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06/12/2013

Hanami II - A moins de 150 miles du but ...

Vendredi 05 XII 201303:25 UTC14 08 N58 47 WReste 130 miles a couvrirEt bien cela devrait etre notre derniere nuit complete en mer pour cette transat. Si tout va bien nous devrions arriver a Rodney Bay dans la nuit de vendredi a samedi, donc si nous gardons la meme vitesse, ce soir entre 23:00 et 24:00.Aujourd'hui le vent a ete variable, comme d'habitude, moins fort que les previsions le l'ARC mais nous avons fait 8 heures sous spi ce qui nous a permi de couvrir 129 miles sur 24 heures.Cote peche, un jolie coryphene est venue se prendre a ligne de la canne mais, cette fois encore, elle s'est detachee avant que nous puissions la ramener a bord. C'est la 3eme depuis Mindelo et c'est frustrant. Mais c'est ainsi. Pas grand chose a y faire. J'ai essaye de changer les hamecons (ils sont triples. read more...


06/12/2013

Hot Stuff - Fairies of the Lost Arc - Chapter 7

Life with no wind.Day 11.   It's fair to say we have had an unconventional 11 days of sailing on theAtlantic Ocean. Last week five days of constant and persistent rain with galeshitting us from all wind angles. Then over the last few days very little wind,consistency or direction has been our issue. Not deterred, we have had the kiteup for 48 hours now (only took us 10 days!), with lightweight sheets and guys,and have been practicing the art of sailing close hauled with a symmetricspinnaker now turned code 0. Not exactly the norm  - but with a little bitof coaxing we have actually managed to maintain movement above 0.00 knots underthe pink glow of the sail. There have been a few hiccups with our upwind kitework - namely a tense moment this afternoon where a frilly thong was. read more...


06/12/2013

Shine - Day 11:Please forward to Sir Richard Branson c/o Necker Island

Hi Richard,How are things, you old tax dodger?We are an ARC crew en route to St Lucia , and extensive speed,time and distance calculations demonstrate that we are going to miss our Virgin flight to Gatwick on Tuesday next. Could you be a love and jump on the Neckerphone to your St Lucia chaps and get us 8 seats on the Thursday flight, which at present is full ? I can confirm we all hate those B*****ds at BA as much as you do, which therefore makes us mates , and what is there in life if mates can't help mates? Don't worry yourself too much about the upgrade thing, we just need to get back for Giles and Tiddy's party...........obviously come if you are free.All the best and speak soon,Yacht Shine.. read more...


05/12/2013

Skara Brae - Night watch on Skara Brae

Well we were hoping to be a wee bit further to St Lucia than we are at present :-(12 days at sea, we should almost be there - but alas we are only at the 1/2 way mark! We have covered 1500nm but in actual fact only done 1300 as the crow flies as we were thrown a few curve balls of bad weather, which caused damage to the sails which made us route south for calm weather to repair the damage and then got us stuck in a an area with no wind.Which added to the lack of trade winds means we are going nowhere fast! So with 1500 covered and nearly 1500 left, we are nearly 1/2 way there!Finally tonight we have have started seeing winds above 10kts - and we are averaging 6knts with the spinnaker out front, so by morning we should have clocked 60 miles in 10 hours and hopefully 150 in the last 24. read more...


05/12/2013

Resolute of Thames - ON FLY-IN FISH AND SQUALLS

The fly-in fish, or more correctly Exocoetidae Beloniformes Actinopterygii, has been a regular visitor to the boat. I normally have to clear the decks of the dead each morning before Gilly-Mate assumes her first watch. In doing so I note that there are 2 types, Exocoetus has one pair of fins and a streamlined body to optimize for speed, while the other variant, Cypselurus has a flattened body and two pairs of fins, which maximizes its time in the air. They were actually studied closely in the early 1900s as a possible model upon which to develop an airplane. However, they have one major design fault in that they have no forward vision. Which is presumably why they all seem to impersonate second world war Japanese pilots. The difference is of course that they do us no harm - until last. read more...


05/12/2013

Golondrina - Thursday - nearly half way!

