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03/12/2014

Lande Catty Sark - appunti di navigazione del nono giorno

Inizia il decimo giorno!!! Fattecirca 1800 miglia Questi ultimi due giorni sonostati impegnati a bordeggiare di poppa e seppure le medie sono state buone lastrada fatta non è stata tantissima. Ma speriamo che la scelta di restare a nordsia quella giusta perché dovrebbe ruotare ancora a Est-Sud est consentendoci diandare dritti alla meta.In queste ultime 24 ore nulla dirilevante: I groppi sono apparsi solo in lontananza e speriamo solo che abbianorallentato qualche avversario, di rilevante un cambio di gennaker per lanecessità di riparare uno strappetto sulla balumina. Per il resto vento sui15-18 kn che da 80° lentamente ruota sui 100-110°. Rileggendo quanto scritto ieri cirendiamo conto che potrebbe trasparire una tensione ed un pericolo che a bordoche assolutamente non esistono. Invece. read more...


03/12/2014

Philocat Ena - timezones

As there are no more sails left to destroy we have some time now forthinking and writing.I am often on postings abroad, especially in NY, and everybody who hastravelled trough different time zones knows that the rapid time differencecan be quite exhausting. On the boat, however, the time zone change is verysubtile. Everyday the sun rises and sets a little bit later and the entirecrew gets used to this time difference automatically, without even realisingit. We just sleep a little longer everyday.It is a nice experience to make this East-West trip finally in real time.. read more...


Thula - whale watch
Thula - whale watch
Thula - half way!
Thula - half way!
03/12/2014

Paroya - Log Day 14 Männer und Backen

Tja der Ruhetag ist vorbei, heute wurde nach 24h Pause ohne Gross das Hauptsegel wieder gesetzt. Rechtzeitig für eine frische Brise aus SE! Nun sind wir wieder flott unterwegs und hoffen, dass das auch so bleiben wird. Aktuell sind es noch 350sm bis nach St. Lucia. sollte also in den nächsten zwei bis drei Tagen drin liegen. Motor ist heute wieder angesprungen und alles hat geklappt, sieht so aus, dass nach all den Tiefs, langsam wieder besser wird. Na ja in St. Lucia müssen wir einiges an Segelklebeband besorgen, oder besser gleich die Segellöcher professionell flicken lassen.Wir sind eine reine Männercrew und in Bezug auf Backen und so, frisches Brot z.B. hatten wir schon unsere bedenken, ob wir das hinkriegen. Nach all den lukullischen Fleisch und Fischgerichten haben wir uns dann an. read more...


03/12/2014

Louise - Blog 7 - 9th Day at Sea

Quiet day with daily routines and no big surprises.We are still without our genua but hopefully the weather conditions oftomorrow will allow us to get it fixed and up again. We do miss having our goodhelper, the two other sails are doing ok, but the other boats are gaining on us,have passed us .... we are not competitive ...... we just want to get a littlemore speed and cross the finish line in time, and not as the last one. Guess you have started celebrating Christmas. I have Sanat on board but heis a bit sea-sick so we have left him in his cabin together with his littlehelper, but they will be fine once we get to St. Lucia. We have had a little sun today and enjoyed eating “Aebleflaesk” (Danishdish with apples and bacon) on deck, and Jan used his sextant, he is good at it,his positions. read more...


03/12/2014

Philocat Ena - is blue the right color?

Sven and Franziska invested a full day's work to fix the blue kite and wecould hoist it shortly before sunset. Everything was perfect, ship in fastmotion. But winds increased considerably. 12, 15, 17, 18 kts - even 20 - howstrong is the tape? We decided not to take any chances and took it down inwind and rain and darkness - journey never short of adventure. After threeminutes the wind stopped completely. Thus up again, blue is the colour ofthe night - you wish! Soaked with rain water the sail was down again beforecounting to ten. So no kite sailing for us anymoreand 800nm to go.Attached all the destroyed sail garbage ...20141203_130453. read more...


