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10/12/2014

Blue Waves - Dzien 5 - Stary pasat Krzysztofa K.

Dzień 5 - Stary pasat Krzysztofa K. Dziś na pokładzie po raz pierwszy pojawiły się nie śmiało tu i ówdzie jakieś książki i czasopisma. Wiem, co co niektórzy mogą myśleć, że autor mógł mieć na myśli ale proszę o nie stosowanie nad interpretacji. Wspominając o czasopismach miałem na myśli nie jakieś tam pospolite świerszczyki tylko bardziej tematykę marynistyczną w stylu yachting magazine. Choć pewnie kiedyś świerszcze też wyjdą z trawy i spod materacy, dziś już słyszalem kawał o myśliwym, misiu i fajce, kto nie zna to jego strata ale ewidentnie atmosfera się rozluźnia. Zasłużyliśmy bo przez ostatnie półtorej doby ostro nas przetyrało. Znowu cudem udało się naprawić po raz wtóry code zero ale to już naprawdę chyba po raz ostatni bo sprawy poszły już tak daleko, że zaczeliśmy do napraw. read more...


29/11/2014

Bluewater Mooney - 5. Tag auf See

194 nm - tja - wir haben echt gekämpft - aber mehr war nicht heraus zu holen - zudem liefen wir gegen 04:00 in ein Windfeld mit nur 2 Knoten und hatten erst 2,5 Stunden wieder Wind über 10 Knoten - unser absolutes Minimum.Unsere HR 54 wiegt 26 Tonnen, und ist damit zwar ein absolut solides und mit Boatcategory A Ocean vom Deutschen Lloyd  für alle Seegebiete weltweit zugelassener Cruiser, doch geht das auf die Performance, wenn man bei so einer Fahrtenyacht überhaupt noch davon sprechen sollte. Gleich große  Schiffe wie vom Typ Hanse oder Sun Odyssey wiegen gerade einmal die Hälfte, und Gewicht kostet Geschwindigkeit.Wir versuchen dies mit Taktik und extrem aufmerksamen Steuern zu kompensieren. Dafür steht Uli am Tag bis zu 10 Stunden hinter dem Steuer und versucht durch. read more...


Bluewater Mooney - 5. Tag auf See
Bluewater Mooney - 5. Tag auf See
29/11/2014

Red Devil 3 - Sexto día de navegación

Sábado 28Los días se pasan rápidos y se pierde la cuenta si no llevamos anotaciones como esta bitácora. Conectamos con Iridium para bajar la previsión meteorológica en texto que nos proporciona ARC muy completa y detallada. También nos bajamos los GRIB para ver los mapas de viento y olas. Con esto vamos planificando la ruta que que hoy hemos mantenido al 270 (ortodrómica) mientras el viento y la ola lo han permitido. Luego hemos vuelto a un rumbo más bajo 250 y más confortable. Hasta el momento hemos avistado delfines, tortugas, dorados, peces voladores, golondrinas de mar, gaviotas . . . Es increible lo de las aves en mitad del mar. Los cielos parcialmente nublados y con algún chubasco. De noche la estrella Fomalhaut nos a servido de referencia para mantener el rumbo a la rueda.Paradoja. read more...


29/11/2014

Oynas - Nov 29

With a lull in the wind we went to the bowOynas is dressed in her twin headsails nowThe first she has worn this combinationWill she be faster? A smoother sensation?With the seas and winds dropped 'twill take time 'til we know. read more...


Miss Malin - Log day 6-Not a single boat in sight!
Miss Malin - Log day 6-Not a single boat in sight!
29/11/2014

Miss Malin - Log day 6-Not a single boat in sight!

Our sixth day at sea and we start to get into our routines, I think.Watch passes at night, breakfast cooking before getting off the lastmorning pass, dinner cooking, etc. But also time to talk to each others,read or listen to music.I now recognize most of the sounds the boat makes, but I still use earplugs to sleep better. It has been pretty difficult to sleep well with theboat rolling and bumping into big waves all the time.The wind comes and goes today, and we got some rain as well. We had theengine on during the night when the wind died totally. We all enjoy when wecan sail and avoid the noise of the engine.Soon we have made a third of the passage and we can look forward to thenext little thing to celebrate, halfway!Lots of love to all back home from a smiling Mats!. read more...


