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04/12/2013

Blue Ocean - Blue Ocean - Day 9 or is it 10?

We are running undercover!  Le Yellow brick est reste sous la bomequelques heures et pas de transmission satellite de notre position. Onavance vite sous spi depuis 26 heures, par 20-25 knts de vent . La nuit desrafales a 38 knts nous ont amene a l`affaler, quelques heuresjusqu`au leverdu soleil.  Peu de repos car beaucoup d`attention et de monde sur lepont . Mer superbe, belles vagues, plein soleil, bon vent, excellent.  On avance a9-10knts , moins de 1200nm to go.   Yv   Our St. Lucia waypoint is now 1196nm distant as I write. We have allwritten down our estimated ETA on slips of paper and put them into a box – notto be touched until we reach the finish line. The person who gets the closestwill get a prize (or maybe the person who is most out will buy the. read more...


04/12/2013

Meltemi - 9.Tag - Bergfest

Um 23:39 Uhr Bordzeit hatten wir unser Bergfest!!! 1444 sm auf der Log, 1444 sm noch bis St. Lucia. Die Zeit vergeht wahnsinnig schnell!! Wir haben das Bergfest bereits heute Nacht ausgiebig gefeiert, heute Abend nochmal mit einem Festmahl - vielleicht beißt ja der dritte Mahi Mahi an! Die Angel hängt jedenfalls draußen und der Wodka steht bereit. Fliegende Fische hatten wir auch schon an Bord. Einige von uns haben sich mit der Astronavigation und der Handhabung des Sextanten beschäftigt - unsere bestimmte Position war relativ genau. Nun fahren wir vor dem Wind mit 277 Grad Richtung Ziel und hoffen, dass der Passat noch etwas zunimmt. Bis dahin brutzeln in der Sonne, kühlen unsere Füße beim Rudergehen in der Pütz und duschen mit Salz- und zum Schluss einem Schuss Süßwasser. Die aktuelle. read more...


04/12/2013

Koala - 4th Dec: Whale, did you see that!?

We were having a fun morning this morning trying to get the boat to sail down wind in 4-6 knots of breeze and a 1m cross swell when we finally decided that our (virtually insignificant) VMG may be slightly better on the other gybe, so we busied ourselves with setting up the boat for the gybe. It's a bit of a palaver what with poled out genoa and preventers on the main etc. Just as we finally rolled into the gybe, we looked out at the patch of water that we would have been in if we had not gybed, only to see a group of about 3 whales sleeping, sunbathing, or enjoying some kind of love in on the surface about a boat-length and a half away! I'm not sure what type they were, but they were not particularly massive. I would guess at Minke whales. They seemed perfectly happy, although I am not. read more...


04/12/2013

Dragonfly - 4. Mahi Mahi

Den Mahi Mahi habe ich in der Pfanne gebraten, Salzkartoffeln und etwas Gemüse dazu. Anschließend noch ein Glas leckeren Rotwein, dann beginnt die Nachtwache. Volker fängt an und wird von Edwin abgelöst. Kurz nach dem Wachwechsel wache ich auf und merke, dass etwas nicht in Ordnung ist. Schnell an Deck. Der Wind ist sehr böig geworden und hat heftige Dreher. Edwin versucht den Kurs anzupassen aber so schnell kann er nicht reagieren. Der Genaker knallt und flattert, aber der Spuk ist schnell vorbei und mit etwas nördlicherem Kurs geht es weiter. Es fängt an zu regnen. Ich habe mir nur schnell ein langes Shirt und Hose angezogen und bin schnell durchnässt. Nach einer Weile gehe ich mich dann doch noch umziehen. Ölzeug! Ich bleibe bei Edwin an Deck bis meine Wache beginnt. In Ruhe ein Buch. read more...


04/12/2013

Manihi - Pourvu que ça dure ... !

14:43.25N 34:52.95W   9:45 heure locale Cette nuit nous avons enfin eu un vent régulier pas très fort mais qui nousa permis de bien avancer en gros dans la bonne direction, Ste Lucie, pour ceuxqui n'ont pas suivi le début ! Ce matin l'état du ciel avec ses bancs de nuageset ses grains (averses très locales) coiffés d'un gros nuage, et la vitesse duvent qui semble, restons prudent, s'établir autour des 13-15 nds nous fontpenser que, peut-être, nous avons enfin trouvé les alizés. Confirmation dans lesdeux jours qui suivent ! Pourvu que ça dure ...   Cette année, pas de chance avec les alizés. Normalement, en général, enmoyenne, la plupart du temps, selon la littérature, selon les marins, selon lesrécits, selon la météo marine, selon ce qui ce dit dans tous les bistrots deports,. read more...