Philocat Ena - is blue the right color?
Philocat Ena - is blue the right color?
03/12/2014

Makena - Meet Luc and Sarah

November 30, 2014Onboard Makena, Lagoon 620 crossing the AtlanticPosition at noon: 246 miles to go14° 09.7' N56° 44.8' WEarly thismorning a new boat came on the scene. Alia Vita must have been making a great run and was poised to take the lead. After breakfast, we put up the mainsail and spinnaker. Wind was up and sailing was perfect. We were hitting 10+ knots and loving the sailing. New boat, new sails, we believe that we are finally getting the sails dialed in. We moved the clocks forward another hour and the boat is now on St. Lucia time. We know that we will be arriving sometime tomorrow, hopefully well before midnight. We are getting a few signs of nearing land--Philippe was caught taking pictures of boobies. As the crew hovered around zooming in on the pictures, we came to the. read more...


Makena - Meet Luc and Sarah
Makena - Meet Luc and Sarah
03/12/2014

Vagaris - Parasailor up at last

Hooray, blue skies this morning, 12-14 knots gradient trade wind directly from behind, clouds a long way off on the horizon. Time to put the parasailor up. My morning began in the middle of the night as Steve woke me because he'd been tracking a couple of big squalls on the radar. This looked like the real deal - big and menacing and bold on the radar screen - so we reefed down from our nighttime default of 1 reef and staysail to 2 reefs and staysail and started to track and see if we could dodge the worst of it. Fortunately after a bit of brain aching with vectors and radar tracking we altered our course a couple of times and it thankfully slipped through behind us. An hour later Steve wasn't so lucky, as one bore down on him and hit him with a near-instantaneous 90° wind shift but. read more...


03/12/2014

Vagaris - Rainy with some downwind sailing at last

We've just had a slightly better day, and persevered with the Parasailor through persistent mini-squalls,Conveniently, our chartplotter gives us a wind shift alarm, which is really good for a few minutes warning. We're finding we have to turn up to about 140, tighten the windward guy and sheet, snuff the Parasailor and drop it all within the 4 or 5 minutes warning the shift gives us. We're getting used to it, but now I need us to start estimating the strength of the "squalls" and toughing some out without dropping everything as we lose a lot of time not running the Parasailor in between squall clouds. We tended to spend a lot of time waiting for the wind to drop to a mutually acceptable level.I don't think we've actually experienced proper squalls yet either, just a succession of mini. read more...


25/05/2005

El Mundo - 03/12 - Half way party

After a slow start to the morning, the wind pickedup and we had a good 24 hour sail of 170 miles. Weather has been mixed, a lot ofwarm sunshine but also some heavy showers. Fishing reached a crescendo duringthe afternoon when both rods were in action and we caught 3 quite big Dorado,around 5-6kg each....one of which fought so hard, he snapped our gaff intwo. The evening saw us crack a bottle of champagne tocelebrate reaching the halfway mark to St Lucia....and also to recognise theanniversary of the sending of the first text message back in 1992....whateverdid we do before then?! Back in the Caribbean theme, it is also the anniversaryof the attempted assassination of Bob Marley, when he was shot twice in1976. Our problem with chafe has recurred and we spent acouple of hours this morning. read more...


03/12/2014

Tinia - Day 8

Rolly polly business last night that made sleeping tricky , even captain Lovely's palatial surroundings could not defend him from the heave ho. More fish caught today - unable to identify them with total accuracy but they went very well in Tom Yum soup. Breads in the oven - big up the Lidl ready mix. Conversations taking place on decks regarding the dangers of eating rotten meat as the fridge hovers a centimeter off the floor. Water temp is 27 degrees and we all got in the sea today -wonderful. The morning started with a songBut alas the chicken we kept too longAn odour huge oh such a pong Now in a fish - thank God its gone.A poem not by JW. (he had writer's block today). read more...


03/12/2014

King's Legend - Alone at sea

Monday 1st and Tuesday 2nd December 2014Alone at sea2.600 miles is a long way before we will see land again and to be alone atsea.Today, as Michel mentioned in his blog, we are virtually half way! Reasonenough to celebrate this moment of joy with a good glass of wine our firstzip of alcohol in more then a week. To be honest, it didn’t taste thatwell. In the moment I promised myself to lessen my alcohol intake in thefuture for health’ sake. So, no rum upon arrival for me in St. Lucia (wellthis could be my in THE moment convincement!)Because of reaching this halfway milestone we were all in a good mood andwe hoisted the spinnaker. After a lot of preparation and a lot of checksand double checks we succeeded. Downwind, 20 knots of wind, sunshine, itwas perfect. In the late afternoon we took. read more...


