alltid östligt eller nordöstligt(“medvind” för oss) – typiskt med 15 till 25 knops vindstyrka vilket passaroceanseglare utmärkt. Columbus var den första att upptäcka och användapassadvindarna och med deras hjälp tog han sig fyra gånger över Atlanten ochtillbaka.   Genom rapporter från tävlingsledningen får vi ibland uppdateringar på hurdet går för de andra båtarna. De första dagarna rapporterades att en handfullbåtar av de drygt 200 tvingats avbryta seglatsen. Orsaker kunde vara en skadadbesättningsmedlem som behövde få vård, eller något allvarligare problem medbåten. Några av båtarna. read more...


07/12/2012

Sam III - Funny Im Erholungsgebiet

Nachdem wir die Starkwindzonen nun schon länger hinter uns haben,sind wir seit gestern morgen im Atlantischen Erholungsgebiet gelandet.Flaute mir 1-2kn Wind oder besser einem Hauch von selben.Das Meer glatt wie Ol.30° im Schatten.Also Badeplattform aufgeklappt und reins in 3850 m tiefer Wasser. Herrlich.Tauchermaske und Flossen ran und die neue Welt erkunden.Nun neues haben wir auch unter der Wasseroberfäche nicht gefunden.Nur tiefblaues Wasser.Dann wieder die eiserne Genua an , nun schon seit 24st.Aber ich rieche Wind,bald!!! Freitag ist auch unser Wäsche Tag.die Maschine läuft schon zum zweiten mal und befreit unsere Kleidung vom salzwasser.Gut das uns keiner sieht,mit unseren gesetzten Kleidersegeln... Zwei Crewmitglieder haben sich schon in Einheimische verwandelt,fast schwarz statt. read more...


07/12/2012

Sam III - Pirat Pit und die weisse Massei

Hallo Ihr Badewannenpiraten,Pirat Pit ist ja bekannt dafür,daß er in jedem Hafen zwei Bräute hat. Aberda gehören meine Mädels auch hin,und nicht auf ein Schiff. AltePiratenweissheit, Frauen an Bord bringen Unglück. Zumindest fürmich, grauenhafte Vorstellung - tägliche Federpflege,Rum nur wenn gnädigsteschläft, nee nee, das kommt mir nicht in die Tüte !Und dann kommt diese afrikanische Vögelchen hier mitten auf dem Atlantik anBord. Du liebe Zeit, mußte mich erstmal eine halbe Stunde im Badeinschliessen um wieder halbwegs respektabel auszusehen. Tja,und dann wardas Spätzchen nicht mal schwarz. Eine scheeweisse Schönheit aus Afrika, mitgelben Schnabel und Augen. Da war ich aber platt. Hab Ihr erstmal ein paarAnekdoten von mir erzählt, damit sie weiss wen sie vor sich hat. Waranscheinend. read more...


07/12/2012

Sam III - Im Rausch der Sinne - II.

Der morgendliche Ozean erfreut uns mit einem tiefen Blau. Wir genießen die Morgensonne beiunserem gemeinsamen Frühstück an Deck.SAM III schiebt uns weiterhin unablässig Richtung Karibik. da der Wind uns verlassen hatnutzen wir die Kraft der Maschine.Um den Start in den Tag aber noch perfekter zu gestalten, wird der Motor nach Beendigungdes Frühstücks gestoppt. Wir dümpeln nur noch sanft auf der Stelle. Die Badeleiter wirdins Wasser gelassen.- Kein Hai in Sicht -Mehr oder weniger elegant hüpfen wir in den Ozean. Ausgelassenes schwimmen, plantschen undtauchen ist nun angesagt. Unendliche Weite umgibt uns. 5000 Meter tiefes Wasser gibtAnlass zu Spekulationen, was alles unter uns sein könnte. Aber es ist nicht bedrückendoder beängstigend, eher befreiend oder beglückend.Doch weiter geht die. read more...


