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10/12/2013

Atika II - Fwd: quelle nuit !

Quelle nuit !Petit matin, traits tirés, paupières lourdes, petits pas pour se déplaceren se tenant... bref, une nuit dont on se rappellera.Bien commencée avec toutes voiles en vent arrière 20 Nds de vent puis lesgrains arrivent, prise de 1 ris à minuit, surf de Victor à 23,1 Nds puis 2ris à 1h du matin pour freiner les surfs fous dans les vagues qui viennentexactement de l'arrière. A 2h surfs à 24,2 puis 24,4 Nds pourtant sousvoile réduite. Vent probable de 35 Nds (? 40?? pas de girouette de nuitavec direction/vitesse vent des capteurs Tacktick à la con dont lesbatteries solaires en tête de mat ne fonctionnent jamais). Enfin bref, unedescente à fond vers Ste Lucie, pour gagner qq places.Mais quasi impossibilité de dormir et nerfs à rude épreuve ( Del : je veuxsauter à l'eau pour que ça. read more...


10/12/2013

Blue Ocean - Final day at sea?

Depending on how you count it, this is probably our final day at sea. Weshould arrive around 4am boat time or midnight local time. If the wind holds(and our sails dont give out) then we may even make it before midnight –possibly even 11pm local time when a few bars might still be open (so I amtold).   Certainly, this is the last round of watches and I just clocked off YellowWatch with a certain degree of sadness – tempered by the excitment associatedwith an imminent foreign landfall and stable accommodation.  Since our Yellowbrick is on the blink, here is a position update.   As I write, we are 60nm from Rodney Bay. Position 14*23’.10N and59*58’.68W. Speed about 9.5kn. We have a good following wind of around 25-30knots.   Bye   Craig  Arrivee dans quelques. read more...


10/12/2013

Diva - Diamond life- wir kommen

Die Sonne brennt, unsere Reise neigt sich dem Ende entgegen. Für den einen war es eine weitere Erfahrung im Seglerleben, für den anderen bedurfte es dieser Prüfung für das book of life. Wie schön Budde es lachend formulierte, sollte man an einen verkappten maritim veranlagten Gesprächspartner geraten: „Wie -Du hast den großen Teich noch nicht durchsegelt?“ Was haben wir gelacht.Der Wind hat deutlich an Stärke zugenommen und wir können die Höhe auf St. Lucia nicht gehen. Mittlerweile fehlen uns über 30 Grad. Gut das das für alle gilt. Die Frage ist nun – kommt noch ein Winddreher? Wann müssen wir halsen um einen Anlieger auf die Nordspitze von St. Lucia zu haben. Alles bei Nacht versteht sich bei bis zu 34kn Wind. Wir entscheiden uns gegen 6.45h morgens für eine Q-Wende weil es sicherer. read more...


10/12/2013

Surya - De chefs

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Surya - De chefs
Surya - De chefs
10/12/2013

George - All Blogged Out?

Certainly not 'blogged up' that's for sure. After a record 166 miles in the twenty-four hours to 13:00 today 10/12/2013 we're continuing to make good progress. As I write this we're currently showing an optimistic 106 hours (4 days 8 hours) to Rodney Bay! More Barracuda for tea yesterday, this time curried using Bev (Mrs N's) already tried and tested 'curry anything' recipe. Not without its issues though, judging by the number of times the light went on and off in the heads during the dog watches. Sleep is a bit scarce of the moment, after the calm seas of the preceding weeks, 20 knot beam reaching has those in the forward cabins wearing protective headgear to minimise cranial damage on contact with the ceiling (even after decamping to the lower bunks) and the rest of us wedging. read more...


10/12/2013

Adina - Day 16 A furling problem

Day 16 dawned with little wind and we were still using diesel to propel us.Come 11am, following a squall and a nice rain shower, that all changed. 14 knots of wind and we had the sails out faster than you can say jack flash!Life is never quiet and for some inexplicable reason our genoa furler motor decided to activate itself. While it didn't do anything to the sail it meant we had to send the engineering A team of Gareth and Susie to the bow to investigate. Returning looking rather wet (sea temperature is 27c so only wet, not cold) they reported our temporary drive belt had worn down and lost some teeth due to the inadvertent activation and the electric furler was once again non-operational. Various trips to the front with various Blue Peter style drive belts has not yet fixed the. read more...


