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15/05/2015

Zingara - Via Inmarsat:

Hallo, noch 280 miles, und wir sollten st georg erreichen. Der erstenachmittag brachte beim ersten angelversuch gleich einen erfolg, einstattlicher mahi mahi konnte nach halbstuendigem kampf an bord gehievtwerden. Flaute, starkwind, gewitter, alles haben wir bereits erlebenkoennen. Gerade laufen wir mit 8 bis 9 kts und werden so am fruehensonntagmorgen bermuda erreichen. Bis dahin lb gr ernst u cre. read more...


15/05/2015

Exocet Strike - Heading for where?

We left in a hurry yesterday after seeing thelatest weather data, seems about 10 of us did from either Bora Bora or Raiatea.Originally we planned on leaving Thursday and heading straight down the rum lineto Niue, there was a small weather system but way to our south, what changed ourminds was that the weather system had moved North and that we wanted to be outof its strongest winds. So our current course has been West or NW to try to getfurther North than ideal but should be out of the way of the badstuff. Means if all goes well we get to Niue on Weds orThursday next week, missing out Suwarrow to hopefully catch back up with thefleet. Niue is one of those places which is an independentcountry, but in the middle of no where, its a small island approx 20 miles todrove around, with no. read more...


15/05/2015

GarliX - Wir sind auf dem Weg nach Suwarrow

Tour: Raiatea/ Gesellschaftsinseln/ Französisch Polynesien - Suwarrow / Cookinseln, Distanz 720sm, noch ca. 180sm14.5.15 Suwarrow ist sicherlich kaum jemanden bekannt. So richtig wissen wir auch nicht, warum wir diesen kleinen Klecks Erde Mitten auf dem Pazifik anlaufen. Direkt auf dem Weg liegt die Insel, bzw. Riffkante nicht. Suwarrow ist nur 0,15 x 0,4qkm groß und die meiste Zeit unbewohnt. Von April bis Oktober soll eine „Hausmeisterfamilie“ dort ihre Zeit verbringen. Der Schriftsteller Tom Neale hat hier einige Jahre allein gelebt und sein Buch „An Island to Oneself“ geschrieben. Wir sind gespannt, ob wir die angekündigten Podwale und Mantarochen sehen. Aber…wir kämpfen mal wieder mit der Ankunftszeit bei Tag. Es ist gut möglich, dass wir das morgen nicht in der Helligkeit schaffen.. read more...


14/05/2015

Luna Quest - Thursday, 14 May, 2015

Noon position: 16.35S 153.44WDaily run: 106 milesThe sky is overcast with lots of rain clouds all around on the horizon. The forecast is not good with an area of low pressure tracking up to where we are. It could be with us on Saturday/Sunday and we are diverting north to avoid the worst. For days we have had lovely weather, especially in Bora Bora, that greatly added to our enjoyment of the island. Yesterday and today we are experiencing very light winds and the engine has been on for most of the time. Currently the wind gives 5 knots and our speed through the water is 2.3 knots. Twelve hundred miles to Niue seems a long way…Checking the connections for the autopilot late yesterday afternoon, I discovered a deeply corroded one in the lazarette (the locker at the back of the cockpit). I. read more...


14/05/2015

Gozwoz - Day 6

Today started with the possibility that with favourable conditions we would reach Bermuda.The prospects were such that Our Great Leader permitted the last reef to be taken out of the main and the cruising chute was hoisted at 2am.Providence was initially king and for a few hours rumbles could be heard from a dark cloud nearby whose approach to Gozwoz gathered speed.The cruising chute was rapidly lowered and packed but the squall reached us as reefs were being put in the main.The wind was not unduly strong but the rain was torrential, the crew on deck, the Bosun and the Navigator, having not had time to put on oilies.In due course we were treated the sight of Rob calmly helming while clad in his pyjama shorts and an oily jacket.Unsurprisingly the only person to stay dry was the cabin boy,. read more...


