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26/11/2013

Capital-Conseil.com - 3e jour!

Bonjourtous, ici le team Capital-Conseil.com! Tout va bien en ce 3me jour nous filons dans le nord-ouest10 nuds sous spi pour tenter d'éviter les perturbations causées par une petite dépression qui barre notre chemin. L'objectif étant d'obtenir des vents plus favorables d'ici 1,5 jours. Nous sommes avec un bon petit groupe de copains bagarreurs et on se laisse pas faire! La viebord prend forme, les quarts s'enchaînent et on prend un rythme. Moral1012 hecto pascals, stable!Temps gris et mer peu organisée, ça bouge.Record vitesse sur la distance: 15,8nds (3 fois atteint avec Pierric, puis Marc, puis Morvan)KenavoM.B. read more...


26/11/2013

Manihi - Enfin du soleil ...

24:41.78N 19:36.44W   Si le vent est bien établi depuis hier, c'est le soleil qui nous manquait !La crème solaire a été sortie pour la première fois ce matin ! Jusque-là c'étaitpolaire, pantalon, et même veste de quart hier après-midi. On a du mal à secroire près des tropiques pour le moment !   Nous continuons à environ 7 Nds notre route au 240 (SW) avec toujours unvent portant de 15-20 nds, l'idéal, qui devrait malheureusement faiblir demain.Y'a plus qu'à espérer que la météo se trompe !   Nous avons l'impression d'avancer mais sans aucune idée d'où sont lesautres bateaux ! Nous en apercevons un de temps en temps, mais difficile desavoir où nous sommes par rapport au reste de la flotte :-( Suspense !   Nous sommes toujours au portant (vent arrière) ; ce qui fait. read more...


26/11/2013

Swan Valhalla - Log 6

First sailing blog- guest blogger, Victoria   After months of preparation, it was finally time toleave. The boat and our 8 strong crew were ready as we wouldever be. Valhalla was packed to the brim with all of Yoyo's tastytreats, which even included a huge leg of dried cured ham, currently strapped toour saloon table below the cargo nets full of fruit & veg- picture to followonce we have a decent internet connection. The harbour was buzzing and all of the boats were doinglast minute jobs including last minute showers. I think Yoyo, Hen and myselfmust have had about 3 in the final 12 hours, knowing it would be the last for awhile! We were kitted out in our white crew t-shirts evenhaving time for a photo (I am looking forward to seeing before and aftershots)! Around 11h30 on. read more...


26/11/2013

Bella - The view from my shower this morning ...

This is really quite surreal. Here we are in the middle of the Atlantic (well, at 25 degrees North and 19 degrees West - check us out on the AIS) and when I look out of the bathroom window, I see a 60' mast, a huge pink Spinnaker and our ARC 2013!Really looking forward to that dip in the Pond at our Half Way Party (sharks not invited!)Katie x m_The view from my shower. read more...


Bella - The view from my shower this morning ...
Bella - The view from my shower this morning ...
26/11/2013

Incisor - Incisor daily blog 26-11-2013

Last night was really dark, with a lot of wind and rain. Fortunately at a certain point the moon came through and it is was so bright that we almost put on our sunglasses as we were used to the dark. Unfortunately this was only a brief moment and soon it  became dark again. The stars were not seen at all due to the clouds. So no astronavigation. Luckily we don’t have to do that as we have other equipment. Well this morning we had a new passenger on board. He was not on the crew list??? Where did he came from? It was Dave the pigeon. It has been sailing on with us since and  entertaining the boat. We send him out for pizza courier and that is what we had for lunch, some nice pizza in the middle of the ocean. Hmm, sitting in the sunshine and having a pizza. Well life could. read more...


26/11/2013

Blue Dolphin - Day 2 - On the boat

(All of the below to be said with Geordie accent in BB style).   Having settled onto the boat the crew are getting to know each other better: Carol, Skipper – newly qualified Yachtmaster and keen to assert her authority.Mike, Chief Engineer – salty old sea dog, relegated to 1st mate following a stroke.Kathy, Navigator – very keen and carries her sextant everywhere, but still keeps bumping into thingsSally, Quatermaster –Organised the provisions down to the last Jamacain Ginger cake and woe betide anyone who eats anything out of orderThe watch system is starting to dictate the structure of the day.  ‘Cook of the day’ already has a competitive element (fully encouraged by Mike).  Kathy has already upped the anti by producing pudding on Day 2.  Sally is feeling. read more...