São Francisco 4 - 10 Dez - A bordo as leituras são uma rotina diária / 10th Dec - Reading is a daily routine aboard
São Francisco 4 - 10 Dez - A bordo as leituras são uma rotina diária / 10th Dec - Reading is a daily routine aboard
São Francisco 4 - 10 Dez - Miguel em "figura-de-proa" / 10th Dec - Miguel enjoying the bow splashes
São Francisco 4 - 10 Dez - Miguel em
10/12/2013

Manihi - La chevauchée, c'est reparti !

14:52.11N 49:08.32W   9:00 heure locale - Profondeur 560 m Hier nous avons passé notre matinée à nous relayer à la barre jusqu'endébut d'après-midi (matinée jusqu'en début d'après-midi, ça ne fait pas un peupléonasme ?). La houle s'étant calmée nous avons rendu la barre à Raymond.Toujours du vent, 15-18 nds, mais moins de cahots sur la route. Donc nous sommesrestés comme ça, jusqu'à 19h, heure de la séance d'hydratation (un grand verred'eau avec un peu de Pastis pour le gout). Et puis pour être tranquille pour lanuit, nous reprenons les deux ris avant de passer à table. Au menu, saucissesaux lentilles du Lauragais, plat préparé en conserve dégoté par Bertrand chez unpetit charcutier de Castelnaudary, celui qui fait aussi l'excellent cassoulet etles sublimes saucisses confites ! .... read more...


10/12/2013

Starla - Log Day 17 - Daily distance is Improving

Hello Everyone,Distance logged today - 176 nautical miles. Distance to date this trip - 2041 nautical miles. Remaining miles to St Lucia 1061.As you can see from the distance logged over the day, this is the best day under sail we have had on the trip so far. The wind was in the North and continued to veer to the North East and build from 10 to 20 knots.This gave us a pretty fast night, some times too fast and overpowered. We had to reef (reduce sail area) twice over the night and shake the reefs out early in the morning, only to put them in again as the morning progressed.The sea state is still very uncomfortable. It is a mixture of the a swell from the north and waves on top of that from the north east.Lunch today was anything we could conjure up considering the conditions. It was hot. read more...


10/12/2013

Avel Biz J+16 C'est comment qu'on freine

Bonjour10 Décembre 2013Position 12h00 UTC18°46 N53°15 W187 milles en 24hC'est comment qu'on freineDepuis hier, Avel Biz fonce au portant. Et ça va être comme ça jusqu'àl'arrivée.Le vent est vraiment fort, aux environs de 30 nœuds réels (et jusqu'à 40sous les grains).Le grand spi est trop grand. Le bateau part au lof tout de suite.Le gennaker aussi. Il faudrait être un équipage complet pour le tenir.Plusieurs fois, pendant la nuit, le barreur a du appeler au secours. Celuide veille se précipite, met son harnais et ses gants qui sont prêts dans ladescente, sa lampe frontale et sort manœuvrer tout nu. Ça doit être unspectacle pour les poissons volants qui tombent sur le pont la nuit.Depuis ce matin, nous sommes sous GV 1 ris et génois roulé de 5 tours. Lescreux deviennent impressionnants. read more...


10/12/2013

Athena of Southampton - Athena log 9

Athena log 9 – Tuesday December 10th 2013 –15 18.47 N / 47 26.45 W That Saturday was an event day.  Well yes, I know, every day has itsevents, but sometimes I wonder what they are.  What do we do all day?  The hours fly by.  But what do we do? Well there’s the daily dolphinwatch.  They come to play beside theboat and dance and dive and skim the surface.  Sleek blue-grey forms sliding by.  Then there are the turtles, their littleheads stuck up out of the water, they carelessly drift along.  Next come the flying fish.  Like little swallows, they dart and dashover the waves, turning, twirling and diving again.  All of these shows must bewatched. But we don’t really doanything.  Well of course there aremeals to be prepared, washing,. read more...


10/12/2013

Firefly - Landfall ahoy!