03/12/2014

Miss Liz II - Log Day 9 -Half Way House

A cheery crew today as we passed half way during the night. We will be having our half way party at lunch today!An interesting day again, but a good run over the day. We launched the Parasailor in the morning and lowered her at dusk. Finding some chafe on the halyard.We changed back to dyneema this morning and will keep monitoring.Last night, as Harry was not coping so well we had to helm manually all night, not too bad with 5 of us, allowing 1 hour spells at the helm.we have played with the auto pilot but no response. Hanse and auto pilots do not seem to work well together - hopefully someone will be a made available to us in St Lucia to get it fixed!In the evening as we launched the Jib, another minor incident as the becket screw on the sheet block (tacking assembly) parted. A minor. read more...


03/12/2014

King's Legend - The night of the squalls

In the morning I woke up early full of energy ready for another day of sailing.I baked bread made an apple cake cleaned the heads. We enjoyed ourselves with hoisting a spi. The day ended with a great dinner and a beautiful sunset.And then..Instead of a nice sleep the sea turned violent. Squalls. Huge clouds with loads and loads of rain and wind.The wind angle changes, the wind speed changes from no wind to over thirty knots of wind and back. Everything on board creaks, moans, sighs and moves. I am unable to find the right sleeping position. I wake up, check, help out, close hedges, open hedges, too warm, too wet. Not a moment to relax, I stay fully alert and concentrated.And still..The biggest challenge is not so much to stay concentrated but the ability to relax, to make the right. read more...


Wiki - Hilfe! Unsere Bananen sind reif!
Wiki - Hilfe! Unsere Bananen sind reif!
OOROO1 - Half Way Bananas !!
OOROO1 - Half Way Bananas !!
03/12/2014

OOROO1 - Half Way

We reached the half way mark in our Atlantic Crossing so we celebrated witha party in the mosh pit at 8 knots. Finally had some sun the last two days. TheParasail is picking up the trade winds and pushing us West at a nice pace. Windvarying from 6 knots to about 14 knots. Swell about 2m. Had our first BBQ forthe trip with some great juicy pork chops cooked by Jeno. Captain and crew allwell however the bunk is starting to grow its own life forms. Fishing is dismal.Mike reckons we are going too fast to catch a fish!!. read more...


OOROO1 - Half Way Party at 8 knots !!
OOROO1 - Half Way Party at 8 knots !!
03/12/2014

Nexus - Past Mossel Bay on our way to Cape Agulhas

We had a squally, lumpy night but not bad, as we make our way toward Cape Town. We slowed the boat down to give the winds a chance to abate on the West Coast before we get there. We're now looking at an afternoon arrival on the 4th probably. We had shown 35kts on the GRIB files, but Jonathan called from NEXUS and told us a friend was reporting gusts of 60kts in Cape Town around the time we left St Francis Bay. We'll pull more weather down later today, and decide if we're going to keep going or find a cove to stop in along the way. So far so good, we have one crew member seasick but dealing with it, and the rest of us are fine and looking forward to rounding the Cape. As you can imagine, there are lots of ships around, and oil wells. We've been traveling in company with Seventh Heaven, a. read more...


03/12/2014

Euphoria - Log Day 9 – 1350 to go

Dear Blog,Finally,we have a second position in the 1E class. The competition is however quitetough and we have several boats close by. The winds are however favorable forEuphoria so we are flying the spinnaker day-time and a poled-out genoa andmainsail at night. We have also become much more alert when it comes toidentifying and avoiding squalls.The grand moment today wasthe half-way passing which we celebrated this afternoon when our DTW (Distanceto Waypoint) showed 1350 nm. We were all five in the cockpit and had a veryshort celebration with chocolate, snacks and soft drinks. From the speakers weplayed Euphoria loudly, quite certain we were not disturbing anyone. After thisshort celebration we called Maravilha, clearly visible on our starboard side,over the VHF. We exchanged half-way. read more...


