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02/12/2013

At Last... - Arc 2013

Hoping everyone is out of the bad weather and finally able to relax and enjoy...especially the crew of At Last...We miss you Papa!image.. read more...


At Last... - Arc 2013
At Last... - Arc 2013
02/12/2013

At Last... - news from At Last...

The big storm has now passed. During the storm the conditions were rough with 40knts of wind and big crashing waves. Fortunately the sea has a good sense of humor…one huge wave crashed right onto Gian (who was steering) and hit him in the face with a 20cm SQUID!. read more...


02/12/2013

Blue Ocean - Day 8: Fine weather at last

Half time   Nous avons passe la moitie de notre traversee ! Il fait tres beau et chaudaujurd`hui, avec un vent qui reste leger de 12 knts, venant du Nord – de ladepression qui nous separe des bateaux de tete qui ont pris une route treshaute. On avance tranquillement a 7 knts, en attendant mieux.   Janusz, Inge tente quelques ameliorations sur les voiles, et on a commencea deployer le code 0 sur le deck pour voir l`etendue des degats.  On recoit les notes de l`ARc sur les infos autour de nous ; un bateau qui aperdu son liferaft dans le grain d`il y a deux jours, et qui doit flotterdeploye quelque part dans l`Atlantique, un bateau francais non ARC, tres au Nordde notre position, qui n`emet plus de signal depuis 3 jours (mais tous lesbateaux de l`ARC sont bardes de. read more...


02/12/2013

Meltemi - 8.Tag - Maximum Chill

Heute können wir nicht viel schreiben - Heute ist Maximum Chill angesagt.Der Regen hat aufgehörtDas Cockpit ist wieder trocken - die nassen Segelanzüge auchWir haben kaum noch DünungDas Schiff steht wieder geradeWir können uns wieder aufrecht bewegen Die Pantry ist wieder sauberWir hatten eine ruhige sternenklare Nacht mit vielen SternschnuppenDie Sonne scheint - der Himmel ist blau Gestern haben wir einen Wal gesehen - ganz nah - nur 10 Meter neben unserem SchiffWir haben schon über 1000 sm zurückgelegt - der Passatwind ist in greifbarer NäheHeute wird blankgezogen- das atlantische Duschwasser mit der pflegenden Prise Meersalz hat komfortable 26,5 GradGleich werden die Badehosen und Bikinis ausgepacktUnd dann gibts nur noch eines: Chill - Chill - Maximum ChillViele Grüße von der. read more...


02/12/2013

Blue Dolphin - Day 8 = Baking bread

The crew suffered a particularly bad night, as the seas were rolly and the boat was pitched about.  (Apart from Sally who slept like a log – again!)  Carol woke this morning with all the symptoms of a hangover – headache, raging thirst, feeling sick – without any of the benefits of alcohol the night before.  The diagnosis was dehydration, so much more fluids for her today. Because of the sea state yesterday Carol did not have her long awaited shower – just having a wash was too much like hard work.   So today Carol & Kathy took their 1st shower – bliss.  Mike then decided he would have one too, so the crew are now fully fragrant. Although the sun was shining today conditions were still difficult, with the boat being pitched about again,. read more...


02/12/2013

Lancelot II - Day 8 - flying fish and better weather

As I’m typing this the breeze has dropped off from the stronger head windsand squally conditions that we have had for the past few days. This has madelife aboard alot more comfortable, perhaps not as nice as it will be in a fewdays when we start to head downwind but better never the less.   Yesterday afternoon was fairly uneventful, quite warm with splashes comingover the deck which are nice relief to the person helming to cool them down. Wehave at last been joined by the squadrons of flying fish, interesting fish that fly out of the water to avoid predators but seem to lack the ability tomiss a 40ft sailing boat at night. We had our first fish land on the deck lastnight whilst I was below decks checking the weather on the computer, the first Iknew of it was a discussion. read more...