29/11/2014

Tanoa

Auch nach 5 Tagen haben wir immer noch unbeständigen Wind. Das Reffen und ausreffen nimmt kein Ende. Immerhin kommt der Wind jetzt aus NE und wir müssen nicht mehr am Wind segeln. Damit nehmen auch die Schläge gegen das Schiff ab. Es wird wärmer, der Himmel ist aber leider bedeckt und grau.Unser letztes Etmal lag bei 170 sm, das beste bisher. Leider haben wir heute noch keine Positionsmeldung erhalten, wissen also nicht, ob wir aufgeholt haben oder zurück gefallen sind.Heute gibt's Geralds Lieblings-Apfelkuchen, die restlichen Birnen, die überreif waren, wurden zu Birnenkompott verarbeitet und Hans backt frisches Brot. Gerald hatte heute Nacht den ersten fliegenden Fisch an Bord. Da er noch lebte, durfte er wieder ins Wasser. Er war zwar groß, für uns drei hätte er allerdings nicht. read more...


29/11/2014

Xanadu - Log 3 xanadu blocked heads and wipeouts

Well life has set in at  30 degree angle on Xanadu. We have finallyfixed the heads, well Andy did over two days.The final offending baby wipe hasbeen extracted. May we offer advice from the experienced. Always ask the culprithow many offending items have been placed in the first place!!! we thought 2 wasreasonable but we never expected 4!!!The days are passing quickly and the nightsa little longer. we are all starting to wonder what our first drink with be whenwe hit land. Last night Iain experienced a flying fish to the forehead anexperience he will never forget. Val has just made a chow mein and a beef stew,smells fab.   Team xanadu out.   . read more...


29/11/2014

Milanto - Log

Good Morning!This is our fifth day on board already. unbelievable - time went so fast, just in a blink of an eye. I promised myself to write a blog/log everyday, but I can't keep that up. there is so much to do in the daily routine. handling sails, cooking, repairing, fishing, night and dayshifts and trying to catch up with sleep. Josef won our bet re the fishing yesterday - his MahiMahi, in brilliant gold and white, appr. 80 cm long, which Carla prepared  for todays dinner. Thank you! So, what else can I tell you? the ride till yesterday was bumpy  with quite a lot of high waves, but not really too bad. Since last night we are on a beamridge-course, with calm winds and cruising is now comfortable. There is not much I can tell you, that is not written. read more...


29/11/2014

Morning Haze - Sailor Ted aboard Morning Haze (Day 3,4 and 5)

Hello family and friends,Our 3rd day at sea was occupied making many sail changes. The wind was very inconsistent in strength and direction and we kept adjusting the sails, using the whisper pole, taking it down again...after all that work, David decided to modify the reefing system to make it simpler and more efficient on the crossing...we went from single to double line reefing.Our 4th day at sea was great and I am happy to sail with Morning Haze as they love fishing...and me too! We caught two more Mahi-Mahi and we made ourselves a great dinner. As a bear I always thought that there was nothing like the taste of a good salmon...now I can confirm that's not exactly true and I must confess that Isabelle is a fantastic cook. In the afternoon I helped Rebecca and Demi taking water sample. read more...


29/11/2014

Frisco - Log Day 5, Repairs etc.

Another day in Paradise. Cockpit filled with wave on Starboard beam, hatch boards not in place so took a few gallons down below and into the bilge. The bilge alarm went off as expected however it did not stop. On inspection the water level was not dropping or rising. Further inspection revealed that the strainer was missing and that crud had blocked the pump and damaged one of the diaphragm valves. Repairs were effected and bilge pumped out. Paul having learned about letting go of plates on the galley counter, had not yet extended the lesson to the saloon table. His portion of a wonderful creation of ground meat and tomato sauce ended up in Georges lap.This morning provided some welcome sunshine to dry our deck clothes and energise the solar panels. We are moving along at approx 6.5. read more...


