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07/12/2013

Hebe - Day 14 7/12/13

15:31:44N047:31:26WQue ce qui ce pas alors ??  Here we are in a gentle Force 3,  coaxing the spinnaker along day and night, cloudy and drizzly. Where's the glorious ocean swell? Where are these s******g trades? We wanna go surfing ! Andrew has already ordered another colourful sail to add to Hebe's wardrobe, this lady is high maintenance. On board life goes on contentedly, pulses sprouting, goldfish rocking gently ( relieved not to be beating and emptying out in the sink) and bananas down in the net happily ripening.Sarah wears the marigolds on this ship and gets teased mercilessly poor girl, even called Bilge Queen the other day. The boys are very naughty, not paying attention to cleaning lessons.  Peter desultorily  pushing the dirt around with the swiffer. read more...


07/12/2013

Beetle - Beetle - day 14

Getting into the quiet mood.1007 miles to go - looking for the 1000 nm mark. Treating myself with a cold Coke and a mini Bounty.In the confined waters of Denmark Skipper usual helms the boat. There is a little more space here midocean, so the autopilot has done a remarkable job - as well under sail as under engine. In the meantime the crew (Skipper and Mrs. Skipper) has been reading, cooking, maintenance, adjustments and watched a few movies.We are experiencing some sort of jetlag. Our ships clock is on Las Palmas (UTC) time, but we are moving some 10-15 minutes further west each 24 hours. It' s getting later and later dark, and sunrise is later every morning. We will keep it that way - and look forward to weather reports and noon positions every day at 12 UTC.Temperature in the saloon. read more...


07/12/2013

Abraxas - 07/12/13 The 'Trade Winds' have ceased trading

Itsbeen a few days since our last posting but it has been pretty busy and days seemto pass quickly. Ourroute plan has been to head south from the Canary Islands to below 20N. This was where we are told that we will hit favourable trade winds and skate ourway west under spinnaker.  Well, we are now below 17N and we have beenstruggling with some light winds and having to work hard to keep a goodpace.  The positive thing however is that we are now well in to the tropicsand so are enjoying some very nice weather indeed.  Our position in thefleet is currently not as good as those who stayed further north or those thathave motored in the lighter winds but we hope to come good with some speed fromnow on and there is still plenty of ocean to go. Wehave been at sea. read more...


07/12/2013

Starla - Log Day 13 - Chocolate Rations

Hello Everyone,Distance logged today - 95 nautical miles. Distance to date this trip - 1594 nautical miles. Remaining miles to St Lucia 1429.Another slow day. We had 8 - 10 knots of wind for a few hours in the afternoon, which then lightened in the evening to 3 - 5 knots all form the south east.A few more days of this should see us in to some strong north easterly winds and a big increase speed and distance per day.More activity last night before dark, we had a school of dolphins swimming along with us in our bow wave.After dinner on an evening, we like to have a coffee and a piece of chocolate as a treat. The stocks are running low, so we are now on rations. One square each! Believe me that will be better not having any and running out. We believe that the depletion in the chocolate. read more...


07/12/2013

Manihi - Les nuits se suivent et ne se ressemblent pas !

14:32.24N 41:16.38W   9:00 heure locale - Profondeur 4530 m   Et bien, hier après-midi il suffisait d'attendre un peu, et le vent etrevenu, tout doucement, vers 6-7 heures. Vent arrière exactement. Nous avons misen place la tenue de nuit de Manihi : la GV complètement ouverte sur la gauche(bâbord) et le génois maintenu déployé sur la droite (tribord) par le tangon ;ce qui offre une grande surface de poussée au vent arrière et est beaucoup plusstable qu'un spi et plus facile à affaler si nécessaire. Bonne leçon que la nuitdernière ! Mais ça sert à ça l'expérience, non ? On  s'en souvient après !   Et cette nuit le vent est resté sage. Il a commencé avec un 8-10 nds puis aparesseusement accéléré jusqu'à 15 nds avant le 1er quart, pour culminer à 15-17nds pendant la. read more...


07/12/2013

Avel Biz J+13 Passage de col

Bonjour7 Décembre 2013Position 12h00 UTC21°32 N44°40 W132 milles en 24hPassage de colNous qui étions contents de toucher un peu de vent, nous avons été servis.Le vent a fraichi, des grains ont surgi de partout, des vagues de touscôtés, des risées irrégulières en force entre 5 et 30 noeuds, et endirection. La nuit a été très occupée. Nous avons du tiré des vrais bords,virant dans les refusantes, prenant des ris, les larguant, roulant,déroulant le génois. Un qui barre, l'autre qui se repose tout habillé surune couchette du carré, prêt à sortir. Le tout en tapant et cognant dans leclapot, un peuépuisant tout ça pour ne pas beaucoup avancer.Enfin au petit matin, les éléments se sont calmés. Nous sommes maintenantau petit largue avec 22 kts de vent, bien gités. On ne tape plus mais cesont des. read more...