So news from the front.  Golondrina is in the trade winds and as you can see pressing west. The wind is directly behind the boat so at times we need to dip slightly south and north to avoid some exciting rolling from side to side so you may see a see-saw action on the tracker for a while. As regards positioning, Golondrina  is racing in a category with the following boats : Edelweiss, Polaris, Amokura, Homer, Zulu, Belle, At Last, Kondili, Zig Zag, Exeter, Zenara and Amokura to name a few.  At the moment We are 84th from 200 boats, the vast majority of which are much bigger and so it's fair to say we've done exceptionally well so far. A momentous day on board when the midday position was marked on the chart and we actually had to open it up so we have 'crossed. read more...


Golondrina - Thursday - nearly half way!
Golondrina - Thursday - nearly half way!
05/12/2013

Selivra - ARC Tag 11

2013-12-05, 15.00Ein herzhaftes moin moin, an alle Durchgeknallten,mir ist heute ein wenig schwülstig dramatisch zumute. Ich nutze diese, miransonsten völlig fremde Gefühlstiefe, euch an meinem tiefsten Innerenteilhaben zu lassen.Ich weiß nicht wie es Euch geht, aber ich als jungfräulicherAtlantiküberquerer, versuche jede Sekunde dieser Fahrt zu speichern, umauch ja nichts von diesem großartigem Abenteuer zu verpassen.Ich habe diese Tour nicht nur angetreten, weil ich der See verbunden binund seglerisch dazulernen will. Nein, auch weil ich meine „Festplatte“einmal entschlacken möchte, um ganz ohne Tunnelblick zu sehen, wo ich stehemit meinem bisherigen Leben. Der Nebel beginnt sich zu lichten, und sieheda, es stellt sich bescheidene Zufriedenheit ein.Bis dahin, einen ganz besonderen Gruß. read more...


Selivra - ARC Tag 11
Selivra - ARC Tag 11
05/12/2013

Windleblo - Day Eleven

I had the 2 to 4 a.m. watch last night. The stars were out in force. The only problem with the 2 to 4 a.m. watch is that it ruins any chance of a good night's sleep.With four on board, we have it relatively easy, compared to double handers or other short handed crew. We adopted two hour single handed watches, with a dog watch from 4 to 6 p.m. so no one gets stuck with the same watch every day. Plus, the watch schedule stays on UTC so while we move west the solar day moves with us, creating even more variety to the watch times. With six hours between watches, each guy should have ample time to rest.None-the-less, I have started to find that after the 2 to 4 a.m. watch, despite the star show, I am more depleted than after any other night watch. No amount of cat napping or afternoon siesta. read more...


05/12/2013

Free Spirit - 5th December

Hi from Andy :)   We've been at sea for how long now? Oh yes, 12days. Well the sea views are nice but where is the wind? Down here at 16 degnorth there isn't any! Here we are genoa repaired, kite up, on the great circleto St Lucia and we are wallowing around doing 3.5kts. The Atlantic rollers lookgood I must say but most are beam on and cruelly taking our whatever wind is inour parasailor. Oh well, it's nice and hot at least!   Peter and I have been doing our astro navigation.We have dutifully got our sextants out at local noon every day. The others seemconfused as local noon is anything but noon in GMT terms. Still I've always beenhappy to live in GMT onboard, sadly, as Tom Cunliffe once said, this wonderfulidea is usually spoiled by crew who insist on sleeping at night and. read more...


05/12/2013

Merlyn III - Day 11 - Lack of mermaids

The lamentable loss of our last lure has put paid to anyfurther fishing. Dreams of sashimi, ceviche, tuna steaks, and other fishydelights are at an end. We ate our last seafood in a stew last night and fromnow on it’s meat and veg.   Apart from the unseen, but no doubt huge, fish which got awaywith the lures, the only creatures we have been aware of  are the flyingfish which have whizzed onto our deck during the night. No sign of dolphins,whales, narwhals, or even mermaids. A pity since they would have enjoyed twonotable events over the past 24 hours.  The first was our ‘halfway’ drinks party yesterday evening–champagne, smoked salmon, and rousing speeches. The other was the raising of our‘downhill’ rig at 10.30  this morning – poled out genoa and jib. The windseemed. read more...


