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28/11/2014

Bluewater Mooney - 4. Tag auf See

181 Meilen in den letzten 24 Stunden - bei sehr wechselnden Winden nichtschlecht - erkämpft haben wir die durch den Spinnacker am Nachmittag undNacht bis 02:00 Uhr - dann schlief der Wind vorübergehend nahezu ganz ein.Die Stimmung an Bord ist gut - wir sind mit unserer Position zufrieden. DasHauptfeld liegt noch recht nah beieinander und die taktisch bessere Positionwird letztlich die Entscheidung bringen - also wir haben noch guteAussichten auf einen Platz im ersten Drittel - mal sehen!Der Atlantik zeigt sich noch wechselhaft, gestern hatten wir einige StundenSonne, heute ist es bedeckt aber trocken. Die letzte Nacht war auch nichtmehr so kalt wie die vorhergehenden, also auch wettertechnisch geht esbergauf.Viele wundern sich, dass man freiwillig über zwei Wochen nichts als Wassersieht.. read more...


Bluewater Mooney - 4. Tag auf See
Bluewater Mooney - 4. Tag auf See
28/11/2014

Rhumb - Log Day 2

Quite a calm overnight sail greeted by sunrise at around 7.30. These calmer and quieter conditions raised the skippers concerns over a noisy autohelm drive unit. Opinions were divided over the severity and sound functioning of this at first, but it was decided to err to the side of caution and turn back to have the issue looked at. The main concern was the potential failure of the unit, meaning that we would then need to manually helm the boat for possibly a significant part of the passage which would have been extremely difficult.San Miguel marina on Tenerife was chosen as the closest and best option for effecting a repair, and so we turned and headed towards this at around mid-morning. Unfortunately, the element of the passage became rather tedious against the wind, and it was at this. read more...


28/11/2014

GarliX - Mal ein Tag mit weniger Wind

Vorgestern gab's mal so einen Tag, vor dem uns viele gewarnt haben…. "mit dem vielen Wind kommst Du besser klar, als mit dem wenigen Wind…". Waren wir mit unseren Etmalen von 180-190sm etwas verwöhnt - sagt uns der Atlantik, "ich kann auch Weniger". Weniger bedeutet nicht nur, still und ohne Wind in der brütenden Hitze rum zu dümpeln, …. still heißt genau dass, aber die noch vorhandenen Wellen veranstalten "Topfschlagen" im Boot. Alles kracht und wackelt unkontrolliert…sehr nervig. Also gehen die Männer das wissenschaftlich an. Es wird das Wetterbuch rausgeholt…. wo ist nun mehr Wind…. zwischen den Wolkenbändern, östlich der Wolke…, es werden neue Wetterdaten geholt - nichts hilft. Letztlich machen wir das, was wir immer machen. Wir setzen den Genacker und segeln - allerdings mit 30°. read more...


28/11/2014

Charisma - Spinnaker im Sondereinsatz

Bei frischem NW-Wind haben wir den Anstellwinkel zum Wind geöffnet und lassen die SY Charisma etwas südlich der Rhumbline laufen. Unsere zahlreich mitgeführten Spinnaker bewähren sich bislang nur als Sitz- und Liegekissen zwischen Seereling und Süll. Aber ihre Zeit wird noch kommen!Ein Vorteil der eher ungewöhnlichen Wetterlage ist, dass es noch nicht zu heiß ist. Während des heutigen Frühstücksbuffet im Cockpit segeln wir auf 23° N im Ölzeug.Nach dem Durchzug der NW-Lage wird der Wind wieder rechts drehen und wir werden unseren Kurs entsprechend anpassen.. read more...


27/11/2014

Blue Waves - Dzien 4 - Rak, zulw i biedronki

Dzień 4 - Rak, żułw i biedronki Dwa dni temu patrząc w nasz chartplotter , to taki mądry ekran nawigacyjno sterujący który myśli że wie wszystko. Zobaczyłem helikopter. Wiem że mamy radar i z resztą z wielką przyjemnościa bawię się nim po nocach wyobrażajac sobie że jestem kapitanem niszczyciela o napędzie wiatrowym szukającym U-Botów wynużajacych się z kipieli Atlantyku. Ale helikopter mi do tego nie pasował. Już się przekonałem że nasza lagunka to dzielna łodeczka ale żeby miała radar pokazujący ruch lotniczy wydawało sie to nawet ponad jej możliwości. Po gruntownym sprawdzeniu okazało się że ten helikopter wskazuje rejon do którego możliwe jest ratownictwo morskie z powietrza. To było dwa dni temu. Dla tego bardzo się wszyscy cieszymy że in vino veritas bo nasz alien stanął wczoraj na. read more...


