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16/12/2014

Tinia - Day 20

Only 200 miles to go now - very hot on board . Lucky the fridge has returned to its full potential and did a great job of cooling the last 4 beers - yes, there's 5 of us on board but one of us luckily has an aversion to the beverage. Still eating well -had a lovely lentil soup for lunch today . Head fisherman MF is once more frustrated by the large islands of sea weed that he's hooking. The bread mix from Lidl has been a hit and head baker RH has now perfected the bake in Tinia's oven. Something odd has happened - the Bob Marley song book has totally vanished - can't work it out - the search continues.. read more...


15/12/2014

Meltemi - MELTEMI Raetsel

Hallo und moin MELTEMI Blog Gemeinde,wie versprochen hier die Raetselaufloesung.Die Crew hat in Las Palmasbeim HiperDino fuer 1.872,72 Eurobeim Carrefour fuer 72,35 Euround im Central Markt fuer 197,78 Euro eingekauft. Das ergibt ein Gesamtsumme von ====2.142,85 Euro====Am dichtesten dran war Martin und sein Crew EYM mit ihrer Schaetzung von 2.146,00 Eruo.Herzlichen Glueckwunsch zu dem Atlantikerprobten DHH Stander.Die MELTEMI CrewPSWir haben heute erst erfahren, dass einige von unseren Blogs nicht den Weg in die Weltoeffentlichkeit gefunden haben. Daher hier nocheinmal die fehlenden Blogs.12.Tag Squalls quaelen uns weiter. Aber - was ist das eigentlich? Ein begrenztes Mikroklima in warmen Gefilden? Skipper R diger h ngt es tief und spricht von "kleinen tropischen Regenschauern".. read more...


15/12/2014

Libeccio - Libeccio Log: Sunday Dec 14

  Today: an early introduction to island time; fireworks that are out of thisworld; now that is how to get your day started!; Elmer Fudd time;  Dear Readers, as you may know, we have managed to cross the finish lineyesterday @ 05:19 and we are now safely tucked up in the Rodney Bay Marina—superyacht pontoon, no less—where Libeccio will spend the next few weeks recuperatingfrom her efforts during the passage and while Jane and I return home forChristmas with the family.  We will return mid January and slow the pacedown while visiting a number of islands—which islands and in what order has yetto be determined.  So, grab that Starbucks, Timmy’s (don’t forget the vanilla shot, Tracie),Serious Coffee or, as in my case, a cup of the finest instant, decaf coffee...more like. read more...


15/12/2014

Celebrate - Wondeful Wine-Tasting with Peter & Jane in Stellenbosch, South Africa!

Our terrific former crewman, Peter Sandover, and his lovely wife, Jane, drove us to the Stellenbosch wine country and treated us to an overnight stay at the Oude Werf Hotel which is a historic downtown mansion filled with Victorian antiques and grouped collections of artwork.Our first wine-tasting stop was before dinner at the classic and comfortably styled Wijnhuis wine bar just a few feet from the hotel down a side street.With two white wines, a rose and three reds to taste, plus a cheese and meat board it was all very satisfying and the sauvignon blanc was our favorite!In the morning we drove to the Tokara Winery for more tasting and a great lunch with a beautiful view over the vineyards.Our favorite wine here was a reserve chardonnay.Also, we had time to purchase some special olive. read more...


Celebrate - On Safari, Charlie & Cathy with John & Priscilla
Celebrate - On Safari, Charlie & Cathy with John & Priscilla
15/12/2014

Argalleiro - So close

Still we need to complete the trip ,,butnow we aré very close to scream we did it ..we did it Argalleiro. read more...


15/12/2014

Argalleiro - Feeling Proud

Our land and countrywhere we liveandwe feel very proud ..this Crossing opened the new World and we can do the same today ..thanks ARC. read more...


15/12/2014

Argalleiro - close to reach a wish and a dream

We feel close to reach a wish and a dream ,the samethat Chritopher Columbus had , five hundred years ago discovering a land where we live now. read more...


15/12/2014

Argalleiro - 100 miles left!

Argalleiro Chile 1If You can dreamyou can do it ..slow wind but the heart full of hopeness andhappyness , we aré only at 100 miles .. read more...