Merlyn III - Day 11 - Lack of mermaids
Merlyn III - Day 11 - Lack  of mermaids
05/12/2013

Miciadue - Wenig Wind viel Motor

Die ganze Nacht sind wir unter Motor gelaufen. Das Dröhnen der Maschine hat diejenigen von uns, die keine Nachtwache gehalten haben, in ihren Träumen begleitet. Kurz nach Sonnenaufgang hatten wir eine Goldmakrele an der Angel, die unser Frühstück bereicherte. Wieder bestes Wetter heute, Wasser und Luft ca. 25 Grad. Der Skipper gönnte uns einen kurzen Badestopp für die Körperpflege. Eine deutsche Yacht - die CARO - hat den Rekord von 2006 gebrochen ist nach 10 Tagen und ca. 21,5 Stunden in St. Lucia über die Ziellinie gefahren. Am Nachmittag hat es ein wenig aufgefrischt, so dass wir zum ersten Mal den Spi setzen konnten. Der zieht uns nun mit ca. 5 kts in Richtung Ziel.. read more...


05/12/2013

Skyelark of London - Halfway again!

Today's sailing involved gibing to get a better wind angle for our chosen route to St Lucia. This involved some pole dancing around the mast for some crew members and a lot of pulling and letting ropes go on both port and starboard side of the yacht for others. Winds are still slightly on the light side but we are making good steady progress.Yesterday we reached our halfway point based on the route we chose whereas today we reached the factual halfway point based on the remaining distance to St Lucia being 50% of the direct distance between Gran Canaria and St Lucia. This was celebrated with a bottle of bubbly and the most amazing lamb shank you can imagine prepared by our onboard chef disguised as co skipper Dan.On the fishing front we enjoyed the rest of Friday in Thai fish cakes. read more...


05/12/2013

Ayesha II - Tradewind sailing!

We've had what's felt like our first real day of tradewind sailng here on Ayesha today. Poled out headsail and one reef in the main we're learning works quite well, today we should average around 6.5 knots, on at that pace we should make St Lucia in ten days! We're far from alone out here, every day has seen other boats, some that keep popping up on the AIS or the horizon. One last night (which will remain nameless!) came a little too close for the watches liking and avoiding action was taken. We've also had a couple of interesting chats over the VHF with some beautiful square rig sail training ships when there's been less wind, we're all looking for the same thing so it's good to compare notes!Fishing (though not so much catching) continues apace with both lines going off together each. read more...


05/12/2013

Incisor - Incisor daily blog 5-11-2013

Hello everybody!All is going smoothly on the mighty Incisor. We are still heading towards St. Lucia which is always a bonus! Our VMG (Velocity made good- or as Derek’s son would say” VMG is king smack down”) is improving all the time which is what it’s all about. Now our VMG has improved over the last couple of days, we should start to look a bit better against the other yacht in our class. Our tactics have paid off as many of them are heading into a very light patch, whereas we have some steady trade winds. The first boat has finished already and its making us all work a little harder to get there quicker.We have lightened the boat by eating the rest of the bacon and some tinned peaches today. Very refreshing when they have been in the fridge for the morning. Today we have achieved and. read more...


05/12/2013

Adina - Day 11 Watermakers and a new quiz

Day 11 dawned with the same light winds that continue to taunt us. The motorers ahead have now got good winds. We've just got to stick it out and hope our fortune changes sometime. We got our downwind spinnaker up - to be specific our parasailor. For those who have not seen one, a quick google search will get you some pictures. It has a distinctive wing slot in the middle of it. It's doing a very nice job at the moment.The Adina crew spent most of the day catching up on sleep as we sailed with sunny blue skies and 10 knots of breeze.Given it was "Scrub the crew day episode III" we thought we'd continue our education on sailing an ocean by talking about water. Adina has two water tanks - one with 450 litres and one with 150 litres. We also have an ocean crossers' most treasured item - a. read more...


05/12/2013

Great Escape of Southampton - Niki typo!!

 Day 12 – Feeling hot, hot,hot… Welcome abroad the little world ofOcean Escape for another instalment. Having seen no other vessels for three dayswe operate our own alternate reality, content with the occasional company ofdolphins, storm petrels & boobies. The temperature is soaring, the oceanis changing colour - slowly edging towards turquoise, & we’ve done thesweepstake for our arrival time – entries now closely guarded by Mike. We mayonly be about half way but we definitely have the Caribbean on our minds!Debates abound as to whether we should swim or drink beer/rum first when wearrive – let’s face it, it’s going to be both! Our creativity knows no bounds withPeter’s excellent ‘Corned Beef Surprise’ for dinner last night & all sortsof ideas around keeping awake on. read more...