Blue Dolphin - Day 2 - On the boat
Blue Dolphin - Day 2 - On the boat
26/11/2013

Queen Frederica - Bericht Tag 2 - More "Lost in Space...

25.11.2013Logbuch-Eintrag Nr. 2 der Enterprise alias Queen F.:Scanneranalyse negativ, Sunrise unaufwindbar, wir konzentrieren uns aufunsere Stärken: Jörg hat soeben die Angelleine ausgebracht. Ab sofortschwimmen Fische bis 37 kg unter erhöhter Lebensgefahr durch den südlichenKanarenstrom. Unklar ist, wer dem Fisch den Garaus macht.Alle haben die erste Nachtwache hinter sich; von 20-24 Uhr war es sehrungemütlich, zwischen 0 und9 4 Uhr nicht wirklich besser, ab dann liefalles glatt und rund. Unser erstes Etmal liegt bei 116 sm. Daraus leitetsich direkt unser ‚Song of he day‘ ab: ‚Old man‘, in der Version vonRedlight King aus dem Album Something for the pain.Drei Tage lang haben wir eingekauft. Werden 3 Wochen reichen, um dieVorräte aufzubrauchen? Das Fressen hat begonnen. Erste Opfer:. read more...


26/11/2013

Sweet Pearl - 3. Tag - Langsam, aber stetig

Wir kommen voran, aber nicht so schnell wie wir gerne möchten - dank Wetter (wenig Wind mit wechselhafter Richtung und Slalomfahren um die Squalls). Gestern wurden wir von Delfinen begleitet, einer hat uns sogar mit drei aufeinander folgenden Saltos begrüsst. Einfach super. Nachher gings zum nächsten Highlight, Jürg hat unsere nigelnagel neuen Dampfkochtopf eingeweiht - alle waren begeistert. Letzte Nacht wars ruhig, und so wird es wohl noch bleiben...aber wir geben die Hoffnung nicht auf dass wir noch einige überholen werden. Watch out. Tom. read more...


26/11/2013

Miciadue - Kostbares Süßwasser vergeudet

Wir laufen mit 6 kn Kurs 260°. Mit 163 sm in den letzten 24 h sind wir sehr zufrieden. Unser Schinken hat Platz in der Dusche zusammen mit dem Dinghi gefunden. Gestern Abend hatten wir jede Menge Wasser in der Bilge. Ursache: Das zusammengefaltete Dinghi ist gegen den Hebel der Ducharmatur gerutscht und hat diese geöffnet. Unbemerkt sind schätzungsweise kostbare 50 l Süßwasser aus der Dusche in die Bilge geflossen. Es war also kein Leck in der Außenhaut. Mit Süßwasser müssen wir jetzt noch sparsamer umgehen. Alle sind wohlauf bis auf Thomas der noch gelegentlich von der Seekrankheit gequält wird. Viele Grüße an alle!. read more...


26/11/2013

Boingo alive - Great Start ARC

UTC 13:15 / 26°25N 019`43WAfter all the intensive time of preparation we finally started. Because of a handling problem our Parasailor was not up at the perfect time we wanted, hence we have been late on the starting line but only by about 2 minutes. And then the boat was picking up speed easily even with this heavy load. Our course helped us to be and stay in front of nearly all Cruisiers (see picture - cruising fleet behind us) and only a moment later we found ourselves already in between the slower Catamarans and Racers starting before us - what a excitement to realize, that the start was better than we expected.A while later our mood changed a little because we stood in a calm and had to see all Cruisers picking us up from behind - the great start had only a short time effect and we. read more...