15/12/2014

Louise - Blog 16 - 21st Day at Sea

I do not have a lot of news for you. As the wind does not fill my sails Ihave to use the motor a little. This was not what my crew planned for, but theyare happy to know that St. Lucia is only 325 nm from here. Thinking about thecrew with Columbus in the middle of the Atlantic without wind, not knowing ifthe earth was flat, not knowing if they would ever see land, not being able tochange the situation.We are fortunate to know that we are heading for a beautiful place, it justtakes time. We try our utmost to speed up our arrival but no stress. The crewenjoy good food, the quiet ocean, sun, moon and stars. I saw a ship last night and I know that several other ARC boats are around,so I shall meet them and all my other friends in 3 days time in RodneyBay. On behalf of Louise, Carina  . read more...


15/12/2014

Red Devil 3 - Última milla

Sábado 13   Nos acercamos a tierra. Martinica por estribor ySanta Lucia por babor. Es de noche y vemos las luces de la costa Este. El vientose acelera enre las dos islas y la ola aumenta un poco. Para que no falte denada tenemos agua. Pasamos entre las islas a buena marcha 9 nudos, a ratos más.Avisamos a al Comité de ARC que nos aproximamos a Rodney Bay. Pilotar de nocheno es tarea fácil. Es complicado reconocer la costa, las luces las, distancias,etc. Afortunadamente llevamos el plotter que nos marca donde estamos en lacarta. La entrada en la bahía es con viento de ceñida, hay barcos fondeados.Para darle emoción a la última milla. El barco del Comité es uno de los queestá fondeado en la bahía y tiene una luz estroboscopia anaranjada. Lo vemos ahíestá la línea de llegada.. read more...


15/12/2014

Sanuk - Big fish

Vi har otur med maskiner men är för jävliga på fiske. Nu på morgonen drog vi upp en sk. Dolphinfish, lugn det är ingen delfin.Den mätte 102cm och vi blir lika impade varje gång linan håller. Vi kämpar på i svaga vindar om ca 100 nm kan vi köra motor om det skulle behövas hela vägen in. Alla längtar fram, särskilt Anders som har Cilla redan på plats. Apropå det, kolla mailen Cilla och svara gärna till den adressen mailet kom ifrån.Puss o kram allaimage1. read more...


Sanuk - Big fish
Sanuk - Big fish
15/12/2014

Vagaris - Dark Arrival

We arrived in Rodney Bay marina, St Lucia last night at 1943 local time after 20 days and 3050 miles at sea. We sailed across the finish line, received the congratulatory message from ARC control, dropped the sailed and prepare to enter the marina. It was very dark as we edged slowly into thecutout channel that leads to the lagoon where the marina is situated. We were met by a crowd of friends and well wishers cheering and congratulating us. Boats blew their whistles and horns to mark our arrival. In the dark and unfamiliar marina we moored with the help of ARC staff (yellow shirts) and stepped onto dry land for the first time for a long time. Champagne came out, Rum punches were delivered and stories were exchanged. Still bewildered, we then headed to one of the marina bars for another. read more...


14/12/2014

Hera - Zieleinlauf

Pünktlich mit Sonnenaufgang umrundeten wir PidgeonIsland nach einer ruhigen und sternklaren Nacht. Mit dem letzten verbliebenenLüftchen kreuzten wir über die Ziellinie. Wie gewohnt wurden wir von einem Vertreter der ARCund einem Vertreter der Marina Rodney Bay am Liegeplatz mit Präsentkorb undeinem Rum Punch empfangen. Auch wenn wir mit defektem Spibeschlag undbeschädigtem Großsegel keine hervorragende Plazierung erreichen konnten, hatsich die Crew dennoch tapfer geschlagen. Jetzt verbleiben uns noch wenige Tage zumEntspannen bei karibischem Flair mit traumhaften Stränden, Cocktails undden letzten Partys der ARC, bevor die Crew den Heimflug antritt. Wir danken allen unseren Fans in der Heimat, dieunsere Route verfolgt haben und wünschen Euch allen ein FrohesFest. Hiermit. read more...


Hera - Zieleinlauf
Hera - Zieleinlauf
15/12/2014

Antares - ARC 2014 Day 20 Tonight is better

Saturday was about as picture perfect as a Caribbean day could be. Beautiful sky, no waves, no swells but NO WIND.This was as close to a State 0 sea as I can imagine.Monday AM, we are on a beam reach, the skies are filled with stars I never see in the city, the seas are smooth and it is a perfect SAILING night.We continue to close our target but are maintaining a watchful eye on the eastern border of the sailing pack.I think the other boats are still safe. No fish today - Joe is losing his touch.We have eaten through the fresh foods and are doing a good job on the freezer.Another thought on the whales of a few days ago - a Cuvier's beaked whale.Size is about right, too.Thanks to all who follow our log and who comment through our email. This has been fun but we are ready to see Rodney. read more...


