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27/11/2014

Blue Waves - Dzien 3 - Obcy ósmy pasazer na stromo i morskie nogi

Dziwne że dopiero dzisiaj, ale zaczynam od chwalenia się. Mieliśmy SUPER przelot dobowy. Zrobiliśmy 210 mil morskich w ciągu doby. To ponad 300km na żaglach, sporo. Dla porównania super profesjonalny, regatowy jacht z ubiegłego volvo ocean race zrobił tylko 245 mil w tym samym czasie. Poczuliśmy krew w wodzie i atakujemy przez całą dobę. Regularne wymiany sterników i pełna koncentracja procentują. Właściwie wszyscy jak jeden mąż stwierdziliśmy że gdyby to nam dali taką łodke jak to volvo open70 to dopiero byśmy wszystkim pokazali co to jest ocean racing.Po 3 dobach załoga rozłożyła swoje morskie nogi i znowu zaczeło powiewać żartami. Mamy tylko jednego obcego na pokładzie który nadal choruje. Konsylium zaleciło transfuzję winną. Podobno ten typ tak ma. Jak medycyna naturalna zawiedzie. read more...


27/11/2014

Jo - 23:54:43N 23:03:09W

Thursday 27thNovember The weather keeps us guessing. We’danticipated classic trade wind sailing with twin headsails, but what we’ve beengiven is a beam/ broad reach all the way so far. That’s not strictly true, wetacked downwind on leaving Las Palmas as it would have been too uncomfortablesailing dead downwind given the heavy seas. Today is the first day I’ve awoken,bounded onto deck to find out what’s happened (since I went to bed 3 hours ago)and thought ‘it’s a little warmer’. This is especially welcome because whilstthe days are not cold, the nights certainly are. Our shifts comprise 3 hours onstandby/ lookout (on deck) followed by 3 hours at the helm. By the end of 6hours on watch at night, it’s very chilly despite multiple layers. At the startof a 6 hour night watch it’s all. read more...


Jo - 23:54:43N 23:03:09W
Jo - 23:54:43N  23:03:09W
27/11/2014

Aretha - Day Three - Safety First

Cruising along on a beam reach at 8 knots, Aretha is on course for St Lucia. We have just enjoyed a delicious leek and potato soup and freshly made bread thanks to Jani our watch leader and expert chef. All participated in lunch during happy hour which celebrated the changing of the clocks by one hour. Crew members who had suffered from bouts ofsea sickness have now found their sea legs The skipper insists on safety. Life jackets on at all times night and day. Life lines when on when moving around the deck and at night. Children secured to lifelines at all times. Rig checks every day which has revealed some necessary repairs. Everything secured below decks and sail plan adjusted to suit the current conditions and the conditions expected from reading the weather forecast. Sleep now is. read more...


27/11/2014

EH01 - Sun is shining, Weather is sweet!!

Hi Everyone,Another busy past 24 hours on board EH01! As the sun set last night the latest forecast we had received indicated that the wind was going to head to the north and blow 20-25 knots. At that time we were currently reaching along nicely with the wind on the beam and making an average 9 knots over the ground. We were left with the decision of whether to reef early to make life easier in the night, or take the gamble and reef when the stronger breeze appeared. We decided it was better to reef early and went into the night under our number 2 headsail and 2 reefs in the main. Thankfully the big breeze did arrive at 0200 this morning and blew until the sun rose.As soon as it backed down again to 15 knots we shook both reefs out and hoisted the fractional spinnaker. We have had. read more...