04/12/2013

Sephina of Beaumaris - Day 11 Part 2 - Changing Time Zones

Day 11 Part 2 - Changing Time Zones I’ve mentioned before how the sun was getting later coming up in the morning. Today the sun didn’t rise until past 8am – after I finished my shift. A clear indication that we were well & truly into a new time zone – confirmed by Matts iPhone (but oddly no-one elses) automatically going backwards an hour – we knew it was time to change the clocks!!With our new time zone we seemed to have sailed into the tropics! The weather is baking hot – almost unbearable to be down below for pro-longed periods of time during the day. Gone are the days of wearing wooly socks at night & a jacket in the day!!The cats have noticed the heat increase & are spending a lot of time basking in the heat on their bellies. We had them upstairs today for most of the. read more...


Sephina of Beaumaris - Day 11 Part 2 - Changing Time Zones
Sephina of Beaumaris - Day 11 Part 2 - Changing Time Zones
São Francisco 4 - Dia 4 Dez - Uns no ioga, outros no Gin! / Some doing ioga, others doing Gin!
São Francisco 4 - Dia 4 Dez - Uns no ioga, outros no Gin! / Some doing ioga, others doing Gin!
São Francisco 4 - Dia 4 Dez - Ioga ao pôr-do-sol / 4th Dec - sunset ioga
São Francisco 4 - Dia 4 Dez - Ioga ao pôr-do-sol / 4th Dec - sunset ioga
04/12/2013

Queen Frederica - Bericht Tag 11.5 - Endlich Wind

04.11.13Moin moin liebe Freunde des Hochseesegelsportes,wie ihr wisst, beklage ich mich ja ständig darüber, dass die Yachten aufdenen ich bin, zu langsam sind. So auch bisher in diesem Fall. Aber seitheute morgen um 8 Uhr ( übrigens UTC -1) bin ich ganz glücklich: zur Zeitlaufen wir dauerhaft über 7 Knöpfe (Kn.), juhuuuu endlich. Dh, wir könntenimmer noch halbwegs pünktlich in St. Lucia ankommen. Ich sage nur: Needfor Speedddddddddd :-).Wenn wir Segler uns auf die Ozeane dieser Welt begeben, lassen wir ganzviele geliebte Menschen (Söhne, Kinder, Freundinnen, Freunde undStandtelefonleitungen mit erhabenen Berlinern) und Dinge hinter uns. Undwir erleben kein schönen Advents-Tee, keine Zuckerstangen und warmeFranzbrötchen auf Jahrmärkten und keine herrlichen Schnee-Spaziergänge intollen. read more...


04/12/2013

Queen Frederica - Bericht Tag 11 - Nous avons un look d’enfert (Dieter lernt französisch)

04.12.2013Es ist 10:30 Uhr. Mindelo auf den Kapverden liegt jetzt 360 sm hinter uns.Heute Nacht gegen 2:00 Uhr ist der Wind eingeschlafen. Andreas, Petra undStefan haben die Segel eingeholt und um 2:30 die Maschine gestartet. Gegen7:30 haben wir dann die Segel wieder hoch geholt und bei 12-15kn Windrauschen wir mit mehr oder weniger 270 Grad und 5-7 kn durch die Wellen.Katharina und Stefan haben die Mastrutscher beim Segelsetzen mit Spüligeschmiert. Hin und wieder haben die Dinger geklemmt und nun hoffen wir,dass sie flüssiger laufen. Bei nächster Gelegenheit wollen wir nochWindbändsel (schweizerisch: Spione) ans Achterliek des Großsegels binden.Dieter ist sehr gut im Segel trimmen und mit diesen kleinen Hilfen kann erhoffentlich noch den ein oder anderen Zehntelknoten herausholen.Petra,. read more...