29/11/2014

Easy Rider - Easy Rider.....Head Chef.....Soy

A LITTLE TREAT FOR MY CREW.On impulse I decided that a little treat was in order for the crew.....they had been hankering for a rice pudding and...hey how difficult could that be? Had all ingredients bar pudding rice - cooking rice stuck me as a suitable substitute.Got a recipe that was idiot proof...or so it purported....threw ingredients together in 10 mins flat..banged in a low oven for 2 hours and felt very very smug.slight hickup as Max accidently turned off the gas but as will be revealed that was not entirely a bad thing.Turned the gas back on and added a bit more milk as the pudding looked a bit dry. well parched to be honest.After a little rest had a peek and the rice had fused into a solid mass and all the milk (2 litres) had vanished....ah well I thought we will have rice. read more...


29/11/2014

Tinia - Day 5

The food just gets better - caught a 15lb Mahi Mahi that we just ate with capers and fennel for lunch. The fish made quite an amazing site coming out of the water. No point in continuing the fishingas we remain heavily laden with food. The guitar is fixed - had our first session today and the set list is encouraging. DiscoveredMatt has an amazing falsetto voice.In the day the seas okBut in the night the sea seems meanerI hope the weather comes round furtherOr we'll end up in ArgentinaA poem by JW.. read more...


29/11/2014

Nisida - Day 6 Arc 2014

We made cracking progress yesterday and into the night in 18 kts of breezefrom the North giving us our first 24hr run over 200NM. This morning is adifferent storey as we now only have about 7kts of wind and 4kts of boatspeed, hopefully not for too long! Jake had a night off last night & has gotup without being given a nudge for the first time since leaving Las Palmas.It will be a fridge clean out day today as something has gone a bit smellyin there!Plan is for Thai curry tonight so expectations are high for a very tastymeal. We really should try to fly a spinnaker in these light winds but theswell will make it almost impossibble to keep it full and not wrapped aroundthe forestay!. read more...


29/11/2014

Paroya - Log Day 10 Water Management

Da das Boot nur einen Kapazität von 300 Litern für Wasser hat, ist dasRessourcen Management entsprechend wichtig. Abgewaschen wird nur mitSalzwasser, was jedoch dazu führt, dass die Abtrocktücher selber nicht mehrtrocknen wollen, da sie voll Salz sind. Somit müssen diese zwischendurch malmit Süsswasser ausgewaschen werden. Die Pumpen für die Spülbecken sindabgeschaltet, Wasser kommt nur über die manuellen Pumpen, was z.Bfliessendes Wasser während dem Zähne putzen verhindert. Die körperlicheHygiene wird mit periodischen Salzwasserduschen sichergestellt, am Ende derDusche dann noch kurz mit Süsswasser das Salz abspülen. Von unseren 300Litern haben wir zur Halbzeit noch ca. die Hälfte, sollte somit aufgehen.Heute gibts wiedermal Dorade, diesmal im Backofen, mit Oliven, Knoblauch,Zwiebeln,. read more...


Paroya - Log Day 10 Water Management
Paroya - Log Day 10 Water Management
29/11/2014

Helen - Day 6 - 200 Nautical Miles

As a delivery Skipper by trade the 200 Nautical Mile day, while not unheard of, is a fairly rare beast.Caution is always the watch word.Not too long ago I was having a beer with another PYD skipper who was banging on about this panacea.I was able to answer that ' sure I have had a 200 mile day before', but what about consecutive 200 mile days ?I have to confess that I did get a little bit giddy when the Skipper informed me, at 11am on Friday morning, that we had completed exactly 200 Nautical Miles in the previous 24 hours.The chase was on!A full day of Champagne sailing followed on Friday, and continued into the early hours of Saturday.We had a Swedish boat in our overtaking sights ( called Cluck) until the wind dropped.We danced around with Cluck for at least 7 hours until Philip. read more...


29/11/2014

Defyr - Beginning of the crossing

Defyr has had a bit of a radio... I mean log-silence for the first few days. That is due to Head of Communication (that would be me) beeing seasick and mostly feeding the fish over the reels. Having eaten yesterday, I now feel strong enough to take an ipad on our hands.We had a really good start. First we hit the acceleration zone and then we got jammed to a total windshadow. So everything went as Chris Tibbs told us. Anyway we managed to make quite a shortcut, as almost the whole cruising fleet headed to Africa. So when we left Canarrt Islands behind us, we were first in our class. No need to mention there were lots of cheers in our boat. I guess it was wednesday, when we got an email from home saying that we were first in the cruising fleet! We celebrated like we didn't know, that we. read more...