14/05/2015

Jambo - under 150 miles to go

Last night the winds died so we motored slightly NW in anticipation of the winds coming back from the SW and then veering North. The plan is to get into St George's in daylight as the entrance is littered with reefs and wrecks all around.Up early this morning to get the cruising chute up and take advantage of the light winds. Bob is galley bitch todayso Tom and I rather fancy a bacon sandwichas the boat is flatI expect you are wondering what are we wearing? Tom is in matchingTommy Hilfiger black shorts and tee shirt ,I have chosen a reef swim suit with un - coordinated top and Bob is still asleep but will have something up his sleeve,probably from Yves St LaurientMore boarders last night from flying fish !Philip. read more...


14/05/2015

Crazy Horse - Day 6

We are powering our way to Ft. Lauderdale with motor on and all sails flying. This is really and truly the first time that wehave used the engine. Trying to make Ft. Lauderdale before dark. There is some tricky maneuvering with lots of ships and boats in the canals and a drawbridge as well. Better to get there before dark and see the obstacles clearly. Anyway, we are excited to get there and Crazy Horse seems to be fairly galloping the last 60 miles. This is some of her old stomping ground!We all agree it has been a great voyage with lots of wind and all sailing. Bill thinks we have hit the gulf stream as our speed has increased- up to twelve at times.The meals have been excellent. Better than most restaurants- just like home cooking!We will be at Bahia Mar marina after today so I should. read more...


14/05/2015

Exocet Strike - We have left French Polynesia

Sad to say but after nearly 8 weeks we set sailtoday from French Polynesia, last port of call was Bora Bora. this was ouroriginal last port but due to some issues World ARC changed it to Raiatea. We leftRaiatea on Sunday, but due to forecast very light winds we only went as far asBora Bora, and we were glad we did, great island and two very welcoming 'YachtClubs' Restaurants/hotels really.We should now be on our way to an uninhabitedisland called Suwarrow, about 680 miles from Bora Bora, but we figure since weare late we will aim to get to the next place Niue, where the programme soundsgreat. One potential problem is there is a bad bit of weather on Sunday,so we may well divert further North than our current plan, we will be watchingthis very carefully. If we do go north it could be. read more...


14/05/2015

Dala - Log Day 5 - Back to the Code Zero and... to the engine!

Hi, all,Everything is fine and smooth aboard DALA on this 5th day of the rallye (reminder: 4th day for us since we left one day late).The sea was relatively calm today so I accepted our crew Richard's idea to try to completely reset the code zero sail (reminder 2: we took it down in the middle of a violent squall two days ago) by opening it flat on the lee side of the boat, put it back in order and hoist it again. We did it successfully and I was very happy because the wind strength and direction were perfect for this sail. We enjoyed it a few hours but around 4 PM local time, the wind became really too weak. So in spite of the fact that neither Joelle nor myself like the engines, we decided nevertheless to motorsail in order to have a chance to reach the Bermudas before the adverse. read more...


14/05/2015

Luna Quest - Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

Noon Position: 16.32S 152.11WRun from Bora Bora - 28 miles since this morning 07.30hrsWhereas my last blog posting mentioned that we would be heading for Suwarrow, a lack of wind is forcing us to go straight to Niue or even Tonga. Suwarrow is an atoll, where Tom Neale lived by himself for some twenty years and wrote a book about his experiences. He was taken off when near to death through illness. Some of the World ARC participants have read the book and will be going there to check it out. However, the weather forecast for that sea area is poor with lots of rain and no wind. Some other participants are also going straight to Niue.Since our time in Raiatea, where Julia took some amazing shots and videos of the Tahiti Pearl Regatta Race from the press boat, we have visited Tahaa, an. read more...


13/05/2015

Gozwoz - Day 4/5

Long trousers required for night watches. After good sailing with cruising chute this morning the wind has died and we are motoring in calm seas and warm evening sunlight with Bermuda 180 miles ahead. Nick has fished, so far without success! We are looking forward to landfall early Friday morning.. read more...


13/05/2015

Windswept - Rock me Windswept!

Windswept's blog post to the tune of Wagon Wheel!Sailing out west to the land of the 'gators. Getting frustrated, want tokick the generator. Staring at the sea, hoping I don't see mast lights.We made it half way in 86 hours, catching flying fish and taking noshowers. Hoping for the moon so I can see my way tonight.So crank that winch and speed up the keel. Drunk on rum punch is how Iwant to feel. Hey...my boat's a rockin'! Rock me Windswept like the windand the waves, rock me Windswept in a westbound haze. Hey...Windsweptrock me.Meredith's cooking dinner, Shawn's at the helm, Carol's reading booksand Terry's always snoozing. We kept checking fishing lines, nothing tobe found. No fish, no rum keep getting me down, but we loved flipperplaying up on our bow. Next week I'm turning back to. read more...