02/12/2013

Azzurra - Day 9 – Brian’s Birthday party-

Position:2.12.13 13:00,25” 26’,300 N;027” 37’,855 WSince we went thru the huge deep we changed our course from south to northwhere we expected to catch some wind fitting our sail clothes. We only canrun 40 percent of the Genoa. We went up north about 120 miles. Then at3:00 am this morning we changed to more or less to the direct course toSt. Lucia. We run 7 t0 8 miles at 50 degree apparent and wind speed of 18knots. The main is reefed as well 50 percent. It is hard to hold ourcourse as there is also a strong current with about 2 knots going 135degree SE. The spinnaker we store on deck was latched down again in orderto survive a bit longer than our two Genaker.We have no place to dry our clothes, everything is wet, even the bedclothes. It seems not to be a problem to the crew as the sun. read more...


Azzurra - Day 9 – Brian’s Birthday party-
Azzurra - Day 9 – Brian’s Birthday party-
02/12/2013

Annabella - Log 7 - 2nd December

Position: 17 56.15N 28 56.48WDistance travelled since Log 6: 132NMJust noticed that Log 6 didn't send yesterday. Had a few issues with the Satphone so perhaps that's the reason. The upside is that you now have two blogs to read ha! ha!.Forgot to mention in L6 that we saw "the dark side of the moon" the night before last. It's illuminated by earth light when the alignment of earth and moon is conducive. Obviously a clear sky helps.Stephen saw a porpoise yesterday and what appeared to be another type of wader tried to land on our mast, unsuccessfully. Another pod of porpoises has just appeared.Winds moved from SW to NW which, after a bit of tacking, allowed us to sail directly for St Lucia close hauled. We made reasonable speeds (avg 6ish) during the night in wind 7 to 10 knots. Wind. read more...


02/12/2013

Avel Biz - Avel Biz J+8 Après la pluie...

Bonjour2 Décembre 2013Position 12h00 UTC23°21,4 N31°22,4 W129 milles en 24hAprès la pluie...Cette fois, ça y est, nous en sommes certains, la renverse a eu lieu. Etaprès avoir passé 72 heures à l'annoncé dans 20 heures, on ne l'apprécieque plus. La mer s'est calmé et le voiles sont ressortis, le speedo n'a pasattendu plus pour se réveiller.Nous avons filé au travers tout le début de la nuit à 8 nœuds, c'estrenversant!Enfin nous pouvons apprécier avec douceur les magnifiques nuits étoilés del'atlantique, et prendre la mesure de notre isolement. C'est vrai quependant le coup de vent, l'espace tendait à se refermer. Cloisonnés àl'intérieur de notre barque avec la pluie pour seul compagnon, le tempsprenait des allures d'épreuves de patience.Maintenant l'humidité cesse de ruisseler sur les. read more...


02/12/2013

Golondrina - A milestone reached

This morning, as a the sun rises behind Golondrina, it is a fair indication that the boys are, at last, now travelling west. Two milestones have been passed -  firstly, the crew have notched up 1000 miles of constant sailing and secondly, the distance remaining is below 2000 miles! At 0800 UTC the distance to go is 1949 miles. read more...


02/12/2013

Aspen - Log 8 Monday 2 Dec; Refueling at Sea

Today we did a very difficult task - refueling at sea from our jerry cans.The winds were down and the rolling wasn't as bad as it has been so today was the day!We had quite a few comments from people in Las Palmas about the sheer number of jerry cans we have on Aspen's deck full of diesel.There are 12 cans for a total amount of 60 extra gallons (not including Captain Steve's hidden 10 spare gallons).The procedure was to:1. Unfasten cans from the secure deck,2. Drag each can weighting 40 pounds to the stern of Aspen,3. Have Admiral Maria hold the spigot of each can as the Captain lifts the 40 pound can and pours the contents into the itty bitty tiny hole for the fuel tank,4. Watch Admiral Maria take several light diesel showers with each can poured, and5. Admiral Maria watches Captain. read more...


02/12/2013

Edelweiss - Day #: Shhhhhh.......