07/12/2012

Coral IV - The Doldrums

17:09.019 N 42:49.30 W   Today we seem to have hit the cursed doldrums, where winds die and leavesailors stranded in sweaty humid conditions for periods that seem endless. Wehave bobbed around making next to no progress and wishing that the Hanse 46 hadbeen fitted with air con as standard.   These doldrums have a historical reputation of making sailors irritable.This negative mindset is not really what you want on a small boat 1000 milesfrom the nearest shore. It is therefore best to try and keep upbeat. Sam’sapproach to this conundrum was an interesting one; While the rest of us loungedaround sunning ourselves and reading, he decided to cook a full 3 course mealfor lunch. This was a fabulous idea for those of us who got to eat it, but notso amazing for the ‘kock’ (cook in. read more...


07/12/2012

Orion - Week 2, Friday Dec.8

The day started with heavy rain and both watches got soaked - luckily the afternoon has been with sunshine. The wind is only around 5 knots and we are doing slow progress. Tomorrow we should have the wind back, pushing us west. Rune was dragged after the boat and he confirmed that 6 knots is the max. speed to get safely back into the boat even for a strong man. The marlin was today served by Alex with curry - very delicious. Henrik The fresh rain was cooling and quite welcome although visibility at the time was very poor; no discernible horizon at all. The deck light seems to have worked loose so there might be a second trip up the mast in store for me. We saw some large dolphins playing round the boat today but they didn't stay long, just long enough to make us smile. Enjoyed Alex's. read more...


07/12/2012

Indulgence - The good, the bad and the ugly.

Friday 7th DecemberCurrent Position: N 17o 51'.516W 40o 49'.509 Current Speed : 6 knots (motoring)Distance to finish at Saint Lucia : 1177 nm* * * * * The good, the bad and the ugly.So much for our predicated light airs and calm seas last night. Shortly after our last blog post, the rain set in. Hot. Sticky. Wet. Warm. Rain. We ate our evening meal below, peepingour heads above deck every so often hoping the squall would pass through. After a few hours it still hadn't and the wind was picking up. Time to reef our main and furl in the headsail. I reckon the lads were on a conspiracy against me, because they all sat below and jointly exclaimed " I'd be Fffff'd if I go up up there, Joleen it's your watch". Good luck now. And all three huddled together whimpering, while I sat in the cockpit,. read more...


07/12/2012

El Mundo - Friday 7th December

One of the great joys of being at sea in the middle of the ocean is the airis soooooooooo clean!!!!!! One just wants to take great gulpfuls of thestuff. It just makes one feel SO WELL!!!Another day, another bit of ocean. We have motored clear of the area of nowind and at about midnight last night found a F3/4 going in the rightdirection. First light we had the cruising chute up for the first time thistrip. For the non-sailors the cruising chute is a HUUUUGE sail thatreplaces the foresail at the front of the boat. Ours is massive and drivesus through the water like a battering ram. The sail is attached at themast, at the bow, and back to a winch near the cockpit towards the stern.The feeling is a bit like being on a very powerful roller-coaster - there isa delicious sense of excitement. read more...


07/12/2012

Bardeau - Thank God it's Friday and nearly the weekend

17.25N 039.26WSo at last it's POET's day. Last night was back to the bad old days of pitch black, nasty squalls with lightning. It almost stopped me from sleeping on watch, but I told my venerable assistant David that I would have to deal with important nautical matters at the chart table and I might not be back up in the swamping drenching bone rotting rain for a little while...but should he need me he should just call ! Works every time.Today is a mixed bag of achingly hot sunshine with 100 % humidity and rain. Mr Frog the barometer is happy though,says its only 33C, and pressure steady at 1009mbEnough of the technical boat stuff though. Lunch today was by David, and comprised a fusion of pasties el hyperdino and croquettes, with a mere hint of OK sauce, washed down with a fine vintage. read more...


07/12/2012

Skyelark of London - Day 10 on Skyelark

7th DecemberAfter being completely 'splooshed' yesterday we are slowly drying out. Drying out is really over selling it - clothes hung in the sun and breeze all day are still really only 'less damp' and are a little bit sticky to be honest. Apparently it's the salt but it does make for uncomfortable pants!We passed the '1000 miles to go' mark during the early hours of this morning so we raided the fridge for bacon and had Club sandwhich's for breakfast soon after sun rise.Some of the crew are struggling with yesterdays time zone change and get up for their watch (a nautical shift) an hour early??? This is a really stupid thing to do in the early hours of the morning when you could still be sleeping - Dave!Gerard and Bob have been playing with the sextant which is a device a bit like a. read more...