07/12/2013

Blue Ocean

Un dementi quant a notre position  : notre catamaran ne se situe pasdans le desert malien, entre les mains d`un groupe d`activistes lies a AlQuaeda,mais bien toujours dans l`Atlantique a desormais 744 nm de Rodney Bay.Bon ceci est lie a la defaillance de notre YellowBrick, qui nous amene atransmettre par mail notre position regulierement a l`ARC Committee. Erreur detranscription de ce cote qui a pu faire penser a un revirement a laMoitessier... Aurora semble nous distancer peu a peu, Jinja reste dans lesparages. Et cette nuit nous avons ete appele en VHF par un catamaran en convoyagevers Antigua, a 7 miles de notre bateau – mais sans contact visuel – pasd`emetteur AIS   pas de feux-Les routes convergeant vers les Antilles on va recommencer a voir du monde! A nouveau 25. read more...


07/12/2013

Athena of Southampton - Liz’s Log

Athena log 6 – Saturday December 7th 2013 –15 05.38 N / 38 50.64 W On Board with the “MotleyMen.” Describing the men in my “present” life as a motleybunch conjures up an inaccurate and unfair image. In truth they are a.....Motivated, Original, Talented, Lively, Enthusiastic and Young (ish)bunch. For those of you back home I have witnessed theirgrowing domestic abilities at cooking, washing, cleaning, etc. as my knowledgeof engine bilges, watermakers and waypoints also increases...I am at risk ofturning into a motley man myself !!! Sharing life in such a limited space withsuch a lovely bunch has made for a wonderful experience and learning curve. Noneed for all that clutter and confusion we surround ourselves with. I have cometo realise to keep life simple and enjoy the beauty of nature.. read more...


07/12/2013

Starblazer 7 December - Your Family Needs YOU

HiI suspect that this applies to other boats as well, not just Starblazer.We believe (hope?) that some family and friends are reading our blogs oneither the ARC site or our website. But we haven't heard from you.We cannot receive our live/hotmail emails, our website comments or Facebook,but we can receive and send on our mailasail address.Many of our family and friends have our boatcard with our mailasail emailaddress, if you don't or cannot find it please contact someone else in yourrelevant family/friends group.Or perhaps WCC will forward an email???arcrallycontrol@worldcruising.comWe will reply direct with our address and you can then send on that.We want to stay in touch whilst we are away, so please send your ups anddowns, excitements and mundane, everything that you would chat. read more...


07/12/2013

Diva - Kann man in der Flaute segeln? Ja man kann.

Jeder Segler nennt den Atlantik respektvoll „Großer Teich“. Heute fehlen nur noch die Enten, denn es ist überhaupt gar kein Wind. Wir fahren sogar rückwärts und es ist sehr warm. Erst einmal einen Eimer Meerwasser über den Kopf giessen- tut das gut, happy Nikolaus. Gegen Mittag unter einem Hauch von Wind mit dem Leichtwindspinnaker Richtung 270 Grad.Es fällt schwer nicht daran zu denken, einfach den Motor zu starten und loszufahren. Den Mount Everest besteigt man nicht mit einem Heli, und den Atlantik bezwingt man nicht mit Motor. So einfach ist das. Also geduldig warten auf Wind. Liebe Konkurrenz – wir haben sehr wohl auf unserem Satellitentracking sehen können, das ihr den Motor angeworfen habt. Wir unterhalten uns dann im Hafen.Die See ist glatt - nur die aus der Tiefe kommende. read more...


07/12/2013

Pannikin - Days 10-13

Wednesday 4th December – Day 10A quiet day without much wind saw us burning a few more litres of diesel with very calm seas and almost no swell it was hard to believe we were in the middle of the Atlantic.The highlight of the day once again as the fishing reel screaming off and by the time Steve picked it up, the fish had taken nearly all the line. It was a good fight which lasted ten minutes and finally a good size tuna was landed, so lunch was fresh tuna and salad.Absolutely beautiful!Thursday 5th December – Day11Light winds prevailed, although there was enough to turn the motor off and set a spinnaker which made life on board a little less noisy. The speed has been very slow, each day we get a new forecast and turn to where they predict more wind only to find similar conditions. Our. read more...