No, we are not hunting wabbits here on the Atlantic.We are listening for wind!Now it may seem ironic to you that we worked all during the first week of this voyage to get down here to the trade winds, only to have them die on us. Luckily we sailors are a hardy lot.And flexible too: books, crosswords, and iPads have come out on Edelweiss (except for the Captain, who cannot help but tinker with the sails).Taking advantage of the calm, we've used up the last of the fast-ripening bananas in banana bread, baked off all the chicken that was left in the freezer, and there are rumors of chocolate chip cookies even today.So don't worry that we aren't eating well!And, as if she is listening, as I type this, Edelweiss has taken off!So off to coax her on....xo Edelweiss. read more...


02/12/2013

Hera - Öl bis zum Horizont

Die Kapverden verabschiedeten sich beim Auslaufen aus Mindelo beiSonnenuntergang mit einer spektakulären Kulisse. Während die Maschine bei einerangenehmen Drehzahl kultiviert die Abendstille untermalte, verschwanden dieLichter Sao Vincentes und Santo Antaos allmählich achteraus und ein grandioserNachthimmel breitete sich über uns aus. Zuerst tauchte an der Backbordseite derOrion auf und etwas später erhob sich achtern Ursa Major mit der Deichsel nachunten aus der See, während an Steuerbord Cassiopeia auf uns herab blickte unduns die Venus voraus den Kurs wies. Je weiter wir dem Äquator kommen, desto mehrSternschnuppen ziehen über uns ihre Bahnen. Heute müssen wir mit dem absoluten Horror für jeden Segler leben. In alleRichtungen ertreckt sich bis zum Horizont eine ölige See. Der Wind ist. read more...


02/12/2013

Shelduck - Mon 2 Dec Cape Verde

 Mon 2 Dec Location at 11:30 is 16:53.493N 25:01.530W Mindelo Marina, CapeVerde   We’ve made a lightening stop for fuel and water.  The wind has beenincredibly variable in the last few days from Gale Force 7 gusting Force 8 tonothing at all.  Others experienced Force 9 so we were lucky. Somewonderful waves and incredible skies. Saw a pod of Pilot Whales right up at ourstern in the huge swell!   We’ve had to motor a lot so needed to refuel.  Prospects for wind areconsistently ‘trade like’ but lower speeds than average, so it may take us 18days to cross from here, arriving around 20th Dec.  Brendan and Gabby dueto fly back on the evening of 21st so hope we make it in time!. read more...


02/12/2013

Webster - Log 11 - Arrival Mindelo, Verdes

Sunday 1st December: It Exists!!! That orange yellowey thing in the sky that we had been expecting from day one was here. As day broke this morning the skies had cleared and not a cloud to be seen let alone any rain, thankfully. A perfect breeze ENE 20 knots greeted us and we were creaming across on a beam reach - Ken managed to achieve 10.4 knts before he screwed up into the wind - time for a reef methinks! The smile on his face said it all......... a perfect sailing day. Sw hundreds of flying fish around, one of which committed suicide on deck but it was far too small to eat.Everything on board is either wet or damp due to condensation or rain, other than our spirits which remain remarkably robust despite the fact that we are about to make an unscheduled stop in Mindelo, Sao Vincent on. read more...


02/12/2013

Anettine - 1.12.2013.

Genaker har stått hele natten. I løpet av natten tok vi igjen og forbiseilte 10 båter. Totallisten fra ARC viser at vi har gått fra 31. til 22. plass. Vi har nok ikke lenger noen mulighet til å hevde oss i toppen, men kommer ikke til å gi oss før på målstreken og legger opp til en spurt på 600nm og har endret rutinen om bord i forhold til det.I mørket i fire tiden seiler kapteinen inn i sin første ordentlige squal. Vinden øker og vi logger rundt 9 knopp i lett regn i utkanten av squalen, og så går vi rett i neste. Det ble fire på rad og helt vanvittig morsom seiling med loggen konstant rundt 9 og et par tilfeller tosifret!Etter den fjerde er det noen minutter til en virkelig stor en. Den ser ikke bra ut i mørket. Førsten ble purret opp fra køya. Det varikke lenger mulig å seile ut mellom. read more...