The final part of the trip with less than 250 nautical miles to go is a bit of a sleigh ride but is proving to be more testing than the earlier part ofour passage due to the wind strength of 20-25 knots and relatively large waves (around 5 metres) coming from behind and across our track. The sea has been kicked up into something resembling a caldron of stewball (only bright blue in colour). On the subject of food the sea conditions have not made preparing meals that easy either. Fortunately we have a safety line strapping us into the galley and a cooker on gimbals but we still have to be quick to keep supper in the pan when we go over the top of a wave catching the odd item of flying crockery or cutlery, washing up (yes we do) is not much easier. For men unfamiliar with the art of. read more...


10/12/2013

Miciadue - Mit maximaler Geschwindigkeit dem Ziel entgegen

Windstärke 5 aus NNE. Wir laufen mit maximaler Geschwindigkeit dem Ziel entgegen. Wenn die Welle uns schiebt, kommen wir kurzzeitig auf über 10 kts, ansonsten laufen wir momentan mit mindestens 7 kts. Morgen soll es bis 6 bft geben. Zu der Dünung kommen noch überlagerte Wellen dazu, die seitlich von achtern unter der Miciadue hindurchlaufen. Der Aufenthalt unter Deck wird zum Abenteuer. Kochen und Abwaschen ein Erlebnis. Die ersten Teller sind zu bruch gegangen. Das Abwaschen wird zur Schaumparty. Aber es geht gut voran. Noch 850 sm liegen vor uns. Unter den derzeitigen Bedingungen werden wir am 16. unser Ziel erreicht haben. Sonne satt, angenehme Temperaturen und ab und zu mal ein kleiner Schauer.. read more...


10/12/2013

Jambo - A good day

Made good progress today as good trade wind and blue skies. The great boatcook off is going well and Nick is going through to the next round havingcooked the fish we caught yesterday and it was yummy- we just don't know what it was ! Must get that book on fish. More flying fish on the boat yesterday but they are tiddlers and difficult to keep in the pan.. read more...


10/12/2013

Koala - Dec 10th: Crossed 40 deg west!

Well, it might not sound much to you, but 40 degrees west is a bit of a milestone for us. We should be over half way now. There is a bottle of cava in the fridge cooling for tonight's sundowner by way of celebration and Julia has battled through in some fairly lumpy seas to make another batch of dough. So tonight is flatbreads and dhall, a bit of a favourite.There was a bit of a discussion on the net today about wildlife out here. The two ever present species are some small black birds that flit around scooping things up from the surface that we think are Storm Petrels. The other are the flying fish, which are amazing creatures. They remind me of little silver spitfires, probably one of the later marks with the eliptical wings! They turn away from the breeze once they are up and shoot. read more...


10/12/2013

Shine - Final Day: Betty Swollocks crosses the finishing line.

A quiet final night with no dramas.More quality time spent in the stern  sauna with our ever present companion,Betty Swollocks, the crew member who I for one  will  most certainly  not miss.So, finally across the line at roughly 08:26:37 this morning, which works out at around 30 minutes short of 16 days from the start  in Gran Canaria. Including the race yachts we  are 13th of the250+ starters, and depending on the handicapping will be first or second in class - not bad for a crew with the combined age of 468.As promised, the whole crew finished in Tiddy's polyester black  thongs (supplied, not owned by.................I think) . The official ARC photographer came out to meet us so  by the time he's syndicated his photos, we could well be on the. read more...


10/12/2013

Mustique - Mustique.Arc.10thDec13

592.7 Nautical Miles to St Lucia!!Finally the trade winds have kicked in and we sailing 8-9knots broad reaching, Mustique purring with delight. Spent much of last night squall running- 60deg wind shifts, rain & 30knot gusts made it the most interesting & fun night watch of the trip.Now only 4 days to St Lucia and we can almost smell the rum punch, coconut water & hear the beat of the steel pan...yeah man!!We have conceded defeat to the Atlantic monster fish as we lost our 3rd squidy lure yesterday... the reel clicked for a second, I rushed to grab the rod and then the battle commenced. the reel ran out at such an amazing speed, steam rising out the reel as 300metres of line disappeared in a few seconds, the rod bent to boomerang dimensions and bang, he as gone, the fish. read more...