28/11/2014

Nisida - Day 5 Arc 2014

Position at 1300 28/11/2014 21:27N 25:58WAnother very tasty evening meal last night of beef stew enjoyed by all finished off with home made cake! Last night saw 2 other yachts and a ship pass, one of which was another ARC entry "Juno" which could have been either the Oyster or the Discovery looked like they mabe heading for the Cape Verde Islands. Every day the crew are getting happier as we all become more accustomed to the constant motion, sleeping better and catering for the needs of 10 hungry guys on one boat. The kettle has barely gone cold since we left Las Palmas! We have headed a little more south than most of the fleet in the hopes of staying in better breeze than the other boats to the North over the next day or so, will be great if it works. We currently have sunshine 25. read more...


28/11/2014

Berenice by TWT - Log Day 4 - 27/11/2014 - Alla conquista dell'oceano

Siamo al terzo giorno di navigazione. Abbiamo lasciato l’isola di Las Palmas con vento da Nord Est intorno ai 30 nodi, navigando con il nostro enorme gennaker A4 per le prime 15 ore. Da quel momento non abbiamo più smesso di andare in poppa surfando le onde dell’Atlantico! Da un paio di giorni, abbiamo issato il gennaker A3 e le condizioni del vento variano dai 15 ai 28 nodi, con qualche passaggio nuvoloso, ma senza pioggia. La temperatura è davvero eccezionale, nessuno ha dovuto mettere la cerata neanche di notte: un giubbino è sufficiente.Siamo subito entrati nel ritmo della regata e dei turni, con 3 persone sempre in coperta e altrettante pronte a intervenire in caso di necessità. Nelle prime 48 ore abbiamo fatto parecchie strambate, mettendo a dura prova attrezzature ed equipaggio.. read more...


Berenice by TWT - Log Day 4 - 27/11/2014 - Alla conquista dell'oceano
Berenice by TWT - Log Day 4 - 27/11/2014 - Alla conquista dell'oceano
28/11/2014

Southern Child - Day 4 28/11

Day 4 28/11Position 1200: 23*54'11N 027*04'99W Daily Run: 172Nm Distance to Waypoint: 2002Nm   Meet the crew Part 2! Today the remaining 4 of our8 wo/man strong crew - Port Watch - tell us why they love sailing.   Watchleader Rachel, Basingstoke, UK AKA Commodore Cherry "Peaceful. And it's quite fun when the weather ishorrible." Pete, Basel, Switzerland AKA Peg-legged Pete "It gives me a space and an experience that I can'tfind on land. It pushes you both mentally and physically but through that bringsimmense rewards." Val, Basel, Switzerland AKA Marlinspike "I like the sense of achievement. To try to dosomething that seems uninviting, but when you do it, it's like, yes! Also tosurf a wave,that is pure fun!" Lars, Oslo, Norway AKA Laaarrgghs "Because when you're sailing you're. read more...


28/11/2014

Frisco - Log Day 4 Belated start of blog.

Our volunteer Blog Boy, Jim Wilson has been relieved of his duties. Just as well he can cook instead. Now a bit of catching up. The first day of the ARC rally saw us depart at 11:00am Monday the 24th Nov. It was not long before we began to appreciate why the start had been delayed a day. The sea state had calmed down somewhat but still commanded immediate respect. As nightfall approached we found ourselves in the much discussed wind acceleration zone to the SE of gran Canaria with gusts NW 35+ knots. After making it through this zone we were treated to the shadow zone to the South of this volcanic mountainous island here a number of racing class boats were becalmed, unable to use their engines to escape. We of course started up the engine and motored to the SW only to be treated to the. read more...


28/11/2014

Thula - day 5

Now we are five days in and we are having two very lovely warm meals a day - as a direct consequence to the fantastic food, the crew moral is now at an all time high - no one is showing any signs of scurvy.The squalls are treating us nicely by either going in front of us or passing just behind, making the nights very comfortable. Both spinnakers were flying most of the day and we are enjoying making our way into the Atlantic overviewed by the beautiful dolphin in the colored sails.Last night we had dolphins following us from 15 minutes in the dark making the first part of the night very nice.. read more...