02/12/2013

Athena of Southampton - Athena log 3 – Monday December 2nd 2013

Athena log 3– Monday December 2nd 2013 – 0830 hrs., 16 13 N 27 19W I’m writing this as the Cape VerdeIslands are now far behind us with a notional waypoint entered for our halfwaymark to look forward to. Just a 12 hour stop to take on diesel at MindeloMarina, alongside the fuel berth at 20.30 and gone again in the early morningwith full tanks. We had a great meal ashore on Saturday night but that anotherstory for later. It wasn’t so long ago that I waspacking my old Musto bag for this trip and trying to leave out as much as Icould to hit the magic 20 kg for the EasyJet scales at Gatwick! Aer Lingus, atDublin, I knew would be tolerant of a couple of kilos more if I told them whereI was going and why, I was not so sure about EasyJet. Two days after I leftDublin this proved to be the case. read more...


02/12/2013

Sephina of Beaumaris - Day 9 Pit Stop

Day 9 Pit StopAfter leaving Gran Canaria thinking the next land we will see is St.Lucia, one week after our departure we called into Mindelo. However, unlike several of the other ARC yachts there, we did not need to wait around for repair work etc. It was a simple sail in, wait 10 minuets for fuel and then off again. It was what I’d call an F1 pit stop. We did however anchor up for a couple of hours just so that we could get the washing machine on (something that I am still not used to). Being out of the wind whilst at anchor we suddenly realised how hot it is, and were glad to finally get on the move again. So far contact with home has been fairly simple, simply pick up the sat phone and call home. I was eager to call yesterday as being out here, I missed the final autumn international. read more...


Sephina of Beaumaris - Day 9 Pit Stop
Sephina of Beaumaris - Day 9 Pit Stop
02/12/2013

Sweet Pearl - 9. Tag - Zwischenstopp auf Cape Verde

Wir haben uns jetzt entschieden Mindelo auf Sao Vincente (Cape Verde) anzulaufen. So kann Jürg nach seinem Sturz quer durchs Schiff seinen Rücken anschauen lassen, der Autopilot, der Mucken macht, repariert werden und wir alle uns ein bisschen erholen. Der Wind (Halbwind) ist für diesen Kurs optimal. Wir hoffen Mittwoch Nacht oder Donnerstag dort anzukommen. Vorgestern Nacht hatten wir noch ein zweites Mal recht viel Wind, dafür war gestern ruhiger. Die Crew ist den Umständen entsprechend gut drauf und sind gespannt auf die Cape Verden.Tom. read more...


02/12/2013

Great Escape of Southampton - Day 7 17 22 06n 26 16 08

Great Escape passed West of the Cape Verde islands yesterday and reportedhaving a bumpy night with winds in excess of 30knots. Later the weather hadimproved and were sailing comfortably in much improved Conditions. With somelights winds forecast over the next day the strategy is to put more west intoour course with the trades building tomorrow.  . read more...


02/12/2013

Adina - Day 8 - A spinnaker pole and squid and flying fish ondeck

Day 7 and the forecast had changed punishing souls like us who have chosen to chase wind going south. The promised winds were now forecast to be light. But joy of joy - the new forecast was wrong and the previously promised winds blew! So we stuck with our track south as going between the Verdes there was little wind. The sea state calmed and crew were soon catching up on sleep.As the wind went behind us we decided to try goose-winging and Tom and Lindsay ventured forward hoisting the spinnaker pole. It is always amazing how lines like to twist themselves around everything they shouldn't! Add in a good squeal from Lindsay as she stepped on a squid! Life at sea is never dull. But we got the pole up and goose-winging with the main sail to port and genoa to starboard worked a treat, no need. read more...