Great Escape of Southampton - Niki typo!!
Great Escape of Southampton - Niki typo!!
05/12/2013

Koala - Dec 5th: End of carrots

Before I start, I know you're all dying to know what we had to eat last night. Well let me tell you. We had linguine alla carbonara, and very good it was too. Made with real eggs, lardons and some grated cured manchego.We also had to run the engine for a couple of hours to charge the batteries yesterday afternoon as the lack of speed has meant that the duogen has not been providing enough amps for us. I got a voltage warning alarm from the battery monitor when transmitting on the SSB. Whilst the engine was running, we had the water maker and everything else going flat out to make use of the excess power from the alternator. Obviously it makes sense to have the engine in gear whilst doing this so we gained a cheeky 12 miles or so in the process! All will be declared to the relevant. read more...


05/12/2013

Starla - Log Day 12 - Rolling the Dice

Hello Everyone,Distance logged today - 86 nautical miles. Distance to date this trip - 1329 nautical miles. Remaining miles to St Lucia 1667.The wind at our current position is virtually none existent, 2 kn from the north - north west. The trough is a really bad spot to be and it extends for a hundred miles or so.We have decided to roll the dice, turn on our engine and motor for 150 miles to the south west to try and pick up the trade winds. We will have a time penalty added to our rally time, however, we would have been stuck around our previous position for a few days! Let's hope that it pays off. Fingers crossed everybody.I made a chilli con carne last night that nearly blew the crew's heads off. A little to generous with the Chilli powder. It served us for lunch today as well.Sun has. read more...


05/12/2013

Mustique - Mustique.Arc13.5thDec

5th December - 670miles west of Cape Verde, 1000miles from Africa, 1400milesfrom St Lucia, 2,800 miles from Iceland, and only 1100 miles fromBrasil!!...ie middle of Ocean.Highlight of the Day -breaking the 5knot barrier under sailLowlight of the day- Not seeing wind over 8knots all day longSea life spotted - Flying fish a plentyWeather & sailing - 0 to 8 knots of wind, combined with north swell makesfor slow rocking, sails slapping. Temp solution to this is to play music athigher volume..24hr Log- 131nmAmazing Facto of the Day- We moving so slow even the flying fish are notscared of us.Food.snack of the day - Fresh Mahi Mahi with wasabi sauce & saladScott's Fish count - 1 x Yellowfin Tuna, 3 x DoradoNautical Miles to St Lucia - 1400. read more...


NDS Darwin - NDS Darwin Two success fishing event Photo #3
NDS Darwin - NDS Darwin Two success fishing event Photo #3
NDS Darwin - NDS Darwin Two success fishing event - Photo #2
NDS Darwin - NDS Darwin Two success fishing event - Photo #2
05/12/2013

NDS Darwin - NDS Darwin Two success fishing event

After 12 day at sea, meanwhile we wait for the trade winds, we hooked one nice wahoo (54 pound) and one sword fish, at night we delighted a excellent sashimi!!IMG_0570. read more...


NDS Darwin - NDS Darwin Two success fishing event
NDS Darwin - NDS Darwin Two success fishing event
05/12/2013

Manihi - Les alizés :-D !!!

14:04.45N 36:59.70W   10:30 heure locale (UTC-2) Le régime de vent d'est a tenu depuis hier. Il est resté régulier pendantla nuit. Ce sont les alizés. Entre 12 et 17 nds, c'est impeccable ! Ce qui l'estmoins c'est noter façon d'en profiter :-(   Depuis avant-hier, nous avons essayé de privilégier la stabilité du bateau... et notre confort ! C'est à dire quand le pilote peut tenir le cap sanssurveillance attentive : un équipier est dans le cockpit, peut lire ous'occuper, mais n'est pas obligé de rester derrière la barre à scruter lesvoiles, le compas, et la girouette. De jour c'est la GV et le spi asymétrique,et la nuit c'est la GV et le génois. Mais cela a un cout en matière de cap et deVMG ; vous vous souvenez, hier, la vitesse à laquelle on se rapproche de SteLucie ! Résultat. read more...