07/12/2013

Azzurra - Day 14 – Hanging around-

Position Saturday, 07.12.2013 11:00 UTC:21”33’.627 N, 038”13’.993;DTW St. Lucia: 1368 smAnother day providing sailors dream; dead calm for over 12 hours, startingabout 6:00 in the morning. The current was the only force getting us movedto somewhere; of cause to the wrong direction. We used the time to get theGenoa down again, taping some problem areas and to take of the leech line.A loose screw on the forestay gave us some problems getting the sail down.Again, someone had to be hived up the mast. We also tried to solve ourSeatalk data transmission problems. We found some things with just minorimpact. It seems like we have to live with it as it is right now. Afterhaving spent several hours in Azzurra’s torture chamber we gave up as wehad no more practical solutions to find the problem.. read more...


Azzurra - Day 14 – Hanging around-
Azzurra - Day 14 – Hanging around-
07/12/2013

Duplicat - Saturday 15.17N 31.19W

Colin (new crew member) has responded well to loads of sleep, a bit of sun on his body and frequent Beechams and is feeling better.We sailed all night, first part with a little jib an full main but when the wind got too square furled up the jib an just sailed on the full main. Kite back up this morning and we have an easterly 18knts helping us along nicely. During the night Gerry got his ipad night sky programme working and we found Venus, Jupiter and loads of other stars.Still hoping for sighting of comet Ison soon.On my watch I saw three other yachts' lights but no AIS and just faint blips on the radar. Another lovely day's weather today, maintenance going on as deck fitting for spinnaker is being replaced.. read more...


07/12/2013

Queen Frederica - Bericht Tag 14 - Tag 14: wwwww (was wenn wirklich wind wäre)

07.12.2013Der Wind kommt aus Osten, wir wollen nach Westen. Was sich erst einmalrecht stimmig anhört, ist auf dem Boot (vor allem auf der Queen F.) ganzschön anspruchsvoll. Denn bei Wind unter 15 kn (und das ist schon längerso), fallen die Segel auf raumen Kursen bei jeder Welle ein. In der Folgeverringert sich der Speed – und so sind wir weite Teile der Nacht mit ca.3 kn unterwegs gewesen. Was das für unser Ankunftsdatum bedeutet, mögenwir gar nicht genau ausrechnen (21.12.?). Da müssten wir erneut die Flügeumbuchen … Um 6 Uhr haben wir die Maschine gestartet, köstlichgefrühstückt (erneut Pancakes von Katharina) – und seit 9:30 frischt esauf. Im Moment segeln wir mit dem Gennaker und der ausgebaumten Genuaziemlich platt vorm Laken. Beim Setzen der Segel geriet eine Leeschotunter den. read more...


07/12/2013

Sunrise - Tag 14 - 07.12.2013 – Nikolaus in der Flaute

Der gestrige Nachmittag war meist etwas verhangen, die See war ruhig, dieDünung von 2-3m doch sehr eindrücklich. Immer wieder runter ins Tal, dannwieder hoch zum Aussichtspunkt. Leider alles ohne Wind, sodass wir unterMotor fahren mussten. Kein Wind bietet aber auch die Möglichkeit sichwieder einmal ins säubernde Nass zu springen (immer zu zweit natürlich undnicht alle gleichzeitig).Am Abend kam der Nikolaus vorbei, läutete mit der Glocke und verteilteleckere Pfeffernüsse. Hans sei Dank! Immer wieder erstaunlich, da sitzenwir auf dem Schiff, das Wasser hat mind. 25Grad, die Luft ist deutlichwärmer und das mitten in der Weihnachtszeit. Hohoho!!!Ruhige Fahrt in die Nacht hinein. So um 22.00h setzen wir die Segel undgondeln mit gerademal 2.5Knoten zum Ziel hin. Mit Diesel ginge esschneller,. read more...


07/12/2013

Blue Ocean - Day 13: Out of Africa

For some reason our position has been recorded incorrectly on the ARClistings – we have moved from a favourable position just East of the Carribbean(putting us amongst the leading multihulls) to a location somewhere in Africa.Let me assure readers that we are still (as far as we are aware) in the NorthAtlantic and not landlocked in a desert near Mali.  We have had some odd instrument failures aboard Blue Ocean but I think thatthis erroneous reading can be put down to ‘operator error’. Note that we havebeen sending ARC Control our positions correctly, so it seems that on thisoccassion the operator error is not ours.   For the record, our true position as I write is: 16*28’.26N and 48*10’.73W.Distance to St. Lucia is 753nm.  Bye   Craig    . read more...