02/12/2013

Northern Child - Wake up

Its lovely out here at last! Pheeew what a few dayswe have wind rain more wind more rain. The gracious Northern Child has lookedafter us all very well though. Even managing a braised lamb dinner for eleven asthe sun set last night so our plans of picking our way through the weather bitsand breaking out just about here have worked. Frustrating day yesterday waitingfor the wind to shift but now its here just off the beam and gently slooshing usalong. We have a few hatches open to vent some of theoilskin moisture out and I think today as the sun rises there will be lots ofdamp clothes being drapped on the deck. No major issues really had a little issue with abilge pump found one of those nasty cable numbers jammed in a poppet valve butthe manual pumps coped with what little wetness there. read more...


02/12/2013

Hanami II - Ca s'ameliore un peu

Lun 01 XII 201303:20 UTC14 36 N50 11 WOn dirait que le vent se soit decide a reprendre le cours de ses "affaires" habituelles depuis dimanche matin. En effet il a vire au NE puis ENE et a repris un peu de vigueur, restanttoute la journee entre 8 et 15 noeuds ce qui nous a permis de faire, a peu pres 9 heures de spinaker au portant et au soleil.Par mer calme, c'est a dire sans trop de houle par le travers et a condition d'avoir au moins 10 noeuds reel, le pilote fait bien l'affaire et on marche a 60% de la vitesse du vent au moins,Au desous de 10, il faut reprendr la barre a la main.A 18h retour aux voiles croisees avec un ris dans la GV pour mieux equilibrer le bateau et l'empecher de loffer car, avec le genois tangonne et donc partiellement deroule, il y trop de GV et le genois se met. read more...


02/12/2013

Hot Stuff - (damp) Fairies of the Lost Arc - Chapter 5

(damp) Fairies of the Lost Arc - Chapter 5   Our sailing adventure across the Atlantic now feels like an extreme sport.   Flat calm seas seems like a lifetime ago. It has definitely been a testingfew days but the teamwork of 9 women has no limits; we have gotten each otherthrough it in one piece.   The challenge really hit home about 3am this morning. The sea decided toput Nikki, Sue and Claire's top of the range wet weather gear, boots and (quickdrying) thermals to the test. It succeeded in finding its way right through intoSue's undergarments. Following all glamorous watches such as these, the crewproceed down to the exclusive sauna - £5 a day is not a bad rate - which isrammed full however, not appreciated by the residents.  Cooking dinner has proved to be an. read more...


01/12/2013

Diva - Aufatmen nach einem harten Ritt und Wunden lecken.

Aufatmen nach einem harten Ritt und Wunden lecken.Junge, junge, junge, da hat uns Rasmus mit dem Wetter die letzten Tage aber einen eingeschenkt. Heute antritt zur 8 Uhr Wache, die Anstrengungen waren Krause und Javier anzusehen als ich genauso gerädert in das Cockpit kam. Dennoch ein tolles Team hier auf der Diva – Stimmung beide Daumen hoch.Andre ein Crewmitglied aus Hamburg wird 44 Jahre. Happy Birthday lieber Andre. Als Erinnerung an diese Zeit im Griff der Natur und als Nichtsegler, bekommst Du von uns am Ende der Reise die bereits jetzt ausgewehte Flagge der ARC Rallye. Der Wind an diesem schönen Morgen völlig untypisch aus Südwest mit 4Bft. Genau dahin wollen wir - also kreuzen. Ziemlich hohe Wellen, bei mittlerem Wind, das sind die Reste der letzten Krawalltage. Der Wetterbericht. read more...


Diva - Aufatmen nach einem harten Ritt und Wunden lecken.
Diva - Aufatmen nach einem harten Ritt und Wunden lecken.
01/12/2013

George - Has anyone seen the trade winds?

'Public Apology' yesterdays log was sent in error. I have tried to explain to Mason that if you press 'send' it will, at the next opportunity. We also had a panic over sailmail cutting us off for over usage... but that's another story..Disaster Murder Help! This morning we found the butter had melted.... then we found the fridge wasn't cooling. On further investigation I deduced it was actually broken! 7 days out of the canaries! So today we are declaring 'World Eating Day' in order to remember all those people who eat to much, which will end in a night of festivity's including an eating competition. It's not all bad we had a crisis meeting to discuss our options. Jim suggested Man Tuna? we didn't ask... I think he is still a bit bitter from being grassed up over 'Log gate' but yes we. read more...