Vagaris - Atlantic weed and swimming - image 2
Vagaris - Atlantic weed and swimming - image 2
Vagaris - Atlantic weed and swimming - image 1
Vagaris - Atlantic weed and swimming - image 1
14/12/2014

Vagaris - Atlantic weed and swimming

We've been motoring for a day, and every few hours have had to stop and let the prop fold to clear off accumulated weed.This one has really puzzled us, for literally two thousand miles we've been passing large quantities of seaweed floating in the sea.We'd originally thought it was detritus from a storm, but it has been ever present for most of our crossing. Over the last few days the small clumps have been getting bigger and forming 2-3 meter round floating islands of weed. Yesterday these islands started growing, with the largest being a couple of hundred metres long. We didn't realise why at the time, but when we became aware of a slight juddering from the prop we changed into neutral and saw large clumps of weed exiting past the stern. A few seconds of astern and then forward was. read more...


14/12/2014

Frisco - Log Day 20 Relaxing day.

Today we have had light winds from the SE. Just enough to pull us along with the Parasailor. Our speed has now dropped below 3 knots and we are planning to motor overnight. Diesel fuel consumption is an issue so we keep the engine RPM down to an efficient burn rate. The advantage of the light winds has been to see more of the sea creatures around us. The flying fish are constantly jumping out of the water and flying sometimes 100 feet before splashing back in. They sometimes land on the deck of Frisco by mistake. A picture shows a small one which landed on our deck this morning, you can see the long pectoral fins which serve as wings. This lucky fellow was returned to the water unharmed.. read more...


Frisco - Log Day 20 Relaxing day.
Frisco - Log Day 20 Relaxing day.
14/12/2014

OOROO1 - End of the Epic Adventure - now lets explore the Caribbean

I’ve been in denial for two days, drowning my sorrow in Rum Punch. After 17days at sea and the finish line in sight, I didn’t want it to end. We Parasailedto about 500m from the finish line then did a quick sail change and sailed theMain and Genoa over the line at 0643. Mike felt the stress of having to actuallysail between two points. We’ve just completed the world’s largest transoceanicrace (sorry I meant rally). St Lucia and the ARC met us at the wharf, helped usdock, presented us with a basket of fresh fruits and a bottle of St Lucia rum,then it was rum punches all round to the sounds of a Caribbean steel drum.Breakfast was champagne and a rum shot !!!! Since arriving we have been having afew quiet ones, catching up with fellow ARC participants and meeting the locals.St Lucia is. read more...


14/12/2014

Anika - BLOG 7

Thisis likely to be our last night out in the Atlantic as we have 84 nm to run toRodney Bay and the finish line. Last night was spectacular with the very best ofhorizon to horizon stars, many shooting stars and perhaps a meteorite shower toboot according to our onboard stargazers. Ourplanning to arrive at sunrise is still on course helped by a day of very lightwinds which resulted in running the engine for propulsion – what a shame as todate over the past three weeks it had only been used for 2 hours 55 minutes!!Anyway to ensure we don’'t arrive early we stopped for a swim which was likeswimming in a warm bath, checked out the goose barnacle growing on the sternpart only of the hull, we now have a decision to make, scrape them off or leavethem to grow on for a nice snack, followed by a. read more...


14/12/2014

Little Pea - Little Pea's Arc 14 Blogoramma - We did it

Our last blog for ARC 2014...   Now Playing: The Winner Takes It All -Abba   Well, we did it. Crossed the pond in 18 days -not quite as quick as our PB, but you can't help the lighter winds. Even thoughit wasn't as quick, our finishing place is better - 1st in Class and Overallresults are TBC although we think its about 11th or 12th in the fleet. Althoughit was just the four of us on board, we honestly couldn't have done it withoutthe support of everyone back home. From family helping with logistics, tofollowers sending messages of support. Each and everyone of them helped us crossthat line faster - Thank you.   Little Pea is now being scrubbed from top to bottomby Pappa John & family (St Lucia's finest), and is being converted from anocean passae maker into. read more...


14/12/2014

Philocat Ena - ARC Spirit

We would like to share the following video on our start in Las Palmas:   http://youtu.be/p9IXuy6Bqvk   Thanks to all our friends for their support & emails! Thanks to the ARC team for the great effort & perfect organization! Thanks to all participants for their fairness and team play!   There is a great spirit that makes the ARC a special sailing event.   The Philocat Team. read more...