13/05/2015

Free Spirit - Log 5: 13 May 2015

Today from Carole's perspctive   What a beautiful day!  The sun is out, the skyis blue, the sea is blue and calm but ....we have no wind.  There is lessthan 200 miles togo to Bermuda but with under 5 knots of wind it is going totake forever....there is nothing for it but to switch on the engne to propel uson our way.  What a shame...but if the wind picks up a little later wemight try again with beautiful Mr Parasailor.So now it is time to do those things which areimpossible when the boat is tossing every one and everything it can all over theplace.  It's on days like these that one comes to appreciate thesimple pleasures in life.....like just being able to stand up without holding onfor dear life!! So the boat has been cleaned, the washing hung outto. read more...


13/05/2015

Abigail - Beautiful sailing continues

Greetings from Abigail.As expected the wind went light and turned from East to East Southeast last night and this morning has gone to Southwest, although the wind speed has picked up a bit.Last night we managed to keep sailing in the light stuff with all our working sails (jib, main and mizzen) up. We have not often sailed without at least one reef in the main on this passage. Surprisingly we managed to make reasonably good progress until 0415 this morning when the wind dropped to 5 knots directly from astern.At that point we started the engine for the first time this trip and motored for about 5 hours. We took advantage of the situation by making around 50 gallons of water, and Bob and David took showers. Then the wind came up a bit and we decided to set the spinnaker, and while we were. read more...


Morning Haze - Morning Haze - Diving in the Bermuda Triangle
Morning Haze - Morning Haze - Diving in the Bermuda Triangle
13/05/2015

Morning Haze - Morning Haze...swim in the Bermuda Triangle?

Hello everyone,As you already know, we lost our boat refrigeration on the first day, Then just after 24 hours out of the BVI we suffered an autopilot failure forcing us to make a difficult choice: to turn back or to take this misfortune as a new challenge to overcome. We choose the latter and so far we steered Morning Haze some 500 miles after another misfortune hit us...We thought we had seen it all but no....around noon today the wind died!!!What?!....We still have 165 miles to go and the wind dies? What do we do? We will enjoy it!!!We spent the last hour playing in the water behind the boat. Jumping of the davits and off the stern into deep but amazingly crystal clear water. It can only be so clear and blue in the middle of the ocean. It was so clear that we could keep our eyes open. read more...


13/05/2015

Lone Star - Day 5 - Old Bahama Channel

It is almost noon on May 13th and we are going through the Old Bahama Channel.We hoped to get a glimpse of Cuba but have not spotted land.However, we have been able to get a good dose of Cuban television.The television picked up 19 channels that were carrying two stations.Should have worked harder on my Spanish before we left because I could not understand a thing. We are still following Crazy Horse which is 3 miles ahead and Joel is jumping up and down like a mad man trying to make Lone Star go faster.It is difficult to catch a boat that is larger and more suited to down wind sailing, but we are trying.We have our tuna plug in the water along with a planer and spoon hoping to catch either a tuna or wahoo.The hand line fishing has gone well this trip. The seas are calmer and we are. read more...


13/05/2015

Free Spirit - Log 4: 13 May 2015

The wind died last night. Today has dawnedcloudless, flat calm and no wind. The ensign is stirred occasionally by a gentle waft of air formthe south, behind us. We launch the Parasailor in the vain hope thatits vast expanse of  bright yellow lightweight fabric will capturesuffiecient breeze to generate some forward movement, and quickly take it downagain as it hangs impotently limp on its halyard. So, we are motoring with180 NM to go to Bermuda. Michael is on the aft deck with two fishing rodstrolling deadly lures in the hopes of fresh fish for dinner. Shortly we willstart work on the flooded bow thruster compartment. As a consequence of thecalm seas there has been no further ingress of water into the anchor lockerand we now have an. read more...