04/12/2013

Incisor - Incisor

Hello Everyone,Here is our blog..Starting yesterday afternoon when we were treated to a plethora of flying fish I mean 100’s closely followed but jumping Tuna not sure what was chasing the Tuna some on board though killer squid but this sighting was unconfirmed and not from a reliable source.The flying fish were pretty frisky all evening and one even dared to fly into Derek’s chest when he was on the helm, he screamed like a girl! Tee Hee Since that daring assault several more fishes leapt to join us and we delegated Mark as chief thrower offer usually followed by copious amounts of hand washing.We have used all our fresh meals so last night Derek voted for a cowboys breakfast of bacon baked beans and smash, Our European contingent were unsure of this culinary delight!During the past few. read more...


04/12/2013

Skara Brae - picnic on Skara Brae

So here we are in the middle of the Atlantic and the wind is once again elusive.It is getting hot in the midday sun with no breeze to cool us down and no beer :-(So since the boat is almost stopped - doing about 3kts, we decided to pull the sock down on the spinnaker and have a wee swim in the middle of the Atlantic at 17N 33W.Then when we got out Tosh suprised us with a chilled bottle of champers that he had kept for just such an occasion - so we decided to have a wee glass then we changed our mind and decided to make a wee champ/punch with what was left off the bar - wee drop of bacardi, vodka, rum, then added oranges and orange juice and a wee bit of lemonade - voila, we made a wee punch champers cocktail and emptied the bar - this could be a dry boat for the next week(s)So day 3 of. read more...


04/12/2013

Calypso - "Back to School"

David & John dug out their sextants yesterday afternoon to re-fresh their skills. After taking some sun sights David got within 1 mile of our latitude.Fresh fruit & veg supplies are dwindling. Plenty of oranges and apples left but bananas all gone and our last cucumber is looking more than a bit sad. We still, however, have enough fresh meat for another 4 meals before we have to resort to the M & S/Waitrose cans.Dino continues to dish up stunning dinners with a chinese style pork dish last night accompanied by egg fried rice.Fishing has not gone well with only one small fish caught to date.Something large took away the lure today - Dino insists it was a shark....David has started baking with blueberry muffins made this morning - report later! Currently doing 6/7 knots.Weather. read more...


04/12/2013

True Colours - Symmetric Sailing

Position 16:37.10N 027:16.21W   Lasagne for dinner, thanks to Nadine (biggest thanks of all from James,whose turn it was to cook, but N wanted to use some of the beef before it wentoff, so took over  - actually on reflection it may have been an act of selfpreservation;  J’s cooking skills are an unknown quantity)Last night the wind progressively died, so it was hydrogenerator up andmotor on at 01.00. It’s noticeably warmer here, no need for oilies at night and the watertemperature is up to 29.1 – seems bizarre that the water out of the watermakeris warm. Motor stayed on until about 11.00, when the wind filled in at 10 knots, andwith smooth sea and a favourable direction it was time to break out thesymmetric spinnaker for the first time.  Worked well and currently. read more...


Hada - HADA Day 10 -- Endless Blue
Hada - HADA Day 10 -- Endless Blue
04/12/2013

Sunrise - Tag 11 - 04.12.2013 - Die Nacht

Das war ein pompöser Sonnenuntergang. Mit Dark Side Of The Moon fuhren wir unter Spinaker direkt Richtung Sonne. Ein eindrückliches Erlebnis, am Ruder stehend, das zu erleben. Nach Sonnenuntergang wurde der Spi geborgen und die Nacht brach an. Die Venus ist wie immer zuerst am Leuchten und zeichnete mit zunehmender Dunkelheit einen silbernen Streifen auf das dunkle Wasser. Als das letzte Tageslicht vom Himmel verschwindet beginnt die mächtige Milchstraße zu leuchten. Es wird nie ganz dunkel um uns herum, die Millionen von Sterne erhellen die Nacht. Immer wieder zeichnen die Sternschnuppen weiße Streifen an das Firmament und lassen uns mit Wünschen im Cockpit zurück. Unsere ständigen Begleiter sind dabei Kassiopaia, Orion, großer und kleiner Bär, natürlich der Polarstern als Zentrum und. read more...


04/12/2013

Lancelot II - Day 10 - Half Way

Lancelot II calling world, Lancelot II calling world, over. Today willmostly be sailing, sunbathing and salty showers.   As we continue on our journey we have shared many special moments together,from dolphin spotting, to Matt playing his guitar and singing us travellingsongs under starry skies, Annette’s beautiful choral voice drifting across theocean as well as many shared stories of journeys past and adventures to come. Wetalk of our families and our lives back home, what we’ll do when we reach StLucia (cold beer or cocktail to start, or both?), who we’ll eat first if we runout of food (Sorry, I think I’m a gonna!) and films we’ve seen, but mostly wetalk about food. In a terrible provisioning oversight we have no cake (Arghh!)but we do have our own body weight in cheese to munch. read more...