27/11/2014

Bahati - 3. Hochseetag

Heute ist, glaube ich, der erste Tag, an dem unser Cockpit trocken bleibt. An den vorherigen Tagen kamen immer wieder vereinzelt Wellen über und duschten uns unfreiwillig ab. Deshalb ist auch durch die Kabeldurchführung am Mast Wasser in die Kabine gekommen. Wahrscheinlich hat das Wasser die Navigationslichter (LED) im Masttop auf dem Gewissen. Das ist aber zurzeit unser einziger Defekt. Wir haben noch die normalen Navigationslichter. Jetzt ist kein weiterer Segler mehr in Sichtweite. Das Abrufen der Wetterdaten hat gestern funktioniert. Wir werden jetzt noch etwas 2 Tage mit Nordwind der Starke 4-5 Richtung Westen fahren. Die Geschwindigkeit ist ganz ok. Leider bläst der Wind nicht ganz konstant, sodass wir häufig ein- und ausreffen müssen damit der Windpilot auch weiter so gut. read more...


27/11/2014

Oynas - Nov 26

Two celebrations in order todayThanksgiving and now we are over half wayBreakfast blueberry pancakes with honeyBolognese for tea its bound to be yummyOnly saw one boat - a friend not foe.. read more...


27/11/2014

Pelican - day three empty trap

Hi this little beasty has a taste for the finer things in life not for himthe old cheese he she prefers avacardo or bannana humpf a gormet mouse ,any ontothe other thing good day sailing yesterday crew standing own watches with helpand,  creditable 230 miles  ,cut on elbow results  in the sheetlooking like ive caught the thing and cut its neck thats going to be a problemgetting clean still  on we go. read more...


Bluewater Mooney - auch dies gehört zur Tagesroutine - genau wie die Knetmaschine
Bluewater Mooney - auch dies gehört zur Tagesroutine - genau wie die Knetmaschine
27/11/2014

Profile - Blog

ok boys and girls after climbing mount everest and the highest peeks inholand this comes a close first class experience . ive managed to bring skipperback from near death after suffering from serious man flu but dont you guysworry i had LEMSIP which was very lucky indeed . We eventually put the fishinglines out olly lost the first of which was a blue fin tuna hehe then so out goesthe lure again an hour or so later the reel goes off again and but i didnt getto it in time as i was tendering to skipper patting the sweat of his brow . Imhaving trouble keeping Nikki from staring at me as i walk around the boat withmy top of all i can say is its not my fault i have the body of of god and lookextreamly like David Beckham .Its nice to see green watch (Forest Paul Giles)not leaning over the side. read more...


27/11/2014

Bluewater Mooney - 3. Tag

Leider am dritten Tag „nur“ 196 NM zurückgelegt.Ich schreibe meine Reports nach 11:00 am, also immer kurz nach Ablauf des jeweiligen Tags, gerechnet von 11:00 UTC, dem Start in Gran Canaria.Die Routine festigt sich. Lediglich die Nachtwachen fallen noch recht schwer. Wir haben zurzeit ein Drei-Stunden-Wachsystem, welches wir jedoch erst ab 18:00 Uhr beginnen. Nach den Regeln der Seemannschaft sicherlich „bedenklich“, denn auf den schulmäßig gesegelten Schiffen wird der Wachplan exakt für 24 Stunden sieben Tage in der Woche, und dann für die gesamte Überfahrt festgeschrieben. So und nur so ist es möglich, dass gleich große Schiffe mit Crews von 10 Seglern miteinander auskommen.Wir halten es lockerer und tragen daher dem Zustand der Crew Rechnung, ohne Gefahr zu laufen, dass bei dem Einen. read more...


Bluewater Mooney - 3. Tag
Bluewater Mooney - 3. Tag
27/11/2014

Babsea - ARC+ 2014: Start in Mindelo / Die erste Halbzeit

Es geht wieder los.Am 19. November brechen wir nach nur drei Tagen Aufenthalt in Mindelo, die wir mit Landausflügen und in der "Floating Bar" verbracht haben, wieder auf. Drehende, böige Winde zwischen 10 und 18 Knoten fallen in die Bucht von Mindelo, wo die Startlinie zwischen dem äußeren Wellenbrecher und einer großen gelben Boje liegt.Wir bereiten unseren Parasailor so vor, dass wir nur noch den Hut des Bergeschlauchs hochziehen müssen und positionieren uns in ca. 200 Meter Abstand zur Startlinie. Eine Minute vor dem Start gibt der Skipper das Kommando "Parasailor hoooooch!!!" - Simon zieht in Rekordzeit den Bergeschlauch hoch und der Parasailor steht mit einem leisen "Plopp".Der Start glückt, wir laufen als zweites Schiff über die Startlinie. Wieder als einzige Yacht unter. read more...