13/05/2015

Crazy Horse - Day 5

Today we are traveling downor is it up? the Old Bahama Channel in the day light thank goodness. We didn't know what to expect with the shipping channel on one side of us and the Bahamas on the other. 8 miles doesn't seem like a lot of space but sometimes 2 ships seem to be able to pass on the same side. We are on the North side going toward Florida of course along side Lone Star. We have been keeping up close to each other the last couple of days. The winds are blowing 15-20k. apparent. The waves are pretty smooth in here going through the channel. We are making speeds of 8-9 SOG.Bill and I have decided that is our next adventure- to explore the Bahama islands. No time now- but it would have been nice to take a break and anchor off some of these beautiful islands. It was a wonderful. read more...


13/05/2015

Tara - Day 4 -- May 13th

Day 4--May 13th 9:30am--Well, it appears that we are too close to the Bermuda Triangle , if we are not in it already.The night was squally and full of lightening from most directions but we escaped any serious rains or near strikes.As the we entered the night we reefed in the Main Sail because it takes longer and is a bit more complicated to do but we left the Jib out full with each watch leader on a hair-trigger to call for help at the first sign of a squall bringing on increased winds.(For those of you not familiar with squalls: Winds can pipe up from 10 knots to 25 knots in less than a minute or two.)That call came at 1:00am as Christopher was finishing his watch and Jack was coming on.They called me up just in time to reef in the JIB but she wouldn’t furl in.First we had a back-wrap. read more...


13/05/2015

Defyr - Nightwatch

Greetings from a nightwatch everyone! We have had a really pleasant and easy sailing from Bahamas to Bermuda. Headwind for 4 days, but also sunshine and perfect, moderate winds. So we have only had one person at a time on a watch. And even though we have had more than enough free time between watches, I have sometimes found it hard to stay awake at night. Maybe it's because nothing happens and you know, it's night! Those of you, who sail, already now very well what it's like at the nightwatch, but maybe someone who doesn't, will find this nightwatch-simulation useful.1. Go to sleep 7 pm even though you are not at all tired. Make sure that family and friends of yours are having a good time in the room beside you. Don't close the door, because you would soon run out of oxygen and be. read more...


13/05/2015

GarliX - Stille ?unterwegs zu den Cookinseln

Tour: Raiatea/ Gesellschaftsinseln/ Französisch Polynesien - Suwarrow / Cookinseln, Distanz 720sm, noch ca. 450sm12.5.15 Stille, es herrscht wieder Stille auf dem Stillen Ozean. Die WorldARC Fleet war beim Start unterschiedlicher Meinung. Wir sind zwar alle gestartet, aber die meisten Boote wollten im 20sm entfernten Bora Bora einige Tage auf Wind warten. Nur HUGUR, ARETHA, EXODY, AYAMA, CLEMENTINA und wir wollen es mit dem wenigen Wind Richtung Suwarrow versuchen. Immerhin sind 7kn „hart“ am Wind (scheinbarer Windwinkel von 30°) besser, als 8-10kn mit Wind von hinten (der dann in einigen Tagen angesagt ist). Es ging auch gut los am ersten Tag - das ist nunmal der Wind für dieses Boot. Bei 7kn Wind segeln wir auch diese Geschwindigkeit; er muss nur aus der richtigen Richtung kommen. Wir. read more...


12/05/2015

Dala - DAY LOG 3 - Speed and problems

Hi All,Since we left Nanny Cay, about 23 hours after all the fleet, we've been running nicely, averaging 9.2 Knots for the first 24 hours and 8.7 Knots for the second 24 hours. So as we are in our third day (fourth day for the rest of the fleet) cruising toward the Bermudas, we already passed the mid-point of our route. So, speed is OK so far.We had other problems however. A friend of mine once told me that on a saiboat everyday brings with him another problem. The first day we had a fuel leak on the port tank and had to "dive" out there under the port aft bunk to find our its origin and fix it. Altough most of the job was done by my crew Richard (thanks, Richard!)I was caught by sea sickness in a way I didn't experience for months! It took me about 36 hours to recover!The next day, as. read more...


12/05/2015

Gozwoz - Day 2/3

Still going strong! Good winds of force 5 have driven us northwards towards Bermuda. We are doing 170+ miles each day and anticipate landfall in Bermuda on Thursday night or Friday morning. We are getting a lot of practice at reefing and cooking in a heeled position is definitely an art! Still see a few sails around us and the masthead lights at night are comforting to see. All well.. read more...