Boingo alive - Great Start ARC
Boingo alive - Great Start ARC
26/11/2013

Manali - Planking and poling aboard Manali on Day 2

13:00 UTC Atlantic Ocean, just over 500 nautical miles to Waypoint Butter (where the butter starts to melt)  168 nautical miles on day 2, average speed of just over 7 knots Sunrise: no sign of life other than a square rigged Spanish sailing ship behind us in the distance looking like The Black Pearl (yes Johnny Depp again) in the morning haze. Fitness:  The gym opened early this morning.  A punishing regime starts with doing the plank stretched between cockpit seats with a quick plyometric switch to maximum push ups with no break.  Pat pushed out 30 before Jus followed with 12 before flopping on the deck like a flying fish.  Three sets of tri drips and sit ups follow.  Ian and Pete said they would work out later (right). Sailing:  Goose. read more...


26/11/2013

Avel Biz - Avel Biz J+2 Une matinée bien remplie

Bonjour26 novembre 2°13Position à 12h00 UTC26°10,5 N19°23,7 W143 milles en 24hUne matinée bien rempliePendant l'après midi d'hier nous avons continué à nous faire rattraper pardes plus gros que nous. Puis nous avons mangé notre premier repas chauddepuis le départ.Le vent a fraichi régulièrement par l'arrière. Nous avons du empannerplusieurs fois et nous sommes passés du spi au gennaker puis au génois etnous avons pris un ris dans la GV pendant la nuit. Ciré de rigueur. Ila fait frais et le temps est plutôt "breton".Ce matin, plus que deux bateaux à l'horizon.Pas tout à fait réveillés, nous lançons le spi et constatons qu'il a unepetite déchirure en haut. Pas de problème, on affale pour le recoudre plustard.Nous hissons le gennaker. Au bout d'une heure, la poulie de tête de matexplose. La. read more...


26/11/2013

Mustique - Mustique.Arc2013.Day2

Highlight of the Day -  Awesome 3 metre divingdolphin jumps over the bow!   Lowlight of the day- Rain, rolling, rain, rolling...with some more of the same!   Sea life spotted - Dolphins!, unidentified bird, lesserspotted silver Canadian Robin   Weather & sailing - 4-8knots am.. 15knotsNE inpm goosewinging at 7knots  24hr Log- 155nmAmazing Facto of the Day- 70% of Americans believe theScottish Haggis is a real animal, hunted by highlanders in kilts Food.snack of the day - Monteneggran sausage surpriseand mash   Awesomeness of the Day- uber awesome dolphindive   Crew Vibe- jolly   Crew members who still retain sufficient levels ofsanity.... - Fin, Scott, Stefan, Beckie  . read more...


26/11/2013

Ula - Day 3 - 26th November

A breakfast change to the main (reefed) and genoa – heading SW on a broad reach. This becomes a beam reach by lunchtime and by mid afternoon we are close hauled as the wind veers around. The water maker has been causing problems but, for the moment at least, has been nursed back into life by our “engineering department”. (Paul and Anthony). Resisting the temptation to indulge in ones personal stash of nibbles becomes a battle of self-will which must be won, there are no supermarkets between here and St Lucia.!Spotted a lone bird on the wing at lunchtime, which exceeds the number of boats we have seen today. ARC reporting shows us in the top third of the pack. As we dive south to find the allusive trade winds most have already set course for the west. We will watch with interest the. read more...


Mustique - Mustique.Arc2013.Day2
Mustique - Mustique.Arc2013.Day2
26/11/2013

Scarlet Oyster - Snakes and ladders Day 3 on Scarlet

It has been an interesting race so far, with some highs and lows, somedecisions have sent us powering up the leader board others have had usdrifting back down again!Still not much sleep, prob about 3hrs so far, better than none though.Racehas been a mixture of no wind and quite a lot!Last night we were pressingon with the Asail in nearly 30knots, we have spent several hours last nightdrifting, now we have 15knots so not too bad.It has been pretty hard to see what the right thing is tactically, 2 daystime we will be passing through the low pressure, into light headwinds, itis too far to go to clear the North of it for us, and no way under iteither, we are looking closely at the weather to see where our best point ofentry may be.Going further N could see us locked out up there, with a slow. read more...