Mustique - Mustique.Arc.10thDec13
Mustique - Mustique.Arc.10thDec13
10/12/2013

Blue Ocean - Blue OCean smells like punch

15,10   and 108 nm to go. St lucia at reach, probably gettingthere at 02,00 on Wednesday morning as we are still speeding 10 knts and more. Journee de navigation merveilleuse, avec un soleil tropical et de raresnuages,  une longue houle de 3-4 m, 35-40 knts de vent, et des surfsjusqu`a 18 knts.Je viens de preparer une derniere pizza a bord pour le dejeuner, et l`apresmidi sera animee : guetter les premieres vues des Barbades au Sud, de St Luciesous la lune,... Nous sommes toujours devant Aurora qui est maintenant 30 miles derrierenous, et devant Baleraria n`est qu`a 10 nm, avec une VMG – velocity made good-nettement inferieure a la notre sur les dernieres 24 heures. Peut etre encoreune place a gagner pour le fun   Biz. read more...


Blue Ocean - Blue OCean smells like punch
Blue Ocean - Blue OCean smells like punch
10/12/2013

Free Spirit - Trade winds / whales!

We're now well and truly settled into the trade wind conveyor belt, its remarkable!! Steady, strong breeze from the East at between 15 and 25 knots, gusting to 30 at times so the sea has built up to quite large lumps, 4 - 5m swells rumbling through every 10 seconds, approaching from the NE (over our right shoulder). So the job of steering Free Spirit is great fun, we're taking it in hour turns as its quite tiring, we have two reefs in and are cruising at 8 - 10 knots v. Comfortably, surfing the swells as they come through (which can get us into the 12 knot area when we've caught one!). The attached map shows the weather charts we've been getting twice daily from the Bluestone team in Aus. These charts come from www.weatheronline.co.uk, which is a comprehensive site showing output from a. read more...


Free Spirit - Trade winds / whales!
Free Spirit - Trade winds / whales!
10/12/2013

Ocean Venture - Home run- 880m left

Ok, no blog yesterday as not in best spirits after loosing spinaker at night and feeling too tired to write one is the honest truth.Been a slog till yesterday AM when the shift came that we have waited for. Northerly breeze and a beam reach has put us back on track with a two hundred mile run last 24hrs with exilerating ocean sailing and a good 5 day forecast of it continuing.Flying fish have taken to attacking helmsman at night and even finding there way below decks!All commenting what a fantastic boat this is and how easy to sail and maintain as well as keep clean with 10 men on here.A domestic teamrota of cleaning duties with two on a day (Duke gets away with this somehow), keeps our smell factor within acceptable limits.( I have been asked not to mention this for obvious reasons.....).. read more...


Ocean Venture - Home run- 880m left
Ocean Venture - Home run- 880m left
10/12/2013

Queen Frederica - Bericht Tag 17 - Halber Wind und volle Segel.

10.12.13Mehr als 40 Stunden segeln wir jetzt auf dem Backbord-Bug und haben unsunserem ersten Zielpunkt auf St. Lucia heute Morgen im 10 Uhr Bootszeit(UTC-2) auf 946 Meilen genähert. Die 1000er-Marke haben Petra und Andreasheute in ihrer Nachtwache geknackt. Aktuell luven wir an und laufen einwenig höher als 270 Grad. Der halbe Wind mit seinen 12-15 kn (4 Beaufort)geht gut mit der Queen F. Für Raumschotkurse, die wir bald anlegen müssen,brauchen wir mehr. Da kämen die angekündigten 20-25 kn gerade recht. HeuteMorgen steuern uns Dieter und Dietmar souverän und sportlich durch dieSee. Dieter im Steuerstand auf der Luv-Seite, Dietmar in Lee. In der Nachtgab es einen erneuten Angriff aus der Tiefe. Ein fliegender Fisch trafDieter an der Hand. Er hat es gut weggesteckt.Gestern haben wir zwei. read more...