07/12/2013

Meltemi - 12.Tag Wir sind jetzt U-Tau`s Helden in Strumpfhosen

Heute Nacht um 11:58 Uhr Bordzeit sind die verbleibenden Restmeilen nun unter 1.000 nm Meilen gesunken.Aktuell haben wir noch rund 944 nm to go. Damit ist nun endlich der Endspurt eingeleitet. Die Manschaft ist bis unter die Haarspitzen motiviert, jede noch so kleine Windveränderung wird ausgiebieg analysiert, diskutiert und in die taktische Überlegung mit einebzogen.( Maschine an oder nicht)Also, die Messer sind gewetzt, die Haare geglättet und die Strumpfhosen glattgezogen.Des einen Freund des anderen Leid fiebert schon so manches Crewmitglied ungeduldig seienem Wettgewinn entgegen.Einzelne Teile der Mamnnschaft haben sich losgesagt und wollen nurnoch Dosenduschen.Ob eigens hierfür angefertigte Schutzanzüge zum Einsatz kommen ist nochnicht entschieden.In jedem Fall wird die Fraktion. read more...


07/12/2013

Miciadue - Bergfest

Der Nikolaus hat uns gestern Nachmittag noch mit einer großen (ca. 75 cm) Goldmakrele überrascht. Die Steaks - eingelegt in Olivenöl und Zitronensaft werden wir heute zu Mittag essen. Gegen Mitternacht haben wir Bergfest mit endlich mal kaltem Bier - dank der Tatsache, dass wir unter Motor gelaufen sind - gefeiert. Weniger als 1350 sm liegen jetzt noch vor uns. Wolkenloser Himmer, Sonne satt und tiefblaues Wasser lässt uns völlig vergessen, dass wir heute den 7. Dezember haben. Endlich wieder etwas Wind - wenn auch nur 2-3 bft. Wir segeln und genießen die Ruhe an Bord. Wir müssen jetzt die noch vorhandenen Dieselvorräte sehr sorgfältig in die Entscheidung zu segeln oder zu motoren mit einbeziehen. Und das ganze dann vor dem Hintergrund spätestens am 18.12. in St. Lucia sein zu wollen.. read more...


07/12/2013

Ocean Venture - We're moving-day 13

Guess if your reading this its not what you want to hear but being english need to mention the weather and that said -IT IS HOT! Still we are back up to 8-9 knots and crew moral with it and air comingthru again.Some working out ETA and others happy to be out here for months.Interesting mission deep cleaning the fridge and finding!'Winds' rubber gloves do have purpose beyond washing up.Speaking of our crewman of the voyage, he has joined the rapid response group with his new found knot skills and a utility belt that surpasses Batman's.He has quite taken to long distance voyaging.As for the Duke, tensions have arose since the deck hammock has caused for 15 minute slots that Bruce is not agreeing too! Quite frankly he is becoming a liability onboard.. read more...


Ocean Venture - We're moving-day 13
Ocean Venture - We're moving-day 13
07/12/2013

Lancelot II - Day 13 - The wind has taken a siesta

The day was warm with light winds averaging 6 knots, the most exciting partof the day was when the spinnaker wrapped around the forestay during somevariable winds. All hands were on deck asJacko donned his climbing harness and like a monkey scrambled up the mastto attempt to unwind the huge spinnaker from the rigging. Successful at this healso took the opportunity to do a rig check which the boat passed successfully.While 18 meters above the deck of the boat he took the time to look out 360’around and saw nothing but vast open sea for 15 miles all around, confirming weare really alone and out here in the middle of the Atlantic.  The dolphins came back to play in the afternoon giving me a surreal feelingas I watched them dive in and out of the bow wave along with one lone bird. read more...


07/12/2013

Albatros - ALBATROS Day 14 Dec.07

Yesterday's dinner, we enjoyed Manfred's Tuna Dish. Although Nic doesn't favour seafood, he hit the record in Tuna eating. We all enjoyed the fresh fish. We were observing again 6 Tunas following our bug for a long time, We think they said farewell to their brother.We also tried to sail with the spinnaker; when he was up, the wind disappeared and we had to face someEngine hours. Early this saturday morning we then tried to set it up again as a Genacker and see, it worked. Still some low winds, but in the morning hours we were able to make some speed around 5 knots with a pretty low swell, almost like sailing on a lake.The Electrical generator works again after finding the failure. The only thing which doesn't work are the solarpanels because the Power inverter got. read more...