26/11/2013

Silent Wings - Log Day 7 - Wildlife!

The wind comes and goes andwe have much to occupy our days.On Sunday, the Silent Wings Fishing Team (Skip Steve, Sal and Peter) landed a beautiful 10 kg Mahi Mahi (Dirk was not so keen!) so a splendid dinner was assured.And yesterday, we were visited by a lone Orca whale who swam alongside us for a while then dived under the boat, showing us its white belly and looking right up at us in the cockpit!Stunning...though rather scary!. read more...


26/11/2013

La Rochelle - La Rochelle tripping over our apparent

Having caught up yesterday with the back of the fleet, the breeze has dropped to 9 knots overnight, but managed to Pass another couple of yachts last night (picked them up on radar). Had a dream run yesterday afternoon as the breeze swung north and the kite went up , managed to average 8 knots in 14 knots of breeze. The kite came down at sunset along with the breeze.We have spent the night winding the boat up and down at 120 degrees apparent managing to achieve high 5's, can't wait for sunrise to put the bag back up.( 8 knots apparent is the minimum to fill our sails so they don't flap)This will probably be the last day of sailing as we are headed for a huge hole.Hopefully our mother ship Josie Marie waits for us as they are carrying our reserve supply of fuel , she carries 1300 litres. read more...


26/11/2013

Blue Raven - Blue Raven settling into cruising routine

Blue Raven settling into cruising routine After two days out we are settling into the cruising routine and all is well on Blue Raven. Best wishes to all for a smooth crossing.ReinhardSkipper Blue Raven. read more...


26/11/2013

Defyr - Day Three: Time after time!

Two nights behind us and probably 18 to go. It feels like time is defined differently during the night. Time slows down incredibly much after dark and then again after sunrise, it feels like just a few hours and then it's dark again.This morning we got a visit from couple of dolphins, they were hard to follow in the dark, but we could hear them well! When the sun came out, we noticed there was a dead flying fish on our deck... Poor thing!Everybody is in good humor and well, so no need to worry!Kaija "The night watch". read more...


26/11/2013

Meltemi - 2.Tag - Windspiele

Der Wind spielt mit uns. Zeigt uns seine Bandbreite. Weht mal mehr, mal weniger stark aus unterschiedlichen Richtungen. Tendenz eher schwach; kurzzeitig auch fast vollkommene Flaute. Das gefällt uns gar nicht. Wir wollen segeln, wollen schnell segeln, wollen die maximale Speed, egal wo der Wind herkommt und wie stark er ist. Und so haben wir in den letzten 24 Stunden unterschiedliche Besegelungen ausprobiert. Haben den Spinnaker vorbereitet, dann aber doch nicht gesetzt, weil der Wind schon wieder gedreht hatte. Nach kurzer Regenpause am Nachmittag pendelt der Wind sich ein bei 3-4 Bft aus Nordost. Wir bergen das Groß und fahren die ganze Nacht nur mit der Genua. Das klappt bei der starken Dünung am Besten. Die bis zu 4 Meter hohen Wellen rauschen unter uns durch und sorgen dafür, dass. read more...


26/11/2013

Moondancer - Tuesday 26th November - ARC

12.10PMIn the swing of things nowDolphins on the bow - business as usual267 miles done and the sun is shining.Last night they put the Moon out late and upside down AGAIN. Anyway they soon realised their mistake and took it back in.We've still got boats with us including Shenanigan and Starblazer and they are going in the same direction as us so maybe we're going the right wayRiz, Rob and Butch/ (Edd, Snowy and Wilson) - Moondancer. read more...


26/11/2013

Edelweiss - Day #3: smooth sailing....

Hello from the lovely Atlantic, where the waves are nice, smooth rollers that we are coasting down. Edelweiss is taking good care of us and is sailing well.We are on the lookout for some sea life, having only had a glimpse of dolphins very early in our trip. Second night of watches went well - we are surrounded still by about 20 ARC boats which makes for good company through the dark.It's a beautiful blue sky day and we're enjoying it!xo Edelweiss. read more...