03/12/2014

Blue Waves - Dzien 9 - Chmury, dziury i mokra robota

Dzień 9 - Chmury, dziury i mokra robota Kobiety to mają jednak fajnie. Słabe dni tylko raz w miesiącu. Ja ewidentnie jestem dużo bardziej chumorzasty bo raz w tygodniu przechodzę okres niżowego samopoczucia. W zeszłym tygodniu to chyba też była środa, a może czwartek. Sam już nie pamiętam ale na pewno jest to dość regularne. Dni zaczynają coraz bardziej zlewać się w jedną całość. Płyniemy na czasie UTC czyli Greenwitch. Tak robi wielu żeglarzy. To ułatwia życie pokładowe a lecąc cały czas na zachód mimo wolnie zmieniamy strefy czasowe. Pierwsze wachty zaczynałem o ósmej rano gdy wstawało słońce i swoim ciepłem pozytywnie nastrajało mnie do życia. Od tego czasu przejechaliśmy już szmat czasu i przeszliśmy przez trzy zmiany wacht. Teraz wstając o ósmej rano widzę ciemnoś i nie nastraja. read more...


03/12/2014

Domini - Progress...

Hello Boatblog fans,As you can imagine, the middle bit of the Atlantic chart is a fairly empty affair, with not that many landmarks.However, it is still good to celebrate significant moments of the crossing, and we are pleased to inform you that we have just gone over a crease.And a curious thing. Obviously we have been doing lots of ropework over the past week, and this has made our hands lovely and smooth. So much so, that the fingerprint recognition software on Ju's Iphone won't recognise his thumbprint!Which leads us on to...Today's Top TipsCriminals: Fool forensics. Before your next major heist, sail across the Atlantic. Then you won't need to wipe down the crime scene.&Ladies: Save money on expensive handcreams and manicures. For beautiful soft skin, buy a piece of rope and rub. read more...


03/12/2014

Lily - End of Detox

St Lucia insight so we made it across the Atlantic Ocean. Means the end of our detox program also, knowing the World Cruising Club, time to start all over again with the parties. Well it is the Caribbean so what else would one expect to do with all this time ashore having been at sea for 14 days!. read more...


02/12/2014

Purrr-fect - Leg two - day 13: Spinnaker sailing

The wind was light all last night so our progress was much slower than we had hoped. So this morning we raised the spinnaker and got moving faster again. Unfortunately the wind changed often so it was necessary to make numerous sail changes. The most challenging time was just at dusk when we found ourselves in the midst of numerous squalls with lots of rain and wind shifts. We all got thoroughly soaked making some sail changes. It took until 11 pm for the squalls to pass by and the wind to become steady again. With less than 300 miles to go now, we are getting eager to arrive! image1. read more...


Purrr-fect - Leg two - day 13: Spinnaker sailing
Purrr-fect - Leg two - day 13:  Spinnaker sailing
03/12/2014

Helen - Day 9 - Big Dog day

Today was the second and last day of doing some office work at sea. It all went very smoothly thanks to the technology of IT@sea and my only regret was having to miss the Christmas party,It was also the day of reaching the middle of our journey, 1400 miles done and 1400 to go. We celebrated in style with scones, clotted cream and jam washed down by tea and a fizzy drink.Trade wind sailing is about heading west with the wind behind you from the east. Today was the first day for us when we were fully in the trades and the conditions right to use our biggest sail, the asymmetric, or Big Dog as it is called by Paul.It was exhilarating to have the Big Dog out for a while giving us an extra 1.5 knots of speed but it was put back in it's kennel before dark to avoid the next squalls.Philip. read more...


03/12/2014

DreamCatcher - 2nd December

We have only used the engine for propulsion on two occasions, totalling 1 hour and 38 minutes on this 14 day, 2100nm leg, from Mindelo....until today.We struggled to fill the sails through last night and into this morning. Then the forecast suggested weakening winds....and the forecasts have nearly always delivered less wind than predicted.....so with only five knots of wind at around 3pm, the engine, which was running to charge the batteries, was put into gear. Where it still is, and probably will be for most of the night, until we approach the strait between Martinique and St Lucia. We are currently some 70 nm from the waypoint, then another 13 or so into Rodney Bay, St Lucia. M. read more...