14/12/2014

Celebrate - Stellar Safari joined by American Friends at a Jewel of a Camp in Northern South Africa!

Our friends from Washington State in the US, John & Priscilla Cadwell flew into Cape Town to join us for a safari trip.They had previously seen us off in St. Lucia as we began the rally.We all flew to a safari camp in northern South Africa and stayed for 5 amazing days and had the grandest of times! Our safari adventure began the minute we were picked up at the airport by our terrific ranger, Schalk, in an open-air Land Rover. Within seconds of entering the Game Reserve we were sighting giraffes, zebras and impalas. As we arrived the General Manager, Kate, was greeting us with elegant welcome drinks and telling us the intriguing story of the Camp and how it started with the Endangered Species Center. Our stand alone bungalows had wonderful territorial views and what a location!. read more...


Miss Liz II - The team
Miss Liz II - The team
14/12/2014

Miss Liz II - Log - Complete

Sorry for the delay!  We arrived at Rodney Bay at 02.50 on Friday morning. Our support team was there to congratulate us (Liz and Geraldine), plus the ARC and St. Lucia folks - the later with very welcome rum punch!  Not as fast a crossing as we would have liked, but we feel pretty god about it none the less.  The last day or so was spent repairing, cleaning and having fun. Let the parties commence!!. read more...


14/12/2014

Sanuk - Ingen vind

Dom hade tur dom som inte behövde gå in på Cap Verde, dom fick vind. Nu har vi näst intill stiltje. Vi slangade ur generatortanken och där hittade vi 60 liter. De e bra. Hoppas det kommer vind imorgon så vi kan segla åtmindstånde 150 nm till. Sen bör vi klara oss. Just nu 426 nm till mål. Tvåbiran just slukad. Det är 29 grader i havet och 33 i luften. Synd om oss är det inte. Hade för en stund sen ett stort gäng delfiner med oss. Sånt piggar upp. Dagens bad blir 16.00.Alla hälsar.Olle. read more...


14/12/2014

Libeccio - Libeccio Blog, Saturday Dec 13th

  UPDATE: WE HAVE CROSSED THE FINISH LINE AT 05:19 SUNDAY DEC 14TH AND ARENOW HAPPILY MOORED UP IN THE RODNEY BAY MARINA. WE HAVE TREATED OURSELVES TO ARESTAURANT BREAKFAST AND ARE RELAXING BEFORE STARTING OUR CLEANING SPREE!  MORE ABOUT THIS LATER, BUT, FIRSTLY, HERE IS THE BLOG WRITTEN BEFORE BUT WECOULD NOT SEND.  Today:  Ch, Ch, Changes actually made; Mid Ocean Rescue!; Official StLucia Greeting party; the Really Official Greeting Party!;  Happy Saturday Dear readers,  as I write this, we are about 70nm fromSt Lucia and the finishing line! At our current pace we should cross the linearound 05:00 Sunday morning—not exactly the time on our original plans, but, wetake what the sea will give us (doesn’t that sound, well, so “old man and thesea”like). So, if. read more...


Vagaris - Arrival preparations - image 2
Vagaris - Arrival preparations - image 2
Vagaris - Arrival preparations - image 3
Vagaris - Arrival preparations - image 3
Vagaris - Arrival preparations - image 1
Vagaris - Arrival preparations - image 1
14/12/2014

Vagaris - Arrival preparatuons

60 miles to go and we're making preparations for arrival. The St Lucia courtesy flag has been raisedThe fenders have been recovered from their stowage space in the anchor locker and re inflated. The interior is undergoing a thorough clean. The ARC flag is going up.The decks are today and all ocean paraphernalia such as foam anti-chafe strips and guard rail tape has been removed.Over the past 48 hours we (mostly Steve) have also sanded down and applied a couple of fresh coats of teak oil to the cockpit table, so even that looks smart and new again. I might even allow the crew a quick wash themselves.---No land has been spotted yet.... read more...