29/11/2014

Monomotapa - Monomotapa

Monomotapa 29 NovemberThis night we got our first catch of flying fish on the deck. We still have much food on board so no one wanted to cook them. Apparently your fingers smell badly for a number of hours after touching them. The night wascloudy and at some points rainy. One of the watches had a squall which gave them good practice.The wind was gusting up to more than 30 knots and the direction was continuously changing, we had to reef down (reduce sail area) for the main sail and genoa to ensure that the boat was nder full control. This morning we have fair winds at a good angle which gives us an average speed of around 8 kn/hour over ground. We have now sailed 5 days and in about another 3 hours, one third of the distance is sailed. That leaves 1840 nm to go. If we can keep up this. read more...


29/11/2014

Philocat Ena - Saturday Update of Philocat

Losing the feeling for time completely. Every morning we make a game out ofguessing time and date as well as day of the week.As there is no more wind we entertain ourselves by spending some timefishing, sewing, may be even showering. We promised ourselves to latest geta shower when we have reached half- time. Yesterday evening we had a first try-run on our repaired "pink" light windspinnaker. It went well but we needed another reinforcement in the middle ofthe kite-head and as life goes it was in the middle of the night that we hadto get out our fixing tools and get everybody on deck to help. But evensailing with the light wind spinnaker above wind speed could not fix ourworst ETMAL during the whole cruise :-(This morning there are still very light winds (0-10 knots) and no more. read more...


Philocat Ena - Saturday Update of Philocat
Philocat Ena - Saturday Update of Philocat
29/11/2014

Hot Stuff - The Tales of Nine - Living Life Sideways

 Before we embarked on our journey on-board Hot Stuff across the Atlantic weheard about the famous trade winds. "Don't worry, it will be downhill all theway" chirped all those who told us the Atlantic would be an easy ride. As wecurrently beat our way upwind across the Atlantic we maidens are experiencinglife at an angle of around 45 degrees .... whilst been kicked around by mothernature ... not the easy ride in the brochure! A freeze frame from on-board today: Feeling more and more toned by the day, we have all been practicing variousyoga positions in attempt to keep upright. Amanda the scribe for todays blog hasjust spotted maiden Linda, who is perfecting the 'Flamingo' pose.We have one crew member in the loo, using those leg and bum muscles to thefullest and holding on for dear. read more...


29/11/2014

Jo - 21:13:80N 27:50:61W

Saturday 29th November I should have done this trip as a Movember fund raisingexercise; most of us are looking a bit shaggy!  I wouldn’t dare cast aspersions on thehygiene or otherwise of the rest of the crew, but I for one am going to treatmyself to a strip wash using a whole pint of water. It’s slowly getting warmerand everything is ripening rapidly! Every now and again, a banana falls onto aslumbering Alastair or the table in the saloon from above, someone picks it upand carefully transfers it to a growing pile of over ripe bananas for what is tobecome banana bread. This sounded like a gd idea until we realised nobody knewhow to cook it! So if anyone who’s reading this blog (1 or two people?!!!) canemail me the recipe, I’d be eternally grateful (plain text with no pictures. read more...


Jo - 21:13:80N 27:50:61W
Jo - 21:13:80N  27:50:61W
Jo - 21:13:80N 27:50:61W
Jo - 21:13:80N  27:50:61W
29/11/2014

Lancelot II - Nov 29th Blog

Hello lancelot II fans   THis one might be a bit short as we’ve had a bit on. Currently 22 deg 25’.107N 028deg 58’573W under full main and no3.   Managed to catch a mahi mahi yesterday evening so the sausage went back inthe fridge for today and we had mahi mahi with couscous.   Then we broke the steering cables at 1am so we woke up Jacko for someinstructions and are now sailing with a spectra replacement. The system is beingperfected at the moment, hopefully it’ll be there soon.   Anyway its my birthday tomorrow, did I mention that??   Lots of love to everyone at home   Lancelot II and crew xx. read more...