12/05/2015

Juno - Raiatea - the Pearl Regatta

We are in Raiatea, the spiritual capital of the Society Islands, 150 miles west of Tahiti and host of the Tahiti Pearl Regatta.  We enter the pass into the lagoon and dock on the quay in the small town of Uturoa. The central market square has been taken over by the regatta where coloured flags ripple in the breeze and earnest young assistants crouch at makeshift desks over Apple computers, taking our registration forms and our Pacific Francs, issuing us with fluorescent wristbands and T shirts. We return to Juno clutching an array of sponsored merchandise and we change into our orange Juno uniform shirts for the evening party on the dock.  On board we have Andrew - of course - and his wife Jeannette. In addition we also have the crew of Wayward Wind - Mindy and. read more...


12/05/2015

Tara - Days 1 -3

Day 1 --May 10th -- After Lisa and Mark returned from the Oklahoma graduation of Mark’s daughter, Madison, (woohoo!, congrats again Maddie) we departed St. Thomas around 4:30pm in nice, if brisk, winds.In 18-25 knot winds and fairly large seas just forward of the beam, all four crew aboard have had some challenges getting their “sea stomachs.”Not TARA, she proved to be the thoroughbred that she is by pounding effortlessly into the 7-9’ waves coming at us.As darkness fell, we were treated to a light show as she punched in and out of the steep wave fronts causing an explosion of red and green light in the mist created by the impact reflecting off our bow lights.It was definitely a rousing start to the rally. We figure that given the 28 hour head start, the fleet is anywhere from 160 to 220. read more...


12/05/2015

Zingara - Via Inmarsat:

Wir sind auf dem Weg... mit einem Tag Verspaetung sind wir nun am Montag gestartet. Das erste Stueck mit 170 nm in 24 std haben wir hinter uns gelassen. Nun geht s etwas ruhiger weiter. Euch herzliche Gruesse vom Atlantik, ingo,icke,nils u ernstps hello layel, we are on the way.. read more...


12/05/2015

Crazy Horse - Day 4

Well, This is May 12th Bill and my 41st anniversary of marriage!How appropriate that we should be celebrating this occasion on Crazy Horse. The Crazy Horse Saloon in Washington,D.C. is where Bill and I met , hence the name of the boat.How sweet of him to leave me a happy anniversary note on the top of our position and captains log. So when I come on watch at 4am ....he always remembers better than me!I am blessed to have so many adventures with this manand such great kids and grands. Of course this is all the day after we had a huge disagreement over how we had the accidental jibe, broke the preventer cleat and of course we had too much sail out for the winds and crazy waves. After all that, everything was repaired, no one was hurt and apologies were accepted. So you see the topsy turvy. read more...


12/05/2015

Abigail - Another 200 mile day

Over the past three days we have logged 602 nautical miles with daily runs of 201, 194 and 207, reaching all the way.Despite the usual late night/ early morning squalls it has been glorious sailing.Actually, so far dodging the squalls has been a kind of fun game that has helped to keep us awake during the wee hours.Today the wind has gotten a bit lighter and shifted more toward the south.A trend we expect to see continue throughout today and tomorrow, so keeping up the speed from here on in will be more of a challenge. All of the crew is doing well and we've begun thinking about the dark and stormies (is that how you spell it?) we'll be enjoying when we arrive (actually Pam has been dreaming about Chardonnay).. read more...


12/05/2015

Jambo - half way but with boarders in the night

Things calmed down a bit and we had a cracking night sail with " Dorothy " our hydro vaneauto helm doing a good job.In the night we had several visitorsin the shape of flying fish - Tom upset one of them who then hit him in the hand/ face but he took pity and threw him back - after he cleared that the little fishy was beautiful!The forecast is that we will run out of wind tomorrow so we must crack on and try and put a couple of hundred miles under the keel so that Bermuda comes into range for us to motor if we need to. I had lots of lovely notes from chums and familywishing me a happy 60th birthday - after three days of sleep deprivation I certainly looked it!Philip. read more...