04/12/2013

Albatros - ALBATROS Day 11

Last night we celebrated the 'Half-Time' with a can of beer (Polar Pils from Venezuela) for everyone. Before we enjoyed a delicious Spaghetti Bolognaise with Parmesan Cheese. The night was more or less dominated by NNE Winds which brought us a speed between 5 and 8 knots. The 1 min showers were rather seldom.We read on our instruments 1292 nautical miles to go.The showers on the deck with several bins of saltwater are very refreshing and one can observe this procedure more often than the first week before.The swell is still moving Albatros in every direction and sometimes we see some flying fish above the waves.The speculations about the number of days which are ahead is a daily topic on board.The shifts on deck are still the same as we left Las Palmas. 3hours at night and 4hours during. read more...


Joy of Shamrock Quay - La Rochelle overtaking in the fast lane
Joy of Shamrock Quay - La Rochelle overtaking in the fast lane
04/12/2013

Nyaminyami II - Nyaminyami II Blog Wednesday 04.12.13 - 1200hrs

By Chris Haworth. As I commence the Blog today, I am trying to remember what happened/what I reported yesterday!  Post Blog there was lots to do! Further mainsail repairs (we now have it fully hoisted..Yeoooooooooow), Lunch (avocado salad), Boat tidying , Yapping(!), some helming, Shower and shave ..for me, it was then time for bed (1700) as I had been up since 0130hrs!  I had 3hrs Kip whilst Jane prepared dinner and Francis and Graham doused spinnaker for night sailing. Deflating news of yesterday had been  Grib file download (i.e. wind forecast for next 3 days) – after having done long hard miles limping to position ourselves north .....wham out of nowhere came a ridge of high pressure (no wind), now forecast to block our way to St Lucia on Friday/Saturday!- (mental. read more...


Diva - All you need is speed. Bergfest.
Diva - All you need is speed. Bergfest.
04/12/2013

Diva - All you need is speed. Bergfest.

Die gestrige Nacht hatte es in sich. Motiviert durch eine gute Ausgangsposition und beste Windbedingungen zogen wir den 100%/0,75 Spinnaker und pflügten wie immer gen Westen. Die Bugwelle war so groß das man sie vom Cockpit aus über die Süllkante sehen konnte. Da ist ordentlich Zong drauf.So lief es auch in die Nacht unter Top Speed. Alles lief perfekt jedoch machte uns eine dunkle Wolke, die uns von hinten überlief einen Strich durch die Rechnung. Der Wind ging über 22 Knoten und die Diva ging weit über 11 Knoten. Eine Bö und ein darauf folgenderexplosionsartiger Knall zerlegten gegen Mitternacht den etwas in die Jahre gekommenden Spinnaker. Bergen blieb überflüssig, das hat sich erledigt. Die Reste und fliegende Fische eingesammelt, erst einmal sortiert und den nächsten Spi gezogen. read more...


Diva - All you need is speed. Bergfest.
Diva - All you need is speed. Bergfest.
04/12/2013

Challenger 3 - Disappointment

Day 10 Well an eventful 24 hrs … running with the spinnaker trying to catch wind and veering from 250 degrees to 310 degrees and yet only making 3 to 4 knots has been frustrating for all, but of the many things we can influence out here the weather isn’t one of them .... at this pace we are still another 2 days from half way and as much as none of us want this the inevitability has dawned, the only way to get to the trade winds and pick up pace to St Lucia is to motor sail for a period possibly 2/3 days. I can’t stress enough what a major decision for us this has been as it renders us unable for race qualification .. dropping us out of the 37 yachts racing, albeit time will tell how many come to the same conclusion, we suspect the field will diminish greatly in these light. read more...


04/12/2013

Jambo - A unexpected stop

Well, took the decision that as no wind we will need to try and motorfurther south maybe down to 15 degrees as reports of other boats finding some wind between 13/15Called in at Mindelo on Sao Vincente , Cap Verde Islands . Looked really interesting - a pity that we did not have more time - maybe the ARC + next year! Re filled with diesel and water and set off without touching terra firma. To our surprise met several ARC boats both coming andgoing plus a few doing repairs.WOW only 2000 miles to go ( thats 4 years sailing for The Renny's) - so all you out there willing us on can you pray for a blow from the NE oe E. Strange behaviours kick in when becalmed - Carol was even heard to order us to get the cruising chute upwith 7 knots of wind- I am told she hates cruising chutes weight loss. read more...