29/11/2014

Southern Child - Day 5 29/11

Day 5 29/11 Position 1200: 22* 55' 57N 029* 53'14W Daily Run: 166Nm Distance to Waypoint: 1839Nm   The days are split into multiple sprints of threeand four hour shifts. The two teams meet each other briefly during the handover,and the team going off watch will usually head straight to bed after feeding theother team with coffee and tea. The breaks are mostly about getting a few (2-3)hours sleep before the next watch starts, but now and then one might read achapter or two or watch a movie. Among the highlights of the days are the meals(which has been excellent despite limited space for preparation), sunrises andsetting speed records.   Everything takes time here. Going to the toiletrequires taking off several layers of clothing (we haven't quite reachedtropical temperatures. read more...


29/11/2014

Thula - day 6

Day 6 After four seemingly endless days of shameful fishlessness and great (fish) hunger we were finally able to haul onboard two true monsters of the Atlantic Ocean. While many (but not all) among us had already given up hope and were hardly paying attention to the rod at the rear of the boat anymore, the first fish swallowed our irresistible squid-type lure at around 2pm. Despite the great excitement and surprise, every one in the crew immediately knew what to do: Jakob got hold of the rod, Philippa at the rudder calmly slowed down the boat, Dieter grabbed the Gaff (a large hook to get hold of the fish and haul it onto the boat), Markus wetted the teak deck (with water, that is), Liesel got the camera in position, Jimmy just looked splendid and Mike supervised the whole process. read more...


Thula - first of many!
Thula - first of many!
25/05/2005

El Mundo - 29/11 - From our 'Home Correspondent'

After a great day of sailing, the night watchesbrought a blanket of cloud and very light winds, so our total mileage for theday was 175, though we hoped for much more. The light winds have continued thismorning, so progress is slow at 4 knots, but forcast to pick up bylunchtime. Yesterday we caught another Dorado but released it,as we still have not finished eating the last one. Another excellent dinner ofBelgian meatballs in a fennel and tomato sauce, followed by Belgianchocolates. And we have an update from Amanda, our Home AffairsCorrespondent:- Life On Board - The crew on El Mundo are firmlyinto the day's routine. The watch system works during the hours of darkness andwe do three hours each. We swap watches each night and it is very exciting whenyou get the end watch and have. read more...


Reberth - End of the Rainbow!!
Reberth - End of the Rainbow!!
29/11/2014

Aglaia -

After a very calm if a little slow night drifting through the most amazing star scape this morning dawned with a breathtaking sunrise across a clear sky and deep blue ocean.Whilst admiring this and checking the chart and weather it became clear the promised NW-W winds are not going to materialise and running down wind with only 5 knots of true North wind was not going to take us anywhere so it was time to hatch a new plan.After some effort with elastic, string and tape we have a repair in the mainsail that will let us sail safely with one reef permanently whilst the winds are light.So change of everything and we are now sailing under a stay sail and reefed main in 5 knots of true wind making 5 knots due West (yes to those doubting us we really are going to the Caribbean and not running. read more...


29/11/2014

Miss Liz II - Log Day 5 - Chop of his head!

Day 5, we continue to stay as North as we can given the winds. But we are gradually heading South. Today we will pass 30 degrees west so a time change will be in order!The loser on board will have an extra period on their shift :-). Two major events today and one minor. The biggest blow is we have a blocked heads, so we will be drawing straws today to see who has the pleasure of the cleaning them!!! Not a major issue as we do have two more to play with.Next, the 2nd reef chafed through in the night, but again easily solved with a soft shackle. Minor inconvenience that we can't reef from the helm anymore.Last of all, the electronics have started to play games with us, cutting in and out. Again a minor convenience as we have plenty of back ups.But very frustrating!Last night we came within. read more...