Vagaris - Parasailor up at last
Vagaris - Parasailor up at last
02/12/2014

Take Off - Halfway!!

The wind is really consistently blowing hard today and from time to time itblows very hard. We sail with the spinnaker however at night we feel more securesailing only with the genua. We are speeding pretty much quick ahead surfing onthe waves and this afternoon we peaked 14,7 knots on a surf! Hopefully this willhelp us catch up our lost 5th place.   Today is also a big milestone - at 17h30 we passed 1350 NM – halfway !! Wecelebrated of course with some cava. Very convenient as it was just on time forthe sundowner. It doesn't really feel like we've done 8,5 days and it feels likewe have less ahead of us. As we’ve said earlier, time flies. If the windcontinues we are in for St Lucia much  earlier than predicted.   We've also had some interesting issues to deal with among. read more...


02/12/2014

Take Off - How to handle garbage?

We are very proud to say that we so far are still on our first garbage bag,counting on 7 people over 8 days. Everything that is perishable goes into thesea, We cruch flat all aluminium and metal. And when it comes to the biggestelement in amount – plastic.... we cut it into small pieces. Eggboxes,biscuitbags, milkboxes, all the plastic from our vacuumed meat and fish etc.Amazing how much space one saves just by cutting! And how scary to see how muchplastic we consume. However the best part is that the kids are now fighting forwho gets to cut ;–). Luckily we have 2 pair of scissors.. read more...


02/12/2014

Aretha - High Drama at sea aboard Aretha

It’s dark. The radar is showing 3 large squalls rapidly bearing down on us from astern. We can feel the first drops of rain and the wind is increasing.We’re under pressure.The genoa has wrapped itself around the forestay and has a large billowing bag at the top of the sail and the bottom of the sail. The middle of the sail is tightly knotted. The furling gear has jammed and we can’t reduce sail. The noise of the flogging sail adds to the pressure.We need to think and act fast as the wind is about to increase from 20 to 30-35 knots and we’ll be in trouble unless we can reduce sail.How, you may wonder did we end up in this situation?We were sailing fast downwind. The sails were set well with the mainsail to starboard and the genoa poled out to port. Our careful radar watch spotted the. read more...


02/12/2014

Lydia - Leg 2 Day 13 - So Near Yet So Far

Yesterday's champagne, delicious though it was, might have been premature. After a rather slow, wallowy day where progress has generally been at 5 kts or under we have put another bottle of champagne in the fridge - whether for celebration or to treat the Sargasso Lassitude that can afflict mariners in our situation, the bottle's fate is sealed.The fleet is even more spread out today. Some yachts failed to respond to the radio roundup because they have already arrived in St Lucia and are no longer interested, and others simply because they could not hear the net controller. Still, it has been a nice ritual to keep going through as part of our daily routine. The midday position email tells us what we need to know, which is generally that we're doing OK. There a few yachts that have. read more...


02/12/2014

Libeccio - Libeccio Blog Tuesday December 2nd

Today we discuss: what exactly do we do each day?; Why Bill is everybody’sbest friend on the boat; Party planning gets underway;  After the travails of yesterday, we were treated to a relatively quietnight. While the front continued to provide many opportunities for us to getwet, we succeeded in evading them all. As well, the wind was generally steady,the seas relatively flat so we all had relaxed watches and restful sleeps- thekey word is relatively. Imagine that your bed has springs attached to each ofthe four legs ( or posts for those with four poster beds) and that this wasattached to a flat bed truck/lorry that drove over a gravel road with pot holes,sloping sides and sleeping policemen (speed bumps to our North American friends)scattered randomly but in close order. The result. read more...


Philocat Ena - just started with the blue one
Philocat Ena - just started with the blue one
02/12/2014

Philocat Ena - Tuesday - little winds and very sunny hot weather

Still fighting with the pink kite, repairedbut came down 2 twice. Wedecided to surrender for now and started to fix the blue one that seemed animpossible taks before. But time and the desire to move faster can makewonder happen.Sven needed to climb the mast to get the spinnaker halyard down again.Spooky, in the middle of the Atlantic ocean with waves and wind around you.Peter and crew20141202_142159. read more...