07/12/2013

Anettine - 6.12.2013

Skipperen hadde hundevakta og purret førsten kl 0400 for å sette spinnakeren, i dag skal vi i mål.Flott og rolig cruising med spinnakeren hele dagen. Vi kunne riktig slappe av og kose oss under seilasen.Vi fikk St. Lucia i sikte i 0500!! Deilig å se land etter 15 dager til havs.KL 1200 tok vi kontakt med ARC Finishing Line over radio og meldte ankomst om ca. 2 timer. Vi hadde flott vind og sløret med storseil og genua i 6-8 knopp. Det la an til en fin og rask innseiling, og vi gledet oss til lunsj og en kald øl på land. Det skulle bli veldig annerledes.Når vi hadde 8 nm igjen ble det helt vindstille. Vi satte spinnaker for å få det meste ut av 1-2 m/s, men bølgene gjorde det vanskelig å få fremdrift. Etter en stund kom vinden på 4-5 m/s og vi gjorde fin fart måt mål og kunne nyte. read more...


07/12/2013

Great Escape of Southampton - 15 15 720n 37 51 960w Log Day 12 –

Just when you thought it was safe to get back in the water....   There is no doubt that finding original material for a blog doesbecome more difficult in the middle part of a passage - somewhere between theexcitement of departure and the anticipation of arrival. Like the last two days,today has been warm and sunny, variably sultry and, for the most part, lightwinds which means our daily mileage has been less than hoped for. Some areregretting their sweepstake predictions! However life has been far from humdrum - As the wind eventually died and we started to motor Matt stoppedthe yacht for 20mins so that those that wished could swim. Despite  me humming the theme tune from “Jaws”all except Matt and I jumped in and cavorted around a line streamed from thestern and attached to a. read more...


Great Escape of Southampton - 15 15 720n 37 51 960w Log Day 12 –
Great Escape of Southampton - 15 15 720n 37 51 960w Log Day 12 –
07/12/2013

Moondancer - Saturday 7th December 11.50.Am(GMT-1HR)

Good Morning one and AllFirstly we hear that Mandela is now truly free.Respect to a great man.To matters at handIt is my understanding that the question has been asked by a few inquisitive minds from home as to why we are tracking South I can assure all of you that our heading is absolutely perfect for Santa Lucia, Brazil.I have just been informed that the end of the race is St. Lucia! An island in the Caribbean? Apparently. How exciting, maybe we'll go there thenNo but seriously, we have a plan, a cunning plan based on minutes of deliberation and seconds of staring at archives of races past. We are playing all the right notes just not necessarily in the right order.PS. Don't listen to Maintenance. We forced him up the mast and it's only 65 foot high.Riz87.. read more...


07/12/2013

Edelweiss - Day #14: Famine to feast!

Hello from the rolling Atlantic, where after a few days of not much to report, I fear we now have too much to fit into one little blog post.I'll start with my new favourite quote, from Lyell: "Ah, Mom, calm down.It's just a fish in the cockpit!"Yes, you guessed it: a flying fish flew with a thump and splat into the cockpit last night and, being only inches from me and flopping wildly in the dark, you can imagine why I needed to calm down!He was about a foot long and the most gorgeous iridescent blue color with cream colored tummy - no wonder we cannot see their colors as they fly over the waves as they match perfectly.While we agreed this one was not one of Darwin's "fittest" (he did after all bolt INTO the passing sailboat and not away from it),Stuart nonetheless picked him up in a. read more...


07/12/2013

Annabella - Log 12 Saturday 7th December

Position: 14 53.674N 38 22.612WDistance to St Lucia: 1311Distance since last log: 150NMDespite our wishful thinking the wind during daylight yesterday was disappointingly light and similar to the previous few days. However, it started to pick up at around 2000 and has been consistently at 7-10, gusting  occasionally up to 12.5knots. Boat speed has been mostly in the 7-8 knot range hence the reasonable distance achieved since yesterday. We are still running with main and spinny with the wind at about 120 degrees off the port side. Based on our analysis of the grib files and ARC weather update we have decided to get further south. We may have suffered yesterday because we took too much westing the night before (irresistible) instead of getting further down. We should have reasonable. read more...


07/12/2013

Sephina of Beaumaris - Day 14 - Hot, Hot and more Hot

Day 14 - Hot, Hot and more Hot Well the past few days have been a little slow for all onboard. This is mainly due to the massive lack of wind. This does give lots of free time and that means lots of revision!! We have had the engine on permanently and this combined with the already scorching sun turns this boat into a Furness. I must report however that our plan of going to refuel in the Cape Verdes islands has really put us at a big advantage. We have had communications with other boats out here who are slowly dropping back due to fuel shortage. This is actually a real problem as most of them rely on the fuel to power their water makers. We know of some who have been becalmed and some that are doing less than half our ground distance per day now. But having said that, we are currently. read more...