El Mundo - 28/11 - The institution of afternoon tea
El Mundo - 28/11 - The institution of afternoon tea
El Mundo - 28/11 - Beautiful Atlantic dawn
El Mundo - 28/11 - Beautiful Atlantic dawn
El Mundo - 28/11 - Amanda kneading focaccio
El Mundo - 28/11 - Amanda kneading focaccio
29/11/2014

Domini - Sailing At Night

Hello again Boatbloggers,I'm not sure why they call this particular crossing, "The Milk Run." We've just been hit by a number of squalls, with winds gusting up to gale force and horizontal rain whacking into your eyeballs. I think I'd call it "The Water Plume," or "Cyclonic Irrigation." Even "The Adrenalin Rush." But Milk Run? Nah. But first of all we'd like to thank the ARC committee for the spectacular display of shooting stars that they treated us to on Wednesday night. Absolutely fantastic.Quick quiz...How big is the average shooting star?Is it...a) About the size of the moonb) About the size of a double decker busc) About the size of a pinhead.The answer my friends may surprise you. According to my Patrick Moore Guide to the Night Sky It is (c) about the size of a pinhead.. read more...


29/11/2014

Milanto - Re: Milanto log 29/11/14

..  there's obviously something wrong with me ... when I decided to do the ARC again this year, considering we were only 4 crew on board  I promised myself that I would stay away from the northern route, which is the shortest, and follow the square-rigged path, going south until as they say 'the butter melts' . But if the weather keep changing like this the butter will never melt! Here I am again on the tough northern route beating against the wind and waves, same day as last year, thank goodness the conditions are better, at least there is a bit of sunshine . The difference is that even the organiser World Cruising, probably for the first time in the ARC Rally history had suggested that the northern route was the right one to take. (By Editor - World Cruising. read more...


29/11/2014

Vagaris - My Ocean...

It feels like my ocean tonight as I stand alone at the helm barrelling through the decreasing swell. The winds are on my beam and they're veering at last. They're warm on my face as the promise of the trades looms closer. The moon has just slipped from the clear skies andthe stars are now guiding me. I know there's 200+ boats out there doing the same - relentlessly pushing southward and westward as the winds allow, but tonight is the first night there is no-one else and it feels like my ocean. Adrian s/y Vagaris. read more...


29/11/2014

Pelican - i think the mouse wins

given up with these traps try some new ones in st lucia .the boat fineish  wihch of then three ship supply has gone down pull one out andrecharge two hrs at a stretch had to be the last on  lol guess who thoughtit would be a good idea to  vent the cabin and left hatch open during hiswatch new experiance for me to sleep in “the wet patch” . i was thinking what tobuy the guys ,ok one a smoker o probs in st lucia ,computer guy game boy,photographer kodak instamatic the old codger couple of viagra tabs help hie maeit through the night , ah yes the sailing neary forgot going well bit roughtytoughty nd noisy so slowed down but now back up to our imposed ten  knotsall seems well pelican out. read more...


29/11/2014

OOROO1 - First weekend on the Atlantic !

Greatbanana cake today devoured in short time. Only 80 ripe bananas to go. Anotherfull day of sailing with the Main and Genoa out. NWesters blew all day and nightso we headed a bit South for comfort. 1 reef in the Genoa for most of the day.Gennaker coming out today. Thanks to ARC for the weather and fleet updates andmailasail for the GRIB files. Keep them coming. A few small whales put on agreat jumping display and provided some excitement for the crew. All of us gotto eat our roast vegie dinner last night with no ill effects !!! Floss and Jenobeen creating culinary delights in the kitchen. Went wild on our first Fridaynight on the Atlantic, all in bed by 7. Enormous 200 foot cruiser “Oasis” isjust motoring past us but that is the only boat we have seen. Squalls, squalls,squalls !! . read more...


Helen - Atlantic swell bread
Helen - Atlantic swell bread
29/11/2014

Hera - Wochenende

Kurz vor dem Frühstück leisteten sich Frank und Stefan eineSalzwasserdusche, die trotz der Wassertemperaturen noch erfrischend ist. Zum Wochenende gibt es dann auch gleich eine frische Garnitur Wäsche. Das gestrige Etmal von 191 sm könnten wir heute wieder erreichen. Wirversuchen konsequent in der Nähe des Großkreises zu bleiben, da Rasmus hier nochetwas großzügiger bläst. Leider haben wir nach dem Malheur mit dem Spibaum einweiteres Handicap. Am Vorlik des Großsegel löst sich die Naht der Keder, so dasswir gezwungen sind, das Rollgroß ständig etwas einzureffen.   Stefan . read more...