01/12/2013

Merlyn III - Day 8

A pretty uneventful day. We are motoring in about three knots of Northerlytrue wind. The sea has a gentle swell but an alluring smoothness. We havepositioned ourselves as one of the southernmost yachts. This is interestingbecause the bulk of the fleet is currently experiencing Westerly headwinds tothe North of us. According to our forecasts we should start to benefit fromtrade winds in a couple of days. Those to the North may not be so lucky so thereis everything to play for. Such are the obsessions which begin to take hold whenone has been isolated from the rest of the world for all of a week.   The gastronomic highlight was provided by Jonathan and consisted of a roastshoulder of lamb with garlic and harissa (under the supervision of Iain). We arenow about to watch a DVD ‘Tell No. read more...


01/12/2013

Avel Biz - Avel Biz J+7 2, 3 et 4

Bonjour1 Décembre 2013Position 12h00 UTC24°13,7 N29°14,8 W97 milles en 24h2, 3 et 4Vous connaissez tous la formule qui compare la remontée contre le vent parrapport à la descente avec le vent."Deux fois la distance, trois fois le temps et quatre fois la peine"Déjà on dit remonter et descendre, c'est un signe.Et bien comme à chaque fois, nous confirmons que nos anciens avaientraison. Le près à la longue, c'est ch...Bien que nous fassions un "près océanique", c'est à dire plus abattu(écarté) d'environ 10° qu'au cours d'une régate en baie de Quiberon, c'esttrès inconfortable.Avel Biz tape fort dans les vagues, est recouvert par une lame une fois parminute. Sortir régler les voiles implique d'être immédiatement aspergéd'eau de mer (tiède, c'est vrai) et rincé à l'eau de pluie (pastoujours. read more...


01/12/2013

Dragonfly - Sonniger Tag

Der Tag wurde zunehmend freundlicher. Die Sonne scheint schon seit Stunden und der Wind bringt uns gut nach Süd-West.Er weht immernoch aus W mit ca. 20 kn. Wir kämpfen um jedes Grad nach West und fahren eine ungemütliche Schräglage. Da die Wellen etwas nachgelassen haben, kann ich vorsichtig auch mal meine Kabine durchlüften und dabei meine Sachen trocknen. Ich hab kaum noch was trockenes und mit dem Salzwasser bleiben die Sachen trotzdem klamm. Unsere Geschwindigkeit ist 7 - 8 kn. In der Funkrunde sind einige in unserer Nähe mit gleichen Bedingungen. Andere weiter in Süd-Ost warten noch auf besseren Wind. Wir sind auch noch nicht zufrieden, aber der Wind soll ja noch drehen. Hoffentlich bleibt die Nacht ruhig. Hajo fängt wieder einen Mahi Mahi. Ich hole ihn aus dem Wasser und Edwin ist. read more...


01/12/2013

Swan Valhalla - Log 11 - Sea legs lost!

The night held more continuous torrential rain, choppyseas, and we are now all very damp! Some of the crew hadn't quite got thesea legs they thought they once had.. It was a pretty rocky nightssleep and treacherous for those on shift, with winds gusting up to 30knots! On a positive note we got some good speed and travelled about 200 milesin 24 hours.  We awoke for Haig's big birthday, and Victoria paintedyet another beautiful card with a hammerhead shark on the front. The sea beganto calm a little, and the sun came out - things were on the up! We have,however, had a few squalls - one of which Victoria and I took advantage ofand had a nice rain shower on deck. Yoyo has baked some more deliciousbread and I think flambé banana pancakes may be on the menu. read more...