Azzurra - Brian, one of the four greenmen
Azzurra - Brian, one of the four greenmen
05/12/2013

Athena of Southampton - Athena log 5 – Thursday December 5th 2013

Athena log 5– Thursday December 5th 2013 – 14 54.24 N / 34 29.42 W Hello All. Today I have the privilege of composing the AthenaBBL (“Birthday Boy Log”), as for the 2nd time in my life I amcelebrating my birthday in mid-Atlantic. My wife invited 4 friends to mybirthday lunch today (as no one else was free to come!) and we enjoyed greatbanter complete with party hats and the formal opening of family presents whichhad been transported all the way from Dublin by my better half. Modesty preventsme from revealing details of the presents received, but I am still recoveringfrom the shock of seeing a laminated photograph of my younger sister Clare,holding my present, which I apparently will receive if I return home! (That’s agreat way to keep your options open and cut down on luggage weight.). read more...


05/12/2013

Duplicat - Fishing success

Day 2 of Phase 2 dawned with hardly any wind so motoring on one engine.We had managed to sail during the night but going too far south to make any impact on our distance to go.But everyone was tired and we let our new crew member off a night watch because he had more or less been up all night the day before travelling to meet us in Mindelo.By lunchtime rods were out and to our surprise the port one started to scream.We watched a shoal of mahi mahi follow their unfortunate friend being reeled in and landedfor our supper.All the time we were gutting it the others hung around for spoils. John put the rod back in and within minutes had hooked another but we were able to unhook him and throw him back. The shoal followed us for some time and had a look at any lunch scraps we threw over until. read more...


Duplicat - Fishing success
Duplicat - Fishing success
Duplicat - Fishing success
Duplicat - Fishing success
05/12/2013

Lancelot II - Day 11 - Pirate DJ's take to the seas once more

This may be our shortest blog so far (we’ll see), not just because it’s myturn to write it (I’m usually quite‘efficient’ where communication is concerned)but mainly because we’ve not really done much in the last 24 hours. That’s notto say we’re sitting in the middle of the Atlantic stationary though as we’vehad the Gary (Spinnaker) up and have been heading pretty much in a directionjust south of St. Lucia averaging a tidy 7 knots throughout. But, that’s thesailing summary!   In other news, taking advantage of the constant shorts-only weatherconditions we’ve been taking some time to chill a little, sometimes in the coolshade of the mainsail but on occasion moving out into the full glare of the sunto warm up. Not to change the mood of the day, yesterday evening saw our mostchilled and. read more...


05/12/2013

Firefly - Blue sea

No visits from our friendly whale yet today but plenty of blue sea and sunshine to keep us happy. The trade winds continue to blow us along but just a little more please. The fridge is still working well but running down of fresh food, there is now room for the chocolate including our chocolate advent calendar donated by Jane which is opened (so far only by Peter) on the early morning watches (the others at present prefer the other sources of chocolate stored around the boat). Murray is perfecting his yoghurt mix and is on his 3rd batch; he will be competition for Mr. Meuller by the time we get to Antigua. We have all had showers today so the boat is quite fragrant.If you receive this in good time our SSB radio is still performing well, so far most of the messages have been relayed via. read more...


05/12/2013

Nyaminyami II - Nyaminyami II Blog Thursday 05.12.13 - 1500hrs

By Chris Haworth. Starry starry night, paint your pallet blue and grey....... and a million other colours of your imagination! Apparently AC Clarke wrote Planet Earth is a misnomer, it should have been named planet Sea! The scale and significance of the Ocean is awesome, often forgotten by us land lubbers in our daily lives! It occurred to me that when I had those boyhood dreams of sailing and adventure in the 1960’s, subconsciously, as a society, we had a much closer connection and appreciation of the Ocean – particularly the Atlantic Ocean. Our parents & grandparents had come through the second world war and the significance of the North Atlantic conveys, to their very survival, was etched in their minds and with many British naval and merchant seamen having made the. read more...