28/11/2014

Lydia - Leg 2 Day 9 - The Wall & Sargasso Sneezing

Rather like marathon runners, this blog was in danger of hitting the wall of no significant activity to report because today has been very straightforward. However, there have been a few noteworthy events that mark it out as different. One of which was that, after 3 or 4 days with a blank plotter screen (other than the midday positions of our closest competitors/fellow rally participants, which we enter as waypoints), we actually 'saw' a merchant ship. According to the AIS she was bound for London but sadly her closest point of approach was over 15 miles away so we never saw her lights.We continue to see lots of Sargasso weed - some of it in quite large clumps. It appears to be very healthy and since we're too many days out for a Cape Verde sniffle to materialise, the bouts of sneezing. read more...


28/11/2014

Time Bandit - Beam Me Up

Lat: 15 17NLong: 48 40WFor the last 48 hours the whole fleet has been reporting "washing machine" conditions. On one boat the crew took to the floor. On another, into the sail locker. Consequently, Eric, having read Prof Brian Cox book on physics and space stuff, has been collecting old bits of wire, broken radio and assorted fuses and is now trying to assemble a transporter; same as used on Star Trek.He's hoping to have it finished in time to get him off Time Bandit and back to his own wee bed at least before any more rock and roll nights!Other than that, we're all doing well. We had our best days run yesterday of 171 miles, just breaking the previous day of 170. The winds are dropping to 12-15 for the next few days so we will be logging more like 100-120 but it will be a shade less. read more...


28/11/2014

Aretha - Day 5 - Making rapid progress

We’re feeling properly at sea now.Life is calmer - we are all more relaxed. It helps to be making rapid progress too. After a morning heading South we’ve spent the past 10 hours pointing directly at St Lucia on a beam reach doing between 7 and 9 knots. It’s a fast bouncy sleigh ride. Watching Aretha carve through the water and the swoosh down the hull reminds me of skiing through fresh powder. The children are loving having Paul and Jani on board. They are brilliant with them and it helps to have different influences other than Nichola and mine after 3 months at sea together.More repairs today. An interesting one today. We punctured the tender on one of the davit pins which lost its protective cover. For today, it was hove to and lash the tender onto the davits with spare sheets. We. read more...


28/11/2014

Ellida 6 - fsrp29460

p:23 06.4'N:-28 00.6'WDag 5I dag samlet vi inn vannproeve nr 2 av til sammen 6. Proevene som taser ledd i prosjektet Marine Microplastics. Dette prosjektet er detstoerste som noensinne er gjennomfoert på omraadet, og maalet er åkartlegge mengde og type mikroplastiske partikler i Atlanteren. Av de 220baatene som er med i ARC er hele 150 baater med og samler inn proever ilaferden over Atlanteren.Bakgrunnen for prosjektet er erkjennelsen av urovekkende mengderplastavfall i sjoen, og oppdagelsen av at plastavfall gjoer mye mer skadeenn de triste bildene vi ser av sjoefugl med remaposer grodd fast i vingenog lignende. Mikroplast gaar inn i kretsloepet, blant annet ved at krillog smaafisk forveksler plastpartiklene med mat og spiser det. Smaafiskenspises av stoerre fisk, som igjen spises av. read more...


Ellida 6 - fsrp29460
Ellida 6 - fsrp29460
28/11/2014

Sojourner - Day 5; Eating words with extra salt.....

Been another tough day of working upwind against building NW winds and seas.....20-25kts and 2.5 to 3 meter seas, pretty bouncy ride and keeps driving us south of our desired course, playing havoc with our VMG.Been a good test of our watertight integrity; the new portlight seals we installed in Las Palmas have been great, no or minimal leaking there.Dorades a different story, need to recaulk to get rid of those annoying drips.At any rate, we expect the winds to clock tonight and think we will be reaching starting tomorrow and all will be rainbows and unicorns again.So what is life like on a heeling, bouncing boat crashing through waves?If you are in the Vee Berth, you pray for the integrity of the hull fiberglass as the waves sound like explosions a foot from Ken"s head and sometimes the. read more...