27/11/2014

Nisida - Day 4 Position 0200hrs 22:45N 23:30W

Dolphins yesterday afternoon, Sunshine & showers today but much warmer! Soon be in the tropics! We will get a fleet position report today so will know how we are doing compared to the rest of the fleet. We did not spot another boat or ship at all last night. Sailing & navigational lessons continue but everyone seems more interested in beating Jake playing Chess, Andy has beaten him a couple of times! We have been on white sails only so far may get a kite up this afternoon. A few rotten satsumas and peppers have been sacrificed already so there has been a fruit eating frenzy this morning. Egg & bacon for lunch & Beef, onions, carrots & potatoesfor dinner tonight.. read more...


27/11/2014

Little Pea - Arc14 Blogoramma - Sailing under the stars

25:22.6N  023:26.3W   Tune of the day: "Starlight" by Muse   Day 4.  Finally, our journey is starting tofeel like a passage, rather than a test of endurance.  We had a rip roaringsail last night with winds gusting 25kts and steady boat speed all night. LP isholding up well and the only scary noise in the night was a tool box which flewacross the forepeak (aka the room of death due to its abilityto induce instant seasickness to anyone who ventures) with a loudcrash. We sent Mike up there to sort it, which pretty much put him out of actionfor the next couple of hours.   We've now switchedto using Beryl, our trusty autopilot, partly through fatigue, but mostly inrelucatant acceptance that she is much better at helming than us humans(Mike. read more...


27/11/2014

Cheri - Donnerstag, 27. Nov. 2014

Tropentag unter GennakerEine relativ friedliche Nacht liegt hinter uns. Wir hatten groesstenteils 10-20 kn Wind (WS 3-4), fuer kurze Zeit drehte eraber sogar auf 30 kn (WS 7) auf. Da sich vor uns ausserdem eine riesige, pechschwarze Wolkenwand auftuermte (ja, sowas siehtman auch in einer dunklen Nacht!), blieb uns nicht anderes uebrig, als zwei Reffs ins Gross zu binden und die Genua etwaseinzurollen. Trotzdem erfreuten wir uns am herrlichen Sternenhimmel.Bis zum Sonnenaufgang schwaecht sich der Wind etwas ab. Doch mit der aufgehenden Soonne dreht er wieder auf. Wir setzen denGennaker und rauschen bei 10-15 kn Wind (WS 4) mit 6-8 kn den ganzen Tag gegen Westen.unsere Position heute um 12 Uhr mittags: 24° 55.0’ N 023° 55.6’ Wunsere Reisezeit heute um 12 Uhr mittags: 3 Tage 1. read more...


27/11/2014

Southern Child - Day 3 27/11

Day 3 27/11Position 1200: 25* 37' 34N 024* 23'08W Daily Run: 190Nm Distance to Waypoint:2156Nm   Meet the Crew! Onboard Southern Child we're 5 womenand 3 men of wildly different backgrounds (But all with awesome pirate names!)Today our skipper and first watch answers the question "why do you lovesailing?"   Skipper Harriet, Studley, UK A.K.A Harriet the Boat Wench "it's a combination of everything. Amazing people,travel to places not many people get to go and see, and sail across oceans thatnot many people get to experience in a life time but it's a part of my yearlyschedule."   First Mate & Watch leader Cedric, Mezos,France A.K.A Gum Flapping Scallywag Cedric. "Because I can't read blogs there. There's alwayssomething different to do and it pushes me out of my normal. read more...