São Francisco 4 - Dia 5 Dez - Estamos no meio do Oceano Atlântico!! / 5th Dec - We are in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean!!
São Francisco 4 - Dia 5 Dez - Estamos no meio do Oceano Atlântico!! / 5th Dec - We are in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean!!
São Francisco 4 - Dia 5 Dez - Ainda há frescos depois de 12 dias no mar! / 5th Dec - Salad still fresh, after 12 days aboard
São Francisco 4 - Dia 5 Dez - Ainda há frescos depois de 12 dias no mar! / 5th Dec - Salad still fresh, after 12 days aboard
São Francisco 4 - Dia 5 Dez - Rabo de Junco avistado / 5th Dec - "Rabo de Junco" sea bird spotted
São Francisco 4 - Dia 5 Dez - Rabo de Junco avistado / 5th Dec -
05/12/2013

Queen Frederica - Bericht Tag 12 - Süßes Nichts-Tun

05.12.2013Der Skipper hat wieder gerechnet. Bei unserer aktuellenDurchschnittsgeschwindigkeit kommen wir am 17.12. (frühestens) in St Luciaan. Wenn’s ganz blöd läuft auch später. Dann müssten wir direkt nachMartinique segeln, damit alle ihren Flug bekommen. Wobei: Katharina undAndreas haben bereits umgebucht; vom 18. auf den 20.12. Gut, dass dasmöglich war. Denn im Grunde wollen alle unbedingt die ARC ‚offiziell‘abschließen, d.h. mit Rumpunsch, Party, Wiedersehen der anderen Crews undKaribik-Feeling.Wir sind immer noch mit eher schwachwindig unterwegs, mit ca. 12 kn ausENE. Direkt aufs Ziel gerechnet wäre das ein klarer Raumschotkurs. Denkönnen wir mit der Queen F. bei so wenig Wind aber nicht fahren. Wir luvenan auf Halb-Raumwindkurs, der liegt aktuell bei ca. 280 Grad und laufenwieder. read more...


05/12/2013

Jade - Day 10 - the Big Jade Bake Off

It's Day 10 and the shop bought bread has been eaten. This gastronomical landmark heralds the start of the Great Jade Bread Bake Off. Adam's first batch of 'Smith White' was somewhat black but tasty. In fact it was so good that Noah called it a 'masterpiece'. Ferne upped the stakes today with her wholemeal loaf which scooped her a 200 out of 10 score and no black bits... It's so exciting here.We're still skirting around Cape Verdes. We'll be glad to see the back of them WHEN the wind starts blowing.... Animal tally: More dolphins, turtles, a suspiciously sharky type thing, birds, flying fish...Thinking of all our family and friends and sending you all loveMichelle and all the crew of Jade xxxx. read more...


05/12/2013

Shelduck - Thu 5 Dec Chasing the Wind

Thursday 5 December Location:  15:24.042N31:04.593W      Distance travelled per 24 hours: Tue 3rd: 128 miles Wed 4th: 126 Thu 5th: 121   Since leaving the Cape Verde Islands on Monday we’ve only had an average of8 knots of wind from the NE.  Monday we headed south from Mindelo in searchof wind to the latitude of the southernmost leeward of the islands, Fogo andBrava.  Tuesday we headed west towards St Lucia and on Wednesday we added asouthward heading to it.  So much for the so called constant TradeWinds!  We’ve had to use the engine due to complete lack of wind for nearly6 hrs in the early hours of Wednesday morning.   Over the past two nights we’ve seen 2 enormous tankers or container shipswhose navigation lighting. read more...


05/12/2013

Meltemi - 10.Tag Illusionen

Mit Schmetterling den Pssat aufgenommen,den Parasailor gelegentlich hinzugenommen,gleiten wir bei ruhiger Seebefriedigen wir unser Fernweh.Der Rudergänger geigt das Lied der Wiegenwir träumwn dabei die Illusion vom Siegen,reihen die Meilen auf eine schnurlose Kette,produzieren dabei manch verrückte Wette,von Planters Punch und Stealband Barist der Traum, das soll wahr werdendarum fahren wir eben nicht zu den Kap Verden.Vielleicht - wenn wir so weiter wiegenwerden wir doch noch siegen.. read more...


05/12/2013

Hebe - Day11 4.12.13

17:18:30N040:14:64WEveryone on board is getting into high spirits as we're heading straight for St Lucia with the wind up the chuff and have had hours of fun flying the spinnaker and whizzing along the waves, which are still coming broadside ,giving us a real corkscrew motion. So life on board, the bananas have been sulking the entire time as they aren't allowed down in the boat with the other fruit and have refused to ripen at all, stubbornly remaining green and hard.  The pears misbehaved atrociously going bleeeeer the moment we started sailing. The mangoes have been divine we ate the last 2 today.  In my search for some escapee tea towels I peered into the washing machine and was delighted to find 2 melons I had quite forgotten we'd stowed there.  The avocados live in. read more...