04/12/2013

Miciadue - Zeit zur Besinnung

Wir laufen wieder unter Butterfly bei 2-3bft mit 4 kts 270 Grad. Blauer Himmel und Sonneschein satt. Kaum Seegang. Übermorgen werden wir hoffentlich etwas mehr Wind haben. Reststrecke noch 1657 sm. Gestern Abend hat uns Frank mit einem improvisierten Essen aus der ayurvedischen Küche verwöhnt. Die Nacht war ruhig, warm und sternenklar. Jetzt haben wir Zeit zur Besinnung, zum Sonnen auf dem Vordeck und zum Lesen. Hoffentlich gibts mal wieder frischen Fisch. Gerade hat sich eine Makrele beim an Bord holen wieder losgerissen. Aber die Hoffnung stirbt bekannter Maßen zu letzt.. read more...


04/12/2013

Fanny Fisher - To our CNN reporters

Dear FamiliesHave loved our one way conversations with you. The resourcefulness of youto rush to your dictionaries, nautical Almanacs, puzzles, local news andwindiness on your side of the world. But who WON the bloodygolf?. read more...


04/12/2013

Sweet Pearl - 11. Tag - Cape Verde in Reichweite

Der Wind war nur von kurzer Dauer mit von der Partie, so dass wir seit 2 Tagen nach Sao Vincente motoren. Die ETA (Estimated Time of Arrival) von Sandra, Fritz , Jürg und mir liegen zwischen 23:59 (heute Nacht) und 02:00 (morgen früh). Mal schauen wer die Wette gewinnt:). Jürgs Zustand ist stabil und der Rest der Crew ist guter Dinge. Gestern abend hat wieder nach nur 1 Stunde eine Dorade (ca. 45cm lang) angebissen - Angel, Köder und Tageszeit scheint den Doraden zu gefallen. Wir freuen uns auf den Schmauss - diesmal nicht panniert sondern mit Weissweinsauce. Nach dem Essen gibts dann einen Sonnenbad für alle - hier sind es 27 Grad mit blauem Himmel. Wir melden uns wieder wenn wir angekommen sind. Tom. read more...


Free Spirit - Dinner (species still unknown, yummy though!) (Free Spirit 62) - Mark
Free Spirit - Dinner (species still unknown, yummy though!) (Free Spirit 62) - Mark
Free Spirit - Our competition entry for today! (Free Spirit 62)
Free Spirit - Our competition entry for today! (Free Spirit 62)
Free Spirit - Mid-crossing swim (Free Spirit 62) Christian
Free Spirit - Mid-crossing swim (Free Spirit 62) Christian
Free Spirit - Mid-crossing swim (Free Spirit 62) - Aaron
Free Spirit - Mid-crossing swim (Free Spirit 62) - Aaron
Free Spirit - Mid-crossing swim (Free Spirit 62) - Alistair
Free Spirit - Mid-crossing swim (Free Spirit 62) - Alistair
Free Spirit - Mid-crossing swim (Free Spirit 62)
Free Spirit - Mid-crossing swim (Free Spirit 62)
04/12/2013

Free Spirit - Mid-crossing swim (Free Spirit 62)

Hooray! We've just passed through the half-way mark, and as the winds were light and sea calm, we thought it'd be a good opportunity for a swim. We figured two in the water and two on the boat just in case, we had visions of the boat sailing off by itself with the four of us in the water which would be a not be a tidy conclusion to the ARC!! Its fair to say after 10 days of close confines, the two in the water also considered any psychopathic tendencies that might be lurking with the two on the boat, particularly after hearing a story at Las Palmas of an owner and his wife who picked up a crew member for the trans-Atlantic run. They sailed together for 4 months whilst (it turns out) the crew member learnt to sail, then one day they all stopped at a remote island in the Caribbean, the. read more...


04/12/2013

La Rochelle - la rochelle over 15 knot down hill combo

This is our downhill 15-18 knot combo. Full main, poled out no1 and storm staysail , giving us hull speed at 18 knotsimage1. read more...


04/12/2013

Edelweiss - Day #11: Caught a fish!