27/11/2014

Lancelot II - Nov 27th Blog

Hello Lancelot II Fans   Still trucking! We have our first really nice sunny day today and swimsuitsailing is being discussed. SLightly easier night last night with nounintentional gibes. Profile are still about 28 nm behind and south of of,Scarlet Oyster is ahead on the same line and Northern Child is only south of us.We’re currently reaching heading due west with the number 3 and full main inabout 12 knots so everyone is getting driving time in. Chris has turned intoquite the helm whisper!   Lunch : Bacon and Eggs a la Prue Dinner: Chicken Fahjitas a la whoever I can talk into doing thecooking!   Thats all from me for now   Lots of Love to all from all on board   Count down to my birthday T-3 days (hint hinteveryone!). read more...


27/11/2014

Monomotapa - 27 November

Monomotapa 27 NovemberLast night at the beginning of the watch the sky had a thick cloud cover, which helped keep the temperature up, but hid the stars from view. As the night progressed the clouds started to break and bit by bit the beautiful show of stars appeared until the complete dome of celestial glory was in full view. Looking at the night sky searching for shooting stars and wherever you looked the more stars you could see and wonder at the vastness of the universe.At around 4.00 am we saw lights from a boat astern, when looking at the AIS we fund out that it was a commercial vessel some 60 meters lg. As it passed by it appeared to be some kind of passenger vessel.We are progressing well and the forecast for today is good 15 knots NNE and then the day after tomorrow the wind will. read more...


27/11/2014

Paroya - Log Day 8 Vom Wasser ins Boot

Die Fische, die beissen, dass ist uns seit dem Start in Las Palmas klar! Nur wie kriegt man den Fisch, der an der Angel zappelt, bei 7-8 Knoten Fahrt ins Boot? Die ersten Versuche den Fisch langsam zum Boot zu ziehen gingen alle schief, die Fische konnten sich immer losreissen, leider. Ok die Grösse spielt hier eine Rolle... Um den Fisch an Boot zu kriegen, musste somit eine alte bewährte Technik zum Einsatz kommen, Genua einrollen, anluven und die Fahrt aus dem Boot nehmen. Bedeutet Aufwand, aber das Resultat ist entsprechend positiv und jeder Fisch kommt dann an Bord, wenn es sein muss mit einem beherzten Schwung mit dem Gaff und zack an Bord. Gestern wurde entschieden für den Moment nicht mehr zu fischen, da der Kühlschrank mit frischem Fisch, Dorade, gefüllt ist. Möglichkeiten für. read more...


Paroya - Log Day 8 Vom Wasser ins Boot
Paroya - Log Day 8 Vom Wasser ins Boot
27/11/2014

Lily - Boris

According to my skipper, we have now made it as far as midway so things are starting to lighten up. Life onboard is good although I can’t run around as much. They keep me, more or less, inside probably worried that I would fall over board. They clearly don’t appreciate the agility of a cat! I must say I was a bit apprehensive about living aboard a sailing yacht when they took me from my cosy little place at the shelter in Malta. Over time, I got used to the yacht and to them. I’m doing my fair share of the work onboard. I do the night watches with the only female onboard, which is good for her (and probably the skipper as they seem to have some kind of romantic relationship …). I do need to watch over her carefully. One never quite knows what those human females are up to. Under my. read more...


27/11/2014

Miss Liz II - Log Day 3. Sponge Rob - Fish Pants

An interesting day to say the least. A good start with the fishing, with Jon ad Chris landing a good sized Dorada, so we had fresh fish for lunch. Rob cooked her up and with a little lemon we had a great meal.Then the day became interesting to say the least. The autopilot failed completely mid afternoon, unhappy memories resurfaced with the issues we had with our old Hanse and also with our neighbours Matilda at Las Palmas. A message sent to Hanse so hopefully we have some clues on where to start later today.Evening trundled along, and now Harry the Hydrovane was coming into his own.In the evening with potential of higher winds over night we threw in two reefs. The crew managed showers and so we cranked up the generator for the first time and set the watermaker going. We then sat down to. read more...