Thula - Day 5
Thula - Day 5
28/11/2014

Tinia - Day 4

Yum yum - Dorado sushi for lunch .Matt caught a big Mahi MahiLucky we brought ginger and wasabiRoger pan - panned for the SakiMade good headway it was draughtyA poem by Jon Whitbread.Followed at tea time by mustard chicken and then dolphins arrived in the dark and accompanied us for an hour.A flappy genoa was an unhappy genoa but its repairable.. read more...


28/11/2014

Perseverance - Log 27/11/2014

Longitude 26 . . . a beautiful spot for Thanksgiving dinner! A roastturkey, dressing,gravy,rice ,asparagus vinaigrette,roasted veggies.We arethankful to be here!!!. read more...


28/11/2014

Lancelot II - Nov 28th Blog

Hello Lancelot II Fans   So another day at sea and still trucking. They say everyday is a school dayso here’s what we learnt today-   1) We’re going to need a bigger bucket to land Mahi Mahi. We went through all the usual pre-fishing steps including a longconversation around the relative merits of the fish lure which the chap in theshop in Cascais assured us was the best lure possible ever in in the world everor the original and faithful squiddy. We decided on the the squiddy and so theline went out. About 30 mins we spotted we’d got something and Peter reeled itall the way in while everyone grabbed fish killing knives and gloves and bucketsand David and Chris did actually get the fish on to the transom and in thebucket before it jumped and casually swam away. Luckily. read more...


28/11/2014

Sanuk - Det blir varmare

Igår hade vi en fantastisk dag. Solen sken och perfekt vind. Vi planerar att gå ner till latitud 22 och hoppas att smöret smälter för sen blir det raka spåret mot St Lucia. Det är planen. Vi har legat på en kurs mellan 220 och 250 grader. Nu är det kortbrallor på nätterna. Utom på Lillan som tror vi är hemma och seglar... Idag hade vi två hugg på trollingspöt. En av dom hade vi ordentligt på kroken, trodde jag. Micke såg en stor Guldmakril hoppa upp i luften. Kallas också Dorado eller Mai mai.Nya tag idag. Vi äter god mat och har en underbar tid. Nu på morgonen kom ett stim på 50-60 delfiner och livade upp stämningen.Vill tacka våra experter.Patric, som fixade slutklämmen på watermakern och som plåstrar om oss om det skulle behövas.Anneli som gav mig koppmassage i solskenet. Uffe som har. read more...


28/11/2014

Lande Catty Sark - diario di navigazione secondo e qarto giorno

Secondo giorno di navigazione Da Catty sark sperduta (o quasi) nell’atlanticocentrale.. La posizione, per tutti quelli che bazzicano la rete, ènota; per gli altri siamo a 390 miglia verso Ovest in direzione dei Caraibi.Ovvero in due giorni abbiamo fatto circa 700 km che, come afferma qualcuno, sifanno in auto in meno di cinque ore senza neanche rischiare i punti dellapatente. Eppure siamo contenti!!! Oltre 200 miglia in 24 ore non sono male peruna barca piccola come la nostra. Adesso abbiamo anche un nome: siamo il “club dellaprostata”. Il nome deriva dalla consuetudine nata a las palmas di incontrarsitutti verso le 5,30 del mattino per i noti problemi fisiologici. Questatradizione continua in pieno oceano con imbarazzanti code sullo specchio dipoppa sotto vento.Per il resto dopo due. read more...


28/11/2014

Miss Liz II - Log Day 4 - For God, St George and King HArry!

Well, for once a quiet day, nothing lost, nothing broke, nothing to worry about. So a pleasant day.We are still staying to the Northern route but a steady NNW wind last night forced us South. Good winds though so we achieved good progress, 200 NM or so in the day.Another fish bit in the afternoon, but alas, we can only talk about the one that got away. Dinner a la Rob was pasta Chorizo blend with a few red chilli peppers just to remind you how little you can taste once you have swallowed a couple. Generator on in the evening and the chance to watch a couple of episodes of "whatever happened tio the likely lads", nothing better to realise the generation gap. Nigel and David "Brilliant", Rob "I sort of get it", Jon and Chris "What??. The good news is that King Harry (The Hydrovane) is. read more...


