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American Spirit II - A Cheetah after the kill
American Spirit II - A Cheetah after the kill
27/11/2014

Aglaia - 27/11/2014

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


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

Hot Stuff - The Nine Fair Maidens Begin their Voyage

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


27/11/2014

T&T - Nuit de fête

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


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

Makena - Meet Philippe

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


27/11/2014

Peter von Seestermühe - comms explained

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


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

Take Off - One boat in sight....

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


27/11/2014

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

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


27/11/2014

Hera - Atemlos durch die Nacht

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


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

Libeccio - Day 3 (26/11) Blog

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


27/11/2014

OOROO1 - Parasailing on Day 4

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


26/11/2014

Profile - profile

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


26/11/2014

Lancelot II - Nov 26 on Lancelot II

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


26/11/2014

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

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


25/05/2005

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

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


El Mundo - 26/11 - Bread...ciabatta, the first attempt
El Mundo - 26/11 - Bread...ciabatta, the first attempt
El Mundo - 26/11 - Bob 'Poirot' examining the evidence
El Mundo - 26/11 - Bob 'Poirot' examining the evidence
El Mundo - 26/11 - Kneading the dough in the bread 'thingy'
El Mundo - 26/11 - Kneading the dough in the bread 'thingy'
El Mundo - 26/11 - Amanda pouring the compulsory water rations
El Mundo - 26/11 - Amanda pouring the compulsory water rations
27/11/2014

Bluewater Mooney - 2. Tag

Wir haben heute ein Etmal (zurück gelegte Strecke in 24 Stunden) von 183 NM. Wie erwartet - 200 NM und mehr sind und bleiben leider Highlights!Alle an Bord haben sich gut eingelebt.Nach einer recht nervenaufreibenden Nacht mit viel Schwachwind und etlichen Kurswechseln haben wir nun ein Gebiet mit recht gutem Wind erreicht. Wir laufen zurzeit Kurs Richtung St Lucia mit 7,5 - 9 Knoten. Aber unterwegs kann sich noch viel ändern!Bisher haben wir kaum technische Ausfälle. Lediglich die Dreifarbenlaterne im Top macht Probleme - am Bussystem kann es nicht liegen, denn wenn die Kupplung im Mastfuß geöffnet wird, tritt der Kurzschluss nicht mehr auf. Also Vermutlich nur die LED - Birne - mal sehen ob die aus unserem Fundus passt. Haben dazu bei HR Parts angefragt um die Partnummer zu bekommen.. read more...


Bluewater Mooney - 2. Tag
Bluewater Mooney - 2. Tag
Reina - Extra picture to log 5 Flying lure at Reina
Reina - Extra picture to log 5 Flying lure at Reina
27/11/2014

American Spirit II - Day 324; Off to Lalibela Game Reserve for a 3 Day Safari; Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Up at 6:25 PM. Packed two bags for safari to Lalibela Game Reserve 1 hour from Port Elizabeth. Breakfast at 8:45 AM: eggs, potato, chilled apricot halves and bread. After giving out phone numbers and our email address to Ghost to contact us in case of an emergency, we departed the Algoa Yacht Club Marina at 10:28 AM in a van sent to us by the reserve. Besides Joel, Jeanine and myself; Vlado and Jack from Civetta II were joining us.We arrived at the Lalibela Game Reserve at 11:32 AM. Once there we had to sign an Indemnity form which stated in part: "I furthermore acknowledge that arising from the presence of wild animals, reptiles, birds and insects present in and associated with game reserves and/or game lodges I appreciate that there is a real danger of risk of suffering bodily harm,. read more...


27/11/2014

Caduceus of Burnham - South to Whangarei Day 2 - A new home for Caduceus in Riverside Drive Marina

Date   Saturday 15 to Wednesday 19 November 2014  Distance run    42nm over the ground  Our long lost friend David and his wife Nicky joined us for five days for a cruise around the Bay of Islands.  With one day delay whilst we hid in the marina from foul weather and another day spent hiding from unfavourable conditions in Urupukapuka Bay we had three great days visiting various anchorages and sailing around the “Hole in the Wall” Rock off Cape Brett.   Nicky and David were great company and I trust that a good time was had by all. The centre part of the chart shows our route around the islands.  The area is not huge, our total trip around the bay was just 42nm, but there are a host of pretty bays and anchorages with good walks. read more...