07/12/2013

Blue Dolphin - Day 13 - Half way

After days of poor weather with winds gusting up to F7 and driving rain, followed by little or no wind, Blue Dolphin has reached the half way mark.  The crew celebrated by having a wild west party.  They dressed up as cowboys and Indians and Sally cooked a ‘yee ha’ supper of steak, potato wedges, coleslaw and corn on the cob.  They washed it down with a bottle (or two)of wine and then played who am I where they had to guess who the name stuck on their forehead was.  The most tricky one were Colin the Cabbage and Jerry the Rigger! Lots of fun was had by all. The wind continued to blow all day and, having rigged a twin head sail by flying the asymmetric on one side and the headsail on the other, they enjoyed a great sail. (Insert Photo). More problems for. read more...


Blue Dolphin - Day 13 - Half way
Blue Dolphin - Day 13 - Half way
07/12/2013

Hera - Bergfest

Der heutige Tag begann mit einem Sektfrühstück anläßlich unseresBergfestes. Seit heute früh 4 Uhr Bordzeit haben wir weniger als 1400 sm bis zumZiel – die Hälfte der direkten Distanz von Las Palmas nach Rodney Bay. Zeitlichgesehen ist es unser vierzehnter Seetag und ca. zehn haben wir noch vor uns.Unsere Obst und Gemüsevorräte haben beträchtlich abgenommen. Ein Netz schwingtbereits leer im Salon und nur noch ein Kühlschrank ist in Betrieb. AnFrühstückseier ist nicht mehr zu denken. Doch Skorbut haben wir nicht zufürchten. Gestern wurde zufällig noch ein nicht unbeträchtlicher Vorrat anZitronen entdeckt. Das Menü des Tages: Griechischer Salat,Käsespätzle mit in Olivenöl undKnoblauch gebratenen Paprikaschoten, Melone und ein Riocha Gran Reserva.   Stefan. read more...


07/12/2013

Skara Brae - ground hog day

Yes its 'Groundhog day' woke up in the same place, going in the same direction with the same wind at the same speed, with the same spinnaker up and the same sun shining from the same position, having the same porridege and coffee for breakfast, with the same 4 people and the same music on Whats going on?This is the 6th day of this nonsense, we are doing about 100nm/day instead of 150 - 200!!its day 14 - and we have been at sea for 13 full days we were hoping to have sighted land by tomorrow!instead we are just past the 1/2 way mark and still have 1320 miles to gowe still have plenty of food, but have killed the Whisky, Vodka, Bacardi, Rum, Beer - just got a few bottles of red wine left. and we turned on the watermaker as we were 1/2 way through our water - and instead of making. read more...


07/12/2013

Starblazer - Starblazer 7 December Halfway

JohnWell sort of.We left Gran Canaria with 2750 miles to go to St Lucia, so halfway is when we have 1375 left to get there.The fact that we have sailed and motored for a lot more than the other 1375 and will travel more than that to get to St Lucia is just quibbling!Tomorrow morning before breakfast (Saturday 7th December) we will reach that well defined non-existent spot. We’ll celebrate with Cava for breakfast and a steak in the evening.By this point on the crossing in 2009 we had 20 knot winds and huge swells sweeping down from behind and lifting us up and down on a fairground ride as well as rocking from side to side.At the moment we have 10 knot winds and a very small swell that is barely visible.Last time turning round to go the other way was a silly idea, this time it would be. read more...


07/12/2013

Aspen - Log 14 Friday 7 Dec: Weather Routers

The weather is what we live by, day in and day out.ARC Control sends out a daily weather forecast for us and it is very good to have and it is pretty accurate too.We also have 2 fellow sailors who are also sending us their forecasts each day. David from Water Music sailed with the ARC and is currently living in Australia where he sends us his forecasts.Steve from Island Kea II also sailed with the ARC and with us for much of our voyage around the world and he is sending his forecasts from England.So we have 3 forecasts to steer Aspen by and they are really beneficial, although sometimes it doesn't look like our little dot has moved much these weather emails keep us out of a lot of trouble!We keep reminding ourselves that the best time to the. read more...


07/12/2013

Milanto - Blog Dec 6

The night of Dec 5 was relatively benign with subdued winds following a brief period of total calm. Its extraordinary that the same ocean that only a few days ago tossed us so violently from side to side and up and down that it felt as if you were literally hanging on for life, could so suddenly reduce to nothing. And ironically, that is more frustrating. We made little ground on our journey but at least we were all able to get a better night’s sleep. We have put the clocks back an hour and dawn broke sometime after 7. It was a magnificent sky and those on deck were accompanied by a small pod of dolphins who darted across our bow. Thereafter, the day has proved to be a combination of strong sun, and strong(ish) wind......but in the wrong direction, despite numerous tacks to stay ahead.. read more...