27/11/2014

Thula - day 4

As the beautiful night sky fades - we are really looking forward to the full moon on the Atlantic - , the fourth day of our adventure begins. No great news to report: Still no fish (and as if this weren't bad enough already, we just heard on the radio of another boat close-by that had hooked a huge blue marlin!!!), great food á la Mama and nice weather. Even the fish are starting to feel sorry for us; a little flying fish sacrificed itself and jumped onboard to finally give us a feeling of success. Of course it will serve as bait for bigger fish (which will then again be used as bait for even bigger fish and so on:). We also learned over the sat phone that we currently find ourselves right in the centre of the ARC group. To make our way to the top we are forced to resort to our secret. read more...


Thula - mizzen staysail!
Thula - mizzen staysail!
Thula - first flying fish
Thula - first flying fish
27/11/2014

Tinia - End of Day 3

Still no sign of intelligent life out here. Wild life log - 2 birds and an aeroplane. Matt though he smelled a whale. Anyway,we all had a shower today an no whale.Todays menu : Mango/walnut porridge, guavas, papaya, pineapple, croutons with chorizo pate, chilli con carne, courgette pasta.Rob's trumpet went missing today and was found under Roger's duvet.Great sailing through the night - no other boats in sight. From Atlantic RdTo The Atlantic SeaNo Guinness in sight For the BBC* (a poem by John Whitbread)*Brixton Boat Club**** !!!! Update - this morning has been a busy one. A bird came to visit , landing right in the cabin, 7am Matt caught a large and beautiful dorado otherwise known as mahi mahi(that's a fish btw) and there's talk of sushi. 30 mins later a pod of dolphins arrived.. read more...


American Spirit II - A hunting pair of lions
American Spirit II - A hunting pair of lions
American Spirit II - A Cheetah after the kill
American Spirit II - A Cheetah after the kill
27/11/2014

Aglaia - 27/11/2014

Conditions overnight have started to settle into proper trade wind passages rushing the yacht SW and great average speeds with the odd wave surfing us up into mid teens.Average looks good for over 200 miles a day for the rest of the week so please keep fingers crossed for us the forecast winds hold out.Life aboard is settling into a comfortable rhythm with everyone getting used to being woken at odd times during the day and night to take their 3 hour watch on deck.The weather is already warming up, light clouds dot the horizon and we had the most beautiful sunrise through the clouds this morning.Scott our full time chef is making everyone smile three times a day and I have to admit that I've never eaten so well skippering a yacht across the Atlantic before.Our sail plan of twin genoas is. read more...


American Spirit II - Lion mom and babies
American Spirit II - Lion mom and babies
27/11/2014

Hot Stuff - The Nine Fair Maidens Begin their Voyage

Tales from day 1 and 2... From our slick departure of cosy 'R' pontoon, the start of the rally was ablur of emotions for all of us, with intermissions of music and cries of"senoritas, senoritas, good luck! suerte!". Thank you Las Palmas and the ARCteam for an exciting departure despite the delays. The Sultans gave us our final count down, the guns blasted and away weflew.  After a short time we were welcomed into the Atlantic by creatures ofthe sea, as a school of dolphins joined our magical ride surfing the waves withus. It truly was a fairytale beginning. Our skipper the Queen of the seas had a look into her magical crystal ballto try and avoid the dreaded wind hole south of Gran Canaria. If her career atsea falls short of a penny or two, fortune telling could suffice; as. read more...


27/11/2014

T&T - Nuit de fête

Nuit de fête sur T&T, le spi est a poste depuis prés de 24h et le vent a tourné est/sud est ce que l'on attendait et qui rend notre option nord pour l'instant payante. Du coup Nestor a du mal a compter les milles qui défiles à vive allure comme le bateau qui lui donne l'impression de voler au dessus des flots. Un régale ! Rendons ici hommage à Philibert notre Pilot automatique qui a su magnifiquement gérer la situation.... read more...