Philocat Ena - Tuesday - little winds and very sunny hot weather
Philocat Ena - Tuesday - little winds and very sunny hot weather
02/12/2014

Northern Child - Northern Child - Day 9

We are now well into the trade winds with  good20-kt easterlies, the occasional squall, and a very gentle swell. This allowedus to take bets on when we will arrive in St. Lucia.  Our Dear Leader Chris, presumably in the know, counts on having his first island rum on Tuesday,Dec. 09.   Dr. Ian, our allegedly erudite but more pessimisticcrew member, puts it at a more cautious Friday the12th.  In any case, with the mid-point here, the countdown hasstarted.   Today also we successfully negotiated afirst  time change of two hours. As a result of this  we have reverted to a sunset about six pm and sunrise aboutseven am again as we had in Las Palmas. We will have one more time change ofcourse shortly before. read more...


02/12/2014

Cheri - Dienstag, 2. Dez. 2014

Von Energieanfaellen und SchlemmerkuechenBis um 5 Uhr nachmittags blieb gestern der Spi stehen, also insgesamt 8 Stunden. Dann frischte der Wind auf 30 kn auf, undwir mussten ihn schleunigst bergen, was nicht ohne Hektik, aber doch sicher gelang. Für die Nacht stellten wir wieder aufGross mit ausgebaumter Genua um.Da wir, so der Chef, sehr haushaelterisch mit unserem Wasser umgehen, erlaubte er uns bereits zum zweiten Mal, beim„Duschen“ am Schluss sogar den ganzen Koerper mit Suesswasser abzuspuehlen. Das liess sich die Crew nicht entgehen und anDeck wurde „geduscht“ was das Zeug hielt: Drei Kuebel Salzwasser und etwas Suesswasser pro Person. Auf einem Schiff lerntman, sich mit wenig zufrieden zu geben.In der Schicht von 24 - 03 Uhr spielt der Wind verrueckt. Er wechselt die Richtung. read more...


02/12/2014

Lancelot II - 2nd Nov Blog

Hello Lancelot II Fans   We are over half way! 1296nm to St Lucia for us. This morning we sawMilanto behind on the horizon briefly but I think they went more westerly.Southenr Shild are only ten miles ahead so we are working hard to try and catchthem up. Ross and Scarlet Oyster are still 180nm ahead but we have taken anotherfew miles from them over night. Profile are on a more westerly course then us sothey are nearer but not overtaking us. Currently we are at 20deg37’192N039deg14’226W and we’ve just dropped the code zero as there is squall linescoming. Catherine, Peter and Chris have had a busy afternoon trimming and so Ithink they are probably secretly quite happy its drop time. Now its dinner timeand Zuzana is doing a sterling job in the galley- every yacht should have one. read more...


02/12/2014

Time Bandit - Almost There

Lat 1340.0NLong 57 29.0WThis is getting painful. So near yet so far. The wind is dropping hourly and right now, 4pm on the 2nd we're struggling to make 4 knots. Every time we calculate when we will get it its 3 hours farther out....and the engine keeps giving me a look! The new mainsail is slatting and crashing and knocking itself to pieces. If it continues much longer we will have to at least reef it or maybe even drop it. The GRIB says we should have 10 knots. The forecasters say 16 while we actually have 6. The full rig is up, mainsail, poled out genoa and gennaker and we will probably leave it that way at least until the moon sets about 02:00. All in the search for speed.The lead boats have been in for a couple of days and we're simply jealous. However, the weather has finally. read more...


02/12/2014

Allegro - Terça-feira 02 de Dezembro de 2014

Hoje o dia acordou com um magnífico nascer do sol a que se seguiu uma manhã e uma tarde quentíssimas.Vento é que nada, ou quase nada, porque só raramente chega aos 12 nós. Tantas milhas para fazer e tão pouco vento.Há bocado fizemos uma tentativa para pôr o barco a andar com vento. Depois de passado o squall, rapidamente passámos para os 2,1 nós. Ainda pensámos em tomar um duche com água doce mas o squall acabou por passar mais longe.Depois das comunicações falámos com o Mané - estão bem, cerca de 150 Milhas à nossa frente (mais ou menos um dia) têm tido algumas avarias mas poucas e pouco importantes. Ainda bem! Também não têm comunicado com ninguém …Vamos ver o que a noite nos reserva...Até amanhã!. read more...