12/05/2015

Free Spirit - Log3: 12 May 2015

Michael has almost fully recovered - seasvery rough today so, very sensibly, he is staying on deck. A strange thing happened the night before last.A loud growling noise was heard somewhere deep in the bow sounding like atortured animal. We quickly ruled out an attack by some unknown monster ofthe deep and came to the conclusion that a machine was being torturedrather than an animal, but what and by whom?? The bow thruster is the onlymachine located in that part of the boat beneath the berth in the forwardcabin. The noise was not the normal noise made by the bow thruster andcertainly nobody had switched it on in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.However, cutting its circuit breaker silenced its agonies and the bowthruster was therefore. read more...


12/05/2015

Morning Haze - Morning Haze - resilience is the key...

When we prepared for ARC-USA (our last leg on our tour of the Atlantic and our 4th rally with the WCC), we set out goals for our family and ourselves individually. The general theme was to "live the moment" right from the preparation stage and stay with it until we land in Bermuda. We obviously also wanted to do well in our respective class even though we are a small family boat. As fellow cruisers know, we are not racing but it is hard to let someone go by without trimming your sails!Sometimes when sailing offshore things don't necessarily go as you have planned. And for us this one leg seems to be one of those "unplanned journey". Just after the start (saturday) our refrigeration water cooling pump quit. That means no fridge and we have to cook everything now before we loose it all.. read more...


12/05/2015

Exody - Days 119-121: Slow Start to Suwarrow

Inching her way at 3 knots across this vast blue sea under a cloudless and relatively windless sky Exody's motion is gentle and we have managed to quiet the flogging sails.This afternoon, Monday 11th May, we are thirty hours in to this multi-stage Leg 5, only having covered 130 of the 690 miles to the remote uninhabited Cook Islands atoll of Suwarrow.We were one of eleven boats out of the seventeen strong fleet that actually crossed the start line at Raiatea yesterday with zero wind, all of us immediately starting our engines after the gun !Five boats opted to head straight to Bora Bora joining three others of the fleet already there to await an improved wind forecast - their anchorage time counting as sailing time in the World ARC position-reckoning for this leg!Three had not yet. read more...


12/05/2015

Widago - Daze 1-3: Adjusting

All is quiet and well on WIDAGO - which is unusual considering there are four kids aboard. I'm up now on my third night of mid-watches. Beautiful stars and fun blips to watch on the chart plotter. Widago is finding a nice groove of 8-9 kts in 16-18 kts of AWS, with favorable seas. First day brought much excitement as we caught & released a beautiful 175# blue marlin - a first for Widago. Thank goodness it wasn't anything edible, as I am just now able to contemplate food. Second day included many naps, but no fishing as Skipper wanted to make up for slow start and previous day's fishing detour.Kids were content to play a little chess, and even some homework was observed being completed. It's really been comforting to know our rally companions are looking out for us. Thanks again to. read more...


12/05/2015

Mahe' 3 - Triangolo delle bermuda

Per attraversare il triangolo delle Bermuda, tieniti nel lato più esterno.Questo, in pratica, quello che c'è scritto nel disegno che mi ha consegnato mio figlio Mimì prima di partire, e questo è in realtà, quello che stiamo facendo.Certo, di cose strane ne succedono in questo tratto di mare, soprattutto durante la notte.Vediamo luci di barche vicine, che durante il giorno non avevamo visto e che misteriosamente scompaiono alle prime luci dell'alba.Comunque non possiamo perderci, così ha detto Stefano, dopo avere fatto il punto nave con il sestante.Ci sono moltissime stelle quì, e con tabelle, libri e quaderni, riesce a calcolarne le altezze. Lo comunque, per il momento, continuo a guardare il GPS.Manteniamo la nostra rotta costante, sempre di bolina larga, con la barca sbandata, mare. read more...


11/05/2015

Jambo - may 11 th

Big day as Pugwash is 60 todayQuite rough and bumpy but we are making good speed . Doing anything on the boat requires Herculean effort so it looks as if the party will have to waitJust about to hunt for my cards and birthday cake - yumPhilip. read more...


11/05/2015

Abigail - 234 mile day

We continue to speed toward Bermuda and we logged 234 nautical miles of a 24 hour period from noon to noon.I'm pretty sure that's the farthest Abigail has ever traveled in a day and puts us very close to the half way point in our journey.We are all doing well and catching up on our sleep and getting used to the very unnatural routine of sleeping and waking in 3 (at night) or 4 (during the day) hour intervals.Last night between midnight and dawn we sailed through numerous squalls.Fortunately, with the radar working we were able to dodge them all. It was a fun game helped keep us awake.The bad news is that not a drop of rain touched us and Abigail sure could use a fresh water wash down.Today is a beautiful, sunny day with only a few fair weather clouds in the sky.As has been the case from. read more...