26/11/2013

XAR - Andra dygnet med XAR över Atlanten, var är vinden?

Dygn 2, måndag 1200 UTC - tisdag 1200 UTC, seglades 176 NM.Måndags eftermiddagen spenderades i stiltje och bad i sköna Atlanten vågor. Var varmt både i luften och i havet; 25 resp 22 kanske. Vinden fyllde på senare på em och i någon knop (2-3) gled vi sakta mot Kap Verde. Med denna fart är vi nog inte framme förrän i januari! Hoppas det blir bättre så småningom. I några regnbyar senare på kvällen etablerade sig västlig vind upp till 12 m/s, skönt att kunna segla igen. Natten blev lite bökig med akterlig vind och stora vågor. Krävdes koncentration för att undvika slänggippar. Maten är en viktig del av dagens rutin, förutom Pariserbiffen till lunch så fick vi en jättegod kyckling med ris även den serverad av Lars o Peter. Nespresso maskinen får jobba hårt. Hoppas den håller för de 1000 +. read more...


26/11/2013

Hot Stuff - Fairies of the lost Arc - Chapter 1

Prologue: To bring you all up to speed ....   1 yacht. 9 women. 1 crazy night dressed as fairies. 1 week of boat prep.400 pieces of fruit and veg. 48 hours at sea.  Now to introduce the crew (fellow twinklets): #1 Nikki el capitan. Head of the ‘watchdogs’. #2 Emma - in charge of keeping the capitan in order. Leader of the'Nightowl' watch #3 Sarah - chief impersonator and leader of the 'Squirrel' watch #4 Karen - our rock. She supplies enough fairy dust to keep us all happyand moralle high #5 Claire - Owns the Hotstuff salon - beauty technician, social secerataryand head of decor - unfortunately capitan says fairy lights are a fire hazard :( #6 Sue - mummy twinklet. Her domain is the fridge; she is yet to show usher sons body building techniques! #7 Charlotte - our youngest. read more...


26/11/2013

Milanto - Fwd MILANTO BLOG FOR DAYs 1 & 2 ARC 2013

We slipped our lines at 1030 to head out to the start line. What a great feeling we are finally to begin our adventure. There is a big crowd lining the marina, brass bands playing and hooters blowing to send us on our way. We slipped out of Las Palmas marina and out to the ocean. 250 boats emerged like ants from the marina all heading to the start line where the start boat a Spanish Navy Frigate was acting as Committee boat. We hoisted the sails and started to manouver into position. Vale is an old hand at this and got us perfectly positioned at the windward end of the start line with seconds to go and then we were OFF !  What a start we must have been 1st or 2nd over the line and could see all the out and out racers jockeying for position. Bit of a scrap going on for best position. read more...


26/11/2013

Jambo - A dark and bumpy night

We head South at the momentand will start to turn SE today as the winds are favourable to take us towards the NW corner of the Cap Verde islands and hopefully the NE trade winds .Will get todays forecast laterto see if that remains a good planStir fry on the menu tonight which will be a challenge in this seaStill see a few yachts but we suspect most will have gone further westas the urge to make the turn is almost impossible to resist.Our butter still has not melted even if the sun is out.. read more...


26/11/2013

Hera - Wind und Sonnenschein

10.20 Uhr Bordzeit: Rasmus verwöhnt uns mit Wind und Sonnenschein. Dafürbekommt er auch um 11.00 wieder seinen Sherry. Unser zweites Etmal seit Las Palmas  betrug 186 sm. Leider haben wirimmer noch keine Positionsmeldungen von der ARC. Gestern begleitete uns eine Delphinschule von über 20 Tieren und einkleiner Babykalmar verirrte sich an Bord. Das herrliche Morgenwetter verleitete einen Teil der Crew dazu, dass ersteSalzbad im Cockpit zu nehmen. So gepöckelt werden wir den Törn ,dermatologischgesehen, wohl gut überstehen. Die Backschaftswache hat soeben die Menükarte für den heutigen Tagpräsentiert:Reis mit Ratatouille und Pon de Horno Tierno dazu einen 1847er Port Solera und als Nachtisch frischen Obstsalat a laHera   Stefan. read more...