01/12/2013

Selivra - ARC Tag 7

Sonntag 01. Dezember 2013ARC Tag 7Die Crew weiss was sie die nächsten Tage essen wird. Nach zwei Tagen mit Starkwind und einer unangenehmen Welle ist meine Crew heute südöstlich der Insel Boavista, zugehörig zu den Kap Verden, mit einem außergewöhnlichen Fang belohnt worden.Kurz nachdem der Wind sich etwas beruhigt hat, hat mein Skipper, nach allgemeinen Wunsch der Crew nach Pasta mit Fisch, die Angel ausgeworfen. Die Alternative wär Paste mit Thunfisch aus der Dose gewesen. Kurz vor 15:00 der Biss. Ein Traumexemplar mit ca 1,5 m Länge und ca. 35 kg Gewichthat sich irrtümlich an unsere Angel gehängt.Mein Skipper nach langem Kampf und unter mordsmäßiger Mithilfe von Charly, hat dann um 16:20 eine unglaubliche Goldmakrele an Bord gezogen. Bordhund und Leichtmatrose Benny war ganz aus dem. read more...


Selivra - ARC Tag 7
Selivra - ARC Tag 7
01/12/2013

Jambo - Atlantic fireworks show

Last night was a roller coaster - better than any Disney ride with overhead electric stormsto cap it off. Any way the crew moaning about no wind has obviously set Neptune off to give us a blast of wind.We seem to get the opposite of what we ask for !At last making good progress west but need to get further south to get in the tradeswe saw the infamous green flash the other night as the sun set (Nick missed it as he was below and really cross). He got his revenge today and saw flying fish whilst I was napping. read more...


01/12/2013

Blue Ocean - Blue Ocean

Voila c est fait nous sommes montes dans le mat – enfin virtuellement avecla GoPro on fait des essais de plus en plus sophistiques. Ici il est  18,30heure de Paris, que l `on a gardee mais a 32,42 West , on a gagne 2 heures. Lesoleil va se coucher dans 45 min.   Belle journee ensoleillee, apres le petit grain de hier , qui fut unejournee pluvieuse. Malheureusement le vent n est pas terrible et on passe notretemps a tirer des bords comme en regate- sauf que notre remontee au pres n estpas top.   Alizes attendus impatiemment, pour plonger sur nos adversaires et lescoiffer a Rodney Bay ! Poissons volants (parfois jusqu`au flying deck), dauphins, ciel etoile,sillage phosphorescent.... Miracle des satellites, breve com teleph possible ! Un grand bonjour atous, notamment Juju et. read more...


01/12/2013

Blue Ocean - Day 7: Dolphins and Yellow Watch do the cooking

Following our 60knot storm, everything else is seeming fairlyone-dimensional in comparison. But despite the lumpy seas (too bumpy to trust apot on the stove), Yellow Watch (me & Vin) manfully stood our cooking rostaand turned out palatable, some would even say, tasty, food. American pancakesfor breakfast, pizza for lunch and baked potatoes for supper (with a range oftasty fillings).  We are now stuck with headwinds and no sign of the tradewinds. Still, weare all comfortable and mostly over our earlier sea sickness.  We saw a large group of dolphins yesterday evening – which stayed with theboat for some time allowing us to get some good photos and video. The Belgiansare slowly turning into a well equipped and highly skilled documentary film teamand can be found at all hours. read more...


01/12/2013

Amokura - Amokura Day 8

Blue skies, sunshine, flowers blooming, children saying, “Hello” (Spankyand Our Gang)    Wicked day yesterday. We forgot to have dinner. Stayed on watch in wet weather gear. Now drying out the inside of the boat, which someone remarked smells like aracing boat. Dampness abounds.   This morning we found the sun and a few scattered clouds. And, as always, afew squalls to run through. We are trying to skirt around weather waiting for, what one hopes, thetrade winds to show up tomorrow.   Our blooming flower is an aloe plant we bought in Lanzarote. Hangs our inthe galley.   And emails from the our kids are a perfect respite and recharger.   Our odd northern sail jumped us into a few other boats. One hailed us andwondered where we were eventually landing, as our. read more...