07/12/2013

Moondancer - and on and on and on

It’s been a challenging couple of days. Thursday evening we caught our first fish that was big enough to eat. This Dorado was dispatched, filleted and eaten within 2 hours,just delicious.We had finally found some wind the spinnaker enjoyed and with our speed picking up it was decided to continue with the spinnaker through the night. At about 05:00 catering makes an almighty hullaballoo and wakes the boat. My first thought is he’s burnt the croissants but it appears the spinnaker halyard had broken and the spinnaker sail was in the water.With catering at the helm, maintenance and management began dragging the sail back onto the boat. Exhausted, but happy to have the sail back on board we retired back to our bunks with the understanding to work out what had failed in the morning.During. read more...


07/12/2013

Arkouda - Day 11, Gentle Breezes

We had an absolutely fantastic day of sailing today.The winds are still coming from the North, which is okay as our plan is head south, than west, south west, to avoid lighter winds forecast as yet another low pressure system passes to our north.Today the sun was shining, the breezes warm, all systems working.It was a perfect day, and truly what I expected the "milk run" to be!We have fallen right back into our watch schedule, and neither of us are feeling tired.Basking in the warmth of sun today I reflected on the motion of this little boat.Our boat broker had called her "sea kindly", but I had no clue what that meant.Today I can only describe her as lady like.The wind has been blowing steady at about 13 knots, creating seas of about 1 or 2 feet.The underlying swells are at about 6. read more...


07/12/2013

Blue Ocean - Day 14: First contact

Alizes un peu mollassons toujours, une quinzaine de noeuds. Contact radio avec un catamaran Fountaine Pajot, a une dizaine de miles denous – mais non visible. C`est le premier bateau proche depuis une huitaine dejours. Il ne fait pas partie de l`ARC, c`est un convoyage sur Antigua. On attend impatiemment un renforcement des alizes ,pour dimache enprincipe, pour fondre sur Rodney Bay ! Yv   The ocean is a big place. After the boats dispersed from Las Palmas wehavent had close contact with any other craft since (except for a couple ofisolated AIS readings). As we approach St. Lucia we expect courses to beconverging and had expected Aurora (another ARC catamaran who would seem fromthe daily reports to be quite close) to show up on AIS earlier day. We alsoexpect to get. read more...


07/12/2013

Webster - Log 16: Heady stuff

Friday 6th: Position 15 54'N 33 10'W. Well it had to happen sometime I suppose. Came up on deck at 0800 and all crew already there and Jeremy said with some element of glee, "the heads are blocked!", presumably because he knew it was not him that the delightful job of unblocking the thing would fall......that is all you need first thing in the morning. Good job I have two on the boat, and the second one is MINE!!!!! Oh well the buck stops here.With a view to not taking off pipes down below and emptying the holding tank contents into the bilge Carl pumped the loo whilst I was on deck with a (far too) short length of hose pipe and blew back down the waste pump hole in the deck. This blew content all over the place like Mount Vesuvious, most of it missing me thankfully, but I had to. read more...


07/12/2013

Shine - Day 12: Radio silence from RB

No news from Sir Richard as yet, but we can only assume he's working on it.We've had to motor since last evening due to insufficient wind, but this did afford us the opportunity for something of an impromptu mid crossing party.The ship's time slipped another hour yesterday evening to account for our progress west, and as luck would have it, that gave us a double happy hour. Steen knocked up an excellent lasagna so after happy hour(s) we retired to the saloon for dinner and some mighty strange Danish drinking anthems .George stood watch for a while as hewas neither hungry nor thirsty, and the rest of the crew enjoyed this much earned release from the tensions of the voyage.All over the side for a pre-breakfast swim, and we were under way. read more...


07/12/2013

Aditi - Day 12: Marigold Squid Production up 100%

:startWe motored last night to try and get back in touch with the rear of the fleet and I think it helped. Winds were mainly 5 to 8kn so sailing wasn't possible during the first half of the night.About 7am we went under full main and deep reefed genoa running at 155 degs in 16 to 23kn ESE wind. Making 7 to 8.5kn as the wind cycles up and down within the range every 15 minutes. Why it's not stable in the ocean is a mystery but maybe it's surface friction over the swell. Wave shapes and sea state change almost as often.This morning we let out our pink Marigold glove squid and trawled until lunch. The squid proved popular as there was just a tiny loop of trace wire left. Trace wie is a problem for us as Captain Canary was shut when I went to buy some high rated line on the morning of. read more...