13/12/2014

Peter von Seestermühe - Finale

Drei Tagelang haben verschiedene Spezialisten vergeblich versucht unsere email anlage wieder zum Laufen zu kriegen. Obwohl wir alle komponenten an Bord ausgetauscht haben, konnte auch auf dem Iridium server kein Fehler lokalisiert werden. So stachen wir also als freie Menschen in See. Mit derart beschränkten Wetterinformationen entschieden wir uns anfangs für eine etwas südlichere Route als den empfohlenen direkten Grosskreiskurs. Wir wollten dem Tief welches von NO zu den Kanaren ziehen sollte so schnell wie möglich davonsegeln. Nach einigen Tagen nahmen wir dann den direkten Kurs, die Bordroutine hatte sich nach anfänglichem Staunen bereits am dritten Tag wunderbar eingespielt. Es folgten nun tage mit wenig Segelmanövern und viel frisch gefangenem Fisch bei gutem Vorankommen. Ohne die. read more...


Morning Haze - Sailor Ted celebrating his last day at sea...making home made Cinnamon rolls with Demi and Becky!!!
Morning Haze - Sailor Ted celebrating his last day at sea...making home made Cinnamon rolls with Demi and Becky!!!
Vagaris - Nearly Finished - image 1
Vagaris - Nearly Finished - image 1
14/12/2014

Vagaris - Nearly finished

We've less than 130 miles to go now and due to low winds have decided to motor the last few miles.The wind has dropped to less than 10 knots, so instead of taking 3 days to slowly sail the last couple of hundred miles we decided to motor in order to arrive late Sunday night so we can start enjoying the rum punches and celebrations. Kath and Steve leave on Thursday, so if we can make it in by late Sunday, that'll give them a few days r&r in St Lucia before they have to head back to cold Blighty. A few passage stats:3051 miles covered20 days offshore480 hours sailing220 night hours1000 litres of water produced48 kWh of electricity used34 hours of generator running65 engine hours used300 litres of diesel used15 other ships spotted Whales seen - noneDolphins seen - 3Maximum wind - 27. read more...


14/12/2014

Louise - Blog 15 - 20th Day at Sea

I did not write yesterday as nothing much happened and then I found outChristmas is coming soon, and I had not made my wishing list for Santa, so hereis what I wrote: “Dear Santa, I’m little Louise on my way to St. Lucia. Unfortunately someof my gear broke, so I wonder if it would be too much to ask for repair of mysails? Maybe new ones? And I do need a new haleyard, and a wire for my davids. Anew fridge would be nice too and if you could do something about my autopilot,the two of them use too much power. Oh yes, the freezer has high powerconsumption too. Do you think you could replace it? Of course on the smallerside I need more oil filters and other minor spareparts. Fuel willl be needed,but I guess my owner will take care of that. But maybe I could have a smallpresent when arriving. read more...


14/12/2014

Domini - Woo Woo Woo - St Lucia!!!

Well my Boatblog friends, it is about 2000 local time (that's 8pm for the landlubbers) which is about midnight GMT, and Ju is about to go on first night watch. We are about 60 miles away from St Lucia, so all being well, by the time you read this we will be back on terra firma!Woo woo woo!!!And that means...No more trackin'(…for now)Ju & Lyn. read more...


13/12/2014

Tinia - Day 19

Captain Lovely went up the mast in the bowson's chair to fix one of the lazy jacks on the mainsail. The rest of us following orders and watching from below - What a hero.Barely any wind today and a cloudless sky.Big excitement-fish leaping out the water , TUNA!! Then the reel purred and the line stretched. 2 tuna were caught and 2 more were taken off the line by the dolphin that swam by the boat seconds later. Anyway tonight's menu has been amended and to Sushi - yeah yeah !!500 Miles left Not much to reportExcept James up the mastAnd a Tuna caught( a poem by JW). read more...


13/12/2014

Aurelia - Not sure what day it is

Hello Aurelia followersApologies for no blog on our last day, we had some technical challenges and last night the technical challenges were self inflicted. I think the rest of the chaps were right when they said "i was away with the goalie" It has been said that the blog has been a little lacking detail. This was obviously deliberate as I was encouraged not to be too specific by my fellow crew in order not worry those at home. Well now we have arrived that is now not relevant.Our trip started with no power or ability to charge our batteries. This may not sound much but it was pretty major, so much so that we were debating turning back. No instruments, no fridge, no freezer, no water maker, bla, bla... after much stress and pressure on Mr H he managed to come up with a work around thanks. read more...