01/12/2013

Resolute of Thames - Green is more macho than fuschia pink

Gosh am I grateful that we are not a pink dot. I would find that difficult to live with. Green and last is good.It is now 21 days since we left Las Palmas and 11 days since we left Cape Verde. Having just re-read our last 2 entries it is apparent that our whole world has shrunk to the size of a 41 foot boat. After the last tomato drama yesterday I am today faced with the removal of a dead and rather squelchy yellow pepper from the netting. This is going to require some fortitude as it is our last yellow pepper. Fortunately, peppers are not revered by Gilly-Mate in the same way as tomatoes - which I guess is why it has been left to me to deal with. However, I shall miss him as I had a curry planed for tonight with his name on. In other news. The sun is shining and, despite our weather. read more...


01/12/2013

Nyaminyami II - Nyaminyami II Blog Sunday 01.12.13 - 1600hrs

By Chris Haworth. Disaster! (con’t) 1700hrs yesterday (Saturday) having sailed in 30/40knots all day (with torrential rain, like a series of ‘line squalls’) with a sea that had become quite big, and after making excellent progress (8/9 kts from 0000 onwards), the Genoa ripped from leech to luff about 1/3rd from top plus the Main leech ripped vertically on back ‘tape’ and at lowest reefing point. Main down – Genoa furled to about 40%. Crew a bit disappointed about that!!!! On reflection (20:20 hind sight a wonderful thing!) we were probably pushing too hard and as that strength of breeze had not been forecast we kept thinking it was going to moderate (no point getting any more sail down!) – should have either Taken down main earlier (it only has two reefing points) and sailed. read more...


01/12/2013

Windleblo - Day Six

"What a difference a day makes."So said the ARC Net Controller to those ARC boats listening on 4149 kHz at 1300 November 30th. In only 24 hours, the skies and seas had turned from clear and glassy to grey and tempestuous. Average wind speeds in the high 20's and gusts to 49 knots were reported among the boats giving their positions to the net. Suddenly, this ARC had dealt us Irish weather, as the Coach liked to put it.Windleblo and crew rode it out gallantly, pushing southeast toward the Cape Verde Islands. We decided to put in for a "touch and go" stop for refueling given that we have burned so much fuel motoring through the calms of yesterday and earlier days. It seems only prudent to take on fuel given the distance yet to traveled and the prospect of more calms.Yet all aboard are a. read more...


01/12/2013

Skyelark of London - Christmas has arrived!

Said good bye to the Cape Verde Islands and started our westward flight. Overnight we had a lesson in the points of sailing with the wind going from dead astern to a broad reach, a beam reach and a close reach all within 6 hours. We must have passed the overnight sail changing exam as today has been a great beam reach towards St Lucia - just as promised in the brochure.First tuna of the trip was landed using a lure named Maximus. The fish currently holds the record interval between swimming in the sea to being served as sashimi of just 15 minutes. Fresh or what?Realised that today is 1st December so decided to celebrate Christmas just a little early. Danish Christmas beer was followed by some schnapps, the recipe of which should be sent to the people at Porton Down for analysis.A roast. read more...


01/12/2013

Skara Brae - sunday in the Atlantic

After morning prayer, it was decided to hove-to again and get back up the mast and repair the damaged track/cars Allan volunteered for this - and did his best but couldn't budge the stuck car we had to abandon our work due to another Squall,2nd time Scott had a shot - but after bashing himself off the mast a few times and with some choice words that should not be heard on a Sunday - we let him down next up was Andy - who reluctantly went up - and fixed it - woho the sail came down!Oncedown we surveyed the damage cars, tracks and sail holes, we repaired what we could before dark is upon us in 1/2 hr. We now have a sail that can go up an down but with 2 reefs - in as we cant go past the damaged track, this will severely curtail our speed - as we are now experiencing light winds and need. read more...


01/12/2013

Abraxas - 01/12/13 Quest for the golden fleece

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Surya - No Photoshop
Surya - No Photoshop
Surya - Ocean Kite
Surya - Ocean Kite
Surya - even zwaaien
Surya - even zwaaien
01/12/2013

Surya - Cross Atlantic Kite surfing

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