26/11/2013

Pelican - Tuesday 26 Nov

Hibeen a little remiss of late writing up the blog so here goes, crew settled in well blew out cruising cute first ripped up Parasailor later on, pulled fridge main supply out and screwed up salt water pump. however things look a little better this morning plodding along at 9- 10 knots not sure in the correct course but hay ho we are all jolly sailors. read more...


26/11/2013

Albatros - ALBATROS Day 3

Day 3, Nov 26thWith cheering people and a brass band on the peer H17 in Muelle Deportivo we crossed the starting line at nov 24, 1pm just outside of the marina. With a nice breeze began our adventure heading to Saint Lucia. In the meantime the first 2 nights are behind us and we get more and more adjusted to the boat, the waves, the team.Yesterday we were welcomed by a few dolphins joining us for a few minutes along the boat. The handreel with the fishing line didn´t bring any results yet. The last night was pretty dark due to the clouds and the disappearing moon. With a compass course of 240 degrees we were cruising through the dark night. We were able to spot about 5 other boats around us. The wind around 10knots, the waves and the darkness made it pretty challenging to hold. read more...


26/11/2013

Aspen - Log 2; Tuesday 26 Nov; The Atlantic is Cold!

The admiral wore a wool stocking hat, tights, gloves and three jacketson her watch last night.Brrrrr!Where are the tropics??We areanxiously waiting for our butter to melt!All is well onboard.Steve and Maria. read more...


26/11/2013

Sephina of Beaumaris - Sephina Day 2 Rude Awakenings & Mysterious Flashing Lights

Sephina Day 2 Rude Awakenings & Mysterious Flashing Lights Day 2 began for me with a rude awakening from one of the cats, Thornton: leaping onto my belly & meowing full force into my face, desperate for attention. Luckily for me (& for him) it was 4.45am & time for me to get up & get ready for my 1st watch of the day.I scampered onto the deck (only a few minutes late) & sent Matt down for a sleep. First thing I saw as my eyes adjusted to the darkness was a sailing welly floating past the boat in the sea. I checked for any other signs of a person in the water but couldn’t see any! A sailor somewhere is going to be cross when he realizes he’s lost one of his boots overboard!5minutes after that & a flash of orange light caught my eye on a vessel up ahead of us.. read more...


26/11/2013

Hanami II - A peaceful evening ....

Tuesday, 26 of Nov 201308:50 UTC15 05 N37 57 WI wouldn't say we had a nice night but an interesting one, yes, definitely.It all stared with that big black line of coulds on starboard, all along the north horizon line that merged with it and that brought us a lack of wind that was like a nasty warning. We did put a bit more south in our west as we were running 290 and took 2 reefs, just in case, with the solent pooled out.Christian and I are now well trained to do this in sync. I mean reefing and/or pooling the head sail. Since we left Mindelo when we had to reef twice before leaving the straight we had a fair bit of rehearsal, that's good. That wasn't such a bad idea as we soon got some big swirling gust at the time the lighr had completely disapered.Wind changed direction every minute. read more...


26/11/2013

Webster - Log 5 - Dolphins and the Gybe Bunnies!

Winds have been variable all day from 0 to 20 knts and from all directions, mostly NE. The boat was powered up from after lunchtime so expecting a rather better 24 hour run from the rather disappointing 90nm or so logged to 1300 Monday - kept sailing into holes! Saw our first dolphins during the day, Monday. Must have been 20 or so coming over to us from all directions and playing in the bow wave. We had a close shave with a small Dutch tanker vessel, the Texel, whom it was clear had steered a course to say hello to us. We could have shaken hands they were so close, and all on deck were waving their arms to us. Carl and I wondered if they were in trouble as that is an international signal of distress! We stood by just in case but they soon disappeared over the horizon.Ken made a green. read more...


26/11/2013

Dragonfly - Wind!!!!