11/05/2015

Crazy Horse - Day 3

After a wonderful dinner of West Indian Shrimp- hot but Bill and I loved it- it was a pleasant evening and i was able to sleep pretty well from 2100 to 0400. Then I relieved Matt from his watch. We have stillbeen making good time going from 8 to 10 kts. on average.They predict 20-25 ktsfrom the east so we are still going with our wing and wing sail formation. So far the weather reports have been right on.There are lots of clouds with strong passing showersand winds as we proceed past the Dominican Republic and gettingclose to Haiti. They did warn us that we might see some refugees trying to make their way across the Atlantic to safety. There are lots of big ships out here so they must be quite desperate to leave. Matt and I had our old scrabble game going again. Won't say who won because. read more...


11/05/2015

Free Spirit - Log 2: 11 May 2015

"Why do we do this?" Said Peter to me in the deadof night as Free Spirit crashed her way through the mighty waves of the AtlanticOcean. ??? ...... Just then another huge wave smashed over us drenching him fromhead to toe!!! This was our 8 to midnight watch. It was pitchblack, no moon. We could see stars and the lights of other boats in the fleet atvarious points around us and we were gradually catching up to the boats in frontof us. Free Spirit was going well - 8 knots + frequently showing against windspeeds between 17 and 23 knots. This gave us heart after our rather slow startwhich put us very near the back of the 50 something boats starting out fromNanny Cay for Bermuda. Why was this? You might ask. Well it was ecause we had alot of faffing about with the sails at the start. Well, you. read more...


11/05/2015

Dala - We left Nanny Cay

Hi, all,Finally we left Nanny Cay this morning Sunday May 10th at 11 AM local time.We are now making good progress and hope to catch up partly.Bye,Joelle & Albert. read more...


11/05/2015

Mahe' 3 - Ed alla fine, Pasta

Ma un Americano, può mai cucinare un piatto di pasta?A quanto pare si !Dopo una giornata molto movimentata, che fino all'imbrunire ci ha visti impegnati con un cambio vela stremante, Dave pensava a cosa avrebbe mangiato per cena.Ora è buio e la barca corre veloce in rotta. Raphael Stefano ed io ci siamo molto bagnati a prua sotto le onde per cercare di infierire lo yanke nel rollafiocco, e Dave dal pozzetto con il suo bel salvagente ci controllava e prendeva la sua decione: "maccaroni with Pesto chees".Adesso è in cucina, ogni tanto sento cadere qualche cosa, ma cerco di mantenere la calma.Speriamo che non la faccia troppo scotta !Francesco. read more...


10/05/2015

Defyr - Whose on board?

Hii-o-hoi!! We left Nassau around sevenish (pm) on friday. First it was motoring, but the next morning it started to blow. We have had an awesome weather ever since. Sunshine and good winds! It seems it's going to be like this for two more days.On board we have Ville, Nina and Ossi besides me and Jaakko. Ville is the boatboy numero uno in Defyr. He has sailed with us from Portugal to Las Palmas, crossed the Atlantic in ARC and he's going to sail all the way to France with Defyr. Ville knows how to helm the boat, but is also always ready for example tobe thoisted on the mast to fix something or do the manouvers in the bow.Nina has been sailing with Defyr many times in Finland. Last july we moved Defyr from Lagos to Madeira and Las Palmas with her on board. We had a pretty rough weather in. read more...


10/05/2015

Gozwoz - Day 1/2

Good sailing but at the expense of decent appetites! A brisk force 5 from the east has given GOZWOZ new energy - 168NM in the first 24 hours! Everyone is participating in the watches and we saw quite a large pod of dolphins. Once they had entertained themselves they were off! Hope all is as well at home!. read more...