13/12/2014

American Spirit II - Day 344: We Depart for Home; Saturday; & Thank You Jack, Joel's Dad; December 13, 2014

Up at 5:15 AM, then back to bed until 8:15 AM. Joel gets up ahead of me at 8:00 AM, a rare event. We have breakfast at the restaurant next to our boat at 9:00 AM with Tim and Tracey from Folie a Deux; Russ, Laurie and Finn from Nexus; and Amelia with Adela. Then Russ, Laurie, Amelia, Jeanine and I walk downtown to get some photo's for the Brazilian Visa's. For Russ, Laurie and Amelia. Then Jeanine, Laurie and I go to the market area. I need to find a large, cheap suitcase that will be large enough to fit the wind turbine into. I find what I'm looking for. The price is 400 Rand. I get the seller down to 300 Rand. I could have held out for 200 Rand, but I'm in a charitable mood today. We're going home at 8:55 PM! Life is good.Back at the boat the day is spent loading up two suitcases,. read more...


13/12/2014

American Spirit II - Day 343; We Pick Up Our Brazilian Visa's; Friday, December 12, 2014

There is no Day 340, 341 and 342 as I've corrected the number of days we've been gone. So don't look for logs for those days.Up at 6:00 AM. I go downstairs at 6:15 AM to the restaurant for breakfast. Joel and Jeanine come down at 8:45 AM. We print a hard copy of our plane reservation, using the hotel printer in their business center to do so. At 10:45 AM we pick up our Visa's. Yeah! Next we roam around an outdoor market area, buying some small items to take home with us. We check out of our hotel and head for the V & A Marina at 12:25 PM. At 1:00 PM we have lunch at the restaurant next to our marina. In side the restaurant restroom's (they're one seat washrooms), are advertisements and information regarding the Two Oceans Aquarium that the restaurant is associated with. One bit of. read more...


13/12/2014

American Spirit II - Day 339; We're Promised Our Brazilian Visas in 1 Day; We Book an Earlier Flight Home; and Have Dinner with Civeta II; Thursday, December 11, 2014

Up at 6:30 AM. At 7:00 AM I wake Joel and Jeanine up. We have a free buffet breakfast in the hotel.I call the US Consulate in Cape Town at 8:45 AM, and the only way to call the Consulate and get a live person on the line is to click the option for extreme emergencies, those involving death or arrest of a US citizen in South Africa. When the operator answers the phone I tell that my emergency is a minor one, and I'm connected to someone who can help me. After talking to them, they tell me that they will have to talk to the Consul General and will call me back. They call back in 30 minutes and tell me that yes, they will grant me an emergency passport in one hour. All I have to do is go online and get an appointment. I tried that earlier and the first appointment date available is December. read more...


13/12/2014

American Spirit II - Day 338; Brazil Visa Day & Paid Exorbicant Haul Out/In Bill; Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Up at 7:00 AM. Breakfast 7:15 AM in the hotel. Went to Royal Cape Yacht Club and paid for haul out at 11:00 AM. I was purposefully misled about the cost of the haul out. When I'd gotten the price estimate I was told the haul out was about 4,000 Rand or $346. A little cheaper than in the US. However, the 'haul out' did not include the 'haul in,' putting the boat back in the water. Same price as the haul out. So twice as much as I expected. We were back at the hotel at noon and Joel and I had lunch at a Wimpy's next door. Not sure where Jeanine went. We left without paying the bill. Oops. We were told this by the manager the next day and rectified the matter. Then Joel and I worked on our Brazilian Visa applications. We found out that in Florida it will take 30 days to get a Visa via the. read more...


13/12/2014

Anika - BLOG 6

Another starry night clear of squalls and many shooting starsputting on a wondrous display, but uncomfortable sea making it difficult tosteer. By morning we are less than 200 nm to run so our attention is now turningto when we would like to arrive.Amorning shout of land ahoy at sunrise is always nice and perhaps extra specialafter 3 weeks at sea arriving into the Rodney Bay marina sometime the morning of15th December which would be even nicer for VC and SE nee SC who arrive theprevious evening, tired I am sure after their long journey but awake enough tocheer us in I hope. Thereally good news so far today is – no Richard has not yet caught dinner, but Ihave finally got ANIKA’s engine to start after several days of trying to fix it!It looks very much like an electrical problem as the. read more...


13/12/2014

Thula - day 19

At 1:31 a.m. this morning, after 18 full days at sea and approximately 2,900 (nautical!) miles we finally crossed the finishing line in St Lucia. I think we were all agreed that, for us, the crossing was not a race and the ranking hardly mattered to us. Nonetheless we were overwhelmed with emotions when the Thula, our home for the last weeks, finally pushed its bow over the line and we heard the signal. We had a fantastic and truly memorable journey! Now, if you would excuse me, I have to attend to my beer… . read more...


Thula - lucky us
Thula - lucky us