Der Wind hat gehalten und ist weiter aufgefrischt.Seit gestern abend segeln wir wieder mit 6,5 bis 7,5 kn. Die ganze Nacht durch. Herrlich!Kaum Welle nur die schöne Atlantikdünung. Da kann man ruhig schlafen. Erst gegen Morgen wird es unruhiger. Eine unangenehme Welle hat sich aufgebaut und wir schaukeln wieder hin und her. Zum Glück hält der Wind und bring genügend Druck in die Segel. Der Himmel ist grau, wie schon gestern Abend. Auch in der Nacht haben wir kaum Sterne gesehen, nur der abnehmende Halbmond wirft gelegentlich etwas Licht durch die Wolken. Gestern haben uns die ersten Delphine besucht. Mehrere Schulen sind nacheinander an´s Schiff gekommen. Ein wunderschöner Anblick. Hajo hat schon wieder seine Angel draussen. Für heute Abend haben wir aber noch Thunfisch, und so lasse ich. read more...


25/11/2013

Anettine - 25.11.2013

Frem til nå har vi seilt passivt om natta. Sist natt prøvde vi ut en litt mer aggressive stil (uten spinnaker) for å teste potensialet i forhold de andre. Resultatene taler for seg. Vi har nå funnet både et 5. gir for nattseiling og et for dag seiling. Vi vet jo ikke hva de andre finner på når det nærmer seg mål, så vi kommer til å spare 5. girene så lenge som mulig. Ettersom vi bare er 2 ombord ønsker vi også å spare kreftene så lenge som mulig. Seilføringen vi har nå har nærmest stått uberørt i 48 timer. Det sliter på genua skjøtene og vi har allerede kappet av dårlige ender 2 ganger. Vi kan snart ikke kappe mere og må finne en beskyttelse i stedet.Stein har prøvd fiskelykken. Det er bra vi ikke er avhengig av den. Alt er bra om bord.Vi har logget 870 nm og har 1340 igjen.Anettine. read more...


26/11/2013

Starblazer - Starblazer 26 November A day of mixed fortunes

Happy Birthday Jane.Last night the wind didn’t co-operate!It kept changing direction and went very light, culminating in the use of the iron topsail, aka engine.We had spent quite some time at watch changes rearranging the lines for the two headsails flying on the same side so that we could jibe them but all in vain.The main outcomes of us trying to continue sailing was a sleep deficit for both of us and very few extra miles under the keel.After breakfast John pulled out the two spinnaker poles to which he had already tied two downhauls and an uphaul each.We dropped the mainsail, hauled the headsail sheets out to the ends of the poles then pulled out the sails.They set instantly giving us a welcome burst of speed.The fleet is split into three groups by boat length for a daily SSB radio. read more...


26/11/2013

Hanami II - mardi 26/11/2013

Date: mardi 26/11/2013Heure UTC 01:57Position : 14 58 16 N - 37 28 68 WCap: 305Vitesse : 5NEt bien voici encore un jour.Un jour un peu different, toujours sans poisson, meme si les 3 lignes de traine ont occupe Christian un bon bout de temps car 2 d'entre elles se sont joilement emmellee, ce qui, au fond, n'est pas surprenant.La baisse de vent attendue a bien eu lieu et nous n'avons meme pas pu envoyer le Spi, de peur de le voir s'enrouler au tour de l'etais/enrouleur du genois en cas de devente et de roulis important.Nous avons donc alterne les voiles croisees et des bords de grand largue jusqu'a ce qu'un grain dans un ciel de plomb et bas vienne nous obliger a faire cap plein sud, le vent ayant tourne et significativement forci.C'etait la seule solution pour nous eloigner de cette zone. read more...


25/11/2013

Golondrina - Starting to head west

As we enter into our second evening we're continuing south / south west due to the lack of wind to the direct west of us.Our plan is to head closer to Cape Verde before turning due west and therefore go under the weather front.So far we're averaging between 6 and 7 knots due to a long period of very little wind mid afternoon which dropped our average from 8 knots.So far we've cracked through some 210 miles with only another 2,700 to go.Everyone's starting to get into the routine of life aboard.Special thanks today go to Brenda Parkes for the gift .One of the most useful bits of the kit on the boat ( that'll keep ya guessing ) Love toeveryone at home from the crew of Golondrina. read more...