02/12/2014

Rhumb - Log day 8

The day dawned full of high hopes fulfilled when Pepe, our illustrious Raymarine Engineer appeared dockside with our new drive unit. On the down side though, the Dometic engineer after much coaxing eventually arrived and proceeded to take our cooker apart, but it became pretty obvious that we had more of a clue about how it didn't come apart than he. No screws, just rivets keeping the offending part well beyond reach. Anyway, after much huffing and puffing and scratching of heads and the afternoon marching on, we took the big decision to go without nice fresh bread and instructed him to put it all back together asap so we could make our getaway.With much cheering and with gay abandon, Rhumb left the fueling berth at 16.15 and we headed west. A slow start on a course of 250 with very. read more...


02/12/2014

Captain Blind - 8eme jour : fini la sieste!

Après 2 jours sous le soleil et poussés par un alizé modéré, les conditions ont drastiquement changées cette nuit ..Successions de grains , certains avec vent fort et pluies nombreuses et intenses.. Cela a entraîné des changements de voile fréquents entre spi medium, spi lourd et genois... heureusement que nous avons des jeunes (et des bons) à bord. Yoann s'est un peu désespéré que nous ne puissions suivre son rythme... mais il va vraiment vite et son efficacité est impressionnante pour Patrice et moi.L'anglais félon est toujours là à moins de 1 mille.. son navigateur doit être au repos car il n'a rien à faire!! On va à droite, il va à droite, on va à gauche, il va à gauche!On n'a pas encore essayé la marche arrière , mais c'est une idée.La journée tire en longueur et pas d'amélioration. read more...


Frisco - No showers eh Fred.
Frisco - No showers eh Fred.
02/12/2014

Aglaia

Life has fallen into the regular routines of life at sea aboard Aglaia.Highlights being is it an odd or even day as showers are only every other day for us and leading to discussions of is it better to shower in the morning or evening to replace talks of European Economic conditions and future power generation options.Yes life at sea reduces thing down to sleep, eat and washing.Talking of eating, our chef continues to stun and amaze producing amazing fresh beautifully prepared dishes day after day even whilst the boat is surfing down waves at 12 knots.Our German is taking over the black market aboard managing the trade of Pringles, chocolate and other goodies people have brought along and establishing new values for each item, although the chef has threatened to destroy his market. read more...


02/12/2014

Tanoa - Rauschefahrt

Letzte Nacht und heute früh ging es unter Sturmspi mit Rauschefahrt die Wellen hinunter. Spitze waren 16,3 kn über Grund!! Jetzt ist es ruhiger bei 4 Bft. Uund mit dem großen Spinnaker.Unser Speiseplan richtet sich jetzt nach dem Reifegrad von Obst und Gemüse. Immerhin wurde für 4 Personen eingekauft, leider auch schon einiges weg geschmissen. So habe ich heute zum Kaffee einen leckeren Bananenkuchen gebacken und Hans macht einen Auberginenauflauf. Morgen wird vielleicht endlich einmal geangelt.1257 sm gesegelt, noch 1510 sm vor uns. read more...


02/12/2014

Pelican - pelican now without mouse

Hi there been a little remiss of late in the old lo dept due to prior moreengaging play time ,replacing top batten and repairing batten pocket repairparsail that had been going  up and down the mast like a yo-yo and a fewother bits an pieces . Oh if any jag landrover peps are following this young mrhinder  yes him with the shoes that can walk around the aft deck two daysafter he fumigated the boat i guess that is what did for the mouse gee you couldall most chew on the smell ( email him keep it short). Of saiing interest yep weare still sailing the bits of the boat we have not destroyed towards StLuciahope to pass half way some time around 5 boat time 4 utc so still for nowplodding on .. read more...