07/12/2013

Sweet Pearl - 13. Tag - Sao Vincente

In der Nacht von Mittwoch auf Donnerstag sind wir auf der Insel Sao Vincente in Mindelo (Cape Verde) angekommen. Jürg ist gleich am Morgen zum Arzt - Fazit: 2 gebrochene Rippen, aber gottseidank keine weiteren inneren Verletzungen. Er hat heute den Flug nach hause genommen. Sandra, Fritz und ich haben von der Zeit profitiert das Schiff zu putzen, den Autopilot zu reparieren und Mindelo und die Insel zu besichtigen. Mindelo hat uns sehr gefallen, vor allem die stressfreie Stimmung und die überaus sympathischen Menschen. Die Insel ist schön, aber die braune karge Landschaft ist doch manchmal trist - gut dass das Meer und der Strand schnell darüber hinwegeschauen lassen:). Tom. read more...


06/12/2013

Hot Stuff - Fairies of the Lost Arc - Chapter 8

Another day in the wind hole. Another day in paradise. Today was ourChristmas day. The day began with a stunning blood red sunrise. Once the daily chores werecompleted fairy Clairey sprinkled her fairy dust and conjured up some delicioushomemade flapjacks. The Bimini and boom were decked with paper garlands. Andwhat is this? Father Christmas had left a pink stocking filled with wrappedgifts for us all!!! But where are the ‘reindolphins’ to drag the sleigh out theAtlantic pond??As our boat had moved approximately not at all, we decided with the kindpermission of Cap'n Nikki to go for a Christmas dipski. We all managed to washbodies and hair whilst clinging on to the fenders for dear life, floating above6 miles of ocean - mind-blowing. Over lunch we opened our pressies - lots of girlie. read more...


06/12/2013

Selivra - Bennys Reisetagebuch No 15 - ARC Tag 12

Freitag 06.12.203Ahoi alle meine lieben Landrattenich melde mich heute am Nikolaustag von 14°39,9075 Nord und 033°23,0078 West - was auch immer das heissen mag - mein Herrchen spricht manchmal in so komischen Rätsel - es ist bestimmt irgendwo mitten auf dem Alantik. Rundherum nur Wasser, Wasser und nochmals Wasser. Hie und da landet ein fliegnder Fisch auf dem Deck und der gehört dann mir :-).Und noch e besonderer Tag ist heute - aus zwei Gründen - ich bin heute 8 Monate alt geworden UND wir haben die halbe Strecke bis zu unserem Ziel erreicht. Super, denn ganz ehrlich mir wird die Zeit es Nichtstuns schon zu lange. Aber ich habe heute einen besonders guten Knochen aus unserem Vorrat zur Feier bekommen und viee Streicheleinheiten.Habt ihr gewusst. read more...


Selivra - Bennys Reisetagebuch No 15 - ARC Tag 12
Selivra - Bennys Reisetagebuch No 15 - ARC Tag 12
06/12/2013

Skyelark of London - Day 12 (we think)

It's very hard to believe that we are in the middle of the Atlantic, the ocean is very calm with only a slight swell. After good progress last night with winds up to 24knts today has provided only light winds resulting in slow progress and a small amount of motor sailing.Fishing continues to be good source of both entertainment and food and the South African lure Maximus succeeded in catching a fine Tuna (Honeysuckle) which will provide a great lunch for tomorrow! Unfortunately as has been the way with a number of the lures he was taken from us on the next cast by yet another monster from the deep!We have all secretly written down are anticipated arrival date and put them into a sealed envelope which will be opened with 900 miles to go and the one who has ultimately guessed the time. read more...


06/12/2013

Golondrina - FRIDAY

As the night duty crew retired, a slight spot of rain was felt over the port side and as it got brighter, saying sun here would be an overstatement, the largest angriest black cloud we've seen so far emerged from the gloom - it didn't even have the common courtesy to be in the sky, this was at sea level!  ‘O dear’ was the general comment, and when sheet of  lightning and massive thunder claps added to the drama, it was felt clearly that a plan of action was required.   Dave thought it best that he supervise the next hour from the strategic forward command bunker which looked remarkably like his bunk. To placate the team, he convinced the crew that his 'special earplugs' would pick up wind shifts and that he would be back as soon as the danger had passed. He then went. read more...


Golondrina - FRIDAY
Golondrina - FRIDAY

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