10/12/2013

Milanto - Milanto Blog 9th December

After a long night of regular short watch changes - to ensure concentration at the helm in difficult sea conditions - the morning started with hoisting our "Mr Norris" spinnaker to maintain our fast boat speed and bring us to St Lucia that bit earlier. With winds anticipated of up to 28 knots, keeping the spinnaker up all day was ambitious, but as long as he was up, we knew we would be progressing as fast as was possible. As it happened, surfing down a 5m Atlantic swell, we kept that over-sized beast of a sail flying all day and hit almost 13 knots several times - fantastic! Our afternoon roller coaster ride ended when the wind and waves suddenly whipped up to throw us first into a Chinese Gybe and then a broach. It was a pretty dramatic moment - we could have lost the mast - but. read more...


10/12/2013

Dragonfly - schalflos auf dem Atlantik

Wieder eine fast schlaflose Nacht.Wir haben ca. 15 kn Wind genau von hinten. In Böen über 20kn. Aber die Wellen werden immer höher und unberechenbarer. Die werfen das Schiff hin und her. Imposant zu sehen, wie die Wasserberge heranrollen, das Schiff in die Höhe heben und dann um 30 Grad herumdrehen. Seit heute früh fahren wir einen halbwegs stabilen Kurs mit gut 7 kn. Damit kommen wir Freitag früh in Rodney Bay an. Allerdings haben uns bis dahin noch einige Schiffe überholt. Den 3. Platz in unserer Gruppe können wir wahrscheinlich auch nicht halten. Aber egal, wir wollen nur gut ankommen. Wenn wir angelegt haben, schlafe ich wohl erst mal 2 Tage durch. Hajo, Edwin und Volker versuchen ständig mit ihren Foto- und Filmkameras die Wellen zu dokumentieren, Aber die kommen dann auf den. read more...


10/12/2013

Lancelot II - Day 16 - Homeward Bounders

Postcard from Lancelot II – Weather Hot, Fishing lousy, Wish you were herex   The final countdown has begun in earnest, as I write this we have 521Nautical Miles to go to Rodney Bay. We are homeward bounders. We watch the milestick by on the chart plotter like an all absorbing soap opera. The sea state hasbeen lively to say the least with the wind at 25kts and averaging 9 knots boatspeed. Big Atlantic rollers push up and down like a cork sometimes. Some wavesare as tall as the helmsman as they come behind us and we surf down them.Annette holds the record for boat speed on our watch – 14.4 knots. Yeha! Lastnights night watches started with a moon so bright you could almost read by it.It lit our way with a runway of light to follow.   Newsflash – Fish. read more...


10/12/2013

Meltemi - 15.Tag - Wilde Maus

Heute fahren wir mit der "Wilden Maus": ein kleiner Squal heute Nacht, nun geht es ab bei um die 30 Knoten wahrer Wind und einer schönen Atlantikdünung mit drei bis vier Meter Wellenhöhe. Wenn die Wellenkämme brechen, sieht das Wasser wunderbar türkis aus. Dabei brutzeln wir aber im Bikini bei strahlend blauem Himmel in der Sonne! Wir fahren also nur mit der Genua munter vor dem Wind. Statt Pizza wird es heute Abend wetterbedingt Nudeln geben. Unser bestes ETMAL lag gestern bei 186 sm. Aktuell haben wir noch ca. 415 sm bis St.Lucia. Die Zeit rennt! Nachts sieht man die ein oder andere Konkurrenz, die wir aber bereits bei Sonnenaufgang hinter uns gelassen haben. Mittlerweile möchten wir aber auch ankommen und sind schon sehr gespannt auf die Karibik!!(Caroline). read more...


10/12/2013

Sunrise - Tag 17 - 10.12.2013 - Schlafen im Tiefflug

In der Nacht hatte es Wind, in Böen bis 25kn, was zu einer Fahrt von bis zu12 Knoten über Grund führte. Der Lifebelt ist eingepickt und der„Silentwind“ ist nicht still sondern produziert geräuschvoll Strom. Überuns ein unglaublicher Sternenhimmel und viele ungezählte Sternschnuppen.Bis zur Rodneybay auf St. Lucia sind es noch 687 Seemeilen.In der Weite des Meeres siehst du vielleicht die zurückgelegte Meile nicht,aber sie ist gesegelt.Liebe Grüße (besonders nach Breuningsweiler und Meßkirch) von Sigi und derSunrise-Crew. read more...