Skyelark of London - Day 10 on Skyelark
Skyelark of London - Day 10 on Skyelark
07/12/2012

Coral IV - Hva slags fisk?

17:11.64 N 42:37.30 W Da har vi fått svar fra bror til Richard – som er marinbiolog: Den gullfargede fisken er en makrellfisk, mest sannsynlig “gullmakrell”Dagens fangst er en dolphin fish – eller dorado. (Ikke forveksles med den blanke fisken som i Spania og Portugal kalles dorado). Doradoen er forøvrig delevis fortært. Halvparten ble (av Steinar) panert i kavringstrø og egg, og stekt i smør. Ovnsbakte poteter og en stuing av grønnsaker, hovedsakelig erter og gullrøtter. Nykvernet pepper på toppen og en boks kald øl ved siden av.... sukk. Ellers kruser vi sakte (5 kn) avgårde for spinnaker, etter 4 timer med motorkjøring. Alt vel! Har akkurat hatt en hyggelig samtale med Kolbjørn – som ringe oss på satelittelefonen. Hyggelig å høre en annen stemme enn de. read more...


07/12/2012

Venomous - Update

Venomous Ships Blog - Friday 5.47 GMTPosition: Below Deck (14 40' 585 N - 055 17'.842 W)Weather: Cloudy - Occasional sunshine - VERY Humid.Windspeed: 15ktRace Position: TBC Catching the pack.Venomous is now on the home straight with 32 hrs or so hrs to go. Based on the fact that we departed 24 hrs after the few professionally crewed leader boats in front, being a short distance behind and catching - the Venomous crew are upbeat, in race mode and gradually moving up the leader board. Yesterday we completed 12 sail changes, with Lawrence and Spike directing some awesome peeling on the foredeck. (Obviously this is a biased view as Lawence is writing this blog! In fact when dawn broke it became very obvious that Lawrence and Spike were awesome at maypole dancing!! - San) We also hit the. read more...


Murphy - Kamikaze flyer becomes bait
Murphy - Kamikaze flyer becomes bait
Murphy - Solo flyer
Murphy - Solo flyer
Murphy - A passing Brise de Mer 34
Murphy - A passing Brise de Mer 34
07/12/2012

Murphy - Summertime and the living is easy... Day 11

Conditions on board improveSummer time and the living is easy; fish are jumping...... I'm going to have to be careful, as this log is rapidly turning into a musical, but at least its one based on a very pleasant current reality. The wind has all but died, the ocean has become almost a millpond and we are now motor-sailing calmly onward hunting for the north easterlies that the grib files predict further south and west. All that noise (the rolling and banging and crashing) is a thing of the past; memories of the drenching we all got last night are fading and the steering has become so easy that one or two of the more confident crew members are using their feet (it's easier to manage one's beer that way). More importantly it is a whole lot easier to get some decent sleep.So, rested and at. read more...


07/12/2012

Caryali - pancakes with nutella

dopo una smotorata durata tutta la note stamattina siamo stati presi dalla gola e vai di pancakes con nutella. tutti hanno apprezzato anche il capitano che dice di non amare i dolci. stiamo provando adesso a sfruttare questo refolo di vento ma sara dura credo. qui calma piatta... finite le onde oceaniche per il momento. poche miglia e saremo sotto le mille miglia al traguardo. a bordo atmosfera sempre ottima. stiamo benone.. read more...