10/05/2015

Lone Star - Day 2 - Sunday

Today has been a good one for Lone Star and crew.This morning we caught another Mahi Mahi similar in size to the one caught on Saturday.Then in a gesture of extreme kindness we turned it into a catch and release.Didn't get the rum to its gills fast enough.We had fresh Mahi for lunch from the one caught yesterday and still have enough for fish tacos.We have been sailing directly down wind using our double pole and head sail combination and have achieved speeds as high as ten knots, but generally in the 8.5 knot average.Hoping to have a 200 mile noon to noon distance day. Fair winds,Craig. read more...


10/05/2015

Flomaida II - Tapetenwechsel! Flomaida wieder unterwegs vom 4.-12.Mai 2015

Neuseeland haben wir- für unsere Verhältnisse ausgiebigst- durchkämmt underlaufen. Von der Südinsel per Leihwagen bis zur Nordinsel per Flomaida.NZ ist wirklich ein faszinierendes Land, speziell für Natur Freaks,Outdoor Sportler und Backpacker.Die Menschen sind extrem gastfreundlich undhilfsbereit,auch wenn sie sich nicht gerade überschlagen,total relaxedhalt.Sie leben entspannt und relativ genügsam in ihren Miniorten, abgesehenvon den großen Städten.Da wir keine Übernachtung vorgebucht hatten auf der Südinsel, passierte eshäufiger,dass wir einen Ort fanden, der nur aus einer Tankstelle, einemSupermarkt und einem Imbiss bestand.In Gedanken an meine liebe Freundin Carla würde auch ich am Liebsten inQeenstown leben wollen, wenn ich in NZ leben wollte.Das wirklich Besondere an NZ sind die. read more...


10/05/2015

Abigail - Day 2 - Off to a good start

Greetings from Abigail.We are about 200 miles north of Tortola and off to a great start.It's blowing about 18 knots out of the ENE and we are doing 8.5 knots or so under a double reefed main and jib.Yesterday's start was spectacular as we sailed away from the BVI at over 9 knots under full sail.As dusk came we put in one reef and a bit later, perhaps a bit too late, we put in a second reef as the wind built to over 25 knots.Eventually we even rolled in the jib and sailed under main and mizzen alone doing a slower, but more comfortable 7.5 knots.This morning with the wind down a bit we decided to drop the mizzen and put up the jib again and that's the sail combination we've stuck with for today.The boat could handle more sail, but everyone is comfortable with what we've got. Everyone is. read more...


10/05/2015

Firefly - Nearly there

We have been working hard packing the boat up and getting the creworganised – we are now think of heading to Plymouth on Bank holiday at the endof May where we will leave Friday evening and sail through the night. This willmean we have ample time to get to Plymouth and sort any issues and also allowmost of us to head back to London and finish any loose ends prior to the Rallystarting.Sailing with a young baby introduces other dynamics including lots of babyfoods and baby seats etc... this will be a fun few weeks and we are all lookingforward to getting some sun.... currently still in Hamble 50:51:19N001:18:58W. read more...


10/05/2015

Mahe' 3 - Secondo giorno

Drizza in inglese si dice halyard, me lo ha insegnato David.Questa mattina, mentre ero dentro a riposare qualche minuto, sento un rumore di vela che sbatte.Scappo fuori e trovo il genoa in acqua.Il mare era molto agitato e non è stato facile riportare la vela in barca.Si era spezzato il moschettone che teneva la vela agganciata al rollafiocco ed ovviamente il pezzo di rollafiocco era rimasto sull'albero insieme alla drizza.Mandare un uomo sull'albero, scelta difficile, ma inevitabile.Bardo Stefano con scarpe e caschetto e via su per l'albero che si muoveva da tutte le parti.In un'ora abbiamo individuato, riparato e risolto il problema.Adesso stiamo recuperando il terreno perduto.Quache goccia di sangue ai piedi di stefano, alla fine, ne sono valse la pena.Francesco. read more...


10/05/2015

Jambo - day one

Brisk easterlys means we are making good progress but doing anything on the boat is a struggle as its a bumpy rideLast night I got soaked through to my undies as I got caught out in a squall and water leaking in through the the chain plates onto my bunk but not serious - we look a moteley crew this morning!We need to make good progress over the next 3 days as winds forecast to drop and then head usPhilip. read more...


Dala - Day Log 2 - Practicing Yoga while waiting - Albert
Dala - Day Log 2 - Practicing Yoga while waiting - Albert

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