28/11/2014

Celebrate - Happy Thanksgiving

The original plan was to 'celebrate' Thanksgiving in a restaurant on the waterfront, unfortunately Cathy is a little poorly so we decided to move the festivities on board. Peter roasted chicken all the way from Mauritius and with the vegetables on board we cooked up a good meal, added to this a bottle of South African sparkling wine from Hubert on Chika Lu and a chocolate bear from Sandra and Tom on Sweet Pearl (Swiss chocolate of course) it turned out to be a fun and festive meal.Life in the Victoria and Alfred Marina continues to be entertaining with more yachts arriving, and seals swimming around us. The dock is home to a number of dragon boats training for a regatta. The boats normally found in Chinese harbors are large paddle driven vessels with a crew of around 16; a helmsman at. read more...


28/11/2014

Juno - Life on board Juno

After a night of rolling downwind, the wind has backed to the North today, allowing us to stow the spinnaker pole and broad reach across the Atlantic in 20 knots of wind at 9 knots of boat speed, reaching 11 knots in the gusts.   Our decision to head south yesterday was a good one as we avoided the wind hole that others endured.  Broad reaching is one of the great points of sail as we lean on the mainsail for stability while the genoa gives us drive, making for fast progress. On deck, Juno feels steady and controlled but down below it’s a different story. On starboard tack we can open the fridge without the contents rolling out but in the cabins it is a wild ride. We have lee cloths to stop us rolling out of our bunks but that leaves plenty of scope to be thrown around as. read more...


28/11/2014

OOROO1 - Trade Winds anyone ??

Sailing with the Main and Genoa for the last 24 hours. Consistent NW allnight but we are doing some awesome knots and also the boat has been goingreally fast and heading in the right direction. Huge pod of Spotted Atlanticdolphins played around the bow and between the hulls for a couple of hours. Hothot hot chicken curry last night so the macerators will get a work out today.Fishing is 3-2-0. Mike’s new super flybridge sleeper bunk has been getting awork out preventing crew fatigue. Two yachts on the horizons today so a bit ofcompany out here. All is well on board.. read more...


OOROO1 - Everyone well rested with the super flybridge sleeper bunk !!
OOROO1 - Everyone well rested with the super flybridge sleeper bunk !!
28/11/2014

Aretha - Blushes spared

The reel screams.Line is flying out of the spool.It’s only been out for 10 minutes and we’re in business.Slow the boat Caspar, slow the boat.Hove to and 10 minutes of winding.We have a 4 lb Dorado.Blushes spared. Chest out. The fishermen are back to catching fish.Phew!. read more...


Flomaida II - Besuch des 1. Weingutes
Flomaida II - Besuch des 1. Weingutes
28/11/2014

Hera - Unruhige Nacht

Die letzte Nacht hatte mit Passatwindsegeln wenig zu tun. Der Wind frischtzunehmend aus NW auf, so dass wir gut gerefft hoch am Wind segeln – Kurs 250Grad direkt auf St. Lucia. Unsere 1.Wache (Gerd und Axel), die um 08.00 Bordzeitaufzieht, ist dabei, die Frühstückstafel zu decken. Im Salon duftet es schonnach Kaffee und frischgebackenen Brötchen. Gemeinsame Frühstücks- undMittagstafel sind an Bord ein absolutes Muß. Es gibt sonst wenige Momente imTagesablauf, an denen alle Crewmitglieder zusammen kommen. Axels erster Angelversuch endete gestern mit einem Fiasko. IrgendetwasKapitales mußte angebissen haben, für das unsere 8 kn Fahrt zu viel waren. DieRolle mit 300m Schnur rauschte nur so aus.   Stefan. read more...


Flomaida II - NZ oder Schweiz?, da fehlt allerdings die lila Milkakuh!
Flomaida II - NZ oder Schweiz?, da fehlt allerdings die lila Milkakuh!
El Mundo - 27/11 - Amanda in her cocoon
El Mundo - 27/11 - Amanda in her cocoon
El Mundo - 27/11 - Mediterranean Dorado in the making
El Mundo - 27/11 - Mediterranean Dorado in the making
El Mundo - 27/11 - A fine specimen....
El Mundo - 27/11 - A fine specimen....
El Mundo - 27/11 - Hooking into our first Dorado
El Mundo - 27/11 - Hooking into our first Dorado
El Mundo - 27/11 - Partaking in the freshly baked ciabatta
El Mundo - 27/11 - Partaking in the freshly baked ciabatta
28/11/2014

El Mundo - 28/11 - 'Atlantic 2...El Mundo 1'.