10/12/2013

Sunrise - Tag 16 - 09.12.2013 - Wir fliegen gen St. Lucia

Gestern Nachmittag besuchte uns eine große Schule von Delfinen und schwammeine Zeitlang mit uns mit. Wie Zirkuspferde in der Manege, bis fünfnebeneinander schwimmend in geschlossener Formation, holen sie über Wasserden notwendigen Betriebsstoff O2, gleichzeitig und in völligem Einklang.Das Abendessen war lecker und scharf. Gebratener Fisch (und noch immer istder Fang von gestern nicht alle und wir können noch nicht wieder fischen),Reis und eine Sahnesauce mit Harissa, viel Harissa, ja eigentlichvielzuviel Harissa. Schön scharf würde wohl jemand aus Südindien sagen, abernoch wurden wir da nicht wiedergeboren…Um ca. 16h frischte der Wind gehörig auf. Seit da laufen wir zwischen 7 und8,5 Knoten. Vor allem in der Nacht meint man übers Wasser zu fliegen. DerHimmel letzte Nacht war wiederum. read more...


10/12/2013

Albatros - Day 17, 10. Dec.

Yesterday, monday we were enlightened by watching 2 whales following our boat for about half an hour. This was a real exciting event for us. We tried to capture it on a video, but is was a difficult job. We also ate our second Tuna dinner. It was again deliciously prepared and everyone, who loves fish, got more than enough. There are 2 exceptions in our crew;-)We are now completely in the Passat winds and this brings us to an average of 9 knots. The ETMAL for the last 24 hours was 201 nautical miles, which is a record, since we are on the sea. The swell is impressive and moves our boat in all directions. We are 30tons of weight, what happens with the smaller boats???The strong wind brought us to record speeds of 12knots and more at night. The job on the steering wheel at night was quite. read more...


10/12/2013

La Rochelle - La Rochelle decisions decisions

With Shelley safely tucked up in Rodney bay marina , the hardest decisions for the day include,Do I really need to get out of bed today?Do I really need a shower?It's all too hard we will do it tomorrow Do I have the rock lobster or pizza for lunch?Who's boat are we going to party on this afternoon?To I have my 6th rum punch for the day or not?Can I get 4 days out of my clothes?Are we going out for dinner or stay and drink on the boat?Beach day?Which island next?Capt coco ,as I can't speak for the rest of the crew. read more...


10/12/2013

Skara Brae - Skara Brae

Another productive 24 hours - we managed to cover 200nm but this morning 2 more main sail batton cars had come undone and stuck in the rigging. We have already repaired these like 3 times in the last week, after they were damaged in a squall 10 days ago we had to remove them completely this time - the winds are getting stronger and we cant afford to lose the whole sail - especially with over 800miles to go!So we have managed to get the main down, remove the damaged parts and put her back up with 2 reefs in - leaving 1/3rd of the sail up, and the part thats up has missing battens so its depowered.To add to this our Gennaker (big foresail) has snagged at the top of the mast and we cant pull it all the way in - so we are hoping we dont have to.Anyway today we have full trade winds of 20kts. read more...


10/12/2013

Sweet Pearl - 17. Tag - Flaute

Sandra hat zu ihrem Geburtstag doch noch einen Kuchen erhalten - die Kerzen allerdings wurden vom Wind direkt ausgepustet... Jetzt hat uns die Flaute fest im Griff. Wir sind froh um den Diesel aus Kap Verden und machen Motorsailing. Ein Gutes hat die Flaute doch noch: Wir mussten nicht abbremsen, als wieder ein Fisch an der Angel zappelte. Erneut eine Goldmakrele- dieses Mal aber wirklich ein Prachtexemplar! Das gab ein super Mittagessen für uns drei. Wir verbringen die Zeit mit Sudoku, Lesen, Sportübungen, Schlafen, Kochen und Baden... Das sind Ferien! Liebe Grüsse von uns allen! Sandra. read more...


10/12/2013

Blue Dolphin - Day 16 - Trade winds?

Blue Dolphin enjoyed a fantastic sail yesterday in winds of 15Kn + reaching speeds of 7 and 8!!  Could this actually be the Trades? BS. read more...