07/12/2012

Easy Rider - Log 4, days 6 to 10

Day 6: Record run! 190 miles. Beautiful. Evening watch David and I were sitting on helm. Thought I heard his cup drop at my feet.Looked down to see a UFO- a flying fish! We squealed like gals. Smith kicked the brute into the corner - my hero! Day 7: Only thing of interest- genny kept tripping out. Appears electric kettle was causing problem so back to the gas kettle. Slumming again. Day 8 : Stormy night. Winds up to 40 knots. We were summoned urgently and while grabbing clothes and lifejackets to scurry upstairs I thought David said 'Sail has fallen out of bag'. Sweet mother of God, what do we do now? Misheard what he said ...one of our travelling bags had tipped over. Put 2nd reef in main sail and main sail resting comfortably in her hammock.Water leak repaired! Great mirth on. read more...


06/12/2012

Spirit -

Days 6 - 8 Squalls, sunshine and fish!Satellite comms problems have prevented blog entries for past few days. During a heavy night on Saturday with high winds and large waves, a record speed of 21.1 KN was achieved with Dave at the helm. Exhaustion led to exhilaration when Stewart came into action and Ian landed our first fish! Still issues with rigging of jib which led to main sail being dropped before dusk. Jenny and Mike prepared Sunday roast - beef joint, Mediterranean vegetables, roast potatoes and Yorkshire puddings covered with a rich dark gravy. Judging by satisfied silence and empty plates, consider this meal was a success! Then followed a long wet night with very heavy squalls, an electrical storm and sheet lightening. Established cause of head car ripping off main halyard. read more...


07/12/2012

Ace - at Sea. 800 to go!!!

Ahoy Landlubbers!Greetings from the good ship ACE.All is well onboard, with 800miles to go. Better sleeping, cleaner clothes (it's all relative), and less swamp like conditions generally, making for some pretty pleasurable sailing. Spinnaker has been up the past two days and you'll hopefully have noted that speed is looking a little better again. We are even heading in roughly the right direction now!A few engine issues (...it doesn't work) have kept me pretty busy with my head in the hole that passes for an engine room for the past couple of days, with the occasional ' helpful' comment from passers by. it is not a great problem, as we elected not to motor through the light stuff anyway, and can still run the freezer without it. Hopeful that i can get it sorted today. Funny - the. read more...


07/12/2012

Bristolian - Day 13: Diving for pearls

Ahoy hoyHigh excitement this morning as the cursed gennaker dragged one of its sheets around the prop.  Step forward hero of the hour Go North Paddy, armed only with mask, flippers and water wings, plus the galleys sharpest bread knife.  In less time than than it would take you to say "James Cameron is slightly obsessed"  he'd  freed the rope, played with some dolphins and amused a passing shoal of flying fish. Otherwise yesterday was pretty much as anticipated, motoring in a dead calm and sunbathing.   Not much energy was wasted on board games although GN Paddy introduced a new game called s***head which was warmly adopted.Capn Jonners was tickled by receiving a call on our sat phone from someone wanting to speak to Design Concepts. He had a pleasant chat. read more...


Bristolian - Day 13: Diving for pearls
Bristolian - Day 13: Diving for pearls
07/12/2012

Ostrea - its a rainy day!

Hi all there,It has been a rainy day the last 24 hours but now the sun is shining. We had to go right through a trough last night. There were lots of squalls but we were able to avoid the most of it by diving under the 16N line. We are now on a rhumbline to st lucia and not going to deviate anymore. We are still sailing 7 knots but listening to other boats ahead it looks like the wind will drop a bit more for 24 hours. Afterwards the trades are expected to return so we will have a good sail to st lucia.we keep you posted!pieter. read more...


07/12/2012

Champagne - Broken Hearts

Yesterday it finally happened. At exactly 19:00 h UTC. The empire has struck back. Poseidon goes for a brake, the dark forces are having dinner, I don't know what, but after a very strong rain shower it really happened what we did not have since we departed on the 27th of November. For the first time we experienced significantly less than F 7 wind, in fact , and this is the funny bit, we experienced no wind at all . Niente, basta, fini, aus, nothing goes any more. We waited for an hour , tried to hoist the Parasailor to take advantage of that whisper of a wind that wasn't really there, but gave up quickly. Who wants to hang around Mid-Atlantic ? No Cafe Sport ( Azores) here, no Sailor's Bar ( Gran Canaria ), or any other friendly 'etablissement' available, no Disco like in Benidorm, no. read more...