25/11/2013

Blue Ocean - Blue Ocean

20,30 a bord. Le vent s`est releve a 25 knts et le bateau, au portant, abien accelere. Genois en ciseau ou code 0, on marche entre 8 –11 knts sans tropbouger. L`apres midi a d`abord ete belle et ensoleillee avec la breve vision debaleines, l`une tout pres mais quelques secondes seulement . Ensuite un petitpeu de pluie et puis la nuit. Avec elle et sa  perte de support visuel, ilsemble que la kine de Dominique n`aie pas ete suffisante... Mes carbonarazucchini ne sont pas passes chez chacun  :( Avec la meteo qui semble s`ouvrir un peu a l`ouest on a repris une routeplus directe vers Saint Lucia - we`ll see. L`option du Cap Verde semble moinsnecessaire ?On ne sait pas voir les logs des autres bateaux, peut-etre on va arriver ase logger mais on a leurs positions par un systeme. read more...


25/11/2013

Great Escape of Southampton - Log day 2 - Let us introduce ourselves...

We are over 24 hours and 100 miles in – we’d like to be further butthe wind decided it was a school night last night so went to bed early! We hadfun playing dodge the fleet in the dark so kept ourselves amused, althoughwallowing around in the early hours getting excited when we could make 1 knot ofspeed isn’t quite what we all had in mind!  So time to introduce our illustrious crew...   First and foremost in skipper Matt – a cheerful, chatty typewho will answer any question you have – just be careful what youbelieve! Next comes Mike, our first mate – a super sailing engineer (IT& otherwise) who never-the-less admits a penchant for cheesyeuro-pop. Then there’s Pippa, Mike’s lovely partner who’s alreadylooking after everyone far too well – us girls have got to get these. read more...


Great Escape of Southampton - Log day 2 - Let us introduce ourselves...
Great Escape of Southampton - Log day 2 - Let us introduce ourselves...
Diva - Eingelebt & Routine stellen sich
Diva - Eingelebt & Routine stellen sich
25/11/2013

Diva - Eingelebt & Routine stellen sich

Eingelebt & Routine stellen sich ein, der Wind teilweise auch Nach der Wachübernahme gestern um 24h ließ der Wind stetig nach und ging auf Null zurück. Dafür wurden wir westlich von Marokko beim Rückwärtstreiben durch einen beeindruckenden Sternenhimmel, einer Menge von Sternschnuppen und einem Mond belohnt, der uns eine perfekte Sicht bescherte.Seltsamerweise wurden wir morgens früh gegen 2:30 von einem Segler unter Toplicht bei Null Wind mit deutlicher Fahrt durchs Wasser überholt. Ein Schelm wer etwas Böses denkt. Der Morgen begann dann mit einer leichten Brise und gutem Wetter, der Wind nahm jedoch wieder ab, was uns nicht wirklich nach vorne brachte. Die Stimmung an Bord ist gut, die neue Angel ist auch draußen jedoch bislang ohne Erfolg. Selbst Vögel haben wir hier draußen. read more...


25/11/2013

Merlyn III - Day 2

We had a rather difficult first night with hopeless winds and at times managed barely two and a half knots. The weather patterns have been disturbed by some big storms in the Northern Atlantic which has displaced the Azores High. However, things have greatly improved  and are presently sailing with a poled out jib and main on the preventer downwind. We have been averaging around 7.5 knots although the wind drops at night. We have around 165 miles on the log; still quite a long way to go. Last night crew morale was greatly improved by a delicious fish stew created by Jonathan and tonight David produced an excellent spicy Sheppard's pie.  So far we have had no technical problems with the boat and all is well.  The attached photo shows a small proportion of the food. read more...


Skyelark of London - 26 Nov - Day Two - On the Ocean Wave
Skyelark of London - 26 Nov - Day Two - On the Ocean Wave
Merlyn III - Day 2
Merlyn III - Day 2

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