10/12/2013

Aspen - Log 17 Monday 10 Dec; Rocking and Rolling

Last night on Steve's watch we went through a cloudy area and on theother side we no longer had smooth seas and no wind to large swells with5 foot choppy seas and wind.We think we found the Trade Winds!Skies are sunny with seas lumpy and bumpy.Steve. read more...


10/12/2013

Duplicat - Tuesday 10 Dec 14.34N 38.31W

What a difference a day makes, after motoring through flat calms yesterday we started to sail at 1700 last evening with the code zero. Tad lumpy with cross seas from the north but we sailed 93 miles in 12 hours and looks like we finally have current with us.Disappointed that the nights, even though there is a half moon, are cloudy for most of the time but today is as clear as can be.After nights of gentle slumber with the purring of a 30hp diesel, the crew are complaining about it being a 'bit bumpy' last night - delicate souls!But we can taste the Caribbean rum and Red Stripe now and we have just passed the 1299 nm to go landmark.. read more...


10/12/2013

Hera - Alles im Lot

Wir haben für das gebrochene Want eine hervorragende Lösung gefunden undkonnten den Mast mit dem Topnanten stabilisieren. Das hält selbst bei dem zuerwartenden Starkwind bis St. Lucia. Heute Nacht haben wir die 1000 sm Marke bis zum Ziel unterschritten, nähernuns dem 45 Längengrad und werden heute 13.00 Bordzeit die Uhren um eine Stunde(UTC-3 h) zurück stellen. Ihr seid uns zu Hause also 4 Stunden voraus. Durch eine Kaltfront im Norden bekommen wir zwischenzeitlich ein etwasangenehmeres Klima. Die Nachtwache hatte sich sogar Pullover angezogen. Das wirdleider wohl nur einen Tag anhalten. Dafür werden uns dann bis 30 kn Wind vonAchtern etwas Erleichterung bringen. Die Netze sind aus dem Salon verschwunden und nur ein paar Äpfel undZitronen sind noch übrig. Dann haben wir alles Frische. read more...


10/12/2013

Blue Ocean - Day 16: Update

We just logged a new sailing record for Blue Ocean – 221nm in 24 hours(previous record 220nm in 2011). Plus a new top speed; 18.7 knots whilst surfingdown waves.  We have been sailing hard day and night – it certainly helps that we have acrew of nine – but we have also been flying as much canvas as we dare. Luckily,the early loss of the Code 0 hasnt seemed to affect our performance much as wehave been able to use our spinnaker in light winds.   We are sailing to win but have been slightly frustrated by the fact thatFleet Viewer and ARC reports are showing out of date positions due to thefailure of our Yellowbrick Tracker, which was beyond our control.   Anyway, let us hope that our finish time is recorded correctly! At themoment we think that we will finish in the early. read more...


10/12/2013

Annabella - Log 15 - 10th December

Position: 13 23.6N 45 53.8WDistance to St Lucia: 878NMLast 24 hours: 186NMProbably our best 24 hour run so far. Wind has veered from N to ENEapprox 15 knots and we are trucking along averaging high 8s boat speed. Saw 10s at one stage this morning. We had wind up to 24 knots during the night,had 2 reefs in the sails with no impact on boat speed. Shook out the reefs on the 3 - 5 watch (Conor) to maintain speed. The forecast suggests that we should havegood winds for the next day or so. Makes life on board more challenging when trying to prepare food etc because the waves are coming across just aft of the beam with a tendency to shift anything loose (including crew) from one side to the other.Just spotted an unidentified yacht behind us who, like us, must be operating in stealth. read more...


10/12/2013

Edelweiss - week 3 in a can

Greetings from under a beautiful blue sky in the middle of the Atlantic.There is lots of activity I could write about today.More flying fish in the cockpit (two last night).The different ways of arranging yourself in your bunk so you dont roll around (book length feature on this forthcoming).But today, its about the food.  After two weeks, we find ourselves in a position where the fresh food has all been enjoyed.Fortunately, and despite chuckles on the dock in Las Palmas as she loaded in box after box of canned goods, Teri has us prepared.Now in the week of the can, the creativity is really starting to emerge on Edelweiss.For example, nobody thought that black bean and tuna might go together well with pasta, but voila - a real crew pleaser!Dont worry, we will keep a journal of these. read more...