American Spirit II - A blesbok giving birth
American Spirit II - A blesbok giving birth
American Spirit II - Blesbok mom and baby
American Spirit II - Blesbok mom and baby
27/11/2014

Makena - Meet Philippe

November 25, 2014Onboard Makena, Lagoon 620 crossing the AtlanticPosition at noon16° 37.2' N43° 31.0' WWe reached the half way mark today. Big celebration for a couple of minutes. The weather was very disturbed with squalls everywhere, sail changes constantly and episodes of serious dumping rain. Just when we thought we had the conditions nailed, they threw a curve ball at us and we needed to change course or take down the sails that we had just put up. We had long periods with very light winds. Our 24 hour run was the least that we have seen so far at just 138 miles made good. Several incidents onboard drew our attention. The main halyard just decided to unleash and the mainsail came down in a heap. Luckily, there was enough topping lift to hold the boom from crashing too hard into the. read more...


27/11/2014

Peter von Seestermühe - comms explained

SSB radio message from Juno relaying a message from Peter von Seestermühe.  "All is well on board Peter and everyone is happy, however our email is not working, so we cannot send blogs".. read more...


Makena - Meet Philippe
Makena - Meet Philippe
American Spirit II - Hippo warning us to keep away
American Spirit II - Hippo warning us to keep away
27/11/2014

Take Off - One boat in sight....

... and it's Matilda with skipper Barry! After a nice talk on the VHF we returned to our daily routine,1. Preparing breakfast with yoghurt andfruit. So far our fruits and veggies are still eatable Winking smile 2. Washing up3. The guys sailing the boat4. Louise doing dagis.This time they all made a "sailing calendar" from the 24 November to the 13 December.YES we are working on arriving before the day of Lucia. Wehave all together made our bets when we will arrive.5. Preparing lunch6.Washing up7. Talking to Barry again, stillbeingour only boat in sight8. Nils and then Olof stood for the first showers9. Preparing dinner - today being lamb with rosemarin and potatoes10. Sundowner at around 17h30.11. Eating dinner altogether12. Washing up13. Preparing for night sail It's pretty windy out. read more...


27/11/2014

American Spirit II - Day 325; A Fabulous Day on Safari, Including Lions and a Cheetah; Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A correction from yesterday. The cat called a 'Sable' cat is really a 'Serval' cat. Its a slender, long legged spotted cat with a short tail and large, rounded ears; and with scattered black spots and bars.Up at 5:00 AM, with a light breakfast at 5:30 AM consisting of coffee and tea; fruit; and toast. The range ride departed at 6:07 AM. The reason the range ride is so early is that the predators, like lions, have been hunting all night and are moving now to go to their daytime resting places. So they're easier to find and see. The first animals we saw were a couple of Common Waterbucks. Our guide, Brad, said that when they're are chased by a lion they will run to water; and that a lion will not follow them into the water. My wife's cats at home don't like water. Who knew that lions would. read more...


27/11/2014

Hera - Atemlos durch die Nacht

Bei Nordwind mit 25 kn ging es gerefft mit gut 9 kn Fahrt durchdie Nacht. Über uns funkelte ein phantastischer Sternenhimmel  mit demGroßen Wagen ungewohnt auf dem Kopf stehend. Im Heckwasser fluoresziertenMyriaden von Planktonschwärmen in leuchtendem Grün. Die 3.Wache mit Frank und Michael nahm gestern dieHerausforderung der 2.Wache an und servierte gebratenes Kabeljaufilet aufZwiebelbeet mit feinen Charlotten. Dazu gab es Zuckermelone und einen 13erBobal  Shiraz. Wir sind heute alle auf die Antwort der 1.Wachegespannt.   Stefan. read more...