Conditons have been about the same as yesterday, with softer wind in themiddle of the day, so we made 175 miles. El Mundo seems to love these conditionsand life below decks is surprisingly pleasant...Bob and Lincy even manageto sleep in the bow, though lee cloths are still required to keep yourself inplace. We are still seeing 3 or 4 boat lights in the distance around us at night,though nothing close enough to show on AIS. The ciabatta bread went down well, so I expect more bread making today, asthat loaf didn't last long.Everyone seems to have settled in to the boat routine of the crossingnow. The big event of the afternoon was catching our first Dorado,weighing in at 2.65kg. Dinner plans were immediately changed and we all enjoyedBob's 'Dorado Mediterranean. read more...


Flomaida II - Ein Flat White an der "Croisette" von Russell
Flomaida II - Ein Flat White an der
Flomaida II - Wem vergeht dabei der Appetit?? Mir nicht!
Flomaida II - Wem vergeht dabei der Appetit?? Mir nicht!
Flomaida II - Abendstimmung an der "Croisette" von Russell
Flomaida II - Abendstimmung an der
Flomaida II - In NZ gibt es fast nur Segelboote
Flomaida II - In NZ gibt es fast nur Segelboote
Flomaida II - 24 Austern - Genuss pur! Frischer gehts nicht
Flomaida II - 24 Austern - Genuss pur! Frischer gehts nicht
Flomaida II - Besuch des Club' s der Marlinfischer und ihre Pokalvitrine
Flomaida II - Besuch des Club' s der Marlinfischer und ihre Pokalvitrine
Flomaida II - Das musste mal wieder sein mmmhhhhh.....
Flomaida II - Das musste mal wieder sein mmmhhhhh.....
Flomaida II - Workshop über Spleißen
Flomaida II - Workshop über Spleißen
Flomaida II - Abendstimmung im Hafen von Opua
Flomaida II - Abendstimmung im Hafen von Opua
Flomaida II - Wetter in NZ- der Einen ist es warm, der Anderen ist es kalt!! Ich gehöre zu der ersten Kategorie
Flomaida II - Wetter in NZ- der Einen ist es warm, der Anderen ist es kalt!! Ich gehöre zu der ersten Kategorie
Flomaida II - Alles gratis!!!!
Flomaida II - Alles gratis!!!!
Flomaida II - Immer sieht der Himmel anders aus
Flomaida II - Immer sieht der Himmel anders aus
28/11/2014

Aglaia - 28 November

5.30 am and it's very dark now the moon has set for another day leaving us to marvel at the perfect star scape.It's already 23C with a light Northerly breeze pushing us ever further South with our current sail plan and enjoying very clam seas.Looks like we will be following a very traditional routing of sailing level with the Cape Verde Islands before striking off due West late Saturday or early Sunday morning and crossing in the consistant trade winds that run across the Atlantic.Amazingly even with a slightly make shift headsail only sail plan and light winds we are still managing nearly 200 miles a day so arrival in the Caribbean still looks good for a 14-15 day crossing.If we manage this with no mainsail or flying sails available for the entire crossing I will be a very happy. read more...


28/11/2014

Flomaida II - Eine ereignisreiche Woche voller "Arbeit" vom 17.-22.11. in Opua

Nachdem wir uns akklimatisiert haben, was gar nicht so einfach war, denn unsere Füße haben seit 11 Monaten keine festen Schuhe mehr getragen, haben wir uns entschlossen, dem Angebot der ICA Pacific Circuit Rally Organisation zu folgen. Diese Organisation betreut jedes Jahr im November eine Woche lang alle Segler, die aus Tahiti, Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu und Neu Kaledonien ankommen, um der Hurricane Saison dort zu entgehen.Es war eine sehr interessante Woche mit vielen Seminaren und Workshops, bei denen wir oft Aha- Erlebnisse hatten!!! Die Seminare waren speziell ausgerichtet auf Probleme, die man auf hoher See bewältigen muss wie zum Beispiel Segel nähen, Taue spleißen, Motor reparieren, Autopilot, Generator, alternative Stromversorgung, Entsalzungsanlage, etc.Es gibt halt viel Technik an. read more...


Vagaris - Collecting water samples for microplastic analysis
Vagaris - Collecting water samples for microplastic analysis
Vagaris - Cruising along with the 'chute
Vagaris - Cruising along with the 'chute
Vagaris - Collecting water samples for microplastic analysis 2
Vagaris - Collecting water samples for microplastic analysis 2