07/12/2012

La Capitana - Log 8 - Flying fish

Voyage is proceeding as expected. Winds have been blowing from NE to SE meaning it has been smooth riding with the wind. The swell has diminished from three meters to one meter. Present ETA to destinatioin is in the morning of the 15th, next week Saturday. We lost a sizable fish on day before yesterday. The only limitation is the imagination but it could have been a big tuna. Anyways, we have seen a lot of flying fish. One poor guy landed in our boat.Jan. read more...


07/12/2012

Lancelot II - Day 11

Date: Fri 7th Dec 2012 Time: 12:45 UTCPosition: 15’47.1N 45’38.4WSOG: 1.2 – 5.9 knotsCOG: 255’ – 325’ MWeather: Sun & CloudWind: All over the place and light! Well, a frustrating last 24 hours have been had aboard Lancelot II from a sailing progress point of view, very light winds, sometimes no wind at all has made for not allot of progress over the last day.  This has however allowed us to turn ourselves into a slow moving Laundry Service as all the boats guardwires, deck space, and nearly any other part of the boat outside was used to dry out or wash all the clothing and bed linin that had got wet, damp (or just plain smelly!) over the last 10 days.  Another bonus of light winds in the middle of the Atlantic when you are this far South is the air and sea. read more...


07/12/2012

Great Escape of Southampton - Day 11 15 52N 41 51W

Day 11After yesterday’s excitement around our AC electrical supply short-circuiting and the follow-on circumstance of no generator and no fresh water maker, Skipper Emily has wisely instructed energy and water reduction measures including washing dishes, clothes and ourselves in saltwater and conserving our fresh water supplies for cooking and drinking.  The crew are more than happy with a little squalor, happy that we have enough fresh water to see us through to St Lucia in 8 or 9 days, and confident that our run of bad luck had come to an end and today things would be on the up?  How wrong can you be!After a plentiful and multi-spiced chili con carne prepared by David and Graham, the wind in our tummies were given cause to rise but those in our sails began to fall away. . read more...


Great Escape of Southampton - Day 11 15 52N 41 51W
Great Escape of Southampton - Day 11  15 52N 41 51W
07/12/2012

Lancelot II - Day 10?11?

Date: Thurs 6th Dec 2012 Time: 11:30 UTCPosition: 15’47.6N 44’16.3WSOG: 4.9 – 7.0 knotsCOG: 282 (Course straight at St Lucia at last!!!!)Weather: Squalls/Sun/Cloud/Rain/Snow... well not really :)Wind S – SW –W – NW 4-10 knots Dolphins, Squirrels, Doctor on Board, Texan Rituals and now waiting for Frank. Just as I thought we had set into a rhythm the unexpected is beginning to happen. Certain hidden skills are now being identified in peoples actions. What the rest of the crew did not realise is that we are blessed with some of the highest squirrel abilities known to man. Above all, we have “Galileo” – the sights shooting navi - Oscar. By general consensus (we like to call it fact, Oscar prefers to name it fiction) his ability to find snacks in black holes in the boat are now. read more...


07/12/2012

Maunie of Ardwall - Day 11 and Maunie hits light airs

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


07/12/2012

Selene - Keep on sailing . . . . !

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


07/12/2012

Stella-Maris - 6. detsember - Pool teed läbi

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


07/12/2012

Katerina - Weather Routing Gods

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


07/12/2012

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

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


07/12/2012

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

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


07/12/2012

Sunrise - 06.12.2012 - 10. Tag auf See

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


07/12/2012

Milanto - Log day 13. Cooking and catching

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


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

Thaleia - Independence day

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


07/12/2012

Ceilidh of Lorne - Wrestling Match!

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


07/12/2012

Jay Jay - Day 11 17N 37W

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


07/12/2012

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

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


07/12/2012

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

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


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

Proteus of London - ARC blog 07.12.12

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


07/12/2012

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

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


Coral IV - Ny solskinnsdag - lite vind men fisk!
Coral IV - Ny solskinnsdag - lite vind men fisk!