Or, rather, a fish caught us!Providing welcome diversion during the otherwise quiet and sleepy 3-6am watch, Lyell and I heard an unusual swishing/flopping noise on the bow last night.A flashlight revealed a foot-long black fish (we're pretty sure it was not a flying fish but don't know what kind it was) flopping on the starboard side of the bow. Thank heavens for the courageous Lyell, who (just as I was debating what I was going to do about this, as the "responsible adult") headed up there to help it back into the water.Just as he neared, however, the fish's flopping paid off and he slipped back over the side.Whew!We were thrilled to have something to report when Stuart and Mason showed up at 6am to take over; usually, it's slim pickin's for news.And we have a big milestone here today:. read more...


La Rochelle - la rochelle over 15 knot down hill combo
La Rochelle - la rochelle over 15 knot down hill combo
04/12/2013

Hera - Spisegeln

Leider konnten wir die Hera gestern nicht von außen betrachten. Da hättenwir doch eine Borddrohne mit Kamera mitnehmen müssen. Den ganzen Tag waren Windund Welle fürs Spisegeln optimal. So konnten alle Crewmitglieder mal alsRudergänger das Feeling fürs Spisegeln bekommen. In der Nacht haben wir dann angeluvt und sind mit Groß- und Vorsegel aufBackbordbug gesegelt. Heute hat der Wind etwas auffrischt und kommt ausöstlicher Richtung, so daß wir mit ausgebaumten Vorsegel Schmetterlingsegeln. Neben dem Spisegeln war auch das gestrige Menü ein Höhepunkt des Tages: Einköstlich erfrischender Gurkensalat, danach Kartoffelgratin und schließlich einDessert aus Vanillepudding mit frischer Mango, Rosinen und einem Schuß Rum. DieCrew hat schon darüber nachgedacht ein Scoring für den besten. read more...


04/12/2013

Pelican - further running repair and cake

Hi all at home, up on the fore deck (yes i do know where it is) wasakin to a disco complete with flashing lights. It might be said that it was someago that i was in a real disco prob night club. Now any way back to myflashing light - twas the deck flood light twinkling away so  hi ho upthe mast i go replace light on the way down re tie lazy jacks. Ok for the morningnow, into the steering compartment to  bleed the system and oh goody goodythe gally salt water pump has stopped working and by the way you've pulled thethree hour watch don't i just love this trip. Any way bread and cake were goodsee yer.. read more...


04/12/2013

Moondancer - Wednesday 4th December 10.50 AM (clock back 1 hour)

The one that got away!I can confirm the story put out by maintenanceThe reel was a screaming and I caught it all on film, it looked like a small boy jumping out of the water.Talking of film, we know you ladies love a sunset and we are seeing spectacular ones, so we made an effort to capture one on film the way we thought appropriate.Drinking beer, with "i'm a lazy sod" by the Sex Pistols as a soundtrack heading at it to the West.For those following our progress,if any-In laymans terms think of it as a Formula 1 race.There is the racing division and multi hull division consisting of 63 boats who set off before us,subtract 63 from our position.Then there is cruising division in groups A-G etc, in terms of faster boats. We are in Group E.The racing division are like Red Bull and Ferrari,. read more...


04/12/2013

Azzurra - Day 11 -Up the Mast-

Position Wednesday 04.12.2013:24”08’.688 N, 033”22’.186We made it! After all the discussions on how to proceed getting the Genoa untied to get her unfurled again 100 percent, we appointed Franz to do this nice job. No problem for him! We tied a spinnaker halyard on the luff of the Genoa which enabled us to glide him up leaning in the sail while Azzurra was moving with 6 knots. Franz did a great job cutting away the tapes and lines of the leech. He only swung once uncontrolled on the outside. He did not tell us what his real feeling was. We only saw him changing his underwear when the job was finished. Everybody will understand this, working on a moving part 20 to 23 meters above the waterline while sailing, is a challenge for everyone. We now can fully use the sail again although the. read more...