Caduceus of Burnham - The view from our stern looking upriver into the Town Basin
Caduceus of Burnham - The view from our stern looking upriver into the Town Basin
Caduceus of Burnham - Riverside Drive Marina with Caduceus just visible bows in
Caduceus of Burnham - Riverside Drive Marina with Caduceus just visible bows in
Caduceus of Burnham - Obstacle of the course - the new Whangarei lifting bridge
Caduceus of Burnham - Obstacle of the course - the new Whangarei lifting bridge
Caduceus of Burnham - The chart shows the top end of North Island, New Zealand
Caduceus of Burnham - The chart shows the top end of North Island, New Zealand
Caduceus of Burnham - Bream Head
Caduceus of Burnham - Bream Head
27/11/2014

Caduceus of Burnham - South to Whangarei Day 1 - Pararahi Bay, Mimiwhanga

Position           35:26.03 S 174:23.80 EDate                1825 (UTC+13) local time New Zealand                        Distance run    34.5nm over the ground, 34nm through the water                        Time from Opua 6 hoursOpua to Whangarei is over 70nm and is rather too far to sail in a day unless unnecessary use of the engine is used and as we did not really want to do an overnight sail we opted to break the journey part. read more...


Caduceus of Burnham - South to Whangarei Day 1 - Pararahi Bay, Mimiwhanga
Caduceus of Burnham - South to Whangarei Day 1 - Pararahi Bay, Mimiwhanga
Caduceus of Burnham - South to Whangarei Day 1 - Pararahi Bay, Mimiwhanga
Caduceus of Burnham - South to Whangarei Day 1 - Pararahi Bay, Mimiwhanga
Caduceus of Burnham - South to Whangarei Day 1 - Pararahi Bay, Mimiwhanga
Caduceus of Burnham - South to Whangarei Day 1 - Pararahi Bay, Mimiwhanga
27/11/2014

Caduceus of Burnham - Five days in the Bay of Islands

Date Saturday 15 to Wednesday 19 November 2014Distance run    42nm over the groundOur long lost friend David and his wife Nicky joined us for five days for a cruise around the Bay of Islands.  With one day delay whilst we hid in the marina from foul weather and another day spent hiding from unfavourable conditions in Urupukapuka Bay we had three great days visiting various anchorages and sailing around the “Hole in the Wall” Rock off Cape Brett.  Nicky and David were great company and I trust that a good time was had by all.The centre part of the chart shows our route around the islands.  The area is not huge, our total trip around the bay was just 42nm, but there are a host of pretty bays and anchorages with good walks ashore.  The scenery is. read more...


Caduceus of Burnham - Five days in the Bay of Islands
Caduceus of Burnham - Five days in the Bay of Islands
Caduceus of Burnham - Five days in the Bay of Islands
Caduceus of Burnham - Five days in the Bay of Islands
Caduceus of Burnham - Five days in the Bay of Islands
Caduceus of Burnham - Five days in the Bay of Islands
Caduceus of Burnham - Five days in the Bay of Islands
Caduceus of Burnham - Five days in the Bay of Islands
Caduceus of Burnham - Five days in the Bay of Islands
Caduceus of Burnham - Five days in the Bay of Islands
Caduceus of Burnham - Five days in the Bay of Islands
Caduceus of Burnham - Five days in the Bay of Islands
Caduceus of Burnham - Five days in the Bay of Islands
Caduceus of Burnham - Five days in the Bay of Islands
Caduceus of Burnham - Five days in the Bay of Islands
Caduceus of Burnham - Five days in the Bay of Islands
Caduceus of Burnham - Five days in the Bay of Islands
Caduceus of Burnham - Five days in the Bay of Islands

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