American Spirit II - Serval Cat as we arived in the Lalibela Game Reserve
American Spirit II - Serval Cat as we arived in the Lalibela Game Reserve
American Spirit II - A mom and baby Rhino
American Spirit II - A mom and baby Rhino
27/11/2014

Libeccio - Day 3 (26/11) Blog

In this edition:  glasnost sailing style,guilty pleasures, the Hobit?   Last night was a busy one for each of ourwatches- we run 3 hours during the evening: 19:00 – 22:00; 22:00 – 01:00; 01:00– 04:00 and 04:00 – 07:00, thereafter each watch is 4 hours. In any event, itwas an entertaining evening—that, is if you don’t get out very often.  Notsurprisingly, we aren’t right now.   On Mike’s watch, he had the pleasure offollowing the attempts of one of our fellow ARC-ees? ARC-ers? ARC-ists? to let acargo ship know that he was directly in line, about 45 mins from the cargo ship,that he was sailing and could the cargo ship kindly make a slight adjustment toavoid a fender bender, where the sail boat would lose big time. Displaying thepatience of someone knowing they had much. read more...


27/11/2014

OOROO1 - Parasailing on Day 4

Day4 and the Parasail has been up for 48 hours giving us about 7.5 knots on averagein inconsistent winds averaging 15 knots, average 2m swell and heading southwest looking for the trade winds and maximizing comfort, NOT speed. No yachts insight since yesterday evening and only one tanker to deal with. Fishing line outtoday with the hardhead 6” squidgy and a teaser. Seen dolphins and whales and afew shearwater birds. Not much sun to recharge the solar panels, overcast nearlyall day so the Genset has had to do a bit of work.  Only one spewer onboard but the captain is happy as he gets to eat the extra tucker. More food foreverybody. Banana stork ripening fast so the captain needs to eat about 10 aday. Could be a banana cake coming on soon. Took our first water samples for. read more...


26/11/2014

Profile - profile

Day one done, nothing much to report aside from of course on chinese gybe,one broken kicker, one flying fish assault on the skipper, several schools ofdolphns and a shark. oh and  a claimed sighting of a polar bear(Nicola).   So far so good with the sailing covering over 200 miles and already turnedwest. Almost there really.   Happy profile crew.    Day 2.5, we think (time’s a mystery already, we’re living by the watchsystem). The polar bears haven’t been seen again, but the fishing lines are outand we await our fresher than fresh sushi (come on you swanky Londoners, beatthat!). As stomachs settle from sea sickness, we’ve a new enemy; the commoncold. 4 down. Odds on the rest get it. But we’re sleeping, we’re watching, we’recooking and eating, and above all, we’re. read more...


26/11/2014

Lancelot II - Nov 26 on Lancelot II

Hello Outside WorldQuick blog becuase I'm due back on deck :-) All going well on L2, we are quite far south of the pack but not at far south as the route from last year which we can see faintly on the chart.Lunch: Tortilla a la ChrisDinner: Thai Green Curry a la PrueI can hear whoops of 13.3 from the cockpit so better go sees what they are up to and then try and beat them!! Can't have someone else having the speed record.Lots of love to all at homeL2 and Crew xx. read more...


26/11/2014

Xanadu - Log 2: Xanadu: life on the high seas.

Well it is now day 3 on board Xanadu. We are going along nicely we have sofar had all the kites up. life on board is great and val’s cooking is great. Notbeen blogging to much as we have been busy. we have shifts of 3 hours on 3 hoursoff so all need as much rest as possible. Oh and we did find the gaffer tape...   Today’s comedy has been Des has blocked the heads currently work is ongoing to resolve this problem. All i can say is i am glad we have two heads.   Team Xanaduxx   p.s thanks to our family and friends who have all been emailing us.. read more...


25/05/2005

El Mundo - 27/11 - Oyster Feet healing.....

Some good steady sailing over the last 24 hours,covering 180 miles. Changed back to a starboard reach early yesterday and havehad pretty good wind ever since, though some variable patches. Bringing the polein, the inboard end tripped, detaching itself from the mast, so we were dancingaround on the foredeck for a while with the weight of the pole but all was fineand we secured the release catch to prevent that recurring. The faulty sump float switch was replaced, sothat's all working again too. Now we are 3 days out, the 'Oyster Feet'are finally starting to heal. This is a condition brought on by catchingnumerous deck fittings inside your little toe. The first time you do it, ithurts....by the time you have done it several times to the same toe, the painincreases. read more...



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