Hebe - Day11 4.12.13
Hebe - Day11  4.12.13
05/12/2013

Avel Biz - Avel Biz J+11 Anniversaire au milieu

Bonjour5 Décembre 2013Position 12h00 UTC22°18,2 N40°18,0 W166 milles en 24hAnniversaireTient bon la barre et tient bon le vent, comme dit la chanson. Et biennous, c'est pareil, on la tient bien la barre, on ne la lâche plusd'ailleurs. Le relais est permanent.Mais aujourd'hui était un jour spécial, un grand jour pour tous. Monanniversaire. Je pense que l'aventure excite la curiosité et réveille lesamitiés, je ne reçois d'habitude pas tant de messages. Merci à tous, perduà la limite des océans ( là où la mer tombe ) ça fait encore plus plaisir.Nous avons su fêter ça dignement, prouvant, encore une fois,quel'équipage d'Avel Biz sait faire la fête quand il n'est pas en train depulvériser des records de pannes.Un gâteau exquis! UNE bougie! Mais surtout, un flacon de parfum. Cadeaufort. read more...


05/12/2013

Sunrise - Tag 12 - 05.12.2013 - Bergfest mit Fisch

Unser Spinacker ist kaputt, nachdem er vertörnt gesetzt wurde geriet dasUnterliek beim Versuch ihn wieder klar zu bekommen ins Wasser. Dadurchwurde er einmal komplett unter dem Boot durchgezogen, quasi Kielgeholt.Christoph und Hans unternahmen aufwendige Reparaturversuche, aber leiderhielt das Tape dem Druck des Windes nicht stand. Wobei das letzte Wort indieser Sache noch nicht gesprochen ist. Zu Abend kredenzte uns Christophmit dem letzten Frischfleisch ein sagenhaftes Curry-Gulasch. In der Nachtfuhren wir zum Teil im Tarnmodus, d.h. wir schalteten dieNavigationslichter aus um Strom zu sparen.Heute Morgen kurz nach dem Sonnenaufgang waren wir umringt von Wolken.Ringsherum regnete es, doch wir hatten die Sonne gebucht  Am Horizontlassen sich langsam Passatwolken blicken, so dass die. read more...


05/12/2013

Albatros - ALBATROS DAY 13

Yesterday´s Xmas market opened at Albatros with some roasted almonds from Urdorf (Switzerland), which everyone enjoyed.We face a good average speed of approx 7 knots during the last 24 hours. For the last 4 days we did not see any other boat.Among of The great things duringthe night shift are the great star formations and the stardust. Orion is constantly above us. It is always a pleasure to observe this planetarium in the sky. Thursday, december 5th we can celebrate Michael's Birthday. Who knows what surprises Neptun will prepare for us.Our thoughts are with you: Sabine, Nina, Monika, Reni, Karin, Carmen, Margit, Edith, Lea !. read more...


05/12/2013

Edelweiss - Day #12: another nice day

Hello again, and first off: apologies for admitting that there isn't much to report.I feel badly to say that, but I guess that on our lovely vessel in our patch of this huge ocean, there is only so much excitement to report.THANK HEAVENS!Those of you watching our course may have noticed that we veered much more southerly last night.We did this in order to get better winds for night-time sailing.As of this morning and a sail change (we now have Midsommar up and she is doing beautifully), we are headed again directly on course to St Lucia, which the crew appreciates.Still enjoying the flying fish - happy none has landed on the boat yet! Also from the culinary department: we are all enjoying the latest craze on Edelweiss: cheese quesadillas.It's a good thing, too, as I bought enough. read more...


05/12/2013

Ocean Venture - Slow boat to St. Lucia

Feast or famine dogs sailors when it comes to breeze.Lately its famine and all our pushing ahead and getting gains in the stronger winds has been lost as the lighter boats are moving up in what has been three days of light airs and we wallow on at 4-5 knots. Still, its gives time to fix water makers, prop shaft alternators, chaffe damage repairs etc. as well as enjoy the ocean which is just alive with sealife.Keeping cool with towing those brave enough to hold on a line for a drag.Just heard the ARC record has been broken as the first boat has arrived after 10 days! Is is a super yacht but still left us feeling dejected as we begin to impose rationning.Fishstew again tonight.(actually, all loving life on the ocean).see picThis e-mail was delivered via satellite phone using Iridium. read more...



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