Azzurra - Day 11 -Up the Mast-
Azzurra - Day 11 -Up the Mast-
04/12/2013

Aditi - Day 6 - 8

On the night of Day 6 we should have been running in 14-17kn northerlies on our way south to Mindelo. But nobody felt like committing to the weather and going up to the bow in complete dark to hand crank the headsail and let out some canvas (or dacron). So we motored south in a following sea and wind to enter Mindelo from the East. Early morning, rounding the point Ponta Salinas on the Island of Santo Antaao whilst trying to get some offing against the east wind and swell to stay clear, I could smell exhaust gas. Shutting the motor and shining a torch into the engine room created a nice thick beam of light - smoke. Looking at the exhaust the elbow clamp had gone (new in Gibraltar!) so it was immediately back to sail to stay to the east. There are shipwrecks all over this coast. We say. read more...


04/12/2013

Moondancer - a slow day (again)

No wind again yesterday. Spent the day fixing the bits and bobs that catering keeps braking. I might as well walk behind him with my tool box under my arm. Yesterday had to reattach the cover over the ignition switch that catering kick off the day before. When reporting the breakage, catering said a monkey could fix it and that’s why he’d thought of me.Catering excelled in the kitchen to be fair yesterday, rib eye steak, chips and peas…all the talk before we left Las Palmas was on how much weight we would lose, if catering keeps this standard up I’m not sure any weight loss will be achieved.Fishing stepped up the plate today, landing what must be the smallest Dorado swimming in the sea. The lure was the same size, greedy with beggar.Paul (management) showed his killer instinct requesting. read more...


04/12/2013

Skara Brae - sunbathing and fishing in the middle of the Atlantic

Well if you like sunbathing and fishing then this is the Yacht to be on!26 degrees at 9am in the morning streight onto the porch (cockpit) Throw a line out with a bungy cord - and big fish come and take the lure - caught a big Wahoo (well Andrew thinks its one of them or a Maha-mahe LOL) fish Anyway Tosh our chef (yes we have a chef on board cause we're Posh (port out - starboard home) Gourockians quickly gutted it and cut it up into 10 steaks which is 2 meals for us 5!Personally I don't sunbath or Fish - so I'm getting a wee bit fidgety, its 3 days since we have seen any real wind, after making the desicion to head south to calmer seas to repair the main sail - well it worked but now we are paying the consequences of no wind down here.Some of the other boats decided to give the bad. read more...


04/12/2013

Starblazer - Starblazer 4 December A Day’s boat maintenance.

Cruising has been described as "Boat maintenance in exotic locations", I’m just not sure whether mid-Atlantic counts.The generator packed up the other day, it kept on overheating, no cooling water through its seawater filter.Today the sea was calm and the main engine was cold so I could lay on it to check the gen.The first job was to put a doormat over the engine to give me a little protection as I lay across the main engine, removed generator covers and started checking Idea 1.Motor to pump drive belt bust. - Easily visible and Belt is OKIdea 2Impeller in pump needs replacing. - Slide even further over engine,undo 4 wingnuts without dropping any, remove cover plate.Impeller looks perfect.Idea 3.Impeller blades not turning with its shaft. - Get Joyce to push starter switch VERY. read more...


04/12/2013

Aspen - Log 10 Wednesday 4 Dec; Thor Heyerdahl

A boyhood hero of mine was the explorer/scientist Thor Heyerdahl.His exploits while sailing onboard the raft Kon-Tiki helped me when we crossed the Pacific Ocean in his wake only 3 short years ago.Thor also drifted across the Atlantic in a reed boat called RA.I reminded Maria that it only took him 8 weeks to make that crossing. Maria replied very quickly, "Yes but RA sank before reaching the Caribbean!"She has a point there...If a reed boat called RA and probably a few millennium before that, the Phoenicians, managed to sail across this timeless Atlantic Ocean then even if it takes us a lot longer than we expected Aspen and her crew will soon be back in our beloved Caribbean once again.Now when will the ARC send that tanker full of fuel for us?!?Steve and Maria. read more...


04/12/2013

Blue Dolphin - Day 10 - bobbing about in the Atlantic

Still no wind!!!  The crew all agreed that the weather is perfect for a cruise in the Greek Isles but terrible for an Atlantic passage.  They had to use engines all night - again.  The morning started quite promising with winds in the NW of about 6knots.  They even got the spinnaker flying – for about an hour.  Then the winds died and the spinnaker came down.  Progress in the last 24 hours was 100 miles when they had hoped to average 140 hrs per day.  They are trying to stay phlegmatic and keep saying ‘it is what it is’ but they will be very happy when/if the trade winds kick in. Fuel is soon to become an issue and to add to their woes the watermaker stopped working!!  Mike got it going but then it stopped again.  He will look at it again. read more...



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