10/12/2013

Nyaminyami II - Nyaminyami II Blog Tuesday 15.12.13 - 1200hrs

By Chris Haworth and Graham Pike. An absolutely fantastic days sailing yesterday! Spini up at Dawn – 15 kts form NE in morning sunny and warm 20kts most of the afternoon Graham and I competing for fasted top speed surfing down waves regularly in the 10kt bracket and at the time of writing I had an 11.1 kt and he claims a 11.11kt....              Hang on the instruments only read to one decimal point!   24 hr run = circa 170 miles – Leader has ‘gone’ but very close between 2nd and 3rd...But were not racing!Overnight mixture of stars clouds and a few squalls up to 30knts at times - now got reef in and slightly furled genoa. Goose winging at average bt speed of 7.5kts (breeze slightly moderated now to. read more...


10/12/2013

Hot Stuff - Fairies of the Lost Arc - Chapter 10

We had an entertaining night last night that's for sure. Firstly, Hotstuff went extra terrestrial... The squirrel watch report thatat 2am (time zone +2h) the night sky was illuminated by what they believed to bea comet! Can it be true...? Or was it a bird? A plane? ET? A UFO? The illusiveTrade Winds? (Yes we are still beating upwind 1600 miles in.) Later in the watches a flying fish tried to knock Jo out and was almostsuccessful. A heroic and brave manoeuvre followed as she leapt onto the coachhouse roof and squealed almost as loudly as the high pitched unidentified creakwe keep hearing on board. Sarah however came to the rescue armed with protectivesailing gloves ... or was it marigolds? It's hard to believe that 4 days ago shetook a safety knife to the gills of a Dorado. A perfect end. read more...


10/12/2013

Jambo - we have wind!

Woke this morning to the sound of waves crashing over the boat - Carol was on the helm and at the first whiff of a trade wind had the boat humming through the water.Jambo like having a lady driving!We weretreated to an amazing shooting star showlast nightOver halfr way now so the race is on to get to the finish line before it closes !. read more...


10/12/2013

Blue Ocean - Blue Ocean.

Moins de 150 nm ! Avec 148 nm to go, on devrait arriver vers 03,00 UTC sile vent est stable et qu`on nen casse rien. Et comme trois ou uatre bateaux sontdans les memes DTD on ne devrait pas tarder a se voir...   Dommage cependant qu`on ne passe pas la finish line pendant la journee,mieux pour les photos    Yv. read more...


10/12/2013

Starblazer - Starblazer 10 December Yet another turning point?

Since leaving Gran Canaria we have headed SW, S to avoid bad weather, SW again, W near Cape Verde, SW again to find better winds, W, SW again to avoid strong headwinds (N) or no wind (W).Where is St Lucia?Our waypoint to clear Pigeon Island on the NW corner is on a bearing of 289 and, since this morning (Monday), we have been steering 289!We are hopeful that we can now aim straight there.Yesterday’s night watches were not pleasant.At about 0030 it started raining, the radar showed a two mile ring of showers, some heavy.OK, 2 miles, 20 minutes?Wrong.The 2 mile ring just kept moving with us until about 0800.Occasionally the showers brought 10-12 knots of wind, enough to sail by, but it rarely lasted more than 30 minutes.John did pull out the genoa and cut the engine.Within half an hour the. read more...


10/12/2013

Arkouda - Sea Day 14

13 42.0 N, 33 41.4W  Dec 10, 2013 - 03:32 GMTWe had a day of very light winds, the seas like glass, and a building of clouds and haze that I remember being prevalent in Caribbean due to the high moisture in the air.  The wind must be picking up somewhere--the swells begin to grow in height, but the seas still glasslike--undulating waves passing by--teasing us with a promise of being able to kill the motors and raise some sails.I had planned on writing about the emptiness of the ocean, and how I felt at times that we were the last people on earth.  It has been so empty out here!  Tonight I woke up to start my night shift and instead of being greeted with the usual "nothing out here, I'm going to bed" mumbled by my exhausted partner, I heard "coffee is on, we have. read more...